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Allah-Las [Worship The Sun (1LP + Download Card)]

September 16 street date. Allah-Las met while working at Amoeba Music, a key destination for music lovers in Los Angeles. Their first self-titled album, "Allah-Las", was met with critical acclaim and the band toured extensively in the States and abroad before going back into the studio to record their follow-up. Allah-Las' second album, "Worship The Sun", expands on the sound established by their maiden effort, honing their fusion of West Coast garage rock and roll, Latin percussion and electric folk. As richly textured and timeless as a Southern California beach break, the songs are evocative of Los Angeles’ storied past. Beatniks, artists, surfers, nomads. Remnants of a bygone Sunset Strip. Golden tans and cosmic sunsets. One can feel the warmth of the sun, but the band deftly avoids the kitsch so often indulged by lovers of these things. Hints of Byrds, Love, Felt, and those who follow are threaded into the tapestry. "Worship The Sun" is at once the perfect soundtrack for the greatest surf film never made and for a golden hour drive through Topanga Canyon. Yet, while grounded in the Southern California experience, the appeal of the album is not limited by locale. It is a teenage symphony to the sun, for all those who know its grace. "An effortlessly wistful batch of starry-eyed, minor-key beauties" - Pitchfork. "The vintage sounds of Allah-Las combine the harmonies and hooks of the British Invasion with the atmosphere of a West Coast psychedelic band." - NPR. "hewing genre conventions while burning its own path, with brooding, lonesome songs, tightly restrained surf-inflected musings on girls and freedom. " - The New Yorker.
Bird, Andrew [Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of..]

September 16 street date for LP. NOW AVAILABLE ON GATEFOLD VINYL! Things are Really Great Here, Sort Of .... is the latest self release by Andrew Bird, consisting of his versions of songs by a band he has loved for many years, The Handsome Family. The Handsome Family is husband and wife duo Brett and Rennie Sparks, who have collaborated as a couple for more than 20 years. Bird, who has long been a fan and first covered their track “Don’t Be Scared” in 2003, toured with the band last fall and was inspired to begin working on this collection. Things are Really Great Here, Sort Of... includes an updated rendition of fan favorite “Don’t Be Scared,” along with “Far From Any Road,” the main title theme song for the HBO series True Detective. Along with his band, The Hands of Glory (featuring Tift Merritt, Alan Hampton, and Eric Heywood), Andrew recorded these songs in May 2014 and released them a mere month later.
Earth [Primitive And Deadly (2LP)]

September 2 street date. (LP version contains one exclusive bonus track:) "Badgers’ Bane" EARTH's career, like its music, has always been a slow, deliberate progression. Each record slightly removed from the last, a constant refinement of a singular vision. Dylan Carlson has remained focused throughout on coaxing moments of strange beauty and reflection from "the riff". This elemental foundation of rock is refracted, in their earliest recordings, through the prism of sheer volume and feedbacking drone or via a sparse unraveling take on folk. With Primitive And Deadly, EARTH's tenth studio collection, Carlson and long term cohort, drummer Adrienne Davies, manage to come full circle twenty-five years in the making, whilst exploring new directions in their music. For the first time in their diverse career, they allow themselves to be a rock band, freed of adornment and embellishment. As much as Carlson's guitar has always been the focal point of EARTH's music, it's been surrounded by consistently diverse instrumentation. Here the dialog between Carlson and Davies drumming remains pivotal, underpinned by the sympathetic bass of Bill Herzog (Sunn O))), Joel RL Phelps, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter) and thickened by additional layers of guitar from Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Caustic Resin) and Jodie Cox (Narrows). Perhaps the largest left turn on Primitive And Deadly, though, is the prominence of guest vocalists Mark Lanegan and Rabia Shaheen Qazi (Rose Windows) who transform the traditionally free ranging meditations of EARTH into something approaching traditional pop structures. On "Rooks Across the Gates" Carlson stretches out into some of his most lyrical playing to date, creating an almost symbiotic relationship between his performance and the vocals of old friend Mark Lanegan. "From the Zodiacal Light," meanwhile, takes a late 60s San Franciscan/freaked-out jazz-rock transcendence and quickly re-appropriates that sound into a musky torch song for the witching hour. This contradictive tension between a band pushing itself ever-forward whilst surveying their history is reflected in the albums twin recording locales. The foundation of the record was laid in the mystic desert high lands of Joshua Tree, California where EARTH recorded hour after hour of meditations on each tracks central theme at Rancho de la Luna. Upon returning to Seattle these were edited, arranged and expanded upon at Avast with the help of long-term collaborator Randall Dunn (who was previously at the helm for the Hex, The Bees Made Honey In The Lions Skull and Hibernaculum sessions). Thick, dense and overdriven, melodically rich and enveloping, Primitive And Deadly is EARTH reaffirming their position as a singular point in the history of rock. (And yes, Earth will be touring extensively in support of this album)
God Help The Girl [God Help The Girl (2LP film soundtrack 2014)]

September 2 street date. 2LP 180 gram with download. God Help The Girl is a musical feature film, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of the group Belle and Sebastian. It was produced by Barry Mendel and stars Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray. Stuart aspired to tell the story of "a better summer, or at least a summer when something happened. It happened to a boy and a girl and a girl in a city roughly the same size and population of Glasgow. Perhaps the canals were a bit grimier, the high-rise buildings taller, the streets emptier when you needed them to be, and the beat clubs busier than the ones around here. But on the whole the city was this one." The music takes center stage and many songs resemble in their musical aspect the other work of Stuart Murdoch and Belle and Sebastian. The film was shot, edited, scored and mixed in Glasgow and is released theatrically by Amplify Releasing.
Hiss Golden Messenger [Lateness Of Dancers]

September 9 street date. LP is pressed on 150 gram vinyl and includes coupon for full album download. Hiss Golden Messenger is Durham, North Carolina-based songwriter M.C. Taylor. Lateness of Dancers is the fifth full-length from Hiss Golden Messenger. It’s an open, confident, immediate album, and it feels, at times, like a direct response to the darkness of Taylor’s last record, 2013’s Haw, or to the searching of 2010’s Bad Debt, the stunning acoustic LP he made at his kitchen table shortly after the birth of his son. Lateness of Dancers was recorded in a tin-roofed barn outside of Hillsborough, North Carolina, last fall and includes many of Taylor’s longtime collaborators, like Phil and Brad Cook of Megafaun, the guitarist William Tyler, and his erstwhile recording partner Scott Hirsch. Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man contributes backing vocals; her tender, wooly voice both complements and challenges Taylor’s. The record takes its name from a Eudora Welty story, which is noteworthy not because of its origins - although there are hints of Welty in Taylor’s work, and not just Welty but Flannery O’Connor and Faulkner and Barry Hannah and Larry Brown and the whole pantheon of brutal and exquisite southern writers - but because Taylor is the type of person who recognizes the beauty in a phrase like that. It is a record about self-discovery and self-knowledge, and how impossible it is to outsmart yourself. I don’t know how you learn a lesson like that, except the hard way. "The misery of love is a funny thing / The more it hurts / The more you think / You can stand a little pain," he sings on 'Mahogany Dread', one of Lateness’ most telling tracks. These are the kinds of lies we tell ourselves to feel the things we want to feel, even when those pleasures are buried in a whole lot of hurt.
Irglova, Marketa [Muna]

September 23 street date. "Take me to the point of my creation/Take me where my life began/I was born into this world/What had I intended then?/What had I chosen for a destiny?/Am I living it right now?/I have this feeling I’ve forgotten something/Tell me.." - These are the first lines of 'Point Of Creation', the opening track on Marketa Irglova’s second solo album. Entitled Muna ('remember' in Icelandic, a recurring theme throughout the eleven songs), the collection was written and recorded in Iceland, the Czech singer-songwriter’s new base of operations. "I had been to Iceland for the first time about four years ago to play a show with The Swell Season," she recalls. "When a friend of mine recommended a studio in Iceland for recording my second album, I didn’t hesitate. I am inspired by the open space, the wilderness of the nature here, the strong energy coming from the land, and I am comforted by the people who seem so at one with it." Muna is an album that takes the Oscar-winning singer’s music further into the realm of the ethereal. If her debut Anar explored the dynamic of intimate personal relationships, the new record is a document of spiritual searching. Written over the course of a year, and recorded in six months with producer/engineer Sturla Mio Thorisson, it utilizes full choral, string and percussion sections, plus guests Rob Bochnik (The Frames), Iranian daf player and vocalist Aida Shahghasemi, and Marketa’s own sister Zuzi on backing vocals. All told, the album’s cast-list runs to some 27 players. In keeping with the choral textures, Muna is an album of saints, angels and psalms (the Lord’s Prayer makes an appearance in 'Without A Map'). The songs were, admits Marketa, partly inspired by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and Tim Rice’s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. "Both lyrics and music are spectacular," Marketa says of the classic musical, "and the exchanges between characters are so seamless, one forgets one is listening to a song and not a conversation. It has inspired me to write my own songs as conversations." Muna, then, is a conversation between this beloved singer and the audience who has been devoted to her since she first charmed them in her 17-year-old debut in the film Once.
James, Etta [Rocks The House (blue vinyl)]

August 26 street date. Best known for the lush 1961 rendition of the ballad ''At Last'' - a slow-dance staple at wedding celebrations everywhere, she is also celebrated for having recorded one of the best live albums of all time, ''Rocks the House.'' Recorded in 1963 at the New Era Club in Nashville, James is captured at her performance peak. The foundation for her reputation as a fiery no-holds-barred performer was firmly established in this recording. Blues, soul, jazz, R&B, and rock vocalist Etta James, needs no introduction. An icon from early rock'n'roll's pantheon of divas, she has inspired 5 decades of listeners and fellow artists with her vocal stylings. From Janis Joplin to Beyonce, her expressive and guttural style has been imitated but never quite matched. Jackpot Records is honored to release this momentous record on stellar blue vinyl, with the original album artwork and including 3 bonus tracks which have only ever been released previously on CD. Her powerful version of ''Something's Got a Hold on Me'' will shake you. Her impassioned version of ''All I Could Do Is Cry,'' will break you.
Lambchop [Live At XX Merge]

September 9 street date. First time pressed to vinyl - (Clear vinyl pressing!) LP includes coupon for full digital download - audio & video both. As Merge fans know, Lambchop has been on the label since 1993, releasing a string of widely varied but consistently brilliant records. But the live Lambchop experience has been somewhat elusive in the U.S. While the band has toured the gilded theaters of Europe and elsewhere for nearly two decades, the Nashville group has seldom toured their home country. To help celebrate Merge’s 20th Anniversary the band showed up in one of their largest lineups in recent memory -- 11-strong, including multiple guitars, keyboards, piano, and a horn section. By the end of their set, everyone in the packed Cats Cradle - band and audience both - was levitating a few inches off the ground. Lambchop’s set at XX Merge was professionally recorded and filmed, and is available now on vinyl for those who missed it, or for those who want to go back again. "..the Nashville weirdos have never gotten the popular attention they’ve long deserved. Friday night, they won the capacity crowd at the Cradle forever. It was a revelatory moment, suggesting that we’ve got five years from right now to reconsider Lambchop."- PITCHFORK // "The results are in and it’s unanimous -- Lambchop stole the show at XX Merge." - WASHINGTON POST
Offspring [Smash 20th Anniversary Re-issue (LP/CD/diecut box)]

August 19 street date. SMASH 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION CD/VINYL SET. Smash is the best-selling independent release of all time!!.. Selling 11 million copies worldwide, over six million copies in the United States alone - certified 6x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The Smash 20th Anniversary Edition will include the following: - LP version containing the original 14 album tracks newly remastered on 180-gram vinyl - CD version containing the original 14 album tracks from the most recent remastering - Restyled album package artwork - Large format 24 page booklet featuring never before seen archive photos by Lisa Johnson - Firsthand recollections and quotes from the band and others telling the story of that historic time
Pallbearer [Foundations Of Burden (2LP)]

August 19 street date. The vinyl edition of the new PALLBEARER album 'Foundations Of Burden' is a double LP presented on thick vinyl (limited red-black two-sided coloured edition also available), in a gatefold jacket with a printed/designed insert. In the short timespan that they’ve been a band, Little Rock Arkansas’ PALLBEARER have literally defined and set a new standard in the realm of modern-day doom metal. Their 3-song 'The Legend' demo which was first released already had made a huge impression in itself amongst the doom metal scene. Said demo would just be a harbinger for what would become the band’s debut full-length LP, 2012’s 'Sorrow and Extinction' which made a massive impact not only in the doom metal scene but the entire metal scene in itself along with crossing over even within more mainstream territory. In turn 'Sorrow and Extinction' was one of the most praised metal albums of 2012, landing on pretty much every metal best-of year end list and being praised by such notable outlets as Pitchfork, Decibel, SPIN, Rolling Stone, Stereogum, and Entertainment Weekly, just to name a few. The band would do some great tour runs likewise in support of 'Sorrow and Exctinction' touring with the likes of St. Vitus, Boris, and Enslaved, and along with playing such notable festivals as Roadburn, Hellfest, MDF, Scion Rockfest, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and Hopscotch Fest respectively. Now, with their new album 'Foundations Of Burden', PALLBEARER are prepared to take it to the next level unparalleled by creating an album much more advanced, moving, and sonically glorious than their debut. If 'Sorrow and Extinction' created massive waves in the metal scene, 'Foundations Of Burden' will create the stuff of legends. Captured by legendary producer Billy Anderson (Agalloch, Sleep, Neurosis, The Melvins etc.) at Type Foundry studios in Portland Oregon, 'Foundations Of Burden' sees PALLBEARER expand their sound even further and going beyond into an emotionally driven sonic landscape more epic, vast, and ultimately more glorious and triumphant.
Phish [A Picture Of Nectar (2LP/180g/gatefold re-issue)]

September 16 street date. On September 16th, 2014, Phish will release A Picture Of Nectar, the band’s third full-length studio album, as a Limited Edition Deluxe 2-LP vinyl set, limited to 7,500 individually numbered copies. This will be the first time A Picture of Nectar has been pressed on vinyl. A Picture of Nectar was recorded in 1991 at White Crow Studios in Burlington, Vermont on 24-track 2? tape and mixed to 1/2? stereo reels. This was the band’s major label debut and the start of a long relationship with Elektra. It was also their tribute to Nectar Rorris, owner of Nectar’s in Burlington, where Phish played many multiple night stands in the 1980's that in their words "taught us how to play." Like Junta and Lawn Boy, Phish self-produced A Picture of Nectar "with a lot of help from" Engineer Kevin Halpin. The material displayed the growing extent and diversity of Phish’s talents honed throughout eight years of rehearsals and hundreds of live shows. Twenty two years later, nearly every song on A Picture of Nectar is still in live rotation today. A Picture of Nectar was mastered by Bob Ludwig and released by Elektra February 18, 1992 on CD and cassette. The album went on to be certified Gold. In 2014, Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering cut the lacquers from the original stereo master reels for the vinyl edition. Each LP is pressed onto 180g audiophile grade vinyl and includes a free MP3 download of the album (transferred from the vinyl master).
Pulp [Different Class]

September 16 street date. "Different Class" was the fifth album by Pulp and their commercial breakthrough. "Different Class" went to #1 in the UK album charts in 1995 at the height of Britpop with the classic track "Common People" reaching #2 on the UK singles chart. The album explores sex and class with Jarvis Cocker's biting, witty lyrics taking a perfect snapshot of mid 90s English suburban and working class life. A stone cold Britpop classic reissued on 180 gram vinyl by Plain Recordings.
Rowe, Sean [Madman (2LP+CD copy)]

September 9 street date. LP includes the album on CD! Sean Rowe has spent much of the last year traveling the country with just his guitar, performing in people’s living rooms. "It’s like I’m some kind of a bearded salesman," he says, "Going door to door but instead of vacuum cleaners I’m selling all these feelings that come with the songs. It’s a really intense experience for listeners to have me there in their homes playing. They’re not used to having a stranger show up, play music, drink their beer and eat their food. But I think that’s how we’re supposed to be. It only feels strange because we’ve made it that way." It is this same sense of unflinching connection that has shaped Rowe’s extraordinary new album Madman. The singer, who The Wall Street Journal wrote "recalls the ecstatic intensity of late-’60s Van Morrison and stark subtlety of late-era Johnny Cash" has created a beautifully primal work. Madman is deliberately simple in both arrangement and composition. It is soul music in the purest and most literal sense, hypnotic rhythms, warmly distorted guitars and Rowe’s incredible voice recalling a time, real or imagined, when music and people seemed distinctly more connected. The sound of Madman is influenced, in large part, by the hypnotic guitars of Delta blues. The influence is most apparent on the album’s second track 'Shine My Diamond Ring' with its guitar and stomping bass drum. 'Desiree' is a raucous deconstructed take on early disco, with a pulsating bass, Nile Rogers-like guitar picking and a looser than ever Rowe singing with absolute abandon. But there are still the trademark ballads that first gained Rowe attention on his debut, Magic, showcases for the astonishing voice and honest emotional songwriting that continues to garner Sean Rowe much deserved acclaim.
Sadier, Laetitia [Something Shines]

September 23 street date. Laetitia Sadier’s new album has just been delivered, and it’s a joy! Something Shines was recorded and matured more slowly than either Silencio or The Trip. It took nine months, and you know what that means, baby! Something Shines was initially recorded in Switzerland, where Laetitia’s collaborator David collects amazing old keyboards and organs from people who have inherited them but find no space or usage for them - so they let go of these useless things (useless to them, mind bogglingly desirable and necessary for us!) for a symbolic franc. Laetitia recorded a lot of the content in London, including all the vocals, guitars, additional electronics and soundtrack effects as well as final mixing, which wrapped up this Spring. The desire was for the songs of Something Shines to alternate between a riveting caress and an invigorating shake. To start from the Earth and to tilt up, towards the sky, before coming back down to the planet again. The production is relaxed and expert; Laetitia’s choices fit the breathing quality of the songs, and wear their arrangements easily. The many tiny details within the sound-scope of Something Shines reflect the lives that hang in the balance between the issues, lives that are often too small to see yet contribute to the world as a whole. Something Shines consistently elevates itself, addressing its audience with lyrical confidence and intimacy and an arcing musicality that allows it to go to the hearts and minds of every listener.
Segall, Ty [Manipulator (2LP)]

August 26 street date. THE SEGALL HAS LANDED. And it’s fully loaded, with everything that TY SEGALL (and you and me) are gonna need in the world to come. Heads up! It’s coming down fast. Sticking his hand deeper into the machines all around him, TY is reaching ever further to the outer limits of inner space orbited throughout TWINS and SLEEPER. And now more than ever, the chunks of the world that came before are like asteroids formed in his image . . . picking up speed . . . .Still fighting the power with all the energy that a determined mind-patriot can conjure, Ty’s a fighter who loves, a surfer, a spaceman, and yeah, a casualty - like you, he’ll never be free. But unlike you, he knows it - and when he goes down and his head cracks in two, out pour the multi-colored manias that make up MANIPULATOR. Soursweet declarations featuring freaks and creeps alike: 'The Singer', 'The Faker', 'Mister Main', 'Susie Thumb', the 'Connection Man', and 'The Crawler', to name but a mutant fistful. Three-quarter quartets raising their din in a few key places. Waves of sparkling acoustics with ominous, Love-ly undertones - and then, torrents of filthy git-grunge, exploding into the chorus, washing everything away, fusing the blackness of SABBATH with the grime and grab-ass of the STOOGES and the sweet swinging tones of the STONES. All in the name of getting higher on the music. Why have one guitar solo when you can have a few in the same space? There’s so little time, and a LOT to say. In order to ensure that he got it all out, TY called a few friends to fill in special parts on certain MANIPULATOR songs. He got great touches from CHRIS WOODHOUSE (piano, synth & percussion), SEAN PAUL PRESLEY (vocals), BRIT LAUREN MANOR (vocals), STEVE NUTTING (drums), IRENE SALZER (violin), JESSICA IVRY (cello), MATTHIAS MCENTIRE (viola) and the TY SEGALL band (MIKAL CRONIN, CHARLES MOOTHEART, EMILY ROSE EPSTEIN). Plus, MIKAL arranged the strings - and everyone played awesomely. The clarion call / siren song of his guitar . . . . clouds of guitar billowing, blood rushing to the head, the temperature going from blue to red . . . . TY’s on a mission, working to change chemistry through music with the steam-lined pop and helium-cooled vocals of MANIPULATOR.
Shellac [Dude Incredible (LP&CD)]

September 16 street date. Both the CD and LP version of Dude Incredible come packaged in a chipboard album jacket with two high gloss, full color monkeys on the front cover. The LP includes a CD of the full album. This is Shellac’s fifth LP. Recording took place sporadically over the past few years at Steve's ELECTRICAL AUDIO studios in Chicago. The record was mastered by Steve Rooke at ABBEY ROAD. There is no comma in ‘Dude Incredible’; like Sir Duke or King Friday, for example. Audio quality is paramount, as always, with Shellac. The LP was mastered entirely in the analog domain, using the DMM (Direct Metal Mastering) process. The LPs are being manufactured at RTI in Camarillo, CA, using their HQ-180 system. The pressings are 180 gram audiophile quality.
Simian Mobile Disco [Whorl (LP+ CD copy)]

September 9 street date. Every musician needs to take action to keep themselves fresh from time to time, but James Ford and Jas Shaw of Simian Mobile Disco have really gone to extremes this time: they’ve completely abandoned every tool they previously used to make music. For the recording of their new record, Whorl, they’ve started from the ground up and created an entirely new electronic system, and recorded everything entirely live, from scratch. Over the years - as members of the criminally underrated 'prog-psychedelic band' Simian, as one of the UK’s finest electronic duos, and individually as esteemed producers for other acts - James and Jas have accumulated mountains of incredible vintage synthesizers and other general sound-making boxes. Limiting themselves to two suitcase-sized boxes each - no laptops, no racks of hardware, just one synth and one sequencer each - they headed into the high desert of Joshua Tree National Park in California and recorded Whorl in front of an audience. The result is something that takes you right into the heart of their creative processes, veering from completely abstract ambient explorations through buoyant repetitions that float into the territory of the most cosmic German and Italian synth explorers of the 1970s and 80s, then take flight into otherworldly techno grooves. It’s not a sound that punches you in the face with its newness or weirdness - the album draws you in gently with the truly beautiful airborne, beat-free opening passage of 'Redshift' and 'Dandelion Spheres', and each track thereafter is subtle, rarefied and elegant. Says James, "Whorl can be taken as one long piece, because in the performance of it, we’ve gone where the processes we’ve set up have taken us." And he’s completely right - it’s as a whole that Whorl comes to life and really opens up its secrets and surprises. It’s a truism that you should expect the unexpected from SMD, but this time round you can be damn sure of it, as they’ve created a system to ensure that it’s precisely the only thing you can expect. For fans of Aphex Twin, Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, Emeralds, Oneohtrix Point Never, Kraftwerk..etc. LP version comes with CD.
Sleepwave [Broken Compass (LP+CD copy)]

September 16 street date. Spencer Chamberlain, acclaimed singer, frontman and songwriter for Underoath, is back with his new band, Sleepwave. With Chamberlain at the helm, Underoath became a major force in the post-hardcore scene, with two gold albums, multiple Grammy nominations, and crossover success unusual for bands in the scene. Now come Sleepwave and their debut album Broken Compass, releasing on Epitaph Records September 16th: the next step in the evolution of Spencer Chamberlain. With an even more melodic, accessible sound, sacrificing none of the intense songwriting that garnered Underoath a massive following and won accolades in outlets such as Alternative Press, Broken Compass is sure to put Sleepwave on the map from day one; working with producer David Bendeth (Of Mice and Men), the band has crafted an album of intense anthemic rock. With a Taking Back Sunday/Used tour and Alternative Press Bands to Watch cover feature already under their belt, Sleepwave come into the world fully formed and ready to shred. LP includes CD.
Tops [Picture You Staring]

September 2 street date. LP release includes huge 18x24 party poster. First 1000 LP copies on limited edition coke-bottle-clear colored vinyl. TOPS are a four-piece band from Montreal, equal parts girls and guys, delivering a raw punk take on AM studio pop. Their new record, Picture You Staring, is a lush array of timelessly crafted songs. Singer Jane Penny gives a new voice to the silent girl at the edge of the circle, disillusioned but honest and unpretentious, a tone complemented by David Carriere's seamless guitar playing and the measured drumming of Riley Fleck. TOPS' subtle arrangements are delivered with a cool restraint that blend with the individuality and self-assured desire of their female lead. Picture You Staring gathers strength through intimacy. Self-written, recorded and produced at Arbutus Records' studio in Montreal over the course of a year, this album contains 12 impeccable examples of pop craftsmanship that will reward repeat listeners.
Tweedy [Sukierae (2LP+CD)]

September 23 street date. Available on 2CD and 2LP (LP includes full album on CD). Tweedy, the band, is a collaboration between Jeff Tweedy, best known as the founder of the pioneering Chicago rock band Wilco, and his 18-year-old son and drummer Spencer Tweedy. On September 23rd dBpm Records in conjunction with ANTI will release Sukierae (sue-key-ray), the debut release by the aptly-monikered duo Tweedy. Sukierae features 20 new songs penned by Jeff, performed by Tweedy father and son along with a host of musical guests. "When I set out to make this record, I imagined it being a solo thing, but not in the sense of one guy strumming an acoustic guitar and singing," Jeff said. "Solo to me meant that I would do everything - write the songs, play all the instruments and sing. But Spencer’s been with me from the very beginning demo sessions, playing drums and helping the songs take shape. In that sense, the record is kind of like a solo album performed by a duo." With Spencer on drums, Jeff handles his usual guitars and vocals, as well as bass and keyboards. Backing vocals on Sukierae come courtesy of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of the Brooklyn-band Lucius. Musician Scott McCaughey (R.E.M., The Minus Five, The Baseball Project) lends additional keyboard support on Sukierae.
V/A [DJ Snowboy presents: The Good Foot (2LP)]

September 2 street date. This is the latest in our series of DJ-inspired releases, compiled by one of world’s leading funk, soul and R&B spinners, Snowboy, based upon his London club night The Good Foot held every Friday at Madame Jo Jo’s in Brewer Street, Soho. A sweaty underground den, it is the home of the very best music and the top favourites are included here. Snowboy has DJed around the world: from the UK to Japan and all points in between. He has been the music selector for Craig Charles’ Funk & Soul show on BBC Radio 6 and is a curator for the Vintage Festival. His latin jazz band has released nearly a dozen albums since the early 1990s. The music on the album features many of his discoveries, as well as several classics that continue to fill dancefloors. Tracks such as Etta James’ ‘Can’t Shake It’ and the Contours’ ‘Do The See Saw’ were played from CD as previously unreleased masters and rapidly became Friday night soundtracks (our LP version is their first vinyl release). Other cuts by the Ikettes, Dorothy Berry and Little Eva have been worked relentlessly until they have become anthems.
V/A [Höfnin Hljómar - Electronic Music From Iceland]

August 26 street date. Canadian label Yatra Arts is pleased to announce the arrival of its third release: 'Höfnin Hljómar', a compilation of electronic & experimental music from Iceland. The album was initially released only in Iceland, where it met with enthusiastic reception, but is now available worldwide. 'Höfnin Hljómar' takes a comprehensive look at the unique and engaging crucible of icelandic electronic music, with attention given to the refreshing diversity of the scene and featuring works of established artists alongside those of relative newcomers. Required listening for fans of cutting edge electronics of all sorts. "Excellent compilation that works as an overview of the contemporary Icelandic underground: the set spans power electronics, industrial-scale drones, odd minimal synth soundings, crude techno, primitive DIY tape work, deconstructed metal and waves of endlessly lapping ambient hypnosis." - Volcanic Tongue // "Höfnin Hljómar is a carefully curated compilation of contemporary Icelandic electronic music. The 14-track release takes us on a 70-plus-minute guided tour of the avant and electronic underground in Iceland, ranging from Gjöll's riff-heavy "The Harbour V2" through the atmospheric, industrial drone of Björk Viggósdóttir's "Reverse" to Inside Bilderberg's dance floor oriented "Administrating I."..." - Exclaim!

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