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Artist: BLACK DIRT OAK
Title: Wawayanda
Format: LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $23.00
"The epic Wawayanda Patent by Black Dirt Oak is the Black Dirt Studio-affiliated supergroup with members of Pelt, No Neck Blues Band, Desert Heat, Rhyton, Pigeons, and more. Wawayanda Patent is available in a limited edition of 500 LPs with a download code. "MIE has cast a harvest wreath upon our seasons door, a deceptively intricate record woven like a spell by many interlocked arms and voices: a welcome hex. Featuring Steve Gunn (GHQ, Desert Heat, Violators), Nathan Bowles (Pelt, Black Twig Pickers), Jimy SeiTang (Rhyton, Stygian Stride, Psychic Ills), Justin Tripp (Georgia, Steve Gunn), Margot Bianca (Flown, Key Demo), Dave Shuford (Rhyton, D. Charles Speer, NNCK), and Wednesday Knudsen (Pigeons, Sea Donkeys), Black Dirt Oaks Wawayanda Patent is a song sung from a splintered Ouija board, a mass Shaker gift-drawing, a truly exquisite corpse. All these musicians have been fixtures at this rural studio west of New York City for years, but never so integrated as in this bizarre working. With songs that seem both plant and animal, this music splices many logics into a trembling unity. Without a doubt, an alkaloid-laden root is cellared down in Jason Meaghers Black Dirt Studio. To drop the needle onto this record is to slice across its concentric spheres. The fumes instigate fever dreams: Arco banjo strings and horns spiral like vines and gently strangle steeples erected by drum machines, leaving a skyline of electrified maypoles twinkling in the dark. Hands clasp and graft synthetic and old-world strains into an agrarian wish. The plant leafs out, flowers, fruits, and then sinks silvery seeds back into the rot. Someone plucks a song out in processional cadence only to fall backwards into a séance, channeling creation myths aloft in winds of disembodied voices. The harmonics float down and shroud the earth in breathable fabrics, tenderly draped over dead electronics like stainless skeletons half-buried in dirt, grinning to expose a circuitry of gold fillings amidst the teeth. To describe this music is to clog a drain with hair. You can see what repeated listenings do. Ive flooded my bath. To be sure, each musician has left her telltale fingerprints all over this record; however, the patterns are spun around an entirely different magnetic north, or maybe an underworld passage where the pole should be: Bowles blankets SeiTangs synthesized landforms in wet forests of frailed banjo, wooded hollows haunted by Biancas porcelain song. Their impossible horizon melts with a setting inner sun that turns out to be Knudsens sax. Meagher spins the whole like a glass witch ball, the distended interior described by Tripps geomantic figures, the crystalline surface etched by Shufords acid. Gunn delicately suspends the microcosm by a golden thread... and then they all trade places without us even noticing. Familiar sounds are put to unfamiliar tasks. While the music was germinated in the protected warmth of this cellar, pressing up against those walls are ten-thousand hectares of soaked earth, the drained and fertile remainder of ancient swamplands known as the Wawayanda Patent: soil fat with sulfuric allums, tubers, and now this occult growth, uprooted from below Orange Countys sun-soaked surface. Ingest with care." --Rob Smith

Artist: BLACK DIRT OAK & JANTAR
Title: Presage
Format: LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $23.00
"Presage is an LP less split than twinned, like stars, each side pulled into a mesmerising gravitational dance by the others backspin. Black Dirt Oak and Jantar, siblings of sibilance and site, complete one anothers sentences in a dark and uncanny psychic psalmistry. For their part, Black Dirt Oak stomps out a series of chthonic ur-grooves, filthy bare feet splintered by silicon shards and splashing in puddles of molten rare earths. They kick up a black angel dust of decaying carbon-based lifeforms mingled with that of pulverized electronics, and the plume rises into the welcoming embrace of this albums other side, its sky. Jantar unfurls their canopy in a processional of single piano notes, bowed mists and skeins of flute light as cirrus. Once adrift, the vapors and star-like entities synchronize and calibrate themselves to a mysterious lunar pageant, a watery and flowing tide of incantatory voices pulled high behind its own luminous gravity. The two sides of Presage are distinct but describe in tandem the elemental contours of a shared world: namely, that of Black Dirt Studio and these musicians, some of whom have been recording here in other more familiar constellations for a decade now. Like the Dog Star Sirius, whose heliacal rising presages the wet season of planting and fertility, this twin system also rises, and hopefully augurs well for continued fertility and sonic flooding upon the plains of the lush Wawayanda region and this proven studio" --Rob Smith (Pigeons,Rhyton, Black Dirt Oak). Limited to 300 copies.

Artist: BOWLES & SCOTT VERRASTRO, NATHAN
Title: Polar Satellites
Format: LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $23.00
"MIE releases Polar Satellites, the stunning collaboration by Nathan Bowles (Pelt/Black Twig Pickers) and Scott Verrastro (Kohoutek) on LP. Polar Satellites is a mesmerizing collection of percussion improvisations performed in duo by Nathan and Scott deep in the winter of 2009 and 2010 with absolutely no overdubs. Building on the starkness of Effigy by Pelt, (recently repressed on MIE), the duo have recorded an even bleaker, more minimal and hermetically-vibed record together. Unnerving and hypnotic, Polar Satellites is an intense journey into the unknown, awash with uncategorizable percussive instruments, kalimbas, and banjo. Nathan and Scott first met in Washington D.C. when Nathan would sit in on Kohoutek sets. They were brought together as a duo on a track recorded for Three Lobed Records Jack Rose tribute album and were so struck by the results that they went down to Black Dirt Studios and laid down these tracks with Jason Meagher on engineering, recording and mixing duties. James Plotkin has again done an excellent job on mastering duties." - MIE.

Artist: CARTER, TOM & PAT MURANO
Title: Four Infernal Rivers
Format: Double LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $31.00
"Tom Carter and Pat Murano, two figures with decades of history behind them, offer Four Infernal Rivers, their new double long player. Four Infernal Rivers illuminates their interlocking styles in a light that blurs their individual identities. The music breathes its own life, and consistently eschews the normal meanings of its own potential descriptors. To think and act intuitively across 80 minutes in real time, without falling into boring or wasteful modes, should be taken as a remarkable accomplishment. The album title is as descriptive as it is suggestive. Four is the number of tracks. Easy. Infernal. Its a harder one to parse out, harder still to live up to, yet the records hellish qualities come from the fact that it seems like it could never end. Its fiendishness stems from a tone which is consistently ominous and ever-portending. Rivers is spot-on. Close your eyes, draw up an image of a river, and the music pulls instantly into focus. Its not so much a soundtrack to a film or a scene, but rather an auditory evocation of something that is ever-present. To invoke water is to invoke the most crucial ingredient of life (insofar as we describe it) on this planet. A river is one and many things, an aspect of a system larger than itself, full of majesty and terror. One need only think of the rivers of Herzogs Aguirre or Fitzcarraldo, of Conrads Heart of Darkness or Ballards The Day of Creation, to understand the gist of what is being presented. The rivers forged by the duo are menacing and imposing, full of risk and danger. In an age when the entire aim of underground artists seems so geared towards either mimicking or revolting directly against the tides of mainstream culture, it is nigh-impossible to know where to turn. If this record has anything to say about it, it might be that the most valid instances of possibility are to be found in adhering to no preconceived method, in swimming with a current of ones own making. It sways between an understanding of musical history and a disregard for its confines. There is interplay that doesnt apologize for or attempt to live up to anything. It is music born of elements that have always existed and still cannot be grasped. Both spacious and immediate, moments exist either to be seized or to be let go. What might in another setting play out as a tension between dissonance and melody here lives entirely outside of those concerns. There is comfort and compatibility in this music, a sense that neither player would ever step on the others toes, while still feeling the freedom to explore whichever tributary they might come across. Ideal traveling companions, then. Its after the end of the world, dont you know that yet? June Tyson asked long ago. Some of us do and some of us dont. Those of us who arent quite sure make records like this." --Matt Krefting, Easthampton, MA, April, 2014.

Artist: CLAYPIPE
Title: A Daylight Blessing
Format: LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $24.00
"MIE are delighted to be releasing A Daylight Blessing, the seventh record by Claypipe, the New Zealand noise/drone/pop duo of Antony Milton and Clayton Noone. Released in a run of 300 LPs on vinyl. The record has been mastered by James Plotkin and will come in a silkscreened sleeve made out of recycled card. "Clayton and I finally met in person back in 2001 when he came up to play a festival in Wellington and stayed at my house. We had been trading records for a year or so. It was inevitable that we would wind up recording together. I set up my 4-track on the lounge floor that afternoon and we recorded the Crescent LP (PseudoArcana). We live 100s of miles apart and so our get-togethers have been rare,but when we are together we usually record. Were an improvising project, sometimes noisy, sometimes drone-y but somehow playing in Claypipe draws a blessed-out sunny pop sensibility from both our natures, something neither of us are particularly well-known for in our other bands and projects. Its possible this is a direct response to nature itself -- the Claypipe methodology frequently involves taking battery-powered and acoustic instruments outside -- to a grassy hillside, stream edge, or in the case of this record, the sandhills by the beach down the road from Claytons place in Dunedin. Theres a hippy utopianism present here that I think perhaps catches us both a little off guard. But it works and I know for myself that Im reluctant to interrogate it too closely for fear of casting too much light on a fragile magic. A Daylight Blessing was recorded over a few days in October 2010 while preparing for a gig supporting Richard Youngs. It was mixed and edited over the next few months in Christchurch where it gave welcome and happy distraction from the earthquakes and their aftershocks." - Antony Milton, January 3, 2014

Artist: COYPU
Title: Floating
Format: LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $26.00
"In most European cities you can find many canals that have been covered. Often though, underneath the cement and our frenetic lives, they still run. Constantly flowing water, unknown to us. Maybe we feel it. Maybe it influences us and we do not know it. It would be nice to lie down in between a 19th Century tram track among the windows of stores up for rent and wine bars offering refuge and put an ear to the cobblestones, like they used to do in the prairies to hear if a train was coming. I am sure that we would hear the sound of the Coypu. A constant and distinctive movement. Floating, their first album, is this: the electric landing on the muddy banks of that which has made RocknRoll a gloriously celebrated thing. The Blues of a dried up Mississippi, the sonic violin of the Velvet Underground, Krautrock as an architecture of “endless” sound. Vertical chords and botanic drones: something happening beneath us and which you hope never abandons us." - Maurizio Blatto.
“Coypu is the musical project born from the European-American friendship between Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance, Badgerlore, 200 Years, Rangda), Paul Beauchamp (Blind Cave Salamander, Almagest!), Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo (Blind Cave Salamander, Almagest!, (r), Larsen), and Daniele "Lo Dev Alm" Pagliero. Subtle electronics and drones, psychedelic guitar lines, and the melancholic sounds of the Appalachian dulcimer and musical saw merge into desertic, watery, and evocative soundscapes. Floating, Coypus full-length debut, follows their 2015 debut EP, Of Tails and Whiskers. Gatefold sleeve. Edition of 500.” - MIE.

Artist: DESERT HEAT
Title: Cat Mask At Huggie Temple
Format: LP
Label: MIE
Country: USA
Price: $22.00
"The dust bowl rock trio of STEVE GUNN, JOHN TRUSCINSKI and CIAN NUGENT came together when they played a bowling alley followed by an appearance at Tusk Festival in Newcastle, UK. Part of this semi­ improvisational yet impossibly tight groups success hinges a rapport honed via The Gunn­Truscinski Duos mixing of folk, psych, raga, and rock into hypnotic pieces that straddle the line between improvisation and songcraft. Prodigal Irish acoustic guitarist Nugent brings his amalgam of suburban / coastal blues, 1960s and 70s singer­songwriters, psychedelia, 20th century composition and Takoma school to the two long and sprawling tracks here. "Cat Mask at Huggie Temple" drops you straight in never­ending interplay between Nugent and Gunn, who weave in and out of Truscinskis beats. Starting as a slow, deconstructed raga, "Chimay Blues" moves into a hypnotic groove, builds to a crescendo, passes by and drifts onto the open highway." - MIE
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Artist: DORJI, TASHI & SHANE PARISH
Title: Expecting
Format: LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $23.00
"Much has been made of the nesting compulsion that overtakes expecting parents. Its fair to suggest that this album owes its name to the fact that Asheville NC residents Tashi Dorji and Shane Parish were both looking forward to parenthood when they made it, and not much of a stretch to say that it expresses something that they both had to say before the babies arrived. That message is one of two guys bonding over shared understandings. Theyve been known each other for over a decade, during which time theyve played both as a duo and as parts of larger ensembles. Both play guitar, and while their discographies map quite disparate interests, they share a devotion to the guitar as a vehicle for improvisation. The eight improvisations that make up Expecting grow out of a dynamic of sharing -- one fellow shows up with a tuning and maybe a string preparation, the other works out a response, and out of that comes not only a piece of music but a renewal and confirmation of a relationship in which two humans share what they love. Expecting parents tend to be anxious ones. Titles like “Dust Of Dust,” “Storm Sinks Boat,” and “Break Up” give the impression that Dorji and Parish werent free from trepidation when they made Expecting, and the records discordant moments back it up. Nowadays writers are quick to lay the term experimental music on anything dissonant. But while one could say that this music actually earns that much-abused term because it comes out of a process of proposal and problem solving, an emotionally truer term would be experiential music. It came out of Parish and Dorjis real time communion, and it is informed by their shared history. For them, making the music was an experience; playing the record imparts a different experience, one of receiving rather than making, but it still expresses a dynamic of exchange." - Bill Meyer, Berwyn, Illinois, USA, January 31, 2016.

Artist: DREAMBOAT
Title: s/t
Format: LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $23.00
“Dreamboat is a collaboration between dream-folk singer and guitarist Ilyas Ahmed and the lunar-inclined analog-synthesizer-and-processed-bass-clarinet duo Golden Retriever (Matt Carlson and Jonathan Sielaff). The collaboration between these long-time friends began with a shared admiration for each others work and a commonality in approach to making music, which one day begged the question, "What if our individual sound worlds intersected?" The result yielded a unifying love of exploded modal song forms, improvisation as composition (and vice versa), and a desire to interact with traditional song form. The record is a result of intense scrutiny of arrangement as well as a commitment to reckless abandon. Opener "Aftershock" introduces the trios vocabulary with Ahmeds 12-string guitar and soft vocals floating through the billowing clouds of Carlsons synth wash as Sielaffs processed clarinet cuts through the haze like a knife. "Face to Face" ebbs and flows like the oceans wash against the shore, with each instrument allowing the other plenty of space until the songs chorale-like outro. The B-side opens with "Mirrored Image," which straddles the line between abstraction and free-form chaos. Closer "Your Sunday Best" begins as a near-chamber-ensemble piece before segueing into the records most overt pop gestures and playing out in a wash of modal hypnosis. Imagine Tim Buckleysitting in on the first Cluster recording session or Neil Young with The Taj Mahal Travellers as Crazy Horse covering Popol Vuh and you are almost there. Edition of 500.” - MIE.

Artist: GALBRAITH, ALASTAIR
Title: Cry
Format: LP
Label: MIE
Country: USA
Price: $24.00
"Recorded in a shed at Taieri Mouth between 1998 and 2000, Mies vinyl reissue of ALASTAIR GALBRAITHs Cry CD (Emperor Jones 2000) looks directly into the furthest recesses of the mind of one New Zealands most admired yet habitually overlooked underground musicians. Guitar, violin, organ, and vulnerable murmurs frequently reverse and invert through four-track manipulations, giving Cry a haunting, unsettling and incredibly complex mindscape where tenebrous drones, hushed, lilted words, and deep warmth pull you in further and further." -MIE.
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Artist: GANG WIZARD
Title: Important Picnic
Format: LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $24.00
"Gang Wizard celebrates its 19th year with its fifth proper full-length LP, Important Picnic, on MIE. Mike Landucci started the band in 1995 with his brother Tom, and Jacob Anderson (Spirit Duplicator, Yuma Nora) joined shortly after. Christopher Breedon started drumming for them in 98, and those three have formed the core of the band ever since. Dozens of notable musicians have come and gone, most importantly, Brian Miller (Foot Village) who gains a mastering credit on this album, and Rob Enbom (Hospitals, Eat Skull), who, with Landucci and Anderson, took the band on an unexpected detour into more degenerative psych-noise terrain (think Amon Düül II), and as far as a European tour in 2007. Based in downtown Long Beach now, Landucci and Breedon have brought on board the two eldest Landucci boys (Linus, 19; Noah, 16) and local jazz guru Rob Woodworth, in between annual trips to Portland to record with Anderson. Recordings with every combination of this haphazard group are reflected on Important Picnic. Its easy to forget that every song is completely improvised in one take; they take on a verse-chorus-bridge format frequently. Its like Evaporators with none of the humor or musicianship; Hijokaidan deciding to cover the Hollies. Hints of no wave, garage, and straight-up bullshit indie noise weave in and out of these songs like it was natural and meant to be -- wink, nod, gasp, sigh. Simple-mindedness is celebrated, embraced, declared a virtue, and Gang Wizard invites you in to revel in it. One of Gang Wizards 2013 self-released lathe cuts had the distinction of being purchased by exactly two people: Thurston Moore and Henry Rollins. Will the rest of the world ever catch onto whatever it is those two hear in the adventurous ramblings of the Gang Wizard? Doubtful. But stroll past Gang Wizards Long Beach garage and hear the little broken amps squeal away while a Landucci screams his lungs out with the utmost urgency about nothing in particular, and youll realize they really dont care." - MIE.

Artist: GANGLOFF WITH THE GREAT AMERICAN DRONE ORCHESTRA, CARA & MIKE
Title: Knock On Lifes Door
Format: Double LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $29.00
MIE presents Knock on Lifes Door from Cara & Mike Gangloff With The Great American Drone Orchestra. "Theres a particular twinkle in the great expanse of American songwriting. This has seen countless nostalgic exploitations over the years - collections of popular songs strung together under the banner of the so-called Great American Songbook that have reiterated the form of many of these songs without contemplating their depths. In terms of thoughtful, emotive synthesis, few have understood it in the way that Cara and Mike Gangloff understand it on this new album. They have taken older American songs, popular songs that weve come to understand as standards, and stretched them out into the rolling hills and vast expanses that gave birth to the nations earliest music. American history is a history of tension. A group of aristocrats saw fit to bestow a limited degree of freedom upon the underclasses. They called this democracy, co-opting a concept that terrified them in the hopes that the implications of its meaning might placate the unwashed masses. Within that sliver of freedom, incredible heights were reached. Blues. Jazz. Mountain music. And on and on. The songs on this record are recognizable. Theyre classics. And yet here they play out in ways the songwriters could never have predicted. Cara and Mike Gangloff have married the colloquial with the eternal. With certain songs, like Sentimental Journey, they lift the material out of its saccharine setting and into the troubling and sublime nation from which it springs. All of Me is rendered utterly psychotic, teasing apart the songs desperate, masochistic, violent implications. The songs become essays about themselves, investigations into their own histories of terror and escape. Mood Indigo becomes a haunting dirge. Cry Me a River is a rhythmically jarring lightning rod of unease. The inventiveness of interpretation is spirit-raising. The cultural history of the country is one of cosmic entertainment in the face of excruciating injustice. Transcendence has always been necessary. For better or worse, the United States of America is a nation defined by expanse." - Matt Krefting, 2016. "The Great American Drone Orchestra is: Sharon Stacy, Charlie Andersen, Matt Peyton, Sonya Austin, Joe Dejarnette, Sally Anne Morgan, Isak Howell, Scott Prouty, Anne Hartman, Tatsuya Nakatani, Nathan Bowles, Michelle Dove, Reilly Stacy Blackwell, Abriel Stacy Blackwell and Willa Shea-Gangloff." - MIE.

Artist: GANGLOFF, MIKE & CARA
Title: Black Ribbon of Death, Silver Thread of Life
Format: LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $24.00
"Mike & Cara Gangloffs Black Ribbon of Death, Silver Thread of Life is the third in a series of loosely connected melodic investigations released by Mike Gangloff over the past two years. All three were recorded around the Gangloff home in rural Floyd County, Virginia, and were engineered by Joseph Dejarnette (Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bruce Greene, Curtis Eller). And all three feature the far-reaching improvisation familiar from Gangloffs work with the old-time stringband Black Twig Pickers and the acoustic-drone outfit, Pelt. Taken together, they form a musical triptych. Poplar Hollow (Mike on banjo and fiddle, with Cara joining on sruti box) reflects the social fiddle traditions of that part of Virginia, exuberant kick-ups that might be played at a barn-dance or at the country store. Melodies for a Savage Fix (recorded in an all-nighter with guitarist Steve Gunn, and featuring a host of non-Virginian instruments like gongs, tanpura and singing bowls) are the late-night ramblings and conversations that take place well after the dance is over, with dawn drawing nigh. Black Ribbon is an album from the day after, when the cares of the world have again settled in. But though there is woven throughout this album a pattern of fear, loss and regret, it is held together by the warp of tunes and songs marked by joy and hope. The foreboding of Charlie Pattons O Death -- sung unaccompanied, in tones caught between resignation and jubilation -- is followed by Rocking in a Weary Land, where the whirling of hurdy gurdy and the drone of fiddle rise to transcendent heights. The cautionary words of the Carter Familys Righten That Wrong (If you do wrong today, the price you must pay), the regret of the18th-century Shape Note hymn Davids Lamentation (Oh my son! Would to God I had died/For thee), and the apocalyptic visions of Black Ribbon I, II and III are offset by expansive, joyful fiddle-and-sruti tunes like Mulberry Raider and West India. John Fahey, in his notes to the American Primitive collection, posited that the Shape Note songs, spirituals and other religious music of the South were descendants of ecstatic religious practices stretching far back through the mists of Time, that underneath it all [one can] hear pan pipes tooting and a cloven hoof beating time: on Black Ribbon, ecstasy can be found in even the darkest of moments, and the silver thread of life shines throughout." --Adam Frost; Released in a run of 500 LPs with artwork by Jake Blanchard.

Artist: GATE
Title: Dew Line
Format: Double LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $32.00
"A reissue of the 1993 The Dew Line album from New Zealand guitar patriarch MICHAEL MORLEY (DEAD C), and the first part of his "rock trilogy" that includes 1996s Monolake and 1999s The Wisher Table. Typical Gate/Dead C no-fi guitar subduction and locked-in-the-car-trunk vocals are prominent, but theres also a hefty amount of scraping synthesizer menace and Paleozoic riffage. The crust of noise is there, but crack open the sonic geode and youll discover some nifty song styling as well. An anti-rock classic. Expanded and remastered with five previously unreleased bonus tracks. Edition of 500 copies." - MIE.
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Artist: GATE
Title: Saturday Night Fever
Format: LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $23.00
"Saturday Night Fever takes the concept of the movie of the same name and stretches the night a bit later, the fever a bit higher to the point where the party ends up blending into something much more sinister and wild. What starts out as a disco drumbeat with funky guitar swagger and melodic horns may slowly deteriorate into some sort of corroded ambient loop that eventually morphs into melodic horn samples. Basically every track is subverting its own gestures, carving out a narrative of interruption and stretching the disco template in directions simultaneously embracing and mocking the form. In a way, this album is a sequel to A Republic of Sadness (2010), embracing the criticisms people had of that album and expanding on those flaws. The resulting album sounds like Morleys pulling out some heaping doses of the hermit boogie and Otago funk and stretching it into some sort of Basinskian disintegration loop gone Bernard Bonnier zonked mutant scene. There are so many moves within each of the four extended tracks that it feels like that illuminated dance floor is always slipping beneath your feet. I promise itll be worth the effort, twinkletoes . . ." - Pete Swanson.

Artist: HALLOCK HILL
Title: The Union/A Hem of Evening
Format: Double LP & Book
Label: MIE
Country: USA
Price: $29.00
"TOM LECKY stacks and layers acoustic, electric and lap steel guitars, delivering a new kind of studio improvisation-spontaneously made, yet feeling composed, gliding from harmonious to dissonant. MIE Musics vinyl reissue of his debut CD (Hundred Acre 2012) sweetens the deal with A Hem of Evening: six interlocking acoustic pieces that extend the structural themes of The Unions central acoustic tracks. Lecky again works with a range of overlapping improvisations and twisted melodic weavings, but here within a more naked and spare atmosphere. The Union is structured by continually stacking great density of sound and involutions, but A Hem of Evening works with a different geometry. In the words of Fluid Radios Andy Gillham, "A Hem of Evening shows "a canny ability to build meaningful musical structure from free-form composition." Includes a book of prose poems and photographs." -MIE.

Artist: JANTAR
Title: Panisperna
Format: LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $23.00
"MIE unveils, after long gestation, Panisperna, the first long player by Jantar, an outer-borough ensemble historically known for their creeping strain of easy-listening, most often heard in empty lots and abandoned diners. Chad Laird and Tianna Kennedy have grown an experimental cover crop since 2009, gently cultivating a soil rich in ambient leaf rot and organic art-world chemical compounds. With the addition of Kirsten Nordine, Jantar began to run it through with speculative roots and melodic worms, digesting the tails of lost Euro soundtracks, and ultimately finding in drummer Kelly Rudman the crystalline lattice necessary for vertical growth... And yes, now this broad field is very much in rotation. Panisperna shoots riffs, stalks and flowers right up out of the ground. From the waves still reverberating from Canterburys Gong and Soft Machine, Jantar propels green, driving rock forms, and leafs out into repeating rows of complex time and growth patterns. For this first foray into rock music, Jantar has enlisted the assistance of Pigeons Clark Griffin and Wednesday Knudsen, who contribute synth and sax, respectively. Long-time ally and champion Jason Meagher (No-Neck Blues Band, Steve Gunn) recorded this music at the venerable Black Dirt Studios." - MIE.

Artist: KOBUKU SENJU
Title: Joining The Queue To Become One Of Those Ordinary Ghosts
Format: LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $23.00
"TETUZI AKIYAMA (guitar), TOSHIMARU NAKAMURA (no input mixing board), MARTIN TAXT (tuba), ELVIND LONNING (trumpet), and ESPEN REINERTSEN (saxophone) "follow a calm through-line across turbulent free improvisation" explains The Chicago Reader, "finding austere and meditative beauty in a profusion of sonic details and textures that easily could be dizzying.... The performances are beguilingly rich and uncategorizable." An empire of exquisitely crafted noise recorded live in Oslo in 2011. Edition of 250." - MIE.

Artist: MENCHE & ANLA COURTIS, DANIEL
Title: Yagua Ovy
Format: LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $23.00
"2011 release. Yaguà Ovy is the first collaboration between the sublime noise artist Daniel Menche and Anla Courtis, the Argentinean experimental guitarist and founder of Reynols. Based around the Argentinean mythology of the werewolf, or "the blue dog" that lives on the "land without evil" of Mbya-Guarani, Yaguà Ovy shows Menche and Courtis at their commanding best, whipping up a cacophony of primal and natural noise from all manner of objects and instruments. Menche draws out the sound and resonances found lying in snow and rocks while Courtis bewitches pizza sauce cans and his guitar, creating this mind-flaying homage to the mythical wolf. Alan Courtis (aka Anla Courtis) was born in 1972 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he still lives. He was a founding member of Reynols and has many releases on labels all across the world. He has toured extensively internationally and has collaborated with musicians such as Pauline Oliveros, Otomo Yoshihide, Jim ORourke, Mats Gustafsson, Rick and Alan Bishop, Toshimaru Nakamura, and Lasse Marhaug. Courtis music always has strong experimental sense and is based on high-skilled techniques of prepared sound, tape manipulations, processing of field recordings, live electronics, objects, cymbals, synthesizers, computer tools, playing traditional (both acoustic and electric) instruments as well as self-built, strange and unusual instruments (unstringed guitar, for example). In a genre known for its randomness and chaotic structure, Daniel Menche has established himself as a musician with an uncharacteristic sense of focus and determination. Rather than creating "noise," he strives for order and cohesiveness. Aural intensity is not a representation of confusion or the chaotic, but a concerted effort to provoke and stimulate the listeners imagination by generating intensely powerful sounds and music. Daniel Menches work originates from the idea that there is no restriction to potential sound sources, especially in terms of a sounds potential sonic energy. Self-made recorded sound sources, instruments, and percussion can all be equally harnessed in creating a living and emotional feeling within Daniel Menches contemporary work. Any and all sounds are possible conduits to music. There are absolutely no barriers or biases in what can be used. In Yaguà Ovy these two unique artists have come together for the first time and have made a record of stunning primordial beauty. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl in a limited run of 500 copies for the world. The long-time Menche collaborator and artist Eric Stotik did the stunning artwork. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl." -MIE.

Artist: ODWYER, AINE
Title: Music for Church Cleaners Vol. I and II
Format: Double LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $29.00
2015 repress. "Over the course of several months, Áine ODwyer was given access to the pipe organ in St Marks Church, Islington, while the cleaners were at work. Primarily a harpist, this was a rare opportunity to grapple with the king of instruments and apply her sense of melodic, structured improvisation in a new context. Since its impossible to exert complete control over such a recording environment, she entered into the sessions with a Cagean mindset, embracing extra-musical sounds. This gave the recordings a unique character and concept. With the door left open to serendipity, it can seem that the sonic environment coalesces in sympathetic harmony. Here, the synth-like whoosh of the vacuum cleaner, a childs laughter, various echoed clatters and chatter become part of the music. Improvised music is inevitably influenced by the presence and expectations of an audience... Áine capitulates to the request from the ladies by not staying on one note for a long time, but already did bring music -- that is, the graphic score reproduced in the gatefold. At the end, we can hear that even the recording device itself is subjected to the relentless advance of church cleaning. The album is multifaceted and conceptually satisfying in many ways. Its simultaneously a series of solo improvisations, a site-specific piece of performance art, rich in chance elements, and even qualifies as a field recording, where the transcendent and menial meet. Despite the absence of cheers and applause, its also a live album. In this new extended incarnation, it becomes almost a kind of minimalist opera, with a subtle plot of polite contention softening amid curiosity about the trumpet that takes us out of this most concrete of recordings with a single psychedelicized blast. Metaphysical themes are hard to avoid using an imposing instrument traditionally intended to inspire them. The titles hint at Áines meditative concerns while playing. Here is an Irish lapsed Catholic mind (as Cranley told Dedalus) supersaturated with the religion it rejects: the double meaning implicit in church cleaning, the forbidden deep sounds, the pensive, often brooding hue of the music itself, heavy in every sense. Throughout I hear the dark depths of thoughtfulness, warmth, and mischievous wit that is quintessentially Áine. Originally released as a cassette on Fort Evil Fruit [in 2012], this expanded vinyl edition features new artwork and doubles the albums length, making for a truly immersive experience" - Paul Condon. Includes download code; housed in a gatefold sleeve.
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Artist: PART WILD HORSES MANE ON BOTH SIDES
Title: Poisson
Format: LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $23.00
"MIE Music is extremely proud to be reissuing on vinyl one of the finest gems in PART WILD HORSES MANE ON BOTH SIDES astounding back catalog. Poisson was originally released by Rayon Recs in a run of 50 cassettes in 2009, hardly seeing the light of day before it sold out. Droning and looping flute, scattering drums, cyclical patterns and inaudible mutterings. "Percussionist PASCAL NICHOLS and flautist KELLY JONES have minted a profound new form of improvisation that carves spectral shapes from silence and creates free music with a spare orchestral beauty and deep psychedelic atmosphere."-David Keenan, The Wire. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl. Edition of 500 copies." - MIE.

"Work of this quality tends to be the product of a self-contained and selfconcsious tradition, even if a hermetic one. And in this case I fancy I can hear the flowering of a Northern/Midlands sensibilty that stems originally from the A Band, Youngs and Wickham-Smith, and Ashtray Navigations. It is informed by ecstatic jazz but its roots are in pragmatic sonic experimentalism of a determindedly autochthonous kind. You can almost smell the witch trials in this, and I urge you all to catch a handful of mane before these horses gallop over the hill." - Bruce Russell.


Artist: PELT
Title: Effigy
Format: Double LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $29.00
"Recorded live in 2011 in Wisconsin (at an old yoga studio and at a decommissioned synagogue), Effigy melts layer upon layer of droning strings over never-ending harmoniums while peals of gongs ring out to mesmerizing effect-a testament to the ancient animal-shaped effigy mounds which dot the landscape in and around Madison, Wisconsin. Edition of 500." - MIE.

Artist: PELT PART WILD GATE
Title: Hung On Sunday
Format: LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $24.00
"Released in a run of 300 copies. Pelt, Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides, and Gate came together at Tusk Festival in Newcastle in 2012 to record this mesmerizing gamelan record. "The gamelan has long haunted Western music. Both Debussy and Satie were reportedly enraptured by the Javanese ensemble they heard playing at the Paris Exposition in 1889, and its strange textures and rhythms quietly worked their way into both composers subsequent works. Cages dreamily clattering prepared piano pieces were indebted to the gamelan. The American minimalism that followed in Cages wake is virtually unthinkable without it. In January 1942, two explorer-brothers Sheridan and Bruce Fahnestock, presented the musical fruits of their expedition to the South Seas to an audience at Town Hall in New York City: over 100 sides of gamelan music recorded on acetate discs in eastern Java, Bali, and other islands of the South Pacific. But war had been declared just weeks earlier, and Americans looked to the South Seas with darker intentions. The recordings were forgotten and did not resurface until 1986, when Sheridans widow gave them to the Library of Congress. In October 2012, at the Tusk Festival at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, a summit of sorts took place. Noise emissaries from three continents came together on a Sunday to make music for an hour or so. From the United States came Mike Gangloff, Nathan Bowles, and Patrick Best of the mighty Virginia drone collective Pelt. Representing the United Kingdom were sonic pilgrims Pascal Nichols and Kelly Jayne Jones of Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides. And from Oceania came the transcendent New Zealand guitarist Michael Morley of Gate and, of course, the legendary Dead C. This summit proceeded without words. Their chosen means of deliberation was the gamelan: an array of gangsa and saron metallaphones and singing bowls sprawled out on the patchwork oriental rugs; a rig of gongs; the flurry of hammers and mallets; a few dozen onlookers seated cross-legged or just laying prostrate on the floor. And everyone and everything was transported. Hung On Sunday documents this extraordinary performance, when an intercontinental ensemble folded up into a mid-size room in a little corner of England tapped into the music that has long transfixed the world. The results are sublime. The first tentative taps and chimes coalesce over three quarters of an hour into something with the sonic integrity of a holy rite; the artists passing from noisenik offhandedness to breathtaking solemnity. It is a dangerous thing to conjure with alien magicks and musics. But the members of Pelt, Part Wild Horses, and Gate did so with care and reverence. And the music moves us as much as it did when the world was still young." --Brent S. Sirota; Includes a download code." - MIE.

Artist: PIGEONS
Title: The Bower
Format: LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $22.00
"Theres a house situated amongst the knobby hills of the eastern section of the Hudson Valley in New York. In our new lives, buoyed by satellite perspectives, it is the proverbial needle in a haystack. But for years there have been somewhat secluded and secretive musical goings-on in the room between the domestic area and the over-stuffed garage. Beyond the large, sun-dappled bay windows, more than a generation ago, a man, a pioneer in his field, took his music to the north country and began to move the air inside this room, vibrating the wooden walls, opening those little portals some of us believe allow the magic to seep through, no matter how many years later. Now here we are, in those later years, and a small group of sonic voyagers have roosted in this space once again. Pigeons have arrived at this uncommon structure, The Bower, via oceanic travels around the Pacific Northwest with The Sea Donkeys and early duo explorations with tape machines and tube-sock-mallet percussion and saxophones and a drum machine named Sammy. This record, The Bower, is an explosion of change. They are in the midst of their longest-running lineup, with Wednesday Knudsen and Clark Griffin augmented by Rob Smith on drums and voice, tho this particular configuration is new to anyone save those who have seen the band perform live since their last full-length. They have invited you back into their home after years rooting around the confines of the studio seeking their very particular, and peculiar, forms of clarity. Roles have changed; song structures have more movement, richer textures, greater surprises. For one long weekend in March 2014, about a year after full-time occupation of the house in the woods, the trio, perfectly captured by Mike Fellows manning the board, laid down the songs carved deep in the grooves of this slab, mixed by Jason Meagher at Black Dirt Studio in July 2014. Some know-it-alls will hear a wide breadth of influences; some will research the bands past and compare fleeting words to current sound; others will be confounded, befuddled, and tickled with the possibility of the old new noise pop lullaby prog earthly outer space future sounds of the band. Regardless, this is a new mach, and the blazing arc across the skies outside your window is the remnant of the band moving on to even newer sonic destinations." - MIE.

Artist: RHYTON
Title: Navigating by Starlight
Format: LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $26.00
"Navigating by Starlight is the elegantly distended fourth LP by a New York band known for its fine taste in bourbon as well as its ability to explore strangely forested nooks of space. Composed of two side-long excursions of heavily bearded improv, this is what Bruce Dern should have been listening to throughout Douglas Trumbulls Silent Running. The first side is called “Lovejoy Vapor Trail,” after the recently discovered comet said to be releasing enough alcohol to fill 500 bottles of George T. Stagg every second. Who could fail to be staggered by such a suggestion? Not these guys. Dave Shufords guitar vomits stars in all known directions, Jimy SeiTangs bass and synth cover the proceedings with a blanket of darkness, and Rob Smiths drums drive things along like a pulsar. The flip, “Scylla and Charybdis,” continues Rhytons linguistic love affair with Ancient Greece. But with Shuford on electric mandolin, and the rhythm section picking their way between the twin threats more carefully than usual, the band creates a vibe that is more space-swamp than whirlpool (at least in this writers opinion). By which I mean its method of sucking you into its vortex is staggered rather than continuous. Of course, once youve stuck your head into Rhtyons sound-barrel, the specifics of destruction dont matter much do they? 500 bottles of Stagg a second . . . that would sure take care of the world shortage, wouldnt it?" - Byron Coley.
"After crafting Kykeon, the most detailed and finely intermeshed recording of their output, the cosmic compatriots Rhyton decided to get back to basics and kick out the jams with both ferocity and stateliness. Navigating by Starlight features two sidelong improvised slices of molten music recorded by the redoubtable Jason Meagher at apex temperatures at his Black Dirt Studio in upstate New York. The first side, "Lovejoy Vapor Trail," follows a journey from an initial solemn invocation through areas of blinding scree toward a summit of relaxed but rough and tough guitar elevation. The second side, with its natural bifurcation, was an instant composition of two halves that balance perfectly and exhibit a subdued menace." - MIE.

Artist: SARIN SMOKE
Title: Vent
Format: LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $23.00
"MIE present the latest LP by Sarin Smoke entitled Vent, which follows the 2007 Three Lobed recording of Smokescreen, which was recorded when both Tom Carter and Pete Swanson were still living in California. After performing at a concert in Oakland, 2010 and feeling proud of their musical output, Tom and Pete decided to collaborate with one another again. The resulting record amalgamates Toms self-oscillating, power-starved shredding psychedelia with Petes self-proclaimed "more neanderthal attempts at VU/Roy Montgomery-inspired simple melodicism." Ultimately, the album is an unusual haze of oscillator sweeps, dying batteries, ripping solos and clean(ish) two-chord backbones forming a very unique angle on the possibilities that the "psychedelic rock" format could aspire towards. Limited to 500 copies. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk." - MIE.

Artist: TROUBLE BOOKS
Title: Love at Dusk
Format: LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $23.00
"The follow-up to 2012s well-received Concatenating Fields, Love at Dusk finds the Ohio-based husband/wife duo of Keith Freund and Linda Lejsovka further developing their enchanting approach to songwriting, one which juxtaposes highly-detailed sound design and synthesis techniques with beguiling pop sensibilities. After a brief but labyrinthine opener, "Profile of Woman in Silk Hood" blooms seductively into being, with Lejsovkas vocals set adrift over a bed of constantly evolving synths that surround a driving bass line and propulsive drum machine arrangement. Its simultaneously airy and dense, abstracted and familiar -- and its a prime example of what makes the Trouble Books sound so unique and arresting. Later, "Unfolded" conjures a plaintive atmosphere from panning oscillations and a hopeful piano refrain. The instrumental masterfully navigates a space between optimistic and chary, a tension which plays out throughout the record and encapsulates well the feelings of excitement and uncertainty that characterize pregnancy and childbirth (Lejsovka was pregnant with the couples first child during the gestation of the album). With Love at Dusk, Trouble Books present what is arguably their finest work to date, an album of songs that feels both honest and matured and wears its influences (both musical and lived) proudly on its sleeves. Trouble Books are Keith Freund and Linda Lejsovka. The album was mastered by James Plotkin. Artwork was designed by Jacob Feige. Includes a download code. Released in a run of 400 copies." - MIE.

Artist: TYLER, CATH & PHIL
Title: Dumb Supper
Format: LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $24.00
"Originally released on CD in 2008 by No-Fi Recordings. Cath & Phil Tyler have been stars of the Northeast underground scene for the past three years, sharing stages with Six Organs Of Admittance, Papa M, Charalambides, and many more. Dumb Supper was originally released to critical acclaim in 2008 by No-Fi Recordings and the record now sees a re-release on 180 gram vinyl by MIE Music. Cath is a renowned teacher on the Sacred Harp singing circuit. Sacred Harp is vigorous community singing of a particular collection of four-part harmony hymns (from the 19th century book The Sacred Harp) usually for closed as opposed to public performances. It has been described as "a cross between Gregorian chanting and bluegrass" and elements of its stylings appear in the duos recordings. Cath and Phils music beautifully blends the hard-edged traditions of primitive Americana and English folk, using guitar, banjo, fiddle and more, all topped with their searing vocals and sublime harmonies. Their songs speak of grit, blood and guts, tenderness, love and death. Cath and Phil believe in folk retaining its original storytelling function, passing on tales through the centuries. In their words, "These songs came to us by way of Lena Bourne Fish, Hattie Hicks Presnell, Homer Cornett, Eleazar Tillett, and Martha Etheridge (Anne and Frank Warner Collection); the Sacred Harp... We changed some of the words and wrote some of the tunes." All the songs on the album are adaptations of songs they have unearthed or which have been passed on to them through family members, musical collaborators, and their own love of the original information highway, folk music. Cath and Phil Tylers take on folk sees a refreshing return to traditional folk at its rawest; reinstating grit, virtuosity, authenticity and mesmeric, powerful performance to this timeless genre. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl and housed in a heavy duty sleeve. Includes inner card. Edition of 300 copies only." - MIE.

Artist: UNITED BIBLE STUDIES
Title: The Ales What Cures Ye: Traditional Songs from the British Isles Vol. 1
Format: LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $23.00
"The Ales What Cures Ye by United Bible Studies is a compendium of traditional and modern folk songs as interpreted by the band and inspired by Folkways. United Bible Studies in The Ales What Cures Ye are David Colohan (Raising Holy Sparks), Michael Tanner (Plinth), Áine ODwyer, Nicholas Palmer, Alison Cotton, Richard Moult, Louise McGrath, and Sharron Kraus. Mixed by Michael Tanner; mastered by Patrick Klem; sleeve by Lucy Duncombe. Edition of 300; includes download code. The record also comes with a booklet of words by the band members. Here are three extracts:
"Titled after the Black Sands of Sweet Streams of Nancy and pieced together from the relative geographies of melodies found elsewhere on the album, Blacksands represents, to my mind, the band as a whole -- waxing and waning between various members offerings and sewn together with a shared understanding of something more unified and ancient. Recorded in various parts of the English countryside and the Irish midlands."
"Dave brought the Litany to the table, and I was only faintly familiar with it from the Hart/Prior version. F.W. Moormans paean to itinerant labouring hardships, the piece always conjured images of the families left behind in the search for pit work -- A concept which lead to the creation of a kind of coda, The Burning Sea -- with Alison Cottons vocals from Ten Thousand Miles echoed here in an altogether different form... that of a distressed wife abandoned overseas, set against a scree of gradually deconstructed/decaying viola lines."
"Manys the tip Johnny Moynihan offered me regarding the songs I was singing whilst touring with him one Summer. Singing The Recruited Collier exactly as Anne Briggs had done was one of them. However, on this recording, Nature intervened. The tide was fast approaching & in our haste, I sang take my heart rather than break my heart. Not only that, but I sang it twice, perhaps recalling Pavements advice to repeat any mistakes you made so as to make them seem deliberate. With no room for second takes, we made good our escape from the smugglers cave & I swore to never haul a harmonium up & down a cliff face ever again." " - MIE.
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Artist: YOUNGS, RICHARD
Title: Amaranthine
Format: LP
Label: MIE
Country: Scotland
Price: $23.00
"MIE are delighted to be releasing the excellent Amaranthine on vinyl on the 16th January 2012. Richard is one of our favourite artists on the UK experimental scene and to release this new, singular work by the man himself is very exciting for us. Bringing rhythm to the fore, Amaranthine is built around layered percussion and Youngs ever present vocals. The asymetrically patterned underlay is scored for drums, household objects and handheld percussion; at points scything fuzz guitar cuts through the sense of ritual with abandon and deep synths bubble up out of nowhere before dissipating into solo shakuhachi. Amaranthine is another typically atypical Youngsian release in which he ventures deep into uncharted musical space, all the while retaining his essential Youngs-ness."- MIE.

Artist: YOUNGS, RICHARD
Title: Regions Of The Old School
Format: Double LP
Label: MIE
Country: UK
Price: $29.00
"After the mind-erasing and shamanic Amaranthine (MIE 2012), this true magnum opus of the RICHARD YOUNGS experimental catalogue is an epic and proudly sprawling collection of instrumentals and songs. In a conceptual nod to the long out of print Festival (Table of the Elements 1994), it features five extended tracks scored for a diverse array of instruments with guest vocals by MADELEINE HYNES and additional synthesizer by NEIL CAMPBELL. Edition of 500." - Mie Music.

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