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Bill Mackay And Nathan Bowles - Keys
Bill Mackay And Nathan Bowles
Keys
LP | 2021 | US | Original (Drag City)
28,99 €*
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)
13,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Preorder lieferbar ab 23.04.2021
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)
30,99 €*
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)
28,99 €*
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)
32,99 €*
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...
Nuno Canavarro - Plux Quba
Nuno Canavarro
Plux Quba
LP | 1988 | US | Reissue (Drag City)
25,99 €*
Release:1988 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Nuno Canavarro's Plux Quba hails from three decades in the past, yet the simple profi le of it's abstract/ambient/cutup collage makes it a record that sits quite comfortably in our IDM-informed future.In 1988, Plux Quba was a primal dark horse in the world of pants-forward electronic music - an obscurity issued with little explanation from the laid-back west coast of Europe: Portugal, of all places! - though the casual listener could hardly know that from an examination of the LP jacket.The vanguard of electronics in late-80s Europe was being pushed by organizations like Nurse With Wound, The Hafler Trio, HNAS - and yet, when Christoph Heemann came across this recording, it struck his ears and the ears of fellow listeners like nothing before. Plux Quba was handed around between the principles of the early 90s A-Musik scene: Jan St. Werner, C-Schulz, Frank Dommert, Georg Odijk, plus interested fellow travelers like Jim O'Rourke, to the intense curiosity of all. To ears that were already saturated with all things kraut, the dark corners of prog and the frontline of experimental and improvised music, it proved elusive. Not simply in how it sounded and how that sound was achieved, but in where it was coming from - like later Robert Ashley at times; certain stretches of melody recalled some of Eno's ambient pieces - but mostly, it was a completely alien soundscape!
Anthony Moore - Out
Anthony Moore
Out
LP | 2020 | EU | Original (Drag City)
28,99 €*
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!
Silence, The - Electric Meditations
Dope Body - Crack A Light
Dope Body
Crack A Light
LP | 2020 | EU | Original (Drag City)
32,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Preorder lieferbar ab 07.05.2021
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!
Tashi Dorji - Stateless
Tashi Dorji
Stateless
LP | 2020 | EU | Original (Drag City)
27,99 €*
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
OM - BBC Radio 1
Xylouris White - Sisypheans
Sean O'Hagan - Radum Calls, Radum Calls
Ty Segall - First Taste
Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains
Alasdair Roberts - Fiery Margin
Ty Segall - First Taste
Major Stars - Roots Of Confusion Seeds Of Joy
Ty Segall & The Freedom - Deforming Lobes
Ty Segall & The Freedom - Deforming Lobes
Tim Presley's White Fence - I Have To Feed Larry's Hawk
Sundowners - Ancient Cares
Masaki Batoh - Nowhere
Espers - Espers III
Mike Donovan - How To Get Your Record Played In Shops
Drinks - Hippo Lite
Six Organs Of Admittance - Hexadic III
No Age - Snares Like A Haircut
Ty Segall - Ty Segall
David Grubbs - Prismrose
Joanna Newsom - Divers
Papa M - Live From A Shark Cage
Bill Callahan - Have Fun With God
Magik Markers - Surrender To The Fantasy
Bill Callahan - Dream River
Woo - It's Cozy Inside
Om - Advaitic Songs
Ty Segall & White Fence - Hair
Ty Segall - Goodbye Bread
Scott Walker - Tilt
Death - For The Whole World To See
Mayo Thompson - Corky's debt to his father
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