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  • Silver Age Silver Age Quick View

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    Silver Age

    Those familiar with the decades-spanning oeuvre of Bob Mould, from his pioneering early '80s work with HÜsker DÜ to his solo work in singer/songwriter, electronic, and rock modes, to the deafening pop sparkle of Sugar, might expect a new album bearing the title Silver Age to be a somber and reflective set in the mode of his last album, 2009's Life and Times and they'd be way off the mark.



    The new record features Bob's current band which includes drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk) and bassist Jason Narducy (Verbow, Split Single), on 10 brand-new Mould compositions in the punishingly loud, melodically sparkling pop/rock vein of the Sugar catalog and the intensity of his latter-day HÜsker DÜ output.



    "I'd been batting around the idea of another aggressive pop record for some time," Bob says, "especially as the 20th anniversary of Copper Blue kept getting closer. It's no surprise, then, that Silver Age careens out of the speakers with a sense of exhilaration that reflects the excitement with which Bob and his live band cranked out the record in a tight whirlwind of a window in early 2012.

    1. Star Machine
    2. Silver Age
    3. The Descent
    4. Briefest Moment
    5. Steam of Hercules
    6. Fugue State
    7. Round the City Square
    8. Angels Rearrange
    9. Keep Believing
    10. First Time Joy
    Bob Mould
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    Beauty & Ruin

    "It's a song cycle. A narrative. It's nobody's story but my own I ran so
    fast from my past that I caught up with myself. This album is
    acknowledging that and dealing with every year getting a little tougher."


    Bob Mould's new album Beauty & Ruin is a twelve-track journey of loss,
    reflection, conciliation, and coming through the other side. It may very well
    be the most epic emotional roller coaster ever pressed into 36 minutes.


    Well into his fourth decade as a singer-songwriter, Mould is as relevant,
    ferocious, and poignant as he has ever been. Much of Beauty & Ruin deals
    with the passing of Mould's father in October 2012, Bob's struggle to come
    to terms with it, himself, and his own identity and legacy, and repercussions
    of all of the above on his ongoing relationships in the land of the living.
    Beauty & Ruin is a challenging work of raw beauty-and may well be Bob
    Mould's finest work since his 1989 solo debut, Workbook.


    Bob Mould's journey as singer-songwriter, guitarist, author, DJ, and all-around
    MVP began in 1979 with the formation of HÜsker DÜ. In 1988, Mould began
    the first part of a solo career producing the aforementioned Workbook and the
    heavy Black Sheets of Rain. In 1992, Bob gave the world Sugar, a reimagined
    power trio that toured the globe and produced two albums and an EP: Copper
    Blue, Beaster, and File Under: Easy Listening. From these releases came a cache
    of songs-"Helpless," "Hoover Dam," "If I Can't Change Your Mind,"
    "Your Favorite Thing"-that remain staples of Bob's live shows to this day.


    In fall 2012, Bob gave the world Silver Age, his debut album for Merge
    Records and the first to feature current bandmates Jason Narducy and Jon
    Wurster. The subsequent touring covered four continents, ending in October
    2013 in South America. Beauty & Ruin is in large part the sound of this band,
    on the road relentlessly, congealing into the tightest unit to surround Bob
    in his storied career. Two days after returning from South America, the trio
    reconvened in Chicago to begin the recording of Beauty & Ruin. The
    October 2013 session at Steve Albini's famed studio complex Electrical Audio
    consisted of nine days of band tracking and five days of layering guitars. The
    following month, Bob returned to Different Fur Studios in his hometown of
    San Francisco to finish lyrics for six songs, add vocals, and mix the album.


    Beauty & Ruin is a product of a survivor who refuses to give up, thrives
    through his work, and subsequently embraces the many changes around and
    within himself. Bob smartly declares the album as "yet another bonus round,
    and I am very grateful."

    1. Low Season
    2. Little Glass Pill
    3. I Don't Know You Anymore
    4. Kid With Crooked Face
    5. Nemeses Are Laughing
    6. The War
    7. Forgiveness
    8. Hey Mr. Grey
    9. Fire in the City
    10. Tomorrow Morning
    11. Let the Beauty Be
    12. Fix It
    Bob Mould
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    Patch The Sky

    Here's the deal. In 2012, people loved Silver Age (to a degree that surprised me, pleasantly),
    likewise Beauty & Ruin in 2014 (despite the heaviness of the subject matter,
    which I thought might be a bit alienating... apparently not. Another pleasant surprise.).


    But PATCH THE SKY is the darkest one.


    After the Letterman performance in February 2015 where "dust fell from the rafters,"
    it would have seemed logical to go the punk rock route-an entire album of two minute
    songs-but that wasn't where my soul was at.


    I withdrew from everyday life. I wrote alone for six months. I love people, but I
    needed my solitude. The search for my own truth kept me alive. These songs are my
    salvation.


    I've had a solid stretch of hard emotional times, and thanks for the condolences in
    advance. I don't want to go into the details-more death, relationships ending, life
    getting shorter-because they're already in the songs. Just listen and see if you can fit
    yourself into my stories. The words make you remember. The music makes you forget.


    But PATCH THE SKY is also the catchiest one.


    I always aim for the perfect balance of bright melodies and dark stories. I've used this
    juxtaposition for years. This time, I've tuned it to high contrast.
    The first side of the album is generally simple and catchy. The second side is heavier
    in spirit and tone. Opposing forces and properties.


    I love both sides of PATCH THE
    SKY.


    At the core of these songs is what I call the chemical chorus-you hear it once and
    your brain starts tingling. The heart rate picks up. It gets worse-you know it's coming
    again and you can barely stand the anticipation. Then, the beautifully heartbreaking
    bridge appears, and you're all set up-hooked for life. Music is an incredibly powerful
    drug. I want to be your drug dealer. I have what you need.


    -Bob Mould

    1. Voices in My Head
    2. The End of Things
    3. Hold On
    4. You Say You
    5. Losing Sleep
    6. Pray for Rain
    7. Lucifer and God
    8. Daddy's Favorite
    9. Hands are Tied
    10. Black Confetti
    11. Losing Time
    12. Monument
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    File Under: Easy Listening (Deluxe Edition)

    This vinyl reissue of Sugar's classic 1994 album File Under: Easy Listening from Merge includes a remastered version of the album plus downloads of the full record, B-sides and a complete 1994 live show.


    Gatefold vinyl with printed Euro sleeve.


    Through both his solo work and as a frontman for the legendary HÜsker DÜ, Bob Mould pioneered a signature wall of guitar sound and unmistakable vocal style that has imprinted a defining influence on more than one generation. In the three decades encompassing his career thus far, however, Mould saw his greatest success during his stint as lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for iconic early '90s trio Sugar.


    File Under: Easy Listening a.k.a F.U.E.L., the third and final album by this short-lived but brilliant trio, was originally released in September of 1994. Songs like "Your Favorite Thing" have endured as mainstays of Mould's solo performances to this day!


    "When word went around that Bob Mould had a new band, not only a 'band' band (as opposed to hired band to play his solo albums on tour) but also a trio, of course anyone raised from teenhood on punk rock and HÜsker DÜ in particular (like myself) went into high expectation mode. Copper Blue turned out to be a distillation of Bob's pop mode and roaring guitar mode into one tightly wound explosion of sound. There was space enough for the songs to breathe, but a driving urgency & energy in the rhythm section of Barbe & Travis that gives the whole album a barely-harnessed feel. Sonically, on songs like "The Act We Act" (Copper Blue), "JC Auto" (Beaster) & "Gee Angel" (F.U.E.L.) Sugar took HÜsker DÜ's aesthetic widescreen, the center held steady by Bob's focused songwriting. It's kind of incredible what Sugar did within such a small discography; there's no wasted space and the flow of great songs is a surprising, exciting listen 20 years later."- Mac McCaughan of Superchunk & Merge

    1. Gift
    2. Company Book
    3. Your Favorite Thing
    4. What You Want It to Be
    5. Gee Angel
    6. Panama City Motel
    7. Can't Help You Anymore
    8. Granny Cool
    9. Believe What You're Saying
    10. Explode and Make Up
    Sugar
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    District Line

    Guitarist/singer/songwriter Mould returns to form as a solo artist on his Anti debut. District Line combines the fire of his earliest work in Husker Du, the accessibility of his alternative rock, genre-defining trio Sugar, and the introspection found in his solo releases. He describes it as stories of my simple life in a complicated town, that being his adopted city of Washington, DC. Working with Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty, Mould has returned to the live band sound of Husker Du and Sugar to kick out ten songs that sound as youthful, energized, and immediate as anything he has ever recorded. This is a full on rock 'n' roll record, featuring members of Fugazi, and will appeal to fans of that band, as well as new fans raised on Alkaline Trio and Against Me.
    1. Stupid Now
    2. Who Needs To Dream?
    3. Again and Again
    4. Old Highs New Lows
    5. Return to Dust
    6. The Silence Between Us
    7. Shelter Me
    8. Very Temporary
    9. Miniature Parade
    10. Walls In Time
    Bob Mould
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    Good News For Modern Man


    First Time On Vinyl For This 1999 Solo Album From Ex Husker Du Drummer/songwriter!


    No one has to ask what the hell happened to Grant Hart? anymore. When last heard from in 1994, he was releasing his second LP with Nova Mob. His absence since was perhaps atypical, but here he is again, resuming his solo career for the first time in ten years. The good news is that Good News doesn't sound like Nova Mob or 1991's visceral Last Days of Pompeii, nor does it repeat his more introspective 1989 solo LP Intolerance or 1988's accomplished 2541 EP. Production-wise, this is the most pleasant Hart has come across. A sugar rush is added to his pronounced hooks, adding warmth without robbing the attack of vitality. It's hard to describe -- the first thought might be the exuberance of Cheap Trick on Surrender, only not so thumping. Songs such as Nobody Rides for Free and Seka Knows are not traditional power pop as much as vaguely restrained, crunchy-under-the-surface melodic rock songs with slight '60s influence. This steady, understated exhilaration is consistent with Hart's affable personality. You see it most on the lightest selection, Run Run Run to the Centre Pompidou, a jaunty pop romp to nowhere in gay Paris. But it's just as prevalent in the slower, demure tracks such as You Don't Have to Tell Me Now and, most unique of all, the Chills-like New Zealand hush of Teeny's Hair. Hart's control now is as impressive as when he was contrarily blistering the night with such incredible intensity behind the drums in 1984. His best LP since he parted company with Bob Mould and Greg Norton? Very likely!


    - Jack Rabid (All Music Guide)

    1. Little Nemo
    2. Think It Over Now
    3. Nobody Rides For Free
    4. Run Run Run To The Centre Pompidou
    5. You Don't Have To Tell Me Now
    6. Teeny's Hair
    7. A Letter From Anne Marie
    8. In A Cold House
    9. Seka Knows
    10. Remains to Be Seen
    11. Let Rosemary Rock Him, Laura-Louise
    Grant Hart
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    Copper Blue / Beaster

    This 2LP vinyl reissue of Sugar's classic albums Copper Blue (1992) and Beaster (1993) from Merge features both albums with a coupon included for full download of the records, B-sides and a complete 1992 live show. Gatefold vinyl with printed Euro sleeves.


    Through both his solo work and as a frontman for the legendary HÜsker DÜ, Bob Mould pioneered a signature wall of guitar sound and unmistakable vocal style that has imprinted a defining influence on more than one generation. In the three decades encompassing his career thus far, however, Mould saw his greatest success during his stint as lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for iconic early '90s trio Sugar.


    Sugar's 1992 debut album Copper Blue sold over 250,000 units upon its original release and received overwhelming praise. Rolling Stone christened it "thunderous"; Vogue dubbed it "smashing." NME would ultimately name it their 1992 Album of the Year. Currently, Mould has been commemorating Copper Blue's 20th anniversary by playing the record in its entirety with his current band of Jason Narducy (bass) and Jon Wurster (drums).


    Recorded and mixed during the same intense sessions that produced Copper Blue, the Beaster EP was originally released in April 1993. Notably darker in tone than the widescreen power-pop of Copper Blue, Beaster nevertheless boasts some of Mould's most powerful songwriting.


    "When word went around that Bob Mould had a new band, not only a 'band' band (as opposed to hired band to play his solo albums on tour) but also a trio, of course anyone raised from teenhood on punk rock and HÜsker DÜ in particular (like myself) went into high expectation mode. Copper Blue turned out to be a distillation of Bob's pop mode and roaring guitar mode into one tightly wound explosion of sound. There was space enough for the songs to breathe, but a driving urgency & energy in the rhythm section of Barbe & Travis that gives the whole album a barely-harnessed feel. Sonically, on songs like "The Act We Act" (Copper Blue), "JC Auto" (Beaster) & "Gee Angel" (F.U.E.L.) Sugar took HÜsker DÜ's aesthetic widescreen, the center held steady by Bob's focused songwriting. It's kind of incredible what Sugar did within such a small discography; there's no wasted space and the flow of great songs is a surprising, exciting listen 20 years later."- Mac McCaughan of Superchunk & Merge

    LP1 - Copper Blue
    1. The Act We Act
    2. A Good Idea
    3. Changes
    4. Helpless
    5. Hoover Dam
    6. The Slim
    7. If I Can't Change Your Mind
    8. Fortune Teller
    9. Slick
    10. Man on the Moon


    LP2 - Beaster
    1. Come Around
    2. Tilted
    3. Judas Cradle
    4. JC Auto
    5. Feeling Better
    6. Walking Away

    Sugar
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    Savage Young Du

    Experience the punishing sonic origins of a punk icon. Collected here for the first time, and skillfully remastered from original board tapes, demos, and session masters, this collection is an authoritative chronicling of the wellspring and maturation of Grant Hart, Greg Norton and Bob Mould - three Minneapolis teenagers who'd go on to become the most heralded trio of the American punk underground. Follow the HÜskers to their earliest gigs in 1979, through extensive road dog touring, and to the start of their partnership with West Coast tastemaker SST in 1983.


    This primitive stage in the fabled career of HÜsker DÜ is presented as a deluxe box set and packaged with a hardbound book crammed full of never before seen photos, flyers, and a sprawling essay with participation from the band. Spread across four LPs, 47 of the 69 songs compiled here are previously unissued. Also included are Statues/Amusement, In A Free Land, Everything Falls Apart, and an alternate recording of the Land Speed Record set.

    LP 1
    1. Do You Remember?
    2. Sore Eyes
    3. Can't See You Anymore
    4. Picture Of You
    5. The Truth Hurts
    6. Do The Bee
    7. Nuclear Nightmare
    8. All I've Got To Lose Is You
    9. Chinese Rocks
    10. Uncle Ron
    11. Data Control
    12. Insects Rule The World
    13. You're Too Obtuse
    14. Outside
    15. Sexual Economics
    16. What Went Wrong


    LP 2
    1. Statues
    2. Amusement
    3. Writer's Cramp
    4. Let's Go Die
    5. Walk With The Wounded
    6. Industrial Grocery Store
    7. Drug Party
    8. Call On Me
    9. Termination
    10. I'm Tired Of Doing Things
    11. Stick It To Me
    12. Wheels


    LP 3
    1. All Tensed Up
    2. Don't Try To Call
    3. I'm Not Interested
    4. Guns At My School
    5. Push The Button
    6. Gilligan's Island
    7. MTC
    8. Don't Have A Life
    9. You're Naïve
    10. Strange Week
    11. Big Sky
    12. Ultracore
    13. Let's Go Die (Live)
    14. Won't Say A Word
    15. Don't Try It
    16. Private Hell
    17. Diane
    18. Sex Dolls
    19. In A Free Land
    20. What Do I Want?
    21. M.I.C.
    22. Target (In A Free Land Session)
    23. Signals From Above (In A Free Land Session)


    LP 4
    1. From The Gut
    2. Blah, Blah, Blah
    3. Punch Drunk
    4. Bricklayer
    5. Afraid Of Being Wrong
    6. Sunshine Superman
    7. Signal From Above
    8. Everything Falls Apart
    9. Wheels
    10. Target
    11. Obnoxious
    12. Gravity
    13. Do You Remember? (Live)
    14. Travel In Opposite Car
    15. It's Not Funny Anymore
    16. Real World
    17. Out On A Limb
    18. It's Not Fair

    Husker Du
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    Life And Times (Awaiting Repress)

    30 years since the formation of Husker Du and 20 years since their explosive demise and the subsequent release of his first lauded solo effort Workbook, called a masterpiece by critics, Bob Mould is marking anniversaries with an album filled with self-reflection and an unflinching examination of the world around him. Standouts like Wasted World and I'm Sorry Baby, But You Can't Stand in My Light Anymore highlight an artist completing a cycle decades in the making, his talent undiminished, his perspective acute.


    Bob Mould is one of the most influential musicians of the alternative rock era, first for his early work with post-punks Husker Du, followed by the college-rock-defining pop of Sugar and finally for his solo albums, notably his first, Workbook, which quieted Mould's previous ire to reveal his fine songwriting in a new light and allowed an introspective glimpse into the inner workings of an evolving artist. With Life and Times, Mould comes full circle, reclaiming his indie songwriting mantle from the generation of musicians he inspired.

    1. Life And Times
    2. The Breach
    3. City Lights (Days Go By)
    4. MM 17
    5. Argos
    6. Bad Blood Better
    7. Wasted World
    8. Spiraling Down
    9. I'm Sorry, Baby, But You Can't Stand In My Light Any More
    10. Lifetime
    Bob Mould
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    Afraid Of Ghosts


    Afraid Of Ghosts' Was Produced By Ryan Adams At His PAX AM Studios In LA.


    Friends & Special Guests Johnny Depp And Bob Mould Join In On Certain Tracks.


    Butch Walker has announced his highly anticipated seventh full-length album Afraid Of Ghosts, released via Dangerbird Records. With his remarkably diverse resume that includes everything from guitar god to GRAMMY and CMA nominated producer, Walker's new LP shows both skill and tenderness. The production was helmed by Ryan Adams at his PAX AM Studios in LA along with friends & special guests Johnny Depp and Bob Mould. With gritty hints of folk, pop and rock, Afraid Of Ghosts weaves a journey through life, love, death and everything in between.

    1. Afraid of Ghosts
    2. I Love You
    3. Chrissie Hynde
    4. Still Drunk
    5. How Are Things, Love?
    6. Bed On Fire
    7. 21+
    8. Autumn Leaves
    9. Father's Day
    10. The Dark
    Butch Walker
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    Sweet Bird of Youth

    An epic collection of garagey, fuzzed-out, indie rock tunes. There are a lot of strange, grandiose pop songs on here, featuring plenty of reverbed and bombastic distorted guitar, some of it even sounding like Bob Mould's Flying V on a couple of tracks. The songs are very layered, with several different things going on over the course of the song. It's quite an achievement that only four bandmembers were able to pull this off. An analog keyboard at one also brought into play, and the interesting aspect is the layers of distortion that blanket the sound it generates, resulting in an almost orchestral feel to the songs it presides over. With this Rock*A*Teens record, Merge Records has yet another great album to feature on its already magnificent roster.


    - Jeremy Salmon (All Music Guide)

    1. Car and Driver

    2. If I Wanted to Be Famous (I'd Have Shot Someone)

    3. Please Don't Go Downtown Tonight

    4. Betwixt or Between
    5. Make It New Again

    6. Sun's Up

    7. It's Destiny

    8. Hwy R

    9. If You Only Knew

    10. I Hope You'll Never See Me Like This

    11. That Day Is Today

    12. Ma, Look What the City Did to Me

    13. Our Future Was Then

    14. Lee Knows Every Raindrop

    15. Put It Right Out of Your Mind

    16. No Books About It

    17. Pretty Thoughts Strike Down the Band
    The Rock*A*Teens
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    Copper Blue (Discontinued)

    The Classic 1992 Album Remastered & Pressed on Vinyl for the Very First Time!


    Sugars secret ingredient was Bob Moulds popcore, his own personal brand of power pop, heavy on the angst and doom and gloom, with the back beat to drive the point in, and the melody to help make it all stick to your heart. Following nearly a decade as guitarist with the legendary hardcore band HÜsker DÜ, Mould formed Sugar with drummer Malcolm Travis and bassist David Barbe and recorded what is arguably his best recording since the mid-'80s, combining the dense, melodic noise of his previous recordings with a sharp, bright, hypnotic musicality.


    Copper Blue turned heads in the press and radio world, and became one of the most influential albums of the early 90s. The critics lauded the album as a breath of fresh air, and to this day their Top-Ten lists are packed with bands who would never have gotten there unless there was Mould and his Sugar.

    1. The Act We Act

    2. A Good Idea
    3. Changes
    4. Helpless
    5. Hoover Dam
    6. The Slim
    7. If I Cant Change Your Mind
    8. Fortune Teller
    9. Slick
    10. Man On The Moon
    Sugar
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    The High Country


    180-Gram White Vinyl In Gatefold Jacket


    Recorded At Chris Walla's (Death Cab For Cutie) Hall Of Justice Studio


    Engineered By Beau Sorenson (Bob Mould, Camera Obscura)


    A raw pop record infused with undeniable hooks, distortion pedals,
    passion, grit, and maybe a little insanity, The High Country is the first
    SSLYBY album to truly capture the power and energy the group
    exudes when performing live.


    SSLYBY recorded The High Country as a power trio consisting of
    Dickey, guitarist/vocalist Will Knauer, and bassist Tom Hembree, a
    founding member of the group who left after Broom, but returned to
    (as Dickey describes it) "stir things up in the best way possible and
    demand we play louder and faster."


    After a month spent demoing and practicing, the three musicians
    convened at Seattle's legendary Hall of Justice to record with engineer
    Beau Sorenson (Superchunk, Garbage). In many ways, The High
    Country is the record Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin has been
    building up to its entire career.

    1. Line On You
    2. Step Brother City
    3. Goal Mind
    4. Full Possession Of All Her Powers
    5. Madeline
    6. What I Won
    7. Trevor Forever
    8. Foreign Future
    9. Song Will
    10. Magnet's New Summer 'Do
    11. Total Meltdown
    Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
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    There's A Blue Bird In My Heart

    Anders Parker has a recording of new music coming out June 17th, and it is called There's a Blue Bird in my Heart. Released by his new record label, Recorded & Freed, the album of nine distinct tracks was created in Burlington, Vermont. The initial tracks were all cut live with his band Cloud Badge, before the process relocated to Athens, Georgia for additional recording and mixing by the legendary David Barbe (Bob Mould, Drive-by Truckers, Son Volt), and guest appearances by local Athens talent. This is the first release of new Parker material in over four years. A.P. did not sit idle during the interim, having recorded and released more than twenty-three tracks with the Woody Guthrie-inspired New Multitudes supergroup that also included Jay Farrar, Jim James, and Will Johnson. He also released a beautifully lyrical album of music with longtime ally Kendall Meade called Wild Chorus under the band name, Anders & Kendall. All of these efforts add to the continued entries in the ledger of his life's body of work that include his work with Space Needle, Gob Iron (also with Jay Farrar), five albums recorded under the anonymity of the name Varnaline, five albums recorded under his name, and a live "field recording" from a Portland, Oregon tour stop in 2005.
    1. The Road
    2. Animals
    3. Don't Let The Darkness In
    4. Unspoken
    5. Silver Yonder
    6. Feel It
    7. Epic Life
    8. Jackbooted Thugs (Have All The Best Drugs)
    9. See You On The Other Side
    Anders Parker
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    Saved


    The title of Now, Now's first new album in half a decade begs the obvious
    question Saved from what? They certainly didn't seem like a band that
    needed saving after the release of their 2012 LP Threads. When the world
    last heard from Now, Now, they had made their late night TV debut with
    Jimmy Fallon, and landed tours and shows with bands including Fun. and
    Bob Mould, among others. For better or worse, the usual path for any band
    that seems like they're on the cusp of a breakthrough is to strike while the
    iron is hot. That is, to hurry back to the studio to work with a proven producer
    known for having a hand in a few big records. Bands and artists that find
    themselves in this situation are compelled to "go big, or go home," and in
    Now, Now's case they did just that, they went home.


    It might not have been planned that way, but that's where they ended up--
    back in Minneapolis without a clear sense of how to move forward. Despite
    any success or acclamation earned up to that point, self-doubt set in, and
    a crippling writers block entrenched itself further. Weeks became months,
    and months dissolved into years, all while the band's modest but fervent
    fanbase were left to speculate on social media as to what was behind the
    silence. At a particularly low point relates KC, "I felt like I was pursuing the
    wrong dream, that maybe something else would reveal itself to me."


    She felt pressure from both herself and those around her so immense that it
    froze her. "It felt like everyone was mistaking how much I was obsessing
    over the album for not caring about the album, but in reality I was putting too
    much pressure on myself to be able to write. So it felt like everyone was angry
    with me on top of me feeling like I was ruining my career and disappointing
    myself." As a result she reveals, "I had some very difficult conversations with
    myself and with people close to me who were worried about my happiness."


    "I still carry a little bit of guilt for adding to that stress that KC is talking about,"
    reveals Brad. "After a year of people around us asking 'why is the album not
    done, your career is about to just be over,' I as well started to question my
    career choice, to question my talent, and I started buying into this idea that
    KC wasn't working, even though I was right there watching her work. That's
    something I'm embarrassed by and wish I could take back. But through that
    we got stronger as friends and collaborators, and I learned the hard way that
    the only reason we make music is for ourselves."

    1. SGL
    2. MJ
    3. Can't Help Myself
    4. AZ
    5. Window
    6. Holy Water
    7. Yours
    8. Saved
    9. Knowme
    10. Drive
    11. Set It Free
    12. Powder
    Now, Now
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    Bad Self Portraits, taking its cues from the social media "selfie" phenomena, is a startling record, one that shows the group tightening up its songwriting chops and presenting a much more unified statement, front to back. Lead singer Rachael Price sounds as disaffected a woman scorned as ever, and, though she throws some of the vocal leads to her male counterparts, particularly on the song "Seventeen", she's still as commanding (and, as someone else in Review Land has noted, LOUD) a presence as ever. But Bad Self Portraits is notable for dialing down some of the jazziness of their previous full length - you have to get a few tracks in before you hear the group's distinctive horns and Bridget Kearney's thick thunk-a-thunka stand-up bass lines don't really get a chance to shine until third track "Better Than". Bad Self Portraits, then, is a much more streamlined and rockist affair. Even though it doesn't reach the same heights, in terms of bowling you off your feet and knocking you over with infectiousness, as Lake Street Dive did, it is still an excellent record, and one that sees the group emerging as much more mature and self-confident. Bad Self Portraits shucks the adage that anything released in the depths of winter is dross.


    What makes Bad Self Portraits particularly astonishing is that it naturally follows from previous releases in a logical progression. While the Fun Machine EP seemed at the time to be merely a stop-gap release meant to tide fans over to this slightly more than three year wait between proper albums (Lake Street Dive was released at the end of 2010), it now makes a great deal more sense in terms of providing a direction for the group. When the band covered Hall & Oates' "Rich Girl" on that affair, it was merely a means of setting up the grandiose statement of the infectious piano led "Rabid Animal", which is probably my favourite thing on the record although it is, alas, the briefest at two minutes and change. Still, that shouldn't sell the rest of the album short. The gorgeous rock number "Stop Your Crying" (no, not a cover of the Pretenders' "Stop Your Sobbing" or a certain Bob Mould song from Black Sheets of Rain) is insanely propulsive and invites you to clap along. The countrified "You Go Down Smooth", the song the band performed on Colbert, rambles and careens in equal measure. It is, to quote the lyrics sheet, a "special treat". "Better Than", with its seeming time signature shifts in certain measures, shows the band's willingness to experiment with off-kilter sounds. And when Price sings "I have lived a privileged life, but I have seen my share of strife", on "What About Me", you feel it; right in the gut.


    What makes Lake Street Dive so special is that, even though the band members are talented individuals in their own right, they are able to interplay and lock together to form a solid backbone to their music. Price, in particular, isn't even 30 years old yet and has the razor sharp wit and wisdom of a woman a decade ahead of her. It's impressive that the band can sound as tight as they do, as Kearney moonlights in other outfits (Joy Kills Sorrow, Cuddle Magic). If anything, Bad Self Portraits is another outstanding release from a really crucial and important group who is on the cusp of shedding its relative anonymity for bigger and better stages. While I doubt Lake Street Dive is ever going to headline stadium tours, their years of playing scuzzy bars (which impacted their selection of name) is clearly well, well behind them. Bad Self Portraits is an awesome addition to the band's catalogue, and I cannot be effusive enough in my love for this group, self-deprecation be damned, that can make you feel so wonderful to be alive and breathing. Lake Street Dive has that kind of effect on listeners, and it's blistering.


    - Zachary Houle (Pop Matters)

    1. Bad Self Portraits
    2. Stop Your Crying
    3. Better Than
    4. Rabid Animal
    5. You Go Down Smooth
    6. Use Me Up
    7. Bobby Tanqueray
    8. Just Ask
    9. Seventeen
    10. What About Me
    11. Rental Love

    Lake Street Dive
    $17.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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