King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have announced Chunky Shrapnel, a new music documentary film and accompanying double-LP live album. The new album features 13 live performances hand-picked from the band’s 2019 UK and European tour, and includes three new musical scores written by Stu Mackenzie that add a magical touch of an alien melancholy throughout the record. Chunky Shrapnel is an experience geared towards not only recreating the energy of a live concert, but creating something tailored and unique to the King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.
Following up the Grammy nominated album "Run Home Slow", Australian soul band The Teskey Brothers are back with their new live album "Live at The Forum" out 5/22. The album was recorded on tape during their two day residency at the iconic Forum Melbourne in Australia this past November. Opaque Blue Vinyl. Polybag. Gatefold Sleeve.
Hamilton Leithauser has proven himself as a master collaborator and solo artist throughout his nearly 20 year career. Following his time as the frontman of the Walkmen, Leithauser released the critically acclaimed collaboration with Rostam "I Had a Dream That You Were Mine" in 2016. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart, #1 New Artist Album, and was named one of the Year's Best by Pitchfork, Esquire, NPR, and more. His latest work and second solo record "The Loves of Your Life" is set to be released on April 10, 2020. It was written and produced by Hamilton in his home studio and is a collection of stories about real people he's met over his years living in New York City.
North Carolina's cherished Americana band is back with a new look and feel! Chatham County Line's 12th studio album, Strange Fascination features newly added drums and modern effects that drive a revamped sound. From the dreamy shuffle of 'Oh Me Oh My' to the bold acceptance of 'Leave this World,' the group demonstrates their sharp self-awareness with a good dose of humor. A beautifully crafted album, Strange Fascination highlights the band's exceptional songcraft and musicianship, as well as their continual innovation.
Set My Heart On Fire Immediately is the fifth studio album from Perfume Genius that will be released May 15th on Matador Records. It sees artist and musician Mike Hadreas re-teaming with GRAMMY-nominated producer Blake Mills and features contributions from musicians Jim Keltner, Pino Palladino and Matt Chamberlin. It was recorded in Los Angeles, where Perfume Genius settled in 2017 with longtime partner and musical collaborator Alan Wyffels. 'I wanted to feel more open, more free and spiritually wild,' says Hadreas, 'and I'm in a place now where those feelings are very close-- but it can border on being unhinged. I wrote these songs as a way to be more patient, more considered -- to pull at all these chaotic threads hovering around me and weave them in to something warm, thoughtful and comforting.'
Making A Door Less Open, the new album from Car Seat Headrest and the first set of brand-new songs since 2016's Teens Of Denial, is set for release on May 1. The album will be available on vinyl and CD featuring distinct tracklists and mixes for each format. Created over the course of four years, Making a Door Less Open is the result of a fruitful 'collaboration' between Car Seat Headrest, led by Will Toledo, and 1 Trait Danger, a CSH electronic side project consisting of drummer Andrew Katz and Toledo's alternative persona, 'Trait.' To realize this, the band recorded the album twice: once live with guitars, drums and bass, and once in a MIDI environment using purely synthesized sounds. During the mixing process, the two approaches were gradually combined using elements of each, with additional overdubs.
After a particularly rough solo performance in 2018 when one of her own friends talked loudly throughout her set, Christina Schneider exited the venue and told herself, "If they're not even going to listen, then I'm fucking done." It wasn't quite the feeling she'd hoped for after dedicating her life to creating subversive, genre-fluid pop music. Working under various aliases since 2014 - including CE Schneider Topical, Jepeto Solutions, Christina Schneider's Genius Grant and now Locate S, 1 - she's explored everything from groovy garage rock to minimalist bedroom pop to Syd Barrett-style psychedelia. But when she got home that night Schneider gave herself a little pep talk, and after some self-reflection she came away determined to begin another chapter. "I thought, I don't really need this world to value me, " Schneider says. "The process of writing and playing is what I really love, I'm simply getting lost in this other thing that's ruining it for me." Buoyed by her desire to create the same "crazy, powerful feeling" she gets when she hears an ABBA or Kate Bush song, she reached again for the outer limits of pop music and recorded Personalia, her sophomore album as Locate S, 1. Named after a poem by Mary Ruefle, "Personalia, " the lead single and title track, is a retelling of that emotional night in 2018 when she nearly quit. "Almost killed myself so I went home / I just cannot take these local shows, " she sings over a gloomy, despondent bass line. "Drive through thunderlight all alone just to play while they're looking at their phones / curse another crowd that doesn't get it, " she later sneers. But in-between this melancholy Schneider suddenly finds her spark. "Plug in tonight when I get to my room / pretend I'm someone that I could believe in, " she sings during the songs fizzy, euphoric chorus. "I've shorted out but if I play long enough I'll become the person that I wanna be again, " she cries, echoing some of Blondie's most triumphant moments. The song signals Schneider's desire to center Personalia in the present. Much like the character in Mary Ruefle's poem, Schneider spends much of the album trying to understand and expel a darkness that has come over her (and society at large) in order to live a more fulfilling life. While she was writing and recording the album in her home studio in Athens, GA over the past year, she was thinking a lot about her own growth and self-worth as an artist, and where her constantly evolving and always experimental music fits in the digital age. Environmentalism, money, power, and modern feminism formed part of that conversation, too. Throughout Personalia Schneider seeks to address how the attention economy is plaguing us with feelings of FOMO and anxiety, and is causing many of us to abandon their progressive values. One of the more profound statements about this topic comes via a song called "After The Final Rose, " which is based on Schneider's observations of the final two seasons of the reality TV series The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. "At the end of the season they have this episode called "After The Final Rose, " and the Bachelor or Bachelorette meets up with all the other contestants and they yell at each other, " Schneider explains. "I thought that was a very funny and unintentionally self-reflexive title for the episode, so I borrowed it to criticize corporate feminism and it's lethal effects on romance. On The Bachelorette women feel like they're powerful because they have money and can travel all over the world. It seems like that's replaced any kind of meaningful feminism or romance in the world, currently." Her partner Kevin Barnes, of the rock band of Montreal, co-produced and engineered the album, and shares a writing credit on "Even the Good Boys Are Bad, " which references a conversation she had with Barnes about his daughter beginning to date. Schneider coined the phrase "even the good boys are bad" in reference to his paternal anxiety, they then took it and it turned into the album's biggest hook-"Even the good boys are bad / even the best ones, even the good sons." The song reached it's final form after Schneider listened obsessively to Britney Spears' hit single "Toxic." You can hear this influence in the charging drums, spiraling synths and the song's enigmatic chorus. Schneider also has a sharp sense of humor, and while it's more obvious on stage, if you listen closely you can also hear it on Personalia. Opening track "Sanctimitus Detrimitus" is named after a phrase she misheard while watching the James Stewart movie "Made for Each Other". "I love songs where people completely make up words, like Steve Miller's 'pompatus of love' but I thought it would be even funnier if I just made up some Latin, though 'Sancitmitus Detrimitus' does mean something to me now" Schneider says of the devotional, MIDI-saturated jam. "Futureless Hives of Bel Air" is an apocalyptic, anti-capitalist song about how we are killing our ecosystem, yet something about the idea of the ultra rich leaving behind their empty mansions and fleeing Earth to live in space (the idea came to Schneider in a dream) seems decidedly absurd. At it's core, Personalia is about rebuilding, not rebranding. It's about evolving and moving forward despite knowing the world is falling apart around you. On the peppy, dance hit "Whisper 2000" Schneider fully embraces this idea: "If you cannot behold my miracle, step away from the vehicle, " she sings with a defiant spring in step.
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Wildly acclaimed Brooklyn songwriter, Joan as Police Woman, returns with her new album, Cover Two. This is Joan's second album reinterpreting songs by other artists and once again, the choices are unpredictable and intriguing. The track list features Prince's "Kiss," Neil Young's "On The Beach," Outkast's 'Spread" and more.
UK rock band Boston Manor will be releasing their new studio album "GLUE" via Pure Noise. Boston Manor’s third full-length is the sound of a band questioning the state of the world around them. Inevitably, in a critical examination of the modern world, it comes from a dark place, but one that fuelled the five-piece to create a body of work that elevates their craft further than ever before. Its 13 highly charged songs came out of a process that singer Henry Cox describes as “very chaotic”, but the result is a truly ferocious album - one that both draws and moves on from what they’ve done in the past, incorporating the gloomy atmospherics of 2018’s Welcome To The Neighbourhood with the highly charged yet melodic punk of 2016’s debut Be Nothing..
Honus Honus (aka Ryan Kattner) has devoted his career to exploring the uncertainty between life’s extremes, beauty, and ugliness, order and chaos. The songs on Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between, Man Man’s first album in over six years and their Sub Pop debut, are as intimate, soulful, and timeless as they are audaciously inventive and daring, resulting in his best Man Man album to date. The 17-track effort, featuring “Cloud Nein,” “Future Peg,” “On the Mend” “Sheela,” and “Animal Attraction,” was produced by Cyrus Ghahremani, mixed by S. Husky Höskulds (Norah Jones, Tom Waits, Mike Patton, Solomon Burke, Bettye LaVette, Allen Toussaint), and mastered by Dave Cooley (Blood Orange, M83, DIIV, Paramore, Snail Mail, clipping). Dream Hunting...also includes guest vocals from Steady Holiday’s Dre Babinski on “Future Peg” and “If Only,” and Rebecca Black (singer of the viral pop hit, “Friday”) on “On The Mend” and “Lonely Beuys.” The album follows the release of “Beached” and “Witch,“ Man Man’s contributions to Vol. 4 of the Sub Pop Singles Club in 2019. At the end of 2015, Man Man went on an unexpected hiatus, and thus began a period of creative reinvention for Honus Honus. He worked in music supervision and on scores (The Exorcist, Superdeluxe, Do You Want to See a Dead Body?). He acted in the indie film Woe (“I played a park ranger, a nice guy in a sad movie.”), So It Goes, a short musical film with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and starred in the award-winning tour documentary Use Your Delusion. He also developed an animated series, wrote film scripts, a graphic novel, a neo-noir TV pilot, and briefly penned a music column for The Talkhouse all while continuing to work on new music, such as an unreleased kids’ record, another Mister Heavenly album, a self-released Honus Honus record, and a conceptual art/noise project Mega Naturals. In the midst of this surreal exile from Man Man, Honus began piecing together what would become Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between. He recruited longtime-collaborator Cyrus Ghahremani to help him produce. Written in a friend’s LA guesthouse that had “an old upright piano, a thrift store lamp, and nothing else,” it was an arduous, three-and-a-half-year process, “I had chord progressions that looked like chicken scratch and lyrics on pieces of paper stuck all over the walls. It looked like I was about to break the big case, catch the killer,” he says, laughing. “There was a lot of self-doubt, fighting the urge to throw in the towel. It wasn’t fun but it definitely forced the best album of my career out of me. Sometimes you just gotta tear it all down to rebuild things the right way. Trust the process.”
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Recording under the moniker Hala, 22 year old Ian Ruhala writes songs that feel fresh, bright, but insightful, out of his home in Detroit, MI. It is the kind of music that one would expect to hear at the beginning of a movie or short film. With a prolific output, Hala stresses the importance of the songwriting and production process, as much as the final product. Standard weight black vinyl with poster insert. Pressed on standard weight black vinyl with poster insert.
Mister Nobu is the solo project of Nobu Adilman, co-founder/director of Toronto's Choir! Choir! Choir! - an international phenomenon that's collaborated with the likes of Patti Smith, Brandi Carlile & more. TAVIE indelibly marks the emotional highs & lows of a perfect relationship running out of time. With ballads and dancers, it's unapologetically diverse yet slides comfortably as Indie Pop, celebrating melody, harmony & unironic emotionality. LP packaging includes download card.
Three-time Grammy Award winner Lucinda Williams unabashedly takes on some of the human, social and political issues of our day with her boldest and most direct album to date, Good Souls Better Angels. During the course of her celebrated four-decade, pioneering career Williams has never rested on her laurels as she continues to push herself as a songwriter. On Good Souls Better Angels, she has much she needs to get out. On Good Souls Better Angels, Williams changes course and chooses to forgo the personal and narrative-based songcraft that has become synonymous with her name and instead speaks to some of the injustices permeating our society. Williams recorded Good Souls Better Angels backed by her remarkable, long time band, featuring Butch Norton (drums), Stuart Mathis (guitar) and David Sutton (bass). The rock-solid unit propels the music with both fire and finesse. Good Souls Better Angels marks the first time Williams' husband/manager Tom Overby is credited as a co-writer on many of the new songs. The album was co-produced by Williams, Overby and Ray Kennedy, who last worked with Williams on her 1998 landmark album Car Wheels On A Gravel Road.
Third Man Records is proud to announce the first new LP in almost seven years from Brendan Benson. DEAR LIFE arrives via Third Man Records on Friday, April 24.
Benson’s seventh solo album and first full-length release via Third Man, DEAR LIFE is heralded by the rhapsodic first single, “Good To Be Alive.” “’Good To Be Alive’ is kind of weird, to be honest,” Benson says, “But that’s what I’m most excited about. It says a lot about this record, it’s almost got a split personality or something. It’s totally bizarre – I still sit back and listen to it, thinking, that’s so cool! It’s like somebody else played it, it’s not the same old me.”
Benson finds himself in an enviable spot as he enters the third decade of a remarkably creative, consistently idiosyncratic career – an accomplished frontman, musician, songwriter, producer, band member, husband, and dad. DEAR LIFE marks this consummate polymath’s most inventive and upbeat work thus far, an 11-track song cycle about life, love, family, fatherhood, and the pure joy of making music. Produced and almost entirely performed by Benson at his own Readymade Studio in Nashville, the album sees the Michigan-born, Nashville-based artist – and co-founder, with Jack White, of The Raconteurs – reveling in a more modernist approach than ever before, fueled by a heady brew of cannabis, hip-hop, and a newly discovered interest in software drum programming. The result is an untapped playfulness that elevates expertly crafted songs like the future funk-fueled opener, “I Can If You Want Me To,” and the ecstatic “Richest Man Alive” with voluble arrangements, elastic grooves, and incandescent power. Imbued with revitalized ambition and confidence, DEAR LIFE is Brendan Benson at his very best.
“There's something about this record,” Benson says. “A friend of mine called it ‘life-affirming.’ I thought it was a joke at first but then realized, well, it’s about life and death for sure. I don’t know if that’s positive or optimistic or whatever, but that's what's going on with me.”
Limited red vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket. 2020 release. Aaron Bruno, the songwriter and architect behind AWOLNATION, wrote and recorded one of the most influential songs of the current decade. 'Sail' is certified Diamond (10 million) in the US, and holds multiple platinum certifications around the World. Across the span of 3 albums, AWOLNATION has notched seven Top 5 alternative radio hits, millions of sales and over 1. 6 billion streams globally. It is not a coincidence that the fourth album from AWOLNATION begins like a Phoenix rising with the fastest growing song at Alternative radio, "The Best". The album, Angel Miners & The Lightning Riders, is a full-throttle journey, linked by a conceptual framework about good versus evil. Featuring friends like Rivers Cuomo of Weezer on the song "Pacific Coast Highway" and Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros frontman Alex Ebert for "Mayday!!! Disco Fiesta", Bruno's 2020 offering is his boldest and greatest body of work to date.
2020 release. Bella Union presents Ezra Furman's soundtrack to the Netflix original series Sex Education. The hit show, starring Asa Butterfield and Gilian Anderson, follows the story of a teenage boy with a sex therapist mother, who teams up with a high school classmate to set up an underground sex therapy clinic at school. Gathering the music from season 1 and season 2, it features soundtrack exclusives alongside new recordings of some of Furman's best loved songs.