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  • Transcendental Youth Transcendental Youth Quick View

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    Transcendental Youth

    Transcendental Youth is full of songs about people who madly, stupidly, blessedly won't stop surviving, no matter who gives up on them.
    1. Amy aka Spent Gladiator 1
    2. Lakeside View Apartments Suite
    3. Cry for Judas
    4. Harlem Roulette
    5. White Cedar
    6. Until I Am Whole
    7. Night Light
    8. The Diaz Brothers
    9. Counterfeit Florida Plates
    10. In Memory of Satan
    11. Spent Gladiator 2
    12. Transcendental Youth
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  • I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats: All Hail West Texas (Pre-Order) I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats: All Hail West Texas (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats: All Hail West Texas (Pre-Order)

    Pressed On Opaque Pink & Opaque Blue Vinyl


    Here is a 2LP cover album & companion piece to the podcast
    debut of I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats, from Night Vale
    Presents in collaboration with Merge Records and the Mountain
    Goats.


    Premiering September 2017 and running through early April
    2018, this unique bi-weekly podcast is a conversation music
    series focusing on the seminal Mountain Goats album All
    Hail West Texas, between Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn't
    Dead creator Joseph Fink with New York Times best-selling
    author John Darnielle, who is also the founder, lead singer, and
    songwriter for the Mountain Goats-and Fink's own personal
    artistic hero.


    Together, Fink and Darnielle take the listener on a deep dive
    into the world of creativity and the duality of being an artist
    and a fan, both by sharing their own creative processes and
    music-geek obsessions and through immersive chats with other
    notable musicians and writers including best-selling YA author
    and music nerd John Green (The Fault in Our Stars) and Merge
    Records co-founder Mac McCaughan (Superchunk), as well as
    many special music guests such as Andrew Bird, Craig Finn,
    Laura Jane Grace, and Amanda Palmer, who offer up their own
    opinions as well as new renditions of songs from All Hail West
    Texas.


    This limited edition 2LP contains the full All Hail West Texas
    covers collection, introduced over the course of podcast season
    one, pressed to opaque pink & opaque blue vinyl.

    LP 1
    1. The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton
    2. Fall of the Star High School Running Back
    3. Color in Your Cheeks
    4. Jenny
    5. Fault Lines
    6. Balance
    7. Pink and Blue
    8. Riches and Wonders


    LP 2
    1. The Mess Inside
    2. Jeff Davis County Blues
    3. Distant Stations
    4. Blues in Dallas
    5. Source Decay
    6. Absolute Lithops Effect

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    Goths

    Vinyl Cut At 45 RPM & Packaged In Gatefold Jacket With Full Printed Lyrics


    The theme this time around is goth, a subject closer to my heart perhaps than that of any Mountain Goats album previous. And while John writes the songs, as he always has, it feels more than ever like he's speaking for all of us in the band, erstwhile goths (raises hand) or otherwise, for these are songs that approach an identity most often associated with youth from a perspective that is inescapably adult. Anyone old enough to have had the experience of finding oneself at sea in a cultural landscape that's suddenly indecipherable will empathize with Pat Travers showing up to a Bauhaus show looking to jam, for example.


    But underneath the outward humor, there is evident throughout a real tenderness toward, and solidarity with, our former fellow travelers-the friends whose bands never made it out of Fender's Ballroom, the Gene Loves Jezebels of the world-the ones whose gothic paths were overtaken by the realities of life, or of its opposite. It's something we talk about a lot, how fortunate and grateful we are to share this work, a career that's become something more rewarding and fulfilling than I think any of us could have imagined. We all know how easily it could've gone the other way, and indeed for a long time did.


    -Peter Hughes

    February 2017

    Charlotte, NC

    LP 1
    1. Rain in Soho
    2. Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back to Leeds
    3. The Grey King and the Silver Flame Attunement
    4. We Do It Different on the West Coast
    5. Unicorn Tolerance
    6. Stench of the Unburied


    LP 2
    1. Wear Black
    2. Paid in Cocaine
    3. Rage of Travers
    4. Shelved
    5. For the Portuguese Goth Metal
    6. Bands

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  • All Hail West Texas All Hail West Texas Quick View

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    All Hail West Texas

    Remastered


    The last of the all-home-recordings albums by the Mountain Goats and the only one about which that claim is true, All Hail West Texas was originally released as a free-standing compact disc on the late, lamented Emperor Jones. That was about a decade ago. The songs were originally transferred from the cassettes onto which they were recorded to 1/4 reels at Tiny Telephone by Alex Newport, who also played in Fudge Tunnel. John got really excited when he realized his tapes were being EQ'd by the guy from Fudge Tunnel.


    Remastered from those reels, along with 7 unearthed songs from the two surviving contemporaneous cassettes, All Hail West Texas stands as the peak of the Mountain Goats' home recording era, a time people like to refer to as when John Darnielle had his four-track, except John did not actually use a four-track. He used the condenser mic of a Panasonic boombox and there was no overdubbing. All songs recorded on the day they were written, usually within minutes of the actual composition. Highlights include Jenny, Fall of the Star High School Running Back, and The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton, a song which has compelled audiences around the globe to yell Hail Satan, and to mean it.


    Package art features a newly penned 1,800-word essay by John detailing his songwriting and recording process for the album.

    1. The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton
    2. Fall of the Star High School Running Back
    3. Color in Your Cheeks
    4. Jenny
    5. Fault Lines
    6. Balance
    7. Pink and Blue
    8. Riches and Wonders
    9. The Mess Inside
    10. Jeff Davis County Blues

    11. Distant Stations
    12. Blues in Dallas
    13. Source Decay
    14. Absolute Lithops Effect
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  • Tallahassee Tallahassee Quick View

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    Tallahassee

    Mountain Goats auteur John Darnielle continues to write songs that could inspire a season's worth of TV movie melodramas...the results can be extraordinary. Get the man an orchestra, now. - Entertainment Weekly.
    1. Tallahassee
    2. First Few Desperate Hours
    3. Southwood Plantation Road
    4. Game Shows Touch Our Lives
    5. The House That Dripped Blood
    6. Idylls of the King
    7. No Children
    8. See America Right
    9. Peacocks
    10. International Small Arms Traffic Blues
    11. Have to Explode
    12. Old College Try
    13. Oceanographer's Choice
    14. Alpha Rats Nest
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  • Beat the Champ Beat the Champ Quick View

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    Beat the Champ

    Beat the Champ is about professional wrestling, which was an avenue of escape for me when I was a kid.
    Wrestling was low-budget working class entertainment back then, strictly UHF material. It was cheap theater.
    You had to bring your imagination to the proceedings and you got paid back double. I wrote these songs to
    re-immerse myself in the blood and fire of the visions that spoke to me as a child, and to see what more there
    might be in them now that I'm grown.

    - John Darnielle, Durham, NC
    LP1
    1. Southwestern Territory
    2. The Legend of Chavo Guerrero
    3. Foreign Object
    4. Animal Mask
    5. Choked Out
    6. Heel Turn 2


    LP2
    1. Fire Editorial
    2. Stabbed to Death Outside San Juan
    3. Werewolf Gimmick
    4. Luna
    5. Unmasked!
    6. The Ballad of Bull Ramos
    7. Hair Match

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  • The Sunset Tree The Sunset Tree Quick View

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    The Sunset Tree

    Following the success of We Shall All Be Headed, The Mountain Goats return with a third record for 4AD. The Sunset Tree was recorded by John Vanderslice at Prairie Sun Studios (a favorite haunt of Tom Waits, among others) in North Carolina. The album features long time collaborator Peter Hughes, along with Franklin Bruno, and acclaimed jazz cellist Eric Friedlander.
    1. You or Your Memory 2:15
    2. Broom People 2:44
    3. This Year 3:52
    4. Dilaudid 2:10
    5. Dance Music 1:57
    6. Dinu Lipatti's Bones 3:18
    7. Up the Wolves 3:27
    8. Lion's Teeth 3:25
    9. Hast Thou Considered the Tetrapod 3:22
    10. Magpie 2:00
    11. Song for Dennis Brown 3:57
    12. Love Love Love 2:48
    13. Pale Green Things 4:19
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  • All Eternals Deck All Eternals Deck Quick View

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    All Eternals Deck

    The Mountain Goats' new album is called All Eternals Deck. The songs cluster around themes of hidden things and the dread that hidden things inspire, says singer/songwriter John Darnielle, but also the excitement, the attraction, the magnetic draw that scary unknown hidden things exert. The title refers to an apocryphal tarot deck. The band approached recording sessions for All Eternals Deck as commando raids on multiple studios with several producers. We wanted to see how disparate seasons and moods and locations and producers would play out in the songs, explains Darnielle.
    1. Damn These Vampires

    2. Birth of Serpents
    3. Estate Sale Sign
    4. Age of Kings
    5. Autopsy Garland, The
    6. Beautiful Gas Mask
    7. High Hawk Season
    8. Prowl Great Cain
    9. Sourdoire Valley Song
    10. Outer Scorpion Squadron
    11. For Charles Bronson
    12. Never Quite Free
    13. Liza Forever Minnelli
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  • We Shall All Be Healed We Shall All Be Healed Quick View

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    We Shall All Be Healed

    The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle has been one of the best songwriters of the '00s: he turns out mostly acoustic, remarkably consistent albums full of engaging, heart-rendering songs about things like failed marriages and speed freaks and liquor store employees shooting burglars in the face - Rolling Stone.
    1. Slow West Vultures

    2. Palmcorder Yajna

    3. Linda Blair Was Born Innocent

    4. Letter From Belgium

    5. The Young Thousands

    6. Your Belgian Things

    7. Mole

    8. Home Again Garden Grove

    9. All Up The Seething Coast

    10. Quito

    11. Cotton

    12. Against Pollution

    13. Pigs That Ran Straightaway Into The Water, Triumph Of

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    Heretic Pride

    The Mountain Goats have recorded four fine albums that have established them as a genuine cult phenomenon and confirmed John Darnielle's status as one of the finest lyricists of his generation. Heretic Pride is a suite of songs about mythical creatures, imaginary cults, slasher films, and pulp fiction novelists. Here, Darnielle has also come up with some of the most anthemic, impassioned, and downright catchy songs of his career. It's rare to come across such specific and purposeful prose in modern pop. But, alongside Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and the Decemberists' Colin Meloy, John Darnielle is helping bring fine lyric writing back to life - NY Daily News.
    1. Sax Rohmer #1
    2. San Bernardino
    3. Heretic Pride
    4. Autoclave
    5. New Zion
    6. So Desperate
    7. In The Craters On The Moon
    8. Lovecraft In Brooklyn
    9. Tianchi Lake
    10. How To Embrace A Swamp Creature
    11. Marduk T-Shirt Men's Room Incident
    12. Sept 15th 1983
    13. Michael Myers Resplendent
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  • All Alone In An Empty House All Alone In An Empty House Quick View

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    All Alone In An Empty House

    On All Alone In An Empty House, Lost In The Trees merges dramatic symphonic elements with the soaring melodies of American folk and modern pop, creating a sound that is simultaneously intimate and sonically ambitious. Working with North Carolina producer Scott Solter (The Mountain Goats, Superchunk, Spoon, St. Vincent), Ari Picker and company have created a maverick collection of beautiful soul baring music.
    1. All Alone in an Empty House
    2. Walk Around the Lake
    3. Mvt. 1 Sketch
    4. Song for the Painter
    5. Fireplace
    6. Love on My Side
    7. Wooden Walls of this Forest Church
    8. A Room Where Your Paintings Hang
    9. We Burn the Leaves
    10. Mvt. 2 Sketch
    11. For Leah and Chloe
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  • Get Lonely Get Lonely Quick View

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    Get Lonely

    Get Lonely is every bit as assured as its predecessor, The Sunset Tree, but the mood is entirely different. Sunset chronicled the fraught, violent relationship between John Darnielle and his stepfather and derived its power from an unblinking exorcism of personal demons, while Get Lonely is the haunted aftermath. It's a reflective, intimate record. The mood is one of bittersweet resignation rather than cathartic release. It's a quiet triumph, murmuring with a modest but entirely surefooted confidence. An uncannily coherent and subtly redemptive record which will come to be seen as Mountain Goats' most resonant, assured, and magical collection of songs so far.
    1. Wild Sage

    2. New Monster Avenue

    3. Half Dead

    4. Get Lonely

    5. Maybe Sprout Wings

    6. Moon Over Goldsboro

    7. In The Hidden Places

    8. Song For Lonely Giants

    9. Woke Up New

    10. If You See Light

    11. Cobra Tattoo

    12. In Corolla
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  • The Life of the World To Come The Life of the World To Come Quick View

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    The Life of the World To Come

    The Mountain Goats have been making records since that mythical time when the term tape-only label didn't require any elaborate explanation, but have been recording and touring in their current incarnation since 2007. That current incarnation consists of John Darnielle, Peter Hughes and Jon Wurster, who, having toured Australia, England, and the U.S. several times (and a cruise ship once), recorded The Life of the World to Come across three studios with three producers from April through June of 2009: with Brandon Eggleston at Chicago's Electrical Audio; with John Congleton at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas; and with Scott Solter at Baucom Road in Monroe, North Carolina. Owen Pallet, with whom the band shared a stage in Australia this past January at the Meredith Music Festival, arranged and played strings. The Life of the World to Come's 12 songs all originate, one way or another, in the Bible, though none of the band, as of press time, had joined the Vineyard Fellowship.
    1. 1 Samuel 15:23
    2. Psalms 40:2
    3. Genesis 3:23
    4. Philippians 3:20-21
    5. Hebrews 11:40
    6. Genesis 30:3
    7. Romans 10:9
    8. 1 John 4:16
    9. Matthew 25:21
    10. Deuteronomy 2:10
    11. Isaiah 45:23
    12. Ezekiel 7 and the Permanent Efficacy of Grace
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  • Let The Poison Out Let The Poison Out Quick View

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    Let The Poison Out

    Over the course of four years, the Beets have released two lps and three singles for NY label Captured Tracks, toured nationally with Vivian Girls, the Mountain Goats, shared the stage with Pavement, and have been featured on the Howard Stern show twice! Let the Poison Out was captured on tape by Gary Olson of Ladybug Transistor at Marlborough Farms and finds the Beets shaking off the lo-fi brashness of their first two lps. The jangly acoustic guitar, brutal and surreal lyrics, and catchy and breezy sing-a-long songs that people have come to worship by the band, have remained.
    1. You Don't Want Kids to Be Dead
    2. Now I Live
    3. Preso Voy
    4. Let Clock Work
    5. Doing As I Do
    6. Wipe it Off
    7. Eat No Dick 3
    8. Without You
    9. As the World
    10. I Don't Know
    11. I Think I Might Have Built a Horse
    12. Friends of Friends
    13. Walking to My House
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  • Majesty Shredding Majesty Shredding Quick View

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    Majesty Shredding

    Majesty Shredding is a powerful document of Superchunk as a band, augmented as needed with well-placed harmonies, keyboards, and guitar overdubs (and some backing vocals courtesy of the Mountain Goats John Darnielle). Since releasing their first 7 in 1989, Superchunk has run the gamut of milestone albums: early punk rock stompers, polished mid-career masterpieces, and lush, adventurous curveballs. Conventional wisdom holds that a band two decades into its career can only rehash or reinvent, but with Majesty Shredding, Superchunk has done something entirely different. Neither a return nor a departure, Majesty Shredding telescopes two decades into 41 indelible, action-packed minutes. It is the sound of youthful exuberance fine-tuned with grown-up confidence. And it may very well be Superchunks best record yet.
    1. Digging For Something
    2. My Gap Feels Weird
    3. Rosemarie
    4. Crossed Wires
    5. Slow Drip
    6. Fractures In Plaster
    7. Learned To Surf
    8. Winter Games
    9. Rope Light
    10. Hot Tubes
    11. Everything At Once
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  • Undercard Undercard Quick View

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    Undercard

    Comprised of John Darnielle (the Mountain Goats) and Franklin Bruno (Nothing Painted Blue, the Human Hearts) The Extra Lens began as a potential home for any song John wrote that had a) more than three chords or b) a bridge. New songs for the group only happened when John figured he'd written something that Franklin might find clever or amusing.



    Recorded with Brian Paulson (Slint, Beck, US Maple) at the Rubber Room in Carrboro, North Carolina, and with Mitch Rackin (Excepter, Heavy Hands) at Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn, NY, Undercard is the first Extra Lens record to arrive as a full collaboration between songwriters. The recording method, however, persists: John plays guitar and sings, leaving Franklin to provide arrangements as the songs require: here sparing, here ornate; sometimes gentle, sometimes not. The Extra Lens now invite you to sit down, put your feet up, and enjoy the Undercard.

    1. Adultery
    2. Crusierweights
    3. Only Existing Footage
    4. Communicating Doors
    5. Programmed Cell Death
    6. How I Left the Ministry
    7. Some Other Way
    8. Ambivalent Landscape Z
    9. In Germany Before the War
    10. Tug on the Line
    11. Rockin Rockin Twilight of the Gods
    12. Dogs of Clinic 17
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  • In Conflict In Conflict Quick View

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    In Conflict

    We are pleased to announce the new album from Owen Pallett, In Conflict, to be released
    on May 13th in North America. In Conflict was written and produced by Pallett, recorded
    with the core rhythm section of Robbie Gordon and Matt Smith, and features contributions
    from Brian Eno and The Czech FILMharmonic Orchestra, amongst others.


    In Conflict is full of love songs- more specifically, songs about liminal states and our loved
    ones locked in battle with them. "The record is meant to approach 'insanity' in a positive
    way," Owen says- emphasis on the ironizing scare quotes around singular notions of
    insanity. "Depression, addiction, gender trouble, and the creative state are presented as
    positive, loveable, empathetic ways of being. Not preferable, per se, but all as equal, valid
    positions that we experience, which makeus human."


    Pallett was recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score, alongside
    Arcade Fire, for their work on Spike Jonze's Her. Pallett has served as a versatile
    collaborator to many projects in both pop and art establishments - The National, The
    Mountain Goats, Grizzly Bear, Snow Patrol, and yes even, Taylor Swift - where he is
    equally beloved for his accessibility; for the way his art reflects & resonates with Mainstream
    Pop Culture; for the emotionally cathartic outlet his music provides.

    1. I Am Not Afraid
    2. In Conflict
    3. On A Path
    4. Song For Five & Six
    5. The Secret Seven
    6. Chorale
    7. The Passions
    8. The Sky Behind The Flag
    9. --->
    10. The Riverbed
    11. Infernal Fantasy
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  • Under Branch & Thorn & Tree Under Branch & Thorn & Tree Quick View

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    Under Branch & Thorn & Tree

    "I don't write protest songs in the traditional sense," Samantha Crain says, talking about the songs on her new album, Under Branch & Thorn & Tree. "But I'm always listening to the voices of people around me. These stories are told from the perspective of the underdog, the 99% of us that are working people. They might
    not be literal protest songs, but the lives of the people within these songs speak at the same volume if you listen." - Samantha Crain


    Crain's songs are full of expansive melodies that veer off in unpredictable directions, with lyrics that explore conflicting emotions with uncommon insight and compassion. She has a jazz singer's phrasing, often breaking words into rhythmic fragments that land before and after the beat, stretching syllables or adding grace
    notes to uncover hidden nuances in her lyrics.


    Under Branch & Thorn & Tree was recorded at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco, with John Vanderslice (The Mountain Goats, Spoon), who also helmed last year's Kid Face."We recorded straight to two-inch tape on a Studer 24-track machine and mixed down to 1/2-inch tape on an Ampex machine. The
    pre-amps were tube and we never used a computer. Our effects were done manually through tape looping and manipulation.


    Most of the arrangements happened in the moment, as we recorded. My guitar and vocals are all first or second takes." These intimate vignettes are marked by Crain's careful attention to the tiny details that often escape us, supported by the subtle musical settings she crafted with Vanderslice and the backing
    musicians.

    1. Killer
    2. Kathleen
    3. Elk City
    4. Outside the Pale
    5. You Or Mystery
    6. When You Come Back
    7. Big Rock
    8. All In
    9. If I Had A Dollar
    10. Moving Day
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    Black Up


    Black Up is the new sonic move from Shabazz Palaces. Like rich velvet hijabs or gold threaded abayas. Luxury as understood by the modest. If Bedouins herded beats instead of goats and settled in Seattle instead of the Atlas Mountains, this would be their album. Forward thinkers but nostalgic for a sparer time when ancient astronomers only recognized five planets. Black Up was recorded and mixed in Lixx-alog by Blood and produced by Knife Knights at Gunbeat Serenade Studio in Outplace Palacelands.


    1. Free Press and Curl

    2. An echo from the Hosts that Profess Infinitum
    3. Are You Can You Were You? (Felt)
    4. A Treatease Dedicated to The Avian Airess from North East Nubis (1000 questions, 1 Answer)
    5. Youlogy
    6. Endeavors for Never (The Last Time We Spoke You Said You Were Not Here. I Saw You Though.)
    7. Recollections of the Wraith
    8. The Kings New Clothes Were Made by His Own Hands
    9. Yeah You
    10. Swerve... the Reeping of All That Is Worthwhile (Noir Not Withstanding)

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  • Born With Stripes Born With Stripes Quick View

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    Born With Stripes

    San Diegos The Donkeys strike a balance of smiling, surfer mysticism and winking, slacker mystique. They reanimate the charming hallmarks of sunshine-rock past without being sepia-toned retro or bubblegum-cloying. There is an innate playfulness and honesty to the music they make. Its a dynamic that has made public champions of keen-eared musicians like John Darnielle (Mountain Goats) and Craig Finn (The Hold Steady). It was Darnielle who claimed The Donkeys were benevolent keepers of what he called The Antidote to an unnamed sickness plaguing indie rock.


    Born With Stripes is an altogether less twangy affair than the bands 2008 Dead Oceans debut, Living On The Other Side. The nods to Grateful Dead and Buffalo Springfield are better balanced with echoes of other Cali arists, notably Pavement and Beck. The country-rock flairs are often overtaken by powerpop hooks. What some might call a lazy melody is really just a melody on its own clock. Nice and relaxed.


    Ceiling Tan, feels like a lost weekend in Tijuana with Mutations and Crooked Rain, and may well be the bands mission statement. I Like The Way You Walk also cops a 90s alt-rock lick, but ditches any esoterica for earnest yearnings and sweet nothings.


    What makes the Donkeys so potent is not their ability to rehash the past, its that their records embody a pureness, an authenticity that is unmatched in contemporary music. We were not the only ones to feel this undeniable connection. The Donkeys had a brush with Hollywood when Lost producer Eddy Kitsis heard the band, and cast them as Geronimo Jackson, a band he had written into the Lost story as an obscure San Francisco band from the 70s, who were peers of the Grateful Dead. Kitsis heard the Donkeys and felt they so embodied this fictitious band, that he actually had the band re-record their song Excelsior Lady as Dharma Lady and weaved it into the TV show.


    The album was mixed by Pernice Brothers Thom Monahan, whose involvement not only gives us the crispest, warmest Donkeys recordings to date, it also serves to remind us of the bands loose connections to an array of psych-dappled kindred spirits: Vetiver, Papercuts, BrightblackMorning Light, Devendra Banhart. Monahan was not the only outsider the band collaborated with on Born With Stripes. The playful album artwork was created by California illustrator and cartoonist Tony Millionaire, best known for his comics Maakies and Sock Monkey, and as the creator of the Adult Swim show Drinky Crow.

    1. Don't Know Who We Are

    2. I Like The Way You Walk
    3. Bloodhound
    4. Born With Stripes
    5. Kaleidoscope
    6. West Coast Raga
    7. New Blue Stockings
    8. Ceiling Tan
    9. Oxblood
    10. Bullfrog Blues
    11. Valerie
    12. East Coast Raga

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  • Get The Knack Get The Knack Quick View

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    Get The Knack


    One of the Most Instantly Successful and Highest-Selling Debut Albums in History: The Knack's Attitudinal Get the Knack Loaded With Power Pop, Catchy Hooks, Keen Melodies, and My Sharona


    Mastered from the Original Master Tapes, Pressed at RTI, and Strictly Limited to 3000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity 180g LP of Get the Knack Teems with Abundant Energy


    Most everyone knows The Knack's Get the Knack because of the ubiquitous smash My Sharona, a contagious hit that still plays countless times everyday on radio stations nationwide. But the appeal and significance of the Los Angeles quartet's 1979 debut extend far beyond the career-making single. Loaded with tight power pop, hummable hooks, blunt lyrics, and precision playing, the controversy-igniting Get the Knack resonates with an ageless freshness that's influenced everyone from Kurt Cobain to modern indie artists such as the Mountain Goats.


    Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g LP of Get the Knack brings the record's urgent harmonies, keen melodies, bell-clear tones, and snapping percussion out of the shadows and into the limelight. Graced with large-scale frequency extension and ample separation, the Knack's feisty music now teems with added energy, body, and immediacy. Absent the dynamic compression that squelched previous reissues, this numbered limited-edition audiophile analog version blossoms with detail, openness, and brashness. A guilty pleasure to some and new-wave classic to many others, Get the Knack is so attitudinal it spawned one of the industry's most famous backlashes.


    Released by Capitol Records after the Knack courted a dozen other offers, the 12-track set remains one of the most instantaneously successful debuts ever made. Aided by tongue-in-cheek marketing, a sly cover-art reference to the Beatles' Meet the Beatles, and Mack Truck-sized refrains that stick in your head for hours, Get the Knack went gold in days and, to date, has sold more than five million copies. The meteoric rise didn't sit well with detractors committed to ripping apart the band for its perceived arrogance (members refused to sit for interviews) and alleged misogynist stance. Needless to say, the boycotting campaigns fell on deaf ears.


    Holding down the top of the singles chart for six weeks, and the eventual number-one single on the year-end 1979 chart, My Sharona alone cemented the Knack's position in history. Written by lead singer and guitarist Doug Fieger about his lust for the then-underage 17-year-old Sharona Alperin, who ultimately became his fianc√Če, the anthem's suggestive themes carry throughout the record. Straightforward in its sleaziness and sexuality, Get the Knack pulls no punches about teenage frustrations, boy-girl one-upsmanship, sticky sweet romance, and unrequited passions for the opposite sex.


    Teasing, mischievous tracks such as (She's So) Selfish connect with Bo Diddley-inspired riffs and crude, hormonally charged lines that split the difference between manipulation, nastiness, and arousal. The Top 15 hit Good Girls Don't similarly confronts the pent-up carnal desires and libidinous emotions shared by youth of all generations, while That's What the Little Girls Do functions as a sly response. Your Number or Your Name dabbles in related subject matter, with sensitivity and hopefulness added for good measure. It's a perfect mix of agony and ecstasy, fear and confidence.


    Shot-through with yearning, every song bursts forth with undeniable catchiness, firecracker release, and sassy style - an approach Rolling Stone rightly says finds the band [winding] itself tighter than a hot pair of disco jeans, then [doing] its best to hold to that energy until its time to explode.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Let Me Out
    2. Your Number or Your Name
    3. Oh Tara
    4. (She's So) Selfish
    5. Maybe Tonight
    6. Good Girls Don't
    7. My Sharona
    8. Heartbeat
    9. Siamese Twins (The Monkey and Me)
    10. Lucinda
    11. That's What the Little Girls Do
    12. Frustrated
    The Knack
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Fences

    New Album Produced By John Vanderslice (Spoon, The Mountain Goats, Samantha Crain)


    Mastered By Bernie Grundman (Michael Jackson's Thriller, Dr. Dre's The Chronic, Carole King's Tapestry)


    180-Gram Vinyl Pressed By Quality Record Pressing


    Vinyl Lacquers Were Cut Directly From Analog Tape


    Dear listener,


    Fences is something new for our band Bombadil. It is more than just an album; it is a new path, a reset after several challenging years. The path began in January 2015, when a longtime member of Bombadil unexpectedly left our band. Daniel Michalak and I sat down to discuss our next steps. It was a time for soul searching. A duo of a bassist and drummer did not feel like a band. Moving forward seemed daunting, but we both felt like there was more to say with the band. We wanted to make music. So we began simply by making some. Writing and recording the Still Bombadil EP was fun. A fast and dirty exploration of a creative idea, no room for fiddling, deadline looming. Our last album, Hold On, had not been like that. It had been an ordeal.


    Daniel suggested composing songs using guitar instrumentals our old bandmate Bryan Rahija had written, and of limiting ourselves to a small palette for the next album: guitar, piano, upright bass, harmony vocals. The goal was to make a folk record, something easy to understand, something beautiful. He shared a demo for "Binoculars" and I loved it. It was simple, elegant. We added it to the live set almost immediately. Daniel continued writing, focusing on guitar, harmony, and emotion. The songs inconveniently had no drums (what was I going to play?!). He instead wrote parts for me to sing and we began collaborating on composing tunes with a similar approach. "Fence" was written together at a friends house in Crozet, Virginia to kill time on tour. An old song of mine, "Long Life," was revived and extended. Percussion parts started to show up. Daniel's commitment to songwriting continued to inspire, a new demo was in my inbox almost weekly. Daniel enlisted the help of an old friend and data scientist, Nasir Bhanpuri, to analyze the success of our old catalog of songs and make suggestions to guide our writing and arranging. It was an experiment that pushed us to take the songs further than we might have in the past. In part, we were throwing ideas at the wall to see what would stick, but we were also searching for something new, actively trying to push ourselves to new creative heights.


    We kept the Bombadil ship moving by accepting all shows, searching for more opportunities to play. We found wonderful people to tour in our band. There were good shows. There were bad ones, too. I learned to be a lead singer on the fly and on stage (with the help of an encouraging septuagenarian opera singer). And we kept writing, practicing, and recording. In July 2015, Stacy Harden sent me an email inquiring if we needed a musician. In his audition, he played through songs like he had been in the band all along. He even knew the harmonies. He had grown up a fan of the band, singing along in the car. In October, Stacy and I drove our equipment across the country for a West Coast tour in a four-day sprint and listened to every song the Beatles recorded. His easy-going spirit was infectious, his presence made the band more fun and more inspiring. We had found our man. "What's So Great About You" was the first collaboration between this new trio, and we started to discover what a new version of our band sounded like.


    In January 2016, the three of us left North Carolina for Littleton, Massachusetts to spend several weeks at a friend's farmhouse. We recorded all day long, cooked together, spent our breaks around a roaring wood stove carefully tended to by Daniel. The resulting demo recordings gave us a roadmap to follow. Our label, Ramseur Records, suggested a producer, a departure after self-recording our last three records. John Vanderslice was given the demos and was enthusiastic about the material. He insisted that we listen closely to Paul Simon's first record. He told us the songs needed a sense of danger, that our demos felt like we were being too careful, and that the songs needed more percussion. John is opinionated, talented, and inspirational. And most of all, making the record with him over 12 days in September 2016 at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco was easy. And fun. And fast. We used only analog equipment, recording to tape through high-end vintage equipment. Bryan came to play his guitar parts (which by this point Stacy had learned for live performances of the material). The recordings were all first takes, new ideas were quickly embraced, mistakes were left alone as intention, very little artificial reverb was used but John's concrete echo chamber was used extensively. We hoped to catch lightning in a bottle and I think that we did.


    To me, Fences represents the journey of the last two years. It is the discovery of a group voice, the willingness to explore collaboration between old friends, and an openness to let new voices into the fold. It is something I am proud to have been a part of and am excited to share with the world. To me, it is an example of the power and positivity of collaboration, of a group of human beings working diligently on a shared vision. If nothing else, I can say that we tried as hard as we possibly could. I can't wait to do it again.


    Thank you for listening,


    James Phillips/Bombadil

    1. What's So Great About You
    2. Not Those Kind of People
    3. Binoculars
    4. Math and Love
    5. Perfect
    6. Fence
    7. Good News Sadie
    8. I Could Make You So Happy
    9. Long Life
    10. Is This Danger
    11. No Snow in the Valley
    Bombadil
    $20.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Provincial (Out Of Stock)

    Since 1997, John K. Samson has written four acclaimed albums with The Weakerthans. Provincial, Samsons first solo release began with a simple idea: to explore four different roads in Manitoba, the Canadian province where Samson lives. They're the places I kept going back to. Samson talked to relatives, friends and strangers; he visited archives, a tuberculosis sanatorium turned RV park and a forgotten cemetery.


    The result is this collection of evocative songs, an album that fits beside Bruce Springsteens Nebraska, Sun Kil Moons Ghosts Of The Great Highway and Mountain Goats Tallahassee. While the teenage craving of Cruise Night recalls the Cars' Stop Error and invokes Bach; for When I Write my Masters Thesis, Samsons inspiration was all jukebox serendipity, Bob Dylans When I Paint My Masterpiece, sailing out from the corner of a Yukon dive-bar. Provincial is a record full of fierce, tuneful and vivid stories.

    1. Highway 1 East
    2. Heart of the Continent
    3. Cruise Night
    4. Grace General
    5. When I Write My Master's Thesis
    6. Letter in Icelandic from the Ninette San
    7. Longitudinal Centre
    8. www.ipetitions.com/petition/rivertonrifle
    9. The Last And
    10. Stop Error
    11. Highway 1 West
    12. Taps Reversed
    John K. Samson
    $19.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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    Hail Mega Boys (Out Of Stock)

    First Time On Vinyl


    Available for the first time on vinyl as the band approaches the historic milestone of performing live on stage together for the thousandth time is the classic debut from J. Roddy Walston and the Business, the band many have come to hail as the Megaboys of Rock'n'Roll. This release has been re-mastered from the original source by the audio wizards at Lord Baltimore Recording Studio.


    Born and raised near Chattanooga, TN, J. Roddy Walston is the only limb left on the once-proud family tree of the Roddy clan. It was in the Smoky Mountain hollers of Tennessee that he was raised on the Music of God and taught to play rock and roll by the hand of the Devil. As a child, his grandmother turned down the Grand Ole Opry to sing only for God and family, while his uncle chose to drink himself to death in the real honky-tonks rather than heed the calls of the Nashville hit-makers that constantly beckoned. After young Roddy watched both punctuate their refusals with the business end of a shotgun, he decided not to let the family die nameless. In as much an attempt to bring due credit to his kin as a desire to rebel against what they stood for, he moved from the shadows and secrets of the South into the spotlight and temptations of the North. Whether by divine appointment or a cocktail devised by the Devil, no one knows, but by the time he reached Baltimore, a vicious band of players had gathered around him. Together, they've been begging rock n' roll to respect its past and teaching old music new tricks. It's as though every time they strike a note goat piss is turning into gasoline...nothing less than a modern rock n' roll miracle.

    I'll Tell You What
    Nineteen Ought Four
    Rock and Roll the Second
    Used to Did
    The Times Are a Staying
    Generic In Love
    Go For It
    Picnics and Kisses
    Sally Bangs
    Mommie Bomb
    Stop Rip and Roll
    Go Malachi
    J Roddy Walston And The Business
    $18.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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