This Just In: The Local Rundown

It’s always exciting to feature multiple local releases that just arrived at Sweat. Here’s what you can pick up this week(end) to support local artists/labels and even learn some Florida music history…

betacicadae – mouna LP/CD:
beta: obsolete magnetic tape, a second version, something lowly
ciacada: strange and humble insect that emanates beautiful sound
mouna: practice of silence, wish, revelation.

Painstakingly constructed by multi-instrumentalist Kevin Scott Davis during more than two years of spiritual struggle and rebirth, betacicadae: mouna is a lush, transcendental narrative in sound. It is a cohesive whole that employs a broad spectrum of textures and extends far beyond formula like “drone” or “field recordings.” The sounds absorb, project, embrace, and comfort the listener in imaginary geography—surreal, dreamlike spaces beween earth and otherworldliness. mouna is an intimate personal statement, but also a universal musical narrative of redemption. Source material for each track began with field recordings: a farm in Oregon, a rainforest in Hawaii, different cities. An array of acoustic and electronic sounds were generated from scratch: instruments included guitars (electric, bass, lap steel), wood flute, vibraphone, harp, violin, percussion, synthesizers, effects pedals, and digital software.

Elegua Records (Miami/Durham) is proud to present this debut release by betacicadae. Beginning with photographic images by Davis, the design, printing, and construction of the album’s physical editions are approached with the care and depth of feeling that the music deserves. Taking the label’s handmade DIY approach to limited editions a step further, clear vinyl and compact disc editions of 100 include one-of-a-kind screen printed, stamped, and individually numbered inserts and transparencies. The physical editions also include a unique download code with access to high-quality digital files of the album and bonus material.

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Various – Drop On Down In Florida: Field Recordings of Afro-American Traditional Music 1977-1980 2LP:
Based on four years of fieldwork throughout the state, the Florida Folklife Program released the two-album, 27-track LP Drop on Down in Florida: Recent Field Recordings of Afro-American Traditional Music in 1981. The album was intended to highlight African American music traditions for a statewide public audience, blues and sacred traditions in particular. Dust-to-Digital reissued this two LP set on CD in November 2012. The recordings include: one-string musician Moses Williams, four-shape-note sacred harp singing from an African American community, and the Richard Williams family in the blues and gospel-blues traditions. Comes on 2 LPs with a 24-page 11″x11″ booklet in a gatefold sleeve. Includes 18 photographs and illustrations; new old stock from 1981, still in shrinkwrap, no signs of warping on multiple copies that have been opened.

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Sharlyn Evertsz – “Get Outta Nowhere Fast” b/w “Revalued” CS:
Sharlyn Evertsz is a well-known fixture in the Miami noise/experimental scene. Take (old-school) PJ Harvey crossed with Carla Bozulich/Evangelista. Then add Chelsea Wolfe, Julia Holter, a couple Kaossilators, some sedatives and you’re almost there. Limited edition cassingle on Drugged Conscience Records.

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New releases, reissues and restocks. Not local, still awesome!
Big Star – 3rd LP
Black Angels – Indigo Meadow LP
Black Pus – All My Relations LP
Bleached – Ride Your Heart LP
Bona Dish – Zaragoza Tapes 1981-1982 LP
Bonobo – North Borders 2LP, CD
Charles Bradley – Victim Of Love LP, CD
Cold War Kids – Dear Miss Lonelyhearts LP
David Bowie – The Next Day 2LP
Falty DL – She Sleeps 12”, Straight & Arrow Picture 12”
Foot Village – Make Memories LP
Dirty Beaches – Water Park OST 10”
DJ Koze – Amygdala 2LP+7”
DNA – DNA On DNA 2LP
Goat – World Music LP
Gun Outfit – Hard Coming Down LP
Javelin – Hi Beams LP
King Tubby – Roots Of Dub LP
Main – Ablation LP
Marnie Stern – Chronicles Of Marnia LP
Mathematiques Modernes – Les Vis LP
Mogwai – Les Revenants LP, CD
Mudhoney – Vanishing Point LP, CD
My Bloody Valentine – MBV 180g 2LP+CD, CD
Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Return To The 36 Chambers 2LP
Otis Redding – Dictionary Of Soul LP, Lonely & Blue CD
Prostitutes – Crushed Interior LP
Prurient – Through The Window LP
Rhye – Woman LP
RZA – Shaolin Soul 3LP
Sid Hemphill – Devil’s Dream LP
Stygian Stride – ST LP
Suede – Bloodsports LP
Telekinesis – Dormarion LP
Thalia Zedek Band – Via LP
Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins – ST LP
Tyler The Creator – Wolf Deluxe CD, Standard CD
Various – African Scream Contest 2LP
Various – Turkish Freakout 2LP
Voivod – Target Earth 180g 2LP
Wavves – Afraid Of Heights LP
Wire – Change Becomes Us CD
Witch – Lazy Bones!! LP