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Trouble Is A Lonesome TownTHRIFTSTORE MASTERPIECE is a revolving music collective devoted to paying homage to the
underdog records of years past. The debut album revisits Lee Hazlewood's 1963 lost classic Trouble
Is A Lonesome Town and features Pete Yorn, Frank Black (Pixies), Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse),
Courtney Taylor-Taylor (The Dandy Warhols), Eddie Argos (Art Brut), the late Larry Norman and more.
In 1963, Lee Hazlewood released his debut album Trouble is a Lonesome Town to little fanfare. It
was a collection of solo acoustic songs stitched together with a narrative that described life in a
fictional small town inhabited by outlaws, thieves, and down-and-out laborers. The album was hokey,
but hip. Corny, but cool. It evoked a bygone era of pastoral American towns and their sometimes seedy underbellies, somewhat like a darker version of the Andy Griffith Show or a more sinister
Prairie Home Companion. More importantly, it was a fully realized concept album that predated
the trend that is so common in today' s music world. Hazlewood had originally intended the songs
as demos for his publisher, in hopes that other artists might someday record them. A half century
later, the music collective known as THRIFTSTORE MASTERPIECE has done exactly that.
Producer I band leader Charles Normal explains I first came across the record around the turn of the
millennium while living in Oslo, Norway. I found it in a secondhand junk shop and it struck a nostalgic
note somewhere within me. It made me homesick for the panoply of Americana I had experienced
while slumming it in the Southwestern border towns and California desert whistle stops I drifted
through when I first started playing music on the road. The record didn't leave my turntable for
months. Years later, I started to envision the record as a more orchestrated statement and began
recording the basic tracks in my studio.
My brother, singer Larry Norman, lent his voice to a couple of the tracks, but when he passed away
from a heart attack in 2008 I fell into a deep funk and put the project on the back burner. I couldn't
bring myself to harmonize with his vocals ... it was just too emotional to deal with. It wasn't until much
later, prompted in part by Isaac Brock, that I dusted off the tapes and hard drives and began to finish
it. I went through my address book and started calling friends who happened to be in possession of
great voices to see if they were interested in joining in.1. Long Black Train - featuring Frank Black
2. Ugly Brown -featuring Larry Norman
3. Son Of A Gun- featuring Frank Black
4. We All Make The Flowers Grow- featuring Kristin Blix
5. Run Boy Run - featuring Frank Black
6. Six Feet Of Chain- featuring Pete Yorn
7. The Railroad- featuring Isaac Brock
8. Look At That Woman - featuring Courtney Taylor-Taylor
9. Peculiar Guy- featuring Eddie Argos
1 0. Trouble Is A Lonesome Town - featuring Larry Norman$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
DistortlandFirst new album in four years from the legendary Portland quartet and first for Dine Alone Records. Known as
America's Best Britpop Band. Features the single "You Are Killing Me."1. Search Party
2. Semper Fidelis
3. Pope Reverend Jim
4. Catcher In The Rye
7. You Are Killing Me
8. All The Girls In London
10. The Grow Up Song
11. Wizard Of Oslo$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
These Ghosts Have BonesMiles Zuniga is the singer, guitarist in Fastball. He's written several songs with other artists including Spoon, The Dandy Warhols and Vince Gill. These Ghosts Have Bones is Miles Zuniga's debut solo album. After a 10 year relationship ended, Miles decided to use the recording studio as a giant therapy session. Miles raised $27,000 on Kickstarter to pay for the record. Bob Clearmountain mixed the album.1. Marfa Moonlight
2. Rock Paper Scissors
3. Feel It In Your Kiss
4. The Weatherman
7. Now She's Just A Shadow
8. One Day Closer To You
9. Working On A Love Song
10. Junkie Hands
11. You Can't Break My Heart$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Take It All InAustin's own The Steps will release Take It All In, produced by Chris 'Frenchie' Smith (JET, Dandy Warhols, Explosions in the Sky). The EP distills the band's '60s influenced garage rock to its most potent and frenetic form.
Formed in 2005 while still in high school, The Steps first achieved international success with releases and tours in the U.K. and Japan. Launched by a strong Texas following, the band has shared the stage with Bob Dylan, The Raconteurs, and the Black Keys.
Born under the influence of classic rock in the Live Music Capital of the World, The Steps chisel through modern rock with '60s sensibilities. The band made their recording debut with a 7 vinyl single brought by Young and Lost Club Records (U.K.), followed by a tour of London. Their eponymous full length, produced by Chris 'Frenchie' Smith (Jet, Dandy Warhols) set up a short tour of Japan, where the band made several television and radio appearances.$9.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Splendor In The GrassThe long-awaited fourth album from the celebrated little orchestra includes several songs in a classic Pink Martini style (Ninna nanna, Ou est ma tete?) alongside excursions into the 1970s (Splendor in the Grass, Ohayoo, Sing), modernist minimalism (New Amsterdam), classic ranchera (Piensa en mi) and swing (But Now I'm Back). Features an array of fabulous guests including Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas, Emilio Delgado a.k.a. Luis from Sesame Street, NPR justice correspondent Ari Shapiro, and Courtney Taylor-Taylor of the Dandy Warhols.1. Ninna Nanna
2. Ohayoo Ohio
3. Splendor in the Grass
4. Où est ma tête?
5. And Then Youre Gone
6. But Now Im Back
7. Sunday Table
8. Over the Valley
9. Tuca tuca
10. Bitty Boppy Betty
12. Piensa en mi
13. New Amsterdam
14. Ninna nanna (Reprise)$28.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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2011's Reptilians is STRFKR's second full-length and first with Polyvinyl.
Lyrically, the album focuses primarily on death and the end of the world, two intertwined subjects at the forefront of songwriter Josh Hodges' mind following the passing of his grandmother. Yet, amazingly, the record manages to be not the slightest bit depressing.
In reality, it's quite the opposite -- a trait likely attributed to the fact that the band, like British philosopher Alan Watts (whose lectures are excerpted at various intervals), believes death is responsible for giving meaning to life.
For STRFKR, this comforting notion is expressed musically via vibrant crescendos, explosive drum beats, and layered synth melodies that drive a theatrical live show where dance party meets Roxy Music.
As such, Reptilians marches effortlessly from the stripped-bare psychedelia of Born, which conjures David Byrne's ghost, to the funeral parade of Bury Us Alive (a track that greets death with open arms in a moment of animated celebration), to Death as a Fetish, where the title becomes a liberating mantra sung over an immediately hummable keyboard-driven loop.
Just as with the band's previous two releases, Reptilians was written almost entirely by principal songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Hodges.
This time around, however, the group's sound is bolstered by the addition of Keil Corcoran (whom Hodges describes as a "human drum machine") and producer Jacob Portrait (The Dandy Warhols, Mint Chicks).
The result is STRFKR's most well-rounded and full-sounding album to date -- a blissfully buoyant affair that will have you dancing to songs about death while having the time of your life.1. Born
3. Bury Us Alive
4. Mystery Cloud
5. Death as a Fetish (feat. Mattress)
8. The White of Noon
9. Hungry Ghost
10. Mona Vegas
12. Quality Time$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now