Music

Arguably one of the most prolific artists in modern indie music, over the past two decades Fred Thomas has fronted a dozen bands, played in dozens of others, headed up a half-dozen record labels, and released an incredible array of albums as a solo artist. His music spans from retro-pop to shoegaze, ambient-drone to bedroom-pop, folk-punk to surf-rock, but most often sits comfortably outside of genre, uniquely his own. 

Another Song About Riding the Bus (Selected Songs 2002-2020) collects 20 less-heard tracks from Thomas’ massive discography. Assembled from limited-edition releases and radio sessions, it features material highlighting Fred's voice, culled from solo work as well as the output of Saturday Looks Good to Me, City Center, Failed Flowers, and Idle Ray. The album is a B-sides & rarities compilation that can also serve as a welcoming introduction to this endlessly versatile artist.

Released on Antiquated Future Records. Dubbed on metallic gold-foil cassettes, packaged in letterpress and offset-print boxes by Stumptown Printers Worker Cooperative, accompanied by Whatnow Press risograph-printed booklet with a personal essay by co-curator and designer Andrew Barton of Two Plum Press. 

The first release from our Selected Songs series, that seeks to shine a light on under-appreciated and overlooked artists from the present and past. Each volume serves as a curated primer to an artist’s catalog, or a hand-picked selection of an artist’s lost or forgotten songs. 

Fred Thomas- It Sounds Like They're In Love With You

Last copy! As it says on the back flap: This is a breakup album. Lo-fi folk from Jessica Risker to swear off the past to.

Released on Athletic Tapes. Listen on Bandcamp.

 

The solo debut from Erica Freas (Cosmit, RVIVR, SOMNIA). Folk anthems to play over and over. Songs that empower. Paying tribute to family, animals, the earth, life and death and everything in between.

10 songs, beautifully printed covers and inserts. Released on Rumbletowne Records.

Listen on Bandcamp.

Erica Freas- The Sound

Kimya Dawson, Jeffrey Lewis, Jack Lewis, Anders Griffen, and Karl Blau combine to make sweet tragi-comic folk-pop. A hidden jewel of a supergroup.

The Bundles- Pirates Declare War

Recorded in a renovated church during a windstorm, with members of Mount Eerie serving as her backing band, Bury Me Into the Mtn is an album that stops you in your tracks. From the big backing vocals of the album’s opener to its methodically sparse closing track, she creates a musical narrative that doesn’t release its listener until the whole tale has been told. An album that's completely unique while also being totally accessible.

Listen on Bandcamp.

Watch the "Bury Me Into the Mtn" video.

Eleanor Murray- Bury Me Into the Mtn

Recorded in a renovated church during a windstorm, with members of Mount Eerie serving as her backing band, Bury Me Into the Mtn is an album that stops you in your tracks. From the big backing vocals of the album’s opener to its methodically sparse closing track, she creates a musical narrative that doesn’t release its listener until the whole tale has been told. An album that's completely unique while also being totally accessible.

Released on CJ Boyd's Obsolete Media Objects labels. Listen on Bandcamp.

Watch the "Bury Me Into the Mtn" video.

Eleanor Murray- Virginia

A classic of the Jordan O'Jordan catalog. Molecular love songs. Banjo ballads. Group sing-alongs. Pure genius.

Available on LP and CD.

LP on blue vinyl. Comes with lyric sheet.

Jordan O'Jordan- Little Finger

Last copy! Almonds, Cohen makes timeless folk-pop with bursts of brilliantly busy percussion.

Released on Athletic Tapes. Listen on Bandcamp.

Before Rebecca Pearcy had an empire of handmade awesomeness (better known as Queen Bee Creations), she made indie folk pop gems out of Olympia, Wa. These 11 songs feature an all-star cast of musicians (including Nate Ashley and Nora Danielson) and has brilliant cover photography and set design by Tae Won Yu.

Rebecca Pearcy- Natural Disaster

For the first volume of Why the Tapes Play Records' Covers Project series, nine artists interpret work from Swedish electro-folk band Wintergatan. A wide range of reinventions—from solo kalimba to chamber-pop to oddball electronic.