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“Spectre Folk’s latest Vol.?! 4 evokes history and journeys, both in leader / main songwriter Pete Nolan’s travelogues of places and experiences around the world, and in the band’s reverential nods to musical history / tips of the hat to psych-swirlers of the past.?! Their first full length since 2012’s Ancient Storm, Vol.?! 4 heaps more generous servings of layered, lavalamp-drip guitars, lethargic riffery and choogling sunstare moments both epic and subtle.?!

LP $17.50

06/02/2017 655037000518 

VB 05 LP 

CD $12.00

06/09/2017 655037000525 

VB 05 CD 

MP3 $7.92

06/02/2017 655037000525 


FLAC $8.99

06/02/2017 655037000525 


Tireless Michigan-bred multi-instrumentalist (and parent) Pete Nolan runs the Arbitrary Signs imprint, drums for Magik Markers and has written a children’s book and accompanying album—yet still has time and energy to lead Spectre Folk’s doleful, spiraling psychedelic drones.?! With drummer Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), Aaron Mullan (Tall Firs) on bass and Peter Meehan on guitar, they churn out black seas of noise guitar, psych jams, no-fi experiments and other interplanetary gunk.  The follow-up to their The Blackest Medicine, Vol.?! 2 EP (Woodsist), Ancient Storm opens with a slow-burning ballad whose vibe is right out of If I Could Only Remember My Name, and ends with creepy heaviness that wouldn’t be out of place on a Jandek record.?! In between, layered, psychedelic guitar work and the occasional electrified vibraphone overlay a mix of beefed-up psych-rock muscle and a more stripped-down, guy-in-a-bedroom sound.?!

LP $13.00

07/31/2012 655037000211 

VB 02 

MP3 $9.90

07/31/2012 655037000211 


Blackest Medicine Vol. 2 by Spectre Folk

Spectre Folk

Blackest Medicine Vol. 2

Pete Nolan was Spectre Folk before drumming and strumming in Magik Markers was his main gig, and will be Spectre Folk long after he shuffles off this mortal coil.?! The main benefit of ghost-folk is: you can play it way after you’re dead, and while you’re alive the Spectre can haunt any decent willing body with a gift for the unreal.?! This time around, fellow Michigander Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) runs drums, Peter Meehan (The Grey Lady) glues guitar and Aaron Mullan (Tall Firs) slithers bass, creating an alchemy the Spectre hasn’t floated since the days of basement wig-wearing in the short-lived Norman Bates era. The band entered Echo Canyon West with the intention of recording a 7-inch of the up-tempo version of “The Blackest Medicine,” the title cut from the 2007 home-fi Woodsist debut.?!

12" $13.00

03/29/2011 655035045016 


MP3 $3.96

03/29/2011 655035045016 


Compass, Blanket, Lantern, Mojo by Spectre Folk

Spectre Folk

Compass, Blanket, Lantern, Mojo
Arbitrary Signs

***Recorded Summer 2009 by SPECTRE FOLK at the Homemade Casino in Greenpoint.?! All tunes by PETE NOLAN (MAGIK MARKERS, SHACKAMAXON, GHQ, VIRGIN EYE BLOOD, WOODEN WAND, etc.).?! Pete sings and plays Art and Lutherie acoustic, 2008 American Les Paul, drums, Juno 12, tapes, etc.?! VIOLET shakes and JULIE TOMLINSON NOLAN sings backup on “Burning Bridge.” Violet howls at the end of “Ages Have Passed.” “I dig the home-made sounds of Spectre Folk's new 'Compass, Blanket, Lantern, Mojo' long-player.?! Burning Bridge, for one, is sure to be the new late night / early morning / coming down / post-trip / mellow'd out / sitting around a campfire or by a lake or in a Williamsburg bedsit song.?! Pure and darkling anthems for the onset of those long winter nights a-comin'...”—Lee Ranaldo, NYC, Oct ‘09..?!

LP $15.50


ASLP 003