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Psych-folk cabaret from the mind of Olympia composer Jeff Shannon. Surprising arrangements and dream-logic lyrics in soundscapes of uncommon textures. Sinisterly absurd. Infectiously unusual.

Hand-stamped covers with a hand-cut stamp by Jillian Chaplain. Tapes are protected with a (removable) bandage. Paper insert with short poetic-prose essay on the There Will Be Casualties concept (emotional bandages, the armor of habitual protection, a mask of disguise or defense)...[ continued ]

A tribute album to lo-fi bedroom folk pioneer Linda Smith. A much-deserved 19-track compilation with covers and interpretations from Rose Melberg, Christina Scheneider, Silly Pillows, Keel Her, and many more.

Released on Lost Sound Tapes. Listen on Bandcamp.

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The 12 songs on Through Tough Thoughts serve as postcards from the road. Tales of leaving and returning. Small epics about failure and hope-in-the-face-of-adversity. 

Jordan O'Jordan's songwriting has never been more intricate or wise. Lyrical complexity that echoes albums like Joanna Newsom's Have One on Me, Songs: Ohia's The Magnolia Electric Co., and Mirah's Changing Light...[ continued ] Jordan O'Jordan- A Lonely Road

Seven power pop anthems from long-running Australian band, The Cannanes. Sounds like nothing else. Recorded in Olympia in the mid-90s and released on Yoyo Recordings.

The Cannanes- Pillows

Long-running Portland freak-folk band Pelican Ossman returns with their best yet. The Touchstone is a perfectly bizarre record of experimental garage pop with odd rhythms and group sing-alongs. 

Released through Ewe of Now Recordings. On handsome yellow cassettes. Listen on Bandcamp.

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Pelican Ossman- The Touchstone

Otherworldly hammered dulcimer lushness. Surprising, largely instrumental, with splashes of Dorothy Carter's mystical Malvina Reynolds-esque vocals.

Smartly hand-printed and designed. Released on Why the Tapes Play Records. 

Last two copies! Seattle’s own Shenandoah Davis works her magic on a Paleo song and a Shelby Sifers song. Nothing could be wrong with this. Hand numbered and complete with digital download card.

Listen on Bandcamp.

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Addicting lo-fi bedroom pop that runs the gamut. Stripped down folk to walls of sound, all offering a different sort of unnameable nostalgia.

Listen on Bandcamp.

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Last copy! Cock and Swan's wash of synths and bass heaviness mix with sparse acoustic guitars to create something that is the best of so many genres.

Unrecognize finds them coming out of their lo-fi shell and having beats that blow your mind. Plus hypnotizing story songs and so much more.

This is such a deal, too. Not only do you get one of the best albums of the last few years, but you get it on vinyl and CD (plus two digital download codes!), all for ten bucks...[ continued ] Cock and Swan- One Hundred

Corespondents
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Seattle’s Corespondents are a whirlwind. Three superb musicians who span the musical map- from western swing to Bollywood steel and a good many things in between. They have a magical quality of appealing to just about everybody without fitting nicely into a style, often being pretty weird, and not having a singer.

This album is the perfect album for a good many situations- dinner parties, acid trips, movie sequences, road trips, and the like...[ continued ] Corespondents- Demon Mustache