Saturday, January 9, 2010

Cypress Dust Witch now available digitally.

The new Portraits of Past EP Cypress Dust Witch is now available for digital download on iTunes. It will be available at other digital outlets in the coming weeks.

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Another new song uploaded!

"Cypress Dust Witch II - Bridge," the fourth song on our new EP is up now on our Myspace page to preview. The records are now shipping and on their way to various distributors.

Order the 12" vinyl and CDEP here.

Distribution / Release info here.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Preview the 3rd song on our new EP

Today we put up another new song on Myspace.

It is entitled "Through To An End," and it's from our new EP - Cypress Dust Witch. We played it once or twice in Japan and at Dudefest in Indianapolis this past summer. Hope you enjoy it.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Cypress Dust Witch available to stream on Myspace.

Check out our Myspace page to hear the second track from our new EP - Cypress Dust Witch.

Vinyl & CDEP are shipping out next week from Excursions Into The Abyss!

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Fire Song up on Facebook & Myspace!

An excerpt from the first track of the new Portraits of Past EP - Cypress Dust Witch is now available to preview on our Myspace page and our Facebook page. The song is called "Fire Song," and we played it for the first time in July 2008 at our first reunion show in San Francisco. We hope you like it.

Our new EP is coming out this month on Excursions Into The Abyss on both CD and 12" vinyl.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cypress Dust Witch - Art, Release and Distribution Info

Cypress Dust Witch cover
The new Portraits of Past EP - Cypress Dust Witch - will be released on 10.20.09 by Excursions Into The Abyss domestically in the US and as and import across the world. The cover appears on the right.
It will be available on high-quality 45rpm 12" vinyl and 5" CD. A digital release will be available in the coming months. Preorder the vinyl and CD here.

[excursions into the abyss]
[excs 14]
Portraits of Past Cypress Dust Witch 12" / CDep
release date: 10.20.09

initial run: approximately 2000 lps on black - 100 on swirled color
1000 CD's (exact numbers will be released after 10.20.09)
Vinyl pressed at Brooklyn
Inserts printed by Rex Shelverton
Covers printed by Imprint

Engineered and Produced by Rex Shelverton
Mastered By Mike Wells Mastering

::Track Listing::
1. Fire Song

2. Cypress Dust Witch
3. Through to an End

4. Cypress Dust Witch II - Bridge

Distribution & Shop info (this is incomplete and growing)
Distributed by:
United States: Ebullition, Stickfigure, Robotic Empire, Insound, Vinyl Junkie

X-Mist, Bis Aufs Messer
, Too Cool To Dance, Yama Dori

Available in stores:
Academy (Brooklyn, NY), TD's (Bloomington, IN)

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Portraits of Past - Images of Japan

The Portraits of Past 11-date tour of Japan in September 2009 was a whirlwind. Without any days off, we slept little and drove nights to venues across Japan to play with some of the hottest contemporary bands of the Japanese underground.

Please check out Matthew's visual interpretation of the trip on Flickr.

The snapshots on this page were taken by Jonah.

Portraits of Past Cypress Dust Witch EP - released in Japan

We just got back from an 11-date tour of Japan in support of the Japan domestic release of our new EP - Cypress Dust Witch - on Cosmic Note Records.

The CD was sold to fans at our shows, but is still making its way to distros and shops. The mighty Disk Union of Tokyo already has it up for sale.

This is a CD-only (digipack) release in Japan. Art is nearly identical to the US release.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Portraits of Past new EP - available for US preorder

UPDATE: International orders are now available at .

We are enthused to announce that our new EP is available for preorder on both CD and vinyl 12" from Excursions Into The Abyss records. Please check for more info.

I will post more details about the release and distribution next week, when I:m back on a US-English computer and recovered.


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Monday, September 7, 2009

Latest updated itinerary for Portraits of Past Japan Tour - September 2009

Our great friend Uuchu is keeping us informed:

17th (thu) ; show @ FLAT, Nishiogikubo Tokyo.

with blue ray dance.

18th (fri) ; show @ RinkyDinkStudio2nd8st, Hachioji Tokyo
with angel o.d., threadyarn

19th (sat) ; show @ ALIVE, Kashiwa, Chiba
with envy, kamomekamome

20th (sun) ; show @ ZAO Hotsprings Ski Resort, Yamagata Yamagata
portraits of past, envy, endzweck, whateverfilm, shift, deepslaughter, fluid, yols in the sky, aie, metroid, meltbanana, the act we act, forget me not, sora, lite, balloons, lostage, discharmingman, killie, akutagawa, tg.atlas

21th (mon) ; show @ MACANA, Sendai, Miyagi
with envy, spike shoes, total fury, and 1 band

22th (tue) ; show @ GARDEN, Shimokitazawa, Tokyo
with envy, z, heaven in her arms

23th (wed) ; show @ WHOOPEE'S, Kyoto, Kyoto
with envy, endzweck, toast, theorem

24th (thu) ; show @ BLUEPORT, Kobe, Hyogo
with forget me not, herlens, zdzis law, l!ef

25th (fri) ; show @ HUCKFINN, Nagoya, Aichi
with black ganion, gang up on against, dancebeach

26th (sat) ; show @ MOLE, Sapporo, Hokkaido
with endzweck, the sun, bored to death, evylock, chaotix

27th (sun) ; show @ ERA, Shimokitazawa
with endzweck, akutagawa, heaven in her arms, killie, deepslaughter
let's have party after show.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Portraits of Past Japan tour dates updated

Ignore the last ones... here is the latest.

17th (thu) @ FLAT, Nishiogikubo
portraits of past, blue ray dance

18th (fri) @ RinkyDinkStudio2nd8st, Hachioji
portraits of past,

19th (sat) @ ALIVE, Kashiwa
portraits of past, envy, kamomekamome

20th (sun) @ ZAO Hotsprings Ski Resort (changed!!), Yamagata
portraits of past, envy, endzweck, whateverfilm, shift, deepslaughter,
fluid, yols in the sky, aie, metroid, meltbanana, the act we act, forget
me not, sora, lite, balloons, lostage, discharmingman, killie, akutagawa,
HUAU Festival -

21th (mon) @ MACANA, Sendai
portraits of past, envy, spike shoes, and more...

22th (tue) @ GARDEN, Shimokitazawa
portraits of past, envy, z, heaven in her arms

23th (wed) @ WHOOPEE'S, Kyoto
portraits of past, envy, endzweck

24th (thu) @ BLUEPORT
portraits of past, forget me not, herlens, zdzis law, l!ef

25th (fri) @ HUCKFINN, Nagoya
portraits of past, black ganion, gang up on against, dabcebeach

26th (sat) @ MOLE, Sapporo
portraits of past, endzweck, the sun, bored to death, evylock, chaotix

27th (sun) @ ERA, Shimokitazawa
portraits of past, endzweck, akutagawa, heaven in her arms, killie, deepslaughter

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Portraits of Past in Indianapolis this Saturday!

The festival in Indy should be rather nuts. We will be playing on Saturday night with a handful of new songs.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Portraits of Past at Dudefest - Indianapolis 7/19

Portraits of Past will be playing only one show in the States this summer. It will be at Dude Fest in Indianapolis, IN on July 19, 2009.

We will be playing a few more new songs as part of our set!
We had hoped to have the new record out by the time of the show, but we are a tiny bit behind schedule on that.

Come check it out. Big fest, lots of cool bands playing.

- Facebook

- Myspace

Tickets here:


Monday, April 20, 2009

Portraits of Past upcoming shows in Southern California: May 8th and May 9th

Portraits of Past will be playing the Che Cafe in San Diego along with Crime Desire on Friday, May 8th, 2009. This should be an energetic and engaging night. 7:30pm - $7.

On Saturday, May 9th, we are playing the Burning Fight book release with Unbroken, Swing Kids, Undertow etc at the Glass House in Pomona. This show is sold out. It starts at 5pm.

We have been asked to replace Jenny Piccolo on both of these shows.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Portraits of Past new recordings

I just got back to NYC from a trip to San Francisco for recording purposes. That's right, Portraits of Past will have a new record this year!
Here are a few photos from the studio.

Those of you who saw us play in 2008 heard one of the new songs. We have a few more too.

Rex is engineering and producing the songs, and though it isn't finished yet, the tracks are already sounding really good.

More info to come!
-Rob / Portraits of Past

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Portraits of Past discography now available on iTunes.

If you prefer iTunes for purchasing music, you can now get the Portraits of Past discography there.

Click here: Portraits of Past

Also available on

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Portraits of Past discography now available for Digital Download!

The Portraits of Past discography is now available for digital download in mp3 format on

There is no DRM or any foolishness. Once you've bought it, the song is yours on any computer and any mp3 player.

It will also be available on iTunes & Amazon soon!

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Add Portraits of Past on Facebook!

Our Facebook connections have grown, but we could always use more.

Get in touch here:

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Portraits of Past Shirts & CDs for sale

CDs are now available from us for $10 postpaid in the US. Pay via Paypal to:

Each CD order comes with a POP button.

We have a few shirts left over from our show in Los Angeles. There are less than 20, so they will go quickly.

They have the revised old Portraits of Past logo. White-grey paint on black shirts and light grey-blue on burgundy shirts. T-shirts are American Apparel. Professionally screened and heat set.

Sizes still available:
Black - Medium.

Shirts are $15 postpaid in the US/Canada.
$20 postpaid to the rest of the world.
Paypal only to: grimace_dj(atttttt)
Make sure to mention what size you want.

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Live Broadcast of Portraits of Past show!

Check out KXLU for a live broadcast of the Portraits of Past show at The Smell in Los Angeles tomorrow, 12/27/08!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

One week from the Portraits of Past show in LA!

We are all excited and rehearsed. We have never played Los Angeles before.

Monday, December 8, 2008

merch - yellow/green buttons are gone

The yellow/green buttons are all sold out. Plenty of white/black and red/grey are left.

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December LA show flyer and line-up

The Portraits of Past show in Los Angeles will be at The Smell at 247 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. It is $5 and starts at 9pm. It is an all ages show.
For directions and additional info about the venue, check

The line-up is as follows:
Portraits of Past
Drowning With Our Anchors

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

NYC Cake Shop show review by Blend77 / Zen and the Art of Face Punching blog

I sweated about 5 lbs of liquid out of my body. I went home emaciated and glowing. I can only hope for more shows like this.
This show review by Blend77 from Zen and the Art of Face Punching blog caught my eye. It captures a bit of the feeling of these past shows.

Photo by

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

POP Merch - buttons

We have leftover buttons for sale from the reunion shows. They are $2 postpaid in the USA for one button. $3 for one of each of the different colors. They were professionally printed and made and will be mailed in a plain envelope. They are the typical one inch size. Colors are white on black and red on steel grey. The green color is gone.

I'm accepting "well-hidden cash" sent to my address:

Rob Pettersen

14 Bedford Ave.

apt. 1

Brooklyn, NY 11222

If you want to pay with Paypal, there is an additional $.50 Paypal fee (sorry, it's their fee, not mine). Email first before sending money via Paypal.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Portraits of Past show December 27th - Los Angeles, CA

Portraits of Past is playing on December 27th, 2008 at The Smell in Los Angeles.
$5 door

The Smell - directions and info.


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Rex's other project - Tamaryn - plays tomorrow at the Independent in SF.

Rex's other project - Tamaryn - is playing tomorrow, Monday 11/3 at the Independent in San Francisco, opening for the Secret Machines.
Jeremy and Matthew are handling the rhythmic duties.
Go check it out if you are in the area.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Who Calls So Loud news and Rex's new project - Tamaryn!

Matthew's other band Who Calls So Loud recently lost a guitarist and, as a consequence, had to cancel their Japanese tour. They are still at it though, and have a new 12" out too. See their myspace site for more details:

Rex has a new project that just announced a couple record releases, one of which is on Troubleman Unlimited. He co-wrote all the songs, engineered and produced. They recently played a well-received gig in New York and are working on more songs. Tamaryn is the voice and the name of the project.

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New blog - ugly but better

Hi there.
We have decided to change the site to a blog format, as it will be much easier to keep it updated that way. A little uglier, but hopefully more relevant. We promise to keep it up to date.


Touring 2009 + general stuff

- We are interested in touring Japan and Europe in Spring/Summer 2009. If you are an experienced and dedicated promoter looking to handle this project, please contact us our email address below.

- Reunion shows 2008 are over. Watch the videos or check the photos. We will play more shows in 2009.

- CD released!
Click to buy CD on

- Former members of Portraits of Past
are now playing in
BellaVista (site)(myspace)
Who Calls So Loud (site)(myspace).

- Vinyl LP is out of print.
Split 7" is out of print.

contact: portraitsofpast(at)gmail(dot)com

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