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  • SUM/ONE SUM/ONE Quick View

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    SUM/ONE

    bEEdEEgEE is the performing alias of Brian DeGraw, an American artist, musician and producer who lives and works between the inner city
    and the Catskill region of New York state. Most commonly known in the
    music world for his work at the center of the experimental electronic
    act Gang Gang Dance and their musical mastery, SUM/ONE is his debut
    record as a solo artist.


    Written and recorded over the course of a year in his Woodstock studio,
    the W0RMB1N, SUM/ONE initially began life when Brian left New York
    City - his home for the past twelve years - for the clouds of Woodstock.
    Amidst the peace of this new environment, the audio sketches he
    worked on gradually evolved into a project that fuses the deep synth
    soundscapes with audacious pop moments that characterise Gang Gang
    Dance. The nine tracks that comprise SUM/ONE also feature the vocal
    talents of Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Lovefoxxx (CSS),
    Lizzi Bougatsos (Gang Gang Dance) and Douglas Armour.

    1. Helium Anchor
    2. Like Rain Man [ft. Lizzi Bougatsos]
    3. Empty Vases [ft. Douglas Armour]
    4. Overlook
    5. (F.U.T.D) Time of Waste [ft. Alexis Taylor and Lovefoxxx]
    6. Bricks
    7. Flowers [ft. Lovefoxxx]
    8. (intellectual property)
    9. Quantum Poet Riddim
    bEEdEEgEE
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    God's Money

    We are proud to present the vinyl re-issue Gang Gang Dance's second full length, God's Money . Blending hypnotic rhythms into a highly structured compositional style or soaring in the lofty heights of practiced improvisation, this recording follows in the footsteps of their other output marking new ground for the band.
    1. God's Money I (Percussion)
    2. Glory in Itself/Egyptian
    3. Egowar
    4. Untitled (Piano)
    5. God's Money V
    6. Before My Voice Fails
    7. God's Money VII
    8. Nomad for Love (Cannibal)
    9. God's Money IX
    Gang Gang Dance
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    59.59


    The title of their debut comes from its running time. It's an epic record that showcases the talent, range, and ambition of this young group, taking in elements of various genres and making them their own. Sian Alice Group's more classical inclinations show their willingness to tread their own path. Comparisons can be made to Arthur Russell, Angelo Badalamenti, and Steve Reich. The album features contributions from Douglas Hart (Jesus & Mary Chain), John Coxon (Spiritualized, Spring Heel Jack), and Brian DeGraw (Gang Gang Dance). Beautiful, lush, dreamy and ethereal, but there's a dark, rainy spookiness at its core that sets it apart from so many experimental groups out there - Vice.

    1. As the Morning Light
    2. Way Down to Heaven
    3. Interlude 7'35'
    4. Kirilov
    5. Contours
    6. Interlude 19'39''
    7. When
    8. Days of Grace III
    9. Sleep
    10. Interlude 36'52''
    11. Murder
    12. Heartless
    13. Interlude 46'52''
    14. Motionless
    15. Larsen B
    16. Complete Affection
    Sian Alice Group
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    Best Bless

    Best Bless is the debut EP from Sleepy Doug Shaws Highlife. Shaw moved from his hometown of London, England at the age of 19, arriving onto the NYC music scene in 2003. At that time accompanied by only by an acoustic guitar, he was soon showcasing his preternatural singing abilities and strong focused fingerpicking blues skills around the city playing under the moniker Sleepy Doug Shaw; and before long he had joined the entrancing psychedelic soul band White Magic.



    Highlife was born in 2008 when Shaw, along with White Magic collaborator Mira Billotte, retreated from New York to the small island of Gaspar Grande off the coast of Trinidad, at the southernmost point of the Carribean trail.



    It was at Southern Studios in London that full-band versions of the songs were recorded by the brilliant Harvey Birrel (Crass, Sir Richard Bishop, Buzzcocks). Shaw and Billotte were joined on these sessions by Tim Koh (Ariel Pinks Haunted Graffitti) and Jesse Lee (Gang Gang Dance), who play bass and drums respectively on Burying Stones.

    1. War Fair
    2. F Kenya Rip
    3. Burying Stones
    4. Tuareg Dancehall
    5. Wet Palm Trees
    Highlife
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    TV En Français

    13 years and 3 albums in, We Are Scientists are back with album number 4.


    The new long player was recorded in New York City over the last year with producer Chris Coady (Smith Westerns, Beach House, Gang Gang Dance, Blonde Redhead), and will land in the middle of the band's 5 month tour of Europe, America & Australia.


    Asked to comment on the unusual title, bassist Chris Cain explains, It's in French, I think. At least some of the words.


    Singer and guitarist Keith Murray elaborates: We wanted to get at the seemingly inevitable parallax that happens between two people in a relationship, that sense that you get the gist of what the other person needs and wants and how they feel about you, but only the gist - you're relying on these broad cues a lot of the time to tell you what the hell's going on.


    We Are Scientists exploded onto the U.K. scene with one of 2005's iconic indie dance rock records, 'With Love & Squalor'. Years of touring followed, as did a second album, 'Brain Thrust Mastery', that spawned now-classic nightlife anthem 'After Hours' (a #11 charting single). Main stage slots at Reading & Leeds,
    Glastonbury, T In The Park, and festivals all over Europe, as well as appearances on Later with Jools Holland, and their own series of comedic MTV shorts ('Steve Wants His Money'), followed by third album 'Barbara'. all served to cement and increase their legacy.


    Now, after releasing a 7-inch and a 5-song EP in 2013, the band prepare to share their finest collection of songs to date.


    According to Cain, The guy who was producing everything looked different from the one who did those other three records.


    Murray further enthuses, Yeah, working for the first time with Chris Coady as producer had a huge effect - he has such a distinct and well-developed sense of what's cool and what sounds good, but he's also emphatic about keeping the rawness of the performances in there.


    Drummer Andy Burrows, who also recorded 'Barbara' with W.A.S., relocated to New York for a year to work on the new album, and lends his world-class efforts behind the kit and elsewhere.


    - Contact Music

    1. What You Do Best
    2. Dumb Luck
    3. Make It Easy
    4. Sprinkles
    5. Courage
    6. Overreacting
    7. Return The Favor
    8. Slow Down
    9. Don't Blow It
    10.Take An Arrow
    We Are Scientists
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    Guilt Trips

    Canada's own Ryan Hemsworth has become one of the fastest rising producers and remix artist in the past couple of years. Since his first official release in 2012 Last Words on West Coast label Wedidit Collective, he's gained notoriety for his original production and collaborations, and has since then amassed fans and charmed critics all over the world- meanwhile touring Europe, Australia, and North America with the likes of Bauuer, Daedelus, and others.


    Now, the man some call "The Internet Zack Morris" and "The Remix Ryan Gosling" is proud to announce his debut album Guilt Trips on famed label Last Gang Records due out in 2013.


    On this newest full length, Hemsworth digs deeper beyond the hip hop, r&b and dance music world to inspirations that sprout from a time before he made the type of music that people have come to expect.


    "For this project, I wanted to just expand on everything, lay as much as I could out on the table," he explains. "There's a lot more of me on this than my last projects. With a lot of the songs, I had high school in mind and during that time I was making music with my voice, guitar, and samples, so I've gone back to the first two a bit more, and also getting help from vocalists. Some of the club music that I've been surrounded by in the past year can be really cold, so I think once you throw in more melody and emotion that can only come from the human voice and guitar, it becomes a lot warmer."


    "I reached out to friends and people I admire really. I wanted kind of unexpected collaborations and people with a uniqueness to them, instead of just reaching out to random top-liners. Someone like Lofty305, who has a weird, certainly not trained voice, made sense for "Against A Wall" because I wanted it to match the mood of the track. That's so much more important to me than making a perfect song. I just wanted to flesh out that charming imperfection on a lot of the tracks. When I asked the people on it to do their parts, I didn't direct them too much but just asked them to think of a breakup or a time when they felt weird or shitty from love. All of my music is sparked from love in some form or another I think, so this album is kind of just a capsule of different moods caused by love."

    1. Small + Lost (featuring Sinead Harnett)
    2. Against A Wall (featuring Lofty 305)
    3. Weird Life
    4. Still Cold (featuring Baths)
    5. Avec Vous
    6. Happiness & Dreams Forever
    7. Yaeko Mitamura Is Lonely
    8. Ryan Must Be Destroyed
    9. One For Me (featuring Tinashe)
    10. Day/Night/Sleep System (featuring Haleek Maul and Kitty)
    Ryan Hemsworth
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  • There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light Quick View

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    There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light

    STARS have made their career telling the tales we keep in the darkest, and most
    hopeful parts of our souls. Delivering the hard and soft edges of life and love as
    only this band can, they returned with two new tracks Privilege and We Called
    It Love.


    From the reflective beauty of Amy Millan's vocal in Privilege "never got what you
    want, never got it" to Torquil Campbell's contemplative and contrary, "I don't believe
    that people change but I've changed" on We Called It Love, Stars return
    time and again to comfort and reassure us that within the experience of failure
    and fucking up is the path to a life well lived.


    A collective band statement notes, "We're back! We have a new album. It was
    recorded in Montreal and Connecticut with the great producer, Peter Katis. We
    love him and thank him for being there for us. It's our first with our friends at Last
    Gang. We made this record for ourselves, for our kids, and for you. And we are
    so happy and grateful that you're still listening to our music."


    With approaching 20 years as a band and a storied album catalog spanning
    2001's Nightsongs, the romantic upheaval of 2003's Heart and 2004's Set Yourself
    On Fire, 2007's In Our Bedroom After the War, the downcast elegies of 2010's
    The Five Ghosts, the rejuvenation of 2012's The North and sub-base, dance club
    infused No One Is Lost in 2014, Stars continue to prove themselves some of the
    finest musical storytellers in the country, moving through life with their fans.

    LP 1
    1. Privilege
    2. Fluorescent Light
    3. Losing To You
    4. Hope Avenue
    5. Alone
    6. We Called It Love


    LP 2
    1. Real Thing
    2. The Gift Of Love
    3. On The Hills
    4. The Maze
    5. California, I Love That Name
    6. Wanderers

    Stars
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    XO

    Bear Mountain's electro/dance style blends syncopated bass lines and arpeggiated synth chords with live instrumentation and soaring vocals to produce a style that is unmistakably fresh and powerfully captivating.


    With a vocal timbre reminiscent of Ray Lamontagne, and an emotive, spacious sensibility in the vein of Damien Rice, Bear Mountain performs with powerful release and vulnerable honesty.


    Certain songs make you feel younger. It's something more than nostalgia; there's a joyous enthusiasm in some music that doesn't bring you back to the time you were young, but back to the sensation of being young. With the six songs on their debut album, xo, Vancouver duo Bear Mountain achieve this heart-pumping, smile-widening freedom, parsing the elements of dozens of genres and times and spinning them around until the listener becomes gleefully dizzy. - Adam Kivel

    1. Two Step
    2. Survive (Germany Germany)
    3. Swim
    4. See You Through
    5. Sing
    6. Congo
    7. Congo (SleepyTom Remix)
    Bear Mountain
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    Solid Gravy!

    Second album from one of the hottest garage rock''n'roll acts in London, setting clubs alight with their own red hot take on "the music the Sonics were listening to". Having spent a good year or more honing their set and finding out which songs make the girls dance (ie. all of them!), their debut LP, Music for Chicken, cemented the globe-spanning gang as the finest purveyors of Pacific Northwest rhythm and blues in the land. With new bassist Fernando on board, MFC Chicken have continued touring the world and found time to knock out a brand new album that is EVEN better than their debut.
    1. Chicken 'Bout You
    2. Pocahontas
    3. (Get Outta The) DJ Booth
    4. Voodoo Chicken
    5. I'm Her Pet
    6. Hot Friend
    7. (Show Me The) Gravy, Baby
    8. Don't Wanna Talk About Chicken
    9. Well Now
    10. M.F. Sea Chicken
    11. Chicken Shack
    12. Horseshit
    13. White Leather Boots
    14. Dirty Little Boots
    MFC Chicken
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    Homebrew

    First Pressing Of 1000 Numbered Copies On Transparent Green Vinyl


    4-Page Booklet Included


    Homebrew is the second studio album by Neneh Cherry. The album features several different genres, including between Jazz, Funk and Trip Hop. Hip Hop legends Gang Starr co-wrote and produced Soul Sassy and I Ain't Gone Under Yet. Geoff Barrow wrote and produced Somedays.


    Trout features a guitar riff sampled from Steppenwolf's version of The Pusher, and the drum track by John Bonham from When The Levee Breaks.Buddy X was allegedly inspired by Lenny Kravitz. It was remixed by Notorious B.I.G and the Dream Team. The track Move With Me later appeared on the soundtrack of the 1993 film Sliver.


    Everything on this record is a gem. Cherry triumphs with a seamless and unorthodox blend of Hip Hop, R&B, Dance music, and Pop, and on Money Love and Trout, the presence of R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe brings Rock to the eclectic mix.

    1. Sassy (Featuring Guru From Gangstarr)
    2. Money Love (Featuring J$ From 'Trout' On Guitar)
    3. Move With Me
    4. I Ain't Gone Under Yet
    5. Twisted
    6. Buddy X
    7. Somedays
    8. Trout ( Featuring Michael Stipe)
    9. Peace In Mind
    10. Red Paint
    Neneh Cherry
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  • Hustle! Reggae Disco - Kingston, London, New York Hustle! Reggae Disco - Kingston, London, New York Quick View

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    Hustle! Reggae Disco - Kingston, London, New York

    Soul Jazz Records' are releasing their long out-of-print album Hustle! Reggae Disco in a new expanded 2017 edition which now features five extra tracks.


    This ground-breaking album features non-stop killer reggae versions of original funk and soul classics in a disco style. Reggae disco updates of seminal classics by Anita Ward (Ring My Bell), Chaka Khan (I'm Every Woman), Michael Jackson Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough, Sugarhill Gang (Rappers Delight, here performed by Derrick Laro and Trinity for producer Joe Gibbs) and more, all showing the hidden but inseparable link between the dance floors of New York, Kingston, and London.


    New bonus tracks in this collection include Derrick Harriott's funky take on Eddie Drennon's Do It Nice and Easy, the classic disco reggae of Risco Connection's take on McFadden and Whitehead's Ain't No Stopping Us Now, and the London rare groove lovers rock take on Barbara Acklin's soul classic Am I The Same Girl.


    Hustle! Reggae Disco has been one of Soul Jazz Records' best-selling releases since its first release 15 years ago (and subsequently featured heavily in the early Grand Theft Auto games!).


    This new edition comes complete fully re-mastered and with all original titles plus new tracks.

    LP 1
    1. Ring My Bell - Blood Sisters
    2. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - Derrick Laro and Trinity
    3. Do It Nice & Easy - Chariot Riders
    4. Don't Let It Go To Your Head - Black Harmony


    LP 2
    1. I'm Every Woman - Latisha
    2. In The Rain - Ernest Ranglin
    3. Reggae Beat Goes On - Family Choice
    4. Ain't No Stopping Us Now - Risco Connection
    5. Rappers Delight - Xanadu and Sweet Lady


    LP 3
    1. Love Don't Live Here Any More - Sharon Forrester
    2. Upside Down - Carol Cool
    3. Be Thankful For What You've Got - One Blood
    4. Am I The Same Girl - Charmaine Burnette

    Various Artists
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  • Chic Chic Quick View

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    Chic


    Celebrate 4 Decades Of Chic! The Rock Hall Of Famers' Groundbreaking Gold Debut Lp!


    First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Presentation


    Including Smash Hits Everybody Dance - Dance, Dance, Dance- Strike Up The Band


    Impeccably Mastered From The Original Atlantic Tapes By Joe Reagoso


    In the early seventies, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards were playing in rock and soul bands across New York City and the east coast, meeting up with Tony Thompson along the way and forming the rudiments of what would become one of the most powerful and successful r&b units ever known as Chic.


    In 1977, they hit the top of the charts a couple of times with their smash debut single Dance, Dance, Dance as well as the killer funk of Everybody Dance.


    The first album simply titled Chic also featured some very amazing playing and more deep soul tracks like Sao Paulo, You Can Get By and the funk infused Strike Up The Band.


    Along with vocalists Alfa Anderson, Norma Jean Wright and future superstar Luther Vandross, Chic was the band of choice for party people, dance clubs, and radio stations all over with this debut album.


    With star power tracks and their stellar instrumental funk infused musicianship, Chic's debut became a staple at retail and on the dancefloors and started a trend which has now lasted over four decades for this Rock Hall Of Fame winning band.


    This classic album has been out of print in Lp form for awhile .that is until now!


    Friday Music is very proud to continue The Chic Original Master Series with the first time audiophile vinyl release of their debut album Chic.


    Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Chic/Sugarhill Gang) from the original Atlantic Records tapes, the limited anniversary edition Lp features the original classic LP artwork which truly will now enhance your listening hours.


    Chic...now on spectacular 180 Gram Vinyl... exclusively from your soulful friends at Friday Music.


    Everybody Dance!

    1. Dance, Dance, Dance
    2. Sao Paulo
    3. You Can Get By
    4. Everybody Dance
    5. Est-Ce Que C'est Chic
    6. Falling In Love With You
    7. Strike Up The Band
    Chic
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  • The Hard Stuff The Hard Stuff Quick View

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    The Hard Stuff


    120g Red-Opaque Vinyl


    Limited Edition Vinyl Reissue Of The Iconic MC5 Guitartist's First Solo Album, Originally Released In 1995 On Epitaph


    Wayne Kramer is a songwriter whose reputation writing music for film and television could very well supplant his legend as one of the world's stellar
    guitarists. Wayne was a teenage greaser and leader of the MC5, widely recognized as the prototype for punk rock and heavy metal. In 1969, the MC5
    released the incendiary album Kick Out The Jams on Elektra Records. After Elektra dropped them due to "radical antics", they released two albums on
    Atlantic: Back In The USA, produced by Bruce Springsteen's manager Jon Landau and the masterpiece High Time. Between world tours, Wayne scored
    Gold and The Living Theatre's film production of Paradise Now.


    Wayne spent 1976-1978 in Lexington Federal Penitentiary, where he was tutored by fellow inmate Red Rodney, trumpeter for the Charlie Parker Quintet.
    It was Red who taught Wayne how to read music and the two formed a prison band. After release, Wayne co- wrote the acclaimed R&B musical The Last
    Words of Dutch Schultz with Mick Farren, then joined Don Was' revolutionary acid funk band Was (Not Was) as its original guitarist. Wayne helped define
    the band's sound through, of all things, the dance hit "Wheel Me Out". In the 1980s in New York City, Wayne teamed up with infamous Johnny Thunders
    for a short-lived, headline grabbing, punk rock group Gang War.


    In 1994, Wayne moved to Los Angeles and signed with Epitaph Records. He recorded four records in as many years. He produced the album Full Circle
    with provocateur John Sinclair and produced an MC5 retrospective collection for Rhino Records entitled The Big Bang, as well as a hits compilation
    Beyond Cyberpunk.


    Wayne is recognized nearly as often as a vigorous social activist. Along with wife Margaret Saadi Kramer and British singer Billy Bragg, Wayne founded
    Jail Guitar Doors USA, a Los Angeles based non-profit organization that provides guitars for prisoner rehabilitation. Known as "the loudest charity on
    planet earth," JGD-USA launched at Sing Sing Prison in 2009 and has since intervened in over 50 adult and juvenile facilities. Shepard Fairey donated
    the charity's logo and board member Adam McKay's company Funny or Die donated the design of its interactive site. Shira Piven and Adam McKay
    directed a short film entitled The Beast & The Angel for PBS as part of their new LifeCasters series. It is a film about Wayne and it is currently in
    broadcast nationally.


    Wayne's brand new album Lexington entered the national jazz charts at #6 in May, 2014. It is the flagship release for the launch of his label Industrial
    Amusement.


    Moving forward with the past, Wayne is re-releasing the now infamous The Hard Stuff. The Hard Stuff features members of The Melvins, Clawhammer,
    Bad Religion and long-time friend/collaborator, UK anarchist Mick Farren. Released in 1995, this album was the best-selling album of Wayne's solo
    career. Nearly 20 years later, Wayne's tunes are finally getting out there again to wow old fans and new fans alike!

    1. Crack in the Universe
    2. Junkie Romance
    3. Bad Seed
    4. Poison
    5. Realm of the Pirate Kings
    6. Incident on Stock Island
    7. Pillar of Fire
    8. Hope for Sale
    9. Edge of the Switchblade
    10. Sharkskin Suit
    Wayne Kramer
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  • Bo Diddley's Beach Party Bo Diddley's Beach Party Quick View

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    Bo Diddley's Beach Party

    From The Original Chess/Checker Masters In Glorious Mono


    Faithful Reproduction Of The Original Artwork


    It's the beach party of your dreams. Not one of those with the squeaky-clean suburban kids doing the frug at Malibu like in the movies, oh no. This is Myrtle Beach, filled with dangerous bikers and gang members and hot mamas and escaped convicts and god knows who else (best not to ask), all cruising for kicks. It's after midnight but the heat still lingers from a blistering day. Except for a small bonfire, the dark is all-enveloping; couples vanish into it and you'd best be looking elsewhere. At the fire, some guy's carving his initials into his hand with a pen knife, and two babes are noodle-dancing to the waves, or maybe just the voices in their heads. They need music, dammit. Just then, a cloud of dust materializes at the far end of the boardwalk, heading your way, getting closer by the minute. As it approaches, you can just make out the silhouette of a rather large man atop a little motor scooter, some crazy looking guitar slung over his shoulder. Who IS this guy? The scooter chugs to a stop at your feet, and off steps the only musician in the known world who could play this party without having the shit kicked out of him. Bo Diddley.


    He plugs in, kicks off a scorching guitar riff. The band falls in. And the place goes totally batshit. Miraculously, someone thought to bring along a tape recorder. The result: Bo Diddley's Beach Party, the absolute pinnacle of vicarious musical thrills. Presented in its original, glorious, Distort-O-Phonic mono, this sweaty grungefest kicks ass from start to finish.


    Lots of albums claim to be essential, groundbreaking, and all that crap, and pointyheaded rock crits fawn over cosmic lyrical brainfarts and diminished ninths and such. Bo Ddiddley's Beach Party just kicks sand in their faces and dares you not to dance.


    Sundazed earnestly believes that you have no business calling yourself a rock 'n roll fan, an r&b maven, or even a sentient human being unless this album is in your collection, that's how crucial it is. In fact, don't even talk to us until it's in your hands. We mean it.

    1. Memphis
    2. Gunslinger
    3. Hey! Bo Diddley
    4. Old Smokey
    5. Bo Diddley's Dog
    6. I'm All Right
    7. Mr. Custer
    8. Bo's Waltz
    9. What's Buggin' You
    10. Road Runner
    Bo Diddley
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    Birds

    Seth Glier's new album Birds is steeped in conflict and contradictions. There's grief and loss, but also strength and resilience; doubt and dismay, but also a sense of optimism as Glier confronts heavy topics and wrestles them into the daylight.

    Glier (pronounced Gleer) recorded Birds in an airy loft in western Massachusetts outfitted with a grand piano and floor-to-ceiling windows. Birds roost just outside those windows, on the roof of the converted mill building where he lives, and they became his sympathetic audience while Glier made the album. I felt a tremendous amount of comfort talking to the Birds, he says I'd check in with them regularly to see how they thought things were going so far.

    Birds is Glier's fifth album, and the latest entry in a burgeoning career that has included a Grammy nomination and a pair of Independent Music Awards while touring with artists including Ani DiFranco and Ryan Adams.

    The songs on Birds range from personal to political, and are bound together by the awareness that our world is a fragile place that is all the more magical for it. Glier makes that point on a large scale with Water on Fire, a terse, grinding tune that opens with a cynical reworking of a Ray Charles lyric as Glier uses fracking to dig into the false equivalence between freedom and capitalism. Hasn't Hit Me Yet has a more visceral, intimate approach: the soulful slow jam, full of warm guitars and multi-tracked vocals, is about the death of Glier's autistic brother.

    Together, those songs represent the opposite poles of Birds. I was really trying to explore connections on this record, Glier says. Among those connections is the one between race and the criminal justice system on Justice for All, a raw chain-gang stomp that sounds almost like an old field recording. Like I Do takes a more oblique tack, drawing out feelings of anger through the use of noisy synthesizers and fuzzed-out bass pads.

    The songs on Birds reflect a scope of sound and style: the title track is lush and & orchestral, for example, while Too Much Water pairs Glier's voice and piano with subtle accompaniment from horns, for a classic, elegant feel that calls to mind Harry Nilsson in the early '70s. People Like Us is jaunty and up-tempo, while the trebly guitar arpeggios and moaning saxophone on Just Because I Can sound like a sock-hop slow dance, until you zero in on lyrics delivered by a narrator who dynamites his domestic bliss simply for the power trip. Conflict. Contradiction.

    Even the cover tune, a reimagined version of Buffalo Springfield's For What It's Worth, evokes urgency. Although it was written 50 years ago, it's still about what's happening right now, Glier says.

    Birds began taking shape after Glier lost his brother, Jamie, who died in October 2015, and inspired a TED Talk performance that Glier gave in 2016. My brother passing away was a huge component of where I was and what I was looking for, Glier says. In particular, I was looking for meanings, wanting his life to mean more than just being over.

    For a long time afterward, Glier passed the time by writing songs and inspecting each melody with the feathered fellows by his windowsill. Instead of recording the album in a Los Angeles studio, as he did on his 2015 album If I Could Change One Thing, he decided to make Birds at home.

    I thought that I should just stay close to the windows here, Glier says. I think this sort of happened by accident, but by the time I started recording the record, it was fall in New England, which is a profoundly beautiful death. The air is full of honesty, the sky is full of geese, and there is bright gorgeousness woven into the dying of things. It all seeped into the textures of this record.

    1. Sunshine
    2. Water On Fire
    3. Birds
    4. Just Because I Can
    5. People Like Us
    6. Like I Do
    7. For What It's Worth
    8. Too Much Water
    9. Justice For All
    10. Hasn't Hit Me Yet
    11. I'm Still Looking
    Seth Glier
    $19.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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