Mount Eerie: "Distorted Cymbals" b/w Selector Dub Narcotic "Anglepoise Cymbals"
Phil Elverum, in his many musical incarnations, is a collector of sounds, so his Mount Eerie single 'Distorted Cymbals' (DBN122) fits in perfectly with the Dub Narcotic Disco Plate catalogue. Recorded with Calvin Johnson (Selector Dub Narcotics) in the Dub Narcotic studio, this collectable 7" has been called one of Phil's more cogent projects by Calvin, and is a wonderful collaboration between two musical savants.
Kendl Winter: The Mechanics of Hovering Flight
Growing out of her previous release, Apple Core, some songs on The Mechanics of Hovering Flight are folk. Some are bluegrass. Some smack a bit more of country, with twangy guitar and foot-stomping rhythm, but somehow Kendl has created an album that is one moving piece, that tells a story between the liner notes. Perhaps it is her voice. Unwavering, at times haunting, Kendl's song reminds one of the legendary Lucinda Williams. And perhaps it is her dedication to writing the perfect song that serves her so well--to write a song that plays to the seasons, to the harvest, and speaks the truth about life. About love. About the love of a singer and her banjo.
The Maxines: "Drug Store", "Ghost In The Cove" b/w "(Gotta Talk About My) Heartbeat", "Hang Around"
Garage rock/Fuzz Pop. Girl-group heart and surfer-boy swagger. Would that every rock duo could be as coolly balanced as The Maxines. Two former Texans, guitarist Matt Murillo & drummer Kelly Norman rock out, sing together and make the coolest music ever on their new 7" LP, Drugstore (IPU140), out on K this January. Totally accessible and surprisingly PG-13, Drugstore is the kind of album you want to blast in the parking lot after school lets out, or bump while cruisin' the strip in your dad's T-Bird. They make garage rock as it was always meant to be made--fresh, rebellious and effortlessly fun.
Lake: "Gravel" b/w Selector Dub Narcotic "Re-Grade"
The second album LAKE recorded for K, Let's Build a Roof [KLP213], included a song by drummer/multi-instrumentalist Lindsay Schief many consider one of its highlights, "Gravel". When the band returned from their U.S. tour following the release of Let's Build a Roof "Gravel" had a new fluid soulful feel to it that struck resident Dub Narcotic Studio producer Selector Dub Narcotic (aka Calvin Johnson) as a ripe candidate for the Dub Narcotic Disco Plate series of 7" 45 rpm phonograph records. He approached the band about the idea and they agreed to give it a try. The revamped "Gravel" was recorded at Dub Narcotic Studio, comprising the A side of this release. Flip it over and hear the Selector Dub Narcotic version, "Re-Grade", complete with a new melodica infused melody.
Tender Forever: Where Are We From
There is protectiveness in the fist that holds a bag of wolf teeth. These incisors are each of the songs held inside Tender Forever's fourth EP. To spend time with this magic while the first of the fall leaves suicide bomb your bare feet, and the cicadas are strangely silent, is like feeling the phantom sting of your own baby wolf fangs where they once bit into your most vulnerable parts.
The Hive Dwellers: Lynch the Swan b/w Selector Dub Narcotic - Dub The Swan
The Hive Dwellers are a small grouping of Pacific Northwest natives, led by the large sound of one Calvin Johnson. On their latest musical effort, [DBN126] ? "Lynch the Swan" b/w Selector Dub Narcotic ? "Dub the Swan" ? Johnson and his alternating collection of collaborators fuse baritone vocals with melodica for an awkwardly peppy groove sensation.
The Pine Hill Haints: Tales of Crime (Part 1)" b/w "Tales of Crime (Part 2)"
"Tales of Crime (Part 1)" b/w "Tales of Crime (Part 2)" is the Pine Hill Haints' first 7" released by K. "Tales of Crime (Part 1)" attempts to express the dirty south, the home of the blues, the ancient father to son craft of whiskey and aging gardening in the mountains, and a cynical history, smashed and destroyed by the modern era of green star capitalism . . .
White Rainbow: The Making of Thriller b/w The Making of Star Wars
FROM THE DEPTHS OF DUB COMES THE CULTURE CLASH CLASSIC STEPPER, Adam Forkner, with his latest piece of hot wax [DBN125] White Rainbow ? "The Making of Thriller" b/w Selector Dub Narcotic ? "The Making of Star Wars."
This marks a home-coming of sorts, with Forkner returning to Dub Narcotic Studio to work with life-long friend and one time studio-mentor Calvin Johnson.
The Pine Hill Haints: Welcome to the Midnight Opry
Welcome to the Midnight Opry [KLP236] is the third full-length album by The Pine Hill Haints. It's a burning tumbleweed headed straight for an open field in the middle of a dry summer; bright, dangerous, vast, and blistering. Laid out before you is a full rotation of snazzed-up, working class ghost-country. The contradiction allows you to mentally wander from one track to the other on an emotional journey from the range to the rock show, whatever you want to make of it within those parameters, that's what it is.
Nucular Aminals: Nobody's Man b/w Kill Your Dogs and Garrison + Phillips/Garrison Phillips
Nucular Aminals squeeze a lot onto their new 7" - "Nobody's Man" b/w "Kill Your Dogs" and "Garrison+ Phillips/Garrison Phillips." Shifting smoothly from surf to pop to rock and back again, the amount of fun you find yourself having while listening to these tracks is equal to at least two full-length albums, maybe four.
Angelo Spencer: World Garage
Inspired by Bollywood, a trip to Morocco, and Serge Gainsbourg, Angelo Spencer's second full-length World Garage [KLP235] brings armloads of new instruments and the flavor of exotic locations to a compilation of songs that amount to more than just an album, but an experience of wildness