It's been a long time since we had a holiday sale but we're feeling the spirit this year. Until Jan. 1, you can pick up a couple of our Klang Industries LPs -- the Charalambides' mesmerizing "Rose/Thorn" and/or Charlie Parr and Black Twig Pickers' "Glory in the Meeting House" -- at reduced prices.
We're also offering a holiday 7-inch bundle -- order all five 7-inchers that we presently have available -- that would be the vintage Pelt "Monorail," "Pelt(er)," and split with Damn Near Red, Black Twig Pickers "Yellow Cat," and Mike & Cara Gangloff's "Durang's Hornpipe/Rake & Rambling Boy" -- and pay just $20, including postage within the USA. It's a giveaway and a steal, simultaneously.
And while supplies last, we'll add a random extra 7-inch (as we've been doing on some orders for the past year or so) from a warehouse find of early-'90s 7-inchers from the Richmond, Virginia, scene of that era -- records that Pelt traded for with other bands back in the day, sold some of, then misfiled and forgot about; we've got a handful left.
Best wishes for a great end of 2015, and for the year(s) ahead --
The newest excursion from Mike and Cara takes their music farther than ever, twisting the linkage of timeworn song-language and pure out-sound into a looking glass of future now.
When an orchestra of players gathered earlier this year, the route was crystal clear but the destination very much unknown -- at the heart of this collection are classic songs that Cara started singing when she was a girl, mostly tunes from the 1930s and '40s and before, rendered here in sweeping sonic arrangements, but preserving and highlighting the vocal melodies. Cara's singing is often joined by harmonies from orchestra members Sharon Stacy and Sonya Austin, while an ensemble that includes Tatsuya Nakatani, Joe Dejarnette, Sally Anne Morgan, Isak Howell, Nathan Bowles and more relentlessly expanded whirlpools of massed acoustic strings and percussion, glints of brass and woodwinds.
We don't think that there is much like this out there, and we're happy to usher it into the world.
Long planned and gorgeously presented, Mike & Cara's "Durang's Hornpipe"/"Rake & Rambling Boy" 7-inch is out in the world courtesy of Klang Family friend The Great Pop Supplement label. It's a limited edition of 500, apparently already sold out at the source, but we have some -- dark cherry vinyl, a sleeve decorated with images of Montgomery County landscape, and a home-cooked sound that looks back at the ballads and blowouts origin of the duo music -- a fiddle tune that turns into a slow churn of fiddle/wheel-fiddle improvisation, and droning double vocals that explore an age-old lyric.
Mike and Cara are bound across the waters for festivals in Finland and a run of shows in France with the fantastic Trio Puech-Gourdon-Bremaud. Come catch the sounds of strings and reeds and voices humming ominously and joyously running amok, and grab some recordings too -- there is a new 7-inch and cassette, plus copies (while they last) of Black Ribbon of Death, Silver Thread of Life, and probably some other artifacts of plastic and paper.