Radio Samson di Maria: Danger Everywhere cassette

24/04/2017

C30, home duped, hand-stamped shells, $6 CAD (+ regional shipping)

PURCHASE @ BANDCAMP

Styles: Sound collage, cut up, vaporwave, noise, chiptunes
RIYL: 8-bit video game soundtracks, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s TV reruns, ADHD YouTube surfing, Throbbing Gristle doing Revolution #9

There is very little known about Radio Samson Di Maria, except that its “legend” is shrouded in mystery.

The only information ever found was found in an article*, written by Rubens Santiago, originally printed in the June 1993 edition of Lo Specchio Rotto, an underground horror/sci-fi/experimental music fan zine based out of Woodbridge, Ontario in the early ‘90s.

The story of Lo Specchio Rotto, whose name itself was considered to be a parody of Lo Specchio (an Italian-language weekly newspaper also based in Woodbridge), is something of a puzzle itself.

The zine lasted for only seven issues, focusing almost entirely on reviews on Italian horror films and prog rock, along with articles written about apparent “haunted houses” in and around the GTA, as well as reader’s letters detailing stories about strange oddities, supernatural encounters, and a recipe, a surprisingly good one at that, for Fegato alla Veneziana.

Lo Specchio Rotto vanished without explanation, with back issues nearly impossible to find. Coincidentally, the last issue printed is the same issue which featured the article on Radio Samson Di Maria…

“WHO IS RADIO SAMSON DI MARIA???

Pirate radio station suspected of interfering with signals, graffiti, and possibly breaking and entering.

By: Rubens Santiago Local News
June 1993

After multiple complaints were made in recent weeks by listeners and radio station employees around Toronto about the interruption of radio signals with indiscernible speech, peculiar instrument noises, and distressed animal sounds, there appears to be evidence pointing towards the culprits.

Graffiti has been found on the walls underneath the bridge overlooking the Humber River, connecting Islington Ave. with Woodbridge Ave. The words “TUNE IN TO RADIO SAMSON DI MARIA” & “LISTEN EVERYWHERE, LISTEN FOREVER”, along with the call signs of several radio stations around the city (many of which had made complaints), were found printed in large, elaborate, gothic designs.

The unusual slogans haven’t been centralized to Woodbridge Ave. and Islington Ave. The appearance of similarly styled graffiti has been found inside churches, businesses and schools around town, though not depicted as flagrant as the graffiti underneath the bridge.

Citizens and police are completely baffled. The only possible link that can be connected is of recent reports regarding strange, static-sounding “music” coming from forested/ recreational areas scattered in different neighbourhoods around Woodbridge, including Airdrie Park, Boyd Park & Torii Park.

Time will only tell if the signal interruptions and graffiti will continue to appear.”

This was the first and last mention of the Radio Samson Di Maria until 2016, when local community radio aficionado, Curly Costinha, unearthed a cassette tape in the library of CJRU 1280AM, formerly CKLN 88.1 FM.

Labeled Radio Samson Di Maria – Danger Everywhere, this is a collection of sounds that possess a cultish devotion to blended layers of distorted news/cartoon samples, television/radio interviews, public broadcasting, and live music/field recordings. Cryptic overtones are aplenty; a deeper inspection of this cassette should be undertaken at your own discretion.

*As of 2017, multiple Toronto radio stations have denied any of the reports regarding signal interruptions in the summer of ’93. No photographic evidence of the graffiti was ever found, while the existence of Rubens Santiago is also completely limited to this singular article.


EIYN SOF: Meadow Thrum

02/03/2017

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Hand-stamped CDr, lotus sleeve in poly envelope. C$6.00 (+ regional shipping).

At 6:28 AM (EST) on the 20th of March, the Vernal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere for 2017, we’re releasing Meadow Thrum by acid-folk practitioners Eiyn Sof. The creation of Melissa Boraski, Eiyn Sof delves deep into the mushroom laden undergrowth of mystical forests of the mind.

Purchase via Bandcamp.

As a teen Boraski sang contemporary gospel in charismatic evangelical church before defecting from church and faith to the Toronto music scene in her early 20’s. The birth of a child in 2008 prompted recording at home and self-releasing on the Springskull label. She released Bloodstreams on Rick White’s Blue Fog label in 2011. The albums Black ThreadLouise L’Amour/Cowgirl Slop PopNightrifting followed on Springskull in the following years.  And the autoharp-based Chthonic Tongue was released on Ur Audio Visual in 2015. All recordings, including Meadow Thrum, are primarily solo with the exception of the occasional guest. The Eiyn Sof live formation has morphed constantly since 2008.

Boraski on Meadow Thrum:
“It’s a murmuring attempt at animating an imagined landscape, and all manner of anthropomorphic entity within. I’ve been thinking of this album as druidic lore-play; it’s some pretty decadent fantasy. Hyper visual and hyper surrealistic, as far as lyrics are concerned. Threading in a lot of ’irreverent’ and intentionally loose percussive and organic sounds among more careful and familiar melodic stuff, which is gently reflective, I think, of the overarching concept and heart of the thing: play between two worlds. Above/below.

Sound: a whole lotta sprawling polyphonic vocal stuff, including a small men’s chorus, droning, and percussion using throat, tongue and breath. Lots of table-tapping, hairbrush-bristles-on-paper, jewelry jangling, and some cutting and pasting of found battle sounds (swords clinking, drop-kicks, etc.)  And of course, analog synth (Juno 60) and piano, acoustic string instruments (toy guitars, autoharp), electric bass, and bird song- mostly cardinals, robins and grackles.”


SEMEN PRIEST: Pink Skyline

30/08/2016

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Artist: SEMEN PRIEST
Album: Pink Skyline
Label: Arachnidiscs Recordings
Format: C30 Cassette, real-time dubbed,
Styles: Dub, post-punk, electro, vaporwave, industrial vapopdub
RIYL: Adrian Sherwood / On-U Sound; PiL; Egyptian Lover as a reanimated mummy; Cabaret Voltaire; Bob from Twin Peaks’ 1985 rap album

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Toronto’s electronic/post-punk outfit SEMEN PRIEST return with a reinvigorated sound on Pink Skyline thanks to production by KING PONG DUB SYSTEM. The Etobicoke producer cut the tempos of the tracks they’d be working on by half, creating a chilled-out environment for their menacing vocals a discordant guitars to take root.

Features the single ‘Police, Thieves & Private Armies’ — a mash-up cover of Junior Murvin’s ‘Police & Thieves’ and Vivien Goldman’s ‘Private Armies’.


BEARD CLOSET: Deadly Force

15/08/2016

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Artist: BEARD CLOSET
Album: Deadly Force
Format: Cassette. C30, real-time dubbed, hand stamped shells.
Styles: Drone, noise, experimental guitar, noise-ambient
RIYL: Thurston Moore, Keiji Haino, Alan Licht, Sunn(((O))), Eno records run through a distortion pedal

We’re honored to issue Toronto experimental guitar and electronics artist, Beard Closet‘s wordless (but not silent) scream of rage and frustration at the continuing culture of murder and brutality in North America’s police forces.

$6.00 CAD (plus regional shipping).

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BABEL: “Sacred Fire” sessions

29/07/2016

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The culmination of years of time spent in the studio, BABEL presents four complete albums released on two 2xCD sets. The four volumes of kosmische drones and noise-jazz improvisation explore similar themes but follow divergent psychedelic paths to adjacent destinations. The four-disc cycle forms a cohesive whole while each volume stands own as a thematically contained album.

Limited edition, numbered, individually hand-stamped discs, chipboard wallets. $9.99 (CAD) + regional shipping each. Click titles below to purchase.

>> Ceci n’est pas le feu sacré (Nos. 1 & 2)

Recorded 2014-2015. Kosmische drones, no-wave jazz, fake gamelan and psychedelic-folk improvisation.

>> This Is The Sacred Fire (Nos. 1 & 2)

Recorded 2015-2016. Synths pulse and drone under plaintive reeds, guitars and psychedelic bells.

 

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King Pong Dub System: Islington West

23/06/2016

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C40, type II, real-time dubbed.

KING PONG DUB SYSTEM: Islington West

From the “Bored Nation” south side of Etobicoke (the north side gave us everyone’s favourite “crack mayor” Rob Ford and his Trump-esque “Ford Nation”), comes 40 minutes of head-and-booty stimulating electro-dub. An ode to Muhammad Ali, a Kim Deal-sampling homage to the mix-tape era, and a disco elegy to the Pulse nightclub mix with the bass sounds of life on the Lakeshore, best-side suburb of the 6ix.

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Styles: Dub, house, acid, electro
RIYL: Adrian Sherwood, Black Uhura’s “The Dub Factor” album, Front Line Assembly’s spliffy moments, Material’s house-y side.


BABEL: Mind Thief (2xCD)

03/06/2016

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2XCD compilation in full colour card wallet. $10 CAD (+ regional shipping)

Genre/style: Retro-electronica, synthwave, ambient, drone
Sonic realm: Tangerine Dream, Craig Leon, Klaus Schulze, John Carpenter, Jodorowsky’s Dune OST, Beyond The Black Rainbow OST

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BABEL‘s “Grid” series of albums and EPs—released digitally and on cassette at various points over 2015—are an homage to analogue synth music pioneers such as Craig Leon and Klaus Schulze as well as early-’80s synth-based sci-fi and horror film soundtracks. The sessions culminate in the epic 35-minute morphing space-drone of the previously unreleased “Apogee“. Mind Thief collects the recordings in their entirety on two compact discs.

Polar Vortex (dir. Philip Baljeau, Toronto)

Désespoir (dir. Jesse Russell Brooks, Los Angeles)


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