Sunday, April 14, 2013

oystered 35

Envisioned as a double LP re-sequenced and reissued with bonus 7” of cover versions.

By no means does this mix suggest I would be in favor of some label, especially one of those pretend indie labels loopholed into being able to reissue vinyl versions of releases their major/parent company seemingly still has the rights to (you know who you are!) and screwing with history and the next generation’s idea of the original artifact.

So, the first ‘+’ represents the official b-sides from Glider and Tremolo.

The second ‘+’ represents “Angel” (proto “Off Your Face?”) and “Sugar” (orig. 1989, later the b-side to a French only single for “Only Shallow”). Both sounding post-Isn’t Anything, pre-Glider.

The third ‘+’ represents the two cover versions tacked on at the end – the last we heard from the band until this year.

All tracks taken from 2012 reissues except for the covers.

Politically correct? No.
Sacrilege? Maybe.
Fresh? You bet.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

oystered 34

2nd in the series, initially conceived October, 2008.

Beautiful buncha ambient jamz here, and most of ‘em kinda rare to boot. Wolfgang Voigt’s “Tal ’90 (Version)” (available only with the Raster-Noton ‘Gas’ ltd ed CD & book package) and Giuseppe Ielasi’s & Nicola Ratti’s “Untitled VII” (from their debut collaboration, ‘Bellows’ on Kning Disk) serve as the perfect bookends, also complimenting each other nicely – if ya didn’t know any better, you might think the latter track was penned by Voigt too.

In between, Stephan Mathieu’s track is culled from a 2CD compilation on Kid606’s Tigerbeat6 label, Aero is the nom de plume of none other than Koen ‘Mountains’ Holtkamp, Klimek’s track is taken from Kompakt’s Pop Ambient series, and Pimmon’s “Black Cipher” only found its way onto a Stunned label cassette. The others are from Kranky’s esteemed back catalogue.

Re-mixed and re-assembled April, 2013.