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Ghosts Of The Great Highway (Pre-Order)One Time Only Vinyl Re-Press Of This Cult Classic
Originally released in 2003 on Jetset Records. One time only vinyl re-press of this cult classic. An album as good as Ghosts of the Great Highway should never go out of print. Ghosts continues-- even fine-tunes-- the work Kozelek did with his former band, Red House Painters. These songs are virtuously stoic Americana-- all shimmery guitars, measured tempos, malevolent moods, and wandering melodies. His voice sounds like Neil Young’s, especially in the effortlessness with which he hits the high notes then returns to a lower, earthier texture.
Ghosts is a travelogue of sorts, speeding through the Midwest and the West; in this sense, it’s the male equivalent to Lucinda Williams’ Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, especially in the imperfect mirroring of physical terrain and emotional geography. The band Kozelek assembled for Ghosts-- Anthony Koutsos (Red House Painters), Tim Mooney (American Music Club), and Geoff Stanfield (Black Lab), along with a few guests-- ably but subtly bolster his lyrics and vocals, generating a steady clip that never flags. The result is an album as hypnotic as highway divider lines whizzing past. Includes original bonus track “Gentle Moon (Acoustic).LP 1
1. Glenn Tipton
2. Carry Me Ohio
3. Salvador Sanchez
4. Last Tide
6. Gentle Moon
7. Lily And Parrots
1. Duk Koo Kim
2. Sí, Paloma
3. Pancho Villa
4. Gentle Moon (Acoustic)
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Human PerformanceTheir third album, Human Performance, establishes Parquet Courts as simply one of the best rock bands active in the world right now, no qualifiers needed. Not “in Brooklyn,” not “something-something millennial,” not “art-rock this” or “slacker indie that” - but a brilliant, accomplished rock band that have established themselves as deserving a role in the historical legacy of the genre alongside the likes of The Velvet Underground, REM, Sonic Youth, and (okay, fine) Pavement.
The LP – their masterpiece - brings together the tunefulness, wit, and guitar wizardry that earned them a crush of critical praise & excitable fans right out of the gate, with a deeply human sense of drive, of yearning, and of wisdom earned. At times nearly overwhelming in its emotional density, at others astonishing with sheer sonic deftness, Human Performance is a rare achievement: breathtaking and brilliant.1. Dust
2. Human Performance
4. I Was Just Here
6. Captive of the Sun
7. Steady On My Mind
8. One Man, No City
9. Berlin Got Blurry
10. Keep It Even
11. Two Dead Cops
12. Pathos Prairie
13. It's Gonna Happen
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Holding Hands With JamieHolding Hands with Jamie, Girl Band’s debut album, comes a few years into their tenure; a few years after their first tour, nine days crammed into a Fiat Panda; a few years of stamping 7” sleeves to sell at merch tables and mail-order; a few years of writing songs and touring and developing a live ferocity unmatched by nearly anyone. Recorded in April 2015, two days after returning home from their first-ever US tour, the nine tracks making up Holding Hands with Jamie capture, more than any previous recordings, the tension and abrasive energy of a Girl Band performance. Recalling any number of things but for only milliseconds at a time, Girl Band make a mockery of comparisons, because you can only get as far as “oh this bit sounds like—” before a guitar scuff-screams, the bass crunches like a car in a bailing press, or something else visceral and glorious comes from the speakers, and the thought’s erased.1. Umbongo
2. Pears For Lunch
4. In Plastic
6. The Last Riddler
7. Texting An Alien
8. Fucking Butter
9. The Witch Doctor
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Before We Forgot How To DreamEarly on, much was made of the young age of Bridie Monds-Watson – who performs as SOAK – but as her accomplished, wise-beyondher-years songs and breathtakingly lovely voice reached more new listeners, the pixie-ish, tattooed skateboarder’s appeal has transcended her youth.
Before We Forgot How To Dream is a beautifully-wrought album, full of musical turns that showcase Watson’s uniquely sweet and haunting voice, as well as lyrics that marry a sunny and romantic sense of nostalgia with frank treatments of human failings, hopes, and – yes – dreams.
Already a household name in the UK, with “Sea Creatures” in BBC Radio 1 A-list rotation and prominent festival bookings throughout the season, SOAK’s debut appearances in NYC and SXSW this March found her playing before capacity crowds - “the only performer to stun the crowd into silence,” noted Consequence of Sound.
US press – including heavyweights like NPR, and the New York Times - have anointed her one of SXSW 2015’s breakout performers. The stage is set for SOAK to win the hearts of US audiences, and we know she’ll win yours, too, once you listen.1. My Brain
2. B a noBody
5. Sea Creatures
6. “A Dream To Fly”
7. 24 Windowed House
10. Hailstones Don’t Hurt
11. Reckless Behaviour
12. If Everyone Is Someone - No One Is Everyone
13. Oh Brother
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Exquisite CorpseOn their debut EP Exquisite Corpse Warpaint weave majestic, haiku-like guitars, hypnotic vocals and driving post-punk rhythms into gorgeous, sprawling songs that skirt the line between the soundscapes of psychedelia/shoegaze, the haunting intimacy of folk and rock's primal heaviness.1. Stars
3. Billie Holiday
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Danger In The ClubWhile Danger In The Club, the follow-up to Palma Violets’ barnstorming debut 180, certainly trades on the primal and joyous hook-laden rock of their debut, their sophomore LP finds the band with a new sonic looseness, revealing far more expansive influences than the still-quite-young quartet had on their debut.
This is the sound of a preternaturally talented group of musicians and songwriters continuing to develop, while keeping their focus squarely on the type of well-crafted, singalong anthems that have earned them the adoration of fans and critics. Produced by the legendary John Leckie, Danger In The Club is a brilliant step forward.1. Sweet Violets
2. Hollywood (I Got It)
3. Girl, You Couldn’t Do Much Better On The Beach
4. Danger In The Club
5. Coming Over To My Place
6. Streets Of America
7. The Jacket Song
9. Gout! Gang! Go!
10. Walking Home
11. Peter & The Gun
12. No Money Honey
13. English Tongue
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Black MetalIn its review of Dean Blunt’s The Redeemer – which they later named their top album of 2013 - FACT called Blunt “the premier art prankster of our time,” while acknowledging his earnestness; Tiny Mix Tapes, who would give the album the #2 spot in their best of the year rank- ings, praise the work for its liberating “short-circuiting of the bound- aries of taste and instilled critical response,” while speaking to the album’s near-paradoxical emotional depth.
Blunt’s newest odyssey, Black Metal, rides this tension between criti- cal detachment and mainlined human feeling, and in fact he climbs ever-steeper theoretical heights just as his emotionally stark songs become, at times, startlingly intimate.
A true multi-media vanguard, Blunt employs original instrumentation along with elements of pastiche and his unique vocal performances to create songs and recordings that are not only beautiful, but also tie into his larger project that incorporates music, visual art, and the writ- ten word to play with identity, cultural signifiers, and artistic agency.
But Black Metal is above all a brilliant, majestic collection of songs, encompassing everything from hypnotic long-form experiments to ballads almost disarming in their sweet simplicity, swirling equally with fascinating sounds and fascinating ideas. Blunt’s influences are wide-ranging, from rock’s underground pioneers (he quotes Sonic Youth in interviews; the album leads with a Big Star sample), to neo- classical composers, to early indie pop (another track samples The Pastels), to classic rock, hip-hop, and R&B. But rather than coldly compiling them, Blunt brings the works and genres he draws from into a new musical and cultural conversation.
In the cover story to September’s issue of The Wire, Blunt explains his relationship to his listeners: “Whatever is communicated through the purity of intention is out of my hands…because I didn’t know anything beyond that.” With his newest, most accomplished, and most vexing album, Blunt invites us to draw our own conclusions in his expansive and fascinating world.1. Lush
2. 50 Cent
6. Molly & Aquafina
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World Of JoyMinneapolis 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
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WarpaintWARPAINT is a Los Angeles based quartet comprised of Emily Kokal (vocals/guitar), Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass/vocals), Theresa Wayman (guitar/vocals), and Stella Mozgawa (drums). To say that this follow-up is “highly anticipated” is an understatement, considering the reception that their debut received when it was released at the end of 2010, and the excitement at their recent sold-out shows in New York and LA. They are currently also featured in a Calvin Klein jeans campaign which has received 2 million views via the YouTube ad alone.
Warpaint was recorded and mixed by Flood, aside from two songs that were mixed by Nigel Godrich. The album was conceived after some truly inspirational writing and recording sessions that took place in The Joshua Tree late last year. The band was joined there by visionary director Chris Cunningham, who has partnered with them for many of the album visuals including the cover. He spent two years filming and photographing the band as they made new music.
Warpaint is a well-oiled machine. They weave intricate guitar lines, hypnotic vocals and driving post punk rhythms into gorgeous, sprawling songs that skirt the line between psychedelia and intimacy. Both live and on record, Warpaint sound like they’re channeling something truly otherworldly, and mystical. They are also a band that truly enjoys playing together. Emily and Theresa have been friends since they were kids, and the bond that the four of them have is truly special.1. Intro
2. Keep It Healthy
3. Love Is To Die
8. Go In
9. Feeling Alright
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From The Hills Below The CityHoundmouth is comprised of four musicians from New Albany, IN, across the river from Louisville - hence ‘From the Hills Below the City.’ Matt Myers (guitar/ vocals), Katie Toupin (keyboard/vocals), Zak Appleby (bass/vocals) and Shane Cody (drums/vocals) spent the past year building a passionate following in their hometown and touring with the Alabama Shakes, the Lumineers, Grace Potter, and the Drive-By Truckers. “Houndmouth is a great young band,” testifies Patterson Hood of the Truckers. “They ‘brought it’ each and every night. They were extremely popular with our fanbase and our band. I look forward to hearing what they do next.”
The 12 original songs on ‘From The Hills Below the City’ are packed with tales of down-on-their-luck drug runners, casinos, riverboats, recession-era scraping, and more. All members of Houndmouth sing, “leading with individual character and harmonizing in saloon-choir empathy,” writes Rolling Stone’s David Fricke, and their songs have a loose-limbed swing, anchored by a sturdy rhythm and a cagey melodic sensibility. PRESS:
“Earthy melancholy with a rude garage-rock streak” - David Fricke, Rolling StoneOn The Road
Come On, Illinois
Casin (Bad Things)
Long As You’re At Home
Comin’ Around Again
Halfway to Hardship
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TookahTookah is Emiliana Torrini's fourth album and it follows 2008's critically acclaimed Me And Armini. It sees Emiliana back in the studio with her long-time producer/collaborator Dan Carey.
‘Tookah’ was written at different stages over a 3 year period, the oldest song being “When Fever Breaks” which was written having come off a tough two year tour which took it’s toll in many ways.
“The only way to deal with things is to go into the studio and do music, it is like brain scrambling. You come out of the session clearer as you get to step out of yourself take a look and deal with it.”
Other songs like ‘Autumn Sun’ were written in Iceland.
“We had done that before, gone on a week’s writing trip to Iceland, wrote five songs in that week which all made it onto ´Me and Armini´. We were kind of expecting the same to happen. It didn´t. We only wrote ‘Autumn Sun’. It was extremely frustrating. Lyrics were hard to write for this album and I spent day and night trying to finish it - with Dan standing over me in military mode. The only time in my life I did not like him much.”
On the airplane we realized Dan had left his computer at the airport - it had the only copy of the song. He ran out to find it and just made it back just before the doors closed. We had a terrifying landing that almost ended badly. We grabbed each other and the only thing we said was “Nooo the song! It will be lost forever!”
This record was my sound journey. I had not long had my baby and was getting my head around this huge love I had for him and then being absolutely devastated that I might have dragged him out of a world where he was wild and free, riding horses, swimming in rivers and eating over open fires, to this world where the bad is too much to handle. I had a new identity to figure out and the record was the tiger in the rowing boat. It was going nowhere. I did not like the music we were doing because we had done it before. We knew how to craft that. I needed a challenge, proof that something in me had shifted and it had to be musically as well. I was driving myself too hard.
Dan told me I was not ready to make a record, that I should forget about it for a while, just hang out.
So, we started hanging out, in the studio. In my head the difference was we were not making a record. I discovered the Oberheim on Youtube and that changed everything. That and the Swarmatron Dan had bought. We knew we would plaster it all over the record before we knew what the record was.
I pulled some friends together I was writing with Simon Byrt, (“Blood Red”, “Elísabet”), Ian kellett (´Elísabet) and Matt Robertson who are real synth nerds and we started playing around and having fun. We went to Dan´s and jammed and started doing some synth symphonies.
After you have a baby there comes a time where you need to go out with your girlfriends and dance. I went to the studio with Dan and did a dance track “Speed of Dark.” We danced. It had to be on the record it was a part of the journey. From that the sound of the record was born, it was a challenge bringing it all together.
The sound was worked very visually. There are almost two stories to each song there is the lyrical visual and then there is a whole different visual that comes with the instrumental and that is how the sound was often directed. “Home” is a very good example of how the sound was built from a visual. When we were writing it, it was clear it had to have a very certain feeling. ´I wanted it to have the visual of you standing in snow blinding white, watching your breath in the cold, not feeling the cold. You look to your left and a lake stretches out frozen and huge. You walk over it to the other side into a forest, you lose direction. Completely lost and helpless. Fireworks start lighting up the sky and you feel a wave of relief. You walk towards them. In the king blue sky they start changing into jelly fish in neon flashing colours, leading the way to home.´ We did not stop until we saw that when playing it.
‘Tookah’ is a made up word. It came when I was improvising and I connected with that word or name in a very deep blissful way. It is the core of you. The ‘you’ you were when you were born, before life decorated you like a Christmas tree with all the baggage. It is what connects us with everyone and everything.
It is what the sufis spin for, what we are looking for all our lives. It is the sudden thankfulness you feel when doing nothing in particular, where everything is gently perfect for a moment. God has many names. I call mine ‘Tookah’.
- Emiliana Torrini1. Tookah
3. Autumn Sun
6. Animal Games
7. Speed of Dark
8. Blood Red
9. When Fever Breaks
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Little Neon Limelight (Out Of Stock)“An album is, or ought to be, a complete picture. It should come in waves, changing its focal point when things get too predictable or settled.”
With this statement to Ann Powers that accompanied NPR’s premiere of Houndmouth’s surreal, Dylanesque ballad “For No One,” singer/guitarist Matt Myers - perhaps inadvertently - issued a mission statement for the band’s second album. Little Neon Limelight finds the four-piece stretching out in every direction. Working with producer Dave Cobb in Nashville, they were able to bring the kind of size and warmth that does justice to this batch of songs, worked out over eighteen months on the road, and resonant with joy, hurt, loneliness, glory: all of human ache and loveliness.
Little Neon Limelight finds Houndmouth further differentiating themselves from the airtight song structures and shouty singalongs of the current “Americana” scene, treading into territory occupied by not only their Southern rock forebears, but with an attention to songwriting and vocal performance recalling at times The Band, Ryan Adams, Gillian Welch, the Beatles, and the Kinks.
“If you want to live the good life, you’ve gotta stay away from the limelight,” Houndmouth sings in the chorus to album track “My Cousin Greg.” With their outstanding new record, and a substantial fanbase that swells with every show they play, it will soon be difficult for Houndmouth to follow their own rule.1. Sedona
3. 15 Years
4. For No One
5. Black Gold
6. Honey Slider
7. My Cousin Greg
9. By God
10. Say It
$22.99Vinyl LP - SealedTemporarily out of stock
Alternative rock first emerged in Britain in the late 70s and early 80s, but it didn’t really hit its stride until the 90s with the arrival of bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and
Alternative rock first emerged in Britain in the late 70s and early 80s, but it didn’t really hit its stride until the 90s with the arrival of bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction. That was also right around the time that Nirvana and Pearl Jam fueled the grunge rock explosion.
And when you want the full and real alt rock experience, you’ve gotta try it out on vinyl, and SoundStage Direct is your one-stop shop for all the best alternative rock vinyls.