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Mi'ens - Mondlandung

July 17, 2020

Mi'ens single, Mondlandung, is out NOW!
 
Mondlandung is the final track from their upcoming album, Future Child. It expands on elements of post rock, noise and experimental in a sweeping and cathartic exploration, elaborating on guitar interplay and progressive song structures. The Mi’ens line up of Kim Glennie and Evan Heggen is bolstered by featured guest guitarist and collaborator Steffen Sidiropoulos, the addition of another guitar voice allows for complex and evocative songwriting with more dynamism, layered and textural arrangements, unfurling instrumental passages and vocal sections. The powerful mesh of slow-swirling, interwoven guitars and Moog over fluid tapping build to an expansive and immense finale. With lyrics inspired by the Apollo 11 moon landing and its code writer Margaret Hamilton, the listener is taken on a cosmic journey and encouraged to “seek on” in their own life pursuits. 
 
 
Mi'ens create all of their own videos and it takes us right into their upcoming album's world. Check out the music video
 
Mondlandung has all the melodious riffs you could ever want. Listen to the track and pre-order the album

Marisa Anderson 'The White Lady Loves You More' - Elliott Smith Cover

July 10, 2020

An exciting mix of artists are covering songs from Elliott Smith's self-titled album as we lead up to the 25th Anniversary release, out August 28th. Marisa Anderson's cover of 'The White Lady Loves You More' is out now, making it the second track from the series following Califone's cover of 'Needle In The Hay.' 
 
"The challenge of covering an Elliott Smith song is daunting. When the words are stripped away what is revealed at the core of 'The White Lady Loves You More' is delicate and mysterious. After building it up and tearing it down several times, I arrived at a deconstructive approach, following the vocals as closely as I could, treating my guitar as an acapella voice."
-Marisa Anderson
 
"Marisa takes the original and turns it into an instrumental, American Primitivism-style guitar song, and her reinvention of the song is absolutely gorgeous in its minimalism, proving that sometimes less really is more."
-Andrew Sacher - Brooklyn Vegan's Exclusive Premiere 

Elliott Smith: 'Some Song' (Live at Umbra Penumbra)

June 30, 2020

"Got a rock song I'd like to play."
 
'Some Song' Live at Umbra Penumbra is out now, making it the second track released from the live album. Live at Umbra Penumbra is a previously unreleased recording of Elliott Smith's first known performance as a solo musician, which took place September 17th, 1994, in Portland, Oregon. The album comes out in its entirety August 28th as part of the Elliott Smith: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition. 
 
The track is accompanied by a lyric video whose cover photo was shot by JJ Gonson, which is included in the 52-page coffee table book in the 25th Anniversary release. 
 
Watch the video, stream the single, and pre-order your own copy of the 25th Anniversary release. 

Introducing Mi'ens

June 26, 2020

Mi'ens (pronounced Mittens without the tt's) is a mathy noise rock duo from Vancouver, Canada, founded in 2012. Experimental, with a side of sparklepop. Mi'ens is the female-fronted shredding of Kim Glennie on guitar/loops/Moog, backed by the polyrhythmic blastbeats of Evan Heggen on drums. Their unique brand of math noise consists of live loops, layered textural guitar and effects, the warm, analog drone of the Moog, coupled with well-placed vocalizations, all atop breakneck beats.
 
Their newest album, Future Child, comes out September 25th. It's an extension of their previous work; a follow up to 2017's Challenger, their 2014 LP experimentalsparklenoisepop, and the 2013 demo EP Mi'ens.
 
"Future Child is an explosive blast of raw riffing and surging drums, blending a fairly straightforward dance beat with skronky, rhythmically complex guitar fireworks. There's just a hint of heavily effected robo vocals in the finale of the intense instrumental jam."
-Exclaim! exclusive premiere 
 
The first single, the title track, is out now. It's accompanied by a music video consisting of sci-fi imagery overlaid with live footage.
Watch now!
Listen and pre-order!

Elliott Smith: 25th Anniversary Release

May 21, 2020

On August 28th, 2020, to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Elliott Smith's self-titled album, we are releasing a special deluxe package, which includes a new remastering of the original record, a 52 page coffee table book of previously unseen photographs by JJ Gonson with handwritten lyrics and reminiscences from Elliotts’s friends and colleagues, and a bonus disc documenting the earliest known recording of him performing as a solo act. The set is a revelatory look at an under-appreciated work by an artist whose influence continues to expand seventeen years after his death.
Shop, view and read at elliottsmith.co

MAITA's 'Best Wishes' - Out Now

May 15, 2020

The wait is over and the album is yours. Get MAITA's Best Wishes now, wherever you get your music >>> https://ffm.to/bestwishes "Her lyrics are the shrapnel that linger long after the blasts of power pop and misty-eyed folk laments have come to an end." - Craig Howieson, The Line of Best Fit. "A Trojan Horse for the creeping dread of existentialism" - Martin Douglas, KEXP.

MAITA's 'Best Wishes' Album Release Show - Streaming Live

May 08, 2020

Presenting: MAITA's 'Best Wishes' Album Release ShowStreaming live for free from the Facebook pages of Mississippi Studios, Kill Rock Stars and MAITA. Playing songs off their new record as a full, socially distant rock band. Saturday, May 23rd, 8pm Pacific Time.
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Their limited red vinyl is now sold out. Get your black vinyl, CD or digital copy now.
"Maita-Keppeler, initially influenced by similarly word-drunk artists like Bright Eyes and Feist, uses her songs -- bursting, overflowing with language and sharp turns of phrase -- as a forum for unvarnished expression." Via KEXP's exclusive video premiere. 
 

MAITA 'Someone Lost Their Goddamn Wallet' - New Single & Video

April 24, 2020

MAITA's newest single is out now. Listen on your preferred streaming platform and check out the music video
Their album, Best Wishes, is out May 15th. You get to preorder that, too. 
"Maita-Keppeler, initially influenced by similarly word-drunk artists like Bright Eyes and Feist, uses her songs -- bursting, overflowing with language and sharp turns of phrase -- as a forum for unvarnished expression." Via KEXP's exclusive video premiere. 

Record Store Day 2020

March 09, 2020

The Frumpies - Frumpie One Piece - White vinyl LP + black vinyl 7” + lyric zine - LTD 1500 copies.
 
The original Frumpie One Piece release was only on CD. It was a collection of tracks previously released over five 7" singles, from a Bikini Kill-related band who were conceived as a singles project. This vinyl release includes the songs from the CD as well as the one 7 inch that was released after the collection (Frumpies Forever 7"). The personnel of this band was 3/4 of Bikini Kill (Tobi Vail, Kathi Wilcox, Billy Karren), plus 1/3 of Bratmobile (Molly Neuman), and they were sometimes joined by Michelle Mae, who went on to be in The Make-Up and Weird War.  The Frumpies were formed in Washington DC during the same 1991 summer that birthed the first Riot Grrrl zines and meetings, which the Frumpies dubbed Revolution Summer.

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MAITA's 'A Beast' - New Single & Video

February 14, 2020

"Anxious heartbreak that rips somewhere between Mitski and Summer Cannibals.” - Ben Kaye, Consequence of Sound. Head to your favorite platform and stream MAITA's new single, "A Beast," off their forthcoming debut album, "Best Wishes.” Watch the music video here

KRS: Weekly Playlist

February 13, 2020

Now one precise playlist, updated weekly. Follow to catch the weekly mixes. Focusing on new releases, catalogue archive, Bandcamp sale items, and random tracks we love. 

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Quasi Tour

January 31, 2020

Quasi will be hitting the road SOON. And tickets are on sale today. Check it out. Janet Weiss back behind the drums, with bandmate Sam Coomes hammering on the ivories.