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  • Variations IV Variations IV Quick View

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    Variations IV

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    Anything can happen and often does. This is John Cage. A seminal example of indeterminate music from an icon on experimental sounds.


    It could be argued that there is no more controversial figure in music history as avant-garde electronic composer John Cage. Perhaps best known for his composition 4'33, which consisted of Cage sitting at a piano for four-plus minutes of total silence, Cage was both loved and loathed in the 60s and 70s as a leading light in avant-garde music and as an entertainingly weird guy who used radios, televisions, live dancers and his own Adam's apple as instruments in his live performances. Cage's music blurred the line between music, performance art and visual art in a way that no other composer has before or since.


    Cage's performances were often wild one-of-a-kind happenings, and the shows that make up the recording of Variations IV are no different. The fourth in a series of concerts that stretched the boundaries of what music was, IV was designed for a group of performers playing literally anything they could get their hands on. They were also encouraged, if they got bored playing, to do other activities in addition to the music. The score consisted of two circles and seven points on a transparent sheet, to be interpreted however the performers saw fit. The end result: a wild album of music-concrete that should sound familiar to fans of the Beatles' Revolution 9 -- no question Cage's composition influenced Lennon and Ono's experiments.


    Modern Harmonic brings you this gorgeous reissue of Cage's masterpiece, pressed on clear vinyl and wrapped in restored artwork that captures the unique and strange beauty of this headphone classic. Join the avant-garde!

    1. Introduction
    2. Excerpts - 7pm to 8pm
    3. Excerpts - 8pm to 9pm
    4. Excerpts - 9pm to 10pm
    5. Excerpts - 10pm to 11pm
    John Cage with David Tudor
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  • Complete Performance Complete Performance Quick View

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    Complete Performance


    2 LP On Clear Vinyl


    If you were going to envision the ultimate avant-garde meeting-of-the-minds jam session, who would you pick? Even the most hopeful fan of strange and innovative music couldn't have seen this one coming: on one afternoon in 1986, at Coney Island's dilapidated freak show, space-age avant-jazz genius Sun Ra met avant-garde serious music composer John Cage in an unforgettable performance.


    You couldn't imagine two figures more opposite. Cage was known for his unusual approach to composition, using objects such as radios and television sets, as well as pure silence, as instruments, often encouraging his musicians to do other things at their whim on stage. Sun Ra, on the other hand, was a jazz arranger known for his space-age approach to jazz, adding free-jazz and surrealist elements into a musical form that Cage often disdained -- improvisational music. And yet, for one afternoon, they pooled their talents -- Ra playing keyboards, leading his small group and reading his unusual poetry; Cage performing vocal readings and passages of vocal sound -- plus his trademark silence -- designed to baffle and disorient. The combination is breathtaking, both organic and mechanical, free-form and totally composed.


    For the very first time, Modern Harmonic presents the full and unexpurgated concert from 1986, stretched out across two LPs. In addition to never-before-heard songs and musical passages, this album at last presents the long-rumored co-performance between the two musical giants, all lovingly packaged in new artwork that captures the stark brilliance of the music. Take yourself back to 1986 and a once-in-a-lifetime performance that you can finally hear as it was intended.

    LP 1
    1. Rick Russo Introduction [Previously Unissued]
    2. Marshall Allen - Untitled Wind Synthesizer Intro
    3. Sun Ra - Untitled Keyboard Solo 1
    4. John Cage - Empty Words (Vocal Solo)
    5. John Cage - Empty Words (Silent Solo)
    6. John Cage - Empty Words (Vocal Solo)
    7. Sun Ra - Untitled Keyboard Solo 2
    8. Sun Ra - We Hold This Myth To Be Potential [Previously Unissued]
    9. Sun Ra - The Damned Air [Previously Unissued]
    10. John Cage - Empty Words (Vocal Solo) [Previously Unissued]
    11. John Cage - Empty Words (Silent Solo) [Previously Unissued]
    12. John Cage - Empty Words (Vocal Solo) [Previously Unissued]


    LP 2
    1. Sun Ra - The Living Parable [Previously Unissued]
    2. Sun Ra - This Is The Space Age [Previously Unissued]
    3. Sun Ra - Untitled Keyboard Solo 3 [Previously Unissued]
    4. Sun Ra - Enlightenment (featuring June Tyson) [Previously Unissued]
    5. Sun Ra - Untitled Keyboard Solo 4
    6. John Cage and Sun Ra - Silent Duet
    7. John Cage and Sun Ra - Empty Words And Keyboard
    8. John Cage and Sun Ra - Silent Duet 2
    9. Sun Ra - Untitled Keyboard Solo 5

    John Cage Meets Sun Ra
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  • Cascades Cascades Quick View

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    Cascades

    Cascades is the music collaboration between two Montreal-based musicians, neo-classical pianist Jean-Michel Blais, and genre-defying Grammy Award-nominated electronic producer Mike Silver (aka CFCF). Building off their sold out performance during the globally celebrated Red Bull Music Academy, Cascades is a stunning 5-song, 30-minute meeting-of-minds that navigates spaces between the artists' respective crafts and tendencies toward playful minimalism. Featuring reworkings from the duo's catalogues, an interpretation of John Cage's "In A Landscape", and a new original, "Hypocrite", Cascades is a celebration of the traditional and experimental, dissolving the old into the new.
    1. Hasselblad 1
    2. Two Mirrors
    3. Spirit
    4. Hypocrite
    5. In A Landscape (Rework)
    Jean-Michel Blais & CFCF
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  • Harold Budd: Remixes Harold Budd: Remixes Quick View

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    Harold Budd: Remixes

    Emerging from the 60s US avant-garde and originally influenced by the likes of John Cage and Morton Feldman, Harold Budd rebelled against the heavily conceptual works of his peers to explore his own artistic path of existential prettiness. His early work caught the ear of Brian Eno, who invited him to England to record his first commercially released work The Pavilion Of Dreams (Obscure - 1978). This working relationship continued over the next decade, producing landmark works such as The Plateaux Of Mirror (EG - 1980) and The Pearl (EG - 1984). He went on to collaborate with other like-minded souls including the Cocteau Twins, John Foxx and Jah Wobble, and release an impressive stream of delicately constructed solo works, many of which have been issued on All Saints.
    1. Mandan (Patten Remix)
    2. Feral (Odd Nosdam Remix)
    3. Dark Star (Personable Remix)
    Harold Budd
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  • Passages Passages Quick View

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    Passages

    Import

    Passages is a collaborative chamber music studio album co-composed by Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass, released in 1990. The album is a hybrid of Hindustani Classical music and Glass' distinct American minimal contemporary Classical style.


    A collaboration between an avant-garde modern Classical composer and a traditional Indian/Hindi composer/performer seems pretty unlikely. However, Passages works splendidly. Shankar's smooth style fits nicely with Glass' dissonant orchestrations.


    The album reached a peak position of number three on Billboard's Top World Music Albums chart. Recommended to fans of other minimalist composers such as John Cage, Steve Reich and Terry Riley.

    1. Offering
    2. Sadhanipa
    3. Channels And Winds
    4. Ragas In Minor Scale
    5. Meetings Along The Edge
    6. Prashanti
    Ravi Shankar & Philip Glass
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  • Solarispellis Solarispellis Quick View

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    Solarispellis

    A playful electronic musical journey evocative of Eno's Music For Films, Oneohtrix Point Never, 8-bit soundtracks and prog-infused 70s synth epics; but executed with a rigorous conceptual framework worthy of John Cage or the radical film experiments of Lars Von Trier. Solarispellis is the follow up to Arandel's 2010 debut album In D and similarly continues to be entirely in his signature key (a nod to minimalist godfather Terry Riley). From woozy electronica to emotive techno and the most vertiginous krautrock - the tempos, Moods and subjects are intertwined, covering an array of musical territories despite the uniformity of the tonic note and chord. There is a paradox to the the intricate beauty of Solarispellis; an almost symphonic album recorded in the living room of a small apartment. The sounds suggest harpsichord, piano, organ or drops of water on a hot tin roof although almost every sound you hear was synthesized. There's a scholarly approach to the music but it does not require any effort on the audience's part.
    1. Opening Section
    2. Section 7
    3. Section 11
    4. Interlude (Variation on Section 12)
    5. Section 9
    6. Section 10 (1st & 2nd Movements)
    7. Section 13
    8. Interlude (Variation on Section 6)
    9. Section 12
    10. Section 10 (3rd Movement)
    11. Section 8
    12. Finale Section
    Arandel
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  • Under The Pines Under The Pines Quick View

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    Under The Pines

    So complex and substance-affected was their evolution, Bardo Pond have been creating their dreamy riffs for 26 years alongside a myriad of side projects. Returning with a career defining album, 'Under The Pines' sees them delve into the subconscious with their transcending cosmic post-rock. Over 41 minutes The Pond's fermentation, their languid throb and textured groove (flute, violin, Isobel Sollenberger's haunting vocals) sounds like cathartic dream pop wrapped in a delicately constructed barbwire shroud. "Playing fuzzed out stuff of stoner dreams since the mid '90s," (thanks Pitchfork) and beyond the mentions of free jazz, the avant garde, Sun Ra and The Book Of The Dead, Bardo Pond's remarkable career and exemplary output has seen them gain fans from all corners of the pond.


    In 2010 Lou Reed and his wife Laurie Anderson invited them to perform at the Vivid festival they curated at the Sydney Opera House, not forgetting they were recently handpicked to support Jesus & Mary Chain at London's Roundhouse as part of Mogwai's 20th Anniversary and Stewart Lee chose them for the All Tomorrow's Parties festival which he curated just last year. Hailed for their space rock, drone, shoegaze, noise and/or psychedelia, and in a super lengthy interview in Ptolemaic Terrascope enthused (back in 2001) that they were somewhere between John Cage's silence on 4'33 and Japanese noisenik Merzbow's total ear splitting cacophony. One of their finest albums to date and nearly three decades on, Bardo Pond are in it for the long haul and remain one of the most significant underground rock bands of our time.

    1. Crossover
    2. Out Of Reach
    3. My Eyes Out
    4. Moment To Moment
    5. Under The Pines
    6. Effigy
    Bardo Pond
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  • Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win Quick View

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    Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win

    This will be 50s first release after negotiating his independence from Interscope Records. His last release 4 years ago, BEFORE I SELF DESTRUCT
    leaked in its entirety over a month before street date. 50 Cent has sold over 30 million records to date and looks forward to continued success
    independently.


    50 Cent, born Curtis James Jackson III, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, investor and actor from Queens, New York. He rose to fame with the
    release of his 2003 album Get Rich or Die Tryin', which has sold more than 8 million copies. The Grammy Award winner has sold more than 30 million
    albums worldwide and has been awarded numerous accolades including 13 Billboard Music Awards, six World Music Awards, three American Music
    Awards and four BET Awards, to name a few. He was ranked as the #1 rap artist and most successful Hot 100 Artist of the 2000s by Billboard Magazine,
    as well as that decade's sixth-best artist and fourth top male artists of that decade. His fifth studio album, Animal Ambition, will be released in summer
    2014.


    What began as music chart dominance for the rap music phenomenon quickly transformed to success in corporate America as a multi-tiered business
    mogul to be reckoned with. 50 Cent has also carved out a successful and acclaimed career as an actor, appearing in more than 21 films including Frozen
    Ground with Nicolas Cage and John Cusack, The Tomb starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and he recently wrapped filming on
    The Prince with Bruce Willis and John Cusack. He is currently serving as executive producer and has a reoccurring role on the highly anticipated series
    POWER set to air on Starz in 2014. Recognized as one of the most talented and prolific music artists of his time, 50 Cent has managed to leverage his
    star power into record breaking brand extensions encompassing a broad spectrum of businesses including artist management, film production, footwear
    and apparel, fragrance, video games, publishing, headphones and health drinks and supplements.

    1. Hold On
    2. Don't Worry 'Bout It
    3. Animal Ambition
    4. Pilot
    5. Smoke
    6. Everytime I Come Around
    7. Irregular Heartbeat
    8. Hustler
    9. Twisted
    10. Winners Circle
    11. Chase The Paper
    50 Cent
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  • The Adventures Of Panama Red (Awaiting Repress) The Adventures Of Panama Red (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    The Adventures Of Panama Red (Awaiting Repress)

    Purple Colored Vinyl


    1000 Only Limited Edition


    f there was ever any doubt that the New Riders of the Purple Sage were the ultimate hippie country rock band-and having had Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead as early members meant that there wasn't much-The Adventures of Panama Red put them to rest. This 1973 album's loosely connected tall tales of drug culture, complete with the album's underground comic book graphics, ensured that this gatefold record was a long-time dorm room favorite for separating out those stems and seeds. But Panama Red (their only gold record) had a lot more going for it than just countercultural kicks-the band, by now consisting of John Dawson, David Nelson, Dave Torbert, pedal steel ace Buddy Cage and Jefferson Airplane drummer Spencer Dryden-was much tighter than any outfit this stoned had a right to be, and with songwriting contributions from Peter Rowan (the hit "Panama Red" and "Lonesome L.A. Cowboy") and Robert Hunter ("Kick in the Head") as well as from the band's own fine tunesmiths in Dawson and Torbert, the songs were of a uniformly high quality. Production by multi-instrumentalist Norbert Putnam, charts by the Memphis Horns and vocal contributions by Buffy Sainte-Marie and Donna Godchaux helped enshrine this record as one of the finest country-rock outings of the '70s. Now, Real Gone Music is reissuing this classic album for the first time on vinyl, remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in NYC and lacquer cut by Kevin Gray, with a limited edition pressing of 1000 in-what else?-purple vinyl, with the original gatefold album and inner sleeve graphics (with lyrics) intact. Time to add to your stash of essential '70s vinyl!

    1. Panama Red (Album Version)
    2. It's Alright with Me
    3. Lonesome L.A. Cowboy (Album Version)
    4. Important Exportin Man (Album Version)
    5. One Too Many Stories (Album Version)
    6. Kick In the Head
    7. You Should Have Seen Me Runnin (Album Version)
    8. Teardrops In My Eyes (Album Version)
    9. L.A. Lady (Album Version)
    10. Thank the Day
    11. Cement, Clay and Glass
    New Riders of the Purple Sage
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  • Blowin' Your Mind Blowin' Your Mind Quick View

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    Blowin' Your Mind

    Import

    Blowin' Your Mind, the first album by Van Morrison, is generally regarded as the warming up round to Astral Weeks (1968), a critically acclaimed masterpiece by this Northern Irish blues singer. But Blowin' Your Mind really is a masterpiece in its own right, containing truly epic tracks such as the megahit Brown Eyed Girl, the somewhat funky Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye) and Midnight Special, a traditional with a contemporary groove and infectious bass line.


    T.B. Sheets, one of the most real songs about death you'll ever hear, is a 10-minute organ packed blues jam about a dying girlfriend and one of the sweatiest and claustrophobic tunes to come out of the sixties. The latter song has been used to good effect as the sole soundtrack song to the highly recommended Nicholas Cage & Patricia Arquette movie Bringing Out The Dead (1999), and was also covered by John Lee Hooker.

    1. Brown Eyed Girl
    2. He Ain't Give You None
    3. T. B. Sheets
    4. Spanish Rose
    5. Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye)
    6. Ro Ro Rosey
    7. Who Drove The Red Sports Car
    8. Midnight Special
    Van Morrison
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  • Sister Faith Sister Faith Quick View

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    Sister Faith

    Celebrating their 10th year as one of independent music's most substantive bands, Louisville's Coliseum return with their fourth full-length, the stunning Sister Faith. Expanding on the anthemic direction the trio veered toward on 2010's highly acclaimed House With a Curse, Sister Faith's 13 songs are the most dynamic and immediately captivating of the band's career, bristling with galvanizing melodies at the collision point between punk and noise-rock.


    The first album to be recorded in producer J. Robbins' recently relocated Magpie Cage Studios, Sister Faith is also the first Coliseum recording to feature new bassist, Kayhan Vaziri, in addition to contributions from some of the groups' closest friends and musical peers: Wata of Boris, J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines), and Jason Loewenstein (Sebadoh, The Fiery Furnaces), Jason Farrell (Swiz, Bluetip) all make small but memorable contributions.


    John Baizley of Baroness recently wrote, "Musical progression tends to come at the expense of quality or ethics, and Coliseum have sacrificed neither. Songwriting and emotional content have become their focus, and to that end they have gracefully transitioned from the unrelenting anger, rage, and rawness of youth to a more thought-provoking, yet no-less-powerful or insightful sound that is entirely their own." Sister Faith is the encapsulation of that slow and steady transition, the new peak of Coliseum's highly creative and inspiring career.

    1. Disappear From Sight
    2. Last/Lost
    3. Doing Time
    4. Love Under Will
    5. UnderThe Blood OfThe Moon
    6. Used Blood
    7. Late Night Trains
    8. Everything In Glass
    9. Black Magic Punks
    10. Save Everything
    11. Bad Will
    12. Sister Faith
    13. Fuzzbang
    Coliseum
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  • Artificial Dance Artificial Dance Quick View

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    Artificial Dance

    The story of electronic music pioneer K. Leimer continues with a focus on his auteurist studio project Savant. Compiling the standalone album, 1983's The Neo Realist (At Risk), with Savant's debut 12" and a grip of compilation and unreleased tracks, Artificial Dance documents Leimer's complete collaborative venture into the unpredictable realities of music, exploring the gulf between what is expected by its creators and what is eventually - and eternally - committed to tape. Savant was designed by Leimer to tap into entropic truths, asserting an uncaged counterpart to the loop-based minimalism he produced in isolation (recently surveyed on RVNG Intl.'s A Period of Review (1975-1983)). Aligning himself with the Cage-ean principles of chance operations and musical contingency, Savant was a band sans jam. Allegorically, a blindfolded collaboration whose happenstance source music Leimer would sample, loop and sculpt at will. Leimer was creatively autonomous to the point of being a persona absentia in Seattle's 80s rock scene. Unconcerned by social status, Leimer enlisted musicians from experimental and post-punk groups in the area to come record as Savant at his home studio, Tactical. Among them were ambient composer Marc Barreca, John Foster (founder of Op Magazine - the experimental music publication), Jim and David Keller of the New Flamingos, and their bandmate Alex Petit. Others, like Roy Finch and Dennis Rea, came from a similar orbit. Even with these musicians at his beck and call, Leimer implemented a disarming musical strategy. Savant would have no fixed line up and often musicians would be asked to play instruments far outside their fortÉ. Leimer would however give loose rhythmic direction for the musicians to develop spontaneously against click-tracks. When the performance locked in with Leimer listening at the controls, he'd capture it to tape. These moments became the soul of Savant and the combustive elements that would variegate its timbres. Savant tonally operates in a space between This Heat's dark primitivism and the found sound collage of Brian Eno & David Byrne's My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. These analogies are simply stylistic, as the narrative behind The Neo-Realist's production makes clear Leimer was concocting via more alchemic means, avoiding genre aspirations by looking for accidental moments of musical intrigue and discovery. Leimer explains this process in the collection's liner notes: "I was looking for flaws, for faults to act as the stand-out features of the music." Far from a provisional stab at avant-garde sensibilities, Savant represents Leimer's repudiation of ambient music's passive side. Artificial Dance embodies a perfectionist's family portrait of outrÉ musicians conforming to Leimer's nonconformist musical ethos. Fitting for its name, Leimer created conditions for asocial brilliance with Savant, materializing an outward offering from an inward studio and a collaboration of audacious invention.
    1. Using Words
    2. Indifference
    3. The Neo-Realist
    4. Shadow In Deceit
    5. The Shining Hour
    6. Knowledge And Action
    7. Heart Of Stillness
    8. Stationary Dance
    9. Sensible Music
    10. Deceit In Passion
    11. The Radio
    12. Facility
    13. Falling At Two Speeds
    14. Fault Index
    Savant
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