Releases

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 »

Michael Hurley - Living Ljubljana ()

LP Release Date – Nov. 2nd, 2018 – Pre-Order Available In March 1995, soon after the German Veracity label issued Wolfways, and just before they did Parsnips Snips (Hurley’s first vinyl after an nine year drought), the Great Snock undertook his first European tour. Joined by bassist Robert Michener (from the Richmond scene Hurley’d been involved in) and percussionist Mickey Bones (legendary Boston drummer & bones player), Hurley hit a bunch of places and Germany and also KLUB K4 in Ljulljana Slovenia, where this set was recorded. The sound is beautiful, the band plays with lazy perfection, and Hurley’s vocals are energetically melodic. He does some songs that were only released on the series of cassettes that immediately preceded Wolfways… Read more »

State Champion - Send Flowers ()

LP Edition of 1000. Co-Release W/ Sophomore Lounge Release Date – November 9th, 2018 – Pre-Order Available –  Although I have lately taken to associating Louisville’s Ryan Davis with the maniacal blurt of Tropical Trash, I am reminded by the release of the fourth State Champion LP, that this is his original mothership. Send Flowers is State Champion’s most fully realized Beard Rock expression to date. The surrealist underpinning of Ryan’s lyrics are heavier than ever, but that is balanced by the band’s most epiphanically tasty licking. The pieces fit together with such easy organic grace, it’s tempting to suspect they’re simple. But the closer you listen to the parts the more complex they appear. This begins with Ryan’s words,… 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 »

Ned Collette - Old Chestnut ()

2LP Edition of 300. Insert/ DL Included. Released with It Records (Australia) Grant’s Farm Music Video  June Music Video We were introduced to the music of Ned Collette by guitarist Julia Reidy, another Melbourne ex-pat currently based in Europe. Julia’s word is good as gravy around here, so we checked out Ned’s new work and were blown clean out of our socks. Old Chestnut is a haunting prog-folk song cycle for the ages. Ned’s approach to voice and guitar resemble various models at various times. You’ll hear smatterings of Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, Pip Proud in lyrics and phrasing, but these are always just spices, added to the beautifully melancholic vistas Ned arrays before our ears. On the epic track, “June,”… Read more »

Faun and a Pan Flute - 2014-2016 ()

2Lp edition of 250. Includes Download slip. Although their name suggests they’re Nijinsky-obsessed acid folk wanderers, nothing could be farther from the truth. 2014-2016 is the second album by this Atlanta-based nontet, and it present a wide swathe of styles and contrasting textures that are wildly eclectic but never very acid-folky. The name stems from the fact that when the band began, some seven years ago, their line-up often changed and they tended to use a different band name every time they played a show. Faun & A Pan Flute somehow got used for a couple of shows and it stuck, not least because it a fairly ridiculous piece of misdirection. The music on this 2LP set, recorded during the… Read more »

Dial - Noise Opera ()

LP Edition of 250. Download Slip Included. We were first attuned to Dial by Bill Nace back in the early days of this century. He’d been sent over the moon by the incredible squall of the unit, a trio led by former UT-guitarist Jacqui Ham. We were so blown away by the re-emergence of Jacqui, we didn’t even try to figure out who the other players were. But it turns out the other two dudes were Rob Smith, a most immaculate manipulator of drum dials and guitar feedback, and synth-pillager/bassist Dominic Weeks, who’d been in the most insane Rough Trade band of all times — Furious Pig. This was news worth learning! Over the course of four CDs in 16… Read more »