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    The Underside Of Power

    Includes 12-Page Booklet Insert


    "This is revolutionary music in the truest sense of
    the word. It demands action. It requires penance. It
    destroys expectations." - Stereogum


    "The Death Grips of gospel torching the South's
    dark underbelly." - Rolling Stone


    This is the musical response that dark times demand, one
    that not only shakes its fist but deploys it. Locally-informed
    global citizens, Algiers refuse to sit idly by while most
    contemporary artists appear perfectly content to sit out the
    revolution. Not only do Algiers harbor a purposeful sense of
    obligation in what they do on their latest resistance record
    The Underside Of Power, but they recognize the roots and
    thorns of precedent in said resistance.


    Beyond the technical necessities living their respective lives
    both in and outside of music, Algiers' continued deviation
    from a more traditional band approach created a more
    versatile sound, one that better incorporates a collective
    and respective panoply of influences and styles.


    Some of this is informed by their choice of collaborators in
    this process, a crew that includes Adrian Utley [Portishead],
    Ben Greenberg [Uniform, The Men], Randall Dunn [Sunn
    0)))], among others. Pick any track off The Underside of
    Power and the reference points expand exponentially, a
    dizzying and thrilling Recommended-If-You-Like list that
    would consume a series of afternoons.


    Poke at the seasoned members' bruised flesh, and out
    come wafting touchpoints as disparate and intriguing as
    Big Black, Wendy Carlos, John Carpenter, Cybotron, The
    Four Tops, Portishead, Public Image Limited, Steve Reich,
    and Nina Simone, to name but a few. Deep echoes of Black
    Lives Matter and its 20th-century forebears gather, surge,
    and subside in their often soulful work, a form of principled,
    acute dissent more interested in learning from the past
    than in evoking nostalgia.

    1. Walk Like A Panther
    2. Cry Of The Martyrs
    3. The Underside Of Power
    4. Death March
    5. A Murmur. A Sign.
    6. Mme Rieux
    7. Cleveland
    8. Animals
    9. Plague Years
    10. A Hymn For An Average Man
    11. Bury Me Standing
    12. The Cycle/The Spiral: Time To Go Down Slowly
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    Algiers

    "This is revolutionary music in the truest sense of
    the word. It demands action. It requires penance. It
    destroys expectations." - Stereogum


    "The Death Grips of gospel torching the South's
    dark underbelly." - Rolling Stone


    The debut LP by Algiers is haunted by promises of the past:
    the rapturous call and response of millenarian gospel, the
    bellowing urgency of 60s protest soul, the scene-searching
    intensity of DC hardcore and the smeared viscosity of
    post-punk and no wave. After all, as Marx once said: "The
    tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare
    on the brains of the living." But rather than revel in a state
    of nostalgia, the band wields these burdened visions to
    charge headlong into the future.


    Over the album's eleven tracks, these three ÉmigrÉs of
    the American Deep South lay waste to appropriators,
    oppressors, revivalists and the cultural shock troops of
    capitalism. Vocalist Franklin James Fisher's every shriek and
    incantation will take you from the sweaty fervor of Dennis
    Edwards-era Temptations through the righteous rebellion
    of Nina Simone to the solitary midnight howls of PJ Harvey.
    Shards of Lee Tesche's guitar, along with Ryan Mahan's
    bass pulses and synthesizer slashes, pierce through the
    processional, transforming neo-modernist hymns with
    explosions of foreboding and dread that evoke the
    vanguard of pop experimentation from Suicide to Roland
    S. Howard.


    In an era when political subjectivity and human connectivity
    have been smashed to pieces by the demands of finance
    capital, Algiers has taken its stance: to maintain fidelity to
    these subversive spirits and trudge toward the light. While
    they may never arrive at their destination - consigned to a
    life of wandering - they conjure the dead sound to life in
    frightening new directions.

    1. Remains
    2. Claudette
    3. And When You Fall
    4. Blood
    5. Old Girl
    6. Irony. Utility. Pretext.
    7. But She Was Not Flying
    8. Black Eunuch
    9. Games
    10. In Parallax
    11. 11
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    Algiers

    22 years and 6 albums since forming as a band, Calexico's latest album Algiers is recognizably classic Calexico but their style has been revitalized and reborn by the experience of recording in New Orleans. Conscious of the cliches that can sometimes afflict acts working in a city with such a strong identity, band members Joey Burns, John Convertino and producer Craig Schumacher chose to avoid the bigger, better known studios in favor of a smaller, more intimate setting. The result of this decision is arguably the most exciting and accessible record Calexico have made.
    Epic
    Splitter
    Sinner in the Sea
    Fortune Teller
    Para
    Algiers
    Maybe on Monday
    Puerto
    Better and Better
    No Te Vayas
    Hush
    The Vanishing Mind
    Calexico
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    Edge Of The Sun

    Calexico is no stranger to negotiating borders. For
    the better part of two decades, eight albums, and
    countless trips around the globe, Joey Burns and
    John Convertino have crossed musical barriers with
    their band, embracing a multitude of diverse styles.
    For Edge of the Sun, the band's keyboardist, Sergio
    Mendoza, stepped up to co-write and arrange certain
    songs, ultimately co-producing the album along
    with Burns, Convertino, and longtime associate
    Craig Schumacher: It was Mendoza who suggested
    that Calexico physically cross an actual border for a
    songwriting retreat to the historic Mexico City borough
    of Coyoacán.


    In view of the fresh creative perspective provided
    by the band's journey to New Orleans to make its
    previous album, Algiers, Edge of the Sun's Mexican origins would seem destined to have a major impact
    on the album. The writing here shows Burns and
    Convertino's ongoing pursuit of the profound melody,
    creating music at once hauntingly accessible
    and rich in instrumental texture. With guests including
    Sam Beam of Iron and Wine, Ben Bridwell from
    Band of Horses, Nick Urata from Devotchka, Carla
    Morrison, Gaby Moreno, Amparo Sanchez, multi-instrumentalists
    from the Greek band Takim, as well
    as Neko Case, Edge of the Sun weaves a dense tapestry
    from its international roster. "Madrid, Nashville,
    Tucson, El Paso, Berlin; it's an eclectic mix,"
    says Burns. "This album is about pushing through
    the blue to brighter days. Calexico has always had
    that element of hope, going back and forth between
    a positive outlook and embracing desperate or dark
    themes that I think we all share."

    1. Falling From The Sky
    2. Bullets & Rocks
    3. When The Angels Played
    4. Tapping On The Line
    5. Cumbia De Donde
    6. Miles From The Sea
    7. Coyoacán
    8. Beneath The City Of Dreams
    9. Woodshed Waltz
    10. Moon Never Rises
    11. World Undone
    12. Follow The River
    Calexico
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