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  • At Mount Zoomer At Mount Zoomer Quick View

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    At Mount Zoomer

    Recorded and engineered by drummer Arlen Thompson, this is Wolf ParadeÆs second album for Sub Pop. Their first, Apologies to the Queen Mary, came out in the fall of 2005. For their sophomore release the band committed itself to a period of experimentation, recording long improvisational sessions in the Montreal church owned by The Arcade Fire. These tracks were then cut and pasted into discrete compositions. The result is a complex matrix of components and modules that, thanks to the collective efforts of each band member, never feels labored or fussy. From the nimble opening strains of ôSoldierÆs Grin,ö to the eleven-minute aggro dirge of ôKissing the Beehive,ö Wolf Parade displays a collective authority of the songs around them with a refreshing absence of ownership. Where Apologies to the Queen Mary could be read as a good-natured volleyball match between Dan Boeckner and singer/keyboardist Spencer Krug, the new album shows the band as a fully coordinated moving front, a good one at that.
    1. SoldierÆs Gun
    2. Call it a Ritual
    3. Language City
    4. Bang Your Drum
    5. California Dreamer
    6. The Grey Estates
    7. Fine Young Cannibals
    8. An Animal in Your Care
    9. Kissing the Beehive
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    Expo 86

    Recorded and mixed at Hotel2Tango, with Howard Bilerman, in late February and early March of 2010, Expo 86 is the name of the new and third album by Montreal's Wolf Parade. Expo 86 follows the band's 2008 album At Mount Zoomer. Recorded during a matter of weeks, Expo 86 finds Wolf Parade slimming themselves down to a four-piece lineup and continuing to explore the intersection of indie rock and post-punk.
    1. Cloud Shadow on the Mountain
    2. Palm Road
    3. What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way)
    4. Little Golden Age
    5. In the Direction of the Moon
    6. Ghost Pressure
    7. PobodyÆs Nerfect
    8. Two Men in New Tuxedos
    9. Oh You, Old Thing
    10. Yulia
    11. Cave-o-sapien
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    Cry Cry Cry


    Etching On Side D


    The soaring choruses, rousing anthems, sprawling guitars and chaotic keys that make up Wolf Parade are on proud display over the course of Cry Cry Cry, the band's thunderous first album in seven years. That unique combination of sounds and influences, spearheaded by electric co-frontmen Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner-a complex yet relatable, energetic brew of glam, prog, synth-rock, and satisfying discomfort-helped define 2000s indie rock with three critically celebrated albums, and propelled a growing Wolf Parade fandom even after the band went on a then-indefinite hiatus in 2010.


    The upcoming return marks their first to be produced by Pacific Northwest legend John Goodmanson (Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, Unwound) at Robert Lang Studios outside of Seattle, and is accompanied by a renewed focus and the creativity of a band that took their time getting exactly where they needed to be. It's also a homecoming to Sub Pop, which released all three of the band's previous albums. "The band itself is almost a fifth member of the band, something more or at least different than the sum of its parts," says Krug. "We don't know who or what is responsible for our sound, it's just something that naturally and consistently comes from this particular combo of musicians." In the time apart, the band scattered geographically and focused on family and other work--Spencer on his solo project Moonface, Dan on his bands Handsome Furs, Operators, and Divine Fits (with Spoon's Britt Daniel), and Dante De Caro on records with Carey Mercer's Frog Eyes and Blackout Beach. And that time allowed for an even stronger, tighter band to emerge. Wolf Parade have always tended to make albums that react against their previous work.


    Compared to 2010's relatively sparse rocker Expo 86, Cry Cry Cry is more deliberate in its arrangements and embrace of the studio process, as evidenced by songs like "Valley Boy," a Bowie-inflected anthem for which Spencer wrote lyrics after Leonard Cohen died the day before the 2016 election. "You're Dreaming," also influenced by the election and the spinning shock that followed, is driving, urgent power pop that draws from artists like Tom Petty and what Dan calls one of his "default languages" for writing music. The swirly, synth-heavy crescendo of "Artificial Life" takes on the struggle of artists and at-risk communities. The album carries a sense of uprising that is not unrelated to Wolf Parade's renewed determination to drive the band forward in uncertain times. Welcome to Cry Cry Cry.

    1. Lazarus Online
    2. You're Dreaming
    3. Valley Boy
    4. Incantation
    5. Files on the Sun
    6. Baby Blue
    7. Weaponized
    8. Who Are Ya
    9. Am I an Alien Here
    10. Artificial Life
    11. King of Piss and Paper
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    Apologies To The Queen Mary (Deluxe Edition)

    Sub Pop will release Wolf Parade's Apologies to the Queen Mary: Deluxe Edition, a reissue of the group's acclaimed first album, worldwide on 3xLP/DL May 13th. The reissue features the original album, now as a much-better-sounding 2Xlp, along with the band's pre-Sub Pop, self-titled EPs (released in 2003 and 2004), both of which are making their vinyl debut. The package also includes the previously unreleased track "Snakes on the Ladder" from the Apologies sessions. The album was remastered for this release by the band's longtime associate Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering. This reissue comes on the heels of Wolf Parade's recently-announced reunion. The band will be touring in the summer of 2016.


    Wolf Parade was founded in 2003 in Montreal, Quebec. After the aforementioned self-titled EPs, the group released Apologies to the Queen Mary to much acclaim in September, 2005, on Sub Pop. The album was recorded by Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock and engineer Chris Chandler at Audible Alchemy in Portland, Oregon. The album was an entirely collaborative effort, barreling headfirst and breathlessly through songs written during Wolf Parade's early years together as a band.


    Pitchfork gave Apologies to the Queen Mary a 9.2 rating, saying, "Wolf Parade's true talent is transforming the everyday into the unprecedented." And The Guardian raved, "Magnificent, all told." The album has sold over 100,000 in the U.S. alone.

    LP 1
    1. You Are a Runner and I Am My Father's Son
    2. Modern World
    3. Grounds for Divorce
    4. We Built Another World
    5. Fancy Claps
    6. Same Ghost Every Night
    7. Shine a Light
    8. Dear Sons and Daughters Of Hungry Ghosts


    LP 2
    1. I'll Believe in Anything
    2. It's a Curse
    3. Dinner Bells
    4. This Heart's on Fire


    LP 3
    1. Disco Sheets
    2. Lousy Pictures
    3. Modern World
    4. Wits or a Dagger
    5. Secret Knives
    6. Dinner Bells
    7. Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts
    8. We Built Another World
    9. Grounds for Divorce
    10. It's a Curse
    11. The National People's Scare
    12. Killing Armies
    13. Snakes on a Ladder

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  • Mt. St. Helen's Vietnam Band Mt. St. Helen's Vietnam Band Quick View

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    Mt. St. Helen's Vietnam Band

    At first blush, this album recalls Wolf Parade with the band's frayed melodic sensibilities and urgent, driven vocals in particular. Of course, Wolf Parade borrowed a few ideas from Modest Mouse, whose beginnings were indebted to the Pixies. This is the sort of musical lineage that creates the foundation for this group's debut. But dig a little deeper and strains of Queen's epic rock peer through, while exhilarating guitar work that nods towards Thin Lizzy appears in more than a few songs.
    1. Who's Asking
    2. Masquerade
    3. Cheer for Fate
    4. Anchors Dropped
    5. Going on a Hunt
    6. Year or Two, A
    7. Albatross, Albatross, Albatross
    8. Dull Reason
    9. Little Red Shoes
    10. En Fuego
    11. On the Collar
    Mt. St. Helen's Vietnam Band
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  • Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped Quick View

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    Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped

    In 2010, Jagjaguwar released a 20-minute marimba piece by Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade under the moniker Moonface. It was called the Dreamland EP: Marimba and Shit-Drums, and it was sold as a 12. Jagjaguwar is now set to release Moonfaces first full-length record, Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like Id Hoped.

    1. Return To The Violence Of The Ocean Floor

    2. Whale Song (Song Instead Of A Kiss)
    3. Fast Peter
    4. Shit-Hawk In The Snow
    5. Loose Heart = Loose Plan

    Moonface
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    Enemy Mine

    Swan Lake is the musical collaboration of Daniel Bejar (Destroyer, New Pornographers), Spencer Krug (Sunset Rubdown, Wolf Parade), and Carey Mercer (Frog Eyes, Blackout Beach). While their debut was a beautifully weaved mash up of disparate songwriting styles, this second effort reflects a more stripped down, deliberate approach to collaboration. It's as if they really tried to just make nice songs together. LP contains digital download coupon.

    1. Spanish Gold, 2044

    2. Paper Lace

    3. Heartswarm

    4. Settle On Your Skin

    5. Ballad Of A Swan Lake, Or, Daniel's Song

    6. Peace

    7. Spider

    8. A Hand At Dusk

    9. Warlock Psychologist

    Swan Lake
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    Arm's Way

    Islands hail from Montreal, flowering from the same scene that gave us Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade. Islands' Anti debut Arm's Way finds Thorburn and crew in full command of a palette of classic pop colorings, from the '70s rock heroics of ôThe
    Armö to the slinky cinematic pop of ôI Feel Evil Creeping In.ö Their previous album, Return to the Sea, earned the band rave reviews and a fanatical U.S. audience which has undoubtedly carried over to the sweeping confidence and symphonic scope of Arm's Way. Co-produced with Ryan Hadlock (Blonde Redhead, Stephen Malkmus) and mixed by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Foo Fighters, Elliott Smith).
    1. The Arm
    2. Pieces of You
    3. J'aime Vous Voire Quitter
    4. Abominable Snow
    5. Creeper
    6. Kids Don't Know Shit
    7. Life In Jail
    8. In the Rushes
    9. We Swim
    10. To a Bond
    11. I Feel Evil Creeping In
    12. Vertigo (If it's a Crime)
    Islands
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  • A Thing Called Divine Fits A Thing Called Divine Fits Quick View

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    A Thing Called Divine Fits

    Divine Fits, the band comprised of Spoon's Britt Daniel, Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner and the New Bomb Turks' Sam Brown, has confirmed that its debut album, A Thing Called Divine Fits, will be released via Merge Records.



    A Thing Called Divine Fits was recorded from March-May of 2012 in a backyard studio in Los Angeles, CA. The band co-produced the album with Nick Launay and it clocks in at about 42-and-a-half minutes long. Roughly half the tracks are lead-sung by Dan and half by Britt while Alex Fischel plays keyboards like a madman throughout.



    Over the course of A Thing Called Divine Fits' 11 songs it covers such topics as the death of true love, hitchhiking, cocoa butter, emotional distance, what happens when the curtain drops, and Minneapolis, MN.

    1. My Love Is Real
    2. Flaggin a Ride
    3. What Gets You Alone
    4. Would That Not Be Nice
    5. The Salton Sea
    6. Baby Get Worse
    7. Civilian Stripes
    8. For Your Heart
    9. Shivers
    10. Like Ice Cream
    11. Neopolitans
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  • Home Wrecking Years Home Wrecking Years Quick View

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    Home Wrecking Years

    Brendan Canning is the co-founder of the Toronto supergroup Broken Social Scene that includes members of Metric, Do Make Say Think, Stars, as well as Grammy-nominated Feist. One of the most enduring and influential alternative bands of the 00s. Their record 'You Forgot It In People' defined the "indie rock" era and paved the way for Canadian acts like Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade to break out. Canning's third solo album, 'Home Wrecking Years', is his first release with a full band since Broken Social Scene's 2010 release 'Forgiveness Rock Record'.


    *'Home Wrecking Years' is backyard barbecue-ready indie album with heavy summertime vibes. Smart and breezy 4-minute pop tunes that run the gamut from 90s-era college rock to tropical baroque pop.

    1. Book It to Fresno
    2. Vibration Walls
    3. Keystone Dealers
    4. Hey Marika
    5. Once I Was a Runner
    6. Nashville Late Pass
    7. Work Out In the Wash
    8. Money Mark
    9. Sleeping Birds Like Lazers
    10. Ana Don't Leave
    Brendan Canning
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    Vapours

    Nick Diamonds' polymorphous pop band, Islands, is back with their third studio album, Vapours: a collection of fun, highly listenable tunes that effortlessly intertwine Motown grooves, electro-Krautrock anolog synths, and even some slinky horn charts. All this over Nick Diamonds' undeniable melodies, giving us the one of the best collections of modern pop songs since David Byrne rolled out the big suits. After making a splash with their 2006 debut, Return to the Sea, performed with a cast of characters from Montreal's thriving music scene (including members of Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade), ex-Unicorns Nick Diamonds and Jaime Thompson parted ways for 2007's Arm's Way. Longtime fans will be ecstatic to learn that Thompson has returned for Vapours, and the band has regained much of the ragged charm that made Return to the Sea a press and fan favorite.

    1. Switched On
    2. No You Don't
    3. Vapours
    4. Devout
    5. Disarming the Car Bomb
    6. Tender Torture
    7. Shining
    8. On Foreigner
    9. Heartbeat
    10. The Drums
    11. EOL
    12. Everything is Under Control

    Islands
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  • Dalmak Dalmak Quick View

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    Dalmak

    180g LP Audiophile Pressing Includes Art Poster


    Fourth Album From Modern Contemporary / Instrumental Rock Ensemble Led By Percussionist Bruce Cawdron (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) & Cellest Rebecca Food (Silver Mr Zion, Saltland, Set Fire To Flames)


    Partly Recorded In Istanbul With Four Turkish Guest Players


    Mixed By Jace Lasek (The Besbard Lakes, Wolf Parade, Suuns)


    When Esmerine surfaced with La Lechuza in 2011, the album signaled many things: the band's first new recordings in six years, an expanded line-up, and a song cycle inspired by and dedicated to the life and untimely death of a dear friend and fellow musician. What wasn't immediately clear was whether this acclaimed record would mark the opening of a new chapter for the band, or stand alone as a singular work of eulogy and homage driven by emotion and circumstance.


    Esmerine's new album Dalmak emphatically confirms that the group has indeed continued writing, exploring and collaborating - definitively extending its horizons in this new iteration of the band's trajectory. Bruce Cawdron (marimba) resigned from his seat as drummer for Godspeed You! Black Emperor in 2012, allowing him to focus more fully on Esmerine alongside co-founder and cellist Rebecca Foon (Silver Mt. Zion, Set Fire To Flames); the two
    principals also recruited percussionist Jamie Thompson (Unicorns, Islands) and multi-instrumentalist Brian Sanderson as full-time members to solidify the group as a writing and performing quartet.


    European tours in 2011-2012 brought Esmerine to Istanbul, where the group's enthusiastic reception led to an invitation for an artist residency in the city. Dalmak is the fruit of that visit: the majority of the album was recorded in Istanbul, where compositions by the band's four Canadian musicians were augmented by a number of Turkish guest players.


    Dalmak is a Turkish verb with many connotations: to be absorbed in, to dive into, to bathe in, to contemplate, to plummet. As a title for Esmerine's new album, "dalmak refers in a literal sense to immersion in the culture and music of Istanbul but also appropriately evokes the range of music that emerged from this immersion: a collection of songs that shift between meditative pulsing and enveloping restraint to headlong flights into rhythm and groove. With Dalmak, Esmerine presents some of its most richly minimal and intimate music alongside what is surely its most explosive, energized and ornate. The album is a tour-de-force of cross-cultural music-making, emotive but unsentimental,
    deeply textured and detailed but never precious or pedantic, superbly guided throughout by a balance of DIY rock, new folk and modern classical/contemporary sensibilities.


    With initial recording by Barkin Engin and Metin Bozkurt in Istanbul, Esmerine laid down the
    live bed tracks for the up-tempo rhythmic songs at the album's core: Lost River Blues, Barn Board Fire and Translator's Clos. Marimba, cello, drums, tenor banjo, bass and trumpet are joined by bendir, darbuka, erbane, meh, barama, saz and electric guitar from local players for these centerpiece tracks, where extended melodic themes and short solos are passed around and woven through staccato grooves and polyrhythmic vamps in deeply
    satisfying fashion. The sessions continued back in MontrÉal at Breakglass, where Cawdron and Foon tracked the more studied cello and marimba songs Learning To Crawl and White Pine, and where the album's gorgeously saturated warmth, depth and propulsive grit was achieved courtesy of Breakglass head engineer Jace Lasek (The Besnard Lakes,
    Wolf Parade, Suuns) and Ian Ilavsky, who mixed the album alongside Rebecca and Bruce.


    We're thrilled to present this new album from Esmerine and to document the continued evolution of Bruce Cawdron and Rebecca Foon, two musicians with whom Constellation has enjoyed a decade-long relationship spanning multiple projects. Dalmak is a distinct and exciting highlight in their diverse and adventurous discographies.

    1. Learning To Crawl
    2. Lost River Blues I
    3. Lost River Blues II
    4. Barn Board Fire
    5. Hayale Dalmak
    6. Translator's Clos I
    7. Translator's Clos II
    8. White Pine
    9. Yavri Yavri
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    Julia With Blue Jeans On

    Since January 2010, Spencer Krug has used Moonface as a venue for home-recorded instrumental and
    conceptual experimentation, expanding the ideas he developed collaboratively with Wolf Parade, Sunset
    Rubdown, and Frog Eyes. Releases under this moniker have come quickly, each distinct from the other. The
    Dreamland EP and Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped were conceptual excursions merging
    instrumental and thematic fixations. After moving from Montreal to Helsinki, Krug teamed up with the
    Finnish band Siinai to create a lush rock record-2012's Heartbreaking Bravery-driven by the dark despair
    of a breakup. Staying in Helsinki, Krug set off on yet another creative departure, driven by a rediscovery of
    love and a reconsideration of the Moonface persona he'd created for himself. The quietly stunning Julia with
    Blue Jeans On is the fourth Moonface release, bringing a degree of intimacy and self-reflection unlike
    anything Krug has produced to date.


    There are only two sonic elements on Julia: Spencer Krug's voice and his piano. Richly recorded, they interact
    seamlessly with one another. On the opening track "Barbarian," the piano unfolds with the hypnotic energy
    of Keith Jarrett's Koln Concert, Krug's right hand doubling his vocal melody. On the closing track "Your
    Chariot Awaits," Krug's voice recedes after a minute as the piano swells for an extended showcase with
    modern classical undertones. After nearly a decade, across a number of guises, we are well-acquainted with
    Krug's inimitable town-crier vocals; on Julia, we are introduced to a facet of his musical skill that feels
    conservatory-trained. This is Krug as singer-songwriter, moving beyond star poses to a vision that is at once
    more elegant and comfortable.


    Or, in Krug's own language, on "Barbarian II": "I have chewed through my beautiful narrative." Much of Julia
    is taken with this chewing. "Love the House You're In" opens by masquerading as self-pity, with a statement
    that reads like a press release from someone who's given up. "I regretfully withdraw my offer to try and
    improve myself," Krug gently sings, establishing a self-reflexive foundation upon which he builds the album's
    most universal, humanistic sentiment, and which he delivers via its most soaring melody.


    Purposeful self-evaluation is one tactic for reinvention, but as Krug illustrates on Julia's title track, everyday
    occurrences can prove transformative as well. The sight of a woman, clad in denim, briefly visible at the
    bottom of a staircase, he learns, is capable of "obliterating everything I've ever written down." "Julia" is an ode
    in the classical sense, pivoting around the beauty inherent in the most simple, taken-for-granted sights. Krug
    acknowledges this, opening the song by admitting that "it's a madman's game, making the commonplace
    unreal." What he leaves out in this admission, however, is the key to the countless charms of Julia with Blue
    Jeans On: by expertly playing this ridiculous game, he can erase the madness that spawned it.

    1. Barbarian
    2. Everyone is Noah, Everyone is the Ark
    3. Barbarian II
    4. November 2011
    5. Dreamy Summer
    6. Julia with Blue Jeans On
    7. Love the House You're In
    8. First Violin
    9. Black is Back in Style
    10. Your Chariot Awaits
    Moonface
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    Popular Manipulations

    It's not uncommon for musicians to grow and evolve between releases-but even by those standards, the Districts' Popular Manipulations is stunning. The Pennsylvania-borne band's third full-length represents an exponential leap in sound and cohesion, an impressive and impassioned burn with a wide scope that threatens to swallow everything else surrounding it. Perhaps it's a clichÉ to say so, but while listening, you might find yourself wondering why people don't make indie rock like this anymore.

    The total electric charge of Popular Manipulations is just the latest evolution for the impressively young quartet, whose founding members-vocalist/guitarist Rob Grote, bassist Connor Jacobus, and drummer Braden Lawrence-have known each other since attending grade school together in the Pennsylvania town of Lititz. After deciding to form a band in high school, the Districts gigged hard in the tri-state area, releasing a slew of promising material (including the rootsy 2012 debut Telephone) before catching the eye of venerable indie Fat Possum. 2015's A Flourish and a Spoil found the band refining their embryonic sound with veteran producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Kurt Vile)-and looking back on that release, there are glimmers of Popular Manipulations in chrysalis form to be found on it, hints of the fence-swinging anthemic sound they'd soon make wholly their own.

    After touring behind A Flourish and a Spoil, Grote began playing with different ideas in his own songwriting by making demos at a prolific pace. We knew that we wanted to change some things musically, so we were trying to come up with as many songs as possible to narrow the direction we wanted to take the material, he states. In total, they ended up with 50 song ideas, and so they were off to LA in May of 2016 with new guitarist Pat Cassidy in tow to log more recording time with Congleton, with four of Popular Manipulations' songs coming out of the sessions.

    We have a lot of overlapping tastes and preferences for how things are made, Grote gushes about working with the notably reliable studio wizard-but acceding all credit to Congleton (who also handled the record's mixdown) would be shortchanging the Districts themselves, who went on to self-produce the remainder of the record in Philadelphia with engineer Keith Abrams. Something we took from working with Congleton was ideas on arranging songs, Grote explains, and they certainly learned a lot: Popular Manipulations is a raucous and impressively thick-sounding album, overflowing with toothy melodies that pack a serious punch.

    The distinctly intense sound of Popular Manipulations-charging guitars, thunderous drumming, and Grote's searing vocals-was brought on by a few cited influences, from shoegaze's aggressive swirl to the Velvet Underground's impeccable drone-rock sound. There's a distinctly Canadian flavor to this brand of indie rock, too; Spencer Krug's anthemic, lushly inscrutable work in Wolf Parade and his defunct Sunset Rubdown side project comes to mind, as does 2000s Toronto barnburners the Diableros' overlooked 2006 gem You Can't Break the Strings in Our Olympic Hearts.

    But don't mistake easy comparisons for a lack of originality: on Popular Manipulations, the District are in a lane entirely their own, exploring lyrical themes of isolation and abandonment in a way that ups the music's already highly charged emotional quotient. Capable finds Grote turning his focus to the ruinous aftermath of divorce, and Before I Wake is, in his words, About coming to terms with being isolated or alone-even though we have a whole group of voices singing the whole time. Grote explains that even the title of the record touches on these universal concerns: It hints at how people use each other, for good or bad, and the personal ways you manipulate yourself and other people in day-to-day interactions.

    For such weighty thematic material, though, Popular Manipulations is purely life-affirming rock music, bursting with energy that cuts through the darkness of the world that surrounds us. We're a much better distillation of who we wish to be as a band, Grote reflects on the journey that has led the Districts to this point. We've figured out how to distill the things we've been trying to accomplish as a band, musically and lyrically. We've always viewed making music as something we're trying to do better the whole time. Mission accomplished.

    1. If Before I Wake
    2. Violet
    3. Ordinary Day
    4. Salt
    5. Why Would I Wanna Be
    6. Point
    7. Airplane
    8. Fat Kiddo
    9. Capable
    10. Rattling of the Heart
    11. Will You Please Be Quiet Please?
    The Districts
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