A list of useful items you might find in a theoretical text adventure / RPG game. Letterpressed poster commissioned by Lee Noble and printed by Colby Poster in Los Angeles before they closed at the end of last year. Edition of 100, 14”x22”, on assorted colored backgrounds (yellow, green, white, black, yellow to green, yellow to green to orange, yellow to green to red, fluorescent orange, fluorescent yellow, pink). Price includes shipping, posters will be shipped flat.
This tremendous work by Portland’s Jackie McDowell was originally issued in an edition of 33 last year on her own label Biological Radio, and constitutes, I’m sad to say, the last and maybe definitive release of her haunting, beautiful, and yet slight and earnest experimental folk project Inez Lightfoot. The combination of field recordings of nature, traditional instruments, electronics, distant sound passages, and drifting vocals is evocative and so moving. Highly recommended. Edition of 100 pro-dubbed chrome tapes with risograph artwork designed by Jackie, Amy, and Lee. - SOLD OUT -
Ryan Norris’ (Lambchop) second album for No Kings is cosmic in scale, sweeping in emotion. Sunless has the weight and breadth of any classic electronic album, written and recorded with the same mentality and practice. Pulsing, warm waves shaped expertly. Analog synthesis defined, basically. Voice and horn samples recorded to mellotron by Cortney Tidwell, Amy Marcantel, and Matt Glassmeyer. Some of Ryan’s high-string guitar is thrown in the mix as well. One of the most sophisticated and well-crafted albums I’ve ever had the pleasure to release. Edition of 100 pro-dubbed chrome tapes with letterpress and risograph artwork designed by Amy Fortunato & Lee Noble.
Vinyl edition of Sunless will be released on Record Store Day by Russell Cothran’s Made In Canada label.- SOLD OUT -
Working with sunnier sawtooth tones and a slightly more urgent pace than we heard on what are now classic releases such as Seeping Through The Veil… and her megalithic self-titled album, Rachel Evans recorded these two side-long tracks on Halloween last year and has captured some of that autumnal magic within them. “Initiation” has sharp angles, membranes of filtered synth expanding / contracting, and then bursting by surging high-frequency needles making intricate patterns, and side B’s “Growing Things” is liquid bubbles and dusty whirring; it could be the sound effects track to a time-lapse film of a tiny seed taking root and becoming a tree. Edition of 100 pro-dubbed chrome tapes with risograph artwork designed by L. Noble. -SOLD OUT-
Catalog mining has led to the No Kings acquisition of this vintage DR / SWP album once thought lost to the eons. Old-school Dead-C-on-drone era Rogers (when he was a guitar thrasher), has waves of feedback and even a drum kit!, collapsing into the synthy chord progressions we know and love, while Frank Baugh’s side B has four loose songs fading into each other, his signature guitar with casio loops and organ tones, that beautifully bleak landscape. Edition of 65 pro-dubbed tapes with gradient label and four different risographed covers. -SOLD OUT-
Empress of noise, Ecstatic Peace recording artist, Thurston Moore, Rat Bastard, Unicorn Hard-On, God Willing, Robedoor (etc.) collaborator, Nashville scene savior, and wildflower enthusiast, Leslie Keffer self-released this EP of nuanced dance/noise earlier this year on vinyl through a kickstarter campaign, and here we have the cassette version. Surprising, dark, shifting beats resonate through a patchwork of drones, named after the flowers of the Tennessee wilderness. Leslie is a true music hero who absolutely deserves your support. Edition of 65 pro-dubbed tapes with gradient labels and risograph artwork. -SOLD OUT-
Two of the best droner heavyweights slice off some heavenly mana and lay it all over this split. Kyle Iman has releases on Sweat Lodge Guru, Stunned, Anathema, Digitalis, Monorail Trespassing, Avant Archive, and Tranquility Tapes, and Franklin Teagle / Ryan McGill collectively: Stunned, Digitalis, House of Sun, Hooker Vision, Sacred Phrases, in addition to owning Tranquility. I’m just listing their extremely solid discography… These beautiful, well-crafted tracks basically do all the talking. It’s really good. Transcendent. Edition of 65 pro-dubbed tapes with gradient label and risograph artwork. - SOLD OUT -
Philadelphia’s Cough Cool leaves the guitar / mic in the closet for this album of dubby sample jams. What sounds like a big stack of old scratched 45s the gets glitch + EQ treatment, with the delay feedback cranked, part collage, part remix, in service of the listener. Your favorite parts from unknown songs, efficiently edited and repeated plus Dan’s own grey matter shredded on top. Purchase comes with my personal guarantee that, with one listen, you will have some combination of at least three of these tracks permanently burned into your thoughts. Edition of 65 pro-dubbed tapes with various gradient stickers and 2 color risograph artwork. -SOLD OUT-
Had the great pleasure of witnessing this Auckland/Melbourne charmer play a show at my house earlier this year while on his US tour. With a background in fine art sculpture, his suitcase set with tiny modular synthesizer, looping pedals, keyboard, and accoutrements laid out on the floor looked sufficiently feng shui as the sound drifted slowly out into the room and enveloped the crowd in a lulling cloud that was imbued with folk sensibility and fervor, in addition to restraint. Mediterranean Years includes material he recorded in Echo Park on that trip, and it’s as if he bottled that luminescent cloud and transferred it to tape, still moving, slowly dissipating. Edition of 80 pro-dubbed tapes with letterpress / risograph artwork. - SOLD OUT -
Awesome Ike Yard vibes on this new long player from these California Kill Shaman allies, following the deep sticky haze that was Papau Mass on Night People, and Cattle Border on Clandestine. Hypnotic monotone vocals with a double dose of slapback echo coast along on top of static analog drum patterns. Hoatzin will whip you into liminal trance. I wish these dudes were the house band in some dank smoky LA club. Oh man I would hang out there. All the time. Burn out the sun. Drink 10 beers. Put on the fog machine and breathe deeply. Edition of 80 pro-dubbed tapes with risograph artwork on white, blue, or grey paper. - SOLD OUT -
Damon Black of Australia recorded this audio cryptogram of interlocking loops, riffs, and textures when he was living in Tokyo in 2011. Moment to moment, this record is hitting many touchstones, part Kraut / psychedelic / drone, but always expansive, outward, and visual. Shapes and forms: waves, hexagons, prisms, serpentines, pyramids. A druggy wah in the distance buried over with fuzzy ether. Edition of 80 pro-dubbed tapes with risograph artwork. -SOLD OUT-
Refractions from the Skull Prism
In 2010, No Kings co-founder Stephen Molyneux traveled to Cambodia and made some bewitching field recordings, which Tiny Mix Tapes called “24 minutes of haunting legitimacy”! This year he took a month long sabbatical to Central America, his first and last stop was in coastal Hopkins, Belize where he crafted this follow-up of sorts with locals, the LeBeha Drummers, who incidentally were nominated for a Grammy! (traditional music category) in 2006 for their first album. Garifuna Field Recordings is the group’s second physical release and was made directly onto cassette in single takes by Stephen, and focuses on a performance of two core group members Warren Martinez, Clayton Williams, and their teacher Jabbar Lambey, so they’ve retitled themselves for this release as LeBeha MEN, which translates to “The End Men” in Garifuna. This comes on the heels of their recent win at the Central American Battle of the Drums!!! Edition of 200 tapes with 2-color risograph artwork. Watch some videos here. - SOLD OUT -
Mr. Scott Martin returns to No Kings for the third time with this long player, which has been bouncing around studios and car speakers with explosive anticipation while this drummer savant has been out on the Lambchop world tour. Finally it’s out. Expect the usual paralyzing beats and whipped-into-shape sample blips. Onward forever. Edition of 60 pro-dubbed tapes with risograph artwork in pink and black gradient on thick cotton rag paper. - SOLD OUT -
Moscow’s Nicholay Sirov (Cats’ Orchestra) curated this split with his Chicago penpal Josh Tabbia. Cats’ side A is a curious amalgam of jumbled samples and looped riffs, mysterious late nite compositions performed by a sleepwalker, and on side B Tabbia’s Problems That Fix Themselves contrasts with slabs of two-fisted digital distortion and a few surprising moments of release. Edition of 60 pro-dubbed tapes with risograph artwork designed by Amy Fortunato and Lee Noble on varying shades of green paper. -SOLD OUT-