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  • mv & ee w/ the golden road ‎– shade grown – child of microtones

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    child of microtones 39

    On “Shade Grown” sweet new MV & EE are back in that orbit fusing all that they can give and more to keep America beautiful. Go DIY army, this is greenspace…throw away yr armaments and trade the electric mower for headphones. This is perhaps the closest Spectra, Matt & Erika have come to dub, The ONE could get lost in these tunes/jams for many spins. Bring on hyperspace awareness, you could be in yr very own room beyond inside out and feel all they are right beside you, just like spectrasound wanted you to be.

    Special guests/skypilots from the good ol’ Golden Road: Jeremy Earl (Woods), Michael Flower (Vibracathedral Orchestra), Matt Lajoie (Herbcraft), Doc Dunn, Muskox, Paulie G, Rafi Bookstaber, Carson “Smokehound” Arnold, Rongoose (Sunburned Hand Of The Man).


  • mv /ee – live road – yod tapes

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    Recorded live in Toronto on 6/4/2007 at Tranzac.

    A1 Satisfied
    A2 Get Right Church
    A3 Easy Livin’
    A4 Home Comfort
    B1 Hammer
    B2 Environs
    B3 Canned Tease


  • mv & ee – suub duub – child of microtones

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    Used

    Limited edition of 99, presented with 16-page book.

    Ultimate deluxe box set of live material from Matthew Valentine and Erika Elder, documenting their entire three-weekend residence at The Zebulon in New York City that took place in January 2012 in a stunning self-released edition of only 99 copies: the set-up in January was that every Sunday night MV & EE would present three sets with massively different configurations, all drawn from the Golden Road inner circle: Rongoose, Smokehound, Steve Gunn, Herbcraft, Willie Lane, Jeremy Earl & Jarvis Tavenier (Woods) and P.G. Six. So across this seven CD-R set, packaged in a large hard card fold-out book ala the Suub Duub and April Flower sets, there are acoustic shows, all-instrumental Environment-al blow-outs, full-on guitar army ‘septuplet’ bombs, nifty garage band rave-ups and deliriously extended jams. The set lists are particularly choice, drawing heavily on Drone Trailer material (which seems like a particularly endless font of potential reinvention at this point) while reaching deep into the back catalogue for some inspired re-toolings.
    But the big news here is the presence of multi-track recorders, sound boards and room mics, meaning that the entire residency was captured in ultra hi-fi and skullfuck-deep Spectrasound. While Heroine-fi speaks in the kinda tongue that is undeniably volcanic, it is nothing short of a blast to hear this amazing music rendered with such clarity and magnificence.
    “East Mountain Joint” is, for me, rapidly becoming MV & EE’s “Playing In The Band”, in the way it celebrates something that might initially seem kinda hokey by using it as a launching pad for the kind of inspired jams that the song was talking about in the goddamn first place. The version on “Skullbong/Pudding Tone” here, taken from the electric set on the second weekend w/Smokehound and Herbcraft, is an absolute revelation, poised on the perfect axis between endless riff-roll euphorics and sensual dissolve in F/X bliss. Indeed, the whole set is a peach and perfectly demonstrates the way that MV & EE can sail the void – and make you feel like you’re sailing it too – with nothing but the sound of one note and the next.
    The ‘Beyond’ set from the first weekend – appropriately titled “See Ya” – presents a single 26 minute long ‘Environment’ from MV, EE, Rongoose, Smokehound and Gunn that sounds like the goddamn sun coming up over the Hudson-as-Ganges with the kind of constantly peaking modal string action that would give Kalacakra the bends.
    The electric set from week three has a particularly celebratory feel, with the dream-team line-up of MV, EE, Willie Lane, Jeremy Earl, Jarvis Tavenier and P.G. Six played in a hyped-up teen garage band style that pretty much explodes classics like “Canned Happiness”, “Tea Devil > Powderfinger”, “Get Right Church” and more.
    The ‘acoustic’ set from week three might be the most fractured and puzzlingly ‘Corwood’ of the box, with MV & EE joined by Willie Lane who is on particularly unfathomable form, working entry and exit points through amazing versions of “Drone Trailer” and “Feelin’ Fine” with alla the individual precision of a ballistics expert.
    Erika’s vocal are at their disembodied, calling-over-time best while MV makes with the kinda vocoder blues that confuses man/machine like no one this side of Klaus Dinger.
    Barley able to touch on the many highlights and surprises on this endlessly great set but suffice it to say that this functions as the ultimate MV & EE live box to date and stands as perhaps the greatest articulation of the many tentacles they have sprouted over the years. Expect to spend the best part of 2013 in here. All individually hand-assembled in the usual OTT/deluxe COM style, complete with a full-size booklet featuring in-depth commentary, full track details and liners from MV and Coot Moon. -Volcanic Tongue


  • mv & ee – zebulon residency – child of microtones

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    used
    7 discs impeccably presented with 16 page book
    limited edition of 99 copies
    handmade/old skool analog hand printed/handbound with love in vermont

    COM enthusiasts are treated to “you are there” intimate acoustic performances, full blown electric sets and beyond like you’ve never heard -> including some rarely performed and debut live tunes! the sound and vibe is paramount, featuring no less than 3 matrices and soundboard/multitrack sources when applicable. i mean, who else would do all that for you but C.O.M.!

    players in the “golden road” include rongoose/smokehound/herbcraft/jeremy earl/jarvis taveniere/andre vida/steve gunn/p.g. six/willie lane
    -child of microtones


  • mv & ee – alpha lyrae – child of microtones

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    cassette version of new mv & ee self released lp


  • mv & ee – alpha lyrae – child of microtones

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    our first ever private press LP will be out in mid-late august via our CHILD OF MICROTONES, heavy duty vinyl, produced in SPECTRASOUND and lovingly printed by VGkids with deep denim blueblack and metallic silver ink. it will also be available via a limited edition of 99 cdr and digital download via midheaven/revolver.

    we are also offering an advance and very special limited edition of 25 test pressing copies with handpainted covers. these are all different but in the style pictured below. the sleeves are sweet recycled “kraft” stock. they will have an 8×11 insert and the labels are “generic” test pressing proprietary to the plant. these are available only from us direct, right here and right now…while supplies last.


  • mv & ee – shade grown – child of microtones

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    limited edition of 99 deluxe handmade cd on C.O.M.
    hand bound, stamping, booklet, download slip, love

    Studio C.O.M.’s from MV & EE have been rare these days with recent rockets being in the form of the most righteous and mighty live excursions into unknown jam galaxies thru song form (dig the heroines, box sets and residencies!). However, time was when the Child Of Microtones sound worlds were exploding with the most unique and highly personalized solar systems of pre-war/post Takoma environs colliding like COMets with black ark pods from the tapers section. On “Shade Grown” sweet new MV & EE are back in that orbit fusing all that they can give and more to keep America beautiful. Go DIY army, this is greenspace…throw away yr armaments and trade the electric mower for headphones. This is perhaps the closest Spectra, Matt & Erika have come to dub, The ONE could get lost in these tunes/jams for many spins. Bring on hyperspace awareness, you could be in yr very own room beyond inside out and feel all they are right beside you, just like spectrasound wanted you to be.

    Special guests/skypilots from the good ol’ Golden Road: Jeremy Earl (Woods), Michael Flower (Vibracathedral Orchestra), Matt Lajoie (Herbcraft), Doc Dunn, Muskox, Paulie G, Rafi Bookstaber, Carson “Smokehound” Arnold, Rongoose (Blueberry Honey/Causa Sui/Sunburned Hand Of The Man).


  • mv & ee – fuzzweed – three lobed recordings

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    includes the “fantasy set” (TLR-098) bonus disc

    “fuzzweed. i don’t know that strain. maybe it’s a secret within vermont state borders. i have a nice image in my mind suggested by the name where lurid purple flecks forming a halo around the sticky, sticky good stuff – one look, one sniff assures you of a fine trip ahead. that generous promise of a grand journey flows from the conceptual strain to this album sharing that same name.

    with each successive release, MV & EE strive to map new territory and to travel more distant orbits. it makes sense that this mission is their furthest reaching yet. while they’ve long been comfortable navigating the same planes as such cosmic explorers as sun ra and alan silva, fuzzweed sees them planting their freak flag in the sorts of different galaxies where the atmospheres counterpoint the music of the spheres with the more earthbound plaints of the blues. please remember that the golden record that NASA sent up with voyager back in more optimistic times included ‘dark was the night.’ that concept – listening to blind willie johnson in space – strikes me as an apt analogy for what this fuzzweed accomplishes on every spin.

    ‘environs’ is the airlock into the album, a layering of instruments (including contributions from my fellow brits andy ramsay [tabla, synth and percussion] and mick flower [shahi baaja]) which sounds like it could riff on these patterns forever and at the same time has a rising momentum that betrays an urgency to get going and travel further. following that spaced introduction, ‘turbine’ brings on the fuzz righteously. that very fuzz and the drumming of carson ‘smokehound’ arnold provide the solid ground above which matt & erika’s vocals narcotically float. ‘trailer trash’ is a languid, eyes half shut beauty augmented by the harmonies of jeremy ‘woods’ earl, coot moon and matt ‘herbcraft’ lajoie. the most benign of trash, it’s one of those songs you wish would be piped through shopping malls, just to see the effect. it’s all a-ha vocals, gentle strumming, and an electric guitar line chasing the beat like an excited puppy. wrapping up the album’s first side is ‘jacked up,’ a deeply zoned blur, languorous and horny, featuring the pedal steel of doc dunn and the ‘moon clavinet’ of coot moon providing all of the necessary sunburst moments. the words ‘you’re the sweetest thing I’ve seen’ drift away and we’re totally in righteous ‘barbarella’ territory.

    the second album side is an epic trilogy of sorts. ‘poor boy,’ sung ghostlike by erika against piercing finger-picking by matt, sounds lost at some faraway crossroad; that rootless blues standard has never sounded so drifting. as the suite continues it moves effortlessly into ‘a long way from home.’ it is a beautifully disorientating tumble of staccato drumming, arhythmic bass and chewbacca-guttural vocal sounds, freefalling through the guitar dimensions and amp realms of matt and erika. the freedoms present turn into the fear of distance/infinite possibilities. it’s a vertiginous re-entry, cushioned by the album’s closing environments. the listener is returned to an expansive ‘environs,’ again featuring the beautiful warm blush of andy ramsay and mick flower. all of the collective players welcome us back, jet-lagged and subtly changed by the experience, like any voyage worth embarking on.

    MV and EE sound more than ever like no one else around. while they’d be the first to provide a long, reverent, and revenant list of ancestors whose sounds echo in their music, the course they set is truly previously unexplored, and on fuzzweed it is a thrill to travel in their wake.”

    –pete coward, noted MVEE head–


  • mv & ee – hick smoke – manhand

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    originally released by com in an edition of 99 copies on cdr. here it is for manhand’s new vinyl campaign remastered and re-edtited by mv in spectrsound. comes in a one-side screenprinted / one side paste on with an insert, bagged. featuring contributions from the golden road (doc dunn/mike smith), jeremy earl (woods), asa irons (feathers, witch)… edition of only 300 copies. sweet vinyl upgrade!