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Barn Owl Taps Marielle Jakobsons and The Norman Conquest for their new record “Ancestral Star”

From Pop Matters blog post:

On their new release for Thrill Jockey, Ancestral Star, they continue to explore the Morricone tinged Western soundtrack side of the genre—first pioneered by the heavyweights Earth—that they have done so thoroughly and competently on their previous albums. For this album, Caminiti and Porras took their time in the studio and expanded the instrumentation on the songs by experimenting with bowed guitar, and by inviting Marielle Jakobsons to play violin, the Norman Conquest to contribute eerie chanting vocals, and Portraits to add some nuanced percussion.

Read the whole article here.

These artists have appeared on the following Aphonia Recordings releases:


Check Out These Artists on iTunes & Elsewhere!!!

These new (and older-ish) releases have been been released worldwide through the iTunes Music Store and Amazon – and some other subscription online music stores as well (Rhapsody, Napster, etc.) Below are links through the iTunes Music Store to these lovely folks. Check ‘em out… You can also go to our website to listen to full length samples or purchase as well. Click
for all our Amazon listings or click on the releases below to go directly to the iTunes Music Store.

Desolation Wilderness – In Love With Anything

Desolation Wilderness - In Love With Anything

Dokuro – The Black Room
Dokuro - The Black Room - EP

Amy Denio – sub-Rosa
Amy Denio - Sub-Rosa

Nucular Aminals – Nucular Aminals
Nucular Aminals - Nucular Aminals

Agnes Szelag - No Summer Or Winter
Agnes Szelag – No Summer Or Winter
Agnes Szelag - No Summer or Winter


Check Out All Our New Releases

We have been busy lately. All of these releases have come out in the last two months or so. We are expecting a few more, including Nucular Aminals self titled debut on the label as well as well Mangled Bohemians’ Degeneration. Also in the works is a special limited release with Derek M. Johnson and Rachel Carns of The Need performing a live improvised score to the silent film classic, The Phantom of the Opera. Stay tuned for these exciting releases… and also if you would like to catch up with The Need and Mr. Johnson, they will be playing a special one time only concert Friday December 12th at Gallery 1412 – make sure to catch them! More on this later!

Paintings For Animals – Cistern Air [AR023]
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Dokuro – The Black Room
[AR020] buy now


L.A. Lungs – Most of the Time We Do Not Realize that We Are Shedding Our Skin [AR018]


Amy Denio – sub-Rosa
[AR019] buy now


Dokuro’s The Black Room Reviewed in The Wire Magazine

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In the November issue 297 of the UK’s The Wire magazine David Stubbs reviews Dokuro’s recent release, The Black Room. Look for the interview in print or read the full text below:

Based in Oakland, California, Dokuro are visual artist/composer Agnes Szelag and the magnificently nomenclatured The Norman Conquest. They include the word “pop” in their self-definition, which is a little like Sunn 0))) locating a Country & Western element somewhere in their music. This is extremist fare that blasts awat the earwax without leaving you feeling pointlessly bludgeoned. On “The Ghost Goes West”, clouds of generated electricity belch blackly, then are discreetly sculpted. “Shadow of the Cat” is sheer catastrophe, all earthquake and Grindcore, its rotorblade still whirring long after the helicopter has crashed and burned. Finally, with “October Moon” a calm descends and dawn breaks over a charred landscape quiet but for the sporadic noises of afterburn.