UTECH RECORDS: May Transmission
- MAY TRANSMISSION <http://www.utechrecords.com>
- All Roads Lead to Wisconsin- The Utech Records Special. KFJC, 89.7 FM, Los
Altos Hills, CA. Broadcast/live feed is Saturday, May 27 at 6 p.m. Look for
interviews with Lasse Marhaug, Jesse Quattro, Tim Daisy and Steve Hubback as
well as music spanning the entire Utech Records catalog.
- Summer 06 will see the reissue of James Plotkin's "Kurtlanmak" [UR-022].
This new release will be a factory pressed cd of 500. In addition to the
original material there will be a solo performance from Argentina included
as a bonus track. The final details are still to be worked out, however the
project should start taking shape sooner than later.
- Utech Records is happy to present some of the first confirmed dates for
Tetuzi Akiyama's Nort American Tour. Additional cities/venues will be added
in the coming weeks.
Look for an official tour poster for sale at shows starting in San Antonio
and at the Utech Records store in June. The edition is of 100. Can't say how
long they will last.
NORTH AMERICA 2006
6 SAN ANTONIO; solo and duo w/Alan Licht, Salon Mijangos
8 AUSTIN; solo and duo w/Kurt Newman, Little City Downtown
12 PHILADELPHIA; Tequila Sunrise Records
14 NYC; solo and duo w/Loren Connors, Tonic
15 BROOKLYN; + Jaime Fennelly/Chris Forsyth/Shawn Edward Hansen,
Free103point9 Project Space
17 MONTREAL; The Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival, La Sala Rossa
20 SAN DIEGO; venue tba
24 LOS ANGELES; Schindler House
25 LOS ANGELES; Eagle Rock Cultural Center
29 SAN FRANCISCO; venue tba
TOUR W/JEFFREY ALLPORT (6/30-7/5)
30 SEATTLE; Gallery 1412
1 VANCOUVER; Western Front
3 VICTORIA; Open Space
5 PORTLAND; venue tba
6 CHICAGO; Empty Bottle
8 MILWAUKEE; Hotcakes Gallery
11 BOSTON; venue tba
TOUR W/HARRIS NEWMAN (7/14-7/19)
14 MONTREAL; Casa del Popolo
15 OTTAWA; venue tba
17 LONDON; Dissent
18 TORONTO; Tranzac Club
21 JACKSON; venue tba
22 NEW ORLEANS; solo, duo and trio w/Donald Miller and Rob Cambre, The Big
Here are the UTECH releases:
BJERGA/IVERSEN "Most Things are Made of Water"  $11
Drones crawl on hands and knees. Crackles pierce and solidify. Sound melts
slowly away, pools, electrifying the void. Hand-assembled and numbered
edition of 200 cdr.
BROTTHAEST/PANY EP  $9
Angular and arresting, the debut offering from Simon Schultz, Lars Myrvoll
and Martin Larsen weaves gentle, organic instrumentation in and out of lush
melody. Each piece skitters along always one step off leaving an ethereal
haze in its wake. Hand-assembled and numbered edition of 200 cdr.
ULTRALYD "Throb and Provision" EP  $9
"MIGHTY ODIN! NORSE GOD OF FURY! I HAVE HEARD YOUR THUNDEROUS CRIES!
SOMEWHERE IN THE FROZEN HEART OF NORWAY YOUR BRAIN ADDLED CHILDREN ARE
RIPPING APART THEIR EARDRUMS AND IT IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!"
Kjetil Brandsdal (bass), Anders Hana (guitar), Kjetil Moster (sax) and
Morten Olsen (drums) lay down a gut-wrenching caterwaul that burns and
burns. The first feel-good record of the year! Hand-assembled and numbered
edition of 200 cdr.
MOEBIUS/MUELLER/SCHOENECKER "Amalgam"  $11
Werner Moebius (computer, devices), Jon Mueller (percussion), Jim
Schoenecker (synthesizer, shortwave radio) Electro acoustic slow motion
interjected with rasp, scratch and feedback. Hand-assembled and numbered
edition of 200 cdr.
New to the STORE:
JAMES PLOTKIN/TIM WYSKIDA "Eight Improvisations" aRCHIVE CD; 2006
Seventy+ min recording of eight wandering improvisations for guitar and
drums tracked over the course of two days. Content ranges from ambient sound
scapes to almost electric jazz. Probably differs a bit from others releases
of this nature as both players have backgrounds in the fine art of heavy
musik. Comes in blue and red cover. Single pressing of 1000 copies.
JAZKAMER "Metal Music Machine" Asspiss LP; 2006 [AP01] $23
With Metal Music Machine, Jazkamer has made the album that Lou Reed did not
make, they have taken Lou on the word and made metal machine music in the
right meaning of the words. Part of the Jazkamer team on this album are:
Jørgen ³Dupermann² Træen of Toy, Ivar Bjørnson of Norwegian black metal
legends Enslaved as well as Iver Sandøy and Olav Kristiseter of metalband
Manngard. Artwork by the legendary English illustrator Savage Pencil.
Beautiful edition on heavy vinyl. Import. Not available on cd until June.
FRANK ROSALY "Solo" Molk Records cd-r; 2006 [MK-01] $9
Frank Rosaly (Rempis Percussion Quartet, Mandarin Movie) delivers a
brilliant solo recording of drums, percussion and electronics. Comes in a
beautiful, stitched cover, complete with hand-stamped typography and an
acetate insert. A labor of love to be sure. Promised edition of 100. Last I
heard only 40 have been produced so far. In case Frank gets tired of making
these pick one up now.
HAL RAMMEL "Lost Data" Penumbra 7"; 2006 [Penumbra 45-01] $7
Milwaukee photographer/writer/instrument builder/visual artist/musician Hal
Rammel (Audiotrope, I-Beam) has pressed the first in a series of three 7"
recordings of amplified palette. Mr. Rammel has realized an instrument of
his own invention and plays with matchless skill. Edition of 150.
BLACK TO COMM "Rückwärts Backwards" DEKORDER CD; 2006 [dekorder14] $16
Debut full-length album recorded in Hamburg and the Black Forest located in
the south of Germany. The album was created from scratchy shellac and vinyl
loops merged with ambient field recordings and some voice manipulations
and kitchen gamelan thrown in for good measure. The warm hiss of analogue
recording techniques are combined with the antique sounds of vintage organs,
acoustic & electric guitars, pianos, glockenspiel and mbira. The layered,
hypnotic repetition of short loops extracted from old psychedelia, free
jazz, vaudeville and traditional records reveal a haunting melodic quality
sometimes indistinguishable within the original source material, evoking a
hovering feeling of bittersweet melancholy with an
omnipresent, slightly disturbing atmosphere hidden beneath the surface.
JOHN HEGRE/MAJA RATKJE "Ballads" DEKORDER CD; 2006 [dekorder15] $16
The first collaborative album by two key figures of the Norwegian
noise/improv scene. Anyone expecting a rackety wall of distorted
feedback guitars and voices will be surprised by the sparse and intimate
sketches to be found on this wonderful record. Songs are stripped down to
their most essential elements, revealing the soul behind the sound. The
album culminates in "Hammock Moods", a quietly mesmerizing epic with Ratkje
humming a beautiful melody over Hegre's gorgeous, psychedelic guitar.
GAPING MAW "Two Improvisations" aRCHIVE CD; 2006 [archive20] $13
Kurt Johnson may be most notable for his stint as the bassist in
Chicago-based Flying Luttenbachers as well as this infernal racket. Sounds
like the whole damn band being kicked down a flight of stairs over and over.
Expectations of some light noodling or polite improv will meet with
disappointment. With Kurt¹s background you should have known better. A low
end, thundering monster of a release.
Kurt Johnson- bass guitar, double bass, electronics
Kyle Bruckmann- minimoog, electronics, suona
Tatsuya Nakatani- drums percussion
RYFYLKE "Boknafjord" Roggbif CD; 2005 [RR007] $12
Flat white digipack with very faint images of a tree printed in a clear
gloss overlay. Named after a region deep in the fjords of southwest Norway,
Ryfylke is dedicated to creating slow erosions of sound, the gradual scaping
away of a solid landscape by wind and rain, ice and seawater. Sten Ove Toft
collects sounds, dirtying them up on old cassette machines and processing
equipment, while Stian Skagen breaks them down into scintillating digital
forms. Hailed as one of the strongest debuts to come out of the Norwegian
noise scene. "Boknafjord" is a true phenomenon of pure, crystallized sound
V/A "We Would Be Happy- A Noise Opera" Sunship CD; 2005 $7
Features contributions from heavyweight noise maesters and distasters. Cock
E.S.P., Costes, Lasse Marhaug, K.K. Null, Richard Ramirez and Smell & Quim.