Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Terror Bird - Human Culture LP - Night-People
Terror Bird - Human Culture LP - $13

Million Mists - Original Motion - Gift Tapes
Million Mists - Original Motion - $7
Spare Death Icon - Survival - Gift Tapes
Spare Death Icon - Survival - $7
Matt Carlson - Gecko Dream Levels - Gift Tapes
Matt Carlson - Gecko Dream Levels - $7

Pissypaw/Weirding Module - split - $6
Silk Ears - CDR - $6
Oscar Vicente Slorach-Thorn - Teeth - aB10
Oscar Vicente Slorach-Thorn - Teeth - aB10 - $5

Cloaked Light - Plain Curtain - Arbor
Cloak Light - Plain Curtain - $6
Strange and intriguing piece on the A side that very carefully and simply creates a sonic space unlike anything I've come across. An AM radio sermon is folded onto itself several times so that while one voice is distinct, the others create a low murmur, reverberating and moving in a vast, imagined space. What's striking is the sense of nothingness beyond the activity of these several voices -- reminds me a lot of Beckett's The Lost Ones. Very mysterious.
Gregg Kowalsky - Tape Chants: Early Experiments - Arbor
Gregg Kowalsky - Tape Chants: Early Experiments - $6
Varied and visceral sound pieces that all share the emphasized, tactile mid-range of rough tape recordings. What's best about this stuff is its sense of mystery -- never quite knowing where or when the recordings were made, or what was being recorded. My favorite part is on side B when a high, organ-like tone is paired with a strange buzzing that sounds almost like a fly.
Justin Meyers - The Amplitude of Neighbors - Arbor
Justin Meyers - The Amplitude of Neighbors - $6
Deep, enveloping tone-work of weight and substance. The honey-like richness of Roland's beloved Juno 60 synthesizer tone is augmented with a sine-wave generator and electronics for a very appealing fullness of sound. Side B begins in a similar position to the flip but forgoes its low swells and visceral rumbling in favor of exploring the upper frequency territory of the drone-scape. Incredibly focused and well-executed stuff.

NASA - High Cube - $7


Sogol - Miniature Orbits - Bezoar Formations
Sogol - Miniature Orbits - $5
Radiant Husk - Points and Lines - Bezoar Formations
Radiant Husk - Points and Lines - $5

Circuit Des Yeux - Ode To Fidelity 7" - $5
Ok, I'm not super knowledgeable about Circuit Des Yeux -- she's a one-woman destroyer of sound, issuing mangled fragments of audio that somehow register as both song and noise collage. This record finds her in a mellower(from what I've heard) mode, still incredibly damaged. Honestly, this stuff works a little bit better in longer stretches than what fits on one side of a 45 but a nice record none-the-less.
Ed Askew - Here We Are Together Again/Yellow Dollars 7" - $5
Neither do I know much about Ed Askew. This is a pair of radio recordings from 1969, although they sound like they were beamed in from a parallel universe. On one hand, this is unmistakably folk music from the 60's, on the other Askew's strange voice can send shivers up the spine and he plays an unusual, many stringed instrument that shimmers away in the background just beyond registering as something familiar. The A-side is really where it's at, a long, beautiful track heavy with longing and otherworldly imagery. The B-side is a very 1960s political folk-rant -- not my style exactly but Askew's strong, unique lyrical voice shines through even when the overall message falls a little flat.

Tad - Path to Dutchie - $6
Plankton Wat - Alchemy of Darkness/Dawn of the Golden Eternity - $6
Pod Blotz - Snowstorm of Electricity - $6
Caboladies - s/t LP - DNT
Caboladies - s/t LP - $11
Family Underground - Demon Parade LP - DNT
Family Underground - Demon Parade LP - $11
Sean McCann - Chances Are Staying LP - DNT
Sean McCann - Chances Are Staying LP - $11
Plankton Wat - Dawn of the Golden Eternity LP - DNT
Plankton Wat - Dawn of the Golden Eternity LP - $11


Brother Raven - VSS-30 LP - Digitalis
Brother Raven - VSS-30 LP - $14

Marnie Stern - Demos - $7
Excepter - Maze of Death - $7

A. Diller - Still Life - $7
Frak - Tournament City/Dry Vanadis - $7


Pak - Box - $6
Lab Coast - Pictures On The Wall - $6

Tracey Trance - Learning To Your Stuff - $6
Trace Figures - No Escape/Lucidity - $6
Toning - Drained Brains - $6
Ghost to Falco - Two EPs - $6
Nodolby - s/t - Eggy 17
Nodolby - s/t - $6
The Woolen Men - Sunday EP - Eggy Twelve
The Woolen Men - Sunday - Eggy Number Twelve - $6
5 song missive from the Woolen Men goes from jangle-pop to extended freak-outery to big-melodied anthem keeping it short, sweet and catchy.
Lame Drivers - Launchpad 2 Demoverse - Eggy Nine
Lame Drivers - Demoverse - Eggy Number Nine - $
After spending many years in East Coast basements honing their pop craft and rotting their brains on too much Gizmos, the Lame Drivers get weird on this tape. Not like stoned and jammy weird but like, hyper-crafted, manic genre-surfing weird. Very catchy despite the over-the-top nature. Lots of palm muting.
Peixe 6
The Polyps - Fennel's Daughter 7" - Eggy Number One - $4

Earn - Lacewing - $7
Driphouse - Airlocks and Pallet Jacks - $7
The Compass Rose - The Plough Horse - $7
M. Geddes Gengras - Enduring Doubt - $7
Josh Burke - Adapt - $7
Pale Blue Sky - Apricot - $7
Evan Miller - Ekhein
Evan Miller - Spool/Thread - $7
Made at the same time as the tape for Gel and the four-way Taterbug, Treetops, Abelar Scout split on Young Tapes, I believe, "Thread" and "Spool" and both drone-focused guitar pieces. "Thread" is directly in the mode of the other tapes of this period -- simple, focused and balanced -- while "Spool" is more emotional and less stoic, and rides a slow, ethereal melody. It's a gorgeous piece, very reminiscent of Last Days Last Nights-era Popul Vuh in the way that it's quietly ecstatic.

Kommisar Hjular und Frau/i'd m thfft able - Split - Faux Pas 015
Kommisar Hjular und Frau/i'd m thfft able - split - $6
Sord - Endless Muselike Vision - Faux Pas 012
Sord - Endless Muselike Vision - $5

Sam Gas Can/Rusty Spoons split - Faux Pas Records
Sam Gas Can/Rusty Spoons - Split - $4


Happy Jawbone Family Band - Hotel Double Tragedy LP and CD - Feeding Tube
Happy Jawbone Family Band - Hotel Double Tragedy LP and CD - $13
Couchie Poochie - Feeding Tube Records
Couchie Poochie - $4

Evan Miller - Contracting the Eye - GEL06
Evan Miller - Contracting the Eye - GEL06 - $6
51717 - Sch - GEL07
51717 - Sch - GEL07 - $6
V/A - Radio Malaysia Volume One - GEL08
V/A - Radio Malaysia Volume One - GEL08 - $6

Mi Or and the Pedestals - Eos - Gift Tapes
Mi Or and the Pedestals - Eos - $7
Nathan McLaughlin - Echolocation 3 - Gift Tapes
Nathan McLaughlin - $7
Oregon Painting Society - Radiant Dream Face - Gift Tapes
Oregon Painting Society - Radian Dream Face - $6
Plants and square waves.

The Woolen Men - The Portland Building - Gnar Tapes
The Woolen Men - Portland Building - $7

Banana Head/Rosemary Krust - split - $6
Silk Ears - Bed Room Water - $6
Baronic Wall - Traditional Appearance $6
Smegma/Komissar Hjular and Mama Baer - split - $7

Bone Patrol U.S./Varlet Tarsod - Goaty Tapes
Bone Patrol U.S./Varlet Tarsod - split - $7

Pete Fosco - Negative Mind - Holy Cheever Church
Pete Fosco - Negative Mind - $6
Chris Dadge - What Comes After Dust - Holy Cheever Church
Chris Dadge - What Comes After Dust - $6
Gino Robair - NoiseBox - Holy Cheever Church
Gino Robair - NoiseBox - $6

Mike Khoury/Chris Riggs - My Words Came Out Slow and Odd - HCC 024
Mike Khoury/Chris Rigss - My Words Came Out Slow And Od - HCC024 - $6

Brian Lavelle - Two Ostensions - $7

Mirror to Mirror - The Door With a Lock - Jugular Forest
Mirror To Mirror - The Door With A Lock - $7
Earn - In a Year - Jugular Forest
Earn - In A Year - $7

Cloaked Light - Drapery
Cloaked Light - Drapery - $7

Harpoon Pole Vault - Outside This Area - Jugular Forest
Harpoon Pole Vault - Outside This Area - $7
Pale Blue Sky - Souvenir - Jugular Forest
Pale Blue Sky - Souvenir - $7

DD/MM/YYYY - Black Square - Impose
DD/MM/YYYY - Black Square - $5
Very peppy, energetic indie rock very much in the vein of Les Savy Fav.

Shearing Pinx - White Tiger Prepade - $6
LA Lungs - No 213 - $6



Abner Jay - Last Ole Minstrel Man 10" record - $10
Previously unreleased, the last recordings Abner Jay made -- in his trailer -- shortly before his passing in 1994. This is a FUCKING SAD record. Six songs(including a skeletal take on his classic "Cocaine Blues"), comes with a nice booklet of recollections of Jay, some nice snapshots of the man later in his life and facsimiles of his own self-written promotional materials(a leaflet and a booklet). Wonderful portrait of a legend at the end of his life.
Abner Jay - The True Story of Abner Jay LP - $10
Really glad to have this in stock along with the above record. This is the first collection of Abner Jay's music that Mississippi issued. Eric who runs Mississippi said that this was the record he was most proud to have released and I can attest to having listened to this LP again and again and again. If you've never heard Abner Jay, this record is the place to start. His is probably one of the greatest voices ever put to tape -- strong, vulnerable, hilarious and unbearably sad, all at once. Comes with facsimiles of some of his promotional pamphlets and fliers, all very funny, and a snapshot(same as one of the ones in the 10", different than in the first run of this LP).
V/A - Ishilan N-Tenere: Guitar Music From the Western Sahel LP - $12
Beautiful record of acoustic guitar based music from Africa. No crate digging here, this LP is made up of field recordings of contemporary groups, although you couldn't be blamed for thinking it was culled from records from the 60's or 70's(as I did when I heard it playing in a record store). Mellow, open, rhythmic. The Western Sahel refers to one side the stretch of land extending from one African coast to the other where the Sahara transitions into non-desert climate. This Western region is where Ali Farka Toure and Tinariwen come from, and I think the later group is probably the easiest reference point for the music on this LP, in terms of focusing on repetitive, interlocking, mid-tempo guitar lines. These recordings are completely unadorned by studio slickness, though. Not much else to say about this record, really -- it's great from start to finish, I listen to it all the time.
Michael Hurley - Armchair Boogie LP - $10
Michael Hurley - Parsnip Snips LP - $10

Michael Hurley - Blue Hills - Mississippi Records
Michael Hurley - Blue Hills LP - $10
New recordings from Mr. Hurley, made largely in Astoria during the past year. Six songs in all, solo except for a little violin on the last one. Long, loose, emotional songs, stripped down to the essentials and played slow. Amen. Highlights include a version of "Tea Song," which was originally on Hurley's 1965 debut on Folkways -- one of those songs that just rolls over you like a steamroller, leaving you flat as a pancake -- and a very sweet, wistful new one called "Meara O'Reilly.
Abner Jay - Folk Song Stylist - Mississippi Records
Abner Jay - Folk Song Stylist LP - $10
Fanajana - A Collection of Recordings and Photography from Madagascar - Mississippi Records
V/A - Fanajana: Field Recordings and Photography from Madagascar LP - $10
Uke of Phillips - Peppermint Birdhouse Tea Shanty Shack - Mississippi Records
Uke of Philips - Peppermint Birdhouse Tea Shanty Shack LP - $10
V/A - I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore - Mississippi Records
V/A - I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore LP - $10


Deeds - Much of the Nuance Is Lost - $6

Dan Melchior und das Menace - $6
White Woods - $6
We Shave - $6
Coppertone - $6
Charcoal Owls - $6
Meercaz - $6
Factums - $6
Yves/Son/Ace - $6
Circuit Des Yuex - $6
Horse Bladder - $6
Body - $6
Wet Hair/Naked On The Vague - Split LP - Night-People
Wet Hair/Naked on the Vague - split LP - $13
Peaking Lights - Space Primitive 12" - Night-People
Peaking Lights - Space Primitives one-sided LP - $13
Dunebuggy - Live: White Paint/High Jinx and the Perfume Tuxedo - Night People
Dunebuggy - "Live: White Paint/High Jinx and the Perfume Tuxedo" C20 - $6

Hochman & Hopkins - Live NYE - NP077
Hochman and Hopkins - Live NYE - NP077 - $6
Sewn Leather - Self-Titled - NP083
Sewn Leather - NP082 - $6

Dim Holys - Is There Heat Rising In Your Neck - OMS-B011 - $7
Beautiful, sleep drones from Brian Mumford of Dragging an Ox Through Water.

Nu New Age
Ryan Garbes - NNA
Ryan Garbes - Curved in Luxury/Carved in Air - $6
Three Legged Race - NNA
Three Legged Race - Raining Order - $6
Synaptic Foliage - NNA
Synaptic Foliage - Holding Hands - $6
Driphouse - 50/50 - $6 (restock)
Caboladies/Oneohtrix Point Never - split - $6 (restock)

Prarie Fire:
Pink Priest/Horders - split - $6
MSSNG/Greenhouse - split - $6
Gremlynz/Ajilvsga split - Prairie Fire
Gremlynz/Ajilvsga - split - $6

(D)(B)(H) - Not All Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Rare Youth
(D)(B)(H) - Not All Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - $6

Pulse Emitter - $4
Evil Moisture - $4
Nautical Almanac - $4
Wolf Eyes - $4
John Wiese - $4
Kites - $4

Ancestral Diet - V.I.T.R.I.O.L. - $12

Reveille - Stumparumper Records
Reveille - s/t - $5


Granitkorridor - III - Stunned
Granit Korridor - III - $7

Justin Meyers - Permanent Pressure - Tone Filth
Justin Meyers - Permanent Pressure - $7
Scott Goodwin - Referent - Tone Filth
Scott Goodwin - Referent - $7
Helm - Direct Landscapes - Tone Filth
Helm - Direct Landscapes - $7
Chambers - Soon - Tone Filth
Chambers - Soon - $7

Ghost to Falco - $5


Expressway Yo-Yo Dieting - Bubblethug LP - Weird Forest
DJ Yo-Yo Dieting - Bubblethug LPx2 - $22
Love Cry Want - s/t LP - Weird Forest
Love Cry Want LPx2 - $22

The Slaves - Ruins - $6


Taco Leg/Constant Mongrel split - Wuss Tapes
Taco Leg/Constant Mongrel split - $5
Good, clean, dumb fun from Australia. I be would surprised if any of the songs topped either two minutes or three chords, which is to say, this tape rules. Taco Leg got some sort of nod from Terminal Boredom recently, so they're on their way to making millions, no doubt. One of the two bands has a great song about Indiana Jones that gets stuck in my head all the time.

Yaizekletka Records
Lau Nau - Nukkuu - $8
Cahier - Vocales - $7

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