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Cannot believe this fantastic label doesn't have a thread yet. I'm still digging, but here's what I've discovered and been spinning to date. No doubt there is more amazing stuff on the label, if you have any pointers or praise, let's hear it!!

Imaginational Anthem parts I-IV :: thoroughly engaging folk/weird/experimental/etc. guitar sets from old and new faces, i've discovered a bunch of amazing players just spinning these over and over.

Shawn David McMillen - Catfish :: Charalambides/Jandek collaborator from Austin TX, very good.

James Blackshaw - everything :: tough to pick a favorite he's got so many great albums. the Sunshrine repressing is lovely (originally on Digitalis), Litany of Echoes is amazing, The Cloud of Unknowing probably the most consistent... but i like them all.

Tim Buckley - Live At The Folklore Center, NYC - March 6,1967 :: amazing, intimate sounding live set from '67 with a handful of songs that never saw release on his studio albums

Fire In My Bones: Raw + Rare + Otherworldly African-American Gospel 1944-2007 :: 3 discs packed with incredible gospel/soul finds, free of pretension and commercial considerations, put together by Mik3 McGon1gal of YETI magazine.

This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel on 45RPM 1957-1982 :: sequel to the above comp.... nuff said.

People Take Warning ! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs, 1913-1938 :: folk songs from the Great Depression era. still just starting to play this one, it's fresh...

William Tyler - Behold The Spirit :: flat out incredible guitarist's debut album (as far as i know) is waaaaayy better than it has any right to be.

Michael Chapman - Trainsong: Guitar Compositions, 1967-2010 :: 2 disc retrospective from a nearly forgotten guitarist. thanks for the heads up Thurston..!

ilxor, Monday, 11 June 2012 05:13 (four years ago) Permalink

fire in my bones is incredible

polyphonic, Monday, 11 June 2012 05:20 (four years ago) Permalink

To What Strange Place : The Music Of The Ottoman-American Diaspora, 1916-1929

Before the Golden Age of Americana on Record, immigrants from the dissolving Ottoman Empire were singing their joys and sorrows to disc in New York City. The virtuosic musicians from Anatolia, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Levant living in the U.S. who recorded between WWI and the Depression are presented here across two discs, along with a third disc of masterpieces they imported as memories on shellac-and-stone. The intermingled lives and musics of Christians, Jews, and Muslims represent Middle Eastern culture as it existed within the U.S. a century ago.

A fascinating, new view of American Folk Music. Compiled by IAN NAGOSKI. Designed by Susan Archie.

Lil' Kim Philby (Call the Cops), Monday, 11 June 2012 06:13 (four years ago) Permalink

really a great label! those imaginational anthem things are fantastic.

tylerw, Monday, 11 June 2012 15:03 (four years ago) Permalink

they reissued Harry Taussig's "Fate Is Only Once" which is a FANTASTIC acoustic guitar record.
william tyler has a track on the recent three-lobed comp, "Eight Trails, One Path" and it's stellar. He also re-issues records via his label Sebastian Speaks. great dude doing god's work.

one dis leads to another (ian), Monday, 11 June 2012 15:10 (four years ago) Permalink

William Tyler - Behold The Spirit :: flat out incredible guitarist's debut album (as far as i know) is waaaaayy better than it has any right to be.

^^listening now this is amazing

wack nerd zinging in the dead of night (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 11 June 2012 20:11 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah he is a great player -- i want more!

tylerw, Monday, 11 June 2012 20:17 (four years ago) Permalink

mentioned on the takoma thread, but the forthcoming mark fosson thing T Sq. is putting out is amaaaaazing. www.fretboardjournal.com/audio/mark-fosson-digging-dust-exclusive-stream
and the Michael Chapman trib they just put out is pretty solid as far as tributes go. bridget st. john track is a+++++++++. they need to put out one of her albums. she sounds better than ever.

tylerw, Monday, 11 June 2012 20:25 (four years ago) Permalink

i have to admit i find a lot of these post-fahey guitarists pretty snoozeworthy. and michael chapman just doesn't really do anything for me. but taste is taste.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Monday, 11 June 2012 22:03 (four years ago) Permalink

huh would've thought michael chapman would be right up your alley. and i know what you mean about some post-Fahey guitarists -- that's sort of what I think when I get another one of these Imaginational Anthem comps, but I always end up enjoying the hell out of them. guess it's some kind of musical comfort food for me at this point.

tylerw, Monday, 11 June 2012 22:09 (four years ago) Permalink

there's something too tasteful about chapman, or maybe it's just that few of his compositions engage me.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Monday, 11 June 2012 22:12 (four years ago) Permalink

Tim Buckley - Live At The Folklore Center, NYC - March 6,1967 :: amazing, intimate sounding live set from '67 with a handful of songs that never saw release on his studio albums

i realize i am replying to my own post here, but was playing this again today and HOLY SHIT it is so so so good

ilxor, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 03:44 (four years ago) Permalink

first thing in the thread shouldve been

am0n, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 14:29 (four years ago) Permalink

I would really like my own copy of that.

Trip Maker, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 14:47 (four years ago) Permalink

haaa, that record is great. that cover is something else.

tylerw, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 14:51 (four years ago) Permalink

am0n, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 18:18 (four years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

The new collection of old-time music on Tompkins Square is really, really fantastic. I have a predisposition to love this music and had known a lot of the stuff beforehand but the selections and sequencing are impeccable. 19 previously unreissued sides including some really great stuff i had not heard before. great liner notes & a good story behind how the collection came to be as well. I think my one quibble is that their choice of an Alfred Karnes tune would not have been mine. I think some of his other sides are much better than "Where We'll Never Grow Old." But that's just my nitpick.

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Monday, 3 December 2012 16:59 (four years ago) Permalink

New Harry Taussig album on tompkins square is one of my favorites of the year

U.S. State Department, Office of Rare Psych (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 3 December 2012 17:03 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah! i like that album. you checked out the daniel bachman record yet? totally killer.
and the work hard thing is wonderful too. the two-part train thing is my favorite, kind of dreamy.

tylerw, Monday, 3 December 2012 17:08 (four years ago) Permalink

the daniel bachman reacord is really nice, yeah!

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Monday, 3 December 2012 17:57 (four years ago) Permalink

i think my fave thing on the work hard set that i had not heard before was bill chitwood's 'fourth of july at the county fair.' amazing song.

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Monday, 3 December 2012 17:57 (four years ago) Permalink

btw guys i was thinking of making some catch-all thread basically like "New Albums That Would Appeal to ppl that post in the Takoma Obscurities" thread, do you think that's a good idea? would be nice to have one thread to go to

U.S. State Department, Office of Rare Psych (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 3 December 2012 17:59 (four years ago) Permalink

would post in that thread.

tylerw, Monday, 3 December 2012 18:04 (four years ago) Permalink

cool i'll do it later today cuz i just bought a new record that is great & in this vein but wouldn't fit in the takoma or tompkin's square threadzzzz

U.S. State Department, Office of Rare Psych (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 3 December 2012 18:06 (four years ago) Permalink

at first i thought the daniel bachman record was plain and 'tasteful' musicianship and now it's solid and good.

j., Monday, 3 December 2012 19:55 (four years ago) Permalink

Daniel Bachman is something like 22 years old. He talked about how much work he still has to do to be "great", but to me it is pretty astounding how good he already is.

grandavis, Monday, 3 December 2012 20:04 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah i kind of had the same reaction as j. to the bachman record at first -- "oh another dude doing *this*" but it's been a record i've played every other day for the past three months or something. and yeah, nuts that he's just 22.

tylerw, Monday, 3 December 2012 20:07 (four years ago) Permalink

at this point i think it's at least that he gives you enough music to be inside of for a while. the arrangements are very thick, the songs shift slowly over time and go places.

but yeah, 22, and dude doesn't even seem that into 'being a (working) musician'.

j., Monday, 3 December 2012 20:37 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah, the first song "Untitled" in that WFMU set covers all kinds of cool territory. I am no completist on the solo guitar front, but generally "the more the merrier" if the players can achieve results this good.

I think the dude has a healthy relationship to music, i.e., respects it as a craft and is trying to achieve on a high level, but doesn't imagine that this is going to make him a living. Which it won't really.

grandavis, Monday, 3 December 2012 20:41 (four years ago) Permalink

here's hoping he doesn't get his hand cut off in an industrial mishap or something.

j., Monday, 3 December 2012 20:45 (four years ago) Permalink

i'm a zydeco neophyte but nevertheless loved their amede ardoin comp.

fennel cartwright, Monday, 3 December 2012 21:12 (four years ago) Permalink

Joining in to say I'd post in a Takoma fanboy thread but the Takoma obscurities thread/this one kind of work too so I dunno

global tetrahedron, Tuesday, 4 December 2012 16:49 (four years ago) Permalink

just saw this thread for the first time! we were talking about some of these (Fire In My Bonees + People Take Warning) in I think in an Anthology of American Folk Music thread -- i love this stuff so much. i used tons of it when i was teaching american history. (folkways has a lot of great stuff that i think is comparable too)

Mordy, Tuesday, 18 December 2012 03:43 (four years ago) Permalink

did anyone else catch james blackshaw's twitter rant on what a shitty label this supposedly is? anyway, he's deleted it all by now so i guess they finally paid him.

sonderangerbot, Tuesday, 18 December 2012 22:21 (four years ago) Permalink

hey guys i ended up creating the thread for talking about new stuff in this vein that isn't strictly tied to takoma or tompkin's square, join in!

Revolt of the ILX Brigade: New Post-Fahey Folk For PPL that post in the Takoma & Tompkin's Square Threads

Andrew WKRP (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 18 December 2012 22:27 (four years ago) Permalink

too bad that there's bad blood betw. blackshaw and tompkins! can't imagine anyone is getting insanely rich over this stuff, so hopefully it was just a misunderstanding.

tylerw, Tuesday, 18 December 2012 22:30 (four years ago) Permalink

lol @ niche musicians expecting much in the way of monetary rewards

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Wednesday, 19 December 2012 00:04 (four years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 28 May 2013 22:30 (three years ago) Permalink

idgi, no guitar in this photo.
tbh, you're more likely to hear drummers than guitarists at tompkins sq pk

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Wednesday, 29 May 2013 00:09 (three years ago) Permalink

i like just kind of hanging out near dog parks, watchin the dogs, getting dog envy.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 29 May 2013 00:20 (three years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

2013 Daniel bachman album is A+, thanks for pointing me to it ILX!

We hugged with no names exchanged (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 3 April 2014 16:38 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

George "Smoke" Dawson played banjo in MacGrundy's Old-Timey Wool Thumpers with Peter Stampfel (later of Holy Modal Rounders) in 1960, lived for years at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY, and roamed around the US as an itinerant bagpipe and fiddle player for decades. His life is laced with small triumphs, and lots of tragedy. But he's still with us. Tompkins Square reissues his only album, a remarkable 1971 private press LP, on August 19th, 2014. LP/CD/DL

Excerpted notes by reissue producer / Tompkins Square label owner Josh Rosenthal :

I was doing some research for a box set of music recorded at Caffe Lena, the hallowed folk music venue located in Saratoga Springs, NY, when I came upon a photograph of a musician I didn't recognize. He looked like a sixth member of The Band - a handsome fiddler with wax moustache, goatee, black Western hat. There was a traditional air to him, a seriousness, but there was also something wild there. I needed to know who he was, and everything about him. The producers told me his name was Smoke Dawson, and they had tape on him. We listened, and his live version of "Devil's Dream" made it onto the box set. Then I started digging. I found a 1996 blog post from someone named Oliver Seeler, who claimed to have recorded a solo album by Dawson in 1971. I called the number on the site, not expecting much from an 18 year old blog post. But he picked up. He gave me background on the record. And, he gave me Smoke Dawson's phone number . . .

CD : TSQ 5036 / LP : TSQ 5043
Distributed BY INgrooves in NA, Cargo UK for Europe



dow, Friday, 11 July 2014 22:17 (two years ago) Permalink

Live album features Simon Scott (Slowdive), Duane Pitre

In celebration of the centenary of Louis Feuillade's Fantômas silent film series, James Blackshaw was invited by Yann Tiersen to perform a live score to the fifth and final film, Le Faux Magistrat, at the beautiful and prestigious surroundings of the Théâtre de Châtelet, Paris on October 31st 2013.

Fantômas - a master of disguise and symbol of terror - is one of the most popular characters in French crime fiction, as well as a favourite with the avant-garde, particularly the surrealists.

Tim Hecker, Amiina, Yann Tiersen and Loney Dear also performed during the event (which was broadcast live on the European ARTE channel) each bringing their own unique sonic perspective to the other installments in the series.

Written during the course of a few months, Blackshaw drew influences from French impressionist composers, Brazillian guitar music, musique concrete and the works of other film composer such as David Shire and Pino Donaggio, to create a noirish score that is in turns sinister, quietly profound and thrilling.

Personally invited by James Blackshaw, experimental musicians Duane Pitre and Simon Scott (also of Slowdive) contributed drums, electronics, synth, bowed guitar, bass and more to Blackshaw's nylon string guitar and grand piano, with multi-instrumentalist Charlotte Glasson adding violin, vibraphone and several wind instruments to the 75 minute long work.

Available worldwide July 8th
CD : TSQ 5012 / 2LP : TSQ 5029
Digitally Distributed Worldwide by INgrooves
Distributed by INgrooves for North America, Cargo UK for Europe, Rocket for Australia

James Blackshaw on Tompkins Square :
The Cloud Of Unknowing - TSQ 1967
Litany Of Echoes - TSQ 1738
Lost Prayers & Motionless Dances - TSQ 1851
Celeste - TSQ 1837
Sunshrine - TSQ 1844

dow, Friday, 11 July 2014 22:19 (two years ago) Permalink

Better late than never:

Produced by M.C. Taylor (Hiss Golden Messenger). Featuring members of Hiss Golden Messenger and Megafaun

"Alice Gerrard has one of those voices that harkens back to the likes of Sara and Maybelle. She is the real deal with the right stuff and hasn't forgotten where country music came from."
- Emmylou Harris (June, 2014)

** Alice Gerrard turns 80 tomorrow, July 8 ! **

The trailblazing folksinger famously collaborated with Hazel Dickens. Their classic recordings for Folkways and Rounder in the '60's and 70's "rank among the most influential recordings in folk music history," (All Music Guide), and laid the groundwork for many artists, especially female bluegrass and folk musicians.

'Follow The Music' features traditional tunes and original songs by Alice, produced by Hiss Golden Messenger's M.C. Taylor, and features members of Hiss Golden Messenger and Megafaun. Available on LP/CD/DL via Tompkins Square, September 30th, 2014.

Hear / post a track from 'Follow The Music' - "Boll Weevil"

dow, Saturday, 12 July 2014 20:57 (two years ago) Permalink

smoke dawson LP is sounding pretty wonderful...

tylerw, Saturday, 12 July 2014 21:15 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Nice vinyl sale & streams:

Smoke Dawson's 1971 private press LP "Fiddle" released today on LP/CD/DL !

George "Smoke" Dawson played banjo in MacGrundy's Old-Timey Wool Thumpers with Peter Stampfel (later of Holy Modal Rounders) in 1960, lived for years at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY, and roamed around the US as an itinerant bagpipe and fiddle player for decades. His life is laced with small triumphs, and tragedy. Our reissue of his lone 1971 solo album, 'Fiddle', is out now.

To celebrate this release (and make you feel a little better about the end of summer) we're throwing a 25% OFF all VINYL sale. Now Thru August 31, buy two or more LP's off our site, we'll paypal you back the discount. Every purchase of Smoke Dawson will automatically be entered to win a signed copy (pictured below), of which there are only two in the Universe.

Sample our music via Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/tompkinssquare

dow, Wednesday, 20 August 2014 22:51 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Loving that Smoke opener and a couple more; will have to adjust to others (used to more of a combo w this kind of instrumental music). This just in:

'Get In Union : Bessie Jones with the Georgia Sea Island Singers and Others' - 2CD set out on Tompkins Square, October 28th

* Produced by Grammy-nominated Curator of the Alan Lomax Archive, Nathan Salsburg
* Features 26 previously unreleased tracks. Unheard collaborations with Rev. Gary Davis, Sweet Papa Stovepipe, Mable Hillery, and others.
* Remastered from Lomax's original tapes

Bessie Jones was one of the most popular performers on the 1960s and '70s folk circuit, appearing-usually at the helm of the Georgia Sea Island Singers-at colleges, festivals, the Poor People's March on Washington, and Jimmy Carter's inauguration. "Get In Union" is a collection of her classic recordings with the Singers, combined with many previously unavailable solo and small-group performances captured by Alan Lomax between 1959 and 1966.

Alan Lomax first visited the Georgia Sea Island of St. Simons in June of 1935 with folklorist Mary Elizabeth Barnicle and author Zora Neale Hurston. There they met the remarkable Spiritual Singers Society of Coastal Georgia, as the group was then called, and recorded several hours of their songs and dances for the Library of Congress. Returning 25 years later, Lomax found that the Singers were still active, and had been enriched by the addition of Bessie Jones, a South Georgia native with a massive collection of songs going back to the slavery era. Over the next several years, Lomax and Jones worked together to present, promote, and teach Southern black folk song across the country, from nightclubs to elementary schools. "Get In Union" features freshly remastered audio from 24-bit digital transfers of Lomax's original tapes and notes by the Alan Lomax Archive's Nathan Salsburg and Anna Lomax Wood, who accompanied her father on his 1960 recordings of Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers.

HEAR / SHARE a track: https://soundcloud.com/tompkinssquare/get-in-union

Get In Union : Bessie Jones With The Georgia Sea Island Singers and Others
TSQ 5074 2CD Set Available October 28th on Tompkins Square
Distributed in NA by INgrooves. Cargo UK for Europe. Planet for Australia.

Recent : Smoke Dawson 'Fiddle' / Alice Gerrard 'Follow The Music' / James Blackshaw 'Fantomas : Le Faux Magistrat

dow, Wednesday, 1 October 2014 21:38 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Tompkins Square To Release 'When I Reach That Heavenly Shore : Unearthly Black Gospel, 1926-1936' 3CD/3LP Set, DECEMBER 9th, 2014
Produced by 7-Time Grammy nominee Christopher King

Among the most powerful music to be captured on 78 rpm in America during the 1920s & 1930s are those recordings of black sanctified and gospel singing. Ranging from plaintive mourning to unbridled ecstasy, the sacred music from this time period represents a flowering of diverse and idiosyncratic rural songs styles. At no time was there a wider panorama of religious songs in America.

Selected exclusively from Christopher King's private collection, the 78s included here represent the most unhinged, the most compelling survey of pre-war black gospel. Of the 42 tracks in this 3CD/3LP collection, 34 have never been reissued until now. The complete recorded output of the Primitive Baptist Choir of North Carolina is also included in this collection for the first time. Several rare & previously unissued photographs are also contained within. Lovingly and respectfully designed by Susan Archie and firmly grounded in Scripture by Christopher King.

Tompkins Square has been steadily mining the history of black gospel through previous collections - the Grammy-nominated 'He Is My Story : The Sanctified Soul of Arizona Dranes'; 'Fire In My Bones : Raw, Rare & Otherworldly African-American Gospel, 1944-2007'; 'This May Be My Last Time Singing : Raw African-American Gospel on 45RPM, 1957-1982' ; Bessie Jones - 'Get In Union'; and 'I Heard The Angels Singing : Electrifying Black Gospel from the Nashboro Label, 1951-1983'.
Stream/Post track from Soundcloud:

dow, Monday, 3 November 2014 21:58 (two years ago) Permalink

god bless tompkins square.

tylerw, Monday, 3 November 2014 22:00 (two years ago) Permalink


Karen Dalton (1937-1993) recorded two studio albums during her lifetime,
neither of which contain any songs she wrote. By the good graces of legendary
guitarist Peter Walker, who oversees Karen's Estate, we are gifted with these
lost lyrics, now given voice by other great women of song.



INgrooves in NA, Cargo UK for EU/UK
CD : TSQ 5173 / LP : TSQ 5180

dow, Tuesday, 7 April 2015 00:17 (one year ago) Permalink

That's interesting that Peter Walker oversees her estate

kurt kobaïan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 7 April 2015 13:16 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, I wonder if that helped to get any or all of those singers on there: "Oh wow, the Rainy Day Raga dude has Karen Dalton lyrics for me--?!"

dow, Tuesday, 7 April 2015 19:33 (one year ago) Permalink

dow, Tuesday, 7 April 2015 19:35 (one year ago) Permalink

i missed an appearance by him in minneapolis last year because i had to work, really sad about that

kurt kobaïan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 7 April 2015 19:53 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

NPR has the Patty Griffin cut from that Dalton record streaming:


Nice continuation of the soul/gospel sound she perfected on Impossible Dream/Downtown Church.

Indexed, Thursday, 21 May 2015 17:08 (one year ago) Permalink




GRAB LP's & CD's from Daniel Bachman, Tim Buckley, Ryley Walker, Peter Walker, Dino Valente, Charlie Louvin, Polk Miller, Hiss Golden Messenger, Max Ochs, Grammy-nominated Alice Gerrard, Imaginational Anthem guitar comps, more . . .

dow, Wednesday, 27 May 2015 23:18 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

The tribute album is the more cohesive for the occasional startling turn, which always quickly turns out (or in) to be appropriate: there are ancient quests, clues, disturbances now as landmarks, back there---but mainly: long gone lovers over troubles, recalled and still savored. Avidly, baby. Which makes some of those (still) startling sounds in the Julia Holtzer track work, building and not disturbing the vibe. Must check out some more Holtzer. Some of it seems too obvious a folkie approach at first, but think it all works (maybe/maybe not the last two cuts, but they are the last two, in any case). Dang, Rainy Day Raga Walker done good! Wonder if he got any turn-downs or no-shows, as surely can happen on these things.

dow, Tuesday, 16 June 2015 19:07 (one year ago) Permalink

speaking of^ recently discovered that walker put out a small dalton memoir/collection of her writings & songs a few years ago, excerpts here:


no lime tangier, Tuesday, 16 June 2015 19:34 (one year ago) Permalink

it's Holter, not Holtzer

he quipped with heat (amateurist), Tuesday, 16 June 2015 20:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Yep, Julia Shammas Holter, will check out more of her stuff. Lime, the CD booklet excerpts material from Walker's round-up of Dalton's writing, incl. his own intro: a memoir of their friendship, which lasted from 1961 'til 1993, the year of her death.

dow, Tuesday, 16 June 2015 21:33 (one year ago) Permalink

No Lime, that is (so bad with names today).

dow, Tuesday, 16 June 2015 21:34 (one year ago) Permalink

JOHN HULBURT - OPUS III - Out On Tompkins Square August 28, 2015


Guitarist and singer-songwriter Ryley Walker discovered the 1972 private press LP in a Chicago record store, loved what he heard, and teamed with Tompkins Square to produce the reissue.

John Hulburt (1947-2012) was a member of legendary mid-60's Chicago garage rock band The Knaves, whose records were recently reissued by Sundazed. Opus III showcases his exceptional talent on the acoustic guitar, proving somewhat of an anomaly in a city not known for its solo guitar recordings during this era.

Walker writes in his liner notes, "Solo acoustic guitar music was adopted by several in the Berkeley school and the ever expansive roots fanatics in the South, but here in the middle of the country with harsh winters and the landlocked prison of corn fields, it was almost destiny that the amplifier assault of electric blues and controlled chaos of dance music came from the South Side."

Opus III has another notable Chicago connection : It's one of the earliest studio credits for Styx and Ohio Players engineer / producer Barry Mraz. Styx's debut album would also be released in 1972.

The reissue of Opus III includes illuminating liner notes by John Hulburt's sister, Cynthia Fritz; The Knaves' Gene Lubin; and Ryley Walker, as well as vintage photographs.

'Opus III' Originally Released as Clarence Records CR-003, 1972
Recorded at Plynth Studios, Chicago February/March 1972
Engineer : Barry Mraz


Available AUGUST 28, 2015
CD : TSQ 5159 / LP : TSQ 5166
INgrooves in NA, Cargo UK for Europe

dow, Thursday, 25 June 2015 23:20 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...


Tompkins Square ‏@tsq2 27m27 minutes ago

I'm live on @kzsu 6-9pm PST. Stream it :http://kzsu.stanford.edu/live/"> http://kzsu.stanford.edu/live/

dow, Sunday, 12 July 2015 00:41 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

In recent years, the revered British guitarist and songwriter has seen his classic Harvest records from the 70's reissued by Light In the Attic, and he's toured with Bill Callahan, Kurt Vile, Thurston Moore and Bonnie "Prince" Billy. On the eve of the Fully Qualified Survivor's 75th birthday, 'Fish' finds Chapman vital as ever. Tompkins Square also released Chapman's 2010 double CD 'Trainsong : Guitar Compositions 1967-2010' and a tribute album, 'Oh Michael, Look What You've Done : Friends Play Michael Chapman' featuring Hiss Golden Messenger, William Tyler, Lucinda Williams and Thurston Moore among others.

"The footnotes and legends that line Chapman's 40-year career are the stuff of thick biographies and fireside storytelling sessions." - PITCHFORK

Chapman will appear at Tompkins Square label's 10th Anniversary Show
at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, NY on October 9th along with Peter Walker, Bob Brown and Ryley Walker. He will also play select dates on the East Coast with Ryley Walker:

10/08/15 North Bethesda, MD (USA) AMP
10/09/15 Brooklyn, NY (USA) Rough Trade
10/10/15 Portland, ME (USA) Waking Windows Music And Arts
10/11/15 Providence, RI (USA) Columbus Theater
10/13/15 Albany, NY (USA) The Low Beat
10/14/15 Northampton, MA (USA) Iron Horse Music Hall


dow, Monday, 17 August 2015 23:56 (one year ago) Permalink

Speaking of that 10th Anniversary Show:

dow, Monday, 17 August 2015 23:59 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

as announced upthread, garage rocker John Hurlburt made a solo acoustic LP, rediscovered/discovered by Ryley Walker, out now on TS; Stereogum compares the vibe to Nick Drake--I haven't had time to check it yet, but here tis, for the moment, on The Fretboard Journal's site:

dow, Tuesday, 1 September 2015 01:35 (one year ago) Permalink

The Record Store of the Mind

"Josh Rosenthal is a record man's record man. He is also a musician's record man. He is in the line of Samuel Charters and Harry Smith. In this age where we have access to everything and know the value of nothing, musicians need people like Josh to hear them when no one else can."
- T Bone Burnett

Grammy-nominated producer and Tompkins Square label founder Josh Rosenthal presents his first book, The Record Store of the Mind. Part memoir, part "music criticism," the author ruminates over unsung musical heroes, reflects on thirty years of toil and fandom in the music business, and shamelessly lists some of the LPs in his record collection. Crackling with insightful untold stories, The Record Store of the Mind will surely delight and inspire passionate music lovers ... especially those who have spent way too many hours in record stores.

Celebrating ten years in 2015, Rosenthal's San Francisco-based independent record label Tompkins Square has received seven Grammy nominations and wide acclaim for its diverse catalog of new and archival recordings.

Digital pre-orders:
Barnes & Noble

Paperback pre-order
Book release events :
October 7 - WORD Books, Jersey City NJ (Q&A w/ Amanda Petrusich, author of Do Not Sell At Any Price)
October 17 - Aquarius Records, SF (Litquake Lit Crawl. Also Ann Magnuson)
November 15 - Book Soup, Los Angeles (Q&A w/ Pat Thomas, author of
Listen, Whitey !)
December 5 - Folk Arts Records, San Diego (plus Roscoe Holcomb record release)
(More events to come, check therecordstoreofthemind.com for updates)

Tompkins Square will celebrate its 10th Anniversary with a concert at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on October 9th with Ryley Walker, Peter Walker, Michael Chapman and Bob Brown. Tickets and info:

dow, Thursday, 10 September 2015 22:47 (one year ago) Permalink

* Essential Traditional Americana
* 113 tracks. 30 Previously Unreleased.
* Co - produced by multiple Grammy-winner Christopher King

Tompkins Square invites you to check out the new box set from our friends at County Records. County has long been one of our favorite labels, so we are sharing their information with the press community in the hope that you will want to cover this monumental set. This treasure belongs in every traditional music fan's collection, right next to Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music.

'Legends of Old-Time Music' is a deluxe 4-CD box set containing one hundred thirteen old-time performances recorded for County Records from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Originally issued primarily on LP, most of these tracks have never been released on CD. Thirty of the tracks are previously unissued and heard for their very first time in this edition. Collected and recorded by Charlie Faurot, Bobby Fulcher, Rich Nevins, Barry Poss and others, these performances are among the very best old-time recordings made by "true-vine" musicians. Legendary performers include: John Ashby, E.C. Ball, Fred Cockerham, Kyle Creed, Tommy Jarrell, Clark Kessinger, Steve Ledford, Hiram Stamper, Wade Ward, Melvin Wine and many others.

This set contains a 28-page booklet with notes by Kinney Rorrer, annotations by the late Charlie Faurot and Kinney Rorrer, several
unpublished photos of musicians, and essays.

dow, Wednesday, 23 September 2015 01:40 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Ten Years of Tompkin Square---they've posted a playlist:

and a listening companion to the book Playground of the Mind:


dow, Monday, 26 October 2015 23:22 (one year ago) Permalink

Such a great label wish I didn't hear so many bad things abt the dude that runs it

Comme Si, Kamasi (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 27 October 2015 03:35 (one year ago) Permalink


wizzz! (amateurist), Tuesday, 27 October 2015 20:17 (one year ago) Permalink



Tompkins Square label is proud to announce the release of the first commercially available full live concert recording of old-time legend Roscoe Holcomb. The vinyl LP will be released in limited quantity on Black Friday via independent record stores. The CD and digital versions will be available widely on December 4th.

Discovered by folklorist John Cohen in 1959 in East Kentucky, Roscoe Holcomb is among the most revered traditional musicians to emerge during the folk boom of the 60's. A favorite of Bob Dylan (who name-checked him in his 2014 MusiCares speech), Eric Clapton, and many others, Holcomb's high lonesome singing and driving banjo style can be heard on several classic Folkways recordings.

San Diego Folk Festival 1972 was recorded at the annual event produced by Lou Curtiss, who provides insightful notes on how the concert came together. John Cohen, author of 'The High Lonesome Sound' (Steidl) also contributes new notes to the set. Previously unseen photographs from the event were shot by Virginia Curtiss. Jean Ritchie duets with Holcomb on a beautiful eight-minute version of 'Wandering Boy'.

CD : TSQ 5210 / LP : TSQ 5227
Tompkins Square is distributed by INgrooves and REVOLVER in NA, Cargo UK for Europe

dow, Thursday, 5 November 2015 00:25 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Quite a good album, posted about it on the Roscoe Holcombe thread. Re the xpost rediscovered Hurlbert LP, here's a follow-up:

Available now on Tompkins Square via every digital service, worldwide (also LP & CD)

Hear / Post "Sunrise" performed by Bill MacKay

Tompkins Square and Ryley Walker teamed up to produce a reissue of guitarist John Hulburt's 1972 private press LP, Opus III, released in 2015. Ryley and Bill MacKay released their duo LP, Land of Plenty, this year as well. And now Bill MacKay releases his own album of John Hulburt tunes !

Through his extensive work in creative folk, experimental rock, and improvised jazz, Bill MacKay has emerged as a highly inventive composer-songwriter and versatile, unpredictable guitarist. MacKay's recent releases include a duo record with Ryley Walker entitled 'Land of Plenty', and 'Altamira', the third recording by his band Darts & Arrows. MacKay is now featured on Tompkins Square in a unique setting playing music by Chicago folk legend John Hulburt.

'Sunrise: Bill MacKay plays the songs of John Hulburt' features MacKay's intimate takes on a handful of songs from Hulburt's 'Opus III' LP. 'Opus III' demonstrates Hulburt's incisive and melodic songwriting and sure command of fingerstyle guitar.

Rather than radically reinterpret the material, MacKay chose to largely follow the contours and melodic structures of Hulburt's originals while imparting his own unique phrasing and colors to the arrangements. His very personal interpretations on Sunrise should lead listeners not only to 'Opus III', but also to MacKay's own impressive and diverse catalog of songs and sounds.

** This release is dedicated to the memory of Gene Lubin, John Hulburt's dear friend and bandmate in The Knaves, who passed away on December 10th, age 71. Gene graciously gave us notes and photographs for the Opus III reissue, and was an inspiration to Bill, Ryley, and so many other musicians **

dow, Tuesday, 15 December 2015 00:53 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

The Record Store of the Mind
Book Tour 2016
17 Cities. 17 Special Guests.

"One of the most thoroughly enjoyable, informative, wise and good-hearted books ever written about music and the industry"
-- MOJO * * * * 4 STARS

"What pulls its disparate elements together is the accommodating warmth and wit of his writing and the wealth of great stories he has to tell"
-- UNCUT 8/10

Tompkins Square label's Josh Rosenthal will read from his new book, 'The Record Store of the Mind', w/ Special Guests :

April 2 - Deep Thoughts, Jamaica Plain MA w/ Sam Moss
April 3 - Feeding Tube Records, Northampton MA w/ Trevor Healy
April 4 - Albany Public Library, Albany NY w/ Mike Eck
April 5 - Rocket 99, Kingston NY w/ Peter Walker
April 6 - Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn NY w/ Kid Millions, Harry Taussig
April 7 - Brickbat Books, Philadelphia PA w/ Chris Forsyth
April 8 - Red Onion Records & Books, Washington DC w/ Bob Brown
April 9 - Atomic Books, Baltimore MD w/ Max Ochs
April 10 - Steady Sounds, Richmond VA w/ Diane Cluck, Mark Fosson
April 12 - Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill NC w/ Steven Weiss (UNC)
April 13 - Horizon Records, Greenville SC w/ Wes Tirey
April 14 - Downtown Books, Asheville NC w/ Wes Tirey
April 15 - A Cappella Books, Atlanta GA w/ Tyler Higgins
April 16 - Grimey's, Nashville TN - Record Store Day DJ set & signing
April 17 - Carmichael's Bookstore, Louisville KY w/ Nathan Salsburg
April 18 - Boxcar Books, Bloomington IN - A Bill Wilson tribute
April 20 - CityLit Books, Chicago IL w/ Mike Vallera

Media Inquiries

'The Record Store of the Mind' by Josh Rosenthal
Praised by The Believer, Oxford American, Boing Boing, Record Collector (5/5)......
ISBN : 9781625179135
Retailers : Available via Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Think Indie, Revolver


"Josh Rosenthal is a record man's record man. He is also a musician's record man. He is in the line of Samuel Charters and Harry Smith. In this age where we have access to everything and know the value of nothing, musicians need people like Josh to hear them when no one else can."
- T Bone Burnett

Grammy-nominated producer and Tompkins Square label founder Josh Rosenthal presents his first book, The Record Store of the Mind. Part memoir, part "music criticism," the author ruminates over unsung musical heroes, reflects on thirty years of toil and fandom in the music business, and shamelessly lists some of the LPs in his record collection. Crackling with insightful untold stories, The Record Store of the Mind will surely delight and inspire passionate music lovers ... especially those who have spent way too many hours in record stores.

Celebrating ten years in 2015, Rosenthal's San Francisco-based independent record label Tompkins Square has received seven Grammy nominations and wide acclaim for its diverse catalog of new and archival recordings.


> Check out the new Tompkins Square model guitar, built by Trevor Healy ! Video (linked in article) features William Tyler, Ryler Walker, Chris Forsyth and more. https://www.fretboardjournal.com/video/tompkins-squares-10th-anniversary-guitar

> Roscoe Holcomb 'Live at San Diego State Folk Festival 1972' recently
featured in The New Yorker http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-discovery-of-roscoe-holcomb-and-the-high-lonesome-sound?intcid=mod-latest

dow, Thursday, 3 March 2016 18:07 (one year ago) Permalink






Kid Millions is a musician, composer and writer best known as the drummer and founder of Brooklyn's experimental rock behemoth Oneida. For the last twenty years, Millions has been at the forefront of the NYC experimental music community collaborating with artists as varied as Laurie Anderson, Yo La Tengo, Boredoms, So Percussion and William Basinski.

Enter his album-length conversation with the recordings of the unjustly obscure guitarist Harry Taussig, whose 1965 private-press album Fate Is Only Once was reissued by Tompkins Square in 2006. This strange gem was followed by two new Taussig recordings - Fate Is Only Twice (2012) and The Diamond of Lost Alphabets (2014). Tompkins Square proposed that Millions take this raw material and fashion something completely new. Millions took the material up to Kingston NY and through working with his engineer Matthew Cullen emerged with an album of rare beauty in keeping with the spirit of Taussig's work while suggesting directions previously unexplored in his oeuvre. To create this new work, Millions and Cullen overdubbed guitars, drums and organs onto the original tracks and sent the material into other damaged psychedelic dimensions only hinted at in the original works.

Millions writes in the liner notes, "[Taussig is] not slavishly attended to technique but we also don't feel any boundaries to his expression. One of his classic tunes is subtitled "Fantasia in A" and in a way this term is a perfect label for his entire oeuvre. A fantasia is an improvisation that touches on many themes and styles. Some of his songs are very tight and tidy and I was drawn to some of them. But I also wanted to stretch these moments of loose revelation and turn a spotlight on Taussig's generous search."

We're left with a kind of revelation - a so-called "remix" album which can actually stand on its own and illuminate both artists' work.

* Kid Millions and Harry Taussig will perform at Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn NY on April 6th to celebrate the release. This will be Taussig's first-ever concert in New York City. Tompkins Square's Josh Rosenthal will also read from his new book, The Record Store of the Mind


dow, Thursday, 10 March 2016 23:54 (one year ago) Permalink



The first legit reissues of these rare, stellar LP's by DC-based singer/songwriter Bob Brown. Richie Havens took Bob under his wing, produced both albums, and released them on his Stormy Forest label distributed by MGM. Although they failed to make a commercial impact at the time, cosmic-folk enthusiasts and vinyl-heads have long placed these albums in high esteem alongside the works of exploratory greats like Tim Hardin and Tim Buckley.

Bob is still with us. He recently performed with Ryley Walker's band at Tompkins Square's 10th Anniversary show at Rough Trade, and he'll make special appearances to celebrate the reissues :

April 8th - Red Onion Records & Books, Washington DC (w/ Tompkins Square's Josh Rosenthal reading his book, The Record Store of the Mind) (6pm)

June 29th - Joe's Pub, NYC (9:30pm)

Available Worldwide May 13th, 2016
The Wall I Built Myself (CD : TSQ 5111 / LP : TSQ 5128)
Willoughby's Lament (CD : TSQ5135 / LP : TSQ 5142)
Tompkins Square is distributed by INgrooves and REVOLVER in NA, Cargo UK for Europe

dow, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 20:23 (one year ago) Permalink

What a voice--the soundcloud post in there between Karen Carpenter and Tim Buckley

dow, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 20:27 (one year ago) Permalink

Higher than Karen's? But the poise, with slightly precarious balance of both voices

dow, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 20:29 (one year ago) Permalink


Irish singer/songwriter Brigid Mae Power has shared stages with Lee Ranaldo, Alasdair Roberts, Richard Dawson, and Ryley Walker.

Born in London to a big Irish family, she moved to Ireland (Galway) when she was twelve years old. In addition to the guitar, she plays accordion, baritone ukulele, piano and harmonium; creating hauntingly dreamlike soundscapes.

Her self-titled debut album, recorded with Oregon-based musician Peter Broderick, will be released worldwide by Tompkins Square on LP, CD and digital on June 10th, 2016.


dow, Tuesday, 29 March 2016 17:55 (one year ago) Permalink

^^^sounds good!

nomar, Sunday, 3 April 2016 23:12 (eleven months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
three months pass...

Imaginational Anthem vol. 8 : The Private Press
Out September 16th on Tompkins Square
2LP set (only 500 - ltd ed) / CD / Digital

8th volume of the acclaimed acoustic guitar series focuses on impossibly rare private press recordings 1968-1995

The guy who taught Bob Dylan how to fingerpick. A sitar gifted by Jimi Hendrix. Among other obscure tales . . .

LISTEN /POST Gary Salzman "The Secret Forces of Nature" (1968)
ompkins Square label presents the 8th volume of Imaginational Anthem, the acclaimed series focusing on acoustic guitar, particularly in the American Primitive vein.

Since 2005, the series has revived interest in old masters of the genre while also giving many folks their very first taste of artists like William Tyler, Steve Gunn, Chris Forsyth or Daniel Bachman.

Volume 8, compiled by hardcore record collectors Michael Klausman (former used LP buyer for NYC's recently shuttered Other Music) and Brooks Rice, features some of the best and most obscure private press guitar records virtually no one has heard. In fact, so-called guitar soli expert, Tompkins Square owner Josh Rosenthal, had never heard of a single artist on the comp (except for Perry Lederman, whose track was Josh's sole contribution to the collection). "Just goes to show what a bottomless pit music discovery from the past continues to be. There's just no end to all the riches from past decades."

Amidst the obscure entries are bits of rock-star lore; Joe Bethancourt was supposedly given a sitar by an admiring Jimi Hendrix, and Perry Lederman was reportedly responsible for teaching Bob Dylan how to fingerpick. But the true joy of this collection is derived from discovering incredible acoustic guitar performances completely lost to time. Until now.

BINGE-LISTEN TO ALL 7 volumes of Imaginational Anthem on Spotify

2LP Gatefold set (Ltd 500) : TSQ 5289
CD : TSQ 5272
Distributed by INgrooves and Revolver in NA, Cargo UK for Europe

Tompkins Square Catalog: http://www.tompkinssquare.com/releases.html


1. One Kind Favor Perry Lederman
2. Snow Queen The Keithe Lowrie Duet
3. Obadiah Michael Kleniec
4. Where The Pinery Narrows Lee Murdock
5. White Pines Tom Armstrong
6. Raga Joe Bethancourt
7. The Presence Kip Dobler
8. Wen Also Found Herb Moore
9. That Spanish Thing Nancy Tucker
10. The Diamond Cutter Jackdaw
11. Missy Christa Rick Dietrick
12. The Secret Forces of Nature Gary Salzman
13. Prayer Blessing Stan Samole
14. Blue Wind Boy Russell Potter

dow, Tuesday, 9 August 2016 20:47 (seven months ago) Permalink

Thought I'd just stick this here (from the Rolling Takoma thread)

got to check out the new imaginational anthem - private press thing coming out soon, and seriously, it is fantastic. not the same old-same old by any stretch. lots of interesting surprises, all killer no filler.

― tylerw, Tuesday, August 9, 2016 3:37 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

You were right when you said exactly the same thing about the latest Wayfaring Strangers so I'll take your word for this one too.

― Evan, Tuesday, August 9, 2016 3:49 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Speaking of IA Vol. 8, think somebody on here was asking about track list? Just posted that & other info, with a couple audio links, on the Tompkins Square thread.

― dow, Tuesday, August 9, 2016 5:11 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Saw that, thanks! So is this all stuff with vocals or guitar soli style?

― Wimmels, Tuesday, August 9, 2016 5:44 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

all instrumental, mostly acoustic

― tylerw, Tuesday, August 9, 2016 5:48 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Ah, great! Gonna pre-order this one. Thanks.

― Wimmels, Tuesday, August 9, 2016 6:59 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Just had the promo for this - cracking cover! Some of those titles, though - the genre is ripe for parody, innit.

― Sunn O))) Brother Where Art Thou? (Chinaski), Tuesday, August 9, 2016 7:03 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Tyler's right, this is a great comp. The stuff on here I'm not immediately connecting with has less to do with the quality of those tunes as it does my relationship to some of these styles and my personal saturation point irt Westernized 'ragas' (give me "East West," Peter Walker, and Sandy Bull, and I'm good for like three lifetimes) and the endless "bluesy and bendy" recitations of things that all sound like variations on One Kind Favor / Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down / Cannon Ball Rag / etc. The tracks on here that fall into those camps are very good, they just don't move me. Stuff like Stan Samole's "Prayer Blessing" and Herb Moore's "Wen Also Found," though - whoo boy, those are hitting the spot.

I'm like most of you in that all but one or two names here are completely unfamiliar to me (which, as someone else said, is kinda insane if you think about it), and though the temptation is always great to just seek out the full albums by the three or four players you like most on the comp and forget to buy the comp, I'm glad I pre-ordered this one and look forward to many more spins.

― Wimmels, Wednesday, August 10, 2016 11:35 AM (3 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Wimmels, Wednesday, 10 August 2016 19:08 (seven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...


Snake Pit out November 18th on Tompkins Square LP/CD/Digital


Harvey Mandel is among the most innovative guitarists to emerge from the Chicago blues scene of the late 1960s. His career began at Twist City and other local hotspots, sharing stages with Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Buddy Guy. He came up in that scene alongside Charlie Musselwhite, Mike Bloomfield, Barry Goldberg and Steve Miller, leading to an invitation from Bill Graham to open for Cream at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium in August 1967.

Mandel was a member of Canned Heat, appearing with them at Woodstock. He played on numerous John Mayall albums, and on the Rolling Stones' 1975 LP Black and Blue ("Hot Stuff", "Memory Motel"), having auditioned for Mick Taylor's job, which ultimately went to Ron Wood.

Known for his "tapping" technique and sinewy, sustain-driven phrasing (thus his nickname, "The Snake"), Mandel's solo albums such as Cristo Redentor, Baby Batter and Righteous have been sampled and drooled over by guitar geeks, DJ's, and fans of funky, soulful, otherworldly composition.

Harvey's fifteenth studio LP and his first widely distributed album in 20 years, Snake Pit was recorded in two days at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA. Harvey teamed with fellow Chicago-based musicians Ben Boye (keys), Ryan Jewell (drums), Brian Sulpizio (guitar), and Anton Hatwich (bass), who have all played with singer/songwriter Ryley Walker, among their many other musical pursuits. Harvey and the band had not met previously, nor had they rehearsed. He played snippets of song ideas for the band on his iPhone, and then they would lay down a track in one or two takes. Hard to believe when you hear the album, but that's exactly how it went down. Minimal overdubs with strings and percussion were added, but mostly what you hear is what happened spontaneously in the studio. The album contains six new original compositions by Mandel and two revisited songs : "Baby Batter" from his 1971 Janus LP of the same name, and "Before Six" by Larry Frazier, which appears on his first album, Cristo Redentor.

Snake Pit marks a spirited return in a career that now spans six decades -- all the more intense and poignant given Harvey's recent battle with cancer.

Read more about Harvey Mandel via Aquarium Drunkard:

Track list:
Snake Pit
Space Monkeys
Baby Batter
Before Six
Ode to B.B.
Harvey Mandel - Guitar
Ben Boye - Keys
Anton Hatwich - Bass
Ryan Jewell - Drums
Brian J Sulpizio - Guitar
Jose Najera - Percussion
Recorded at Fantasy Studios
Real strings arranged and performed by Dick Bright
Produced by Harvey Mandel and Josh Rosenthal
Recorded & mixed by Jesse Nichols
Mastered by George Horn

dow, Thursday, 29 September 2016 17:17 (six months ago) Permalink

Had missed Richard Crandall's TSQ reissue In The Flower Of Our Youth 'til tylerw's recent tweet about listening to it, and just got this about his new album:

Eugene-based guitarist Richard Crandell's 1980 private-press LP
In The Flower of Our Youth is one of our favorite rainy day / road trippin' solo guitar records. Reissued on Tompkins Square in 2008, it captures the aura of the Pacific Northwest in unique and powerful ways.

Crandell's struggle with Essential Tremor moved him toward the mbira (African thumb piano), and he recorded on the instrument for John Zorn's Tzadik label. But Richard has returned to the guitar at times. Then And Now is comprised of material recorded over the past 25 years, some recorded this year, all previously unreleased.

Here is Richard's own take on the new album, Then And Now :

"Most of these recordings were discovered about five years ago. They were recorded on a DAT recorder in the '90s. "Road Trip" was in standard guitar tuning, capo on the 2nd fret, inspired by my 50-state 'American Friends' tour. "Funk Dat" (love the blues), "Haley Suite" (love Bach) and "Route 22" (love Tennessee) were tuned in DADEAD, capo on the 2nd fret. "Over/Under" (love John Fahey) was in dropped D tuning with the capo on the 2nd fret. "V-Blues" (love Scott Joplin) was in DADGAD, capo 2. It was the only tune which I've written that has a modulation by "brute force." "American Friends" was my 12-string rendition of a Bill Bartels' classic, reflecting his Virginia roots. "Swallowtails" was a solo 12-string version of a duet which I wrote in the early '80's. I like my foot-tapping on this one. The duet was originally on Oregon Hill with Bill Bartels. "Unknown Lament" was a 12-string piece from the same album. This solo version has a unique coda. "Down to Earth" was recorded 3 years ago. and was written in CGDGBE, a tuning which Tim Danforth showed me. The last tune, "Cinema Verité", was recorded a couple of weeks ago, on Kyle Lindros' ukulele. It is my only uke composition. Kyle's dad Billy, named it, as well as In The Flower Of Our Youth and many of my other tunes. English is my second language. Music is my first. Especially rhythm. Enjoy!"

Then And Now is now available via every digital service, worldwide.

dow, Tuesday, 11 October 2016 18:12 (five months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Available Everywhere Jan 27, 2017

Richard Osborn, Endless

https://soundcloud.com/tompkinssquare/in-a-monastery-garden-by-richard-obsorn"> https://soundcloud.com/tompkinssquare/in-a-monastery-garden-by-richard-obsorn

First-generation American Primitive guitarist Richard Osborn studied with Robbie Basho in the late 60's. 40 years later, Osborn finally recorded, appearing on Tompkins Square's 'Beyond Berkeley Guitar' comp in 2010. 'Endless' is his first widely available solo guitar album.
LP (TSQ5340) ltd. ed of 500 / CD (TSQ5333)

"[Osborn has] an unhurried, quiet spirit of adventure, a love of ringing strings and slowly revelatory meditations on the natural world."- Acoustic Guitar

"He's a student of mine and he's better technically than me or Fahey."
- Robbie Basho

Acoustic Guitar Sessions Presents Richard Osborn's Steel-String Ragas:

dow, Monday, 12 December 2016 23:40 (three months ago) Permalink

awesome, he's Proper, looking forward to it

ogmor, Monday, 12 December 2016 23:50 (three months ago) Permalink

yeah, this one was pretty great: https://richardosborn.bandcamp.com/album/freehand

tylerw, Monday, 12 December 2016 23:57 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Tompkins Square to Reissue Rare 1975 Private-Press LP by Philip Lewin, Available on LP/CD/digital 2.24.17

"Phil Lewin's homespun debut is a loner folk masterpiece; accidentally psychedelic, lit by heartbreak and timeless in its sadness and hope."
- Jeff Conklin, WFMU

Philip Lewin
Am I Really Here All Alone ?
1975 Private-press LP (only 300 signed and numbered copies pressed at the time) now remastered from the original tapes.

In his own words, today :

In 1967 I began my life in the student union of a university. In other words, I was in school. But, classes definitely took a back seat to people-watching and attempts at relationships. I would not say that I was particularly good at the latter, but I made a great observer. I even stayed near the school community for an extra year until an opportunity came up to move in with friends in Toronto, Canada, which turned out to be a pivotal opportunity for me.

I was once told that one should first write about one's own experiences, then, expand to documenting the observed experiences of those around, and, finally write about what one imagines. Am I Really Here All Alone? encompasses all of the above. Something else I realized in writing lyrics is that sometimes it is good to be transparent about the meaning and others times, not so much. "Unusual Day" is an example of me being honest struggling to develop and maintain a relationship, but ultimately realizing it was not going to succeed. "Watercolours" documents a crushing experience, but is couched in metaphor. I hope that listeners will relate through their own experiences, and because my reality is implied, not specified, will not be limited to mine. "Sweet Georgia" is an example of me, as a writer, leaving my personal space. I think of it as an attempt to clone William Faulkner to Bobbie Gentry. "The Magic Within You" is actually a commission where I was asked to write a song for a benefit to be performed by Doug Henning, the groundbreaking stage magician and friend. I once heard John Prine complain that there was no point in writing a 'train song' because Steve Goodman had already written the perfect one with "City of New Orleans". Naturally, I had to write "Back Home, To You", my idea of a train song where I tried to capture the movement of the train in the rhythm of the guitar. As for the other six songs, to me, they all reflect realities, experienced, observed and imagined. Descartes said, "I think, therefore I am." However my question is, "Am I Really Here All Alone?"

-Philip Lewin, 2017

LP (ltd 750) - TSQ 5326 / CD - TSQ 5319

dow, Thursday, 2 February 2017 01:51 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Listening to this Lewin LP, it's pretty great


Dinsdale, Friday, 24 February 2017 21:11 (one month ago) Permalink

You know, it's weird: I always though this was a pretty good / above average psych folk record, but then I heard the far-less loved follow up, Diamond Love and it was way more my speed. Totally different vibe (more cocaine-and-jacuzzi / real people than stoned / pensive), an entirely different mood. If you have any interest whatsoever in that style, it's worth finding!

Wimmels, Friday, 24 February 2017 22:22 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah, i just had a friend tell me the same thing -- kinda more of a full-band boogie thing?
i like the one Tompkins just released, though (though occasionally that noodly lead guitar action wears thin).

tylerw, Friday, 24 February 2017 22:29 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Good news about this guy today:

Legendary guitarist Harvey "The Snake" Mandel (Canned Heat, John Mayall, Rolling Stones) has had quite a week in support of his new album, Snake Pit. His MOJO interview just hit, he was featured on NPR World Cafe, he announced a show in Chicago with Ryley Walker's crew backing him up (May 13th, Martyr's), and today is his BIRTHDAY !

Tompkins Square's Josh Rosenthal wrote about Harvey in honor of his 70th birthday two years ago.http://www.aquariumdrunkard.com/2015/03/11/harvey-mandel-an-appreciation-on-his-70th-birthday/ A couple of things have changed since then - Harvey is presently cancer-free, and Tompkins Square released Snake Pit, his most acclaimed new album in decades.

BUY 'Snake Pit' on LP/CD

"Mandel's trademark sound is as supple and searing as molten steel" - DOWNBEAT Editor's Pick
"A storming return to the fray" - MOJO, 4 Stars
"True musical heroes are hard to find, and Snake Pit could be the album that finally gets Mandel his due as a top-shelf guitar savior" - CHICAGO READER

Snake Pit - TSQ 5296 CD / TSQ 5302 LP - Tompkins Square is distributed by INgrooves and Revolver in NA, Cargo UK for Europe

dow, Monday, 13 March 2017 19:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

wait rolling stones? when?

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 13 March 2017 21:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ha, i think he auditioned in the mid 70s (and maybe plays on a track on Black and Blue?)

tylerw, Monday, 13 March 2017 21:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

looked it up, yeah he plays on "hot stuff" and "memory motel"

tylerw, Monday, 13 March 2017 21:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah---Wood wasn't totally settled in, so they also had Mandel and Wayne Perkins and maybe some others.

dow, Monday, 13 March 2017 21:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

A Weekly Sale from Tompkins Square

Each Friday, we select 4 titles from our deep catalog under a theme, and they're 5 bucks each. Sometimes CD, sometimes vinyl. The only catch is you gotta buy all four, which is still a pretty good deal.

Inevitably, when we do a limited edition piece, we wind up with a few extra boxes around the ol' HQ. Here's what's on offer this week ! :

Roscoe Holcomb - San Diego Folk Festival 1972 - Vinyl LP
Michael Hurley - 78rpm 10" vinyl
Dillard Chandler - The End of An Old Song - Vinyl LP
Tyler Ramsey (of Band of Horses) - 78rpm 10" vinyl

For all 4 items above, paypal $20 directly to :
orders at tompkins square dot com
For Canada, add $25
For the rest of the world, add $35

The deal is good til next Friday, when we'll pick another four titles for you.

removed from the rain drops and drop tops of experience (ulysses), Friday, 17 March 2017 18:36 (one week ago) Permalink

Brigid Mae Power is releasing some new stuff (not on Tompkins Square, but her album from last year was so good I figured i'd post it here nonetheless)


nomar, Saturday, 18 March 2017 20:28 (one week ago) Permalink

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