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OSR#26         (rel. 11.'14 , ed. of 500)

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

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 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
(& it really isn't) 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 sculpted by Hartley and 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 , etc.] , saxophonist Tom Smith ,
vocalist Angie Rodriguez , and the amazing guitarist Vinny Giannettino . Hartley's
music is holistic , addressed to you and me . under consideration is the entire
contemporary and 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
and to the meaningful partnerships Hartley has forged with a series of creative
engineers and collaborators , who have helped him realize entirely new kinds of
music with finesse . Hartley is one of the most compassionate , disciplined , &
original musicians I have ever met , & I'm extremely proud to share his work with you !
41 minutes , art by Hartley C. White , front design by Christina Schneider , w/ lyrics insert
mastered for vinyl by KRAMER at Noise Miami
hear samples / grab the digital at bandcamp
read an interview I did with Hartley

[the above cut appears on the album but w/ much better quality audio !]

press : The Needle Drop // Wondering Sound

OSR#25         (rel. 11.'14 , ed. of 250)

Blanche Blanche Blanche #9   Hints To Pilgrims 12" LP

on the surface of the mirrored time // that would move us to exhaustion // the magicians are believable
pour is in the lemonade // and they float us and we sort of swim // come before us to retrieve us
for to see the body age // and to see it see destruction // is the aim of our religion

the final (for now ?) BBB album , Hints To Pilgrims was the product of
a fraught time . post-Breaking Mirrors , amidst NY exodus acclimation ,
phantom knocks of "opportunity" , & generous social shifts , I concocted a
blindingly elaborate methodology to serve as the basis for a planned double
album , in which a teetering tower of collaborators were invited to participate .
thankfully , these recordings , intended as "demos" , survived the failure
of my methodological artifice , & once-&-for-all toppled my inherited , head-
strong ambition to create "great works" . as I wrote to Chrissy W. on New Year's
Eve 2013 : these songs are the product of sustained personal and collective
emotional insight fostered by the songwriting process ... they are true poems
about our lives , not offered up for the "benefit" (like a punishing school-
master who wants to beat "what's good for the culture" into it) of some imaginary
collectivity , but just from me , from us , as I think when I'm thinking
well , as I think when I'm with Sarah , as we play , as we do our imagination
dance we have always loved to do since we met as the same outcasts we are today
... I can't help anybody to see anything in these songs , and I'm finally realizing
that's for the best ! why revisit these songs , why complicate them ? Robert
Desnos : it may be that great poetry is necessarily for right now . "

sung singing , sung words , piano , bass . appearances by Nachman of
Bratslav , Graham Brooks , Adam Steck , Kurt Weisman , & Colin White .
36 minutes , cover/back painting by Alexis Graman , comes w/ lyrics insert
mastered for vinyl by KRAMER at Noise Miami
hear samples / grab the digital at bandcamp

press : Tiny Mix Tapes // Ad Hoc

OSR#24         (rel. 11.'14 , ed. of 250)

Chris Weisman Monet In The 90's 12" LP

you light a match so you see yourself in hell // this is the place where the trees are thick and smell
so you go there lumberjack // and you go there with your quack hat // and you fill your baskets with the air

part of an incredible run of 12+ platinum records NH-born Brattleboroite
guitar teacher Chris Weisman recorded to his blue Tascam 4-track from 2008
to 2012 , Monet In The 90s is maybe the most concise proof of his Lennon-
McCartney / Bacharach-David / NH-VT quality internal songwriting team
[see below on this page for evidence of his impact : OSR is concurrently
releasing a compilation of 50+ musicians from all over the world covering
Chris's songs] . I feel a little guilty making statements about art so good
it can only buck them . Chris is the kind of musician who generates new
theoretical paradigms on the regular , experimenting extensively with the
implementation of fully novel concepts , and then leaves all that behind
when it's time to make a song . rewardingly , this level of experience
creeps into the recordings , but palpably as an intuitive impulse rather
than as a pedantic , self-conscious affectation . it's only a matter of time
before the spin-cycle that is the contemporary music market politics turns
its rotating eye from the reissue of "lost genius works" from past decades
to the activities of today's spiritual masters of music . why wait until then
to hear Chris's songs ? I know music isn't supposed to be fair , but if
100,000 people aren't spinning Monet by 2020 , hindsight is an outrage ...
31 minutes , art by Sarah Smith
mastered for vinyl by KRAMER at Noise Miami

hear samples / grab the digital at bandcamp

press : Ad Hoc // Impose

OSR#27         (rel. 11.'14 , ed. of 300)

Ruth Garbus Joule 7" EP

really want the world to blow my mind // only take it if it's the right kind // certain kind
Joule is Brattleboro , VT artist Ruth Garbus's third solo release following a tape on Burger
& a CD on Autumn , & her first self-recorded in multitrack format [tho as a former member of
Feathers & Happy Birthday she is plenty experienced w/ all kinds of recording methodologies] .
Ruth is a favored songwriter in her hilly locale , probably because not only is her orientation
toward her fellow artists charitable & not only are her songs without exception exactly right
but because she really takes her time hewing , tracking , & mixing these joules [consequently
bending out of reach of the myth-grab of "the prolific Beatleboro songster"] . as a result of the
intense care she applies to every song , each seems to voice (musical , lyrical) ideas
drastically different from the last . this EP is just a slice of Ruthie's power but it'll feed
you for a long time . (am I betraying my high-SPF calculated-hype-blocking raw enthusiasm
for this music ? I just really can't believe how good these songs are , these recordings ...)
11 minutes , art by Ruth Garbus , w/ x-tra vocals by Julia Tadlock

press : Tiny Mix Tapes

      T       A       P       E       S

OSR#28         (rel. 11.'14 , ed. of 200)

CE Schneider Topical Look Who Showed Up Out Here cassette
preorder -- released 11/10 , ships by 11/24/14

Christina's been writing songs her whole life 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 . what to say about these songs ? their weird bouquet reminds me of no other .
fourteen poems written in new letters , completely legible if you wear your spirit glasses .
of course it's hard to know what to say . read the addendums for more fumbling : )
homepage : [link]]
31 minutes , art by Christina Schneider

hear more samples & grab the digital at bandcamp

press : Tiny Mix Tapes // Boston Hassle
more music videos forthcoming !

OSR#23         (rel. 11.'14 , ed. of 150)

Jimmie Packard A Time To Look Back cassette
preorder -- released 11/10 , ships by 11/24/14

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 a "reissue" of one 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 . A Time To Look Back is a collection of standards , multitracked on homemade guitars
with the kind of improvisational freedom accessible to seasoned lifer musicians . hopefully
this cassette marks the end of a dearth of available recordings by Mr. Packard .
my infinite thanks to Jon Appleton , who gave me this cassette as we liquidated
his tape collection , and to Jim Packard Jr. , who graciously authorized the public
release of this absolutely incredible music . the secret history of Vermont lives on !
60 minutes , original design by Jimmie Packard , formatting by Christina Schneider
grab the digital at bandcamp

OSR#22         (rel. 11.'14 , ed. of 150)

Palberta Shitheads In The Ditch cassette
preorder -- released 11/10 , ships by 11/24/14

they've done it again ! since My Pal Berta (OSR#12) , experts of self-likeness Ani I.-B. ,
Lily K. & Nina R. + engineer Paco C. [Big Neck Police , The Cradle] have been working
hard & it shows ! strengthened by extensive practice & contact w/ external social & musical
forces (read : touring) the Palbertans' friendly muscular ambiguity (always funky , always
loose ; always funny , always serious ; always cooperative , always individualistic) kills
as usual . Lily : "my influences are Nina and Ani" . hell yes ! this band rules , you won't
-- you can't -- expect them .
21 minutes , art by Palberta & Stefan Yf with design help from Christina Schneider

press : Boston Hassle // Impose // The Le Sigh

OSR#21         (rel. 11.'14 , ed. of 150)

The Dream Scene New Emotion b/w Behind The Scenes cassingle
preorder -- released 11/10 , ships by 11/24/14

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) ... dude's got it all , dude ! 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
crew & Wild Of Night] 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

grab the digital at
hear more music by the Dream Scene at

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

[ compilation ]     Music On A Tape : Songs by Chris Weisman cassette
preorder -- released 11/10 , ships by 11/24/14

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
preorder -- released 11/10 , ships by 11/24/14

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

OSR#9         (rel. 08.'13 , ed. of 150)

Big French cassingle

on the occasion of the release of the inaugural
Big French LP "Downtown Runnin"
(out July '13 on OSR comrades Wharf Cat Records) comes this cassingle .
BF = Quentin Moore , Colin White , Adam Steck , Jo M-G (Great Valley) ,
& me , your host zp
A: Would Not Try (album) / Payback (demo) (Soundcloud) ;
B: Atlanta (album) / How Many Times (demo) .
art by RAFTAR . 10 minutes
Payback (album version) (video by OSR)
OSR#7         (rel. 2.'13 , ed. of 150)

Zach Phillips I Can't Predict My Past Actions cassette

I.C.P.M.P.A.: A side: a nonrepetitive 24 minute song
w/ lyrics , Blue Gene Tyranny quotes etc.
B side: an arrangement of Johnny Ray's "Cry"
& a processed instrumental version of the A side .
lyrics were fed through an alphabet pitch system,
each letter notated in the order sung,
resultant melody was harmonized on paper & recorded rubato
~~ (cassette cover is the title notated using the system) ~~ 48 minutes
OSR#3         (rel. 06.'12, re-rel. 08.'13 , eds. of 150)

Blanche Blanche Blanche Open Session Rock cassette

Open Session Rock: BBB album #6 . 24 songs from Washington Street ,
Brattleboro in 42 minutes .
the only one recorded to Tascam 488 w/ shy fader
methodology & excessive parametric EQ sweeps
our favorite triple Blanche album . guitar by Sarah Smith
Shadows (audio)
Ryan and Lisa (audio)
The Ice Cream Skating Rink (audio)
OSR#20         (rel. 11.'14 , ed. of 150)

Ed Askew Rainbow Bridge cassette


he walked ten miles , he walked twenty miles // looking for the face of love // but what does this face look like
in a mirror ? // is it your face , is it his face ? // somebody said : the face of love is a stream in the dust

Ed says : "this album was recorded and mixed on cassette tape from May 98 through Feb 99.
it was mostly played on a Yamaha 360 electronic piano, using the keyboards drum machine
and other sounds besides the "piano". the title came from a film i once saw about Jimi
Hendrix." I say : I met Ed & his music during bad , questioning times in early '14 .
immediately on hearing/seeing his voice & attendant hand motions my increasingly anemic
hope for musical community was fully resuscitated & absolved of shame for its nudity .
Ed's been making his beautiful music -- emphasis on his -- for a while now (paintings ,
too) & this perserverence , to my mind , equals valor . Rainbow Bridge is an awesome
slice of late-'90s multitrack Askew à la Little Houses . Ed is the only person I know
who sings like a poet & writes like a singer . I just don't know what else to say about
this gorgeous album of humble truth & certain melody . except : thanks Ed , keep it up !
52 minutes , art by Ed Askew

OSR#19         (rel. 11.'14 , ed. of 150)

Moth Eggs Recursive Surfing cassette


some people come to be known as "naturals" because music seems to spontaneously
create itself in parallel to any of their kinetic activities , but these special
cases don't necessarily enjoy any cleaner or easier a relationship to their work .
all this to say : it's lucky Francis Carr likes music as much as it likes him ! this
tape collects material recorded in Brattleboro VT during the final years of the Happy
Jawbone Family Band [the other 1/2 of whose songwriting team now ploughs the field w/
The Lentils] & after F.'s subsequent withdrawal to Connecticut . so Recursive Surfing's
a real grab bag : imagine the most slobber-inducing home-recording / power-pop
compilations or whatever & you've got a pretty good picture . 'cause Franky isn't
just a multi-idiomatic hit songwriter (reclusive , inverted , cassette-memory Newell
/ Pink style on "Death On Willie Mays Avenue" , Gizmos / Lovers punk on "Generic
Love" , "Coffee Shop" , Pooh Sticks / Crime Time on "Twist Of The Knife" , blah
blah etc.) ; he's also a top-caliber hardly-repeats-himself-and-never-wants-to
ADAT , cassette & laptop recordist who gets (interesting) results . I don't
wanna insert this copacetic , pure-servant-of-rock's-best-qualities into my own
personal polemic so I won't even mention how much better this shit is than what
gets the imprimatur of the contemporary garage rock empire (of course secretly
under sway of the same blanded-out '90s "college rock" dynasty the rest of us
have been strenuously avoiding even thinking about since its inception) .
but there , I said it ! my friend made stuff as shockingly good as Hybrid
, as Amos & Sara , & I'm proud to share it w/ you (in 2014 , no
less , when music like this is , to my mind , hard to make !
46 minutes , art by Jo Miller-Gamble & Trebor Broadbentium

OSR#16         (rel. 11.'14 , ed. of 100)

Kateboard That's Not A Helicopter cassette


Katie McShane & Jesse Heasly , Boston MA . what a strange tape ! I lack words (except
"unmistakeable" , "alien methodology" , "great" , "the true recording air") . Katie :
" The first recording we did was Oh Bury Me Not, and it was our first time playing together
like that. Jesse accidentally cut off a part  of his thumb on New Years Eve, so he was really
tired and we were spending a lot of time sitting down.  Right after recording the song into a
handheld tape machine, we recorded a bunch of chords.  Later that night, Jesse put the tape onto
the computer and collaged the chords onto our song.  This is an exact description of what happened.
We decided to call it Kateboard and make this process our model - to only do one take and to be pretty
free and quick with decision making; To simply record it all into our handheld tape player, and to add
a layer or joke after the fact if we wanted to. We could maybe capture a certain sort of excitement or
freshness this way. We saw a short video documentary about Keith Haring.  He said that he didn't pre-
plan too much or overthink because then his art could be as consistent as he was. We both like that
idea a lot. The mistakes are important to us, they let the music have roughness and warmth. That's
Not a Helicopter started as a way for us to pass the time in the winter. We're struggling a little
bit to write about it because it felt like a very natural way for us to relate to eachother... We
don't think it addresses goals that we have as much as it is just a consequence of our spending
time together. In his memoir Palm Sunday, Kurt Vonnegut complains about his contemporaries saying
that many of them "cannot be funny even when it is time to be funny." This is a feeling that we
can relate to about some of our own contemporaries. The tape should sometimes be funny. "
37 minutes , art by Kateboard w/ partial design by Christina Schneider
hear samples & grab the digital at bandcamp

OSR#15         (rel. 06.'14 , ed. of 150)

Blanche Blanche Blanche Termite Music cassette


the symbols of your trade are your price
what can I say , we made a lot of music ! this long-a$$ tape compiles unreleased &
live cuts selected from a vast archive of recordings from 2009 to December '13 .
various incarnations of the band , phases , infatuations , hard & soft ideas
jetting across the subtle fabric of these years gratefully thick with music .
thanks for listening to the unusual decisions & manically polyvalent postures
of two deranged New Hampshirites ! after a brief moment of flirtation with
the institutional parameters of the status quo , it's back to the zeitgeist-null
rubble we crawled out from -- a nice place , if it can be said to exist .
110 minutes , art by Jo Miller-Gamble & Sarah Smith
hear the whole thing at bandcamp

OSR#14         (rel. 06.'14 , ed. of 100)

Heat Wilson Seersucker cassingle


before there was Big French , before there was Blanche Blanche Blanche ,
there was Heat Wilson : me & Quentin Moore's digital microsound cutups
in personae Nals Goring and Gorman ; we confounded the Dutch and touched
almost no one . this is our rock album , thankfully it germinated after
years of the mindchess known as "playing" ; thankfully it germinated in
accordance with our principles . 15 minutes , art by Heat Wilson
video : "Call Me"
video : "I'm Hungry"
hear the whole thing at bandcamp

OSR#13         (rel. 03.'14 , ed. of 150)

Memories Crash On My Heart cassingle


impresarios of Gnar Tapes , indefatigable international Oregon songwriters
& sworn enemies of sister band White Fang come to OSR to spread
their massage of tenderness and emotional flexibility . I love
these guys , they really remind me of Shoes in the best way .
their songs always take up a slice of reality with instinctive
playfulness & optimism & grace , & the music is just beautifully
content w/ its unembellished formal simplicity . they've already
made a ton of music but Rikky & his trikksters are always just
starting , so freshly do they tread . 9 minutes , art by Sarah Smith
hear "We Can Call It Whatever" at Soundcloud
OSR#8         (rel. 4.'13 , ed. of 150)

Gordon Wallace Send Away cassette


Send Away: Gordon Wallace is Robert Scott
(the Clean, the Bats, Electric Blood, etc.)
he originally released this album on his tape label EST in 1987
23 songs in a soft style , an early version of "Mastery" by the Bats
what can I say , I really like it. "how many hunters can really shoot?"
artwork by Robert Scott . 60 minutes . download
OSR#6         (rel. 2.'13 , ed. of 150)

Better Psychics What Is Rule cassette


What Is Rule: BP#2. Chris Weisman & Zach Phillips. 16 songs recorded
in the new new style .
liver than live mixing , "I'm OK with the blind overdub"
32 minutes , no cover , imprinted tape in a case w/ a color sticker
the first BP album started out as my production of Chris Weisman's songs
and this second album started out as his production of mine
many novel tactics used and forgotten , like the jokes of any day
as NME has it: "not merely uncanonical , Wei-Phi manage to stuff
the whole history of pop music writ large into the can(n)on of
forgotten lo-fi method-apology , swiftly attempting almost nothing
but largely avoiding the phallocentrism of nearly everything else"
video: "You Don't Have To Disappear"
video: "Better Psychic Victim"
OSR#5         (rel. 12.'12 , ed. of 150)

Better Psychics Better Psychics cassette


Better Psychics: Chris Weisman & Zach Phillips .
a statement from Chris on the album
20 songs w/ live mixing , 42 minutes
video: "Loose", cover by Ruth Garbus & Kyle Thomas
OSR#12         (rel. 03.'14 , ed. of 150)

Palberta My Pal Berta cassette


this is Ani , Lily & Nina's first record as Palberta ,
an absolutely incredible , dynamic rock band from upstate NY ,
impeccably recorded by Paco Cathcart [Big Neck Police]
on a cassette 4 track with xtra clarity & vivid style .
if you see the band live you'll notice they switch off
on guitar , bass & drums , this is totally original music
and I won't consign even a bit of it to description ,
it's too good for that , so you're on your own !
23 minutes , art by the band
hear "When I Come" at Soundcloud
or stream the whole thing at bandcamp
OSR#11         (rel. 08.'13 , ed. of 150)

Garbus / Bissette cassingle

Ruth Garbus & Danny Bissette , yolk heroes of Brattleboro , VT
with some new and beautiful songs .
check out Ruth's releases on Burger & Autumn Records
& sit for an upcoming full length of stuff this good .
& Danny's 7" under the false flag of Bent Dynasties
on Rarebit Records .
A: (Ruth) And You Be (Soundcloud) / I Won't Quit ;
B: (Danny) Dear Man / Change Yer Mind / Flower Pot
/ Eat w/ the Wolves . 20 minutes , art by Garbus/Bissette
OSR#10         (rel. 08.'13 , ed. of 150)

White / Blanche cassingle

Hartley C. White & Blanche Blanche Blanche collaboration ,
rec. by George Dugan (MetroSonic Studios)
A: The Never, Never Girl (Soundcloud) (White/Smith/Phillips) ;
B: An Argument (Phillips/Smith/White)
bass on "An Argument" : Chris Weisman . 5 minutes
video: Hartley's Let's Play Politics
an interview with Hartley
buy Hartley's self-released albums of Whopazootic music here & here & here
OSR#0         (rel. 2.'13)

The Marshfield Set The Marshfield Set YouTube
stream it

The Marshfield Set: who are they ? who were they ? Adam , Ed &
Tracy were 3 residents of Marshfield , a well-to-do town somewhere in
New England , decided to try their hands at a little music . meeting
weekly and rotating the role of writer/director , they decided to
publish their progress straight to YouTube . OSR presents the Set

OSR#0         (rel. 11.'12)

Chris Weisman Maya Properties digital
/ download mp3 zip

Maya Properties: Chris's new (circa '12) 88-song
YouTube album . "its ideal form
is a piano painted by Kyle Thomas where each key plays a song instead
of a note . American composers in paradise write more music"
video: "Double Life"
OSR#4         (rel. 10.'12 , ed. of 150)

The Howling Hex Navajo Rag cassette


Navajo Rag: long form psychedelic mixing by Neil Hagerty
and the Howling Hex ,
with mixing by Harpoon Forever & artwork by RAFTAR . 44 minutes
GNAR#148         (rel. 09.'14)

Zach Phillips New Cartoons cassette


while supplies last :
"22 songs of piano, bass guitar, vocal harmonies and whistling from ex-BBB
ex-Brattleboro savant Zach Phillips which, as to be expected from this prolific
artist, play with the tension of opposites. Clear and direct lyrics that are
political and philosophical while still being completely personal, recorded so
hissy and squeezed it recalls the textures of answering machines. Percussive music
with no drums. A classic sort of songwriting that employs a harmonic language all
its own. Miniatures but with so many notes and so many words it's surprising they
all fit there. Unlike anything else. Unlike itself even." -- Jib Kidder
video : Follow The Broom
art by ZP . hear the whole thing at bandcamp
or buy it slightly cheaper from GNAR !

OSR#2         (rel. 4.'12 , ed. of 150)

Chris Weisman Beatleboro cassette


Beatleboro: 24 songs from Elliot Street in 60 minutes.
cover by Sam Phillips . stream/download it at soundcloud
OSR#1         (rel. 01.'12 , ed. of 150)

Blanche Blanche Blanche 2wice 2wins
b/w Bruce Hart Songs For Music cassette


2wice 2wins: BBB#4. 11 songs from Elliot Street,
bass by Danny Bissette
video: Alots B4

Songs For Music: BH#2. 11 songs from High Street.
30 minutes each side . download

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