"Difficult choices on records is always a good thing!
At the time when most of the record stores are all gone is nice to have an independent website were we can go “digging” and spend some time listening and buying music with such open mind as you can on Subradar. My choice has no particular order.
"Difficult choices on records is always a good thing!
To sweeten the deal, we are throwing in two fashionable subradar t-shirts + five albums to the winner if we get to our goal of 100 dl this month. Worn by a sleepy Norwegian musician.
Due to travels with bad internet connections and illness, Aprils label of the month is long overdue, we apologize for the inconvenience!
Established in 2000 and based in Oslo, Sofa is one of Norway’s longest running and most credible labels for improvised and experimental music. With a long rooster including several of the most known names on the international improvisation circuit SOFA is still one of the most important outlets for improvised and experimental music in Europe. SOFA is currently run by musicians Martin Taxt, Kim Myhr and Ingar Zach. We had a little chat with Kim... read more
"....The Greatest trio on earth" - Geoff Dyer, New York Times
"There appear, through some weird alchemy of harmonics, phantom instruments. A cello? A human voice? A violin? Hearing such things, wanting to have the source of these auditory hallucinations verified, you look to see what is happening, but there are just these three middle-aged blokes, playing piano, bass and drums, conjuring things that do not exist."
These words and the full title "My Obsession With the Necks, the Greatest Trio on Earth" are by author and Necksocologist Geoff Dyer, taken from his recent... read more
Not long ago this year Norway’s biggest independent digital distributor Phonofile got merged with The Orchard a Sony owned company. This marks the end of their 11 years as an Norway’s leading indie distributor. This is also not particularly good news for people dealing narrow genres, and can it can be seen in a pattern of recent mergers of small independent distributors that are being bought by a few major companies. Charles Caldas, the head of MERLIN (independent rights company) swiftly shared his concerns: «We’re concerned that the majors, via their faux-indie imprints, are land-grabbing... read more
We are glad to say that we finally got the first of the new Clean Feed published this week, and more are on the way! We hope to have a steady supply of new releases from Portugal during the summer months.
And finally the first curator for new series of playlists is confirmed. We are thrilled to announce that Swedish improvisor and guitar ace David Stackenäs will be the first one to give you his recommendations:
"My playlist was chosen both out of old favourite albums that I’ve heard many times (Nude on Sands, Booklet, Great Waitress, S. Lacy), out of... read more
Finally after a long time of going back and forth we are ready to start presenting more music from the vast Clean Feed catalogue. With almost 500 published albums they are one of the most productive outlets of high quality creative creative music in Europe. So we are thrilled that its finally happening!
We are also starting with a new series of curated playlists where we invite different profiles from the improvised music scene to present ten of their favourite tracks as s one month free streaming playlist. The curators will be announced shortly, and will include... read more
The Subradar staff would just like to thank all followers, music lovers and connoisseurs for their interest and support in 2016. We are looking forward to 2017 with plenty of enthusiasm and we hope to spread the word about improvised and experimental music even further. For those of you seeking the christmas spirit, please refer to our Subradar Superdeal campaign when shopping, and we will charge you an additional 20%:) (the staff needs their christmas dinner) Finally we would like to wish everyone a merry christmas!
The Necks 4-disc live box set "Athenaeum, Homebush", will soon be available. As the only digital outlet for their music, subradar is very happy to present this.
Also Norwegian Label Nakama Records’ are publishing their fifth release. Featuring the violin duo Jinchūriki consisting of young Norwegian wonder boys Håkon Aase and Adrian Løseth Waade is set for release August 29th.
The vast FMR catalogue is now almost complete, but there are still a number of new arrivals still to come, keep an eye out for new albums!
The latest addition to the subradar label rooster is... read more
The Splitter Music Festival, taking place from the 24th to the 27th of November, is a new Berlin festival for contemporary orchestral music. The four evenings at "Wabe" and "Ballhaus Ost" with over 80 artists revolve around music-making in large formats, based on the power of improvisation.
The central focus of the festival program is the Berlin-based Echtzeitmusik*- Ensemble Splitter Orchester, formed in 2010. In evolving formats and musical contexts, the orchestra performs anew every day of the festival. However, the composer-performers forming the Splitter Orchester are not the... read more
It might not be a well known fact, but there is a substantial amount of contemporary composed music at subradar. This weekend we try and put the spotlight on some of the labels and composers of the genre. We are especially happy to be working with the Austrian Kairos label, and great Norwegian labels Simax, Aurora and +3b to name a few.