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Recent Arrivals of Note
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Ed Askew - Little Houses
SUM0036
(Limited Edition Pressing of 100 cassettes) 
$9 postpaid in US. 

"Damn, this originally came out in 1997? Because it sounds like every self-centered ____wave kid in the tape game in modern times, squashed together in their bedrooms and forced to compose one titular album." (Tiny Mix Tapes - Cerberus)
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Brother JT - Lo Bias Hi Noise
SUM0032
(Limited Edition of 100 cassettes) 
$9 postpaid in US.

"A 15 year collection of lo-fi recordings that puts your right at home with the familiar 1980s typeset of Lo Bias Hi Noise’s cover. A cornucopia of festive rock music from the Philadelphia (non) fakeout. There’s not a (Cleveland) steamer to be found. Each song features a wallop to the back of the neck; JT delivering a donkey punch to the slumbering corpses of yore. Wake up! Get your heads back in the game! Rock is not dead, just a catch phrase for shock jocks and past-their-prime VJs to ask to musicians who no longer get it. But our Brother gets it. Each song on Lo Bias Hi Noise a daisy chain of ecstasy." (Tiny Mix Tapes - Cerberus)
The Back Catalog
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Naked In The Afternoon - A Tribute To Jandek CD SUM0010
$7.50 postpaid in US. 
Full Tracklisting

21 songs including contributions from Thurston Moore's Dapper, Low, Bright Eyes, Amy Denio and Monster Island and more.

"As the entire tribute album ethos is fast becoming a smorgasborg of cult wonders -- Summersteps has boldly gone and assembled the seemingly impossible here.  Namely, put together 78 perfectly sequenced minutes of end to end sonic surprises, and all in the name of shining light upon one of our most endearlingly enigmatic cult figures of all time." (Inmusicwetrust.com)

Various Artists - Naked In The Afternoon - A Tribute To Jandek
Jandek Tributes
Down in a Mirror - A Second Tribute To Jandek CD SUM0020
$7.50 postpaid in US. 
Full Tracklisting

21 songs including contributions from Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, The Mountain Goats, Okkervil River, Six Organs of Admittance, Kawabata Makoto of AMT and more.

"...and
Down In A Mirror - anchored by stellar performances from its bigger name contributors - again dips generously into the vast Corwood songbook, bringing rich and surprising rewards to the surface." (Pitchforkmedia.com)

Various Artists - Down In A Mirror - A Second Tribute To Jandek
Kid Icarus
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Kid Icarus / Das Black Milk split 7"
SUM0023 
$5 postpaid in US. 


"Sharing a side of a 7" each, Kid Icarus and Das Black Milk, come out with honours even, the former's self-titled track being a mid-paced rocker that has a nasty guitar sound underneath some infectious hooks, whilst the latter provide similar fare with "Art In A Blender" and "Wanna Be King," though there is a more garagey feel to the tunes, as well as some lovely backward guitar."  (Terrascope Online)

Kid Icarus - Kid Icarus
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Kid Icarus - The Metal West   CD
SUM0018
$5 postpaid in US.


"From nervous mathematical stacks of angst, to lo-fi melodic acoustics.  Rather grand pop structures made out of guitars, piano, thermal dynamics and an abiding sense of fatalistic urgency.  Maybe something like the Zombies heard from a subterranean basement."  (Dream Magazine)

"By himself, Schlittler sounds like Elliot Smith, but when his friends show up, they're Pavement on psychedelics."  (Spin.com)

Kid Icarus - The Metal West
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Kid Icarus - Maps of the Saints  CD
SUM008
$5 postpaid in US.


"Kid Icarus' debut is a nervous DIY pop mood piece, walls of fizzy guitar framing cracked harmonies, muttering ghost voices and a somewhat terrifying version of the Bee Gees' "Holiday."  (Scram)

"There's something magical in that rickety lo-fi sound.  Maybe it's the intimacy of almost eavesdropping on the sock strewn bedroom where the songs were dreamed up.  Maybe it brings us all closer to vicariously sharing the dream of making music that's personal." (Evilsponge.org)

Kid Icarus - Maps Of The Saints
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Kid Icarus - Be My Echo   CD
SUM0016
$5 postpaid in US.


"If robert Pollard smoked as much post as the beer he drinks; He might sound something like this." (Dream Magazine)

"A really fine blend of pop, psych and folk.  Robyn Hitchcock's early rawness and melodic sense come to mind." (The Broken Face)

Kid Icarus - Be My Echo
Lewis
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Lewis - Love Ain't No Mystery
"Shadow Black Cassette Edition"
SUM0031
$10 postpaid in US.


"In many ways, though, Love Ain’t No Mystery occupies a different universe than its predecessors. Where '80s Lewis was smooth as silk—an enigmatic soft-rock savant—'90s Lewis is raw and direct. His subject matter is still love, but he’s shifted from seduction and romance to heartbreak and loss, and he wants to tell you about it without filters." (pitchforkmedia.com)
Lewis & Clarke
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Lewis & Clarke - Bare Bones and Branches "Deluxe Cassette Edition"  
SUM0038
$10 postpaid in US.

Back in print on cassette! This new 10 year anniversary edition contains four unreleased bonus tracks from the Euro edition. Digital download included.

"a whisper of an album, lovely without being precious, moody without being beleaguering." (No Depression)
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Cold Coffee - Laundromat
SUM0034
(Limited Edition Pressing of 100 cassettes)
$9 postpaid in US.

"The music of Cold Coffee is somewhere between punk and new wave and that's one of the best places to be. As I type this, I must admit that my coffee has gone cold (which won't stop me from drinking it) but I also noticed a deal of coffee grounds in it, which always makes me more upset. Anyway, I must stick with the music. It's a punk version of Cheap Trick. It's the Romantics, "Just What I Needed" and yes, Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" all wrapped into one cassette."  (raisedbygypsies.com)
Digital Releases
Tigers Jaw
Tigers Jaw - Belongs to the Dead
Digital Release

"I'm happy to say that kids are still making lo-fi recordings in basements and 'indie rock' is indeed alive and well and Tigers Jaw is proof.  There are moments on Belongs to the Dead when the drum sounds like a paper bag, and the recording quality is so compromised that you can't tell if it's intentional or not.  Those are the very  moments that make this record loveable in every way."  (Fake Jazz)

Tigers Jaw - Belongs To The Dead
The SW!MS
The SW!MS - Welcome to the Back of Beyond Digital Release

"
The SW!MS of Scranton, PA play an infectious brand of psychedelic music loaded with pop hooks and fuzzed out guitars.  Welcome to the Back of Beyond is a collection of demos, outtakes and alternate versions of songs from some of their previous releases, all wrapped up in some insane cover art.  Fans of the Apples in Stereo and the Flaming Lips will certainly enjoy all of the sugary sweet melodies and offbeat instrumentals packed into this."  (Foxy Digitalis)

Download it at our Bandcamp Site
Various Artists - The Corwood Variations
Digital Release
(A Collection of Jandek Tribute Outtakes)


"The collection is a pretty quirky mix of artists either covering or creating Jandek inspired tunes.  Summersteps Records' Eric Schlittler made solid decisions when creating this compilation.  He captures the adoration of the mysterious Jandek and Corwood through the music of people like himself who sought his music and found beauty and joy (or pain) in it."  (Foxy Digitalis)

Download it at our Bandcamp Site

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Summersteps Records T- Shirt

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Professionally Printed & 100 % Cotton

$8 postpaid in US
Psychatrone Rhonedakk
on Black Plastic Sound via Summersteps
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Psychatrone Rhonedakk - American Primitive Electronics CD BPS 0010
$9.00 postpaid in US

Psychatrone Rhonedakk celebrates his 10 year anniversary with his latest offering.  A double LP's worth of material at a nice price.  The album features new and previously unreleased cuts from the vaults along with remixes and remastered tracks from out of print vinyl and limited CD-R releases.  A excellent survey course into Psychatrone's psychedelic worlds of sound.
Psychatrone Rhonedakk - Disturbs the Air
CD BPS 008
$9.00 postpaid in US

"Prime-era Ash Ra, Tangerine Dream and other electronic pioneers who have been oft-quoted find a very unique phrasing in Psychatrone's music; in the past his recordings were often full of warm and fuzzy sketches of analog om-ness, but now distilled into cold, freezing nuggets of dark fully structured songs that include perfectly adapted covers of Gandalf, Bill Martin and Warren Zevon bathed in a stark vocal performance."  (WFMU Beware of the Blog)
Psychatrone Rhonedakk with Cotton Casino - Baron Von Rhonedakk and The Crystal Sun
CD BPS 007 
$9.00 postpaid in US

"Psychedelic guitar warlord Psychatrone Rhonedakk and ex- Acid Mothers Temple synth/sitar player Cotton Casino join forces on a work of mindbending beauty.  Songs by Roger Waters, Neu! and Nazareth(!) are cloned and bent out of shape with insane ingenuity."  (The Wire)
Psychatrone Rhonedakk - Keep On Psychedelic Mind!
CD BPS 005
$9.00 postpaid in US

"...very much in the tradition of private press luminaries like Simones and St. Mikeal.  The Acid Mothers tribute, "Theme From Acid Mother Lovers"; is particularly deranged, with tumbling electronics and high frequency flashes slowly giving way to what sounds like Godzilla terrorizing Nagoya.  The CD moves from heavy machine and guitar interactions to spaced tape manipulations, cut with daft hippy humour."  (The Wire)
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Lewis - Hawaiian Breeze
SUM0035
(Limited Edition Pressing of 100 cassettes) 
$10 postpaid in US. 

"Lewis is purported to be a mystery, Hawaiian Breeze another lost album dug from the trenches of lord-knows-where. I don’t know about all that; I just like what I hear in a Dennis Wilson kinda way. If this was created in modern times, as I suspect, I can understand why they chose the PR angle they did because Breeze has a timeless quality to it, not to mention fine soul vocals that could come from a number of sources (i.e., they could have been manufactured somehow). The songs plod along to synths set in the ’70s, trumpets locked in the ’80s, and guitars locked onto, alternately, Jandek and arena rock."(Consequence of Sound's Aux Out - Next Little Things)   
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