Tongue Depressor – In the Quarter Column LP (Pre-Order)

Tongue Depressor (New Haven, CT) is the duo of Zach Rowden and Henry Birdsey. They write, improvise, and perform drone-based music with fiddles, pedal steel, lap steel, contrabass, organ, and bells, usually involving microtonal tunings and re-arranged/re-tuned fragments of American church music.

We are excited to be releasing their first music on LP to the world! June 4th is the release date and pre-orders will go out early so you should have them in hand by then!
Pre-Order is up now on our Big Cartel page here. 

You can hear a preview / teaser track here:

“In another time, Tongue Depressor’s ethereal tunings set into motion an unstable peace. With their bows, the duo conjured spirits to settle serpents. In another time, it was enough. “In the Quarter Column” showcases Tongue Depressor’s progression into an exploratory and singular craft, balancing technical ability with discipline, and magnetism with precision.

“Everyone Was There” features Tongue Depressor’s first use of magnetic tape loops, with Rowden manipulating recordings of Birdsey’s playing while Birdsey bows his lap steel in accompaniment. The hypnotic piece delicately reminds us that what has come before will come again, bringing decay and dislocation. Warbly echoes of what is past are present. The duo’s preferred territory exists outside of time.

On the B side, “A Singing,” Birdsey’s resolute playing of a microtonal organ merges with the moans and sighs of Rowden’s bass to illustrate a fresh lucidity that is patient and attentive. Demystification has disconnected the doors.

Grasping sound and experience from within, “In the Quarter Column” builds an apparitional world for the listener to inhabit. Once again, Tongue Depressor offers anyone with the ability and will to listen a very generous gift.” – Jason Filer (Crazy Doberman, Doberman, Gateway)

This is an edition of 312 records pressed at Burlington Record Plant on Black Smog vinyl (appears black until held up to the light).

The official release date is June 4th. Pre-orders ship well in advance of release.

Pre-Order is up now on our Big Cartel page here. 

RSR PC 043 Steve Hartlett of Ovlov & Stove

Steve Hartlett joined us on the podcast this month. We talk about the forthcoming Ovlov record fairly in depth. We talk about the rotating members of the band and how Stove relates to that as well.

We also talk about Steve’s growing up in a strict Christian home and having a neighbor (who was the drummer in Self Defense) hand him a punk tape to open his world. We talk about how Steve’s dad dated Linda Blair (yep, that one from The Exorcist).  And we talk about a bunch of stuff really. Plus we talk about what we’re listening to. Check it out!

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Record Store Day Drop 1 Virtual Line Time Slot Sign Up

It is once again time for Record Store Day(s). This year Record Store Day is split into 2 separate drops. The first one is on June 12th and the second is on July 17th.

Today, we are opening sign ups for our virtual line which puts you in a queue for JUNE 12th – the first of the RSD Drop days. July’s virtual line sign ups will begin on a day to be announced after June 12th.

Starting today at noon we’re going to start taking spot reservations for the first RSD Drop on June 12th. To reserve a time slot for RSD browsing please come into the store between now and June 11th to sign up at the front counter (to give your name and phone number). This part has to be done in person. We’re doing this to limit traffic flow for the line sign ups itself and for the RSD Drop day. The appointments will be an hour long and will be maxed out at 15 people per hour. Time slots will start at 8AM and run until 3PM.

Directions for RSD 2021 Drop 1 (June 12th, 2021):
1.  Come to the store and sign up. You may sign up for yourself with your name and phone number. We are also allowing people to sign up for one guest, but we will also be collecting the information of that person as well (name and phone number). If your guest is hypothetical or tentative or any other type of maybe do not sign them up.

2. Show up on June 12th at your designated time and in the order of the sign up sheet we will let you browse and buy from the RSD Drop titles.  RSD titles will be set up in an area separate from the main store and traffic inside the main store will still be limited to 10 people at a time (no appointment needed for that). If you miss your designated time your slot will be forfeit and you will have to wait until after 3PM.

We are not reserving spots by phone, email or any other method so please do not ask. Spots must be reserved in person.

If you know anyone who is a fan of Record Store Day that may not follow us on social media or check our website frequently then please do help us out by spreading the word!

After 3PM on June 12th we will be bringing the RSD Drop 1 titles into the main store. If you’ve missed your appointment you may come at that time, however, we are still only allowing 10 people in the store at a time so please make your best effort to sign up ahead of time and keep your appointment to avoid a line! All of this preparation is being done in order to minimize a crowd and we appreciate all of your help and cooperation to help with that goal!

Masks required, of course. 😷

 

Pre-Order Available for Phoebe Bridgers “Copycat Killer” 12″

We’ve got  a pre-order for the Mountain Blast color version of the “Copycat Killer” 12″ record from Phoebe Bridgers from Dead Oceans records. Go here to order. 

Release Date: May 14th, 2021

Copycat Killer is a 12″ featuring 4 exclusive new versions of songs from Phoebe Bridgers’ wildly acclaimed Punisher album. Collaborating with arranger Rob Moose (Sufjan Stevens, The National, Bon Iver, Vampire Weekend, Jay-Z), these are brand new orchestral arrangements of the songs Kyoto, Savior Complex, Chinese Satellite and Punisher, all given a luscious revamp that is sure to delight any fans of Phoebe’s album and serve as perfect gateway for new listeners into what makes her one of the most special artists of 2020 and beyond.

https://redscrollrecords.bigcartel.com/product/pre-order-phoebe-bridgers-copycat-killer-12-mountain-blast-vinyl

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