I’ll be putting together more legit posts/announcements about it once things start getting confirmed, but right now I’m working on booking a short solo tour for early January (1/1 to 1/8 or so). If you or any friends, colleagues, etc. book or host DIY shows or have bands in any of the following areas:
- NEW HAVEN/HARTFORD
then I would love to hear from you! I’m happy to play in just about any setting with any other kinds of acts and I’d love to meet some new and interesting folks in the process. Other towns in these areas are totally fair game too. I’m working on some other towns too but help with these would be especially rad. More info soon, any/all signal boosts much appreciated. You can reach me via my ask box here or at lovellbenjamin AT gmail.com. Thaaaaanks!
:: clicky clicky music blog ::: Today's Hotness: National Park Service, Francisco Franco, Spectre Folk
The outfit’s first publicly issued cassette, I Was Flying, released via the lovely Lily Tapes and Discs label last month, presents a tastefully pastoral twist on dream-pop and ambient music. NPS here employs many of the methods of loud shoegaze, including feedback washes, loops and backwards guitar tracks, but manages to temper its aural explorations into sculpted instrumental pieces that suggest autumnal introspection as opposed to delirium. “Community Sunburn” inserts the listener among field recordings of what sounds like a seaside marketplace; one can almost feel the crisp coastal air biting at woolen sweaters as looped guitar erects a motif of knotty whirring and distant booming…This is modern outdoor music, as attached to a sense of place as it is to its own joy and wonder.
thanks so much to clicky clicky music blog for the kind review!
LTD007: THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE - I WAS FLYING
Cleveland, OH-based living room tinkerer The National Park Service has been quietly releasing great music since 2011 at a pace that’s impressive to say the least (last I checked there were 15 or so releases on his bandcamp page), but apart from last year’s collaborative and split releases with Squanto, I Was Flying is his first album to be given the proper physical release it deserves. It’s just in time, too - I Was Flying is perfect autumn music, full of warm guitar loops that shift and settle like leaves making their way towards the ground. Put it in your walkman and take it for a walk through the park with a cup of coffee.
The seventh official release from Lily Tapes & Discs. Released in an edition of 50 pro-dubbed chrome tapes. Packaged with full-color j-cards, numbered and assembled by hand here at LTD Headquarters.
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hard to believe this show was exactly two years ago today! feels like a whole lot longer, to be honest. anyway to celebrate I’m making it free to download (just enter 0 for the price under ‘digital album’) for the rest of the week. weeee!
Lily Tapes & Discs on Bandcamp
I’ve set up a LTD Bandcamp page to put everything in one spot - right now the albums just redirect to to the Squanto/NPS & Squanto pages, but I’ve got some exciting things planned for the fall that will probably require using it a bit more. I’ll probably need to reconfigure this site a bit at that point too. It’s also as good an opportunity as any to remind you that pretty much all of my stuff can be downloaded there for FREEEEE!!!
LTD005/RL74: SQUANTO - A GIFT & A FAVOR
Side A of this tape houses A Gift/A Favor/A Gift Pt. 2, a short suite of three songs recorded at home after work in the gray area between summer and fall. After I walked home from the train station I would open my windows and try to let some music into the room while I still could. On side B, there’s a demo version of a new song that I recorded at home towards the end of 2012 and an older song from late 2010. I recorded it live in one take in the dorm room that I was living in that year (accompanied by the bells in the library tower that my window faced) and then forgot all about it. A short collection of songs about the mundanity of giving up and going home.
This is the fifth official release from Lily Tapes & Discs, as well as a joint release with Rok Lok Records. Released in an individually numbered edition of 65 home-dubbed white tapes with hand-painted and -stamped labels and full color j-cards.
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