So what have we got going on here at N+B HQ to fill ya'll in on?
First thing - our weekly lathe 7" club hit a hiccup recently and a few of our titles have been delayed for a few weeks including singles by Lightfoils, The Funs, Mannequin Men, and a couple more. They'll be here shortly, however, so don't fret! Speaking of - the Disappears lathes arrived and have been shipped out. If you opted for local pick up - email us and we'll set up a time for you to grab yr copy!
If yr in a car or hanging at home or working the retail circuit on this afternoon, tune into 88.7 WLUW to hear The Minimal Beat from 3:00 - 4:00 where Kriss will be showcasing a playlist containing tons of tracks both from current releases as well as unheard from upcoming ones, including tracks from two new releases by Futurecop! and Heartsrevolution, coming out this Summer on N+B's sister label, Pocket Transparencies.
Onto new releases!
First up, we've got the long awaited solo cassette release by Verma member, TJ Tambellini. Recently re-located to L.A., but still very much involved in what's going on here in Chicago, TJ's new cassette, 'Cascader', is an odyssey of Klaus Schulzian synthesizers and ruminations that are perfect for those front porch/stoop Summer nights. This also acts as a nice hold over for several things going on in the Verma camp this year including a new 7" on Hozac, as well as Trouble In Mind's vinylization of 'Coltan', which we released late in '12 (copies still in the store, surprisingly - go get one!) - the LP edition should be out any day now, so keep yr eyes peeled. Oh, and of course, we'll be releasing a new LP by the Verms called 'Sunrunner' by year's end. Yes, indeed - tons going on!
Next up, we've got a fresh piece of floppy grooviness from Shapers main man, Zaid Maxwell, under his alias of Oscillator Bug. While you'll have a chance to grab one of these through the N+B webstore, you'll also be able to procure one starting tonight when OB head out on tour with The Hood Internet and Black Moth Super Rainbow. The tour will be rolling through Chicago at Metro, and it's gonna be a great show. As for this single, 'Feel Rif' is a dense 5 minute hodge podge of jittery, over caffeinated new wave that recalls the muscularity of early Devo, and the bizarre quirk of unsung heroes Klark Kent and Wazmo Nariz. A winner, for sure!
Finally, A box of White Mystery flexis floated over to us last night at The Hideout and I'm pretty stoked to see these after we've worked on them with Alex and Francis for the last month and a half. Pretty limited and no second re-presses! Pretty stoked to unveil two new flexi singles in just one week!
We've been hyped on Ms. Alex White and Francis ever since they rolled out the shag covered carpet of rock and roll a few years back and we're pretty excited to work with them on this flexi disc, featuring two tracks from their freshly dropped record, 'Telepathic'! 'Secret Garden' is an amped up ripper with a compulsively shoutable chorus that won't escape yr head for days, while 'Fun Times' mellows out while amping up the fun word play.
We've got a fairly limited amount of these on hand and we won't be re-pressing them, so you'll really want to move fast.
Comes with a full 8 page coloring book that totally rules, as well! (and we even threw in a crayon to get you started!)
In other news, we're starting to roll out some N+B swag including stickers and buttons. Keeping with our Fugazi inspired take on merchandise and keeping things strictly limited to the music, we're not going to be selling any of these extras - so you'll need to catch up with one of us around town or at a show (where our bags will be packed with such goodies) or ask us to throw a button or two into yr order when you place it through our web store. Simple, right?
What else? Ah, yes! Until the end of May, you have a chance to order a copy of the new split 7" between ONO and Piss Piss Piss Moan Moan Moan. Limited to 100 copies on an as yet unconfirmed shade of green and packaged with a button and an 11"x17" poster, these things are pretty darn rare and we haven't even pressed them yet! Get one now or be bummed later when you've missed out! (Peep the cover art below). ONO also play Situations tonight, so get ahold of the address and get on down there!
Releases coming in the next month from Gel Set (flexi), TALsounds (cassette), Chandeliers and Deep Sleep (split cassette), and Endless Bummer and Basic Cable (split flexi).