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2018-08-24
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2018-08-17
WHY?: Alopecia (10 Year Anniversary Edition)

"I'll go unknown by torpedo or Crohn's / Only those evil live to see their own likeness in stone." It's the kind of couplet you'd carve into a wall whilst savoring the irony at hand, but when Yoni Wolf spit the line ten years ago he was blissfully, broodily unaware that he and his band WHY? were creating a career defining album -- one so fan adored that it would go out of print, and so influential that the artpop heroine Lorde herself would lovingly steal the very lyric quoted above. When it dropped in 2008, Alopecia not only marked WHY?'s evolution from a sonically collaged mostly solo project to a live recorded powerhouse band of badass multi-instrumentalists. It also minted a genre of one: wryly written, poignantly posed, simultaneously swaggering and heartrending songrap that jangles like folk, bursts like psychrock, and sways like chamber pop. To this day, there is no other group in the known universe that sounds or feels like WHY? does on Alopecia. The album's 2018 reissue cheekily etches that aural likeness into our musical history.

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2018-08-17
WHY?: Alopecia

"I'll go unknown by torpedo or Crohn's / Only those evil live to see their own likeness in stone." It's the kind of couplet you'd carve into a wall whilst savoring the irony at hand, but when Yoni Wolf spit the line ten years ago he was blissfully, broodily unaware that he and his band WHY? were creating a career defining album -- one so fan adored that it would go out of print, and so influential that the artpop heroine Lorde herself would lovingly steal the very lyric quoted above. When it dropped in 2008, Alopecia not only marked WHY?'s evolution from a sonically collaged mostly solo project to a live recorded powerhouse band of badass multi-instrumentalists. It also minted a genre of one: wryly written, poignantly posed, simultaneously swaggering and heartrending songrap that jangles like folk, bursts like psychrock, and sways like chamber pop. To this day, there is no other group in the known universe that sounds or feels like WHY? does on Alopecia. The album's 2018 reissue cheekily etches that aural likeness into our musical history.

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2018-07-20
Optiganally Yours: O.Y. In Hi-Fi

The Optigan was a chord organ made by Mattel in the early 1970s that played back lo-fi sound loops on flexible LP sized discs, each disc containing optically encoded rhythm section grooves in a particular style of music (i.e. country, bossanova), along with drum loops and keyboard tones. Think of it as the 1970's version of GarageBand, where amateur artists could put together their own songs using loops of recordings by professional musicians. Optiganally Yours started in the mid 1990's when Pea Hix became obsessed with the magnificent Optigan. When Pea had the idea to start a band around these haunting sounds, his roommate Rob Crow chimed in and said "I'll be the singer, and the band will be called Optiganally Yours." After releasing two albums 1997's Spotlight On Optiganally Yours followed by Exclusively Talentmaker in 2000 Pea rescued the Optigan's original studio master tapes from a SoCal garage, and set out to assemble basic tracks from the thousands of loops and samples the tapes contained. Thus work began on a third album, O.Y. in HiFi. "Several of these sessions never became discs, so Pea chopped them up, as you would with a real Optigan," says Crow. "And we wrote all these new songs using these materials, in addition to my guitar and voice of course. I think it's the best record I've ever done."

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2018-07-13
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2018-06-29
The Blank Tapes: Candy

THE BLANK TAPES is the moniker of Los Angeles based multi-instrumentalist, Matt Adams, who has produced over a dozen albums of 1960's inspired folk-rock-surf-psych-soul-pop on Volcom, Burger Records, Antenna Farm, and many others. Their new album "Candy" was produced by Eric D Johnson (of The Fruit Bats) at his home studio in Portland, OR featuring bandmates Will Halsey of "Sugar Candy Mountain" & Veronica Bianqui as well as EDJ himself. The Blank Tapes have toured throughout America, Canada, Brazil, UK, Europe, & Japan. Matt is also the visual artist behind his band’s (and a slew of others) posters & album covers.

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2018-06-22
Video Age: Pop Therapy

On Video Age's new album Pop Therapy, longtime friends and songwriting partners Ross Farbe and Ray Micarelli conjure up a thrilling assortment of experimental pop songs. Using a palette of vintage synthesizers and the propulsion of a Sequential Circuits Drumtraks drum machine, the New Orleans-based group's buoyant synth-pop echoes from some imagined vision of the past, leaning on an invented nostalgia to soundtrack an ideal future that never arrived. Video Age brings that future fully to life on Pop Therapy.

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2018-05-04
Sugar Candy Mountain: Do Right

Part travelogue, part response to the current, turbulent climate, "Do Right" gives voice to the deeply nested anxiety of modern times attempting to offer a balm. Nature, it seems, is where the band often goes to calibrate it's moral compass so frequently upended by the daily news-cycle. Sugar Candy Mountain invites you to join them on this journey singing "There's a quiet place I go when I need to find my way/ There's a quiet place inside/ Come on in just knock and a door will open". Musically, the band remains rooted in 60's and 70's rock, with their signature honey sweet vocals. "Do Right" leans more heavily on synthesizer than the band's previous records, lending the album a more modern feel. The album pairs the ephemeral orchestral arrangements of The Beach Boys with the pop sensibility of George Harrison on "All Things Must Pass". Oscillating between the hazy psychedelic pop of Mild High Club, the driving energy of Dungen and the danceable familiarity of The Supremes, "Do Right" is a perfect cocktail of old and new, imploring the listener to take a ride into the sunset with Sugar Candy Mountain.

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2018-04-20
The Coke Dares: Fake Lake

"The Coke Dares are the core trio of Jason Molina's Magnolia Electric Co. and Fake Lake is the band's 35-song, 44-minute magnum opus. Equal parts Sparks and Minutemen, Fake Lake is densely packed with smart near-prog arrangements and quirky new wave humor performed at breakneck hardcore punk speed."

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2018-03-16
Mythless: Patience Hell

Positivity is a rare commodity these days. Mythless is the most aggressively major-key-laden, percussion-heavy, heartwarming experimental music you're likely to hear. The new guitarworshiping project from Fang Island cofounder Jason Bartell is at once heavy, anthemic, pensive, and triumphantly hopeful. The debut EP Patience Hell somehow exists at the intersection of trancemetal and meditativehardcore. Driven by the shredding, dronelike drums of fellow Fang Island expat Marc St. Sauveur, Mythless flirts with the techy music of their peers, but seems to share more DNA with Enya than The Dillinger Escape Plan. The band's unabashed guitar rock exists without ego and without irony. It comes from a place deep inside. Bartell's artistic candor seems to possess a brazen joy and obliviousness to judgement, like watching a stranger in the car next to you belt out a Journey song without a care in the world. It's beautiful, and infectious.

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2018-03-09
Oneida: Romance

Oneida has been a cornerstone of the Brooklyn underground for nearly two decades. Always evolving, the group has been a beacon of musical exploration and enthralling unpredictability, gaining legendary status among heads that know and expanding the limits of what it means to be a rock band. With a discography spanning over a dozen full-lengths, plus live releases, EPs, singles, and limited one-offs, Oneida has demonstrated a mastery of collective improvisation, off-kilter songwriting, complex composition, and everything in between.

The Low Anthem: The Salt Doll Went to Measure the Depth of the Sea

The Low Anthem would beckon you into the salty sea. Formed in 2007 by Ben Knox Miller and Jeff Prystowsky, The Low Anthem grew from DIY ethos to semiaccidental success. Having originally self-released "What The Crow Brings" and "Oh My God, Charlie Darwin" , the group signed with Nonesuch, toured the world, and were reluctantly lumped in with the so-called "folk revival". But night after night of performing their early material was not ultimately where they wanted to land: "The moment was losing its mystery. We were scared of becoming robots." In the winter of 2012, the group returned to their hometown of Providence, RI, with an eye toward re-exploring their musical understanding. In a newly restored vaudeville theater-studio, The Low Anthem found their direction. The band began recording in increasingly experimental and meticulous ways, resulting in the complexly experimental Eyeland . The album's release was tragically cut short after four shows due to a crippling car accident, leaving the band hospitalized and the tour cancelled. Through this journey, The Low Anthem have boiled down their musical ideals and found their true voice. The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea is 12 short songs, at once fragile, nuanced, honest, and delicately purposeful.

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2018-02-16
Jim White: Waffles, Triangles & Jesus

Jim White gets around. When he's not releasing his own critically acclaimed solo albums he splits his time producing records for other songwriters, exhibiting his visual art in galleries and museums across the USA & Europe and publishing award winning fiction. His sixth solo studio album, the bizarrely titled Waffles, Triangles & Jesus, is a mind-bending joy ride of sonic influences featuring a bevy of his hometown Athens' roots musicians, plus west coast indie darlings Dead Rock West, and rock and roll maverick Holly Golightly. Prior to Waffles, Triangles & Jesus, White released five eclectic, totally uncatagorisable albums plus another six even stranger side projects. Numerous songs from his back catalog have appeared both in film and television, with his Primus-esque "Word-Mule" being featured in Breaking Bad, and more recently his cautionary rocker "Crash Into The Sun" appearing Ray McKinnon's highly praised Sundance Channel series Rectify. UK fans may recognize White as the narrator and defacto tour guide for the award winning BBC documentary, Searching for the Wrong Eyed Jesus, a road movie set in the rural South, which the LA Times described as "Decidedly strange, delightfully demented." Prior to becoming a musician White led an aimless, diverse life, working countless menial labor jobs: dishwasher, landscaper, lifeguard, cook, surfboard laminator, road builder, culminating with thirteen long years driving a taxi cab in New York City. White is presently at work completing a memoir, Incidental Contact, based on a series of uncanny coincidences that befell him during his days driving that taxi in New York City. Two chapters of Incidental Contact, The Bottom and Superwhite, have been published in the literary music journal Radio Silence, with Superwhite being awarded a Pushcart Prize for short fiction. White was a pro surfer. He served as literary commentator for the National Endowment of the Arts. He was a European fashion model. Samuel Beckett once played a practical joke on him. There’s lots more non linear information that doesn’t really fit the usual bio format. But that’s Jim - he gets around.

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2018-01-26
Big Business: Head For The Shallow (Reissue)

The year is 2003. The place: Seattle, Washington. In a tiny room packed some really nice gear, Jared Warren and Coady Willis recorded the first fulllength Big Business album, Head For The Shallow. Both Jared & Cody had previously recorded with Phil Ek, and really liked him as person, as well as his production sensibilities. Phil had made many records at AVAST! Studios and was right at home, which made the band feel a lot more comfortable. Says Coady, "I remember listening to the rough mixes of the O.G. in the van and getting super excited. It was sounding great, just like a real record! I still feel proud of this album. It made me feel confident that we could do more."

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2018-01-26
Big Business: Here Come The Waterworks (Reissue)

Jared Waren (Karp) and Coady Willis (Murder City Devils) formed Big Business in 2003 in Seattle, Washington. Their first fulllength album ( Head For The Shallow ) was released in 2005, followed by Here Come the Waterworks in 2007. The timeline of writing and recording Here Come the Waterworks is intertwined with the band's move to Los Angeles to play with the Melvins. Although Jared and Coady had not yet toured with the Melvins, they were living and practicing in L.A., and had just recorded (a)Senile Animal with the legendary and highly influential doom metal band. At this point, most of the songs on Here Come the Waterworks were fully formed. Big Business headed back up to Seattle to once again record with Phil Ek at AVAST! Studios. David Scott Stone was along to play guitar, with the idea that he would also become a permanent member of the band, but it became clear as recording progressed that he wasn't able to meet the strict demands of being in a touring band. Of the LP, Coady says, "I think we made a good record, the songs were starting to get a little more ambitious."

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2018-01-26
Big Business: Mind The Drift (Reissue)

Mind the Drift is the third studio album by American heavy metal band Big Business. Jared Waren (Karp) and Coady Willis (Murder City Devils) formed Big Business in 2003 in Seattle, Washington. They released their first two full length albums in 2005 (Head For The Shallow) and in 2007 (Here Come the Waterworks). At the time of the 2009 Mind the Drift release, producer/engineer extraordinaire Toshi Kasai (Willie Nelson, Foo Fighters) had been playing guitar with Big Business for a while. And in the months before the record was made, Jared and Coady had been touring pretty heavily with the Melvins. "I think we wanted to elevate the songs and make it really grand, like a Queen record," says Coady. "It's definitely the hardest record we've made to this day. The session was plagued with technical glitches from the getgo, so it felt like we never picked up any momentum. To my memory, it always felt like we were under this insane time crunch every step of the way. So as you can imagine the fun factor was pretty low. I think we learned an important lesson about how we best operate in the studio, and what we needed to have fun and feel creative and comfortable."

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2017-10-06
Sound Of Ceres: The Twin

The mysterious tale of The Twin, the second full-length from Sound of Ceres, exists in myriad permutations: a new album, a mesmerizing live show, videos, and Alastair Reynolds short story... and others in-between. Sound of Ceres' creative cohort of authors, composers, and illusionists traveled from a snowy Alpine retreat to the outer limits of deep space to bring you The Twin. Ryan & Karen Hover, along with bandmate Jacob Graham, arrived at the Reykjavik studio of producer Alex Somers (Sigur Rós, Julianna Barwick) with the original mixes of what seemed like more-or-less finished songs. And then they went through a different door. Guitars and harpsichords gave way to more analog synthesizers and melodic percussion. As the music's dynamic range grew wider, timbres chilled; as more layers of vocals were woven into the background, a new twin of The Twin emerged. In concert, The Twin evolves and changes nightly; no two versions of this immersive audio-visual experience are alike. Lasers and fiber optics pierce the darkness and smoke, creating a web of ever-changing constellations. Stars, circles, and double-helixes dance around the band, bouncing off reflective costumes and outstretched hands. Responding fluidly to each unique environment where they perform, Sound of Ceres transport the audience into the heart of the great cosmos via a mystifying display of lights and effects, coupled with hypnotizing sound.