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Artist: GARBUS, RUTH
Title: Joule EP
Format: 7"
Label: OSR Tapes
Country: USA
Price: $5.00
“Four point five songs of a warm, humble talent from Ruth Garbus (ex-Happy Birthday, responsible for a top five Sub Pop release before dipping out, and sister of the one they call tUnE-yArDs), pursuing a lithe, late spring wildflower folk-pop, built around words that feel like poetry and songs that drape over you like fresh warm sheets on a bed. Garbus paints these songs as moving targets, each track sounding slightly different from the last in a way that pulls the listener off their guard. “I Took A Walk,” recorded live, possesses a certain Lois Maffeo ca. Courtney Love quality, with this one lyric “committing a crime is my water to wine” that keeps rattling around in my head. Theres a really strong sense of arrangements here which fills “Kisserine Chalk” with woodsy mystery and whistling chorus, and elsewhere peels back to a late Brill Building sensibility, that year or two before songwriting saw its way out and the 60s took over; its not hard to think of a Harpers Bizarre or Spanky And Our Gang getting hold of “Opal Elections” and adding strings or whatnot, but what Garbus leaves us with here is a new, small world to explore independent of pre-conceived notions, asking the listener to trust her. Listener, you should (and knock the speed down to 33rpm after the last labeled song for a snippet worth hearing at a less frantic pace).” - Still Single.

Artist: MAHER SHALAL HASH BAZ
Title: Hello New York
Format: LP
Label: OSR Tapes
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
“Tori Kudo and Reiko Kudo began Maher Shalal Hash Baz in the mid-80s & it has grown since into a multi-continental concern with a changing cast of true members of varying background & experience . as usual , any brief synopsis would be defective & by way of introduction you would be best advised to listen to the many extant recordings on youtube & read the many & comprehensive interviews published over the years . their first full-length record since 2009s Cest La Derniere Chanson , Hello New York was recorded in September 2014 when nearly a dozen members of Maher coalesced in New York for the occasion of a 30th anniversary gig . we holed up here at the sweltering Manual FX basement and worked for the majority of their stay on my deficient rig , joined intermittently by a gaggle of superfans like myself who couldnt pass up the opportunity to throw down a few notes on a Maher record (its unfashionable to wax autobiographical in this context but I will say that Maher was one principal light that brought me into music as a younger youngster & gave me the hope necessary to start this sort of enterprise in a dim world of hollow culture)
Maher is often represented incorrectly by the Western press , who have typically lampooned its lack of traditional musical dramaturgy as a kind of "naivist" aestheticism & its emphasis on miracular playing as a sign of its instrumentalists deficiency , and refused to see the communal nature of the group & the nonlinear relationship between Toris composition & the groups playing . in fact , what is really unusual about Maher isnt any one specific quality or principle , but the extreme reverence appreciable in the music for what is beyond words and available only in experience , and a concomittant indeterminacy on all levels , always busy in the middle : composition v. improvisation , the page v. the ear , the group v. the writer , style v. content , the beyond v. the worldly , etc... Tori is drawn to spiritual themes , with many lyrics adapted from Bible verse , not as an aesthetic conceit but as one tool for working through this life . actually , the bands Western aestheticization is ironic given the direct critical treatment Toris lyrics give to that sort of process (see "Epignosis" with its "the 60s carries weight with you // you like it better than your wife , son , brothers & sisters") ... but enough of that sort of talk . we all did our best on this revelatory rock record & I will always remember it !” - OSR.

Artist: WHITE, HARTLEY C.
Title: This is Not What You Expect
Format: LP
Label: OSR Tapes
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"This Is Not What You Expect is a collection of material recorded by Hartley C. White of Queens, NY from 1984-­2009. Hartley is the progenitor of a style of music he calls “Whopazootic,” which he has described as “a non­classical music utilizing a broken rhythm". Under consideration is the entire contemporary and past landscape of time and being, from the shape of a joke to the cry of the politically disenfranchised to the observation of flowing water. When we first heard Hartleys music, we were shocked, and you will be too. No matter how many albums youve listened to today, this will be the first Who-pa­zoo­tic one." - OSR.

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