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Unknown Mortal Orchestra'
IIII builds on the break-beat, junk-shop charm that Ruban Nielson, 32-year-old multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, came to be renowned for following his self-titled 2011 debut, and signals the solidification of Unknown Mortal Orchestra's position as an endlessly intriguing, brave psychedelic band. UMO is unafraid to dig deeper than the rest to lock into their intoxicating, opiate groove and bring rock'n'roll's exaggerated myths to life.1. From The Sun
2. Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)
3. So Good At Being In Trouble
4. One At A Time
5. The Opposite of Afternoon
6. No Need For a Leader
9. Faded in the Morning
10. Secret Xtians$16.99Vinyl LP- Sealed Buy Now
A perfect form of release - it heaps up mounds of
high tension, but in the most cathartic and enjoyable
possible way. - NPR
A punk-fired garage tinkerer handy with all the tools
one needs to jury-rig some tasty rock nuggets - SPIN
Original Rock n' Roll Swagger at its finest - Hypetrak
A pungent, effective collision of garage rock- bashing
and Ramones sneer
- NY Times
When Bass Drum of Death started touring the rock club circuit
outside Oxford, Mississippi, several years ago, there was a legitimate
concern that the band's appeal might be limited to fans of the
garage scene. With a seemingly never-ending series of tour dates,
BDoD nonetheless transformed rooms full of normally
too-cool-to-rock indie crowds into a mob of sweaty, stage-diving
maniacs. Meanwhile, Madison Avenue, eager to cash in on hip
cachet, took notice. Since the release of 2011's GB City, "Get Found"
has been featured in FOX promos for the NASCAR season. Rockstar
Games' megaseller Grand Theft Auto V helped to promote last
year's self-titled album. Gamers terrorized the freeways of Los
Santos, living out their cops-and-robbers fantasies, as "Crawling
After You" blasted through their car stereo speakers. Bass Drum of
Death are teetering on the brink of reaching a mainstream audience,
and Rip This is their attempt to record an unapologetic rock album
for people outside their normal fan base.
In the past, BDoD brainchild John Barrett wrote and recorded all the
material and toured with a revolving lineup of hired guns on drums
and guitar. This time around, drummer Len Clark joins Barrett as a
full-time member and collaborator. The duo began discussing plans
for a new record when touring with Unknown Mortal Orchestra in
2013. Barrett and Clark then convinced UMO bassist Jacob Portrait
to take on the role of producer when the band booked a session in
March at Prairie Sun Studios in Sonoma County, California. With a
few rough demos, Barrett, Clark, and Portrait hunkered down for two
weeks and cranked out the band's first proper studio album. Rip This
retains BDoD's trademark sorry-for-partyin' swagger while
scrapping the crackling hiss and lo-fi fuzz. The result is an record
that still relies on an obliterating attack of heavy guitars, danceable
hooks, and kinetic drumming, but will appeal as much to KISS fans
as the music freaks and geeks who worship Nuggets. Both a
challenge to music critics and a rock call-to-arms, the title says it all.
You're not going to hear many records this year that rip like this, so
shotgun a beer, tune in, and turn up.1. Electric
2. Left For Dead
3. For Blood
4. Everything's The Same
5. Sin Is In 10
6. Black Don't Glow
7. Burns My Eye
8. Lose My Mind
9. Better Days
10. Route 69 (Yeah)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Unknown Mortal OrchestraUnknown Mortal Orchestra have officially signed to Fat Possum for this, their self-titled debut LP. UMO was initially conceived by New Zealand native, Ruban, to release some tracks via a Bandcamp page to promote his limited edition vinyl in 2010. He pieced a band together, with skilled producer, Jake on bass and a brilliant teenage drummer named Julian to fill out the band. Based in Portland, Oregon, their debut brings break-beats together with '70s harmonies and a minimal Krautrock rhythm section.1. FFunny FFrends
3. Thought Ballune
4. Jello and Juggernauts
5. How Can You Luv Me
6. Nerve Damage!
7. Little Blu House
8. Strangers Are Strange
9. Boy Witch$17.99Vinyl LP- Sealed Buy Now
CuriosityAfter forming Wampire, Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps quickly made a name for themselves in Portland, OR. Produced by Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Jacob Portrait, Curiosity is an instantly memorable album. Available on beautiful clear vinyl.1. The Hearse
3. Spirit Forest
5. I Can't See Why
6. Outta Money
9. Magic Light$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Personal ComputerSilicon is the new project from New Zealand via Hawaii multi-instrumentalist Kody Nielson. Personal Computer, the debut album, is a seductive electronic pop record that pits Nielson's brilliant soul, funk and disco influenced songwriting against a backdrop of extra-terrestrial noir sonics, calling to mind the varied likes of Flying Lotus, Panda Bear and Portishead in the process, as well as that of Unknown Mortal Orchestra - the project of Nielson's brother and former band-mate in The Mint Chicks. At the heart of Nielson's noir-electronica is a questioning of how the natural can ever again match the arousing constellation of this blissful synthetic. The album is bombastic and gripping, yet consistently groomed. His main-frame psychedelia collates all the fragments of himself and masterfully sticks them back together.1. Personal Computer
4. God Emoji
5. Burning Sugar
6. Little Dancing Baby
7. I Can See Paradise
8. Love Peace
10. Dope$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
StillsTwo years following the release of noise-pop duo Gauntlet Hair's self-titled debut LP, the band have announced a follow-up. Titled Stills, it drops July 16 through Dead Oceans.
A press release notes that the band uprooted themselves from Denver and moved back to their hometown of Chicago since the release of Gauntlet Hair. The move apparently spiralled drummer Craig Nice and singer/guitarist Andy R. into a wave of nostalgia, which ultimately influenced their latest song cycle.
I started listening again to the stuff I would have in my discman in the back of my mom's car, Nice said in a statement. White Zombie, Marilyn Manson - the production on those records is so amazing. Nothing sounds like that anymore.
Recorded by Unknown Mortal Orchestra member Jacob Portrait at his Cave studio in Portland, the LP also apparently takes influence from INXS, Depeche Mode and Whitney Houston's I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me), and diffuses all that into a garden of dark delights.1. Human Nature
4. Bad Apple
5. New To It
6. Obey Me
9. Falling Out
10. Waste Your Art$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
"...a patchwork of diverse musical terrain that ranges from no-wave
electro to Swedish dancehall pop to rambunctious garage rock,
sometimes all within one song." - Portland Mercury
"It's garage rock that sounds like it was recorded at Studio 54 if it
was located in M83." - Paste Magazine
"Wampire come from the John Maus and Ariel Pink school of off-kilter synth pop." - Pitchfork
"Wampire's music is infectious and disarming"
- Consequence of Sound
Like the tantalizing blend of exotic treasures and captivating
sensations its namesake suggests, Bazaar continually offers
listeners a variety of unexpected and alluring sonic flavors over
the course of its nine tracks -- ranging from raucous riffs ("Bad
Attitude") to seductive sax ("Wizard Staff") to charmingly catchy
choruses ("The Amazing Heart Attack").
As with their previous full-length Curiosity, Wampire recorded
Bazaar with trusted producer Jacob Portrait (of Unknown Mortal
Orchestra), though this time around the sessions took place at The
Museum, a studio in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood, and
were done directly to tape.1. The Amazing Heart Attack
2. Bad Attitude
3. Fly on the Wall
4. Wizard Staff
5. Too Stoned
7. Sticking Out
8. Life of Luxury
9. People of Earth$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Nobody's Watching (Pre-Order)Steady Holiday is an appropriate name for an artist whose music feels like the soundtrack to your fondest memory. Or your deepest heartbreak. Or the dream sequence from a David Lynch film. There's a nostalgia present in Dre Babinski's songwriting that leaves you longing for the familiarity of a bygone era - just not one you can necessarily pin down.
After years growing up playing in bands around Los Angeles, Dre recently began writing and recording for herself - on her own, in secret, developing a body of work about hidden desire itself. Establishing a sound defined by her featherlight voice floating above sweeping strings, her 2016 debut Under the Influence led to opening for artists like Mitski, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.
Whereas the first record took us on a trip through the deeply personal, Dre's sophomore album Nobody's Watching zooms way out. What began as a concept record about two archetypal crooks developed into an exploration of universal themes like greed, fear and self-interest; the ugly and troubling edges of human nature. It's a good time for that.
Dre worked with producer Gus Seyffert (Roger Waters, Beck) to create a sound that echoes the narrative told on Nobody's Watching. From the sunny and observant to the dark and critical, the tone ranges from levity to paranoia through layers of analog synths and chilling strings played by Dre herself. There are moments of cinematic intensity reminiscent of a James Bond score, yet the subtle tape hiss and creaking chairs remind us that this is an album made by people. It is warm, and it breathes, the same way the human touch can both soothe and suffocate.
Nobody's Watching is the natural next step for Dre and Steady Holiday, a project that builds worlds we wish to escape to or from. It's an examination of the inner narratives we all share but keep in the shadows, where the characters may not always be likable, but they do what they can to survive - like we all do.1. Flying Colors
3. Who's Gonna Stop Us
4. Nobody's Watching
5. All Aboard
6. Love and Pressure
7. Eastern Comfort
8. Trapping Season
9. Exit Song
10. Desperate Times$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
The Air Conditioned NightmareThe Air Conditioned Nightmare is the new album by
Doldrums. The title was spawned by Henry Miller upon his
return to the US after ten years as an expatriate. Keen to
rediscover the country he left behind, Miller found it a
stifling place of big business, pollution, credit, misinformation
and prejudice. "Nowhere else in the world," wrote in his
1945 collection of essays "is the divorce between man and
nature so complete". The Air Conditioned Nightmare.
Seventy years on and the book lends itself to the title of the
anticipated second album by Doldrums, the band led by 25
year old musician Airick Woodhead. On the follow-up to his
2013 debut Lesser Evil (which yielded tours with Unknown
Mortal Orchestra, Crystal Castles, Grimes and Purity Ring,
and remixes for Peaking Lights, Grimes and Portishead), the
DJ, producer and performer makes a sizeable leap from
being darling of the Montreal warehouse creative explosion
that gave the world the likes of Grimes, Majical Cloudz, Blue
Hawaii to being a stand-alone artist and composer on the
cusp of something quite special.
Doldrums apply a punk rock ethos to electronic music,
creating songs using samplers and DJ gear in place of
guitars. Bold, anxious, dream-like, uplifting, glacial,
hypnotic, constricting, expansive, alien - this is an album
that is ever-changing. "Conflict is at the heart of this
album," explains Airick. "There's a lot of paranoid sentiment
and dystopian imagery in there. The threat of a mundane
reality ties it together, as does an obsession with plasticity.
Songs come from specific feelings or images. Anxiety is my
The Air Conditioned Nightmare is an album of texture and
taste, an extra-sensory overload. Weaving through the mix
are Woodhead's androgynous, tweaked vocals singing lyrics
like voices down broken phone-lines. This is music born of
the 21st century. The Air Conditioned Nightmare is an album
that is punk rock in its DIY beginnings and militant commitment
to originality. Ten snatched seconds is enough to pull
you in. Ultimately,The Air Conditioned Nightmare stands
alone. Doldrums have created something special. You need
to hear it.1. HOTFOOT
2. Blow Away
3. Funeral for Lightning
4. We Awake
5. Video Hostage
8. My Friend Simjen
9. Industry City
10. Closer 2 U$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Boarding House ReachBOARDING HOUSE REACH is the new solo album from Jack White, and is a testament to the breadth of the artist's creative power and his bold artistic ambition. This new material finds Jack White expanding his musical palate with perhaps his most ambitious work thus far, a collection of songs that are simultaneously timeless and modern. Written and conceived while holed up in a spartan apartment with literally no outside world distractions, White exclusively used the same kind of gear he had when he was 15 years old (a quarter-inch four-track tape recorder, a simple mixer, and the most basic of instrumentation). The album explores a remarkable range of sonic terrain -- crunching rock 'n' roll, electro and hard funk, proto punk, hip hop, gospel blues, and even country -- all remapped and born anew to fit White's matchless vision and sense of restless experimentation.
BOARDING HOUSE REACH was produced by Jack White III and recorded at Third Man Studio in Nashville, TN, Sear Sound in New York, NY, and Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, CA. The album was mixed by Bill Skibbe, Joshua V. Smith, and White at Third Man Studio in Nashville, TN. The album features White on vocals, acoustic and electric guitars and drums, organ, and synthesizers. He's backed by a remarkable new lineup of musicians that includes: drummer Louis Cato (BeyoncÉ, Q-Tip, John Legend, Mariah Carey), bassists Charlotte Kemp Muhl (The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger) and NeonPhoenix (Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z), synthesizer players DJ Harrison and Anthony Brew Brewster (Fishbone, The Untouchables), keyboardists Neal Evans (Soulive, Talib Kweli, John Scofield) and Quincy McCrary (Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Pitbull), percussionists Bobby Allende (David Byrne, Marc Anthony) and Justin PorÉe (Ozomatli), and backing vocalists Esther Rose and Ann & Regina McCrary of Nashville's beloved gospel trio, The McCrary Sisters, as well as longtime collaborators like drummers Daru Jones (Nas, Talib Kweli) and Carla Azar (Autolux, Depeche Mode, Doyle Bramhall II). Singer-songwriter C.W. Stoneking also appears, contributing a stirring spoken word performance to the album's Abulia and Akrasia.
Jack White is a 12-time GRAMMY® Award-winner and 35-time nominee. His most recent full-length release, 2016's JACK WHITE ACOUSTIC RECORDINGS: 1998-2016 (Third Man Records/Columbia), collected 26 acoustic-based songs from throughout White's wide-ranging musical career, spanning album tracks, B-sides, remixes, alternate versions, and previously unreleased material from The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and White's groundbreaking solo career. The collection debuted at #1 on Billboard's Vinyl Albums chart upon its September 2016 release - a position also achieved by 2012's RIAA gold certified solo debut, BLUNDERBUSS, and 2014's chart-topping LAZARETTO, both of which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 as well.1. Connected By Love
2. Why Walk A Dog?
4. Abulia and Akrasia
6. Ice Station Zebra
7. Over and Over and Over
8. Everything You've Ever Learned
9. Respect Commander
10. Ezmerelda Steals The Show
11. Get In The Mind Shaft
12. What's Done Is Done
13. Humoresque$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Secret LifeToronto duo Moon King have crafted a raw, rapturous and emotional new record, which documents their ascent from an intimate conceptual project into a powerful live band. A first preview of the record comes with the chugging propulsion, soaring harmonies and cosmic haze of album opener 'Roswell'.
In 2013, Moon King, made up of songwriter Daniel Benjamin and singer/guitarist Maddy Wilde, played over 100 shows to support a pair of EPs, Obsession I and II, which were released on Fucked Up's One Big Silence label in North America and Tough Love in UK/Europe. After a year spent on the road, it became evident they should capture the energy of their live show while it was fresh. Following a performance at Iceland Airwaves, Daniel & Maddy relocated to a cottage in northern Ontario to record the album with a group of Toronto music scene luminaries, all of whom had played in various incarnations of the live band.
Most of the tracks on the album were recorded live off the floor, with little except the vocals added, put to tape by live sound engineer Noah Giffin (Owen Pallett, Austra, Diana). Though only five days of recording were booked, an ice storm prevented them from leaving, resulting in an extra couple of days work. The record was then mixed in New York with Jacob Portrait of Unknown Mortal Orchestra/Blouse.
The album's production introduces further nuance to the wall-of-sound approach of the EPs, stripping back dense layers to unearth spellbinding vocals and melodies. Daniel's lyrics focus on catharsis and the weight of emotional trauma, as well as dealing with the self-doubt that stands in the way of recovery.
Frequent show-opener "Apocalypse" begins with the confession "somehow I feel no release when I'm alone with anyone else / somehow I fall to pieces when I wake up to nothing where you should be" and builds intensity and speed until overflowing in a rush of noise, an oddly structured pop song with no repeating sections. "It's impossible / you've been run through with fear / love's a landfill / just another burning spear" chants the soaring chorus of 'Impossible'. The ultimatum at the climax of "Golden Age" - "all I want is to be wanted" channels an honest and tangible fear not common in today's pop landscape.
This sense of loss and longing permeates the album throughout, each song carrying with it both a weight and a sense of urgency.1. Roswell
2. Secret Life
4. Come Back
8. Golden Age
9. Medicine$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now