Archive for September, 2010

Tapessss

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Back in the mid 90’s Eric’s and my first band The New Tribe put out our first release on Cassette.  It was still a pretty common format for the times but as the years passed digital formats slowly eroded cassettes from our world.  Now with audio files being so ubiquitous, and therefore somewhat disposable, we look back on those analog days with a better understanding of the beauty of this medium.  With this in mind, we are happy to announce that Alchemist Records will be making forays back into the realm of cassettes! 
I myself was somewhat skeptical about cassettes, remembering some of the downsides (ie. the small artwork format, the hiss, fast forward/rewind?, sun melt and having to take apart eaten tapes and try to put them back together).  But, after making the master tapes for Atlantic At Pacific’s “Weddings” and One In A Googolplex’s “The Dropout Cats” I can safely say that it’s a very warm and pleasant way to hear these recordings and the whole process of making them brought back a fondness for the more involved and slowed down ritual of using these little plastic magnetic wonders.  The “Weddings” and “The Dropout Cats” tapes should be available around October 19th. More details will follow.
There is a huge underground tape resurgence happening and we are glad to be jumping back into this world.  Perhaps Edison cylinders are next.
btw. For those super old school people we still have a few unopened copies of The New Tribe tape and also a rare unreleased Suncrush for Sweethearts tape that are available for purchase 8$ each. If interested send an electronic mail. We’ll have more details on those in our upcoming store improvements.

The Hardest Part “Maxi on Mini” single out Nov. 16th

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

I and I is nearing completion on a new record and now we have the first real evidence of that effort.  It’s a single edit of one of the album’s best tracks “The Hardest Part” backed by two remixes and an extra called “Pocahontas”.  “The Hardest Part” starts with a lo-fi wistful piano and builds into a space disco anthem on distance, visions/dreams and the departed.  We feel it is one of I and I’s best and most compelling songs to date!
The remixes are provided by our own chilled out beatsmith Atlantic At Pacific who turns out a suitably spacey voyage propelled by his trademark breaks.  The other remix is provided by the Italo Disco aesthete Nassau who brings his edit expertise to the effort and the resulting 808’s and new wave synths are a triumph.  The last track was originally intended for a compilation known as “The Color School Project” which is a collection of songs about famous, gifted or historically significant children.  I and I’s take on Pocahontas is bound to be the first time any one has approached the subject armed with cheap synths and distorted beats.  It’s closest relative (at least in terms of concept) would perhaps be OMD‘s great “Joan of Arc” and “Maid of Orleans” songs.
The mini part of the equation is that it will be out on a limited edition 3″ mini CD with a gate fold wallet sleeve.  A cassette with a couple of variations will also be available and a digital version at all the usual places.
Here’s the artwork and track listing:

1. The Hardest Part (single edit)
2. The Hardest Part (Atlantic At Pacific remix)
3. The Hardest Part (Nassau Caledonian remix)
4. Pocahontas

OIAG

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

An Oral Future/History of Alchemist Records Vol.1

Monday, September 20th, 2010

I put together this Alchemist related mix for JJ of the nice blog Cool Deal/Cool Tapes.  His previous mixes have included one from Lefse Records so I think we’re in good company.  My mix is a fairly lengthy journey through both Alchemist Records music (past, present and future) and some tracks from my records and collection that highlight a variety of things that influence the aesthetic of our label.  There’s a few unreleased Alchemist tracks including one from Atlantic at Pacific, One In A Googolplex, yours truly (I and I), and new artists Lazr Hipoh.  Some of these will be on upcoming releases and some we are still not sure about so this may be your only chance to hear them.  There is also a slightly alternate mix of Eric’s awesome track “So She Says” that will  get you pumped for his forthcoming (still untitled and somewhat mysterious) new record that will hopefully be out on the soon side.  You can download/listen to the whole mix here or visit the Cool Tapes site and pick it up there along with JJ’s comments:

An Oral Future/History of Alchemist Records Vol.1

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Here’s the track listing and artwork:

intro How To Foretell Your Future (excerpt)
1. Giant – The Pistol Arrows
2. Tonite – I and I
3. The Perfect Kiss (12″ version) – New Order
interlude Woody Allen (excerpt)
4. I Feel Free (excerpt) – Cream
5. Weather Report – The Tennors
6. So She Says (alternate mix) – Eric Sarmiento
7. Jesus Children Of America- Stevie Wonder
8. Miracles (at 45rpm) – Gershon Kingsley’s First Moog Quartet
9. Ballet – YMO (Yellow Magic Orchestra)
10. Gangster Of Love – Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
11. Heaven Is In Your Mind – Traffic
12. Akasha – Paul Horn
interlude Nat’l Geographic Sounds of the Space Age (excerpt)
13. My Dreams Become More Clear (excerpt)(unreleased) – Atlantic At Pacific
14. Moon Over Marin – The Dead Kennedys
interlude Burial (excerpt) – Peter Tosh
15. Two Lips, Two Longues and One Tungue – No Means No
16. Sounds of the Sounds of Science (excerpt) – Yo La Tengo
17. Unreleased Backgrounds – The Beach Boys
18. Enquanto Seu Lobo Nao Vem – Caetano Veloso
19. Two part Invention in F Major – Switched On Bach
20. Small Town Beauty – Minilogue
21. Go (from forthcoming “The Alpha Future”) – I and I
interlude Disco Sucks – Disco Demolition Night
22. Monolith (from forthcoming “The Dropout Cats”) – One In A Googolplex
23. Dining At The Sacrifice (excerpt) (from forthcoming tba) – Lazr Hipoh
24. Woody Allen (excerpt)
25. Eternal – Illus Ocean
interlude How To Foretell Your Future (excerpt)
26. Nieblaenlaruta – Ralf

Bane Shows with A@P

Saturday, September 4th, 2010