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.

Lithium Industries Is Not Dead (Version 1.01)

•September 17, 2012 • 1 Comment

Edit: I hashed out this writing very late in a hurry. Thus, any grammatical inconsistencies, spelling errors, and other mistakes will hopefully be ironed out at a later date. Also, anything I might have forgotten to add (such as the many band/musician links that will get added later) or mention hopefully I will remember to add in later this week. As always, many thanks for your continued support and encouragement, whoever you are.

ARGALI RECORDS NETLABEL

Despite being on the internet fairly frequently in the spare time I find myself allotted with, it seems that updating my blogs and websites has been one of my least favorite things that consistently appears on my ‘to do’ lists. Unfortunately, this can cause some confusion and/or uncertainty regarding current activities by Argali Records or my own musical/artistic work. Case in point: the experimental music compilation “Time Will Pass” was released a little over two months ago. While the main Argali Records WordPress site was updated shortly after the release, this site (which had the initial posting asking for submissions to the compilation) was not. Sorry about that. For more information regarding “Time Will Pass”, to listen to the tracks and/or download them, check it all out here: http://archive.org/details/ARGREC19

I am currently considering and pondering over a possible second compilation through my net-label, with a very tentative release date in mid to late December. Before you ask, no, this compilation will NOT be an ‘end of the world’ or ‘2012’ themed collection. There is currently no specific ‘theme’ as of yet, given the fact that there are several notable pros and cons involved with having strict conceptual/thematic guidelines regarding a compilation. Also, in the end, “Time Will Pass” had a sort of very general ‘surreal/abstract/futurist’ feel to it, given the (unexpectedly) diverse nature of the songs which were ultimately received (courtesy of Mystified, Noisesurfer, Slowpitch, Implicit Order, Earth Concrete, Jet Ghost, Luxurious Dagger, Secant Prime, Sleep Crimes, President Blair, NOISUMON, and How To Cure Our Soul). I am currently still planning the guidelines and submission rules for this next compilation. While the rules were fairly specific and detailed, there turned out to be a few areas that could use some clarification and/or rewording. Also, due to the aforementioned lack of consistent updates, a few people who might have expressed interest did not get on the compilation. If you are interested in appearing in the next collection, feel free to send me a message (NOTE: DUE TO SPAM-BOTS, ADS, AND OTHER USELESS RUBBISH, I WILL BE USING A DIFFERENT EMAIL FOR CONTACT INSTEAD OF THE ONE USES FOR THE LAST COMPILATION) either by email or through WordPress.

There are currently NO plans to release any full-length albums on Argali until after the end of 2012. I apologize in advance to anyone who was hoping this might not be the case (I was in talks with one or two people regarding releasing their material, but if memory serves me correctly, both had other options available if I was not able to commit to their album at this time). Hopefully by the end of the year my job situation will have settled down enough to the point where I know how much time I have available to dedicate to both Argali and outside pursuits.

JOHN LITHIUM MUSICAL ACTIVITY

Not much to speak of in this regard. Right now, I have no real plans for a full-length any time soon or any further additions to the Lithium Toolbox Soundsources series (the latter is always a matter of whether people decide to utilize the material for their productions, hint, hint). At the moment, I demo most of the material that I am able to record/write at the Lithium Industries Soundcloud (http://soundcloud.com/lithium-industries-sound). Recently have been completely burnt out with dark ambient/drone. This may change in the future, but at present I feel I have done all that I am capable of doing in those genres, given the limitations in my  hardware/software/etc. Am vaguely entertaining the idea of doing some ‘techno-electronica’ under my ‘real name’. This isn’t to say that I am abandoning my pseudonym, but it is odd that, despite having created electronic music for roughly ten years now, many people who know me still do not know that I create music.

Music For The Rest Of Us / Stereo Ate My Last Tape

There are so many reviews on the back-burner it is not even funny. Depending on how the rest of the year goes, I am considering dropping most of my other musical projects in favor of resuming music reviews. While this is by no means a complete list, here are a number of bands/albums I have been wanting to write a review for a while (and hopefully will do so in the very near future): 6 Comm – Headless/Let The Moon Speak, Alan Vega – Station, BEYOND SENSORY EXPERIENCE – MODERN DAY DIABOLISTS (Absolutely phenomenal album), Carter Tutti Void – Transverse, Cyclobe – Wounded Galaxies Tap At The Window, Kevin Drumm – Necro Acoustic, The Phantom Carriage KTL Edition (technically not a music album, but neither is it currently available as a stand-alone, sadly, given that it’s easily one of KTL’s best works), Skin Area : Rothko Field, Yellow Swans : Going Places, Pete Swanson – Man With Potential, and Swan’s last two albums (both essential, in my opinion).