BANANA – Live
PRE-ORDER VINYL (SPRING) + DIGITAL (JAN 27), CASSETTE NOW SHIPPING
*total runtime: 25min
*ltd 200 tapes w.risograph OCards
*ltd 500 vinyl
Composed & Produced by Josiah Steinbrick
Stephen Black – Clarinet, Saxophone
Huw Evans – Guitar, Synthesizer
Josh Klinghoffer – Marimba, Synthesizer
Cate Le Bon – Piano, Vibraphone
Stella Mozgawa – Bass, Marimba, Percussion
Josiah Steinbrick – Vibraphone, Piano
1. Banana A
2. Banana B
3. Banana C
4. Banana D
Recorded by Samur Khouja at El Sereno
Assisted by Nathaniel Eras
Mixed by Matthew “Matthewdavid” McQueen & Josiah Steinbrick at Stones Throw Studios
Assisted by Jake Viator
Mastered by Samur Khouja at Seahorse Sound
“Banana B” contains elements from Part IV of Kolm Ballaadi Poistekoorile by Heino Jürisalu & Part I of Instrumentals Vol. II by Arthur Russell
Arrangements on A, B, & C by BANANA
Art Direction by Josiah Steinbrick
Image sourced from the archives of Michael Dumontier
The album itself was recorded live to reel to reel tape on March 29th 2016 to be aired as a special on dublab.com. This incarnation of the ensemble came together to serve as backing group for Cate Le Bon’s “Crab Day” promotional tour as well as the opening act. We performed in Brussels, Paris, Istanbul, Cardiff, London, Los Angeles, and New York City. BANANA was a new experience for us. The sound of musicians I feel very connected to playing freely around composed pieces under my direction – exploring themes and theories of naturalism and modalism through repetition. For those in search of a bath, a rinse, a departure, or an expansion. Hopefully exotic, hopefully pleasant.
LR117 (RELEASED INAUGURATION DAY 2017)
S.Candle – Conditioned Reflex
*total runtime: 33min
*ltd. 100 tapes w.red painted shells
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S.CANDLE is the DANCE DYSTOPIA of BARRETT AVNER (Sun Araw, Sic Alps, Black Bananas, The Shrine). S.CANDLE has always been an homage to his family tree (his grandfather used to style and party w/ Funkadelic, owning far-out psychedelic clothing stores in Cleveland Ohio, his mother Athabaskan Indian from Alaska), but filtered through murky electronics, screaming guitars, and a cynical view of the physical world that surrounds us.
The concept of Conditioned Reflex is the constant struggle to decode real information in the age of digital and technocratic gluttony, the pursuit of reality resulting in mixed emotions of freedom and paranoia. Conditioned Reflex is dance music, mostly recorded direct to a 2 track Tascam 122 MKII tape deck using various drum machines, synthesizers, sequencers, with guitar and digital elements added later to create a tension between the immediate, distant, organic and the synthetic. The message is as always, there is no everyone, and don’t live in fear. Electro music to break chains to.
All songs recorded, mixed, written, and performed by B. Avner
w/ additional technical assistance from Nadav Eisenman
Mastered by Ged M. Gengras
Cover photo by B. Avner in Fairbanks, Alaska
Layout/Art” Arien Valizadeh
Matthewdavid’s Mindflight – A Meditation on Events in 2016
**All profits from this release to go towards the Fire Relief Fund for Victims of Ghostship Oakland Fire**
*total runtime 51 min
*ltd edition 150 cassettes
*rainbow reflective OCards
*immediate download w. cassette purchase
51 minutes of Improvised New Age Sound Collage
Matthew David McQueen plays various electronic synthesizer analog & digital on “Earth Flight” & “Ride The Train Into Forever”, and silver concert C flute on “A Meditation On Events In 2016” & “Gorgeous Garden Growing”. All audio further-processed with Ableton Live software.
*Dntel, Mndsgn, and Diva (Diva Dompé) play various electronic instruments
“A Meditation on Events in 2016” recorded at stones throw, december 8th 2016
“Earth Flight” recorded live at dublab, fall 2014.
“Ride The Bliss Train Into Forever” recorded live at dublab, spring 2014.
“Gorgeous Garden Growing” recorded live at home, summer 2015.
photo: Theo Jemison