Hobo Cult crew in Seattle

Hobo Cult Records Tour

Montreal jammers HOBO CUBES, FEMMINIELLI & DAS AMORE w/ JLK will be in town this Monday for all of you Seattle folk looking for something fun to check out.  Really psyched to meet these dudes.  For those not familiar with Hobo Cult Records – check them out.  There’s a good intro to the label on the Foxy D site here: http://www.foxydigitalis.com/foxyd/?p=319Panabrite & Harpoon Pole Vault will be doing a special collaborative jam in celebration of our visitors arrival.  Be prepared for some serious sci-fi synth uneasiness…


May 23rd, The Josephine, 9PM
HOBO CUBES, FEMMINIELLI, DAS AMORE w/ JLK, Panabrite / Harpoon Pole Vault collab set

 

Debacle Festival

Debacle Fest 2010

Debacle Records will host a massive 3-day festival here in Seattle from September 17th-19th, organized by fellow Seattle label head Sam Melacon.  Check out the schedule:

Friday, September 17th @ The Josephine, 8PM
Chrome Wings, Stag Hare, Thunder Grey Pilgrim, The Dead White, Matt Carlson, Megabats, Brain Fruit

Saturday, September 18th @ The Black Lodge, 7PM sharp
John Wiese, Pete Swanson, Rene Hell, Physical Demon, Squim, Harpoon Pole Vault, Dull Knife, Demian Johnston

Sunday, September 19th @ The Josephine, 5PM sharp
Great Falls, LA Lungs, Du Hexen Hase, The Slaves, Wind Swept Planes, Marlo Eggplant, Kristian Garrard

Harpoon Pole Vault / Bee Mask NE mini tour July 9-14

Poster by WITCHBEAM - Zebulon 7/14 - Bee Mask, Zaimph, Harpoon Pole Vault

Tomorrow, Cristin and I are headed out east for a little vacation to NYC.  Immediately following our break, I’ll be touring as Harpoon Pole Vault with Bee Mask/Chris Madak (see Deception Island label).   Super excited!  Three of these shows will feature Zaimph/Marcia Bassett, so be sure to catch those if you can.  Our NE mini-tour dates are listed below.  Hope to see some of you!  FRESH poster design by WITCHBEAM!

July 9, 2010 – Philadelphia, PA – Pageant SoloveevHPV, Zaimph, Bee Mask.

July 10, 2010 – Brooklyn, NY – Port d’OrHPV, Zaimph, Bee Mask.

July 11, 2010 – Burlington, VT – Firehouse GalleryHPV, Bee Mask, A Snake in the Garden.

July 12, 2010 – Easthampton, MA – Flywheel ArtsHPV, Bee Mask.

July 13, 2010 – Providence, RI – ZACCHILLI HOUSE – HPV, Bee Mask, Arley Marks.

July 14, 2010 – Brooklyn, NY – ZebulonHPV, Zaimph, Bee Mask, mi or and the pedestals.

Gift Tapes SUMMER 2010 batch

Gift Tapes

Gift Tapes is pleased to announce that our monster SUMMER double-batch has arrived!  Six new tapes out today.  Purchase them here while supplies last!

GT021
Oregon Painting Society
Radiant Dream Face, GT021, c30, edition of 150
Totally bizarre sound worlds from an island of misfit droids.  Offered up by up-and-coming Portland art collective Oregon Painting Society (core members include: Matt Carlson, Brenna Murphy, Barbara Kinzle, Birch Cooper, and Jason Traeger) this recording is a document of their Radiant Dream Face installation mounted at Portland State University, December 2009.  Improvisations with houseplants, a pair of corn cobs and a glass crystal, each controlling oscillators, recorded direct to 4 track.

GT022
Concessionaires
Skyline, GT022, c40, edition of 150
Synth/guitar duo project consisting of Brad Rose (The North Sea) and Pete Fosco.  Their debut release unveils massive cathedrals of melodic sound that push/pull the listener through cavern-like underworlds into open, pale-blue, impressionistic skyscapes.  Two side-length meditative improvisations, perfect listening for shimmering summer afternoons.

GT023
Studio SS/2 Hands on Knobs
Home Office split, GT023, c60, edition of 150
The daily reality of machines in the home and the office as interpreted by 2 synth artists.  Studio SS merges home appliances with analog and digital synthesis.  A mixture of both quiet noise and on-edge insomnia that hint at the claustrophobic terror state of a forgotten inmate.  2 Hands on Knobs engages office machinery with synths, sampling keyboards, and drum machines, creating industrial spirituals for a drone army or narrating  the awkward birth of an android.

GT024
Zaïmph
Coast to Coast, GT024, c40, edition of 200
In Marcia Bassett’s newest Zaimph recording, masked guitar roams from the East to the West, through rugged American landscapes.  Bassett’s guitar and effects are captured direct to cassette as a stereo room recording, summoning a gorgeous haze of tape noise and ambient sounds.

GT025
Merzbow
Untitled Nov 1989, GT025, c40, edition of 200
Electronics and field recordings collide in what many consider a peak moment of Merzbow’s extremely prolific career.  Recorded in 1989 and mixed this past February on a 4-track that Gift Tapes sent to Japan!  HEAVY factory sounds manipulated via amplification and signal processing to create a massive mechanized environment and an altered state.

GT026
Bee Mask
Canzoni dal Laboratorio del Silenzio Cosmico, GT026, c30, edition of 200
Bee Mask’s newest work gives a nod to experimental music of the 20th century; classic kosmiche zones are fused with musique concrete to form a surrealist sound collage of home studio and field recordings.  Synths, sampler, prepared piano, variable speed cassette players, voice and handmade instruments all come into play, explaining quantum mechanics via dream logic.

*All cassettes are pro-dubbed, imprinted, loaded with high bias tape, packaged in regular size Norelco cases, w/ 2-sided color cardstock j-card insert that includes artist name and album title.

Gift Tapes, fronts

Gift Tapes, spine 1 Gift Tapes, spine 2

Gift Tapes, backs

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In related news, Brother Raven‘s first LP entitled VSS-30 is due out very soon on Digitalis — keep your eyes peeled.  You may have also noticed that Taped Sounds recently released BR’s 5th tape.  I am told that copies are sold out at the source, but that an additional pressing is in the works.  Additionally, the band will be touring the West Coast US in June, performing the following dates (most which will include Matt Carlson!):

June 15, 2010 – Villanova House (802 Villanova Dr.) – Davis, CA – w/ Matt Carlson, others TBA

June 16, 2010 – Hemlock Tavern – San Francisco, CA – w/ Matt Carlson, Moholy-Nagy

June 17, 2010 – Synchronicity Space – Los Angeles, CA – w/ Matt Carlson, Sun Araw, Metal Rouge

June 18, 2010 – 21 Grand – Oakland, CA – w/ Matt Carlson, En, Deep Magic

June 19, 2010 – Abyssal Behemoth – Portland, OR – Golden Retriever, Cloaks

June 23, 2010 – Gallery 1412 – Seattle, WA – Zaimph, Jaime Fennelly (of Peeesseye)

Also, Harpoon Pole Vault will be touring NE US in July w/ Zaimph & Bee Mask (both of whom have tapes out in this current GIFT batch)!  Tour dates are coming together now, but more info will be posted here soon as details begin to solidify.

More exciting stuff happening later this summer:

DRAFT, the new no rules sub-GIFT imprint will debut its first set of releases.  We’re expecting these to land sometime in August.

The next edition of the SYNTH NIGHT series will happen Friday, August 13th.  An Evening of Meditative Music with Stella Haze, Spare Death Icon & Pulse Emitter at the Chapel Performance Space here in Seattle.

New GIFT TAPES coming January 12, 2010

New GIFT TAPES coming January 12, 2010.  Reserve your copies here. Also, check out the new Digitalis batch. Gift Tapes artists Million Mists & Spare Death Icon can be found on the new Air Rings: Volume 1; a 4-way double-cassette synth split! 2010 will be a good year…

Brother Raven, ITCZ, GT013 BROTHER RAVEN
ITCZ :: GT013
C30 audio cassette, edition of 100
Description: Radient jungle experience; colossal modulationZ
Music by Brother Raven
$6 USD
Father Sound/Harpoon Pole Vault, SPLIT, GT014 FATHER SOUND/HARPOON POLE VAULT
SPLIT :: GT014
C30 audio cassette, edition of 100
Description: A. Autistic cave man sampler opus | B. Vulnerable new age lacerations
Music by JRP & JEA
$6 USD
Golden Retriever, static rain, GT015 GOLDEN RETRIEVER
static rain :: GT015
C20 audio cassette, edition of 100
Description: Joyous future prog; modular synth & processed bass clarinet
Music by Matt Carlson & Jonathan Sielaff
$6 USD

Second Gift: HPV micro

Harpoon Pole Vault, Whispering Crystal Babies, MC30, 2009 Gift Tapes, GT004

For those of you that might have missed this one (or you don’t have a player), we sent this miniature tape out with one of first releases last Spring – our first micro cassette!  So adorable, so cute.  We like to make our GIFTS available to everyone, so be sure to stay tuned in for our future gift posts!  We should have a couple more in the coming weeks.

Harpoon Pole Vault, whispering crystal babies
Download: GT004 64MB ZIP file, includes 320 kbps MP3s
*We hope you enjoy the distinctive qualities of this low fidelity music recording!

MICRO CASSETTES… The wave of the future.
Inexpensive.  Miniature.  Mono.  Limited Frequency Response.