P.O. Box 70012
Houston TX. 77270
Fax: (713) 526-7706
“kurt” at “soundexchange dot com”
Since the seeming demise of folks like Sound Virus and Lazy Squid, Fleece is actually one of the few record label bastions of experimental music left in this town (at least, as far as I can tell, and I’m no expert). By “experimental,” I generally mean that the bands they release play music that, well, isn’t for everybody – but hey, if you’re adventurous… Anyway, it’s run by Kurt, the “experimental music god” down at SoundEx (who, by the way, is a cool guy). He hasn’t been going long, but he’s already racked up an impressive number of releases – CDs by local heroes Rusted Shut and Kable (including a new one), a jointly-released (Wholly Other) album by the coolly-named Ash Castles On The Ghost Coast, a comp of some of the noisier local bands (Dry Nod, Dave Dove Paul Duo, etc.), a benefit CD for Ptolemaic Terrascope, an odd little British magazine (this one’s a joint release w/Worship Guitars, too), and Thaumaticron, the latest CD by the ex-The Mike Gunn member known as Dunlavy (and his first U.S. release). phew…
Plus, he’s got lots of other stuff in the works, like new albums from improvisational guitar player Philip Gayle, Rotten Piece, Klak (space-drone stuff), Dry Nod, Dunlavy, and Rusted Shut, a reissue of the classic Culturcide album, Year One, and a non-Houston release, an LP from King Frog (one-half of Noggin, from Portland). To be honest, I can’t say most of this stuff is really my “thing,” but my taste isn’t the only one that matters, here – if you want noisy, strange, innovative music, this is the place.