Celebrate summer with Andrew Broder & Crescent Moon

Crescent Moon (aka Alexei Moon Casselle) and Andrew Broder are restless souls. Both were raised and battle-tested in the burgeoning underground hip-hop scene of Minneapolis in the late-90’s – Caselle as an MC and Broder as a DJ/Turntablist- and both realized early on that they would have to push themselves out of that embryonic comfort zone and get weird with it. Casselle brought his razor-sharp and bone marrow-rich writing to the hazy throb of Kill the Vultures. Broder founded Fog, an awkwardly beautiful and jagged melding of turntable skronk and melodic song heartache. The pair have known and respected each other for damn near 20 years, and inevitably gravitated towards writing songs together in a basement, resulting in 6 songs for this self-titled EP Crescent Moon / Andrew Broder.

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This is experimental and independent music. This is not indie rap or backpack rap. This is rap music made by two friends with a deep love for the form, and a vested interest in pushing it, and themselves to new places.

Crescent Moon / Andrew Broder cassettes are strictly limited to 100 copies, & will be shipping July 24. Grab your copy here

Cop the digital version from their Bandcamp page.

Start Your Morning With ‘Balanced Breakfast’

Dawn breaks over the horizon line. The shade of night slowly recedes and a new day is born. The gentle glow of the morning sun and a cool, soft breeze awaken the senses.

Early to rise, two old friends have met on common ground to share stories over the first meal of the day. The smell of incense & coffee hang thick in the air, conjuring fond memories of time spent together days gone by.

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Like a two-headed quarter, Balanced Breakfast is a double A-side split of morning comfort from two of BARO’s longest-running players. Drawing Trees is the field-folk-collage project of Frank Broder, who composes vignettes of found sound, bursts of rapid-fire fingerpicking, and drapes of warm textured drone. Ant’lrd should be no stranger to those following the label, as his most recent long-player “Sunnup” proved to be a fan favorite and definitive portrait of his plunderphonic craft.

Both players have honed in on the tranquil nature of the early morning hours and the ritualistic preparation and enjoyment of breakfast. This collection has been lovingly crafted & presented to be just as much a part of your day as your morning cup of java. Limited to 100 copies on high-bias cobalt cassettes.

Start your day off right.

Onward & Upward!

G R E E T I N G S

Before any words are said, we here at Breathing & Receiving Oxygen would like to thank YOU, our loyal listeners and ferric oxide enthusiasts, for your continuing gusto & support. It goes without saying, but we would not be able to run this small & intricate machine without you.

Somehow, we are now half way through the year 2015. It’s been a delight so far, overwhelming feelings of positivity follow the spring rainfall as we ride our way into summer. 2015 has been a year of transition & change for us here at BARO. As you may (or may not) have noticed, our offices have split into two camps- BARO Chicago & now BARO Portland. So far, so good, our mitosis has allowed us more freedom in our day-to-day label operations.

Since it’s inception in 2009, BARO has always been the curatorial output of it’s founders- in digital form. Summer 2013 was when we decided to step up our game & bring our releases into the real world. Coinciding with a showcase at the Empty Bottle, BARO offered up our first batch of cassette tapes, including Odd Nosdam‘s now classic TRISH.  We have been incredibly lucky (& proud) to be able to coast by on our initial investment for two years now. It is now time to step it up once again.

In order to foster future growth of the label for our artists & fans alike, we are raising the bar on quality & output. We are raising our cassette prices by one dollar more as a result. What is your extra dollar buying you? We want to be able to offer our artists more options – professional mastering, 4+ panel J-cards, premium high-bias Chrome Plus cassettes, commissioned/licensed artwork, & bigger production runs to be able to provide more tapes for our artists to sell at shows/tours/personal sites. We want you, the fan, to have a richer, more immersed experience in our music & packaging. We are honored that the majority of our releases sell out quickly, but we would love to give more fans the opportunity to own & cherish the physical artifact. It’s a bit of a bummer when you are late to learn of a release by one of your favorite artists and the tapes/LPs are already sold out, with no re-press in sight. We believe our music should be accessible to all who wish to hear it, and you shouldn’t have to fork over triple or quadruple the retail price to obtain a secondhand copy from Discogs.

We don’t want to spoil anything just yet, but we have some truly killer releases in the chamber for the latter half of 2015. I leave you with the announcement of BARO47- “Balanced Breakfast” is a double-A-side split between longtime BARO projects Ant’lrd Drawing Trees. This release is Frank Broder’s first new work as Drawing Trees since 2013’s “Meadows Exist” and also first outing on magnetic tape. A whirlwind of Frank’s signature rapid-fire picking style amongst field recordings, familiar conversation, and warm sonic blankets. It is quite lovely if we do say so ourselves. Ant’lrd follows up this January’s sleeper hit Sunnup with three new sonic worlds, traversing familiar territory but exploring new paths. It it akin to a camping trip for your ears.

Thank you so much for reading. Balanced Breakfast will be released just in time for your independence day celebrations, and is available to pre-order here.