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Harmony Rockets with Special Guest Peter Walker
Lachesis / Clotho / Atropos

Harmony Rockets, better known as Mercury Rev, of course renowned for their free-wheeling psychedelic rock. Joining forces on Lachesis / Clotho / Atropos with Peter Walker, known for his American-folk approach to ragas. The record also boasts appearances from Steve Shelley from Sonic Youth and Nels Clines from Wilco, so it's gonna be either a trip, pretty radical, or both.
  • Vinyl LP (TSQ5555)
  • CD (TSQ5548)

Daniel Bachman
Seven Pines


  • Vinyl LP (TSQ2769)
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  • Tompkins Square

Ryley Walker
All Kinds Of You

Despite the enamel-destructive qualities of this record’s name, All Kinds of You is a serious album and one that deserves to be taken seriously. Ryley Walker’s debut is laced with beautiful finger picking and cleverly thought-out folk songs. A righteous record that will please any listener who likes to listen to a man's proverbial physical relations with his guitar.
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  • Tompkins Square

Gwenifer Raymond
You Never Were Much Of A Dancer

Folkist imprint Tompkins Square (Meredith Monk, Hiss Golden Messenger) front the debut LP from Welsh guitarist Gwenifer Raymond. She proves herself to have fingers of quicksilver on You Never Were Much Of A Dancer. Tracks like ‘Sometimes There’s Blood’ and ‘Bleeding Finger Blues’ ally English folk styles with the American primitive blues of John Fahey to electrifying effect.
  • Vinyl LP (TSQ5531)
  • CD (TSQ5562)

Entourage
Ceremony of Dreams: Studio Sessions & Outtakes, 1972-77

Experimental ambient trio The Entourage Music & Theatre Ensemble released only two LPs during their active years of 190 and 1983. Tompkins Square have managed to collect 30 unreleased tracks that include alternate takes and early versions, alongside notes from the last surviving member Wall Matthews. Stunningly serene stuff that’ll just wash right over you.
  • CD (TSQ5463)

Brigid Mae Power
The Two Worlds

Irish artist Birgid Mae Power follows up her 2016 self-titled LP with The Two Worlds. Her expressive voice, gently warbling with more than a little Americana, could as well be likened to Grace Slick as to Elizabeth Fraser, although neither capture her entirely. On the excellent lead single ‘Don’t Shut Me Up (Politely)’ she sounds weary, indignant and assertive against misogynistic conceit, singing over droning guitar and a dusty, rumbling drum section.
  • Vinyl LP (TSQ5494)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • CD (TSQ5487)

Larry Conklin & Jochen Blum
Jackdaw

Larry Conklin got his first guitar in 1970, after getting back in his civvies. He taught himself to play and wrote songs after discovering Bert Jansch, John Renbourn and Rev. Gary Davis, who also played with just his thumb and index finger. Jackdaw was self-released in 1980, featuring his lovely 12-string guitar, and violinist Jochen Blum whom he met in Florence earlier that year. Beautiful reissue vinyl LP on Tompkins Square.
  • Vinyl LP (TSQ5425)
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  • Tompkins Square

Rick Deitrick
Gentle Wilderness

Just look at that cover: some trees in the woods, in a little frame. It doesn't get any more private press than that. Originally released back in 1973, Rick Deitrick's lovely record focused on being in tune on the guitar and nothing else, offering a solo record informed only by intuition. Despite this daunting level of creative freedom, Gentle Wilderness came out as a tranquil, patient record made from self to self.
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  • Tompkins Square

Rick Deitrick
River Sun River Moon

Rick Deitrick released a handful of private press LPs back in the '70s, at a time when he was humby playing guitar in a world entirely of his own fabrication. On River Sun River Moon, as with his other records, he focused on little more than being in tune on the guitar, though this record is also inspired by his abiding love of nature and in particular the rivers of the American West. Many of these songs will have been made next to a river so buddy let me tell you that they flow.
  • Vinyl LP (TSQ5456)
  • Label(s):
  • Tompkins Square

Will Beeley
Passing Dream

Will Beeley released Passing Dream in 1979, but copies have been hard to find since then. But now happy days are here again: Passing Dream has received a lovely vinyl reissue from the Tompkins Square label. The album was recorded with a superb set of studio musicians, including Larry Campbell and Carson Whitsett.
  • Vinyl LP (TSQ5418)
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  • Tompkins Square

Meredith Monk
Key

Tompkins Square have created a limited reissue of Meredith Monk’s 1971 debut album Key for record store day 2017. Filled with vocal experimentations in timbre and performance and musical accompaniments set to underpin them. This is the lady you thank for Björk, Joanna Newsom and Mike Patton. Comes with reproductions of the original inserts, liner notes and a textured cover.
  • Vinyl LP (TSQ5371)
  • Limited edition

Harry Tausig & Max Ochs
The Music of Harry Taussig & Max Ochs

Harry Taussig and Max Ochs are a pair of guitarists who were contemporaries of Robbie Basho and John Fahey (sharing space on a 1967 sampler LP), but whose American Primitivisms never picked up quite as wide a listenership. Tompkins Square have been working to change that, and this release, which features brand new material from these guitar veterans, does a great job. LP release.
  • Vinyl LP (TSQ5388)
  • Label(s):
  • Tompkins Square

Will Beeley
Gallivantin'

Will Beeley put his Gallivantin’ album out private press style in an edition of 200 LPs back in 1971, making it an extremely rare find. But now happy days are here again: Gallivantin’ has received a lovely vinyl and CD reissue from the Tompkins Square label, making his wonderful alt-country originals (and radical covers of Bob Dylan and Buffy Sainte-Marie) available to average punters again.
  • Vinyl LP (TSQ5401)
  • CD (TSQ5395)
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  • Tompkins Square

Philip Lewin
Am I Really Here All Alone?

Philip Lewin produced his album of sensitive and super-personal folk music Am I Really Here All Alone? in 1975. Thing is, it was only released as a private press LP, so he kind of was alone. His highly individual sound might appeal to fans of David Thomas Broughton, or anyone who treads their own path through folk music. Remastered and properly released on vinyl and CD by Tompkins Square.
  • Vinyl LP (TSQ5326)
  • CD (TSQ5319)
  • Label(s):
  • Tompkins Square

Richard Osborn
Endless

Here is the first readily-available record by an unsung guitarist of the American Primitive world, Richard Osborn. Despite having studied under Robbie Basho in the sixties(!), Osborn has kept a low profile for most of his career, perhaps preferring to play for himself. Endless certainly does have a gorgeous, unhurried intimacy to it. Great material, out on the Tompkins Square label.
  • Vinyl LP (TSQ5340)
  • CD (TSQ5333)
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  • Tompkins Square

William Tyler
Behold The Spirit


  • Vinyl LP (TSQ2431LP)
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  • Tompkins Square

Harvey Mandel
Snake Pit

A former member of Canned Heat, electric guitar innovator Harvey Mandel's career has spanned over four decades. Mandel's fifteenth studio album boasts 8 tracks of the formidable creativity and virtuosity for which he is known and loved. With equal parts blues, jazz and funk, Snake Pit is an invigorating release which is sure to impress. Released on Vinyl LP and CD via the Tompkins Square label.
  • Vinyl LP (TSQ5302)
  • CD (TSQ5296)
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  • Tompkins Square

Ryley Walker
The West Wind


  • Vinyl 12" (TSQ2974)

Various
Imaginational Anthem Vol. 8 : The Private Press

Some reissues are of albums that have slid quietly out of print since initial release, but some are like Imaginational Anthem Vol. 8: made up of records that were privately pressed and thus scarcely ‘released’ at all. You have almost certainly never heard of these artists before, but they all turn out to be remarkable acoustic guitar talents. A real treat, on Tompkins Square.
  • Vinyl Double LP (TSQ5289)
  • CD (TSQ5272)
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  • Tompkins Square

Kid Millions Reworks Harry Taussig
Beyond The Confession

As the title of this release from Tompkins Square probably reveals, this release collects Oneida guitarist Kid Millions’ various interpretations of guitarist Harry Taussig. Taussig is an unfairly forgotten figure, and on Beyond The Confession Millions turns his expressive guitar playing into a range of experimental drones and freak-outs.
  • Vinyl LP (TSQ5234)
  • Limited edition

Brigid Mae Power
Brigid Mae Power

Brigid Mae Power has absorbed the true flavour of Ireland during her time living there. Although this self-titled album was recorded in Oregon, USA (with Peter Broderick), Galway remains audible. Her songs often feel like a thick, mournful dream, textured with accordions, harmoniums, and her magnificent voice. On Tompkins Square.
  • Vinyl LP (TSQ5265)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy
  • CD (TSQ5258)

Michael Chapman
Fish

Michael Chapman, the old folk guitarist from Leeds, has had a bit of a career renaissance of late. He has a long list of admirers from the American alternative music scene such as Thurston Moore, Kurt Vile, Will Oldham and Bill Callahan, which has probably helped. He is about to turn 75 so what better way to celebrate than release a new album, Fish.
  • Vinyl LP (TSQ5203)
  • CD (TSQ5197)

Roscoe Holcomb
San Diego State Folk Festival 1972

Here we have the old-time banjo and guitar player Roscoe Holcomb, captured live at the San Diego State Folk Festival in 1972. Holcomb’s fingers flow over the strings like liquid, and his keening voice tears out over the top. Genuine American folk music, reissued on the Tompkins Square label with informative liner notes.
  • CD (TSQ5210)
  • Label(s):
  • Tompkins Square

John Hulburt
Opus III

John Hulbert’s Opus III is a remarkable work of solo acoustic guitar, originally released in 1972 as a private pressing. Naturally it attracted little to no attention, but it’s been picked up since, and this reissue on Tompkins Square gives everyone a chance to inhabit these lively, detailed instrumentals.
  • Vinyl LP (TSQ5166)
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  • Tompkins Square
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Various
Remembering Mountains : Unheard Songs By Karen Dalton

Tragically, Karen Dalton was never given the chance to record any of her own songs, instead lending her amazing voice to the songs of others. For Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs, her lyrics have been lent to an incredible roster of female voices, including Laurel Halo, Sharon Van Etten and Josephine Foster. On Tompkins Square.
  • Vinyl LP (TSQ5180)
  • CD (TSQ5173)

Christian Kiefer & Sharron Kraus
The Black Dove


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  • Tompkins Square

Various
When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly & Raw Black Gospel 1926-1936

10 pints of holy water from the folks down at the Tompkins Square label. When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly & Raw Black Gospel 1926 - 1936 is a sweeping compilation that gets straight into all things god, jesus, unity and soulful empowerment. We all know what going on in America at this time so it's no wonder so many African-americans were pouring their hearts out at church - praying and singing for something, anything better. Out on triple vinyl LP and CD box set from Tompkins Square.

Alice Gerrard
Follow The Music

Alice Gerrard is a country and bluegrass singer from way back when, who has played a hell of a lot of banjo in her time, and collaborated with artists such as Mike Seeger. 'Follow the Music' shows she's still kicking with performances of folk standards and some of her own songs. It's produced by M.C. Taylor of the rootsy folk group Hiss Golden Messenger. I have checked, and it is definitely a folk record.
  • Vinyl LP (TSQ5067)
  • CD (TSQ5050)

Hiss Golden Messenger
Jesus Shot Me In The Head / Jesus Dub

If the prospect of actually going out and buying a Hiss Golden Messenger album is a bit daunting for you, try this bite size 7". His music is gloriously soulful country rock that has just the right amount of swing amongst the melancholy. He has a rich, chocolate brown voice too. This limited jukebox style 7" won't be around for long and like the recent music of the similarly lilting Bill Callahan, contains a dub version of the main track.   

Smoke Dawson
Fiddle

That Vanessa Mae- I'd let her have a fiddle. Boom and indeed vaguely sexist boom. Start with a joke and run as fast as you can to the end. This is a re-issue of Smoke Dawson's 1971 private press (yawn) LP. Leader George Dawson was a bagpipe and fiddle player roaming around the US with nary a care in the world. There's a vaguely...no not vaguely, very Scottish feel to the music on offer. The kind of exhubrant fiddle playing you hear in pubs in remote Scottish villages. This was his sole album and the label did awfully well in tracking the record down but the question has to be asked........why?
  • Vinyl LP (TSQ5043)
  • CD (TSQ5036)
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  • Tompkins Square
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Charlie Poole & The Highlanders
The Complete Paramount & Brunswick Recordings, 1929


  • Vinyl LP (TSQ2882)
  • CD (TSQ2875)
  • Label(s):
  • Tompkins Square

Lena Hughes
Queen Of The Flat Top Guitar


  • Vinyl LP (TSQ2820)
  • CD (TSQ2813)
  • Label(s):
  • Tompkins Square
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Lucinda Williams / Michael Chapman
Split


  • Vinyl 10" (TSQ12653)
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  • Tompkins Square
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  • Tompkins Square

Arizona Dranes
He Is My Story: The Sanctified Soul of Arizona Dranes


  • Book (TSQ2677CD)
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  • Tompkins Square
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  • Tompkins Square

James Blackshaw
Litany Of Echoes


  • CD (TSQ1783CD)

Various
Oh Michael, Look What You've Done: Friends Play Michael Chapman


  • CD (TSQ2707)
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  • Tompkins Square

James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg
Avos


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  • Tompkins Square
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A Broken Consort
Crow Autumn


  • Vinyl LP (TSQ2349LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
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  • Tompkins Square
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  • Tompkins Square

Ran Blake
Grey December:Live In Rome


  • CD (TSQ2592)
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  • Last copy

Ben Hall
Ben Hall!


  • CD (TSQ2462CD)
  • £13.49 £6.75 (saving: £6.74)
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  • Tompkins Square
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Roland White
I Wasn’t Born To Rock ‘n Roll


  • CD (TSQ2400)
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  • Last copy
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  • Tompkins Square

Various (Bonnie Prince Billy, Michael Hurley, Handsome Family etc.)
Face A Frowning World/An E.C. Ball Memorial Album


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Ben Reynolds
How Day Earnt Its Night


  • CD (TSQ2226)
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  • Last copy
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  • Tompkins Square
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Polk Miller & His Old South Quartette
Polk Miller &; His Old South Quartette


  • CD (TSQ2028CD)
  • £11.99 £3.60 (saving: £8.39)
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  • Last copy

Brad Barr
The Fall Apartment Instrumental Guitar


  • CD (TSQ2011CD)
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  • Last copy
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