Video of screen printing for the Eric & Magill vinyl

Coming soon on Ten Atoms!

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Strand of Oaks at SXSW

Strand of Oaks is bringing Pope Killdragon to life at this year’s SXSW music festival in Austin, TX. All dates feature the monster drumming of Chris Ward (Pattern Is Movement).


12:30AM (technically Thursday morning) Official SXSW Showcase headlining Central Presbyterian Church (200 East 8th Street, Austin, TX)


12:30 – 88.1 KDHX Twangfest Showcase (Jovita’s Mexican Restaurant – 1617 S. 1st Street, Austin, TX 78704-3046)
5:30PM – Paper Garden Records Showcase (Uncorked – 900 East 7th st)


12PM – The Aster Donovan Foundation March Forth House Party (1309 E 29th, Austin, TX 78722)
2:30PM – Muzzle of Bees Backyard BBQ (3217 1/2 Hampton Rd., Austin, TX 78705)

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Video: Conrad Plymouth “Texas in a Drawer” (Heidi Spencer) for Couch By Couch West (CXCW)

Christopher Porterfield of Conrad Plymouth covers Heidi Spencer’s “Texas In A Drawer” for CXCW. Purchase Conrad Plymouth’s self-titled EP release on vinyl here.

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Free Download: Testa Rosa – “The L.R. Doty”

Testa Rosa recorded a new single at Howl Street about the LR DOTY, a ship that sunk in the middle of Lake Michigan. A crew of divers discovered it last summer and the one of them asked the band to create some songs around the find. 2 different versions of the song are available for as a free download here.

We’re excited to be releasing Testa Rosa’s II later this year on vinyl.

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Strand of Oaks covers Phosphorescent

Our good friends at WXPN in Philadelphia have been long-time supporters of Strand of Oaks.  They previously posted a Strand of Oaks session from The Key Studio, but made mention of unreleased “spellbinding versions of “The Golden Age” by Beck and “Wolves” by Phosphorescent.”  Well, thanks to them (and Phosphorescent’s management!) you’re now able to stream/download Strand of Oaks’ take on “Wolves” by Phosphorescent.

For those of you in the Philadelphia area Strand of Oaks is curating a release party for Pope Killdragon on Friday, March 4th at The Marvelous.  This event is free and features guest musical sets from Golden Ages and Brandon Morsberger.  Plus, it’s a perfect opportunity to meet Tim and get the Vinyl/CD directly from him.

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Pre-Order: Strand of Oaks – Pope Killdragon on Vinyl / CD

We’re pleased to announce that we are now taking pre-orders for Strand of Oaks Pope Killdragon, which comes as a limited edition (300 copies) vinyl or CD.  Head to the store to pre-order your copy today.

Strand of Oaks will be playing several shows at SXSW this year including a very special official showcase at Central Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, March 16 from 12:30 AM to 01:10 AM.

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Help fund Eric & Magill’s “All Those I Know” Vinyl Release

We’re pleased to announce our 3rd release will be Eric & Magill’s “All Those I Know,” which we discovered last year and features collaboration from members of Shearwater, The Dirty Projectors, Volcano Choir, Collections of Colonies of Bees, Pele, Owen, Joan of Arc, Cap’n’Jazz and more!

We’ve partnered with Kickstarter to help us raise the funds necessary to have this audio beauty pressed on vinyl.  We’re already well on our way to achieving our goal, however we still have a long way to go.  Your pledge makes this record possible, so consider this your pre-order opportunity!  Below, please find some info on the band and release.

Eric & Magill – “All Those I Know”

June of 2007, a day after completing Decibully’s latest release World Travels Fast, Ryan Weber packed his bags and his laptop and moved to the Republic of Armenia for a year to volunteer as an instructor of audio design. It was in here in this foreign post that in his free time Weber began sketching what would become “All Those I Know”.

While In Armenia proximity to Decibully and his other musical partners in Milwaukee become less important. Access to erratic e-mail, in an office that was converted from a metal shipping container, was the only way that he could collaborate with friends back in the States. During this period Weber started bouncing ideas off of long time friend and former Camden guitarist Eric Osterman. It was through this process of writing songs over e-mail that spawned the idea of collaborating with everyone Weber knew. Through years of touring and making music Weber was able to enlist some close friends who happen to be some of the most well respected and acclaimed artists in indie rock to collaborate with.

“All Those I Know” features collaborations with artists responsible for creating such bands as, Shearwater, The Dirty Projectors, Volcano Choir, Collections of Colonies of Bees, Pele, Owen, Joan of Arc, Cap’n’Jazz, American Football, Via Tania, Headlights, Sufjan Stevens, Maritime, The Promise Ring, Vermont, Dashboard Confessional, The Snake The Cross The Crown, Braid, Hey Mercedes, The Gloria Record, Mineral, Zookeeper, Parts and Labor, Volcano I’m Still Excited, Americans UK, Decibully, The Championship, Juniper Tar, The Celebrated Working Man, Parts and Labor, Fever Marlene, Revision Text, Control, The Tea Cups, Faux Fir, Group of the Altos, Trolley, Jonathan Burkes, and the Idaho Yodeler. In addition to these musicians, Osterman and Weber created an Internet Choir comprised of over forty friends singing into their computers from around the world.

Weber and Osterman began their musical careers together in 1998 with the postemoneo-space pop band Camden. They made two records with Death Cab For Cutie’s Chris Walla for Parasol’s Grand Theft Autumn Records and Brilliante Records. During Camden’s lifespan they toured constantly with bands such as The Promise Ring, Death Cab For Cutie, Pele, The Gloria Record, and Antarctica.

Following the Camden’s demise, Weber went on to join the Promise Ring for their career defining record Wood/Water, which was recorded with legendary producer Steven Street (The Smiths, Blur, The Cranberries), at Jacob’s Studio in England in 2002 for Anti-Records.

During the down time from touring with the Promise Ring Weber co-founded the group Decibully with long time friend, Camden vocalist and Promise Ring keyboardist William Seidel. Weber officially got behind the mixing board for Decibully and has produced 4 acclaimed records that were released by Polyvinyl Records and Listening Party Records. Decibully has toured with Shearwater, Lucero, Owen, The Snake the Cross the Crown, and Headlights. Weber remains as a multi instrumentalist/producer in Decibully.

“All Those I Know” is a true testament to the power of technology and the strength of friendships and the shrinking planet. From its colorful and sweeping soundscapes down to its quiet whispers, “All Those I Know” is an undeniably gorgeous record that will have you captivated from start to finish.

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Conrad Plymouth Vinyl EP Release Party

Don’t forget to join us tomorrow night (Fri, August 20th) at Linneman’s in Milwaukee:

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Conrad Plymouth on WUWM

Chris & Nick stopped by WUWM to chat about their new 10″ vinyl EP and play a few songs.

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Conrad Plymouth Live at the High Noon Saloon Video

Live at the High Noon Saloon in Madison on August 10th, 2010 from Spencer Wells on Vimeo.

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