Friday, November 20, 2015

Sounds of the Day #20/2015: Joseph Nechvatal (6) / Suzuki Junzo (3) / A. Kostis

Joseph Nechvatal 
presents his new book
"Destroyer of Naivetés" (2015)
Tomorrow in New York City, at
Galerie Richard (121 Orchard Street, NYC) #
on Saturday, November 21st from 6-7:10 pm
(more details below)

Punctum Books, the publisher writes: 

Joseph Nechvatal’s epic passion poem, Destroyer of Naivetés, takes up a position of excess from within a society that believes that the less you conceal, the stranger you become. We live and love in a culture where surveillance/intrusion is tied to our drive for self-revealing everything (an anti-private-life culture of curiosity, egotism, solitude, fear, voyeurism, exhibitionism and resentment — where the feeling is that nothing could or should remain unknown to us).

The sex farce poetic overindulgence of Destroyer of Naivetés takes inspiration from the books of Jean Genet, Marcel Duchamp’s The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even, drawings by Hans Bellmer, film/performances of Bradley Eros, and the erotic scribblings of Giacomo Casanova, Georges Bataille, Petronius, Vladimir Nabokov, Marquis de Sade, Yukio Mishima, Ovid, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Kathy Acker and I Am a Beautiful Monster by Francis Picabia.

Galerie Richard (121 Orchard Street, NYC) on Saturday, November 21st from 6-7:10 pm, presents a public signing/reading of Destroyer of Naivetés, Joseph Nechvatal’s epic sex farce poem just launched by Punctum Books. This reading will be delivered as a 1:10 min. music-voice recording, also called Destroyer of Naivetés, by CAVE BACCHUS (Black Sifichi, Rhys Chatham & Joseph Nechvatal). It is free to the public.

Plus Suzuki Junzo's
"Portrait of Madeline Elster"

Suzuki Junzo -Portrait of Medeleine Elster

Plus some nice 1930's re-issues
by the unique Robbie-Basho-territory
 greek guitarist
"The Jail's a Fine School"

First ever vinyl collection of the legendary “Kostis,” the most enigmatic of all Greek rebetika artists. 12 tracks of truly unique guitar duets and black-humor lyrics chronicling the hash dens, prison culture and pickpockets of old Athens. Recorded under a pseudonym for export to the Greeks living in America, research has uncovered the musician, journalist and cartoonist Kostas Bezos as the figure lurking behind the Kostis name, with ties to the famous singer Tetos Demetriades. Renowned for his slide guitar playing in Hawaiian-style orchestras throughout the 1930s, the Kostis recordings reveal an entirely different underworld of the macabre and illicit. The use of guitar in these now-classic rebetika songs display a virtuosity of finger-picked Near-Eastern modes and unusual tunings at the dawn of rebetika, when the bouzouki was yet to become supreme. 

Presented in pristine audio quality mastered from original 78 rpm discs by Michael Graves, “The Jail’s a Fine School” stands as an important document of an enduring mystery in Greek music, and a high standard for what was once a truly subversive art form. 

LP version includes a 28 page booklet with extensive notes by Tony Klein (“Greek Rhapsody,” “Mortika”), full lyrics in Greek and English, and several previously unpublished photographs. Digital version includes a PDF of the full booklet. 

Distributed by Mississippi Records and Little Axe Records. 
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released September 17, 2015 

Co-released by Olvido Records and Mississippi Records. 
Vinyl edition of 1200. OLV01 / MRP097.