One of the most important and formative labels of all time, Shimmy-Disc was established in 1987 by musician and producer Kramer. Between 1987 and 1999, Shimmy-Disc released music from a vast array of artists such as Ween, Daniel Johnston, John Zorn’s Naked City, Jad Fair, King Missile, Kramer’s own bands B.A.L.L. and Bongwater (along with his numerous collaborations with ex-Soft Machine members Daevid Allen, Hugh Hopper and Robert Wyatt), Japanese noise heroes BOREDOMS and RUINS, the inimitable Reverend Fred Lane, and even some barely-musical exercises in “fringe” theatrical absurdities like GWAR. The label knew no bounds.
In 2020, Kramer was the Artist In Residence at Joyful Noise, a project which was intended not only to shine a light on Kramer as an artist, but to re-establish Shimmy-Disc as a label. Now Shimmy-Disc is back in full swing, releasing both digital and vinyl releases from new artists such as Gavin Preller and Emily Rodgers, as well as music veterans like Paul Leary.
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KRAMER's 20 years on JOHN ZORN's TZADIK label (1998-2017)
...an exploration into the eternal mysteries of Time, and the fleeting, fractured nature of Memory
When Shimmy-Disc was consumed by vengeance and greed in 1998, Kramer felt that it might be time to take a few steps back from music, and explore his lifelong interests in cinema and the theater arts. He was invited by Arthur Penn to join him at The Actors Studio in NYC, becoming the great director's sole student, assistant director, and theater music composer. It wasn't too long, however, before one of Kramer's oldest friends, John Zorn, called him up and scolded him over his abandonment of music. Zorn then proceeded to commission four projects over the span of nearly twenty years for his Tzadik Records label...