July 2, 2017

Only a month until tour -- ticket links below!

thu 8/3 san diego, ca @ space - w/ cruel summer, witness 9, and dj jon blaj
fri 8/4 visalia, ca @ cellar door - w/ cruel summer
sat 8/5 las vegas, nv @ beauty bar - w/ cruel summer, winter, and homebodys
sun 8/6 los angeles, ca @ the echo - w/ cruel summer and tennis system
mon 8/7 santa cruz, ca @ catalyst atrium - w/ cruel summer and alms
tue 8/8 san francisco, ca @ the chapel - w/ cruel summer and electro group
thu 8/10 portland, or @ doug fir lounge - w/ cruel summer and tender age
fri 8/11 seattle, wa @ barboza - w/ cruel summer
sat 8/12 bellingham, wa @ the shakedown - w/ cruel summer and all over me

May 29, 2017

Here are the final 2017 tour dates - see you out there!

thu 8/3 san diego, ca @ space (formerly known as the hideout) - with cruel summer, witness 9, and dj jon blaj
fri 8/4 visalia, ca @ cellar door - with cruel summer
sat 8/5 las vegas, nv @ beauty bar - with cruel summer, winter, and homebodys
sun 8/6 los angeles, ca @ the echo - with cruel summer and tennis system
mon 8/7 santa cruz, ca @ catalyst atrium - with cruel summer and alms
tue 8/8 san francisco, ca @ the chapel - with cruel summer and electro group
thu 8/10 portland, or @ doug fir lounge - with cruel summer and tender age
fri 8/11 seattle, wa @ barboza - with cruel summer
sat 8/12 bellingham, wa @ the shakedown - with cruel summer and TBA

May 1, 2017

Hey all -- the odd-year skein goes unbroken. We'll be playing some strictly west coast sneaky flute music this summer:

thu 8/3 san diego, ca @ space (formerly known as the hideout)
fri 8/4 visalia, ca @ cellar door
sat 8/5 las vegas, nv @ beauty bar
sun 8/6 los angeles, ca @ the echo
mon 8/7 TBA
tue 8/8 san francisco, ca @ the chapel
thu 8/10 portland, or @ doug fir lounge
fri 8/11 seattle, wa @ barboza
sat 8/12 TBA

More info soon - in the meantime:

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February 1, 2017

We're out of copies of the new Blondertongue Audiobaton LP vinyl reissue, and don't plan on ordering more from our old label for now (and if you order online from them, you'll learn why.) Why not support your local record store and buy it there? However, we've uncovered a few more original copies of the Strictly/Salons double LP, and still have some shirts left - both available via our little store. We hope to continue our string of odd-year shows somewhere in the US in 2017, but no word yet on that. It's been a jarring first month of the new year, and promises to continue in that vein for some time. Stay strong!

November 3, 2016

Our special version of the new Blondertongue Audiobaton LP vinyl reissue sold out quickly - hope to have more in January 2017. There are a few Rege-design shirts left and other things available on our store site.

November 2, 2016

Greetings all! We're offering a special version of the new Blondertongue Audiobaton LP vinyl reissue - see our store for details! There are new Rege-design shirts up there as well. Lastly, if we're able to follow our odd-year touring convention in 2017, we'll be announcing tour dates here and here.

July 26, 2016

For those 1,000 of you who signed up for Joyful Noise Recordings's 2016 Flexi Disc Series, our new song "Fantastic Trumpets Forever" will be the July release and should be on the way. We don't have any to sell, but here are the liner notes: this is swirlies number thirty one. july 2016. for this recording damon tutunjian andy bernick deb warfield viktor höber anna bergvall sang and played guitar bass drums tapes crumar orchestrator yamaha ps-03. recorded and mixed by damon at the sneakyflute empire world headquarters malmö sweden march through may 2016. drum room provided by plan b malmö courtesy of carlo and viktor art by ron rege jr. side only: “fantastic trumpets forever”

January 5, 2016

Hey all -- pleased to announce a new (!) Swirlies track will be part of Joyful Noise Recordings' 2016 flexi series (also featuring tracks by Thurston Moore, Ought, a cat named Lil Bub, and others). Sign up for the series here. Read a non-Zamula-penned article about it here. With any luck, this will not be our only contribution in the Year of The Chimp...

December 1, 2015

There's a new Swirlies merch page here, right in time for the holidays - check it out!

October 7, 2015

We still have a few things left on our merch page - some t-shirts (small & a few mediums), our most recent 7", original cassette releases of What To Do About Them, Blondertongue Audiobaton, and Brokedick Car releases, and the original 1998 vinyl pressing of our Salons/Strictly East Coast double LP.

August 29, 2015

You can now order t-shirts, our most recent 7", and the original 1998 pressing of our Salons/Strictly East Coast double LP on our merch page -- coming soon: a special cassette offering!

August 4, 2015

Thanks to all who came out to see us last month during the Silver Ostrich Anniversary - it felt really good to be back together. Big thanks to Mahmood, Brianna, and Natasha at Flowerbooking for setting up the shows. For those of you who placed orders for t-shirts during the tour, we'll be getting them to you this month.

June 25, 2015

We'll be hitting the bricks soon for the Silver Ostrich Anniversary -- see you out there!

You can keep up with our progress (and the relative success/failure of THE CURSE) by way of:

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June 24, 2015

Less than a month until Swirlies' Silver Ostrich Anniversary shows! Here are the lineups to date:

wed july 1 hudson, ny @ the half moon with BREAKFAST IN FUR / tix/info

thu july 2 philadelphia, pa @ johnny brenda’s with SUBURBAN LIVING and THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE / tix/info

fri july 3 allston, ma @ great scott with KUDGEL / tix/info

sat july 4 brooklyn, ny @ silent barn with KRILL and ADVAETA / tix/info

sun july 5 brooklyn, ny @ baby’s all right with KUDGEL, LACED, DJ NING NONG/ tix/info

mon july 6 washington, dc @ black cat backstage with BIG HUSH / tix/info

tue july 7 baltimore, md @ ottobar with CREEPOID and WING DAM / tix/info

wed july 8 carrboro, nc @ cat's cradle backroom with CREEPOID and WAILIN' STORMS / tix/info

thu july 9 atlanta, ga @ the earl with CREEPOID and EUREKA CALIFORNIA / tix/info

fri july 10 cincinnati, oh @ motr with TBA (free show) / info

sat july 11 indianapolis, in @ joyful noise recordings with SLEEPING BAG and JORMA WHITTAKER / tix/info

sun july 12 chicago, il @ west fest with various others / info

mon july 13 detroit, mi @ ufo factory with HYDROPARK and DARK RED / tix/info

tue july 14 toronto, on @ drake hotel with CRYPTORIPS / tix/info

wed july 15 montreal, qc @ bar le "ritz" p.d.b. with CRYPTORIPS and TBA / tix/info

May 4, 2015

Here are links to Facebook events for the Swirlies' Silver Ostrich Anniversary shows - with links to ticket info & all that jazz:
wed july 1: hudson, ny @ the half moon
thu july 2: philadelphia, pa @ johnny brenda’s
fri july 3: allston, ma @ great scott
sat july 4: brooklyn, ny @ silent barn
sun july 5: brooklyn, ny @ baby’s all right
mon july 6: washington, dc @ black cat
tue july 7: baltimore, md @ ottobar
wed july 8: carrboro, nc @ cat's cradle
thu july 9: atlanta, ga @ the earl
fri july 10: cincinnati, oh @ motr pub
sat july 11: indianapolis, in @ joyful noise recordings
sun july 12: chicago, il @ west fest
mon july 13: detroit, mi @ ufo factory
tue july 14: toronto, on @ drake hotel
wed july 15: montreal, qc @ bar le "ritz" p.d.b.

April 28, 2015

We're celebrating our Silver Ostrich Anniversary with a tour this July, rejoined by founding member Seana Carmody! This time the band includes Damon, Seana, Andy, Adam, Rob, and Elliott. Many thanks to Mahmood @ Flowerbooking for setting it up. We'll have a special limited edition 7-inch record with us as well. We look forward to seeing you!

To wit:
wed july 1 hudson, ny @ the half moon
thu july 2 philadelphia, pa @ johnny brenda’s
fri july 3 allston, ma @ great scott
sat july 4 brooklyn, ny @ silent barn added!
sun july 5 brooklyn, ny @ baby’s all right
mon july 6 washington, dc @ black cat
tue july 7 baltimore, md @ ottobar
wed july 8 carrboro, nc @ cat's cradle
thu july 9 atlanta, ga @ the earl
fri july 10 cincinnati, oh @ motr pub
sat july 11 indianapolis, in @ joyful noise recordings
sun july 12 chicago, il @ west fest
mon july 13 detroit, mi @ ufo factory
tue july 14 toronto, on @ drake hotel
wed july 15 montreal, qc @ bar le "ritz" p.d.b.

Download the poster here.

And some new places to keep in touch:
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P.S. We also understand that Taang! is planning to re-release our Blondertongue Audiobaton LP (1993) sometime in 2015 - more on that soon!

February 19, 2015

We've recently started (and will continue) to post sporadic treats (old and new) on Facebook. Find us here: https://www.facebook.com/TheSwirlies. "Swirlies" was occupied, so excuse the "The". Thanks to Tony (not to be confused with this Tony) for starting the page and handing the reins to us. Coming soon: the latest Strop, featured on our 2013 tour-only flash drive release.

February 3, 2015

Greetings!

With a little luck, we'll be playing some east of the Mississippi dates in the middle part of 2015 - more info soon. Meanwhile, here's a fun pic of the band Damon's playing with these days in Sweden (I Am Super Ape).

September 10, 2013

A few things: 1) we've just uploaded high resolution scans of the artwork for most of our releases (along with other treats) on our discography page (if it's worth something to you, feel free to donate via the Paypal button on that page); 2) for those of you who are interested, Damon's going to be making a few more t-shirts (same as the tour design) -- we should have them in a month or two; and 3) congratulations to Elliott Malvas on his recent Heavy Novice win at the go-cart track!

August 7, 2013

Andy's new band Wild Fruit just released a 7" - the vinyl is available for $5 plus shipping through Dischord Records here. He's still a Swirlie though.

July 21, 2013

Hey there:

At our show tonight in Philadelphia (Johnny Brenda's), the band Nothing will be replacing Arc In Round as openers. Look forward to seeing some of you at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY tomorrow night (July 22) for the last show of the tour. Many thanks to Kurt Vile for having us along for the last couple of weeks. Look for new downloads to be materializing here in the very near future.

July 1, 2013

Greetings all:

We've added a solo show (free, we believe) in front of Village Green Records in Muncie, IN on Saturday July 13, 2013. Here's the latest list:

With Kurt Vile and the Violators:
07/09/2013 Cleveland Heights, OH / Grog Shop
07/10/2013 Detroit, MI / Magic Stick
07/11/2013 Chicago, IL / Metro
07/12/2013 Indianapolis, IN / The Vogue
07/14/2013 Nashville, TN / Mercy Lounge
07/15/2013 Birmingham, AL / The Bottletree
07/16/2013 Atlanta, GA / Terminal West
07/17/2013 Asheville, NC / The Grey Eagle
07/18/2013 Carrboro, NC / Cat's Cradle
07/19/2013 Charlottesville, VA / Jefferson Theater
07/20/2013 Washington, DC / 9:30 Club

On our own:
07/13/2013 Muncie, IN @ Village Green Records @ 4pm -- with others TBA, see here for info
07/21/2013 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's - with Arc In Round and Pure Sunray
07/22/2013 Brooklyn, NY @ The Knitting Factory - with Grooms and Pure Sunray

June 5, 2013

Hey all:

For some reason, people (not including C.C.) occasionally write to us and say they'd like to give us money for the releases that appear on this site. For anyone who'd like to donate funds for the downloads that appear here or on our companion Richmond County Archives site, please note the presence of a PayPal donate button on the bottom of the discography page. Right now, you can get "Cats of The Wild, Volume 2", "Damon Andy Rob Ron: The Yes Girls", and the "Swirlies' Magic Strop" live series, plus all of the Archives comps and weirdness, many of which feature Swirlies tracks. There will be more in the coming months. Thank you!

And at the behest of people who, during our 2011 shows, mentioned that a xeroxed piece of paper containing a link to free downloads did not constitute "merchandise", we have also working hard on preparing some fun and special tour-only things to sell. That's right -- "things".

May 28, 2013

Greetings all:

We've added a couple more shows at the end -- here is the latest list:

With Kurt Vile and the Violators:
07/09/2013 Cleveland Heights, OH / Grog Shop
07/10/2013 Detroit, MI / Magic Stick
07/11/2013 Chicago, IL / Metro
07/12/2013 Indianapolis, IN / The Vogue
07/14/2013 Nashville, TN / Mercy Lounge
07/15/2013 Birmingham, AL / The Bottletree
07/16/2013 Atlanta, GA / Terminal West
07/17/2013 Asheville, NC / The Grey Eagle
07/18/2013 Carrboro, NC / Cat's Cradle
07/19/2013 Charlottesville, VA / Jefferson Theater
07/20/2013 Washington, DC / 9:30 Club

On our own:
07/21/2013 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's - with Pure Sunray and TBA
07/22/2013 Brooklyn, NY @ The Knitting Factory - with Pure Sunray and TBA

More are possible, but probably not many more.

May 17, 2013

Greetings all:

Continuing our series of odd-year re-appearances, Swirlies will be opening for Kurt Vile and the Violators on the following dates:

07/09/2013 Cleveland Heights, OH / Grog Shop
07/10/2013 Detroit, MI / Magic Stick
07/11/2013 Chicago, IL / Metro
07/12/2013 Indianapolis, IN / The Vogue
07/14/2013 Nashville, TN / Mercy Lounge
07/15/2013 Birmingham, AL / The Bottletree
07/16/2013 Atlanta, GA / Terminal West
07/17/2013 Asheville, NC / The Grey Eagle
07/18/2013 Carrboro, NC / Cat's Cradle
07/19/2013 Charlottesville, VA / Jefferson Theater
07/20/2013 Washington, DC / 9:30 Club

The line-up will be Damon Tutunjian with long-time members Rob Laakso (who is also one of the Violators), Deb Warfield (Pure Sunray), and Adam Pierce (Mice Parade), plus some fresh blood in the form of Elliott Malvas (You’re Jovian, Suburban Living) on bass. Other current & former sneaky fluters could be joining in along the way. We may also be playing a few shows after the 20th in the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast – more on that later. See you there!

May 7, 2013

We recently learned that, unbeknownst to us, 'You Can't Be Told It, You Must Behold It' (from our 1996 LP 'They Spent Their Wild, Youthful Days In The Glittering World of The Salons') appears on a free Chateau Marmont/Brain Magazine compilation of vocoder songs.

While very flattering, the inclusion of this song is in error. One song on 'Salons' does employ a vocoder (submit your guesses here to receive absolutely nothing), but 'Behold It' is not it. The chilling humanoid voice was conjured up from the mysterious inner workings of our beloved Yamaha CS-50.

If you own a CS-50: 1) congratulations!; 2) never sell it; and 3) feel free to consult page 24 of our
recipe book for the 'Behold It' settings sheet, and entertain yourselves with the wild 'eye-eee-eye-eee-eye-eee-iiiiieeeeiiiee' sound.

August 12, 2012

For any gearheads out there, we've scanned our rare copy of the Yamaha CS Series Servicing Guide, for Yamaha CS-50, CS-60, and CS-80 synths. The Yamaha CS-50 features prominently in many Swirlies recordings of yore.
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And courtesy of Dave Merson Hess, Sneaky Flute Moods: A Tribute to the Swirlies is now available for download. Lots of wild folks covering old Swirlies songs.

July 4, 2011

Feel free to abscond with our last record -- Cats of the Wild, Volume 2. It will be up on our discography page indefinitely, courtesy of Bubblecore Records.

See you at The Spit.

June 3, 2011

Hey all– Swirlies will be playing four shows in July:

Thursday 21 July 2011 (9:00PM) w/Thrushes
Baltimore, MD
Talking Head
407 E. Saratoga St.
http://sonarbaltimore.com
Tickets $10 adv / $12 day

Friday 22 July 2011 (9:00PM) w/ Psychedelic Horseshit & Wild Fruit
Washington, D.C.
Rock and Roll Hotel
1353 H Street NE
http://www.rockandrollhoteldc.com
Tickets $12

Saturday 23 July 2011 (AFTERNOON SHOW – 2:00PM) all by ourselves
Philadelphia, PA
Johnny Brenda’s
1201 Frankford Ave.
http://www.johnnybrendas.com
Tickets $10

Sunday 24 July 2011 (AFTERNOON SHOW – 3:00PM) w/Psychedelic Horseshit
New York, NY
Seaport Music Festival
North Side Pier 17
South Fulton and South Streets
http://seaportmusicfestival.com
FREE


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