Sunday, May 1, 2016


now available for FREE download
FOSSILS & BILL SHUTE "The Florida Nocturne Poems"

Previously released in March 2015 on Kendra Steiner Editions featuring tracks of spoken poetry by Texas wordsmith, Bill Shute and soundscapes by Fossils. This digital release layers the words and sounds together in one big picture.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016


Two new Fossils tapes are currently available from the mighty POOR LITTLE MUSIC.

PLM109 "Drainage Slopes" c60 limited to 20
PLM114 "Mirror Image of the Sculpture of Drops" c60 limited to 20

Both cassettes were recorded direct to 4-track 2015 in Hamilton studio featuring Payne and Farr (with some sampling of saxophone by Rob Michalchuk). No computers used. Tape to tape direct production.

Order direct from the label while supplies last.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

FOSSILS "Modern Architecture"

middle james co. is proud to present
co-released with Kendra Steiner Editions #324

mjc442 Fossils "Modern Architecture" cdr edition of 48 copies
13 tracks; 40 minutes
recorded May-September 2015 in Brantford, Buffalo and Hamilton.
Here's another blast of strange with Payne/Farr duo dueling on guitar, drums, synth, electronics and tapes.  This time out the team is joined on some tracks by the alto saxophone styles of Rob Michalchuk and on others by T.J. Borden on cello.  In a combo 1-2 punch of selections from live performances and basement jams.

here's what Bill Shute from KSE had to say:
In the free-improv/ lo-fi /sound-sculpture / noise world, FOSSILS are truly the only band that matters, and we at KSE are proud to partner with them once again. I listen to FOSSILS music a lot—-it’s the perfect antidote to a regulated but insane world. The intuitive absurdist SENSE in their playful and exploratory paintings in sound gives me faith in humankind. Try it—-cheaper than drugs or therapy.
read the rest of Bill's piece here

$7 north am/$10 world postage paid

other fossils items for sale here

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SWELTER "live in lowell"

Long-awaited follow-up to the premiere Cardinal Records release is now available in physical and digital formats!  Once again join David Payne (Fossils) and Howard Stelzer in a journey of mangled tape and twisted electronics. Recorded in Lowell, Mass at Gallery 119 in August 2014.

Published by Tape Drift Records (US) as a CDR in a limited edition of 50 copies.
from the label: "Swelter indeed. A hot slab of collaborative psychic summer energy burn from two of the finest experimentalists in North America – Howard Stelzer and David Payne (Fossils). Two-man howl of shredded tapes and analog junk recorded live in August 2014 in Lowell, MA, the music on this disc is all about texture, sizzle and feel. It would be folly (and beside the point) to pick out individual contributions, as both voices blend superbly into a single slab of sound. When the music is this good, it’s far better to sit back, let the sound wash over you and experience the ultimate sonic catharsis. A dense and even psychedelic mind scrubbing that offers multiple epiphanies and aesthetic rewards. New details emerge with each listen, but it’s the overall immersive effect that will pull you back in time and time again. Like entering a new world where time and space have collapsed and all that remains is the beautiful abyss."


You can also preview and/or download a physical copy at Howard's bandcamp of plentiful noise here:

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015


middle james co. is proud to present
in collab with Texas label Kendra Steiner Editions

Fossils "With Brian Ruryk" CDR edition of 44 copies

Chopped and screwed and always weird here we have the duo of Farr and Payne working with Toronto guitar cut-up genius Brian Ruryk.  Live recordings, documents in the field and domestic, radio signals and organized failure all set on blend.

$10 ppd world

read Bill Shute's words on the recording HERE

other releases avaialble HERE

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Friday, May 22, 2015


Two recent releases from one of our favorite labels

Fossils "Live at the Station" cdr
full live set recorded at the Station Coffee House in Brantford, Ontario
featuring Daniel Farr, Rob Michalchuk and David Payne
released 22 December 201, limited edition of 30

Fossils "Memory Box Volume 1"
Cassettes (C60 and C92) are packaged in small wooden box with 16 paper inserts of photographs and various show posters. Released March 30 2015, limited edition of 12. 
Here's an amazing collection of documents from 2007-2014 featuring portions of live performances and remastered edits from proper releases. Contains much unreleased material and ALL lovingly reworked by Rob Michalchuk.

also don't for to check out our new blog devoted to Painters 11
featuring a new review of recent Harold Town exhibit

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


middle james co. is proud to present
fossills double feature with a little help from Kendra Steiner Editions

First a split release via MJC and KSE
FOSSILS "For Brian Ruryk" cdr (KSE294/MJC440)
Fossils as Farr and Payne recorded April-July 2014 at mjc hq
Shortly after moving to Hamilton in 2002 a copy of Ruryk's "Guitar Obstacle Course" LP was found in a $1 bin at a local record store.  Since, a romance has blossomed knee-deep in trash and Ruryk has remained a source of constant inspiration to the Fossils crew. 
Features classic weirdo Fossills sounds (quick cuts, garbled voices, gutted guitars and busted electronics) brought to you by the only Hamilton underground radio.
8 tracks in 35 minutes
limited to 44 copies
review here:
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also currently available
FOSSILS & BILL SHUTE "The Florida Nocturne Poems" cdr (KSE300)
swampy sound sculptures interspersed with Shute's spoken word
9 tracks in 45 minutes
limited to 125 copies

get em both for $15 north america/$20 world