Grass Path - 118 Elliot ()

LP Edition of 100. Numbered. Mono. Artwork by Joel Paxton Letter-pressed Covers Printed by Middle Press Recorded live at the Brattleboro venue noted in the album’s title, this is the debut vinyl by the Valley’s latest eruption of deviant activity. Some people may have speculated what it would be like if Donkey No No jammed with Viewer. The mix of lovers-drift and zone-tongue-articulation seems like it would be a marriage made in Olompali. Well, my friends, you need guess no longer, While Grass Path is not an exact merging of these two unstoppable forces, it is an approximation (and a damn fine one) of what might result. Since the time of this recording, the two units have flowed together in… Read more »

Michael Hurley - Redbirds At Folk City ()

LP Edition of 2000. Here’s an expanded vinylization of a boss live show from Snock and his Vermont roustabouts, recorded at Folk City on July 17, 1976. Most of it was first issued back in ’88, as side two of the Land of Lo Fi/Redbirds cassette on Bellemeade Phonics. But some new masters showed up subsequently, so there’s an extra song and a half available for your listening pleasure. And pure pleasure is what it is. I always believed I had seen Hurley play somewhere in NYC before this. I thought maybe it was during the Unholy Modal Rounders’ stint at Broadway Charly’s, but Woodbill has continuously disabused me of this notion over the years. By his count, there were… Read more »

Gary Wilson - A Beautiful Bliss ()

LP Edition of 100. Numbered. Cover Photo by Jessy Parr By our count, this is the 18th album by the Lord of Endicott, patron saint to everyone who ever went on a blind date. For this session, Gary took to his bedroom with just his wig, his dog and his keyboard for company. Given the situation, one might expect this album would be a toss-off, but when Gary decides he’s going to do something he does it right. And so it is here. The setting and arrangements are intimate, resulting in a record that’s something like “Pillow Talk with Mr. Wilson.” Gary doesn’t mince any words here. ALL the songs are about romance in bloom, the roads leading to and… Read more »

Viewer - True Friend Record ()

LP + Download. Edition of 200. There can be no denying that Shannon and Beverly Ketch are as dedicated a pair of freaks as you’ll run into in a month of Sundays. Indefatigable supporters of the Western Mass sub-underground, they’ve done backwoods music festivals, run a DIY club and gallery, and make music that emerges straight from the earth on which they live. Previous ensembles include Bunwinkies, Jow Jow, and many more, but Viewer is (at least as of this recording) a totally homegrown duo project. The music is quiet throughout, but manifests itself in a wide variety of ways. There are lightly surging tracks where Bev’s vocals and the mood recall Kendra Smith’s work with the Guild of Temporal… Read more »

Meadow House - This Should Not Be Happening ()

LP Edition of 200. OUT OF PRINT! Bandcamp I first heard of Dan Wilson (the fellow behind Meadow House, Radionics Radio and a quarter of post-electronics quartet Oscillatorial Binnage) back in 2005 when a friend turned me on to his brilliant radio programs on London’s Resonance 104.4 FM. These shows chronicle the misadventures of a hermetic renaissance man who leaves cassettes full of his home recorded “songs” scattered around the city like litter (a practice known as “tape dropping”). You might find such a tape wrapped in a suicide note, or on a toilet seat in a public restroom or the floor of a subway train. Wilson’s compositions from this period, which were performed on homemade instruments, were usually angst-ridden… Read more »

Donkey No No - 6.13.17 ( / )

Edition of 20. Numbered.  12″ lathe. Unlike some of their more deviously zoned sessions, this recording catches Donkey No No in a reflective and ruralist mood. Omeed’s guitars, Jen’s violin, and Ted’s bowed cymbal all sound like something Bob Dylan would have listened to as a way of negating a bad hangover while on the Rolling Thunder tour. Notes and drones are carefully placed, allowing lots of breathing room to exist on their margins. Probably so that Bob’s head can stop its throbbing. And one can easily imagine, Dylan, sitting on the commode, slowly chewing on an Egg McMuffin, while he awaits the arrival of his poop de jour, wondering what it would sound like if Bruce Langhorne was playing… Read more »

Lords Of Thyme - The Future Of Things Past ()

LP Edition of 400. No Download code included.  Co-Release With Shagrat Records   I have learned over the years that when Nigel Cross (founder of Bucketfull of Brains fanzine and the Shagrat label) speaks, it’s worth paying attention. Thus, when he began telling us about this great UK quartet, we sat up straight. His descriptions of their action, name-checking Joe Boyd’s Witchseason Productions, Shelagh McDonald’s debut LP and much else inspired unbridled longing. The Lords cut a 7” and a couple of CDs for the elusive Sunstone label, but Nigel managed to get them to agree to putting together this odds ‘n sods collection for American consumption. The process of getting this record together ran into every mess you can… Read more »

Curse Purse - Tyfus ()

7″ Edition of 150. Numbered.    Cover by Dennis Tyfus Although this record is purported to be the goodbye kiss from Curse Purse, we have also heard that Gary Panter (the King of the Hippies) has hidden away some secret tapes of the band which may some day see the light of wicked dawn. But for now, this is “it” from Mr. Panter’s favorite trio. And hey, they had a good run, especially considering they were something like an off-shoot of Egg Eggs (that most baroque of all dither-rock units) even if not all of them ever appear on the same Egg Eggs release. But during their run, they really sorta fucked god where he lived. The combination of Miss… Read more »

chik white - stranger calls to land ()

LP with download.  Edition of 250 TINY MIX TAPES REVIEW! Over the past few years, we started hearing solo jaw harp cassettes by a Canadian musician who called himself chik white. Some of them were straight-forward somewhat-folky blasts of righteousness, others used studio effects to emphasize the psychedelic qualities of the instrument (or so it seemed), and others were nature-based explorations of the jaw harp’s drone possibilities. Heard individually they were striking, but listened to as a group, they went way beyond that. We got in touch with chik (the soubriquet for Darcy Spidle when he’s playing in this format) and suggested doing an LP that would provide a thorough overview of the work he’s done thus far. He sent tapes… Read more »

Jean-Baptiste Favory - Things Under: Organic Compositions for Guitars and Electronics ()

LP Edition of 300. Youtube Excerpt Because we are heathens, we first heard about J-B Favory when we reissued Los Lichis’s incredible 2LP set, Dog (FTR 229). Favory was the one non-Mexican member of the ensemble, traveling once a year (or so) to collude with the insane artists of Los Lichis. Had we been less dim, we would have known Favory was an avant composer of note, having served as an assistant to Luc Ferrari and Gavin Bryars, before setting off on his own musique concrete path. He is also the co-host of the longest-running experimental music radio show, Epsilonia (on the anarchist Radio Libertaire), and a guy whose recordings are well loved by fanciers of the avant. That said,… Read more »