Releases

Jee Jee Band - Holy Yolk ()

LP Edition of 300 / Numbered       BANDCAMP! The third, perhaps ultimate, album by Jee Jee Band is now in our possession. And even more than its predecessors, Holy Yolk is a unique balancing act between aesthetic poles. On one hand, there is the somewhat unhinged K-Pop snack-attack that marked the duo’s earliest recordings. On the other, there are the tracks that offer something more like a twisted take on Pioneer Valley bedroom creationism. Jee Jee Band has always consisted — in its most protean form — as Jee Eun Lim and Matt Jones. From different sides of the world, they met while Matt was teaching English in South Korea. Various peregrinations followed, and the pair found themselves… Read more »

Dire Wolves - Oceans of Green ()

LP Edition of 300 From the timbers of Fennario, which are located on some low ground near the Presidio, come Dire Wolves. The two members of this Bay Area sextet with whom I’m most familiar are guitarist, etceteraist, Jeffrey Alexander, a tireless exponent of sub-underground psychedelia when he was based in Providence. Mr. Alexander was previously involved with such protean volk-psych ensembles at the Iditarod and Black Forest/Black Sea, and was an early proponent of the deep Finnish underground, releasing several Avarus albums on his Secret Eye label, and touring with the band in the States. The other familiar name is Lau Nau, a Finnish vocalist/composer whose discography is as long as it is weird. Dire Wolves’ sound is a… Read more »

Rusalnaia - Time Takes Away ()

LP Edition of 500 Rusalnaia is an incredible duo, formed early in the century by England’s Sharron Kraus and Philadelphia’s Gillian Chadwick. Their exquisite eponymous debut album was issued as a CD by Tony Dale’s Camera Obscura label back in 2007, and we did it on vinyl last year. People pretty much swooned when they heard it. So when we learned the pair was recording a new album, our ears were immediately alert. Time Takes Away shares elements with its predecessor in terms of song construction, vocal overlay and general mystery aktion, but certain tunes manifest a bit more of psychedelic rock aspect, bespeaking antecedents such as the Trees. All of the wild electric string presence is provided by Sharron… Read more »

Mako Sica - Invocation ()

LP Edition of 300 Pretty sure this amazing Chicago trio was first introduced to us when Jim McCardle insisted we buy one of their albums at a record fair in the Windy City. Not sure which one it was, but it blew us away. Surprisingly, over the damn-near-a-decade since they started recording, Mako Sica has managed to keep itself well out of the limelight. Even though their first LP, Mayday at Strobe, was released by one of Chicago’s pre-eminent vanguard labels — Permanent — it was not easy to locate people who have grooved to band’s Sun City Girls meet Blood Quartet vibe. Eventually, however, we tracked them down and found out they had new material waiting to go. They… Read more »

Michael Hurley - Redbirds At Folk City ()

LP Edition of 2000. OUT OF PRINT! 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… Read more »

Peace Loving - Peace, Loving ()

LP Edition of 400 First vinyl by a band that has long been in the vanguard of the neu Boston commune-hunch. Although known only via CDRs, live shows and compilation tracks, Peace, Loving has been at work crafting their mysterious völk moves for the better part of a decade. The core of the band on this record is a quartet — ARKM Foam (who also appears on the Bang! Bros. 12/12/12 EP, FTR 170), Kate Lee, Morgan Shaker and Pancho the Kidd. Several of these souls are central to the whole Whitehaus scene in Jamaica Plain, and an array of fellow travelers pile on at various moments of this album. You can easily discern the weekly hoot roots of their… Read more »

Fat Worm Of Error - Nzznzzzznnznznnn ()

LP Edition of 500 If a tree fell in the woods of Western Massachusetts in the early 00’s, Fat Worm of Error were probably around to hear it. This restless band of sonic lab technicians made such an earth-encompassing racket during their busiest era – from their spawning in 2002 til about the end of that decade – that it seemed like every random, unexpected sound that occurred within a 10 mile radius of Northampton got sucked up and spit into a song by this quavering quintet. On their third full-length, Nzznzzzznnznznnn (issued in 2004 as a CD-R and now splattered on wax for the first time), all kinds of blurps, squeaks, gasps, and dunks peal through each track in… Read more »

Dimples’ - Whimpers ()

LP Edition of 300 Co-Release with Laughable Recordings / Don’t Trust The Ruin / Nicey Music POST TRASH IMPOSE It’s last winter. Enter COLBY NATHAN, a sweating sack of cold Maine blood weirdly washed up in Los Angeles, fresh off at least a half decade of tours with his “strange Maine” kin CAETHUA and TOM KOVACEVIC, and New England PATRIOTS (the Boston-based progressive clown-metal band he fronts when he can scrub the “country” from his soul). He’s crashing on the floor of the Roach Motel, the now eradicated and sorely missed DIY venue and recording studio that his long-time collaborator GREG HARTUNIAN runs in an old mechanic shop on Eagle Rock Boulevard – where the first DIMPLES tape (released on… Read more »

Nina Ryser - I Hope All Your Dreams Come True ()

LP Edition of 300 ALMOST ALL OUT! This the vinylization of the fourth solo album (originally released on cassette by Ramp Local) by Nina Ryser, she of the trio, Palberta. Palberta’s releases have all been quite amazing — ragged bags filled with musical lumps of the finest kind imaginable. Comparisons have been drawn (and quite rightly) between Palberta and units ranging from Kleenex to Aunt Sally the Raincoats, so anticipation for this new album was kite-high and rising. I Hope All Your Dreams Come True veers from the rockist traits Palberta sometimes displays to a sound far more personal, electronics-spattered and specifically warped, momentarily reminding this listener of individual post-X Ray Spex projects by both Poly Styrene and Lora Logic…. Read more »

Clarinette - The Now Of Then ()

LP Edition of 300 In the 15 years since Thurston and I released the first Clarinette LP, Haze (Ecstatic Yod), Dan Vallor has continued to produce music unabated. Most of it has been released in very limited editions (on CDRs, cassettes and lathes), but it has been a consistently cool flow of drone accrual and invention from a guy we still sorta think of as pop-oriented. Dan’s best known work probably remains his archival activities inside the archives of the late songwriting genius, Scott Miller, although others may know him from his efforts to catalog the output of the NZ lathe underground. Clarinette is a long running solo project that began in the ’80s, then went dormant until early in… Read more »