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Another OneLike the days of Steely Dan or Harry Nilsson releasing a classic album every year (or less) comes Mac DeMarco's Another One, a Mini-LP announced one year after the release of the meteorically successful Salad Days. Written and recorded during the downtime between a relentless touring schedule, Another One is an eight-track release that expands the arsenal of Mac's already impressive catalog, showing the maturity of Mac's progression as songwriter: it's a bit more refined, a bit more sophisticated, but nonetheless retains the guts and soul of classic Mac. Despite working at the same pace as artists like Creedence and The Rolling Stones, coupled with an equally unending schedule of touring and press, it's odd that Mac is labeled as a slacker. With two full-lengths and two EPs released and hundreds of sold out shows performed in the last several years, a recent late night television debut on Conan following a special performance on The Eric Andre Show, it seems, as Mac nears his 25th birthday, there's not a slack bone in the man's body. Great songwriters don't need to reinvent themselves; they just need to keep going and let the songs out in the world. Thus, here's Another One.1. The Way You'd Love Her
2. Another One
3. No Other Heart
4. Just To Put Me Down
5. A Heart Like Hers
6. I've Been Waiting for Her
7. Without Me
8. My House By The Water$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
BlessedHaving moved all around Canada and settling nowhere, Walter TV are contemporary
nomads. They formed their band in the basements and cottage-like houses of a
beach town outside Vancouver.
After Joe McMurray and Pierce McGarry moved to Montreal, they shared an
apartment with a constant revolving cast of characters. In a space often overpopulated
and reeking of cigarettes, they began recording Blessed. Simon Ankenman
would come by periodically, and with him they would finish most of the recordings
between there and LA. The band's two members, Joe and Pierce, were also busy
touring with Mac DeMarco, acting as his backing band. Mixing and recording
turned into a thing to do on the road.
Although the group prefers tape recordings to digital, they have never been militant.
Always trying to uphold their DIY sensibilities, Walter TV believes the music should
speak for itself. It should come from wherever and whatever is available.1. Candles
3. Paranormal Witness
4. Walter's Kaya
5. Punk Song
6. Surf Metal
8. Thanksgiving (Looper)
9. C'mon Now
10. Tall Mountains$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ImpersonatorWith rich vocals atop quiet looped waves of
white noise, filtered synths and sparse thuds,
Montreal songwriter Devon Welsh aka Majical
Cloudz, is one of 2013's most unique and
essential new voices.
His 2012 Turns Turns Turns EP, an audacious
distillation of Welsh's ideas that brought his
vocals to the fore. "Musically, I wanted to try
saying 'no' to possibilities, and create negative
space in the songs," he says. "To put the
emphasis on the voice and lyrics."
Impersonator brings Welsh's songs into
even sharper focus; its expressive power and
swagger belie the extremely minimal music.
These are intensely lyrical songs about death,
patience, family, friendship, and desire.
Welsh cites Elliott Smith and Arthur Russell as
the two biggest influences on his songwriting.
While Impersonator sounds like neither, Smith's
lyricism is evident, as is Russell's ability to distill
a number of seemingly contradictory stylistic
ideas into a single focused statement.
Though they stand stylistically apart from
other artists in their Montreal scene - which
includes Grimes, Doldrums, Blue Hawaii, Mac
DeMarco, and others - Majical Cloudz are proud
beneficiaries of its camaraderie.1. Impersonator
2. This Is Magic
3. Childhood's End
4. I Do Sing For You
6. Turns Turns Turns
9. Bugs Don't Buzz
10. Notebook$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
This Old Dog (Out Of Stock)Before you ancients out there turn your heads and scoff at the premise of a twentysomething
rock-and-roll goofball calling himself an old-anything, consider this: Mac
DeMarco has spent the better part of his time thus far writing, recording, and releasing
an album of his own music pretty much every calendar flip.
This Old Dog makes for his fifth in just over half a decade-bringing the total to 3 LPs and 2 EPs. According
to the DMV, DeMarco is 26. But in working-dog years, ol' Mac here could easily
qualify for social security. To stay gold, turns out all he needed was some new tricks.
It was a little space-in time, location, and method-that inspired DeMarco while
making the record. Moving from his isolated Queens home to a house in Los Angeles
helped give the somewhat transient Canada-native a base, and a few more months
on his calendar to create did their job as well. Arriving in California with a grip of
demos he'd written in New York, he realized after a few months of setting up his new
shop-complete with a few new toys-that the gap was giving him perspective (insert
tooth joke here).
Right off the bat, from the pops and clicks of the CR-78 drum machine and acoustic
strums on the album-opening "My Old Man," the synth-drenched beauty of the
second track, "This Old Dog," it's clear that DeMarco's bag is filled with new tricks
indeed. This Old Dog is rooted more in a synth-base than any of his previous releases,
but he is careful not to let that tactic overshadow the other instruments and overall
"unplugged" mood of the work: "This is my acoustic album, but it's not really an acoustic
album at all. That's just what it feels like, mostly," says DeMarco.
Despite the changes considered during the creation of This Old Dog, Mac DeMarco's
mid-twenties masterpiece, it's clear that the engine that motors him is in no
danger of slowing down.1. My Old Man
2. This Old Dog
3. Baby You're Out
4. For the First Time
5. One Another
6. Still Beating
8. Dreams From Yesterday
9. A Wolf Who Wears Sheeps Clothes
10. One More Love Song
11. On The Level
12. Moonlight On The River
13. Watching Him Fade Away$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Salad Days (Out Of Stock)"As I'm getting older, chip up on my shoulder..." is the opening line from Mac DeMarco's
second full-length LP 'Salad Days,' the follow up to 2012's lauded 'Mac DeMarco 2.'
Amongst that familiar croon and lilting guitar, that initial line from the title track sets the tone
for an LP of a maturing singer/songwriter/producer. Someone strangely self-aware of the
positives and negatives of their current situation at the ripe old age of 23.
Written and recorded around a relentless tour schedule (which picked up all over again as
soon as the LP was done), 'Salad Days' gives the listener a very personal insight into what
it's all about to be Mac amidst the craziness of a rising career in a very public format. The
lead single, "Passing Out Pieces," set to huge overdriven organ chords, contains lines like
"...never been reluctant to share, passing out pieces of me..." Clearly, this isn't the same
record that breezily gave us "Dreamin," and "Ode to Viceroy" but the result of what comes
from their success. "Chamber of Reflection," a track featuring icy synth stabs and soulful
crooning, wouldn't be out of place on a fantasy Shuggie Otis and Prince collaboration.
Standout tracks like these show Mac's widening sound, whether insights into future
directions or even just welcome one-off forays into new territory.
Still, this is musically, lyrically and melodically good old Mac DeMarco, through and through.
The same crisp John Lennon / Phil Spector era homegrown lush production that could have
walked out of Geoff Emerick's mixing board in 1972, but with that peculiar Mac touch that's
completely of right now. "Brother," a complete future classic, is Mac at his most soulful and
easygoing but with that distinct weirdness and bite that can only come from Mr. DeMarco.
"Treat Her Better" is rife with "Mac-isms," heavily chorused slinky lead guitar, swooning
vocal melodies, effortless chords that come along only after years of effort, and the other
elements seriously lacking in independent music: sentiment and heartfelt sincerity.
We're only at Part 2 and 1/2 (one EP and two LP's in) into Mac's career. As you read this
and as you hear the album on April Fool's Day of this year, he'll probably be on tour, or
preparing for one... or maybe already writing new music. A relentless work ethic is something
to be admired in today's indie music scene, but when it's of the quality Mac is giving us time
and time again, it starts to turn from admiration to awe1. Salad Days
2. Blue Boy
4. Let Her Go
5. Goodbye Weekend
6. Let My Baby Stay
7. Passing Out Pieces
8. Treat Her Better
9. Chamber Of Reflection
10. Go Easy
11. Jonny's Odyssey$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock