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Primitive And Deadly
Contains Vinyl Only Exclusive Track: Badgers Bane
This deluxe vinyl version of the new Earth studio opus comes in a thick Stoughton old style tip-on jacket with a soft-touch UV varnish.
Primitive And Deadly, is EARTH's tenth studio collection. Dylan Carlson and long term cohort, drummer Adrienne Davies, manage to pull off the trick of completing an Ouroborean creative cycle, twenty-five years in the making, whilst exploring new directions in their music. For the first time in their diverse second act, they allow themselves to be a rock band, freed of adornment and embellishment. As much as Carlson's guitar has always been the focal point of EARTH's music, it's been surrounded by consistently diverse instrumentation. Here the dialog between Carlson and Davies drumming remains pivotal, underpinned by the sympathetic bass of Bill Herzog (Sunn O))), Joel RL Phelps, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter) and thickened by additional layers of guitar from Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Caustic Resin) and Jodie Cox (Narrows). Perhaps the largest left turn on Primitive And Deadly, though, is prominence of guest vocalists Mark Lanegan and Rabia Shaheen Qazi (Rose Windows) who transform the traditionally free ranging meditations of EARTH into something approaching traditional pop structures.
On Rooks Across the Gates, a song stylistically the closest to the folk inspired modality of Angels Of Darkness, Carlson stretches out into some of his most lyrical playing to date, creating an almost symbiotic relationship between his performance and the vocals of old friend Mark Lanegan. From the Zodiacal Light, meanwhile, takes the late 60s San Franciscan/freaked-out jazz-rock transcendence of The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull and quickly re-appropriates that sound into a musky torch song for the witching hour.
This contradictive tension between a band pushing itself ever-forward whilst surveying their history is reflected in the albums twin recording locales. The foundation of the record was laid in the mystic desert high lands of Joshua Tree, California where EARTH recorded hour after hour of meditations on each tracks central theme at Rancho de la Luna. Upon returning to Seattle these were edited, arranged and expanded upon at Avast with the help of long-term collaborator Randall Dunn (who was previously at the helm for the Hex, The Bees Made Honey In The Lions Skull and Hibernaculum sessions).
Thick, dense and overdriven, melodically rich and enveloping, Primitive And Deadly is EARTH reaffirming their position as a singular point in the history of rock.
produced by earth
recorded at rancho de la luna, joshua tree, ca by mathias schneeberger, assisted by dave catching
additional recording and production at crackle & pop and avast, seattle, wa by randall dunn
mixed at avast, seattle, wa by randall dunn
mastered at chicago mastering services by jason ward
dylan carlson - guitars
adrienne davies - drums and percussion
bill herzog - bass
brett netson - additional guitars
jodie cox - additional guitars
mark lanegan - vocals
rabia shabeen qazi - vocals
randall dunn - moog synthesizerLP 1
1. Torn By The Fox Of The Crescent Moon
2. There Is A Serpent Coming
3. From The Zodiacal Light
1. Even Hell Has Its Heroes
2. Rooks Across The Gate
3. Badgers Bane (exclusive vinyl only bonus track!)$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Outside LoveThe third album by Pink Mountaintops, a.k.a. Stephen McBean, was influenced by weddings in Montreal, winter, Pink Floyd's "The Final Cut", Christmas albums, the Bermuda Triangle, a song by Exile, a song by Echo And The Bunnymen, being depressed in the sunshine, The Everly Brothers, clowns in the ceilings, and bedrooms where skinheads used to live. A veteran of the Vancouver/Victoria punk rock scene, McBean is best known for his contributions to acclaimed rock band Black Mountain as principal songwriter, guitarist, and co-vocalist. Contributors on this release include members of Destroyer, Jesse Sykes And The Sweet Hereafter, Jackie O Motherfucker, The Organ, Black Mountain, and more.1.Axis: Thrones Of Love
3.While You Were Dreaming
8.And i Thank You
9.Gayest Of Sunbeams, The
10.Closer To Heaven$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Avery County, I'm Bound To You...The music on "Avery County, I'm Bound To You" was played by a fantastic and diverse group of characters. The rhythm
section is Matt Weiner (Blue4Trio, Hot Club Of Cowtown) on upright and electric bass and Dan Peters (Mudhoney,
Screaming Trees, Nirvana .briefly) on drums.
The horn and woodwind section were made up of Hans Teuber (Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, Ani Difranco) and Steve
Moore (Jim White, Earth, sunn0))), Laura Veirs). These two multi-instrumentalists covered a lot of sonic territory with
flute, piccolo, alto flute, clarinet, trombone, Wurlitzer and Hammond Organ.
And we did our best to keep our roots with a few local Folk and Old Time players: Charlie Beck on banjo, Nova Devonie
on accordion, and Jakob Breitbach on fiddle.
The production team was veteran producer Martin Feveyear (Mark Lanegan, Jesse Sykes, Hey Marseilles, Mudhoney,
etc) and Matt Weiner who produced my 2010 release, Together You and I...
- Barton Carroll, July 1, 20131. The Straight Mile
2. It Had To Be a Train
4. The Beech Mountain Waltz
6. What a Picture Is
7. Mama's Making Something On the Loom
8. Every Little Bit Hurts
9. The Saviors of the World
10. Avery County, I'm Bound To You$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
CarnationDaughn Gibson of Carlisle, PA is a singer, songwriter and
musician possessed of a singular and strange vision. Carnation,
his third album, is the latest exhilarating and dark embodiment
of that vision. It's an album that's more elegant and sophisticated
than anything he's done to date, and which sees the
elements of country music, more prominent on 2012's All Hell
on the White Denim label and 2013's Me Moan on Sub Pop,
undone to extraordinary effect by ambient textures and sounds.
Shot through with a deep sensuality, Carnation is a high-wire
balancing act, at times sexual, emotionally intense and
comforting. The album features Daughn's strongest songwriting
yet, with lyrical subject matter that shares a kinship with writers
Raymond Carver and Donald Ray Pollack. The music here
combines with those lyrics to widescreen effect, and Carnation
feels filmic in its execution: It evokes, and in many ways pays
homage to, the works of Tim Burton, Pier Paulo Pasolini, and
John Waters. Carnation's most pervasive theme might best be
described as the chaos of circumstance. The album's 11 tracks
tell related stories of near-death experiences, mental-health
struggles, psychosexual turmoil, and everyday dread.
Carnation was co-produced and recorded by Daughn Gibson and
Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O), Jesse Sykes, Tim Hecker).
Dunn's knack for textured mixes and sense of pagan weight
collide with Gibson's underlying pop sensibilities. The two also
enlisted the talents of composer/violinist to Eyvind Kang on
string arrangements, renowned studio drummer Matt Chamberlain,
as well as Daughn's long-standing musical conspirator, Jim
Elkington. Additional contributions include: Steve Moore (Piano,
Trombone, Keyboards and Synths); Milky Burgess, Paul
Wegman, and Jer Rouse (Guitars); Skerik (Saxophone); and Jay
Kardong (Pedal Steel). Carnation was recorded at Avast Studios
in Seattle, Washington and mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago
Mastering.1. Bled to Death
2. Heaven You Better Come In
3. Shatter You Through
4. For Every Bite
5. Daddy I Cut My Hair
6. A Rope Ain't Enough
7. I Let Him Deal
8. Shine of the Night
9. Runaway and the Pyro
10. It Wants Everything
11. Back With the Family$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now