FH039 Mattress – Fuck The Future

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RIYL: Nick Cave, Suicide, Dirty Beaches

Portland Oregon’s reigning king of white-velvet doom returns with a sixer of vile yearnings and throbbing confessions. Gritty analog drum machines and flabby baselines drenched in reverb fill holes in the body formally filled with things like love and forgiveness. FUCK THE FUTURE has been said to be rough around the edges, brooding and somewhat frightening, like “Stephin Merritt crooning inside a locked closet”…

Rex Marshall is from Portland, OR

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1. Beautiful Moment
2. Fuck The Future
3. Arrested
4. Pretend
5. Watch For
6. Treasure

 

FH038 Oxykitten – Escape From New Amsterdam

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RIYL: Dr. Octagon, Add N To X, minimal synth

Slow, dark and brooding are the streets in New Amsterdam – gangs run everything, law is dead, people are terrified and the awful heat of summer will not abate in this filthy town. The survivors and the lucky have retreated into abandoned tunnels deep under the city, seeking respite, safety, a chance to start anew or perhaps to just wait out this civil war. But even deeper beneath them something is stirring; a dark malevolence is awakening, nourished by the pain and suffering that trickles down to pool in its ancient sarcophagi…as unbearable as life has been for all of New Amsterdam, the real horror is only beginning…

Oxykitten is from Portland, OR

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1. 40 oz Nipple
2. Beholding
3. Springtime for the Dead
4. Communal Goat
5. Msr. Slab
6. Avoiding Those Nasty Bad Beats
7. Secret Asian Trustfund
8. What is This Pleasure of My Too Tight Suit?
9. Dick Ray
10. The Gates of Haven
11. Forgetting to Live Again

FH037 Lazercrotch – Gemini Air Systems

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RIYL: dancing robot Prince clones, Flogsta Dancehall, chiptune sex tapes

Field Hymns’ first proper skweee release, Gemini Air Systems is a swanky sexpot in a velvet analog robe billowing funk like an angry love cyclone. Somewhere in the distance, in the swirling Upper Gamalongs, a return cry is heard, signaling the beginning of Round 2, a round not even close to the boss level. We cannot wait until the next installment of Lazercrotch vs. Field Hymns – what a sound that will be! Lazercrotch is also the owner of one of the America’s finest skweee labels Poisonous Gases.

Lazercrotch is John Murphy of Portland, OR

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1. Wassup Dog Don’t It
2. Space Jizz
3. Boss Of Clubs
4. Get Up On It
5. Hot Lovin’
6. Ironic Hooker Park
7.  Neon Dude
8. Used Car

FH036 Giant Claw – Impossible Chew

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RIYL: b-roll stinger music from the depths of heck, a video game induced panic attack

The sunrise dawns over an earlier Miami, black-purple turning to pink then to yellow-white as flamingos stretch and go about their morning, poking around the mangrove shoots and cattail stands. Girls in bikinis rollerblade around canals with pink Bollés & headphones the size of shooting cans strapped across their tightly permed dull, bronze skulls, never seeing the massive figure coming from the river bottom, cold & dirty with a perverse lust his only sustenance. One by one they fall under his command and turn north into the city to feast on the innocent…

Giant Claw is Keith Rankin of Ohio

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1. Science Island
2. Latenight Mall Frenzy
3. Meal Brothers Theme
4. Mars Serene
5. Moonsick Pt I
6. Superpower Police Car
7. White Rain
8. Teen Nude
9. Dream Racer
10.Moonsick Pt II

Stuff and Things – Spring Edition

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…

 

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Speaking of curation, check out Cassettivity – a tape-only web-shop full of excellent releases and some pretty sharp UI!

 

Be back in two weeks!

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…

 

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