Rōnin Blues marks Caspar Sonnet’s 5th solo release since 2010. It also signifies his most extreme record to date, containing musical hallucinations, choral incantations and dizzying, extended techniques. The album’s sparse instrumentation drives the focus of this record, not to mention it’s unusual interpretations of pre-war blues forms. Considered by the artist to be a very personal breakthrough record, it proves to be an introductory masterpiece of what is yet to come. A haunting collection of musical stories, effectively creeping their way through an entangled unknown dark.
- Koreatown Blues (2:27) 2. Business Blues (2:50) 3. Calabasas Blues (2:15) 4. Incantation Blues (2:32) 5. Letcher Blues (2:18) 6. Refrigerator Hum Blues (2:46) 7. Wrecking Ball Blues (3:25)
- Late Train Blues (2:59) 9. Joshua Tree Blues (4:51)
Caspar Sonnet – acoustic lap-steel, voice, harmonica, percussion
Recorded & mixed by Caspar Sonnet (ASCAP)
Mastered by Arman Bohn
Caspar Sonnet (b. Los Angeles, 1976) is an experimental multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter. His unusual song structures, instrumentation, extended techniques and haunting voice have been inspired by an array of eclectic sources, including: native american mythology, pre-war blues, world music and minimalist composition/orchestration.
Happy to announce that the new Moon Grass Mountain LP “New Old Cat” is now available! Hand screen printed covers edition of 300 on clear vinyl with art print insert by Joey Stupor for 15$ + shipping
“A patchwork of lo-fi nostalgia and scattered songwriting styles, Moon Grass Mountain conceives music in a living diary that you found in a dusty closet under the stairs. Haphazardly captured with the spirit of a 14 year old’s 4 track ambition. “New Old Cat” is the next collection of songs and will proudly be released under Marriage Records. It is an album that will challenge your idea of music fidelity by delivering identifiable noise in the oddest of living room recordings.”
watch the video for “Kept It Safe”
Moon Grass Mountain – Kept It Safe from Todd Johnson on Vimeo.
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James V has been pretty busy so far in the year 2017. He just finished a cover of “Space Oddity” by Bowie. It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since Bowie’s passing. In honor of one of the greatest musicians alive, we present to you a very well done version of one of his most popular songs. Listen here
stay tuned for more music coming from James V (full length album in the works!)
James V “San Narciso” EP available now!
New in the shop! James V debut cassette on Marriage! James V (James the Fifth) “San Narciso” EP (pronounced SAN-Nar-Kee-So) Art by Angelo Rosales. This is the first tape since the Marriage Records relaunch and it comes out today! Perfect pop dream world created with countless hours in his home studio. An oblong stew of psych, funk, and elements of jazz. Get before they gone! Also comes with digital download code inside!
Finally the time has come! James V’s new cassette “San Narciso” will finally be available all around the internet globe. James V (James the fifth) will be playing on December 15 in Downtown Los Angeles’ “Ham & Eggs” for 3$ with the Gnar boys new band “The Stoners” also playing is Rebecca Schiffman who recently self released her solo album earlier this month. checkout the Facebook event page here
Carbon-based recording artist; James V debut EP “San Narciso” [Spanish for “Saint Narcissus” pronounced; San-nar-kee-so] to be released on Marriage Records! From fall 2014 to late 2015 James toiled in his home studio for countless hours making uninformed, irrational technical decisions spurred by depression and failing physical health due to the rampant asbestos leak in his house. Secluded in this haze, he created San Narciso, an oblong dreamy stew of psych and funk with elements of Reichian minimalism, which his guitar teacher of 10 years referred to as “Morrissey jizz”. His debut Cassette has started production and will be released on December 18th 2016. Stay tuned for the release show details to be announced soon!
Artwork by the very talented illustrator Angelo Rosales, this cassette will be risograph printed on edition of 100 copies.
All songs written, recorded, and produced by James at “Hank Scorpio Studios” in Los Angeles. Mixed by James and Jeremy Harris. Mastered by Jeremy Harris 2016.
Listen to the single “Tired Of Woman” on his bandcamp page
Tomorrow! August 28! 5pm! Marriage Records pop-up shop show with performances by artists under the Marriage ring. We are happy to announce our 2 upcoming releases for the label and what better way to do it than a pop-up shop show in the very store which houses the label. Moon Grass Mountain will be releasing their Marriage debut LP “New Old Cat” this year and we will have limited run of 10 hand made copies of the new album on cassette. Also James V will be the newest addition to the Marriage roster with his debut album “San Narciso” and his new live band will be unveiled! Watch for his new tape coming soon to Marriage. Also playing are Portland friends Reptaliens! This event is free and all ages. All Marriage records will be half price for the event and special mystery guest DJ: Lil Donyel aka Minerals1, Donnie Blossoms, Dony le Blow, etc. Come early! 5pm!
7:30pm Moon Grass Mountain (Costa Mesa)
6:45pm James V (LIVE DEBUT)
6:00pm Reptaliens (PDX)
5:00pm special mystery guest dj (???[Lil Donyel]???)
Moon Grass Mountain:
A patchwork of lo-fi nostalgia and scattered songwriting styles, Moon Grass Mountain conceives music in a living diary that you found in a dusty closet under the stairs. Every release is a compilation of multiple genres and textures that are haphazardly captured with the spirit of a 14 year old’s 4 track ambition. “New Old Cat” is the next collection of songs and will proudly be released under Marriage Records. It is an album that will challenge your idea of music fidelity by delivering identifiable noise in the oddest of living room recordings.
Is a carbon-based recording artist whose debut EP San Narciso to be released August 2016. From fall 2014 to late 2015 James toiled in his home studio for countless hours making uninformed, irrational technical decisions spurred by depression and failing physical health due to the rampant asbestos leak in his house. Secluded in this haze, he created San Narciso, an oblong dreamy stew of psych and funk with elements of Reichian minimalism, which his guitar teacher of 10 years referred to as “Morrissey jizz”. After emailing out his EP link to countless interns across the globe, James finally found a home in Marriage Records, which has released albums by artists such as Dirty Projectors and tUnE-yArDs. He makes his first ever debut live performance at GnarBurger. Look for his tape coming soon to Marriage Records.
Bambi and Cole met on a basketball court, filming a music video for a band that didn’t exist. After dating for six months, the two were married last August under a blanket of smoke from the season’s forest fires. Reptaliens quickly evolved from a conceptual collage of ideas into the bedroom recording project for the duo; captured through analog synthesizers, electric guitars and recorded onto tape through an old karaoke machine.
As long time, active participants in the Portland music scene, Bambi and Cole call on a number of talented musicians to guest on songs throughout the entirety of Reptaliens recordings. Julian Kowalski joins the group live as Dr. Shiki and gently coats the sound, textures, and metaphysical substance that forms Reptaliens.
Inspired by sci-fi art, cult mentality and deep connections, Reptaliens create low fidelity chameleon dreamscapes somewhere between abstract expressionism and surrealism. Reptaliens is a project of exploration.
Recommend if you like:
2. Ariel Pink
3. Beach House
See you there!
3436 N Figueroa
Los Angeles CA, 90065
United States of America
Marriage Records is a subsidiary of Gnar Tapes & Shit.
McCormick made a new documentary “Buzz One Four” and he is having a test screening for it on March 20th at The Hollywood Theater in Portland Oregon. He will be there to introduce the film and ask you the questions. The film is about a classified bomber plane crash during the cold war near Washington D.C. and McCormick’s grandfather was the pilot of the plane.
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Be sure to catch our good friend Little Wings on tour this week! His new album ‘Explains’ is one of the best albums. Also be sure to check out RAD (Kyle Field’s label) for some past releases! Dates below:
Did you hear a couple months ago that Gnar teamed up with Burger records to create a lifestyle shop in Cypress Park? It is your go to spot for Marriage Records vinyl and CD’s. Also all of the current Gnar Tapes, Burger Records, Wiener Records, Death Records, Light In The Attic Records, and More! Also featuring used tapes, vinyl, T-shirts and cool clothes on the cheap. Come get trippy if you find yourself in the neighborhood! 12-8pm everyday!
3436 N Figueroa
Los Angeles, CA 90065