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An Olympia classic. This 1999 Yoyo Recordings studio compilation has 22 songs that give a snapshot of the scene from that era. The Microphones, Mirah, C Average, The Need, IQU, and many more.

The Microphones- Wake Me Up

Unbeatable, surfy power-pop, heartbreak gems from Chicago's Richard Album and the Singles. Highly recommended.

Listen on Bandcamp.

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Richard Album and the Singles- Quiet

Temporary sale! Awesomely heavy punk, in a very Northwest way. It reminds me a lot of the pre-grunge late '80s/early '90s Seattle scene, where a ton of different influences were put into one to create something great and not easy to put in a box.

Hand-screened covers. (Plus you get a drawing of the band riding a musk ox on the flipside of the lyric sheet.)

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Dogjaw- Time

A seven inch of three great John Cale covers by Rakehell, the long-running project from Russ Forster of the legendary 8-Track Mind zine.

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Sale! Fuzzy, shoegazey garage pop from The Funs.

Listen on Bandcamp.

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Long-running Portland freak-folk band Pelican Ossman returns with their best yet. The Touchstone is a perfectly bizarre record of experimental garage pop with odd rhythms and group sing-alongs. 

Released through Ewe of Now Recordings. On handsome yellow cassettes. Listen on Bandcamp.

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Pelican Ossman- The Touchstone

Sale! Live garage-rocky pop-punk from Western Massachusetts' Dump Him. 

Released on Olympia's Reflective Tapes. Listen on Bandcamp.

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Temporary sale! Beautiful beach party melancholy from Will Sprott of The Mumlers. Backed by Colleen Johnson (Silver Shadows, Upside Drown), Rosie Steffy (Upside Drown, Ladeeda), Evan Hashi (Little Angry, Shaggy Sample), and many more all-stars. Highly recommended!

Available on CD in blue slipcase. Put out by Hairdo Records.

Cover art by Shana Cleveland. Listen on[ continued ] Will Sprott- Psychic Lady

A triple (!!!) LP with recordings from the legendary Yoyo A Go Go festival in Olympia, Wa. These are among the last of the original printing. Beautiful and collectible. Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, Unwound, Karp, The Halo Benders, Codeine, Mecca Normal, Mary Lou Lord, Godheadsilo, Team Dresch, are just a few of the artists on this amazing compilation.

Mecca Normal- I Walk Alone (Live at Yoyo a Gogo)

Temporary Sale! Excellent live recordings from the legendary festival. Some of these recordings I have heard more than their respective album versions--they are simply that good.

Mirah, The Mountain Goats, Sleater-Kinney, Bratmobile, The Need, Old Time Relijun, The Microphones, Negativland, and many more.

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Mirah- Engine Heart (Live)