Hey there. I’ve been working on this website off and on throughout the 2020 dystopia. It’s been a real “suck it up and keep going” operation here at Sludge Manor/America, ignoring how bonkers it has been releasing cassettes into a void. Live music is where most people find out our contributions exist and with that gone The Whiffs couldn’t do their planned SXSW tour for Another Whiff (with tapes in hand) and we couldn’t do a release show for Brian Mietz‘s Panzarotti album (it was in the early stages, but what was talked about what exciting). Big bummers, but thankfully everybody has been very supportive and I think every release found it’s desired listener, and the label gained an increasing audience in the process.
Every draft I’ve done of the news has been a full rundown of everything that I put out so far in ’20, but I figure I can get into all of that at the end of the year if need be. It’s November, evil has been defeated after 4 looooooonnnnng years! Hope seems wearily possible and here are some more things to be excited for the future about…
Ozma Rock and Roll Part Three preorders went live a few weeks back. This one has been brewing for a full year, so I’m extra glad to see this becoming a reality. Limited to 150 copies on computer shell, I’m really looking forward to how this one turns out.
Speaking of bands with Daniel Brummel in them, our tape of Sanglorians‘ Odalisque just launched for preorder! Clear shell, chrome tape and includes download code. Check it out if you haven’t, it’s a really really cool album.
I come from comic books. When a monthly title would reach the milestone of 25, 50, 75 or 100 (and so on) it would be a big deal and that mindset has stuck with me. I knew our 25th (!!) release had to be something incredible, but never in my wildest dreams could I ever picture that it would be one of my most treasured albums. Anyone I know who listens to Beachwood Sparks holds them high above all others and I feel the same way. The reality that this is happening will probably never kick in: SPT25 is Beachwood Sparks’ self-titled debut in a special 20th anniversary edition. Side A is the album with all of the bonus tracks on Side B, completely remastered. Get your copy here, out 1/27/21!
Brower tapes arrived finally and gosh if they weren’t worth the wait! This collects Buzzsaws on Side A and Little Big on the B Side – it’s the best sounding cassette I’ve put out so far, I’m beyond thrilled. Want one?
Thanks to DIG! Records for making this one happen, they’re the greatest!
Suddenly Everything Is Twice as Loud by Alien Nosejob has been out since August and is already half way sold out. Jake just released a new album called Once Again the Present Becomes the Past on Anti Fade/Iron Lung that everyone is raving about. Look for our tape of it in early 2021, plus I’ll be doing a cassette edition of his band Smarts‘ new one Who Needs Smarts, Anyway?, out as of a few weeks ago on Anti Fade/Feel It. It rules, ALL OF IT.
The Only Ghost in Town‘s Live at the Gradwell House is available on tape and digital (you can also now find Mirage and False Color Images on digital services for the first time). Mietz made a rad video for “Dead Houses” (above) and oh yeah ringer tees are still available!
co-ed!! Very excited to be working with this awesome band who are currently finishing up their debut ep. You can hear a track from it now: Look for “Error” wherever you stream. It looks like this:
I seriously love this band so much and am THRILLED to be involved in their magic in any shape or form. They will take over the new world next year after we’ve rebuild it.
That’s all for now, but there’s lots of cool things to come (maybe we’ll publish a comic finally?). We’ll meet again soon – do a kickflip!