We’ve loved NNA Tapes since before Tom Abbs and I started Northern Spy Records. Their focused aesthetic and clean spines quickly filled up a shelf in my room. Our labels have already been growing in parallel, working with like-minded progressive artists with a similar ambition for a lasting record label. This acquisition will give NNA longevity and its artists more resources with which to thrive. We’re psyched for what’s to come!
Our first release as the owners of NNA Tapes will be a new Guerilla Toss EP. I think it’s some of their best work to date.
Adam Downey – Co-Owner
Clandestine Label Services
Northern Spy Records
** For Immediate Release **
Northern Spy Entertainment, LLC, the parent company of Northern Spy Records and Clandestine Label Services has announced the acquisition of the Vermont based record label NNA Tapes. The label’s headquarters will be relocated to Northern Spy’s Brooklyn offices and Caitlin Pasko, formerly of Drunken Piano PR and Management has been hired as the new NNA Tapes Label Manager.
“We’ve been following NNA for the last decade and have always admired their aesthetic and dedication to forward-thinking music. We take the stewardship of the NNA Tapes catalog very seriously and aim to give the artists the support they need and grow the label,” says NSPY co-owner Tom Abbs, “We see clear distinctions between Northern Spy Records and NNA Tapes and aim to grow the labels independently, although on parallel paths.”
NNA Tapes was established in 2008 in Burlington, Vermont by Toby Aronson and Matthew Mayer and boasts incredible artists such as Oneohtrix Point Never, Nate Young (Wolf Eyes), Co La, Horse Lords, Guerilla Toss, and Kalbells.
The first release for NNA Tapes under the new ownership will be a return of an alumnus to the label; Guerilla Toss.
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Guerilla Toss announce new EP ‘What Would The Odd Do?’ Out November 15th
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Guerilla Toss returns to NNA Tapes with a brand new EP, ‘What Would The Odd Do?’, an exploration into new territories and an expansion on their recipe for twisted, addictive rock & roll mania: fried funk, damaged dance, and cosmic cacophony. Fans of 70’s prog and rock greats like King Crimson and Todd Rundgren as well as modern torchbearers like Sheer Mag and Deerhoof will be joyfully united by GT’s uniquely familiar world of wonder and excitement.
For Kassie Carlson — singer, songwriter, and bandleader of Guerilla Toss — What Would The Odd Do? is unarguably the group’s most personal release in their impressive history as a music-making collective. After open-heart surgery in 2017 to remove a dangerous blood clot caused by a severe opiate addiction, Carlson has found a new joy in life. She has since cleaned up for good, moved to Upstate New York with her partner and Guerilla Toss drummer, Peter Negroponte, and has never felt more inspired.
Kassie Carlson is a true poet of punk, the voice of an unheard generation, the leader of The Odd. Few people have been through what she has, and making it out alive is just the beginning. With her band of musical misfits, Guerilla Toss is an unstoppable force of nature. Like all great and challenging art, their message is abstract, yet decipherable. And once the listener cracks the code, they’ll be immersed in a uniquely familiar world of wonder and excitement. What will unite us more than to celebrate the absurd and question what we’ve been told is obvious? Let GT be just one of the many songs among the soundtrack of existential infinity and divine recovery.
A portion of the proceeds from the album will go to the Harlem Harm Reduction Clinic, in an attempt to further our reach in the opiate crisis battle.
“Plants” is a disco-post punk-prog rock-epic about the perceived psychosis of the fictional protagonist Lara. Based of the books What A Plant Knows and The Hidden Life Of Trees, the song combats the anti-spiritual, western notion that plants are devoid of all communication when in fact, there is an entire language in which we are “blissfully unaware”. In another context, the subject explores the old fashioned idea of a woman being crazy, when in reality she just isn’t being heard.