New from Counter Culture Chronicles:
Singer-songwriter Ed Askew was born in Stamford, Connecticut in 1940. After having moved to New Haven and having studied painting at Yale School of Art there, Askew accepted a teaching job at a private prep school in 1966 to avoid being drafted. It was during his period as a teacher that he started writing songs and poetry and after having met Bernard Stollman in New York in 1967, Askew’s first album of songs Ask The Unicorn was released on Stollman’s renowned ESP-Disk one year later. Askew moved to New York City in 1987 but although he remained active as a painter, songwriter and occasional performer, not much was heard from him until 1999 when he privately released These Nights + Days on cassette. De Stijl released Askew’s LP Little Eyes in 2003, Drag City the LP Imperfiction in 2011 and Tin Angels Records the album For The World in 2013, but apart from a number of other obscure releases on cassette, CD and vinyl Askew’s music has remained a well-kept secret.
Counter Culture Chronicles has now released Ed Askew’s beautiful mini-album Newspaper Boats as a limited edition cassette. The C-30 cassette contains a brief but well-balanced collection of new songs and poems. Sung and read in a vulnerable and slightly hoarse voice, these new works tell of life’s fleetingness and melancholy beauty. Observations of Askew’s surroundings, memories of his chance meetings with Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky and colourful sketches of natural scenery along the Hudson River form a frail armada of newspaper boats drifting towards the endless ocean.
New from Post-Materialization Music, St. Petersburg:
Nakateem – Klix Betiplix
Nakateem is one of the monikers of noise artist Paulie Shankwank from St. Petersburg. Klix Betaplix is Nakateem’s debut album, recorded in 2016 and released on cassette by Post-Materialization Music in 2018. PMM’s Sergey Efremov describes this album as “technoise crap for silly dancewhores” while Paulie Shankwank introduces himself as a “Russian dumbtech/collage/sax/anythingyouwant noise artist who felt dreadful drunk when he was born once upon a time”. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…
Born Isaac Lang in Alsace-Lorraine in 1891, Yvan Goll had one foot in the German avant-garde and the other in the French. Before World War I, when Alsace-Lorraine belonged to the German Empire, Goll briefly participated in the expressionist movement in Berlin. At the outbreak of the war Goll moved to Switzerland to avoid being drafted and there befriended Hans Arp, Picabia and other exiled dadaists. Goll wrote many war poems in that period, of which Requiem for the Dead of Europe is probably his best-known. During his exile in Switzerland he met his future wife Klara Aischmann (Claire Goll), whom he married after the war when the couple had settled in Paris. Having been raised bi-lingually Goll worked as a German-French translator in those days and had close ties with the surrealists. Goll founded Surréalisme magazine, which only saw one issue and published the Manifeste du surréalisme in 1924, two weeks earlier than Breton. Goll and Breton clashed over the rights to the term surréalisme and, not surprisingly, Goll was excommunicated from the movement.
The rise of Nazi Germany and the persecution of Jews forced Goll and wife to seek refuge in New York in 1939, where they stayed until 1947. After having been diagnosed with leukaemia in 1945 and having moved back to Paris two years later, Goll returned to writing poems in German. These final poems, which Goll considered his poetic testament, are a powerful alloy of expressionism and surrealism fused in “blast furnaces of pain”. Goll’s poem Bluthund is one of the poems of that series, which was published as Traumkraut shortly after Goll’s death in 1950. Traumkraut was translated into English by Nan Watkins for Black Lawrence Press, who published the compilation as Dreamweed in 2012.
The Sea Urchin chapbook Bloodhound is an alternative English translation of Bluthund, published in a limited and hand made edition of 15 copies. Translation and artwork: Ben Schot.
This Post-Materialization cassette is a re-release of the Sun City Girls’ Pelican 92 cassette, which was originally published on Alan Bishop’s Abduction label in 1993. The cassette contains selected live recordings by Scott Colburn of the Sun City Girls’ 1992 US tour with Thinking Fellers Union Local 282.
The Sun City Girls were formed in 1979 in Phoenix, Arizona and consisted from 1981 to 2007 of Alan Bishop, Richard Bishop and Charlie Gocher. Their music and live performances were a hallucinatory mix of rock, jazz, spoken word, Asian pop, psychedelia, free improvisation, Kabuki theatre and many other influences. The Pelican 92 cassette provides a good cross-section of their open-minded and eclectic approach to music. The Sun City Girls were disbanded in 2007 after the death of percussionist Charlie Gocher. Order now!
Double-cassette release of recordings straight from the Russian underground. The four sides of the cassettes contain audio collages of all sorts of tape loops, field recordings, reel-to-reel manipulations, mixes and synthesiser pieces. 180 minutes of Russian madness. The edition was released by Post-Materialization Music, St. Petersburg in 2017 and comes with silkscreened artwork by Sergey Efremov. Limited edition of 14 only!