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Oh Sees
Smote Reverser

Seemingly incapable of stopping making music for one second, this is Oh Sees 6th album in the last three years if you include Thee Oh Sees and OCS in that tally. Yet Dwyer keeps pushing forward with his double drum line up with all kinds of alumni making guest appearances. Expect more scorching psych but this time with a heavy prog vibe (see sleeve).   

Once & Future Band
Once & Future Band

Once & Future Band are a full-on throwback to the rich flavours of the great orchestral-prog-pop of the 1970’s. This self-titled debut of theirs sounds like a mash-up of all the nicest bits from all those bands, but performed with such love and skill that it all sounds new and fun. Nobody does this kind of music anymore anyway. Released by John Dwyer’s Castle Face label.

Thee Oh Sees
Mutilator Defeated At Last

A new year, a new album. That’s how it goes. Thee Oh Sees are back with more dirty, messy rock. Having strayed from their noisy ways on 2014's Drop, their new album Mutilator Defeated at Last is right back on our favorite track of unforgiving tracks packed with racks of distorting effects and overdriven amplifier stacks.

Thee Oh Sees
Dog Poison

Dog Poison was the third album to be written under Thee Oh Sees moniker and was originally released in 2009 on the fledgling Captured Tracks. It appears from the liner notes that lead Oh See John Dwyer does most things on this album which even then was finding new ways to keep their garage rock template fresh injecting more textures and layers than their earlier scuzz racket. 
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  • Castle Face

Thee Oh Sees
Thee Hounds Of Foggy Notion

'Thee Hounds Of Foggy Notion' is an early live cut of sorts from the prolific garage/psych rock outfit Thee Oh Sees. The idea was to have the group tour in a van across various settings of Los Angeles and play a gig at various weird and wonderful locations. Minimal camera equipment, petrol powered engines and a pedalboard in a trusty suitcase feature here, as the band play a delightfully weird, trippy, folky and droney take on a number of tracks. An intriguing collection which provides insight into the warped mind of Mr. Dwyer. 

Coachwhips
Bangers Vs Fuckers

Awww would you just look at that adorable cover?! The musical content on show is nothing like that sugary sweet album sleeve, instead 'Bangers vs. Fuckers' sees John Dwyer of (Thee) Oh Sees fame playing a noisy, lo-fi take on punk and garage rock. It's a short but sweet album of energetic, headbanging fun. If you like Oh Sees at their fastest, early Ty Segall, Jay Reatard, Oblivians, The Gories and all that good stuff, then you'll love this one.

Thee Oh Sees
Floating Coffin

Which one is this then? It seems it was the fourteenth album from the endless splurge of creativity that comes from the noggin' of John Dwyer and his Thee Oh Sees friends. Released in 2013 the album was more of a group effort than earlier discs, heavy and dark it contained matched their garage rock racket with quieter, more reflective moments. 

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
I'm In Your Mind Fuzz

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Quarters

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ORB
Naturality

ORB land on your stereo from Australia, routed via California by John Dwyer’s superb Castle Face label. Naturality is some very fine mind-warped psychedelic heavy goodness, able to drop down deep and stonery but also capable of sharpening things up for some tighter action. Well worth the attention of all sorts of psych-heads.
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  • ORB
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  • Castle Face

Damaged Bug
Cold Hot Plumbs

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Oh Sees
Orc

Rebranded garage rock professors Oh Sees have become a little more informal with this one -- "please, call me Oh Sees", they ask as you step into their office for a chat. Cool dads. They follow up duelling records A Weird Exits and An Odd Entrances (one a hard-hitting, twice-drummed psych rock record, the other a soft experimental curveball) with Orc, which is loud and turgid a la its title. Some of the gnarliest work here, it would appear -- "ew" is the watchword.

Once & Future Band
Deleted Scenes

Channelling all the finest and most tasteful Seventies influences, from Bowie to the better end of prog-rock, and released on John Dwyer’s Castle Face imprint, Oakland’s Once & Future Band deliver a brand new studio album in Deleted Scenes. Recorded to magnetic tape, these songs sound truly unique! 
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  • Castle Face

John Dwyer
Vinegar Mirror

Just in case you didn’t know, John Dwyer is not only the creative and driving force behind everyone’s favourite San Francisco rock band Oh Sees and co-owner of the Castle Face label, he also likes to take photos. Vinegar Mirror is a coffee table book filled with his photos taken between 2009 and 2013. The book depicts what caught Dwyer’s eye from his home in San Francisco to pretty much everywhere else.

Brigid Dawson & The Mothers Network
Ballet Of Apes

Brigid Dawson was once a member of Thee Oh Sees. Here she’s stepping out with a new gang - The Mothers Network. Ballet of Apes is their debut album. It was recorded in Brooklyn, San Francisco and Australia with a number of musicians, namely, Mikey Young of Total Control / Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Mike Donovan of Sic Alps, Shayde Sartin of The Fresh & Onlys and Fellow Oh Sees member Mike Shoun and Sunwatchers.

L.A. Takedown
Our Feeling Of Natural High

If you’re a fan of emotive synth-driven ‘80s film soundtracks then look no further. We have Our Feeling of Natural High, the new album from L.A. Takedown. The band, named after Michael Mann’s TV heist movie that would later become the classic, Heat, make music that would be perfect soundtracking scenes from all your favourite L.A.-based ‘80s films. RIYL Michael Rother or later period Tangerine Dream. This one is on Castle Face.
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  • Castle Face

Mr. Elevator
Goodbye Blue Sky

A solo album from recent Oh Sees addition Tomas Dolas, who records under the moniker Mr. Elevator. Given the thumbs up from the great John Dwyer himself, who is releasing the album on his own Castle Face imprint, Goodbye Blue Sky is all streamlined and sparkling, with Dolas utilising his skills as Dwyer’s keyboardist to strike out on his own. 
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  • Castle Face

Thee Oh Sees
An Odd Entrances

Thee Oh Sees take a slight break from their constant forward motion by adding something to a previous release: An Odd Entrances is to be considered as a sister album to A Weird Exits. Dwyer and co here explore the flipside to their usual frantic garage thrashings, with a set of calmer tracks full of cellos and flutes. Gorgeous as ever of course. On Castle Face, naturally.

Kedama
The Complete Collection

Formed in Switzerland in the early Seventies by Christian Linder (guitars, keyboards), Richard Rothenberger (keyboards) and Peter Suter (drums) but disbanded just a few years later, Kedama’s short-lived career has inspired many with their take on prog-rock and that much-overused term ‘krautrock’. John Dwyer’s Castle Face label bundles up their three LPs’ worth of material, recorded ‘live in the studio’ or at actual live performances, for The Complete Collection. 
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  • Castle Face

Eddy Current Suppression Ring
All In Good Time

All In Good Time is the 5th album by Eddy Current Suppression Ring. The Australian rock band toured their homeland with Thee Oh Sees / Oh Sees and it only took the opening riff of their first song for John Dwyer to be hooked. He was so impressed that their new album is coming out on his own label, Castle Face.
  • Label(s):
  • Castle Face

Nolan Potter's Nightmare Band
Nightmare Forever

Boasting hazy, jazzy psychedelia inspired by the likes of Tolkien, Leary and the more extreme end of Led Zep, John Dwyer’s Castle Face Records releases the latest album from Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band. With complex riffs and arrangements, Nightmare Forever is a much more conceptual effort than their previous records. 
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  • Castle Face

Thee Oh Sees
Sucks Blood

Nice selling point in that this is the first black vinyl re-press of Thee Oh Sees seventh album in many years. Bugger all that coloured vinyl nonsense eh? We want the original and best vinyl colour. Produced by pop person Kelley Stolz it was the first record released on their own imprint Castle Face and is as usual jammed full of their psych rock and garage experiments. 

Oh Sees
Face Stabber

Some things are always true.  You're always less than 6 months away from a John Dwyer release. That release will be by a band using a variant on Oh Sees as its name. Dwyer will have recorded some of that album wearing jean shorts that stop below the knee. And the songs that fill that release will be high intensity fuzzy garage rock. 

Thee Oh Sees / Total Control
Split

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Mikey Young
You Feelin' Me?

Previously only available on cassette upon its original release back in August 2017, You Feelin’ Me? by Australian engineer and instrumentalist Mikey Young won tons of praise for the intimacy and beauty of its pastoral soundscapes. Now, John Dwyer's Castle Face Records re-issues the album on CD and vinyl. 
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  • Castle Face

Prettiest Eyes
Vol. 3

Prettiest Eyes with what I can only imagine is their third album. This pair make completely gleeful noise rock, that churns away without any concerns. Apparently they make an even bigger stir live, and it's easy to hear why. The throbbing machines and idiot-savant vocals make for quite the potent combination.
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  • Castle Face

Oceans Of The Moon
Oceans Of The Moon

Described by Castle Face Records’ owner and Oh Sees’ frontman John Dwyer as “dance music for the infected”, this self-titled album from Oceans of The Moon - a new, nuts-and-bolts project by the veteran Rick Pelletier - is as bizarre as the unsettling black-and-white front cover.
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  • Castle Face

Thee Oh Sees
Grave Blockers

You’re thinking how on earth do Thee Oh Sees manage to put so many new records out, right? Well, in the case of this one it’s a reissue. Grave Blockers was originally released in 2006 and sees John Dwyer et al in a gentler mood, playing some psych-folk rather than the unhinged garage rock to which we’ve become accustomed.

POW!
Shift

POW! release their fourth LP via Castle Face (Thee Oh Sees, Damaged Bug and all those other John Dwyer-type ventures). Shift is, you know, garage rock and that. Guitars are loud, tubs are thumped, vocals are shouted, that sort of thing. Shift's tunes are short and sharp and everyone seems to be going about things with a sense of fun. Job’s a good’un.
  • Label(s):
  • Castle Face

Alex Cameron
Live In San Francisco

Alex Cameron is … real? Fake? Who knows at this point. What we can say for certain is that the heartland rock Dean Blunt has released a live LP. Live In San Francisco proves Cameron to be an oddly compelling performer, holding court like a mid-period Nick Cave between bouts of budget-Springsteen. Live In San Francisco is the second record we’ve got in recently with that title - the other one’s by Wooden Shjips. Choose wisely.
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  • Castle Face

Thee Oh Sees
The Cool Death of Island Raiders

Thee Oh Sees reissue thee 2006 LP(ee) The Cool Death Of Island Raiders. While John Dwyer et al are garage-punk royalty nowadays, it appears that back in the mid-2000’s they were more interested in mucking about with drones than in crafting short blasts of scuzz-rock. While the bones of the band’s later style is apparent in the freak-folk tracks here (think Animal Collective-meets-Jay Reatard) there is also a fair whack of The Flaming Lips to The Cool Death Of Island Raiders.

Useless Eaters
Bleeding Moon

Useless Eaters is the one man garage rocker Seth Sutton, and 'Bleeding Moon' is shaped from scrappy guitars, snarling bass and a heap of up-to-no-good lyrics. Sutton makes the kind of quick in-and-out guitar pop that makes Jay Reatard and Ty Segall so compelling, bringing to mind the best of the garage rippers who go it alone.
  • Label(s):
  • Castle Face

Flat Worms
Flat Worms

Flat Worms are the latest band of guitar-driven party noisemakers to be circulated by John Dwyer’s Castle Face label, and they’ve just delivered their debut full-length album. Flat Worms is gorgeously gnarly, with guitars riffing on the point of feedback and a high-powered rhythm section whipping everything into a frenzy. Good fun.
  • Label(s):
  • Castle Face

The Intelligence
Live In San Francisco

The latest release in Castle Face’s Live In San Francisco series comes courtesy of The Intelligence. Lars Finberg and his band of Seattle punks tear through a bunch of live-wire tunes that take in everything from Country Teasers to Wire. Recorded in a tiny basement beneath a vintage clothes store and coming with the John Dwyer seal of approval, this one is American as apple pie.
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  • Castle Face

Exit Group
Adverse Habitat

Following in the footsteps of bands such as Useless Eaters and Dry Erase come Exit Group with Adverse Habitat. Like their peers. Exit Group take inspiration from Wire, Swell Maps and Chrome, but it also sounds like it was recorded in a basement with barely functioning electricity, walls covered in lichen and puddles on the floor - an adverse habitat indeed. LP and CD on Castle Face.
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  • Castle Face

OCS
Memory Of A Cut Off Head

What must it be like to make a record every week? Well John Dwyer is trying to find out with his various Thee Oh Sees, Oh Sees and OCS records simultaneously causing panic within our filing system. This latest release sees him reunite with vocal foil Brigid Dawson creating a hushed affair at odds with his recent energetic garage rock. Back to the roots. Quiet and sumptuous. 

Thee Oh Sees
Fortress

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LFZ
Name Plus Focus

Making their bow on Castle Face are retro-futurists LFZ. Name Plus Focus arrives with the John Dwyer Seal Of Approval - probably par for the course given that it is being released by his label. One spin of this LP and you can see why. The icy, vaguely proggy synthscapes here are the sort of thing that has been creeping into Thee Oh Sees/Oh Sees/OCS sound for some time now. For fans of Italians Do It Better, or perhaps Wendy Carlos if you’re of a more classic disposition.
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  • LFZ
  • Label(s):
  • Castle Face

Uranium Club
Live At Acri Taun

Uranium Club take Italy! The fast and hard Minneapolitans (really? apparently) with the(e) Oh Sees co-sign thrill Fidenza with forty minutes of tight post-punk. You'll wish you'd been there, and maybe if you buy this you can be! I have personally missed their Leeds show and I am FILLED with regret. 
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  • Castle Face

Duds
Of A Nature Or Degree

In this years incredible (but welcome) news, Manchester's Duds  - a band I described as simply 'ok' when I saw them live have now signed to John Dwyer's Castle Face. They update the short, sharp, shock of the likes of the Fire Engines and Josef K with jittery post punk moves and now sit alongside their heroes on this legendary label. This could be your new favourite and they are local (ish). 
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  • Castle Face

Once & Future Band
Brain

Oakland based four-piece Once & Future Band originally released their Brain EP in 2014. After their debut full length they are back to writing, and in the meantime they have rereleased Brain to keep your appetite for the poppiest prog you will ever hear. They bring you the 70’s with a glorious pop shimmer.

Thee Oh Sees
A Weird Exits

Didn’t Thee Oh Sees split up a year or so ago? I’m pretty sure they did, but it obviously didn’t last long, because they are back back back with a new album! I guess John Dwyer just couldn’t hold the garage-rock energy back any longer. A Weird Exits is extra-rhythmic (two drummers) and extra-hypnotising: it's also spread across 2 LPs, with the D-side containing an etching. On Dwyer’s own Castle Face imprint.

Prettiest Eyes
Pools

Latest LP Pools from Los Angeles based three-piece Prettiest Eyes. Their psych-rock sound is a little more menacing than their name suggests, packing a punch with elements of noise and industrial thrown in. These guys come recommended by John Dwyer of Oh Sees. Pools is out on LP or CD on Castle Face.
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  • Castle Face
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  • Castle Face

Fuzz
Live In San Francisco

Just imagine seeing Ty Segall's rock three piece Fuzz live in San Francisco? Well imagine no more as here is a recording of the rock behemoths in action on what was also Ty Segall's birthday. It perfectly captures their raw and ready hard rock sound with nods to Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath and Hawkwind full of elongated jams, guitar riffery and wild drumming and a great time was seemingly had by all.    
  • Label(s):
  • Castle Face

ORB
Birth

Australian trio ORB land on John Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees)’s Castle Face imprint to take the label’s garage-psych vibe in a slightly different direction. That gloriously tangible fuzz-sound is still present on Birth, but the music underneath it is closer to proggy hard-rock than to garage-punk. Just as good a fit though!
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  • ORB
  • Label(s):
  • Castle Face

Thee Oh Sees / Ty Segall
The Drag / Maria Stacks

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Kelley Stoltz
Que Aura

Remember the Beatles? Kelly Stoltz has done on previous albums but here he dips into other forms of anglophile music with nods to Pulp, Fleetwood Mac (they were kinda English) and the Cleaners From Venus. Quality power pop from a man who deserves to be known more than just being the Dwight Twilley of his generation. 
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  • Castle Face

I.L.Y.'s
Bodyguard

Third full length album from The I.L.Y’s, the experimental rock side project from Death Grips’ Zach Hill and Andy Morin and features Tristan Tozer (Drug Apartments) on guitar this time round. Incredibly catchy, open armed, and messy. It’s dirty high energy pop with a Lightning Bolt attitude. Riotous fun.

Magnetix
Live In San Francisco

The Castle Face label manage to do Magnetix justice. Get a basement in San Francisco, ram it full of people and hit record. Not rocket science, but the resulting recordings encapsulates the frantic and sweaty energy the french duo are renowned for. Chunky, get up and yell garage rock. Get going. CD and LP on Castle Face.

Male Gaze
Miss Taken

Out on John Dwyer's Castle Face imprint here are a band who make the sort of lo-fi, in-the-red garage racket that you'd expect. The three protagonists have been rounded up from various punk bands to throw their energies into this six heeled outfit who have the pleasure of getting an impenetrable press release written by none other than Sir Henry Rollins. 
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  • Castle Face

Dream Machine
The Illusion

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Damaged Bug
Bunker Funk

Damaged Bug is the cracked-up solo project of Thee Oh Sees frontman and all-round garage-psych mastermind John Dwyer. Bunker Funk is a cool little thing, wrapping songs in lots of strange sounds and textures. Electroacoustic garage-funk? Yeah, something like that. Out on Dwyer’s own imprint Castle Face.
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  • Castle Face

POW!
Crack An Egg

POW! are gnarly synth-punks who manage to mix the gorgeous garage-throb of bands like Thee Oh Sees (whose main man John Dwyer is releasing this record via his Castle Face label) with bright and shiny synth melodies that maintain a strong sweet-pop backbone to the sound. Crack An Egg is just a lot of fun y’all. CD / LP editions on Castle Face.
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  • Castle Face

Warm Soda
I Don't Wanna Grow Up

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Blank Square
Animal I

Blank Square make punk-music-gone-weird, engaging with the lessons of messed-up no wave and also pushing a saxophone to the front of their sound. Animal I is their debut record, and the deep and odd punk fans are going to go wild for it. Released, naturally enough, on John Dwyer’s Castle Face label.
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  • Castle Face

Feral Ohms
Live in San Francisco

Live In San Francisco is the live debut LP from Oakland band Feral Ohms. Sparks fly here as the Californian trio present their brand of raw, animalistic psychedelia in an explosive live setting. Expect rapid tempos, thunderous drums, bellowing vocals and virtuosic riffs. Released as Vinyl LP on the Castle Face label.

Ty Segall Band
Live in San Francisco

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Male Gaze
King Leer

Male Gaze are a band that has scooped up members of garage-punk groups to form a formidable roster: members of Mayyors, Blasted Canyons and The Mall are all here. King Leer is an especially poppy record with that heritage in mind, but plenty of fuzz and fire remains, don’t you worry. King Leer is, of course, released by John Dwyer’s Castle Face label.
  • Label(s):
  • Castle Face

Useless Eaters
Relaxing Death

To use the word ‘relaxing’ to describe any aspect of Useless Eaters would be a misnomer. However, the San Francisco-based futuristic punks have decided to call their new album Relaxing Death. An uneasy ride of jittering synths and looping drum machines through a dystopian future that may already be here.
  • Label(s):
  • Castle Face

Thee Oh Sees
Live In San Francisco

Thee banner garage rawk band played the Chapel out in San Francisco, launching their happy-go-lucky psychedelia into a crowd of possibly stoned hopefuls. This extensive set is presented not only as audio but in DVD format with photos to boot. Musically, it scales more towards their propulsive, loud, noisy side -- but the Oh Sees have so many songs I'd expect you'll feel a little bit of everything.

Mountains and Rainbows
Particles

Mountains and Rainbows are a good-time Detroit band led by Matt Z, the drummer in Tyvek. They are one of those bands who become legendary on their local circuit, but aren’t fussed with spreading the word any further (this is their first proper album release, despite the band having been around a decade). Thanks due to John Dwyer then, who now presents Particles on his Castle Face imprint.
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  • Castle Face

Zig Zags
Running Out Of Red

Zig Zags are a band still in love with old-school thrash metal, but instead of filtering it into some trendier new genre, they just follow their hearts and start headbanging. Running Out Of Red is classically gnarly and full of thick riffs: it literally rocks. Released on John Dwyer’s Castle Face label.

Deep Throats
Good Bad Pretty

Deep Throats were an old San Francisco band with a heady garage rock sound. This release gathers up their final recordings, previously unheard by the public at large. Good Bad Pretty is released by Castle Face, the essential garage rock imprint of John O’Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees, for whom Deep Throats were clearly an influence.

Synthetic ID
Impulses

Synthetic ID are a punk band with a cold, anxious aesthetic: these songs sound like they are constantly looking over their shoulder to check for impending threats. Tight and sharp and excellent. Impulses is released by John O’Dwyer’s (of Thee Oh Sees) essential garage rock imprint Castle Face.
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  • Castle Face

Bronze
Live In San Francisco

Bronze’s playful electro-drone sounds great in the studio, but live is where their ferocious sound really makes sense. So thankfully Castle Face release Live In San Francisco, where the band’s unhinged blend of drone, primitive electronics and radiophonic pop are truly let loose. Available on CD and vinyl LP.
  • Label(s):
  • Castle Face

Sunwatchers
Sunwatchers

Heavy and avant-garde drone rock on the Castle Face label. On their self-titled album Sunwatchers make a dense and repetitive instrumental music that borrows from rock, free improv and minimalist composition to create something not much like any of those genres. It’s like a giant La Monte Young-listening jam band making the loudest, strangest and most astonishing racket they can.
  • Label(s):
  • Castle Face

Feels
Feels

John Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees) continues to sniff out the highest-grade garage-rock / indie-pop for his Castle Face label: for the latest release, we have the debut full-length of LA band Feels. Everything you want from a grrl-fronted garage record, plus production from Ty Segall, who certainly knows his way around this music.
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  • Castle Face

Naked Lights
On Nature

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Kelley Stoltz
In Triangle Time

Kelly Stoltz has a slick hand for off-key indie pop, throwing out busily layered, craftily written, joyously performed numbers like it ain’t no thing. In Triangle Time he increases the synth quotient, but still keeps things close to the ground. Twelve fun tracks, out on John Dwyer’s energetic Castle Face label.

Running
Wake Up Applauding

Running play a kind of garage repeato-rock (of course they do, they are on John Dwyer’s Castle Face! The spiritual home of all such musics), but they might be the most overcranked-sounding garage band I’ve heard in some time. Wake Up Applauding is thick with distortion and reverb, with a forward-driving momentum that feels unstoppable. Ferocious.
  • Label(s):
  • Castle Face

The Space Lady / Burnt Ones
Split

LA residents Burnt Ones describe their brand of fuzzy psychedelia as “amateur” and “guesswork” which suggests to me they have a sense of humour at least. They asked the otherworldly Space Lady to split an album with them and she said yes. Side one belongs to her - she glides through dreamy, lo-fi synth versions of Across The Universe, Starman and Somewhere Over The Rainbow and adds the odd original tune to the mix. Side two sees Burnt Ones do what they do, which in this case includes a version of the Space Lady classic, Synthesize Me.
  • Label(s):
  • Castle Face

Useless Eaters
Live in San Francisco

Useless Eaters’ entry into John Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees) Castle Face label’s ongoing series Live In San Francisco delivers exactly what you want from a live garage punk show. All the best tracks from the band’s catalogue, but with extra lashings of mess, energy and sweat. Sounds like it was a wild party.

W-X
W-X

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The Fresh & Onlys
Early Years Anthology

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Apprentice Destroyer
Glass Ceiling Universe

Glass Ceiling Universe is released on John Dwyer’s Castle Face Records, and although it shares aspects of its sound with the garage-punk of Thee Oh Sees and much of the label’s roster, Apprentice Destroyer sounds like a cosmic robot’s interpretation of that genre. Which is a good thing, obviously.
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  • Castle Face

The Blind Shake
Live in San Francisco

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Creeping Pink
Mirror Woods

John ‘Thee Oh Sees’ Dwyer’s Castle Face label puts out this new album from Creeping Pink, a great slice of oddity that hazes all over the place. Sonic elements include piano, organ, guitar, and a whole lot of unidentifiable stuff that gives Mirror Woods an excellently strong sense of character.
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  • Castle Face

Male Gaze
Gale Maze

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Warm Soda
Symbolic Dream

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POW!
Fight Fire

John Dwyer’s Castle Face label continues to be the number-one go-to location for joyously fuzzed-up garage-punkishness. Fight Fire, the new album from POW!, fits comfortably into that mold, except with a bit more synth duelling with the guitar over the perpetual motion rhythm section. Lots of fun on vinyl or CD!
  • Label(s):
  • Castle Face

Jack Name
Weird Moons

Castleface are putting out this new one from the mercurial Jack Name. At first glance Weird Moons sounds a little darker, or colder, than previously. Fans of label-boss John Dwyer’s music, or John Maus should take note. On CD and vinyl and coming down the highway in a trashy 80s thriller on a busted VHS tape.
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  • Castle Face

Thee Oh Sees, The Fresh & Onlys, Various
Group Flex Vol 1

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Destruction Unit
Live in San Francisco

If John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees likes it, so should you… Destruction Unit’s Live In San Francisco is out on Dwyer’s very own Castle Face label, and the record sounds as furious and pulverising as the album cover and the band name suggest. Blasted live action from these Arizona psych-punks.
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  • Castle Face

Ex-Cult
Cigarette Machine

I wonder if they ever were in an actual cult? Ex-Cult is what this group of hard, moshing rockers call themselves and Cigarette Machine is the LP. It’s rough, it’s Doc Martens wearing, it’s leather jacket clad bikers blowing bulbous balloons of pink gum, it’s head banging to the heavy drums, eye rolling to the woozing, scratching guitar and phlegm spitting to the drunken vocals. It’s here to stay.
  • Label(s):
  • Castle Face

Icky Boyfriends
Live in San Francisco

Icky Boyfriends might not to be everyone’s taste with their songs about spermicide and dental dams, but there is more to them than that. They certainly are loud, raucous, and rocking. Scuzzy heroes of the San Francisco freak scene, this live album captures their iconic sound. On vinyl and CD.  
  • Label(s):
  • Castle Face

Coachwhips
Get Ya Body Next To Mine

Castle Face announces a loogie-shined re-release of  Coachwhips’ Get Yer Body Next Ta Mine on CD and vinyl! The tracks have been re-tweaked to taste (a pinch of capsicum) and what a picture emerges—the scuzz and squall cracking ever so slightlyand revealing a coffee-can full of earworms underneath.The zombie-shuffle come-on of the title track is worth the price of admission alone, but there’s adrenalized bludgeoners here as well: “1000 Years,” “UFO, Please TakeHer Home” and “Yes, I’m Down” all capture the band attheir sweat-soaked best.
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  • Castle Face

OBN IIIs
Live in San Francisco

Castle Face Records presents the latest installment of the Live in San Francisco series, courtesy of OBN III’s (Tic Tac Totally, 12XU, Matador). “If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s this: Don’t buy drugs from strangers on the street while wasted. A simple yet effective rule. Evidently no one told these reckless Texans, OBN III’s. We’ve captured them at their sweatiest for our Live in San Francisco series at the Chapel, from the kickoff shows of the tour with Thee Oh Sees last fall…. “These dudes are animals, period. This live recording is mixed like a hot pan on the brain, and it captures the raw live energy of a great OBN III’s show. Just about everynight from note one, Orville [Bateman Neeley III] is in the crowd touching faces of fans and making OBN virgins uncomfortable. Let them touch your face (ewww).”—John Dwyer
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White Fence
Pink Gorilla

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Dylan Shearer
Garagearray

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Thee Oh Sees
Drop

Though it was made by John Dwyer mostly alone, Drop is one of Thee Oh Sees most vital records. He relies on guests to flesh out the sound rather than a tight rocking band but you could never tell. Effervescent garage rock that absolutely kills live and if that's not enough for you then you gotta love a record that was made in a banana ripening warehouse.  
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Burnt Ones
Gift

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Thee Oh Sees
Singles Vol 1 and 2

This is a brilliant collection of every single and compilation that California workaholics Thee Oh Sees (there's a high chace you know them as something different, having had seven other names since they started in 1997) have ever put out. It's very lo-fi in places but really thrilling and organic. If you've ever listened to anything from the wide spectrum of guitar music then there's something in here for you. 
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POW!
Hi-tech Boom

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Ty Segall
Ty Segall

Though he has spent the intervening years making himself known as the most prolific man in rock, back in 2008 Ty Segall was fresh out of The Traditional Fools and the new hot signing on John Dwyer’s Castle Face Records. His eponymous debut LP is a ragged, roughshod affair that is over and done in under 25 minutes. While Segall’s subsequent albums have been progressively more polished, this one sounds like it was recorded inside a tin can. This is a good thing - it provides songs like ‘Go Home’ with a pleasingly brittle edge.
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