I am very pleased to announce that I’m starting a new label called MIDWICH. Midwich will release electronic music from the urban wilderness of the Midwest. The first two records to be released on July 14th, 2015 are Moon Pool and Dead Band – MEQ2×12″ and (ahem) MAGAS – Heads Plus 12″ EP. Midwich will be releasing music on vinyl, complimented with digital downloads. The covers are adorned with the eye-catching work of Mark Salwowski. In the fall, we’ll have an LP by Viands and Mick Travis. As the release date approaches, we’ll have more specific information about where these records can be purchased for retail and wholesale. We’ll also open up the Midwich online shop on the Midwich site. We hope that you’re as excited was we are!
Recently, transient astronomer Tom Masterson captured some beautiful footage of Comet Lovejoy. He asked me for some music for the footage and I was more than happy to let him use “Layers of Understanding” from my new EP Heads Plus, coming this summer on Midwich. It was truly an honor to provide music for this once-in-a-lifetime occasion.
We’re a month into 2015, but music is timeless, so I thought I’d share my favorite music from 2014. This isn’t meant to be comprehensive–I shot from the hip and it these were the titles that effortlessly jumped to the fore. I didn’t discover Myriam Gendron’s Not So Deep As a Well LP until the new year began, but it’s a very beautiful album. Also missing is Patrick Cowley & Jorge Socarras’sCatholic 2LP on Dark Entries, but I put it on a list when the CD came out in 2009. Been waiting a while for the vinyl release of that gem! But here are the ones that made it. I’m sure there are just as many great ones that I missed.
Jim Magas 2014 Tops
Theo Parrish – American Intelligence 3LP (Sound Signature)
Consumer Electronics – Estuary English 2LP (Dirter)
Beau Wanzer – Beau Wanzer LP (Beau Wanzer)
Beau Wanzer – Power Outage 10″ (Nation)
Quintron – Spellcaster II: Death In Space LP (Pizza Burglar)
Da Sampla – Westside Sessions 2LP+7″ (Wild Oats)
Bobby Beausoleil – Lucifer Rising Suite 4CD (Anja)
Destroy All Monsters – Hot Box 1974-1994 3LP (Munster)
Jay Denham – Karmatic Equations 2LP (Wild Oats)
Raspberry Bulbs – Privacy LP (Blackest Ever Black)
Jack Ruby – Hit & Run 2CD (St. Cecilia Knows)
Various Artists – Science Fiction Park Bundesrepublik 2LP (Cache Cache)
Omar S. – FXHE mix CDs (FXHE)
Sleaford Mods – Divide & Exit LP (Harbinger Sound)
Sleaford Mods – Chubbed Up+ CD (Ipecac)
Oren Ambarchi – Stacte Karaoke 12″ (Black Truffle)
Ninos Du Brasil – Novos Mistérios (Hospital)
Reagenz – Periodic Table 3×12″ (The Bunker NY)
Objekt – Flatland 2LP (Pan)
Larry Heard – Alien 2LP (Alleviated)
Greetings! 4 classic MAGAS records are now available for download. I’ve finally gotten aboard the Bandcamp train and have made available 4 hard-to-find Magas records: Violent ARP, May I Meet My Accuser, Friends Forever and the Bad Blood EP. These records span the first decade of the 2000s and feature many rare and hard-to-find tracks, as well as classic live staples. These albums are reasonably priced; each track can be purchased individually for 50 cents each. The ENTIRE catalogue can be purchased for less than $20. If you’ve been wondering where you can find the early MAGAS albums, this is the place.
I am very honored to have been given the opportunity to work on music for Italian director Asia Argento‘s new film, INCOMPRESA aka Mistunderstood. The film stars Guilia Salerno, Gabriel Garko, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gianmarco Tognazzi, Max Gazzè, Anna Lou Castoldi, Alice Pea, Justin Pearson and Caroline Poccioni, with cinematography by Nicola Pecorini, shot on Super 16mm film.
Over a period of months, I was asked to develop several themes that Asia had written, while developing a few of my own. Aiding me in this mission were cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, violinist Julie Pomerleau and clarinetist Weasel Walter. Other sections of the film feature scored music from Brian Molko (Placebo), The Locust and Gilles Toop. The experience has been life-changing and remains one of the most artistically satisfying things I have worked on to date. Incompresa will compete as an official selection in the 2014 Festival de Cannes, as part of Un Certain Regard.
Every year at Reckless Records, we’re asked to compose year-end lists of our favorite music. This was a great year for music and it’s impossible to remember it all. I shot from the hip and came up with this list in about 10 minutes. Without further adieu:
MAGAS 2013 FAVORITES
ADULT. – The Way Things Fall Asia Argento – Total Entropy Barnett & Coloccia – Retrieval LP Basic Channel reissues
Francois Bayle – L’Experience Acoustique Black Deer 12”s
Ken Camden – Space Mirror Captain Beefheart – Safe As Milk mono reissue
John Carpenter – Assaullt on Precinct 13 reissue
Chrome – Half Machine from the Sun: The Lost Tracks ’79-80 Luciano Cilio – Dell’Universo Assente Patrick Cowley – School Daze Dark – Round the Edges reissue
Demdike Stare – Testpressing series
Drexciya – Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller Vol. IV Kevin Drumm – Humid Weather Gherkin Jerks reissues The Gories – The Shaw Tapes: Live in Detroit 5/27/88 Kyle Hall – Boat Party & Boat Party Bonus EP Gunnar Haslam – Mimesiak Icecross – 1. LP aka s/t
Implodes – Recurring Dream Bob James – Rhodes Scholar LP
Raul Lovison/Francesco Messina – Prati Bagnati del Monte Analogo Magas – Pspoilers cassette
Mainliner – Mellow Out reissue
Charles Manier – Electrocution & S/T (Nation)
Ron Morelli – Spit Omar S. – Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself Bill Orcutt – History of Every One LP & 13×7” boxed set
Theo Parrish – Black Jazz Signature Raspberry Bulbs – Deformed Worship 3 Chairs – CH 07 12”
Vangelis – Blade Runner & Sex Power reissues
Velvet Underground – At the End of Cole Ave, 2nd Night Vox Dei – La Biblia reissue
Wolf Eyes – No Answer – Lower Floors Xenakis – GRM Works 1957-1962 LP
Nate Young – Regression LPs
Beau Wanzer – 3 L.I.E.S. 12”s
V/A – Bang the Box: the (Lost) Story of AKA Dance Music Chicago 1987-88 V/A – Sounds of Silence LP