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Blitzen Trapper

Wild And Reckless

    Earlier this year, the Portland, Oregon-based Blitzen Trapper accomplished a unique feat for a rock band who has been releasing albums and touring for the better part of two decades: a staged musical titled Wild & Reckless that ran for 28 performances at Portland Center Stage. The bands new album of the same title, that was born from the stage production, is somewhat of a companion to their 2008 breakthrough album Furr.

    The album Wild & Reckless was born from the stage production that the band spent the better part of a year producing. The half musical, half rock-opera dealt with heroin abuse, desperation, true love and western power structures. The story evoked a bygone era of Portland with this sci-fi love story, featuring a rock-and-roll score that paired unreleased songs with favorites from the band’s catalog. Following the success of the production, the band took 7 original songs from the production and developed the theme further into the 12 songs that comprise the new album Wild & Reckless. Frontman Eric Earley also sees the record as a companion and extention of their 2008 album Furr. "Wild and Reckless is something like a cross-eyed stepchild to Furr, in that it chronicles the darker dystopian stories of rural and suburban west coast death-drive via a riffing psychedelic landscape. Ten years after Furr with all its talk of murder and the end of the western world, it seems there's more to tell." Blitzen Trapper is Eric Earley (songwriter/singer), Erik Menteer (guitar, keyboard), Brian Adrian Koch (drums, vocals), Michael Van Pelt (bass) and Marty Marquis (keyboard, vocals). Wild & Reckless was produced by Eric Earley and Michael Van Pelt and was recorded by Gregg Williams at The Trench, in Portland, Oregon. It was mixed by James Brown (Foo Fighters, Kings Of Leon, Blitzen Trapper's All Across This Land) at The Union.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Rebel
    2. Wild And Reckless
    3. Forever Pt. 1
    4. Joanna
    5. No Man's Land
    6. Stolen Hearts
    7. Dance With Me
    8. Love Live On
    9. When I'm Dying
    10. Baby Won't You Turn Me On
    11. Forever Pt. 2
    12. Wind Don't Always Blow

    Blitzen Trapper

    All Across This Land

      Blitzen Trapper has built a solid reputation as a band unafraid to take chances. Incorporating a vast array of influences, they have released albums that touch on indie folk/rock, roots, art rock, alt country, psychedelia and pop, while maintaining a sound that is distinctly Blitzen Trapper. On their new studio effort, the group’s years of experimentation and experience have come full circle, culminating in their strongest, most cohesive work to date with the career milestone, All Across This Land.

      All Across This Land once again confirms that Blitzen Trapper possess the unique ability to create thoughtful, melodic, finely crafted songs on one hand, and deliver full throttle, infectious rock on the other. From the opening riff of the title track, this is quite evident as it unfolds into a flurry of guitars, bass and drums. The band also eases back, on the semi-autobiographical “Mystery and Wonder”, for example. The track’s reflective and nostalgic tone was inspired by the band’s beginnings, the chemistry that develops over time and the music they have created though the years.

      While the album features some of Earley’s finest songs to date, the rest of his bandmate’s performances – Eric Menteer (guitar), Michael Van Pelt (bass), Marty Marquis (guitar/keys), Brian Adrian Koch (drums) – elevate each track thus taking Blitzen Trapper to their highest artistic peak yet.

      Serious Poke is the debut solo from Fred Abbott the London-based musician, until now, best known as lead guitarist and keyboard player in the recently disbanded Noah And The Whale.

      A supremely talented multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Abbott joined Noah And The Whale in 2009 and went on to huge success, especially notable being his contribution to 2011‘s Platinum-selling and highly acclaimed Last Night On Earth.

      Abbott enlisted the help of his Noah And The Whale compadres and other friends for the recording of Serious Poke, with sessions taking place at West London’s British Grove Studios over the past year. The album was co-produced by Fred with Martin Hollis, whose diverse credits include Grinderman, The Rolling Stones and Take That.

      TRACK LISTING

      1: Adrenaline Shot
      2: Funny How Good It Feels
      3: Awake
      4: Honey
      5: Hollywood
      6: One Hot Night
      7: Learn About Love
      8: Don't Look Like Him
      9: Still Told A Lie
      10: Lucky People 

      Nina Persson

      Sometimes

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        • Sometimes is a Nils Lofgren song

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Sometimes
        2. This Is Heavy Metal (demo)

        Nina Persson

        Animal Heart

          One of Sweden’s biggest, brightest stars as the lead singer for the Cardigans, Nina Persson, releases her first solo album under her own name, the hotly anticipated “Animal Heart. This is the first solo release from Nina, and her first album since she, Niclas Frisk and Nathan Larson released “Colonia” as A Camp in 2009. The Cardigans have not released an album since “Super Extra Gravity” in 2005. “Animal Heart” was written and produced by Nina along with her husband film composer & novelist Nathan Larson (A Camp, Shudder To Think) and Eric D. Johnson (The Shins, Fruit Bats).

          “The most difficult and maybe also the best thing about going solo is probably all the decisions you make alone. Somewhere inside, I have a very clear clock, a gut feeling, that says what I think. I have forced myself to just keep going and follow only my gut with this album. I have simply no time to dwell on things anymore which I did a lot before” says Nina.

          Sometimes, all you need is a little push. After acclaimed singer-songwriter Brendan Benson released his 2012 album What Kind of World, his manager suggested he launch a monthly singles series. He was a bit hesitant at first, but eventually he came around. And now, just a year after What Kind of World, Benson is back with You Were Right, which collects both the releases from the series as well as reworked versions of songs that didn’t quite fit on his previous albums. You Were Right finds Benson squarely in his jangly power-pop groove, while also finding room for him to explore his more experimental impulses.

          Benson recorded You Were Right in his own Readymade Studios, and will release the album on his own Readymade Records in the US with label partner Lojinx releasing it in the UK & Europe.

          Being in charge of both the production and release gave Benson the peace of mind to make exactly the record he wanted, all on his own terms. From his home in Nashville, Tennessee, here is Benson on being the boss and finding his place in the music industry.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. It's Your Choice
          2. Rejuvenate Me
          3. As Of Tonight
          4. Diamond
          5. Long Term Goal
          6. I Don't Wanna See You Anymore
          7. I'll Never Tell
          8. Swallow You Whole
          9. Shes Trying To Poison Me
          10. Purely Automatic
          11. New Words Of Wisdom
          12. Oh My Love
          13. The Fritz
          14. Swimming
          15. Red White And Blues

          Blitzen Trapper

          VII

            Blitzen Trapper’s seventh studio album is full of the vivid folk-rock-campfire-tales that frontman Eric Earley is so well known for. VII opens with "Feel The Chill," a southern adventure complete with a woman in her underwear, deer hunting, and of course drowning at the local bar. Earley takes us down a crooked bend so dark and gloomy you can smell the heat and feel the humidity oppress you. "Each song starts from a small place, a headwater-like remembrance and then widens into a song. For instance, that old wreck of a shack buried in evergreen and murky darkness at the bend in the road up on Jackson Hill where we used to drink, never failed to give me a chill driving by in the old Impala for its implacable mystery," Earley notes.

            "Drive On Up" is a soulful, almost bluesy rendition of small town tales of quirkiness. "It seems you're always driving on up to something." Earley amuses, "into the mountains to see a girlfriend above the reservoir where she lives in a single wide with her mom and a cougar stalks us at fifty yards through the brush, she says to bang sticks but never look it in the eye." VII moves effortlessly from track to track, allowing Earley to paint the colorful pictures that play in our head while singing along. "...there are those songs I keep writing over and over again, "Ever Loved Once" with all its regrets and tragic lost love, "Don't be a Stranger" its hopeful cousin but they all still point to the same worn out place in the heart of old E. Earley. And hey, we all have that place, that worn spot on the heart like the chew canister circle on the back pocket of blue jeans, or that one shred in the green felt of the table where you ground the stick in too hard... May these songs minister in ways mysterious and eternal, or at least maybe make you shake a hip."

            Ayahuasca: Welcome To The Work is is Ben Lee’s most ambitious work to date - meditative, atmospheric, often joyous and occasionally dark. The 10-track album is an exhilarating listen, on that Ben has described as a “sonic document” of his experiences with the medicinal plant Ayahuasca. A jungle vine found in South America, Ayahuasca is known as the “death vine,” or “vine of souls” and has been used as a healing medicine by shamans for thousands of years. In spiritual practice, the plant is brewed into a tea, which is consumed ceremoniously as a ritual. What ensues is a journey into the depth of the mind, illuminating the soul’s contents and often facilitating a soaring journey of the spirit. The album’s subtitle “Welcome To The Work” refers to the process of discovering what is inside, and the active transformation of turning darkness into light. From the album liner notes, Ben Lee states “The Work, as the experience of taking part in an ayahuasca ceremony is often called, asks us to examine our integrity with great detail. To become aware of our flaws and fantasies. To strive to become a healthier, more integrated human being. I have approached ayahuasca not as a drug experience, but as a sacred, spiritual experience used to uncover untouched depths of my own consciousness.”

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Invocation
            2. Welcome To The House Of Mystical Death
            3. Meditation On Being Born
            4. In The Silence
            5. The Shadow Of The Mind
            6. The Will To Grow
            7. On My Knees
            8. I Am That I Am
            9. Song For Samael
            10. Thank You

            They Might Be Giants

            Nanobots

              ‘The quirky alt.pop duo are currently enjoying a hipster-led popularity resurgence’ – Time Out‘.
              They Might Be Giants helped write the manual for American geek-rock’ – Q.
              ‘The geek-rock likes of Weezer and Death Cab for Cutie owe a debt to this multimillion-selling Brooklyn duo, purveyors or smark-alecky pop tunes.’ – The Times.
              ‘New York duo John Flansburgh and John Linnell have been making irreverent ironic alt-rock for nearly three decades, spawning imitators like Weezer and Ben Folds Five… it’s clear they have lost none of their playful individuality.’ – Daily Telegraph.

              They Might Be Giants have perfected their deliriously catchy, original sound over the past three decades. The two-time GRAMMY winning Brooklyn originals return with charming wit, electrifying pop melodies and just enough bass clarinet on their 16th studio album "Nanobots". Created at the private studio of their long time collaborator and producer Patrick Dillett (David Byrne, Mary J. Blige, Tegan and Sara), Nanobots will be released 11th March 2013 on Lojinx.

              Nanobots finds the band in fine form. Blending the band’s signature storytelling, some dueling horns and sly humor, "Call You Mom" is a caffeinated pop gem. Title track "Nanobots" puts a dark cartoonish spin on the world of technology while the call and response chorus and percussive guitar line of "You’re On Fire" dares even the grumpiest wallflower not to dance.

              They Might Be Giants’ innovative Dial-A-Song service and imaginative high concept, low budget music videos stood the band apart early in their career quickly rocketing thealternative rockers to mainstream success. Known for recording numerous themes most notably The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and the GRAMMY-winning Malcolm In the Middle theme, the band has 2 platinum albums, 2 gold albums, and have been nominated for 3 GRAMMYs, winning two.

              Brendan Benson

              What Kind Of World

                Self-produced and recorded in the analog-only environs of Nashville’s ‘Welcome to 1979’ studios, What Kind Of World features members of Big Star, Ryan Adams' the Cardinals and Phantom Planet.

                Co-founder of The Raconteurs, Benson has spent a lifetime spread across four states, from a childhood spent on the outskirts of New Orleans, to his years in Detroit, Michigan, sojourns in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and a more recent relocation to Nashville, Tennessee. With five solo albums, one as Well & Goode and two albums apiece with The Mood Elevator and Raconteurs, he has captured his own America in finely hewn power pop.

                Created as an outlet for his own writing and production work, Benson’s Nashville based label Readymade Records & Publishing will follow the release of What Kind Of World with the debut album from Young Hines in May, produced by Benson himself.


                TRACK LISTING

                1. What Kind Of World
                2. Bad For Me
                3. Light Of Day
                4. Happy Most Of The Time
                5. Keep Me
                6. Pretty Baby
                7. Here In The Deadlights
                8. Met Your Match
                9. Thru The Ceiling
                10. No One Else But You
                11. Come On
                12. On The Fence


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