You know this guy Colin from his old band USA Is a Monster, or maybe if you were a head in the JP (that’s Jamaica Plain) scene around the late millennium, Bull Roarer. Or maybe you know about the records he did on Northern Spy with the Orchestra in 2011-13. Like if the Dead or […]
Qwanqwa “takes traditional music and rocks it up a bit” (Byron Coley, The Wire) and “for sure is an incredible experimental traditional Ethiopian rock group that deserves to be played in every living room, at every party and on every radio station from Gondar to Santa Cruz.” (Addis Rumble blog). If you’ve heard the golden […]
The Miami Dolphins – Pucker Upper from FPE Records on Vimeo.
With a timeless croon that recalls Dolly Parton and June Carter Cash at their most gloriously downtrodden and angelic, . . . country siren Lana Rebel is a wonder to behold. The tiny singer-guitarist belts out stripped-down country that defines the genre in its most pristine and classic form . . . Rebel’s the real […]
FPE is now officially IN the NewMusicBox, with this excellent profile that breaks it all down for you. Listen along to the dizzyingly quirky and diverse music collection we’re building for you, record by record.
Qwanqwa’s unique, experimental, joyously tuneful take on traditional Ethiopian music is irresistible. Volume One is their first album, recorded in 2013, and available on a ruby red cassette from FPE. (Volume Two, recorded in 2014, will be available on CD and LP in late 2014.) Qwanqwa – Volume One cassette $5 (NOTE: Domestic orders only. […]
You’re on a path that never ends. Your eternity is now. It’s nice to have a friend along. You know what else is nice? Ruby slippers. Zigtebra’s vinyl and CD debut, The Brave, is like a friend, a lover, ruby slippers, a testimonial. The Brave grew the Grinch’s heart, gave the Cowardly Lion his courage, […]
Forget what came before. The Miami Dolphins are a band, Becky‘s a record. The Miami Dolphins have been bringing it to the lucky people of Minneapolis since 2011, and now they’re gonna bring it to you too! A lovely tangle of 13 epic fits that speak and squeak, and yeah maybe just maybe creak a […]
The Ooli Moves from FPE Records on Vimeo. This video for the song that David Young called “the best dance song of 2153″ is a breathtaking example of the talent of Chicago filmmaker Buki Bodunrin that really captures the spirit of the song: the emotional qualities of humor and darkness as well as the themes […]
Late-aughts compositions by Matthew Pakulski now reach the world through cassettes. The Four Seasons is a work for orchestra, as ambitious as any you’ll hear; in fact, a symphony. Yes, it’s about the seasons, but that wasn’t really clear until after it was done. The works for string quartet are called Gold and Lia. Gold […]
Photo: Rachel Collier and Jeremy Ashlyn The Miami Dolphins are based in Minneapolis, MN. They have been playing together for over three years, despite great confusion. In 2012, they were runner-up for the Waterloo, IA Battle of the Bands, losing to a Korn cover band. Band members find inspiration in: hummingbirds, lakes, intelligent underwater mammals, […]
“A work of considerable daring and vision… portrays fear and hope, ugliness and beauty, nihilism and sensuality” – Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune What would it be like… …to be abducted? …to be subjected to horrifying creatures that are repelling to one’s aesthetics of beauty? …to understand that your life depends on mating with these non-humans […]