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  • Takes Place In Your Work Space Takes Place In Your Work Space Quick View

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    Takes Place In Your Work Space

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    When a band's first album is unpredictable enough to invoke comparisons with artists as wildly diverse as hardcore innovators the Minutemen and professorial idiosyncrasy of Randy Newman, then you can reasonably assume its been made by people who care about music. Lots of it. Jazz, punk, funk, country, acid rock, even piano ballads all these labels have been used, accurately, to describe White Denim.

    1. Cat City
    2. No Real Reason
    3. Handwriting
    4. Company
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    Stiff

    Three years on from their critically acclaimed "barbeque" record Corsicana Lemonade, White Denim are back with more than just a new album to commemorate. Their sixth record, Stiff - out 25 March 2016 via Downtown/Sony Red - is a return to the Austin quartet's frenetic rock band roots, and is both a jubilant thrill ride and joyous celebration of their past ten years. Heading into the studio with an external producer to oversee a whole album for the first time - and even writing a tune with Cass McCombs ('Thank You') - the band teamed up with the legendary Ethan Johns (Paul McCartney, Laura Marling, The Staves) to produce their first truly live record, one teeming with a cool '70s undertow, tumultuous riffs and a feverish energy that's resulted in arguably some of their biggest and brawniest songs to date.


    With drummer Joshua Block and guitarist Austin Jenkins now pursuing other production ventures, vocalist/guitarist James Petralli and bassist Steve Terebecki spent a long time reassessing exactly what White Denim meant to them. "The big thing for Steve and I was trying to define what made us want to keep going," Petralli explains of the album's early days. "What's our partnership about? What's cool about this? We learnt a lot making D and Corsicana Lemonade. We wanted to take some of those lessons and apply it back to our original mission statement. We were trying to get back to some of the things that made us excited about the band in the first place."


    Opener 'Had 2 Know (Personal)' is the embodiment of that mission statement. Described by Petralli as "a reassertion of our initial intent to make songs that satisfy our urge to play fast", it sets the tone brilliantly for the bulk of Stiff, right from its idiosyncratic, Red Krayola-sampling beginning to its huge, golden era chorus. While it remains distinctively White Denim, there's a reinvigoration permeating through its riffs via new guitarist Jonathan Horne and a beefed-up rhythm section thanks to the work of new drummer Jeffrey Olson. Every single high octane turn - from the tremendously fun 'Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah)' to the outrageously shredding 'Holda You (I'm Psycho)' - sounds like a band re-energised and revitalised, resulting in what Petralli describes as a "high heat, high energy, good times record". Having previously sold out Shepherd's Bush Empire and having toured with Tame Impala and Arctic Monkeys, Stiff is full to the brim with songs that sound ready to now lift White Denim to similar heights.


    For the most part, Stiff is an album crammed with adrenaline-fuelled sing-alongs that show off the band's staple technical abilities. But it's also one that sees some new shades that they've developed along the way, too. Citing new wave and the razor-sharp pop punk of Buzzcocks as influences this time round, there's an addictive Elvis Costello circa This Year's Model quality to 'Real Deal Momma', a tune that highlights the band's love for hummable synthesisers and curious, affecting oddities. Then there's the cow bell calm and backing vocals laden brilliance of 'I'm The One (Big Big Fun)', that along with 'Take It Easy (Ever After Lasting Love)' (a song Petralli says "wants to be on a collection of doo wop songs written in 2016") shows a softer and more intricate side to the band while fully emphasising Petralli's vocal excellence.


    Of the artwork - which was created by collagist Eugenia Loli - was inspired and worked from the band's previous album covers and videos as a visual template. Ultimately, it's a fleeting visit to a place the band have been before, with the covers of Workout Holiday and D being collages too. Stiff was even originally stylised 'Stif', which when spelt backwards spells out the title of their second full-length Fits. Then there's 'Mirrored In Reverse', a nod to the Fits track 'Mirrored And Reverse'. "I mean, we're ten!" Petralli says in disbelief while explaining all of the record's throwbacks. "We did think about naming this record Ten and referencing the Pearl Jam cover!"


    Recorded with nothing but equipment that Petralli describes as being "past a certain point in the '70s", he explains that Stiff is an album made "entirely the old way". "It was tracked live to 16-track tape with very little overdubs," he says. "It was very hardcore record making - traditional in every aspect." Recorded with Ethan Johns in Asheville, North Carolina over a twenty-day period, Petralli and the band had an intense but deeply educational time with Johns. "It was really cool. The guy had these stories that were just unbelievable. He started talking about playing with Jimmy Page when he was a kid, and he lived in the studio where The Rolling Stones and The Faces would just hang out. Having Ethan in the room pushing us really made it more of an 'in the moment' and a visual thing. Capturing live performances is what he does really well."


    To make things even more celebratory, there was an extra ten day stint spent with go-to White Denim man Jim Vollentine, who Petralli describes as "my guy, man". He continues: "we've made a lot of records together now. When we left the studio in Asheville with Ethan, we thought we gotta work on this record some more, you know? Though it was really just mixing, which we did with respect to Ethan's arrangements and his recording. I feel like I really haven't made anything like this before."


    Ultimately, Stiff is the sound of a band finding their feet again and having the time of their lives. It's a record that refuses to buckle under the pressures of life, instead offering up a soundtrack to sing, dance, shout and scream along to. As a White Denim album, it's a joyride through the past ten years of the band's idiosyncratic catalogue while simultaneously pushing things further forward into new territories. "It's similar to our first record [Workout Holiday] in that we found the initial energy and just went with that," Petralli says of the initial studio spark that started it all. "We thought, what's the fundamental thing that made us want to get into a van and quit our terrible jobs and start this whole thing in the first place? And it was loud, fast-playing, rock and roll."

    1. Had 2 Know (Personal)
    2. Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah)
    3. Holda You (I'm Psycho)
    4. There's a Brain in My Head
    5. Take It Easy (Ever After Lasting Love)
    6. (I'm the One) Big Big Fun
    7. Real Deal Momma
    8. Mirrored in Reverse
    9. Thank You
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    Pretty Green EP (Awaiting Repress)

    Austin's animated rock group White Denim have released a B-side EP Pretty Green that accompanies their latest album Corsicana Lemonade. Corsicana Lemonade is the sixth studio album to come from these southern gentlemen and has received positive critical acclaim, as the album shows yet another sporadic side of the band.
    1. Pretty Green (Album Version)
    2. Pretty Green Mash (Bottom Dollar String Band feat. Jim and June)
    3. Under Mi Pretty Green
    4. Looking For A Place To Start
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    It's Frightening

    After spending the better part of two years on the road (including festival stops at Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, Sasquatch, Monolith and tours with The Walkmen, Spoon, Richard Swift, The Cribs, White Denim and Tokyo Police Club) the White Rabbits hunkered down in their Brooklyn practice space to set about re-envisioning the dark pop of their critically acclaimed debut Fort Nightly, while adding new sounds and influences to achieve an original work. The result is It's Frightening, their second full-length album produced by Britt Daniel of Spoon, mixed by Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Trail Of Dead) and engineered by Nicolas Vernhes (Cat Power, Animal Collective).
    1. Percussion Gun
    2. Rudie Fails
    3. They Done Wrong/We Done Wrong
    4. Lionesse
    5. Company I Keep
    6. The Salesman (Tramp Life)
    7. Midnight and I
    8. Right Where They Left
    9. The Lady Vanishes
    10. Leave It At The Door
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    The Districts

    Lancaster County, PA foursome The Districts signed to Mississippi based label Fat Possum and are excited to announce the release of their self-titled EP. The young band has a busy 2014 planned out already, with a tour with White Denim planned for February and March, as well as their first SXSW in Austin.


    The self-titled EP will feature three newly remastered tracks off their 2012 self-released album Telephone, as well as two brand new tracks.

    1. Rocking Chair

    2. Lyla

    3. Funeral Beds

    4. Long Distance

    5. Stay Open
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    Coming Home (Awaiting Repress)


    "This kind of perfection is always relevant." - NPR Music


    "His as-yet-untitled debut album, due this summer, is suddenly one of the year's most anticipated." - Billboard


    Highly anticipated debut album from Fort Worth, TX native Leon Bridges. Produced by Austin Jenkins and Josh Block of White Denim.

    1. Coming Home
    2. Better Man
    3. Brown Skin Girl
    4. Smooth Sailin'
    5. Shine
    6. Lisa Sawyer
    7. Flowers
    8. Pull Away
    9. Twistin' & Groovin'
    10. River
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    Head Up High

    With a career spanning over 18 years and with millions of album sold worldwide, Morcheeba return with their 8th studio album - Head Up High due for release in 2013 via [PIAS] Recordings. The follow up to 2010's Blood Like Lemonade sees the band enlist Chali 2na (Jurassic 5), James Petralli (White Denim), Rizzle Kicks, Ana Tijoux and Nature Boy highlighting the magnitude of their career and influence on a wide variety of artists old and new.
    1. Gimme Your Love
    2. Face Of Danger
    3. Call it Love
    4. Under the Ice
    5. I'll Fall Apart
    6. Make Believer
    7. Release Me Now
    8. To Be
    9. Hypnotized
    10. To The Grave
    11. Do You Good
    12. Finally Found You
    13. Whirlwind
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    Strange Figurines

    Since 2006 - when Scott Butler, Landon Thompson and John Aldridge formed The Black & White Years - their sifter has been shaking beyond the status quo. They've released two albums and one EP. Topped radio charts. Shifted directions. Nearly broken up. Added members. Won awards. And now, seven years post, what's left at the bottom of the sieve are the undeniably solid pieces of a band arriving at a capstone.


    Strange Figurines is that stone. It is the unalloyed chunk that endured best and worst times, youthful decisions, egos, changes, collaborations and maturity, to become an album embodying not just style or substance. But a perfectly mixed cocktail of them both.


    Strange Figurines was produced by Danny Reisch (What Made Milwaukee Famous, Dana Falconberry, Okkervil River, Shearwater and White Denim).

    1. Embraces
    2. Little One
    3. We're Making Friends

    4. Just Like Old Times
    5. Strange Figurines
    6. Newlyweds
    7. Cities
    8. Insomnia
    9. Trigger Finger
    10. Matching Sweaters
    The Black And White Years
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    In Bardo

    White Arrows, a five-piece who met in Los Angeles, began touring almost as soon as they formed, hitting the road with Cults, White Denim and The
    Naked and Famous, and performing at festivals like Coachella and Sasquatch. The transitory, continuous nature of touring meant that their 2012 debut
    album, Dry Land Is Not A Myth, was created in bouts, pulled together over the course of almost two years. After Coachella last year, the band finally
    returned home with no obligations set out before them and allowed the creative process to take them whenever it would.


    After meeting with several producers, White Arrows selected Jimmy Messer and spent last winter recording their second album with him at his Los
    Angeles studio The Tube. It was the band's first time making music in a real studio with a producer, and the musicians found the experience to be ideal.
    "We loved it," Andrew adds. "It was a very freeing experience. Jimmy had good perspective on guitar, which was helpful because that's where we were
    trying to shift. It was the most harmonious record-making process I've had with any band so far."


    For White Arrows, In Bardo is the transition. It marks the end of one thing and the beginning of another. The songs, from moody album opener "I Want A
    Taste" to surging standout number "Leave It Alone" to the evocative two-part closer, represent the musicians' current mindset and inspirations, pulled
    cohesively together by their succinct process of creation. It is, as Mickey says, the band's real introduction into the world.

    1. I Want A Taste
    2. We Can't Ever Die
    3. Nobody Cares
    4. Can't Stop Now
    5. Scream
    6. Leave It Alone
    7. Get By
    8. Devil's Chimes
    9. Chill Winston
    10. God Alert pt1
    11. God Alert pt2
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    Carnation

    Daughn Gibson of Carlisle, PA is a singer, songwriter and
    musician possessed of a singular and strange vision. Carnation,
    his third album, is the latest exhilarating and dark embodiment
    of that vision. It's an album that's more elegant and sophisticated
    than anything he's done to date, and which sees the
    elements of country music, more prominent on 2012's All Hell
    on the White Denim label and 2013's Me Moan on Sub Pop,
    undone to extraordinary effect by ambient textures and sounds.


    Shot through with a deep sensuality, Carnation is a high-wire
    balancing act, at times sexual, emotionally intense and
    comforting. The album features Daughn's strongest songwriting
    yet, with lyrical subject matter that shares a kinship with writers
    Raymond Carver and Donald Ray Pollack. The music here
    combines with those lyrics to widescreen effect, and Carnation
    feels filmic in its execution: It evokes, and in many ways pays
    homage to, the works of Tim Burton, Pier Paulo Pasolini, and
    John Waters. Carnation's most pervasive theme might best be
    described as the chaos of circumstance. The album's 11 tracks
    tell related stories of near-death experiences, mental-health
    struggles, psychosexual turmoil, and everyday dread.


    Carnation was co-produced and recorded by Daughn Gibson and
    Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O), Jesse Sykes, Tim Hecker).
    Dunn's knack for textured mixes and sense of pagan weight
    collide with Gibson's underlying pop sensibilities. The two also
    enlisted the talents of composer/violinist to Eyvind Kang on
    string arrangements, renowned studio drummer Matt Chamberlain,
    as well as Daughn's long-standing musical conspirator, Jim
    Elkington. Additional contributions include: Steve Moore (Piano,
    Trombone, Keyboards and Synths); Milky Burgess, Paul
    Wegman, and Jer Rouse (Guitars); Skerik (Saxophone); and Jay
    Kardong (Pedal Steel). Carnation was recorded at Avast Studios
    in Seattle, Washington and mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago
    Mastering.

    1. Bled to Death
    2. Heaven You Better Come In
    3. Shatter You Through
    4. For Every Bite
    5. Daddy I Cut My Hair
    6. A Rope Ain't Enough
    7. I Let Him Deal
    8. Shine of the Night
    9. Runaway and the Pyro
    10. It Wants Everything
    11. Back With the Family
    Daughn Gibson
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    A Flourish And A Spoil

    The Districts deliver raw, rollicking power on 'A Flourish And A Spoil' out February 10 on Fat Possum Records. John Congleton (St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, Swans) produced/engineered/mixed the album at Seedy Underbelly Studio (formerly Pachyderm Studio) in Cannon Falls, MN. The resulting 10 tracks capture the boisterous live performances from the quartet, who are all between 19 and 20 years old. The Guardian UK says, The Districts will be your new favourite band.


    The four-piece band formed in 2009 while the members were still in high school in Lancaster County, PA. 'A Flourish And A Spoil' features singer/guitarist Rob Grote's vocals front and center, combining equal parts ferocity and yearning as when he reflects on leaving behind suburban childhood on Suburban Smell. The album credits original members Grote, Connor Jacobus on bass and Braden Lawrence on percussion with Pat Cassidy joining on guitar.


    The Districts have toured with bands including Deer Tick, White Denim, Dr. Dog and Temples and won over fans on both sides of the pond with 2014 sets at Lollapalooza, ACL and Reading Festival, among others. Consequence of Sound says, As performers, they're naturals, having the confidence and stage presence of bands twice as old and twice as popular and Interview Magazine dares, just try not to bob your head.

    1. 4th And Roebling
    2. Peaches
    3. Chlorine
    4. Hounds
    5. Sing the Song
    6. Suburban Smell
    7. Bold
    8. Heavy Begs
    9. Young Blood
    10. 6 AM
    The Districts
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    Haunts

    I stay up drinking with your ghost every night.


    Haunts is full of memories. People you used to know. Rooms where you lived, streets you walked down. The lover you haven't spoken to in years who still lives in your dreams. Because the past is never dead. It's not even past.


    Sometimes music is memory. The emotional memory of a songwriter, distilled into a way of viewing the world. Some songwriters are cartographers, mapping an inner landscape of hope and regrets. Each song is an invisible city, populated by ghosts. That is the land, and these are the people, of Tiny Victories' debut full-length album, Haunts.


    Tell your ghost to leave me alone-


    I can't sleep no more in my own home.


    The surprise is that the tone of much of Haunts is joyous, even celebratory. Synths and electronic squiggles crash against pounding beats in ecstatic, orgiastic rhythms. Lyrically, though, the album is a compendium of love and loss. The contrast creates rooms of light and shadow (in "Scott & Zelda" or "Systems") or the oceanic catharsis of a party at the end of the world ("Austin, TX" and "This Revolution").


    Tiny Victories' new album is a statement of purpose-and a point of arrival. The songwriting has evolved in a more focused direction, with a tighter structure, while Greg Walters and Cason Kelly continue to build on the experimental sonic architecture that fascinated them in their early days. Synth lines cut through through the dense underbrush of electronic soundscapes, propelled forward by Cason's relentless drumming. Greg's self-assured voice soars above the commotion. Haunts was produced and mixed by industry veteran Alex Aldi (Passion Pit, Holy Ghost!) and mastered by Chris Gehringer (Yeasayer, Chairlift, Jay-Z).


    The song ideas were born in bedrooms crowded with samplers, Kaoss Pads and other electronic gadgets. Then the duo moved into Alex Aldi's Brooklyn studio in mid-2013. Aldi's studio was the de facto storage house for Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos' synth collection. Greg and Cason dove into this gear. Much of the record was performed on Angelakos' hardware.


    Tiny Victories was formed in 2010 when Greg Walters met Cason Kelly in a Brooklyn bar. Both had played in a variety of other musical projects for years. Otherwise, they were an unlikely duo. Greg was just back from a six-year stint as a foreign correspondent based in Moscow, Russia. He'd covered the original Orange Revolution in Ukraine, the Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan, and crisscrossed Siberia in a helicopter chasing after secretive oil company executives. During the Russian-Georgian war, he rode into the zone in a Russian armed personnel carrier as an embedded journalist.


    "Journalism and music are both ways of making sense of the world," Greg says. "Journalism looks outward at what's happening around you. Music explores your inner life." Cason had recently moved to New York from Athens, GA, and was doing social work with inner city kids-a different kind of daily struggle. Both were burned out and looking for something new. They each wanted to take their music farther than it had gone before. They decided to start a band.


    Their 7 vinyl debut in 2011 was followed by the critically acclaimed 2012 EP, Those Of Us Still Alive. John Schaefer of NPR's Soundcheck picked Tiny Victories as a local band likely to break big nationally, and invited them to do a live show on the air. Momentum began to snowball, culminating in invitations to play Bonnaroo in 2012 and 2013 and a slot on the Bonnaroo 365 tour with White Denim and Maps & Atlases.

    1. Drinking With Your Ghost

    2. Scott & Zelda

    3. Systems

    4. Let It Burn

    5. This Revolution

    6. Austin, Tx

    7. Proton Pagoda

    8. Life Is Boring

    9. Our Lady of Route 80

    10. Justine

    11. You're Gone
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    Be More Kind

    Frank Turner has announced his seventh studio album, Be More Kind, which is set for release via Interscope Records. Months after the release of Songbook, a career-spanning retrospective which also saw reworked versions of tracks from across the past decade, Be More Kind represents a thematic and sonic line in the sand for the 36-year-old. The new album combines raw political and personal universal anthems with the intricate folk and punk roar trademarks of Turner's sound imbued with new, bold experimental shades.


    Be More Kind was produced by Charlie Hugall (Florence And The Machine, Halsey) and White Denim's Austin Jenkins and Joshua Block. "I wanted to try and get out of my comfort zone and do something different," says Turner. Originally, he contacted Jenkins and Block at their Niles City Sound studio in Fort Worth, Texas with the idea of recording a soul album in the vein of Dexys Midnight Runners. He found they were equally enthusiastic when he changed his mind and decided he wanted to record a more rock-led album with tints of electronic pop. "I have an obscure corner of my music taste where I'm into glitch electronic music and Warp Records," says Turner. "It's not an electronic record but I got into arpeggiator synths." While 2015's Positive Songs for Negative People was cut in nine intense days, Be More Kind was made over a period of seven months giving Turner the opportunity to turn songs on their head, try different versions, and shake up the dynamics within his band.


    Turner was halfway through writing a very different sort of album, a concept record about women from history who had been ignored, when he was reading a collection of Clive James's poetry and one particular line compelled him to re-think his direction. The line, from a poem called Leçons Des TÉnèbres, reads: "I should have been more kind. It is my fate / To find this out, but find it out too late." "It devastated me the first time I read it," Turner says. "A lot of older, wiser people tend to say things like that, that the things that come out in the wash at the end of a human life are the way you treated the people around you. In the modern world, that's a lesson that all of us, myself included, could do to learn."


    Turner and his band, The Sleeping Souls, were touring America in 2016 "when the world decided to go collectively nuts" and the songs that make up Be More Kind started to come together. "Somewhere in the record, there's a convergence of the ideas of personal and political, which is a central theme of the album," Turner says. One of the other driving themes of the album is empathy, even for your enemy. "You should at least be able to inhabit the mental universe of the people you disagree with. If you can't do that, then how do you communicate with people other than through force of arms, which is something we all agree is a bad idea."


    The first track to be released from Be More Kind is "1933", a clattering, state-of-the-nation anthem. Furious and direct, it's inspired by articles Turner saw that suggested the alt-right was punk rock. "That filled me with a mixture of incredulity and anger," says Turner. "The idea that Breitbart or Steve Bannon think they have anything to do with punk rock makes me extremely angry." The other theme in the track is summed up by the line, "If I was one of the greatest generation / I'd be pissed / I'd be screaming at my grandkids / that we already did this." "These ideas are surfacing again that collectively as a species we've already shot down," says Turner.

    1. Don't Worry
    2. 1933
    3. Little Changes
    4. Be More Kind
    5. Make America Great Again
    6. Going Nowhere
    7. Brave Face
    8. There She Is
    9. 21st Century Survival Blues
    10. Blackout
    11. Common Ground
    12. The Lifeboat
    13. Get It Right
    Frank Turner
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    "Dex Romweber was and is a huge influence on my music. I owned all of his records as a teenager, and was thrilled at the fact that we were able to play together recently on tour. [He is] is one of the best kept secrets of the rock n roll underground." -Jack White, White Stripes


    For a quarter century, Dex Romweber has trolled the dark corners and back shelves of the haunted thrift store of Americana ephemera and honed an extraordinarily idiomatic sound, a particular and readily identifiable DEXness for those in the know. It's a creepy doll collection of surf, proto-rockabilly, garage, dark and vengeful blues, and nobody, but nobody, plays it like Dex. First with the legendary Flat Duo Jets and now with his Duo, Dex distilled the punk ethos of less-is-more to the essential guitar/drums template. Left in the wake of his lecherous and slithery Silvertone were early acolytes like Jack White, Neko Case, and the Reigning Sound as well as a current crop of the indie pack like Ty Segall, No Age, Japandroids, and The Black Keys. All owe an unclaimed pawn ticket of debt to his sublime and spine-tingling sound. He is a live wire back to the murky, sometimes dangerous and always unpredictable headwaters of real rock and roll.


    Dex, with his whip-wristed sister Sara Romweber on drums, take Images 13 through neon-lit alleys, full of pulp fiction juvey rock, sci-fi theme songs and greasy denim hipster jive. Effortlessly versatile and raucously dismissive of genre constraints, exciting and darkly romantic, Images 13 would make everyone from Duane Eddy to Stan Kenton to Lenny Bruce crack a smile, a joke or the seal on a fifth of rye and head for the Naugahyde ice bucket.


    Recorded at Rick Miller's (Southern Culture on the Skids) Kudzu Ranch studio in North Carolina, the album bristles with a sense of drama, of tension, of release, of mystery. "Roll On" and "Long Battle Coming" display the cinematic sleaze nestled between The Cramps and West Side Story. Eerie ballads "Baby I Know What It's Like to be Alone" and "I Don't Want to Listen" reveal the crooning, bruised romantic, the harsh morning light of a strange hotel room, a Raymond Chandler novel on the bedside table. "Beyond the Moonlight" is part sea shanty longing and part campfire revival. Then, just as easily, the instrumentals take center stage. "Blackout!" updates Henry Mancini's Peter Gunn theme with a dynamic tension and sly cool, and Dex and Sara attack the big waves off Maui with a chaotic rush on "Blue Surf" - his guitar guiding you into the sweet spot of the pipeline and her drums pounding you into the sand. Hey Tarantino, wake up!


    Digging into the skeleton-filled rock 'n' roll closet, Dex Romweber Duo comes up with some obscure and wonderful gems. The early Who track "So Sad About Us," featuring Mary Huff (SCOTS) on vocals, hits an uncharacteristically sunny power pop vibe. The hopeful "We'll Be Together Again" written by Eddie Cochran's girlfriend Sharon Sheeley about his death in a car accident (that she and Gene Vincent survived). The song was never released formally but recorded by Jackie DeShannon in the early '60s. Finishing up the album is the music of Harry Lubin, who did theme music for shows like The Outer Limits and One Step Beyond. "Weird (Aurora Borealis)" is the music from the latter when ghosts, UFO's, or odd paranormal experiences begin to rear their strange heads, complete with tribal drums and Melissa Swingle (Trailer Bride, The Moaners) on the saw.


    Flat Duo Jets - so often emulated, so rarely duplicated - released the first of nine albums in 1990 to rave reviews worldwide. They starred, alongside R.E.M. and The B-52s, in the 1987 cult classic film Athens, GA: Inside/Out. Their first national tour in 1990 was as opening act for The Cramps and they made a stunning impression on Late Night with David Letterman. Dex Romweber Duo's first record Ruins of Berlin featured guest appearances by Neko Case, Cat Power, and Exene Cervenka. Dex was name-checked by Jack White in the guitar superstar documentary It Might Get Loud, and the Duo recorded a single and live album with White for his label Third Man Records in 2009. Subsequently, the Duo has shared the stage with dozens of rock icons including Wanda Jackson, Cat Power, Neko Case, and The White Stripes. In 2012, the documentary about Dex's sometimes harrowing career Two Headed Cow was released.

    1. Roll On
    2. Long Battle Coming
    3. Baby I Know What It's Like To Be Alone
    4. So Sad About Us
    5. Prelude in G Minor
    6. Blackout!
    7. I Don't Want To Listen
    8. Beyond The Moonlight
    9. We'll Be Together Again
    10. Blue Surf
    11. One Sided Love Affair
    12. Weird (Aurora Borealis)
    Dex Romweber Duo
    $16.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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