Innova Recordings Profiled

From All About Jazz:

Minnesota’s Innova Records is one of the more prolific and longer-standing independent labels working in the US. An extension of the St. Paul-based American Composers Forum, Innova has been issuing a healthy number of discs in a surprising array of styles since 1982. Formal and quirky composed works sit alongside extended improv and teenager radio dramas in the label’s catalogue of over 700 titles. But as with any healthy eclecticism, it isn’t the point but a byproduct of people following their instincts.

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Dusted Reviews

From Dusted:

Artist: The Red Krayola with Art & Language
Album: Five American Portraits
Label: Drag City
Review date: Jan. 20, 2010

Artist: Pan Sonic & Keiji Haino
Album: Shall I Download a Blackhole and Offer it to You
Label: Blast First Petite
Review date: Jan. 15, 2010

Artist: Ambarchi / Fennesz / Pimmon / Rehberg / Rowe
Album: Afternoon Tea
Label: Black Truffle
Review date: Jan. 14, 2010

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Dusted Reviews

From Dusted:

Artist: Colin McLean / Andy Moor
Album: Everything but the Beginning
Label: Unsounds
Review date: Jan. 5, 2010

Artist: Bill Dixon
Album: Tapestries for Small Orchestra
Label: Firehouse 12
Review date: Jan. 4, 2010

Artist: Pontiak
Album: Sea Voids
Label: Thrill Jockey
Review date: Jan. 4, 2010

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Dusted Reviews

Dusted Reviews

Artist: N.E.W. (Noble/Edwards/Ward)
Album: NEWtoons
Label: Bo’Weavil
Review date: Dec. 11, 2009

Artist: Animal Collective
Album: Fall Be Kind
Label: Domino
Review date: Dec. 11, 2009

Artist: Hayward/Coxon/Thomas/Taylor
Album: About
Label: Treader
Review date: Dec. 9, 2009

Album: An Anthology of Chinese Experimental Music: 1992-2008
Label: Sub Rosa
Review date: Dec. 8, 2009

Artist: Peter Brötzmann
Album: A Night in Sana’a
Label: ARM
Review date: Dec. 8, 2009

Artist: Jason Adasiewicz’s Rolldown
Album: Varmint
Label: Cuneiform
Review date: Dec. 2, 2009

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Aluk Todolo – Finsternis
It’s seems like an eternity since occult & kraut-rock three piece Aluk Todolo justifiable raved about début album Descension appeared, but in reality it’s only two years- I guess it’s true what they say ‘absence makes the heart grow founder(or grimmer in this case)’. Anyway here is the bands second hypotonic blacked rock fruit in the shape of Finsternis.

Jason Kahn – Vanishing Point
Vanishing Point sees the welcome return of one of the great tension building improviser & artistic noise makers Jason Kahn who also ran the excellent tense improv label Cut which sadly closed its doors last year after a run of 25 near perfectly releases.

Klaus Schulze – La Vie Electronique 3
This is the third volume in the La Vie Electronique series of cd sets that brings together a selection of early tape material by electronica godfather and Space music /Kosmische Musik legend Klaus Schulze.

Klaus Schulze – La Vie Electronique 2
La Vie Electronique 2 is the second in the series of cd sets that brings together a selection of early tape material by electronica godfather and Space music /Kosmische Musik legend Klaus Schulze.

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Death In June – Lesson One: Misanthropy
Lesson One: Misanthropy is a rather bleak, yet creative & largely consistent compilation of very early Death In June material, which also has the added extra of a short DVD featuring the bands original line up when they performed a one off reunion in 1998.

Churner – Terminal Disorder
Terminal Disorder is a long form guitar & feedback piece that dips into roaring and frying noise textures, as well as more dramatic cinematic tone structures and the odd nod towards feedback engulfed doom or blacked metal matter and blacked ambient guitar texturing.

Blanketship – The Sound That Surrounds You/Klangwunder
This rather neat little package brings together two eps from turntable and sample manipulator extraordinaire Blanketship (aka Jared Blüm) who’s part of quirky, inventive and mostly always rewarding San Francisco based label/ collective Gigante Sound.

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Dusted Reviews

From Dusted:

Artist: Squarepusher
Album: Solo Electric Bass 1
Label: Warp
Review date: Aug. 31, 2009

Artist: Nisennenmondai
Album: Destination Tokyo
Label: Smalltown Superjazz
Review date: Aug. 28, 2009

Artist: Jackie-O Motherfucker
Album: Ballads of the Revolution
Label: Fire
Review date: Aug. 27, 2009

Artist: Stephan Mathieu Taylor Deupree
Album: Transcriptions
Label: Spekk
Review date: Aug. 26, 2009

Artist: Mount Eerie
Album: Wind’s Poem
Label: P.W. Elverum & Sun
Review date: Aug. 25, 2009

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Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

Greta Hoheisel & Norbert Lang, Bukarest Fragmente (CD & Book Gruenrekorder)
A three-pronged guided tour – music, text, image – of Bucharest, a “metropolis in constant flux”, according to the introduction. Bucharest has indeed historically been one of the important capitals of central Europe, but long fell under the shadow of the dictator Ceaucescu, who vampirian effect on… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 04:31, 23 Jul 2009

Andrea Marutti & Tommaso Cosco, Turra (3″ CDR Afe Records)
Andrea Marutti is a veteran of the electronic avant-garde who also curates a beautifully-designed, cutting-edge CDR label, Afe Records. Tommaso Cosco is his best friend and is not a musician, but rather a kind of modern-day Medici with dirt under his fingernails – he´s both a fireman and an… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 05:56, 20 Jul 2009

Aidan Baker, Green and Cold (CDR Gears of Sand)
On Green and Cold, a momentary overlapping of two of the worlds Aidan Baker artistically inhabits – poetry and music – occurs, like a rare eclipse of the sun. This collection of tracks is labeled “songs” in the liner notes. Many of them certainly are, but are so introspective as to be aesthetically… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 04:08, 20 Jul 2009

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