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Idle MomentsBlue Note Reissue
As much as I'd love to relay all kinds of anecdotes about the challenges Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray encounter during the mastering sessions, I witness none. These boys know the sound of the facility and the Van Gelder masters like the backs of their handsBack home a month later, I unpack some test pressings Chad Kassem has sent meI hear the most realistic-sounding drums ever reproduced by my system. It's as though I'm sitting at the point of creation, experiencing the same high that brought such gifted musicians together as one. Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray, Chad Kassem, and Don MacInnis have done Rudy Van Gelder and his Blue Note artists proud. Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile, April 2008
Time is suspended on these haunting, extended tunes by this brilliant guitarist with the aid of an all-star cast. Unique in Green's discography for its relaxed, lengthy performances and almost dream-like lyricism, this Blue Note classic could well be called Ballads for the Ages.
This title is not eligible for discount.Idle Moments
Jean De Fleur
Jean De Fleur (Alternate Version)
Django (Alternate Version)
Nomad$49.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Remastered And Reissued As Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign
Celebrating its 50th year, Idle Moments by jazz guitarist Grant Green features jazz greats Joe Henderson on tenor sax, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Duke
Pearson on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass and Al Harewood on drums. Written by Pearson, this album is best known for its title piece. Remastered by
Bernie Grundman, Idle Moments will be reissued on vinyl as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current
Blue Note Records President, Don Was.1. Idle Moments
2. Jean De Fleur
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landmark (Awaiting Repress)"There's a moment in growing up when it becomes clear that the road you walk is your own to cultivate."
A surprisingly profound sentiment for a band of 21-year olds. Nevertheless, it's a sentiment that animates much of landmark, the debut album from Minneapolis' Hippo Campus.
From the resplendent "Way It Goes," a guitar led gallop about the Instagram-filtered church of cool, to the propulsive "Boyish," a horn-kissed rumination on children of divorce, landmark is shot through with a woozy dissonance between precocious wisdom and old-as-time coming of age stories. The result is a messy, brave, and earnest whole - not to mention, a tectonic shift forward for a young band still discovering itself.
Of course, that should come as no surprise. Hippo Campus - comprised of vocalist/guitarist Jake Luppen, guitarist/vocalist Nathan Stocker, bassist Zach Sutton, and drummer Whistler Allen - have done their fair share of growing up since forming in late 2013. Their pair of 2015 EPs, Bashful Creatures and South, catapulted a freshly-formed band onto sold out tours, radio airwaves, late night TV stages, timelines, feeds, and glowing screens the world over. After a 10-month stretch of work informed by their surprising ascent, Hippo Campus' first full-length showcases not only their trademark ear for ringing melodies and impeccably constructed pop frameworks, but a desire to dig deeper-both into their talent and in their selves-for inspiration.
landmark's recording, helmed by BJ Burton (Bon Iver, Sylvan Esso, etc.), primarily took place at Sonic Ranch, with finishing touches applied at Pachyderm Studios in the band's native Minnesota. The ranch, a residential studio located on a 2300-acre pecan farm near the border between Texas and Mexico, represented a big shift for four young men from the northern Midwest's cooler climes. "You're just in the middle of the desert, and there are these pecan trees for as far as you can see," says Stocker. "It's pretty surreal-kind of like a dream."
Dreams are where the mind's deepest desires manifest, so it's fitting landmark is rife with up-close lyrics that reflect the struggles of crash-landing into an always-on world. "It's our most honest release yet, but it didn't start that way at all," says Luppen. "There are two halves to the record-the first half represents our first stage of writing, where we're showing off our ironic side and criticizing the culture of social media, and the youth culture that we're a huge part of now. It's a world we've been forced to plug into, whether we want to or not, and we talk about our qualms with that world."
Perhaps nowhere on the album are those qualms more evident than on "Western Kids," one of landmark's most upbeat numbers, but also one of its most contemptuous: "I just love this, I swear I'll go viral, from the burbs to the streets now it's a revival," sings Luppen, tongue firmly planted in cheek. "The spirit is found in the idealistically idle, the age of excess."
Meanwhile, "Sun Veins," the distortion-heavy track that opens the record, is a direct response to the expectations heaped upon the band as they grew: "'Sun Veins' represents an intense period in my life when I wanted to burn everything down, and it represents this moment of absolute clarity," says Luppen. "I'm talking about a person, but at the same time I'm talking about myself and us as a band. Throughout the past year, I thought that I had to be different and that the band had to be different, but it turned out that we had to look more inward and find ourselves again."
Indeed, landmark invites introspection and close listening-even its most upbeat songs are rich with details, like the whistling break that lands in the middle of the galloping "Simple Season" or the spangles of guitar that slice through the clamor of "Tuesday." Elsewhere, the second half of landmark is dominated by a somber stretch that includes the lush "Monsoon," which slowly blooms into a quiet freak-out of reverb and synth, a revelation in the context of the band's catalog. "It was a breakthrough-we could use the studio and make something transcendent," says Luppen.
Transcendence doesn't come easy. It's usually the payoff to a long journey. And while Hippo Campus' journey is still being written, with landmark, the band has never seemed more confident in the road they're walking.1. Sun Veins
2. Way It Goes
5. Simple Season
7. Western Kids
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Waxing Romantic"Catchy as hell; it has the mark of someone who knows his way
around a hook -Stereogum
"'Promises' might be jarringly summery for the time of year, with
flourishes of Balearic guitar and bright, chiming piano, but it has an
easy psychedelic flow that's welcome anytime -NME
"It sounds like pina coladas and an afternoon spent woozily
wandering around, slightly tipsy from said cocktails, hand-in-hand
with a beautiful partner in crime -Noisey
"Contagious' aptly describes Bretzer's work. Each song's
instrumentation glows front to back, and never does he close the
door on his sensibilities. -Consequence of Sound
Waxing Romantic is the debut album from Canadian artist Travis
Bretzer. Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, 24-year-old Bretzer has an
appropriately singular, off-beat take on guitar pop.
On Waxing Romantic, Travis has stepped up the production in a big
way, graduating from the bedroom to a full studio environment.
Recorded at Gary's Electric in Brooklyn and produced by Jorge
Elbrecht (of Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and Lansing-Dreiden fame)
the new environment has allowed for Travis' songs to be taken to new,
fully-realized heights. The album also features a solid crew of players,
including members of Haunted Graffiti, James Richardson of MGMT
and Regal Degal's Josh da Costa, who was key in shaping drum
As the title indicates, Waxing Romantic is thematically concerned with
love. For Travis, the album reads like a storybook of the first couple of
years of his current relationship, with each song acting like a totem for
different events and moments. For this reason, the album is very
personal - it navigates the giddy and elated feelings of falling in love,
and the process of looking back and reflecting on it. In keeping with
the album's '70s pop mode, the lyrics are kept simple and sweet, but
Lead single "Promises" is built around a breezy, cascading guitar riff
and oozes a casual temperament. Warm slide guitars and fuzzy
power-pop riffs color the lofty melodies of "Lonely Heart". Elsewhere,
"Idle By" recalls the glistening guitar lines of Felt, and "Lady Red"
shows Travis doing his best scrubbed up, sophisticated pop song.1. Giving Up
2. Idle By
4. Lonely Heart
5. Story Book
6. The Bread
7. Don't Forget
8. Lady Red
9. Wishing Away
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