Trash Records Audio Report (Part 1: 1998-2008)

2008 marked the 20 year anniversary of Trash Records.

Here is a playlist for your listening pleasure from the first 10 of those years. It’s not comprehensive (there are bands from those 10 years not represented), nor is it fully representative of each of the bands featured (some of them have done things that sound quite different from the songs here); it is, rather, a little taste of some of the things we did in those first 10 years. It’s not a “best-of,” as lots of best songs were surely left off of the list. I chose fast here; making a series of quick decisions about a set of stand-out songs that work together as a play-list and introduction. (They are culled from MP3s made at different times and are therefore at different bit-rates.) Enjoy!

You can download the songs here, or stream it below:

01 Dumbass – Cash (Single Version)
02 Dumbass –  Blindness
03 Dumbass –  Bored & Stupid (V.2)
04 Pin – Warlust (Single Version)
05 Pin – missile defense
06 Pin –  Amerikatowne
07 Vates Mortis – This Evening
08 Vates Mortis – The End of the World
09 Vates Mortis – Summertime
10 YPC – Computation Calculation
11 YPC – Retro Boogie 3
12 YPC – Love in the Evening
13 Triceratops – Angry Walrus
14 Triceratops – Bill the Conq
15 Triceratops – Triceratops (Live)
16 Mr. Spooky Band – In the Den of the Leopard
17 Mr. Spooky Band – The Seduction
18 Dumbass – Deep Eyes
19 Dumbass – History
20 Dumbass – Making This Thing
21 Zeke Mason – Mind Under Matter

Stream the playlist on youtube:

 

 

Pin: yngamrcns

Fresh for the Holiday Season we present a new Pin single and some Pin news:

There will be a new Pin album in 2019 (music is recorded, but no lyrics yet… it should get finished in the Summer and be out then).

In the meantime here is a new stand-alone Pin single (these songs won’t be on the album).

…Enjoy!

Pin – YNGAMRCNS [SINGLE]

01 right

02 yngamercns

03 a long day

04 reprise lullaby

Pin – Is This Today?

Is This Today? is the second single from the lovely Pin album: Internet Sarcasm. It’s a toe-tapping delight, complete with 5 lovely b-sides, all unreleased until this very moment… Enjoy!

01 – is this today?

02 – what is that?

03 – emulator

04 – novelty for the uninitiated

05 – succumb

06 – wearing down

Now isn’t that lovely?

Oh, did we not mention? There’s also a video! Now how nice is that?

 

 

The Fools Community Orchestra- EP 2!

We invite you to enjoy this lovely new EP from “The Fools Community Orchestra” entitled: “EP 2.”

It’s a lovely 6 tracks of lovelyness.

01 Lovely Things

02 All Sorts

03 Crux

04 No

05 No Way

06 Secret

And please, please, please enjoy this lovely video for the new song “Lovely Things.”

And, if you’ve decided that that is just NOT enough Fools, here is the first Fools EP.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration. May all of your days be sunny and bright (if you go in for that sort of thing).

“Love and ribbons of puppies,”

Steve the Ape

New Dumbass Album: Robbing Graves

Robbing Graves, the new album

Robbing Graves0“The negative form of the self exercises a loosening power as well as a binding power; at any time it can quite arbitrarily start all over again, and no matter how long one idea is pursued, the entire action is within a hypothesis.”

 

Robbing Graves is the new release from Dumbass.

It is an intense expressionist and experimental suite of music in two parts. The first part (the title track), is a 54 minute piece of music that is both sonically and lyrically challenging. It is deeply intertextual, both formalist and freeform, with lyrics in 4 languages, and music that moves from minimal and quiet to brash and noisy.

Robbing Graves weaves the past and present together, figuratively and literally through extensive use of archival recordings and incisive self-reflection.

The second part plays more like a traditional album, with more manageable song lengths, but it is in fact a continuation of an overarching narrative that moves, from bar 1 of part 1 towards its inevitable conclusion in the final song.

The album is available to download for free here at the Dumbass website.

Robbing Graves PortfolioIt is also available in a portfolio edition, with 2 CDs, a liner-book, and 4 hand printed woodcuts. Contact us through the Trash Records Facebook page if you are interested.

Finally, you can also stream the first Part of the album on youtube and vimeo.

New PIN!

p11_tack“Tack” is the new single from PIN.

“Tack in” is the b-side for the new single (“Tack”) from PIN.

Together, “Tack” and “Tack in” comprise the new release from PIN.

Here is a link to download the new song “Tack” from PIN.

Here is a link to download the new song “Tack in” from PIN.

To the right of this text is the cover art for the single “Tack”, the new release from PIN.

Below this text is the full booklet for the single “Tack”, the new release from PIN.

We hope you enjoy “Tack”, the new release from PIN.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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New Dumbass Release

d28-posterThe Execution of Random Actions (2005)

Random Action #1

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Random Action #19

Random Action #20

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A Little History:

In 2002 Dumbass recorded an album called The Execution of Certain Actions, an album based on exploring the concept of ritual… particular actions taking place in particular ways, in particular times and places… As we put it at the time: “Time and space themselves are the instruments here. Recorded at night in scrap yards, railway tunnels, and atop a 40 foot metal tower, the recording process is ritualized and ritual represents the musical score.”

In 2005 we returned to the idea, but this time we decided to explore its opposite pole… we delved into the idea of randomness… if ritual is all about the significance of actions, we wanted to explore the meaninglessness of actions. As I put it in the recent retrospective:

“We explored the notion that human beings are no more able to be truly random than computers. We began each recording session with no pre-decided ideas or plans. We tried to do things randomly:

“I’ll record some drums.”

“I’ll record some bass.”

“I’ll chop up what you just recorded.”

“I’ll chop up what you recorded a week ago.”

“I’ll slow this down.”

“I’ll delete the guitar.”

Etc. etc. etc.

We plugged instruments in or miked them up and just pressed “record.” Lyrics were written the same way: I would randomly decide to lay down a vocal. Sometimes I would open my notebook and just write whatever came out, sometimes I would decide to edit this or that text, sometimes I would just stand at the mike and make it up on the spot. At one point I flipped through my notebook, reading lines and words from songs from previous albums at random. And yet…

And yet, it’s all strangely musical. And yet, lyrical themes developed (a series of song texts that revolve around the seasons, for instance). Random things should surprise you… what surprised us was just how un-random it all sounded. We had an inkling that this is how it would turn out, but not the extent (did this inkling affect the outcome?).

I like this album a lot, but it got a bit lost between the bigger projects that preceded and succeeded it. It’s nice then to put it out now where it can breathe a bit more.

This is a noisy album, it’s sonically harsh at times, but it has, I think, a strangely deep musicality to it that I have a hard time explaining (a result, no doubt, of the “random actions” forcing our musical subconscious, instincts, muscle-memory, etc. to take the wheel as our conscious planning-minds tried to forsake the driver’s seat). It’s also a lively and, I would say, again, strangely joyous album.”

 

I hope you enjoy it,

ZM