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Swans & Cop Shoot Cop members team up for Martin Bisi’s ‘BC35′ LP & release show (listen)

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Underground NYC music producer Martin Bisi is celebrating the 35th anniversary of BC Studio this year with a compilation album, BC35: The 35th Anniversary of BC Studio, due April 20 via Bronson Recordings. Bisi founded the studio in 1979 with Brian Eno and Bill Laswell, and it’s where he recorded Sonic Youth, Swans, Unsane, Afrika Bambaataa, Herbie Hancock, John Zorn and countless other acts over the years.

The new album features performances recorded live at BC Studio in January 2016, “consisting of improvised pieces, as well as songs written exclusively for the occasion,” by current and former members of Sonic Youth, Swans, Foetus, Cop Shoot Cop, The Dresden Dolls, and more.

We’re premiering a jam from the session called “What A Jerk,” which features Algis Kizys (who was in Swans in the ’90s and more recently plays with Lydia Lunch), Phil Puleo (of the most recent Swans lineup and Cop Shoot Cop), and two other Cop Shoot Cop members, Jack Nantz and Jim Coleman. The quartet are calling themselves EXCOP, and the song is exactly the kind of dark noise attack that you’d expect from a lineup like this. Listen below.

EXCOP are playing the album release show at Saint Vitus on April 20, which also features Martin Bisi’s project Nowhere Near (featuring current and former members of Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore, Lydia Lunch’s band, and more), New Old Skull (all original Live Skull members), White Hills, and Tidal Channel. Tickets are on sale now.

Martin Bisi
Martin Bisi (photo by Joan Hacker)
EXCOP at BC Studio (photo by Walter Wlodarczyk)

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