Aug 20, 2012
NEW LITTLE BLACK CLOUD RECORDS BAND ALERT ! ! !
Once upon a time there was band from Seattle, WA called Welcome on Fatcat Records that I liked a lot. I mean A LOT.
In fact I worshiped their album Sirs so much that I named it my favorite record in 2007. I loved them for their strangely wonderful combination of raw '60s mod garage Rock with the cool Kim Deal side of the Pixies blended in. They delivered an unbelievably interesting combination of something old and new but they sadly faded away. leaving fans like me hoping that someday an offshoot band would sprout up.
Enter Universe People in 2012 and one very happy me.
Welcome's female bass/volcalist player Jo Claxton has a new band and I enjoyed their songs so much I pretty much begged to put them out. I worship their angular female fronted energy that has the power of UK Riot Grrrl bands like Huggy Bear with a post punk dose of The Fall added in. (Also for fans of Delta 5, Country Teasers, Wire, Dolly Mixture, The Stranglers, and The Breeders off the top of my head)
So there it is. We have a new member of the Little Black Cloud Record's family : Universe People!
Their debut album will be released February 12th, 2013 but in the meantime enjoy their band page and follow them on Facebook. A video is in the works right now for their first single so stay tuned for that in weeks to come!
Read on for their official bio:
Once upon a time, Jo Claxton accidentally wandered from her hometown of Sydney, Australia and ended up in Seattle, WA. In 2010, several years and several bands later, she approached Kellie Payne to play bass and sing with her. The idea was to make simple, angular songs based around sweet but stark girl-vocal harmonies. Jo had recorded six demos in her basement in the winter of 2010 to get things rolling. Next, Jo needed some drums, so she contacted the ever-popular drummer about town named Dave Ramm. This was in a vanishingly small window of time when he was not actually in a band, in March 2011. Universe People were born and began playing out in Seattle. Early in 2012, they recorded 10 songs for a full length LP at the all analog Pool Recording Studio, in Portland OR.
Dave also plays drums in Wimps, and Kellie plays drums in Eyes and Teeth.
Don’t mistake Universe People for a Czech-Slovak UFO space cult. But they could melt your brain and take you to outer space if you let them. Let them!
Aug 9, 2012
We are releasing a debut single on October 16th by Malhombre, a Richmond, VA artist who is new(ish) to our music community but has been making tremendous music for decades. Read on to learn more!
Malhombre is Frederic Blasco.
Born in Paris in the late ‘60s, he began playing guitar in his teens and has dedicated himself to the musical arts in both France and America (Richmond, VA / NYC) ever since.
In 1997 Blasco began leading a musical project called Blasco Ballroom that for a brief time included Sam Fogarino who would later join Interpol. When the Blasco Ballroom evaporated after the release of their one full length recording , Blasco decided to focus on playing keyboard for other musicians and put his own art aside. He first toured with Cordero, then April March, and eventually landed in Interpol for their 2004 tour. Following his stint with Interpol on the road, he then played with Mikael Jorgensen from Wilco, the Secret Machines, Adam Franklin(Swervedriver), Depedro (solo project of Jairo Zavala from Calexico). He also joined Magnetic Morning, when Sam Fogarino and Adam Franklin decided to flesh out their project.
In short, Frederic Blasco has played with many incredibly talented and respected musicians but after years of letting others take the spotlight, he is ready to step back into it. This leads us to the present tense where Frederic Blasco has recently returned back to Richmond, VA.
Malhombre is his newest creative venture that began as a solo project but more recently has developed into a full band that explores the space between the seductive charm of Serge Gainsbourg and the bleak balladeering of The Tindersticks.
His debut single on Little Black Cloud Records represents the first step in Malhombre’s dazzling musical timeline; before his present band line up was secured. Here a gifted group of guest musicians have helped him flesh out his first two songs “Musique Rock” and “Fini”, and it is these recordings that grace the two sides of this single.
The hypnotic A side entitled “Musique Rock” was inspired by the 1999 French film Une Liaison Pornagraphique and features April March on vocals. Here she sings entirely in French with a delicate melancholy tone and to round out this song beyond guitar, Steve Weiss drums (he has also played with AM and Depedro).
“Fini” on the AA side is a smouldering, breathy duet sung in French and English and takes place between Blasco and Melissa Auf der Maur of Hole /Smashing Pumpkins / MAdM. The music also features several friends of Blasco who have played with a myriad of bands such as Cracker and Sparklehorse. As the title “Fini” suggests, a love affair has ended and the man has drunk his way out of her heart.
Together these two songs celebrate a classic sexy ‘60s French ballad style that sounds modern yet timeless. They describe affairs of the heart but avoid the trappings of a sappy love song.
The 7” will be limited to 500 copies on deep red opaque vinyl and comes housed in a handsome die-cut sleeve designed by Kenneth Close. Artwork also includes a Slept In Beds image taken by Nicholas Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeas).
Publicity : PRawr / Talia Miller - email@example.com
Contact info : Tracy Wilson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Distribution : Cobraside - email@example.com
Band Site: http://malhombre.bandcamp.com/
Aug 4, 2012
Straddling the stillness and razor-sharp menace of the music, this is a short film for "Choeur II," by Gauchiste member Tomas Phillips and filmmaker Dean King.
Jul 7, 2012
Hello and a happy Summer to you,
The best news I can offer is that I am employed again and a new full time job means I can afford to put out new records again, YAY! And speaking of new records, there will be at least two coming out this year.
The first of these two releases is a 7" single mostly sung in French by the Richmond, Va artist Malhombre. It features guest vocals by two amazing women, April March on one side and Melissa Auf der Maur on the other. There will be lots more information about this release in the weeks to come but first we are trying to finalize the artwork. Like all of our releases, the cover art is as important to us as the music. Our goal is to have the single come with a hand stamped envelope nestled into the front cover that will contain a two sided insert. The front will be a spectacular image taken by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) from his Slept in Beds photograph series and the back will contain all the details about the recordings.
Here is a picture of the man himself, meet Malhombre.
This tremendous photo is by PJ Sykes.
The other record coming out this year is a 12" EP from Stephen Brodsky, frontman to the band Cave In. Right now we have 5 songs mixed and ready to go but there could end up being one more snuck into the line up. I should have an update about this shortly. In other Steve happenings, he recently played a show with the legendary band Codeine in Brooklyn. Check out this video of Stephen playing the aptly titled song "Cave In" with Codeine; Stephen's apparant enthusiasm for sharing the stage with them is pricess.
In other major news, all three members of Gauchiste are now members of the mighty Loincloth (a Southern Lord Records band) . Tannon Penland was already a member of both bands but just last month it was announced that Tomas Phillips and Craig Hilton have also joined forces and this means we can expect some Loincloth live dates in the Fall. YES! And do to so many requests we have done one last repress of the Gauchiste CD in the metal tin. They are available from our webstore right now and Cobraside Distro should have them back in stock lthe week of the 23rd.
Also do to high demand, we did one more limited repress of the Dunebuggy LP. This second press of 100 feature a change in the color vinyl (was white); 50 in blue and 50 in red. Collect all three and feel super patriotic! Our web store should have these two new colors in about two weeks. I will announce it here when they are in stock. This also means our distributor Cobraside will have them in a few weeks too.
A happy belated birthday to Runhild Gammelsæter! And what could be a more appropriate news story on her big day than physicists finding the elusive particle believed to be the key to understanding the universe? If you are familiar with Runhild's debut solo release Amplicon you will understand why the date of this discovery couldn't be better.
Last but not least my new band Positive No has finished a 5 song and we have a 6th one in the works now. This means we are about half way towards having enough material to record a full lenth and should have enough songs to start playing out by late Summer. We now have a permanent drummer, Will Thompson who had been playing with Thao With the Get Down Stay Down. We are still on hunt for a permanent bass player (hence why we haven't played out yet) but hopefully we will secure the final piece of this puzzle soon. This does mean I have been a little distracted from working on Ringfinger material but I do plan on recording an EP of new material in the near future.
Over and out,
Jun 18, 2012
This is a Little Black Cloud Records first and I am thrilled to finally offer a music video for one of our artists. The video was shot by myself and my better half Kenneth who does all the graphic design for the label. It was animated and edited by Jason Quarles and I deeply thank Kenneth and Jason for all their help and hard work as well as Gauchiste for giving me their blessing to experiment with visuals put to one of their songs.
Our goal was to create something that wasn’t filled with stereotypical images typically associated with heavy music. The idea was to study our surroundings and discover the weight, beauty, and unearth darkness in surprising places like delicate orchidaceae that upon closer investigation look monstrous and erotic or a simple swinging rope curled accidentally like a noose.
The song viols comes from the self titled Gauchiste album that came out earlier this year on the label. It is available on CD, LP, and the digital format.
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Apr 19, 2012
Did you see the line up this year for the amazing Hopscotch Music Festival this September? Not only are acts like Roots, Built To Spill, Yo La Tengo, Sunn o))), Liars, Zola Jesus, etc playing (...the list goes and on and o) but tucked at the end of this tremendous list of talented people are two people near and dear to my heart; Craig Hilton and Tomas Phillips.
Those two gentlemen also happen to represent 2/3 of Gauchiste and I am so happy they will be performing this year.
See ya in September!
Apr 17, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
The Friday night Dunebuggy record release party was a blast. Thanks to all who came out to support the event, Dunebuggy for letting me be a part of this record, Hi-Fi for letting us take over the room for a few hours, and Kenny / Paulie for donating their DJing skills. The night felt like a reunion of sorts, not just because Dunebuggy was a band that came and went in the '90s and this is the first time many people are hearing all of these songs but for all the old familiar faces who came out to say hello and celebrate this release.
My head spins when I think about all the incredible friends and talented people who were all there on Friday. There were so many of my creative heroes in one place; lots of great writers, label /record store/distro people, and holy cow - the musicians! Sorry to get all mushy here but when I think of how lucky I am to know such inspiring people, it is hard not to gush. I may be in the occasional band or run a small label but at the end of the day, I am a music fan first and foremost. Check out this list of bands that were represented in one way or another on Friday. If you grew up on the East Coast in the past three decades loving indie music, I think you will understand why I am so honored to have so many of these people all in the same room at the same time.
Dunebuggy, Dahlia Seed, Positive No, Merel, Radio 4, Garden Variety, Nolan Gate, Coheed & Cambria, Rorschach, Teen Idles / Double-O / 3/ Bert was in too many bands to list them all (HA!), Cave In, Old Man Gloom, and Ancient Sky to name a few.
Here is a picture of Keith Renna (Dunebugggy drummer), me (Dunebuggy guest vocalist), and Jon Procopio (Dunebuggy singer/guitar player). We haven't all been in the same room together at the same time in probably 12 to 15 years so needless to say, Friday wasn't just a record release party, it was like seeing family.
Mar 30, 2012
Head on over to our web store and order yourself up the Dunebuggy - S/T - LP that is limited to just 100 copies.
What come with this record you ask? White vinyl, a ful color matte finish jacket with art by band member Jon Procopio, a lyric sheet insert, and a digital download card. And if that isn't enough. The first 15 people who place a pre-order will also a get bonus free 7" single that Dunebuggy released on spinART Records back in the '90s, a split with the band Moped, and an indie Pop classic to boot.
Unsure if you want to buy this record without hearing it first? How about you stream the whole LP for free and hear the Pop perfection for yourself. GO HERE.
Mar 21, 2012
We pressed up another 100 LPs. The only difference between this pressing and the first is the color of the font on the cover; we went with blood red this time rather than olive green.
Once this press is sold out it will be out of print for good so grab your copy ASAP.
Mar 7, 2012
If you find yourself in NYC on Friday, April 13th please drop by our free Dunebuggy record release party to say hello.
Dunebuggy's LP comes out via Little Black Cloud Records on 4/17 and you are cordially invited to their listening party that is taking place 4 days sooner than their official street date. You will not only be among the first people on the planet to hear all of these these songs ,you will also have the opportunity to buy their record, hob nob with the band, and hear a DJ set including some of our favorite '90s indie bands.
Come celebrate the long awaited release (like 17 years!) from Dunebuggy, a posthumous collection in LP form that marks the first time many of these songs have ever been heard. Those that have been previously released feature alternate recordings or mixes and all tracks have been freshly re-mastered. Not only will we be playing the record for all to hear for the first time, but we will also have it available for purchase for $20. For those who buy this record at the event they will also be given an extra special bonus prize. The records are limited to just 100 copies and come on white vinyl so needless to say they are VERY LIMITED. Attending this party will give you the best chances of actually getting your hands on a copy. Founding Dunebuggy members Jon-Michael Procopio and Keith Renna will be in attendance too, making this the next best thing to a reunion show.
If the release of their incredible music isn't enough, the party will be held at our favorite East Village bar Hi-Fi (AKA THE Hi-Fi BAR) which to many of us old timers might be better known as the location of NYC's seminal indie rock venue Brownies (RIP). Who could ask for a better, more appropriate location for this record release.
And the icing on the cake? DJ's Lightning's Girls (Little Black Cloud Records owner) and KJC (the label's art director) will also be Djing their most beloved '90s indie Pop records (vinyl!) in the vein of The Lemonheads, Blake Babies, Helium, Beat Happening, Built To Spill, Pavement, ETC.
We would love to turn this fantastical record release party for Dunebuggy into a reunion of sorts for those of you who grew up in the NJ/NY/CT indie Rock / Pop scene in the '90s who probably also grew up going to shows (and playing shows at Brownies).
A huge thank you to Dunebuggy for letting me put out this album and Mike from Hi-Fi for giving us his bar for a few hours.
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Mar 6, 2012
Check out this mid '90s Dunebuggy demo review in CMJ.
Feb 28, 2012
No rest for the wicked here!
We will have the second press of the Gauchiste LP in house and ready to ship next week. To keep things interesting and fresh we have changed the color of the font on these covers to a rusty blood red. We have just a few copies of the first press in stock so order ASAP if you want one of those.
And speaking of interesting, Tomas of Gauchiste has a new limited solo Pro Tape release (Morceau de Nature )out under the name LAC. You can check it out / buy it here. He has also done a collaberation with Luigi Turra called "Vignettes Amplifie" which is available through this site.
The Dunebuggy S/T collection is due April 17th. The LPs are at the pressing plant now and it looks like we will have a record release party in NYC mid April. It will be open to the public, free to get in, and there will be copies of the LP for sale there along with a bonus prize with purchase. More details about the event will be posted here soon.
Stephen Brodsky has finished recording three out of four new songs for his upcoming Little Black Cloud EP. He has been working with an old friend and recording studio genius named Phil (has worked with New Pornographers, Okkervil River, and St Vincent to name a few) and together they have managed to create my favorite of Steve's solo material to date. At this pace I am guessing we will have this out by Summer? I hope!
Ringfinger has an EP waiting to be recorded and the only thing holding this up is a lack of funds. This goes for my other band Postive No as well. We have 4 songs in the works with a 5th on the way. Our goal is to record and release this material later this year too but in the meantime, you can check up on the new demos as we post them here.
Feb 14, 2012
My introduction to the band Dunebuggy began where the foundation of my passion for music did, at a record store. I started working at Flipside in Pompton Lakes, N.J. while I was a junior in high school (late '80s) and remained at the shop for nearly 5 years. During that time period my social circle and our regular customers were one and the same. From this music obsessed community came two people who began playing music together while still in high school and eventually settled on the name Dunebuggy. Although we all grew up just a few towns away from each other in Northern New Jersey, it was only when I began working at Flipside did I meet Jon Procopio and Keith Renna. We all were around the same age but more importantly we were interested in Alternative music now referred to by most as “indie rock”. We liked a lot of bands (grunge, twee, shoegaze, punk, and harcore) and at the top of the list were groups like The Lemonheads, The Blake Babies, The Replacements, and Pixies however we also followed a lot of complex guitar bands like Polvo and The Treeople too (crazy guitar tunings, timing, and wacky chords). In turn the music we were interested in making for ourselves would follow along similar lines.
By the early '90s I was determined to take my love of music and apply it to starting my own band. I didn't know how to play an instrument yet but I liked to sing and was drawn to the the guitar; mostly because my first serious boyfriend and our roomie at the time played guitar and there was always one around to pick up and strum. What few people know is that it took a prodding from Jon of Dunebuggy get me to write and record something. He offered me a side on a split 7” with Dunebuggy and I agreed to try to at least give it a whirl. If my first song was suitable for public consumption then it would go on to become the flipside to their song Vanillaroma. (Their second release that was also scented like Vanilla ALA the car freshener) From this experiment the Dunebuggy / Brokenmouth split single was born. Jon, Keith, and I played together for the next 5 years on and off again. As a footnote I've been playing music under different names ever since this debut and I am indebted to Dunebuggy for giving me my start in music. Not only was Dunebuggy a damn fine, truly talented band but they were among the first men I knew who treated female musicians as equals. (Thanks guys!)
I was never an official member of Dunebuggy but I occasionally sang on their songs, practiced with them from time to time, and Jon became the first of a string of second guitar players in my band, Dahlia Seed. Needless to say my connection to Dunebuggy goes back a long way but even if I didn't practically grow up with the two founding members of the band, I would still be obsessed their music. I don't think they they ever thought they wrote songs as good as the bands we grew up worshiping but after revisiting their catalog for this collection to be released on my label in April of this year, I discovered this truth. Dunebuggy wrote incredibly memorable, complex pop tunes I place on the same alter with songs from that time period by Built To Spill or Pavement. While Dunebuggy released a handful of singles and played out live a decent number of times, they broke up before they ever had a chance to catch on nationally or release a full length record. Until now! I am absolutely thrilled Keith and Jon have been willing to let me dredge up our past and give these songs are proper release in 2012.
Below is a a brief bio of the band as well as the details of this upcoming release.
Artist : Dunebuggy
Title : Dunebuggy
Street Date: 4/17/2012
Cat#: LBC 006
Format: LP (100 copies / white vinyl), digital
LP UPC: 609788169697
Years Active - 1991-1996
File Under : Pop / Rock
Hometown: NYC / NJ
Members: Jon-Michael Procopio, Keith Renna, Michael Reilly, and guest vocals by Tracy Wilson
RIYL: Melodic Indie Guitar Pop, Lemonheads, Built to Spill, Unrest, Archers of Loaf, Pixies, Blake Babies, Pavement
Associated Acts : Dahlia Seed, Melting Hopefuls, Brokenmouth, Cogs, Jungle Creeps
Born of suburban boredom, the D.I.Y. aesthetic of skateboarding, and an obsessive appreciation for well-crafted pop tunes, Dunebuggy had the great fortune of being part of the inspiring New York City music scene of the mid 90's. What started as a duo of friends (Keith Renna and Jon-Michael) butchering cover tunes by their favorite punk bands, evolved into an original power trio with the addition of bass player Michael Reilly, and was occasionally complimented by vocalist Tracy Wilson (Dahlia Seed).
Drawing a heavy influence from both the Boston music scene(Lemonheads, Pixies, and Blake Babies) as well as inspiration from legendary bands such as the Replacements, Sonic Youth, Minutemen, and the Pretenders, the band focused on becoming a tightly knit unit intent on creating clever indie rock with pop hooks.
Dunebuggy's sound is punctuated by quirky phrasing, angular guitars, and imaginative lyrics. The bands goal was always to put the songs first, doing what was best for the them as a whole, and attempting to craft short works of pop perfection with a healthy dose of experimentation. Hard hitting, inventive drumming grounds the entangled and intertwining bass and guitar work. Indie pop, heart on the sleeve songs are shrouded in lyrical intricacies and cryptic prose.
Dunebuggy would go on to open for indie rock legends such as Archers of Loaf, Blonde Redhead, Air Miami, Superdrag, Damon & Naomi, Spectrum and the Apples in Stereo.
Publicity : PRawr / Talia Miller - firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb 1, 2012
The Little Black Cloud 2012 release line up is looking like this:
* Dunebuggy - S/T collection on April 17th.
* Stephen Brodsky EP in the Summer.
* Ringfinger 3 song EP in the Fall.
* Positive No single in the Winter.
Jan 24, 2012
Jan 23, 2012
Jan 18, 2012
Two things to share today.
Here is an interview with Loincloth where they talk about Gauchiste. Tannon plays in both bands and both records came out on 1/17/2012. Very metal!
And here is a Gauchiste interview - the first one! (and it even includes a proper band photo that not even I have seen before!)
Jan 17, 2012
If you live in Richmond, VA, the CD and LP is available at Deep Groove, Plan 9, and Steady Sounds TODAY.
If you are a record shop (or a customer at a local store) elsewhere in the world., the CD and LP will be available through Cobraside with a street date of 1/31 and should start shipping out next week.
If you are more into the digital thing, the music is available through all your traditional MP3 stores like iTunes and Amazon RIGHT NOW ! ! !
Copies of the CD and LP are also available through our webstore.
Thanks to all who have already purchased it or made mention of it in the press. Most of all a huge thank you to the members of Gauchiste for making such an interesting and exciting record, Kenny for making it look so darn handsome, and Talia for getting word out to the press. The label might be just me on paper but it really is everyone who helps to make these releases possible and those of you who are kind enough to support us by buying the art we release.
Jan 9, 2012
Great is a failed description of what this RVA Mag review actually is.
This is the kind of review that makes me ashamed of all the various things I have tried to say or write about Gauchiste and the kind of music they make. My words are like a clumsy quivering third grader's Etch A Sketch outline of the band's art and this review manages to capture the record as if it what as an Ansel Adams still life photo.
Thank you RVA Mag. Truly, thank you.