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1 - COOPER, MIKE - DISTANT SONGS OF MADMEN - (LP) 
BACKWARDS


'Distant Songs Of Madmen' was recorded live in Palermo and was Mike Cooper's solo set in a concert organised by Lelio Gianetti and Curva Minore which included his trio Truth In The Abstract Blues and Eugene Chadbourne. The set was free improvisation; some cover versions of folk and pop songs and some of his own songs. The title of the record and some of the improvised pieces were taken from Sam Shepard's writing. Available in a beautiful designed cover with an exclusive amazing artwork made by Italian artist Carla Indipendente. Mastered for vinyl by Brian Pyle (Ensemble Economique).


Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 15-03-2019
Item # : 526162     NEW
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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2 - COOPER, MIKE - FRATELLO MARE - (LP) 
ROOM40


A notable LP of the Italy-based musician's highly personal lap steel playing combined with exotic music and percussion, alongside field recordings made on islands across South-East Asia and the Caribbean. The result is a poetic, dreamlike, wandering love letter to the distant islands that dot the vast oceans.


Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 04-08-2015
Item # : 479522     NEW
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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3 - COOPER, MIKE - LIGHT ON A WALL - (LP) 
BACKWARDS


400 copies on black vinyl. Recorded live on Radio Lebanon in Beirut. Cooper plays electric lap steel and sings several of his 'Spirit Songs' - a body of vocal works that he has been presenting live over the past few years. These 'songs' are constructed by chopping up - (William Burroughs /Brion Gysin/Tom Phillips style) - 'Gravity's Rainbow' and 'V' - two novels by Thomas Pynchon. No chords, melodies or harmonic patterns for each song are planned prior to them being performed. Both accompaniment and the songs melody are improvised during each performance rendering each performance unique. There are other recorded versions of these pieces which, by the very nature of this approach to presentation, are completely different. This set differs radically from other versions also because it was recorded using an electric Vietnamese lap steel guitar (as apposed to his usual electro-acoustic resonator guitar) heavily processed through a vintage Kaos Pad and Zoom Sampletrack looper. The guitar has built in, on board, distortion, wah-wah and tremolo. The result is a more dense and 'heavy metal' sound than is usually associated with Cooper's music. All the songs and improvisations are original apart from the last track Masters At War - a version of an anti war song from the sixties written by a master of the genre but here presented as a thundering call to throw light on a wall.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Industrial Hazard 02. Light On A Wall 03. Year Of The Decay 04. A Bleeding Edge 05. Much-a-fire Across Europe 06. Humid Morning 07. Nothing To Gain/everything To Lose 08. Masters At War


Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 23-05-2015
Item # : 476528     EXP
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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4 - COOPER, MIKE - LIGHT ON A WALL (COL) - (LP) 
BACKWARDS


100 copies on orange vinyl. Recorded live on Radio Lebanon in Beirut. Cooper plays electric lap steel and sings several of his 'Spirit Songs' - a body of vocal works that he has been presenting live over the past few years. These 'songs' are constructed by chopping up - (William Burroughs /Brion Gysin/Tom Phillips style) - 'Gravity's Rainbow' and 'V' - two novels by Thomas Pynchon. No chords, melodies or harmonic patterns for each song are planned prior to them being performed. Both accompaniment and the songs melody are improvised during each performance rendering each performance unique. There are other recorded versions of these pieces which, by the very nature of this approach to presentation, are completely different. This set differs radically from other versions also because it was recorded using an electric Vietnamese lap steel guitar (as apposed to his usual electro-acoustic resonator guitar) heavily processed through a vintage Kaos Pad and Zoom Sampletrack looper. The guitar has built in, on board, distortion, wah-wah and tremolo. The result is a more dense and 'heavy metal' sound than is usually associated with Cooper's music. All the songs and improvisations are original apart from the last track Masters At War - a version of an anti war song from the sixties written by a master of the genre but here presented as a thundering call to throw light on a wall.


Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 01-05-2015
Item # : 476800     NEW
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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5 - COOPER, MIKE - LIVE AT THE HINT HOUSE - (LP) 
QBICO


Black vinyl, cover design/collage by Mike Cooper. 'Live at the Hint House' might be considered a field rec. in as much as it is a recording of an ambience or soundscape. Made on my first ever trip to mainland America to play music this is the 2nd set of that evening, the 1st set had been an acoustic one of songs and slide guitar. At the start of the 2nd set i quickly realised that my guitar was not working and rather than stop and attempt to find out what was wrong i decided to just continue and improvise with what was at hand on the table in front of me. A Casio SK1 sampler keyboard, a Yamaha SU10 sampling unit with some pre-recorded samples loaded, a mini disc with some tropical ambience rec. from Malaysia and a pitch shifter delay pedal. ." Mike Cooper.


Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 24-03-2009
Item # : 474007     NEW
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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6 - COOPER, MIKE - NEW GLOBE NOTES - (LP) 
NO=FI/NERO


Edition of 300 copies on black vinyl. 'New Globe Notes' collects material previously released on Mike Cooper's own imprint Hipshot Records, and is accompanied by a 32-page booklet containing texts and pictures by Mike Cooper himself, plus a preface written by English author and experimentalist David Toop. Mike Cooper: electric lap steel guitar / prepared guitar / larp / Casio SK1 keyboard / crackle box / percussion / ambient field recordings / loops and drones. Recorded mixed and edited at Steelworks in Rome on four track cassette recorder and mini disc in 1999 and 2001. Digital remix re-edit at Steelworks in 2013 for NO=FI Records by Mike Cooper. Mastered by V. Fisik at Hombrelobo Studio (Roma).


Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 13-02-2014
Item # : 455392     
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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7 - COOPER, MIKE - OH REALLY !? - (LP) 
TRADING PLACES


The guitarist and singer-songwriter Mike Cooper was a key figure in the British blues boom of the late 1960s. Born in Reading in 1942, Cooper began playing guitar as a teen in local skiffle groups. After seeing Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee perform in 1961, Cooper caught the blues bug and began to play the harmonica and formed The Blues Committee, supporting John Lee Hooker, Sonny Boy Williamson, Alexis Korner and Long John Baldry, while Cooper was also performing solo. Acquiring a lap steel guitar in 1963, he studied Blind Boy Fullers work and in 1965, teamed with Dave Hall to support Bert Jansch, Al Stewart and others; after releasing work on the Kennet, Sydisc and Matchbox labels, Cooper soon began incorporating country blues aspects into his work, drawing from Son House and Mississippi Fred McDowell, as well as non-blues artists such as David Bowie, John Martyn, Roy Harper and Dave Van Ronk. Then, in late 1968, Cooper was approached by producer Peter Eden, resulting in debut album Oh Readlly!? for Pye; aside from agreeable covers of Son Houses "Death Letter" and Blind Boy Fullers "Bad Luck Blues," the rest of the disc is pure Cooper, with his deft picking accompanied by Derek Halls guitar work only on "Leadhearted Blues" and "Electric Chair."

TRACKLISTING: 01. Death Letter 02. Bad Luck Blues 03. Maggie Campbell 04. Leadhearted Blues 05. Four Ways 06. Poor Little Annie 07. Tadpole Blues 08. Divinity Blues 09. Your Gonna Be Sorry 10. Electric Chair 11. Crow Jane 12. Pepper Rag 13. Saturday Blues


Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 12-07-2019
Item # : 534325     
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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8 - COOPER, MIKE - RELUCTANT SWIMMER / VIRTUAL SURFER - (LP) 
DISCREPANT


The 'icon of post-everything', Mike Cooper, returns to Discrepant with a recording of a live set recorded at the Controindicazioni Festival of Improvised Music in Rome in 2003 .The music moves very slowly through four movements: Reluctant Swimmer'', @Movies is Magic'', Virtual Swimmer'' and "Dolphins''. 'Floating in out of the exotic ether and disappearing like smoke, engulfed in the alien hugeness of nature... a very elegant set by a visionary artist.' Mike Cooper says 'the first half is played on my old 1920s National tri-plate lapsteel guitar and the second half on my vietnamese electric lap steel. I also sing two songs along the way. "Movies is Magic'' by Van Dyke Parks and "Dolphins" by Freid Neil. It was the first time I had ever sung the last song.'

TRACKLISTING: 01. Reluctant Swimmer 02. Movies Is Magic 03. Virtual Surfer 04. Dolphins


Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 24-02-2017
Item # : 500975     
Availability: IN STOCK
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9 - COOPER, MIKE - TROPICAL GOTHIC - (LP) 
DISCREPANT


"Tropical Gothic" references Cooper's beloved areas of 'the South' with a Gothic, dark, remote interplay. Mike Cooper studies different approaches to his method of uniting guitar and field recordings into a constant stream of sound, where he delivers chaos and melody. With another grand collage artwork by Evan Crankshaw.

TRACKLISTING: 01. The Pit 02. A Mask Of Flesh 03. By The River 04. Samurai 05. Shindo's Blues 06. La'ap Blues 07. Running Naked 08. Onibaba 09. Legong/gods Of Bali


Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 05-10-2018
Item # : 520921     
Availability: IN STOCK
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