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.
So it was a very, very fine year for us: Mattress, Oxykitten, Lazercrotch, Giant Claw, PLVS VLTRA, Cremator, Black Hat, Regular Music, The Cats’ Orchestra, and Nodolby all released stellar albums on Field Hymns. There will be a heap of good music and surprises all lined up for the new year – thanks for sticking with around and supporting us. It certainly is a cliché but we certainly could not have done any of it without you and it’s so damn true.
A bit of a sleepy Spring here on the Field Hymns internets waypost – upcoming Summer releases will be Giant Claw, Mattress and Lazercrotch – and if you haven’t picked up the Spring releases, they are going fast! Don’t hesitate, paper weight – buying tapes is totally great! In the meantime, here are some of the things we have been geeking out about and wish to pass along…
Tape Famous, run by Vikram Babu, is the one of the coolest gig around: originally started as an aggregator of the best cassettes on Bandcamp, it’s now becoming a purveyor of analog taste – it’s like crate-digging, but in virtual bins and of such an impeccable curation that it’s practically an order form. Always insightful (especially for tips on using your Walkman for self-defense), Tape Famous is also a great portal for the uninitiated and an avowed champion of cassette culture. Soon it will be a physical publication too – triple win!
Holodeck Records from Austin, TX is one of the best labels around these days, hands down. We often commiserate at the “office” about how much Holodeck is everything we want to be as a label. Kudos gentleman, kudos. Plus Survive and Thousand Foot Whale Claw are always on the hi-fi around here. People keep raving about this Troller album they’ve released but it keeps fucking selling out, so there you go. Apparently they are taking pre-orders for another pressing – get on it!
Blue Cranes are the best jazz band on the West Coast, if not this side of the Rockies. We were fortunate enough to pick up their record release party show and our heads are still spinning, much like this beautiful blue record which I have been flipping over and over this morning. Ostensibly an album about loss, their latest Swim holds almost unbending joy and seemingly a touch of survivors guilt. Blue Cranes come from a fabulous world where a young Mingus was influenced by Sunny Day Real Estate and Constellation Records – fucking killer.
We are taking a two week leave of absence from the shop – all orders placed before today, the 2nd, have gone out – orders placed in the interim will be on their way after the 17th. In the meantime, you should watch this…
Not technically a Field Hymns release but an offering from Oxykitten: “Fugue State is a collection of 4 and 8 track tape recordings from Oxykitten’s past. Previously floating around as the spirits of albums never requited, these killer but odd cuts are newly assembled in a shiny and happy home. Hope you enjoy….”