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"Mingus Plays Piano, released just a few months after his masterpiece The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady, is the only record to feature MINGUS performing on his instrument of choice for composing. From the opening track, appropriately titled "Myself When I Am Real," ...
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"The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady is without question Charles Mingus' magnum opus. Originally released on Impulse! in 1963, the album broke new ground in both genre-defying composition and innovative recording techniques. A six-part suite with dramatic shifts in mood ...
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"Named after San Francisco Chronicle's pink-hued arts and entertainment guide, PINK SECTION coalesced at SF Art Institute and performed their first show at the legendary Deaf Club on Valentine's Day, 1979. These self-taught musicians existed on the fringe (even in the ...
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"B.C. GILBERT / G. LEWIS have always juggled darkness and light in their various collaborations (DOME, CUPOL, etc.); Gilbert's pointillist melodicism counterbalanced by Lewis' menacing bass and sardonic lyrics. While the duo explores cinematic soundscapes on their album ...
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"In 1980, after three relentlessly creative albums, the members of WIRE were at an impasse, unsure of how to push themselves any further as a four-piece rock band. While frontman Colin Newman spent the band's hiatus mining WIRE's knack for intelligent and contorted pop ...
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"GLENN BRANCA's first full-length album The Ascension is a colossal achievement. After touring much of 1980 with an all-star band featuring four guitarists (BRANCA, fellow composers Ned Sublette and David Rosenbloom, and future SONIC YOUTH member Lee Ranaldo) along with ...
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"Cleveland's electric eels (all lower case in homage to poet e.e. cummings) is America's quintessential proto-punk band. Formed in 1972 by singer Dave E. McManus and guitarists John Morton and Brian McMahon, the group enlisted drummer Nick Knox (later of THE CRAMPS) and ...
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"In the late '60s, PIP PROUD recorded two of the oddest records ever to come out of Australia - Adreneline & Richard and A Bird In The Engine - before vanishing into obscurity for the better part of three decades. Often called the "Australian Syd Barrett," yet PROUD ...
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"In the late '60s, PIP PROUD recorded two of the oddest records ever to come out of Australia - Adreneline & Richard and A Bird In The Engine - before vanishing into obscurity for the better part of three decades. Often called the "Australian Syd Barrett," yet PROUD ...
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"PHILIP JOHNSON, a lost figure in the dark waters of early industrial music, self-released over 25 tapes starting in the late '70s. As a part of the "cassette culture" in the UK, he produced ethereal soundscapes, damaged electronics and undanceable drum patterns, along ...
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"PETER JEFFERIES (THIS KIND OF PUNISHMENT, NOCTURNAL PROJECTIONS, etc.) released his brilliant sophomore album Electricity in 1994. While his solo debut, 1990's The Last Great Challenge In A Dull World, has drawn comparisons to classic singer-songwriters like Nick Drake ...
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"Considered the first collective of experimental composers, Gruppo d'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza formed in 1964 in Rome to chase the expressive potential of live improvisation to its furthest reaches. Led by Franco Evangelisti, Gruppo also included Ennio Morricone ...
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"Never one to settle on a single musical style, Brigitte Fontaine followed up her debut, Est.Folle, and her astonishing collaboration with The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Comme ŕ la Radio, with the most eclectic release of her lengthy career, 1972's Brigitte Fontaine. It ...
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HELDON - ALLEZ-TEIA (LP)

"Allez-Teia, the second album by French guitarist Richard Pinhas under the Heldon moniker, was originally released in 1975 on the artist's own Disjuncta imprint. Far from the band's prog-tinged trio lineup, Allez-Teia features a menagerie of guitars, Mellotron and ...
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"Fire of Love is the no-nonsense debut from blues-punk legends The Gun Club. Formed in 1979 - when singer Jeffrey Lee Pierce taught a young Kid Congo Powers to play guitar - the band injects the Delta blues, rockabilly and '60s garage with their own amplified fury. ...
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"Produced in the twilight of the '80s in London and originally released on white-label LP with homemade rubber stamp impression, Witch is the mysterious and powerful debut from poet, artist, and musician LESLIE WINER. It's an infectious patchwork of dub beats, tasteful ...
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"It comes as no surprise that Andrei Tarkovsky, master of Soviet cinema, turned to composer EDUARD ARTEMIEV to score his two lyrical and haunting films, The Mirror (1975) and Stalker (1979), as he had done for Solaris (also available on Superior Viaduct). ARTEMIEV's ...
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"Residue Of The Residents collects outtakes, rare tracks and other experiments from this legendary San Francisco collective. Originally released on Ralph Records in 1983 and spanning THE RESIDENTS' career up to that point, this first-time vinyl reissue has been expanded ...
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"After cutting his teeth in the late '70s No Wave scene with bands THEORETICAL GIRLS and THE STATIC, GLENN BRANCA made his first solo statement, Lesson No. 1, in 1980. The inaugural release on legendary post-punk / dance label 99 Records, Lesson No. 1 unveils BRANCA's ...
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"Scream With a View, recorded surreptitiously in The Residents' private studio in 1979, advances brilliant melodic concepts through analog technology for a sound barely comprehensible today. On "Where Interests Lie," punchy drum machine underlies barbed and eerie leads ...
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"Reissue of Tuxedomoon's debut album from 1978! Founded by Steven Brown and Blaine Reininger in San Francisco, Tuxedomoon are a futuristic alternate reality of delirium and existential dread. Aligned with fellow Bay Area experimentalists The Residents (to whose Ralph ...
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"French poet and chameleonic vocalist Brigitte Fontaine's career spans over four decades. Fontaine synthesized chanson (French pop song) and world music, which eventually won her international acclaim as a performer and collaborator with a variety of artists from around ...
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"It's only appropriate that Solaris, Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky's psychological sci-fi classic from 1972, contains an equally original and mind-bending score. Solaris explores the inadequacies of time and memory on an enigmatic planet below a derelict space ...
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"Sensations' Fix guitarist, keyboardist and occasional vocalist Franco Falsini cut his teeth with Italian groups in the '60s before assimilating the heady guitar virtuosity of English rock. In 1969, he moved to Virginia and built a recording studio in his girlfriend's ...
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HELDON - INTERFACE (LP)

"Richard Pinhas is an artistic iconoclast. A French intellectual as likely to collaborate with Magma as the radical philosopher Gilles Deleuze, Pinhas released seven albums under the Heldon moniker in the 1970s that flaunt the mastery of progressive rock and early ...
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