Kohoutek - Jurad ()

LP Edition of 350 Co-Released with Cardinal Fuzz While they have released a decent number of cassettes & CDs, Jurad is only the fourth vinyl album released by this long-running DC-to-Philly-based space-juggernaut. Recorded by a quartet iteration of the always mutating ensemble, the music on this one veers between the kind of psych-prog wallow for which Kohoutek is most often celebrated, and the less formally rockoid improvisational proclivities they sometimes display. The session for Jurad went down at Philadelphia’s Sex Dungeon studio in 2012 and resulted in three long tracks. The shortest one, “Cosmic Grease,” opens the B side in classic Kohoutek style. John Stanton’s guitar balances on the cusp of scum and space, spewing fat raw gobs of string-urk… Read more »

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol - Stellar Remnant ()

LP Edition of 200. Co-Released with Cardinal Fuzz When John Westhaver approached me with the idea of culling some tracks from the crucial ‘Shedding The Albatross’ 4xCDr edition for a vinyl LP (and yes folks in a place where money is no object we would do a 7xLP Box Set of this – i WISH i could do that). I obviously said Yes before the sentence was finished. John compiled this edition with 4 tracks culled from the soundboard recording of the Birdman Sound Show and added Navy Cut Blues from the Birdman Basement Rehearsal Space. As always TBWNIS bring their A-game (they always do – that is a given) but kudos to Wayne Coulis especially on capturing TBWNIS live… Read more »

Matt Sowell - QuaranTunes Series No.015 ( / )

12″ Lathe. Edition of 21. Numbered. Riso Looseleaf cover / back art printed at Looky Here in Greenfield, MA. Matt Sowell is a big guy with big hands who we met at the 1000 Incarnations of the Rose fest down in Takoma a couple years back. He let us release his fantastic debut LP, Organize or Die (FTR 541), and followed that up with this Zoom concert, broadcast from his home in Minneapolis on Friday July 24, 2020. Matt starts things off with few new tunes, which display some of the same multi-sector flow that marks the work of his guitar mentor, Peter Lang, as well as Lang’s fellow travelers at the Takoma Records HQ. Sowell’s compositions refer to this tradition,… Read more »

The Impenitents - Lip Therapy ()

CS Edition of 135. How happy we are to present the debut cassette by this new, scrambled Massachusetts trio. The Impenitents line-up includes Salem’s always wonderful Andrea Pensado, whose previous releases for the label are the Without Knowing Why LP (FTR 203), Los Condenados’ Yeppers LP (FTR 126) both of which display different aspects of berserk invention mixed with pure charm. On Lip Therapy she is in charge of vocals and some electronics.  This is Erik Browns’s Feeding Tube debut, although he has shared releases with folks like Belltone Suicide, Noise Nomads and Limbs Bin while recording as Wish for Skin, Scald Hymn or one of his other various operational noise-handles. His job here involves electronics and scrap metal. Andy… Read more »

Papa Lee God - QuaranTunes Series No. 018 ( / )

12″ Lathe. Edition of 27. Numbered. loose leaf cover and back art printed at Looky Here in Greenfield, MA After having recorded the sheik of downfall creek LP (FTR 382) using the papa lord god soubriquet, this Tasmanian devil opted for a slightly diff handle for his live Zoom concert, which was broadcast from a secret lair on the morning of Saturday August 15 (although it was still Friday evening here in the Eastern U.S.) The music this time was different from the LP, but the mix of somewhat twisted roots music and avant garde proclivities was similarly canted and equally addictive.  One man, one guitar and one microphone. Apparently, you don’t need anything else. On this evening Papa Lee… Read more »

Matthew J. Rolin - The Dreaming Bridge ( / )

2LP edition of 300 Bandcamp OUT OF PRINT, 2nd pressing on order… “We are living in something of a golden age of fingerstyle guitarists. This glut can be both a blessing and a curse, as it becomes increasingly difficult for even the most discerning of fans to distinguish one player from the next, however capable these players might be. It is always a pleasure, then, to hear the ways in which the braver and brighter guitarists re-think the tradition from the ground up and recast it in their own image. Enter guitarist Matthew J. Rolin, who plays as if he was born with a dreadnought in his hands. The Ohio-based guitarist’s artistic leaps in recent years are rivaled only by… Read more »

Matt Valentine Preserves - Galactic Ooze ()

LP edition of 300. Bandcamp link Originally issued as a CDR on Matt’s own Child of Microtones label, the stone madness of this session was so overwhelming we begged him to let us do it on vinyl. Luckily for one and all, he agreed. Recorded here and there, with a variety of different ensembles. Galactic Ooze is one of the most fully warped missives from Planet MV, and that is saying something. While there is a certain continuity between the layered threads of MV’s deeply processed vocals and amazing stunned-noodle guitar figurines, the music here is always in flux. There’s lots of electronic jiggering which brings to mind the squeedle elements of Blows Against the Empire (still the apex of… Read more »

Marcia Bassett & Samara Lubelski - Morning Flare Symmetries ()

LP with download code included. Edition of 250 Found a few copies left… The fourth album that Samara Lubelski and Marcia Bassett have recorded as a duo (the second for us, following 2017’s Live NYC LP) is much less about drones than some of their previous work. Morning Flare Symmetries blares like a ram’s horn blown as a call to angelic battle. Everyone has been unanimous in agreement that this improvising duo has achieved a new highpoint in the musical histories of both Samara and Marcia. They each have deep roots in the East Coast sub-underground, with a whole dang lot of band names between ’em, but in this configuration they just continue to get weirder and better on every… Read more »

Curtis Godino's - Alien Nation ()

LP Edition of 250. Bandcamp. We were introduced to the work of Brooklyn polymath Curtis Godino by Gary Panter. We asked Gary to recommend someone with light show expertise, and he said Curtis was the guy. That was true. We also learned that Curtis was an ace musician, which has resulted in two prior FTR releases. The first was The Cave LP (FTR417) by Worthless. The second was the Corners and Their Places cassette by Nothing To Semble (FTRCS359). Both of these releases were form-busting masterworks of outsider/prog crossover with hallucinogenic overtones. And even mightier is this new LP, Alien Nation, which sounds to us like a lost ’67 Mothers album, recorded at Apostolic Studios while the band was in… Read more »

Omeed & The Natural Scene - Pickled Dawn ( / / )

LP Edition of 100. Numbered. Risograph cover/back/ insert. Download Included.  Co-Released with LookyHere.  Post Trash Review   Raven Sings The Blues Review   No stranger to the Berkshire Mountains, Omeed Goodarzi comes at it in full on send it mode, with this yester-Moro-mobile of an album…. “Keep your eyes on the ball. Make it large make it small.” “Floating through the air, I don’t know how not to sing.” Loaded to the hilt with hard hitting session folk, Omeed’s latest offering is a roiling boiling psychedelic Partch-pop Beatleboro-Freel-Volk masterpiece from the second anyone’s flip flop even threatens to drive a rhythm into the rug. Upon arrival to the studio, Chris Weisman, Mia Friedman, Max Goldstein, Nick Bisceglia and Ruth Garbus… Read more »