Nick Kuepfer

“Corpse in the Wildflowers”

Constellation is back with a new, presumably excellent series called “Musique Fragile.” Each volume contains limited-to-500 3CD or 3LP packages, with three screenprinted posters and three sets of three “artcards.” The first volume contains full-length albums by Les Momies de Palerme, Khôra, and the dude you hear via the Chocolate Grinder player above: Nick Kuepfer. Read more about the series here, pre-order the album here, and wait for it to ship on November 1. FYI: the whole process works best if you have a place to live, the capability of playing music, and the ability to hear it.

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Winter Drones

“Winnie Cooper’s Bones”

Winter Drones, the moniker of Hush Arbors’ guitarist Leon Dufficy, released its debut album, Blood in the Coffin, earlier this year on cassette via micro-label Sexbeat Records. Haven’t heard of it? Well, that’s where Weird Forest comes in: the Sacramento label is giving the newly remastered-by-Pete-Swanson album a wider release come December, and as everyone knows, anything remastered by Pete Swanson (formerly of Dogville Yellow Swans, by the way) is, at the very least, worth listening to.

A follow-up full-length is due sometime in 2011 on Weird Forest.

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“The Merry Barracks”

Deerhoof are back: the group’s new album, Deerhoof vs. Evil, is due January 25 on their new label, Polyvinyl Records. Traitors! JK!

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Avey Tare

“Lucky 1”

Down There. October 26. Paw Tracks. Etc.

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A Classic Education

“I Lost Time”

Here is A Classic Education’s video for “I Lost Time.” The track is off the Hey There Stranger EP, which was released last month on the sexy-but-I-can’t-have-none-of-it-because-I’m-married Lefse.

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