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Shilpa Ray - Door Girl
Shilpa Ray
Door Girl
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Northern Spy)
24,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
"Shilpa Ray Stars as Door Girl" beckons from the cover of Door Girl in pink neon - reminiscent of nothing less than the pink lipstick that spells out New York Dolls on the cover of their similarly explosive record. Her song titles are gems that glitter with scorn - "Shilpa Ray's Got a Heart Full of Dirt," "You're Fucking No One," and "Morning Terrors Nights of Dread," to name a few - and underscore how extortionately rare good song titles truly are. Her voice - singular in modern popular music because of its radiant imperfection - takes neither prisoners nor guff as it offers up continuous caustic commentary on the human condition. Hers are observations gleaned from endless nights watching people in their natural habitat. These are not pretty pictures, shot through as they are with violence in the obvious and menace in the failures. Alternately dreamlike and lifelike, Door Girl carves out its portraits of nightlife with reverberation and feedback, unveiling an expansive level of production quality through which even the perfectly-recorded snare drum is as present and as crisp as the bad breath of the drunk falling asleep at your elbow. Each instrument is so clearly defined in the presentation as to become one of those selfsame dive bar habitués on which Shilpa Ray shines a stark Klieg light of absolute truth. It is the story of a city as it lives and breathes at its most basic levels, as told by an artist who is equal parts musician and magician and for whom each song is a different life she has lived and breathed and experienced like few others have.
Ross Goldstein - Inverted Jenny
Ross Goldstein
Inverted Jenny
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Northern Spy)
19,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
As a photographer, visual artist and member of the cosmic brain-bending trio Devin Gary & Ross, Ross Goldstein has built a layered catalog of softly psychedelic artistic output, but none has been as personal as the sonic spiderweb of his second solo album Inverted Jenny. The last time Ross showed up solo was in 2007 on the quietly-released Trail Songs, a collection of more Americana-leaning songcraft. A decade later, he picks up on threads started on his debut, but continues in a far more inward direction, blurring deftly arranged instrumental backdrops with patient, bucolic songwriting for a discreetly epic modern classic in headphone music. Ross travels through a glowing internal world with these songs, observing moments of both stillness and the sublime from a distance. There's a sheen of loneliness that runs throughout, but never a bitterness. The record opens with a trifecta of Van Dyke Parks-tinged open road songs, but even in the joyful discovery of these songs there's the sense that they're viewed from a loner's perspective. This feeling only grows as things shift from roadside distractions to the plush instrumentals and gentle vibes that make up the record's second half. Gorgeous arrangements set up a playful conversation between warm synths, stoned guitar leads, meticulously placed touches of chamber pop orchestration, and even sounds of the natural world from Ross' own field recordings, always buzzing with life. By the end of the album we've walked alongside for a while, watching the songs navigate their lonesome internal landscape like a late night wearing blissfully into morning. At the end of this night (and every other night, really) there's no answer to be found, no great revelation besides wandering along into another beautiful morning.
PC Worship - Buried Wish
PC Worship
Buried Wish
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Northern Spy)
19,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
PC Worship s new LP Buried Wish is an off-kilter journey through hook-laden alternative rock, experimental tape manipulation, downer punk riffs and long form improv-based psychedelic instrumentals. As the album weaves through the damaged re appropriation of objectionable sounds, it seeks to explore a contrast between the traditional rock band format + instrumentation with outsider experimentalism by exploring new ideas related to composition and unconventional (often homemade) instrumentation. Buried Wish further embodies PC Worship s dedication to categorical ambiguity as it opens with a prelude written for a horn quartet + tape loops and ends with a pseudo-americana, sludge folk song, while throughout the album, continues the familiar PC aesthetic of unfiltered, subconscious inspiration, fueled by dystopian lyrics, eternal guitar solos and vamped out sonic exploration. Buried Wish was written and recorded by Justin Frye in the basement of a condemned building throughout 2016 in Bushwick, which flooded half way through the process. It was sourced from drawn out solo tracking, upright bass experiments, large ensemble improv sessions and random input from various collaborators over the past year, with contributions from Michael Etten, Jessica Papitto, Shannon Sigley, Mario Maggio, Jordan Bernstein, Pat Spadine, Greg Fox, Marilu Donovan, Kassie Carlson and Adam Junkyard Markiewicz, among others.
Horselover Fats - Liberty Ashes
Joe Westerlund - Mojave Interlude
Horse Lords - Interventions
Craw - 1993-1997
Craw
1993-1997
6LP Box | 2015 | US | Original (Northern Spy)
94,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Northern Spy reissues the first three records by Cleveland, Ohio, post-hardcore band Craw in a limited edition vinyl box set, 1993–1997. All out of print for two decades or more, these full-lengths—1993’s self-titled debut, 1994’s Lost Nation Road and 1997’s Map, Monitor, Surge—complete a story that concluded on Bodies for Strontium 90, released in 2002 by Hydra Head Records. The new box set lovingly reintroduces these records in a deluxe package including three remastered double LPs and an exhaustive 200-page book. The book, designed by the team behind one-of-a-kind visually driven label Aqualamb—who have also overseen visuals for the entire release—includes a wealth of unpublished photos and ephemera, an exhaustive oral history of Craw drawn from newly conducted interviews, and a detailed timeline of band activities, shows and releases, stretching from Craw’s 1988 formation to their 2002 break-up.
Shilpa Ray - Last Year's Savage
Shilpa Ray
Last Year's Savage
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Northern Spy)
18,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Nobody grows up wanting to be an artist’s artist. Appreciated by the sub sect of the sub sect is like being the beauty queen at the leper colony. Hell, anybody who claims they grew up wanting to even be an artist rather than an astronaut or a Cthulhu is probably lying or was a corny kid. Art is hard and degrading and generally bullshit. Your friends will find you irritating and your parents will certainly not throw you a parade. But if you’re an artist you’re an artist; the soul will fuck you every time, what can you do? Shilpa Ray is, through no fault of her own, one of our unsung great artists. Having made her bones with the gothic Sturm und Drang of Beat The Devil and moving forward to the blues erosion of “…and The Happy Hookers” Shilpa Ray has been, armed only with an incomparable voice and harmonium haunted by the ghosts of dead lovers, perpetually crying in the wind, hoisting both middle fingers in the general direction of god. It’s not a life a wise man would choose. Shilpa Ray kicks against the pricks but the pricks keep coming. But, again, what can you do? Well, that’s been the narrative until now. With Last Year’s Savage (maybe a nod to Leonard Cohen maybe a nod to Barrence Whitfield) Shilpa Ray has taken the pain and dark funk of earlier sounds and made explicit the sublimity that was always there just below the surface. The conversation has become less a break up with doors ripped rom their hinges and more the last pained pillow talk before parting. The obsessions with sex, death, bodily functions, and betrayal (not necessarily in that order) remain but Shilpa has expanded the palate to convey the resignation, the simmering discontent of an artist disenfranchised and held down. This is a quieter rage than the music Shilpa Ray has made before, more plaintive and considered, even if it’s the quiet of a hand gripped tight on the axe handle. The music remains gorgeous and stirring in its directness while Shilpa herself remains, thankfully, entirely and inappropriately threatening. Shilpa Ray has, up till this, point, yes, been a “artist’s artist.” Just about every musician in New York City, who doesn’t hate her, loves her and Nick Cave, in both words and deed (having her open up for him and his Bad Seeds often), sings her praises to all with the ears to listen. Obviously there are some who will always prefer lesser versions of the Shilpa Rays of the world (as if there could be more than one), preferably with blue eyes and On Brand Waifishness, but the truth will, eventually out. Talent this big can only be kept down by for so long before the sky cracks and we all drown in the blood of angels. Either way, this is Shilpa Ray’s year.
Arto Lindsay - Encylcopedia Of Arto
Arto Lindsay
Encylcopedia Of Arto
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Northern Spy)
34,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Pop
limited to 700, indie-retail exclusive Limited edition for Record Store Day 2015!
O'Death - Out Of Hands We Go
O'Death
Out Of Hands We Go
LP | 2014 | US | Original (Northern Spy)
16,99 €*
Release:2014 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
5th full-length of folk-rock-appalachian-country finds the band rejecting the lush, clean-cut production of their last album Outside, in favorof a more raw, "in-the-red" sound.
Rhys Chatham - Harmonie Du Soir
Cuddle Magic - Ashes / Axis
Padang Food Tigers & Sigbjorn Apeland - Bumblin' Creed
Okkyung Lee & Christian Marclay - Amalgam
Oneida & Rhys Chatham - What's Your Sign?
Oneida & Rhys Chatham
What's Your Sign?
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Northern Spy)
19,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
From its drums-bashing, cacophonous beginning to its skronky trumpet-loaded conclusion, the instant chemistry betwixt Rhys Chatham and Oneida is what makes What’s Your Sign? such a seamless and natural partnership: ageless vanguards of minimalism, free-improvisation and noise banding together in a holier than thou union of NYC experimental rock royalty. Four years after their inaugural union at Ecstatic Music Festival inside New York City’s Merkin Concert Hall produced a cosmic din for the ages, two genre-obliterating renegades who’ve made indelible marks in the experimental music pantheon—the NYC-bred, Paris-based avant-garde guitar legend and minimalist composer Rhys Chatham and long-running psychedelic free-rock juggernaut and Brooklyn institution Oneida—have joined forces on their first collaborative album proper titled What’s Your Sign?, due November 11th, 2016 via Northern Spy Records.With pedigrees carved in hall-of-fame-caliber collaboration and ever-expanding symphonic ensembles (a Chatham touchstone is A Crimson Grail (For 400 Electric Guitars) while Oneida’s twelve hour long free-improvisational drone-fests is stuff of legend), it’s no revelation the legendary composer and No Wave veteran and the left-field freethinking noisemakers would make for kindred spirits.
Odetta Hartman - 222
Odetta Hartman
222
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Northern Spy)
15,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
About With her first strictly solo record, 222 -- an experimental, bedroom-produced hybrid of folk, musique concrète and psychedelia -- Odetta Hartman and her partner, sound artist and producer Jack Inslee, have created something completely original and unsettling: badass banjos, detuned violins, superstitious stories and eerie soundscapes all give backing to beautiful vocal stylings that range from sensual to spooky.
Ravi Shankar - In Hollywood 1971
Ravi Shankar
In Hollywood 1971
2LP | 2016 | US | Original (Northern Spy)
34,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Limited edition for Record Store Day 2016! Treasure of a recording is an "at home" performance Ravi did for some special friends at his residence in Hollywood in 1971.
Odetta Hartman - 222
Odetta Hartman
222
Tape | 2015 | US | Original (Northern Spy)
8,09 €* 8,99 € -10%
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Odetta Hartman is a young woman keeping the spirit of Old New York alive. With a heart-stopping voice and wideranging instrumental talent, she carries cowboy soul into a new era where country can clash with computers, and bluegrass isn’t afraid of bass. With her first strictly solo record, 222 -- an experimental, bedroom-produced hybrid of folk, musique concrète and psychedelia -- Odetta Hartman and her partner, sound artist and producer Jack Inslee, have created something completely original and unsettling: badass banjos, detuned violins, superstitious stories and eerie soundscapes all give backing to beautiful vocal stylings that range from sensual to spooky. 222 presents itself as a post-modern audio novella: its 22-minute running time makes it as concise as your favorite Netflix episode, and its eclectic edge is sure to leave your head spinning by the time you’re through. In addition to writing all of the songs, Odetta sings, plays banjo, violin and guitar and incorporates samples from her own field recordings to create a truly idiosyncratic world of sound. A companion remix EP will be released in collaboration with Full Service Party, featuring unique reinterpretations of each track from some of the finest talents in the electronic music world.The 25-year old East Village native grew up around experimental filmmakers, street poets and after-hours debauchery, all thanks to her pioneering parents (founders of the local institution Two Boots Pizza) who have cultivated her passion for musical performance since the tender age of 4 years old. She currently teaches neighborhood girls age 8-18 how to produce radio and music at the Lower Eastside Girls Club. Odetta Hartman has explored traditional forms of Americana with previous projects - she was a popular performing artist in The Sparrows while at Bard College, she toured the country with songwriter-magician Gryphon Rue, has ample credits for multi-instrumental session work, and self-released two EP’s with some of the best musicians NYC has to offer.
White Out With Nels Cline - Accidental Sky
Shilpa Ray - Make Up EP
Shilpa Ray
Make Up EP
Tape | 2015 | US | Original (Northern Spy)
6,99 €*
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
The former backup singer for Nick Cave steps out from his shadow to release the Make Up EP, a pair of imaginatively adapted covers. On Lou Reed’s quirky “Makeup,” described by Rolling Stone as an “image of the…sissy traipsing around and lisping about effeminacy,” Shilpa Ray filters the story through the antithetical lenses of explosive noise and charming cabaret. Next, Dinah Washington’s legendary “What A Diff’rence A Day Makes” is given a seventies soft-rock makeover, and you find yourself completely bewitched by Shilpa’s captivating vocals and dreamy wurlitzer piano. Only a brief taste of what’s in store on her brilliant upcoming LP, Last Year’s Savage (May 19th on Northern Spy), these songs are sure to whet the appetites of long time fans and new ones alike. In Shilpa Ray’s words: I had an epiphany about “Make Up” (written by Lou Reed) when I was in Palermo around Christmas time after the Bad Seeds tour. Lou had died late October. I found out 10 minutes before I had to play solo before a sold out crowd at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. Needless to say, his passing had a massive effect on me. He was my childhood hero. Europe was hard to grasp for me in a lot of ways. The culture, language barriers,the overload of dairy and ghettos of freshly placed refugees from countries, some I had never heard of before. I was exhausted and getting drunk outside a bar where you can get Marsala for a Euro, basically all I could afford. There were tons of kids dancing in the streets getting high and happy, when this stray yellow lab walked up to me and starts swaying back and forth. The song Make Up came blaring through the stereo and I started swaying with the dog. It was one of those rare moments I felt alright. We had decided to go to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame during a tour stop in Cleveland. I was pretty cynical about the whole thing and tour hadn’t been smooth. I had to send a dude home for being a brat in Kansas City among other places and was feeling pretty exposed as the bad guy. It was a stressful situation and trying to justify my actions in the passive aggressive world of music where no one’s making any money felt daunting. I seperated myself from the group, the costumes, the Katy Perry and the Beyonce and hung out in the listening booth for hours. Dinah Washington came on and put every wannabe singer, myself included, to shame. What a voice! She draws her breath so long and never loses the listener. I had to challenge myself with this one. I hope I can sing like her someday.
Zs - Xe
Zs
Xe
LP | 2015 | US | Original (Northern Spy)
18,04 €* 18,99 € -5%
Release:2015 / US – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Zs is devoid of genre and unclassifiable. Since 2000, founder Sam Hillmer has remained its purveying constant, and with the addition of loose-limbed, meditative percussionist Greg Fox (Liturgy, Guardian Alien, Man Forever), and virtuosic avant-classical guitarist and composer Patrick Higgins, the band has found its epochal lineup. The trio’s vision is crystallized on Xe, Zs’ first full-length featuring the new trio, and first proper since 2010’s critically acclaimed New Slaves. Hillmer, Fox and Higgins—three supremely heavy sages who exchange their pulsating phraseology with a mind-blowingly telepathic bent—in one room, nailing Xe in one miraculous live take, manned by Higgins and noted A-list producer Henry Hirsch (Lenny Kravitz, Madonna, Mick Jagger) at the boards in Hudson, New York’s Future-Past Studios. The music on Xe even transcends artistic mediums, influencing renowned visual artist Tauba Auerbach, who believed Zs was examining the same structural concerns as her own work. She created two 3D steel helix sculptures derived from the scientific varieties known as the Z helix and S helix, which were then arranged and photographed in various configurations for the Xe album art. The album’s minimalist, esoteric vibes aligned perfectly with Auerbach’s mind-bending and shadowy metallic sculptures. The artist attests to have never worked so hard on a record cover, nor gotten so much out of doing so, creatively and personally.
Mystical Weapons (Sean Lennon & Greg Saunier Of Deerhoof) - Crotesque
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