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Alien LanesOriginally released in 1995 on Matador Records, their first for the label, Alien Lanes is the 8th overall full-length from lo-fi legends Guided By Voices. One of the band's most popular, Alien Lanes makes an art out of pairing anthemic hooks with muscular and melodic rock 'n' roll guitars, almost exclusively accomplished here in brief blazes of brilliance and beauty.1. A Salty Salute
2. Evil Speakers
3. Watch Me Jumpstart
4. They're Not Witches
5. As We Go Up, We Go Down
6. (I Wanna Be a) Dumbcharger
7. Game of Pricks
8. The Ugly Vision
9. A Good Flying Bird
10. Cigarette Tricks
11. Pimple Zoo
12. Big Chief Chinese Restaurant
13. Closer You Are
15. Motor Away
17. My Valuable Hunting Knife
18. Gold Hick
19. King and Caroline
20. Striped White Jets
22. Blimps Go 90
24. Chicken Blows
25. Little Whirl
26. My Son Cool
27. Always Crush Me
28. Alright$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Guided By Voices: Live From Austin, TXTwenty-plus years...two dozen albums...
twice that many bandmates...the mad genius that is Robert Pollard finally decided it
was time to bring down the curtain on one of indie rock's most innovative and, well,
outrageous live bands. Certainly nobody could accuse Guided By Voices of being too
tame, too mainstream, too predictable. Ever since Pollard created the "gang" in Ohio
in the early 1980's with the help of his brother Jimmy and Pete Jamison (with the
help of a loan to pay for the first few records), "lo-fi" may be the best descriptor for
their brand of bursting, raw, no-holds-barred shout-out songs.
The end came in 2004, after the release of their final, critically acclaimed Half
Smiles of the Decomposed, and this Austin City Limits recorded on November 9, 2004
was one of their last performances. "I love the guys in the band, but I'm getting too
old to be a gang leader," Pollard said, who's now focusing on his solo work.
And what a finale it was. Much of it couldn't, wouldn't ever be broadcast on
television - public or otherwise - but it's all here for GBV fans to savor forever. Pollard
was in rare form, with buckets of beer literally and liberally decorating the stage. He
always said he wanted to end the band's decades of music on a high note. And this is it!
- Terry Lickona (producer Austin City Limits)LP 1
1. Demons Are Real
2. Pimple Zoo
3. Everybody Thinks I'm A Raincloud
4. Exit Flagger
5. Sleep Over Jack
6. Girls of Wild Strawberries
7. Navigating Flood Regions
8. Gold Star For Robot Boy
9. Window of My World
10. Redmen And Their Wives
11. Dayton, Ohio - 19 Something And 5
12. My Impression Now
13. Do The Earth
14. Game of Pricks
15. Secret Star
1. My Kind of Soldier
2. Sad If I Lost It
3. Cut Out Witch
4. Gonna Never Have To Die
5. Best Of Jill Hives
6. Watch Me Jumpstart
7. Tractor Rape Chain
8. Buzzards And Dreadful Crows
10. Murder Charge
11. Fair Touching
12. Teenage FBI
13. Glad Girls
14. I Am A Scientist
15. Echos Myron$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
These Are The Days Gone ByMOTEL BEDS are a rock & roll band from Dayton, Ohio-a delightfully detached underdog city nestled in the heart of The Heartland. Seasoned veterans, Beds have worked alongside local advocates Kelley Deal (Deal duets on the lusciously hushed "Tropics of the Sand") and Robert Pollard (guitarist Derl Robbins records Guided By Voices). Allies aside, when it comes to rock & roll, Motel Beds speak for themselves. "These Are the Days Gone By" reveals the fruits of Beds' labor these latter years. The album is an electrifying collection of "hits," remastered by Carl Saff (GBV, Dinosaur Jr., etc.) and featuring added bass parts by new(est) member and local ace Tod Weidner. Over a 12-song cycle, the proficiency with which Tommy Cooper and P.J. Paslosky-Motel Beds' core songwriting duo-augment a solid hook is set on display.1. These are the Days Gone By
2. Ocean Flows
3. Skymade Suit
4. Cactus Kiss
7. Lights On
8. Western Son
9. Tropics Of The Sand
10. Sunfried Dreams (alternate version)
11. I've Been Waiting
12. Smoke Your Homework$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
There Goes Rhymin' SimonRetaining the buoyant musical feel of Paul Simon, but employing a more produced sound, There Goes Rhymin' Simon found Paul Simon writing and performing with assurance and venturing into soulful and R&B-oriented music. Simon returned to the kind of vocal pyrotechnics heard on the Simon & Garfunkel records by using gospel singers. On Love Me Like a Rock and Tenderness (which sounded as though it could have been written to Art Garfunkel), the Dixie Hummingbirds sang prominent backup vocals, and on Take Me to the Mardi Gras, Reverend Claude Jeter contributed a falsetto part that Garfunkel could have handled, though not as warmly. For several tracks, Simon traveled to the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios to play with its house band, getting a variety of styles, from the gospel of Love Me Like a Rock to the Dixieland of Mardi Gras. Simon was so confident that he even included a major ballad statement of the kind he used to give Garfunkel to sing: American Tune was his musical State of the Union, circa 1973, but this time Simon was up to making his big statements in his own voice. Though that song spoke of the age's most uncertain hour, otherwise Rhymin' Simon was a collection of largely positive, optimistic songs of faith, romance, and commitment, concluding, appropriately, with a lullaby (St. Judy's Comet) and a declaration of maternal love (Loves Me Like a Rock) -- in other words, another mother-and-child reunion that made Paul Simon and There Goes Rhymin' Simon bookend masterpieces Simon would not improve upon (despite some valiant attempts) until Graceland in 1986.
- William Ruhlmann (All Music Guide)1. Kodachrome (Album Version)
3. Take Me to the Mardi Gras
4. Something So Right
5. One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor
6. American Tune
7. Was a Sunny Day
8. Learn How to Fall
9. St. Judy's Comet
10. Loves Me Like a Rock$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PacerThe one and only full length from Kim Deal's post-Pixes and Breeders group, released in 1995. Though The Amps were originally intended to be a solo project for Deal, they quickly developed into a full fledged band, recording tunes that were slated to be part of the 3rd, never recorded, Breeders' album. Sloppy, raucous, and life-affirming rock and roll that owes more than a little to their fellow Dayton-ites Guided By Voices, Pacer is as good or better as any of the Breeders' releases. Another classic '90s reissue on 180g vinyl from Plain Recordings.1. Pacer
2. Tipp City
3. I Am Decided
4. Mom's Drunk
5. Bragging Party
7. First Revival
8. Full on Idle
9. Breaking the Split Screen Barrier
10. Empty Glasses
11. She's a Girl
12. Dedicated$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
DriftDrift is the seventh full-length by NYC rock polymaths The Men. The band's
last album, the self-released Devil Music, was the sound of a band who had been
through hell hitting reset and looking to their roots to rediscover themselves. On
Drift, The Men return to their longtime label Sacred Bones Records and explore
the openness that Devil Music helped them find.
The immediately evident result of that exploration is the experimental quality
of much of the material on Drift. Songwriters Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi
chase their muses down a few dozen thrilling rabbit-holes over the course of
the album's nine tracks. The songs on Drift veer in a number of directions, but
notably, almost none of them feature a prominent electric guitar. The lone exception,
"Killed Someone," is a rowdy riff-rocker, worthy of the finest moments of
the band's now-classic Leave Home and Open Your Heart albums. The rest of the
album drives down stranger highways. "Secret Light" is an improvisation based
on an old piano riff of Perro's. "Maybe I'm Crazy" is a synth-driven dancefloor
stomper for long after last call. "Rose on Top of the World" and "When I Held
You in My Arms" are paisley-hued, psyched-out jams with big, beating hearts.
The album was recorded to 2 tape with Travis Harrison (Guided by Voices) at
Serious Business Studios in Brooklyn. A whole pile of instruments was involved
- synths, strings, sax, steel, harmonica, tape loops, on top of the usual guitar, bass,
and drums. Unlike recent releases from The Men, there aren't many overdubs
on Drift - a reflection of the personalities of its makers becoming less frantic,
Chiericozzi suggests. In fact, the band removed a lot of the additional parts they
tried adding early on, giving the final product a bit of a ghostly feel. The songs
on Drift took giant leaps and trips from their beginnings only to find the band
returning to the first spark of creation.1. Maybe I'm Crazy
2. When I Held You in My Arms
3. Secret Light
4. Rose on Top of the World
5. So High
6. Killed Someone
8. Final Prayer
9. Come to Me$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Under The Bushes Under The StarsUnder The Bushes Under The Stars is made up of unforgettable riffs, infectious vocal melodies, and little else - hinting at stadium-sized ambitions while keeping the songs themselves human-sized. By remaining tethered to the lo-fi aesthetic but thinking big, Under The Bushes, Under The Stars is propelled by a sense of tension that the band hasn't really explored
In November 1995 Guided By Voices handed in their darkest and most obscure record to date. The 60-odd songs the band had recorded in 24-track studios had all been scrapped. Chief Robert Pollard was adamant about releasing a home-taped album "as is, no compromises, man,"; citing his dissatisfaction with the hi-fi material.
Then Bob changed his mind and went into another 24-track studio and banged out the majority of the songs on Under The Bushes Under The Stars in two days. The results are Guided By Voices' clearest and most ecstatic album to date. A fabulous introductory record for new fans confused by the amount of Guided By Voices catalog in the racks, Under The Bushes also contains new songs to trigger synapses in their devoted core audience.1. Man Called Aerodynamics
2. Rhine Jive Click
3. Cut-Out Witch
4. Burning Flag Birthday Suit
5. The Official Ironmen Rally Song
6. To Remake The Young Flyer
7. No Sky
8. Bright Paper Werewolves
9. Lord Of Overstock
10. Your Name Is Wild
11. Ghosts Of A Different Dream
12. Acorns & Orioles
13. Look At Them
14. The Perfect Life
15. Underwater Explosions
16. Atom Eyes
17. Don't Stop Now
18. Office Of Hearts
19. Big Boring Wedding
20. It's Like Soul Man
21. Drag Days
23. Redmen And Their Wives
24. Take To The Sky$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Master Of My Make BelieveSantigold is Santi White: an artist whose perseverance relies on invention, a champion who survives off her own skill and faith. She is a major muse watched by the inspired world, an in categorical performer who collapses time and genre with one hand guided by tradition, while the other hand carves out a shining future. Santigold is neither calm nor mayhem, but from her lungs burst every color in between.
After four years of hide and seek in which blogs blew up at the sudden release of any track with her name attached to it, Santigold returns in a moment of global aggression and vulnerability. Honing in on the hyper-media cult of personality, in her unmistakable voice she asks the listener: Into what fantasy do you hurl yourself as you gaze into the glow of your machine? The answer to this question is central to what drives Master of My Make-Believe, her latest work to be released this spring on Atlantic Records.
As an antidote against self-celebratory status updates in a climate where the focus on fame outweighs a days emotions, Master of My Make-Believe summons pop culture zombies back to life. This is sound proof of an artist on a diligent journey, measuring the power of individual mood against social clamor. Sifting through a wondrous wreckage of airplay, upload, and anguish, Santigolds talent lies in filtering reality through freakdom, to find in desire a timeless spark of raw magic.
Anyone caught referring to Master of My Make-Believe as a sophomore effort is only half right. Though relatively fresh as Santigold, Santi Whites history of writing, production, and performance stretch beyond the centurys flip. Her collaboration with the industrys most recognized and respected talent is something continuous and wide reaching, making her musical lineage all the much richer. Declared Best Breakthrough Artist by NME in 2008 and Pop Music Vanguard by ASCAP in 2009, the voice that defines Santigold is as complex as the faces that pack a subway car, as intimate and honest as conversation on a weathered stoop.
Through chopped pianos, the clink of glass bottles, and the peaking blast of motorcycle engines, Master of My Make-Believe accounts for 21st century details of life from the hearts center to the minds periphery. In her pen and in her voice, the breadth of substance presented in Santigolds newest songs is immediate and complex. There are valleys here wherein the drudge of daily living is met with caution and confronted by mortality, but underneath it all there is the celebration of each persons power and vision to fight toward what they believe. Consider this your invitation.1. GO!
2. Disparate Youth
3. God From The Machine
5. Freak Like Me
6. This Isn't Our Parade
7. The Riot's Gone
8. Pirate In The Water
9. The Keepers
10. Look At These Hoes
11. Big Mouth$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Toni Harper's two original albums Toni (1956) and Lady Lonely (1959).
Toni Harper's childhood was made of the magic any aspiring adult artist would kill for: a platinum record, a performance at Carnegie Hall, evenings spent sharing a stage with such performers as Cab Calloway, and invitations to appear on television with Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Milton Berle, and Ed Sullivan. And all of the magic unfolded before she'd turned 12 years old.
The jazz vocalist, who now goes by the name Toni Dunlap, got her big break in 1945 when she went up against a couple hundred other kids at an audition held by choreographer Nick Castle. Harper, who had been a dance student of Maceo Anderson, passed muster as far as her dancing, but when she sang Waitin' for the Train to Come In, she had the audition sewn up on the spot. Castle cast her in his production of Christmas Follies, which was staged at Los Angeles' Wilshire Ebell Theatre. Harper drew enthusiastic reviews and went on to earn a platinum record when she was eight years old with Candy Store Blues.
Harper paired with Herb Jeffries for You're Too Tall 'n' I'm Too Small, the number for which she later paired live with Calloway at Los Angeles' Million Dollar Theatre. Television beckoned the young singer and she was a guest on numerous programs, among them Sullivan's weekly variety show. When she wasn't appearing on television, she was singing at numerous New York hot spots that included the Apollo, the Strand, and the Paramount. At the age of 11, Harper topped it all off by singing at Carnegie Hall.
Like many child stars, Harper's career slowed down as she began to mature. As a teenager, she was too old for the childhood image that had given her a great start, but too young to effectively take on a more adult image. She attended high school in Los Angeles, involving herself in such extracurricular activities as drama, choir, and the glee club. She continued to take professional singing jobs during the school's summer break. Having completed high school in the mid-'50s, and still hampered by her youth, she sang for the teenaged record-buying public. For a young woman of her age, One Hamburger to Go was more acceptable in the public eye than any of the more sophisticated songs that she would record in later years, such as Love for Sale.
The vocalist got her chance to sing the more adult songs when she recorded for Verve. In addition to Love for Sale, Harper recorded such songs as I Could Write a Book and Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered. Backing Harper on her self-titled first recording for Verve were pianist Oscar Peterson, drummer Alvin Stoller, guitarist Herb Ellis, and bassist Ray Brown. The vocalist later signed with RCA Victor, recording for the label for about four years and ending in 1963. Harper quit the business in 1966 after devoting more than 20 years to her singing career.
- Linda Seida (All Music Guide)LP 1 - Toni:
1. Can't We Be Friends
2. I Could Write A Book
3. Gone With The Wind
4. Singin' In The Rain
5. Love For Sale
6. Just A Sittin' And A-Rockin'
7. A Foggy Day
8. You Don't Know Love Is
9. Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered
10. Little Girl Blue
11. You Took Advantage Of Me
12. Like Someone In Love
LP 2 - Lady Lonely:
1. Lady Lonely
2. In The Dark Of The Night
3. He Was A Man
4. My Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
5. The Lack Of Love
6. Blue It Grows
7. I Love The Blues
8. You Taught Me How To Cry
9. The Velvet Hammer
10. The Other Woman
11. Nobody Home But The Blues
12. Busy Blues
13. Love Has Come, Love Has Gone
14. River Weep$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Rough Guide To Barbecue BobLovingly Remastered Using Pioneering Restoration Techniques
Very few names in the history of the blues capture the imagination quite like that of Barbecue Bob. Don't be fooled by the quirky pseudonym and gimmicky publicity photograph of him posing in his chef's whites with guitar in hand, as he was an incredibly influential figure whose records helped pave the way for many of the important bluesmen that followed.
One of the unsung heroes of the Piedmont blues style, Robert Hicks aka Barbecue Bob recorded over sixty sides for Columbia Records and became one of the best-selling artists on their 'race series', outsold only by Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters and Blind Willie Johnson. With his original and witty compositions he was one of the real pioneers of the Atlanta blues scene of the time, but his career was tragically ended by his death from pneumonia at the age of just 29.
Born in Walnut Grove, Georgia to a family of sharecroppers, Hicks learned to play the guitar from his brother Charley and Savannah 'Dip' Weaver, the mother of his friend Curley Weaver. He teamed up with Charley, Curley and harmonica player Eddie Mapp to perform at dances, parties and picnics in the Atlanta area. After leaving the group in 1926, Hicks became a chef in a barbecue joint where he would cook, serve and sing to the customers. He soon became something of a local celebrity and was noticed by a talent scout from Columbia Records, who gave him the opportunity to record under the catchy title of Barbecue Bob.
Characterized by a heavy percussive guitar style, he often used a bottleneck and played with a frailing technique that is more often associated with the claw hammer banjo. His twelve string guitar gave a rich accompaniment to his warm nasal singing voice which, compared to the morbid and foreboding songs of the Delta blues, created a vibe which was jaunty and upbeat. With a huge repertoire of songs ranging from hokum to slow blues and spirituals to traditional songster tunes, his music is imbued with a special warmth typical to the East Coast blues.
Even from the opening few measures of his very first record Barbecue Blues, Hicks signature sound of a bright and trebly twelve string guitar combined with his expressive voice is instantly accessible and almost 'pop' sounding in comparison with other blues singers of the time. His debut song was a huge success and led to a prolific recording career over the next four years when, it is said, he lived fast and enjoyed the high life. Hicks frequently recorded with his brother Charley, who was known as Laughing Charley Lincoln, and would later record several sides in 1930 with Buddy Moss and Curley Weaver as the Georgia Cotton Pickers.
Largely due to his life being tragically cut short in 1931, his music has been sadly overlooked and has therefore not received the respect proffered to other East coast players such as Blind Willie McTell and Buddy Moss. He was however a true innovator in his time, and this compilation gives proof that his music is undoubtedly some of the most engaging early blues that you are likely to hear.1. Poor Boy A Long Ways From Home (1927)
2. Barbecue Blues (1927)
3. Honey Your Going Too Fast (1928)
4. Motherless Chile Blues (1927)
5. She Looks So Good (1930)
6. Thinkin' Funny Blues (1927)
7. Honey You Don't Know My Mind (1927)
8. Going Up The Country (1928)
9. Atlanta Moan (1930)
10. It Just Won't Hay (1929)
11. Chocolate To The Bone (1928)
12. She's Coming Back Some Cold Rainy Day (1930)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
La Sintesis O'KonorEl Mató a un Policía Motorizado's melodic noise rock pairs the band's artfully sweet lo-fi sound with profound-yet-simple lyrics reminiscent of Pavement and Guided by Voices.1. El Tesoro
2. Ahora Imagino Cosas
3. La Noche Eterna
4. Alguien Que Lo Merece
5. Las Luces
6. La Sintesis O'Konor
9. El Mundo Extraño
10. Fuego$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Sailor's Guide To Earth (Awaiting Repress)Produced by Simpson, A Sailor's Guide To Earth was written-beginning to end-as a letter to his first child who arrived during the summer of 2014 and features eight original songs as well as a rendition of Nirvana's In Bloom.
Recorded primarily at Nashville's The Butcher Shoppe, Simpson was joined in the studio by Grammy Award-winning engineer David Ferguson (Johnny Cash, John Prine, Cowboy Jack Clement) and assistant engineer Sean Sullivan. Along with members of his touring band, the album features Dave Roe on bass, Dan Dugmore on steel guitar, Dougie Wilkinson on bagpipes, Garo Yellin and Arthur Cook on cello, Jonathan Dinklage and Whitney LaGrange on violin and special guests The Dap-Kings.
A Sailor's Guide To Earth is Simpson's third full-length album and follows his break-through, Grammy-nominated 2014 release, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music. Beloved by critics and fans, the record was featured on year-end best of lists at The New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Village Voices' Pazz and Jop, Rolling Stone Country, NPR Music, American Songwriter, Stereogum, the Los Angeles Times, KCRW, Pitchfork, The Washington Post and many others.1. Welcome To Earth (Pollywog)
2. Breakers Roar
3. Keep It Between The Lines
4. Sea Stories
5. In Bloom
6. Brace For Impact (Live A Little)
7. All Around You
8. Oh Sarah
9. Call To Arms$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Doughnut For A Snowman (Discontinued)Doughnut For A Snowman is an exclusive single from the brand new Guided By Voices album Let's Go Eat The Factory, out on Fire Records in January of 2012. The first album of new material in fifteen years and featuring the classic Guided By Voices lineup, Doughnut For A Snowman is, in Robert Pollard's own words, the twinkliest song he's ever written. This 7 single release also includes four exclusive B-sides from the 'classic' line-up of Robert Pollard, Mitch Mitchell, Kevin Fennell, Tobin Sprout, Greg Demos and Jimmy Pollard at their improv best.1. Doughnut for a Snowman
2. So High
3. Without Necks
4. Fish On My Leg
5. One, Two, Three, Four$7.997 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I'll Be The TornadoI'll Be The Tornado is the follow-up to the duo's highly acclaimed 2013 Pretty Good EP and marks a decidedly more diverse approach to songwriting for
the band. Recorded by Neil Strauch (Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, IRON & WINE, OWEN) at MinBal Studio in Chicago and mastered by Carl Saff (DINOSAUR JR.,
GUIDED BY VOICES, SPEEDY ORTIZ.)1. Grand Edge, MI
2. Chewing Ghosts
3. The Romantic Ocean
4. Fake Knees
5. Sold Year
7. You Hold Back
9. Sunburnt Jet Wings
10. Take Back Today
11. Only You$13.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Early Four Track RecordingsThe Early Four Track Recordings features some of the most memorable and immediate moments of Kevin Barnes' career, predating the moment before Of Montreal was a realized band and brings to mind the intimacy and immediacy of early Sebadoh, Pavement, and Guided by Voices albums. As fans should expect, these songs are heavily influenced by 1960s sunshine pop, with plenty of quirky weirdness and lo-fi aesthetics tossed in to keep things fresh. Never before released on vinyl.1. Dirty Dustin Hoffman Needs a Bath
2. Dustin Hoffman Gets a Bath
3. Dustin Hoffman Thinks about Eating the Soap
4. Dustin Hoffman Scrubs Too Hard and Loses Soap
5. Dustin Hoffman Does Not Resist Temptation to Eat the Bathtub
6. Dustin Hoffman's Wife Comes Home
7. Dustin Hoffman's Wife Seems Suspicious about the Absent Tub
8. Dustin Hoffman Feigns Ignorance of Missing Bathtub
9. Dustin Hoffman's Wife Calls In Detective to Dust for Porcelain Particules on Dustin Hoffman's Tongue
10. Dustin Hoffman's Tongue Taken to Police Lab Where It Is Used as Toilet Paper and Reading Material While on the Toilet (Naughty)
11. Dustin Hoffman Offers Lame Possible Explanation for Missing Bathtub (Front Cover)
12. Dustin Hoffman's Wife Makes Sarcastic Remark, Cuts the Head off of a Duck, Places It Where the Tub Was and Begins to Groan (Growl)
13. Dustin Hoffman Becomes Indignant and Wets Himself
14. Dustin Hoffman Quits Bathroom and Climbs a Tree
15. Dustin Hoffman's Children Enter the Bathroom
16. Dustin Hoffman's Children Don't Enter the Bathroom$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PythonsIncludes CD Version of The Entire Album
Surfer Blood are back with the follow up to last year's Tarot Classics EP and 2010's Astro Coast. Pythons is their debut on Warner Bros.
The album was produced by Gil Norton (Pixies, Echo and the Bunnymen) and mixed by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith, Guided By Voices). Here's what frontman John Paul Pitts had to say about the new song: 'Weird Shapes' is a left of center pop song about someone who is about to go through a manic episode.1. Demon Dance
3. Weird Shapes
4. I Was Wrong
5. Squeezing Blood
6. Say Yes To Me
7. Blair Witch
8. Needles and Pines
9. Slow Six
10. Prom Song$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Parade On (Awaiting Repress)Doug Gillard is a guitarist's guitar player. Over the past two decades he's lent his considerable talents to a huge array of recordings, and has been an integral member of Guided By Voices, Nada Surf, Death Of Samantha, Richard Bunkner's band, Cobra Verde, and others. His technical prowess and creative, angular melodies have influenced a generation of indie rockers. Gillard sings and plays nearly every note on Parade On (with the exception of drums and occasional backing vocals), and, although the songs range from aggressive punky New Wave to melodic 70s influenced psych, this is assuredly a pop record that should appeal to fans of all his other outfits.1. Ready For Death
2. Angel X
3. Your Eyes
4. I Shalt Not Want
5. Upper Hand
7. Come Out And Show Me
8. Oh My Little Girl
9. No Perspective
10. On Target
11. Parade On$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Magic Windows, Magic NightsThe recording sessions with Guided By Voices producer, Todd Tobias, lasting less than two weeks in the freezing Northeast Ohio cold, showed the band's ability to work at a breakneck pace with pinpoint accuracy and culminated in the fifteen-song monolith release Magic Windows, Magic Night. Blending lo-fi cassette performances, urban NYC field recordings and tape samples with baroque orchestration and Tobias' high-fi analog indie production, Magic Windows, Magic Nights clamors with the noise of a band firing on all cylinders. Five's melodic songwriting often veers from languid to raging, and eclipses the band's 2008 Cassette debut, with tightened Mascis-style guitar melodies and Brian Wilson-style pop concision, while the gunfire drumming of Sustarsic and polytoned sub-frequencies of Shue coalese into a heavy slamming machine. Magic Windows, Magic Nights showcases a band who know the meaning of impermanence and transition, and know how to bridge the gap between oblivion and survival.1. The Stone Statue II
2. Magic Bumrush Heartz
3. Gilding the Lily
4. Cinematic Idea
5. I Miss You So Much, It Hurts So Bad
6. We are the Electric Newspaper Ripoffs
7. Visionary Embolist
8. Smoke & Mirrors
9. The Stone Statue I
10. Monkey in My Chair
11. Vanessa's Theatre of Peace
12. My Kind of Man
13. Pointing Fingers
14. Postmodern Falconry
15. Supernatural Disasters$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
More Parts Per MillionThe Thermals celebrate their 10-year anniversary by reissuing their three Sub Pop albums on vinyl. More Parts Per Million is the band's debut album, originally released by Sub Pop on March 4th, 2003. The Thermals were created in 2002 by singer Hutch Harris in his Portland-area kitchen. By that summer, they was a rock band in the flesh, with Kathy Foster on bass, Jordan Hudson on Drums and Kind of Like Spitting's Ben Barnett on the guitar. The Thermals play with a joyous frenzy not unlike the idiosyncratic guitar driven indie-punk of the Wedding Present, with lyrics spewed forth from the same oblique etherland as Guided By Voices. More Parts Per Million has sold over 12,000 copies, and the vinyl has been out of print for years. Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie mixed the album at The Hall of Justice studio in Seattle, WA.1. It's Trivia
2. Brace and Break
3. No Culture Icons
4. Goddamn the Light
5. Out of the Old and Thin
6. I Know the Pattern
7. Time to Lose
8. My Little Machine
9. Overgrown, Overblown!
10. A Passing Feeling
11. Back to Gray
12. Born Dead$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
EnterRussian Circles was formed in Chicago in 2004 by guitarist Mike Sullivan and drummer Dave Turncrantz. The trio's 2006 debut, Enter, quickly established the band amongst heavy instruments peers. With the addition of former Botch and These Arms Are Snakes bassist Brian Cook on their second album, Station, Russian Circles solidified its lineup. To date the band has released 5 critically-praised albums and continues to headline tours worldwide. In celebration of Russian Circles' 10th anniversary, Sargent House is proud to announce a re-issue of the band's critically acclaimed debut full length, 2006's Enter. Recorded over the course of five quick days with Greg Norman (Guided By Voices, Pelican, Neurosis) at the renowned Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, Enter contains only six tracks, but they pack a lot into them - the album clocks in at 44 minutes. Each song flows into the next as if the record were one single composition in six movements.1. Carpe
3. Death Rides a Horse
5. You Already Did
6. New Macabre$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Big Come Up2002 was a hell of a year for The Black Keys, the minimalist two-man blues-rock outfit from Akron, Ohio. They released their debut album The Big Come-Up on the tiny Alive label that year and garnered barely-contained raves in Rolling Stone, Spin, The Village Voice and MOJO. One listen to The Big Come Up, a startling raw slab of juke-joint blues, validates the band's rapid ascent from playing for no money on the bottom of the bill at Cleveland's Beachland Tavern to selling out blistering headline dates and being invited to open for the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and elder Ohio statesmen Guided By Voices. Their vintage concoction of Dan Auerbach's genuinely fine, powerful blues vocals and busy reverb soaked guitar riffing mixed with Patrick Carney's earthy drumming is what makes The Big Come Up a cool and raunchy electric blues record with a vigor and imagination that's way fresher than any standard bar band blues-rockers with slicker execution and pencient for blues cliches. Now right at home here on Vinyl LP!1. Busted
2. Do The Rump
3. I'll Be Your Man
5. Breaks, The
6. Run Me Down
7. Leavin' Trunk
8. Heavy Soul
9. She Said, She Said
10. Them Eyes
12. Brooklyn Bound
13. 240 Years Before Your Time$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
CodyCody isn't an album that changed everything for Joyce Manor, but Joyce Manor had to change a bit to make their album Cody. Since the release of their 2014 Epitaph debut Never Hungover Again, guitarist and singer Barry Johnson has taught himself the meditation techniques championed by the Beatles and director David Lynch, and he found he was suddenly wide open. Before, songs were labor; now they were revelations, appearing almost fully formed in his head before he had time to even catch them on a voicemail to himself.
For Cody, the band camped out in the studio for two months with producer Rob Schnapf, credited on classics by Elliott Smith, Guided By Voices, Saves The Day and Rancid, all in the Joyce Manor record collections, of course. With Schnapf's help, they'd explore deeper arrangements, new pre-production techniques, and different ways of working both together and with someone else. Johnson says, "It was the first time we really used the studio to our advantage. I felt like I could get a better grasp on what we could do. We always recorded like a punk band-go in and lay 'em down! Just get good takes! And this time we tried a lot more."
For Cody, they added new drummer Jeff Enzor to the band alongside bassist Matt Ebert and guitarist Chase Knobbe. With Rob Schnapf's able help as a de facto fifth member of the band, Joyce Manor found itself bristling with inspiration. Now more than ever, says Johnson, he felt he could trust himself and his bandmates to take the risks to make the music they wanted to make. The result is a record that dares to be humble, intimate and unapologetically human.1. Fake I.D.
3. Angel In The Snow
4. Do You Really Want To Not Get Better?
5. Last You Heard Of Me
6. Make Me Dumb
7. Over Before It Began
8. Reversing Machine
10. This Song Is A Mess But So Am I$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Includes Liner Notes By Matt Pinfield & Kevin Devine
Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Kevin Devine (Bad Books, Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band), announces the date for the highly anticipated dual release of Bulldozer and Bubblegum.
Earlier this year, Devine launched the Kickstarter campaign to fund the two releases with the goal of creating a solo album with Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck, Guided by Voices) and a full band album with the Goddamn Band produced by rock group Brand New's Jesse Lacey. The result was an overwhelming amount of support from fans, raising more than $114,000 to support the albums and subsequent tours - the 12th largest music project funded through Kickstarter to date.
I've made six records. In America they've been released on five different labels. It's a pretty unstable industry. What's made it a sustainable and a justifiable career for me has been the audience and their close, passionate connection to the music, said Devine on his choice to use Kickstarter.
The ten songs that comprise Bulldozer, Devine's solo album laced with electric folk-rock and pop ballads, were recorded in L.A. from March to April 2013 and produced by frequent collaborator Schnapf. With Devine on guitar, Schnapf gathered a stellar group of musicians to back him-Russell Pollard and Elijah Thomson (Everest) on drums and bass, respectively; Isobel Campbell (Belle & Sebastian) on backup vocals; and Schnapf himself on guitar, mellotron, and percussion.
The commanding big sound of 'Now: Navigate!' with its chiming guitars and tongue-in-cheek wordplay, is a stampede of power pop, as is the quintessential rock/pop sound of 'Little Bulldozer.' Songs like 'She Can See Me' bring out Devine's punk rock roots.
'From Here' was written in the days after Hurricane Sandy when Devine put things on hold to volunteer around Staten Island, where he partially grew up, and Brooklyn, where he now lives. Primarily, he came to the aid of two close friends who had lost their homes in the hurricane. Devine aided in food and material drives and played in benefit concerts. On 'For Eugene', centered around the death of Eugene Contrubis, one of the many who drowned on Staten Island, Campbell lends her voice to add a moving layer to a song that swells to high emotional peaks.1. Now Navigate
2. Little Bulldozer
3. From Here
4. Couldn't Be Happier
5. You Brushed
6. The Worm In Every
7. Matter Of Time
8. She Can See ME
9. For Eugene
10. Safe$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Angels And One-Armed JugglersAngels And One-Armed Jugglers: The new solo record, by Spin Doctors lead singer, Chris Barron.
- Exclusive Magazine - (Barron is) "A powerful story teller, at once hilarious and thought provoking "
- Glide -"...Expressive and visionary in its wide scope."
- Guitar World - " Powerful and poignant."
- Illinois Entertainer -- "Barron shows his fighting spirit through every musical mood on Angels and One Armed Jugglers... like hearing music on vinyl versus a harsh old early recording on CD."
- Ink 19 - "Angels and One Armed Jugglers finds Barron exploring a sound more similar to the Band than what he did with the Spin Doctors."
- Innocent Words -" Wiping away all preconceived notions and prejudice, Barron's brilliance comes out."
- Jambands -"From comments spiritual and secular... aching cries of love... are undressed in beautifully bare arrangements; carnival tuba, stand-up bass, and last-call piano... guided by Barron's voice, direct and pure."
- Muen Magazine - "Simply put, the solo slab from Spin Doctors frontman, Chris Barron, is an organic-sounding delight - a fabulous showcase for compelling storytelling and world-class songwriting."
- No Depression - "Chris is a visionary songwriter... not your standard fare... The world is an unfair place and he offers consolation with a twist of humor... it's been my most played record this week"
- Pop Dose -- .."Thoughtful and melodic..."
- Rage Monthly -"Reminiscent of Tom Petty or Neil Young."
- The Daily Country - "The eclectic, yet cohesive, eleven song set dynamically blends genres while eschewing typical lyrical themes, relaying stories that are personal, accessible, and ear-grabbing."
1. Angels and One-Armed Jugglers
2. April and May
3. Darken My Door
4. Gonna (Need Someone)
5. In a Cold Kind of Way
6. Raining Again
7. Saving Grace
8. Still a Beautiful World
9. The World Accordion to Garp
10. Till the Cows Come Home
11. Too Young to Fade$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
- Exclusive Magazine - (Barron is) "A powerful story teller, at once hilarious and thought provoking "