Groundbreaking work from DavidGrubbs – a name you might know from his decades as a musician, singer, and improviser in a variety of settings – or from his more recent emergence as an author – heard from here in a book that unifies both sides of his creative personality! In some ways, the volume follows the territory of Grubbs' previous Now That The Audience Is Assembled – in that it, like that book, is a mixture of prose and poetry, meditating on the role of a central figure in a creative environment. But this time around, the approach is more personal, and less fantastical – and really gets at the heart of the author's many years of experience in the process of making a recording – but in a way that's very different than any other sort of "behind the glass window" sort of project. At a surface level, the book's about the process of recording an album – but immediately, the whole thing unfolds with the complexity of a recorded work itself – a beautiful merging of writing on music and the practice of music itself – at once poetic, but also very down to earth. 146 pages, softcover. Book
DavidGrubbs/Mats Gustafsson/Rob Mazurek —
Underflow ... CD Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2019. New Copy Gatefold ...
A fantastic meeting of the musical minds – coming together here in a set of live improvisations recorded at a record store in Greece! The setting's an unusual one, and the music is too – sounds that really move past the usual for all three players, but especially DavidGrubbs and Mats Gustafsson – both of whom seem very comfortable here in some of the sonic territory that we normally hear more from Rob Mazurek! Grubbs' guitar is quite different than on some of his own records – especially the solo acoustic moments – and Mats reminds us that he's not just a hell of a saxophonist, but also a master of many other ways to disturb the flow of air – delivering work here on flute, fluteophone, and live electronics – the last of which is matched with more electronics from Rob Mazurek, who also plays piccolo trumpet and wood flute too. Every song has a different shape and texture, which is a further testament to both the sensitivities of the musicians, and their sympathies with each other – and titles include "Not In A Hall Of Mirrors", "Creep Mission", "City Stones Sleep", and "Goats & Hollers". CD
The second of three hugely influential releases for Codeine – '92's Barely Real – a vital piece of a body of work that would have a very real impact on many bands to follow! The original Barely Real is either a generously portioned EP or a mini-LP – with 6 tracks that deliver on the promise of the preceding Frigid Stars LP – while also showing an evolving approach. The core trio of Chris Brokaw, John Engle and Stephen Immerwahr get an assist from Jon Fine on "Jr" – who lays down an additional wave of noisy guitar texture. DavidGrubbs contributes the solo piano and arrangement of the song "W." – a cool collaboration and a nice little creative side-step of Codeine's now-established sound! Numero's excellent double vinyl version features the original album on one LP and a full LP of bonus material! Titles include "Realize", "Jr", "Barely Real", "Hard To Find", "W." and "Promise Of Love". Bonus tracks include "Jr (Demo)", "Tom (Demo)", "Wird (Demo)", "I Wonder (Demo)", "Hydroplane", "A L'Ombre De Nous", "Realize (Demo)" and "Broken-Hearted Wire". All tracks restored from the original masters, the vinyl comes in a high quality gatefold sleeve, with an insert booklet of with notes/essays by esteemed admirers. Also includes the full tracklist on CD. LP, Vinyl record album
The early 90s swan song for Codeine – and possibly the most fully-realized record in their brief, yet influential run on Sub Pop! The intoxicating haze of John Engle's guitars are as dynamic as ever on White Birch – especially on the slow-building, cathartic opener "Sea" – and the rest of the record is just as impressive. Engle and bassist/vocalist Stephen Immerwahr are joined by drummer Doug Scharin for this final album, who takes over brilliantly for the departed Chris Brokaw. DavidGrubbs is once again a welcome Codeine contributor – with some guitar work on "Tom" and "Wird". Other tracks include "Vacancy", "Kitchen Light", "Washed Up" and "Smoking Room". This double vinyl version from Numero has a full LP of bonus tracks: "Median (Peel Session)", "Loss Leader (Peel Session)", "Sure Looks That Way (Peel Session)", "Atmosphere", "D (Live)", "Something New", "Ides (Demo)" and "Smoking Room (Demo)". The recordings are restored from the original masters, it's packaged in a beautiful gatefold sleeve, and it includes a an insert with extensive notes. Also includes the full set on CD. LP, Vinyl record album