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Yuck (Deluxe)Yuck's self-produced self-titled debut showcases a band capable of sprinting off in pretty much any direction you can think of, so diverse and fully realized is its vision. It also shows that their previous releases were merely skimming the tip of the iceberg in terms of what the quartet of Daniel Blumberg, Max Bloom, Mariko Doi and Jonny Rogoff are capable of. This is a confident, wildly ambitious record, but also one which brims over with a ragged warmth and tenderness, tipping its hat at alt music heroes past such as East River Pipe, Dinosaur Jr and Sparklehorse while at the same time retaining a unique identity entirely its own.
From the rousing call to arms of the opener Get Away, to the hypnotic sturm und drang of Rubber, and the grungy serotonin rush of Operation, it is clear that this is a band in full control of their powers when it comes to anthemic and offbeat guitar rock. But they also reveal an achingly fragile side too, as with the gorgeous, heartsick croon on Suck or on Sunday where Blumberg asks, Did you take the rhythm from me? Yesterday I had it all over chiming, jangling guitars.1. Get Away
2. The Wall
3. Shook Down
4. Holing Out
5. Suicide Policeman
11. Rose Gives A Lilly
1. The Base Of A Dream Is Empty
3. Coconut Bible
4. Cousin Corona
5. Doctors In My Bed
6. Soothe Me$19.99Vinyl LP + Bonus 12 - Sealed Buy Now
Oh, YuckIt's alt-pop in the same world as Flume or How to Dress Well, morose and triumphant and serene all at once. - PopMatters
Damien Verrett was never comfortable with one single identity. As So Much Light, his nom de production, the Sacramento-based musician is able to assume multiple personas, elegantly weaving all of his skills and interests into one project that brings self-fulfillment musically but also ideologically.
Verrett has created a socially conscious full-length debut, Oh, Yuck. Utilizing both organic and electronic sounds, Oh, Yuck is wrought with textural soundscapes grounded by programmed orchestral compositions, sprightly guitar lines and thrashing drums--productions that are never overambitious or dense, but purposeful with each synth layer, each woodwind arrangement.
So Much Light unites the electronic indie charms of Toro Y Moi and Flume with the courage and swagger of R&B stars like Neyo and The Weeknd. By seamlessly combining soul with exceedingly intelligent and thoughtfully-arranged production and textures, Verrett has expanded the boundaries of conventional genres. Part observational poet, emotive melodist, inventive sound designer and detail-oriented perfectionist, So Much Light is without a doubt the total package.1. New Game
2. Little Fanfare
3. Full Body Mirror
4. Love That Never Fades
5. Stomping Ground
6. Be Afraid
7. Idiot Soul
8. Artificial Sweeteners
10. Deep Down
11. Ultra Sunrise
13. Game Over
14. Let it Absorb You$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Glow & BeholdNo wonder Yuck exuded confidence during a recent SPIN interview. Rebirth, the London band's first track since the departure of former frontman Daniel Blumberg, showed the band continuing to refine and update their '90s-minded shimmer 'n' swoon. Middle Sea, only further goes to show they have, if anything, improved with the new lineup.
A hard-charging indie-rock anthem with male-female harmonies and a raggedly hypnotic guitar riff, this one updates a lyrical theme from the previous single. I don't want your love / I want you, guitarist and newfound frontman Max Bloom sings on that one; I don't want to live forever / I don't want to live / I want you now, he insists this time. Before too long, a horn part arrives like a tiny conquering army. If only Sebadoh had realized crossing the ocean could be this effortless. Turns out, the water's just fine.
Glow & Behold, the follow-up to Yuck's 2011 self-titled debut was produced by Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House) and boasts 11 songs. Bloom, who plays on the album with bassist Mariko Doi and drummer Jonny Rogoff, told SPIN that for this album wanted to make a proper journey from beginning to end. So far, Yuck are headed in the right direction.
- Spin1. Sunrise in Maple Shade
2. Out of Time
3. Lose My Breath
4. Memorial Fields
5. Middle Sea
8. Nothing New
9. How Does It Feel
10. Twilight in Maple Shade (Chinese Cymbals)
11. Glow & Behold$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Permanent SignalPermanent Signal: a condition in which a POTS [plain old telephone service] line is off-hook without
connection for an extended period of time.*
It's a term that Mauro Remiddi kept coming back to when reflecting on much of the time between last year's release of Strange Weekend, the multi-instrumentalist's debut full-length as Porcelain Raft, and this, its proper follow-up. "In a way, growing up in Italy, then living for 12 years in London, and now two-and-a-half years in New York, made me realize that I have some dear friends that I rarely see," explains Mauro. "I was touring almost non-stop for eight months and I started having these imaginary conversations in my head with people I wanted to communicate with, but for one reason or another it couldn't happen. So this idea of the album title comes with there being a signal that says the line is off."
Mauro began working on Permanent Signal two months after returning from tour, a period of readjustment
in which he was beginning to enjoy normal everyday comforts such as frequenting his favorite coffee spot in his Brooklyn neighborhood and connecting with friends again, even as the thoughts of those unrealized conversations during his recent travels were still very fresh in his mind. Inspired by this surreal moment of transition, where the reality of finally being home was still overshadowed by lingering feelings of detachment, he sold almost all of the instruments that he used for Strange Weekend in order to "start with a new color pallet." It's immediately apparent in Permanent Signal's opener, "Think of the Ocean," where the dense basement-recorded haze of his last full-length has been traded for a spacious melancholy, as cello, piano and drums gently spiral atop a faint pulsing tone that mirrors the album's title. And while layers of synths and electronics still play a role, the new record is far more organic than Porcelain Raft's previous album and EPs, an intentional move according to Mauro; "I wanted to record in the studio just to capture the guitars and drums properly, and to have some real input from musicians I respected and loved to hang with."
Enlisting some support from YUCK's Jonny Rogoff on drums, Antlers bassist Darby Cicci (who also contributed double vocals and trumpet, and engineered the sessions in Antlers' Brooklyn studio), and cellist Gaspar Claus (frequent collaborator with Sufjan Stevens and the National's Bryce Dessner), Porcelain Raft's once gauzy pop has now turned as vivid as a waking dream. During "Minor Pleasure," Mauro finds catharsis when conceding in his otherworldly tenor that "there's nothing hidden in what we see, sometimes you just have to let it end," amidst the processed drone of an organ and a piano that taps into the gospel-dosed psychedelia
of Spiritualized, while the radiant lull of "Night Birds" reaches cosmic bliss, as crystalline guitars and synthesizers echo the song's poignant sense of nostalgia. Elsewhere, tracks like the aforementioned "Think of the Ocean," "Cluster" and the haunting, Lennon-esque "I Lost Connection" deal directly with lives either on hold or in transition -- all universal themes of the human condition which allow the listener to fill in their own personal experiences with a permanent signal.1. Think Of The Ocean
3. Minor Pleasure
4. Open Letter
5. Night Birds
6. It Ain't Over
7. I Lost Connection
9. The Way Out
10. Five Minutes From Now
11. Echo$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
COLLEGROVECOLLEGROVE is the combination for 2 Chainz & Lil Waynes hometowns of COLLege Park & HolliGROVE
respectively. While the project itself has been in the works for months, this won't be the first time that these two
powerhouses of hip hop have collaborated. They've appeared on the songs "Yuck," "Duffie Bag Boy" and "Rich as F
This project features production by Mike Will, Mannie Fresh, Metro Boomin and more .LP 1
2. Smell Like Money
4. Gotta Lotta
5. MFN Right
6. Blue C-Note
7. Not Invited
1. Bentley Truck
2. 100 Joints
3. Rolls Royce Weather Every Day
4. What Happened
6. Watch Out$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Ideas of Distance (Discontinued)Young Man is the brainchild of one Colin Caulfield, conceived as a concept project about the passing of time, love and loss. Caulfield explored this concept while studying abroad in France and this international experience helped formulate his first recordings. Released in late 2010 to great acclaim, his first EP, Boy, is a psych-infused collection of songs with a tone setting tenderness that featured some of the most hopeful/haunting choruses heard that year.
The EP set the stage for Caulfield to tackle his most ambitious project yet which is releasing 3 full lengths in the next 2 years. The first of these records, Ideas of Distance captures this. Laid out over 8 songs and recorded/produced by Caulfield himself, Ideas of Distance is an emotional roller coaster that takes the listener on quite a ride throughout its stark 40 minutes. The dark beauty can be seen in the constant building of first single Nothing while the ever changing moods are never more present than on the epic album closer Felt which leaves the listener with a sense of ending while moving onto the next record.
The next record in the cycle is already being recorded with an impressive young band that includes Dylan Andrews (drums), Emmett Conway (guitar/vocals) and Joe Bailey (bass) which has backed Caulfied through several festivals and appearances including those with Local Natives, Yuck, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Cults and The Antlers.1. Enough
4. Only You
6. Then and Now
7. Tired Eyes
8. Felt$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Coco BewareAfter a hugely successful 2011, Caveman continue their exciting rise in 2012 with a new tour including Europe, their first headlining gig at Bowery Ballroom and the proud news of Caveman signing to Fat Possum Records. Now their self-released and critically acclaimed debut album CoCo Beware will be available through the independent label that's home to an illustrious roster including The Black Keys, Band of Horses, Wavves, Yuck, Spiritualized, The Walkmen, Smith Weterns and Lissie among others.
In 2011, Caveman garnered praise for their debut album CoCo Beware from outlets like NPR, The New York Times, and Fader and for their big sounding, impressive and completely unforgettable live shows alike. NPR Music charted them as their #7 most favorite live show after seeing them at CMJ in October and named them Discovery of 2011 in their year-end edition of All Songs Considered.
Caveman is made up of five proud New York natives: lead singer/songwriter Matt Iwanusa, who also adds percussion and drums to the band on record and live on stage; guitarist Jimmy 'Cobra' Carbonetti, who designs his hand-made Cobra Guitars from scratch; drummer and native Manhattanite Stefan Marolachakis; bassist Jeff Berrall; and Sam Hopkins on synths.1. A Country's King of Dreams
3. My Time
5. Old Friend
6. Great Life
7. December 28th
8. Easy Water
10. My Room$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now