Archive for September, 2020

Robbie Basho – Selections from Song of the Avatars : The Lost Master Tapes

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Robbie Basho – Selections from Song of the Avatars : The Lost Master Tapes – Vinyl LP Exclusively Available at Independent Record Stores for Record Store Day (Drop #2), September 26th

Robbie Basho (1940-1986) is widely regarded as one of the progenitors of what’s commonly known today as American Primitive guitar. Growing up in Maryland alongside neo-traditional guitar explorers John Fahey and Max Ochs, Basho’s path would take a decidedly different turn, bringing Hindi, Indian, Japanese and Native American musical traditions into his work. His albums for Takoma and Vanguard have left an indelible trail of influence across generations of musicians, from William Ackerman and Pete Townshend to Ben Chasny and William Tyler.

Liam Barker first became aware of Basho having purchased Tompkins Square’s reissue of Venus in Cancer, released in 2006. This led him on an incredible fact-finding expedition, unraveling the many layers of mystery surrounding Basho’s life and death, all deftly compiled and depicted in his documentary film, Voice of the Eagle : The Enigma of Robbie Basho.

During the research process, Barker came across a large cache of unheard Basho tapes recorded throughout his career, ranging roughly from 1965-1985. By arrangement with Basho’s Estate and the original custodians of the tapes, Tompkins Square is set to release Song of the Avatars : The Lost Master Tapes, a 5CD set of previously unreleased material, on December 4th, 2020. The set includes notes by Barker, Henry Kaiser, Steffen Basho-Junghans, Glenn Jones and Richard Osborn, as well as many unseen photographs.

Selections from Song of the Avatars : The Lost Master Tapes vinyl LP will be exclusively available at independent record stores worldwide on September 26th. The best way to obtain a copy is to ask your favorite record store in advance if they plan to carry the set. A full list of participating record stores is HERE.

TSQ 5722 – Robbie Basho / Selections from Song of the Avatars : The Lost Master Tapes – vinyl LP

Tompkins Square is distributed by INgrooves/Universal and Revolver in NA, Cargo UK for Europe


Friday, September 4th, 2020

Tompkins Square Label’s 15th Anniversary is next month ! To celebrate, we’re rolling out some exclusive merch directly to our fans : A baseball hat, and a hoodie, both with our classic label logo designed by Grammy-winner, Susan Archie. We’ve only made one shirt – about ten years ago – so this is special stuff !

(US Orders Only for now due to limited postal access)
Hoodie : $30.98 + $15 Priority Mail = $45.98
Hat : $16.98 + $10 Priority Mail = $26.98
For both, combined shipping is $20

Simply add it up and pay using this PayPal link

Thank you for your support, as always !

Specs on hoodie :

Comes in only one size : LARGE

Black Full Zip Sweatshirt embroidered with the Tompkins Sqaure insignia, made by Bella+Canvas. Environmentally and Ethically produced, 100 % Sweatshop and Cruelty Free.

7 oz., 52% Airlume combed and ringspun cotton, 48% polyester fleece
32 singles

Retail fit
Unisex sizing
White cord drawstring
Full-zip closure with white taping
Kangaroo pockets
Ribbed cuffs and waistband

Specs on hat :

Yupoong Snapback, adjustable