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2013-3012In April of 2011, The Skull Defekts toured the US to celebrate the release of the Peer Amid album on Thrill Jockey Records, a record where the Swedish core of the band was completed by the presence of Daniel Higgs on vocals. The band decided to invite Higgs' old Lungfish companion Asa Osborne and his Zomes project to open for them on tour.
When the crew found themselves with a canceled show midway through the tour, they luckily were at Machines With Magnets where they had played a show the night before, a great studio in Pawtucket, RI (previously used by bands like Battles and The Psychic Paramount). The studio had just ended a recording session and the band entered for an explosive and extremely creative one day session. Two new songs were written and recorded, and another one that had been played on the tour was put to tape.
The A-side consists of the three songs recorded during the session. The B-side is meant to be played from the inner-most groove out and plays the same tracks backward.1. Children of the Skull Defekts
2. Beyond Within
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6. Stkefed Lluks eht fo Nerdlihc$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Golden WorryThank You could only come from one city, at one moment in time. Like Pere Ubu's Cleveland and Joy Division's Manchester, post-industrial Baltimore serves as simultaneous playground, obstacle course, and muse to this show-stealing art-rock trio. The band's urgent collision of rhythm, melody, and noise has placed them at the creative center of today's Baltimore renaissance, sharing stages and tours with such acts as Beach House (Sub Pop), Lungfish (Dischord), Celebration (4AD), Dan Deacon (Carpark), Zomes (Holy Mountain), Jason Urick, and Future Islands (both Thrill Jockey).
Thank You's first full-length follows closely on the heels of 2009's sold-out 12 EP Pathetic Magic. A band that once limited its vocals to hums, grunts, and chants has entered the next phase, delivering a stellar collection of challenging rock-and-roll songs. But Golden Worry eschews easy, anthemic sing-alongs, instead dipping into the vocabularies of Krautrock, post-punk, no-wave, and noise to produce what is at once Thank You's most melodic and most aggressive record.1. 1-2-3 Bad
2. Birth Reunion
3. Pathetic Magic
4. Continental Divide
5. Strange All
6. Can't/Can$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Other People's SongsOther People's Songs is a collection of eight covers that Kinsella
recorded this spring in Chicago with trusted producer Neil
At first glance, the list of the rock and punk artists whose tracks
Kinsella tackled -- among them Against Me!, Depeche Mode,
The Promise Ring, and Lungfish -- might seem at odds with
the often quieter, lushly arranged music he releases under the
Owen moniker. But upon closer inspection, one finds the kind of
excellent songwriting and lyrical wit that are hallmarks of Kinsella's
own recorded output.
With the help of female vocalist Sarah Mitchell, as well as
occasional touches of violin and cello, Kinsella transforms his
selections in unique and surprising ways. Consider Other People's
Songs to be Kinsella's carefully curated mixtape of songs he loves
then and now, from him to you.1. Descender (Lungfish)
2. Girl in a Box (Blake Babies)
3. Some Kinda Angel (Mojave 3)
4. Forget Me (The Promise Ring)
5. Judas (Depeche Mode)
6. Just Like Them (All)
7. Borne on the FM Waves of the Heart (Against Me!)
8. Under the Blanket (The Smoking Popes)$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
"A guitar-grinding, drum-smashing desert-crawler,"
"Presents a desert crawl and barrage of collages that carry
across a free play of images and symbols set in sequence
to the sounds"
In Chrome Cactus, The Young have created
a HUGE sounding, timeless rock album that
reinforces and revitalizes everything that is
great about American Rock Music in 2014.
Taking influence from early ZZ Top, Link Wray,
Lungfish, Dead Moon - Chrome Cactus is a ball
of power and controlled feedback disguised as
ten of the catchiest songs you'll hear this year.
Chrome Cactus is a far darker version of Austin's
The Young than ever before. The breezy
optimism of their earlier albums has been
switched out for sinister, creeping dread in both
the lyrics and music.
The rhythm section of drummer Ryan Maloney
and new bassist Lucas Wedow drive a heavy
foundation for guitarists Hans Zimmerman
and Kyle Edwards, who have reached dizzying
new heights. Expertly produced by fellow
sonic assassin Tim Green (Nation of Ulysses,
The Fucking Champs), Chrome Cactus is the
moment where Zimmerman's vocal delivery
is perfectly matched with the skillful, intuitive
interplay, which at this point is now fully realized.1. Metal Flake
2. Cry Of Tin
3. Chrome Jamb
4. Moondog First Quarter
5. Apaches Throat
7. Ramona Cruz
8. Dressed In Black
9. Slow Death
10. Blow The Scum Away$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Clairaudience FellowshipLimited Edition
Clairaudience Fellowship is the new album from Twig Harper and Daniel Higgs, two legendary forces in the realms of experimental/noise/rock/out music.
Twig Harper is a performer and electronic sound artist who began playing guerrilla-and punk-style shows with Scheme, Mini-Systems and Nautical Almanac in the milleu of Wolf Eyes, Andrew W.K. and others involved in the Bulb/Hanson 90s noise/total music movement in Ann Arbor, MI. Moving first to Chicago and then to Baltimore, he has toured widely in the US (five multi-month tours) and Europe (twice) with Carly Ptak and others. With Ptak, he has released many recordings and co-founded the influential Tarantula Hill venue-compound. His music and performances have been characterized generally by an incredible sense of trickery and playfulness, even foolishness, but in earnest and with careful consideration.
Daniel Higgs is a musician and artist from Baltimore, Maryland on whose behalf superlatives are destined to fail. It's not that his artistic output spanning three decades, numerous albums, books of poetry and collections of drawings simply eludes classification, it defies it. Higgs is known for his work as the sole lyricist and frontman of the band Lungfish, a four-piece enshrined as one of America's last true folk bands, and Higgs anointed as a patron saint to artistic purity. That the band has undertaken this pursuit in the guise of a humble rock outfit, in the absence of any public relations fanfare, metanarrative, or manifesto has been enough to endear them to tens of thousands. In recent years, Higgs has released a number of solo outings that can only be described as the ultimate in isolation, worlds away from the hypnotic, communal rock of his band. His latest solo recording Say God was released earlier this year on Thrill Jockey.1. Number One
2. Number Two
3. Number Three
4. Number Four
5. Number Five
6. Number Six
7. Number Seven$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Constant FutureConstant Future is the career-defining statement from Brooklyn-based noise-pop trio Parts & Labor. The albums 12 tracks deliver the bare essentials that made them sui generis totems of modern art-punk: synthesized keyboard riffs distorted into oblivion, percussion pummeled hypnotically, crackling drones that haunt and soothe, fearless melodies hollered skyward. Their last release, 2008s acclaimed Receivers, saw Parts & Labor blasting off in all directions and creating collage art from hundreds of fan-curated samples. But fifth album Constant Future finds them crashing back to earth, focusing pointedly on what they do best: unique, electronic landscapes melded with buzzing, anthemic hooks. Parts & Labor have distilled the lessons and experiences of nearly 10 years as a band into a catchy, blown-out masterwork.
Maximalist engineer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mogwai, Sleater-Kinney, MGMT) co-produced and mixed the album with P&L at his Tarbox Road Studios in Casadega, NY. A band already known for their dense, futuristic sound was ultimately transformed into something massive, beaming, downright nuclear. The album is the product of two years of vigorous writing and demoing which resulted in more than 40 songs. For the actual recording, Parts & Labor settled in a former boxing ring in Milwaukee to track the record themselves, with drummer Joe Wong leading the charge.
Over Constant Future's 39 minutes, vocalists Dan Friel and BJ Warshaw steadfastly chronicle several whirlwind years of growth, taking lyrical cues from the artful work of their musical heroes (Sonic Youth, Lungfish, Fugazi,Wire). The pair weave tales of teeth-baring city-scapes (Fake Names, Echo Chamber), the anxiety of death (Rest, Never Changer) and the horrifying pitfalls of our nascent century (Outnumbered, Skin And Bones). But, as their sunny refrains would imply, theres always a glimmer of hope, acceptance and love buried just beneath Parts & Labors paranoid surface (Without A Seed, Hurricane, A Thousand Roads).1. Fake Names
3. Constant Future
4. A Thousand Roads
6. Pure Annihilation
7. Skin And Bones
8. Echo Chamber
9. Without A Seed
10. Bright White
12. Never Changer$16.99Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
More Than Any Other Day
Debut Album From One Of Montreal's Most Talked-about Indie-Rock Bands.
Ought has been burning with a strong and steady flame since flickering to life in
Montreal in 2011. Holed up in a shared apartment that doubled as their rehearsal
space, the four band members self-recorded a first EP and played their first show
in these domestic confines, then busted out into the city's loft circuit, and into the
city streets during the Printemps d'Erable Quebec student general strike, in 2012.
These inspired months of mass mobilization against neo-liberal austerity
measures galvanized a wide range of agit-prop expression in Montreal, and
indelibly shaped the emerging sound, vision and social mandate of Ought.
Guitarist/vocalist Tim Beeler, who previously had been writing poetry and folk
music, drew new energy from electrification/amplification and solidarity/protest
alike; his declarative, observational vocal style ranges from wide-eyed to
worried, but never submits to cool irony or emotional detachment.
Ought's earnest, stately and exuberant post-punk is dextrous, deliberate, unfussy
and fluid, with debts to Cap'n Jazz, The Feelies, Lungfish, Gang Of Four and early
Talking Heads, among many others. The band shifts from sharp angles and stuttering
counterpoint to softer edges and chiming flow, with an economy of elements and
fidelity to their basic 4-piece constitution. The instrumental interplay is
consistently whipsmart, supple and deceptively simple. Beeler's speak-singing
can give way to melancholic melodic croons and ragged, desperate yelps, always
driven by sincerity of feeling and connection to his subject matter, whether that's
the conundrum of our fractured interiority or communion with others in our
fractured social space (or, for the most part, both).
Ought are a righteous and humble young band, fiercely dedicated to grassroots
organizing and artmaking, taking as self-evident the inseparability of politics
and aesthetics; we are proud and excited to be releasing their debut full-length.
More Than Any Other Day is the result of a week of recording and mixing at
Montreal's Hotel2Tango with engineer Radwan Moumneh (Suuns, Matana Roberts,
Jerusalem In My Heart) in November 2013; the album replaces the band's previously
self-released 5-song Bandcamp EP of the same name, which comprised a separate
set of recordings. Thanks for listening.1. Pleasant Heart
2. Today, More Than Any Other Day
4. The Weather Song
6. Around Again
8. Gemini$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now