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

Out today on our label! 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. 

The third volume of our Selected Songs series is from former K Records artist and famously relentless tour-er Jason Anderson. What it Was and What We Wanted (Selected Songs 2005-2020) collects 14 songs from across his career--cult hits, B-sides, alternate versions--that combines his Midwestern anthemic rock songs with his emo-folk ballads and folk-punk scorchers. This collection aims to introduce a new set of listeners to Jason's music while simultaneously delighting his long-term fanbase. 

Listen on Bandcamp.

For a few short years, Colleen Johnson and Evan Hashi combined their respective powers to become Twig Palace. A playful but mighty force of the late '00s Olympia, Washington music scene, Twig Palace's songs were perfect little sonic worlds, retro-pop gems, each uniquely its own. 

In the decade since, the two members have gone on to play in countless bands—Flying Circles, Little Angry & The Sweets, Silver Shadows, The Hive Dwellers, Upside Drown, Reighnbeau, The Mumlers, Lazer Zeppelin, Will Sprott, Mega Bog, to name just a few—but their recordings as Twig Palace have largely faded from memory. 

Your Most Secret Name (Selected Songs 2008-2011) collects 16 songs from Twig Palace's brief existence. Gathered from self-released CD-R releases, long out-of-print compilations, and cassingles, the album serves as a primer to one of the best lost Olympia bands of all.

Listen on Bandcamp.