Sunday, October 1, 2017

memo


Sunday, May 21, 2017

DISTRO: Rick Weaver - The Secular Arm


Rick Weaver
The Secular Arm
(Hausu Mountain)
$8 postage paid 

C36 - blue tape with black imprints. Pro-dubbed chrome plus cassette. 2-sided 3-panel J-Card with album artwork by Max.
From Hausu Mountain: "As a nomadic mainstay of the American DIY circuit, Rick Weaver has accrued a mythology of tall tales, wild gigs, and madcap ideas, confounding listeners both solo (formerly under the Dinner Music moniker) and as a member of the chaotic cassette manipulation trio Form A LogThe Secular Arm, Weaver’s first solo release on Hausu Mountain, follows 2016’s Form A Log / Moth Cock split LP (HAUSMO31). The album zooms into a vision of twisted baroque composition cobbled together from shards of exotica, library music, and a big ole “?”-shaped style unique to Weaver’s idiosyncrasies. Animated by layered organ and guitar lines, lurching percussion patterns, and his own vocals, Weaver’s tracks play out like soundtracks to vaudeville skits or black-and-white cartoons broadcasted from an alternate history of the 20th century. He populates his songs with onomatopoeic bursts of activity, sudden shifts in atmosphere, and single serving characters sketched out in sounds as much as words. Though they feature instrumentation akin to rock and informal domestic music making (guitars, home organs, brass), Rick Weaver’s compositions skew closer to the progressive funhouse worlds of The Residents or Oingo Boingo, pumped full of tonal juxtapositions and deadpan humor. The Secular Arm showcases a complex musical mind that seeks to surprise, challenge, and entertain itself along with us - Weaver’s locomotive barrels down the track, and we hang on breathlessly to the rails."

From Vice: "Rick Weaver—also a member of Form a Log, who released a mind-expanding split with Moth Cock on the label last year—reemerges on the imprint with "Tin Tan (Mono)," a bitter taste from his new tape The Secular Arm. It's a dizzily sickening, layering of a number of different distorted synth sounds. The experience is sorta like trying to ride two carousels at once."


Monday, February 13, 2017

Savage Relatives | Shannon's Law

HC100
Savage Relatives
Shannon's Law

In loving memory of Andrew Zajack

Recorded in 2013 by Robin Carine
       in South Philadelphia
Savage Relatives (2008-2014)
     Andrew Zajack / Alex Hampshire


"When one’s friends hate each other
            how can there be peace in the world?
Their asperities diverted me in my green time.
A blown husk that is finished
            but the light sings eternal
a pale flare over marshes
                where the salt hay whispers to tide’s change
Time, space,
          neither life nor death is the answer.
And of man seeking good,
            doing evil.
In meiner Heimat
                   where the dead walked
                              and the living were made of cardboard."
-Ezra Pound



Friday, January 13, 2017

Rick Weaver / Spiritual Recess split cassette


Let me take you back to the old days of Christmas, 2014. Fresh from a tour so good I haven't played a solo set since, Spiritual Recess and myself put together this little ol' split cassette. The original print suffered from a misguided marketing scheme (the tapes were methodically destroyed, one copy per week), as well as *improper* to NO cover art. Well, the split is back in print and ready to be owned. We have presented the sides digitally as individual tracks or as entire sides (the way God intended them) for streaming sampling or download. Tapes can be purchased too; contact will be made. It is the best of times; it is the best of times.