NWW in London

The eie shop will be closed between March 15th and 25th, as I’ll be away in London for another Nurse With Wound performance and will be unable to process orders during that time. Details about the show (and tickets) can be found here. Stop by stage left and say hello if you’re attending! I should have some internet access while I’m gone, but my ability to respond to messages will be sporadic.

A number of new projects are in the works: new albums, old albums, art projects, video projects, and maybe a podcast. Progress is always slow (because I am) but I should have some more details to share shortly after I get back. One detail I can give now: 5 out of 8 tracks are completed for the restored edition of the essentially-unreleased 2nd irr. album ‘Foreign Matter, Nor Frequency Carrier’ from 1998/99, with track 6 getting very close. A preview of track 1 can be heard at the irr. Soundcloud page here.

Also, a visual (and possibly audio) collaboration with Head Nurse Steven Stapleton has been underway for several months, and is now nearing the finish line. I’ve been making steady progress on my part of it, and will be working hard to finish as soon as I shake off the jetlag. The first piece in the series can be seen below.

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Best wishes to all for the approaching Springtime!

–m

Displaced Materials

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here: partly from my being too busy, but also just another one of my periodic lapses from contact with the outside world. The previous few months have mostly been occupied with completing a new Nurse With Wound album with Steve Stapleton, which we’ve constructed out of extracts from the archive of live recordings I’ve been amassing for the past 10 years. It’s not a selection of live ‘highlights’ or anything like that, but an entirely new record built by combining some of the most interesting moments into unique new tracks. As I’m the one in the group that records everything — shows, soundchecks, rehearsals, off-stage events — it naturally fell to me to sort through and find elements that could work together. The project took longer than expected since it kept expanding as we went along: it was first planned as a single vinyl release, then an extended CD version was proposed, then an entire second disc was added, and then Steve decided he wanted to do a collaborative art edition — and we are now just wrapping up that final aspect of it.

SylvieOn a related note, an expanded, double-disc reissue of the classic NWW album ‘Sylvie & Babs‘ was recently released by United Dirter, and I was fortunate to be able to contribute a variety of things to it: clean-up and mastering of all the different S&B-related cassette compilations tracks, a brand new track of my own in the S&B collage style, and a new graphic that’s been used for the cover of the inner booklet. It’s astonishing to think back to how much I loved that album when I first bought it over twenty years ago, and to now find myself involved in a version of it. If you’re on the east side of the Atlantic, you can get a copy at the new NWW shop: www.nursewithwound.co.uk. I only have five copies on hand to sell myself: not enough to warrant creating a listing in the shop, but if you’re in the States and would like to get one and save some pricey overseas postage, drop me a note at irrappext (at) gmail.com and I’ll let you know if I still have any left (and I’ll put up a short post to announce when they’re gone). I’ll be selling my copies for $20 each + postage (probably about $4 Media Mail).

Materieux Deplaces cvrBut the principal reason for this new post is to announce the release of the new irr. album Matériaux Déplacés. This is a expanded, double-disc version of the small-edition cassette released by the now-defunct ReadyMades Tapes label back in April. A full description of the album can be found on the item page, but, briefly, the original two 15-minute tracks from the cassette are now combined with several more tracks from the NDAS archives which were constructed using a similar approach, and linked with a series of short excerpts of varied location recordings and upright piano manipulation (similar sources having been an important part of those two original tracks). This release is limited to only 120 copies, as I suspect it will have a more limited appeal. You can grab a copy here.

A lot of other things are in the works: a second collaboration with Pentti Dassum’s Umpio project (which has only been held up by me trying to finish all the stuff listed above); a light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel for the very slow-progressing collaboration with French pianist Sylvie Walder (all the tracks are now finished, and only the packaging needs to be sorted out); a bit more progress made in restoring the unreleased second irr. album from 1998 ‘Foreign Matter, Nor Frequency Carrier’; and a similarly long-in-preparation and exhaustively comprehensive online irr. discography (to balance out the jumble of faulty information available elsewhere). Some printed graphic collections with accompanying audio are in the planning stages, with the hopes that these might act as a remedy to the ever-plummeting record sales.

One final note: Nurse With Wound peformances in Bratislava (November 26th) and London (December 5th) are in the process of being sorted out, and I should be present for both of them. Travel arrangements have not yet been finalised, however, so nothing can be said with absolute certainty quite yet.

–msw

In Dreams I Walk With You

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The dream-inspired project ‘The Other Side Is Blank‘ has finally arrived blinking and yawning into the full light of the waking world. The estimable Equation Records has done a bang-up job serving as midwife for this lopsided creature, and huge thanks are directed their way. The package consists of  a 1-sided LP and a 1-sided 7″ (titled ‘Skirr’); a screen-printed, fold-over LP cover with blue & black drawings taken directly from the record in the dream; 4 inserts with plenty of artwork & information; and a fold-over 7″ cover with a signed teeth-print on the inside. Several collage pieces done in the classic Organum style are scattered throughout. The edition is limited to 100 copies.

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I’ll soon have some copies listed in the shop, but the bulk of the edition is available from the label’s website here. Equation is selling them as a pre-order, as they will not be able to ship them until the end of the April. My copies are on hand but I’ll only have 12 or so to sell; between the two of us we should hopefully be able to provide a copy for anyone who wants one. I’ll post an announcement when the listing is ready.

“In a mostly deserted indoor shopping mall (the kind that used to be everywhere in California) I’m looking for a shop where David Jackman is supposed to be doing a … lecture? Or maybe a performance? When I find the room, it looks like a classroom at a community college. Mr. Jackman is already there. Apparently the few photos I’ve seen of him are all wrong: he’s actually an elderly Amish fellow, with a stereotypically Amish-looking white beard (sans moustache) and looking the very picture of style in an Irish tweed suit and cloth cap. Whatever else was supposed to be happening is instantly forgotten when I spot a large fold-out table against the wall piled high with new Organum LPs. All the albums have white sleeves with hand-drawn covers and hand-written text, and somehow I know that all of the LPs inside are one-sided. Everything is very reasonably priced and I waste no time grabbing as many of the gorgeous little darlings as I can carry. The cover of the one on the top of my pile has a stylised bear’s head drawn in blue and black ink on the front, and a similarly rendered fox (with overlarge ears and an oddly-proportioned body) on the back. The title, or perhaps just an explanation, is handwritten on the front: ‘The Other Side Is Blank’.”