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Lens Records is a Chicago based record label created to help support and distribute the works of artists who prefer to work with a smaller, artist driven label. The label has released a variety of work in different genres including ambient, experimental, dark ambient, electronic, rock, modern classical, electroacoustic and field recordings...
JUST LIKE IRL: PONYTAIL VIDZ 01/12/2007
Dustin Wong, guitarist for Ponytail, has posted some live performances.
Nothing screams summer like a free street fest, and this past summer Ponytail shredded Baltimore's Reverent Fog during their song Start a Corporation:
Imagine if you and your BFF were rock 'em sock 'em robots dueling with guitars instead of plastic fists. Or watch this video of Dustin Wong's other band Ecstatic Sunshine and come up with your own analogy:
TOP OF THE POPS: MORE END OF YEAR LISTS 12/16/2006
Here at Morphius, perhaps no department is more in touch (literally) with new music than Distribution. And being the lemmings that we are, we decided to follow in the wake of a thousand blogs and music rags by releasing over own top 10 lists. But, all you really need to know is BEACH HOUSE. They made it onto everyone's list. OOIOO, LO MOdA, and Matmos also put in several appearances, with good reason.
Matt still believes in notions like hierarchy:
1. Beach House "Beach House"
2. Califone "Roots & Crowns"
3. Tim Hecker "Harmony in Ultra Violet"
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WHITE DENIM, ALLENTOWN ALL-VINYL NOISE LABEL 11/27/2006
I hope to use White Denim as a platform to help produce creative, interesting, beautiful music with people I can respect as both individuals and artists.
White Denim, having recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, is an outstanding small label run solely by Matt Korvette, singer of acclaimed noise punk outfit Pissed Jeans. Definitely not in it for fame or money, Korvette is dedicated to preserving the experimental rock music he loves. With an eye toward innovative sound and artful packaging, White Denim releases are pressed on gorgeous,... More >
NYLON MAGAZINE BIG UPS RIOT GRRRL DOCUMENTARY 11/24/2006
don't need you: the herstory of riot grrrl, fresh to DVD, has garnered notice on Pitchfork and in Nylon Magazine:
"Riot Grrrl has become a pop-culture term synonymous with black hair dye and combat boots, but Don't Need You: The Herstory of Riot Grrrl, a DVD documentary from Urban Cowgirl Productions, gets to the roots of the movement's early-'90s, DIY-music beginnings. Born of frustration with a corporate, male-dominated music industry, the Riot Grrrl movement spawned independent labels, fanzines, networks and shows, and set the stage for bands such as Bikini... More >
CAN THE EVENS STOP TIME? PITCHFORK WONDERS 11/10/2006
The new Evens album Get Evens is getting a lot of love here at Morphius, as it’s an imminently worthy follow-up to last year’s self-titled debut. Even Pitchfork gave it a warm review, ponying up a rating of 7.8, though writer Tom Breihan can’t seem to shake a nostalgia for the heyday of Fugazi. It’s hard to blame him as singer/guitarist Ian Mackaye casts a long shadow. Yet the Evens prove again they don’t need the crutch of hallowed punk pedigree, as they stand firmly on their own feet. Or, in the words of Breihan:
[Drummer/vocalist, Amy Farina] and... More >
A BIT JAMES BOND: THE STORY BEHIND MUSIC DE WOLFE 11/09/2006
Occasionally a compilation comes out with a story behind it as fascinating as the music it features. Music De Wolfe is definitely one of these, a smash-up collection of fifteen funk and psych blasters, culled from the crème of the stalwart British De Wolfe Music Library by DJ and Megaphone Unlimited label head Jason Willet.
The Baltimore City Paper caught up with Willett, teasing out a tale of international jet-setting, a well-guarded vault, and burlesque girls as wild as any suave spy thriller De Wolfe music accompanied in its Swinging London heyday.... More >
PITCHFORK CONFESSES MUTUAL FEELINGS FOR PONY PANTS 11/07/2006
Pitchfork review of Pony Pants' track Pony Train:If you like going bonkers to dirty electro, there's really no excuse for you not being in Philly right now. A city that's already got Diplo, Spank Rock, and Plastic Little seems like it'd be set on sweaty party jams; nevertheless, here's Pony Pants, who make serrated dance-punk with drum machine undercarriages for anarchist kids. The trio does skating-rink pop with terse rhythms and notched guitars, and then caps it with Emily J.K.'s post-Le Tigre vocal anthems. New wave burner "Pony Train" is something of a theme... More >
PUNK.ROCK.SWISS.MODERNISM. ART.DESIGN.DOUBLEDAGGER 11/05/2006
Punk Rock vs. Swiss Modernism: The Art & Design of Double Dagger
is a retrospective of most of the design work created by Post Typography for Double Dagger and related musical projects. This art show will be on display at Millersville University in Pennsylvania during the month of November. Double Dagger will be playing immediately following the opening reception on November 8. Read on for previous happening from this remarkable band and check out their incredible full length at an awesomely low price
Double Dagger as reviewed by Punk... More >
MORPHIUS.COM VERSION 8.0 IS HERE 11/01/2006
Welcome to the new site design of morphius.com.
We hope you enjoy our many new features, including easier searching, more free music and videos to preview, frequent news updates, and band and record label features. We've now added descriptions and images for most of our more than 10,000 available items.
We did a bunch of maintenance on the database last night, and most everything is now working properly again, including the shopping cart.
Take a look around at the new design and awesome prices on new CDs, vinyl, and DVDs. Let us know what you think,... More >