Music

Last copy! Forty-five minutes of (melty/warpy/bubbly/sparkly) ambient material released on Northwest experimental label, Corpus Callosum.

Listen on Bandcamp.

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.

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Fifty-four surprising and gloriously unique poems from Rae Armantrout, a Pulitzer-winning poet of great gifts. According to Fonograf Editions, "Conflation interrogates the difference between texture and tactile; thing unspoken versus thing unseen."

Comes with an insert of the title poem. Listen on Soundcloud.

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

A zine-themed punk band with an all-star zinester line-up. Alex Wrekk, Marc Parker, Giz Medium, Paul Burke, and Steve Larder join forces to make zine anthems like "Up For Trades" and "24 Hour Zine Challenge."

Comes with a 20 pages half-legal size zine and a digital download code. Listen on Bandcamp.

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. 

A reissue of this lost, barely-released 1997 album by The High Beams. Daydream is underwater lo-fi dream pop for guitar and drum machine.

Released by Why the Tapes Play.

Sale! Dear Crone is the latest from Olympia's Woolen Warrior. With its expansive take on sparse Northwest indie folk (think early Pedro the Lion or Damien Jurado), Dear Crone is an album about cycles, about (according to songwriter Sam Gray), "How they exist within ourselves and how we exist within them. The comfort of their continuance and the awe of their indifference."

Featuring musical contributions from Pamela Margon (Tattered Dress), Andrew Dorsett (Lake), Ariel Page, and Jen Grady (You Are Plural). 

The packaging itself is a work of art. On gold cassettes with hand-marbled cassette art unique to each tape. Comes in home-sewn muslin sleeve with hand-printed cover art. Vellum album insert. Limited edition of only 25 copies!

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Temporary sale! A brilliant album from Olympia cellist Derek M. Johnson. The range between the joyously furious chaos of where it starts and the stop-you-in-your-tracks lush beauty of where it ends is vast, but it works. Along the way there's deep ambience and solo cello, making an album in four distinct parts--one that carries weight and leaves you somewhat stunned.

Comes with a digital download card. Released on Seattle's Aphonia Recordings. A portion of album also benefits Safeplace, an Olympia organization that provides services for victims of sexual and domestic violence. 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.

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