Contrary to the fabled image, they didn’t really throw rotten tomatoes during Shakespeare’s time at The Globe Theatre. Vegetables, yes, but there are no tomatoes on record in Britain for another seven-score years after Shakespeare. No matter. The title of this album by the Rempis/Piet/Daisy trio is my own flippant gesture to the listener: “Say what you will about this music; this is what we three offer you, unapologetically. If you are revolted by the madness of our method, well, by all means, revolt: throw tomatoes.” As for the stolen titular references to Hamlet, well… I thought I’d spare you my own wordplay-within-wordplay, this once. As I have so often said: “‘Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.’ – Oscar Wilde.”
“The first great jazz record of 2018” – Peter Margasak
Astral Spirits is quite excited to finally unleash the debut double LP from Quin Kirchner! “The Other Side of Time” finds Kirchner leads his powerful Chicago quintet — Jason Stein, Nate Lepine, Nick Broste, Matt Ulery & guest Ben Boye — through nearly 90 minutes of originals that stand side by side with covers of songs from Andrew Hill, Paul Motian, Kelan Phil Cohran, Sun Ra and more!
So happy to present the latest and greatest from Rob Mazurek! Chimeric Stoned Horn is the culmination of extensive & explorative musical and visual work from Mazurek. Chimeric Stoned Horn represents both Mazurek’s first recordings playing the Piccolo Trumpet alongside his growing electronics setup, as well as being part of a larger audio visual work, Constellation Scores which is currently showing at URLDA in Lyon, France. Mazurek created the four “Chimeric Stoned Horn” 3D lithographs (you can see in the photo below) as a part of the Constellation Scores show, and they also serve as the covers for both the cassette & CD versions of the album. Also worth mentioning is the Chimeric Stoned Horn cassette is a direct musical part of this exhibit as well. There are cassette players & headphones set up (again see photo below) so you can view and listen in symmetry!
We’re incredibly excited to announce Mike Majkowski’s return to Astral Spirits, after his brilliant “Neighbouring Objects” tape that came out in 2015! “Days and Other Days’ is Majkowski’s 7th proper solo release following on the heels of the equally magnificent releases “Bright Astonishment of the Night” on Bocian Records and “Swimming in Light” on Entr’acte Records.
Quite possibly the most astounding and darkest (in a good way) album we’ve heard from Majkowski yet! He continues to explore the intersection between acoustic instruments and electronic sounds. Diving deeper into repetitive structures and their mutations, as well as resonant frequencies of acoustic instruments. Majkowski builds off the foundational aspects he’s explored in previous releases but “Days and Other Days” strips off some of the excess and pares things down even further. It becomes almost impossible to tell what instruments are being played and is just about the sounds. Think Jon Gibson meets the Necks meets Lawrence English. A truly stunning work.
Once again this album was recorded & mixed entirely by Majkowski over the course of a few months in 2016 and beautifully mastered by the one and only (and previously mentioned!) Lawrence English
Mike Majkowski “Days and Other Days” is out May 26, 2017 in an edition of 300 LP’s with digital download.
Mike Majkowski — Double bass, analog synthesizer, percussion, piano, vibraphone, samples & field recordings.
Recorded, constructed & mixed by Mike Majkowski. Berlin, February – June 2016.
Hearts & Minds LP release show in Philadelphia featured the one and only MARSHALL ALLEN of Sun Ra Arkestra!!!
Big thanks to Mark & Ars Nova Workshop in Philly for setting this up. And check out this beautifully shot video of Jason Stein, Paul Giallorenzo & Chad Taylor with Marshall Allen in action!