Archive for July, 2018

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

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Available everywhere Sept 14, 2018



“…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.

Chris King – Lament from Epirus / Catalog Sale

Friday, July 20th, 2018

Our friend Christopher C. King, Grammy-winner, musicologist, and prominent 78 RPM record-collector, has produced 12 reissues for Tompkins Square, as well as the Charley Patton box set, ‘Screamin’ and Hollerin’ The Blues’ (Revenant) and the voluminous Paramount box sets (Third Man).

Now, Chris has written Lament From Epirus : An Odyssey Into Europe’s Oldest Surviving Folk Music (Norton).


“Anyone interested in the power of music―spiritually, culturally, historically, or politically―will find this odyssey to be transformative. By way of an anthropological detective story, Christopher King deftly reveals details and echoing connections I personally never even imagined. Fascinating.”
- Jim Jarmusch

Lament from Epirus is an unforgettable journey into a musical obsession, which traces a unique genre back to the roots of song itself. King discovers clues to his most profound questions about the function of music in the history of humanity: What is the relationship between music and language? Why do we organize sound as music? Is music superfluous, a mere form of entertainment, or could it be a tool for survival? King’s journey becomes an investigation into song and dance’s role as a means of spiritual healing―and what that may reveal about music’s evolutionary origins.

In honor of Chris’ new book, the following Chris King productions on Tompkins Square are on sale. Buying is EASY. Simply add up your order and PayPal using this LINK. Shipping is FREE in the US. For x-US, please email us for shipping costs. Be sure to include your address and which format you are ordering (CD/LP) for each title. Thanks.

Imaginational Anthem vol 6 : The Roots of American Primitive Guitar (CD $7 / LP $10)

Charlie Poole : The Complete Paramount & Brunswick Recordings, 1929 (CD $7 / LP $10)

Lena Hughes : Queen of the Flat-Top Guitar (CD $7 / LP $10)

Arizona Dranes : He Is My Story : The Sanctified Soul of Arizona Dranes (book + CD – $10)

Aimer et Perdre: To Love & To Lose Songs, 1917 – 1934 (Crumb art) (2CD set, $10)

Bloody War : Songs, 1929-1934 (CD $7)

Red Fox Chasers : Complete Recordings (2CD set, $10)

People Take Warning : Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs, 1913-1938 (3CD set, $10)