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Jim O'Rourke - Halfway To A Threeway
Death - For The Whole World To See
Al Cisneros of Om and Sleep - Sinai Dub Box
Joel Vandroogenbroeck - Far View
Joel Vandroogenbroeck
Far View
LP | 2021 | US | Original (Drag City)
33,24 €* 34,99 € -5%
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Pop
Far View is a compilation of tracks from Joel Vandroogenbroeck's series of library music releases for the Coloursound label - a uniquely trippy catalog of music vignettes long overdue for their day in the library music sun, remastered from the original analog reels!The late Joel Vandroogenbroeck was among that rare breed of musician who defy all categorization, using music conventions to explore the far reaches of human and cosmic consciousness. After passing through the jazz and rock worlds from the 1950s through the 70s, Joel found new outlets for his expansive vision in the 80s with the Swiss library music label Coloursound. Far View draws tracks from these releases, which form a unique entry in the genre of library music. For the uninitiated, this is just one way to begin a brilliant musical trip through Vandroogenbroeck's undersung career.A musical prodigy from youth, Joel arrived at Brussels' classical Music Conservatory in the early 50s, but his studies were curtailed by the revelation of jazz. Soon, Joel was touring in groups around Europe and beyond with luminaries like Eje Thelin, Stan Getz, Bob Brookmeyer and Zoot Sims. As time passed, his musical consciousness continued to expand: time spent in Africa sparked a deep exploration of the music of the Middle East. The new rock sounds from England, like The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, were mind-blowing. And from Germany came the krautrockers, with something completely else again.Vibing on the eclectic energies of the day, Vandroogenbroeck formed Brainticket, whose approach to composition fused jazz, rock, and a mélange of global musical traditions, combining a western rhythm section and analog synthesizers with an astonishing array of acoustic instruments; ethnic flutes, sitar, harp, kalimba and all manner of percussion. Steeped in diverse approaches of playing and listening, Brainticket drew from prog rock and psych, traditional sounds and minimalist music, all of which passed through their hands like the tributaries that formed the basis of...
OM - BBC Radio 1
Bill Callahan & Bonnie Prince Billy - Blind Date Party
Ty Segall - Harmonizer
Ty Segall
Harmonizer
LP | 2021 | US | Original (Drag City)
29,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Rolling out of the mist and dust and silence of time, Ty Segall is behind the wheel of a sleek new ride, a confetti of pages torn from his ongoing saga blizzarding into the air behind him.With Harmonizer, his first album in two years, Ty glides smoothly into unexpected territory, right where he likes to find himself! Responding to the challenge his new songs gave him: a synthtastic production redesign, Ty kicks back with bottom-heavy creativity, dialing up a wealth of guitar andkeyboard settings to do the deed. Harmonizer is a glossy, barely-precedented sound for him, and truth, it enraptures the ear - but in Ty's hands, the sound is also a tool that allows him to cut through dense undergrowth, making for some of his cleanest songs and starkest ideas to date. Harmonizer's production model couches tightly-controlled beats in thick keyboard textures, with direct-input guitar signal whining and buzzing purposefully from left to right. The Freedom Band appear all over the record, but often one at a time, their contributions leaving a distinctive footprint on the proceedings wherever they appear. Operating in this airtight environment with an eye towards precision, feel, and explosive mass, Ty's crafted a formidable listening encounter - and once you get between the lines, the need to know more grows more compelling with every song.The thing about closed doors is they need opening again, no matter what happens. You open them and then you can pass through them. And there's light on the other side. That's what this album is about.The first recording to be released from Ty's just-completed Harmonizer Studios, Harmonizer benefits from a collaboration with Cooper Crain, who co-produced the album with Ty. The Venn diagram of these guys unites them in DIY/punk dyed-in-the-wooldom; Ty's propers you know, but Cooper's own unique journey in rhythm, minimalism and DIY (as heard on his productions with CAVE, Bitchin Bajas and Jackie Lynn) mines the depths around Ty's peerless vocal attack and aid in the latest c...
Mind Maintenance - Mind Maintenance
Mind Maintenance
Mind Maintenance
LP | 2021 | US | Original (Drag City)
34,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Mind Maintenance is the new duo consisting of Joshua Abrams (Natural Information Society) and Chad Taylor (Chicago Underground Duo, Chad Taylor Trio). This is where the music begins, but Mind Maintenance can't be described simply as a summation of its parts and players. When you put on the sound, you'll know what we're saying - you'll notice how immediate and meditative it is; how simple, how "in the room," and how the natural buzz of each instrument sits remarkably well against the other. The percussive qualities of the guimbri and the mbira, so raw and unadorned individually, form with their shared resonance a soothing, sonorous whole. It's not about world music, it's not about jazz. It's about mind maintenance. The songs of Mind Maintenance exist in a zone somewhere between composition and improv. Based in melodies that unspool over time, they benefit from Chad and Joshua's intimately enmeshed sensibility and the intensity with which they listen to each other. Chad and Joshua have been playing together forever - or, if you need to think of it more tangibly, since around 1994. Based on our research, the pairing of guimbri and mbira is more than unusual - it appears to be without precedent! This is incredible if it's true, but more important to the music of Mind Maintenance is the shared ground of inspiration that both instruments occupy. Mind Maintenance pursue their inspirations on these instruments down similarly transformative paths. If some part of the 21st century isn't focused on destruction, but instead, locating a place where our traditions can work together in new ways to entertain and even ensure well-being, then that's just one more incentive for all of us to consider Mind Maintenance.
Anthony Moore - Out
Anthony Moore
Out
LP | 2020 | EU | Original (Drag City)
29,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Rock and roll was a relief after the rigour of Henry Cow. That was one of the thoughts in Anthony Moore's brain in late 1975. Of course, leaving Henry Cow had meant the dissolution of the band he'd founded, Slapp Happy, as the two groups had essentially merged over the previous year. Still, there was plenty yet to do with music, and with Anthony's propensity for odd left turns, a solo career in the pop world seemed like a fine option to follow upon his adventure in soundtracks for experimental films, tape-based modern composition and avant-pop and experimental rock. For "the troubadour with Revoxes", this venture into playing guitar and singing in a professional context was a new thing. To access the pop life, Anthony signed a solo deal with Virgin - cutting sessions with producer Peter Jenner (Kevin Ayers, Roy Harper, Edgar Broughton Band) and some of Britain's new generation of progressive musicians facilities like Abbey Road, Air and Richard Branson's Oxfordshire getaway, The Manor. While the stars didn't align back in the day (the fantastic sounds recorded for OUT didn't see release until a CD issue of the late 1990s), we're finally making those historic recordings on vinyl with the long-lost original artwork restored. Kicking it off with a tricky asymmetrical keyboard riff reminiscent of Eno's Tiger Mountain phase and a belting Cale-esque vocal recounting the macho adventure narrative tone of that era's Dylan and Roger McGuinn, "Stitch In Time" floats essential elements of the mid-70s British art-rock boom with dreamy pop effervescence.It's been worth the 44-year (!) wait to get Anthony's full vision restored to OUT - an absolute lost chapter from mid-70s, proto-new wave Britain, bringing to mind the bright and subversive sounds of Wyatt, Ayers and so many other trail-blazers from that time while providing a worthy precursor to Anthony's celebrated 1979 LP, Flying Won't Help. A fantastic joy to the ears!
Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains
Ty Segall & The Freedom - Deforming Lobes
Ty Segall - Ty Segall
Papa M - Live From A Shark Cage
Dean Spunt & John Wiese - The Echoing Shell
Dean Spunt & John Wiese
The Echoing Shell
LP | 2022 | US | Original (Drag City)
24,99 €*
Release:2022 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Preorder lieferbar ab 10.06.2022
With their duo debut, Dean Spunt and John Wiese invite you to experience the frenzy of percussive space and discreet sound found inside The Echoing Shell.This is the first official collaboration between the two veteran music-makers, though their connection goes back to 1999. As John recalls, "[Dean] was in a high school arts program at CalArts. A friend and I were recording the first Sissy Spacek demo in the design studios there, and taking a tape to my car over and over again to check the mix. Dean was walking through the parking lot with a Locust shirt on, we said hello, and he immediately got into a car with two strangers to 'listen to a tape'."The tape-listening ended well, apparently. Dean and John became friends and fellow travelers in L.A. circles and beyond: in 2005, John did a remix for Dean's first band, Wives; in 2007, Dean played percussion with Sissy Spacek's 13-Tet Los Angeles; John toured with No Age several times and collaborated live with them in 2010. Under the Sissy Spacek name as well as his own, John's recordings for his own Helicopter label and many others kicked things off for him around the end of the century; since then, he's been constantly engaged in solos and collaborations on record, performances, and installations around the world.In addition to Dean's ever-growing discography with No Age, he curates his own label, Post Present Medium. In 2018, Radical Documents released Dean's solo debut EE Head, which explored concrète and experimental techniques in a four-part, album length piece.The Echoing Shell is born of Dean and John's shared understanding, using John's process common to Sissy Spacek: elaborate sound-collage works using source material originating from punk, hardcore and improvised music. A series of impositions, tape manipulation and edits recompose the material, cracking open the crust of the source, freeing its implied guts to steam forth in gushes of extreme noise. On The Echoing Shell, this is as often noise as it is extreme intimacy, seeming at times t...
Anthony Moore - Flying Doesn't Help
Anthony Moore
Flying Doesn't Help
LP | 2022 | US | Original (Drag City)
27,99 €*
Release:2022 / US – Original
Genre:Pop
Preorder lieferbar ab 10.06.2022
40-plus years since its original release, the pop-punk-new wave inventions of Anthony Moore's Flying Doesn't Help are freshly remastered, blasting the sparkling, angular sounds into today with perfect vitality.After spending the early years of the 70s making experimental music first as a solo artist, then with Slapp Happy and Henry Cow, 1976's OUT sessions had reinvigorated Anthony's youthful love of the naive pop melodies of pop radio, the undeniable excitement of songs. While OUT ultimately went unreleased at the time, the iconoclasm clouding the late '70s air was addictive and transformative for Anthony. England seemed to be roiled as violently as it had been in counter-cultural days a decade earlier; the UK pop charts breathlessly reflected the changing spectrum with equal parts aging hippie and prog delicacies alongside new ascendant sounds: rough-hewn pub and punk rock, plus dub reggae and disco and ska and Stiff and Krautrock. . . . This proved to be an ideal environment for Anthony to make records by exploring, as he puts it, the "deep connection between minimalism, repetition, working with tape and celluloid and forming the modules of a three minute pop song."Caught up in a no-holds-barred era, Anthony was more than happy to play the out-of-his-head madman, raving through outrageous exchanges with the press, while "Judy Get Down" received Single of the Week honors from the NME (with review penned by Brian Eno). Represented by Blackhill Enterprises, Anthony did production work throughout '78-'79, on Kevin Ayers' Rainbow Takeaway, Manfred Mann's Earth Band's Angel Station and the first This Heat album, meanwhile cutting his own songs on a dead time deal at Workhouse Studio with engineer/producer Laurie Latham. Through the wee hours of countless nights, the two pieced together Flying Doesn't Help, with a little help from friends (an inspired bunch, including Bob Shilling, Charles Hayward, Chris Slade, Robert Vogel, Festus, Matt Irving, Sam Harley, Bernie Clark, Edwin Cross and Martine Moore on...
Circuit Des Yeux - Reaching For Indigo
Rafael Toral - Sound Mind Sound Body
Rafael Toral
Sound Mind Sound Body
2LP | 2018 | US | Original (Drag City)
24,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Used Vinyl
Medium: VG+, Cover: Near Mint
Matchess - Sonescent
Matchess
Sonescent
LP | 2022 | EU | Original (Drag City)
29,99 €*
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Pop
Sonescent, the new album from Matchess, came to Whitney Johnson's mind while she was at the Dhamma Vaddhana Meditation Center just north of Joshua Tree, during a course of Vipassana meditation. As this practice settled in and around her, Whitney heard the things not always focused upon: first, tinnitus . . . then, breathing . . . the heartbeat, and another pulsing (something unknown, but familiar). So she listened to the sound of her body. After a time, her mind became involved, and she began to hear songs. It was after she'd returned from the desert that she wrote down what she'd heard, to the best of her ability.She decided to score the songs from the desert for other musicians to play, which was a departure from previous Matchess recordings, where she played and sang the music all herself. This process took a long while; first the scoring, drawing the pieces back out from herself based purely on memory. Then getting everyone together to play the music. Once she had them all finally fully captured, it seemed right to place the sounds back where they'd come from - a silent space, upon which the songs sometimes only barely intrude, as if heard from a great distance.In the past decade, Matchess' music has traversed outer and inner space, searching patiently for the unseen world that exists behind the world that we see everyday. When compared with the present work, the trilogy of albums released on Trouble In Mind from 2013-2018 utilized Whitney's writing and playing abilities with relative extroversion; her mixes actively deploying instruments and songs in what might be called a traditional manner, the music tapping magestically into classical, folk, electronic and psychedelic antecedents. To listen to these records is to hear someone deep in meditation making music.With Soncescent, the record is the sound of the meditation itself with the music existing in an atmosphere that would properly represent its fragile nature, the delicate sound of something almost completely disintegrated. Here, inspirat...
Bitchin Bajas - Switched On Ra
Woo - When The Past Arrives
Ty Segall - Harmonizer
Ty Segall
Harmonizer
Tape | 2021 | US | Original (Drag City)
14,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Rolling out of the mist and dust and silence of time, Ty Segall is behind the wheel of a sleek new ride, a confetti of pages torn from his ongoing saga blizzarding into the air behind him.With Harmonizer, his first album in two years, Ty glides smoothly into unexpected territory, right where he likes to find himself! Responding to the challenge his new songs gave him: a synthtastic production redesign, Ty kicks back with bottom-heavy creativity, dialing up a wealth of guitar andkeyboard settings to do the deed. Harmonizer is a glossy, barely-precedented sound for him, and truth, it enraptures the ear - but in Ty's hands, the sound is also a tool that allows him to cut through dense undergrowth, making for some of his cleanest songs and starkest ideas to date. Harmonizer's production model couches tightly-controlled beats in thick keyboard textures, with direct-input guitar signal whining and buzzing purposefully from left to right. The Freedom Band appear all over the record, but often one at a time, their contributions leaving a distinctive footprint on the proceedings wherever they appear. Operating in this airtight environment with an eye towards precision, feel, and explosive mass, Ty's crafted a formidable listening encounter - and once you get between the lines, the need to know more grows more compelling with every song.The thing about closed doors is they need opening again, no matter what happens. You open them and then you can pass through them. And there's light on the other side. That's what this album is about.The first recording to be released from Ty's just-completed Harmonizer Studios, Harmonizer benefits from a collaboration with Cooper Crain, who co-produced the album with Ty. The Venn diagram of these guys unites them in DIY/punk dyed-in-the-wooldom; Ty's propers you know, but Cooper's own unique journey in rhythm, minimalism and DIY (as heard on his productions with CAVE, Bitchin Bajas and Jackie Lynn) mines the depths around Ty's peerless vocal attack and aid in the latest c...
Mess Esque - Mess Esque
Mess Esque
Mess Esque
LP | 2021 | US | Original (Drag City)
26,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Mess Esque are a duo featuring music and instruments by Mick Turner and words and voice by Helen Franzmann. Their self-titled album is a beguiling travelogue of restless, somnambulant wanderings.Perhaps best known as one of the Dirty Three, Mick's been playing guitar and making music with many collaborators for forty years. Around here, we love his paintings too -- but revere him especially for his solo music -- since 1997, we've released four of his albums, plus an EP and an album of the Tren Brothers (Mick with percussionist and fellow Dirty Threeite, Jim White) and two EPs featuring Mick as the Marquis de Tren with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.Mick's last record was 2013's "Don't Tell the Driver", a work that found him departing from his traditional hermetic instrumental template by employing a rhythm section and brass charts and even collaborating with a vocalist. After all the purely instrumental music he's made with Dirty Three and solo, a singer is now part of the sound he's hearing in his head these days; while demoing new material, he realized that he was again writing music that needed lyrics -- and for that matter, someone other than himself to sing them. In 2019, he was introduced to Helen through a mutual friend who'd produced her last album. Under the name Mckisko, Helen has released three albums over the past 12 years, working and touring with a range of Australian musicians along the way. Her music has been described as numinous and transformative. Her most recent album "Southerly" saw her moving into a more expansive sound which led to an openness and excitement around further collaboration.Helen lives in Brisbane; Mick in Melbourne. They started sending ideas back and forth with a plan to get together somewhere or another in 2020 and make a record. Then everything else happened instead, so they continued to collaborate from a distance, pouring meditations from their individual isolations into the greater whole.2021, and the album's done, and they've made a band in the process, but Mic...
Alasdair Roberts Og Völvur - The Old Fabled River
Alasdair Roberts Og Völvur
The Old Fabled River
LP | 2021 | US | Original (Drag City)
27,54 €* 28,99 € -5%
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
In January 2019, at the invitation of fiddler Hans Kjorstad, Alasdair Roberts travelled from his home in Glasgow, Scotland to Oslo, Norway, where the two men convened with five additional Scandinavian musicians at Riksscenen, Oslo's centre for Norwegian traditional arts and music. Thus newly-formed, the group worked on arrangements of songs - self-written and traditional - from Alasdair's back catalogue, in preparation for performances at Riksscenen as well as at ALICE in Copenhagen, Denmark and the bucolic western Danish island of Fano. The group was named Völvur (The Seeresses), a reference to the ancient Icelandic apocalyptic text Völuspa (The Prophecy of the Seeress).In January 2020, Völvur visited England and Scotland, to perform with Alasdair Roberts at Cecil Sharp House, London and at Platform, Glasgow, the latter as part of Celtic Connections festival. The group had new material - freshly written songs by Alasdair and several traditional Norwegian songs sung by Marthe Lea - and over a couple days at Sam and Rachel's Studio, Hackney, laid down the music which now flows forth as The Old Fabled River.The musicians who make up Völvur - Marthe Lea, saxophone, clarinet and voice, Fredrik Rasten, guitars and voice, Andreas Hoem Roysum, clarinet, Egil Kalman, bass and electronics, Jan Martin Gismervik, drums, percussion and the aforementioned initiator of the project, Hans Kjorstad on fiddle - are a busy and artistically inquisitive group, involved in a diverse range of projects with a wide variety of musical interests, from folk and jazz to free music, modular synthesis, microtonality and beyond. They make an ideal pairing for such voyages in the alchemical world as Alasdair pursues in his own music.On The Old Fabled River, Alasdair Roberts og Völvur meld their worlds: fiddle and vocal styles formed in the Norwegian valleys blending now with exploratory clarinet, saxophone and metallic bowed guitar drones, now fashioned into baroque folk arrangements. In one case, instrumental accompaniment is la...
Birds Of Maya - Valdez
Birds Of Maya
Valdez
LP | 2021 | US | Original (Drag City)
26,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
A long era of dull ringing and nothing else in our ears is over. Once again, winds of warm guitar and humid thunderheads of bass and toms rumble all around. With Valdez, Birds of Maya are back in flight. And like the first song title explicitly states, this latest is a soaring blast of riffers, rife with punk rock abandon, sludge, treble, distortion, neck-throttling rock n roll solos, pummeling drums and bass and half-shouted/half-gargled vocals, all of it half on and half off the mic. For the good times as always, these Birds! That's how they've done it: fast and heavy, hard, live and loose, amid accumulating piles of empties, in appropriately informal environments since 2004ish, with their three LPs (on Holy Mountain, Richie and Little Big Chief) ripping us up whenever they drop. With each release, our thirst has increased, but to our horror, we haven't found any fresh feathers from their tree in the new release bins since 2013. Somewhere in Philadelphia, Jason Killinger, Ben Leaphart and Mike Polizze played on - preferably outside (the shows are always extra-good), but wherever, really. Recorded in 2014 at Black Dirt Studios in New York. Yeah: Birds of Maya packed up their shit, drove out of North Philly to a recording studio hundreds of miles away and made an album. Kinda nuts. And then didn't release it until...well, yeah - now! Time is a test that Birds of Maya recordings need to pass before they see the light of day. At the time this was recorded, Birds of Maya were standing on the other side of ten years kicking around town, suddenly far away from the primordial ooze they'd flopped forth from. The streets where all this had happened on were changing, with new money rolling in, but they were the same old Birds, content with their libations and ear-splitting variations on old favorite Stooges chords. The cover art of Valdez is a couple images from those days, glimpses at the old grass roots before they were ripped up by developers to build condos. But nothing ever really goes away, Valdez st...
Weird War - If You Can't Beat 'Em, Bite 'Em
Weird War - Illuminated By The Light
Weird War
Illuminated By The Light
LP | 2005 | US | Original (Drag City)
44,99 €*
Release:2005 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Rock / Indie
Used Vinyl
Medium: VG+, Cover: VG+
Cory Hanson - Pale Horse Rider
Cory Hanson
Pale Horse Rider
LP | 2021 | US | Original (Drag City)
29,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
"I've been driving through the darkness....through the smoke and fire on the ground"Lingering at the remains of a campfire before dawn, with the politics of the personal burnt into ash, running his stick through what's left, Wand singer/guitarist Cory Hanson is reflecting on a series of moments in which he steps farther into himself, finding the ultimate big sky country on the inside of his skull. It's a combination of songs and sounds that journey through bleak and broken territory and places of sweet, lush remove, and it adds up to the best record he's been involved in yet: his second solo album, Pale Horse Rider.Cory's first solo, The Unborn Capitalist From Limbo, was an intense affair, a grand experiment that produced inspiring, unconventional music - but this time around, he wanted to breathe a bit easier, to feel that breath in the music as well. So he and his band drove out to the desert to record in a low-stress environment: Brian Harris' Cactopia, a house surrounded by 6ft tall sculptural psychotropic cacti. They built a studio inside and then they made music and lived off pots of coffee and chili and cases of Miller High Life as they played guitars, bass, keyboards and drums in what seemed increasingly like a living biomech, their tech made out of fungal networks and cacti needles.It was loose and flowed onto tape well. Recorded by Robbie Cody and Zac Hernandez (who assisted on Wand's Laughing Matter), the sounds were great from the get-go. First takes were mostly best takes. Fueled with DNA lifted from country-rock cut with native psych and prog strands, Cory guided his craft toward the cosmic side of the highway, a benevolent alien in ambient fields hazy with heat and synths, early morning fog and space echo spreading the harmonies wide.Pale Horse Rider's got a lot to get out of its mind, looking around and seeing that, on the surface, things don't always look like much. A lifelong Californian, Cory's naturally found himself standing to the left of most of the country. The west may b...
Bill Mackay And Nathan Bowles - Keys
Bill Mackay And Nathan Bowles
Keys
LP | 2021 | US | Original (Drag City)
29,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Keys, the debut album from Bill MacKay and Nathan Bowles, is, on first blush, a collection of guitar and banjo duets - but from the opening moment, it is clear that Bill and Nathan's agreed-upon duo is a living organism, growing as it goes. Behind the stately figures of "Idumea", a 19th century southern hymnal played out on their stringed instruments, a low organ drone hums persistently, signaling that this music, while coming from traditional places, is asking more of itself, seeking sparks of inspiration to light the path forward.Bill and Nathan met a few years back, if time has any meaning. It didn't seem to at the time - after the first night they hung out, it seemed as if they'd known each other for awhile already. A year later (2018, if you're counting), they were booked as a duo at Cropped Out. Preparing for playing the show involved a correspondence exchanging lots of provisional ideas, thoughts and music back and forth from Chicago to Durham NC, then dashing through the ideas again on the festival grounds an hour before the show. From this seemingly hectic preparation, their playing that night was remarkably serene, a spiritual treatise clothed in the casual and natural manner of the proverbial porch-, or in this case, riverside-jam, as the stage literally straddled the edge of the Ohio River! It was a stellar, simpatico first moment that asked for more moments like it.After several more sets the following year, they felt ready to roll tape (as the saying goes) and chose to do so in Chicago, with Nick Broste at The Shape Shoppe. Again, an easy rapport prevailed, allowing them to work through their collected ideas quickly and freely, with the moments of spontaneous decision that can come only with comfort and trust in each other's presence. Throughout Keys, Bill and Nathan propel their power-folk engine with intent and feeling, joy and solemnity, as images of wariness, wonder, anger, deliberation, forgiveness, trust and devotion rise up from the music and roll it forward into the unknown, a...
Peacers, The - Blexxed Rec
Peacers, The
Blexxed Rec
Tape | 2021 | US | Original (Drag City)
14,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
An electrical tension enters the room - a guitar, left to its own devices, is surfing the breeze. Breaking in the air, smiling from ear to ear. Bicoastal, even! Suddenly, The Peacers are back with their third album.The time has been kind. Three years since they went about their sophomore affect, Introducing the Crimsmen - but you know how it is in these important years, everything changing. Lots goes down, lots to go back through later. That second Peacers record was made by the second Peacers lineup, after 2/3rds of the first gang made for the door after the first LP. In came Bo Moore, Shayde Sartin and Mike Shoun - but after they'd finished making Crimsmen, singer Mike Donovan moved out of his old San Francisco digs to the east coast and made two solo albums. So, who êtes vous this time, The Peacers?Check the 'Better Than Ever' box, that's who! Up til now, The Peacers records were consistently great no matter who they were, delivering Mike D's irrepressible subterranean pop in a full color spectrum of moods from purple to blue-black to sometimes white. Blexxed Rec is a different time in the band's life - a second album from the same lineup, plus with a country in between them. Also, Bo, who had a song on the last one, brought three in for this one, and Shayde's got the closing number. Suddenly, three singer-songwriters under The Peacers' flag! So now they're the Beatles and Blexxed Rec is loaded like a Revolver? Uh, yeah. The band's vernacular is singing out of everyone's mouth, strumming on every guitar and every bass drum, rebuilding perfect pop in their own fiendish image, slanted and spread left and right in the speakers. Hard seps = classic!Everybody wants to be a guitar band, with two of 'em up front and a bass and drums, but The Peacers are already one, sending out a mad variety of the thrills and chills of modern rock - whether glam-tinged ("The Thunder Is an Electrical Love God"), psyched-out ("Colors for You", "Dandelion"), folky ("Irish Suit"), riding the knifeblade of post-garage fus...
Peacers, The - Blexxed Rec
Peacers, The
Blexxed Rec
LP | 2021 | US | Original (Drag City)
31,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
An electrical tension enters the room - a guitar, left to its own devices, is surfing the breeze. Breaking in the air, smiling from ear to ear. Bicoastal, even! Suddenly, The Peacers are back with their third album.The time has been kind. Three years since they went about their sophomore affect, Introducing the Crimsmen - but you know how it is in these important years, everything changing. Lots goes down, lots to go back through later. That second Peacers record was made by the second Peacers lineup, after 2/3rds of the first gang made for the door after the first LP. In came Bo Moore, Shayde Sartin and Mike Shoun - but after they'd finished making Crimsmen, singer Mike Donovan moved out of his old San Francisco digs to the east coast and made two solo albums. So, who êtes vous this time, The Peacers?Check the 'Better Than Ever' box, that's who! Up til now, The Peacers records were consistently great no matter who they were, delivering Mike D's irrepressible subterranean pop in a full color spectrum of moods from purple to blue-black to sometimes white. Blexxed Rec is a different time in the band's life - a second album from the same lineup, plus with a country in between them. Also, Bo, who had a song on the last one, brought three in for this one, and Shayde's got the closing number. Suddenly, three singer-songwriters under The Peacers' flag! So now they're the Beatles and Blexxed Rec is loaded like a Revolver? Uh, yeah. The band's vernacular is singing out of everyone's mouth, strumming on every guitar and every bass drum, rebuilding perfect pop in their own fiendish image, slanted and spread left and right in the speakers. Hard seps = classic!Everybody wants to be a guitar band, with two of 'em up front and a bass and drums, but The Peacers are already one, sending out a mad variety of the thrills and chills of modern rock - whether glam-tinged ("The Thunder Is an Electrical Love God"), psyched-out ("Colors for You", "Dandelion"), folky ("Irish Suit"), riding the knifeblade of post-garage fus...
New Bums - Last Time I Saw Grace
New Bums
Last Time I Saw Grace
LP | 2021 | US | Original (Drag City)
28,49 €* 29,99 € -5%
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Seven years and a handful of lifetimes ago, New Bums came out of nowhere with their debut album, Voices In a Rented Room - a record the New York Times described as "feeling like it's falling apart." New Bums took this as a compliment and, thus emboldened, they toured relentlessly in support of the release: criss-crossing the USA in the spring of 2014, with a European run that summer. Then, silence descended, as the Bums withdrew to the place from which they'd mysteriously emerged. Now, the Bums are back! 2021 finds them with a new album in hand. Following a west coast US tour in late 2019, it's clear that the duo of Donovan Quinn (Skygreen Leopards) and Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance, Rangda, etc) are fully reanimated, as evidenced by the songs and sounds of Last Time I Saw Grace.Retaining the drunk-dog-locomotion of their debut, New Bums sprinkle a bit of fresh fancy into their signature twin guitars-and-vocals sound, with cleaner recording techniques, further developments in harmonies, and a new appreciation for a song with more than two parts, making Last Time I Saw Grace nothing less than the perfect progression from the purposefully murky mixes of their debut. Continuing to embrace an acoustic rock 'n' roll sound, inspired by artists such as Jacobites, Robyn Hitchcock, Johnny Thunders, Replacements and such, New Bums push the words and the stories to the front of the line, crafting tales with satiric glee on Last Time I Saw Grace. However, this world of empty perfume bottles, bodies tied to masts, and moving onward to devastation (after the bottle on the table pulls out a gun) feels much more Gombrowitczian dreamscape than drunken night on the town. Yes, everything is wasted, but this is an existential wasteland rather than a substance-laden one.This combination of arch Californian post-aristocratic melodrama with torn and frayed acoustic guitars opens up a new genre entirely, one we at Drag City are tempted to call Rent Control Romantic.
Bill Stone - Stone
Bill Stone
Stone
LP | 2021 | US | Original (Drag City)
34,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Just when you thought every loner folk genius had been outed/discovered, hyped, and pontificated about, a new/old challenger lurks in the murky depths of time...and Maine. Sure, you have your Skip Spences, Dave Bixbys, Stone Harbours, and Perry Leopolds already, but have you heard the lonesome sound of Bill Stone? Well, don't feel bad or "unkool", hardly anyone has--unless you lived in rural Maine in the early 70s and grabbed his barely-ever seen LP in the day. Titled simply Stone, Bill's mysterious album was pressed in the micro-est of quantities, covering wistful, airy psychedelia on par with the UK's Mark Fry's classic Dreaming of Alice, while still evoking the earthy, evening-hour melancholy of Leonard Cohen or Tom Rapp. Stone was also especially influenced by one Donny P. Leitch, one Robby Zimmerman, and much trad folk, while growing up in his hometown of Old Town, Maine. Stone started out playing in a few small folk ensembles while also moonlighting with occasional solo gigs, finally recording this lone platter in 1969 in a pottery studio (!?) on a 2-track Panasonic tape recorder in Boothbay, Maine (where he says, they competed with a cat in heat). The LP features Tom Blackwell/Bill Stone-guitars, Arthur Webster-bass, Bob Blackwell/Skip Smith-drums, Bill/Beth Waterhouse on vocals. It also seems cover artist Doug Bane went on to become an acclaimed cosmic painter--committing loads of animals, psychedelic scenes, and Native American portraits to canvas, who knew? But we digress--anyhow, seems Stone's solo career slowed down after marriage hit, and he transitioned to playing covers in bars for cash, but after acquiring a masters and doctorate in education, he moved into the teaching walk of life. Bill published books and articles on subjects as diverse as school counseling and chaos theory--but now retired, he's returned to music, even recording a new album of originals and traditional numbers, based on his experiences as a cab driver (another wrinkle in the Stone Saga we must hear more of someda...
Dope Body - Crack A Light
Dope Body
Crack A Light
LP | 2020 | EU | Original (Drag City)
40,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Crack a Light! DOPE BODY are back on the line with their first album since 2015 - and it's got all the gnarly, bisected body rock of their great records from the far side of the teens. A decade plus from the audacity of their debut cassette, 20 Pound Brick, and four years after calling it quits, Crack a Light is about getíting back to essentials - like, first and foremost, essentially existing....In 2016, DOPE BODY were fairly much burnt from seven years of nonístop playing and recording, feeling as if their four albums had tracked away from the early days' intentions of spontaneous weirdness. The band had formed in the abstract, an art project designed to provocate by embodying values that didn't necíessarily reflect any deep roots in their collective mindset. Turns out they just needed a bit of time off - with a bit of pre-contagion social distancing to boot. Even (or perhaps espeícially) with a couple of the guys on the west coast and the other two back east, the energy is again surging out of the DOPE Boys.Essentially a power-trio with singer, DOPE BODY have traditionally excelled at projecting monstrously-voiced street music, artfully welded to the massive space of rock anthems, hardcore and metallic, hard-rolling funk, driven by incisively pounding rhythm and attenuated with guitar loops and FX.DOPE BODY got their groove back. Throwing caution to the wind, caring less about the things that aren't important. Getting back to basics. Going with your gut. Being in the moment. Making a guitar sound like a pig fucking a power outlet. Name your new age platitude...Crack a Light!
Magik Markers - 2020
Magik Markers
2020
LP | 2020 | Original (Drag City)
31,99 €*
Release:2020 / Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
2020! Now it can be told: the charade of a world without new Magik Markers records (six-plus years!) has finally ended. In these times of contagion fables and hacky blockbuster n95 disaster imagery IRL, Markers emerge again like three Lazarus from their three individual firmaments, just in the nick of the end of time.What Magik Markers do best is listening, and as John Shaw, Pete Nolan and Elisa Ambrogio worked with the tunes, they heard something taking shape. Less a style than a spirit - a spirit that had to do with a delight in friendship and invention. So, here we are with results, the murky and public airing of songs, improvised and planned.2020, recorded and slowly mixed in the first humming tinnitus years after Trump was elected, feels like an animal response to the intellectual luxury of despair. It explodes like a dream. We can all be forced into wage slavery, the dreary fears of our own mortality and the tender traps of love, compassion and family; this record, in eternal Markers fashion, stands as proof that work born out of the unconscious can transcend the individual concerns of meatsackery, and commute purity and relief in the untethered ether that we all contain.Ultimately human music, danceable and grandly damaged, like sister Kim Gordon. The new normal in stadium rock sound: one person on headphones in an empty room.
Tashi Dorji - Stateless
Tashi Dorji
Stateless
LP | 2020 | EU | Original (Drag City)
29,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
In the past two decades, Tashi Dorji has travelled a long road. Making several dozen albums and touring the world, playing his guitar solo and in tandem with inspired others. Gifted with a sensitive and restless ear, he reaches through his guitar to find new sounds. The title of this forthcoming record, Stateless, is about more than just playing one's way into somewhere else. It invites us to perceive hair-raising truth; these are free pieces in more ways than one.A native of Bhutan, Tashi has lived in Asheville NC with his family since 2000. His career as a musician has flourished during this time - even as, in recent years, the government presiding over this country that he and we call home has taken a series of entirely despicable positions on the status of immigrants, refugees and foreigners of all kinds. On any level that we can imagine, this is a corrupt human policy. Our immigrant ancestors once lived in fear - must immigrants always? Or is this the cluttered and sinking path of a nation drifting into a sea change?Stateless is a probing recital in which music, the texture of the instrument and the nature of the moment in which it is played are all of equal significance. Like a sculptor, Tashi flecks away at his acoustic guitar, percussive strikes discovering the shades of folkish melodies within, while continuously shaping other contours in a flow of improvised actions.Stateless measures the miles on the charred highway we're all presently stalled upon - not going home again, at time on a march for no reason, other moments insensibly in the weeds, rummaging, looking for something.
No Age - Goons Be Gone
Bill Callahan - Gold Record
John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch - Original Soundtrack Recording
Sir Richard Bishop - Oneiric Formulary
Jackie Lynn - Jaqueline
Jackie Lynn
Jaqueline
LP | 2020 | EU | Original (Drag City)
26,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU – Original
Genre:Pop
Jackie Lynn ist das fiktive Alter Ego der Singer / Songwriterin Haley Fohr, die auch für ihr Indie-Folk-Projekt Circuit des Yeux bekannt ist. Jackie Lynn ist aber im Gegensatz dazu kein reines Soloprojekt, sondern gibt ihr die Möglichkeit sich in ein Bandgefüge hineinzugeben. Dies tut sie denn auch für ihr neues, zweites Jackie Lynn-Album und die dazugehörige Tour.Ihr Debütalbum erzählte im Jahr 2016 die (fiktive) Geschichte ihres bisherigen Lebens. Jetzt kehrt Jackie Lynn mit 'Jacqueline' zurück und wir erfahren von ihr und ihren drei Mitstreitern Cooper Crain, Rob Frye und Dan Quinlivan wie es mit Jackie Lynn weitergeht. Diese drei Chicagoer Musiker wiederum kennt man unter dem Namen Bitchin Bajas, und dies nicht zuletzt wegen ihrer wiederkehrenden Kollaboration mit Bonnie Prince Billy.Auch musikalisch ist Jackie Lynns Musik ein anderes paar Schuhe als das zwar kongeniale aber auch sehr hermetische und düstere Schaffen von Circuit Des Yeux. Die Musik ist extrem abwechslungsreich und überraschend. Bereits "Casino Queen", die Vorabsingleàdes neuen Albums, klingt so aufgedreht und bunt wie der Titel erahnen lässt. Drumcomputer und Synthesizer haben bei Jackie Lynn einen festen Platz. Es ist also kein Wunder, braucht Haley Fohr doch mehr als eine Plattform um ihre diversen musikalischen Interessen auszuleben. Ihre Stimme hingegen, die verrät sie sowieso.
Six Organs Of Admittance - Companion Rises
Bill Callahan - Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest Lyric Insert
Ty Segall - First Taste
Ty Segall & The Freedom - Deforming Lobes
Tim Presley's White Fence - I Have To Feed Larry's Hawk
Espers - Espers III
Pearls Before Swine - One Nation Underground 50th Anniversary Edition
Bill Callahan - Have Fun With God
Gastr Del Sol - Mirror Repair
Magik Markers - Surrender To The Fantasy
Woo - It's Cozy Inside
Bonnie Prince Billy - Wolfroy Goes To Town
Cave - Neverendless
Scott Walker - Tilt
Alasdair Roberts - Spoils
Mayo Thompson - Corky's debt to his father
Joanna Newsom & The YS Street Band - EP
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