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I realized I can manage writing about one of these newsletters a month, so that's how we are gonna operate moving forward unless I am suddenly given the gift of boundless time. 

Boundless time sounds nice. In general I am squeezing so many things into little time boxes which can grow to be a slog. I did get a taste of time untethered when I was jobless for the first few months of the pandemic. How quickly though I sought the comfort of the missing boxes, forming little rituals and ways to mark the regular passing of time. 

Now I'm working again, and when I'm not working I'm thinking about this label on top of trying to be as present a partner as I can be while also navigating my own artistic pursuits. At risk of sounding like I am complaining into the void, I'll add that I do feel quite content.

It has become clear though that I don't have enough stasis in my life. I am woefully lacking in moments of unencumbered nothingness. 

On the weekends, in a minor act of defiance against the trudge of time, I've been stepping onto the back porch for as long as I can stand the cold to listen to the birds, most active around 6 AM. I have binoculars too, but sometimes I forget to grab them. Kiva, my dog, wanders the yard tracking the movements of the neighborhood squirrels, sometimes rolling in whatever they left behind. What devilish satisfaction she has, writhing on her back, her small legs outstretched, becoming one with whatever stench is so deserving of her complete and undivided attention. 

It's easy to feel a pang of jealousy. I don't roll around in anything. Nothing is so demanding of my entire being. I flit about like a bird acutely aware of impending frost, and then I'm gone. 

The birds were really loud this morning, but I didn't get a good look at any of them. I wasn't wearing my glasses so the trees and the the backs of houses became an impressionist painting melting in the sun.  The creeping sunlight, telephone wires zigzagging overhead, the Christmas tree we still haven't burned, Kiva rolling in shit, and all those birds. For about three minutes, it was a whole lotta nothing.

Lots of stuff happening with the label, now and for the foreseeable future.

Thanks for caring,

Michael Cormier
Dear Life Records 
 

WELCOME LINDSAY REAMER!

After the release of Bolomite Jr's 'Cold Feet', a sterling album of glitches and stitches, we announced the confident debut of another new Philly-based artist. Lindsay Reamer's EP 'Lucky' features four songs in the outsider synth pop tradition of Arthur Russell about the slow work of reaffirming self worth.

WXPN's Sammi-Jo Wall says:
"The EP ends with perhaps the most interesting and complex song of the album. “Today” leaves the listener disoriented in the best way possible. Layer after layer begs the audience to listen to this song repeatedly to make sense of each component. A fog of sound layers itself over the whole thing, obscuring it enough to heighten the intensity of the piece. The song, and, as a result, the whole EP, ends like a wind-up toy running out of time, the cadence just barely complete and bringing with it no closure. It leaves the listener wanting more, forcing you into a corner of re-listening to the EP or waiting to see what Reamer will do next."

Look how good the tapes look too! Order your copy here:


 

OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR 'LUCKY'

Video by Deyzi Visuals

WELCOME MJ LENDERMAN!

This past Wednesday, we also announced that MJ Lenderman has joined the Dear Life roster. Jake is a member of the fantastic Asheville band Wednesday, and has released a handful of released as MJ Lenderman, coincidentally including another fantastic EP named Lucky, released in 2019.

His new work collected on 'Ghost of Your Guitar Solo' marks an artist that is rapidly expanding his abilities and the scope of his craft. These ten songs occupy the negative space between freak country and harsh noise. Lenderman's lyricism is unflinching and hilarious, a refreshing combination. His characters do seek redemption, but ultimately opt for the comfort of making the usual mistakes.

Tom Johnson at Goldflakepaint says:
"The result is a record that almost revels in its disjointedness, able to flick between moods like a patchwork of sentiments; sometimes wild and rugged, elsewhere short and subtle. ‘Someone Get The Grill Out of the Rain’ is certainly brief but it conjures the kind of spirit that lingers long after, rousing questions that you know probably won’t have an answer."


Look how good the tapes look too! Order your copy here:

 

OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR 'SOMEONE GET THE GRILL OUT OF THE RAIN'

Video shot and edited by Karly Hartzman
 

DLR BTL 008 - POWERDOVE SOLO @ RANIERI CHAPEL (UMBRIA, ITALY) SEPTEMBER 2014

This is a great honor for us to announce the next installment in our bootleg series.

Annie Lewandowski's Powerdove project marries the disparate worlds of improvisation and song in a way no one else can. Collaborators include Deerhoof's John Dietrich, another band whose restless creativity should be inspiration for us all. If you haven't explored Annie's music, I'd recommend starting with 2015's Arrest. It's music for shapeshifters. 

This special performance, released on cassette for the first time, highlights Lewandowski's power and restraint. Here we only hear her voice, accompanied by an old guitar in a cavernous old chapel. It gives these songs the desolation they deserve, her musings springing forth like nightmares long buried under our beds.

Only 25 copies made.

All profits go to Southside Community Center in Ithaca, NY


Look how good the tapes look too! Order your copy here:

 
JOSH HALPER SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR 'ALRIGHTNIK' CLOSER 'HONEST FEELING'

Directed by Monica Murray, Written By JH

A limited number of cassettes and CDs are still available for purchase. Snag yours before you're kicking yourself for missing out on this exemplary debut by one of Nashville's rising stars. 
 

LABEL HEAD FRANK MEADOWS ANNOUNCES 'THE POWER OF WATER,' A COLLABORATION WITH TASHI DORJI AND IAN MCCOLM, RELEASED VIA TROUBLE IN MIND RECORDS

Besides helping make this label run infinitely smoother, Frank is an accomplished bassist and improvisor (see Oggetto)

"The Power of Water" is the document of a brief conference between Tashi Dorji, Ian McColm and Frank Meadows. After years of bill-sharing, tape-swapping and discussion over path-crossing in the southeastern DIY circuit of the mid 2010s, a shared vision of improvised music and a drive to document developed, eventually translating into a crisp afternoon session in the early spring of 2017. The trio convened at Hi-Z Lo-Z, the Asheville home studio environment of Patrick Kukucka, a longtime collaborator of Dorji and Meadows. Roughly two hours of raw tape were captured, eventually providing the excerpts presented here. The shared headspace was brisk, airy, urgent, and light on its feet. A desire for a material-forward, manual approach to acoustic sound lay behind the session and an attempt was made to harness the delicate magnification, unhinged texture and wild momentum in the air. Although a brief snapshot, "The Power of Water" captures a kinetic burst of long-considered plans energetically, but patiently, executed at high velocity.

Pre-order the record here

 

CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF DAN WRIGGINS' (FRIENDSHIP) EP 'MR. CHILL' 

Join Dan and Mike in celebrating the release of the Mr. Chill EP. Jon will be the MC for the event, and it also features performances by label friend's Karima Walker and Lina Tullgren, both who recently put out records that are worth your time and attention (Waking the Dreaming Body and Visiting, respectively)

So far Dan has shared two singles from the EP, Mr. Chill and Lucinda on June Bug. 

M. Chill: https://www.goldflakepaint.co.uk/dan-wriggins-mr-chill/

LOJB: https://americansongwriter.com/friendships-dan-wriggins-finds-comfort-in-old-favorites-in-lucinda-on-june-bug/

The EP is out this Friday, and the record release stream is this Saturday. 

Hop on the DW train cause it's leaving the station whether or not your on it or not.
Pre-order the EP here

 

MIKE IS THE HOST OF A NEW INTERNET RADIO SHOW 'HYPNOPOMPIA MORNING SHOW' SATURDAYS FROM 8AM EST to 10AM

Sleepy sounds for the moments when you are just waking up and realizing that life never stopped while you slept. Tune in live at Mixlr.com/real_deep_radio or check out the archives and follow the show at Mixcloud.com/hypnopompia_morning_show. I made an instagram page too.
 
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