Elf Bagatellen, by the SCHLIPPENBACH TRIO
Touch the Earth, Break the Shells, by KOWALD | SMITH | SOMMER
We’re thrilled to announce the opening of the Destination: OUT download store. We’re offering high quality downloads of adventurous jazz albums (and albums only) that we love. Everything we offer will be hand-picked as something we think is worthy of your hard-earned dollars and something that isn’t for sale anywhere else on the inter-webs.
To launch this venture, we’re proud to be the exclusive online retailer for the legendary European jazz/creative music label FMP!
THE GODHEAD OF EURO JAZZ AND FREE IMPROV
As many of you know, FMP’s back catalog is a treasure trove of some of the most important music of the 1970s, 80s, and beyond. These include essential classics by Peter Brötzmann, Globe Unity Orchestra, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Evan Parker, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Even if you’re typically not a fan of the more Euro/free improv strain of jazz, FMP’s best releases serve as an ideal bridge and gateway into an exciting sound world. They’ll rearrange any preconceptions you might have.
OUT OF PRINT, Y’ALL
None of FMP’s albums have previously been for sale as downloads. Even more surprising: all hard copies of their catalog are sadly out-of-print. It’s a distressing state of affairs for music lovers. So the Destination: OUT store is all too happy to rectify this situation. We’re the only way to purchase this great music, aside from the second-hand marketplace.
JUST THE START
We’re be rolling out a couple of additional titles every few weeks. We’re starting with two favorites, from two key bands in the FMP stable — the essential trios of Peter Kowald, Wadada Leo Smith, and Gunter Sommer; and Schlippenbach, Evan Parker, and Paul Lovens.
TOUCH THE EARTH
This choice was partially inspired by the amazing performance of Touch the Earth II at this year’s Vision Festival. We realized how many people had been sleeping on this group’s phenomenal music – including us! The singular combination of Wadada Leo Smith’s piercing trumpet, Gunter Sommer’s acrobatic percussion, and Peter Kowald’s probing bass is both playful and profound. This package is also an amazing value – combining both the group’s FMP albums onto a single CD.
GIVE ‘EM THE SCHLIP
We liked Elf Bagatellen so much that we featured a few tunes in an early post. At the time we called the eleven songs that make up the album “bite size mood morsels.” While in the same entry we noted that the tunes were “No less intense. No less multidimensional. No less challenging” for their relatively short length. Not as raw or pummeling, perhaps, as Pakastani Pomade, but equally arresting and beautifully captured on tape. In many ways, it’s the ideal introduction to Schlippenbach’s work.
OKAY, BUT WHAT’S THE PRICE?
For the next two weeks, we’re offering these two albums for A SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE OF $7.99 EACH. That’s for 320k MP3s, FLAC files, AAC, Ogg Vorbis – your choice – via the trusted BandCamp platform. You’ll also get high quality scans of the artwork and liner notes (or whatever made up the original CD booklet). After two weeks, the price for the albums goes up to $9.99.
Hard copies of these albums normally retailed as imports for a minimum of $18.99. So hopefully you’ll agree this price is reasonable. The vast majority of the purchase price goes to the label and artists. A small portion goes to our store platform, and an equally small piece to D:O. This money will help us defray the increasing costs of running the site.
When you buy these downloads, you’re supporting FMP, the musicians, and Destination: OUT. We don’t take your support for granted and really appreciate it if you can purchase copies, spread the word to friends, etc.
If you have enjoyed the music we’ve offered over the years, here’s a chance to give something back — and get something great in the bargain. The link at the top of the page — “D:O D/L Store,” under the logo — will always bring to you our complete offerings at any given time. As with everything we try here, we welcome and encourage your feedback. Please let us know what you think, if you run into any problems, and if you have suggestions on where to go next.