After a relatively lengthy period of dormancy while setting up my new record shop, I have two new releases out on the label. Both are available to order now.
The first is a limited edition vinyl LP of eleven songs by the mysterious Mark Alexander McIntyre. Don't let the floral artwork fool you, M.A.M.'s Grapes is one of the bleakest records I've ever heard and I'm incredibly "pleased" to be hoisting this slab of depression upon you all. This is a very down-and-out album of original songs written from the point of view of man who seems to be close to the void, or perhaps already within its deathly grips, reaching out to us with his weary, wraithlike voice. The songs seem to be interconnected, with the same characters and themes appearing on multiple cuts. Some of the lyrics deal with pain and loss obliquely, while others confront the harshness of reality head on: stomach problems, factory work, cancer treatment. Most of the material is recorded onto a wavering and echoey tape machine with just acoustic guitar, but as the album progresses, electric instruments and a full band cut through the fog. It's truly a harrowing work, but one that I've been unable to stop listening to since I received these murky recordings nearly two years ago as an unsolicited demo tape. There is also a special art edition test pressing on clear vinyl. There are only five of these available and they each have unique hand drawn covers. As with all other OKF art editions, they are being offered for $33.33 ~~ ART EDITION SOLD OUT (12/8/13). Sample the first two songs or download the complete album on bandcamp:
The second project is One Kind Favor's first foray into printed matter, a book of Interviews conducted by Joeri Bruyninckx entitled "I Bake Your Pardon? I Never Promised You An Avant-Garden." Subjects include: Richard Youngs, Matthew Bower (Skullflower), Id M Theft Able, Bill Orcutt (Harry Pussy), Keith Fullerton Whitman, Mad Nanna, Cave Bears, Spencer Clark (The Skaters), Kevin Drumm, El-G, Leyland Kirby (V/Vm), Billy Bao, Paul Labrecque (Sunburned Hand of the Man), Mama Bar and others. All of the artists are in a class of their own and the interviews are very thoughtful and revealing. Very excited about this one as some of these have only been published in translation, and never in their original English form.
Nick Williams (One Kind Favor / Cave Bears) and Peter Negroponte (Anonymous Dog / Guerilla Toss) have opened a new record store, Deep Thoughts, located at 138b South Street in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, MA. We are open from noon until eight, 7 days per week. We are always interested in buying used records, tapes and CDs. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. We're also into ordering used records by mail as long as you can give an accurate appraisal of the condition of the discs (and know how to pack a tight box). so, yeah, sell us your 60s-2000s rock / jazz / experimental / international / folk / soul .. regular classic rock junk, ltd. edition, crazy noise, punk, psychedelic hell ride... anything really. Also looking for noise tapes or any contemporary underground cassette releases. maybe some CDs too (Japanese stuff, modern classical, new weird america cd-rs etc). Will pay ca$h or offer store credit. also RECORD AND TAPE LABELS: get in touch, cause we want to fully represent the USA and international underground everywhere + EVERYTHING. plus ++ accepting donations of more beat up stuff if you just want it out of your house and feel like dropping it off. WE ALREADY FEEL LIKE WE'RE ONTO SOMETHING FANTASTIC and we're just getting going. You will all be amazed at the wonders that are enclosed within. We have in-store shows every week and no one ever has a bad time at DEEP THOUGHTS.
We Are The Guinea Pigs
Soundtrack by The Fourth Wall
Lathe cut vinyl 8". Limited to 27 copies with homemade covers. Shipping on or before March 12th 2013...
A short soundtrack to the 1980 documentary film "We Are The Guinea Pigs" (dir. Joan Harvey) which deals with the aftermath of the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster. The music is by an unnamed band of New Yorkers associated with the Fourth Wall theater group. The raw music is reminiscent of the "Savage Sons of Ya Ho Wa" LP (1974), which in turn recalls Neil Young's "Ditch Trilogy," but the sole focus of the lyrics is the evils of nuclear energy. The politics are definitely socialist and anarchist leaning, with lines like "even Charlie Manson had more respect for law." At the time of the film's release some found the music in poor taste, or at the very least, highly unpolished, but looking back, there is much to be enjoyed about the sounds of this rag tag pick-up band singing about a cause they believe in.
''We Are the Guinea Pigs'' occasionally cuts to a rock band, which performs topical songs. ''Leukemia and cancer have already taken their toll/ Do you wanna die young, do you wanna grow old?'' one lyric goes. This band seems well intentioned, but its music can't help trivializing a gravely serious subject. -- from the New York Times review of the film
Tracey TrancePyper Kub OKF 006 LP - ORDER NOW
In today's world of "internet presence," the music of Tracey Trance is as "real people" as it gets. When Tracey (AKA Tyler, longtime resident of Hangtown, USA) does happen to get on a computer, it's only to spin rainbow colored poetry to a friend or figure out the next spot he's gonna park his truck. Although he's been granted releases on such taste making labels as Not Not Fun and Night People, he's turned in lo-fi home recordings that are difficult to pin down in any one time, place or genre. Pyper Kub is his debut long playing vinyl and it is a startling and heartfelt departure from the hypnagogic keyboard recordings that many have enjoyed over the last few years. This is a song based record, focusing mainly on guitar, bass and vocals. There's a little Slang Tang, some serious wah-wah, a dollop of Joe Walsh circa But Seriously, Folks... and there's a lot of Tyler's odd, elfish spirit. A collection of road songs that plays out in some sort 70s mirror universe. My favorite finds our hero contemplating the fine line between freedom and imprisonment while a K-9 unit searches his truck. This record has a way of growing on you, and I've played my copy of the original ultra-limited cassette release countless times. Nifty vinyl co-release with Trd W/d, Hot Releases, Feeding Tube Records, Faux Pas Recordings, L'animaux Tryst & Canada Goose Tapes. Edition of 700 cream colored vinyl. Each label will provide a different limited edition sticker to go on the front cover. Stream two songs or download the complete album on the One Kind Favor bandcamp.
One Kind Favor proudly presents a limited edition lathe cut 7" reissue of the complete discography of Girls With Attitude, a band from Montreal that got their fifteen minutes back in the year 2000 thanks to a handful of songs that spread like wildfire through the cruel spheres of internet "humor" sites. The most succinct description of the GWA sound might read "The Shaggs of the Mp3 generation." While their music hits on some of the same amateur vibes as those New Hampshire legends, it is also much more unintentionally psychedelic. Imagine a gaggle of eight pre-teen girls huddled around a mysterious keyboard capable of imitating funky synthesizer lines and wah-wah guitar solos in the same breath, all singing in unison through a karaoke machine with the echo turned all the way up. GWA attracted the attention of Time Magazine who said "The Internet has given an audience to thousands of talentless musicians who don't even deserve a garage to play in. 'There's Nothing in My Dreams,' the latest single by Girls With Attitude, consists entirely of a prepubescent girl moaning tunelessly about puppies over an all-Casio backing track". No need for any more description, just listen to the complete EP on the youtube fan video and decide for yourself. This release is limited to 27 copies on lathe cut vinyl with color labels. The vinyl is housed in a xerox paper sleeves featuring a hand drawn interpretation of the orignal GWA logo. SOLD OUT
J&H Productions 10" Lathe Cut
gettin' in touch with the label industry, pertaining to shows that
J&H Productions will be giving indoors and outdoors in the stadiums
and the coliseums in the city pertaining to Cincinnati..."Ultra
limited single-sided lathe cut "reissue" of this legendary 1980s promo
tape. The original cassette was addressed to Motown, Warner Bros. and Capitol
Records and the man who recorded it appears to be attempting to organize
a large music event or series of variety events à la "Cavalcade
of Stars." I'm not exactly certain what this bizarre fellow is really
hoping to accomplish, but it soon becomes clear that our unknown speaker
is an unintentional sound poet. It's impossible to put into words what
exactly makes this so captivating, but I can say that the repetition of
certain words and phrases during the recording's thirteen and half
minutes creates an ebb and flow that this listener finds utterly
entrancing. "I hope that I can hear a respond back from you pertaining
to this tape explaining as far as the contracts and having someone come
or send someone with a show and giving me tickets to come to talk to
them pertaining to a contract pertaining to these stars". I hope
you'll take the plunge and discover the inherent musicality of our
ambitious speaker. Only 27 copies made, each one features a hand stamped "lyrics sheet." SOLD OUT
They say that Fredericksburg, VA is the most haunted city in America and it's sons have surely been imbued with the spirit of the American Primitive guitar. The distinct sounds you will hear on Oh Be Joyful are inspired by the traditions and lore of Fredericksburg, also the hometown of Jack Rose (may God watch over his soul). This is the second full length LP by steel string guitarist Daniel Bachman (who formerly recorded and performed as Sacred Harp). Though young in years, he plays with a technical facility and emotional depth equal to that of the greatest fingerstylists. His discography is already full of strong releases, but this new recording is the first I've heard to fully capture the intimate beauty that many have witnessed in his live acoustic performances across the country. Authenticity has been a issue that has plagued folk music for much of the 20th century and these days anyone can pick up a style that was previously known only to a few mountainfolk. While Bachman's playing is surely reminiscent of the spiritual searching sound of Robbie Basho, and indeed the spectre of Fahey looms large, he is no Johnny-come-lately. There is a real open and, dare we say, "Psychedelic" vibe to Bachman's playing that elevates it out of the realm of tradition and into the "now." Limited edition one time pressing of 500 copies. Daniel's next album is coming on the Tompkins Square label, watch out! $13.50 + shipping.
Kenneth Higney Funky Kinky b/w I Wanna Be The King
OKF 004 7" Order Now
reissue of Kenneth Higney's 1980 private press 45rpm single. Compared to "Attic Demonstration," the recordings
are much more polished. Synthesizers and "pop sensibility" have found
their way into Higney's music, and the more I listen to it, I'm convinced this could have somehow taken the world by storm in some sort of post-No Wave context. Don't get me wrong, this is still incredibly strange stuff, with Higney triple tracking his vocals in different registers. "Funky Kinky" is an especially unique come-on to a lady and "I
Wanna Be The King" is an "ode or tribute, whatever you'd like to call
it, to the NYC punk scene of Max's Kansas City and CBGB's in general
and Johnny Thunders (the "King") in particular," according to the
artist. "I wanna be the king, I wanna play guitar. I hate the sissy music of John Den-var." Higney goes on to
In June of 1980 Kebrutney released a seven inch
single of "I Wanna Be The King" b/w/ "Funky Kinky." This was my shot
at being a performing writer and these were my first recordings done
with the intent of being released to the general public. They were not
demos. My thinking was to release a "double A side," which was
reflected by the catalog numbers on the label: "KBH-516RAS" for "I
Wanna Be The King" was the rock ("R") side and "KBH-516FAS" was the
funk ("F") side. A monster record which drowned in the swamp after
being chased by the villagers.Read more.
Limited edition one time pressing of 500 copies in paper sleeves with polybag. $4 + shipping.Listen
After creating a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign, One Kind Favor is proud to bring you the first official vinyl reissues of two rare 1970s self released LPs. Kenneth Higney's "Attic Demonstration" has long been prized for it's oh-so-confounding blend of desolate balladry and shattered trucker rock. Less known, but equally off-centered, is Ron Warren Ganderton's 1979 self titled long player with his group Sound Ceremony.
Kenneth Higney "Attic Demonstration" LP
Second pressing of 400 copies (March 2012) AVAILABLE NOW
First pressing of 500 copies (January 2012) SOLD OUT
Often considered the Holy Grail of "real people" records, Kenneth Higney's "Attic Demonstration" was never actually intended to be an official release. It was recorded in New York City by Higney and his accompanist Gordon Gaines (R.I.P.) as a vehicle with which to sell Higney's songs to other artists and was only pressed to vinyl in 1976 when he grew tired of duplicating cassette tapes. Apparently the Jandekian dissonance of the "A. Demo." sound was an unintended by-product of the one take demo sessions. Be that as it may, "Attic Demonstration" is a strange sonic world all of it's own. It is neither too weird to be unappealing to "regular" music listeners nor is it one of those "discoveries" that leaves you wondering what all the hype was about. Acoustic guitar ballads of nearly atonal desolation mix readily with rock 'n' roll numbers featuring hiccuping drums and alien sounding electric guitar. Higney's vocals are by turns sneering and mournful as he sings about lost love and the desire for fame all filtered through his uniquely bent worldview. Although a few ads were placed for the record in The Village Voice and The Aquarian, the fame that Higney sought eluded him (a semi-positive review in Trouser Press notwithstanding). That is, until the album was discovered and distributed by record dealer Paul Major. "Attic Demonstration" has been featured in the Acid Archives and copies of the original LP have soared in price over the years, but you no longer have to pay $100, $200 or even $300 to obtain a copy of this monumental album on vinyl. One Kind Favor and Kenneth Higney have teamed up to bring you an official reissue of "Attic Demonstration" remastered, with all the original artwork and with liner notes by the artist.
Kenneth Higney's LP was a watershed moment for me... before that I was more focused on hard rock bands, psychedelic music, garage punk and the likes, whether major label or private press. The force of honest expression mixed with the sound of that LP blew my mind as well as made me keenly aware of the concept of someone putting their own record out. I felt like I was inside the artist's head when I played it.
-- Paul Major (Endless Boogie)
Listen to "No Heavy Trucking" mp3 and "Children of Sound" mp3
$15 + shipping. Current orders come with a free copy of the Funky Kinky 7".
"We bring to your attention, an invitation to the bizarre." So goes the final song on Canadian born guitarist and songwriter Ron Warren Ganderton 1979 LP with his group Sound Ceremony. Ganderton self-released three LPs with the band while living in the United Kingdom during the 1970s and 80s. First came "Guitar Star" (1973), then "Sound Ceremony" (1979) and finally "Precious As England" (1981). Despite some modest distribution and frequent gigs, the band never seemed to really take off and Ganderton eventually returned to his native Vancouver (where he still resides), leaving hundreds of unsold records in the attic of his house. While these copies seem to have been lost to the ravages of time, One Kind Favor will now reissue the second Sound Ceremony LP. All of the group's efforts are undeniably unique, but their middle record is the true brain-damaged winner of the bunch. The record surely fits somewhere into the UK punk explosion of the day, but it's also looks back to the mid-sixties rock that Ron cut his teeth on and ahead to some sort of maniac future form of entertainment that perhaps has not been invented yet. Ganderton's mildly "out of it" stream of consciousness lyrics show a clear lack of self-censorship and that's really one of the albums strongest assets. He has created this character of himself as a huge rock star and a sex symbol, and who are we to deny his claims? The band chugs along amiably as Ganderton covers such terrain as his beating heart (it's made of rock), his distaste for education (he'd prefer to teach a lesson in bed) and his electric brain (which happens to be insane). If you've never heard a singer do a count-off all the way up to seventeen, then now is your big chance! Features what is perhaps the greatest anti-cigarette song of all time.
More info and an amazing photo gallery of Ron in the 70s here.