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Ainsworth, Lydia [Right From Real]

September 30 street date. First 500 LP copies on limited edition coloured vinyl. Composer / producer / singer Lydia Ainsworth has been secretly writing and recording songs over the past three years from bedrooms and basements between Toronto and Brooklyn. What began as pass-time sketches between composing music for flm and multimedia projects has over time revealed an enchanting collection of experimental pop songs with a life of their own. Blurring the boundaries between indie music, filmic orchestration, and electronic music, Lydia’s debut 'Right From Real' thrives on haunting melodies and draws inspiration from a wide range of musical sources - Verdi’s Requiem, Ace of Base, Bulgarian Choirs, Bernard Herrmann, Tones on Tail, Art of Noise - to name a few. This sense of unexpected marriages of infuence fows throughout much of Lydia’s work which features use of voice sampling and string arrangements woven into a unique minimalist fabric. "Like a fever dream of Julia Holter merging with Grimes, Ainsworth's future visions weave neoclassical fourishes and enchanted melody-mangles into cool 80's sound-beds, and it sounds fantastic." - Dazed
Bonnie Prince Billy [Singer's Grave - A Sea of Tongues]

September 23 street date. Bonnie Prince Billy has a new album coming out. "At the locus of five corners, mythos is in the wind; a sea of tongues boils forth, mountains spurting forth from the magma. Bonny sings for who he was and will be, and for all of us, in time." If you enjoyed some of his other albums, you'll probably enjoy this one too. Ina recent interview, Billy claims it's "music you can spit in your hands to." He supposedly "accidentally swallowed a can of donkey water" and decided to make an album to stop the purple liquids that were leaking from a hole in his foot.
Boris with Merzbow [Sun Baked Snow Cave (2LP)]

September 23 street date. What truly inspired an hour-plus collaboration between two of the most respected names in extreme experimentation? The album itself contains a statement that says it all: "A story like this deserves to be born." Japanese doom radicals Boris have spent more than two decades releasing wildly diverse music that’s mesmerized audiences clamoring for sludge, rock or unbridled pop. Their impressive and extensive release history, though, pales in comparison to Merzbow aka Masami Akita. The noise paragon has almost 400 releases to his name, and over the course of 35 ear-tattered years he’s influenced multiple generations of artists and musicians. After these two forces first came together in 2002 for the landmark Megatone album, they spent years perfecting a worthy follow-up. And in 2005, Sun Baked Snow Cave was the overwhelming culmination. Considering that these two forces are capable of eradicating most any listener, the album at first seems like a striking illustration of restraint and reflection. But the lonesome, mournful void of a strummed acoustic guitar is soon enough smothered by drones and swarms of feedback that intertwine with pulsating, yowling electronics - two worlds that both harmonize and struggle against each other. The sound of visionaries trying to draw blood. (First time on vinyl! Limited pressing of 1200 copies.)
Bunyan, Vashti [Heartleap]

October 7 street date. Nine years after ‘Lookaftering’, her last album of new material, legendary British singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan returns with a breathtaking new LP. Recorded largely in her home studio, ‘Heartleap’ is a unique and entrancing collection of ten songs forming what Vashti is adamant will be her final album. Vashti’s third album follows her rediscovery - after thirty years in the wilderness - with the 2000 re-release of ‘Just Another Diamond Day’ (a bona fide cult classic that made # 53 in the Observer Music monthly’s ‘top 100 British albums of all time’), and the critical success of 2005’s ‘Lookaftering’. With ‘Heartleap’ she has delivered an album with a classic sound, where - for the first time - she herself has been in control of the whole process, from writing and arranging to playing and recording. Working predominantly from a studio set up in her Edinburgh home, the record was slowly pieced together, and reveals an artist at her peak, capturing her songs within fluid settings that masterfully marry content and form. Both ‘JADD’ and ‘Lookaftering’ saw Vashti‘s songs arranged and framed by others. Joe Boyd’s production and Robert Kirby’s arranging of the former remain timelessly classy, whilst Max Richter’s elegantly beautiful production of Lookaftering was enhanced by contributions from a raft of supporting artists - all eagerly adding their colours. Vashti is justly proud of ‘Lookaftering’, but ‘Heartleap’ is a more personal record, standing solely on the merits and patient endeavour of its author rather than being buoyed by and filtered through the cachet and collaborative creativity of a powerful supporting cast. The vast majority of ‘Heartleap’ was recorded and edited by Vashti, who "wanted it to be more akin to my very first recordings, the ones even before ‘Diamond Day’. I wanted to try to emerge from the shelter of others and stand out in the open. It would have been much easier had I worked with a producer and an engineer - I would not have had to spend so much time on editing - but that’s been the interesting part. If I’d taken these songs and gone into a studio with them they might have turned out very differently, perhaps more 'produced' - but not as near to how I hear them for myself." Recording her vocals when no one else was around to overhear - freed Vashti up to deliver more confident performances. Equally, working without the induced pressures of studio deadlines enabled her to craft it slowly and lovingly in her own time, weaving together tracks out of numerous takes. Predominantly guitar or piano led - with additional instrumentation building throughout - the songs have no underpinning bass-line or percussion, giving each instrument and voice the chance to pace itself. Like the deer on the cover painting, ‘Heartleap’ moves gracefully, enchantingly. Overcoming adversity through sheer willpower, its very existence is a dazzling triumph.
Caribou [Our Love]

October 7 street date. Our Love is formed around a mixture of digital pop production, hip hop-inspired beats, muted house basslines, and a love of shuffling garage that can be traced all the way back to the time of Start Breaking My Heart - all of which, of course, are filtered through Dan’s own unique perspective. The warm analog sounds of classic soul should not be overlooked either, for they weave themselves most intensely into the record’s DNA. In fact, Our Love is probably Caribou’s most soulful record to date, chock-full of heartfelt lyrics and organic nature that cut through bubbling synths and the blissful euphoria of their synthetic constructions. It’s not all downbeat of course; whilst some thoughts linger on mortality, loss, and letting go, there is always an element of celebration. Having followed up his Polaris Prize-winning 2007 record Andorra with the universally adored Swim in 2010 (selling nearly 175,000 copies worldwide and being named Album of the Year by Rough Trade, Mixmag, and Resident Advisor whilst also hitting The Guardian, Pitchfork, Spin and Mojo’s Top 20), Dan has spent the intervening four years touring the world, bringing not only the sounds of Caribou to the stage but proving his immeasurable worth as a DJ, with epic 7½-hour-long sets. In 2012, Caribou were personally invited to join Radiohead on the road whilst Dan released his first album under the guise of his dancefloor-loving pseudonym Daphni to widespread critical acclaim. Following the shape-shifting sounds of JIAOLONG and the brightly textured, fluid constructions of Swim - both inward looking records in their own way - Dan withdrew to the basement once more to work on Caribou’s next opus. Only he didn’t: Our Love isn’t the sound of isolated creation but the sound of Dan at his most connected - with love for his listeners, his collaborators, and those closest to him. Caribou will be On Tour in Canada this November.
Diamond D [The Diam Piece]

September 30 street date. Grammy award-winning, legendary producer Diamond D of the historical Diggin’ In the Crates (D.I.T.C.) collective returns with a brand new, star-studded compilation titled "The Diam Piece". "The Diam Piece" features the likes of Pete Rock, Talib Kweli, Skyzoo, Rapsody, Hi-Tek, A.G., FAT JOE, Alchemist, Pharaohe Monch, Black Rob, ELZHI, Kurupt, Ras Kass, Scram Jones, Guilty Simpson, Tha Alkaholiks, Nottz and more. This is Diamond’s first production compilation album and is produced entirely by himself, except for the bonus track "Superman" produced by DJ Scratch. The album is being released on Dymond Mine Records and is full of the classic productions for which he is best known. "I wanted to make a classic sounding project with some of my favorite iconic and new MC’s... I call it "Brand New Retro" in this age of keyboard synth beats and dumbed down lyricism." Says Diamond on the new album. No watered-down Hip Hop, just the MPC 3000, The Yamaha Motif ES8, an intricate selection of samples and the mic skills.
East River Pipe [The Gasoline Age (re-issue)]

Note: New street date October 7. First time on vinyl!!.. LP will be pressed on 180 gram vinyl! BONUS: 9 previously unreleased tracks from various years on download coupon. Merge celebrates our long relationship with East River Pipe by releasing their critically acclaimed fourth album The Gasoline Age on vinyl. Saluted by ROLLING STONE as "the most gifted of the new loners," F.M. Cornog, aka East River Pipe, originally released The Gasoline Age in 1999. Named Album of the Year by both THE NEW YORK TIMES and England’s THE INDEPENDENT, The Gasoline Age was inspired in large part by nighttime drives on New Jersey’s seedy Route 22. Automobile imagery appears throughout the album: cybercars, stolen cars, pimpmobiles. The cars all seem to carry with them a romanticism that emphasizes even further Cornog’s gift of creating a lyrical mood without tying his flights of fancy down to specifics. The Gasoline Age explores the suburban landscape and turnpike stretches outside Cornog’s door and calmly runs down bleak facts over the gentle pulse and chorused strums Cornog has been perfecting since his early singles. Some of the songs are built on merely six concise lines of clear-eyed warning, though sometimes ('Hell Is an Open Door') he sounds like he might actually be looking forward to the darkness on the horizon. On other tracks, like the ironically titled 'Party Drive', it sounds as though Cornog is barely going to make it to the curb. But for the character in the song, going on that drive is the only thing that makes it seem like "we’re gonna be OK." The disconnect between the unsettling dead ends Cornog sings about and the peaceful swells of the keyboards and the glimmering guitars is what brings emotional weight to the entire album. One doesn’t get the sense that a whole lot has changed in the last 15 years for the characters inhabiting this world. Merge came to know East River Pipe through his string of memorable and mysterious singles on Hell Gate and Sarah Records. Merge co-founder Mac McCaughan writes, "We had friends who were early fans of those records, including Jim Wilbur of Superchunk, and it seemed that no one took East River Pipe fandom lightly.. once you were in on the secret, you were all in. After Ajax Records compiled the sparkling early sides, we started working with Fred and his wife and partner Barbara Powers and have been looking forward to the next batch of periodic broadcasts from his bedroom studio ever since."
Ex Hex [Rips]

October 7 street date. Ex Hex is a power trio hailing from Washington, DC, making the music you’ve been waiting for. Drums, bass, guitar, P90s, searing leads - this is unapologetic rock ’n’ roll spat out in the discipline’s mother tongue. With Wild Flag on hiatus, Mary Timony (Autoclave, Helium) needed a new outlet, so she retreated to her basement and started writing. To her surprise, the songs came easily and the hooks practically wrote themselves. Mary found Laura Harris (The Aquarium, Benjy Ferree) and they hit it off immediately. Laura is a monster on drums: intuitive, solid, and just a bit rough around the edges. The pair played together for a couple of months in a tiny carpet-lined practice space shared with half a dozen hardcore bands and what appeared to be the better part of a B.C. Rich Mockingbird. In walked Betsy Wright from the wilds of Virginia. She and Mary have similar tendencies, both defaulting to denim and The Voidoids. Betsy is a performer and an ace piano player, and before long, she was slinging a cherry SG as the third member of Ex Hex. The group played a handful of shows and a couple of months later, in the spring of 2014, headed into the studio. Working furiously, they recorded over the span of two weeks in North Carolina with Mitch Easter (Let’s Active) and in the basement of Mary’s home with frequent collaborator Jonah Takagi. Bobby Harlow (The Go, Conspiracy of Owls) was tapped to mix because of his unique take on making rock records. What results is Ex Hex Rips, twelve songs about underdogs, guys stealing your wallet, schoolyard brawls, and getting bent. The record happens pretty quickly, so don’t blink. On Tour in Canada during the month of October! Pressed on 150g black vinyl. Includes full album download coupon.
Godflesh [A World Lit Only By Fire]

October 10 street date. "Justin K. Broadrick (Jesu, Pale Sketcher, Final, etc.) recently revived his pioneering industrial metal act Godflesh with the Decline and Fall EP, the band's first new music in 13 years. Now, on the heels of that release, Godflesh have announced a new full-length, their first since 2001's Hymns. A World Lit Only by Fire will be released on October 7 via the band's own Avalanche Recordings." - Pitchfork
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.
Jesu [Conqueror (2LP)]

October 7 street date. Limited Deluxe vinyl packaging in a translucent slip cover! For most musicians, naming an album Conqueror seems a little overconfident. But when it comes to Justin Broadrick, you wonder what took him so long. Jesu is just one of the ways Broadrick has stunned the world. His trailblazing work in Napalm Death, Godflesh, Techno Animal and numerous other projects has had a crucial impact on grind, drone, industrial, post-metal and myriad other genres. It’s not an easy task to find a groundbreaking musician today who doesn’t trace some of their inspiration back to one of his creations. And even though Broadrick’s never been someone to play it safe, 2007’s Conqueror was, up to that point, him at his most bold. Jesu’s first releases were simply the band getting a foothold; those amalgams of crushing sludge and pop being a few deep breaths before the free fall into a larger world of eruptive, triumphant melody. But that’s not to say Conqueror is somehow lightweight. You may try to casually listen, but you’ll quickly find yourself submerged. It rushes over you in tsunamic waves as rhythms tromp through stratums of noise, monstrous guitars roaring under Broadrick’s vocals in that gripping mixture of melancholy and hope. And above all, like so much of his work before and since, nothing else on earth sounds like it. It’s futile to comb through Justin Broadrick’s entire oeuvre and try to pick out all the truly vital records. But in a list of landmark albums, Jesu’s Conqueror looms as large and unshakable as its title. (First US vinyl pressing limited to 1600!)
Kuti, Fela [Vinyl Box Set #3 (7LPs) curated by Brian Eno]

September 30 street date. Knitting Factory Records is proud to release the third of the long-awaited vinyl reissues from the Fela Kuti catalog. Limited to 2000 pieces. These seven albums were chosen by long-time admirer, Brian Eno. The set comes with a 12?x 12? 12 page book that includes a forward from Brian Eno, album notes from Chris May, translated lyrics, and photos from Bernard Matussiere + a 16.5?x 22.5? poster. Includes the albums -London Scene (1971) -Shakara (1972) -Gentleman (1973) -Afrodisiac (1973) -Zombie (1976) -Upside Down (1976) -I.T.T. (1980) - Fela’s discography stretches from the mid 1960s with Fela Ransome Kuti & His Highlife Rakers, to the early 1990s with Egypt 80, and there are masterpieces all along the way. But the 1970s, with Africa 70 and then Afrika 70, was the decade during which Fela’s Afrobeat went through its most dramatic changes - musically and politically. Says Box set curator, Brian Eno, "Before about mid-September 1973 I didn’t have much interest in polyrhythmic music. I didn’t really get it. That all changed one Autumn day when I walked into Stern’s Record Shop off Tottenham Court Road. For reasons I’ve long forgotten, I left the store with an album that was to change my life dramatically. It was Afrodisiac by Fela Ransome-Kuti (as he was then known) and his band The Africa 70. I remember the first time I listened and how dazzled I was by the groove and the rhythmic complexity, and by the raw, harsh sounds of the brass, like Mack trucks hurtling across highways with their horns blaring. Everything I thought I knew about music at that point was up in the air again. The sheer force and drive of this wild Nigerian stuff blew my mind. My friend Robert Wyatt called it ‘Jazz from another planet’ - and suddenly I thought I understood the point of jazz, until then an almost alien music to me."
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).
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.
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.
Sinkane [Mean Love]

October 7 street date. Sinkane’s ‘Mean Love’ rolls like an emotional, existential history of the artist. It was recorded at The Rumpus Room in Brooklyn, New York and co-produced with long-time Sinkane collaborator and childhood friend, Greg Lofaro. From Ahmed Gallab’s childhood in Sudan there is a Pan-African influence of popular Sudanese music and haqibah, as well as distinct horn and synth arrangements more common to East Africa. This background merges with the lessons learned from Ahmed‘s stints with obsessive craftsmen such as Caribou, Yeasayer and Of Montreal. There is much to fall in love with on Mean Love, his second LP on DFA and the follow up to his breakthrough album ‘Mars’. It might be the funky, infectious brass lines of 'New Name' or the reggae-soul of 'Young Trouble' or the the Sudanese Pop melody of 'Omdurman'. There are doses of West African slow-burners, surprise appearances of steel guitar arrangements and country-soul, a Noir Blaxploitation vibe, and a newly found sweet falsetto voice at times reminiscent of Curtis Mayfield. Mean Love is an emotionally rich and generous soul album with a very welcoming appeal. The restless creative drive of Ahmed Gallab these past few years has led to a true breakthrough moment for the artist, and this album is a true reward for time well spent.
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]

Please Note new street date September 16. 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.
Tosca [Outta Here]

October 7 street date. The Viennese duo, otherwise known as Tosca, confound expectations on their new album, ‘Outta Here’. The sonic collages and smooth downbeat jams with which they made their name are replaced with a soul/jazz/blues confection that’s closer to a band like Brand New Heavies than anything else. "It’s called ‘Outta Here’ for a reason," explains Rupert Huber. "The title stands for change, a change to the concept we’ve had so far. It refers to a change in energy and dynamic. We’ve been know for an almost ambient sounds. The new songs are much more beatoriented and direct. Basically, it’s just a lot more energetic." Do Tosca think the new sound will wrong foot their fans? "It’s not completely different. It’s still our style and mood, it’s just more direct," says Richard Dorfmeister. "People always have a picture of you and it can take a long time to change that. You stand for something and that’s how they see you. I think people see us in that laid-back and chilled kind of way. Over the last 20 years we’ve been described as lounge, chill out, downbeat. We always ignored it because we felt it was more about the music. We’ve always seen ourselves more in terms of being an alternative to commercial music. That’s still what we’re doing, just in a different, more direct kind of way." First abum with new band members Rob Gallagher (Galliano) and Cath Coffey (Stereo MCs).
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.
Winslow-King, Luke [Everlasting Arms]

September 30 street date. "...one of the most professional, staunchly original, and true-to-their-core bands working today." AMERICAN SONGWRITER With Everlasting Arms, New Orleans troubadour Luke Winslow-King picks up where his critically acclaimed Bloodshot debut, The Coming Tide, left off, showcasing his gift for effortlessly balancing musical tradition with refreshing modernity. From the red hot Delta punk rock and jivin’ city blues of 'Swing That Thing', to the tantalizing brass and clarinet cat-calls of 'Levee Man', to the kinetic Friday-night calypso beat of 'La Bega’s Carousel', LWK and singing partner Esther Rose trade verses and lock-step choral harmonies with the ferocious howl of LWK’s prodigious bottleneck slide guitar work, radiating the warm familiarity of early ‘50’s rhythm & blues 45’s, while freshly infusing an infectuous, pop-inflected rootsy twist. LWK is as hardworking a musician as they come, touring incessantly throughout the US and Europe, and Everlasting Arms marks the rise of a new American songwriter that sets a fresh standard for compositional range and dynamic variety.
Witch Mountain [Mobile Of Angels]

September 30 street date. Portland, Oregon’s WITCH MOUNTAIN are technically, pretty much Portland’s oldest metal band, dating back to their formation in 1997 by guitarist Rob Wrong and drummer Nathan Carson, at a time when Portland’s heavy music scene was practically non existent. They would release their debut 'Come The Mountain' album in 2001 and play extensively on the live circuit following its release alongside the likes of such bands as High On Fire, Goatsnake, Electric Wizard, Orange Goblin, Eyehategod, Yob, and Clutch to name just a few. Fast forward to 2009 after a lengthy hiatus and WITCH MOUNTAIN would regroup with a new young vocalist Uta Plotkin (taking over vocal duties from Wrong) and self-releasing their comeback album in 2010 'South Of Salem' to critical acclaim. Said album, alongside WITCH MOUNTAIN’s return introduced Uta Plotkin to the heavy music scene as she would inevitably be recognized as one of the most powerful and best female vocalists in heavy music today. This would be solidified even more in 2012 when WITCH MOUNTAIN released their 'Cauldron Of The Wild' album to even more widespread acclaim and endless touring around said release. The band’s fourth album, 'Mobile Of Angels' sees WITCH MOUNTAIN deliver their most epic and musically challenging album to date. Along with Uta Plotkin delivering her best vocal performance yet, 'Mobile Of Angels' is a darker and more brooding album than any of its predecessors. With a cleaner and warmer sounding production (courtesy of legendary producer Billy Anderson, album tracked and mixed in Type Foundry studios Portland) yet still maintaining that massive heavy bluesy and melodic tone the band are known for, 'Mobile Of Angels' is another formidable chapter in the WITCH MOUNTAIN saga that will see the band’s crossover appeal and awareness broaden even more.

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