The second volume of the Towson-Glen Arm Freakouts compilation series is out now, another volcanic eruption of mega-obscure 90’s nuggets from Baltimore County’s teen avant-garde.
TGAF2 is now available as both a download from nunsliketofence.bandcamp.com , and as a cdr release pressed in a limited edition of 150 copies. The cdr version of TGAF2 features 4 bonus tracks that you can’t get on the Bandcamp version: two more crazed improvs from T.E.A.M. (including a live recording made at the group’s debut gig at Matt Bray’s house), an awesome toy piano-driven track by the Eli Jones/Shawn Phase project Glorious Fourlane, and an excerpt from what is probably the wildest version of The Nudists’ ribald epic “Sodomy Ska”.
The release comes with complete track notes including lengthy essays about the storied venue Matt Bray’s house (TGA’s most important show space*), the politically charged saga of my experimental punk band Within, and a detailed examination of Josh Marchant’s totally asbsurd multi-media project The Decency Squad.
Two inserts featuring reprints of rare graphics and writing from the original TGA era are part of the packaging of the newest TGAF comp, most notably an 11×17 poster containing the nearly complete reproduction of a 1994 letter written to me by Jon “Hubcap” Woodstock who adorned this correspondence with some incredible psychedelic illustration and calligraphy. If you loved the visual art of Tricia Lane-Forster and the cover design from the Lard Star/Eve Pagoda split tape reprinted on TGAF1’s insert then you need to see this gorgeous Woodstock piece.
Downloads of Towson-Glen Arm Freakouts 2 are $7.00 each and the cdr version of TGAF2 is $12 postage paid direct from Nuns Like To Fence. To purchase a copy of TGAF2 on cdr please send a paypal payment to the email address in the ‘about’ section here. For orders of more than 4 copies of TGAF2 and for TGAF2 wholesale orders please message the same email address before sending your payment.
All profits from records in the Towson-Glen Arm Freakouts series go directly to these charity groups:
music4more(music4more.org) – a Baltimore, Md. based organization dedicated to supporting music education programs with a special focus on benefitting those of schools in low income communities in the U.S.
Grass Roots Crisis Intervention (grassrootscrisis.org) – based in Columbia, Md., Grass Roots provides a comprehensive resource to individuals who may be contemplating suicide, a 24-hour phone and walk-in crisis center, and educational resources for any one who has been touched by the tragedy of suicide.
UPDATE – 11/4/2017: And now in addition to Grass Roots Crisis and music4more, profits from the sale of TGAF compilations will go towards an eductational fund set up for Penny Woodstock, the young daughter of of the late Towson-Geln Arm artist Jon Woodstock
Mike Apichella – January 2014
(* More info on Matt Bray’s house, and a few excerpts from the essay about the venue can be found here: https://towsonglenarmfreakouts.wordpress.com/2013/12/27/matt-bray-and-the-early-days-of-towson-glen-arm/)