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Julee Cruise: The Voice of Love

25 years after its initial release, Julee Cruise's sophomore album The Voice of Love is being issued for the first time on vinyl and returning to print on CD, via Sacred Bones Records.

In 1992, after the release of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, David Lynch, Angelo Badalamenti and Julee Cruise returned to the studio with new compositions as well as the intent to craft previously instrumental score-based material from Fire Walk With Me and Wild at Heart into Julee Cruise songs. The result was 1993's final studio album The Voice of Love.

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Julee Cruise: Three Demos

Three Demos is a very unique release, featuring the very first demo recordings for songs from Julee Cruise's initial LP with David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti, Floating Into the Night.

These early versions are fascinating glimpses into the genesis of what became Floating Into the Night and the minimal key ingredients that made the material alchemize. An early version of the album opener "Floating" originally began with a stunning spoken-word intro later dropped entirely from the album version. A revelation in their overarching simplicity, the three-song collection is devoid of the LP's additional arrangement flourishes, and yet still manages to present the same emotional depth charge with only voice, synthesizer and lyric.

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2018-08-17
Mitski: Be The Cowboy

The breakout success of 2016's Puberty 2 saw Mitski hailed as the new vanguard of indie rock, the one to save the genre from the white dudes who've historically dominated it. But the often overlooked aspect of being a rising star is the sheer amount of work that goes into it. "I had been on the road for a long time, which is so isolating, and had to run my own business at the same time," Mitski explains, "a lot of this record was me not having any feelings, being completely spent, but then trying to rally myself and wake up and get back to Mitski. I was feeling really nihilistic and trying to make pop songs."

We want our artists to be strong but we also expect them to be vulnerable. Rather than avoiding this dilemma, she addresses directly the power that comes from appearing impenetrable and loneliness that follows. "With a lot of the romantic infatuations I've had," she says, "when I look back, I wonder, Did I want them or did I want to be them? Did I love them or did I want to absorb whatever power they had? I decided I could just be my own cowboy figure that I so desire." In Be The Cowboy, delves into the loneliness of being a symbol and the loneliness of being someone, and how it can feel so much like being no one.

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2018-08-17
SadGirl: Breakfast For 2

On their new 7" for Suicide Squeeze Records, SadGirl not only harnesses a golden oldies sound with "Breakfast for 2", they touch upon its traditions as well. "It's a follow up to one of the first tracks I wrote for the project, 'Breakfast Is Over'. It's meant to be a sequel in line with rock n' roll and oldies tunes like 'It's My Party' and 'Judy's Turn To Cry', or 'Johnny B. Goode' and 'Bye Bye Johnny'," says guitarist/vocalist Misha Lindes. The flipside features a cover of the surf classic "Jack the Ripper" by Link Wray. "I’m a big fan," says Lindes, "but I’m also a huge fan of the late Israeli neo-rockabilly / surf guitarist Charlie Megira, who passed away in November 2016, and Charlie has an amazing version of 'Jack the Ripper'," says Lindes. "So our version is really an homage to Charlie as much as it is to Link Wray."

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2018-08-17
Uniform: The Long Walk

Following the release of critically acclaimed LP Wake in Fright, which had two songs featured in the new season of David Lynch's Twin Peaks, it was time for Uniform vocalist Michael Berdan and instrumentalist Ben Greenberg to return to the studio. The duo decided to up the ante and add a third member to help perfect their vicious post-industrial dystopian cyber-punk. After some deliberation, Greenberg called upon drummer Greg Fox (Liturgy, Zs) to help round out the sound they were looking for. Using a mix of triggered samples and real drums along with layered synths and good old electric guitar, the trio arrived at what would become The Long Walk after only a few short days in the studio.

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2018-08-17
Various Artists: Teen Expo: The Cleopatra Label

From a basement in New Jersey, Tommy Falcone remade himself into a DIY Phil Spector. From 1962 to 1970, he founded and ran Cleopatra Records, discovered and mentored young Garden State talent, wrote songs and produced wild studio effects, and quit his day job to promote it all himself. Trained as an accordionist, Falcone had a whirlwind imagination and an omnivorous approach to genre, expressed through acts like the Centuries, the Tabbys, Johnny Silvio, the Inmates, Bernadette Carroll, the Hallmarks, Vickie & the Van Dykes, the Shandillons, Eugene Viscione, the Shoestring, and more. Cleopatra became a time-capsule of every 1960s pop style imaginable - garage rock, psychedelia, surf, girl groups, soul, novelties, exotica, even a crooner - a kaleidoscope of sound in search of the ever-elusive hit record.

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2018-08-17
WAVVES: WAVVES

Ghost Ramp is proud to announce the 10th anniversary re-issue of WAVVES' iconic debut record! Critically acclaimed and an underground favorite, the self-titled "WAVVES" record is a flurry of noise rock and sludgy, distortion-heavy pop from one man band, Nathan Williams. With undeniably catchy melodies and raw, passionate guitars, "WAVVES" has held the test of time and remains an infectious rock album that exudes the kind of raw and noisy adrenaline that all rockers crave. Disorienting and blissed out, the record has been called "exhilaratingly immediate" and rightfully catapulted WAVVES into a decade-long career with 6 full-length LPs, countless side projects and a swarm of die hard fans.

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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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2018-08-03
Elephant Micah: Genericana

Joe O'Connell on his new album: I guess the lodestone in the process of making this was the kind of global avant garde mood that's prevalent in a lot of 1980s albums I admire. Things like Joni Mitchell's Dog Eat Dog and Arthur Russell's Calling Out of Context. These records where singers were making really eclectic and outward looking productions - writing *through* the process of recording, and literally *playing* with technologies that were totally new to them.

All the gear that I gathered to make the album was basically discarded or devalued. I got a bunch of stuff from Craigslist that interested me: a cheap FM synth, some Hindustani electronics, and an old three-head tape deck to use as a "poor man's space echo." The icing on the cake is a one-of-a-kind homemade digital synthesizer called "The Mutant". The concept of the synth is parallel to the concept of the album itself. It's an electronic take on "folk" sounds (bends, drones, modal playing) and folk creative approaches (a cobbling together and reformatting of existing elements).

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2018-08-03
Little Ugly Girls: Little Ugly Girls

Legendary Australian punk band Little Ugly Girls formed in Hobart, Tasmania in the very early 90s, but have never released a record until now. This new self-titled set is officially their debut album, and features recordings spanning more than 20 years.

The band formed around fiery vocalist Linda Johnston, whose high-kicking stage antics make her one of Australia's most electrifying frontpeople, and her guitar demon brother Dannie "Bean" Johnston. After moving to Melbourne in the mid 90s, the band settled on their classic lineup of Brent "Sloth" Punshon on drums, and rock-solid bassist Mindy Mapp (previously of another cult 90s band, Brisbane's much-loved Fur).

Little Ugly Girls played with the likes of Bikini Kill, Fugazi, and once memorably headlined over the White Stripes in Melbourne. But their only recordings released to date include a handful of 90s cassettes.

Now nearly 30 years since they formed, the debut album by Little Ugly Girls shows them at their towering best - fierce and inspiring, with Linda's scarifying lyrics and impassioned delivery set to a huge wall of taut punk noise. It has been a long time coming, but it's as good as you could have dreamed.

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2018-08-03
SPELLLING: Hard to Please

Hard to Please is the debut Sacred Bones 7" release by Bay Area artist Tia Cabral, aka SPELLLING. SPELLLING released her first full length Pantheon of Me in September 2017 and it was self written, performed and produced in her apartment in Berkeley, California. SPELLLING's powerful vocal range dances over compositions that vary from rhythmic and ethereal to crunchy and hypnotic, while all remaining singularly cohesive to her distinct and enveloping sound. Pantheon of Me was Bandcamp's #4 record of the year in 2017 and they raved: "Cabral has it, from her careful sense of composition to her charismatic presence to her ability to communicate with her music straight through to the listener's heart."

Her newest tracks "Hard to Please" and "My Other Voice" (a cover of Sparks' 1979 symphonic disco track) pair together to reflect on bittersweet passions of an obsessive romance. "Hard to Please" presents as dance music but journeys through a swirling climax to something more spiritual. On "My Other Voice" the power of SPELLLING's voice elevates this cover beyond an homage and to a unique vision entirely its own.

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2018-08-03
Steve Hauschildt: Dissolvi

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Sweet Valley: Eternal Champ

Sweet Valley is a Bermuda Triangle-like place, where cannabis crumbs, spilt beer, record dust and that mysterious shit you had to blow out of game cartridges all collect as if pulled by some gigantic junkyard magnet. Sweet Valley is a blood pact between two brothers, Nathan (WAVVES) & Joel Williams (Spirit Club), gone awesomely off the rails. Ghost Ramp is proud to present the reissue of 2012's incredible record Eternal Champ for the first time on any physical format! The album is a benchmark for the duo and an absolute fan favorite. Sample-heavy, tripped out beats pull the listener into a psychedelic, 16-bit wonderland. Floating somewhere between video game nostalgia, cutting edge hip-hop obsession and sludged out California stoner-ism, Eternal Champ sets the standard for instrumental beat records. Sweet Valley draws their influences from Three 6 Mafia to The Legend of Zelda with everything in between. Coinciding with the release of the new sequel Eternal Champ II, this limited colored vinyl release is the perfect entry point into the fantastical, experimental and endlessly fun world of the brothers Williams.

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2018-08-03
Sweet Valley: Eternal Champ II

Sweet Valley is a Bermuda Triangle-like place, where cannabis crumbs, spilt beer, record dust and that mysterious shit you had to blow out of game cartridges all collect as if pulled by some gigantic junkyard magnet. Sweet Valley is a blood pact between two brothers, Nathan (WAVVES) & Joel Williams (Spirit Club), gone awesomely off the rails. Six years have passed since Sweet Valley's cult classic release Eternal Champ. Brothers Williams are back with the conceptual sequel to the record that started it all. Eternal Champ II is both a sonic and thematic partner to the original with an even more advanced tilt. Their video game influenced beat oriented music leaps to new heights on ECII. Samples cut through driving dance grooves at a manic pace creating a truly memorable mix-tape experience. The album cover art is a higher fidelity interpretation of the original cover by video game artist Karsten Schreurs. Joel and Nathan aren't stopping there with touring and more music planned in 2018 and beyond!