PCR-005 has dropped! Nehemiah St-Danger’s epic debut is upon us!

Nehemiah St-Danger

The Slow and Painful Birth of Nehemiah St-Danger

– an autobiographical meta-operetta about Post-9/11 America, Antediluvian Mysteries and Self-Aggrandizing Myth…

Out now on our website; in stores 9/25

The Slow and Painful Birth of Nehemiah St-Danger has been a long time coming. Originally recorded in Oakland circa 2005, and further supplemented in 2008, the tracks were then subjected to trials and tribulations that included three hard drive failures, digital sound file reconstruction, and re-recording. After languishing in relative obscurity for a number of years, these basement tapes have been unearthed yet again, and Post-Consumer Records is pleased to give them the release they deserve.

Nehemiah St-Danger began his expansive musical trajectory at the tender age of seventeen, playing with none other than C.W. Vrtacek (Biota, Forever Einstein), before moving to Oakland. While squatting at Mills College he discovered Morton Subotnick’s Buchla synth and began using the facilities at the San Francisco Tape Music Center covertly (another secret recording was being made there at the same time – it was Joanna Newsome’s The Milk-Eyed Mender). While there he picked the brains of avant luminaries such as Cecil Taylor, Fred Frith and Pauline Oliveros, passing for an anonymous graduate student. Since then, he’s played with The Fits, Leyna Noel (Psychic Reality, Pocahaunted), Chris Stroffolino (Silver Jews) and Greg Ashley (The Gris Gris).  He currently plays in Malaikat Dan Singa with Old Time Relijun’s Arrington De Dionyso.

At some point during these myriad projects Nehemiah sought a reprieve from the spotlight and retreated to his bedroom. Toiling away in poverty and obscurity, he developed a stratagem, and so came The Slow and Painful Birth of Nehemiah St-Danger. Nehemiah composed and recorded the album using 4-track cassette, open-source software, and ‘artificially-sentient’ computer programs, mining elements from disparate sources as did The Velvet Underground with the noisier aspects of R’n’B, and the avant-garde.  That process, when paired with underlying themes of spirituality and the artist’s pursuit/realization of his own power and identity, serves to magnify this hypnagogic bedroom operetta, to carry it beyond the merely local into the undeniably universal.

Full of blind alleys, haunted hallways, and open corridors, The Slow and Painful Birth of Nehemiah St-Danger is ultimately a vision of the future circumscribed by an architect with an acute knowledge of the past. In what was ultimately a journey of self-discovery, St-Danger has harnessed the energy of this precarious world we inhabit and used it for all our benefit – he may well be the harbinger of a new American Folk Music.

Program A (The Travails of Men in Repose)

  1. Nehemiah St-Danger Lost and Alone in Concussion Musics
  2. Invocation of the Old “Come On Brother, Now”
  3. Nehemiah St-Danger Meets Venus of the Tumbling Towers
  4. Nehemiah St-Danger Lost and Alone in the Tiger Ate My Head Blues
  5. Nehemiah St-Danger Lost and Alone in the Desert on Christmas Morning
  6. Nehemiah St-Danger Sings “The Ezra Dada Tea Town Rag”
  7. Nehemiah St-Danger Lost and Alone in the Song of Impermanence

Program B (Conspiracy Theory Rock)

  1. Let’s Take Some Drugs to the Park
  2. Nehemiah St-Danger Lost and Alone in a Series of Construction Paper Chains
  3. Nehemiah’s Theme
  4. Nehemiah St-Danger Lost and Alone in the Apotheosis of Love
  5. Blood Mysteriously Manifests Itself in the Yolk
  6. Reprise Invocation of the Old “Come On Brother, Now”
  7. Nehemiah St-Danger Sings Selections from the Agnostic Gospels Hymnal
  8. Overture to the Rotting Rainbows of Babylon

New LP by Tsigoti

The Imagination Liberation Front Thinks Again

DROPS TODAY!!! See STORE
release date 8/28/2012

With their third transatlantic bouillabaisse of anarcho-virtuosi avant-punk stylings, Tsigoti continue to intone their unabashed frustrations with the shortcomings of our human experiment with war. The Imagination Liberation Front Thinks Again (ILF), our new slab from this quartet of overly experienced anti-specialists, merges the angst of punk, the absurdity of Dada and the soapbox political shoutings of the world’s finest provocateurs.

ILF shifts like the surface of an ocean. It’s moody, cinematic and forceful. The lyrics are borne from genuine frustration and dissatisfaction with the atrocities of war, violence, injustice, genocide, superiority, prejudice, arrogance, oppression, pollution and freeways. There’s a Dadaesque boiling-over to the words, which only supply yet more integrity to the madcap ravings of the guitar, bass and drums. At times, Thollem provides an exemplary bent circus piano, even throwing in some ragtime, but as if Scott Joplin swapped hormones with Iggy Pop.  Each musician grows in and out of each other, in a quantumly and musically entangled force field.

But this is not inaccessible music, which makes Tsigoti even more important. Their whimsical, spasmodic punkestrations exhibit a deep precision, like a finely-oiled Jean Tinguely sculpture. You just hit the power switch and watch the whole thing unfold. That is how to experience the world of Tsigoti.

Introducing Nehemiah St. Danger

Over seven years in the making, The Slow And Painful Birth of Nehemiah St. Danger is an autobiographical meta-operetta about Post-9/11 America, antediluvian mysteries and self-aggrandizing myth. And we have grabbed ahold and it now finally has a chance to see the light of day.

Even though this is Nehemiah’s debut as a solo artist, he holds a diverse and impressive musical resume. He’s recorded and played with members of The Fits, Psychic Reality, Pocahaunted, Silver Jews, Old Time Relijun, The Gris Gris and more. Nehemiah is currently in Malaikat Dan Singa with Arrington De Dionyso.

In what was ultimately a journey of self-discovery, St-Danger has harnessed the energy of this precarious world we inhabit and used it for all our benefit – he may well be the harbinger of a new American Folk Music. Mark your calendars, The Slow and Painful Birth Of Nehemiah St. Danger exits the birth canal on September 11th, 2012

Last Days of the Summer Sale!!

As we reach the last half of the summer season, we at Post-Consumer Records would like to remind you about the ongoing Summer Sale. This is only for a limited time, so grab it up now!

If you buy two digital releases, you’ll get the last one absolutely free. That’s Bucky Sinister, Death Songs and The Hand To Man Band for a paltry $14! To take advantage of the Summer Sale, simple enter the code LITESUMMER when checking out of the store.

Tour Dates Announced

Summer is a great chance to plan your next outing to see our Post-Consumer artists.

Join John Dietereich (Hand To Man Band and Bad News From Houston) this Autumn. He has announced Fall tour dates with his band Deerhoof

Thollem (Bad News from Houston, The Hand to Man Band, and Tsigoti) is touring across every corner the American landscape with his solo project through the rest of the summer and into the fall. From Anacortes to Ann Arbor, don’t miss his incredible performances combining extreme imagination and perfect execution. If you want your mind sonically blown in the most enjoyable way, Thollem is your man!

Mike Watt (Hand to Man Band) is perpetually on tour with one project or another. Currently we have dates for Stooges and the Missingmen on the site.

Check out the Store page for all of our artists releases. For a complete listing of all the artists and their tour dates, check out the Event Calendar link for all of the available dates and we’ll see you out there!!!!

Announcing The Hand to Man Band Pre-order!

PRE-ORDER LP or CD!! Physical release date has been moved out to 6/12. Digital download available now HERE or complimentary with order of LP or CD.

Download a free song from The Hand To Man Band along with a handful of other goodies from Post-Consumer Records HERE

Tim Barnes (skins on Silver Jews, Jim O’Rourke, Text of Light)
John Dieterich (guitarist for Deerhoof, Natural Dreamers)
Thollem McDonas (legendary solo pianist, member of Tsigoti, collaborator with Stefano Scodanibbio, Nels Cline, etc ad infinitum)
Mike Watt (fIREHOSE, Minutemen, spielgusher,  et al)

Veering between the tightly woven and the completely unhinged, trading deep gulfs of ponderous melancholy with gentle, fractured pop fairytales, The Hand To Man Band keeps the listener guessing without ever completely abandoning their own special brand of earthy hall-of-mirrors music.

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The Hand to Man Band – You Are Always on Our Minds

PCR-003 // Release Date: 5-22-2012 (pre-order now)

Over the course of three days near the end of August 2010, the members of The Hand To Man Band convened in Austin, TX, each seeking a reprieve from his own hectic schedule. Mike Watt (between shows playing bass with the reformed Stooges), Thollem McDonas (legendary solo pianist, member of Tsigoti, collaborator with Stefano Scodanibbio, etc ad infinitum), John Dieterich (guitarist for Deerhoof, Natural Dreamers), and Tim Barnes (skins on Silver Jews, Jim O’Rourke, Text of Light) hunkered down at Post-Consumer studio and made a right proper gem of an album. They call it You Are Always on Our Minds.

The album’s title was inspired by a cryptic fortune cookie Watt picked up in Austin, and that’s really no surprise – this album is filled with mysterious clues that lead to solutions indirectly. Veering between the tightly woven and the completely unhinged, trading deep gulfs of ponderous melancholy with gentle, fractured pop fairytales, The Hand To Man Band keeps the listener guessing without ever completely abandoning their own special brand of earthy hall-of-mirrors music. The internal/external dialogues set up by the band evoke train dreams, the open road, and the warmth and familiarity of a bed at home. They travel from psychotropic jazz to konked-out funk to skronked-out dirges to alien transmissions to plaintive nocturnal pleas, sometimes in the course of a single tune. These songs contradict and then coalesce before arriving finally as an unexpected gift, a measured unit, a fully formed whole. When that happens, that razor’s edge shift from near-chaos to strength, power and beauty, hold on tight, listen, because it is truly something to behold.

Opening track ‘Forces Conspiring’ welcomes listeners with a bloodshot ghost-choir floating lightly en masse over a bed of bucolic memories strummed, plucked and plinked by the band – the air is not quite heavy tonight and it feels good to breathe. “We Learned the Unreasoning’ is what it sounds like when your favorite weird uncle shows up unannounced with a dose of the clap, a limp, and a bottle of something or other, and all he wants to do is sit on the front porch and have a time. That same uncle taught you how to play guitar; you oblige. The lovely, shambolic ‘The Down Moveables’ ebbs and flows through shallows and driftwood before upping the tension and lighting out on some crazy moonlit steeplechase through an abandoned amusement park down by the river. Other highlights include ‘Us All Konked,’ ‘Voice Thrower,’ and ‘They Pretty Right,’ but truth be told, there’s not a clunker among them.

The Hand To Man Band is a new chapter, a different look, at four truly original, seminal musicians. Again (in case you missed it): Mike Watt. Thollem McDonas. John Dieterich. Tim Barnes. So saddle up, boys ‘n girls, put on your 3D specs, and sit back. We give you…You Are Always on Our Minds.

Track listing for “You Are Always on Our Minds” by The Hand to Man Band, out on 12” virgin vinyl, cd and digital 5/22/2012, Post-Consumer Records.

  1. Forces Conspiring
  2. Before Our Eyes Arrived
  3. We Learned the Unreasoning
  4. Thinks This
  5. Buoy Buoy
  6. They Pretty Right
  7. First Shallows
  8. Occasional Cracker
  9. All Us Konked
  10. Farces Perspiring
  11. Semina System
  12. The Down Moveables
  13. Voice Thrower
  14. Be the Same
  15. Thin Incision Split Decision
  16. Slow Choirds
  17. We’ve Got a Long Ways to Go We’re Almost There