August 2nd, 2016
IMAGINATIONAL ANTHEM vol. 8 : THE PRIVATE PRESS
Imaginational Anthem vol. 8 : The Private Press
Out September 16th on Tompkins Square
2LP set (only 500 – ltd ed) / CD / Digital
8th volume of the acclaimed acoustic guitar series focuses on impossibly rare private press recordings 1968-1995
The guy who taught Bob Dylan how to fingerpick. A sitar gifted by Jimi Hendrix. Among other obscure tales …
LISTEN / POST Gary Salzman “The Secret Forces of Nature” (1968)
Tompkins Square label presents the 8th volume of Imaginational Anthem, the acclaimed series focusing on acoustic guitar, particularly in the American Primitive vein.
Since 2005, the series has revived interest in old masters of the genre while also giving many folks their very first taste of artists like William Tyler, Steve Gunn, Chris Forsyth or Daniel Bachman.
Volume 8, compiled by hardcore record collectors Michael Klausman (former used LP buyer for NYC’s recently shuttered Other Music) and Brooks Rice, features some of the best and most obscure private press guitar records virtually no one has heard. In fact, so-called guitar soli expert, Tompkins Square owner Josh Rosenthal, had never heard of a single artist on the comp (except for Perry Lederman, whose track was Josh’s sole contribution to the collection). “Just goes to show what a bottomless pit music discovery from the past continues to be. There’s just no end to all the riches from past decades.”
Amidst the obscure entries are bits of rock-star lore; Joe Bethancourt was supposedly given a sitar by an admiring Jimi Hendrix, and Perry Lederman was reportedly responsible for teaching Bob Dylan how to fingerpick. But the true joy of this collection is derived from discovering incredible acoustic guitar performances completely lost to time. Until now.
BINGE-LISTEN TO ALL 7 volumes of Imaginational Anthem on Spotify
2LP Gatefold set (Ltd) : TSQ 5289
CD : TSQ 5272
June 13th, 2016
BRIGID MAE POWER
Irish singer/songwriter Brigid Mae Power has shared stages with Lee Ranaldo, Alasdair Roberts, Richard Dawson, and Ryley Walker. Born in London to a big Irish family, she moved to Ireland (Galway) when she was twelve years old. In addition to the guitar, she plays accordion, baritone ukulele, piano and harmonium; creating hauntingly dreamlike soundscapes.
9/10 – “Masterpiece” – UNCUT
4 stars MOJO
4 Stars Guardian
4 stars Irish Times
BUY LP / CD
Limited edition (500) Red Vinyl
TOUR DATES :
13 Aug Glasgow -The Glad Cafe (Gladfest)
14 Aug Tollbooth – Stirling
15 Aug Grateful Freds – Formby, Liverpool
17 Sept Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co.Cork, Ireland
23 Sept Fukuoka – Papparayray
24 Sept Kyoto – Former Rissei Elementary School
25 Sept Nagoya – Valentine drive
26 Sept Okayama – Inryoji temple
28 Sept Tokyo – Lutheran Ichigaya Hall
29 Sept Tokyo – Fluss
19 October London, UK – St. Pancras Old Church
20 October Briston, UK – Cube Cinema
21 October Oxford, UK – St Barnabas Church
22 October Manchester, UK – St Michaels Church
12 November Münster, DE – Petrikirche
17 December Yorkshire, UK – The Band Room
May 12th, 2016
BOB BROWN REISSUES OUT NOW !
BUY ON LP/CD
The first legit reissues of these rare, stellar LP’s by DC-based singer/songwriter Bob Brown. Richie Havens took Bob under his wing, produced both albums, and released them on his Stormy Forest label distributed by MGM. Although they failed to make a commercial impact at the time, cosmic-folk enthusiasts and vinyl-heads have long placed these albums in high esteem alongside the works of exploratory greats like Tim Hardin and Tim Buckley.
April 27th, 2016
TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG – HARRY TAUSSIG
First-gen American Primitive guitarist’s new album, Too Late To Die Young, now available on every digital service worldwide.
BUY VIA BANDCAMP
Los Angeles Times review
December 17th, 2015
ROSCOE HOLCOMB – SAN DIEGO STATE FOLK FESTIVAL 1972
BUY IT ON LP or CD
THE NEW YORKER feature
Hear / share a song
Tompkins Square label is proud to announce the release of the first commercially available full live concert recording of old-time legend Roscoe Holcomb, out now on LP, CD and via every digital service, worldwide.
Discovered by folklorist John Cohen in 1959 in East Kentucky, Roscoe Holcomb is among the most revered traditional musicians to emerge during the folk boom of the 60’s. A favorite of Bob Dylan (who name-checked him in his 2014 MusiCares speech), Eric Clapton, and many others, Holcomb’s high lonesome singing and driving banjo style can be heard on several classic Folkways recordings.
San Diego Folk Festival 1972 was recorded at the annual event produced by Lou Curtiss, who provides insightful notes on how the concert came together. John Cohen, author of ‘The High Lonesome Sound’ (Steidl) also contributes new notes to the set. Previously unseen photographs from the event were shot by Virginia Curtiss. Jean Ritchie duets with Holcomb on a beautiful eight-minute version of ‘Wandering Boy’.
October 19th, 2015
The Record Store of the Mind
The Record Store of the Mind
A BOOK BY GRAMMY-NOMINATED PRODUCER AND TOMPKINS SQUARE LABEL FOUNDER JOSH ROSENTHAL
“In your hands ‘the Keys To The Kingdom’ … a ceaseless whirligig of histories, opinion and romance … of characters and circumstance minor and major contributors to our great wonderland … music beloved music … I reveled within and learned much … a unique work.” — Robert Plant
“One of the most thoroughly enjoyable, informative, wise and good-hearted books ever written about music and the industry”
– MOJO – 4 STARS
“Josh Rosenthal is a record man’s record man. He is also a musician’s record man. He is in the line of Samuel Charters and Harry Smith. In this age where we have access to everything and know the value of nothing, musicians need people like Josh to hear them when no one else can.”
- T Bone Burnett
Grammy-nominated producer and Tompkins Square label founder Josh Rosenthal presents his first book, The Record Store of the Mind. Part memoir, part “music criticism,” the author ruminates over unsung musical heroes, reflects on thirty years of toil and fandom in the music business, and shamelessly lists some of the LPs in his record collection. Crackling with insightful untold stories, The Record Store of the Mind will surely delight and inspire passionate music lovers … especially those who have spent way too many hours in record stores.
Celebrating ten years in 2015, Rosenthal’s San Francisco-based independent record label Tompkins Square has received seven Grammy nominations and wide acclaim for its diverse catalog of new and archival recordings.
Read an excerpt via The Believer
“…detailing the skein of relationships and creative trajectories behind an album, evoking the alchemy that happens when a group of musicians bump up against each other at a particular time and place…”
- San Francisco Chronicle
THE RECORD STORE OF THE MIND
BY JOSH ROSENTHAL
ISBN (Paperback) : 9781625179135
Cover by Hazel Gerson-Rosenthal
Published by Tompkins Square
September 2nd, 2015
MICHAEL CHAPMAN – FISH – OUT NOW on LP/CD/DIG
Stereogum Premiere – “Jack”
In recent years, the revered British guitarist and songwriter has seen his classic Harvest records from the 70’s reissued by Light In the Attic, and he’s toured with Bill Callahan, Kurt Vile, Thurston Moore and Bonnie “Prince” Billy. On the eve of the Fully Qualified Survivor’s 75th birthday, ‘Fish’ finds Chapman vital as ever. Tompkins Square also released Chapman’s 2010 double CD ‘Trainsong : Guitar Compositions 1967-2010′ and a tribute album, ‘Oh Michael, Look What You’ve Done : Friends Play Michael Chapman’ featuring Hiss Golden Messenger, William Tyler, Lucinda Williams and Thurston Moore among others.
“The footnotes and legends that line Chapman’s 40-year career are the stuff of thick biographies and fireside storytelling sessions.” – PITCHFORK
Also Available :
Oh Michael, Look What You’ve Done : Friends Play Michael Chapman
Trainsong : Guitar Compositions 1967-2010
July 24th, 2015
RYLEY WALKER PRODUCES JOHN HULBURT REISSUE – OUT AUGUST 28
LISTEN TO “THE FREAK ON THE BLACK HARLEY”
Guitarist and singer-songwriter Ryley Walker discovered the 1972 private press LP in a Chicago record store, loved what he heard, and teamed with Tompkins Square to produce the reissue.
John Hulburt (1947-2012) was a member of legendary mid-60’s Chicago garage rock band The Knaves, whose records were recently 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.
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.”
Opus III has another notable Chicago connection : It’s one of the earliest studio credits for Styx and Ohio Players engineer / producer Barry Mraz. Styx’s debut album would also be released in 1972.
The reissue of Opus III includes illuminating liner notes by John Hulburt’s sister, Cynthia Fritz; The Knaves’ Gene Lubin; and Ryley Walker, as well as vintage photographs.
‘Opus III’ Originally Released as Clarence Records CR-003, 1972
Recorded at Plynth Studios, Chicago February/March 1972
Engineer : Barry Mraz
PRODUCED FOR REISSUE BY RYLEY WALKER & JOSH ROSENTHAL
Available AUGUST 28, 2015
CD : TSQ 5159 / LP : TSQ 5166
April 6th, 2015
REMEMBERING MOUNTAINS : UNHEARD SONGS BY KAREN DALTON – OUT NOW
STEREOGUM PREMIERE : SHARON VAN ETTEN – “Remembering Mountains”
Karen Dalton (1937-1993) recorded two studio albums during her lifetime, neither of which contain any songs she wrote. By the good graces of legendary guitarist Peter Walker, who oversees Karen’s Estate, we are gifted with these lost lyrics, now given voice by other great women of song.
TRACK LIST :
1) REMEMBERING MOUNTAINS – SHARON VAN ETTEN
2) ALL THAT SHINES IS NOT TRUTH – PATTY GRIFFIN
3) THIS IS OUR LOVE – DIANE CLUCK
4) MY LOVE, MY LOVE – JULIA HOLTER
5) MET AN OLD FRIEND – LUCINDA WILLIAMS
6) SO LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY – MARISSA NADLER
7) BLUE NOTION – LAUREL HALO
8 ) FOR THE LOVE I’M IN – LARKIN GRIMM
9) DON’T MAKE IT EASY – ISOBEL CAMPBELL
10) AT LAST THE NIGHT HAS ENDED – TARA JANE O’NEIL
11) MET AN OLD FRIEND – JOSEPHINE FOSTER
AVAILABLE ON TOMPKINS SQUARE
INgrooves in NA, Cargo UK for EU/UK
CD : TSQ 5173 / LP : TSQ 5180
December 31st, 2014
IMAGINATIONAL ANTHEM vol. 7 – OUT NOW !!
STREAM THE ENTIRE ALBUM VIA FRETBOARD JOURNAL
“Once again, the greatest thing going in acoustic guitar” – THE FADER
‘Imaginational Anthem Vol. 7′ is compiled by 20 year old guitarist Hayden Pedigo, from Amarillo, TX. Hayden has recently been featured in Vogue and The FADER behind his own recent album release, ‘Five Steps’. Hayden’s curation represents a balanced cross-section across the modern solo acoustic guitar spectrum. As with previous volumes, this one truly represents the state of the art – an area of evolving musical expression that is very vibrant and healthy indeed. MOJO – **** !!
Post/share a track from IA7 – Simon Scott (of Slowdive) – “Trees Return To Soil”
Track Listing :
1.On a Slow Passing Through a Ghost Town-Chuck Johnson
4.Trees Return to Soil-Simon Scott
7.The Great North American Wilderness-Kyle Fosburgh
8.Something, or Oil Paintings-Christoph Bruhn
9.USA Self-Michael Vallera
10.Red Bud Valley-Dylan Golden Aycock
12.Shadow Study at 6 am-Mariano Rodriguez
13.Olympic Peninsula Blues-Andrew Weathers
14.My Grandfather’s 12 Gauge-Wes Tirey