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PUP (Awaiting Repress)If you haven't heard of Toronto punk-band PUP; that will probably soon change.
The band, who changed their name from Topanga to PUP back in April, have been labeled as a band to watch by both The Grid and NOW Magazine.
In their debut, self-titled album, the band combines a throwback, classic punk sound with a modern indie sound, comparable to that of fellow Canadian rockers Hollerado.
Their raw, catchy guitar hooks coupled with in-your-face vocals are refreshing to listen to in a world of modern music where these things are tragically uncommon.
Songs like Guilt Trip, Reservoir and Lionheart are particular highlights of the album.
The lyrics are relatable, dealing with coming-of-age topics that everyone can identify with on some level. In an interview for CBC, the band says their lyrics come from "frustration and anxiety and trying to get your shit together."
With this debut album under their belts, it would be fair to say PUP is well on their way.
- Jacqueline Tucci (The Scope)1. Guilt Trip
4. Never Try
6. Dark Days
9. Back Against the Wall
10. Factories$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Long Players 92-99 (Box Set) (Awaiting Repress)Limited To 1000 Copies
Pressed By Gotta Groove On 150 Gram Vinyl
Contains 5 Original LPs Released From 1992-1999
Includes An Additional "Rarities" LP Only Available With This Box Set
In 1992, Dean Wareham followed the posthumous buzz of Galaxie 500 by forming a new band: Luna. Initially joined by Justin Harwood (of the Chills) and Stanley Demeski (of the Feelies), the group went on to sign to Warner Brothers sub-label Elektra, tour with the Velvet Underground, collaborate with Tom Verlaine and Sterling Morrison and ultimately release five stunning albums over the course of the 90s.
Deemed "the best band you've never heard of" by Rolling Stone, Luna remained under the radar for most of their career despite gathering a rabid cult following. It's not hard to see why this is the case, as the three albums featuring the original lineup (plus guitarist Sean Eden on the latter two) act as a perfect synthesis of the members past bands, blending the simplicity of Galaxie, the heavenly pop melodies of the Chills and the quick and intensely precise drumming of the Feelies into one fluid package. This is particularly evident on 1995's fan-favorite Penthouse, in which the band created a masterpiece of lush, late night music that's now considered one of the best of the 90s.
Following Penthouse, the band saw the replacement of Stanley with Lee Wall on drums but no slump in quality. The psychedelic textures of 1997's Pup Tent and the clean and beautiful pop of 1999's Days of Our Nights proved that Luna was a consistently reliable band and not one that would wane with age. Elektra didn't feel the same way, though, and eventually decided not to release Days of Our Nights after paying for the recording.
This box set gathers together those five albums from the 90s as well as a compilation of demos and B-sides recorded contemporaneously, all housed in a beautiful textured canvas box. Accompanying the records is a 12" x 12" book featuring archival imagery, an interview with Dean Wareham conducted by Noah Baumbach and an oral history with the band and their producers. As the majority of these records were never released on vinyl outside of limited pressings, this is a boon to longtime fans and new listeners alike.LP 1: Lunapark (1992)
3. Slash Your Tires
4. Crazy People
7. I Can't Wait
8. Hey Sister
9. I Want Everything
10. Time To Quit
12. We're Both Confused
LP 2: Bewitched (1994)
1. California (All The Way)
2. Tiger Lily
3. Friendly Advice
5. This Time Around
6. Great Jones Street
7. Going Home
8. Into The Fold
9. I Know You Tried
10. Sleeping Pill
LP 3: Penthouse (1995)
2. Sideshow By The Seashore
3. Moon Palace
4. Double Feature
5. 23 Minutes in Brussels
6. Lost in Space
7. Rhythm King
10. Freakin' And Peakin'
LP 4: Pup Tent (1997)
2. Beautiful View
3. Pup Tent
4. Bobby Peru
5. Beggar's Bliss
6. Tracy I Love You
8. City Kitty
9. The Creeps
10. Fuzzy Wuzzy
LP 5: The Days of Our Nights (1999)
1. Dear Diary
2. Hello, Little One
3. The Old Fashioned Way
4. Four Thousand Days
5. Seven Steps To Satan
6. Superfreaky Memories
7. Math Wiz
8. Words Without Wrinkles
9. The Rustler
10. U.S. Out Of My Pants!
11. The Slow Song
12. Sweet Child O' Mine
LP 6: Rarities
1. Egg Nog
2. Indian Summer
3. Ride Into The Sun
4. That's What You Always Say
5. Anesthesia (Demo)
6. In The Flesh
7. Bonnie And Clyde
8. I Know You Tried (Demo)
9. Roll In The Sand
10. Dear Paulina$188.99Vinyl LP Box Set + Book - 6 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Caves (Awaiting Repress)Her strength seems to reside in her ability to be musically versatile. Utilizing various orchestrations, Tristen weaves a glistening web of thoughtful and extremely mature melodies that tremble with undeniable power.
"Pop hooks and pure inspiration"
- NPR All Things Considered
Her addictive debut is full of such moments: catchy refrains with multiple meanings, ear-tugging melodies with hidden hooks. She flaunts a philosophy major's palette amidst echoes of vintage rockabilly and girl group pop: Gods battle, queens bid their rule, girlfriends enable druggy lovers.
- Rolling Stone
Tristen Gaspadarek has crafted a confident, poignant folk-pop debut that never wants for hooks, and manages to undercut its sing-songiness at every turn with unflinching lyrics and mature songwriting.
- The Onion AV Club
Tristen comes from Nashville, TN and the Jenny Lewis school of modern, God-fearing country, but she caught up to her contemporaries and surpassed them in one fell swoop. As soon as the vocals kick in on the opener Eager for Your Love, it's impossible not to listen to this record all the way through. Man this girl can sing.
"She's been Nashville's best-kept secret, but this single-named chanteuse is poised for bigger and better things with the recent release of her sprightly new album of baroque folk-pop. "Charlatans at the Garden Gate'' glimmers with traces of Neko Case, the Shangri-Las, and maybe just a touch of Loretta Lynn.
- The Boston Globe
With or without Tristen's acute capacity to portray relationships and ideology gone wrong, Charlatans is a musical document billowing over with rich, vintage hues and irrepressible hooks, her reverence for the lions of pop music and confident sense of self all meted out in the same breath.
This week, with the release of her confident debut, Tristen reminds us just what it was we loved about her to begin with.
She brings a blossoming pop sensibility to her witty, not-as-sweet-as-it-seems country.
-Wall Street Journal1. No One's Gonna Know
3. Easy Out
5. Winter Night
6. House of War
7. Dark Matter
10. Island Dream
11. Startling News$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Includes All Elektra-Era Cover-songs, Many Unreleased On Vinyl
Includes Many Out Of Print And Rare Tracks
Sourced From The Original Masters With Lacquers Cut At Sam Phillips Recording Studio
Pressed On 180g Colored Vinyl At Record Industry In The Netherlands
Each 2 LP Set Comes Numbered And Strictly Limited
American indie-pop band Luna originally formed in 1991 by singer/guitarist Dean Wareham
after the breakup of Galaxie 500. After Wareham quit Galaxie 500 he signed a demo deal
with Elektra Records, then recruited Justin Harwood from the Chills and Stanley Demeski of
the Feelies, and this line up recorded their debut, Lunapark. After the album's release, Sean
Eden was recruited on guitar and the four piece recorded a number of cover versions that
would become the Slide EP and then toured the U.S. This began the band's association with
successfully recording and playing cover songs.
In 1993, the band supported the reformed Velvet Underground on their European tour, after which they recorded their second album.
Bewitched was recorded in NY, released in '94 and included Velvet Underground guitarist
Sterling Morrison on two tracks. In 1995, the band went into Sorcerer Sound Studio with
producer Pat McCarthy to record their third album, Penthouse. The album featured Television
guitarist Tom Verlaine on the tracks, "Moon Palace," and "23 Minutes in Brussels." The
album was released to critical acclaim, with Rolling Stone declaring it one of the essential
albums of the '90s. The album featured a cover of Serge Gainsbourg's "Bonnie and Clyde"
as a hidden track and featured Dean in a duet with Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab. "Bonnie and
Clyde" was released as a single in the UK and named Melody Maker single of the week. Pup
Tent followed in '97.
In 1999, the band recorded The Days Of Our Nights for Elektra, but the
label declined the album and dropped the band over commercial concerns. The record was
eventually released on Jericho in the U.S. and prior to the album's release, Justin Harwood
left to be replaced by Britta Phillips. After releasing Luna Live in 2001, Romantica in 2002
and Rendezvous in 2004 with their new line-up, the band announced their final tour at the
time, disbanding after a show at the Bowery Ballroom in February of 2005. Dean Wareham
and Britta Phillips continued as the duo Dean & Britta. In 2014, Dean announced that Luna
would reunite for a tour of Spain in 2015, to be followed by US dates.
In 2017 they recorded
two new releases, a new covers LP called A Sentimental Journey and a 6-song instrumental
EP, A Place Of Greater Safety.
This brand new ROG collection of Elektra-era cover songs includes rare and out of print tracks
that have never been released or collected on full length vinyl. With new packaging design by
Frank Olinsky and updated audio fidelity, it's a dream come true for Luna collectors.LP 1
1. Bonnie and Clyde (Clyde Barrow version)
2. Indian Summer
3. Ride Into the Sun
4. That's What You Always Say
5. In The Flesh
6. Dream Baby Dream
7. Season Of The Witch
8. Thank You For Sending Me An Angel
9. No Regrets
1. Outdoor Miner
2. Happy New Year
3. Everybody's Talking
4. Fly Into The Mystery
5. La PoupÉe Qui Fait Non
6. Bonnie & Clyde (Bonnie Parker Version)
7. Jealous Guy
8. Neon Lights
9. Sweet Child O' Mine
10. Only Women Bleed
11. Dance With Me$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Through Being Cool (Awaiting Repress)Hey pups, what's good? Last night we shredded through THROUGH BEING COOL from front to back. Tore right through it like an eagle on a skateboard. SHREDDIN'. You guys have no idea how fired up we are about this tour and music and life.
We've been rediscovering all the vinyl we each own: old classics like Ravel's "Bolero" and modern classics like the Youth Of Today "Disengage" 7-inch. Perhaps as part of that we were inspired to press a 7-inch single of "The Tide Of Our Times" along a with a song recorded during the same self-titled sessions for a b-side. Both shredders. Emotional, hardcore. We'll have this out on tour.
Don't sit down yet. You may want to curl your toes over the edge of that surfboard now. Every toe now - hang ten. We repressed THROUGH BEING COOL on 180g vinyl. Did we mention that [this is] remastered* and repressed on 180g vinyl? That's heavy stuff, this is vinyl your kids or nephews can jam out to in 15 years. Tell them you were there.
*remastered, not remixed. The sound of plugging in the Les Paul is just the beginning of hearing it as if you're INSIDE the guitars.
FOREVER SHREDDIN' ALWAYS AND FOREVER RIGHT BY YOUR SIDE
- Arun, Chris, Rodrigo, and Dennis // Saves The Day1. All-Star Me
2. You Vandal
3. Shoulder To The Wheel
4. Rocks Tonic Juice Magic
5. Holly Hox, Forget Me Nots
6. Third Engine
7. My Sweet Fracture
8. The Vast Spoils Of America (From The Badlands Through The Ocean)
9. The Last Lie I Told
10. Do You Know What I Love The Most?
11. Through Being Cool
12. Banned From The Back Porch$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now