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Saves The DaySaves the Day is dead. Long live Saves the Day.
Of course, with the departure of long-time lead guitarist Dave Soloway prior to the release of Daybreak in 2009, that may have been the moment that marked the final days of an early 2000s emo powerhouse. But even that album felt more like a body of work you could have expected from Chris Conley and company in the past.
The band's newest self-titled release marks a well-documented departure from the days of Stay What You Are, In Reverie, and, hell, even Sound the Alarm. Whereas previous entries in the band's catalogue have dealt with the anxious, even nerve-wracking realities of the young and socially awkward, Saves the Day instead starts off on a power-pop riff and hardly strays from it (not that anyone's complaining.)
The first two tracks, "Remember" and "In the In Between," set the tone for the rest of the LP. The fast-paced, poppy tunes are care-free ventures, something missing from Conley's writing since In Reverie.
Oddly enough, Saves the Day sounds more like the bands that have fondly proclaimed that Can't Slow Down, Through Being Cool and Stay What You Are inspired their own sounds. That sentiment becomes even more pronounced as the album plays on.
"Beyond All of Time" slows things down a bit before "Ain't No Kind of Love" kicks the tempo back up a bit. Both tracks flow into each other nicely. And although neither stands out on its own, the songs reinforce the mood of the album.
"Lucky Number" plays much the same, fitting into the album nicely as a piece of the puzzle, but without offering much on its own merit.
The song "Xenophobic Left Hook" by title alone demonstrates that Conley hasn't yet lost his lyrical style. But the sound that accompanies his vocals is drastically different than ever before and it can be directly attributed to the band's ever-changing lineup.
"The Tide of Our Times" is one of the album's truly outstanding tracks. It's catchy. It's fast. It's less than two-and-a-half minutes long and it's emblematic of everything Saves the Day does right in this album.
"Supernova" is, lyrically, the closest we might come to a traditional Conley track. The imagery and metaphors are wonderfully woven throughout the ballad.
"Verona" picks the pace back up, leading nicely into another of the album's best tracks: "Ring Pop." The pace is fast and the lyrics recall carefree days when a ring pop may have sufficed as a symbol of courtship. It's the essence of what makes some of Conley's best music, harkening to a past with the sentimentality ramped up to 11.
"Stand in the Stands" is, by far, the most up-beat and optimistic album closer Saves the Day has ever composed. Standing in stark contrast to even the band's sunnier albums and closers like "Firefly" and "Tomorrow Too Late," the track starts with a bouncy melody and doesn't let up for the nearly four minutes it plays out.
Although Daybreak was the first album where Conley was the last of the band's founding members left, it carried hints of Sound the Alarm and Under the Boards, primarily because of those three albums' conceptual ties (They were designed as a trilogy that started with 2006's Sound the Alarm).
If Conley's way with words is what drew you to the band, this will be right up your alley. Saves the Day may not be the band you remember, but Conley's presence maintains the only lyrical and moody consistency that we really need.
- Eder Campuzano (Daily Emerald)1. Remember
2. In The In Between
3. Beyond All Of Time
4. Ain't No Kind Of Love
5. Lucky Number
6. Xenophobic Blind Left Hook
7. The Tide Of Our Times
10. Ring Pop
11. Stand In The Stars$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Illuminate (Awaiting Repress)The band Lydia, releases in 2008 their second album entitled Illuminate. Lydia is an indie rock band from Gilbert, Arizona, formed in 2003. They really got their start as Nextabest playing at MooseFest 2000 in Gilbert, AZ. Lydia was signed to the Arizona based record label HourZero, through which they released their debut album This December; It's One More and I'm Free. Since then, they have toured extensively throughout the country and participated in the Zumiez Couch Tour, Vans Warped Tour, and The Bamboozle festival. They also played on the first annual Bamboozle Roadshow with Saves The Day, Armor For Sleep. Set Your Goals and Metro Station in 2008.1. This Is Twice Now
2. A Fine Evening for a Rogue
3. I Woke Up Near the Sea
6. Sleep Well
7. Stay Awake
8. All I See
9. One More Day
10. ...Ha Yeah It Got Pretty Bad
11. Now the One You Once Loved Is Leaving$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
REDD-EQU-5418xSaves The Day
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
UNIM-DOG-0116xThe Get Up Kids
Four Minute MileRe-issue of the 1997 album that catapulted the band to indie stardom with its hooky immediacy, catchy lyrics, unique and powerful pop/rock composition, and overall sense of energy. After a decade together, the group parted ways. Bassist Rob Pope is now in Spoon, singer Matt Pryor formed the New Amsterdams. The Get Up Kids' contributions to the emo scene can be heard today in Fall Out Boy and Hellogoodbye. RIYL: Jimmy Eat World, Weezer, Saves The Day.1. Coming Clean
2. Don't Hate Me
3. Fall Semester
4. Stay Gold, Ponyboy
5. Lowercase West Thomas
6. Washington Square Park
7. Last Place You Look
8. Better Half
9. No Love
11. Michele W/ One 'L'$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Love Saves The Day180 Gram Vinyl In Single Jacket With Booket
For his 10th studio album, G. Love invited friends to help him create "Love Saves The Day". The album features guest artists Lucinda Williams, Citizen Cope, David Hildago of Los Lobos, Ozomatli, DJ Logic,
Money Mark, Zach Gill and Adam Topol. Producer Robert Carranza (Jack Johnson, Beastie Boys) recorded the
group live to capture the raw electricity of the tracks.1. Love Saves The Day - feat. David Hidalgo
2. Dis Song
3. That Girl
4. Back To Boston
5. New York City - feat. Lucinda Williamsv
6. R U Kidding Me?!
7. Muse - feat. Citizen Cope
8. Baby Why You Do Me Like That? - feat. DJ Logic
9. Let's Have A Good Time - feat. Ozomatli
10. Peanut Butter Lips
11. Pick Up The Phone - feat. Kristy Lee
12. Lil' Run Around G$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Save For A Rainy DayMastered from the Original Mono Reels!
It was a Hollywood music publicist's fondest dream and worst nightmare, all at the same time. Jan Berry, the lead vocalist, composer and producer of famed surf/hot rod duo Jan & Dean had crashed his Corvette on the Sunset Strip late at night on April 19, 1966, almost killing himself. Jan remained in a coma for some time afterwards, and his rehab would take years rather than months. The hitmaking partnership of Jan & Dean, an act that had launched 14 winners into the national Top 40 over the previous six years, had come to a screeching halt. Or had it?
Dean Torrence, singer of the duo's ozone-scraping high parts, its specialist in vocal-stacking and its idea man when it came to personal presentation, decided to carry on single-handed while his partner was incapacitated. With the assistance of a few celebrated friends and session men who were regulars in Phil Spector's Wrecking Crew, bassist Joe Osborn, pianist Larry Knechtel, guitarist James Burton and drummer Mickey Jones, Dean began recording tracks whenever he could in Osborn's North Hollywood garage for what would become the new Jan & Dean album, Save for a Rainy Day.
The album was a spectacular concept, with its rain-related songs, both new and old, all linked together with the sound of a summer thunderstorm. Dean issued the LP in very limited quantities on his own J&D label and the album became the ultimate rarity in the Jan & Dean catalog. Enter Sundazed Music, who, in 1996, purchased the masters and rights to the album from Dean and gave it a proper, expanded release. Now Save for a Rainy Day appears on Sundazed on limited edition 180g vinyl, mastered from the pristine mono reels, in all its original glory!1. Yellow Balloon
2. Here Comes the Rain
3. Pocket Full of Rainbows
4. When Sunny Gets Blue
5. Like a Summer Rain
7. Rain on the Roof
8. Cryin' in the Rain
9. Taste of Rain
10. Save for a Rainy Day Theme$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Save For A Rainy DayWhen Jan Berry lived out the lyrics to Deadman's Curve in 1966 and wound up in a coma, his partner, Dean Torrence, kept the duo's name alive. Helped out by friends from Phil Spector's Wrecking Crew, Dean cut this sparkling little mini-masterpeice, shing as the raindrops beading up on the top of a Grand Prix.1. Yellow Balloon
2. Here Comes The Rain
3. Pocket Full Of Rainbows
4. When Sunny Gets Blue
5. Like A Summer Rain
7. Rain On The Roof
8. Cryin' In The Rain
9. Taste Of Rain
10. Save For A Rainy Day Theme
11. Yellow Balloon (ver. two - stereo)
12. Taste Of Rain (ver. two - stereo)
13. Here Comes The Rain (stereo)
14. Lullaby In The Rain (California Lullaby) (stereo)
15. Yellow Balloon (ver. one - stereo)
16. Taste Of Rain (ver. one - stereo)
17. Rain Clouds Long Gone(instr. track - mono - prev. unissued)
18. When Sunny Gets Blue (instr. track - stereo - prev. unissued)
19. Pocket Full Of Rainbows (stereo ver.)
20. Rain On The Roof (stereo ver.)
21. Yellow Balloon (instr. ver. two - stereo - prev. unissued)
22. Taste Of Rain (instr. track - stereo - prev. unissued)
23. Save For A Rainy Day Theme (stereo ver.)$36.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Save Yourself, Start AgainWhat began as an acoustic side project between the Transit vocalist Joe Boynton and guitarist Vinny Comeau in 2010 between touring has lead to a full-time band over the course of the last year. The duo signed with No Sleep Records in late 2012 and entered the studio with co-producer Gary Cioffi, Jr. (Transit, Misser) in early 2013 to record their first full-length with drummer Aviv Marotz, guitarist Mat Morin and Bassist Mike Moschetto in tow.
Once in the studio Comeau departed the band, leaving the rest of the guys primary reign over the songwriting and direction of the new material, resulting in a bright and airy collection of ten beautiful indie-pop tunes that exhibit a range of styles and moods, from upbeat power-pop to solemn folk, which any fans of bands like Death Cab For Cutie, Circa Survive, Maps & Atlases and Rilo Kiley will undoubtedly adore.1. Not Worth It
2. Look Back and Wave
3. Old News
4. Drive with Me
5. Save Yourself, Start Again
6. Wild Hearts
8. This Love Will Grow
9. You Can Always Come Home
10. Clean Slate$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Days Are GoneDays Are Gone is the debut album from indie-rock outfit/sisters Haim.
Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (Usher, Vampire Weekend) and James Ford (Florence and the Machine, Arctic Monkeys), Days Are Gone is an album years in the making. Since their first show as a group, which took place on July 7th, 2007, Haim have been gigging extensively. The first five years we just played every show we could play in L.A., Alana recalls. All we wanted to do was play. Then finally we realized we were playing too much. The sisters credit Casablancas specifcially for advising them that playing too many live shows is not the answer. To that end, the girls have now been more selective when lining up future tours. Still, as Alana explains, it was hard to turn down opening-slot offers from groups they love, specifically Florence and the Machine and Mumford & Sons. They take care of me like I'm their little sister, Alana says of the Mumfords, with whom Haim again will be playing support for later this year.
Ask the girls to describe specific tracks on Days Are Gone and they quickly fire back: If I told you I'd have to kill you, Este deadpans. Wait, really? No clues at all? The thing is, she explains, you can ask me anything about anything and I'll tell you except for our music. The record is something we're tight-lipped about. Haim do reveal that the album contains a healthy dose of the songs they've been playing in their live sets - "Falling," "Forever," "Don't Save Me" - in addition to, as Alana says, a lot of new jams. What little they'll reveal about the new material is that the album's title track was co-written with Jessie Ware and Kid Harpoon.
Rolling Stone had a chance to take the new album for a spin, however. And it's every bit worth the wait. There's palpable maturity in the lyrics: On If I Could Change Your Mind, Danielle is a self-admitted newbie at the whole love thing (I've never done this before/drove a million miles/back when you were mine/I was too young to know you were the one to find); later she's brushing off a former lover on Honey & I, then flat-out giving dude the cold shoulder (Honey, I'm not your honey-pie,) over a ripping electric guitar lick and a bass wobble generally reserved for sweaty dance clubs on the pop-friendly My Song 5. Sonically, the LP is a highly textural affair, from the 8-bit keyboard clatter on the title track to the lush, Eighties-style synths that sizzle throughout Running If You Call My Name.
- Dan Hyman (Rolling Stone)1. Falling
3. The Wire
4. If I Could Change Your Mind
5. Honey & I
6. Don't Save Me
7. Days Are Gone
8. My Song 5
9. Go Slow
10. Let Me Go
11. Running If You Call My Name$23.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Incredibles Soundtrack (Picture Disc)In support of the highly anticipated sequel, get ready to fight foes and villains alike while listening to the original
The Incredibles soundtrack on picture disc vinyl! You'll save the day with a score by Academy Award-winning
composer Michael Giacchino and stunning images of our valiant family including Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet,
Dash and Jack Jack!1. The Glory Days
2. Mr. Huph Will See You Now
3. Adventure Calling
4. Bob Vs. The Omnidroid
5. Lava In The Afternoon
6. Life's Incredible Again
7. Off To Work
8. New And Improved
9. Kronos Unveiled
10. Marital Rescue
11. Missile Lock
12. Lithe Or Death
13. 100 Mile Dash
14. A Whole Family Of Supers
15. Escaping Nomanisan
16. Road Trip!
17. Saving Metroville
18. The New Babysitter
19. The Incredits$21.99Vinyl LP Picture Disc - Sealed Buy Now
Oh, Common Life (Clear/Black Vinyl) (Discontinued)
Clear/Black Colored Vinyl
Spending the last 3 years touring the world extensively with the likes of All Time Low, New Found Glory, Saves The Day, & Set Your Goals; appeared on Warped, Soundwaves and numerous festivals. Fireworks have built up a loyal and rabid fan base eagerly anticipating new music.
Oh, Common Life is the follow up to Gospel, released in 2011, and will be released by Triple Crown Records.1. Glowing Crosses
2. Bed Sores
3. The Back Window's Down
4. Flies On Tape
6. Play God Only Knows At My Funeral
7. One More Creature Dizzy With Love
8. The Only Thing That Haunts This House Is Me
9. The Sound Of Young America
10. Run, Brother, Run
11. The Hotbed Of Life$15.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
CharmerBetween the power pop melodies of early Saves the Day and the hard driving
folk rhythms of Fleetwood Mac lies TIGERS JAW, a band who's raw immediacy
is infectious and intoxicating. Shimmering organ textures, chunky guitar chords,
and male/female vocal harmonies show the Scranton, PA natives taking rural
rock music from its legendary past to its vibrant future. Among the more innovative acts on Run For Cover Record's star studded roster, TIGERS JAW have a
profound musical purity that is as equally stirring in a basement of 40 people as
it is in a club of 1,000.1. Cool
2. Frame You
5. Nervous Kids
6. I Envy Your Apathy
8. Slow Come On
9. Teen Rocket
11. Distress Signal
12. What Would You Do$15.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-HOP-9117xTaking Back Sunday
Happiness IsTaking Back Sunday are back with their sixth studio album and their first since joining Hopeless. The band returns with their classic sound that continues
to resonate with fans.
Taking Back Sunday have been working on the album since May with two different producers and completed a portion of the record at Rancho Recordo
with producer and long-time sound engineer Marc Jacob Hudson (Saves The Day, The Swellers.) They headed to Long Island to finish up with Mike
Sapone (Brand New, O'Brother) who also worked with them on the Demos for Tell All Your Friends.1. Preface
2. Flicker, Fade
3. Stood A Chance
4. All The Way
5. Beat Up Car
6. It Takes More
7. They Don't Have Any Friends
8. Better Homes And Gardens
9. Like You Do
10. We Were Younger Then
11. Nothing At All$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
GospelDetroits Fireworks return with the Brian McTernan-produced full-length Gospel on Triple Crown Records. Since the release of their debut full length, All I Have To Offer Is My Own Confusion in 2009, the band has toured the world relentlessly with the likes of New Found Glory, Set Your Goals, Saves The Day, Hit The Lights and a successful headline tour in the fall of 10. The band has also made appearances on the Warped Tour, Bamboozle and a number of other festivals.
In speaking on the new album, guitarist Chris Mojan says, Gospel represents Fireworks better than anything we've done in the past. I think it really is the photo for the fundamentals we started this band on. The songs came so naturally and working with Brian (McTernan) pushed them and us to a level we've never came close to reaching in the past. Fireworks Lives.1. Arrows
2. I Was Born In The Dark
3. Xs On Trees
4. Were Still Pioneers
6. Oh, Why Cant We Start Old And Get Younger
8. Life Is Killing Me
9. I Am The Challenger
10. Paintings of Paul Revere
11. I Locked My Time Capsule
12. The Wild Bunch$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-EPI-2312xEvery Time I Die
New Junk AestheticEvery Time I Die is a Southern hardcore rock band from Buffalo, New York, founded in the winter of 1998. Across a series of five albums, they have defined a scene, with their unique blend of metalcore, punk and southern rock. Now with their debut album on Epitaph, New Junk Aesthetic, Every Time I Die return to the sound that made earlier albums like Hot Damn fan favorites. We know that our older stuff, which was a lot faster and a lot heavier, definitely made our live shows a lot more fun, because everyone was moving and singing along, says frontman Keith Buckley. We're kinda going back to the way we started.
Produced by Steve Evetts (He Is Legend, A Static Lullaby, Dillinger Escape Plan, Saves the Day, Lifetime, Story of the Year). Features guest vocals by Matt Caughthran of the Bronx and Greg Puciat of Dillinger Escape Plan.1. Roman Holiday
2. The Marvelous Slut
3. Who Invited The Russian Soldier?
5. For The Record
6. White Smoke
7. Turtles All The Way Down
8. Organ Grinder
9. Host Disorder
10. After One Quarter Of A Revolution
11. The Sweet Life$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Living EndImport
Australian Punk Rockabilly outfit The Living End had formed in 1994 in Melbourne by Chris Cheney on guitar and lead vocals, and Scott Owen on double bass and backing vocals. In 1996 they were joined by Travis Demsey on drums.
In 1997, they had achieved mainstream success with their EP Second Solution / Prisoner Of Society, peaking at No. 4 on the Australian Singles Chart. More singles followed, which can be found on their self titled 1998 debut: Prisoner of Society, Save the Day, All Torn Down, West End Riot and the US-only single Trapped.
The album reached No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart and remained in the top 50 for 63 weeks. The Living End was certified 4× Platinum by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). As of today, it is the band's most successful album. The cover art, as described by front man Chris Cheney, is based on a photograph of a World War I all-female bomb factory.1. Prisoner Of Society
2. Growing Up (Falling Down)
3. Second Solution
4. West End Riot
5. Bloody Mary
7. All Torn Down
8. Save The Day
10. Have They Forgotten
11. Fly Away
12. I Want A Day
14. Closing In$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Light Under Closed DoorsThe Swellers return reinvigorated on their No Sleep Records debut, which is packed with highly memorable tracks like "Should," "Becoming Self-Aware," "High/Low" and "Big Hearts," that speak directly to fans with an open heart about growing up, learning from your mistakes and moving forward, something the band has a lot of experience with lately.
Produced by The Swellers and recorded by Marc Hudson (Saves the Day, Taking Back Sunday) at Rancho Recordo in Fenton, MI and with Mark Michalik (Into It. Over It., Fireworks) in Chicago, IL, The Light Under Closed Doors is a raw collection of ten punk rock sing-alongs that are filled with driving rhythm and infectious choruses. The band's follow-up to 2012's EP, Running Out Of Places To Go, strips the band down to their core with a sound that's pure and honest.1. Should
2. Big Hearts
3. Got Social
5. Great Lakes State
6. Becoming Self-Aware
7. Friends Again (We Can't Be)
8. Designated Driver
9. Favorite Tune
10. Call It A Night$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Young New EnglandTransit believes music is about connecting with people and that's exactly what they do. Through the honesty and individuality expressed in their music, the North Shore Boston band has been able to connect with kids from their humble beginnings in the Northeast Pop-punk scene and nationwide as they have toured more and more. Through their relentless tour schedule and incredible work ethic, the band has shared the stage with artists such as Taking Back Sunday, Bayside, Senses Fail, Saves The Day, Four Year Strong, The Wonder Years and many more as well as a stint on the entire Vans Warped Tour.
When they released Listen & Forgive in fall of 2011 the band received accolades from the press for their ability to deliver a record that became an instant classic among their core fans but also transcended the genre, bringing the band to a much wider audience. With their 2nd Rise Records full length, Young New England, the band continues onward
and upward. Teaming up with Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem, Flogging Molly) as producer, the band has delivered their catchiest, most heartfelt record yet.1. Nothing Lasts Forever
2. Second To Right
3. Young New England
5. So Long, So Long
6. Weathered Souls
7. Hang It Up
8. Don't Do, Don't Stray
9. Thanks For Nothing
10. Summer, Me
12. Bright Lights, Dark Shadows
13. Lake Q$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
CodyCody isn't an album that changed everything for Joyce Manor, but Joyce Manor had to change a bit to make their album Cody. Since the release of their 2014 Epitaph debut Never Hungover Again, guitarist and singer Barry Johnson has taught himself the meditation techniques championed by the Beatles and director David Lynch, and he found he was suddenly wide open. Before, songs were labor; now they were revelations, appearing almost fully formed in his head before he had time to even catch them on a voicemail to himself.
For Cody, the band camped out in the studio for two months with producer Rob Schnapf, credited on classics by Elliott Smith, Guided By Voices, Saves The Day and Rancid, all in the Joyce Manor record collections, of course. With Schnapf's help, they'd explore deeper arrangements, new pre-production techniques, and different ways of working both together and with someone else. Johnson says, "It was the first time we really used the studio to our advantage. I felt like I could get a better grasp on what we could do. We always recorded like a punk band-go in and lay 'em down! Just get good takes! And this time we tried a lot more."
For Cody, they added new drummer Jeff Enzor to the band alongside bassist Matt Ebert and guitarist Chase Knobbe. With Rob Schnapf's able help as a de facto fifth member of the band, Joyce Manor found itself bristling with inspiration. Now more than ever, says Johnson, he felt he could trust himself and his bandmates to take the risks to make the music they wanted to make. The result is a record that dares to be humble, intimate and unapologetically human.1. Fake I.D.
3. Angel In The Snow
4. Do You Really Want To Not Get Better?
5. Last You Heard Of Me
6. Make Me Dumb
7. Over Before It Began
8. Reversing Machine
10. This Song Is A Mess But So Am I$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Poets Were My HeroesMorning Glory is made up of the stuff that the gritty, punk-crust motherland of New York's infamous Lower East Side has been known to spawn. This group of punkers and squatters had very humble beginnings indeed. Already in various other New York punk bands, Morning Glory first became the spark of an idea when Ezra Kire (Leftöver Crack, Choking Victim, INDK) took time off from touring and started to write some tunes in his NYC apartment.
In 2001, with nothing but a drum machine and an 8-track reel-to-reel, Ezra wrote and recorded the songs that would become Morning Glory's first LP, This Is No Time ta Sleep. Though it was self-recorded, home-released and had no touring support, it still managed to create a small but ubiquitous underground buzz. With a virtuosic range of musical elements such as ska, punk, metal, and even some rhyming, its catchy, anthemic sing-alongs showcased Ezra's flourishing writing talents. And while his lyrics stayed true to the caustic political edge of his other bands, the overall message remained more optimistic and leaned towards the humanistic, personal side of life.
In 2002, Ezra finally assembled a live band, handpicking musicians from the local NYC punk scene, including members of Nausea, World/Inferno Friendship Society and Stockyard Stoics. This lineup recorded the EP, The Whole World is Watching, released on Blacknoise Records in 2003. While the years that followed were spent recording and touring with Leftöver Crack, Morning Glory took a back seat.
But after these long years of touring, Ezra finally decided to give Morning Glory the attention it deserved in 2010 and began writing songs for what was to become the epic new album, Poets Were My Heroes. In the summer of 2011, Ezra and the band (with longtime members Early Gates, "Metal" Chris and Lucky Strano alongside new guitarist Adam Schrager) hit the studio with a barrage of new material. Picture the sonic kaleidoscope of punk noise meeting strings, horns, choirs, pianos and organs over a web of distorted guitars and marching, single kick pedal drums.
These are the sounds that make up Poets Were My Heroes, Morning Glory's Fat Wreck Chords debut and first full-length album recorded with a live band. Re-enlisting producer Jesse Cannon (The Menzingers, Saves the Day), a wealth of material was recorded, with only the very strongest songs being chosen to make up the album. It is both grand and elaborate, with each song evoking a different mood and style, challenging the musicianship of even the most dexterous players, while still maintaining its punk-inspired simplicity.
While the band itself has described themselves as "somewhere between Oasis and The Clash," they continue to break rules and write music that is true only to themselves, adhering to no genres, creeds or political factions. The sing-along choruses give the band a broader appeal than the standard politi-kill punk acts, but the key message is more subversive: "Think for yourself, decide for yourself, make up your own mind and love your friends. Only you know what is right for you. Together we are what we can't be alone." It's this unity in diversity that makes the band special and not just another punk outfit. Double vinyl includes digital download of full album.1. Everything's A Song (To Me)
2. Shelter From The Spoon
3. Poets Were My Heroes
4. March Of The Asylum
5. Quemar Las Fronteras
6. Divide By
7. Orphan's Holiday
10. Life's A Long Revenge
11. Another Way (Outside The Walls Of Eden)
12. Born To December$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Rise Or Die Trying (Awaiting Repress)Worcester, Massachusetts. 8 pm. Those who have their hearts set on a Sunday night bingo game or knitting circle at the Quinsigamond Village Community Center will walk away sorely disappointed. Instead, nearly 600 kids spanning all ages and tastes have excitedly packed themselves into the tiny venue. The room is plunged into darkness and the wild shouting echoes in the air; this is the moment they've been waiting for. The first strains of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" filter through the speakers as Four Year Strong take their hometown stage, fully prepared to shred faces, blow minds, and take no prisoners.
Alan Day (Vocals/Guitar), Dan O'Conner (Vocals/Guitar), Joe Weiss (Bass), Josh Lyford (Synth), and Jake Massucco (Drums) are Four Year Strong. At first, this may not raise eyebrows or drop jaws, but it is only a matter of time. Bringing a unique blend of brutal breakdowns and soaring choruses, Four Year Strong have cut their teeth into the Worcester hardcore scene and thirst for more. Their music incites a riot like nothing seen before, leaving live crowds and CD listeners alike simultaneously blown away, and fired up.
Their influences range from Lifetime to Saves the Day, Gorilla Biscuits to New Found Glory. "We just play exactly what we want to hear," describes Dan, explaining their combination of hardcore and pop-punk. Sharing an average age of 20 years old and with a do-it-yourself determination, Four Year Strong do not pretend to be anyone but themselves. The band does not sugarcoat their image, avoiding the pretty-boy front that smothers the scene. Behind the numerous tattoos and grizzly beards, Four Year Strong are the kind of guys you would want to bring home to Mom and Dad. The band does not bother with egos or attitude, determined to connect with every fan on a personal level.
Their debut full-length, Rise or Die Trying, premieres on I Surrender Records. Already, the album has generated an excited buzz across the web, featured on websites like Absolutepunk.net and FriendsorEnemies.com to print magazines Rolling Stone and Alternative Press. The band has nearly 1 Million plays on Myspace with nothing more than a taste of what Rise or Die Trying will bring. Unrelenting spirit, gut-wrenchingly good music, and no flashy gimmicks, Four Year Strong are building themselves to the top with an indestructible foundation.
Four Year Strong combine equal parts melody and mayhem; however, their true talent lies in the ability to use these parts to create one exciting, infectious whole. "We wanted to put out a great record and not just a bunch of great songs." They fully embrace their album title, Rise or Die Trying, and Four Year Strong refuse to stop until they've taken the world by storm.
Brace yourself, let's start the takeover.1. The Takeover
2. Prepare To Be Digitally Manipulated
3. Abandon Ship Or Abandon All Hope
4. Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die
5. Wrecked 'Em? Damn Near Killed 'EM
7. Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Hell
8. Bada Bing! Wit' A Pipe!
9. Beatdown In The Key Of Happy
10. If He's Here, Who's Running Hell?
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The DietDiets? Who needs 'em? Well, if you're like Buddy Hackett, or us you do. A few years ago, I came across a 45-second monologue about trying to lose weight, performed by the comedian Buddy Hackett. It was on a 78 RPM record on the Coral Records imprint. It occurred to me that it could make an interesting dance recording given the right situation and circumstance. Equally inspirational was the book Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture 1970-1979 by Tim Lawrence. In reading it, I saw parallels between the dance culture of that era and the indie-rock/punk/experimental music culture. It unlocked in my mind a genre of music long dormant in memory yet an influence so prevailing in a variety of current musical genres. Woe be it unto the man whose tastes are frozen forever, for given time, space, and understanding, such things become reborn and reimagined as we search for a creative kernel of truth. I went about the realization of this idea with fellow Lambchops and electronic-minded musicians Ryan Norris (Coupler) and Scott Martin (Hobbledeions). Together we became HeCTA.
Using the idea of combining the notion of "song" and elements from stand-up comedy, and electronic music and a shared love of the electronic form and its many permutations, we respectfully, playfully explored and experimented. It was to be an equal sharing of ideas, influences, and missteps. We were looking for a new way of making songs incorporating these things, to make something concise on beat. The form is not such a surprise when you consider other electronic collaborations I've been involved with: Zero 7's remix of Lambchop's "Up With People" and co-writing X-Press2's "Give It." The results became The Diet, and those songs are with us now. As HeCTA, we take our approach seriously and are respectfully aware of the great electronic music created throughout its history continuing into the present-so much so that when it came time to mix these recordings, we reached out to some of the central figures of the genre. Such greats as Morgan Geist, John McEntire, and Q all had a hand in shaping the refined sound we present to you. With invaluable creativity and engineering by Jeremy Ferguson at Battle Tapes in Nashville, we together created what we consider to be a collection of songs that move and move through you, from the dashboard to the dance floor, from Decatur to Dornburg, from Dorchester to Detroit. Suck it up, hippies. This music is our attempt to extend the boundaries of our expression and have some fun. It's not Americana, house, techno, trap, juke, or blaze. Why would it be? And like any good diet, it will be reviled then ultimately loved by all who give it a chance to work its way into their lives. We love you for trying, and we're trying to love you back. -kurtx1. Till Someone Gets Hurt
2. Sympathy for the Auto Industry
4. Like You're Worth It
5. The Concept
6. Change Is In Our Pocket
7. We Are Glistening
8. Give Us Your Names
9. We Bitched We Bovvered and We Buildered$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Victory LapThe first thing to know, if you want to know about Propagandhi, is that they came here to rock. Right from the snarling opening riff of their seventh album,Victory Lap, that much is clear. For everything else that swirls around the band now, and for the last 31 years - the politics, the people and, lately,a gnawing sense of despair - the sheer volume of it all hasn't changed.
Frontman Chris Hannah and bassist Todd Kowalski experienced a big change in the band when after nine years with Propagandhi, guitarist DavidThe Beaver Guillas left the band for a teaching position and the band added a new member , Sulynn Hago, a seasoned guitar-slinger from Tampa,Florida. (That said, Guillas is still all over Victory Lap, contributing licksto four songs.)
So what do you do, when you're an unapologetically political band in a time when political speech seems more fractured than it has been in years? When the darkness looms and the rapacious maws of power seem to devour more by the day? You can't stop the violence; you can't save the world. But neither can you stand to sit back, and just watch it all burn. So here's what you do: you strap up a guitar and get ready to rock.1. Victory Lap
3. Cop Just Out of Frame
4. When All Your Fears Collide
5. Letters to a Young Anus
6. Lower Order (A Good Laugh)
7. Failed Imagineer
8. Call Before You Dig
10. In Flagrante Delicto
12. Adventures in Zoochosis$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mature ThemesAriel Pink's Haunted Graffiti is back with the new album, Mature Themes, the band's second album for 4AD and the official follow-up to their 2010 breakthrough album, Before Today. The first single from the album will be a cover of Donnie and Joe Emerson's Baby, which also features guest vocals from Dâm-Funk.
"Sonically, it's comparable," Pink says of the new work, 13 songs he's only recently penned. "There are definitely not any links to my lo-fi origins. It's so diverse but so different from anything I've done before. In a sense, its really the record I wanted to make back when I made Before Today, but couldn't due to pressures and different factors. We had time to let our hair down and try new things."
Pink was able to bring in a large cache of vocal melodies and song foundations he'd previously recorded to his new phone. "Getting my first Android phone changed my life," he explains. "I don't have to memorize everything. I can put ideas down on the fly and save them for a rainy day, which is something I never had the luxury of doing in the past. I've got this great talent for co-opting memories at random, this time I've got a hundred ideas on a moment's notice."1. Kinski Assassin
2. Is This the Best Spot?
3. Mature Themes
4. Only In My Dreams
6. Early Birds of Babylon
7. Schnitzel Boogie
8. Symphony of the Nymph
9. Pink Slime
10. Farewell American Primitive
11. Live It Up
12. Nostradamus & Me
13. Baby$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now