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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...
FIRST TWO REVIEWS OF NEW DEATH SET CD 06/21/2007
Yay! The first two reviews of The Death Set's latest release have popped up. Check out the Baltimore City Paper's take here.
Austin's Covert Curiousity blog had this to say:
"Earlier this week I received word about yet another exciting act who call Baltimore home. They're called The Death Set, and they have an album coming out next week via Morphius titled Rad Warehouses Bad Neighborhoods. It immediately caught my attention when I first turned it on, and I've found myself listening to it over and over again to shake cobwebs of dull music out of my... More >
PITCHFORK ON SI, PARA USTED 06/19/2007
Pitchfork finally got around to lauding Si, Para Usted: The Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba, a house fave here at Morphius. You can check out free mp3s from the compilation here.
"Cuba was a late 20th Century anomaly: a repressive communist government that fostered a vibrant, influential, and essential musical output. Cuban sounds resonate and persist in music throughout Latin America, Africa (where some of the most popular styles have roots in the Cuban rhumba), Europe, and even, yes, the United States. Americans tend to think of Cuba as... More >
PONYTAIL + THE DEATH SET TOUR SEND OFF WEDNESDAY! 06/18/2007
Ponytail and The Death Set will be kicking off their national tour here in Baltimore this Wednesday, June 20th with special guests Know Your Canary, Toronto's dd/mm/yyyy and kid punkers Eyeball Skeleton. The Death Set are touring in support of their latest release Rad Warehouses, Bad Neighborhoods. Apropos, the show is taking place at a venue that undoubtedly helped to inspire the album's name!
From the press release:
Early 9:00pm start as eight-year old JJ Brown and ten-year old Charlie Brown from Eyeball Skeleton can't stay up too late.
Floristree... More >
NO AGE MAKES PITCHFORK'S RECOMMENDED LIST! 06/11/2007
No Age has just dropped their album Weirdo Rippers, compiling material from their highly collectible vinyl releases, including Every Artist Needs A Tragedy, Dead Plane and Get Hurt. Weirdo Rippers garnered an 8/10 from Pitchfork, securing a spot on their Recommended list. Also, Bradford Cox of Deerhunter recently christened No Age his favorite new band in a recent Pitchfork Guest List.
This adulation follows hot on the tail of The Fader's frequent big ups of the band, including using their song "Neck Escaper" in a recent podcast mix.
THIRD EYE OF THE TIGER: THE DEATH SET IN XLR8R 06/07/2007
Guess who turned up in XLR8R's photo feature of SXSW?
The Death Set's new CD, Rad Warehoues Bad Neighborhoods, is dropping on the 19th of this month. Featuring twelve tracks of frenetic gutter pop, including remixes from Bonde Do Role and Dan Deacon and video footage from Chicago's Mauled By Tigers Festival.
Just got a peek at the hand-screened flags that will be tucked inside the CD, emblazoned with a two-faced riled tiger! You can hang it on your wall, run it up a pole, or sew it on your jean jacket, you know, the one with the sleeves cut off.... More >
DREAM ROCK: BADICAL BEATS ON THRUSHES 06/06/2007
Badical Beats review of Thrushes debut album Sun Come Undone:
A new genre has officially been coined. It's called "Dream Rock", and you won't quite understand it until you listen to this week's Badical Find, a band called Thrushes from Baltimore. You can hear hints of Dream Rock (also known as Dream-Core) in a few other Baltimore-based bands like Beach House and Arbouretum. Drenched in reverb, these guys push the "talent knob" to the limit with their swirling guitar riffs, goddess-like melodies, and crashing drums.
Listen to a stream of the full... More >
BALTIMORE BONKERS: DAN DEACON AND WHAM CITY 06/05/2007
Lately the music press has been spilling a lot of ink over the homegrown Baltimore phenomenon of Wham City. Yet even music lovers within Baltimore are unclear as to just Wham City is. A venue? A collective? A song by Dan Deacon? Actually it's all three, or was all three, as Wham City the venue has been shopping around for new digs according to a recent article in Baltimore's City Paper.
Not unlike the storied Fort Thunder, which spawned bands like Lightning Bolt, Wham City is a collective of artists working in many mediums, including music. There's... More >
ABSOLUTE CREATIVE LOCKSTEP: THRUSHES LOW DOWN 06/01/2007
Thrushes have turned up in the latest 'Recommended' column of Baltimore's city-centric magazine The Urbanite:
"There is a growing buzz surrounding the Baltimore-based Thrushes. The self-described “dream pop” group, whose sound recalls The Jesus and Mary Chain, Sonic Youth, and The Velvet Underground, has deservingly garnered more than a few rave reviews for their debut full-length album, Sun Come Undone. The band is the focus of considerable and overwhelmingly positive online chatter as well.
When asked if Sun Come Undone is deserving of the praise,... More >
POP MATTERS ON CULT CARGO AND SI, PARA USTED 05/31/2007
In his round-up of funky Afro-Carribbean reissue compilations, Derek Beres, Pop Matters columnist and author of Global Beat Fusion: The History of the Future of Music, gave great reviews to both Numero Group Cult Cargo releases and Si, Para Usted: The Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba!
Cult Cargo: Belize City Boil Up (Numero Group)
Cult Cargo: Grand Bahama Goombay (Numero Group)
The good folks at Numero didn’t simply seek out a few compilations to restructure a new compilation; that only works with Buddha Bars. They physically journeyed to the... More >
TO FALL IN LOVE: 17 SECONDS REVIEWS THRUSHES 05/30/2007
"OK, I'm going to throw caution to the winds, risk laughter and ridicule (hey, I teach teenagers, I'm used to it), and just tell you: you have to hear the Thrushes. On the basis of the three tracks posted on their website [ed note: you can listen to a stream of the entire album here] this could be one of the greatest and biggest bands you will hear this year."
"What is it like to listen to the Thrushes? To fall in love at first hearing and to have to go back and play them again immediately. To feel that the Jesus and Mary Chain, and the best shoegazing... More >