Sunday, July 24, 2011

Reid from Jovontaes made a video for "Ascending The Temple" from the Masks Of the Land tape they did on Eggy:

ascending the temple from jovontaes on Vimeo.

The first run of those are long gone, but I made a very limited, very hand-made, home-dub 2nd edition, those are still available for $6.
Jovontaes - Masks of the Land (reissue) - Eggy 11b (1)

Other Jovontaes stuff, they've got a tape coming up from my amigos in Gnar Tapes and an LP on the way, too, my sources tell me...

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Mothers News
Mothers News
I've got a nice big stack of this great newsprint publication from Providence. They are FREE and will be included in most all orders. (As long as they don't bump up the shipping too much. Let me know if you really want one and I will make sure it happens.) I will take some of these around Portland, too, as soon as my bike is on the road again.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Thank you, California, for being the West Coast paradise we depend on you to be!
I am back in Portland now, thanks everyone for being patient about orders getting shipped.
Here's a fun, new thing. Michael made a video for "You Can't Expect It" from the Mad Nanna tape on Eggy:

Buy the tape for $6 plus shipping.
Mad Nanna - S/T - Eggy Records

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Hey all,
Me and the Woolies are headed down to California this weekend. Please come out and say "hi."

Friday 7/15 Oakland - The Bus w/ the Fucking Ocean, Religious Girls, & Pow, 9pm. Bus will be parked by Mosswood Park on Webster Street.

Sunday 7/17 San Francisco - The Hemlock w/ The Mallard & Party Owl, 9pm, $6.

Monday 7/18 Davis/KDVS - On Air with DJ Rick/Art For Spastics, tune in at 10pm.

Tuesday 7/19 Eureka - Taco Tuesday at Lil Red Lion w/

On a related note, all orders that don't go out tomorrow, won't go out until the end of next week.

See you in Cali!

Friday, July 8, 2011

No UFO's - Mind Control - Dub Ditch Picnic
No UFO's - Mind Control - Dub Ditch Picnic
Tripper of a tape that works despite it's totally zonked set up. Side A is a non-stop barrage of 3 or 4 second long clips of music sounding like scanning the radio on a planet where the stations only play krautrock, cosmic synth music and beat-heavy dub. Leaves a weird musical echo in the brain, so much so quickly. Side B is nice, if less idiosyncratic. Just some pulsing synth drift, possibly provided to ease your garbled mind after the hopscotch of the flip. WFMU's Brian Turner liked it enough to make his 2010 top 10, but to be fair, Doug Mosurock did not like it.

$6, email to order

The name comes from this:
Model 500 - No UFO's

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Mark Lord - Tachyon Firing Squad - Phaserprone
Mark Lord - Tachyon Firing Squad - Phaserprone
Another one from the latest Phaserprone batch. First off, two color letter-pressed sleeve and imprinted cassettes with a gold insert. Nice. Mark Lord is the nom de tape of the massively productive Providence fixture CF, whose visual work you'd probably recognize from his ongoing Powr Masters comic and Paper Rad stuff. (He didn't do the art for this tape, however.) Also does Daily Life, who have a new LP on Load. OK, the tape. Tachyon Firing Squad conjures an industrial dystopia using synths and drum machines that are all hard edges and cold as concrete. Static, strange voices and whistles of radio noise drift in over the short-wave. The strong rhythmic undercurrent, general palette of sounds and generally bleak outlook remind of early industrial groups like Cabaret Voltaire or a harder edged My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts. Bleak and groovy.

$8, email to order (down to my last copy).

Also, the Phaserprone tumblr is nice.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Golden Retriever - Emergent Layer - NNA Tapes
Golden Retriever - Emergent Layer - NNA Tapes
A definite perk of living is Portland is the chance to see Golden Retriever play on a semi-regular basis. The duo of Matt Carlson on modular synth and Jonathan Sielaff on bass clarinet occupy an interesting space in the current fringe scene, on the one hand leaning sometimes toward the kosmiche/kraut axis but on the other bringing to mind the New Music and DIY electronics of the 1970s, I'm thinking of David Behrman or Terry Riley. These recordings date to roughly a year ago and represent the band in their calmer early mode, with the two playing together with relative homogeneity to the more zonked territories I've seen them in most recently. Both modes are good, this stuff lending itself better to more relaxed listening. I think what really seals the deal for me with Golden Retriever is their willingness go right out there with a big bass clarinet or synth melody, which is to risk shattering the idyll of their pleasant cosmic-ness for the sake of creating something that goes somewhere, that doesn't just exist for its own sake. So it's great stuff, needless to say. And I'm looking forward to hearing recordings of their new material which goes further in carving out a new, weird zone that's all their own, which is all you can ask of a group, really. (I mean, if you've heard Carlson's solo music, you know that guy is going DEEP.) RECOMMENDED!

$7, email to order.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Grouper/Inca Ore - Split LP - no label
Grouper/Inca Ore - Split LP (2nd pressing) - no label/self-released
Very happy to have these in stock -- like many of you, I'm sure, I didn't grab a copy of this guy in it's first LP edition, glad to have a second chance (originally a self-released tape, it's also been an import CD in addition to the two LP pressings). The Inca Ore side is a collection of murky fragments of audio, some textural, some voice-based. The haziness gives it the aspect of something half-remembered or seen in a dream, which is nice even if many of the pieces don't ever quite gel. I have to admit, I've never been much of an Inca Ore fan and while this side is a pleasant enough duration of audio, it doesn't do much to sway me one way or the other.
The Grouper side is a treat to finally get to hear. Among its four tracks are some of the clearest and song-y-est in the Grouper catalog. "Poison Tree" especially is a pleasant surprise in its overt flirtation with pop music. I wonder, too, if the sound of this record will ultimately come to represent the Grouper "sound" -- compared to the feedback explorations and guitar driven work -- as it is more of a piece with A I A and the Roy Montgomery split than say Cover The Windows or Wide, even, in its foundation of electric piano and hazy reverb. These four songs are as good as anything in the Grouper catalog, and I would say this LP is a "must" even for those fans who are not as stoked on Inca Ore's stuff.

$16, email to order.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

New batch, all tapes are pro-dubbed, covers printed by Container Corps.
All titles are $6.

Paul Ballance - World Wide Gas - Eggy Records

This is certainly art made in seclusion -- a creative outpouring uninhibited by a lack of technical ability or anything better than a Walkman to capture it. Pre-dating his work as Baronic Wall (Night-People, Goaty Tapes), Jack Gilbert recorded two full 60 minute cassette tapes as Paul Ballance at his house in Iowa, from which this twenty minute tape was culled. The work here is raw, sometimes bracingly so, but that's the appeal. There is the closeness of listening in. The A-side consists of five short songs which hint at the distopian, sci-fi vision of Baronic Wall but largely reveal more domestic fascinations, and the B-side is a long collage piece incorporating field recordings and songs.
Art by Corey Lunn

Mad Nanna - S/T - Eggy Records

I first got in touch with Michael Zulicki via his excellent label and distro in Melbourne, Australia called Albert's Basment. After hearing the tape he released with his band Silk Ears on Goaty Tapes, I immediately got in touch about working with Eggy and he sent along tracks from his other project, Mad Nanna, which floored me as much as the Silk Ears stuff. These raw, shambolic, one-take songs remind me deeply of the great New Zealand band Garbage and the Flowers in the way the energy is totally frayed and sideways but the songs still memorable and full of character. Two-chord sea-saws that seem to be unfurling in the moment, or in the case of the last track--my favorite--one-chord observations of the world as it goes by on the street outside. Mad Nanna have a tape coming out on Goaty Tapes also this year.

Trailblazer - S/T - Eggy Records

Following the Lexington, Kentucky thread from the sludgy krautrock of Jovontaes to the effortless pop of Street Gnar led ultimately to the blasted Americana of Trailblazer (Night-People), making a trilogy of work based around the beloved Void Skateshop. Trailblazer belongs to a group of artists like Wet Hair and Dirty Beaches who have turned to the classic records of Suicide as the starting point of their explorations. These musicians place a great deal of emphasis on rhythm, finding beats that cruise into infinity, and use their voices as a foil -- brief words that quickly fade into the distance. American Motorik.
Art by Adam Zeek

Precription Pills - In The Graveyaard - Eggy Records

The sound of underground music in Portland, Oregon is quietly but swiftly turning to the cold, clean appeal of electronic sound, from former droners and psychers turning to 90s club music, to -- as is the case with Prescription Pills -- messy DIYers turning to 80s pop and industrial music. Take it or leave it, part of the appeal of this tape is in the weighty pathos of the lyrics -- yes, those two "a"s in "Graveyaard" point toward Kierkegaard. The four songs here mine the depths of human experience but do so with deft pop moves that are are as effortless as the lyrics are weighty. In short, it's goth pop and it's very catchy.
Art by Gary Robbins

Post-Materialists - Love - Eggy Records

The world is a big place and Russia is long way away. Post-Materialists hail from Moscow and their style of fringe music is as far removed from what I'm used to as their location is removed from me geographically. I dig how "classically weird" they sound -- no reverb, very little delay, relatively clean recordings, lots of backwards sounds and an emphasis on odd textures, plain and simple. So if you're concerned about whether the music you listen to sounds "cool" or not, you can skip this one. For real. But if you're ok with things being playful and a little odd, you will get some enjoyment out of this tape. It's definitely out of the ordinary. The singing is in Russian!
Art by Sam Gaskin

Sky Thing - Cooler Heads Prevail - Eggy Records

In a lot of ways, Cooler Heads Prevail is exactly the kind of tape I like to release on Eggy. Sky Thing's work defies easy categorization and is certainly operating outside the realm of trends. After hearing their tape on Friends and Relatives, I was intrigued by the unique focus on rhythm in their particular style of "drone" music and was happy to have Eggy as a means of furthering the development of their sound. John would send over drafts of the material they where working on and I would email back my thoughts until we arrived at the tape I'm very happy to be releasing now. Cooler Heads Prevail is a thought-provoking document -- the patter of drums becomes texture and overlapping rhythms drift in and out of focus, the recordings are clean and considered, short bursts of sound share space with extended meditations. I am trying to grasp at an easy reference point but am coming up empty handed -- and I am very glad to have it that way.
Art by Josh Kermiet

Archers - S/T - Eggy Records

Here's a snapshot of the excellent Portland DIY Pop Scene that bubbled up seemingly out of nowhere in the last year. Sure, there's always been indie-rock and folk-pop and all that in this city but this tape is Classic -- guitar pop in the tradition of the Jam and Television, the Moles and dBs, the Nerves and the Exploding Hearts. Twin guitars up front, thundering drums, bass lines that threaten to take the lead and keys subtlety reinforcing the attack. With a full-length in the works, this is the first but most definitely not the last you will hear from Archers.
Art by Raf Spielman