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 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.

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

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.

Last two copies! The debut full-length from Oakland hypnotic dream punks, Silver Shadows. Post-punk rhythmic sensibilities and enveloping harmonies mix with otherworldly shoegaze-esque ambience to create an album too perfect to be ignored.

Listen on Bandcamp.

Last copy! Addicting pop music from the mind of Stephen Steinbrink. Fun and interesting without ever being over the top.

Recorded by the ever-amazing Bob Schwenkler at Olympia’s legendary Dub Narcotic Studios, this album has a wonderfully unique sound. Released on Seattle’s Off Tempo label. Comes with a digital download code.

French Quarter- Checks & Balances

The long-awaited debut from Olympia supergroup Guidon Bear. Songwriter Mary Water (Little Red Car Wreck) combines with drummer/multi-instrumentalist Pat Maley (Lois, Courtney Love) and synth-player E. Michael Bradley (Parent Band)—all veterans of the '90s Olympia music scene—to create infectious and subtly complex pop songs about real-life nightmares, boot camps, late bills, and scraping by.

It's an album about being an anti-imperialist in the National Guard, economic fragility, and parenting paycheck to paycheck. An instant classic.

Available on cassette and CD, both come with digital download codes. Released on Antiquated Future Records, in collaboration with Yoyo Recordings. Listen on Bandcamp.

Led by Anna Burch and Fred Thomas (Saturday Looks Good to Me, City Center), Failed Flowers is an overlooked supergroup of power-pop perfection. This seven-inch is their first release in years, and it's an absolute joy. 

For those that like the early Flying Nun catalog, Sarah Records, Black Tambourine, La Luz.

Released on Slumberland, as part of their 30th anniversary seven-inch series. Comes with digital download code. Distributed by Life Like Tapes. Listen on Bandcamp.

Last copy! The first album from Eleanor Murray. Undeniably powerful folk music without boundaries. With music contributions from Olympia all-stars like Pamela Margon (Tattered Dress) and Austin Cooper (Kendl Winter & The Summer Gold). Produced by Ben Kamen and released on Anonymous Monk Records.

Eleanor Murray- Today

Written over the course of a 20s spent in U.K. DIY scenes and spaces, Two White Cranes was the short-lived-but-beloved songwriting project and occasional band of Roxy Brennan (Radisson Blue, Joanna Gruesome, Trust Fund, The Nervy Betters). Seamlessly shifting between full-band indie-pop, solo bedroom-folk, and nods to post-punk and punk, Brennan imbued each song—regardless of genre—with a distinct, singular voice and approach. 

For When the Future Rolls Around (Selected Songs, 2012-2017) collects songs from Two White Cranes' two studio albums, as well as home-recorded releases, a live album, a wide array of compilation tracks, and unreleased material. This collection aims to see Two White Cranes as a body of pop song-work worthy of recognition and celebration.

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 personal essays by Selected Songs series co-curator Joshua James Amberson and Two White Cranes' songwriter Roxy Brennan. 

The fourth volume of 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. 

Like Like, by Portland's Advrb, is an album in ten vignettes. Relationships, almost relationships, last frost walks, A.A. Milne recitations. Lyric-driven jangle pop in the lineage of Jonathan Richman, Jason Anderson, and Eleanor Friedberger.

On autumnal goldenrod-colored cassettes, with cool reversible covers.

Released on Antiquated Future Records. Listen on Bandcamp.

"On his latest tape, Like Like, Barton offers a love letter to youthful indiscretions and wide-eyed romance...And it’s within these various levels of commitment that we witness the full extent of his musical aptitude, with complex musical associations and memories vying for control of our hearts and minds." - The Tape Deck

Advrb- Frenzied Spring