March 2011

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Tape – The Wild Palms


‘The Wild Palms’ is taken from the 5th studio album “Revelationes” by Swedish Trio Tape, co-released from Immune Recordings with Häpna.  It is their first since 2008’s “Luminarium” and the follow-up to their collaboration LP with Bill Wells.

Swedish trio Tape was formed in 2000 by brothers Andreas and Johan Berthling with Tomas Hallonsten. Taking cues both from pop, experimentalism, and minimalism their sound has become recognized internationally and is clearly something of its own. Their first album Opera was released on the Häpna imprint (which Johan is a co-owner of) in 2002. Working intuitive, all by themselves, they created mini symphonies out of electronic sounds paired with a stunning melodic lyricism. With an array of electronic and acoustic instruments at hand they have gone on to release three additional full length albums (Milieu, Rideau, and Luminarium). In 2006 they collaborated with Japanese duo Tenniscoats for their album Tan-Tan Therapy. The same year they recorded in Tokyo with Japanese quartet Minamo for the album Birds of a Feather. Tape have performed worldwide, playing shows in Japan, China, Taiwan, and tours of Europe and the US. Since Luminarium was released in 2008 the band have been diligently recording in their Summa Studio in Stockholm. The results of their labor is the new album “Revelationes”.    (Immune Recordings)





Spook Houses – Home

Formed Summer 2010 in Ridgewood NJ, Spook Houses consist of Colin Alexander, David Benton (Sports), Bob Raymonda, Nick Corbo (Animal Names), and Daniel Sohval, Andrew Wade, Alkis Neimaris (Little City Fires).  ‘Home’ is taken from their new limited 4-track 7″.  Stream/pre-order, here on bandcamp.



Baby Dee – Yapapipi

‘Yapapipi’ is taken from Baby Dee‘s new EP “Regifted Light,” mostly instrumental album with a Steinway grand piano, available now on Drag City. .  Baby Dee has been known as an American performance artist, multi-instrumentalist, and singer-songwriter from Cleveland, Ohio, also known for collaborating with Antony and the Johnsons, Andrew WK, and many other artists on the New York City scene.


The Mantles – Raspberry Thighs


Following “Pink Information” EP (2010) on Mexican Summer, San Francisco’s the Mantles release new ‘Raspberry Thighs‘ b/w ‘Roman Hat’ 7-inch via French label, SDZ Records, available online through the label.



“We made a very special EP to help support Japan. It is all unreleased material. Please donate what you can and spread the word!”  

The Morning Benders


先週、ボクたちは日本でのはじめての公演をする予定でした。それはボクたちにとって、とてもとくべつな旅路になろうとしていました、とりわけボクにとっては。ボクはいつも日本に戻って演奏することを夢見ていました。そんなに知られていませんが、ボクは日本で生まれたんです。住んでいたのは、ほんの2年でしたが、ボクはいつも日本や日本のひとたちへの深い愛を抱いてました。今そこで起こっているすべてのことを知り、言いあらわせないほど、ボクは悲しくて無力に感じています。そして、たとえそこへ行けなかったとしても、ボクたちが助けられるすべてのことをしたいのです。 We love you, Japan.   xo,  クリス


Japan Echo EP (日本・エコー) Tracklisting:

1. Cold War (Star Slinger Remix)
2. Better In Blue
3. Hand Me Downs (Wild Nothing Remix)
4. Excuses (RAC Remix)
5. Mason Jar (Twin Sister Remix)
6. Wet Cement (Aislyn Remix)
7. Little Riot
8. Promises (Star Slinger Remix)

Donate & Download :: http://themorningbenders.com/


Ra Ra Riot – Too Dramatic (Morning Benders Remix)

‘You Know What I Mean ‘ is a new song from Cults (Madeline Follin and Richie Follin of Guards, Willowz), from their debut full-length recording with a producer Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells), which is due out May via Columbia(US) / In The Name Of (UK).


Cults – You Know What I Mean by cultscultscults

TANK TANKURO: PREWAR WORKS 1934-1935
by GAJO SAKAMOTO
阪本牙城 “タンク・タンクロー”

A classic pre-war manga by Gajo Sakamoto which prefigures Astro Boy, translated into English.  256pgs (including 16 pages of interpretive text) / Full Color,Hard Cover with Book Case. 
It will be published by Presspop Inc. on June, 2011.
COVER DESIGN BY: CHRIS WARE



AN EAST MEETS WEST LEGENDARY AND MIND BLOWING LIVE SHOW OF JAPANESE ALTO SAXOPHONE FREE JAZZ EXTRAORDINAIRE: AKIRA SAKATA, MEMBERS OF THE BAND TORTOISE: JEFF PARKER & JOHN HERNDON, AND NATE MCBRIDE.


Sakata/ Parker/ McBride/ Herndon
In a babble” 12” vinyl x 2 (Limited)

Live at Umbrella Music Festival, The Hideout, Chicago / November 7th, 2009. Artwork by John Herndon. Hand letterpressed by Jeff Mueller (June of 44, Shipping News) of Dexterity Press.
Release Date: May, 2011

Also from Presspop Inc. 



The Cameraman (This American Life)

A television experiment. Cartoonist Chris Ware teams up with his animator, John Kuramoto, to make a cartoon version of a true story. Jeff Potter tells the story to host Ira Glass: about an art project, a bunch of first-graders, and how being behind the camera can rob you of your humanity even if the camera’s not real. Chris and John supply the visuals.

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