X___X Albert Ayler's Ghosts Live At The Yellow Ghetto on Limited Edition Colored LP w/ Locked Grooves + Download
First New Recordings in More Than 30 Years!
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Smog Veil Records announces the Platters du Cuyahoga series with a trio of releases. First up is the new X___X album titled, Albert Ayler's Ghosts Live at the Yellow Ghetto. The LP version of this release is on colored vinyl with lock grooves at the end of both sides of the record and also includes liner notes from Byron Coley and a digital download of the songs.
X___X was formed by John D Morton (Electric Eels and the Dicks) in Cleveland, Ohio in 1978. The New York Times recently featured the band explaining, "back in the early 1970s, with only the Stooges and the Velvet Underground as role models, [Morton] and his colleagues turned their youthful alienation into a brazenly experimental, loudly confrontational and proudly antisocial roar that forged a new and distinct style."
Albert Ayler's Ghosts Live at the Yellow Ghetto, was recorded August 2014 and January 2015 at Negative Space in Cleveland, OH and was produced by X___X and John Delzoppo (Fuck You Pay Me, Party Plates, Murderman). Jon Savage described this record as "mean sounds that make your feet move." This 8-song release represents the band's first new recordings in more than 30 years!
Coley (Forced Exposure, NY Rocker, Boston Rock, Spin, Arthur magazine column with Thurston Moore) penned the album bio, and describes his first exposure to the band's earliest material as follows: "Fast, strangely- shaped, raw-edged art-punk moving around with lumpy and damaged elegance. You have to remember, this was only a little more than a year after Rough Trade issued the electric eels 45, so knowledge of the pre-punk sub-underground was barely acknowledged."
He goes on to explain the origins of the new album: "This trend [of being known for their growing historical importance] came to a head with a release of the band's tracks, called X Sticky Fingers X (Ektro Records) in 2014. Morton and Klimeyk were so goddamn revved by the reissue, they decided to reform a version of the band to do a support tour for the record. Craig Willis Bell (Rocket from the Tombs, Mirrors) plays bass and Matthew Albert Harris (the son of a band friend) plays drums. The tour went real well – apart from some trouble with the fucking cops. So like – hey, why not cut a record? ...the band did the eight tracks of this session in a frenzy of creative-destruction. The pieces fit together beautifully – cut like jagged Beefheartian sound-shards, pumped up by the rage of the long undervalued."