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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...
MORPHIUS LABEL SITE IS GO! 02/27/2007
Back in the day, Morphius started out as a punk record label. While the company has expanded into distribution, manufacturing and a recording studio, the label is still at the heart. Still big fans of punk, Morphius label has grown too, with releases and exclusives that embrace hip hop, Baltimore club, indie rock, and genre-mashers.
We are proud to announce our revamped label website, just in time for a slew of Spring releases from shoegaze revivalists Thrushes, Chi-town sex rockers Bang! Bang!, and gold standard indie rockers Coffinberry. In the wings is... More >
BEAUTY AND FURY: THRUSHES REVIEW 02/26/2007
"Thrushes is a Baltimore-based quartet composed of Anna Conner (vocals, guitar) Casey Harvey (guitars, vocals) Rachel Tracy (bass) and Matt Davis (percussion.) Their debut album is titled Sun Come Undone, and it will be distributed worldwide via Morphius Records on March 13th. On their do-it-yourself debut Casey Harvey supplies reverberated guitar that acts as a perfect countering force to the delicate touch of Anna Conner's lead vocals, as they bridge the gap between beauty and fury.
The basic structure of the music is simplistic, but as the individual... More >
LABTEKWON AND SCION PRESENT SOUL FEST 2007 02/23/2007
Labtekwon's label Ankh Ba Records has teamed up with Scion for Soul Fest 2007, here in Baltimore. Labtek will perform alongside fellow Ankh Ba artists The Tao of Slick and Dew Dew Kidz.
@ Utopia 5
405 West Franklin Street
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SARCASM THAT HITS THE MARK: THE LIBRARIANS 02/23/2007
"Any review of a Librarians release is going to have to start with something like "These guys are from West Virginia?" With an indie disco flavor that is very palatable, Alright Easy Candy Stranger sounds as sweet as the treat its title refers to. And most urbanites who think banjos and Deliverance (or, at best, All Good Festival and WVU) when they hear Morgantown will be able to enjoy this accessible gumdrop of a debut full-length.
Synthed-out post-punk dance revival lead-off track "Culture Vulture" has a vocal intensity (something like a caffeine-injected... More >
HEY LAND LUBBERS: THE SCOURGE OF THE SEA TOUR 02/21/2007
"Unassuming, rough-around-the-edges indiefied folk-rock. The gentle melodies have a way of popping into your head days after an initial listen. The wistful yearnings of the lyrics are tempered with wry realism, just as fuzzed-out, drop-D guitar strums interact with bedroomy acoustic instruments... sure gets under your skin."
- The New Haven Advocate
The Scourge of The Sea humbly bear the distinction of being Alias Records' (home to Archers of Loaf) first signees in nearly ten years. There has to be something special about a band that can rouse an... More >
THRUSHES PULL IT TOGETHER ON DEBUT SUN COME UNDONE 02/14/2007
Despite not being officially released till March, shoegaze revivalists Thrushes' debut Sun Come Undone has already garnered raves from the blogosphere (here, too!) and Baltimore's City Paper. Lucky for you, Morphius got the scoop and you can order the album early (like, right now) by clicking here.
Check out this review from the music blog Any Given Tuesday:
"This Baltimore-based band is on a mission to make reverb a household word. Luscious and saccharine, Thrushes' sound replicates the 'wall of sound' like it's a full-time job, and on tracks like "Into... More >
LEWIS BLACK WINS GRAMMY FOR BEST COMEDY ALBUM 02/14/2007
Lewis Black won a Grammy, what! From his myspace blog:
"That's right, Lewis won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album for his standout CD The Carnegie Hall Performance. The award was presented in a pre-telecast ceremony this evening in LA. Although not on the televised broadcast, nearly 100 awards, including Best Comedy Album, were broadcast on XM satellite radio for the first time ever.
Congratulations to Lewis for this well-deserved honor. I know he's incredibly excited, thrilled and every other adjective to have received the award. And god knows I'm excited... More >
MATT AND KIM TOUR, GIANT PIZZA FIGHTS DIRTY 02/13/2007
Keyboard and drum spazz duo Matt & Kim will be kicking off a two month tour this Valentine's Day, in support of their self-titled album.
Fake Kitchen, Humanoid Food Fight, Big Mess:
Check out their vid for "Yea Yeah"
And those tour dates I was talking about:
02-14 Chicago, IL - Subterranean
02-16 Baltimore, MD - Sonar
with Ponytail, Snowden
02-17 Haverford, PA - Lunt Basement
02-22 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
02-23 Poughkeepsie, NY - Vassar College
02-24 New York, NY - Rodrigues Coffee House... More >
PUNK PLANET ON THE SELMANAIRES 02/12/2007
"Here Comes The Selmanaires was a pleasant surprise in my review bundle this month. This CD has a lot going on in terms of musical styles, combining surf rock, garage rock, and rock 'n' roll music into one smooth and enjoyable disc. It's a common mistake of most bands that venture into multi-genre blending to end up with a finished product that is jerky and disoriented. The Selmanaires understand the importance of juxaposition, and therefore avoided sounding like a messy weird jumble of unrelated songs; they've also created a solid, catchy, and upbeat album. I... More >
COLORFORM TO DROP NEW ALBUM, PERFORM IN NYC 02/12/2007
Colorform will be dropping his latest album Fragments of Youth this spring and has just announced three not-to-miss appearances in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Colorform made a name for himself in the NYC DJ scene through his deft blending of drum n' bass, hip hop and jazz, former management of DJ Spooky's label Synchronic Records, and the releases from his own label Liberations Systems, boasting compilations and remixes featuring the likes of Sensational and DJ Wally.
Thursday March 1st 10om @ Patio Lounge in Brooklyn:
Colorform... More >