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Junk"On the last album, there was too much of me." That's how Anthony
Gonzalez - the sonic auteur behind that most sublime purveyor of
symphonic-indie-electronic-dream pop, M83, describes the primary
inspiration behind his forthcoming album Junk, released on April 8 by Mute.
Highly anticipated, Junk is not just M83's first studio artist album in half
a decade; it's also the follow-up to Hurry Up, We're Dreaming - which
upon release in 2011 put M83 in the direct current of the mainstream. So
why would Gonzalez try to remove himself from its follow-up and supplant
himself with the surprising likes of Beck and Steve Vai. Wait, Steve Vai?
The legendary virtuoso guitar hero who defined an era? On a M83 album in
In trying to "remove" his identifiable musical presence, ironically Gonzalez
may have made one of his most personal efforts yet in Junk and with no
compromise. With Junk, M83 has succeeded in making what Gonzalez
called "an organized mess - a collection of songs that aren't made to live
with each other, yet somehow work together. From album opener "Do It
Try It", a fractured yet catchy mÉlange of old-school house music pianos
and pop-art bubblegum hooks worthy of ABBA, to "Moon Crystal," an
instrumental whose mutant retro-futurist grooves evoke Genesis doing a
prog-disco remix of the Love Boat theme, to the smooth new wave-meets-electro-funk
workout "Time Wind" (featuring vocals by Beck) to "Go!", an
exultant synth-pop charmer featuring vocals from new M83 collaborator
Mai Lan and guitar solo from legendary shredder, Steve Vai, one thing is
perfectly clear: "Every time I make a M83 album, I'm trying to do it on my
own terms - and it's the same for this one," Gonzalez says. "Whatever I do,
whatever influences I have, it ends up sounding like me. As a musician, I'm
just trying to take you somewhere else, beyond your world."1. Do It, Try It
3. Walkway Blues
4. Bibi The Dog
5. Moon Crystal
6. For The Kids
8. The Wizard
9. Laser Gun
10. Road Blaster
12. Atlantique Sud
13. Time Wind
15. Sunday Night 1987$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
New Junk AestheticEvery Time I Die is a Southern hardcore rock band from Buffalo, New York, founded in the winter of 1998. Across a series of five albums, they have defined a scene, with their unique blend of metalcore, punk and southern rock. Now with their debut album on Epitaph, New Junk Aesthetic, Every Time I Die return to the sound that made earlier albums like Hot Damn fan favorites. We know that our older stuff, which was a lot faster and a lot heavier, definitely made our live shows a lot more fun, because everyone was moving and singing along, says frontman Keith Buckley. We're kinda going back to the way we started.
Produced by Steve Evetts (He Is Legend, A Static Lullaby, Dillinger Escape Plan, Saves the Day, Lifetime, Story of the Year). Features guest vocals by Matt Caughthran of the Bronx and Greg Puciat of Dillinger Escape Plan.1. Roman Holiday
2. The Marvelous Slut
3. Who Invited The Russian Soldier?
5. For The Record
6. White Smoke
7. Turtles All The Way Down
8. Organ Grinder
9. Host Disorder
10. After One Quarter Of A Revolution
11. The Sweet Life$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Thank YouThis is Royal Trux's 1995 Virgin label debut produced by long time Neil Young collaborator David Briggs. Thank You was recorded almost completely live in the studio and Briggs' production and influence is readily apparent in this grimy piece of rock'n'roll. Neil Hagerty's guitar playing is wandering into noise land via unique and memorable solos but also transforming into something resembling '70s riffs while Jennifer Herrema outdoes herself and actually sings. Thank You, giving way to some surprisingly catchy tunes, is as good as modern rock classics go. A great, greasy work of non-commercial alternative rock fueled by cigarettes and junk food.1. A Night to Remember
2. The Sewers of Mars
3. Ray O Vac
4. Map of the City
5. Granny Grunt
6. Lights on the Levee
7. Fear Strikes Out
8. (Have You Met) Horror James?
9. You're Gonna Lose
10. Shadow of the Wasp$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Donovan Of TrashThe Donovan Of Trash is a truly punk record; a DIY, lo-fi milestone containing some of Wreck-less Eric's finest songs, a fact sadly overlooked at the time of its original release in 1993 by fans and critics unable to get beyond the harsh, weird and often dissonant sound to discover the beauty within. This Fire Records reissue, remastered and repackaged under Eric's direc-tion will do much to rectify this lamentable oversight. More fractured and frenetic than his pre-ceding album, Le Beat Group Électrique, The Donovan Of Trash makes Eric's earlier, suppos-edly punk/new wave recordings sound positively middle of the road by comparison. He used the same recording equipment as on Le Beat Group Électrique - a Teac 1/4 four track tape recorder and an ancient WEM Audiomaster five channel mixing desk plus a variety of two track tape machines and discarded studio junk rescued from recording suite refurbishments during the 1980s.1. Birthday Blues
2. Duvet Fever
3. Joe Meek
4. The Consolation Prize
5. Semi-Porno Satuette
7. The Nerd/Turkey Song
9. Harry's Flat
10. Haunted House
11. If It Makes You Happy
12. Paris In June$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Trouble Is A Lonesome TownTHRIFTSTORE MASTERPIECE is a revolving music collective devoted to paying homage to the
underdog records of years past. The debut album revisits Lee Hazlewood's 1963 lost classic Trouble
Is A Lonesome Town and features Pete Yorn, Frank Black (Pixies), Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse),
Courtney Taylor-Taylor (The Dandy Warhols), Eddie Argos (Art Brut), the late Larry Norman and more.
In 1963, Lee Hazlewood released his debut album Trouble is a Lonesome Town to little fanfare. It
was a collection of solo acoustic songs stitched together with a narrative that described life in a
fictional small town inhabited by outlaws, thieves, and down-and-out laborers. The album was hokey,
but hip. Corny, but cool. It evoked a bygone era of pastoral American towns and their sometimes seedy underbellies, somewhat like a darker version of the Andy Griffith Show or a more sinister
Prairie Home Companion. More importantly, it was a fully realized concept album that predated
the trend that is so common in today' s music world. Hazlewood had originally intended the songs
as demos for his publisher, in hopes that other artists might someday record them. A half century
later, the music collective known as THRIFTSTORE MASTERPIECE has done exactly that.
Producer I band leader Charles Normal explains I first came across the record around the turn of the
millennium while living in Oslo, Norway. I found it in a secondhand junk shop and it struck a nostalgic
note somewhere within me. It made me homesick for the panoply of Americana I had experienced
while slumming it in the Southwestern border towns and California desert whistle stops I drifted
through when I first started playing music on the road. The record didn't leave my turntable for
months. Years later, I started to envision the record as a more orchestrated statement and began
recording the basic tracks in my studio.
My brother, singer Larry Norman, lent his voice to a couple of the tracks, but when he passed away
from a heart attack in 2008 I fell into a deep funk and put the project on the back burner. I couldn't
bring myself to harmonize with his vocals ... it was just too emotional to deal with. It wasn't until much
later, prompted in part by Isaac Brock, that I dusted off the tapes and hard drives and began to finish
it. I went through my address book and started calling friends who happened to be in possession of
great voices to see if they were interested in joining in.1. Long Black Train - featuring Frank Black
2. Ugly Brown -featuring Larry Norman
3. Son Of A Gun- featuring Frank Black
4. We All Make The Flowers Grow- featuring Kristin Blix
5. Run Boy Run - featuring Frank Black
6. Six Feet Of Chain- featuring Pete Yorn
7. The Railroad- featuring Isaac Brock
8. Look At That Woman - featuring Courtney Taylor-Taylor
9. Peculiar Guy- featuring Eddie Argos
1 0. Trouble Is A Lonesome Town - featuring Larry Norman$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Some Days Are Better Than OthersTemporary Residence has waited with eager anticipation to release Matthew Coopers spellbinding soundtrack to Some Days Are Better Than Others since before his creative breakthrough album, Similes (released under his more widely known Eluvium moniker) was even made. The film stars James Mercer (Broken Bells, The Shins) and Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia, Sleater-Kinney) as strangers whose lives occasionally intersect as they navigate their way through the struggles of personal attachment and disconnection.
When viewing the film, Cooper observed themes being presented regarding our throw-away society, and realized that both he and Some Days Are Better Than Others director Matt McCormick shared a common interest in this world of things left behind and the emotional baggage that is connected to it, whether broken or simply tossed aside for something new; something once considered the future, turning into antiquated rubble. Cooper decided that using a collection of damaged instruments would be a fitting way to underscore this aspect of the film.
A long-time collector of odds and ends and junked musical instruments, Cooper has amassed an impressive array of thrift store and garage sale keyboards, foot pedals, and electronics over the years, always hoping to discover the ghosts hidden within and the unique properties they may possess.1. Curious Moments
4. Into Dust
6. What You Leave Behind
8. Worry And Care
9. Time And Abandonment
10. Its Never What It Seems
11. Camille And The Ocean
12. Some Days Are Better Than Others
13. Katrina Outtake$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Sky Is Falling And I Want My Mommy (Awaiting Repress)A match made in Canada! Eight songs inspired by the Terminal City Ricochet sessions, including an alternate version of Falling Space Junk. Also features Bad, Sharks in the Gene Pool and Chew.1. The Sky Is Falling And I Want My Mommy (Falling Space Junk)
2. Jesus Was A Terrorist
3. Bruce's Diary
5. Ride The Flume
7. Sharks In The Gene Pool
8. The Myth Is Real - Let's Eat$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
IIII builds on the break-beat, junk-shop charm that Ruban Nielson, 32-year-old multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, came to be renowned for following his self-titled 2011 debut, and signals the solidification of Unknown Mortal Orchestra's position as an endlessly intriguing, brave psychedelic band. UMO is unafraid to dig deeper than the rest to lock into their intoxicating, opiate groove and bring rock'n'roll's exaggerated myths to life.1. From The Sun
2. Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)
3. So Good At Being In Trouble
4. One At A Time
5. The Opposite of Afternoon
6. No Need For a Leader
9. Faded in the Morning
10. Secret Xtians$16.99Vinyl LP- Sealed Buy Now
Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Your MouthEro Gray was raised in a tent in the Sierra Nevada foothills, lived most of his adult life in San Diego, CA, and Brooklyn, NY, and now resides in Portland, OR. He is a founding member of the bands The Nylon-Coated Cats and Rad Unicorn & the Ecstatic Virgins; has released electronic music under the aliases Professor Kermit and Golden Poultry Error, has recorded and remixed Soul-Junk, Therefore, Bogs Visionary Orchestra, and the Castanets, and plays the ongoing role of producer Papa Alabaster in the Land of a Thousand Rappers project.
Asthmatic Kittys Library Catalog Music is a series of instrumental albums designed for possible use in films and television, background sounds for home or office, or personal needs, such as relaxation, stimulation, meditation, concentration, or elevation. Ero Gray's installation in the series, Music For Your Mouth, contains 23 such tracks.1. For Whom the Whom Tolls
2. The Frog Tribes Worship A Strange God
3. Acorn Paws
4. Out In The Asphalt Desert
5. The Owl Tongue
6. A Deeper Incision
7. Pretzel Saws
8. Glossamer Statues
9. Concrete Fedoras On Lead Heads
10. The Wind Whistles Through Catatonia Canyon
11. Cheetah Cheetah, Yall
12. Electric Antennae
13. The Ten Severed Heads
14. Quartz Rooms, All Exactly Alike
15. Alas, Alas, Alas, Alas
16. Some Dark Holler
17. A Little Tiny Wilderness
18. Clouds of Clouds of Spiders
19. Blue Wine From A Silver Cup
20. The Spirit Zoo
21. Where Is It At? Where?
22. Seaweed Washes Ashore
23. Blizzard of Ooze$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Manic Street Preachers originally gained a loyal following and cult status with their combination of androgynous glam punk imagery, outspoken invective and songs about culture, alienation, boredom and despair. The band's later albums retained a leftist politicization and intellectual lyrical style, while adopting a broader alternative rock sound, especially after the mysterious disappearance of lyricist and rhythm guitarist Richey Edwards in 1995.
'Forever Delayed' is the Manics' greatest hits album, released in 2002. The album includes three singles which never appeared on earlier albums ('Motown Junk', 'Suicide Is Painless', and 'The Masses Against the Classes'). The latter is one of the band's two UK #1 hits, along with 'If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next'. The album features two new songs as well: 'There by the Grace of God' and 'Door to the River'.
1. A Design For Life (4:19)
2. Motorcycle Emptiness (6:05)
3. If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next (4:51)
4. La Tristesse Durera (Scream To A Sigh) (4:13)
1. There By The Grace Of God (3:47)
2. You Love Us (3:14)
3. Australia (4:02)
4. You Stole The Sun From My Heart (4:22)
5. Kevin Carter (3:24)
6. Tsunami (3:48)
1. The Masses Against The Classes (3:21)
2. From Despair To Where (3:34)
3. Door To The River (4:40)
4. Everything Must Go (3:40)
5. Faster (3:53)
1. Little Baby Nothing (4:11)
2. Theme From M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless) (3:41)
3. So Why So Sad (4:01)
4. The Everlasting (6:09)
5. Motown Junk (3:57)$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
A Folk Set ApartCass McCombs' new anthology, A Folk Set Apart, is subtitled "Rarities, B-Sides & Space
Junk, Etc." which is, on the surface, true but it's so much more than that. It's an alternate
retelling of the last decade and a half of an enigmatic career built on immaculate
songwriting but short on "breakthrough success." While it contains none of McCombs'
better known songs from his seven full-lengths, he would have you believe this is his favorite
The compilation starts off with the very first song to be released by McCombs, "I Cannot
Lie" and, as is the case with many of McCombs gems, is told in the first person. Often, the
temptation is to assume the autobiographical with McCombs and long-time fans surely have
formed some mental picture of the elusive musician, but to do so would be to proceed at
your own risk. McCombs knows his mythology is littered with misdirects, rumors and half
truths and quite frankly none of our business.
And McCombs is right, actually. In spite of its compilation status, nineteen tracks in all . This very well
may be the most compelling album he's released, not because the original albums are
lacking in their own charms, but there is something fascinating in the sprawl: chugging lo-fi,
downtrodden gems, rambling rave-ups, political anthems, lysergic outtakes, wistful laments
and an appropriate bookend on our own decade-long professional relationship with one of
the greatest songwriters of the 21st Century. Fare thee well, Cass.1. I Cannot Lie
5. Minimum Wage
6. Poet's Day (Alt Version)
7. An Other
8. Bradley Manning
9. Evangeline (Alt Version)
10. Empty Promises
11. If You Loved Me Before . . .
12. Three Men Sitting On A Hollow Log
13. Lost River/Old River
14. Old As Angry
16. Night Of The World
17. Traffic Of Souls
18. Catacombs Cow Cow Boogie
19. The State Will Take Care Of Me$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
New 24 Bit /96 kHz Transfer Taken From The Original Master Tapes
Deluxe Silver Foil Jacket (Tip-On)
Limited Blue Sky Colored Vinyl
Formed in 1967 as a psychedelic electronic duo featuring Dan Taylor on drums and Simeon on a homemade synthesizer consisting of 12 oscillators (and an assortment of sound filters, telegraph keys, radio parts, lab gear and a variety of second hand electronic junk), Silver Apples quickly gained a reputations New York's leading underground musical expression.
Their pulsating rhythmic beats with the use of electronics laid the groundwork for what would become "Krautrock."
Silver Apples was released in 1968 and still remains an innovative and revolutionary album. Their highly influential sound has influenced countless bands from Stereolab, Beastie Boys, Blur and more.
The first remarkable trait of Lazy Smoke's sound is the lead vocal's similarity to John Lennon. Upon digging just a little deeper below the surface, we instead find a darker tone and a patient, eerie feeling resonating through the songs.
While bands like The Beatles and Love were singing about love, lament and hallucinated travel experiences, the songs on Corridor of Faces get sincerely dark right away.
Even the seemingly-light teenage love-themed "Sarah Saturday" shares an undercurrent of on-the-edge uncertainty. It's this undercurrent that calls to mind comparisons to Forever Changes era Love. Originally privately pressed in MA in an edition of only 500 copies in 1968. Now repressed again in 2016 on Blue Sky Colored Vinyl.1. Oscillations
2. Seagreen Serenades
5. Velvet Cave
8. Dancing Gods
9. Misty Mountain$27.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Songs From The RoadImport
When legend Cohen takes to the stage, it's no less than a cultural event of Biblical dimensions." Following the celebration of his 40th year as a Columbia artist in 2007 and coinciding with his induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in March 2008, Cohen thrilled his fans by announcing his first tour dates in 15 years. One dozen of Leonard Cohen's most famous songs from those recent world tour performances - at auditorium halls, festivals, arenas, and stadiums - are now collected on Songs From The Road. Recorded in 5.1 surround sound Songs From The Road is not only a tribute to Cohen's consummate artistry as a concert performer, it is also a tribute to his enduring worldwide popularity at this time in his career. It is ultimately Cohen's ageless songs that draw faithful audiences - new fans and old - to his sold-out concerts.
Songs From The Road represents every decade of his life as a recording artist, from the 1960s ("Suzanne" from his 1967 debut, Songs Of Leonard Cohen; "Bird on the Wire" and his interpretation of "The Partisan" both from his second album, 1969's Songs From a Room) - to the '00s ("That Don't Make it Junk" from 2001's Ten New Songs). And even though it shares some songs with the 2009 Live In London release, the recordings on this album are unique. Throughout the tour, Cohen "seemed to find at every stop the sisters of mercy whom he immortalized in one of his oldest and most tender songs.... And now, wherever this precious man wanders, the famous blue raincoat notwithstanding, people sing 'hallelujah!'"
1. Lover, Lover, Lover (Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel, september 24, 2009)
2. Bird On the Wire (Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Scotland, November 6, 2008)
3. Chelsea Hotel (Royal Albert Hall, London, England, November 17, 2008)
4.Heart With No Companion (King Arena, Oberhausen, Germany, November 2, 2008)
2. That Don't Make it Junk (O2 Arena, London, England, November 13, 2008)
3. Waiting for the Miracle (HP Pavilion, San Jose, california, November 13, 2009)
1. Avalanche (Gothenburg Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden, October 12, 2008)
2. Suzanne (MENA Arena, Manchester, England, November 30, 2008)
3. The Partisan (Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland, October 10, 2008)
4. Famous Blue Raincoat (O2 Arena, London, England, November 13, 2008)
5. Hallelujah (Coachella Music Festival, Indio, California, April 17, 2009)
6. Closing Time (John Labatt Centre, London, Ontario, May 24, 2009)$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Membrane PopMembrane Pop is the debut Software Recording Co. release by
experimental duo Sculpture.
The self-described opto-musical agglomerate was born in 2008 after a
chance encounter between British musician Dan Hayhurst and New
Zealand animator Reuben Sutherland. By combining practices, the pair's
rst test splattered a psychedelic palette that pushed them to explore
sensorial intricacies emerging from chance operations.
Raw materials for Sculpture's music include a mix of analog and digital
practices. In Hayhurst and Sutherland's hands, tape manipulation,
samples, found sounds, aleatoric and algorithmic programming and live
improvisation become more complementary than you might imagine.
Sculpture draws from experimentalism to promote new potentials for
pop and electronic music in an age where many of our sci- fantasies
have become mundane occurrences. "I'm aiming to make a coherent,
adventurous electronic pop record with its own voice and identity,"
Hayhurst explains. "I don't think experimental music has to be dark,
difcult or joyless. I try to make something playful, and maybe a little
At the center of Membrane Pop is a phenomenological approach to
sound and performance. "Symbolic Molecule" is a morphing, unsettled
groove, but its addictive properties remain potent. "Polymorphic
Operator" bubbles with a sort of chemical effervescence; the ghost of
Jamaican dub modulating itself into an innite haze. Sculpture's
compositional predilection emerges amidst scrambled sound worlds in
"Hackle Scam Populator", while "Distraction Display" is perhaps the
closest ambient cut on the record.
What makes Sculpture sculptural (we bet the original Abstract
Expressionists would have dug them) are moments where their
craftsmanship feels almost animate within the constraints of musical
time. In the opening seconds of "Lingual Junk", these moments appear
to freeze and unthaw an old recording. As the track narrative unfurls,
you can feel Hayhurst ghting to acclimate the sound from out of
cryostasis and into his reality.
If a majority of the music you hear today resembles the hard-set stone
carvings of history, then Sculpture's offerings are imagined, transitory
statues with no xed place in time. Hearing Membrane Pop in a different
context, time or place may well bring about a different experience. Or
perhaps a similar result.1. Materialising
2. Multi-Faith Capsule
3. Symbolic Molecule
4. Unhitch Your Program
5. Polymorphic Operator
6. 5 Seconds in the Future is a You Made of Pure Thought
7. Hackle Scan Populator
8. Distraction Display
9. Lingual Junk$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Nigel Lived45th Anniversary Edition Of Murray Head's Groundbreaking 1972 Classic
180-Gram Double 45s Pressed At RTI
Old Style ''Tip On'' Gatefold Jacket + 8-Page Book Printed By Stoughton On Heavy Stock
100% Analog Mastering From The Original Master Tapes
Mastered by Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio
Murray Head's Nigel Lived is a groundbreaking classic and one of the boldest, most daring and inventive albums of all time. Recorded by the great recording engineer Phill Brown, Nigel Lived is from the golden era of all-analog recording, a sonic and musical masterpiece that every music lover and audiophile simply must have.
In Spring of 1972 Murray Head was just 25, coming off amazing success on the stage and screen, when he recorded his debut album, Nigel Lived. And Nigel isn't just any album, it's an ambitious, experimental album full of great songs that required stunningly diverse recording techniques and instrumentation on every track. There are beautiful acoustic works that draw a straight line to Murray's later albums like ''Ruthie'' and ''When You Wake Up In The Morning,'' there are straight-up rockers and amazingly innovative tracks like ''Religion'' and the sprawling ''Junk.''
Nigel's story arc unfolds as a three-act play in which Nigel leaves a small town for the big city, finds love and success before crashing into addiction and despair. The background locations, characters and scenes change sonically throughout as Nigel was a adventurous & pioneering effort in blending studio recording with an incredible array of location recordings captured all over London's West End.
In the same way that films today operate on the ''found footage'' motif, Murray's ahead-of-its-time conceptual treatment for Nigel consisted of hand writing a ''diary'' for Nigel that was then ''found'' by Murray, who put Nigel's life to song. It's a brilliant narrative tool that allowed Murray to weave aspects of his own rich experiences in the whirlwind of late 60s London into the songs. Murray saw great success, making a splash on stage in Hair and on-screen in films like The Family Way and John Schlesinger's avant-garde Sunday Bloody Sunday. And he saw the depths working in a drug-addiction clinic and watching friends disappear into and eventually succumb to heroin.
Nigel Lived is driven by Murray's tremendous energy, and the songs are witty, intense, achingly beautiful and exceptionally well-recorded.
This title is not eligible for discount.LP 1
1. Pacing On The Station
2. Big City
3. Bed & Breakfast
4. The Party
6. City Scurry
7. When You Wake Up In The Morning
1. Why Do We Have To Hurt Our Heads?
2. Pity The Poor Consumer
4. Nigel, Nigel
5. Miss Illusion
7. Junk$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Resistance Is Futile (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 22, 2018*
In interviews prior to the release of their 2010 album 'Postcards From A Young Man', Manic Street Preachers' Nicky Wire stated that the record represented "one last shot at mass communication". Twenty years on from their incendiary debut for Heavenly ('Motown Junk'), it seemed like the biggest cult band in the country were readying to stand aside to let any number of young upstarts attempt to scale their pedestal.
Recorded concurrently, the twin albums that followed saw the band explore previously uncharted territory. On 'Rewind the Film' (2013), the band channelled their Welsh heritage as never before in a series of raw acoustic paeans; released a few months later, 2014's 'Futurology' presented a gleaming, panoramic vision of 'Europe Endless'. Following those releases, Manic Street Preachers toured two of their peerless albums - 1994's 'The Holy Bible' and its follow-up, 1996's 'Everything Must Go'. Maybe Wire's pre-Postcards prediction was right; perhaps this was time for the band to fade out gracefully?
One listen to 'International Blue' - the first single from Manic Street Preachers' 13th album, 'Resistance is Futile' - blows that thought out of the water. The single is intensely melodic, supremely confident and driven by an empathetic melancholy. It's the perfect herald for a classic Manics album that's less one last shot at mass communication and much more a record ready made for massive communion.
Unexpectedly lyrically open, 'Resistance is Futile' finds the band working from an emotional palette they are not immediately associated with. From the cascading opening of 'People Give In' to the scattered resonance of 'The Left Behind', the album is very much the work of a band demanding to be heard and joined, at full volume. These are Manic Street Preachers songs written for the stage; songs to be sung against sunsets and shared in full-throated union.
The first Manics album to be recorded at their new Door to the River studio (situated at the head of a valley just outside Newport) with long-term Manics collaborators (producer Dave Eringa and mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge), 'Resistance is Futile' finds the Manic Street Preachers completely reinvigorated, clearly revelling in the change of scenery. The songs play to wide-vistas and open roads, nodding to the band's past (with echoes of 'Generation Terrorists' chaotic ambition of and the unrelenting melodies that run right through 'This Is My Truth ') while drawing a route map for the future.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. People Give In
2. International Blue
3. Distant Colours
5. Dylan & Caitlin
6. Liverpool Revisited
7. Sequels of Forgotten Wars
8. Hold Me Like a Heaven
9. In Eternity
10. Broken Algorithms
11. A Song for the Sadness
12. The Left Behind$22.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
The Evening Visits...And Stays For YearsBorn of the small but vibrant Brisbane punk/new wave scene of the late Seventies, Peter
Milton Walsh began to cultivate the mysterious, moody myth that would follow him through
out his career that has taken him around the world. But before setting out abraod, Walsh
certainly made his mark on the Brisbaine scene. His band, The Apartments, formed in 1978
and spent the next year playing ample amounts of shows around Brisbaine. With a reputation
that preceeded him, Walsh was saught out by Robert Forster and Grant McLennan,
members of one of Brisbaine's most noteworthy bands, The Go-Betweens. Having been
offered an 8 album deal by Beserkly Records, Forster and McLennon asked Walsh to join
The Go-Betweens as their fourth member in late 1978. The union was, however, short lived.
There were personality differences, which led McLennon to famously say "Walsh is night, we
are day. We're sun, he's rain.".
After the deal with Beserkly fell through, Walsh returned to The Apartments, leaving The
Go-Betweens as a three piece. They went on to affectionately write a song for Walsh,
entitled "Don't Let Him Come Back", which included the line "Here he comes, with his twelve
o'clock junk...who's that dressed in black? Who's that in his apartment?". Things weren't sour
between the two bands and The Apartments recorded their first EP, "Return of the Hypnotist"
on The Go-Between's Able Label. But before the EP was even released, The Apartments
broke up and Walsh left for New York City. During his time in NYC, Walsh played
mustic with a number of bands and recorded many songs that would serve as demos for
future releases for the still defunct Apartments.
Returning to Australia in 1984, Walsh got the band back together and recorded a few
singles, including "All You Wanted". All the while the band were also recording demos, which
led to a record deal with London's legendary Rough Trade Records, prompting Walsh to
move to London. It was there that he recorded his first proper LP, "The Evening Visits... And
Stays for Years". The album received strong praise and drew comparisons to a wide range of
acts such as Cocteau Twins, Nick Drake and Bob Dylan. The NME said of the record ""after
whetting our appetites with last year's classic import single 'All You Wanted' The Apartments
have stunned us to a reverential silence. This album is a pure heart-wrencher, and should
only be listened to after dark.".
Although The Apartments and Walsh continued to tour and record with a variety of line ups,
it is these early works that provide a definitive look at their sound. Available all together
for the first time, Captured Tracks are pleased to present "The Evening Visits... And Stays for
Years" along with "The Return of the Hypnotist", the "All You Wanted" single and a collection
of demos from "The Evening Visits...". Complete with liner notes by Robert Forster and Walsh
himself, this increadible collection of Walsh's first seven years of recordings is not to be missed.LP1: The Evening Visits... And Stays for Years:
1. Sunset Hotel
2. Mr. Somewhere
3. What's the Morning For?
4. All the Birthdays
5. Great Fool
6. Speechless with Tuesday
7. Cannot Tell the Days Apart
8. Lazarus, Lazarus
9. The Black Road Shines (On Rainy Nights)
LP2: The Last Look is a Stare:
2. Nobody Like You
4. All You Wanted
5. Fever Elsewhere
6. Sunset Hotel
7. What's the Morning For?
8. All the Birthdays (Demo)
9. Great Fool (Demo)
10. The Black Road Shines (On Rainy Nights) (Demo)$32.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now