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Shake Shake Shake
ANTIMAGIC

Shake Shake Shake

A greasy slab of skeletal funk, a Ray Harryhausen-born mutant seemingly stitched together of equal parts early Brian Eno, Tusk-era Lindsey Buckingham, Royal Trux, and something more sinister. The A-side oozes off-kilter instrumental and vocal melody as it swaggers precariously but seductively, delivering unhinged hooks and collapsing into disorderly piles of component bone drone. It finally resolves with uneasy harmonies and strangely addictive martial polyrhythms.

On the reverse, “Inner Most Secret Shogun Heart” percolates with a swampy determination as minimalist, galloping electronic rhythms careen off of buzzing, downed-power line guitars and thudding bass notes.  Insistent, mantra-like vocal harmonies enter and compound, imbuing the song with a new urgency, but also a sense of idiot glee release that manages to sound both confessional and slapstick, like a lost proto-punk outtake from Smiley Smile or at least 15 Big Ones.

CCP020 / TSR002
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7” vinyl
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digital single
artist direct | emusic

1.
Shake Shake Shake
2.
Inner Most Secret Shogun Heart



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From Clouds Remix
MIRACLES

From Clouds (N-Ron Stepping On Remix)

Brooklyn’s robber baron N-RON gives Miracles the dubstep treatment, frying the shimmering opening of this track to a crisp, hammering cymbals into clashing swords and cracking open the clouds, before the grimey bass drags it all off into the sweltering dark.

CCP019
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digital single
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From Clouds (N-Ron Stepping On Remix)


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Trash Symmetry
ANTIMAGIC

Trash Symmetry

Antimagic delivers weirdo vocal harmonies, driving beats played on broken down drum sets and bizzarro bass and guitar sounds as likely to be attacked for percussion as they are to suddenly morph into a groove inducing melody. Born of frustration with searching for the platonic ideal of the 3rd party (i.e. a drummer), this DIY-imposed and personalized minimalism has allowed them to embrace (or ignore) “traditional rock music group” conventions at their whim. Their songs are infused with the duo’s love of classic pop hooks, but are mutated through equal fascinations with danceable, unorthodox rhythms and tones, pre-war gospel vocals and melodies, negative space and sinew-lean arrangements.

CCP018
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12” vinyl LP
100 numbered copies
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CD
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digital LP
artist direct | emusic | thrill jockey

1.
Never Learn Not To Run
2.
Trash Nautilus
3.
Fake Gravity
4.
Expensive/Electrical
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Trash Symmetry
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Trash Frequency (Rockers)
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Double Knot
8.
Speak Into The Mouth Spoke

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Ovum
MIRACLES

Ovum

Miracles divine a new center on this EP, moving inwards in order to radiate out. The band’s intensifying focus (and almost hermit-like reputation) might be starting to reveal the aim of their efforts – an attempt to marry the tautness and political directness of Fugazi with the spiritual introspection and homage to the infinite in the music of Lungfish. Though Miracles still cut ferociously to the direct attack more often than not, Ovum shows an increasing comfort with circling and repetition, finding alignment in the drone.  The vinyl LP, numbered and limited to 150 copies, comes beautifully packaged with a full color poster insert and covers silkscreened by the band.


CCP017
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12” vinyl EP
150 numbered copies
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CD
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digital EP
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1.
Trackless
2.
Taking Off Masks
3.
From Clouds
4.
False Castles
5.
Voice in the Dark
6.
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7.
15 Drops

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Unified
MIRACLES

Unified


“When your spare bass/keys/drums post-punk is already as strong and urgent as Miracles' is, a guitar or backup vocals or anything else at all really would just be getting in the way. Showcasing all their usual sharp shifting percussion and call-to-arms spirit comes new single "Unified", recorded with former These Are Powers drummer (and current Antimagic mastermind) Ted McGrath on the skins. The track is also available, alongside the likes of the Beets, A Place to Bury Strangers, Silk Flowers, and Vivian Girls on the vinyl-only State Capital Field Recordings compilation.” -Impose Magazine, NYC

CCP016
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digital single
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Unified

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Bad Girls Go To Hell
THE DEGENERETTES

Bad Girls Go To Hell

Hailed as the Queens of Gender-Bender Garage, The Degenerettes debut ten beautiful and brutally honest songs packaged in an artfully designed fold-out package, complete with 3D illustrations and 3D glasses. Influenced by years on the garage rock, soul, roots, and punk rock scenes along with obsessive movie-watching, The Degenerettes' bass-driven jangly fuzz guitar sounds combine with Rahne Alexander’s literary, often humorous songwriting, creating multiple narrative universes—from torrid mummy love affairs to teenybopper spies to Baltimore streets. They are the soundtrack of the Velvet Underground and the Runaways on a big gay double date at a midnight movie. Raw and deliberate songs from the heart.

CCP015
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CD
atomic books
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digital LP
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1.
Truck Drivin Girlfriend
2.
I Was A Teenybopper For The CIA
3.
Never Say Never
4.
Fell In Love With A Mummy
5.
Queer For You
6.
Shake Baby Shake
7.
Get Out
8.
Ask
9.
College Type Jo
10.
Baltimore

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Replica Watches
LO MODA

Replica Watches

Once again making the Baltimore night seem like the dark wet streets of post-war Europe, Lo Moda’s drop-out soul sound returns with an international dance communique for the body politick. “Replica Watches continues the trail of tense, minimalist pop that falls somewhere between the Moles and Pere Ubu. Sparse organ swells, ominously crossed rhythms and percussive, scratchy guitar and viola tango around Lo ModA’s sound, with slightly Eastern European leanings that make me think of the late SF artrock combo Zmrzlina. Totally boss live (and hopefully on a somewhat sprawling stage, cuz there’s a bunch of ‘em.)”  - WFMU’s Beware of the Blog



CCP013
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CD
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digital LP
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1.
Buildings Dansante
2.
Real Real
3.
The Plagiarist
4.
Anonymous Cats
5.
Hear the Commotion
6.
C.O.N.T.R.O.L. (Catch You Later)
7.
People Who Like Carolling
8.
Robespierre
9.
Paper Bombs
10.
Independent Dance Party
11.
Happy Power Energy
12.
The Serial
13.
Paris Now
14.
Simple Geographies
15.
Blank Society
16.
Outro

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The Violet Hour
THE VIOLET HOUR

The Violet Hour

“The Violet Hour’s (Andriana Pateris and Beth Varden) long-delayed debut CD is a strong musical manifesto: silky smooth vocal harmonies (weighty with mid-range) mixing with reverb-heavy, meditative guitar and measured drums into a hypnotizing brew. ”Peripheral Vision” is as smokily moody as its lyrics sung on “two hearts on fire.” ”Southern Cross” is remarkable for the twinkling luster of its arpeggiated opening (a likely homage to its astronomical namesake) and a stark contrast amidst a sea of more worn and foggy sounds. The track’s lyrics intertwine themes both spiritual and celestial.”   -Aural States, Baltimore

CCP010
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CD
morphius




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Wind Breaker
THRUST LAB

Wind Breaker

While Thrust Lab’s earlier catalog gives a nod to lo-fi noise pop artist Ariel Pink and 8-bit arcade music, WIND BREAKER is influenced and driven by music on a much grander scale. The EP looks to Vangelis’ ominous and foreboding Blade Runner soundtrack, Trans Am’s humorous instrumental deviation and combination of live and electronic percussion, and Yellow Magic Orchestra’s cheerful prog-rock/synth-pop sound. Live drums and bass carry most of the songs’ force, yet Thrust Lab’s overall sound is largely electronic, landing gently between Johann Johannssen’s bittersweet, delicate laptop pop and Sonic The Hedgehog’s rich and dynamic theme music. WIND BREAKER sports serious song-writing chops.

CCP009
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CD
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digital EP
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1.
Groutcho
2.
Nasty Horror
3.
Durkey
4.
Ten Thousandth
5.
Wind Breaker

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Colony Collapse
MIRACLES

Colony Collapse

Dirty bass, overdriven keyboards, sparse vocals and maniac drums try to compete with the crash and clatter of human fortunes and failures. Synth heavy Brooklyn by way of late 90’s Providence, with the requisite diet of utopian thinking and freak flag waving. A focused vibrational wave.

“Miracles were the only non-hometown band on the bill. And they blew me out of the water. …Urgent vocals, skittering sheets of drums and bass and swifter and more insistent tempos. The entire set was one big cathartic crescendo.”  -Aural States, Baltimore

Colony Collapse was selected as one of emusic’s Most Overlooked Albums of 2009.
Not to be missed.

CCP008
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CD
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digital single
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1.
On the Mountain
2.
Pioneers
3.
Little Hearts
4.
Embedded
5.
Born to Fight
6.
Two of a Kind
7.
Tongues
8.
Hunting Without Heads
9.
Self-Replica
10.
Spells
11.
Out of Service

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Heyday
NOBLE LAKE

Heyday

Songwriter James Sarsgaard teams up with Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack of Wye Oak to produce sounds reminiscent of the dusty, string band dirge of Depression era American folk and country acts like the Carter Family and Doc Boggs as well as the bleak lyricism and bright harmonies of Richard and Linda Thompson. Firm devotees to the narrative song, Noble Lake builds a frame upon tales of itinerant travelers, drunks and self destructive lovers, environmental disaster and a shrinking world and uses it as a launching point for tightly wound acoustic tapestries that range from high lonesome, straightforward folk to ragged, pulsating drones that bring to mind the sonic terrain mined by the Dirty Three, Jack Rose and the like.


CCP007
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CD
atomic books
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digital LP
emusic | thrill jockey

1.
The Galley
2.
These Days
3.
Ladies and Gentlemen
4.
Yovnger's Elegy
5.
Morgantown
6.
Waterdeep
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Bird Songs
8.
Hey Day

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Look Out Clouds
THE TALL GRASS

Look Out Clouds, Here We Come

The Tall Grass began to begin when they were asked to play, first at a screening of super 8 films, then in basements and living rooms. Having never performed a note together but protected by a longtime musical friendship and several feet of snow, songs were arranged, intentionally built on structures simple but solid, open to contribution, adjustment, push and pull by those involved. the music is constellations of instruments and voice, collections of sonic objects with collections of space between them. each song rebuilt at each playing by each player. guitar, piano, xylophone, accordion, organ, horns, aspiring to a balance of strength and fluidity, darkness and light.

CCP006
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CD
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digital LP
emusic | thrill jockey

1.
The Houndetooth Ghost
2.
Whirlybird
3.
Baby Blue Blazes
4.
Meriweather, William, I’m Sorry
5.
Be & Flower
6.
Cooks Are For Kitchens
7.
Fireworks, Firewater
8.
Toward Ben And Heidi, And All As Goldenly Shining

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Symbols In THe Architecture
HISTORY AT OUR DISPOSAL

Symbols In The Architecture

“Tangled in spacey macrobiotic ambience, History at Our Disposal's Symbols in the Architecture blends organic acoustic instrumentation, bubbling electronic flourishes, warm quiet passages, jagged dissonant asides, seemingly unsystematic surges and carefully calculated movements with an expertly reserved hand. If The Books and Neutral Milk Hotel assimilated into a colossal Japanese fighting robot that performed funeral dirges for circus clowns, the sonic product might be almost as eerily wonderful as Symbols in the Architecture. Artful without being obnoxiously avant-garde, audibly accessible without compromising creative uniqueness, History at Our Disposal has created an atypical breed of album that is not content to simply add atmosphere; it constructs its own orbit.”   -The Dallas Observer

CCP003
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CD
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digital LP
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1.
5/4
2.
Nature Of Orientation
3.
The Black Forest
4.
To The Spoiler, The Spoils
5.
Suspension of Disbelief
6.
...fur...
7.
Long Sips of Salt
8.
Bed of Leaves
9.
Letter from the Bottom of the Sea
10.
Valedictorian #1
11.
Valedictorian #2
12.
...that see saw...
13.
Before You Were Born

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Gospel Store Front
LO MODA

Gospel Store Front

Post art school Candy Machine (skene, east west, dischord/desoto) members Peter Quinn and Lyle Kissack were playing music with Craig Bowen in a band called INK on Monitor Records when they decided to call it quits with an unreleased cd waiting to come out. Over the next year, Peter Quinn approached some friends/musicians around town with some music he had been developing in his studio (computer) with the intention of creating a new group. The music stayed in line with the streamline quality of INK but the new collaboration would create a new richer and lush sound that would take on a life and tension of its own. With the orchestration of Raili Haimila (Calgary) on viola, Gillian Stewart Quinn (Scotland) on keyboards, Jeff McGrath (Baltimore) of Thank You on bass, Christian Sturgis (Baltimore) of Fascist Fascist on guitar, and Scott Braid (Baltimore) on percussion and trumpet, Lo Moda became a complex woven mesh of intricate patterns and hooks driven by a group of varied experience and tastes.
CCP002
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CD
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digital LP
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1.
Seduction
2.
Les Jardins (De L’bouli)
3.
Maybe You
4.
Electric World
5.
Taking Over
6.
Ready to Go
7.
Mission of Man
8.
Long Strides
9.
Istanbul
10.
It's a Wonder
11.
Late Night Conversation
12.
Late Night (Part Two)

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Kamehameha
PONYTAIL

Kamehameha

Creative Capitalism announces the new release from the cougars of rock called PONYTAIL. Hailing from Baltimore, this art school quartet is bringing people together in fireworks excitement around their new bombastic release, Kamehameha, in custom designed packaging. For a little history, Ponytail formed in art school in Baltimore as a conceptual art experiment and has since taken their energy into new arenas touring the east coast of the U.S. in anticipation of their first release on Creative Capitalism. They have invigorated the live music scene with two guitars, drums, and a singer whose only goal may be to cut through the malaise and capture a spirit of smiling rebellion in the midst of boring music industry fatigue. Their energy-based music will leave you smiling with a new optimism. You have to check them out and then pick up the disk to remind you of why you liked listening to music in the first place.
CCP001
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CD
atomic books
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digital LP
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1.
All Together Now
2.
Burning Saddles
3.
Dear God Plz Make My2eyes N2 One
4.
Start a Corporation
5.
Jammin’ on a Major Scale
6.
Bermuda Triangle
7.
 ...,,,;;;:::!
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Lion Down
9.
Island Z
10.
Child of the Stars


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