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KIf ever there was a group in the Britpop movement that brought spirituality to the table, Kula Shaker did it in spades, and magnificently at that.
After a trip to India lead singer and front man Crispian Mills became interested in Indian music, culture and tradition and decided to use instruments like the sitar, tamboura and tabla and write songs in the ancient and sacred Hindu language.
The combination with the psychedelic swirling guitars and a Beatles-esque vibe ensured a string of top-ten hits, including Tattva, Govinda, Hey Dude, and their cover of the Deep Purple classic Hush.
'K' climbed to the top of the British album charts, went double platinum and won Kula Shaker the 1997 BRIT award for Best Breakthrough Act.1. Hey Dude (2011 - Remaster)
2. Knight On the Town (2011 - Remaster)
3. Temple of Everlasting Light (2011 - Remaster)
4. Govinda (2011 - Remaster)
5. Smart Dogs (2011 - Remaster)
6. Magic Theatre (2011 - Remaster)
7. Into the Deep (2011 - Remaster)
8. Sleeping Jiva (2011 - Remaster)
9. Tattva (2011 - Remaster)
10. Grateful When You're Dead / Jerry Was There (2011 - Remaster)
11. 303 (2011 - Remaster)
12. Start All Over (2011 - Remaster)
13. Hollow Man (Pts. 1 & 2; 2011 - Remaster)$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sara WatkinsSara Watkins self-titled debut, eagerly anticipated by the significant fan base shes built after nearly two decades as fiddle player and vocalist for Grammy Award-winning trio Nickel Creek, boasts an easygoing virtuosity. The youthful Watkins, who joined Nickel Creek when she was barely in her teens, displays formidable skill as a multi- instrumentalist, playing the guitar and ukelele as well as the fiddle, and is just as versatile, and breathtakingly mature, as a singer. Watkins incorporates folk, country, gospel, and pop into her 14-song set, produced by former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones and recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville. Shes joined by a wide range of old friends and longtime heroes, including alt-country duo Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench, and Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas; colleagues from the bluegrass world like Tim OBrien, Punch Brothers Chris Eldridge, Ronnie McCoury, and Rayna Gellert; and Nickel Creek band-mates Chris Thile and Sean Watkins.
Watkins mixes eight of her own songs with tunes by such artists as John Hartford, Tom Waits, and Davíd Garza. Her self-penned fiddle numbers are exuberant, foot-stomping instrumentals, while the songs for which she wrote both music and lyrics have a heart-meltingly lovelorn quality. Watkins knows how to channel in her own work the plaintive emotions of classic country and timeless pop. Theres honesty and empathy on tracks like the sweetly soulful My Friend, the brooding Bygones, and rueful album closer, Where Will You Be. She proves to be as astute as Emmylou Harris or Linda Ronstadt in her choice of covers, segueing gracefully from the aforementioned Waits, Garza and Hartford to the lighthearted country-and-western swing of Jimmie Rodgerss Any Old Time, to the world-weariness and spiritual yearning of Norman Blakes Lord Wont You Help Me, to the romantic wistfulness of Jon Brions Same Mistakes.1. All This Time
2. Long Hot Summer Days
3. My Friend
5. Same Mistakes
6. Any Old Time
8. Lord Wont You Help Me
10. Give Me Jesus
12. Too Much
13. Will We Go
14. Where Will You Be$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
W.I.C.K.E.DW.I.C.K.E.D. is Twiztid's highest charting album to date. W.I.C.K.E.D., is an acronym for Wish I Could Kill Every Day and was #11 on the Billboard top 200 chart and #1 on the Independant chart its first week.1. W.I.C.K.E.D.
2. Kill With Us
3. Buckets Of Blood
4. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha
5. Death Note
6. Krossroads Inn
7. All Of The Above
8. Killing Season
9. Whoop - Whoop
10. That's Wicked
11. They Told Me
12. My Enemies
13. Bella Morte
14. When I Get To Hell
15. Woe Wo$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
(K)no(w)hereThe third full-length from Baltimore's Wilderness was conceived as one musical piece, the result of being invited to collaborate with renowned visual artist Charles Long. The eight identifiable parts of the record are not readily separated from each other; such is the flow from and into each part. The result comes across as more dynamic and the perceived space they inhabit seems more vast.High Nero
Strand the Test of Time
<....^....>$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Pleasure To Meet YouDead Sara are scheduled to release their highly anticipated second album Pleasure To Meet You via Pocket Kid Records.1. Suicidal
2. L.A. City Slum
3. Mona Lisa
4. Something Good
6. Radio One Two
7. Mr. Mr.
9. Blue Was the Beautiful You
10. Feel Right at Home
11. For You I Am$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Blessed UnrestGrammy-nominated Sara Bareilles takes her piano-driven, platinum-selling songwriting to the next level on her album The Blessed Unrest. She has seen #1 albums, national sold-out tours and support slots with bands such as Maroon 5 and Sugarland. She has appeared on hit shows such as Community, 30 Rock and The Sing-Off(host). There's nothing that Sara Bareilles can't do.1. Brave
2. Chasing The Sun
5. Satellite Call
6. Little Black Dress
8. 1000 Times
9. I Choose You
12. December$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
WARB-SIR-7873xTegan & Sara
This Business Of ArtNot only are Tegan And Sara both singers, songwriters and guitarists, but they are also sisters and identical twins. They were born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on September 19, 1980 and began playing music together in high school. The sister act was then signed by Elliot Roberts and Neil Young to Vapor Records in 2000. Reissue of the duo's 2004 album So Jealous produced by Tegan and Sara with John Collins, David Carswell and Howard Redekopp.1. The First
5. My Number
6. All You Got
8. Not With You
9. More For Me
10. Come On
11. Superstar$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The ConWith The Con, singer-song writer guitarist identical twins Tegan And Sara Quin build on their breakthrough success of 2004's So Jealous one of Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums Of The Year and Juno-nominated for Best Alternative Album. Eighteen months of touring followed, including shows with The Killers. At the same time, their track Walking With A Ghost was ubiquitous, and was covered by The White Stripes. The Con, co-produced by Death Cab For Cutie's Chris Walla, marks the most mature effort to date in the rising career of Tegan And Sara.I Was Married
Relief Next To Me
Like O, Like H
Are You Ten Years Ago
Back In Your Head
Hop A Plane
Burn Your Life Down
Knife Going In
Dark Come Soon
Call It Off$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Chopin ProjectComing off the success of his debut Mercury Classics album For Now I Am Winter, Ólafur Arnalds sheds new, fresh light on the music of Chopin. Played by renowned DG pianist Alice Sara Ott and recorded by Ólafur in his boundary - pushing ambient style with re-compositions for strings and piano, the Romantic composer's pieces are reimagined for a unique listening experience.1. Verses
2. Piano Sonata No. 3 Largo
3. Nocturne in C Sharp Minor (ft. Mari Samuelsen)
5. Nocturne in G Minor
6. Eyes Shut, Nocturne In C Minor
7. Written In Stone
8. Letters of a Traveller
9. Prelude in D Flat Major (Raindrop)$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
HeartthrobWith Heartthrob, Tegan and Sara introduce a new kind of sound to their usual indie repertoire. "No one will confuse this with any of our other records," Sara says. "It's got a bigger, bolder, happier sound." Tegan is explicit about the supersized ambitions motivating the record. "I kept asking myself: Can I hear this in an arena? Can I hear this on a teenager's iPod as they're riding the bus to school?"
The new album doesn't just sound different, it represents a more collaborative way of making music. For the first time, the sisters actually wrote a lot of the songs together (in the past there were Tegan songs and Sara songs), and they surrendered more control than usual in the studio, dividing songs between 3 producers (Greg Kurstin, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, and Mike Elizondo) and a handful of outside musicians to capture the sound they were looking for. Tegan and Sara are both effusive about Kurstin's role in the process.
"We intentionally went looking for a producer who wouldn't dwell on protecting the signature Tegan and Sara sound," Tegan explains. Sara sums up Kurstin's role with a surprising metaphor: "Greg took everything we do and put it on steroids."
For all the superficial differences, though, Heartthrob bears the true hallmarks of a Tegan and Sara record. The songs are terrific, full of lust and longing and regret, bouncing between the familiar poles of erotic rapture ("Closer") and post-breakup despondency ("How Come You Don't Want Me"). But the lyrics seem less confessional than usual, a little more universal and philosophical, as if Tegan and Sara are reflecting on the experience of passion rather than undergoing its ecstasies and torments in real time. For every urgent outburst-"Does your body shake when you get around me? Does your body ache when you think about me?" ("I Couldn't Be Your Friend")-there's a moment of calm reflection, a retrospective clarity about past relationships: "When I think of you I think of your skin golden brown from the sun/Your arms outstretched your hair cut shorter than it'd been/But still blowing in the wind" ("Drove Me Wild"). There's a hard-won maturity in these lyrics, hidden beneath the glossy surface of the music, and a willingness to tackle subjects beyond the confines of romance. This is especially evident in the striking song, "I'm Not Your Hero," which examines the difficulty of maintaining artistic independence and personal autonomy in a politicized world: "I'm not their hero but that doesn't mean I wasn't brave/I never walked the party line doesn't mean that I was never afraid."
Heartthrob gives us Tegan and Sara in their superhero tights and capes, ready to conquer the pop universe, and the new outfits suit them just as well as their old-school jeans and T-shirts. Don't be surprised if you hear these songs in an arena, or blasting on a car radio, or leaking from a teenager's earbuds on a bus. That's what they're made for. And don't worry if you experience a brief sense of disorientation the first couple of times you hear them, a momentary inability to put a name to those familiar voices. By the time you realize who you're listening to, you'll already be singing along.
-Tom Perrotta1. Closer
2. Goodbye, Goodbye
3. I Was A Fool
4. I'm Not Your Hero
5. Drove Me Wild
6. How Come You Don't Want Me
7. I Couldn't Be Your Friend
8. Love They Say
9. Now I'm All Messed Up
10. Shock To Your System$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WARB-SIR-7880xTegan & Sara
If It Was YouNot only are Tegan And Sara both singers, songwriters and guitarists, but they are also sisters and identical twins. They were born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on September 19, 1980 and began playing music together in high school. The sister act was then signed by Elliot Roberts and Neil Young to Vapor Records in 2000. Reissue of the duo's 2002 album If It Was You produced by John Collins and David Carswell.1. Time Running
2. You Went Away
3. Monday Monday Monday
4. City Girl
5. Not Tonight
7. I Hear Noises
8. Living Room
9. Terrible Storm
10. And Darling
11. Want To Be Bad
12. Don't Confess$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WARB-WAR-1547xTegan & Sara
Love You To DeathPressed On Colored Vinyl
Love You to Death is the follow up to Tegan and Sara's pop breakthrough album Heartthrob, which featured the singles Closer, which was certified gold in the US, and I Was a Fool. In addition to this, the band were featured on the LEGO Movie single Everything is Awesome with The Lonely Island, and were invited to perform that song as part of the 2015 Oscar telecast.1. That Girl
2. Faint of Heart
4. Dying To Know
5. Stop Desire
6. White Knuckles
10. Hang On to the Night$18.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Young In All The Wrong WaysYoung in All the Wrong Ways is Sara Watkins'
most cohesive and fully realized solo album.
The new collection finds her embracing the role
of frontwoman following the collaborations of
Watkins Family Hour (featuring Sean Watkins,
Fiona Apple and Benmont Tench) and Nickel
Creek, the hugely successful group she first
formed with her brother Sean and Chris Thile.
The album is also her most powerful. Personal
and revealing, she wrote or co-wrote each of the
10 songs-a first for her. It was produced in Los
Angeles by Gabe Witcher who arranged a stellar
band including two of his fellow Punch Brothers,
guitarist Chris Eldridge and bass player Paul
Kowert, and additional musicians Jon Brion and
Jay Bellerose. Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan,
Watkins' bandmates in I'm With Her, provide
harmonies on the title track while Jim James of
My Morning Jacket guests on "One Last Time."
Benmont Tench is again featured on keys.
Sara calls the record "a breakup album with
myself..." Writing and recording these ten
intensely soul-baring songs was a mechanism
to process and mark the last few transformative
years. The record is about Sara turning the
page and taking the reins of her own life, in
both a career and personal sense.
around and realized that in many ways I wasn't
who or where I wanted to be," Sara says. "It's
been a process of letting go and leaving behind
patterns and relationships and in some cases
how I've considered myself. What these songs
are documenting is the turmoil you feel when
you know something has to change and you're
grappling with what that means. It means you're
losing something and moving forward into
The songs contain some of the
heaviest moments of her career, with eruptions
of thrumming B3 organ and jagged electric guitar.
But it's also quiet, vulnerable, tenderhearted.
Bold in all the right ways.
Young in All the Wrong Ways reveals an artist
who has managed to transform her own turmoil
into music that is beautiful and deeply moving:
"God bless the tenderhearted," she sings, "who let
life overflow."1. Young In All The Wrong Ways
2. The Love That Got Away
3. One Last Time
4. Move Me
5. Like New Year's Day
6. Say So
7. Without A Word
8. The Truth Won't Set Us Free
10. Tenderhearted$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WordsCo-produced by Evans & Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood & Rascal Flatts), Words is the first full studio album release from Sara Evans in over 3 years. Lead by the first single "Marquee Sign," the album is comprised of 13 new original songs along with an acoustic version of her #1 single "A Little Bit Stronger."
"When I'm listening to a song, it's the lyrics and the stories they tell that matter most to me," Sara said. "Not only is 'Words' the title to one of the songs on my album but in listening to new music for the record, I was always looking for lyrics that moved me and expressed a powerful range of emotions. Women are natural storytellers and I'm proud to have so many amazing female songwriters represented on this record."
Words marks a creative reunion for Evans, pairing her with frequent co-producer Mark Bright (2005's Real Fine Place, 2014's Slow Me Down) while Tracy Gershon provides A&R direction. Her daughter Olivia even contributes background vocals to the record.1. Long Way Down
2. Marquee Sign
3. Diving in Deep
4. All the Love You Left Me
5. Like the Way You Love Me
6. Rain and Fire
7. Night Light
8. I Need a River
9. I Don't Trust Myself
10. Make Room at the Bottom
12. I Want You
13. Letting You Go
14. A Little Bit Stronger (Acoustic)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Lego Movie SoundtrackThe Lego Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features the infection song Everything Is Awesome performed by Tegan and Sara featuring The Lonely Island, and features additional music by Devo founding member Mark Mothersbaugh (21 Jump Street, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore).1. Everything Is Awesome!!! - Tegan and Sara featuring The Lonely Island
3. Emmet's Morning
4. Emmet Falls in Love
6. Into the Old West
7. Wyldstyle Explains
8. Emmet's Mind
9. The Transformation
10. Saloons and Wagons
12. Middle Zealand
13. Cloud Cuckooland and Ben the Spaceman
14. Emmet's Speech
15. Submarines and Metalbeard
16. Requiem for Cuckooland
17. Reaching the Kragle
18. Emmet's Plan
19. The Truth
20. Wyldstyle Leads
21. Let's Put It All Back
22. I Am a Master Builder
23. My Secret Weapon
24. We Did It!
25. Everything is Awesome!!! - Jo Li - Joshua Bartholomew and Lisa Harriton
26. Everything is Awesome!!! (Unplugged) - Shawn Patterson and Sammy Allen
27. Untitled Self Portrait - Will Arnett
28. Everything is Awesome!!! (Instrumental)$31.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Freedom, Love and the Recuperation of the Human MindBen Lee began making music professionally at 14 years old with his teenage punk band, Noise Addict. Some time after that, he began making solo albums which were more acoustically-driven. He has released 11 albums over the years, side projects, music for TV, movies, commercials, as well as produced other artists. Guest features on the album include Grant Lee Phillips and Sara Watkins.1. What's Good Is Good
2. The Enemy Within
3. Cosmic Science
4. Bigger Than Me
5. Land of Criminals
6. Two Questions
8. Simple Gospel
9. Rebel Eagle$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Hopeful And The UnafraidWith six officially released albums, two more in the can, four probably never to see the light of day, and a few live albums on the shelf, Jason returns to K with this release; an organic documentation of songs he'd been playing every night for half a decade on the road. As such, all the vocal parts are first takes, as he tries to capture the energy he loves putting into every show, wanting to please audiences and make them feel alive.1. El Paso
2. July 4th, 2004
3. Wanting and Regret
4. This Will Never Be Our Town
5. Hopeful and the Unafraid, The
7. Colonial Homes
8. Watch Your Step
9. Post Office, The
10. Half of It, The$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Timez Are Weird These DaysFollowing a series of wildly popular independent mixtapes and the Lovers Holiday EP that landed him a performance on The Late Show with David Letterman earlier this year, Timez Are Weird These Days arrives as Theophilus London's most fully realized work to date: a wide-open album of original music, genre bending sound, mesmerizing storytelling and inspired, honest emotion.
Recorded in NYC, LA and Stockholm, Timez Are Weird These Days showcases Theophilus as a rapper and a songwriter working with a small clique of producers. With John Hill, Dave Sitek, Jokke and Ariel Rechstshaid at the controls Theophilus kicks off the album with rap credentials intact on Last Name London before moving through a surprising range of emotion, from party starting dance floor defiance to moments of quiet intimacy and introspection.
Timez Are Weird These Days exclusively features two guest vocalists: indie star Holly Miranda on Love Is Real and Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara on Why Even Try.1. Last Name London
2. Love Is Real (ft. Holly Miranda)
3. Wine and Chocolates
4. All Around The World
5. She's Great (Interlude)
6. Why Even Try (ft. Sara Quin)
7. Stop It
8. Girls Girls $
9. One Last Time
11. I Stand Alone$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-KRE-0819xPine Hill Haints
To Win Or To LoseTheir second release for K reflects the new age of darkness that has recently hit the global mass market. This record has fast songs about living and self-destruction, songs about natural disaster, public domain dance music, and tales of those who walk the streets, sleep in dumpsters or cars, or who jump trains. "[This] defiantly Alabamian punk/rockabilly troupe who used to practice in a graveyard have stumbled on a winning formula: choppy, rhythm-centric odes to Buddy Holly and Carl Perkins and distinguish [themselves] with deft arrangements and an old hound's sense of restraint" - Pitchfork.1.Intro
2.Not So Lucky and the Invisible Kid
6.Halloween-Time All the Time
8.Revenge of the Spider-Web Boy
9.Je Passe Devant Ta Porte
10.Never Gonna Die
11.My Bones Are Gonna Rise Again
12.How Much Poison Does It Take
13.Ranger's Command, The
16.You Are My Thief$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-KRE-0710xTara Jane O'Neil
A Ways AwayHer fifth album and first for K contains an elegant attention to detail in the mix that will please all those in need of great headphone jams, electronic minimalist drone magic, and heroic adventure. But A Ways Away is driven by the singer and the songs. Her voice is out front and the vocals are gorgeously sung. Contributors include Jana Hunter, Mira, Osa Atoe (New Bloods), Geoff Soule (Fuck), and Jean Cook and Daniel Littleton (Ida). Ever since she began putting her name on the front of her albums, Tara Jane O'Neil has perfected the art of writing songs that perfectly encapsulate both the comfort of misery and the misery of comfort - Pitchfork.1.Dig In
2.In Tall Grass
4.New Binding, A
6.Pearl Into Sand
7.Beast, Go Along
8.Vertiginous One, A
10.Drowning Electric, The$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hit It Or Quit It
25th Anniversary Reissue Of Girl Trouble's 1988 Debut LP
Featuring Two Bonus Tracks Exclusive To This Release, "White Lightning" And "Shakin' All Over."
Hit It Or Quit It Was Originally A Co-Release Between K And Sub Pop, And It Was The First Full-length That Sub Pop Ever Released.
Tacoma, Washington, 1988: A town where hazardous waste and
pulp mill fumes smelled like a breath of fresh air, old buildings were
being leveled in order to revitalize a dying downtown, forests and
farmlands were giving way to industrial parks and shopping malls, a
cultural event was wrestling at the Tacoma Dome, and Girl Trouble
could be found practicing with their plywood speaker cabinets and a
drum set purchased for $70 from the Sears surplus store in a shed
beside Bon and Kahuna's parent's house, where they still practice
This reissue of Girl Trouble's debut album, Hit It Or Quit It [KLP229],
includes eleven original songs, one Northwest classic (Steppin'
Out by Paul Revere & The Raiders), and two bonus tracks. To keep
the energy level up and the over-production level down, these songs
were recorded live with only an occasional added guitar or vocal
track. With the minimal pounding of Bon's drums, the steady cool of
Dale on bass, the buzzsaw scream from Kahuna's Ouija guitar, and
the rabid rock 'n' roll stylings of K.P. Kendall, Girl Trouble continues
playing throughout the Northwest, 30-plus years on.
So that's the story, kids. Use it or lose it. It's my way or the highway. Eat
it or wear it. Hit It or Quit It!1. Wreckin' Ball
3. Hot Monkey Love
5. Hurt Your Heart
6. Old Time Religion
7. Steppin' Out
8. Follow Me Down
9. She No Rattle My Cage
10. The Skin
11. My Baby's Gone
12. Where's The Loser?
13. White Lightning
14. Shakin' All Over$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PithAnyone who has seen Emily Beanblossom perform has surely left entirely taken with her. As the lead singer of Christmas, a band whose unique style of psych rock made them a cult marvel, Emily sold out both shows and records, due in no small part to her captivating, cultivated persona and the rare power of her voice. A vagabond for our ilk, she has lived life on the road and in collaborations, drifting down
the line until she was called back to her family farm outside Chicago, Ill. Here she paused to lay down the hollowed noise that would become Ruby Fray. Her premier album Pith is a string of musical gems that range from harmonic americana and folk to shadowy psychedelia, united in their spectral chamber arrangements.
Each of the twelve tracks on Pith come from demos Emily has been keeping close, and showcase her varieties of influence.And the Moon, with its steady drum machine loop, eerie harmonies and mandolin strings stands apart from its follower, Mint Ice Cream, a playful Americana-style duet with Calvin Johnson.Closed Eye is the same, a drifting melody punctuated by tinny drums and fuzzy guitar
strumming. But this is the beauty of Pithlike the single,Lets Grow Older,it gambols,and then fallsto despair and questioning, is both the blossom and the thorny edge. Ruby Fray is a dark star risen, and the power and soul of Emilys voice changes all that it shines upon.
Pith includes the talents of numerous Pacific Northwest masterminds: producer & engineer Ben Hargett (who recorded the Christmas LP), songwriting and production assistant Ian Van Veen (Legs The Crab, Georgy), and harmony/strings specialist Giselle Garcia. As per K / Dub Narcotic tradition, a number of artists from the K roster also play on Pith, including Arrington de Dionyso, Gordon Baker (Mailaikat dan Singa, Desolation Wilderness), Andrew Dorsett (LAKE, Desolation Wilderness), Angelo Spencer, Markly Morrison (LAKE), Jake Jones (Christmas), and Calvin Johnson.
Quite honestly her vocals are so beautiful,you almost feel theyre being wasted on a raw punk band like Christmas. But then again Christmasis a classic punk band without a lot of nonsense and its Beanblossoms vocals that make theyre music special.1. And The Moon
2. Mint Ice Cream
3. Closed Eye
4. What's All This Talk
5. Northern Washington
6. Young Scholar
7. Let's Grow Older
11. Barren Hill
12. Wilt Worke$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The World Is Real (Awaiting Repress)LAKE's comprehensive pop vision has always been anchored in an honest mournfulness, a sensitivity to nature, and the vulnerability of life. These mark
LAKE's more down tempo, contemplative grooves, which are given their fullest voice yet on The World Is Real, LAKE's fourth album for K and sixth overall.
It follows 2008's Oh, the Places We'll Go, 2009's Let's Build A Roof, and 2011's Giving & Receiving, and was similarly recorded at Dub Narcotic Studio at K headquarters in their hometown of Olympia, Washington.
The songwriting partnership of Ashley Eriksson and Eli Moore is the locus of LAKE's creative engine, but the additional members are as integral and
longstanding. They are the diversely talented Andrew Dorsett, Markly Morisson, and Lindsay Schief. The creative sound that surrounds LAKE is storied in collaboration, sonic adventure and an allegiance to exploring the limits of crafting pop songs. They have toured, recorded and allied with some of the most pioneering figures in contemporary independent music: R. Stevie Moore, Chris Cohen, Karl Blau, and Phil Elverum's Mt. Eerie, for example.
Lead track Do You Recall? offers wide and subtle nods to working-class 80's classics like Mellencamp's Jack & Diane, or Hornsby's The Way It Is. Featuring drum machine and nostalgic guitar riffs, the lead and group vocals float through droning synths like wind to a bounded world.
Dog in the Desert one of the album's centerpieces, was initially inspired by the text-works of conceptual artist, Richard Long, and his "art made by walking in landscapes" (richardlong.org). Eriksson's voice, and the dark plodding instrumentation of the song, take Long's images and shape them into a meditation on abandonment, loss and reconciliation with nature.
Tellingly, the earthbound bass groove on Dog in the Desert is a quotation of Steely Dan's Black Cow. It is not the only song to directly live sample Fagen and Becker: Perfect Fit mashes up the chordal rhythms of Peg to excellent effect.
It's clear that LAKE enjoys to boldly tread and rework the classics in this way, most notably in Mark Morrison's first personal LAKE offering Takin' My Time, a direct reference to the Isley Brothers song "Caravan of Love." This smooth R&B pop seducer - a wild crowd favorite at LAKE's local Olympia outings - is a bit of an aside from The World Is Real's more meditative core.
Other highlights on The World Is Real: Bury the House takes its 60's styled psychedelic setting for a playful, self-deprecating riff on LAKE's own new age-y ideals: Bury the house / under the garden / make an attempt to go outside. Composure and "I Wish For You" have the pop attributes of Pet Sounds and Smile era Beach Boys - faintly forlorn, but still warm and sweet. And the community oriented compassion exhibited by LAKE's members is beautifully summarized in the opening lines of album closer Reconcile: How do we exist under the sun
but not in bliss? / What could have been? / Act on it.
Lovers of hybrid pop will hear the bright whirring electronic keys that notably set McCartney II apart from the rest of Paul's catalog, as well as the bittersweet organ and keyboard influence of Yo La Tengo, and the minimalist funk of Talking Heads on
this record. However, precise comparison is difficult: The World is Real avoids easy genre comparisons. An album full of the articulation of discontent and loss, LAKE captures these emotions in tandem with the pop music joys they have so expertly reigned in for many years.1. Do You Recall?
2. Bury The House
3. Combat Culture
5. Go Back
6. Dog In The Desert
7. Perfect Fit
8. Takin' My Time
9. I Wish For You
10. In The Stubborn Eyes Of A Demon
11. Reconcile$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Tales Of Crime (Part 1) b/w Tales Of Crime (Part 2)Tales of Crime (Part 1) b/w Tales of Crime (Part 2) is the Pine Hill Haints' first 7 released by K. Tales of Crime (Part 1) attempts to express the dirty south, the home of the blues, the ancient father to son craft of whiskey and aging gardening in the mountains, and a cynical history, smashed and destroyed by the modern era of green star capitalism . . .1. Tales of Crime (Part 1)
2. Tales of Crime (Part 2)$6.997 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now