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MetalsOn her new 12-song collection, Metals, Canadian singer/songwriter Feist is joined by her longtime collaborators Chilly Gonzales and Mocky. The trio spent a frigid month Trying to sound like we had played together as long as we'd collectively known each other, around 50 years, then decamped for California's rugged Big Sur coastline to record them. Feist co-produced the album with her aforementioned collaborators and Valgeir Sigurosson (Bjork, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.)
Recording can be a weightless free float from your day-life, and I like to pick places with certain fertile qualities that can give me a visual hook that I'm there to do something other than what I would otherwise do. And that clean line between land and see, the graphic edge of the continent pointing out toward the east, meaning not the Atlantic next stop Europe feeling, but next stop somewhere you've never been, Feist says. Plus, you are somewhere that looks completely unfound and yet it's been so perfectly recorded literarily. Steinbeck made 1000 albums there! Henry Miller and Anais Nin probably considered that line between land and sea, too. And on top of it, we truly found the perfect room to build a studio in, perched on the cliffs. A giant empty space.
Metals' songs range from low rumbling and moody ambiences to brutal and intense, as if it sonically maps the fog rolling in and the resulting cracking of thunder. There's a lot more chaos and movement and noise than I've had before, Feist says. I allowed for mistakes more than I ever have, which end up not being mistakes when you open things up and make room for them. It was about un-simplifying things and leaning on these masterful minds I have so much respect for. We were sort of testing the air, like a sea captain licks his finger to see which way the wind is coming from. It was less Brill Building and more naturalistic.1. The Bad In Each Other
3. Caught A Long Wind
4. How Come You Never Go There
5. A Commotion
6. The Circle Married the Line
7. Bittersweet Melodies
8. Anti Pioneer
9. Undiscovered First
10. Cicades and Gulls
11. Comfort Me
12. Get It Wrong, Get It Right$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Reminder (Import)1. So Sorry
2. I Feel It All
3. My Moon My Man
6. Sea Lion Woman
7. Past in Present
8. Limit to Your Love
10. Brandy Alexander
12. Honey Honey
13. How My Heart Behaves$34.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PleasureFeist has been known to take her time between albums, but it has been a long stretch since 2011's Metals. She has since provided guest vocals on Peaches' Rub, appeared in music videos for Jenny Lewis and Kevin Drew, and is set to contribute to Broken Social Scene's new album. Now she announces Pleasure, produced by Feist with Mocky and Renaud Letang.1. Pleasure
2. I Wish I Didn't Miss You
3. Get Not High, Get Not Low
4. Lost Dreams
5. Any Party
6. A Man Is Not His Song
7. The Wind
9. Baby Be Simple
10. I'm Not Running Away
11. Young Up$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-SEC-0014xPlants and Animals
The End Of ThatThe End of That is Plants and Animals' third album, following their breakthrough debut, Parc Avenue, and 2010's La La Land. It showcases the band in an intimate, almost live-off-the-floor setting. While there's no shortage of catchy electric guitar riffs, as evidenced on lead single Lightshow, the album also showcases lead singer Warren C. Spicer on piano, and plenty of acoustic guitar, an early touchstone of the band that had been given a break on the last record.
Fans of Plants and Animals' early acoustic work will feel right at home with songs like Before, Song for Love and the title track while lovers of the band's multi-part excursions won't be disappointed either. Side A and B of the album end and begin with their own respective anthemic monsters in Crisis! and 2010. The End of That was engineered by Lionel Darrenne (Feist).1. Before
2. The End of That
3. Song for Love
8. Why & Why
9. Control Me
10. No Idea
11. Runaways$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Compass (Awaiting Repress)Jamie Lidell is a genuinely restless soul. He broke out of small-town England and has been a nomad ever since. His constant desire to progress leaping and stumbling towards new discoveries has defined his musical journey so far; and there's no sign of it fading away. Recorded in Los Angeles, New York and Canada, Compass is his most eclectic album yet. Songs shift, chop, change and mutate genres and forms before our very ears. It's got funk in spades; the jaw-dropping power of the vocals is stronger than ever; it rocks, it pops, it's sweet, angry, hard, soulful and soft, often within the span of a single track. It's the restless album that finally matches the soul of its creator. Jamie's fellow conspirators on Compass include Beck, Feist, Gonzales, Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear and Pat Sansone of Wilco. Musically and lyrically this is very much a Jamie Lidell production reflecting not only his exhilarating, diverse tastes, but also a year of change, love, longing and arrival at a new place.1. Completely Exposed
2. Your Sweet Boom
3. She Needs Me
4. I Wanna Be Your Telephone
5. Enough's Enough
6. The Ring
7. You Are Waking
8. I Can Love Again
9. It's A Kiss
11. Gypsy Blood
12. Coma Chameleon
13. Big Drift
14. You See My Light$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS 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
Forgiveness Rock Record (Limited Edition)Produced by John McEntire (Tortoise & The Sea and Cake), Forgiveness Rock Record features BSS alumni: Leslie Feist, Amy Millan and Evan Cranley of Stars, Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw of Metric, Jason Collett, Ohad Benchetrit of Do Make Say Think and Years, John Crossingham, Marty Kinack, Leon Kingstone and Julie Penner. Uniquely, the song Sentimental Xs features Leslie Feist, Emily Haines and Amy Millan singing together for the first time on the same song.
7 x 10 vinyl box set
Individually numbered and limited to 500 box sets
Includes MP3 digital download of the albumSide 1: World Sick
Side 2: Chase Scene
Side 3: Texico Bitches
Side 4: Forced to Love
Side 5: All to All
Side 6: Art House Director
Side 7: Highway Slipper Jam
Side 8: Ungrateful Little Father
Side 9: Meet Me in the Basement
Side 10: Sentimental Xs
Side 11: Sweetest Kill
Side 12: Romance to the Grave
Side 13: Water in Hell
Side 14: Me and my Hand$125.9910 Vinyl LP Box Set - 7 LPs Sealed Buy Now
James BlakeRising through the ranks of London's Dubstep (a genre of electronic dance music that originated in South East London), James Blake started off as a DJ in various clubs. Influenced by the likes of D'Angelo and Stevie Wonder along with Burial and Mount Kimbie, Blake is known for injecting some soul into the genre of dubstep.
The London-based producer first gave the world a taste of his quirky, R&B-sampling of dubstep in 2009 when his Air & Lack Thereof 12 appeared on the Hemlock label. Blake received quite the endorsement when the heralded Soul Jazz label picked the track up for their Steppas' Delight 2 compilation that same year.
Blake raised his profile during 2010 with a succession of warmly received 12 releases: The Bells Sketch, CMYK, Klavierwerke, and the single-sided Limit to Your Love. The last of the series, a cover of a song by Feist, in which Blake's heartfelt vocal was placed front and center, served as the precursor to this, his first full-length.1. Unluck
2. The Wilhelm Scream
3. I Never Learnt To Share
4. Lindisfarne I
5. Lindisfarne II
6. Limit To Your Love
7. Give Me My Month
8. To Care (Like You)
9. Why Don't You Call Me
10. I Mind
11. Measurements$34.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Barchords (Awaiting Repress)Bahamas is the moniker for Afie Jurvanen (pronounced AY-fee), a highly sought after musician who spent three years as a guitarist/pianist for Feist among others. Barchords is Bahamas' sophomore album and follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2009 debut Pink Strat which received nominations for a Juno award and a 2010 Polaris Music Prize.
Much like its predecessor, the 12 songs on Barchords defy simple categorization. Jurvanen's vocal delivery and masterful playing create a distinctive sound that is both subtle and intense. His soulful folk features sparse arrangements where the space is as powerful as the performance, accentuating the impact of the songs.
From the understated blues of the opening track Lost In The Light to the pop-infused Caught Me Thinking to the classic standard feel of Time and Time Again, the songs on Barchords continue to reveal themselves far beyond the literal interpretation of the lyrics upon first listen.1. Lost In the Light
2. Caught Me Thinking
4. Okay Alright Im Alive
5. Never Again
7. I Got You
8. Any Other Way
10. Your Sweet Touch
11. Time and Time Again
12. Be My Witness$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Division Street (Discontinued)Division Street is Harper Simon's follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut album. It is a departure for Simon: it features a sound that's much more driven by electric guitars than his alt country-flavored debut. The mission was to make the kind of Rock 'n' Roll record I would want to listen to myself, he says. Which sounds simple but is, in fact, incredibly difficult.
Simon co-produced Division Street with Tom Rothrock, who produced three albums for Elliot Smith (Either/Or, XO and Figure 8) and Beck's first album Mellow Gold, among others. As the team worked, the album's sound grew rougher around the edges. I felt challenged and inspired by the idea of making a modern psychedelic folk-rock album, a Tom Rothrock production like XO, but then the Velvet Underground and the Stones kept entering in, says Simon. Elliot Smith was very influenced by the Beatles but my guitar playing is more influenced by Keith Richards. And I kept wanting to emphasize more lo-fi elements.
Division Street was recorded with a small coterie of guest musicians, including Pete Thomas from Elvis Costello's Attractions on drums, Nikolai Fraiture from the Strokes on bass, vocals by Inara George, Feist's musical director Brian LeBarton playing synths, as well as Nate Walcott from Bright Eyes and Wilco's Mikael Jorgensen. I'm very lucky, says Simon. Everybody that we asked to come and guest on the record showed up.1. Veteran's Parade
2. Bonnie Brae
3. Division Street
4. Dixie Cleopatra
5. Nothing Gets Through
6. Eternal Questions
7. Chinese Jade
8. Just Like St. Teresa
10. Breathe Out Love
11. Leaves of Golden Brown$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Sides And In BetweenThe Sides And In Between is the new album from Atlanta band Gringo Star, their first for Nevado Records.
If you know a little about brothers Nick and Peter Furgiuele's roots, it all makes sense. Our grandad started out in radio in the 40s and 50s in Columbus, GA., Nick explains. He was a huge promoter of R&B back when it was still super segregated, and he was playing black music and putting on shows with Little Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers, a lot of Gospel shows. So we grew up hearing all these stories, listening to all this music. Our grandfather was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame posthumously. And my grandma all her photo albums are like Jackie Wilson shirtless backstage, hanging out. Not to mention how Nick and Peter used to raid their parents record collections, cutting their teeth on the likes of Buddy Holly, The Animals and The Kinks. Our favorite music comes from the 50s, Peter says, and that music influenced all the 60s bands we like.
The band has toured relentlessly across the U.S. and Europe building a diehard underground following while sharing bills with everyone from Cat Power and Feist to The Black Angels and Weezer, and also touring with Wavves, Best Coast, And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead and fellow Atlantans The Black Lips.1. Rotten
3. Get Closer
4. Still Alive
5. Going Home
6. Knee Deep
7. Heading South
9. It's You
10. The Last Trace$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
All Princes IDenver folk & roll songstress EsmÉ Patterson is releasing her solo album November 20th with Illegal Pete's record label, Greater Than Collective.
Described by Patterson in an interview as raw, All Princes, I is greatly influenced by Van Morrison's Astral Weeks and Feists's Metals. Making appearances on the album are Nathaniel Rateliff, Roger Green (formerly of the Czars), Ben Desoto (Czars, Nathaniel Rateliff, Bare Bones), Genevieve Patterson and Sarah Anderson (Paper Bird), Carrie Beeder, Eric Moon, Mike Fitzmorris, Will Duncan, and many more.1. My Young Man
2. All the Days
4. Broken Jawbone
5. You & Intro
6. You &
7. Fall Asleep, Steal Away
8. Easter Sunday
11. Sun Up 2 Sun Down
12. No Heat
14. Asleep Inside Love
15. Light Of Day$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bluebird"Musically she exists somewhere between
Feist and Townes Van Zandt, and her New
York-by-way-of-Kentucky pluck is a refreshing
antidote to schmaltzy neo-folk"
"Dawn Landes' music sits neatly on the
fulcrum between Cat Power and Neko Case"
" compelling mix of alternative folk with
instrumental experimentation just the right
hint of country"
" Landes is a haunting presence in the world
of alt-folk experimentalism.
Based in Brooklyn, but raised in Louisville, singer-songwriter Dawn Landes has been writing
songs for most of her life, and at 33 already has more than a decade of experience as a
professional producer and engineer. After leaving NYU where she studied psychology and
literature, Landes began honing her production and engineering skills, working at Stratosphere Sound
(owned by James Iha, Adam Schlesinger, and Andy Chase), and at Philip Glass'
personal recording studio, before launching Saltlands Studio in Brooklyn with partners Steve
Salett and Gary Maurer.
Her new album Bluebird was produced in collaboration with good friend Thomas Bartlett
(known for his work with The National, Sharon Van Etten, Rufus Wainwright, Antony and the
Johnsons, and many others), and features contributions from Tony Scherr, Rob Moose, and
Press coverage of Bluebird will understandably present this album as Dawn's answer to her
ex's divorce record. However, like any great songwriter, she's abstracting her personal
narratives enough to leave them open to interpretation and a larger meaning. Bartlett's
spartan production keeps the vibe intimate, making it easy to connect with these naked and
honest songs which manage to rise above the context in which they were written. In the end,
the fact that Bluebird is Landes' way of processing the overwhelming emotions she dealt
with after her divorce doesn't matter - there are two sides to every story, and this is hers.1. Bluebird
2. Try to Make a Fire Burn Again
4. Heel Toe
5. Cry No More
6. Oh Brother
7. Diamond Rivers
8. Love Song
9. Lullabye for Tony
10. Home$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PHOXPHOX is a bunch of friends from the Midwestern circus hamlet, Baraboo, WI, a place where kids often drink poisoned groundwater and become endowed mutants. They make music that straddles Feist and Monty Python.
It was in Baraboo that the six unlikely musicians attended high school together, some playing on the soccer field, others on video production sets. But in a town with a drive-your-tractor-to-school day, they didn't last.
They did the thing that most people do when they are 18: they fled the coop, each going their separate ways (to film school, cosmetology school, a job with Homeland Security ). But promises were made that couldn't be kept, and as they fell in unrequited love and lost their respective jobs, in spite of themselves, each simultaneously pulled the ripcord and came home.
The sextet promptly (-ish) got a house together in the Portland of the heartland, Madison, WI. As prolifically documented in their online video series, PHOX rekindled their onetime A/V production house while discovering how to live as a family (i.e. how not to berate each other about the hair in the sink).
After two years of cohabiting, PHOX beheld a demo reel of bedroom-recorded music (and home movies) that made Bon Iver and The Fray recording engineer Brian Joseph blush. Donning his producer's cape (and occasional lab coat), Joseph cheer-led the band through its debut album at April Base Studios in Eau Claire, WI.
Joseph's enthusiasm propelled the band through the production of more than a dozen songs that have been swimming in the think tank for two years.
Mixed by Michael Brauer at Electric Lady in NYC, their debut album is a school of simple folk-pop songs swimming amidst a chaotic eddy of rock, psychedelia, and soul.
If the goal here is friendship, PHOX is doing quite well. If the chosen path is blue collar pixel-pushing and church camp trust falls, they're on the way. And if their only coping mechanism is to lay down their arms and, for 30 or 45 minutes a day, shut up and listen to each other, you can't be too upset.1. Calico Man
3. Slow Motion
8. Shrinking Violets
9. Satyr and the Faun
10. Noble Heart
111. Raspberry Seed
12. In Due Time$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
MaydayHe's the techno punk, the unboxable nomad: Berlin DJ and producer BOYS NOIZE will release his 4th solo album MAYDAY via Boysnoize Records. The third track off the new album, "Starchild", features Channy Leaneagh of Poliça, and has been chosen as the world record by Zane Lowe on his BEATS 1 show.
Alex Ridha, better known as BOYS NOIZE, made his DJ debut at the age of 15, taking a teenager´s love of house and techno to a global scale. Accolades have been bestowed by Rolling Stone, who named him one of the "Top 10 DJ's Who Rule The World" and Beatport, who elected him "Best Electronic Act" 3 years in a row. He´s rocked the world's biggest stages, lit up Coachella three times, took Lollapalooza by storm, and headlined festivals and clubs on every continent - from Berlin techno temple Berghain to Fuji Rock in Japan to Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires Festival in the woods of Wisconsin.
As an artist and producer, Ridha has created a sound and a vision that's peerless, uncompromising, and enduring - respected in the scene, banging from underground to mainstream, it flies in the face of convention at every turn. He's remixed Depeche Mode, Daft Punk, David Lynch, Feist and Nine Inch Nails, collaborated with Snoop Dogg, Erol Alkan, and Jarvis Cocker, worked on Mark Ronson's "Uptown Special" and most recently on the soundtrack for upcoming Oliver Stone's Snowden, and released group projects with genius pianist Chilly Gonzales (Octave Minds), Skrillex (Dog Blood), and Mr. Oizo (Handbraekes). The list of names alone speak volumes about Ridha's multifaceted approach.
Now BOYS NOIZE is back with MAYDAY, his most dynamic album to date. Infectiously energetic, fusing the energy and spirit of punk with the raw power of modern techno and the early days of rave, MAYDAY exists as a new expression entirely, transporting the innocence of a bygone era into the here and now without ever sounding anachronistic or nostalgic. Collaborations with POLIÇA, HUDSON MOHAWKE, BENGA, REMY BANKS, SPANK ROCK, and some special secret guests (the liner notes are worth a read) broaden the range further than ever. "I always try to challenge myself as a producer and a musician," says Ridha. "Keeping the purity of electronic music but taking it somewhere new is the most difficult, and most motivating. MAYDAY is me taking the music I love to the future, no matter how uncertain the future seems."
MAYDAY speaks for a generation that no longer gives a damn about boundaries. Walls are for breaking down. MAYDAY's for tearing them to shreds.LP 1
4. Euphoria (feat. Remy Banks)
5. Rock The Bells
6. 2 Live
1. Would You Listen
2. Starchild (POLICA)
4. Los Ninos
6. Birthday (feat. Hudson Mohawke & Spank Rock)$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Hug Of Thunder"I don't want to go out there being presumptuous," Kevin Drew says, "because, I've worn those presumptuous shoes before, and you don't want it to feel like, 'Oh, what a let-down.'" That's the fear when you bring back one of music's most beloved names seven years after their last album. But with Hug of Thunder, the fifth Broken Social Scene album, Drew and his bandmates have a right to feel presumptuous.
They have that right because they have created one of 2017's most sparkling, multi-faceted albums. On Hug of Thunder the 15 members of Broken Social Scene - well, the 15 who play on the record, including returnees Leslie Feist and Emily Haines - refract their varying emotions, methods, and techniques into something that doesn't just equal their other albums, but surpasses them. It is righteous but warm, angry but loving, melodic but uncompromising. The title track on its own might just be the best thing you will hear all year - a song that will become as beloved as "Anthems For a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl" from their breakthrough album, You Forgot It In People.
Its title, Drew says, captured what he wanted people to feel about the group's comeback, and how they sound playing together again: "It's just such a wonderful sentiment about us, coming in like a hug of thunder."
Broken Social Scene had reconvened, in varying forms, several times over the past four years - the odd festival show here and there, preferably ones that involved the least possible traveling. But the idea that they might turn their hand to something more than greatest-hits sets had been stirring since November 2014, when producer Joe Chiccarelli told Drew the group needed to make a new album.
"He started showing up at our label, asking if we were going to make an album," Drew recalls. "He just didn't give up; he just kept saying, 'You've got to strike, you've got to do this, the time is now,' and so finally we agreed."
As might be expected to be the case with a many-headed hydra of a group, getting all the principals to agree wasn't easy. Drew's co-founder Brendan Canning was keen, but Drew and fellow BSS lifer Charles Spearin took more persuading. A turning point for Drew came with the Paris terror attacks of November 2015, which made him feel the world needed an injection of positivity: "It just sort of made us want to go out there and play. Because I think we've always been a band that's been a celebration."
Canning picks up the story: "By autumn of 2015 we had started getting together and trying some ideas out, just getting back in that jam space, in Charles' garage. Then we set up shop in my living room and we were starting to come together in a very familiar kind of way, jamming in the living room, eating meals in the kitchen together, because that's what the band is about: 'Hey, let's all get on the same page and get the energies flowing in the same direction.'"
Recording finally began in April 2016 at The Bathouse studio on the shores of Lake Ontario, with later sessions in Toronto and Montreal, before the group went right back to basics. "It was very beautiful the way that it ended in Charlie's little rehearsal garage space," Drew says, "after going to all these studios. We just worked there, doing backup vocals and handclaps and all the shit we used to do when we were younger." And then it was to Los Angeles, where the album was mixed.
The result is a panoramic, expansive album, 53 minutes that manages to be both epic and intimate. In troubled times it offers a serotonin rush of positivity: "Stay Happy" lives up to its title, with huge surges of brass that sound like sunshine bursting through clouds. "Gonna Get Better" makes a promise that the album is determined to deliver. That's not to say it's an escapist record: Broken Social Scene is completely engaged, wholly focussed, and not ignoring the darkness that lurks outside. But there is no hectoring, no lecturing, but a recognition of the confusion and ambiguity of the world. As the title track closes with Leslie Feist murmuring "There was a military base across the street," the listener is caught in the division between the national security provided by national defense, and the menace of the same thing.
The gestation of Hug of Thunder was no idyll. When You Forgot It in People made their name, Broken Social Scene were young men and women. Fifteen years on, they were adults in or on the cusp of middle age, and - as Drew puts it - "all the adult problems in the world were happening around us individually, whether it was divorce or cancer". Three members of the band lost their fathers while the album was being recorded, "and it seemed like the days of going in the studio, getting stoned, drinking five beers and saying, 'Who gives a fuck?' were over".
Then there's the fact of the size of the ensemble, and the number of competing voices. "You don't always get the final say with Broken Social Scene," Canning says, with a certain degree of understatement. He compares the process of getting everyone to agree on a song to party politics: "It's like you're trying to get a bill passed through the House - you have to be really committed to wanting to win."
But, still, if they were to return, it had to be with everybody, no matter if that meant things might get unwieldy. "I'd like to believe that Broken Social Scene can be whatever it can be," Canning says, "but I think the fact we'd gone away for so long meant we really, we really couldn't have done the same thing without everyone involved, you know?" The story of Broken Social Scene, he insists, was built on the involvement of everyone, and so if the story was to be continued, those same people had to return.
"The thing that has changed is that the relationships between us are established," Drew suggests. "And in a family, you ebb and flow and you come and you go and you're in love and then you're annoyed - but it's established now, the relationships aren't going anywhere, you know? And I think through time, because we've been through so much together, personally and professionally, when we're all on stage, everybody knows what they're doing, everybody has a melody to back up someone else, you feel supported, you're a crew, there's nothing but protection all around you."
Canning picks up the theme: "Before we were making this record, I said to everyone: 'We all basically want the same thing, we might just have slightly different roadmaps on how to get there. So how do we stray off on certain country roads but get back onto the main thoroughfare?'"
That Broken Social Scene was a family again, driving along the same main road, became apparent to UK fans in September 2016, when the group - with Ariel Engle the latest woman to assume the role of co-lead vocalist - came over for less than a handful of festival shows, to test the waters. Their Sunday teatime appearance at End Of The Road - an ecstatic hour of maximalist music, physically and emotionally overwhelming - ended up being one of the biggest hits of the festival. It achieved what Drew has always felt music needed to do: it created transcendence, a pocket of time where everyone present was living only in the moment.
"My 11-year-old nephew asked me, 'Uncle Kev, why do adults get drunk?' and I looked at him and thought, 'OK, brilliant question, I'm going to give a brilliant answer,'" Drew recalls. "And I looked at him for about 10 seconds and I said, 'Because they want to feel like you. Because they want to feel like a kid again, they want to forget everything, they want to be innocent.' We are built in a way now where you can't do that because you're walking around with the anti-transcendence box in your pocket, and in your hand, and in your home, and on your bedside table: it's the anti-transcendence. It's called your phone! And we're getting killed, we're getting killed!"
So what do Broken Social Scene want listeners to take from Hug of Thunder? Canning wants it to make them "pause for the cause and maybe just leave things in your life alone for 53 minutes". For Drew, it's about what it's always been about: making the connection. "I just hope they understand that there's others out there, that they're not alone," he says. "I know that's silly! But you'd be surprised how many times I've had to tell people, 'Hey, you're not alone on this, you're not alone thinking these things.' I mean, with the title Hug of Thunder, I want to hold people. I want to fucking hold them. And when we do shows, I'm not: 'Look at me, I'm elevated up on the stage,' It's: 'We're here with you, this is us together.' Broken Social Scene is about the people, and it's always been about the people."1. Sol Luna
2. Halfway Home
3. Protest Song
5. Stay Happy
6. Vanity Pail Kids
7. Hug of Thunder
8. Towers and Masons
9. Victim Lover
10. Please Take Me With You
11. Gonna Get Better
12. Mouth Guards of the Apocalypse$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Teaches Of Peaches (Awaiting Repress)Pink Colored Vinyl
XL Recordings presents a reissue of Peaches' 2000 electroclash debut album The Teaches Of Peaches on vinyl for the first time. The one time pressing comes on limited edition pink vinyl. The 11-song affair features the provocative singles Lovertits, Set It Off and Rock Show as well as contributions from Feist.1. Fuck The Pain Away
2. AA XXX
3. Rock Show
4. Set It Off
5. Cum Undun
6. Diddle My Skittle
7. Hot Rod
9. Suck And Let Go
11. Felix Partz$21.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Arts & Crafts XArts & Crafts X is a collection of original collaborative recordings by artist pairings from the A&C roster.
The album's 10 tracks include new compositions as well as fresh interpretations from a list of artists that includes Broken Social Scene, Feist, Timber Timbre, Chilly Gonzales, Stars and Dan Mangan.1. Broken Social Scene x Years - Day Of The Kid
2. Apostle Of Hustle x Zeus - Bizarre Love Triangle
3. Feist x Timber Timbre - Homage
4. Still Life Still x Zulu Winter - Era
5. The Hidden Cameras x Snowblink - The Chauffeur
6. The Darcys x Ra Ra Riot - Time Can Be Overcome
7. Chilly Gonzales x Stars - Nothing Good Comes To Those Who Wait
8. Hayden x Jason Collett - Lonely Is As Lonely Does
9. Gold & Youth x Trust - Lady Bird
10. Amy Millan x Dan Mangan - Chances Are$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
RubControversy-courting electro-pop star returns with first LP in six years plus a North American tour
Rub was recorded in Los Angeles with musician Vice Cooler. Peaches was also joined in the studio by frequent collaborator Feist, who features on "I Mean Something", and Kim Gordon, who sing-speaks the hook for "Close Up".1. Close Up [ft. Kim Gordon]
3. Dick in the Air
5. Sick in the Head
6. Free Drink Ticket
7. How You Like My Cut
8. Vaginoplasty [ft. Simonne Jones]
9. Light in Places
10. Dumb Fuck
11. I Mean Something [ft. Feist]$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Master Of The BurialAmy Millan (also of Stars and Broken Social Scene fame) returns with Masters of The Burial, a wistful yet warm collection of songs and the follow up to her 2006 solo debut, Honey From The Tombs. Masters of The Burial includes interpretations of Death Cab for Cuties I Will Follow You Into The Dark and Old Perfume by Sarah Harmer. Recorded earlier this year in rural Ontario and produced by Martin Davis Kinack (Broken Social Scene, Sarah Harmer) the album features guest performances from Evan Cranley (Stars), Dan and Jenny Whiteley, Feist, Liam ONeil (The Stills), and many more.1. Bruised Ghosts
2. Low Sail
3. Old Perfume
5. Day To Day
6. Bury This
7. Finish Line
8. Run For Me
9. I Will Follow You Into The Dark
10. Lost Compass
11. Bound$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Talking To You, Talking To MeThe Watson Twins' new album Talking To You, Talking To Me is undoubtedly their most ambitious to date. The new album finds the sisters Watson taking a soulful turn à la Carole King, but with a distinct pop edge reminiscent of Feist. The result is a heartfelt nod to their roots, retaining the ethereal harmonies that have become their signature while incorporating a myriad of influences and inspirations. Along with a band of friends including members of Everest and My Morning Jacket, the twins recorded the album at Los Angeles' famed Fairfax Recordings, capturing the essence of The Watson Twins' extraordinary talents on a record that is at once driving, poignant and beautiful.1. Modern Man
2. Harpeth River
3. Forever Me
5. Savin' You
6. Brave One
7. Devil In You
8. Snow Canyons
9. Tell Me Why
10. Calling Out
11. Give Me A Chance
12. U-N-Me$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Impossible DreamHaley Bonar returns with her sixth full length album, Impossible Dream, which also happens to be hands-down her best work yet. The new self-produced album was tracked live-to-tape with her five piece band at the legendary Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, MN and mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TVOTR) and Robbie Lackritz (Feist, Bahamas). The songs on Impossible Dream tell stories within stories, sitting side each other like Russian nesting dolls, of sexuality, lost youth, teenage parenthood, the lines of social disorder for women, and the terror of jealousy and suspicion.1. Hometown
2. Your Mom Is Right
3. Kismet Kill
4. I Can Change
5. Stupid Face
6. Called You Queen
7. Jealous Girls
9. Better Than Me
10. Blue Diamonds Fall$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Home Wrecking YearsBrendan Canning is the co-founder of the Toronto supergroup Broken Social Scene that includes members of Metric, Do Make Say Think, Stars, as well as Grammy-nominated Feist. One of the most enduring and influential alternative bands of the 00s. Their record 'You Forgot It In People' defined the "indie rock" era and paved the way for Canadian acts like Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade to break out. Canning's third solo album, 'Home Wrecking Years', is his first release with a full band since Broken Social Scene's 2010 release 'Forgiveness Rock Record'.
*'Home Wrecking Years' is backyard barbecue-ready indie album with heavy summertime vibes. Smart and breezy 4-minute pop tunes that run the gamut from 90s-era college rock to tropical baroque pop.1. Book It to Fresno
2. Vibration Walls
3. Keystone Dealers
4. Hey Marika
5. Once I Was a Runner
6. Nashville Late Pass
7. Work Out In the Wash
8. Money Mark
9. Sleeping Birds Like Lazers
10. Ana Don't Leave$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rat A Tat TatMixed by Robbie Lackritz (Feist, Jamie Lidell), Rat A Tat Tat was recorded and produced in Toronto by the duo of Carlin Nicholson and Michael OBrien. The pair comprise one half of Collett's label mates, Zeus, whose members have performed as Colletts backing band since the 2005 release of his acclaimed Idols of Exile album. Rat A Tat Tat is the follow up to his widely praised 2008 release, Heres To Being Here and is an achievement on many levels. The album attributes to, and trumpets the energy of an exciting and burgeoning Toronto creative arts scene of which Collett, highly regarded as a prolific songwriter and performer, finds himself at the very center. Rat A Tat Tat shows Collett using the Canadian backdrop to further explore his roots as a national storyteller (Lake Superior, Winnipeg Winds, High Summer) and his knack for articulating the subtleties of human interactions and experiences (Cold Blue Halo, The Slowest Dance). As well, he dives headfirst into the passions and struggles of relationships (Rave On Sad Songs, Love Is A Chain). Rat A Tat Tat is a remarkable and honest example of a storyteller documenting and soundtracking his experiences and surroundings with distinct and precise ability.1. Rave On Sad Songs
2. Lake Superior
3. Love Is A Dirty Word
4. Bitch City
5. High Summer
6. Cold Blue Halo
7. Love Is A Chain
8. Long May You Love
9. The Slowest Dance
10. Winnipeg Winds
11. Vanderpool Vanderpool$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now