New sounds up at sound cloud for C/S007 and 008, which are debut cassettes from Headroom and Secret Treaties. Headroom is a far out psych project led by Kryssi Battalene of Mountain Movers/Medication/SC+Friends/Colorguard and features Stefan Christensen and members of SC+Friends, Estrogen Highs, Procedure Club, and alexander. Secret Treaties is KB and SC noise/psych guitar duo in vain of "Guitar"-era Gate. Both cassettes will be available upcoming SC+Friends shows and for mailorder starting next week.
Stefan Christensen & Friends hit the road for some dates coming up. They will have limited edition test press copies of Stefan Christensen "American Pastoral Again" 12" EP on ever/never records with them. Shows are as follows and be sure to check C/Site for dates from alexander, Mountain Movers, and more.
a nearly impossible band to pin down. For over a decade they have been making a
racket down in the Southern Hemisphere. Their earliest output, like their
Siltbreeze released long-player, Sunshine
Of Your Love, has a frantic element, everything in the red, and nothing but
wild, recklessness. Though Nick Dan still bashes the drums, and Matthew Earle
still hums, thuds, and buzzes the guitar, more recent releases have seen the
band refine the sound into more hypnotic, albeit divisive, tunes. And perhaps divisive is the word for their style of music;
for every possible melody the listener thinks they have discovered the
clang-and-smack of the next moment erases it as quickly as it appeared. And for
every possible point of reference the listener elicits, an abrupt conclusion
wipes away the very notion of influence. xNOBBQx are a stunning band, who have
captured audiences around the globe with their unique take on rock music. C/Site is very proud to
bring a rare stateside release, not to mention the bands first since 2014.
Ready yourself for the 46-minute journey of Alpha-Gal,
in all its tape warbled goodness.
C/S005 MOUNTAIN MOVERS “SUNDAY DRIVE
/ NO PLANS” C20
the Mountain Movers progression over the course of the past decade has truly
been a treat. Their earliest beginnings saw the band documenting Dan Greene’s
vast catalog of songs, while displaying a rotating cast of New Haven musicians’
unique skills. The band produced three albums and several singles of polished
indie rock in this incarnation. However, their fourth album, 2010’s Apple Mountain, saw the band transition
to stranger territory; home-recorded and employing an arsenal of miscellaneous
instruments, the record bore a folk-psychedelic element not displayed on their
previous work. Shortly after Apple
Mountain, constant members Greene and Rick Omonte were joined by lead
guitarist Kryssi Battalene and drummer Ross Menze to form, what is now, the
bands longest running lineup. The band has since produced a series of singles,
lathe-cuts, cassettes, and 2015’s Death
Magic, an album that melded Greene’s song writing with the bands ability to
stretch out and improvise. Now in 2016, Sunday
Drive / No Plans gives the first glimpse into the Movers’ session at former
drummer John Miller’s home studio. Two instrumental improvisations clocking in
at just under 20 minutes that bring to mind names like Neu! and Ash Ra Tempel,
as much as they do any number of American psychedelic acts of the 1960’s. A
wonderful preview of what promises to be one of the most stunning albums of
C/S006 ALEXANDER “NORTON ST.” C31
Alexander Shapiro, AKA alexander, is still young but he’s been an active force
for some years now. His early life was spent just outside of New Haven, Connecticut,
but his musical life truly blossomed while attending Oberlin College (perhaps
not such an uncommon story). While in Ohio projects like Lituya Bay (Shapiro’s
solo electric guitar wanderings) and Nagual (Shapiro’s collaboration with Ian
McColm) took shape. After years spent touring, releasing cassettes and records,
and a year spent studying to be a luthier, Shapiro has found himself back in
New Haven. Since arriving back Shapiro has been somewhat restless, moving from
house to house, and endlessly collaborating with musicians on anything from bar
rock to sludge metal, noise to folk, and anything caught between. And somehow
through it all he’s found the time to make solo recordings. As alexander,
Shapiro improvises and writes acoustic guitar numbers for fans of Fahey,
Connors, and Rose. Balancing equal parts Americana, blues, jazz, and
avant-garde, and always maintaining the intimate qualities of home recording, Norton St. features 15 concise pieces
from Shapiro’s time spent at that address. Like his previous Mellen St. cassette this recording
documents a brief time, at a particular place in this transient artists ever-winding
New sounds up on C/Site Recordings soundcloud page from xNOBBQx, Mountain Movers, and alexander. Tapes from all three will be out on July 1. More info coming soon.
Also info is on the way about some Secret Treaties and Stefan Christensen & Friends shows coming in August and September in Philadelphia, Columbus, Cleveland, New Jersey, Brooklyn, and Massachusetts. Will update that info soon.
New Stefan Christensen & Friends tape just came out on the Loki Label. Features 3 jammed out originals and a cover of the Dead C's "Bad Politics." Features 3/4 of Mountain Movers playing along with me. Available now from...
We didn't want to have a Facebook for C/Site Recordings but can't deny the results we've seen from folks posting about the label on there, and so, we cracked. We also launched our proper website. You can check out both of them here...
Friday May 13 Cafe Nine 250 State Street New Haven 9PM $8
STEFAN CHRISTENSEN & FRIENDS
(New tape on C/Site out now... might have first Loki tape at this show)
(New tape on C/Site out now)
(featuring Mark and Wes from Estrogen Highs)
After the demise of long running punk outfit Estrogen Highs (Trouble
in Mind Records), Stefan Christensen has soldiered on with an outpouring of
solo recording. 2015 saw him self-release Israel
(It’s More of the Same), with Night People Records reissuing the cassette
early in 2016. Continuing where Israel…
left off, Empty Continents sees
Christensen moving into ever more experimental territory, while still
maintaining his signature understated song-writing style. With these recordings
Christensen moves seamlessly between short solo tracks, long form noise and
weirdness, full band jamming, and off kilter pop gems. This album may bring to
mind names like Alastair Galbraith, Jim Shepard, Michael Morley, and Peter
Jefferies but it’s Christensen’s own voice that shines through so brilliantly. With
his new C/Site Recordings label up and running 2016 promises to be a big year
with many more recordings to come.
On a tour in 2011 Aaron Skufka first played me Oil Wave
Surfers. Unsure if the recordings were truly as profound as I had initially
thought or if Milwaukee’s free flowing Blatz tap lines had skewed my 3AM
perceptions, I asked Skufka to send the recordings. Upon less inebriated
inspection I found the recordings to be stunning. A beautiful melding of
synths, guitars, and simple, minimalist effects, Oil Wave Surfers – II weaves it’s way through 15 concise and
poignant instrumental tracks. Wonderfully crafted, the album flows from
Siltbreeze-esque weirdness to Kraut-Rock jamming, blasts of feedback to driving
raw punk-ness. Fast forward 5 years and Oil
Wave Surfers – II came to mind immediately when starting C/Site. And upon
convincing Skufka of the idea, found out the recordings are actually from 2006.
So now a decade after the fact the world can finally hear the power of Oil Wave
Surfers. Beautiful artwork provided by Josh Feigert of Wymyns Prysyn and
Uniform makes Oil Wave Surfers – II a
truly gorgeous package.
“DAILY AFFIRMATIONS” C20
Since debuting in 2008 on HoZac Records Mikey Hyde’s
Medication has been a powerful voice of outsider punk. 2011 saw the release of
the expertly crafted Judgment Day EP
on Sacred Bones, and since then it has been relatively quiet. With the
exception of Home Truths, an
extraordinarily limited cassette released for a European tour with Nerve City
in 2014, Medication has not had a release since. Those who know Hyde do not
find this out of the ordinary. A true outsider and occasionally neurotic
individual, Hyde takes time to form his recordings; and thank God he does. Daily Affirmations showcases more of
Hyde’s unique song writing and guitar playing. Sometimes driving and electric,
other times whimsical and acoustic, and always with a remarkable sense of
melody through the hazy bathroom echo, Daily
Affirmations shows an artist unbound by conventions, with his feet firmly
planted to display his sole and solitary voice.
C/Site Recordings is getting off the ground! csiterecordings.storenvy.com has all the latest from myself, Mountain Movers, Pieces of Fruit, Worn Leather, Blessed State, Phemale, Jon Eriksen, and Medication up for sale now. Proper website and soundcloud page will be up and running very soon. And our first batch of cassettes should be up for sale in April (maybe earlier if me and Jules really get working). The first batch is as follows...
C/Site Recordings is a new label from New Haven. I'm going
to keep updates coming here. For right now we have launched our
store with releases available from Estrogen Highs, Stefan Christensen, Pieces
of Fruit, Worn Leather, Mountain Movers, Medication, Phemale, and Jon Eriksen.
Website coming soon. First batch of cassette releases coming in the spring,
which will include releases from Stefan Christensen, Medication, and more.
Night People repress of "Israel (It's More of the Same)" cassettes have arrived and they look amazing! Estrogen Highs / Frustrations split LP's have also arrived.
ORDER EITHER FROM ME BY EMAILING JSGC138@YAHOO.COM
Stefan Christensen and Friends "Empty Plateaus" cassette on Loki Label should be out in the next couple months. That will be followed by Stefan Christensen "Cryptic Slang" cassette also on the Loki Label. Watch for those. More info here as it comes.
Also be on the lookout for updates concerning C/Site Recordings. New label here in New Haven. We should have a website and store up soon, which will have many releases from C/Site, Safety Meeting, Elm Recordings, and much more. First two C/Site releases will be Stefan Christensen "Empty Continents" cassette and a Medication cassette, with much more in store for the future.