After two and a half years since his last release, Justin Townes Earle is back and pleased to announce his fifth studio album (and first ever on Vagrant
Records), Single Mothers.
Single Mothers is comprised of ten tracks that showcase exactly why Justin Townes Earle is considered a forefather of Contemporary Americana. As a
recently married, sober man JTE writes from a point of maturity and content we’ve not seen before on past records. “One day I just realized it’s not cool to
die young, and it’s even less cool to die after 30,” Justin laughs as he reflects on a life past and his new found clarity. What he’s created is an album that’s
raw, honest and personal in a way he hasn’t touched upon since his debut EP, Yuma.
Once compared to a man who wears many suits JTE has experienced more than most, both personally and professionally, in thirty-two short years.
Between releasing four full-length-critically-acclaimed albums, constant touring, multiple stints in rehab, being born Steve Earle’s son, amicable and not-so-amicable break-ups with record labels, and facing the trials and tribulations of everyday life, it’s safe to say JTE has quite the story to tell. Single
Mothers serves as the perfect platform for such narrations.
1. Worried Bout The Weather
2. Single Mothers
3. My Baby Drives
4. Today and a Lonely Night
5. Picture in a Drawer
6. Wanna Be a Stranger
7 White Gardenias
8. Time Shows Fools
9. It's Cold in This House
10. Burning Pictures
First Time Audiophile Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation
Anniversary Limited Edition
1981 was a Winning year for Santana. With the release of their multi-format hit album Zebop!, Carlos Santana and The Santana Band catapulted onto the top ten, the first time in several years, and truly changed the course of their musical history for the next several decades. Thanks in part to the Russ Balard (Argent) penned smash hit single Winning, the band not only maintained their solid following, but also brought in a whole new fan base, which has pledged loyalty to this legendary band since.
Following a similar formula as on their previous gold album Marathon, Zebop! featured smash hit tracks like their powerful rendition of Cat Stevens’ Changes and J.J. Cale’s The Sensitive Kind. The 12 track powerhouse also featured some of their most revered tunes like Searchin’, Brightest Star and a trip back to the Abraxas sound with É Papa Ré. With the effervescent lead vocals of Alex Ligertwood, the power drumming of Graham Lear, the percussive beat of Armando Pereza, together with the skillful instrumentation of the core band, all fronted by the legendary Carlos Santana, this album truly illustrated a powerful band that hit its stride.
Friday Music is no stranger to the legendary music of Santana, so now it is with much honor to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of their mega classic Zebop!. As a further installment in our Santana/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, this limited edition classic rock masterpiece is now enhanced for the first time with impeccable mastering by Joe Reagoso (Santana/Grateful Dead) and also features a first time stunning gatefold LP cover with the original LP cover elements not seen in decades.
So, it is now time to celebrate with us the first time 180 Gram Audiophile masterwork release of Zebop! by Santana. This masterpiece is now impeccably mastered on audiophile vinyl, with first time gatefold cover art and of course all of the great songs and superlative magic and memories that can only be that of Carlos Santana and The Santana Band.
2. É Papa Ré
3. Primera Invasion
5. Over and Over
7. Tales of Kilimanjaro
8. The Sensitive Kind
9. American Gypsy
10. I Love You Much Too Much
11. Brightest Star
In April, Simian Mobile Disco trekked out to the Southern California desert, taking with them their new live set up – two modular synths, two sequencers, and a mixer. Over a period of three days, they jammed and rehearsed in the desert, culminating in a one off sold out live show at Pappy & Harriet’s, Pioneertown, allowing 900 fans to witness part of the recording process.
Those sessions, taped under the desert sky, became the basis for their brand new album / live project “Whorl”. Now, after completing mixing and mastering, they are pleased to announce that the final studio album will be released through Anti- Records (Tom Waits, Kate Bush).
SMD’s new live system was born out of a desire to challenge themselves – to remove computers altogether, going back to hardware sequencers, and limiting themselves to a suitcase sized rack of modular synth gear each –which both reduces the sound palette but allows much more hands on, real time manipulation – constraining themselves technically, to free themselves up musically.
Jas, on the recording process - “The recordings we did in the studio while we were writing and rehearsing the new material for Whorl were simply "live" takes - the system we’re using has limited ability to save patterns in the sequencer, but nothing like the flexibility of a computer. Live performance and studio composition are essentially now the same process, rather than the common method of writing a track using the computer, and then working out ways to perform it live. We planned not to slavishly limit ourselves just to this performance - when we came to mixdown the album, we used portions of three sessions – the show itself, an extended jam we did in the desert the day before, and a little of our London studio rehearsal. " Future live performances of Whorl are currently being planned, with a full list of tour dates to come – each show will be a live recreation of that recording process, so each time “Whorl” will be slightly different.
To reflect the organic, analogue aims of the new musical set up, long time SMD art & video collaborators Jack Featherstone & Hans Lo have built a complimentary bespoke hardware system to create the album’s visual aesthetic. The system involves feeding live generated digital content through an oscilloscope, filming the oscilloscope’s screen, then further processing the image produced. This system will be used in forthcoming videos and SMD’s live shows (it was debuted at Sonar this weekend). The cover image is a still grabbed from one of these oscilloscope jams, capturing a moment of flux in performance.
The accompanying trailer showcases all the elements of the Whorl project, including the desert valley where the rehearsal/jam was recorded, the landscape that inspired the performances, the oscilloscope visuals and the show at Pappy & Harriets. In the coming weeks, further video pieces will explore different elements in more detail. The video is set to a short excerpt of “Tangents”.
2. Dandelion Spheres
3. Sun Dogs
4. Hypnick Jerk
6. Z Space
9. Jam Side Up
11. Iron Henge
Produced by D. Sardy (Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, Wolfmother, Oasis), The Physical World comes a full ten years after the release of the band’s universally acclaimed debut album, You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine, which made Jesse F. Keeler (bass, synths, backing vocals) and Sebastien Grainger (vocals and drums), an underground /over ground sensation.
1. Cheap Talk
2. Right On, Frankenstein!
4. Always On
5. Crystal Ball
6. White Is Red
7. Trainwreck 1979
8. Nothin' Left
9. Government Trash
11. The Physical World
“Mystical country, like an eerie yellowing photograph.” --David Bowie
Lateness of Dancers is the fifth full-length from Hiss Golden Messenger. It’s an open, confident, immediate album, and it feels, at times, like a direct response to the darkness of Taylor’s last record, 2013’s Haw, or to the searching of 2010’s Bad Debt, the stunning acoustic LP he made at his kitchen table shortly after the birth of his son. Lateness of Dancers was recorded in a tin-roofed barn outside of Hillsborough, North Carolina, last fall and includes many of Taylor’s longtime collaborators, like Phil and Brad Cook of Megafaun, the guitarist William Tyler, and his erstwhile recording partner Scott Hirsch. Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man contributes backing vocals; her tender, wooly voice both complements and challenges Taylor’s.
The record takes its name from a Eudora Welty story, which is noteworthy not because of its origins—although there are hints of Welty in Taylor’s work, and not just Welty but Flannery O’Connor and Faulkner and Barry Hannah and Larry Brown and the whole pantheon of brutal and exquisite southern writers—but because Taylor is the type of person who recognizes the beauty in a phrase like that. It is a record about self-discovery and self-knowledge, and how impossible it is to outsmart yourself. I don’t know how you learn a lesson like that, except the hard way. “The misery of love is a funny thing / The more it hurts / The more you think / You can stand a little pain,” he sings on “Mahogany Dread,” one of Lateness’ most telling tracks. These are the kinds of lies we tell ourselves to feel the things we want to feel, even when those pleasures are buried in a whole lot of hurt.
2. Saturday’s Song
3. Mahogany Dread
4. Day O Day (A Love So Free)
5. Lateness Of Dancers
6. I’m A Raven (Shake Children
7. Black Dog Wind (Rose of Roses)
8. Southern Grammar
9. Chapter & Verse (Ione’s Song)
The fourth album from San Diego-bred five-piece Delta Spirit, Into the Wide was born in a flood-ruined, cave-like, rat-colonized room in the band’s new hometown of Brooklyn. After spending more than a year writing together in the windowless studio they rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy wreaked its havoc, the group resurfaced with a batch of demos and headed to Georgia to team up with Ben Allen (a
producer/engineer known for his work with artists like Animal Collective and Deerhunter). Recorded near an old shipping yard in Atlanta, Into the Wide intimately captures the claustrophobia of Delta Spirit’s creative space, turning that tension into a moody meditation on the restlessness of city life, growing older, and longing for escape. With its lyrics largely inspired by the murder ballads of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, Into the Wide proves more darkly charged than anything the band’s ever offered up before but - thanks to their command of both indelible melody and sprawling, atmospheric arrangements - ultimately emerges as Delta Spirit’s most gloriously heavy album so far.
1. Push It
2. From Now On
3. Live On
4. Take Shelter
5. Hold My End Up
6. Into the Wide
7. Language of the Dead
8. For My Enemy
11. War Machine
12. The Wreck
DELAIN will not only enthrall Symphonic Metal fans with their fourth album “The Human Contradiction“, but also listeners new to the genre. Extremely catchy refrains, bewitching hooks and melodies, symphonic bombast and of course a good dose of Metal – that’s how Symphonic Metal has to sound in 2014! Vocalist supreme Charlotte Wessels and her equally talented band colleagues exceeded the highest expectations and have elevated the genre to a whole new level. A redefinition of Symphonic Metal!
1. Here Come The Vultures
2. Your Body Is A Battleground
4. My Masquerade
5. Tell Me, Mechanist
6. Sing To Me
7. Army Of Dolls
9. The Tragedy Of The Commons
10. Scarlet (Bonus)
11. Don’t Let Go (Bonus)
12. My Masquerade* (Bonus)
13. April Rain* (Bonus)
14. Go Away* (Bonus)
15. Sever* (Bonus)
16. Stay Forever* (Bonus)
17. Sing To Me Orchestra (Bonus)
18. Your Body Is A Battleground Orchestra (Bonus)
* (Live At The My Masquerade Concert 2013)
“The masters of emotional turbulence.” - Q Magazine
‘El Pintor’ is Interpol’s fifth and most exhilarating studio album. It’s a driving, relentless record, taut and epic in equal measure.
The album, recorded as a three-piece with frontman & guitarist Paul Banks picking up the bass, kicks off with “All The Rage Back Home,” signaling a return to what Interpol does best, layering pulsing bass, bursts of guitar, and driving drums beneath Banks’ instantly recognizable voice.
Meanwhile, “My Desire” features a throbbing beat and insistent guitar riffs that shoot off like flares into the night, while on “Same Town, New Story” Banks crafted up an unexpected melodic context for Daniel Kessler’s laser-sharp guitar lines.
In contrast with previous records, Interpol took a step back on ‘El Pintor’ and let the songs happen. What emerged is something urgent and compelling, something revitalized and
reenergized. The result is as accomplished and thrilling a collection as the band has ever released.
1. All The Rage Back Home
2. My Desire
4. Same Town, New Story
5. My Blue Supreme
6. Everything Is Wrong
7. Breaker 1
8. Ancient Ways
9. Tidal Wave
10. Twice As Hard
James Keogh, otherwise known as Vance Joy, is a folk/pop artist from Melbourne, Australia. Vance Joy’s love of music was inspired by his mother’s aptitude at literature and his father’s fondness of singing. His parents’ vast, eclectic record collection only served to heighten his partiality to it. After completing a university degree in law, he decided to take a year’s break to focus on making music. He travelled to India and South-East Asia with a collection of songs rattling around in his head. When he came home, they all fell into place. Like the unforced orchestration of his songs, Vance Joy’s recent success has developed organically.
1. Winds of Change
2. Mess Is Mine
3. Wasted Time
5. Who Am I
6. From Afar
7. We All Die Trying To Get It Right
9. Red Eye
10. First Time
11. All I Ever Wanted
12. Best That I Can
13. My Kind of Man
The Kooks will release their eagerly anticipated new album Listen on September 2nd via Astralwerks. Produced by vocalist/songwriter Luke Pritchard and
young hip hop pioneer Inflo, it showcases a new direction and soundfor the multi-platinum selling UK act. “To me,” Luke says, “this album is about pure
Listen is made up of 11 tracks with highlights including the street-smart garage rock of “Bad Habit,” the powerful and haunting “See Me Now,” and the
incandescent joy of “Are We Electric.”
1. Around Town
2. Forgive & Forget
4. See Me Now
5. It Was London
6. Bad Habit
9. Are We Electric
11. Sweet Emotion
Husband and wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, t.k.a. Tennis, have announced their new album, Ritual in Repeat, released via Communion Records.
Serving as their third full-length effort and follow-up to last year’s Small Sound EP, the forthcoming LP features an all-star cast of producers, including Patrick Carney (The Black Keys), Jim Eno (Spoon), and Richard Swift (The Shins). All three have collaborated with the Denver-based duo previously, as Carney produced their 2012 album Young & Old while Eno and Swift both lent production to Small Sound.
The album’s lead single “Never Work For Free” recalls their bubbly melodies and breezy pop sensibilities. Moore even sounds a bit like Danielle Haim with her occasionally staccato delivery and harmonies. That said, it’s still obviously Tennis, and based on this preview, Ritual In Repeat should be a charming statement.
- Josh Terry, (Consequence Of Sound)
1. Night Vision
2. Never Work For Free
3. Needle And A Knife
4. I’m Callin’
5. Bad Girls
7. Viv Without The N
8. Wounded Heart
9. This Isn’t My Song
10. Solar On The Rise
11. Meter & Line
Lost In Alphaville is the long awaited and highly anticipated follow-up to The Rentals’ landmark albums Return of the Rentals and
Seven More Minutes.
When listening to Lost In Alphaville for the first time, one can’t
help but be stoked by the perfect amalgamation of the sonic
components: the dense wall of Slegr’s punishing guitars, the
primal smack of Carney’s drums, Sharp’s driving, distorted
bass and thick buzz of saturated Moog synthesizers -- all
tempered by Laessig’s and Wolfe’s beautifully lush voices and
Chipman’s elegant string arrangements serving as an extremely
rich foundation for the layers and layers of Sharp’s detached,
voyeuristically breathy vocals.
Sharp created a wall of sound so dense and powerful with
arrangements that several songs on the album exceed 200
individually recorded tracks. During this process of arranging,
Sharp would slip into what he described as “euphoric, psychedelic
daydreams.” Sharp says, “If you can’t whip yourself up into a state
of full-blown rapture while you’re creating, I don’t really see the
point of making music.”
Lost In Alphaville is a true sonic achievement, The Rentals’ best
album by a mile, a blissfully righteous storm of broken-up guitars,
buzz-saw synthesizers, brutally, barbaric rhythms which crumble
and crackle against a wash of strings, male and female voices—all
blending into 10 perfectly formed pop songs. Not only have The
Rentals completely surpassed their first two albums, but Sharp
just might be putting forward the best work of his entire career.
1. It’s Time To Come Home
2. Traces Of Our Tears
4. 1000 Seasons
6. Irrational Things
7. Thought Of Sound
8. Song Of Remembering
9. Seven Years
10. The Future
Robert Plant’s new album, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, will be released on Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records. Produced by Plant, the album is his label debut and features 11 new recordings, nine of which are original songs written by Plant with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters—Justin Adams: bendirs, djembe, guitars, tehardant, background vocals; John Baggott: keyboards, loops, moog bass, piano, tabal, background vocals; Juldeh Camara: kologo, ritti, Fulani vocals; Billy Fuller: bass, drum programming, omnichord, upright bass; Dave Smith: drum set; and Liam “Skin” Tyson: banjo, guitar, background vocals.
lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar is Plant’s first record since 2010’s Band of Joy, which followed 2007’s six-time Grammy Award–winning collaboration with Alison Krauss, Raising Sand. Justin Adams and John Baggott of The Sensational Space Shifters appeared on Plant’s 2002 release Dreamland, while all but Camara and Smith appeared on 2005’s Mighty Rearranger. The new-album line-up recently toured the world before recording lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar at Helium Studios in Wiltshire and Real World Studios in Bath, UK. The track “Rainbow” was recorded in Contino Rooms in London. Tchad Blake mixed all but three tracks on the album.
“It’s really a celebratory record, powerful, gritty, African, Trance meets Zep,” Plant says. “The whole impetus of my life as a singer has to be driven by a good brotherhood. I am very lucky to work with The Sensational Space Shifters. They come from exciting areas of contemporary music…I have been around awhile and I ask myself, do I have anything to say? Is there a song still inside me? In my heart? I see life and what’s happening to me. Along the trail there are expectations, disappointments, happiness, questions and strong relationships,” Plant explains, “... and now I’m able to express my feelings through melody, power and trance; together in a kaleidoscope of sound, colour, and friendship.”
1. Little Maggie
3. Pocketful of Golden
4. Embrace Another Fall
5. Turn It Up
6. A Stolen Kiss
7. Somebody There
8. Poor Howard
9. House of Love
10. Up on the Hollow Hill (Understanding Arthur)
11. Arbaden (Maggie’s Babby)
Self-produced at his Pax Am studios, this self-titled LP will mark Ryan Adams' 14th solo album and the followup to 2011's Ashes & Fire. It will also be the first to be released on the combined Pax-Am/Blue Note imprint.
1. Gimme Something Good
4. Am I Safe
5. My Wrecking Ball
6. Stay With Me
8. Feels Like Fire
9. I Just Might
10. Tired Of Giving Up
11. Let Go
Featuring their two singles to date – ‘Little Monster’ and ‘Come On Over’ – the album is a mixture of anguished vocals, ferocious drumming and bass that provides intricate detail as well as a rumble of rhythm. Royal Blood are the result of a lineage that stretches from present day heroes Queens of the Stone Age to Led Zeppelin, and all the way back to early blues pioneers. Their ferocious attack is the result of just two men – vocalist/bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher.
The album’s striking cover art was provided by Dan Hillier, an artist who is acclaimed for his black line work, combining Victorian sensibilities with a fascination for animal and landscape attributes with leanings towards the esoteric.
1. Little Monster
2. Out Of The Black
3. Come On Over
4. Figure It Out
5. You Can Be So Cruel
6. Blood Hands
8. Little Monster
9. Loose Change
11. Ten Tonne Skeleton
12. Better Strangers
"For many years, Metallica's 1987 EP Garage Days Re-Revisited was the most sought-after item in their catalog; it was constantly bootlegged in the '90s, and often supplemented by a host of covers Metallica had released on singles and compilations throughout the years. By 1998, the band had understandably grown frustrated with this situation and decided to confront the problem head-on by reissuing all these rarities. Savvy businessmen that they are, they also realized they needed to give hardcore fans who already owned all the covers a reason to purchase the new set -- hence, the expansion of the Garage Days EP to the double-disc blowout Garage, Inc. The second disc's rarities are balanced by the first disc's new covers, the bulk of which were recorded following the Reload tour. It shouldn't come as a surprise that these covers recall the blooze 'n' boogie heavy rock of the Loads, but what is a surprise is that Metallica seems to have found their footing in this style through other people's songs. Whether it's Bob Seger, Blue Öyster Cult, Thin Lizzy, Nick Cave, or the all-star jam on Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Tuesday's Gone," the band effortlessly makes the songs seem like their own, through a bizarre mix of respect and ballsy irreverence. ... And if raw is what you want, the equally diverse disc two provides all the thrills you could hope for. At one time, it might have seemed a little odd that Metallica would cover Budgie, Diamond Head, the Misfits, and Queen, but if Garage, Inc. proves anything, it's that the group's musical instincts, risks, and sense of humor have made them the greatest metal band of the '80s and '90s."
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music)
1. Free Speech For The Dumb
2. It's Electric
3. Sabra Cadabra
4. Turn The Page
5. Die, Die My Darling
7. Mercyful Fate
2 Whiskey In The Jar
3 Tuesday's Gone
4 The More I See
6 The Small Hours
7 The Wait
8 Crash Course In Brain Surgery
9 Last Caress/Green Hell
1. Am I Evil?
4. The Prince
5. Stone Cold Crazy
6. So What
7. Killing Time
9. Damage Case
10. Stone Dead Forever
11. Too Late Too Late
Metallica w/ the San Francisco Symphony Conducted by Michael Kamen
On this release, Metallica's select favorites unfold like never before with the eloquent backing of the San Francisco Symphony. Metallica has never sounded more powerful or dramatic. Grammy and Oscar-nominated composer/conductor/arranger Michael Kamen, who has worked with pretty much everyone in show business, scored the symphony and conducted the performances, while Bob Rock, who captured the band on Load, Re-Load and the ten-times-platinum Metallica, served as producer.
1. The Ecstasy Of Gold
2. The Call Of Ktulu
3. Master Of Puppets
4. Of Wolf And Man
5. The Thing That Should Not Be
7. The Memory Remains
1. No Leaf Clover
2. Hero Of The Day
3. Devil's Dance
4. Bleeding Me
5. Nothing Else Matters
6. Until It Sleeps
7. For Whom The Bell Tolls
1. Wherever I May Roam
2. Outlaw Torn
3. Sad But True
5. Enter Sandman
Originally, released in 2003, St. Anger is Metallica's eighth studio album and first since 1997's ReLoad. They may have a new outlook and a new bass player here, but one thing about Metallica will forever remain unchanged, they are still one of the biggest, greatest rock bands in the world.
The Bob Rock produced affair is heavy, it is intense, and it reaffirmed Metallica's place at the top of Metal where they belong. As drummer Lars Ulrich put it, "If you're looking for ballads on this record, you'll be looking for a long, long time."
2. St. Anger
3. Some Kind of Monster
4. Dirty Window
5. Invisible Kid
6. My World
1. Shoot Me Again
2. Sweet Amber
3. The Unnamed Feeling
5. All Within My Hands
Frank Zappa’s highest-charting album, Apostrophe(!), gets renewed treatment for its vinyl reissue. The album, which includes Zappa
classics such as “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow” (his first charted single) and “Cosmic Debris,” featured an all-star recording band interpreting the maestro’s
exotic compositions and their topical yet comical lyrics.
Among them who joined Zappa (who played guitar, bass and sang lead vocals) were Jack Bruce (of Cream), violinist Jon-Luc Ponty, the late George
Duke (an early Zappa collaborator), drummers Jim Gordon (Derek & the Dominos) and Aynsley Dunbar (ex-Jeff Beck Group).
The special edition of Apostrophe (') was cut directly from the original quarter-inch stereo analog master tapes, remastered for vinyl by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering and manufactured for the world at Pallas Group in Germany. "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow," "Cosmik Debris" and "Uncle Remus" are among the definitive Zappa cuts on Apostrophe (').
1. Don't Eat The Yellow Snow
2. Nanook Rubs It
3. St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast
4. Father O'Blivion
5. Cosmik Debris
6. Excentrifugal Forz
8. Uncle Remus
“Field Studies” is a very special split LP from long-time friends and recent labelmates THIS WILL DESTROY YOU and LYMBYC SYSTYM. Hatched during the late night drives of their winter 2007 tour together, the concept was simple and pure: document an exciting time in both bands’ lives – both as people/friends and as musical entities.
Over the July 4 holiday of 2008, members of THIS WILL DESTROY YOU, LYMBYC SYSTYM, and Magic Bullet Records all converged upon Elmwood Studios in Dallas, TX, the homebase of acclaimed producer John Congleton (BLACK MOUNTAIN, MODEST MOUSE, EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY). THIS WILL DESTROY YOU kicked off the fireworks by tracking 2 brand new songs: the bombastic and menacing “Brutalism and the Worship of the Machine” (clocking in at a whopping 11:09) and the heart-warmingly hypnotic “Freedom Blade.” From there, LYMBYC SYSTYM unveiled three astonishing studies in melody in musicality (“Processed Spirits,” “Notations,” and “Narita”), much to the jaw-dropping amazement of all present. It didn’t take long for it to be become apparent: something special was happening within the walls of Elmwood.
The time came for Congleton to work his mixing magic in solitude, locking himself away and not emerging until the task was complete. After two grueling days of immersion, both bands were presented with his results, truly blown away in hearing John’s treatment of their original creations. All involved walked away with a tremendous sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. And as the mixes were handed over to Alan Douches at West West Side for the final mastering touches, members of both bands collaborated on the artwork concepts and execution, putting a final brush stroke on the collective effort and overwhelming support that both bands showed each other and fed off of throughout the process.
It is with great pride and honor that Magic Bullet presents Field Studies to listening audiences the world over. In a time of instrumental and post-rock over-saturation and emulation, THIS WILL DESTROY YOU and LYMBYC SYSTYM have further distanced themselves from the hordes, once again asserting their commitment to pushing the genre forward.
1. This Will Destroy You - Brutalism & The Worship Of The Machine
2. This Will Destroy You - Freedom Blade
3. Lymbyc Systym - Processed Spirits
4. Lymbyc Systym - Notations
5. Lymbyc Systym - Narita
Moving On The Edges Of Things features two exclusive This Will Destroy You tracks that capture the band diving full-on into the abyss, shunning every trace of the Post-Rock tag and making a very clear musical statement that should effectively shun all Christians and other religious zealots from ever claiming the band as "theirs" again. This record literally sounds like your turntable eating itself while opening up a portal to hell, where the members of the band are all waiting to pull you down, stuff your mouth full of pills, and introduce you to the man downstairs.
Third pressing on audiophile 180 gram ORANGE colored vinyl. Comes in a gatefold, with two inserts and a matte finish. Pressing limited to 1,000 copies. The band's first album originally released in 2008 changing hands on collectors sites for upwards of $300! The Texas shoegaze band has signed to Relapse in 2013, and has another release on Kemado Records.
3. Minor It Down
4. Sunday Driver
5. Corpse Master
6. Flat Black
7. All You Need
8. Mesh Mask
On his previous output Hiorthoy has mixed everything from folk, free- jazz, lo-fi electronics, acid, instrumental hip hop and field recordings. On Dogs he has stripped everything down to a minimum, and gone to the core of his characteristic sound. The album consists of mostly just piano and ambiance, with some beats, and on some tracks the occational synth. Dogs is his purest and most beautiful album. Hiorthoy himself cites Jan Johansson as an inspiration but says that for him the music on this album is still anchored in early hip hop, sample-based music (though there are no samples on Dogs), and even the simple, cheesy melodies of some 90s rave tracks. That said, Dogs probably owes just as much to the roots of ambient music: the minimalist beauty of Harold Budd, or even Eric Satie.
2. Det oläskiga rummet
4. You Are Song
7. Allt är skit
8. The Woods
10. Men jag sov i stället
The bands 8th studio Album, simply entitled 'The Asteroid #4' finally gets very limited vinyl release which comes hand numbered. Over the last decade and a half they've built a trove of eight full length albums, well over a dozen compilation appearances, digital only rarity releases and multiple singles; a feat that many modern bands would certainly find daunting. They've impressively managed to grow this lengthy body of work whilst building a solid underground fanbase in the USA, aided by extensive touring with old psyche buddies: THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE & THE LILYS whilst still remaining solidly underground, cult band. The A4 sound is a hypnotic hybrid of several different genres filtered through the kaleidoscope of all things psychedelic, "Krautrock", "Shoegaze", folk and even 70s "Cosmic" country rock and despite never shying away from wearing their influences squarely on their sleeves, it's their longevity that has matured them to the point of originality rather than simply homage. It is that same longevity that has enabled them to do whatever they want, when they want, allowing them the freedom to experiment, which certainly makes up the foundation for anything truly "psychedelic".
1. The River
2. Rukma Vimana
3. Ghosts Of Dos Erres
4. The Windmill Of The Autumn Sky
5. Mount Meru
6. Back Of Your Mind
7. Ropless Free Climber
8. Ode To Cosmo
9. Revolution Prevail