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

The Blue Sky is Always Blue is made up of 15 transcendent pop songs for a super fun, post-apocalyptic dance party. Synth-driven pop with complex vocal layers, heavy bass lines, and plenty of hand-claps. Unlike anything else, but a good fit for fans of Kate Bush, CocoRosie, Bjork, and Laurie Anderson.

Comes with a full color poster showing images of handmade embroideries for each song. Letter-pressed covers and the coolest-looking CD face you've ever seen. Also available: a postcard set depicting each song on the album!

Poppet- The Crustacean
Iji Bubble $5.00

Last copy! Written from themes explored in a tour dream diary, Iji's Bubble is a journey through digital age neurological rewirings. It's '70s-tinged psych power-pop party music for the future.

Listen on Bandcamp.

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

Out this week! The third full-length from Pittsburgh songwriter Sara Renberg, Butch Spring is an album about being humbled by a mid-30s identity crisis, and the confusion and joy that results. These are songs about gender, queerness, and relationships that are both playful and analytical, full of both depth and absurdity. 

The follow-up to her critically-adored 2018 release Night SandsButch Spring continues her reign of lyrically clever, emotionally resonant, scrappy indie rock songs that have earned her regular comparisons to Frankie Cosmos, Silver Jews, and The Mountain Goats. But the album also pushes her sound into new territory, with drop-tuned guitars, woodwinds, and surprise horn sections.

First printing on white cassettes with denim text and J-card art by Zoe Wodarz. Listen on Bandcamp.

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! A repress of the 2015 four-track home recordings of Detroit band Bonny Doon. Hazy, Echoplex-laden, alt-country-tinged pop anthems. 

Released on Life Like. 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