Just Announced: Conrad, Burroughs, Bender January 15 2016
As promised, 2016 is getting off to a crazy start with classic debuts from Tony Conrad, William Burroughs and John Bender.
In the 1960s, Tony Conrad was a member of legendary NYC group the Theater of Eternal Music, alongside John Cale, La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela and Angus MacLise. His debut album, Outside The Dream Syndicate, came out in 1973 and features semimal German avant-rock band Faust. No other record captures – so completely and instantly – the intersection of avant-garde and rock forms. This first-time vinyl reissue and long out-of-print CD release include liner notes by Jim O'Rourke and Branden W. Joseph. First 500 copies on clear vinyl with special poster. Mail-order exclusive. Pre-order on vinyl or compact disc.
William Burroughs has had pervasive influence on counterculture in the past 50 years – from the Beats to punk rock and even hip hop. Originally released in 1965, Call Me Burroughs marks the author's recorded debut and features readings from his best-known works. An eerie, deadpan drawl guides the listener through sci-fi innerscapes, narcotic nightmares, reports from the edge of the apocalypse. This first-time vinyl reissue is recommended for fans of Hunter S. Thompson, Patti Smith and Throbbing Gristle. Pre-order here
John Bender recorded voraciously between 1978 and 1980 at his home in Cincinnati, Ohio. I Don't Remember Now / I Don't Want To Talk About It, his first album from 1980, is the holy grail of minimal lo-fi electronics. Layers of fractured melodies, distorted synthesizers, hollowed-out rhythms and claustrophobic vocals reflect a distinct punk-meets-experimentalist sensibility. This first-time standalone reissue is recommended for fans of Pere Ubu, Brian Eno and Robert Ashley. Limited to 1,000 numbered copies. Red vinyl with hand-stamped jackets, each one unique. Pre-order here