Experimental Music Haul 2.0

I’ve started volunteering at the Bop Shop and they let me browse the special collections section (items for sale on the website) and I’ve found some remarkable LPs.

The first item I picked up was Morton Subotnick’s The Wild Bull.  I asked, “so is it true that I can pick up just about any release on the Nonesuch label and know that it will be fantastic?”

Moments later, I had my answer.  I found a double LP boxed set titled, The Nonesuch Guide to Electronic Music by Beaver and Krauss.  It was composed on one of the first Moog synthesizers built by Bob Moog and includes a syllabus to guide the listener through a collection of sound concepts and the language of electronic music which was altogether new to the world when the record was released.

One of the 20th century music experts working in the shop smiled and told me that the Guide was an essential starting point for my early electronic library and that had the album been produced in a more limited run, it would be considered a holy grail.

Click on the back cover shot for a high-resolution photo and check out the track listing for a better idea of what this collection offers.

Next I asked if by chance the store had a copy of George Harrison’s noise record, Electronic Sound.

Sure enough, in the special collections area there were not one but three copies!  The first was $25 but had needle wear and audible surface noise.  The $40 copy was a Japanese import in NM condition and it played magnificently.  I opted for the second disc and after researching the recording I learned that Krauss actually composed and performed an entire side of the album but was never credited on the release.

The final treasure came when I inquired about a collection of experimental releases from the French label, Prospective 21e Siècle from the 60s and 70s.  I was surprised to hear that the owner of the shop recalled the label and remembered seeing a few discs come into the store at one time or another.  We searched through the “to-be-filed” shelves and to my absolute surprise found FOUR of the label’s releases tucked away on the top shelf!  Most were $50 apiece and in excellent condition.  After quickly sampling these discs I picked out three and added them to my pile.

I plan to rip these rare albums to FLAC just as soon as the McIntosh pre-amp and power amp arrive.

Prospective 21e Siècle – Boucourechliuv

Prospective 21e Siècle – Clavencin 2.0

Prospective 21e Siècle – Ohana

I made two additional discoveries this week as well.  The Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble has released two albums, each in the area of New Music.

The first was a performance of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians.  It was an excellent performance of the classic piece, but the second release is what really grabbed me.

In C Remixed is a 21st century re-imagining of Terry Riley’s groundbreaking minimalist composition.

Below is a sample – Jad Abumrad’s mix

And the other discovery was the work of Pauline Oliveros.  I began exploring her tape music from the 50s and 60s but was most impressed with her work with The Deep Listening Band during the 1990s.  The album, Ready Made Boomerang was recorded in a two million gallon cistern which has a reverberation time of 45 seconds!

I’m hoping for a vinyl re-issue of this release.

I’ll be heading back to the Bop Shop this Saturday so stay tuned for more!

An Endless Boogie, Onward Into Oblivion

Through a wonderful stroke of luck, I have come upon two beautifully rare discs from a fantastic band.

Endless Boogie is a band out of NYC who Pitchfork took notice of when they released their first major disc in 2008.

They accurately summed up the band’s formula in a few words:

The concept that guides Endless Boogie is a relatively simple one: Take the moment at which any good blues-rock jam crests– the four bars of transcendent face-scrunching and pull-off-laden glory– then extend that moment onward into oblivion.

The discs I’ve come upon are legendary in collector’s circles.  The band quietly released two albums in 2005 – Volume 1 and Volume 2.  The first was limited to 500 copies, and word is that 50 of them have been rendered “less-desirable.”  Volume 2 was limited to 299 copies, though my copy is mysteriously hand-numbered 90/’150.

Both of the albums and their jackets are NM with their respective inserts.  They sound absolutely amazing.  The opening track of Volume 1 is a 24 minute epic anthem.  The closest I could come to a sample for your enjoyment is the first track of Volume 2, courtesy of youtube.

And here’s a slow, bluesy cut from one of their CDs – “Slow Creep.”

Pitchfork went on to describe them as a cross between Captain Beefheart and Dr. Teeth… which couldn’t have made me happier!

As much as I’d love to keep them for my own collection, I’ve decided to offer them as a set and have just posted them as the lowest-priced copies available on Discogs.com.

Click here to check out the copies I have for sale!

Endless Boogie - Volume 1 (Black)

Endless Boogie - Volume 1 (Black)

Endless Boogie - Volume 2 (White)

Endless Boogie - Volume 2 (White)

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