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    Gord's Gold


    The Gordon Lightfoot/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Continues!


    First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Release


    Original Gatefold Cover Artwork


    Mastered By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music And Capitol Mastering, Hollywood


    Gordon Lightfoot will be celebrating his five decades of classic songs and albums with his
    "Lightfoot '14 Tour" this summer and fall. The groundbreaking tour will be taking him throughout
    the United States and Canada, and Friday Music is proud to be a part of the celebration with his
    greatest hits masterwork Gord's Gold.


    This new impeccably mastered 180 Gram Audiophile LP features all of his definitive classics. His most famous and revered tunes are all included like Sundown, If You Could Read My
    Mind, Early Morning Rain, Summer Side of Life and Carefree Highway.


    The 2 LP deluxe set contains even more of his most loved classics like Beautiful, Rainy Day
    People, Bitter Green, Canadian Railroad Trilogy, Old Dan's Records and his holiday classic Song
    for a Winter's Night.


    For a very limited time, we are also enhancing your listening enjoyment with the original
    double pocket gatefold cover artwork, which hasn't been available for years, featuring photos
    and liner notes from the original masterpiece.


    Mastered by Joe Reagoso from the original Reprise Records tapes at Friday Music Studios
    and Capitol Mastering in Hollywood, Gordon Lightfoot's Gord's Gold will be one of the more
    anticipated greatest hits collections in the audiophile vinyl domain in some time.


    Gordon Lightfoot Gord's Gold Celebrate 5 Decades of the voice, the songs, the musicianship and the memories 1st Time Audiophile Vinyl An exclusive Only from your friends
    at Friday Music.


    If You Could Read My Mind

    LP 1
    1. I'm Not Sayin'/Ribbon of Darkness
    2. Song for a Winter's Night
    3. Canadian Railroad Trilogy
    4. Softly
    5. For Lovin' Me/Did She Mention My Name
    6. Affair on 8th Avenue
    7. Steel Rail Blues
    8. Wherefore and Why
    9. Bitter Green
    10. Early Morning Rain


    LP 2
    1. Minstrel of the Dawn
    2. Sundown
    3. Beautiful
    4. Summer Side of Life
    5. Rainy Day People
    6. Cotton Jenny
    7. Don Quixote
    8. Circle of Steel
    9. Old Dan's Records
    10. If You Could Read My Mind
    11. Cold on the Shoulder
    12. Carefree Highway

    Gordon Lightfoot
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    Sundown


    The Gordon Lightfoot/Driday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Continues!


    First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Release & Original Artwork Restored


    Mastered By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music And Capitol Mastering, Hollywood


    Gordon Lightfoot will be celebrating his five decades of classic songs and albums with his
    2015 concert tour this year. The groundbreaking tour will be taking him throughout the United
    States and Canada, and Friday Music is proud to be a part of the celebration with one of his
    greatest masterworks, Sundown.


    This new impeccably mastered 180 Gram Audiophile LP features all of his definitive
    classics. His most famous and revered tunes are all included like Sundown, Seven Island Suite
    and of course Carefree Highway.


    This audiophile event contains even more of his most loved classics like Too Late for Prayin',
    High and Dry and his holiday classic Circle of Steel. Produced by Lenny Waronker and featuring
    the arrangement and musical orchestrations of the late great Nick De Caro, Sundown would go
    on to become one of Gordon Lightfoot's biggest selling albums of his career.


    For a very limited time, we are also enhancing your listening enjoyment with the original
    classic LP cover artwork, which hasn't been available for years.


    Mastered by Joe Reagoso from the original Reprise Records tapes at Friday Music Studios
    and Capitol Mastering in Hollywood, Gordon Lightfoot's Sundown will be one of the more anticipated
    classic singer/songwriter albums in the audiophile vinyl domain in some time.\


    Gordon Lightfoot Sundown Celebrate 5 Decades of the voice, the songs, the musicianship
    and the memories 1st Time Audiophile Vinyl An exclusive Only from your friends at
    Friday Music.


    Carefree Highway

    1. Somewhere U.S.A.
    2. High and Dry
    3. Seven Island Suite
    4. Circle of Steel
    5. Is There Anyone Home?
    6. The Watchman's Gone
    7. Sundown
    8. Carefree Highway
    9. The List
    10. Too Late for Prayin'
    Gordon Lightfoot
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  • If You Could Read My Mind If You Could Read My Mind Quick View

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    If You Could Read My Mind

    Limited Edition 180 Gram Vinyl


    Canadian singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot emerged from the 1960s folk world, and had as much in common with Ian & Sylvia, Eric Andersen, and Bob Dylan as he did with any '70s AM wonder. Though the title track of IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND was indeed his first massive pop hit, the album proves that Lightfoot was a serious, substantive song craftsman. Minstrel of the Dawn is a Mr. Tambourine Man-like affair that closes on a surprisingly sarcastic note. Sit Down Young Stranger and Cobwebs & Dust are the folkiest cuts, and each bears an incisive, poetic lyricism. The bluesy Baby It's Alright and a cover of Kris Kristofferson's Me and Bobby McGee showcase Lightfoot's rootsier tendencies, while Saturday Clothes stands out by virtue of it's Bacharach-like melody and dinner-jacket chord progression. While he wasn't as edgy as fellow Canuck Leonard Cohen, Lightfoot was clearly a formidable song-poet.

    1. Minstrel Of The Dawn
    2. Me And Bobby Mcgee
    3. Approaching Lavender
    4. Saturday Clothes
    5. Cobwebs & Dust
    6. Poor Little Allison
    7. Sit Down Young Stranger
    8. If You Could Read My Mind
    9. Baby It's Allright
    10. Your Love's Return
    11. The Pony Man
    Gordon Lightfoot
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  • All Live All Live Quick View

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    All Live

    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    Carefree Highway Tour Limited Edition


    Mastered by Joe Reagoso From The Original Tapes


    Gordon Lightfoot is celebrating his 5 decades of classic songs & albums and Friday Music is proud to be a part of the celebration with his latest work All Live.


    This new 180 Gram Audiophile LP is solely produced by the artist himself from recordings at the famed Massey Hall in Toronto. 19 of his most famous and revered tunes are included like Sundown, If You Could Read My Mind, Early Morning Rain & Carefree Highway.

    1. 14 Karat Gold
    2. If You Could Read My Mind
    3. Fine as Fine Can Be
    4. Baby Step Back
    5. Early Morning Rain
    6. Restless
    7. A Painter Passing Through
    8. Rainy Day People
    9. Ringneck Loon
    10. Shadows
    11. Sundown
    12. Carefree Highway
    13. Christian Island
    14. The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
    15. Canadian Railroad Trilogy
    16. Let It Ride
    17. Blackberry Wine
    18. Song for a Winter's Night
    19. Old Dan's Records
    Gordon Lightfoot
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  • Self Portrait Self Portrait Quick View

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    Self Portrait

    One of the most controversial albums in Bob Dylan's remarkable catalog, the 1970 double-LP Self Portrait continues to exercise considerable fascination amongst Dylan devotees. Released on the heels of the artist's game changing Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait offered a quirky assortment of studio and live tracks, encompassing Dylan originals as well as covers of familiar pop and folk numbers, recorded with an all-star musical cast.


    At the time of its original release, the sprawling, unconventional Self Portrait generated an immense amount of discussion and disagreement amonst Dylan admirers. The ongoing controversy surrounding the album has been fueled over the years by Dylan himself. At various times, Dylan has defended Self Portrait as a heartfelt artistic statement, dismissed it as a joke and described it as a concerted effort to escape the pressures of his unwanted status as the voice of a generation. Whatever the artist's actual intentions, Self Portrait retains a unique niche in the hearts of Dylan fans, and is often cited as an early landmark in the birth of alternative country.


    Self Portrait's highlights include the Dylan originals Wigwam, later featured in the Wes Anderson film The Royal Tenenbaums; Living the Blues, subsequently covered by artists ranging from Leon Redbone to Antony Hegarty; and The Mighty Quinn, which Manfred Mann had turned into a British Invasion hit in 1968. The latter song is one of a quartet of live tracks drawn from Dylan's legendary performances with The Band at the historic Isle of Wight festival, along with memorable versions of the Dylan standards Like a Rolling Stone, Minstrel Boy and She Belongs to Me. Also featured are Dylan's readings of a variety of outside material, ranging from his iconic interpretation of the rural folk song Copper Kettle to his distinctive takes on such familiar tunes as Paul Simon's The Boxer, Gordon Lightfoot's Early Mornin' Rain and the vintage Every Brothers hits Let It Be Me and Take a Message to Mary.


    Sundazed has restored this one-of-a-kind release to its original double-LP format. Mastered from the original analog master tapes, the album is pressed on high-quality, high-definition vinyl, with meticulously reproduced original gatefold cover art.

    1. All the Tired Horses
    2. Alberta #1
    3. I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know
    4. Days of '49
    5. Early Mornin' Rain
    6. In Search of Little Sadie
    7. Let It Be Me
    8. Little Sadie
    9. Woogie Boogie
    10. Belle Isle
    11. Living the Blues
    12. Like a Rolling Stone (Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1969)
    13. Copper Kettle (The Pale Moonlight)
    14. Gotta Travel On
    15. Blue Moon
    16. The Boxer
    17. The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo) (Live at the Isle of Wight Festival)
    18. Take Me as I Am (Or Let Me Go)
    19. Take a Message to Mary
    20. It Hurts Me Too
    21. Minstrel Boy (Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1969)
    22. She Belongs to Me (Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1969)
    23. Wigwam
    24. Alberta #2
    Bob Dylan
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  • American V: A Hundred Highways American V: A Hundred Highways Quick View

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    American V: A Hundred Highways

    The ethical questions surrounding this final album in the American Recordings series are as unavoidable as they are, ultimately, peripheral. While the
    vocal tracks were recorded in the months just prior to Johnny Cash's passing in September 2003, the arrangements weren't undertaken until two years
    later. And though producer Rick Rubin had become a trusted friend, the Man in Black wasn't around to approve or disapprove, let alone guide, the final
    sessions. However, if the pure power of these recordings doesn't quiet the skeptics, nothing will. With Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench
    and slide guitar session pro Smokey Hormel on board (all three of whom appear on earlier Cash albums), along with guitarists Matt Sweeney and Johnny
    Polansky, the sound is stately and acoustic, but rarely staid, even as the dynamics of earlier recordings in the series are absent. Instead, the songs have
    a measured, elegiac intensity, the sound of musicians choosing their notes carefully and making just the right choices.


    The songs Cash sings are, unsurprisingly, confessional and reflective: his mortality and his mistakes, his maker and his salvation, and the loss of his wife
    June and the end of his career may have weighed on his mind, but in these songs he both embodies and transcends his personal history. On God's
    Gonna Cut You Down, as the musicians clap and stomp behind him, his voice cuts through the air like that same avenging hand. On the new original
    Like the 309--the last song Cash ever wrote--he cops to being short of breath, and that voice becomes a metaphor for what each of us will one day face.
    On Gordon Lightfoot's If You Read My Mind, Rubin flirts with overwhelming the damp bittersweetness of Cash's phrasing in tasteful atmospherics, but
    the voice is implacable, hitting and finding notes one never expected he'd have the will to find. Likewise, it's hard to believe this is his first recording of Ian
    Tyson's Four Strong Winds; the elemental narrative seems to have been written for him. Two songs, however, Cash has recorded before: the bornagain
    hymn I Came to Believe and the final spiritual, I'm Free from the Chain Gang Now. The latter especially is a definitive testament, as is his version
    of Bruce Springsteen's Further On (Up the Road). One sunny morning we'll rise, I know / And I'll meet you further on up the road, he sings. If only,
    John, if only. --Roy Kasten

    1. Help Me (Album Version)
    2. God's Gonna Cut You Down (Album Version)
    3. Like The 309 (Album Version)
    4. If You Could Read My Mind (Album Version)
    5. Further On Up The Road (Album Version)
    6. On The Evening Train (Album Version)
    7. I Came To Believe (Album Version)
    8. Love's Been Good To Me (Album Version)
    9. A Legend In My Time (Album Version)
    10. Rose Of My Heart (Album Version)
    11. Four Strong Winds (Album Version)
    12. I'm Free From The Chain Gang Now (Album Version)
    Johnny Cash
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  • Birth Of The Grateful Dead Volume One - The Studio Sides Birth Of The Grateful Dead Volume One - The Studio Sides Quick View

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    Birth Of The Grateful Dead Volume One - The Studio Sides


    First Time Limited Edition 2 LP 180 Gram Vinyl Presentation


    Exclusive Only To This LP Release: First Time Sitting Photos Of The Dead By The Legendary Herb Greene


    Impeccably Mastered By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios And Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA With Ron Mcmaster


    The legendary Bay area rock superstars the Grateful Dead scored for over four decades a plethora of wonderful recordings
    throughout their incredible career. Spearheaded originally by the late great Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kruetzmann and the late
    Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, these five gentlemen set the world on fire with their magnificent artistry and musicianship which is unparaleled to this day.


    With their very first San Francisco gigs and studio recordings when they were locally known as The Warlocks, the historical importance of these debut sessions would soon become a blueprint for the music world as the Grateful Dead would become one of the band's
    and biggest concert attractions of all time.


    Over a decade ago, the Grateful Dead unearthed 17 super rare studio recordings from 1965 through 1967. Aside from an ultra rare
    45 on Scorpio Records and a collaborative effort with Jon Hendricks on Verve Records, none of these recordings were ever released.
    Ranging from the very first sessions at Autumn Records (Beau Brummels, Sly Stone) and then the Scorpio Records sides, these tracks
    simply became manna for the fans and were truly a find for any collector of fine rock and roll and early psych and garage rock fare.


    Gordon Lightfoot's Early Morning Rain kicks off the collection, and then the fireworks light up as future Dead classics like I Know
    You Rider, Don't Ease Me In and Cold Rain and Snow truly become a very important and interesting listen to any fan of the Dead or
    classic rock in general.


    Known for their jams in concert and in the studio setting, you will get to hear stellar takes on rare tracks like Tastebud, The Only
    Time Is Now, and of course the super rare Jon Hendricks (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross) protest rocker Fire in the City.


    These amazing Dead recordings have never been released on the vinyl format that is until now


    Friday Music is very pleased to announce for the very first time on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl - The Grateful Dead's Birth Of The
    Dead Volume One-The Studio Sessions. This deluxe 2 LP set not only has the original 17 studio sessions unearthed by the Dead themselves, but it also includes for the very first time anywhere, several unearthed photos from the lens of the legendary Herb Greene. These
    first time issued photos show the very first sittings of the Grateful Dead and will make your listening hours that much more enjoyable as
    you stare at the brilliant pictures of your favorite rockers in this very special era.


    As a further installment in the exclusive and authorized Grateful Dead Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, this fine
    album is part of a historical two part audiophile vinyl series along with the Birth Of The Dead Volume Two-The Live Sides which will be
    released in early 2014.


    Mastered impeccably for vinyl by Joe Reagoso (Grateful Dead) at Friday Music Studios and at Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA, this
    limited edition audiophile version of Birth Of The Dead Volume One-The Studio Sessions will truly be a welcome addition to your Dead
    collection.


    Grateful Dead Birth Of The Dead Volume One-The Studio Sessions a historic album first time release in the audiophile
    domain only from your friends at Friday Music Don't Ease Me In

    LP 1
    The Autumn Sessions
    1. Early Morning Rain
    2. I Know You Rider
    3. Mindbender (Confusion's Prince)
    4. The Only Time Is Now
    5. Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)
    6. Can't Come Down


    The Scorpio Sessions
    7. Stealin' (Instrumental)
    8. Stealin' (With Vocals)
    9. Don't Ease Me In (Instrumental)
    10. Don't Ease Me In (With Vocals)


    LP 2
    The Scorpio Sessions
    1. You Don't Have to Ask
    2. Tastebud (Instrumental)
    3. Tastebud (With Vocals)
    4. I Know You Rider
    5. Cold Rain and Snow (Instrumental)
    6. Cold Rain and Snow (With Vocals)


    The Hendricks Session
    7. Fire in the City

    Grateful Dead
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    Tourist History

    Northern Irelands Two Door Cinema is a music-mad trio whose debut album fizzes with invention and sparkling tunes. Rooted in rock and pop, with elements of electronica/electro, and Afro-beats, the sum is greater than any indie electro pop parts


    Recorded in London at Eastcote Studios and produced by Elliott James (Bloc Party, Noah And The Whale) with a number of tracks mixed by Phillipe Zdar (Phoenix, Justice, Cassius), the album simply multiplies the singles surfeit of ideas and sounds. The opening track, Cigarettes In The Theatre, perfectly displays the bands light-footed yet hard-driving energy, highlighted by Alexs vocal melody, with its almost dreamy brand of urgency. Its followed by Come Back Home, a sequel of sorts; introducing a bed of woozy synths that build and act as a launching pad for a digi-funk backdrop that bounces, swings and rocks behind Alexs confessions of relationships-past.


    1. Cigarettes In the Theatre

    2. Come Back Home
    3. Undercover Martyn
    4. Do You Want It All?
    5. This Is the Life
    6. Something Good Can Work
    7. I Can Talk
    8. What You Know
    9. Eat That Up, It's Good for You
    10. You're Not Stubborn
    11. Undercover Martyn Flexin' It

    Two Door Cinema Club
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    Mixed Bag

    "Freedom." The very mention of the song conjures images of Richie Havens at Woodstock, fiercely strumming his guitar and lost in an improvisational moment of creation. An intensely engaging performer, Havens honed his craft in the clubs and cafes of Greenwich Village, just over the bridge from his native Brooklyn. Painter, poet and multi-instrumentalist, Havens immersed himself in the Village's beatnik culture just as the nascent folk scene began to develop. Connecting with uber-manager Albert Grossman, then guiding the careers of Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary, Havens rose to the top tier of the international folk movement.


    Signed to Verve Forecast, Havens released his first album, Mixed Bag, in August of 1967. The intriguing LP gathered songs from Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, Lennon/McCartney as well as two self-penned compositions and one co-written with future acting star Lou Gossett, Jr. The album's instrumentation featured Havens on sitar and acoustic guitar played in his unique style, thumb chording songs in open D tuning. Soaring above it all was his commanding baritone, a voice that injected gravitas into every song, bringing the lyrics to vivid life. A stunning debut, it climbed both the pop and jazz Billboard charts.


    Havens followed up a year later with Something Else Again:. The cover portrait found Havens clad in dashiki and wearing beads while playing a sitar, looking like a standard bearer for the counterculture. The songs' subject matter followed that direction as well, dealing primarily with social issues rather than relationships. It was another charting record for Havens, reaching #184 on Billboard's Pop Albums. More than mere albums, Mixed Bag and Something Else Again: were signposts for a rapidly changing culture, leading the way to a more enlightened existence.


    Sundazed Music presents these two vital albums in their rare mono versions, sourced from the original Verve masters, and pressed on lush 180gm vinyl. Cue them up and hear the glorious sound of artistic freedom pouring from your speakers.

    1. High Flyin' Bird
    2. I Can't Make It Anymore
    3. Morning, Morning
    4. Adam
    5. Follow
    6. Three Day Eternity
    7. Sandy
    8. Handsome Johnny
    9. San Francisco Bay Blues
    10. Just Like A Woman
    11. Eleanor Rigby
    Richie Havens
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  • Something Else Again Something Else Again Quick View

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    Something Else Again

    "Freedom." The very mention of the song conjures images of Richie Havens at Woodstock, fiercely strumming his guitar and lost in an improvisational moment of creation. An intensely engaging performer, Havens honed his craft in the clubs and cafes of Greenwich Village, just over the bridge from his native Brooklyn. Painter, poet and multi-instrumentalist, Havens immersed himself in the Village's beatnik culture just as the nascent folk scene began to develop. Connecting with uber-manager Albert Grossman, then guiding the careers of Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary, Havens rose to the top tier of the international folk movement.


    Signed to Verve Forecast, Havens released his first album, Mixed Bag, in August of 1967. The intriguing LP gathered songs from Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, Lennon/McCartney as well as two self-penned compositions and one co-written with future acting star Lou Gossett, Jr. The album's instrumentation featured Havens on sitar and acoustic guitar played in his unique style, thumb chording songs in open D tuning. Soaring above it all was his commanding baritone, a voice that injected gravitas into every song, bringing the lyrics to vivid life. A stunning debut, it climbed both the pop and jazz Billboard charts.


    Havens followed up a year later with Something Else Again:. The cover portrait found Havens clad in dashiki and wearing beads while playing a sitar, looking like a standard bearer for the counterculture. The songs' subject matter followed that direction as well, dealing primarily with social issues rather than relationships. It was another charting record for Havens, reaching #184 on Billboard's Pop Albums. More than mere albums, Mixed Bag and Something Else Again: were signposts for a rapidly changing culture, leading the way to a more enlightened existence.


    Sundazed Music presents these two vital albums in their rare mono versions, sourced from the original Verve masters, and pressed on lush 180gm vinyl. Cue them up and hear the glorious sound of artistic freedom pouring from your speakers.

    1. No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed
    2. Inside Of Him
    3. The Klan
    4. Sugarplums
    5. Don't Listen To Me
    6. From The Prison
    7. Maggie's Farm
    8. Somethin' Else Again
    9. New City
    10. Run, Shaker Life
    Richie Havens
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    Foil Deer

    Speedy Ortiz said they would get the flowers themselves. What a lark! What a plunge!


    When considering Massachusetts' Speedy Ortiz, that line from Virginia Woolf comes to mind. Not only for the obvious echoes to DIY, a form and function that's characterized the band's nascency, but in the proto-feminist undertones driving much of their sophomore album, Foil Deer. "I'm not bossy, I'm the boss," Sadie Dupuis sings on "Raising the Skate," invoking in spirit one half of the Carter-Knowles clan and echoing the other's wordplay. And wordplay makes sense, considering Dupuis-the band's songwriter, guitarist, and frontwoman-spent the band's first few years teaching writing at UMass Amherst. She's drawn to the dense complexity of Pynchon, the dreamlike geometry of BolaƱo, the confounded yearning of Plath-all attributes you could easily apply to the band's 2013 debut Major Arcana, which fans and press alike have invested with a sense of purpose and merit uncommon in contemporary guitar rock.


    The group, including Mike Falcone on drums, Darl Ferm on bass, and new addition Devin McKnight of Grass is Green on guitar, have spent the last year on an almost endless cross-continental touring jag, tagging along with the likes of The Breeders, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, and Thurston Moore. That shift into full-time musicianship brought with it an attendant reordering of priorities when it came to songwriting, and the band members' lives in general. They would get the damn flowers themselves.


    Dupuis wrote much of Foil Deer at her mother's home in the Connecticut woods, where the songwriter imposed a self-regulated exile and physical cleansing of sorts, finding that many of the songs came to her while running or swimming alone. "I gave up wasting mental energy on people who didn't have my back," she says. "Listening to our old records, I get the sense I was putting myself in horrible situations just to write sad songs. This music isn't coming from a dark place, and without slipping into self-empowerment jargon, it feels stronger." Many of the songs deal with a similar sense of starting over, editing out the unnecessary drama. "Boys be sensitive and girls be, be aggressive," she sings on "Mister Difficult."


    And while their debut album was recorded on the fly, Speedy Ortiz spent almost a month in the studio on Foil Deer. Falcone's drums are taut, mechanistic; Ferm's bass ranges from the aggressive rattle of an AmRep classic to smoother, hip-hop inspired lines. McKnight, meanwhile, lends spacier, textural riffs to complement Dupuis' wiry, melody-driven guitar style. "The demos for our songs have always had tons of small details and production experimentation, but we never had any money to pay for more than a couple days in the studio, so the songs came out very live-sounding and guitar heavy," Dupuis says. It was recorded and mixed at Brooklyn's Rare Book Room with Nicolas Vernhes (Silver Jews, Enon, Deerhunter), with the record mastered by Emily Lazar (Sia, Haim, Beauty Pill), lending a more polished sound and a pop sensibility that will stand out to existing fans and new converts alike. For all the lyrical complexity and guitar-based excursions Speedy Ortiz have built their reputation on to this point, Foil Deer has a sense of light-footed fun. What's the point of doing things yourself if you're not going to enjoy the trip?

    1. Good Neck
    2. Raising the Skate
    3. The Graduates
    4. Dot X
    5. Homonovus
    6. Puffer
    7. Swell Content
    8. Zig
    9. My Dead Girl
    10. Ginger
    11. Mister Difficult
    12. Dvrk Wvrld
    Speedy Ortiz
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