Releases

MB Jones - By MB Jones ()

LP Edition of 250. Includes DL Slip. Release Date July 27th – Pre-Order Available  Matt “MB” Jones has long been kicking back and forth between the Valley and Asia. His recordings with Jee Jee Band have reflected this duality. And this new “solo” album, recorded mostly in his original backyard with a cast of local hottentots (Conrad Capistran, Tim Sheldon, John Moloney, etc.) continues this vibe, while changing it in many subtle ways. The K-Pop readymades of the Jee Jee Band’s Glass Fish LP have continued to drift out of Matt’s repertoire. This remodeling began on Jee Jee’s Holy Yolk LP (FTR 304), and by this point the hints are still there if you know where to look for them,… Read more »

Metabolismus / Mono Pause - Don’t Low Up to the Amped Buenaes ()

LP Edition of 500. Download slip included. Release Date July 27th Pre-Order Available.  Split LP by a couple of bands who have more tricks up their collective sleeves than most outfits you could name. Metabolismus are a musical collective from near Stuttgart Germany, who have been actively corrupting the minds of everyone around them since the 1980s. The number of players on any given session, as well as the style of music that will be generated, is almost infinitely mutable. About all you can count on is that it will be intriguingly fried. Mono Pause began as a duo in River Falls, Wisconsin in the early ’90s, before relocating to the Bay Area. They also create ethnic forgeries under the… Read more »

Jon Collin - Water And Rock Music Volume 1 ()

LP Edition of 250 Release Date July 27th – Pre-Order Available-  The fifth LP by English guitarist Jon Collin is also his first U.S. release. Jon first came to our attention when he started the Winebox Press label. This fairly nuts project involved choosing a wooden object (like a wine box or  door) from which to create cases (some of them quite complex) for cassettes he released. The size of the edition was determined by the number of the packages he was able to create from the original object, and the label’s creations were pretty amazing. Some of his early bands, like Whole Voyald Infinite Light and the Serfs were documented, along with artists like the Hunter Graccus, Chora and… Read more »

Empool - DOES do did done ()

LP Edition of 300. Insert/DL. Release Date – July 27th, 2018 – Pre-Order Available –  Finally, what the world has been eagerly anticipating for the last four decades — an LP by EMPOOL! Empool was a whacked-out, Detroit-based prog-noise combo (usually a trio or quartet), that would eventually merge into the rock-band-era Destroy All Monsters. Guitarist Laurence Miller was a constant throughout. Organist Andre Cynkin was generally on hand as well. Laurence’s brothers, Ben and Roger, showed up now and then, as did pianist Rick Scott. Empool only played three live shows, but they recorded everything, and their use of pre-recorded tapes as a live sound source may have informed Roger’s decision to do the same when he formed Mission… Read more »

Louise Bock - Repetitives in Illocality ()

LP Edition of 300. Louise Bock is one of the performing names worn by Taralie Peterson of that most excellent duo, Spires That in the Sunset Rise. And the music on Repetitives in Illocality recalls a few aspects of Spires’ recent live shows. It’s akin to a dreamily aggressive take on the outer fringes of early ECM-style improvisation. A lovely hover between out-chamber-jazz, new music and the unknown tongue. Using cello, sax and treated lap harp, Louise Bock creates surfaces that are sometimes as chopped as ice sculptures made with a chainsaw, and at other moments as smooth as the soft expanse of Brian Eno’s forehead. Those passages where the cello takes the lead are the most serious. Some passages,… Read more »

Tommy Jay & The General - Florida Songs ()

LP Edition of 250 Tommy Jay and The General have been kicking around the Columbus scene (and various points on the map of that scene’s diaspora) since the days of the True Believers (the ur-group in the history of Columbus underground hubbub). And this newly recorded album shows them to be at the height of their own amazing arc. Florida Songs is only Tommy’s third proper LP under his own personal name and it’s a killer. Recorded with help from a few old friends, including Nudge Squidfish, Florida Songs is a classic Raunchy Rock formulation by every known standard. Although the mood and tone shift mightily from song to song, the main thrust of the music here is brain-spattering ROCK… Read more »

Zach Phillips - How To Slip Away ()

LP Edition of 250. Although I am not a painter, i urge you to sit down and listen to this, as if it were a game show, on prime time   ‘i won the prize, ring the bells’ somewhere between an interview and the world’s greatest puzzle someone would sing your songs for you regarding self-reference & identity an horsepower engine cruiser where it lacks in bathetic synth vortismuto in the afternoon it locks in an aplomb power balled tour d’fourths THE FOURTH WALL IS ON THE LANDSCAPE’S STAGE don’t you recontextualize the tritone add variety of style/attitude including will, weal, wheel, the liner notes you’ll def. want 2 read, the heartbeat of this music is Constantine. — Billy McShane… Read more »

Laser Pace - Granfalloon ()

LP Edition of 500. Inserts / DL Included. RSD 2018. OUT OF PRINT. Reissue of the only prog LP Takoma Records ever released — the 1974 slab by L.A.’s Laser Pace. The album’s title, Granfalloon, is a term created by the late Kurt Vonnegut to describe a bunch of people who pretend to be an affinity group without having any actual affinity for each other. We’re uncertain if that is suppose to refer to factions inside Laser Pace, but no matter. The album is probably the strangest pieces of wax dripped by Takoma (apart from Charlie Nothing, natch) and seems wildly out of synch with the label’s presumed focus. But is a goddamn monster of odd charm, no two ways… Read more »

Omeed Goodarzi - Zoltar Hid All The Locks / Minnows ()

LP Edition of 300. Numbered. Silk-Screen Cover Printed by Monoroid Debut vinyl by the guitarist of Donkey No No presents two different sides of this mysterious maestro. Zoltar Hid All the Locks is a full on studio quintet session where Jeremy Latch (formerly of the Grudges) played clarinet, Adam Langellotti (ex-Grudges, Sore Eros, etc.) played percussion and ran the board, Matt Robidoux (ex-Speedy Ortiz, Curse Purse, etc.) played guitar and drum box, and Jen Gelineau (Donkey No No, Egg Eggs, etc.) handled the fiddle. The sound on this ranges from Donkey No No’s woodsy smoke house charm to segments that really channel early, just post-Barrett Floyd without doing any apery. The Minnows side is all Omeed, doing solos tunesterism then… Read more »

Weeping Bong Band - Weeping Bong Band ()

LP Edition of 500   Cover Art by Anthony Pasquarosa Sub-underground super-groups are not common. This is less a function of the concept’s oxymoronic nature than of the fiercely independent stance of musicians toiling in this area. By definition, they are doing what they do simply because they love it. It can be quite difficult to distract them from their main focus long enough to get them to do anything else. Weeping Bong Band is a lovely exception that proves this rule. Three members — Clark Griffin, Wednesday Knudsen and PG Six — are in the current line-up of Pigeons. One, Anthony Pasquarosa, has his own host of solo projects (Crystaline Roses, Gluebag, Burnt Envelope, etc.). And a final “ghost… Read more »