O-Type

O-Type is the legendary art punk band MX-80 sans singer Rich Stim -- that is, Bay Area guitarist Bruce Anderson, percussionists Mark Weinstein and Dave Mahoney, Jim Hrabetin (guitar, bass) and Dale Sophiea who uses a sampler and mixer to shape the sonic emanations produced by the other four. Starting operation in 1985 as a Sophiea/Anderson duo, O-Type issued three cassettes and a CD through 1994 before entering hibernation. In 1998 O-Type expanded and began recording countless hours under The New Edge series banner, releasing five albums on Family Vineyard since 1999. O-Type often surpases levels of full-on abstraction, in terms of structure and melody, bending to fields of ambient distillation or jagged, electroid rhythm fragments. The New Edge pools together the members' three decades of musical research of minimalism, sound collage, music concrete, and composition into a body of work that stands above and without association with any current musical trends or scenes.

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    20 Years Of FV (and a sale too)

    January 5, 2020

    This past November marked 20 years since Family Vineyard’s first releases. Thank you! It's been a long journey we've all been on.

    We like to think back to the very kind words of John Darnielle who captured the whole ethos of the label.

    "... Family Vineyard occupy a particular corner of the music universe, serving up equal parts talent, ambition and pretension from people who don't shrink from the word 'artist' and who make honest, blood-leaking efforts to be worthy of the name." (from "Last Plane to Jakarta" fanzine).

    Throughout 2020 we’ll be sharing more about the past two decades and celebrating with new and archival releases.

    Those first two releases in 1999 were: Bruce Anderson & Dale SophiaStrict (FV1) and Loren MazzaCane Connors & Darin GrayThe Lost Mariner (FV2) — both compact discs and still available in very limited quantities.

    To show our thanks to for sticking with us, this week we are offering 25% off all purchases -- physical and digital. Use the code FV20SALE at checkout. The sale is good through Sunday, Jan. 12.

  • MX-80 Wishes You a 'Nuke Free' Columbus Day

    October 12, 2015

    Another fantastic, spot-on single from the upcoming MX-80 Sound album -- we are not releasing it but can't wait to grip a copy. Not sure how long it's been since we heard Bruce Anderson, dare we say, shred out on the six-string like he does here but we're loving it. Damn. This will be the Bay Area combo's first album since FV issued 2005's We're An American Band.

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    Darling, O-Type is back

    May 26, 2014

    So, it's been almost 15 years since the first Family Vineyard release Strict -- an album from MX-80 members Bruce Anderson (guitar), Dale Sophiea (sampler) and their usual cohorts Dave Mahoney (drums), Jim Hrabetin (guitar) and Marc Weinstein (drums). The CD was released under their names, but the project later (re)morphed into O-Type, a badge they'd been using since the mid-1980s. So it's a gas, and a helluva surprise, to find out Milvia Sun have just reissued O-Type's 1988 cassette Darling as a 300-edition LP in screened covers. Now Darling is no musique concrète revision of Mr. Anderson's guitar styling as Strict was/is. Instead, Darling is post-MX-vision rock with Anderson taking the mic at times to sound like a "gruff, drunken, almost sick sounding barrage, coming a little too close to the far-beyond-gone state of Bobby Soxx at the dead end of Stick Men With Ray Guns" (or so sez our pal Doug). Nonethless, we think you oughta buy both.