Salvatore - The Kermes Infestation 3 x C90

This is an almost mythical release from 1996.

Salvatore (aka K Salvatore) are Jason Meagher (who also records with Coach Fingers and The Helix) and Pat Murano (who records as Decimus and as a member of Key Of Shame, Malkuth, Raajmahal and Safiyya). Both are also members of No-Neck Blues Band. They also recorded at least one tape with Dylan Nyoukis as Beautifull Music Company which was released on Dylan's Chocolate Monk label (if anybody has that one to share, I'd be prepared to love you for a short while).

These tapes are the result of weekly meetings where they scuplted a series of six continuous improvisations. They were then ostensibly released in an edition of ten copies on NNCK's Sound@One label but were in effect given away to friends and family...and they disappeared from public gaze.

They have recently been resurrected in vinyl form as a lavish six-disc boxset on Italy's Planam label. Presumably, there has been some editing in the vinyl version given the length of the taped improvisations and I'm not sure if there has been any remastering. The label does not appear to have an obvious internet presence. However, Planam is a sub-division of Alga Marghen which has a presence on facebook...I just can't engage with that platform so don't know how much information is available there. What I do know is that there are only 145 copies of the LP version and they are relatively expensive. I also know that this music would sound truly astonishing on vinyl. You can still find it in some distros so hopefully this will inspire some to go and pick it up before it disappears again!

Planam have described this as "Akin to a 5+ hour kidnapping ordeal that culminates, not with freedom restored, but instead disembowlment in a sad man's bathtub." Hmmm...maybe.

This is free jazz inspired, freak folked acid fried psychedelia.

Tape 1

Tape 2

Tape 3


Anonymous,  17 May 2013 at 06:06  

free jazz inspired, freak folked acid fried psychedelia - its sound really good. and it is NNCK'family. I try it!


blee,  17 May 2013 at 07:38  

Thank you for these. I've been looking for releases by K. Salvatore after being turned onto them from the My Castle of Quiet show on WFMU. So glad you've been updating again, really enjoy your blog. thanks for turning me on to new music.

communist,  18 May 2013 at 10:30  

pretty good. thanks!

Ray Garraty 17 September 2015 at 10:08  

please re-up this one. it was the only source for this on the net.

badgerstump 17 September 2015 at 19:25  

Hi Ray

I've always been reticent to start with reposts ... there are so many dead links and they are all some of our favourite things (that's why they were posted after all) ...

This escaped me and drove me crazy for many many years until it fell into my hands and was later posted ... it seems extremely rude of me not to repost ... it's on my list of things to do (and will repost the K-Salvatore at the same time). It might be a couple of weeks but there is work and life that interferes with the blog ... just remember, when the repost request floodgates open ... it's all your fault!