Queen Victoria "Untitled" The Present Tense CS (no. 129)
Nite Lite "Corvid" Marlene CS (no. 134)
(Commentary from Frank Baugh of Sparkling Wide Pressure, Kimberly Dawn Recordings, etc.)
Sparkling Wide Pressure "Hearts" Facing the Nothing World CD-R (no. 74)
Xiphiidae "Untitled" (excerpt) Pisces Muse CS (no. 101)
(Commentary from Seth Kasselman of Warm Climate and Gul Bara)
Warm Climate "Tourmaline Witches" Pigeon Brides Weigh In CS (no. 136)
(Commentary from Brad Rose of Charlatan, Digitalis Recordings, etc.)
Charlatan "Like Glass" split w/ Spare Death Icon CS (no. 106)
Remote Islands "Houseboat on Schuylkill" Days of Heaven CS (no. 122)
(Commentary from Donato Epiro)
Donato Epiro "Fantasma Di Una Pulce" Sounding the Sun CD-R (no. 52)
Berber Ox "Do That Twice" The Great Parenthesis CS (no. 130)
(Commentary from Eric Hardiman of Rambutan, Tape Drift Records, etc.)
Rambutan "Returning to the Entrance" Broken Infinity CD-R/CS (no. 38/100)
M. Geddes Gengras "Untitled" (excerpt) The Empty Space CS (no. 135)
(Commentary from William Giacchi of Super Minerals, Eureka, etc.)
Super Minerals "Be Brave Children Of The Monsoon..." (excerpt) Contacteer CS (no. 128)
Pimmon "Block Cipher" (excerpt) Lay Down Real Slow CS (no. 133)
(Closing comments from Phil & Myste French of Stunned Records)
For me, Stunned Records was truly one of the main inspirations for starting up the Free Form Freakout webcasts. I was consistently moved by the wide-ranging sounds that they were putting out and was, quite simply, just looking for an outlet to maybe let a few other people hear about some of this incredible music that I was getting ahold of. Not only was the first track that I ever played on these shows a Stunned release, a Warm Climate track to be exact, but the first interview feature show was done with Phil French from Stunned. And over the past year, I’ve continued to spotlight at least some of the tapes that came out with each new batch they released.
As Stunned has now officially come to a close, I felt compelled to do something a bit special for this week’s show. So, in addition to playing a bunch of tracks from the Stunned catalog, including several selections from the final batch of tapes, I called on some Stunned alumni to provide some comments on what the label meant to them and their work, which you’ll hear spread throughout the show.
It certainly was no easy task trying to put together a playlist that I felt was fairly representative of the label as a whole and there are, admittedly, some glaring omissions, but I sincerely hope that you enjoy what I've put together here. I do want to extend a big thank you to Phil & Myste and to all the other artists that took the time to lend their voice to this show. I encourage you to do the same by sharing your own thoughts on the label, or perhaps some of your favorite Stunned releases, in the comment section below. Finally, I recommend checking out the newly revamped Discriminate Music website to snatched up the remaining copies of that last Stunned batch and any of their other releases you can get your hands on right now!!