While on tour this year, esteemed sonic pioneer Tom Carter fell ill with a very severe case of pneumonia. Perhaps best known around these parts for his work with noise/experimental/minimalist/drone duo Charalambides, formed by Tom and Christina Carter in the early '90s and worshipped by the more subettanean currents of Texas musicians and listeners ever since, his music regularly defies classification. For those whose ear canals are willing to embrace the esoteric, it never fails to disappoint.
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Some of underground psychedelia's best record labels have teamed up to help Carter raise funds for his treatment. From HelpTomCarter.org:
"Volcanic Tongue is donating all proceeds from sales of Charalambides and Tom Carter and Christina Carter releases to Tom Carter and his family. Blackest Rainbow Recordings have also very generously offered all their available releases to VT with all proceeds going direct to Tom's fund.
Northern Spy Records is donating all proceeds from sales of Tom Carter/Marc Orleans self titled Eleven Twenty-Nine LPs, CDs and digital units.
The Emerald Cocoon label will be donating the proceeds from the sale of all remaining copies of Christina Carter's contribution to their Alone Together 7" series to the Tom Carter Recovery Fund. There are not many copies left."
Now is undoubtedly the time to stock up on all of these otherwordly records that you've always wanted. Carter and Marc Orleans' Eleven Twenty-Nine LP is probably one of the most enthralling and time-haulting electric instrumental records I've ever heard; sub-urban prototype blues that sounds just as primal as it does experimental. But of course, all of these releases are highly, highly recommended. As is helping support Carter and his invaluable musical legacy to this great state and the world. Links to purchase goods and learn more below: