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Pom PomAcross its 17 tracks and 69 minutes, pom pom is unfiltered Ariel Pink,
featuring infectious tales of romance, murder, frog princes and Jell-O.
The record sees the Los Angeles native strike it out alone, returning to
the solo moniker he has adopted for well over a decade.
From demented kiddie tune collaborations with the legendary Kim Fowley (songs such as 'Jell-O' and 'Plastic Raincoats In The Pig Parade' were
written with Fowley in his hospital room during his recent battle with
cancer), to beatific, windswept pop ('Put Your Number In My Phone',
'Dayzed Inn Daydreams'), scuzz-punk face-melters ('Goth Bomb', 'Negativ Ed'), and carnival dub psychedelia ('Dinosaur Carebears'), pom pom
could very well be Ariel Pink's magnum opus.
Speaking about the record, Ariel says that "although this is the first
"solo" record credited to my name, it is by far the least "solo" record I
have ever recorded."1. Plastic Raincoats In The Big Parade
2. White Freckles
3. Four Shadows
5. Not Enough Violence
6. Put Your Number In My Phone
7. One Summer Night
8. Nude Beach A Go-go
9. Goth Bomb
10. Dinosaur Carebears
11. Negativ Ed
12. Sexual Athletics
14. Black Ballerina
15. Picture Me Gone
16. Exile on Frog Street
17. Dayzed In Daydreams$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Before TodayFor the best part of a decade, Los Angeles native Ariel Rosenberg has been carving out some of the most intoxicating music going, a reclusive pop surrealist whose corroded productions have led to a cult following that has often been difficult to keep up with. Now signed to 4AD, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti are back with Before Today.
With roots going back as far as 1996, the West Coast act are as sublime as they are surreal with a sound loaded with hazy nostalgia and a fiercely experimental pop palette. From the Haunted Graffiti series (from which the full band's name is now derived), which featured the likes of Worn Copy (2005) and House Arrest (2006), Ariel Pink has established himself as one of the most prolific songwriters of his generation, a visionary producer in the vein of Joe Meek and Ariel's hero and previous collaborator, tape deck dilettante, R. Stevie Moore, creating a world through certain production touches.1. Hot Body Rub
2. Bright Lit Blue Skies
3. L'estat (acc. to the widow's maid)
4. Fright Night (Nevermore)
5. Round And Round
6. Beverly Kills
7. Butt-House Blondies
8. Little Wig
9. Can't Hear My Eyes
11. Menopause Man
12. Revolution's A Lie$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dedicated To Bobby JamesonAriel Pink is set to release his new album, Dedicated to Bobby Jameson. The recording is his first solo album since his highly acclaimed 2014 prog-pop opus Pom Pom, and first full-length release with the Brooklyn-based independent label Mexican Summer. The new release's title makes a direct and heartfelt reference to a real-life Los Angeles musician, long presumed dead, who resurfaced online in 2007 after 35 reclusive years to pen his autobiography and tragic life story.1. Feels Like Heaven
2. Death Patrol
3. Santa's In The Closet
4. Dedicated To Bobby Jameson
5. Time To Live
6. Another Weekend
7. I Wanna Be Young
8. Bubblegum Dreams
9. Dreamdate Narcissist
10. Kitchen Witch
11. Do Yourself A Favor
12. Acting$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Boy (Discontinued)Its enough to make you stop and say, What is that? It being the gorgeous melodies and lean, spellbound guitar lines of Colin Caulfield, an English/French lit major whos about to change what it means to be a shapeshifting singer-songwriter in the YouTube age.
Just ask Bradford Cox. He knows. Why, just a year ago, the Deerhunter frontman stumbled upon Colin Caulfields organ-grinding rendition of Rainwater Cassette Exchange and said its fantastically superior to the original. It actually sent shivers up my spine, especially during the second verse.
Believe it or not, that chilling cover was just a warmup session. As killer as he is at capturing the very essence of everything from Animal Collective to Ariel Pink, Caulfieds true talent is in telling his own Young Man stories. The first chapter of which goes by the name Boy, a deceivingly-simple suite of songs about wanting to grow up without having the slightest idea of what being a man actually means.
Now thats a reason to hit rewind, from the tone-setting tenderness and psych-infused harmonies of Five to the restless rhythms (Caulfield was a drummer well before he became a singer/guitarist) and room-engulfing intimacy of Up So Fast. Both of which feature some of the most hopeful/haunting choruses youll hear all year.
And thats just the beginning, of course. Since Young Man was conceived as a concept project about the passing of time, love, and loss, Caulfield already has two loosely-linked LPs on tap, a faceless collection of fragile characters that could be any one of us, really.
A lot of its autobiographical, explains Caulfield, but its universal at the same time, because everyone goes through these things.
Listen closely. Itll all make sense soon enough. Trust us.1. Five
3. Home Alone
6. Just a Growin'
7. Up So Fast$11.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sure The Doldrums and Worn Copy had some hits and humdingers on them, but Ariel Pink's 2002 album House Arrest never lets up. Its hit after hit after hit. Sorta like if you listened to your friends boom box mix tape from Top 40 radio around 1985.
Think you've heard enough Ariel Pink? Well our favorite omnivorous media junkie from LA still has a few tricks left up his sleevelike the left-of-center House Arrest. Sure The Doldrums and Worn Copy had some hits and humdingers on them, but House Arrest never lets up. It's hit after hit after hit. Sorta like if you listened to your friend's boom box mix tape from Top 40 radio around 1985. Some people might think that sounds like a recipe for disaster. We say bring on the Doritos.
Originally released in 2002 as part of a split double-CD set, then re-released with a couple of bonus tracks (including the multipart epic Netherlands) in 2006, House Arrest, much like every other Ariel Pink release so far, provides a small sampling of Ariel Rosenberg's self-recorded compositions, laid down on a trusty eight-track at home. Unlike so many warbling troubadours who seem to think the recorded-in-a-bedroom approach means a license to be maudlin, Rosenberg brings an exuberant joy to his work, finding something that a full band recording might actually kill the spirit of. The queasy tones and gently distanced verses of the opening Hardcore Pops Are Fun is instant put-a-smile-on-your-face stuff, helping to set the tone for the whole collection. The demented synth pop merriment of Flying Circles suggests an '80s nugget swathed in psychedelic haze, a gentle breeziness apparent on many other songs like the giddy Every Night I Die at Miyagis or the nervous funk of Alisa, easily one of the best songs on the album thanks to some exquisite vocals in particular. Though his connection to personal hero R. Stevie Moore is often mentioned, Rosenberg's role model here often seems to be Andy Partridge instead -- check out the distinctly XTC-like hiccupping on Gettin' High in the Morning, not to mention the quick herky-jerk arrangements. Rosenberg's preference to add layers of echo on his voice means sometimes his lyrics only emerge in fits and starts, but when they do they often are wryly witty or amusingly theatrical -- it fits with the amusing rock pose on the back cover, a knowing embrace of a trope. So when he sings about how West Coast calamities are worth more than the East Coast variety or how he's one of those egomaniacs who just want to siiiing, who's to deny how he plays around with the ideas?
1. Hardcore Pops Are Fun
2. Interesting Results
3. West Coast Calamities
4. Flying Circles
5. Gettin' High In the Morning
7. Every Night I Die At Miyagis
8. House Arrest
10. Almost Waiting
$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
After years of recording in relative seclusion in the hills of Los Angeles, Ariel Pink made his official Paw Tracks debut with The Doldrums in 2004. Originally a handmade CD-R release a couple years prior, The Doldrums was discovered by Animal Collective during one of their West coast tours and became an immediate favorite.
Recorded at home with only a guitar, keyboard, and 8-track (the drum sounds are all unbelievably created with his vocals), Ariel Pink blends Lite FM and warped lo-fi pop into something beautiful and confusing, yet highly addictive.1. Good Kids Make Bad Grown-ups
2. Strange Fires
3. Among Dreams
4. For Kate I Wait
5. Haunted Graffiti
6. Gray Sunset
7. The Doldrums
8. Envelopes Another Day
9. The Ballad of Bobby Pyn$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dedicated To Bobby Jameson (Deluxe)Deluxe Edition Includes LP, 24 x 36 Poster, And Bonus Picture Disc Of Non-Sequitur Segues All Housed In Custom PVC Slipcase
Ariel Pink is set to release his new album, Dedicated to Bobby Jameson. The recording is his first solo album since his highly acclaimed 2014 prog-pop opus Pom Pom, and first full-length release with the Brooklyn-based independent label Mexican Summer. The new release's title makes a direct and heartfelt reference to a real-life Los Angeles musician, long presumed dead, who resurfaced online in 2007 after 35 reclusive years to pen his autobiography and tragic life story.1. Feels Like Heaven
2. Death Patrol
3. Santa's In The Closet
4. Dedicated To Bobby Jameson
5. Time To Live
6. Another Weekend
7. I Wanna Be Young
8. Bubblegum Dreams
9. Dreamdate Narcissist
10. Kitchen Witch
11. Do Yourself A Favor
12. Acting$53.99Vinyl LP + Bonus Vinyl LP Picture Disc - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Another Weekend / Ode To The GoatAriel Pink sets a serene but complicated scene for the next chapter in his curious career with Another Weekend, the first solo material heard since the prog-pop opus, Pom Pom. Contrary to the lyrics of Another Weekend (and fortunately for both fanatics and the newly initiated), Pink is neither too shy or humble to have brought his singular style of pop music beyond the bedroom for the befuddled masses over the past two decades, but returned to the formative, familiar setting to craft what will surely live as another shimmering moment in an unrivaled canon. Encapsulating the lingering euphoria of a regrettable weekend over the edge, Another Weekend speaks in morose volumes while whispering sweetly, the dichotomy of Pink's pathos once again on display. Backed with Ode To The Goat (Thank You), Another Weekend will be shared as a 7 single and through conventional music serving mechanisms via Mexican Summer.1. Another Weekend
2. Ode To The Goat$6.997 Vinyl Single - Sealed Buy Now
Mature ThemesAriel Pink's Haunted Graffiti is back with the new album, Mature Themes, the band's second album for 4AD and the official follow-up to their 2010 breakthrough album, Before Today. The first single from the album will be a cover of Donnie and Joe Emerson's Baby, which also features guest vocals from Dâm-Funk.
"Sonically, it's comparable," Pink says of the new work, 13 songs he's only recently penned. "There are definitely not any links to my lo-fi origins. It's so diverse but so different from anything I've done before. In a sense, its really the record I wanted to make back when I made Before Today, but couldn't due to pressures and different factors. We had time to let our hair down and try new things."
Pink was able to bring in a large cache of vocal melodies and song foundations he'd previously recorded to his new phone. "Getting my first Android phone changed my life," he explains. "I don't have to memorize everything. I can put ideas down on the fly and save them for a rainy day, which is something I never had the luxury of doing in the past. I've got this great talent for co-opting memories at random, this time I've got a hundred ideas on a moment's notice."1. Kinski Assassin
2. Is This the Best Spot?
3. Mature Themes
4. Only In My Dreams
6. Early Birds of Babylon
7. Schnitzel Boogie
8. Symphony of the Nymph
9. Pink Slime
10. Farewell American Primitive
11. Live It Up
12. Nostradamus & Me
13. Baby$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Celestial Electric (Discontinued)The L.A. to London, transatlantic musical collaboration between AM and Shawn Lee was conceived after AM heard Lees Music And Rhythm album on the radio in Los Angeles and reached out to him via email. The two became quick friends sharing a love for vintage grooves and 60's and 70's soundtrack music, deciding to embark on making an album 21st century style.
With AM in Los Angeles and Shawn Lee in London the two began bouncing tracks back and fourth resulting in Celestial Electric; a musical match made in cyberspace propelling the duo into their best work yet. AMs honeyed vocals ride a driving percussion section straight into walls of shimmering guitars and glassy keyboards pulling elements as disparate as Gary Numan, Jorge Ben and Ariel Pink into perfect future pop.1. City Boy
2. Lonely Life
3. Cant Figure It Out
4. Dark Into Light
5. Different Forces
6. Jackie Blue
7. Somebody Like You
8. Promises Are Never Far From Lies
9. Down The Line
10. The Signal
11. Winter Sun
12. Callahan$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Take The Kids Off BroadwayFoxygen is the young bi-coastal songwriting duo of vocalist Sam France of Washington state and guitarist/keyboardist Jonathan Rado of New York. They are the raw, de-Wes Andersonization of The Rolling Stones, Kinks, Velvets, Bowie, etc. that a whole mess of young people desperately need. At the same time, they pull a very Anderson-type move wherein they paint an impressionistic and hyper-real (and instantly recognizable) portrait of specific places and times, and blurring the lines between time and place.
Yet, it never comes across as anything but absolutely modern music. They bring the freewheeling qualities of someone like Ariel Pink to those aforementioned influences to make for one of the most refreshing listens of the year. They are the real deal and total savants. Jagjaguwar is proud to introduce you to Foxygen and their bedroom masterpiece Take the Kids Off Broadway mixed by Richard Swift. The album is an intriguing, bedroom-recorded prelude to their Swift-produced full-length planned for late 2012.1. Abandon My Toys
2. Make It Known
3. Take The Kids Off Broadway
4. Waitin' 4 U
5. Teenage Alien Blues
6. Why Did I Get Married?
7. Middle School Dance (Song For Richard Swift)$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Top Ten Hits Of The End Of The WorldIt's 2012, and Prince Rama has made the Top Ten Hits of the End of the World. Conceived as a pseudo-compilation album, the Brooklyn duo invented ten different pop bands that died during the apocalypse, channeling the ghosts of each one to perform the various songs. Spanning genres and stylistic eras from across the globe, Top Ten Hits explores pop music's relationship to memory, nostalgia, and the spirit world.
Incorporating influences as disparate as cosmic disco, motorcycle rock, new-wave, grunge, tribal goth, Arabic pop, and ghost-modern glam, Prince Rama filters each sound through the destroyed lens of a post-apocalyptic future looking back at the wonders of its sonic past. Tracking began with Tim Koh in Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti's studio and was then completed and mixed with producer Scott Colburn (Animal Collective, Sun City Girls, Arcade Fire) at Gravelvoice in Seattle.
Top Ten Hits of the End of the World isn't just a pop album, it's a retrospective requiem of all pop albums ever made. Nothing like this has ever been attempted by a single band, and its residual echoes will continue to haunt this world and the next. LP comes with digital download card.1. Blade Of Austerity
2. Those Who Live For Love Will Live Forever
3. No Way Back
4. So Destroyed
7. Fire Sacrifice
8. Welcome To The Now Age
9. Exercise Ecstasy
10. We Will Fall In Love Again$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
"...a patchwork of diverse musical terrain that ranges from no-wave
electro to Swedish dancehall pop to rambunctious garage rock,
sometimes all within one song." - Portland Mercury
"It's garage rock that sounds like it was recorded at Studio 54 if it
was located in M83." - Paste Magazine
"Wampire come from the John Maus and Ariel Pink school of off-kilter synth pop." - Pitchfork
"Wampire's music is infectious and disarming"
- Consequence of Sound
Like the tantalizing blend of exotic treasures and captivating
sensations its namesake suggests, Bazaar continually offers
listeners a variety of unexpected and alluring sonic flavors over
the course of its nine tracks -- ranging from raucous riffs ("Bad
Attitude") to seductive sax ("Wizard Staff") to charmingly catchy
choruses ("The Amazing Heart Attack").
As with their previous full-length Curiosity, Wampire recorded
Bazaar with trusted producer Jacob Portrait (of Unknown Mortal
Orchestra), though this time around the sessions took place at The
Museum, a studio in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood, and
were done directly to tape.1. The Amazing Heart Attack
2. Bad Attitude
3. Fly on the Wall
4. Wizard Staff
5. Too Stoned
7. Sticking Out
8. Life of Luxury
9. People of Earth$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ritualize (Awaiting Repress)...attitude-thick rapping...with gorgeous
- The New York Times
"Lushlife is an under-the-radar treasure"
From the moment you hear the bristling boom-bap chorus on album-opener
Totally Mutual Feeling, it's apparent that Lushlife's third full-length finds the
Philadelphia rapper-producer at his most introspective. Themes of isolation and
mortality permeate Ritualize, a cinematic hour-long odyssey co-produced by
enigmatic production trio, CSLSX (pronounced Casual Sex) and featuring
contributions from Ariel Pink, Killer Mike, Freeway, Marissa Nadler, RJD2, and
more. With CSLSX at the boards, an entire universe opens up for Lush, where
the pulsating Juno synths of '80s LA night music sit side-by-side with
gorgeously propulsive indie-leaning jams, and low-fi soul burners too. The
resulting LP is a post-blog-era joint that seems to exhale the whole of the 20th
century in a single, fascinating breath.
After toiling over two self-produced LPs in the last half-decade, I felt
compelled to bring on an outside production team for Ritualize, Lushlife
(born Raj Haldar) explains. Not only did I want to broaden the musical
palette, but I felt like the group production effort would give me a depth of
focus on lyrical content and emotion that I hadn't previously been afforded.
After a chance encounter with CSLSX, who had been quietly self-releasing
low-fi dance gems to remarkable organic blog buzz, the newly-formed team
set out on a three-year journey that would eventually yield their new joint
album. By the time work began on Ritualize, Lush had already been riding a
small wave of critical acclaim for his 2012 full-length, Plateau Vision, an album
that made several year-end lists and was described by the Sunday New York
Times as a melding of captivating rhymes with audacious, gorgeous production.
Still, with Ritualize, Lushlife and CSLSX seem to have gone one deeper.
From album cut, The Waking World, which finds Lushlife spitting thorough
sixteens from the vantage of Mark David Chapman lying in wait for John
Lennon, to Incantation, a song that's as much inspired by Allen Ginsberg's
Howl as the general, street-level anxieties of urban life, Ritualize is nothing short
of a step forward. For proof, look no further than Toynbee Suite, a 10-minute,
4-movement rap epic that explores the strange Toynbee Tile meta-art
conspiracy that has captivated Philadelphians for decades. As the centerpiece
of the album, Toynbee Suite was the subject of a 2013 documentary, and
itself represents the combined work of 20+ musicians, including RJD2, Nightlands,
Yikes the Zero, and a full chamber orchestra. On the other hand, the
CSLSX-produced, Hong Kong (Lady of Love), a collaboration with weird
music godhead, Ariel Pink, is a sparse yet powerful four-on-the-floor ode to LA,
inspired by the film soundtrack work of Giorgio Moroder, Vangelis, and others.1. Total Mutual Feeling
2. The Waking World (feat. I Break Horses)
3. Hong Kong (Lady of Love) (feat. Ariel Pink)
4. Incantation (feat. Deniro Farrar)
5. Undress Me In The Temple
6. Body Double
7. Toynbee Suite (feat. Nightlands, RJD2)
8. Strawberry Mansion (feat. Freeway)
9. This Ecstatic Cult (feat. Killer Mike)
10. Burt Reynolds (Desert Visions)
11. Integration Loop (feat. Marissa Nadler)
12. Ritualize$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Fact FacerHoly Sons is at the center of his many musical personalities and is his longest standing project, acting as an outlet for some of his most personal and direct songs. In Holy Sons, Amos puts his restless imagination to work using a variety of inventive home recording methods to turn melodic slow-burners into multi-layered, atmospheric missives. While his methods and prolificacy provide a kinship with Sebadoh, Ariel Pink and other musicians who have offered countless transmissions from their bedroom floor, Holy Sons comes from the mind of someone who has internalized the minutia of 70s rock music and eschews the stereotypical lo-fi sound for a much deeper and more varied palate. The Fact Facer, his Thrill Jockey debut, bathes Amos' thoughtful, and even at times philosophical, songs in technicolor darkness, and reinforces Holy Sons as his musical centerpiece.
The songs on The Fact Facer creep up on the listener, their fiercely addictive melodies unraveling slowly and purposefully. Jumping smoothly between many facets of Amos' songwriting, the album does much to establish him as a talented multi-instrumentalist. From the lysergic leads of "Selfish Thoughts"" to the Danny Kirwan referencing solos of "Transparent Powers" and the skillful acoustic flourishes of "The Fact Facer," Amos proves himself as adept and creative a guitarist as he is a drummer. It is telling that Amos has built up two Holy Sons bands simultaneously: one based in Portland and one based in New York. Wherever the wind takes him, there are musicians willing to pick up their instruments and follow his lead.
Amos currently resides in Brooklyn, where he recorded the majority of The Fact Facer. He plans to tour throughout the fall, solo and with one of his two backing bands.1. Doomed Myself
2. Line Me Back Up
3. Transparent Powers
4. Selfish Thoughts
5. All Too Free
6. Wax Gets in Your Eyes
7. Life Could Be a Dream
8. Long Days
9. No Self Respect
10. Back Down to the Tombs
11. The Fact Facer$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Gone Banana"Backed by film noir brass and gently reverbed minor chords, Birgy's spectral vocals are at once comforting like a cashmere blanket and discomboblatingly strange. Not unlike catching the scent of someone that pulls you
back to a dimension you forgot."- Noisey
"The record takes delightfully unexpected..., mixing together subdued vocals, fuzzy riffs, and deliberate bass lines with a saxophone that often slices
through melodies with free-spirited and seductive cries." - Wild Magazine
A thick green mist, a lush chill vibe; after 5 years and countless self-released
tapes and CDs, Mega Bog - the brainchild of songwriter Erin Birgy - has
completed their best work to date; a swirling pop cloud called 'Gone Banana'.
Influenced equally by the emotional psychedelia of Kevin Ayers and the pop
whimsy of Steely Dan, 'Banana' is a joyous declaration of artistic independence and purpose. The story of a chronic goofball insisting on being taken
seriously. A celebration of melancholy; using music to force yourself off the
floor when you hit the bottom. Birgy is an enigmatic musician and a true
weirdo - Megabog changes lineups and configurations faster than most musicians change clothes.
Alternately a tender songwriting project, a blazin-hot jazz-rock combo, or an
open forum for goofy one offs and fragile experimentation, it is ultimately
whatever Birgy wants it to be on a given day. For 'Banana' she has gathered a
loose group from Seattle's thriving experimental pop and improvised music
scene, including members of local mainstays like Neighbors and Iji, along
with hotshot sax guy Jacob Zimmerman. Sounding equal parts Ariel Pink and
Prefab Sprout, they rip through 9 hazy burners with a sneaky tightness hidden behind layers of drizzle and reverb. Birgy's rich voice croons and bends
around the shifting walls of sound, organizing and refocusing the swirl. Representing a unique moment in Birgy's songwriting and a budding maturation
for a bouncy community of oddball pop addicts, 'Gone Banana' is an immersive listening experience and a peek into the life of a truly strange soul.1. Intro (Bird Bridge)
3. Goobie Krishna
4. Cologne in the Night
5. Wet Moss
6. Gone Banana
7. Year of Patience
9. TP - 89 (edit)
10. Lady Rachel (by Kevin Ayers)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
DaggersEx Cops, a nomadic duo featuring Amalie Bruun and Brian Harding, brings the hook-heavy blast of '90s alt-rock into a new era on their second album Daggers. Executive produced by icon-of-form Billy Corgan and produced by Justin Raisen (Sky Ferriera, Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue), the record rescues guitar-pop from the bedroom, returning it to the stage it deserves.
Formed in 2011, the group's first album True Hallucinations, released in early 2013, was a critically-acclaimed collection of sprawling indie-pop. From the exuberant "Spring Break (Birthday Song)" to the band's dreamy debut "You Are A Lion, I Am A Lamb," the John Siket-produced record (Blonde Redhead, Yo La Tengo) was a genre-jumping opening salvo and its wall-to-wall guitars set the tone for their new album.
Daggers is a musical about-face, though. "We are not afraid of our favorite music anymore," says Harding. "It's pop."
Billy Corgan, in addition to sharing the band's love of ABBA and taking them to their first wrestling match, provided form and texture to the new tracks over a two-week period in Chicago. The band then took the material to LA for tracking with Raisen and continued collaborating with artists like Ariel Pink, who co-wrote "Burnt Out Love" and features on "Tragically Alright."
The result reinvents modern rock. "White Noise," with its addictive chorus, merges guitars that could make your teeth ache and a motorik electronic pop pulse. The impeccably-produced "Teenagers" brings club-ready downtown pop to an anthemic peak, while "Black Soap" shifts shoegaze textures to stadium status and "Rooms," one of the album's emotionally-resonant ballads, packs a substantial punch.1. Black Soap
2. White Noise
5. Pretty Shitty
6. Burnt Out Love
7. Modern World
8. Wanna Be (feat. L.P.)
9. Tragically Alright (feat. Ariel Pink)
11. Weird With You$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Best BlessBest Bless is the debut EP from Sleepy Doug Shaws Highlife. Shaw moved from his hometown of London, England at the age of 19, arriving onto the NYC music scene in 2003. At that time accompanied by only by an acoustic guitar, he was soon showcasing his preternatural singing abilities and strong focused fingerpicking blues skills around the city playing under the moniker Sleepy Doug Shaw; and before long he had joined the entrancing psychedelic soul band White Magic.
Highlife was born in 2008 when Shaw, along with White Magic collaborator Mira Billotte, retreated from New York to the small island of Gaspar Grande off the coast of Trinidad, at the southernmost point of the Carribean trail.
It was at Southern Studios in London that full-band versions of the songs were recorded by the brilliant Harvey Birrel (Crass, Sir Richard Bishop, Buzzcocks). Shaw and Billotte were joined on these sessions by Tim Koh (Ariel Pinks Haunted Graffitti) and Jesse Lee (Gang Gang Dance), who play bass and drums respectively on Burying Stones.1. War Fair
2. F Kenya Rip
3. Burying Stones
4. Tuareg Dancehall
5. Wet Palm Trees$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
New Masses For Squaw PeakNew Masses for Squaw Peak gifts unto us bold, surprising new textures and denser, cheekier ideas and themes. Its packed tight with style: gauze-flange experimentation; jazz-chord death-pop; shifty proto-prog; historical and personal mythologies weaved through its passages. Yet, claustrophobic it is not. New Masses for Squaw Peak is as wide-open of a landscape as its title may suggest. It is also a well-traveled collection of songs: laid to tape in the belly of an abandon Philadelphia textile factory; run through three mixing boards by three separate sets of hands; and ultimately sculpted into its final form by the gentlemen to conjured it in the first place. And oh joy, what conjuring.
Mystics Pharaohs (Masc. Pharaohs) begins with a big, fat wink to Enos Here Come the Warm Jets (a hallmark of Squaw Peak) before descending into its own purply blackhole of dark, dissonant whitefunk. A metallic sonic fog allows guitar stabs and squalls, and the pings of ringleader Nathan Pembertons vocal calls, to hit you twice then thrice, then unravel out into the cosmos. All players here (multi-instrumentalists Josh Martin and Brian Forfa; and drummer John Frank) are using both sides of the brain at every turn, the instinctual, tribal rhythm with which we are born and the semi-learned, nervy way we manipulate that instinct. The instinct that tells us to stay and play inside our comfort zone, and the secret instinct to see what lies just beyond its boundary. Cor-Du-Roi, another standout, is almost perpendicular to Mystics Pharoahs with its shambling, assured pace and melodies all tinny and distant. Its a risky number for Holiday Shores in its maturity and subtle composition. It also just might be their most inspired, beautiful piece to date. We find this kind of maturity and patience again with deep-cut Coming to Shores, an ambient-pop sci-fi wash that almost falls into the new classical phylum.
Pemberton and Martin prove time and again that they share more than just a keyboard table in the live setting; they share an endlessly searching, creative brain. Pembertons jazz keyboards are often interlocked with Martins plinkety-plankety lyrical guitar. On Shadie Spun Gold and in other spots, like pulsing leadoff track Airglow their separately played parts are hocketed to create the larger melody, with notes falling just left of where Steely Dan might drop them (which sounds awesome). Holiday Shores might be prog-rock in the way that Ariel Pink might be prog-rock. Its shape-shifting pop songcraft that will slip from your fingers like a sea cucumber the very second you think you have hold.1. Airglow
2. We Couldn't Be Together
3. Threepeat Got Old
4. Ocotillo Dripping
6. Squaw Peak
7. Mystic Pharaohs (Mas Pharaohs)
8. Coming To Shores
10. New Masses
12. Shadie Spun Gold$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Waxing Romantic"Catchy as hell; it has the mark of someone who knows his way
around a hook -Stereogum
"'Promises' might be jarringly summery for the time of year, with
flourishes of Balearic guitar and bright, chiming piano, but it has an
easy psychedelic flow that's welcome anytime -NME
"It sounds like pina coladas and an afternoon spent woozily
wandering around, slightly tipsy from said cocktails, hand-in-hand
with a beautiful partner in crime -Noisey
"Contagious' aptly describes Bretzer's work. Each song's
instrumentation glows front to back, and never does he close the
door on his sensibilities. -Consequence of Sound
Waxing Romantic is the debut album from Canadian artist Travis
Bretzer. Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, 24-year-old Bretzer has an
appropriately singular, off-beat take on guitar pop.
On Waxing Romantic, Travis has stepped up the production in a big
way, graduating from the bedroom to a full studio environment.
Recorded at Gary's Electric in Brooklyn and produced by Jorge
Elbrecht (of Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and Lansing-Dreiden fame)
the new environment has allowed for Travis' songs to be taken to new,
fully-realized heights. The album also features a solid crew of players,
including members of Haunted Graffiti, James Richardson of MGMT
and Regal Degal's Josh da Costa, who was key in shaping drum
As the title indicates, Waxing Romantic is thematically concerned with
love. For Travis, the album reads like a storybook of the first couple of
years of his current relationship, with each song acting like a totem for
different events and moments. For this reason, the album is very
personal - it navigates the giddy and elated feelings of falling in love,
and the process of looking back and reflecting on it. In keeping with
the album's '70s pop mode, the lyrics are kept simple and sweet, but
Lead single "Promises" is built around a breezy, cascading guitar riff
and oozes a casual temperament. Warm slide guitars and fuzzy
power-pop riffs color the lofty melodies of "Lonely Heart". Elsewhere,
"Idle By" recalls the glistening guitar lines of Felt, and "Lady Red"
shows Travis doing his best scrubbed up, sophisticated pop song.1. Giving Up
2. Idle By
4. Lonely Heart
5. Story Book
6. The Bread
7. Don't Forget
8. Lady Red
9. Wishing Away
10. Good Times$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now