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Artist: ACKERMAN, BLASTER AL
Title: I Am Drunk
Format: LP
Label: Ehse
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"..an insanely prolific maker of word machines, a Dionysian weaver of tall tales about people that Kraft-Ebbing only dreamt of during naps after overdoing it at University buffet luncheons, co-founder of confounding Neoism, internationally reknowned mail artist prankster, former census taker, romance writer, medical attendant in a burn unit (okay, lets get this out there - those are his words, inspired by the burn unit, used by Psychic TV in "Hamburger Lady"), author of many books including The Blaster Al Ackerman Omnibus, Let Me Eat Massive Pieces of Clay and I Taught My Dog to Shoot a Gun. For Christs sake he even did television work in the 50s and worked for LBJ!" - Ehse.

Artist: CRANE, G. LUCAS & RIC ROYER
Title: Dark Cabinet of the Strange Weird
Format: LP Boxset
Label: Ehse
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"It has been a long forever since I had heard a good gothic collaboration. Hearkening back to the days of radio nasties and coming off like a bizarro-⿿Munsters⿝ (so, actually eerie and funny?), Royer and Crane pulled out all the shock stops as they crept their way through macabre stories-with-sound, like on ⿿Pig Dog Baby,⿝ ⿿Creepy Aunt Nikki,⿝ and ⿿Man with One Eye and a Hook for a Hand⿝ (the latter is a peculiar piece with hilarious asides by Royer). Horror should unnerve and challenge, but mock-horror should fascinate and delight, and Dark Cabinet of the Strange Weird certainly did. There were no mounting horrifying crescendos or terrifying rides to the edge of darkness, but there were plenty of toothsome, subtly spooky, old-style tales of suspense. One would be half-right to think of Dark Cabinet of the Strange Weird as a mere novelty (the cob-webbed album comes cased in an Erin Womack-illustrated crypt box), but they would be short-changing it; this ghoulish union was, surprisingly, a very embraceable example of surreal narrative and sound-torturing that remained with the listener well past its conclusion, but not necessarily for the ⿿chilling⿝ reasons you may think. Release of the year? Hardly. Smile of the year? Definitely." - Ehse.

Artist: HAYLECK, ANDY
Title: Two Gong/Wire Pieces
Format: LP
Label: Ehse
Country: USA
Price: $14.50
"Baltimore-based sound artist Andy Hayleck has worked primarily with field recordings and bowed metal over the past seven years in improvised settings, installation and solo composed works. His previous recordings include The Disappearing Floor (Recorded), a suite of edited field recordings and vibrating metal sounds; Various Recordings Involving Ice (Fairfield/HereSee), a set of field recordings of crystallized H2O; and his bowed saw and cymbal performances with fricative free music collaborative group Trockeneis (Ehse). Two Gong/Wire Pieces presents side-long live-to-tape performances using a special system which Hayleck has invented and with which he has performed widely - bowing a long wire attached to a Chinese gong, allowing for special control of the irrational vibrations of the metal plate through careful control over the tension of the wire and place and style of bowing. The resulting masses of beating tone-forms are lakes and pools of eddies or whirlpools born from a deceptively simple and carefully considered system and a seemingly enormous pair of ears." - Ehse.

Artist: NAGOSKI, IAN
Title: Kerflooey
Format: LP
Label: Ehse
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Nagoski has been one of the most heartfelt progenitors of electronic, psychedelic soundfields of the past decade, having produced three solo full-lengths in tiny editions and contributing his sounds on record with the likes of Joe McPhee, Jack Rose, Six Organs of Admittance, Pelt, and Magali Babin and collaborating live with Tom Carter. Nautical Almanac, Andy Hayleck, Donald Miller and many others. A record shop owner and writer, he has published in Halana, The Wire, the Ecstatic Peace Poetry Review, Yeti, Baltimore City Paper, Sound Projector, Sound Collector, and elsewhere. His slow-moving soundfields have been praised in print by Bruce Russell, Chris Corsano, Campbell Kneale, John Berndt, Thurston Moore, Jerome Noetinger and many other peers. This is his first solo outing in four years, apart from his recent, widely-praised anthology of early 20th-century, foreign music collection Black Mirror: Reflections in Global Musics (1918-1955) on the Dust-to-Digital label." - Ehse.

Artist: SNACKS
Title: Natural Snacks
Format: 10" Picture Disc
Label: Ehse
Country: USA
Price: $17.50
"For this record, Snacks initially wanted to encode an interactive web site of sexy dance music videos and lathe it into vinyl. Included with the record would be an rca jack to telephone wire adapter so people could jam the album using their old 56k modems. The board of directors at Ehse Records unfortunately 86ed this concept leaving Snacks to do a picture disc containing analog gastronomy, fights between the wait staff and the cooks, effluvial drum licks, persuasive percussion, tasteful guitar solos, non-ironic tap dancing, hot body squelches, vintage garbage, French primitivism, nocturnal grooves carved in avocado rinds, troublesome themes, Slavic melancholy, uptight programming, neoist sequencers, ham-fisted mastering. Picture window hand-screened jacket around picture of pure record picture disc record. Edition of 500."-Ehse.

Artist: TROCKENEIS
Title: 5025 AD
Format: LP
Label: Ehse
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"From the den of pre-scientific iniquity in which Baltimore sound actors thrive on non-planning, the stately emergence of professional harsh acousticians in five-part harmony, a brash romp through the New Frictionalism, The New Spectralism, and The New Ritualism. Bowing. Rubbing. Scraping. Squealing. Squeaking. Screeching. Moaning. Silence. Anything else. Nothing else. Sound fixations waiting to unfix in the act of observation/measurement. Go ahead, measure them. Then flip to side B and watch your numbers float away in a muddy stream of ink. All sounds were made without electricity. Its portable music. You can easily move from now to the time when there was no emotion, just its precursors of permanently lingering urgency.  Paul Neidhardt, Catherine Pancake, Dan Breen, and Andy Hayleck caress their idiophones until theyre lost in backporch lullabies of terror. Audrey Chens voice also gets lost, swallowed by its mechanical half-kin and trapped into the shadow world of forbidden overtones. In the center we find a steaming hunk of dry ice, hosting the sounds of molecular frenzy at the interface of hot and cold. Metal. Wood. H2O. Larynx. Danger. Safety. They say its built into the limbic system." - Ehse. Instrumentation: bowed metal, dry ice with heated metal, musical saws, percussion and voice.

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