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RuminationsThis past winter, Conor Oberst found himself hibernating in his hometown of Omaha after living in New York City for more than a decade. He emerged with the unexpectedly raw, unadorned solo album Ruminations, available on Nonesuch Records. I wasn't expecting to write a record, says Oberst. I honestly wasn't expecting to do much of anything. Winter in Omaha can have a paralyzing effect on a person but in this case it worked in my favor. I was just staying up late every night playing piano and watching the snow pile up outside the window. Next thing I knew I had burned through all the firewood in the garage and had more than enough songs for a record. I recorded them quick to get them down but then it just felt right to leave them alone.
Oberst went to ARC, the studio he built with his Bright Eyes bandmate and longtime friend Mike Mogis, to record that music. With the help of engineer Ben Brodin, he recorded all the songs in the span of 48 hours. The results are almost sketch-like in their sparseness, and they ultimately became the songs that comprise Ruminations. These tracks do not have the multi-layered instrumentation of the most recent Bright Eyes and solo albums: This is Oberst alone with his guitar, piano, and harmonica; the songs connect with some of the rough magic and anxious poetry that first brought him to the attention of the world, while their lyrical complexity and concerns make it obvious they could only have been written in the present. Conor Oberst has several live dates scheduled, including intimate solo performances in November and December at venues such as New York's Carnegie Hall and Nashville's Ryman Audtorium.1. Tachycardia
2. Barbary Coast (Later)
3. Gossamer Thin
4. Counting Sheep
5. Mamah Borthwick (A Sketch)
6. The Rain Follows the Plow
7. A Little Uncanny
8. Next of Kin
9. You All Loved Him Once
10. Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Conor OberstConor Oberst's new self-titled solo release was made in Tepoztlßn, Morelos, M?xico, a place known for Aztec magic and extra-terrestrial sightings. A temporary studio was constructed in a mountain villa called Valle M?stico at the outskirts of town and a special band called The Mystic Valley Band was assembled for the recording. The album was produced by Conor Oberst and engineer/long time associate, Andy LeMaster. It was there at Valle M?stico that Oberst and the band lived and worked in near perfect harmony, often unaware of the hour or the day. The result is his first solo album in thirteen years, following Water (1993), HereÆs To Special Treatment (1994) and Soundtrack To My Movie (1995). In that time Conor Oberst has recorded and performed in many bands and musical projects including Commander Venus, Park Ave., Desaparecidos and most notably Bright Eyes, his main musical vehicle for the past decade.1. Cape Canaveral
4. Lenders In The Temple
5. Danny Callahan
6. I DonÆt Want To Die (In The Hospital)
7. Eagle On A Pole
8. NYC-Gone, Gone
10. Valle M?stico (RubenÆs Song)
11. Souled Out!!!
12. Milk Thistle$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
We're All Gonna DieDawes' highly anticipated new album We're All Gonna Die will be released via the band's own HUB Records.
Of the album, Taylor Goldsmith (guitar, vocals) explains, "Pretty much every song on this record explores a difficult situation and tries to find a way to find the good in it, or at least remind yourself that it's not always that big of a deal. After all, as scary as it is, we are all gonna die."
The album was produced by Grammy nominated producer Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes) and includes backing vocals from Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe of Lucius, Mandy Moore and Will Oldham.
Dawes has toured extensively playing headline shows worldwide and major festival appearances including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza and Newport Folk Festival. Recently, they have toured with My Morning Jacket, Bob Dylan, Mumford and Sons, Conor Oberst, and Jackson Browne.
In the fall of 2014, Goldsmith contributed to Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, an album project which found collaborators Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) and producer T Bone Burnett writing and creating music for a treasure trove of recently discovered lyrics handwritten by Bob Dylan in 1967 during the period that generated the recording of the legendary Basement Tapes.
Fellow collaborator Jim James proclaims about We're All Gonna Die, "The record sounds so fresh-yet fills me with a strange nostalgia for things that haven't happened yet...I hear it at the beach and blasting out of car windows on future summer nights...easily having become a natural part of people's lives."1. One Of Us
2. We're All Gonna Die
3. Roll With The Punches
4. Picture Of A Man
5. Less Than Five Miles Away
6. Roll Tide
7. When The Tequila Runs Out
8. For No Good Reason
10. As If By Design$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Payola (Deluxe)More than a decade after putting out their first album,
Desaparecidos return with a follow-up that breathes new life
into their brutal fusion of protest music and punk. Though the
band never truly parted ways, vocalist/guitarist Conor Oberst,
guitarist Denver Dalley, keyboardist Ian McElroy, bassist/vocalist
Landon Hedges, and drummer Matt Baum have spent much of the
past 13 years pursuing other ambitions (including Oberst's work
as a solo artist and Bright Eyes frontman). Fueling their Epitaph
Records debut Payola with the same spirit of unrest that propelled
2002's Read Music/Speak Spanish, Desaparecidos now match
that passion with a fuller, more furious sound and gut-punching
commentary on everything from immigration reform and the healthcare
debate to gun control and Wall Street bailouts.
With its title capturing what McElroy calls "these endless
examples of what's wrong with the whole money culture happening
in America today," Payola was co-produced by the band and their
longtime collaborator Mike Mogis (First Aid Kit, The Faint, Man
Man). Recorded in several bursts over the past few years at ARC
Studios in Omaha, the album's 14 tracks pack a barrage of outcry
and insight into each sharply crafted lyric while storming forward
with a ferocious energy. And in their implausibly melodic
blend of blistering riffs, lead-heavy rhythms, and savage vocal
work, Desaparecidos reveal a bottled-up intensity that suggests
a band whose chemistry's stronger than ever before. "It wasn't
like we were trying to recapture some former glory," says Oberst
of Desaparecidos' long-planned reunion in the studio. "It was
like we had to do this, and we had to do it now."1. The Left is Right
2. The Underground Man
3. City on the Hill
4. Golden Parachutes
7. Te Amo Camila Vallejo
8. Ralphy's Cut
11. Search the Searches
12. 10 Steps Behind
13. Von Maur Massacre
14. Anonymous$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band: Outer SouthWhile touring in support of Conor Oberst's self-titled debut, Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band began to write new songs. Each band member shared their compositions and worked them out on the road. Energized by the live performances, and eager to capture the synergy they felt onstage, Oberst took his musical compadres to Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, Texas outside of El Paso. In recording sessions in November and December of '08, The Mystic Valley Band recorded 16 songs, this time they shared the songwriting duties. The result, the sparkling Outer South is the first album credited to Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band and features the fruits of their enticing musical symbiosis. Oberst's songwriting and delivery remain an engaging presence, but the addition of songs by Taylor Hollingsworth, Nik Freitas and Jason Boesel make for a multi-textured and colorful collaboration. Along with Oberst, Boesel, Hollingsworth and Freitas, The Mystic Valley Band includes Macey Taylor and Nathaniel Walcott.1. Slowly (oh so slowly)
2. To All the Lights in the Windows
3. Big Black Nothing
4. Air Mattress
5. Cabbage Town
6. Ten Women
7. Difference Is Time
9. White Shoes
13. Roosevelt Room
14. Eagle on a Pole
15. I Got the Reason #2
16. Snake Hill$26.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
SalutationsConor Oberst will release a new album, Salutations, on Nonesuch Records.
The album is a companion piece to 2016's lauded Ruminations. When Oberst wrote and recorded the songs on Ruminations, entirely solo-with just voice, piano, guitar and harmonica-he intended to ultimately record them with a full band. In the midst of putting together that band-upstate New York's The Felice Brothers plus the legendary drummer Jim Keltner (Neil Young, Jackson Browne, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and many more)-the passionate responses Oberst was getting to those first solo recordings, from friends and colleagues, encouraged him to release the songs as-is, in their original sparse form, as his seventh solo album: Ruminations, which was released in October 2016. The Sunday Times of London called it the rawest album yet from the forever troubled one-time voice of a generation and political and very, very personal, saying Oberst is one of the best songwriters around.
Meanwhile, Oberst simultaneously moved ahead with his plans to record with the band, heading to the famed Shangri-la Studios in Malibu to record Salutations-co-produced with Keltner and engineered by long-time musical compadre Andy LeMaster. Guest contributions come courtesy of Jim James, Blake Mills, Maria Taylor, M Ward, Gillian Welch, Gus Seyffert, Pearl Charles, Nathaniel Walcott, and Jonathan Wilson.
Salutations includes full-band versions of the ten songs from Ruminations, plus seven additional songs, some from an additional session at Five Star Studios in Echo Park in fall 2016.
Oberst says of the Salutations sessions: Jim was really the captain of the ship and the spiritual leader of the project. We leaned heavy on his fifty-plus years of musical insight to get us to where we needed to be. He brought such depth and dignity to the proceedings that made everyone else involved rise to the occasion. It was a true stroke of luck that he got involved when he did.LP 1
1. Too Late to Fixate
2. Gossamer Thin
5. Next Of Kin
7. Mamah Borthwick (A Sketch)
8. Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out
1. Barbary Coast (Later)
3. Empty Hotel by the Sea
4. Anytime Soon
5. Counting Sheep
6. Rain Follows the Plow
7. You All Loved Him Once
8. A Little Uncanny
9. Salutations$26.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Every Day And Every NightA singer-songwriter of true importance to emerge on the American indie music scene, Conor Oberst shows his talent on this 5-song EP. Combining well-crafted, insightful lyrics with haunting music, and melodies to produce songs that are manic, depressing, honest, and inspiring, Every Day and Every Night EP is a must-have for fans of Conor's work.1. A Line Allows Progress, a Circle Does Not
2. A Perfect Sonnet
3. On My Way to Work
4. A New Arrangement
5. Neely O'Hara$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Collection Of Songs Written And Recorded 1995-1997The debut album for Bright Eyes was compiled from 4 reels of analog 4-track recordings which Conor Oberst had made prior to his 18th birthday. Conor spent most all of his teenage years touring and playing music with bands such as Commander Venus and Park Ave. Now, he has focused his efforts on Bright Eyes, the moniker by which he shares his intimate and personal stories. The 20 songs on this album are stated elegantly and humbly with guitars, keyboards, drums, and voice. Oberst's imagery and storytelling is at times quite sad and other times rather uplifting, yet always exhibits sophistication.1. The Invisible Gardener
2. Patient Hope in New Snow
3. Saturday as Usual
4. Falling Out of Love at This Volume
5. Exaltation on a Cool Kitchen Floor
6. The Awful Sweetness of Escaping Sweat
7. Puella Quam Amo Est Pulchra
8. Driving Fast Through a Big City at Night
9. How Many Lights Do You See?
10. I Watched You Taking Off
11. A Celebration Upon Completion
12. Emily, Sing Something Sweet
13. All of the Truth
14. One Straw (Please)
16. A Few Minutes on Friday
18. Solid Jackson
19. Feb. 15th
20. The 'Feel Good' Revolution$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
"Upstate New York rockers the Felice Brothers are among the most compelling
young bands leading the resurgence of Americana music,
and they prove it each night, onstage."
Catskill Mountains-based five piece The Felice Brothers have released 4 official albums and toured the world several
times over with artists such as Mumford and Sons, Conor Oberst, Old Crow Medicine Show and The Killers since their
2006 inception. They've played such renowned festivals as Coachella, Bonnaroo and Newport Folk and
received accolades from Rolling Stone, Spin, New York Times, The Guardian and countless others.
The Felice Brothers' new album, Favorite Waitress, was recorded with the band's longtime producer Jeremy Backofen
and marks their return to a more organic, full band approach following 2011's beats and
samples-heavy effort Celebration, Florida.1. Bird On Broken Wing
2. Cherry Licorice
3. Meadow Of A Dream
5. Saturday Night
8. Katie Cruel
9. No Trouble
12. Woman Next Door
13. Silver In The Shadow$23.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Letting Off The HappinessTen songs written by Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), a boy from Nebraska, and performed/recorded with assistance from members of Cursive, Drip, Lullaby for the Working Class, Neutral Milk Hotel, of Montreal, Sorry About Dresden, and more. For those familiar with the work of Bright Eyes, this new record represents a big step forward in terms of fidelity, much in part to the guidance and assistance throughout the recordings by Lullaby's Mike Mogis. For those not familiar with the Bright Eyes sound, this album will serve as a perfect introduction to this chaotic bedroom pop.1. If Winter Ends
2. Padraic My Prince
3. Contrast and Compare
4. The City Has Sex
5. The Difference in the Shades
7. June on the West Coast
8. Pull My Hair
9. A Poetic Retelling of an Unfortunate Seduction
10. Tereza and Thomas$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Upside Down MountainThough only 34, Conor Oberst has been a recording artist for more than two decades, starting with raw, acoustic guitar-based bedroom tracks he cut as a young teenager and initially released on cassette. After his early Omaha-based band Commander Venus broke up, Oberst recast himself as Bright Eyes, an umbrella name for Oberst, producer-keyboardist Mike Mogis and multi-instrumentalist/arranger Nathaniel Wolcott, and a shifting group of collaborators. By the time he released Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground on Saddle Creek, the label he helped found with friends in Omaha, Oberst was a word-of-mouth success, with an avid young audience that helped to sell out his tours. The critics soon followed. Rolling Stone called him "a true American original: the ghost of Walt Whitman setting up shop in the wraith-white, rail-thin frame of an acoustic-strumming Nebraska Cure fan." The 2005 simultaneous release of two markedly different Bright Eyes albums-the more singer-songwriter-oriented I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and the darker, computerized Digital Ash in a Digital Urn-displayed the breadth of his talent. Time Magazine listed I'm Wide Awake among its top 10 albums of the year. Since then, Bright Eyes has continued to evolve, its lineup morphing with each successive tour. While supporting his 2007 Cassadaga album, Oberst took over New York City's Town Hall for a week of sold-out shows, with his large, string-augmented ensemble outfitted spectacularly in white suits. He's also recorded and toured with Mogis, Jim James, and M. Ward as Monsters of Folk as well as with his own Mystic Valley Band. For the first leg of his summer 2014 tour, he's bringing along Wilson's other pals, the Southern Californian quartet Dawes as his support act and backing band.
"I feel lucky that I have been able to do this for as longs as I have," declares Oberst. "I've seen so many talented friends come and go, for a lot of different reasons. Sometimes they stop making music because they can't pay the bills or they lose the passion for it. At this point it is my life. I don't know another way to live. There is something fundamental in myself; I have to be this way. It completes what I am."
Upside Down Mountain features many other friends of Oberst's, including producer Jonathan Wilson, engineer Andy LeMaster, bassist Macey Taylor, multi-instrumentalist Blake Mills, and the Swedish sibling folk-rock vocal duo First Aid Kit. What started as exploratory demos with producer-musician Jonathan Wilson at his Fivestar Studios in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, in a home Wilson rents from Oberst, became the first de facto album sessions. Returning to his native Omaha, Nebraska, Oberst kept rolling with the help of frequent collaborator, engineer, and friend Andy LeMaster at his own ARC Studios. Even more tracking followed in Omaha last November and December. Then Oberst and Wilson moved south to Blackbird Studio in Nashville.
"This is a return to an earlier way I wrote," Oberst says of the songs on Upside Down Mountain. "It's more intimate or personal, if you will. Even if all my songs come from the same place, you make different aesthetic decisions along the way. For me, language is a huge part of why I make music. I'm not the greatest guitar player or piano player-I'm not the greatest singer, either-but I feel if I can come up with melodies I like that are fused with poetry I'm proud of, then that's what I bring to the table. That's why I'm able to do this."1. Time Forgot
2. Zigzagging Toward the Light
3. Hundreds of Ways
4. Artifact #1
5. Lonely at the Top
6. Enola Gay
7. Double Life
9. Night at Lake Unknown
10. You Are Your Mother's Child
11. Governor's Ball
12. Desert Island Questionnaire
13. Common Knowledge$32.99Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-SAD-4518xBright Eyes and Neva Dinova
One Jug Of Wine, Two VesselsThe collaboration One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels is the fruit of a long-time musical appreciation between Bright Eyes and Neva Dinova. Featuring four new songs in addition to six from the original 2004 Crank! Records release, One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels is less of a split and more of a bonafide collaboration. Dividing the songwriting duties, the original tracks were recorded by Conor Oberst and Jake Bellows in basements of houses on quiet, leafy streets in Omaha in the fall of 2003. Those tracks were mixed and tweaked by famed producer-in-residence Mike Mogis at his Presto! Studios in Lincoln, Nebraska. The groups reconvened in the fall of 2009 to write and record four new tracks at Mogis's renowned ARC Studios in Omaha for the reissue.1. Rollerskating*
2. Happy Accident*
3. Someone's Love*
4. I Know You*
6. Black Comedy
8. I'll Be Your Friend
9. Get Back
10. Spring Cleaning
*new song featured on this reissue$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dark Was The NightThis triple LP contains thirty-one exclusive tracks that will benefit the Red Hot Organization, an international charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS. This is their 20th anniversary and 20th release. Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National produced the album, and John Carlin, the founder of the Red Hot Organization was the executive producer.
The complete list of artists that recorded tracks for this release: Andrew Bird, Antony + Bryce Dessner, Arcade Fire, Beach House, Beirut, Blonde Redhead + Devastations, Bon Iver, Bon Iver & Aaron Dessner, The Books featuring Jose Gonzalez, Buck 65 Remix (featuring Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti), Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues, The Decemberists, Dirty Projectors + David Byrne, Kevin Drew, Feist + Ben Gibbard, Grizzly Bear, Grizzly Bear + Feist, Iron & Wine, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Kronos Quartet, Stuart Murdoch, My Brightest Diamond, My Morning Jacket, The National, The New Pornographers, Conor Oberst & Gillian Welch, Riceboy Sleeps, Dave Sitek, Spoon, Sufjan Stevens, Yeasayer and Yo La Tengo.1. Knotty Pine
2. Cello Song
3. Train Song
4. Brackett, WI
5. Deep Blue Sea
6. So Far Around The Bend
8. Feeling Good
9. Dark Was The Night
10. I Was Young When I Left Home
11. Big Red Machine
14. Service Bell
19. El Caporal
20. Ispiration Information
21. With A Girl Like You
22. Blood Pt. 2
23. Hey, Snow White
24. Gentle Hour
25. Another Saturday
27. Amazing Grace
28. The Giant Of Illinois
30. When The Road Runs Out
31. Love Vs. Porn$29.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John PrineJohn Prine covers by Justin Vernon, Conor Oberst, My Morning Jacket, Josh Ritter, The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show & more.1. Justin Vernon - "Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)"
2. Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - "Wedding Day in Funeralville"
3. My Morning Jacket - "All the Best"
4. Josh Ritter - "Mexican Home"
5. Lambchop - "Six O'Clock News"
6. Justin Townes Earle - "Far From Me"
7. The Avett Brothers - "Spanish Pipedream"
8. Old Crow Medicine Show - "Angel from Montgomery"
9. Sara Watkins - "The Late John Garfield Blues"
10. Drive-By Truckers - "Daddy's Little Pumpkin"
11. Deer Tick (feat. Liz Isenberg) - "Unwed Fathers"
12. Those Darlins - "Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaiian"$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Christmas Album
180 Gram White Vinyl
Traditional Christmas songs performed and arranged by Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and Maria Taylor along with the help of Jake Bellows, Gretta Cohn, Armand Costanzo, Denver Dalley, Stefanie Drootin, Orenda Fink, Neely Jenkins, Jiha Lee, Andy LeMaster, Mike Mogis, Matt Oberst, Stephen Pedersen, Blake Sennett, Macey Taylor, and Nick White.
Check out the album The New York Times called the saddest, sweetest holiday recording you hear all season.1. Away In A Manger
2. Blue Christmas
3. Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem
4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
5. The First Noel
6. Little Drummer Boy
7. White Christmas
8. Silent Night
9. Silver Bells
10. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
11. The Night Before Christmas$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The People's KeyThe People's Key is Bright Eyes' seventh studio album and eagerly awaited follow-up to 2007âs acclaimed Cassadaga. Since 2006 the once revolving cast of Bright Eyes players has settled around permanent members Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott, with additional musicians joining them in the studio and on tour.
Fully realized and bursting with charisma, The People's Key is an assured and accomplished album, artfully arranged and filled with the engaging and mesmeric songwriting for which Oberst is renowned. Recorded in Omaha, Nebraska, at the bandâs own ARC Studios, The People's Key was produced by Mike Mogis and engineered by Mogis and Andy LeMaster.1. Firewall
2. Shell Games
3. Jejune Stars
4. Approximate Sunlight
5. Haile Selassie
6. A Machine Spiritual (In the Peopleâs Key)
7. Triple Spiral
8. Beginnerâs Mind
9. Ladder Song
10. One for You, One for Me$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-SAD-3413xBright Eyes & Son Ambulance
Oh Holy Fools: The Music Of Son Ambulance & Bright EyesOh Holy Fools is an 8-song split EP consisting of four songs from Son, Ambulance and four songs from Bright Eyes, originally released in 2001 on Saddle Creek Records. Bright Eyes is the moniker for the acclaimed singer/songwriter Conor Oberst while Son, Ambulance showcases the songwriting talents of Omaha, NE's Joe Knapp, who has been showing up on various Bright Eyes recordings for quite some time. You first heard Joe's voice on the opening track of the Every Day and Every Night EP, where he and Conor switched back and forth between lead vocal duties. 180g vinyl reissue with CD of the entire album also included.Written and Performed by Son, Ambulance
1. Brown Park
2. The Invention of Beauty
3. On the Consourse
4. Kaite Come True
Written And Performed by Bright Eyes
5. Going For The Gold
6. Oh, You Are the Roots That Sleep Beneath My Feet and Hold The Earth In Place
7. No Lies, Just Love
8. Kathy with a K's Song$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-4AD-111xThe Mountain Goats
Heretic PrideThe Mountain Goats have recorded four fine albums that have established them as a genuine cult phenomenon and confirmed John Darnielle's status as one of the finest lyricists of his generation. Heretic Pride is a suite of songs about mythical creatures, imaginary cults, slasher films, and pulp fiction novelists. Here, Darnielle has also come up with some of the most anthemic, impassioned, and downright catchy songs of his career. It's rare to come across such specific and purposeful prose in modern pop. But, alongside Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and the Decemberists' Colin Meloy, John Darnielle is helping bring fine lyric writing back to life - NY Daily News.1. Sax Rohmer #1
2. San Bernardino
3. Heretic Pride
5. New Zion
6. So Desperate
7. In The Craters On The Moon
8. Lovecraft In Brooklyn
9. Tianchi Lake
10. How To Embrace A Swamp Creature
11. Marduk T-Shirt Men's Room Incident
12. Sept 15th 1983
13. Michael Myers Resplendent$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
New OceanNeva Dinova frontman Jake Bellows enlisted old friends Ben Brodin (engineer at ARC Studios and Conor Oberst sideman), Ryan Fox (The Good Life), Todd Fink (The Faint), and Heath Koontz (Neva Dinova) for help in the making of New Ocean, his solo debut.
The songs? A mix tape of gauzy introspection, winsome upbeat rockers, left turns into drunk-in-the-sun bossa nova, blued-eyed soul as ruptured by a fuzzed-out guitar solo, and a song that tries to change the fabric of the universe by the very frequencies it emits.1. New Ocean
2. All Right Now
3. You and Me
4. Drinking with Dad
5. Two Weeks
6. I Know You
7. I Can't Wait
8. Running from Your Love
10. Should You Ever Change Your Mind
11. Frequency$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-TEA-5013xConor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band
One Of My KindIncludes 60-minute DVD Documentary on The Story of the Mystic Valley Band & Outtakes from Band Sessions on 180g LP/CD
Phil Schaffart was not hired by Conor Oberst to make the film One of My Kind. He was hired to make sure the guitars stayed in tune. But Phil had a video camera with him as the Mystic Valley Band came together for the first time at Valle Místico in Tepoztlán, Mexico in January of 2008 and so he started filming what he sensed was something special.
"When I started filming, none of us had the intentions of turning what was being shot into a film," says Phil, "but the things we were seeing, feeling and capturing with the music proved to be inspiring in ways we were not prepared for."
Later that year after touring for the Conor's self-titled Merge release, the Mystic Valley Band went back into the studio, this time at the Sonic Ranch outside of El Paso, Texas where they recorded their follow-up release, Outer South. This album was a reflection of what the MVB had become over the preceding 10 months. Now, the song writing was no longer Conor's sole responsibility as the other members of the band all spread their own musical and compositional wings. All the while, Phil continued to film what was going on with the band, capturing the year of touring, the almond orchards in Texas, the temples and steep cliffs of Mexico and the evolution of a group of musicians that started as not much more than an idea for a different way to make a record, and ended up being a fully realized rock band.
"Something was happening between the six members of the band musically that was effortless and natural in a way I had not seen before;" Phil continues: "In Texas we started thinking that the footage could be turned into a documentary film." Phil returned to Omaha later and enlisted the help of the H Minus Production team and after many grueling hours in the edit suite, a film was born.
Team Love is proud to release the final version of the film, One of My Kind as as 60-minute documentary. To accompany this, they are including eleven songs compiled from the outtakes of both Mystic Valley Band sessions on 180g vinyl LP and CD. It's a release for those that were lucky enough to experience the magic and excitement of the Mystic Valley Band when their jackets were still clean and their chemistry was bursting with ideas and potential.LP/CD
1. One Of My Kind
2. Gentelman's Pact
3. Corina, Corina
4. Synesthete Song
6. Central City
7. I Got The Reason #1
8. Phil's Son (Learn To Stop Me)
11. White Shoes (Reprise)
DVD: Documentary by Philip Schaffart
- One Of My Kind: The Story of the Mystic Valley Band$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + DVD + CD - Sealed Buy Now
The Embers Of TimeA talent to outrank Ryan Adams or Conor Oberst - Uncut
He's found a way to encapsulate all the dichotomies of life and make them work within the confines of a three-minute pop song. - Popmatters
"It's my surreal expat therapy record," observes Josh Rouse about his new LP, The Embers of Time. A career peak, The Embers of Time takes inspiration from his self-admitted crisis of confidence and bouts with existential psychotherapy in his adopted home of Valencia, Spain.
The 10-song collection of originals contains some of Rouse's most beautiful arrangements and complex songwriting to date. First song and lead single "Some Days I'm Golden All Night" channels Glen Campbell-style Countrypolitan pop mastery through 'Self Portrait'-era Dylan confessional lyrics.
Rouse has been called "one of contemporary music's most engaging singer-songwriters" (NPR) as well as "a talent to outrank Ryan Adams or Conor Oberst" (Uncut), and with The Embers of Time he opens a new chapter in his lauded career. He split time recording the album between Valencia and Nashville, and enlisted Brad Jones (Justin Townes Earle) as producer. The record moves from the hushed twang of "Time," where Josh recalls a stepfather who died too young and muses about his own mortality, to the deceptively sunny album closer "Crystal Falls," which recounts a rare period of solace from his itinerant childhood. "In Crystal Falls I made a few good friends," he sings. "It was just another stop. I never saw them again."
Originally hailing from rural Nebraska, Rouse has carved out a distinguished career as a top-tier musician. His last record, 'The Happiness Waltz' earned unanimous praise, with AllMusic calling it "absolutely beautiful, like 10cc producing Al Green."1. Some Days I'm Golden All Night
2. Too Many Things On My Mind
3. New Young
4. You Walked Through The Door
6. Pheasant Feather
7. Coat For A Pillow
8. Worried Blues
9. Expat Blues
10. Crystal Falls$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dead FingersTaylor Hollingsworth and Kate Taylor singing together is a match made in heaven. You might know Taylor from previous solo albums or bands but most likely from Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band. He was the guitar player who also wrote and sang Snake Hill and Air Mattress on the album Outer South. If youve seen Maria Taylor play then you have most likely seen Kate in her band either playing keys, drums, or bass, and most importantly, harmonizing the soft beautiful background melodies. Nowadays, Kate and Taylor have joined forces in the band Dead Fingers.
In a time when guy-girl duos are becoming quite popular, this one is not just some gimmick, however perfect the timing and package may be. In fact, this Alabama duo are recently married and the two just recorded their first self titled full-length with Bruce Watson (RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough , AA Bondy), and it is being released on Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum Records.
While showing a wide range of styles, ranging from duet styled songs like those of John Prine and Iris DeMent, X, or Lee Hazelwood and Ann Margaret, to straight up great classic rock bands like the Stones, Beatles, or even Traveling Wilburys, this band should find a nice home with fans of more current duos like She and Him, Jenny and Johnny and Civil Wars.1. Closet Full of Bones
2. Another Planet
3. 4 Stone Coaches
4. Hold On To
5. Ring Around Saturn
6. Please Don't Let Me Go
7. Against The River
8. On My Way
9. Lost In Mississippi
10. Never Be My Man
11. Wheels and Gasoline$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Pressed On 150g Wax, The Vinyl Release Features A Color Insert With Lyrics
"Dylan and Leonard Cohen are brought to mind, such is the depth of emotion wrought by Felice's careful approach." - BBC
"The most unique person i know in the world, incredible charisma. He sees things in a way that nobody else sees them, which is why his music is beautiful." - Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons
"There is a boldness to Simone's writing, the fierceness and fearlessness of complete honesty that pushes into places that simply take the breath away some of his songs are so perfectly formed they sound like they might have been around forever..." - The Telegraph
Simone Felice is a founding member (lyricist, vocalist, drummer and guitarist) of internationally acclaimed Catskill Mountain-based
artists The Felice Brothers and The Duke & The King. He has toured and worked with the likes of The Band's Levon Helm, Conor
Oberst & Bright Eyes, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Rick Rubin, The Avett Brothers and
Old Crow Medicine Show.
His new full-length album, Strangers, is a ten song collection recorded in the Catskills with co-producer David Baron and includes
guest artists The Felice Brothers, Leah Siegel and Wesley Schultz & Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers. Here is a body of work that
truly captures Simone's rare gift as a poet, song-crafter and unique visionary1. Molly-O!
2. If You Go To LA
3. Running Through My Head
4. Our Lady of the Gun
5. Bye Bye Palenville
7. The Best That Money Can Buy
9. Bastille Day
10. The Galows$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
More RainM. Ward has released a string of acclaimed solo albums over the past
several years, along with five LPs with Zooey Deschanel as She & Him
and a 2009 collaborative album with My Morning Jacket's Jim James
and Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis under the moniker
Monsters of Folk. In addition to his celebrated work as a musician,
Ward is an accomplished producer, handling those duties for such
luminaries as Mavis Staples, Jenny Lewis, and Carlos Forster as well as
his own musical projects.
More Rain, Ward's eighth solo affair, finds the artist picking up the
tempo and volume a bit from his previous release, 2012's A Wasteland
Companion. Where that record introspectively looked in from the
outside, More Rain finds Ward on the inside, gazing out. Begun four
years ago and imagined initially as a DIY doo-wop album that would
feature Ward experimenting with layering his own voice, it soon
branched out in different directions, a move that he credits largely to
his collaborators here who include R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, Neko Case,
k.d. lang, The Secret Sisters, and Joey Spampinato of NRBQ. The
result is a collection of upbeat, sonically ambitious yet canonically
familiar songs that both propel Ward's reach and satisfy longtime fans.1. [More Rain]
2. Pirate Dial
3. Time Won't Wait
5. I'm Listening (Child's Theme)
6. Girl From Conejo Valley
7 .Slow Driving Man
8. You're So Good to Me
11. Little Baby
12. I'm Going Higher$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now