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Artist: ASKEW, ED
Title: Rose
Format: Double 10"
Label: Okraina
Country: Belgium
Price: $22.00
“2014 release. Rose compiles two duos recorded at two radio sessions over two ten inch records. Ed Askew and Joshua Burkett live for Rob Hatch Millers show on WFMU in October of 2007. Ed Askew - words and music, voice, harmonica; Joshua Burkett - tiple; Recorded Irene Trudel of WFMU. Ed Askew and Steve Gunn live for Greg Healeys show on Dandelion Radio in March of 2010. Ed Askew - words and music, voice, harmonica; Steve Gunn - tiple; Recorded by Ed Askew. Re-mastered by Harris Newman of Grey Market Mastering, Montréal, in 2014. Artwork by Gwénola Carrère.” - Okriana.

Artist: BOULANGER, LEONORE & MAAM-LI MERATI
Title: La Maison dAmour
Format: Double 10"
Label: Okraina
Country: Belgium
Price: $22.00
"2016 release. Leonore Boulanger and Maam-Li Merati met each other in Paris in 2011 at a concert of Azerbaijani master-musician Alim Qasimov and his daughter Ferghana Qasimova. Maam-Li Merati is an Iranian musician that was born in Kermanshah, near the Iraqi border. In addition to having a doctorate in Musicology, he has worked with artists such as Iranian singer Shahram Nazeri and French novelist Luis Bunuels screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière (for a project devoted to 13th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic Rumi). Shortly after their meeting, Maam-Li Merati started to teach the art of Persian classical music to Léonore Boulanger, a young French musician that released three albums on the multi-faceted label Le Saule. During the spring of 2015, they recorded some first lyrical odes, some dastgāhs for two voices, and traditional string instruments that would later become the sides A and C of La Maison dAmour. Later, Matthieu Ferrandez, church organist and researcher in electronic music, joined the two for sides B and D, weaving a cosmic lace with the sighs of harmonium and acoustic organs. Also features Jean-Daniel Botta on bendir and ngoni. Recorded in 2015 at Studio Abermarle (Bourgogne) by Jean-Daniel Botta; Mixed by Cyril Harrison; Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering; Illustration by Gwenola Carrere."- Okraina.

Artist: GREENBERGER, DAVID/GLENN JONES/CHRIS CORSANO
Title: An Idea In Everything
Format: Double 10"
Label: Okraina
Country: Belgium
Price: $22.00
"2016 release. When David Greenberger first embarked on what has become a life-long journey, drummer Chris Corsano was not yet five years old! In 1979, after graduating from art school in Boston, Greenberger took the job of activities director at the Duplex Nursing Home, an all-male elder care facility in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, and began collecting the stories, poems and music reviews of its aged patients for what became his Duplex Planet project, an undertaking that would eventually encompass nearly 200 issues of a digest-sized magazine, a series of CDs, books, comics, and performance art. Eventually the nursing home closed, but David has remained engaged in what has become the central art form of his life: the "art of conversation." Three decades later, Chris Corsano set in motion the project present here. With guitarist and banjo player Glenn Jones, a longtime friend of both Greenberger and Corsano, the three began recording in Greenbergers living room in upstate New York. In just three days, with no advance preparation, they recorded the 28 tracks that make up An Idea In Everything. Corsano improvised, Jones invented new tunings for his banjo and guitar on the fly, and Greenberger selected and read stories in direct response to the music. Everything was spontaneous and live. Despite the dark and sad feeling of some of the texts (dealing with aging, memory loss, etc.), there is also humor, joy and grit. The resulting is a rollercoaster of emotions, a glittering patchwork of sonic atmospheres and an oral encyclopedia on dozens of subjects. David Greenberger on the release: "When newcomers hear that I have regular conversations and interviews with elderly people, they assume I collect oral history. What that assumption implies is that when one grows old we become solely a repository of our past. From the start, my mission has been to offer a range of characters who are already old, so that we can get to know them as they are in the present, without celebrating or mourning the loss of who they were before." Recorded by Chris Corsano in Greenwich, NY, February 2013; Mixed by Matthew Azevedo and Glenn Jones in Jamaica Plain, MA; Mastered by Matthew Azevedo at Endless Audio, Providence, RI. Illustration by Gwenola Carrere." - Okraina.

Artist: IGNATZ & HARRIS NEWMAN
Title: Bring You Buzzard Meat
Format: Double 10"
Label: Okraina
Country: Belgium
Price: $22.00
“2013 release. Recorded in December 2008 in Ghent, Belgium - equal parts science experiment and Geeshie Wiley tribute. Mutual admirers, Harris Newman and Ignatz met in Belgium to play a duo concert for the Étoiles Polaires festival, and have since done a smattering of shows together in Canada. Features re-imaginings of a few of Ignatzs best loved hits, as well as original compositions for electric guitar, lap steel, acoustic guitar, and Gakken synthesizer. Five songs, 39 minutes. All songs by Harris Newman and Ignatz. Originally released as a tour-only CD-R in 2009. Recorded at the Vooruit in Ghent in December 2008; Remastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering in Montréal in September 2013; Artwork by Gwénola Carrère in Brussels.” - Okraina.

Artist: REV GALEN
Title: s/t
Format: 10"
Label: Okraina
Country: Belgium
Price: $18.00
"In the company of Gilles Poizat (guitar, trumpet, voice), Catherine Hershey sings the poems of her grandfather Galen E. Hershey, pastor-farmer in Pontiac, Michigan. The poems come from a collection of poetry written between 1946 and 1976. Features Frédéric Jean on whistle on "Dilemma & Decision". Mixed by Gilles Olivesi; Mastered by Harris Newman; Illustration by Gwénola Carrère. Florian Caschera on the release: "As his name readily admits, this disc of tranquil hallucination (but beware) bursts forth in all its absurd duration around eight poems that fire the Reverend Galen Hershey, grandfather of Catherine Hershey, who sings here, recorded more or less in secret, in his notebooks. They are simple and beautiful poems, which have the simplicity and beauty of poems which are recorded more or less secretly in notebooks. The secret of the notebooks is more or less the simplest and the most beautiful of the secrets... Gilles Poizat, trembling in the reverb of a patient guitar, tells his furtive notes like a string of bones, and pulls a trumpet the kind of subtly diffracted traits that are heard on Robert Wyatts Rock Bottom (1974), whistles as we hide to cry and sing like a baby whale dreaming (or he shouts, like Jad Fair stuck at the top of the slide, it could make you laugh but its heartbreaking). Catherine Hershey, eyes wide open on what comes out of her mouth and makes of this smoke, gives to her melodies the curve of the most intriguing calves. They are sad and full songs, somewhat veiled, whose hearts overflow everywhere, but with a quiet dawn sure of its dawn legitimacy. As all the music summons another, one will think of the rhymes of Ivor Cutler, the refrain of Pearl in The Night of the Hunter (1955), to the sweetest ballads of Shirley Collins, to some Elizabethan airs as they were already, in another life, made effervescent by Syd Barrett. We will think of it without it hindering us in anything. And then we will not think at all, too busy to look after our blues, these exquisite blues bring our souls the songs which we know will never be forgotten." - Okraina.

Artist: SANDERS, ED
Title: Yiddish Speaking Socialists Of The Lower East Side
Format: 10"
Label: Okraina
Country: Belgium
Price: $18.00
“2015 release. Yiddish-Speaking Socialists Of The Lower East Side by Ed Sanders (b. 1939), founder of the mythical Fugs in 1964 and also a writer, publisher, activist, etc., is an epic piece of almost 18 minutes in length, a vocal setting of a dense and reasoned text that runs to eight typed pages, 1400 words, 8500 characters. First issued on cassette in 1991 by the label Hyperaction P.C.C., the piece recalls an almost fifty-year history of Jewish militancy in New York by poetic means - combining historical scholarship, emotion and clarity, the echoes of the past found in the present: of the pogroms and escape from Eastern Europe in the 1880s up to the death of Meyer London, the Socialist member of Congress, in 1926 (not overlooking exile, the crossing of the Atlantic, arrival at Ellis Island, back-breaking work in the sweatshops, the creation of political parties and trade unions, the outbreak of the First World War - the rupture in the narrative caused by this is marked here by the passage from the A-side to the B-side of the record). This is a literary project that is simultaneously ambitious and highly personal and which cannot help but recall America: A History In Verse (nine volumes published between 1998-2008), which has occupied Ed Sanders for almost 15 years and which, over more than 3000 pages, recounts in verse the history - both poetic and political - of the United States. For this recording of Yiddish-Speaking Socialists Of The Lower East Side, Ed Sanders accompanies himself on a "pulse lyre", a small, finger-operated synthesizer which he invented himself in order to accompany the declamation of his texts in the manner of the acoustic lyre used by the ancient poets (Sanders studied Greek at university). Yiddish-Speaking Socialists Of The Lower East Side is a text (and a recording) of dual resonance, animated by the fits and starts of history as well as the rhythm of the writing (and reading) of Ed Sanders. This reissue was re-recorded in mono in 2006; Mastered by Harris Newman (Grey Market Mastering, Montréal 2014); Illustrations by Gwénola Carrère; Comes in a gatefold sleeve.” - Okriana.

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