“I wanted to film Marilu and Adam from two places; the first would be outside, brightly lit, and loud, the second would be inside, dimly lit, and peaceful. These locations are a true representation of what their music does to me, both live and recorded. It’s a full on grounding machine, a peacemaker, music to make a pin drop audible inside your own head. I get chills when their natural holding of court makes every room they play completely silent, and how incredibly loud it gets with applause in their between songs. You feel the energy and blissful tension build up and you feel the release after the final notes are played. I wanted to represent this on film, in one shot, in a close up and personal way. The idea in my mind was to put a sheet of glass between us and the band, so as to keep our eyes directly on the musicians.
We walked out and cast our microphones to catch the sounds of the street, and the train, and the people, and their footsteps, and kept it rolling as we retreated inside to see Leya transform into performance, transitioning from talking to singing, walking to plucking, light to dark, everything to nothing, nothing to everything. We focus the light on the sounds of Adam and Marilu. These concepts cover our reason for filming in a place that is a very familiar setting for everyone involved in this video, outside is everything and on the inside is focus.”
July has been a busy and productive month for NNA, and a few noteworthy press features surfaced that we were honored to be a part of:
First, we chatted with Jordan Reyes of Bandcamp Daily, whose recently published a nice label profile on NNA in celebration of our ten year anniversary. We discussed our early roots, our new ‘Centennial’ box set compilation, and several releases from our history. Click here to read the full feature.
Second, NNA Co-owner Toby Aronson had an in-depth conversation with BTR Today‘s Bryan Bruchman for the fantastic Subliminal Inevitable podcast. The two talk shop on running a label in 2018, NNA’s emergence in the tape label world, our new ‘Centennial’ box set, and much much more, along with a thoughtfully-sequenced playlist of NNA tunes. Great, articulate content here – click here to take a listen.
It is with very proud hearts today that we can formally announce a true milestone for our label. A long, long time in the making, the time has finally come to present ‘Centennial’ to the world. Two of the most important things that keep us going are working with all of our talented artists, and the spirit of collaboration. This monumental box set encapsulates both of these ideals to us. For its arrival to also fall on our 10-year anniversary only makes it that much more special. Infinite thanks to all of the artists involved, and our dear friend Brian Raymond for making it a reality. Without further ado, here are the official details:
Over the past decade, NNA Tapes has had the privilege of working with an incredibly diverse, hand-picked selection of artists and musicians from all corners of our planet. With the advent of the 100th catalog number in our discography, we knew we wanted to celebrate this personal milestone with a special release that went back to our roots in the limited edition cassette tape medium, and that also encompasses the unique variety of music that our label has been able to touch upon throughout the years. We reached out and reconnected with the artists who contributed their talents to our label from our first release up to our 99th, asking them to participate in an epic scale project that celebrates not only our 100th official release, but our 10-year anniversary as well. We are very proud to finally announce the culmination of these efforts – ‘Centennial’ is here. This special compilation contains nearly six hours of music, with 66 tracks spread across six professionally duplicated cassette tapes, housed in a 10×10” hand-made brushed aluminum box, adorned with an embossed NNA logo. The box also contains a full-color poster insert featuring original artwork by Robert Beatty, as well as a digital download coupon. Featuring unreleased, exclusive tracks from:
Sun Circle, Pregnant Moon, Duane Pitre, Pink Desert, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Toby Aronson, Caboladies, Harmonizer, Jeff Astin & Raymond Reitano, Time Life, Nonhorse, Driphouse, Pulse Emitter, Ryan Garbes, Hobo Cubes, Headboggle, WANDA GROUP, Hubble, Ken Seeno, Aguirre, Dog Lady Island, Mike Shiflet, Drainolith, Innercity, Quicksails, Hex Breaker Quintet, Co La, Rale, Lieven Martens Moana, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Ryan Power, Le Révélateur, PHORK, Decimus, Belarisk, Howard Stelzer, Transcendence Orchestra (with Anthony Child & Daniel Bean), Blanche Blanche Blanche, Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier, Jason Lescalleet, Ahnnu, Astral Social Club, Migrations In Rust, Banny Grove, Guerilla Toss, Tredici Bacci, Battle Trance, Sediment Club, Kid Millions & Sarah Bernstein, Wei Zhongle, Olivia Block, Patrick Higgins, Booker Stardrum, Jake Meginsky, AJ Cornell, Nerftoss, Fox/Soper Duo, die Reihe, Max Eilbacher, GRID, Lea Bertucci, and Wren Kitz.
Professionally duplicated by National Audio Company.
Original artwork by Robert Beatty.
Mastered by Matthewdavid McQueen.
Brushed aluminum boxes fabricated by Brian Raymond with assistance from Cold Hollow of Burlington, Vermont.
Limited edition of 125 hand-numbered copies.
Pre-orders are available NOW in our Shop, as well as our Bandcamp page. Officially available worldwide on August 17th, 2018.
We are also offering some special deals, exclusive to nnatapes.com – purchase a package deal of either Centennial + any NNA vinyl LP, or any two NNA vinyl LPs, for only an extra $5.00 per record. Head to our Shop for more information.
We’re very excited today to share the second official single from ‘Bag Of Holding,’ the upcoming full-length album from The Cradle. “Cell Games and Beyond” is set against a tender foundation of Paco Cathcart’s gorgeous acoustic guitar playing, weaving a lyrical tale of a sci-fi-tinged modern love triangle with his candid and imaginative writing. Like the first single “Sweet Dreams,” this song features beautifully punctuated vocal harmonies from Palberta‘s Anina Ivry-Block and Lily Konigsberg that accentuate the lyrics in all the right places. The talents of collaborator and friend Sammy Weissberg are featured prominently as well, as the song breaks down into an orchestral suite of strings and wind instruments, with emerging melodic motifs that add to the song’s woefully romantic sentiments. Listen below via our Soundcloud page:
Pre-order your copy of ‘Bag Of Holding’ on Vinyl & Digital formats in our Shop, as well as our Bandcamp page. Officially available worldwide on July 27th. The first 100 copies of the LP version will come pressed on limited edition Translucent Smoke with Red Splatter vinyl, available on a first-come-first-served basis at no additional charge. The vinyl version also comes packaged with a complete lyrics sheet and digital download coupon.
PLUS, we’re happy to announce The Cradle Northeast US tour dates with Eyes Of Love!
• July 25th: Portland, Maine @ The Apohadion Theater (link)
• July 26th: Boston, Massachusetts @ Dorchester Art Project (link)
• July 27th: Brooklyn, New York @ Sugarlife Lounge (link)
• July 28th: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @ Tundradome (link)
» Facebook Event Page
We’re honored today to officially announce our sixth release of 2018 – ‘Bag Of Holding’ by The Cradle is available now for pre-order on Vinyl and Digital formats. The Cradle is the solo music of NYC-based artist Paco Cathcart, a member of the bands Big Neck Police, Shimmer, and Climax Landers, and also a talented recording engineer, writer, and much more. His newest full-length album ‘Bag Of Holding’ takes Cathcart’s distinctive style of homespun folk/pop music and elevates it to the next level of refinement through it’s brilliant production and collaborative nature. For this album, Cathcart enlisted the help of close friends and like-minded artists to add new layers of depth to his recordings, both through the luscious orchestral string & wind arrangements of Sammy Weissberg (a longtime collaborator of The Cradle), plus the harmonic vocal assistance from Lily Konigsberg, Nina Ryser, and Anina Ivry-Block (Palberta). The result is a collection of songs that are both moving, intricate, poignant, and unique, with new details emerging from each listen.
We’re super happy today to share the debut single from ‘Bag Of Holding’ entitled “Sweet Dreams,” which is also the album’s opening track. Huge thanks and gratitude to our friends at Stereogum for hosting the premiere of this song – click here to listen and read the full article.
‘Bag Of Holding’ is available NOW for pre-order in our Shop on Vinyl and Digital formats –
officially available worldwide on July 27th, 2018.
Exciting news today – we’re very pleased to share that ‘The Hole In The Landscape,’ the brand new full-length album from Tsembla (Marja Ahti), is streaming now courtesy of The Wire Magazine. Ahti also gives some excellent insight into the album’s sonic creation, having used field recordings from her personal travels to weave into the electronic tapestry. Click here to read the full article and listen to the album in it’s entirety. Many thanks to our friends at The Wire for sharing this brilliant album.
‘The Hole In The Landscape’ is the second release in our new LPX Limited Edition Vinyl Series, which utilizes local businesses and craftspeople from our hometown of Burlington, Vermont to create it’s boutique packaging. Each record is hand-numbered, stamped, and assembled by Toby & Matt of NNA here in Burlington to ensure limited edition authenticity. These records feature silkscreen printed jackets inside a resealable poly sleeve, as well as a protective poly disc sleeve to keep the vinyl out of harm’s way. Digital download coupons are also included inside each copy. The first 100 orders will receive a limited edition colored vinyl version on sublime Pink & Blue Swirled vinyl, first come first served. The remainder of the edition is pressed on White vinyl. These records came out beautifully and we’re excited for folks to finally see, hear, and hold these. ‘The Hole In The Landscape’ is officially available worldwide this Friday, May 25th – pre-orders have already begun shipping.
Click here to order your copy from our Shop. Also available from our Bandcamp page.
We’re excited to share today that ‘The Fool,’ the debut album from avant-garde harp/violin duo LEYA is now streaming in it’s entirety courtesy of Noisey. Writer Colin Joyce picks the brains of LEYA’s Marilu Donovan and Adam Markiewicz through an email interview in order to explore the origins and processes behind their hauntingly beautiful sound. The article also debuts the voyeuristic new music video for “666 (featuring Eartheater),” directed, edited, and shot by Eartheater’s Alexandra Drewchin. Read the full story, listen to the album, and watch the video here.
“They occasionally indulge the celestial glissandos you might imagine, but more often they embrace a more complicated tonality and melancholic pace—the predominant moods seem to be confusion, uneasiness”
‘The Fool’ is officially available tomorrow, Friday May 11th, on Cassette & Digital formats.
Visit our Shop to purchase your copy – pre-orders are shipping now.
Today it is our distinct pleasure to announce a brand new NNA release: Tsembla ‘The Hole In The Landscape’ is now available for pre-order on Limited Edition Vinyl & Digital formats. Tsembla is the solo musical endeavor of Finnish-Swedish artist Marja Ahti, a member of the Kemialliset Ystävät musical collective, as well as one half of electro-acoustic duo Ahti & Ahti with her partner Niko-Matti Ahti. The music of Tsembla is a lush, electronic world of creative new sounds, pieced together meticulously with incredible detail. ‘The Hole In The Landscape’ is a collection of eight tracks based around the ideas of positivity and negativity in terms of matter, and the absence and presence of the physical world around us. Ahti uses synthesizers in conjunction with played and sampled instruments, objects, field recordings, and more to create an intriguing patchwork of rhythm, texture, and melody through the use of intricate layering. This album is the second release in NNA’s LPX Limited Edition Vinyl series, which utilizes local manufacturers, businesses, and craftspeople from our hometown of Burlington, Vermont. These records feature silkscreen printed jackets and colored vinyl, and are hand-stamped, numbered, and assembled by Matt & Toby in a limited edition of 350 copies. Plus, the first 100 copies will come on limited Swirled Pink & Blue vinyl on a first come, first served basis (the remainder of the edition will come on White vinyl). Pre-orders are available now in our Shop. Officially available everywhere on May 25th, 2018.
To celebrate today’s announcement, our friends at Resident Advisor are premiering a music video of the first single “Gravitating Bones,” directed by Providence, RI-based visual artist Leah Beeferman. The textural, hypnotic visuals perfectly compliment the opening track of the album. Watch the video courtesy of Resident Advisor here.
Stay tuned for more Tsembla news, sounds, visuals are more.
As part of our ongoing celebration of 10 Years of NNA Tapes (2008-2018), we’re thrilled to formally announce our two-night NNA Tapes Showcase at this year’s Northside Festival in Brooklyn, New York! Also celebrating their 10-year anniversary, Northside Festival is graciously hosting two nights of 100% NNA music at their annual arts & music festival in the heart of New York City. Our first show is on Thursday, June 7th at the infamous Union Pool and features live performances from Tredici Bacci, Ryan Power, Erica Eso, and Kalbells. Night 2 is the following day on Friday, June 8th at Film Noir Cinema and features live performances from Lea Bertucci, Qasim Naqvi (of Dawn of MIDI), Marilu Donovan (of LEYA), and Jake Meginsky. Plus, each artist will be performing live with projected cinematic accompaniment, featuring works by a diverse lineup of artists and filmmakers. We’re so excited and honored to have such diverse, comprehensive NNA representation at Northside this year, and we can’t wait for the festival.
See you there!
Poster by Sarah Letteney
Poster by Daniel Munzing
Tigue on their latest video:
“We shot this video over the course of a weekend in a 50+ year old gymnasium in Brooklyn. Originally we were planning to hone in on the sculptural nature of our performances — how the arrangement of our instruments can influence how we play and how we write — so we captured performances of the track in a couple different configurations. Simultaneously we spent a lot of the weekend talking about dreams and “strange paradise” and eventually found imagery that seemed to capture the experience in dreams where surroundings feel familiar but are clearly something else.”
Matt Evans — Editor, Producer
Steven Reker — Director
Ty Flowers — Director of Photography, Colorist
Dan Foley — Production Designer, Lighting Designer
Grace Chang — Wardrobe
Tigue’s upcoming full-length album ‘Strange Paradise’ is available now for pre-order on Vinyl LP in our Shop – officially available everywhere on Friday, April 27th. The first 100 copies come on limited edition Golden Yellow vinyl, first come first served. CD & Digital editions available from New Amsterdam Records.
Join us on April 27th for the ‘Strange Paradise’ Album release concert!
Strange Paradise Album Release Concert
Friday, April 27th 2018 at Elsewhere Zone 1
599 Johnson Ave, Brooklyn, New York
with LEYA and Operator Music Band
» Click here to purchase tickets
» Facebook event page
Poster by Devra Freelander.
Today we’re proud to announce our annual showcase for Vermont’s greatest music festival, Waking Windows 2018! The folks of Waking Windows have been bringing massive amounts of live music, art, food, live comedy, and good times to downtown Winooski, Vermont for nearly 8 summers now, and we’re thrilled as ever to present a special 2018 showcase show with a 100% NNA Tapes lineup. Join us on May 4th, 2018 at Lucky Cloud on 13 E Allen St in Winooski, VT for live performances from:
Click HERE to purchase tickets now. Music starts at 9PM, with tons of great stuff to check out around town all day beforehand. View the complete Friday schedule here, and check out the complete festival lineup here. Official festival website: http://www.wakingwindows.com/home
See you there!
Today we’re extremely excited to announce our first cassette release of 2018, the debut album by LEYA entitled ‘The Fool.’ LEYA is the new duo of Adam Markiewicz (violin, voice) and Marilu Donovan (harp, voice). Markiewicz and Donovan are New York City-based musicians who have collectively collaborated with a diverse array of forward-thinking music projects, including The Dreebs, PC Worship, Eartheater, GABI, and many more. Their recorded debut ‘The Fool’ is a collection of eight haunting tracks that experiment with alternate tunings of the violin and harp, and the unsettlingly beautiful effects that result in combining vocals with their string-based compositions. ‘The Fool’ also features three collaborative tracks that combine their sound with like-minded artists: Eartheater, PC Worship, and Sunk Heaven. Pre-orders and more information can be found here in our Shop.
We’re happy to share the first single, “Sister,” in the form of a music video directed by Kathleen Dycaico. Many thanks to our friends at SPIN Magazine for premiering the video and for the thoughtful write-up. Click HERE to check it out.
‘The Fool’ is up NOW for pre-order on Cassette & Digital formats in our Shop.
Available everywhere on May 11th, 2018.
Today we are thrilled release the 3rd and final single from NYC avant-pop outfit Erica Eso. “House That’s Always Burning” features sultry vocals from Angelica Bess (also of Body Language + Kalbells) and is augmented by aggressive rhythms from an alchemy of both live and electronic drums and relentless arpreggiated synth melodies.
The Band will also embark on Spring Tour to celebrate the release of ‘129 Dreamless GMG’
3/26 Live Facebook Daytrotter Broadcast at 12:15 PM
‘129 Dreamless GMG’ is out March 16, 2018 on NNA Tapes.
Today we’re thrilled to announce that ‘Strange Paradise’ by Tigue is available now for pre-order on Vinyl LP. ‘Strange Paradise’ is the brand new sophomore full-length album from New York City-based composer/performer percussion trio Tigue, who have been diligently performing and recording since their widely-acclaimed debut album Peaks (2015). Their percussion-based sound integrates elements of minimalism, art rock, electronic music, ambient, and so much more. On ‘Strange Paradise,’ Tigue have designed an album for extended listening where radiant phrases of tone, texture, and rhythm flow through one another in constant motion, creating dynamic shifts that as a whole provide a transcendent, ecstatic sound environment. We’re excited to team up again with our friends at New Amsterdam Records, who will be issuing the CD/Digital edition of the album.
Plus, join us on April 27th for the ‘Strange Paradise’ Album release concert:
Strange Paradise Album Release Concert
Friday, April 27th 2018 at Elsewhere
599 Johnson Ave, Brooklyn, New York
with Operator Music Band
» Click here to purchase tickets
» Facebook event page
Album art by Devra Freelander and Gregory Wikstrom.
Exciting news today – our friends at (le) poisson rouge are hosting a full album stream of ‘A Dance That Empties,’ the upcoming full-length debut album from Subtle Degrees (Travis Laplante (Battle Trance) & Gerald Cleaver). We’re so happy to collaborate with our friends at New Amsterdam Records to share this brave new work for saxophone and drums. Click here to listen and read more.
You will also find full details for the official album release concert at Union Pool in NYC on March 4th with special guest Ruth Garbus. Coincidentally, 2018 marks the 10 year anniversary for not only New Amsterdam and (le) poisson rouge, but NNA Tapes as well. Come share this special event with us! Subtle Degrees will also be embarking on a US tour later this week – full dates can be found on our Live page.
Today we’re happy to share that PopMatters has premiered the brand new official music video for Erica Eso‘s second single “Love-gun” from their forthcoming album ‘129 Dreamless GMG’! Directed by Theo Cote, the slow-tempo dreaminess and tag-team vocal delivery of “Love-gun” gets progressively messier (in a good way) as the song progresses… read the full write-up by Sarah Zupko and watch the video here. Erica Eso’s Weston Minissali gives some great insights into the song’s creative songwriting and lyrical ambiguity.
‘129 Dreamless GMG’ is available now for pre-order in our Shop on Vinyl, CD, and Digital formats – officially available everywhere on March 16th, 2018. The first 100 Vinyl copies will come on Translucent Deep Purple vinyl – first come, first served.
Lea Bertucci‘s highly anticipated full-length ‘Metal Aether’ is streaming in full at The Wire Magazine – click here to listen.
‘Metal Aether’ is available NOW for pre-order in our Shop, as well as on our Bandcamp page, on Limited Edition Vinyl, Compact Disc, and Digital formats. Available everywhere on February 9th, 2018.
This LP is the first installment of our new vinyl series, NNA LPX. LPX Series Limited Edition Vinyl LPs feature boutique packaging and utilize locally-sourced manufacturers & small businesses from our hometown of Burlington, Vermont USA. Each LPX record is hand-assembled, numbered, and stamped to ensure limited edition authenticity. The vinyl, silkscreen-printed jackets, and stamps are all produced here in Burlington in order to support & sustain our local creative community.
Photo by Alex Philipe Cohen
We’re excited today to announce that NPR Music’s ‘Songs We Love’ has shared the debut piece of audio from Lea Bertucci‘s upcoming full-length album ‘Metal Aether,’ available everywhere on February 9th. Writer Marc Masters remarks on how Bertucci “devoutly mines the kaleidoscopic sonic possibilities of the saxophone,” comparing the piece to “a stream that’s both natural and human-made, freely flowing yet clearly directed by a patient hand.” Many thanks to Marc for his thoughtful and always-excellent writing, and to NPR Music for sharing. Click here to listen to “Patterns For Alto” and read the full write-up.
‘Metal Aether’ is available NOW for pre-order in our Shop, as well as on our Bandcamp page, on Limited Edition Vinyl, Compact Disc, and Digital formats. Available everywhere on February 9th, 2018.
Happy new year! Our local newspaper Burlington Free Press just published an article on NNA, featuring insights from co-owner Toby Aronson.
Click here to read the article and watch a nice 4-minute video featuring words from Toby and a nice look inside our NNA Headquarters in Burlington’s Old North End. Thanks to Free Press writer Brent Hallenbeck for the excellent work
We are excited to announce a new LP from Travis Laplante’s (Battle Trance) new project Subtle Degrees – a duo between himself + magnificent drummer Gerald Cleaver.
A Dance that Empties’ is a vibrant demanding recording that evokes everything from contemporary classical music, avant garde jazz, minimalism, technical metal, and sacred world music.
Today we’re very excited to announce brand new music from NNA Tapes artist Lea Bertucci. Following up her 2017 cassette release ‘All That Is Solid Melts Into Air,’ we’re thrilled to present Lea’s new full-length album ‘Metal Aether’ – now available for pre-order on Limited Edition Vinyl in our Shop. ‘Metal Aether’ develops a language of extended technique for alto saxophone that is based on a spectral, psychoacoustic, and non-linguistic approach to the instrument. Much like the recordings of her previous NNA release, the work continues to explore Lea’s acute interest in the nature of acoustics and the harmonic accumulation of sound, with its four pieces having been recorded in Le Havre, France in a former military base, and in New York City, at ISSUE Project Room.
Available everywhere on February 9th, 2018.
With the release of ‘Metal Aether,’ we’re also proud to debut our new LPX Vinyl Series. LPX Series Limited Edition Vinyl LPs feature boutique packaging and utilize locally-sourced manufacturers & small businesses from our hometown of Burlington, Vermont USA. Each LPX record is hand-assembled, numbered, and stamped to ensure limited edition authenticity. The vinyl, silkscreen-printed jackets, and stamps are all produced here in Burlington in order to support & sustain our local creative community.
In addition, its our pleasure to collaborate with ISSUE Project Room to announce a record release concert for ‘Metal Aether’ featured the incredibly talented Drew McDowall (of Coil) and NNA Tapes alum Olivia Block. This special event will take place at 8pm on Saturday, February 10th at ISSUE Project Room at 22 Boerum, Brooklyn, New York City. Official press release:
Saturday, February 10th, ISSUE presents an evening of site-responsive solo performances with composer Olivia Block, electronic artist Drew McDowell, and composer (and 2015 ISSUE Artist-In-Residence) Lea Bertucci. The evening observes each artist’s individual approach to presenting new work in ISSUE’s theater space, applying the room’s unique acoustics to inform their independent performative methods.
Olivia Block performs a new multiple speaker composition, continuing an ongoing investigation into the properties of wind and its related sounds and symbolic themes. Using a microphone and her breath, small fans, and other small objects on its surface, Block creates aural patterns and “currents” in the room, processing and moving sounds live on her laptop. At certain times, these currents, respond to the architecture and resonance of the space, swirling and flowing around the listeners in particular directions — as in the cold or warm currents of air over the oceans. At other times, all evidence of space and built shapes are erased, as microphone distortion obscures, then reveals additional sounds — voices, organ and piano — buried underneath the wind, settling in various locations in the room. The resonance of the room colors the wind sounds over time, as more tones enter into the mix.
The evening also features stalwart industrial and experimental pioneer Drew McDowall
presenting new works which will become the basis of an album to be released on Dais Records in the Fall of 2018, following his previous releases Collapse (2015) and Unnatural Channel (2017) with the label. For this performance, the pieces make use of a quadraphonic array and are informed by and respond to the acoustics of the space. This proves to be a focused opportunity to hear new work from McDowall, known for his crucial contributions to legendary British avant-pop act Coil, Psychic TV, and numerous collaborative and solo projects that have been foundational to the development of meditative drone and abstract sound.
In addition, for her return to ISSUE, Bertucci celebrates the release of Metal Aether, her second album on NNA Tapes (following 2017’s All That Is Solid Melts Into Air), by presenting recent works for alto saxophone and tape that appear on the record, as well as a new composition that is directly informed by the particular acoustic qualities of 22 Boerum Place.
Boston, Massachusetts-based Birthing Hips releases a music video to the track ‘Internet’ which NPR calls “Beautifully Deranged”. The video was directed by Mood Killer & feature monstrous hands, stark lighting and food fights.
Use coupon code NNA2017 at check out to receive 25% off of Birthing Hips ‘Urge to Merge’ as part of our Year End Sale! Only until January 1st.
Today Jeremy Gustin’s The Ah releases shares a brand new set of 6 music videos off his debut release ‘Common Bliss’. Many thanks to Uproxx for the premiere. Jeremy collaborated with a host of talented individuals to create six whole videos from the release – each one unique yet fantastic, tied together Gustin’s vivid, evocative electronic works.
Use coupon code NNA2017 at check out to receive 25% off of The Ah ‘Common Bliss’ as part of our Year End Sale! Only until January 1st.
We’ve breached the final month of the year, which means it’s time again for our annual Year End Sale! 2017 was an incredibly prolific, refreshing, and productive year for new NNA music, and we’re honored and humbled to have worked with such talented artists to release eleven forward-thinking, progressive new music titles. To celebrate the closing of another year, and to welcome in another, we’re offering 25% OFF all of our 2017 releases (with the exception of Ahnnu ‘Special Forces’) for the month of December only. Simply use the code NNA2017 upon check-out to receive the 25% discount. This includes the following titles:
» GRID (Nelson, Dahl, Podgurski) Cassette
» Lea Bertucci ‘All That Is Solid Melts Into Air’ Cassette
» Wren Kitz ‘Dancing On Soda Lake’ Cassette
» Multa Nox ‘Living Pearl’ Cassette
» Kalbells ‘Ten Flowers’ Vinyl/CD
» Matthewdavid’s Mindflight ‘Ophiuchus’ Cassette
» Patrick Higgins & Josh Modney ‘EVRLY MVSIC’ Cassette
» Ryan Power ‘They Sell Doomsday’ Double Vinyl/CD
» Birthing Hips ‘Urge To Merge’ Cassette
» The Ah ‘Common Bliss’ Cassette
Sale ends January 1st, 2018. Thanks, as always, for your continued support.
We’re excited to share today that Ahnnu‘s latest album ‘Special Forces’ is now available for listening in it’s entirety courtesy of Vice’s Noisey. Accompanying the stream is an excellent write-up and interview with Leland Jackson courtesy of writer Colin Joyce, giving some deep insight into Jackson’s musical philosophies and creative practices. Listen & read here.
‘Special Forces’ is available everywhere TOMORROW, December 1st. Order now to secure a copy on limited edition Translucent Red w/ Black Splatter vinyl (moving quickly), or pick up the T-Shirt Package which comes with a limited edition t-shirt featuring the album’s cover art, available exclusively at nnatapes.com – check it out here via our Shop.
Today we’re happy to share that Birthing Hips brand new full-length album ‘Urge To Merge’ is streaming NOW in it’s entirety, courtesy of our friends over at Dig Boston! Click here to listen and hear for yourself why Dig Boston’s Nina Corcoran asserts that “Urge to Merge is arguably the tightest Birthing Hips have ever been.” We’re so happy to release the final album by one of Boston’s most exciting, talented new bands. Order your copy of ‘Urge To Merge’ here from our Shop, officially available everywhere tomorrow, November 17th on Cassette and Digital formats.
Today we’re happy to debut a brand new music video from The Ah – the solo project of drummer Jeremy Gustin. “I Changed Colour” was directed by Jared Bulmer and presents a beautiful, hypnagogic visual accompaniment to the unique sound world of The Ah. Many thanks to our friends at Tiny Mix Tapes for sharing the premiere.
The Ah’s debut release ‘Common Bliss’ is available NOW for pre-order in our Shop – officially available everywhere on Friday, November 17th.
Today we are thrilled to announce our final release of 2017 – and what a tremendous way to end the year. Ahnnu ‘Special Forces’ is available NOW for pre-order on Vinyl & Digital formats. We’re honored to welcome Los Angeles-based producer Ahnnu, aka Leland Jackson (Cakedog), back to NNA with a brand new full-length album. Following up 2013’s ‘Battered Sphinx,’ Jackson returns to push his sound collage expeditions further into the deep beyond by excavating fragments and ethos from music history’s past and infusing them with the electronic frequencies of a future landscape. ‘Special Forces’ continues the experimental & ever-evolving nature of the Ahnnu sound world, stripping the compositions further down to their core to reveal a hypnotic, alien minimalism that seems to transcend time and space.
We’re also happy to debut a music video for the track “Return of Junkman” featuring the computer animation of our comrade Peter Nichols. Check out the exclusive premiere from our friends at Tiny Mix Tapes here.
‘Special Forces’ is available now for pre-order in our Shop – officially available everywhere December 1st. and we’re also offering an LP+Shirt Bundle containing a vinyl copy of the album along with an exclusive limited edition t-shirt featuring the cover artwork by Leland Jackson. PLUS, the first 100 LP copies will come on Translucent Red w/ Black Splatter vinyl – first come first served, no additional charge.
NNA Tapes is very excited to welcome Boston, Massachusetts-based Birthing Hips to the family. Their 2nd release, ‘Urge to Merge’ is record full of blistering noise rock + virtuosic performance. Pre-orders are available now in our Shop – officially available everywhere on November 17, 2017.
Post-Trash premiered the first single “Droplet” and call ‘Urge to Merge’ a “noise rock masterpiece.”
Today we’re pleased to announce new music from The Ah, the solo project of NYC-based musician Jeremy Gustin. Perhaps best known for his talents on the drum set with groups like Delicate Steve, David Byrne, Albert Hammond Jr., & Rubblebucket to name a few, The Ah is a different world altogether, conceived by Gustin as the product of collaboration with his own imagination and the world around him. It’s tough to describe The Ah’s sound with words, but one listen to Gustin’s electronic collages will leave you curious and craving more. Pre-orders are available now in our Shop – officially available everywhere on November 17, 2017.
Paste Magazine just premiered the music video for the track “High Low” featuring a beautiful music video of found footage by Gustin himself.
It is a truly special day when a new Ryan Power track is released, and this one is particularly excellent. The Cavalry takes a slight step back from the more electronic flavors of Ryan’s recent work, and opts for classic smoothness and melodic beauty, giving a nod to soft rock favorites. Take a listen and read some nice words from our friends at Stereogum.
We’re also happy to announce:
THEY SELL DOOMSDAY Album Release Concert
featuring Tredici Bacci and Matt Mitchell
* $15 Entrance + Compact Disc
* * $28 Entrance + Double Vinyl
Act I – 8:30pm
Ryan & Matt Mitchell
Act II – 9:30pm
Ryan & Tredici Bacci
Over the last 1.5 decades, Vermont-to-Brooklyn based songwriter/producer Ryan Power has tirelessly embarked on the quest to write the definitive song-based music, full of accuracy, refinement, deliberation, and perfectly-placed shifting harmonic puzzles. This show will be in celebration of his new NNA release: They Sell Doomsday. Ryan will perform two sets: one with Matt Mitchell, one with Tredici Bacci. Ryan is looking forward to this.
Today we’re thrilled to share the second official music video from Kalbells‘ debut album ‘Ten Flowers’! “Alonetime” was created and directed by Kalmia Traver herself, featuring lyrics translated to Chinese, Russian, German, and Spanish. Many thanks to Paste Magazine & Robert Ham for spreading the love. Check out their post here, or watch the video below:
We’re also very happy to announce that Kalbells will soon embark on their Fall 2017 Tour around the USA supporting And The Kids! Two very amazing live bands, be sure to check them out when they roll through your area. Dates below:
“The beautifully spaced-out ambient track from Matthewdavid’ latest new age release is a homage to LA synth wizard M. Geddes Gengras.”
Pre-orders are available now in our Shop – officially available everywhere on September 22nd, 2017.
We are excited to see Josh Modney & Patrick Higgin’s debut release streaming in full over at The Wire Magazine.
‘EVRLY MUSIC’ presents an incredibly original fusion between ancient European musical history and distinctly American experimentalism, hinged on the nexus between improvisation and chamber music, and fueled by a deeply personal musical alliance.
Pre-orders are available in our Shop – officially available everywhere on September 22nd, 2017.
It is with tremendous pleasure that we announce ‘They Sell Doomsday,’ the third full-length NNA album from acclaimed songwriter & producer Ryan Power. Nearly four years since his incredible previous album ‘Identity Picks,’ Ryan is back with a 15-song behemoth of a record – and perhaps his most complex and refined work to date. This is also a landmark release for NNA as it is our first Double LP, and the first 100 copies will come on decadent green & purple vinyl. Pre-order your copy here on CD, Vinyl, or Digital – officially out everywhere on October 20th.
Listen (and dance) to the debut single “Empty the Jewels” below:
Check out the album trailer, made by Ryan himself:
And thanks to our friends at The Line Of Best Fit for spreading the word!
Photo: Annakalmia Traver
Today we’re thrilled to announce a new Cassette/Digital release from two of NYC’s most intriguing instrumentalists – Patrick Higgins & Josh Modney. Their latest release, ‘EVRLY MUSIC’ is a musical dialogue and interpretation of the evocative moods of medieval music. Pre-orders are available now in our Shop – officially available everywhere on September 22nd, 2017.
Tiny Mix Tapes premiered the title track “Renaissance Recap” along with a nice album trailer put together by Higgins himself:
In the 21st century, operating a music label dedicated to releasing progressive, boundary-pushing music on physical media can be challenging within our modern music industry. With NU GROUND, NNA has joined forces with our diverse roster of musicians to present a night of eclectic new music, with financial proceeds going to help advance our work and vision as a label. These talented artists will gather in one place for one night to celebrate NNA’s continued efforts in bringing great works of art into the world.
NNA Tapes & Brooklyn Bazaar present…
+ DJ Sets by Ambient Church
+ NNA Pop-Up Shop w/ special deals
Wednesday, October 4th 2017
at Brooklyn Bazaar
150 Greenpoint Ave.
Brooklyn, New York City, USA
$12 Advance / $15 Day of show
Pay an extra $5 at the door and receive 3 FREE LP’s from the bin at the door!
Today we’re extremely excited to announce a new Cassette/Digital release from one of the masters of Modern New Age – Matthewdavid’s Mindflight. His latest release, ‘Ophiuchus,’ presents two long-form electronic works intended to promote elevated consciousness through active listening. Pre-orders are available now in our Shop – officially available everywhere on September 22nd, 2017.
FACT Magazine just premiered the official music video for the title track “Ophiuchus” featuring expansive, radiant, and mind-altering visuals by Los Angeles-based video artist Adam Ferriss.
We’re pleased to announce our Summer Bundle Sale, a killer package deal on 5 NNA releases of your choice in celebration of the summer season! This sale only lasts until September 1st so act quickly as many titles are down to the final few copies. Click here to order & for more info.
Today we are overjoyed to release Kalbells ‘Ten Flowers’ into the world. This record has been a long beautiful organic process that birthed music filled with joy, wonder + the human spirit. We get to hear the collaboration between Rubblebucket’s front woman Annakalmia Clark Traver and producer + NNA Tapes artist Ryan Power as musical worlds collide to produce a record that hopefully everyone can find a moment within to enjoy.
NPR‘s Bob Boilen calls Kalbell’s debut ‘Ten Flowers’ “a new favorite of mine”
Read more on NPR here
Lea Bertucci has some really exciting shows planned for this summer and Fall and stay tuned for a European tour in November !
July 22nd – Solo @ Knockdown Center for Sontag Shogun’s record release party
July 28th – Solo and Cage Shuffle performances at The Walker Museum, Minneapolis, MN
August – Silo City Artist-in-Residence, Buffalo NY (I’ll be writing a saxophone quartet specially designed for resonant space)
September 23-24, El Nicho Festival, Mexico City
September 30th – Solo at The Renaissance Society, Chicago
A glorious interview with Annakalmia Clark Traver of Rubblebucket on her debut solo record, “Ten Flowers”. Kal talked the origins of the record, battling cancer, working with NNA artist Ryan Power + the joy of writing music.
“Writing the album was a big part of my healing, because the record is so much about detoxing and letting your body and your cells express what they need to. That period of writing was pretty transformative for me.” – Annakalmia Clark Traver