We’ve released micro-batch CD-R editions of two new ‘ALPHABETA’ albums by BABEL. They’re both available in the merch section of BABEL’s Bandcamp.
The first is ALPHABETA 2: Outskirts. The nine tracks on this EP are first sketches, demos and out-takes from the original 2011 album sessions. Unlike the original album with its survey approach to genre, there’s a continuity of sound and approach found here—a sort of spaghetti western jazz along the lines of mid-90’s era Labradford, Tortoise and Godspeed.
The second album, ALPHABETA 3: Organizm, is a revisiting of the ‘ALPHABETA’ concept (creating compositions by using the letters of words as notes) using organ and echo loops in the manner of Terry Riley or Steve Reich.
C50 – High-bias tape, pink shell, deluxe envelope, o-card and fold-out poster/lyric sheet. Just $7.00! (plus regional shipping)
Toronto’s hottest party, THE HOLY GASP are set to release their debut album as the second release on our resurrected NO LOVE imprint! The bomb drops on Feb. 24th.
These boys self-identify as “a damn-the-Man beatnik revival conga revolution, a boxcar and a jug of wine, a groove, daddy, and the farthest thing from a king sized bust” and we can’t really add more to that. The most fun you’ll have with two ears and two feet.
Call it: Post-punk, jazz-funk, surf revival, afro-cuban, urban blues
A sonic cousin to: Captain Beefheart, Tom Waits, Pig Bag, Haircut One Hundred, Gil Scott-Heron.
At a label fair last night, while perusing our table with a friend, I noted, “Shit… I had a pretty good year!”
In 2014 we released 15 physical albums and 9 videos. That is three more releases than we planned to do and six fewer videos (calculating that we’d meant to create some form of video for every release). We got 24 (to our knowledge) positive reviews on various blogs and print publications. Two titles sold out. We put on a small handful of shows and relaunched the NO LOVE imprint (just today, actually). And I indulged in our most excessive package to date for one of my own pet projects.
As we were at the start of 2014, we’re planning to drastically scale back operations in 2015. As with 2014, we’ll see how that goes (we already have two releases scheduled for January and one in February).
2014 Year End Top 5
(of Arachnidiscs Recordings 2014 releases according to Arachnidiscs Recordings)
#1. Dominic Marion: Totenbaum Träger / Projet Muet
Creeping drones and cinematic post-jazz improvisations.
#2. Uvesen: III
Creepinger drones and dark, reverb-drenched noise improvisations.
#3. Clara Engel: Ashes & Tangerines
Something like the haunting folkiness of Vashti Bunyan corrupted by the bombastic gloom of Nick Cave.
#4. Nite Audit: The Audiot
Apparently the Ween brothers, Beck and Lou Barlow had an orgy and Nite Audit is their love child. There’s something wonderfully ’90s yet incredibly current about Kyle’s music.
#5. Colin Fisher & Mike Gennaro: Sine Qua Non
It’s like Rashied Ali and John Coltrane on bath salts. Free jazz that breaks the chains of your mind.
A little under a year ago we announced the intention of definitely possibly maybe resurrecting our previous incarnation, NO LOVE, as an “indie-rock” imprint. This was pretty much for the sole purpose of releasing a cassette by a friend’s band, but that discussion sort of faded away somehow and now they seem to have broken-up.
In the meantime we jumped on the chance to give an ecstatic “yes” (instead of the regretful “no” we’d prepared) to Rainboard as we were doing this thing anyway.
And thank heavens because The Midnight Slide is a corker set of ’90s alt inspired noisy shoegaze and space-rock, fuzzily psychedelic with no waves to be found. Not entirely a throw-back to the pre-grunge post-punk era of youths who were sonic or dinosaurs who were junior, it’s current to the noise-rock scene. It has the seasoned, mature sound of alt-rock veterans and the visceral edge of upstart indie-punks.
We’re releasing it, and launching the imprint, on December 31st, 2014. You can “pre-order” it now (inverted commas because we’ll ship immediately, holidays allowing) and take a listen below.
AD113. Hand stamped chipboard wallet, hand stamped disc. Made as orders come in. Unlike other Arachnidiscs Recordings releases, this album is not numbered as we don’t know how many we’ll be making.
$7.00 – Plus Regional Shipping
While rehearsing for live dates in Winter of 2013 and Spring of 2014, BABEL (Jakob Rehlinger) recorded over 11 hours of prepared guitar improvisations (direct to 2-track stereo). In a feat of endurance, he distilled those hours down to one 79 minute album, ZWERM (“Swarm”). Those familiar with BABEL’s Heurter and Rillingen albums will know what to expect from these solo guitar explorations—percussive, almost industrial rhythms blended with harmonic drones and sparse, lyrical melody lines. Added to the existing recipe are elements of spoken-word cassette collages which were sampled and mixed live into the throbbing hum.
AD114. TOTAAL: The Complete ZWERM Sessions
Additionally, we’re offering an extremely limited edition 48-track USB called TOTAAL which contains 11 hours and three minutes of material from the complete sessions plus two concert recordings. The ZWERM album is included in its final 6-track form, 8 additional takes on the theme, along with six other collections titled MAELSTROM (‘Sturm’ variations), OVIS (electric sheep), VERWORFEN (discarded segments collaged together), THANATOPHOBIK (ghost voices and the fear of death) and VÅR (live performances in Spring).
$20 – Plus Regional Shipping
An eclectic showcase of Arachnidiscs Recordings artists and double-tape release celebration
COLIN FISHER & MIKE GENNARO (tape release)
depression era storytelling
drone/noise/post-music guitar god
TRANZMIT (debut performance)
Dark elektro radio sampling, musique concrete, audio manipulation