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Strange TrailsThe stunning follow-up to 2012's 'Lonesome Dreams', recorded at the band's own Whispering Pines Studio in deepest LA.1. Love Like Ghosts
2. Until The Night Turns
3. Dead Man's Hand
4. Hurricane (Johnnie's Theme)
5. La Belle Fleur Sauvage
6. Fool For Love
7. The World Ender
8. Meet Me In The Woods
9. The Yawning Grave
10. Frozen Pines
12. Way Out There
14. The Night We Met$20.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Vide NoirVide Noir was written and recorded over the past two years at Lord Huron's Los Angeles studio and informal clubhouse, Whispering Pines. The album was mixed by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips/MGMT) and engineered by Sonny DiPerri (Portugal. The Man, Animal Collective). In conjunction with the album announcement last month, the band released "Ancient Names (Part I)" and "Ancient Names (Part II)," which received critical praise from NPR Music and SPIN who called them, "An eery, unresolved tale of a crystal ball vision that amplifies the band's characteristic thematic darkness into distorted garage rock."
Singer, songwriter, and producer Ben Schneider found inspiration wandering restlessly through his adopted home of L.A. at night: "My nighttime drives ranged all over the city-across the twinkling grid of the valley, into the creeping shadows of the foothills, through downtown's neon canyons and way out to the darksome ocean. I started imagining Vide Noir as an epic odyssey through the city, across dimensions, and out into the cosmos. A journey along the spectrum of human experience. A search for meaning amidst the cold indifference of The Universe," he says.
As a true multi-media artist, Schneider has once again created an adorned world to inhabit within Vide Noir: the album will be accompanied by a wealth of imagery, videos, and immersive experiences crafted to expand upon its narratives and themes. This builds on Schneider's past work which used videos, a comic book, a choose-your-own-adventure hotline, and assorted Easter eggs as means of deepening the listener experience. Watch the trailer for Vide Noir at lordhuron.com.
Originally a musical and visual solo project by Michigan native-turned Angeleno Schneider, Lord Huron now includes members Mark Barry (percussion), Miguel Briseño (bass), and Tom Renaud (guitar). After a pair of independent EPs, Lord Huron released two full-length albums, Lonesome Dreams (2012) and Strange Trails (2015) on IAMSOUND Records, followed by extensive touring and prestigious festival appearances both stateside and abroad. After appearing in the hit Netflix show "13 Reasons Why", the band's song "The Night We Met" (from Strange Trails) was officially certified Platinum in January 2018.1. Lost in Time and Space
2. Never Ever
3. Ancient Names (Part I)
4. Ancient Names (Part II)
5. Wait by the River
6. Secret of Life
7. Back from the Edge
8. The Balancer's Eye
9. When the Night is Over
11. Vide Noir
12. Emerald Star$23.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The WildLate in 2016, the trio of Nils Edenloff, Paul Banwatt, and Robin Hatch hit the road for a unique set of shows in some of their favorite venues across North America and Europe. They had been hard at work writing their next album and wanted to work out the new material the way they love best: by bringing it to their fans in person. As Nils put it, "I've never been good about focusing on a theme or having a specific plan at the outset of a new record. For me, writing music tends to be more of a constantly evolving process, like following one strange trail after another until a song has come to its general conclusion. This time around, we're following that natural writing process more and inviting the fans to come along those trails with us." Over the ensuing months, they took the lessons of the road into the studio, laying ten new tracks to tape. Earlier this year, fans had their first chance to hear the results with the release of singles "White Lights" and "Beacon Hill." Now, the full fruit of their efforts can be found on The Wild, which will be released via Saddle Creek and Paper Bag. The Rural Alberta Advantage's percussive folk songs about hometowns and heartbreak, and relentless tradition of touring have taken the trio from humble recognition amongst indie rock die-hards as Canada's best unsigned band to sold-out tours and devoted fans around the world with featured coverage from Spin Magazine, Pitchfork, The New York Times and Rolling Stone all taking note. The band has been nominated for two 2012 Juno Awards (Best New Group and Video of the Year for their song "Stamp"), long listed for the 2011 Polaris Award, and awarded the CBC Music Prize for Best Independent Artist in 2014.1. Beacon Hill
2. Bad Luck Again
3. Dead / Alive
5. Toughen Up
6. White Lights
8. Selfish Dreams
9. Wild Grin
10. Letting Go$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dagger BeachDagger Beachwas Recorded at Tiny Telephone on 2 Analog Tape Without the Use of Computers.
The Vinyl Release Will be Issued as a QRP 200 Gram Audiophile Limited Pressing.
While it's true I did endure a terrible break-up at the beginning of writing this record, this is not a break
up record. Dagger Beach is a put-me-the-fuck-back-together record.
The break up came in late 2011, after endless months of White Wilderness touring. I returned home to an
empty house, and, as that's pretty unbearable when you're not quite right in the head, I decided to set out
walking. I hiked the Lost Coast (36 miles of off-the-grid splendor in Southern Humboldt County), I hiked
the entire 150-mile trail system of Pt. Reyes, I hiked for days, deep, deep in the woods, usually alone.
As I walked and walked, listening to records on repeat, I started obsessing about music again. Three
records found their way into my psyche and inspired much of this new record: Joanna Newsom's Have
One On Me, Silver Jews' The Natural Bridge, and Radiohead's King Of Limbs. I don't think you'll find
traces of these records in Dagger Beach, but their spirit and fearlessness deeply affected me. (Hence the
shout-out on the record to one of my lifelong heroes, David Berman.)
The first two reminded me how crucial great lyrics can be, how your experience of a record can evolve
and change as you slowly decode complex and thoughtful writing. King Of Limbsshowed me how
powerful linear songwriting can be, when subtle changes in form and repeating motifs slowly shift into
something else entirely (just try to follow Morning Mr. Magpie on headphones). There are many songs
on Dagger Beach that take this approach: Damage Control and Gaslight were both written to drum
patterns played by Jason Slota, my long-time partner. Jason played drums alone, without music, and I
adapted to his structures and rhythms. Doing this keeps me from relying on my usual tricks and
structures and forces me into brand new territory.
This strange experience, the endless hiking and backcountry camping off the grid, it completely changed
the songwriting process for me. I edited lyrics while walking, I worked out songs in my head. It didn't
come easy: the first time I camped alone (I was deep inside the million-acre Mendocino National Forest) I
freaked out, ended my trip early, and wrote Raw Wood the next day. By the end of 2012, I could stay out
for a week on my own.
As the experience changed me, it changed the record. Dagger Beach is looser, weirder, and more free
because of itRaw Wood
Song for Dana Lok
How the West Was Won
Song for David Berman
Song for the Landlords of Tiny
Sleep it Off
North Coast Rep
Interlude #2$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Forest of ArmsA Forest Of Arms is the new album from Tony Dekker's Great Lake Swimmers and the follow up to 2012's
New Wild Everywhere. With a surging rhythm section, razor sharp violin, and flourishing banjo and guitars, Dekker
and band mates have pushed their sound significantly, creating some of their most dynamic songs ever recorded.
Those familiar with the decade-long output of Great Lake Swimmers will recognize the thematic threads of
beauty in the natural world, environmental issues and explorations of close personal ties that hold us together. The
familiar versus the strange theme is also running through this record, both in the instrumentation and in the
songwriting ("Zero In The City", "I Was A Wayward Pastel Bay").
As with past Great Lake Swimmers albums, A Forest Of Arms was recorded in several locations over the span of
several months, covering extensive new territory while remaining true to the group's refined sound. One of the
unique and unusual locations was Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves in Tyendinaga, Ontario, where a number of the
vocal and acoustic guitar tracks, including the main parts for "Don't Leave Me Hanging," "The Great Bear" and
"With Every Departure," were recorded amid haunting acoustics, stalactites, and circling bats.
The violins were recorded at the Heliconian Club of Toronto, while the bass and drum tracks were largely recorded
at the Chalet Studio just outside of Toronto, a unique chalet-style recording space located on 40 acres of rolling hills
and trails, in proximity to the shores of Lake Ontario. The pastoral and elemental nature of these spaces surfaces
throughout the album.
The title, A Forest Of Arms, is taken from album track "The Great Bear," a song inspired by a trip Dekker took to the
northern rainforests of British Columbia in September 2013 with the World Wildlife Fund. It's a pristine wilderness
area that is under threat of being compromised by the construction of a pipeline, and Dekker and the group
have been very vocal in their opposition to it. In a broader sense, the title is also a reference to the sense
of community surrounding the Toronto-based band, as well as the band's own growing families, exhibited in
the songs "Something Like A Storm" and "Expecting You.1. Something Like A Storm
2. Zero In The City
3. Shaking All Over
4. Don't Leave Me Hanging
5. One More Charge At The Red Cape
6. I Was A Wayward Pastel Bay
7. A Bird Flew Inside The House
8. A Jukebox In A Desert Of Snow
9. I Must Have Someone Else's Blues
10. The Great Bear
11. With Every Departure
12. Expecting You$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now