180g LP Audiophile Pressing Includes Art Print Poster
Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche began in Montréal in 2011, with bassist,
singer and composer Jean-Sebastien Truchy seeking a new live ensemble to
fuel his desired return to the highly structured afro-kraut trance rock that was
a stock-in-trade of his previous group, the pseudo-legendary Fly Pan Am (one
of Constellation's earliest bands, active from 1998-2005).
Avec le soleil initially formed with Truchy joined by guitarist/engineer
Sebastien Fournier and drummer Nasir Hasan; a rotating cast of additional
players contributed to the group for live shows throughout 2012-2013, and the
band gained a local reputation for irresistible and levitational live sets
combining a contemporary/avant-garde sensibility with infectiously angular,
rubbery grooves. Guitarist Eric Gingras (Pas Chic Chic) emerged as a fourth
core member during this period.
Avec le soleil has by now careened towards mastery of a highly original,
deeply satisfying, giddy and heady avant-funk. Anchored by the excellent bass
and drum work of Truchy and Hasan, the group's music is woven with crisp
stuttering guitar and keyboard lines and a dynamic palette of electronic
interventions. The pair of exquisite and exhilarating 20-minute pieces
featured on Zubberdust! are the culmination of the group's first two years of
conceptual and somatic development.
This is (mostly) instrumental rock that exuberantly succeeds in blending a
primitivist, hypnotic energy with cerebral pleasures, seeding an addictive trail
of sonic brain-candy throughout the mixes. The band wholly embodies and
channels its inimitable square grooves, while teasing out the innumerable joys
of repetition via micro-deployments of ever-shifting electronic overlays –
along with the occasional full-stop and 180 degree turn. Truchy's wordless
lead vocals (and his choral arrangement on “Face à l'instant”) add compelling
textural and melodic counterpoints while lending the music an especially
timeless, deterritorialised and emotive dimension.
Radwan Moumneh's recording and production skills are on fine display; the
album's sonic bedrock conveys all the assertiveness of the rhythm section's
punk/hardcore roots, upon which a miasma of detailed intertwining elements
circulate with clarity and cohesion. Zubberdust! comes in waves and pushes
some serious air, while maintaining a meticulously upfront soundstage as the
music moves supplely back and forth between simplicity/minimalism and
We're thrilled to be releasing the debut album by Avec le soleil sortant de sa
bouche, sure to be a treat for Fly Pan Am fans (we know you're out there!) and
for any aficionados of revitalizing work being done in the no wave/krautrock/
1. Face à l’instant Part 1
2. Face à l’instant Part 2
3. Face à l’instant Part 3
4. Face à l’instant Part 4
5. Déja, hier....
6. Super pastiche fantastique / New Sun Part 1
7. Super pastiche fantastique / New Sun Part 2
8. Super pastiche fantastique / New Sun Part 3
9. Super pastiche fantastique / New Sun Part 4
10. À partir de dorénavant
Created in Epworth's own studio it is undoubtedly among this year's most striking debuts. The title, lifted from Dave's favorite childhood story, comes from
William Steig's The Zabajaba Jungle. Steig's evocation of childhood adventure, exoticism and discovery is brilliantly fresh. ZABA is one complete beast
and a journey you will get most from if you immerse yourself fully and listen from start to finish. "The sound of the record," Dave says, "is like a backdrop
of man-made wilderness..."
Influenced by the exploratory, New World scenarios of Apocalypse Now, The Island of Dr Moreau, Heart of Darkness, The African Queen and Mosquito
Coast, ZABA's songs tackle the humanization of nature and human interference with nature. "Even now a lot of my favorite books are those books that I
grew up with," he says. "Things like Zabajaba, like Roald Dahl, like Wind in the Willows. I suppose all I've been doing is using those little creatures and
animals to cover up what I really meant, to disguise who and what I was really talking about."
Inspired by Kanye West and Charles Darwin, Nina Simone and the Velvet Underground, ZABA is a rich and textured work, a very special record indeed.
With Dave producing and Epworth as A&R and mentor, the studio became their home and the band were free to record, improvise and write at their own
speed, making their sound a bigger, brighter, heavier and more intense experience than ever before.
The first single, "Gooey" is wobbly and child-like, a hymn to naivety. "There's a confidence in the way children act," Dave says. "I was trying to push that
confidence into the beat." Walla-Walla goes back to Dave's love of Timbaland and Dr Dre, while Intruxx, initially the introduction to the entire record,
summarizes this entire new world you're entering.
YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN was founded in late 2007 by performance
artists alaska B and Ruby Kato Attwood, born from the ashes of the late
Lesbian Fight Club. Armed with mixed-race identities, mad illustration
skills and a whole pile of home-brew junk electronics, alaska and Ruby
wrote and performed the ﬁrst mini ‘Noh-Wave’ Opera, ‘YAMANTAKA //
SONIC TITAN I’ in April 2008. Aesthetically, they blend the poorly
appropriated styles of Noh, Chinese Opera, Chinese, Japanese and First
Nations Mythology, Black & White Television, Psychedelia & Rock
Operatics into a sensory feast of nigh-monochromatic costuming, unique
hand-built musical instruments and their own mangaesque cardboard
‘NEVERFLAT’ style of 2.5D set design.
3. Stop Stomp Stompin'
4. Time Passing
5. Bury Me
8. Gettin' Mad And Pumpin' Iron
11. Arthritis Sux
12. Sonic You
13. Bobby Knows Best
14. Cheap Cheap
On their first full-length, Wild Cub sound much more experienced than one would expect a band that has been together just under a year to, as the duo officially came together last November. But a quick peek at their collective resume quickly explains that away: Nashville music veteran Jeremy Bullock has worked with the likes of Madi Diaz and Pico vs. Island Trees, while Keegan DeWitt previously scored films in addition to his solo career. The album also sounds startlingly more hi-fi than a record put together in the makeshift studio in Bullock’s home would suggest, but on Youth, that is what the pair does best—defy expectation.
In 13 songs, Wild Cub creates infectious, intricate electro-pop that blends ‘80s beats with electronics and synths worthy of the aughts. Some songs have a slight New Wave tinge around the edges, while others have infinitely catchy guitars lurking in the background that, for some reason, conjure slight U2 comparisons. Paired with the deep melancholy and soulfulness of DeWitts’ voice, the album is full of small complexities that fill songs as they unwittingly slide into each other, creating a perfect soundtrack for driving late on summer nights.
The songs on Youth often feature bright guitars over more repetitive electronics, incorporating the slightest of world influences with simple riffs, adding a flavor rarely heard on such ostensible pop albums, with “Thunder Clatter” and “Jonti” falling into this vein. Youth is also diversified by a handful of songs that are carried by his deep soothing voice, with the simpler, rhythmic music almost fading from consciousness, as in “The Water” and “Straight No Turns.”
- Katie King (Paste Magazine)
3. Thunder Clatter
4. Straight No Turns
5. Wishing Well
6. The Water
8. Hidden in the Night
10. Wild Light
11. Summer Fires/Hidden Spells
His fourth and finest solo album is, as the cover shot suggests, Morrisey's idea of hard rock. There's a gritty, glam feel to Mick Ronson's production (check the Ziggy Stardust cop on "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday"), while the loud'n'rude riffs of new guitarist Boz Boorer banish memories of the Smiths. Best news: for once the songs focus on adult life, not the man's well-documented adolescence. --Jeff Bateman
1. You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side
2. Glamorous Glue
3. We'll Let You Know
4. The National Front Disco
5. Certain People I Know
6. We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful
7. You're The One For Me, Fatty
8. Seasick, Yet Still Docked
9. I Know It's Going To Happen Someday
The minute you lay your eyes on Blondfire vocalist Erica Driscoll and she opens her mouth to sing, the band’s name begins to make perfect sense. The
now L.A.-based singer/songwriter/ guitarist is both blonde and on fire, capable of a sensuous purr one moment, and a full-throated rock ‘n’ roll roar the
next. A collaboration with her brother Bruce—the two have been playing together since they were kids growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan—Blondfire’s
new album channels the irresistible synth-pop feel of British new wave bands like Depeche Mode, New Order, OMD and Pet Shop Boys (“Where the Kids
Are,” “Walking with the Giants”) as well as the larger-than-life arena-rock ambitions of U2 (“Kites”), Coldplay (“We Are One”) and even Arcade Fire (“Dear
in Your Headlights”).
Young Heart touches on the exhilarating innocence of youth on songs like the title track, “Wild and Wanted” and “Where the Kids Are”—the surprise
summer of 2012 hit that was championed by such gatekeepers as Sirius XM’s Alt. Nation (who remain a strong supporter), Austin’s KROX and Seattle’s
KNDD as well as being tapped as the soundtrack for a national Honda Civic spot. At the same time, Blondfire also expresses a bittersweet melancholy
over the inevitable disillusion that can set in along the way when dreams turn into harsh reality (“Right Gone Wrong,” “Life of the Party”), with songs about
the ups and downs of the artistic life, expressing the physical sensations of flight (“Kites”) and surfing the ocean (“Waves”) or simply the vagaries of
following your muse (“Hide and Seek”).
Recording in L.A., they came up with “Where the Kids Are,” Erica taking matters into her own hands, e-mailing the song to various blog sites, where the
buzz quickly led to Blondfire landing a new manager and a publishing deal with Primary Wave, who helped place the song on that national Honda Civic
TV campaign. The band then embarked on national tours supporting AWOLNATION and U.K. buzz band Foals, gradually building a following, releasing a
four-track digital EP including four of the songs that would eventually find their way onto the new album, including “Where the Kids Are.”
Young Heart is the culmination of those 10,000 hours spent in the trenches, and it’s a fine overview of Blondfire’s penchant for gloriously melodic pop
hooks and a wide-screen canvas that approximates the circuitous journey that has them finally poised to make their mark. Blondfire is prepared to soar.
1. Young Heart
2. Where The Kids Are
4. Walking With Giants
5. Hide And Seek
6. Dear In Your Headlights
8. Wild And Wasted
9. We Are One
10. Life of the Party
11. Right Gone Wrong
12. The Only Ones
J.R. Robinson has been writing and recording music as Wrekmeister Harmonies in various incarnations since 2006. In 2012 he brought together some of the most revered musicians in the black metal and experimental music worlds (Jef Whitehead of Leviathan, Sanford Parker and Andrew Markuszewski of Nachmystium, Jamie Fennelly aka Mind Over Mirrors, Mark Solotroff of Anatomy of Habit, Bruce Lamont of Yakuza, and more) to perform You've Always Meant So Much To Me at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago to much acclaim and a sold out theater. The collaborators for the live performance joined Robinson at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio later that year to record the composition in full. The 38 minute composition was written to accompany a film Robinson shot in decimated Detroit locations, the desert of Joshua Tree and decaying forests of Tasmania.
1. You’ve Always Meant So Much to Me
Philadelphia’s Modern Baseball are a uniquely contemporary band. Their
quirky, tuneful songs convey how it feels to be young and hopeless in modern
America—a cracked cellphone clutched in one’s hand, subconsciously refreshing
social media, hoping to get noticed by that girl at the party and ignored by
the ghosts from high school past. Calling on Say Anything’s bravado, the Front
Bottoms’ tongue-in-cheek quirk and the Weakerthans’ literary misery, Modern
Baseball have made a record with remarkable depth and relate-ability.
- Mixed by Jonathan Low (The National, Kurt Vile, Local Natives)
- Mastered by Will Yip (Circa Survive,Title Fight, Man Overboard)
1. Fine, Great
2. Broken Cash Machine
3. Rock Bottom
5. The Old Gospel Choir
7. Charlie Black
8. Timmy Bowers
9. Going To Bed Now
10. Your Graduation
11. Two Good Things
You're Always On My Mind is the bands second full length and was recorded with Ed Ackerson (Limbeck, Motion City Soundtrack, Polara, The Replacements) and mastered by Roger Seibel (Deathcab for Cutie, Andrew Bird, Bon Iver).
1. Snack Attack
2. Flying Fish
3. Pet Mouse
4. Slumber Party
5. Back To School
8. Fun in the Sun
9. Locus of Control
Sometimes, all you need is a little push. After acclaimed singer-songwriter Brendan Benson released his 2012 album What Kind of World, his manager suggested he launch a monthly singles series. He was a bit hesitant at first, but eventually he came around. And now, just a year after What Kind of World, Benson is back with You Were Right, which collects both the releases from the series as well as reworked versions of songs that didn't quite fit on his previous albums.
You Were Right finds Benson squarely in his jangly power-pop groove, while also finding room for him to explore his more experimental impulses. Benson recorded You Were Right in his own Readymade Studios, and will release the album on his own Readymade Records in the US. Being in charge of both the production and release gave Benson the peace of mind to make exactly the record he wanted, all on his own terms. From his home in Nashville, Tennessee, here is Benson on being the boss and finding his place in the music industry.
1. It’s Your Choice
2. Rejuvenate Me
3. As of Tonight
5. Long Term Goal
6. I Don’t Wanna See You Anymore
7. I’ll Never Tell
8. Swallow You Whole
9. She’s Trying to Poison Me
10. Purely Automatic
11. New Words of Wisdom
12. Oh My Love
13. The Fritz
15. Red White and Blues
"Their psychedelic surf-rock blew the audience away" - KEXP
"The Shivas might be Portland's best band. There, I said it" - Ryan J Prado of the
"Tight and entergetic" - ssgmusic
Recorded at K’s own Dub Narcotic Studios, The Shivas’ fourth LP will have
you on your feet. With all of the fierce energy and body shakin’ that The Shivas
are known for, You Know What To Do encapsulates that, and much
more. Recorded and mixed on tape by Calvin Johnson, it is an apt follow-up
to Whiteout, and features the title track of The Shivas "You Make
Me Wanna Die” 7” EP released last April.
Amongst the 13 tracks of the album, you can glance the many faces of the The
Shivas’ musical style. From the blistering heat of tracks like “Old Lightning
Rod” to the cool groove of “Ride On”, the record also touches down into the
slower tempos on tracks such as the deeply psychedelic “Let It Happen To
This is The Shivas record we have all been waiting for, so don’t hesitate, you
know what to do.
1. You Know What To Do
2. Do The Crocodile
3. Ride On
4. Big Mama Casino
5. Old Lightening Rod
6. You Make Me Wanna Die
7. Beach Heads
8. Strokin’ Off
9. Stalking Legs
10. Manson Girls
11. Used To Being Cool
12. And On
13. Let It Happen To You
You In Reverse is the sixth full-length album released by indie rock band Built To Spill. Originally released in 2006, the album was recorded in Portland, Oregon. The band added a new member for this album, making Built To Spill a quartet for the first time. The lineup included Doug Martsch, Brett Nelson, Scott Plouf, and Jim Roth.
The band hadn't released an album for five years and the time off seemed to have done the band good. According to critics, You In Reverse was full of fire and energy and was marked as one of Built To Spill's strongest efforts in their career to date. The album includes mid tempo ballads like "Traces" and "Gone" and tracks that boost the tempo like the raging rocker "Conventional Wisdom" and the breathtaking nine-minute guitar explosion and album opener "Goin' Against Your Mind".
The original vinyl edition came out in 2007 and was only available in limited quantities. The Music On Vinyl reissue is, as always, pressed on 180 gram audiophile vinyl.
1. Goin' Against Your Mind
5. Wherever You Go
1. Conventional Wisdom
3. Mess With Time
4. Just A Habit
5. The Wait
Sir Sly is not a person but the sum of its parts. Landon Jacobs, Hayden Coplen, and
Jason Suwito often refer to Sir Sly as an elusive, almost unattainable entity they strive to
embody. This personification of the mysterious Sir Sly is what helps drive the nonstop
creative process that keeps the trio constantly writing and recording music, tirelessly
striving to create art that is inventive and honest.
The Los Angeles based band write, record, produce, mix and master all of their music in
their own recording studio, where they have developed their signature sound - a delicate
balance of solemnly surging, yet indelibly catchy electronic indie rock.
Before coming together as Sir Sly in the Fall of 2012, each member spent years
perfecting their self-taught respective crafts, honing their skills in whatever ways they
could. Lead singer Landon Jacobs began writing songs at age 13 in the bedroom of his
southern California home, after learning to play guitar and piano. Drummer Hayden
Coplen learned how to play by watching and imitating old videos of Buddy Rich and
Gene Krupa. Keyboardist Jason Suwito built the band’s studio himself, and self-taught
the technical skills involved with recording engineering and music production.
It’s this refreshing self-sustaining approach to creating music that initially brought the
three members together, and has kept them continually working to develop and maintain
the spirit of Sir Sly
1. Where I'm Going
4. You Haunt Me
5. Found You Out
6. Nowhere / Bloodlines pt. I
7. Inferno ft. Lizzy Plapinger from MS MR
8. Leave You
10. Too Far Gone
11. Helpless / Bloodlines pt. II
Includes Original Lyric Sheets And Printed Inner Sleeves
The incredible debut album by Orange Juice is finally available again! Originally released in March of 1982 this gem is finally available! This is the first of their four Polydor-era albums to be reissued.
1. Falling And Laughing
2. Untitled Melody
3. Wan Light
4. Tender Object
5. Dying Day
6. L.O.V.E. (Love)
7. Intuition Told Me (Part 1)
8. Upwards And Onwards
9. Satellite City
10. Three Cheers For Our Side
11. Consolation Prize
13. In A Nutshell
Yes, It's True is the first proper studio album by The Polyphonic Spree since 2007′s The Fragile Army.
“The songs here are from many different periods in the last few years,” frontman Tim DeLaughter explains. “This record feels like a collection of “songs” rather than a long listening piece which we’ve done previously in the Spree stylistically. It’s kind of refreshing.”
The album was recorded in stages and produced by The Speekers alongside Eric Drew Feldman (PJ Harvey, Captain Beefheart) with mixing done by Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, U2).
1. You Don't Know Me
2. Popular by Design
3. Hold Yourself Up
4. Carefully Try
5. You're Golden
6. Heart Talk
7. Blurry Up the Lines
8. Let Them Be
9. Raise Your Head
10. What Would You Do?
Nashville’s own risqué, electro-pop duo, Cherub – consisting of Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber – release their major label debut, Year Of The Caprese, via Columbia Records.
Year Of The Caprese is filled withhooky electro-pop gems that lyrically capture the outrageous impulses of Kelley and Huber’s youth, while their studio expertise results in grooves so alluring, even your parents can dance to them. Their viral hit “Doses & Mimosas” – which is featured on the record – has not only been spinning on SIRIUS XM Alt Nation, Los Angeles’ KROQ and Alt 98.7, and Radio 104.5 in Philadelphia, in addition to a number of other stations, but it was also included as one of USA Today’s contenders for 2014’s first big hit!
In addition, Cherub – who just performed two SOLD-OUT NYC shows – have been taking their infectious dance parties to cities all around the U.S. as part of The Blow’d Tour, playing to a ton of rowdy, packed crowds. The band even released a live video of “Doses & Mimosas,” which was recorded in their hometown at The Blow’d Tour’s sold-out, kick-off show.
- RJ FROMETA (Vents Magazine)
1. Simple Cherub
2. Disco Shit
3. Work the Middle Cherub
4. Freaky Me, Freaky You
5. This Song Is for You
6. Doses & Mimosas
1. Strip to This
2. Do the Math
5. Chocolate Strawberries
6. Into the Sun
When Primal Scream's EXTERMINATOR – or XTRMNTR – came out in 2000 as the last album on Alan McGee's legendary Creation Records it made quite a stir. McGee must have told The Scream to let the label 'go out with a bang', and boy did they deliver.
EXTERMINATOR is punk flavoured anarchism mixed with a big beat rumpus, a sonic protest against the self-righteous and unchallenging indie-music of the day. Or, as NME put it: 'rarely has anger been so beautifully managed', as they put it on the #2 spot of the best albums of 2000 (only losing out to Radiohead's Kid A).
With "EXTERMINATOR" The Scream produced war you can dance to, proving themselves ahead of their time.
Available on 180 grams audiophile vinyl again for the first time since its original release!
1. Kill All Hippies
Pearl Jam X-posed provides a fascinating insight into this legendary and elusive band. On this exclusive recording charismatic lead singer Eddie Vedder gives his perceptive views on subjects such as art, video, karma and working in McDonalds! Accompanying him are the rest of the band, discussing such topics as drugs, music and touring.
Back after a 5-year hiatus doing solo projects, soundtracks and more, Glasgow's beloved BELLE AND SEBASTIAN have returned with one of their finest albums. Marrying the intimacy of early works like Sinister and Tigermilk with the production values of their more recent work, Write About Love is a varied, captivating and occasionally disturbing trawl through the mind of Stuart Murdoch and his colleagues.The album features duets with Norah Jones and actress Carey Mulligan (An Education).
1. I Didn't See It Coming
2. Come on Sister
3. Calculating Bimbo
4. I Want the World to Stop
5. Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John [ft. Norah Jones]
6. Write About Love [ft. Carey Mulligan]
7. I'm Not Living in the Real World
8. Ghost of Rockschool
9. Read the Blessed Pages
10. I Can See Your Future
11. Sunday's Pretty Icons
Allah-Las met while working at Amoeba Music, a key destination for music lovers in Los Angeles. While this experience helped shape their sensibility, their sound was forged in an underground basement where they came together as a band. They began gigging in Los Angeles in 2008, refining their live performance, and finally released their first 7” single Catamaran / Long Journey in 2011. In 2012, they began their relationship with Innovative Leisure, releasing their first self-titled album, Allah-Las, anchored by their second single Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind) / Sacred Sands. The release was met with critical acclaim and the band toured extensively in the States and abroad before going back into the studio to record their follow-up.
Allah-Las’ second album, Worship The Sun, expands on the sound established by their maiden effort, honing their fusion of West Coast garage rock and roll, Latin percussion and electric folk. As richly textured and timeless as a Southern California beach break, the songs are evocative of Los Angeles’ storied past. Beatniks, artists, surfers, nomads. Remnants of a bygone Sunset Strip. Golden tans and cosmic sunsets. One can feel the warmth of the sun, but the band deftly avoids the kitsch so often indulged by lovers of these things. Hints of Byrds, Love, Felt, and those who follow are threaded into the tapestry.
LA’s seminal Ferus Gallery – the home of Wallace Berman, Ed Kienholz, Ed Ruscha, Billy Al Bengston – is paid homage in an eponymous instrumental, broadening the scope beyond mere sea, surf, and sand. The lyrics reveal a new maturity; reflections of a band that has grown together through experiences on the road and in the studio. Worship The Sun is at once the perfect soundtrack for the greatest surf film never made and for a golden hour drive through Topanga Canyon. Yet, while grounded in the Southern California experience, the appeal of the album is not limited by locale. It is a teenage symphony to the sun, for all those who know its grace.
1. De Vida Voz
2. Had It All
4. Ferus Gallery
6. Nothing To Hide
7. Buffalo Nickel
8. Follow You Down
10. Yemeni Jade
11. Worship The Sun
12. Better Than Mine
13. No Werewolf
14. Every Girl
Morrissey is an iconic figure from the cultural nexus where music meets art and literature and beyond. World Peace Is None of Your Business,
Morrissey’s first release since 2009’s Years of Refusal, was produced by the legendary Joe Chiccarelli (Elton John, U2, The Strokes). The album
combines ratty electric guitars and forceful hooks in one of his most powerful solo albums that is surely poised to be one of the biggest releases of 2014.
1. World Peace Is None of Your Business
2. Neal Cassady Drops Dead
3. I’m Not a Man
5. Earth Is the Loneliest Planet
6. Staircase At the University
7. The Bullfighter Dies
8. Kiss Me a Lot
9. Smiler With Knife
10. Kick the Bride Down the Aisle
12. Oboe Concerto
Minneapolis four-piece Howler are set to release
their second album World Of Joy on March 25 via
Rough Trade! It is their follow-up to the catchy,
youthfully brash debut America Give Up (2012)
which featured the singles ‘Told You Once’ and ‘Back
Of Your Neck’ .
Having recruited new member Rory MacMurdo on
drums, Howler’s second album was written and recorded in Minneapolis at The Terrarium studio with
America Give Up producer Chris Heidman.
Howler is Jordan Gatesmith, (vocals/guitar), Ian
Nygaard (guitar), Max Petrek (bass/keyboards) and
Rory MacMurdo (drums).
1. Al’s Corral
3. Don’t Wanna
4. Yacht Boys
5. In The Red
6. World of Joy
8. Here’s The Itch That Creeps Through My Skull
10. Aphorismic Wasteland Blues