|07.08.14||Liv Carrow Pile of Needles Album Release|
There's a 'V' of geese in the sky, there's a stream, and they're both talking. Maybe far away you can hear something else? A powerful, flowing voice describing a setting within that setting? A world within a world, Liv Carrow shows us around.
Pile of Needles is Liv's first album for Single Girl Married Girl (and one of the only recordings made at the label's now-defunct recording studio, The Thimble). Liv's voice and guitar follow each other, not unlike the geese in the gaggle or the stream along its path, in smooth turns or sharp bends as other things come and go. It's strong and varied and free and weird and special and comforting and we just really can't say enough nice things about it.
Listen to "Leaves" by Liv Carrow from Pile of Needles (right click to download)Cassette Tape: $6.00 CD: $8.00
|04.15.14||Harmon Butcher I'm Ready To Feel Zine Release|
After months of more-or-less careful planning and a few decisions, we are rightly prepared to announce the latest from Harmon Butcher. I'm Ready to Feel is a collection of remarkably adequate stories that the reader is conditionally guaranteed to find, at least, satisfactory! It's difficult to write about someone's writing so perhaps we'll leave it at this quote direct from Harmon Butcher: "Stop yelling. I'm not yelling."
And to tickle the eyeballs (not recommended), Butcher's world is once again fleshed out by the fantastic Kate Ferencz. Kate's splendid drawings lend sheen to the banal, cohesion to the meandering and inchoate, and a veneer of legitimacy for this otherwise illegitimate scoundrel. Buy it or not! No rush!
softcover / 5.5" x 8.5" / 64 pages / color of cover may vary / $5.00
Page samples (click to enlarge):
|01.28.14||Idiot Forever Boi Boi Insane Cassette + Zine Release|
The same weird mask from that dream is here but now it's nice. It's a comfort to see a familiar thing. And it's an excitement to see a familiar thing in a new way!
Boi Boi Insane is a cassette tape and zine by Idiot Forever, a project by Philadelphia artist Josh Mackie of Your Children Is Beautiful and GUNK. On the album and in the artwork, there is a steady process of recombination. There are instinctive creations and found objects, there are simple and intricate patterns overlaid. What I mean is, it's natural and beautiful. Like a cemetery or a parking lot. But also very different?
The first ten online orders of Boi Boi Insane will be rewarded with a free one-of-a-kind drawing by Josh Mackie!
Cassette Tape + Zine: $10.00
To round out the communication of ideas covered with this release, Josh also made a 25-minute video to accompany the album! It has been called by several a "must-see!" The video was screened at the Boi Boi Insane release party at Big Mama's Cinematheque in North Philly on Friday, January 24th and can now be found here:
|01.07.14||Actual Pearls Sadden Lip Broken Tear Cassette Release|
Is that your friend coming towards us? Or is it a pile of broken computers? I know I had a dollar in my pocket to catch the bus but now it's just a handful of leaves and they are getting smaller and smaller. There's a marching band or an opera house or a warm breeze. Whatever it is, it's coming apart and the world looks different.
Sadden Lip Broken Tear is the first release from Actual Pearls, a solo project of Yianni Kourmadas (Hermit Thrushes). The songs are rather brief so to convince you there's something to this, here are MULTIPLE "singles." It's all about breaking conventions, ya know?
Listen to "Uco Horn" by Actual Pearls from Sadden Lip Broken Tear (right click to download)
Listen to "Keppler" by Actual Pearls from Sadden Lip Broken Tear (right click to download)
Listen to "Oh Trem Sa" by Actual Pearls from Sadden Lip Broken Tear (right click to download)$6.00
|12.31.13||Preview of Boi Boi Insane by Idiot Forever|
A chain-link fence topped with razor wire catches all the loose plastic bags. The wind blows them over to the fence and now they're caught on the fence. Now, there's a steel drum. We're in Trinidad. Now, there's some weird scratchy thing. We're in a junkyard.
Boi Boi Insane is the fantastic debut of Idiot Forever, the solo project Josh Mackie (Your Children Is Beautiful, GUNK), one of our favorite musicians and visual artists. Boi Boi Insane is both a cassette music album and a paper stapled zine. Here's a song from this album that we think is a very good one:
Listen to "Pretty Soon Pretty Sun" by Idiot Forever from Boi Boi Insane (right click to download)
And here are some images from the zine that are likely to pique your interest (click to enlarge):
|12.07.13||Snow Caps Shirts For Sale|
|The people have banded together, voices raised, and we have listened to their demands! Here we present to you the first ever Snow Caps shirts, designed by Joanna S. Quigley. To accomodate folks of all wardrobes, the shirt comes in both pink and blue and is guaranteed to match all of one's coolest clothes. Distinguish yourself from the rest of the animal kingdom with these stylish, 100% cotton shirts.|
Click to enlarge design:
|Pink Shirt: $10.00
|Blue Shirt: $10.00
|11.19.13||Dean Cercone Juggling Hot Coals Cassette Release|
The limbs are outstretched, the voices are reflected, the walls lend an echo. Here is Dean Cercone. The humming builds around him until, suddenly, a melody emerges. Texture or a smoke conceals and now, Juggling Hot Coals.
Juggling Hot Coals is Dean Cercone's most cohesive and powerful recording to date. Its entrancing sounds are now harnessed and available on cassette tape (with digital download). This is the follow-up to Dean's fantastic, out-of-print split with Skinless Boneless and his rare 20010 LP. Copies are limited!$6.00
|11.02.13||Hermit Thrushes November Tour|
Yes, it's that special season where touring seems like a fine idea! And so, without much cause other than that of selfish determination to travel, share, and improve, we find our flagship band Hermit Thrushes visiting some places that some people love best! For anyone keeping track, if one were to segment the year 2013 into two equal parts, this would roughly mirror the February tour but... it'd be bigger/longer? Fun house mirror?
Be sure to spare no expense in visiting these venues on these particular dates:
|11.04.13 Pittsburgh, PA - 233 Romeo St. w/
Adult Field Trip, Jim Price
11.05.13 Chicago, IL - Burlington Bar w/ Clearance,
11.06.13 Chicago, IL - Rebirth Gallery w/
Daniel Wyche,Troy Schafer,
comedy by Party Steve!
11.07.13 Chicago, IL - Cafe Mustache w/
Katrina Stonehart, ADT, Greg Canario
11.08.13 Kalamazoo, MI - Rupert's Brew Pub w/
Forget the Times, Anybody but the Cops
11.09.13 Toronto, ON - Feast in the East 31 at
Gerrard Art Space w/ Saturns, Mannerisms
|11.11.13 Alfred, NY - Turner Galley, Alfred University
w/ Kelley Donahue, Hannah Weidner
11.12.13 Troy, NY - 51 3rd St. w/
Jason Martin Electrical
11.13.13 Hudson, NY - The Half Moon w/ Liv Carrow
11.14.13 Marlboro, VT - Marlboro College w/
The Great Valley
11.15.13 Worcester, MA - The Firehouse w/ Uh Huh
11.16.13 Brooklyn, NY - Juggling Hot Coals Cassette
Release at Bohemian Grove w/
Dean Cercone, Lord Fascinator, Nic Lawless
11.17.13 Philadelphia, PA - The Big Pink w/ Madonno,
Breakfast in Fur, Hundreds and Thousands
|10.28.13||Preview of Juggling Hot Coals by Dean Cercone|
Our relationship with musician and visual artist Dean Cercone began nearly two years ago when we released the fantastic Dean Cercone / Skinless Boneless split cassette tape. At that time it seemed written in the stars that we would be presented with an equally fantastic full-length album from Dean someday. Let us fall further down the well! Paraphrase: Someday is Now! Paraphrase: Juggling Hot Coals is Dean Cercone's fine-tuned restatement of themes and images; a new album that further develops his intense, personal language and allows room to reinterpret his previous music. How can you say no to progress and perspective?
Juggling Hot Coals will be released on November 19th and we really couldn't be happier. Peep this track for more info:
Listen to "Reflection of You" by Dean Cercone from Juggling Hot Coals (right click to download)
|10.01.13||Evil Sword More Witches Cassette + Art Book Release|
We have been marching through these woods for long enough and -- was that a branch cracking underfoot or old bones? It's getting too dark to see. It's getting too cold to move. Do we dare trust these mysterious guides?
They are called Evil Sword. The document, More Witches: a 10-song album in the form of a C25 cassette tape and a (roughly) cassette-sized art book. The songs are nothing short of shocking, fantastical, and bizarre. The images in the book are culled from the darkest recesses of the strange and arcane.
The hesitant few are in need of reassurance. Evil Sword is comprised of Kate Ferencz, Ben Furgal, Andrew Maher and Yianni Kourmadas (Hermit Thrushes). The recordings include musical visitations (that is, vocal performances) from Scott Churchman, Andrew Keller (Snow Caps), and Amalia Wilson. The cover of More Witches features our generation's most powerful witch (and a poet of great import and wisdom), CAConrad.
Perhaps this video from our Zine Winter release party will soothe your worried mind.
To prove that their powers are true and ungovernable and dark, Evil Sword will be marking the trees with blood in these fair cities:
10.02.13 New York, NY - The Chris Gerthard Show
10.10.13 Boston, MA
|09.09.13||Preview of More Witches By Evil Sword|
The wind howls a tune that is quite frightening. Autumn is the time of rust. And so it is that Evil Sword returns to us. They bring news from over the horizon of time, they bring suffering from beyond the grave. They bring their first full-length album, More Witches, as well as a companion art book -- a combination assured to thrill and horrify the auditory and visual senses alike!
More Witches will be released on October 1st, 2013 and is now available for pre-order. You may anticipate the witching hour with the following uncanny sounds and images.
Listen to "The Golden Toad" by Evil Sword from More Witches (right click to download)
Art book page samples (click to enlarge):
|04.18.13||Zine Winter 2013|
Zine Winter was a collective project for friends to pool their amazing powers of creativity in defiance of winter's inherent 'slowing' properties. It was also an excuse for us to orchestrate a gigantic variety show at the fantastic and legendary Philadelphia art institution, Space 1026. It was also SO MUCH FUN but SO MUCH WORK that we will assuredly be doing it again... several years from now.
The performances have ended but the zines are eternal. Or at least their spirits are? No, even those must die. But for the next 10-80 years, depending on your habits of eating and exercise (and risk-taking, I suppose), you can harness some of these spirits as they were intended to be harnessed: as unassuming packets of stapled paper.What I mean to say is: ZINES FOR SALE!
Our competitive pricing scheme encourages exploration of these 16 diverse avenues of study without punishing the unadventurous. No punishment!
|03.29.13||Saturday, April 13th: Zine Winter Release at Space 1026|
Winter blues is perhaps the worst of the blues genres and by winter blues we of course mean melancholy which, as we now know, is not a form of blues at all but a black or, more precisely, an imbalance (abundance) of black bile in the long disproven humoral theory.
To balance the bile in ourselves and others, we asked a bunch of really fantastic folks to create a zine 1) of any variety, 2) this winter, 3) please. In return, we promised to print and assemble AKA publish the finished products. We're a lot of things but we aren't liars when it comes to promises about zines this year.
Join us on April 13th at Philadelphia's Space 1026 for a night of performances as diverse as these sixteen amazing zines!
Zines for sale by Malwina Andruczyk, Sofia Bell (of Little Teeth), Bryan Day, Lindsey Dickson, Courtney Fellion & Joe Yonker, Kate Ferencz & Ben Furgal, Mike Gerkovitch & Emily Royer, Taryn Jones, Yianni Kourmadas (of Hermit Thrushes), Josh Mackie (of Your Children is Beautiful), Summer Myers, Eva Grace Restad, Dawn Riddle, Justin Samson, Southwork, and Stefie Wein
Sinister puppetry and probable wicked sounds by the always horrifying Evil Sword
Extremely comedic stand-up comedy presented exclusively for entertainment but also only for enjoyment by Mike Gerkovich and Malwina Andruczyk
BYOHorn music provided by anyone who brings a brass instrument (SERIOUS) and Tony Trov
Visual education through the only proven teaching software ever invented viz., Powerpoint by Dawn Riddle
Physical thought crime or amazing unexpected... stuff by the wild and wonderful Josh Mackie
Readings from some of the zines and/or potential interviews via Skype via internets via satellite and:
SO MUCH MORE! Oh, dear, please just come so you're not mad at yourself later!
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