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Being No One, Going NowherePressed 180-Gram Light Blue Vinyl
Being No One, Going Nowhere. The title of STRFKR's fourth album may seam bleak at first. But hold it in your head a minute, feel its weight, and you may recognize the phrase for what it is: a goal. In the era of the personal brand-amid the FOMO Age-it's increasingly hard to shed a stifling sense of self, or to just be in the moment that you're in. Well, consider this an invitation to get blissfully insignificant. That's what STRFKR founder Joshua Hodges aimed to do when he exiled himself to the desert to create this record, but he returned with his most significant work yet: a set of darkly glistening dance songs rife with sticky beats, earworming hooks, philosophical heft, and bittersweet beauty.1. Tape Machine
3. Never Ever
4. Something Ain't Right
5. Open Your Eyes
7. In The End
9. When I'm With You
10. Dark Days
11. Being No One, Going Nowhere$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Pressed On Colored Vinyl
2011's Reptilians is STRFKR's second full-length and first with Polyvinyl.
Lyrically, the album focuses primarily on death and the end of the world, two intertwined subjects at the forefront of songwriter Josh Hodges' mind following the passing of his grandmother. Yet, amazingly, the record manages to be not the slightest bit depressing.
In reality, it's quite the opposite -- a trait likely attributed to the fact that the band, like British philosopher Alan Watts (whose lectures are excerpted at various intervals), believes death is responsible for giving meaning to life.
For STRFKR, this comforting notion is expressed musically via vibrant crescendos, explosive drum beats, and layered synth melodies that drive a theatrical live show where dance party meets Roxy Music.
As such, Reptilians marches effortlessly from the stripped-bare psychedelia of Born, which conjures David Byrne's ghost, to the funeral parade of Bury Us Alive (a track that greets death with open arms in a moment of animated celebration), to Death as a Fetish, where the title becomes a liberating mantra sung over an immediately hummable keyboard-driven loop.
Just as with the band's previous two releases, Reptilians was written almost entirely by principal songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Hodges.
This time around, however, the group's sound is bolstered by the addition of Keil Corcoran (whom Hodges describes as a "human drum machine") and producer Jacob Portrait (The Dandy Warhols, Mint Chicks).
The result is STRFKR's most well-rounded and full-sounding album to date -- a blissfully buoyant affair that will have you dancing to songs about death while having the time of your life.1. Born
3. Bury Us Alive
4. Mystery Cloud
5. Death as a Fetish (feat. Mattress)
8. The White of Noon
9. Hungry Ghost
10. Mona Vegas
12. Quality Time$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Fault In Our Stars: Music From The Motion PictureThe Fault in Our Stars-Music from the Motion Picture is the musical companion to the eagerly awaited drama from 20th Century Fox. The soundtrack gathers new material from some of the Atlantic Records Group's most compelling artists, among them Ed Sheeran, Charli XCX, Grouplove, Lykke Li, and Birdy, who contributes three tracks including a special duet with fellow Atlantic artist Jaymes Young. As if that weren't enough, the album further features a selection of songs from such rising stars as M83, Tom Odell, Jake Bugg, Kodaline, and STRFKR, among others. Grammy Award-winning soundtrack producer Kevin Weaver (Boardwalk Empire, True Blood - Volumes 1 & 2) and music supervisor Season Kent (The Fighter, Entourage, Need for Speed) served as the soundtrack's producers.
In the film, Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share anacerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them -- and us - on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, based upon the number-one bestselling novel by John Green, explores the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love.
The film is directed by Josh Boone, written by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, based upon the book by John Green, and the producers are Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen. Also starring are Laura Dern, Sam Tramell, Nat Wolff and Willem Dafoe.LP 1
1. All Of The Stars - By Ed Sheeran
2. Simple As This - By Jake Bugg
3. Let Me In - By Grouplove
4. Tee Shirt - By Birdy
5. All I Want - By Kodaline
6. Long Way Down - By Tom Odell
7. Boom Clap - By Charli XCX
8. While I'm Alive - By STRFKR
1. Oblivion - By Indians
2. Strange Things Will Happen - By The Radio Dept.
3. Bomfalleralla - By Afasi & Filthy
4. Without Words - By Ray LaMontagne
5. Not About Angels - By Birdy
6. No One Ever Loved - By Lykke Li
7. Wait - By M83
8. Best Shot (Bonus Track) - By Birdy & Jaymes Young$23.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Japan 3/11/11: A Benefit AlbumIn early March of 2011, Japan suffered one of the largest earthquakes in recorded history, a tsunami which devastated its northern coast, and a nuclear disaster the scope of which is still not fully understood.
23 artists including of Montreal, St. Vincent, Deerhoof, Xiu Xiu, David Bazan, Joan of Arc, Owen, Casiokids, STRFKR, and many more spent the past several months entering the studio and going through their song archives to donate songs to this compilation in an effort to aid the victims of the tsunami and the negligence which led to the disaster that continues to affect Japan.
In addition, a handful of local bands from Champaign-Urbana (Polyvinyls hometown), Tulsa, and San Francisco agreed to be on the compilation and will be organizing benefit shows in their respective areas.
All profits from sales of this benefit album will be donated to the American Red Cross to support the International Red Cross in their ongoing relief efforts. Colored vinyl!1. Deerhoof - Giga Dance (Live)*
2. Love Is All - Pappas Tant*
3. Efterklang - Alike (Opiate Remix)
4. Birthmark - Big Man*
5. Kit - Brass Palms*
6. Shugo Tokumaru - Video Killed the Radio Star*
7. Asobi Seksu - Vicious Bears
8. Caithlin De Marrais -Sorry*
9. Alright - Moving*
10. Owen - Guest List*
11. Pele - Pequod*
12. Take Care - Living Forever*
13. Toe - Ordinary Days
14. Xiu Xiu - Hyunhyes Theme (Acoustic)*
15. David Bazan - American Flags
16. XBXRX - want*
17. Midstress - Too Many Shoes, Not Enough Feet*
18. Starfucker - The Wisdom of Insecurity*
19. of Montreal - Sex Karma (St. Vincent Remix)*
20. Casiokids - London Zoo
21. Lizard Police - Same Socks
22. Joan of Arc - Steady (Demo)*
23. Common Loon - A Moment in Energy Transfers
* Previously Unreleased$23.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2LPs Sealed Buy Now
Vault Vol. 2Pressed 180-Gram Teal Vinyl
Vault Vol. 2 is a collection of rare, previously unreleased songs that up until now have never been heard by anyone except STRFKR.
The band only exists today because of these recordings. Some of these songs were written forSTRFKR albums, some were written before or in between, but they all played a role and influenced what was released under that name.1. Happy Summertime
3. Fuck Off
5. Beginner Space
6. Late Again
7. Stoned 2
8. Queer Bot
9. Sound Track
11. Wasting Away
13. Best I Ever Had
14. Snow Tires
15. Missing You
16. Laa Loo
17. Pine Tree Smell
18. Jesus Christ Baby
19. Intro Sexton
21. Beat 4
22. Beat 8
23. Purple and Black
24. Be Leave
25. Marionette 2$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Vault Vol. 3Pressed 180-Gram Green Vinyl
Vault Vol. 3 is a collection of rare, previously unreleased songs that up until now have never been heard by anyone except STRFKR.
The band only exists today because of these recordings. Some of these songs were written for STRFKR albums, some were written before or in-between, but they all played a role and influenced what was released under that name.1. Shot Gun
3. Gyrating Hips
5. Maria Reprise
6. Lazer Fight
7. Vincent's Dancer
10. Lunar Sunrise
18. Do For You
19. Alaska$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ForeverFor their debut full-length Forever, this San Francisco duo pairs classic pop structures with modern electronic production to create instantly memorable melodies that show no sign of their virtual patchwork beginnings.
Whether living four states away or four blocks away, Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme have always used the Internet -- at first out of necessity, later out of preference -- to collaborate on their songwriting.
Although the cousins grew up together in Lafayette, Louisiana, Donohue eventually moved to San Francisco, while Prudhomme stayed near New Orleans.
The newfound distance between them forced the pair to start sending song ideas back and forth via e-mail, a virtual exchange that quickly spawned Painted Palms' first release, Canopy, which was discovered by of Montreal's Kevin Barnes
Tours with of Montreal, Braids and STRFKR soon followed before Prudhomme moved out west to San Francisco, where Donohue still lived.
Yet, despite being in the same place for the first time in years, the duo continued writing songs apart from one another -- completing individual ideas in isolation and piecing them together through the computer.
And so, the songs that would eventually form their debut full-length Forever, came together as if the musicians were still separated by 2000 miles: Donohue sending a short, looping beat and Prudhomme replying with a vocal melody before continuing to bounce the track back and forth between them until it was complete, this time focusing on creating songs with classic pop structures.
As if crafted by tailors so skilled you can never find the seams, the songs on Forever provide no hint of their patchwork beginnings. Instead, the album is permeated with blissfully buoyant tracks like Here It Comes and Forever, which glide smoothly on a foundation of instantly memorable melodies.
Elsewhere, touches of Painted Palms' most prominent influences -- '60s psych pop paired with modern electronic production -- are clearly evident, as on the dark and driving hooks that propel lead single Spinning Signs.
Don't be fooled, though. Underneath the sunny sonic exterior, the lyrics on Forever exist in a different place, with much of the focus centered on how it feels to be caught between the external world and one's own thoughts.
Thinking about myself too much I can see that / I don't know what to be, sings Prudhomme on Forever's title cut.
And in that moment a hint of irony is apparent, for as much as the members of Painted Palms want to get out of their own heads, they're awfully good at writing songs that will immediately get stuck in yours.1. Too High
2. Here It Comes
5. Soft Hammer
7. Not Really There
8. Hope That You See It Now
9. Spinning Signs
11. Empty Gun
12. Angels$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Fly By Wire
• 180-Gram Coke Bottle Clear LP In Gatefold Jacket
• Includes 11x17" Foldout Collage Poster
• Mixed By Sonny DiPerri (Portugal The Man, STRFKR)
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin returned to the attic where they made their debut full-length Broom. Phil Dickey, Will Knauer, and Jonathan James spent up to twelve hours a day working on the songs that would become Fly By Wire.
With James assuming the role of engineer, Dickey and Knauer wrote lyrics and guitar parts on a third floor windowsill and recorded vocals in the staircase. This laid-back approach to recording is clearly evident in the album's warm, welcoming sound.1. Harrison Ford
2. Young Presidents
3. Cover All Sides
4. Lucky Young
5. Ms. Dot
8. Bright Leaves
9. Nightwater Girlfriend
10. Fly By Wire$20.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now