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Like An ArrowThe songs on Blackberry Smoke's sixth album, Like an Arrow, due October 14, show just how far this authentic American rock band has come as the accomplished group of musicians tackles a diverse set of new ideas, sounds, and territories, long after most bands with half the success might have settled into a well-worn groove.
"We're all like-minded in that we all want to explore," singer and principal songwriter Charlie Starr said. "There's just no way we could make the same record over and over again, though there are some fans who would like us to. That's just way too formulaic. If the Beatles or Led Zeppelin did that, we wouldn't love them as much."
Like An Arrow continues the trend of sonic exploration established on the Blackberry Smoke's previous two releases, 2012's The Whippoorwill and 2015's chart-topping Holding All the Roses. It kicks off with the band's heaviest song to date and explores British rock before moving on to musical stops in places like Macon, Woodstock, Muscle Shoals and Tulsa as Starr and his buddies follow the ramblin' examples of timeless, authentic acts like The Allman Brothers Band, JJ Cale, The Band and others who define rock 'n' roll in all its many facets.1. Waiting for the Thunder
2. Let It Burn
3. The Good Life
4. What Comes Naturally
5. Running Through Time
6. Like An Arrow
7. Ought to Know
8. Sunrise In Texas
9. Ain't Gonna Wait
10. Workin' for a Workin' Man
11. Believe You Me
12. Free On the Wing (feat. Gregg Allman)$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Lovers And LeaversI'm a singer-songwriter. I think "Lovers and Leavers" comes closer to reflecting that than any other record I've made. I didn't worry about checking boxes, making sure there was something here for everybody, or getting on the radio. I just took some much needed deep breaths and let them out on tape.
It's been a while since my last album by some measurements of time. Not "history of the universe time", or "getting a bill through congress time", but in the lives of dogs and recording artists, five years and fifty-three days is only a little less than an eternity. I went through a divorce. I fell in love. Changes were made, realizations were realized, and life was lived.
But, I kept on writing songs, on my own and with a cast of accomplished characters who combined their own stories and perspectives with mine. Songs about my friends. Songs about my son. Songs about beginnings and endings. Songs about songs. Songs about acceptance and regret. Songs about lovers and leavers.
With these songs in hand, I needed a co-conspirator to help me get them to you. I called on Joe Henry, a gentleman poet and an elegant artist who seemed a trustworthy steward for my collection. We recorded this record live in five days, using just an acoustic guitar, a mix of bass, percussion, pianos and organs, and a touch of pedal steel.
I didn't have one song that I knew would be a sing along or would make people dance. I felt vulnerable in a way that I hadn't in a long time. But I got what I wanted - a record with space, nuance, and room to breathe. It felt right for my art. It felt right for my life.
"Lovers and Leavers" isn't funny or raucous. There are very few hoots and almost no hollers. But it is joyous, and it makes me smile. No, it's not my "Blood on the Tracks," nor is it any kind of opus. It's my fifth record - a reflection of a specific time and place. It is quiet, like I wanted it to be.
Like I wanted to be.
-Hayes Carll January 1, 2016 Austin, TX.1. Drive
2. Sake of the Song
3. Good While It Lasted
4. You Leave Alone
5. My Friends
6. The Love That We Need
7. Love Don't Let Me Down
8. The Magic Kid
9. Love Is So Easy
10. Jealous Moon$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-THI-5506xJason Isbell and The 400 Unit
Here We Rest (Awaiting Repress)Here We Rest is the second album from Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit and follow-up to their acclaimed 2009 self-titled debut. An Alabama native, Isbell comes from a tradition of Southern music. He proudly embraces his roots, which shine through in his songs and even in the title of the new album. Here We Rest was Alabama's original motto. However, instread of resting comfortably within its boundaries, Isbell, along with keyboardist Derry deBorja, guitarist Browan Lollar, drummer Chad Gamble and bassist Jimbo Hart transcend them. His thoughtful songwriting and warm, soulful voice are genuine, natural abilities that come through in the music.1. Alabama Pines
2. Go It Alone
3. We've Met
5. Stopping By
6. Daisy Mae
7. The Ballad of Nobeard
8. Never Could Believe
9. Heart on a String
10. Save It For Sunday
11. Tour of Duty
1. Brand New Stone
2. Everywhere With Helicopter (Guided By Voices Cover)$19.99Vinyl LP + 7 - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Lucinda Williams (Awaiting Repress)
Deluxe Gatefold Jacket
180 Gram On Translucent Red Vinyl
Exclusive, Never-before-seen Photos From Original Photo Shoot
"Lucinda Williams is quite simply one of best
songwriters of her generation. This record has a
special place for me and thousands more of Lucinda's
fans, and I am proud to have been part of it."
- Robin Hurley
Lucinda Williams reissues critically acclaimed 1988 Rough Trade album. out-of-print for 10 years and 25 years since its original release, the remastered 25th anniversary release of Lucinda Williams' Rough Trade album contains new photos, liner notes, an unreleased live concert from 1989 in
addition to previously released bonus material. The album is being released though her own newly-formed imprint to be marketed and distributed by
Thirty Tigers.1. I Just Wanted To See You So Bad
2. The Night's Too Long
4. Big Red Sun Blues
5. Like A Rose
6. Changed The Locks
7. Passionate Kisses
8. Am I Too Blue
9. Crescent City
10. Side Of The Road
11. Price To Pay
12. I Asked For Water (He Gave Me Gasoline)$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
REDD-SIL-3815xShelby Lynne & Allison Moorer
Not Dark YetCritically acclaimed artists and sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer will release Not Dark Yet via Silver Cross Records / Thirty Tigers. Produced by Teddy Thompson, their first and highly anticipated album together is an extraordinary debut of the pair's transcendent musical bond.
Not Dark Yet was recorded in Los Angeles in the summer of 2016. The album provides a potent look at the sisters' individual and collective artistry through eclectic song choices from writers ranging from the Louvin Brothers, Nick Cave, Kurt Cobain, and back to Jessie Colter. Shelby and Allison wrap their arms around the past, plant their feet in the present, and nod toward what's around the bend with a co-written Is It Too Much, to close out the ten-song set.1. My List
2. Every Time You Leave
3. Not Dark Yet
4. I'm Looking for Blue Eyes
6. The Color of a Cloudy Day
7. Silver Wings
8. Into My Arms
10. Is It Too Much$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-THI-2310xMary Chapin Carpenter
The Things That We Are Made OfThe Things That We Are Made Of, the new full-length album by renowned and beloved singer, songwriter and performer Mary Chapin Carpenter, will be released on Lambent Light Records via Thirty Tigers.
Produced by 2016 Producer of the Year Grammy-nominee Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), the album features eleven new songs, including the lead track "Something Tamed Something Wild. Of the song, Rolling Stone praises, " beautifully sums up where she's been and sets the stage for what's yet to come 'Something Tamed Something Wild' and indeed the entire new album finds the songwriter at her most thoughtful and also at times sweetly whimsical, perfectly capturing the buoyant spirit of her early successes and also serving as a reminder that she remains one of the most grounded, sentient songwriters of her generation."
The Things That We Are Made Of was recorded at Nashville's Sound Emporium and Low Country Sound studios during the spring and summer of 2015. In addition to Carpenter (vocals, electric/acoustic guitar), the album features Cobb (electric/acoustic/gut string guitar, percussion, Moog, Mellotron), Annie Clements (bass), Brian Allen (bass), Chris Powell (drums, percussion), Mike Webb (piano, B3 organ, reed organ, Mellotron, Fender Rhodes) and Jimmy Wallace (piano, B3 organ).
Of the album, Carpenter comments, "Working with Dave felt great from the first day of our sessions. He is always willing to try something new, believes that 'yes' is the only answer, and surrounds himself with wonderfully talented and generous musicians; by the end of the project, I felt as if I was a part of a new family." Cobb adds, "I wanted to work with Mary Chapin because very few people can cut with words like she can. She's an absolute poet and legend. I was so happy to collaborate on this album together."
Over the course of her acclaimed career, Carpenter has recorded 14 albums and sold over 14 million records. With hits like "Passionate Kisses" and "He Thinks He'll Keep Her," she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards, two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals and is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Most recently, in 2014, Carpenter released her acclaimed debut orchestral album, Songs From The Movie. Arranged and co-produced by six-time Grammy winner Vince Mendoza, the record is comprised of ten previously recorded compositions including "Between Here and Gone" and "Come On Come On." Since it's release, Carpenter has performed alongside the New York Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the London Concert Orchestra, the L.A. Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra among many others.1. Something Tamed Something Wild
2. The Middle Ages
3. What Does It Mean To Travel
5. Map Of My Heart
6. Oh Rosetta
7. Deep Down Deep Heart
8. Hand On My Back
9. The Blue Distance
10. Note On A Windshield
11. The Things That We Are Made Of$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Yours Conditionally (Awaiting Repress)
White Colored Vinyl
Critically acclaimed group Tennis is set for the release of their highly anticipated fourth full-length album, Yours Conditionally, on Mutually Detrimental via Thirty Tigers. The record was composed both on land and at sea during a five-month sailing trip through the Sea of Cortez. Upon returning, Tennis' husband-and-wife team of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore self-produced the record in a small cabin in Fraser, CO. It was mixed by Spoon's Jim Eno at Public HiFi.
This summer the group premiered their first new music from the record, "Ladies Don't Play Guitar," hailed as "a smolderingly sardonic feminist anthem perfectly suited for social climate of today" by Consequence of Sound, while Stereogum noted that "even through her sardonic sneer, [singer Alaina] Moore's voice is as melodious as ever, and the song itself has that classic Tennis pep in its step. It's perfect for catching sun on the high seas, but is also much needed social commentary on the expectations placed on female musicians." The Verge added that the song is "a great introduction to their sound if you're unfamiliar: a wistful piano line, a biting, sarcastic vocal from Alaina Moore, and a little fuzz to keep things grounded."
Now based in Denver, Moore and Riley began writing music together as a way to document the history of their time living aboard a sailboat. The result was their first release, Cape Dory. Moore and Riley followed Cape Dory with Young and Old, which The New Yorker described as "winsome as it is ebullient" and debuted #1 on Billboard's Heatseeker Chart and #1 on CMJ Top 200, where it remained for three straight weeks. The album also debuted on Soundscan's "New Artist Chart" at #1, remaining there for nine consecutive weeks. Their newest record comes on the heels of the group's most recent release, 2014's Ritual in Repeat, which received rave reviews from The New York Times, NPR's "All Things Considered" and "Fresh Air," TIME, Vogue, Pitchfork, The FADER, Entertainment Weekly and many more. The band has performed on "The Late Show with David Letterman," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Conan" and "Last Call with Carson Daly."1. In The Morning I'll Be Better
2. My Emotions Are Blinding
3. Fields Of Blue
4. Ladies Don't Play Guitar
6. Baby Don't Believe
7. Please Don't Ruin This For Me
8. 10 Minutes 10 Years
9. Modern Woman
10. Island Music$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
We're Not Going AnywhereAustin-based songwriter David Ramirez will release We're Not Going Anywhere, the follow up to his 2015 breakthrough record Fables and second in partnership with Thirty Tigers.
Most times, when a relationship ends, there is a season of mourning but then the clouds part, the sun rises, and we move on. What happens if and when the sun doesn't rise? What happens if, no matter how hard we try, we can't move on? Ramirez explained about the song.
On the 10 vividly imagined and passionately performed songs on We're Not Going Anywhere David Ramirez takes in the world from his unique perspective: Being half white and half Mexican has made this current political climate especially interesting. So many cultures in this country are being viewed as un-American and it breaks my heart. My family have raised children here, created successful businesses here, and are proud to be a part of this country. Most of what I've seen as of late is misplaced fear. I wanted to write about that fear and how, instead of benefiting us, it sends us spiraling out control.
For We're Not Going Anywhere, Ramirez partnered with producer Sam Kassirer, who has helmed albums by Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive, Bhi Bhiman, and many other artists. In January 2017 Ramirez and his band decamped to the Great North Sound Society, an eighteenth-century farmhouse in rural Maine that serves as Kassirer's studio.
It's very secluded, which was part of the appeal. We were able to get out of our touring headspace and stay completely involved with the record and what we were doing, explains Ramirez.
We're Not Going Anywhere turns that distance into a big-picture perspective- engaged and informed, compassionately political but not necessarily partisan. We'd take breaks during the day and watch the news and see all the rallies and marches and the disruption and the out-of-control feeling that was everywhere then-and, frankly, still is now. We were looking around and no one was around us. The closest house was a mile away, so it was just us. We were grateful just to retreat from that social tornado for a while and create something that we hoped would be very beautiful.1. Twins
2. Watching From A Distance
3. People Call Who They Wanna Talk To
5. Good Heart
6. Stone Age
7. Telephone Lovers
9. Eliza Jane
10. I'm Not Going Anywhere$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Among The Ghosts (Pre-Order)Release Date: August 3, 2018*
Lucero's ninth studio album, Among the Ghosts, is their first for noted Nashville indie label Thirty Tigers. It was recorded and co-produced with Grammy-winning engineer/producer and Memphis native Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Drive by Truckers) at the historic Sam Phillips Recording Service, the studio built by the legendary producer after outgrowing his Memphis Recording Service/Sun Studio.
Recorded primarily live as a five-piece, Among the Ghosts eschews the Stax-inspired horns and Jerry Lee Lewis-style boogie piano featured on some of the band's past recordings for a streamlined rock & roll sound that pays homage to their seminal influences as it seeks to push that legacy into the future. For a band who carried the torch of the alt-country movement back in the 90's and helped pave the way for what is now called Americana, Lucero have re-discovered what inspired them in the first place. The sound is more their own and at the same time not exactly like anything they've done before. This is a band settling into their craft. The 10-song disc's title is both a tribute to the spirits which roam the streets of their fabled city, as well as the hard road the determinedly independent band set out on 20 years ago. The band played around 200 shows per year for many of those 20 years.
With a nod to his younger brother Jeff Nichols, an acclaimed filmmaker whose movies include Loving, Mud, Take Shelter, Midnight Special, and Shotgun Stories; Nichols has written songs that are cinematic short stories, steeped in Southern gothic lore. There are nods to regional authors like Flannery O'Connor and Faulkner, as well as newer writers like Larry Brown (Big Bad Love, Fay), Ron Rash (The Cove, The World Made Straight), and William Gay (The Long Home).
As the first album he's written since his marriage and the birth of his now two-year-old daughter Izzy, Nichols approached the task as a narrator rather than in first person. It's a dark palette that includes tales of a haunting ("Among the Ghosts"), a drowning ("Bottom of the Sea), a reckoning with the devil ("Everything has Changed"), a divorce ("Always Been You"), and a shoot out ("Cover Me"). And that's just Side A. Side B is a letter from a battlefield ("To My Dearest Wife"), a crime ("Long Way Back Home"), a straight-out rocker ("For the Lonely Ones") and even a spooky spoken-word cameo from actor Michael Shannon, who has appeared in every one of Nichols' brother's films. The song's title "Back to the Night" references a line from Nick Tosches' Jerry Lee Lewis biography, Hellfire. In addition, there's a song Nichols wrote for his brother's movie Loving, which appeared in the film and on the soundtrack, re- recorded for Among the Ghosts with the whole band.
"You could also say there's a rescue, a getaway, a survival story and a middle finger to Satan himself," laughs Nichols. "It's all in your perspective."
Several songs juxtapose going off to battle with a rock & roll band's endless touring, shifting time periods like the spirits which haunt the album, the happiness of domestic bliss undercut with fears of loss and the specter of mortality. Among the Ghosts simultaneously reprises the past and looks to the future, while being firmly anchored in the present.
Musically, the band highlights range from co-founding member Brian Venable's Dire Straits-meets-War on Drugs guitar pyrotechnics in "Bottom of the Sea" and "Cover Me" to the Springsteen vibe of "For the Lonely Ones," Rick Steff's skeletal piano lines on "Always Been You," John C's bass lines in "Everything Has Changed" and "Long Way Back Home," and drummer Roy Berry's dynamic shifts from the powerful and brutal title track "Among the Ghosts" to the marching drive of "To My Dearest Wife" and the subtlety of "Loving." Throughout, Nichols' bourbon-soaked growl has become even more distinctive and commanding.
Among the Ghosts offers a timeless perspective on Lucero's distinctive sound. The lyrics could've been written 200 years ago or yesterday. Representing a new South compared to the one that's been mythologized, Lucero have formulated their own ideas and culture which, in some cases, contradicts what came before them (no Confederate flags), but also updates and reconsiders those traditions in a new light.
"I think we've tried to remake this place that we love and cherish in our own fashion. We are very proud of where we are from and we've spent the last 20 years trying to bring a bit of our version of home to the rest of the world It may have taken 20 years, but everything has fallen in place right where it needs to be," acknowledges Nichols. "There were some dark days in those middle years, but we've learned how to do this and survive. We still write heartbreak songs, but now, with a family at home, it's a whole new kind of heartbreak."
Among the Ghosts lays out that new territory with alacrity, as Lucero shines their Morning Star, burning just as brightly, if not more so, 20 years later. As one of the album's song titles so aptly puts it, "Everything Has Changed," but one thing hasn't Lucero's music remains more vital than ever.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. Among the Ghosts
2. Bottom of the Sea
3. Everything Has Changed
4. Always Been You
5. Cover Me
6. To My Dearest Wife
7. Long Way Back Home
9. Back to the Night
10. For the Lonely Ones$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
REDD-THI-4230xTrampled By Turtles
Palomino (Awaiting Repress)Includes download card.
Palomino is the new release from Northern roots music hybrid Trampled by Turtles and their first through Thirty Tigers/RED. The album features a sound that's a bracing mix of classic American songwriting, bluegrass and folk, all delivered at a breakneck pace.1. Wait So Long
3. It's A War
5. Bloodshot Eyes
6. New Son/Burnt Iron
7. Help You
8. Feet Bones
10. Sounds Like A Movie
11. New Orleasn
12. Again$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The WesternerJohn Doe's The Westerner will be released via Cool Rock Records/Thirty Tigers. Throughout his career, Doe has garnered worldwide acclaim: NPR Music describes his work as "one of the warmest, most welcome voices in pop music. There's a beseeching quality to his singing that draws you in with curiosity," while American Songwriter praises, " a winning platter of '60s inspired rock with a singer-songwriter twist." Doe calls The Westerner his "psychedelic soul record from the Arizona desert."
The album features ten new tracks from Doe with guest appearances from Chan Marshall of Cat Power, Debbie Harry of Blondie, Cindy Wasserman of Dead Rock West and Tom Brosseau. The Westerner was produced by Howe Gelb (Neko Case, M. Ward), Dave Way(Fiona Apple) and Doe. The album's artwork was designed by Shepard Fairey and Aaron Huey to support Native American rights via a campaign called Protect The Sacred, with additional photography by Jim Herrington.1. Get On Board
3. A Little Help
4. My Darling, Blue Skies
5. Go Baby Go
6. Alone In Arizona
7. Sweet Reward
8. Drink of Water
9. The Other Shoe
10. Rising Sun$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Live In EuropeIn early 2009, James McMurtry traveled overseas for his first European tour. The guys played for enthusiastic crowds in Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands, Scotland, and Belgium. Joining McMurtrys band on keyboards for the tour was the legendary Ian McLagan (who also played on McMurtrys latest studio album, JustUs Kids). McMurtry combined the best recordings from the Amsterdam and Geislingen concerts to create Live in Europe.
The deluxe vinyl version includes inserted copies of the CD and a bonus DVD. Fellow Austin-based songwriter, Jon Dee Graham, opened the shows on the tour and joins the band on a version of his tune, Laredo, on the bonus DVD.
James McMurtry packs a lot of story into his low-key songs: tales of loners and losers adrift in wideopen spaces. His voice is deadpan, but his characters survive grand struggles. The New York Times1. Bayou Tortue
2. Just Us Kids
3. Hurricane Party
4. Youd a Thought (Leonard Cohen Must Die)
5. FrÄulein O.
6. Ruby and Carlos
7. Freeway View
1. Choctaw Bingo
2. Youd a Thought (Leonard Cohen Must Die)
3. Freeway View
4. We Cant Make It Here
5. L aredo (with Jon Dee Graham)
6. Too Long In The Wasteland$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
EmotionalismEmotionalism from The Avett Brothers is the defining, emotionally-arresting statement of the new indie alternative folk movement. Melding rock, punk, jazz and gospel, The Avetts are reinventing roots music. Theyve become one of the hottest grassroots touring bands in recent memory with shows that have become the stuff of legend. Their signature intensity has catapulted them from tiny college pubs to Bonnaroo. With Emotionalism and a massive U.S. headlining tour that includes Coachella, Bumbershoot and Telluride, The Avett Brothers are poised to break wide open.
The Avett Brothers mix traces of The Bands old weird Americana, sleekly Everly Brothers roots-pop and Violent Femmes-style folk punk. You'll come away a disciple. - Harp Magazine1. Die Die Die
3. Paranoia in B-Flat Major
4. The Weight of Lies
5. Will You Return?
6. The Ballad of Love and Hate
8. Pretty Girl from Chile
9. All My Mistakes
10. Living of Love
11. I Would Be Sad
12. Pretty Girl from San Diego
13. Go to Sleep
14. Hand-Me-Down Tune$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
REDD-THI-2018xRoger Clyne and the Peacemakers
Unida CantinaFor over a decade, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers have not only redefined what mainstream radio would have the public believe is popular, but they have rewritten the rules on how songs are written and albums are made. Working on an independent label and sticking to their credo of art leading commerce, RCPM have consistently produced nothing but uncompromised, unadultered, pure rock 'n' roll.
Now 15 years after the cult-class Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy, listen as Clyne, one of America's great singer/songwriters continues his journey down the highway across the dusty Mexican borderlands to Unida Cantina. The release marks Clyne's most upbeat record since the aforementioned Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy and the most collaborative Peacemaker album to date. RCPM reaches new heights on Unida Cantina with the songwriting duo of Clyne and guitarist Jim Dalton and the dynamic rhythm section of bassist Nick Scropos and drummer PH Naffah.1. Wait So Long
3. It's A War
5. Bloodshot Eyes
6. New Son/Burnt Iron
7. Help You
8. Feet Bones
10. Sounds Like A Movie
11. New Orleasn
12. Again$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Speed Of DarknessSpeed of Darkness, the follow-up to 2008's Float is punk ensemble Flogging Molly's fifth and arguably most important album to date. In the words of lead singer/songwriter Dave King, It wasn't the album we set out to write. It became the album we had to write. Speed of Darkness, produced by Ryan Hewitt (RHCP, The Avett Brothers) was written in Detroit, MI and takes a hard-nosed look at the economic collapse in the U.S. and the causes and the direct effect it has had on everyday people. The Motor City serves as the album's muse and a painful example of what has gone wrong. While Speed of Darkness attacks much of the greed and ignorance responsible for where we are, the album also delivers a message of hope, humanity and the resilience of mankind.
From their beginnings as a raucous pub band in Los Angeles in the late 1990's, the band has worn their blue collar ethos proudly and loudly, most notably during their incredible live performances. And now, as the country and the rest of the world rise up to recover and rebuild, never has that ethos been more apparent and important than on Speed of Darkness. The album, like Flogging Molly itself, is a testament to youth and resilience, to growing old and the wisdom of scars, and yet for all of the record's darkness and the speed with which it descends, the ultimate theme is one of light: we can preserve and we will.1. Speed of Darkness
3. The Heart of the Sea
4. Dont Shut Em Down
5. The Powers Out
6. So Sail On
7. Saints & Sinners
8. Present State of Grace
9. The Cradle of Human Kind
10. Oliver Boy (All of Our Boys)
11. A Prayer For Me In Silence
12. Rise Up$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Stranger MeAmy LaVeres new studio album on Archer Records, Stranger Me, was produced by Craig Silvey whose work with Arcade Fire resulted in the Album of the Year at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
Stranger Me features Amy on upright bass and vocals, Rick Steff on keyboards, David Cousar on guitars, and Paul Taylor on drums. Other contributors included Jonathan Kirkscey and Bobby Furgo (strings), Jim Spake (saxophone), John Stubblefield (bass), and Nahshon Benford (trumpet).
Additional recordings were made in New Orleans at Preservation Hall with horn arrangements by noted Preservation Hall Band member and Bingo Show leader, Clint Maedgen.
Recording engineer Daniel Lynn assisted Craig Silvey with the recording and mixing at Music + Arts Studio in Memphis and additional mixing at The Garden Studio in London. Stranger Me was mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound in New York.1. Damn Love Song
2. You Can't Keep Me
3. Red Banks
4. A Great Divide
5. Often Happens
6. Lucky Boy
7. Tricky Heart
8. Stranger Me
9. Candle Mambo
10. Cry My Eyes Out
11. Let Yourself Go (Come On)$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Great Despiser (Awaiting Repress)Colored Vinyl
The Great Despiser, the new album from celebrated singer/songwriter Joe Pug, is the follow-up to his critically acclaimed full-length debut, Messenger, and his wildly popular word-of-mouth EP, Nation of Heat. The 11-track release was recorded in Chicago with producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine, Califone). In addition to Pug, the album features various acclaimed musicians, including Sam Kassirer (Jos Ritter, Langhorne Slim) on piano, organ and marimba as well as backing vocals from The Hold Steady's Craig Finn on the album's title track. Pug has toured alongside Steve Earl, M. Ward and Josh Ritter and has recently performed at both Lollapalooza and the Newport Folk Festival.
Not only does Chicago-based singer have a beautifully mature voice, but the lyrics possess wisdom seemingly beyond his age. Pair that with his powerful songwriting and it's nearly impossible to avoid drawing comparisons between Pug and folk legends like Bob Dylan or contemporaries like Josh Ritter. - NPR Music1. Hymn #76
2. Those Thankless Years
3. The Great Despiser
4. A Gentle Few
6. Silver Harps
7. Stronger Than The World
8. One of Many
9. Neither Do I Need A Witness
10. The Servant's Ace
11. Deep Dark Wells$16.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
From The Ground Up (Awaiting Repress)From The Ground Up is the debut studio recording from singer/songwriter John Fullbright. Working off the success of his debut live album, Live at the Blue Door, Fullbright has been gathering a strong fan base, one fan at a time through consistent touring throughout Texas and Oklahoma and a live show that continues to develop and strengthen each time he steps on stage.
Although still in his early '20s, Okemah, OK native Fullbright writes and sings like he's been around for years. Firmly rooted in a variety of American musical styles, John has crystallized his influences into a sturdy foundation of solid songwriting and astute musicianship. His early inspirations were the folk/country songs of Mickey Newbury and Townes Van Zandt, along with the philosophical bent of Woody Guthrie, who always admonished songwriters to write what you see.
His virtuosic abilities on both the piano and guitar, combined with timeless lyrics throughout From The Ground Up certainly sets Fullbright apart from his many contemporaries, both young and old. From the spiritually influenced Gawd Above (Lord God Almighty and Satan and St. Paul to the poignantly satirical Fat Man, John Fullbright is making his initial mark as a truly gifted writer, singer, player and performer, all before the age of 25. Includes download card.1. Gawd Above
3. I Only Pray at Night
4. Satan and St. Paul
5. Nowhere to Be Found
6. All the Time in the World
7. Fat Man
8. Me Wanting You
10. Forgotten Flowers
12. Song for a Child$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Way We Move (Awaiting Repress)The Way We Move, the new album from acclaimed musician Langhorne Slim will see its release on Ramseur Records. The album follows-up his critically acclaimed 2009 release Be Set Free which Paste says, perfectly captures the lyrical simplicity of bygone times with straightforward lines. In celebration of the release, Langhorne Slim & The Law will continue to tour throughout 2012.
The 14-track album was produced by Kenny Siegal and Langhorne Slim & The Law at Old Soul Studios in Catskill, NY. Langhorne's band, The Law, consists of David Moore (piano/keyboards/banjos/electric guitar/vocals), Jeffrey Ratner (bass/background vocals) and Malachi DeLorenzo (drums/percussion/background vocals).
Of the new album, Langhorne comments, My goal for this record was to create something that we could stand by and be proud of for the rest of our lives. To make music that is real, raw and beautiful. Langhorne Slim began his musical career in Brooklyn in 2004. His previous releases include Electric Love Letter EP (2004), When The Sun's Gone Down (2005), Engine EP (2006), Langhorne Slim (2008) and his latest, Be Set Free (2009). White vinyl configuration with CD insert.
Leadbelly's gift for storytelling and Dylan's ability to captivate a crowd. - New Yorker1. The Way We Move
5. On the Attack
7. Great Divide
8. Just A Dream
9. Song For Sid
10. Found My Heart
11. Wild Soul
12. Two Crooked Hearts
13. Coffee Cups
14. Past Lives$15.99Colored Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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In the nine years since she released her debut album, Amy LaVere's music has been called many things: dark and sexy, witty, feisty, breezy, mysterious. And she is all of that on 'Runaway's Diary'.
If 2011's 'Stranger Me' was Spin Magazine's Break Up Album Of The Year', then it's 2014 follow-up solidifies LaVere's position as masterful storyteller.
Produced by Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) and recorded at Music+Arts Studio in Memphis, the new concept album sets to music the details of Amy's journey as she ran away from home at the age of 15.1. Rabbit
2. Last Rock N Roll Boy To Dance
3. Big Sister
4. Self Made Orphan
5. Where I Lead Me
8. Don't Go Yet John
9. Lousy Pretender
10. Dark Moon
11. I'll Be Home Soon
12. Reprise$18.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Take Pride In Your Long OddsBased in Denton, Texas, Centro-matic began in 1995 as a home recording
project for singer/songwriter and guitarist Will Johnson. Seventeen years and
10 albums later the band is getting ready to release their 11th studio album in 2014. Johnson and his compatriots-Scott Danbom (keyboards, violin, harmonies) Matt Pence (drummer, producer), Mark Hedman (bass, guitar)
have made yet another incredible album. Always approaching recording with
new ideas the band has done it again with Take Pride In Your Long Odds. Two
years since their last album Candidate Waltz, Take Pride In Your Long Odds
finds the band refreshed and excited to play again with their infectious exuberance and vigor.1. Take Pride In Your Long Odds
2. Every Mission
3. Salty Disciple
4. Cross Path
5. Anything Torn Out
6. Academy Of Lunkers
7. Calling You Glad
8. Cynthia Glass
9. Hey There, Straps
10. Relative Unto The Aces
11. On The Ride Back
12. Through The Fog, Then Down$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Too Blessed To Be StressedToo Blessed To Be Stressed stakes out new territory for the popular roots-rock songwriter and performer. In the past, I've told stories that were mostly inspired by my own life, the former prizefighter and literal son of a preacher man offers. This time, I've written 10 songs that express more universal truths, and I've done it with a purpose: to make people feel good. I don't think I could have written anthemic songs like this if I hadn't made my last album, Thorn says of 2012's What the Hell is Goin On? Like 2010's autobiographical Pimps & Preachers, it was among its year's most played albums on Americana radio and contributed to Thorn's rapidly growing fan base. And Thorn followed that airplay success with his current AAA-radio hit version of Doctor My Eyes from April 2014's Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne. It helps that those big vocal hooks on Too Blessed To Be Stressed are being reinforced by the sound of Thorn's flexible and dynamic band, as they have been doing for years in concert. During their two decades in the club, theater and festival trenches, the four-piece and their frontman have garnered a reputation for shows that ricochet from humor to poignancy to knock-out rock n roll. These guys really bring my songs to life, says Thorn. A lot of albums sound like they're made by a singer with bored studio musicians. My albums sound they're played by a real blood-and-guts band because that s what we are. And when we get up on stage, people hear and see that.1. Everything's Gonna Be Alright
2. Too Blessed To Be Stressed
3. Everybody Needs Somebody
4. I Backslide On Friday
5. This Is A Real Goodbye
6. Mediocrity Is King
7. Don't Let Nobody Rob You Of Your Joy
8. Get You A Healin'
9. Old Stray Dogs & Jesus
10. What Kind Of Roof Do You Live Under?
11. No Place I'd Rather Be$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Light (Awaiting Repress)Whether they move minds or bodies, Uncle Lucius is out to make music that can lift
our spirits. And rock our souls.
Though Austin roots band Uncle Lucius has worn a Southern rock tag for most of
its 10-year existence, the band's fourth studio album, The Light, charts a course
designed to convey just how vast that musical territory really is. The Light dips into
regions where blues, R&B, jazz, soul, country and gospel took form, mapping a sound
that captures the true meaning of Americana.
Containing songwriting contributions from all four band members, The Light also
seeks to illuminate a different landscape: the sometimes-rocky terrain of our hearts
and minds. Tracked at Austin's Treefort Studios with producer George Reiff, these 12
songs deliver what guitarist Mike Carpenter, a Houston native, likes to call "Southern
rock for the thinking man. Rock 'n' roll for the soul."
Lead singer, Kevin Galloway, admits his ultimate goal is to turn musical energy into
a catalyst for humanity's evolution. This is music with depth, made by men given to
truth seeking on levels both existential and literal.1. The Light
2. Age of Reason
3. Taking in the View
5. End of 118
6. No Time Flat
7. Wheel's in Motion
8. Gulf Coast Gypsies
9. Flood Then Fade Away
10. Don't Own the Right
11. Nothing to Save
12. Someday is a Far Cry$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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The Other Side Of DesireIn the hands of the eccentric jazz-pop poet Rickie Lee Jones, the phrase the other side of Desire could mean a lot of things. As it happens, it's where the gets her mail; the singer-songwriter has been living quietly in New Orleans for a little over a year. This past fall, she celebrated her 60th birthday with the Lost Bayou Ramblers, at d.b.a.
The Other Side of Desire is also the title of Jones' first album of original material in more than ten years. Written, recorded and rooted in the city of New Orleans, according to press materials, it was crafted with producers Mark Howard and John Porter, whose resumes are heavy with names like Roxy Music, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and the Smiths. (Porter, who also lived in New Orleans for a time, can count locals like the Honey Island Swamp Band, Jon Cleary and Tommy Malone on his personal roster as well.)
The album is pure Jones: warm and whimsical, with a keen storyteller's touch. This time around, it's infused with the sounds of New Orleans. Strains of swamp-pop, honky tonk and Cajun waltzes wind through The Other Side of Desire which, the release said, could not have been written without the backdrop of New Orleans; its river, trains, barroom ghosts and sudden bands all playing the same song.
Alison Fensterstock (The Times-Picayune)1. Jimmy Choos
2. Valtz De Mon Pere (Lovers' Waltz)
3. J'ai Connais Pas
4. Blinded By The Hunt
6. I Wasn't Here
7. Christmas In New Orleans
9. Feet On The Ground
11. Finale (A Spider In The Circus Of The Falling Star)
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