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KindredKindred will be the follow-up to Passion Pit's second studio album, Gossamer. That album was released in July 2012 and it features their hit singles Take a Walk, and Carried Away.
The album features a total of 10 tracks, and it was recorded in New York City. Lead vocalist Michael Angelakos produced the album alongside Chris Zane, Alex Aldi, and Benny Blanco.1. Lifted Up (1985)
2. Whole Life Story
3. Where the Sky Hangs
4.. All I Want
5. Five Foot Ten (I)
6. Dancing on the Grave
7. Until We Can't (Let's Go)
8. Looks Like Rain
9. My Brother Taught Me How to Swim
10. Ten Feet Tall (II)$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Reality (Discontinued)REALITY burst onto the Amsterdam funk scene in 1970, a dynamic percussive powerhouse of eight musicians hailing from the Caribbean. Galvanized by charismatic singer and frontman TONY SHERMAN, and driven by the core duo of GLENN GADDUM on keys and FRANKIE DOUGLAS on guitar. They released two records: Reality (1972) and Tony & Reality (1973), containing killer breaks, fuzzy guitars, and funky and deeply soulful tunes. This LP release contains the best tracks from both albums. Remastered and part of the Dutch Flowers series via Kindred Spirits.1. Acapulgo Gold
2. Slipping Into Darkness
3. The Swinger
4. Mack One
5. High Winds$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Touki Ba Banjul: Acid Trip From Banjul To Dakar (Discontinued)Touki Ba Banjul is a compilation of the Gambian psych sensation Guelewar who played a major part in the development of the Afro Manding sound. From 1979-1982 the band released four albums, featuring some of Gambia's best funk tunes. This official first time ever reissue features the highlights of their career.
Before Guelewar, Laaye N'Gorn, the lead singer of the band, was already one of Gambia's most celebrated artists. He was the centre figure in The Supreme Eagles, with whom he played as the main act in one of Gambia's succesful clubs 'The Bambo No.1 Night Club'. In return for the succes the clubmanager offered them instruments, after which they renamed their band to the Super Alligators. Due to the mixture of western influences such as soul and funk with traditional and regional rhythms like boogaraboo and sawrouba, The Super Alligators had a unique sound. The result of this blend is known as the psychedelic sound of Gambia (Senegal). In 1973 the Super Alligators decided to rename the group to Guelewar, Wolof's for 'noble warrior'.
After a turbulent couple of years with many musicians joining and leaving the band, Laaye managed to reform the band in order to record their first album in 1977. Over the course of the following five years Guelewar released a total of four albums, which are all filled with deep psychedelic funk gems. Due to the limited pressings, these albums are very much sought after by collectors. Kindred Spirits compiles the highlights of these albums which are presented on this double LP. Touki Ba Banjul is not only a must have for collectors of African music, but for music lovers worldwide.LP1
1. Sama Yaye Demma N'Darr
2. Sunu Makaan
3. Ya Mom Sumaray
7. Kele Fasane$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Rave On Buddy HollyRave On Buddy Holly is a 19 song 2LP collection of indelible Buddy Holly covers by a rich assemblage of current musical visionaries and creative kindred spirits. Featuring Paul McCartney, Nick Lowe, Patti Smith, The Black Keys, My Morning Jacket, Modest Mouse, Graham Nash, Fiona Apple, Lou Reed, Julian Casablancas and many more!1. Dearest (The Black Keys)
2. Everyday (Fiona Apple & Jon Brion)
3. It's So Easy (Paul McCartney)
4. Not Fade Away (Florence and the Machine)
5. (You're So Square) Baby, I Don't Care (Cee Lo Green)
6. Crying, Waiting, Hoping (Karen Elson)
7. Rave On (Julian Casablancas)
8. I'm Gonna Love You Too (Jenny O)
9. Maybe Baby (Justin Townes Earle)
10. Oh Boy (She & Him)
11. Changing All Those Changes (Nick Lowe)
12. Words of Love (Patti Smith)
13. True Love Ways (My Morning Jacket)
14. That'll Be the Day (Modest Mouse)
15. Well All Right (Kid Rock)
16. Heartbeat (The Detroit Cobras)
17. Peggy Sue (Lou Reed)
18. Peggy Sue Got Married (John Doe)
19. Raining In My Heart (Graham Nash)
$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The griot is the sound of universal culture. The opening words of his third album (after 'Leggo de Lion' on Kindred Spirits in 2007 and Bird Head son in 2009) introduces us to the universe of Anthony Joseph. Born in Trinidad and based in UK since 20 years, Anthony is one of the UK's most exciting and innovative voices, poet, novelist, musician and lecturer.LP1
2. Started off as a dancer
3. She is the sea
5. Tanty Lynn
6. Bullet in the rocks
7. Money Satan
8. Speak the name
10. Generations$32.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-TEA-5815xSea of Bees
OrangefarbenOrangefarben is as much of a reflection of one relationship as it is of the relationships we all have with one another. There's giddy joy, desperate sorrow, yearning, fear, frustration, and a depth of emotion that can only come when sharing little or big portions of yourself with a kindred spirit. Just as Julie Ann Bee was unafraid to share so much of herself on this album, she encourages you take to Orangefarben with the same fearless abandon.1. Broke
11. Grew$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Black Pus / Oozing Wound: Split LP (Awaiting Repress)Thrill Jockey label-mates and kindred spirits Black Pus and Oozing Wound have joined together for a strictly limited vinyl-only split LP release. The Black Pus/Oozing Wound split captures both bands energy in a raw form. Intended as a limited edition tour record, the split is not a mere raw blast, it shows a new side to Black Pus and is a teaser for the monster sophomore album from Oozing Wound being mixed in April 2014.1. Blood Will Run (Black Pus)
2. Total Eclipse (Black Pus)
3. Ganja Gremlin (Oozing Wound)
4. Aging Punk (Oozing Wound)
5. All Things Must Pass Out (Oozing Wound)$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Day BreaksDay Breaks is Norah's sixth solo album and a kindred spirit to her breakout debut Come Away With Me. It finds her returning to the piano and her roots. The album features jazz luminaries including saxophonist Wayne Shorter, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and drummer Brian Blade on a 12-song set that presents 9 new originals alongside covers of songs by Horace Silver, Duke Ellington and Neil Young.1. Burn
4. It's A Wonderful Time For Love
5. And Then There Was You
6. Don't Be Denied
7. Day Breaks
9. Once I Had A Laugh
10. Sleeping Wild
11. Carry On
12. Fleurette Africane (African Flower)$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Helpers On The Other SideAdding flourishes to the formula established on their debut Out of Africa, Alternative Tentacles' flagship band Triclops! continues its assault on all pretenders to the punk / psych / prog throne.
The sound on this album is varied, but one might say it's akin to fIREHOSE crossing streams with Goblin in an acid vat. There's even an acoustic bridge in With SARS, I'll Ride the Wind that sounds like a fever-warbled classic rock jammer.
Triclops! is an acid-punk version of avant-garde classical composition with cinematic textures--an absurdist soundscape replete with comedic relief that acknowledges its own pure ridiculousness. This career suicide / cult-accepted approach to exhibitionism finds kindred spirits in envelope-pushing, progress-obsessed minds like Butthole Surfers, Slayer, David Lynch, Zappa, Heinlein, Timothy Leary, Melvins / Big Business, B. Traven, Deerhoof, Bill Hicks, Sun Ra, Fellini, Sonic Youth, and Scratch Acid.
Having toured Europe and shared bills with Melt Banana, NoMeansNo, Big Business, and Jesus Lizard, these post-punk veterans' distinct sound is unmistakably Triclops!1. Glaciers (Cry of the Modern Neanderthal)
2. Brown Summer
3. Until All the Threads Are Stripped
4. Send Conan Home
5. Homage to Monte Cassino (Red)
6. With SARS, I'll Ride the Wind$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Honky Tonk Heroes (Awaiting Repress)According to legend, it was at Willie Nelson's Fourth of July picnic when Waylon Jennings drunkenly promised a nobody named Billy Joe Shaver that he'd record a whole album of his songs. Apparently it wasn't until Shaver threatened physical violence on Jennings (in front of a Nashville studio full of people) that he finally made good on his promise, although Jennings had only recently been granted full artistic control by RCA. The result was a stunning achievement: 1973's Honky Tonk Heroes was the defining record of the anti-Nashville Outlaw movement--the term came after the album--and a cornerstone in country music history. Featuring bare-bones production and plainspoken, hard-nosed lyrics that celebrated personal freedoms and simple pleasures, the record was a far cry from the demure Nashville Sound. In each other, Jennings and Shaver had found a kindred spirit, and together they rewrote the country rulebook. - Marc Greilsamer1. Honky Tonk Heroes
2. Old Five and Dimers Like Me
3. Willy the Wandering Gypsy in Me
4. Low Down Freedom
6. You Asked Me To
7. Ride Me Down Easy
8. Ain't No God in Mexico
9. Black Rose
10. We Had It All$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
UNIM-FAN-2774xProphets Of Rage
Prophets of RageTom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, Chuck D and DJ Lord of Public Enemy and B-Real of Cypress Hill have lived the resistance from day one. So it's no surprise that in the midst of 2016's tumultuous election, the revolutionary musicians would join together as Prophets of Rage to combat the coming storm, whatever it may be.
While the fierce independence and enduring influence of their collective lineage is nearly impossible to overstate, these creative kindred spirits knew immediately this was a different beast. Set for release in September of 2017, Prophets of Rage, their explosive, self-titled debut LP, exemplifies the band's commitment to creating a more decent and humane world. The 12 tracks, produced by Brendan O'Brien fuse the diverse styles, sonic firepower and hard-hitting social consciousness of the group's previous work into an inventive and commanding new musical statement.1. Radical Eyes
2. Unfuck the World
3. Legalize Me
4. Living on the 110
5. The Counteroffensive
6. Hail to the Chief
7. Take Me Higher
8. Strength in Numbers
9. Fired A Shot
10. Who Owns Who
11. Hands Up
12. Smashit$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PsychicDARKSIDE is the collaborative duo of guitarist/
composer Dave Harrington and electronic
producer Nicolas Jaar. DARKSIDE summon
a hybrid of electronic music, psychedelic
rock, and dancefloor techno with the sort of
artistic depth and breadth for which the term
"progressive" was coined. DARKSIDE's first fulllength album-released on Nico's own Other
People label in conjunction with Matador
Records-is called Psychic.
DARKSIDE's Psychic is a watershed moment
for the duo, a quantum leap forward from
their 3-song debut, 2011's DARKSIDE EP. At
any given moment, Psychic encompasses the
ritualistic structures and methodologies of
krautrock, the cosmic exploration of classic
space-rock, and the immersive, body-moving
transcendence of 21st century house and
techno-but, working with the finishingeach-others'-sentences fluidity of kindred
spirits, Dave and Nico synthesize it all into a
living, breathing whole.
DARKSIDE are deep listeners and creators
of both who see little need for distinction
between their favorite sounds. The result
is Psychic, an album of uncompromising
creative vision from two artists working at the
peak of their powers.
"Nocturnal, cerebral, sensuous, paradoxical, and intuitive."
"How did Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington manage to make exactly
the music I want to listen to right now? (Maybe all the time?)"
- The Fader
"On listening to Nicolas Jaar's new bluesy electronica project with his
guitarist Dave Harrington, Darkside, it's rather too easy to forget that
he's just 21. This is seriously ambitious music, with the emphasis on
- Resident AdvisorLP 1
1. Golden Arrow
4. Paper Trails
1. The Only Shrine I've Seen
2. Freak Go Home
3. Greek Light
4. Metatron$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Technicians of the SacredTechnicians of the Sacred is the first allnew Ozric Tentacles album since 2011's Paper Monkeys (and their first double album since their classic Erpland release of 1990), and comprises eleven tracks, with over ninety minutes of music. Tracks such as Switchback, Rubbing Shoulders With the Infinite and Butterfly Garden are brilliant examples of the Ozrics musical art; pulsating rhythms and blissedout tunefulness present and correct.
The band are to undertake a twentyfour date European tour in late April and May 2015, including twelve UK shows to promote the muchanticipated release of Technicians of the Sacred, with further gigs in the USA to follow.
Ozric Tentacles first came together at the Stonehenge Free Festival in 1983, and built an audience through selling privately produced cassettes of their music. Their talent for hypnotic, mantralike grooves found kindred spirits in the British rave scene of the late 1980s, uniting the seemingly disparate 'New Age' hippie and Rave audiences. Despite the lack of a hit single, media notoriety or the usual music business hype, much less majorlabel backing, their 1993 album Jurassic Shift was a UK top twenty album, and their hardcore audience is both dedicated and loyal to the band's unique sound. At the core of the band's music is an exploration of electronic musical textures and compulsive, danceable grooves interlaced with strong melodies and multiethnic musical references.LP1
1. The High Pass
2. Butterfly Garden
3. Far Memory
4. Changa Masala
2. The Unusual Village
3. Smiling Potion
4. Rubbing Shoulders With The Absolute
5. Zenlike Creature$32.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Gilbert O'Sullivan (Pre-Order)Release Date: August 10, 2018*
Gilbert O'Sullivan's unique blend of melodic craftsmanship, witty wordplay, topical acuity and surrealist humor has given him an enduring and endearing career.
Now recognized as one of our great singer-songwriters, he's been championed in recent years by everyone from Morrissey to Paul Weller, from Difford & Tilbrook to Neil Diamond. There's a case for him being our own Randy Newman or Harry Nilsson. Certainly, Ethan Johns (Kings Of Leon, Paolo Nutini, Laura Marling, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney) who produces his new album "Gilbert O'Sullivan", is a clued-up enthusiast. "I've been a fan of Gilbert's for years," he says. "He's a true original."
Gilbert's 19th studio album since his 1971 debut "Himself" feels in some ways a kindred spirit to that record, which yielded his first hit "Nothing Rhymed". It's organic, almost live feel is encouraged by Johns and the songs sail on the perennial O'Sullivan strengths of evocative tunes and wry insight. Yet while there are nods to nostalgia, as in the centerpiece "Dansette Dreams And 45s", the deft, droll observations on today's world remain eagle-eyed.
As Gilbert says, "The reason I've never lost the joy of song-writing is because you never know where something will lead," he says. "Once you get into writing a song, you can't resist taking it that little bit further "
In the zone again, naturally. Will Gilbert O'Sullivan surprise and intrigue you on this new album? He will.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. At The End Of The Day
2. The Same The Whole World Over
3. Love How You Leave Me
4. What Is It About My Girl
5. I'll Never Love Again
6. Where Did You Go To
7. Dansette Dreams and 45's
8. No Head For Figures But Yours
9. Penny Drops
10. This Riff
11. The Mind Boggles
12. For The Record$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
ThreadbarePort O'Brien began as the bedroom recording project of Van Pierszalowski and Cambria Goodwin. As the songs grew legs and spread among friends, live performances became inevitable. Sprouting from the isolated coastal village of Cambria, CA, the band collected kindred spirits along the way and blossomed into a full band. The band released All We Could Do Was Sing in the summer of 2008 which captured the life Van and Cambria lived throughout their never-ending summers in Alaska. Van is a commercial fisherman, spending every summer on his father's fishing boat off the coast of Kodiak Island. Cambria is the head baker at the cannery in Larson Bay, supplying pastries, breads, and deserts for the entire seasonal fishing community. They're seasonal lives changed with the release of their first album however and their inspirations shifted from the desolation of Alaska to the experience of seeing the world.
As 2009 began, the band started to prepare songs for what was to become Threadbare. What started as a light-hearted and loose effort quickly turned into a dense, introspective work following the tragic loss of Cambria's younger brother. Recording in friend Jason Quever's living room studio in San Francisco, the songs were given a certain warmth and intimacy that couldn't be achieved in a larger space. The sense of comfort they found gave them the ability to fully realize the weight of the songs. In the Meantime explores the desire for contentment in tumultuous times. High Without Hope bookends the album, illuminating the emotion and sense of loss that was felt throughout the recording process.
Port O'Brien crafts beautiful, melodic tuens that utilize string instruments to their fullest. And the group is not afraid to rock out. - Billboard1. High Without The Hope 3
2. My Will Is Good
3. Oslo Campfire
4. In The Meantime
5. Tree Bones
6. Sour Milk/Salt Water
8. Calm Me Down
9. Leap Year
10. Next season
11. (((Darkness Visible)))
12. Love Me Through
13. High Without The Hope 72$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Carolina Chocolate Drops/Luminescent Orch. EPOn The Carolina Chocolate Drops' Nonesuch debut, Genuine Negro Jig, this youthful trio explored what Sing Out! magazine called the virtually hidden tradition of black string band music, reaching far back into the last century to trace its lineage from the Piedmont region of North Carolina to the British isles and Africa. Multi-instrumentalists and singers Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson transformed their findings into lively tracks that deftly blended the timeless with the modern. Near-forgotten musical history came resoundingly back to life.
On this new four-song EP, the Drops find an instant connection to the Romanian gypsy punk music of their recent tour-mates, the Brooklyn-based Luminescent Orchestrii, a five-piece group about whom the Scotsman says The balancing of frenzy and finesse is evidently a trademark displayed to its utmost in the insanely frenetic dance tunes. Human beatboxer Adam Matta also joined the two bands for this short collection: a brilliant and absolutely live-in-the-studio, no overdubs, mashup of sounds, cultures and repertoire.
These nine kindred souls seamlessly combine material already popularized by the Drops (their ingenious reworking of Blu Cantrell's brazen R&B anthem, Hit 'Em Up Style) with original material from the Orchestrii (Knockin'). They split their session time between Brooklyn and Winston-Salem, NC, but make everything sound like part of one thrillingly virtuosic jam. Instrumentation includes fiddles, banjo, harmonica and bass, plus lots of hand-clapping, free-style rapping and human beat-boxing. These tracks were recorded with such immediacy and clarity, and with such a palpable sense of fun and friendship, that listening is almost like being there, hootin' and hollerin' along with them on a makeshift dance floor. And, as with any great party, the disc feels like it's over much too soon.1. Short Dress Gal
2. Escoutas (Diga Diga Diga)
3. Hit 'Em Up Style
4. Knockin'$11.99Vinyl 10 LP - Sealed Buy Now
My Human Wears Acedia Shreds (Discontinued)Limited Edition 10 paste-on sleeve
Exclusive artwork by Dimlite
If Dimlites recent Prismic Tops EP served as a stunning
reintroduction to one of electronic musics most underrated talents,
then My Human Wears Acedia Shreds is a warning to listeners and
peers alike: keep up or be left behind. This quartet of songs finds the
Swiss producer creating wide-eyed and progressive music that
synthesises free jazz, prog- and kraut-rock, and much more. There is
no one else quite on his level, no one who inhabits a world so
complete and unique.
While he built his reputation with a string of pioneering releases on
Germanys Sonar Kollectiv label that took hip-hop as their starting
point, these days Dimlite is more Soft Machine than drum machine, a
kindred spirit of purveyors of avant-pop such as Panda Bear, and the
playful prog giants of the past. This quartet of songs contains a
richness that makes these his most satisfying compositions yet. Just
check Metal Snake Rider, an expansive opus packed into just over
three minutes of non-stop invention.
At times its even pretty, though Dimlite seems uneasy about the
beauty he creates, never allowing anything too perfect to take shape
before clipping its wings or trampling it back into the dirt. Its this
tension in his music that makes it so captivating: a constant tussle of
wills between the dreamer and the cynic, the traveller and the
trapped. Just check Loins, in which long-time collaborator
Misel Quitnos drums thump out a brutish ode to Can while
Dimlites celebratory harmonies are taunted by the anxious
squall that lurks beneath. Though ask its creator and hell tell you
simply, its about loins and using them properly.
By the time you have adjusted to the dream-world of My Human
Wears Acedia Shreds Dimlite will pull the plug, dropping you
back into your monochromatic doldrums. Its OK though. As you
unravel the secret code in EP closer Gone-O-Tron, youll know
its not forever.1. Kitty Cradle Fog
3. Metal Snake Rider with Richard Eigner
4. Loins$17.99Vinyl LP - 10 Sealed Buy Now
Don't Act Like You Don't CareBefore the success of his group Here We Go Magic, Luke Temple worked full-time as a plasterer. At nights after work, he spent his hours crafting what would become Here We Go Magic's self-titled debut. During the days he wrote a completely different set of songs in his head. The resulting record Don't Act Like You Don't Care shines with clarity and daylight, in contrast to Here We Go Magic's hazy aquatic debut.
After recording two critically acclaimed solo records for Mill Pond (2005, 2007) Temple's work still hadn't garnered much attention from the record-buying public. Frustrated, but not defeated, he focused his creative energy into the writing of two amazing, but completely different records. Initially referred to as 'The Country Record,' Don't Act Like You Don't Care was shelved due to the success of Here We Go Magic's self-titled debut. Now, three years later, we're finally able to offer this incredible collection of folk-pop songs.
Unlike the Here We Go Magic record, Don't Act Like You Don't Care focuses on Temple's songwriting and evocative tenor. From heartbreaking ballads like So Long, So Long and Ballad for Dick George to jaunty pop gems like Ophelia and In The Open you'll become fast friends with these songs that continue to satisfy after hundreds of listens.
Inspired by Rudy Van Gelder's early Blue Note recordings, Temple and friends recorded the songs in two 4-hour sessions using just three microphones and a 4-track recorder. Temple is fortunate to have some amazingly talented friends with Eliot Krimsky (Glass Ghost) on synths, Tyler Wood on piano, Parker Kindred (Antony and the Johnsons, Jeff Buckley) on drums, Michael Bloch (Here We Go Magic) on guitar and Adam Chilenski on bass.1. In The Open
2. More Than Muscle
3. How Could I Lie
4. Weekend Warrior
6. Ballad for Dick George
7. So Long, So Long
8. You Belong To Heaven
9. Luck Part$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Cursing The Sea (Awaiting Repress)Ships takes their fuzzy garage pop and colors it several shades darker, resulting in an ominous amphetamine-fueled dirge full of screeching guitars, metronomic basslines, and cooly detached vocals. The Girls' pare down their sound to its steely core on Ships, using angular guitar work to sharpen their sunniest melodies to a bleeding point, making this the most thrilling music they've released in their short existence." (Pitchfork)
Cursing The Sea, the debut album from Ireland's September Girls, is a dark kaleidoscope of echoey drums, buzzsaw bass, angular guitars and reverb-drenched vocals that blends garage rock and post-punk to extraordinary effect. Paula (Bass/Vocals), Caoimhe (Guitar/Vocals), Lauren (Keys/Vocals), Jessie (Guitar/Vocals) and Sarah (Drums) draw inspiration from the likes of Phil Spector, The Velvets, The Cure, MBV and The Jesus And Mary Chain and play reverb-soaked noise-pop of the finest order. Formed in Dublin in 2011, the band quickly began booking gigs in Ireland and the UK, before releasing a handful of well-received limited edition singles on various cassette and 7" labels around the world, most recently on the Haus of PINS cassette label run by their kindred spirits PINS, with whom the band have also toured. This release, for the song "Ships", gave the band their biggest press to date, with a glowing review on Pitchfork. With four different songwriters and singers, each song begins with a secret life of its own, only to be unified by the distortion-drenched harmonies and hazy pop stylings of the band.
Whirling around in a tornado of fuzz, dazzling harmonies, disarming lyrics and dizzying excitement, Cursing the Sea is awash with enough attitude and great songs to see September Girls safely to shore. Huge amount of UK Press including NME, Uncut, Sunday times, The Guardian, The Observer, Clash and many more.1. Cursing The Sea
2. Another Love Song
3. Left Behind
5. Green Eyed
10. Someone New
11. Secret Lovers
12. Sister$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Live In San Francisco 1971Located 40-odd miles west of Detroit, Ann Arbor was a cauldron of social change in the '60s. Radical politics, courtesy of Students for a Democratic Society and John Sinclair's White Panther Party, mixed with a vibrant music scene which featured adventurous acts like Iggy Pop and the Psychedelic Stooges. In the midst of this fervor, local musician George Frayne IV felt the urge to form a country swing/boogie band, of all things. Cobbling together the name Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen from two old sci-fi film serials, Frayne and his compatriots began playing at The Canterbury House and other clubs around town beginning in 1967. After a few years, the band felt the need for a bigger platform prompting a move to San Francisco where they found kindred spirits and many opportunities for live work.
High profile opening gigs and a glowing piece in Rolling Stone led to an opportunity to perform live on KSAN, a pioneer of "Underground FM" radio. Reflecting on the evening, the Commander said, "We had a great time, and anyone could see there was something really going on here-and that was probably why that was the most honest of all our recordings." Recorded in one of KSAN's offices direct to quarter inch tape, it captures a brilliant performance from the band despite the Bayside bacchanal that was happening around them. And what a band! The Commander's pumping piano racing alongside Bill Kirchen's Joe-Maphis-on-steroids guitar led the rest of the band through a set of originals mixed with classic songs from their club days. Working from the original analog tapes, Sundazed has painstakingly mastered this historic performance.1. Lost in the Ozone
2. Faded Love
3. Seeds and Stems Again
4. Smoke! Smoke! Smoke!
5. Wine Do Yer Stuff
6. 9 Below Zero
7. Midnight Shift
8. Hot Rod Lincoln
9. Git It
10. Gone, Gone, Gone
11. Home In My Hand
12. I Ain't Got Nothin But Time
13. Blues Stay Away From Me
14. Sea Cruise$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl - Sealed Buy Now
DreamcarIn the summer of 2014, No Doubt s Tony Kanal [bass], Tom Dumont [guitar], and Adrian Young [drums] and singer Davey Havok [AFI, Blakq Audio] began writing and demoing music together. Without telling a soul outside of their significant others, the four musicians clandestinely moved into a cramped downtown Los Angeles rehearsal spot and revved up what would become DREAMCAR. The result of this collaboration is their self-titled debut album, DREAMCAR, produced by Tim Pagnotta [Neon Trees], with whom the band found a kindred spirit.
The band's name actually reflects their ambitions. DREAMCAR speaks to a nostalgia, but as much as it speaks to the past, it also speaks to the present and the future, singer Davey Havok says. It mirrors hopes, aspirations, and attaining the unattainable. I would hope the songs do the same thing. Rife with shimmering guitar tones, percussive slap bass, bombastic drums, and a neon-lit dancefloor dreaminess, DREAMCAR gleefully nods to the decade of Boy George and Back to the Future through a kaleidoscope of wisdom earned from three decades creating and connecting with fans worldwide.
The first single Kill For Candy instantly enchants with its upbeat energy and sweet, saccharine chant punctuated by a twisting and turning guitar and driving rhythms. The album swings between the Frankie Goes To Hollywood-style risquÉ spoken narrative of On The Charts to the delicate longing of the synth-washed Slip On The Moon where Havok pleads, Just look for me, I will look for you. Born To Lie builds from a breathy verse into an expansive refrain, while the opener After I Confess sees his hypnotic and haunting vocal soar over airy and open soundscapes. Ultimately, it's that combination of delectable and dangerous which will leave listeners everywhere satisfied. This is a big moment for us, Kanal leaves off. It's a new beginning. We can't wait to perform the songs live.1. After I Confess
2. Kill For Candy
3. Born to Lie
4. On The Charts
5. All Of the Dead Girls
6. Ever Lonely
7. The Assailant
8. The Preferred
9. Slip on the Moon
10. Don't Let Me Love
11. Do Nothing
12. Show Me Mercy$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Born With StripesSan Diegos The Donkeys strike a balance of smiling, surfer mysticism and winking, slacker mystique. They reanimate the charming hallmarks of sunshine-rock past without being sepia-toned retro or bubblegum-cloying. There is an innate playfulness and honesty to the music they make. Its a dynamic that has made public champions of keen-eared musicians like John Darnielle (Mountain Goats) and Craig Finn (The Hold Steady). It was Darnielle who claimed The Donkeys were benevolent keepers of what he called The Antidote to an unnamed sickness plaguing indie rock.
Born With Stripes is an altogether less twangy affair than the bands 2008 Dead Oceans debut, Living On The Other Side. The nods to Grateful Dead and Buffalo Springfield are better balanced with echoes of other Cali arists, notably Pavement and Beck. The country-rock flairs are often overtaken by powerpop hooks. What some might call a lazy melody is really just a melody on its own clock. Nice and relaxed.
Ceiling Tan, feels like a lost weekend in Tijuana with Mutations and Crooked Rain, and may well be the bands mission statement. I Like The Way You Walk also cops a 90s alt-rock lick, but ditches any esoterica for earnest yearnings and sweet nothings.
What makes the Donkeys so potent is not their ability to rehash the past, its that their records embody a pureness, an authenticity that is unmatched in contemporary music. We were not the only ones to feel this undeniable connection. The Donkeys had a brush with Hollywood when Lost producer Eddy Kitsis heard the band, and cast them as Geronimo Jackson, a band he had written into the Lost story as an obscure San Francisco band from the 70s, who were peers of the Grateful Dead. Kitsis heard the Donkeys and felt they so embodied this fictitious band, that he actually had the band re-record their song Excelsior Lady as Dharma Lady and weaved it into the TV show.
The album was mixed by Pernice Brothers Thom Monahan, whose involvement not only gives us the crispest, warmest Donkeys recordings to date, it also serves to remind us of the bands loose connections to an array of psych-dappled kindred spirits: Vetiver, Papercuts, BrightblackMorning Light, Devendra Banhart. Monahan was not the only outsider the band collaborated with on Born With Stripes. The playful album artwork was created by California illustrator and cartoonist Tony Millionaire, best known for his comics Maakies and Sock Monkey, and as the creator of the Adult Swim show Drinky Crow.1. Don't Know Who We Are
2. I Like The Way You Walk
4. Born With Stripes
6. West Coast Raga
7. New Blue Stockings
8. Ceiling Tan
10. Bullfrog Blues
12. East Coast Raga$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Psychic 9-5 ClubPsychic 9-5 Club marks the beginning of a new chapter for HTRK. It's
an album that looks back on a time of sadness and struggle, and
within that struggle they nd hope and humour and love. It's Jonnine
Standish and Nigel Yang's rst album recorded entirely as a duo-
former band member Sean Stewart died halfway through the
recording of their last LP, 2011's Work (Work, Work).
Though the record is instantly recognisable as HTRK-Standish's vocal
delivery remains central to the band's sound, while the productions
are typically lean and dubby-they've found ample room for
exploration within this framework. Gone are the reverb-soaked guitar
explorations of 2009's Marry Me Tonight and the fuzzy growls that ran
through Work (Work Work). They've been replaced with something
tender, velvety and polished. This is HTRK, but the esh has been
stripped from their sound, throwing the focus on naked arrangements
and minimalist sound design.
The album was recorded at Blazer Sound Studios in New Mexico with
Excepter's Nathan Corbin, who had previously directed the video clip
for Work (Work Work) cut Bendin. Inviting a third party into their
world was no easy decision, but in Corbin they found a kindred spirit.
The LP was then rened and reworked in Australia at the turn of 2013,
before the nishing touches were applied in New York during the
Of all the themes that run through Psychic 9-5 Club, love is the most
central. The word is laced throughout the album in lyrics and titles-
love as a distraction, loving yourself, loving others. Standish's lyrics
explore the complexities of sexuality and the body's reaction to
personal loss, though there's room for wry humour-a constant
through much of the best experimental Australian music of the past
Standish explores her vocal range fully-her husky spoken-word drawl
remains, but we also hear her laugh and sing. Equally, Yang's
exploratory production techniques-particularly his well-documented
love of dub-are given room to shine. They dip headlong into some of
the things that make humans tick-love, loss and desire-with the
kind of integrity that has marked the band out from day one. Psychic
9-5 Club is truly an album for the body and for the soul.1. Give it Up
2. Blue Sunshine
3. Feels like Love
4. Soul Sleep
5. Wet Dream
6. Love is Distraction
7. Chinatown Style
8. The Body You Deserve$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-JAG-5517xSharon Van Etten
Are We ThereFor all the attention that was paid to her 2012 break-through Tramp, Sharon Van Etten is an
artist with a hunger to turn another corner and to delve deeper,writing from a place of honesty
and vulnerability to create a bond with the listener that few contemporary musicians can match.
Compelled by a restless spirit, Van Etten is continuously challenging herself. Now, the result is
Are We There, a self-produced album of exceptional intimacy,sublime generosity, and immense
Most musicians are quite happy to leave the production end of things to someone else. It's
enough to live your music without taking on the role of producer as well. Yet Van Etten knew it
was time to make a record entirely on her terms. The saying goes "fortune favors the bold" and
yet this boldness had to be tempered. For this,Van Etten found a kindred spirit in veteran music
producer Stewart Lerman. Originally working together on Boardwalk Empire,they gently moved
into new roles,rallying around the idea of making a record together in Lerman's studio in New
Jersey. Lerman's studio expertise gave Van Etten the freedom to make Are We There the way she
imagined.Van Etten also enlisted the individual talents of her band, consisting of Heather Woods
Broderick, Doug Keith and Zeke Hutchins, and brought in friends Dave Hartley and Adam
Granduciel from The War on Drugs, Jonathan Meiberg (Shearwater),Jana Hunter(Lower Dens),
Peter Broderick, Mackenzie Scott(Torres), Stuart Bogie, Jacob C. Morris and Mickey Freeze.
It is clear from the opening chords in the first song, Afraid of Nothing, that we are witnessing a
new awareness, a sign of Van Etten in full stride, writing,producing and performing from a place
that seems almost mythical, were it not so touchable and real. Always direct, and never shying
away even from the most personally painful narratives, Van Etten's songwriting continues to
evolve. Many of the songs deal with seemingly impossible decisions, anticipation, and then
resolution. She sings of the nature of desire, memory, of being lost, emptiness, of promises and
loyalty, fear and change, of healing and the true self, violence and sanctuary,waiting, of silence.
The artist who speaks in such a voice is urging us to do something,to take hold and to go deeper.
Living in this way,the questions of life remain alive, as close and steady as breathing. Many of the
ballads of old are as dark as pitch, and people for whom the issues of life and death were as vivid
as flame wrote them.You could turn off the electricity,remove all the instruments and Sharon's
voice and words would remain.They connect her to the mystic stratum which flows just beneath
the everyday, which is rarely acknowledged as the forces of distraction sweep our attention away.1. Afraid of Nothing
2. Taking Chances
3. Your Love is Killing Me
4. Our Love
6. I Love You But I'm Lost
7. You Know Me Well
8. Break Me
9. Nothing Will Change
10. I Know
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