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The first issue of Fred Thomas' Balcony, a highly enjoyable take on the now-rare music-focused variety zine. Balcony is a joy. The brilliant opening essay (on the naming of zines and bands and season three of Jersey Shore) brought me back to a golden era of zines that I often long for, and the rest of the zine stays on this bright path with a short history of post-punk, a list, and an interview with sound artist Andrea Pensado...[ continued ]

A repress of the 2015 four-track home recordings of Detroit band Bonny Doon. Hazy, Echoplex-laden, alt-country-tinged pop anthems. 

Released on Life Like. Listen on Bandcamp.

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A long-lost 12" EP from the late great City Center. Four woozy, atmospheric, skewed dream-pop tracks. On clear, screen-printed, one-sided vinyl. So gorgeous!

Preview on Quite Scientific. The last few copies from the original 2010 500-copy pressing!

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Before her Polyvinyl pop gem, Quit The Curse, there was Party: the Beach Boys' Party-inspired solo debut from Anna Burch (Failed Flowers, Frontier Ruckus). 

Released on Life Like.

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Claire Cirocco, Emily Roll, and Fred Thomas combine to make pulsing, triple-synth soundscapes that are "strongly under the influence of Windam Hill." 

Released on Life Like. Listen on Bandcamp.

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A collaborative project between drone musician Dominic Coppola and musical chameleon Fred Thomas. Soundscapes to get lost in. 

Released on Life Like. 

Like a chamber-pop band led by a synth player and inspired by Nico Muhly's Mothertongue and John Cale's Artificial Intelligence, Land & Buildings' Huron River Eclipse is an album "similar in tone to lonely morning rain or the stillness of a roadside motel on the long drive through the desert to nowhere."

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A stunning indie-pop gem a piece from Michigan's finest: Fred Thomas (Saturday Looks Good to Me, City Center) and Anna Burch (Failed Flowers, Frontier Ruckus). On rich maroon vinyl.

Released on Polyvinyl Records, distributed by Life Like. Listen on Bandcamp.

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A split release from Murder City Devils' frontman Spencer Moody and Little Stray, the solo project of Rabbits to Riches' guitarist Chris Baldys. Two sides of smart, intimate bedroom folk in handsome handmade packaging. Comes with a mini-zine of lyrics and words from each songwriter. 

The first release from This & That Tapes, the new label from the folks at Displaced Snail Publications...[ continued ]

In this issue of Somnambulist, Martha Grover publishes her mom Frani's letters to Portland mayor Ted Wheeler regarding Portland's housing crisis. This far-reaching collection of letters brings in personal, literary, and historical viewpoints. Largely, she writes from her perspective as a long-time advocate for houseless communities. She talks about the friends she's made in these communities over the years and the challenges these friends have faced, trying to get through to the mayor...[ continued ]