Aguirre Records to reissue iconic Shandar Records label discography

Throughout the early-mid seventies, Shandar Records released legendary recordings from masters of Free Jazz, Minimalist, Drone and Avant scenes including La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Albert Ayler, Sun Ra, Charlemagne Palestine, Cecil Taylor, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pandit Pran Nath, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Ragnar Grippe, Dashiell Hedayat and Sunny Murray. The first two announced in the Les Series Shandar are¬†Steve Reich’s Four Organs/Phase Patterns and La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela’s Dream House 78’17”, available on Feb 24th¬†. Reissues are limited to 1000 copies, and expect that first round to sell out immediately, so plan accordingly. Head to discogs for the complete Shandar listing…


Psych and Experimental music distributor, Volcanic Tongue, is shutting down

I just discovered that one of the premier spots for weird and obscure music, both vintage and modern, Volcanic Tongue, is closing down. For the past decade, Volcanic Tongue has been at the epicenter of the small press, independent music scene, championing the spirit of experimentation and creativity. You could always rely on the VT aesthetic as a discerning arbiter of the complex world of underground music, and their reviews, regardless of the product, were always insightful and intelligent.

If there’s any good news to be gleaned from this, it’s that over the next few months, VT will be reducing prices and clearing out their inventory, and there’s still tons of great and rare stuff for the daring consumer. Best of luck to the VT staff on all future endeavors!

Happy Birthday To Stan Brakhage

“Imagine a world alive with incomprehensible objects, and shimmering with an endless variety of movement and innumerable gradations of colour. Imagine a world before the ‘beginning was the word.”

The above quote from Stan Brakhage is as good a verbal representation of his art as is imaginable

If you’ve ever wanted to delve into the massive catalog of abstract animator and experimental filmmaker, Stan Brakhage, this collection of archival interviews and clips from his work might just be the best place to start.

BRAKHAGE from Jim Shedden on Vimeo.

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