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Update 7-8-2014

Out July 15th and shipping now: Deep Freeze Mice LP and Garment District LP

Newest Tapes: Tender Meat, Roladex, Sleepy Filter, Fingers Pty Ltd, Idiot Glee, Dice Parks, Ukiah Drag, Fatti Frances, Taterbug, Beat Detectives

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Current Vinyl Releases

NP200 The Garment District- If You Take Your Magic Slow LP

If You Take Your Magic Slow is the debut full-length LP from multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Barons The Garment District, with help from a few friends and family, her cousin Lucy Blehar provides lead vocals throughout. If You Take Your Magic Slow is very much a structured album with its diverse tracklist meticulously strung together. A mix of surreal instrumentals and subtle turns conjures outdoor walks in transitional atmospheres and landscapes, nature hikes in the city, sunny days that are okay with becoming cloudy, warm music full of feeling that remains comfortably easy going despite the meticulous care given to its sophisticated orchestration and arrangements. This eclecticism creates something complex yet accessible, loose but direct. Baron mixes pastoral psychedelia with artful minimalist post-punk experimentation and a subtle approach to library music, soundtracks as pop with just enough droney dreamy color to fill it all in. If You Take Your Magic Slow doesnt follow any templates or gimmicks: its focus is on being true to its musicality, songwriting, and honest approach to compelling contemporary easy listening something we are quite fond of. A perfect summertime record. LISTEN




NP190 Deep Freeze Mice- Best Of 1979-1988 LP

The Deep Freeze Mice where an English post punk/weirdo, pop/DIY band from Leicester; they released ten albums between 1979 and 1989 on their own labels Mole Embalming and the still running Cordelia Records. The band also gained a bit of post existence notice by their inclusion on the Nurse With Wound list and through the Messthetics compilation series. The original lineup consisted of guitarist/vocalist Alan Jenkins, bassist Mick Bunnage (of the Statics), keyboardist Sherree Lawrence, and drummer Graham Summers (also of the Statics) which remained intact until the release of the bands third record, The Gates of Lunch. After the departure of Summers and the acquisition of replacement Pete Gregory, the lineup remained until their breakup in 1989. Leader Jenkins (who was also involved with the Chrysanthemums and Ruths Refrigerator during the existence of Deep Freeze Mice) continued afterwards in the Creams and the Thurston Lava Tube while maintaining Cordelia Records. In origin, the Deep Freeze Mice started out in the informal, confidently scrappy mindset of the post punk era creating often upbeat goofy songs speaking to political topics, surrealist imagery, and science fiction. The most interesting thing about the bands sound was a distinct approach to a kind of British classic rock sensibility with subtle flourishes of psychedelic ambiance which, when combined with their punky way of doing things, created a unique approach falling someplace between the ramshackle pop sound of The Television Personalities and Bowie style weirdoisms. This LP serves as a new release, a collection of the best of the Deep Freeze Mice. It was compiled by guitarist/vocalist Alan Jenkins. Original Deep Freeze vinyl fetches high collector prices and we felt like a collection was necessary to re-introduce a long overlooked band whose material spanned many albums in such a diverse way. We hope you enjoy and appreciate The Deep Freeze Mice as much as we do and that this compilation provides a starting point to then look back into the bands deep catalog. LISTEN




NP180 Merchandise- Totale Nite LP

There isn't going to be any shortage of words on the new Merchandise full length LP Totale Nite but something some of those words might miss out on is the special uniting and friendship between Merchandise and Night-People this record finds as its backdrop. The prior Merchandise LP, Children of Desire was a stunner but we were paying attention, listening and talking about working together even before those songs took proper shape, knowing full well the beauty and capacity of greatness Merchandise would fulfill unconcerned with any attention from the outside. Fast forward through passing meetings on the road via tours, time spent up late at the Night-People HQ jamming records and talking into the early hours and things started to get closer to the materialization of working together. Tampa FL is a different sort of place to be from then the major cultural cities of influence and that is something we understand and gravitate towards at Night-People. Sometimes the more isolated locations produce more uniqueness in the absence of stimulation or bigger opportunity. With Merchandise you can't just look at the surface because there is so much more in the collective spirit of the surrounding art and music, solo projects, additional bands, the music that came before in its richness and depth. Totale Nite is the distillation of experience, working hard, thinking deep while letting the spirit move forward unhindered. This record captures so much beyond any kind of obvious influence focusing the self-produced and recorded atmosphere into an even more distinct Merchandise sound, dreamy dense post-punk drifter ballads that are as textured and dynamic as they are laden with pop sensibility. Sonic Boom provided a stellar detailed mastering job and the Wet Hair design team facilitated perhaps their best design effort yet to finish off the final details for one of the finest albums Night-People will surely ever release. LISTEN




Merchandise- Totale Nite CD




NP171 Goldendust- s/t LP

Goldendust rides deep and dark but not free of a lush joyful pop sensibility sometimes sneaking in behind menacing moments to disrupt the darkness and let a little light through. If John Carpenter's soundtracks had more Romanticism or synth pop sensibility in there stark minimalism it would sound a bit like these songs. Still something else is at play that's not so easy to pinpoint, which is what separates Goldendust from the current crop of minimal synth revivalists. Joe's vocals are unique in their delivery like a drifters sense of space and time they come not from some urban machine view of the world but from deserted small town parking lots or streets starring out into vacant fields. Maybe the experience is what separates these songs, the identity of the duo itself not as big city chic but of rural state isolation Justin's dual analog synth approach creates the perfect balance between dense bass riffs and sharp leads and both dig deep into big melody. Recorded by Luke Tweedy at Flat Black Studio and mastered by Pete Swanson for maximum fidelity; this is a record that sounds great and is not to be missed. Artwork by Shawn Reed. LISTEN




NP170 Peak Twins/Scott and Charlene's Wedding- Split LP

Night-People presents a very fine split LP by little know Australian bands, Melbourne's Peak Twins and Scott & Charlene's Wedding who have recently relocated to NYC. This is a co-release with Aussie label Bed Room Suck our friends out of Brisbane and is the first in a string of co-released splits representing some of Australia's best bands highlighting the distinct artistic atmopshere and friendships that have made Australian underground music so vibrant right now. Melbourne duo Peak Twins (who share members with Kitchen's Floor, Bitch Prefect, Terrible Truths etc) ride the jams and compose their music with utmost attention to well played pop hooks, somber sublte psychedlics, and a general downer dissposition that never gets to heavy but lets the light shine through onto the 60's psych pop flavored jangle and shamble of their great songs. Scott and Charlene's Wedding (who share members with Panel of Judges) have a distinct punky jangly guitar pop aesthetic going that is distinctly Aussie and south hemipshere in its sound. They are good mates with rising indie rockers Twerps and have some shared influences but where Twerps keep it a bit more chill and mopey Scott and Charlene's let the angst and grit stick out more. Perfect tunes for dreamy summertime days. LISTEN





Current Tape Releases

NP194 Beat Detectives "Music About Time" C45

Beat Detectives are Twin Cities based trio comprised of Chris Hontos (also of Dreamweapon and Food Pyramid), artist Oakley Tapola, and NYC artist Aaron Anderson. One of the most eclectic and wild Night-People releases Beat Detectives have crafted something really special on this release pushing the boundaries of contemporary dance/party music into all kinds of eccentric interesting places with piles of samples and references hiding out in the midst. Plenty of slippery but bumpin downtown style funky vibes at play with a really good dubbed out approach that doesnt get to hazy and lets things ride with enough clarity to make all the pieces step out and take notice. Tapolas often times deadpan weirdo rants and vocals work really well compositionally and are affected and blended into the mix in just the right ways. Hontos really did a great job mixing the release and Cole Weiland adds a nice touch as well on mastering duties. A little bit of everything going on, Acid House, Funk, Reggae, Dub, Dancehall, Psychedelic Electronics, Trance, it seems to never end and thats a good thing. Expect big things from this group in the near future.
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NP201 The Savage Young Taterbug "Journeymans Cheddar" C16

Charles Free is back with his fifth Night-People tape which sits as a bit of a teaser/ precursor for an upcoming studio style recorded 12inch coming out in early 2014 on Night-people. We can safely say the 12inch will be an absolute stunner and turn some additional ears to Charlies tunes and surprise a few old listeners with its clarity and song writing. Journeymans Cheddar however keeps things weird. Created for a recent late summer/fall tour with long time tour partner Tracey Trance, the two sat down in the new NP HQ in Saint Paul for a couple days and assembled some extra tour merch and this release is a document of that. Tracey Trance even provides some extra vocals and effects on the psycho two lane blacktop Wolf Man scorcher Disc Jockey Inside Corona Bottle. The looney tunes collage style is even more ramped up with this release with all kinds of crazy sounds, noises and samples flying around smeared all over everything. Plenty of scorched Americana rolling on the tape once again, Northern Cali weed farm dreaming and open road hippie bus filth burping out the tail pipe. Cleaned up and Mastered by Cole Weiland.
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NP199 Fatti Frances "Lie To Me" C52

Fatti Frances is the solo project of Melbourne musician Raquel Soiler and Lie to Me is her debut studio full length. Fatti came to our attention via our Melbourne pal Stacey Wilsons (Rites Wild) label Heavy Lows with a really stellar release called Sweaty. Perhaps a bit of a departure or new aesthetic territory for Night-People we were so in love with Sweaty that we decided to ask Raquel if she would like to do a release on NP. Raquel has spent time playing drums in Aussie bands the Ancients, Oh! Belgium, and Jemima Jemima among others but took a departure aesthetically to do create Fatti Frances. Overall Fatti sits someplace between catchy RnB pop songs and left field electronic experiments. Not shying away from a soulful Diva vibe these recordings are quite clean and clear presenting the full force of Fatti Frances without any shyness or hazy layering to disguise what is going on. This is bold music and a refreshing contemporary take on RnB and Dance music. Hopefully Fatti gets her due and more of an audience outside Australia starts to take notice.
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NP198 The Ukiah Drag "Variations of Candy" C36

The Ukiah Drag is a crew of former Florida rippers who relocated to Providence by way of Boston in-between origin and current home. With a deep and prosperous former band linage (Neon Blud, Cult Ritual, American Snakeskin, Diet Coke Heads) The Ukiah Drag as would be expected offer something special that is already being noticed after some recent touring with fellow dark psychedelic rockers Destruction Unit and a really great prior tape out on Ascetic House. Its interesting to see how micro scenes evolve, how groups of friends from weird places step out switch it up change and move forward. With sister band Merchandise still in dialogue Ukiah Drag adds even more to the big picture of what Tampa has had to offer contemporary underground music and its still evolving. This release fits nicely into that artistic bloom. Songs created for the Tina Kolozsuaryc short film The Astronaut and the Star, Variations of Candy is a fully instrumental outing as deep and dense as it is minimal and sparse it is another sonic view of Ukiah Drags dark psychedelic very much contemporary take on blues rock. Plenty of noise and experimentalism present in the best and most tasteful way as well. This release rides like a mantra not sounded for heavenly epics but for those darker Kaidan like stories of mysteries and shadows.
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NP197 Dice Parks "S/T" C20

Dice Parks is the solo project of Shawn Dicey member of Lab Coast from Calgary who had a prior release on Night-People. Dice creates an eclectic blend of guitar, synths, and drum machine based instrumental music that sits contemporary to the late 70s early 80s concerns of German Sky Records gurus like Rother, Plank, Moebius and Roedelius. What separates Dice from the mentioned classics is a distinct fusion of more rock oriented heroics centered mostly centered around hazy poppy guitar riffs with a driving post punk back drop present in many of the songs. A distinct varied release with plenty of subtle touches allowing the listener to dig in deep. Another impossible to pin down non genre specific ripper sent Night-Peoples way and a release that grows with every listen.
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NP196 Idiot Glee "The Prairie" C45

James Friley from Lexington KY is Idiot Glee and is a long time NP friend as are many of the Lexington scene staples. This release is another nice representation of the eclectic nature of Lexington KYs underground music scene and Night-Peoples periodic schedule of releases representing it. On this release James switches things up a bit focusing on a mostly instrumental set of songs many ambient in nature. James use of piano is excellent on this release using highly melodic arrangements James creates atmosphere with space by allowing the notes to breathe out in a sustained ways. Eventually synths are used to accompany the piano and add a vibrant and even more uplifting choral heavenly feel. Popul Vuhs more ambient spacey pieces or soundtrack work might be a good reference point. The B side offers a bit more eclecticism more instrumentation is brought in for pieces that elaborate in shorter but more upbeat form on what takes place on the A side. The album ends with James bringing in his voice orientating it with solo piano in a way that contrasts the rest of the material but fits nicely in its minimalism and sustained depths. Another great addition to the excellent Idiot Glee discography. Mastered by Robert Beatty.
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NP193 Fingers Pty Ltd "Broken Fingers" C42

Fingers Pty Ltd is a new Melbourne trio comprised of Bum Creek members Tarquin Manek and Sam Karmel with Mole House member Carla dal Forno taking up vocal duties. Fingers Pty is minimalist outsider pop with a post punk feel reminiscent of classics like Young Marble Giants or Fall of Saigon but with a much weirder more abstracted song writing style. Guitar appears on a few tracks but the bulk is propelled by strange funky baselines and synth leads with bits of electronics and noises creating an unpredictable push of interesting but often subtle sounds to shake up the minimalism of the songs and provide additional depth. Fingers Pty have created something unique and special here beyond any kind of predictable classification and are a nice addition to Melbournes eclectic and prolific underground music scene. Overall this is a hard release to describe and its best just to listen for yourself.
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NP192 Sleepy Filter "The Name" C32

Seattle Visual Artists and longtime friends Will Kitchen and Jesse Miller are Sleepy Filter a duo with ties and friendships relating back to the rich and long running amalgamation of Seattle bands such as Factums, Yves Son Ace, Evening Meetings, Dream Salon etc. This album is true basement arcana tunes influenced by the rich history of Psychedelic rock and the weirder sides of punks outsiderisms. Millers extensive travels even come into play with the subtle use of field recordings captured on trips to South East Asia. Recorded on 8 Track CS Multi Track but with just the right amount of low fi vs. hi fi balance the tracks jump out sounding like a cross section between fuzzed out Chrome style 70s acid rockers and more chill hazy songs in the vein of say Jim Shepard or lost Xpressway cassettes, riding someplace in-between outsider song writer vibes and more pronounced experimentalism. Another nice addition from the largely low key Seattle weirdo scene that supports a long list of cool bands and projects.
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NP191 Roladex "Cathode Rays" C20

Roladex is the newest addition to Night-Peoples expanding catalog of minimalist synth pop and fits in nicely with prior NP releases by Some Ember, Featureless Ghost, Goldendust etc. Roladex is a girl/guy duo from Amarillo TX who also have ties to Seattle and connections to the excellent Medical Records label. Roladex rides all analog deep in the vintage vein of synths and drum machines using pulsing sequences to create dynamic depths subtle and vibrant in the expansion and contraction of each sound. Harmonized male/female vocals and choruses sit in nicely with bass synth leads and the brooding style of Roladexs synth explorations often give way to upbeat vibrant melodic turns showcasing the full dynamics of their pop sensibilities and the full spectrum of their song writing. This is a well-crafted highly rendered release of excellent songs worthy of any curious listen but especially tuned for those interested in synth pops frontiers.
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NP189 Tender Meat "Ripper's World" C42

The first local instalment of Night-Peoples relocation to the Twin Cities is by long running duo Tender Meat. Andy Fritz takes on Synth and Electronics duties with Jon Coe following suite on the Percussion end of things. Tender Meats hyper saturated schizophrenic blend of mutated acid house, noise, dub, ambient and all out electronic destruction gives Tender Meat an interesting edge and distinction while allowing them to still fit into what is current and fresh in underground electronic music. Very much a live band Rippers World captures Tender Meats syncopated duality and long form improvisational musical conversations in a precise and accurate way showing that this isnt just immediacy music alone but something fully constructed and flowing. Tender Meat deserves more attention both in and outside the Twin Cities and hopefully this release can help provide some new focus.
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NP188 Cellophane Spill "Season 2" C26

This is the second NP cassette release by Austin analog Sci Fi synth loner Cellophane Spill and its even weirder then before something we find quite appealing. Its not often that you get to hear something that pushes the boundaries as much as this release does. With strong connections to the amazing vintage electronics store Switched On it can be expected that these alien soundtracks were created on equally puzzling and amazing gear. Heavy use of vocal effects and vocoder take the vocal performances represented to other parts of the galaxy and back if not to to entirely separate realities. The results are truly alien. With the addition of the Season and Episode references in the titles we can't help but to think further into some distorted demented television series. This release stands on its own genre free quite far outside what we know of anyone else to be making with vintage electronics at the moment something that makes this release quite a bold statement. Headphones recommended for a truly unique listening experience.
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NP187 Some Ember "Asleep in the Ice Palace" C30

Some Ember are from the Bay/Oakland and with a prior cassette release on Crash Symbols and a first tour recently accomplished are just starting to create some buzz for their unique brand of highly developed elaborately composed new wave/synth pop/post punk hybrid of pop exuberance. The complexity of the song writing and composition is quite startling at first but once the variety and presentation sinks in and takes shape it is realized that this release is something you can sit with for a long time playing again and again and getting something new out of it every time. Like fellow Night-People band Featureless Ghost Some Ember are actively taking a vast template of ideas and influences from the past fusing it into the contemporary music moment and pushing forward without constraint or concern for safely fitting in to something more uniform. The results of this experiment or vision are highly considered and very well documented with excellent mixing of all elements firmly in place while breathing atmosphere into each other quite freely. If you liked the Featureless Ghost and Uncanny Valley release we did recently this will be right up your alley.
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NP186 Boy Friend "Secret City" C16

Austin trio Boyfriend follow up last years Egyptian Wrinkle LP with this very fine cassette of sultry atmospheric synth pop, They retain the link to their origins in Sleep Over but move beyond the early days of that band with Boyfriend and continue that evolution with this release further refining the compositions to something even more unique but not overtly stated . Secret City is an apt title as these four songs have a cool dark feeling that is much more revealing of something mysterious then something actually dark in subject or mood. A romantic sensibility subtly informs the feeling of the release while some sense of fantasy and still calming wonder is also revealed through the music. A great release a good marker for the direction the band is taking.
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NP185 Terror of the Deep "Permanent Weekend" C52

Terror of the Deep a criminally little known group of New Zealand chillers kick out the jams again on Night-People this time with even stronger songwriting, composition, and recording. Retained is all the shambling, ringing, fuzzy and jangly forward thinking Kiwi guitar pop and rock we love from these guys. Terror of the Deep aren't looking to emulate that rich history of underground rock music in New Zealand they just add to it. This is a full LP's worth of material and it doesn't disappoint. All the textures, sounds, effects, and details fit in just right with each other to create a disciplined distinct cohesive album that blows away what a lot of what other contemporary Indie Pop is doing. Rumors have been heard of a 12" Vinyl on the very fine Selection Records from Terror of the Deep coming up so pick up this cassette to get started if you missed out on the their first NP tape and get taste of that lush colorful sound that is Terror of the Deep.
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NP184 Dead Channel "Dead Space" C36

Dead Channel is a new Portland OR duo comprised of Jack Gilbert and Cody Brant. Jack former Iowa City resident of Welsh upbringing has done prior solo work under the Baronic Wall and Paul Balance projects. On this release Jack sticks to vocals while Cody supplies a thick syrup of analog synth, effects, drum machine etc. Retained and perhaps refined is Jack's distinct vocal delivery and descriptive dystopian lyrical style. The results as can be expected are quite unique, strange and potentially unsettling but quite enjoyable to those listeners interested in the darker subtle strains of outsider electronic and experimental music. Links could be drawn in sound comparison to early UK tape trade industrial and dark wave etc. This is menace that doesn't come out of the dark outright but hovers in a cold atmospheric miasma that is as clinical as it is grimy. Fitting music for rainy evenings near woods, vacant shopping malls or industrial wastelands.
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NP183 Ryan Garbes "Young Mona Lisa" C32

Ryan Garbes doesn't need a whole lot of introduction considering that his releases go pretty deep into the origins of the Night-People back catalog not including his contributions to Night-People house band Wet Hair. Young Mona Lisa sees Ryan operating in more of a synth mode then ever before while retaining some of the queasy psychedelic guitar and organ driven pop of recent releases. This release overall is a bit less centered on vocals instead digging into deeper instrumental territories. Some similarities could be plucked from experimental leaning Spectrum records like Forever Alien or even the Sky Records/Cluster related like Rasta Kraut Pasta, After the Heat, or Strange Music. Retained is the sense of groovy melody and rhythm that is done in a distinctly Garbes. Surely another great addition to the very fine body of work Ryan has built up over the years. Recommended driving tunes.
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NP182 Regional Curse "Natural Living" C36

Another release generated from international meetings of the heart and mind this time as the by product of a week spent in Adelaide AU at the residency of Stacey Wilson aka Rites Wild aka Regional Curse. With a recent Rites Wild LP finally giving Stacey some recognition beyond her very prolific residency in Australia this cassette under the Regional Curse project rides like the dark horse to Rites Wild's white knight. Regional Curse is a bit more centered in the pictured sound of lost highways, drifter blues, industrial menace, and that vast open expense of sun baked desert that is the majority of Australia. Regional Curse has a nice lineage in its industrial and electronic experimental leanings to the great wealth of similar sounds historically centered out of Australia via bands like Severed Heads and the like. Serious grit to this release the kind of sonic meditation that is much more about uneasiness then any sort of positive resolution.
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NP181 Unhappybirthday "Kraken" C26

One of our favorite discoveries in new music over the past year Unhappybirthday are a from Wismar Germany and offer something very nice in their approach to minimalist synth pop/melodic post punk. They have that upbeat sad song thing going that always feels so good. We can't help but think if Jeurgen Gleue and the 39 Clocks had made soundtracks for those early John Hughes films this is what it might sound like. Similarities to fellow German fronted post punkers Horrid Red could be made as well but Unhappybirthday totally stand on their own as well. This one has already gotten a lot of repeat listening here at the Night-People HQ so we don't want to overstate what this music is or it isn't, we just think its good in a simple well recorded ultra catchy way with all the right flourishes of sonic details when needed. Lead man Daniel Ja has one of those somber slightly baritone voices seemingly beyond his years. With a prior cassette on Crash Symbols and some Euro touring under their belts this trio is just getting started and we are sure they are capable of upcoming great things.
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NP179 D. Vassalotti "Live from Infinity" C36

Dave Vassalotti is the guitarist for the rising musical force that is Merchandise and it could be argued that his guitar playing is the secret weapon of that band, something that doesn't jump out right away to punch you in the face but truly gives the music the depth, dynamics and subtle beauty that renders it so listenable again again. Dave isn't new to releasing solo material a prior release of particular note being the very excellent Book of Ghosts LP. This cassette release is just as unique and imaginative as that very fine record and perhaps pushes the sound even further into a place free of any one aesthetic or genre idea yet retains something of distinction and specificity despite the variety. This is a unique personal vision a listening experience that it is subtle and organic, bold and startling, and very unique in that it approaches being experimental without thought towards that notion as something codified thus making the music so much more unique and personal then that word would imply. Another good lead into the Merchandise Totale Nite LP showing more of the atmosphere surrounding the band.
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NP166 Nicolas "Las Lomas II" C45

Nicolas aka Esteban Aldrete is an old friend from Mexico City and Las Lomas II is his first release on Night-People. This is a special release for Night-People in a way due to the random but nice meeting of the minds we found ourselves in with Esteban a few years ago crossing paths in Austin TX and the continued correspondence we have had over the last few years a nice reminder of the potential positives one chance meeting can have. Esteban spent time in Mexico City weirdo rockers El Resplendor but his solo material under the Nicolas premise is an entirely different beast. If you dig Martin Revs early solo material some good common ground can be found on this cassette. Repetitive slowly revolving dubby synths and vintage drum sounds slowly mutate into mechanical mantras as Esteban's baritone vocals guide the atmosphere in subtle organic ways that in feeling is both full of old world decay and modern sharp edged sheen. A recommended debut that fits in well with prior releases like Femminielli and Hot & Cold.
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NP178 Dylan Ettinger "Crucify Your Love" C20

Its strange that it took this long for Night-People to get around to working with our old friend Dylan Ettinger. Fellow Midwest inhabitant who has even more love for College Basketball then we do. Working from a continued template from his last LP Lifetime of Romance but taking the sound to a more weirdo slightly more abstract funky electronics space. This release also feels a bit more cynical a bit darker a bit more lost and angry and we can dig that. Crucify Your Love as a statement expressed through the music presented seems to take the Lifetime of Romance idea one step further putting it up there to die or be resurrected on the cross as to which result is implied that is not fully revealed but these jams do ride in a way where it feels like there is nothing to come back to. There are many Ettinger fans out there and you won't be disappointed with this one, keep this guy motivated to keep pushing that invisible wall and pick up this tape.
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NP177 Happy Jawbone Family Bands "The Silk Pistol" C52

Happy Jawbone are a loose collection of Brattleboro musicians who come out of the same Vermont weirdo scene as fellow Night-People bands Blanche Blanche Blanche and Son of Salami. Happy Jawbone also have close connections with the Feeding Tube record label with two prior LP's. Happy Jawbone ride a kaleidoscopic rainbow of influences stretching out from the loose jangly air of garage psych pop into country and freak folk with a bit of everything in between. Where as prior releases showed a bit more of a bent Beatles or Kinks vibe this one feels way more paisley underground (think early Rain Parade) meets Texas psych (think Easter Everywhere era Elevators) and maybe even a bit of 60s soundtrack style weirdness. Comparisons aside, this crew does their own thing in the saturated world of garage and psych pop revival. Something must be floating around the collective creative brain in Brattleboro to keep things unique and without pretension. Happy Jawbone seems so full of youthful sonic exuberance that there is plenty more room to grow even after three killer full lengths.
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NP176 Superstar "The Softest Urge" C32

Melbourne duo Superstar is related to a loose group of Aussie bands (Fabulous Diamonds, Geoffrey O'Connor, Montero etc.) that are not as fully represented in the States as their more rock n' roll or indie rock oriented friends. Digging into a kind of stretched out soft rock, Superstar keep things light and very airy. Subtle female vocals ride over deep drum machine grooves and psychedelic guitar wanderings. This is as dreamy as music gets not unlike something from the early days of 4AD. This is a live tape of exclusive songs but retains a high fidelity standard beyond most live documents. Work for a full LP by Superstar is in the works. Pick this up for deeper digging into all that contemporary Aussie underground music has to offer.
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NP174 Lazy Magnet " Crystal Cassette" C45

Lazy Magnet is long time Providence RI operator Jeremy Harris also of equally great project Meager Sunlight performed with Jeremy's partner Daryl Seaver. Things get going right off in the best way with opening track Obfuscate. Daryl provides some nice sultry lady vocals on Obfuscate backing up Jeremy's more solemn tough guy take on pop crooning. This is synth pop of the highest order not really looking to any one time period as a reference but taking it all in. This is a very structurally well-crafted complex full album. The mix of more spacey dance tracks, breakdowns and melodic pop bits are done with spot on production and movement. This results create a rich blend of midi driven synth pop. Lazy Magnet has been a project for a decade or more now, every style and sound has seemingly been explored. When this master showed up, even after years of hearing Lazy Magnet turn out great releases and live shows, we were floored instantly by how good this release is. Topping the highest of expectations. Check it out for yourself.
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NP173 Blonde God "s/t" C26

This is a reissue of a self-released CDR, which Carson Cox of Merchandise had on tour with him last spring. After playing a gig together and jamming choice deep records until the early morning hours a bond was made concrete after a couple years of short duration crossings on different tours and mail correspondence. A good warm up for the upcoming Merchandise LP on Night-People, Blonde God is Carson all by himself, or so it seems. Its hard keeping up with this Tampa crew with such a tight knit relationship to collaboration and backing up each others solo outlets that goes beyond Merchandise itself into all the bands surrounding and coming before or surely after. For those of you who have been paying attention to Night-People long term you know full well this is the kind of thing the label is all about: The end of the road destinations and cities without much of an outside identity where creation happens for its own sake. Blonde God plays good and loud, it is reflective of the overall output but has its own aesthetics at play. Carson's voice hovers in and out of a wash of electronics and dreamy guitar work, in parts influenced by classic shoegaze and also harsher noise sensibilities, all in all if feels sad, heavy, distant and lost. There is a landscape to the sound. Is this what living in Tampa Bay can feel like?
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NP172 Fancy Books "S/T" C20

Fancy Books are Tokyo duo Fumiko and Mitsuomi who even upon the release of this cassette are still a bit of a mystery to us. Seldom does Night-People release something via an email demo submission if it has ever happened we can't remember but something unique and special about this release got through to us instantly. Fancy Books are a strange mix of unique poppy electronic drone, weirdo dance, and a sort of dreamy synth driven psychedelic soft rock hybrid. Sharing some similarities with Blanche Blanche Blanche and other subtler softer sounding Night-People releases like the recent Superstar tape Fancy Books fit in nicely with the softer side of recent Night-People releases. Despite the chill nature of this release some moments and songs like track Sponge Boy stick like an anthem. Its easy to imagine driving around Tokyo at night soaking up all the atmosphere of neon and LCD screens letting the upbeat dreaminess of Fancy Books take you away into right where you are.
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NP169 The Outside World "Seaside Nowhere" C20

The Outside World is a new Chicago three-piece fronted by Ben Scott of now defunct Chicago indie rockers Brain Idea. In ways, Outside World picks up a bit where Brain Idea left off but offer a distinct move beyond, creating lush poppy indie rock with really great driving melodic bass provided by Hazel Rigby. Hazel's spot on backing vocals provide a really great foil for Ben's more up front vocals creating nice atmosphere and lots of depth. The guitar rides nicely into instrumental passages with colorful takes on psych pop flourishes. The whole listen rides really direct and punchy but with tons of subtlety to enjoy. I think some people will liken Outside World to a bit of the Flying Nun Catalog and we wouldn't disagree. They don't fall as much on the early 80's side of things as they do the later 80's or early 90's upbeat sounds of bands like Bird Nest Roys, or the 3d's.
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NP 168 Pop Singles "All Gone" C32

Night-People rarely issues a tape that is simultaneously coming out on LP but felt it worth the effort since Pop Singles first big statement "All Gone" (on LP through Vacant Valley in AU) would be hard to track down outside Australia. Pop Singles bring it full on in the distinctly Aussie way that is full of heart and hope while also capturing something both melancholic and fun all at once. It really is about this slacker looseness that is so perfected that it feels like a new force all of its own that is right there in your ear but never in a rush. Something about hanging out in Melbourne on a visit just makes the contemporary Aussie indie sound make so much sense; it feels like the social vibe there, which feels so good. Pop Singles are doing their own thing no doubt about it but can still be put in the rotation with The Twerps, Full Ugly, Bitch Prefect or any of the other chilled out Melbourne rockers and you can't go wrong. Always so much good stuff coming out of Australia as a whole that its impossible for us not to shed as much light on it as we can while sitting in Middle America USA.
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NP167 Uncanny Valley " Speaking In Prosthetic Tongues" C30

Oakland newcomers Uncanny Valley seem to be representative of a burgeoning scene (Body Glove, Some Ember etc.) of synth pop, dark trance and new wave bands cropping up out of the vacant post industrial landscape. This trio of Joey Casio, Kelsey McCurdy, and Natalee Decker create evocative dark psychedelic synth pop with Joey providing the backdrop of sequencing and drum machine, Kelsey on vocals, and Natalee on keys. Vocal centric cuts like "Rising" ring out in a full pop mode with anthemic hooks and driving, building momentum while more instrumental oriented tracks like "End Game" have more of a slow burn effect gently mutating into full on psychedelic synth repetition and minimalism. A great deep listen from a new band with tons of potential.
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NP165 Gem Jones " Exhaust" C20

Gem Jones lives in Iowa and lays real low and outside the normal fray of the underground music scene. An outsider even in small town scene terms, Gems music has evolved a lot over a few years of weirdo pop cassette releases and even more rare live shows. Exhaust shows Gem in a new stretched out mode making serious nods to jazzy outsider rock, reggae, and DIY pop. Playing all the instruments and tracking the release to sound like a live full band make this tape sound like something truly out of its time. Not often in contemporary times is a songwriter able to create something so unique and also specific from so many influences so successfully. If you dig the sound of a wild cross section of Larry Young, Prince Buster, and Eddy Detroit you will enjoy this. Artwork by Ryan Garbes and Shawn Reed.
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Distributed Releases

Shawn Reed Shirts - Life

Shawn Reed Silkecreened Shirt. Color Dull Purple.




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Shawn Reed Shirts - Double Feature

Shawn Reed Silkscreened Shirt. Color White.




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Shawn Reed Shirts - Modern

Shawn Reed Silkscreened Shirt. Color Dull Blue.




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Shawn Reed Shirts - Grids

Shawn Reed Silkscreened Shirt. Color Dull Yellow.




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Shawn Reed Shirts - Dream

Shawn Reed Silkecreened Shirt. Color Dull Blue.




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Shawn Reed Shirts - Nosferatu

Shawn Reed Silkscreened Shirt. Color Tan/Dirty Cream.




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Wet Hair- Spill Into Atmosphere LP Destijl Records

Augmenting the core of singist-synther Reed and drummer Ryan Garbes is Justin Tye (replacing Matt Fenner, from previous album In Vogue Spirit era), no mere third wheel but Wet Hairs very own sort of Peter Hook (not counting all the Judas stuff), his unique melodic signature flying in formation with the bands but also peeling off into flights that relate to the silk wheels of the synths but compliment them, guide them, support and distort and report to them. No longer is the only way up the only way is every way. And from this altitude, Wet Hair can hear for miles. LISTEN




Wet Hair- Spill Into Atmosphere CD




Raccoo-oo-oon - Raccoo-oo-oon CD

Raccoo-oo-oon album CD on Release the Bats label in Sweden, 2LP on Not Not Fun from LA. Recorded, again, by Mike Dixon, and mastered by Pete Swanson. long songs, long album, goes to places you don't want to go and comes back. Plenty of reviews out there for this if you go digging.




Raccoo-oo-oon - S/T 7"

Released along side their full length, "Behold Secret Kingdom", Iowa City's Raccoo-oo-oon's self titled 7" has three and exclusive songs, going from dark, erie broken layers of cello, vocals and percussion (Mud Mound), to the precise, triumphant and uplifting, post-everything feelings of the actual song, "Behold Secret Kingdom". -Gilgongo Records




Reed/Garbes silk screen - Merchandise + Wet Hair Tour print

Collaborative silkscreen by Reed/Garbes/Thye for Merchadise + Wet Hair West Coast Tour 2013. Size 25.5" x 19.5" Comes in Brown, Tan, Cream, Yellow, Orange. Edition size 30.

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$35 USD

Reed/Garbes silk screen - print A

Collaborative silkscreen by Reed/Garbes from Partly Excavated print show w/Seri Pop in Montreal. Size 20" x 20" Edition size ranges from 4-8.

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$35 USD

Reed/Garbes silk screen - print B

Collaborative silkscreen by Reed/Garbes from Partly Excavated print show w/Seri Pop in Montreal. Size 20" x 20" Edition size ranges from 4-8.

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$35 USD

Reed/Garbes/Thye silk screen - print C

Collaborative silkscreen by Reed/Garbes/Thye 18" x 17.5" Edition size ranges from 4-8.

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$25 USD

Reed/Garbes silk screen - print D

Collaborative silkscreen by Reed/Garbes from Partly Excavated print show w/Seri Pop in Montreal. Size 20" x 20" Edition size ranges from 4-8.

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$35 USD

Reed/Garbes silk screen - print E

Collaborative silkscreen by Reed/Garbes from Partly Excavated print show w/Seri Pop in Montreal. Size 20" x 20" Edition size ranges from 4-8.

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$35 USD

Reed/Garbes silk screen - print F

Collaborative silkscreen by Reed/Garbes from Partly Excavated print show w/Seri Pop in Montreal. Size 20" x 20" Edition size ranges from 4-8.

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$35 USD

Reed/Garbes/Thye silk screen - print G

Collaborative silkscreen by Reed/Garbes/Thye Size 23" x 17.5" Edition size ranges from 4-8.

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$35 USD

Reed/Garbes silk screen - print H

Collaborative silkscreen by Reed/Garbes from Partly Excavated print show w/Seri Pop in Montreal. Size 20" x 20" Edition size ranges from 4-8.

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$35 USD

Reed/Garbes/Thye silk screen - print I

Collaborative silkscreen by Reed/Garbes/Thye Size 20.5" x 15" Edition size ranges from 4-8.

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$35 USD

Reed/Garbes silk screen - print J

Collaborative silkscreen by Reed/Garbes from Partly Excavated print show w/Seri Pop in Montreal. Size 20" x 20" Edition size ranges from 4-8.

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$35 USD

Reed/Garbes silk screen - print K

Collaborative silkscreen by Reed/Garbes from Partly Excavated print show w/Seri Pop in Montreal. Size 20" x 20" Edition size ranges from 4-8.

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$35 USD

Reed/Garbes/Thye silk screen - print L

Collaborative silkscreen by Reed/Garbes/Thye Size 15.5" x 17.5" Edition size ranges from 4-8.

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$22 USD

Reed/Garbes/The silk screen - print M

Collaborative silkscreen by Reed/Garbes/Thye Size 24" x 17.5" Edition size ranges from 4-8.

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$35 USD

Reed/Garbes silk screen - print N

Collaborative silkscreen by Reed/Garbes from Partly Excavated print show w/Seri Pop in Montreal. Size 20" x 20" Edition size ranges from 4-8.

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$35 USD

Reed/Garbes silk screen - print O

Collaborative silkscreen by Reed/Garbes from Partly Excavated print show w/Seri Pop in Montreal. Size 20" x 20" Edition size ranges from 4-8.

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$35 USD

Reed/Garbes silk screen - print P

Collaborative silkscreen by Reed/Garbes from Partly Excavated print show w/Seri Pop in Montreal. Size 20" x 20" Edition size ranges from 4-8.

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$35 USD

Reed/Garbes/Thye silk screen - print Q

Collaborative silkscreen by Reed/Garbes/Thye Size 15" x 15" Edition size ranges from 4-8.

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$15 USD

Reed/Garbes/Thye silk screen - print R

Collaborative silkscreen by Reed/Garbes/Thye Size 15.5" x 15.5" Edition size ranges from 4-8.

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$22 USD

Reed/Garbes silk screen - print T

Collaborative silkscreen by Reed/Garbes from Partly Excavated print show w/Seri Pop in Montreal. Size 20" x 20" Edition size ranges from 4-8.

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$35 USD

Reed/Garbes silk screen - print U

Collaborative silkscreen by Reed/Garbes from Partly Excavated print show w/Seri Pop in Montreal. Size 20" x 20" Edition size ranges from 4-8.

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$35 USD

Reed/Garbes silk screen - print X

Collaborative silkscreen by Reed/Garbes from Partly Excavated print show w/Seri Pop in Montreal. Size 20" x 20" Edition size ranges from 4-8.

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$35 USD