Wednesday, September 26, 2018

"The Valencia Street Rehearsals" by Tuxedomoon Now Available!


Around 1978 Tuxedomoon shared a rehearsal space at Valencia Street, not far from the Deaf Club. The place would see the birth of many classics in their early form, but would also produce a wealth of jams and compositions that would never see the light of day…
… until now, that is. Thanks to the diligence of Peter Principle, some of these loose rehearsals were recorded on tape, duly digitised around 2015.


Blaine: “I would put this in the basement at 16th and Valencia. Our shared space with Noh Mercy and home of our manager Adrian Craig and Esmerelda Kay of Noh Mercy and angels of light. [Only the Strong Survive] only ever got played at Mark Shause’s Halloween party. The head of surgery at USF hospital who later performed surgery on me on the floor of our apartment to remove a calcified growth from my arm. I still bear the scar. [...This version of Crash includes] the line that [Michael Belfer] played forwards. In the sessions it wasn’t working so we turned the tape over and I played forward keyboards with the backwards track. Then we added the drums. This gave us the backwards guitar on the Half Mute version”




The band agrees it’s a magical piece of sound, evocative and nostalgic, fresh and hardly ever boring. You can hear the excitement of exploring “strange new toys”, as well as the mutual acquaintance between the musicians’ individual ideas and styles, gradually becoming something larger than the sum of its parts…

... in other words, gradually becoming Tuxedomoon.

Heitor Alvelos, September 2018



Recorded at Valencia Street basement rehearsal rooms, San Francisco, circa 1978


Performers:

Michael Belfer
Steven Brown
Peter Principle
Blaine L. Reininger


Transferred from analogue tapes by Peter Principle, 2015

Edited and sequenced by Heitor Alvelos, 2018
Mastered by Anselmo Canha, 2018


Cover photo by Richard Alden Peterson

Cover design based on original “No Tears” layout by Winston Tong


Project management and design by Heitor Alvelos



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Monday, July 30, 2018

"Tuxedomoon Live in Hamburg, 1988" Now Available for Download

This recording from the 1987-88 "Reunion Tour"of tuxedomoon, features the band in a tight and polished formation, including drummer Paul Zahl, for one of its most rock manifestations.

Recorded live at The Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, 29 February 1988 

Performers: 
Steven Brown 
Bruce Geduldig 
Peter Principle 
Blaine L. Reininger 
Paul Zahl 

Live sound by Luc Gerlo 
FM tape originally shared with Peter Principle 
Mastered by Anselmo Canha, 2018 

Tracks 2, 4, 6, 7 and 8 are previously unavailable as official recordings from this particular tour; they may double as an appendix to the 1989 double-LP “Ten Years In One Night”, largely based on recordings from the same tour. 

Promo photograph by Danny Willems 
Concert photography by Hans-Peter Habicht 
Project management, cover photograph and design by Heitor Alvelos 




Sunday, June 24, 2018

Tuxedomoon Live in Angouleme, 1983 Now Available for Download





A historical recording duly preserved by Peter Principle, showcasing the short 1983 tour that momentarily brought together the then-departing Blaine L. Reininger and recent recruit Luc van Lieshout, albeit never sharing the stage. The recording itself is a fine one, despite the two obvious setbacks that betray its provenance (a 90-minute cassette tape): Saint John required an edit due to being caught in the tape-flip exercise, and Again needed a fade-out in order to avoid an abrupt ending. One could argue this fade-out works well as a metaphor for the band’s transition into a new chapter...

The somber mood is somehow palpable, the classics taking on an elegiac tone, and the new compositions still evolving (in his own personal notes on this recording, Peter himself wrote “Early version of Manner has Bruce still looking for a part”). Towards the end of the gig, right before “What Use”, Blaine announces his departure, which would indeed occur two days later after one final performance in La Rochelle.

“In April 1983, Reininger was contractually obliged to rejoin Tuxedomoon for a few gigs in France. Interview footage shot at La Rochelle made it clear that the show to be performed that night was perceived by many to be Tuxedomoon’s last waltz. But that wasn’t the case and this in spite of the Les Disques Du Crépuscule press releases that...  more

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released June 19, 2018

Recorded live in Angoulême, 20 April 1983

Performers:
Steven Brown
Bruce Geduldig
Peter Principle
Blaine L. Reininger
Winston Tong
Luc van Lieshout

Live sound by Gilles Martin
Transferred from analogue tapes by Peter Principle, 2015
Mastered by Anselmo Canha, 2018

Project management, notes and design by Heitor Alvelos
Photography by Pierre Radisic (used with permission of the author)
Tuxedomoon signature by Winston Tong (from “Music in 4 Suites” press kit, 1983)
Ornament by Kjpargeter @ freepik.com

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Tuxedomoon Live At Amsterdam's Melkweg, 1981 Now Available




"A set of glimpses into Tuxedomoon's early days in Europe, these extracts from a gig at Amsterdam's Melkweg in early 1981 are shrouded in a scarcity of information or associated materials. And yet, with a setlist including tracks from Desire and Suite en Sous-Sol, and never before shared in any form, the recording perfectly captures the journey the band was undertaking at the time, from post-punk to more hybrid territories. Tuxedomoon had just settled at Rotterdam’s Utopia commune a few weeks earlier: this edition thus signals the nascent signs of their European sensibilities, soon to blossom fully in projects such as Divine and The Ghost Sonata.
The recording is provided 'as-is' - the files were housed in a folder inside Peter's hard drive, fades included; you can actually hear the cassette recorder being paused on occasion. This means that, in a way, this edition is not so much a faithful record of the gig as much as it is a collection of snapshots. Anselmo's attentive mastering and a quasi-narrative sequencing will hopefully ensure a coherent whole for the listener."
Heitor Alvelos, April 2018
With thanks to Isabelle Corbisier for the contextual information at Tuxedomoon's biography, “Music for Vagabonds”, 2008.

Blaine:
"Nothing really remarkable to report, outside from the performance. Melkweg at this point was still deeply hippie, functioning as the original "coffee house" pot store. Terrible dessicated brown rice catering with equally dry vegetables. Later they got more globalized and hipster in decor. I remember sitting outside waiting to load the van, thinking what it would be like to jump into the dirty beer bottle filled canal water surrounding the venue."
 

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released April 10, 2018

Recorded live at the Melkweg, Amsterdam
April 26, 1981

Performers:
Steven Brown
Bruce Geduldig
Peter Principle
Blaine L.Reininger
Winston Tong

Live sound by Martin Van Der Leer
Transferred from analogue tapes by Peter Principle
Mastered by Anselmo Canha, 2018

All photography: © Saskia Lupini, 1981
Tuxedomoon logo from a printed newspaper article, 1985 (from Isabelle Corbisier's archives)

Project management and graphic design by Heitor Alvelos

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https://tuxedomoonarchives.bandcamp.com/album/melkweg-amsterdam-1981-ep

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Tuxedomoon Live at the Deaf Club, October 1979 Now Available

Now available for download, this stunning collection of Tuxedomoon live from the charged atmosphere of the late 1970's San Francisco scene, at the very epicenter, The Deaf Club. Features several previously unknown and unreleased tracks as well as early versions of well-known classics. There is a bonus pdf booklet featuring posters and photos from the time.



Sunday, February 25, 2018

Steven Brown's Cinema Domingo Orchestra Kickstarter Campaign


CINEMA SUNDAY ORCHESTRA. New directions in music for silent films.

Pioneers in audio explorations with more than 20 years of work in resignifying classic films from the last century through live sound, Cinema Sunday Orchestra under the direction of renowned musician/composer Steven Brown has performed in Film Festivals and special events through-out Mexico.

On two different occasions, Cinema Domingo Orchestra has been commissioned by the Goethe Institute of Mexico to compose and perform original music for german silent films. In 2012 for the national premiere of the recently restored ALGOL The Tragedy of Power (1920) by Hans Werckmeister, and in 2016 for the newly restored DESTINY by Fritz Lang (1921).

Former director of the Institute Reinhard Maiworm has stated; “If anyone in Mexico is perfect for putting music to silent film, that would be Cinema Domingo Orchestra.”

Over 15 years Cinema Sunday Orchestra has positioned itself to be the most innovative and unique producer of audio accompaniment to silent (and sound) films, providing cinefiles and the public in general with a unique experience that inevitably leads to new interpretations and new ways of appreciating the seventh art.

This project began in Bruxelles Belgium at the end of the 80s when Steven Brown (founder of musical groups Tuxedomoon, Nine Rain and Kafka Ensamble) began to intervene in public forums projecting 16mm silent films. At the beginning of the new millennium Brown moves to Oaxaca Mexico where he renews the project, now with local musicians with whom together will compose and perform new musical accompaniments to silent films.

The Cinema Sunday Orchestra is: Steven Brown, clarinet, saxophone, piano and keyboards; Bruno Varela, Bass Guitar and curator; Julio García, Guitar, Jarana and Oud; Oxama, Percussion and electronics.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Tuxedomoon Archive Goes Live!

Announcing the new Tuxedomoon archive page. We will begin posting live shows from Peter P's massive archive for your listening pleasure. Go check out our initial offering!


Tuxedomoon Archives

Tuxedomoon provide a selection of their private and live recordings, footnotes in the band's history and legacy. Some were previously shared by/with Peter Principle in online trading circles; others have never been heard before. These recordings are selected according to sound quality and/or historical relevance.

Tuxedomoon provide a selection of their private and live recordings, footnotes in the band's history and legacy. Some were previously shared by/with Peter Principle in online trading circles; others have never been heard before. These recordings are selected according to sound quality and/or historical relevance.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Blue Sleep First Review

Here is the first review for BLR's new album "The Blue Sleep"

BLAINE L REININGER The Blue Sleep - The Electricity Club

As a cardinal of the European avant-garde and co-founder of TUXEDOMOON, Blaine L Reininger is both schooled and shrouded in mystery. He currently lives in Greece - ground zero for the continent's myths and a portal for all things Oriental. The influence can be seen on his new solo album 'The Blue Sleep'.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Blaine L. Reininger New Album, The Blue Sleep

From March 28, 2018, Les Disques du Crepuscule will release a new studio album from Blaine Reininger called "The Blue Sleep".

The Blue Sleep [TWI 1237 CD] | Blaine L. Reininger | Crépuscule

The Blue Sleep is a 2018 album by Blaine L. Reininger of Tuxedomoon


The Blue Sleep is a brand new studio album by Blaine L. Reininger, the Colorado-born composer and founder member of avant-garde music group Tuxedomoon.

Written and recorded by Blaine in 2017, the album was mixed in his adopted hometown of Athens by noted electronic music producer Coti K. Like most of his previous solo projects, The Blue Sleep combines vocal songs with atmospheric instrumental tracks, three of which (Lost Ballroom, Jacob's Ladder and Odi et Amo) were written for Caligula, a theatre production.

"These days the music plays me," explains Blaine. "The unifying principle behind the songs on Blue Sleep is the method of composition. I apply fine old aleatory techniques - John Cage, William Burroughs, Tristan Tzara - and filter these through my instinctive knowledge of melody and harmony. Lyrics are generated algorithmically (I work with programs which assemble phrases according to mathematical rules) and then edited by me, with phrases suggested by the random output. That's pretty much my modus operandi in the 21st century."

10 track CD. Cover image by George Terzis.

Tracklist

1. Public Transformation
2. The Blue Sleep
3. Lost Ballroom
4. We're Tearing Out
5. Dry Food
6. Camminando Qui
7. Jacob's Ladder
8. The Dull Sea
9. Molecular Landscape
10. Odi et Amo

Available on CD and digital download. Mailorder copies are delivered in Crépuscule slipcase. To order CD please select correct shipping option and click on Add To Cart button below cover image, or else contact LDDC by email for other payment options. FOR RELEASE IN MARCH 2018.