Tuesday, October 16, 2012

bye bye black dirt

what it is: bye bye black dirt
where i found it: upstate

I got a sad notice the other day that Black Dirt Studio (also record label) in upstate New York will be closing its doors. This was a special place where a lot of great music was made, one of a kind. Run by a member of the noneck blues band who decided to escape city life and spend his time in the woods recording weirdos, the place had an extra special vibe. You could go stay in the extra apartment, camp in the yard, focus on recording and sometimes eat gourmet chow prepared by the host. You could also use the garage as a reverb chamber and make use of hoes and shovels for percussion. Hopefully Sir Black has some grand future scheme in mind. In the meanwhile, below there's an impressive list of some of the releases that were midwifed there. You should also check out Black Dirt's Natch series, an archive of collaborations put together by the host, recorded at the studio and posted for free on this blog.

Amolvacy 'Ho-Ho-Kus' (Black Velvet Fuckere)
Amolvacy 'A La Lu La' (Ultramarine)
The Assault 'Greatest Hits' (self released)
Aswara 'Untitled' (Azriel)
Black Twig Pickers 'Yellow Cat' 7” (Thrill Jockey)
Black Twig Pickers 'Whompyjawed' (Thrill Jockey)
Black Twig Pickers & Charlie Parr 'Glory in the Meeting House' (House of Mercy / Klang Industries)
Black Twig Pickers & Charlie Parr 'EastMont Syrup' (Thrill Jockey)
The Bloodletters 'Die Pfalz' compilation (Team Love)
Blues Control 'Snow Day' 7” (Sub Pop)
Blues Control 'Local Flavor' (Siltbreeze)
Blues Control 'Valley Tangents' (Drag City)
Blues Control & Laraaji 'FRKWYS 8' (RVNG Intl.)
Nathan Bowles 'A Bottle A Buckeye' (Soft Abuse)
Charalambides 'Exile' (Kranky)
Hans Chew 'New Cypress Grove Boogie' 7” (3Lobed / Divide by Zero)
Hans Chew 'Tennessee and Other Stories' (3Lobed / Divide by Zero)
Christian Family Underground 'For the Depth of Your Union' (Woodsist)
Coach Fingers 'No Flies on Frank' (Locust)
Coach Fingers 'Molly Moonbeam' 7” (Sound at One)
Coach Fingers 'One Jack Shy of a Cycle' (Black Dirt)
Deer Tick 'Black Dirt Sessions' (Partisan)
Deer Tick 'More Fuel for the Fire' (Partisan)
Eleven Twenty-Nine 'S/T' (Northern Spy)
Eleven Twenty-Nine 'In the Sunlight' 7” (Drawing Room Records)
Expo70 'Where Does Your Mind Go?' (Immune)
Expo70 'Journey Through Astral Projection' (Immune)
Eye Contact 'War Rug' (KMB Jazz)
GHQ 'Everywhere at Once' (3Lobed)
Golden Jooklo Age & Peaking Lights 'S/T' (Holidays)
Steve Gunn / John Truscinski 'Sand City' (3Lobed)
Steve Gunn / John Truscinski 'Ocean Parkway' (3Lobed)
Headdress 'Lunes' (No Quarter)
Hototogisu 'Under the Rose' (Heavy Blossom)
K Salvatore 'Tsar Ova Elk' (Kellipah)
Matta Llama 'The Witch Channel' (Black Dirt)
Anders Nilsson 'Night Guitar' (Sound at One)
NNCK 'Clomeim' (Locust)
Nymph 'S/T' (Social Registry)
Pelt 'Effigy' (MIE)
Pigeons 'Virgin Spectacle' (Black Dirt)
Pigeons 'Si Faustine' (Olde English Spelling Bee)
Pigeons 'No Shore' cass. (Sixteen Tambourines)
Pigeons 'They Sweethearts Stammer' (Soft Abuse)
Prince Rupert's Drops 'Run Slow' (Beyond Beyond is Beyond)
Psychic Ills 'Catoptric' (Social Registry)
Rangda 'Formerly Extinct' (Drag City)
Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers 'Teenage and Torture' (Knitting Factory)
Jack Rose 'The Black Dirt Sessions' (3Lobed)
Jack Rose 'Luck in the Valley' (Thrill Jockey)
Jack Rose with D Charles Speer and the Helix 'Ragged and Right' (Thrill Jockey)
Rhyton 'S/T' (Thrill Jockey)
Rhyton 'The Emerald Tablet' (3Lobed)
The Sea Donkeys 'Live at the SS Marie Antoinette' (Assophone)
D Charles Speer and the Helix 'After Hours' (Black Dirt)
D Charles Speer and the Helix 'Past or Beyond' 7” (Sound at One)
D Charles Speer and the Helix 'Distillation' (3Lobed)
D Charles Speer and the Helix 'In Madagascar' (Sound at One)
Stellar Om Source 'Rise in Planes' (Black Dirt)
Talk Normal 'Secret Cog' (self released)
Carter Thornton 'Ten Fingers for Forefathers' (Black Dirt)