"ARE WE NOT MEN?" Devo Documentary

Official DEVO Documentary: 5-minute Previe
Kickstarter for a Devo documentary, HERE.

Produced in cooperation with DEVO, this authorized feature-length documentary has been in development for 3 years. Although the band has been notoriously secretive for nearly 4 decades, they granted us unprecedented full-access to their personal inner-workings and daily lives while on the road, backstage, and at home. Featuring new interviews with contemporaries (Iggy Pop), and fans (Dave Grohl, Tony Hawk), the official film reveals the truth about this important and misunderstood band. From their mysterious origins during the 1970 Kent State shootings to their latest album and tours, this film tells the funny and fascinating story of de-evolution.  
(Operated by JEFF E. WINNER)

by Tony Pemberton

Devo Documentary Kent State
For the final week of Kickstarter funding campaign for the DEVO documentary, this is an early edit preview focusing on DEVO's mysterious origins during the Kent State shootings in 1970.

Kickstarter for the Rhino Records Doc

"Rhino Resurrected" Needs One Last Push!
(Rhino Records Doc: 77 min.)
by Keith Shapiro / Kickstarter page, HERE.

"Go to Rhino Records on Westwood Boulevard…” – Wild Man Fischer.

“Rhino Resurrected”is the iconoclastic story of a ramshackle little record store that became a hub of hardcore music misfits, a launching pad for influential music careers, and a groundbreaking and irreverent record label revered by music lovers worldwide. The inspiration for the film came last spring when the founder of Rhino, Richard Foos, opened a “pop-up” record store that aimed to re-create the “Rhino” vibe and quickly turned into a celebration of and elegy for a music culture that’s all but lost. The film features killer live performances from Richard Thompson, Mike Watt, Peter Case, Little Willie G and thee Midnighters, Dr. Demento, Temple City Kazoo Orchestra and so much more – it’s a must see for any music fan!


"Love Songs for Lamps"

The July/August, 2012 The Believer magazine Music Issue is accompanied by “Love Songs for Lamps”, the mixtape Calvin Johnson curated for the magazine, it was mastered at Dub Narcotic. Buy a copy of this issue, HERE.
(Illustration by Charles Burns)

A1. Hysterics, “Leave Me Alone”
A2. The Memories, “Higher”
A3. Shana Cleveland and the Sandcastles, “Itching Around”
A4. Soviet, “Marbleyezed”
A5. Tomorrows Tulips, “Untitled”
A6. Laura Leif and Amber Phelps Bondaroff, “Love Song for Lamps”
A7. Skrill Meadow, “Takin’ My Time”
A8. MOM, “Boner Party (Tonite)”
A9. KMVP, “Montreal Screwjob”
A10. White Rainbow, “Darker Drift” (4:20 excerpt)
A11. The Great White Jenkins, “Where Shall I Be”
A12. Broken Water, “Normal Never Happened”

B1. Briana Marela, “Take Care of Me”
B2. The Shivas, “Thrill Yr Idols”
B3. Ruby Fray, “Love That Disease”
B4. Baby Island, “King’s Crossing”
B5. Erin Earthling, “Bike”
B6. Old Night, “Old Night”
B7. Margy Pepper, “Little Cat”
B8. Happy Noose, “One Way Ticket”
B9. Lovers Without Borders, “Athena from Bow”
B10. Mansion Music, “Maps”
B11. Sewn Leather, “How It Works”
B12. Priests,“Diet Coke”

released 01 January 2012

released 26 February 2012

“Love Songs for Lamps” Roadshow
Aug. 10 ~ Aug. 23, 2012



The Sea and Cake - Harps

The Sea and Cake - Harps

"I was interested in writing songs that started not with guitar but with synthesizer/sequencer ideas. The modular synth parts didn't always make it through to the final recordings, but the influence is still there. On "Harps" for instance, that melody and structure could not have happened if I hadn't played off the sequencer right at the beginning. Having the pieces start in my home studio, I became quite cavalier with them, painting with a new fat sloppy brush. The songs were feeling pleasantly out of control and I was hearing music unlike other material I had come up with before."  --Sam Prekop

Listen to a brand new song 'Harps' off of The Sea And Cake‘s forthcoming 10th full-length album "Runner" which began as the companion piece to 2011's "The Moonlight Butterfly." Songs were designed in synthesizer experiments at Sam Prekop's home studio were reimagined by the other members, and eventually recorded and mixed by John McEntire at Chicago’s Soma Studios. Due out on September 18th via Thrill Jockey, September 5th via Commons (Japan).


Expwy a.k.a. Matt LeGroulx

"Ever wanted to hear what Joao Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Pavement, Guided By Voices, Terry Riley and Steve Reich would sound like if their DNA's were extracted, blended and re-grown as a single entity, given some cheap recording gear and been forced to record an album in a mad scientists filthy lab with really high ceilings? Just hit 'Play'."

released 21 July 2012

Hailing from Montreal, Expwy is a sunny brazilian / lo-fi / experimental pop influenced one-man-band project by Matt LeGroulx.

from "Bag of Waters," released 12 April 2012

from "Total Gold," released 14 December 2011

The Mountain Goats - Cry for Judas

cover art by Aeron Alfrey

The Mountain Goats - Cry for Judas

"This here album track, anyway, is called "Cry for Judas," it is about survival but that's kind of an oversimplification, it's also about building a vehicle from the defeated pieces of the thing you survived and piloting that vehicle through the cosmos, it's kind of complicated but people who know what I'm talking about will kind of intuitively get the idea and the rest of you will I hope be able to get a sense of it through the song."

Here's the first single 'Cry for Judas' off of The Mountain Goats' forthcoming album, their 14th studio album "Transcendental Youth," due out on October 2nd via Merge Records, also available around the same time via Tomlab (UK & Europe) and Moorworks (Japan). The album was produced by Portland, OR-based Brandon Eggleston (tUnE-yArDs, Miniature Tigers, Owen Pallett...), and Matthew E. White did horn arrangements. The single is available on iTunes, and for free download via Merge Soundcloud. "Transcendental Youth" pre-order, HERE.

Transcendental Youth, tracklisting:
1. Amy aka Spent Gladiator 1
2. Lakeside View Apartments Suite
3. Cry for Judas
4. Harlem Roulette
5. White Cedar
6. Until I Am Whole
7. Night Light
8. The Diaz Brothers
9. Counterfeit Florida Plates
10. In Memory of Satan
11. Spent Gladiator 2
12. Transcendental Youth


Old Smile - Statues

Old Smile is a solo project by Tom Herman Jr. formerly known as a co-leader of Philly psych-rock outfit Arches. And he has recently released Old Smile’s first full-length album "Hearing Static" which was recorded by himself using one mic and his laptop with a 40 minutes long family jams tape recorded by his family. "Hearing Static" (released July 5th, 2012) is available now on Old Smile’s bandcamp.

Old Smile - Hearing Static

"The saxophone on Quiet Nights, Passing By, and Hearing Static was played by my grandfather.  He wasn't there to record it (he's deceased) but I found a tape of him playing with my father on drums and someone on guitar.  When my parents were younger, they used to get together with friends and family and have these jazz jams, drink and hang out.  The tape was 40 minutes long and very quiet so it took me a while to get the saxophone to stand out and match everything.  On the song "Hearing Static," the cymbals in the beginning of the song are from my dad playing drums, and the chatter is from my parents' and grandparents' friends when they were all younger."  --Tom Herman Jr.

Old Smile - Quiet Nights
Footage from various Maya Deren films, "Emak - Bakia" by Man Ray, as well as footage from Alexander Petrov set to the song "Quiet Nights."


NY Guitar Fest : The Apollo Project

NY Guitar Fest : The Apollo Project, 2012-01-06
"In honor of the 30th anniversary of Brian Eno's tribute to the NASA moon landings, Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks, the New York Guitar Festival presented a live re-imagining of this sonic masterpiece featuring the ambient ensemble itsnotyouitsme, guitar master Larry Campbell, and special guests including David Torn, Noveller, Phish's Mike Gordon, and Tortoise's Jeff Parker. The performance also features scenes from Craig Teper's documentary, Man In The Right Seat, about Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell."

New York Guitar Festival “The Apollo Project” (Part 1) 
Part 2, HERE.

Stream the collaborative album "Apollo," Icebreaker with BJ Cole perform music by Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, Roger Eno. Available via Cantaloupe.

"With support from Brian Eno, the recording of Apollo by Icebreaker with BJ Cole was completed following a series of sold out and highly acclaimed live performances of the piece, including the IMAX cinema at the Science Museum on July 20th and 21st 2009. Each performance is accompanied by NASA footage of the landing." 

Release date: Jun 26, 2012


Michael Andrews - Bubbles in Space

Here's a new video (via Nowness.com) for the latest single“Bubbles in Space” by Michael Andrews (aka Elgin Park of The Greyboy Allstars), L.A.-based multi-faceted musician/producer/film composer. The song 'Bubbles in Space' is taken from his second solo effort “Spilling A Rainbow,” recorded at his home studio outside of Los Angeles with his fellow engineers Dan Long and Steve Kaye, due out on August 14th via Everloving. The album includes a cover of Roy Harper’s “Forever.”

The video was directed by Josh Hassin and coordinated by artist and teacher, Jeremy Farson, drawings created entirely by hundreds of students from San Diego's High Tech High International’s class of 2013.

Michael Andrews - Bubbles in Space

Celebrating the release of "Spilling A Rainbow," he will be performing a weekly Wednesday night residency at the Bootleg Bar in Los Angeles throughout the month of August, titled “Open Mike Andrews” with different collaborators including Nik Freitas, Daedelus, Lavender Diamond, Snowblink, Alam Khan and Salar Nadir, and his backing band comprises of Joe Kennedy (Ariel Pink,) Amir Yaghmai (Feist, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Daedelus,) Mike Green (Belle Brigade,) and Keith Karman (Belle Brigade.)

Beachwood Sparks at Huichica Music Festival 2012

Beachwood Sparks - Forget The Song [OFFICIAL VIDEO] 
filmed at Huichica Music Festival 2012
'Forget The Song' from the 6/26/12 album "The Tarnished Gold" via Sub Pop.

by Yours Truly

Yours Truly:
Sub Pop Beachwood Sparks - The Tarnished Gold EPK

Huichica Poster 
by Nathaniel Russell a.k.a. Birds of America

"What Was Birds: 2000-2011" is available on Japanese imprint Grand Gallery/Monaco


Quilt - Gome Home

(Out Of Town Films
Quilt “Gome Home” - Philadelphia, PA - 07/01/2012 
'Gome Home' originally appeared on Quilt's 2011 debut full-length on Mexican Summer.

Sonny & The Sunsets - Pretend You Love Me

Sonny & The Sunsets - Pretend You Love Me
From the album "Longtime Companion,"
available now on Polyvinyl Records, HERE.

Edited by Ryan Browne (of the Sonny and the Sunsets, Tortured Genies)


The Music Tapes - The Dark Is Singing Songs

The Music Tapes - The Dark Is Singing Songs (Sleepy Time Down South)

Listen to the first track “The Dark Is Singing Songs (Sleepy Time Down South)” from the forthcoming third full-length "Mary’s Voice" by The Music Tapes, due out on September 4th via Merge Records. The Music Tapes is an experimental pop music project of Elephant 6 member Julian Koster also known as a key member of Neutral Milk Hotel, a contributor to The Olivia Tremor Control, and the earlier Chocolate U.S.A.. Pre-order, HERE

"Mary's Voice," the follow up to 2008's acclaimed "Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes," is part one of a planned two-part album and inaugurates a newly active phase in The Music Tapes' evolution-with plans to tour the world in a circus tent later this year and an NPR radio serial in the works. It was recorded with The Music Tapes' signature method of using recording machines of both past (early 1900s, '30s, '40s, '60s) and present to achieve a timeless sound. In Koster's own words: "I love sentimental melodies that you can hum with feeling. People warn against sentimentalizing or mythologizing the past. It's any failure to mythologize the present that I think we have to be afraid of. This is a miracle. You are a miracle. Our lives are magic, and our times all the more so. Music proves it." --Merge Records


"On A Steady Diet of Hash, Bread & Salt"

Daniel Padden - Adinatisa O Kaymenos (originally by A. Kostis)

Amen Dunes - Sousta Politiki (originally by Antonis Dalgas)

"Rebetika, a truly underground music created at the beginning of the 20th century, was, in its preamble form, the music vehicle to express a culture bumbling under a constantly changing society – a culture based on drugs, haunted by poverty. Unfortunately, in its birth land Greece, Rebetika was transformed through the decades, became soft and gradually deteriorated to a stupid folklore music consumed by the neogreek unmusical masses and tourists alike. For us, early 20s – late 30s Rebetika represents the rawest, purest and yet finest form of Greek folk music ever recorded. We regard this music as lyrically powerful, sentimentally resourceful and musically chaste as the blues." -- SOUNDEYET, Greece

Stream the album in its entirety on the Soundeyet bandcamp.

via Ad Hoc..., Damon McMahon a.k.a. Amen Dunes' latest (self-released) 7" single "Ethio Covers" featuring three Ethiopiques tracks culled from unnamed tapes, available, HERE.


Brute Force (the movie)

"Brute Force" (2012), trailer
Director: Ben Steinbauer

In 1967, Brute Force had just released his first album on Columbia Records and was on the brink of becoming a star. The Beatles championed his next single, "King of Fuh," to be released on Apple Records. But dreams of fame and fortune quickly turned into nightmares when the record was censored and permanently shelved. In 2010, Sony and Apple reissued Brute Force's controversial music from the sixties, giving him another chance to re-capture his dreams of rock stardom.

"...... the "Fuh King" lives on and so does Brute Force, with the October 2010 reissue of his legendary 1967 Columbia LP "Confections of Love" featuring "King of Fuh" as a bonus track (Bar/None) and "Winnebago Man" director Ben Steinbauer (via Razor Films) currently in production of a documentary about Brute's life and work. And the icing on this beautiful birthday cake (Brute just turned 70), is the release of Apple Corps "Come and Get It, The Best of Apple" CD which includes Brute Force's "King of Fuh" along with other great Apple stars like James Taylor, Mary Hopkin, and Billy Preston."


Burger Records need help to save a kitten!

We found a kitten running under cars on the freeway during rush hour and we rescued her!!! The next day we took the kitty to the vet and found out she had fallen or been thrown and she needed surgery and pins in her pelvis and knee!!! It was super expensive so we asked some of our friends to contribute unreleased songs to benefit the little kitty gato and 50 bands came to the rescue!!! She is the sweetest little kitten ever, there's no way we could have let her die so we did THE KITTY COMP!!! --Burger Records

Matthew Sweet - This Sea Is My Life (Fever B Cover) 

This compilation features 50 unreleased songs by 50 bands (including Ryan Adams, Mikal Cronin, Brentwood Dan from the Beachwood Sparks, Peter Case, and now Matthew Sweet just added his contribution) to cover medical fees for surgery. All proceeds go to rescuing a kitten and the additional proceeds beyond the cost of the kitten's surgery will be donated to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 500 cassettes pressed and numbered! Available, HERE.

Track List: 
1. Veloura Caywood – Cat In A Box
2. John Wesley Coleman – Yo Kitty Kat
3. The Vomettes – I Like Your Pussy But I Love Your Penis
4. Audacity – Run Kitty Run
5. Lenguas Largas – Lower Profile
6. The Resonars – I Didn’t Feel So Cold Then
7. Dead Ghosts – I Sleep Alone
8. The Abigails – Always
9. Joel Gion – Every Which Way
10. Cleaners From Venus – Hove New
11. The Pizazz – Face Parade
12. Summer Twins – Senor Don Gato
13. Pangea - Offer

14. Mikal Cronin – You Gotta Have Someone (Demo)
15. Sea Lions – Doesn’t Mean A Thing
16. Devon Williams – Your Avalon
17. Wyatt Blair – Girls
18. Teenage Burritos – Charlie
19. MHV – Portrait
20. Penetration Moon – Real Wild Child
21. Schlitzie – What’s His Name
22. Miss Chain and the Broken Heels – Don’t Let Go
23. Tomorrows Tulips - Free
24. Part Time – The Berkshire Hobbits
25. Nick Nicely – Hilly Fields (Acoustic)

1. Brentwood Dan (Members of Beachwood Sparks) – Sad Song 4 Kat
2. Babies on Acid – Grrrl
3. Burnt Ones – Hologram Dropouts (Demo)
4. Peach Kelli Pop – Stay Away
5. Goochi Boiz – Why You Gotta Be Mean To Me
6. White Mystery – Ye Olde Stone Cut
7. The Coathangers – Sex Beat
8. Blue Jungle - Teardrops
9. Apache – Kitty On Christmas
10. The Stalkers – Searching In The Wilderness
11. Bell Gardens – Today I Started Loving You Again
12. Beekler – Grips
13. Peter Case – I’m Gonna Change My Ways

14. Ryan Adams – Dynasty of Troll Loch Ming
15. The Zoltars – You Come With A Price
16. The Be Helds – Just Dreamin’
17. Lust-Cats of the Gutters – Pac-Man
18. Soviet – Heaven’s Gate
19. Apple Brains – Give Me Your Tongue
20. So Wrong – This Ain’t The Time To Die
21. Crystal Antlers - Struggle
22. Young Guv – Call Me When The Cat Dies (Live)
23. Lovely Bad Things – Surfin’ On Skulls (Demo)
24. Slumber Party – Stay Gold
25. Meow Twins – Beds

Napoleon - City Girls

Napoleon - City Girls

'City Girls' is the first single from the forthcoming debut LP "Success" by the Brooklyn's new band Napoleon, a guitar-based quartet that formed together as a group just 12 months ago. The track is also available as a free download on their bandcamp, and the album "Success" was recorded at Marcata Studios in upstate New York with a producer Kevin McMahon (Titus Andronicus, Swans, Real Estate, The Walkmen), available on July 25th.

Napoleon - City Girls
Video - directed and edited by THO TWAY
Song - Produced by Kevin McMahon