2019-03-11MANDATORY REALITY PRE-ORDERS
beautiful people. pre-orders are scheduled to ship first week of april, or thereabouts. when pre-ordering, please bear in mind that eremite is one of two dudes in a cave, & that handmade records take time. eremite packages mandatory reality in a double-walled LP mailer (bags unlimited box MLPB12snug) with x4 cardboard "filler pads." all together, the packaging, heavyweight gatefold sleeve & x2 LPs weigh nearly three pounds, meaning a high shipping cost on international orders. i will experiment with another packaging option soon that, if successful, may bring down the cost to ship internationally. in the meantime, all orders --without exception-- will be sent using the packaging described above.
one idea to bring down international shipping cost is to combine your order for mandatory reality with your trusted friend's order of mandatory reality.
2019-03-10MANDATORY REALITY 4 STAR REVIEW IN MOJO
"In the fertile & interconnected Chicago music scene, Josh Abrams has been a discreetly important presence for over 20 years: jamming with Tortoise, backing Will Oldham, sharing band members with Ryley Walker, playing bass with a constellation of local jazz notables. Of late, his energies have been concentrated on this shifting collective, where his hybrid of spiritual jazz & the most patient kind of minimalism can be fully realized. Mandatory Reality, the fifth NIS record, is their best yet, with Abrams' guimbri --a three-stringed African lute-- leading his crack band through long-form trance-outs that are equal parts Don Cherry & Phillip Glass. "In Memory's Prism" sustains the mood for a stately 24 minutes, only for "Finite" to take up directly where it left off, & run for another 40. The restraint, especially from the horn section, is astonishing: the overall effect absorbing to the point of transcendence." --John Mulvey
2019-03-01JA&NIS in CHICAGO READER
"joshua abrams & natural information society bottle hypnosis on mandatory reality"
2019-02-19MANDATORY REALITY & JA&NIS EUROPE MARCH 2019
friends of eremite records, here's an update on the forthcoming joshua abrams & natural information society record, mandatory reality. eremite is sorting out some production issues with the pressing plant --vinyl manufacturing 2019, WHAT IT IS. JA&NIS will have copies of the double LP for sale at their continental europe concerts in march, tour itinerary below. pre-sale for direct mail order copies of the double LP (mte-70/71) & double CD (mte-71/72) coming soon --here. april 12, 2019 is the new 'official' release date.
JA&NIS EUROPE MARCH 2019
07 III art institute chicago (pre-flight, supporting body/head)
09 III trafo budapest
12 III cankerjev dom ljubljana
13 III bad bonn dudingen
14 III taklos festival zurich
15 III le bourg lausanne
16 III sienna
17 III caos terni
18 III santeria social club milano
19 III dobia lab staranzano
20 III a4 bratislava