Hide the Herbs!

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Today we present a barn-burning new single called “Herb Stripper,” a collaboration between two of our fair label’s finest: Witchcatcher and Sundaymorningmusic. Try this one out on a long run on the treadmill or zipping around some country roads (it’s been a perfect soundtrack for excursions to and from CBR’s new West Coast HQ the past few days).

For our B-side this week, we’re featuring a tune called “All Those Days” from the new record we’re dropping today for everyone who’s subscribed to our Circuit Breaker Record Club, Hallelujah Boy’s early career retrospective, Goodbye to the Goodbye Girls: Singles 1998-2004. Packed with 12 lo-fi hits (including “New Paint on the Old Glass Bird” and “Holy Rollers”) recorded in basements, rehearsal rooms, school auditoriums and a couple different bedrooms, this is the definitive introduction to HB’s formative years.MONTREAL

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Witchcatch this!

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This month we continue the work we’ve begun since February, releasing both new singles from our stable of CBR artists in addition to unleashing records old and new for our loyal subscribers to the Circuit Breaker Record Club. (Not a subscriber? What are you waiting for? Click that robot!!)

First up is the latest from our old friend Witchcatcher, with a nice drony tune entitled, “3rd Opus in Yr Mao.” It was first conceived between WC’s tenure in both Textbook Copilot and Short Term Memes, and features members of Soviet Onion on bass and drums.

a0140597067_2-2For the B-side, we paired it up with “Heavy Breathing,” a tune from the latest release for our Record Club, the definitive Gifthorse live record, Diamonds in the Trough: Live 1998-2001 (fun CBR trivia: this song is actually a cover of an Infinite Transmissions Project song from their first record, should you want to compare.) Subscribe today and grab the whole record, plus all of the other fine material we’ve made available. photo-27

Finally, we’re proud to announce that CBR’s West Coast HQ has relocated to a new location, high up in the mountains near Topanga Canyon. Check out a view from the new office!

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Over here at CBR HQ, we believe.

We believe in the USA Men’s National team down in Brazil right now (though we have realistic expectations for the upcoming rounds).

We believe in the power of suggestion. Wait- have you signed up for the Circuit Breaker Record Club yet? If not, why not? Click here!

Finally, we believe in Circuit Breaker Records, and in the power of music to change lives daily.photo-25 Further, we believe in the people that help us make this label possible, and today we’re featuring one long-time contributor with this week’s single. Sam Margolis has contributed to nearly every Song Club we’ve hosted and he’s back again with his version of “Always Thought.”

You can grab a hold of this song and all of the other versions of “Always Thought” by subscribing to the Record Club; you’ll be able to grab the Always Thought EP and the reissued Exploding Hearts (In June) EP from Hallelujah Boy & the Killowatt Kids, which we’re also previewing this week with our B-side, “Whatever it Takes.”

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The Kids are back in town!

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Aw yeah! Summer is here (hear?) and there are no Bananarama covers to be found in this post (although we highly recommend the one by the unsinkable Superchunk)! Instead we’ve got the lead track from Exploding Hearts in June. The EP, a collaboration between Hallelujah Boy and the elusive and illustrious Killowatt Kids is filled to the brim, full of pop hits. The crack rhythm section of the Kids combine to make one of the Poppier with a capital “P” for Perfection releases in the mighty Hallelujah Boy canon. Dig!

Accompanying our exploding hearts (in June) is another tuneful ditty connected to summer. We’ve got Ghost Creator Now, from last year’s Song Club, Round 2. Summer Trash offers up their version, a dirty little garage rocker that will get your head nodding and fist in the air. Dug!

Manitowoc Rises!

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May’s very nearly come and gone, and it’s about time that we make something new available to our loyal members of the Circuit Breaker Record Club. Today we revisit our latest and arguably second greatest Song Club, where 5 different artists provided their own unique take on the song title, “Always Thought.” flying

Today for this week’s single we’re featuring the latest version of that title, by the newest act to contribute to our fledgling cause, L.A.’s own Manitowoc. Featuring members of Hallelujah Boy and one-time Song Club contributor Socialist Salesman, this brand new project is currently gathering songs for their first EP (and seeking a bass player). For the B-side, we selected another fine tune from our latest Record Club release, the Infinite Transmissions Project’s Thirteen Voices Throne. Click here to join up and grab your very own copy of the record (and so much more!)

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