Archive for September, 2010

Imaginational Anthem v 4 : New Possibilities

Monday, September 13th, 2010

The fourth volume of the acclaimed guitar series. Available Sept 21.

Features C Joynes, Tyler Ramsey (Band of Horses), William Tyler (Silver Jews) and more

Gatefold LP & CD Artwork by Paul Romano (Mastodon)

Since it’s first volume in 2005, Tompkins Square’s ‘Imaginational Anthem’ series has introduced many new acoustic guitarists, and unearthed many forgotten legends of the American Primitive genre. Vol 4 strays from the formula by focusing on the present generation of pickers, representing American and English musical traditions. The stunning gatefold LP (limited edition of 500) and CD are created by Paul Romano, best known for his incredible designs for Mastodon.


“Simply put, these are all essential recordings, they offer solid evidence of how the tradition continues from the ’60s to the present day in the same way that albums by Fahey, Kottke, Crandell, Lang, John Renbourn, Bert Jansch, and countless others picked up on the lineages of the previous decades from folk, blues, prison songs and mountain and church music foundations, and brought it forth, shifted and changed and added and subtracted. This box is the latest entry in the long long logbook. Get it.” – 4.5 / 5 stars, All Music Guide

“Taken as a whole, these three albums provide a comprehensive overview of the ongoing American Primitive movement, and will likely provide a large enough reservoir to tide you over handsomely should that acoustic guitar drought ever come.” – Pitchfork

“The single most significant body of solo acoustic guitar music to be published in the 21st century so far” – Boomkat