Very pleased to present a project long in the making: Heavenly Sounds in Lo-Fidelity: Arvo Plays Ferrante & Teicher is the newest release from Arvo Zylo, and his first with Personal Archives. A double cassette release (one C40 and one C44), Arvo sourced all the material on this 80+ minute album from Ferrante & Teicher LPs. For those unfamiliar, F & T were a dueling piano team that parlayed their success off the ‘persuasive percussion’ and exotica crazes of the early stereo fidelity days.
According to Arvo, he “owns about 15 albums by Ferrante & Teicher, along with several other percussive records of the 30s and 40s (Enoch Light especially). One day, listening to the peculiar sound design on “Soundproof!” (1956), he decided to explore F & T’s peculiarities more thoroughly, and became inspired to build some sound structures of his own out of them. The contents range from daffy percussion psychosis to smoothed out industrual/ambiante.”
Not only is this album alternatively jarring and meditative, oppressive and expansive – it is also housed in some exquisitely fine packaging. A white C40 and sky blue C44 are encased in a butterfly shell with one 3-panel J-card and one 4-panel U-card.
Preorder is up now, with tapes shipping on August 8. Dig!
Also soon to be released is the Dead Air Freshener’s new CD, Fast Radio Bursts. It will go digital on August 8, with a physical release to follow on August 23. Amazing audio collage/found footage from this shadowy Portland outfit. Glad to pitch in on this album, or, as the band puts it, “produced” the darn thing. This one is a real head charger, with some excellent video accompaniment in progress to join the sounds.
Last, but certainly not least, is a new release by Serbian anarchonoise artist Raven. A single-sided lathe cut 7″ long in the making, this puppy’s gonna get the silkscreen treatment sometime after I get back from the Sex Funeral tour. 4 minutes of noise so harsh, 2 different lathe cutters turned the project down for fear of needle damage! Big thanks to Ethan at Funky Frankenstein Records for cutting these excellent-sounding beauties.
Did I mention tour? Well yeah, Sex Funeral is hitting the road in support of their recent PA release, Eradicator, as well as upcoming releases on 5CM Recordings and Forbidden Place Records. Here are our dates:
8/7 Des Moines, IA @ DMSC Kum & Go Theater – Zeitgeist 6
8/8 Minneapolis, MN @ Licorice Beach w/Straight Panic, Hate Hate, RYKYGNYZYR, Body Carve
8/9 Viroqua, WI @ Driftless Books and Music
8/10 Duluth, MN @ Studio 15 w/Fester Clunk, Ground Water Mafia, Timmy and Lorenzo’s somethingsomething
8/11 – tba
8/12 Milwaukee, WI @ Bremen Cafe w/The Smudge, Dan of Earth, Citizen 2-13, August Traeger, J&B’s Slow Syrup
8/13 La Crosse, WI @ Cavalier Theater and Lounge w/United Halusa Nations
8/15 Lincoln, NE @ The Commons w/Mighty Vitamins, Avant-Bard
8/16 Iowa City, IA @ Governor’s Mansion w/Baby Alchemy, Mustard-In-Law
8/17 Moline, IL @ The Island w/Blue Movies, ARU, Joe Grove, Randall Hall
8/18 Columbia, MO @ Cafe Berlin
8/19 St. Louis, MO @ Schlafly Tap Room w/Double God, Kevin Harris/Alex Cunningham https://www.facebook.com/events/1054241168002321/
8/20 Kansas City, MO @ Records With Merritt w/Man Vs Animals, The Feel Bad Hit, sweatpantsdaze
I’ll have a bunch of PA merch with me, as well as SF releases. Looking forward to friends and noise and getting fucked up.