November 10, 2017
Meet Robert Crotty.
"In my mind, he was the finest blues musician of the post-World War II generation," says Loren Connors says of the late Crotty. "It was a sad misfortune that he never gained a following outside his hometown. Sure, New Haven music critics praised him, but none really laid it down that here among them lived a great genius."
We're very excited to release the first anthology of Crotty's music -- Robert Crotty with Me: Loren's Collection (1979-1987) -- on Dec. 8. This includes never before heard duos of Connors and Crotty perfectly in lock through acoustic improvisations and reshaping blues standards. The album also includes the first-time reissue of Crotty's sole LP and 45 single -- both released by Connors' on his private St. Joan imprint.
October 9, 2017
Did you catch Tashi Dorji and Tyler Damon on their recent tour? We did. Got to experience their pure light with a hundred (or was it two hundred?) awe-struck folks crammed into a sweltering room in Louisville at Cropped Out. Blissful. If you missed out, give thanks to the fine Milwaukee Taper -- www.milwaukeetaper.com -- for recording the duo's set at Acme Records and Music Emporium on Sept. 14, 2017. Richard Hayes wonderfully captured this spectacular evening of percussion and shadow scree and it is available here for you, for free. Get it. (Robert Szocik snapped the gents in action.)
August 23, 2017
We're very excited to reissue Hisato Higuchi's stunning 2003 debut She as an expanded LP/CD on Sept. 22. It features new cover art by Higuchi, two additional songs from the original recording session and remastered audio by Taylor Deupree. This album perfectly captures the 4 a.m. vibe where consciousness, sleep, and dreams slip into each other. To celebrate the reissue, here's a new video for "Girl Sister" that captures those states.
August 11, 2017
Loren Connors' new one-sided LP Angels That Fall will be released Aug. 25 and is available now for pre-order. The suite of electric guitar and piano slips the listener deeper into Loren's headspace where vocalists in glissando and the swelling romanticism of chamber strings echo from beyond this mortal plane.