Tuesday, July 17, 2012

WE ARE MOVING!!!!!!



We have been working on this for while and we are super excited to announce the launch of our brand new website. It's been fun!  So please come visit us at our new home.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Fill Spectre - Scare Your Friends ( S/R 2012)



Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Lantern - Dream Mine (Bathetic 2012)


Jeans Wilder - Totally (Everloving 2012)


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"The 11-track set is his most realized work, packing the sounds of sunshine-y 60’s pop, toes-on-the-nose surf jangle and resin-scraping grunge.
On Totally, Jeans sparks and exhales a heavy toke of reverbed guitar, vocal harmonies and downer lyrics into your ears.
Jeans is the nom-de-plume of San Diego-based Andrew Caddick, former band member of Fantastic Magic (with Nathan Williams of Wavves and Matt Barajas of Heavy Hawaii). He has been honing his melancholic beach pop since 2008, channeling the light and darkness of America’s Finest City. With a handful of cassette and vinyl releases already under his belt, Totally is as much the next step from his celebrated Nice Trash LP as it is a huge leap forward for the lonesome drifter. Where previous releases have seen much more sparse instrumentation, Totally delivers a more fleshed out sound while bringing Caddick’s voice further into the foreground with strong delivery and melodic hooks.
The lo-fi wash and dub-like production are still part of his signature, only now Jeans is a little bit further from the shade and closer to the sand. It’s the soundtrack for a bonfire at the moment where you steal away from the others to sit and watch the tide. Somewhere between the crashing churn of the Pacific, Jeans Wilder is out there."-Everloving 


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Wymond Miles - Under The Pale Moon (Sacred Bones 2012)



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"Wymond’s previous EP, Earth Has Doors was about intangible and esoteric concepts; the music drifted beautifully in somewhat of an oceanic, boundless state. For the LP it was very important for him to make the songs be felt somatically. In his own words, “I wanted it to hit the body, I wanted it carnal.” Whereas the EP had been a drawn out labor of love he worked on and then shelved for several years, most songs on Under the Pale Moon developed quickly last winter. He describes them as being effortless to write, short songs with stripped down arrangements; recorded straight away as soon as they came to him. Feeling very raw and alive, he wrote the basic structure for most of the record within a few weeks.

He had the chords and melody for album standout “Singing the Ending” when last year began to take a cathartic turn. In a short span of time his closest friend was killed and he lost some family members. Without much time to deal with grief, he immediately had to tour Europe with the Fresh & Onlys for two months while still basically in shock. He became filled with an ardor for life and seeing the record through. The loss had emerged as a purifying fire and manifested not as a morose lament on tragedy but as a feverish grindstone of passion, dissent, desire, and an apolitical rebellion cry against the bondage of established order. While never overtly attempting to address his influences, the listener can hear a bit of Go-Betweens, Echo & the Bunnymen, Nick Cave, Nikki Sudden and The Cure present in his work. Miles creates a big romantic pop record reminiscent of Roxy Music at the height of their power. Under the Pale Moon is a gorgeously dramatic and romantic debut; a focused departure from his work in the Fresh & Onlys, he emerges as innovative songwriter with limitless pop potential."- Sacred Bones 

Friday, June 8, 2012

Sacred Bones Presents - Todo Muere Vol. 2 (Sacred Bones 2012)

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"Sacred Bones is thrilled to present our second Record Store Day compilation,Todo Muere Vol. 2, featuring ten songs — nine of which have been previously unreleased or only released in limited edition. The first song, by Copenhagen’s War, is a complete break from the “At War For Youth” 7-inch we released in February, and is a modern-day, post-apocalypse love song for the ages. Led Er Est’s “The Gold Cane” is an outtake from their new full-length LP out in May, and mixed by Chris Coady. “Neon Lights,” by Pop. 1280, was the A-side of a split with Hot Guts originally released on Philly’s Badmaster Records. “Adult Living,” the brand new single from our beloved Brisbane recreational drug enthusiasts Slug Guts, shows a far more refined, instrumental performance, paired lovingly with a fully unhinged performance by frontman JD. The Crystal Stilts track “Dark Eyes” appears on their EP, Radiant Door, but the song is so good we felt it needed to be released twice. Side A closes with “Strange Desire” by Wymond Miles of the Fresh & Onlys; this is a preview of his first full length which we will be releasing this summer.

Side B of Todo Muere Vol. 2 explores the more psychedelic side of our roster, beginning with “A Minor,” an epic unreleased jam by The Men. Santiago, Chile’s Föllakzoid returns to the fold to unveil their new song “Trees”; Sacred Bones will be releasing a full length from them later this year. The Amen Dunes track, “Ethio Song,” is from a European double 7-inch originally on kindred label Kraak, and is one of his most moving works to date. Finally, we end with an alternate demo version of “Mind Daze” from our beloved Psychic Ills."- Sacred Bones

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Honeydrum - Stranger Calls 7"


Black Jeans Chromavision Video


Chromavision, Episode 1 - Black Jeans from Goldwave Studios Inc. on Vimeo.

Monday, June 4, 2012

YYU - TimeTimeTime&Time (Beer on the Rug 2012)


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

D'eon - LP (Hippos In Tanks 2012)



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"LP is an oratorio in four movements. A humanistic mix of electronic pop with devotional subject matter. Continuing the musical themes of his previous two releases on H I T, 2010's "Palinopsia" mini-LP, and 2011's "Darkbloom" split with Grimes, d'Eon uses layers of digital keyboards and drum machine beats to carve pop songs out of counterpoint melodies and unresolved chord progressions. More evident than the previous two releases, d'Eon employs more of his classical piano training in the compositions, adding an increasing amount of fractalized, multiplying patterns of notes. The vocal and rhythmic approach of the songs are firmly rooted in pop music, using R&B and dance music as pieces of a larger oratorio, whose form, length and lyrical content more closely resemble long-form baroque music.
Lyrically, it is an appeal to the Angel Gabriel, responsible for dispensing the word of God to the world. As of 2012, it has been centuries since his last appearance to Muhammad, and God no longer speaks through him. Despite the communication technology that exists to distribute information, the original bringer of information, Gabriel, is nowhere to be found. The singer feels cheated that so many people watch over him every day on the internet, but God Himself no longer sees him. If the internet is the primary source of information, then it must follow that the Angel Gabriel is in the network somewhere. Throughout the four movements of "LP", the singer eventually descends into religious delusion and hysteria, and becomes obsessed with finding Gabriel, the Angel of Truth, in the internet, demanding an explanation for God's communication blackout."-Hippos In Tanks 

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Motion Sickness Of Time Travel - S/T (Spectrum Spools 2012)


"In 2010 Rachel Evans released "Seeping Through the Veil of the Unconscious", an expansive, magic trick of a cassette which captivated an unsuspecting American cassette underground and made dedicated fans instantly. Digitalis released fine editions of the "Seeping..." as well as the acclaimed follow-up "Luminaries and Synastries" on LP which packed an equally potent punch. Since then much anticipation has been created from her work with husband Grant Evans, including a split LP on Aguirre Records in late 2011 and various releases as duo Quiet Evenings. 

Evans has since been hard at work on an expansive, definitive 2xLP project, carefully arranging sounds to create immense, alchemical side-long tracks which push the boundries of the project into new territory. These incredible new highs are documented in a clear, spacious fidelity where cerebral sounds gently flow and wash through the stereo field creating a beautiful deep listening situation. Big changes in sound and scope are evident; a shift from the murky, mysterious haze of the older recordings into a highly addictive concentrate of airy tones and gem-like glow, each track forming a universal sky-map . There is, however, no loss of mystique. One of Evans most charming elements is her ability to create a divine magnetism, and to capture this very magic unfiltered, raw and uncomprimised. Very few have the capability to create this powerful energy and make is as accessible as Evans does. 

This full-length definitive album is a high water mark in Motion Sickness of Time Travel discography. An album masterfully crafted with ambition, crystal clear vision and dedicated focus. Mastered for vinyl by Lawrence English and cut for vinyl at Dubplates and Mastering. 
Artwork by Juli Elin Toro"- Spectrum Spool 




Tree House - Random Time (S/R 2012)


Jam City - Classical Curves (Night Slugs 2012)



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"This is a record about elegance, violence, electricity, water, marble, plants, trenchcoats, oily black jeep windows, crashed motorbikes, parks at twilight, clubs in the dark, broken DX7s and missed phone calls, written and recorded over a hot summer in a cramped flat with neighbours having sex through the walls.
“Classical Curves” comes from a teenhood spent obsessively listening to both Prince and Youngstar, a tumultuous period as a performance artist-cum-designer marketing ‘chrome body extensions’ to the fashion world, and a brief and bizarre spell as a corporate spy for a well known athletics brand. This is a record unique in its scope and vision, from a life that could only paint a world of romance and danger as vividly as this.
It’s a record that owes equal parts to Philly Club as it does to Laurie Anderson, The Neptunes as it does to Einsturzende Neubauten, Steve Poindexter as it does to the soft jazz leads of Pat Metheny. A record conceived out of (but not confined to) the legacy of the great rhythm trak muziks: Chicago House, Detroit Techno, Grime and Club. Classical Curves deconstructs, then reconfigures these blueprints as skeletal, emotionally charged pop songs. Or perhaps it’s the other way around: We are engulfed in booming, monolithic kick drums/We are floating on a pink cloud. We are thrashed and contorted by sheets of metal/We are suspended in breathy quiet of sighing voices and raindrops kissing the windowpane – and then it erupts again.
Classical Curves debuts its creators voice for the first time on record, taking on the roles of brazen alien catwalk commentator, crooning synth-pop pinup and whispering informant. And all the while the drums continue to snap, crunch, jerk and bump. There are also guitar synths, tape hiss, clouds of static, saxophones, lamenting fairlight choirs and slap bass. Listen carefully and you will hear a phone ringing (pick it up)."- Night Slugs 

Diva Dompe - Cyborg Sweetie 7'' (Critical Heights 2012)




"Game's up. Truth's out. Fog's lifted. Diva's gonna rule 2012, apocalypto or not. 
Diva Dompe is L.A.'s foremost underground polymath: musician, scientist, artist; she's a special talent. 

Whereas last year's marvellous full length, "The Glitter End", revelled in a psychedelic fug of tropicalia and analogue squelch; the first glimpse of new LP "Moon Moods" suggests our heroine has honed her pop dynamic with a gloriously melodic precision. Here the Angeleno backdrop that couches much of Diva's work is shot through with neon and laser light rather than incense glow. 

A heady push of chrome and fluorescence, Cyborg Sweetie tells a Deckard-like tale of unrequited "techno-love" that is addictive in the extreme. As Diva's powerful vocal transitions to a banging (gull-winged) muscle car cruise of a tune, we imagine radios across the globe crunching in unison. 

On the flip Teardrops In The Purple Dimension gives us midnight in Echo Park, but the sky is clear and we are lifted to the stars. Another stunning vocal leads us on a slow-mo trip into galactic unity: the micro and macro correspond, and "all time, all space drifts away". But this is only the beginning. Like we said, Diva's gonna rule 2012, apocalypto or not."- Critical Heights 





Alligator Indian - Spring I'm In (Bleeding Gold Records 2012)





Funk Police - Hot We Are Funk We Play (Avant! Records 2011)



Friday, May 25, 2012

The Hussy - Weed Seizure (Tic Tac Totally 2012)



Monday, May 21, 2012

Bitchin Bajas - Vibraquatic (Kallistei Records 2012)


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"Vibraquatic is the new multimedia collaboration of Cooper Crain’s Bitchin Bajas (CAVE) and globetrotting film-maker Olivia Wyatt (Sublime Frequencies).  In Vibraquatic, three psychedelic movements are paired with lush prismatic distortions and intense ritual behaviors. Fans of Terry Riley and Bryon Gysin will not be disappointed.  Get into the zone.  This DVD/LP release follows up the critically acclaimed collaboration Water Wrackets also on Kallistei Editions."- Kallistei 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Cankun - Isalo Waterfall (Not Not Fun 2012)



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"St Flour de Mercoire’s patron saint of sunburned guitar and electric mirages issues forth this new homage to an exquisite natural wonder in Southwestern Madagascar which Monsieur Cankun had the pleasure and privilege of witnessing first hand on a personal quest years prior. The strategies employed on last year’s debut, Jaguar Dance, are in even finer form here, fusing solar flares, feathery fields of guitar blur, and skeletal groove metronomes into multi-movement trance states of sunset skyway-psych. Moods crossfade between muted, spiraling, inner space loop-cruises (“Collages,” “Stylo”) and more revved up celebratory waverunners (“Blue Vanilla”, “Jugular Rhythms”) but all share his uniquely fried tonalism and magic touch. Welcome to the waterworld of the Waterfall. Pro-dubbed metallic gold tapes with ecstasy collage artwork by Valerian Marguery."- Not Not Fun 

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Hunx and his Punx

Hunx and his Punx 4/18/12 Austin,Tx
Photo by:Ryan B.

                                                                     Hunx - Let me In



                                                                         Tour Dates
                                                                             05.10.12 - Koln, Germany - Tsunami Club
                                                                             05.11.12 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli
                                                                             05.12.12 - London, UK - Shacklewell Arms
                                                                             05.13.12 - Manchester, UK - Islington Mill
                                                                             05.14.12 - London, UK - Birthdays (Stoke Newington Rd)
                                                                             05.15.12 - Paris, France - Le Point FMR
                                                                             05.16.12 - Rennes, France - Bar La Paillotte
                                                                             05.17.12 - Bordeaux, France - Cafe Pompier
                                                                             05.18.12 - Lyon, France - Le Nuits Sonores Festival
                                                                             05.19.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Popbar @ Razzmatazz
                                                                             05.21.12 - Heidelberg, Germany - Karlstorbanhof
                                                                             05.22.12 - Leipzig, Germany - Zorro
                                                                             05.23.12 - Berlin, Germany - Festaal Kreuzberg
                                                                             05.24.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Molotow
                                                                             05.25.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Stengade
                                                                             05.26.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Vielle Montagne
                                                                             05.27.12 - Helsinki, Finland - Kuudes Linja
                                                                             05.28.12 - Warsaw, Poland - Powiekszenie

Sunday, May 6, 2012

M Geddes Gengras - Systems 1 (905 Tapes 2012)


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"whether releasing material under his own name or a bulk of aliases, duos, and trios, m. geddes gengras always manages to produce beyond galactic sounds. over the three cassettes (c40, c44, c62) that make up systems 1, ged gets behind modular synthesizers and tape echos in order to force sparkling tones into supernovas. all of this ear juice is packaged in a triple-tall norelco case. it's easy on the eyes as well. don't sleep on this one. for real."- 905 Tapes 




Drainolith - Aint No Sunshine (Sun Ark 2012)


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"Tangled, pummeled poly-rhythmic blues from AIDS WOLF alumn Alexander Moskos, headstock scratching the floor, feet pounding.  Deeply felt and deeply numb at the same time, somehow scorching and freezing."- Sun Ark 



Free Weed - S/T (Gnar Tapes 2012)


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Friday, May 4, 2012

Nudity - Heavy Petting (S/R 2012)


Holodeck Party ATX


Raw Thrills - Top Gun Cruisin' (S/R 2012)


Sun Eater - S/T (S/R 2012)




Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Padang Food Tigers - Ready Country Nimbus (Bathetic 2012)



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"Warm… Embracing... Nostalgic… Emotive. A few words to describe the indefinable, thrown into the wind to pin the immersive atmospheres located within the wax of Padang Food Tigers' (ex-drone folk heroes, Rameses III) new album,Ready Country Nimbus. Comparable to feathers floating in the breeze, this London-based duo (Stephen Lewis and Spencer Grady) make their gentle passage via sublime vignettes to set up residence in pastures new. Theirs is the sound of dirt and cobwebs being swept from the corners of childhood memories. The world weeps tears of knowledge, comfort, concentration, enlightenment, while handing flowers to a parade of beautiful women."- Bathetic 




Monday, April 30, 2012

Psych Fest Austin 2012 Portraits

Taraka Larson of Prince Rama

Cole Alexander of Black Lips 

Nate Grace of Pure X 
And Max aka High Wolf

All Photos by: Fabian Villa 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ty Segall and White Fence - Hair (Drag City 2012)



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"Ty Segall meets White Fence on the golden road to unlimited devotion! Known for rock & roll both savage and incisive and pastorally acid-winged, Ty Segall and White Fence have collaborated on a set of songs that accelerate wildly from where we last found them. Hair squares their guitar-fringed traffic with purple flashes, escalating every song before multiple explosions rock the frame during their penultimate joust, with Sean Presley and Mikal Cronin along for the frantic carpet ride."-Insound 

Virtual - S/T (Beer on the Rug 2012)


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Diamond Rugs - S/T (Partisan Records 2012)



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"Diamond Rugs is a collaboration between John McCauley (Deer Tick), Robbie Crowell (Deer Tick), Ian Saint Pé (The Black Lips), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate) and Bryan Dufresne (Six Finger Satellite). The Diamond Rugs long player is going to be released April 24th, 2012. It was recorded in Nashville and produced by Adam Landry and Justin Collins (Middle Brother, Deer Tick)."- Partisan 



Friday, April 20, 2012

Bola - Volume 7 (Awesome Tapes from Africa 2012)

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"Bola's music aggressively melds sheer force of spirit with a sound not often heard by ears outside the remote Upper East Region of Ghana. His bold fury stems from the kologo--a two-stringed lute with a calabash gourd resonator--and Frafra-language vocals, emitted in raspy bursts. This is some of the most distinct and dynamic music to come out of Ghana since the emergence of hiplife music in the mid-90s." - SC Distribution

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

High Wolf - Know Thyself (Sun Ark 2012)

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"Ascendent, crystallized tones from High Wolf. Calm, mantric expansions, burning at the center. France's finest in contemporary psych, art by Max" - Sun Ark

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Black Jeans - S/T (Tundra Dubs 2012)



Art Post - Alex Steele




Artist Website
Predator Hauntings, series

"At first glance the work is presented as an organic, fluid repetition of botanical textures and patterns. But a shift in focus reveals a look at the darker side of humanity. Beneath the surface, this series of collages exposes the body as an uninhibited being; a sexual figure, a volatile monster, and an irrational mind. Using jungle images to form the figures proposes that people have an inborn potential to be as brute as nature can be." - Alex Steele

Lumens - S/T (Holodeck 2012)

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"Originally conceived as a project based around healing frequencies, Lumens’ self-titled debut actually manifested into an exorcism of sorts; understated swells of cavernous brass and strings, decaying drum loops, warm-electronic pulses of synth & home-made tape-phrases, and ephemeral layered vocals (more playing out as an instrument than voice) are various expressions of the greater body which is Lumens (HD004).

Lumens’ debut is as understated as it is emotive; the sound of tape machines extend out of their murky aural-bed never to return again; ambiguous samples play out to reveal hidden facets of detail; acausal song structure becomes suddenly coordinated in minimal, yet dense, movements of reserved sonic exploration and focused ambiance.

Opener Sweet Voice and closer When I knew You feature respective visitations of reversed and layered vocals, the former track collapsing into a narcotic kraut-groove halfway through its duration, marked with measured swells of foggy trumpet and viola; the latter leading the album into a final ascension, guided by collisions of brass and effects-laden voice over a primordial pulse of echoing floor-tom. The centerpieces of the album, Fake Time and Valley, recede back into expansive panoramas of minimalism; gradient soundscapes that deliberately journey through wide-open spaces of tonal depth and texture. Space and time shed their former boundaries, and there exists Lumens, embracing the void and bringing form where it was once absent."- Holodeck



Thousand Foot Whale Claw - Lost In Those Dunes (Holodeck 2012)

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Featuring Members of Pure X and Troller.

"As the name would imply, Thousand Foot Whale Claw are only concerned with large proportions. This is TFWC’s debut release, though the Austin-based four piece have been mind-controlling live audiences with wave after wave of sub & ultra-sonic psychedelic frequencies for over a year now. Walls of synth(s) and infinitely-sustaining guitar(s) ride the undercurrent of deeply effected bass to create two 11-minute slabs of sound that comprise Lost in Those Dunes (HD002).

The release opens with its self-titled track, patiently smoldering and taking form like a star being born in a cloud of heat and dust: filters open, unintelligible sound sources emerge, a glowing bass-line breaths subtle rhythm into the track, and what was once a barely audible frequency is now a resonance that you are inside of. Fleshwave follows a similar path, though opting for a noisier, more chaotic, and formless nebula of sonics to float through. Order out of chaos, they say.

The overall expansiveness of Lost in Those Dunes brings “spaced out” to a new exponential level; the feeling of being lost is undeniable, though finding out just where you are lost will be a more difficult question to answer."- Holodeck


Smokey Emery - Soundtracks For Invisibility Vol.1 (Holodeck 2012)

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"Re-release ​of the ultra limited CD-R on Kiamisha Drive (KIA011, 2003), the imprint of one Daniel Hipolíto, also known as Smokey Emery. Only a handful were released initially, including one exclusive repress for Aquarius Records in San Francisco, who was awfully fond of the album. Now, Holodeck is proud to release the first installment of Smokey Emery’s three part ​Soundtracks for Invisibility ​series on the format that’s most proper: tape.

Soundtracks for Invisibility Vol 1: Youth Burnt While Traveling​ (HD001) is an arresting listen: symphonic drones and tape-loops are captured and constructed, and subsequently manipulated, on a series of reel-to-reel recorders, passed through effects & multiple generations of pitch-shifts, then allowed to loop over each other and explore the natural decay and idiosyncrasies of their respective formats. The machines feel as if they are given their own voices, like overhearing the hushed conversations between the components of a drenched city in the dead of night. Hipolíto acts as a medium between these voices, invisibly orchestrating an experimental narrative that facilitates the pulses of mechanical drones with plucks of timeless music boxes and other field recordings into a coherent and emotive whole.

The end result is incredibly intimate, and undeniably personal; even if Smokey Emery remains decidedly unseen, his fingerprints are on every single facet of this album, and we are all better for it."-Holodeck

Melissa Cha Video - Not Not Fun & Friends - Hounds of Love 2012


NOT NOT FUN & Friends @ Hounds of Love 2012 from Melissa Cha on Vimeo.