“Is anybody there?” You may well ask. Here Avital Ronell takes us on a journey to the end of the line, anticipating the surprise, fear and even terror of who might answer. Technology, schizophrenia and electric speech are some of the thoughts that will come to mind when you cradle the handset against your ear.
“Be sure to call collect!” Julia Kristeva
That’s right, L’invention du quotidien by any other name. Michel loves to ponder when he wanders. And boy does he wonder! He strolls as if entranced through the avenues and alley ways he finds and, inevitably, find him. A latter-day Rimbaud of the city, he takes us into his world and makes it ours. Bet you can’t wait to take the trip.
Also on Polydor The Possession at Loudun (produced by George Martin).
Teilhard de Chardin (SJ) is at it again. From the arid plains of the Gobi desert to the jungles of Madhya Pradesh, the maverick of unpopular ideas gives us pause and much to think about on this new Microgroove Record (produced by Bernardin Van Eekhout for Editions de L’oiseau-Lyre). Go to any place off the beaten track in search of the extraordinary and you will find that Teilhard’s footsteps have left their mark and their echoes. You can hear some of them here!
“The man has got more soul than James Brown and definitely more sole!” The Deaconess of Detroit, Christian Science Monitor.
Étienne, or Steve to his English fans, is no slouch. He’s an “Immortal” of the Académie Francaise no less! The self-styled “engraver-philosopher” carves out some fine grooves on this latest title from the good folks at Reader’s Digest Gravure. But don’t let the title throw you off. It’s not all bad news! “It will be in the inmost being of the modern reader that The Terrors of the Year Two Thousand will live”.
Laurence Shook, Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Toronto.
Frank and Queenie are at it again! Those two devilish Downing Dons take us on a rambunctious tour of literary thrills from Luddites, monoculture to Bill Yeats and Wuthering Heights.
“Well, we’ve all been besotted with the ‘common pursuit’ of all things literary. But here you will find a racket comparable to Lester Bangs writing on absolutely anything”– Terry Eagleton, New Left Review
In a rare meeting in the Fall of 1953, two very different personalities, poles apart in all matters aesthetic, political and cultural, came together in the Bahamas. There they surreptitiously performed the forbidding Williams Mix as spoken word. This is the extraordinary result.
“A right Royal rowdy rumpus, to be sure”, Earle Brown, Town and Country.
This selection from Thom Sebeok’s 60s hip-swinger will appeal to everyone and anyone interested in poetic process, literary analysis and stuff like that.
With titles like “Metric Typology” and “Vectors of Prose Style” what’s not to like!
“Generally provocative, yet toe-tapping”, Edward Stankiewicz, Thought
[NB: This album contains no liner notes]
Selected from Theo’s magnum opus Aesthetic Theory, these grooves offer insight into the how and why his work has found its way into recording studio, the concert hall and the radio alike. Without a doubt Theodor Adorno is the Herbert von Karajan of ideas. And as we all simply want more and more Adorno, we are treated to ‘On the Concept of Ugliness’ on the flip side.
“This title has been flying off the shelves for decades”, Russ Solomon, Tower Records.
Tough to get hold of, difficult to pin down. But they were, as Jacques himself may drolly suggest, pursued, cajoled and contracted.
While on a promotional tour of Trinidad and Tobago some years ago they were offered the Freedom of the City— on the basis of this disc alone! With a large and enthusiastic following through the print media, this new long-playing record is a departure for them. Tracks include selections from “Savoir” and “A Silkworm of One’s Own”.
A joint production of Columbia and EMI (which also released Deathbound Subjectivity by Alphonso Lingis).
You can forget your deconstructivists, deconstructionalists and flat out incomprehensives. This fighting title (selected by Paul “the man” de Man) features compelling abridged and totally accessible readings of texts such as Derrida’s “Tympan”, Hillis Miller’s Hawthorne & History: Defacing It, selections from Rhetoric and Form as well as the Paul de Man Notebooks, all read by David Attenborough himself.
“Différance never sounded so dulcet as when pronounced by Sir David”, Christopher Hitchens, New Statesman.
That’s right, the best Athens has to offer when it comes to cavorting through selections from the classics. From Epicurus and Socrates to Euclid and Aeschines of Sphettus, tracks include selections from Axiochus, Oxyrhynchus Papyri and Euthuphrōn.
You can’t surely want more than that!
This Franco-Greek production on Polydor is pressed in Germany.
That’s right, just what you’ve been waiting for! A celebratory digest of some of Classical-Gas‘ most hip and adored titles. Selected by Rosalind Krauss and Philip Glass, this compilation is sure to be on high rotation in dens and snugs all over the world.
“Best be quick, this is flying out of stores like hot-cakes. Already has pride of place in my hi-fi hutch. It had me with Illness As Metaphor on the track listing”.
Carl Freshman, Sight and Sound.
Another way out title from the good folks at Something Else Press! A potpourri of wonders including words from the likes of the Beatles and text by more than 260 composers of note and notoriety. Compiled by John Cage and Allison Knowles.
“On high rotation at home”, Richard Kostelanetz
The political economy of music indeed! Jacques Attali, the big noise boy himself, takes us through the romp and ribaldry of music and its place in carnival and sacrifice Well, once upon a time that is. Best to audition this title while enjoying a smart dinner party, though a little ribaldry and rambunctiousness is ok too.
“Luvly, luvly jubbly!” Noddy Holder, Melody Maker.
A World Record International original.
Out in the Fall, The Art of Noise: Destruction of Music by Futurist Machines.
When it comes to listening, Homi Bhabha is no slouch. A fine imitator of all around him, he is no simple mimic either. Here you will recognize grooves you have heard before, or at least think you may have heard, but with a difference. Either way you will want to play this disc over again, for any occasion.
We wish to acknowledge the assistance of the Baldwin Piano Co. Limited, in making this record possible and for making something vibrant and different.
Arc Sound LTD, Toronto, CA.
This fine selection of Guy’s more swinging theses (selected by none other than Hugo Winterhalter) is a feast for the senses. Listening, with attention or simply wandering, will take you to unexpected places, fresh and new. And what a cover. Place it in your platter hutch or on a wall and you will feel the urge to simply go with the flow. And that’s without even playing it!
“While listening to this album you will understand why seeing really is believing”, Asger Jorn
International Herald Tribune
Seeing is believing, as Jonathan Crary tells it. In fact there’s no finer observer of things rarely seen that never reach the grooves of platters like this one. What matters really is in the eye of the beholder and you can hear all about it without having to leave the comfort of your den.
“Your key to the world’s wonders, to look at and simply enjoy”, Sviatoslav Richter.
Also available on Philips’ “Gold Label” series, David Hume’s An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding.
Now there are squares and hep cats in today’s scene and you know which groove Hakim rides. When you hang out at his place, stamping and general rollicking is more likely than elegance and grace. In fact anything you wanna do, it’s alright!
“Listening to Hakim Bey takes us back to the ’60s when thinking and listening was unendorsed by a good many mothers and fathers”, Norrie Paramor (Repertoire Manager, World Record International).
A “rose is a rose” is someone else’s rose, right? Always, according to Richard Dyer. Whether you are planning a quiet dinner, a lively party, or just dreaming, this recording has something for you.
“Get your Bette Davis on and enjoy your evening, ‘bumpy’ or otherwise”, Brian Hands, Modern Record Collector.