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Roots In The Sky (Speakers Corner)If there was ever a group that successfully amalgamated Asian and African music with jazz and classic, then it was surely Oregon. With a wide range of instruments and the musicians' unusually receptive ears for everything here, there and everywhere, Oregon certainly enjoyed the optimal prerequisites. John Towner, Paul McCandless, Glen Moore and in particular Colin Walcott laid the foundations for their music in the musical heaven of their time. Oboe, cor anglais, bass clarinet, six- and twelve-string guitars, piano, flugelhorn, percussion, bass, sitar, tabla - such a versatile range of instruments - lent the nine numbers their, until then, rarely heard sound colouring and mark the transition from the band's more hippy-like, country sound when they recorded for the Vanguard label to their later classic sound when signed to ECM. In this respect, Roots In The Sky is an important contemporary document in the world of music between 1970 and 1980. A rare black disc on which there is much to discover!
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.
- Paul McCandless (clarinet, horn, oboe)
- Ralph Towner (fluegel horn, guitar, piano, percussion)
- Collin Walcott (guitar, percussion)
- Glen Moore (bass)
Recording: December 1978 at Longview Farms, North Brookfield, MA., and April 1979 at Columbia Recording Studios, New York, by David Greene
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. June Bug
3. Sierra Leone
4. Ogden Road
5. House Of Wax
6. Hungry Heart
7. Orrington's Escape
8. Roots In The Sky
9. Longing, So Long$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Stand By Me SoundtrackImport
30th Anniversary 180 Gram Vinyl
Thirty years ago, director Rob Reiner chose the picturesque town of Brownsville, Oregon as the filming location for his classic coming-of-age story, Stand By Me. The heart-warming movie was nominated for an Academy Award and has continued to be a favourite of both critics and fans around the world.
The film, whose plot is based on Stephen King's novella The Body and title is derived from the Ben E. King's eponymous song, which plays over the opening and ending credits, tells the story of four boys in small town Oregon who go on a hike across the countryside over Labour Day weekend in 1959 to find the dead body of a missing child.
The classic original soundtrack is crammed with early rock & roll hits (Yakety Yak, Lollipop & Great Balls of Fire o.a.) and still sounds very alive today, decades after they were originally recorded.1. Everyday (Buddy Holly)
2. Let the Good Times Roll (Shirley and Lee)
3. Come Go With Me (The Del Vikings)
4. Whispering Bells (The Del Vikings)
5. Get a Job (The Silhouettes)
6. Lollipop (The Chordettes)
7. Yakety Yak (The Coasters)
8. Great Balls of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis)
9. Mr. Lee (The Bobbettes)
10. Stand By Me (Ben E. King)$36.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
EonsPortland, Oregon's Mimicking Birds will be releasing their sophomore outing, Eons, via Glacial Pace. Led by singer-songwriter Nate Lacey, the indie-folk outfit has made a name for itself by melodically weaving introspective lyrics over ambient landscapes. While the new album seems to find Lacey looking outward into the abyss of the universe, the lead single Bloodlines proves that the band's knack for more reigned-in atmospherics remains as strong as ever.
- Shannon Moore (CMJ)1. Memorabilia
2. Acting Your Age
3. Owl Hoots
4. Spent Winter
6. Night Light
7. Water Under Burned Bridges
9. Seeing Eye Dog
10. Moving On$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
What We Lose In The Fire We Gain In The FloodFollowing the demise of Georgie James, Laura Burhenn (half of the former DC duo) gathered her favorite books, records, and people around her and wrote what would become the first album from her new band. Recorded in the rugged hills of Oregon in the summer of 2009 with producer Richard Swift at the helm, What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood tells the story of loss and recovery, the music nodding to gospel and garage, the lyrics following a Zen trajectory. I wanted to make a record that felt like Neil Young doing Motown, Laura says, something simple and strong, old and new at once.1. What We Gained In the Fire
2. Let the Record Go
3. Numbers Don'T Lie
4. Give It Time
5. Ways of Looking
6. La Rain
7. Wash It Out
8. We Made a Mountain
9. Right Place
10. Good Heart$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Earth Sound SystemJackie-O Motherfucker's new album Earth Sound System is released on Fire Records. You never quite know what you're going to get from the cult Portland, Oregon psychedelicists, Jackie-O Motherfucker. Are you going to be in for some deep brain thrombosis space rock? Are they going to prescribe you a dose of some heavily medicated camp fire drone? Will they be hitting you with some improvisational and angular free jazz? Will they be traversing the entire planet to bring you some previously unexplored global frequencies? Well, on Earth Sound System, JOMF's 15th album since Alchemy...Shit To Gold in 1995, it's a case of all of this and a lot, lot more.1. In The Willows
2. Raga Joining
3. Bring It To Me
5. Raga Separating
6. Where We Go$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Friend In The WorldPortland based Lovers fuse intimacy and empowerment into a modern atmosphere of honesty, new feminist humor, and rhythmic complexity. The result is at once confident, tender and romantic. The follow-up to their best-selling 2010 release Darklight, A Friend in the World is a rich engagement of acoustic and electronic extroversion and introspection--an uplifting ride into uncharted territories of the heart and mind.
Recorded at Portland, Oregon's beloved Type Foundry with Dylan Magierek (Thao Nguyen & Portland Cello Project, Mark Kozelek, Starfucker) and Adam Selzer (She & Him, M.Ward), and mixed by Andy Lemaster (Michael Stipe, Bright Eyes).1. Tiger Square
2. Girl In The Grass
3. Modern Art Museum Of The Modern Kiss Goodbye
4. Oh Yeah
5. Purple Sage
6. Wander Through The Time Of Hearts
7. Lavender Light
8. Rocket Ship
9. James Baldwin And The Diagonal Trance
10. Wild Horses$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Major MagicAlthough Astoria, Oregon is best known to multiple generations of pop-culture observers as the cinematic setting of the '80s cult classic The Goonies, the rugged riverfront city now has another distinction: as the home of the fab new pop-rock combo known as Holiday Friends. On its consistently uplifting debut album Major Magic, the spirited quintet-singer-guitarist Scott Fagerland and singer-keyboardist Jesse Wityczak, who share most of the band's songwriting duties, plus Scott's brother Jon Fagerland on guitar, keys and vocals, bassist Zack O'Connor and drummer Joey Ficken- deliver ten joyous new tunes that strike a decisive blow for the enduring values of infectious melodic hooks and emotional engaging lyrics.1. Kayfabe
2. Night Vision Mode
3. Spirit Girl
4. Astral Observations
5. Major Magic
7. All Last Autumn
8. Sugar High
9. Father of Science
10. Safe Sex Summer$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
No News From HomeNo News From Home is the 2nd LP from Portland, Oregon quartet Houndstooth and the follow-up to Ride Out The Dark. That record was labeled one of 2013's all too overlooked delights by SPIN while their hometown Portland Mercury called it an extraordinarily good album, a perfect representation of the band's trademark balancing of ease and passion. News is an altogether more mature record that widens the bands sound: from Velvets-style churners to shimmering, breezy, love songs, all penned by songwriting duo John Gnorski and Katie Bernstein.1. Bliss Boat
3. No News From Home
4. Green Light
5. Wasted Hours
6. Witching Hour
8. Yellow Stone
9. Double Vision
11. They're Racing Tonight$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hang On Little Tomato180 Gram Double Vinyl remastered by Bernie Grundman!
First-Ever Vinyl Release of Pink Martini's Classic Second Album! Contains 4 Bonus Tracks from the Hang On Little Tomato Studio Sessions Not On The CD Version!
Pink Martini are a 14-piece band formed in Portland, Oregon in 1994 by Thomas M. Lauderdale. The group incorporates a number of different styles into their music including lounge, classical and jazz.
The debut album Sympathique, released in 1997, is a mix of original works and covers of classics, such as Que Sera Sera. The album has gone on to sell over three quarters of a million copies.
As a change from their first album, Pink Martini's second album Hang On Little Tomato features mostly original songs written by band members, sung in six different languages (French, Italian, Japanese, Croatian, Spanish, and English). It gained popularity throughout Europe.1. Let's Never Stop Falling in Love
2. Anna (El Negro Zumbon)
3. Hang on Little Tomato
4. The Gardens of Sampson & Beasley
9. U Plavu Zoru
11. Una Notte a Napoli
12. Kikuchiyo To Mohshimasu
14. Song of the Black Swan
15. Una Notte a Napoli (first recording) [bonus track]
16. Aspettami (first recording) [bonus track]
17. Kikuchiyo To Mohshimasu (The Hiroshi Wada Mix) [bonus track]
18. Una Notte a Napoli (DJ Johnny Dynell Remix) [bonus track]$28.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
InventionsInventions is the new band formed by longtime friends,
tourmates, and labelmates Matthew Cooper of Eluvium, and
Mark T. Smith of Explosions In The Sky. There are plenty of
talking points here: The fact that Cooper hasn't been in a
"band" of any sort since he was a teenager; no member of
Explosions In The Sky has released an album outside of the
context of EITS since their inception in the late 90s; and, of
course, this is a dream duo for anyone familiar with the
unparalleled emotional resonance of Cooper and Smith's
respective day jobs. However, thirty seconds into their
eponymous debut album, you realize that the esteemed
pedigree is irrelevant. Inventions exceeds all expectations by
discarding them from the get-go. They have created their own
tiny, wondrous corner of the world, one with ever-changing
sounds and colors.
Inventions began in earnest last year when Cooper invited
Smith to collaborate on a song for Eluvium's otherworldly
double-album, Nightmare Ending. The track, "Envenom Mettle",
was a standout on an album full of them, and just like that a
longstanding friendship blossomed into a full-fledged creative
partnership. The following six months the duo continued to
send audio files back and forth to each other from their
respective homes in Portland, Oregon and Austin, Texas. The
collaboration proved fruitful, inspiring, and truly enjoyable from
the outset, and in less than a year they had amassed more than
an album's worth of material. They traveled together to a
secluded beach house on the Oregon coast to complete the
album, an environment that proved not only highly productive
but also clearly influential on the album's windswept beauty and
warm vibrations. Across eight songs the duo explore the
delicate and disturbing - and virtually everything in-between -
with majestic abandon. It's the kind of beauty and brilliance that
only masters of their craft can accomplish when all egos and
expectations are cast aside in pursuit of the splendor of sound.1. Echo Tropism
2. Flood Poems
4. Luminous Insects
5. Peaceable Child
6. Sun Locations / Sun Coda
8. Psychic Automation$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Music IS180-Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Brand New Album And His First Solo Album In 18 Years
Featuring Change In The Air, Thankful, What Do You Want?, In Line, And Rambler
Music IS marks the first solo album from Bill Frisell since the release of Ghost Town, 18 years ago. The focus of the album is on the telling of musical stories from Frisell's original and inimitable perspective: some of the interpretations being naked, exposed and truly solo, while others are more orchestrated through overdubbed layering and the use of his unparalleled approach to looping. The pieces on Music IS range from his earliest jazz records from the mid-'80s to excerpts from recent multi-disciplinary collaborations. Recorded in August of 2017 at Tucker Martine's Flora Recording and Playback studio in Portland, Oregon and produced by longtime collaborator Lee Townsend, all of the compositions on Music IS were written by Frisell. Recorded in August of 2017 at Tucker Martine's Flora Recording and Playback studio in Portland, Oregon and produced by longtime collaborator Lee Townsend, all of the compositions on Music IS were written by Frisell. The end result is Bill Frisell at his most distilled and fully realized. The album debuted at #1 on the US Jazz Albums Charts.
Frisell has done so much. He's on well over 250 records, with over 40 of those as a leader. Frisell's mantra, or motto so to speak, is, Music is Good - a statement said to him by his dear friend and great banjo player Danny Barnes. That is something that I can say is always true. It's so perfect. Everything I need to know is that phrase, 'Music is Good.' I almost called the album that, but then I thought that might be too literal. It's good to leave it open.LP 1
1. Pretty Stars
2. Winslow Homer
3. Change In The Air
4. What Do You Want?
6. Ron Carter
7. Think About It
8. In Line
2. The Pioneers
3. Monica Jane
4. Miss You
5. Go Happy Lucky
6. Kentucky Derby
7. Made To Shine
8. Rambler (Alternate Version)$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Body, The Blood, The MachineThe Body, The Blood, The Machine was recorded at Supernatural Sound Studios in Oregon City, twenty miles
south of The Thermals' home in Portland, OR by Fugazi's Brendan Canty. With the unfortunate departure of original Thermals drummer Jordan Hudson in late 2005, Kathy Foster and Hutch Harris (bass and guitar/vocals, respectively) split up duties on the new record themselves with Foster pulling double shifts as The Thermals' rhythm section for almost the entire record while Harris sang, performed all the guitar tracks, played some bass-and the two shared keyboard/organ duties.
With a wider, brighter, and wilder sound than anything The Thermals have done in the past, The Body, The Blood, The Machine adds walls of guitars, organs, and even a few ballads (aka slightly pretty songs) to the mix, while still retaining the gritty post-pop-punk sound for which The Thermals are globally famous. The lyrics envision a United States governed by a fascist Christian state, and focus on the need (and means) to escape. While hardly a concept album, there is definitely a story told in the songs: a story about getting the fuck out while you still can.1. Here's Your Future
2. I Might Need You to Kill
3. An Ear for Baby
4. A Pillar of Salt
5. Returning to the Fold
6. Test Pattern
7. St. Rosa and the Swallows
8. Back to the Sea
9. Power Doesn't Run on Nothing
10. I Hold the Sound$15.99Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
Wild FlagWild Flag is a Portland, Oregon and Washington, DC based quartet consisting of Carrie Brownstein, Rebecca Cole, Mary Timony and Janet Weiss. The members of Wild Flag have played in numerous and notable bands including Sleater-Kinney, Helium, Quasi, The Minders, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, and others.
The four musicians who make up Wild Flag have known one another for well over a decade; playing together felt almost inevitable. Brownstein and Weiss were in Sleater-Kinney and toured with Timonys band Helium on numerous occasions. Brownstein and Timony played in a side project called The Spells. Rebecca Coles Portland-based band The Minders was a frequent opener for Sleater-Kinney. Weiss and Cole play together in the 1960s garage-rock cover band The Shadow Mortons. After collaborating on a score for a documentary, the ease with which they worked together proved infectious and promising. Wild Flag was formed.
In April of 2011, they went to Sacramento, California, where they recorded their self-titled album with engineer Chris Woodhouse at the Hangar. All tracks were recorded live except for the vocals.1. Romance
2. Something Came Over Me
4. Glass Tambourine
5. Endless Talk
6. Short Version
7. Electric Band
8. Future Crimes
10. Black Tiles$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Fear In A Handful Of DustELITIST are emerging on top of a new scene growing rapidly in the United States of America. Hailing from Portland, Oregon the quartet has its roots in the Hardcore scene. Yet under the influence of early Death Metal in the vein of MORBID ANGEL and a strong dose of Black Metal their sound shifts to something as fresh as radical. The crusty spirit of Sludgecore transparent in chaotic structures and moments of uncontrol is vomited upon the world with screams of anger and disgust by vocalist Joshua Josh Greene. This is met by the burning hatred of blazing guitars carrying the force of Death and darkness of Black Metal. Loud and passionate ELITIST force the world to listen first with their self titled EP Elitist in the year 2009, which was followed by a split 7 with TRANSIENT (2011). Having shared stages with GAZA, TRAP THEM, TRANSIENT and others the Americans are now ready to unleash the fury of their debut album Fear in a Handful of Dust with the help of Season of Mist.
In ELITIST's own words: This is for those of us who observe and recognize the evidence of evil in faith, hypocrisy of government and the poisons of herd mentality. We'll scream our message of discontent from bloody throats and open wounds. Get ready for a violent punishment and a lesson in destruction. Get ready for ELITIST!1. Burning the Unspoken Gospel
2. Cult Malevolence
3. Ivory Shavings of the Tools Unknown
4. Black Wool
5. Watch As They Worship, Yet Be Silent
6. Slowly Fucked and Forced Fed
7. A Howling Wind
8. Human, All Too Human
9. Bound and Bent
10. Toothless and Yawning
11. Tower of Meth$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ritual Of PassingLong Awaited Vinyl Version Of Atriarch's Epic Masterpiece.
Portland, Oregon's Atriarch are one of the most intriguing bands in today's underground scene, honing over the last few years a unique amalgamation of death rock, classic '80s goth, doom and black metal. Their 2011 album Forever the End was a promising debut, and the group further developed their sound on the recent split LP with comrades Alaric, released last May on 20 Buck Spin.
Atriarch finds their true sonic calling on their sophomore full-length Ritual of Passing. Delivering tenfold on the potential of the previous two releases, the album is marked by an altogether heavier sound, more deep and substantive. Atriarch draws inspiration from such legendary bands as Christian Death, Bauhaus, Rudimentary Peni and Killing Joke, as well as more recent groups like The Gault, Asunder and Burzum, adding their own twist for a unique take on a classic sound. A stirring, mesmerizing work, Ritual of Passing proves Atriarch is a force to be reckoned with in America's underground heavy music scene.1. Parasite
7. Outro (Lucifer Speaks With Death)$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
There's A Blue Bird In My HeartAnders Parker has a recording of new music coming out June 17th, and it is called There's a Blue Bird in my Heart. Released by his new record label, Recorded & Freed, the album of nine distinct tracks was created in Burlington, Vermont. The initial tracks were all cut live with his band Cloud Badge, before the process relocated to Athens, Georgia for additional recording and mixing by the legendary David Barbe (Bob Mould, Drive-by Truckers, Son Volt), and guest appearances by local Athens talent. This is the first release of new Parker material in over four years. A.P. did not sit idle during the interim, having recorded and released more than twenty-three tracks with the Woody Guthrie-inspired New Multitudes supergroup that also included Jay Farrar, Jim James, and Will Johnson. He also released a beautifully lyrical album of music with longtime ally Kendall Meade called Wild Chorus under the band name, Anders & Kendall. All of these efforts add to the continued entries in the ledger of his life's body of work that include his work with Space Needle, Gob Iron (also with Jay Farrar), five albums recorded under the anonymity of the name Varnaline, five albums recorded under his name, and a live "field recording" from a Portland, Oregon tour stop in 2005.1. The Road
3. Don't Let The Darkness In
5. Silver Yonder
6. Feel It
7. Epic Life
8. Jackbooted Thugs (Have All The Best Drugs)
9. See You On The Other Side$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
All Hands On The Bad One"Sleater-Kinney is America's best rock band" - Greil Marcus, Time (2001)
Sleater-Kinney is an acclaimed, American rock band that formed in
Olympia, Washington in 1994. The band's core lineup consists of Corin
Tucker (vocals and guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar and vocals), and
Janet Weiss (drums). Sleater-Kinney were known for their feminist,
left-leaning politics, and were an integral part of the riot grrrl and indie
rock scenes in the Pacific Northwest.
All Hands on the Bad One is the fifth studio album by Sleater-Kinney,
originally released on May 2, 2000 by Kill Rock Stars. The album was
produced by John Goodmanson and recorded from December 1999 to
January 2000 at Jackpot! Studio in Portland, Oregon and John & Stu's
Place in Seattle, Washington.
Upon release, All Hands on the Bad One reached number 177 on the
US Billboard Top 200 chart and number 12 on the Heatseekers Albums
chart. All Hands on the Bad One appeared on several end-of-year lists
and received a nomination for Outstanding Music Album at the 12th
Annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Awards. The Village
Voice placed it at number 10 in its 2000 "Pazz & Jop" Critics' Poll.
"The band's most melodic, playful, sarcastic, and punchy album to
date" [8.3 / 10 ] - Brent DiCrescenzo, Pitchfork
The album has been freshly remastered by Greg Calbi for this release.
This reissue coincides with Sub Pop's release of
remastered versions of Sleater-Kinney's six other albums, as well as a
limited-edition, deluxe vinyl box set featuring all seven albums.1. The Ballad of a Ladyman
3. All Hands on the Bad One
4. Youth Decay
5. You're No Rock n' Roll Fun
6. #1 Must Have
7. The Professional
8. Was It a Lie?
9. Male Model
10. Leave You Behind
11. Milkshake n' Honey
13. The Swimmer$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Maze of WoodsInventions are the collaborative sum of longtime friends Matthew Cooper of Eluvium, and Mark T. Smith of Explosions In The Sky. Their 2014 eponymous debut album introduced an ambition to create music that was both challenging and comforting. Their new album, Maze of Woods, opens with a vocal sample declaring, I wanted to do something that I don't know how to do. Using this as a mission statement, Inventions have crafted a complex and exuberant album from an array of instruments, samples, found sounds, beats, chants, and raw bursts of noise, with a much greater emphasis on strong vocal accompaniment in every song. Two albums released in the span of 10 months speaks to the drive that these two have felt since they started playing together. Much like on the first record, they again mixed the album in a house on the Oregon coastline, with final mixing and production all done by Smith and Cooper. Inventions have stated that much of the inspiration for Maze of Woods comes from the closing paragraph of Denis Johnson's novella Train Dreams. In that paragraph, Johnson describes the nonverbal howl of a feral wolf boy, a pre-language that is yearning and instinctual; a statement of wordless distress and love. Maze of Woods is the product of two masters of their craft getting lost in the wilderness, doing something that they don't know how to do, and emerging with something wholly unexpected and beguilingly beautiful.1. Escapers
4. Slow Breathing Circuit
5. A Wind From All Directions
8. Feeling The Sun Thru The Earth At Night$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
City MusicCity Music is an airplane descending over frozen lakes into Chicago. City Music is riding the Q Train out to Coney Island to smell the ocean and a morning in Philadelphia where great cranes reconfigure the buildings like an endless puzzle. City Music is also the new album by Kevin Morby.
Full of listless wanderlust, it's a collection inspired by and devoted to the metropolitan experience across America and beyond by a songwriter cast from his own mold. It is a collection crafted using the other side of its creator's brain, the jumping off point perhaps best once again encapsulated by an image. Here, Lou Reed and Patti Smith stare out at the listener, explains Morby.
City Music sees Morby joined once again by cohorts Megan Duffy (guitar) and Justin Sullivan (drums). Here the vocals were recorded at night, in darkness, overlooking a Pacific Ocean illuminated only by the stars, the wash and whisper of the ebbing tidal a distant soundtrack. The record was completed with Richard Swift in Oregon (producer of Foxygen, sometime member of The Black Keys). Here the album gives voice to all those cities speaking the same universal language of chaos and commerce and culture.1. Come To Me Now
4. Aboard My Train
5. Dry Your Eyes
6. City Music
7. Tin Can
8. Caught In My Eye
9. Night Time
10. Pearly Gates
11. Downtown's Lights$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-SEC-3519xGardens & Villa
Gardens & VillaIn the year of the saxophone, Santa Barbaras Gardens & Villa give us the flute. And along the way, G&V effectively wipe clear the vaseline from the murky bedroom funk of recent days. G&V bang out instant classics, each crystal clear and immaculate, but no less sweeping or languid. Their debut is a youthful exploration of just how opulent and pop starkness can go. It also leaves an impression of California in the way that Richard Diebekorns Ocean Park series or the pool party scene from The Graduate both do, always sensed more than stated outright.
Gardens & Villa channel all the taut pop precisions of '90s Britpop of bands like Blur, and send it through an '80s synth filter both undeniably coastal and modern. Its Spoons Kill The Moonlight lost in a daydream, but with that same hungry energy. Gardens & Villa may simultaneously pull from Gary Numan, The Kinks and odder prog within one composition. And like a fine sweet tea, its made just that right kind of sugary, though even the most upbeat tunes have an undercurrent of the bittersweet and the lost at heart.
In 2010, Gardens & Villa traveled to Oregon to record their debut with visionary, vibemaster and labelmate Richard Swift. Together, they put some sand in the sheets of new wave (Black Hills) and pop some translucent funk (Orange Blossom). Theres also a level of effortless class maintained across the whole set. Each and every lush little gem explores the wonderful mystery between intuition and proficiency, between tension and repose. Gardens & Villa are Chris Lynch, Adam Rasmussen, Levi Hayden, Shane McKillop and Dusty Ineman.1. Black Hills
2. Cruise Ship
3. Thorn Castles
4. Orange Blossom
7. Star Fire Power
8. Sunday Morning
9. Carrizo Plain
10. Neon Dove$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Animals In The Median
Salmon Colored Vinyl
Voted Portland's 2012 Best New Band by Willamette Week
One of NPR's Artists you should've known in 2012
There is a stillness between kissing lips that belies the beating hearts connected to them,
a calm in the simple gesture that holds tumultuous emotions close, keeping their caprice
from pulling you apart. For the past three years, Radiation City has scored the soundtrack
to relationships such as these. Moments where Quiet/Bombast, Future/Past,
Man/Woman, Hope/Fear are conjoined; from their use of modern electronic sounds and
the restraint of classic bossa records, to the urgency and harmony of northern soul, the
band has codified seemingly disparate ideas into a sound and ethos that is at once
refreshing and classic. Their second LP Animals In The Median will be released May 7th.
Founded in 2009 amid the glow of one budding love affair, Radiation City quickly
blossomed into a family, finding itself with a second couple and another multi
instrumentalist besides. If the quintet's early live shows and debut LP The Hands That
Take You quickly earned them a reputation as one of Portland, Oregon's most promising
young acts, the subsequent national tours and 2011's EP Cool Nightmare made good on
that promise. The band's expanding soundscape of new romanticism has drawn
accolades from NPR, Time, and KEXP to name a few.
The new full length features 12 songs recorded over the span of a year in both rural
Washington and urban Portland. You can hear a focused songwriting, lush arrangements,
and gorgeous harmonies. You can hear the celebration and lament of a sea change year
which saw the passing of matriarchs, the betrayals and betrothals of loved ones, the
baring and bruising of hopeful hearts in an increasingly dangerous world. Moreover, you
can hear a band edified, coming into their own in rich and simple gesture.1. Zombies
2. So Long
3. Wash of Noise
5. Foreign Bodies
6. Wary Eyes
7. LA Beach
10. Summer Rain
12. Call Me$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Cribbing as much from Brian Wilson's lyrical topics as they take
from Dick Dale's reverb-soaked guitar tone"
- Noisey / Vic
[The music of the Tijuana Panthers] sounds something like they had
spent an afternoon with Jan and Dean sharing fish tacos with Quentin Tarantino, before laying down some 4-track recordings with The
Cramps in a sunlit garage."
- LA Weekly
the polished punx in vintage pop-snarlers like the Only Ones, the
Real Kids, or Generation X."
Live and on record, the Tijuana Panthers are a great band. You
could say garage, punk or surf while describing their sound, but
they're harder to pin than that. The truth is that they write classic
songs that don't depend on tropes from any genre. They craft perfect
pop and deliver it with energy and immediacy. However, the real
magic of this band is in their weirdness.
Behind their picturesque portraits of daily life is an aching despair.
This subtle contrast creates an eerie tension between the ideal, the
real and the surreal. You suddenly realize they're not the happy-golucky beach boys you tried to pin them as, but more akin to sexually
frustrated soda jerks in a David Lynch film. And this all makes sense
with the fact that they come from Southern California's shadier city
of Long Beach, not exactly the fun in the sun that California dreamers might expect.
For Wayne Interest, the Panthers team up with producer Richard
Swift. The recordings took place at Swift's studio in Oregon where
the band decidedly took risks in performance and production. The
risks paid off. With Swift's direction and upgrade in fidelity, Wayne
Interest sounds just as compelling in headphones as it would at a
house party in East LA. It also gives the listener a closer look at the
idiosyncrasies of the Tijuana Panthers, only making it clearer that
there's something off about these creeps. Their weirdness, or boldness to be whoever they may be, is what makes this band great. It's
a rare quality. The more you listen to the Tijuana Panthers the more
you wonder about them.1. Four Horsemen
3. Cherry Street
4. Dark Matter
5. Sooner Or Later
9. 7th Seal
10. Everybody's Happy Nowdays
12. Wayne Interest
13. Money Jar
14. Car Crash$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Heat Leisure III & IVHeat Leisure is a collective centered around the Carney brothers of Pontiak, Greg Fox and Alexandra Drewchin of Guardian Alien, Steve Strohmeier of Beach House, and Robert J. Otten III. Their music takes a freewheeling approach to psychedelia with obvious nods to Amon DÜÜl II, Can and the Grateful Dead. For this, their second gathering and recording at the Carney s farm in Virginia, the group recruited the legendary Merry Prankster and Grateful Dead associate Ken Babbs, who emceed the Dead s mythical Veneta, OR gig in 1972 that became Sunshine Daydream, to contribute a shamanistic monologue to III, which occupies the first side of this, their first full-length vinyl release. The Carneys approached Babbs about collaborating with Heat Leisure t his Oregon farm on the last Pontiak tour. Heat Leisure s core principles are spontaneity, serendipity, and collaboration. The band employs frying amp distortion, a signature of Pontiak, as well as an array of drums, synthesizers, samplers, organs and a heavy dose of explorative improvisation by the musicians to create a highly lyrical album. Heat Leisure was conceived as a multi-media pursuit. While this release, III & IV, is an audio record, Heat Leisure I & II was released in the form of a short film/DVD with an accompanying 7 . The Carneys have said that future incarnations could take any form from performance and paintings, to sculptures or even digital mediums. Very much like the collaborative approach of the musicians to each session, they are keeping it open. III & IV was recorded late at night during a three day period during the first week of 2014 in Pontiak s Studio A, also on their farm, with Lain Carney doing most of the engineering. The session was recorded live to 1 tape, the reel old and decaying, which lead the tape to subtly speed up and slow down as the tape broke down and left residue on the tape heads. This organic effect adds to the woozy, surreal vibe of the music, and could not be replicated in a digital recording.1. III
2. IV$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Helio SequenceThe self-titled sixth album by The Helio Sequence began
with a friendly competition. Several of the duo's friends
within the Portland, Oregon music scene had been playing
"The 20-Song Game." The rules were simple, playful and
ambitious: Songwriters would arrive in their studios at
prearranged times and spend all day recording 20
complete songs. When they were finished, they'd have a
party, listen to the results and talk about the process of
simply making music in the moment. Brandon Summers
and Benjamin Weikel took the spirit of the game to heart,
and forged ahead writing a new record.
"Negotiations was a very long, introspective process,"
remembers Summers of the band's 2012 Sub Pop LP. "We
shut ourselves off from the world and disappeared down
the rabbit hole. That's how we tend to work, but we wanted
to try something new, open and immediate."
In May of 2014 they began arriving each morning in their
Portland studio with the mission of making as much music
as possible in one month. They just played, recorded ideas,
added layers, and eventually cut the loose takes into rough
shapes, steadily building songs from their cavalier sketches.
When June arrived, the duo sent their 26 finished songs to
31 friends, fans and family members. They asked each
person to rank their 10 favorite tracks. By summer's end,
they had the 10 tracks that shape the breathless and
magnetic The Helio Sequence-a record so named
because it's a kind of clean restart for the longtime pair, a
revamp of their process and a revitalization of their results.
The Helio Sequence is a renewed push forward for the
band, depending on an effortless kinetic energy. It points
to the pop that's bound Summers and Weikel for so long.
Indeed, there's a delightful candor to The Helio Sequence,
an openness that is a rare and special feat for a band about
to enter its third decade.
"It's less about curating yourself or trying to put yourself
across how you want to be perceived," says Summers. "It's
about having a conversation with people and giving them
something that's who you are."1. Battle Lines
2. Stoic Resemblence
3. Red Shifting
4. Upward Mobility
5. Leave Or Be Yours
7. Inconsequential Ties
8. Seven Hours
9. Phantom Shore
10. Never Going Back$20.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now