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.
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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.
Along with the weeping willows on the riverbank to the pink corners of suburbia, the tango drives two of Señor Borges’ most robust stories of the passion and rhythm of his beloved Buenos Aires. “Genealogy of the Tango” and “A History of the Tango” occupy a side each of this feisty platter. Your dollar won’t buy more fire than that!
“Everywhere I go Jorge is always with me”, Diego Maradona, La Nación.
Can you believe it? This lively Festschrift on the life-force and vivacious vibe of the ordinary, in Polydor stereo sound. C and H (as they are known in the recording crowd) are hip to the world around them and want to tune us into its vibe. And get ready ‘cos its a quite a ride. And every copy autographed by Anthony Burgess!
“The world is more profound than we know”, Pontus Hulten, Whole Earth Catalogue.
Many critics have said that Marxism and the Philosophy of Language is Val’s greatest groove. And they are probably right. He loves words and ideas, or more to the point, words as ideas. And his ideas are way out there, for all of us to use and enjoy.
A team of top Classical-Gas engineers worked to bring this disc to life so you can enjoy the highest fidelity without any irritating static.
“Simply the best,” Terry Eagleton, Marxist Left Review.
You can wrap it up nice any way you like with “way out” words, but feeling on the skids is just a drag. End of story. In these grooves SS (as she is known in the thinking platter community) tells it like it is. You feeling low? Melancholy? End of the tether? Don’t sugar coat it baby. Simple as that.
“This is thoughtful listening for all the family,” Noam Chomsky.
Command Records are proudly the greatest advance in sound since hi fidelity was invented!
Tony’s celebrated picaresque of the Roman luxur’s adventures in luuuuuush stereo sound. Heliogabalus struts like a Juvenal John Travolta packing heat. All the way from Rome to the Balkans, the anarchist of irreverence anticipates the bawdy adventures of Sid James and Barbara Windsor, Gilbert and George, Jeff Koons and Cicciolina: from his lush coronation to the saucy antics of after parties and all that follows in the Palace of Caracalla. You ready for the right regal punk ride of your life? Then get on this.
“Very, very, very extraordinary!” Ray Crick.
Looks like they’re at it again! Those kooky troubadours of the streets are out to turn you on to what’s hip and what’s not. In this long awaited festschrift the cats of cool illegally strut the boards of London’s West End, parade the boulevards with Parisian pomp and otherwise delight us with the unexpected to be encountered as we simply walk in the city. Selected by Greil Marcus and McKenzie Wark, these tracks present the best folies on offer from “Howls for Sade” to the Chaplin inspired “No More Flat Feet”.
“If you don’t want to assist in the spectacle of the end of the world, you must work toward ending the world of the spectacle”, Alexander Trocchi, Notes editoriales d’Internationale Situationniste.
Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity. That’s a title that’s got some zing, right? You bet. Marc moves around, a lot. Everywhere he goes is a pit stop of sorts, giving him time to think. Not about that much, dolce far niente in fact. But wherever he finds himself he can’t help telling us all about it.
Many years ago Geoff Chaucer sung of his Parlement of Foules. Now his spiritual ancestor Bruno Latour is turning us on to his “parliament of things”. Stuff just, well, comes together in a big melting pot and it gives him pause. You can see it on his face.
Father Ong is at it again! After the runaway success of Frontiers in American Catholicism, we are taken on a wild jaunt through the palette of sight and sound in this new title from World Records International.
“An artist who really is a favorite. Walt is seldom allowed to leave the platform as soon as the last item has been performed”, Neville Marriner.
Keep an eye out for The Barbarian Within in the Fall.
In these candid interviews David Sylvester vividly captures Francis Bacon’s voluptuous wrestle with both the blank canvas and his own demons. With Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians.
“Ranks with the journals of Delacroix and the chansons of Chrétien de Troyes”, Sir Henry Wood.
Now Tony’s not afraid to tell it like it is, you dig. In doing so he has put off many as well as garnered the praise of others. Here he intones Quaderni del carcere from within the four walls of a sleazy nick, for an audience hungry for tough ideas about today’s world and eager to have their say. And he sure gives us something to think about while drumming decisively on the table or toe tapping to a more reflective vibe.
“In his solitude, Gramsci is guided by his instinct, originality and taste for strangeness”, Henri Sauguet, L’Ecole d’Arcueil.
You know you want this, right. A personal selection from one of the hippest mags before there was hip! At a time when ideas were cooler than cucumbers, On the Beach is what Maynard G. Krebs was to Dobie Gillis: way out there!
Titles here include “The Politics of Gettin’ Over” by George Alexander, Cathy Lumby’s “Speech Impediments”, Meaghan Morris’ “Des Epaves/Jetsam” and “Ten Great Fuck Effects” by Adrian Martin. All titles on this platter were chosen by Adrian Martin himself, that virtuoso Classical Gas cat whose “Surrealism: A Quite Special Frivolity” has sold out! So get on the beach quick!
John Conomos is at it again! Freewheeling into the stratosphere, he takes us on a wild ride on the image-machine of contemporary media. Anything that moves he is on it. From Jean-Luc Godard and Luis Buñuel, to Chris Marker and what makes media new, Conomos immerses us in the spectral manifestation of something that appears out of nothing. A genuine tour de force of invocation.
“A must read for all who glory in the contemporary image”, Raymond Bellour, Positif.