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Jukebox

    Cat Power returns with "Jukebox", her second album of cover songs and a tribute to the great vocalists who have influenced her over the years. Recorded in Dallas, Memphis and Miami with Stu Sikes (who also worked on Loretta Lynn's Grammy-winning "Van Lear Rose"), it contains twelve tracks, eleven of which are covers and one, "Song To Bobby", is brand new and a suitable inclusion as she wrote it about meeting Bob Dylan for the first time (it also precedes her version of "I Believe In You" on this record). This is the first record she has made with her band Dirty Delta Blues – the quartet of Dirty Three's Jim White, Delta 72's Gregg Foreman, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's Judah Bauer and Lizard Music's Erik Paparozzi – and they make up a big part of this album. Also making guest appearances on the record are Spooner Oldham (Neil Young, Janis Joplin), Larry McDonald (Toots & The Maytails, Taj Mahal), Teenie Hodges (Al Green, Memphis Rhythm Band) and Matt Sweeney (Chavez). Time Out once wrote that Cat Power was 'a master of interpretation' and "Jukebox" highlights just that. Although her second album of covers, it's not really the sequel to "The Covers Record" (2000), instead a fascinating new chapter in Chan Marshall's artistic arc.



    TRACK LISTING


    New York (Frank Sinatra)
    Ramblin (Wo)man (Hank Williams)
    Metal Heart (2008 Version) (Cat Power)
    Silver Stallion (Highwayman)
    Aretha, Sing One For Me (George Jackson)
    Lost Someone (James Brown)
    Lord, Help The Poor & Needy (Jessie Mae Hemphill)
    I Believe In You (Bob Dylan)
    Song To Bobby (Cat Power)
    Don't Explain (Billie Holiday)
    Woman Left Lonely (Janis Joplin)
    Blue (Joni Mitchell)

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    Covers

      Cat Power returns with Covers, Chan Marshall’s third album of her celebrated reinterpretations of songs by classic and contemporary artists including Lana Del Ray, Nick Cave, Frank Ocean & The Pogues.

      TRACK LISTING

      1 Bad Religion
      2 Unhate
      3 Pa Pa Power
      4 White Mustang
      5 A Pair Of Brown Eyes
      6 Against The Wind
      7 Endless Sea
      8 These Days
      9 It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
      10 I Had A Dream Joe
      11 Here Comes A Regular
      12 I'll Be Seeing You

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      Wanderer

        Produced in its entirety by Marshall, Wanderer includes appearances by long-time friends and compatriots, as well as guest vocals courtesy of friend and recent tour-mate Lana Del Rey. Written and recorded in Miami and Los Angeles over the course of the last few years, the new album Wanderer is a remarkable return from an iconic American voice.

        Wanderer’s 11 tracks encompass “my journey so far,” says Marshall. “The course my life has taken in this journey - going from town to town, with my guitar, telling my tale; with reverence to the people who did this generations before me. Folk singers, blues singers, and everything in between. They were all wanderers, and I am lucky to be among them.”

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: A beautifully produced, bittersweet collection of twinkling guitars, acoustic percussives and Marshall's unmistakable vocal stylings. Brimming with low-key country influences, rhythmic momentum and enchanting, hypnotic drive. Quintessentially Cat Power, superb.

        TRACK LISTING

        Wanderer
        In Your Face
        You Get
        Woman (feat. Lana Del Rey)
        Horizon
        Stay
        Black
        Robbin Hood
        Nothing Really Matters
        Me Voy
        Wanderer / Exit

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        Sun

          Sun is the new studio album from Cat Power. Six years after her last album of original material [The Greatest, 2006], Chan Marshall has moved on from her collaborative forays into Memphis soul and Delta blues. She wrote, played, recorded and produced the entirety of Sun by herself, a statement of complete control that is echoed in the songs’ themes.

          Marshall calls Sun “a rebirth,” which is exactly what this confident, ambitious, charismatic record feels like. “Moon Pix [1998] was about extreme isolation and survival in the crazy struggle,” she says. "Sun is don't look back, pick up, and go confidently into your own future, to personal power and fulfilment."

          The music on Sun employs a sweeping stylistic palette: There’s the classic Cat Power haunting guitar and provocative vocal hook in ‘Cherokee’ (“marry me to the sky… bury me upside down”); the irresistible Latin-sounding nine-piano loop of ‘Ruin’; upbeat, almost dancey electronic anthems like ‘Real Life’ and ‘3,6,9’; and the stirring, 8-minute epic ‘Nothin But Time,’ featuring a vocal cameo by Iggy Pop. The swagger of ‘Silent Machine’ brings to mind mid-70s Jagger, contrasted with the unusual, sparse production of ‘Always On My Own’. The narrative arc of the record is deeply optimistic; the music is defiantly modern and global.

          Though devoid of grave bedroom confessionals, Sun is possibly Cat Power’s most personal album to date. For all its layered expansiveness, it is as handcrafted as her debut, and never has a Cat Power album so paralleled her personality and state of mind – channelling her humour, anger, deep empathy, musical inspirations, technical skill, and spiritual inquiry into an album that’s both surprising and comforting.

          Those versed in the Cat Power discography will detect elements of 2003's landmark album You Are Free, which experimented with vocal forms and beats borrowed from urban music, and the spellbinding authority of songs like ‘American Flag’. Sonically, however, with credit to mixer Philippe Zdar (Phoenix, Chromeo, Beastie Boys), Sun is incredibly fresh, reflecting its forward-looking mindset.

          Sun was recorded over the past three years in Malibu (in a studio she built herself), Silver Lake (in the Dust Brothers’ studio The Boat), Miami (South Beach Studios), and Paris (Motorbass), where she mixed with Zdar in Spring 2012.


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Darryl says: Chan Marshall aka Cat Power returns with her first album of original material in six years. 'Sun' strides confidently over a sonic palette of swaggering guitars, electronic beats, haunting melodies and vocal hooks aplenty all swept along with a fresh multi-layered production.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Cherokee
          2. Sun
          3. Ruin
          4. 3,6,9
          5. Always On My Own
          6. Real Life
          7. Human Being
          8. Manhattan
          9. Silent Machine
          10. Nothin But Time
          11. Peace And Love

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          Moon Pix - 120g Vinyl Pressing

            ‘Moon Pix’ is the fourth album by American singer / songwriter Cat Power (a.k.a. Chan Marshall). It was originally released in September 1998 on Matador records.

            The album features Mick Turner and Jim White from Dirty Three, on guitar and drums respectively.

            According to Cat Power, several songs on the album - ‘No Sense’, ‘Say’, ‘Metal Heart’, ‘You May Know Him’ and ‘Cross Bones Style’ - were written “in one deranged night” following a hallucinatory nightmare Marshall had in 1997 while alone in the South Carolina farmhouse she shared with thenboyfriend Bill Callahan. “I got woken up by someone in the field behind my house in South Carolina,” she explained, “The earth started shaking, and dark spirits were smashing up against every window of my house. I woke up and I had my kitten next to me... and I started praying to God to help me... so I just ran and got my guitar because I was trying to distract myself. I had to turn on the lights and sing to God. I got a tape recorder and recorded the next sixty minutes. And I played these long changes, into six different songs. That's where I got the record.”

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