December 3rd, 2016

GET BUNDLED UP !! BIG SAVINGS ON MUSICAL BUNDLES

BIG SALE DEC 3 — DEC 10 >>

Tompkins Square optimizes gift-giving this holiday season with Musical Bundles ! Save big. It’s easy :

STEP 1 – Select which Bundle(s) you want
STEP 2 – Paypal the total amount to : orders at tompkins square dot com
STEP 3 – Write which Bundle(s) you want in your Paypal notes

That’s it ! Prefer to pay by check ? No problem. Email us at ‘info at tompkins square dot com’ for details.

The 2016 Bundle
Get caught up on every title we put out on LP/CD in 2016 ! :
Bob Brown/The Wall I Built Myself
Bob Brown/Willoughby’s Lament
Kid Millions /Beyond The Confession:Kid Millions Reworks Harry Taussig (LP only)
Brigid Mae Power / Brigid Mae Power
Imaginational Anthem vol 8 : The Private Press (1CD/2LP set)
Harvey Mandel – Snake Pit
5 CDs (all except Kid) – $45 postpaid in the US / $75 x-US
6 LPs – $70 postpaid in the US / $120 x-US

The Americana LP Bundle
Roscoe Holcomb/San Diego Folk Festival 1972
Alice Gerrard/Follow the Music
Dillard Chandler/The End of An Old Song
Charlie Poole & The Highlanders/Complete Paramount & Brunswick Recordings
Charlie Louvin / Live at Shake It Records
All 5 vinyl LPs for $45 ppd in the US, $85 x-US

The James Blackshaw Bundle
Marking the 10th Anniv of UK guitarist James Blackshaw’s landmark album, The Cloud of Unknowing, a sale on his entire Tompkins Square output on CD : The Cloud of Unknowing/Litany of Echoes/Sunshrine/Lost Prayers & Motionless Dances/Celeste/Fantomas : Le Faux Magistrat
All 6 CDs for $20 ppd in the US / $45 x-US

The Out of Print Bundle
One last shot at these out of print box sets (limited – first come, first served) :
Live at Cafe Lena: Music from America’s Legendary Coffeehouse 1967-2013, 3CD box set
Work Hard Play Hard Pray Hard : Hard Time, Good Time & End Time Music 1923-1936 3CD box set
Both box sets together for $40 ppd US, $75 x-US

The Imaginational Anthem Bundle
All 8 volumes of our acclaimed acoustic guitar series on CD :
$50 postpaid in the US, $75 x-US
Volumes 4, 6 and 8 on vinyl LP : $35 ppd in the US, $75 x-US

The Bundle of Deplorables
A collection of ten great yet overlooked titles on CD :
Oh Michael, Look What You’ve Done : Friends Play Michael Chapman
Smoke Dawson : Fiddle
Don Bikoff – Celestial Exlposion
Brad Barr – The Fall Apartment
Hiss Golden Messenger – Poor Moon
Beyond Berkeley Guitar – Various Artists
Sean Smith – Christmas
Charlie Louvin : Live at the Gram Parsons Guitar Pull
Turn Me Loose : Outsiders of Old Time Music
Bill Wilson – Ever Changing Minstrel
All 10 CDs $60 ppd in the US, $95 x-US

The Guitar LP Motherlode
James Blackshaw – Fantomas : Le Faux Magistrat (2LP set)
Don Bikoff – Celestial Explosion
Daniel Bachman – Jesus I’m A Sinner
Michael Chapman – Fish
Harry Taussig – Fate Is Only Twice
Berkeley Guitar – Various Artists
All 6 LPs $50 ppd in the US, $80 x-US

The Gift Accessories Bundle
Tompkins Square Label Founder Josh Rosenthal’s acclaimed book, The Record Store of the Mind (“A unique work” – Robert Plant / “Top Ten Music Book of 2016″ – UNCUT)
Obscure Giants of Acoustic Guitar Trading Card Set – Great stocking stuffer !!!!
Book + card set together for $20 ppd in the US, $35 x-US
Books in bulk : 5 signed books for $40 ppd in the US, $70 x-US
Cards in bulk : 5 sets for $30 ppd in the US, $50 x-US

CHECK OUT THE RELEASES PAGE FOR MORE DETAIL ON ALL THESE ITEMS.

THANKS FOR YOUR PATRONAGE, AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

September 28th, 2016

Harvey Mandel – Snake Pit – out Nov 18th

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“Mandel’s trademark sound is as supple and searing as molten steel”
- DOWNBEAT Editor’s Pick

“A storming return to the fray”
-MOJO 4 Stars

“True musical heroes are hard to find, and Snake Pit could be the album that finally gets Mandel his due as a top-shelf guitar savior”
-CHICAGO READER

Harvey Mandel is among the most innovative guitarists to emerge from the Chicago blues scene of the late 1960s. His career began at Twist City and other local hotspots, sharing stages with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Buddy Guy. He came up in that scene alongside Charlie Musselwhite, Mike Bloomfield, Barry Goldberg and Steve Miller, leading to an invitation from Bill Graham to open for Cream at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium in August 1967.

Mandel was a member of Canned Heat, appearing with them at Woodstock. He played on numerous John Mayall albums, and on the Rolling Stones’ 1975 LP Black and Blue (“Hot Stuff”, “Memory Motel”), having auditioned for Mick Taylor’s job, which ultimately went to Ron Wood.

Known for his “tapping” technique and sinewy, sustain-driven phrasing (thus his nickname, “The Snake”), Mandel’s solo albums such as Cristo Redentor, Baby Batter and Righteous have been sampled and drooled over by guitar geeks, DJ’s, and fans of funky, soulful, otherworldly composition.

Harvey’s fifteenth studio LP and his first widely distributed album in 20 years, Snake Pit was recorded in two days at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA. Harvey teamed with fellow Chicago-based musicians Ben Boye (keys), Ryan Jewell (drums), Brian Sulpizio (guitar), and Anton Hatwich (bass), who have all played with singer/songwriter Ryley Walker, among their many other musical pursuits. Harvey and the band had not met previously, nor had they rehearsed. He played snippets of song ideas for the band on his iPhone, and then they would lay down a track in one or two takes. Hard to believe when you hear the album, but that’s exactly how it went down. Minimal overdubs with strings and percussion were added, but mostly what you hear is what happened spontaneously in the studio. The album contains six new original compositions by Mandel and two revisited songs : “Baby Batter” from his 1971 Janus LP of the same name, and “Before Six” by Larry Frazier, which appears on his first album, Cristo Redentor.

Snake Pit marks a spirited return in a career that now spans six decades — all the more intense and poignant given Harvey’s recent battle with cancer.

Read more about Harvey Mandel via Aquarium Drunkard

Track list:
Snake Pit
Space Monkeys
NightinGail
Baby Batter
JackHammer
Buckaroo
Before Six
Ode to B.B.

Harvey Mandel – Guitar
Ben Boye – Keys
Anton Hatwich – Bass
Ryan Jewell – Drums
Brian J Sulpizio – Guitar
Jose Najera – Percussion
Recorded at Fantasy Studios
Real strings arranged and performed by Dick Bright
Produced by Harvey Mandel and Josh Rosenthal
Recorded & mixed by Jesse Nichols
Mastered by George Horn
Original artwork by Sara Gossett

August 2nd, 2016

IMAGINATIONAL ANTHEM vol. 8 : THE PRIVATE PRESS

Imaginational Anthem vol. 8 : The Private Press
Out now 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)

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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.

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 8 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

Pitchfork

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Limited edition (500) Red Vinyl

TOUR DATES :

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 !

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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.

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Los Angeles Times review

December 17th, 2015

ROSCOE HOLCOMB – SAN DIEGO STATE FOLK FESTIVAL 1972

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THE NEW YORKER feature

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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

AMAZON UK
AMAZON US
B&N

“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

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Stereogum Premiere

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