Maria Bamford on tour

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Maria Bamford’s blend of awkward, anxious humor and voice imitation makes her a sought after comedian on Stand Up! Records. If you feel so inclined, check out her tour schedule below to see if she’s coming to a comedy club near you!

If you haven’t already, you must check out her hilarious DVD, Plan B.

For a good laugh, watch her performance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson from 2010. (below schedule)

DATE VENUE LOCATION PURCHASE TICKETS INFO
09.21.12 RIOT COMEDY FESTIVAL Los Angeles, CA INFO! WEBSITE
10.03.12 STRESS FACTORY New Brunswick, NJ INFO! WEBSITE
10.04.12 UP COMEDY CLUB Chicago, IL INFO! WEBSITE
10.07.12 AMERICAN COMEDY CLUB San Diego, CA INFO! WEBSITE
11.01.12 COMEDY BAR Toronto, ON, CAN INFO! WEBSITE
11.02.12 COMEDY BAR Toronto, ON, CAN INFO! WEBSITE
11.03.12 COMEDY BAR Toronto, ON, CAN INFO! WEBSITE
11.09.12 FLAPPER’S COMEDY CLUB Burbank, CA INFO! WEBSITE
11.10.12 FLAPPER’S COMEDY CLUB Burbank, CA INFO! WEBSITE
11.23.12 FLAPPER’S COMEDY CLUB Claremont, CA INFO! WEBSITE
11.24.12 FLAPPER’S COMEDY CLUB Claremont, CA INFO! WEBSITE
12.05.12 LAUGHS Kirkland, WA INFO! WEBSITE
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Benjamin Dunn and the Animal Orchestra send positive vibes with great art

Benjamin Dunn can call himself a producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, entrepreneur, author and humanitarian. In addition to spearheading Joy House, a child sponsorship program in India and helping advocate for leprosy, Dunn just released an album with his newly formed band The Animal Orchestra.

 We were psyched when Ben reached out to us to manufacture the vinyl pressing of Fable. Once we saw their idea for the album art – we were even more ecstatic. Blending the catchy hooks of 80s pop and the current trends of indie rock, Fable is an upbeat and positive record both in sound and in message.

Fable, largely inspired by the fiction works of C.S. Lewis, pairs vivid imagery and fascinating characters with spiritual allegory to create a musical project unique, both sonically and lyrically.”

 The vibrant color scheme on the cover was enhanced by our graphics team, but their original idea was both brilliant and eye popping. Take a look at a promo for the album here.  The band is currently on a European tour that ends in a few days – head over to joyrevolution.com to stay up on the band’s current news.

-Taylor

(quote courtesy of Jesusfreakhideout.com)

Johnny Miles and The Waywards to release lush folk album

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Johnny Miles & The Waywards new LP, Lost Treasure Found, is a blend of sweeping alt-country and retro folk-rock. Filled with melodic harmonies backed up by guitar, upright bass, pedal steel, and assorted strings – Lost Treasure is the band’s third release and certainly the most accomplished.

Although from Philadelphia, the sound is reminiscent, at times, of the 60s/70s Laurel Canyon folk.  Their previous work had a more traditional blues influence and even pop tendencies – but this album is far quieter and more introspective.

The album’s cover is a fitting retro nod to those same 60s folk classics like CSNY’s  Déjà Vu.

It’s a basic design, matte finish – with a standard LP jacket. It’s pressed on the standard, classic black vinyl. The album comes with a digital download card.

The album will be out soon, but in the meantime you can listen to a few tracks from it as well as the band’s previous work at johnnymilesmusic.com. Head over to morphius.com/manufacturing for info on how to get your band pressed on vinyl, CD, or even cassette.

-Taylor

Stand Up! Records in NYC

Some of Stand Up! Records‘ funniest acts hit the Big Apple this Thursday, September 13th at the Gotham Comedy Club. The roster includes Gus Lynch, Chris Maddock, Tommy Ryman and up and coming star Pete Lee.

According to petelee.net, Lee’s “comedy is candy coated with a dash of mean.” Lee has had his own Comedy Central Presents special and his hit comedy CD, Gasmoney, has gotten significant rotation on XM radio. Lee is currently touring the US college circuit, check out his site for more details.

Here’s a great bit from Lee that will definitely make you ELL-Oh-ELL!

Head over to gothamcomedyclub.com to find out how to see Lee and other great Stand Up! artists this Thursday in NYC. And don’t forget to check out Morphius.com for a list of great Stand Up! titles including Lewis Black’s classic, The End of the Universe

-Taylor 

Electronic Anthology Project of Dinosaur Jr.

When our friend Brett Nelson from Built to Spill came to us with this unique project, we were psyched to get involved. We knew the juxtaposition of the melodies of classic Dinosaur Jr. songs with synth sounds of 80s new wave pop would make for dramatic and unique musical composition, and were impressed by how well the re-imagined songs embodied J. Mascis‘ introspective lyrics and rambling satire.

As a premium service for high quality vinyl manufacturing, we knew that printing the album cover was going to be very challenging. We took the original design (which was done by Brett’s son Nicholas) and re-created it as a vector-based version, optimizing it for best printing results. The color purple, Mascis’ favorite, was the premise of the album’s entire design – both the cover and center labels, as well as a limited quantity of the vinyl pressing itself. This was a special release timed with Record Store Day, so it was really important to us to get the colors right. The audiophile record pressing was done on a custom mixed purple color using all virgin vinyl – matching both the record sleeve and the center label.

After the initial success of the release, Brett needed more copies on CD, so we went through the same process for the CD replication. For the CD sleeve printing, we scaled down our recreation of the original design and again used a custom PMS color to achieve the purple Brett wanted, and custom mixed inks for the CD printing.

 THE COLOR PURPLE, MASCIS’ FAVORITE, WAS THE PREMISE OF THE ALBUM’S ENTIRE DESIGN

Our primary challenge was to find a good purple color that we could match well for the printing of the jacket, the label, and the vinyl itself, all of which are made using different material. Since all color vinyl records get made by mixing only a few different colors (clear, white, black, and the translucent primary colors: red, green, blue, and yellow/gold) – this was no easy task.

The overall success of this release is a testament to Mascis’s timeless writing and Brett Nelson’s creative process, one part remix, two parts re-imagining, and a solid emphasis on studio mastering. Mascis actually re-recorded most of his vocals to match the tone of the reworked songs. The fact that they sit perfectly within a mix that is altogether different from the music they were originally recorded for is no small feat. And Nicholas’s design idea, although it needed a bit of technical reworking from our art department, is genius in its simplicity and a perfect complement to the music concept.

The whole release turned out pretty awesome. You can get it in on vinyl directly from The Electronic Anthology Project website at: electronicanthologyproject.com . Or if a limited edition vinyl pressing on custom purple virgin vinyl doesn’t mean anything to you, you can pick it up on CD, or just get it on iTunes.

In case you hadn’t heard already, Brett’s legendary band Built to Spill is back at it again doing a month of tour dates builttospill.com, including shows at select clubs like Baltimore, MD’s Ottobar in the next couple weeks.

Get a vinyl quote, CD quote, or design quote from us at Morphius.com/manufacturing

– Taylor

So You Think You Can Dance My Pain Away?

After Morphius Urban‘s release of Rod Lee’s Vol. 5 in the summer of 2005, The Washington Post called the acclaimed club DJ “the original don of Baltimore Club.” His dancy, summer hit, “Dance My Pain Away” became a local favorite and was featured in the HBO hit series The Wire and MTV’s Rob and Big.

 Today local Baltimore folkers Wye Oak released their softer, but still energetic re-imagining of the song. Thematically different, but an homage to Rod Lee in its own right, the tune is as infectious and  brilliant as the original.The release comes courtesy of indie label powerhouse, Merge Records.

District 78, under the direction of Baltimore bred choreographer, Chris Scott, has remixed the song, which is set to appear on episode 912 of So You Think You Can Dance, which airs tonight. That’s right, tonight!

 So tune into Fox tonight (Wednesday, August 29th) at 8 PM Eastern to hear the remix of Wye Oak’s version of “Dance My Pain Away” (Rod Lee). You can download Wye Oak’s version of “Dance My Pain Away” on iTunes or get yourself a copy of Rod Lee’s Vol. 5 on Morphius.com or iTunes.

Over the past few years since their signing with Merge, Wye Oak has become a household name among indie music fans in the US. They’re also some of the nicest people we know and can be seen around town supporting the local scene whenever they’re home from the road.

They just played back-to-back sold out shows at DC’s 9:30 Club supporting The Dirty Projectors and will be back in Washington DC September 23rd, at The Black Cat. Check out the rest of their tour here.

– Taylor

Mad Conductor expands and excels

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With three EPs and Renegade Space Rock, lead singer Chris Tray, AKA MC Devlin, and Dan McKinney (MC McKinney) formerly of Original Sins, have made a name for themselves in a relatively unexplored genre as Mad Conductor. Punknews.org called Mad Conductor’s 2007 album release, Renegade Space Rock, “stoner strangeness.”

Tray, the former front man and brains behind ska/punk band No Cash, leads the “psych hip-hop” duo, who have four records under their belt since No Cash disbanded in 2005 after the release of their one and only legendary record, Run Your Pockets (2003, VMS/Morphius), available from Morphius. In their short existence, the band was compared favorably with ska/punk luminaries Choking Victim and Leftover Crack and their album remains a top seller atop the charts at Interpunk even after nearly a decade.

Coming off of the buzz of No Cash, Mad Conductor’s diverse musical style allowed for a wide audience-not just 90s punk kids, and the blend of hip-hop, punk, reggae, ska, and psychedelic funk has poked the ears of many punk critics alike. Mad Conductor gives Tray an outlet unavailable with No Cash. No Cash’s blistering but accessible punk rock is a 21st century mainstay but the experimentation of Mad Conductor fuels Tray’s stream-of-conscious lyrical style.

On Renegade Space Rock, Tray and McKinney use a wide array of instruments including sampled drums, piano, accordion, electric guitar, and even mason jars. After a post-Katrina stint in New Orleans helping with relief and forming a emcee collective, Tray is back in Eastern Pennsylvania working with McKinney. In June they released the single, “Lethal Protector,” which is expected to appear on a forthcoming EP. Rumor has it that Mad Conductor will be back on tour this year and may hit several festivals both stateside and abroad. If they swing by your town, it’d be in your best interest to check them out. Their sound certainly has something for everyone.

Get a Mad Conductor album from iTunes and check out a video of them performing “Yo, Kid!” in New Orleans in 2011.

-Taylor