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DUSTY SONGS is a series of limited edition releases dedicated to breathing new life into projects that have come and gone. Presented in the form of compilations, re-issues, and/or collections of home-recorded demos, these volumes are limited to runs of 50 or fewer, each hand-made and assembled at Life On An Island. Made for cheap, sold for cheap, distributed for pleasure. More people should hear this.




“Pancakes On Acid” by Mike & Frances

A series of studies in atmospheric pop, psychedelic guitar and electronic beats, conceptualized and realized on one night in May of 2008 in Poughkeepsie, New York by Mike Naideau and Frances Chang (both of Giant Peach). Though stylistically divergent from the other projects in which Mike & Frances have been involved, both individually and collaboratively, this cassette captures a raw energy that sheds light into their shared instinctual responses to a moment in a specific time and place, through the D/I input of a digital 8-track. Dubbed to tape 7 years later.

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“If We Were Mariachis!” by Fellow Project

This is a re-issue of the second record by Fellow Project, a Long Island band that has been around for years, originally released on CD-R in 2003 by burnitdown/REBUILD (an influential Long Island DIY punk label). These songs capture a distinct era in the band’s evolution, one in which they fully realize their unique brand of spacious, beautifully fragile indie-rock meets political folk-punk. Tia and Joe from Fellow Project are now married, have a kid, and the band is still active and currently makes some of the most interesting dissonance-infused rock we have heard. This cassette is a nod to their more stripped-down, humble beginnings.

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"Coffee Is Dead" by Neato Fleets

An abridged retrospective of honest and aesthetically dynamic, lo-fi rock songs recorded from 2007-2009 by Frances Chang (also singer/guitarist of Giant Peach) in and throughout New York. Poppy, ethereal and yet gritty, these songs embody beautiful moments of personal intensity and carry you along with them like stories. An Elliott Smith-esque sense of struggle filtered through the lushness of simplicity. A stripped down expression of emotional rawness through melody. This tape was originally released by Responsible Records, out of New Paltz, NY in 2010, before the release of Neato Fleets' "Reckless Tongue". Life On An Island's re-issue comes on pro-printed cassettes with new artwork and two bonus tracks.

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"Old Stuff" by Luke Holstein

Old Stuff is an apt title for this cassette and that's exactly what it is, to Luke at least. Luke now lives in Brooklyn (and plays bass in Giant Peach), but is in many ways a Long Island native, and this collection of songs is the kind of thing you'd find on his basement floor. A consecutive series of acoustic emo-punk songs that bleeds sincerity and has no reservations. Raw 4-track demos that sound like they were recorded live, in real-time onto each individual cassette. This is an homage to the lushness of lo-fi. The material is just as relevant now as it was when it was recorded years ago. Cassettes come packaged in screen-printed cases featuring a photo of Luke's dog, Cheese.

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"2006-2008" by Brian Chaudhry

This is a collection of recordings ranging from stripped-down, live performances to gracefully-produced, studio home-recordings by Brian Chaudhry, a then Long Island-based singer/song-writer and drummer of Haircut. Brian is the engineer behind Blue Sunshine Studios, a studio in Huntington NY where many Life On An Island artists have worked (and an inspirational force behind LOI to say the least!). This collection is a glimpse into a two-year period of Brian's work, showcasing some of his punk-rooted indie rock and delicately-crafted personal narratives of the time. Each cassette is dubbed by hand onto pro-printed tapes and every cover is screen printed by hand.


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