There’s a ‘V’ of geese in the sky, there’s a stream, and they’re both talking. Maybe far away you can hear something else? A powerful, flowing voice describing a setting within that setting? A world within a world, Liv Carrow shows us around.
Pile of Needles is Liv’s first album for Single Girl Married Girl (and one of the only recordings made at the label’s now-defunct recording studio, The Thimble). Liv’s voice and guitar follow each other, not unlike the geese in the gaggle or the stream along its path, in smooth turns or sharp bends as other things come and go. It’s strong and varied and free and weird and special and comforting and we just really can’t say enough nice things about it.
"More Witches" and "Always Hungry" by Evil Sword from their feature length musical production HIDEOUS FOREST performed on November 21st, 2013 at the Vox Populi Aux Space in Philadelphia, PA
with Kate Ferencz, Ben Furgal, Yianni Kourmadas, Matt Marchesano, Andrew Maher, Geraldine Lavin, Amalia Wilson, Abbey Lee Sarver, Emily Royer, Felicia Puff, Dawn Riddle, Lindsey Dickson, Perry Genovesi, Meghan Dinneen, Caleb Nolen, Eric Clark, & Kent Boersma
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!