August 24th, 2018

John Hulburt – Leap Frog

“Hulburt’s gentle, somber plucking is more than enough to capture the soul like Nick Drake would.” – Stereogum

Guitarist and singer-songwriter Ryley Walker discovered John Hulburt’s 1972 private press LP, Opus III, in a Chicago record store, loved what he heard, and teamed with Tompkins Square to produce a reissue in 2015. Ryley co-conspirator Bill MacKay then released a tribute album to Hulburt.

Now, John Hulburt’s sister has located lost tapes from the late guitar master. Recorded in 1998, Leap Frog is released today on every digital service, worldwide….

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John Hulburt (1947-2012) was a member of legendary mid-60’s Chicago garage rock band The Knaves, whose records were reissued by Sundazed. Opus III showcases his exceptional talent on the acoustic guitar, proving somewhat of an anomaly in a city not known for its solo guitar recordings during this era.

Ryley Walker writes in his liner notes, “Solo acoustic guitar music was adopted by several in the Berkeley school and the ever-expansive roots fanatics in the South, but here in the middle of the country with harsh winters and the landlocked prison of corn fields, it was almost destiny that the amplifier assault of electric blues and controlled chaos of dance music came from the South Side.”

“Within these forty minutes, Hulburt makes a case for inclusion alongside the better-known names of the time.” – PopMatters

Opus III – LP (TSQ 5166) / CD (TSQ5159)

July 25th, 2018

Harmony Rockets with Special Guest Peter Walker – Out Sept. 14th, 2018

Available everywhere Sept 14, 2018

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“…this small town (Woodstock), housing as it did so many maverick talents, fostered a scene of damage and dysfunction that endures to this day. It pulled in all manner of wannabes and hangers-on, alcoholic philanderers, dealers in heroin and cocaine, and left at least one generation of messed-up children with no direction home.”
– from ‘Small Town Talk’ by Barney Hoskyns

Longtime Woodstock resident, guitarist Peter Walker recorded two albums for the Vanguard label in the late Sixties in a style best described as American folk-raga. He studied with Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan, and was Dr. Timothy Leary’s musical director, organizing music for the LSD advocate’s “celebrations.” He was also a close friend of fellow Woodstock resident, the late folksinger Karen Dalton, and helped produce Remembering Mountains : Unheard Songs by Karen Dalton (Tompkins Square), which features unrecorded Dalton compositions brought to life by Sharon Van Etten, Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams and others.

Rediscovered by Tompkins Square in 2006 after decades out of sight, Walker has remained active into his 8th decade, recording for Jack White’s Third Man label, and now, collaborating anew with fellow Upstaters, Harmony Rockets. Joined in a mighty super-session with Harmony Rockets (Mercury Rev), Martin Keith, Nels Cline (Wilco), and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), Lachesis/Clotho/Atropos is a mind-melting inter-generational collaboration that could only have coalesced around the wool sweaters, warm teacups and moldering bookstores of “Old Old Woodstock”, both the real and mythologized versions.

June 1st, 2018

Gwenifer Raymond – Debut Album out now

Tompkins Square is very proud to announce the signing of Welsh multi-instrumentalist, Gwenifer Raymond. Hailing from Cardiff and now residing in Brighton in the South of England, Raymond began playing guitar at the age of eight. Tompkins Square released her debut 7″ on Record Store Day.

UNCUT 8/10

Guardian 5 star review

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WATCH the video for “Sometimes There’s Blood”

WATCH the video for “Bleeding Finger Blues”

In her own words :

When I was about eight years old a pretty formative thing happened to me … my mum bought me a cassette tape of Nirvana’s Nevermind. Being so young I’d had no real interest in music prior to that, but I did have a ‘My First Sony’ cassette player that I used to listen to audiobooks. Anyway, I put the tape in, pressed play, and what I heard blew my little 8 year old mind. I don’t know what it was about that wall of sound that so captured me, but I spent many hours hyperactively running around the house with headphones on, volume at full blast, and Nevermind on repeat. It was either for Christmas or my birthday that year, that I asked for a guitar.

I spent all my teenage years playing either guitar or drums in various punk and rock outfits around the Welsh valleys, but around that time I was also getting seriously into older stuff, Dylan, The Velvet Underground and the like. Through those cheap compilation CDs you could get then, I found that a common influence amongst these guys was pre-war delta and country blues, as well as Appalachian music. Eventually I stumbled upon Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James and Roscoe Holcomb, and they became the holy trinity of musicians I so wanted to able to play like. Eventually, I tracked down a blues man in Cardiff who could teach me and it was in studying these guys that I was introduced to John Fahey and the whole American Primitive thing.

I’ve always loved being in bands and the sonic chemistry it produces, but at the same time it’s always a bit of a compromise that those sounds in my head have to pass through and be translated by someone else’s. Sometimes it can be for the better, but sometimes not so much. American Primitive was the first time it had occurred to me that you didn’t really need anything more than one solo instrument to fully express yourself, especially when those feelings and moods refuse to be articulated in words, sometimes it’s a mystery to yourself what it is you’re expressing. I still play in hard rock and punk bands and love to wail and hit my guitar with a complete lack of any subtlety or nuance, but in the end I think that all these things are really part of a circle, feeding back into itself. It’s all just a lineup of strange mutations.

“Deep Sea Diver / Bleeding Finger Blues ” – 7″ (TSQ 5524)
You Never Were Much A Dancer – LP (TSQ 5531) / CD (TSQ 5562)
Available worldwide June 29th, 2018

May 15th, 2018

Rick Deitrick – Home Grown : Recordings 1969-1979

“Understated” is how Dusty Groove describes Rick Deitrick. That’s one aspect separating him from the solo acoustic guitar pack (along with his insistence on playing in standard tuning). We became fascinated with Rick after Brooks Rice and Michael Klausman put him on volume 8 of our Imaginational Anthem guitar series. This prompted our reissue of 1978’s Gentle Wilderness; the simultaneous release of River Sun River Moon (unissued works from the same era) ; and the newest release, Home Grown : Recordings 1969-1979.

** Home Grown : Recordings 1969-1979 is available NOW on every digital service, worldwide (Spotify, Apple, Amazon, bandcamp etc.) All tracks previously unreleased. **

** To celebrate the new release, we are offering both of Rick’s vinyl LPs, Gentle Wilderness and River Sun River Moon, at a special price ! (Price includes shipping)
For US, $20
For Canada, $35
For x-North America, $50
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April 17th, 2018

Duck Baker / Gwenifer Raymond

Tompkins Square has TWO awesome Record Store Day pieces this year. Ask your local retailer to stock ‘em.

Duck Baker ‘Les Blues Du Richmond : Demos & Outtakes, 1973-1979′ (TSQ 5517) (ltd 1000 ww)
&
Gwenifer Raymond – Deep Sea Diver / Bleeding Finger Blues – 7″ (TSQ 5524) (ltd 600 ww)

Duck Baker :
Classic 70’s LPs on Kicking Mule. Recorded with John Renbourn. Toured with Bert Jansch and Davey Graham. Authored twelve music books. Reworked tunes by Herbie Nichols and Thelonious Monk for guitar — Duck Baker has been there and done it ! Now, Tompkins Square presents his earliest recordings from the vaults.

Gwenifer Raymond :
Hailing from Cardiff and now residing in Brighton in the South of England, Raymond began playing guitar at the age of 8. Her debut 7″ will be released on Record Store Day via Tompkins Square ahead of her debut album, You Never Were Much of a Dancer, slated for later in 2018. The 7″ includes “Bleeding Finger Blues” from the forthcoming LP, and “Deep Sea Diver,” which will not appear on the album.

February 27th, 2018

Entourage – 3CD/1LP set out March 23 !

Entourage – ‘Ceremony of Dreams : Studio Sessions & Outtakes, 1972-1977′

3 CD / 1 LP set available March 23rd, 2018.
Liner notes by former Rolling Stone music critic J.D. Considine, and surviving band member, Wall Matthews.

Sampled by Four Tet, their name whispered in reverence through the decades, Entourage forged bold musical ideas on their two rare ’70s Folkways LPs. Now, collected for the first time, 30 previously unreleased tracks from their archives.

Hear the entire LP version (10 songs) via Soundcloud

WATCH the album trailer

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January 19th, 2018

Ireland’s Brigid Mae Power : The Two Worlds

Ireland’s Brigid Mae Power returns with a new album, ‘The Two Worlds’. The album will be released worldwide in all formats February 9th, 2018 on San Francisco’s Tompkins Square label.

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Power’s self-titled debut, released on Tompkins Square in 2016, received wide praise from UNCUT (9/10, “Masterpiece”), MOJO (4 stars), The Guardian (4 stars), Irish Times (4 stars) and was featured on NPR World Cafe, as well as several BBC programs.

‘The Two Worlds’ was produced by Peter Broderick and recorded at Analogue Catalogue in County Down, Ireland. Q Magazine listed the album as a “Top Tip” for 2018, stating “(The Two Worlds) is full of droning ballads laced with defiance.”

The sadly topical first single, “Don’t Shut Me Up (Politely)”, seems to express what’s on the minds of many women right now. Tompkins Square’s Josh Rosenthal noted on social media, “I don’t usually have the opportunity to say something political about the music I put out, but in the case of Brigid Mae Power’s new single, I think this song may resonate with any woman who’s been gaslit, mansplained to, paid less, bullied, sexually harassed by a C-List celebrity or famous movie producer, had her birth control systematically taken away, or told she had to go to another country or across state lines to get an abortion.”

In her own words :

Most of these songs were written in the last year in Ireland and they’re all about the different feelings I had at the time. Last year I moved back to Galway, Ireland where I mostly grew up and I was feeling and noticing again the repressive and oppressive environment. So I revisited a song I had half written a few years previous called ‘Don’t Shut Me Up (Politely)’ and I found that moving home, I had the ammunition to finish it. I had actually tried to record this song in Portland, Oregon the previous year but at the time it just did not work. It was the wrong atmosphere, it was summer and a sunny day and just was not repressive enough in the way that it can be here! So I didn’t really feel real singing it as I didn’t feel held back at all! It felt like singing to a brick wall and it wasn’t going anywhere… So when I moved back I had the idea to go up to an analogue studio in the North of Ireland and specifically record that song there, so we booked in some time at the studio and I hurried to finish some other scraps of songs I had lying around with the idea of recording them live and just seeing what happened.

I had been thinking about my Grandmother a lot, so there are a couple of songs about her.. I’d been thinking about lost friendships. I’d been thinking about how to balance being settled and also being up in the clouds. I’d been thinking a lot about cutting out the crap and letting go of things that don’t serve you, so I feel like these songs are pretty direct. I wanted them to sound direct too and the studio Analogue Catalogue was the perfect place and had a great sound and live room…. When we went up there the second time to record the other batch of songs, it was a very busy time in our life and I hadn’t finished writing the lyrics to a lot of them. Not as a choice – I just literally didn’t have time. So when we got there I thought I would just try them out anyway and as a natural procrastinator I was much happier with the sound of the result of being pushed to the last minute. Peter added in different instruments really naturally and then mixed and mastered the record. ‘I’m Grateful’ was written in Oregon and for me I can tell that it wasn’t written in Ireland. The rest of the album feels quite like what my environment looks like here at the moment out of my window.

Tour dates, with more to come, including a US tour this summer :

23rd March – Manchester – The Eagle Inn
24th March – Newcastle – The Mining Institute
25th March – Woodbridge – Asylum Studios
26th March – London – Servant Jazz Quarters
28th March – Bristol – The Lantern
29th March – Dublin – Bello Bar

Brigid Mae Power – The Two Worlds – Available February 9th, 2018
CD – TSQ 5487 / LP – TSQ 5494

Tompkins Square is distributed by INgrooves and Revolver in NA, Cargo for Europe

November 2nd, 2017

Sonny Clark – The 1960 Time Sessions

Praise for Sonny Clark Trio : The 1960 Time Sessions :

“Top Ten Jazz Reissue of the Year”
– NPR Jazz Critics Poll

“Here he states his own themes and commands his own space, letting the light of his major harmonies vie with the darkness of his blues.”
– The New York Times, 12/1/17

“The remastering has given the sound an intimate new presence.”
– Downbeat – 4.5 / 5 stars

“Tompkins Square has certainly done right by Clark’s legacy, with new liner notes and a high quality pressing.” – Clifford Allen (NYC Jazz Record)

“Top Five Jazz Reissue of the Year”
– NYC Jazz Record

“You’ll like the sound . . . Easily and highly recommended !”
– Michael Fremer, Analog Planet

“Now you can hear the real thing again, hipper than ever.”
– PopMatters (8/10)

“This is the way jazz re-releases should be done.”
– All About Jazz

Tompkins Square is proud to announce the release of ‘Sonny Clark Trio : The 1960 Time Sessions’. The limited edition 2LP vinyl set will be available exclusively via participating independent record stores as part of Record Store Day on Black Friday, November 24th, 2017.

Sonny Clark’s reputation as one of the finest jazz pianists of his era has grown in recent years, with many folks rediscovering his classic Blue Note recordings like ‘Cool Struttin’, ‘Dial ‘S’ for Sonny’, ‘Leapin’ and Lopin’, as well as session work with Lee Morgan, Grant Green and others. Cut down by heroin addiction at age 31 in 1961, Clark’s legacy continues to expand.

The Time sessions were produced by the late Bob Shad, owner of Time and Mainstream Records. The reissue includes the original Time album re-mastered from the original tapes by Dave Donnelly, plus an extra disc of alternate takes previously unavailable on vinyl. Nat Hentoff wrote the original liner notes, included in the reissue package, and former New York Times critic Ben Ratliff contributes a new 3500-word essay. The set was produced for reissue by Mia Apatow (Time Records) and Josh Rosenthal (Tompkins Square).

Nate Chinen and WBGO New York have exclusively premiered the set, which you can check out HERE.

More about Mainstream and Bob Shad via Variety.

Sonny Clark Trio : The 1960 Time Sessions (TSQ 5449)
Tompkins Square is distributed by INgrooves and Revolver in North America, and Cargo UK for Europe

October 24th, 2017

Brigid Mae Power – “Don’t Shut Me Up (Politely)”

The new single by Irish singer/songwriter Brigid Mae Power is now available on every digital platform worldwide. Her new album, The Two Worlds, will be released on Tompkins Square in early 2018.

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September 12th, 2017

RARE Private Press LPs, Reissued

Rare LPs from the 70’s and 80’s by guitarists Rick Deitrick, Tom Armstrong and Larry Conklin/Jochen Blum are now available here on the site. Praised by Aquarium Drunkard, MOJO, PopMatters, Folk Radio UK and many more, these LPs are part of an ongoing series of reissues by artists featured on Tompkins Square’s Imaginational Anthem vol 8 : The Private Press 2LP set.