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From Garfunkle: In around 2002 or 2003, I was working on Splash and DJ Image was working with Stainless Steele on Mindstate of the Art, a very dope straight-ahead hip-hop record. I remember talking with the two of them about the music we were all working on at the time and the two of them saying they really wanted to get this straight-ahead hip-hop project out and then take it way out there. (They did that – Chromatica, among other things they did, is a must-listen in my opinion, and Image’s Love Weather Dinner Party is a wild turntablist album, but I digress…) At the time I was more focused on instrumental music and wasn’t recording as much of my vocal stuff.

Fast forward twenty years and DJ Image and I were able to connect, first for a few tracks on A Fish That Noticed the Water, then a few tracks on how? i never saw that, and now for the entirety of Broad Brushstrokes. This project is not backward looking to twenty years ago, but is a straight-ahead hip-hop record from right here and now before the next trip to the stratosphere or wherever it might take us. Banging beats and precise cuts from DJ Image coupled with my rhymes. I’m honored to have Steele’s vocals on here destroying things on Buddha Monk and the ill cover from Bloodmoney Perez, and I hope… more
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released May 20, 2022

All songs produced by DJ Image
All cuts by DJ Image
All lyrics written by Garfunkle except for Stainless Steele’s verse on Buddha Monk, written by Stainless Steele.
Additional keys by Garfunkle on ‘Ceiling Fans’ and ‘Buddha Monk’
Cover art by Bloodmoney Perez
Mastered by Stainless Steele

In 2011 Stainless Steele did two live sets on @RWDFM Web radio from @FLOTEbeats crib in Philly. It’s some of his fav material from that time so he pressed 25 copies on tape.

Limited edition of 25, professionally dubbed fluorescent pink cassette with orange and pink case. Buy here

Includes two bonus tracks (cassette only):

  1. Reinvented Time feat. MK Ultra Lord produced by Ghost McGrady
  2. Pictures of the Impossible feat. Maf Maddix produced by Zenios

GarfunkleA Fish That Noticed the Water is my first full-length vocal project, despite releasing my first vocal tracks on Splash in 2003 and a handful of tracks and verses between then and now. The album is a result of collaborations and re-connections with Stainless Steele and DJ Image (the other two-thirds of Headpiece, along with myself) and PT Cream along with my own solo basement recording sessions. The inspirations behind the album have been present in the various instrumental projects I’ve released over the past decade and a half or so, but are made more explicit in the lyrics on this album.

The production on the album ranges from the fairly straight-forward beats on ‘Unless and Until’ and ‘Well Then What Man What’ to the more abstract and loose production on ‘No Really It’s Nothing’ and the denser music on ‘Non-Euclidian Geometry.’ The album opens staring at the nothingness behind the eyelids and aiming to see both that nothingness (and what’s underneath it) and closing with a recognition of the organisms swimming there in that apparent blankness.

How’s the water?


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released January 7, 2022

All songs produced by Garfunkle except where indicated
All cuts by DJ Image
Additional Keys on Tracks 1 and 11 by Garfunkle
Alternate version of Track 10 on ‘Nothing is Revealed’ from Headpiece (Extra Lovely Records, EL017)
Alternate versions of Tracks 4 and 11 on ‘No Sunsets in Her MakeUp Room’ from DJ Image
Cover Artwork by Tai
Mixing and Mastering by Stainless Steele except tracks 8 and 10 mixed and mastered (to the extent those words apply here) by Garfunkle
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The Headpiece trio is Ben Gray (Garfunkle), Vincent Smaldone (DJ Image) and Brian Steele (Stainless Steele).

All three members grew up in the same small town in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Ben Gray and Brian Steele recorded a demo EP together circa 1996 as the Navigators. Steele and DJ Image started making music together a few years later around 2000 and released an album titled Mind State of the Art in 2003.

Ben Gray taught himself to play the keys while in college and began recording solo instrumental albums as Garfunkle.

DJ Image solidified himself as a world-class DJ and toured with Slick Rick and Raekwon. Image is constantly sharpening his skills and producing in his home recording studio. He put out a solo turntablist album under the alias Cropsy called Love Weather Dinner Party in 2016.

Brian ‘Stainless’ Steele released various solo albums from 2008 – 2015 and founded Extra Lovely Records in 2015.

Throughout the years the three members kept in regular contact, working on songs and sending files back and forth to collaborate. This album, “Nothing is Revealed” is the most recent material from the group and the first official album as Headpiece. It was created mostly during the Covid Pandemic while Steele was living in California, Ben Gray in St. Louis and DJ Image in Pennsylvania.

We hope you enjoy! Zone out to the Headpiece trio ///

Purchase the digital album or limited edition cassette here

Ben Gray aka Garfunkle – Keys

Vincent Smaldone aka DJ Image – Turntables

Brian Steele aka Stainless Steele – MPC2000/Production

Track 06 features Kristin Lauer on French Horn
Track 08 features Sanji Diaz on Tenor Saxophone

Artwork by Hue Thi Hoffmaster
https://huethistudio.com/

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Rapper / producer Chef Bac from Springfield Ohio drops his album “Hermes Son” on Extra Lovely Records. All songs written and produced by Chef Bac. Album is available on limited edition cassette and digital download.

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Garfunkle – the bio-engineering scientist by day and producer on the keys by night, returns with his new release “We Are Waves”.

Ursula K. Leguin’s translation of the Tao Te Ching includes some of her commentary along the way. “We are waves. It is the sea,” she wrote, It being capital-I It, the Way. (This commentary is on a verse that includes the line “To know harmony/ is to know what’s eternal.” Hmm.) This album, these songs, do not represent some sort of reduction of Taoist principles, but the process is – always – an attempt to lose the self in it (It?). The wave is clearly less than the sea, and yet the wave is the sea. These songs, the end result of letting what happens happen, are some solid joints, and I hope the joy of the process shines through here.

These were recorded in 2018 and 2019, and the album was finished as I prepared to move with my family, feeling very much tossed by the sea, and making every attempt to embrace the change and consider how the sea’s waves are all essentially interconnected through the ocean, something vastly larger than any individual wave and that we know very little of.

I’ll also say that “we are waves” is a reference not only to Ursula K. Leguin’s commentary, but also to a fundamental physical truth about what we are. Some of that thinking pops up in “electrical output,” one of two tracks featuring vocal samples.

Well, this is all high-minded and I mean it as well as plenty more where words fail. Thirteen jams, held together as an all-but-completely instrumental album that I hope you’ll enjoy.

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Extra Lovely Radio episode 2 aired on Pinta Radio out of Montpellier, France on 3.4.19 ///

 

Extra Lovely Long Sleeve Shirts are now available at our bandcamp. White or black shirt with cassette tape combo $30 special! ///

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Spote Breeze & Asonic Garcia – Stubborn Optimist & OffTheRIP ///

Chester Watsonproject 0 ///

 

Ghost McGradyBelieve ///

 

Cosmic Analog Ensemble – Vie Cent Détours ///

 

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Maryland artist Dexter Fizz melds his sound to the smooth, jazzy, sample-driven production of legendary Japanese producer Bugseed. “I Died Here” is a timeless 10 track project. With life inspired lyrics, each track hits home as you sink into this well crafted body of art. Out now on limited edition cassette (with a short run of exclusive T-shirts) and digital download via Extra Lovely Records.

All songs written by Dexter FIzz and produced by Bugseed ///

Cover art and layout by LSDoomGFX

soundcloud.com/dexter-fizz

bugseed.bandcamp.com

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Duppy GunMiro Tape (Bokeh Versions) ///

Jimi TenorQuantum Connection ///



Tokayo Tokayo (Akashik Records) ///


Jean Grae & Quelle ChrisGold Purple Orange (video) ///

Spiritual Jazz 8Japan Part 2 ///

Jean Grae & Quelle ChrisEverything’s Fine ///

J​-​JazzDeep Modern Jazz from Japan 1969​-​1984 ///


Kemialliset YstavatHengita Sisaan Ulos (Leaving Records) ///

Basa Basa – Homowo ///

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VisitorsNature Documentary ///

KOKOKOWe Are KOKOKO ///

Jeremiah JaeWhen Daffi Attacks ///



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Sacred AviaryCoconut Dot Matrix ///

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Jeff ParkerThe New Breed (Deluxe Version) ///



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Yikes the Zero returns with his third full-length release on Extra Lovely Records Doctor Molotov’s Gallery of Portals. 

Doctor Molotov takes the listener on an exotic tour through his gallery of portals. A combination of experimental, psychedelic hip-hop tracks and instrumental collages. It’s Yikes the Zero’s most far-out project to date allowing him to venture into new worlds of unexplored sound.

All songs written and produced by Yikes the Zero

Artwork by Yikes the Zero ///