TRACEY TRANCE - LEARNING TO YOUR STUFF - $6
Tracey is a lifer. I can't think of higher praise to heap on this nomadic weirdo. Getting to know him, hanging at his shows, realizing that he is never not working on more recordings, realizing that he knows every single person in America who runs a small label, that he knows every single person in America who has put out a good cassette tape, that he is always just back from tour or about to leave on one -- it all makes clear how little barrier there is between his "life" and his "art." And the reason I mention that is not to say that he's more For Real or Authentic, any of that, but to explain the tractor beam-like charm every little blurp of his music can exert on you, from the 30-second blasts of scuzz to the long-form meandering jammers. It's because every piece is a fragment knocked from a glowing, kinetic, ever-morphing whole. Hope this collection of missives from Tracey-land makes it into your stereo, it's one of my favorites.
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TRACEY TRANCE - HANGTOWN USA II - $5
I've got two copies of the new tour tape, self-released by Tyler. They're five clams, first come first served.