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Miss Lana Rebel

All I Need

    Late-night porch-sittin', whiskey-sippin', cowboy-kissin' music from northwest country queen Lana Rebel. Lana started her musical adventures playing bass in a math-metal band called Last Of The Juanitas, but it wasn't until she started strumming along to the likes of Willie Nelson and Lefty Frizzell that she found her true calling. Lana comes on like a switchblade toting Loretta Lynne, delivering a series of songs that recall the early output of a mountain-bound Dolly Parton, with the don't-mess-with-me attitude of a punk rock Patsy Cline and still easily drawing comparisons to the contemporary sounds of Mary Gauthier and Lucinda Williams.

    The final recordings made by Robert Fisher and his band before his untimely death on February 12th 2017. The album was completed before his death but the tapes have only recently been dusted down and brought to life with the care and attention of his longtime compadre David Michael Curry.

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    Barry says: Fisher's tender voice shines brightly on this posthumous final work from Willard Grant Conspiracy. The slowly crescentic beauty of 'Chasing Rabbits' or the simple plucking of 'Love You Apart' are just a couple stunners on this brilliant final testament to the talents of this superb musician.

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    LP includes MP3 Download Code.

    Texas’ genre-bending rock ‘n’ roller Israel Nash presents his latest long play, Lifted. It is a modern day hippie-spiritual, a tonic for those needing to put aside the mess of the daily grind. With luscious beds of strings, horns and well adorned towering walls of sound, Lifted finds Nash continuing his tradition of creating a sonic experience of feeling that is at once both vast and intimate - soaring and untamed at times, placid and sincerely personal at others. Inspired by methods pioneered by John Cage, Nash randomised sounds and music and rearranged them according to the I Ching (The Book of Changes). Utilising these recording and tracking techniques help create a sonic and very present picture of Nash’s Texas Hill Country home and his life. Accompanied by his longtime band, with arrangements by Jesse Chandler (Mercury Rev, Midlake), horns by members of Austin’s cumbia/funk compadre’s Grupo Fantasma, and strings from Kelsey Wilson and Sadie Wolf of indie pop’s Wild Child, Nash, alongside co-producer and engineer Ted Young (Kurt Vile, The Rolling Stones), presents an album that soars as a masterwork of American roots songs, meticulously crafted and gently sprinkled with life meaning and multi-hued rock and psychedelia.

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    Indies Exclusive LP Info: Indies exclusive on heavyweight blue vinyl.

    The highly anticipated follow up to Courtney Marie Andrews' critically acclaimed 2017 breakthrough album, Honest Life.
    Courtney Marie Andrews’ new full-length album, May Your Kindness Remain, will be released March 23 on Loose in the UK & Europe and Fat Possum Records/Mama Bird Recording Co. in the USA. In advance of the release, the album’s title track is premiered as part of NPR Music’s “Songs We Love” series.
    Produced by Mark Howard (Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Tom Waits), the album was recorded over eight days at a rented house-turned-studio in L.A.
    UK fans fell for Courtney’s breakthrough album Honest Life last year, when as the BBC put it, she became an “overnight success” after 10 years trying to break into the business. UK media such as The Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times compared her music to the work of classic artists such as Guy Clark, John Prine, Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and Glen Campbell alongside modern references such as Laura Marling and Julie Byrne. The album became one of the biggest breakthrough records of 2017 in the UK, with 4-5 star reviews from publications including Daily Telegraph, Uncut, Mojo and Q Magazine, as well as reaching #1 on the Official U.K. Americana Chart Independent Album Breakers Chart. In April 2017, Andrews made her debut on the BBC’s legendary “Later…With Jools Holland” programme.


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: A beautiful mix of deep Americana, new country and the forward thrust of todays melodic indie, Courtney Marie Andrews has not failed to impress yet, and 'May Your Kindness...' is no different. Stunning.

    Courtney Marie Andrews

    On My Page

      Re-issue of Courtney's debut album.

      For a decade or so since Courtney’s been a session and backup singer and guitarist for nearly 40 artists – from Jimmy Eat World to Damien Jurado - but she never stopped writing her own material. With plans to settle down for a bit and focus on her own songs, Courtney moved to Seattle in 2011 and recorded her last full-length record On My Page. However, the record had hardly been released before she was on the road again performing other artists’ songs, eventually leading her overseas to play guitar and sing with Belgian star Milow. It was during this time that Courtney also wrote many of the songs on Honest Life.

      Danny & The Champions Of The World

      Brilliant Light

      Brilliant Light, the follow-up to 2015’s award winning album ‘What Kind Of Love’, features 18 songs over two CDs/LPs. Swift Street is the first song to be shared from Brilliant Light. The song is deeply personal to Danny George Wilson who co-wrote it with Polly Paulusma and Carra Bacon. “Swift Street is the house where my mother grew up’’, Danny tells us.“The song is about 3 different photographs – one of me and my brothers playing in a billy cart in the driveway, the second is of my grandfather aged 14 standing with his mother outside his childhood home in Aberdeen – he left for Australia after the Second World War. The third is of my folks in the garden of the house in Swift Street before they left to live in London. Each photograph takes a verse. I was nervous about my mum hearing it, but she loves it.’’

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      3xIndies Exclusive LP Info: Double LP plus bonus "Photogene" LP.

      After a decade spent at the height of the music industry, touring solo and with large pop bands, Courtney Marie Andrews has realised her desire for a place to come home to. She found that in a small rural town in the deep forests of Washington. There, she posted up at a local bar, slinging drinks, basking in the simplicity and reflection it allowed. She has emerged with a new fire on Honest Life, melding indie-folk and Americana with a rebellious country flavour reminiscent of her Southwestern roots.

      Honest Life is the culmination of Andrews' life on the road, absorbing the stories, traditions and heartbreaks along the way. The songs on Honest Life touch on personal coming-of-age stories ("Rookie Dreaming"), the stunning beauty of resiliency ("How Quickly Your Heart Mends"), take-no-shit self-determination anthems ("Irene"), and thoughts on how to accept emotions like loneliness and vulnerability in your life ("Table for One"). Andrews' heart-wrenching songwriting and crystal-clear vocal style are as captivating as they are invigorating. It's no wonder Ryan Adams called Andrews "a phenomenal songwriter." True to her own vision, Andrews produced the entire record herself and recorded it at Litho Studios in Seattle with recording engineer Floyd Reitsma, whose recent credits include Noah Gundersen and Pearl Jam.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: A beautifully rendered and heartfelt collection of Americana anthems and soulful country, all topped by Andrews' powerful and immensely emotive voice. Pristinely produced, relentlessly melodic and irresistibly enduring.

      “Ghost Republic” is the first album from Willard Grant Conspiracy since “Paper Covers Stone” (2009) and the first album of entirely new music since “Pilgrim Road” (2008). The album was written and recorded in Massachusetts by David Michael Curry and Robert Fisher of Willard Grant Conspiracy.

      Managing at turns to sound skeletal, fully fleshed and all stages in-between, this is elemental music that does not fear simplicity. The songs are so intimate that it often seems like being inside the heads of the musicians while the songs were being written, illuminated by the beauty of the interplay of viola and guitars.

      The Felice Brothers

      Fire At The Pageant

      Described by The Guardian as a “clattering, accordion-fuelled drama” with “a snatch of oldschool hip-hop scratching”, ‘Fire At The Pageant’ is the opening track from the band’s highly praised fourth album ‘Celebration, Florida’.

      The Mendoza Line

      Full Of Light And Full Of Fire

      Seven albums into their career, The Mendoza Line's rollicking sound is unmistakable. "Full Of Light And Full Of Fire" doesn't alter much of the Mendoza Line's musical blueprint. An elaborate alchemy of classic sounds with contemporary pop sensibility, recalling in equal measure the passion and soul of early Pretenders, the wrecked majesty of Harry Nilsson's "Pussy Cats" album, and the humour and indignation of the great Mekons, it's a meditation on the abuse of power and those who are left in its wake: the spiritually and economically disenfranchised, the isolated and ruined, those who are lost or are simply trying to disappear.

      Horse Stories

      Everyone's A Photographer

      Prior to beginning work on album three Australian born mainman Toby Burke had toured with Joanna Newsom and Hayden and just released his solo album "Winsome Lonesome". He decided that for the next Horse Stories release he wanted to somehow combine the band's trademark sparse sound with extra layers of harmony and instrumentation. To this end he recruited the services of Black Heart Procession's Pall Jenkins as producer and along with band members Clinton Stapleton and Beth Balmer decamped to Pall's Stereo Disguise Recording Laboratories in San Diego and began work on the album. Burke had already collaborated with Jenkins on the score of a documentary and knew that he was more than capable of producing a deceptively subtle sound while still delivering a raw sonic power punch – a fact more than evident throughout this release.

      Noahjohn

      Had A Burning

      Follow up to his critically acclaimed debut album "Tadpoles", which was one of Mojo magazines Americana albums of the year last year.

      Noahjohn

      Water Hymns

      "Water Hymns" has the feel of a band holed up for the summer in the deep south, languidly spinning back porch tales in the late afternoon. Many of John's stories of lust and redemption could easily be mistaken for a collaboration between Messrs Cave & Oldham.

      Mary Lou Lord

      Baby Blue

      A native of Salem, Massachusetts, Lord moved to London to study audio engineering after attending Boston's Berklee School of Music. In London, she performed with her acoustic guitar constantly in subways and on city sidewalks, interpreting the songs of artists she loved: Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Nick Drake, to name a few. Upon returning to Boston, Lord caught the attention of indie label Kill Rock Stars, for whom she went on to record a series of singles and EPs. She garnered immense praise not only from critics, but also from such notable fellow artists as Kurt Cobain, Elliott Smith, and Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill. In 1998, Lord released her one and only major label recording, "Got No Shadow'". "Baby Blue" marks Lord's return to record-making after a three-year hiatus and this new outing finds Lord backed by a full band for the first time since her 1998 release.

      Wiskey Biscuit

      Wiskey Biscuit

      LA's Wiskey Biscuit take us on a juiced-up jaunt through the city's seedy underbelly, crunching away with two and three chord vamps, lurching between heartfelt cowboy serenades, primitive garage thrash and stone free dub rock.

      The Arlenes / The Corb Lund Band

      Stuck On Love / Five Dollar Bill

        Third release in the Loose Recordings Vinyl Junkie series. Numbered 7", limited to 500 copies. One side features The Arlenes "Stuck On Love" from the wonderful debut album of the same name. The flip has a track from the forthcoming Corb Lund Band album.

        Vera Cruise

        Come Alone And Fall Apart

        Glasgow's Vera Cruise follow up their limited edition split single and their debut single proper with their much anticipated debut album. Described by Everett True as 'Scotland's answer to Nirvana'!

        Vera Cruise

        Keep All The Lies

        Having recently released a limited edition split 7" with Wiskey Biscuit, Glasgow's Vera Cruise now release their first proper single. Described by Everett True as 'Scotland's answer to Nirvana'!

        Ashley Park

        The American Scene

        Beautiful second album from Vancouver's Ashley Park, and they have delivered another glimpse into the cinematic Americana world of singer / songwriter Terry Miles. The sound ranges from languid Neil Young / Mercury Rev / Mojave 3 type meanderings to Belle & Sebastian / Stereolab driftings, right into Nancy and Lee style duets.

        Hawksley Workman

        For Him And The Girls

        Reissue of the debut album from this Canadian rising star. Described in Mojo as "A staggeringly impressive collection of songs...."


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