Archive for April, 2017

5ive Dollar Fridays 8.0 – Nashville !

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

5ive Dollar Fridays !
A Weekly Sale from Tompkins Square . . .

Each Friday, we select 4 titles from our deep catalog under a theme, and they’re 5 bucks each. Sometimes CD, sometimes vinyl. The only catch is you gotta buy all four, which is still a pretty good deal.

Our theme this week is ‘Nashville’:

Ben Hall – Ben Hall !
(Discovered by Charlie Louvin as a teenager, produced by Eric Ambel)
William Tyler – Behold The Spirit
(His debut album)
Roland White – I Wasn’t Born To Rock N Roll
(Reissue of 1976 solo album by bluegrass legend)
Charlie Louvin – Hickory Wind : Live at Gram Parsons Guitar Pull
(Live recording from Gram’s hometown of Waycross, GA)

For all 4 CDs, just paypal $20 directly to :
orders at tompkins square dot com
For Canada, add $15
For the rest of the world, add $25
(Don’t forget to include your address !)

The deal is good til next Friday (4/28), when we’ll pick another four titles for you.

Thanks as always ! …

Meredith Monk / Record Store Day

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Limited edition LP available exclusively at independent record stores on Record Store Day, April 22.

San Francisco’s Tompkins Square label is proud to announce the reissue of Meredith Monk’s 1971 debut LP, Key.

Composer, singer, director/choreographer, creator of new opera, musical theater works, films and installations, Meredith Monk is one of the most unique and influential artists of our time. Awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Obama in 2015, Monk has blazed her own influential trail through music and movement over the past 50 years. Pitchfork noted in a recent review of her latest ECM release, ‘On Behalf of Nature’: “Meredith Monk’s influence as a singer and composer extends through Bj√∂rk, Joanna Newsom and beyond.”

‘Key’ contains Monk’s earliest compositions for voice, composed and performed from 1967-1970. In her words:

“In ‘Key’ I wanted to create a constantly shifting ambience. Each song dealt with a different vocal character, landscape, technical concern or emotional quality. I was trying for a visceral, kinetic song form that had the abstract qualities of a painting or a dance. I knew that I didn’t want to set music to a text; for me, the voice itself was a language which seemed to speak more eloquently than words. I chose certain phonemes for their particular sound qualities. In a sense, each song became a world in itself with its own timbre, texture and impulse.”

The Tompkins Square reissue faithfully reproduces the original 1971 LP on Increase Records, with textured cover and original insert images and notes, exclusively released in a limited edition for Record Store Day – April 22, 2017.

LP – TSQ5371 / Tompkins Square is distributed by INgrooves and Revolver in North America, Cargo UK for Europe.