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ORIGINAL SILENCE "THE SECOND ORIGINAL SILENCE"
Out 11. August on CD, DL and LP

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THE THING "NOW AND FOREVER" (4 DISC BOX SET)
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OFFONOFF "CLASH"
Out now on CD and DL

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PETER BROTZMANN/PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE/MATS GUSTAFSSON
"THE FAT IS GONE"
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FREE FALL "THE POINT IN A LINE"
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MATS GUSTAFSSON/PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE "SPLATTER"
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TWO BANDS AND A LEGEND
"I SEE YOU BABY EP"
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ORIGINAL SILENCE
"FIRST ORIGINAL SILENCE"
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TWO BANDS AND A LEGEND
"TWO BANDS AND A LEGEND"
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MATS GUSTAFSSON & YOSHIMI
"WORDS ON THE FLOOR"
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JAZKAMER
"METAL MUSIC MACHINE" CD/LP
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THE THING
"ACTION JAZZ"
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VANDERMARK/NILSSEN-LOVE
"SEVEN"
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DISKAHOLICS ANONYMOUS TRIO
"WEAPONS OF ASS DESTRUCTION" CD/LP
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FREE FALL
"AMSTERDAM FUNK"
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THE THING
"LIVE AT BLÅ"
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THE THING WITH JOE MCPHEE AND CATO SALSA EXPERIENCE
"SOUNDS LIKE A SANDWICH"
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ORIGINAL SILENCE
"Picture Ornette Coleman sitting in with the Stooges (the old Stooges, that is) as they tear through "L.A. Blues" and you'd be in the neighborhood of free jazz/noise rock/construction noise hybrid Original Silence" (Pitchfork)

Original Silence is:
Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)
Terrie Ex (The Ex)
Jim O`Rourke
Mats Gustafsson (The Thing),
Paal Nilssen-Love (The Thing, Atomic)
Massimo Pupillo (Zu).

The band was put together by Mats Gustafsson, known from his work with Sonic Youth, Peter Brotzman, David Grubbs and groups like Diskaholics Anonymous Trio and The Thing among others.

The recordings on this album was recorded live on the Original Silence Italian tour, the 30th of September 2005 in Teatro Arisoto, Reggio Emilia, Italy, to be more specific. This is the first in a series of recordings from Original Silence. There is obviously lots of early Sonic Youth, The Ex and Scandinavia free-jazz in this album. But you can also hear their many influences from Black Flag, to drone rock, to Albert Ayler, to Boredoms, to noise, punk, Dead C, Merzbow, 1960s minimalism and The Stooges et al. In other words everything we love, all mixed together!

This is 100% improvised rock. A spontaneous, monumental, raw and harshly beautiful out-rock masterpiece!

TWO BANDS AND A LEGEND
Two Bands and a Legend is:
The Thing with Joe McPhee and Cato Salsa Experience.

The meeting between The Thing and Cato Salsa Experience started at the Kongsberg Jazzfestival in Norway in 2004, when The Thing was offered the chance to invite their favorite rock band Cato Salsa Experience, for a special collaboration. The show was a success and this also led to the critically acclaimed EP “Sounds Like A Sandwich” on Smalltown Superjazzz. It was immediately decided that the two bands and the legend should go into studio to record a fullenght album. The result is the self titled album “Two Bands And A Legend”. On the album the bands do their own versions of tracks like “Who The Fuck” by PJ Harvey, “Baby Talk” by James Blood Ulmer among others. The CD is the perfect pairing of the dirty 60s influenced free-jazz that of The Thing and the raw and minimalistic garage rock of Cato Salsa Experience. Most tracks on this album was recorded in one take only with no overdubs. Liner notes by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth says it all:

Is this superjazz?
Does The Thing want to rock the fuck out?
Is Paal Nilssen a love machine?
Do Cato & Bård rip the shit outta guitar?
When McPhee & Gustafsson intro guitar to “Louie, Louie” do you know it’s the best throwdown yet of that klassick since Black Flag?
Does PJ Harvey rule and do these guys love her?
Do we blast through hate?
Mongezi Feza, man - total beautiful African sweet charge, can you drink this to the boss rock zone playlist?
Does Alva Melin’s groove jam “The Nut” destroy yr mind b4 ignition to free life 4-ever?
And will you thank the rock n roll gods for that love groove coda?
Can you shout out James Blood Ulmer!?
Can you shout out James Blood Ulmer rules supreme and heavy and these cats blow a masterful “Baby Talk”?
Are you cramped?
Can you find yr mind?
Can you shake yr ass?
Is it Nation Time!?

This CD answers all those questions and the answer resounds: YYYYYYYYYESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!

I shit you not.

thurston moore - western massachusetts - 2005

DISKAHOLICS ANONYMOUS TRIO

Thurston Moore – Guitar
Jim O' Rourke – Synth
Mats Gustafsson - Saxophones and live-electronics

Diskaholics Anonymous Trio is Thurston Moore and Jim O'Rourke from Sonic Youth and the Swedish free jazz icon Mats Gustafsson. The trio released their first self titled album in 2001 on Crazy Wisdom/Universal. Weapons of Ass Destruction, their second album, is released worldwide on Smalltown Superjazzz. DA Trio creates a pulsing, massive and monumental sound. Free-jazz, noise, electronic ambience, Tony Conrad 60`s style minimalism, drone music and punk all mixed. The result of these three titans clashing together is an intense blow-out. Raw, grandiose and brutally beautiful.

FREE FALL

Ken Vandermark – clarinets
Håvard Wiik – piano
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten - doublebass

The trio Free Fall was organized by bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, reedist Ken Vandermark, and pianist Haavard Wiik in 2001 as an opportunity to work together in a chamber music environment without percussion. Inspired in part by Jimmy Giuffre's classic group with Paul Bley and Steve Swallow, the group quickly found its own way of working with velocity, space, sound and time, after it first met. The trio has always only performed their original compositions, and released its first album of this material, called “Furnace,” to great acclaim in 2002. The album was released on Mac`s (of the punkrock group Superchunk) jazz label, Wobbly Rail (an imprint of Merge Records). After playing in Europe and the United States, Free Fall went back into the studio during November, 2004, to record its second album, this time for the Norwegian label Smalltown Superjazzz. Entitled “Amsterdam Funk,” the new album highlights the development of communication and compositional strategies by the band over the last few years. In addition, the recording includes freely improvised performances for the first time. On the tour previous to these studio sessions the band used pure improvisations as their encores, and it made a good deal of sense to include Free Fall's approach to this kind of material on “Amsterdam Funk” as it represents a parallel and equally powerful way of performing by the trio.

THE THING

“Absurdly cool" (DJ MAGAZINE)

The trio of Mats Gustafsson, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, and Paal Nilssen-Love was established in February 2000 during a series of concerts and a recording in Stockholm. The recordings were released in Sweden by the label Crazy Wisdom/Universal. This trio is a long wanted collaboration where the German, British and American tradition of free music is melded together in this Swedish-Norwegian trio where the energy is at its peak. The repertoire is collected from the music of legendary trumpeter Don Cherry who spent many of his years living in Stockholm. These are tunes that are rarely played and represent a period in Cherry’s life that was to inspire the Swedish jazz scene. Cherry’s son, Eagle Eye, wrote the liner notes for the CD (Gustafsson/Flaten/Nilssen-Love, "The Thing", Crazy Wisdom) that was released in Europe in Spring 2001. The trio toured Sweden and Norway in February 2001 with American multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee who rarely appears in Scandinavia. The band recorded their next CD with Joe McPhee which was released in August at Oslo Jazzfestival 2001. The repertoire consists of compositions by James Blood Ulmer, Frank Lowe, PJ Harvey, White Stripes and Joe McPhee. The Thing with Joe McPhee, "She Knows…" was released on Crazy Wisdom/Universal.

Joe McPhee is a legend within modern jazz music. With many recordings on different labels with musicians from the world, he has established himself as a contemporary, improvising musician above all. Today he is active in several groups including Trio X and the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, where he first met Mats Gustafsson.

Mats Gustafsson is currently Sweden's and perhaps Europe's most well-known artist within free improvised music. He has established himself as a saxophonist with a broad repertoire of extended techniques on level with Evan Parker and John Butcher. He has also been inspired by the “Brötzmann-school” which demands volume above all else. Mats is also known through AALY trio and collaborations with Jim O´Rourke, Thurston More, Jaap Blonk, Paul Lovens and Barry Guy among others.

Since their first collaboration in 1992, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Paal Nilssen-Love have established themselves as Norway’s heaviest rhythm-section through their work with the group Element. Today they are active in School Days with Ken Vandermark, the Scorch trio with Raoul Björkenheim, and Atomic.

KEN VANDERMARK/PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE DUO

“an intense, intimate, engaging clash of drums and reeds, each provoking the other”"(Tom Hull, VILLAGE VOICE)

KEN VANDERMARK (USA): SAXOPHONES & CLARINETS
PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE (Norway): DRUMS & PERCUSSION

Their first duo album “Dual Pleasure” (released in 2002 on Smalltown Supersound) was hailed as a masterpiece, and among others nominated for Norway`s Alarm Award (the alternative and “cool” Grammy). The sequel, Dual Pleasure 2, was become another mastodon. And no less than a double album. Paal and Ken`s duo is a kickin` and groovy piece of independent underground jazz. A clash between the highly influential and innovative Chicago and Scandinavian jazz scenes. And a clash of the titans!

Vandermark and Nilssen-Love started their collaboration in 2000 when the group School Days was formed. One year later they started FME, a trio with bass player Nate McBride. After this it seemed very natural to define a duo. The first occasion for this format was when they recorded the CD ”Dual Pleasure” for Smalltown Supersound in Oslo during the summer of 2002. Shortly after this they performed their first duo concert at Molde International Jazz Festival. Their musical expression results from the influence of several traditions, both geographic and historical. In this duo, Vandermark and Nilssen-Love use free improvisation as a means to explore all levels of dynamics, density, rhythm, timbre, form and tonality. The results of their work are experienced as intense, exhilarating, and boundary breaking. Raw music with brutal beauty!

Ken Vandermark was born in Warwick, Rhode Island. Since 1982 he has been seriously exploring the possibilities of improvised music. Vandermark is known for the work with his own quintet the Vandermark 5, the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, the Territory Band, Spaceways Inc., and the DKV Trio. In 1999 Vandermark was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship, previous recipients of this prize in the field of music include Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton and Max Roach. He has also been was voted ”Talent Deserving Wider Recognition” in the critic's poll of the American jazz magazine Down Beat, both as composer and as a tenor saxophonist, every year since 2000. Aside from the schools of music influenced by the history of jazz, his music has been greatly impacted by sources like “Mississippi” Fred McDowell, James Brown, John Cage, the Ex, Gyorgy Ligeti, Sly and the Family Stone, Morton Feldman, Lee "Scratch" Perry, and various traditional musics from around the world.

Paal Nilssen-Love was born in Stavanger on the west coast of Norway, but he now lives in Oslo. Nilssen-Love has, during the last couple of years, established himself on the international scene as a powerful drummer with high energy and creativity. In 2002 he was "Artist in Residence" at Molde International Jazz Festival, a title Chick Corea and Pat Metheny held in previous years. After 7 days and 9 concerts at the festival, Down Beat stated, "His week at Molde proved a revelation: Nilssen-Love is one of the most innovative, dynamic and versatile drummers in jazz." He is part of The Thing (together with Mats Gustafsson), School Days (with Ken Vandermark and Jep Bishop), Atomic (Jazzland Records) and Scorch Trio (with Raoul Björkenheim)

TWO BANDS AND A LEGEND

Just after having released their critically acclaimed new album “Garage”, The Thing teamed up with their old friend Joe McPhee and Norwegian garage rockers Cato Salsa Experience. The meeting between The Thing and Cato Salsa Experience started at the Kongsberg Jazzfestival in Norway last year, when The Thing was offered the chance to invite their favourite rock band Cato Salsa Experience, for a special collaboration. "Sounds Like A Sandwich" (mini album) was recorded live at Kongsberg Jazzfestival. The concert was such a big success that the bands decided to both tour and to record an album together. The album will be released late in 2006 on Smalltown Superjazzz.

In the meantime check out the sandwich containing 2 tracks written by Cato Salsa Experience, Led Zeppelin`s “Whole Lotta Love”, Yeah Yeah Yeahs` “Artstar” (which The Thing also did on their Garage album) as well as Don Ayler`s beautiful “Our Prayer”. The result is pure magic. The energy from both the the audience and the bands is unbelievable. The two bands perfectly blends the 1960`s raw garage rock and the free jazz movement from the same period, and creates the perfect fusion. A match made in heaven.

The Thing has earlier released an album with the 66 year old free jazz legend Joe McPhee titled “She Knows” on Carzy Wisdom/Universal. The Thing is now out with “Garage” and album that has received great critical acclaim from among others The Observer, The Independent, Sunday Times, Uncut, Straight No Chaser, Vice Magazine, Jazzwise and Mojo.

Cato Salsa Experience has released 2 albums, “The Fruit Is Still Fresh” and “A Good Tip For A Good Time”, both released on Garalda Records in Europe, Emperor Norton Records in US and on Sony in Japan. They band are currently working on their third album due summer 2005.

JAZZKAMMER

"…liberated sound this well crafted requires no further explanation" (THE WIRE)
“..oddly exhilerating." (NME)

We`ve given up trying to explain what Jazzkammer is. The only thing that is for sure is that they are Lasse Marhaug and John Hegre with part time member Sir Dupermann. And they have released Timex, Rolex and Pancakes. If you like to know more go to the Jazzkammer website www.jazzkammer.com

LASSE MARHAUG

Norwegian Lasse Marhaug has been working within the fields of noise music for over 15 years. He has toured most parts of the world, both as a solo artist and as a member of the project Jazzkammer. Marhaug has collaborated with noise artists such as Merzbow, Kevin Drumm(Moikai/Mego), Russell Haswell (WARP), free-jazzers like Mats Gustafsson and Paal Nilssen-Love, and has performed with members of black metal bands like Enslaved, Mayhem (ex-drummer Manheim) and Defiled. With the 2004 album "The Shape of Rock To Come" Lasse Marhaug delivered a mastodon of power electronics, extreme metal, free-jazz and brutal noise. The title was a homage to Ornette Colemans jazz milestone "The Shape Of Jazz To Come", but also a statement of how rock in the year 2004 should sound like. Marhaug assembles the whole history of extreme music in "The Shape of Rock To Come"; the brutality of death and black metal; the energy of 50`s and 60`s avantgarde free-jazz; the guitar walls of Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth and The Jesus and the Mary Chain; as well as the obvious connections to extreme electronic music like Merzbow, Whitehouse and Lou Reeds “Metal Machine Music”. But Marhaug ties everything brilliantly together to a unique expression that has its own voice. But it's not for the faint of heart. This is intense listening.