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Zachary Cale: October 15, 2015 NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Show, Cake Shop

December 29, 2015
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[photo courtesy of Cereal + Sounds]

Zachary Cale is a slow-burn kind of musician. That’s true both of his songs, which tend to unfold at a middle tempo that neither rushes nor inhibits his point, and his musical career, which continues to grow bit by bit, solid album by solid album. Cale is one of those artists you tend to hear about from other fans and musicians, not so much from the PR-driven and mostly corporatized music “press.” Perhaps that’s a fault of his modest approach, but with this year’s Duskland, possibly even more so than 2014’s Blue Rider (released in December 2013), even those outlets have been forced take notice.

Though most of this year’s CMJ New Music Marathon (wisely named, since it bears little resemblance to music events people actually attend for fun) was run by the usual suspects — big name PR and talent agencies, particularly — we were excited that Cale asked to join our annual show at Cake Shop, an unofficial daytime event that, as tends to be the case with day shows, tries to put some of the fun back into the “marathon.” This five-song set doesn’t do justice to the breadth of Cale’s oeuvre, but “Blue Moth,” “Sundowner” and “Evensong” make the case for Duskland as well as any three of its songs could. Possibly as a nod to those who’ve seen him several times before, like we have, Cale offered up a rare nugget to close the set: the b-side “Holes In Everything,” an uptempo country-western affair that punctuated, as well as anything could, that this day show was about fun.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the other CMJ sets, with Schoeps MK4V microphones at the stage lip and a soundboard feed from the day’s engineer Jeff. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

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Zachary Cale
2015-10-15
NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Show
Cake Shop
New York, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (onstage)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: Jeff)>>Edirol R-44>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, fades, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ, image)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Blue Moth
02 Sundowner
03 Evensong
04 Hangman Letters
05 Holes In Everything

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Zachary Cale by visiting his website, ordering Duskland from No Quarter, and buying his other records from his online store.

NE-HI: October 15, 2015 NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Show, Cake Shop

December 17, 2015
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Chicago’s NE-HI have only been around since 2014, but they’ve already made a name for themselves in the local scene with their sharp hooks and the immediacy of their live performance. All of that was on display back in October at our unofficial CMJ day show at Cake Shop, in which the band kicked things off with their earworm single “Drag” and kept the momentum up throughout. These guys are fellow travelers with beloved Chicagoans Twin Peaks (our recording of them here) and it’s easy to see the kinship between sounds. They, like Twin Peaks, are vets of Chicago’s DIY scene, but their album production is straight-up professional, befitting the quality of their sound. Having now been signed to a major tour promoter, I’d say it’s likely we’ll be seeing NE-HI on many more bills come festival time. If they pass through NYC before then, make sure not to miss them.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the other recordings from the day, with Schoeps MK4V at the stage lip together with a soundboard feed. The sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC

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NE-HI
2015-10-15
NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Show
Cake Shop
New York, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (onstage)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: Jeff)>>Edirol R-44>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, fades, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ, image)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Drag
02 Palm
03 Since I’ve Been Thinking
04 Rattle
05 Stay
06 Turncoat
07 Crash

If you enjoyed this set, please support NE-HI by buying their EP and singles from their bandcamp page.

Car Seat Headrest: October 15, 2015 NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Show, Cake Shop

December 4, 2015
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[Photo courtesy of Cereal + Sounds]

Twenty-two year old Will Toledo, who performs as Car Seat Headrest, is one of those songwriters whose skill actually matches his high level of output and obvious ambition. That’s a clear reason how, at a young age, and after already writing, performing and producing eleven albums (!!!) on his own on bandcamp, he’s found himself signed to Matador Records, where he’s about to release Teens of Style. Lest you dump this music in the category of mumbly lo-fi bedroom recordings that we’ve all seen a hundred times before, I’d point you to the very first song of this set at our NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Show, “The Ending of Dramamine,” which was fourteen minutes of off-kilter pop-inflected rock reminiscent of bands like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, the Cars and R.E.M. Or there’s how Toledo, prior to his affiliation with a “big time” label, had already sold 25,000 copies of those bandcamp-only releases. Oh, and those earlier efforts weren’t made in a bedroom — the story goes that the only place Toledo could find peace and quiet to record was the family car, hence the band name.

Toledo’s songs are lyrically dense, at times funny, at times teenage-confessional, unflinchingly honest. We were excited that Matador offered us the chance to have this artist close our show, because Teens of Style has already appeared on many best-of lists since its October 30 release. All of these songs appeared in some form prior to Teens of Style, but expect to hear brand-new versions of the last three — “Times To Die,” “Something Soon” and “Oh! Starving” — on that record. In the meantime, enjoy these right-on live performances, and expect much more to come, including a show on December 5 at Baby’s All Right.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones in front of the stage and a soundboard feed from Cake Shop engineer Jeff. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Catch them at Baby’s All Right on December 5. Get tickets here.

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Car Seat Headrest
2015-10-15
NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Show
Cake Shop
New York, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (onstage)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: Jeff)>>Edirol R-44>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, fades, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ, image)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 30:19]
01 The Ending of Dramamine
02 Times To Die
03 Something Soon
04 Oh! Starving

If you enjoyed this recording, check out Car Seat Headrest’s bandcamp page, and buy Teens of Style from Matador Records.

 

Vomitface: October 15, 2015 NYCTaper CMJ Party at Cake Shop

November 11, 2015
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[photo courtesy of Some Kind of Awesome]

A band that calls itself Vomitface faces some challenges. The band likely has to answer persistent questions about the name and get people to concentrate on the music. They were invited to play our CMJ show because we did just that. We listened to the music and saw what is there, a talented band with a wry sense of humor and a palpable energy. But we didn’t learn until later that there’s way more here than meets the eye. The band’s drummer Preetma Singh is a former attorney who left the law to pursue a career as a fashion editor, and has become renowned in certain circles for her “street style”. The band’s lead singer Jared Micah is also a prolific music writer with the legendary online zine Tiny Mixed Tapes. Together with a revolving cast of bassist friends, they produce a kind of early-80s styled agit-punk similar to early Sonic Youth, Naked Raygun or Mission of Burma. Vomitface was up second on this day show and they had the room pretty snug early in the set with an eight-song show that included only one song from their 2015 EP Another Bad Year, and what appears to be several new songs. We were all set to catch Vomitface at Pianos last night but an illness caused a cancellation, but the band will play Don Pedro’s on November 21.

Acidjack recorded this show in the same manner as the other sets from the day and the sound is equally superb. Enjoy!

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Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request, and feel free to repost the Soundcloud links.

Vomitface
2015-10-15
NYCTaper CMJ Day Party
Cake Shop
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On Stage Audience Matrix

Schoeps MK4V (onstage) > KC5 > CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: Jeff) > Edirol R-44 [OCM] > 2x24bit/48kHz WAV > Adobe Audition (mix) > Soundforge (post production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded by acidjack
Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 20:21]
01 If Then
02 Its Me
03 Did She Come Alone
04 Bruise
05 Fat Witch
06 Dramamine
07 PS I Hate You

If you Download this recording from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Vomitface, visit their website, and purchase their new EP Another Bad Year from Boxing Clever Records [HERE].

E: October 23, 2015 Cake Shop

November 6, 2015
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E—also known as A Band Called E—is the experimental rock trio of Thalia Zedek (ex-Come), Jason Sidney Sanford (ex-Neptune), and Gavin McCarthy (ex-Karate). Operating since 2013, the band has remained fairly low key until now. In fact, this Cake Shop performance marks their NYC debut. They’ve got a 7″ out, but it appears that may be only at the merch table for now as I can’t find reference to it on the ‘net. So I was a little surprised when they packed the space for their opening set—I guess I’m the only one who didn’t get the memo. Luckily I too showed up early to bear witness to E’s awesome power. Through eight songs, the band is utterly on fire for their thirty-plus minute set, not straying from the intensity for even a minute. Zedek and Sanford share vocal duties throughout the set and from the interplay of the three musicians (particularly on “I Want to Feel Good”), it’s clear that despite remaining low profile they’re nevertheless extremely comfortable playing together. I hope their efforts result in an album soon. Until then, please enjoy this recording as much as those who were in attendance.

E will be back in the area on December 8 for a show at Union Pool with NYCTaper-favs, 75 Dollar Bill. Be there!

I recorded this set with the AKG’s set up on the ceiling at the edge of the stage, combined with an expert, true stereo board feed from Cake Shop FOH, Clint. The results are nothing short of spectacular. Enjoy!

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E
2015-10-23
Cake Shop
New York, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Clint) + AKG C480B/CK61 (stage lip) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) > Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [31:49]
01. Regatta
02. I Want to Feel Good
03. The Archer
04. Water
05. Delicate Fingers
06. Silo
07. Treeline
08. Great Light

All songs copyright E, 2015

Support E: Facebook | Website

Dirty Ghosts: October 15, 2015 NYCTaper CMJ Party at Cake Shop

November 4, 2015
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[photo courtesy of Cereal + Sounds]

The San Francisco band Dirty Ghosts has existed in one form or another for the last ten years, but its real beginnings date back into the last century and band leader Allyson Baker’s parents’ house in Toronto. Baker was a young punk rocker (and big Dwarves fan) who invited touring bands to stay at the house, leading to some great stories and ultimately an introduction into the music world. Fast forward to last decade and Baker’s move to SF and the Dirty Ghosts beginnings as her solo project produced by then-husband Aesop Rock. In the intervening years, the band has evolved from a duet to a full-fledged band featuring guitar wizard Erin McDermott on bass. In September, Dirty Ghosts have released their second full-length album Let It Pretend and this Fall is perhaps the most active time period in the band’s history. We were fortunate that the band was available for CMJ and we slotted them into our show in the late afternoon when the room was overflowing. Dirty Ghosts responded with a superb set that included music from their 2015 EP Cataract, one song from their debut album 2012’s Metal Moon, and the balance from the new record. After CMJ the band remains busy with their hometown official CD release show in SF on November, to be followed by a full Europe tour in November and December with Kelley Stoltz.

Acidjack recorded this set in the same manner as the other bands from this show and the sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

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Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request, and feel free to repost the Soundcloud links.

Dirty Ghosts
2015-10-15
NYCTaper CMJ Day Party
Cake Shop
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On Stage Audience Matrix

Schoeps MK4V (onstage) > KC5 > CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: Jeff) > Edirol R-44 [OCM] > 2x24bit/48kHz WAV > Adobe Audition (mix) > Soundforge (post production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded by acidjack
Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 30:41]
01 Light Like Speed
02 Witch Hunt
03 Battery
04 Cataract
05 Let It Pretend
06 Hologram
07 Moving Pictures
08 Ropes That Way

If you Download this recording from nyctaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Dirty Ghosts, visit their website, and purchase their new album Let It Pretend from Last Gang Records [HERE].

Kinski: October 23, 2015 Cake Shop

November 3, 2015
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Call it post-rock or psych-rock if you want, but make sure your emphasis is on the rock. Since 1998, Seattle’s Kinski have been churning out a slew of records, many for Sub Pop and most recently with Kill Rock Stars, who released 2013’s Cosy Moments and this year’s 7 (or 8). The latter title is a reference to the band’s slightly confusing discography, though it’s not overly messy in any respect. I had some vague familiarity with Kinski prior but was still very much a newcomer a couple weeks back, seeing them live for the first time. The band stopped by Cake Shop on their brief East Coast tour to open for Oneida (that set here) and had the small room packed to the gills by a crowd clearly more in-the-know than me. This set draws mostly from 7 (or 8), adding a couple yet-to-be-titled songs and one classic cut, “Crybaby Blowout” off Down Below It’s Chaos (2007). One of my favorites from this set is off a (sadly, sold out at the source) split EP with Sandrider released earlier this year, the moody and impeccably-titled “The Narcotic Comforts of the Status Quo.”

I recorded this set with the AKG’s set up on the ceiling at the edge of the stage, combined with an expert, true stereo board feed from Cake Shop FOH, Clint. The results are nothing short of spectacular. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Stream the complete show:

Kinski
2015-10-23
Cake Shop
New York, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Clint) + AKG C480B/CK61 (stage lip) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, normalize, fades) > Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [39:20]
01. I Fell Like a Fucking Flower
02. Flight Risk
03. Drink Up and Be Somebody
04. (Untitled)
05. Crybaby Blowout
06. The Narcotic Comforts of the Status Quo
07. (Untitled)
08. Detroit Trickle Down

Support Kinski: Website | Facebook | Bandcamp | Buy Kinski albums and merch via Kill Rock Stars

Dirty Dishes: October 15, 2015 NYCTaper CMJ Party at Cake Shop

October 29, 2015
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[photo courtesy of Cereal + Sounds]

The story of how the band Dirty Dishes came into being reads like something out of a Judd Apatow movie. The guy who vomits on the girl’s shoes at a party later calls to apologize and buy her new shoes, and eventually the two decide to start a band. The nagging question is why anyone would want to start a band with a shoe-puker — but after about thirty seconds of seeing Alex Molini play bass guitar the answer is obvious. The dude can flat out play. While Jenny Tuite’s lead vocals and melodic guitar lines are the centerpiece of the band, its the Molini bass presence that sets Dirty Dishes apart and are a large part of the reason why we invited them to our play our CMJ Day Party this year. The band had other gigs later in the evening so they needed to start early, which gave us the opportunity to see the band up close unfettered by the massive crowds that filled the Cake Shop basement later in the day. The Dirty Dishes set drew primarily from their 2015 release Guilty (Exploding in Sound Records) with two apparently new songs. It was the interplay between the band’s guitarists that impressed throughout and proves that no matter how you meet, its always a good thing to find your musical mate.

Dirty Dishes’ Fall Tour continues throughout November as the band travels through the East coast, Canada and the Midwest — all dates here. This tour includes a return to NYC for a show at Silent Barn on November 22.

Acidjack recorded this set in the same manner as the WOMPS set posted last week — Schoeps mounted on stage and mixed with a board feed. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

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Note: All of the material on this site is offered with artist permission, free to fans, at our expense. The only thing we ask is that you download the material directly from this site, rather than re-posting the direct links or the files on other sites without our permission. Please respect our request, and feel free to repost the Soundcloud links.

Dirty Dishes
2015-10-15
NYCTaper CMJ Day Party
Cake Shop
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On Stage Audience Matrix

Schoeps MK4V (onstage) > KC5 > CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: Jeff) > Edirol R-44 [OCM] > 2x24bit/48kHz WAV > Adobe Audition (mix) > Soundforge (post production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Please support this excellent band:
http://dirtydishes.bandcamp.com/

Recorded by acidjack
Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 23:28]
01 Red Roulette
02 Guilty
03 All Of Me
04 Sick Sentiment
05 Thank You Come Again
06 Dan Cortez

If you Download this recording from nyctaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Dirty Dishes, visit their Bandcamp, and purchase their new album Guilty from Exploding In Sound Records [HERE].

Oneida: October 23, 2015 Cake Shop

October 27, 2015
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[photos courtesy of P Squared Photography]

For our umpteenth Oneida recording, it’s a grab bag of songs and a nearly “classic”-era lineup—here a four piece minus Barry and (un?)official Oneida bassist James McNew (currently on tour with some other band). First up is their cover of This Heat’s “S.P.Q.R.” due for release soon on the upcoming Positions EP on Rocket Recordings. That segues noisily into a medley of two newer Oneida compositions, “Cedars” and “Bad Habit,” the latter not heard from since May 2012 (though it was also released on the Brah Tapes set last year, currently available at the band’s merch table). Classic O-jams “All Arounder,” “Up With People,” and “I Will Haunt You” follow. The band then wraps things up with an eighteen-minute encore of the perennial Oneida tune, “Sheets of Easter.” I’m sure there are a few people out there for whom “Sheets” would be an exasperating experience; however die-hard Oneida fans are a rare sort and each time I hear it played the crowd reacts as if no song were more welcome. The finest bands bring the finest fans, no doubt.

I recorded this set with the AKG’s set up on the ceiling at the edge of the stage, combined with an expert, true stereo board feed from Cake Shop FOH, Clint. The results are nothing short of spectacular. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3] | [FLAC]

Stream the complete show:

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Oneida
2015-10-23
Cake Shop
New York, NY

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Clint) + AKG C480B/CK61 (stage lip) > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown, normalize, fades) > Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [01:06:22]
01. [Intro]
02. S.P.Q.R. [This Heat]
03. Cedars
04. Bad Habit
05. All Arounder
06. [banter]
07. Up With People
08. [banter]
09. I Will Haunt You
10. [encore break]
11. Sheets of Easter

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Oneida. Visit their website, like them on Facebook, and buy the Positions EP from Rocket Recordings.

WOMPS: October 15, 2015 NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Show, Cake Shop

October 19, 2015
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We couldn’t have been happier to kick off this year’s NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Show at Cake Shop with the band WOMPS. As any CMJ veteran knows, this quasi-festival can be a bit of a slog — tons of shows played at venues all over town in a compressed amount of time, often for no pay. Add to that that you’ve come all the way from Scotland to do it, and well, that’s not a recipe for a good attitude or a good performance. What a delight, then, that straight off the bat these young guys brought great songcraft and the party spirit to launch this day show. You probably haven’t heard of this band, as they’ve just a seven-inch to their name currently, but big things are expected: Right now, they’re considering offers from several labels for their already-recorded debut, for which no less than Steve Albini was behind the boards. It’s not hard to see why, as they’ve got an approachable garage-rock sound that wears its angst well. The highlight of the set for me was “Dreams on Demand,” with its tuneful hook and classic 90s sound (you can easily imagine on the radio on KROQ or the like back in those days). In their short career, they’ve shared stages with the likes of METZ, Cloud Nothings and UK breakouts Royal Blood, and the good folks over at NME are already on the case. So, WOMPS may not be a household word in the U.S. just yet, but get a taste now before we say we told you so.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4V microphones at the front of the stage, combined with a soundboard feed of mostly vocals from Cake Shop engineer Jeff. The sound quality is not quite what I’m sure Steve Albini has done on their debut, but it’s still great. Enjoy!

Download the complete show: [MP3/FLAC]

Stream the show [Note: “Live A Little Less” is not included as the track was partially cut]

WOMPS
2015-10-15
NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Show
Cake Shop
New York, NY USA

Exclusive download hosted at nyctaper.com
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (onstage)>KC5>CMC6 + Soundboard (engineer: Jeff)>>Edirol R-44>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, fades, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects, EQ, image)>Audacity 2.0.5 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 23:00]
01 Live A Little Less [fades in]
02 Ritalin
03 Cancer of the Bone
04 Another Cell
05 Plasticine
06 Dreams On Demand
07 Three Cheers

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT WOMPS, visit their website, and buy their 7″ here.

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