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Days Are GoneDays Are Gone is the debut album from indie-rock outfit/sisters Haim.
Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (Usher, Vampire Weekend) and James Ford (Florence and the Machine, Arctic Monkeys), Days Are Gone is an album years in the making. Since their first show as a group, which took place on July 7th, 2007, Haim have been gigging extensively. The first five years we just played every show we could play in L.A., Alana recalls. All we wanted to do was play. Then finally we realized we were playing too much. The sisters credit Casablancas specifcially for advising them that playing too many live shows is not the answer. To that end, the girls have now been more selective when lining up future tours. Still, as Alana explains, it was hard to turn down opening-slot offers from groups they love, specifically Florence and the Machine and Mumford & Sons. They take care of me like I'm their little sister, Alana says of the Mumfords, with whom Haim again will be playing support for later this year.
Ask the girls to describe specific tracks on Days Are Gone and they quickly fire back: If I told you I'd have to kill you, Este deadpans. Wait, really? No clues at all? The thing is, she explains, you can ask me anything about anything and I'll tell you except for our music. The record is something we're tight-lipped about. Haim do reveal that the album contains a healthy dose of the songs they've been playing in their live sets - "Falling," "Forever," "Don't Save Me" - in addition to, as Alana says, a lot of new jams. What little they'll reveal about the new material is that the album's title track was co-written with Jessie Ware and Kid Harpoon.
Rolling Stone had a chance to take the new album for a spin, however. And it's every bit worth the wait. There's palpable maturity in the lyrics: On If I Could Change Your Mind, Danielle is a self-admitted newbie at the whole love thing (I've never done this before/drove a million miles/back when you were mine/I was too young to know you were the one to find); later she's brushing off a former lover on Honey & I, then flat-out giving dude the cold shoulder (Honey, I'm not your honey-pie,) over a ripping electric guitar lick and a bass wobble generally reserved for sweaty dance clubs on the pop-friendly My Song 5. Sonically, the LP is a highly textural affair, from the 8-bit keyboard clatter on the title track to the lush, Eighties-style synths that sizzle throughout Running If You Call My Name.
- Dan Hyman (Rolling Stone)1. Falling
3. The Wire
4. If I Could Change Your Mind
5. Honey & I
6. Don't Save Me
7. Days Are Gone
8. My Song 5
9. Go Slow
10. Let Me Go
11. Running If You Call My Name$23.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Something To Tell YouSomething To Tell You, is the highly anticipated sophomore album from HAIM. When the time came to record the eleven tracks that make up Something To Tell You, HAIM decided to go in and record as a band, keeping it a little more organic. That was kind of a mission statement for the album offered Danielle Haim.
HAIM first announced the release of Something To Tell You with an in-studio video version of album track Right Now, which was shot and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, Boogie Nights). HAIM then released the single Want You Back, which Rolling Stone described as having a Hot 100 ready sheen. Pitchfork gave Want You Back its coveted Best New Track saying Haim are pulling the rug out from under our feet in the run-up to releasing their second album. Entertainment Weekly declared 'Want You Back sees HAIM returning to their sonic roots as a funky, pop-inspired trio, complete with groovy strings, sprightly percussion, a soulful chorus, and a spritz of electronic sheen.1. Want You Back
2. Nothing's Wrong
3. Little of Your Love
4. Ready For You
5. Something To Tell You
6. You Never Knew
7. Kept Me Crying
8. Found It In Silence
9. Walking Away
10. Right Now
11. Night So Long$23.99140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
EmotionEmotion follows Jepsen's 2012 U.S. debut Kiss, which featured the viral smash, Call Me Maybe. Jepsen recorded Emotion in Los Angeles, New York and Stockholm, working with a bevy of producers and songwriters from across the musical spectrum. While the LP boasts contributions from proven pop hitmakers like Sia, Shellback (Taylor Swift, Maroon 5) and Greg Kurstin (Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry), it also features rising stars like Ariel Rechtshaid (Haim, Madonna), Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij and Blood Orange mastermind DevontÉ Hynes.
- Rolling Stone1. Run Away With Me
3. I Really Like You
4. Gimmie Love
5. All That
6. Boy Problems
7. Making The Most Of The Night
8. Your Type
9. Let's Get Lost
10. LA Hallucinations
11. Warm Blood
12. When I Needed You$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Brain OneThere's nothing typical about the Oxford, Mississippi-based rock act Young Buffalo or the story behind their debut album, House. Although the group's
songwriters Ben Yarbrough and Jim Barrett didn't begin playing under the Young Buffalo moniker until 2009, they started writing music together as
teenagers and never ceased evolving. The band-which now also features drummer Tim Burkhead, bassist Andrew Guinn and keyboardist Will
Eubanks-couldn't be more excited to share their debut album House, an 11-track album produced by Dave Schiffman (Haim, Weezer) that establishes
the five-piece act as a band that's as unique as the town where they were conceived.1. Man In Your Dreams
2. No Idea
4. Cliff Diver
5. My Place
7. Black Eye
8. Summertime Blondes
10. Old Soul
11. Beat Back$9.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Wilder MindWilder Mind will be released in North America through Glassnote Records. It is produced by James Ford
(Arctic Monkeys, HAIM, Florence & The Machine). It features twelve new tracks, written collaboratively by the band in London, Brooklyn, and Texas. A number of the new songs were written and demoed at Aaron Dessner's (The National) garage studios in Brooklyn. The album was recorded at AIR studios in London.1. Tompkins Square Park
3. The Wolf
4. Wilder Mind
5. Just Smoke
7. Snake Eyes
8. Broad-Shouldered Beasts
9. Cold Arms
11. Only Love
12. Hot Gates$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
From The SparkWith members of the band coming from Louisiana, Stockholm and Los Angeles, Grizfolk effortlessly blend their respective musical influences into songs
that are impossibly catchy and creative. They have toured with Haim and Bastille in the past, and will begin a six week tour starting February 26, in which
time they will support ZZ Ward nationally, and Bastille internationally.1. Hymnals
2. The Struggle
4. Waiting For You$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Quiet DayFort Lean released two early EPs, earning glowing reviews in The New York Times and shows with HAIM and
Future Islands. Now comes Quiet Day, the debut LP on Ooh La La Records. The album is a collision of moods and
tones, approachable and ambitious but delivered with a sideways subtlety. "Immensely charming" says Stereogum. And "a Brooklyn outfit on a roll" according to SPIN. This is versatile stuff, appropriate for a crowd at a party or for the introspective headphoner.1. Cut To the Chase
2. Just a Little Spirit
3. Don't Make It a Habit
4. New Hobbies
5. Quiet Day
6. In the Hospital
7. Might've Misheard
8. I Don't Mind
10. Home For Dinner$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
MotionJust as Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, Calvin Harris is the Emperor of EDM, with Motion, his fourth album, serving to express the glory of the empire, not revolutionize it. While Ellie Goulding, Gwen Stefani, and John Newman enliven their respective Vegas club staples, and Summer contains one of the year's most grandiose synth crescendos, it's the curveballs that steal the show here. The opalescent Pray to God sounds more like a Haim song spiced up by Calvin Harris than vice versa, and Dollar Signs, featuring vocals by R&B young turk TinashÉ, is a clever funk-EDM hybrid. Open Wide, featuring Big Sean, sucks the air out of the room with clobbering bass.1. Faith
2. Under Control (w/ Alesso Feat. Hurts)
3. Blame (feat. John Newman)
4. Love Now (feat. All About She)
5. Slow Acid
6. Outside (feat. Ellie Goulding)
7. It Was You (w/ Firebeatz)
9. Overdrive (w/ Ummet Ozcan)
10. Ecstacy (feat. Hurts)
11. Pray To God (feat. Haim)
12. Open Wide (feat. Big Sean)
13. Together (feat. Gwen Stefani)
14. Burnin (w/ R3hab)
15. Dollar Signs (feat. Tinashe)$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
CommunicatingAlbum mixed by Grammy-winning producer Rich Costey(Sigur Ros, Haim, Foo Fighters, Muse, Fiona Apple, The Shins).
Album artwork by Multi-grammy-nominated Art Director, Brian Roettinger(Jay-Z, Florence & The Machine, Childish Gambino, Kesha, Beach House, St.Vincent).1. Particle
2. Wave To Anchor
3. Prison Guard
5. At Home In My Head
10. Blanket Me
11. Better$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
GoonTrue Panther Sounds recording artist Tobias Jesso Jr. has announces his debut LP, 'Goon.'
'Goon' was recorded over the last two years and features production from Chet "JR" White (formerly of Girls), Black Keys' Patrick Carney, and Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Haim, Sky Ferreira). Pitchfork recently gave album highlight "Hollywood" Best New Track, calling it "the film negative to Billy Joel's 'New York State of Mind'."1. Can't Stop Thinking About You
2. How Could You Babe?
3. Without You
4. Can We Still Be Friends?
5. The Wait
7. For You
8. Crocodile Tears
9. Bad Words
10. Just A Dream
11. Leaving LA
12. Tell The Truth$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
"Lush and sadly beautiful." -USA today
"This band to watch will have you dreamily dancing and swooning." -Nylon
My Body cooks up a unique blend of R&B, pop and skittering electronics for
a collaged sound that is all their own. Originally from Oregon, members Jordan
Bagnall and Darren Bridenbeck made the leap to New York nearly three years
ago and haven't looked back. They've since won Nylon Magazine's national
Project Aloft Star contest and have shared stages with Haim, Elliphant and
Typhoon. Full of attitude, defiance and vulnerability, My Body's songs wind
their way through both darkness and jubilation.
After months of releasing digital singles and building a thriving Brooklyn
following, Six Wives is My Body's first fully realized EP. These multilayered,
danceable songs double as heart-felt and introspective verse-verse that, like
all great pop music, reveals a universal, emotional landscape. "I've been a
baby since the day I was born" indeed.1. All I Can
2. Make It Good
3. BKNY Pt.1
4. BKNY Pt. 2
8. Explode Pt. 2$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PluralElectric Guest - LA-based duo Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton - have confirmed details for the long-awaited follow up to their 2012 debut. 'Plural', on Downtown/Interscope Records, breaks the group's almost five-year silence with their most confident, catchy, fully-realized music to date, featuring behind the scenes contributions from Joanna Newsom, Haim, and Justin Young from The Vaccines.
Recorded in LA, 'Plural' infuses Electric Guest's off-kilter blend of electronic, pop and R&B with an even more adventurous spirit than on 2012's 'Mondo.' Written during a period of self-reflection, 'Plural' embraces Taccone and Compton's original instincts, forgoing detailed arrangements and falsettos in favor of a back-to-basics approach - strong, natural vocals, intuitive musical instinct, and unbridled inspiration. The result is a sonic mÉlange that sounds as if it's from both the past and future, layering everything from 80s synths to iPhone drum machines to Latin and Caribbean percussion.1. Zero
2. Glorious Warrier
3. Back & Forth
4. Dear To Me
5. Oh Devil
6. Back For Me
7. See The Light
9. My Omen
11. Bound To Lose$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Twerp VerseNecessary brattiness is the motto for Speedy Ortiz's dauntless new collection of songs, Twerp Verse. The follow-up to 2015's Foil Deer, the band's latest indie rock missive is prompted by a tidal wave of voices, no longer silent on the hurt they've endured from society's margins. But like many of these truth-tellers, songwriter, guitarist and singer Sadie Dupuis scales the careful line between what she calls being outrageous and practical in order to be heard at all.
You need to employ a self-preservational sense of humor to speak truth in an increasingly baffling world, says Dupuis. I call it a 'twerp verse' when a musician guests on a track and says something totally outlandish - like a Lil Wayne verse - but it becomes the most crucial part. This record is our own twerp verse, for those instances when you desperately need to stand up and show your teeth."
Twerp Verse was tracked in Brooklyn DIY space Silent Barn, mixed by Omaha legend Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley) and mastered by Grammy-nominated engineer Emily Lazar (Sia, Haim, Beck). The record pulls from the most elastic pop moments in Squeeze's Argybargy and the seesawing synth-rock of Deerhoof and the Rentals. With Dupuis on guitars, vocals, and synths, supporting guitarist Andy Molholt (of psych-pop outfit Laser Background) now joins Speedy veterans Darl Ferm on bass and Mike Falcone on drums - and together they accelerate the band's idiosyncrasy through the wilderness of Dupuis' heady reflections on sex, lies and audiotape.
Dupuis, who both earned an MFA in poetry and taught at UMass Amherst, propels the band's brain-teasing melodies with her serpentine wit. Inspired by the cutting observations of Eve Babitz, Aline Crumb's biting memoirs, and the acute humor of AstroPoet Dorothea Lasky, Dupuis craftily navigates the danger zone that is building intimacy and political allyship in 2018. Now as public pushback against the old guards reaches a fever pitch - in the White House, Hollywood and beyond - the band fires shots in disillusioned Gen Y theme Lucky 88, and casts a side-eye towards suitors-turned-monsters in the cold-blooded single Villain. Closing track You Hate The Title is a slinky traipse through the banality of this current moment in patriarchy - in which survivors are given the mic, but nitpicked over the timbre of their testimonies. You hate the title, but you're digging the song, Dupuis sings wryly, You like it in theory, but it's rubbing you wrong. Tuned smartly to the political opacity of the present, Twerp Verse rings clear as a bell.1. Buck Me Off
2. Lean In When I Suffer
3. Lucky 88
4. Can I Kiss You?
7. I'm Blessed
8. Sport Death
9. Alone with Girls
10. Moving In
11. You Hate The Title$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
CaerTwin Shadow, the project of George Lewis Jr., is back to announce his new album. Caer (pronounced: ka-air) is the artist's fourth album to date, and is set for release via Warner Bros. Records.
About Twin Shadow and Caer:
Sometimes I feel like I have to take a fall to essentially get to the next phase of my life, Lewis says
about Caer. It's happened over and over. I've been through so many musical phases and through
so many relationships with friends and lovers. I always feel like I'm standing on the edge of a cliff,
looking down and thinking, 'This is the only way forward: onto the next thing.' It's sort of destructive,
but I guess I thrive on rebirth.
Falling is a theme that surfaces throughout the album, which is why Lewis called it Caer - the
Spanish word for to fall. The album serves as a powerful lens through which Lewis explores his
own personal sense of falling, as well as what he has observed about a world that feels as if it's
declining. On a larger scale, Caer feels extraordinarily current, given what's going on culturally and
politically right now. The patriarchy is falling apart, Lewis says. Our perceptions of who we are as
human beings, because of technology and machines, are falling apart. We're living at a breaking
point, and a lot of the themes on the album are talking about these fault lines. Lewis refers to such
fissures on Saturdays (which features Haim). It's a love song, he says. 'Saturdays' is the heaven
place you go to when you're in love or even with friends, feeling your youth. But it's also about my
feeling that the world is starting to tear itself apart and maybe we're falling through the cracks. But
when you're laying in bed next to someone you care about, none of that seems real.
Lewis feels that Caer is something of a sister record to his 2010 debut album, the lush, gauzy
Forget, in that it's a record with hidden doorways and secret passages more is revealed the more
time you spend inside of it.
Lewis is part of a lineage of artists who constantly experiment but still manage to create the
soundtrack to people's lives, like Prince and David Bowie. Those are the artists who just keep
giving it to you forever. It's 'forever' music. To me, that's the greatest thing in the world.1. Brace (feat. Rainsford)
2. Saturdays (feat. Haim)
3. Sympathy (feat. Rainsford)
4. 18 Years
5. Little Woman
6. When You're Wrong
7. Twins Theme (Interlude)
8. Littlest Things
9. Too Many Colors
10. Rust (Interlude)
11. Obvious People
13. Bombs Away (RLP)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Foil DeerSpeedy Ortiz said they would get the flowers themselves. What a lark! What a plunge!
When considering Massachusetts' Speedy Ortiz, that line from Virginia Woolf comes to mind. Not only for the obvious echoes to DIY, a form and function that's characterized the band's nascency, but in the proto-feminist undertones driving much of their sophomore album, Foil Deer. "I'm not bossy, I'm the boss," Sadie Dupuis sings on "Raising the Skate," invoking in spirit one half of the Carter-Knowles clan and echoing the other's wordplay. And wordplay makes sense, considering Dupuis-the band's songwriter, guitarist, and frontwoman-spent the band's first few years teaching writing at UMass Amherst. She's drawn to the dense complexity of Pynchon, the dreamlike geometry of Bolaño, the confounded yearning of Plath-all attributes you could easily apply to the band's 2013 debut Major Arcana, which fans and press alike have invested with a sense of purpose and merit uncommon in contemporary guitar rock.
The group, including Mike Falcone on drums, Darl Ferm on bass, and new addition Devin McKnight of Grass is Green on guitar, have spent the last year on an almost endless cross-continental touring jag, tagging along with the likes of The Breeders, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, and Thurston Moore. That shift into full-time musicianship brought with it an attendant reordering of priorities when it came to songwriting, and the band members' lives in general. They would get the damn flowers themselves.
Dupuis wrote much of Foil Deer at her mother's home in the Connecticut woods, where the songwriter imposed a self-regulated exile and physical cleansing of sorts, finding that many of the songs came to her while running or swimming alone. "I gave up wasting mental energy on people who didn't have my back," she says. "Listening to our old records, I get the sense I was putting myself in horrible situations just to write sad songs. This music isn't coming from a dark place, and without slipping into self-empowerment jargon, it feels stronger." Many of the songs deal with a similar sense of starting over, editing out the unnecessary drama. "Boys be sensitive and girls be, be aggressive," she sings on "Mister Difficult."
And while their debut album was recorded on the fly, Speedy Ortiz spent almost a month in the studio on Foil Deer. Falcone's drums are taut, mechanistic; Ferm's bass ranges from the aggressive rattle of an AmRep classic to smoother, hip-hop inspired lines. McKnight, meanwhile, lends spacier, textural riffs to complement Dupuis' wiry, melody-driven guitar style. "The demos for our songs have always had tons of small details and production experimentation, but we never had any money to pay for more than a couple days in the studio, so the songs came out very live-sounding and guitar heavy," Dupuis says. It was recorded and mixed at Brooklyn's Rare Book Room with Nicolas Vernhes (Silver Jews, Enon, Deerhunter), with the record mastered by Emily Lazar (Sia, Haim, Beauty Pill), lending a more polished sound and a pop sensibility that will stand out to existing fans and new converts alike. For all the lyrical complexity and guitar-based excursions Speedy Ortiz have built their reputation on to this point, Foil Deer has a sense of light-footed fun. What's the point of doing things yourself if you're not going to enjoy the trip?1. Good Neck
2. Raising the Skate
3. The Graduates
4. Dot X
7. Swell Content
9. My Dead Girl
11. Mister Difficult
12. Dvrk Wvrld$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now