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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...view item »

Daniel Bachman
Seven Pines

Daniel Bachman is fast becoming one of my favourite guitar players, and although some may feel this is a very crowded field, there is enough variety in his style to keep me interested. This is why picking up albums in his back catalogue, such as thing one, can be so rewarding. Things start with opening track 'Copperhead' creating a real ...view item »

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 liste...view item »

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’...view item »

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. Stunnin...view item »

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 sin...view item »

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-stri...view item »

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 crea...view item »
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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 ab...view item »

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 a...view item »

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 ...view item »

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 th...view item »

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 original...view item »

James Blackshaw
Fantomas: Le Faux Magistrat

Oh how things move on. I enjoyed James Blackshaw’s work whilst he was doing his 12 string guitar thing, not as much as Phil though, who I suspect may have wanted to marry him at one point. But in recent years he has been more ensconsed in compositional type music and from what I’ve heard….well….its not for me. T...view item »
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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 t...view item »

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 mo...view item »

William Tyler
Behold The Spirit

This music continues to grow on me, with its' haunting melodies and creative arrangements. Gorgeous atmospheric folk music, with lots of impressive fingerpicking. I listened to this a bunch this past summer while on a little camping trip, and it sounded so much like the woods and mountains that the camp was built on that I couldn't help but grow to...view item »

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 P...view item »

Ryley Walker
The West Wind

Ahead of his new album out in April next year is this twelve inch single by Chicagoan singer/songwriter Ryley Walker, brought to you by the fellows at Tompkins Square Records. ‘The West Wind’ is an old sounding blues folk song in the style of ...view item »

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 acoust...view item »

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 turn...view item »

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. O...view item »

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 ...view item »

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 i...view item »

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....view item »

Bill Wilson
Ever Changing Minstrel

Bill Wilson didn't mess around. He had some songs he wanted to record so he literally went round to Bob Johnston's house and asked him to do it for him. Bob Johnston just happened to have produced albums by Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel and Leonard Cohen. I read somewhere that Johnston's first reaction was to to tell Wilson to fuck off, but Wil...view item »
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Harry Taussig
Fate Is Only Once

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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...view item »

Christian Kiefer & Sharron Kraus
The Black Dove

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Various
Turn Me Loose - Outsiders Of "old time" Music

Tompkins Square offers here an interesting collection of 14 tunes that you would have a hard time finding on other available compilations of early commercially recorded Americana. Artists such as the South Georgia Highballers, who sing the title tune, have appeared on JSP's UK import collections, such as "Mountain Blues" and "Serenade the Mounta...view item »
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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 Africa...view item »
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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 M...view item »

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...view item »
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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,...view item »

Dino Valente
Dino Valente

Good one on getting this one into the store guys! This is the re-issue of Dino Valente's eponymous debt, and only, lp from 1968. His story reminds me of that of Philamore Lincoln, a singer/songwriter whose debut 1970 lp was also his last. Both have a psychedelic tinge within albums of mixed genres including, in Valente's case, latin, country and...view item »
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Daniel Bachman
Jesus I'm A Sinner

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Don Bikoff
Celestial Explosion

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Tompkins Square Trading Cards
Obscure Giants of Acoustic Guitar

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Harry Taussig
Fate Is Only Twice

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James Blackshaw
Litany Of Echoes

I've been thrusted James Blackshaw's new CD 'Litany of Echoes' to try & decipher for you lot into meaningless words. Elvis Costello once said that writing about music was a pointless exercise & when it comes to describing this man's extraordinary talent the old snipe was dead on. Both Phil & I are big fans so now is the time for me to b...view item »

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

Having seen Michael Chapman play a few weeks ago I'm all of a sudden a fan of his (and it looks like I've converted Phil too!). He really is a superb performer, straddling the line between Jack Rose-like finger picking and more traditional singer songwriter type stuff. Now in his seventies...view item »

James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg
Avos

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A Broken Consort
Crow Autumn

Richard Skelton is a really busy chap of late, recordings under his own name & the ABC moniker flying out of the door like rabid pigeons on crack. His use of layered violins & accordian that collide, chatter & swoop around like leaves blowing in a breezy chamber is best enjoyed on headphones. I'm especially drawn into this haunting mele...view item »

Various
People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938

Leave it to the Americans to astutely and beautfifully deconstruct their own music and cultural history. In a unique and breathtaking way, this anthology by, as the label says, 'the Grammy award winning team of Christopher King and Hank Sapoznik' have constructed a package which allows both experts and novices a critical insight into the rise of...view item »
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A Broken Consort
Box of Birch

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Frank Fairfield
Out On The Open West

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Sean Smith
Christmas

Nice 'rootsy' version of carols played and sounding like John Fahey. I like Sean's take on the John Fahey sound and his is more musical, less jarring in comparison, although I am partial to some Fahey also. Nice alternative to the many mellow Xmas guitar CDs and this one is still mellow but rootsy at the same time. This album was a pleasant surp...view item »
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Various (C Joynes, Tyler Ramsey, William Tyler)
Imaginational Anthem v 4 : New Possibilities

Folk me up then. This sweet new collection from Tompkins Square is the fifth in a series that has unearthed many avant garde acoustic gems. I mean who could forget Fingers Mcgees haunting ode to splitting up with his long time lover "The Hardest part About Breaking Up (is getting your stuff back) and Lil' Denny Sizemores overbearing religious ba...view item »
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Roland White
I Wasn’t Born To Rock ‘n Roll

I Wasn’t Born To Rock ‘n Roll is a nice showcase for White's Monroe-style mandolin, which is in fine form here and is nicely recorded. Banjo picker Alan Munde pretty much steals the show at every turn, delivering solos that are rock-solid and classic-sounding, but with intriguing new wrinkles in the note-choice and technique. White's lead singi...view item »

Shawn David McMillen
Dead Friends

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

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Frank Fairfield
Frank Fairfield

All the songs on this record are traditional, apparently gleaned from his collection of 78 rpm records from the early part of the 20th century. These recordings sound like music from better than fifty years ago in content, performance, and production. It is as if a set of remarkable songs that no one knew of were discovered. And somehow the coll...view item »
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Powell St John
On My Way To Houston

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Peter Walker
Long Lost Tapes 1970

This 1970 session was recorded at Levon Helm's house in Woodstock, N.Y. But don't expect the Americana of the Basement Tapes, or Music From Big Pink. This is a different bag altogether. Long Lost Tapes is comprised of mostly instrumental Indian raga and middle eastern numbers. The only drawback is that the running time is a bit short at 36 minutes....view item »
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James Blackshaw
The Cloud of Unknowing

Well it's about cocking time eh? A brand new James Blackshaw album lands on my lap and I'm so excited I can barely contain myself. It doesn't take me much to get excited! The minute this came on Maggie and me immediately felt an air of calm fall upon the office. Ant and Mingus had left to do more important things and we just totally fell for the yo...view item »
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James Blackshaw
Celeste

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James Blackshaw
Sunshrine

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Berkeley Guitar
Berkeley Guitar

And quickly before I sod off for the weekend to do more painting, putting shelves up and other potentially catastrophic things to our house UI wanted to mention this BERKELEY GUITAR CD/LP we just got in (self titled). Really excellent stuff along the lines of Fahey, Basho, Blackshaw etc.... if you like the sounds of twiddly acoustic ...view item »
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