Format: lp

Lauri McNamara - Knobby Knoll ()

LP Edition of 200. Includes Download slip. Lauri McNamara is one of the crazies who makes the New England sub-underground such a richly interesting universe to inhabit. She worked off and on with the late, lamented Egg Eggs, but her main focus has always been on solo performance, accompanying herself on ukelele. A few other people make the presence felt on her debut LP, Knobby Knoll, but let’s not get bogged down in their details. ‘Cause really, this is Lauri’s show, no matter who else might be sitting in. Unlike the many idiots who play uke, emphasizing its child-like qualities, Lauri handles the little axe like an adult. In her hands the instrument is just a guitar with a more… Read more »

Willie Lane - Known Quantity ()

LP Edition of 500 includes download code. Release Date – Dec. 14th PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE –  Newly remastered reissue of Willie Lane’s 2009 solo guitar LP, originally released on his own Cord Art label. Over the last few years, this album has been requested at the store more often than just about any other, but it sold out not long after it was issued and has risen in price consistently since that time. Listening to Known Quantity it’s not hard to understand why it has such a strong rep. Lane came out the Hampshire College scene that aligned itself with the Apostasy Records crowd (Krefting, Shaw, Rosenblum, etc.). His first known recordings were actually with some of the noisier experimental units… Read more »

More Klementines - More Klementines ()

LP Edition of 124 Co-Released with Twin Lakes Records Vinyl District Review Back in the dawn of one era or another there was a Connecticut trio known as Myty Konkeror. In 2011 they cut a heavy-ass lathe LP called I Miss the Future. The album was full of loud guitars and textures that scraped your face if you put it too close to the speakers. But that was a gentler time. Now we are in the age of rage, and the three gentlemen who once ruled as Myty Konkeror have changed direction entirely. Their new moniker is More Klementines, their new album is entitled More Klementines, and their new sound is designed to smooth rather than ruffle our savage breasts…. Read more »

Bryan Gillig - Limited Grace ()

LP Edition of 200. Includes download code. Cover art by Loren Burke. Limited Grace is a lyrical hitchhike expedition through a psychedelic rural universe where time is nebulous and navigational tools are frowned upon. Through words, voice and sound, Gillig take us through cosmic swamps, ghostly clearings, mountain tops at night without a tent, shacks built along riverbanks but without running water, and dark desert highways soaked in silence except for the sound of a gas tank running on little more than fumes. Using the imagery of small, concrete moments, he tells us unique yet epically familiar stories without the frills of any particular plotline. While his first release, Cave Trilogy (FTR 188), was a 3LP set of songs recorded… Read more »

Tarp - Part ()

LP Edition of 300. Comes with Download Slip. Co-Released with There Is No Trouble In Denmark In 1975, the critic Lester Bangs was seen moaning in the pages of Creem about the anti-emotionalism of the German band, Kraftwerk, and their whole concept of the man-machine. Skip ahead 43 years. Bangs is long dead, and the man-machine is thriving. As proof of this, one need look no further than the new Tarp LP, Part. Trapped inside its insanely lovely cover art (courtesy of Greta Svalberg), one finds the two hulking man-machines (Conrad Capistran and Joshua Burkett) attempting to figure out if it’s okay for robots to hug each other in public. Right in the center of the highway, even. Heard in… Read more »

Arkm Foam - Bloodroot Spitball ()

LP Edition of 200 with download code. Vinylization of a CDR released by Josh Burkett’s Mystra Records by this great cassette manipulator, who was long a central part of the Boston Whitehaus scene.  Bloodroot Spitball is a bit different from Foam’s other releases (such as Ftrcs/Cdr342, among others) since it incorporates a bunch of “real” instruments into the mix. There’s even another player, when Andy Allen joins a track to play clarinet. That track, “Clarimello,” may be one of my faves here because the friction between live music and taped/manipulated music is always a treat to hear when it’s done well. And this is. The second side is a suite, recorded on the street in Greenfield, while doing something or… Read more »

Jerman Barnes - The Finger’d Remove ( / )

LP (45 RPM) Edition of 200 with Download Code. Jerman Barnes sounds like fancy men’s shoe brand, but it’s actually a duo comprised of two of the American underground’s most prolific wanderers — Jeph Jerman and Tim Barnes. Jeph had explored everything from primitively brilliant free jazz with Blowhole to deep electronic explorations under the name Hands To, although in the latter part of the ’90s he shifted his focus to music made with found natural objects. Tim Barnes entered our consciousness as fluent master of experimentally canted percussion before he threw us a curve by joining Matt Valentine’s Tower Recordings ensemble and going deep-prole for a while. Regardless, he and Jeph started releasing duo recordings almost 15 years ago,… Read more »

Wendy Eisenberg - Time Machine ()

LP Edition of 250 with Download Code. Time Machine is a reissue of a 2017 cassette, and represents the first vinyl issued by Wendy Eisenberg, a peripatetic improviser and composer currently based in Amherst Mass. We first heard of Wendy when she was playing with a blasted quartet called Birthing Hips, whose NNA cassette was an instant classic. Since then she’s begun a solo career that branches off in a lot of directions simultaneously. She has an album of post-form noise-metal (in trio with Trevor Dunn and Ches Smith) due soon on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. She has an LP of acoustic guitar improvs coming up on Steve Lowenthal’s VDSQ imprint. And then there’s Time Machine — a gloriously intimate… Read more »

Dead Girl's Party - The Thing’s Ive Lost ()

LP Edition of 300. Download Slip Included. Psychedelic Baby Mag Interview Recorded in fits and starts, while the artists worked on their moontans amidst strong waters, the sole release by Dead Girls Party was originally issued on cassette by the Entr’acte label. Since that tape now goes for a ben-and-a-half, we realized it was time to make a vinyl document of these young jazz immortals. Scott “Pfennig” Foust (XX Committee, IFCO, Tart & the founding philosopher of the Anti-Natural movement) and Matt “Ha’Penny” Krefting (Son of Earth, Believers, Duck, MK Unit, etc.) decided to do this stuff because they were hanging out a bunch, and 2009 seemed like a “down” year to them. What better to inflate its core than… Read more »

Wet Tuna - Livin’ the Die ()

LP Edition of 500. Includes insert and bumper sticker and Download Slip. OUT OF PRINT ! LP Edition of 500. Pressed in Purple Vinyl with Clear Splatter. Includes Insert and Download Slip. Covers Printed by Stoughton. TinyMixTapes The Wire Review by Emily Bick STILL-SINGLE DUSTED RAVEN SINGS THE BLUES RECORDCRATESUNITED RELIX Utterly boo-licious debut slab by this new duo, made up of Matt “MV” Valentine and Pat “P.G. Six” Gubler, who have been in cahoots since the near-forgotten days of Memphis Luxure. The pair (mostly known for guitar-aktion) create a full band’s worth of jams using percussion and keys and all-else. The results make for one of the more mind-melting platters to’ve hit the Valley in a good while. Like many… Read more »