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LP $20.25

09/17/2013

GY 2-1 


Grapefruit is a subscription-based record club now in its third year, founded by musician Simon Joyner and Ba Da Bing Records head Ben Goldberg to release exclusive, limited-edition, vinyl-only albums as part of an annual series, sharing identical cover art but in different colors. Subscribers receive an LP every three months, by artists that are of some renown, or are just getting started. The only connection between each group is that Joyner and Goldberg are both fans. Only 300 copies of each release are pressed—and for a limited time, these LPs are now available outside a direct subscription in extremely low quantities. This split LP features side-length tracks by two free noise avant-garde pioneers, Bruce Russell and Roy Montgomery. Both artists hail from the fertile New Zealand music scene and have been making challenging, inspirational sounds since the early 1980s. Russell is known primarily as one of the driving forces in the seminal Dead C, as well as the founder of the important Xpressway and Corpus Hermeticum labels. His experimental guitar work can also be heard in his other band, A Handful of Dust, as well as on solo recordings. Roy Montgomery released his first single as part of The Pin Group in 1981 on Flying Nun Records. He went on to collaborate in the influential Dadamah as well as a number of other New Zealand bands in the ’80s and ’90s. In the mid-’90s he made a trip around the world, which resulted in a wealth of releases showcasing his solo instrumental investigations. His mesmerizing guitar pieces are awash in open tunings and drones. He can also be found on recordings under the name Hash Jar Tempo in the band Bardo Pond.

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