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JTB “Copenhagen” Turned Word #029 34 Minute Cassette Editionof 100

West Coast psychedelic stalwart John Trevor Benson is no stranger to the sonic realms where space and time are bent like whipping stars around the edges of the black hole.  As a member of both A-Minor Forest  and Hale Zukas, these modes revealed themselves via the rock setting over the past 15 or so years.  As a solo endeavor, however, we see a much more confidential and expansive aesthetic at play, giving these recordings an inviting bedroom tone, without ever feeling overindulgent.  Weather it’s giving teenagers(like myself in the mid-nineties) a floor to crash on or touring the country in a vegetable oil powered venue/bus/rolling microclimate, John Benson has been at it a long time, with no signs of stopping anytime soon. This tape was recorded on a fourtrack cassette over 18 years ago in a ghost town out in the dessert.  JTB is the only person on the tape, except the wind blowing wind chimes and air filling the air tanks in his bus.  Other natural ambient noises were created by spirits he does not controll.

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TASHI DORJI  "Hills Rose Up....."   39 Minute cassette Turned Word #028  Edition of 100

I found myself out in the gardens’ July sun pencil scratching onto an old receipt.  All about friend and improvisational guitarist Tashi Dorji and how wonderful he is and how much I adore his music.  Thinking about the time we were jamming and some sound I made on the guitar caused him to outright belly laugh.  And some scrawl about the story he once told me, about how the prince of Bhutan had asked him to play some Elvis songs in Thimphu , and Tashi declining the request. Or the countless times that we shared a meal together, or a fire.  And how Tashi showed up at my job once, dragging me away because I was overstressed and needed food. 
“I’m way too hungry to cook now…..and plus, all the food that I have at home would take far too long to make, “ I whined.
He calmly demanded that I list the things I had lying around. Next thing I knew we were eating the most toothsome dish of something so simple. Potatoes, tomatoes, a little oil and some spices.  Maybe one more ingredient?  His presence and his music is like this too. Bare of pretension yet full of newness and uncompromising inertia.  Seemingly quick, sharpened and then mellowed, presenting an intensity to fall into the moment and nourish oneself with the ingredients at hand.  Reminiscent of the rythmn experiments of Derek Bailey, the lavish east leanings of Robbie Basho's playing and the intensity of Bill Orcutt's attack.   Featuring the artwork of Amy-Moon.  Offset printed.
  
Cassette $6.25

 















                 ASA

IRONS "Knife Gift Debt," crd/lp TRD WD #030   Edition of 500.

Asa Irons is a Terrra Mystic tradesman born in New Hampshire, USA.  A stonemason and carpenter by trade, he gracefully distills these salt of the earth qualities into song.  Havine been a central figure in the band Feathers, as well as playing in Witch, MV&EE, and Taboo, Asa is no stranger to spiritual/sonic environs.  His songs are meticulously crafted, yet maintain an open and humble feeling. On "Knife Gift Debt," Asa explodes his past recordings.  A stone foundation blossoms into a structure which can encompass the whole, all elements of this incredibly dynamic songwriter getting equal play.  Traditional folk forms still provide the backbone for these songs, but like all folk masterpieces, the rules yield to the artist's vision.  The now elaborate, lush arrangements of this new and original material are composed by Asa himself, and recorded and co-produced by Caleb Mulkerin and Micah Blue Smalldone.  The sound is sparse yet massive, cinematic and extremely intimate.  Asa has enlisted close friends Big Blood, Micha Blue Smalldone, Tom K, Janane Tripp and others to help carry out this vision. 

LP $15

                                                                      
Art Edition LP Edition of 70 Sold Out! Might be able to get through TIME LAG
                                                                    


TRACEY TRANCE 101 C-32 cassette TRD WD# 027
This hand held saga of life on the road is comprised of multiple treatments of three distinctly different tunes, as well as several vignettes of other song skeletons. Heavily saturated locomotives rip holes through the tape heads and quick cassette deck to cassette deck edits act as the scene changers, as we follow Tracey Trance to the chiller zones of modern society, found under bridges, along the capes, the coasts and the rivers of the West Coast of the US. This cassette marks the transition from Tracey Trance’s mostly instrumental, hypno -circular modal compositions, to a more vocally structured form of songwriting, and these sketchy hog leg laden tunes are none the less infectious than previous riff oriented offerings. For those of you that have been following live and or magnetically captured sounds of Tyler Larson for a while now, think Tyler’s early 2000’s project Quincy Quartz and that’ll get you close to knowing what this may sound like. I might compare the root styling’s of Tyler’s vocal inflection to that of a less blues obsessed Jad Fair.  Lo-fi, just as much because of the means at hand, as aesthetic value of the artist. Covers Risograph printed by Caroline Paquita.                  

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                                  Turned Word # 026  Tracey Trance "PYPER KUB," LP

Denny Laine had a somewhat fresh and entergetic take on Buddy Holly's songwriting, as did Fleetwood Mac on their earlier Lps.  But the songcrafting that Tyler Larson of Tracey Trance carves out of a fascination for Holly comes off as a much more authentic yet original take on Rock and Roll's roots, before they were strangled, and bled dry by modern musceled up parameters.  This allows Tracey Trance's work in particular to feel un-paralleled in the modern world, without ever feeling like some kind of retro throwback.  Along with poignant lucidly plucked riffs and melodic hooks, is this totally sincere smoked out-law beachy exotica vibe that Larson has been working on for a long while now.......Whether he's playing portable keyboards, dragging hammond organs outta the side of a mini bus, jamming flutes, guitars or banjo, Tyler pulls it off in a most chill and hypnotic fashion.  Add some beautifully warm sky's the limit tape saturation and Pyper Kub becomes one of the best experimental pop records to come out in quite some time.  Previously self released on cassette.  

                    

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Turned Word #25 AMPS FOR CHRIST-Circuits 2xLP

Folkcore originators kick out 2 LPS of classic ,original and Traditional Folkrock wall of sound bliss! Circuits was originally released in 1999 on the Vermiform label. It was well received, even charting on CMJ. Comprised of stellar originals, Scottish, English and North American folk songs and Child ballads, biblical lore, and choice pop folk cover tunes, Circuits is singular in its approach. Heavily referencing Steeleye Span and Pentangle’s moves in working with songs of the British Isles, as well as Jean Ritchie and North American Appalachian songlines in general, as well as DIY nosenik modalities, AFC uniquely adds to the history of these songlines. This reissue puts Circuits on vinyl for the first time as a deluxe double LP with a gatefold cover and a full bonus side of unreleased material . Circuits includes AFC collaborator Tara Tavi (ex-Blue Silk Sutures, Bastard Noise, Savage Republic, currently of Auto Da Fe) who plays yangqin (Chinese hammer dulcimer) and sings. Former Man Is The Bastard drummer Joel Connell plays tablas and percussion. Remastered for vinyl by Tim Stollenwerk (Mississippi Records, Sublime Frequencies, Fat Possum). Co-released by Turned Word Records. The four song bonus side begins with "Empire", a song recorded for a compilation that was supposed to be released by L.A. venue, The Smell. Barnes and Tavi are joined by then AFC member Erika Anderson (EMA, Gowns).The comp never saw the light of day, but Empire now has. "Yamasuka" adds fellow former MITB member, Aaron Kenyon on bass to this release and rounding off the bonus side are folk standards Knight On The Road and Bonny Greenwoodside. The latter recorded live at the Claremont Forum in 2001. Amps For Christ use unique instrumentation in an eclectic approach to play"folkcore", coined & defined by founder Henry Barnes. Mr. Barnes modifies Hammond organs to a fixed scale that defines AFC's sound. He builds his own electric bouzoukis, sitars, guitars, violins, metronomes, oscillators and noise machines. Prior to AFC, Mr. Barnes was a founder of Man Is The Bastard and Bastard Noise. AFC has at least 15 releases in their prolific catalog on labels such as Kill Rock Stars, Shrimper, Vermiform, RRR and Woodsist.

           2 X LP $18

                        

 

 

 

 

         TRD WORD # 23  Village of Spaces ALCHEMY AND TRUST 12" 2nd Pressing LP and CD. Edition of 450.  

Having changed their name from Uke of Phillips, to Uke of Spaces Corners, this time around, on their 4th full length album, we see another moniker shift, to Village of Spaces. Collaborating with Michael Hurley, Big Blood, Ancestral Diet and Caethua, Alchemy and Trust might be this crew's most potent release to date if not their most deliberate and un-compromising. Recordings made over the last 3 years make up this Lp, which was recorded at The Pool Studios in Portland, Oregon, Big Bloods Tank 28 studios in So. Portland, Maine, and by Nemo Bidstrup at their home in MidCoast, Maine.    

CD $14

 

 

LP $14

                    1st LP Pressing OUT OF PRINT!   2nd Pressing AVAILABLE NOW!

 

 

 

Download at the band's bandcamp page http://villageofspaces.bandcamp.com/ 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 TRD WORD # 24  CAETHUA "The Summer Is Over Before It's Begun"  12" LP  Edition of 500.

Caethua is the project of Maine residents Clare Hubbard, now collaborating with Andy Neubauer.  As Caethua walks deeper and deeper into the fogged up landscape, they bring with them a Walter Carlos take on baroque tinged psyche folk, and post industrial tinted lenses for which to look through.   With a handful of releases under her belt on a variety of labels, The Summer Is Over is one of Hubbard's most realized works. Eight sonically perfect songs filled with heart-melting vocal melodies, and dream provoking lyrics. Tastefully accompanied by her piano, guitar, saxaphone and well placed soundscapes. She is joined on this record by the multi-instrumentalism of Andy Neubauer (Impractical Cockpit, Ancestral Diet, Flak Mask,Village of Spaces) who compliments this masterpiece with bass clarinet and cello. Recorded at The Pool Recording Studio by Alex Yusimov and artfully mastered by Tim Stollenwerk.    This is a split release between Turned Word and the debut release on the new Mississippi Records imprint, Water Wing Records.

 

LP $14

 

 

 

 

TRD WORD # 19  DBH The World is a Wedding as Wet as Breath on Glass c-46 Pro duplicated gold ink on clear cassette, full color cover featuring the photography of Justin Rhody. Edition of 100.  

 

On The World is a Wedding as Wet as Breath on Glass, heavy gestures are scattered across the bottle strewn basement floor, and poetic mutterings fill the ears with intelligent soft speak. Add this to the list of DBH’s expansive sonic outpourings and you got a nice collection of some of America’s finest junk jazz recordings available.

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Ancestral Diet "V.I.T.R.I.O.L." 12" 
 
ThiRD Word no.18, screenprinted on recycled jackets 
Caethua and Debbie Diaper have been teaming up off air well before Thursday and tend to use those nights of their radio show INSIDE OUTSIDER SOUNDS to wind down after the week has just flown by. Put to tape and assembled in the last months of their sorely missed studio, WALKING ON ICE. Layers of loops and vocal sound forms, A.D. illustrate for the listeners a spelunking holiday that goes on a little too long, just a little bit further, the mouth is just around that corner. A small light illuminates a small cavern just fine. What did you see? Featuring Andy Neubauer of Impractical Cockpit, Doggerella Decided Upon, Flak Mask, Curtain Call, Uke of Spaces etc, and Caethua of Sports, Uke of Spaces Corners and SAX WAND fame. 
Sold out at this source. Check with Sax Wand Records or Time LAg. Maybe Fusetron.













C Section 8 "Urban Music" 12" 
 
ThiRD Word no.17, 500 pressed, multi-color screenprint cover 
I wish it could have been a double, but its finally thirty five minutes of wax after years and years of cassection-8 for you subwolfers out there. Alas, the aerobics class needs a chalkboard accompaniment and someone better check the instructors erratic heart beat, ie Drew. Using clock tracks, basics and a storkrugfull of gadgets, analog synthtronica is his labor of love. Amazing covers screened by the instructor himself-URBAN MUSIC has to be heard to be believed. Featuring Drew Ryan of FLAK MASK, and Uke Of Spaces Corners. 
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Group B "Live at Vics" 7"

ThiRD Word no.2, 300 pressed, 2 color silkscreened cover
Performing live at Big Vs AKA Vics Flying V Lounge in St Paul Minnesotas Midway neighborhood some ten years ago to 20 or so willing and nearly blacked out participants,this stellar performance was recorded LIVE on a stereo cassette recorder and pressed to vinyl for evermore. Singer-Violinist Naomi Joy reads the crowd like a magazine article, anticipating their thoughts and jeers,using it as fodder in unusual public mimicry.
this one is sold out

Impractical Cockpit "Poverty is Violence AKA Adopt A MindField" 12"

ThiRD Word no.3, 600 pressed, 5 color silkscreened cover and extensive booklet
Recorded to half-inch 8 track in Minneapolis wintertime after a long tour with band fluency-solvency at an all-time high, even though a serious bicycle-carwreck and subsequent surgery made drummer Don Godwin dust off his drum machines and stow away the Ludwigs. This is one of IPCPs more structured albums to date despite Maximum Rock and Roll Magazine saying "its like Confusion is Sex era Sonic Youth only without the songs." Sounds like they skimmed it.
$12


FLAKMASK "Combover and Over Again" 7"

ThiRD Word no.7, 300 pressed, 2 color silkscreened cover
Once described as "Einsturzende Neubauten auditions for Riverdance"or to quote DB, "Soundtrack gravy for a morning swamped in long conversations with refridgerators and short walks with a deprivation champion."
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IMPRACTICAL COCKPIT "Best of Thanks tape volume 2 or Audio Thistory" 12"

ThiRD Word no.11, 600 pressed, 2 color screenprinted covers
Impractical Cockpit has played more than 200 shows to date, and in and attempt to stay in communication with show goers, IPCP through out the years have asked folks to sign their mailing list. Occasionally the list would be reviewed and a cassette tape of live material, studio outtakes, pertinent found sounds or unreleased material would be sent by mail to each person who signed the list. This new Lp "Best of Thanks Tape Volume 2, or Audio Thistory," includes favored excerpts from the VOLUME 2 cassette, made up of studio outtakes, a live radio performance, and incidental jams as well as a segment of postapocalyptic field recordings of the desolate streetscapes of New Orleans just 3 weeks following Hurricane Katrina with most of the city deserted.





Bone Rattle "WHICH TOYZ." 12"

ThiRD Word no. 13, 600 pressed, Full Color Cover
Tie yourself on a feedbag of slightly decayed dog bones and crushed plastic kids toys you found in a cheeze whiz dumpster, throw your inhabitations out the window and dance your ass off to these highly damaged, anthemic, home made synth and drum songs.This is analog plunger punk at its best!!!!
FEATURING: members of CHILD BRIDE, DREAM HOUSE, BLUE SHIFT and RIDDLIN.
$12


Uke of Spaces Corners "Flowers in the Night" 12"

ThiRD Word no.14
The UKES bring us all another butter country moon fried farm folk bammer to sing or bang a gong along to. Once again this release features a full band of self taught weirdo clinger and clangers carefully caressing tones out of anything from an effected mandolin to a marble in the bottom if a well tuned 5 gallon bucket. Players include Andy Neubauer, Dan B, Amy Moon O-s, Kristen Myers, Caleb Gamble, and Ben Grubb. Cover art by Janel Beckman and printed by Leif Goldburg. Insert art by Amy Moon and Kristen Myers.
$12


IMPRACTICAL COCKPIT "FACILIDAD?" 12"

ThiRD Word no. 16, 500 pressed, Full Color Jacket.
Facilidad? is Impractical Cockpit's 7th full length LP since their inception more than 10 years ago in the cold and blustery Minneapolis winter of 1998. After several "relocation efforts," the band settled for 6 years in the vibrant port of New Orleans just after the turn of the new millennium, honing in on their signature approach to Noise infused songwriting. Always brewing up their own slog of psychedelic punk the Cockpits have managed to stay true to their all-analog asthetic no matter how difficult this can be on shoe string budgets. After their crew was totally displaced by the horrific events of Hurricane Katrina, the band re-formed in New Orleans in the Spring of 2006 to spend a month writing a new album, unavoidably inspired by the desolate depressed post Katrina landscape. Mountains of molding garbage lined the streets as cats claw and ivy tore through watermarked walls of recently abandoned buildings. The National Guard paced through the streets in armored vehicles, and constant gunshots rang through the thick stillness of decay and toppled over trees. After putting together a live set there, which was to later become this album known as Facilidad?, the Cockpits embarked on a 2 month tour, with a 2 week recording session scheduled right in the middle. Traveling in a home made vegetable oil powered motor home as a 5 piece band, with 2 dogs, and a battery of instruments, they played the album all the way through every night of the tour. The set varied wildly from night to night. The result is this multi-track recording, a culmination of all of their previous efforts summed up in an opus. Balkan informed brass arrangements get smacked to tape alongside the thick improvisational gumbo of triaged hand crafted paper reed horns and drum machines. Plywood gets smashed to shit and an abandoned warehouse stairwell provides an echochamber for choral arrangements complete with barking dog. On the albums closer "Guru's Plume," a homemade electric violin gets heavy usage, played in the Northern Louisiana Michot family tuning of EBEB. Shrill reverb drenched vocals are softened by intense but loosely slung rubber band looped keyboards while talismans are shaken is a steel tea cup. Now somewhat disbanded, each member of Impractical Cockpit seems to be digging themselves deeper into whatever sonic obsession they see fit for these crucial times. But that's not to say that this is the last time we're likely to hear from Impractical Cockpit. Produced and engineered by IPCP, Jeremy Harris and Ryan Fontaine. Recorded to 8 track 1/2 inch tape. Mastered by Peerless Mastering.
$12


CD Releases::

Uke of Phillips(Spaces Corners) "Peppermint Birdhouse Tea Shanty Shack"

ThiRD Word no.4, 1000 pressed
The LP version of this seminal guttercountry classic has long been out of print, but the cd, with 3 extra songs is still available. Gloriously illustrated by Amy Moon.
$12


Uke of Spaces Corners "Flowers in the Night"

ThiRD Word no.14
The UKES bring us all another butter country moon fried farm folk bammer to sing or bang a gong along to. Once again this release features a full band of self taught weirdo clinger and clangers carefully caressing tones out of anything from an effected mandolin to a marble in the bottom if a well tuned 5 gallon bucket. Players include Andy Neubauer, Dan B, Amy Moon O-s, Kristen Myers, Caleb Gamble, and Ben Grubb. Cover art by Janel Beckman and printed by Leif Goldburg. Insert art by Amy Moon and Kristen Myers.
$12


Uke of Spaces Corners County "ALBUMEN/OVUM"

ThiRD Word no.15, 500 pressed, Digipack covers with fullcolor sticker.
Paying tribute to the mighty egg, UKE OF SPACES CORNERS COUNTY take the opportunity to stretch way out on this release, with a collection of late winter early spring burners to welcome in the coming season of fertility and new beginnings. Neo-Sea shanties and dreaming yelping dogs make way for freight train field recordings and song poems, allowing a lush backdrop of defined yet spacious riffs to enter into the sonic field by means of electric, acoustic and prepared guitars, analog drum machines, stand up bass, trombone, effected keyboards, bells and fingersnaps. This is the cd version of previously released and now out of print cassette on Goaty Tapes.
The cd reissue features a print of a beautiful watercolor rendition of the original cassette cover art by Amy Moon.
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