…..news letter #640 – taxing…..

Ugh, so trying to finish my taxes is pretty much the worst thing. I’d rather be digging through moldy old Perry Como records…. Any way, I’m swamped. Here you go….

…..pick of the week…..


Various: Wayfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles
(Numero) LP

We sold out of our first batch of this in a day, so it never even made the news letter, but here it is in all it’s mullet wearing glory…. “With Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles, the impacts of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath on US shores and heartlands is revealed as a bludgeoning previously undescribed. In this collection, medieval Bonham thunk and febrile Iommi guitar leads crowd out the bluesy Americana that foregrounded those bands, replacing hippie pastoralism with mythology, armored conflict, sorcery, and doom. From legions of occult-obsessive 1970s bonehead teens, we summoned a horde of 16 bands, cloaked in eons of tortured obscurity, whose sole release amounts to a blistering chapter ripped free of rock’s lumbering mythos. This music hails from an occluded realm, somewhere just beyond the pot-addled minds of its creators. Lyrically, the Darkscorch Canticles trifle with themes most grave: crippling fear, pagan hostility, paranoia, power addiction – even necromancy. Satan’s name is openly invoked, alongside Sauron’s. These worried, warlike Canticles occupy a miniscule niche in the American underground of self-released rock, but their appeal is more broad today than in any previous era. One year ago, Medusa’s mysterious First Step Beyond LP emerged from its Chicago forge, numbered in gold, sheathed in the black faux-velvet of a centaur’s nutsack, heralding The Numero Group’s first dive into the Stygian caverns of the American hard rock underground. But Darkscorch Canticles hail from no simple aural landscape: Numero 048 melds amateur D&D artwork with stout chunks of stoner basement rock, grafting physical music artifacts into an imagined world. In both LP and CD formats, eye-crushing band logos dominate the cover in false pen ink, all of it ensconced in an embossed Wibalin weave, foil-stamped by licks from the fire-lake of Eldara.”

File Under: Hard Rock, Doom, Metal, Private Press, D&D
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…..new arrivals…..


Oren Ambarchi/Stephen O’Malley/Randall Dunn: Shade Themes From Kairos (Drag City) 2LP
Shade Themes From ‘Kairos’ is a new iteration of the dream for all the guitar freaks out there, bringing together a couple of singular players together, just to see what happens. In this case, the players were old friends and collaborators Oren Ambarchi and Stephen O’Malley, playing in a space engineered and co-populated by Randall Dunn. The Shade album began in 2009, when Belgian filmmaker Alexis Destoop asked Ambarchi and O’Malley to score his short feature, ‘Kairos’. Randall Dunn was their first and best choice to record and co-produce the music – and as the session progressed, all three men found themselves acting as a trio to bring the music. And in the end, this album was made by a trio of players. Decamped in an old radio station in Kortrijk, Belgium, they filled a bare, stripped live broadcast room with the needed equipment as well as other amazing old pieces made available by the gearheads of the European lowlands. With guitars, drums, analog synthesizers, vibes, crotales, Sruti box and a mellotron, deep emanations were evoked, while other spirits emerged from the old wooden sound panels in the room – the ghosts of music makers past? It will suffice to say that all who were there contributed something. The soundtrack was completed – but the vast space they’d discovered together required deeper investigation. Ambarchi, O’Malley and Dunn determined to go further with the music, reconvening back at Randall’s ALEPH Studio in Seattle (now R.I.P.), where further recording and mixing was done.

File Under: Doom, Drone, Sunn o)))
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Bats: Daddy’s Highways
Bats: Law Of Things
Bats: Compiletely Bats
(Captured Tracks/Flying Nun) LP
The story of The Bats begins in 1982 in Christchurch, New Zealand, when guitarist, vocalist and chief songwriter Robert Scott (The Clean) teamed up with bassist Paul Kean (Toy Love), guitarist Kaye Woodward and drummer Malcolm Grant (The Builders). Over the next 30 years, the beloved indie-pop four-piece produced a wealth of classic releases including three EPs, seven albums and a pair of retrospective collections. In commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the release of The Bats 1987 debut album, Daddy’s Highway, Flying Nun Records offers up this remastered vinyl reissue as well as Law of Things, and Compiletely Bats. Awash in the haunting beauty and bittersweet melodies the group would carry on throughout their storied career. An auspicious introduction to a band that has since become an institution of the New Zealand music scene.

File Under: Punk, Lofi, New Zealand, The Clean
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caravanCaravan: If I Could Do It All Over Again… (4 Men With Beards) LP
Caravan – Pye Hastings (guitar/vocals), Dave Sinclair (keyboards), Richard Sinclair (bass/vocals) and Richard Coughlan (drums) – rose to prominence over a period of several years from 1968 onwards as part of the Canterbury scene, blending psychedelic rock and jazz to create a distinctive sound like that of their contemporaries Soft Machine and Gong. If I Could Do It All Over Again, I’d Do It All Over You is the band’s second album following their groundbreaking 1968 self-titled debut. Originally issued on Decca in 1970, the strong 8-song set displayed a significant evolution in sound from that of their first outing with much more highly melodic, complex songs, and more elaborate musicianship. Highlighted by the epic standouts “With an Ear to the Ground” and “For Richard,” the progressive rock classic is now faithfully reissued on 180 gram vinyl with a tip on jacket courtesy of 4 Men With Beards.

File Under: Psych, Prog, Canterbury
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Pascal Comelade: Degeneration Electronics 1974-1983 (Vinyl On Demand) 5LP Box
Pascal Comelade is a French-Catalan musician, born in 1955 in Montpellier. Comelade began making strange cover songs of rock and easy listening standards with such instruments as singing saw, toy piano etc. He later developed an unconfoundable style, co-operated with artists like Robert Wyatt, Faust, Jac Berrocal, and PJ Harvey, and even has a tribute band in Japan, the Pascals. After living for several years in Barcelona in the early/mid 70’s, he made his first album, “Fluences”, influenced by electronic music and the group Heldon. Subsequently, his music has become more acoustic and is characterized by the sounds of toy instruments, used as solo-instruments and as an integral part of the sound of his group, the Bel Canto Orquestra. This Box is presents his earlier works with focus on his electronic tracks from 1974 to 1983 on LP 1 to LP 4 and includes his first concert with the Bel Canto Orquestra from 1983 on LP 5. LP1 Fluence (1974/75) – s/t (originally released as Lp on Pôle Records – Pôle 0008 in 1975, lmtd 1000 copies); LP2 Paralelo (originally released on Parasite, 1980 – PAR 002, lmtd.1000); LP3 Sentimientos (originally released as Lp on Dys – DYS 05 in 1982, lmtd 500 copies); LP4 A: Sequences Païennes (originally released as 7″ on Parasite PAR001, 1979 / Ready-Made (originally released on Parasite PAR 004, 1980, lmtd 500 copies); Lp4B: Irregular Organ / Musique Par Correspondance (originally released on “Precis de Decomposition Bruitiste”, Tape, Parasite PAR006, 1983, lmtd 50 copies; Lp5A: Bel Canto Orquestra en concert, Montpellier, 28th of October 1983 (originally issued as Tape on Medamothi, 1983 and in 1985 (semi)-officially rereleased on Ding Dong Records as “Dans la Cadre de Casino” with wrong tracktitles); Lp5B: Bel Canto Orquestra en concert (B1) / Slow Musics (B2-B3) (originally issued as Tape on Eurock / Parasite, 1981)

File Under: Early Electronic, Experimental, Avant Garde
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comet control

Comet Control: s/t (Teepee) LP
Comet Control is the new band from Andrew Moszynski (guitar) and Chad Ross (vox/guitar), formerly of Canadian psych rock champions Quest For Fire. The powerhouse musicians are joined in Comet Control by Nicole Howell (bass), Jay Anderson (drums) and Christopher Sandes (keys) and the group’s eight song self-titled debut is nothing short of stunning. Comet Control extends the dark, bass-driven washes of sound that Quest For Fire fabulously produced and drenches it in majestic bursts of pastel post-rock guitars and bright, breezy vocals. Simultaneously heavy and sunny, Comet Control rocket to the forefront of today’s dark psych scene and deliver a modern classic with their triumphant debut! For Fans of: Black Mountain, Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Black Angels, Queens Of The Stone Age, Sisters Of Mercy, Loop and Dead Meadow! Out-of-this-world, futuristic cover art and packaging for “Comet Control,” designed by far-out artist Signalstarr (known for his work for the 20th Century Fox film “Prometheus”) adds to the potent push of the record’s searing scope! Comet Control will take to the road this spring/summer for live performances in support of their self titled debut. Don’t miss this band when they land their spaceship on a stage near you! “Strobe-lit psych-punk stomp…less stoner rock than stoned rock, marked by a patient pace and a foggy-headed whimsy that lingers even as the VU levels surge into the red” – Pitchfork

File Under: Psych, CanCon, Quest For Fire
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Ned Doheny: Separate Oceans (Numero) LP
With no less than a mansion, a state beach, and a three-mile stretch of road bearing his fabled family’s name, Ned Doheny easy-glided into the 1970s on a crest of wealth and privilege. Signposting Ned’s sojourn through the LA recording industry were Jackson Browne, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Chaka Khan, Graham Nash, ‘Mama’ Cass Elliot, Bonnie Raitt, and David Geffen – each a household name both inside and far from southern California. And while no bust of Ned Doheny appears alongside those of his Laurel Canyon brethren in the pantheon of classic rock, it’s not for lack of songwriting abilities or recording chops. Over the last three decades, Doheny’s albums have slid in and out of print on LP and CD, budget jobs without any involvement from the self-described “avatar for casual vulgarity”. Separate Oceans examines Ned Doheny’s first ten years adrift in song, pulling together choice album cuts and 11 previously unissued demos. An 8000 word essay is illustrated by images from the archives of noted rock photographers Henry Diltz, Moshe Brahka, Clive Arrowsmith, and Gary Heery, creating the first ever overview of this unheralded marina rocker.

File Under: Soft Rock, Soul
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each otherEach Other: Being Elastic (Lefse) LP
Being Elastic is the debut album from Montreal-via-Halifax’s Each Other. The Lefse Records release was recorded to tape in their home-built studio in Montreal between tours across Canada, Europe and the U.S., Being Elastic is a document of a band always trying to move further out in terms of songwriting and production. Initial recordings were shelved in favor of starting over, as new songs piled up and intra-band shreddery intensified. The restless energy that defines their work habits shows up everywhere in their music.  The songs have a solid foundation in avant-rock-pop traditions but are thwarted from sounding like any kind of reverent tribute to what’s come before by being adventurous and exploratory. Surprise breaks, abrupt left-turns, tangled riffage, sidelong-glancing lyrics and Space Echo murk all punctuate the full-throated harmonies, artful melody and bright, ringing tone that makes up the core of these songs. At every turn, Being Elastic is a record that sounds forward-looking but not futuristic, meticulously constructed but not formulaic or predictable. It’s the sound of three people working hard on their own terms, without a promo budget or obnoxious social media hustling, to make a record that speaks for itself.

File Under: Rock, Indie Rock
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farynaEmily Faryna: Return of the Repressed (Vinyl On Demand) 2LP
Emily Faryna is a Canadian artist and singer known so far only by real fans of Minimal/Synth-related Wave-music and cassette-culture collectors. Like most singers, she started doing small gigs, slowly making a name for herself. By 1984, she was working under the MoDaMu Records label out of British Columbia in Canada. Her debut album, I’ve Got a Steel Bar in My Head, was released that year (MoDaMu10). The Track Doomed to Fail was released on the Underground Vancouver 1984 Compilation the same year. A sophomore offering followed in 1985 titled Neat and Tidy in Your Mind (MoDaMu15) and two tracks (Compromise and Propaganda) got licensed to the spanish Label Auxilio De Cientos for Vinyl-Release on the Femirama Compilation which contained also other works by Tara Cross, Neo Zelanda, Eicka Irganon, Anne Gillis and more female protagonists of electronic and minimalsynth/undeground music. 5 years later a third Tape called Return of the Repressed was released. By 1991, Spiral Records released as CD Compilation called Some of Emily with original and reworked versions of 10 selected Tracks. Now, almost 3 decades after her musical career started, Emily Faryna finally recieves the appreciation she deserves with a superb 2Lp-Set which combines all the tracks from those 3 original Tapes.

File Under: Minimal Wave, Electronic
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hafler_trio_box_vodHafler Trio: A Cure for Kenophobia (Vinyl On Demand) 4LP Box 
This very special Box-Release with Booklet and containing almost 4 hours of Hafler Trio Archive Recordings recorded between 1987 and 1999 gives a great opportunity to dig into the Universe of Music-Mastermind, Multi-talent and concept-art genious Andrew McKenzie incl. his electronic/ drone/ ambient/ music concrete-like musicoutput as Hafler Trio / H3O of which none has officially released on Vinyl or CD up to this point. In 2012 Frank of VOD went through a whole pallet of Tapes, DAT’s & Reels with Hafler Trio Archive-Recordings; some released but many still previously unreleased. Frank of VOD digitalized several of his favorites and Andrew choose the final recordings to be selected for this release and also made this very beautiful conceptual design for the Box. This is the ultimate Hafler Trio Experience for the Die-Hard Fans as well as new open-minded listeners not aware with Andrew McKenzies works The 4 Lp’s contain the following audio: Lp1: The Hafler Trio Play The Hafler Trio Play The Hafler Trio By The Hafler Trio; Lp2: I Love Children But I Couldn’t Eat A Whole One; Lp3: Regicide, Fratricide & Feneration For Dummies; Lp4: The Generosity Of The Body With Explicit Diagrams.

File Under: Industrial, Dark Ambient

hiss tracts

Hiss Tracts: Shortwave Nights (Constellation) LP
Shortwave Nights is the debut album by Hiss Tracts, a new duo featuring David Bryant (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Set Fire To Flames) and Kevin Doria (Growing, Total Life). The two met in 2004 and struck up a musical friendship that led to three Growing records being made at The Pines (Bryant’s recording studio in Montreal) and a separate collaboration between the two, initially in conjunction with experimental filmmaker Karl Lemieux (also GY!BE’s current 16mm auteur/projectionist). Rehearsal tapes from a set of sessions for a Lausanne Underground Film Festival performance in 2008 became the foundation and starting point for Hiss Tracts; David and Kevin continued working throughout 2009-2013, but much of the material from their earliest session is still present, in one state or another, within the tracks on this debut album. The sonic preoccupations of Bryant and Doria are well-known and well-documented across many highly acclaimed recordings over the past fifteen years, from the organic, group-based, semi-improvised collage albums of Set Fire To Flames to the glimmering, immersive minimalism of Growing and the more maximalist full-spectrum noise works of Total Life. David and Kevin are instrumental music practitioners of uncommon depth and intensity; Hiss Tracts opens new collaborative, procedural and narrative pathways for these fine musicians to continue exploring soundscape-based composition and production. Both are guitar players, and the electric guitar figures as both recognizable and unrecognizable source instrument on Shortwave Nights, but the deployment of a wide range of additional analog sources and signals ensures that there is no confusing this for a guitar-based drone, noise or post-rock record. Shortwave Nights defies categorization by terms like “drone” or “ambient” and it does not easily slip into any of the predominant subgenres that have proliferated around studio-based soundscape work in recent years. Insofar as drone is a touchstone, this has mostly to do with the approach to mixing, which tends towards a transcendent/trance-inducing integration of elements into a unified, saturated, wall-of-sound stereo field. The album contains no beats or programming and very little that is identifiably loop-based or overtly sampled and sampler-driven. Occasional deployments of digital signal processing remain firmly in the service of Hiss Tract’s overriding framework and commitment to analog sources and human instrumentation. This is not an electronic record, nor does it sit comfortably at either the pastoral or spooky/sinister poles of any ambient or ‘whatever’-wave spectrum; it can perhaps best be placed within the broad lineages of post-industrial and musique concrète. Meditative and visceral, humming with the electromagnetic atmosphere through which all manner of frequencies, transmissions and surveillances pass and collide, Shortwave Nights strikes an evocative balance between sonics captured-channeled-harnessed vs. composed-sculpted-performed, with an almost documentary rigour and restraint that nonetheless remains profoundly charged and engaged. Constellation is thrilled to introduce this new project with a brilliant debut album that has heavily infiltrated our brains and bloodstreams since Bryant and Doria first played us the nearly-finished recordings in the fall of 2013. Thanks for listening.

File Under: Ambient, Drone, GY!BE
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Pains of Being Pure at Heart: Days of Abandon (Yebo) LP
Brooklyn Indie Pop stalwarts The Pains of Being Pure at Heart just announced their eagerly anticipated third LP entitled Days of Abandon after two critically-acclaimed records that demonstrated the group’s ability to shift musical registers from bedroom pop daydreams to Alternative Nation anthems. The band has already shared the first official single from the record, the buoyant ‘Simple and Sure’. The album was recorded at new Greenpoint studio House Under Magic which is owned by longtime Pains cohort Danny Taylor (ZaZa). Produced by Andy Savours (My Bloody Valentine, Patrick Wolf, Cloud Boat) and mixed by Charlie Hugall at London’s Engine Room (Swim Deep, Florence And the Machine), Abandon is a bright and refreshing about face from the roar and clamor that defined the group’s last record, the Flood-and-Alan Moulder helmed Belong. “I didn’t want to make Belonger,” Berman says. “This album was a chance to push beyond that album’s universal style of songwriting into something that was far more personal, more in keeping with my ideals. I wanted the music to be joyful and full of light, even if the subjects were often dark.”

File Under: Pop, Indie
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Sean Nicholas Savage: Bermuda Waterfall (Arbutus) LP
Savage’s gift for bracing, timeless song craft and prowess as a philosopher reaches a new zenith with Bermuda Waterfall, which presents 12 tightly written pop songs packed with rich musical depths and devastating emotional gravity. Sean Nicholas Savage is a Canadian Singer and Ballad Composer. In 2013 he released the record Other Life, his most emotionally thematic work and first in a year since he prolifically delivered three full length cassette albums; Flamingo, Won Ton Jaz and Trippple Midnight Karma in 2011. Savage touches always on a theory or profound observation and comes to at least a suggested point in his pop, drama compositions. A pop ‘character’, but with severe realness comparable to Punk/Pop greats, such as Sinead O’Connor, Boy George or fellow Canadian poetics Majical Cloudz and Mac DeMarco. However, with the way music is consumed today, comparisons of contemporaries fail to do any contemporary justice. A broad range of genres and movements; Jazz, Punk, Country and Bossa that must all leave a stain on an artist that is himself an art admirer. Once a staple spectacle performance in Montreal’s all night illegal party scene, Savage has since taken to consistent touring and producing wherever he may be, in the past two years. Throughout Europe and North America, his dates vary from subdued solo performances to full band power ballad shows, each incarnation renowned as captivating and inspirational. “The utter rawness and sincerity of his performance is absolutely captivating.” – Pitchfork // “Montreal’s best kept secret (…) sparkles like Elliott Smith hopped up on Arthur Russell’s happy pills.” – NME

File Under: Indie Pop, LoFi, Edmonton Ex-Pat
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Swans: To Be Kind (Young God) 2CD+DVD
Still NO VINYL IN CANADA! THANKS GIRA! A NOTE FROM MICHAEL GIRA: Hello There, We (Swans) have recently completed our new album. It is called To Be Kind. The release date is set for May 13, 2014. It will be available as a triple vinyl album, a double CD, and a 2XCD Deluxe Edition that will include a live DVD. It will also be available digitally. The album was produced by me, and it was recorded by the venerable John Congleton at Sonic Ranch, outside El Paso Texas, and further recordings and mixing were accomplished at John’s studio in Dallas, Texas. A good portion of the material for this album was developed live during the Swans tours of 2012/13. Much of the music was otherwise conjured in the studio environment. The Swans are: Michael Gira, Norman Westberg, Christoph Hahn, Phil Puleo, Thor Harris, Christopher Pravdica. Special Guests for this record include: Little Annie (Annie sang a duet with me on the song Some Things We Do, the strings for which were ecstatically arranged and played by Julia Kent); St. Vincent (Annie Clark sang numerous, multi-tracked vocals throughout the record); Cold Specks (Al contributed numerous multi-tracked vocals to the song ‘Bring the Sun’); Bill Rieflin (honorary Swan Bill played instruments ranging from additional drums, to synthesizers, to piano, to electric guitar and so on. He has been a frequent contributor to Swans and Angels of Light and is currently playing with King Crimson).. The Swans will be ON TOUR in Canada this summer!! Quotes about their previous album, ‘The Seer’ (2012); “…the sound of a celestial sledgehammer descending” – Time Magazine // “…Swans make their grandest statement yet” – Rolling Stone

File Under: Rock, No-Wave, Drone
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van etten

Sharon Van Etten: Are We There? (Jagjaguwar) LP/CD
For all the attention that was paid to her 2012 break-through Tramp, Sharon Van Etten is an artist with a hunger to turn another corner and to delve deeper, writing from a place of honesty and vulnerability to create a bond with the listener that few contemporary musicians can match. Compelled by a restless spirit, Van Etten is continuously challenging herself. Now, the result is Are We There, a self-produced album of exceptional intimacy, sublime generosity, and immense breadth. Most musicians are quite happy to leave the production end of things to someone else. It’s enough to live your music without taking on the role of producer as well. Yet Van Etten knew it was time to make a record entirely on her terms. The saying goes “fortune favors the bold” and yet this boldness had to be tempered. For this, Van Etten found a kindred spirit in veteran music producer Stewart Lerman. It is clear from the opening chords in the first song, Afraid of Nothing, that we are witnessing a new awareness, a sign of Van Etten in full stride, writing, producing and performing from a place that seems almost mythical, were it not so touchable and real. Always direct, and never shying away even from the most personally painful narratives, Van Ettten’s songwriting continues to evolve. Many of the songs deal with seemingly impossible decisions, anticipation, and then resolution. She sings of the nature of desire, memory, of being lost, emptiness, of promises and loyalty, fear and change, of healing and the true self, violence and sanctuary, waiting, of silence. The artist who speaks in such a voice is urging us to do something, to take hold and to go deeper. Living in this way, the questions of life remain alive, as close and steady as breathing. Many of the ballads of old are as dark as pitch, and people for whom the issues of life and death were as vivid as flame wrote them. You could turn off the electricity, remove all the instruments and Sharon’s voice and words would remain. They connect her to the mystic stratum which flows just beneath the everyday, which is rarely acknowledged as the forces of distraction sweep our attention away.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Bry Webb: Free Will (Idee Fixe) LP/CD
Bry Webb’s second solo record is a record about responsibility, love, work, desire, art and above all, will. It’s also a recording by some true-hearted human beings playing music in rooms in Toronto and Guelph, Ontario. It is Bry and his friends Rich Burnett (lap steel, guitar, vocals), Aaron Goldstein (pedal steel), Anna Ruddick (bass, vocals) and Nathan Lawr (drums). Guests include singer Jennifer Castle, pianist Thomas Hammerton, and the experimental hurdy-gurdy player Ben Grossman. Also featured with the album are bonus tracks Receive Me and Someplace I’m Supposed To Be. The latter is a song originally composed for renowned radio program This American Life. They are included with the CD as a digital download or, for those who purchase the 12” record, as a 7” record.

File Under:
 Singer/Song-Writer, CanCon, Constantines
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yo la tengo

Yo La Tengo: Fakebook (Nonesuch) LP
Originally released on Bar/None Records in 1990, Yo La Tengo’s Fakebook is considered by many to be among their best efforts. It is Yo La Tengo unplugged working out a handful of originals and a number of obscure would-be hits like The Kinks “Oklahoma USA,” John Cale’s “Andalucia” and the Flamin’ Groovies “You Tore Me Down.” Their song “The Summer” and their brilliant take of Daniel Johnston’s “Speeding Motorcycle” proved to be the band’s first alternative chart hits. Featuring guitar work by Dave Schramm and production by Gene Holder (The dB’s). “This is Yo La Tengo laying out the vast playing field of their influences and curating a great deal of what will become the modern canon of pop music.” – Stereogum “One for the desert island along with the Byrds box set and that battered copy of Grevious Angels.” – Melody Maker

File Under: Indie Rock
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red sand

Various: Rising From The Red Sand (Vinyl on Demand) 5LP Box
‘Rising From The Red Sand’ was one the most comprehensive compilations of early 80’s industrial, wave and underground music, spanning a total of five cassettes, compiled by Gary Levermore for his own Third Mind Records label (which has also recently been revived). The original five tapes are now released as a 5xLP set, following several months of tracking down as many artists as possible to obtain their permission to reissue their material. Almost all were found, although nine tracks are missing from this box. ‘Rising From The Red Sand’ was both a precursor to can can be seen along the lines of the two later double LP’s ‘Elephant Table Album’ and ‘Three Minute Symphony’, but due to the vastness of the project offers a more complete insight into the musical underground of the early-mid 80’s period. ‘Rising From The Red Sand’ includes the likes of Chris & Cosey, Nurse With Wound, Die Tödliche Doris, Test Dept, Attrition, Colin Potter, Muslimgauze, Ian Boddy, We Be Echo, Konstruktivists, Portion Control, Metamorphosis, Bene Gesserit, Legendary Pink Dots, P16.D4, Nocturnal Emissions, Human Flesh, Bushido, Smegma, Ptose, Kopf Kurz, Merzbow, Tone Death, Pseudo Code, Conrad Schnitzler, Cultural Amnesia, John Hurst, Section 25, Fan Tan, Un Departement, Scram Ju Ju, Five Or Six, Sylvie & Babs, James Braddell, Onnyk, Nexda, Hula, Dave Knight, Irsol. Liner notes are written by Frans de Waard (of the Korm Plastics label and Vital Weekly), and he writes: “‘Rising From The Red Sand’, which I still regard as the best compilation of industrial music from that time – a five hour Encyclopedia Industrialis”

File Under: Industrial, Experimental
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Arcade Fire: Reflektor (Sonovox) LP
Arcade Fire: The Suburbs (Merge) LP
Circuit Rider: s/t (Numero) LP
Gene Clark: Roadmaster (Klimt) LP
Electric Wizard: Come My Fanatics (Rise Above) LP
Electric Wizard: Dopethrone (Rise Above) LP
Flaming Lips: In A Priest Driven Ambulance (Plain) LP
Jackson C. Frank: s/t (4 Men With Beards) LP
Kendrick Lamar: Good Kid (Aftershock) LP
K. Leimer: A Period of Review (RVNG) LP
Loose Fur: s/t (Drag City) LP
Loose Fur: Born Again In The USA (Drag City) LP
Nine Inch Nails: Ghosts 1-4 (Null) LP
OST: Drive (Invada) LP
Lou Reed: Transformer (Sony) LP
Various: Eccentric Soul: Capsoul Label (Numero) LP
Various: Eccentric Soul: Young Disciples (Numero) LP

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