Music

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.

Long one of Portland's best kept secrets, Half Shadow makes dream narratives into softly psychedelic minimalist dark-folk anthems. The long-running project of Jesse Carsten (Aboriginal Flowers, Memory Boys), Dream Weather Its Electric Song is a carefully thought-out work (dare we say masterpiece?) of poetic devotionals to the natural world, the subconscious, other realms.

Available on LP or cassette. Listen on Bandcamp.

A benefit compilation full of gifts: synth-pop, bedroom-folk, post-punk, hip-hop, electro-pop, and many things in between.

With songs from: Interminable, Lauren Napier, Attia Taylor, Inletts, REMOTE / CONTROL, ConcernedApe, MC Lars, Tall Tall Trees, little stray, Avery Cerulean, and Emily Bate.

All profits from the sales will benefit Womanly. Womanly Magazine provides accessible health information to women and non-binary people through visual and literary art.

Listen on Bandcamp.

The unstoppable forces of Lisa Schonberg (Kickball, Explode Into Colors), Allan Wilson (!!! chk chk chk), and Heather Treadway (Explode Into Colors) combine composing talents to create Secret Drum Band's first full length record, Dynamics, an epic of percussion-driven avant-garde. Forward-thinking instrumental music for any occasion.

Players include: Sara Lund (Unwound), Sam Humans, Alison Clarys, and Anthony Brisson. Guest appearances by Marisa Anderson, Brian Mumford (Dragging an Ox Through Water), Aaron Hartman (Old Time Relijun), and Jose Medeles (1939 Ensemble).

Cover art by Richart, back cover art by Aidan Koch. Released on Portland's XRAY Records.

Listen on Bandcamp.

Last copy! A collaborative project between drone musician Dominic Coppola and musical chameleon Fred Thomas. Soundscapes to get lost in. 

Released on Life Like. 

Last one + Sale! Joe Capoccia, who’s played in so many great Olympia bands (The Pasties, The Blackberry Bushes, Southern Skies, Oly Mountain Boys, The Pine Hearts, Kite, etc), finally brings us a full length solo effort and it is beyond our wildest expectations. Not the punk or alt-country you might expect, but a nice in between, smart catchy songs that are ready to be played on repeat.

Joe Capoccia- The Beach At Night

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.

A wild new album from long-running West Coast electronic artist Whatever Your Heart Desires (AKA: Th' Mole). Featuring guest vocals from Kool Keith and Myka 9 (Freestyle Fellowship)!?! Experimental juke hip-hop? 

Released on Portland's own Fukdup Records. Listen on Bandcamp.

A massive double disc compilation from the first five years of Fukdup Records—Portland's own purveyor of breakcore and electronic silliness. Thirty-seven artists within, including: Eight Frozen Modules, Foxdye, Rokhausen, Heartworm, Hitori Tori, DJ Detweiler, and many many more.

Liner notes fold-out into a mini poster of the cover art. Hand-numbered edition of 315. Listen on Bandcamp.

Braeyden Jae's Fog Mirror builds layers of warm, crackling static into a complex emotional arc. It's a diary of a journey. Drone music that tells a story.

Released on Whited Sepulchre Records. Listen on Bandcamp.