INSPECTOR 22

18th Anniversary Set

(Therapy Tapes) 3xCDR $13.50

Big ol’ retrospective collection of boombox recordings by underrated folk visionary Todd Emmert. Includes: The Beatnik Suicide Sessions (eight songs recorded between 2007 and 2014, with a guest appearance on two tracks by The Blue Band); Friendship Cemetery Revisited (twenty-two songs recorded between 1997 and 2003); and the all-instrumental six-track EP Remember You Will Die. Discs are hand-lettered, photocopy inserts and obi-strip are hand-cut. Sealed with a band-aid.

INSPECTOR 22

Hey, Man, I Understand

(Odessa) CD $9.00

“The tonality of [the six-minute centerpiece of this album by Chapel Hill musician Todd Emmert] ‘Tea With Pazuza’ recalls two avant-garde godheads,” proclaims Indy Week, “Charlemagne Palestine and … Tony Conrad…. Maybe that’s a saxophone blowing … grainy notes…, occasionally pushing the microphone past its capacity…, a violin scraping the sky in the distance, its mean tone stretching like a filthy canvas made of flesh…, a split, spliced, and essentially subverted boogie-woogie piano line [coming] from every direction…, but its peculiarity [turns] textures into a labyrinth…. His music moves from busted country songs and scowling barroom anthems to long-tone, hypnotic instrumentals and propulsive, beat-driven pieces without a hiccup…. [This] agitated experimenter sport[s] a dashing sense of observational humor … and a gloriously intense appreciation for mangled tones.”

INSPECTOR 22

Passin’ Time

(Hot Releases) LP $12.00

Home-recorded folk music by the amazing Todd Emmert, with air-organ, keyboards, percussion, ukelele, strum-stick, and tambourine added to the acoustic guitar-based songs recorded in 2011. The cover art was done in the airport for the most part while waiting for a plane to Maine.

INSPECTOR 22

Rainy Day Saints

(Emmert) 7-inch $7.00

A magnificent self-released 7-inch by one of the South's most stunning visionaries, Todd Wesley Emmert, whose motto is "Misinterpreting the Scriptures Since 1973." Recorded during a thunderstorm in June 2002, Inspector 22 takes a rightful seat at the table with Jandek, Daniel Johnston and Lisa Suckdog. In hand-colored sleeves, with two inserts, all adorned with Emmert's eyeball-teasing artwork.