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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.

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1996-01-01
Dub Narcotic Sound System: 'Ridin' Shotgun'

Six song ep recorded at Royal Recording, Memphis, Tn., with William C. Brown III. Fifty-gallon drum. Organ and bass lock groove. Dance haul.

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2009-03-10
Mirah: (A)SPERA

The album holds many surprises within its undulating reverie. String sections shimmer in the opening track “Generosity” and in the impeccable “Education,” a relentless fist pounds against a soundboard in the darkly powerful “The World Is Falling Apart.” “Shells” offers a breathtaking vantage of Kane Mathis¹ masterful playing of the mandinka kora, a street party emerges in full swing from the galaxy of Mirah¹s heart in “The Country of the Future,” unexpected turns are taken in “The Forest,” horns burst forth as quickly as they retreat back into the starscape on “The River.” Kalimba, hurdy gurdy, bongos, horns, instruments for all worlds, all times.

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2010-06-22
Chain And The Gang: (I’ve Got) Privilege b/w Detroit Music

Have you heard? Grandma's doing the bird to the latest rock-breaking teen sensation, the wig-flipping Chain & the Gang. "(I've Got) Privilege” is the latest volume in our International Pop Underground series of 7” 45 rpm records. Young and old alike love the beat, the cranked riffs, just the overall vibe! You may, too, as soon as this package slides under your door. Ian Svenonius and chums have really come up with a winner of a dance task master, a real double-A side plate. Chain (o.k., Ian) croons on the first side; espousing the joys of being part of the privileged class. Then he gets real confused about the relationship between cars and music (isn’t it obvious?) on "Detroit Music ." "(I've Got) Privilege” was recorded by Calvin Johnson at Dub Narcotic Studio here in Olympia, Wash. Breaking all the chains, in the best possible way.

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2005-09-06
Old Time Relijun: 2012

Feral sounds have been corralled and turned beasts of burden to the will of our trinity, the musical experimentors, Old Time Relijun. On 2012, recorded with Calvin Johnson at Dub Narcotic studio, bandmates Arrington de Dionyso, Aaron Hartman and Jamie Peterson continue the exploration of the subconscious iconography begun with Lost Light (KLP159). The cacophany of 2012 extends down dimly lit paths and discovers jocular illumination in the darkest places of our psyche, and ultimately, a hand held catharsis. Some of the credit for the comfortable thunder/agony/delight of 2012 revolves on the recently joined percussionist Jamie Peterson, formerly of the Curtains, St.Andre, and Dada Swing. She has settled nicely into the throne formerly occupied by Bryce Panic, Phil Elverum and Rives Elliot (among others). Jamie blends splendidly with the double bass playing of Aaron Hartman to provide a seemless pedestal for the howl and guitar scratch bloom of Arrington de Dionyso. There is no remorse: 2012 is Old Time Relijun`s seventh collection of songmaking since 1996. They have toured the world and will continue to do so, incessantly.

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2008-05-20
Jeremy Jay: A Place Where We Could Go

This is a debut album containing ten songs, but really it is a cinematic escapade into the mind of a singular individual, Jeremy Jay. A Place Where We Could Go is a statement of fiction and fact, exploring the shadowy depths of an attitude: the romance of life without the people and things that pull down the corners; create your own world. This universe may have a fairy tale look; it may be illuminated by streetlight. But it will definitely be a safe haven for the exploration of dreams. Think vast landscapes of reverberating storybook endings populated by the more charming characters from John Hughes' movies. Jeremy Jay: dancing, singing and playing guitar. A Place Where We Could Go is your hardcopy of the illusive, blonde, Jeremy Jay moon-roof vista. Buena.

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2009-05-05
Tara Jane O'Neil: A Ways Away

The work of Tara Jane ONeil has always innately crossed genres and boundaries - like several genies emerging from a single lamp. Every singer wants to be a painter, every guitarist a singer, every songwriter a poet and every producer an alchemist. ONeil is skilled at all these things and on A Ways Away [KLP207], her fifth album and first for K, she has wielded all of her powers. A Ways Away is a song cycle, generous and concise, direct and uncompromising.

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2018-10-12
Calvin Johnson: A Wonderful Beast

The new Calvin Johnson album A Wonderful Beast [KLP269] is an experiment in sound. Using the theory "Rock'n'roll Will Never Die" as a starting point, Calvin entered the Audio Eagle Studio in Nashville, TN. Working closely with Producer Patrick Carney and Chief Engineer Marc Whitmore, the team tested the resiliency of such time honored materials as the electric guitar, modular synthesizer and trap drum kit, combining them in various ratios with elements like musical chords A, C and Dm. The results are a Frankenstein's monster of an album, A Wonderful Beast. Michelle Branch, who score many hits in the early double-0 decade as a solo artist and as a member of the Wreckers and lives next door to Audio Eagle, provides back-up harmony vocals on three songs. Following in the tradition of such Brill Building songwriting teams as Leiber-Stoller, Greenwich-Barry and Goffin-King, all the songs on A Wonderful Beast are a collaboration between Calvin Johnson and Patrick Carney. Carney, best known for his work as a member of the Akron, OH powerhouse The Black Keys, established Audio Eagle to further exactly this type of rock'n'roll workshoping, allowing the music and songwriting of NOW to rocket launched into the FUTURE.

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2014-01-21
Jeremy Jay: Abandoned Apartments

Jeremy Jay's latest, Abandoned Apartments, feels lived in, familiar, but filled with creaking shadows that go deep into the unknown. A product of several years spent in self-inflicted isolation and at various self-produced recording sessions, it is studied and wiser, culling its synthesizer tones from late-80s goth pop and touching on something darker than anything else Jay's ever made.

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1999-01-01
Tilson: Action

Yeah. Action! Neck-snapping beats are dance floor wise, & razor-sharp cuts courtesy of DJ B-Mello express hip hop pride, Tilson's ferocious freestyle delivers straight to the isle of hypnosis. Definition: superfresh.

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2016-04-01
Aries: Adieu Or Die

"I've done everything myself. Every sound is mine, every synthesizer, every melody, every beat," says Isabel Fernandez Reviriego, who is releasing Adieu Or Die under her pseudonym, Aries. It isn't simply notable anymore that someone is their own band, overdubbing over and over, but in the case of Aries, we have music that is so thickly and sturdily constructed, through layer upon meticulous layer, it becomes not just a marvel of sound, but one of craft.

Aries' music is densely melodic, like echoes of the American west coast in the 1960s coming through the Spanish radio waves. On "En el Oceano" her voice twists around itself like a stick of Twizzlers licorice. Amidst all the synthesizers, drum machines, buzzes and whirrs, the most prominent, playful, melancholy, important piece pasting everything together is Reviriego's voice, light and dancing in circles around every song. On Adieu Or Die, she says, "someone disintegrates, while the world disintegrates around him or her." But there is something beautiful in the way things fall apart, in the way that things die. Aries lives in that nook, comfortable and warm.

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2007-09-11
Adrian Orange & Her Band: Adrian Orange & Her Band

This self titled release could be considered Adrian Orange's first ‘deliberate’ album. After touring the country in 2006 with a massive band in two vans (including children and horn players and official dancers) and inventing a new kind of music and living, the band re-materialized in Dub Narcotic Studio in February 2007. The studio is an amazing collection of equipment from an era when recordings were made "live", everything happening on the spot, which was perfect for this new kind of tidal wave. It’s the perfect combination of beautiful accident and deliberate symphony.

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2002-03-19
Mirah: Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee was produced by Mirah on her own and with Phil Elvrum (the Microphones) at Dub Narcotic studio. This time around they have pushed themselves far beyond what even they thought capable to create a truly stunning, innovative and expressive piece of work that reverberates softly through the soul of all who hear it. Advisory Committee. Mirah’s first album, You Think Its Like This but Really Its Like This (KLP112) caught a lot of people off guard. Her power lies in steeping the feelings that motivate her, simmering and condensing them, encased in herself. She then creates a tender space where the listener can really be touched by this potency she sends out as a deliciously seductive, complexly sculpted lullabye, honest and true. The fourteen songs which construct Advisory Committee swell with detail, orchestration and variance. From the first song (also released as a single, IPU100), it is evident that Advisory Committee is not your average songstress’ solo affair. “Cold Cold Water” is charged and lushly layered, with an arrangement that utilizes a string section, tympani, galloping percussive highlights, pump organ, haunting chamber vocals and of course Mirah’s inimitable soaring voice. ”Cold Cold Water” is of cinematic proportions, as vivid and intricate as any classic movie theme song ever penned. What follows is as epic if not as grandiose. Mirah unveils each song drawing from a varied palette of instrumentation and arrangement. On top of it all are Mirah’s vocals, blanketing her songs with a soft, smoldering glow.

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1994-10-11
Kicking Giant: Alien I.D.

Signal transmissions from a weed on foreign soil, immigrants and aliens. They don’t mean to be cruel but this album is pain like warm leatherette. Science Fiction. Clanky din of candy + new wave. Rachel Carns staples the drums. Tae Won Yu drops the guitar. On these recordings they are joined by Sue P. Fox, wordcircus artist, and Tim Green, electroplate engineer.

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2014-11-11
Various Artists: All Your Friends Friends

ALL YOUR FRIEND'S FRIENDS is a seminal Northwest Hip-Hop compilation album produced entirely off of samples pulled from the K catalogue. Featuring over 30 of the most unique MCs from the region including members of mega-crews Oldominion and the Sandpeople, the album also introduces a host of hidden talent from OLYMPIA, WA - K's sonic stomping ground.

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2010-10-12
Kendl Winter: Apple Core

Kendl Winter is a dreamer of dark clouds. She has a drawer stuffed with stolen socks, she picks banjo and guitar and makes good driving music. Born in Arkansas and based in Olympia, Washington, Kendl twists those instruments into captivating melodies; Apple Core [KLP224] is Kendl Winter's fourth solo album and her first release for K. On this album apples represent temptation, a prize for beauty, a gift for knowledge, gravity, truth, autumn, and harvest. With its country roots, indie trunk, and sweet soulful sadness fruiting on the branches, Apple Core is apple to the core; mostly sweet with an occasional bruise. Kendl safety pins patches of piano and slide guitar on to the cloth, washes it in a lather of honest and provocative songs, and hangs it on the line to dry in the shy, unpredictable northwest sun.

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1995-01-01
Wandering Lucy: Arms and Legs

Lindiwe arrives in town, lays down the hits, plays a couple of shows and then takes the bus back to Vancouver with her guitar and the Drummer 2002. This should be in every jukebox in every teen center.

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2011-06-07
Kendl Winter: At the Same Time b/w The Same Version

Kendl Winter’s new 7” At the Same Time [DBN121] stays true to what we’ve come to love from Kendl. The songs featured here are homegrown, feet in the dirt, sugary country, recorded at Dub Narcotic in Olympia, WA.

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2000-11-14
Yume Bitsu: Auspicious Winds

Yume Bitsu: spiritual bedroom music. This is their third album, capturing the feel of the dream beats from which they draw their name. Auspicious Winds documents their latest journey through sonic time holes and hazy alter-universes. Four extended epic compositions and one yearning psyche-pop jewel (“Sharp, Twisted”) map out introspective territories, cascading through the subtle nuances of mind, body and soul. Take it and saturate the textures…

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1992-01-01
Some Velvet Sidewalk: Avalanche

The return of the Great Pumpkin, only slightly out of control this time. Al Larsen is a gift to be cherished; he somehow churns life’s pits back into cherries. On Avalanche he bestows the most pleasant ice cream headache imaginable, songs that move snow and earth, sweeping all in its path along for the ride. Includes the monster hit Loch Ness.

Dub Narcotic Sound System: “Blood Flow” b/w “Blood Flow pt. 2”

This tour/retail-only 12”features a photo of Chris Sutton. Packaged in plain sleeves with a dye cut hole in the center, one white, one black, with a sticker on the outside of the shrinkwrap explaining that they are special tour singles from the upcoming Dub Narcotic Sound System album

The A sides of each will be on the album, the B sides will not. Super-limited!

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2002-07-16
Tender Trap: “Face of ‘73" b/w “Fin"

Following on the demise of Marine Research, Amelia Fletcher has risen again in the guise of Tender Trap. Accompanied by her Marine Research band-mates Rob Pursey and DJ Downfall, Amelia has coalesced her voice and impeccable taste into a fourth experiment in unforgettable, streamlined pop music (previously she fronted Talulah Gosh and Heavenly). “Face of ‘73” is an indication of what to expect from the forthcoming Tender Trap album Film Molecules (KLP126, release date: July 16, 2002). The B side, “Fin”, will not be included on the album. It is a special re-mix by DJ Downfall.

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2011-12-06
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.

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2005-10-25
Calvin Johnson: Before the Dream Faded...

Ten new songs from Calvin Johnson, compiled on his second album as a solo artist. Calvin's first album, What Was Me (KLP117) is a Spartan kalang of guitar and voice; Before the Dream Faded… is a collection of collaborations, with a slate of guest producers including Khaela Marricich (the Blow), Mirah yom tov Zeitlyn, Johnny Jewel (Glass Candy) and Phil Elverum (Mount Eerie) livening things up the with their ideas about arrangements and textures. Other guest players, including Adam Forkner (Yume Bitsu, VERSION), Jona Bechtolt (Y.A.C.H.T.), Warren Lee and Devin Welch (Chromatics, Shoplifting) add a psychic twist, dramatizing all that is unholy in the Olympia underground schematic. This album was recorded at the Dub Narcotic studio in Olympia, Wash., except "I am without", recorded by Johnny Jewel at his D/E/A/T/H D/I/S/C/O studio in Portland, Ore., and "Delverance", recorded by Phil Elverum, Nowhere, Anacortes, Wash. Calvin Johnson is the founder of K and operates the Dub Narcotic Studio, where he has recorded such stalwarts as Mirah, Tender Forever, Yume Bitsu, the Gossip. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Old Time Relijun and Fitz of Depression. He has released numerous records with the bands Beat Happening, Dub Narcotic Sound System and the Halo Benders, and toured across the United States scads of times, and will continue to do so after Before the Dream Faded… is released.