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Practical Records is a small cassette label that proposes an alternative means of distributing music through events, recordings, and text.
I pick up a musical instrument and produce a sequence of tones. These tones enchant my surroundings and me as I produce them. At some point I grow tired, the tones cease, and the enchantment passes. My favorite quotation about this phenomenon can be heard on the Radio Hilversum recording of Eric Dolphy's last concert, which took place in 1964... Dolphy said: "When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone in the air; you can never recapture it again." What I produced has vanished without a trace; it created no value—nor, however, did it depend on a providential nature and the miracles of the land of milk and honey. It was me.

— Diedrich Diedrichsen

Rachel Mason
Das Ram

Das Ram represents Mason's attempt at encapsulating a lifelong obsession with the hybrid-nonhuman experience.

In scripts, sculpture, rock operas, performances and songs spanning over a decade, Mason has created imagined worlds where animals, objects, mythological creatures and all forms of non-human entities have taken shape through her body and voice. The first nonhuman-human hybrid character Mason embodied in this way was called Terrestrial Being. In one early performance, the character scaled an 8 story building with no ropes.

30 minutes, cassette
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Tyler Matthew Oyer

In 1980 a series of spells were embedded within the sound waves of a number of popular songs. These spells were engineered to enter the minds of listeners and dismantle the white supremacist, capitalist, imperialist, patriarchal pathologies that characterize American domination. Within hours, the CIA and NASA unleashed a counter spell that contained the sound waves in wind, rain, snow, and dust storms, disabiling their power to enact change. Release tells this story, searches for the missing pieces, and seeks to conjure new spells for a different tomorrow.

15 minutes, cassette
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Grand Lady Dance House
Dance Music

So the tea devotee is one who finds his interest in spheres that are apart from the ordinary spheres of life and remote from the dust of this world. There is a certain oddness about him as well as his Tea-house.

For many Westerners a house is a thing, an object, or as the Bauhaus theorists defined it, a "machine for living." But to the Japanese it is a context— or rather a shifting set of smaller contexts within a larger one.

The floor platform, raised about eighteen inches above the ground on piers, is covered with straw tatami mats approximately three feet by six feet in size, roughly the area occupied by a reclining human body. The tatami mat is the basic building module; a room or entire house is measured by the number of mats it contains. The mats are straw in a soft textured beige, quiet to walk on, pleasant to touch and to sit upon, removable for cleaning.

It’s daytime, the light is dim, because the low, overhanging parts of the roof only let a few sun rays in. Everything is a sober color, including what everyone is wearing. Every thing is old and faded, because to buy new things is impolite, except for our shorts and the dress, which are both new and clean. Everything is clean. There is no dirt, even in the corners. This house is only a short term shelter for our bodies. Our bodies are like flimsy shacks made with grass in the woods.

15 minutes, cassette
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& The Memories Band

30 minutes, cassette
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Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal & Brandon Drew Holmes
Art Isn't Fair/Grandma's Boy

Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal is over being an art critic but will probably still do it for the money and vague institutional recognition. Brandon Drew Holmes is the son of Mia Vaughn and Baskerville Holmes.

30 minutes, cassette
Julius Smack
Tomb Songs

This tomb is littered with junk, broken vases, old technology and shredded paper. This album sings the sound of a cluttered hallway. This album stands in long lines at the club. What does the statue on that hill see 100 years from now? These are the world's tomb songs sung by Julius Smack.

30 minutes, cassette
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Your Motion Says: An Arthur Russell Tribute

Your Motion Says: an Arthur Russell Tribute was a 3-day music and dance festival in Los Angeles celebrating Russell's 56th birthday. It was performed at Human Resources and Pehrspace. Featuring covers of Arthur Russell's music by Michael Vidal & Douglas James Sweeney, Mo Dotti, Julius Smack & Pauline Lay, and Gee Weaver.

30 minutes, cassette
Wizard Apprentice
Keep It In, Keep It Out

Keep It In, Keep It Out is a documentation of emotional states and psychedelic/sensory experiences from 2013. I hope it resonates with the listener.
— Wizard Apprentice

30 minutes, cassette
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Julius Smack

Hollywood and the surrounding area have numerous sites that are believed to be inhabited by the spirits of deceased celebrities. For example, the ghost of actress Peg Entwistle, who committed suicide by jumping off the Hollywood Sign in the Hollywood Hills, has reportedly been seen near the sign. Some apparitions have been reported as being sighted at more than one location in the area.

30 minutes, cassette

OLINGLINGO is a ceremony that invokes our ancestral memories from past and future, earth and outer-space. In a total submergence of song, movement, video and language, the OLINGLINGOANS move ecstatically through prismatic portals, conjuring ancestoric magic to heal and give thanks. In an embodied collective reminiscence, we remember we are all baby ancients ruled by ancient love. This is our decolonizing spaceship. We are all spaceships. We are all OLINGLINGO.

30 minutes, cassette
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