LAKE at Dub Narcotic Studio!
For the last few weeks LAKE (have you heard their new Dub Narcotic Disco Plate? It is “Gravel” [DBN116], and it’s a chill spill) have been wandering in, out and around the Dub Narcotic Studio laying down sounds in anticipation of their upcoming album, a nebulous beast with no name or release date. But know that it is on the way! On Monday afternoon Phil Elverum of Mount Eerie (who also have a new Dub Narcotic Disco Plate on the streets, “Distorted Cymbals” [DBN122], a brainwave micro broiler) was visiting the K office and ventured downstairs to the Dub Narcotic Studio to make the LAKE recording scene. A meeting of the minds.
Chain & the Gang Tour Western States!
Another recent inhabitant of the Dub Narcotic Studio, Chain & the Gang (they breezed through Olympia recently to tidy up their new In Cool Blood [KLP240] album), are also in the news this week. Strange Victory Touring Co. recently posted dates for the Chain & the Gang March April tour of western states, some of which they have not visited since their epic U.S. tour with the Hive Dwellers in 2009. The line-up for this Chain & the Gang tour is the same as who recorded In Cool Blood, Fiona Campbell, drums, Brett Lyman, electric guitar, Chris Sutton, electric bass guitar, Katie Greer, vocals, Ian “Chain“ Svenonius, vocals.
In other exciting Ian Svenonius news, it was announced today that Make-Up will be appearing at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in May.
Lovers without Borders St. Valentine’s Day Date!
February 14 was reserved long ago by Karl Blau and his latest combo Lovers without Borders for a rendezvous with the International Pop Underground. The trio recorded four songs, body-checked by engineers Calvin Johnson and Eli Moore, for an imminent Volume in this exalted series. One of the songs recorded is a cover of a Lois song, “The Second Most Beautiful Girl in the World”. There is some footage of Lovers without Borders playing the song at Dub Narcotic Studio posted to the Pink Elephants Graveyard.
You can get a taste of this northern threesome (they all live uncommonly close to the 49th parallel) by checking into their self-released cassette album Lovers without Borders, available now from the K Mail Order Dept.
Karl Blau behind the mixing board at Dub Narcotic Studio
Arrington de Dionyso In Europe!
The other evening Arrington de Dionyso, fresh from his west coast tour with Larkin Grimm, was busy recording Angelo Spencer et les Hauts Sommets at Dub Narcotic Studio. This was not a session for the new Angelo Spencer et les Hauts Sommets album (recording for which begins later this spring) but as background distortion and loops for the Arrington de Dionyso tour of Europe, starting this week. Somewheres along the way in his recent travels Arrington acquired a cassette tape-delay device that he has decided to utilize in his solo shows. Angelo Spencer et les Hauts Sommets were recruited to record said background tapes (in lieu of their being invited to tour Europe as his backing band). To see the entire Arrington de Dionyso European tour itinerary, visit the Shows page.
Pine Hill Haints Deluxe Black Owl Radio Garments!
Jamie and Katie of Pine Hill Haints have a clubhouse in downtown Florence, Alabama called Black Owl Radio. It is used for meet-ups with like minded folks, a few random hoe-downs happen there, and they have a full color silk screen studio. They’ve begun a series of ver special Pine Hill Haints shirts that are available now from the K Mail Order Dept. There are three different designs, Bat Pumpkin, Evening Star, and Wolf Crest, available in size range from youth to XXL. Get in, for realz.
The K Mail Order Dept. New K Arrivals!
Magic boxes arrived from our distributor the other week. A peek inside reveals several K releases that have been unavailable on vinyl for a long time. Here are three of particular interest to weird-outs everywhere. Dunt forget that all K titles are available as digital downloadables from the K Mail Order Dept. (at a much lower price than all those other digital music emporiums).
Talulah Gosh Backwash [KLP044]
A compilation of every known recording by Talulah Gosh including their difficult to discover flexi-disc and BBC sessions. Members of Talulah Gosh went on to play in Heavenly, Marine Research and Tender Trap.
Hornet Leg Blood Trilogy 7″ EP [IPU116]
The main band of K maincog Chris Sutton (who also plays in Chain & the Gang, Dub Narcotic Sound System, C.O.C.O., Spider & the Webs), this debut Hornet Leg EP is a volume in our International Pop Underground series and was recorded at Dub Narcotic Studio with Calvin Johnson.