a not-for-profit music label , 2007 to present

w/ releases by Al Marantz , Asher Horton , Ben Lawless , Big French , Black Bananas ,
Blanche Blanche Blanche , Better Psychics , Brave Radar , CE Schneider Topical ,
Chris Weisman , Christina Schneider , Daga Voladora , Death Savings Flag ,
the Dream Scene , Ed Askew , Flaming Dragons of Middle Earth , Frank Kogan ,
Grape Room , Hartley C. White , Heat Wilson , Hellier Ulysses , the Howling Hex ,
Ian Kovac Jr Jr , Jake Tobin , James T. Psychopath , Jimmie Packard , Jo Miller-Gamble ,
Kateboard , Larry Wish , Listening Woman , Maher Shalal Hash Baz , Mark Beer ,
Marlon Cherry , Martyr Group , the Memories , Modern Chairs , Moth Eggs , Nals Goring ,
Nam Buddies , Palberta , Peter Kirsch , Popular Pig , R. Hundro , Rebecca Rom-Frank ,
Robert Scott , Ruth Garbus , Salt People , Samuel Boat , Sarah Smith ,
Sord , Terre Roche , Tori Kudo , & William Austin Clay


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OSR 2016 : this is the final year (really) of the label ;
the final Nov/Dec '16 batch of 25 new releases is now available below for preorder .

~~ stay updated via yr preferred hellportal ~~


a mix of tracks from the new batch is free to download HERE

& an earlier mix of tracks from the previous large batch (nearly sold out) is free to download HERE


upcoming shows :   Saturday September 24th, Christina Schneider at the Glove (Brooklyn NY) with the Channels , No One & The Somebodies , Dean Cercone
Sunday October 16th, Zach Phillips + Calvin Grad elec. piano / nylon duo at Park Church Co-op (Brooklyn NY) with TBD
                      Wednesday November 2nd, Jepeto Solutions (f.k.a. CE Schneider Topical) at Alphaville (Brooklyn NY) with Surface to Air Missive and King Cyst
                            end-of-OSR show , Friday November 11th, Blanche Blanche Blanche at Park Church Co-op (Brooklyn NY) with Chris Weisman, Kurt Weisman, and Ruth Garbus [link]

interested in distributing OSR music ? I will happily offer you near-zero-profit wholesale deals !     don't order below , contact zphillips at gmail dot com

please note : OSR's entire order-processing staff is just me , Zach . while orders usually ship within 2 weeks , sometimes it can take as long as a month .

all 11/'16 release preorders will ship by 12/5/2016 ; we are only due to receive vinyl at the end of November . all orders including any preorder will be held until they can be completely fulfilled ..



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hartley "something better" LP + maher shalal hash baz LP + ce schneider topical LP + black bananas 7" + ruth garbus "hello everybody" 7" (includes shipping)



in-print releases (click to jump to yr selection)     :

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osr77 hartley c. white "something better" lp
osr76 black bananas "spydr brain" 7"
osr75 ruth garbus "hello everybody" 7"
osr60 maher shalal hash baz "hello newyork" vinyl lp / cd
osr48 ce schneider topical "antifree" vinyl lp / cd
osr26 hartley c. white "this is not what you expect" vinyl lp
e v e r y t h i n g     e l s e
osrxx osr tapes / ce schneider topical shirts
osr74 mark beer cassette
osr73 marlon cherry "life after theatre / pete" cd
osr72 frank kogan "stars vomit coffee shop" cd
osr71 christina schneider "violence etcetera" cassette
osr70 modern chairs cassingle
osr69 sarah smith "super head" book
osr68 rebecca rom frank "gum" book
osr67 r. hundro "007 town" cd
osr66 listening woman "getting mystic" cassette
osr65 salt people "deep swim" cd
osr64 brave radar "high season blues" cassette
osr63 ben lawless "other motions" cassette
osr62 chris weisman "trash picture / august demos" cd
osr61 tori kudo "enka blues" cassette
osr59 jake tobin "accidentally on purpose" cassette
osr58 jo miller-gamble "free" cassette
osr57 popular pig "popular pig" cd
osr56 william austin clay "22 etudes for keyboard, voice & multi-track" cd
osr55 moth eggs "adventures away" cd
osr54 al marantz "tall dancers on fire" cd
osr53 grape room "what the frog-man knows" cd
osr52 flaming dragons of middle earth "freedome" cd
osr51 mega bog "shadows break / for the old world" cassingle
osr50 terre roche "imprint" cassette
osr49 jimmie packard "singing your requests" cassette
osr47 hellier ulysses "prime example" cassette
osr45 death savings flag "liquid pentacles" cd
osr44 peter kirsch "free music zone" cd
osr43 daga voladora "chiu-chium" cassette
osr42 larry wish "soundtruck musuc" cd
osr41 james t. psychopath "death by water" cd
osr40 martyr group "tone stencil pirates" cd
osr39 chris weisman "hi" cd
osr38 nam buddies "dope flashback" cd
osr37 asher horton "mystery bones" cassette
osr36 samuel boat "flowers 12 stems 3 sunflowers" cd
osr35 nals goring "ashley's jacket" book
osr34 blanche blanche blanche "wink with both eyes" cd
osr33 jps "osr#33" cassette
osr32 chris weisman "living with poison" cd
osr31 andrea schiavelli "souls on fire" cassette
osr30 al marantz "forgotten device" cassette
osr29 martyr group "martyr group" cd
osr28 ce schneider topical "look who showed up out here" cassette
osr21 the dream scene "new emotion" cassingle
osr18 music on a tape : songs by chris weisman cassette compilation
osr17 ian kovac jr jr "you'll know it when you feel it" cassette

 V       I       N       Y       L

OSR#77         (rel. 11.'16, ed. of 300)


Hartley C. White Something Better LP

$15 ; ships by 12/5/16

we all die // full stop // we all die // resurrection's when we come back

15 new selections from Queens NY // Kingston Jamaica Who-pa-zoo-tic musician Hartley C. White , accompanied by collaborators old and new . we began each overdub session with Hartley's main vocal , building the arrangement out from there based on his extensive notes . see Hartley's "This Is Not What You Expect" retrospective compilation (also available from OSR) and the Hartley C. White resource page for more information on the original Who-pa-zoo-tic style ["a non-classical music utilising a broken rhythm ; 'Who' : indicating a lack of restrictions & ability to change while still remaining unknown , 'Zoo' : indicating life in its various forms & conditions"] he's been working in since the '80s . for brevity's sake I won't go into the various accomplishments of each member of the incredible crew , but I've added links to their names below . goes without saying that this tough little record is a fitting end to the OSR label . there must be : far more love ...

Hartley C. White : composition , arrangement , vocals , guitar , keyboard , drums , percussion , kalimba , recorder
with
Quentin Moore : lead guitar
Zach Phillips : electric bass , keyboard bass , piano
Christina Schneider : vocals
Vinny Giannettino : lead guitar
Kate Mohanty : alto saxophone
Larry McDonald : hand drums and percussion [also see the NYC Ska Orchestra]
Sophie Dickinson : harp



digital audio at bandcamp
recorded at Manual FX , Brooklyn on Tascam 388 reel-to-reel by Zach Phillips
album design , graphics , & lettering by Quentin Moore , Christina Schneider & Hartley C. White
with photographs by Deirdre Johnson
mastered for vinyl by Kramer at Noise Miami
15 tracks in 39 minutes

OSR#76         (rel. 11.'16, ed. of 400)


Black Bananas Spydr Brain b/w Frozen Margaritas 7"

$7 ; ships by 12/5/16

you've got a spydr brain ...

what can I say about this ? listen & blow . easy to mishear as electric Miles or deranged late-'80s P-Funk -- not being reference-loose , it's just that smoking , the ill-logical progression from B.B.'s killer "Electric Brick Wall" . Jennifer's xaphoon & laughter are all over the B-side , something about David Bowie's video where he's "talking about death -- yo" . great to do a little work for the Bananas before this humble label implodes . all art / recording / mastering by the group

Black Bananas : Nadav Eisenman , Jennifer Herrema , Brian McKinley , Kurt Midness

digital audio at bandcamp
more on B.B. at their site
& get "Electric Brick Wall" from Drag City
10 minutes


OSR#75         (rel. 11.'16, ed. of 280)


Ruth Garbus Hello Everybody 7"

$8 ; ships by 12/5/16

if I had synthesthesia , would my shit sound more like jazz or heavy metal ?

4 new tracks from Ruth , as we made good on a proposal by veteran percussionist Larry McDonald (known for his work w/ Bob Marley , Gil Scott-Heron , Lee "Scratch" Perry , Count Ossie , Hartley C. White , & the list goes on ...) to do a session of her music with his backing . I could go on but better to sprinkle the blah-blah-blah over yr shoulder like the superstitious salt it is & listen for the past present and future of meticulous intuitive lyric songwriting at its best . & as usual Ruth is joined here by co-vocalist Julia Tadlock who adds depth to the 3D . expect more soon : this is just a handful , spindrift from a broader clutch of new mind-shoes Ruth has been cobbling up there in Brattleboro VT

Ruth Garbus : songs , vocals & electric guitar
with
Larry McDonald : percussion
Julia Tadlock : vocals
Zach Phillips : bass , clavinet , & tape effects
Sam Lisabeth & Quentin Moore : ambient guitar

digital audio at bandcamp
recorded and mixed at Manual FX , Brooklyn on Tascam 388 reel-to-reel by ZP
additional mixing by Ryan Power on "Black Bag"
art by Ruth Garbus , layout by Christina Schneider
mastered for vinyl by Kramer at Noise Miami
& check out Ruth's last (sold out) 7" for OSR , "Joule"
4 songs in 11 minutes

OSR#60         (rel. 5.'16, ed. of 420)


Maher Shalal Hash Baz Hello NewYork LP / CD



LP : $15

CD : $8

I gradually desired recognition from you // and that's all , all I would get

"In New York, we played John Cage first, then played 'Sweet Jane' on flamenco. At the beginning of 'Sweet Jane,' I tried to say 'Hello New York.' I didn't know whether my voice carried well. I said 'Hello New York' again. That was enough for me about New York. One of my dreams has come true." -- Tori Kudo

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 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 2009's 'C'est La Dernière Chanson' , 'Hello NewYork' 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 couldn't pass up the opportunity to throw down a few notes on a Maher record

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 who have refused to see the communal nature of the group & the nonlinear relationship between Tori's composition & the group's playing . in fact , what is really unusual about Maher isn't 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 band's Western aestheticization is ironic given the direct critical treatment Tori's 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 , and of any

digital audio at bandcamp
art concept by Tori Kudo // photography/design by Christina Schneider
recorded live in September 2014 at Manual FX , Brooklyn on Tascam 388 reel-to-reel
mastered for vinyl by Kramer at Noise Miami
sequenced by Heat Wilson

Corneli : some guitar , percussion
Arrington de Dionyso : bass clarinet , singing
Mako Hasegawa : bassoon , singing
Kenji Kubota : main guitar
Tori Kudo : main guitar , singing , some e. piano
Jeremy Latch : some clarinet
Sam Lisabeth : some guitar
Momoko Maejima : melodica
Quentin Moore : guitar , conclusion guitar
Shun Naomi : bass
Naoki Otani : trumpet
Chie Ozeki : recorder , trombone , singing
Zach Phillips : engineering , mixing , e. piano , d. malakon clavichord
Aiko Sakamoto : main percussion
Christina Schneider : some guitar , singing
Julie Stevens : some guitar
Tsukasa Takahashi : main percussion
Teruki Tamayanagi : xylophone
Colin White : some guitar

VINYL VERSION : 24 songs in 53 minutes ;
CD VERSION : 34 songs in 78 minutes
OSR#48         (rel. 5.'16, ed. of 400)


CE Schneider Topical Antifree LP / CD

LP : $15

CD : $6

unchained from a way of remaining unchanged // to maintain a delicate station

the 2nd CE Schneider Topical album , "Antifree" , was hewn spanning tours (with Hartley C. White , Jib Kidder & Samuel Boat) ... a beam of light scattered thru the prism of youthful ambition and straight back thru peaceful resignation and rest , & a clear representation of an obvious renaissance in Christina's songwriting & guitar , this new clarion arrow she's able to shoot . if I can sing its praises it's because I am no longer certain exactly what part I played in its gestalt creation , & I wouldn't have it any other way

17 songs in 35 minutes
video : "Female In Images" (C. Schneider)
video : "Exit All Seasons" (G. O'Connell)
digital audio at bandcamp
recorded 2015 at Manual FX , Brooklyn NY on Tascam 388 -- no computers or synthesizers used
art by Matthew Thurber
sequenced by Quentin
feat. the Lentils & Billy McShane on select moments
more info available at the CE Topical / Jepeto homepage

OSR#26         (rel. 11.'14 , ed. of 400)

Hartley C. White This Is Not What You Expect 12" LP
LAST FEW COPIES

$15

you won't find us on your TV // you won't find us on that screen // you won't hear us on your radio and you know what I mean
'cause we're under the radar // we ain't no superstars // we're under the radar a whole lot different by far
we're under the radar // let me repeat that bar // we're under the radar // and we are who we are

Hartley C. White grew up in Central Kingston , Jamaica . for the past 30 years he's been living and writing music in Corona , Queens . a student of martial arts since 1966 , Hartley is the progenitor of a style he calls Who-pa-zoo-tic Music , "a non-classical music" based on the "broken rhythm" of Bruce Lee's jeet kune do . Hartley : "'Who' indicates its lack of restrictions, ability to change, while still being an unknown. 'Zoo' indicates it deals with life in its various forms and conditions." This Is Not What You Expect is a vinyl compilation of material from Hartley's first four albums (all self-released and currently available on CD) , recorded 1984-2009 . Hartley notates his arrangements for a variety of instruments ; selections on this compilation include live-in-the-studio cuts but these are predominantly overdub recordings collaboratively worked by Hartley & engineers Jeff Lin , George Dugan & Josh Silver [Type O Negative] . guest musicians include Larry McDonald [Bob Marley , Lee "Scratch" Perry , Gil Scott-Heron , Taj Mahal , Count Ossie etc.] , saxophonist Tom Smith , vocalist Angie Rodriguez-Finn , and guitarist Vinny Giannettino . Hartley's music is holistic , addressed to you and me -- under consideration is the entire contemporary & past landscape of time and being , from the shape of a joke to the cry of the disenfranchised to the observation of flowing water . this compilation speaks to White's undying commitment to the intuitive and instructive power of music & to the creative partnerships he forged with a series of engineers & collaborators who've helped him realize entirely new ways of music with finesse

17 selections in 41 minutes
art by Hartley C. White , front design by Christina Schneider , w/ lyrics insert
mastered for vinyl by KRAMER at Noise Miami
digital audio at bandcamp
read a 2011 interview I did with Hartley

video : "Let's Play Politics" [by Hartley C. White]
video : "Bicycle Lady" [by Zach Phillips]
reviews etc. are to be found at the Hartley C. White Information Resource Center


T       A       P       E       s
      &       C     D     s
      &       B     O     O     K     s
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OSR#XX         (last batch of 30)

OSR // CE Schneider Topical silkscreened shirts [click for detail]

$16 ; ships by 12/5/16

silkscreen prints in different colors on plain white unused 'Hanes' 'comfortsoft' 'crew-neck' "men's" (unisex tho) tees
[click for detail]
designed & screenprinted by Christina Schneider

OSR#74         (rel. 11.'16, ed. of 100)

Mark Beer cassette

$6 ; ships by 12/5/16

but back on the surface // the shifting expressions // betraying no purpose // not making confessions
he's a mosaic man // a colorful creature // in a classical plan // he's a prominent feature


My name is Mark Beer. I am an English artist - a musician/producer, I released various records on my own Waste Records and My China Records labels between 1978 and 1981 which were distibuted by Rough Trade Records (for whom I recorded the single Pretty) . Also, some solo and collaborative pieces were released in Belgium and Germany on singles, EPs and compilation albums . I have always thought of my work as art rather than entertainment . I make that distinction to emphasise my view that art is intended to nourish, whereas entertainment is intended to amuse - the difference between food and chewing gum . Over the years I have worked with many different live bands, and privately, as an experimenter. This cassette ( released by OSR ) is my first published work since 1986 , it comprises 2 new songs - Mosaic Man and All That We Hold Most Dear, and two from the early 1980's - Love Dances Warm and The Small Get By . In recent years , I have been continually writing and recording . The possibility of a complete reissue of my early work has been discussed lately , so it may see the light of day in the relatively near future .

digital audio at bandcamp
4 songs in 20 minutes
recorded 2016 , 1980 , 2014 , & 1981 by Mark Beer


OSR#73         (rel. 11.'16, ed. of 120)


Marlon Cherry Life After Theatre / Pete CD

$9 ; ships by 12/5/16

but there's no god for true democracy ... and don't forget the dollar bill !

Marlon Cherry [Anti-Seen , Afro-Jersey , Church of Betty , The Roches] is a multi-instrumentalist songwriter (I met him as a bassist) from North Carolina who has been plying his manifold trade in NYC for a few decades now . from collaborations in different capacities w/ a variety of characters to playing accompaniment for dance classes at various universities to busking the subway to cutting live & overdub records , Marlon's got the touch , & this CD = his first EP and LP combined into one document . I'll let the music speak for itself ... check it & keep your ear out for an album of Marlon's newest music which we recorded here at the Manual FX studio , hopefully it'll crop up somewhere or other in the next couple years ! also see the following links for his 2001 & 2006 records Elsewhere & Ancient Sound , Modern Dance

digital audio at bandcamp
pro-done CD by Denver Disc
"This CD represents my first two solo projects, Life After Theatre (1986) [Regina Records]
and Pete (1990) [Fang Records], previously available on vinyl only. Huge THANKS & GRATITUDE
to Zach Phillips for this reissue." - MC
redesign by Christina Schneider
& buy this 7" [970-Jack b/w Hope] , you won't be sorry
13 tracks in 40 minutes


OSR#72         (rel. 11.'16, ed. of 120)

Frank Kogan Stars Vomit Coffee Shop CD

$9 ; ships by 12/5/16

the laughing airplanes came back // after scattering him in the sea // we thought he had a gun // but at night we couldn't see
the laughing planes told stories // around the northern fire // we thought he had a gun // but it was just a pair of plyers // ... sucker


originally 'self-released' in 1984 , Frank Kogan's "Stars Vomit Coffee Shop" compiles his work with the groups Red Dark Sweet [with Charlotte Pressler of Pressler-Morgan , Andrew Klimeyk of X___X , Donna Ratajczak , & Rick Brown , now of 75 Dollar Bill)] & The Pillowmakers [with Stefano Arata , Carol Meinke , formerly of the Rentals , & Jack Freud] as well as the solo aftermath following his exit from the former & the dissolution of the latter . the context is thick and Frank can tell it better than me , so see the liners below (Frank has at this point written in words more extensively than in music & that's another past to plumb , for example the journal "Stranded" which he helped put together with Robin Crutchfield & Luc Sante) . I love SVCS ... if Frank failed , so he says in the liners , at what he was trying to do musically , he succeeded in compiling one of the most 'listenable' & varied documents of the late-'70s/early-'80s NYC-Ohio 'underground' (scare-quotes used here as a knock-on-wood gesture) axis , in itself a glowing & inscrutable silt facet of 'punk' music history that has until now largely resisted the 'revitalization' initiatives of cultural valorization , & the memory of which is preserved primarily by its participants & some decaying , mind-bending wax & plastic

liners [click to enlarge] :


digital audio at bandcamp
pro-done CD by Denver Disc
originally self-released on cassette by Frank Kogan, 1984
CD re-release 2016 by OSR with redesign by Christina Schneider
read a couple interviews with Frank
14 tracks in 54 minutes


OSR#71         (rel. 11.'16, ed. of 100)

Christina Schneider Violence Etcetera cassette

$8 ; ships by 12/5/16

say the words of unity // and I know you're // not even free ... master of psycho wing chun : // you got it from the nun // and you're doing it wrong

Violence Etcetera is Christina's first solo album . aside from a couple guest spots , the instrumentation & recording (to Tascam 488 cassette 8-track) are all hers . these songs represent a huge leap forward in C's already-kicking writing practice , & they're rendered in such a way that the sea-breeze hiss & in-&-outness of the liminal percussion & bass / other backing dubs don't undermine the clarity of the music : 2018 as heard in 1982 , maybe (can't decide whether I hear or only know the Rebby Sharp affinity) . a wide span covered in a short distance , w/ time for a contemporary standard ("Silver Bells") , a song-poem ("Oranges" , with words & vox by Rebecca Rom-Frank) & a Flatlanders cover

timeline : these songs were recorded following CE Schneider Topical's Antifree / Look Who Showed Up Out Here records & Treeberry / Four Different Hells 7"s & preceding Jepeto Solutions' 7" [Nicey Music , forthcoming] & Live tape [Galaxy Train , forthcoming] , both of which include some of these cuts in altered forms ...

digital audio at bandcamp
feat. words & vocals by Rebecca Rom-Frank on "Oranges"
& bass by Zach Phillips / lead guitar by Sam Lisabeth on "Click Hendrix"
recorded & mixed by CS except "Violence Etcetera" and "Graecas" , mixed by ZP
batwoman drawing by Anastasia Schneider
12 songs in 27 minutes


OSR#70         (rel. 11.'16, ed. of 100)

Modern Chairs Modern Chairs cassingle

$4 ; ships by 12/5/16

dressed in uniform the modern chairs are sitting on the child

Carr/Phillips/Schneider
recorded at OSR's Manual FX studio on Tascam 388 reel-to-reel
feat. painter/conversationalist Alexis Graman on the phone on "Relative Strangers"

digital audio at bandcamp
2 songs in 6 minutes
art by Carr/Schneider , design by Christina Schneider
same audio both sides

OSR#69         (rel. 11.'16, ed. of 150)

Sarah Smith Super Head riso-print book

$9 ; ships by 12/5/16

Sarah Smith (Blanche Blanche Blanche) began working on this full-length 'cover' of a multilingual '70s porno mag called "Super Head" in 2011 back in her Peoples' Building studio in Brattleboro , VT -- she didn't complete it but deemed the heavily-worked 50-page results finished in 2015 . Sarah is a force of nature & whether pen , mic or guitar , she's got the touch . since this book unfolded over a 5-year period it's a cool document of her stylistic path , & a kind of prehistory to all the kickass self-assured paintings she's doing now . check the excerpt & see for yourself

EXCERPT : 5 PAGES

50 pages , b&w , with color cover
riso-printed & perfect-bound by Liaizon Wakest in New Orleans , LA


OSR#68         (rel. 11.'16, ed. of 150)

Rebecca Rom-Frank Gum riso-print book

$8 ; ships by 12/5/16



read the below excerpt & you'll hear the preternaturally clear 'prose' voice of Rebecca Rom-Frank , calling to my mind among others the stories of Laura Riding , the novellas of Marie Redonnet , & maybe in its cosmetic plainness Mohammed Mrabet or Georges Simenon ... her deadpan isn't wrought of MFA-style conceptual-intentional interference , it's straight up mind-voice , guiding an unflinching storytelling animated by the hysterical nightmare banality of contemporary culture ... very few people can write like this , I think , nailing it from all angles

EXCERPT : THE NINETEEN-SEVENTEES

9 stories in 80 pages , b&w , with color cover
riso-printed & perfect-bound by Liaizon Wakest in New Orleans , LA


OSR#67         (rel. 11.'16, ed. of 100)

R. Hundro 007 Town CD

$7 ; ships by 12/5/16

we know : one of you is us

007 Town Colin White's second album as R. Hundro [check out the last one , Invisible On Report , here & here] . elec. guitar & bass , Yamaha drum machine , tiny Cube amp , & throat are his alchemical materials ... since the 2013 demise of the Blanche Blanche Blanche & Big French groups where he was ponying up the lead , Colin's been kicking up a lot of dust between these Hundro tapes & the Exxo Riders , Jesus Jim & now Skyn Twynz groups . it's hard to place this music , emanating as it is from somewhere deep in the wall behind & between a Trux poster , a cassette of Trey Lewd's "Drop the Line" , fire extinguisher & door ... my prescription is to start w/ "Tracing the Game" / "Agents of String" & proceed radially , but then my clown college diploma never was signed , & I feel more two-dimensional than it , even , so tilted into microfiche by this 007 Town

digital audio at bandcamp
recorded 2014 in NYC
with drawings by MC Fearsome
10 tracks in 40 minutes
& check out Colin's cover of Chris Weisman's "Teacher In Rags" here

OSR#66         (rel. 11.'16, ed. of 100)

Listening Woman Getting Mystic cassette

$8 ; ships by 12/5/16

markets will show up for you

Listening Woman is a network of exceptional musicians led here by singer (& elsewhere , maximum strength guitarist) Katie McShane [also of Kateboard , her duo w/ Jesse Heasly , another ripper who could / should be / is playing in the highest echelon of the greatest of the big leagues] in the well-known Eastern Mass. shire of Boston . I know at least several of the other players studied their learn-ed asses off at the New England Conservatory over there & a couple (incl. the fabulous Leo Hardman-Hill , also of Salt People , & Billy "What" McShane , Katie's brother , who happens to be my very favorite contemporary piano player) studied under Ran Blake in particular , which stands to reason . the whole crew is really beyond impeccable , & the googling of their names will lead you to a maze of worth-it bandcamps . beg them to play more shows ... what can I say about their music other than that it goes everywhere in total coordination via the freshest loosest uncut playing ? the sum effect : nasty chops floating progressive humor for deep listening . here's a snack , Getting Mystic , so whet

Evan Allen - saxophone
Adrienne Arditti - vocals & aux. percussion
Jeff Balter - drums & aux. keyboard
Matt Delligatti - guitar
Jesse Heasly - bass
Leo Hardman-Hill - drum machine & trumpet
Billy McShane - keyboard & saxophone
Katie McShane - lead vocals
Nick Neuburg - drums

digital audio at bandcamp
a music video for "Room Divider" is here
recorded 1/16 and 4/16 by Peter McLaughlin at the Broken Toy Store , Portland Maine
mixed by Matt Delligatti
album design by Megan McShane
original photograph by Ari Ratner
& check out L.W.'s last record , "none-a that stuff!" , here
16 tracks in 27 minutes


OSR#65         (rel. 11.'16, ed. of 100)

Salt People Deep Swim CD

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mating , waiting // for the brand to take off // I'm getting off on the brand

Salt People : an unstoppable unslottable NYC band of the highest caliber , 8 naturals who play tight & listen loose . Deep Swim follows their When Jazz Becomes The Agent Of The Bourgeoisie & features among other high points the seminal 2010s song poems 'the Brand' and 'ABC MTV' which for me cement the band's legacy as highest-order cobblers of mind-voice humor & the right kind of critical self-consciousness , not to mention the insane musicianship that binds things together on the surface level ... this is not a band encumbered by any 'influence' bogeyman but my mind goes to : Family Fodder , the Hellier Ulysses Groove Factory , Listening Woman (w/ whom they share Leo Hardman-Hill as a member) , Esperanza Spalding . lyrically & energetically the Salt People are intent on their highly effective psychic exfoliation process & you can listen or not , but either way it's glad to be good . listen up , massive will herein

Max Balton: guitar
Nadège Giraudet: vocals
Calvin Grad: drums
Leo Hardman-Hill: trumpet, synth, vocals
Lucy Hollier: trombone
Jake Lichter: wurlitzer, piano
Leo Rayfiel: bass clarinet
Will Salwen: bass

digital audio at bandcamp
engineered by Edward Rivera , Taylor Bradshaw & Monica Rodriguez
mixed by Edward Rivera
recorded at the Sonic Arts Center , NYC
mastered by Paul Gold , Salt Mastering , Brooklyn NY
album art and design by Nadège Giraudet
more S.P. music can be found here
9 songs in 25 minutes


OSR#64         (rel. 11.'16, ed. of 100)

Brave Radar High Season Blues cassette

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Brave Radar : I hear theirs as 'heavy' music issued 'light' . Tessa Smith & Conor Prendergast (backed here by Andrew Forsythe on bass & Gabriel Ng on drums) have carved themselves such a tight idiomatic niche over the course of their several great albums but it's free in consequence , they 'can do anything' . High Season Blues was very nicely recorded by Peter Woodford (of Freelover Fenner , whose records Conor & Tessa have released on the excellent label they run out of Montreal , Fixture) . oh , hear for those sweet & salty intervals floated as punctuation over protracted Donovan 'slow boogie' rhythms , that sweet counterposed voice leading , an un-twee chamber-musicization of rock , the unflexed melodic strength

digital audio at bandcamp
recorded and mixed mostly at the Bottle Garden by Peter Woodford
mastered by Richard White
9 songs in 22 minutes


OSR#63         (rel. 11.'16, ed. of 100)

Ben Lawless Other Motions cassette

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preserve your reputation as a voracious listener & hedge yr bet with Ben Lawless's Other Motions , a staggering collection of hi-fi lint from a man one reporter & six-billion screaming would-be fans describe as "an in-the-pocket maniac" . O.M. is hot on the heels of the also-unbelievably-good Friday Night 4 Lyfe 12" but at 55 minutes there's much more to chew here . one-man-band doesn't even begin to cover it -- they don't make players like Ben anymore , the kind of multi-instrumental exacto knife who could cut for Swamp Dogg or Zappa or Ariel or Zeppelin on the same day , whatever you want , just send them in ... Ben's lived a lot & I lack qualifications to set down a respectable biography here so let's chalk this one up to a mystery , you'll have to get the bio from Ben or on the next missive . don't miss this one , as (self-abnegating) label ''''curator'''' I don't like to play favorites but my ears sure do & Other Motions is on repeat here at HQ

digital audio at bandcamp
sequencing , design & layout by Jib Kidder
recorded in Atlanta GA over the years
hear more B.L. here
21 tracks in 55 minutes


OSR#62         (rel. 11.'16, ed. of 100)

Chris Weisman Trash Picture / August Demos CD

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no matter what you say // you've got to give your little self away

the double record Trash Picture / August Demos is the 5th or 7th or 9th C. Weisman release from OSR (depending on whether you count the Marshfield Set & Better Psychics albums or the giant covers compilation ) . hermetically sealed as he is behind an anti-publicity forcefield generated in part by the geopsychical conditions of Brattleboro Vermont & sustained by his transcendentalist guitar teaching / musical meditation practice , Chris's lack of 'critical reception' / economic leverage is legendarily discordant with the unparalleled quality of his writing & musicianship & the mythic respect he commands in my social circles simply by the sheer force of his musical gifts & personality . these records are a prehistory to Chris's wave of massive productivity beginning in 2008 with the still-unpublished Bicycle Operator And Coach & should be heard as the free work of someone completely uninitiated to whatever cultural-economic rituals he's since had to contend with & found insufficient . and this is sufficient

digital audio at bandcamp
Trash Picture : Portsmouth , NH , 2007
(feat. a version of Kurt Weisman tune "(Syd's Snooze Room)'s Blues And Leather Gallery")
August Demos : Austin , TX , 2002
album art by Christina Schneider
23 songs in 70 minutes


OSR#61         (rel. 11.'16, ed. of 100)

Tori Kudo Enka Blues cassette

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Tori Kudo has been threatening to do an OSR tape since 2012 , & now (following Maher Shalal Hash Baz's Hello NewYork LP from earlier this year) here it is , Enka Blues , documenting a 2008 Christmas show at Bar Uramado in Shinjuku , Tokyo where Tori played elec. guitar , occasionally supported by Mako Hasegawa's bassoon . Enka Blues has Kudo covering tunes by enka singers like Sachiko Nishida & Mina Aoe , one by Kevin Ayers & a "Johnny B. Goode" version in addition to Tori's own "Ethiopia" , "Tsumetai Ame" & "Haru No Surfer" . the channels are clear , the glasses are clinking

digital audio at bandcamp
recorded live at Uramado , Shinjuku , Tokyo by Tahei Nishikawa 12/25/2008
feat. bassoon by Mako Hasegawa
cover art by Quentin Moore , layout by Christina Schneider
also see Tori Kudo's 10" enka split with A Qui Avec Gabriel here
12 songs in 37 minutes


OSR#59         (rel. 11.'16, ed. of 100)

Jake Tobin Accidentally On Purpose cassette

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I know that I shouldn't // wonder how I should be looking for

Jake Tobin (Floridian , now Atlantan) protagonist of the OSR-allied Truly Bald label (& now kicking it in Surface To Air Missive) cuts an impressive shadow & has already earned his hagiographic installment in the annals of what the f&#* . the combo of his insane musical aptitude (horns/drums/guitar/vocal) & need to keep things moving // refusal/postponement of unity effects reminds me only of Kurt Weisman circa Spiritual Sci-Fi (check "Affect" if you disbelieve) , & he can rock-in-opposition w/ the best of them -- this is a ton of music for 23 minutes , so get ready to tune your ear up a time scale or three

digital audio at bandcamp
"thrown on the floor '15-'16 in Gainesville, FL"
more Tobin here & here
cover photo by S. Kaye
12 songs in 23 minutes


OSR#58         (rel. 11.'16, ed. of 100)

Jo Miller-Gamble Free cassette

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a cantilever floating on a cloud of steam

these 8 songs by Jo Miller-Gamble (notably of the Eyes Of Love , Punks On Mars , Great Valley & the Blanche Blanche Blanche / Big French live expos) are long overdue : Jo's is a loose musical approach w/ luminous results & this is his first solo date , w/ a variable layer-cake melodicism verging at times on late-420 C. Weisman . this one's a morpher , even intra-song (see "The Reason I Would Want To Give A Speech") : a cool balancing act w/ no false cards in the hand , & aptly titled

digital audio at bandcamp
8 songs in 22 minutes
mastered by Ryan Power
feat. a little airbrush by Pete Christian
same audio both sides

OSR#57         (rel. 11.'16, ed. of 100)

Popular Pig Popular Pig CD

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Matthew Thurber is a five-star comic artist , Queens College educator , & musical provocateur generated on a small Washington island & long tenured in NYC . his ruse Popular Pig was spawned in reaction to the progress of the Wishnia-Moore-Thurber workgroup which had been studying the effects of microbial exposure to group improvisation circa 2015 at Tomato House laboratories ... having absconded w/ the group's confidential & proprietary findings , Thurber ensconced himself in his makeshift lab nestled deep in New York's subterranean 6th borough & recorded the Popular Pig album as an encrypted testament to exactly that paradigm-shifting data the IMF-run art establishment would love to suppress . includes the cover of Jane's Addiction's "Been Caught Stealing" you didn't know you were missing . M.T. : never failing to act as one of his own characters !

digital audio at bandcamp
with art by Victor Cayro
see Matthew Thurber's other work here
12 songs in 35 minutes


OSR#56         (rel. 11.'16, ed. of 100)

William Austin Clay 22 Etudes For Keyboard, Voice, And Multi-track CD

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how can you do what's true // do what you think is right ?

William Austin Clay is raining buckets of inviting , arcane work in the Denton TX region ... "22 Etudes" follows 2016's earlier instructional disc WAC Premium (which remains available from the wonderful Beautiful Music CDs imprint) & split w/ Yves Trip No Further . w/ cut-up-rhythm musical inventiveness for weeks & a terminal case of clearsightedness reminiscent only of Son of "Joey" Salami , Austin like any good meditator deals w/ a host of passing thoughts in 22 2-minute-ish chunks . funky little parable crisps , sog-proof , eat 'em like a bowl any morning or leave some for last night

digital audio at bandcamp
blurbs from the CD back : "A masterpiece for the ages. WAC is better and more
important than Beyonce or Elvis" -- Billboard         "Best New Music -- trust us,
we are the authority on indie music" -- Pitchfork     "He 'boutta do it" -- Rolling Stone
22 tracks in 50 minutes
much more W.A.C. is available here

OSR#54         (rel. 11.'16, ed. of 100)

Al Marantz Tall Dancers On Fire CD

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it's in the culture // gotta get it (gotta get it)

Al Marantz's second record for OSR comes from the same wheelhouse as 2014's Forgotten Device) but's endowed w/ sharper vision , more variation in the instrumentation , cuttinger drums ... Al's a keen one for arrangements & wears his songs well w/ a bent performance presence , loose but never cavalier . at this point he's a reliably regular generator/writer/recorder of these tight little albums that stick around & don't lose their cool . notice the pull of the imagery

digital audio at bandcamp
11 tracks in 32 minutes
recorded 2015 in Boston
mastered by John Brown
front cover by Rose Heydt
more Marantz here

OSR#53         (rel. 11.'16, ed. of 100)

Grape Room What the Frog-man Knows CD

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I heard it said in a song // singing its name in candied tones
chewing on love like bubblegum // I think I could get used to this stuff


from the desk of OSR correspondent Peter Nichols (Grape Room , Peter's Window , Great Valley , Nicey Music) comes this report on the current state of the Frog-man's knowledge . much of the report has been redacted & replaced by well-recorded digital synthesizers but don't let that deter your reading . Peter's work just keeps getting clearer & clearer & this is him inching toward the crest of the current big-top of his ample game , known & shown/shone

digital audio at bandcamp
feat. Luke Csehak and Nehemiah St-Danger on one track
12 songs in 30 minutes


OSR#52         (rel. 11.'16, ed. of 100)

Flaming Dragons Of Middle Earth Freedome CD

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FDOME and our fans : we all believe in chemtrails

led by Danny Cruz since at least 2007 , Flaming Dragons of Middle Earth is an institution in the Greenfield / Turners Falls paradise division of Western Mass ... "Freedome" is the latest spectacular from the always enlightening & generous 'Mind of Cruz' & weighs in on misogyny , cannabis , fascist oppression & meditation among other themes . I personally played in FDOME roughly 2008-10 but this is a group no one leaves . hit the group up if you're in the area & live FDOME's experiential magick firsthand . next song !

digital audio at bandcamp
with art by Danny Cruz
engineered by Adam Langellotti
the players : Danny Monster Cruz , Derrick Hart , Bob Sekula , Andrea Glampyre ,
Aiyana Prema , Florian Coco Schachtl , Vanessa Brewster , Bryan Gillig , Cory
Matthews , Pete Wackernagel , Mary Collins , Dylan Kingsolver , Luke Jumes , Zack Zucker
much more FDOME here
15 songs in 66 minutes


OSR#51         (rel. 11.'16, ed. of 100)

Mega Bog Shadows Break / For The Old World cassingle

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my-eyes-roll-back-listening-to-water-run-in-the-other-room

this last-minute addition to the final OSR volley is due to my euphoric indignation following a Mega Bog show in Brooklyn that the band must be recorded in its current form (Birgy , Bachmann , Burba , Mohanty + Derek Baron) , so we clamped down the following day w/ 3/4 of iji in tow . subbing for a gigging Derek on the drums , Burba was an original first-wave Bogger , making this ace-in-the-hole document one of diamonds

Derek Ian Baron: flute on "Shadows Break"
Erin Elizabeth Birgy: guitar & vocals
Zachary David Burba: drums
John Tyler Martin: synthesizer
Matthew William Bachmann: bass
William Stuart Murdoch: wurlitzer
Kate Cushner Mohanty: alto saxophone

digital audio at bandcamp
recorded live at Manual FX by Zach Phillips
with art by Zach Burba
hear more M. Bog here
2 songs in 6 minutes , same audio both sides


OSR#55         (rel. 3.'16, ed. of 100)

Moth Eggs Adventures Away CD

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when I die lord bury me deep // lay two speakers at my feet and
place your headphones on my head // pleased to rock 'n roll me until I'm dead


Francis' 2nd album is a whole different deal from 2014's "Recursive Surfing" -- where the last was a fragmented funhouse image of all the different people F. is & has been & can be , replete with every bit of the invincible panache , the ego damage & the soul thrills that characterize this citizen of dreams , the newie is more consistent in its fresh outlook : resigned to the whole spectrum of experience , admitting no censorship , & invested with an existential calm . I guess it would be easy to take an idiomatic slant and hear this factually "chill" & peppy record as some kind of modernist "power pop" flower tower but to treat "Adventures Away" as a confection would belie the guiding spiritual imperative that repeatedly rises up , impossible to ingore , like an obelisk at the center of every listen . take a listen & hear how this puddle jumper swims 13 times to the other side of a big one ... "Adventures Away" really inaugurates F.'s status as a visionary home-recording "album artist" of his own tunes outside any band or collection-of-recordings framework [this record also features the only extant Martyr Group cover]

digital audio at bandcamp
13 songs in 45 minutes
recorded approximately 2/15-2/16
cover art by F.'s brother Dennis Carr
calligraphy by Thomas Peters Johnson
& mastering by Eric Brady

OSR#50         (rel. 3.'16, ed. of 100)

Terre Roche Imprint cassette

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it's not easy for me to introduce Terre Roche , whose recorded music over the past 4 decades has structured my own relationship with songwriting , but I'll try : a consummate guitar player & songwriter (practicing "without hope of fruition") , you might know her from the Roches , from her collaboration with Robert Fripp on his album "Exposure" , or more recently from Afro-Jersey , her group with Sidiki Conde & Marlon Cherry . "Imprint" is her second solo album , following 1998's excellent "The Sound of a Tree Falling" . it was produced by Jay Anderson , who accompanies Terre on standup bass throughout . following a show at the Slipper Room in Manhattan where OSR art directrix Christina backed Terre and Jay on pipes , damyin & percussion , Terre graciously agreed to allow us to press a short cassette run , & here it is

31 songs in 51 minutes
art design & photography by Christina Schneider
digital audio at iTunes
& hear a track on the free OSR spring '16 mix : 'Pillars of Creation'
read some of Terre's recent writing at the New York Times
get her excellent book "Blabbermouth" here
& see Terre's website for information on lessons in the NYC area & to get "Imprint" on CD

OSR#49         (rel. 3.'16, ed. of 100)

Jimmie Packard Singing Your Requests cassette

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[click for detail]

allow me to here reproduce the still-apt bio provided for Jimmie Packard's prior OSR release , "A Time To Look Back" : experienced luthier , operator of Jimmie Packard's Instrument Repairs in his hometown of Wilder , Vermont , daily music instructor , radio DJ (WNBX Springfield) & more , bandleader (Jimmie Packard & the Atom Bombs , Jimmie Packard's Orchestra) , ridiculously prolific home recordist , & father , Jimmie Packard was born on St. Patrick's Day 1919 and passed away July 23 , 2003 . what we have here is OSR's second "reissue" of a cassette of a series locally circulated by Mr. Packard in the 1970s and '80s at his many (according to his son , Jimmie Sr. played "over 6000 weddings" , including 5 for the same man) many regional shows . "Singing Your Requests" is a collection of country standards , multitracked on homemade guitars with the kind of improvisational freedom accessible to seasoned lifer musicians . hopefully this second OSR reissue marks the end of a dearth of available recordings by Mr. Packard -- believe me , there is plenty more . my infinite thanks to Jon Appleton , who gave me this cassette as we liquidated his tape collection , and to Jim Packard Jr. , who kindly authorized the public release of this absolutely incredible music . the secret history of Vermont lives on !

18 songs in 60 minutes , original design by Jimmie Packard , with formatting by Christina
digital audio at bandcamp
& hear a track on the free OSR spring '16 mix : 'Pillars of Creation'

OSR#47         (rel. 3.'16, ed. of 100)

Hellier Ulysses Prime Example cassette

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Hellier Ulysses is a young dissident cell operating out of Atlanta . my own impression is that HU use their preternatural musicianship to advance a superficially inscrutable (i.e. 'poetic') robin hood theory easily legible to those outside the semantic traditions that shackle most art today , great or small . their 2nd record , "Prime Example" was recorded 90% live at OSR's own Manual FX studio megaplex , & easy did it . this is not your every day rock band soundtracking 'urban renewal' at hit parties , though people this likeable might turn up anywhere , and I do mean too that musical personality this potent could undermine the thematic of those parties , striking at whatever root's left : all this still without ever being 'war music' , still always meditative and prone , ready even for comedy . HU's asymmetrical song structures seem to encode an optimism that doesn't come easy to me -- I hope they make 10,000 albums , I promise I'll be listening & believing every note . you should also check out their members' other vital concerns , Tankorean & the Red Sea ...

7 songs in 9 minutes ; same program on both sides
digital audio at bandcamp
see H.U. play "Genesis Is Dispersion"
hear H.U.'s first record here

OSR#45         (rel. 3.'16, ed. of 100)

Death Savings Flag Liquid Pentacles CD

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there's gotta be some aspect ...

Death Savings Flag : Will Berney , Jeremy Latch , & Julie Stevens , of the happening and supernatural shire of Turners Falls MA , home to a demographically disproportionate crop of talented and committed musicians . it's painfully unhip to play apples-and-oranges with art but I don't mind saying that the live DSF alley-oop their way into Truxville most readily (& Berney's ripping lead definitely doesn't hurt the reference) . I've been a listener of Jeremy in particular since the deplorable age of 16 , when he figured as the first tenable example of a "local musician" recording songs I wanted to listen to (find & bug him for the unreleased tracks , or track down a Mooneye CD in your next lucid dream !) , & it's particularly exciting to hear his free reign in this noise deejay / corrupt emcee context . Julie , meanwhile , holds down the edges with slippery accuracy not unlike John "Junior" Wood's goopy Tomorrow playing . petition your local library to resuscitate its vinyl section with a copy of a coming Feeding Tube release ... but for now , try "Liquid Pentacles" . the words come to J's mouth always in surprise , & the band won't quit ...

12 songs in 35 minutes
digital audio at bandcamp

OSR#44         (rel. 3.'16, ed. of 100)

Peter Kirsch Free Music Zone CD

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"Free Music Zone" is a shockingly consistent collection of home-recorded songs by Buffalo's Peter Kirsch . Kirsch's tonal balancing act involves glorying in the simple things of experience (riding the train , the names of parkways , beat-3 locomotion , love) without making his music the shrine to an avoidant sun-only positivity (FMZ also touching more critically on the "computer ideology" , false idols and "planned childhood") : in other words , "Free Music Zone" seems more an accurate diary than a calculated art mask for Kirsch's highly developed writing and recording practice . it's clear Peter's inspired by a tradition of musicians who take up home recording not just as one aesthetically particular method of creating product but as a manner of living and documenting that living (note the Linda Smith cover) , accepting the challenges entailed by that vocation (and Peter is his own discrete planet , but it's worth noting that he has kin in this up there upstate) . but beyond the beauty of his ethic , Peter happens to be endowed with an ear that won't quit , and I love the places it takes me . thank you , Peter

18 songs in 49 minutes
digital audio at bandcamp
and check out more of Kirsch's cuts

OSR#43         (rel. 3.'16, ed. of 100)

Daga Voladora Chiu-Chium cassette

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I remain in the shadows // because the rest of the people are already in the spotlight [translation : Cristina Plaza]

"Chiu-Chium" (the name an onomatopoeia for the sound of a flying dagger [una daga voladora] swooshing by) is a collection of gorgeous songs using voice , synthesizer , drum machine , and four-track by OSR correspondent Cristina Plaza of Madrid , Spain . this release is a long time coming , as Cristina is the type of musician to take years to fix songs down in permanence . the same graceful intuitive ethic and natural style of her excellent video work is applied here to great effect , shading in her careful arrangements . I won't cheapen the originality of Cristina's approach with references or comparisons , just listen

9 songs in 21 minutes
with mixing by Fino Oyonarte , mastering by Carlos Martos , and art design by Christina Schneider
digital audio at bandcamp
also see Cristina's tumblr & keep up to date on new recordings ...

OSR#42         (rel. 3.'16, ed. of 100)

Larry Wish Soundtruck Musuc CD

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Larry Wish , perennial Minneapolis nice guy & unstoppable home-recording force (here he is most lately , feeling Jan Terri) finally lands on OSR with an album of thoughtful piano and synthesizer multitracks redolent of , say , sometimes Aksak Maboul and sometimes Picky Picnic . I get the sense that Larry really inhabits the tilt-a-world he divines in his recordings . this is relaxation on the edge ... Larry sez : "This music was thought up/burped out in a period of great personal development, and I will always remember this chunk of time as very positive and very dear. Thank you, Megn."

12 tracks in 31 minutes
cover art : "nachtskoodle" by José Carlos Berns
digital audio at bandcamp
& check out Larry's plentiful other albums

OSR#41         (rel. 3.'16, ed. of 100)

James T. Psychopath Death By Water CD

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James T. Psychopath (Cameron Kapoor , Ben Murphy , & Jay Rudolph) is what happens when extreme composition & impossible playing meet equally novel & involved recording techniques . Ben tried to explain to me the relationship between the band's ferocious live playing and "Death By Water" and it went well over my head . I like the album most at its furthest from a rock idiom , when the "intense" human touch , instead of being used to dramatic effect , is morphed , granulated and computerized -- which is pretty much all the time . and I love that this was Played . it just so happens we are all living in New York at a time when a certain sort of heaviness , colored in by machoist bravado / hetero-"performative" nonsense , is valorized in underground , "independent" & "mainstream" music alike . this heavy music is well-suited to the party some have come to drink at , and for a certain bracket of the liberal-arts-educated creative class , the music for that context needs to be less a source of fascination , a prayer or a challenge , and more an invocation of "danger" prized for the sense of "edge" it provides to the Friday night of upward mobility . so "Death By Water" is all the more fresh : genuinely heavy & complicated for reasons of intuitive necessity ; heavily worked , with the faith that entails , presented without fanfare & without forced histrionics . check it out

4 ten-minute tracks in 40 minutes
recorded by James Krivchenia , mixed and mastered by Ben Murphy , with art by Olivia de Salve Villedieu
digital audio at bandcamp
& check out the group's first album here
& check out Cam Kapoor's playing in Tom Csatari Band's "Outro Waltz" (1/2 of it recorded at OSR's Manual FX) here

OSR#40         (rel. 3.'16, ed. of 100)

Martyr Group Tone Stencil Pirates CD

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tone stencil pirates , gloating in the sun // manning the ladder's every rung
each pope saw is in a dream , but they haven't met one // it doesn't matter : our booty is to come


back for more : 17 songs cut live to tape . same core group as MG#1 , with Christina throwing down vocal harmonies on a few tracks . the less said the better : I'm always on the run



17 songs in 35 minutes
art by Christina Schneider
digital audio at bandcamp

OSR#39         (rel. 3.'16, ed. of 100)

Chris Weisman Hi CD

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the paradox of thrift // is that saving docks the ship
you can't travel into space // without burning off your face


what a feeling , when this perfume fell on E. Street in 2009 .
I will always remember it : the freedom manifested here remains
instructive . so don't fiddle with the lock , just let yourself in ...
blurb voice : "Hi" is an early jewel of C's back-to-song-albums boom (2008-2012)
a glimpse of the future-Chris manifested in , for example , "Chaos Isn't Single"
yet firm , it breaks apart to avail itself of every opportunity of resistance
I will always be getting you back , Makachi ...

google maps evidence of Chris at work in his Brattleboro studio , likely circa this period :


18 songs in 54 minutes
art by Christina Schneider
digital audio at bandcamp

OSR#38         (rel. 3.'16, ed. of 100)

Nam Buddies Dope Flashback CD

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Jeremiah Crompton is a born guitarist , writer & artist from Brattleboro VT . in 2008 Nam Buddies , his outfit with Alec McPherson (Jesus Jim) on bass and Kyle "King Tuff" Thomas on drums , cut these to the same tape machine Mr. Tuff used for his album "Was Dead" as well as Happy Birthday's sole record & some of the Feathers stuff (I think) . Nam Buddies were shockingly for real , & Jeremiah's rock character is not an affectation , though neither should it be assumed that he is unaware of his forebears (I recall an anecdote : Ron Schneiderman handing J. a burned copy of Royal Trux's "Sweet Sixteen" out of his car while J was in high school) . well , blues like this crops up where it needs to .

love and peace to Jeremiah's family and friends , for whom free copies are available upon request , just write zphillips at gmail

7 songs in 22 minutes
digital audio at bandcamp

OSR#37         (rel. 3.'16, ed. of 100)

Asher Horton Mystery Bones cassette

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four chandeliers // playing on your fears // this time last year

introducing Nashville hit machine Asher Horton , appropriate subject of raving accolades (Luke Lentils : this kid just graduated from Nashville High and he's better than [comparison to Alex Chilton redacted -- ed.]) in the field of songwriting and Sneakers-reminiscent studio freedom (stop reading this right now and listen to "Shaded Eyes") . "Mystery Bones" stands effectively as a greatest-hits compilation of Asher's keeper tracks over the past couple years , with a Choir cover thrown in for good measure . keep an ear out for more , there will be ...

15 songs in 50 minutes
digital audio at bandcamp
& check out his band Fox Fun while you're at it

OSR#36         (rel. 3.'16, ed. of 100)

Samuel Boat Flowers 12 Stems 3 Sunflowers CD

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if I could travel to a different kind of brother // or the sun
you shouldn't know me


Sam Lisabeth : liquid guitar virtuoso , keysman in Guerilla Toss 3.0 , Martyr Group & Tredici Bacci & Philip Gayle & Spooky Dangerfield accompanist , formerly of Cult & Leper , & sole proprietor of the Samuel Boat personae ; versatile to the max . this record oscillates between tactfully arranged four-tracked songs and live cuts of the most deranged jazz-school-psychological-dropout combo this side of ... Spooky Dangerfield . speaking of the former , these are the nudest , choicest cuts Sam has circulated yet , clear as day , a massive improvement in dimensionality to Sam's already-great older songs-to-tape . more please

17 songs in 29 minutes
with art by Christina Schneider
digital audio at bandcamp
& check out Sam's other albums

OSR#35         (rel. 4.'15, ed. of 100)

Nals Goring Ashley's Jacket book

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Ashley's Jacket : a 32-page novel in citational verse about seven friends' affliction with a demoniacal jacket . winner of the 2009 Bathroom Novella Prix Fixe

art design by Christina Schneider
you can also read it free on a PDF

OSR#34         (rel. 4.'15, ed. of 100)

Blanche Blanche Blanche Wink With Both Eyes CD

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I came late then : dogging , making heat for later // beat this easier
the team is up a hill but they'll be down in a word


originally released on vinyl by Night People in 2012 , this CD has the original art by Chris Weisman & includes a bonus demo of "She's Adopted" . mastered by Pete Swanson , with a little help from Ryan Power , and guest appearances from Chris , Graham Brooks and King Tuff

read a review : AllMusic
17 songs in 42 minutes .
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OSR#33         (rel. 2.'15, ed. of 100)

JPS OSR#33 cassette

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you're right on time // you can do no wrong // sing your song

American funnyman and genuine love font Joey Pizza Slice (aka Son of Salami , etc.) is a monster of a recordist, videotician , a real renaissance man up in Burlington VT . I've been hassling him for something to release since near OSR's inception and I love him like a brother . never heard him 4-tracking legible rock like this before . you gotta hear "Shut It Up" . Joey : "how did you write and record this album ?" on a Korg cr-4 . "were you using any techniques or concepts or methodologies or equipment particular to that period of time ?" Not really , all the songs were written and recorded in haste . "any description of processes ?" I would almost always start with the drum part and build the rest of the song , layer by layer , around that . "can you tell me your state of mind circa the production of the album ?" I was majorly in love , still am . "who is the album for ?" Ashley . "how would you contextualize it w/r/t other music ?" I wouldn't

12 songs in 23 minutes
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OSR#32         (rel. 2.'15, ed. of 100)

Chris Weisman Living With Poison CD

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but we won't play // we'll take our own way
writ large in stars // this myth is now ours


2008 , Portsmouth NH . "I remember a great deal about making Living With Poison, that whole time (somehow). A lot of good narrative stage lighting (arranging and recording the last golden two back at the nightdark school after seeing The Roches at the Unitarian Church (where I myself had performed three LWP songs at a PMAC faculty concert a few days before) (I was the only audience member between like 10 and 50; I stuck out bigtime and I was crying a lot, there in the hardback pews, totally blown away, best music I ever saw), etc.) and technical specs (first album with Inverted Tuning; first album with my magic bass -- probably-60s Japanese no-name short-scale, a "Gary's Special" as Asa Irons would say -- got it at Gary's Guitars for like 189 dollars or almost maybe even only 89 dollars; that's me on alto saxophone through delay a la Synchronicity Sting; etc.). I am afraid, however, I must keep mum (-ish), puncture no real holes in the mono wall of the gooey-gone past. What they reckon must be through the glass. That's the eyes for viewing would for they [sic]. No DVD commentary, just this prick." -- Chris "Cakeandeatit" Carousel Weisman, Brattleboro 2015

art design by Christina Schneider
hear some of this album in a live video of Chris Weisman's Bolo Punch
10 songs in 40 minutes
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OSR#31         (rel. 2.'15, ed. of 100)

Andrea Schiavelli Souls On Fire cassette

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no love for the club scene in America // red lights on the dancefloor , you know I hate this place
telephone on a clothesline // I'm losing borrowed time


Saint Andrea , chief of ace live combo the Eyes of Love , occasional live player for Nude Beach & a past player in the excellent Punks on Mars : "I've only ever been interested in playing music as a conduit and never as an inventor. The failure and strength of "Souls on Fire" is that it relies purely on this strategy. These songs and recordings take full emotional responsibility but display a complete fear of ownership. This tape is like an orphanage and not a home. These songs are only the things I can't change and can't forget that happened between 2009(when I started writing songs) and 2014(when I first had thoughts of quitting). Demos for a band that didn't work out, songs for an album that was never finished, collaborations that fell through, the promise of domestic love, joy that was short-sighted and pain that was selfishly heroic and out of touch. This is the truth for me. This is the only story I can tell. Not the one about the industry and what it means to be an artist. But the one about life. This is a record of my childhood as a songwriter. It is only about the beauty of being wrong and nothing else. The reason I want to put this tape out is to mark the end of this era for myself. This is what I have realized when asked about it."
I have nothing to add but : listen to "Bad Expectations" and see what it does for you

art design by Christina Schneider
17 songs in 37 minutes
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OSR#30         (rel. 2.'15, ed. of 100)

Al Marantz Forgotten Device cassette

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I'm fasting , but not out of protest // this meat is impossible to digest

Al's a habitual recordist & his stuff has gotten really strong over the years . chalk it up to "Adult Expenses" being paid on time . Al : "Forgotten Device was recorded in my bedroom in Cambridge, both digitally and using minimal tape samples. The idea for the record came from one piece of equipment, a Casiotone 701, an analog cheap 80's organ. 90% of what you hear on the record, other than bass and vocals, comes from the toy sounds of that organ. I was listening to alot of Arthur Russell and was inspired by his record, "Love is Overtaking Me." My goal was to put together a "clean" sounding pop record working within constraints of the Casiotone and its limited functionality. I wrote the songs fast, recording 35 songs and releasing 11. The mixing process took twice as long as tracking. (thank you John Brown for your wizardry spells) Reflecting back on the music now, I don't think I remember how to play a single one of them. In a way, it's a comforting thought. The album and lyrics are indicative of my feeling of transition, <3 confusion, and a reclaimed youthful pep in my step"

11 songs in 28 minutes
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OSR#29         (rel. 1.'15, ed. of 100)

Martyr Group Martyr Group CD

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24 songs recorded live to 8-track 1/4" open reel with Stephe Cooper (Cloud Becomes Your Hand) , Quentin Moore (Big French) , Tom Csatari and Sam Lisabeth (Samuel Boat , Guerilla Toss) , variously on guitar/bass & me on Wurlitzer elec. piano , with guest appearances by Simon Hanes (Tredici Bacci) and Christina Schneider (CE ST , Eyes of Love) . group/album named after the cover art by Philip Taaffe . Martyr Group : "I don't believe , you don't believe" , but at least we "didn't defend the tower after the show" . but of course the "always is never bad , when you've been had" . is there anything but the "epigone entelechy" harnessed to build personal "one man tokyos" ? and "is there a word for love" ? "I've been saying since the beginning , let it end inaccurately" , and , thankfully , it did

24 songs in 40 minutes
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OSR#28         (rel. 11.'14 & 4.'15 , ed.s of 200)

CE Schneider Topical Look Who Showed Up Out Here cassette

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Christina's been writing songs for at least 2 decades and recording them for years -- this is her first album . at the inception of our collaboration the division of labor was clear but we began to write collaboratively & I became a bassist & now this is our first album , too . it took a year to make ; internal vogues pertaining to songwriting & to the representational politics w/r/t recording shifted , stop-motion-fast-forward of a leaf growing falling rotting etc. : time passed . these songs , their weird bouquet reminds me of no other . fourteen poems written in new letters , legible if you wear your spirit glasses

CE topical web HQ : [link]
31 minutes , art by Christina Schneider

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video : Growing Back
OSR#21         (rel. 11.'14 , ed. of 150)

The Dream Scene New Emotion b/w Behind The Scenes cassingle

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as a terrestrial human being Javier Morales (the Dream Scene , ex-Bubbly Mommy Gun , ex-Quiet Hooves soothsayer) is such a nest of humble poise apparently unconcerned even to the extent of this reporter with the kind of trivial matters that dog experienced & effective musicians that I hesitate to even venture a description of his work . non-curatorial digital crate digger / enthusiast , videosmith , arranger & producer (potent on cassette multitrack but also living proof that GarageBand , iPad , a mic & a MIDI keyboard are more than enough) ... Javier is a definite part of a network of fastidious too-busy-to-chase-fame literal masters seemingly epicentered in Athens , GA [if you want to familiarize yourself with the crop , start with the Party Party Partners crew & Wild Of Night & Crunchy] maybe more of us should attempt to convince Mr. Morales to release his copious (& I mean copious) acoustic jewelry for public adornment , or maybe we should just leave him to his own devices , he seems really happy ...

10 minutes , art by Javier Morales
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hear more music by the Dream Scene at soundcloud

OSR#18         (rel. 11.'14 , ed. of 200)

[ compilation ]     Music On A Tape : Songs by Chris Weisman cassette

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that's how I see myself // burning a hole on your shelf // I'm the music on a tape // you don't pay nothing
for me but I keep you awake // all of your life is not great // and neither is the music on a tape


the CW of 2014 might prefer to be music in the room but the rest of us are still listening to his tapes and blowing our minds . over 50 people threw down for this compilation ; the amount of work is a testament to the originality & thrust of Chris's songwriting & his general musical presence . in fact , non-famous music is doing very well these days -- we don't even need funding from your well-regarded institution -- and it's thankful that the tiny doses of recognition some of us practitioners have received from the official vanguard and the generalized hype consortium have acted as a kind of common vaccine inoculating us against more significant impositions to our personal procedures of art veridiction . this tape might as well be a Grammy , tho it was borne on no ceremonial airs : just the accidental house-show shoulders of a gratefully disorganized , often silent , periodically effective community

tape : 110 minutes , 11"/17" foldout art by Chris Weisman
digital : 180 minutes : bandcamp


OSR#17         (rel. 11.'14 , ed. of 150)

Ian Kovac Jr Jr You'll Know It When You Feel It cassette

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I was bored of the scene // when I was only seventeen // do you know what I mean ?
it's like a classroom from inside a dream
    ["Better Without It"]
like the other members of his recently-former group Guerilla Toss (he served his tenure on the flamin' Sixtrak , x-tendo technique galore) , Ian marinated his (in his case , double bass) chops in that slurry of woodshed rigor & (aesthetic) student resistance they enculture over at the New England Conservatory in fair Boston-town (Ian himself studied jazz at the U of Vermont but has been swimming in the NEC alumni network) . of course this tape is a far cry from the Toss , the Conservatory or anything else , so please excuse me for the violence of venturing a contextualization for this original 4-track music . some songs could be described as New Wave w/ gestural melody ("Camera") , some are in possession of the brand of harmonic thickness & melodic travel my mind associates with C. Weisman ("Just A Rock" , "Flypaper") , & some are just plain out there . Ian is a magnanimous & focused musician & this tape is no doubt the tip of an iceberg OSR can only hope will sink the USS Art Culture once and for all , in one fell swoop even acclimating its spiritually emaciated inhabitants to aquatic respiration and reverence for the mystical , sonorous behemoths that encircle all those ready to "go deep" into their art in a contemporary nautical ballet I like to call "real freedom"

31 minutes , art by Ian Kovac Jr Jr & Christina Schneider
soundcloud : "Camera"



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