After months of more-or-less careful planning and a few decisions, we are rightly prepared to announce the latest from Harmon Butcher. I’m Ready to Feel is a collection of remarkably adequate stories that the reader is conditionally guaranteed to find, at least, satisfactory! It’s difficult to write about someone’s writing so perhaps we’ll leave it at this quote direct from Harmon Butcher: “Stop yelling. I’m not yelling.”
And to tickle the eyeballs (not recommended), Butcher’s world is once again fleshed out by the fantastic Kate Ferencz. Kate’s splendid drawings lend sheen to the banal, cohesion to the meandering and inchoate, and a veneer of legitimacy for this otherwise illegitimate scoundrel. Buy it or not! No rush!
softcover / 5.5” x 8.5” / 64 pages / color of cover may vary / $5.00
The same weird mask from that dream is here but now it’s nice. It’s a comfort to see a familiar thing. And it’s an excitement to see a familiar thing in a new way!
Boi Boi Insane is a cassette tape and zine by Idiot Forever, a project by Philadelphia artist Josh Mackie of Your Children Is Beautiful and GUNK. On the album and in the artwork, there is a steady process of recombination. There are instinctive creations and found objects, there are simple and intricate patterns overlaid. What I mean is, it’s natural and beautiful. Like a cemetery or a parking lot. But also very different?
The first ten online orders of Boi Boi Insane will be rewarded with a free one-of-a-kind drawing by Josh Mackie!
Cassette Tape + Zine: $10.00
To round out the communication of ideas covered with this release, Josh also made a 25-minute video to accompany the album! It has been called, by several, a “must-see!” The video was screened at the Boi Boi Insane release party at Big Mama’s Cinematheque in North Philly on Friday, January 24th and can now be found here:
Is that your friend coming towards us? Or is it a pile of broken computers? I know I had a dollar in my pocket to catch the bus but now it’s just a handful of leaves and they are getting smaller and smaller. There’s a marching band or an opera house or a warm breeze. Whatever it is, it’s coming apart and the world looks different.
Sadden Lip Broken Tear is the first release from Actual Pearls, a solo project of Yianni Kourmadas (Hermit Thrushes). The songs are rather brief so to convince you there’s something to this, here are MULTIPLE “singles.” It’s all about breaking conventions, ya know?
A chain-link fence topped with razor wire catches all the loose plastic bags. The wind blows them over to the fence and now they’re caught on the fence. Now, there’s a steel drum. We’re in Trinidad. Now, there’s some weird scratchy thing. We’re in a junkyard.
Boi Boi Insane is the fantastic debut of Idiot Forever, the solo project Josh Mackie (Your Children Is Beautiful, GUNK); one of our favorite musicians and visual artists. Boi Boi Insane is both a cassette music album and a paper stapled zine. Here’s a song from this album that we think is a very good one:
The people have banded together, voices raised, and we have listened to their demands! Here we present to you the first ever Snow Caps shirts, designed by Joanna S. Quigley. To accomodate folks of all wardrobes, the shirt comes in both pink and blue and is guaranteed to match all of one’s coolest clothes. Distinguish yourself from the rest of the animal kingdom with these stylish, 100% cotton shirts.
A creeping, terrible disease is infecting the world. All those who knew how to work magic or medicine are already dead. Enter the HIDEOUS FOREST in search of a cure and discover the dark secrets that are found there. Featuring EVIL SWORD with an extended ensemble of creatures and costumes performing music to raise the dead and stories to make you wish you never did!
NOVEMBER 21ST AT THE AUX
319 N. 11TH STREET
9PM ////////// $5
EVIL SWORD’S FEATURE LENGTH MUSICAL PRODUCTION - OVER 15 ADDITIONAL PERFORMERS IN THE BAND! NEW SONGS! NEW COSTUMES! IF YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN EVIL SWORD BEFORE, NOW IS THE TIME!
The limbs are outstretched, the voices are reflected, the walls lend an echo. Here is Dean Cercone. The humming builds around him until, suddenly, a melody emerges. Texture or a smoke conceals and now, Juggling Hot Coals.
Juggling Hot Coals is Dean Cercone’s most cohesive and powerful recording to date. It’s entrancing sounds are now harnessed and available on cassette tape (with digital download). This is the follow-up to Dean’s fantastic, out-of-print split with Skinless Boneless and his rare 20010 LP. Copies are limited!
Yes, it’s that special season where touring seems like a fine idea! And so, without much cause other than that of selfish determination to travel, share, and improve, we find our flagship band Hermit Thrushes visiting some places that some people love best! For anyone keeping track, if one were to segment the year 2013 into two equal parts, this would roughly mirror the February tour but… it’d be bigger/longer? Fun house mirror?
Be sure to spare no expense in visiting these venues on these particular dates:
11.04.13 Pittsburgh, PA - 233 Romeo St. w/ Adult Field Trip, Jim Price
11.05.13 Chicago, IL - Burlington Bar w/ Clearance, Small Wonder
11.06.13 Chicago, IL - Rebirth Gallery w/ Daniel Wyche, Troy Schafer, comedy by Party Steve!
11.07.13 Chicago, IL - Cafe Mustache w/ Katrina Stonehart, ADT, Greg Canario
11.08.13 Kalamazoo, MI - Rupert’s Brew Pub w/ Forget the Times, Anybody but the Cops
11.09.13 Toronto, ON - Feast in the East 31 at Gerrard Art Space w/ Saturns, Mannerisms
11.11.13 Alfred, NY - Turner Galley, Alfred University w/ Kelley Donahue, Hannah Weidner
11.12.13 Troy, NY - 51 3rd St. w/ Jason Martin Electrical
11.13.13 Hudson, NY - The Half Moon w/ Liv Carrow
11.14.13 Marlboro, VT - Marlboro College w/ The Great Valley
11.15.13 Worcester, MA - The Firehouse w/ Uh Huh
11.16.13 Brooklyn, NY - Juggling Hot Coals Cassette Release at Bohemian Grove w/ Dean Cercone, Lord Fascinator, Nic Lawless
11.17.13 Philadelphia, PA - The Big Pink w/ Madonno, Breakfast in Fur, Hundreds and Thousands
Our relationship with musician and visual artist Dean Cercone began nearly two years ago when we released the fantastic Dean Cercone / Skinless Boneless split cassette tape. At that time it seemed written in the stars that we would be presented with an equally fantastic full-length album from Dean someday. Let us fall further down the well! Paraphrase: Someday is Now! Paraphrase: Juggling Hot Coals is Dean Cercone’s fine-tuned restatement of themes and images; a new album that further develops his intense, personal language and allows room to reinterpret his previous music. How can you say no to progress and perspective?
Juggling Hot Coals will be released on November 19th and we really couldn’t be happier. Peep this track for more info:
We have been marching through these woods for long enough and — was that a branch cracking underfoot or old bones? It’s getting too dark to see. It’s getting too cold to move. Do we dare trust these mysterious guides?
They are called Evil Sword. The document, More Witches: a 10-song album in the form of a C25 cassette tape and a (roughly) cassette-sized art book. The songs are nothing short of shocking, fantastical, and bizarre. The images in the book are culled from the darkest recesses of the strange and arcane.
Perhaps this video from our Zine Winter release party will soothe your worried mind.
To prove that their powers are true and ungovernable and dark, Evil Sword will be marking the trees with blood in these fair cities:
10.02.13 New York, NY - The Chris Gerthard Show
10.03.13 New York, NY - Cake Shop w/ Mindtroll
10.04.13 Jersey City, NJ - Beastin’ the Airwaves on WFMU
10.04.13 Bronx, NY - Teh Olive Garden
10.05.13 Troy, NY - 51 3rd
10.09.13 Worchester MA - Distant Castle
10.10.13 Boston, MA
10.11.13 Providence, RI - Spark City
10.12.13 Philadelphia, PA - Magic Pictures
10.18.13 Baltimore, MD - The Crown
10.19.13 Washington, DC - Doll House
11.21.13 Philadelphia, PA - Vox Populi Aux Space