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EWW YABOO - Stolen Kisses

Not only did I get this letter a few weeks ago, but I got their cassette tape and I’ve listened to it 100 times already in my living room. Here’s why:

Hello Mark,

My name is Nathan from a band called EWW YABOO.  We are about to put out our first full length on Summersteps Records and I’d love to share it with you. We recorded the entire album at our home and named it “Keep Dreamin’”.  

The title serves as way to address the resistance… The things that keep you from finishing what you started.  The guitarist, Drew Carsillo, and myself  have been playing together off and on since our first band at 13 years old.  We’ve lived together for four years now, using Drew’s childhood home to practice and write/record the album. It took us a year to record and mix, and in the meantime I got to watch my friends grow as artists as well as people. I never realized the benefit of finishing something as tedious as a fully self recorded release. When you’re done and listening to the results I imagine it’s similar to an architect doing the first walk through of a structure they’ve designed and watched grow from the foundation up.  

During this year we saw the seasons change out of the windows, in the summer we sweat and cursed, in the winter we froze our asses off (tube amps double as heaters after 45 minutes!) while just trying to get a good take before heading to our jobs. Since Drew and I started the band during a brief stint living in Brooklyn, there was a mental image that formed. We wanted our releases, especially this first one, to sound like a solid mix tape.  Like a perfect boxing combination, my favorite albums are the kind that pummel you song after song, from different perspectives, sounds and angles.

We carved out our 11 song woolly mammoth from a mass that was 20+ songs, some more developed than others. We started with the rhythm section and I got to see Jared grow from an excellent high energy drummer to somewhat of a studio player, analyzing every aspect of what it he was doing within the songs. After finishing tracking and obsessing over the mixing for a awhile, we chose Mark Kramer to master it. Kramer has been an idol of mine since I first started recording my own music and I was pleasantly surprised at how simple and affordable having him work on our record was. The artwork was done by our former roommate and longtime friend Chris Eastwood.  He was here  when we first started tinkering and is an awesome positive artistic force and inspiration as well.  

To us, the end result of “Keep Dreamin’” represents where we have been as friends, individuals and as a band. We wanted to make a record that reflected all that was happening around us. I can’t be the judge on whether we achieved what we set out to do, but isn’t it about using what inspires you to at least make an attempt? Thanks!

Get one of the 100 ltd cassettes from Summerstep Records this week.

Keep Dreamin’ 

Nathan Andre/Eww Yaboo

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Psalmships - Heart Carries Blame

This came out this week and I bet you missed it.



I first discovered Joshua Britton’s Psalmships the same way I discovered many superior folk/acoustic acts - via (the now sadly very quiet) Slowcoustic blog (specifically a cover of ‘Before We Retire’ on Slowcoustic’s J. Tillman covers project). Since then, I’ve kept an eye on the…

I Sleep Alone is out today! Stream and buy some stuff!

Podcasts For Moderns / Episode .006 {PODCAST/MIXTAPE}

Shiiiitt…it’s been over a whole month since I tackled a podcast but I’m not apologizing. Lots of awesome shit went down like…getting married! I also announced pre-orders for the newest Big School jawn and we’ve been putting out some really rad tapes over at Hope For The Tape Deck, many of which will be featured on the NEXT podcast. As promised I highlighted several songs from special releases/albums I snagged on Record Store Day. 

1. Sunny Day Real Estate :: Lipton Witch :: Sunny Day Real Estate/Circa Survive 7” :: 2014 / self-released (00:00-03:40)
2. The Wiggly Tendrils :: Beat The Indie Drum Theme Song (03:41-04:41)
3. Damaged Bug :: Eggs At Night :: Hubba Bubba :: 2014 / Castle Face (07:56-10:47)
4. Temples :: Sun Structures:: Sun Structures :: 2014 / Fat Possum (10:48-15:52)
5. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard :: Crying :: Oddments :: 2014 / Flightless (15:53-18:47)
6. Creepoid :: Old Tree :: Creepoid :: 2014 / No Idea (18:48-23:46)
7. Built To Spill :: Built To Spill :: Ultimate Alternative Wavers :: 1993 / C/Z (28:57-34:44)
8. Pinback :: Loro :: (This Is A) Pinback (CD) :: 1999 / Ace Fu (34:45-38:10)
9. R.E.M. :: Leave :: New Adventures In Hi Fi :: 1996 / Warner Bros. (38:11-45:25)
10. Cake :: Daria :: Fashion Nugget :: 1996 / Capricorn (45:26-49:02)
11. The Jazz June :: Over Underground :: Dikembe/TheJazz June Split 7” :: 2014 / Tiny Engines (56:56-59:52)
12. The Van Pelt :: The Threat :: Imaginary Third :: 2014 / La Castanya (59:53-62:40)
13. Wire :: Mercy :: Chairs Missing :: 1978 / Harvest (62:41-68:18)
14. Gold-Bears :: For You :: Dalliance :: 2014 / Slumberland (68:19-71:12)
15. Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate :: Warbe :: VA - The Rough Guide To Mali :: 2014 / World Music Network (76:45-81:28)
16. Dilon Djindji :: Sofala :: VA - The Rough Guide To African Blues :: 2014 / World Music Network (81:29-85:46)
17. Leo Kottke :: Bumblebee :: Mudlark :: 1971 / Capitol (85:47-89:21)
18. Nathan Reich :: Joelle :: Motion Sadness EP :: 2014 / Swan City Sounds (89:21-92:29)
19. Psalmships :: Stars Pt. 2 :: I Sleep Alone :: 2014 / Big School (92:30-97:00)
20. July :: To Be Free :: July :: 1968 / Major Minor (102:38-105:28)
21. The Dentists :: I’m Not The Devil :: Some People Are on the Pitch They Think It’s All Over It Is Now :: 1985 / Spruck (105:29-108:09)
22. Tony Molina :: The Way Things Are :: Dissed and Dismissed :: 2014 / Slumberland (108:10-109:12)
23. The Figgs :: Red Bank Queen :: Banda Macho :: 1996 / Capitol (109:13-110:39)
24. Frightened Rabbit :: Oil Slick (Live) :: Live From Criminal Records :: 2014 / Atlantic (116:47-121:21)

Artwork by : MiraRuido

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Summersteps Records - Stolen Kisses


Release day is upon us. The new Eww Yaboo album is now available for streaming and download. 4 years in the making and mastered by the legendary Kramer (Galaxie 500, Daniel Johnston, etc). Also available as a limited edition cassette for those analog souls among us.

Listen/purchase: Eww Yaboo - Keep Dreamin’ by Summersteps Records

This is your jam.

The garbage in/garbage out discussion is spot on. Re-issue/legacy labels, take heed. Consumers, know what you’re paying exorbitant prices for.



Limited Edition of 200 hand-numbered cassettes
Each cassette comes with a small booklet of artwork by Will Cullen Hart
First 50 orders will feature a unique handpainted/screenprinted slipcover

Giant Chocolate Think Tank Blues is the second known cassette by Will Cullen Hart’s solo project, The Always Red Society, before he helped form The Olivia Tremor Control. Some of the songs featured here would later be re-recorded/re-imagined for The OTC’s classic debut LP, Dusk At Cubist Castle. Available now for the first time in 20 years, these tracks give us a unique look in on the beginning stages of something legendary. Hart is a founding member of the Elephant 6 Recording Co., and in addition to Olivia Tremor Control, he went on to form Circulatory System, and has performed with/been involved with an absurd number of incredible musical projects and bands. Get this piece of elephant 6 history in yer earholes! Pre-order now! Tapes will be shipping out in July!


The Always Red Society
Giant Chocolate Think Tank Blues

Side A:
1.Can You Come Down With Us?
2.Life Of Glory
3.Here We Are Again
4.Don’t Take No
5.Headlong Step
6.Ginger Root Orchestra
8.Five Senses

Side B:
1.Fucking You
2.Some Meandering Mechanical Overseer Is Coming
3.Broken Hearts
4.Descending Down
5.Stolen Car
6.Song For Jeff And Bill
7.The Always Red Society

Yep, this is happening! Grab one before they’re gone (again)!

My apologies for not posting much on the Tumblr lately but in my defense I recently got married(!) and I’ve been busy working on releases for both Hope For The Tape Deck and Big School.

Speaking of Big School, pre-orders are live for the newest BSR jawn, I Sleep Alone, from Philly’s very own Psalmships. ‘Stars Pt. 2’ is the second single off the album but let’s not get caught up in the blog clap-trap of ‘singles’ - you’re more than welcome to indulge yourselves in the entire album on Bandcamp

Don’t sleep on ordering either - LP pre-orders come with a free 7” of unreleased tracks and the CD version comes with alternate packaging and a bonus CD of live in-studio versions of songs spanning the Psalmships discography.

Lastly, if you’re in the area on 7/11 you’ll need to schedule yourself at Bourbon & Branch for the record release show! 

Pleasantly surprised with how Gentlemen-ly/Black Love-ly this track and the new LP are. Comeback players of the year?

Podcasts For Moderns / Episode .005 {PODCAST/MIXTAPE}

Phew - I’m totally burnt out from record shopping. Record Store Day was a serious mental and financial drain this year - so much great shit came out. I even went back for seconds the Monday after and I feel like I’m still shopping online! Anyways…this edition of Podcasts For Moderns is all classic jams from my personal vault so you may recognize most, if not all, of these bands/songs…especially if you know me. I think the next edition will be a (drum roll, please) special Record Store Day podcast, chronicling tracks from the giant fucking pile of records I bought…

1. The Promise Ring :: Is This Thing On? :: Nothing Feels Good :: 1997 / Jade Tree (00:00-03:36)
2. The Wiggly Tendrils :: Beat The Indie Drum Theme Song (03:37-04:36)
3. Frank Black :: Whatever Happened To Pong? :: Teenager of the Year :: 1994 / American (06:19-07:50)
4. Frank Black :: Thalassocracy:: Teenager of the Year :: 1994 / American (07:51-09:30)
5. Tullycraft :: Twee :: Beat, Surf, Fun :: 2002 / Magic Marker (09:31-12:34)
6. Imperial Teen :: Balloon :: Seasick :: 1996 / Slash (12:35-16:17)
7. Guided By Voices :: Big School :: Static Airplane Jive EP :: 1993 / Recordhead (16:18-18:40)
8. The Get Up Kids :: Impossible Outcomes :: VA - Metroschifter: Encapsulated :: 2000 / Doghouse (23:46-27:07)
9. Rainer Maria :: Atlantic :: Atlantic EP :: 1999 / Polyvinyl (27:08-31:25)
10. Sunny Day Real Estate :: The Blankets Were The Stairs :: Diary :: 1994 / Sub Pop (31:26-36:36)
11. The Appleseed Cast :: Rooms and Gardens :: Low Level Owl: Vol. 2 :: 2001 / Deep Elm (36:37-44:10)
12. Pale Saints :: One Blue Hill :: Slow Buildings :: 1994 / 4AD (49:07-54:02)
13. Centro-matic :: The Execution of Some Sixty Odd Drummers :: The Static Vs. The Strings Vol. 1 :: 1999 / Quality Park (54:03-57:40)
14. Neutral Milk Hotel :: Holland, 1945 :: In The Aeroplane Over The Sea :: 1998 / Merge (57:41-60:52)
15. Built To Spill :: Car :: There’s Nothing Wrong With Love :: 1994 / Up (60:53-63:48)
16. The Mountain Goats :: The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton :: All Hail West Texas :: 2002 / Emperor Jones (69:31-72:02)
17. Superchunk :: Driveway To Driveway (Acoustic) :: Driveway To Driveway EP :: 1994 / Merge (72:03-77:09)
18. Palace Music :: New Partner :: Viva Last Blues :: 1995 / Palace (77:10-81:00)
19. Songs:Ohia :: Untitled (It Won’t Be Easy) (Live) :: Mi Sei Apparso Come Un Fantasma :: 2001 / Paper Cup (81:01-86:37)
20. The Wrens :: This Boy Is Exhausted :: Meadowlands :: 2003 / Absolutely Kosher (92:28-96:43)
21. The Jim Yoshii Pile-Up :: Carol Channing :: Burning Flag EP :: 2002 / self-released (96:44-100:14)
22. Sebadoh :: Magnet’s Coil :: Bakesale :: 1994 / Sub Pop (100:15-102:37)
23. Dinosaur Jr. :: Get Me :: Where You Been? :: 1993 / Sire (102:38-108:24)
24. American Football :: Never Meant :: American Football :: 1999 / Polyvinyl (115:52-120:28)

Artwork by : Thomas Kayser

Stream/download : (mp3)

Subscribe link for iTunes / aggregator  :

Download just the music from the Dropbox or click the pic to stream:


Previous Podcasts For Moderns chapters : 123, 4

Previous Mixtapes For Moderns chapters (R.I.P.): 12345678910111213

Previous 0 To 25 In X chapters (R.I.P.): 4443424140393837,3635343332313029282726252423222120191817, 1615141312111098, 7654321

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