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  • Origins / Evolutions (Live) (Awaiting Repress) Origins / Evolutions (Live) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Origins / Evolutions (Live) (Awaiting Repress)

    With 6 albums+ over 2 million in sales + OzzFest co-headliners on their resume Kittie has defied industry norms,
    fought back against women in rock stereotypes + inspired generations around the globe. Now for the 1st time
    they're sharing their untold story about the importance of family, perseverance + the hurricane of rock n roll.
    Generously peppered with archival band footage this film gives an honest look at what it takes to survive in the
    music industry + the price of following your dreams.
    1. Spit
    2. Charlotte

    3. Brackish

    4. Oracle

    5. What I Always Wanted
    6. Burning Bridges

    7. Funeral For Yesterday
    8. Never Again

    9. Cut Throat

    10. Sorrow I Know

    11. Empires

    12. We Are The Lamb
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  • 31 - A Rob Zombie Film (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 31 - A Rob Zombie Film (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Quick View

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    31 - A Rob Zombie Film (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

    As well as the great tracks from within the film by The James Gang, Kitty Wells, The Mamas & The Papas, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ernest Tubb & more, the soundtrack includes the score music from Zombie and John 5 and many of the iconic spoken word pieces - including Doom-Head's "I'm not crazy, I'm in control" and his monologue from the films opening.
    1. Call It A Day - Al Bowlly & Roy Fox And His Band
    2. They Call Me Doom Head (Spoken Word) - Richard Brake
    3. Walk Away - The James Gang
    4. The Midway Say Sweet Charley (Spoken Word) - Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs
    5. That Smell - Lynyrd Skynyrd
    6. Fixing These Death Traps (Spoken Word) - Jeff Daniel Phillips
    7. We Buried Her Beneath The Willows - Kitty Wells
    8. You Digging What You See Pops? - Sheri Moon Zombie
    9. Walking The Floor Over You (1941 Single Version) - Ernest Tubb
    10. Wolfman Jack Halloween Show - Wolfman Jack
    11. RV Attack - Bob Marlette and Chris Harris and John Five and Rob Zombie
    12. We Are Going To Play - Malcolm McDowell
    13. The Game Begins - Bob Marlette and Chris Harris and John Five and Rob Zombie
    14. Number 4 - Pancho Molar
    15. Bathroom Hell - Bob Marlette and John Five
    16. Count Yourselves Lucky - David Ury and Lew Temple
    17. Wet Kitty - Bob Marlette and Chris Harris and John Five and Rob Zombie
    18. Hunt These Freaks Down - Sheri Moon Zombie
    19. Inside The Cage - Bob Marlette and Chris Harris and John Five and Rob Zombie
    20. Sex And Death - E.G. Daily and Torsten Voges
    21. Death And Sex Fight - Bob Marlette and Chris Harris and John Five and Rob Zombie
    22. Perfect Game - Richard Brake
    23. Moonwheel Zero Gravity Whirlpool - Chris Harris (
    24. I'm Not Crazy - Richard Brake
    25. California Dreamin' (Single Version) - The Mamas & The Papas
    26. The Eyes Of A True Champion - Richard Brake
    27. The Show Must Go On - Bob Marlette and John Five
    28. Another Exciting Year Of 31 - Malcolm McDowell
    Various Artists
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  • No Pocky For Kitty No Pocky For Kitty Quick View

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    No Pocky For Kitty

    Superchunk's sophomore effort put the Chapel Hill kids on the map with huge guitars and perennial faves like Skip Steps 1 & 3 Produced by Steve Albini, No Pocky for Kitty is still a fan favorite. Remastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Company.
    1. Skip Steps 1 & 3
    2. Seed Toss
    3. Cast Iron
    4. Tower
    5. Punch Me Harder
    6. Sprung a Leak
    7. 30 Xtra
    8. Tie a Rope to the Back of the Bus
    9. Press
    10. Sidewalk
    11. Creek
    12. Throwing Things
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  • Believe You Me Believe You Me Quick View

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    Believe You Me

    A beautiful thing happened when Asthmatic Kitty artists Helado Negro and Julianna Barwick first met: they got to know each other. The result, a collaborative band, OMBRE, and a brand-new full-length record, Believe You Me.
    1. Noche Brilla
    2. Weight Those Words
    3. Vistate
    4. Dawning
    5. Sense
    6. Tormentas
    7. Cara Falsa
    8. The Nod
    9. Pausa Primera
    10. Noche Brilla Pt 2
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  • Lobby Star Lobby Star Quick View

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    Lobby Star

    Kitty has a playfulness and humour in her lyrics that I envy very much, and I know it won't be long until the rest of the world discovers many other things to love about her too. Finn Andrews (The Veils) // Lobby Star is Kitty Finer's debut EP, recorded at Bark studio, London and engineered/co-produced by Brian O'Shaughnessy (Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine). Guest musicians on the EP include Kitty's father Jem Finer alongside his own band mates Andrew Ranken and Darryl Hunt of The Pogues, Debsey Wykes (Dolly Mixture, Coming Up Roses and St Etienne) Finn Andrews (The Veils) and brass provided by Kitty's old school friends The JJ Horns. LOBBY STAR is an introduction to the worldly Londoner, Kitty Finer. These six tracks set the tone and welcome you to her sound which crosses genres, spans time, travels the world and lands on your decks today. Influenced by her mother's records (Wreckless Eric, The Ramones, The Nips, Kirsty MacColl, The Ronettes, DollyMixture, John Cooper Clarke, Blondie, Pulp, Peaches and Bongwater) Kitty Finer arrives at a sound that combines the soul, pop, punk, garage rock and 60s Girl band influences.
    1. Broken Records
    2. Down In The Valley
    3. Generation Song
    4. L.O.V.E (Ain't No U or I in)
    5. Girls In The Garage
    6. Playing Baby
    Kitty Finer
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  • The Third The Third Quick View

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    The Third

    Kitty, Daisy & Lewis return with their new album, three years on since their hugely acclaimed Smoking In Heaven . An early fan, Mick Jones of The Clash, was keen to get involved as producer and spent four months rehearsing in their home for the new album.

    Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third was recorded and finished in the summer of 2014 and sets them apart,embracing a spread of influences from blues to disco, but always sounding unmistakably Kitty Daisy& Lewis. The stories in this album resonate with moods and melodies that touch you in ways that are both uplifting and unnerving. With three different writers and multi-instrumentalists in the band, each track is a sparkling gem that reflects a different facet of experience.

    1. Whenever You See Me
    2. Baby Bye Bye
    3. Feeling Of Wonder ( Feat. Mick Jones)
    4. No Action
    5. Good Looking Woman
    6. Turkish Delight
    7. It Ain t Your Business
    8. Ain t Always Better Your Way
    9. Never Get Back
    10. Bitchin' In The Kitchen
    11. Whiskey
    12. Developer s Disease
    13. I Should Have Known
    Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
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  • The Avalanche (Pre-Order) The Avalanche (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    The Avalanche (Pre-Order)

    "Hatchback Orange" and "Avalanche White Colored Vinyl

    Limited To 10,000 Worldwide

    Released in 2006 as a follow-up to
    Sufjan Stevens' 2005 Illinois, Asthmatic Kitty Records is
    finally releasing Avalanche on vinyl.

    With gratitude, we happily present Avalanche as a 2xLP a
    mere twelve years after its release, complete with all 21
    songs from the original release. THANK YOU!

    LP 1
    1. The Avalanche
    2. Dear Mr. Supercomputer
    3. Adlai Stevenson
    4. The Vivian Girls Are Visited In the Night by Saint Dargarius and his Squadron of Benevolent Butterflies
    5. Chicago (acoustic version)
    6. The Henney Buggy Band
    7. Saul Bellow
    8. Carlyle Lake
    9. Springfield, or Bobby Got a Shadfly Caught in his Hair
    10. The Mistress Witch from McClure (or, The Mind That Knows Itself)
    11. Kaskaskia River

    LP 2
    1. Chicago (adult contemporary easy listening version)
    2. Inaugural Pop Music for Jane Margaret Byrne
    3. No Man's Land
    4. The Palm Sunday Tornado Hits Crystal Lake
    5. The Pick-up
    6. The Perpetual Self, or What Would Saul Alinsky Do?
    7. For Clyde Tombaugh
    8. Chicago (Multiple Personality Disorder version)
    9. Pittsfield
    10. The Undivided Self (for Eppie and Popo)

    Sufjan Stevens
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  • Shadowland Shadowland Quick View

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    Shadowland is the debut solo album by k.d. lang, originally released in 1988. The album includes Honky Tonk Angels' Medley, her collaboration with Kitty Wells, Loretta Lynn and Brenda Lee. The album was produced by Owen Bradley, who produced Patsy Cline's best-known work.
    1. Western Stars
    2. Lock, Stock and Teardrops
    3. Sugar Moon
    4. I Wish I Didn't Love You So
    5. (Waltz Me) Once Again Around the Dance Floor
    6. Black Coffee
    7. Shadowland
    8. Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes
    9. Tears Don't Care Who Cries Them
    10. I'm Down to My Last Cigarette
    11. Busy Being Blue
    12. Honky Tonk Angels' Medley: In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down) / You Nearly Lose Your Mind / Blues Stay Away from Me
    k.d. lang
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  • Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Drums Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Drums Quick View

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    Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Drums

    This is a series of instrumental albums designed for possible use in film and TV, for home or office background sounds, or for personal needs, such as relaxation, stimulation, meditation, concentration, or elation. Asthmatic Kitty asked a select group of talented artists to create a unique recording for this collection. This is the first in a series of records conceived by Casey Foubert and James McAlister using drums, percussion, and user designed software effects as the sole sound source.
    1. Drums Play Law 21
    2. Big Moth
    3. Eastside Pride
    4. Earth Scraper
    5. They Should Be Named Numbers
    6. C V. J V. X
    7. (C V. J V. X)+1
    8. Dung Beetle
    9. Elephant Trunk Fund Sequence
    10. Obvious Samplers
    11. Myrrh Birth
    Casey Foubert and James McAlister
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  • Library Catalog Music Series: Music for Lubbock, 1980 Library Catalog Music Series: Music for Lubbock, 1980 Quick View

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    Library Catalog Music Series: Music for Lubbock, 1980

    This is a series of instrumental albums designed for possible use in film and TV, for home or office background sounds, or for personal needs, such as relaxation, stimulation, meditation, concentration, or elation. Asthmatic Kitty asked a select group of talented artists to create a unique recording for this collection. 900X is the moniker of James McAlister who does remix work and creates original film music with such artists as My Brightest Diamond, Slavic Soul Party, and Sufjan Stevens. This collection of songs was recorded from 2004-2008.
    1. Black Beach, The
    2. Rome
    3. 101805
    4. You Formed a Ribbon
    5. Carlsbad, 1982
    6. Sunscape
    7. It Takes a Lot
    8. Everything Feels Temporary
    9. Lovelife
    10. Lubbock, 1980
    11. Lands
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  • Library Catalog Music Series: Music for Measurements Library Catalog Music Series: Music for Measurements Quick View

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    Library Catalog Music Series: Music for Measurements

    This is a series of instrumental albums designed for possible use in film and TV, for home or office background sounds, or for personal needs, such as relaxation, stimulation, meditation, concentration, or elation. Asthmatic Kitty asked a select group of talented artists to create a unique recording for this collection. Law Of The Least Effort is the name under which Casey Foubert records his instrumental compositions. An homage to 60s and 70s session bands like The Meters, Booker T. And The MGs, The Funk Brothers, the JB's, and guitar players like Clarence White, Link Wray, and JJ Cale.
    1. Ringing Bell
    2. Lobby Call
    3. Massive Transaction
    4. Law 2
    5. Skin Tight
    6. Law 1
    7. Blu
    8. Dig the Garden
    9. Law 13
    10. Temperature Tongue
    Law Of The Least Effort
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  • Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Your Mouth Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Your Mouth Quick View

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    Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Your Mouth

    Ero 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
    Ero Gray
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  • As Stowaways In Cabinets Of Surf As Stowaways In Cabinets Of Surf Quick View

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    As Stowaways In Cabinets Of Surf

    Asthmatic Kitty Records presents the fifth Half-Handed Cloud full-length album: As Stowaways in Cabinets of Surf, We Live-out in Our Members a Kind of Rebirth, or Stowaways for short. Connected with the lyrical tradition of 19th Century American hymns such as Shall We Gather at the River? Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb? and There Shall Be Showers of Blessing, these tunes splash about in cavernous spaces opened up by irregularly measured rhythms and pocket-orchestra arrangements integrated with creaky pianos, sound-loops, a tugboat of a church organ, guitars, and billowing banjos.

    Half-handed Clouds John Ringhofer recorded this album on his half-inch reel-to-reel tape machine in the sanctuary and custodial quarters of a church in Berkeley, California, where hes lived and worked as a custodian for the past seven years. He played most of the parts himself, joined by friends on cello, clarinet, violin, trumpet, and flute. Brandon Buckner, one-third of Ringhofers former band, Wookieback, is behind the drum-kit for the duration of this record. The album was mixed with Daniel Smith (Danielson) at Familyre Studio in Clarksboro, New Jersey.

    1. Into Jars
    2. The Sea Has No Face
    3. You Flagged us Down With a Wave
    4. Splashdowns Hold the Hymnal Together
    5. Maritime Rites
    6. Guy With Driftwood Skin
    7. Source of the Watercourse
    8. Armstrongs Line
    9. Hydrological Cycle
    10. Fresh & Bitter from the Same Spring
    11. Sonar Sends Bells To and Fro
    12. Out on the Ice, We Face Our Hearts
    13. Im Over the Need to Bail
    14. Look, the Clouds Have Got You Again!
    15. Divers Divers
    16. Liberty Bell
    17. Youll Sea
    18. Lunar Tears, Timed by Tides
    19. Set Your Beams
    20. Beachcombers Ultralight
    21. Concentric Groups of Mirrored Loops
    22. Command the Wind & Water Inside Me
    23. Brooks Embracing Burdens
    24. Resting in the Current
    25. How is a Water-Walker Like a Cleft-Stasher?
    Half Handed Cloud
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  • Eponymous Eponymous Quick View

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    A supercombo team-up between Simon Lord (ex Simian) and Rafter Roberts, the Roberts & Lord duo present their Asthmatic Kitty debut, Eponymous. Roberts rough and grimy (yet complexly arranged) analog backing tracks paired with Lords clean, digitally-recorded vocals, gives these songs a tricky kind of depth that is immediately engaging.

    This effortless juxtaposition reigns throughout these 35 some-odd minutes. The album begins with Mosquito, a perfect example and touchstone of Roberts loud, garage rocky, blown-outness paired with structure well-thought-out (but never lingered upon). Simons lyrics tell the story of a mans love for a mosquito, his vocals backed by a crunchy oil-drum thunk of beats (a theme of this record.) Simons lyric writing on Mosquito sets the tone for what's to come and the tone is fun.

    Influenced by verse poets like Ivor Cutler and Edward Lear, Lord gives us a simple, light-hearted return to innocence, a goodly love for good love, the capital F feel-goodness compressed into a chorus, the sweaty exuberance of a solid dance party with all your friends around you.

    1. Mosquito
    2. Wild Berries
    3. Bottom of the Bottle
    4. Windmill
    5. Oblique
    6. Knots
    7. Menuhin
    8. Purple Doves
    9. We Rise, We Fall
    10. Interior Demon
    11. Spem
    12. The Same Love
    Roberts & Lord
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  • Enjoy Your Rabbit Enjoy Your Rabbit Quick View

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    Enjoy Your Rabbit

    "This may just be Sufjan Stevens' Magnus Opus.
    Forget Michigan, Seven Swans, Illinois . . . Enjoy Your
    Rabbit is a masterclass in doing everything that logic
    tells music not to do." - Sputnik Music

    "Sufjan Stevens proves himself adept of both long and
    short forms; downtempo and high BPM; glitches,
    scratches and ambient drones; blips, bleeps and
    bloops." - Pitchfork

    "The underlying guiding principle is wide-eyed
    exploration that fills nearly every track with a sense of
    playfulness." - All Music

    Originally released in 2001 before Michigan and Illinois,
    Sufjan Steven's Enjoy Your Rabbit foretells his 2010
    electronic Age of Adz. Though overlooked by many,
    there are fans who regard Enjoy Your Rabbit as
    Sufjan's greatest work.

    Departing from the singer-songwriter format of his
    debut Asthmatic Kitty Records album, A Sun Came,
    Rabbit is a collection of fourteen colorful instrumental
    compositions combining Sufjan's noted gift for melody
    with electronic sounds to create an unusually playful
    and human- not to mention humane- electronic
    experience. Great for dancing, driving, writing, cooking,
    painting, running, walking, and of course, eating
    Chinese food, Rabbit features nearly eighty minutes of
    music that will truly soothe the savage breast, whatever
    that means.

    LP 1
    1. Year of the Asthmatic Cat
    2. Year of the Monkey
    3. Year of the Rat
    4. Year of the Ox
    5. Year of the Boar
    6. Year of the Tiger
    7. Year of the Snake
    8. Year of the Sheep
    9. Year of the Rooster

    LP 2
    1. Year of the Dragon
    2. Enjoy Your Rabbit
    3. Year of the Dog
    4. Year of the Horse
    5. Year of Our Lord

    Sufjan Stevens
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  • Library Catalog Music Series Volume 7: Music For Paradise Armor Library Catalog Music Series Volume 7: Music For Paradise Armor Quick View

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    Library Catalog Music Series Volume 7: Music For Paradise Armor

    Instruments of Science & Technology's Richard Swift (born Ricardo Sigilfredo Olivarez Swift-Ochoa, 1977) lives in the NW region of the U.S. He's made lots of different music. He normally sings, but not here. Music for Paradise Armor was made on varying mediums, a Tascam 4-track, an Otari 50/50 8-track, a 16-track machine by Studer and computer by Macintosh. There are, what Swift calls, modern clickity-clacks, zzzoops s s s and the occasional bleep bleep blaaaaap here. These sounds aim to reflect tech-centric life in the West.

    When a broken finger hampered his ability to fret a guitar properly, Richard Swift returned to project B., an electronic endeavor titled Instruments of Science & Technology. Swift's second release under this moniker is a part of Asthmatic Kitty's Library Catalog Music series, and like the other volumes (which include contributions by Roberto Carlos Lange and James McAlister) it is comprised of meditative background instrumentals. Following format, Volume 7: Music for a Paradise Armor is a throwback to the spaced-out electronica and analog synthesizer sounds of the `70s. It's an unintrusive type of soundtrack that never demands attention, but washes by in a quick rush. Recorded using entirely analog equipment and tape machines (with some Mac Book assistance) the songs are filled with thumping ping-pong beats and synthesized textures that bear a resemblance to the deceptively complex soundscapes of Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk, or the Moog-style blips of circuit wizards Bruce Haack and Hot Butter. Comparatively, this outing is a little more ambient and sparse than the Music from the Films of R/Swift was, with an otherworldly German flavor. It's also other-timely; evoking a time when video games were played with paddles, presumably in a room with shag carpeting. ~ Jason Lymangrover

    1.((( Magic )))
    3.Mt. Mountain
    4.The New Postukk
    5.Field Notes
    9.Studio J - Irvine, CA
    11.Station Number Set
    13.Old Hanshakes
    14.Even More Field Notes
    15.((( Lungs )))
    Instruments Of Science & Technology
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  • Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices Quick View

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    Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices

    Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices, The Welcome Wagon's second full-length, is an apt sequel to their critically acclaimed 2008 debut, Welcome to the Welcome Wagon. Here, Vito and Monique Auito simply throw those welcoming arms open wider, inviting the listener to join them for 51 minutes of church.

    Those who enjoyed the Welcome Wagon's debut album will notice their distinct sound again here: loose, jangly, comfortable, a gathering of friends making music together. It's at times jaunty and toe-tapping, at others quietly contemplative, an alt-folk gem that sounds very much like it comes out of the Asthmatic Kitty camp.

    But while the first album was recorded over the course of eight years in various venues, this one was done in five days at the library of an old rectory in Brooklyn. And while recording artist and AK co-owner Sufjan Stevens produced Welcome Wagon's first album, he's less noticeable on this collection, sticking to some banjo, piano, and choir singing. Alexander Foote, who also plays guitars, organ, autoharp, percussion, and some piano, produced the record. And Welcome Wagon friends and internet sensations The Gregory Brothers fill in the choir.

    Vito says his songwriting is informed by his work as senior pastor at Resurrection Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood. "A pastor is supposed to care for people, to help them to love God, to engage with their lives and their joys and their sorrows," he says. "I'm only interested in writing music that will speak to that. I'm writing as a pastor, wanting these songs to speak God's truth into those situations." Double gatefold vinyl LP includes bonus EP on side 4: Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing.

    1. I'm Not Fine
    2. My God, My God, Parts 1 & 2
    3. I Know That My Redeemer Lives
    4. Rice and Beans (But No Beans)
    5. High
    6. Remedy
    7. Would You Come And See Me In New York
    8. My Best Days, Parts 1 & 2
    9. Lo He Comes With Clouds Descending
    10. Draw Nigh
    11. The Strife Is O'er
    12. God Be With You Til We Meet Again
    13. Nature's Goodnight
    The Welcome Wagon
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  • Library Catalog Music Series Volume 8: Music For Dreaming And Playing Library Catalog Music Series Volume 8: Music For Dreaming And Playing Quick View

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    Library Catalog Music Series Volume 8: Music For Dreaming And Playing

    Kristin Miltner is a composer, video and installation artist and sound designer from Oakland, CA. She performs with custom software, designed to scan sound files and live input, allowing her to instantly restructure and sequence these sounds. Imagine a giant octopus in an infinitely long hallway with windows on each side. It runs up and down, opening and closing windows to let in a bit of water here and there, never stopping. There is a rhythm. The ocean is the sound source, the hallway and octopus are scanners, the windows are the input device, and the octopus's rhythm is the sequencer

    Kristin Miltner, composer, programmer, musician, and videographer -- and one half of the duo Miba -- is responsible for Music for Dreaming and Playing, the eighth volume in Asthmatic Kitty's Library Catalog Music Series. Miltner's brand of electronic music, while gentle, usually quiet, and inviting, is performed via a software system of her own design that scans sound files and live input, thus allowing her to instantly restructure sounds into sequenced units of varying lengths and musical groupings. This is done while creating a rhythmic component comprising a seemingly endless series of sonic textures, spaces, and ambiences. She also often employs her singing voice, broken into single syllables and nonsensical utterances (as on the opener Melody from Dream) to deepen the proceedings. These pieces are easy to listen to because of the considerable restraint that goes into their presentation. Miltner's soundworlds are ambitious; they change quickly but seamlessly, moving from idea to idea with alacrity and an expert sense of control. The remarkable thing is that it's all live, on-the-spot recording. Clocking it at just under 40 minutes, Music for Dreaming and Playing comes across as a series of electronic songs, more than it does soundscapes. Their rhythmic components aside, there are melodies at work inside these (mostly) brief pieces -- check Altamont Pass, Space Shooter: Boy Avatar, Space Shooter: Girl Avatar, and the closer, Firefly's Flight Game Music. The element of surprise inherent in each track still leaves something lyrically retentive in the listener's ear. Music for Dreaming and Playing is one of the most successful volumes the Library Catalog Sound Series thus far. ~ Thom Jurek

    1.Melody From Dream
    2.Altamont Pass
    3.Woke Up At 4am Electrified, Bright Moon Out the Window
    4.Dreaming Longing
    5.Inchworm In Bitcrunch Garden
    6.Adventure Platformer
    8.Dirty Aquarium
    9.Space Shooter: Boy Avatar
    10.Space Shooter: Girl Avatar
    11.Main Menu Music
    12.Space Dream Main Menu Music
    13.Firefly's Flight Game Music
    Kristin Miltner
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    The Magic Place

    The Magic Place is the third record from Julianna Barwick, and the first to be released by Asthmatic Kitty.This nine piece, 43 minute album is a cinematic journey through glacial pacing and drifting drones. The occasional icy down-plink of piano, Julianna's gorgeous churchhouse sigh of a voice, a swell of a dozen voices rising in harmony - this is music from the inside of the fortress of solitude, the work of a solitary creator, a message from a crystal palace of reverb and avant-choral bliss.
    2.Keep Up the Good Work
    3.Magic Place, The
    5.White Flag
    7.Bog In Your Gait
    Julianna Barwick
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  • Drunk Is The New Sober/Stupid Is The New Dumb Drunk Is The New Sober/Stupid Is The New Dumb Quick View

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    Drunk Is The New Sober/Stupid Is The New Dumb

    Drunk Is The New Sober and Stupid Is The New Dumb are the twin subtitles of Drunk & Stupid, Dots Will Echo's debut album on Asthmatic Kitty, but those aren't just arch witticisms, they encapsulate the apparent contradictions that power the New Jersey duo's music. The warmly weird world created by multi-instrumentalist Nick Berry and drummer Kurt Biroc seems simultaneously sacred and profane, edgy and accessible, sad and transcendently silly. What else would you expect from a group that describes itself as "dour moralizers and drunken assholes" and identifies its key influences as "A little bit The Incredible String Band, a little bit AC/DC?"

    "I can see the carnival lights from here," sings Berry in a half-crazed, half-elated tone at the beginning of the opening track, "I Like It," sounding like either a psychotic infatuated with his own attractive fantasy world or a genius inventor marveling at the luminous landscape he's created. It's up to the listener to decide which, but either way it's 100% Dots Will Echo.

    Everything on Drunk & Stupid was played by Berry and Biroc, with the basic tracks recorded in a single marathon, three-day session. "I meant this to be a very raw recording, capturing the way we sound live," says Berry, who plays everything from guitars and keyboards to Autoharp, glockenspiel, and Andean charango over the course of the album, as he and Biroc build their own beautifully ramshackle universe from the ground up before your very ears.

    "A poorly played violin can sound better than a well played piano," says Berry half-jokingly of the organic, offhand feel of the tracks. From the first moment, Drunk & Stupid makes the listener a fly on the wall for a day in the life of Dots Will Echo, with snatches of goofy studio chatter interspersed between tunes. The bit that leads into the crooked campfire singalong "I'm a Monkey" is particularly telling, as Berry spontaneously announces, "I want to try a song I dreamt the other night," Biroc disapprovingly asks, "In the studio?" and Berry blithely counters, "Yeah, why not?"

    In fact, Berry dreams a large percentage of his songs. "Some are stupid, but I let 'em fly anyway," he says self-deprecatingly, "but the really stupid ones, nobody's ever gonna hear." By the time they enter our waking world, Berry's tunes bear trace elements of psychedelia, power pop, field-recording folk, DIY post-punk, and tantalizingly trashy garage rock (the duo does in fact rehearse in Biroc's garage). "What You Tryin' To Do," for instance, comes off like Sister Lovers-era Big Star recording for Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, while the giddy blastoff of "Rocket Girl" evokes early XTC covered by Guided By Voices, and the fragile, almost-ominous beauty of the hushed, acoustic ballad "Gates of Eden" feels like the greatest song Neil Young never wrote for Galaxie 500.

    The black humor that inhabits an impressive amount of real estate in the Dots Will Echo neighborhood isn't the whistling-through-the-graveyard variety, but rather the kind that finds all of creation to be a bit of a knee-slapper. Like the great writers in every medium, Berry finds the human dilemma a source of endless hilarity, even though you can always hear the big, gently bruised heart beating at the core of every song on Drunk & Stupid. Berry sounds like an amphetamine-fueled tour guide as he walks us through a field of mankind's folly on "Seven Deadly Sins," his loopy lyrics punctuated by Captain Beefheart-esque bursts of six-string cubism.

    Even when things get apocalyptic, as on the minimalist stomp of the cautionary "Shitstorm," Berry exhibits so much obvious glee in announcing the impending arrival of the titular phenomenon that you can't help singing "there's a shitstorm coming" right along with him and bobbing your head randomly to the track's triumphantly spastic anti-groove. The deceptively mellow-sounding anthem of global dystopia "History's Grave" was written in early 2008, but Berry notes, "Since then many of the events mentioned or alluded to have come to pass. This made me feel a little bit like a character in a Stephen King novel."

    At the same time, Drunk & Stupid sports songs like "Be a Friend" and "So Deep the Night," lambent, low-key ballads that balance between bittersweet and unabashedly sentimental without ever turning mawkish. On these tracks, the Lennon-like undertone in Berry's voice rises to the top of the mix, tapping into an almost spiritual vibe and making for some of the most undeniably poignant moments on the album.

    Berry and Biroc, who also work together at the same day job (the drummer is Berry's boss), have been making music together since 2004, hashing out their ideas in Biroc's garage and documenting them in Berry's basement studio. Along the way, they've made unofficial micro-pressings of their work, mostly for passing around to friends and admirers in an ad hoc fashion, but Drunk & Stupid represents the first time the duo's freewheeling work has ever been properly presented to the public at large as a full-on album. With all the material the prolific pair has been stockpiling, they had a huge tally of tunes to haul along with them for this project, and hearing it is a little like stumbling for the first time into a lost world with a long legacy of its own rituals, relics, regalia, and history. But once you wander in, you can't imagine how you ever existed without it.

    Originally meant to be two separate discs (the vinyl version is a double LP with download codes for bonus tracks), Drunk & Stupid is a wild ride that clocks in at just under 80 minutes and boasts 19 songs overflowing with insanely catchy melodies, endearingly off-kilter arrangements, and a strangely satisfying blend of the divine and the absurd." As Berry says, "We try to allow for the will of the universe to have a large part in our music. There must be something sacred in mistakes. This is our explanation for being fuck-ups."

    1. Untitled
    2. I Like It
    3. Untitled II
    4. I'm a Monkey
    5. Shitstorm
    6. Be a Friend
    7. Whatcha Tryin to Do
    8. Rocket Girls
    9. Caroline
    10. Run Away Anna
    11. History's Grave
    12. Sweet Sweet Sanity
    13. Anime
    14. Who Left You Here
    15. The Future
    16. Untitled III
    17. Peace in Your Life
    18. Our Little Part of the World
    19. Untitled IV
    20. Gates of Eden
    21. Visions of Light
    22. Seven Deadly Sins
    23. So Deep the Night
    Dots Will Echo
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    Psychic Temple II

    It may seem hard to imagine a place where indie rock visionaries like Sufjan Stevens and Castanets' Ray Raposa could meld minds with the genius of Brian Wilson, where death metal pioneer Paul Masvidal might wield his legendary six-string chops on a blissed-out soul ballad, where adventurous young jazz players like Kris Tiner and Devin Hoff share credit with Mars Volta keyboardist Ikey Owens and singer/songwriter Aaron Roche.

    Long Beach composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist (not to mention truck driver) Chris Schlarb has not only imagined such a place but has now made it manifest for a second time. Released by Asthmatic Kitty, Psychic Temple II is a labor of love, envisioned by Schlarb to bring his most far-ranging inspirations to life - as he puts it, "a dream ensemble that could never actually exist." The ensemble's sophomore release was painstakingly constructed over more than a year with the cooperation of some of the most progressive musical minds from a staggering variety of genres.

    "I love interesting juxtapositions, where you bring together people from different communities," Schlarb says. He cites iconoclastic predecessors like Bill Laswell's ever-changing group Material, which once brought together a young Whitney Houston with jazz legend Archie Shepp and future Soundgarden and Red Hot Chili Peppers producer Michael Beinhorn to cover a song by Hugh Hopper of English prog-rock pioneers Soft Machine. On 2010's Psychic Temple, Schlarb assembled a 29-member ensemble that included Minutemen bassist Mike Watt, vocalist Julianna Barwick, and pianist Mick Rossi of the Philip Glass Ensemble.

    "It seems like a crazy combination of people," Schlarb says, "but they're all just musicians. Why not bring them all together? It may not always work, but it's always worth reaching further."

    Psychic Temple II reaches beyond the long-form experiments of its predecessor for a more tightly focused yet conceptually dense collection whose songs are no less exploratory for their briefer durations. "I never see the point in continuing to regurgitate," Schlarb says of the new album's unique direction. "What was natural at that time would now feel contrived. I have to keep moving forward."

    Schlarb also includes three cover songs by composers who share his boundary-demolishing mindset: Joe Jackson's "Steppin' Out," Frank Zappa's "Sofa No. 2," and Brian Wilson's "'Til I Die," a gorgeous, lesser-known Beach Boys song that features vocals by Sufjan Stevens, Castanets' Ray Raposa, and Cryptacize's Nedelle Torrisi.

    Psychic Temple had its origins in Create (!), a large improvising ensemble with which Schlarb used to perform. The free-form group would often incorporate multiple drummers, a concept that Schlarb decided to pursue in a more composition-oriented setting. No matter how much Psychic Temple mutates from track to track, the rhythmic possibilities of its two drummers (in this case, Tabor Allen and Andrew Pompey) remain intact.

    Schlarb's imaginative leaps are evidenced from the outset of Psychic Temple II, on the intoxicating opening track, "Seventh House." Featuring the sinuous vocals of Sarah Negahdari, who recently served as touring bassist for Silversun Pickups, the song weaves together lyrical and musical references to Neil Young's "Will To Love," to the Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers album Pisces, and to Sheena Easton's notorious Prince-penned pop hit "Sugar Walls."

    Then there's "The Starry King Hears Laughter" and "She Is the Golden World," two songs that pay simultaneous homage to poet William Blake and jazz legend Bill Evans; or "Solo in Place," Schlarb's attempt to filter classic soul through his own "weird prism," a missing link between the Isley Brothers and the Alan Parsons Project that features guitar wizard Paul Masvidal of the death metal bands Death and Cynic.

    Despite such a mind-blowing array of talent from the farthest reaches of the musical spectrum, Psychic Temple II is a surprisingly cohesive album, a testament to Schlarb's clear controlling vision. "One of the fundamental flaws of modern music is the idea of the record as a pastiche," he says. "With hip-hop and R&R records starting in the '90s, you had ten tracks with ten different producers so every track sounded completely different. There was no aesthetic where you could just put on a record and listen to it beginning to end. I admire people who are control freaks."

    Schlarb has wielded control over a number of vastly different projects himself. The New York Observer called his debut solo album, Twilight & Ghost Stories, "40 minutes of avant-garde bliss," while Interoceans, recorded with experimental jazz duo I Heart Lung, was chosen by NPR as one of the top five jazz albums of 2008. He composed the score for Nicklas "Nifflas" Nygren's video game Nightsky and has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Meet the Composer. In 2001, Schlarb founded the eclectic Sounds Are Active record label, which has released music by the likes of Nels Cline, Mike Watt, and Castanets.

    1. Seventh House
    2. The Starry King Hears Laughter
    3. Solo In Place
    4. Bird In The Garden
    5. 'Til I Die
    6. She Is The Golden World
    7. Steppin' Out
    8. All I Want Is Time
    9. Sofa No. 2
    10. NO TSURAI
    11. Hyacinth Thrash Quarter
    Chris Schlarb
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    Come On Feel the Illinoise

    A 22-track anthematic tone poem to the Prairie State, emphatically answering the question, Can a songwriter express the spirit of a state he's never called home? Sufjan weaves various musical styles (jazz, funk, pop) and instrumental textures into a tapestry of persons famous, infamous, and anonymous, and places iconic, obscure, and ghostly. Myths, memories, and incidental anecdotes are swept up with symphonic flourishes. Implementing 25 instruments, played mostly by Sufjan himself, a two-handed horn section, string quartet and small choir, Illinois conjures up images of Danny Elfman conducting a Gilbert and Sullivan company, a minimalist ensemble, and the Marion Catholic Marching Band on a windswept prairie football field.
    1. Concerning the UFO Sighting

    2. Black Hawk War, The

    3. Come On! Feel the Illinoise!

    4. John Wayne Gacy, Jr.

    5. Jacksonville

    6. Short Reprise For Mary Todd, A

    7. Decatur

    8. One Last 'Woo-Hoo' For the Pullman

    9. Chicago

    10. Casimir Pulaski Day

    11. To the Workers of the Rockford River Valley Region

    12. Man of Metropolis, The

    13. Prarie Fire That Wanders About

    14. Conjunction of Drones, A

    15. Predatory Wasp, The

    16. They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!!

    17. Let's Hear That String Part Again...

    18. In This Temple

    19. Seer's Tower, The

    20. Tallest Man, The Broadest Shoulders, The

    21. Riffs and Variations on a Single Note

    22. Out of Egypt
    Sufjan Stevens
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    Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Mysteries Of Mind Space

    Limited Edition

    Comic Wow are sonic illustrators, alchemists, designers, dilettantes', poets, teachers, Socialists, and outdoorsmen whose advocacy of affordable colored cod pieces helped influence the look of thirty-third century America. Incidentally, they've also released music as Feathers. All pieces composed, performed, mixed and recorded by Eddie Alonso, Eric Rasco, John McEntire, Chris O'Malley, Ken Champion, Roy Silverstein, Paul Mertens, Tim Iseler, Jeremy Lemos and Matt Crum.

    1. Salad Days
    2. Bad Ballet
    3. Jazz Computer
    4. Nice Chaps
    5. Miami Song Tennis
    6. Miami Song Tennis 2
    7. Encore Electronics Flute Fax
    8. Chimp on a Pew
    9. Minor Hexagons
    10. Water Music Treadmill
    11. Meet the Vampeatles (Or, What if the Beatles were Vampires?)
    Comic Wow
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    Cryptacize deals in the unforgettable melody, the forsaken chord and the extravagant sentiment. The surefooted and richly nuanced vocal arabesques of Nedelle Torrisi, like a modern day Freddie Mercury or Ronnie Spector, strangely complement the guitar of Chris Cohen, which sounds like a maniacally sped-up a la Les Paul or staccato and funny like Roy Smeck or Adolph Jacobs of the Coasters. Syncopated drum corps rudiments and pit-orchestra rave-ups from Michael Carreira propel the songs with a refreshingly buoyant touch that never lapses into rock music clich?s. There are also widescreen cinematic moments that take on a mournful and otherworldly pathos, like Experiment in Terror by Henry Mancini, but with vocals by Cambodian 60's pop legend Ros Serey Sothea or like Arabic diva Fairouz singing along to a psychedelic film score by Popol Vuh.
    1. Tail & Mane
    2. What You Can't See Is
    3. Blue Tears
    4. Mythomania
    5. The Loving Sun
    6. Gotta Get Into That Feeling
    7. One Block Wonders
    8. The Cage
    9. Galvanize
    10. I'll Take the Long Way
    11. New Spell
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