Ian Drennan Premier’s “Asclepias”, Flower of Love LP Out Now
Ian Drenna’s new album “Flower of Love” is out now!! In honor of it’s release we are very happy to reveal a track off the new album. Take a listen to Asclepias:
A collection of defamiliarized love songs, Flower of Love was composed using samples gathered from the intimate spaces Drennan inhabited while in the company of others. Thwarting the lone-artist model dictating so much electronic music production, Drennan construed Flower of Love through a process of opening and affirmation, sharing his process rather than stealing moments here and there to compose privately. Tonal sequences across Flower of Love service this approach less metaphorically than performatively, as the album’s practical context becomes just one element of Drennan’s immersion into unprecedented aural environments.
Ian’s new album is out now and can be found at the UP online shop, your local record store or favorite mail order site.
April 30, 2015
NEW FROM KING CYST: LISTEN TO “CHINESE WIND”
King Cyst is back! Three years after their debut album Real Pussy
graced our ears and minds, the band will return this summer with a new effort, King of New York
Our first taste of the 42-minute odyssey comes by way of the song “Chinese Wind”, which premiered via The Fader
last week. “…Made up of layers of comforting sounds,” including, “…pastoral flutes, gooey guitars, recorded nuggets of actual human laughter,
and the tender baritone of principal songwriter Luka Usmiani,” you can get your listen in below. Be sure to stay tuned for more King Cyst news coming soon!
October 22, 2014
UNDERWATER PEOPLES X PACIFIC CITY –
FOURTH WORLD MAGAZINE VOL. II
Pacific City Sound Visions has relocated it’s massive headquarters to Belgium. To insure Americans direct access to Spencer Clark, his latest triceratops, and future gems of unimaginable worth, Underwater Peoples Records is proud to announce an official corporate partnership. As of today, Underwater Peeps will be handling Pacific City’s distribution and direct order sales to The United States of America. International orders will continue to be fulfilled by Pacific City
Our first offering is of course, Fourth World Magazine Vol. 2 – Pinhead In Fantasia – AVAILABLE NOW
. Purchasers receive the 12″ LP + a 12 page opus. “Art and text to blow your mind by” by AR FAUST (film envisioner), Spencer Clark, and David Keenan.
The album was recorded in an Open Air theater and in a golden metal box simultaneously. If you are interested in the incredibly limited companion cassettes and DVDs (Privatemovies), please email us
1. PINHEAD IN FANTASIA
– A NEW IMAGE OF MAN
– LAMENT CONFIGURATIONS IN WALT DISNEY
2. FEMALE CENOBYTE’S DESCENT INTO KOMODO GARDEN
3. FROLICKING AND MONSTERS
– BUTTERBALL CAPRICCIO
– CHATTERERBOX INTERMEZZO
– ALLEGRO FOR CD
4. THE FANFARE OF THE ASCENSION OF THEE FACEHUGGER
All this and more is available on The Dolphins Into The Future/ Monopoly Child Star Searchers Europe Tour. 2014. – happening now.
OCTOBER 22ND GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
OCTOBER 23RD ROME, ITALY
OCTOBER 23-24TH SARDINIA, ITALY
OCTOBER28TH MILAN, ITALY
OCTOBER 29TH ZAGREB, CROATIA
OCTOBER 30TH BELGRADE, SERBIA
OCTOBER 31RST BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
NOVEMBER 1RST PRAGUE, CZECH
NOVEMBER 3RD VIENNA, AUSTRIA
NOVEMBER 4TH BERLIN GERMANY
Rest assured more coming fast in tow —-> FUTURE
September 12, 2014
NEW VIDEO: FREE TIME – GUESS WORK
Free Time have released a video for Guess Work along with their new 7″
, premiering on Brooklyn Vegan
. Directed by Johann Rashid
, the beautiful video was “shot in stark black and white … [and] fits the song’s vibe, a quiet portrait of New York City that looks like it could’ve been made by Beth B or Jim Jarmusch in 1980.” Check it out below and get your copy of the 7″ now.
Free Time have a string of shows with some other great acts leading up to this year’s CMJ Festival:
September 21 – Glasslands – w/ Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, Cassie Ramone and Liam Betson (Tickets)
September 26 – Death by Audio – w/ Dick Diver, PC Worship and Dark Blue.
Plus more for CMJ TBA!
August 6, 2014
UP Mixtape #9: The Lost Art Of Telephone Repair – Andrew Cedermark
The latest addition to our mix series is brought to us by NJ native and long time UP artist Andrew Cedermark. In “The Lost Art Of Telephone Repair” Andrew guides us through close to an hour of some of his favorite tunes, both new and old, giving some insight into the inspiration for his own work. Check the mix + tracklisting below:
Richard Brautigan reads from Trout Fishing in America
Chris Cohen — “Heart Beat”
Milton Nascimento/Miles Davis interlude ft./ Werner Herzog and Eddie Van Halen
Daryl Hall w/ Robert Fripp — “Babs & Babs”
John Lennon — “Aisumasen (I’m Sorry)”
Pure X — “Shadows and Lies”
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles — “Ooh Baby Baby”
Milton Nascimento/Sacred Harp interlude ft./ Philip Larkin reading “Aubade” and Eddie Van Halen
Fairport Convention — The end of “Matty Groves”
Ronee Blakley — “Dues”
Lou Reed — “Waves of Fear”
Aaliyah — “Choosey Lover” ft./ Tuvan throat singer Soriah getting voted off “America’s Got Talent”
Bob Dylan & The Rolling Thunder Revue 1975 — “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You”
Randy Newman — “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today”
Andrew has released two LPs (Moon Deluxe, Home Life) via Underwater Peoples over the past few years. Both LPs are available via the UP Online Shop
.. Stayed tuned for more upcoming Andrew Cedermark news and show announcements.
July 22, 2014
FREE TIME ANNOUNCE NEW 7″ / STREAM “GUESS WORK”
Free Time will be releasing a new 7″ this August, “Esoteric Tizz” / “Guess Work”, and you can listen to the Martin Courtney -recorded “Guess Work” right now over at Stereogum
. “Over glowing organs and crisp guitar strums,
the band muse on the unpredictability (and clearly the “guess work”) that comes with love,” writes Stereogum’s Martin Bowe. The striking cover art was designed by Sylvia Jeffriess
, who also did the poster for the release show on August 7th at Baby’s All Right
July 8, 2014
STREAM MELTED TOYS DEBUT LP
Head over to Pitchfork Media Advance
to stream Melted Toys debut LP in full. Visual accompaniment is provided by Anibal Bley. The stream will be up and available to listen to until the album’s release date on July 15th, 2014.
The band will also be hitting the road this month for a US tour. Make sure to check their merch-table for limited tour edition LPs, tshirts and more. Check the dates below for the show nearest you.
7/14/2014 • San Francisco, CA • Slims w/ Love Cop
7/15/2014 • Los Angeles, CA • La Cita w/ Devon Williams, Catwalk
7/16/2014 • Phoenix, AZ • Parliament w/ Pretty Things
7/17/2014 • Austin, TX • Cheer Up Charlies w/ Street Gnar
7/18/2014 • New Orleans, LA • The Pool w/ Street Gnar
7/19/2014 • Atlanta, GA • 259 w/ Street Gnar
7/20/2014 • Nashville, TN • Betty’s
7/21/2014 • Lexington, KY • Sidecar w/ Street Gnar
7/22/2014 • Washington, DC • The Commune w/ Street Gnar, Go Cozy
7/23/2014 • Philadelphia, PA • Kung Fu Necktie w/ Street Gnar
7/25/2014 • New York, NY • Cake Shop w/ Street Gnar, Free Time, Tonstartsbandhit
7/26/2014 • Cleveland, OH • Happy Dog w/ Street Gnar
7/28/2014 • Chicago, IL • Empty Hole w/ Street Gnar, The Lemons
7/29/2014 • Minneapolis, MN • Organ Haus
7/30/2014 • Kansas City, MO • Replay Lounge
7/31/2014 • Denver, CO • Hi Dive w/ Fresh & Onlys
8/2/2014 • Boise, ID • The Crux
8/3/2014 • Portland, OR • East End w/ Love Cop, Honey Bucket
You can pre-order the self-titled LP at the UP shop
May 22, 2014
STREAM THREE LEGGED RACE’S “ROPE COMMERCIAL VOL. 1″ EP
Listen to Three Legged Race’s Rope Commercial
EP in its entirety courtesy of Fact
The album is out next Tuesday, May 27th but is available for preorder in the store
MELTED TOYS PREMIERE “OBSERVATIONS”
In anticipation of their upcoming LP release, Melted Toys has released the dreamy “Observations” via Noisey
Check it out below and preorder the self-titled LP in the store
April 23, 2014
MELTED TOYS ANNOUNCE LP + NEW SINGLE, “BLUSH”
After three years of radio silence from San Francisco psychedelic popsters Melted Toys, Underwater Peoples is happy to announce the release of their self-titled debut album this summer! The first single, “Blush,” is streaming up on Spin
, but you can check it out below and preorder the LP here
The band consists of longtime pals Stephen Harkins, Daniel Rosado, Brian Wakefield, and Ole Haarstad, and their casual bond laces the new LP with an unpretentious languidness that’s both downcast and serene, while still retaining an uptempo pop feel. The eponymous work is reminiscent of mid-career FELT, where Maurice Deebank’s somber leads colored each and every detail, rather than having just issued showy statements at predictable intervals. Highlights along the Melted Toys LP spark from timely synthesizer voicings as well, mixed in fantastic contrast against the shadowy mid-tones of Wakefield’s bass and Haarstad’s metronomic drums.
The three-year wait for this debut (since the wonderful Washed & Dried EP
) irked friends and followers close to the band, but it was the unfortunate result of a laptop left aboard a BART train to who-knows-where. And so it goes – Melted Toys seems to have used the guffaw to their advantage, having relocated to Los Angeles while singer-guitarist Steven Harkins traveled in Asian and wrote an additional half of the material.
In Tapei specifically, the sounds and visions of surrounding villages inspired Harkins and his partner Isabelle to take in as much as possible, everyday setting out, walkman in hand, to discover and explore the region. Soundtracked by Shinsei Kamattechan, Pootee’s Yen Kids Mix, Chris Rainbow, and lots of J-pop artists, Harkins contends that his time away was imbued with a sense of musical voyage, with the goal of writing new stuff for Melted Toys. Much of which was composed using an old acoustic guitar that Isabelle’s father had used while playing in Taiwanese bands in the 70s.
Harkins’ journeys framed a more patient and laid back approach to tracking, which in today’s frenetic, all-or-nothing music market is certainly unusual, but of course has worked to Melted Toys’ advantage. The songwriting process evident throughout the album is just as much about that space in between song creation, i.e. the life lived outside of music making – the waiting, the strangeness of dreams, and the redundancy of daily life underpinning the desire to escape. This is the color outside the lines of the album’s twelve tracks, and the source of the album’s emotive intensity.