Format: lp

Big Blood - Radio Valkyrie

Big Blood - Radio Valkyrie 1905 – 1917 ( / )

Big Blood “Radio Valkyrie 1905 – 1917” 2xlp Everything Is Improving This is only the second proper full-length LP by this Portland Maine-based duo, although there are vast arrays of CDRS and split releases littering their wake. After spending time with both the cosmically-shifting Cerberus Shoals and the folkily psychedelic Fire on Fire, Caleb Mukerin and Colleen Kinsella decided to opt for something more personal and hermetic. Thus, we have Big Blood. The band’s multi-phasic discography has thus far reminded people of everything from the Parson Sound to Opal to Portishead at different moments, yet none of these thumbnails comes close to capturing the elegant mystery of their essence. Sometime electric guitar lines weevil hauntingly in the aether while acoustics… Read more »

Mark Cunningham - Blood River Dusk

Mark Cunningham - Blood River Dusk ()

Mark Cunningham “Blood River Dusk” LP Edition of 300 Magnesia Convolution The debut solo album by Mark Cunningham (Mars, Don King, Raeo, Convolution,Bestia Ferida, etc.) was originally released on CD in 1997. The label went out of business almost immediately, however, so the project has been more or less unheard since it was recorded. We only learned about its existence in the course of working with Mark on our recent Mars LPs, and when he gave us a copy it pretty much blew us away. Mark’s trumpet tone on much of it reminds us all what a goddamn central record Miles Davis’s On the Corner was for the whole No Wave scene. The same weird muted tone is smeared all… Read more »

Fat Creeps / ZEBU! 12" Split

Fat Creeps, ZEBU! - Fat Creeps / ZEBU! 12″ Split ()

Edition of 600 in Red & Black Vinyl First vinyl outing by Fat Creeps, a Boston area trio (Lynn, Mass, actually), who have been brilliantly assaulting local audiences for the last year and a half. Like Montreal’s No Joy, Fat Creeps combine guitar tones developed specifically for shoegazing, with a garage-pop sensibility that will not be stilled. Vocally, I am also reminded of Barbara Manning’s classic early solo work (about the highest compliment I can offer), and there’s a great friction between alternating layers of lassitude and energy. This makes for a coarse and classic blend, sure to be gobbled like ear-candy by anyone who wanders anywhere near the disk. As Bryan Ferry might say, “Marvelous.” On the flip is… Read more »

Home Body - In Real Life

Home Body - In Real Life ( / )

Home Body “In Real Life” LP Edition of 500 RAM Music Video CD: LP: First LP by superbly talented Northampton MA duo, Haley Morgan and Eric Hnatow, who rewrite the basic DNA of electro-pop for their own nefarious purposes. They are capable of the sweet gesticulation for which the form is noted, and they do this with incredible aplomb. Staying away from the cute-ass rhyming-nada that so many of their peers use as stock-in-trade, when they opt for romantic aktion, they craft tunes that carry the weight of flat-out Buckingham/Knicks updates in terms of sheer perfection — multi-part femme-voiced songs of longing that explode with deep, fully-immersed emotional content, set inside of perfectly balanced guitar/key/percussion explorations. Outside of time or… Read more »


BeNe GeSSeRiT “MuLTiLiNGuaL SaD SoNGS, WeiRD JoKeS aND eXPeRiMeNTaL STuFF FoR uSe By GRoWN-uP CHiLDReN”  LP Edition of 300 with download Back when Dennis Tyfuss was still a goddamn baby, Alain Neffe and Naine Bal were already staining the Belgian soul with recordings released under the Bene Gesserit moniker. But here we are in 2013, and now, finally, the first US vinyl issue of this material has become available for human consumption. The performing name may have been copped from one of those priestess/nun types in Frank Herbert’s novel, Dune, but Bene hews to none of the known priestess/nun-ic forms of sound. There are admittedly, some space-whispers, but they quickly resolve themselves into something more annoying/interesting, so they manage to… Read more »

Tellavision - Music on Canvas

Tellavision - Music On Canvas ()

Gorgeous first LP by German visual/sound artist, Fee Kürten, whose previous work has been available only via the German Bloody Hands label. Singing in English, accompanying herself on electronics, harmonica and strings, Fee creates oddball vistas of minimal pop aktion reminiscent of early Young Marble Giants, mixed with overtones lifted straight from the women of the Neue Deutsch Welle, and the slangy delivery of Omnivore. The results are a beautiful, throbbing Euro-American art-pop hybrid that functions in truly Internationalist terms. Some of it is akin to the nudest American avant-garage inventions around, other parts bleed like the waffle-filled air of the deepest Belgian underground. Just when you think you have Tellavision’s modus operandi decoded, something different happens and you have… Read more »

Great Valley - Continental Lunch

Great Valley - Continental Lunch ()

Edition of 300 The third album by Brattleboro’s Great Valley, who walk as equals amongst the woggly dream pop giants from the charted region of the upper Connecticut River Valley. Like their brethren, Happy Jawbone (a member of whom surfaces hereon), Great Valley concoct a strange type of pop music, with certain similarities to musicians as disparate as California’s Van Dyke Parks and Pennsylvania’s Strapping Fieldhands, without yielding a single woof of their Brattleborian distinction. Blanche Blanche Blanche is also represented here by Zach Phillips, but Great Valley’s take on the Southern Vermont ethos remains unique. Much of the sound on Continental Lunch has a pointedly ruralist base. Individual notes could be credited to ZZ Top or even members of… Read more »

World Domination - Solar System Domination 2012

World Domination - Solar System Domination 2012 ()

World Domination “Solar System Domination 2012” LP Edition of 220 OUT OF PRINT! Live 9.12.13 Live 4.6.13 Anthony Pasquarosa is one of era’s most mutable performers. His first solo LP, recorded under the soubriquet Crystalline Roses, is an ingenious post-volk blend of acoustic feverings. Bur he has been equally active as a member of the hardcore trio Aerosols, the post-form fuck-duo SQRM, and Josh Burketts’ trad-folk unit, Frozen Corn. A regular customer at the store, Tony walked in with this demo one day back in 2013, and we were immediately smitten. His sonic vision included weird science fiction and a thug brevity worthy of Mick Farren’s Deviants or Michael Moorcock’s Deep Fix. The music was brutal space metal and the… Read more »

Happy Jawbone Xmas

Happy Jawbone Family Band - A Happy Jawbone Family X-Mas Gift To You, Vol. One: Operation Ho! Ho! Ho! ()

Edition of 300 OUT OF PRINT! The tradition of Christmas albums is at best a mixed bag. Naturally, this means there have been a decent number of fine disks releases in the genre, but they are few and far between. Blowfly’s Christmas Party, Bob Dylan’s Christmas in the Heart and the Poison Idea/Ray & Glover Single at Christmas are obvious gems. But there are far more losers than winners hiding in the stacks of any store’s Xmas section. Thankfully, Vermont’s Happy Jawbone Family Band have decided to make their “Santa play” this year, and the results will make any Noel a hell of a lot more Joyeux. The album plays like one of Eddie Gorodetsky’s legendary Christmas mixes, splicing together… Read more »