— Dan on April 16, 2012 at 11:51 pm

The Trypes
Music for Neighbors

LP currently sold out.

Digital release available from iTunes, Amazon, Other Music and may other fine retailers.
Lossless files available from Boomkat.

The New Jersey towns of Haledon and Hoboken may not have the same mythical status as Beatles Liverpool or Velvets New York City, but in the early-1980s, a group of high school friends came together there to form a shifting network of bands that would be referred to as “the stuff of legend and cults.” The Trypes emerged from this scene, playing hauntingly beautiful, baroquely arranged psychedelic rock music. Acute Record’s newest release, Music for Neighbors, gathers their contributions to the “Hoboken Sound.”

The Trypes overlapped with another vital Hoboken band, The Feelies, both in members and the development of that sound. Joining original Trypes John Baumgartner, Toni Baumgartner, Elbrus Kelemet and Marc Francia was Glenn Mercer of the Feelies on drums, only to be replaced by Dave Weckerman when he moved to guitar. Later, newcomers Brenda Sauter and Stan Demeski took over rhythm section duties, with the other remaining Feelie Bill Million finally joining as well on percussion. Elements of the signature Feelies sounds were present in their songs—the Moe Tucker toms, the jangly guitars, the Beatles covers—but were played through The Trypes’ chamber-psyche lens and embellished by John’s rhythmic piano and droning accordion, Toni and Brenda’s stunning harmonies and, thanks to Toni, pretty much every wind instrument this side of the kazoo.

The Trypes found fellow travelers in the West Coast’s 60s revivalist Paisley Underground, but were unique in their sound and arrangements. They rehearsed and performed at famed Hoboken club Maxwell’s, and regularly played with bands like The Bongos and The Dream Syndicate. Their closest kinships, though, were always that tight-knit set of schoolmate bands—The Feelies, Yung Wu, the Willies, even Dr. Robert, a Beatles cover band, all variations of the same group of friends.

Too often it seems that mention of the Trypes gets accompanied by the inevitable tag, “Feelies side project.” However, they existed before any Feelies were involved and had a different, if related, sound. The Trypes officially ended when The Feelies re-formed for their second album, taking Stan and Brenda with them. But the remaining Trypes expanded their membership once again and became Speed the Plough, still going strong today, still calling New Jersey home.

Side A of Acute’s release Music For Neighbors contains their entire released output, the 4 songs from the 1984 EP The Explorers Hold and 1 song from the 1985 compilation Luxury Condos Coming to Your Neighborhood Soon, both on Coyote Records. About The Explorers Hold, Trouser Press, calling the Trypes “A loud psychedelic band”, wrote “The Explorers Hold is a placid, constantly shifting landscape of sounds. The four songs emphasize coloration, not beat; yet, for all its subdued calm, there’s an explosive tension bubbling underneath the music…The quieter songs, complete with woodwinds and keyboards, are hauntingly beautiful.”

Side B features a selection of never before heard demos from the earlier period of the band, who’s raw artfulness and sparse arrangements contrast the ornate production of the studio recordings. The LP comes with a download card that features an additional 7 songs (also available when purchased digitally) primarily recorded live at rehearsals at the legendary Maxwell’s club in Hoboken. Sample free downloads from the release as well as two additional downloads otherwise unavailable can be found below.

All of this is contained within a hand-letterpress-printed cardstock sleeve with a composite band photo attached to the front with homey photo corners. The LP and digital downloads also come with a deluxe booklet with photos and liner notes from Trypes John, Marc and Glenn as well as their first fan, Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan.


Free sample tracks for previewing and sharing. Control/right-click names to download individual songs.

From the LP:

(From the) Morning Glories
[audio: The Trypes-From the Morning Glories.mp3]

Belmont Girl is Mad at Me
[audio: The Trypes-Belmont Girl is Mad at Me.mp3]

From the bonus downloads:

Hard Friend to Keep
[audio: The Trypes-Hard Friend to Keep.mp3]

Not available anywhere else!:

Blue Jay Way
[audio: The Trypes-Blue Jay Way.mp3]

People Unintentional Soft Tomorrow Hospital
[audio: The Trypes-People Unintentional Soft Tomorrow Hospital.mp3]
side a
1. (From the) Morning Glories
2. Love You To
3. Music for Neighbors
4. The Undertow
5. A Plan, Revised

side b
6. Belmont Girl is Mad at Me
7. Foreign Doctors
8. Force of Habit
9. Friends
10. The Inner Light
11. A Plan, Revised (demo)

bonus tracks included with digital download:
12. Dark Continents
13. Hard Friend to Keep
14. Our Obsessions
15. No One’s Alone
16. Play With Fire
17. Running On
18. Life History

Free Downloads
Blue Jay Way
People Unintentional Soft Tomorrow Hospital

[expand title=ORIGINAL COVERS]

The Explorers Hold EP. Coyote Records, COY EP 006, 1984

Luxury Condos Coming to Your Neighborhood Soon, Coyote Records, TCC8599, 1985


[expand title=PHOTOS]


[expand title=LINKS]

Speed the Plough

Feelies Web


[expand title=ERRATUM]The printed copies of the liner notes incorrectly state that Nick Hill co-booked the Music for Dozens series with Ira Kaplan, when it was actually Michael Hill. Many thanks to Jesse Jarnow for the eagle eyes.


  1. Wowie Zowie!! A great release of seminal sounds of great jangly psych! Viva the Trypes & subsequent Feelies! Love it.

    Comment by Henry Wimmer — April 17, 2012 @ 11:55 am
  2. Acute do it again. Keep up the good work digging this vital stuff out. Love The Trypes.

    Comment by Alberto — April 18, 2012 @ 11:42 am
  3. Thanks all. Glad to see some people commenting on the website again as well! Keep them coming…

    Comment by Dan — April 18, 2012 @ 11:45 am
  4. Was a pleasant surprise to see this in the “New Arrivals” bin while at my local store on RSD. I hadn’t realized this was being repressed, nor was I aware of your label… two good corrections. Great packaging all around… the letterpressing, the photo w/ the corners, and the booklet! Very impressed to see such a nicely done booklet at this price. Keep up the great work Acute. Next for me may be the Theoretical Girls offering.

    Comment by Rob — April 23, 2012 @ 2:36 pm
  5. Awesome re-issue. If I may suggest one more from the Feelies family tree- Young Wu Shore Leave is a tasty treat. Thanks for this one!!!

    Comment by John — April 24, 2012 @ 6:59 pm
  6. Thanks to both. And yeah, Shore Leave is great. I’m especially hugely obsessed with the Dave Weckerman single from 1980.

    Comment by Dan — April 24, 2012 @ 9:10 pm
  7. no sign of the lossless files at boomkat yet, is that still happening?

    Comment by Andy Mac — April 25, 2012 @ 5:27 am
  8. It should be. I’ll look into it, thanks.

    Comment by Dan — April 25, 2012 @ 3:43 pm
  9. We’re working on it. There seems to have been a shipping issue getting our European stuff a bit off schedule but should be sorted soon.

    Comment by Dan — April 26, 2012 @ 3:05 pm
  10. thanks for checking dan, happy to wait a few more days, builds the anticipation!

    Comment by Andy Mac — April 26, 2012 @ 4:03 pm
  11. Congratulations on this release, Dan. Hope the shipping to Europe issue has been solved as I just ordered my copy. Will patiently await its arrival, of course.

    Comment by Willem — April 29, 2012 @ 2:38 pm
  12. Can’t wait to pick this up! Just curious, by chance is there a download card included with the LP for those of us who want the physical booklet but are OK with mp3s? (I know, heresy… my needs are complicated)

    Comment by J. — April 29, 2012 @ 5:34 pm
  13. Yes, the LP includes a download card to get decent quality mp3s…and a PDF of the liner notes. No heresy, just the best of all worlds.

    Comment by Dan — April 30, 2012 @ 12:40 pm
  14. Sold — thanks!

    Comment by J. — April 30, 2012 @ 1:38 pm
  15. I’m still waiting for boomkat to post the lossless files…..

    Comment by Steve Lee — April 30, 2012 @ 3:34 pm
  16. The aforementioned shipping issue is what held up the posting to Boomkat. We’re working on it.

    Comment by Dan — April 30, 2012 @ 3:40 pm
  17. FLAC and 320 mp3s now available from boomkat for all who’re interested. no sign of the promised digital booklet in the download file however – can we get this separately from you dan or should i chase with boomkat?

    Comment by Andy Mac — May 5, 2012 @ 8:01 am
  18. I’ll check w/ Boomkat but I don’t think they support the inclusion of the PDF like Apple and Adobe does. Anyone who purchases from Boomkat, please email us at info at acuterecords dot com with a screenshot of the order info and I’ll send you the booklet. This goes for any other service that doesn’t support the inclusion of the booklet.

    Comment by Dan — May 5, 2012 @ 10:02 am
  19. As good, and deserved a reissue as there’s been in the last [?] years.
    Sounds and looks beautiful.

    Comment by Brian — May 6, 2012 @ 1:02 pm
  20. Dan,
    got the LP to UK. The price of $18.00 (which includes shipping) is a bargain!. So much so I have ordered an 2nd copy today!!! NOW get all those other Feelies related projects sorted out for vinyl release PLEASE. The Wilies, Wild Canation’s ‘Superbus’, Speed The Ploug’s ‘Wonder Wheel’.Both of the latter are great unsung records. I have the CD releases for both, but vinyl is the proper medium for both.
    Many thanks for the Trypes again!

    Comment by G_ Che — June 27, 2012 @ 9:04 am
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