Friday, February 26, 2010

Fenn O'Berg - In Stereo

Fenn O'Berg - In Stereo
out 3/5/10

Written and performed by Christian Fennesz, Jim O'Rourke & Peter Rehberg

Recorded and mixed at Studio GOK Sound, Tokyo, October 2009

Mastered at Piethopraxis, Köln, December 2009

Photos by Shunichiro Okada (Outside) & Ujin Matsuo (Inside)

Released as CD digipack and gatefold double vinyl which features an extra slice of classic Fenn O’Berg magic beauty. ‘In Stereo’ ...for you. Plus that cover's going to look pretty sweet on double gatefold vinyl.

Pre-Order HERE

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Dead Luke - American Haircut

RSTB singles fave Dead Luke will be releasing an LP on Florida's Dying in April. More details to come!

Watch HERE for pre-order.

Blank Dogs - Phrases

Blank Dogs - Phrases EP
Out 3/23 on Captured Tracks

1. Heat and Depression
2. Blurred Tonight
3. Racing Backwards
4. End of Summer

via MBV

Sunday, February 14, 2010

New Mexican Summer Releases

Andrew Graham & Swarming Branch - Andrew Graham's Good Word

Andrew Graham & Swarming Branch will release their first LP, Andrew Graham's Good Word, on the Mexican Summer label this March. The album will be Graham's first release since the dissolution of RTFO Bandwagon, the elegantly primitive Columbus, OH folk band that most recently released Dums Will Survive (March 2009) on Texas' Dull Knife Records.

While RTFO Bandwagon heavily reiterated the elements already present in Graham's guitar frameworks with the bass, drums, and even the vocal melodies, Swarming Branch takes a more delicate approach. Throughout Good Word, each instrument plays only one note at a time, freeing up space in the mix and ensuring that every note is intentional.

To realize this detailed new sound, Graham brought in drummer Ryan Jewell (Terribly Empty Pockets, Pink Reason, Psychedelic Horseshit) and piano wizard Dane Terry. A number of other musicians come and go over the course of the record, including bassist Chris Burney (the Sun) and experimental composer Larry Marotta on slide guitar.

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Viva L'American Death Ray Music - Behold! A Pale Horse

New 12" from Jeffrey Bouck, drummer/percussionist (Lithops, Polyphonic Spree), Harlan T. Bobo, bassist (The Limes, Timothy Prudomme) and Nicholas Ray, singer/guitarist (The Limes, Valentines).

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New Not Not Fun Releases

Psychic Reality/L.A. Vampires - Split 12"

Every day’s as new as you want it to be so take up the torch and light something unlit. Definite off-the-grid mentalities prevail on this genre-dissolving split 12” between San Fran anima soul voyager Leyna Noel aka Psychic Reality and So-Cal acid-jazz crate-digger LA Vampires. Noel’s toured the states coast-to-coast and dropped a couple potent tape/CDR effigies in the past year but this is her vinyl debut and it captures everything searing and singular about her live alchemy in glowing, glorious detail. Four inter-flowing songs of tone-float piano keys, bedroom drum machines, and white light amplifier vox. Trance-damaged and truth-seeking. LA Vampires’ side madlibs through a more mercurial matrix, using slowed/screwed tapes, boombox Casio FX, low end theories, and bleached voice patterns to conjure a reverb chamber’s worth of dance floor mirages. Future collabs with Zola Jesus and Sun Araw should expound her rhythm method mission. Abuse yr illusion. Black vinyl LPs in glossy jackets with a boldly disrobed duo cover portrait by Caitlin C. Mitchell.

Edition of 450.

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Heather Murray - Jailhouse Rock

It’s been a while since Scorces sorceress, Jandek collaborator, and Volcanic Tongue branch manager Heather Leigh has ventured out on vinyl under her own name. And it may be a while longer, as Jailhouse Rock is in fact a wax reissue of a long OOP 2006 cassette classic on Michigan crud factory Fag Tapes. It was a fave of ours that year (and every year), so it feels extra celebratory to be able to offer up a freshly remastered (by Pete Swanson) LP edition of the album for global re-appreciation. Sprawling, long-form descents/ascents into mythic electric disorientation, powered by her trademark recipe of FX-soaked pedal steel and voice. Jailhouse feels loosely more aligned with a mid-aughts drone/noise aesthetic than the outsider dirt road Americana of her Devil If You Can Hear Me LP (also on NNF), but the distinction is a slight one. Side A swims in swooping sheets of vox and tempestuous wind tunnel dynamics before slowly dying away to wheezing disembodied harmonica. The B piece begins in a more overtly beautiful mode, a trinity of crystalline notes picked and stretched until they’re transformed into a rapturous sky of textural distortion. Sensual and vertigo-inducing in equal measure. Black vinyl LPs in jackets with brand new paint/collage artwork by Heath Moerland (of Sick Llama, Slither, Odd Clouds, etc).

Edition of 400.

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Plus keep an eye out for these releases soon:

Sun Araw "On Patrol" CD/2xLP (NNF187)
Pocahaunted "Make It Real" CD/LP (NNF188)
High Wolf "Ascension" LP (NNF189)
Magic Lantern "Platoon" CD/LP (NNF190)
Magic Lantern "Showstopper" 7" (NNF191)