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North Pole Records is an independent record label based in Billings, Montana who works with international artists that we find interesting.

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"ART" by 36?

North Pole Record #62
36?
ART
Digital Single
 
“ART” is a blast from start to finish. A quintessential quick-and-dirty punk rock song reminiscent of the late nineties that twists and tumbles through a folding array of psychedelic mind-fuckery ending abruptly at a minute and a half. Yes 36? has gone back to the roots with this one. A song made for slamming your bedroom door and turning the music up loud and yelling “FUCK YOU DAD!”; A song made for mosh pits and teen movies; A song that pokes fun at itself and is totally not serious but in a super serious way.
Taylor Cochrane, songwriter for 36?, on “ART”
“ART is my favorite song to play off of this new record. It’s a self-deprecating song about being an artist. It pokes fun at the narcissistic quality that every artist has. The “hey look at me” factor. It’s kind of funny being an artist, it’s like we write down a very personal diary entry and then put it in front of a bunch of folks and say “BEHOLD!!” Of course, there is more to it than that, but I guess I was in a particularly strange mood on the day I decided to write a song about how being a performing artist is basically just someone paid to masturbate in front of people”

"Slow Cloud Moving" By Dusty Tears

North Pole Record #63
Dusty Tears
Slow Cloud Moving
Digital Single
 
 
Slow Cloud Moving by Dusty Tears wafts slowly by on a cloud of languid electric guitar and wavering synths. Heavy bass and tight snares snap back and forth to create a heady instrumental soundtrack to Dusty Tears growing catalog on North Pole Records. The music is instrumental sound excursions, groovy and absent minded, spacious and compact.

Dusty Tears is Jamie Smith (Danghead, Lords of Howling) & Shane de Leon (Miss Massive Snowflake, Rollerball). The two have been working together on music since the late 1980s and recording under the name Dusty Tears since 2017. Mainly a recording project, Dusty Tears has released multiple EPs on North Carolina experimental mainstay Silbermedia and de Leon’s own label, North Pole Records.

Enjoy the ride.

 

"Feers" by 36?

North Pole Record Number 60
36? feers
Digital Single
 
Taylor Cochrane on FEERS:
The album artwork comes from a photoshoot Jill and I did in 2015. I had just recently sold a very overpriced and overrated keyboard that I had been holding on to (the red one, the “Supreme t-shirt” of keyboards) to get Jill a DSLR camera. It was the first time either of us had ever played with shutter speed and the results were, well… one day they’ll hang in the MoMA.

Anyways I came across these photos again while searching through old photos while working on a larger collage project and instantly I knew they would be the FEERS artwork. To me these photos embody the other side of reckless youth, the curious drive to explore, have fun, and make weird stuff just because you can. When we took these photos we weren’t thinking, “this will serve some DANK content”, we were simply just finding out about a fun setting on the camera seeing how silly we could get with it. And I think that’s really special.

FEERS is out now everywhere you stream your music. It’s a spaced out groovy one, that basically wrote itself as I was exploring a vintage string synthesizer when I first picked it up in the middle of the pandemic. There’s an underlying theme here that I am just now picking up on.

Anyways, life is good and I hope you enjoy the new track. Thanks for listening❤️

released April 20, 2024 

Photos by Jillian Orme
Written and Performed by Taylor Cochrane
Produced & Mixed by Taylor Cochrane at 36? Studios
Mastered by Brock McFarlane at CPS Mastering

Additional Instrumentation:
Kerry Hickli – Synths, Back-Up Vocals
 Justin Van Groningren – Synths
 Mike Malkin – Bass
Scott White – Guitar

 

"Wasted" by 36?

North Pole Record Number 59
36? wasted
Digital Single
 
Starting with a blast, Wasted is one of the more quintessentially 36? singles to come out in this run. From its initial moments, the listener is pulled through unapologetic shifts in dynamics, driving seamlessly between chaotic explosivity to reflective somber emptiness all coming to a climax in an epic wall of sound that twists and turns within its uncertainty. The content of the song covers the heavy topic of being stuck in a toxic relationship. The lyrics are fragmented whispers, like the barely audible voice in the back of your mind that shouts, “Get out”.

 

Pulse Spasm Vapor

Available March 15, 2024 

North Pole Record #55

Pulse Spasm Vapor

Beyond a Forgetful Green

LP & Digital

-LP w/ insert, black vinyl

-Ltd edition L of 60 w/ signed insert, and 8 page unique booklet

-Digitally on Bandcamp and streaming everywhere

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-Jon Lodge, Tricia Opstad, and Dusty Shriver are Pulse Spasm Vapor or PSV Trio. Lodge is an established Montana visual artist who creates black and white, process based paintings, utilizing planned randomness and surface tension. He has spearheaded musical improvisation in Montana since the 60’s after returning from Berklee College of Music. Lodge has found new inspiration in young collaborators, noise music, and underground labels. Opstad and Shriver are improvisers, dancers, and visual artists deep in the Pacific NW experimental scene.

-To create a revolution in sound you gotta know what the fuck you’re doing. You gotta fuck shit up by disassembling and reconstructing in order to create a whole new language or feeling. You got mugs frying circuits and twisting knobs to create an uneasy atmosphere to scramble and rewire. Or you have Pulse Spasm Vapor Trio that sticks to their “traditional” instruments and prefer to create new language via einsturzende/art ensemble/sun city girls, with the goal of sounding like music wafting from another room. This recording is adding to the essence of free sound with heaps of beauty, squawk and unpredictability and is keeping “the sound” alive. –Bryan Ramirez

Pulse Spasm Vapor Trio came together by a chance occurrence. Much like their grouping, their sound is created in the spirit of exploring randomized operations of sonic trills, wails, pulses and hums sculpted by influences of free improvisation and the limitless chaos of abstract noise. The psychic communication unfolding in the moment that is prominent in their playing exists in their visual aesthetic also, which is vital to their sound. This visual and deep listening juxtaposition is what brings the trio to a visceral landscape of genre bending lucidity, creating new sounds. Future and classic styles mutated together resemble that of a dystopian lab experiment leaking into the water. Drinking would result in transformation of all senses, you will hear cosmic infinity coursing through your bloodstream. You become sonically altered entering PSV Trio territory. Boundless. Forever humming the dream state.  —Dusty Shriver

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"Ein​ä​ugige Kirsche" by RLLRBLL

North Pole Record #59

RLLRBLL

Einaugige Kirsche

-CD slip sleeve w/ letterpressed cover and booklet.

-Digitally on bandcamp and Streaming everywhere

This re-release from PDX avant-goth / free-jazz / noise-funk masters, Rollerball, comes in original letterpressed covers with booklet.

Einäugige Kirsche was originally released on CDR in 1999 on Portland label Felina y Magia, then quickly licensed by Road Cone Records in 2000. Rollerball performed across the US and Europe with Jackie O’Motherfucker, Califone, Black Heart Procession, Ovo, and Cerberus Shoal over the next few years.

Rllrbll continues to record and perform with all three original members of Mae Starr, Monte Allen, and Gilles. The trio met in Montana, and formed Rollerball with Herman Jolly (Sunset Valley) in 1993 in Portland, Oregon. Jolly departed after a couple years, and Shane de Leon (Miss Massive Snowflake) joined for a decade alongside saxophonist, Amanda Mason Wiles. Wiles and de Leon both left over a dozen years ago, but but the core trio lives on.

From the troutmask on the internet:

OK, so more of the same. Kinda Jackie-O Motherfucker-y, kinda Necks-y but without the repetition and insane percussion. Perfectly at home on Road Cone…

What the hell? Did this just turn into R ‘n’ B? And holy fuck where has this bass player been during the previous 15 minutes? And just as quickly it’s receded. A few spare trumpet wails, but it actually sounds like the just sucked the whole track into a vacuum cleaner.

And now its sounds like its trying to escape. And failing.

Well, that’s one way to make me kick myself for not having heard of you at all until now.

"Live at The Filling Station 2022" by Miss Massive Snowflake

North Pole Record #58

Cassette and Digital

Why a live album?

Miss Massive Snowflake has always crafted their albums in the studio: orchestrating, layering, and producing songs the way the band wanted to hear them. On stage, however, they quicken the pace and crank up the distortion. This version of “Jacksonville” features frontman Shane de Leon provoking the audience, howling “Come fight me!” as the song comes to a close. Thrilling, cathartic, and very different than on record.

The Filling Station is a legendary Montana venue. De Leon’s first time playing there was in 1993 with his first band, Freak Seen. The current sound engineer, Pat Lokken, and radio impresario, Bob Wall, have crafted a great scene of live music that also captures the experience for the bands. This live cassette is taken from two out of the three live shows Miss Massive Snowflake performed at The Filling Station in 2022.

Miss Massive Snowflake has existed in many forms since 2004. There were the early solo years with an acoustic guitar and backing tracks (2003-2008), the five piece band (2008-2011) that crafted the acclaimed Songs About Music LP, the heavy touring years (2012-2017) with Jeanne on bass and Andy on drums, when Shane de Leon wasn’t performing 150+ solo shows a year in Europe and the USA. The past five years saw de Leon return to Montana and reinvent the live band with different players, using a stable of musicians around the Billings music scene.

It’s raw, but captured well. We want to share this facet of Miss Massive Snowflake with our friends and the world. It is available for purchase at northpolerecords.com and kirksgrocery.com.

 

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