<![CDATA[Tingle Finger Recordings - Home]]>Sun, 28 Feb 2016 03:59:33 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Despite all common sense,  VAM is going on tour with a new album!]]>Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:53:45 GMThttp://www.tinglefinger.com/home/despite-all-common-sense-vam-is-going-on-tour-with-a-new-albumPicture
Try as the world might, The VAM Commanders (“VAM”) can’t be stopped. Neither snow nor rain nor old age nor fading artistic relevance or the Pacific Ocean stays these rockers from their sacred duty of bringing the thunder. Something they’ll be doing on tour with performances at:
  1. 9/16 Portland - Ash Street Saloon
  2. 9/17 Corvallis - Bombs Away Cafe
  3. 9/18 Bend - Volcanic Theatre Pub
  4. 9/19 Ashland - Lounge South
  5. 9/20 Medford - DowntownART+SOUND
VAM had their heyday in the late ‘90s, giving Oregon’s punk scene a much-needed blast of mirth with kooky songs about mutant walruses and skater-politics paired with high-energy — occasionally naked — performances that often got the band — and occasionally all rock music — banned from returning to the venue. The band recorded and released six independent recordings blending ska, punk, hip-hop and avant-garde weirdness before breaking up in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004 and who knows how many other times. The band scattered around the Pacific Rim to Ashland, Portland, Corvallis, Boise, Denver and Tokyo. But whenever they were fed enough drinks, a reunion was inevitable, with a dozen or so of them performed over the years.

But thanks to a rare extended stateside appearance from Tokyo-based drummer, Dustin Wasserman, VAM is back on the road again, with a string of Pacific Northwest performances listed below, and This is Not a Time Machine, a new album recorded cross-continentally through the use of file-sharing programs.

And it’s all for one reason: the fans.

“For years after we scattered, people kept writing to us asking us to play this show or that, or so they could tell us what VAM songs had meant to them, or that they were learning to play from our albums,” says Josh Gross, the band’s guitarist. “We just got tired of telling them no.”

This is Not a Time Machine is a collection of older tunes the band never got around to recording like it’s anti-arena rock anthem, “(Please Don’t) Show Your Boobs,” the rapped diary of VAM’s disastrous first tour, “Highway 2 Hell,” the self-titled ode to band hero, “Al Bundy”, as well as a series of new songs written specifically for the album, and a handful ported over from side projects.

The songs written just for the new album are the most mature we've ever done,” says Gross. “They are then balanced out by those oldies so immature we didn't bother to even record them back in the day. I know it's too late for the new songs to be VAM classics, but they should be. Like wine, cheese and bagels, I think we've improved with age.”

Other than maturity, one thing that sets the band’s newer material apart is a more broadly inclusive songwriting process. Joe Perez, the band’s hypeman has been in VAM since the start, but This is Not a Time Machine is the first of the band’s albums to include songs he wrote.

“The weirdest thing isn’t just that Joe wrote songs on the new album, it’s that he wrote some of the best songs on it,” says lead vocalist Will Shapiro.

The album’s title came from Gross, who was the most skeptical of reunions due to his belief that people didn’t want new songs or performances so much as to turn back the clock, something the band not only can’t do, but something he feels it shouldn’t try to do.

“We started out in a small tourist town that wasn’t so hot on a bunch of punk kids causing a ruckus,” he says. “VAM was a way to take control of our own destinies rather than having them prescribed from on high. It’s always been about looking forward, not back.”

That sentiment is flushed out in the album’s title track, which Gross penned as an anti-nostalgia anthem.

A reuniting rock band that is dedicated to smashing nostalgia might seem like an odd pairing, but VAM whether it was crafting lounge tunes for its punk audience, singing punk songs about chihuahuas, only playing handmade guitars from the band’s bass player, performing in only towels, or releasing an EP made up entirely of the same audio track with six different sets of lyrics as a homage to the late great Wesley Willis, VAM have always done things their own way, generally wrong, way. 

This is Not a Time Machine will be physical and digitally released worldwide on September 16, 2014 on Tingle Finger Recordings.

Advanced digital release coming soon to the Tingle Store!

<![CDATA[Millennium Legends Return w/ Remastered Debut Album]]>Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:14:28 GMThttp://www.tinglefinger.com/home/millennium-legends-return-w-remastered-debut-album
Smoke-Free Class of 2000
Long after the last millennium, debut self-titled album by the Smoke-Free Class of 2000 gets an official remastered world wide release on Tingler Finger. This is where the Tingle all began. Soon to be available on all fine digital retailers and available now in the Tingle Finger Store with exclusive bonus tracks!
<![CDATA[10th Anniversary Makeover]]>Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:31:06 GMThttp://www.tinglefinger.com/home/10th-anniversary-makeoverSlowly going through a site makeover to celebrate out 10th anniversary! Thanks for bearing with us as we polish up the tingle. :-)]]><![CDATA[2014 VAM Sneak Preview ]]>Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:43:27 GMThttp://www.tinglefinger.com/home/2014-vam-sneak-preview Sneak preview of things to come in 2014 from VAM. Welcome to the Age of Anti Wrinkle-Free Injections and Happy New Year!
<![CDATA[Flowbee Unleashed!]]>Sat, 17 Aug 2013 15:05:44 GMThttp://www.tinglefinger.com/home/flowbee-unleashedPicture
15th anniversary reissued deluxe version of "Relics of The Flowbee Empire," the 1998 debut album from seminal Southern Oregon band The VAM Commanders.  On its way to digital records stores everywhere and available now in the Tingle Finger Store with two additional secret bonus tracks only found here! 

In the words of the band themselves, "We recorded this album when we were total idiots. The songs are stupid, the recordings are garbage.  But we were the best kinds of idiots: those that had yet to learn what we couldn't or shouldn't do, and so pursued every bizarre idea that came into our heads."

To honor the release, The VAM Commanders will be playing a few shows in Southern Oregon, see below:

<![CDATA[Ska-punk is Not Dead]]>Sat, 03 Aug 2013 05:04:05 GMThttp://www.tinglefinger.com/home/ska-punk-is-not-deadPicture
In the final midst of mastering their new album, VAM decided to do some shows while in Boise to remind you all that ska-punk is not dead; It's just sleeping in later cause its back hurts in the mornings.

Come see what that looks like with Southern Oregon turds The VAM Commanders and Boise's own Nude Oil and the PirkQlaters.  Good times alleged but not guaranteed.

<![CDATA[Got Giri?]]>Wed, 22 Aug 2012 23:12:36 GMThttp://www.tinglefinger.com/home/got-giriPicture
Just when you thought the Tingle was dead, out pops the lyrical J-pop Masters, GIRI, with their one night masterpiece, Okujyo Maeni. The GIRI tale began in a little Shibuya dormitory. It was there, as if by destiny, 4 young students climbed to the top of the dorm one night with guitar and beercans in hand and their Japanese idol in their hearts. The fruits of their labor came to be known to all by the Giri. But the one night joys did not stop there, music videos were made for the hit single "Patsukin" as well as live performances throughout the streets of Shibuya. If you're not convinced yet, check out more behind the scenes video of GIRI in their glory days featured on Tingle Tube.

<![CDATA[Fuzakenna Face Lift]]>Sun, 29 Jan 2012 17:08:28 GMThttp://www.tinglefinger.com/home/new-album-press-release2Picture
Originally only available in Japan through physical limited edition release, the first album, Japanese Man's Dead Face, by Tokyo International University exchange student superstars, Fuzakenna, has been given a face lift! The power of the Tingle reincarnates this classic mix of Hardcore 4-Track Jams, now remastered wth exclusive bonus tracks only available through the Tingle. Featuring the circuit bending sounds of Octavia and the entire Mellow Dolphin Jazz Orchestra, Fuzakenna's core creators, Dustin Wasseman and Derek Sajbel (aka Dr. Rek) are proud to now share this release digitally to the world. Shall you believe, or will you too be remastered? Have a listen and find out!

<![CDATA[Don't be a Sucker MC, order the new Turkeys' Jive now!]]>Sun, 30 Oct 2011 08:53:40 GMThttp://www.tinglefinger.com/home/new-album-press-release1Picture
Happy Halloween everyone! The Tingle's got a special trick-or-treat for you all,  turbo-charged Portland new-wavers, The Sucker MC Jive TurkeysThe Tingle has just got their hands on the band's only major recording, Deadly Death Maelstrom of Death, which was never released beyond the band's circle of friends until now. With catchy songs, synth lines and a guitar driven sound, The Turkeys are like the eighties on speed.  Get your helping just before the holidays as the Turkey's band member recipe features the irresistible root ingredients of other fine Portland acts such as CarkThe Good Robot Us's and Point Juncture, WA

<![CDATA[Get Your Smidgen of Tingle Now]]>Sun, 11 Sep 2011 01:19:21 GMThttp://www.tinglefinger.com/home/new-album-press-releasePicture
Tingle Finger is proud to present the official release of, Purple Green, by young southern Oregon 90s alternative wave legends, Smidgen!

Melding jazz and punk songwriting with strange noises and undeniably dancy rhythms, Smidgen was “the band,” for Southern Oregon in the early 90s. While somewhat comparable to better-known alt-rock groups like Mr. Bungle or early Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smidgen’s style was their own. They wowed audiences with their ability to seamlessly meld complex and innovative rock music with funk beats and Sesame Street singalongs, influencing many a young Oregonian not just to pick up an instrument, but to dare to play it in a new way. It was a feat made all the more impressive by the band still being in high school when this album was originally released in 1993. 

Get a free download of the lead track, "Ten Thousand Times Plus Twenty Two" by signing up to the Tingle Finger Mailing list today!