Chord – Demo CD
Chord, the “power ambient” quintet from Chicago has made a name developing an evolving process rooted in the idea that their purpose is to use a self-limiting palate of musical tools (texture, dynamics) to provide an immersive experience. Their primary releases for labels such as Nuerot, Important, and Debacle have evolved quite a bit since these early demo recordings were originally released in 2006, but these early experiments document their blueprint well. Originally devised as a drone collective with live performances consisting with as many as 11 players, the core of the group eventually centered around four players (Kyle Benjamin, Phil Dole, Jason Hoffman, Trevor Shelley de Brauw), with Sean McCarthy becoming a fifth core member before the recording of the second album Progression in 2011.
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Sharkula – Dirty Caviar CD
Sharkula is a legendary emcee and hip-hop artist from the streets of Chicago with a long history whose recent credits include Take Caution On The Beach with Mukqs and a number of collaborations with Kool Keith. This album was recorded with electronic musician and producer iGod in 2005 and was considered lost for nearly a decade until its original release in 2015 as a 10″ mini-album and CD with bonus tracks. This re-issue of the CD version is a key document in Sharkula’s vast and diverse body of work.SKU: VD028
Naked & Shameless – Whiskey Tango Foxtrot CD
The Buck (Naked) and Dave (Shameless) formulation of Naked & Shameless spent the 2000s grinding it out from their base in Chicago with a regular stream of releases and cross-country dive-bar tours. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot was the first recording they made after they moved to Los Angles and before tinsel town ate them alive. While fans have favorites on other discs such as 13 Drinking Songs and Mayberry STD, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot might well be their most cohesive collection, simultaneously mature and adolescent, pointing the way that duo would have gone had they continued in that format.SKU: SPL001
Various Artists – Sound In A Vacuum, Volume One CD
The first of several Atomic Mouse Recordings compilation from 2004 featuring odd and interesting tracks, both old and (at the time) new. Featuring a diverse array of artists in a variety of styles including El Demento, No Fun, Liam Idiot (aka Liam Warfield), iGod, Naked & Shameless, Sharkula, Mary, Pimmel, Bionic Rat, The New Heads, Kyle Bravo, The Cheatin’ Wives, and others.SKU: VD016
X-Bax – Dronetime CD
Dronetime (2007), was X-Bax’s second album and follow-up to In Search of The Brown Note (2004). Longer and dronier than its predecessor, it pointed the path forward. X-Bax continues to a vehicle for Phil Dole’s experimental musing when not playing with other groups such as Chord, Grand Kali Ma, Dole & Megalos, and Dots.SKU: SP003