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Artist: ATELEIA/BENJAMIN CURTIS
Title: Baghdad Batterie
Format: LP
Label: Table of the Elements
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"On Baghdad Batterie, Ateleia and Benjamin Curtis fuse splendidly, as perfectly synchronized audio alchemists, and when they dip their axes in a vat of liquid electronica, the transmutation is complete:thick, glistening beats throb and undulate, without a tell-tale twang in sight. Baghdad Batterie is a fabulous piece of laptop psychedelia, and certain to delight fans of Curtis and Elliotts previous collaboration, the exhilarating School Of Seven Bells EP, Face to Face on High Places. The packaging of this vinyl-only release is similarly spectacular. Its a one-sided, 12-inch LP, pressed on clear vinyl; the reverse is laser etched with an original illustration by acclaimed UK artist Savage Pencil, whose credits include album art for The Fall, Big Black, and Sonic Youth. Its a limited-edition pressing, so get it while you can -- disks from the labels original Guitar Series in 1993/1994 are now some of Collectorvilles must coveted treasures." -Table of the Elements

Artist: BELONG
Title: Same Places (Slow Version)
Format: LP
Label: Table of the Elements
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"With Same Places (Slow Version), Belong evinces a slow-motion transformation -- plate tectonics, wired for sound. Aural mountains melt into seas; yet icy barrens yield to breathing jungles of detail. The single, sprawling track may evoke decay, dissolution and destruction, but underfoot are tendrils of inexplicable joy. Belong sings a lullaby of obliteration, and the paradox it embodies would make both Kevin Shields and Tony Conrad proud: crushing melancholia and shuddering euphoria, inexorably intertwined." Pressed on etched sea-foam green vinyl, etching artwork by Savage Pencil, London 2008. - Table of the Elements

Artist: COLLECTIONS OF COLONIES OF BEES
Title: Six Guitars
Format: LP
Label: Table of the Elements
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"Their sound is expansive, vast, and billowing; full of ringing guitars, soaring in the best traditions of the Chatham/Branca standoff; meanwhile, beneath the clouds sprawl dewy meadows of gently rolling electronica. Six Guitars is just what its title states, yet so much more. Wildly versatile drummer Jon Mueller follows the rules by hammering on an electric guitar with mallets, enhancing the Steve Reichian vibe (compare this with Muellers face-melting solo onslaught Metals). The band sparkles accordingly, lifting to a dazzling climax. Its epic minimalism in exquisite registration, and the perfect selection to introduce the Table Of The Elements Guitar Series (fans will be happy to hear that Mueller is on deck with a solo contribution to the series as well). Beyond the music, theres the similarly spectacular packaging. Its a one-sided, 12-inch LP, pressed on clear vinyl; the reverse is laser etched with an original illustration by acclaimed UK artist Savage Pencil, whose credits include album art for The Fall, Big Black, and Sonic Youth. Its a limited-edition pressing, so get it while you can -- disks from the labels original Guitar Series in 1993/1994 are now some of Collectorvilles must coveted treasures." -Table of the Elements

Artist: MUELLER, JON
Title: Strung
Format: LP
Label: Table of the Elements
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
""Peripatetic composer, performer, improviser, and designer Jon Mueller is a busy guy, and both the rock and experimental music scenes are the richer for it. As a drummer, he propels the ecstatic whorl of Collections of Colonies of Bees and the occasional guitar army of Rhys Chatham; alternately his solo project, Metals, is the most harrowingly intense percussive barrage youll ever encounter. He also finds time to collaborate with artists ranging from Wilcos Glenn Kotche to Swans Jarboe. Whether its minimalist bombast, free-improv interplay, or electro-acoustic finesse, Muellers got it covered. But what can he do with a guitar? In Strung, Mueller doesnt play the guitar; he scrambles its molecules. Laying down a photon-blast of sound, he initiates a relentless, rapid-pulse attack signal that summons wave upon wave of white noise. Think inexorable alien invasion -- The Day The Earth Stood Still, with Lou Reed as Klaatu and Metal Machine Music as the message. Earth doesnt stand a chance." Pressed on clear vinyl with great Savage Pencil etching on the b-side." -Table of the Elements

Artist: RANALDO, LEE
Title: Countless Centuries Fled Into The Distance...
Format: LP
Label: Table of the Elements
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"Sonic Youths Lee Ranaldo was part of the original Table of the Elements Guitar Series in 1993; now he returns with Countless Centuries Fled into the Distance Like So Many Storms. Its an epic earful, replete with shimmering textures and an inimitable charging clangor. With ecstatic, rocking squalor, he summons some dazzling shronk, reminiscent of early SY, the soaring drone of John Cale, and even the looping orientalia of Dream Syndicate-era La Monte Young. So duck and cover, as Lee fires an impeccably aimed fusillade across the screaming fields of sonic love." - Table of the Elements. Pressed on sea-foam green marbled, etched vinyl. Etched artwork on the b-side by Savage Pencil.

Artist: V/A
Title: The Great Koonaklaster Speaks: A John Fahey Celebration
Format: CD
Label: Table of the Elements
Country: USA
Price: $16.50
"John Faheys death -- he is believed to have died in the explosion of a house during the filming of Michelangelo Antonionis Zabriskie Point in 1969 -- is shrouded in confusion and camouflage. His remains were never found, and the question remains: did Fahey purposely stage his own death for his own occlusive purposes? Faheys collusion of folk, blues, ethnic and modern classical methods, which suggests both the trickster and the shaman, has attracted a cult of musician followers over the years, ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime. But his unsolved disappearance inspired another cult, which worships Count Saint Germain, a Rosicrucian adept who is said to have never died and has assumed various identities over the centuries. Disciples of this sect, heard on this record, believe Fahey -- The Great Koonaklaster -- to be the most recent incarnation of Saint Germain. They view Faheys music as a synthesis of Saint Germains abilities as a classical composer and skills as an alchemist, and have absorbed his guitar style in order to pay homage to him. A variety of ritual services are contained within, and there is much to be gleaned from these Koonaklasterians offerings; whether or not you choose to accept this immortal motherf#cker of the 20th century as Saint Germain is up to you." - Table of the Elements. Artists include Jack Rose, Greg Malcolm, Ben Vida, Sir Richard Bishop, Michael Hurley, No Neck Blues Band with John Fahey and Coach Fingers, Lichens, Badgerlore, R. Keenan Lawler, Pumice, David Daniell.

Artist: YOUNGS, RICHARD
Title: Festival
Format: CD
Label: Table of the Elements
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"For this recording, Scotsman Richard Youngs brings a mixture of emotive balladry and avant-garde sound collage to the fore. Guitar feedback and distorted synthesizer drones introduce the album, suggesting it may be tough going, especially given that their is a high-pitch tone that could shatter windows cutting through the mix. The largely instrumental album switches down a gear from the courageous experiments that see clock chimes, Casios, and electric guitars interweaved, and the drones give way to the lilting ballad "Sea Is Madness" -- which has a heartbreaking refrain that resonates with the same desperation as Robert Wyatt performing "At Last I Am Free." This closing track could easily bring one to tears if it werent so distractingly intricate with its minimalist phasing effects. Wondering if Youngs could top this monumental achievement, he subsequently explored this reduced song style further on the album Saphie and floored his fans with his ability to write heart-wrenching ballads as well as being a super-sonic noise architect. Festival is certainly a standout in his expansive catalog. Coming as it does on Table of the Elements, one could only expect a genre-defying exploration." - Sylvie Harrison, All Music Guide
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