This Just In: The Death of Don Juan

Earlier this month we lost a great composer, Elodie Lauten, daughter of Errol Parker. While we don’t have any of her records in stock (all so very out of print), I wanted to dedicate this week’s post to her – fans of Gavin Bryars, Robert Ashley, Terry Riley, Max Richer, Steve Reich and Philip Glass, take note. Even if you’re not fans of the aforementioned, you’ve probably heard their names in reference to experimental classical music forms, and Lauten definitely ranks up there with them.

Lauten was a French-born, classically trained pianist who came to be heavily influenced by not only classical music, but punk, jazz and minimalism as well. A student of LaMonte Young, she was Considered a post-minimalist pioneer and contributed strongly to the world’s body of neoclassical music in opera, chamber music, soundtrack, dance and orchestral composition. Her most well-known piece is probably the experimental opera The Death Of Don Juan, a post-minimal landmark form 1985, with vocal and cello contributions from Arthur Russell.

Her death came two days after the debut performance of her now-definitive version of Waking in New York, an opera with the libretto created for her by poet Allen Ginsberg about New York City and the diversity of its people, at the Church of St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery.

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Post-post-post: new releases, reissues and restocks…
Alexander Turnquist – Flying Fantasy LP
Alice Coltrane – A Monastic Trio LP
Alkaline Trio – s/t LP
Arcade Fire – Suburbs 2LP; Reflektor 2LP
Atmosphere – Southsiders 2LP
Au Pairs – Playing With A Different Sex LP
Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – Enter The Slasher House 2LP, CD
Badbadnotgood – III 2LP
Barrington Levy – Sweet Reggae Music LP
Beastie Boys – Ill Communication 2LP
Beck – Morning Phase LP, CD
Beirut – March Of The Zapotec 12”; The Rip Tide LP
Bjork – Vespertine 2LP
Bits Of Shit – Cut Sleeves LP
Black Sabbath – Master Of Reality LP
Blind Melon – s/t LP
Bob Marley – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry Masters LP
Clash – London Calling 2LP
Clutch – Robot Hive/Exodus 2LP
Coathangers – Suck My Shirt LP
Conor Oberst – Upside Down Mountain LP
Cramps – Flamejob LP
Deafheaven – Sunbather LP
Death – Leprosy LP
Death Grips – No Love Deep Web LP
Dent May – The Good Feeling Music Of… LP
Dirty Beaches – Drifters/Love Is The Devil 2LP
DJ Shadow – Endtroducing LP
Dr. Dre – The Chronic 2LP
Eric Clapton – Me & Mr. Johnson LP
Etta James – At Last: 19 Greatest Hits LP
First Aid Kit – Stay Gold CD
Floor – Oblation 2LP
Fugazi – In On The Killtaker LP; Repeater LP
Funkadelic – Maggot Brain LP
Haim – Days Are Gone LP
Half-Handed Cloud – Flying Scroll Flight Control LP
Haunted Hearts – Initiation LP
Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams 2LP
HTRK – Psychic 9-5 Club LP
Jack White – Lazaretto LP
John Lee Hooker – Folk Blues LP
Johnny Cash – Out Among The Stars LP
King Tubby – Dub Mix Up: Rare Dubs 1975-1979 LP
Kishi Bashi – Lighght LP
LCD Soundsystem – Sound Of Silver 2LP
Led Zeppelin – III LP
Lifetime – Hello Bastards LP
Lightnin’ Hopkins – Country Blues LP
Lijadu Sisters – Horizon Unlimited LP
Lust For Youth – International LP
Mac DeMarco – 2 LP
Madlib – Shades Of Blue LP
Mars Volta – De-Loused In The Comatorium 2LP
Matt Pond PA – Emblems 2LP
Mayhem – Deathcrush LP
MGMT – Oracular Spectacular LP
Mica Levi – Under The Skin OST LP
Miles Davis – Diggin’ With The Miles Davis Sextet LP
N.W.A. – N.W.A. Greatest Hits 2LP; Straight Outta Compton (20th Anniversary Edition) LP
Nas – Hip Hop Is Dead 2LP
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away LP
Om – God Is Good LP
Outkast – Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik LP
Pallbearer – Sorrow And Extinction 2LP
Patti Smith – Horses LP
Quantic – Magnetica 3LP
Rhye – Woman LP
Roy Orbison – Mystery Girl Deluxe 2LP
Rudimentary Peni – Death Church LP
Sade – Stronger Than Pride LP
Serge Gainsbourg – Histoire De Melody Nelson LP
Sharon Van Etten – Are We There CD
Sid Vicious Experience – Jack Boots And Dirty Looks LP
Sisyphus – s/t 2LP
Smog – Rain On Lens LP
Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation 2LP; s/t 2LP; Murray Street LP
Specials – More Specials LP+7”
Spies – The Battle Of Bosworth LP
Stooges – s/t LP
Swans – To Be Kind 2CD
Television – Marquee Moon LP
Thee Oh Sees – Drop CD
Tomas Barford – Love Me 2LP
Toots & The Maytals – Pressure Drop: The Golden Tracks LP
Total Control – Henge Beat LP
Toxic Holocaust – Evil Never Dies LP
Ty Segall – s/t 2LP; Singles 2007-2010 2LP; Sleeper LP
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II LP
Various – Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label 2LP
Various – Eccentric Soul: The Dynamic Label 2LP
Various – Heavenly Ethiopiques: The Best Of The Ethiopiques Series 2LP
Various – Suicide Squeeze: Forever Singles LP
Various – The Sound Of Siam Vol. 2 2LP
War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream 2LP
WIFE – What’s Between LP
Wreck & Reference – Want LP

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