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May 11th, 2015

RAOUL! RAOUL! RAOUL! now available as double vinyl too!

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Dear friends

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The uncompromising RAOUL by The Spanish Donkey (a.k.a. Joe Morris on electric guitar, Jamie Saft on Hammond and Korg organs, Minimoog and Echoplex piano, and Mike Pride on drums is finally available to buy immediately as Double Vinyl (2x180gms) (as well as CD Digipack and multiple download formats).

from the press release:

“The sound of Joe Morris’ electric guitar, with distortion pedal set on stun and wah-wah pedal fully engaged, colliding with Jamie Saft’s droning, microtonal organ and Mike Pride’s thunderous free drumming approach to the kit creates a mind-numbing maelstrom on The Spanish Donkey’s RAOUL, the improvising trio’s debut on RareNoise records. A follow-up to XYX, their 2011 released on Northern Spy Records, the album consists of three throbbing tracks — the brutal 32-minute title track RAOUL, the 22-minute Behavioral Sink and 16-minute Echoplex piano feature Dragon Fly Jones

 

 

that showcase The Spanish Donkey’s remarkable group-think as well as the individual player’s uncanny intuition on their respective instruments. More intensely cathartic, startlingly original and compelling than anything you’ve ever heard — think of it as the child of John Coltrane’s Interstellar Space and Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music — RAOUL stands as a hellacious manifesto by one of the most formidable improvising trios around today.”

Get Your Punishment as CD here, as Double Vinyl here, as COMBO (CD + LP) here, as 24bit/96kHz .flac DL here, as standard .flac DL here, as .mp3 DL here.

Enjoy!

July 31st, 2014

2015 Is The Year Of The GOAT: The Greatest Of All Time?

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2015 is the Year Of The Goat – will it also be the Greatest Of All Time? We let you decide

February 

CU//TS  – Merzbow / Mats Gustafsson / Thurston Moore / Balazs Pandi

SPIN MARVEL (Martin France w. Nils Petter Molvaer)

March

JÜ and Kjetil Møster

FREQUENT FLYER II (Lorenzo Feliciati feat. Steve Jansen)

April/May

METALLIC TASTE OF BLOOD (New w. Ted Parsons)

SPANISH DONKEY (Jamie Saft, Joe Morris, Mike Pride)

June/July

FREE NELSON MANDOOMJAZZ – The Awakening of The City

DAVID FIUCZYNSKI’S PLANET MICROJAM – Flam! (w. Rudresh Mahanthappa

September

NAKED TRUTH (NEW)

October

SLOBBER PUP (New w. Mats Gustafsson)

May 6th, 2014

The New Standard is available to pre-order now

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The New Standard, with Jamie Saft on piano and organ, Steve Swallow on electric bass and Bobby Previte on drums is now available to pre-order from the RareNoiseStore. It is available as

  • Combo (Double 180gm Vinyl + CD Digipack + .mp3 download + .flac download)
  • Double Vinyl (Double 180gm Vinyl + .mp3 download)
  • CD Digipack (4 Panel CD Digipack + .mp3 download)
  • HD .flac (24bit/96KHz lossless download – Studio Master Quality)
  • .flac (16bit/44.1KHz lossless download- CD Quality)
  • .mp3 (lossy – for Iphone, Android and Portable devices)

 

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Combo and Vinyl orders will ship around JUNE 10TH 2014

CD Digipack orders will ship around MAY 20TH 2014

Enjoy!

March 23rd, 2014

A Look Beyond The Horizon: Setting The New Standard in May

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May 2014 will see the release of an incredible recording, featuring three colossi of their respective arts – The New Standard.

Words fail us, when trying to present you this masterpiece. Recorded in Jamie Saft’s Potterville Studios direct to analogue tape under supervision of legendary engineer, producer and mixer Joe Ferla, The New Standard captures the magical meeting between pianist and composer extraordinaire Jamie Saft (whose releases on RareNoise include Slobber Pup, Plymouth, Metallic Taste of Blood, Berserk!), Bass Legend Steve Swallow and legendary drummer Bobby Previte.

The New Standard will be available in all the usual formats, mastered from analogue tape for timeless sonic perfection.

For the time being, enjoy snapshots from the very recent vinyl mastering sessions at Masterdisk under the watchful eye of Scott Hull and Alex De Turk

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Finally – here’s a short video from the cutting sessions – with an exclusive taste of The New Standard : 

Enjoy!

March 16th, 2014

Plymouth Available to Pre-Order Now

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Dear Friends,

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following up on our previous post detailing the the release of Chat Noir’s Elec3Cities, we would like to introduce you to the second RareNoiseRecords release slated for  APRIL 7TH 2014:

Plymouth (RNR040/RNR040LP)

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Following on the heels of their successful collaboration on 2013‘s Slobber Pup, one of the most intensely throbbing releases in the RareNoise catalog, keyboardist Jamie Saft and guitarist Joe Morris have reunited for another potent and provocative offering in Plymouth. Joining them on the three expansive pieces that comprise this purely improvised set are the indelible rhythm tandem of bassist Chris Lightcap and drummer Gerald Cleaver, who have played together in various settings (including Morris’ quartet) since the late ‘90s, and rising star avant garde guitarist Mary Halvorson (a former student of Morris’). Together they create compelling stream-of-conscious sonic excursions that range from zen-like quietude to hellacious distortion-laced fury, as on the 20-minute “Manomet,” the 13-minute title track and the 29-minute journey, “Standish.” Nothing is ever predictable or resolves neatly on this audacious, wildly uncompromising outing.

DownBeat writer John Ephland reviewed Plymouth’s U.S. debut on a special RareNoise label showcase held at Shapeshifter lab in Brooklyn on Dec. 13, 2013:

“Beginning with a dose of dreamy electric piano, Plymouth brought on a storm of floating, shimmering rubato. The playing centered around a gently implied beat. Halvorson’s guitar work started with deft, unobtrusive slide playing, which provided a contrast to Morris’ more dedicated single-note lines. Saft’s chimey chords directed the music into a loose-limbed rock cadence, while Morris’ hard-edged picking served as a drone. Halvorson replied with lush chordal phrases, while Saft’s scary-movie organ lines were a lattice for what became a two-note jam of squirrelly lines, repeated over and over. Saft continued with dense thickets of sound combined with repeated loops and pedal effects from both guitarists. By this point, there was an audible heaving and sighing over a definite groove, menacing but also somehow innocent. The group improvisation could be heard as a collection of voices—five individuals foraging through a forest of sounds.”

“This group was conceived as a way to bring together Joe Morris and Mary Halvorson with a rhythm section of long standing friends and colleagues,” explains Saft, who co-produced the recording with Morris. “It’s a very different sound than Slobber Pup but created with a similar attitude and focus on total freedom. Nothing was pre-conceived or discussed beforehand. It’s purely a meeting of sympathetic minds that resulted in something quite astonishing.”

While Saft’s keyboard rig in the crunching quartet Slobber Pup is mostly organs running through a Marshall amp turned up to 11, his setup in Plymouth is based around the acoustic piano fed through an Echoplex (like on his own dub-influenced New Zion Trio). Morris and Halvorson interact intuitive on guitar, alternately between clean tones and distortion tones, with Halvorson also supplying some of her signature chordal swells with her deft use of a Whammy Bar pedal. Chris Lightcap, who almost exclusively plays upright bass in his own group Bigmouth and in his numerous sideman roles, plays a hollowbody electric bass with a fuzz pedal on this Plymouth session. And Cleaver, a remarkably flexible and powerful drummer, provides the glue that holds all the freewheeling excursions together.

“I absolutely love playing with Gerald,” says Saft. “He is the rare marriage of power, depth and complete freedom. Gerald frames all the madness with an acoustic sound that is extra rich and complements all the electrical energy perfectly.”

Saft, who has long been associated with many of John Zorn’s ensembles including The Dreamers and Electric Masada and has also toured and recorded with the pioneering Japanese noise musician Merzbow, heaped praise on his Plymouth partner Morris, a free jazz guitar icon with more than 20 releases as a leader to his credit.

“I’ve known Joe for over 20 years,” says Saft. “We made music together in the early ‘90s in Boston when I was finishing up as a student at New England Conservatory. Joe was a local avant legend and I was extremely fortunate to get to work with him back then. We lost touch for almost 20 years and reconnected at some festivals a few years ago and started brainstorming.”

Plymouth available to PRE-ORDER NOW as

CD Digipack (with free mp3 download) – CD Deliveries Start Around April 7th

Single LP (180 gm Vinyl with free mp3 download) – Vinyl Deliveries Start Around April 28th

COMBO (CD Digipack + Single Vinyl + free flac download + free mp3 download) – Combo Deliveries Start Around April 28th

HD flac (24bit/96Khz lossless) download – available immediately

flac (lossless) download – available immediately

mp3 (lossy) download – available immediately

Plymouth will be available on  Online Stores / High Street Stores / Digital Stores (Itunes/Emusic/Amazon…)/Streaming (Spotify/Deezer/…)  from the second/third weeks of April .

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