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Artist: METZGER, PAUL
Title: Deliverance
Format: CD
Label: Locust
Country: USA
Price: $14.50
"Minnesotas Paul Metzger is an unsung hero of the unaccompanied string instrument and a master musician of an instrument of his own invention. On Deliverance -- a real time performance on his overhauled 21 string banjo -- youll be treated to some of the most deeply satisfying & impulsive outer cosmos ragadelia youre ever likely to hear. Clocking in at nearly 60 colossal minutes, Deliverance is 3 tracks of unfiltered aural transcendence; a hypnotic raga epic thats by turns a slow burning meditation & an urgent mind / body duel. Pauls playing may summon up the spirits of Sandy Bulls searching inventiveness, Billy Faiers out Tacoma sides, J.P. Pickens tweaked Americana, Henry Flynts searing harmonic drones or Big Jim Sullivans psychedelic exotica, but at the end of the day, Metzger is no idolater and were all a little luckier to have him around to occupy his own singular post in this post-Fahey world." - Locust.

Artist: METZGER, PAUL
Title: The Uses Of Infinity
Format: CD
Label: Locust
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"The lonesome banjo picker returns! Recorded in one take in a de-sanctified century old cathedral in Northern Minnesota, The Uses of Infinity is a 6 part cosmic hobos dream suite for 23 string banjo. Cast in the drifting nebula of the whole tone scale, Paul Metzger plucks, picks, bows and spins his way through a 40 minute odyssey making for his most ambitious and adventurous musical trip to date." - Locust.

Artist: METZGER, PAUL
Title: The Uses Of Infinity
Format: LP
Label: Locust
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"The lonesome banjo picker returns! Recorded in one take in a de-sanctified century old cathedral in Northern Minnesota, The Uses of Infinity is a 6 part cosmic hobos dream suite for 23 string banjo. Cast in the drifting nebula of the whole tone scale, Paul Metzger plucks, picks, bows and spins his way through a 40 minute odyssey making for his most ambitious and adventurous musical trip to date." - Locust.

Artist: METZGER, PAUL
Title: s/t
Format: LP
Label: Mutant Music
Country: USA
Price: $14.50
"Guitarist for Minneapolis legendary band TVBC, Paul Metzger has been burning up electric ragas for years. He has also been spending years at home building and modifying his own instruments and composing solo pieces. This LP is composed of two side-long pieces played on Metzgers modified fretless acoustic guitar, which has had additional drone strings added. This will be a limited-edition 180 gram LP with a hand-printed covers, each unique and printed by the man himself." - Erik Wivinus.
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Artist: METZGER, PAUL
Title: 1300
Format: LP
Label: Neros Neptune
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
“Paul Metzgers choices of instruments involve strings and necks, but he is not content to leave them in their original state. On 1300, his ninth solo album and third for Neros Neptune, Metzger performs on modified guitar and 23-string banjo. The first of the albums two side-long improvisations, "Meend for Shaista," displays the earliest of Metzgers experiments in modification, a revamped Yamaha guitar first displayed on his 2005 debut. The instrument has evolved considerably since then. The neck is now covered in fretless steel, many sympathetic strings have appeared, and a ride cymbal has been attached to the bottom. Metzger applies a percussive string technique and an unorthodox flamenco approach with his right hand, while his gliding left reveals the hidden beauty between the notes. As the piece unfolds, Metzger accompanies himself on tabla while simultaneously playing the guitar; it is at times hard to believe the recording is a one-pass live improvisation made by a single player. On the second side, "Deaths Other Kingdom," Metzger breaks out his 23-string banjo. The banjo has extra strings added (including a zither-like spray of 13 fanning out over the drum head), with the skin and sides of the banjo utilized for percussive effect. The piece begins with a slow-burning bowed section. Metzgers bowing has evolved from single-note glissandos into a full-neck chordal style, showing impressive strides in development and refinement. Echoes of North Indian classical music, 12-tone music, and Asian musical forms inform his work. Once the bow is set aside, Metzgers dexterous finger-work and flat picking bring forth a thematic arc, building to blinding velocity as the piece comes to a climax. The cover of the album features the artwork of Metzgers paternal great-grandfather Max Kleiter, whose drawings appear in early issues of the German art nouveau publication Der Jungend. The piece dates from 1901, but is as timeless and singular in style as the music contained within.” - Neros Neptune.

Artist: METZGER, PAUL
Title: Four Improvisations on Modified Banjo and Guitar
Format: Double LP
Label: Neros Neptune
Country: USA
Price: $27.00
"Four lengthy improvisations venture into the meditative sublime, a deeply cognitive set of compositions that exit miles beyond what one normally expects from the banjo and guitar.  Both of these instruments have been stretched well beyond their intended parameters by Metzgers design modifications.  The banjo bears little resemblance to that backwoods icon that it once was (he has added more than a dozen strings and a sitar bridge, and otherwise mutated a traditionally limiting instrument into something entirely unique), and his fretless acoustic guitar also has had additional drone strings built in. Metzgers iconoclastic approach and fluid dexterity in attack are truly unprecedented.  Middle-Eastern, North Indian and Asian influences as well as jazz and hill country folk styles seamlessly echo through his extended improvisations;  rhythm is implied more than imposed, and time seems to take on new dimensions.  Three banjo pieces here are simultaneously released on CD by the Chairkicker label.  Additionally, theres a 14:20 guitar track recorded during the same sessions which is exclusive to this edition of 240 numbered copies. The handmade covers are individually assembled & designed by Metzger and have completely different artwork than the CD."
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Artist: METZGER, PAUL
Title: Tombeaux
Format: LP
Label: Neros Neptune
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"LP version on 180 gram vinyl. Tombeaux, the much-anticipated new album from Paul Metzger, marks our alchemists third appearance on Neros Neptune, following critically-acclaimed contributions to labels like Locust and Honest Jons. Metzger summons the spirits of musical Appalachian forefathers, guitarist Django Reinhardt and classical sitarist Nikhil Banerjee, among others, weaving a peerless, highly individualistic music that sounds unlike anyone but himself. Metzgers playing doesnt imitate raga structures so much as use those modal figures as a starting point. He employs dazzling, breviloquent string-plucks on the main banjo strings, while producing rhythmic, droning textures on the cross-strings of an added bridge. Some have suggested similarities to the works of John Fahey or Sandy Bull, but Metzgers modus operandi doesnt constitute a mirroring of those styles; rather, he composes and operates apart from their music, in an insular and altogether separate universe. In the process, Metzger transcends and expands the lexicon in a wholly organic manner." -Neros Neptune.

Artist: METZGER, PAUL
Title: Anamnestic Tincture
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Anamnestic Tincture is a live album by virtuosic musical carpenter Paul Metzger, culled from many hours of concert recordings. Side one comprises Metzgers public debut on his modified banjo, recorded in 2002 at a former church-turned-underground art space in Minneapolis. One of his most memorable compositions, "After Milo" later turned up as an untitled improvisation on his CD for the Chairkickers label. Jumping ahead six years (and several more banjo alterations later) to side two, the glittering "Orans" gets a workout at a memorial show for the artist Matt Zaun. As an acknowledgment of the occasion, Metzger also gave a one-time-only performance -- "Dark Green Water" -- on another of his mutant instruments: an acoustic guitar with the body drilled out to accommodate a cymbal set into its face, and ten assorted strings of varying lengths laid over the top, giving it a particularly metallic and dissonant sound. Anamnestic Tincture is released in an edition of 425 copies, with an original vintage snapshot mounted on each cover." -Roaratorio.

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