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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...
DAN DEACON VINYL BACK IN STOCK! 08/27/2007
We thought it was gone for good but we've got our hands on a few more copies of Dan Deacon's 'Spiderman of the Rings' pressed into luscious white vinyl. For more info click here. More >
BIBABIDI ON THRUSHES 08/09/2007
Thrushes write-up on BiBaBiDi.
"More and more from good ol' Baltimore ...
Except this time, it's no Panda Bear, Dan Deacon, Santa Dads, Ponytail, no none of that ... Thrushes (MySpace) is the name, and they've a different sort of vibe than those other hip Marylanders. The quartet plays super dense, super fuzzy, super atmospheric shoegaze that you've not heard this good since the Jesus & Mary Chain, I'm certain. Wash upon wash of distorted guitar, layer upon layer of moody, mellow, and under spoken female vocals, with a rather primitive and sparse drumming... More >
PITCHFORK REVIEWS VIDEOHIPPOS 08/06/2007
Pitchfork finally got around to reviewing the debut album Unbeast The Leash from Baltimore's own Videohippos, compadres of Dan Deacon and fellow Wham City members. The CD version of Unbeast The Leash is on Monitor, but the real hot jawns is the limited edition LP out on scrappy Bmore label Wildfire Wildfire. They're pretty hard to find, but lucky for you, we have a few copies.
Pitchfork rating: 7.7
"Like members of any good scene, the bands in Baltimore's Wham City collective and satellite friends-- Dan Deacon, Ponytail, Lizz King, Lexie Mountain... More >
THE DEATH SET + BONDE DO ROLE TOUR 08/06/2007
The Death Set have a few upcoming shows and then are joining raunchy Brazillian electro-rappers Bonde Do Role on a U.S. tour. The Death Set recently released Rad Warehouses Bad Neighborhoods and we still have special edition copies, featuring remixes from Bonde Do Role and Dan Deacon.
08/11/2007 - Shebang Productions and We Be Illin' party
18 Commerce St
Brooklyn, New York
08/16/2007 - Best Friends Day at The Roller Skating Rink
Skateland of Richmond, 5512 Hull St.
Richmond, Virginia 23224
08/17/2007 - Lolita party w/ Double... More >
BLASTITUDE INTERVIEWS PINK REASON 07/17/2007
Check out Blastitude's interview with Kevin DeBroux aka Pink Reason, about the long road and troubled times that inspired his Stiltbreeze debut abum Cleaning The Mirror.
"DeBroux constructed the songs on record during a “tough period” in his life; one that saw him living out of cars, on floors and in friend’s closets. He attributes the length of the tunes from these sessions to his speed habit. When he could access recording equipment, DeBroux often stayed up for days at a time, perfecting each song’s sound by recording and rerecording guitar solos and... More >
PUNK REJUVENATORS: PAPER MAG ON THE DEATH SET 07/11/2007
The folks at Paper Magazine have come to a realization that we here at Morphius figured out some months ago: L.A. & Baltimore boast eeriely parallel underground music scenes! Might explain our recent mania for snatching up any No Age, Mika Miko or Abe Vigoda release we can get our hands on!
Here's what Shannon Kelley over at Paper's Word Up! blog has to say:
"I don't know if anyone else is aware of the punk movement that is currently taking place in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and now Baltimore, but it kicks major ass. Bands like Matt and Kim, Japanther,... More >
CAPS LOCKED & EXCLAMATION POINTS ARE GO 07/11/2007
I Heart Comix's review of a recent performance of The Death Set:
"A few days ago, THE DEATH SET swooped into outr lives with their blast beats and dance rythms. Their are the epitemy of DIY pop punk meets dance floor party time.
Part AUSTRALIAN, but now living in BALTIMORE, THE DEATH SET, call everyone from DAN DEACON to MATT & KIM to SPANK ROCK to BONDE DO ROLE comtemporaries. They are the second coming. We saw them play last night at their OPERATION IVY cover blew our minds."
THRUSHES ANNOUNCE MORE TOUR DATES! 07/11/2007
Thrushes are pleased to announce a summer and fall tour in support of their debut album “Sun Come Undone” distributed exclusively by Morphius Records. Thrushes have garnered an enormous and ecstatic response to their album, winning CMJ’s Sonic Bids Spotlight, a remarkable achievement earned well in advance of their first major tour. In early April, soon after the release of Sun Come Undone, Thrushes were the most blogged band in the world according to Idolator, outranking even The Shins, who had just released their much hyped third album.
Thrushes’... More >
BANG! BANG! LIGHTNING TIES NOW AVAILABLE 07/06/2007
Jack Flash, the lead vocalist/ guitarist of Chicago “Sex Rock” band Bang! Bang! has recently designed the most electrifying tie yet. The ‘lightning bolt’ tie, Flash’s trademark on stage ever since the band started in late 2002, is finally available for all to wear, on and off stage alike.
“The lightning bolt tie came to me in a flash of inspiration, no pun intended," stated Flash. For the past five years, Flash bought ties from thrift stores and strategically cut these into the shape of a lightning bolt. Now, this striking new line of ties are... More >
STRIKING: JACK FLASH MARKETS LIGHTNING TIE 06/25/2007
early lightning tie prototype
From the Chicago Reader:
"Local retro-ish rockers Bang! Bang! aren't so much concerned with discovering new sounds as they are with kicking around a bunch of proven punk ideas. But singer/guitarist Jack Flash is breaking out some next-level sartorial/merchandising schemes with the introduction of his Bang! Bang!-branded lightning bolt-shaped neckties. The press release that popped up in my inbox today lays out the unconventional neckwear's evolution:
"Originally Jack cut his ties from pre-existing thrift store ties. This... More >