A Blessed Unrest

by The Parlour Trick

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  • Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

     $6.66 USD  or more

     

  • Record/Vinyl

    (A NOTE FROM MER: A lot of incredibly kind and patient folks are still waiting on pre-orders they placed months ago. Due to design and scheduling delays, this vinyl HAS NOT SHIPPED YET. It's finally in production and should be shipping by May of 2017. My heartfelt and extremely anxious apologies for the tardiness. I promise it'll be worth the wait. Please email me if you have any concerns.)

    Lavishly packaged blood red 180-gram vinyl repressing of The Parlour Trick's full-length LP "A Blessed Unrest", plus some extra goodies.

    Features bewitching darkroom-developed photography by Ellen Rogers and elegant gold-gilded design by Star St. Germain. Look closely to find two secret messages etched into either side of the vinyl.

    LP comes with an immediate digital download of the album. Autographed by The Parlour Trick's creator and director, Meredith Yayanos.

    Includes unlimited streaming of A Blessed Unrest via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Includes unlimited streaming of A Blessed Unrest via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ... more
    ships out within 90 days
    edition of 500 

     $40 USD or more

     

  • Record/Vinyl

    Limited edition of 250.

    Same packaging as the original vinyl release. Different vinyl color. As with all Parlour Trick vinyl pressings, the etchings will be unique to this particular pressing.

    Each one comes autographed and personalized by Parlour Trick creator and director, Meredith Yayanos.

    Includes a blood red "Lady of the House of Love" brooch.

    Also includes immediate digital download.

    (THIS IS A PRE-ORDER. Your goodies will ship in spring of 2017.)

    Includes unlimited streaming of A Blessed Unrest via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 90 days
    edition of 250 

     $111 USD or more

     

  • Record/Vinyl

    Limited to 33 bundles.

    The long-awaited and sought-after vinyl repressing of The Parlour Trick's debut record, in blood red vinyl, (or one of the gold records, should they be successfully pre-sold, if you prefer). Autographed.

    PLUS:

    A meticulously assorted bundle of charms, artifacts, merch, and media culled from Mer's vast personal Stash of Strangeness. Goodies galore!

    Each THEREMINA AND BACK AGAIN bindlestiff includes:

    At *least* one signed issue of the long out-of-print Coilhouse Magazine. (Mer was a co-founder and the acting Editor-in-Chief of the online alternative culture hub and print object from 2007 through 2012.)

    18"x 26” "A Blessed Unrest" poster featuring photography by Ellen Jane Rogers

    Parlour Trick "Lady of the House of Love" brooch designed by Lee Dotson & Nadya Lev

    "Coilhouse Seance" A limited edition portrait by Kurt Komoda, screen-printed by Melissa Dowell.

    A collection of mp3s of all sorts of bands Mer has played with over the years, plus assorted demos and rarities and never-seen-the-light-of-day type stuff.

    A hand-crafted talisman of the creature of the buyer's choosing.

    A customized mix tape / playlist assembled for the 33 backers.

    PLUS

    A ton of other weird-ass one-of-a-kindness intended to resonate the feels and the funnybone. Several friends and colleagues of Mer's are pitching some rare, limited editions of their Parlour Trick / Theremina-adjacent work into her communal bag of treats, including authors Laurie Penny and Richard Kadrey, artist Jessica Joslin, costumer and performer Meeks Baker, filmmaker / creature designer / puppeteer Kevin McTurk, fellow musician and noisewitch Kim Boekbinder, artist Misaki Sawada, and more TBA.

    There aren't many prototype images available for what the extra fancy bindlestiff goodie bags will look like, but folks who have either ordered or been gifted with this sort of assemblage from Mer before know that she's compulsive about presentation, packaging, and quality. The experience sure to be a delightfully spooky semiotic adventure for all parties involved.

    (A couple of reviews from some satisfied customers: "PSA: Theremina does not half-ass her vinyl releases." ~Joshua R. "I meant to send this ages ago... I received on of the Parlour Trick vinyl packages via your Kickstarter. I opened it after a particularly long and challenging week. It made me cry. Seriously --I'm a professor in orthopaedics-- I live in a 99% male world and have pretty thick skin-- but the package you sent me made me cry. I was literally in tears. The love was just so palpable in that package. I can't thank you enough..." ~L.N.)

    Each care package will contain a unique assortment of objects and ephemera curated over Mer's lifetime of roaming the earth as a temporarily human Waldkammer of Weird. A one-of-a-kind, lovingly crafted gift to you or the loved one of your choice from a nomadic storyteller, musician, magazine editor, composer, comics collector, curator, costumer, circus performer, ghostwriter, media consultant, beast-wrangler, bootlegger, film geek, alt-cult community-builder, independent journalist, theatre nerd, copywriter, monstrous feminist events organizer, prankster, and culture vulture.

    It'll take 3:33 hours to assemble the tangible elements of each bundle. Mer will even time it with an hourglass and document the process, because she's a pretentious git that way. Mer will have a conversation with each person who purchases this by phone, exceeding no more than 33 minutes and 3 seconds. Together, they'll suss out what other sorts of arts 'n' crafts 'n' talismans will bring the chosen recipient(s) the most joy, peace, intrigue, excitement, pleasure, comfort, etc.

    Sometime before mid 2017, each patron will receive a gorgeous care package in the mail, custom-tailored to their personalized preferences and aesthetics. Additionally, the purchaser will also have their name listed in the "patron acknowledgment" section of the album art on Mer's next album.*

    HISTORICAL NOTES:

    The Parlour Trick's original crowdfunded run of "A Blessed Unrest" vinyl sold out within weeks of going on sale in October of 2013. Since then, creator Meredith Yayanos has been getting multiple inquiries a week. Copies of the basic vinyl (not the deluxe corseted edition) have been resold online for upward of $200.

    Yayanos, who has long been living la vida vagabond, swore to herself she'd never undertake another painstakingly obsessive self-release of The Parlour Trick vinyl and related merch again! But... HA HA HA THIRD HECKIN BAY AREA OWNER MOVE-IN EVICTION IN THREE YEARS SO NEVER SAY NEVER HAAAAA

    *Which just so happens to Mer's midlife crisis, manifesting in the form of a monstrous feminine pop record. More on that to be announced shortly.

    Includes unlimited streaming of A Blessed Unrest via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ... more
    ships out within 90 days
    edition of 33 

     $333 USD or more

     

  • "A Blessed Unrest" -- Compact Disc (PTM-001)
    Compact Disc (CD)

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    Lavishly packaged triple gatefold compact disc of The Parlour Trick's full-length LP "A Blessed Unrest". Features bewitching darkroom-developed photography by Ellen Rogers and elegant gold-gilded design by Star St. Germain.

    Includes unlimited streaming of A Blessed Unrest via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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  • "A Blessed Unrest" -- Limited Edition Vinyl (PTM-001)
    Record/Vinyl

    Lavishly packaged, limited edition red 180-gram vinyl of The Parlour Trick's full-length LP "A Blessed Unrest", plus some extra goodies. Features bewitching darkroom-developed photography by Ellen Rogers and elegant gold-gilded design by Star St. Germain. Look closely to find two secret messages etched into either side of the vinyl. LP comes with an immediate digital download of the album. Autographed by Meredith Yayanos.

    Includes unlimited streaming of A Blessed Unrest via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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Haunted chamber music and dark, dreamy ambience composed, arranged, and performed by multi-instrumentalists Meredith Yayanos & Dan Cantrell.

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released December 12, 2012

Meredith Yayanos: Violin, theremin, voice, percussion, Stroh fiddle, electronics, sound design, schema.

Dan Cantrell: Piano, accordion, pump organ, harpsichord, celeste, musical saw, bass accordion, glockenspiel, percussion, electronics, sound design.

Tracks 2 → 6 and 8 → 11 engineered by Dan Rathbun at Polymorph Studios, Oakland, CA. Remaining songs and sounds engineered by Myles Boisen at Guerrilla Recording Studios, Oakland, CA.

Mastered by Myles Boisen at Headless Buddha Mastering Lab, Oakland, CA.

Photography by Ellen Rogers.

Album, logo, and web design by Star St. Germain.

Direction, promotion, distribution, and management by Meredith Yayanos.

Dan Cantrell is represented by ASCAP

KINDRED SPIRITS:
Elizabeth Strong, M.S. LeDespencer, Aristides & Sandra Yayanos, Lynn & Bob Cantrell, Rachel Brice, Ariana Osborne, Nadya Lev, Audrey Penven, Thomas Negovan, Bryan Shelton, Brien Hindman, Devon Devereaux, Kevin McTurk, Mighty Dave Pellicciaro, Sol Crawford, Dusty Paik, Kim Beaton, TWS, Dame Darcy, Cass Edwards, Dawn McCarthy, Nils Frykdahl, Kirana Peyton, Lynn Park, Charles Peirce, Ben Catmull, Justin Wright, Sarah Elizabeth, Phillip Broughton, Andy Ristaino, Kristine & Dave Barrett-Johnson, Gooby Herms, Scott Gendel, Bethalynne Bajema, Kate O’Brien, Karen Waltuch, Jarboe, Julia Frodahl, Whitney Moses, Nathan Doe, Madeline von Foerster, Carla Kihlstedt, Hilaire Carmody, Paul Komoda, Nieves Rathbun, Kate Rannells, Kim Boekbinder, Molly Crabapple, Bill Gibson, Emily Beighley, Zoë Keating, Angeliska Polacheck, Neko Case, Katelan Foisy, Selene Gibbous, Douglas Wolk, Brian Viglione, Beats Antique, The Vau de Vire Society, and Warren Ellis.

GRATITUDE: Tom Maxwell, Julia Frodahl, Matt Jones, Mike S. Reilly, Morgan, Jake Von Slatt, Merrick Monroe, KC, Miles Cochran, Cameo Wood, Jamie Blackman, Neil Girling, Sarah C. Frigon, Lauren Beukes, Melanie Brockert, Ian Wood, Jeanette Estima, Pat Cadigan, Mike "Sport" Murphy, Michael Disabato, Francesca Hernandez, sarah e. walter, Connie, Michelle Chin, Ken Janzen, Cathy "Tree" Harris, Ponnie Javidan, Anna v2.0, Cass Edwards, Melissa Dowell, Teresa Pappas, Sarah Deaton, Vajra Conjure Wright, Elizabeth Barrial, Jenni Miller, JNet Castro,Whitney Moses, Mo Herms, Jon Boisseau, Aria Ashton, Veronika von Volkova, Alzbeta, Daphne Yap, Flissy Saucier, Tabetha Frey, Lorraine Barcant, Brad Dancer, Jonathan Kearns, Maren Holmen, Kristine Kearney, Thomas Baumann, Annie, LizBT, Douglas Wolk, Hannah Donovan, Joshua J. Smelser, Gregory Geiger, William Kiesel, Jeremy Hulette, Tristan Crane, Aaron Kimbrell, Erica Tyron, Mary Thompson, Daniel Bultman, Chris, Colin Hough Trapp, Jon McCracken, Wilson Bilkovich, Ian Heatherly, Wren Britton, Erin Kissane, Alysha Naples, Zoh, Ben Catmull, Hermie Escamilla, Thomas Negovan, Cynthia von Buhler, Philip Cahiwat, Jim Yearnshaw, Samantha Emanuel, Carrie L. Rutherford, Shay Brog, Marianne Gunderson, William Gibson, Ginny Guzman, Kieron Gillen, Woj Sven-Woj, Zoe Keating, Sasha Taylor, Brian Moroz, Robin Zebrowski, Megan Oest, Robyn Sitz, Fred Marinello, Joshua R., Deb Chachra, Gregory Scharpen, Jade Higashi, Xolold, Brian Viglione, JW Clark, Sean Dicken, Bryan Shelton, Ms. Shyam Nunley, Katherine McKinley, Phillip Broughton, Abie Hadjitarkhani, Greta Ridley, Gooby Herms, Wil Wheaton, FushigiFox, Darren Mckeeman, Jennifer L Smith, Candice Cardasis, Maya Gurantz, Ella LT, Laura Burns, Vicki Hsu, Kayte Stasny Kelly, Wayne Chambliss, Guillaume Laurent, Shakira Carim, Chris Gaskell, Cynthia von Buhler, Philip Cahiwat, Century Guild, & Anonymous.

LIMERENCE:
Martha Graham, Erik Satie, J.S. Bach, Angela Carter, Bela Bartok, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Max Ernst, Anais Nin.

Manifested in Oakland, California and Wellington, New Zealand ~ Spring of 2009 through Winter of 2012.

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Haunted chamber music channeled by Meredith Yayanos & Dan Cantrell.

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Track Name: The Yellow Wallpaper
“There are things in that wallpaper that nobody knows about but me, or
ever will.”
Track Name: Scryer
"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."

Martha Graham
(as quoted by Agnes de Mille)
Track Name: Laudanum
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." ~Anais Nin