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Alcohol Label Sampler

10 tracks, 39.06 Alcohol Label on April 18, 2012 22:42

This sampler of the Alcohol label is designed to give you a brief overview of the kind of music we release. The catalogue comprises
(roughly) songs on one hand and noise on the other. We like both. Sometimes the two mingle and we like both even more.
The sequence kicks off with a feedback solo by Toshimaru Nakamura, the sensational Japanese master of “onkyo” - speaker-destroying electronic improvisation. And “nimb”? It stands for No Input Mixing Board - that's what Toshi plays. Then it's Ron Pate's Debonairs from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA. The Rev. Fred Lane's monumental performance of “My Kind of Town” sets new standards for cover versions. Others talk about “the wow! factor” - Alcohol delivers. The label's latest signing is phantasmagoric psychedelic quartet Kinnie The Explorer, marvelous “Empyrean” typifies their debut LP's arty mood of dreamy but danceable electric dissolution.
Die Trip Computer Die's extraordinary media-crunching, sampler-centred aesthetic combines spot-the-reference savvy with Lepke B.'s searing vocal to truly prophetic effect with the incendiary “America's Burning.” More sardonic political song from troubled troubadour Bing Selfish whose anthemic “Anarchists in Love” is a rabble rouser of real poetic depth to guide you through the dark night of the 21st century. From the cobblestones it's straight into the “Kitchen” with L.Voag – the definitive post-punk combination of radical studio technique, humour and deconstructed genres. A change of pace and perspective with the warped but mellow Meadow House, the solo project of Dan Wilson – home made multi-track tape recordings saturated with wild ideas and a taste for the bizarre – witness “Midge Fly Larva Lover.” Wit abounds in the in the gently skewed eroticism of Orchestre Murphy whose “Bad Day at Babbling Brook” foregrounds lyrical dexterity amidst inventive DIY arrangements. And to end, Shimmy Rivers And And Canal – not a typo but one of the great rock groups of the last decade. We round things off with their raw recording of the immortal “Wird” which captures a sublime moment in their all too brief career. We've been obliged to leave out a whole load of hardcore contemporary free improv from Otomo Yoshihide and friends - the tracks are mainly too long - but we'll address this when we can.

Compiled by Peter Lanceley and Ed Baxter
Buy records: http://www.alcohollabel.com/
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