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1000 Forms Of Fear'1000 Forms of Fear' is the upcoming sixth studio album by Australian singer-songwriter and hitmaker Sia Furler.
Produced by Greg Kurstin at Echo Studio in Los Angeles, 1000 Forms of Fear follows the notoriously press-shy pop artist's 2010 release We Are Born.1. Chandelier
2. Big Girls Cry
3. Burn the Pages
4. Eye of the Needle
6. Straight for the Knife
7. Fair Game
8. Elastic Heart (feat. The Weeknd & Diplo)
9. Free the Animal
10. Fire Meet Gasoline
12. Dressed In Black$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Some People Have Real ProblemsThe fourth studio album from enigmatic pop impresario, Sia, Some People Have Real Problems illuminates the playful, yet sophisticated spirit of an emerging force in pop music.LP 1
1. Little Black Sandals
3. Day Too Soon
4. You Have Been Loved
5. The Girl You Lost To Cocaine
7. I Go To Sleep
2. Death By Chocolate
3. Soon We'll Be Found
4. Electric Bird
5. Beautiful Calm Driving
7. Buttons$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
This Is ActingThis Is Acting is the seventh studio album by Australian singer-songwriter, Sia, following up last year's #1 charting, critically-acclaimed, and gold-certified album, 1000 Forms Of Fear.
"Alive," the album's first single was written by Sia, Adele and Tobias Jesso, Jr. and was produced by Jesse Shatkin, who also co-wrote and co-produced Sia's massive four-time Grammy nominated "Chandelier.
An astonishingly creative and uncompromising performer, Sia is also a highly prolific hit maker and songwriter, having penned several hit singles over the last few years for others. She has crafted songs for pop icons including Rihanna ("Diamonds"), Katy Perry ("Double Rainbow"), Britney Spears ("Perfume"), Kelly Clarkson ("Invincible"), Carly Rae Jepsen (Making the Most of the Night), BeyoncÉ ("Pretty Hurts") and Celine Dion ("Love Me Back To Life"), and many more. Sia has also been the featured vocalist on some of the most massive hits she has written for others including "Titanium" with David Guetta, "Beautiful Pain" with Eminem, and "Wild Ones" with Flo Rida. Additionally, Sia was nominated for a Golden Globe last year for the song "Opportunity" from the 2014 adaptation of the Broadway musical "Annie."LP 1
1. Bird Set Free
3. One Million Bullets
4. Move Your Body
6. Cheap Thrills
2. House On Fire
4. Sweet Design
5. Broken Glass
6. Space Between$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Everyday Is ChristmasSinger/songwriter/producer/hitmaker and 8x GRAMMY Award nominee Sia today announces that her first-ever holiday album, Everyday is Christmas, will be released via Atlantic Records. The collection of original holiday songs was written by Sia and Greg Kurstin.
The album's lead single, "Santa's Coming For Us," has several counterparts on the album including other festive songs like "Candy Cane Lane," "Ho Ho Ho," and "Puppies Are Forever" which are anchored by ballads "Underneath The Christmas Lights," "Snowman," and "Snowflake."1. Santa's Coming For Us
2. Candy Cane Lane
5. Ho Ho Ho
6. Puppies Are Forever
8. Underneath The Mistletoe
9. Everyday is Christmas
10. Underneath The Christmas Lights$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WARB-NEK-5547xFitz And The Tantrums
Fitz And The TantrumsFitz and The Tantrums' natural exuberance permeates their new self-titled album, which celebrates walking to the beat of your own drum.
Lead singer, Michael Fitzpatrick, says of the new record, We've always tried to push ourselves at every turn. For our third album, we continued to challenge ourselves, taking care not to write the same record again.
Turn It Up, Fitz exhorts at the top of album opener and first single HandClap. The horn-and-beats fueled track captures the exhilarating sense of promise - and danger - that a night out and a new romance hold. The staccato Complicated paints a relationship that's packed with both chemistry and conflict and bursts into an unexpected cheer. Echo and otherworldly keyboards make Tricky an intoxicating dance-floor anthem and a warning to any future lover, while A Place For Us, the album closer, encapsulates the band's belief that there is a place in the world for each of us to belong, regardless of our differences.
Overall, this is an album about desire - the desire for intimacy, for sex, for acceptance on your own terms and the struggle not to compromise, explains Fitz.
Fitz and The Tantrums was recorded in the band's hometown of Los Angeles. Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Matt & Kim) produced eight of the album's eleven tracks. Fitz produced Fadeback while Joel Little (Lorde) produced Do What You Want and Ricky Reed (Jessie J) helmed HandClap.1. HandClap
3. Burn It Down
4. Roll Up
7. Run It
8. Get Right Back
9. Do What You Want
10. Walking Target
11. A Place For Us$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Colour The Small OneAvailable For The First Time In The U.S.
Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Sia's third album "Colour The Small One" opens with the sound of her writing - on overture to the soul-baring tracks that follow. What became her breakthrough album, featuring the hit "Breathe Me" is laden with electronically kissed chamber pop and emotionally raw lyrics, that create an atmosphere so intimate, it almost feels wrong to listen in. The seminal album is now available for the first time on vinyl in the U.S..1. Rewrite
3. Breathe Me
4. The Bully
5. Sweet Potato
6. Don't Bring Me Down
7. Natale's Song
10. The Church Of What's Happening Now
12. Where I Belong$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
We Are BornImport
People used to liken Sia to a fairy with broken wings.
If you've heard the delicate and jazzy vocals she provided for Zero 7, or the song 'Breathe Me' from her solo-album Color The Small One that was prominently featured in the Six Foot Under finale, you would immediately understand why.
But with We Are Born, Sia has made a pop-album of the highest standard. With songs like 'Clap Your Hands', it would appear that the masses are starting to notice her as well. On We Are Born Sia is upbeat without being too cotton-candy, her melodies floating along lyrics that are smart and to the point. Her rendition of Madonna's 'O Father' is poignant and might even be superior to the original.
Produced by Greg Kurstin (Lilly Allen, Little Boots) this is an accessible album that is difficult to listen to without a smile.1. The Fight
2. Clap Your Hands
3. Stop Trying
4. Youve Changed
5. Be Good To Me
6. Bring Night
7. Hurting Me Now
8. Never Gonna Leave Me
10. Im In Here
11. The Co-Dependent
12. Big Girl, Little Girl
13. Oh Father$36.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Neon Demon Soundtrack
Two 180-Gram Vinyl - One Blue And One Green
Milan Records will release THE NEON DEMON - Original Motion Picture soundtrack. The album features the film's original score by Cliff Martinez (DRIVE, TV's THE KNICK), the original track "Waving Goodbye" performed by Sia, and two songs by Julian Winding ("Mine" performed by Sweet Tempest and "The Demon Dance"). The film is the third collaboration between Martinez and director Nicolas Winding Refn (DRIVE, ONLY GOD FORGIVES).
THE NEON DEMON is a story about an aspiring model, Jesse (played by Elle Fanning) who moved to Los Angeles to chase her dreams. Her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she does. The film also stars Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks and Jena Malone. This is the third Nicolas Winding Refn film Martinez has a part of, first with DRIVE and secondly with ONLY GOD FORGIVES marking it as another trifecta of perfection for the duo.
Perhaps it is because of his time in the punk scene that Cliff Martinez's approach to scoring is nontraditional. His scores tend towards being stark and sparse, utilizing a modern tonal palette to paint the backdrop for films that are often dark, psychological stories like PUMP UP THE VOLUME (1990), THE LIMEY (2009) WONDERLAND (2003), WICKER PARK (2004), and DRIVE (2011). Martinez has been nominated for a Grammy Award (Steven Soderbergh's TRAFFIC), a Cesar Award (Xavier Giannoli's A L'origine), and a Broadcast Film Critics Award (DRIVE).LP 1
1. Neon Demon
2. Mine - Sweet Tempest
3. The Demon Dance - Julian Winding
4. What Are You?
5. Don't Forget Me When You're Famous
6. Gold Paint Shoot
7. Take Off Your Shoes
8. Ruby At The Morgue
9. Jesse Sneaks Into Her Room
10. Real Lolita Rides Again
11. Messenger Walks Among Us
1. Take Her To Measurements
2. Who Wants Sour Milk
3. I Would Never Say You're Fat
4. Thank God You're Awake Remix
6. Ruby's Close Up
7. Lipstick Drawing
8. Something's In My Room
9. Are We Having A Party
10. Get Her Out Of Me
11. Waving Goodbye - Sia$35.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Hamilton MixtapeAtlantic Records has announced the highly-anticipated release of The Hamilton Mixtape, an unprecedented musical companion to the landmark Broadway musical by Tony, GRAMMY® and Emmy Award-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Executive produced by The Roots' Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Tarik "Black Thought" Trotter, The Hamilton Mixtape sees songs from the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical covered and remixed by a remarkable cast of contemporary artists. Superstars contributing to the one of its kind collection include Sia, Usher, Kelly Clarkson, The Roots, Alicia Keys, Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Chance The Rapper, John Legend, Regina Spektor, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Miguel, Queen Latifah, Common, Ben Folds, Andra Day, Jill Scott, Jimmy Fallon & more. The Hamilton Mixtape also includes three previously unreleased HAMILTON demos.LP 1
1. No John Trumbull (Intro) - By The Roots
2. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] - By The Roots
3. Wrote My Way Out - By Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
4. Wait For It - By Usher
5. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] - By Watsky
6. Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah) - By Sia
7. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) - By Regina Spektor
8. Valley Forge (Demo) - By Lin-Manuel Miranda
9. It's Quiet Uptown - By Kelly Clarkson
10. That Would Be Enough - By Alicia Keys
11. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) - By K'naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
1. You'll Be Back - By Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
2. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) - By Ashanti
3. Take A Break (Interlude) - By !llmind
4. Say Yes To This - By Jill Scott
5. Congratulations - By Dessa
6. Burn - By Andra Day
7. Stay Alive (Interlude) - By J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
8. Cabinet Battle 3 (Demo) - By Lin-Manuel Miranda
9. Washingtons By Your Side - By Wiz Khalifa
10. History Has Its Eyes On You - By John Legend
11. Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) - By The Roots
12. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) - By Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
BeyonceBeyoncÉ is the fifth studio album by American recording artist BeyoncÉ.
The 14-song collection features Drunk In Love, a new collaboration with husband Jay Z; Mine, featuring Drake; Superpower, with her I Miss You collaborator Frank Ocean; and Blue, a song with her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.
Every song on the album has also been given a video, all of which are included as a DVD. Grown Woman, a promotional cut that Beyonce performed during her Mrs. Carter world tour this year, appears as a bonus video, but did not make the album's track list.
The collaborators on the album vary from the indie and unexpected (Chairlift's Caroline Polacheck co-wrote and produced the slinky No Angel, Sia wrote touching opener Pretty Hurts while a mysterious writer-producer credited as Boots is listed on half the album's tracks as a co-writer) to first-time collabs with Miguel (Rocket), Drake and Noah 40 Shebib (Mine), Hit-Boy (Bey Reel) and Frank Ocean (Superpower) to reunions with Ryan Tedder and The-Dream (XO), Justin Timberlake, Pharrell and Timbaland (Blow).
Directors featured on the music videos include Detail, Jake Nava, Hype Williams, Terry Richardson, Melina Matsoukas, Jonas Åkerlund, Ricky Saiz, Pierre Debusschere, @lilinternet, Francesco Carrozzini, Ed Burke, Bill Kirstein and Todd Tourso. Grown Woman, initially previewed via Pepsi's global spot with Beyonce in April, is featured as a bonus video-only cut, directed by Jake Nava.
- BillboardLP 1
1. Pretty Hurts
3. Drunk In Love (feat. Jay Z)
5. No Angel
2. Mine (feat. Drake)
4. Flawless (feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche)
5. Superpower (feat. Frank Ocean)
7. Blue (feat. Blue Ivy)
1. Pretty Hurts
4. Drunk In Love
6. No Angel
18. Grown Woman (Bonus Video)$36.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + DVD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Nothin But The BeatDavid Guetta follows-up his 2009 breakthrough album One Love with the release of Nothing But The Beat. The French DJ has enlisted an all-star cast of featured artists which includes Flo-Rida, Nicki Mina, Taio Cruz, Ludacris, will.i.am, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Akon, Jennifer Hudson, Sia, Timbaland, Dev and more. The album's first single Where Them Girls At featuring Flo-Rida and Nicki Minaj has already sold over 800,000 digital tracks and has reached the Top 10 on the singles charts in more than 15 countries.LP1
1. Where Them Girls At Ft. Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj
2. Little Bad Girl Ft.Taio Cruz & Ludacris
3. Turn Me On Ft. Nicki Minaj
4. Sweat (Snoop Dogg vs David Guetta) (Remix)
5. Without You Ft. Usher
6. Nothing Really Matters Ft. Will.i.Am
7. I Can Only Imagine Ft. Chris Brown & Lil Wayne
8. Crank It Up Ft. Akon
9. I Just Wanna F Ft. Timbaland & Dev
10. Night of Your Life ft. Jennifer Hudson
11. Repeat ft. Jessie J
12. Titanium ft. Sia
1. The Alphabeat
4. Little Bad Girl (Instrumental)
5. Metro Music
6. Toy Story
7. The Future
10. Glasgow$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-AST-0570xEmpire Of The Sun
Two VinesAlt-electro pioneers Empire Of The Sun return with their third studio album, Two Vines, set for release via Astralwerks. With Two Vines, the Australian band invites listeners to enter the jungle paradise that marks the third remarkable age of the Empire Of The Sun. Through a waterfall of dreams, beyond the white light of an ice curtain lies a lush, green world where childlike innocence and ancient wisdom are one. The album's first single, "High & Low," offers a glimpse of this dreamlike kingdom.
"We always saw Empire as a movie," says Nicholas Littlemore, the co-pilot with Luke Steele of this fantastic vessel of electro-futurist sound and vision. "The whole concept was based around childhood fantasies; being in bed and staring at the posters on your wall, whether they were monster movies or outlandish rock stars or pieces of art. We always wanted to be one of those posters on a child's wall that had so much imagination locked into it, a kind of invitation that pushes you over the edge into dream world. With this record, it's time to take that next step."
Recorded in Hawaii and Los Angeles, Two Vines is co-produced by Empire Of The Sun and Peter Mayes (Sia, The Killers, Mika), alongside long-term collaborator, Donnie Sloan (Midnight To Monaco). It also sees the creative circle expanding with esteemed pianist/arranger Henry Hey and bassist Tim Lefebvre, from David Bowie's Blackstar band, featured heavily on the album. Factor in Wendy Melvoin from Prince's Revolution, as well as Fleetwood Mac's genius guitarist/vocalist Lindsey Buckingham, and the Empire's rainbow has never been so vast and colorful.
"Going to Hawaii to record was the best idea," says Luke Steele of sessions at Honolulu's Avex Studios - where Kanye West recorded 2010's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. "That was the catalyst for me. I'd spend the morning surfing, then roll in and make music into the night."1. Before
2. High and Low
3. Two Vines
5. There's No Need
6. Way to Go
8. Digital Life
9. First Crush
11. To Her Door
13. Lend Me Some Light
14. Welcome to My Life
15. Walking on a Dream$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Recreational LoveAll new original album from acclaimed Los Angeles indie-pop duo, Inara George and Greg Kurstin; Last album was 2010's Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates. Kurstin is a Grammy winning producer who has recently worked with Sia, Lykke Li, and Charlie XCX; George also sings in indie-folksupergroup the Living Sisters.1. Young And Dumb
2. Recreational Love
3. Will You Dance?
5. Please Take Me Home
7. Los Angeles
9. We're Coming To You
10. Lovey Dovey$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Fifty Shades Darker (Original Soundtrack)Fifty Shades Darker (Original Soundtrack) includes "I Don't Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)" by Zayn | Taylor Swift. Since its release, the track has hit No. 1 in more than 80 countries. The album also features new music from stars such as Nick Jonas & Nicki Minaj, Halsey Tove Lo, John Legend, The-Dream, Sia, and KygoLP 1
1 I Don't Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker) - ZAYN, Taylor Swift
2 Not Afraid Anymore - Halsey
3 Pray - JRY, Rooty
4 Lies In The Dark - Tove Lo
5 No Running From Me - Toulouse
6. One Woman Man - John Legend
7. Code Blue - The-Dream
8. Bom Bidi Bom - Nick Jonas, Nicki Minaj
9. Helium - Sia
1. Cruise - Kygo, Andrew Jackson
2. The Scientist - Corinne Bailey Rae
3. They Can't Take That Away From Me - JosÉ James
4. Birthday - JP Cooper
5. I Need A Good One - The Avener, Mark Asari
6. Empty Pack Of Cigarettes - Joseph Angel
7. What Would It Take - Anderson East
8. What Is Love? - Frances
9. On His Knees - Danny Elfman
10. Making It Real - Danny Elfman$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Wonder Woman SoundtrackOriginal soundtrack to Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Comics summer blockbuster film, Wonder Woman. Score by
Rupert Gregson-Williams, known for his recent work on Hacksaw Ridge, The Legend of Tarzan, and Netflix's The
Crown. Also features To Be Human performed by Sia feat. Labyrinth. Black standard weight double LP.LP 1
1. Amazons Of Themyscira
2. History Lesson
3. Angel On The Wing
4. Pain, Loss & Love
5. Ludendorff, Enough!
6. No Man's Land
1. Wonder Woman's Wrath
2. The God Of War
3. We Are All To Blame
4. Hell Hath No Fury
5. Lightning Strikes
6. Trafalgar Celebration
7. Action Reaction
8. To Be Human (Performed By Sia [feat. Labrinth])$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Wonder Woman SoundtrackImport
Pressed On Double 180-Gram Audiophile Vinyl
PVC Protective Sleeve
Score By Rupert Gregson-Williams
Featuring The Song To Be Human By Sia (feat. Labyrinth)
Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. After Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, it is the fourth installment in the DC Extended Universe.
Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, Princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
Rupert Gregson-Williams, a member of Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions team of composers, wrote and composed the film's music. He was joined by Tom Howe, Paul Mounsey and Andrew Kawczynski who provided additional music.
Australian singer Sia wrote a song for the film, titled To Be Human, featuring English musician Labyrinth, which is also featured on the soundtrack.LP 1
1. Amazons Of Themyscira
2. History Lesson
3. Angel On The Wing
4. Pain, Loss & Love
5. Ludendorff, Enough!
6. No Man's Land
1. Wonder Woman's Wrath
2. The God Of War
3. We Are All To Blame
4. Hell Hath No Fury
5. Lightning Strikes
6. Trafalgar Celebration
7. Action Reaction
8. To Be Human (Performed By Sia [feat. Labrinth])$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Hopeless RomanticHopeless Romantic marks Branch's first solo album since Grammy nominated Hotel Paper (certified Platinum). Produced by Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) and Gus Seyffert (Beck, Norah Jones, SIA), Hopeless Romantic weaves a tale of love-lost and found.LP 1
1. Best You Ever
2. You re Good
3. Fault Line
4. Heartbreak Now
5. Hopeless Romantic
6. Living A Lie
7. Knock Yourself Out
8. Temporary Feeling
9. Carry Me Home
1. Not A Love Song
2. Last Night
3. Bad Side
5. City$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-SIL-4010xCarly Rae Jepsen
EmotionEmotion follows Jepsen's 2012 U.S. debut Kiss, which featured the viral smash, Call Me Maybe. Jepsen recorded Emotion in Los Angeles, New York and Stockholm, working with a bevy of producers and songwriters from across the musical spectrum. While the LP boasts contributions from proven pop hitmakers like Sia, Shellback (Taylor Swift, Maroon 5) and Greg Kurstin (Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry), it also features rising stars like Ariel Rechtshaid (Haim, Madonna), Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij and Blood Orange mastermind DevontÉ Hynes.
- Rolling Stone1. Run Away With Me
3. I Really Like You
4. Gimmie Love
5. All That
6. Boy Problems
7. Making The Most Of The Night
8. Your Type
9. Let's Get Lost
10. LA Hallucinations
11. Warm Blood
12. When I Needed You$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Truth Is A Beautiful ThingTruth Is A Beautiful Thing is the stunning new album from acclaimed British trio London Grammar, and the follow-up to their debut album If You Wait, which has sold almost 2 million copies worldwide.
Truth Is A Beautiful Thing was written by Hannah Reid, Dominic 'Dot' Major, and Dan Rothman - who poured their experiences from 30 months on the road into the new material. The album features production from Oscar-winning songsmith Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence & The Machine, Bloc Party), Mercury nominated Jon Hopkins (Coldplay, Brian Eno, King Creosote) and Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia, Beck), Tim Bran (La Roux, The Verve) and Roy Kerr (Birdy, James) who also worked on the band's debut, If You Wait.1. Rooting For You
2. Big Picture
3. Wild Eyed
4. Oh Woman Oh Man
5. Hell To The Liars
6. Everyone Else
7. Non Believer
8. Bones Of Ribbon
9. Who Am I
10. Leave The War With Me
11. Truth Is A Beautiful Thing$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Love Is Dead (Pre-Order)Release Date: May 25, 2018*
CHVRCHES' highly-anticipated new album, Love Is Dead, is set for release via Glassnote Records.
CHVRCHES are Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty. Love Is Dead is the band's third album, following their debut The Bones of What You Believe (2013) and its acclaimed follow up Every Open Eye (2015). The soaring success of their first two albums propelled CHVRCHES into new levels of prominence. Love Is Dead is at times euphoric and others bittersweet, it is an album about growing up and "coming to terms with the fact that there are great things in the world and there are awful things in the world and that you can't get one without the other," says Mayberry.
Cook adds: "We're fucked, the world is fucked. But there's an ellipsis at the end. It's Love Is Dead. Like, how did we get to this point? And how do we move on from this point? It's Love Is Dead, we're fucked, what's next?"
For the first time in their career, Love Is Dead sees CHVRCHES welcome outside influences, with 2017 and 2018 GRAMMY Producer of the Year Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia) co-producing nine of its 13 tracks, and Steve Mac, who produced "Miracle."
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. Graffiti
2. Get Out
4. My Enemy
6. Never Say Die
10. God's Plan
11. Really Gone
13. Wonderland$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Twerp Verse (Pre-Order)Release Date: April 27, 2018*
Necessary brattiness is the motto for Speedy Ortiz's dauntless new collection of songs, Twerp Verse. The follow-up to 2015's Foil Deer, the band's latest indie rock missive is prompted by a tidal wave of voices, no longer silent on the hurt they've endured from society's margins. But like many of these truth-tellers, songwriter, guitarist and singer Sadie Dupuis scales the careful line between what she calls being outrageous and practical in order to be heard at all.
You need to employ a self-preservational sense of humor to speak truth in an increasingly baffling world, says Dupuis. I call it a 'twerp verse' when a musician guests on a track and says something totally outlandish - like a Lil Wayne verse - but it becomes the most crucial part. This record is our own twerp verse, for those instances when you desperately need to stand up and show your teeth."
Twerp Verse was tracked in Brooklyn DIY space Silent Barn, mixed by Omaha legend Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley) and mastered by Grammy-nominated engineer Emily Lazar (Sia, Haim, Beck). The record pulls from the most elastic pop moments in Squeeze's Argybargy and the seesawing synth-rock of Deerhoof and the Rentals. With Dupuis on guitars, vocals, and synths, supporting guitarist Andy Molholt (of psych-pop outfit Laser Background) now joins Speedy veterans Darl Ferm on bass and Mike Falcone on drums - and together they accelerate the band's idiosyncrasy through the wilderness of Dupuis' heady reflections on sex, lies and audiotape.
Dupuis, who both earned an MFA in poetry and taught at UMass Amherst, propels the band's brain-teasing melodies with her serpentine wit. Inspired by the cutting observations of Eve Babitz, Aline Crumb's biting memoirs, and the acute humor of AstroPoet Dorothea Lasky, Dupuis craftily navigates the danger zone that is building intimacy and political allyship in 2018. Now as public pushback against the old guards reaches a fever pitch - in the White House, Hollywood and beyond - the band fires shots in disillusioned Gen Y theme Lucky 88, and casts a side-eye towards suitors-turned-monsters in the cold-blooded single Villain. Closing track You Hate The Title is a slinky traipse through the banality of this current moment in patriarchy - in which survivors are given the mic, but nitpicked over the timbre of their testimonies. You hate the title, but you're digging the song, Dupuis sings wryly, You like it in theory, but it's rubbing you wrong. Tuned smartly to the political opacity of the present, Twerp Verse rings clear as a bell.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. Buck Me Off
2. Lean In When I Suffer
3. Lucky 88
4. Can I Kiss You?
7. I'm Blessed
8. Sport Death
9. Alone with Girls
10. Moving In
11. You Hate The Title$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Foil DeerSpeedy Ortiz said they would get the flowers themselves. What a lark! What a plunge!
When considering Massachusetts' Speedy Ortiz, that line from Virginia Woolf comes to mind. Not only for the obvious echoes to DIY, a form and function that's characterized the band's nascency, but in the proto-feminist undertones driving much of their sophomore album, Foil Deer. "I'm not bossy, I'm the boss," Sadie Dupuis sings on "Raising the Skate," invoking in spirit one half of the Carter-Knowles clan and echoing the other's wordplay. And wordplay makes sense, considering Dupuis-the band's songwriter, guitarist, and frontwoman-spent the band's first few years teaching writing at UMass Amherst. She's drawn to the dense complexity of Pynchon, the dreamlike geometry of Bolaño, the confounded yearning of Plath-all attributes you could easily apply to the band's 2013 debut Major Arcana, which fans and press alike have invested with a sense of purpose and merit uncommon in contemporary guitar rock.
The group, including Mike Falcone on drums, Darl Ferm on bass, and new addition Devin McKnight of Grass is Green on guitar, have spent the last year on an almost endless cross-continental touring jag, tagging along with the likes of The Breeders, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, and Thurston Moore. That shift into full-time musicianship brought with it an attendant reordering of priorities when it came to songwriting, and the band members' lives in general. They would get the damn flowers themselves.
Dupuis wrote much of Foil Deer at her mother's home in the Connecticut woods, where the songwriter imposed a self-regulated exile and physical cleansing of sorts, finding that many of the songs came to her while running or swimming alone. "I gave up wasting mental energy on people who didn't have my back," she says. "Listening to our old records, I get the sense I was putting myself in horrible situations just to write sad songs. This music isn't coming from a dark place, and without slipping into self-empowerment jargon, it feels stronger." Many of the songs deal with a similar sense of starting over, editing out the unnecessary drama. "Boys be sensitive and girls be, be aggressive," she sings on "Mister Difficult."
And while their debut album was recorded on the fly, Speedy Ortiz spent almost a month in the studio on Foil Deer. Falcone's drums are taut, mechanistic; Ferm's bass ranges from the aggressive rattle of an AmRep classic to smoother, hip-hop inspired lines. McKnight, meanwhile, lends spacier, textural riffs to complement Dupuis' wiry, melody-driven guitar style. "The demos for our songs have always had tons of small details and production experimentation, but we never had any money to pay for more than a couple days in the studio, so the songs came out very live-sounding and guitar heavy," Dupuis says. It was recorded and mixed at Brooklyn's Rare Book Room with Nicolas Vernhes (Silver Jews, Enon, Deerhunter), with the record mastered by Emily Lazar (Sia, Haim, Beauty Pill), lending a more polished sound and a pop sensibility that will stand out to existing fans and new converts alike. For all the lyrical complexity and guitar-based excursions Speedy Ortiz have built their reputation on to this point, Foil Deer has a sense of light-footed fun. What's the point of doing things yourself if you're not going to enjoy the trip?1. Good Neck
2. Raising the Skate
3. The Graduates
4. Dot X
7. Swell Content
9. My Dead Girl
11. Mister Difficult
12. Dvrk Wvrld$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PollinatorYou catch yourself when you ask Debbie Harry and Chris Stein,
one of the most captivating creative pairings in music ever, about the
creeping gentrification of New York City. You catch yourself because
Blondie was formed during a 1970s era of urban decay - a time when
the travails of being in a band, seeking an artistic outlet, or instigating a
scene as a means of existence was a survival of the fittest among streets
of heightened crime and social unrest. Certainly, those 1970s New
York streets have been glamourised in the onslaught of retrospective
looks at the punk, new wave, disco and hip-hop scenes that found their
fundamental roots in that era. But it certainly wasn't an easier time to
live there. The challenges and intensity of the city were just different.
Blondie emerged the fittest. They've outlived the groundbreaking moment
that birthed them and have adapted to time, space and industry
evolution as much as the face of New York itself. Walk into any dance
club tonight and hear a 'Call Me' or a 'Heart Of Glass'. Talk to
any hip-hop historian and recall that Debbie was an original Beastie
Boy who took rap music to the masses when it was still a block party
concern. Read any tome on the history of punk and they're interwoven
into the fabric of the one genre that still inspires most and every
band to pick a name and find a practice space. Their active presence
in our lives 40 million albums sales and countless accolades later
(including a Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction in 2006 and
NME Godlike Genius Award in 2014) isn't something anyone wants
to take advantage of.
That's what their 11th album 'Pollinator' sets out to establish. In true
pop art fashion it's as post-modern as a concept gets and the perfect
way to move on from 2014's 40th anniversary celebrations and the
subsequent release of 'Ghosts Of Download'. In 'Pollinator' exists a
giant feedback loop - one in which Blondie created, then generations
were inspired, then those generation created and inspired, and are
now teaming up with Blondie. When the time came for Chris, Debbie
and drummer Clem Burke to "get the band back together" and make
an album, choice pioneers from the decades since Blondie's birth
were called upon to contribute songs for the record, thereby weaving
their own way into the living, breathing story of the band, a group that
directly affected their own genetic makeup. The list is enviable and
reflects the dynamism of Blondie's very own cross-pollinating past:
Johnny Marr, Sia, Dev Hynes, Charli XCX, Dave Sitek (TV On
The Radio), Nick Valensi (The Strokes) and The Gregory Brothers
all lent their creations for Blondie to interpret, each building upon the
aspect of their heroes that's bolstered their own sound.1. Doom or Destiny
2. Long Time
3. Already Naked
5. My Monster
6. Best Day Ever
8. When I Gave Up on You
9. Love Level
10. Too Much
11. Fragments$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now