Woah, where to begin? DNT is back in action after the longest hiatus to date. After taking a much needed break from the label and a move across the bay to Oakland, we have six new tapes for your listening pleasure (well, two are reissues) as well as a completely new website! A new website has been in the works for at least five years and now it's here! Descriptions/photos of our most laborious batch yet are below, but here are the new titles:
DNT067 - Digital Natives "Long Homesweetened Entry" cassette
DNT068 - DJ DJ Tanner "Home Entertainment" cassette
DNT066 - Uton "Kun Korallit Puhuvat Pilville" cassette
DNT064 - Bobb Bruno "Black Gel" cassette
DNT033 - Bobb Bruno "Clown's Castle" cassette
DNT043 - Ducktails/Mudboy "Summer of Saucers" split cassette
I have permanently lowered the prices on most items (most tapes are $4, lps $10 or less) and will begin offering discount codes at various times. A few specials running right now:
First 10 orders get a free DNT release of their choice (*Uton the only exception)
First 50 orders which include an LP get a free DNT lp of their choice, (Uton excluded)
Please help spread the word on whatever social network sites you frequent (tumblr,facebook,twitter,message boards,etc.) and "envy" our releases on storenvy.
Also, unintentionally, I have some ebay listings ending today (11/29) http://search.ebay.com/?sass=dntrecords&ht=-1
Stores/distros, get in touch for wholesale rates!
Buy all 6 for $30ppd
Buy all 10 newest DNT releases (4 lps, 6 tapes) for $50ppd
[u]DNT067 - Digital Natives "Long Homesweetened Entry" cassette $6ppd US $16ppd World[/u]
If you're unfamiliar with the brolific catalogue of Jeff Astin's Digital Natives, then oh do you have some catching up to do! Take the warped Americana journey through a thrifted sound collage that sounds like it was sourced from a salvaged tape deck found in the desert. Professionally duplicated yellow cassettes with hand-glued labels and a double-sided text collage from vintage sources individually hand-colored with a unique DNT spraybottle-watercolor concoction.
Mr. Astin in an interview with Procurement Records talking about DN:
"I've just about always been fascinated with chance operations/divination; William Burroughs' 'cut-ups' collaboration with Brion Gysin, the I Ching, and Jason Nicolaus; all are very inspirational.
In the 90's, I would put together mix-tapes for friends and eventually came up with an idea: I'd lay all my records/tapes out in piles all over my bedroom and roll dice to determine which pile to choose from, and then again for which record, then which song, etc… Digital Natives, in general, is a mutant evolved from this process. The rules are complex and build the foundation for every track as well as addition of every other layer and the effects involved."
Watch a sample of the tape in a music video made by Moduli TV:
[u]DNT068 - DJ DJ Tanner "Home Entertainment" cassette $6ppd US $16ppd World[/u]
I first heard DJ DJ Tanner a few years back when I received a mysterious package from the label Warm Gospel, which included two DJ DJ Tanner tapes. I was immediately hooked by his use of mesmerizing found sound samples and loops. On this tape you get twenty songs that seem to emerge fully developed, then fading just as quickly..like a less avant-garde and slightly more expansive version of the Residents' "Commercial Album." This tape was recorded in March of 2013 and edited at Manifest Station. All sounds on this tape originated from vinyl. Professionally duplicated red cassettes with hand-glued labels and impressive home-entertainment-system-artwork, individually hand-colored with a unique DNT spraybottle-watercolor concoction. Comes with a 16-panel folded mini-poster/zine, also handcolored. Limited to 100.
[u]DNT066 - Uton "Kun Korallit Puhuvat Pilville" cassette $6ppd US $16ppd World[/u]
DNT is proud to announce this new cassette by Finnish ayahuasca-droner Uton. Jani Hirvonen instructs the listener to use stereo headphones. For a stronger effect, listen near midnight in a dark room (or with minimal light). Do not let anything else disturb you. Recorded in Rennes, France to four-track July-August 2010. Originally slated for release as a bonus cassette with "Echoes in the Wonderland" LP (DNT058), it now sees the light of day. Full color deep-sea two-panel artwork on pro-dubbed purple cassettes with brain coral imprinting. Hand numbered out of 100.
Free with all orders of DNT058, "Echoes in the Wonderland" LP. (If you already own a copy you bought direct from DNT, send us an email.
[u]DNT064 - Bobb Bruno "Black Gel" cassette $6ppd US $16ppd World[/u]
A warm welcome back to the tuff bunny, Bobb Bruno. "Black Gel" started as a synth improv on Korg Delta, Nord Wave, Casiotone MT400V and DSI Tetra in his bedroom, later properly recorded in same bedroom. Best listened to with the lights off. For "Years" Bobb was fortunate enough to get Sheridan Riley (drums, Avi Buffalo) and Cameron Stallones (guitars, Sun Araw, Magic Lantern) to play on the track. Electronics/psych head nodder. An edition of 100 hand numbered pro-dubbed and imprinted tapes with a scary mutated-bunny-swan design.
[u]DNT033 - Bobb Bruno "Clown's Castle" cassette $6ppd US $16ppd World[/u]
We have now reissued "Clown's Castle" after being out of print less than 48 hours since it's 2008 release. Same music, same artwork, in an edition of 100. Here's what we said the first time around (followed by a review):
"I first saw Bobb Bruno about two years ago at The Smell in downtown LA. I had heard of him prior to the show (he also plays in Goliath Bird Eater and Knit Witch, among others) but didn't really know what to expect from him by himself, and live. He came out wearing a full bunny costume, head and all and sat down playing the coolest electronic drum pad I've ever seen. Some of his past releases have been dreamy pop, others have been heavy as nails. This tape falls somewhere in between. One minute there's beautiful synthscapes and the next it's heavy bass and pounding drums. Hand-numbered edition of 79 on purple cassettes with full-color piggie artwork by Bobb Bruno."
"Goliath Bird Eater member and frequent Pocahaunted, Robedoor and Upsilon Acrux collaborator, Bobb Bruno is clearly a regular man about town, albeit one adorned in some kind of easter bunny costume with over-sized head. Bruno brings his cartoonishly psychedelic visual approach to this DNT release, but be warned: it's not just cutesy fun on this cassette. Opening with the slow synth jaunt "Snail's Pace," Bruno begins with dark chordal patterns working and reworking themselves underneath fuzzed out rhythmic bits. The piece stays fairly motionless for some time, brooding in a sort of spaced out, underbelly of the mind kind of way until drum machine enters and it takes a decidedly more industrial slant as fed through break beat weirdnesses. As soon as that beat drops out it's an endless tunnel descent, Alice in Wonderland style, before this plodding drum beat comes in that gives the whole thing a form all its own. Some soundtrack to neon induced LA life-binges or something, slow-mo as all hell, a real head nodder for the mind rotter. The synth work is layed on deep here, maintaining its dark, organ(ic) riffage--it's the Phantom of the Opera remix, he all hunched over in his castle weaving some crazy arpeggiation while Bruno and company are hunkered down behind him, bunny costume adorned, partying it out. The record's called "Clown's Castle" after all... When the beat drops out its all guitar fraying and synth rides. Super reverbed out stuff here, whose muddy bass runs and clearer, less blown out high synth runs do bring to mind something not totally un-Skaters like, albeit with a more formalized structure and slightly dancier take on the whole thing--given that dancey is defined as "potentially bringing to mind movement in a club setting" rather than some sort of beat oriented toe-tapper. This would be one dark club, and surely few would be shaking it. The album titled second side starts off with some heavy metal Sunn O))) riffage, not far off from the sounds of Bruno's Goliath Bird Eater. Buzzing comes into play as the guitar slows itself down and rides it out. The beast keeps building as choral vocals sweep across and the beat drops, making the whole thing as heavy as concrete feet over San Francisco Bay. Really heavy duty stuff that just rides and glides, the beat dropping in and out as it emits itself toward eternity. It's a real soul crusher, so don't be fooled by the blue pig and the cute pines on the cover. Limited to 79 and sold out at the label, but I'm sure Tomentosa and other like-minded distributers will have it soon. Beautiful. " -ear conditioned nightmare
[u]DNT041 - Mudboy/Ducktails "Summer of Saucers" split cassette $6ppd US $16ppd World[/u]
The Summer of Saucers is here again! Relive the glory daze of a summery psychosis. Same creeped out G.W. Myers artwork, but this time we used a green shell instead of blue, in an edition of 100.
Here's what we said the first time around (and a review):
Well the summer is coming to an end now and I can't think of a better way to end it than with this tape, "Summer of Saucers". The A-Side is Providence's Raphael Lyon, better known as Mudboy. The side starts off by the lakeside, and you can hear frogs and geese nearby. It slowly builds up with keyboards coming into the picture before fading back to where it started. Lazy day at the river. It is also part one of his "Impossible Duets" series of songs. The flipside is New Jersey's Matt Mondanile aka Ducktails. Ducktails has been described by someone as "ectoplasmic and cartoonishly cosmic bliss" and with song titles such as "Chill Jam" and "Sun Out My Window" you'll be apt to agree. Colourful conehead artwork by George W. Myers of Grey Skull/Breaking World Records. In an edition of 100 pro-dubbed blue tapes.
"Very odd pairing here, but it’s the unexpected that you come to expect from DNT. Mudboy does his typical best to confuse his listeners, starting off what sounds to be field recordings of perhaps himself lost in some sort of swamp (though it’s understood that this environment is indeed his “collaborator”), setting up the backdrop for what later develops on this tape, of which I can only call “swamp ambient.” Chattering, chirping, electronic frog drone and pulsing hum load up his side. On the flip, we have some fairly worthwhile composition from Ducktails, more of the dreamy electro-drone-pop with the hypnotic effects that they have come to popularize amongst contemporaries like Emeralds and Pocahaunted. No new ground is broken here, but some good jams no less." -Dusted "Still Single" Vol.5 No.9