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  • I Can Spin A Rainbow I Can Spin A Rainbow Quick View

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    I Can Spin A Rainbow

    I CAN SPIN A RAINBOW is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for Amanda Palmer, an avowed fan of Edward Ka-Spel and the Legendary Pink Dots since discovering their psycho-theatrical, multi-textural work in her teens. As noted in her best-selling 2014 memoir, The Art of Asking, the LPD have long been an inspiration to Palmer, their deeply connected relationship with fans as important to her life and work as their fearless autonomy and impossible-to-pigeonhole musical approach.


    The two musicians first met in 1992 when Palmer, then 16, attended a Legendary Pink Dots show in her hometown of Boston. In 1995, having found that the Pink Dots were looking for lodging with fans to save money on the road, Palmer hosted five members of the band and crew at her childhood home. Ten years later, Palmer's internationally acclaimed punk cabaret duo, The Dresden Dolls, had achieved enough success that they were able to invite the Dots to support them on a German tour, and it was then that Palmer and Ka-Spel vowed to carve out time to collaborate on an original recording. A decade passed and in July 2015 a very pregnant Palmer flew to London to start the long-discussed project but was informed on the first day of recording that her dear friend Anthony was losing his battle with cancer and had been given less than a week to live. Heartbroken, she assured Ka-Spel she would be back within the year. Indeed Palmer made good on her promise, returning in the spring of 2016 with her eight-month-old son, Anthony, in tow.


    Palmer and Ka-Spel's search for a London recording studio was interrupted by an incredibly generous offer from Palmer's friend Imogen Heap, who suggested they make use of her Essex home recording studio, The Hideaway, conveniently located near Ka-Spel's own home in Hornchurch. With Palmer traveling between London, Hornchurch, and Heap's home studio, the pair spent just under a month composing and cutting an album entirely from scratch.


    Recorded largely on Ka-Spel's computer, I CAN SPIN A RAINBOW is a truly collaborative effort, "a spiritual experience," says Palmer, in which both artists' stories, song fragments, poems, and lyrics became wholly meshed with loops, melancholy piano playing, melodic beds, and strange rhythms. The results range from the enchantingly minimal "The Clock at the Back of the Cage" and the album-opening "Pulp Fiction," mysterious and strange with a luxurious theatricality that conjures both of its creators' prior oeuvres while also opening a curtain into a heretofore unheard shared sonic world. Sensing the need for strings, the pair enlisted frequent LPD collaborator Patrick Q Wright, who contributed violin tracks from his studio in Italy. Alexis Michallek, Heap's longtime studio assistant, contributes singing saw to "Beyond The Beach."


    "We merged our songwriting heads and poetic worlds to make a new universe," Palmer says. "We would sit in Imogen's house drinking cups of tea, bemoaning the state of the upcoming election, binge drinking in the UK, the refugee crisis, our internet addictions, frightening news we had read, our relationships and then we'd compost all of the ingredients of our fears and conversations into song form. The Rainbow metaphor - which is also a nod to the 'spinning beach ball of death' on a Mac - was a wide-open image that kept popping up as a recurring theme on the record. It's both dark and light at the same time. To me, the songs are simultaneously frightening and comforting, like a thunderstorm heard from a living room."


    "Making this record with Amanda felt a little like discovering a twin you didn't know you had," says Ka-Spel, "until a mysterious email lands in your inbox at a particularly auspicious moment. Some things are just meant to be "

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Shahla's Missing Page
    3. The Shock of Kontakt
    4. Beyond The Beach
    5. The Clock at the Back of the Cage
    6. The Changing Room
    7. The Jack of Hands
    8. Prithee: Liquidation Day
    9. Rainbow's End
    10. The Sun Still Shines
    11. Subway
    Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel
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  • Give Up (Deluxe Edition) Give Up (Deluxe Edition) Quick View

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    Give Up (Deluxe Edition)

    You can spend all the time and money in the world trying to craft the perfect pop-music scenario, but sometimes the stars have to align all by themselves. Even though early on the members of The Postal Service jokingly referred to Such Great Heights as "the hit" on their debut album, Give Up, there's no way anyone could have predicted the eventual impact made by a mail-order album designed in a pair of West Coast bedrooms.


    It's been 10 years since the little project that could from Seattelite Ben Gibbard (aka Death Cab For Cutie's frontman) and Angeleno Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel, Figurine) emerged from seemingly nowhere and began to burrow into the ears of anyone who came into contact with the band's infectious electro-pop. To celebrate, Sub Pop is reissuing The Postal Service's sole album, and including in the multi-LP set 15 bonus tracks, including two brand new songs, "A Tattered Line of String" and "Turn Around." On top of that, the band is back together: The Postal Service will hit the road for a long-overdue victory lap, giving most fans their first (and last-seriously, don't ask) chance to see the group in person.


    Of course, the band's music was more than just electro-pop, and the force with which Jimmy and Ben captured the indie-rock zeitgeist of the early aughts made them more of a phenomenon than just a regular old band. That such artists as Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer, Streetlight Manifesto, and Confide have covered "Such Great Heights" is a testament to both the song's magical spark and its melodic inclusivity. The band's sound is such a touchstone that "Postal Service-esque" has become a generally accepted musical adjective. And it goes way beyond Owl City.


    While it was impossible to anticipate how massive Give Up would become, it was obvious in 2003 that these guys had made something special. Ten years on it's amazing to know that so many people have come to agree.

    1. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
    2. Such Great Heights
    3. Sleeping In
    4. Nothing Better
    5. Recycled Air
    6. Clark Gable
    7. We Will Become Silhouettes
    8. This Place Is a Prison
    9. Brand New Colony
    10. Natural Anthem
    11. Turn Around
    12. A Tattered Line of String
    13. Be Still My Heart
    14. There's Never Enough Time
    15. Suddenly Everything Has Changed
    16. Against All Odds (Take a Look At Me Now)
    17. Grow Old With Me
    18. Such Great Heights (John Tejada Remix)
    19. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (DJ Downfall Persistent Beat Mix)
    20. Be Still My Heart (Nobody Remix)
    21. We Will Become Silhouettes (Matthew Dear Remix)
    22. Nothing Better (Styrofoam Remix)
    23. Recycled Air (Live on KEXP)
    24. We Will Become Silhouettes (Performed by The Shins)
    25. Such Great Heights (Performed by Iron & Wine)
    The Postal Service
    $34.99
    Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats: All Hail West Texas I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats: All Hail West Texas Quick View

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    I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats: All Hail West Texas

    Pressed On Opaque Pink & Opaque Blue Vinyl


    Here is a 2LP cover album & companion piece to the podcast
    debut of I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats, from Night Vale
    Presents in collaboration with Merge Records and the Mountain
    Goats.


    Premiering September 2017 and running through early April
    2018, this unique bi-weekly podcast is a conversation music
    series focusing on the seminal Mountain Goats album All
    Hail West Texas, between Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn't
    Dead creator Joseph Fink with New York Times best-selling
    author John Darnielle, who is also the founder, lead singer, and
    songwriter for the Mountain Goats-and Fink's own personal
    artistic hero.


    Together, Fink and Darnielle take the listener on a deep dive
    into the world of creativity and the duality of being an artist
    and a fan, both by sharing their own creative processes and
    music-geek obsessions and through immersive chats with other
    notable musicians and writers including best-selling YA author
    and music nerd John Green (The Fault in Our Stars) and Merge
    Records co-founder Mac McCaughan (Superchunk), as well as
    many special music guests such as Andrew Bird, Craig Finn,
    Laura Jane Grace, and Amanda Palmer, who offer up their own
    opinions as well as new renditions of songs from All Hail West
    Texas.


    This limited edition 2LP contains the full All Hail West Texas
    covers collection, introduced over the course of podcast season
    one, pressed to opaque pink & opaque blue vinyl.

    LP 1
    1. The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton
    2. Fall of the Star High School Running Back
    3. Color in Your Cheeks
    4. Jenny
    5. Fault Lines
    6. Balance
    7. Pink and Blue
    8. Riches and Wonders


    LP 2
    1. The Mess Inside
    2. Jeff Davis County Blues
    3. Distant Stations
    4. Blues in Dallas
    5. Source Decay
    6. Absolute Lithops Effect

    Various Artists
    $29.99
    Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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