Announcing: The Cairo Gang – Tiny Rebels
Friday May 24th 2013, 7:17 am
Filed under: Empty Cellar,Video,Vinyl Releases

The Cairo Gang - Tiny Rebels

"That playful dichotomy between big and small turns out to be the anchor for the album’s title track, a pretty, march-like drone drenched in so much reverb the sunny vocal harmonies sound like they’re shining in through a pinhole."
- Pitchfork

Empty Cellar Records is proud to introduce to you the first single from Tiny Rebels, the forthcoming album by The Cairo Gang (out 7/23). Listen below and watch a video by Angel Olsen for an alternate mix of the track. Pre-order HERE

Track Listing:
Side A: Tiny Rebels / Take Your Time / Shake Off
Side B: Shivers / Father Of The Man / Find You With A Song

Tiny Rebels is a new collection of songs by The Cairo Gang. They are about awareness. They show a new economy in the work of The Cairo Gang’s leader Emmett Kelly, conjuring up quick and defined songs un-housed in the shimmering of two burning electric 12-string guitars. the sound of them a swirling desert night sky under which songs call to arms multiple voices that long to be freed from the contraints of song. to be re-blooded in a frenzy of hard hitting drums and bass. all the while set against a wild array of compressed overtones that jangle by the hand of Kelly’s inversly delicate touch.

In The Cairo Gang’s previous efforts The Corner Man and the Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy collaboration The Wondershow of the World, Kelly displayed a heaviness in subtlety. The songs laboured over and performed so that the fire and rage were things to play in tandem with, as a pranaic exercise even. the result is audience for a certain type of in-tuneness, that although powerful and realized, nurture both the playing and the fire and the rage… this can be a dangerous place. this leads to Tiny Rebels. Recorded in a week, it is an epiphany of sorts. it is the boiling point that which Kelly surrendered to in one sense, but obliterated in another. the songs are empowering leaps of faith:

“Say what you want, babe. dont just sit and listen to what you are told. you’ve got what it takes.
Lord knows the only way that can suit you well.”

And from that leap they fall at a speed..

The sound of this record is what distinguishes it the most from previous works. Each song has the same instrumentation. two electric 12-string guitars, bass, and drums, with many voices often double tracked exciting a gorgeous spring reverberation and cut fiercely onto quarter inch tape. always in the red and fighting for space, the layers are deeply compressed and pulsating, creating an un-ease that fluctuates as if the listener is in a vacuum, pushing and pulling. or a wave pool. when cranked, it sounds as if there is music happening beyond the music. in the abstraction of the guitar sound. in the spacial irrecognition of the tape and reverb. the non-presence of the drums.. the jagged tremoloes. The Cairo Gang has armed itself well on this record. turn it up loud and let it wash over you like an ocean.

Reserve your copy!


Coming sooooon! New album by The Cairo Gang ‘Tiny Rebels’
Friday May 10th 2013, 8:23 am
Filed under: Empty Cellar,Vinyl Releases

We have settled on the release date for the new mini-album by The Cairo Gang. It will be released on July 23rd 2013 on Empty Cellar and The Disneyland Reform Party.

It is unlike anything the gang has done before… that is all we can say for now.


New Video: Cool Ghouls – “Natural Life” + Cassette on Burger Records!
Monday May 06th 2013, 9:35 am
Filed under: Empty Cellar,Live Music,Video,Vinyl Releases

This is the first music video by Cool Ghouls, taken from their debut Self-Titled LP on Empty Cellar (available here).

Tomorrow, Tuesday 5/7, BURGER RECORDS will be releasing their self-titled debut on cassette!

ALSO tomorrow, they will be headlining this month’s Wood Shoppe at Brick and Mortar


Introducing the Cool Ghouls – Debut album out 4/23 on Empty Cellar!
Wednesday April 03rd 2013, 8:50 am
Filed under: Empty Cellar,Vinyl Releases

Cool Ghouls - Self-titled debut album

“[Cool Ghouls] self-titled album is a concoction of an unlikely mix; drawing on psychedelic deliciousness, country style twang and even strands of feverish, pure pop to mash up a killer new sound.” - Filter Magazine

Empty Cellar Records is proud to bring you the debut self-titled album (recorded by Tim Cohen (Fresh and Onlys / Magic Trick)), by San Francisco’s latest and greatest, Cool Ghouls (In stores worldwide on 4/23). Pre-order below…

In the words of Tim Cohen (Fresh and Onlys / Magic Trick)

“First things first: Cool Ghouls are not a retro act. If you seek musical salvation in the form of mop-topped mannequins with vintage riffs and hand-me-down rags, please stop reading. Yes, the Cool Ghouls borrowed their name from George Clinton’s Funkadelic-era pre-show banter. Yes, they dwell penniless in the storied hills of culturally resurgent San Francisco. But these boys have their feet firmly planted in the soil of the now. They look not backwards for approving nods of hipster forebears, but rather skyward, hoping that the “supernatural forces” they yodel for, guide them to all corners of a half-deserving world. Truth be told, this being their first official release, they may even be a bit naïve in their dogged pursuit of the true-blue, home-spun, rock and roll lifestyle.

If one were to ascribe to them a 60′s-reverent description, as one often does in the case of San Francisco bands, one would most likely find an artistic kinship with some the most inimitable, idiosyncratic, yet unmistakably influential bands of the retro-fitting oeuvre. The Troggs, The Monks, Sir Douglas Quintet come to mind immediately. (Save your Kinks and Rolling Stones references.) Like the aforementioned, the Ghouls are natural heirs to the folkloric lineage which precedes them, adding dashes of weirdness where needed. And despite their mid-fi leanings and natural fit within the current pantheon of San Francisco rock ‘n’ roll bands (Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall), theirs is a timeless record, which will hopefully transcend the descriptors (garage, psych, etc.) that will undoubtedly plague it in the blogosfear. The reason being – they write good SONGS.

These young men have honed their three-headed vocal attack in front of ambitious and unexpected chord progressions, an unrelenting rhythm section, and a keen ear for harmony. Theirs is a trifecta of songwriting styles, ranging from the raspy, rambling psychedelic soul of longhair Pat McDonald (“Grace”), to the high yonder twang of bassist Pat Thomas (“Natural Life”), to the boisterous, fever-pitched, perfect pop of lead guitarist Ryan Wong. Despite the seeming disparity between styles, the Ghouls make it work. Theirs is a truly democratic song-making process, wherein all members are eager to contribute their most zealous performances. Hence, the debut record, an adventurous, colorful romp seen through the eyes of old-souled youths, feels wholly coherent and intentional. The self-assuredness of their songwriting is evident. And no, the Ghouls are not afraid to wear their influences on their sleeves; this is partly what makes the record so digestible. It doesn’t claim to be anything other than what it is; a record for now, a record for then, and a record for forever.”

Pre-order the LP!


Tonight Cool Ghouls debut their forthcoming LP in San Francisco
Monday March 25th 2013, 3:13 pm
Filed under: Empty Cellar,Live Music,Vinyl Releases

Tonight! Cool Ghouls unveil their new album out April 23rd on Empty Cellar Records.

Mon, March 25, 2013
Meat Market,
Buffalo Tooth,

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Brick & Mortar Music Hall

Tickets HERE
Pre-order HERE


SF Tonight! Sonny & The Sunsets, Magic Trick, Cool Ghouls, Dune Rats
Saturday March 02nd 2013, 2:29 pm
Filed under: Empty Cellar,Live Music

SF Tonight!
Noise Pop and Empty Cellar Present:

Sonny & The Sunsets
Magic Trick
Cool Ghouls
Dune Rats

8PM 3/2/2012
Bottom of The Hill
1233 17th St
San Francisco

More info and Tickets


Pillars and Tongues performing twice this weekend in Chicago
Thursday January 10th 2013, 8:49 pm
Filed under: Live Music

“The band defies easy categorization, unless you’re looking in that bin marked “essential.” – Chicago Tribune

Pillars and Tongues are performing two highly recommended shows this weekend in Chicago.

9:30 PM on Saturday, January 12th @ The Empty Bottle 1035 W. North Ave.
The Soft Moon
Majical Cloudz
Pillars and Tongues (1st of 3)

Read a preview for the Pillars and Tongues’ highly recommend set at the Chicago Tribune.

6 PM on Sunday, January 13th @ Saki!, 3716 w. fullerton ave.
Pillars and Tongues

Recommended by Windy Rock City.


California Tour dates for The Cairo Gang & Joshua Abrams’ Natural Information Society
Wednesday November 07th 2012, 3:36 pm
Filed under: Live Music,Uncategorized,Vinyl Releases


Dylan Shearer New York and San Francisco Shows
Thursday October 18th 2012, 3:12 pm
Filed under: Live Music,Vinyl Releases

Dylan Shearer is getting on a plane! And going to New York! And playing some shows! Our man, Dylan Shearer is gonna be in the Big Apple this weekend playing the We Listen For You CMJ showcase at the Rockwood Music Hall. The show’s this Saturday and starts at 12 – a seriously perfect chance to catch an afternoon drink. And it’s FREE. RSVP HERE.

The very next day, Shearer will make the trip out to Long Island City to play at the Resobox gallery. You can escape the CMJ madness and check out that event HERE.

Saturday, October 20: We Listen For You CMJ Showcase – Houndmouth, Port St. Willow, ARMS (acoustic set), Dylan Shearer, Conveyor (acoustic set) @ Rockwood Music Hall, Manhattan

Sunday, October 21: Dylan Shearer, Paradise Club, Wage Workers @ Resobox, Long Island City

Thus ends Dylan Shearer’s 2012 New York adventure, but his journey continues next Tuesday right here in sunny (for now) San Francisco. He will be playing the final night of Tim Cohen’s residency at Amnesia. Dylan ought to be pretty wiped by then, so come through, bring him some coffee, then stay for the DOPE show.

Tuesday, October 23: Tim Cohen, Dylan Shearer, Jessica Pratt @ Amnesia, SF


The Cairo Gang Live Shows + More
Monday September 24th 2012, 7:37 pm
Filed under: Live Music,Vinyl Releases

The Cairo Gang is playing some rad live shows this month in support of the The Corner Man (out 10/23). THEY WILL EXPLODE YOUR DOME!

Live Cairo Gang Dates:
9/26 – The Dirty Three + The Cairo Gang, Lincoln Hall, Chicago

9/27 – The Dirty Three + The Cairo Gang, Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis

10/9 – The Cairo Gang, FREE In-store at Reckless Records (Broadway), Chicago (EXCLUSIVE PRE-RELEASE!)

10/24 – Crime and the City Solution + The Cairo Gang, Slims, San Francisco

…also catch Pillars and Tongues tomorrow, Tuesday, night at Subterranean in Chicago!

9/25 – Here We Go Magic, Pillars and Tongues, Golden Birthday, Subterranean, Chicago

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Announcing The Cairo Gang’s The Corner Man + Track Premiere on YVYNYL
Wednesday September 19th 2012, 12:16 pm
Filed under: Empty Cellar,Vinyl Releases

He’s a man who loves music with every fiber of his being, and that comes through on tracks like this. – Mark Schoneveld, YVYNYL

Empty Cellar Records is proud to present our latest release The Corner Man, by Chicago’s notorious The Cairo Gang (In stores 10/23). PREORDER the album HERE

The Corner Man is the much-anticipated new LP by The Cairo Gang and the first full-length of new material since the impossible to find ’06 record Twyxt Wyrd. In the time between, Emmett Kelly and The Gang has worked on various projects including 2010′s Holy Clover, EP (Empty Cellar), and collaborations with Bonnie “Prince” Billy for the critically acclaimed LP and 10″, The Wondershow of the World and Island Brothers, both on Drag City. This is their first full length for Empty Cellar, and we couldn’t be more psyched to see how it’s come together. The Corner Man is a marked departure from Wondershow in presenting a diverse program of songs that explores Kelly’s own singular voice and production styles. It contains lush, full arrangements that span from tentative and intimate ballads, to searing guitar and deep pocket drumming – always with the lead voice way out front and a wild bed of gorgeous harmony just behind it.

On this effort Emmett is joined by Chicago musicians Leroy Bach (Wilco, The Boogie Band), Ben Babbitt (Pillars and Tongues, This Is Cinema), Sam Wagster (The Father Costume), avant-garde pianist Ben Boye. Mixed with worldly recording wizard David Vandervelde and mastered by Paul Oldham, The Corner Man is presented on glorious vinyl in an elegant old-style paste-on sleeve and letter-pressed obi.

Track Listing:
Side A: Everybody Knows / Now You are One of Us / Gland in Gland / Put on a Smile
Side B: Gone is the Light / Freak / Ill Force / There is Something Here

Pre-order: HERE
Learn more about The Cairo Gang: Emmett Kelly on Wikipedia


Dylan Shearer will debut Porchpuddles live Aug. 7th at Brick and Mortar FREEEE!
Thursday August 02nd 2012, 2:30 am
Filed under: Live Music

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Empty Cellar Showcase!
Tuesday June 19th 2012, 10:45 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

The Fuckaroos (Sonny Smith), Joseph Chilldress, Pillars and Tongues, and Grace Sings Sludge (of the Sandwitches) are playing this Thursday (6/21/2012) at the Hemlock Tavern for our first ever label showcase. Big thanks to (((folkYEAH!))) for co-presenting this very special event.


Magic Trick – Ruler of The Night (Hardly Art) Available Now!
Wednesday June 13th 2012, 10:29 am
Filed under: Community,Vinyl Releases

The sophomore album by Tim Cohen’s band Magic Trick came out yesterday and we have a few copies available at the Endless Nest Store

“Ruler of the Night is acclaimed songwriter Tim Cohen’s second LP under the Magic Trick portmanteau. Together with vocalists Noelle Cahill and Alicia Vanden Heuvel (Aislers Set), and James Kim (Kelly Stoltz’s band), Cohen has crafted a lush, absorbing, and alternately uplifting and devastating pop tapestry. All LPs include a download code.”

Get your copy here:

Vinyl LP + Shipping Options

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New Sandwitches Video, “Heaviest Head in The West” premiered on A Shaded View of Fashion
Tuesday June 05th 2012, 11:03 am
Filed under: Video,Vinyl Releases

Directed by ada bligaard søby, cinematography adam nilsson and ada bligaard søby, edited by jacob schulsinger, music by The Sandwitches from the album Mrs. Jones Cookies