Just in time for the weekend we’re thrilled to announce the next release on Oaken Palace Records: Introducing our all-new Black Series, Noise-mastermind Merzbow will contribute one massive, sprawling, noisy drone, spanning over both sides of the record, ready and willing to grill your synapses!
You can read more about the release and the new Black Series in an extensive interview for Echoes and Dust, which was published earlier this week – click here to read.
Merzbow has named his album after the Kakapo, an almost extinct, flightless parrot endemic to New Zealand – less than 125 of these beautiful and archaic birds are left, and we are particularly happy about his choice. All proceeds will be donated to Kakapo Recovery.
Artwork, tracklist, and more info will be revealed soon – stay tuned! For now, here’s a video that will give you a good idea of why the Kakapo is maybe not as evolutionary successful as other species:
Short update: The new Hellvete / Bear Bones, Lay Low “Spliff Tape” will be up for pre-order very soon. We’ll order the tapes this week, and the cases are on their way from the US. Unfortunately, we don’t know how much longer the shipping will take due to incredible incompetence at USPS.
In other news, Kinetic Tones by Expo `70 has now covered cost, so from now on each purchase equals a full donation towards the protection of the Flores hawk-eagle. Don’t forget that each copy you buy via our website or Bandcamp comes with a free copy of the Plurals LP, as long as you pay the extra shipping.
Out early December: Expo ’70 – Kinetic Tones We are delighted to add a new LP release by Drone-mastermind Expo ’70 aka Justin Wright to our output! “Kinetic Tones” will be limited to 500 copies on bronze vinyl, and is dedicated to the critically endangered Flores hawk-eagle, of which less than 100 pairs remain in the wild. The records are currently being pressed and expected to arrive in early December. More news and pre-order info will follow soon!
Surprise tape release: Hellvete / Bear Bones, Lay Low split Hellvete and his buddy Bear Bones, Lay Low, both ex-members of the mighty Sylvester Anfang II, will contribute brand-new tracks to a very special split tape on Oaken Palace Records! This should be out before Christmas and we expect it to move quickly, so stay tuned for more info!
Donation info: Blown Out – Planetary Engineering is making profit! Not even two months after its official release, Blown Out’s newest work has already covered cost and made around £100 of profit. This means that every purchase from now can be regarded as a 100% donation to the Durrell Wildlife Trust, who work towards the protection of the Aye-aye, an endangered Madagascan lemur that suffers from quite a bad image – native superstition sees it as a symbol of death!
Get 1/3 off the remaining Oaken Palace label shirts! We only have four label shirts left – 2x small, 1x medium, and 1x extra large. This design will not be re-printed, so get yours before it’s too late! The profit made from selling the shirts is currently clocking in at just above £260, and after the shirts are sold out, everything will be donated to Wildlife SOS in order to help them free even more Indian circus elephants from their horrible living conditions.
We are also running low on several other releases – there are only 12 copies of thisquietarmy’s Insect Kingdom tape left, 6 in the label store and 6 on Bandcamp. Finally, we only have 9 more copies of Eternal Tapestry’s Guru Overload – 4 in the label store and 5 on Bandcamp. Better be quick!
It’s been months in the making, but now you can finally buy the very first Oaken Palace label shirt in our shop! The shirt colour is a beautiful dark pine-green with white print. Artwork by Wired To The Moon, who also designed the label logo.
We will collect pre-orders until 5th June, and then decide on the total amount of shirts that will be produced. So if you want to make sure that you will get a shirt in your size, we strongly recommend pre-ordering a shirt before 5th June. The shirts will arrive approximately three weeks later, on 26th June.
All shirts are made from certified 100% organic cotton, produced by an ethically accredited and wind-powered factory. The profits will this time be donated to Wildlife SOS, an Indian environmental organization that has embarked on the ambitious project to free all remaining circus elephants in India. Due to long lawsuits, this will cost millions of dollars, and we want to contribute to this great cause. Read more about the project here, and the great story of their last rescue here.
Pre-orders for Blown Out’s new album Planetary Engineering are now live! As usual, you can pre-order the album on our homepage or our Bandcamp page. In addition to the regular version, which is limited to 500 copies on space-black vinyl and comes in a 100% recycled cardboard sleeve, we again have 20 test pressings for sale, this time in thick 300gsm purple cardboard sleeves with screen-printed alternative artwork. All profits will be donated towards the protection of the Aye-aye. Get your copy here:
Important release date info: Unfortunately, the Record Store Day madness is now also affecting Oaken Palace Records. Due to RSD backorders, all pressing plants are currently struggling to keep the usual turnaround times. At the moment, we just have a system-generated ETA date, but we hope that the records will be delivered in July. We are sorry for this delay! To make the waiting time a bit more enjoyable, you will directly receive a DOWNLOAD CODE FOR THE FULL ALBUM, no matter from which page you order, either directly from Bandcamp or via email. Thank you for your understanding!
As most of you will know, Oaken Palace Records is a registered charity. As such, we have to report our progress and accounts to the UK Charity Commission in a Trustees’ Annual Report. While interested people can also find this report on the Commission’s homepage, we have also published it on this website to increase transparency. You can find the Report by clicking here.
It’s been quite a while since I posted something here – apologies to all of you who don’t use Facebook/Twitter and just follow these blog posts! Lots of things have happened, so let’s try to give them some structure:
First things first. By now, all but one release (OAK004) have covered cost and are making profit. The first donations from sales of the Parallel Lines LP (OAK001) and the thisquietarmy CS (OAK006) will follow very soon. We have also donated another massive £850 to the Orangutan Foundation, all from profits of Eternal Tapestry’s Guru Overload. By the way: This release is almost sold out, so if you still want to get a copy, act fast! Here is the Thank You letter we received from the Orangutan Foundation:
2. New Releases
There are three more releases planned for 2015. Next up is the brain-melting new LP by Blown Out, featuring members of Bong, Drunk In Hell, Haikai No Ku, 11Paranoias, Khunnt, and Pigs Pigs Pigs. The album, entitled “Planetary Engineering”, is dedicated to the Aye-aye and will be released in late May/early June, and test pressings are scheduled to arrive on 22nd April. Here is a promo video to ease the wait:
Following in summer will be an all-new offering from Expo ’70, who has dedicated four beautifully crafted drones to the Flores hawk-eagle, of which only about 100 pairs remain in the wild. The album has been recorded directly onto 1/4″ tape and will get a fully analogue mastering for vinyl, i.e. the tracks will not be digitized at any point of the process for the best possible sound.
Finally, we have something really special for you: The last album in 2015 will be a new solo record by no other than Earth’s very own Dylan Carlson under his moniker drcarlsonalbion. As you might know, Dylan has a special relationship with the United Kingdom, and is very enthusiastic about this release!
3. Label Shirt
We will soon put up the first Oaken Palace Records label shirt. It will only be available via pre-order and will be made from organic cotton or hemp (currently checking options). Here is a first glimpse of the design – lettering still has to be added:
The covers for the first cassette release on Oaken Palace Records, provide by no other than thisquietarmy, arrived today! These are special folded and screenprinted covers made from 100% recycled card. I am still waiting for packaging materials, but once they arrive I will send out all orders.
Note that there is also a special Eric Quach Fan Package available, which combines this cassette release with Eric’s side project Parallel Lines, who released ‘White Fur /// Black Cathedral’ as the very first LP on Oaken Palace Records.