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MY WOMANAnyone reckless enough to have typecast Angel Olsen according to 2013's Burn Your Fire For No Witness is in for a rethink with her third album, MY WOMAN. The crunchier, blown-out production of the former is gone, but that fire is burning wilder. Her disarming, timeless voice is even more front-and-center. Yet, the strange, raw power and slowly unspooling incantations of her previous efforts remain.
Over two previous albums, she gave us reverb-shrouded poetic swoons, shadowy folk, grunge-pop band workouts and haunting, finger-picked epics. MY WOMAN is an exhilarating complement to her past work, and one for which Olsen recalibrated her writing/recording approach and methods to enter a new music-making phase.
As the record evolves, one gets the sense that the my woman of the title is Olsen herself, absolutely in command but also willing to bend with the influence of collaborators and circumstances. An intuitively smart, warmly communicative and fearlessly generous record, MY WOMAN speaks to everyone. That it might confound expectation is just another of its strengths.1. Intern
2. Never Be Mine
3. Shut Up Kiss Me
4. Give It Up
5. Not Gonna Kill You
6. Heart Shaped Face
8. Those Were The Days
10. Pops$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Burn Your Fire For No WitnessMany of the superlatives describing Angel Olsen refer to how seemingly little it takes for her to
leave an audience speechless, even spellbound. But Olsen has never been as timid as those
descriptors imply, and the noisy, fiery hints in her earlier work find a fuller expression on her
newest LP, Burn Your Fire for No Witness. Here, Olsen sings with full-throated exultation,
admonition, and bold, expressive melody.Also,with the help of producer John Congleton, her
music now crackles with a churning,rumbling low end and a brighter energy.
Angel Olsen began singing as a young girl in St. Louis, where she explored the remarkable
range of her voice and the places it could take her songwriting. Her self-released debut EP,
Strange Cacti, belied both that early period of discovery and her Midwestern roots. Cautious
and homespun on the one hand,the EP transported us to a mystical, unrecognizable world on
the other, and it garnered extensive praise for its enigmatic beauty.Olsen then went further on
Half Way Home, her first full-length album (released on Bathetic Records), which mined
essential themes while showcasing a more developed voice. Olsen dared to be more personal.
After extensive touring, Olsen eventually settled for a time in Chicago's Logan Square
neighborhood, where she created a collection of songs grown in a year of heartbreak, travel,
and transformation. The new songs go on to tell us to leave, or to high-five a lover who is
lacking, or to dance our way up and out of sorrow. Many of them also remain essentially
unchanged from their bare beginnings.In leaving them so intact, a more self-assured Olsen is
opening up to us, allowing us to be in the room with her at the very genesis of these songs,
when the thread of creation is most vulnerable and least filtered. Our reward for entering this
room are many head-turning moments and the powerful, unsettling recognition of ourselves
in the weave of her songs.
This act of meaning-making recurs as a theme throughout the album, as the sublimating
response to the power of negativity.In the song,Stars,for example,Olsen wishes to"have the
voice of everything" and in a moment of hatefulness and hurt realizes that the strength of fury
results in the power she had been seeking all along. Thankfully for us, Olsen has decided to
channel a lot of this new found power into the ethereal, hypnotic performances of her new and
revealing songs,sharing with us the full grace and beauty of her transformative moments.
-Matthew Didier1. Unfucktheworld
4. White Fire
5. High & Wild
6. Lights Out
9. Dance Slow Decades
11. Windows$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Resistance Radio: The Man In The High Castle AlbumResistance Radio: The Man In The High Castle Album is a musical companion to the hit Amazon Prime Video Original Series The Man in The High Castle, based on author Philip K. Dick's award-winning book. Set in 1962, the series explores an alternative history of what it would be like if the Allied Powers had actually lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States. In the storyline, the Germans now have control the Eastern seaboard, the Japanese the west coast, and in between is a small strip of land controlled by neither. This neutral zone is the refuge of holdouts, revolutionaries and rebels trying to keep the American dream alive through both active and passive resistance, and from where Resistance Radio is broadcasting.
Resistance Radio: The Man In The High Castle Album is produced and curated by Danger Mouse and Sam Cohen, and is the imagined soundtrack to the series, and features 18 songs from 1962 to coincide with theme of show. Bringing together the talents of today s most popular Indie and Alternative artists, the project features Beck, Kelis, Norah Jones, The Shins, Angel Olsen, Benjamin Booker, Karen O, and many more.LP 1
1. The End of the World - Sharon Van Etten
2. Nature Boy - Andrew VanWyngarden
3. Can't Help Falling in Love - Beck
4. Spoonful - Benjamin Booker
5. The House of the Rising Sun - Sam Cohen
6. A Taste of Honey - The Shins
7. Who's Sorry Now - Angel Olsen
8. Speaking of Happiness - Waterstrider
9. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child - Michael Kiwanuka
1. Love Hurts - Grandaddy
2. Lonely Mound of Clay - Big Search
3. I Only Have Eyes for You - Kevin Morby
4. Who's Lovin' You - Kelis
5. Unchained Melody - Norah Jones
6. Lead Me On - Curtis Harding
7. All Alone Am I - Maybird
8. Living in a Trance - Karen O
9. Get Happy - Sam Cohen$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Everybody's Coming DownCall it a soundtrack to Man's 21st century existential angst, Everybody's Coming Down poses cosmic queries, contemplates regrets, questions self-worth, and examines the possibility of living in the moment, when memories are all that we truly take with us. And in some ways, that's the sweet spot front man and lyricist Tim Kasher inhabits: trying to make sense of this world of ours, and how and why we navigate it the way we do.
Everybody's Coming Down moves in a new direction musically and, in contrast to The Good Life's earlier releases, is very much a rock record. It is also the first that truly embodies the band as a whole, more so than any previous album. In blending elements of drummer Roger L. Lewis's love of classic rock, multi-instrumentalist Ryan Fox's chaotic approach to melody, Stefanie Drootin-Senseney's propulsive, tuneful bass parts and colorful vocal arrangements, and Kasher's deft, complementary song writing, the band sparked a vibrant evolution in sound. The gentler, folk-driven pop/rock for which the band is beloved remains (sonic sister album bookends "7 In The Morning" and "Midnight Is Upon Us;" "The Troubadour's Green Room"), but it is now mixed amongst guitars lines that unspool in a blaze across songs that hit harder and more viscerally ("Everybody," "Holy Shit"), as well as moments of distorted psychedelia and moody ambience ("Flotsam Locked Into A Groove," "Diving Bell," "How Small We Are").
Kasher began writing songs for a new album in October 2013, and the quartet - balancing their busy lives and multiple projects - reconvened from July to December 2014 to finish writing what became Everybody's Coming Down. With the help of Ben Brodin in Omaha's ARC Studios, The Good Life started recording in January of this year and finished the album in their respective homes. The band then turned to John Congleton (St. Vincent, Baroness, Angel Olsen, Cloud Nothings) to mix the album at his Elmwood Recording in Dallas, TX, looking to his experienced hand and uninhibited style to maintain and further realize the album's untempered, vital sound.
And vital it is: Everybody's Coming Down might not crack the ever-elusive code to our universal wonderings, but it'll make you think, illuminate a new or alternative perspective, perhaps salve a lonely ache of isolation. Because we are, ultimately, all in this together - forever coming down.1. 7 in the Morning
3. The Troubadour's Green Room
4. Holy Shit
5. Flotsam Locked Into a Groove
6. Forever Coming Down
7. Happy Hour
8. Diving Bell
9. Skeleton Song
10. How Small We Are
11. Ad Nausea
12. Midnight Is Upon Us$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tim Kinsella Sings The Songs of Marvin Tate By Leroy Bach Featuring Angel Olsen
Limited To Just 1000 Copies On Vinyl-Only
The latest solo album from Tim Kinsella (Joan of Arc, Cap'n Jazz, Owls, Make
Believe) features an array of Chicago heavyweights. The title pretty much says it
all: Tim Kinsella sings the songs of Marvin Tate by Leroy Bach featuring Angel
2. The Crossing Guard
3. Daddy Wants To Be A Robin
4. Devonte's In A Coma
5. The Bus Is Coming
7. All In My Head
8. The Baseball Player's Wife
9. This Time (Not The Next Time)
10. 100 Kinds Of Crazy
11. Sidetracked In Miami
12. God Ain't Ready For You
13. Never Finished Counting$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Flourish And A SpoilThe Districts deliver raw, rollicking power on 'A Flourish And A Spoil' out February 10 on Fat Possum Records. John Congleton (St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, Swans) produced/engineered/mixed the album at Seedy Underbelly Studio (formerly Pachyderm Studio) in Cannon Falls, MN. The resulting 10 tracks capture the boisterous live performances from the quartet, who are all between 19 and 20 years old. The Guardian UK says, The Districts will be your new favourite band.
The four-piece band formed in 2009 while the members were still in high school in Lancaster County, PA. 'A Flourish And A Spoil' features singer/guitarist Rob Grote's vocals front and center, combining equal parts ferocity and yearning as when he reflects on leaving behind suburban childhood on Suburban Smell. The album credits original members Grote, Connor Jacobus on bass and Braden Lawrence on percussion with Pat Cassidy joining on guitar.
The Districts have toured with bands including Deer Tick, White Denim, Dr. Dog and Temples and won over fans on both sides of the pond with 2014 sets at Lollapalooza, ACL and Reading Festival, among others. Consequence of Sound says, As performers, they're naturals, having the confidence and stage presence of bands twice as old and twice as popular and Interview Magazine dares, just try not to bob your head.1. 4th And Roebling
5. Sing the Song
6. Suburban Smell
8. Heavy Begs
9. Young Blood
10. 6 AM$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
BeginThe Millennium looms large in the hearts of fans of the '60s sunshine pop genre. The studio group was the creation of legendary tunesmith/studio genius Curt Boettcher, who had previously been instrumental in the formation of the fabled '60s cult acts the Ballroom and Sagittarius. In 1968, Boettcher assembled a group of talented California singers and musicians (including singer/guitarists Lee Mallory, Sandy Salisbury, Joey Stec and Michael Fennelly and Music Machine drummer Ron Edgar) to record the Millennium's sole album, Begin.
Begin, produced by Curt Boettcher and Keith Olsen, with assistance by California rock legend Gary Usher, is an exquisite progressive pop opus, combining breezy melodies, ambitious baroque arrangements, stirring psychedelic touches and angelic vocal harmonies to create a suite-like concept album that perfectly captures the optimistic mood of the time in which it was made.
At the time the most expensive rock album that Columbia Records had ever financed, Begin proved to be too melodic for the emerging underground FM radio format and too avant-garde for AM Top 40. Although it didn't find a large audience at the time of its release, Begin is now acknowledged as a landmark work and a sunshine-pop cornerstone. It retains a loving place in the hearts and minds of its fans, who hold it in the same high esteem as the works of such harmony-driven '60s acts as the Beach Boys, the Left Banke and the Mamas and the Papas.
Begin is an absolute must for any fan of '60s pop and vintage psychedelia. Sundazedï¿½s CD edition of the album adds two rare bonus tracks and extensive liner notes to the original album, while the vinyl version is an exact replica of the original 1968 LP. Both versions are sourced from the original stereo masters.'1. Prelude
2. To Claudia on Thursday
3. I Just Want to Be Your Friend
4. 5 A.M.
5. I'm With You
6. The Island
7. Sing to Me
8. It's You
9. Some Sunny Day
10. It Won't Always Be the Same
11. The Know It All
12. Karmic Dream Sequence #1
13. There Is Nothing More to Say
14. Anthem (Begin)$28.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Phases (Out Of Stock)How do you best describe Angel Olsen? From the lo-fi, sparse folk-melancholy of her 2010 EP, Strange Cacti, to the electrified, polished rock 'n' roll bursting from 2016's beloved and acclaimed MY WOMAN, Olsen has refused to succumb to a single genre, expectation, or vision. Impossible to pin down, Olsen navigates the world with her remarkable, symphonic voice and a propensity for narrative, her music growing into whatever shape best fits to tell the story.
Phases is a collection of Olsen's work culled from the past several years, including a number of never-before-released tracks. Fly On Your Wall, previously contributed to the Bandcamp-only, anti-Trump fundraiser Our First 100 Days, opens Phases, before seamlessly slipping into Special, a brand new song from the MY WOMAN recording sessions. Both How Many Disasters and Sans are first-time listens: home-recorded demos that have never been released, leaning heavily on Olsen's arresting croon and lonesome guitar.
The B-sides compilation is both a testament to Olsen's enormous musical range and a tidy compilation of tracks that have previously been elusive in one way or another. Balancing tenacity and tenderness, Phases acts as a deep-dive for longtime fans, as well as a fitting introduction to Olsen's sprawling sonics for the uninitiated.1. Fly On Your Wall
3. Only You
4. All Right Now
6. Sweet Dreams
8. Tougher Than the Rest
9. For You
10. How Many Disasters
11. May as Well
12. Endless Road$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock