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massdist on 01/18/2018 at 10:33PM

The NO PEDDLERS Discography Now Up On The FMA

No Peddlers is Colin Langenus and Jonah Rapino.

No Peddlers is the first band either of us ever released original music with.

For over 20 years, we have continued to make tapes, cdrs, and movie, as well as founding and managing Mass Dist.

This marks the first time No Peddlers' music has all been available together online.

Warm is our first tape from 1994. It contains the first songs we ever wrote. Pretty straight ahead acoustic guitar and violin.

Corn Smugglers was a double cassette mostly put together by Jonah. It still has the folk roots but things are getting weirder. Our friends liked this one a lot.

Dueling Psychos is a wonderful mess. 48 songs featuring all of our friends. In retrospect, more about the community than the music.

Live 97 we were in our punk folk mania period.

Finding 2000 is a movie Jonah made about a road trip we took in 1999 where we kept running into Elvis. This is the soundtrack featuring music we scored years later along with handheld street recordings from our trip.

X Members 1 and 2 is where we broke up but made solo albums together

and

Rap Album - the best album ever!

THANKS FOR LISTENING!

MASS DIST, baby...

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massdist on 01/11/2018 at 09:41PM

The Two Usaisamonster Improv Tapes Now Up On The FMA

Usaisamonster was a band for 9 years. When it started there was a lot of jamming but over time it became soley focused on composition.

The songwriting became more and more complex and progressive and the improv completely went out the window.

We became better at songwriting than improvisation but I'm glad we scraped together these two jam tapes.

USAISAMANTRA is 2 live recordings from 2007. We never jammed live at this point but decided to for these two gigs.

KITES IS A MUDBOY is 2 colab recordings, one with Kites and one with Mudboy. It was just about trying something new with friends.

Thanks for listening!

MASSDIST

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massdist on 01/04/2018 at 10:55PM

Bi G K discography now on the FMA

Bi G K was / is a band comprised of 2 friends - Michael Troutman (Weirding Module, Awesome Color, Violent Ramp, etc) and myself, Colin Langenus.

Being buddys and DIY guys, we knew that the best way to hang out was to start a band. 

We made 3 tapes over a couple years - 2007 or so, not sure, it's a blur.

Taking inspiration from early Wolf Eyes, Shuggie Otis, and Rupert Holmes, we'd come up with a simple joke, in a Michigan fashion, and then hammer on it.

In retrospect it blows my mind that on top of all the other musical things we were up to then we took the time to do this but we were good and we were having a blast.

It's all we could do.

The 3 incredible tapes are:

Live At Tommys Tavern - originally a split with Monogamous Octopus

Making Love After Midnight - which came in a purse

and

Strawberry Island - a Shuggie Otis tribute

You won't be sorry 

MASS DIST

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massdist on 11/28/2017 at 01:35PM

JONAH RAPINO - The Complete Mass Dist Works

Let us celebrate my hero, Jonah Rapino.

His music is light years ahead, I'll explain.

Jonah, I think, is a musical visionary, in that, he see’s music, and this includes an advanced mind when it comes to writing, arranging, producing, performing, editing, the whole nine. I've sat beside him many times making records, and to see him sculpt the sound, hearing things that you can't hear, creating future music, has endlessly inspired me. And let it be known that Jonah is my partner here at Mass Dist so bear with my bias. But his body of music represents boundless creativity and forward thinking. Within these projects Jonah has experimented with live quadrophonic sound, DIY visuals, theatrics, costumes, string ensembles, electronics, etc, and his sublime production. He was way ahead of, not only his friends, but the scene, in general. And best of all - the music. Jonah is a violinist, so prepare to be entertained by violin over beats, people. He's trying new things. Curently, Jonah has moved on to Ethiopian Orchestras, Big Time Movie Soundtracks, and his beloved Devil Music, but maybe if we scream loud enough he’ll humor us with new diy recordings. Jonah! Jonah! Jonah!

And now, on the Free Music Archive, Jonah Rapino's Complete Mass Dist Works:

New Millenium String Band

New Millenium String Ensemble 1

New Millenium String Ensemble 2

Music For String Quartet

Berbere Superstar

Question Band

Adventures In Flying Soundtrack

Ex Members

Filthy La Bottom

and

High

ALL HERE AT MASS DIST

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massdist on 11/02/2017 at 09:10PM

Tom Hohmann's complete Y2K 4 track cassette output now up on the FMA!

Tom Hohmann aka Elvish Presley aka Black Elf aka Elf P aka Usaisamonster etc's 3 awesome 4 track albums from '99 and 2000 are up on the FMA!

The immortal classic Elvish Presley Cdr is here. This music spawned a cult following showcased on a DIY tour with a lightshow, nude scene, rapping, costumes, the whole 9. It's a classic.

Elf P is where Tom's "Elf thing" all started. Featuring hits and riffs. This one still sounds good to me.

And Dada is Tom and Leif Ritchey aka Shades aka Tom's best friend when they were kids' 1999 weekend recording goof off. I don't think I heard this one at the time. It really holds up! No one wants to hear songs anymore. Folks want mellow weird jams, right? Well, this album is just one mellow weird jam. 

It's all right here --> MASSDIST

Get in there, people :)

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