November 2nd, 2012
Now available in the kora store, it’s the beautiful concept album Pink Thunder by Michael Zapruder on pink vinyl. If you live in the Bay area, you can pick up a copy at The Curiosity Shoppe during Michael’s current art show running thru November 18th. The art show features his hand-made “physical portmanteaus” designed for each song. “A digital music player is enclosed in a platform and an object related to the song sits on top of the base, which has a start/stop button, and a headphone jack.” Read more at Consequence of Sound including a preview of the song “Civics” written by Silver Jew’s frontman David Berman.
The official album release show is November 18th in SF at Amnesia.
September 21st, 2012
Philip Glass _Rework is available for pre-order! The set feature remixes of original Glass compositions by the likes of Beck, Dan Deacon, Cornelius, Tyondai Braxton, Amon Tobin, Memory Tapes, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Nosaj Thing, Pantha du Prince, Peter Broderick, Silver Alert, and My Great Ghost.
Physical editions of _Rework will be issued on double LP and double CD, both featuring beautiful gatefold packaging with metallic inks. The LP also includes a digital download code, and will be pressed in two unique editions – exclusive glass colored vinyl edition only available here. for more details and to place your pre-order check out philipglassrework.com.
August 7th, 2012
Philip Glass, one of America’s most esteemed composers, is the subject of “REWORK” Philip Glass remixed, a two-disc album/2xLP of remixed Philip Glass works. The album is coming your way on October 23 on The Kora Records in partnership with Orange Mountain Music and Ernest Jenning Record Co.
The idea for REWORK came together during a conversation between Philip and his friend and new collaborator Beck. The pair recruited producer Hector Castillo (David Bowie, Björk, Lou Reed) to help assemble a collection of remixes of Glass’ works by a list of critically acclaimed artists including Beck himself, Tyondai Braxton, Amon Tobin, Cornelius, Dan Deacon, Johann Johannsson, Nosaj Thing, Memory Tapes, Silver Alert, Pantha du Prince, My Great Ghost and Peter Broderick.
The remix project joins in the celebration of Glass’ 75th birthday season, which features performances and events across the globe encompassing every facet of the composer’s decades-long career as a preeminent American composer—opera, chamber music, orchestra music, dance, theatre works and more.
We can not be more honored to be involved in this project.
August 6th, 2012
This fall, we have a couple of gems coming your way, the first of which is “Pink Thunder” by Michael Zapruder. It’s our first time working with Michael, and he’s created quite the “concept” album working with some amazingly talented poets and musicians.
In 2006, the Wave Books Poetry Bus hauled ass around North America, bringing poetry to the people. Michael rode the bus, hung out with the poets, listened to readings, and thought a lot about songs and poems and what they have to do with each other. Back home in California, he rented a cottage in the hills near Napa for ten days, where he concocted twenty-two free-verse pop songs from poems by notable American poets (and, mostly, Poetry Bus riders) like Bob Hicok, David Berman, Mary Ruefle, D.A. Powell, Dara Wier, and Valzhyna Mort. After a number of different recording sessions in a number of different studios, the pieces – poems that are sung and orchestrated; songs that imitate a poem as much as they can – came together. Pink Thunder was born, and, lo and behold, it turned out to look like its parents: a vibrant crowd of poets riding a Poetry Bus across a land of chaos, contradictions and beauty.
It took the contributions of 23 poets, 3 engineers, and many musicians to make Pink Thunder. You are invited to listen to the results coming your way this October.