News

13 July, 2014

It's with great pleasure that I welcome Stars Are Insane to the Almost Halloween Time Records family. Stars Are Insane is a long running 4 track home recording project that was started in 1998 by Mike Andriani of Yes Sensei/Dude Japan and Rok Lok Records that has mixed the lo fi sincere acoustic melodic-ism of early Sebadoh with the noisy, shoegazing guitar drones of My Bloody Valentine to create something rather unique. Predominantly a solo project with scattered accompaniment throughout the discography. Influenced by Shrimper Records, K Records, field recordings, collages and tape trading.

These songs were written in response to Mike's trip up the west coast this past winter and even feature field recordings from said excursion.

'When Last We Met' is out on Cassette, every copy comes with unique hand-drawn sleeve and it's limited to 50 copies
Lights in Las Vegas

Lights in Las Vegas


9 February, 2014

''A great indie rock record. Actually more specifically a great dreamy post-rock record. And I love dreamy post-rock. At least that's what I would call it. And considering I started The Flower Shop Recordings as a hand-stamped hand-numbered limited edition 7'' record label I also love the fact that Mote and Almost Halloween Records from Italy are releasing this as a limited edition (I believe 100?) hand-painted double-vinyl LP. Respect. The infamous Gentse collective Kinky Star (label/bar/hedonism) are also releasing this digitally but if I wasn't currently living out of a suitcase I know where my money would go...''

Robin Proper-Sheppard (Sophia/The God Machine/The Flower Shop Recordings)

Robin, if I knew how to reach you, I'll send you a copy for sure. I'm a huge fan of your music. ''Vulnerable in The A.M. Light'' is available in two editions, one with hand-drawn sleeves (50 copies) and one with professionally printed sleeves (50 copies). Double vinyl.

Here's some info on the band:

Founded in a galaxy far away, Mote was discovered by Patrick Bruyneel at the legendary Democrazy club in Ghent, Belgium. As a result, Mote's first outing was as support act for Smog, featuring Bill Callaghan and Cynthia Dall on the band's Burning Kingdom tour. In the years that followed Mote would support a host of U.S. role models, including Guv'ner, The Grifters, Archers of Loaf, Unwound and Blonde Redhead. Mote released singles and EP's on Rotten Windmill Recs, Blackbean and Placenta Recs, Toothpick Recs, Ubik Recs and Schrimper Recs. Despite band members spreading their wings across the globe (Sydney, NYC, San Francisco, Brussels, Ledeberg...) Tom Lezaire, Lobke D'Hespeel, Ben Depoorter and Glen Steenkiste found time to get together at irregular intervals to record the full length album ''Vulnerable in the a.m. light'', which we have released on 100 vinyl discs.
Vulnerable In The A.M. Light

Vulnerable In The A.M. Light


7 February, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen, Almost Halloween Time Records is proud to announce the release of Innuendo: The Italian Way, the latest album by Will Simmons & The Upholsterers. Hand-drawn sleeves, illustrations of the lyrics, all different.

This is a corelease with one of my favourite labels of all times: Unread Records.

And here's a nice review by Quayle Smithers.

Winter's End is its Own Revenge

''I've struggled with this. I've ripped so many pieces of paper out of my typewriter and crumpled them up that I look like I've been on the losing end of a snowball fight. The thing is I've got so much to say about this record and so little liner note space. The main thing: Will is back! He's been around tribute-and-country-banding it up, but now it's his material that he's bringing to life. It's good to have him back. Hearing his voice, thoughts and music made me realize how much I missed him. Will's sole focus has always been on the music. Now he's further exploring, through his band, different instrumentation like subtle synth and heroic trombone riffs. I don't always care what's going on when it sounds this good.

So you're going to be listening to whatever particular format you find this recording on and, of course, you're going to form your own opinions about what you're hearing. I'm here to give you a few interpretations of my own. I have been sorting through the clutter that surrounds me, looking for my preview copy of the recording in all my Quayle piles, distracted by scraps of paper and trying to decide what I'm supposed to do with them. I get cold seeing the winter sun dwindling too early. The Upholsterers have recorded a soundtrack to my gray day. Out of coffee! How can I get anything done under these conditions?

This is a pretty damn good tiger song! I mean who else is writing tiger songs, zookeepers maybe? It's late, it's night and it's cold, and then you realize what you must do: Bust out that one string guitar solo. When in doubt bust it out. What's all this crap on the keyboard? You know I can't type with old drafts draped across my fingers.

I'm cleaning as I listen and paper piles are layered like snowflakes making snowbanks and Will is singing about birds with bird sound effects and it makes me want to just hold on until I can hear real birds singing—just get through the winter to something better and the horn blasts. Hang on for spring, for some warmth, some brighter skies, some hope. You can hear the theme and the passion in the trombone landscapes as the birds look for greenery through the grimy snow above the brown mud.

Yeah, so ''Landscape With Stag and Hound'' seems to be inspired by the inside of a castle with an electronic zither plugged in by Prince Harry wearing a Bob Dylan t-shirt--royally psychedelic. We can only be glad that no one took pictures. Majestic in its imagery and sonic artistry, the song transports me to a misty Hipgnosis album cover world. How am I going to keep this organized? I got piles of receipts that aren't mine. I got pictures of dogs wearing birthday hats for birthday cards because everyone should see a picture of a dog wearing a birthday hat on their birthday. I got a screenplay. Paper, paper, so much paper driving me mad.

''Waiting For the Night'' features one loping guitar riff that I could listen to all night! Can I borrow a file folder? It will help me organize. Envelopes pile up, empty envelopes. Robins get name dropped. Robins are birds. Time is going so fast. The second hand is like the minute hand it just keeps moving then there's a jazzy trombone solo, one that a Robin might like to listen to. It's guitar solo vs. trombone solo then, mon Dieu! - a bass solo. And this isn't even a solo album!

Traveling around town, looking at churches, but everyone seems lonely and the trombone adds isolation. Just a little sun that can't warm this day to add to the mood and people wearing long coats—too cold to socialize. I really can't explain...the light, the winter light, the weather we all have to survive just to get to a better day taking me back to a sixties solo man blow my mind why don't you?

If ''The Telephone'' is not one of the greatest songs about telephones ever written then it's a screenplay that's been boiled down to be a song. There's a character. He's crazy. He's working too much. He's a badass who talks a good game. Most people expect to see him expired in a ditch by the side of the road while his car door remains open with this song playing on the car stereo.

We're out on a lonely night—that's a literal translation of the song title and overly simplistic but you get Will as a guy who's out and about looking at stuff, maybe breaking out a little notepad and writing a line here and there. The cathedral could tell you everything but it's gone, gone into the darkness, gone into history. Is it a misty night or watery eyes? Life can get sad for a moment; pull your coat or your gal closer to try to get to some warmth and let's keep moving and block it all out with trombone!

Then there's is a tongue in cheek nod to the flu, I think. So it's more of a love song. Oh man where is the trombone? Busy and fun with loopy quick fluid guitar twirls with bouncy drums, got to have some heat around here. There's a lyric that makes me blush out loud. I'd stick a trombone in there. Clipboards, I got a clipboard collection. I have a collection of everything. Madness. The only cure is trombone!''

Quayle Smithers, Portland, Winter of 2013.
First: I tricked the tiger

First: I tricked the tiger


25 January, 2014

One night Joe Speedboat went drunk as Dunedin and recorded two hours worth of material on the spot with Wim’s phone. A selection of all this is now released as a 15 minute cassette on Almost Halloween Time Records. Hearing back these recordings we’re left wondering whether there really was a kazoo on it or was it just neighbour Noël honkin’ for den deurwaerder? Limited to 31 copies, hand-drawn sleeves, all different.

If you are planning to order some stuff, please always send an email first. Combined shipping is possible and the paypal thing sucks. It keeps adding shipping. With 10 or 15 euros according to where you live I can ship twenty tapes or four LPs.
Feast of the Upright Bass

Feast of the Upright Bass


24 January, 2014

I'm not going to sleep anymore, I won't go to sleep and try to stay awake for twentyhours a day. I'm supposed to draw a lot of things this winter with all the new releases on aht and the old ones and the ones I still haven't even desired to release. I will go crazy in the end, I know, but I really like Almost Halloween Time Records, it means a lot to me. January brings us the first female voice in our rooster. I've fallen in love with I Kill Cameron at first listening. I'm releasing her tape. I Kill Cameron, is one woman angsty folk ukulele music. I'm gonna draw 50 sleeves for her all different.
Like a Moth to the Flame

Like a Moth to the Flame


23 December, 2013

Post-jurassic Surfey Pop Bedroom Emo songs pertaining to a period occurring from 140 million years ago to today characterized by the absence of dinosaurs and the popularization of birds, mammals and post-dinosaurs. This is how Wikipedia would review Palm Tree Nursery debut songs. This is part of the Almost Halloween Time Records cassingle series that already features Ramon Speed with Wooden Horses, Köhn, Goosewind and Kostoglotov. Limited to 31 copies, hand-drawn sleeves, all different.
Post Dinosaurs

Post Dinosaurs


19 October, 2013

This is a preview of what is coming out on Almost Halloween Time Records this fall. I've just finished drawing the picture on the right, the paint is still wet but I can't no longer wait because I'm really excited about this album. It's the original motion picture soundtrack to a horrow movie and it's written by one of my favourite musicians Eric Morrison. It is going to be a limited edition of 100. All the sleeves are going to be different??? I think you already know the answer.
Satan

Satan


3 August, 2013

Today is the last day of work at my new job, I'll be on holidays soon and to celebrate this great event we have another new release. Math's debut on Almost Halloween Time Records. I love this album. Sleeves are going to be homemade, handdrawn as usual. The one on the right is copy number 1/50 and it's an homage to Katsuhiro Otomo, the director of Akira. If you will order this tape now, you will also understand why.
Tetsuo and Kaneda

Tetsuo and Kaneda


2 August, 2013

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of my favourite bands of all times - GOOSEWIND - we are proud to release this cassette album, a sort of greatest hits, it contains some of their best and most beautiful songs. The album is title Charlie Don't Surf and comes with portraits of Charlie, the band manager, on every sleeve.
Charlie

Charlie's portrait


29 July, 2013

Another debut on Almost Halloween Time Records. : 3 (aka Silly Cat Face) play lofi cat songs about death, anxiety and ghosts. Their influences are satan and scooby doo. I love these guys. Next sleeve will feature a ghost on fire... This is another limited edition of 50 copies with handdrawn sleeves...
Silly cat face

Silly cat face


28 July, 2013

File Me Under: Vampire - We named ourselves Almost Halloween Time Records but we haven't released yet any album dedicated to this special day we all love. October is far, we don't care... Restaurnaut's debut tape on AHT comes out today. So wear your scary masks and go and ask your neighbours for candies. 6 songs about halloween, vampires and evil monsters. All the sleeves are handdrawn and they will scary you to the bones. We draw sleeves on request, so please order your tape now. This is limited to fifty copies.
Registered Vampire

Registered Vampire


27 July, 2013

Songs about love... Almost Halloween Time Records is proud to announce the release of The Woman, the new album by INDN WAR DRUMS. We don't have many italian bands on our rooster, we used to have some but all their albums are long time out of print... so if you're wondering what we sound like these days, don't miss this tape... Handdrawn sleeves, you can choose your favourite animal mask and we'll draw it for you. Limited to 50 copies only.
Love songs

Love songs


18 July, 2013

Almost Halloween Time Records turns 30, Kostoglotov's new cassingle is our 30th release. We're really proud of this release. Two songs for ambient, drone, lo-fi, noise lovers.

This is part of our cassingle series and like all our releases comes with handdrawn unique sleeves. Only 31 copies...

We're working at many projects right now, two cassettes, three LPs... Did we say we wanted to slow down the things a little bit?
We love russian literature

We love russian literature


9 June, 2013

Almost Halloween Time Records is proud to announce that we're still handdrawing all the sleeves for our releases. I'm not as fast as in the past, but I'm still painstakingly handdrawing every single sleeve for you. If you order an album now you've got to be very patient as I've got a new job and I've got to reduce drastically the time I can dedicate to the handdrawing... but you can be sure you'll receive something unique in the end. This is how life goes here...
Like the people in Pompeii

Like the people in Pompeii


4 April, 2013

Umpo Scuzzi/Convicinio has come true. One side by Charlie McAlister, the other by Furniture Huschle. Can you ask for more? Order your copy now. There are only 100 pieces... 99 pieces.

Future projects, Will Simmons new LP, Mote double LP, Goosewind cassette and the soundtrack for an horror movie written and performed by one of my favourite musicians.
Box full of LPs

Box full of LPs


23 March, 2013

I can't resist, this is another preview of an album that is coming out on Almost Halloween Time Records in the next few weeks. Long announced, long awaited Convicinio/Umpo Scuzzi by Furniture Huschle and Charlie McAlister. It is a great pleasure to release something by two of my favourite artists that have released so many great tapes on Shrimper, Flannel Banjo, Hut Boy, Car in Car Disco Products. Convicinio/Umpo Scuzzi or the italian album as this was conceived in my country. Convicinio is a mysterious and fascinating place we have in Matera, Charlie sings about a failed trip to Italy on one of his songs and Umpo Scuzzi is supposed to mean something in my language. This is a split LP, one side by Furniture Huschle, the other by Charlie McAlister. Sleeves are going to be views of the city of matera, pompei, naples... about one hundred and ten copies only. You can preorder your copy now or wait until this one is out... three weeks?
Convicinio/Umpo Scuzzi

Convicinio/Umpo Scuzzi


22 March, 2013

Packages full of Bingo Trappers LPs in Bari. I feel rich this morning. Sister Planet is available in two editions one with handmade sleeve and the other with professionally printed sleeve, respectively 50 and 10 copies. Morc Records and the band have more copies of the pro-printed, so there are more than 10 copies of the pro-printed version in the world. This is a corelease. Handdrawn are available from Almost Halloween Time Records only, these are representations of some of the lyrics and are very limited. First copy, the homage to Neil Young's On The Beach is gone... going to draw more in the next few days.
AHT

AHT's treasure


20 March, 2013

'Sitting on the beach with my girl, Thinking 'bout the Revolution Blues' sings Waldemar Noe in 'Concern For The Bereaved'. The first sleeve I've drawn for Bingo Trappers' 'Sister Planet' is a homage to Neil Young's 'On The Beach'. The album is full of beautiful images and I'm going to have great fun in drawing all the sleeves. The Courier is late, I still haven't received the LPs but I feel like he is just 'round the corner so please feel free to order your copy of 'Sister Planet' now. You can choose between the homemade handdrawn version (limited to 50 copies) or the standard edition with professionally printed artwork (10 copies only). I still haven't been able to fix the paypal shipping calculation issue, so if you're planning to order more than one copy, I recommend you send me a mail first. Four LPs or just one doesn't make any difference for the italian postal service. So you can save a lot on shipping ordering more than one Almost Halloween Time release.
Thinking about the Revolution Blues

Thinking about the Revolution Blues


10 March, 2013

Spring is here and AHT is blossoming. We finally have a new website. We've passed from version 2.0 to version 10.0. In the course of the night, with a few simple clicks. All this wouldn't have been possible with the great help of Will Simmons, one of the best musicians around and a very talented web developer. We have a new gallery and a new catalog page displaying the entire Almost Halloween Time Records production. All the sleeves that we've been drawing, which are quite a lot now and are continuosly growing in number. And all the releases we've made for you.

This new version also signs the return of an old release we're really proud of. Out of catalog for years, now back in stock. Not a real reissue, as we've got only five or six copies for you.
Spring in Puglia

Spring in Puglia


8 March, 2013

If you live in the states and you're looking for some Almost Halloween Time records, I recommend you contact Rok Lok Records. They are carrying some of our releases... Rok Lok is also an amazing record label so don't forget to ask for their latest releases: Yes Sensei, Stars Are Insane, and the marvellous cassette singles club... this is what I'm obsessively listening to these days.
AHT releases available at Rok Lok Records

AHT releases available at Rok Lok Records


23 February, 2013

Almost Halloween Time Records is proud to announce the release of the new Bingo Trappers album: Sister Planet. Bingo Trappers are long time favorites of mine with albums on Shrimper, Luveable Nurse, Animal World Recordings, Morc and H Records...

This comes out in two editions. one with handdrawn slevees in the style of Almost Halloween Time Records (50 copies) and one with professionally printed sleeves.

This is a corelease with Morc, our second joint venture actually!!!! 'Cause we work well together.

Available soon, we're waiting for the courier.

In the meantime, please have a look to one of their last shows on youtube. Here they perform lots of the songs contained on Sister Planet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC79cSEXu9M

So with the Bingo Trappers album ready, the things still cooking in the oven for you are: Furniture Huschle/Charlie McAlister LP, Will Simmons LP and How Mammals Talk (Nicole Kidman/Pet Rock collaboration) LP. It is going to be a great 2013.
Bingo Trappers with Simon Joyner in Amsterdam

Bingo Trappers with Simon Joyner in Amsterdam


22 September, 2011

The folks over at Songs Heard on Fast Trains wrote a really nice review of Ed Gray & Company's The Old Bending River LP, calling it a times 'curious', 'gentle', 'menacing', 'tortured' and 'twisted'--that sounds about right.

Read the full review at http://www.shoft.org.uk/2011/09/22/edward-gray-the-old-bending-river/

Ed Gray & Company: The Old Bending River

Ed Gray & Company: The Old Bending River