August 12, 2011

Must-Have Vinyl: Castle Face Records :: Group Flex

Castle Face Records—the label headed by Thee Oh Sees' frontman John Dwyer—recently put out a 5x7 inch flexi disc book featuring exclusive tracks by Bay Area heavy hitters Thee Oh Sees, Bare Wires, the Fresh & Onlys, Blasted Canyons, and Ty Segall partnered with Mikal Cronin. Flexi discs are phonographic records pressed onto a thin and flexible vinyl sheet. Here, the flexi discs are multi-colored, adorned with holographic images, and interspersed with artwork by resident Castle Face artist William Keihn. Keihn's fusion of retro action figure packaging and comic book-style art here is brilliant, placing the compilation's 10 tracks in their own distinctively time-warped and mind-altered universe. It's truly a one-of-a-kind work of art, and I haven't even mentioned the music: a rip-roaring lineup of fiery rock gems, including two colossally fuzzed-out David Bowie covers by Segall and Cronin.

You can purchase Group Flex now via Midheaven mailorder.

Bare Wires - "Wanna Fight" (from Castle Face Group Flex)
Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin - "Fame" (from Castle Face Group Flex)

After the jump, take a look at the stunning visuals and holographic discs produced by the folks at Pirate Press in San Francisco.

Head over to Portmanteau to check out more Group Flex pictures.

Track list:
1 Bare Wires - "The Right Time"
2 Bare Wires - "Wanna Fight"
3 Blasted Canyons - "Death and a Half"
4 Blasted Canyons - "Ice Cream Man"
5 The Fresh & Onlys - "When Are You Gonna Grow Up"
6 The Fresh & Onlys - "You're Only Happy When You Know"
7 Thee Oh Sees - "Burning Spear"
8 Thee Oh Sees - "What You Need (The Porch Boogie Thing)"
9 Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin - "Fame"
10 Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin - "Suffragette City"
11 (Bonus Track) Here Comes the Here Comes - "Ha Ha Ha"

Thee Oh Sees

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