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Coma Girls – Coma Girls (Cassette)
After more than a year of playing as many gigs as possible, Coma Girls‘ self-titled debut album arrives just in time for summer, harkening back to a time when well- dressed bands with actual instruments ruled pop radio and soundtracked clambakes and barbecues. This is music made by kids who may have grown up on Weezer but eventually dug into their parents’ old records and fell in love with The Four Seasons, The Beatles, and The Beach Boys.
Chris Spino’s silver-laced hooks and melodies drive each song in tandem with fuzzy guitar, while Chandler Galloway’s furious keys and organs hold court and lend a virtuosic and vintage sound to otherwise straightforward pop songs. The incredibly tight rhythm section rounded out by drummer Tyler Dean and bassist Rocky Culver cut through the melodies to give each composition a sense of urgency and completion. Spino’s lovelorn lyrics are the perfect bridge between the saccharine lines of 50’s & 60’s pop songs that might’ve been played at a themed school dance, and the so-called “indie rock” songs of the early aughts, when esoteric rambling was the art du jour. The result is a bullshit-free lesson in pop songwriting. These are songs that stay in your head long after the record is finished, from the soaring hooks to the memorable codas that watermark each song.
Coma Girls is presented on pro-dubbed and imprinted light blue cassette tape with white imprint.
Sydney Eloise & The Palms – Faces (Cassette) **PREORDER**
Sydney Eloise & the Palms’ debut Faces is searching and bittersweet, a classic-pop meditation from the visionary twentysomething next door. A vivid sonic slide-show carousel of a record, its mix of words and music paint tiny, episodic masterpieces in technicolor.
Sydney Eloise is at once catalyst, vessel and torchbearer. With her close friends and collaborators—co-producers Damon Moon and Chandler Galloway (Coma Girls)—she spent an entire year building and rebuilding Faces in the studio until it felt just right, the end result a delicate ship in a bottle of Fernet-Branca, a charming contemporary pastiche that draws tastefully from every decade of recorded music since the 1950s, right up ’til the present day. Inside the record’s lush layers of daydreamy sound, you’ll find a musical education—’50s “Earth Angel” balladry, Phil Spector-style Walls of Sound, heady ’60s psych pop, ’70s Laurel Canyon country dusted with post-Beatles George Harrison sonics, unmistakable Fleetwood Mac-isms and crystalline ABBA-style pop, subtle ’80s production flourishes, glistening ’90s-alt country and ’00s indie pop a la Neko Case and Rilo Kiley. Layers upon layers, worlds within worlds—visions of boot-clad go-go girls shimmying in perfect beehive mini-skirt bliss in a snow globe inside of a snow globe inside of a snow globe.
Sydney Eloise & The Palms’ Faces is presented by Bear Kids on pro-dubbed and imprinted cassette tape. LPs and CDs available here via The Cottage Recording Co.
***Note: this is a preorder. Tapes will begin shipping in mid-September. Official release date is 09.22.15.
Wasted Wine vs. The Hypnosis Center (Cassette)
Wasted Wine vs. The Hypnosis Center takes listeners on a mind-bending trip through a surreal, decaying alternate-reality American South. An aural collage of gloom and humor, elegance and off-kilter sensibilities, home recordings and found sounds, Wasted Wine‘s album will change your perception of what is possible from a small-town recording project in the Deep South. The vaguely conceptual album doubles as an oblique commentary on the band’s experience with the music industry.
We are proud to present Wasted Wine vs. The Hypnosis Center digitally and in a limited edition of pro-dubbed and imprinted purple tint cassette tapes. The first edition package comes with a special Hypnosis Center slipcover that includes hypnosis therapy instructions.
Book Club – One-Way Moon (Cassette)
Mountain Party – Love and Money (Cassette)
Love and Money is ultimately an album about family.
The 12 songs that make up Mountain Party’s second full-length album were recorded in the same room where they were written, at home, and in many ways the subject matter and recording environment are inseparable. These songs are folk tunes about lovers, siblings, parents, children, and what families must deal with as individual lives come and go: pain, tension, habits, money, hospitals, funeral homes.
Showcasing a textural sound that highlights the simplicity of folk songs and the lush arrangements and experimentation afforded by the studio, Love and Money is the most fully realized entry in Justin Green’s songwriting career and is a calculated step forward for the Mountain Party project.
Love is of course the one thing we’ve all been told is all we need. But is that really the case? Can love truly keep us together?
Love and Money is presented on pro-dubbed and imprinted clear transparent cassette tape with burgundy imprint, including a full color two-sided 5-panel J-card with all lyrics and an alternate cover on the interior so you can fold the J-card however you’d like for a choose-your-own-cover adventure.
100 Watt Horse – Everything is Alright Forever… (Cassette) ***SECOND PRESSING/PREORDER***
****SECOND PRESSING COMING SOON. IF YOU’D LIKE TO PREORDER A TAPE FROM THE SECOND PRESSING GO AHEAD AND ORDER AND WE’LL GET YOU THE DIGITAL COPY IMMEDIATELY BUT THERE WILL BE A DELAY OF A FEW WEEKS BEFORE THE SECOND PRESSING OF TAPES SHIP OUT!****
Anyone who has seen one of 100 Watt Horse’s many shows over the past year or so knows that George Pettis and Anna Jeter can silence a room with no microphone and just an acoustic guitar. It is with this familiar intimacy that the debut full-length album from 100 Watt Horse opens with “Bees 1” – an appropriately lo-fi acoustic strum and an enveloping tape hiss, showcasing a sparse arrangement that in no way lessens the power of the song as an opening statement. And while 100 Watt Horse consistently returns to this spare and honest approach throughout the album, they also occasionally approach pop and folk songs through more a experimental lens, incorporating analog synths and drum machines and studio wizardry into their arresting compositions. The result is a cohesive but eclectic achievement.
Everything Is Alright Forever and Forever and Forever and Thank You Thank You Thank You Amen. is a subtle but memorable debut long-player for 100 Watt Horse and a satisfying follow-up to 2014’s self-titled EP. While the EP saw 100 Watt Horse treading familiar paths, the debut LP sees them cutting their own new path through a dense forest of distraction, boiling down these compositions into only what needs to be there.
EAFAFAFATTTA is available in a first edition of 100 pro-dubbed and imprinted light blue cassette tapes with black imprint, as well as digitally on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. Streaming on Spotify and Rdio.