Mozart’s Sister – the solo project of Montreal’s Caila Thompson-Hannant she started back in early 2011 – delights in making glittering, celebratory pop with an underlying strain of brittle, claustrophobic energy. By marrying the accessible with the decidedly off-kilter, she displays a similar vigor and charisma to female contemporaries Grimes and tUnE-yArDs, both of whom too learned their trade among the same fertile hometown scene as her.
Since attracting a ton of buzz for her entrancing live shows and for first EP Hello, Mozart’s Sister (aka Caila Thompson-Hannant) has been head-down in her bedroom writing her debut album. For anyone who’s been following her work – and for new listeners – Being is Mozart’s Sister expressing macrocosmic ideas about life with panache and abundant hooks.
Inspired by Discovery-era Daft Punk, Post-era Bjork, and Betty Davis, Caila produced, recorded and wrote the album using a cheap sound card and Ableton software, approaching it with a do-it-all-by-my-self ideology.
Being is fundamentally a pop record. But if you’re looking to catalog her music more than that, you’re going to have a hard time; Caila describes Being as an intentionally fractured album. “It was far reaching. Things didn’t always connect, but that was part of the whole idea,” she says. Which is representative of the best music, and maybe the best of life: looking for order in chaos, not always finding it, and living with whatever happens next.
1. Good Thing Bad Thing
4. Lone Wolf
5. A Move
6. Bow a Kiss
7. Salty Tear
8. Do It to Myself (Run Run)
9. Don’t Leave It to Me
10. My House Is Wild
11. Chained Together
With effective explorations in time and space, Helio Parallax presents a sound deeply rooted in spiritual expression. True analog electronic music (no laptops) with cinematic landscapes (think Blade Runner meets Miles Davis Elevator To The Gallows sound track) anchored by deep dub/hip hop beats with skilled instrumentation to create an atmospheric landscape coined Sci Fi Dub Noir.
1. Helio Parallax
2. Strange Dream (feat. Louque)
3. Another Broken Human
4. Kilgore Trout Dub
5. Soft Blind Pony Ride (feat. Bianca Casady)
6. Speed of Life (feat. Jahdan Blakkamoore)
7. Frank's Lament (feat. Doug Wieselman)
8. Nocturne For Secret Planets
9. After the Flood
10. Happy Helio
11. City of Glass
Mike Sempert is best known for his work as the songwriter and frontman of the Bay Area band Birds & Batteries. After years of recording and touring, Sempert decided to take a break from the band to focus on other aspects of life. He got a dog, moved to Los Angeles, and married his longtime love. Inevitably, a new collection of songs came together, many of them centered around these changes and the questions creative people often face as they stare into the oblivion of adulthood.
2. Oceans of Rock and Roll
3. Mid Dream
4. Finest Line
5. Ms. Metronome
6. Good Morning Young Artist
7. Ain't I Good to You
9. Together Swimming
Reissue of the 1972 Elektra Records release. It was the second compilation by the group and the first release following the death of Jim Morrison. It features the first album release of two B-sides, Willie Dixon's "(You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further," sung by Ray Manzarek, originally on the flip side of the 1971 45 "Love Her Madly," and the beautiful "Who Scared You," "Wishful Sinful"'s flip with Jim Morrison on vocals from a session in 1969. Both are worthwhile additions not found on their first "greatest hits" collection, 13.
1. Break On Through (To The Other Side)
2. Strange Days
3. Shaman's Blues
4. Love Street
5. Peace Frog/Blue Sunday
6. The WASP ( Texas Radio And The Big Beat )
7. End Of The Night
8. Love Her Madly
9. Spanish Caravan
10. Ship Of Fools
11. The Spy
12. The End
KYUSS, Slo Burn, Unida, Hermano, VISTA CHINO
- whenever John Garcia has had a hand, it turned
extraordinary. He has always understood to create
an own style and to establish himself as the most
distinctive voice of the entire Desert / Stoner Rock
scene. This record is full of first-class, very catchy
rock numbers that commute equally between classic
Rock and concise Stoner elements. The album also
features guest Robby Krieger (THE DOORS) and
others. John Garcia has delivered a multi-faceted
and extremely intense solo album that will stir up
more dust than a sandstorm in the California desert.
1. My Mind
2. Rolling Stoned (Black Mastiff Cover)
4. The Blvd
5. 5000 Miles
7. His Bullets‘ Energy
10. All these Walls
11. Her Bullets‘ Energy
Nikki Sudden’s collaboration with former Birthday
Party guitarist Rowland S. Howard peaked with Kiss You
Kidnapped Charabanc, the duo’s 1987 first and only full
length. Howard’s sinister guitar flourishes and malevolent
lyrical motifs lead Sudden’s paisley-clad disposition into
murkier waters, drudging the same sludge inhabited by
The Gun Club and Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds. Unhinged slide
guitars, noise and primal drumming draw up demented
pacts forged in the blood of Southern Gothic swamp
stomp and Depression-era devotionals—tales of lovers and
demons split between the vocal transmissions of the two
minds behind this goth-steeped, blues-punk essential.
In founding Swell Maps, the post-punk prefacing
Birmingham art-snots, Nikki Sudden and his drumming
brother Epic Soundtracks charted new territory for racket
and corrosive guitar. But after folding Swell Maps at the
dawn of the ’80s, Nikki Sudden plowed through another
decade’s worth of terrifically fertile ground. Drawing on
his devotion to the Rolling Stones and T. Rex—alongside
guitarist Dave Kusworth as Jacobites, plus a cheekily named
cohort of British sidemen—Nikki Sudden cut a string of
raw, inspired rock ‘n’ roll records, etched with double-edged travel melancholia and hard-bitten punk dejection.
1. Rebel Grave
2. Sob Story
4. A Quick Thing
5. Feather Beds
7. Don’t Explain
8. Better Blood
9. Debutante Blues
Before there was "Witness", "My Love My Way" was championed by many as one of the best contemporary hardcore albums in recent memory. With its youthful musical passion and moving lyrical beauty, "My Love My Way" set the wave of Modern Life Is War in motion. Limited to 500 copies on Red vinyl.
1. Breaking The Cycle
2. Late Bloomers
5. Self Preservation
6. By The Sea
7. Yesterday's Trash
8. A Tale Of Two Cities
10. First And Ellen
The band's second full length record that has already become a "classic" hardcore album. 9 inspirational songs from band that grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa. Limited to 500 on purple vinyl.
1. The Outsiders
2. Martin Atchet
3. John And Jimmy
6. Young Man On A Spree
7. I'm Not Ready
8. Young Man Blues
9. Hair Raising Accounts Of Restless Ghosts (aka Hell Is For Heroes Part II)
"…some of the year's catchiest hooks and sing-along
"… fresh and invigorating…pretty amazing."
– A.V. CLUB
"…thoughtful, catchy and soothing…a record that can, if
only for an instant, give the listener a glimpse of hope
that better days are yet to come."
"I highly recommend listening to it — at night, in dim light,
After spending two years living on opposite coasts and pursuing their own
creative projects, Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp returned last spring to set to
work on the sixth full-length album from the Rosebuds. Joining up with Bon
Iver frontman Justin Vernon (a friend and former bandmate who, in a 2011
interview, noted that the Rosebuds make “some of the most important
music in the world”), the North Carolina-bred duo spent a week in Vernon’s
studio teasing out a batch of songs that effortlessly weave the hooky song-craft of classic jangle-pop, the cagey romanticism of new wave, and a
refined yet full-hearted sensibility all their own. Featuring Vernon on guitar
and synths—as well as Bon Iver drummer Matt McCaughan and Sylvan Esso's
Nick Sanborn on bass, both longtime pals and cohorts of the Rosebuds—the
resulting Sand + Silence radiates both a graceful intensity and the loose,
joyful energy that comes from making music with friends.
1. In My Teeth
2. Sand + Silence
3. Give Me A Reason
4. Blue Eyes
5. Mine Mine
6. Wait A Minute
7. Esse Quam Videri
8. Death Of An Old Bike
9. Looking For
11. Tiny Bones
Teenage Fanclub’s Shadows is part of the
Merge Records 25th anniversary reissue series.
Originally released in 2010, Shadows picks up on the
introspective, world-weary quality of Man-Made but also
delivers a bit of the classic bright pop the band is known
for. Where Man-Made found the band struggling with
feeling like life was an illusion on the dogged “It’s All in My
Mind,” here you get Love’s breezy baroque pop statement
of purpose “Sometimes I Don’t Need to Believe in
Anything,” with its chorus of layered synth, strings, flutes,
and sundry wind instruments.
Similarly, Blake’s leadoff single “Baby Lee” is a romantic
‘60s-styled folk-rocker that veritably shimmers with
positive vibes. Elsewhere, Love’s “Into the City” is a
sunshine pop/country-rock love letter to urban days in the
sun and McGinley’s “Today Never Ends” is slow-burn
psychedelic country-rock rumination on the past, the
present, and a perfect day that never ends. If the day is as
sun-drenched and relaxed as the songs on Shadows implies,
then may it and Teenage Fanclub go on and on
1. Sometimes I Don’t Need To
2. Believe in Anything
3. Baby Lee
4. The Fall
5. Into The City
6. Dark Clouds
7. The Past
8. Shock and Awe
9. When I Still Have Thee
10. Live With the Seasons
11. Sweet Days Waiting
12. The Back of My Mind
13. Today Never Ends
"A dense wall of meticulously controlled chaos"
"A sentiment carved from the evocative balance of discord and fuzzy
Over the last four years, Olympia-based punk trio Naomi Punk - featuring
singer/guitarist Travis Coster, guitarist Neil Gregerson, and drummer Nic
Luempert - have been lighting up DIY warehouses and large concert halls
alike with their singular brand of mid-tempo, cathartic punk. Commencing
their breakout 2012 debut ‘The Feeling’, Naomi Punk return to the fold with
their sophomore record, ‘Television Man’ - their first for Captured Tracks. A
key fixture in the Northwest DIY punk scene, Naomi Punk channel a similar
energy to their contemporaries (Milk Music, Broken Water, Vexx, Gag) and
their fore bearers (Wipers, Dead Moon, Nirvana) while cultivating a body of
work and aesthetic that is wholly their own.
Home recorded in Olympia, Washington over the Fall and Winter of 2013,
and mastered by Rick Fisher at RFI, ‘Television Man’ is a collection of oblique
punk anthems and collaged instrumental pieces which best showcases the
cathartic aggression that has become their signature.
1. Firehose Face
2. Song Factory
3. Television Man
4. Plastic World no. 6
5. Eleven Inches
6. California Truth
7. Eon of Pain
8. Linoleum Tryst #19
9. Whirlpool of Anguish
10. Rodeo Trash Pit
"It's an interesting foray deeper into the world of electronics once more that the band manages to imbue with their unpredictable spirit." - I Guess I'm Floating
"Back and forth between being a grand, dispassionate epic and a more nuanced study of individuality and personhood." - No Fear Of Pop
Prime is a long-playing record written and recorded by the band Conveyor. The music on this record was composed and performed alongside two midnight screenings of George Lucas' THX 1138 in December 2013 at Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn, NY. The bulk of the recordings were subsequently captured live on the 3rd of January 2014 at the Silent Barn in Brooklyn, NY.
1. Theme I
2. Theme II
3. Theme III
4. Theme IV
5. Theme V
7. Theme VII
8. Theme VIII
9. Theme IX
10. Theme X
11. Theme XI
12. Theme XII
13. Theme XIII
14. Words of Love (Buddy Holly cover) [vinyl only]
Source of Pride is the second full-length album by Roman Ruins (Graham Hill). The album continues his exploration into the distinctive yet evolving sound of his solo recording project. The songs on Source of Pride formed as Hill moved his family from Oakland to New Orleans, where he now lives and works as an architect and a father to 2 young children. Hill often worked late at night, which helped define the aural landscape that belies each track. As the songs began to take shape, Hill's wife remarked how "every time I'm pregnant, you're pregnant with an album." The lyrical themes on Source of Pride address the relationships, rituals, and revelations that constitute family.
1. Loved One
3. Why Do You Cry
5. Family Ties
7. Drifting Home
8. Wedding Day
9. Loved One (Moss Of Aura Remix)
10. Loved One (Meanest Man Contest Remix)
11. Sister (High Chief Remix)
12. Why Do You Cry (Monster Rally Remix)
13. Family Ties (Yalls Remix)
14. Brothers (Conveyor Remix)
Craig Leon’s seminal synthesizer albums Nommos and Visiting are finally re-editioned in
definitive form as the Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1 for RVNG Intl.’s archival
Issued respectively by John Fahey’s Takoma record label in 1980 and Leon’s Arbitor
private press in 1982, Nommos and Visiting were the twin brainchildren of studio wizard
Craig Leon. Leon’s production was pivotal in realizing the debut recordings by Ramones,
Blondie, Richard Hell and Suicide. While those albums broke ground in new worlds of sound,
Leon’s own debut album was arguably, if not literally, more alien.
In 1973 , the Brooklyn Museum hosted a comprehensive collection of sculptures by the
Dogon of the Republic of Mali, a tribe whose religion is based in reveries and recollections
of a visit from an extraterrestrial species they named Nommos. Years after experiencing the
exhibit, Leon remained fascinated by the idea of alien visitors sharing not just stories of their
home-planet, but musical traditions as well. For the classically trained Leon, a puzzle was
presented and a challenge in place: what would music sound like if handed down from an
ancient alien species? And how best to imagine it?
Upon meeting Fahey in the late 70s, Leon pitched the concept as an opportune time to
employ the latest and greatest synthesizer technology available. An avant empathist and
eternally free spirit, Fahey enthusiastically green-lighted the project for his Takoma imprint.
After a secluded week in an Austin, Texas studio with his partner, wife and collaborator
Cassell Webb, Leon returned with a collection of incorporeal melodies generated by the
Oberheim OB-X, Roland JP-4 and Arp 2600 synthesizers propelled by primitive rhythms
programmed on a prototype of Roger Linn’s nascent drum-machine, the LM-1.
Issued by Fahey with zero expectation of the same radio airplay Leon accomplished
with his pop productions, Nommos now stands as an innovative example of cosmic-synth
composition that wasn’t made for its time or any other. For this edition, Leon has in fact
re-animated Nommos by re-recording the exact audio signals as preserved in the album’s
original studio notes. Every patch, tape-delay speed and outboard setting was transcribed
as first scored, materializing the best possible audio from an album whose masters were lost
in major label merger milieu years ago.
Additionally, the re-master of Visiting was supervised firsthand by Leon. As its title
suggests, Visiting materialized in 1982 as a conceptual continuation of Nommos. The
album is in equal measure more improvisatory and constructed than its predecessor. Both
albums were intended to be listened to as a set in the first volume of Leon’s Anthology of
Interplanetary Folk Music (the title was an homage to Harry Smith’s influential collection of
folk music issued two decades prior). A creative evolutionist, Leon made subtle edits and
compositional additions to both albums to enhance the connectivity and encourage infinite
While reissues and bootlegs have appeared to relieve the demand for these records,
this collection will stand as the first ever version authorized by Craig Leon himself. The
vinyl edition will be housed in a 2xLP set that includes detailed artwork and two essays by
Leon. The first tells the complete story of the stargazing Dogon people and their prescient
understanding of cosmology. The second details Leon’s adventure in creating the Anthology
of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1, an epic story bookended on this side of history as one
seamless synth classic.
1. Ring With Three Concentric Discs
2. Donkeys Bearing Cups
4. Four Eyes To See The Afterlife
5. She Wears A Hemispherical Skullcap
6. One Hundred Steps
7. Region of Fleeing Civilians
8. Three Small Coins
10. Details Suggest Fidelity To Fact
11. The Customs of the Age Disturbed
Wild Animals, the highly anticipated album from critically acclaimed Trampled by Turtles,
produced by the lead singer-songwriter of Low, Alan Sparhawk, and recorded in the legendary Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, MN (Nirvana, Andrew Bird, The Jayhawks).
Of the new music Dave Simonett (guitar, vocals) notes, “We all tried to come into this
thing extremely open-minded. How can we sound new to ourselves? I feel like the sound
has changed and is changing, especially from Palomino to now. A lot of our reputation
from even just a couple years ago was that we were this fast band, which we can do,
and we do that. But this record focused a little bit more on other aspects of our playing
1. Wild Animals
4. Are You Behind the Shining Star?
5. Silver Light
6. Come Back Home
9. Western World
10. Nobody Knows
Many of the greatest works of art throughout history were
fashioned from grief, anger and overwhelming despair descending on its creators in the aftermath of tragedy and SUICIDE SILENCE’s appropriately titled You Can’t Stop Me is no exception. Plenty of bands trumpet the idea of strength through adversity, but few have lived it like this one.
Like the once unthinkable creative and commercial reemergence of ALICE IN CHAINS or the classic, legendary and timeless touchstone that is AC/DC’s Back in Black, Suicide Silence’s fourth album features a new frontman on the heels of earthshaking tragedy. You Can’t Stop Me serves as a simultaneous introduction to vocalist Hernan “Eddie” Hermida, as well as a celebration of the brotherhood the band shared with Hermida’s fallen predecessor. The group chose the album’s title from a collection of lyrics left behind by the late Mitch Lucker, while their formidable revamped sound makes it clear that Suicide Silence’s resurrection is complete. Ever since Suicide Silence went public with their plans to continue as a band, they’ve put all of the emotions from the last two years into these songs. “Inherit the Crown” name checks The Black Crown, as Hermida demands the chance to honor his friend’s legacy and carve out a place of his own.
Mark Heylmun and Chris Garza (guitars), Dan Kenny (bass) and Alex Lopez (drums) sound more driven than ever, force-feeding their mashup of death metal, black metal, grind and time-signature bending dissonance into structured, focused and often groove-oriented missives of anger and perseverance. Just as the surviving members of JOY DIVISION were able to remake themselves as NEW ORDER, and as a post-plane crash LYNYRD SKYNYRD was reborn with Johnny Van Zant stepping in for his late brother, You Can’t Stop Me is equal parts mournful tribute and statement of renewed purpose.
Death metal legend George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher (CANNIBAL CORPSE) and Greg Puciato (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, KILLER BE KILLED) make guest appearances, but make no mistake: Suicide Silence is as bonded, as cohesive, as ever. You Can’t Stop Me was produced and mixed by Steve Evetts (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, GLASSJAW, SEPULTURA), the band’s longtime friend and collaborator. Evetts was set to begin working with Lucker on new material just days after the singer’s passing.
Most bands will declare their most recent album the “best” they’ve ever done. Suicide Silence have declared You Can’t Stop Me as their most impassioned, most committed, and most important release thus far. It’s a record they fought, bled, sweated and even cried to make happen.
If a rising heavy metal band can overcome a tragedy this triumphantly, this definitively, this absolutely, then surely there’s hope for us all.
2. Inherit The Crown
3. Cease To Exist
4. Sacred Words
5. Control (feat. George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher)
7. You Can't Stop Me
8. Monster Within (feat. Greg Puciato)
9. We Have All Had Enough
10. Ending Is The Beginning
11. Don't Die
4th in the series of deluxe vinyl reissues from the quintessential Krautrock band, Amon Düül II! This 1973 classic has been specially remastered for this release, pressed on 180 gram colored vinyl, and packaged in a heavy duty glue-on chipboard gatefold jacket sequentially numbered with a printed sleeve!
1. A Morning Excuse
2. Fly United
4. Im Krater Blühn Wieder Die Bäume
5. Mozambique (Dedicated To Monika Ertl)
6. Apocalyptic Bore
9. Pig Man
11. Ladies Mimikry
First ever authorized issue of this classic 1985 European bootleg! Red hot performances recorded live in The Netherlands & England in 1984!
1. Bad Indian
2. Eternally Is Here
3. Bad America
4. The Stranger In Our Town
5. Preaching The Blues
6. Fire Of Love
7. She’s Like Heroin To Me
8. The Lie
10. Fire Spirit
11. Eternally Is Here
12. Moonlight Motel
Originally released Oct. 18th 2005, Potemkin City Limits is the 4th full length album by Propagandhi.
Manitoba Uber Alles! Is it Canadian nationalism or is it riff-a-licious thought-provoking thrash-punk? All of the above!
1. A Speculative Fiction
2. Fixed Frequencies
3. Fedallah’s Hearse
4. Cut Into The Earth
5. Bringer Of Greater Things
6. Die Jugend Marschiert
7. Rock For Sustainable Capitalism
8. Impending Halfhead
9. Life At Disconnect
10. Name And Address Witheld
11. Superbowl Patriot xxxvi
The Mad Caddies stand alone in their latest musical achievement. Combining elements of rock and roots reggae atop a punk rock ethos, Keep It Going takes the listener on a musical journey from lively Jamaican dancehalls to the punk clubs of America. Keep It Going, the band's 5th full length, will certainly prove to be the definitive album of their successful career. Grammy award winning producer, Wayne Jobson (No Doubt, Gregory Isaacs, Toots & The Maytals), was brought on to help produce the album, with reggae legend Duckie Simpson (Black Uhuru) joining in to sing on a cover of Delroy Wilson's reggae classic "Riding For a Fall". With the album heavily rooted in reggae, The Mad Caddies don't turn a blind eye to their wide array of other influences, showing further development of their south-of-the-boarder sound on "Coyote", followed by a tip of the hat to Dixeland on "Tired Bones".
1. The Dirge
3. State of Mind
5. Without You
7. Lay Your Head Down
8. Tired Bones
10. Don't Go
11. Pyramid Scheme
12. Souls for Sale
13. Riding for a Fall
14. Whatcha Gonna Do
Susan Cowsill and Vicki Peterson have been playing music apart and together for their entire lives. Susan was a child star with her family band, who were the real life template for The Partridge Family. Vicki of course is known as a member of The Bangles.
The two first performed as The Psycho Sisters in the early years of the last decade of the previous century. At that time, both were members, along with Peter Holsapple, of the much loved band The Continental Drifters.
After many years of friendship, the two decided to make a proper album. Up On the Chair, Beatrice features ten tunes of harmony, hooks and just a touch of New Orleans Hoodoo. Along with 8 original tunes, the album features their versions Peter Holsapple’s What Do You Want From Me and Harry Nilsson’s Cuddly Toy.
1. Heather Says
3. Never Never Boys
5. Gone Fishin’
6. This Painting
7. Fun To Lie
8. What Do You Want From Me
9. Wish You
10. Cuddly Toy
Hot on the heels of their return to prominence with the release of See the Light, LESS THAN JAKE are gearing up for a summer headlining the Van’s Warped Tour. As the band that can claim the most ever appearances, LTJ are set to continue their reign as the kings of the most renowned annual tour around. To up the ante the guys put together the Do the Math single to be released in conjunction with the start of the tour. Made up of the title track (a bouncy, mid-tempo fan-favorite from See the Light) and the B-side “Connect the Dots” (an instantly catchy, previously unreleased gem), Do the Math is the perfect shot of LTJ to keep the party rolling all summer long.
Cincinnati “Volume Rock” power trio VALLEY OF THE SUN will release its debut full length LP Electric Talons Of The Thunderhawk via Fuzzorama Records, the label owned and operated by Swedish rock band Truckfighters.
Recorded at Nada Studios in New York, the album is the follow up to the band’s 2011 EP The Saying Of The Seers, which led hard rock mecca The Obelisk to state, “there’s no question that Valley of the Sun are placing themselves at the forefront of the new generation of American heavy rock.“
Featuring 10 electric tracks of confident, concentrated heavy music that hits hard with downtuned riffing, stadium-sized hooks, powerful artistic muscle and the take charge roar of guitarist / front man Ryan Ferrier, Electric Talons Of The Thunderhawk positions VALLEY OF THE SUN as a buzz band to watch. Relentless road dogs that have shared stages worldwide with friends and peers such as Truckfighters, Priestess, The Sword, Karma to Burn and more,VALLEY OF THE SUN has distilled the vigor and vibrancy of its triumphant live performances to tape, perfectly capturing their epic tone, rhythm, talent and attention to dynamics on the new record.
“The new record shows how we’ve grown as a band over the last couple years,” said VALLEY OF THE SUN drummer Aaron Boyer. “It’s been a lot of fun writing, recording and playing live in support of it. We’re really excited for our fans to be able to pick it up soon and let us know what they think.”
- The Sleeping Shaman
1. Worm Teeth
2. As Earth and Moon
5. Laser Vision Intermission
6. Within the Glare
7. The Message Is Get Down
8. The Sleeping Sand
10. Centaur Rodeo