6.22.2014

Flaming Dragons of Middle Earth


FLAMING DRAGONS OF MIDDLE EARTH All Roads Lead to DOME
Vinyl LP ltd. to 300 copies $12 postage paid in the USA  - - ORDER

Flaming Dragons of Middle Earth (FDOME) is a band of misfit children and adults who have been holding weekly “practices” for the last eight years at a teen center in the mildly dilapidated town of Turners Falls, Massachusetts.  One Kind Favor has the distinguished honor of distributing the group's self-released LP, All Roads Lead to DOME, the most accomplished album from the group yet.  I feel like Volcanic Tongue’s David Keenan has described the band better than I could so I’m going to let him talk for a minute:

Led by wheelchair-bound ‘band shaman’ Danny Cruz and consisting of a rotating group of non-musicians, psychedelic drop-outs, teenage metalheads, kids with Down Syndrome etc, Flaming Dragons play a form of super crude/sophisticated free rock ala The Godz or even a punk-primitive Arkestra but with Cruz’s stunning, oracular vocals giving them a mainline to the freak flag style of prime Captain Beefheart, Roky Erickson and Wasa Wasa-era Broughton. Cruz’s instant lyric inventions are as mind-boggling as your favourite medium while the group lurch around on staggering brokedown rhythms somewhere between early-Sabbath, Robbie Yeats of The Dead C and The Shaggs. Their material ranges from stripped-down raps to lumbering psychedelic rock, as well as free-form freakouts w/lyrics that obsess over murder, bloodshed, astral creeps and, uh, Joni Mitchell... indeed Cruz makes most ‘sound poets’ sound like children’s entertainers.



I’ve worked closely with Danny and his crew for the last six years, so you can trust me when I say that this new FDOME disc is hands down the best thing the group has recorded and one of the most unusual, yet enjoyable, records I’ve had the pleasure of holding in my hands.  You can listen to a few songs from the album above.  Some of the band’s previous releases have been on Feeding Tube Records, but now Danny is in complete control of his music with the aide of his personal care assistants/bandmates.  Take a walk on the wild side, you’ll be glad you did.

Standard edition of 300 copies costs $12 postage paid in the USA ($22 for Canada and $27 for the rest of the world). There is also a special art edition test pressing for Cruzian collectors with an original piece of color artwork by Danny glued to the front.  If the world were a fair and just place, his artwork alone would go for a great deal more money…then again, maybe you should consider this a wise investment.  Take a look at a few samples below. Due to the speed at which I expect these to sell, it is not possible to reserve a specific cover, but it’s all gravy baby.  These are limited to only 27 copies $33.33 postage paid USA ($43.33 Canada and $48.33 for the rest of the world).


more audio, video and text from FDOME on their webpage.

5.05.2014

Ron Warren Ganderton & Sound Ceremony "Guitar Star"


Hello friends, I'm happy to announce the next release on the label: a high quality vinyl reissue of Ron Warren Ganderton & Sound Ceremony's "Guitar Star" (originally let loose upon the United Kingdom in 1973).  The One Kind Favor version will be ready in September 2014. "Guitar Star" was Ron's first album. The second, self titled, Sound Ceremony album was reissued by OKF in January 2012 (find a copy on discogs).

Check out a preview of three songs from the album
Great interview with Ron from a few years ago
More about Sound Ceremony

I've got a couple more deeply weird reissues I'm working on for release later this year.

12.07.2013

M.A.M. "Grapes" and
"I Bake Your Pardon? I Never Promised You an Avant-Garden"

After a relatively lengthy period of dormancy while setting up my new record shop, I have two new releases out on the label. 

M.A.M. Grapes
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. Volcanic Tongue called Grapes "one of the premier outsider all-alone folk/psych burnout albums of the goddamn decade" and featured it as their February 2014 Tip of the Tongue. Limited edition one time pressing of 300 LPs is SOLD OUT here at the source and also from Forced Exposure (US) and Volcanic Tongue (UK). The last few copies left without a huge markup are here. You can sample a few songs or download the complete album for $5 on bandcamp:



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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 AbleBill Orcutt (Harry Pussy)Keith Fullerton Whitman, Mad Nanna, Cave Bears, Spencer Clark (The Skaters), Kevin Drumm, El-GLeyland Kirby (V/Vm)Billy BaoPaul Labrecque (Sunburned Hand of the Man), Mama Bar, Nathan Bowles (Pelt), Tim Goss (The Shadow Ring) 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.
Limited edition one time printing of 200.
ONLY 10 COPIES LEFT.
Review of the zine in the Village Voice.

Order now

4.01.2013

Deep Thoughts - a new record store in Boston, MA


We are a record store in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, MA that specializes in new and used contemporary and classic rock / (free) jazz / punk & post-punk / underground / techno / ambient & analog synth / (psych) folk / modern classical / international / blues / funk & soul / psychedelic (hell ride) / tons of great $3 records (2 for $5) / ltd. edition / rare / crazy noise / industrial / metal / krautrock / japanese psych / garage / rockabilly / novelty / anything really... on VINYL / CASSETTE / CD. We also sell books, VHS, DVDs, vintage stereo gear (courtesy of VintElect), guitar strings and picks plus some clothing and few instruments here and there.

ORDER MUSIC ONLINE:
http://www.discogs.com/seller/DeepThoughtsJP

Co-owners Nick Williams and Peter Negroponte are involved in a number of other music related ventures. Nick performs and records in the bands Flaming Dragons of Middle and Cave Bears and is the sole proprietor of One Kind Favor Vinyl Records. He was also a co-founder of Feeding Tube Records before parting ways with Mssrs. Ted Lee and the gentlemen of the Ecstatic Yod. Peter plays drums in Guerilla Toss and releases cassettes and vinyl under the Anonymous Dog imprint. Will Mayo is the third member of the Deep Thoughts team. He provides a great deal of input in stocking the Techno, Analog and Noise sections.


Deep Thoughts
138b South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 522-3587

Noon to eight
7 days a week

3.02.2013

"We Are The Guinea Pigs" Lathe Cut


We Are The Guinea Pigs 
Soundtrack by The Fourth Wall
Lathe cut vinyl 8". Limited to 27 copies with homemade covers.

SOLD OUT


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

Whatever New York Times, listen for yourself:

 

11.12.2012

Tracey Trance "Pyper Kub" LP

Tracey Trance Pyper 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/dHot ReleasesFeeding Tube RecordsFaux 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.  Only 20 copies left.



8.02.2012

Girls With Attitude - lathe cut 7"

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

6.16.2012

J&H Productions

J&H Productions 10" Lathe Cut
"J&H Productions 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



3.30.2012

Daniel Bachman & Kenneth Higney

Daniel Bachman Oh Be Joyful 
OKF 003LP

SOLD OUT
DIGITAL


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. Stream or download:


Kenneth Higney Funky Kinky b/w I Wanna Be The King 
OKF 004 7" Order Now

Official 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 say:

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

10.25.2011

Kenneth Higney & Sound Ceremony

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.

OKF 001

Kenneth Higney "Attic Demonstration" LP
Second pressing of 400 copies (March 2012) ORDER NOW
First pressing of 500 copies (January 2012)

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.  The reissue was Volcanic Tongue's January 2012 Tip of the Tongue.

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".


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Sound Ceremony
LP edition of 500 copies (January 2012) SOLD OUT 

DIGITAL
find a copy on discogs

"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.