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WARB-FUE-5233xYoung The Giant
Home of the StrangeThe wildly adventurous Home Of The Strange, the band's third, was produced by Alex Salibian (Elle King, Mikky Ekko) with 2016 Grammy winner for Producer of the Year Jeff Bhasker serving as the album's Executive Producer.1. Amerika
2. Something to Believe In
4. Mr. Know-It-All
5. Jungle Youth
6. Titus Was Born
9. Art Exhibit
10. Nothing's Over
11. Home of the Strange$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Strange PeaceSince releasing their self-titled debut record in 2012, which The New
Yorker called, "One of the year's best albums a punishing, noisy,
exhilarating thing," the Toronto-based 3-piece METZ have garnered
international acclaim as one of the most electrifying and forceful live acts,
touring widely and extensively, playing hundreds of shows each year around
Now, Alex Edkins (guitar, vocals), along with Hayden Menzies (drums), and
Chris Slorach (bass) are set to unleash their highly-anticipated third
full-length album, Strange Peace, an emphatic but artful hammer swing to
the status quo.
The best punk isn't an assault as much as it's a challenge - to what's
normal, to what's comfortable, or simply to what's expected. Teetering on
the edge of perpetual implosion," NPR wrote in their glowing review of
METZ's 2015 second album, II.
Strange Peace was recorded in Chicago, live off the floor to tape with Steve
Albini. The result is a distinct artistic maturation into new and alarming
territory, frantically pushing past where the band has gone before, while
capturing the notorious intensity of their live show. The trio continued to
assemble the album (including home recordings, additional
instrumentation) in their hometown, adding the finishing touches with
longtime collaborator, engineer and mixer, Graham Walsh.
Strange Peace isn't merely a collection of eleven uninhibited and urgent
songs. It's also a kind of sonic venting, a truculent social commentary that
bludgeons and provokes, excites and unsettles. With all the pleasurable
tension and anxiety of a fever dream, Strange Peace is equal parts
challenging and accessible. It is this implausible balancing act, moving
from one end of the musical spectrum to the other, that only a band of
METZ's power and capacity can maintain: discordant and melodic,
powerful and controlled, meticulous and instinctive, subtle and complex,
precise and reckless, wholehearted and merciless, brutal and optimistic,
terrifying and fun.
"Their whiplash of distortion is made with precision, a contained chaos.
But you would never talk about them like that. Because METZ are not
something you study or analyze," wrote Liisa Ladouceur in Exclaim! "They
are something you feel: a transfer of energy, pure and simple." In other
words: to feel something, fiercely and intensely, but together, not alone.1. Mess of Wires
2. Drained Lake
5. Lost in the Blank City
6. Mr. Plague
8. Common Trash
9. Escalator Teeth
10. Dig a Hole
11. Raw Materials$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Swimming In Strange WatersThis is The Wooden Sky's second release for Nevado Music and the first one that will come out in tandem with their home country of Canada. Follow up to 2015's Let's Be Ready. The band worked with John Agnello (Phosphorescent, Kurt Vile) on this album. Standard weight, black vinyl in standard jacket with poster.1. Swimming In Strange Waters
2. Life Is Pain, Pain Is Beauty
3. You're Not Alone
4. Deadhorse Creek
5. Born To Die
6. Black Gold
7. Riding On The Wind
9. Matter Of Time
10. Glory Hallelujah$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Walk Me Home
The bass is dewey. The harmonies are starlit. The theremin is
ripe The racket they're able to muster together in the
process is enough to set them apart from the pack.
a perfect balance of subdued and rousing
moments hypnotically affecting harmonies - A.V. CLUB
...it went round and round in my head for more than a few
weeks, and kept me humming and hooked.
- CARRIE BROWNSTEIN
Magnificent...I've rarely heard an album that wields so many
weapons it's almost arduous not to be won over... 4/5
- TINY MIX TAPES
...probably not too far off from what [Brian] Wilson's been
attempting for his entire career. - FADER
...intimate and immediately likable... - STEREOGUM
In the wake of their 2011 album Strange Hearts, the three members of Secret
Cities branched off in different directions. Charlie Gokey delved into Roy
Orbison's ballads about losers in love while becoming a civil liberties attorney in
Washington, D.C. Alex Abnos locked in to New Orleans soul masters like King Floyd
& Dr. John as he became a journalist in New York City. And Marie Parker became
a teacher in the band's spiritual home of Fargo, North Dakota.
Having met at band camp and on an internet message board, the trio had made
music together for nine years without ever living together in the same city.
After recording two albums and a handful of singles via email, they decided it
was finally time to enter a real studio where they could play and record together
in real time. They chose San Francisco's Tiny Telephone studio, where Jay
Pellicci manned the controls for a week-and-a-half of the most spontaneous,
democratic, and visceral recording of their lives. They emerged with Walk Me
Home, an album that finally reflects their live chemistry and their diverging lives
and musical tastes. Appropriately enough -- it took years of traveling in different directions for Secret Cities to make an album that brought them closer
together than ever.1. Purgatory
2. Bad Trip
4. The Rooftop
7. Playing With Fire
8. Walk Me Home
9. The Cellar
10. Interlude 2
11. It's Always Summer
12. It's Always Winter
13. Sun Enclosure$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
(Strange Songs) In The DarkBack in print and readily available (for perhaps the first time), we have Merchandise's debut LP (Strange Songs) In The Dark.
The album, recorded in early 2010, marks a decisive break from the band's straightforward early post-punk EP's, moving instead toward the more experimental studio-based pop constructions that would be further explored in the subsequent Children of Desire and Totale Nite albums. (Strange Songs) was recorded by the core duo of Carson Cox and David Vassalotti. Despite the lo-fi nature of this home recording, there are tons of hooks to be found amidst the haze (notably "I Locked the Door" and "Worthless Apology"). Occasionally veering into abstractions, the album as a whole is a piece that warrants listening as such. It's a sad bastard of a record, but one with plenty of range and ideas. Not rehash but reimagination. Many moments on (Strange Songs) In The Dark (especially the moody "Foolish" and "In The Dark") foreshadow Merchandise's eventual signing to the 4AD label. Fans of the band's later albums will find much to enjoy on this early effort. [[Originally a split release between DIY punk labels Katorga Works and Drugged Conscience Records.]]1. Loss
2. I Locked The Door
3. Foolish (Her Song)
4. I Get Lost
5. Worthless Apology
6. What Was Left Behind
7. In The Dark$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
HollinndagainAt the beginning there were two of them - Avey Tare and Panda Bear - banging drums and tweaking synths in their bedrooms, singing strange and sometimes heartbreaking songs about imaginary friends and childhood pets. Carried along by washes of squalling feedback, the music was noisy, and it was weird, but it was, at heart, pop music. This was the start of Animal Collective. For fifteen years Dave Porter (Tare), Noah Lennox (Bear), Brian "Geologist" Weitz and Josh "Deakin" Dibb have been rewriting the musical map, their line-up and aesthetic shifting with each astonishing release as they continue their pursuit of a new psychedelia.
Their wild path has taken them from cramped concrete basement shows and forest floor singalongs to immersive installations at the Guggenheim and performances to millions on national television. So where now from here? Hollinndagain is the third full length collection of songs by the band. This time including members Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist. It is a document of songs that were performed live in the first half of 2001. The first 3 are from an on-air performance on WFMU, and the latter four are from live shows around NYC and on their first tour with Black Dice. No studio recordings were ever made with the exception of Lablakely Dress, which originally appeared on Danse Manatee. It was originally released in a limited edition of 300 handpainted LPs on St. Ives Records (a Secretly Canadian imprint). It was then reissued in 2006 by Paw Tracks as PAW12.1. I See You Pan
2. Pride And Fight
3. Forest Gospel
4. There's An Arrow
5. Lablakely Dress
6. Tell It To The Mountain
7. Pumpkin Gets A Snakebite$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hotter Than HellAlthough Kiss' self-titled debut performed respectably on the charts, it was not the blockbuster they had hoped for. With the album fading on the charts in the summer of 1974, Kiss was summoned back into the studio to work on a follow-up. Producers Richie Wise and Kenny Kerner were onboard again, and even though the sonics are muddier (and more filler is present in the compositions), Hotter Than Hell is another quintessential Kiss release. Many of the songs have been forgotten over the years (few have been featured in concert after the '70s), but there are still more than a few gems to be found. It's unclear if the members of Kiss were having problems with their personal relationships at the time, but it's a common thread that runs through the songs. The plodding Got to Choose and the rapid-fire Parasite deal with love gone bad; the title track is about unobtainable love, while Goin' Blind is a disturbing tale of a 93-year-old having an affair with a 16-year-old. Also included are the early favorites Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll and Watchin' You, as well as the original electric version of Comin' Home (an acoustic version was the opener of 1996's MTV Unplugged) and Strange Ways, which contains one of Ace Frehley's best guitar solos. Even though Hotter Than Hell actually fared worse on the charts than the debut, it has become a revered album among Kiss fans over the years -- and rightfully so.
- Greg Prato (All Music Guide)1. Got To Choose
3. Goin' Blind
4. Hotter Than Hell
5. Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll
6. All the Way
7. Watchin' You
9. Comin' Home
10. Strange Ways$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In The VinesRay Raposa had nearly finished this follow-up to 2005's First Light's Freeze when he was mugged at gunpoint outside his Brooklyn home. This climaxed a year of depression and nomadic, nocturnal dislocation for him. Appropriately, the album is based on a Hindu fable about being trapped in an inescapable fate, with death and the limitations of our physical lives closing in from all corners. But it isn't all darkness and peril; there's a strange sense of hope and delight in the brief moments of beauty that sustain our lives. Guest appearances by Jana Hunter, Sufjan Stevens, Viking Moses, Matthew Houck (Phosphorescent), Rafter Roberts, Nonhorse (Vanishing Voice), and Nathan Delffs (Shaky Hands).1. Rain Will Come
2. This Is the Early Game
3. Westbound, Blue
4. Strong Animal
6. Fields Crack, The
7. Three Months Paid
8. Night Is When You Can Not See, The
9. Sounded Like a Train, Wasn't a Train
10. And the Swimming$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-UNI-1068xFlorence And The Machine
Lungs (Awaiting Repress)Florence Welch, an art-school dropout from South London, first gained fame at home with two bombastic singles; Kiss With A Fist and Dog Days Are Over. Not two years after she was discovered while singing Etta James in a club bathroom, she was awarded the 2009 Brit Awards Critics' Choice. She found herself wowing attendee's with her incredible live performance and her now legendary set of pipes.
Her debut album is co-produced by Paul Epworth (Bloc Party, Maximo Park), James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Last Shadow Puppets) and Steve Mackay (PULP, M.I.A), and has already amassed a hefty amount of critical acclaim in the UK. Lungs is made of harps, choirs, drums, quartets, strange electronic wailing, while incorporating countless other instruments and emotions along the way.
The songs are full of Gothic imagery and fairytale flights of fantasy. Her seven-piece band includes long-term collaborators; Rob Ackroyd (guitar), Chris Hayden (drums), Isabella Summers (keyboards) and Tom Monger (harp). Lungs was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize as one of the 12 best albums to be released in the UK this year.1. Dog Days Are Over
2. Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
3. Im Not Calling You A Liar
5. Kiss With A Fist
6. Girl With One Eye
7. Drumming Song
8. Between Two Lungs
9. Cosmic Love
10. My Boy Builds Coffins
11. Hurricane Drunk
12. Blinding$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
SLAVVESLAVVE is a three-piece band that originated in West Palm Beach, FL
in 2012. Though they have since relocated to Brooklyn, the trio has
deep roots in the music they've always loved. From ripping guitars
reminiscent of No Age and early Poison the Well to the melodic
heaviness of acts like Deftones and Autolux, SLAVVE started out as a
home project by vocalist/guitarist Chuka Chukuma. He then recruited
bassist Alex Goldstein and childhood friend Marcos Marchesani, a
former member of Surfer Blood and Weird Wives, to turn SLAVVE into
a fully-formed beast. Recorded in just two days, their self-titled debut
EP is a glimpse into the powerful, gripping force of what they call
"working class music." It spans issues of uncertainty within oneself
("Better Half"), the strange pride of self-loathing ("Pity Party"),
deception and frustration ("In Your Dreams"), and the futile nature of
trying to make something work when it just doesn't ("Out of Mind"). In a
world over-saturated with bands feeding into short-lived hype, SLAVVE
is paving its own way, staying true to the music they loved growing up
while looking ahead to carve their own landscape.!1. Pity Party!
2. In Your Dreams!
3. No Joke!
5. Out of Mind!
6. Better Half!$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
LingeringSleep Party People is the brainchild of Brian Batz, a Danish multi-instrumentalist with a boundless imagination. The one-man home recording project took shape in 2008 when Batz began experimenting with an old battered piano in his apartment. Coupled with a strange electronic alteration of his recorded voice, he created eerie, hypnotic sounds and haunting melodies forming the basis of Sleep Party People's self-titled debut album (2010).
With the release of 2012's 'We Were Drifting On A Sad Song' and 2014's 'Floating', Sleep Party People began touring as a five-piece band, gaining the attention of fans worldwide. Without the support of a U.S. label, the band was able to harness a groundswell of attention from far reaches of the globe. Throughout Asia, Eastern Europe, South America, and even parts of the Middle East it's not unusual for SPP shows to draw thousands of spectators.
In 2017, Sleep Party People will release their first album on Joyful Noise, titled 'Lingering'. Written, recorded, produced, and performed by Batz, the new album develops beyond the band's more overtly post-rock efforts. With 'Lingering', Batz has found a voice as a unique songwriter and has captured a singular warmth within his densely layered, futuristically choreographed instrumentation.1. Figures
2. The Missing Steps
3. Fainting Spell
4. Salix And His Soil
5. Lingering Eyes
6. Dissensions (feat. Luster)
8. The Sound Of His Daughter
9. The Sun Will Open Its Core
10. We Are There Together (feat. Beth Hirsch)
11. Odd Forms
12. Vivid Dream$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I Can Spin A RainbowI CAN SPIN A RAINBOW is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for Amanda Palmer, an avowed fan of Edward Ka-Spel and the Legendary Pink Dots since discovering their psycho-theatrical, multi-textural work in her teens. As noted in her best-selling 2014 memoir, The Art of Asking, the LPD have long been an inspiration to Palmer, their deeply connected relationship with fans as important to her life and work as their fearless autonomy and impossible-to-pigeonhole musical approach.
The two musicians first met in 1992 when Palmer, then 16, attended a Legendary Pink Dots show in her hometown of Boston. In 1995, having found that the Pink Dots were looking for lodging with fans to save money on the road, Palmer hosted five members of the band and crew at her childhood home. Ten years later, Palmer's internationally acclaimed punk cabaret duo, The Dresden Dolls, had achieved enough success that they were able to invite the Dots to support them on a German tour, and it was then that Palmer and Ka-Spel vowed to carve out time to collaborate on an original recording. A decade passed and in July 2015 a very pregnant Palmer flew to London to start the long-discussed project but was informed on the first day of recording that her dear friend Anthony was losing his battle with cancer and had been given less than a week to live. Heartbroken, she assured Ka-Spel she would be back within the year. Indeed Palmer made good on her promise, returning in the spring of 2016 with her eight-month-old son, Anthony, in tow.
Palmer and Ka-Spel's search for a London recording studio was interrupted by an incredibly generous offer from Palmer's friend Imogen Heap, who suggested they make use of her Essex home recording studio, The Hideaway, conveniently located near Ka-Spel's own home in Hornchurch. With Palmer traveling between London, Hornchurch, and Heap's home studio, the pair spent just under a month composing and cutting an album entirely from scratch.
Recorded largely on Ka-Spel's computer, I CAN SPIN A RAINBOW is a truly collaborative effort, "a spiritual experience," says Palmer, in which both artists' stories, song fragments, poems, and lyrics became wholly meshed with loops, melancholy piano playing, melodic beds, and strange rhythms. The results range from the enchantingly minimal "The Clock at the Back of the Cage" and the album-opening "Pulp Fiction," mysterious and strange with a luxurious theatricality that conjures both of its creators' prior oeuvres while also opening a curtain into a heretofore unheard shared sonic world. Sensing the need for strings, the pair enlisted frequent LPD collaborator Patrick Q Wright, who contributed violin tracks from his studio in Italy. Alexis Michallek, Heap's longtime studio assistant, contributes singing saw to "Beyond The Beach."
"We merged our songwriting heads and poetic worlds to make a new universe," Palmer says. "We would sit in Imogen's house drinking cups of tea, bemoaning the state of the upcoming election, binge drinking in the UK, the refugee crisis, our internet addictions, frightening news we had read, our relationships and then we'd compost all of the ingredients of our fears and conversations into song form. The Rainbow metaphor - which is also a nod to the 'spinning beach ball of death' on a Mac - was a wide-open image that kept popping up as a recurring theme on the record. It's both dark and light at the same time. To me, the songs are simultaneously frightening and comforting, like a thunderstorm heard from a living room."
"Making this record with Amanda felt a little like discovering a twin you didn't know you had," says Ka-Spel, "until a mysterious email lands in your inbox at a particularly auspicious moment. Some things are just meant to be "1. Pulp Fiction
2. Shahla's Missing Page
3. The Shock of Kontakt
4. Beyond The Beach
5. The Clock at the Back of the Cage
6. The Changing Room
7. The Jack of Hands
8. Prithee: Liquidation Day
9. Rainbow's End
10. The Sun Still Shines
11. Subway$32.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Never Really Been Into ItThe legacy of North Carolina's Ashrae Fax seems destined to be
appreciated in retrospect, in no small part given to the
tremendous power of the group's 2003 release Static Crash!,
reissued twice from its initial CD-R run before appearing on
Mexican Summer last year. The Goth/ethereal duo of vocalist
RenÉe Mendoza and producer/guitarist Alex Chesney had built a
long, strange and mostly undocumented legacy prior to that
release, and Never Really Been Into It extends the tale back even
further: ten songs, sketched out in the late '90s, most of which
were never completed and remained unheard until now. "This
would've been our first full-length," reflects vocalist RenÉe
Mendoza, "if we had any idea what we were doing [back then]."
Rescued from a shoebox of ephemera from the band's earliest
days, when Mendoza and guitarist Alex Chesney drifted out of
high school and into the uncertainties of early adulthood, these
songs were the product of a band whose members had nothing
but time and ambition, influence and desire to transcend their
humble beginnings. Pieced together and re-recorded over a five-month period in 2013 by RenÉe Mendoza in her home studio,
from mere stems and forgotten takes preserved on decades-old
minidisc recordings, the songs on Never Really Been Into It reflect
disquiet, uncertainty, hope and numbing, absolute beauty, along
teenage obsessions with The Cocteau Twins, The Cure, and
perhaps the Projekt Records roster, refracted through the lens of
latter-day experience - pristine musicianship, gorgeous vocals,
cryogenically frozen until now. Had these songs been properly
released when initially conceived, Ashrae Fax would have no
doubt found themselves in the midst of the upswell of ethereal
pop bands of the '90s (The Underflowers, Ultracherry Violet, The
Curtain Society). As such, their moment keeps happening, and
never ends.1. Dreamers Tied to Chairs
3. The Big Lie
4. Fits and Starts
6. Hurricanes in a Jar
7. You Make Me Question My Mind (in a thousand words about time)
9. Seconds Chances
10. In Motion$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ad InfinitumWhen it came time to make Ad Infinitum, the fourth Telekinesis album, drummer/songwriter/principal architect Michael Lerner found himself in a predicament. In just under five years, he had released three fantastic records-Telekinesis! (2009), 12 Desperate Straight Lines (2011), and Dormarion (2013)-each more ambitious than the last. He had toured all over the world, shared stages with great bands, and enthralled fans of his infectious, ebullient power pop.
Newly married and happily ensconced in the home studio he'd assembled in his West Seattle basement, Lerner found himself asking the question that has haunted modestly successful bands down the ages: What do you do after the rock and roll dreams you had when you were 19 have come true? "I went down to the basement," Lerner recalls, "and started playing the same chords I always play I just felt like I'd exhausted everything I knew. I was not excited at all. I just could not make another power-pop album." While many artists have made fruitful use of vintage sounds and production techniques in recent years, Ad Infinitum is a different animal.
It feels less like a time capsule and more like a time machine. In the movie version of the story, Lerner would stumble on his way down the stairs, hit his head, and wake up in 1983, and the only way he could get back to the present day would be to make a record using available instruments. Then he'd wake in 2015 to discover he'd been in his basement studio all along. And the record he'd made in that strange dream state would turn out to be Ad Infinitum, the most ambitious and assured Telekinesis release to date.1. Falling (In Dreams)
3. In a Future World
4. Courtesy Phone
5. Sleep In
7. It's Not Yr Fault
8. Farmers Road
9. Ad Infinitum, Pt. 1
10. Ad Infinitum, Pt. 2$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Permanent SignalPermanent Signal: a condition in which a POTS [plain old telephone service] line is off-hook without
connection for an extended period of time.*
It's a term that Mauro Remiddi kept coming back to when reflecting on much of the time between last year's release of Strange Weekend, the multi-instrumentalist's debut full-length as Porcelain Raft, and this, its proper follow-up. "In a way, growing up in Italy, then living for 12 years in London, and now two-and-a-half years in New York, made me realize that I have some dear friends that I rarely see," explains Mauro. "I was touring almost non-stop for eight months and I started having these imaginary conversations in my head with people I wanted to communicate with, but for one reason or another it couldn't happen. So this idea of the album title comes with there being a signal that says the line is off."
Mauro began working on Permanent Signal two months after returning from tour, a period of readjustment
in which he was beginning to enjoy normal everyday comforts such as frequenting his favorite coffee spot in his Brooklyn neighborhood and connecting with friends again, even as the thoughts of those unrealized conversations during his recent travels were still very fresh in his mind. Inspired by this surreal moment of transition, where the reality of finally being home was still overshadowed by lingering feelings of detachment, he sold almost all of the instruments that he used for Strange Weekend in order to "start with a new color pallet." It's immediately apparent in Permanent Signal's opener, "Think of the Ocean," where the dense basement-recorded haze of his last full-length has been traded for a spacious melancholy, as cello, piano and drums gently spiral atop a faint pulsing tone that mirrors the album's title. And while layers of synths and electronics still play a role, the new record is far more organic than Porcelain Raft's previous album and EPs, an intentional move according to Mauro; "I wanted to record in the studio just to capture the guitars and drums properly, and to have some real input from musicians I respected and loved to hang with."
Enlisting some support from YUCK's Jonny Rogoff on drums, Antlers bassist Darby Cicci (who also contributed double vocals and trumpet, and engineered the sessions in Antlers' Brooklyn studio), and cellist Gaspar Claus (frequent collaborator with Sufjan Stevens and the National's Bryce Dessner), Porcelain Raft's once gauzy pop has now turned as vivid as a waking dream. During "Minor Pleasure," Mauro finds catharsis when conceding in his otherworldly tenor that "there's nothing hidden in what we see, sometimes you just have to let it end," amidst the processed drone of an organ and a piano that taps into the gospel-dosed psychedelia
of Spiritualized, while the radiant lull of "Night Birds" reaches cosmic bliss, as crystalline guitars and synthesizers echo the song's poignant sense of nostalgia. Elsewhere, tracks like the aforementioned "Think of the Ocean," "Cluster" and the haunting, Lennon-esque "I Lost Connection" deal directly with lives either on hold or in transition -- all universal themes of the human condition which allow the listener to fill in their own personal experiences with a permanent signal.1. Think Of The Ocean
3. Minor Pleasure
4. Open Letter
5. Night Birds
6. It Ain't Over
7. I Lost Connection
9. The Way Out
10. Five Minutes From Now
11. Echo$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Earth To Echo Soundtrack (Colored Vinyl)Limited Pressing On Transparent Blue Colored Vinyl, Black Vinyl Pressing Thereafter
Earth To Echo is a heartwarming 2014 summer family adventure movie, telling the story of a bunch of young teenage friends whose lives are about to change. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys begin receiving a strange series of signals on their phones.
Convinced something bigger is going on, they team set out to look for the source of their phone signals. What they discover is something beyond their wildest imaginations: a small alien who has become stranded on Earth. In need of their help, the four friends come together to protect the alien and help him find his way home. This journey, full of wonder and adventure, is their story, and their secret.
Echo is one of the most adorable characters you're going to see this year, with oodles of personality. The film has been shot in 'found footage' visual photography. From phones (which act as the robots eyes) to camcorders, all are utilised here with magnificent effect. The movie's young cast (Teo Halm, Astro and Resse Hartwig) are superb and with a solid chemistry between them and incredibly likeable personas, they will keep audiences stuck to their chairs.1. Your Friend - The Mowgli's
2. Live Like We'll Never Die [feat. Youngblood Hawke] - Chiddy Bang
3. Dangerous [feat. Joywave] - Big Data
4. Opposite Sides - Manchester Orchestra
5. 21 Flights - Heavy English
6. Best Friends - Holychild
7. I Move Around - Gospel Claws
8. Bang It Out [feat. Karmin] - Breathe Carolina
9. Higher Road - John Ralston
10. The Mighty Rio Grande - This Will Destroy You
11. Earth To Echo Suite - Joseph Trapanese$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PhasesHow do you best describe Angel Olsen? From the lo-fi, sparse folk-melancholy of her 2010 EP, Strange Cacti, to the electrified, polished rock 'n' roll bursting from 2016's beloved and acclaimed MY WOMAN, Olsen has refused to succumb to a single genre, expectation, or vision. Impossible to pin down, Olsen navigates the world with her remarkable, symphonic voice and a propensity for narrative, her music growing into whatever shape best fits to tell the story.
Phases is a collection of Olsen's work culled from the past several years, including a number of never-before-released tracks. Fly On Your Wall, previously contributed to the Bandcamp-only, anti-Trump fundraiser Our First 100 Days, opens Phases, before seamlessly slipping into Special, a brand new song from the MY WOMAN recording sessions. Both How Many Disasters and Sans are first-time listens: home-recorded demos that have never been released, leaning heavily on Olsen's arresting croon and lonesome guitar.
The B-sides compilation is both a testament to Olsen's enormous musical range and a tidy compilation of tracks that have previously been elusive in one way or another. Balancing tenacity and tenderness, Phases acts as a deep-dive for longtime fans, as well as a fitting introduction to Olsen's sprawling sonics for the uninitiated.1. Fly On Your Wall
3. Only You
4. All Right Now
6. Sweet Dreams
8. Tougher Than the Rest
9. For You
10. How Many Disasters
11. May as Well
12. Endless Road$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
MadmanSean Rowe has spent much of the last year traveling the country with just his guitar, performing in people's living rooms. "It's like I'm some kind of a bearded salesman," he says, "Going door to door but instead of vacuum cleaners I'm selling all these feelings that come with the songs. It's a really intense experience for listeners to have me there in their homes playing. They're not used to having a stranger show up, play music, drink their beer and eat their food. But I think that's how we're supposed to be. It only feels strange because we've made it that way."
It is this same sense of unflinching connection that has shaped Rowe's extraordinary new album Madman. The singer, who The Wall Street Journal wrote "recalls the ecstatic intensity of late-'60s Van Morrison and stark subtlety of late-era Johnny Cash" has created a beautifully primal work. Madman is deliberately simple in both arrangement and composition. It is soul music in the purest and most literal sense, hypnotic rhythms, warmly distorted guitars and Rowe's incredible voice recalling a time, real or imagined, when music and people seemed
distinctly more connected.
The sound of Madman is influenced, in large part, by the hypnotic guitars of Delta blues. The influence is most apparent on the album's second track "Shine My Diamond Ring" with its guitar and stomping bass drum. "Desiree" is a raucous deconstructed take on early disco, with a pulsating bass, Nile Rogers-like guitar picking and a looser than ever Rowe singing with absolute abandon. But there are still the trademark ballads that first gained Rowe attention on his debut, Magic, showcases for the astonishing voice and honest emotional songwriting that continues to garner Sean Rowe much deserved acclaim.1. Madman
2. Shine my Diamond Ring
4. The Game
5. The Drive
6. Spiritual Leather
7. Done Calling You
8. The Real Thing
9. Razor of Love
10. My little Man
11. Looking for the Master
12. It Won't be Long$21.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Dagger BeachDagger Beachwas Recorded at Tiny Telephone on 2 Analog Tape Without the Use of Computers.
The Vinyl Release Will be Issued as a QRP 200 Gram Audiophile Limited Pressing.
While it's true I did endure a terrible break-up at the beginning of writing this record, this is not a break
up record. Dagger Beach is a put-me-the-fuck-back-together record.
The break up came in late 2011, after endless months of White Wilderness touring. I returned home to an
empty house, and, as that's pretty unbearable when you're not quite right in the head, I decided to set out
walking. I hiked the Lost Coast (36 miles of off-the-grid splendor in Southern Humboldt County), I hiked
the entire 150-mile trail system of Pt. Reyes, I hiked for days, deep, deep in the woods, usually alone.
As I walked and walked, listening to records on repeat, I started obsessing about music again. Three
records found their way into my psyche and inspired much of this new record: Joanna Newsom's Have
One On Me, Silver Jews' The Natural Bridge, and Radiohead's King Of Limbs. I don't think you'll find
traces of these records in Dagger Beach, but their spirit and fearlessness deeply affected me. (Hence the
shout-out on the record to one of my lifelong heroes, David Berman.)
The first two reminded me how crucial great lyrics can be, how your experience of a record can evolve
and change as you slowly decode complex and thoughtful writing. King Of Limbsshowed me how
powerful linear songwriting can be, when subtle changes in form and repeating motifs slowly shift into
something else entirely (just try to follow Morning Mr. Magpie on headphones). There are many songs
on Dagger Beach that take this approach: Damage Control and Gaslight were both written to drum
patterns played by Jason Slota, my long-time partner. Jason played drums alone, without music, and I
adapted to his structures and rhythms. Doing this keeps me from relying on my usual tricks and
structures and forces me into brand new territory.
This strange experience, the endless hiking and backcountry camping off the grid, it completely changed
the songwriting process for me. I edited lyrics while walking, I worked out songs in my head. It didn't
come easy: the first time I camped alone (I was deep inside the million-acre Mendocino National Forest) I
freaked out, ended my trip early, and wrote Raw Wood the next day. By the end of 2012, I could stay out
for a week on my own.
As the experience changed me, it changed the record. Dagger Beach is looser, weirder, and more free
because of itRaw Wood
Song for Dana Lok
How the West Was Won
Song for David Berman
Song for the Landlords of Tiny
Sleep it Off
North Coast Rep
Interlude #2$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Island IntervalsThat Joel Thibodeau's slender, winsome voice is at once so comforting
and so unsettling might be the greatest of his many strengths. Reed-thin
but sturdy, youthful but somehow ageless, its deep benevolence is also
slightly eerie, and the way he gently walks the line between intense
feeling and contemplative remove lets him sing from a timeless place
where he evokes the beauty of vanished people and places, sweetness
too profound for words, loss too great for tears.
Like Nico's, Jimmy Scott's, or Phil Elverum's, Joel's is a voice that
demands its own sonic and lyrical world, and with Island Intervals, his
third record as Death Vessel (and second for Sub Pop), we're treated to
the sound of him finding a rich and strange new home among new friends
in Iceland who probably saw him as a long-lost relative. Joel's an inveterate
and intuitive wanderer; when I met him years ago, he'd just spent a few
months traveling the United States on Greyhound buses, sometimes
sleeping rough, and making a record from found moments.
Island Intervals springs from a more recent journey. For his first album
since 2008's acclaimed Nothing Is Precious Enough for Us, Joel traveled
to Reykjavík on an invitation from Sigur Rós singer Jónsi and producer
Alex Somers, where they spent three months together conjuring an album
that's both a song cycle and a window into a mysterious and singular
landscape. Island Intervals wraps Joel's voice and furtive guitar in sounds
that evoke not so much a band playing as elemental forces of earth and
water; Pete Donnelly (The Figgs, NRBQ), Samuli Kosminen (Múm) and
Thorvaldur Doddi Thorvaldsson assist Somers in creating a rich and
multi-layered world that sounds, at times, like a well-tuned forest sighing
and bending in a gale, or the deep cracks and booms of a glacier calving
its way to the sea. Jónsi also joins Joel on vocals for the track "Ilsa
Island Intervals lives in the spaces between running away and letting
go, and finds its author embracing a life whose most solid, real moments
loom and vanish, like a range of mountains that emerges from a bank
of low clouds, and just as suddenly slips away.
-Jonathan Meiburg (Shearwater), Nov. 20131. Ejecta
2. Velvet Antlers
3. Triangulated Heart
4. Mercury Dime
5. Ilsa Drown
6. Island Vapors
7. We Agreed
8. Loom$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
URPD-ART-0013xEight And A Half
Eight And A HalfJustin Peroff of Broken Social Scene plus Dave Hamelin and Liam O'Neil of The Stills equals Eight and a Half. When Broken Social Scene first emerged out of Toronto 10 years ago, a great deal of the band's success was attributed to the fact that most of its individual members had ties to other bands, or boasted established solo careers. Peroff, the band's drummer since 2000, was not without extracurricular pursuits of his own (acting, DJing, party promotion), but had never released music outside of the BSS banner. By 2009, the urge to explore something new was proving ever more impossible to suppress.
Hamelin and O'Neil were old friends of Peroff's, Broken Social Scene and The Stills had shared stages as far back as 2003, but they weren't necessarily the most logical choice of collaborators: after all, Peroff was splitting his time between his temporary home in Los Angeles and recording sessions in Chicago for Broken Social Scene's Forgiveness Rock Record, while Hamelin and O'Neil were in the thick of touring for The Stills' 2008 album, Oceans Will Rise, and living in their native Montreal when off the road.
However, over the course of several phone calls and emails, the trio realized they all shared a desire to create music that was distinctively different than the big-tent anthems their primary bands were known for, so much so that Peroff was willing to spend much of 2009 hopping back and forth between L.A., Chicago and Montreal to get this new, more electronically focused project off the ground, if only in fits and starts.
What a difference a year makes, fast forward to the end of 2010 and Peroff was calling Toronto home once again, after Broken Social Scene completed its marathon Forgiveness Rock Record tour. And fortuitously enough, O'Neil and Hamelin had also become fellow residents, albeit for markedly different reasons: the former was hired to engineer Metric's follow-up to Fantasies at the band's Toronto-based Giant Studios, while the latter relocated after his girlfriend scored a new job in the city. O'Neil and Hamelin also suddenly found themselves with a lot of spare time on their hands: following a fall 2010 tour with Kings of Leon, The Stills had unceremoniously disbanded.
And so the conditions were in place to elevate Eight and a Half from sideline recording project to a primary concern for those involved. And each member seized the opportunity to reinvent himself: where Peroff's steady back beat has always provided the solid foundation atop which Broken Social Scene could freely experiment, with Eight and a Half his drumming is thoroughly deconstructed, as reliant on electronic programming and looped breaks as live performance.
O'Neil, traditionally a piano and horn player, focused on coaxing strange sounds and eerie ambience out of synthesizers and samplers. And Hamelin, who attempted a more rootsy, conversational style of singing as The Stills' secondary vocalist, pushed himself to croon in a higher register, and adopt a more confessional, emotionally naked mode of songwriting to better complement the minimal, mechanized productions.
Though Eight and a Half's formation precedes The Stills' dissolution, it's tempting to interpret these songs from the melancholic desolation of "Scissors," to where-did-it-all-go-wrong self-examination of "Go Ego," to the turn-a-new-leaf pledge "The Turn Around," as a direct response to their demise. But the vulnerability, doubt and resignation embedded in Hamelin's voice and words are easily transferrable to anyone who's invested years of their life into something special only to watch it vanish in an instant.
And Hamelin's recovery process, as well as Eight and a Half's own evolution from piecemeal recording project into proper flesh-and-blood band, is mirrored in the album's sequential shift from darkness to light: what begins as a chilly, claustrophobic and insular experience gradually opens up into a widescreen, kaleidoscopic splendor, spanning the mountainous surge of "Took A Train to India," the exuberant digital psychedelia of "Two Points" and the climactic/ecstatic curtain closer "Oh, My Head."1. When I Was Twenty Nine
3. Go Ego
4. The Turn Around
5. Took A Train To India
6. Wait Up
7. Two Points
8. Walked Into Diazepene
9. Oh, My Head
10. My Forevers$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-DEA-4634xTom Rogerson & Brian Eno
Finding Shore (Awaiting Repress)Limited First Pressing Of 1500 On Blue Opaque Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter
Tom Rogerson's life as an improviser began when, as a toddler, he would clamber up onto his family piano stool and try to emulate his sister's playing. Now releasing his second solo album, a collaboration with Brian Eno, he feels that his musical life has come full circle: I remember smashing out C Major chords again and again and really loving it. It's the same as what I do now, funnily enough, I've come back to it. After stints playing jazz in New York, a dilapidated fenland hotel and in noise rock band Three Trapped Tigers, Rogerson ran into Eno at a gig. Bonding over a love of the countryside of their Suffolk home, the pair entered the studio and worked with The Piano Bar, a device that converted the sound of the piano into midi signals, which were then further manipulated. It was this classic Eno, almost scientific thing, Rogerson says now. He always finds a system that can be a source of creativity. The result is an album that uses Eno's magic to pull deep from Rogerson's subconscious to evoke the strange flat landscape of Eastern England, all heathland, military testing sites and estuary mud. I do totally hear it, I'll listen and think 'oh that sounds like the bells at Woodbridge, that's the birds, the wind rustling in the reeds', Rogerson says. I think it permeates my music, and Brian's ambient records. That 'is it organic or is it electronic thing' is so interesting.1. Idea of Order at Kyson Point
2. Motion in Field
4. March Awa
5. Eastern Stack
6. Minor Rift
7. The Gabbard
8. Red Slip
9. Quoit Blue
10. Marsh Chorus
11. An Iken Loop
12. Chain Home
13. Rest$21.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
A Period of Review (1975-1983)
Expert Mastering By Greg Davis, Liner Notes By K. Leimer And Dave Segal
Double LP Packaging Features Unique Reverse Flap Exterior, Full Color Eurosleeves, &
For the third installment in RVNG Intl.'s archival series, the tape is wound back to 1970s
Seattle, home place of ambient music savant K. Leimer. A Period of Review (Original
Recordings: 1975-1983) unearths unreleased portions of Leimer's vast archives and
highlights the work of a self-taught visionary whose use of generative compositions ferried
his music to infinite resonance.
Kerry Leimer was born in Winnipeg, Canada. He was raised in Chicago before his family
permanently settled in Seattle in 1967. Kerry's teenage interests and artistic experiments
blossomed from the seductively strange tendrils of Dadaism and Surrealism. In the early 70s,
Leimer found musical parallels to these visual movements by studying import copies of NME
and Melody Maker and inquiring with local record store clerks about the exotic descriptions
he read of Can, Neu! and Faust-innovators who were bringing the wild dictates of 60s art-discourse into music
The tape-manipulated serenity Leimer experienced with Cluster's II was a key revelation.
Leimer realized the potential to compose with minimal training and scoured pawnshops
for cheap instruments and recording equipment to transpose his wayward musical instincts.
Leimer's sound palette and composition soon refined and heightened with the accessibility of
dynamic equipment such as the Micromoog and TEAC multi-track tape machines.
Synchronously, the Terry Riley indebted loop-based compositions of Robert Fripp and
Brian Eno's No Pussyfooting inspired Leimer to form recursive musical passages of bare
timbre and melody that would become hallmarks of his sound. "The loop provided an
instant structure-a sort of fatalism," recollects Leimer in A Period of Review's liner notes. "The
participation of the tape machine in shaping and extending the music was a key to setting
self-deterministic systems in motion and held a clear relationship to my interests in fine art."
The underground music scene of Seattle/Olympia in late 70s was small but seeded.
The vestiges of prog rock pompously pummeled the few clubs and record shops before
punk and New Wave became the rage. Leimer sought to support a growing community of
experimental composers by launching the Palace of Lights record label in 1979 with his wife
Dorothy Cross (this was years prior to the birth of regional titans K Records and Sub Pop).
Leimer rarely performed live, averting the litmus of instant appreciation for his solitary
studio pursuits. Tellingly, the "K." that abbreviated Leimer's first name was a nod to Kafka's
doomed pariah Josef K (from The Trial and The Castle). This gives a sense of the reclusive
and literary realm Leimer was fond of working in. Despite his reticence, Leimer's debut 1980
album Closed System Potentials would reach a receptive audience, and eventually sell more
than 3,000 copies thanks in part to Cross's persistent advocation to independent distributors
A Period of Review focuses on unheard material outside of the work Leimer offered on
Palace of Lights, though even that music could be considered relatively "unheard." The thirty
tracks of A Period of Review may have remained a mystery on moldy reels until now, but
Leimer's entire catalog of generative music remains pristine in its absolute power.
Liner notes were crafted by Seattle writer David Segal. Top-tier mastering was done by
Greg Davis, who produced the compilation with Palace of Lights artist Robert Carlberg, RVNG
and Kerry Leimer himself, who continues making music to this day.LP 1
2. My Timid Desires
3. From A Common Center
4. Explanation of Terms
5. From One To Ten
7. Bump In The Night
8. (aka accident)
9. Facing East
10. At Daybreak
11. A Spiritual Life
12. Honey To Ashes
13. Stop It!
14. Two Voices
15. Lonely Boy
16. Practical Demonstration
3. Archie's Dub
6. Assemble and Diffuse
7. Eno's Aviary
8. Almost Chinese
9. Agfa / Lupa
10. The Phonic Chasm (feat. Dawn Seago)
13. All Sad Days
14. Porcelain (feat. Nancy Estle)$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
I Am All Your OwnIlyas' music is in service to dream investigation, at once still and impermanent as an August cloud and then sweeping like a strange breeze through your thoughts. I Am All Your Own will wrap you in serenity but is aware that any second now you may escape. Music of a sweet morning, and unforgettable." - Thurston Moore, London
Ilyas Ahmeds songs exist in a sublime moment of suspended animation, calmly dwelling in between modes of music making both timeless and contemporary - deeply imbued with stillness and peace. On I Am All Your Own, his first album in three years, Ahmed employs strategies gleaned from experimental and ambient musicians, such as Lawrence English and Fripp & Eno, and applies them to song-based guitar music. Building slowly and purposefully, each individual track adds to the albums overall, scrupulously-forged contour. His most direct work, Ahmed's voice is brought to the fore and unobscured. Like the best work of his friend and collaborator Liz Harris (Grouper), as well as classic touchstones such as the Velvet Undergrounds self-titled third album and David Crosbys "If I Could Only Remember My Name," Ahmed's latest is sentimental and emotive, while remaining hushed and understated. I Am All Your Own is a record for late nights and early mornings, those times spent in solitude and reflection.
Written and recorded entirely on 12-string and electric guitars, I Am All Your Own was recorded using a 4-track cassette recorder with few overdubs and mixed to ¼ inch tape, exuding intimacy and homespun atmosphere. An impressive balance lies between the lush atmospherics he conjures and the sparse arrangements of the songs themselves. As the LP unfolds, a narrative also begins to take shape: the protagonists begin their day peacefully after a long night, they come to a realization that the events of the previous night will change their life forever, and eventually dissolve into a states of regret and eventually acceptance. The guitar-based tracks are interspersed with two untitled interludes of heavy drone and celestial drift - a reminder of Ahmeds days as a key, and prolific, figure in the international experimental underground of the past decade. However, even these emanate a clarity that is new to Ahmeds work, and which makes I Am All Your Own seem like the opening of a new chapter of his career.
Born in Pakistan, Ahmed moved to America at a young age and wandered throughout his teenage years, eventually settling in his current home of Portland, OR. The songs on I Am All Your Own were thoroughly tested in front of live audiences in the Pacific Northwest and at the venerable Hopscotch Festival in North Carolina before being laid to tape in Portland, then mixed at Old Standard Sound. Concurrently with writing and recording I Am All Your Own, Ahmed has been working with Jonathan Seilaff and Matt Carlson of Golden Retriever on a new project called Dreamboat. Ahmed will tour extensively behind I Am All Your Own, a rare treat indeed.1. City Daze
2. Come On
3. All You Say
4. Untitled 1
5. The Last Laugh
6. Untitled 2
7. I Need To Fix My Body So I Can Light My Mind On Fire Again
8. Closer Tonight$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now