Sonny and the Sunsets - Broom and Dustpan

Sonny and the Sunsets - Broom and Dustpan
From the "Broom and Dustpan" 7" on Home Skillet Records. Purchase, HERE. Animation by Teppei Ando


Kids from the MusicianCorps Program
perform a cover of "Teenage Thugs."

from The Voice Project

Spirit Family Reunion » Sonny & the Sunsets "Too Young To Burn"

Also, WATCH :: The Shins cover "Death Cream",
at the Kent State MAC Center, 25 Oct 2012

Cathedral in the Desert by James Finch Jr.

The song was originally appeared on the "Sonny and the Sandwitches" EP (Empty Cellar, 2010).
I am uploading some recordings I have done of my friends' songs to my SoundCloud page. The project is called "you are my friend because I love you and not the other way around"- I know, a very Patchenesque title... Anyway, more to follow. For now enjoy these numbers originally performed by Lee Robert Watson, Noah Nelson, John Murry, and Sonny Smith. Lots Of Jackpot connections here...  --James Finch Jr. (Jackpot, Two Sheds)


Chris Stamey "Lovesick Blues"

“I wanted to make a record that could make you feel less alone, like someone else has been there before you,” Stamey explains. “I was thinking about records like The Ballad of Todd Rundgren and Nick Drake’s Bryter Layter and Robert Wyatt’s “At Last I Am Free” and Richard Thompson’s "Small Town Romance." Those are all records that were a source of comfort to me at various points in my life." --Chris Stamey

Download 'Astronomy' from "Lovesick Blues"

"Lovesick Blues" is Chris Stamey’s first full-length release since "A Question of Temperature," his 2005 collaboration with Yo La Tengo, and follows on the heels of "Falling Off the Sky," the long-awaited reunion album of The dB’s, as well as Stamey’s involvement as musical director and orchestrator for a series of all-star concert performances of Big Star’s classic Third album in New York, London, Austin and Carrboro, NC.

It was recorded at Modern Recording in Chapel Hill that Stamey has operated for the past two decades, with his fellow North Carolina musician/producer Jeff Crawford (Roman Candle, Max Indian, Old Ceremony). And... the album includes 'You n Me n XTC,' Stamey invited Andy Partridge to make a vocal cameo, 'Occasional Shivers,' the song previously appeared on a Christmas single in 1986, and the seven-minute “Lovesick Blues,” dedicated to the late North Carolina guitar great Sam Moss.

Due out on February 5th, 2013 release via Yep Rock.

Obscure Giants of Acoustic Guitar (Trading Card Set)

'Obscure Giants of Acoustic Guitar' - Trading Card Set
San Francisco’s Tompkins Square label has released new and reissued recordings by many of the greatest acoustic guitarists of the past several decades. The label presents 37 cards, featuring vivid portraits by artist Shana Cleveland, plus biographies detailing the work and lives of some of these masters.

Order, HERE.

Obscure-Giants by TompkinsSquare

Shana Cleveland is an artist, musician and writer living in Seattle. Her music can be heard in the bands the Curious Mystery, La Luz (surf rock, girl-group) and Shana Cleveland and the Sandcastles (quitetime crooners). Her works have been appeared in some places like (short stories, poems:) Black Clock, the Columbia Poetry Review, Court Green,  Vice, and (artworks:) in the Believer and Yeti Magazine.


The Sea and Cake - On and On

The Sea and Cake - On and On
Video and Sand animation by Naomi Nagata (永田ナヲミ)
The song is taken from their latest release "Runner" via Thrill Jockey.


Marco Benevento “Fireworks”

For more than a decade pianist/sound-sculptor/songwriter Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive resume of composition and collaboration. His studio albums have set forth a vision for music that connects the dots between Explosions In The Sky and Tortoise on one side, Brian Eno and Brad Mehldau on the other, while in the live setting his performances reverberate with pulsating dance rock energy.

Marco Benevento's latest studio album "TigerFace," was recorded and mixed by Tom Biller (Silversun Pickups, Fiona Apple) and Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Akron/Family), and the set on the recording features Matt Chamberlain (Bill Frisell, Pearl Jam), John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea & The Cake) and Andrew Barr (The Barr Brothers), bassists Dave Dreiwitz (Ween), Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green) and Mike Gordon (Phish), violinist Ali Helnwein (Traction Avenue Chamber Orchestra) and saxophonist Stuart Bogie (Antibalas, Superhuman Happiness), and Kalmia Traver (Rubblebucket). "Tiger Face" is available on The Royal Potato Family.

This Is How It Goes (Marco Benevento) by Royal Potato Family

Marco Benevento performing "This Is How It Goes" at WFMU

Fireworks | Marco Benevento by Royal Potato Family


HOMESHAKE a.k.a. Peter Sagar

Montreal-based Homeshake is Peter Sager (also known as a guitarist of Mac DeMarco and co.) and friends.

Little teaser from the Homeshake tape, coming out January via Fixture Records. Recorded with help from jack and mac at the smoke pit and jizz jazz.

Yo La Tengo - Before We Run

Yo La Tengo - Before We Run
Animated by Emily Hubley, the song is taken from the forthcoming album "Fade," recorded with John McEntire at Soma Studios in Chicago. 
Due out on January 14th (UK) / 15th (US) via Matador. Pre-order, HERE
"Fade" deluxe numbered edition includes a bonus 7" featuring two exclusive covers: I Saw The Light (Todd Rundgren) b/w Move To California (Times New Viking), and the vinyl includes MP3 download coupon featuring exclusive 11 minute jam.

Yo La Tengo - Stupid Things (single version)


The Newtown Sessions: Mac DeMarco

The Newtown Sessions: Mac DeMarco
Filmed and recorded at Swan7 Studios

Curated for Newtown Radio by Colin Ilgen

Music by: Mac DeMarco ('Ode to Viceroy', 'Freaking Out the Neighborhood', 'Baby's Wearing Blue Jeans', 'I'm a Man')

Track List:
01. I'm a Man
02. Me and Jon Hanging on
03. The Stars Keep on Calling My Name
04. Ode to Viceroy
05. Cooking up Something Good
06. Freaking Out the Neighborhood
07. My Kind of Woman
08. Baby's Wearing Blue Jeans
09. She's Really All I Need
10. Together

Mac DeMarco's first full-length "Mac DeMarco 2" is available on Captured Tracks

"I think I might do a record in the spring with Chris Cohen—Captured Tracks just signed him—and Matt Mondanile, who’s in Real Estate. He does the Ducktails stuff."  --Mac DeMarco
(via) (via Yuya Shimizu

Chris Weisman "Maya Properties"

Chris Weisman - Maya Properties Part 1
mp3 download / donate at OSR Tapes, HERE.
Brattleboro 2012
digitized by Danny Bissette
further computer by Zach Phillips (Blanche Blanche Blanche)

OSR Tapes has dropped a Chris Weisman's 4 hour, 88-song YouTube album "Maya Properties" in 11 parts.

"its ideal form is a piano painted by Kyle Thomas (King Tuff) where each key plays a song instead of a note. American composers in paradise write more music"

Chris Weisman - Holy Fool
from "Maya Properties," Kyle Thomas -- lead guitar.

Better Psychics - With My Attitude
from Chris Weisman's recent collaboration project with Zach Phillips, Better Psychics' S/T cassette on OSR Tapes.

Chris Weisman's "Nonmusical Patterns and their Musical Uses (for Guitar in Standard Tuning)" (2011) book contains one hundred geometric patterns overlaid to the fretboard of a guitar in standard tuning with a hand-made, perfect-bound softback with letterpressed cover.
Available directly from the Radical Readout Press.
READ :: Work & Worry blog's interview with Chris Weisman on the subject of his book, 2011.


Shizuo Fujimori "Nature and Life"

"Nature and Life" from Tsukuhae #1 (1914)
Shizuo Fujimori (1891-1943)
藤森静雄 「自然と人生」(月映 I / 大正3年)
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

The Garment District remixed by Sonic Boom

A Pittsburgh-based experimental synth-pop project, The Garment District is music by Jennifer Baron (a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor). Her debut tape "Melody Elder," featuring Television Personalities/Swell Maps legend Jowe Head on bass, has been available on Night-People. And her new 7" featuring remix by SONIC BOOM is now available on La Station Radar.


Patrick Feaster discusses "Pictures of Sound"

"Pictures of Sound: One Thousand Years of Educed Audio: 980-1980" is a book/CD set produced by Patrick Feaster, now available on Dust-to-Digital. CD packaged in a 144-page hardback book; Book dimensions are 10 x 8 inches; 164 images reproduced in full color.

Magia Phonotactica (1650) by dusttodigital Patrick Feaster is a researcher and educator specializing in the history and culture of early sound media.  A two-time Grammy nominee and co-founder of the First Sounds Initiative, he has been actively involved in locating, making audible, and contextualizing many of the world's oldest sound recordings.

Patrick Feaster discusses "Pictures of Sound"
This video is derived from a slideshow that was presented by Patrick Feaster at the 2011 ARSC Conference.


Lilys – Well Traveled Is Protest

'Well Traveled Is Protest,' taken from the split 7" with New Jersey natives Big Troubles on Charlottesville-based label Speakertree, is the first recorded song by Kurt Heasley's Lilys in over six years. 
Available soon on November 13th. Pre-order, HERE.

"Today, the intellectual and musical chameleon Heasley is joined by classic beat maker Aaron Sperske, perpetual romantic and social protagonist Torben Pastore and the authentically laid back Dan Horne, who completes the group. They are currently in the studio working on a new record."

Lilys - Well Traveled Is Protest by speakertree records

Lilys - Everything Wrong Is Imaginary
Trailer for the as-yet-uncompleted/unreleased Lilys documentary.

READ :: In the Presence of Kurt Heasley:
An Interview on WFMU's Beware Blog (2011)
(photo by Noah Greenberg)

Michael Suter

Lilys - Can't Make Your Life Better Spaceland Los Angeles 2008 Lilys featuring Kurt Heasley, Aaron Sperske, Ariel Pink, Dan Horne, Jimi Hey and Kenny Keys delight the good people of Spaceland in 2008.


Jim Ruiz Set "Mount Curve Avenue"

A brand new album of Jim Ruiz Set, formerly known as the Legendary Jim Ruiz Group, "Mount Curve Avenue" is now available via Korda Records and Allen Clapp's Mystery Lawn Music. "Mount Curve Avenue" is the first release in 14 years by the legendary Jim Ruiz.

The Set:
Jim Ruiz – guitar, vocals, bass on 11
Emily Ruiz – drums, vocals on 4
Charlotte Crabtree – bass, vocals

Produced by Allen Clapp

Peter Anderson, Allen Clapp, Mike Crabtree, Max Eider, David Hamilton, Clint Hoover, Allison LaBonne, Jim Ouska, Peter Robelia, David Salmela, David Schelzel, Brian Tighe

Mixed by Allen Clapp at Mystery Lawn Studio, Sunnyvale, CA
Mastered by Myles Boisen at Headless Buddha Mastering Lab, Oakland, CA

The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group - The Ruling Class
(The Monochrome Set cover) (via)


"Jessica Pratt"

Jessica Pratt - Night Faces

A San Francisco-based singer and musician (previously posted) Jessica Pratt has released her self-titled debut LP via Birth Records, a new label founded by Tim Presley (of White Fence, Darker My Love).


Her Strange Melody
Music and Lyrics by Jessica L. Pratt


Sufjan Stevens - Mr. FROSTY MAN

WATCH :: Official video for "Mr. Frosty Man" by Sufjan Stevens from his upcoming Christmas Box Set "Silver & Gold," due out on November 13th via Asthmatic Kitty. Pre-order is available on HERE or HERE.  Clay-mation video by Lee Hardcastle

Sufjan Stevens - Mr. FROSTY MAN