Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Wonderful Truth About Burma

Today is Tuesday, March 18, 2008. It is MISSION OF BURMA day at Treehouse Records.

Newly released today on Matador Records are deluxe reissues of Mission of Burma's brief but flawless Ace of Hearts discography from their original stint as a band (1979-1983). This includes the debut EP Signals, Calls, and Marches (including the "Academy Fight Song" 7" single), the full-length Vs., and the posthumous live album The Horrible Truth About Burma, each with bonus tracks. Each is available as either a CD+DVD package or as a gorgeous 180-gram, analog-mastered double LP+DVD, full-size 16-page booklet, and free digital download.

These reissues sound phenomenal. Very few of the seminal punk and post-punk bands of the late '70s and early '80s have dated as well as Burma. Personally, I think only they and Wire sound as fresh to me today as I'm guessing they did back then.

Of course, Mission of Burma did the unthinkable a few years ago, by reuniting after a 20 year hiatus and actually adding to their legacy with the stellar ONoffON (2004) and The Obliterati (2006). Their show at First Avenue (2004?) was easily one of the five best shows I've seen over the past five years. It's really exciting to me to see these records getting this kind of treatment!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Treehouse 7th Anniversary Show: A Benefit for New Orleans

The final lineup has been pretty much set for the Treehouse Records 7th Anniversary Party on Friday, April 4th, at the Turf Club in St. Paul. Performing at this year’s benefit concert will be PAUL METZGER, THE HYPSTRZ (with special guest BUZZ BARKER), VAMPIRE HANDS and CHOOGLIN’.

This will be a fund-raising endeavor to benefit Common Ground Relief's various community projects located in the poorest & most devastated areas of New Orleans. ALL proceeds from this event will be donated to Common Ground. To learn more and/or to make an on-line, tax deductible contribution, go here:


We are asking for a $10-$20 donation, but we will let anybody in who is willing to throw down a $5 minimum cover.

Treehouse Records is located at 2557 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls. MN 55405. Our phone number is 612-872-7400.

The Turf Club is located at 601 University Ave. W., St. Paul MN 55104. Their phone number is 651-647-0486.

We are very excited about the lineup this year. We are even MORE pleased that these bands and this venue are helping Treehouse Records to try to do our small part in trying to help rebuild a city which we--unlike our current administration--dearly love, with all of our hearts. Despite what certain people would like to have you believe, things are still a major mess in the Crescent City. The New Orleans that the national media shows you on Bourbon Street and at the Superdome might be back to something approaching “business as usual,” but for the longtime residents of this city—some of whose family histories stretch back for one or two centuries—living in New Orleans is a major struggle at best or--as is the case for far too many families--a fiscal impossibility.

For more information, please contact Mark Trehus @ Treehouse Records.

Mark Trehus
owner, Treehouse Records