Now Is Olivia Block

Now Is Olivia Block

On August 6th, Ben Remsen and Olivia Block spent a couple hours in the former's apartment in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, listening to eight tracks related in some way or another to her work. Here is what she had to say.

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photo credit: Ryan Lowry for the Chicago Reader

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Intro: “Heave To, part 1”
Olivia Block
from Heave To
physical copies sold out, but available digitally from Olivia's Bandcamp page

Outro: “Opening Night”
Olivia Block
from Karren
available from Sedimental Records

“Restrained From Do and Will Not (Leave)”
from When in Vanitas . . .
available from Skingraft Records

Thymme Jones, drums
Darin Gray, electric bass
Dylan Posa, guitar
Jim O'Rourke, guitar, organ, tape, razor blade, mixing

“Presque rien n°4, la remontée du village, 1990-1998”
Luc Ferrari
from from Presque Rien (1990-98)
available from Recollections GRM

nmperign / Jason Lescalleet
from Love Me Two Times
available from Intransitive Records

Bhob Rainey, saxophone
Greg Kelley, trumpet
Jason Lascalleet, electronics

“Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)”
Christian Fennesz
from Fennesz Plays
once but no longer available from Editions Mego

“Head Rhythm 1 and Plaything 2”
Maryanne Amacher
from Sound Characters (Making The Third Ear)
available from Tzadik Records

“Numbers Station” excerpt
Created by actual spies, apparently
from The Conet Project: Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations
available from Irdial Records

“Dust Breeding”
Christian Marclay
from Records (1981-1989)
available from Atavistic Records

from A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure
available from Matador Records

M C Schmidt, electronics
Drew Daniel, electronics