Here’s to 2014, a super great year

 

Field Hymns 2014

Thanks to Scott Scholz for snapping this pic

 

Thanks to all who made the 2014 for us the best ever: we made a list here, a list there, and over here, and in the meantime sent out into the world many kickass, brilliant, and well-regarded albums for present and future adoration. But of course we could not do it without all of you, the fans & patrons who make moving forward possible. We tip our hats (and our drinks) in your general direction and can’t wait to show you what we’ve lined up for next year. Take a victory lap y’all – you deserve it for being the raddest.

Happy … ya’ll

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FH049 Strategy – Cerebral Hut AKA Off The Grid

 

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RIYL: Table top electronics, the plulsing of liquid circuits, sleepover party with the Daleks

Strategy is not generally known for his ambient work, but the genre provides a window to the many disparate influences marking his talent. This skill-set is showcased in these live manipulations from the Cerebral Hut installation in Los Angeles. These compositions sound like the subdermal whirring of the guts of LA, and provide a fascinating peek into the mind of an artist in his prime.

Strategy is Paul Dickow of Portland, Oregon

Limited edition of 75 pro-dubbed & imprinted chrome cassettes w/ download card

Price: $6.00

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1 No Return
2 Off The Grid
3 Ringing Jungle
4 The Swamp Revisited

FH050 Sad Horse – Purple On Purple Makes Purple

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RIYL: early Pavement, Pussy Galore, a controlled sense of fuckall & abandon

On this Cassette Store Day 2014, it brings us great fucking pleasure to release on tape for the first time a favorite record of ours and hopefully a future jammer for you as well. The mighty two-piece of Sad Horse is a mainstay of Portland, Oregon and has been at times compared to “The Stooges on ritalin” and “Sleater-Kinney with a sense of humor” but these are all just words. Buy this album and crank it up.

Limited edition of 100 pro-dubbed & imprinted chrome cassettes w/ download card

Price: $6.00

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1. TAKE IT
2. YOU ARE IDIOTS
3. SOFT MOMMY
4. SURE YOU DO
5. HARMONY
6. GRASS ROOTS
7. LOAFER
8. NO GO
9. CHECK’S IN THE MAIL
10. DENTIST
11. SOMETHING THAT SUCKS
12. ALEX’S BLUES
13. HOLLYWOOD PRINCESS POWER
14. AIN’T THAT SOMETHING

FH048 Portopia ’81 – Stardust Memory

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RIYL: library music, swinging organ, the warm smell of tubes and cigarette smoke

The project Portopia ’81 is named after an expo in Kobe from that year but its heart is more bound to 1961. Mizuhiro’s vision of a space-bound humanity reaching the stars via silver needles and fired though rainbow washes of nebulae is translated though the analog pops of organ drum machines and wedded to the calming voices of vintage synthesizers – a perfect soundtrack to a future that wasn’t.

Portopia ’81 is Mizuhiro of Japan, also owner of tape label Ginjoha

Limited edition of 75 pro-dubbed & imprinted chrome cassettes w/ download card

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1 Recuerdos de la Alhambra
2 Balcony on the outer space
3 Distination Moon
4 Super Cosmic
5 Tokimeki Shortwave
6 Recuerdos de la Alhambra II
7 Stardust Memory

FH047 Conrad Wedde – Space World

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RIYL: Subtropical meridians, Peter Gabriel’s better moods, a nice stoned dawn

Recorded in a small room in Dunedin, New Zealand, SPACE WORLD encompasses the breadth of the southern hemisphere in its brief span of 27 minutes. The texture of bamboo & the blinding reflection of the setting sun scored like a love scene from an older Michael Mann movie – this is visual audio done at its finest, reminiscent of Eno’s 80’s output but done with heart. One of the finest approximations of our younger summers, high and on the beach, we’ve run across yet.

Conrad Wedde resides in New Zealand

Limited edition of 75 pro-dubbed & imprinted chrome cassettes w/ download card

Price: $6.00

 

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1. Cassandra
2. Cabby
3. Bamboo
4. Frozen Bones
5. Islands
6. Space World

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