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December 2017 Vinyl of the Month

Nov 16, 2017

But first…Some BIG News

Every month we feature a new record we believe would be a welcome addition to any listener’s collection.

However, we understand there are some months where you just might want the option to choose which record you get.

Starting this month and from now on YOU will have your choice in which record you receive each month.

Each month you will now have three options of records broken down into three different categories:

  • Featured New Records: New and notable recent album*
  • Notable Reissues: Classics and staples for anyone’s collection
  • Outliers: To get you out of your comfort zone and challenge your tastes

Questions about the new format? We’ve got your answers here.

Learn about this month’s selections here and once you’re ready, make your choice here.

This Month

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Artist: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Album: Soul of a Woman

odesseyandoracle

Artist: The Zombies
Album: Odessey & Oracle

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Artist: Gunn-Truscinski Duo
Album: Bay Head

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Reissue Alert: Kishi Bashi’s ‘Room For Dream’

Oct 27, 2017


Kishi Bashi’s 2011 debut Room For Dream is finally back in print.

The five track EP includes alternate mixes of favorites “Bright Whites” and “Manchester” as well as the bonus track “Unicorns Die When You Leave”. Reissued on clear 10″ vinyl and available now via Joyful Noise, the EP is also available digitally in all the usual spots. Try before you buy, sure. But you’re going to need to go ahead and make sure this one ends up in your stack.

Tracklist
1. Manchester (EP Mix)
2. Bright Whites (EP Mix)
3. Evalyn, Summer Has Arrived (featuring Kevin Barnes)
4. Conversations at the End of the World
5. Unicorns Die When You Leave (Bonus Track)


Kishi Bashi curated The Barr Brothers 2011 self-titled debut back in January 2016. Pick it up in the Shop along with Kishi Bashi’s liner essay.


Kishi Bashi is on the road cross-country this fall:

11/5 – Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ampitheater
11/6 – Washington D.C. @ Sixth And I
11/7 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
11/8 – Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse
11/10 – Omaha, NE @ The Main Room
11/11 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
11/12 – Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theater
11/13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
11/14 – Boise, ID @ The Olympic Venue
11/15 – Seattle, WA @ Nuemos
11/16 – Eugene, OR @ WOW
11/17 – Portland, OR @ Alberta Rose Theater
11/18 – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz
11/19 – San Francisco, CA @ GAMH
11/21 – San Diego, CA @ Music Box
11/22 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
11/24 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont Theater
11/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
11/26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
11/27 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
11/29 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
11/30 – Austin, TX @ Central Presbyterian
12/1 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
12/2 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club

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5 Mood Records for Halloween

Oct 26, 2017

Well, it’s happened again. Halloween has come out of nowhere and you need something to listen to. Whether you want some records to get you in the mood, or just a soundtrack for Halloween night, these are five of our favorite (and not-so-obvious) spooky records that are sure to be give to get you in the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve. 🎃

 

1. Vincent Price

Witchcraft Magic: An Adventure in Demonology

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Mood: In one form or another, it’s a night in and you want to listen to something…perhaps learn a bit about the history of witchcraft?

Vincent Price runs through what more or less are history lessons and how-to’s on the various subjects under witchcraft, along with a few short scary stories mixed in.

This is a great pick if you can give it 100% of your attention (especially with headphones). But this would also work well for your Halloween party as a curious soundtrack guests can easily tune in and out of.

Go-to track: Nothing more straightforward or informative than “How To Make A Pact with the Devil”.


2. Black Sabbath

Master of Reality

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Mood: You want to get dark, but you also want to rock. You’re not one for scary stories or creepy soundtracks, but you want those sinister undertones while you air-guitar.

Master of Reality will put a little pep in your step when you’re answering the door, and likely pique the curiosity of trick-or-treaters coming and going.

Go-to track: It doesn’t get any heavier or darker than closing track “Into The Void” 🤘


3. Goblin

Suspiria

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Mood: First off, nothing beats the experience of actually watching Suspiria with the Goblin backing tracks. But if you must, given the right setting the soundtrack alone can send quite a chill up your spine.

Good for background ambience or a full-attention listen.

Go-to track: If you just want the one-two combo, you can’t miss with the “Celesta and Bells” track. Two beautifully timbered instruments never sounded so eerie. Put it on repeat, turn out the lights and just let your imagination get the best of you.


4. Dean Hurley

Anthology Resource Vol. 1

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Mood: If you like David Lynch, but also really enjoy sound effect records.

That is of course not to downplay the brilliance of sound designer Dean Hurley. This collection of ambient sounds is truly remarkable. Fans of Twin Peaks: The Return will certainly recognize much of it as backing tracks for much of the season. Vol. 1 is mesmerizing as much as it is disorienting. Unsettling…in the best way.

Go-to track: “Night Electricity Theme”


5. Various Artists

Disney Villains: Simply Sinister Songs

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Mood: You’re a parent and you can’t exactly put on anything too creepy and expect good results with the kiddos. Simply Sinister Songs is a nice compromise.

Listen to some classic Disney Villain tunes you and your kids can sing along to and relive a bit of your own childhood in the process. Follow it up with a viewing of the rollicking Disney Halloween compilation.

Go-to track: “Cruella De Vil” – Bill Lee

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November 2017: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – “Lotta Sea Lice”

Oct 24, 2017

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We ran into each other on the road in various continents and talked about the recordings. I guess it wasn’t till i had another tour booked for the following summer in Australia that we thought we should record as much as we can, no major goal to make it a full length but it came together that way because the vibe was so strong. I love working with Courtney, the collaboration was laid back with less pressure. – Kurt Vile

Side A

  1. Over Everything
  2. Let it Go
  3. Fear is Like a Forest
  4. Outta The Woodwork

SIDE B

  1. Continental Breakfast
  2. On Script
  3. Blue Cheese
  4. Peepin’ Tom
  5. Untogether

Lotta Sea Lice Packaging

In The Box

  • Lotta Sea Lice LP
  • Lyric liner insert
  • Exclusive Keepers roadmap to CB & KV favorite records

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Lotta Sea Lice, the album that Barnett and Vile made together, is a total hangout album. It’s a lazy-afternoon back-porch sort of album.Stereogum

…a testament to how two artists can finish each other’s sentences even as they live worlds apart.Pitchfork

Lotta Sea Lice’s existence in the first place, not to mention its sheer quality, testifies to one reassuring, humanistic way to kickstart the process: Find a buddy on your wavelength, and take a listen to what’s in their headphones.The Atlantic

Barnett and Vile’s chemistry together is undeniable, and not only does Lotta Sea Lice sound as fun to listen to as it must have been to make, but it stands as one of the best collaborative rock albums in recent years.Consequence of Sound

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Review: Hiss Golden Messenger New Album “Hallelujah Anyhow”

Oct 8, 2017
Courtesy Facebook: "Hallelujah Anyhow" Album Art
Courtesy Facebook

Courtesy Facebook

 

“Hallelujah Anyhow” is the newest album release from artist Hiss Golden Messenger. The album features warm brass and heavy use of the piano and draws inspiration from classic rhythm & blues sounds.

The album opens with “Jenny of the Roses.” The quick tempo of the piano gives the song a lighthearted sound while the more somber lyrics add contrast. Vocalist M.C. Taylor sings about change and losing touch with a loved one. Quoting the lover, Jenny, Taylor sings, “I’m gonna be a free-roving dancer,” from which he then moves back to his perspective, “Yes, I followed you, baby.” The action changes in the chorus to “Let me follow you down.” This shift from “followed” to “let me follow” alters the perception of the relationship – the two lovers are no longer connected. Sonically the song follows the display Jenny, who is the subject of the song, puts on. The overarching lyrical story follows the perceptions of the singer to reveal greater internal conflict. “I’ve never been afraid of the darkness. It’s just a different kind of light,” Taylor sings quoting Jenny. Then he addresses her singing, “Were you trying to tell me something?” The shape of the song thus emulates Jenny’s mind and speech – outwardly lighthearted, but when more closely investigated the darker parts peer through.

 

Courtesy Facebook: "Hallelujah Anyhow" Album Art

Courtesy Facebook: “Hallelujah Anyhow” Album Art

 

“Gulfport You’ve Been on My Mind” appears halfway through the album and has a loose, guitar-led sound. The song opens with just an acoustic guitar, after which other instruments fill in. Gulfport is a city in Mississippi and this song reflects the delta blues influence in its use of brass and harmonica. This track is also one of the songs that reflects to another point in the album. Gulfport is mentioned again two songs later on “Domino (Time Will Tell)” in the lyric “Old Lady Luck on the Gulfport side.” The references this album makes to itself holds it together as a cohesive piece.

The final song on the album, “When the Wall Comes Down,” is also the song that epitomizes the album’s message. As the album title suggests, both in spite and because of hardships, one must sing “Hallelujah Anyway” and appreciate the good that does exist. The lyric “Step back, Jack, from the darkness,” stands out not just on this song, but on the album because of its snapping, harsh syllables in the first half of the phrase. They draw attention to themselves, and while attention is still focused on the lyrics the message slips in – to stay out of the darkness and remain in the light. In some ways then this closing song is the antithesis of the opening song “Jenny of the Roses,” or at least of Jenny’s perspective which frames darkness as just “a different kind of light.” Emphasizing this link are the lyrics of the two songs. In “Jenny of the Roses,” the line “That day at the wall,” connects to the title of the final song. Additionally, the line “Turn your chains to roses, child,” in “When the Wall Comes Down” reflects back to Jenny’s title: Jenny of the Roses. Yet the line most representative of the album is the very last: “But while I’m here I’m gonna sing just like a songbird.” This line is essentially the thesis of the album, and perhaps also Taylor’s perspective of his life and purpose as a musician.

Hiss Golden Messenger’s album “Hallelujah Anyhow” reflects on the darkness of life and calls upon one to be grateful anyway – to say “Hallelujah.” The album draws upon the sounds of folk music and rhythm and blues to craft a soothing, but engaging sound.

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October 2017: The Creation – “Action Painting”

Sep 27, 2017

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The Creation’s career in the 60s burned like a flashbulb – bright for a moment and then suddenly out again. Turmoil in the band rooted in lack of commercial success and frequent lineup changes ended its life quickly, but not without the release of rock and psychedelic influenced music. Although the band’s activity lasted only from 1966 to ’68, it still became influential after its life. Jimmy Page would adopt the signature guitar bowing of The Creation’s guitarist Eddie Phillips, and The Creation song titles would later be used by unrelated projects. Although now nearly two decades ago, the band was brought into pop culture in the 90s as its song “Making Time” was used in the Wes Anderson film ”Rushmore.”

Drawing its name from a visual art style, “Action Painting” reflects The Creation’s sporadic creation of art during the instrumental break of “Painter Man.” The concept of action painting is associated strongly with the abstract expressionist movement and gained a prominence in the 1940s that it maintained until the early 60s. Harold Rosenberg, a writer and art critic at the time, described a shift in how art is created – instead of being a place for objects to be expressed, a canvas was an arena. Rather than creating art with an intended outcome, the process of creating art was the focus and the resulting image arose from this encounter of artist and canvas.

Connecting The Creation to this artistic movement brings to the forefront the band’s animated sound, emphasizing the movement of its songs and the band’s visual art creations. “Action Painting” compiles remastered versions of the band’s entire studio recorded discography, giving new life to a band that was full of potential but came shy of massive commercial success.

In The Box

  • The ultimate 2 LP ‘Action Painting’ comp of Creation recordings ’66-’68 from Numero Group
  • Include The Creation History Book with rare photos, band essays and more
  • Keepers ROADMAP featuring Creation influencers and disciples alike

Join by October 15th to get it.


Tracklist:

SIDE A

  1. Making Time
  2. Hurt Me If You Will
  3. I’m Leaving
  4. Work All Day (Sleep All Night)
  5. Going Down Fast
  6. Try And Stop Me

SIDE B

  1. Painter Man
  2. Life Is Just Beginning
  3. The Girls Are Naked
  4. Bonie Maronie
  5. Uncle Bert
  6. Biff, Bang, Pow (stereo)

SIDE C

  1. How Does It Feel To Feel (US version – stereo)
  2. For All That I Am (stereo)
  3. Can I Join Your Band (stereo)
  4. Through My Eyes (stereo)
  5. Nightmares (stereo)
  6. Sweet Helen

SIDE D

  1. If I Stay Too Long (stereo)
  2. Tom Tom (stereo)
  3. Midway Down (stereo)
  4. I Am The Walker (stereo)
  5. Ostrich Man
  6. How Does It Feel To Feel (UK version – stereo)
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