Saturday, December 19, 2009

OUT NOW: M. Karo: "Funky Afternoon + The Slow Fish Remixes#1-5" [MZR022]


Mauve Zone Recordings is pleased to announce the release of Michael Karo's "Funky Afternoon + The Slow Fish Remixes# 1-5", a most fascinating Eno-esque experiment in which he takes one song and does a multitude of different remixes of it, each one being equally fascinating. Besides being an incredibly prolific musician, he is also a very skilled photographer, and MZR is very thankful that he is allowing us to release one of his many musical projects on our netlabel. As always, it may be downloaded for free at the MZR download page at Internet Archive:

http://www.archive.org/details/MZR022

Earlier this year, he released an album entitled "Music With Horns" which can be purchased through both iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/m-karo/id319232548) and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Music-With-Horns/dp/B002CD6IMC). This album is really great and we highly recommend it.

http://www.youtube.com/user/mkaro

Happy holidays!

Happy Holidays from MZR

Friday, December 4, 2009

The Late Work of Margaret Kroftis



Mauve Zone Recordings highly recommends The Late Work of Margaret Kroftis, the new novella written by the very talented Mark Gluth and published by Dennis Cooper's Little House on the Bowery press in conjunction with Akashic Books. Gluth's writing has previously appeared in the classic Userlands anthology, and it is our hope that his new work will get him the accolades he deserves.

http://www.amazon.com/Margaret-Kroftis-Little-House-Bowery/dp/1933354941

OUT NOW: Boy Destroyer: Socialist Boy Scouts [MZR021]


Tracklisting:

1. Destroy Everything! (7:47)
2. Going Nova (6:09)
3. Fuck-War (4:49)
4. Assassins at Alamut (5:58)
5. Minraud Riot Control (4:08)
6. Astral Terrorism (5:45)
7. We Wear Carrion Like Perfume (6:58)
8. Mainstream Gynocide (5:49)
9. Bomb Squad (6:50)
10. Industrial Espionage (7:15)
11. Dancing on the Ashes of Capitalism (6:02)
12. Kollaps Metal (4:43)
13. Elegy for Dead Roads (7:06)

Running Time: 79:54

Personal:

Sypha Nadon: programming, beats, rhythms, percussion, piano, bass programming, noise, strings, drones, sound effects

Isabelle Ducasse: guitar, feedback

Ray Pissed: song titles, concepts, art design

James Champagne: producer, engineer

Recorded October-December 2009

All songs on this album are first takes created using FL Studio 9. No post-production work has been done on them.

For Kyosuke Higuchi.

As always, it may be downloaded for free at our Internet Archive page:

http://www.archive.org/details/MZR_21

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Coming Soon From MZR: new Boy Destroyer album!



Mauve Zone Recordings is pleased to announce the rebirth of Boy Destroyer, now composed mainly of the duo Sypha Nadon and Isabelle Ducasse (Ray Pissed no longer performs musically in the band, but still plays an active part in coming up with song titles and planning the artwork). The new Boy Destroyer album, due out sometime in December, will be the band's first instrumental album, and features a much slicker and more dance & rock-based sound than their earlier albums, though the leftist political stance and experimental edge remain. Entitled "Socialist Boy Scouts," the album will contain 13 songs, and is 79 minutes and 54 seconds in length.

Tracklisting:

1. Destroy Everything! (7:47)
2. Going Nova (6:09)
3. Fuck-War (4:49)
4. Assassins at Alamut (5:58)
5. Minraud Riot Control (4:08)
6. Astral Terrorism (5:45)
7. We Wear Carrion Like Perfume (6:58)
8. Mainstream Gynocide (5:49)
9. Bomb Squad (6:50)
10. Industrial Espionage (7:15)
11. Dancing on the Ashes of Capitalism (6:02)
12. Kollaps Metal (4:43)
13. Elegy for Dead Roads (7:06)

Personal:

Sypha Nadon: programming, beats, rhythms, percussion, piano, bass programming, noise, strings, drones, sound effects

Isabelle Ducasse: guitar, feedback

Ray Pissed: song titles, concepts, art design

James Champagne: producer, engineer

Friday, October 30, 2009

OUT NOW: James Champagne: Grimoire [MZR020]


For H.P. Lovecraft and the Cobwebbed Ones.

Written August 25th, 2008-October 31st, 2009.

Contents:

1. London After the Rain
2. Under The Leaves
3. The Nightmare Syndicate
4. Mauve Movies
5. 18 Fragments of a Nightmare
6. Mr. Orwig's Midnight Monologues
7. They Came From The Shadow Of God
8. The Old Chemical Factory
9. The Onyx Glossary
10. Reaping Time Has Come
11. Nihil

220 pages, PDF format

Cover art copyright Stafford Stone: http://www.staffordstone.com/

Mauve Zone Recordings would appreciate it if you alert us to any major typos in this collection. We may be reached at mzr777@gmail.com. Periodically, we will update "Grimoire" so that these typos and errata may be fixed. We thank you for your assistance.

Item Description:

If all books are gateways to other realities, then Grimoire is a portal into a realm of the most profound darkness, a twilight world of black flowers thriving under the monstrous shadows cast forth across time by the writers and poets of the 19th century French Decadence, the art of the Surrealists, and the weird fictions of H.P. Lovecraft and his acolytes. Each of the eleven stories, or Neo-Goth Narratives, which make up this collection presents the reader with a worldview of cosmic nihilism, a morbid atmosphere haunted by the revenants of the fin de sicle practitioners of black magic. Those who lose themselves in these sunless and Satanic vistas will learn arcane words of power, experience forbidden knowledge, and encounter fantastic and grotesque alien beings whose forms and powers we are unable to comprehend, whose very presence can drive one to insanity. Grimoire is no mere book: it is a 90,000 word scream from the Abyss of non-existence, a descent into Hell itself, a dream journal of God's nightmares. Let the Danse Macabre begin!

As always, it may be downloaded for free at our Internet Archive page here: http://www.archive.org/details/MZR020

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Coming soon from Mauve Zone Recordings: James Champagne's "Grimoire" [MZR020]


On October 31st, Halloween, Mauve Zone Recordings, in conjunction with Black Dulia Press, will be releasing Grimoire, the new short story collection by James Champagne. A project that has been in development for over a year, this will be the first book released by Mauve Zone Recordings, who up until this point have released only sonic artifacts. It is hoped that with Grimoire, we will begin to see the appearance of other interesting non-musical products. The book will be in PDF format, is 220 pages long, and consists of 11 short stories, or Neo-Goth Narratives, with a cover created by Typhonian artist Stafford Stone (http://www.staffordstone.com/).

Item description:

If all books are gateways to other realities, then Grimoire is a portal into a realm of the most profound darkness, a twilight world of black flowers thriving under the monstrous shadows cast forth across time by the writers and poets of the 19th century French Decadence, the art of the Surrealists, and the weird fictions of H.P. Lovecraft and his acolytes. Each of the eleven stories, or Neo-Goth Narratives, which make up this collection presents the reader with a world view of cosmic nihilism, a morbid atmosphere haunted by the revenants of the fin de si├Ęcle practitioners of black magic. Those who lose themselves in these sunless and Satanic vistas will learn arcane words of power, experience forbidden knowledge, and encounter fantastic and grotesque alien beings whose forms and powers we are unable to comprehend, whose very presence can drive one to insanity. Grimoire is no mere book: it is a 90,000 word scream from the Abyss of non-existence, a descent into Hell itself, a dream journal of God's nightmares. Let the Danse Macabre begin!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Sypha Nadon ver. 2.0.

After ten years of using the Voyetra Digital Orchestrator for my musical compositions, I have decided to utilize a new program for my sonic endeavors: FL Studio. Thus, the most recent Sypha Nadon album I did earlier this year, "Our Lady of the Flowers of the Red Night," was the final album of mine to be done on Voyetra. At the moment I am using the demo version of FL Studio and familiarizing myself with how it functions, but later on this month I plan to purchase it for real. Some of these initial improvised demos and sonic experiments will be released on Mauve Zone Recordings later on this month, as a documentation and historical data related to the birth of the next era of the Sypha Nadon alchemical experiment. This album of improvised demos and free-form experiments will be entitled "Xperiment XX" (in homage to Wilhelm Reich), and the cover art will be the following:

(Yes, that's the face of Christ superimposed over an orgone device. No one ever accused us of subtlety).

Mauve Zone Recordings: Angelic Nightmare Music of the Near Future.

Monday, August 17, 2009

English Heretic's "Tales of the New Isis Lodge"


Oh man, if ever an album was designed for me.... a British society known as "English Heretic" has recently released an album inspired by the rituals carried out by Kenneth Grant's New Isis Lodge from 1955-1962. Entitled "Tales of the New Isis Lodge," it could very well be the first album of music inspired entirely by the writings of Grant. From the website:

"Probably the first Musical inspired by the creative occultism of Kenneth Grant, Tales Of The New Isis Lodge presents 65 minutes of lush and occult exotica issuing from a transplutonic transmitter. Drawing its structure from the ultra decadent and ornate rituals described in Grant's book Hecate's Fountain English Heretic guide you through Egyptian pre-history to the fungi of yuggoth, re-imagine flower power in an indian tantric idiom, describe the workings of Chinese sorcerers, realise the neither-neither hidden within the jump rhythms of Count Basie and invoke Choronzon in the Crimson Desert. Aeons in its reification and packaged in delicious artwork, stylised as a homage to Grant's Typhonian tomes."

CD Track Listing:
1] Typhonian Museum Piece
2] She Comes In Kalas
3] Tales Of The New Isis Lodge
4] Earth's Lament To The Stars
5] Cult Of The Ku
6] Vevers Of The Void
7] Les Voltigeurs
8] Secret Organization Of The Zotzil
9] Rite Of Kepra
10] Demon Feast / The Dagger Of Bou Said

From the album's liner notes:

"Tales of the New Isis Lodge is a homage to the creative occultism of Kenneth Grant. It is a conscious attempt to fight the ambivalence and lack of imagination which critics of Grant employ in their attacks on his colourful other-world view. More specifically, this release is probably the first Musical based on the rituals of the order that Grant headed between 1955 and 1962 and draws its primary structure from his book "Hecate's Fountain." First published in 1993, "Hecate's Fountain" is a study of what Grant terms Tangenital Tantra- anomalous ricochets that occur during ceremonial magic. Each track has been inspired by one of the ultra decadent, ornate lodge workings that illustrate Grant's attempts to explain these Tantra. The value of the anecdotes for this project is Grant's wondergully choreographic eye- indeed one of his key phrases throughout his work is the term "oneric perichoresis." According to the magical lexicographer E.E. Rehmus, the word perichoresis, bastardised by Machen to explain the interpenetration of strata of reality, shares its etymology with choreography. Most importantly, Grant's work has a deep and often eccentric musicological vein. His rituals are accompanied by soundtracks- Lovecraftian flutes, off-kilter Petro drums, the ghost of Lelia Waddell's violin, "the glissading shawms" of the Drukpa and Nyingmapa Buddhist sects of the Bhutan, teh Jump rhythms of Count Basie, the insectival chatterings of the Old Ones. It is this lush cocktail of occult exotica broadcasting from the Abdominable Plateau of Leng that "Tales of the New Isis Lodge" attempts to capture."

Naturally, I had a huge interest in getting this album. Kenneth Grant is my favorite occultist (and these days, the only occultist I can be bothered to read), and his books have been an endless source of inspiration to me. "Grimoire" is heavily influenced by Grant's occult theories, and it was Grant's theory of "The Mauve Zone" (first mentioned in "Hecate's Fountain") that gave me the name of my netlabel. "Hecate's Fountain" has been my favorite Grant book for years now, mainly because I love reading Grant's descriptions of the rituals carried out by his New Isis Lodge. I don't even care if Grant is making it all up... it's still great writing. So the idea of a group doing an album based on these rituals was very exciting to me.

I got the album in the mail today. First off, the packaging is very clever: the cover is designed to resemble that of "Hecate's Fountain," with a funny illustration of Grant and the logo of the New Isis Lodge, while the back cover replicates Grant's magical sigil. The liner notes give the background material for each track. It appears that the music, words and arrangements were all done by one guy, Andy Sharp, though some violin was provided by a Phil Legard on one track, and another guy named Arild Stromsvag does spoken word on a few songs. The album was recorded in Suffolk, from 2007-2009, and is a very well-done and professional-sounding affair, mixing atmospheric rock music (featuring much cosmic guitar and keyboard) with alien-sounding electronic experimentation (the liner notes mention how the rock aspect is a sly wink at Grant, who railed against the dangers of rock music in his book "Outer Gateways"). Many samples are utilized on the songs, including Boris Karloff's "The Mummy," "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," Count Basie's "Jumping at the Woodside" (one of Kenneth Grant's favorite songs, naturally), Crowley chants, etc. Much of the words are taken from Grant's texts themselves, along with H.P. Lovecraft's "The Fungi From Yuggoth," Crowley's "Book of the Law," an invocation to Nyarlathotep, a 1933 journal on the Cult of the Ku, etc. The tracks "Vevers of the Void," "Secret Organization of the Zotzil," "Rite of Khepra" and "Les Voltigeurs" are particularly well-done, though all of the tracks are great in their own way. It is obvious that the people who created this album did their homework.

The liner notes conclude with a summary of the album itself: " an absurd attempt to cast the chaos of Grant's waking dream as a West End Musical now playing somewhere beneath Soho, in the venereal theatres of Parfaxitas."

Mauve Zone Recordings highly recommends English Heretic's "Tales of the New Isis Lodge," not only to fans of the books of Kenneth Grant but also to admirers of good music in general. It can be purchased from the English Heretic's website here:

http://english-heretic.org.uk/Shop.htm

Sunday, June 28, 2009

OUT NOW: Sypha Nadon: Our Lady of the Flowers of the Red Night [MZR019]


MZR is pleased to announce the release of Sypha Nadon's fourth official full-length studio album, Our Lady of the Flowers of the Red Night. This album, nearly 8 months in the making, features 13 all-new songs, one of which previously made an appearance on "The Nightmare Factory" greatest hits anthology. This album is dedicated to Saint Jean Genet, Saint William S. Burroughs, Saint Teresa of Avila, Saint Rose of Lima, and also to all those who took part in the Stonewall Riots of 1969.

Tracklisting:
1. Invocation (4:02)
2. Disko of Shadows (4:31)
3. Receiving the Logos (4:00)
4. Obsequies for Charlie Newton (4:04)
5. Choronzon Says (5:41)
6. Midnight in the House of Hurt (7:00)
7. Virus B23 (2:24)
8. Funeral Music for Konstantin Raudive (5:09)
9. Interzone (4:58)
10. Horse Rotorvating (4:15)
11. The Demiurge Descends Through Oceans of Blood and Chaos... (2:50)
12. The Interior Castle (8:03)
13. Epilogue (0:19)

A special director's cut interview with Sypha Nadon related to the creation of this album and an explanation of is themes will also appear in the coming weeks.

As always, the album may be downloaded for free at Mauve Zone Recordings' page at Internet Archive:

http://www.archive.org/details/MZR019

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Japanese Alice debut release: Pacific Blush's "Skeletal Gardens"


One of my online friends, Joseph Marcure, has recently started up a virtual label known as "Japanese Alice" with his younger brother, Matt. Their first release is "Skeletal Gardens", by Matt's band Pacific Blush (he does all the guitar, lead vocals, organ, keyboards, drums, and other instrumentation). It can be downloaded from the Japanese Alice blog here:

http://japanesealice.blogspot.com/2009/06/pacific-blush-skeletal-gardens-lp.html

From the website:

Japanese Alice is proud to present the debut album by Pacific Blush, Skeletal Gardens. Recorded between May and late June 2009. Pacific Blush has also released two EPs under the name of International Broadcasting Bureau. Of these two EPs Thomas Moore wrote, "Seriously, this stuff is special. It creeps in this often really unsettling way, it evokes memories I’ve never even had. It makes me think of David Lynch, and a more sombre Animal Collective - both good things, duh." And Dennis Cooper said, "I adore his music."

This album sees Fresno, California native Matt Marcure going further into his own world that somehow is both lush and bleak. Incorporating more instruments and new techniques this is his most accomplished recording yet and definitely something, as has been pointed out, special.

Tracklisting:

1. maples
2. plastic snowman
3. skeletal gardens
4. light diving
5. through lavender
6. can't write
7. skulk trains
8. winters
9. dream collective
10. speak softly
11. listening to mountains
12. fields of alice

* * * *

(Thomas Moore might be better known to some of you as Thomas Moronic, another good online friend of mine, and a very talented musician in his own right).

Anyway, give the album a listen, it's really very good!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Coming Soon from MZR: Sypha Nadon's "Our Lady of the Flowers of the Red Night" LP [MZR019]


To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Sypha Nadon, MZR decided to release three Sypha Nadon albums this year. First there was "Universe C: Beyond", the third volume in the Sypha Nadon anthology series. This was followed by a greatest hits retrospective entitled "The Nightmare Factory". Now, coming hot on the heels of those two releases, MZR is pleased to announce the third album, "Our Lady of the Flowers of the Red Night" [MZR019]. This album, Sypha's first of all-new studio material since "The Black Omen" soundtrack nearly a year and a half ago, features 13 songs, and will be about an hour in length. We hope to release it this coming MOnday. With material inspired by William S. Burroughs' "Cities of the Red Night," Gnostic mythology, and Christian Mysticism, it sounds unlike any Sypha Nadon album ever before conceived. The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Invocation (4:02)
2. Disko of Shadows (4:31)
3. Receiving the Logos (4:00)
4. Obsequies of Charlie Newton (4:04)
5. Choronzon Says (5:41)
6. Midnight in the House of Hurt (7:00)
7. Virus B23 (2:24)
8. Funeral Music for Konstantin Raudive (5:09)
9. Interzone (4:58)
10. Horse Rotorvating (4:15)
11. The Demiurge Descends Through Oceans of Blood and Chaos... (2:50)
12. The Interior Castle (8:03)
13. Epilogue (0:19)

A special director's cut interview with Sypha Nadon related to the creation of this album and an explanation of is themes will also appear in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

New Release: Sypha Nadon: The Nightmare Factory [MZR018]


This album, a ten year retrospective of Sypha Nadon's musical odyssey, collects many tracks from Sypha's previous albums, along with a track from the new upcoming album (more details on that coming soon) and a new song recorded specifically for this retrospective (entitled "The Nightmare Factory"). Thank you to anyone who has listened to my music over the last ten years, and whether you have enjoyed it or not, I am pleased that you took the time to listen to it in the first place.

This album is dedicated to the Voyetra Digital Orchestrator. And also to the two bands who initially inspired me to begin making music in the first place: Throbbing Gristle and Nine Inch Nails.

Tracklisting:
1. Hyla
2. Sonic Lwa
3. Enter Horus
4. Security Gauntlet
5. Z-Note
6. Threnody for Zumb Zumb (Remix)
7. The Ignored
8. Maggots
9. The Fabulous Mr. Meaningless
10. Kind Hands is the Cure
11. The Glow
12. Stop It!
13. Machine Elves
14. Horse Rotorvating
15. The Mauve Zone
16. Ginen
17. The Nightmare Factory

(running time: 78 minutes)

Trach 14, "Horse Rotorvating," is a demo track of a song off the upcoming, still untitled Sypha Nadon album due to be released this year. The final track, "The Nightmare Factory," is an all-new song created especially for this retrospective collection. With the exception of these two tracks, all of the other tracks on the album have previously appeared elsewhere:

Tracks 3 & 13 off the "Enter Horus" EP (plague002), on the This Plague of Dreaming netlabel (2005)
Tracks 1 & 9 off the "11 Chants For Russolo!" LP (plague 005), on the This Plague of Dreaming netlabel (2005)
Tracks 2, 10 & 16 off the "Threnody for Zumb Zumb" LP (plague007), on the This Plague of Dreaming netlabel (2006)
Tracks 7 & 8 off the "Universe A: Distant" anthology (MZR002), on the Mauve Zone Recordings netlabel (2007)
Track 5 off the "Universe B: Closer" anthology (MZR003), on the Mauve Zone Recordings netlabel (2007)
Tracks 11 & 14 off the "The Black Omen" LP (MZR012), on the Mauve Zone Recordings netlabel (2008)
Track 15 off the "A Dream as White as the Death of a Seagull" LP (MZR014), on the Mauve Zone Recordings netlabel (2008)
Tracks 6 & 12 off the "Universe C: Beyond" anthology (MZR015), on the Mauve Zone Recordings netlabel (2009)

Cover illustration from a 1972 textbook entitled "Biology Today," done by Larry
Sharp, depicting the tracheal tube respiratory system of a generalized insect (as found on the "A Journey Round My Skull" blog: http://ajourneyroundmyskull.blogspot.com/).

Cover design by James Champagne.

All songs recorded in the period from 2000 to 2009.

As always, the album may be downloaded for free from MZR's page at Internet Archive:
http://www.archive.org/details/MZR018

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Tracklisting for Sypha Nadon: The Nightmare Factory [MZR018]

1. Hyla
2. Sonic Lwa
3. Enter Horus
4. Security Gauntlet
5. Z-Note
6. Threnody for Zumb Zumb (Remix)
7. The Ignored
8. Maggots
9. The Fabulous Mr. Meaningless
10. Kind Hands is the Cure
11. The Glow
12. Stop It!
13. Machine Elves
14. Horse Rotorvating
15. The Mauve Zone
16. Ginen
17. The Nightmare Factory

(running time: 78 minutes)

Trach 14, "Horse Rotorvating," is a demo track of a song off the upcoming, still untitled Sypha Nadon album due to be released this year. The final track, "The Nightmare Factory," is an all-new song created especially for this retrospective collection. With the exception of these two tracks, all of the other tracks on the album have previously appeared elsewhere.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Coming soon on MZR


Sypha Nadon: The Nightmare Factory: A Sypha Nadon Retrospective 2000-2009 [MZR018]

This album, a ten year retrospective of Sypha Nadon's musical odyssey, will collect many tracks from Sypha's previous albums, along with a track from the new upcoming album (more details on that coming soon) and a new song recorded specifically for this retrospective (entitled "The Nightmare Factory"). More details, including the full tracklisting, will be posted shortly.

This album will be released on Mauve Zone Recordings on June 17, 2009.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Ugly Man


Dennis Cooper's new short story collection, Ugly Man, is now in bookstores. Mauve Zone Recordings highly recommends this book to our audience.

Monday, May 18, 2009

New Release: MZR017: Bryce Clayton Eiman: Sex in Heaven


"Sex in Heaven" is the third Bryce Clayton Eiman album to be released by Mauve Zone Recordings. This concise album is sure to please his audience of adoring tween fans. Many thanks again to Bryce for allowing MZR to release this work.

Link: http://www.myspace.com/bryceclaytoneiman

Immodicus amor libertatis effecit ut diu cum perfidis amicis et pertinaci paupertate colluctarer.

Track listing:

1. Living in the Bad Part of History
2. 90 Degrees in the Goddamned Shade
3. Sex in Heaven
4. Fleshpots
5. Swallowing Stones
6. Last Day of Spring

As always, it may be downloaded for free here:

http://www.archive.org/details/MZR017

Friday, April 24, 2009

New Release: Cat Band Anthology Vol. 4: Off-White


MZR is pleased to announce the official release of the long-awaited fourth volume of the Cat Band Anthology series. Subtitled "Off-White," this 15 track collection includes some of the Cat Band's most trademark tracks, such as multiple versions of "Blue Cat" and "Magic," along with some obscure songs such as "In a Box" and "Bad Luck Song." The collection concludes with a bracing cover of The Kinks' "You Really Got Me." As always, the album may be downloaded for free here:

http://www.archive.org/details/MZR016

The fifth (and final) Cat Band Anthology volume will most likely be released later on this year. A two disc affair, it will include the Cat Band's final "live" show from 2002, along with many rare tracks culled not only from the Cat Band archives but also from the solo careers of the various band members. But for now, we hope you enjoy this release, arguably the creative zenith of The Cat Band.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Cat Band Anthology 4 Tracklisting

1. Blue Cat (Original)
2. Magic
3. Watch Your Back Jack
4. Yours to Keep
5. Soviet Union
6. Bad Luck Song
7. In a Box
8. By The Way
9. Magic (acoustic)
10. Racist Cops
11. Last Rock & Roll Star
12. Harlem
13. Crestfallen
14. Blue Cat
15. You Really Got Me

Cover art coming soon...

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Cat Band Anthology 3 Update

As noted in the previous entry, the third Cat Band anthology consisted of the Cat Band's Greatest Hits Vol. 1 tape, with the exception of one missing track, track #13, "When We Were Kings." It pleases me to say that the track has turned up and has now been added to the release known as MZR011: Cat Band Anthology 3. As a result, the tracks on said album have been renumbered to reflect this addition. Those who wish to have the now complete album are in luck.

MZR 2009 News

Sometime this month MZR hopes to release the fourth volume of the acclaimed Cat Band anthology series. This release, whose tracklisting will be announced soon, concentrates on material culled from the band's 1999-2001 period, which followed the release of "The Cat Band's Greatest Hits Tape Vol. 1" (which was collected on the third Cat Band anthology release) and involved my youngest brother, Andrew, joining the band as the official drummer (prior to that, my other brothers had used either keyboard drums or unorthodox objects such as coins for percussion). This anthology will contain some of the Cat Band's most classic songs, including "Magic", "Harlem", "Watch Your Back Jack", and perhaps their trademark song, "Blue Cat". It will also feature many rarities and other obscure curiosita.

A fifth (and, at the moment, final) Cat Band anthology will be released sometime over the summer. This will simply be the Cat Band's final "live" show, recorded in 2002.

Prior to that, however, MZR will release an "best of" Sypha Nadon collection, celebrating Sypha Nadon's ten year anniversary. It will be released on June 17, 2009. A new Sypha Nadon album is expected to be released sometime this year.

Boy Destroyer is also planning on returning to the studio sometime soon.

We also eventually hope to finally release Bryce Clayton Eiman's "Sex in Heaven" album sometime over the summer. More details soon.

Finally, if anyone reading this has a copy of the old "TRANS/MISSION 2" PDF, could you please send me a copy through our label's e-mail address (mzr777@gmail.com)? We lost our only copy during a computer crisis in late 2008.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Mauve Zone Recordings on Facebook

This group is open for anyone to join:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=54709013924&ref=nf

Saturday, February 28, 2009

New Sypha Nadon Anthology Release: Universe C: Beyond [MZR015]

2009 marks the 10 year anniversary of Sypha Nadon's musical career. To commemorate the occasion, Mauve Zone Recordings hopes to release three special Sypha Nadon albums this year. The first is the third volume of the Sypha Nadon anthology series, entitled Universe C: Beyond. The second, due to be released on June 17, will be a "best of" collection, which will have tracks from every Sypha Nadon album up to this date, as a career retrospective (the tentative title for this album will be "The Nightmare Factory"). Finally, sometime during the Fall/Winter of '09 we hope to release the latest Sypha Nadon studio album, "Funeral Music For Horselover Fat." In any event, as noted just now, today marks the date of the first of these projected releases. So, without further ado, we present MZR015, the third Sypha Nadon anthology:

Front Cover:

Back Cover:


From the liner notes:

Third in a series of anthologies collecting rare material by Sypha Nadon. "Universe C: Beyond" collects a further 13 tracks from the infamous "120 Songs of Sodom" box set, along with 3 tracks from the unreleased "The Great Conjunction" album of 2007, and 3 tracks that up until this point have only been avaliable on the Sypha Nadon MySpace page.

Track listing:

1. Teutonic (2:55)
2. Eskimos Open the Space Gate (3:12)
3. Glinka the Bassett Hound (5:40)
4. Pan Dance (6:04)
5. Andy Warhol (4:15)
6. Existentialism (4:36)
7. Windy City (5:20)
8. Zumb Zumb is Here (4:27)
9. Coke Bugs (4:40)
10. Anal Sex (4:11)
11. Song for Oerg-8 (4:45)
12. Nightside of Eden (3:14)
13. Stop It! (1:53)
14. Anxiety (4:01)
15. Homo-Russia (2:26)
16. Throbbing Gristle (3:30)
17. Sawmill (2:25)
18. Nature Dirge (2:58)
19. Threnody for Zumb Zumb Remix (5:37)

Running Time: Over 75 minutes!

As always, the album may be downloaded for free from MZR's Internet Archive webpage here:

http://www.archive.org/details/MZR015

Thank you for your consideration.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Hospital




A friend of mine, the talented poet/writer/musician Thomas Moore (who let me release an album of his music on MZR under the name Thomas Moronic) has just put out his second collection of poetry, "Hospital" (following 2008's "Surfaces").

Says Thomas:

I’m happy to announce the release of my new book HOSPITAL. It’s been hovering around for a little while now, so it feels good (and also very strange) to finally send it into the world. HOSPITAL is a collection of 19 poems that I started work on over the summer. I guess anyone who knows what that period was like for me will know that it was perhaps the hardest time of my life so far. Because of that I feel very different to the majority of the new pieces in HOSPITAL than I do to the rest of my writing. In a lot of ways I just feel that I have no distance from the work. While my mother was dying I didn’t know what to do with myself, and I guess in many ways I still don’t. The only thing that I knew I could do during that time, was write. I don’t know whether it helped me work myself out of certain things or if it had no effect at all. I just knew that I didn’t for one second want to stop writing. I wanted to get some things down – I think I felt that I had no choice in a way. I don’t know how I will feel about some of these poems in a few months, in a few years time. I don’t know if I’ll be able to look at them. At the moment, some of them feel too raw to think about. HOSPITAL is a book so close to me right now. This isn’t in any way meant to sound melodramatic or anything like that. I guess I’m just introducing the collection and putting it in some kind of context. I don’t know whatever. Here it is anyway. This is dedicated to the memory of my mother.

BLURBS:

“Thomas Moore's HOSPITAL is a harrowing, dazzling, magnificent collection of poems. From its rigorous mapping of the jagged miscommunication that dogs online conversation to its intensive, exquisite search for words precise enough to bear the meaning of an incommunicable sadness, this is a more powerful, brilliant book than I could have imagined.”
- Dennis Cooper, author of God Jr, The Sluts, and The George Miles Cycle.

“Moore made a striking debut with Surfaces, an edgy suite of poems on yearning, resistance, and beauty. Here he goes magically deeper, hammering his wrists on the door that separates the dead from the living—thin membrane on which this writing inscribes itself like a breath. It’s more fluid and persuasive now that it’s known tragedy. “Let me know,” Moore pleads, “when your body is tired/ So I can run water under every word that/ You say.” His prosody’s sometimes bumpy, but it gives him the leverage to heave the whole world from one level of consciousness to the next. Even in his sweats he is the most attentive of poets, attentive of sons.”
- Kevin Killian, author of Shy, Little Men and Action Kylie

HOSPITAL is a Broken Blood Press book.

It can be purchased off the Lulu website at this link: http://www.lulu.com/content/5617629