On Thursday afternoon our weekly series of K Downloadables known colloquially as the K Singles Zip-Pak (it’s available exclusively by subscription, people) was transmitted to the scads of subscribers previewing the upcoming Basemint 45 “No Retro” and “Basemint Theme” [IPU135]. These boss rockin’ tunes were recorded recently at the Dub Narcotic Studio and will comprise a volume in our International Pop Underground series of 7″ 45 rpm phonograph records, but subscribers receive it first, months ahead, to be loaded onto their personal MP3 listening device, whatever that may be. Basemint is the Tacoma, Wash. quadro of Steve Potter (guitar and keyboards), Spencer Kelley (guitar and sings), Scott Ricketts (handles the electric bass guitar) and Gilbert Clapp (on the drum set). All four members originally hail from Auburn, Wash., Steve, Spencer and Scott played in various versions of the band Wallpaper. I was honored to make a guest appearance on “Basemint Theme”, as well as being the fellow in charge of pressing the “record” button. Basemint are scheduled to return to the Dub Narcotic Studio very soon to finish their second International Pop Underground 45, “Hail Mary”.
This edition of the K Singles Zip-Pak features Special Apps (groovy bonus stuffs, ya know) not available on the Basemint 45 rpm, the songs “The Big Cool Down”, “Professor Plum” and “Ghost Riding the Rails”. More tune wranglin’ by Tacoma’s chief rock’n’roll saddle tramps. “The Big Cool Down” was recorded a couple years ago in Steve Potter’s parents basement. It’s a slightly different version of the band as a three piece with Steve on drums. “Professor Plum” and “Ghost Riding the Rails” were recorded a few months ago at the official Basemint Practice Space in Tacoma, Wash. by the same four-piece line-up as the Dub Narcotic Studio session.
The Basemint 45 rpm phonograph record “No Retro” [IPU135] is available Spring, 2011.
On November 4, 2010 the K Singles Zip-Pak will feature selections from the upcoming LAKE album Giving & Receiving [KLP228], recorded at Dub Narcotic Studio (plus Special Apps!).