Hitting the Racks
Here's your weekly rundown of the new releases hitting the racks at Grimey's: Friday, February 17th, 2017
Ryan Adams - Prisoner CD/LP (Pax Am/Blue Note)
Ryan Adams mined an unexpected influence - hard rock icons AC/DC - for the sonic design of his 16th LP, Prisoner. "When I run, I listen to [an iPod] Nano that I have," the singer/songwriter told Entertainment Weekly. "I put all the AC/DC records on from back to front, or I'll listen to the best of stuff from the '80s: Springsteen, or Hornsby, and I'll listen to what is going on there. I was listening to AC/DC's Fly On The Wall, and that's when I realized what I had to do for the record." Last fall, Adams told EW his next album would feature material inspired by Bruce Springsteen's Darkness On The Edge Of Town and the Smith's Meat Is Murder. But he's since added several disparate influences into the mix - including classic rock act Bachman-Turner Overdrive ("Takin' Care Of Business," "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet") and pop hit-makers Electric Light Orchestra, both of whom helped expand his guitar production expertise. "I was like, 'Wow!' I understand the multicolored guitar tone moments now," he said. "You can layer stuff. I really just learned a lot." "How do I make a real distinct record where anybody listens to it and says, 'That's the truth from beginning to end?'" he said. "So it's like exercise. It sucks in the beginning. But then you get into it." [Limited red color vinyl pressing also available.]
Nikki Lane - Highway Queen CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (New West)
Nikki Lane's third album Highway Queen sees the young Nashville rebel emerge as one of country and rock's most gifted songwriters. Produced by Lane and fellow singer/songwriter Jonathan Tyler, and recorded in Denton, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee, Highway Queen is an emotional tour-de-force. Blending potent lyrics, unbridled blues guitars and vintage '60s country-pop swagger, Lane's new music will resonate as easily with Black Keys and Lana Del Rey fans as those of Neil Young and Tom Petty. Highway Queen starts with the whiskey-soaked restlessness of "700,000 Rednecks," a rowdy call to action, and ends on the profoundly raw "Forever Lasts Forever," where Lane belts freely, mourning a failed marriage - the "lighter shade of skin" left behind from her wedding ring. Lane's journey to heartbreak takes exquisite turns. "Companion" is pure Everly Brothers' dreaminess ("I would spend a lifetime/ Playing catch you if I can"). Elsewhere, she goes on a Vegas bender on the rollicking "Jackpot," fights last-call blues ("Foolish Heart") and tosses off brazen one-liners at a backroom piano ("Big Mouth").
Alison Krauss - Windy City CD/LP (Capitol)
Alison Krauss, the most awarded female artist in Grammy history (27 awards including Album of the Year in 2009), releases a beautifully curated collection of classic songs produced by Nashville Veteran Buddy Cannon. While they span different eras and musical genres, there is a unifying sensibility. Some of the songs on Windy City are familiar, like "Gentle On My Mind," a signature song of Glen Campbell's, and "You Don't Know Me" which was a hit for Eddy Arnold and Ray Charles. Others are lesser known, like Willie Nelson's "I Never Cared For You" and "All Alone Am I," originally recorded by Brenda Lee. "Like the nine other tracks on Windy City, 'River In The Rain' is a previously recorded song that's given new life thanks to Krauss' Americana/bluegrass stylings. The tune, written and originally sung by beloved Nashville singer/songwriter Roger Miller, is melancholy and introspective, about the destruction and rebirth that can come from winding rivers and ceaseless rain." - The Boot
The Paperhead - Chew CD/LP (Trouble In Mind)
"Nashville psych-pop trio Paperhead have been blending psych and prog with other genres to create silky textures all their own for six years now. They're set to drop their fourth album Chew early next year, and the first foray into it is the smooth, jazz-infused "Dama De Lavanda." Their usual liquid psychedelia is tinged with Ennio Morricone-esque twang and mixed with intricate percussion and Latin jazz-leaning trumpet. They ease in and out of the different aesthetics before transitioning to some throwback soul reminiscent of the Delfonics for a cool-down into the fadeout. Beautiful harmonies and gauzy vocals drift across the varying, well-arranged sonics and further meld them together for a far-flung yet cohesive song." - Stereogum/November 2016
The Orwells - Terrible Human Beings CD/LP+MP3 (Canvasback Music/Atlantic)
You know the kind of song that makes you feel uneasy, but excited? Maybe you felt it the first time you heard The Stooges "I Wanna Be Your Dog" or The Pixies "Monkey Gone To Heaven" -- creepy yet catchy songs that are ominous and playful at the same time. It's a category that now welcomes The Orwells' raucous third album, Terrible Human Beings, the Chicago band's most dynamic and engrossing collection to date. "Not too far back we sat down to write what we call mutilated pop songs," explains guitarist Matt O'Keefe." "We wanted to make songs that at their core are catchy and pretty, then slash them up," adds singer Mario Cuomo. "After two misfires we landed on something that felt right," O'Keefe continues, "like an engine failing to start then finally turning itself over." Whereas Cuomo was more focused on the his own tales of suburban malaise for The Orwells 2014 album Disgraceland, he found external inspiration for Terrible Human Beings. Movies such as the psychological thriller It Follows and noir fiction like Last Exit To Brooklyn provided fodder for a more narrative, vignette-based approach.
Strand Of Oaks - Hard Love CD/LP (Dead Oceans)
Tim Showalter's latest release as Strand Of Oaks, Hard Love, emanates an unabashed, raw, and manic energy that embodies both the songs and the songwriter behind them. "For me, there are always two forces at work: the side that's constantly on the hunt for the perfect song, and the side that's naked in the desert screaming at the moon. It's about finding a place where neither side is compromised, only elevated." Drawing from his love of Creation Records, Trojan dub compilations, and Jane's Addiction, and informed by a particularly wild time at Australia's Boogie Festival, he sought to create a record that would merge all of these influences while evoking something new and visceral. These influences coupled with an uninhibited and collaborative studio experience moved an initial concept for a singularly feel-good record to something more complex and real. As much as Showalter wants this record to seem like a party, it's more than that. It feels like living. [Limited green 'stoner swirl' color vinyl pressing also available.]
Son Volt - Notes Of Blue CD/LP (Transmit Sound)
The 10 songs on Notes Of Blue are inspired by the spirit of the blues, but not the standard blues as most know it. The unique and haunting tunings of Mississippi Fred McDowell, Skip James and Nick Drake were all points of exploration for Son Volt's Jay Farrar for the new collection. The album opens with the country soul of "Promise The World," followed by "Back Against The Wall," a song that could stand alongside the great Son Volt songs of their early albums. However, Notes Of Blue reflects the blues as it resides in the folk tradition, but heavily amplified. The primal stomp of Cherokee St, the frenetic guitar on "Static" and the raw slide in "Sinking Down" exude grit and attitude. Conversely, tracks such as "The Storm" and "Cairo And Southern" seamlessly meld blues with hypnotic melodies that add a unique balance to the album.
Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Got Soul CD/LP+MP3 (SME Masterworks)
Pedal-steel virtuoso Robert Randolph returns with his new album, Got Soul. The album takes stock of Randolph's past as a church musician as it pushes the band forward into new places., with songs that run the gamut from gospel numbers to deep, funky grooves to incendiary rock-and-soul jams. The hauntingly exquisite "Heaven's Calling" features Randolph on solo steel while guest vocalists Darius Rucker and Anthony Hamilton lend their golden voices to "Love Do What It Do" and "She Got Soul" respectively. "I Thank You," the '60s Sam & Dave R&B smash, is completely re-imagined in the hands of the Family Band and Snarky Puppy's Cory Henry.
Hanni El Khatib - Savage Times CD/3x10"+MP3 (Innovative Leisure)
Hanni El Khatib should be the next garage rock god. It doesn't take much of a leap to see him headlining hockey arenas on the back of nothing but his scuzzy guitar and his monster hooks. His new release Savage Times is a compilation of a boatload of singles he released over 2016. His first idea for the Savage Times project was to do something he'd never done before. Instead, he ended up doing ... well, everything he'd never done before. He'd be playing new instruments, writing in unfamiliar new ways, opening himself up to an unrelenting stream of ideas and dedicating himself totally to pure musical instinct-and then releasing songs instantly to the public, without waiting to tour or assemble an album or anything. At the end of 2015, he'd walked into the studio with his guitar and a few lines of lyrics, hoping to sketch out a track or two just to stay busy, but that very first day he walked out with two finished songs and the inspiration to create something raw in real time, recording and releasing songs direct to the public as soon as tape stopped rolling: "Everything was really as I did it," he says. "It was meant to be an experiment in how I could write and record and release something as quickly as possible. I didn't wanna make an album-I wanted to put songs out every week. It's personal for me."
Grails - Chalice Hymnal CD/LP+MP3 (Temporary Residence)
Rather than pick up where they left off, Grails take the sky-high riff-based heaviness of their earlier albums and distill it into a nuanced, widescreen opus. The perennial influences of mid-20th century Western film scores, obscure library music, and psychedelic krautrock are indelibly imprinted, but Chalice Hymnal exudes an eerie patience in unfurling the many layers of its subtle details.
Jens Lekman - Life Will See You Now CD/LP+MP3 (Secretly Canadian)
Jens Lekman describes his new record, Life Will See You Now, playfully, but also honestly, as "a midlife-crisis disco album; it's an existentialist record, about seeing the consequences of your choices". It's a typical Lekman album in several ways: sly humor is key to its heartfelt nature; it inverts pop's writing norm by making songs with sad concerns sound happy and songs with a happy subject sound sad; and it plays with notions of identity and the self. But, as the title suggests, it also represents a significant move forward, as if across a threshold. It's the more expansive, upbeat sound of a revitalized Lekman, who is just one of many characters in his new stories about the magic and messiness of different kinds of relationships. [Limited orange vinyl pressing also available.]
Matt Pryor - Memento Mori CD (Equal Vision)
Though best known for his work as the primary singer-songwriter for The Get Up Kids, Matt Pryor has a vast musical catalog including his folk-tinged group The New Amsterdams, children's music project Terrible Twos and indie-rock super group Lasorda - featuring Nate Harold (fun.), Mike Standberg (Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band), and Dustin Kinsey (The New Amsterdams). Pryor also contributes to Chicago start-up Downwrite - a website that enables artists to create fan-commissioned songs and connect with fans on a personal and creative level. Pryor hosts the Nothing To Write Home About podcast as well, where he interviews fellow musicians and industry friends, including the likes of Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra), Chris Conley (Saves The Day), Dan Campbell (The Wonder Years), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), and more. Memento Mori is his fifth solo album. "We lost a lot of people close to us in the last couple of years," notes Pryor. "This album is both a way for us to remember them and to celebrate everyday the lives that we still have."
Tim Darcy - Saturday Night CD/LP+MP3 (Jagjaguwar)
Saturday Night, the first proper solo album from Tim Darcy (Ought), comes from one of those crossroads-type moments in life where one has to walk to the edge before knowing which way to proceed. Each track is woven to the next in a winding, complex journey through a charged, continuous present. There are love/love lost songs like the standout, almost-new wave "Still Waking Up" in which a Smiths-esque melody builds upon an underbrush that recalls '60s AM pop and country. Darcy's unmistakable, commanding voice and lyrical phrasing are, as they are in Ought, an instrument here: vital to the entire affair.
Molly Burch - Please Be Mine CD/LP+MP3 (Captured Tracks)
Molly Burch was exposed to the arts at an early age. Growing up in L.A. with a writer/producer father and a casting director mother, Burch's childhood was filled with old Hollywood musicals and the sounds of Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. After finding her voice in adolescence, Burch packed up for the UNC in Asheville to study Jazz Vocal Performance. "I was always really interested in singing before songwriting. I didn't always have the confidence to write," Molly says, "Initially it was more about finding the right songs to complement my voice." And that voice is the first thing you'll notice on Burch's debut album.
Maggie Rogers - Now That The Light Is Fading CDEP (Capitol)
Maggie Rogers grew up playing banjo on a working farm in rural Maryland and first came to the public's attention when she appeared in a video posted on YouTube of Grammy Award-winning producer Pharrell Williams teaching a Masterclass at The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where Rogers was a student. In the clip, Rogers plays an unfinished recording of "Alaska" and the song earned slew of media attention. SPIN declared that the song "blends folk, electronic, and pop music sensibilities to form an entirely new hybridized sound," while Paste called it "hauntingly beautiful." The Los Angeles Times said "it has the lilting vocal inflections of a country song and the depth of a poem." Rogers' debut EP, Now That The Light Is Fading, features five original songs written, produced and performed by the 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist, including the aforementioned single "Alaska."
Eisley - I'm Only Dreaming CD/LP (Equal Vision)
I'm Only Dreaming is the Tyler, TX-based indie pop outfit's fifth album, and was produced by Will Yip (Circa Survive, Balance & Composure, Lauryn Hill). Vocalist/guitarist Sherri DuPree-Bemis opened up about album single "You Are Mine" revealing, "This song is about loving someone deeply and the beauty and challenges that come with being in a long term, committed relationship. You're going to argue, you're going to rub each other wrong and disagree and drive each other absolutely crazy sometimes but at the end of the day you just want to be together. I'm Only Dreaming stays true to form of the band's signature dreamy sound, with DuPree-Bemis elaborating, "Musically, you could say it's classic Eisley, in the sense that it's melodic, moody pop and is written from the heart. Lyrically, it's very whimsical; it has a vibe that will take you into its own world and let you escape your normal life for a few minutes. I like to cloak things in a little mystery and romance; I think it's part of what makes all of Eisley's songs sound like they're from the same world. Every record is like opening and reading a book in a series."
Middle Kids - Middle Kids CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
It hasn't taken long for Australia's Middle Kids to make their mark. They are fantastic counterpoint alt pop: A strong three piece band with male and female lead singers that play off each other as well as the play and sing together. Their debut self-titled EP is a collection of six tracks demonstrating exactly why this band is marked as one to watch.
Mind Over Mirrors - Undying Color CD/LP+MP3 (Paradise Of Bachelors)
The new album by the ever-evolving project of Jaime Fennelly is a set of roiling, meditative recordings. Undying Color is the first to supplement his foundational arsenal of Indian pedal harmonium, analog synthesizers, and incantatory voices with a full ensemble including Janet Beveridge Bean (Eleventh Dream Day, Freakwater), Jim Becker (Califone, Iron and Wine), Haley Fohr (Circuit des Yeux, Jackie Lynn), and Jon Mueller (Death Blues, Volcano Choir). The album braids folk and formal, praise and play, within its heady swells and troughs, invoking American vernacular musical traditions and pulsating avant-garde electronics alike.
Novella - Change Of State CD/LP+MP3 (Captured Tracks)
Over the course of ten tracks, Novella take the time and space necessary to let the physical and ideological implications behind a changing state run rampant through themes that linger as much in topical discussion as they do in perennial reflections of human experience. Recorded over the period of a few months in the Victorian bedroom studio of James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Veronica Falls) on an old 1960s 8-track, Novella utilize an economy of sound on Change Of State to create ethereal swathes of textures, gentle melodies and energetic, motorik bursts.
Electric Guest - Plural CD/LP (Downtown)
The first album in five years from L.A.-based duo Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton aka Electric Guest. Plural breaks the group's silence with their most confident, catchy, fully-realized music to date, featuring behind the scenes contributions from Joanna Newsom, Haim, and Justin Young from The Vaccines. Recorded in L.A., Plural infuses Electric Guest's off-kilter blend of electronic, pop and R&B with an even more adventurous spirit than on 2012's Mondo.
Tall Tall Trees - Freedays CD/LP (Joyful Noise)
Although it's often hard to imagine, most of the sounds on Freedays are experiments with the banjo, and they all reflect the innovative musings of one of the freshest sounds to come out of the Appalachians in decades.
London O'Connor - OΔ CD/LP (True Panther Sounds)
London O'Connor is a New York based self-produced songwriter from suburban Souther California. His debut album, titled OΔ, was created entirely from his backpack while living between apartments in NY. OΔ is based on the suburban upbringing he fled to NY from, birthed onto the internet and referential to a range of musicians from the likes of Earl Sweatshirt to early Beck in its genre-spanning explorations.
Tash Sultana - Notion CD/LP (Mom & Pop Music)
"Tash's carefully crafted, edgy, multi-instrumental pieces featuring beat boxing, unique guitar work and percussion styled finger tapping, has left sold out audiences in awe."
Aquilo - Silhouettes CD/LP (Harvest) Silhouettes is the debut album from this atmospheric pop duo.
Hearts Like Lions - If I Never Speak Again CD (Tooth & Nail)
New album from the Long Beach, California alt-rockers.
Youth In Revolt - The Broken CD (Cooking Vinyl)
Debut album from the East Coast punk outfit. Youth In Revolt is a five-piece rock band hailing from Holmdel, New Jersey with musical similarities to bands such as Sleeping With Sirens and Of Mice And Men. Bing And Ruth - No Home Of The Mind CD/LP (4AD) On their third album, No Home Of The Mind, the New York ensemble continues with the deft minimalism that has marked them out in critical circles in recent years. Established in 2006, Bing And Ruth is an ever-evolving collective steered by composer David Moore. A pianist from Kansas and graduate of New York's school of Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School, Moore's work follows in the great tradition of fellow alumni John Cage and Steve Reich, albeit looking past the more studied repetition of the style's forerunners toward a meditative form built on feeling.
Visible Cloaks - Reassemblage CD/LP+MP3 (RVNG International)
Visible Cloaks' Reassemblage is a collection of delicately rendered passages of silence and sound that invokes -- and invites -- consciousness. The foundation of the duo's second album could be described as translingual or polyglottal, working within an eastern/western feedback loop of influence, Fourth World ambiguity, and the universality of human emotion.
Charlie Wilson - In It To Win It CD (RCA)
Seventh solo album from the R&B legend. Guests include T.I., Pitbull, Wiz Khalifa, Robin Thicke, Lalah Hathaway, and Snoop Dogg.
Chip Taylor - A Song I Can Live With CD (Trainwreck)
"In the early days of Chip Taylor's remarkable career, he penned some of the biggest hits of the 1960s, most notably 'Wild Thing' (Jimi Hendrix, the Troggs) and 'Angel Of The Morning' (Merilee Rush). Then, in 1980, after releasing several solo albums, he stopped recording and began a successful 16-year run as a professional gambler. He returned to music in the late '90s, issuing a series of superb duet CDs with Texas singer and fiddler Carrie Rodriguez. Now, in Taylor's incredibly prolific latest period, he has reverted to solo recording, delivering about an album a year over the past decade. Taylor's mesmerizing latest release offers more proof that he deserves to be considered a national treasure, right up there with folks like Greg Brown and the late Jesse Winchester and Steve Goodman. Backed mostly by piano and guitar, he sings-and sometimes talks-about everything from his love for his wife Joan to a cable TV horseracing channel." - No Depression
Danny Worsnop - The Long Road Home CD/LP (Earache)
Danny Worsnop, best known for being the vocalist of British metalcore band Asking Alexandria, returns with something that's completely off the rails from anything he's done in the past. Forged through years of addiction, substance abuse, heartache, pain and self-loathing The Long Road Home sees him pursuing a career in the more southern/country side of the musical spectrum. After relocating to Nashville, TN when he left AA, he became inspired by all the country lifestyle and all it had to offer. Featuring a more bluesy, soulful sound... This is Worsnop at his most vulnerable moments, put on display for the world to see.
Parquet Courts - Captive Of The Sun 12" (Rough Trade)
When Parquet Courts made their second television appearance supporting 2016's brilliant Human Performance LP, they were joined on Late Night with Stephen Colbert by a very special surprise guest, rapper Bun B (of UGK), who added a verse to the album's percussive, lyrically-dense "Captive of the Sun." What fans of both artists may not know, is that Bun B, a huge fan of Parquet Courts (whose Austin Brown, a Houston rap acolyte, is himself a Bun B and UGK superfan), already had a studio version of the track featuring his guest verse in the works. This brilliant meeting of the minds is now available on a club-ready 12", with a B-side featuring the track as remixed by two more legendary Houstonians, DJ Candlestick & OG Ron C, whose "Chopped Not Slopped" edition brings plenty of purple codeine haze to the party.
The Melvins - King Buzzo [Reissue/1992] 12"+MP3 (Boner)
The Melvins - Dale Crover [Reissue/1992] 12"+MP3 (Boner)
The Melvins - Joe Preston [Reissue/1992] 12"+MP3 (Boner)
"In 1992 the Melvins' fascination/adoration/denigration of the mighty Kiss rock & roll universe compelled them to excrete three solo masterworks inspired by the Kiss solo LPs. The first in the series is King Buzzo, from the Melvins' giggling guitar grumpus. Four songs of atmospheric clanging and rockin' banging. Also features the many talents, drumming and otherwise, of a famous Grunge™ superstar, whose name sort of rhymes with New Wave Asshole. The second in the series is Dale Crover, from the Melvins' sleepy drum caveman. Four songs of gloomy heaviness, with Dale doin' the drummin', singin', guitarin', and dancin'. The third in the series is Joe Preston, from the Melvins' electronic beard warlord. Three songs of fuzz bass computer drone temper tantrum. All three 12"s reissued on vinyl after 100,000 years out of print."
Soundtrack - The Man Who Fell To Earth  2xLP (UMe)
Now available as a stand-alone vinyl reissue. This is the first release of the soundtrack to David Bowie's 1976 cult film The Man Who Fell To Earth. Includes music by Stomu Yamash'ta, Gordon Jenkins Orchestra and Choir and Louis Armstrong, John Phillips, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and George Hurst, The Kingston Trio, Queen's Hall Light Orchestra and Robert Farnon and more.
Majeure - Apex 12"+MP3 (Temporary Residence)
Fresh off his tours supporting Mogwai and S U R V I V E, Majeure returns with a blistering EP of seemingly limitless synth textures and seemingly endless drum fills. Majeure -- the solo moniker of Zombi and Contact cofounder, A.E. Paterra -- has built a reputation as one of North America's most interesting purveyors of synth-based rock music.
The SteelDrivers - The SteelDrivers  LP (Rounder)
Available for the first time on vinyl, The SteelDrivers' critically and commercially successful 2008 self-titled debut firmly established the Nashville five-piece as a force to be reckoned with. With singer/songwriter Chris Stapleton at the helm, The SteelDrivers has been praised for its contemporary mix of blues, Americana and country.
Sallie Ford - Soul Sick LP (Vanguard)
Released last week on CD - now available on vinyl. The Portland singer/songwriter's new album Soul Sick "is an open, honest and relatable one acting as what Ford refers to as a 'confessional' album. In addition to the deeply relatable concept and lyrics of Soul Sick, the album perfectly displays Ford's unfiltered vocals and retro rock sound.
Duke Garwood - Garden Of Ashes LP (Heavenly/PIAS America)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. "For an artist who claims to be angry, there's a lot of love to be heard in Duke's music and in the face of impeding Armageddon, just as Nick Cave claims in his film One More Time With Feeling, the only way to fight anguish is with positivity. On Duke's sixth album Garden Of Ashes, that's precisely the message. 'I make beautiful music, because we don't need angry music right now. Everyone can turn on the TV and see the horror show, they don't need to hear it coming out the stereo. I'm trying to distil this frustrating feeling we all have right now into something more focused.'" - Drift
Rick Wakeman - Piano Portraits 2xLP (UMe)
Recently released on CD - now available on vinyl. Piano Portraits is the 100th solo album from Rick Wakeman in what represents a truly remarkable body of work. The 15 tracks that Rick has re-interpreted on piano represent a distillation of all the music that has impacted and influenced him over the decades, taking in '70s rock and pop, classical, jazz and choral. Weather Report - Live In Tokyo [Reissue/1972] LP (Friday Music) Limited red color 180gm audiophile pressing in a gatefold sleeve.
Steve Winwood - Arc Of A Diver [Reissue/1980] LP (Island)
Steve Winwood - Talking Back To The Night [Reissue/1982] LP (Island)
180gm vinyl reissues of Winwood's second and third solo albums.
Jai Wolf - Kindred Spirits LP (Mom & Pop Music)
"Breathtaking and cinematic adventure, electronic artist Jai Wolf's new Kindred Spirits EP will take you somewhere. Where, exactly, depends on you. Sajeeb Saha, the New York-based producer who is Jai Wolf, works from his own memory and emotions to create songs he hopes every listener will connect with through the emotions they elicit in each one of us. 'Every song should remind you of a past memory - a person or a place - or just take you somewhere else than you currently are,' Jai Wolf explains. The effort put behind this idea is clear, with each song possessing a distinct vibe - a specific setting for our minds to latch onto in its introspection - and therein lies their power to make us feel." - Atwood Magazine
Our Lady Peace - Clumsy [Reissue/1997] LP (SRCVinyl)
Two years after their impressive debut, Our Lady Peace continued their rock journey with 1997's Clumsy. This time around, the melodies were more comfortable and the roaring rock riffs calmer, resulting in a sound that earned them the highest sales of their career.
Meat Wave - Incessant CD/LP (SideOneDummy)
The Chicago punks return with their third full-length. Recorded by Steve Albini.
Reissues & From The Vault
The Standells - Dirty Water  CD/LP (Sundazed)
The Standells - Why Pick On Me - Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White  CD/LP (Sundazed)
The Standells - Try It  CD/LP (Sundazed)
The Standells' amazing string of punkish, tough-guy anthems, like "Dirty Water" and "Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White", define the legacy of mid-'60s garage rock like nothing else.
Jethro Tull - Stand Up [Reissue/1969] CD/LP (Rhino)
Steven Wilson's new stereo mixes of the original album plus the original stereo and mono single mixes of "Living In The Past" and "Driving Song." Jethro Tull's second album, Stand Up, marked an early turning point for the band with the addition of guitarist Martin Barre along with Ian Anderson s introduction of folk-rock influences to the group's blues-based sound.
Lift To Experience - The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads [Reissue/2001] CD/2xLP (Mute)
Multi-format remixed and remastered reissue of Lift To Experience's cult classic 2001 double album. (Also available is a limited vinyl boxset featuring the album plus the original LTE EP which was only ever released in Texas on CDRs and LTE's classic John Peel session which has never been released.) "All it takes is a run through opening track 'Just As Was Told' to find yourself committed to the full double-album ride of Lift to Experience's remarkable 2001 release, The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads. Unfolding in varying musical sections over nearly seven minutes, biblical references are sprinkled over a startling mix involving elements of My Bloody Valentine, Slint, and math rock that drive into a slow-burning, beatific finish and set the bar high for all that follows." - Under The Radar
Augustus Pablo - King David's Melody [Reissue/1983] CD/LP (VP)
The late Augustus Pablo is a legendary founder of dub music as well as one of the greatest reggae producer/writer/instrumentalists ever to be heard. King David's Melody is an Augustus Pablo instrumental album full of beguiling melodies played by Pablo on melodica and keyboard.