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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...
POP MATTERS ON BANG! BANG! 05/24/2007
Pop Matters review of The Dirt That Makes You Drown:
Now this is odd. Bang! Bang! are a band made up equally of two guys and girls, provoking a number of interesting questions: who makes the artistic decisions? Does everyone get on well with each other? Nonetheless, they inject catchy-as-hell hooks into their rough, brazen indie-rock… a bastardized cross between the White Stripes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs if you will but, you know, better. It’s hard to pick a “lead vocalist” here, as all four share vocal duties throughout The Dirt That Makes You... More >
WOLF WHISTLES: THE DEATH SET UNVEIL NEW VID 05/22/2007
Hey super genius, flex your math skills with this equation:
2 dudez + 2 guitars + 1 werewolf =
New video for The Death Set's "Negative Thinking"
THRUSHES DEBUT NEW SONG 05/16/2007
Thrushes will be featured on the inaugural Any Given Tuesday podcast. The program will debut Thrushes' brand new song "Trees" and perform a track from their breakout album Sun Come Undone, accompanied by an interview with the band! Fans will have the opportunity to call in during the live airing or download the podcast as an mp3 anytime. The podcast, produced in conjuction with Sen Magazine, will highlight the Baltimore music scene. To listen live on the 22nd at 9:30 pm EST download Talkshoe. To call in: (724) 444.7444 and enter in ID# 31860
THE DEATH SET + PONYTAIL TOUR!! 05/01/2007
After months of continent-jumping (US to Europe to Australia) The Death Set have finally sorta settled back in the States, acquiring guitarist Matt Papich of Ecstatic Sunshine, where they have been diligently recording a brand new EP due out next month and their first full-length (slated for a fall release). To celebrate they've been playing out on the East Coast and at SXSW, but this summer they're teaming up with recent Monitor Records signees and Bmore heroes Ponytail for a blitz into the heartland. More information about the tour will be announced soon,... More >
THRUSHES WIN CMJ SONIC BIDS SPOTLIGHT, TOUR 04/30/2007
Baltimore shoegazers Thrushes have been awarded the CMJ Sonic Bids Spotlight!
Despite having released their debut album Sun Come Undone little over a month ago, and in relative obscurity, Thrushes has been basking in a stunning level of fan accolades. The CMJ Spotlight follows flurries of internet attention which culminated, earlier this month, in garnering the distinction of most blogged band of the week (stats breakdown at Idolator). Thrushes is poised to reward their buzzing fanbase with a summer tour:
05/12 - Richmond, VA - The Full Slurpee... More >
SUPER CUTIES FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM 04/30/2007
Creative Capitalism, which has brought you the likes of Ponytail, LO MOdA, History At Our Disposal and several excellent collaborative art books, has birthed not one but TWO new glories! Yes, that's right, CC head Peter Quinn recently announced the arrival of his twin infants, Peter Jr and Catherine!
Quinn Sr also announced the collaborative, earth-minded HOMELAND PROJECT:
Creative Capitalist, Benjamin Domanico, is looking for participants for his Homeland piece right now as part of his thesis at MICA! Homeland is a collaboration involving the... More >
SANCTION THIS: A SHORT HISTORY OF COMMUNIST FUNK 04/20/2007
Morphius Distribution is pleased to announce the arrival of the new compilation: Sí, Para Usted: The Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba, assembled by radio host Dan Zacks. While we here at Morphius have been thrilled by the slew of excellent funk reissues of late, it is the rare title that bursts with such fascinating history. And rarer still do we come across a compilation that squeaks through years of dust and political sanctions to emerge, not as a mere curiousity or historical footnote, but as a rump-shaking testament to the transcendental power of music... More >
BANG! BANG! RELEASE NEW ALBUM, TOUR 04/18/2007
Chicago rockers Bang! Bang! just finished the first leg of their 6 week tour, capping it with a brief return to the Windy City for a big CD release show on Saturday. The new album The Dirt That Makes You Drown officially hit stores on Tuesday of last week, and their show on Saturday at Chicago’s Beat Kitchen was a huge success. The band played to a nearly sold out crowd and were swarmed all night by fans anxious to hear all about the tour.
As for the new album, it’s flying off the shelves but is always available at Morphius.com. In fact, the next 50 people... More >
RAISE HIGH THOSE SCALPELS: THRUSHES DISSECTED 04/13/2007
Album: Sun Come Undone
First blog mention: A December 15 mention on Instrumental Analysis.
The Build-Up: Posts on Milk Milk Lemonade and Covert Curiosity were it, until...
The Dam-Break: ... this week, when the blogs went nuts for Thrushes' shoegazer-in-a-prom-dress track "Heartbeats." It was posted on Coast Is Clear, Largehearted Boy, Veritas Lux Mea, and So ... Where Is Helsinki? on Saturday; Here Comes The Flood, INDIEBLOGHEAVEN, Obscure Sound, and The Muso were among the blogs that followed suit, while... More >
A ROOM FULL OF TALENT: UNKNOWN INSTRUCTORS 04/11/2007
"Groove band Unknown Instructors is made up of Mike Watt (fIREHOSE, The Stooges), Joe Baiza (Saccharine Trust), George Hurley (fIREHOSE), Dan McGuire, David Thomas (Pere Ubu, guest vocals on three tracks), and Raymond Pettibon (cover art, vocals on "Twing-Twang"). All respected artists, all in one place. And they released The Master's Voice last month on Smog Veil Records. Master's follows up the previous album, The Way Things Work.
Starting with a bass groove and adding helter-skelter guitars and syncopating drums, topped off with a spoken-word poetry that... More >