New Release

Excavation Series 9 – AIR Tapes 2: Kirana Gharana

Slight leftwards then rightwards, maybe just a hair more, fingertip precision dialing in the radio, moving with it, living with the music spreading its wings across the waves and out of the crispy speakers, you can hear the flow of the day of the explorative capture, finding the sweet spot to override the crackle and buzz, everything otherworldly, building in crescendo and dissolving like rain drops pattering overhead… to return the bull’s eye on that hour spent soaking in the moody melodicism, it’s all quite surreal to think about, the meta-layers at play: the listener, the performers, the device, the open air, the hiss, the real time passing ever so, the recording, the stillness – how much did the listener know deep down – call it insight and intuition, that this would reappear in a new similar form, with the same analogue features, and although the time and place have changed, that time and place remain.

Time has evolved to emulate the scratchy jack, the heartbeat tape spinning apparatus, and full sheets of sound-like washes: it all is here from when it was somewhere else coming back around.

The next tape in our ever-growing Excavation Series is another serious corker.

Here we have a live broadcast taped by Phong Tran while in India in 1997 of an All India Radio hour-long special detailing the beauty and delicate expression of the Kirana Gharana. Where vocal notes are crisp and pronounced and held, and held, and climb the tree to shake the leaves, where minimal background musical themes and motifs hint at more melody but stay shadowed and cool and hyper-focused on pure mood over the cinematic and bombastic show-time virtuosity of other performances or styles, and where the glowing seeds are planted infinitely with every heartfelt push-and-pull.

To hear the voice in perfect tonal hover, shaking away from the repetitive sustain that lays the quilted softness first, dancing up a note and teasing where it can go, then taking those extra steps on that textile earthen rug laid perfect, mirrored over sand and water but humming where ragged features brush cleanly flat, tracing back familial vocal lineage and snake, the voice as air as inanimate object holding its own family tree of life, snaking itself through body and reimagination and reincarnation, the mist of loud trajectory holding droplets of tail and tongue, it never disappears truly, it has no fixed ends, yet flows river-like on, bending and weaving and over, to scout new landscape and taut tradition.

AIR Tapes 2: Kirana Gharana is the second installment from Phong and his archive of taped radio broadcasts, culled from his extensive collection of All India Radio (AIR) cassettes, and where number one highlighted the droning and bass-heavy sounds of the rudra veena and fired-up explosions of sound from sitar and tabla combinations (with a few interesting interview bits and demo teachings too), number two is a radio special presented by Professor Ajit Singh Paintal microscoping the kirana gharana school. The name Kirana, or more accurately Kairana, is the birthplace of the maestro Ustad Abdul Karim Khan, an essential player key in helping develop this vital form, known for its languid, water-flow moving-life painting, taking particular care of each successive note and feeling in the unfolding delivery.

A hypnotizing collection of pieces are presented here and we are truly happy to share it again.

This tape was professionally duplicated and printed in full, housed in clear/black cases, in an edition of 50 copies. A digital download code comes with the cassette. If just looking for the digital files, they can be found on bandcamp here.

A batch deal for the three new Excavation Series tapes can be found at the paypal link below. Only a small amount of three tape packages will be available as this tape (AIR Tapes 2: Kirana Gharana) was a smaller run, act fast or you’ll miss out. Shipping is free going everywhere. There are a small number of tapes for purchase alone on bandcamp as well if you are not after the bundle option.

PAYPAL: 3 Tape Deal **SOLD OUT**


*New distro details for International and UK friends can be found here.

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New Distro

Distro News & Updates

In a very short amount of time, as everything is in the mail and headed where it needs to be, there will be three new tapes available at a couple of other locations.

This new batch of Excavation Series (9, 10 & 11) includes the continuation of Phong Tran’s All India Radio taped archive recordings seeing the light, as well as Ian Nagoski’s rare and out of print Central Javanese gamelan pieces recorded by Jacques Brunet becoming available again in a tape-only edition (no digital at all on this one, sorry). Robert Millis’ personal field recordings in Sri Lanka and India, as well as his 78RPM collection get their proper dusting off, and add to the final perfect piece for this treasure chest of varying musical highlights. Trust me on this, this is a very exciting batch of releases.

New writing and details for each new tape will follow shortly.

If copies are unavailable at our new distro choices, do check back in with us as we’ll ship anywhere and we can maybe talk down the price a bit for you as International shipping can climb pretty fast. If curious, checking in with us at any time is more than cool. We love mail. You can email my powermoveslabel (at) gmail (dot) com account, or hit up our new excavationseries (at) gmail (dot) com account and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. International shipping and individual tape costs through us will be 18 bucks CAD, so it still isn’t crazy, crazy, if you were unsteady about waiting it out, etc.

On with the news then, you shout.

Crow Versus Crow continues to be our UK specialist. He’ll have copies of each new tape and we may end up re-stocking with him if things go fast. Andy can be reached at crow_versus_crow (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk if you wanted to lock something down ahead of time.

More Mars located in Greece have taken on distro for us too, they’ll have a few copies of each tape as well, and they’ll cover the Euro end of the spectrum. They should have copies soon as well.

We’re really stoked to have these two aboard and they are doing us a great service by helping spread the word and sharing in what we do. We’re humbled by their interest and participation. So support these outlets if you can, regardless of our tiny little operation.

From us, me and Phong, we hope you can find time for these new tapes. Thanks for reading.

Peace.
Kev

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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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PML CDR 05/PMLibrary 017

KWC – Fruit Rosary Sacred Hour Service

I have a new release for the library – I’ve been mostly working on mixtapes with Phong Tran for the Excavation Series, so new things hitting the library shelves generally have been put on pause, but this album escaped and is now live.

This album is visiting an earlier reflection, where what was real has been completely washed away in the unconscious over time.

A curio that in a roundabout way mimics mass or a strange gospel performance by intercutting perceptions from early years and concealed every-day reconstructions, a weird latent long form tape-pitch lap steel (sacred steel-inspired) collection with found sound and voice breaks as collage. It just came from next-to-nothing. Staring at beautiful churches and remembering going to them when I was a kid.

Fruit Rosary Sacred Hour Service

A slow-motion devotional-like music and hyper-spoken out-there outreach program spread out across two half hours, broken into performance, group and spoken segments.

Loose memories of childhood church-going, the running pictures and films of the mind when partly under that spell, seeing all these different churches near our home, hearing street preachers on corners, seeing Jehovah’s Witness people waiting outside subway stations, thinking about religion and preaching and wanting higher powers while living in a congested free-for-all city that has everything coming at you a mile a minute, and thinking about finding a retreat from the city inside the city, and inside the mind, and how we have a natural way of playing characters out that are subconscious and buried a bit inside and how words and speaking them can help bring different shapes and meanings once aloud, and how trance forms and repetitions bring about new meanings and altered presences, and how wanting things to happen you have to shout for them to happen, and thinking about the sound of the lap steel as heavenly and how playing in a sacred steel style taps into the mysterious gospel shape note spirituality, through the music and the repetitions we can get closer to something, using technologies and manipulations we can try and transcend the ordinary and reach out in that great preacherly way for something higher, or something above us, so we can look up and be in awe, we want to be in awe, I want to be in awe, and I gladly put all of my confidence in lost causation but it still finds its way back into deep dreams and lower thinking levels and finds its way into the front of the brain and into the voice and into the breath and onto the dust and onto the tape…

Youth visions blending into the next city’s perpendicular reality.

This album is available on two formats, a CD-R edition of 20, PML CDR 05, home-burned with home-printed black-and-white artwork on heavy card stock in recycled paper envelopes. And a mono tape edition of 13, PMLibrary 017, home-dubbed on a mono duplicator machine with heavy card stock j-cards in black-and-white in recycled clear cassette cases. The mono tape is rough and raw, don’t hold the quality against me, I wanted to see the full project through on this and that vision included finding an old tape at a church bazaar, for example. The CD-R edition is highest quality listening. Either way, I hope yr interested and want to pick something up to give a deeper listen or just sit back and grab the free digital files on Bandcamp or at Free Music Archive, they are there for the taking, free of guilt.

As always, thanks for reading and listening!

Peace,
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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