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Just two years since we shot it our Konrad documentary is finally up. Photographer-filmmaker and all-round incredible friend Niels Alpert did a brilliant job capturing the real Barry Morrison / Konrad. Read the introduction at the super rad Dangerous Minds blog or just press play. Evil is now available on vinyl and for download at Ethereal Sequence.



July 28, 2014, 5:30pm

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Yvynyl just premiered this video I made about visiting Matthew Young at his home in the nicest part of New Jersey (which is really nice). If you are into voyeuristic peeks into the lives of grownup people from easier better times you will never catch up to or really understand, watch this video! Matthew’s first album Recurring Dreams is out next week from Drag City / Yoga Records.



July 17, 2014, 10:00am

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Spencer Kingman (Spenking) is on tour… To witness a Spenking show is to remember how powerful a quiet solo performance can be. It’s a pretty unforgettable experience. If you can’t make one of these shows, tell a friend who can — they will thank you.
Sat 19 Jul Youngstown, OH @ Greyland
Sun 20 Jul Buffalo, NY @ Silo Sessions 
Sun 20 Jul Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
Mon 21 Jul Lakewood, OH @ Marshall’s
Tue 22 Jul Detroit, MI @ Garden Bowl
Wed 23 Jul Chicago, IL @ Situations
Thu 24 Jul Rock Island, IL @ Daytrotter Studios
Thu 24 Jul Rock Island, IL @ Rozz Tox
Fri 25 Jul  Pittsburgh, PA  @ TBD
Thu 31 Jul Harrisburg, PA @ Makespace
Fri 1 Aug Baltimore, MD @ Copy Cat
Sat 2 Aug Philadelphia, PA  @ house show / awaiting confirmation
Sun 3 Aug New York, NY @ Cake Shop
Mon 4 Aug Hudson, NY @ The Half Moon
Tue 5 Aug Bidderford, ME @ Oak & The Axe w/ Plastic Crimewave 
Wed 6 Aug Providence, RI @ TBD

Thu 7 Aug Drop Spencer in NYC with Hannah et al, everyone else hopefully home by suppertime

Spencer Kingman (Spenking) is on tour… To witness a Spenking show is to remember how powerful a quiet solo performance can be. It’s a pretty unforgettable experience. If you can’t make one of these shows, tell a friend who can — they will thank you.

Sat 19 Jul Youngstown, OH @ Greyland

Sun 20 Jul Buffalo, NY @ Silo Sessions 

Sun 20 Jul Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar

Mon 21 Jul Lakewood, OH @ Marshall’s

Tue 22 Jul Detroit, MI @ Garden Bowl

Wed 23 Jul Chicago, IL @ Situations

Thu 24 Jul Rock Island, IL @ Daytrotter Studios

Thu 24 Jul Rock Island, IL @ Rozz Tox

Fri 25 Jul  Pittsburgh, PA  @ TBD

Thu 31 Jul Harrisburg, PA @ Makespace

Fri 1 Aug Baltimore, MD @ Copy Cat

Sat 2 Aug Philadelphia, PA  @ house show / awaiting confirmation

Sun 3 Aug New York, NY @ Cake Shop

Mon 4 Aug Hudson, NY @ The Half Moon

Tue 5 Aug Bidderford, ME @ Oak & The Axe w/ Plastic Crimewave 

Wed 6 Aug Providence, RI @ TBD

Thu 7 Aug Drop Spencer in NYC with Hannah et al, everyone else hopefully home by suppertime



July 16, 2014, 9:32pm

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Late notice — Journey To The Light by Mark Banning (1985) is back out on vinyl from the Students of Decay label. I found this album in the Hearts Of Space collection early on in my new age search (around 2008) and will never forget opening a small box of original copies sent from Mark at a collector gathering shortly thereafter and  calling it a “new age facemelter” and everyone joking about that concept. I wonder if the Germans have a name for the thing where people are only half-laughing at you because what you’re saying is absurd on the face of it but deep down they know that you’ve got something . It’s been said many times about many musics but record really is what heaven sounds like.

Late notice — Journey To The Light by Mark Banning (1985) is back out on vinyl from the Students of Decay label. I found this album in the Hearts Of Space collection early on in my new age search (around 2008) and will never forget opening a small box of original copies sent from Mark at a collector gathering shortly thereafter and  calling it a “new age facemelter” and everyone joking about that concept. I wonder if the Germans have a name for the thing where people are only half-laughing at you because what you’re saying is absurd on the face of it but deep down they know that you’ve got something . It’s been said many times about many musics but record really is what heaven sounds like.



July 16, 2014, 11:20am

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Gentle Daps asked me to do this guest mix of new agey leaning stuff and it was fun to work on and a learning experience. Probably not news to a lot of folks reading this but it turns out Audacity makes doing mixes super easy. Thanks to Baby Armie for the opportunity.



July 16, 2014, 10:17am

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FBT: Another thing that happened in 2010 was that Matthew Young’s “12th century folk psych” album Traveler’s Advisory (first released 1986) got a now very out of print vinyl reissue from Drag City / Yoga Records. Now the two labels are teaming again to present Young’s entirely different, super-atmospheric, all-electronic first record Recurring Dreams (1981) on vinyl, out July 22 and preorder-able here.
Most people don’t realize a. how rare it is for an artist to have more than one schtick and b. how much it says about that artist (and, really, the rest of us too). I was lucky enough to visit in person with Matthew for the first time last month. Soon we’ll present a little video portrait showing just how rich the private world of this entirely well-adjusted, ultra-creative human dude really is.

FBT: Another thing that happened in 2010 was that Matthew Young’s “12th century folk psych” album Traveler’s Advisory (first released 1986) got a now very out of print vinyl reissue from Drag City / Yoga Records. Now the two labels are teaming again to present Young’s entirely different, super-atmospheric, all-electronic first record Recurring Dreams (1981) on vinyl, out July 22 and preorder-able here.

Most people don’t realize a. how rare it is for an artist to have more than one schtick and b. how much it says about that artist (and, really, the rest of us too). I was lucky enough to visit in person with Matthew for the first time last month. Soon we’ll present a little video portrait showing just how rich the private world of this entirely well-adjusted, ultra-creative human dude really is.



July 03, 2014, 12:14pm

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Flashback Thursday: Guerssen put out the three Alan Munson records back in 2010 and was kind enough to let Yoga handle digital distro back when it still sort of seemed like digital might be a thing. (Note to aspiring bands & labels, if the record’s not a big hit, digital’s not a thing.) In any case, to be associated with albums as good as In Debt and Good Morning World can only be a good thing, and this is so self-evident that a surfboard company just posted about Munson’s work — which makes sense cause this is California music big time, without ever declaring itself as such.



July 03, 2014, 11:14am

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Here’s a Michael Hurley track I’ve never seen anywhere else, from the 1986 tape “Midsummer Memories Volume One” documenting live performances at the Midsummer Festival of Vermont Music and Art.


May 27, 2014, 7:30pm

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Konrad’s private press classic “Evil” returns on June 10, 2014

Short documentary coming soon

preorder



April 28, 2014, 1:13pm

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Spenking is Spencer Kingman and Bad Blood, Good Blood is his new album, out now from Ethereal Sequence and distributed by Drag City.

Spenking is Spencer Kingman and Bad Blood, Good Blood is his new album, out now from Ethereal Sequence and distributed by Drag City.



April 25, 2014, 3:54pm

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“Full disclosure: I first heard Spencer’s music in 2004. I was immediately hooked. The simple combination of his high, elastic voice and haunting words left me with chills, totally transfixed. We soon recruited him to join Dirty Projectors and he did, for one tour, in 2006. The raw talent and energy he brought to the band was inspiring. I got to know him a bit, but he’s a mysterious character, often times spending all day in the van en route to the next town silently working on his lyrics, not even getting out to eat, subsisting on nothing but a raw onion. After that tour, he removed himself from the music scene he had been immersed in, and has since become a high school math teacher, thus furthering the mystery. He has a small number of fans, but the few in the know are as diehard as they come. For those of us waiting patiently for whatever he would do next, sometimes even wondering if he would do anything at all, the wait is finally over. His previous album came out back in 2006, and after listening to this new one, it sounds as though he needed all eight of those years to get it to this point, not because of the density and layers of the recording, but because of the masterful quality of the songs. Every word and every note seems to be in exactly the right place. He has made the long wait worth it.”
Nat Baldwin reviews Spenking’s Bad Blood, Good Blood for The Talkhouse.

Full disclosure: I first heard Spencer’s music in 2004. I was immediately hooked. The simple combination of his high, elastic voice and haunting words left me with chills, totally transfixed. We soon recruited him to join Dirty Projectors and he did, for one tour, in 2006. The raw talent and energy he brought to the band was inspiring. I got to know him a bit, but he’s a mysterious character, often times spending all day in the van en route to the next town silently working on his lyrics, not even getting out to eat, subsisting on nothing but a raw onion. After that tour, he removed himself from the music scene he had been immersed in, and has since become a high school math teacher, thus furthering the mystery. He has a small number of fans, but the few in the know are as diehard as they come. For those of us waiting patiently for whatever he would do next, sometimes even wondering if he would do anything at all, the wait is finally over. His previous album came out back in 2006, and after listening to this new one, it sounds as though he needed all eight of those years to get it to this point, not because of the density and layers of the recording, but because of the masterful quality of the songs. Every word and every note seems to be in exactly the right place. He has made the long wait worth it.

Nat Baldwin reviews Spenking’s Bad Blood, Good Blood for The Talkhouse.



April 25, 2014, 3:50pm

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If you’re in Chicago June 13th, I’ll be there on a bill supporting Silver Apples. The college version of me is, like, freaking out over this. Info.

If you’re in Chicago June 13th, I’ll be there on a bill supporting Silver Apples. The college version of me is, like, freaking out over this. Info.



April 23, 2014, 1:28pm

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The second new record from Ethereal Sequence is Bad Blood, Good Blood by Spenking. It’s in better stores Tuesday 22nd but if you’re in Portland Oregon come on down and get it at the release show at the truly awesome little shop in a house Little Axe Records.

The second new record from Ethereal Sequence is Bad Blood, Good Blood by Spenking. It’s in better stores Tuesday 22nd but if you’re in Portland Oregon come on down and get it at the release show at the truly awesome little shop in a house Little Axe Records.



April 18, 2014, 11:53am

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WOO: ‘1001 Decisions’ from When The Past Arrives, which is out now from Drag City / Yoga Records in finer stores everywhere. 7.7 from Pitchfork and four stars from The Independent, and best vinyl of the week from The Vinyl Factory. Support your local shop or get it here.



March 19, 2014, 10:09am

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March 11, 2014, 2:14am