An astounding work of passion and patience over one thousand hours in the making, Long Beach musician/composer Chris Schlarb
bestows his latest musical vision, Psychic Temple
, onto the world. Known for his work as half of the hypnotic, jazz/drone duo, I Heart Lung
, Schlarb’s latest work expands wildly in new directions, incorporating wordless vocal choirs, string quartets and horn sections into his 29-member ensemble.
Debut is the first solo release from Anthony Shadduck
who has performed with Joe Biaza, Emily Hay, ellul, I Heart Lung
, Create (!)
and many others.
’s singular introduction to the world as a bandleader is an intimate and explosive quartet recording featuring Nels Cline
), Lynn Johnston
) and Ches Smith
(John Zorn, Marc Ribot
). Creative corkscrews, harmonic u-turns and rhythmic regurgitation inside!
A timeless collection of holiday cheer. Recorded in one afternoon and mixed in another, this five song EP includes four Christmas standards as well as the I Heart Lung
original, “Santa Claus Vs. Dracula.”
An album destined to be included in the popular holiday lexicon with Frank Sinatra
, Nat King Cole
and King Crimson
, put this on at your next ornament exchange or Jello-swap and watch eyes, hearts and lungs fill up with the Christmas spirit!
Recorded in vaulted hill top church, an industrial warehouse, a community center and a living room, up and down the California coast, over the course of five months, ellul
’s self titled debut is surprisingly established. Produced and engineered by Chris Schlarb
the group added his electric guitar to contributions from Adam Garcia
) on drums and Anthony Shadduck
(Nels Cline, I Heart Lung
) on bass.
Dueling live/programmed drum patterns, shimmering guitar distortions and stunning choral harmonies are unearthed upon repeated listens. ellul
have crafted a stunning debut album that reveals heavy doses of progressive electro-acoustic musicianship with each spin.
A long distance run-around recorded in Paris, Long Beach and London. Field recordings by Chicagoan John Kannenberg
were provided to I Heart Lung
who treated them as another improvisor. Without listening to the recordings the group, joined by bassist Anthony Shadduck
, mimiced, goaded and otherwise played with the pre-recorded sounds; somehow changing the static to the fluid.
Recorded in Long Beach immediately following the return from their 2005 tour with Castanets
and Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice
Sounds Are Active
and sister label Asthmatic Kitty
have pooled their collective talents to put something beautiful into the world: the 2004 Sampler. Over over 74 minutes of music from these two unceasingly original record labels. The Asthmatic Kitty
“Side” features songs from Sufjan Stevens
’ first three albums, as well as three tracks from the unrelentingly joyous Half-Handed Cloud
. Songs by Liz Janes
and Viva Voce
round out the 11 tracks- 3 heretofore unreleased.
The Sounds Are Active
“Side” teems with spastic new work from Melk The G6-49
. New and unreleased tracks from Soul-Junk
, Vla Hemia
and Create (!)
. Softer pieces contributed by Xn.
(featuring a slick remix from hip-hop producer supreme Omid
) and the brooding “Two Planes for Elliott Smith” by the Constantine/Levin/Phillips/Schlarb/Shadduck