The Social Registry are pleased to present the first of three limited edition twelve inch EPs from VietNam. Each of the three features a track from the band’s self-titled full-length (released on Kemado), along with tracks recorded recently at the band’s Freedom School Compound, a store-front apartment/studio that the band shares with producer Matt Boyton in Brooklyn, NY. These recordings capture the band cutting loose, writing and recording at their will, and form a perfect counterpoint to their professionally recorded full-length.
This material encapsulates the formative days of the band, who have since released their acclaimed full-length Dins. Already hard at work on their next album, Psychic Ills show no sign of slowing down, and this compilation gives people the chance to hear where things began. It has the first two releases, Mental Violence I and Mental Violence II. Both were only issued on vinyl in very scant numbers and disappeared in the blink of an eye, that is until now plus unreleased material.
We are pleased to present Phantom Parade; TK Webb's second release to bear the TSR logo. Recorded at the Rare Book Room by veteran producer Nicolas Vernhes, this release is by far the strongest record TK Webb has made in the 13 years he has been playing music. At 28 years old, having been an in-demand guitar and harmonica player for years, touring all over the country both as solo player and side man and managing to average a show a week in NYC over the last 3 years, TK came to this record as a man determined and you can hear it in the music. The resulting work is an almost instant classic; versed in the American musical tradition with perfectly structured songs littered with imagery woven out of everyday experience.
The full length debut from incendiary ensemble which takes the band well beyond their astounding live dynamic of guitar theatrics and poly rhythmatic madness seamlessly blends non-traditional instrumentation and studio improvisation.
The debut EP from NYC process-oriented outfit Telepathe, a band whichfeatures former members of Wikkid & Blood Lines. Four chanty-chaotic yetperfectly structured compositions which bring to mind such outfits as Can,Amon Duul or perhaps even Gang Gang Dance.
Spectacular Of Passages is Samara Lubelski's second entry into the world of psychedelic pop: Ten perfectly arranged pop songs rounded out by musical contributions from members of METABOLISMS, THE NO NECK BLUES BAND, LADY BUG TRANSISTOR & THE CLEAN.
Blood On The Wall is the sound of a couch being tossed from the second story to thunderous applause. The feeling that one gets when you havefinished off the last of the tequila and it’s on to the beer. That tinge of sadness late into the evening right before the dawn is about to break andthe regrets and hopes of your life merge with first chirps of the birds starting their day. This three piece consisting of Courtney and Brad Shanks,yes they are really brother and sister, with Miggy Littleton hitting the skins are attuned to the mysteries of music. And how it can catalyze onesmood from from a stupor to where you can’t stop your feet and your hair is flaying in rhythm to the beat. Rock with heart that takes no prisoners.BOTW will sweep you away on a sonic cyclone and you won’t be missing Kansas after you are swept along with them.Blood On The Wall’s second record is, as the name might suggest, Awesomer. Recorded under the watchful eye of producer Nicholas Vernhes (FieryFurnaces, Black Dice, Silver Jews) the three have settled more into their own skin as they run from their heaviest song to date “Stoner Jam”, out ofthe pop anthem “Mary Susan” and into the quick shredding of “Hey Hey” to end in your arms with “Going To Heaven.” all the while they stickto the hooks and the playful dynamic that has made them the rock enchanters of the NYC music scene.Based out of NYC Blood On The Wall has been hard at work for about four years now. The sibling song writing brain trust of Brad & Courtney arerounded out by Miggy who was in Ida, White Magic, The Shit and who has played with numerous other artists on tour and in the studio. A chancemeeting on a corner in Williamsburg that evolved with their shared love for old vinyl and then bore fruit as a single, which found no shortage oflovers. In 2004 they released their self titled debut to much acclaim and went on the road with Enon, Black Dice & Fiery Furnaces in the states,played some legendary shows in Brooklyn, toured Norway, and left a pile of cans, bottles, kick-ass memories all along the way. Once Awesomerhits expect that trail to grow prodigiously.
Gang Gang Dance is a musical vehicle without brakes, constantly innovatingand dropping material out the rear. Hillelah documents a period in whichGang Gang moved from city streets to multilane highways and down back roads. These four tracks are culled from live sets and practice sessions to giveyou just a taste of what was happening during this period between GGDrecording sessions. Plus this enhanced CD puts one into their world with twovery diverse performances.
We are proud to present Gang Gang Dance’s second full length releaseentitled God’s Money. Recorded over the course of a year at Junkyard AudioSalvage the band utilized whatever means were available to them: drums ofall shapes, sizes and circuits, various keyboards and synthesizers,midi-triggering guitar scenarios, vocals reconfigured via guitar effectpedal and even the occasional aluminum chair. Blending hypnotic rhythms intoa highly structured compositional style or soaring in the lofty heights ofpracticed improvisation, this recording follows in the footsteps of theirother output marking new ground for the band.
Welcome to the world of Artanker Convoy. This six combines a range ofmusical influences to create an infectious sound groove, which is aspleasing rhythmically as it is sonically intriguing. The material on thisrecord stems from endless test sessions conducted at a house deep in the“Other Cradle Of Civilization” (BKLYN, NYC) where even intrigued passersbyon the street would often try to poke in their curiously bobbing heads.Mature Fantasy is a culmination of their efforts: an LP that can be enjoyedin any indulgent situation.
The third installment from NYC's noise-mavens Electroputas is upon us and itis a heavy affair. Hand woven to thick analog tape over six months at theJunkyard Studio compound with Sean Maffucci of Icewater Scandal behind theboard, this record opens up the stride of this criminally under exposedoutfit. The sprawling results at times brings to mind such notableluminaries as Can, Chrome, Lightning Bolt or the more musical ramblings ofCiccone Youth. With this record the trio has managed to take theirunrelenting live sound into a wholly new direction.
Hall Of Fame is a trio out of NYC comprised of Samara Lubelski, Dan Brown & Theo Angel. Paradise Now is their fourth full length album since their inception in 1995. Though hinted at on their previous Siltbreeze effort; this record is not a departure from their trademark psychedelic excursions but an evolution from their bedroom recordings, allowing their sound to be captured in a more fully realized dynamic staging. Recorded over a year at the famed Rare Book Room in Brooklyn where Samara moonlights as an engineer allowed the trio to take their compositions further into the ether. Carefully sculpting not only the inherent energies of the compositions but also drawing every audible element into the fold whether it be a slow drawn violin scrap, fluttering percussion or the slow echo of a vintage Ampeg Amplifier. This record exemplifies the kind of precision and subtle craftsmanship that exemplifies the honing of their abilities and the furthering of their artistic vision. Members of Hall Of Fame have collaborated with the likes of, The Sonora Pine, Jackie O-Motherfucker, Tower Recordings, Tara Jane O’Neil, Thalia Zedek, David Grubbs, Tony Conrad, Metabolismus, Sal;mon Skinâ€¦the list goes on and on. In addition to their work as Hall Of Fame the three have independently released solo efforts (percussion excursions, violin experimentations, prepared guitar explorations, sound manipulations and song efforts), ventured into experimental film, studio production, documentary film and just about every other creative foray most you could imagine.
The first proper solo adventure from Samara Lubelksi. Though she is most often recognized as a member of Hall Of Fame Samara also done time in The Sonora Pine, Tower Recordings, Metabolismis, Jackie O-Motherfucker & Salmon Skin and has also played alongside Tony Conrad & Tara Jane O'Neil. On these recordings Samara is joined by an array of friends & compatriots who help bring these ten folk/pop songs to perfectly arranged heights..
We would like to be the first to welcome you back to the world of fun rock and roll. From a chance meeting over used vinyl comes the origins of trio known to the public as Blood On The Wall. A band started by music lovers for themselves to enjoy has instead transformed into a group that gets the whole room a rockin’. They have imbibed at the levee of indie music that makes those who feel its warmth get down and start tinkering with a flood of ideas. Attitude free intelligent songs written with rhythms you can dance to and melodies you can sing along toâ€¦all yours guilt free.Whilst many a band these days has been trying to figure out how to put their leather pants on two legs at a time or how to get that ‘I just got of bed’ haircut looking just right; members of Blood On the Wall have been up late, drunk as hell, talking about music, writing songs and playing their asses off. The effect this band has on the uninitiated is amazing. There has been dancing; and we mean real dancing, where all people can do is just wear this giant grin on their face and start moving; it’s an amazing thing to see.When you hear Blood On The Wall’s songs you can be sure you will not hear esoteric noodlings, instead they will power you up with their excitement and energy carried through. Their eponymous debut is a whirlwind of guitar crunchiness, dub motions and odd hooks that will get caught in your head like a recurring memory. This album will be played over and over again and not get tired. It is a party that rages from dusk to dawn with all the lunacy and intimate moments that make you talk about the craziness for years afterwards and share those special moments with friends.
The 35 minute debut from this NYC's most underrated quartet; imagine a band that can somehow fuse the spirit of the jefferson airplane with the deafening blasts of the dead C. Recorded in 1998 by onetime-Honeymoon Killer Jerry Teel and made in an edition of 500.
The Social Registry 12” series continues with this groove infected barnstormer from Artankers Convoy. This four track EP is sure to get feet moving and hips swiveling with their catchy and irresistible flow (people who have tried resisting have ended up with severe muscle cramps). The six piece convoy continue to come up with new songs that demand being put onto vinyl making it a golden opportunity to start your own dance party wherever you want. Organic Grooves remixes one of the pieces shooting AT into an even higher orbit.But this EP is not only for the floorcutting set. It is layered with a multitude of different influences that set this group apart from the typical club ravers, they compose pieces that allow them to really stretch out. You can sit back and just enjoy this, but your body might have different ideas.
“Still nothing could prepare for the total overhaul espoused in the group's confidence, agility and creativity. Piano Blooms surges with a focused tension and rhythmic stride of a group who're coming into their own as songwriters as well as feedback laden rockers.” â€“artrockerThe Electro-Putas are finally ready to unleash the spatial sound groove attack from their modern era with this the second release in the The Social Registry’s 12” series. Think krautrock in the realm of Can with dashes of no wave, free rock, and just plain freakiness. This is the antidote to all of those bands who are “pushing the envelope” with all the force of baby sloth. These three songs will put the frizz back in your hair and have you checking your smoke for flakes of something else besides tobacky. Joe, Jaiko and Akio combine their love of psychdelia, full force blasts, and ramblings along the noise path on this Limited Edition chunk of vinyl. This is for the people who swing their hips in more than just one direction. Sure to be playing on your turntable until the needle gives out or your mind does.This releases is the second in our ongoing 12” series and, as always, is limited to 600 copies.
Gathering moss is not for Icewater Scandal; they are constantly percolating with ideas. They take what they have accomplished before redefining it and then heading for new horizons. Their first album travels over new territory from their debut EP released under the AM Radio moniker. Though still filtered through their concept of taking 60’s experimental music a la the Dream Syndicate et al, and merging that with the elan of 80’s indie rock; No Handle is at times more muscular and other times more cerebral, without losing any flair. Part of this can be attributed to their producer Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. Recorded and mixed at SY’s studio, Echo Canyon, there has been great care in getting the sound just right. Recorded, mixed and mastered all on analog equipment was a decision that allowed no ones and zeros to come between what was played and how the band wanted it heard. This foursome go from the almost jaunty Muddy Blue to the ambient heaviness of Shiny Gold to the catchy groove of Banana Ssplat without showing any seams. They are willing to let their intuition lead them, no looking over shoulders. It is a confidence that is bourn by the music. No Handle is sure to also carry you along with it.