The latest Vulpiano Records compilation Sampler EP: Vol. 3(VULP-0036; also check out Vol. 1 and Vol. 2) is out now! Showing off the netlabel’s specialties, electronic, folk, and indie-pop, as well as containing a couple of experimental and post-punk surprises, this offering is yet another fabulous way to get acquainted with Vulpiano Records. This is the first of the compilation series to feature the new Vulpiano fox logo, designed by Solange Gularte of Natural Snow Buildings.
Download here: http://www.mediafire.com/?kb9orcjt4dcgkq0
1. J.G. Hackett - “Dereliction”
2. Le Fils des Trois Mousquetaires - “time and space”
3. Richey Hackett - “Flawed Above Bored”
4. Fire Island Pines - “Heaven Till You Say”
5. Unsub - “Challenge Accepted”
6. King Elizabeth - “Homecoming”
7. Red Bellows - “Three.six.five”
8. Lately Kind of Yeah - “Attractive Room”
9. Lately Kind of Yeah - “O2”
10. The Long Afternoon - “Bother”
For those of you who haven’t checked out my netlabel yet that are into some of the music styles described above, please do take some time to have a listen to this sampler!
The Long Afternoon originally formed as an indie rock group in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1985. Dissolving in the late ’80s, guitarist and vocalist Eston Martz carried on studying music and, inspired by the reunions of Wire and Mission of Burma, Martz returned to the studio and reformed The Long Afternoon with drummer Greg Elliott and former Seen bassist Jeff Edmunds. The band released The Luxury Problem (2006) and Signifying Nothing (2009), with third album An Index of Maladjustments (2011) coming August 16, 2011.
Swinging Singles (VULP-0035) is an EP compilation of tracks from previous Long Afternoon releases The Luxury Problem (“That’s Not What You Said”, “On the Plane”) and Signifying Nothing (“Never Tell”, “Intent”, “How Did I Get So Far From Where I Should Have Been”, “Bother”). Swinging Singles shows off the variety in mood and style the Long Afternoon are capable of, from angular, spirited and fiery (“On a Plane”) to cinematic and mood-lifting (“Bother”). An excellent introduction to the band.
Download here: http://www.mediafire.com/?nf8a6b2vr4jf7ci
RIYL: Mission of Burma, Wire, Blur
“Three.six.five” (VULP-0033) is the new single release from Red Bellows, out now on Vulpiano Records. Two tracks off their free LP release EPONE, “Three.six.five” showcases Red Bellows’ somber, bluesy side while the strong melodies sweeping epic quality of “Phonetic” brings this single to a fantastic close.
Download here: http://www.mediafire.com/?845phyozm5atz4z
Following single release “Homecoming” on Vulpiano Records, King Elizabeth’s full length album Obsessive Desires is out now. A solo artist playing all instruments and performing all vocals, King Elizabeth’s adeptness at establishing an atmosphere of vintage post-punk and synth-rock coolness, interpreted through a unique, modern lens. Stand-out tracks like “Obsession”, “Carnival”, “Homecoming”, “Hurricanes”, and “Elusive You” profoundly illustrate the variety of moods found on this LP, from despair to hope and cycling around again, ultimately “an atmospheric journey which is dark, with shimmering flecks of light.”
Download here: http://www.mediafire.com/?rjehfykqqza4q6l
2. A Million Dollars
6. Elusive You
7. Wake Up Slowly
9. Rise and Fall
10.Bend and Break
“Homecoming” from King Elizabeth on Vulpiano Records (VULP-0030) is an epic intro to this one-man band from the UK. With influences from post-punk greats like Joy Division and the Associates to psychedelic-tinged music like The Doors and The Stone Roses, listening to King Elizabeth provides not only a complete listening experience, but into the beyond as well…”Homecoming” is pulled from forthcoming album Obsessive Desires, plus the single release includes b-side “Faith”.
Download here: http://www.mediafire.com/?5sddjxb5g75otbs
Vulpiano Records now has a new kitsune/fox logo, illustrated fabulously by Solange Gularte (of Natural Snow Buildings, who released The Centauri Agent on Vulpiano in 2010). Cheers, Solange! Font is Orchidee.
Hey, hey, a new Vulpiano Records release (site updates coming later tonight/tomorrow)! VULP-0004 is here, Ian France’s High Places/Crackabow single! Ian is one of my favorite independent electronic artists out there right now (he also remixed one of my songs, “Ice Water Girl”), blending remix elements in the context of his original electronic tunes. Catchy, otherworldly, and cool - you can grab it for free here: http://www.mediafire.com/?mztjmknqigj
Another Vulpiano Records release: VULP-0003! This is a compilation of tracks from Zapa (originally from Spain, now in the UK), another musician I have collaborated with that I am ~ecstatic~ to have on the label! I previously described him on AFIN as having “a lovely delivery of lyrics, and a softly psychedelic style that is a perfect chill-out soundtrack”. Go have a listen for yourself!:
And one more for today (VULP-0002)…! Here is the first single release from Vulpiano Records as well: Tiny Tide - The Smiths & The Cure, which is (you guessed it) a sort of tribute to both of those bands, with a particularly spot-on jangly guitar. You can download it here (which includes some alternate versions and a cover of Roxy Music’s “Rain Rain Rain”): http://www.studiosonda.com/tt-tstc.zip
I have collaborated with Tiny Tide’s Mark Zonda in the past (on the Earth EP) and contributed to his SleepWalking Mag music blog (Making a Case for the Horrors, Artist Feature: Natural Snow Buildings) - yet another very fortuitous Last.fm meeting!
The first official album release from my label Vulpiano Records, Le Fils des Trois Mousquetaires - pendant ce temps-là, en 1942, is now available for free download! It’s even got a catalog number: VULP-0001. *excitement* You can download it here: http://www.mediafire.com/?jxkiwzcndy5
Described as “Belgian songs falling from a plane”, this fellow does lovely acoustic tunes that would be perfectly fitting for a rainy day, or should you want to imagine yourself in the midst of a somber film scene with gray, dimly-lit streets around you. Le Fils des Trois Mousquetaires was one of my favorite independent artists on Last.fm when I first heard him months ago and I am very pleased to have his beautiful music be part of this label. How he describes his music: “I’d say I make a crossing between 60’s and 90’s pop, like the Kinks mixed with Nirvana, or Robert Wyatt with Lou Barlow, or the Zombies with Elliot Smith, or Nick Drake with Frank Black…”
Some new artists on the roster, each with an mp3 available for listening; the playlist has been updated, the artists info section/albums updates are forthcoming…:
Vulpiano Records has now launched in beta! :’D
I say ‘beta’ because I’m still waiting on artists for their upcoming releases, but much of the site is complete, there are listenable tracks and stuff to look at, and so on. This will be altered on a near-daily basis most likely for the next couple of weeks as I get in touch with all the artists and finalize everything.
Tumblr, apart from the artists who will be getting e-mails later on, you are the first to have a look at this! There is a comments box on the main page where you can leave feedback about the site and/or the music if you choose. As I’ve said before, despite purchasables now and in the future, the basis of this label is free music - all of the artists on have much material, sometimes all of their material, available for free, which you can typically access at the Last.fm page in the artist links.
There is also a forum that I intend to encourage the artists to make threads about their own music in and post in other label artists’ threads as well - there are currently also sub-forums for discussion of A Future in Noise (my music blog), Other Music (non-Vulpiano Records artists), and General Discussion (books, movies, art, current events, etc.). Registration for the forums is free and optional for anyone who wants to pop in and help contribute to the discussion, should that idea prove successful!
The layout is likely to change around a bit, especially in regards to getting spruced up in the blank corners. More news/releases/etc. to come - YAHOO~!!!
Giving it another try! Thanks for helping @thedrowners, I think I’m getting closer - maybe one or two more goes tomorrow! Softened it up and changed the font around, may add lines on the sides or something if it doesn’t look cluttered. I might see what happens if I trace it by hand as well, but I’m scared of the potential results that way…! Just a bit more adjusting, blargh!
Finally got the artists pretty much narrowed down - the site will be launching first thing in the morning tomorrow!
Preliminary version of record label logo! I was having a couple of other people work on sketches, and I may use their designs alternately/as well, but I made this playing around a bit a few minutes ago. Despite the fact that my artistic abilities are limited, I rather like how this turned out (it’s a fox; it seems oddly familiar…) and plus the color-scheme is good and the font is my own handwriting. I think we may have a winner! :D