This Just In: Breadwoman & Other Tales

It’s been a minute since we’ve featured something REALLY out there. Luckily, RVNG Intl. just dropped another incredible avant-new age/conceptual collection to take us all out of our sonic and linguistic comfort zones. Anna Homler and Steve Moshier’s Breadwoman & Other Tales trips on language, abstract storytelling, melodic cut-ups, and esoteric performance art. Not only is this stuff weird in the best possible way, it’s from 1982, when it was waaaaaaaay harder to create compositions in this manner (no computers!), let alone get it out to the masses. Good thing RVNG is on point, as usual, and made it available to us now. Highly recommended for fans of Laurie Anderson, Elodie Lauten, Holly Herndon, and post-Never For Ever Kate Bush. Check out a track and a short documentary below, and this week’s in-stock list below the album description. -MLE

Anna Homler and Steve Moshier – Breadwoman & Other Tales LP
Listen: “Ee Chê”
Watch: Breadwoman Tails & Trails (Documentary)
Breadwoman & Other Tales are the collected recordings of a language arising. It is the sound and document of Anna Homler divining speech, lyrical fragments, and melody for music composed, mixed, and engineered by Steve Moshier.

It’s 1982 and Anna is driving an ocean blue classic Cadillac to meet renowned poet and playwright Deena Metzger in Topanga Canyon, Los Angeles. Passing a non-descript desert patch where tall wheat and mustard flowers grow, Anna opens her mouth and sings in a salient stream of rhythmic, melodic sound.

Breadwoman is born, but not by immaculate conception. For Homler, performance art had recently become “a form big enough to contain everything happening” during her studies with Rachel Rosenthal at Otis College of Art and Design. As this performative freedom fed into the enchanted vocalese, the character of Breadwoman emerged.

Homler tread the same multi-disciplinary waters where Steve Moshier and the Cartesian Reunion Memorial Orchestra (CRMO), a communal avant-garde urban chamber music ensemble formed in LA in 1979, floated. When their currents connected, it was clear Homler and Moshier were kin, crossing genres through intensely physical de-significations of music: quasi-theatrical, fully mythic, ritualistic performances.

Instead of confining Anna as “a vocalist,” Moshier recognized Anna’s voice as a sonic element. To accomplish the recordings of this collection, Moshier chose the least song-like material from Homler’s handheld cassette transcriptions and composed music considerately. Anna would then record chants and song variations which Steve would tweak for final touches through his arsenal of analog equipment.

Although Breadwoman stands outside of time, she is is rich in the ingredients of 1980s Los Angeles performance art, renegade DIY punk, gallery culture, galvanized jazz, underground cassette-trading culture, drag extravaganzas, and esoteric meaning-making mysticism.

Breadwoman is a storyteller — she’s so very old she’s turned into bread. Breadwoman says: If you don’t try to understand, you will. She is the voice, and the voice is cosmic reality’s musicality. Through Breadwoman & Other Tales, we hear material meet mythos.” -RVNG Intl.

 

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Vinyl Records & Other Formats – new releases, reissues and restocks…
Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues LP
Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Altered States Of America LP, Arc LP
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black LP, Frank 2LP
Arcade Fire – Funeral LP
Arctic Monkeys – AM LP
Atmosphere – God Loves Ugly 2LP, Overcast 12″
Bad Brains – S/T LP
Beach Boys – Pet Sounds LP
Beacon – Escapements LP
Beastie Boys – Check Your Head 2LP, Hello Nasty 2LP, Ill Communication 2LP
Beatles – 1 2LP, Beatles (White Album, Mono) 2LP, Magical Mystery Tour LP
Black Keys – Chulahoma LP
Black Sabbath – Master Of Reality LP
Bon Iver – Bon Iver LP
Bob Marley – Lee Perry Masters (Colored) LP, Legend (The Best Of) LP
Charles Bukowski – Reads His Poetry LP*
C Duncan – Architect LP
Chet Faker – Thinking In Textures EP 12”
CocoRosie – Heartache City LP*
Com Truise – Galactic Melt 2LP
DIIV – Is The Is Are 2LP, Oshin LP
DJ Paul Nice – Drum Library Vol.1 LP, Drum Library Vol. 3 LP, Drum Library Vol. 4 LP, Drum Library Vol. 5 LP, Drum Library Vol. 6 LP, Drum Library Vol. 7 LP, Drum Library Vol. 8 LP, Drum Library Vol. 9 LP, Drum Library Vol. 10 LP, Drum Library Vol. 11 LP
Daft Punk – Homework 2LP
David Bowie – Blackstar CD, Nothing Has Changed 2CD, Nothing Has Changed 2LP
Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables LP
Dinosaur Jr. – Bug LP, You’re Living All Over Me LP
Disco & Boogie – 200 Breaks & Drum Loops Vol. 1 LP, 200 Breaks & Drum Loops Vol. 3 LP
Dr. Dre – The Chronic 2LP
The Doors – S/T LP, Strange Days LP
Eleanor Friedberger – New View LP
Electric Wizard – Dopethrone 2LP
Fishwife / I LIke Dog Face – Split CS*
Four Tet – Pink 2LP
Godspeed You Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven 2LP, Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada EP 12″
Gang Starr – Hard To Earn 2LP
Goldmund – Sometimes LP
Grateful Dead – The Best Of 2LP
Green Day – Dookie LP
Grimes – Geidi Primes LP
Hanz – Reducer LP
Howlin’ Wolf – Killing Floor: Blues Essentials LP
J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive 2LP
J Dilla – Dillatronic 1 LP, Dillatronic 2 LP, Dillatronic 3 LP, Ruff Draft 2LP, Ruff Draft Beats LP, The Shining 2LP, Welcome 2 Detroit 2LP
Jackie Ransom – Final Exposure CS*
Jack White – Lazaretto LP
Jimi Hendrix – Blues 2LP
John Coltrane – Ascension LP*, Giant Steps LP
Jurassic 5 – Power In Numbers 2LP*
Justin Bieber – Believe LP, My World LP, S/T LP
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly 2LP
Kingsway Music Library – Colors LP
Lana Del Rey – Born To Die LP, Paradise LP, Ultraviolence LP
LCD Soundsystem – Sound Of Silver 2LP, This Is Happening 2LP
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV LP
Lootpack – Soundpieces: Da Antidote 3LP+7″
Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts Of Highway 20 2LP
M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming 2LP
Madlib – Rock Konducta Pt. 2 LP, Rock Konducta Pt. 1 LP, All Caps 12″
Madvillain – Madvillainy Remixes 2LP, Money Folder 12″
Magrudergrind – II LP*
MED / Blu / Madlib – Bad Neighbor 2LP
Metallica – Metallica 2LP
MF Doom – My Favorite Ladies 12″,  Special Herbs Vol. 1 & 2 2LP+7″, Special Herbs Vol. 3 & 4 2LP+7″, Special Herbs Vol. 5 & 6 2LP + 7″, Special Herbs Vol. 7 & 8 2LP+7″, Special Herbs Vol. 9 & 10 2LP+7″
Modest Mouse – Moon & Antarctica 2LP}
Morrissey – Vauxhall And I LP
Nap Eyes – Thought Rock Fish Scale LP
Nas – Illmatic LP
Nina Simone – At The Village Gate LP
Nirvana – MTV Unplugged In New York LP
Outkast – Aquemini 3LP, ATLiens 2LP, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below 4LP
Pig Destroyer – Book Burner LP, Mass & Volume LP
Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon LP
Quasimoto – Unseen 2LP
Queen – II LP
Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II 2LP
Radiohead – In Rainbows LP, Radiohead – OK Computer 2LP, Pablo Honey LP
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik 2LP
Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed LP
Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers LP
Seth MacFarlane – No One Ever Tells You 2LP*
The Smiths – Hatful Of Hollow LP
Songs:Ohia – Magnolia Electric Company Deluxe 2LP
Sufjan Stevens – Age Of Adz 2LP, Carrie & Lowell LP, Enjoy Your Rabbit 2LP, Illinois 2LP
Sun Ra – Space Is The Place LP*
The Strokes – Is This It LP
Talib Kweli – Fuck The Money 2LP, Train Of Thought: Lost Lyrics, Rare Releases… LP
Talking Heads – More Songs About Buildings & Food LP
Television – Marquee Moon LP
Them – Them Again LP*
Thievery Corporation – The Cosmic Game 2LP, The Richest Man In Babylon 2LP
Tool – Lateralus 2LP, Opiate 12″
Tuxedo – S/T 2LP
Tycho – Past Is Prologue 2LP
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II LP
Van Halen – 1984 LP
Various – Eccentric Soul: Forte Label 2LP
Various – Eccentric Soul: Nickel & Penny Labels 2LP
Various – Eccentric Soul: The Deep City Label CD
Various – International Breaks 303 LP
Various – Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles 2LP
Velvet Underground – S/T LP, Velvet Underground & Nico LP, White Light/White Heat LP
Violent Femmes – S/T LP
Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) LP
Wild Nothing – Nocturne LP
Yusef Lateef – Psychicemotus  LP*

*Indicates new release or new reissue