Power Animal, aka Keith Hampson, is a bit of an exotic bird… anyone that’s done a split cassette with David Liebe Hart (of Tim and Eric Awesome Show fame) can probably be fairly said to be. His under-celebrated label debut on Waaga Records, People Songs, never really got a fair shake. Logistical hang-ups prevented it from being seriously promoted when it first saw release. But in spite of that we’ve been in constant contact, waiting a year for everything to come together for Exorcism, an EP’s worth of his most recent recordings, plus a b-side full of remixes from Lushlife, Melting Season, Spirituals, Botany, and Golden Ages. Released by Crash Symbols in collaboration with Hampson’s own charity-focused label Human Kindness Overflowing, nearly all profits from the release will be going to charity via Philabundance, a Philadelphia group that can supply three meals to area-needy for every $2 we provide from album sales. We couldn’t be more excited to finally have it available.
Power Animal - Better Water
Power Animal - Exorcism (Spirituals Remix)
Purchase the limited edition cassette and download Exorcism here.
11:49 am |
February 21 2012
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The folks at International Tapes
just premiered our latest release, Welcome Back Sailors
’ (Love) That’s All
. When Dwight, Liz and I first heard YES/SUN
last year we all knew immediately that we had to release with these brilliant Italian dreamers. Their music shimmers and swells continuously, always focusing on the ethereal vocal layers that make each track truly shine. (Love) That’s All
is no exception. Lasting only three tracks on the a-side with a couple remixes from Keep Shelly In Athens
and Death In Plains
, as well as a stunning cover of the opening track from His Clancyness
on the b-side; it’s almost guaranteed this one will be on repeat.
Welcome Back Sailors - Stronger
Welcome Back Sailors - (Love) That’s All
Head over to the Crash Symbols Bandcamp to cop the digital release of (Love) That’s All early, and pick up the cassette pre-order, officially hitting the streets next month.
12:07 pm |
February 17 2012
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We’ve been dying to let everyone know and a few folks in the Bay have probably already seen some of us wearing our copies of the shirt, but finally, our collaborative t-shirt with Forty Ounce Clothing has been unveiled. I also got to curate a cassette mixtape which you can order separately here - it has a ton of exclusive stuff from some our faves like Antn Hrkwk, Pregnant, a new jam from Chief Black Cloud, and even a relatively obscure Teen Daze remix of Born Gold’s “Lawn Knives” that we threw on there to get it some more attention. The tape also comes free with the shirt.
Order the shirt here.
5:08 pm |
February 13 2012
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Following Noah Wall
’s extensive 2011 exploits, including a sold out cassette
with us (though he’s got some last copies here
), a celebrated
scavenger hunt to find them, and an unpolished set of songs from a youthful him
, he’s unveiled a new eleven minute acoustic composition with a charmingly informative graphical accompaniment, sporting a sheepish him
in the background. Despite my own sense of Noah’s witty artifice in his compositions, the awkward progress these recordings follow feels more like a new creative complexity… a well developed, intuitive approach to this particular orchestra. Having said that, the piece was made expressly for performance at Diamond Mouth Surprise and the with the logistics of that in mind, so unfortunately we may never have so much access to its nuances as attendants did at the January 14th performance.
Stream/Download: Noah Wall - Music for Wine Glasses, Guitar, Percussion, Harmonica & Looper
Noah adds, “P@#OIUKJDSF:LKJSDF:LKJSDF:LKJ”. Hopefully we’ll have at least one more tape with him before the years out and his mind goes.
11:44 am |
February 6 2012
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Today, No Fear of Pop premiered the first track from Power Animal’s upcoming Exorcism EP! Keep your eyes peeled for further updates, but check out their post here in the meantime.
So excited for this release! We’ve been working to get this out for damn near a year and a half and we will be soooo psyched to see it set sail. We’re so very psyched, we can’t even tell where the j-card flap ends and the website begins. <3
4:50 pm |
January 31 2012
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Liz took a pretty shot of some of the stuff that’s been roaming out of our mountain of new cassettes. Buy Eggy!!! -Dwight
7:50 pm |
January 26 2012
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In 2011 we had the privilege of releasing Irish bedroom producer Andrew Morrison’s debut LP, Bending Brass, on Crash Symbols, helping introduce our little corner of Christendom to his work as The Cyclist. Needless to say, it sold out fast. To commemorate it and a bunch of other exciting releases he’s got in the pipes - with us and others - we decided to organize a remixtape, with some of our favorite pals taking out their own frustrations out on a select few jams from the original tape. My wife and I even made one to break in our new project, Visiting Houses. We deliberately chose one of the darkest tracks on the album and had some fun with it, threw in some Twin Peaks samples because obviously they’re always good. Other people went in brighter directions and “Technicolor!” was a much deserved favorite. Anyway, we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out and we hope you love it.
Download the entire tape for free or purchase the very
limited edition cassette here
7:04 pm |
January 25 2012
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Last year, we happily announced that we would be doing a 7” with Leisure, one of our favorite bands back East, on our imprint Crash Symbols. Unfortunately, prohibitive schedules within the band have prevented its release in a timely manner and rather than rush it out among our and the band’s various other projects, we’ve decided to cancel the pressing. Everyone that preordered the “Green Light” 7” last month will be refunded. We are sad, but optimistic for the country. More importantly, this means we can finally unveil the Clive Tanaka and beaunoise collaboration that was to have graced the b-side, premiered this morning by our friend Blake at Impose:
Rouhana is trapped in the slow BPM count on the original, but Clive Tanaka and beaunoise light a match under the phoenix on their tag-teamed remix. The duo, like a good EDM team, linger on Leisure’s “dying just to live” lyric, as it triggers the joints and muscles into activity on the floor. (Source: Impose Magazine)
Grab the entire single here
12:40 pm |
January 24 2012
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