ANDY HECK BOYD

Blondie - Thanks For Sharing

(Krim Kram) CD $12.75

You know Andy Heck Boyd: wanted to write but typing caused too much pain (tendonitis), and so began to experiment with tape recording after getting into it around early 2017. Has never performed live, but has exhibited paintings at galleries in Seattle, Maine, NYC. Coupla comics to his name. Yeah, that’s the guy. He goes out on the daily with a tape recorder all the time, sometimes switches it up with Super-8 or drawing or collage work. You know how it is. Some tracks here were made using an amp, SK-1 keyboard, and microphone, lyrics composed on the spot. On another, the blood of a woodpecker caught by a friend’s cat is the muse. For others, a short dead-end road and a hiking trail in the Red River Gorge area are the stages where Heck “recorded my thoughts and improvised ideas, I like to perform in a sense, embellish or exaggerate things I see and observe, and I like to analyze layers wherever I go, layers of things that require looking at one thing or area slowly for a little bit, in the supermarket that day I was looking around the produce section at people smiling and some gathered in small groups talking and stuff, and saw glittery, cheap USA flags adorned everywhere around the bread and donuts near the bakery.”

BREN’T LEWIIS ENSEMBLE

Hand Signals

(Krim Kram) CD $11.75

The debut release on this Ireland-based label is the first Mark-Knopfler-approved “real” CD by Bren’t Lewiis. Eleven disorienting tracks: heavily edited sound collage; Orchid-Spangiafora-style word play; malfunctioning, sputtering machines; instruments and objects that are blown, shaken, scraped, and generally sabotaged in various ways. You won’t know whether it’s intestines, brains, or macaroni salad. If the CIA had access to this kind of arsenal during MKUltra, who knows what kind of damage they could have inflicted.

DRESSING

Dressing

(Krim Kram) CD $11.75

After about a decade of activity in the visual arts, Dublin-based Kevin Kirwan jumps into experimental sound using field recordings, found objects, feedback and tape manipulation. His noise is restrained and textural with occasional melodic undercurrents. Krim Kram’s CD reissues two cassettes originally self-released in editions of 15 in 2021, described by S. Grey as “concise explorations of materiality and physicality via hard-panned, lumbering slow-burn buzz and cut up blasts of spidery frequencies [with] an exquisite sense of timing.”

FABIAN LÖWENBRÜCK / DANIEL LÖWENBRÜCK

Das Lebacher Orgelwerk - Weihnachtsoratorium (LWV 156)

(Krim Kram) CD $12.75

Performed December 26th, 2006 on the Hugo Meyer organ of the Evangelische Kirche in Lebach, Germany.

SMEGMA

Dives Headfirst Into Punk Rock 1978/79

(Krim Kram) CD $11.75

Krim Kram’s expanded CD reissue of the cassette first issued on Pigface Records in 2015 documents the earliest recordings of Smegma performing live as part of the Portland punk rock / new wave scene (Myrtle Tickner, Jerry A. and Pig Champion from Poison Idea would all later go on to play with the band at various stages throughout the 80s and 90s). Included are the complete Flashcards and Disco Diarrhea 7s, both originally self-released on Pigface Records in 1979.

DECLAN SYNNOTT

Everything Lost In The Image

(Krim Kram) Cassette $10.75

Analogue synthesizer-based music with an emphasis on low resonant bass tones and slow sound progressions, continuing threads explored by the Ireland native in previous solo works — subtlety rendered to near inertia, meditation on mundanity, intuitive composition in avoidance of stylistic models. It is sometimes austere, sometimes visceral, often beautiful.