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Co-founded in 1978 by Chris Cutler, London-based ReR Megacorp remains a musician-led independent label after almost 40 years. Blithely disregarding market wisdom, it continues to release titles across a wide spectrum of genres.
ReR is home to cult bands This Heat, Henry Cow, Faust, Art Bears, The Necks...
THRUSHES ANNOUNCE MORE TOUR DATES! 07/11/2007
Thrushes are pleased to announce a summer and fall tour in support of their debut album “Sun Come Undone” distributed exclusively by Morphius Records. Thrushes have garnered an enormous and ecstatic response to their album, winning CMJ’s Sonic Bids Spotlight, a remarkable achievement earned well in advance of their first major tour. In early April, soon after the release of Sun Come Undone, Thrushes were the most blogged band in the world according to Idolator, outranking even The Shins, who had just released their much hyped third album.
Thrushes’... More >
BANG! BANG! LIGHTNING TIES NOW AVAILABLE 07/06/2007
Jack Flash, the lead vocalist/ guitarist of Chicago “Sex Rock” band Bang! Bang! has recently designed the most electrifying tie yet. The ‘lightning bolt’ tie, Flash’s trademark on stage ever since the band started in late 2002, is finally available for all to wear, on and off stage alike.
“The lightning bolt tie came to me in a flash of inspiration, no pun intended," stated Flash. For the past five years, Flash bought ties from thrift stores and strategically cut these into the shape of a lightning bolt. Now, this striking new line of ties are... More >
STRIKING: JACK FLASH MARKETS LIGHTNING TIE 06/25/2007
early lightning tie prototype
From the Chicago Reader:
"Local retro-ish rockers Bang! Bang! aren't so much concerned with discovering new sounds as they are with kicking around a bunch of proven punk ideas. But singer/guitarist Jack Flash is breaking out some next-level sartorial/merchandising schemes with the introduction of his Bang! Bang!-branded lightning bolt-shaped neckties. The press release that popped up in my inbox today lays out the unconventional neckwear's evolution:
"Originally Jack cut his ties from pre-existing thrift store ties. This... More >
FIRST TWO REVIEWS OF NEW DEATH SET CD 06/21/2007
Yay! The first two reviews of The Death Set's latest release have popped up. Check out the Baltimore City Paper's take here.
Austin's Covert Curiousity blog had this to say:
"Earlier this week I received word about yet another exciting act who call Baltimore home. They're called The Death Set, and they have an album coming out next week via Morphius titled Rad Warehouses Bad Neighborhoods. It immediately caught my attention when I first turned it on, and I've found myself listening to it over and over again to shake cobwebs of dull music out of my... More >
PITCHFORK ON SI, PARA USTED 06/19/2007
Pitchfork finally got around to lauding Si, Para Usted: The Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba, a house fave here at Morphius. You can check out free mp3s from the compilation here.
"Cuba was a late 20th Century anomaly: a repressive communist government that fostered a vibrant, influential, and essential musical output. Cuban sounds resonate and persist in music throughout Latin America, Africa (where some of the most popular styles have roots in the Cuban rhumba), Europe, and even, yes, the United States. Americans tend to think of Cuba as... More >
PONYTAIL + THE DEATH SET TOUR SEND OFF WEDNESDAY! 06/18/2007
Ponytail and The Death Set will be kicking off their national tour here in Baltimore this Wednesday, June 20th with special guests Know Your Canary, Toronto's dd/mm/yyyy and kid punkers Eyeball Skeleton. The Death Set are touring in support of their latest release Rad Warehouses, Bad Neighborhoods. Apropos, the show is taking place at a venue that undoubtedly helped to inspire the album's name!
From the press release:
Early 9:00pm start as eight-year old JJ Brown and ten-year old Charlie Brown from Eyeball Skeleton can't stay up too late.
Floristree... More >
NO AGE MAKES PITCHFORK'S RECOMMENDED LIST! 06/11/2007
No Age has just dropped their album Weirdo Rippers, compiling material from their highly collectible vinyl releases, including Every Artist Needs A Tragedy, Dead Plane and Get Hurt. Weirdo Rippers garnered an 8/10 from Pitchfork, securing a spot on their Recommended list. Also, Bradford Cox of Deerhunter recently christened No Age his favorite new band in a recent Pitchfork Guest List.
This adulation follows hot on the tail of The Fader's frequent big ups of the band, including using their song "Neck Escaper" in a recent podcast mix.
THIRD EYE OF THE TIGER: THE DEATH SET IN XLR8R 06/07/2007
Guess who turned up in XLR8R's photo feature of SXSW?
The Death Set's new CD, Rad Warehoues Bad Neighborhoods, is dropping on the 19th of this month. Featuring twelve tracks of frenetic gutter pop, including remixes from Bonde Do Role and Dan Deacon and video footage from Chicago's Mauled By Tigers Festival.
Just got a peek at the hand-screened flags that will be tucked inside the CD, emblazoned with a two-faced riled tiger! You can hang it on your wall, run it up a pole, or sew it on your jean jacket, you know, the one with the sleeves cut off.... More >
DREAM ROCK: BADICAL BEATS ON THRUSHES 06/06/2007
Badical Beats review of Thrushes debut album Sun Come Undone:
A new genre has officially been coined. It's called "Dream Rock", and you won't quite understand it until you listen to this week's Badical Find, a band called Thrushes from Baltimore. You can hear hints of Dream Rock (also known as Dream-Core) in a few other Baltimore-based bands like Beach House and Arbouretum. Drenched in reverb, these guys push the "talent knob" to the limit with their swirling guitar riffs, goddess-like melodies, and crashing drums.
Listen to a stream of the full... More >
BALTIMORE BONKERS: DAN DEACON AND WHAM CITY 06/05/2007
Lately the music press has been spilling a lot of ink over the homegrown Baltimore phenomenon of Wham City. Yet even music lovers within Baltimore are unclear as to just Wham City is. A venue? A collective? A song by Dan Deacon? Actually it's all three, or was all three, as Wham City the venue has been shopping around for new digs according to a recent article in Baltimore's City Paper.
Not unlike the storied Fort Thunder, which spawned bands like Lightning Bolt, Wham City is a collective of artists working in many mediums, including music. There's... More >