“In between high profile releases on Narnack and Tomlab, Thee Oh Sees released some lower-profile but still excellent releases, like the Peanut Butter Oven 12” EP. It’s not entirely clear what happened to the 300 or so physical copies of this 12”. It was released on Chris Johanson’s Awesome Vistas label (the same label that originally released Sic Alps’ Description of the Harbor).”

 

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