Two exciting new Summer releases available now for your listening pleasure.
Beg is the first release from WarWarWar, the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Sam Boyhtari (who also performs as the guitarist of Pines). Beyond the craft of the songwriting–which is certainly on display here–the record stands on its own as a singular work; its songs seem precisely sequenced to provide a particular kind of listening experience. At times the arrangements seem so delicate that the listener isn’t sure if the verse will complete, or the chorus will conclude. And yet, almost as quickly as they dissolve, the wandering melodies blossom into something delightfully unexpected. This is a record with roots in the American Folk Tradition, but its feel is also informed by Romantic despair and Kaputt-era Destroyer (sans ambient disco stuff). Clocking in at nearly 60 minutes (our longest release yet!) this one is not to be missed. Dubbed on white, high-bias cassettes with hand-stamped A-Sides and white plastic cases.
Only physically available as a cassette tape, Coats is the immensely popular digital LP from solo electropop act BK Kids Club. Effortlessly blending nowave irreverence with Whitesnake bombast, BKKC creates angular, agitated, and utterly unforgettable dance records. Coats shows the band working in the familiar EDM idiom by relying on tried-and-true instrumentation (see octave bass and heart-pounding 808 samples). But pushing beyond the familiar, the record constantly surprises with oddball sonic experimentation vis-à-vis deep cut microsample loops, homemade sound devices, and multi-track vocal soars. The result is an exhilarating thrill-ride with high highs and big heart. Dubbed on “limo-tint” high-bias cassettes with white plastic cases and original album art by Indoor Yeti.
Over the next two weeks we’ll be releasing music from War War War, BK Kids Club, and Van Thrasher. Check back soon for more details.
Also, we’ve only got a couple copies of the Destruction Unit tape left. Either get one of the last copies through the TDH store, or see them live and raid the secret stash on their merch table.
We’ve been getting a slew of emails about potential releases, and we’re happy to announce two exciting collections, one new and one old.
Under his Desolate moniker, Flint, Michigan multi-instrumentalist Tyler Rigdon has produced Alone, a nine track instrumental collection that engages equal parts Pet Sounds, Amon Düül, and Low-era Bowie. Each track has its own sonic identity, yet the whole record comes together to create a cohesive statement that translates perfectly into the 10khz brick wall world of cassette mastering. This release features clear cassettes w/ blue foil interiors housed inside opaque blue cases. Color cardstock inner j-card w/ color vellum outers, too. Very cool.
About three months ago, we were contacted by a man who goes by the name “Nicotine Rick,” the vocalist of long-defunct early 80s British hardcore band Van Thrasher. Apparently, VT was only active for 9 months before its members disbanded to pursue other musical projects. Their only full-length, Temple of Rats, was pressed by Rick’s longtime friend, Todd St. Cloud (the mastermind behind the now infamous Bad Manners label). After St. Cloud’s death, most of the LPs melted in a terrible fire, and the record has been out of print ever since. Now, 28 years later, TDH is excited to announce the reissue of Temple of Rats on clear high-bias cassettes with red foil inserts and b&w j-cards that feature the original album art. 12 tracks in just under 10 minutes. It’s brutal… and very limited. Get one before we run out.
CD version of Temple of Rats is out via Indoor Yeti in the next few weeks, too.
Good news & bad news: The Braided Veins cassette release for their Future/Forever EP is all gone on our end. A few copies are still available via the band’s merch table and the merch store at the Flint Local 432, though. Thanks to everyone who picked up tapes at one of the recent live shows, or mail-ordered via the TDH store. For anyone interested in the vinyl version, you can pick up a copy via Save Your Generation Records.
TDH is handling the cassette release of Braided Veins‘ newest Future/Forever EP, which many people have said nice things about. The tracks were recorded by Swellers frontman Nick Diener and feature members of The Swellers, Kid Brother Collective, The Conqueror Worm, and Empty Orchestra. This version is different from the beautiful vinyl version and features alternative art by Dave Kloc, in-between track samples, a live bonus track, a really long fold out lyrics insert, and mono mixes throughout. On high-bias, hand-stamped, white cassettes and highly limited. $6ppd, or show up to the record release on Saturday 12/21 at the Flint Local 432.
The second release is a live recording from the September 7th, 2013 show at Trinosophes featuring Arizona psych monsters Destruction Unit. The show was recorded straight to 4-track tape and bounced down to high-bias cassette w/o any computer interference. Experimental music & experimental recording methods have come together in this totally unique package. The result is LOUD, spaced-out, heavy drones with aggressive riffage and big room sounds. A few copies will also be for sale on the DU merch table. Very limited, on trans red. $6ppd
Both cassettes available for purchase in the store.
As a heatwave continues its never-ending assault on the midwest, TDH is excited to announce two brand new, ultra-cool releases to chill out those unsightly sweat stains. The first is a limited cassingle by Empty Orchestra keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist, Pam. Her newest cassingle, “Two Songs about Animals,” is an eerie, electronic thrill ride that explores the difficult relationships between predators and their prey. Out of an edition of 50 on translucent red or translucent brown w/ gold screws. (We had to dig deeply to find a color this awesome.)
Our second release is TDH’s very first foray into the publishing world. We’re excited to announce City of Progress, Michigan poet John Duffy’s first collection of poems in six years. What begins as a meditation on duty, order, and the body, slowly breaks down into a collage of voices from beyond the map. The work here is terse and uses a style that subtly evokes American greats like Robert Creeley, Jim Carroll, and Nick Flynn among others. This first edition is out of 100 and features a full-color vellum jacket as well as cover artwork by Grand Rapids-based artist Pat Perry.
Both releases are available now in the TDH store.
If you’re interested in picking up a copy of TDH’s first vinyl release “Crooked Limbs” b/w “Barely There,” check out Empty Orchestra on any of their summer dates w/ Streetlight Manifesto. They’ve got the last of the split pink & clear 7″s, so stop by their merch spread and pick one up before they’re gone.