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Sacred Bones Turns Ten


Sacred bones founder Caleb Braaten, photo by Christian Count.

When Brooklyn-based Caleb Braaten started Sacred Bones in 2007, he did it with modest goals and few expectations. But in the back of his mind, he dreamt of one day working with an artist he had long admired: filmmaker and composer David Lynch. Although initially just an idle daydream, Braaten nevertheless started planning for the possibility.

“I had this idea that I was going to approach him to do something together,” he says. “I set aside a copy of every record that we had put out, every version of every record. I started amassing this box that was in the basement of Academy [Records] that said ‘David Lynch’ on it. And then maybe four years into it, the box was big enough. I was like, ‘All right, I think it’s time.'”

Braaten got as far as tracking down an address—”I was going to write a letter and basically tell him that I’m a fan, and I would like to work together someday,” he says—but happened to mention his scheme to a Los Angeles friend, who had a music attorney acquaintance he thought might be a better route.

That connection turned out to be the right one: Lynch received the box of records, thought it was “interesting,” and the lines of communication were open for Braaten to propose a reissue of the soundtrack to 1977’s Eraserhead. Lynch was on board, and a reissue surfaced in 2012. In subsequent years, Sacred Bones reissued two more experimental Lynch efforts, The Air is On Fire and Polish Night Music.

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Big Ups: Ceremony Pick Their Favorite Bands on Bandcamp


The California group Ceremony underwent a massive stylistic transition between their 2012 album Zoo and 2015’s The L-Shaped Man. Where the former favored gnarled, roiling, punk-informed songs, the latter was ice-cold post-punk, loose coils of guitar encircling Ross Farrar’s dark, haunted vocals. So it’s no surprise that, when we asked them to pick their favorite albums on Bandcamp, the resulting choices would swing wildly between those two poles. From raging hardcore to orchestral goth, here are Ceremony’s top Bandcamp picks.

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