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Artist: BORBETOMAGUS
Title: (1st)
Format: CD
Label: Agaric
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"Originally released in 1995. The trio of Jim Sauter (reeds), Don Dietrich (reeds) and Donald Miller (guitar) are practically an American institution at this point. For the better part of two decades they have raised the mantle on intense improvisational sound parameters into one of the most unique sound configurations heard on planet earth. Heavy noise, deeply coiled feedback manipulation, hair-raising electronic squeal, and the ultimate in air propulsion explosiveness, all initiated by humans. Pretty much every home could use at least one Borbetomagus recording; this CD is a reissue of their debut album from 1980, with the addition of Brian Doherty on electronics. Includes a previously-unreleased track." -Agaric.

Artist: BORBETOMAGUS
Title: Barbed Wire Maggots
Format: CD
Label: Agaric
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
CD reissue of what was the 4th Borbetomagus album, originally released on LP by Agaric way back in 1983. The trio of Jim Sauter (reeds), Don Dietrich (reeds) & Donald Miller (guitar). Recorded at In-Roads, NYC. May 7, 1982. " Barbed Wire Maggots is a motherfucker, even now, 23 years after it was recorded. Recorded at In-Roads on Mercer Street, BWM documents a gorgeous evening of extreme sonic dialogue. Sauter and Dietrichs reeds skinny-dip into virtual classicist free mode at times (think Trane having an erotic dream of Frank Wright), but more often they tangle like electric eels dropped like tampons from the poop hatch of a 747. Upper register bowel tingling never felt so good. Millers guitar joins them up in the stratosphere, plugging raw current into metal bowls, sizzling like a wok full of stewardess jiz, just creating and distorting and worrying the fabric of the cosmos like some idiotic terrier-god from a lost part of the Upanishards. Everything just moves so beautifully here. All of the early Borbeto hallmarks are on display: the ducks-attacked-by-lawnmowers thing; the Wilhelm Reich Busts Another Cloud scenario; the angel-wire-thimble connection ; the part about the cop car getting crushed by a bulldozer inside a maelstrom in a sewer drain -- its all here. What is most remarkable about the music on BWM is how fresh it still sounds. Therere no clichés brunted about here, nothing thats time-coded in the least; its even difficult to really categorize the music inside any genre. Jazz, industrial, rock, free...there are elements of all of those here. And they are blended and/or smashed together in ways that will make yr hair feel lighter than feathers, lighter than maggots, lighter than anything." - Byron Coley.
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Artist: BORBETOMAGUS
Title: Live in Allentown
Format: CD
Label: Agaric
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"Killer sound, includes the entire second set, never before released. Byron reviewed the cassette in Spin years ago." -Agaric

Artist: BORBETOMAGUS
Title: S/T
Format: CD
Label: Agaric
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
1990 reissue of the trios self-titled third LP. "Theres something very exhilarating about music that revels in its own sheer noisiness. Borbetomagus sustain their caterwaul of sound with admirable stamina. The trios interplay, as Jim Sauter has explained, is aimed at a total group sound in which individual parts merge into the whole. They get it. The bent notes, thick textures and quasi-feedback squeals of the saxophonists blend with Donald Millers industrial strength electric guitar. Miller apparently gets his rough and grainy sound by severely overloading his amplifier and using controlled feedeback. The result is distortion so radical it makes individual notes all but impossible to pick out. You can trace some of these sounds back to conventional guitar techniques, but to list them would miss the point." -Kevin Whitehead.

Artist: BORBETOMAGUS
Title: Seven Reasons for Tears
Format: CD
Label: Agaric
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
1993 CD release. Reissue of this classic Purge/Sound League LP by Borbetomagus, recorded 12/6/1987. "Seven Reasons for Tearsbeautifully documents the most simultaneously fierce and accessible periods of the bands history. Converts and heathens can both bathe luxuriously in the radioactive improv-beauty-stream that lights up a room when the record is played at special volume. Tears is the living spirit of Borbetomagus numbered days as a quartet with bassist Adam Nodelman. Days to be cherished. The brobdignagian wall-motion of Jim Sauter and Don Dietrichs free-roving horns and Donald Millers evil-minded guitar-abuse have always had a tendency to hit me above the belt. The textured furrows their howl historically carved into my flesh began at the navel and trailed bloodily up into the aether. Nodelmans terricolous presence gave them full access to listeners aesthetic genitals for the first time and Tears proves they can wreak remarkable damage in this area. It would be the height of irresponsibility for me to suggest that any of this disks spontaneous outpourings might encourage some sorta social action. Not even the most extreme hippie-style derv-jerk includes a language of gestures explosive enough to coexist with the same incredible buckling of sonic structures here. Still, something like the intro to 7b has the same semblance-of-approachability that makes even outside rock music a relatively populist proposition. And you could certainly splice chunks of 3 and 6 onto a live tape of MC5 doing a Sun Ra cover without making John Sinclair roll over in his bathtub. So mere rock fans have nothing to fear. Which isnt to say that Tearsdoesnt have spurts of unprecedented density. I thought they had closed the book once and for all on overtones and found feedback harmonics with their previous record, New York Performances (Agaric 1986), but there are sections here that sound like a dozen distinct and angry zebra trying to burst out of Ed Kochs lower bowel. But its only the four of them. And theyre humans. Theyre just so goddam intent on what theyre doing and so capable of transporting themselves through their hands and brains and lungs that their one beats yr three. Its a simple matter of shamanism -- a quality sadly lacking in most everything you hear today. Imagine this record as a log thats been sharpened by magic, hardened by fire and is just aching to drive itself through yr chest." --Byron Coley, Forced Exposure, 1987.

Artist: BORBETOMAGUS
Title: Snuff Jazz
Format: CD
Label: Agaric
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Reissue of Snuff Jazz, a vicious installment originally released on LP in 1990, with one previously unreleased track and an untitled track previously released on COS tapes in 1990. Jim Sauter and Don Dietrich on saxophones, Donald Miller on guitar. The first three selections were recorded at the art gallery and performance space ABC No Rio in New Yorks lower Lower East Side on November 24, 1988. The occasion for the concert was the opening night of an exhibition of paintings by Carl George andValerie Caris. The fourth selection was recorded at DC Space, in Washington, DC on August 25,1989. "It is hard to believe that it has been twenty years since my ass warmed a bench in the dungeon at ABC No Rio. Back in the day, it was dicey on the streets of the dank and decaying Lower East Side, streets riddled with drug dealers and abandoned buildings. A couple of drinks at the opening, and it was high time for a good aural irrigation. The boys gently ascended to their cruising altitude, and the sonic bursts pierced the damp masonry walls and every human eardrum in reach. The fans drooled, and the uninitiated, like the soccer players of Chernobyl, stared in awe of this enfolding, life-threatening disaster and grit-crunching ass-kick machine. The dogs were howling this night! Remove all other living critters from the house, pour yourself a double single-malt scotch, turn the volume of your stereo to twelve, and enjoy as your ears are acid-etched." - Michael Hanke.

Artist: BORBETOMAGUS
Title: Songs Our Mother Taught Us
Format: CD
Label: Agaric
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
“2003 release from the trio of Jim Sauter (saxophones), Don Dietrich (saxophones) and Donald Miller (guitar). For over two decades, Borbetomagus have raised the mantle on intense improvisational sound parameters into one of the most unique sound configurations heard on planet earth. Heavy noise, deeply coiled feedback manipulation, hair-raising electronic squeal and the ultimate in air propulsion explosiveness, all initiated by humans. This CD features live performances in Glasgow and London 1999.” - Agaric.

Artist: BORBETOMAGUS
Title: Trente Belles Annees
Format: CD
Label: Agaric
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Like worms through an hour glass, so are the days of our live recordings-such as JIM SAUTER, DON DIETRICH, and DONALD MILLERs final concert of their 2009 tour of Europe. Performing at Instants Chavires in the land of la vache qui fond, the trio celebrates thirty goddamn years of impossibly loud and uncompromising screech, pioneering unique strategies such as bells together, extended, flexible mouthpieces, open mouth wah wah, and never ever conserving a single volt of energy. "You know that bit at the end of the Monterey concert where Hendrix sets his guitar on fire?" guitarist Donald Miller famously asked. "Thats what we do. For a whole hour." With BORBETOMAGUS, bigger is bigger, better is better. Its not up for debate." -Agaric.

Artist: BORBETOMAGUS
Title: Zurich
Format: CD
Label: Agaric
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Recorded on October 13, 1984 at Rote Fabrik in Zurich, Switzerland. Originally released in 1985 as a double LP. "What is best about Sauter, Dietrich and Miller is that they are playing what jazz should be and not just emptying the tradition through some plastic-sounding fusion of jazz as a universal language. They expand the frontiers of the trance-state without resorting to formulaic repetition and take the expressiveness so natural to jazz to new heights, turning over the conventions common to European improvised music. In short, they are a cleansing experience and force us to readjust our ears to a new sonic landscape. Borbetomagus is one of the best things to come out of the United States in a long time" --Gustave Cerutti, Editor; Jazz 360° No. 73, November 1984. Borbetomagus is: Donald Miller (guitar, alto saxophone), Jim Sauter (tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone), and Don Dietrich (tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, guitar)." -Agaric.

Artist: BORBETOMAGUS & SHAKING RAY LEVIS
Title: Coelacanth
Format: 10"
Label: Agaric
Country: USA
Price: $10.00
"This three-track EP collaboration between free noise bruisers Borbetomagus (Don Dietrich and Jim Sauter on reeds, Donald Miller on guitar) and Chattanooga, TNs finest free improvisers (Dennis Palmer on electronics and synthesizers, Bob Stagner on drums) is as riotously colorful and chaotic as Dennis Palmers cover art. As is often the case when Borbetomagus team up with other musicians, theres a little more restraint on offer than in the trios own coruscating work -- at the opening of "I Want to Be a Black Weight Lifter Named Douglas," Sauter and Dietrich in particular seem more content to stand back and let Millers twisted drones battle it out with Palmers wild synth squiggles -- but dont be fooled into thinking its an easy listening outing. It isnt -- and that menacing-looking fish on the album cover should be sufficient warning. Even those familiar with Shaking Ray Levis contribution to the skewed tribute compilation to the Residents (Eyesore: A Stab at the Residents, on the aptly named Vaccination label) will be taken aback by the visceral blast of "Lady Big Boy." - Allmusic.com. 1992 release. Non-picture disk edition.

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