Bill Orcutt

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Guitarist. Based in San Francisco, California, USA.
Former guitarist and founder of the noise/punk rock duo Harry Pussy (later a trio).
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AH 017 Bill Orcutt "Solo CD" (Untitled)(CD, Album) Audible Hiss AH 017 US 1996 Sell This Version
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PAL-002 A New Way To Pay Old Debts — Bill Orcutt Bill Orcutt A New Way To Pay Old Debts (Album) Palilalia Records PAL-002 US 2009 Sell This Version
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Editions Mego 128V How The Thing Sings — Bill Orcutt Bill Orcutt How The Thing Sings (Album) Editions Mego Editions Mego 128V Austria 2011 Sell This Version
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PAL-007 Why Does Everybody Love Free Music But Nobody Loves Free People? — Bill Orcutt Bill Orcutt Why Does Everybody Love Free Music But Nobody Loves Free People? Palilalia Records PAL-007 US 2012 Sell This Version
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eMEGO 173 A History Of Every One — Bill Orcutt Bill Orcutt A History Of Every One (Album) Editions Mego eMEGO 173 Austria 2013 Sell This Version
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PAL-011 The Raw And The Cooked — Bill Orcutt Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt - The Raw And The Cooked(LP, W/Lbl) Palilalia Records PAL-011 US 2013 Sell This Version
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PAL-028 My Friends When I’m Not There — Bill Orcutt Bill Orcutt My Friends When I’m Not There Palilalia Records PAL-028 US 2014 Sell This Version
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UNROCK LP004 Road Stories (Kali) — Bill Orcutt Sir Richard Bishop* / Bill Orcutt Sir Richard Bishop* / Bill Orcutt - Road Stories (Kali) (Album) Unrock UNROCK LP004 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
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VDSQ010, TW-V10 VDSQ - Solo Acoustic Volume Ten — Bill Orcutt Bill Orcutt VDSQ - Solo Acoustic Volume Ten(LP) Vin Du Select Qualitite, Thin Wrist Recordings VDSQ010, TW-V10 US 2014 Sell This Version
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PAL-010 Gerty Loves Pussy — Bill Orcutt Bill Orcutt Gerty Loves Pussy Palilalia Records PAL-010 US 2014 Sell This Version
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TLR-112 Parallelogram — Bill Orcutt Thurston Moore & John Moloney, Caught On Tape / Bishop*, Orcutt*, Corsano* Thurston Moore & John Moloney, Caught On Tape / Bishop*, Orcutt*, Corsano* - Parallelogram (Album) Three Lobed Recordings TLR-112 US 2015 Sell This Version
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PAL-039 Colonial Donuts  — Bill Orcutt Bill Orcutt & Jacob Felix Heule Bill Orcutt & Jacob Felix Heule - Colonial Donuts (Album) Palilalia Records PAL-039 US 2015 Sell This Version
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30 Electric Guitar Duets — Bill Orcutt Bill Orcutt and Michael Morley Bill Orcutt and Michael Morley - Electric Guitar Duets (Album) Land and Sea 30 US 2016 Sell This Version
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FAKE-004 Cracked Music — Bill Orcutt Bill Orcutt Cracked Music(LP) Fake Estates FAKE-004 US 2016 Sell This Version
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ROKU 017LP Live At Cafe Oto — Bill Orcutt Okkyung Lee / Bill Orcutt Okkyung Lee / Bill Orcutt - Live At Cafe Oto(LP, Album, Ltd) Otoroku ROKU 017LP UK 2016 Sell This Version
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PAL-048 Bill Orcutt — Bill Orcutt Bill Orcutt Bill Orcutt (Album) Palilalia Records PAL-048 US 2017 Sell This Version
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FAKE-006 An Account Of The Crimes Of Peter Thiel And His Subsequent Arrest, Trial And Execution  — Bill Orcutt Bill Orcutt An Account Of The Crimes Of Peter Thiel And His Subsequent Arrest, Trial And Execution (LP) Fake Estates FAKE-006 US 2017 Sell This Version
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PAL-053 Brace Up! — Bill Orcutt Corsano* & Orcutt* Corsano* & Orcutt* - Brace Up!(LP, Album) Palilalia Records PAL-053 US 2018 Sell This Version
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FAKE-009 Neu Bros / OK Phone / Rural Beatles — Bill Orcutt Bill Orcutt Neu Bros / OK Phone / Rural Beatles(LP) Fake Estates FAKE-009 US 2018 Sell This Version
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UNROCKLP014 Electric Smog — Bill Orcutt Dwarfs of East Agouza* / Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt Dwarfs of East Agouza* / Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt - Electric Smog (Single, Album) Unrock UNROCKLP014 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
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PAL-056 Odds Against Tomorrow — Bill Orcutt Bill Orcutt Odds Against Tomorrow (Album) Palilalia Records PAL-056 US 2019 Sell This Version
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FAKE-012 New Words From The OED — Bill Orcutt Bill Orcutt New Words From The OED(Lathe, LP) Fake Estates FAKE-012 US 2019 Sell This Version
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Fake-011 Live In L.A.  — Bill Orcutt Bill Orcutt Live In L.A. (LP, Ltd) Fake Estates Fake-011 US 2019 Sell This Version
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PAL-062 Reasons I Am Great — Bill Orcutt Bill Orcutt Reasons I Am Great Palilalia Records PAL-062 US 2020 Sell This Version
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end#8 WARSZAWA — Bill Orcutt Bill Orcutt WARSZAWA (Album) Endless Happiness end#8 Poland 2020 Sell This Version

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poneromusikologist

poneromusikologist

April 2, 2015
edited over 8 years ago
the flatulent motorcycle throttle/exhaust piiiipe exhales and corroborates San Francisco as the locus of the very much intimately live recording, consistent with the printed information next door to McLauglin and Santana's headlessly collaged image of the album cover.
the burping two-wheeler is an expected but unintentional intrusion on a solo acoustic guitar full-length and it manages to leave soon-fading tire tracks on the overall audibility but to the unexpected benefit of the listener. This ambient figment is welcomed into the ecology of the recording because it is a home recording recorded at home and home knows where it is and how its neighboring environment expresses itself. the idiosyncratic technique of the instrumental manipulation is profoundly manual; the pull-offs, anxious strumming and string mangling and caresses and rude slaps, seem to announce music made by hands first, artist second. at first it seems the guitar itself is the front man but this impression gives quickly way to a plethora of grips, touches, dampenings, presses, flicks and tickles that say "I am the storied hands of an artist man".
This kind of playing and this kind of music arises from an unaccompanied person spending time with their instrument every day without the interference of established pedagogues or scholastic opionions on its operation. over time a very personal style emerges, developing itself in a way in which the method and the result are singular.
The playing boasts exquisite silences where no hands can play what is being heard by the artist, but, miraculously, a focused listener can psychically tune in on the intent of the impossible passage behind the fleeting tacet; this is possible because the player's concentration is total.
How the sublime beauty of this American Raga Rock Deconstructivist-Blues thing stuck its viscous head from out the ass of South Zfloridian Znoise Zrock I do not understand.
I see contemporaries of Orcutt in the fretted executions of Rat Bastard and the late Dan Hosker, but do not assert a definite parentage or stylistic contamination thereof.
What is certain is that HARRY PUSSY are probably the best Noise Rock band ever, they were what SONIC YOUTH is assumed to be, and that the music of Bill Orcutt is valuable, American, autonomous, nonidiomatic and orphaned. what is unusual is that it is both relevant AND listenable in so many musical contexts and some how sits shoulder to shoulder inbetween Robert Johnson and Derek Bailey but doesn't recognize --and only reticently acknowledges them.

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