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Deerhoof VS. EvilRight before Deerhoof began recording Deerhoof Vs. Evil, Greg Saunier, Ed Rodriguez, John Dieterich and Satomi Matsuzaki up and split from San Francisco (the only home they've ever known as a band) and left behind all notions of what a Deerhoof record sounds like. Self-recorded, mixed and mastered in rehearsal spaces and band members' basements with no engineers or outside input, Deerhoof vs. Evil dresses up Deerhoof's wellknown recklessness in a newfound elastic groove, one filled with big-hit choruses and exuberantly unfamiliar colors. The musical equivalent of hormones raging out of control, the record explodes out of the speakers with its gawky triumph and inflamed sentimentality.1. Qui Dorm, Nomes Somia
2. Behold a Marvel in the Darkness
3. The Merry Barracks
4. No One Asked to Dance
5. Let's Dance the Jet
6. Super Duper Rescue Heads!
7. Must Fight Current
8. Secret Mobilization
9. Hey I Can
11. I Did Crimes for You
12. Almost Everyone, Almost Always$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ReveilleBlue Colored Vinyl
Reveille is the perfect addition to any vinyl-lovers or Deerhoof fans collection. After the success of Polyvinyls other classic Deerhoof re-issues this year (Friend Opportunity and Milk Man), Reveille promises to be another quintessential Deerhoof release. This well-regarded album (8.5 on Pitchfork) will be available for the first time ever on 180g blue vinyl and includes a digital download code.
Deerhoof have had an amazing 2011. After releasing Deerhoof vs. Evil in early 2011, the band went on to play in London with The Flaming Lips and Dinosaur Jr., launched a collaborative 7 series (which included Xiu Xiu and Jeff Tweedy), performed at All Tomorrows Parties (curated by Portishead) and even starred in a documentary called BAND (directed by Adam Pendleton).1. Sound the Alarm
2. This Magnificent Bird Will Rise
3. The Eyebright Bugler
4. Punch Buggy Walves
5. No One Fed Me So I Stayed
6. Frenzied Handsome, Hello!
7. Days & Nights in the Forest
8. Top Tim Rubies
9. Hark the Umpire
10. Our Angels Ululu
11. The Last Trumpeter Swan
12. Tuning a Stray
13. Holy Night Fever
14. All Rise
16. Hallelujah Chorus$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mountain MovesThis is no time for the tortured artist. Right now, we're living in two worlds at once.The first is a death-driven monoculture: cutthroat, cynical, exploitative, literally deranged. This is the dominant, unlistening world, the unmoved mountain. Then there's the other world: the still-breathing, idealistic, and wholly life-affirming underground.
Mountain Moves is a celebration of the under-sung communities that have nourished us with their joy, their energy, their individualism, their pointless beauty.Starring the singing, playing, and songwriting of guests whose musical and political voices we admire, Mountain Moves is partly an ecstatic snapshot of a would-be utopia.
Fragmentation is more than an aesthetic. One moment your head's exploding over the stupidity and sadism of our leaders and systems, the next your favorite singer has just emailed you a vocal track recorded in their hotel room on tour. Mountain Moves explores the extremes of despair and hope that make up so much of our minute-to-minute experience.
We met a lot of crowds this year, at Brazilian music festivals, arena shows, protests.The power and potential of a crowd is like music itself - inspiring, healing, urgent.We made Mountain Moves fast, in hopes of capturing some of that communal energy. Please dance and sing along.
-Deerhoof1. Slow Motion Detonation (ft. Juana Molina)
2. Con Sordino
3. I Will Spite Survive (ft. Jenn Wasner)
4. Come Down Here & Say That (ft. Laetitia Sadler)
5. Gracias a la Vida (Violeta Parra)
6. Begin Countdown
7. Your Dystopic Creation Doesn't Fear You (ft. Awkwafina)
8. Ay That's Me
9. Palace of the Governors
10. Singalong Junk (ft. Xenia Rubinos)
11. Mountain Moves (ft. Matana Roberts)
12. Freedom Highway (The Staple Singers)
13. Sea Moves (ft. Chad Popple & Devin Hoff)
15. Small Axe (Bob Marley)$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Breakup SongFrom their humble beginnings as an obscure San Francisco noise act, Deerhoof have become one of indie music's most influential bands with their ecstatic and unruly take on pop!
Satomi Matsuzaki plays bass and sings, Greg Saunier plays drums, John Dieterich and Ed Rodriguez play guitars.1. Breakup Songs
2. There's That Grin
3. Bad Kids to the Front
4. Zero Seconds Pause
5. Mothball the Fleet
7. To Fly or Not to Fly
8. The Trouble with Candyhands
9. We Do Parties
10. Mario's Flaming Whiskers III
11. Fete d'Adieu$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Friend OpportunityIn 2007, having toured with Radiohead, the Roots and Wilco, Deerhoof released Friend Opportunity. The album is the first to include guitarist John Dietrich and features the same line-up as appears on their recently released brand new album Deerhoof vs. Evil.
Includes new mix of a song and one additional track not included on the original LP.1. The Perfect Me
3. Believe E.S.P.
4. The Galaxist
5. Choco Flight
6. Whither The Invisible Birds?
7. Cast Off Crown
8. Kidz Are So Small
9. Matchbook Seeks Maniac
10. Look Away$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Milk ManColored Vinyl
Deerhoofs Milk Man is being reissued on vinyl in celebration of the bands upcoming All Tomorrows Parties performance of the album in July of 2011 in London (alongside The Flaming Lips and Dinosaur Jr.).
The starting point for Milk Man was actually a cartoon character created by Japanese artist Ken Kagami, a longtime friend of Deerhoof vocalist Satomi Matsuzaki. In contrast to the earnest guitar rock that predominated on their previous album Apple O', Milk Man featured a broad palette of orchestral colors, echoes of music theater and camp, polished and gaudy arrangements, Stravinskian harmonies, and a more stylized, anonymous playing style resulting partly from recording most of the instruments at separate times rather than playing together as a band, and partly from many of the arrangements being created on a computer.1. Milk Man
2. Giga Dance
4. Rainbow Silhouette of the Milky Rain
5. Dream Wanderer's Tune
8. Dog on the Sidewalk
9. That Big Orange Sun Run Over Speed Light
10. Song of Sorn
11. New Sneakers$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
La Isla Bonita
Gray Colored Vinyl
For years, Deerhoof was the only band that sounded like Deerhoof. Deerhoof's
neck-snapping syncopations, classical melody, minimal gear and maximal music has
slowly become part of the vocabulary: St. Vincent, Flaming Lips, Tune-Yards and Dirty
Projectors are just a few of the bands to have absorbed some Deerhoof DNA.
Deerhoof banged out recordings to send to producer and Godmode Records
honcho Nick Sylvester. No one gave much thought to microphone placement and
other technical matters, or playing the parts perfectly, or even staying in tune. It was
unselfconscious, spontaneous and fun, all four musicians playing in the same tiny
room at the same time. "We forgot," says Greg, "that the camera was there." The
music was ineffably evocative and powerful.
In May, Sylvester recorded the vocals, and that's where the album's pop side comes
out: Satomi's singing is front and center, and if it sounds like she's commanding the
band, it's because she was. Satomi was determined to make a record that was not
just for hardcore Deerhoof fans but instead would speak to everybody.
But there's a darkness to the songs. While Satomi's voice might ring like a sweet bell,
John and Ed's guitars resound with uncanny, virtuosic abandon, and Greg drums
with his ingenious wallop, the gnomic lyrics juxtapose images of false paradise with a
sense of declining empires and decay, a foreboding portrait of an American Weimar.
La Isla Bonita is the glorious sound of four musicians owning their own hard-won and
richly deserved legacy. Even as western civilization goes down the tubes.
-- Michael Azerrad1. Paradise Girls
2. Mirror Monster
4. Last Fad
5. Tiny Bubbles
6. Exit Only
7. Big House Waltz
8. God 2
9. Black Pitch
10. Oh Bummer$18.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
FORGETWhile writing FORGET, Xiu Xiu released the lauded Plays the Music of Twin Peaks, collaborated with Mitski on a song for an upcoming John Cameron Mitchell film, and scored an experimental reworking of the Mozart opera, The Magic Flute. All of this frantic, external activity lead to a softly damaged dreaminess and broadened intent that has not been heard before in other Xiu Xiu works.Standout track, "Wondering" is one of the catchiest boogie pop gems in the Xiu Xiu catalog, but like much of FORGET, it still bears an underlying tension that manifests differently in each piece. FORGET was produced by John Congleton (Blondie, Sigur Ros), Greg Saunier of Deerhoof and Xiu Xiu's own Angela Seo.1. The Call
2. Queen of the Losers
4. Get Up
5. Hay Choco Bananas
6. Jenny GoGo
7. At Last, At Last
10. Faith, Torn Apart$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The MagicClear Purple Vinyl In Gatefold Jacket
After all the accolades from press and peers, what's a legendary
band to do? Forget the recording studio, rent out an abandoned
office space in the middle of the New Mexico desert, set up, plug
in and play REALLY LOUD. Starting with hardly a notion of the
outcome, by seven days later Deerhoof had found (you guessed it)
The Magic: a raw and refreshing 15-song wallop of an album about
what happens when you leave your comfort zone.1. The Devil and his Anarchic Surrealist Retinue
2. Kafe Mania!
3. That Ain't No Life To Me
4. Life is Suffering
5. Criminals of the Dream
6. Model Behavior
7. Learning to Apologize Effectively
9. I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire
10. Acceptance Speech
11. Patrasche Come Back
13. Plastic Thrills
14. Little Hollywood
15. Nurse Me$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-CHI-2145xGhost Of Saber Tooth Tiger, The
Midnight SunMoth To A Flame, the album's transportative closer, finds Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl in full psychedelic guise, echoing the minor-key atmospherics of Pink Floyd's Breathe alongside a celestial chorus and mercurial slide guitar.
Midnight Sun follows 2010's Mark Ronson-produced Jardin Du Luxembourg and the same year's homegrown Acoustic Sessions.
In more recent times, the duo have toured with fellow psych voyagers The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala, while Lennon found time to release Mystical Weapons with Deerhoof's Greg Saunier and continue his role as Musical Director of his mother's Plastic Ono Band. Muhl, meanwhile, immersed herself in the folk world with Kemp & Eden.
- Ross Bennett (Mojo)1. Too Deep
5. Midnight Sun
6. Last Call
7. Devil You Know
8. Golden Earrings
9. Great Expectations
10. Poor Paul Getty
11. Don't Look Back Orpheus
12. Moth To A Flame$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
HaloJuana Molina is back with yet another masterpiece album, overflowing with emotions, musical ideas and mysterious atmospheres. With Halo, Juana picks up where she left off with her previous acclaimed album Wed 21, and shows once more that she really is on an evolutionary journey of her own devising (Pitchfork), which has brought the eerie, hypnotic music on each of her albums to increasingly haunting heights (Spin).
Halo is Juana Molina's seventh album, it contains twelve songs and was recorded in her home studio outside of Buenos Aires, and at Sonic Ranch Studio in Texas, with contributions by Odin Schwartz & Diego Lopez de Arcaute (who have both been playing live with Juana for a number of years), and Eduardo Bergallo (who has taken part in the mixing of her previous albums), with Deerhoof's John Dieterich making a guest appearance in a couple of tracks.
Halo sees Juana pursuing the various directions she previously explored, with deeper and expanded dimensions.1. Paraguaya
2. Sin Dones
3. Lentísimo Halo
4. In The Lassa
6. Cálculos Y Oráculos
7. Los Pies Helados
8. A00 B01
9. Cara De Espejo
12. Al Oeste$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Total DustDusted is Brian Borcherdt (Holy Fuck, LIDS) and Leon Taheny (Final Fantasy, Rituals, Bruce Peninsula). Wanting to explore a different sound, but unsure of where or how to find it, Borcherdt spent a December weekend in Nova Scotia. Alone and unable to sleep in a cold, dank cabin, he drew musical inspiration from his sparse surroundings. Fueled by a psychedelic hum underneath a veil of low drone-y distortion, Total Dust is Borcherdt's revelation.
Most bands don't record through a small, blown-out practice amp. You may find however that it works, as the guitar fights its way through, only the most important notes survive. Their songs don't exist to be overproduced. They're recorded lean and they stay that way. In fact, it's almost impossible to manipulate anything when your studio is either a small converted garage or a rural cabin stocked with a scattered drum kit, a bass synth, and a tambourine. That's why every track was laid completely bare, stripped of all unnecessary instrumentation so that what remains is sometimes melodic, sometimes haunting, and always integral.
Before even one song had been released, the band signed with Polyvinyl and played a show with labelmates Deerhoof and of Montreal. Their performance challenged the limitations of a two-piece: vocals and guitar expelled over a raucous backbone of live drums, 808 samples, and bass synth.1. All Comes Down
2. (Into the) Atmosphere
3. Cut Them Free
4. Low Humming
6. Pale Light
7. Property Lines
9. Long It Lasts
10. There Somehow$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rarely is so much meaning conveyed in the space of six letters. And with regard to Xiu Xiu, its applications are infinite: always relevant, always provocative, always surprising, always evolving, always glittering.
It's fitting, then, that as the band (now comprised of Jamie Stewart, Angela Seo, Bettina Escauriza, Marc Riordan, and returning member Devin Hoff) marks a decade in existence, such a powerful sentiment would serve as the title of its latest album.
At its core, Always symbolizes the mutual camaraderie with and deep dedication to each person who has internalized Xiu Xius work, tattooed its name on their skin or soul, and throughout the past ten years made the band a part of their lives. The origin of these intense, everlasting bonds is Stewart. His fearless lyrics have given voice to life's most untouchable and taboo subjects, while his distinctively committed but hushed vocals crystallize and medicate their unsettling impact.
Those familiar with the band's work will take particular note of the times Stewart re-visits profoundly personal accounts from his own life -- most prominently on Beauty Towne (a not-so-uplifting postscript to the muddle of those depicted in Clowne Towne from 2004's Fabulous Muscles) and Black Drum Machine (which finishes the narrative of incest and molestation begun on Black Keyboard from 2008's Women as Lovers).
Elsewhere, Stewart's willingness to broach any subject finds him confronting both the topical and the intimate in equally meaningful ways: Gul Mudin seeks to bring comfort to an Afghani teenage boy murdered for sport by American soldiers; Joey's Song strives to do the same for Stewart's brother in the aftermath of a family tragedy.
Factory Girls chronicles the sexual objectification and desperate existence of Chinese female, migrant workers. I Luv Abortion, featuring perhaps Stewart's most unhinged vocal ever, careens through the resolute heartache of a friend too young to be pregnant and seeks to personalize this most political issue.
But while such writing is worthy of reverence, Always' most arresting moments lie in its sonic innovation -- transforming avant pop elements from an undertone into a bright black focal point while adding new influences such as choral music, kraut rock and animal field recordings.
Produced by Deerhoof's Greg Saunier (who also contributes drums and vocals to the album) and mixed by John Congleton (Antony and the Johnsons, Marylin Manson, the Roots) the album is positively vibrant.
During recording, Stewart saw a Bible verse spray painted on the wall of his gym. He interpreted the verse to mean, Horror and beauty are the same; love and hate are the same, the tireless dread of our own lives and of living can be embraced with the same fervency as what we find beautiful.
Composed of this essence, the album proves that perhaps the only six letters to carry the same weight as always are these: Xiu Xiu.1. Hi
2. Joey's Song
3. Beauty Towne
5. I Luv Abortion
6. The Oldness
7. Chimney's Afire (Mickensian Suicide)
8. Gul Mudin
9. Born to Suffer
10. Factory Girl
11. Smear the Queen
12. Black Drum Machine$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
CalamitySelf-produced and almost entirely performed by Chris from Deerhoof, the songs on Calamity are uncompromisingly personal and eccentric. Casually veering from melodic pop ballads and garage punk to mysterious and brooding art-song, Calamity continues The Curtains' project of poker-faced genre disobedience. But this time, Chris's singing and new interest in song form has pushed The Curtains' music to a new level of immediacy.1. Go Lucky
2. Green Water
4. Thousandth Face, The
5. World's Most Dangerous Woman
6. Tornado Traveler's Fear
8. Old Scott Rd.
10. Invisible Thing
11. Brunswick Stew
12. Fell on a Rock and Broke It
13. Spinning Top$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Apple's AcreApple's Acre is a record full of dysfunctional, hushed love, laced with elegance and grace and without angst and regret. But the plain courage of their songs is the secret ingredient that's already turning heads and blowing minds all over the Northwest -- and if you think about it, in pop music, courage is always at a premium. Fans of Yeasayer, Deerhoof, Danielson and wild minded pop music should pay close attention.1. Technicolor
2. Mile After Mile
3. Caterpillar Playground
5. Apple'S Acre
6. Bright Ideas
7. What Then
10. Orange Cymbals$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dig That TreasureThis trio includes Nedelle Torrisi (former Kill Rock Stars artist, The Curtains, Why?, Xiu Xiu), Chris Cohen (The Curtains, Deerhoof, Cass McCombs), and Michael Carreira (music teacher). Every song here is a miniature journey, a free fantasia, a dreamy habitat built out of the minimum of material. Sudden rhythmic gestures and frequent key changes will leave you feeling pleasantly disoriented. The record is humbly inspired by the larger-than-life emotions of West Side Story, the joyfully percussive guitar gospel of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Wizard Of Oz's bittersweet escapism, the other-world sentimentality of Sun Ra's Spaceship Lullaby, and Henry Cowell's ethereal piano string strumming.1. Stop Watch
2. No Coins
3. Heaven Is Human
4. Water Witching Wishes
5. Shape Above, The
6. Cosmic Sing-a-Long
7. How Did the Actor Laugh?
9. We'll Never Dream Again
10. Dig That Treasure
11. Say You Will$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ShipsThe sixth and most accessible album to date, featuring a star-studded cast of players including Deerhoof, Sufjan Stevens, Sereena-Maneesh, and more. What began as a senior thesis project a decade ago has evolved into a musical world so rich with musicality and merrymaking that the first six albums and ten years of touring pomp alone could nourish the most scrutinizing of thrill-seekers. There's no hard distinction between the visuals (costumes and graphics) and the music from this suburban New Jersey group. One enters your heart through your eyes, one through your ears, says Daniel. On tour May through September throughout the US.Ship The Majestic Suffix
Cast It At The Setting Sail
Bloodbook On The Halfshell
Did I Step On Your Trumpet
When It Comes To You I'm Lazy
Two Sitting Ducks
My Lion Sleeps Tonight
Kids Pushing Kids
Time That Bald Sexton
He Who Flattened Your Flame Is Getting Torched
Five Stars and TwoThumbs Up$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
OverjoyedAnnouncing Overjoyed, the first album in 13 years from legendary punk band Half Japanese. One of the most influential bands of all time, Jad Fair and Half Japanese spearheaded the DIY and Lo-Fi movements, influencing countless bands such as Sonic Youth, Neutral Milk Hotel, Daniel Johnston, and perhaps most notably, Kurt Cobain (who ranked Half Japanese amongst his top 50 favorites, had them open the In Utero tour, and was wearing their t-shirt when he died). Without exaggeration, Half Japanese is one of the most important bands in the history of music. Overjoyed was recorded and produced by John Dieterich of Deerhoof, and ranks amongst the best albums of the band's catalog.1. In Its Pull
2. Meant To Be That Way
3. Brave Enough
4. Do It Nation
5. The Time Is Now
6. Our Love
7. Shining Star
8. Each Other's Arms
9. Overjoyed And Thankful
10. We Are Sure
11. As Good Can Be
12. Tiger Eyes$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WARB-WAR-6837xStardeath And White Dwarfs
The BirthAfter traversing the galaxy as the road crew for fellow Oklahomans The Flaming Lips, a strange yet melodically intoxicating band has emerged, the psych/prog/experimental pop quartet Stardeath And White Dwarfs. One-half stoners with nothing to do but roll joints on their King Crimson record sleeves and one-half confetti launchers/space bubble technicians, Stardeath And White Dwarfs debut their own free-floating circus with their first full-length album, The Birth. A mind-trip of emotion and mood, recalling everything from upper dance freak-outs to downer Floyd-esque anthems, The Birth celebrates a love of all things psychedelic. This standard-weight black-vinyl release is housed in a single-pocket jacket with a digital download card for the full album.
Stardeath And White DWarfs independently released the six song EP, Thats Cool, in 2005, followed by the 7 single in the U.K., Toast & Marmalade For Tea/Chemical, on Half Machine Records in 2008. The band has toured with Deerhoof, British Sea Power, Band Of Horses, Starlight Mints and The Flaming Lips.
1. The Sea Is On Fire
2. New Heat
3. Keep Score
4. The Birth
5. Those Who Are From The Sun Return To The Sun
6. I Can't Get Away
7. The Age Of The Freak
8. Country Ballad
9. The March
10. Smoking Pot Makes Me Not Want To Kill Myself$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Helpers On The Other SideAdding flourishes to the formula established on their debut Out of Africa, Alternative Tentacles' flagship band Triclops! continues its assault on all pretenders to the punk / psych / prog throne.
The sound on this album is varied, but one might say it's akin to fIREHOSE crossing streams with Goblin in an acid vat. There's even an acoustic bridge in With SARS, I'll Ride the Wind that sounds like a fever-warbled classic rock jammer.
Triclops! is an acid-punk version of avant-garde classical composition with cinematic textures--an absurdist soundscape replete with comedic relief that acknowledges its own pure ridiculousness. This career suicide / cult-accepted approach to exhibitionism finds kindred spirits in envelope-pushing, progress-obsessed minds like Butthole Surfers, Slayer, David Lynch, Zappa, Heinlein, Timothy Leary, Melvins / Big Business, B. Traven, Deerhoof, Bill Hicks, Sun Ra, Fellini, Sonic Youth, and Scratch Acid.
Having toured Europe and shared bills with Melt Banana, NoMeansNo, Big Business, and Jesus Lizard, these post-punk veterans' distinct sound is unmistakably Triclops!1. Glaciers (Cry of the Modern Neanderthal)
2. Brown Summer
3. Until All the Threads Are Stripped
4. Send Conan Home
5. Homage to Monte Cassino (Red)
6. With SARS, I'll Ride the Wind$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Japan 3/11/11: A Benefit AlbumIn early March of 2011, Japan suffered one of the largest earthquakes in recorded history, a tsunami which devastated its northern coast, and a nuclear disaster the scope of which is still not fully understood.
23 artists including of Montreal, St. Vincent, Deerhoof, Xiu Xiu, David Bazan, Joan of Arc, Owen, Casiokids, STRFKR, and many more spent the past several months entering the studio and going through their song archives to donate songs to this compilation in an effort to aid the victims of the tsunami and the negligence which led to the disaster that continues to affect Japan.
In addition, a handful of local bands from Champaign-Urbana (Polyvinyls hometown), Tulsa, and San Francisco agreed to be on the compilation and will be organizing benefit shows in their respective areas.
All profits from sales of this benefit album will be donated to the American Red Cross to support the International Red Cross in their ongoing relief efforts. Colored vinyl!1. Deerhoof - Giga Dance (Live)*
2. Love Is All - Pappas Tant*
3. Efterklang - Alike (Opiate Remix)
4. Birthmark - Big Man*
5. Kit - Brass Palms*
6. Shugo Tokumaru - Video Killed the Radio Star*
7. Asobi Seksu - Vicious Bears
8. Caithlin De Marrais -Sorry*
9. Alright - Moving*
10. Owen - Guest List*
11. Pele - Pequod*
12. Take Care - Living Forever*
13. Toe - Ordinary Days
14. Xiu Xiu - Hyunhyes Theme (Acoustic)*
15. David Bazan - American Flags
16. XBXRX - want*
17. Midstress - Too Many Shoes, Not Enough Feet*
18. Starfucker - The Wisdom of Insecurity*
19. of Montreal - Sex Karma (St. Vincent Remix)*
20. Casiokids - London Zoo
21. Lizard Police - Same Socks
22. Joan of Arc - Steady (Demo)*
23. Common Loon - A Moment in Energy Transfers
* Previously Unreleased$23.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2LPs Sealed Buy Now
Carrier• 180-Gram Smoke Vinyl In Gatefold Jacket
• Recorded At John Vanderslice's Tiny Telephone Studio With Jay And Ian Pellicci (Deerhoof, Matt Pond PA)
• Featuring Magik Magik Orchestra (Death Cab For
Cutie, Sting, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds)
Meric Long and Logan Kroeber recorded The Dodos new
album, Carrier, in their hometown of San Francisco. After guitarist Chris Reimer passed away in early 2012, The Dodos reassessed everything about the band - in particular Long's songwriting.
"Chris was a huge influence on the way I think about guitar, songwriting, and music in general," reveals Long. "Seeing how he could transform and shape sound with an electric guitar inspired me to explore more tones and use those tones to begin writing a song."
And so, when he began to formulate the tracks that would ultimately comprise Carrier, Long employed two principles he inherited from Reimer: patience to let a song develop and a judgment-free enthusiasm for sound.
"[T]he melodies are warm and pleasantly rumpled, drummer Logan Kroeber forgoes mundane timekeeping to push and prod Long and in the second half, the two ditch the relative minimalism to hurtle through a breakneck jam of harmonized guitar leads that can be heard as a tribute to a man whose short time with Dodos truly moved them."
- Pitchfork (on first single "Confidence")1. Transformer
8. The Current
11. The Ocean$20.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Many Levels of Laughter
The appeal of J. Fernandez and his music is summed up right there in the name - he's a bit mysterious. It isn't that he's hiding anything, he's only just revealing what he wants to, keeping the remainder close to his chest. Likewise, there's a certain, undeniable feeling associated with his songwriting, but describing it is easier said than done. That's because there are plenty of familiar touchstones and influences deep in the songs; intricately woven, Marquee Moon guitars, an affectless, Kraftwerk-ian singing style, psychedelic dissonance and melodic structures not entirely unlike The United States of America, and a modern warmth like Chris Cohen's work with The Curtains and Deerhoof. But, dropping these names doesn't adequately sum up what J. Fernandez has captured here. On Many Levels of Laughter, he's invited us into his own, very special, Universe. One that presumably exists only in his head, or at the very least in the Chicago bedroom where he recorded the album, alone.
Giving yourself over to this record for 32-or-so minutes is a bit like agreeing to Gene Wilder's version of The Wondrous Boat Ride, you're going to experience things you don't expect. Some of it will be immediately wonderful, some of it will be confusing and magnificent. Only, instead of a nightmare-fueled, psychotropic freak-out, it feels more like a Brian Wilson daydream, magically stepping into the scraps of tape and interlude left on the cutting room floor once they finally got around to assembling SMiLE.
-- Mike Adams1, Between The Channels
3. Read My Mind
4. Casual Encounter
5. Filled With Joy
6. Holy Hesitation
9. Melting Down$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Changing LightOn her fifth solo album, Mirah breaks it down and builds it back up
again with the street smarts that only years behind the wheel of
love can inspire. Ready with the maps and driven to the rhythms
on the radio dial, Changing Light's ten songs carry us from
heartbreak to wholeness and all the places in between.
Uprooted from her home after a scorching break-up, Mirah spent
four years rambling and recording. Tracks were laid down in almost
two dozen houses and apartments - from the Northwest to
Southern California to the East Coast. Sparse demos were
recorded with co-producer Christopher Doulgeris in Portland and
Los Angeles. Embellishments were then added by a slew of friends
and collaborators, including Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Mary
Timony, Emily Wells, and Heather McEntire (Mount Moriah). In
Philadelphia, Mirah and her sister Emily Zeitlyn (Divers) penned
"LC," an homage to childhood inspiration Leonard Cohen.
Seattle-based composer Jherek Bischoff drew up intricate string
arrangements which were recorded in the living rooms of each
individual player. And Tune-Yards producer Eli Crews
co-produced several tracks with Mirah in her new hometown of
Brooklyn, New York.
Changing Light's reassuring compass is found in Mirah's
shimmering vocals and incisive descriptions. There is yearning
("Gold Rush" and "Fleetfoot Ghost") and hot anger ("Goat
Shepherd"), but no shortage of lyrical and musical playfulness.
Whether it be the T. Rex-inspired rough edges of "Radiomind,"
the rollicking lo-fi bang-and-pop of "Goat Shepherd," or the lush
pop balladry of "Turned the Heat Off," the album corrals string
sections and vintage synths with horns, a multitude of guitar tones
and overdriven drums. With calm and clamor, Mirah brings us all
closer together through her universal honesty and occasional use
of the vocoder.
"It's a break-up record. It has some moments of darkness, some
twists and turns , but ultimately, there's a resolution," says Mirah.
So much can happen in four years, even forgiveness"
While Mirah has been making independent pop records for well
over a decade, Changing Light is the debut release on her new
imprint, Absolute Magnitude Recordings.1. Goat Shepherd
2. Oxen Hope
3. Turned the Heat Off
4. Gold Rush
5. Fleetfoot Ghost
6. I am the Garden
7. No Direction Home
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