The Olivia Tremor Control: Black Foliage: Animation Music
Long awaited re-issue of The Olivia Tremor Control?s ambitious, highly influential second album from 1999, which originally sold 40,000 copies. Perfect symphonic pop songs in an elaborate tapestry of tape manipulation, free jazz, and electronics. Guest appearances by The Apples (in Stereo) and Neutral Milk Hotel.
?Pop at its most playful and the avant-garde at its cuddliest ? a 27 song trip in which structure and chaos keep leap-frogging each other. Dedicated headphone junkies should be thrilled with the deep focus production and tidal wave of melody. Even the most elaborate concept albums can be fun.? ? Rolling Stone
The Olivia Tremor Control: Black Foliage: Animation Music (Remastered & Expanded)
Remastered and expanded re-issue of The Olivia Tremor Control's ambitious, highly influential second album from 1999, which originally sold 40,000 copies. Comes with a bonus disc featuring over and hour of unreleased, compilation, b-side, and live material. Perfect symphonic pop songs in an elaborate tapestry of tape manipulation, free jazz, and electronics. Guest appearances by The Apples (in Stereo) and Neutral Milk Hotel. Reissue to coincide with the band's tour of America and Europe, including an appearance at the Jeff Mangum curated ATP in December. "Pop at its most playful and the avant-garde at its cuddliest - a 27 song trip in which structure and chaos keep leap-frogging each other. Dedicated headphone junkies should be thrilled with the deep focus production and tidal wave of melody. Even the most elaborate concept albums can be fun." - Rolling Stone
Circulatory System: Circulatory System
Circulatory System is a new project of W. Cullen Hart of The Olivia Tremor Control. He is joined on this album by several of his former bandmates, as well as masterful collaborators such as Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel. After touring the globe with bands like Stereolab, Beck, Super Furry Animals, and R.E.M., Will returned to his home studio in Athens to create his most personal and intimate album to date. Twenty-two sweet and melancholy song cycles bathed in hazy layers of dimension. Fuzzed out rock decorated with unique instrumentation.
Dream Boat: Eclipsing
Dream Boat is the music of Page Campbell and Dan Donahue, two artists, musicians and longtime participators in the Athens, GA psychedelic underground. Page (Hope For Agoldensummer, Creepy, Dark Meat) and Dan (Elephant 6 collaborator, who has contributed lyrics for Elf Power, Of Montreal, and most recently Bear in Heaven), have spent years writing and recording music together.
Nesey Gallons: Eyes & Eyes & Eyes Ago
Eyes & Eyes & Eyes Ago was recorded by Nesey Gallons (The Music Tapes, Circulatory System), and includes Julian Koster of The Music Tapes and Neutral Milk Hotel. The soft and gentle songs feature pump organs, acoustic guitars, banjos, singing saws, minimal drums, xylophones, sounds of nature, and delicate, childlike vocals. It was recorded from October 27th, 1906 to January 8th, 1907 in Old Bennington, Vermont, except "Aurora Borealis" which was recorded around Easter 1907 on an island in Maine. Gallons used an 8-track tape recorder, tube preamps, tube compressors, and a lot of RCA ribbon microphones. He recorded and produced the album, singing most of the vocals through a phonograph flower. The record is about the pursuit of friends not yet found/lost souls?the idea of childhood sorrow as if it were nothing more than coming into awareness of these missing souls?the difficulty of human life causing one to long even more deeply for the absent to be here, everywhere... Highlights include "Forest-Lit Dinners" with duet vocals by Sarah Moran and a fantastically booming bass drum, and the haunting pop anthem ?Aurora Borealis?. Recommended if you like Elliott Smith, The Music Tapes, Neutral Milk Hotel, and The Microphones.1
Icy Demons: Fight Back!
Icy Demons are an excellent new band led by bass player Griffin Rodriquez. They perform highly sophisticated pop songs with beautifully pure falsetto vocals and exquisite orchestrations featuring the rich warm tones of the upright bass, bowed along with chord organs and woodwinds, or rocking within the complex percussion patterns of Chris Powell.
Tall Dwarfs: Fork Songs
Brilliant 1991 album by New Zealand duo Tall Dwarfs. Songs that will seep into your cells and liveinside you for many years to come. The sound is perfect and resonates pure joy with lyrics thatsend your thoughts colliding and then stilled in full appreciation of this perfect moment. Also includes their classic EP "Dogma" from 1987.Chris Knoxand Alec Bathgatehave made music together since 1977, as founding members ofone of New Zealand's first punk bands called The Enemy. They then formed the band Toy Love in1979, which signed to WEA, had a few charting singles, and then broke up. In 1981 Chris andAlec returned as the Tall Dwarfs. Chris Knox purchased a TEAC 4 track and from there The TallDwarfs became pioneers of lo-fi recording.
Supercluster: I Got The Answer b/w Sunflower Clock
In a world where some people prefer the crisp sound of digital recording, while others prefer the warmer sound of vinyl, Athens, Georgia super-group SUPERCLUSTER offers its audience the opportunity to experience the best of both genres. Supercluster’s ï??rst CD, Waves, was released in 2009 to critical acclaim.
In a nod to the old school, Supercluster has now released two of its most popular songs, “I Got the Answer” and “Sunï??ower Clock” as a 45 on heavy mixed color vinyl, sure to become a collector’s item. The seven inch single comes with a hand-screened mini-poster, signed and numbered by Athens artist Amanda Burk. The mini-poster and record are limited to an edition of three hundred. Jason Nesmith of Bel Air Studios produced the 45, and Rodney Mills at Masterhouse mastered the recording. Hannah Jones (THE NEW SOUND OF NUMBERS, SUPERCLUSTER) designed the label. This is from Studio Mouse Productions, distributed by Cloud Recordings. Features members of PYLON, THE OLIVIA TREMOR CONTROL, CIRCULATORY SYSTEM, THE NEW SOUND OF NUMBERS, CASPER AND THE COOKIES, etc. Limited Edition, hand-numbered. Recently opened for the B-52’s.
The New Sound of Numbers: Invisible Magnetic
The New Sound of Numbers is an experimental post-punk band based in Athens, GA. It is fronted by Hannah Jones on 12-string electric guitar and features members of Pylon and The Olivia Tremor Control. Their album ?Invisible Magnetic? is the follow up to their debut album ?Liberty Seeds? which was released in 2006 by Cloud Recordings. The new album has a more celebratory feel than the first, and the driving rhythms and layered percussion lend themselves to both a sense of urgency and instant danceability Violin, clarinet, melodica, synth, and trumpet beautifully interplay throughout the songs, and occasionally take a turn towards musique concrete while also bolstering the upbeat feel of the songs. The rhythms of ?Invisible Magnetic? are even more tribal, with an African influence, than those of ?Liberty Seeds?, whose songs were described by Electrelane?s Mia Clarke in a review for Wire Magazine as ?giving a nod to the Slits and Lizzie Mercier Descloux? The New Sound of Numbers can be placed categorically next to fellow Athenians Pylon and the B-52s. Recommended if you like The Raincoats, Deerhoof, Neu!, and Electrelane.
The New Sound of Numbers: Liberty Seeds
Visual artist and electronic musician Hannah Jones (percussionist with Circulatory System) presents her pop/experimental/post-punk full-length as The New Sound Of Numbers. Imagine the Raincoats with Sun Ra in the style of This Heat's "Repeat".
Pipes You See, Pipes You Don't: Lost in the Pancakes
Lost in the Pancakes was recorded at home over the last few years by Peter Erchick of The Olivia Tremor Control, Circulatory System, The Instruments, The Wedding Band, among others. It is the follow up to his albums Individualized Shirts and Special Fanfare for Anything.
Largely a solo effort (Erchick plays most of the instruments including piano, other keyboards, guitar, bass, percussion etc.), there are also contributions from Elephant 6 cohorts John Fernandes, Eric Harris, Bill Doss, Heather McIntosh, Derek Almstead, Robbie Cucchiaro, Heather Heyn, and Emily Growden.