Well this is about the latest I’ve ever sent a news letter this small, but take a look at the pick of the week and you may understand why….
…..pick of the week…..
You can blame this week’s pick for the lateness of this news letter. I just got home from closing the deal on roughly a 3000 piece, killer jazz collection. All the titles from all the greats… Miles, Coltrane, Mingus, Parker, Art Ensemble, Blakey, Sonny Rollins and on and on. Original pressings on Blue Note, Prestige, Impulse, Atlantic, Columbia, Strata East, ESP, BYG Actuel… lots of mono. Anyway, the biggest and the best collection I’ve ever purchased. It will be a little while before this starts hitting the shelves, and it’ll be even longer before it all makes it’s way in to the shop, but I figured after the bangin’ December you gave us, we’d give a little back and start this year off with a bang.
File Under: Jazz, Used, Mono, Mayhem
Dan Mangan & Blacksmiths: Club Meds (Arts & Crafts) LP
After a two year hiatus, an induction into fatherhood, and some time to regroup, two-time JUNO Award-winner Dan Mangan has returned under a new moniker, Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. The new name encompasses the spirit of the project’s longstanding ensemble members joining the band from Vancouver’s experimental music community, Kenton Loewen, Gordon Grdina, John Walsh (and often Jesse Zubot, JP Carter and Tyson Naylor) with a communal sensibility that merits the marquee amendment. Produced by Colin Stewart and Mangan, Club Meds at times evokes images of subtler American-underground innovators like Blonde Redhead or Steve Reich. At other moments, it hits emotional pay dirt reminiscent of British scene-survivors like Peter Gabriel or Radiohead. Blacksmith brings an unmistakable character to Club Meds; a stark glassy edge that swells and sways like a roaring ocean. Through a fog of analog feedback loops and synths, the band’s performances breathe deeply and steadily like a dragon at rest.
File Under: Indie Rock, CanCon
New Basement Tapes: Lost on the River (Harvest) LP
The New Basement Tapes is an album project from Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops) Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) and producer T Bone Burnett, who joined forces at Capitol Studios to create music for nearly two-dozen recently discovered lyrics written by Bob Dylan in 1967 during the period that generated the recording of the legendary Basement Tapes. Bob Dylan’s original Basement Tapes – recorded in 1967 with musicians who would later achieve their own fame as The Band – have fascinated and enticed successive generations of musicians, fans and cultural critics for nearly five decades. This collective recorded more than a hundred songs in the basement of a small house in upstate New York that summer and fall, including dozens of newly-written future classics such as, “I Shall Be Released,” “The Mighty Quinn,” “This Wheel’s On Fire,” “You Ain’t Going Nowhere” and “Tears Of Rage.” Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes celebrates the discovery of new Bob Dylan lyrics from that noted 1967 period and marks a unique creative opportunity for Burnett, Costello, Giddens, Goldsmith, James and Mumford, who are bringing them to life nearly 50 years later. For Burnett, whom Dylan has entrusted with this endeavor, it was imperative to provide an environment in which these artists could thrive. “Great music is best created when a community of artists gets together for the common good. There is a deep well of generosity and support in the room at all times, and that reflects the tremendous generosity shown by Bob in sharing these lyrics with us.”
File Under: Folk
Panda Bear: Meets the Grim Reaper
Domino is pleased to announce the release of Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, the fifth studio album from Animal Collective founding member and critically acclaimed solo artist Noah Lennox aka Panda Bear. Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper or PBVSGR, as the album has been referred to cryptically online over the past few months, will be out in January 2015. Lennox has had a far-from-quiet few years with the release of his fourth solo record, 2011’s Tomboy. Since the breakout success of 2007’s universally-adored Person Pitch, each new Panda Bear release is a highly anticipated event, and with a high-profile Daft Punk collaboration also under his belt (“Doin’ It Right,” from 2013’s Random Access Memories), that’s more the case than ever. Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper finds our hero leaving the airy minimalism of Tomboy and unpacking his sonic toolbox again, rearranging the multitude of his disparate influences into the ever-morphing concoction he refers to as “the soup.” Old school hip-hop textures and production techniques meld with the intuitive, cyclical melodies he has become known for a sound that is at once dense and playful. The album signifies a pivotal point for an artist who has proven he can continue to evolve while remaining at the top of his game. As Lennox says, “It’s sort of marking change – not necessarily an absolute death, but the ending of something, and hopefully the beginning of something else.” This deluxe indie store only 3LP/2CD edition of Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper includes the album on heavyweight vinyl in a deluxe gatefold jacket and includes an MP3 download card as well as the 4 track Mr. Noah EP.
File Under: Indie, Pop, Electronic, Animal Collective
Various: Beck Song Book (Capitol) LP
The now legendary Song Reader – 20 Beck compositions previously released exclusively as stunningly illustrated sheet music in partnership with McSweeney’s – will receive a long awaited traditional release, when Warby Parker/Capitol Records issues the album, produced by Beck and Randall Poster, known for his music supervision work with directors Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes and many others. The 20-track all-star collection features exclusively recorded versions of Song Reader charts by the likes of Jack White, Jeff Tweedy, David Johansen, Norah Jones, Jarvis Cocker, Jason Isbell, Laura Marling, Bob Forest, Fun., Eleanor Friedberger, Swamp Dogg, Loudon WainwrightII and several more including Beck himself. The Warby Parker release of Beck: Song Reader marks the first officially recorded incarnation of the project, which has already inspired interpretations from hundreds of musicians the world over. The record includes the studio-quality debut of songs previously only played live either by Beck himself or at one of the handful of Song Reader concerts staged over the last two years. The most recent of these was presented by the L.A. Philharmonic in partnership with McSweeney’s and Warby Parker at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on November 24, 2013. Described by The Los Angeles Times as an “expertly delivered and received night…another big step in Beck’s long, fascinating evolution,” the show’s highlights included Jarvis Cocker’s interpretively danced “Why Did You Make Me Care?” and Jack Black’s borderline frightening “We All Wear Cloaks,” the latter of which makes its recorded debut on the Beck: Song Reader album.
Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguwar) LP
Bon Iver: s/t (Jagjaguwar) LP
Godspeed You Black Emperor: F#A# (Constellation) LP
Godspeed You Black Emperor: Allelujah! (Constellation) LP
Godspeed You Black Emperor: Lift Your Skinny Fists (Constellation) LP
How To Dress Well: What Is This Heart (Weird) LP
Iron & Wine: Creek Drank the Craddle (Sub Pop) LP
Iron & Wine: Endless Numbered Days (Sub Pop) LP
K. Leimer: A Period of Review (Rervng) LP
William Onyeabor: LP Boxset 1 (Luaka Bob) 5LP
OST: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (Universal) LP
Rural Alberta Advantage: Mended with Gold (Paper Bag) LP
Elliott Smith: From A Basement on the Hill (Kill Rock Stars) LP
Elliott Smith: Roman Candle (Kill Rock Stars) LP
Songs: Ohia: Didn’t It Rain (Secretly Canadian) LP
Songs: Ohia: Magnolia Electric Co (Secretly Canadian) LP
Timber Timbre: Creep on Creepin’ on (Paper Bag) LP
Timber Timbre: s/t (Paper Bag) LP
Chad Van Gaalen: Shrink Dust (Flemish Eye) LP
War on Drugs: Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian) LP
War on Drugs: Future Weather (Secretly Canadian) LP
White Lung: Deep Fantasy (Domino) LP