NEWS

•September 8, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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-The Lithium Industries Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/lithium-industries-sound) is still being updated on a semi-regular basis…
-John Lithium submitted a track for the upcoming third volume of the Discordian compilation “To The Prettiest One” (http://x.cashmusic.org/brownianmotion).
-John Lithium submitted a track for the upcoming N(SAtan) compilation (no link yet).
-John Lithium released a collection of tracks recorded during 2011 through 2013 under the name Nathan J Carter. The album is called “Fragments Of Persona” and can be found here (http://lithiumindustries.bandcamp.com/album/fragments-of-persona).
-Nihil Obstat submitted a long-form noise improvisation to this compilation (http://archive.org/details/SecretContactsIlluminatiCompilation_856).
-The album “LITHIUM TOOLBOX III” (http://lithiumindustries.bandcamp.com/album/lithium-toolbox-iii), a collection of soundscapes, will be deleted from the Lithium Industries Bandcamp due to a variety of reasons. If you wish to download the current tracks in the collection, now is the time to do it.
-Argali Records Netlabel is still seeking contributions to the upcoming “The Road Ahead” compilation. There is no set deadline release for this project, but after the initial page has been set up, we will update with tracks every so often. Here is the link if you are interested (http://argalirecordsnetlabel.wordpress.com/2013/07/31/now-accepting-submissions-for-the-road-ahead-experimental-music-compilation/). If you submit something, PLEASE submit something previously unreleased and exclusive to this compilation! Do not submit previously released material. IMPORTANT: We received a rush of submissions at one time and are currently working on the backlog. If you submit something, it might be a day before we can respond to you. Thank you for your patience.

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Luxurious Dagger : Glue Factory (ARGREC20)

•May 5, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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Listen/Download: http://archive.org/details/ARGREC20

Just in time for Cinco De Mayo, Argali Records plunges headfirst into the strange and fascinating world of twisted plunderphonic collage soundscapes with this short, but sweet EP by Luxurious Dagger.

Appropriated (or should that be ‘liberated’ instead) from the detritus of a turbulent pop culture ocean, “Glue Factory” is a deliriously miasma fusion of ephemeral proclamations and percussive elements, bent and twisted to shift uneasily around the psyche of the listener. Will easily appeal to fans of The Residents, Nurse With Wound, Negativland, very early Foetus, Contgaious Orgasm, Snog, and Severed Heads.

Marvin Ferguson, of the projects Luxurious Dagger (luxuriousdagger.bandcamp.com/), a self-titled project (http://marvinferguson.bandcamp.com/), and the group Fag Rabbit (http://fagrabbit.bandcamp.com/), deftly mixes the playfully surreal with the hypnotically esoteric on this release.

Music that’ll make you want more.
You’ll really like it.

This is ARGREC20.

THE ROAD AHEAD

•March 19, 2013 • 1 Comment

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ARGALI RECORDS NETLABEL PRESENTS

“THE ROAD AHEAD” COMPILATION

EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC, GRAPHICS, AND DESIGN

[Submissions at: c h a n d l e r n [ a t ] g m a i l [ d o t ] c o m

Argali Records Netlabel is now accepting submissions for the upcoming compilation “The Road Ahead”.  For this project, we are mainly looking for experimental electronica, avant-garde music, industrial, IDM/glitch and similar sub-strains of these genres. However, we are not limiting submissions to these directions. When in doubt, send in a song and we will tell you what we think. If you need examples of what we are about and examples of what we are looking for, feel free to check out some of the previous releases on Argali, the previous compilation “Time Will Pass”, or some our allied netlabel friends.

Currently there is no concrete deadline for when submissions can be submitted. For the sake of this text, a tentative date of July 1st has been set, although this may be changed if needed. Though this will most likely will not be an issue, Argali Records reserves the right to reject any submission for any reason (when in doubt, ask…we don’t bite). IMPORTANT: When you submit your song, please be sure to clearly label your file with your project/song name. If you have a site/Soundcloud/etc, feel free to include that as well. We will be including an ‘band/musician’ list in the linear notes and/or graphic design of the finished project.

Pictures/Art: We are also accepting graphics/art submissions for this compilation as well. Augment your auditory experience with a visual component! In terms of what we will NOT accept, see above (basically no overly graphic/political material etc), but in terms of what we WILL accept we are basically saying almost anything goes here (especially since this is the first time the graphic design of the release was not either handled in house or by one specific individual). While Argali releases graphics usually are around 1500×1500 or 3000×1500 (basically ‘cd booklet/cover’ format), we will accept smaller or larger images (as long as it’s larger than a thumbnail and smaller than a two-bedroom apartment). Images can be sent to the email listed above, the same basic rules apply (clearly label the file, etc).

Conceptual Food For Thought: No set theme, although given that the previous compilation regarded the advent of 2012 and the various theories, concepts, and prophecies associated with the end of that year, anything vaguely futurist and/or hopeful would be greatly appreciated.

John Lithium : Archival

•March 19, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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Download here: http://lithiumindustries.bandcamp.com/album/archival

This is a collection of tracks that date from 2002-2008 (roughly, the exact recording dates for most of these songs is not known/remembered for certain). Herein you will find an expansive collection of techno, rock, electronica, industrial, world music…even a hip-hop instrumental. Also, to the best of my knowledge, none of these tracks have been released before on an ‘official release’ (some of the numbered tracks are from albums that would later be remixed/re-structured on the first John Lithium album released in 2007).

As with the majority of my work, this is a pay-what-you-want (including nothing) release. Enjoy.

Nihil Obstat : Rising Volume II (Compilation 2002-2012)

•January 8, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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Listen/Download: http://lithiumindustries.bandcamp.com/album/rising-volume-ii

[Warning: the material on this album was recorded over a period of years, under a variety of conditions/mental states, and utilizing many different techniques. Thus, please use caution when listening to this album at higher than appropriate volumes]

Retrospective 2002-2012

Concisely summarizing ten years of exploring unusual avenues of auditory experimentation can be somewhat difficult, so instead John Lithium presents “Rising”: a massive two-album collection of Nihil Obstat material, ranging from personal favorites to more recently recorded material. Improvised, abrasive, and uncompromising. Utilizing a barrage of samples, field recordings, improvised percussive elements, feedback, drum machines, and harsh vocal treatments, “Rising” offers an extensive glimpse into a project defiantly exploring new methods of expression in a genre that, more often than not, uses their project to promote their pet ideological belief system or political affiliation instead of advancing noise as an art-form.

The first volume is mainly comprised of archival material dating around 2006-2007 that was recently rediscovered, along with some older Dadist material from 2002 and a recently recorded EP (the 2012 sessions). Meanwhile, the second volume features the tracks which were originally planned for the compilation when it was supposed to a one album project (some of the tracks being released for the 2012 season).

With the release of “Rising”, Nihil Obstat closes the door of the first era and, in the darkening light of the post-2012 era, continues onward.

NIHIL OBSTAT: THE WAY IS CLEARED.

[Warning: the material on this album was recorded over a period of years, under a variety of conditions/mental states, and utilizing many different techniques. Thus, please use caution when listening to this album at higher than appropriate volumes]

Retrospective 2002-2012

Concisely summarizing ten years of exploring unusual avenues of auditory experimentation can be somewhat difficult, so instead John Lithium presents “Rising”: a massive two-album collection of Nihil Obstat material, ranging from personal favorites to more recently recorded material. Improvised, abrasive, and uncompromising. Utilizing a barrage of samples, field recordings, improvised percussive elements, feedback, drum machines, and harsh vocal treatments, “Rising” offers an extensive glimpse into a project defiantly exploring new methods of expression in a genre that, more often than not, uses their project to promote their pet ideological belief system or political affiliation instead of advancing noise as an art-form.

The first volume is mainly comprised of archival material dating around 2006-2007 that was recently rediscovered, along with some older Dadist material from 2002 and a recently recorded EP (the 2012 sessions). Meanwhile, the second volume features the tracks which were originally planned for the compilation when it was supposed to a one album project (some of the tracks being released for the 2012 season).

With the release of “Rising”, Nihil Obstat closes the door of the first era and, in the darkening light of the post-2012 era, continues onward.

NIHIL OBSTAT: THE WAY IS CLEARED.

Nihil Obstat: Rising Volume I (Compilation 2002-2012)

•January 7, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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LISTEN/DOWNLOAD HERE: http://lithiumindustries.bandcamp.com/album/rising-volume-i

[Warning: the material on this album was recorded over a period of years, under a variety of conditions/mental states, and utilizing many different techniques. Thus, please use caution when listening to this album at higher than appropriate volumes]

Retrospective 2002-2012

Concisely summarizing ten years of exploring unusual avenues of auditory experimentation can be somewhat difficult, so instead John Lithium presents “Rising”: a massive two-album collection of Nihil Obstat material, ranging from personal favorites to more recently recorded material. Improvised, abrasive, and uncompromising. Utilizing a barrage of samples, field recordings, improvised percussive elements, feedback, drum machines, and harsh vocal treatments, “Rising” offers an extensive glimpse into a project defiantly exploring new methods of expression in a genre that, more often than not, uses their project to promote their pet ideological belief system or political affiliation instead of advancing noise as an art-form.

The first volume is mainly comprised of archival material dating around 2006-2007 that was recently rediscovered, along with some older Dadist material from 2002 and a recently recorded EP (the 2012 sessions). Meanwhile, the second volume features the tracks which were originally planned for the compilation when it was supposed to a one album project (some of the tracks being released for the 2012 season).

With the release of “Rising”, Nihil Obstat closes the door of the first era and, in the darkening light of the post-2012 era, continues onward.

NIHIL OBSTAT: THE WAY IS CLEARED.

(Helper Unit) : II — Now available for streaming/download through Bandcamp!

•December 16, 2012 • Leave a Comment

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Listen/download here: http://lithiumindustries.bandcamp.com/album/ii

This is a first in a series of EPs created under the pseydonym “Helper Unit”. Inspired by the original (Helper Unit) album (which was only released privately in an edition of 10 or less), this album will appeal to fans of Tim Hecker, Lustmord, John Lithium, and especially fans of Michael Gira’s seminal experimental project “The Body Lovers / The Body Haters”.

Lightly retouched and drastically remixed long-form compositions created using material originally produced/compiled between 2002-2004 under the name Orphan, back when the project was mainly a loop/sample/field recording endeavor. Rock, industrial, dark ambient, techno, electronica, and pure experimental avant-garde can be found here. The full length album download contains a bonus track for your listening pleasure. As always, headphones are recommended for your maximum listening pleasure.

Also, I recently re-discovered my old remix project Kharaxus and it’s ancient Acidplanet link. If you are interested in hearing some ancient remixes of some bands and people you have probably heard once or twice, go check it out here.