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NEW RECORD Wasting Time E.P. Plateaus  

Released
October 2013
one-sided 10 inch, die-cut cover, transluscent splatter vinyl, limited to 500 copies
Wasting Time E.P.

San Diego's Plateaus are back and following up their acclaimed debut LP on Art Fag with a limited one sided 10" coming from Mt.St.Mtn. Plateaus have a laid back minimalist sound doing more with less with a niche for catchy song writing and melody. Hazy guitar tones, pounding drums, fuzzed out bass, and blown out vocals they deliver a sonic sound scape your ears with be thrilled to hear. With a range of influences from The Clean to The Wipers to Guided By Voices to Harry Nilsson to The Country Teasers, their sound is hard to pigeon hole into one specific genre. Cover artwork by Jay Howell, design by Mark Kaiser.

"San Diego's current wave of underground snarlers comes to us in the form of Plateaus, a furiously laid back pop band with that special something everyone is striving for, clearly bleeding through and visibly staining their jeans for all to see. This band offers no hidden agenda, no life-changing song structures, or ear-bending production, just incredible sloptastic pop that hangs off the cliff of irresistibility like no tomor- row. It's always more impressive when bands can do more with less, and Plateaus fall squarely into that arena, knocking out hit after hit without breaking into any sketchy territory, and locking down the adora- tion of anyone lucky enough to cross their path. From the moment we heard their debut tracks on the Art Fag 7", it was true love: sharply ripped, revved-up pop songs that bring to mind the early dual vocal stomp of Red Cross and The Simpletones, crushed into perfect blasts of that modern "punk ambrosia," of which we just can't ever get enough. Yes, Plateaus are a band you can fall for quick. There's just something about their perfectly disheveled pop that's so massively lacking these days, but we're glad to be able to shove them into your life." Victimoftime.com

Listen to a few tracks here.



Plateaus west coast dates October 2013

  • 10.23 Davis, CA @ Third Space w/ Darlingchemicalia (all ages, $5)
  • 10.24 San Francisco, CA @ Vacation SF w/ G.Green (all ages, donation$)
  • 10.25 Los Angeles, CA @ Ham & Eggs Tavern w/ Shark Toys, Spacin', Corey (from Terry Malts) (21+, $5)
  • 10.26 Los Angeles, CA @ Permanent Records w/ tbd (all ages, FREE)
  • 10.26 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar w/ Barbarian, Buddy Banter (21+)

NEW ZINE Loading Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock

Released
August 2013
4.25 x 5.5 double saddle bound book, 40 pages, limited to 500 copies
Loading

A brand new double-zine featuring the work of Kelly Tunstall & Ferris Plock is in the works for their opening at FFDG. A combined 40 pages, the limited edition zine will release the day of the show!

The experimental yet classically grounded work of Ferris Plock and Kelly Tunstall lives comfortably in a space between graphic expression, stylized representation, surrealism, and sketch. Their preferred medium is a combination of acrylic, collage, spray paint, pencil, pen and ink, gold leaf. The binary contrast of masculine and feminine as the major theme in their work is also a very real and personal visual conversation between their imagined realities. Enhanced by complex, delicate layers, their bold pieces exist not only as individual pieces, but as part of larger installations or site-specific works.

Tunstall’s studied portraits render stylized female figures, as well as their pets, prey, powers, and dreams. Their physical forms and their relationship with each other represent and mirror internal thought processes and turmoil. Frequent themes, such as mermaids, twins, or extra limbs, concede a desire, a reliance, an adaptation, or more simply, an aspiration to something greater than the medium itself. In contrast, Plock’s work centers on the inner animalistic tendencies reflected in humans throughout the context of modern life. Transfigured into monsters in some cases, characters include a samurai cyclops and a delicious slice of fanged pizza on roller blades. The prominent theme of anachronism in his work features creatures in all walks of life coming together to aid each other.

More on Kelly & Ferris' "Loading" opening here.


CRUEL SUMMER TOUR West Coast U.S. July - August '13

July 27th - August 31st
Dates and venues subject to change.

Cruel Summer Tour

Cruel Summer are playing some west coast dates with Chicago's The Bam Bams (Burger Records)! Reminiscent of the mid to late 80's C86 and SARAH sound with a dash of 4AD's hazy early 90's catalogue, Cruel Summer offer up six tracks of shimmering guitars and hazy, fuzzy pop on the black wax. A nod to hours spent as a teenager in the late 80s digging through NME and Melody Maker issues to find out who the secret overseas DIY pop hit-makers were.

  • 8.24 The Black Lodge, Seattle WA w/ The Bam Bams, Grave Babies
  • 8.25 Valentines, Portland OR w/ The Bam Bams
  • 8.26 Le Voyeur, Olympia WA w/ The Bam Bams
  • 8.27 Bows & Arrows, Sacramento CA w/ The Bam Bams
  • 8.28 The Fortress, San Francisco CA w/ Mane
  • 8.30 Burger Records, Fullerton CA w/ The Bam Bams
  • 9.01 Ham & Eggs, Los Angeles CA w/ The Bam Bams

new record mtn-10 Cruel Summer

Released
June 2013
12 inch vinyl, 45 rpm, limited to 250 copies.
Cruel Summer E.P.

This is the debut of San Francisco's jangle darlings Cruel Summer. Reminiscent of the mid to late 80's C86 and SARAH sound with a dash of 4AD's hazy early 90's catalogue, Cruel Summer offer up six tracks of shimmering guitars and hazy, fuzzy pop on the black wax. A nod to hours spent as a teenager in the late 80s digging through NME and Melody Maker issues to find out who the secret overseas DIY pop hit-makers were. Two-color die-cut outer jacket, four-color printed inner sleeve. Artwork by Jay Howell, design by Mark Kaiser.

"It starts out whispy and crescendos into an intense explosion of fuzz and feedback, while settling back down on its dreamy little cloud in the end. Only complaint is that it doesn't last longer." - The Bay Bridged

"A giddy mix of swirlcore and shoegaze, *definitely* worth keeping an eye out on." -At My Heels blog

"best band of the 90's that actually exists right now. San Francisco is full of jangly guitars, but only Cruel Summer combines it with shoe gaze to sound like your favorite band when you were fifteen." - Unpiano

Listen to a few tracks here.


NEW BOOK Wicked Wendy, Wild Wolf and Other Fun Drawings Jay Howell  

Released
May 2013
4.5 x 6 perfect bound book, limited to 1000 copies
Wicked Wendy, Wild Wolf and Other Fun Drawings

"I have been wanting to put out a new zine for a few months. Wicked Wendy Wild Wolf and Other Fun Drawings are a bunch of drawings i've been doing when I get home from work. I wanted it to look like tattoo flash mixed with some comics about Wendy and Wild Wolf. Making zines is fun." - Jay Howell

Jay Howell is an all around kind dude that lives in Los Angeles with photographer girlfriend Ruth Swanson and a dog named Street Dog. When he's not illustrating for Vans or drawing skateboards he can be seen on the streets fuckin' around and sayin' classic shit. Jay designed the main characters for Fox's hit show, "Bob's Burgers". He is currently working as an Executive Producer, Co-Creator and Art Director on "Sanjay and Craig" an animated children's show for Nickelodeon.

More on Jay here.


NEW ZINE Dungeon Family Matt Furie  

Released
April 2013
4.25 x 5.5 saddle bound book, limited to 500 copies
[Out Of Print]
Dungeon Family

"Matt Furie makes graphically crisp, chromatically vibrating images that feature original yet familiar-seeming characters and creatures in hilari-ous and vaguely threatening congress." - Shana Nys Dambrot, LA Weekly

More on Matt here.


ART OPENING Enthusiastic Person Jay Howell

Opening Party
February 1, 2013
6-9p.m., FFDG, 2277 Mission Street, S.F., CA 94110

Jay Howell "Enthusiastic Person" @ FFDG in San Francisco

FFDG is pleased to present Los Angeles based artist Jay Howell in his third highly anticipated solo show with the gallery entitled “Enthusiastic Person” featuring over 25 new mixed media cartoon-styled works on paper. Currently in production on the first season of the animated children’s show “Sanjay and Craig”, which Howell is Executive Producer, Co-Creator and Art Director, Howell will exhibit recent colorfully bright and whimsical drawings featuring the cast of characters, patterns and geometric shapes so recognizable as Jay Howell works. The 2013 Noise Pop music festival will feature Jay Howell's artwork on all their promotional materials.

Jay Howell is an all around kind dude that lives in Los Angeles with photographer girlfriend Ruth Swanson and a dog named Street Dog. When he's not illustrating for Vans or drawing skateboards he can be seen on the streets fuckin' around and sayin' classic shit. Jay designed the main characters for Fox's hit show, "Bob's Burgers". He is currently working as an Executive Producer, Co-Creator and Art Director on "Sanjay and Craig" an animated children's show for Nickelodeon.


NEW RECORD mtn-09 The Readymades

Released
January 2013
12 inch vinyl, 33.3 rpm, limited to 100 copies.
[Out Of Print]

The Readymades "I'm A Man, I'm A Flower" LP

13 tracks of blown-out, lo-fi garage punk blast that walks a tight-rope between intentional organized chaos and a car careening off a bridge. Recorded over a decade ago in the legendary Loft space by Chris Woodhouse (Mayyors, Karate Party), this record got shelved as the band imploded and members went on to more stable projects - Rich Haley forming the Duchess Of Saigon (S-S Records) and Charles Albright forming and unforming a million projects since then, including his highly regarded recent solo output (S-S Records, Permanent Records). Greg Ginn joins the early Kinks and borrows Henry's Dress' equipment to do covers off the first Redd Kross record. Howling cave-stomp punk with film of chattering white noise and the best of the Woodhouse treatment. Get yourself a hat and hold on to it. Sample a few tracks here


G.GREEN U.S. TOUR Continental U.S. November '12

November
8th - 20th
Dates and venues subject to change.

G.Green Fall 2012 U.S. Tour

G.Green is hitting the road with Psychedelic Horseshit, Uzi Rash and others this November, dates are below. Info about the band and their LP debut "Crap Culture" on Mt.St.Mtn. is on the "Audio" section of this site, sample tracks here

  • 11/8 Salt Lake City, UT @ Canvas (1133 S. Richards St.) w/Kixts, 90's Television
  • 11/9 Denver, CO @ Rhinoceropolis
  • 11/10 Omaha, NE @ Middle House w/ Digital Leather, Dads
  • 11/11 Milwaukee, WI @ Impala Lounge w/ Delphines, Dinny Bulca
  • 11/12 Chicago, IL early show 6PM @ Permanent Records
  • 11/12 Chicago, IL @ The Owl w/ Psychedelic Horseshit, Obnox
  • 11/13 Detroit, MI @ Lager House w/ Psychedelic Horseshit
  • 11/14 Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog w/ Psychedelic Horseshit, Obnox
  • 11/15 Athens, OH @ The Union w/ Psychedelic Horseshit
  • 11/16 Live set on WFMU
  • 11/16 New York, NY @ 285 Kent w/ Naomi Punk (record release), Parquet Courts, Psychic Blood
  • 11/17 Philly @ Kung Fu Neck Tie w/ Fletcher C. Johnson, The Eeries, Strawman
  • 11/18 Columbus, OH @ Cafe Bourbon Street w/ Psychedelic Horseshit, Pink Reason
  • 11/19 Carbondale, IL @ Skihaus w/ Uzi Rash, Autonomy, Flowers of Evil
  • 11/20 Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge w/ Uzi Rash, Whyte Bitch

NEW RECORD mtn-08 G.Green

Released
August 2012
12 inch vinyl, 33.3 rpm, limited to 300 copies.

G.Green "Crap Culture" LP

Sacramento scuzz rockers G.Green are releasing their debut LP on Mt.St.Mtn. Limited edition wax with the Mt.St.Mtn. treatment. G. Green is and has been the musical project of a one Mr. Andrew Henderson and a rotating cast of players (the incarnation on this record includes Rod Meyer from Eat Skull / Hospitals). A quick paced platter of party punk hits on the verge of careening wildly out of control, G.Green’s first long player lands somewhere between Tyvek, “Born Innocent” era Redd Kross and “No Pocky For Kitty” era Superchunk. Look for their singles on 12XU, Malt Duck and Italian Beach Babes. The LP is lovingly wrapped in a double-sided 2 ft x 2 ft fold out poster-cover, a mix of off-set and silk-screen printing, with illustration by Jay Howell and design by Mark Kaiser (per usual). Sample a few tracks here


NEW RECORD mtn-07 The Whines

Released
April 2011
7 inch vinyl, 45 rpm
limited to 300 copies

The Whines "Shootinhead" b/w "Straybird" 7 inch

Hot on the heels of their awesome debut LP Hell To Play, we've got two exclusive tracks on limited edition wax. The Whines have been on our radar for some time, with Karianne hopping in on drums for Eat Skull for all of ten minutes and their debut 7? making rounds a year or two ago. Previously backed by alternating members of the aforementioned Portland faves, The Whines have solidified a touring band and are hitting the road in May. They offered us these two reverb soaked noise pop tracks, one new and one alternate recording off the Hell To Play LP. Layers of over-saturated tape hiss, as well as Karianne’s sweet-to-sad-to-sexy vocals, glue this hot little single together. A dreary Portland Sunday with a hangover put to wax just for you. One color debossed letterpress over digital print cover, illustration by Jay Howell and design by Mark Kaiser.


NEW BOOK "Darkwave" Jay Howell

Released
January 2012
5.75 x 8.75 saddle bound book, limited to 500 copies
[Out Of Print]

Jay Howell "Darkwave"

The Dark Wave tells the story of a black metal band's disenchanted lead singer. After succumbing to a panic attack on stage during a show, he flees into the night and quickly finds himself surrounded by the great wild. We follow his journey around the bend and out into the ocean - All dictated to us in vivid black and white, with Jay Howell's sublime background artwork filing out the palette of grays. The Dark Wave and his journey to find it, relates to us that even during murky periods of loathing, strife and doubt, we will all find what we are looking for and learn how to stand on our own two feet. Comes with an MP3 download of the black metal song from the book, performed by Mtn. pal Scott McPherson.

Video teaser by Jim Dirschberger at Eighty Four Films. Along with designing the characters for Fox Television’s hit animated show “Bob’s Burgers”, Jay Howell has illustrated for Vans Shoes, Burton Snowboards, GNU Snowboards, Anti-Hero Skateboards, Creature Skateboards, OJs Wheels, Lifetime Collective clothing, Rebel-8 clothing and more. With art openings in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo before the end of the year, Jay has spent the last 10 years showing his art around the globe. He co-runs the Mt.St.Mtn. record label and publishing project and is currently developing an animated children’s show for the Nickelodeon network.

Black and white, 48 pages, comes with MP3 of its black metal theme song. Illustration by Jay Howell, design by Mark Kaiser.


NEW BOOK"Pages From Books - Vol. 1"Jay Howell

Released
April 2011
4 x 7 perfect bound book, limited to 500 copies

Jay Howell "Pages From Books - Vol. 1"

The first collection of the ongoing “Pages From Books” series by artist/illustrator Jay Howell features all of the skinny guys with boners, naked chicks on skateboards, dogs, beer, rockers, and endless good times we’ve come to expect from his whimsical-yet-crude artwork. His zine Punks Git Cut and animated series called "The Forest City Rockers”, the apex in punk rock cartoons, have deservingly earned him a devoted following of wingnuts, wastoids, fuck ups and shredders.

Full color, 48 pages. Illustration by Jay Howell, design by Mark Kaiser.