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Where The Sands Turn to Gold

Azusa Plane

CD Album (rgirl83)
Released January 30, 2012 

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http://azusa-plane-rocketgirl.bandcamp.com/

 

This new luxuriously and lovingly packaged double CD with DVD is a labour of love in memory of Jason DiEmilio (1970-2006) aka the Azusa Plane. Two CDs feature over two hours of music spanning the breadth of the Azusa Plane catalogue. The DVD features a thirty-minute live set and 65 MP3s split between 11 folders; which include rare tracks, never released Azusa Plane live recordings, an interview with Jason and a previously unreleased recording. An expansive booklet is included with the release which contains essays, thoughts, reflections and memories of DiEmilio's life and musical output.

An integral part of Philadelphia’s experimental scene, the Azusa Plane was the lo-fi, drone-rock, improvisational recording and live project of Jason DiEmilio of Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania. Performing almost exclusively on a Fender guitar and usually through numerous effects pedals, DiEmilio was very prolific releasing three full-length studio albums, a live disc, a number of singles and tracks on various compilations. (Full discography included in the booklet).

Here are some extracts from Apples author Richard Milward’s piece in the liner notes about the Azusa Plane:

Your eardrums were designed to listen to the Azusa Plane. Leaving no electrical frequency untouched, the music of Jason DiEmilio, Jason Knight and sometime percussionist Quentin Stoltzfus is at once dense and sparse; the musical equivalent of sleepwalking on feathers with ton-weights attached to your hands and feet. At times heavily distorted—at others, light as cloud matter—the guitar sprawl swims back and forth from one end of the musical spectrum to the other; creating the most wondrous, devastating, effervescent soundwaves. It is music which both challenges and celebrates the senses.

While the Azusa Plane exemplifies the term ‘experimental’—in fact, at times, the pieces seem almost like scientific research into atonalism, feedback manipulation, circuit bending, and the search for ‘full consciousness of the hidden harmony’—there is such obvious soul to the music, it never appears clinical, or sterile. The band was not merely a group of La Monte Young-a-likes in lab coats. Recognising the guitar as an electrical, endlessly-exploitable machine, DiEmilio pushed that machine to its very limits and, in doing so, purged the darkest limits of his emotions. His guitar was like a six-stringed stress-ball; a release from what he described as ‘the ever despair and struggle of my life… a constant battle against depression and the ever feeling of heading absolutely nowhere with no control whatsoever… and so music gives a good place to sort this all out.’

An extract from Jason DiEmilio’s eulogy:

Jason suffered from a chronic and seemingly incurable pain. He had a seriously debilitating condition known as tinnitus and hypercusis that was brought about by extreme sound exposure; a result of playing in bands most of his life without protection for his ears. The nerve damage was severe and irreversible. Recently it had become even more acute. He held out for as long as he could and lived as he died. With grace and indefatigable courage. Jason was open to the simplest beauties of the world and never could stop being enraged at what fouled it.

An album launch party in Philadelphia in October should provide fans and the community surrounding the Azusa Plane with a celebration of Jason’s life work. 

 

****Album Launch Party****

OCTOBER 29th 2011, Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, USA           

Tickets $10.00 includes live music from Fuxa, Asteroid #4 and Mariner Nine, as well as a special screening of the live Azusa Plane gig as featured on the DVD.

Doors 7.30pm

Tickets here:  http://www.johnnybrendas.com/event/54893/

 

FULL TRACK LISTING FOR THE DVD:

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30 Minute live concert of Azusa Plane

Azusa Plane Music MP3 folders:

 

01 RESONATING SUBTLETIES

Hi, How Are You

Ode To The Mountain Goats

Pop World

George Harrison Plays Sitar

Emeralds

Underground Velvet

Cambridge

Pop World II

Khyber

Dream

 

02 7" SINGLES 1996-1997

Fall

Meander

Beyond Infinite

Every Wave Has Its Own Integrity

Hal

A Minimalist Plot To Destroy Modern Rockism

Fender: Six Strings Of Tonal And Atonal Vibrations

Moog: 32 Keys Of Polar And Bipolar Oscilations

She Was Into S&M And Bible Studies.

Calvin Johnson Has Saved Rock For An Entire Generation

Lou, Nico, Sterling, John, And Maureen

An Unrecognizeable Paradigm Shift

Mechanical Sound Constructions

 

03 7" SINGLES 1998-1999

The Last Of The Famous Electronic Playboys

Live At Leeds

Philadelphia 1999

Song For Claudia Cardinale

United States Direct Investment In Other Countries

 

04 10" and 12" SINGLES

Lou, Nico, John, Sterling And Maureen (Live)

 Hi, How Are You (Live)

Autumn Lament (Live)

Pop World (Live)

Lou, Nico, John, Sterling And Maureen (Live)

Autumn Lament (Live)

1863

1872

1875

1875 Part 2

A Magnetic Breakthrough

Eric Gaffney

Cheltenham  1

Cheltenham  2

 

05 COMPILATION TRACKS

Me And Wayne Rogers

Shooting Speed With Lou Reed

Two Views Of The New Zealand Landscape

Imperivm Neptvini Regis

Death Of A Microphone

Drinking Scotch With Delmore

 

06 MAGAZINE COMPILATION TRACKS

 

You Said I Could Bring My Guitar

An Acoustical Triumph

Song To The Killers

Tokyo Guitar Flashback

Implications Of Holomovement (Live)

 

07 CASSETTE TRACKS

Erone

Panic On The Streets Of London

Nebraska

Listening For The Dinosaur

The Magic Of Psychoacoustic Sound

 

08 TERRASTOCK 1 LIVE OUTTAKES (26thApril 1997)

Terrastock 1 Song 1

Terrastock 1 Song 2

Terrastock 1 Song 3

 

09 THE GARAGE LONDON LIVE OUTTAKES(14thSeptember 1997)

The Garage Song 1

The Garage Song 2

 

10 INTERVIEW WITH JASON DIEMILIO / UNRELEASED TRACK

Jason DiEmilio Interview

Silver Simeon

Tracklisting

  • 01.   CD ONE: Two Views Of The New Zealand Landscape
  • 02.   Meander
  • 03.   Every Wave Has Its Own Integrity
  • 04.   Eric Gaffney
  • 05.   Tokyo Guitar Flashback
  • 06.   Death Of A Microphone
  • 07.   Shooting Speed With Lou Reed
  • 08.   Lou, Nico, Sterling, John And Maureen
  • 09.   Live At Leeds
  • 10.   Fender: Six Strings Of Tonal And Atonal Vibrations
  • 11.   You Said I Could Bring My Guitar
  • 12.   United States Direct Investment In Other Countries
  • 13.   CD TWO: A Magnetic Breakthrough
  • 14.   Ode To The Mountain Goats
  • 15.   George Harrison Plays Sitar
  • 16.   Beyond Infinite
  • 17.   This Is Not Spacerock
  • 18.   Calvin Johnson Has Saved Rock For An Entire Generation
  • 19.   Cheltenham 1
  • 20.   Cheltenham 2
  • 21.   She Was Into S&M And Bible Studies. Not Everyone’s Cup Of Tea, She Would Admit To Me....
  • 22.   The Last Of The Famous Electronic Playboys
  • 23.   Me And Wayne Rogers
  • 24.   Mechanical Sound Construction

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