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  • A Long Way From Your Heart A Long Way From Your Heart Quick View

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    A Long Way From Your Heart

    A Long Way From Your Heart is the fourth release from the fiercely independent outfit whose three previous albums received critical accolades while amassing a massive and highly passionate nationwide fanbase. With his vivid character sketches and blue-collar narratives, Evan Felker continues to solidify his place as one of the finest songwriters to come out of the dustbowl in recent years. Felker's vocals are honest and affecting, combined with his virtuosic band mates - RC Edwards (bass), Kyle Nix (fiddle), Ryan Engleman (guitar), Gabe Pearson (drums) and Hank Early (pedal steel) -Turnpike Troubadours are a force. The band has achieved a rare feat with A Long Way From Your Heart by creating an album that is immediately accessible, yet continues to reveal greater depth upon each listen.
    1. The Housefire
    2. Something To Hold On To
    3. The Winding Stair Mountain Blues
    4. Unrung
    5. A Tornado Warning
    6. Pay No Rent
    7. The Hard Way
    8. Old Time Feeling (Like Before)
    9. Pipe Bomb Dream
    10. Oklahoma Stars
    11. Sunday Morning Paper
    The Turnpike Troubadours
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  • The Gasoline Age The Gasoline Age Quick View

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    The Gasoline Age


    First Time Available On Vinyl


    Includes 9 Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks From Various Years


    Merge celebrates our long relationship with East River Pipe by releasing their critically
    acclaimed fourth album The Gasoline Age on vinyl.


    Saluted by ROLLING STONE as "the most gifted of the new loners," F.M. Cornog,
    aka East River Pipe, originally released The Gasoline Age in 1999. Named Album of
    the Year by both THE NEW YORK TIMES and England's THE INDEPENDENT,
    The Gasoline Age was inspired in large part by nighttime drives on New Jersey's seedy
    Route 22. Automobile imagery appears throughout the album: cybercars, stolen cars,
    pimpmobiles. The cars all seem to carry with them a romanticism that emphasizes
    even further Cornog's gift of creating a lyrical mood without tying his flights of fancy
    down to specifics.


    The Gasoline Age explores the suburban landscape and turnpike stretches outside
    Cornog's door and calmly runs down bleak facts over the gentle pulse and chorused
    strums Cornog has been perfecting since his early singles. Some of the songs are built
    on merely six concise lines of clear-eyed warning, though sometimes ("Hell Is an
    Open Door") he sounds like he might actually be looking forward to the
    darkness on the horizon. On other tracks, like the ironically titled "Party Drive," it
    sounds as though Cornog is barely going to make it to the curb. But for the character
    in the song, going on that drive is the only thing that makes it seem like "we're gonna
    be OK."


    The disconnect between the unsettling dead ends Cornog sings about and the peaceful
    swells of the keyboards and the glimmering guitars is what brings emotional weight to
    the entire album. One doesn't get the sense that a whole lot has changed in the last 15
    years for the characters inhabiting this world.


    Merge came to know East River Pipe through his string of memorable and
    mysterious singles on Hell Gate and Sarah Records. Merge co-founder Mac
    McCaughan writes, "We had friends who were early fans of those records, including
    Jim Wilbur of Superchunk, and it seemed that no one took East River Pipe fandom
    lightly-once you were in on the secret, you were all in. After Ajax Records compiled
    the sparkling early sides, we started working with Fred and his wife and partner
    Barbara Powers and have been looking forward to the next batch of periodic broadcasts from his bedroom studio ever since."

    1. Shiny, Shiny Pimpmobile
    2. Hell Is an Open Door
    3. Cybercar
    4. Wholesale Lies
    5. My Little Rainbow
    6. Party Drive
    7. King of Nothing Never
    8. 14th Street Boys Stolen Car Club
    9. All You Little Suckers
    10. Astrofarm
    11. Down 42nd Street to the Light
    12. Atlantic City (Gonna Make a Million Tonight)
    13. Don't Hurry
    East River Pipe
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  • Turnpike Troubadours Turnpike Troubadours Quick View

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    Turnpike Troubadours

    The Turnpike Troubadours, the eponymous fourth album from the red dirt country journeymen, careens into view slowly with The Bird Hunters, a melancholic waltz that recalls some of the sadder moments from its predecessor, 2012's Goodbye Normal Street. Much of that record underscored the dusty literary aspirations of lead singer/songwriter Evan Felker but, appropriately enough for an album named after the band as a whole, this record puts equal emphasis on head, heart, and muscle, easing between simple heartbroken laments and full-throated roars.


    Felker's voice and writing are plainspoken but not pedestrian; there's a soulful undercurrent to his simplicity, his modesty never seeming affected, his working-class anthems never showy. As subtle and lived-in as these songs are, what really makes The Turnpike Troubadours kick is the band itself. While they've never been restrained on record, this 2015 LP feels brawny and also sensitive, the band capable of leaning into the song so the rampaging minor-key stomp Doreen possesses a sad, menacing edge, The Mercury drowns out all sorrow, and Fall Out of Love plays like a balm straight out of Muscle Shoals. As always, the key to the success of the Turnpike Troubadours -- both as a band and in this album in particular -- is that they never draw attention to their depth and how they occupy a wide, woeful territory where laments heal and parties can feel reassuringly lonely.

    1. The Bird Hunters
    2. The Mercury
    3. Down Here
    4. Time of Day
    5. Ringing in the Year
    6. A Little Song
    7. Long Drive Home
    8. Easton & Main
    9. 7 Oaks
    10. Doreen
    11. Fall Out of Love
    12. Bossier City
    The Turnpike Troubadours
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  • Tales From Turnpike House Tales From Turnpike House Quick View

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    Tales From Turnpike House

    Tales from Turnpike House is a reissue of the Saint Etienne's seventh album which was originally released in 2005. It is considered to be a concept album in which the songs portray a day in the life of characters who all live in the same block of flats. This LP offers varied musical textures combined with wonderful songwriting.
    1. Sun In My Morning
    2. Milk Bottle Symphony
    3. Lightning Strikes Twice
    4. Slow Down At The Castle
    5. A Good Thing
    6. Side Streets
    7. Last Orders For Gary Stead
    8. Stars Above Us
    9. Relocate
    10. The Birdman Of EC1
    11. Teenage Winter
    12. Goodnight
    Saint Etienne
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