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ARE YOU IN PARADISE? with MORGAN SHAKER

Our new LP compilation Are You In Paradise?, is out and we are hosting a release celebration at Spectacle this Saturday, February 11, 2012. From now until the party, we will be spotlighting one track from the compilation every few hours.

Morgan Shaker – Oh Canada

Morgan is an original tenant of the Treehaus and the head honcho over at Studio 53 (where many of the tracks on Are You In Paradise were recorded). His personal contribution to the compilation, Oh Canada, takes you to many places in the mere two minutes it spends in the air.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the release party, Morgan Shaker will front Peace, Loving as they perform their more rockus renditition of this heavenly tune.

WFR077: WFRFRvol2 : Are You In Paradise? (LP)

I can no longer prolong the greatest moment of my life. I cannot afford to be afraid of the long silence. Of the after after. The people that populate my bedroom have become too real. My option is every door, every sun and mountain of night. Our options are in people. Honest voices are doors. I have stopped trying to control the narrative. To prescribe the reality of self. Not sleep until ending. Not sleep until climax. I am awake now. I am awake now. I will stop trying to wake up and I will walk out the door and I will see in a way that listens. This moment will be a kingdom of yes simply in the naming. It was always a choice. It was always a way of seeing. I am in Paradise.

Released on 12″ Vinyl LP with artwork by Lenora Symczak (front cover) and Morgan Shaker (back cover). 500 copies were pressed.

Stream / Download on Bandcamp.com

WFR054/WFRV 001: Whitehaus Family Record Family Record (2XLP)

A double vinyl LP compilation of tracks from 26 artists associated with the Whitehaus in Jamaica Plain.

that summer you moved quickly. there was no time after work to go home before the show so you pack those boots in your bag in the morning when you left the new apartment, made a call during a cigarette break and scribbled an address, a part of town you don’t know but go alone anyway, all the streets look the same but you find it, from the outside it looks like no one’s home and at the bottom of the dark stairs you panic. you almost turn and run but you don’t and the door opens for your knock and there’s a smiling face on the other side…

seasons become other seasons and yet again and again, when you go shopping at the local grocer you know the cashier and tell the sweet boy how well he sang last night, you are location now, faces have become friends, friends become roommates, and front doors become memories. And there’s the stoop where you broke up with that guy from Brattleboro, there’s the porch where Austin taught you to juggle, there’s the parking lot where everybody plays communist soccer in the spring…

now under your skin a record is written of the electric stutterspit heartbeat of a place, made of movement and songs, made of history and fiction, and yes, it was written by everyone. Yes, the people all of them that live inside and outside and outside, you look like a giant. Better than Mount Rushmore. More like the river, standing to its feet, Yes, you can hear it. Can’t you hear it? The Sun is applauding… (Brian Stephen Ellis)

Stream / Download the album at Bandcamp.Com

WFR035: Morgan Shaker: I Can See For Miles (CD-R)

You are falling down a dark corridor until you land with a puff in a bank of pure crystalline snow. Clutching your ice dagger and navigating with the warmth of your heart you set out on a hazy mystical journey to the cave of the Ice Queen, with destiny on your side and only the owls to protect you

This addition to the WFR recording catalogue should please all who are looking for an experimental fantasy in to the dark and mystical world of snow-fi. Clocking in at twenty seven minutes, this album was constructed with the use of tapes, a keyboard, a sampler, and electricity.

Released on CD-R with artwork designed by Morgan Shaker. Some copies had jewels affixed to the artwork.

Stream / Download this album for free at archive.org

WFR032: Morgan Shaker: Voila, Spelt Wheat Plus Zephyr (CD-R)

This classic Morgan Shaker record was pressed as a limited series of < 10 that were lovingly distributed throughout New England during Wintour 2008. If you have one, you were there. To all M-Shakes heads: Dig Deep for this one, maybe the most rare of them all.

Released on CD-R in chipboard sleeve with neon artwork by Morgan Shaker.

Stream / Download the album for free at archive.org

WFR022: BLASTFEST! (2XCD-R)

The first Whitehaus Family Showcase happened on March 21, 2008 at the Cambridge YMCA Theater! Sound engineered and recorded by Shane Myrbeck. Performers include: Brian S. Ellis, We’re in Towne, Stephanie Berry, Jacob Mashak, Avi Jacob, Piddly Kids, Kettle Stitches, Uncle Shoe, The Woodrow Wilsons, The Good Party, Peace,Loving, Manners, Casey Rocheteau, Prince Rama of Ayodyha, Lindsay Clark, The Live Adventure, Many Mansions / Baixia, and The Bright Hearts Brigade. Multiple tracks from each artist!

Released as a two-disc CD-R in gatefold chipboard sleeves. Artwork designed and screenprinted by Greta Merrick. Artwork was adapted from the Blastfest concert poster designed and printed by Greta Merrick. Insert designed by Greta Merrick.

Stream / Download Disc 1 at archive.org
Stream / Download Disc 2 at archive.org

WFR017: Morgan Shaker: Blaste’ (CD-R)

A “best of” conglamorate of many hard-to-find Shaker releases. Soulful folk jams, country rehashings, cassette crunching concrete, and lots of good humor from Whitehaus holy-man. Very Listenable, Eminently Spinnable! Voted the best record to take back to your 2nd apartment. Tunes include but not limited to: Fruit Salad (reprise), Joy Bag, TomWaitsForNoOne, Los Helados, San Diego, Cowboy Toast, and like 10+ other tunes! Worth the ‘Investment’.

Released in CDR in chipboard sleeve with photocopied artwork by Morgan Shaker. Each album also has unique crayon art by the artist.

Stream / Download the album for free at archive.org

WFR014: Morgan Shaker: Flat (CD-R)

Take a real head trip. Sip on this tall drink drip. Drop your nikes, look deeply into your psyche. If you’ve ever been down, been kicked around, seen the darker side of towne, well come on down. We’ve all got our own ‘Flats’ and sure we woulda tried to pull em all off the shelves too. Ain’t nothing to look at here, nothing to be ashamed of, keep on walkin, burn a new hole in old shoes. Sleep it off, tomorrow’s another mourning. Hang your head, keep your chin-ups. Deeper folkier wisdoms from a down sequoia. This album is an offering of blubber from a beached whale. Light your future paths.

Released on CD-R with photocopied artwork and insert by Morgan Shaker. approx 100 made.

Stream / Download the album at archive.org