May 2011

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Trouble Books & Mark McGuire – Song for Reinier Lucassen’s Sphinx

‘Song for Reinier Lucassen’s Sphinx’ is taken from the upcoming self-titled collaborative LP between Akron, Ohio outfit Trouble Books (Keith Freund and Linda Lejsovka joined by Mike Tolan) and Mark McGuire (of Emeralds), self-released by the artists labels Bark & Hiss and Wagon.  Second pressing pre-order, here.

“an empty bliss beyond this World” haftw008 LP/CD/Digital



“A memory is what’s left when something happens and does not completely unhappen.”   – Edward De Bonot

“an empty bliss beyond this world” is the second album from Berlin based English experimental artist James Leyland Kirby’s alias The Caretaker.  Released: May 19th (June 6th on CD) by history always favours the winners. Cover art is an original painting by Ivan Seal.  Kirby has created the soundtrack to “Patience (After Sebald)“, a new essay film by Grant Gee who has directed music documentaries about Radiohead Joy Division.  The soundtrack album will be released later this year. Also, Kirby’s “intrigue and stuff vol.1” from a new series of four 12″ singles is out now.

ギャビン・ブライアーズの『タイタニック号の沈没』以来の衝撃 ….. ふと『シャイニング』、亡霊達の仮面舞踏会のシーンも脳裏をよぎります。

the caretaker – an empty bliss beyond this world (album preview) by experimedia

01. All you are going to want to do is get back there
02. Moments of sufficient lucidity
03. The great hidden sea of the unconscious
04. Libet’s delay
05. I feel as if I might be vanishing
06. An empty bliss beyond this World
07. Bedded deep in long term memory
08. A relationship with the sublime
09. Mental caverns without Sunshine
10. Pared back to the minimal
11. Mental caverns without Sunshine
12. An empty bliss beyond this World
13. Tiny gradiations of loss
14. Camaraderie at arms length
15. The sublime is disappointingly elusive


Monster Rally is Ted Feighan from Columbus, Ohio, a senior at Ohio State University with a track in print-making.  He named his own project from the 50′s cartoon “Monster Rally” (The Addams Family) by Charles “Chas” Addams (1912 – 1988).  His latest 4-song 7″ EP “Deeep Sea” that the follow up to the limited vinyl release of the debut LP “Coral” via Oakland’s Gold Robot Records is due out on May 31st via Gold Robot, and digitally available now on his bandcamp, a limited edition of 300 copies, hand-screened covers by Monster Rally himself.

“In comparison to the Coral LP, this EP possesses a more beat-heavy feel. As noted in the second track, it is also an optimistic collection of songs. It includes a take on dance music (Siberian Girls), a track named after the location of his grandmother’s beach house, and a classic 60s surf pop drumbeat meshed with Hawaiian guitars.”




World Series “Episodes of El Niño” c32



“Episodes of El Niño” is the latest release from Columbus, Ohio native Colin Field aka World Series, limited edition of 100 tapes, available on June 2nd via a New Jersey / Kansas based tape label, Beer on the Rug, and out now digitally on their bandcamp.  Beer on the Rug was found by Gaurav Bashyakarla (of Kansas’ C V L T S) with his friends.


World Series – Joy by BEERONTHERUG




“CASINO GARDENS” c24



Casino Gardens is a new project of Columbus, Ohio native Byron Ferrari aka Young Heat, its self-titled debut tape is also available on Beer on the Rug, limited edition of 200 tapes and digitally on their bandcamp.


Casino Gardens – Get It Right by BEERONTHERUG


牛島憲之 「まるいタンク」 1957
Noriyuki Ushijima (1900 – 1997)

開館30周年記念特別展 牛島憲之 ―至高なる静謐―
渋谷区立松濤美術館 2011年4月5日(火)~5月29日(日)

府中市美術館常設 牛島憲之記念館

「タンクと煙突」 1959



Chicago’s folk-rock-psychedelic outfit, Wrugs has released their first full-length “Smokey Courts” now on Glass Foot Records.



After releases with both Night People and Chapter Music, Australia’s Twerps bring their dark dream-pop to Brooklyn label Group Tightener. This three song 7-inch (She Didn’t Know / Anything New / Peculiar) works as a companion piece (same art split into two) to their recently released 7-inch on Under Water Peoples.  

Recorded By Mikey Young, Marty Frawley – Vox & Guitar, Julia McFarlane – Guitar, Rick Milovanovic – Bass, Patrick O’Neill – Drums, Dion Nania – Casio.  Limited to 500.




Twerps – Black Eyes
Filmed by Johann Rashid and James Eisen / Edited by Johann Rashid
from Black Eyes 7″ co-released by Underwater Peoples on March 8th with Chapter Music

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