Vivian Girls Japan Tour, coming soon!

"Next week we fly to Japan to play three dates with our pals from Atlanta, The Black Lips."

Vivian Girls - Take It As It Comes
from Vivian Girls' latest release "Share The Joy" album on Polyvinyl

contrarede presents
BLACK LIPS & VIVIAN GIRLS Japan tour 2011 
7/2 (Sat) Shibuya, WWW (03-5458-7676)
7/3 (sun) Shimokitazawa ERA (03-5465-6568)
7/4 (Mon) Nagoya, APOLLO THEATER (052-261-5308)
7/5 (Tue) Kyoto, METRO (075-752-4765)

Further Information >> Contrarede

"We've also been busy working on our other individual projects. Cassie is currently working on the second album for The Babies, Katy is recording her second album right now for La Sera out on Hardly Art, and Fiona just got done recording the debut album for Coasting, which will be out in October on M'Ladys Records."   Vivian Girls

And also Vivian Girls have started their own bandcamp page where you can stream "Share the Joy" in its entirety.

sleeve art by Cassie Ramone

Sneak Peek into “Family Trees”

"Family Trees" Sampler Mix

HUSH Records has announced that the former ‘for Stars’ front man Carlos Forster releases his first solo album “Family Trees,” recorded with M Ward as producer / collaborator, the album will be released on July 19th. Pre-order is available, here.

Forster made five trips up to Portland between 2003 and 2009 in which he and Ward recorded Family Trees at Mike Coykendall’s Blue Rooms studio. The songs on the record are a mix of old and new: a few Ward adored (and was likely influenced by) from their days as students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (“Campfire Songs” in particular), and a few written during the recording process. Friend Rachel Blumberg (who played with M Ward, Bright Eyes, The Decemberists, Mirah and Jolie Holland) stopped by to add drums. Jonathan Richman, who refused to speak after 6 p.m. — he wrote everything down on a piece of paper and handed it to you to read—added a noodly guitar track to “If I Could Be”. When he showed up he was holding a nylon string guitar and said, “I just want to play second rhythm guitar..... Tim Mooney (American Music Club) and Forster put the finishing touches on the record, mixing it in San Francisco at Mooney’s Closer Studio.”

LISTEN :: 'Campfire Songs' off the "Family Trees" album on NPR's "All Songs Considered"

Arthur Russell Covers

Labyrinth Ear - Walk on the Moon

Nat Baldwin - A Little Lost  (via KEXP)
Double bassist/singer-songwriter, well known as a part of the band Dirty Projectors, Nat Baldwin's latest release "People Changes," out now on Western Vinyl.

The Ruby Suns - Arms Around You
The Ruby Suns are an indie/pop group from New Zealand. They formed in 2004 when Californian Ryan McPhun moved to Auckland and started playing in several bands such as The Brunettes and The Tokey Tones.

WILD COMBINATION a portrait of Arthur Russell, a film by Matt Wolf
Audika Records, Arthur Russell re-issues


White Fence at Knitting Factory

White Fence (solo project of Darker My Love's Tim Presley) plays 'Sticky Fruitman Has Faith' at Knitting Factory, BK 18.06.11 during Northside Festival. White Fence's latest album "Is Growing Faith" is available on Woodsist.

WATCH more :: NORTHSIDE White Fence///Lillian (Won't You Play Drums?)///Knitting Factory, BK 18.06.11 FESTIVAL via SHOW ME DEALS

White Fence – Sticky Fruitman Has Faith (Al Lover’s mix)

"Al Lover’s ‘Distorted Reverberations’ – Psychedelic Reinterpretations of Contemporary Rock n’ Roll" is a new instrumental compilation that samples and re-creates some of the best current garage and psych bands. Download the entire mix featuring White Fence, Thee Oh Sees, King Tuff, Ty Segall and more, for free through Al Lover’s website.


Melted Toys / Dominant Legs split 7"

Co-released by Atelier Ciseaux and La Station Radar.

San Francisco's trio (Steven Harkins on guitar and vocals, Daniel Rosado on guitar, and Brian Wakefield on bass) Melted Toys' debut 12" EP"Washed & Dried" EP is available on Underwater Peoples. Dominant legs, also from San Francisco, the duo (Magic Bullets' guitarist Ryan Lynch former Cosmos/Future Dominant Legs/Girls and Hannah Hunt) has their first EP "Young at Love and Life" and their forthcoming full-length "Invitation" is due out on September 27th via Lefse Records.

Melted Toys - Rose Again by atelier ciseaux

Dominant Legs - Laughing The Whole Time by atelier ciseaux

from MELTED TOYS / DOMINANT LEGS split 7", out now, limited to 300 copies.

ELA ORLEANS - Neverend

ELA ORLEANS - Neverend
from 12" split LP "Double Feature" (with Dirty Beaches), co-released by La Station Radar (France), Atelier Ciseaux (Canada) and Night people (US), available now.
Written and performed by Ela Orleans / Lyrics: Simon HaywardEditing: Asha Kowalik / Camera : Sabrina Lessard / Video: Movies for Ears

Dirty Beaches - Good Speed

Born in Taiwan, Alex Zhang Hungtai (aka Dirty Beaches) grew up in North America. His music brings back to life the forgotten stories of a wild America of the 1960s, stories imprinted on scorched hope.  Ela Orleans left her native Poland for Glasgow before settling in the vastness of New York. She takes us on a reverie of splendor and despair. This collection of pensive postcards from NYC is dedicated to night owls feeding on utopia and desolation.


Vetiver "Everyday" at WNYC Soundcheck.

Vetiver plays 'Everyday' for the in-studio performance on WNYC Soundcheck, June 13th 2011. Stream the show including a cover of the Go-Betweens 'Streets of your town,' here. 'Everyday' is originally appeared on their previous album "Tight Knit" (Sub Pop/2009). The latest release "The Errant Charm" album is available now on Sub Pop. Andy Cabic (vocal, guitar), Otto Hauser (drums), Daniel Hindman (guitar), Bob Parins (bass), Sarah Versprille (tambourine. backing vocal).


Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion make a record with Vetiver at Dreamland Studio
Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion - Never Too Far From My Heart

Their latest album "Bright Examples" (2011) co-produced by Vetiver's Andy Cabic and Thom Monahan, recorded with Otto Houser (drums), Daniel Hindman (bass), Kevin Barker (guitar) from Vetiver and special guest artists including Gary Louris (The Jayhawks, vocals), Mark Olson (The Jayhawks, vocals), Neal Casal (guitar) and more, is available now on Ninth St. Opus.
(via ArAtAq)

Dent May - Fun

DENT MAY has a new 7" single, due out on September 13th via PAW TRACKS, recorded at the Hits Inc studio at the Cats Purring Dude Ranch. 100 cassettes will be for sale on Dent's upcoming tour with REAL ESTATE.

Fun by Dent May

Molly Sweeney "Gold Rings and Fur Pelts"

Montreal-based singer-songwriter, Molly Sweeney has the debut album "Gold Rings and Fur Pelts," released from Syren Songs, digitally available on her bandcamp. Produced by Radwan Moumneh and Molly Sweeney. Recorded & mixed at Thee Mighty Hotel2Tango by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (of Jerusalem In my Heart, he has produced several Montreal bands like Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-LaL-a Band). Sweeney is also known for singing with Land Of Kush, a large orchestra assembled and directed by Montreal composer and musician Sam Shalabi (aka Shalabi Effect).

Land Of Kush's Electric Light Orchestra - Monogamy (EXCERPT)
From the album Monogamy by Land Of Kush (CONSTELLATION/2010). Psycharabique big band madness led by avant-garde composer and oud-player Sam Shalabi. Featuring Molly Sweeney. Recorded & mixed at Thee Mighty Hotel2Tango by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh in the autumn of 2009 & winter of 2010.


The Phoenix, by Judee Sill, sung by Molly Sweeney.
From "Lopin' along thru the cosmos: An Evening of Judee Sill's Music". Performed at Sala Rossa, Montreal on June 23, 2010 during the Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival. Arrangements by Will Eizlini (of Shalabi Effect). Video by Javiera Ovalle.


Devon Williams "Euphoria"

He's traveled from punk rock roots to an enviable place where power-pop meets classic 60s melodies, the best of swirling 80s-flavored production and shimmering, jangling guitars. His brilliant debut solo album Carefree, released in 2008, demonstrated a knack for crafting timeless pop that’s equal parts Brill Building and Topanga Canyon. On it, Williams hearkened back to great songwriters like Nilsson, Chilton, Downes and Westerberg. 

Devon Williams - Your Sympathy
7" single, b/w 'Sisters' (out on June 28th) from the forthcoming "Euphoria" album (Slumberland/2011)

Devon Williams - Sufferer
taken from 'Sufferer' b/w 'Who Cares About Forever' 7" single (2009), as the debut via Slumberland.

Devon Williams - Elevator
taken from the first solo album "Carefree" (Ba Da Bing/2008)

L.A. popsmith Devon Williams, formerly of the SoCal's melodic punk rock band Osker and folk/acoustic band Fingers Cut Megamachine, has a second solo full-length called "Euphoria" coming out on August 30th via Slumberland Records. A blissful shimmering pop album "Euphoria" features 12 new songs, recorded and mixed in several studios by producers like Brooklyn's Jorge Elbrecht (of the Violens) and Vancouver’s Dave Carswell, who also produced The New Pornographers and Williams’ onetime touring mate, Destroyer.  He is also known for playing in (Vivian Girls) Katy Goodman's La Sera, previously the Lavender Diamond touring band.


Fingers-cut, Megamachine! - testament
from the 2005 self-titled album (Thick Records)

Osker - Kinetic
taken from Osker's second album "Idle Will Kill" (Epitaph/2001).

The Champagne Socialists - Blue Genes
from 'Blue Genes' 7" single (Slumberland/2009), The Champagne Socialists (Jihae Simmons Meek, former Royal We, and Wallace Meek from Glasgow) featured Devon Williams and Mickey LaFranchi. It was released as their first single after moving to Jihae's hometown of Los Angeles, CA.

(via Yuya Shimizu)

The End of the World (Skeeter Davis covers)

Skeeter Davis 'The End of the World' single (RCA/1962)
written by Arthur Kent-Sylvia Dee / prd. Chet Atkins

Anika - End of the World
taken from Anika’s self-titled 2010's debut album from Stones Throw Records, produced by Geoff Barrow of Portishead.

Girls - End of the World
taken from the B-side of Girls' UK only 7″ single 'Morning Light' (2010) from Fantasytrashcan/Turnstile.

END OF THE WORLD by bestcoastt


Laetitia Sadier + Richard Swift

Laetitia Sadier+ Richard Swift - Resistance Dans L'ombre

Laetitia Sadier - One Million Year Trip
taken from the solo debut album "The Trip" (Drag City/2010)

"LA PISCINE, an invitation by laetitia sadier to keep on swimming" is a new collaborative project by Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier with her friends, due out on August 29th via Wool Recordings.  It features unreleased songs from Richard Swift, Rebecca Gates, Superbravo, Laetitia Sadier. 'Resistance dans l'ombre' with Richard Swift is taken from the session of "The trip" and 'G The Opposite Of Spectator' is a Sadier's new song.

Side A:
Laetitia Sadier: "G The Opposite Of Spectator"
Richard Swift: "MG 3333
Side B:
Laetitia Sadier+ Richard Swift - Resistance Dans L'ombre"
Rebecca Gates "take A Little Time"
Superbravo "A Space Without Corner"

This is a New Laetitia Sadier taken from "La Piscine" via Wool Recordings, thanks a lot.

Widowspeak - Gun Shy

Painting by John Stortz

Following-up to their recent 7" single 'Gun Shy' b/w 'Wicked Game' (Chris Isaak Cover), a new Brooklyn-based trio Widowspeak has announced that their self-titled first full-length album will be coming on August 9th via Captured Tracks. It was recorded at Rear House with Jarvis Taveniere of Woods.

Gun Shy 7" by widowspeakband
Recorded at Rear House by Jarvis Taveniere. Painting by John Stortz.

Summer Greetings from Josh Rouse

"I'm offering up a free 25 song "Summertime" sampler with the fine folks at Noisetrade.com Be sure to grab a copy and share with your friends and family. The first track, "Diggin' In The Sand" is taken from my forthcoming album "Josh Rouse and The Long Vacations", coming out at the end of Sept. Hope you enjoy!"   Josh Rouse

Nebraska native, now Valencia, Spain-based singer-songwriter Josh Rouse has released a free 25-song sampler via Noise Trade, available now for a limited time.
(arrigato, ArAtAq)

Listen his previous "doing Brazilian songs in Spanish" album "El Turista," so nice for the summer although it was released last winter via Bedroom Classics/Nettwerk.


John Gold "A Flower In Your Head"

Los Angeles native singer-songwriter John Gold has released his third proper album "A Flower in Your Head," debut from Vagrant Records after having a couple of self-released albums "These Are Color Days" (2002), and "The Eastside Shake in" (2005). "A Flower In Your Head" was recorded and co-produced by drummer/producer Scott Seiver (Pete Yorn) and mixed by Shawn Everett (Weezer, Phantom Planet, Simon Dawes). Stream the album entirely on his bandcamp and soundcloudiTunes.

John Gold by VagrantRecords

Night Moves - Headlights

Also from Afternoon Records, Minneapolis Country-Electro-Soul inspired trio Night Moves has released the "Colored Emotions" album as a free download, here.
RIYL: Ariel Pink, Todd Rundgren....

Night Moves - "Headlights" by Afternoon Records

Night Moves - "Country Queen" by Afternoon Records

Dolfish "Your Love Is Bummin' Me Out"

Dolfish - Your Love Is Bummin' Me Out

Dolfish is Max Sollisch. A fellow from Columbus, Ohio who writes sad, bitter, humorous country songs only to bang them out in two minutes or less in balls to the wall garage-rock fashion. It’s weird, we know, but it is completely bad ass. Since Dolfish’s inception in late 2010, he has shared the stage with Southeast Engine, The Gay Blades, David Dondero, Franz Nicolay, Sore Eros, Joe Pug and Strand of Oaks among others. His debut, Your Love is Bummin’ Me Out shreds through 5 tunes in just over 8 minutes and has called  “Country Music from 2030.” Comparisons range from Daniel Johnston to Robbie Fulks to The Mountain Goats to Guided by Voices, but he’s just trying to sound like Neil Young. Watch him closely, or he will come to your house and watch you.

Download Dolfish's EP for free via Afternoon Records, here.


Woods at Northside Festival 2011

Woods at Northside Festival - 6/17/11
Woods nearly knocked the roof off St. Cecilia's at this year's Northside Festival. Brought to you by the L Magazine.  Camera by Lou Gruber and Emmanuel Cruz.

STREAM :: Woods at Northside Festival - 6/17/11 via nyctaper

"Find Them Empty" by Woods by forcefieldpr
to be released as a 7" single on Sacred Bones and digitally by Woodsist on July 19, 2011.

LAKE - Efforts

LAKE - Efforts, video by Patrick McHale
from the latest album "Giving & Receiving" available on K / 7 e.p. (japan).
A music video for the band Lake using live-action shadow puppets. Shadow puppetry is hard! I should have animated it (like "The Adventures of Prince Achmed").


Half Japanese - Live at Primavera Sound

Photo via Guacamoliest

Primavera Sound 2011 MP3 collection kickoff via FMA
Primavera Sound held its eleventh-annual festival in Barcelona Spain last month, and we are proud to present mp3 highlights from what is truly one of the world's most incredible live music events.  (WFMU)

Half Japanese - Live at Primavera Sound, May 27th 2011

U.S. Girls - If These Walls Could Talk

U.S. Girls - If These Walls Could Talk

U.S. Girls (is the moniker used by Megan Remy) has a new split 12" with Toronto’s Slim Twig split 12″ is out now from FatCat sister imprint Palmist Records.

U.S. Girls: Live @QUEERING Sound (via FMA)
Recorded live at Artisphere, Roslyn, Virginia on June 11, 2011 as part of the annual QUEERING Sound Festival. Presented by DC Sonic Circuits & Triangle Artists.

Carlos Forster “Family Trees”

HUSH Records has announced that the former ‘for Stars’ front man Carlos Forster releases album “Family Trees” with M Ward as producer and collaborator, featuring Rachel Blumberg and Jonathan Richman as guests, the album will be released on July 19th. Read more from HUSH, here.

Slow Loris "Routine Glow"

Slow Loris is the musical project of Madison, Wisconsin resident Wes Doyle. Wes grew up in Delaware and enjoys listening to Pavement. He currently makes music in his apartment in Madison, and also records under the name Field Mountains and with the bands Treefort and Liquid Fossils.

Slow Loris - People You Meet

Slow Loris - Flowers and Monsters

Slow Loris - Madeline

All tracks above are taken from Slow Loris' latest album "Routine Grow", stream / download free MP3s on his bandcamp and pre-order 12" vinyl, here.

from "ITK LOVES YOU: A Valentine's Day 2011 Compilation" by in the kitchen, the debut of SL/Spaceheater collaboration The Trampolines.


Lucky Dragons - Heartbreaker

Lucky Dragons - Heartbreaker

taken from the "Dark Falcon" (555 Recordings, 2002), re-issued on vinyl from Marriage Records.  Based in Los Angeles, California, Lucky Dragons is an experimental music group consisting of Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Rara.

The Lucky Dragon [Fukuryu Maru] was the name of a Japanese tuna trawler which was caught in the fallout of the United States' hydrogen bomb test at Bikini Atoll on March 1st, 1954. All 23 members of the boat's crew suffered the effects of radiation sickness after being rained on by ash from the explosion, 500 miles away. Once the boat itself had been determined free of dangerous radiation, it was painted entirely black and put out to sea again, still for use as a fishing vessel, but re-christened The Dark Falcon.  (from the original liner notes)

Live at Farmlab (05.22.08)

from 5 song 12" vinyl "Open Power" (Teenage Teardrops, 2009)

from The Free Matter for the Blind audio zines' compilation "Free Matter for the Blind Volume 2: Farewells To Summer" (2003)

Photo by Devon Deimler
LUCKY DRAGONS - True names/ vrai noms 7" by atelier ciseaux
from True names/ vrai noms 7" (Atelier Ciseaux/2009/sold out)

Real Estate, Julian Lynch at the Bell House

Real Estate - Careless (live),
Live at the Bell House May 20th, 2011, a new song which is going to be on the upcoming new record via Domino. Download audio of the show entirely, from nyctaper.

Real Estate - Blue Lebaron (demo)

"Domino is proud to announce the completion of a new worldwide deal with prolific New Jersey songwriters Martin Courtney, Matthew Mondanile and Alex Bleeker - known collectively as Real Estate. The label will release the band's sophomore album in October 2011 and also release and support further work from the group's other projects - namely Ducktails and Alex Bleeker and the Freaks (the solo output of Mondanile and Bleeker respectively) in the future."

by Free Spirit

Real Estate - Soup or New Song (live)
Live at the Bell House May 20th, 2011, a newer song (won't be on the new record.)

Julian Lynch - Travelers (Live)
Julian Lynch with band playing live at the Bell House May 20, 2011.


Les Chauds Lapins

Les Chauds Lapins perform "Presque Oui" (Mireille/Jean Nohain, 1933)
From their album, "Amourettes" on Barbès Records. (released 22 March 2011)
video by Pei-Fu Chen

WATCH more :: WNYC Live on Soundcheck

Les Chauds Lapins (“the hot rabbits”), lead by New York’s Kurt Hoffman and Meg Reichardt, specialize in a repertoire of French swing from the 1920’s through the 40’s. The group has re-arranged long-forgotten French classics for banjo-ukes, string trio, guitar and winds, mixing the rootsiness of early American jazz with the lushness of a Bernard Hermann film soundtrack.

"It's a song by Vincent Scotto, who wrote 10,000 songs, all hits, and was popularized by Alibert. It teeters between operetta charm and early jazz piquancy. Meg and Kurt both play banjo uke on this one. Special guest Frank London takes a trumpet solo."

A Short Film About Frank Fairfield

Exclusive Video Premiere: A Short Film About Frank Fairfield via IFC

The 25-year-old California musician Frank Fairfield has toured in support of Fleet Foxes and Cass McCombs, two bands at or near indie rock's recent crossover metastasis. But Fairfield doesn't approach the twisting folk-pop of Fleet Foxes or the elliptical escapades of Cass McCombs. Rather, Fairfield plays banjo, guitar, fiddle and, quite often, the floor with his feet as he stomps out the rhythm of American songs that sometimes date beyond the century mark. Fairfield is an old-time musician, a passionate and untiring searcher and syndicate of song. He finds his tunes on old 78s or from fellow travelers in the antediluvian world of oral tradition, and he reenergizes them with an enthusiasm and an earnestness that's very much about how these songs fit right now.

Pure X "Pleasure"

Pure X - Dry Ice

Pure X - Twisted Mirror

Pure X - Back Where I Began

Austin's trio, Pure X (formerly known as Pure Ecstasy) has their first full-length "Pleasure," due out on July 5th (August 22nd world wide) via Acéphale, and 'Back Where I Began' is a previously unreleased track from the re-mixed/re-mastered version of their debut EP "You’re In It Now," out now via Acéphale / Light Lodge. Pure X features Nate Grace (guitar, vocals), Jesse Jenkins (bass, backing vocals) and Austin Youngblood (drums).


Liam Hayes & Plush at Hideout (2010)

Liam Hayes and The Plush Band - O Street
performing at The Hideout in Chicago on June 6th, 2010, to support their latest album “Bright Penny.” from Broken Horse Records (UK) / After Hours (Japan).


Holiday Shores - Spells

Holiday Shores - Spells

'Spells' is taken from the first single for the upcoming Holiday Shores’ second full-length "New Masses for Squaw Peak" (follow-up to 2009’s “Columbus’d The Whim”), due out on September 13th via twosyllable records.

Red Hot + Rio 2

Mia Doi Todd + José González - Um Girassol da Cor do Seu Cabelo
(Lô Borges / Márcio Borges) EMI Music Publishing (ASCAP)
Produced & Mixed by Om’Mas Keith

Red Hot + Rio 2, a modern tribute to late 60’s Brazilian Tropicália movement and produced in partnership with Entertainment One Music is set to be released on June 28th, 2011, featuring John Legend, Os Mutantes, Devendra Banhart, David Byrne, Caetano Veloso, Dirty Projectors, Seu Jorge, Beck, Bebel Gilberto, José Gonzalez, Beirut, Tom Zé, Of Montreal, Money Mark, Los Van Van, St. Vincent, Neon Indian, Mia Doi Todd, Javelin, and many more.  Full track List, here.

LISTEN :: "Red Hot + Rio 2" in its entirety through NPR's First Listen


Vetiver - Wonder Why

Vetiver - Wonder Why (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

Vetiver - Wonder Why

from Vetiver's fifth full-length "The Errant Charm" via Sub Pop / Bella Union Records, recorded by bandleader Andy Cabic and Thom Monahan.

by m-eyes

Vetiver & Michael Hurley - Be Kind To Me
Mississippi Studios Portland Oregon 2010

An empty bliss beyond this World

The Caretaker - Tiny gradiations of loss

James Leyland Kirby aka The Caretaker's digital album "An empty bliss beyond this World" is now available on his bandcamp.

二村定一「私の青空」  訳詩: 堀内敬三
Teiichi Hutamura


Cuffs - Privilege

CUFFS is a group from Cambridge, MA comprised of 2/3 of the band Pants Yell, a member of Reports and the blonde kid from Big Troubles.

Former Pants Yell!, Andrew Churchman's new band Cuffs has released the debut single on Ride the Snake Records and on Bandcamp. Limited edition of 300 copies.


Swimsuit - Sunlight

From Ypsilanti, Michigan, Swimsuit is a latest project of Fred Thomas (Saturday Looks Good To Me, City Center, Mighty Clouds, Flashpapr), their debut full-length LP is coming out on Speakertree Records on June 28th.

All songs by Swimsuit. Recorded and mixed by Swimsuit and Ryan Howard, winter/spring 2011, in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Swimsuit is Amber, Dina, Fred, and Shelley.

City Center (Ryan Howard & Fred Thomas) - Cookies
from City Center‘s second full-length “REDEEMER” which was recorded by Chris Koltay at his High Bias studio in Detroit, out now on K Records.

City Center - Modern Love




Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica "Third River Rangoon"

"Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica, the world’s only ensemble dedicated to original third-stream exotica and the space-age pop music of Juan Garcia Esquivel, releases Third River Rangoon, its debut small-group recording, on May 31, 2011. This unique collection of works was recorded live at Futura Productions in Roslindale, MA, and was produced by exotica music authority Brother Cleve (Del Fuegos, Combustible Edison, Jetset DJ) and Mr. Ho."

Preview the new album, get 6 free MP3s when you join the mailing list, here!

Autumn Digging Dance - original exotica music from Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica
Inspired by the Bulgarian kopanitsa rhythm and sounds from the east, this is an original composition off of the groups May 2011 album, Third River Rangoon. Recorded live at the YMCA Theatre in Cambridge, MA in January 2011. Brian O'Neill (vibes, riq, multi-percussionist, artistic director) , Noriko Terada (perc), Jason Davis (bass), and Geni Skendo (bass flute) with special guest Tev Stevig (oud).


Dancing in the Dark performed by Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica
Written by Arthur Schwartz. Transcribed by Mr. Ho and recorded live, August 2010 in the recording studio for the making of a Juan Garcia Esquivel tribute record. The audio is from the board (unmixed). This track and many others was released on "The Unforgettable Sounds of Esquivel".

Vivian Girls Live at ATP 2010

Vivian Girls Live at All Tomorrow's Parties in Monticello, NY

contrarede presents
BLACK LIPS & VIVIAN GIRLS Japan tour 2011 

7/2 (Sat) Shibuya, WWW (03-5458-7676)
7/4 (Mon) Nagoya, APOLLO THEATER (052-261-5308)
7/5 (Tue) Kyoto, METRO (075-752-4765)

Further Information >> Contrarede


Who Is Tom Northcott?

Who Is Tom Northcott? ..... coming soon from Rhino!

READ :: Tom Northcott Interview

Tom Northcott - Sunny Goodge Street
A cover of the Donovan's song
Warner Brothers 7051 single b/w Who Planted Thorns In Miss Alice's Garden (1967)


Tom Northcott - 1941 (1968)
The song was written by Harry Nilsson and arranged by Leon Russell.
Warner Brothers 7051 single b/w Other Times (1968)

Grace Sings Sludge – The Same Way

Grace Sings Sludge – The Same Way

'The Same Way' is taken from the 2nd cassette "Last Year's Friend" by Grace Sings Sludge known as a solo project of The Sandwitches' Grace Cooper, now available for pre-order from Secret Seven Records. It features nine home recordings. Limited edition.

Side One: Harmon / East Of Friendship / The Same Way / Roger / Oh Bill!
Side Two: Last Year's Friend / The Little Mermaid / Love Is Not A Feeling / Nite Tide

Nightlands' Covers

Nightlands – Trouble (Lindsey Buckingham cover)

Big Louise (Scott Walker cover)

Both tracks are taken from Nightlands' (aka Dave Hartley of Philadelphia's The War on Drugs) covers-only digital single, performed and recorded by Dave Hartley to Tascam 388 1/4" and Pro Tools w/ Eliza Hardy Jones (Hammond and backing vocals on Big Louise), Jeff Zeigler (tape dump), Jeff White (sonic zen) and Mark Trewella (mastering).

Of Montreal – Trouble (Live on MPR/2007)  (via)

French Kicks – Trouble (2008)

And... Listen! "Untitled Recordings" by Hartley's father, James L. Hartley, it was recorded sometime in 1969. All Proceeds from the sale of this record will go to the American Cancer Society.


Radio Free Song Club

The Susan Cowsill Band - Mississippi  (Carlo Nuccio, Ray Ganucheau)  

Susan Cowsill guitar, Mary Lasseigne vocals, bass, Alexis Marceau vocals, Jack Craft guitar, Sam Craft fiddle, Russ Broussard drums, Dave Schramm guitar. Johnny Oops Music/Bug Music/BMI, Valcour’s Oak Publishing/Bug Music/BMI

"Last fall Susan Cowsill was on tour with her band. They stopped in for a long fruitful evening at The Chop Shop. You can hear the whole show here. She brought a brand new song, and she sang on the song Peter Holsapple had sent — a loving tribute to The Continental Drifters — and she sang on a bunch of other songs, and then at the end of the night her wonderful band joined up with a Radio Free All Star and did a staggering rendition of Mississippi, an old Continental Drifters favorite. Here it is, for you"

Dave Schramm - Background Music  (Schramm)

Performed and recorded by Dave Schramm (of The Schramms). Hot Stove Music, BMI

Jody Harris - Aquarelle  (Harris)

Performed and recorded by Jody Harris (The Contortions, Raybeats, Golden Palominos, Robert Quine, The Voidoids) with overdubs by Dave Schramm, vibes and shaker; Copyright Control Jody Harris

All tracks are taken from Nicholas Hill's Radio Free Song Club, Visit the site! And They’ve started a Kickstarter campaign to help the program's fund, click here.


All Tiny Creatures "Harbors"

ALL TINY CREATURES / Harbors (Contrarede)
Release Date 2011.6.22 / Price 1,980 yen (with tax)
解説:Sara Padgett Heathcott (Hometapes Records)

All Tiny Creatures - An Iris

From Madison, Wisconsin, All Tiny Creatures is a new project by Thomas Wincek of Collection of Colonies of Bees and Volcano Choir, with Ben Derickson, Andrew Fitzpatrick, Matthew Skemp. The first full-legth "Harbors" is available on Hometapes and Contrarede (Japan / out on June 22nd).  Joining All Tiny Creatures vocalists Thomas Wincek and Andrew Fitzpatrick are Volcano Choir bandmate Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Roberto Carlos Lange (Helado Negro & Epstein), Phil Cook, Brad Cook, and Joe Westerlund (Megafaun), Ryan Olcott (12 Rods, Mystery Palace), Matthew Byars (The Caribbean), and Jennifer Fitzpatrick (a scientist and Andrew’s wife).
ボン・イヴェールの最新作 (『BON IVER』 via HOSTESS) と同日リリース!

All Tiny Creatures - An Iris (featuring Justin Vernon)
Directed by Michinori Saigo (contrarede)

contrarede presents

7/6 (wed)   Shibuya, WWW (03-5458-7676)
7/8 (fri)      Osaka FANDANGO (06-6308-1621)
7/9 (sat)     Nagoya, APOLLO THEATER (052-261-5308)
7/10 (sun)  Hamamatsu G-SIDE (053-541-5067)
7/11 (mon) Matsumoto ALECX (0263-38-0050)
further information:
contrarede phone: 03-5773-5061 / epistula@contrarede.com

Memory Tapes - Yes I Know

Memory Tapes - Yes I Know

Direction and post: Eric Epstein, Director of photography: Aaron Epstein, The guy: Ben Aufill, for second single from the Memory Tapes' forthcoming album "PLAYER PIANO," due out on July 5th via Carpark Records or via Memory Tapes’ website.  Memory Tapes is a recording alias of New Jersey-based Dayve Hawk, former frontman of Philadelphia based Hail Social after releasing music under the names  Weird Tapes, and Memory Cassette.

Memory Tapes - Today Is Our Life

Memory Tapes - Wait In The Dark

Ghosting Notes Mixtape by Memory Tapes
featuring unheard material from "Player Piano."
01 Memory Tapes- “Fell Thru Ice 2″
02 The Cookies- “I Never Dreamed”
03 Celestial Choir- “Stand On The Word”
04 Lindisfarne- “Lady Eleanor”
05 Gandalf – “Me About You”
06 Amnesty – “We Have Love”
07 Anna – “Systems Breaking Down”
08 Memory Tapes – “Worries”
09 David Bowie – “Win”
10 Funkadelic – “March To The Witch’s Castle”
11 Black Keys – “Too Afraid To Love You (Memory Tapes Version)”
12 Memory Tapes – “Fell Thru Ice”
13 Memory Tapes – (music from Scott Eastwood art show)
14 Memory Tapes – “No. 79

"PLAYER PIANO" cover art: Kazuki Takamatsu
Tracks: Musicbox (in) / Wait In The Dark / Today is Our Life / Yes I Know / Offers / Humming / Sun Hits / Worries / Fell Thru Ice / Fell Thru Ice II / Trance Sisters / Musicbox (out)

Purling Hiss - The Hoodoo

Purling Hiss - The Hoodoo

A track from the forthcoming "Lounge Lizards" 6-song 12" EP released by Purling Hiss in mid June via Mexican SummerMoon Duo's 'In The Sun' (Purling Hiss Remix) is taken from a bonus remix CD (featuring remixes from Sonic Boom, Psychic Ills, Cave, Purling Hiss and Gary War) available on tour or at selected retailers for their latest album "Mazes" via Sacred Bones Records.

Purling Hiss - The Hoodoo

Moon Duo - In The Sun (Purling Hiss Remix)  via Raven Sings the Blues

Moon Duo - Mazes