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Ed Pastorini
Strange Lures

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(2017)

An underground legend in New York, Ed Pastorini is a songwriter, composer, pianist, and guitarist best known for his work with the band 101 Crustaceans, which has been his vehicle since the late 1980s. He has been accompanied over the years by bassist Oren Bloedow (Elysian Fields) and drummer Ben Perowsky, who, like Pastorini, is a longtime collaborator of Elysian Fields and appears on nearly every one of their records. Strange Lures, a collection of piano ballads, is the first record Pastorini has released under his own name.

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Elysian Fields
Ghosts of No

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(2016)

Jennifer Charles and Oren Bloedow emerged from the Downtown scene of 1990s NYC to make music of long drives and global paradoxes, human foibles, magic and nature, pagans, spiders, skunks, and butterflies. Timeless balladry infused with folk and jazz wrestles with the fate of mankind and the traumas of its childhood. Ghosts of No unfolds the private mythology of the band, the point at which they wrote the song named after themselves, "Elysian Fields." David Bowie collaborator Mark Plati returns behind the mixing board, and master drummers Chris Vatalaro (Brian Eno, Bats for Lashes) and Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley, St. Vincent) remain in the heart of the band's sound, as do longtime band members James Genus and Ben Perowsky.



 

Elysian Fields
For House Cats And Sea Fans

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(2014)

The ninth release from the New York-based duo of Jennifer Charles and Oren Bloedow is a musical journey that reflects their own lengthy history, at times paying tribute to the no wave on which they both cut their teeth. John Lurie even painted the cover! Read an interview with Jennifer and Oren about the record here, and read an article in the French magazine Figaro here.



 

The White Papers
Bonfire On West Beach

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(2012)

This is the first record by The White Papers (Lance Scott Walker) in 12 years, and his first full-length. This one is set in early 19th century Galveston and again features Jeffery McLaughlin, Walker's collaborator from the first record, along with Brandon Davis (Indian Jewelry, The Electric Set) on guitar, Oren Bloedow (Elysian Fields, 101 Crustaceans) on bass and contributions from Task (Bull Thieves, BirdLikeBats), Ed Pastorini (101 Crustaceans), Jeanann Dara (Smoke & Flowers) and Joan Hiller on guest vocals.

 

101 Crustaceans
Train Bolt Roller

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(2012)

Ed Pastorini's brilliant, off the map compositions have drawn praise from writers and musicians alike in a career that began in the late 1980s. Nearly a decade in the making, Train Bolt Roller features only six songs, but it is decidedly an album — not only because of the epic length of each of its tracks, but because of the full circle of birth to death that it carries us through as listeners. It sinks in slow, and benefits from repeated listens. Ed's songs are helmed here by Indigo Street (guitar, also of Shy Hunters), Oren Bloedow (bass, also of Elysian Fields) and Ben Perowsky (drums).

 

Soviet
"Life Begins At Rewirement" Original Soundtrack

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(2012)

This 10-track album has been described by Trevin Matcek, the director of "Life Begins At Rewirement," as "the heartbeat" of the film. Striking "hot and cold balance by mixing analog and digital." Said Matcek, "The result is synthetic, but never artificial. It's warm and earnest, with a layer of loneliness just below the surface. Keith summed up the feeling it creates with a single word: chills."

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Your Mouth And Eyes
"Farm The Moon"

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(2012)

Thane Matcek is an Ojet old schooler, with appearances on several releases and even a connection to 76.2% Records, the label that became Ojet back in 1998. This one is new school/old school/NASA-style. Check out the video and see the Your Mouth And Eyes artist page.

 

Elysian Fields
Last Night On Earth

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(2011)

Their seventh full-length is a heady throwback to classic rock radio, with Jennifer Charles and Oren Bloedow venturing off into new territories sonically, while adhering to the brilliant songwriting for which they're known. 6-page digipak includes all of the lyrics, liner notes and full conceptual artwork.

 

Bull Thieves
Bull Thieves

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(2010)

10-song debut from the New York trio made up of Texas ex-pats Lance Scott Walker, Nicholas Phelps and Task (a.k.a. BirdLikeBats). Fat beats, hovering synths, deep voices, and big guitars. Press

 

Sad Like Crazy
Populist Octopus

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(2002)

This 16-track followup to Love Songs To Death is a beautifully unfocused document of Sad Like Crazy's love of pop experimentation, with songs as varied and intertwined as its members. August 2002.

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Kabochack
The King of Pumpkins

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(2001)

"Its fast, sugary, pseudo-bratty pop punk, and lyrics are all in Japanese! How much cuter can it get? It doesn't get any cuter, actually. Yes, Kabochak may sound like the nauseating musical equivalent to Hello Kitty on the first song, but from the rest of this six-track overview spotlights their intelligent pop songcraft." -- Splendid E-Zine (Winter 2002)

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Sad Like Crazy
Love Songs To Death

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(2001)

With five band members and four different songwriters, Love Songs to Death makes out more like a long series of interchanging instruments and leaders than it does a rock record. SLC recorded this massive 22-track output over the course of three years. Listen to it in stages, the artists suggest. Listen to it good and long, say we.

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Port Vale
The Music The Lights The Fire

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(2001)

Recorded by Scott Garred (Silver Scooter, Super XX Man) at Albert Hall in Austin, Texas, these 12 tracks represent the best-known Port Vale lineup of Lance Walker, Bret Shirley and John Adams. Released in March of 2001, it is the band's only full-length, and also their swansong.

 

Golden Gram
Golden Gram

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(2001)

In early 1999 Gram Lebron, formerly of Schrasj, relocated to the San Francisco Bay area, and in doing so re-cut his teeth musically. This shifts away from his earlier work in both mood and intensity. 13 songs with everything performed by Lebron himself, who now tours with Fruit Bats and plays in the band Outer Embassy.

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The White Papers
The White Papers

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(2000)

This is a year 2000 collaboration between Lance Scott Walker (Bull Thieves, Port Vale) and Jeffrey McLaughlin, who at the time had been a DJ and producer around Houston for years. All the while, he was working on his own ambient and dance tracks, and he merges that with Walker's songwriting on these tracks, which document one 36-hour period and play together as one piece of music.

 

Freedom Sold
Ten Years Four Walls

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(2000)

MC Kwam (vocals, guitar, rants, effects) and DJ Spaceghost (turntable, samples, effects, guitar) started playing together in 1997 and were always ahead of their time in respect to what was going on in Houston. This captures the hip-hop elements present on their 1998 debut EP Whores, but pushes the envelope further sonically in its 16 tracks, with lots of distortion to accompany Kwam's various pontifications on sex, drugs, politics... you name it. This is the follow-up to their 1998 debut LP Whores.

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Lucky Motors
"The Package And The Prophet"
b/w "Ashtray Of Kisses"

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(2000)

Debut 2-song recording from the Houston trio. Lucky Motors dissolved in 2001 and moved on to other projects, including Sharks and Sailors and Brand New Hearts.

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All Transistor
Parts

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(1999)

Singer/songwriter Thane Matcek assembled an ensemble of musicians from Houston and Austin over the period of 3 years to put together this 14-song long player we released in March of 2000.

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Port Vale
Western Winds

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(1999)

Six tracks produced by John Croslin and Gram Lebron at ClubSafeParking in Houston in the Spring of 1999. Re-sequenced with new artwork on the digital version.

 

Mathlete
The Household Frequencies

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(1999)

Dan Marsden and Mike (Wolfie) Downey were based in Chicago and joined forces with a drum machine, some keyboards and the occasional guitar to create Mathlete. The duo now live on opposite sides of the world but both are still releasing music. Downey now lives in Sweden and has a band called Shy Mirrors.

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Port Vale
"There Goes The Patience"
b/w "Mass Transit At Midnight"

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(1998)

This two-song 7-inch is the debut recording from the original lineup of this trio of Houstonians who formed out of the bands Jessica Six and Pop Deflation and later went on to form The White Papers, Bull Thieves, Lucky Motors, and Halocline.

 

Schrasj
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(1998)

Our very first release and the second full-length from the once globally-based trio originally from Houston. Schrasj (take the "sch" from school and the "rasj" from garage) formed in Houston but the band members later went on to other projects in other cities, including Call And Response, Rogue Wave, and Golden Gram. These 10 tracks were recorded in 1997 by the band in their own studio, the long-defunct but legendary ClubSafeParking, which also served as a venue for many shows in the Houston scene in the late 1990s.

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