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Bird Machine

    ANTI- Records is honored to share a never-before-heard album by Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse titled Bird Machine.

    Originally recorded in 2010 and mixed by Mark Hamilton (who also worked on It's A Wonderful Life), Mark's brother Matt notes "great care has been taken to archive and preserve Mark's music. We are very thankful for Mark and the beauty he brought to this world."

    Sparklehorse was an American indie rock band formed by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Linkous in the mid-1990s. Born on September 9, 1962, in Arlington, Virginia, Linkous began playing music as a teenager.

    Described as an artist who "compelled listeners to heed the beauty of darkness" by Pitchfork, Sparklehorse released many influential records, including the renowned albums Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot and Good Morning Spider in the '90s, It's A Wonderful Life and Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain in the early aughts, and a collaborative album Dark Night of the Soul released in 2010.

    Throughout his career Mark collaborated with thought provoking artists like Vic Chesnutt, Daniel Johnston, Tom Waits, Danger Mouse, and David Lynch.

    While Mark recorded in various studios, collaborating with other musicians and producers, he did much of his work in his home studio, Static King, often playing and recording everything on his own. He was "very much kind of a working-class guy with a very poetic sensibility, who was drawn to artists like himself, who worked in isolation," said NPR Fresh Air's Ken Tucker.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: As you'd expect, Bird Machine is a tenderly written selection of Linkous' unmistakeable vocals and brittle melodic turns, with heaps of intimate intensity. Does it matter that it's a posthumously released collection? Often, but certainly not in this case. Beautiful.

    TRACK LISTING

    It Will Never Stop
    Kind Ghosts
    Evening Star Supercharger
    O Child
    Falling Down
    I Fucked It Up
    Hello Lord
    Daddy's Gone
    Chaos Of The Universe
    Listening To The Higsons
    Everybody's Gone To Sleep
    The Scull Of Lucia
    Blue
    Stay

    Tom Waits

    Brawlers

      For the first time, Tom Waits will make available as individual records his 2006 classic 56 song release Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards. 

      The collection of 56 songs went far beyond a simple career retrospective. It dipped back as far as 1984 with the bulk of it’s songs hailing from the mid-nineties onward. Over 2/3 of the material had never been heard when originally released in 2006 and had 30 newly recorded songs. Orphans also featured a number of songs finding a home on a Waits’ album for the first time. They included Waits’ unique interpretations of songs by such diverse talents as The Ramones, Daniel Johnston, Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht and Leadbelly. These outtakes, rarities and the previously unreleased material were separately grouped into themes and named, Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards. And now these titles will be released individually. 

      Brawlers is a collection of raucous blues and full-throated juke joint stomps.


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