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Allah-Las [Calico Review]

September 16 street date. Calico Review showcases a band that’s grown confident in its own style to reflect the perspectives of each member, to craft an album that changes up the approach from song-to-song, while retaining their abilities as a cohesive unit. Audiences familiar with the band will recognize the levels of nuance and steadiness the Allah-Las have grown into throughout Calico Review. It’s immediate, the first thing you recognize about the band in the opening moves of “Strange Heat,” in the amount of control and character burning off of the band’s knack for restraint. Songs like “Famous Phone Figure” cradle character sketches over delicate strains of violin, organ, and Mellotron. “Roadside Memorial” applies the Bo Diddley beat to the open road. Elsewhere, “High & Dry,” featuring drummer Matthew Correia on lead vocals, focuses on the Allah-Las most quintessential and peerless quality: writing emotionally resonant pop, at once direct and detached, casual and knowing, and instantly memorable. In between releases, the Allah-Las have toured around the world, and will continue that journey in support of Calico Review. Calico Review bears the mark of four students becoming the teachers, sharing the sentiments of the town they call home. Join them. There’s a lot to learn. Look for the Allah-Las on tour near you.
Blonde Redhead [Masculin Feminin (4LP)]

September 30 street date. Teeming with the energy and grit of pre-Giuliani Manhattan, Blonde Redhead’s long out-of-print early recordings have finally crawled their way out of the ‘90s basement thanks to Numero Group who will issue the set on Sept. 30. Weighing in at 37 tracks, Masculin Féminin compiles the band’s first two albums for Steve Shelley’s Smells Like Records (self-titled and La Mia Via Violenta), their period singles, extant demos, and radio performances across four LPs or two CDs. Dozens of previously unpublished photographs illustrate two lengthy essays on this essential New York band’s formative years. This is the latest installment in Numero Group’s 200 Line series which has also included releases from Unwound, Bedhead, Codeine, White Zombie and The Scientists. “These songs combine a raw need, a ready access to neediness, with seemingly incongruous cinematic changes reminiscent of ‘60s Italian pop music and movie scores. They switch between emotional grandeur and eye scratching immediacy.” -Arto Lindsay
Chivalrous Amoekons [Fanatic Voyage]

September 16 street date. Sea Note and Palace Records join forces to welcome Chivalrous Amoekons to our rowdy collective stable! Here we have one of the hottest road-leathered bands in recent memory, laying it all on the line for a joyous Fanatic Voyage to the center of the never-ending enigma of The Mekons. The Mekons inspired an optimism in a young Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy that accepted the course of all paths and all fates in life, so long as they could be righteous. Some years later, Bonny himself performed at The Mekons’ 30th anniversary shows, filling in for Tom Greenhalgh in true deputy style. But all this wasn’t enough — nor were the thousand nights of bellowing along with the stereo. Something more needed doing; a bellowing all Mekons blowout with a kick-ass band, squint-eyed and gnarled fist in the air! Equipped with a variety of voices, Bonnie’s band of 2012 was ideally suited to the multi-headed attack of The Mekons, and literally prepared too — they were packing a whole set of Mekons material in addition to the extensive Bonny catalog and, in the midst of a European tour, dropped it on an unsuspecting audience in Zurich! Is it this that accounts for the high spirits, thick-bottomed rock ’n‘ roll and fleet-footed country style on display here? Or is it that the songs of The Mekons simply rock? Fanatic Voyage was mixed in homage to Lou Reed’s Street Hassle, removing all aspects of the live event beyond the musical performance. Bitchin Bajas’ Cooper Crain was brought in to commit this execution; his deft edits allow the band their breathless frenzy while leaving no trace of what must surely have been an gobsmacked Swiss crowd. Featuring the playing and singing of Ben Boye, Van Campbell, Danny Kiely, Emmett “The Cairo Gang” Kelly, Angel Olsen and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Fanatic Voyage is an exquisite tribute not just to The Mekons, but to the spirit and image of rock and roll, the rights of the righteous man and to time, that great elevator and annihilator, from which we will always have much to learn. In the spirit as well of The Mekons to pay forward to the next generation with all efforts, proceeds from the sale of these recordings will go to Roots of Music in New Orleans, Louisiana, whose work empowers local youth through music education, academic support and mentorship, while preserving and promoting the unique music and cultural heritage of their city, which has transformed so many lives already.
Chixdiggit [2012]

September 16 street date. Canada’s favorite pop-punk sons CHIXDIGGIT! are back with their most monumental release to date, 2012. The epic EP consists wholly of a 24 minute-long opus chronicling every tour stop CHIXDIGGIT! made throughout 2012. From Schiphol to Victoria, 2012 takes the listener on a whirlwind trip via their trademark upbeat, guitar driven sound, addictive melodies, and KJ’s cheeky lyrics. The legendary song weaves together what might be described as 21 individual musical vignettes (one dedicated to each destination) into one glorious pop-punk entity. The release of 2012 coincides with the band’s 25th anniversary, marking two momentous accomplishments that CHIXDIGGIT! will be celebrating with a barrage of tour dates!
Every Time I Die [Low Teens]

September 23 street date. Buffalo, New York hardcore band Every Time I Die will release a new album Low Teens on September 23. The first new song shared is “The Coin Has a Say” which operates as an extremity test, with every gear-shift somehow pushing the band into inexplicably heavier territories. “The whole winter, the temperature was in the low teens. Bitterly cold,” says Every Time I Die’s front man Keith Buckley regarding the months that yielded their eighth full-length album. But Keith and the rest of the band Jordan Buckley (guitar), Andy Williams (guitar), Daniel Davison (drums), and Steve Micciche (bass) aren’t so hard up for pathos at this point that they’re grumbling about the temperature outside. If anything, Low Teens is their most poignant and impassioned album in a career full of sardonic illuminations and pit-inciting fervor. The band was on tour in Toronto in December when Keith received a phone call that his wife was in the hospital with a life-threatening pregnancy complication. It was a harrowing night as Buckley left the tour and raced home to overwhelming uncertainty. Both wife and daughter survived the ordeal, but the moment of crisis had a lasting impact on Buckley and an inevitable role in shaping the lyrical scope of Low Teens. Low Teens’ razor-sharp sound and auditory barbarism was abetted by engineer and producer Will Putney (Acacia Strain, Body Count, Exhumed). Low Teens’ guest vocalists further demonstrate these polarized extremes, with formidable bellower Tim Singer (Deadguy, Kiss It Goodbye, No Escape) roaring alongside Buckley on opening track “Fear and Trembling” and longtime friend Brendan Urie (Panic! at the Disco) providing a melodic counterpoint on “It Remembers”. Yes, Every Time I Die has always juggled hardcore urgency, metal brutalism, and rock melodies, but never has it felt this instinctive or this vicious. The pressure drop that yielded Low Teens could have crippled a lesser band, but Every Time I Die weathered the winter to deliver their strongest offering to date because of, not in spite of, these hardships and roadblocks.
Garcia, Thibaut [Leyendas]

September 16 street date. Twenty two year old guitarist, Thibaut Garcia, makes his Erato debut with Leyendas (Legends), an atmospheric recital of music by Spanish and Argentinian composers including Albéniz, Falla, Rodrigo, Tárrega, Manjón and Piazzolla. For this album, Garcia takes a panoramic view of his instrument through Baroque music and contemporary music. He states "For my first album with Erato, I wanted to show the guitar in its full glory. These legendary works are so close to my heart because they are part of my life and my travels. I wanted this first recording to be full of energy, sun, emotion, pain and tenderness – and to focus on repertoire that has sustained me since my childhood.” Edgar Moreau, the Erato cellist, joins Garcia in a few pieces by Falla. Garcia describes the experience of working with Moreau as "spontaneous, like two friends getting to know each other." This is just the first of many fantastic albums to come in this young artist’s bright future with Erato.
Haack, Bruce [Electric Lucifer (Ltd)]

October 7 street date. Bruce Haack's biggest album!! An electronic psych-pop masterpiece!! Originally released in 1970 on Columbia Records! Canadian Bruce Haack is known as a pioneer within the world of electronic music, and basically invented the genre as we now know it. Telephone Explosion was honored to be able to release "Electric Lucifer Book II" in 2014 and "Haackula" in 2015. These were so successful that we decided to keep things moving and reissue Haack's original masterpiece. "The Electric Lucifer" is an immersive experience. At times heady, quirky, dark and flat-out funny, this is an album that is revered by many of the most influential artists in the musical landscape.
Handsome Family [Unseen]

September 16 street date. Brett and Rennie Sparks’ music is steeped in the western gothic of New Mexico life. The unseen is powerful here. Nothing rusts, but entire oceans have disappeared. Ski masks mean robberies, but in the slow dive of the sun enormous bugs awaken in thorny yards and unseen sirens and coyotes cry out to the purple sky. Just about anywhere you stand there’s been some blood drawn. 2016 brings the release of Unseen— 10 songs by a couple both world-famous and happily invisible (they provided the main title theme from the first season of HBO's True Detective). Each song on the record has a guiding color—gold, silver, green, red, white. Unseen is about the light that emanates from things we can’t see— behind “The Red Door,” in the empty hands of blackjack losers , and amidst desert bones bleaching in the sun.
Hiss Golden Messenger [Heart Like A Levee]

October 7 street date. The writing of the songs that became Heart Like a Levee started in a hotel room in Washington DC in January of 2015 during a powerful storm that darkened the East Coast. At that time I was feeling—more acutely than I had ever felt before—wrenched apart by my responsibilities to my family and to my music. Forgetting, momentarily, that for me, each exists only with the other. How could I forget? Though maybe my lapse was reasonable: I had just quit my job, the most recent and last, in a series of dead-end gigs stretching back 20 years, with the vow that my children would understand their father as a man in love with his world and the inventor of his own days. They would be rare in that regard. And then—driven by monthly bills and pure fear— I left for another tour, carrying a load of guilt that I could just barely lift. But in that snowy hotel room I found the refrain that became my compass: I was a dreamer, babe, when I set out on the road; but did I say I could find my way home? - M.C. Taylor (Durham, NC). The album includes guest performance by members of Bon Iver (Matt McCaughan), Megafaun (Phil Cook, Brad Cook), Mountain Man (Alexandra Sauser-Monnig), and Tift Merritt.
Joyce Manor [Cody]

October 7 street date. Cody isn’t an album that changed everything for Joyce Manor, but Joyce Manor had to change a bit to make their album Cody. Since the release of their 2014 Epitaph debut Never Hungover Again, guitarist and singer Barry Johnson has taught himself the meditation techniques championed by the Beatles and director David Lynch, and he found he was suddenly wide open. For Cody, the band camped out in the studio for two months with producer Rob Schnapf, credited on classics by Elliott Smith, Guided By Voices, Saves The Day and Rancid, all in the Joyce Manor record collections, of course. With Schnapf’s help, they’d explore deeper arrangements, new pre-production techniques, and different ways of working both together and with someone else. They also added new drummer Jeff Enzor to the band alongside bassist Matt Ebert and guitarist Chase Knobbe. With Rob Schnapf’s able help as a de facto fifth member of the band, Joyce Manor found itself bristling with inspiration. Now more than ever, says Johnson, he felt he could trust himself and his bandmates to take the risks to make the music they wanted to make. The result is a record that dares to be humble, intimate and unapologetically human.
Lanois, Daniel [Goodbye To Language]

September 9 street date. DANIEL LANOIS is one of the most influential record producers of the modern era: the man who brought Bob Dylan back; longtime collaborator with Brian Eno, soundsculpting a series of mammoth releases for U2; and producer of breakthrough late-career albums by Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris. But before all that, DANIEL LANOIS was an experimental musician, recording his unique guitar voicings for groundbreaking albums with guys like Brian Eno and Jon Hassell, along the way helping to invent a genre called ambient music. Goodbye to Language is the perfect joining of the dots, through the world-changing experiments of his early days with Eno, to his flights through the most rarefied atmospheres of the mainstream of music. Constructed entirely from the sounds of the pedal steel guitar, Daniel on the pedal steel and his mate Rocco Deluca on the lap steel with compositional rigour that recalls the 20th century dreamscapes of Ravel and Debussy, with a sense of sonic futurism and yet also with the naturalness that can only come from someone rooted in centuries of grassroots music. And while fusions of influence can sometimes lead to homogenisation in the blending of source material, this record does precisely the opposite: it’s about highlighting the highest common factors from a lifetime of influences. Or as he succinctly puts it: “I operate under the banner of soul music – music that just feels right and comes from a truthful place.” When a musician with as much expertise and experience as Daniel tells their own personal truth, you should really listen closely. (LP Includes download)
MF Doom [Unexpected Guests (2LP/Ltd)]

October 7 street date. While most fans already worship classic albums like "Operation Doomsday", "MM...FOOD", and "Madvillainy", DOOM's output also includes a number of guest appearances, non-album singles, promo tracks, and other rarities that never made it onto an official release. Now, those tracks are finally available on "Unexpected Guests", a limited-edition vinyl collection showcasing rare MF DOOM material. Included are collaborations with the likes of Talib Kweli, J Dilla, Ghostface Killah, Sean Price, Count Bass D, Vast Aire, Masta Killa, and more. Many of these tracks have never been available on vinyl before, making "Unexpected Guests" an essential addition to DOOM's already impressive catalog.
Mute [Remember Death]

October 14 street date. Fast, technical, melodic: those are just a few words that the punk rock community uses to describe MUTE’s music. Considered by many to be a crucial staple in the skate punk world, the band has spent the last 18 years taking a 100% DIY approach to bringing its music to the masses! Boasting four albums - Blueprints (2001), Sleepers (2004), The Raven (2008) and Thunderblast(2011) - over 2 million MUTE fans have watched one of the band’s official music videos. MUTE has played more than 600 concerts in over 25 countries in North America, South America, Asia, and Europe: from small indie venues to the main stage of some of the world’s most prestigious international festivals! The quartet was fortunate enough to tour with famous punk bands like Rise Against, NOFX and Lagwagon and to share the stage with legendary artists like Bad Religion and The Offspring. Tireless and faithful to its devoted and hardworking DIY ethics, MUTE is still going strong. With this 5th album on its way and a lot more touring to come, MUTE is, and will remain, a force to be reckoned with in the punk rock world!
Neurosis [Fires Within Fires]

September 23 street date. Recorded by Steve Albini ! Over the collective’s past ten albums, Neurosis have invited listeners to join them on the path their music carved. Going beyond the remarkable, they became unforgettable. Throughout the last 30 years, the band has relished the unpredictable and embraced the unknown possibility of where the music was capable of taking them. Neurosis takes their most dominant step yet with their eleventh full-length, Fires Within Fires. Three decades in the making, striking their signature balance between light and dark, beauty and repulsion, this latest album gives due to its predecessors while progressing forward into the unfamiliar and formidable. Featuring exquisite album artwork from the renowned Thomas Hooper and the stellar recording work of the group’s longstanding engineer Steve Albini, Fires Within Fires is at once a beautiful and forbidding work of mastery. For members Scott Kelly, Steve Von Till, Jason Roeder, Noah Landis, and Dave Edwardson, the album is a welcome companion to what’s now been a 30-year-long trek into the infiniteness of sound and sight coalescing into consciousness. An all-encompassing reminder that transfiguration in sound remains their most commanding and inimitable strength, this is the next powerful step toward a destination that has long been and continues to be the very heart of “becoming” for the mighty Neurosis.
NOFX [First Ditch Effort]

October 7 street date. What’s really left to say about NOFX? For over thirty years the reigning kings of punk rock have remained relevant by continuing to push the boundaries of their music and lyrics in a way that’s as endearing as it is infectious. For that reason it’s remarkably apt that the band’s latest LP First Ditch Effort is also their thirteenth, because ominous black clouds hang over this collection of songs that see frontman/bassist Fat Mike exploring self-loathing and mortality in a more raw and honest way than he ever has before. Mike credits much of this to the writing process behind NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories, the band’s New York Times Bestselling memoir that forced him to confront his ghosts and revisit his past in ways that weren’t always comfortable. Additionally, having focused so much energy on writing songs for a Broadway musical over the past few years, Fat Mike’s songwriting on First Ditch Effort benefits from a similarly nuanced and varied approach, while simultaneously spitting out all the pent up angst and aggression that was necessarily reserved for NOFX songs. Guided by the collaborative influence of producer Cameron Webb (Motorhead, Alkaline Trio, Social Distortion, Pennywise), the album busts out of the gate with the amped up “Six Years on Dope” and never looks back. From the ultra-melodic word-play of “Oxy Moronic” to the charging desperation of “I Don’t Like Me Anymore”, First Ditch Effort flexes the broad spectrum of NOFX’s abilities and delivers on the musicianship, wit, and element of surprise that fans have come to expect. (LP includes a digital download of album)
Samson, John K. [Winter Wheat (2LP)]

October 21 street date. Singer/songwriter John K. Samson enlists the rhythm section from his renowned band The Weakerthans for much of his second solo album, Winter Wheat. Inspired by the search for connection and community, his hometown of Winnipeg, and our individual and collective struggles with addictions to drugs, screens, and fossil fuels - Winter Wheat is a sprawling, masterful and timely work by a writer at the peak of his powers. Winter Wheat was produced in garages and homes through a Winnipeg winter by Samson’s partner and collaborator, Christine Fellows, and his Weakerthans co-founder and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Jason Tait, and mixed in the spring in Toronto by Robbie Lackritz (Bahamas, Feist). The spare and thoughtful arrangements also feature Greg Smith of The Weakerthans on electric bass, Ashley Au on double and electric bass, Leanne Zacharias on cello, and Shotgun Jimmie on electric guitar. Like the crop itself, which is planted in the fall, sprouts, goes dormant through months of snow and rises in the spring, Winter Wheat is a determined, beautiful, resilient response to difficult and extraordinary times. Double Vinyl includes three sides of music and an etching on Side D. For fans of the Weakerthans, Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, Elliott Smith, and Built to Spill.
Sonic Youth [Confusion Is Sex (Incl. Download)]

September 23 street date. First complete Sonic Youth album, one of Thurston Moore’s favorites! Vinyl includes digital download. Originally slated to be a seven-inch single to follow up their self-titled debut, Sonic Youth ’s Confusion Is Sex blossomed into the band’s first album: a brain-bludgeoning, completely fried endeavor of dissonance and disarray, a perfect soundtrack for running from a chain-wielding gang near the SIN Club. This was the sound of 1983 New York City: nothing like London where punks were starting to scrub their faces and sounds to get on Top of the Pops , and nothing like the jangly roots of college radio rock starting to formulate in Athens, Georgia. It sounded like no one else on Earth, for that matter. The raw, Wharton Tiers 8-track production is dark, the Kim Gordon-scrawled cover figure art of Thurston Moore is dark, Lee Renaldo ’s back cover photo-collage and Catherine Ceresole ’s crumpled-xeroxed images that adorned the inside are dark. It’s an album that moves Sonic Youth forward from their first EP almost by devolving backwards into true ugly, lo-fi primitivity. The bareboned arsenal of junkpile guitars and implementation of alternate tunings was growing, and so were the songs that matched the individual attributes of each instrument: certain ones groan and growl a specific way that the band started to realize itself could become the compositional germ of a song. Herein is the threshold of a new explosion of the band’s creativity , replacing the comparatively cleaner buzz of the Sonic Youth EP with guitars that spew fractured, uglier chunks of sound everywhere, held down by menacing minimalist basslines (actually played by Thurston on half of this LP, and for the only time ever on “Protect Me You,” Lee) and the brutal-yet-controlled metronomic drumming of Jim Sclavunos , augmented with replacement drummer Bob Bert’s notable bashing on “Making the Nature Scene” and grotty no-fi live rendition of “I Wanna Be Your Dog" - Brian Turner, WFMU Includes live cover of The Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog”.
soundtrack [Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do The Time Warp Again]

October 21 street date. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is doing the Time Warp Again, with the two-hour reimagining of the original movie set to air in October 2016 via Fox TV. The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again features a brand-new all-star cast that includes Laverne Cox, Victoria Justice, Adam Lambert, and Tim Curry! The soundtrack from the Fox television broadcast will be available October 21st 2016, released on Ode Records. Produced by Cisco Adler. Executive Producers: Lou Adler and Kenny Ortega. Since its 1975 release, The Rocky Horror Picture Show quickly made its mark as the most-beloved cult film of all time, and celebrating 40 years of theatrical distribution – longer than any other film in history, is still playing weekly midnight showings in over 300 theaters across the U.S. and even more around the world. Fully-integrated FOX network marketing, promotions and publicity support + National PR Campaign by Press Here + Early coverage across top entertainment, pop culture, news, and trade outlets.
Teenage Fanclub [Here]

September 9 street date. The wait is over! On September 9, Teenage Fanclub return with Here, the band’s first album in six years. As ever, song-wise the Fanclub present a textbook representation of democracy in action, the record offering four each by Norman Blake, Gerard Love, and Raymond McGinley. From the almighty chime of opener “I’m In Love” through the ecstatic soul-search of “The First Sight” and the paean to unerring friendship “With You,” Here is a collection of twelve songs about the only things that truly matter: life and love. As is befitting of a record that took its time to arrive, Here uses reflective space to dazzling effect. “Steady State,” with its gorgeous ebb and flow, has echoes of The Notorious Byrd Brothers’ astral jangle, while “I Was Beautiful When I Was Alive” unexpectedly curves off from dreamlike beginnings into a semi-acoustic/motorik outro, sonically replacing the steady beat of the German autobahn with the vast open skies of the Pacific Coast Highway. Not for one second is Here the sound of procrastination or headscratching. It’s the effortless work of a band entirely confident in their own craft—the consolidation of nearly three decades of peerless songwriting and almost telepathic musicianship. Here is a record that embraces maturity and experience and hugs them close. (LP Includes download)
V/A [Afterschool Special: (2LP) the 1,2,3s of Kid Soul]

September 16 street date. The formula was simple: marry bubblegum and soul to the absolute sincerity of an enthusiastic child, cross your fingers and pray for airplay. But while the youthful sums of that formula may have grown up and walked away from their illusions of stardom, their permanent records remain. By 1973, Michael, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Jackie were as hip as kids could get—household names, with lunchboxes, coloring books, a Saturday morning cartoon, and an Alpha-Bits cereal commercial pushing the J5 brand onto any kid with television reception. Their impressive run of four consecutive #1 singles playing on both pop and R&B stations cemented their appeal to both whites and blacks, prompting MGM to launch the Osmonds as the safer (read: white) alternative. And parents? Well Michael had that wrapped up with his impossible-not-to-love mini-James Brown thing. Even their song selection straddled both sides, with “Zip A Dee Do Dah” and “ABC” for kids, and contemporary standards “Standing In The Shadows Of Love” and “My Cherie Amour” for the older crowd. This extreme marketing and merchandising juggernaut created the kid soul explosion. A decade removed from our acclaimed Home Schooled compilation comes a fresh batch of talent show titans. With enterprising parents, neighbors, and teachers turning play dates into recording dates, groups like Magical Connection, Little Man and the Inquires, and Five Ounces of Soul emulated the Jacksons, who’d made grade-school stardom appear easy as ABC. Afterschool Special: The 123s Of Kid Soul contains 19 tiny tunes ranging from bilingual D.A.R.E. anthem, to James Brown bio, to young love and life beyond the playground.
V/A [Let It Be: Black America sings Lennon, McCartney & Harrison]

October 7 street date. The highly anticipated second volume of songs by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison is no less potent than 2011’s “Come Together” (CDCHD 1300) – one of our most popular titles. The compositions of Lennon, McCartney & Harrison were no less appreciated by their black American peers than they were by their fellow pop and rock acts. Here are 22 reinterpretations of Beatles classics that frequently take the songs in new directions, but never lose sight of the original intention of the writers. We welcome back a few artists from “Come Together” but the majority of acts here have not been featured previously. Four of the songs are reprised from the previous volume and offer a really fascinating comparison as they are heard here in very different arrangements. While many familiar names are on board there are some who you might not expect to hear covering a Beatles song including Ike & Tina Turner, Ella Fitzgerald, The Undisputed Truth, The 5 Stairsteps, Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers, Isaac Hayes, Nina Simone, Four Tops, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Boyz II Men, Earth, Wind & Fire, etc.
Wilco [Schmilco]

September 9 street date. The Chicago band Wilco will release their 10th studio album, Schmilco, on Sept. 9. Schmilco features 12 new songs written by Jeff Tweedy and it is the third release on the band’s own dBpm Records. It follows Star Wars, which was released for free and as a surprise in July 2015. Mostly an acoustic collection, Schmilco bears neither the vicious, fuzz-glam guitars of Star Wars, nor the dazzling, baroque-ish arrangements that fans have come to expect from Wilco. But in their place is a spaciousness and chaos that might feel welcome after 20-some years of enjoyed but now-familiar Wilco releases. It is an intentionally loose affair. Schmilco finds band leader Tweedy in a state of alienation: how to cope with dissonance between self-identity and the public perception of his band – to maintain an innocence and earnestness even as some have come to see him as more (or less) than human, and Wilco as something other than six musicians? “I think this record is ‘joyously negative’,” Tweedy said. “It’s sad in a lot of ways but not in any that reach a conclusion of doom or hopelessness… I just had a lot of fun being sour about the things that upset me.” Recorded at the band’s Chicago studio the Loft, Schmilco is produced by Jeff Tweedy and Tom Schick. Wilco is Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Nels Cline, Glenn Kotche, Patrick Sansone and Mikael Jorgensen.

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