Curator: Justin Kinkel-Schuster (Water Liars)
Vinyl: Magnolia Electric Co.’s What Comes After The Blues
In The Box:
– What Comes After The Blues Vinyl
– Exclusive liners by Justin Kinkel-Schuster
– Inner sleeve with full album lyrics
– High-Quality digital download code
On to February!
The prolific Justin Kinkel-Schuster brings us Magnolia Electric Co.’s 2005 full-length studio debut, What Comes After The Blues. Kinkel-Schuster leads the Mississippi band Water Liars alongside drummer/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bryant and bassist GR Robinson.
About the Water Liars William Boyle writes: “If you haven’t listened to Water Liars, let the music be your introduction. Is it important to know that Bryant is from Mississippi and Kinkel-Schuster is from Arkansas, that they’re shaped by the writers whose influence shines through in everything they make – Frank Stanford and Barry Hannah especially – and that their pain is the pain of the wretched and beautiful South? Sure, and it’s all there in the songs.” On their self-titled third LP, Water Liars “strut into this effort with their feathers out, driven by a need to create….”
For February Kinkel-Schuster brings a fresh and personal perspective on the now decade-old What Comes…, perfect for those unfamiliar and a fitting reason to listen anew for those who are.
What Comes... is the culmination of songs written during Magnolia Electric Co.’s extensive 2003 tour across Europe and the U.S., recorded live-in-the-studio by Steve Albini at his Electrical Audio studio in Chicago. Here Molina’s lonesome compositions are fully realized with the tried and tested MEC backing band. One of Molina’s more underrated works, What Comes… is a treasure of a record, with new glimmers to catch with each repeat listen.
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Curator: Kishi Bashi
Record: The Barr Brothers – The Barr Brothers
In The Box:
– The Barr Brothers Double Vinyl LP
– Exclusive liners by Kishi Bashi
Member Store Add-ons:
– Kishi Bashi’s String Quartet Live! LP
– More specially priced vinyl by past curators
– Surprise Kishi Bashi 7″ Singles*
So far we have had a jam bassist on his cowpunk eureka moment and an eclectic indie guitarist give the perfect intro to a jazz pioneer. Now to kick off 2016 we have the amazing and wonderfully talented Kishi Bashi present a record by one of his contemporaries and one-time tour-mate, The Barr Brothers, with their 2011 self-titled debut.
I was first introduced to Kishi Bashi and his music as he was putting the finishing touches on the gorgeously composed 151a. At the time I was assisting at Chase Park Transduction which allowed me to be a fly-on-the-wall for many of the incredible sessions there, with his being no exception. I was absolutely blown away from the first moment I heard “Manchester” on playback. To be more to the point, it is an extreme pleasure to have K curate a month and share his love for the music of The Barr Brothers with you.
The Barr Brothers is a folk quartet hailing from Montreal made up of the brothers Barr, Andrew and Brad (formerly of The Slip), Sarah Page and Andres Vial. Their 2011 debut is a overall soft and well-rounded collection of songs with electric flourishes, drones and blues and jazz elements woven together to make a record fit for many moods and settings.
* As an extra treat this month we will be randomly choosing three shipments to include a copy of one of three Kishi Bashi 7″ singles! Whose will they be? You’ll have to check your package to find out!
Just added to the member store: We have Kishi Bashi’s newly released String Quartet Live!. Recorded live and performed by K and an accompanying string ensemble, it includes live versions of songs from both his studio releases, plus a gorgeous cover of The Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)”.
This month’s record and liners are being readied for next weeks ship out, but there are still a few spots left for December. Sign up by Friday 12/4 to snag your copy! William Tyler has written an amazing intro to the music of Sonny Sharrock, and Black Woman is the perfect place to start.
Curator: William Tyler
Record: Sonny Sharrock’s Black Woman (1969)
In the Box: 180 gram vinyl reissue of Black Woman from 4 Men With Beards coupled with an exclusive booklet of liners by William Tyler.
Winter is approaching and we find ourselves spending more time inside, sitting under lamp lights, stirring our noses in steam over warm cups, pondering slow thoughts and perhaps reflecting on the year as it approaches its expiration.
It’s the time of year I often find myself rediscovering some of the joys of indoor life, and finding more time to just sit and absorb.
William Tyler, December’s curator, is an artist whose music I think thrives in such seasons, when the world is quieter and the music comes through clean.
[Pick up the Double LP of Deseret Canyon in the Member Store]
A Nashville guitarist, William Tyler was a member of several Nashville groups including Lambchop and The Silver Jews before releasing the first release under his own name, Behold The Spirit, in 2010. Impossible Truth followed in 2013 on Merge Records, the EP Lost Colony (2014) and most recently a reissue of a early collection of solo work, Deseret Canyon. Of Tyler, MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger says: “the picker that connected the dots between Sandy Bull, Richard Thompson, Bruce Langhorne and Reggie Young.”
Tyler curates this month with Sonny Sharrock’s 1969 Black Woman LP, reissued on 4 Men With Beards. Black Woman provides a beautiful snapshot of Sharrock’s aggressive yet incisive guitar playing set in the early days of free-form jazz, coupled with his then wife Linda’s gripping, wordless vocals. To say more would take away from Tyler’s wonderful liners on the entire long play. So join up this month, find your warm cup and enjoy.
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Curator: Dave Schools
Record: The Meat Puppets – Up On The Sun (1985)
In the Box: 180 gram vinyl copy of Up On The Sun coupled with exclusive 8 page booklet of liners by Dave Schools.
We are honored to have two major musical influencers of the past 30 years as part of Keepers’ first release.
This certainly isn’t the first place to gain insight into Dave’s musical influences. He is an outspoken fan of music spanning the genres, and an avid supporter of younger bands and artists making their way today. So when I first approached Dave with the idea of curating, I knew whatever he would end up choosing, it was going to have significant meaning for him and be a record worth anyone’s time to listen to.
If you’re someone who is already familiar with The Meat Puppets‘ Up On The Sun, this will undoubtedly reveal it in a new light. Dave’s essay touches on the band’s history, the tone and elements of the tracks, as well as where he was at during the point in his life he first came across this record.
It’s a worthy testament to the impact a record can have on a person and the memories forever tied to those first listens. You’ll take a trip back with Dave and receive one of the best introductions to an album you can get.
I hope you dig it as much as we have.
In stock in the Member Store this month:
– Widespread Panic – Street Dogs (2 Disc Vinyl LPs)
– Widespread Panic – Live Wood
– Keepers Record Club Tees
– Free Shipping!
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Today marks the official launch of Keepers Record Club (“Keepers: Artist Curated Record Club” for long).
So what does that mean: Artist Curated?
Well, its awesome to receive record recommendations from friends, older siblings, your local indie record store clerk and even your average record club.
But the main idea behind Keepers is go one step further by connecting the listener with the musicians. What are you favorite musician’s favorite records? What are they listening to now? What music inspired their own?
Keepers wants to bridge this gap by allowing the musicians to make the recommendations, and in their own words explain to you why this record means something to them and why you need to hear it.
To break it down: Each month Keepers recruits a musician to act as curator by picking a record they love. It can be a record that has had a powerful impact on them, a staple of their collection or even a new release inspiring to them now. We then ask the curator to write their own liner notes on the record. Whether it’s a listening guide, a play-by-play, personal story or just a reflection on the record as a whole, these liners offer insight into the musician’s own muses and inspiration – a direct line into the minds of amazing musicians for you the listeners to connect to.
A different record and a different curator each and every month.
Today the website is up and membership is open. November will be our first release month and we’ll be announcing the artist and selected record on October 16th!
We have a lot in the works and a lot of musicians and a lot of records we can’t wait to connect with you. Take a look around and let us know if you have any thoughts or questions. We hope you will join.Read More
As easy as it is nowadays to pull up just about any piece of music on the planet, it’s the tried and true personal recommendations that still have the strongest pull for all of us.
The goal of Keepers is to give musicians a platform to endorse the records they love and in the process help you build an eclectic record collection.
Expand your vinyl collection with tried and true records recommended by today's most inspired artists.