New Release

Excavation Series 8 – A Day of Sun is Like a Radio to Me

A new release is available and live: Excavation Series 8 – A Day of Sun is Like a Radio to Me, a psychedelic, layered, all-over-the-place trippy travel through Cambodia and Thailand put together by John Thayer of the Drunken Sufis act (no strangers themselves to the wild and heavy and mind-melting thing we call rebellious/evolutionary cosmic music).

This mixtape isn’t just a fuck-around though, it’s inspired and brought about by the personal travels and recordings that were being collected in the field and on boats, and the encounters with strange and gorgeous folk and rock music found on the street and in cd and tape stalls, and catching those street musicians playing their ancient oral traditional pieces passed down like infinite dialogue, and trying to record the radio and varying styles of transportation, collecting what you can, be it audio or video or both, trying to be present and recording and listening and open to new sounds and more digging, infinite digging, it’s good for the mind-body thing, I hear, open to the sounds to help pass them on in new ways, and to hear new things, is good for the mind-body thing, and for seeing the different ways we can express ourselves and find our home in the beautiful moments we want to live inside, I hear.

Climbing atop the terrain and sending a quiet little intimate prayer back to the spot you came from.

This is a radical collage and we’re super happy to work with John on this and to share it here now.

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Tapes were professionally duplicated and I printed the artwork and stamped the envelopes at home. This is another small edition of 40 tapes and we hope you want to grab a copy. The mix repeats on both sides of the tape for extra (deeper) listening.

UK/EURO distro is set up yet again with our main mate Andy over at Crow Versus Crow, and if you want cheaper post and a chance to chat with a great dude, hit him up at crow_versus_crow@hotmail.co.uk, he’ll have the tapes shortly and he’ll get you settled in rightly. If he is sold out, not trying to get ahead of ourselves here, but do come back around to these parts as there still may be a few available and we can negotiate a better post price.

Thanks for the support so far and for being into what Phong and I are up to. Things are going to change a little bit into the future, we’re kicking around larger edition sizes as we have some really special and rare things coming soon and we’re trying to test the waters on that interest, but more about that later when we lock it all up. For now, we hope you enjoy and can pass it on!

The free download is available on Power Moves Library and the stand-alone Excavation Series bandcamp pages, do check it out, please.

Peace and take care,
Kev

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Excavation Series 7 – You/In/Be/Arc

New mixtape is live and available, You/In/Be/Arc is a weirdo collage split in two sides sourced from Youtube, Vimeo and Internet Archive.

I dug through micro-rabbit holes while pinpoints moved too fast for proper capture, instead:  I taped and cut-up what made sense psychogeographically as I wandered aiming but aimless. A dada poem, or a nonsensical abstraction. One thing erases the older thing, or the two or three things erase…

Tapes were professionally duplicated in an edition of 40 copies and I printed the artwork and stamped the envelopes myself at home again. Tapes incude short liner notes and tracklisting, and a black-and-white print.

End of June will see another mixtape, ES8, a wild psychedelic-tinged layered ride by John Thayer (he of Drunken Sufis), sourced and brought about by personal field recordings and music encountered along his travels in Thailand and Cambodia. A superb mix that we’re super proud to be helping put out.

Peace and more to come!
Kev

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Excavation Series 6 – Maghreb Sharit Mix No 4 – Gimbri Special

Next up in our steadily growing Excavation Series of mixtapes is a killer mix of Gimbri-focused Moroccan music sourced and compiled by Natalia Beylis and Willie Stewart (of the excellent Irish psych-improv group Woven Skull) from their private stash.

The two often travel to Morocco and when visiting it’s expert digging and we’re lucky enough to reap the rewards here. This isn’t the first Moroccan mix that they have put together either, this is number four in a series they’ve been uploading on Mixcloud under the Maghreb Sharit name, and we encourage you to dive into those as well, each one is phenomenal and worthy of yr attention. We can’t thank them enough for wanting to help us out with our thing here, and having the chance to put these pieces back on tape under a compilation-like new light is a total pleasure.

Sometimes rough, sometimes crackly, all of the time with that radical tape vibe, the pieces included in this mix are incredible. The languid and snaky flow of the gimbri and the wild rhythms present, the group chanting and singing, the pacing and repetitions too, this is heavy folk music, deep and intense and despite the sorrow-filled haunting blues in a few of the numbers, it’s joyful and full of life and overflowing with passion. A truly beautiful music.

Tapes were professionally duplicated while the printing and packaging were done here at home again. Available here.

There are a small amount of tapes with our UK/Euro distro again too, Crow Versus Crow, so reach out to him if yr in that geography, he can be reached at crow_versus_crow@hotmail.co.uk and he already has the tapes in his mitts, now ready for yrs. Andy’ll get you sorted.

More to come! June will have two new mixtapes, one continuing down our digging ethnographic/geographic on-location folk music w/ radio and layered oddities to boot, and a brand new mixtape first going in a totally different direction, hopefully opening up new terrain that we’d like to continue with again. News on these soon. There are other tapes coming together as well, but it’s early days, further details forthcoming when we start getting the masters, but we’re beyond excited to share everything and make real what we’re discussing/compiling behind the scenes and an early thanks to everyone helping us along.

And thank you for the support so far for being into the tapes and the free digital downloads.

Thanks for reading and listening!

Peace,
Kev

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Excavation Series 5 – AIR Tapes 1

New release is live, continuing with the Excavation Series of mixtapes, this time via Phong Tran, my partner with this side-label (which will be taking up most of my attention going forward), and it’s number 5 in the series.

All India Radio recordings taped by PT when in India, circa ’96-97.

This run is pro-dubbed as my machines were leaving a little to be desired in the quality department, have been working them a bit too hard lately, and they sound really good. Price has gone up two bucks but you will save on shipping if yr in USA, as Phong has a box waiting for yr mitts. He’ll be tackling most of the stateside mail, which is still through the bandcamp, just cheaper postage checkout totals, and I’ll cover Canada and International mail.

UK friends, I have a small distro, as part of a label-swap, with Crow Versus Crow. Andy has a box currently on route, soon to be ready for you. Easiest way to grip one of these is to directly email him at crow_versus_crow@hotmail.co.uk.

You will save a few bucks for sure on this, and I hope you’ll hit him up for a tape if you want one. If he’s out of copies then head back over to the bandcamp and hopefully I’ll still have a few left. So it’s UK copies that will be separate, the rest is still through bandcamp or by directly contacting me at powermoveslabel@gmail.com.

This run was in an edition of 40 copies, and I printed the artwork and stamped the envelopes here at home.

More to come in May and June, Excavation Series #s 6, 7 and 8.

Lastly, there is a stand-alone bandcamp for this series now: https://excavationseries.bandcamp.com

(I wasn’t writing about the others in the series as this started as a neat little way to put some mixes together and share them via tape and free d/l, keeping them very casual, but Phong and I are really excited with the progress and some of the tapes we have lined up, fingers crossed always, are a little mind-blowing. Can’t wait to keep sharing them.)

Peace!
Kev

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Running Point – The Mic’d Time-Scene

Armed with two handhelds: the microcassette and cassette recorders flash broken-stream reds and blurred spotty static speaker blow-up on top of winter sound. A clean condenser intensifies the samples on lamp-lighting duty and the paper corners turn in.

Avoiding the surface capture.

Going to work. Working.

Immediacy lost in thinking-wonder. Waiting to strike, declaration/clarification of the specifics, the specs are only here-now. Go out and find the lungs.

A freezing temperature blast and wind-worn walk subtracts the warmth in-home with bullet and tape. No counters for the unused radio dial’s turn of extra-hiss. The greying-black of white noise in the covered room with empty reception bleeds everything together. Outside and in, all mirrored the same. Furnace plugs along in stomp pedal timing. Cold air and the lake convert the amplifier into trains rumbling underneath. Rhythms ignored for their psychogeographical counterpart.

Erasing the own, a century-turning windscreen protects real time from the made:

Part one, documentation through tape-roll and manipulation.

Part two, chance and accidental/guess-work collage.

What can’t be found is the time-scene objective. Go back and find it through cut-up. Realize that’s the imagined end-point that will forever elude.

The left-behind represents the mystery and the original self, the original vision.

What’s the microphone listening to when sleeping?

Where’s the original self?

This is the second half, Side B, of the split with Cahill Locksmith – Starter Kin, 012.

Tapes limited to 30 copies coming soon.

Both albums clock in at a hair under 36 minutes and seem like a nice pairing.

Guitars work out existential problems of spatial folk and circumstantial collection. Microphones perk/peak to differing realities, instruments in ultimate-silencer-tunings slice the air.

Where Locksmith dabbles in brother twos/blues and patient ellipsis, Running Point battles the many selves in observed/pragmatic time with implied technique.

The two sides of our living coins.

Hope you dig it …

Thanks for listening and reading,
Kev

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Sloom’s Mix Tape #1

Tape transfer granule drop, the Luxman with touch to dust sincerity loading and underpin bedding. Specific type: specific recollections/imprinting for turning digital to grain. Sanded down in pleasure-molecule contemplation.

No rain imminent in clear sun lookout until formed clouds roll in.

Boiled down to gas and fume, breathe/intake the memory lapse turned coloured air in a lonely head-space, in stereo-rattled inner-ear change-over. An analogue chemistry set charting the positional mapography of sleeping big-cities. One cylinder pours the closeness into another.

Escaping haze.

Hidden grit underneath time-treble hit and hiss. Buried in noise reductionism, a curious layer, the rewarded side effect guides the proceedings. Map-points merging/submerging. Pin-points threaded in pinched hubs, place-names occurring to calculate space and new-turning distances. Attenuated soundtrack work, night cars and pitch-blackness through artificial shine, building speed then gridless. Nowhere drives and small-moments writ large.

And a hot sun blazing.

Now we have the master on the other side of the horn. The ear now looks out.

This a gifted collection of blanketed aura iron-out and windows-down tempo pulse from James A. Toth, our usual in-house master technician.

Here, he removes the white hat and takes the long, treed road chasing the warmth and the experiment in tone and technology.

Tape manipulation, part of the mixing process, printing/creating new textures, allowing the decay and compression to spindle appropriate melody, the add-on/dump-down schemata holds the stamp. The flashes break the horizon’s long-distant view, it moves ever-closer with the heat turning, lighting the propel. Small, irregular clock-wise rollers collecting and disseminating new data in an almost instant compositional-like poise and lacquer.

The drifting, shouldering weight/less suspension.

A terrific mix of dream and wake-up. Moving and sitting still.

Limited to 30 tapes, coming very soon.

Thanks for listening and reading!

Hope you dig…
Kev

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Cahill Locksmith – Starter Kin

Blue Water Bridge cloned two as we leave.

Car accidents on the center top when still one.

Memories of thinking/finding the other side’s got to be the same as ours.

Both sides visualize the tatters when exposed out from under inter-support.

Bikes left unlocked only to return to later.

Still there, wonders of small town play-around and the lack of life’s heavy concern.

Pineries as dune-huge temples representing omnipresent force and mystery.

Clean, face-first water combatting a valley of chemicals and train track shrieks through the screens that lay open at night.

A giant wick flaming blue-green hot air and toxicity.

Full contact cement, all time, tough south-end small school near-violent-eruption and unkind walk-bys.

Sludged stream markings of a beat up place.

Late nights sitting on a roof staring at sky-fires in places we’ll never return to.

Parks and beaches to escape the boring sprawl.

Interlock conversation as years pass.

Time underneath, aging, life lessons in full-bore activity.

A very small window.

Always open.

We’ll hold those irrelevant time-trips as memories-on-film, captured pure, a photographic survey of the same-trees offering their together’d palms.

Roll the machines out and capture something.

Childhood grey.

This is the preliminary work of a brother project materializing and catching breath. A digital release to keep the wood burning for the future tape-hold.

Sitting outside around the fire unlocking time.

This album will be a split, limited to 30 tapes, with Power Moves Label 014, coming at a later date.

Please have and share.

Thanks for reading + listening,
Kev

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