Ehse on Ice 2015 featured in City Paper

Combining experimental music with ice skating, Ehse on Ice returned this year to Mt. Pleasant Ice Arena, with a lineup featuring live sets by Sunatirene and Ro, and DJ sets by Matmos and Caroline Marcantoni. Baltimore City Paper covered the event, and pictures can be viewed here.

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Bobby Donnie and Other People Play the Bobby Donnie Songs

The duo of Bobby Donnie (Stephanie Barber and Joan Sullivan), celebrated the release of their debut LP “Bobby Donnie Plays the Bobby Donnie Songs” with a record release show at The True Vine, featuring a multitude of musicians covering the album’s songs; as well as Bobby Donnie themselves.

“Bobby Donnie Plays the Bobby Donnie Songs” (Ehse 026) is now available on Ehse Records.


Nerftoss: “Dream of Pennies” Video.

“Maiden Powers”, the forthcoming LP by Nerftoss, is due out in one week on Ehse Records. In the meantime, watch the video for the latest track “Dream of Pennies”, a perfect blend of sharp, danceable beats and subdued, ambient textures with a video that blends excited dogs with pastel visuals.

Maiden Powers is available November 11 on LP and digitally via Ehse Records.

New Nerftoss Track, “Bottomless” featured on Pitchfork.

“Bottomless” is the latest track from the upcoming Nerftoss (AKA John Jones) album “Maiden Powers”, check it out above via SoundCloud, and read Marc Masters’ write-up of the track on Pitchfork.

Maiden Powers is due out November 11 on Ehse Records.

Mole Suit Choir on Listen In with Ellen Cherry

Watch CityPaper’s 2013 pick for Best Country and Folk Band talk history and play an intimate living room set on Listen In with Ellen Cherry. Campfire Spacesuit (Ehse SS009) is available now on Ehse Records.

Horse Lords May/June Tour Dates

Horse Lords performing at last weekend’s fundraiser for High Zero (Photo: CityPaper)


Next week Horse Lords will embark on a one-month tour of North America. Check below for dates and revisit their self-titled LP (Ehse 023) here.

5/29 Philadelphia, PA @ JR’s Bar

5/30 New York Trans @ Pecos

5/31 Boston, MA @ TBA

6/1 Providence, RI @ Machines With Magnets

6/3 Northampton, MA @ The Blahst World

6/4 Hudson, NY @ Basilica

6/5 Buffalo, NY @ TBA

6/6 Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s

6/8 Chicago, IL @ Conny Plank’s House

6/10 Athens, GA @ Go Bar

6/11 Atlanta, GA @ Mammal Gallery

6/12 Columbia, SC @ TBA

6/13 Boone, NC @ Black Cat

6/14 Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s

6/16 Burlington, VT @ The Monkey House

6/17 Montreal, QC @ Trash Bar

6/18 Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall

6/19 Toronto, ON @ Adelaide Hall

6/20 Toronto, ON @ TBA

6/21 Chicago, IL @ Situations

6/26 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery


New Tapes from Andrew Bernstein and Baseball Cap + Release Show


The spring upon us brings new tapes of ethereal sound from noise experimentalist stalwarts Baseball Cap and Andrew Bernstein.

Bernstein’s “The Insane Root” (EHSE SS011) is the sounds of the Baltimore Annex Theatre’s Spring 2013 production of Macbeth, the title taken from Banquo’s words upon meeting the three witches. While born from the DNA of that performance, Bernstein has rearranged these sounds specifically for the recorded format. At moments dark yet airy, both sides shift into something pleasantly textural yet throughly tense, significant to the complementary work.

“Idiot’s Smile” (EHSE SS012) is the first Ehse release from Baseball Cap, aka Christian Filardo. Ranging from lush and peaceful to dense with tones of anxiety, all seven tracks share a slow burn into the dizzying cacophony that is the heart of the record.

Ehse Records is celebrating with a release show on Saturday, April 19 at the Hideous Mansion (2452 Eutaw Place). Read more about the show and the new albums in Bret McCabe’s “Booed Music” column from Baltimore CityPaper here.

Marcel D. Swamp’s New Tape + Release Show

Come join us Sunday, February 23 at Baltimore’s The Bank to celebrate Marcel D. Swamp’s new tape and Ehse Records debut “Exact Cover Problem”.

A departure from the harshness and intensity of earlier releases, “Exact Cover Problem” sees Marcel D. Swamp utilizing cleaner tones and minimal melodic sequences to create a highly textural set of new compositions that the artist says “evoke senses of aggression under control and the other-worldly working of mathematics.”

“Exact Cover Problem” (EHSE SS010) is available now on Ehse Records. Stream the album below.

Baseball Cap “Early” Music Video


Baseball Cap has graced us with the video for his track “Early” off the album “Idiot’s Smile” soon to be released on Ehse Records. It’s a mesmerizing slow burn of a video worth watching with your full attention. Stay tuned for more information on the full album.

White Life Returns

It’s been over two years since Ehse Records released White Life’s fantastically catchy self-titled LP (Ehse 019), and with the group taking just over a year off from performing, many were wondering if they’d be seen again. After a calendar year that has included the debut release of his pop outfit Dungeonesse, as well as a rare surprise performance with The Art Department at this year’s ScapeScape, WL’s Jon Ehrens says the wait is over. We reached out to Jon recently to tell us why White Life had been silent and what we can expect from them in 2014.

How long has it been since White Life has played?

Our last show was at [The Baltimore Museum of Art], about a year ago – it was for the opening of the contemporary wing. We played two hour long sets!

What was the motivation for you and the band to start playing shows again?

My sister was pregnant, and I was working on other things, but now she has her baby Eisley and wants to get back to singing.

Is White Life preparing material for the upcoming year? When can we expect it?

Yes, we have a few songs in various stages of recording – here’s hoping I can get them done soon!

Recently we’ve seen you release more pop-oriented material with Jenn Wasner as Dungeonesse. Has writing more pop music in the past year affected how you approach the aesthetic you explored “White Life”?

I spent a lot of my formative years neglecting certain aspects of music, most notably rhythm and production. The years in which I made the white life record and the Dungeonesse record, I devoted most of my efforts on improving in those areas. Now I’m trying to combine all of the things I’ve learned.

Can we expect new material to debut at the Jan. 12 show? 

I think all of the songs have been played live before, but not all of them are recorded.


You can see White Life make their return at the Chiffon EP Release show, January 12 at The Crown in Baltimore, MD with fellow guests Chiffon, Gh∞st and Meth Dad.


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