This Just In: I Don’t Remember Now…

Another week, another essential release from Superior Viaduct. This one is a reissue of I Don’t Remember Now / I Don’t Want To Talk About It, a “hyper-limited,” DIY release from 1980 by mystery experimental-electronic artist John Bender. Like Bender’s original, the reissue comes with unique, hand-stamped covers and is limited to 1000 copies. Originals go for upwards of $100, so this version should be lighter on your wallet while supplies last. S.V.’s description sums it all up nicely, so check it out below while listening to a methodically-named track from the album. More more more new releases/reissues/restocks hitting the shelves this week(end) too! -MLE

John Bender – I Don’t Remember Now/I Don’t Want To Talk About It LP
Listen: “27B4”
John Bender recorded voraciously between 1978 and 1980 at his home in Cincinnati, Ohio. Not even song titles could slow down his creative pace, as he named all the tracks after their position on the original tapes. ’36A2,’ for example, was cassette #36 side A, piece #2. To close the DIY aesthetic circle, Bender made sleeves by hand with no two covers alike and pressed the LPs in hyper-limited editions on his own Record Sluts imprint.

I Don’t Remember Now / I Don’t Want To Talk About It, Bender’s first album from 1980, is the holy grail of minimal lo-fi electronics. Layers of fractured melodies, distorted synthesizers, hollowed-out rhythms and claustrophobic vocals unfold over the 40 minutes of this lost masterpiece. ‘It’s A Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl,’ one of Faust’s greatest songs, is perfectly deconstructed by a distinct punk-meets-experimentalist sensibility.

While I Don’t Remember Now is impossibly rare and the man behind the music remains shrouded in self-imposed mystery, the real surprise is that it has taken 35+ years for listeners to discover Bender’s warm, art-damaged immediacy.

This first-time standalone reissue is recommended for fans of Pere Ubu, Brian Eno and Robert Ashley. Limited to 1,000 numbered copies. Red vinyl with hand-stamped jackets, each one unique. Liner notes by John Bender.” -Superior Viaduct

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This Just In: Will

So, I know for a fact that there are a lot of y’all in Miami who don’t know about Julianna Barwick. How’s that? Because she played a FREE show at MCAD a few months back and there were less than 10 people there. Alright, it was announced sorta last-minute, so I’ll let it slide, but still – if you don’t know about Julianna Barwick, you’re missing out on one of the best contemporary ethereal/experimental artists active today. Think  Sigur Ros meets Cocteau Twins with neo-classical leanings, all layered, looped and stunning beyond belief. Take a listen to the track “Same” below and pick up a copy of Will on beautiful, limited edition “rose gold” vinyl. Lots of new/used/local in-stocks on the shelves too – come dig all weekend! -MLE

Julianna Barwick – Will LP
Listen: “Same”
“Conceived and self-produced over the past year in a variety of locations, Will is a travelogue of sorts – weaving together swaths of inspiration from a desolate house in upstate New York to the Moog Factory in Asheville, North Carolina to Lisbon, Portugal.

An electric current runs throughout the record, sharp and soft textures colliding to cathartic results. Will is a late afternoon thunderstorm – looming and restorative all at once. Featuring contributions from Thomas Arsenault (Mas Ysa), Dutch cellist Maarten Vos and percussionist, Jamie Ingalls (Chairlift, Tanlines, Beverly), Will is largely a product of ups and downs, a reflection of a life lived somewhere in between transience and standing still.” -Dead Oceans

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