Returning to zero

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Back in May, Manitowoc, one of the newest acts to join the Circuit Breaker Records fold, debuted their first single, “Always Thought.” Now, after months of work developing a sound and writing a cadre of songs, the band is making their live debut this weekend in Los Angeles. Tower2


To celebrate, we proudly present a brand new single from the band entitled “Follow Shapes.” Check out the slight surf-rock influences peppered throughout (especially Joel Stites’ jaunty organ line), all bolstered by a tight, yet rollicking vibe provided by the rhythm section of bassist Erik Neldner and drummer Lou Paniccia.


Our b-side today comes from the latest archival release we’re making available to our subscribers to the Circuit Breaker Record Club. The tune is “Out of the Window,” from the Infinite Transmissions Project‘s second record, Return to Zero. Having listened to several of Manitowoc’s unreleased recordings and demos, we know they have a little bit of a Strokes influence, and the idea lyrically for “Out of the Window” came out of a story about the Strokes throwing a demo tape on stage at a Guided by Voices show years and years ago.


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Subscribe today to the Circuit Breaker Record Club to get Return to Zero and many other CBR releases, and look for the debut EP from Manitowoc in the next couple months. Finally come out to see Manitowoc live this Sunday, October 19th, at the 3rd Annual Heyler Harvest Fest in West Los Angeles.


For those of you in Boston who caught the double dip of Circuit Breaker Records artists at O’Briens, you are probably wondering where you can hear some of those new textbookcopilot songs. Want no more (sort of). Check our their indiegogo campaign to record with rock legend J Robbins! We can’t wait to hear that record!


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Gifthorse, Diamonds in the Trough, Circuit Breaker RecordsIt’s our favorite month of the year here at Circuit Breaker Records and we’re celebrating in grand style (sorry February, Gifthorse still loves you). This week’s releases are specially chosen for autumnal tones and their oh so subtle pumpkin flavored sounds.

Kicking things off, we’ve got some serious meta Circuit Breaker Records action. Our A-Side is Gifthorse’s cover of Infinite Transmission Project’s Heavy Breathing. Further celebrating the Year of the Horse, the cover is taken from Gifthorse’s live compilation, Diamonds in the Trough. This particular take was culled from Gifthorse’s legendary final show in the hallowed halls of Trax in Charlottesville Virginia.


infinite transmissions project, circuit breaker records, homemade music, indie rock, the size of musicThis week’s B Side is the lead track from Infinite Transmission Project groundbreaking (at least for us) debut album, The Size of Music. The Size of Music emerged from an unfinished song that was passed between ex- Train in Vain and Gifthose members as a lark. That unfinished song became our B Side for the week, Half a Heart. The opening line “So I can adjust this?” sums up the ethos of no expectation exploration that ITP would come to embody. One song lead to many others (5 full album’s worth in fact). And if you want to hear the original version of our A Side, you can find in on The Size of Music too. Like what you hear? Subscribe to our Record Club and you’ll be able to download that and many other releases we’ve made available to our subscribers.

But wait–there’s more news. There are two Circuit Breaker Records artists making their live debuts in Rocktober. First up, we’ve got The Royal Me (p/k/a The Soviet Onion) playing in Boston with labelmates, Textbookcopilot. The show will be next Monday, 10.13.14 at O’Briens in Allston. The Royal Me will kick things off first to by followed shortly thereafter by Textbookcopilot. For more information about the show, click here.

Also, you might remember the debut single, “Always Thought,” from one of our newest acts, Los Angeles’ Manitowoc earlier this year. Next Sunday, 10.19.14, Manitowoc will be making their live debut; more info to come on this next week.


Your new favorite fall record is here

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A bold claim, perhaps. But today Circuit Breaker Records is pleased to announce the reissue of what would arguably the finest Hallelujah Boy record, except HB had a little help to create this near-masterpiece. The Diamond Fields of Meade, credited to Hallelujah Boy and Spider E. Graveyard (aka Witchcatcher, member of  The Royal Me), is a double album conceived as the soundtrack to a movie that was never filmed (or scripted for that matter), about two twins separated at birth who are never reunited, despite several failed attempts to bring them together throughout. Strings, pianos, instrumental interludes, musical themes that get revisited multiple times over the course of the records’ two hours plus running time- this one’s got everything and the kitchen sink. Headphones recommended. DFOM

We’re featuring two tunes from The Diamond Fields this week for our digital single; the A-side, “Something About Her,” should really be licensed for someone else’s indie rom-com soundtrack (hint hint), while the B-side, “All Things Considered,” is begging for licensing from the NPR program of the same name. In truth, one of our greatest aspirations for this record has always been for it to be featured on NPR (and for our moms to like it, cuz it’s not as loud and aggressive as most of the rest of our music).

New music is coming soon from HB and SG’s latest projects, Manitowoc and The Royal Me respectively. Stay tuned!

Hide the Herbs!

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No, not that kind.  photo-27

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!

Thanks for listening!