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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Albums

AH 017 Bill Orcutt - "Solo CD" (Untitled) album art Bill Orcutt "Solo CD" (Untitled)(CD, Album) Audible Hiss AH 017 US 1996 Sell This Version
PAL-002 Bill Orcutt - A New Way To Pay Old Debts album art Bill Orcutt A New Way To Pay Old Debts (Album) Palilalia Records PAL-002 US 2009 Sell This Version
Editions Mego 128V Bill Orcutt - How The Thing Sings album art Bill Orcutt How The Thing Sings (Album) Editions Mego Editions Mego 128V Austria 2011 Sell This Version
PAL-007 Bill Orcutt - Why Does Everybody Love Free Music But Nobody Loves Free People? album art Bill Orcutt Why Does Everybody Love Free Music But Nobody Loves Free People? Palilalia Records PAL-007 US 2012 Sell This Version
eMEGO 173 Bill Orcutt - A History Of Every One album art Bill Orcutt A History Of Every One (Album) Editions Mego eMEGO 173 Austria 2013 Sell This Version
PAL-011 Bill Orcutt - The Raw And The Cooked album art 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
PAL-028 Bill Orcutt - My Friends When I’m Not There album art Bill Orcutt My Friends When I’m Not There Palilalia Records PAL-028 US 2014 Sell This Version
UNROCK LP004 Bill Orcutt - Road Stories (Kali) album art Sir Richard Bishop* / Bill Orcutt Sir Richard Bishop* / Bill Orcutt - Road Stories (Kali) (Album) Unrock UNROCK LP004 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
VDSQ010, TW-V10 Bill Orcutt - VDSQ - Solo Acoustic Volume Ten album art Bill Orcutt VDSQ - Solo Acoustic Volume Ten(LP) Vin Du Select Qualitite, Thin Wrist Recordings VDSQ010, TW-V10 US 2014 Sell This Version
PAL-010 Bill Orcutt - Gerty Loves Pussy album art Bill Orcutt Gerty Loves Pussy Palilalia Records PAL-010 US 2014 Sell This Version
TLR-112 Bill Orcutt - Parallelogram album art 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
PAL-039 Bill Orcutt - Colonial Donuts  album art Bill Orcutt & Jacob Felix Heule Bill Orcutt & Jacob Felix Heule - Colonial Donuts (Album) Palilalia Records PAL-039 US 2015 Sell This Version
30 Bill Orcutt - Electric Guitar Duets album art Bill Orcutt and Michael Morley Bill Orcutt and Michael Morley - Electric Guitar Duets (Album) Land and Sea 30 US 2016 Sell This Version
FAKE-004 Bill Orcutt - Cracked Music album art Bill Orcutt Cracked Music(LP) Fake Estates FAKE-004 US 2016 Sell This Version
ROKU 017LP Bill Orcutt - Live At Cafe Oto album art Okkyung Lee / Bill Orcutt Okkyung Lee / Bill Orcutt - Live At Cafe Oto(LP, Album, Ltd) Otoroku ROKU 017LP UK 2016 Sell This Version
PAL-048 Bill Orcutt - Bill Orcutt album art Bill Orcutt Bill Orcutt (Album) Palilalia Records PAL-048 US 2017 Sell This Version
FAKE-006 Bill Orcutt - An Account Of The Crimes Of Peter Thiel And His Subsequent Arrest, Trial And Execution  album art 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
PAL-053 Bill Orcutt - Brace Up! album art Corsano* & Orcutt* Corsano* & Orcutt* - Brace Up!(LP, Album) Palilalia Records PAL-053 US 2018 Sell This Version
FAKE-009 Bill Orcutt - Neu Bros / OK Phone / Rural Beatles album art Bill Orcutt Neu Bros / OK Phone / Rural Beatles(LP) Fake Estates FAKE-009 US 2018 Sell This Version
UNROCKLP014 Bill Orcutt - Electric Smog album art 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
PAL-056 Bill Orcutt - Odds Against Tomorrow album art Bill Orcutt Odds Against Tomorrow (Album) Palilalia Records PAL-056 US 2019 Sell This Version
FAKE-012 Bill Orcutt - New Words From The OED album art Bill Orcutt New Words From The OED(Lathe, LP) Fake Estates FAKE-012 US 2019 Sell This Version
Fake-011 Bill Orcutt - Live In L.A.  album art Bill Orcutt Live In L.A. (LP, Ltd) Fake Estates Fake-011 US 2019 Sell This Version
fake-014 Bill Orcutt - Slow Troll album art Bill Orcutt Slow Troll(3xCD, Ltd) Fake Estates fake-014 US 2020 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

PAL-001 Bill Orcutt - High Waisted b/w Big Ass Nails album art Bill Orcutt High Waisted b/w Big Ass Nails(7", Ltd) Palilalia Records PAL-001 US 2009 Sell This Version

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poneromusikologist

poneromusikologist

April 2, 2015
edited over 5 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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