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.
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.