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Xiu Xiu

Ignore Grief

    Over the course of the last two decades, Xiu Xiu’s prolific output of critically acclaimed albums and collaborations has been consistent and dazzling. They have collaborated with songwriters like Mitski, Sharon Van Etten, Deerhoof, Chelsea Wolfe, Twin Shadow and others, as well as avant-garde composers like Charlemagne Palestine. They’ve released many full-length albums that have been praised in outlets such as The New Yorker, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, NME and others, and have toured the globe relentlessly, performing alongside artists such as Deerhoof, Swans, Tune-Yards, and more at places like The Guggenheim, Primavera Festival, Benicassim Festival, Pitchfork Festival and others. Xiu Xiu has spent twenty years grappling with how to process, to be empathetic towards, to disobey and to reorganize horror.

    Ignore Grief is a record of halves. Angela Seo sings on half of the record. Jamie Stewart sings on half of the record. Half of it is real. Half of it is imaginary. The real songs attempt to turn the worst life has offered to five people the band is wconnected with into some kind of desperate shape that does something, anything, other than grind and brutalize their hearts and memory within these stunningly horrendous experiences. The imaginary songs are an expansion and abstract exploration of the early rock and roll “Teen Tragedy” genre as jumping off point to decontaminate the band’s own overwhelming emotions in knowing and living with what has happened to these five people.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. The Real Chaos Cha Cha Cha
    2. 666 Photos Of Nothing
    3. Esquerita, Little Richard
    4. Maybae Baeby
    5. Tarsier, Tarsier, Tarsier, Tarsier
    6. Pahrump
    7. Border Factory
    8. Dracula Parrot, Moon Moth
    9. Brothel Creeper
    10. For M. 

    Of Montreal

    Freewave Lucifer Fck Fck Fck

      Over the course of the last two decades, of Montreal’s creative force, Kevin Barnes, has been wowing fans with their vast catalog of endlessly fascinating pop and mesmerizing live shows. Barnes’ songwriting and production aesthetic has since become iconic in the industry and has garnered massive critical acclaim in publications such as Rolling Stone, The New York Times, NPR, and Pitchfork, who described the band’s album, Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? as “ceaselessly fascinating and inexhaustibly replayable,” as well as ranking it as the #5 album of the year. Barnes’ influence on pop music is undeniable, with multiple late night TV appearances, including The Late Show With David Letterman and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, as well as brilliant collaborations with the likes of Solange, Janelle Monáe, Jon Brion, and others. The band has also performed across the globe, with festival appearances at Coachella, Sasquatch!, Pitchfork Music Festival and others, as well as hundreds of millions of streams worldwide.

      On of Montreal’s latest album, Freewave Lucifer fck, Barnes continues to push the boundaries of what pop music can be. On songs like “Marijuana’s A Working Woman,” Barnes revisits themes of psychedelia using pulsating synths over their instantly recognizable bass playing. The album also touches on aspects of gender fluidity and is a fascinating look at what makes Barnes one of the most prolific and creative songwriters making music today. "...every year or so of Montreal is going to release a new full-length of mind-bending glam-punk decadence that sort of blows everything else away." - Paste

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Marijuana's A Working Woman
      2. Ofrenda-Flanger-Ego-à Gogo
      3. Blab Sabbath Lathe Of Maiden
      4. Après Thee Dèclassè
      5. Modern Art Bewilders
      6. Nightsift
      7. Hmmm

      Ian Sweet

      Show Me How You Disappear

        Mesmeric and kaleidoscopic, shimmering with electrified unease, Show Me How You Disappear is both an exercise in self-forgiveness and an eventual understanding of unresolved trauma. Jilian Medford’s third record as IAN SWEET unfolds at an acute juncture in her life, charting from a mental health crisis to an intensive healing process and what comes after. How do you control the thoughts that control you? What does it mean to get better? What does it mean to have a relationship with yourself? Recorded with Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Empress Of) and Andy Seltzer (Maggie Rogers), among others, Medford approached this album as a curator. She handpicked the producers that fit each song, which explains the range and experimentation showcased. Medford then recruited Chris Coady to mix and tie everything together into one cohesive piece. Dizzying and enthralling, Show Me How You Disappear is the sound of someone coming apart and putting themselves back together — the moment an old mantra, repeated into the mirror time and time again, finally clicks. To look at your reflection, and finally feel seen.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. My Favorite Cloud
        2. Drink The Lake
        3. Sword
        4. Dirt
        5. Sing Till I Cry
        6. Dumb Driver
        7. Get Better
        8. Power
        9. Show Me How You Disappear
        10. I See Everything

        Deerhoof

        Fever 121614

        On one special night, the band took to the bandstand in a tiny Tokyo club while the tape was rolling. The result is Fever 121614. With gems from throughout the band’s ridiculously deep back catalog, the 12-song collection that appears on both the LP and the video is Deerhoof at their rawest.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Exit Only 
        2. Paradise Girls 
        3. Let's Dance The Jet 
        4. Doom 
        5. Fresh Born  
        6. We Do Parties 
        7. Buck And Judy  
        8. Dummy Discards A Heart 
        9. Twin Killers 
        10. I Did Crimes For You  
        11. There's That Grin 
        12. Come See The Duck 

        Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

        Fly By Wire

        Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin returned to the attic where they made their debut full-length Broom. Phil Dickey, Will Knauer, and Jonathan James spent up to twelve hours a day working on the songs that would become Fly By Wire. With James assuming the role of engineer, Dickey and Knauer wrote lyrics and guitar parts on a third floor windowsill and recorded vocals in the staircase. This laid-back approach to recording is clearly evident in the album’s warm, welcoming sound.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Harrison Ford
        2. Young Presidents
        3. Cover All Sides
        4. Lucky Young
        5. Ms. Dot
        6. Loretta
        7. Unearth
        8. Bright Leaves
        9. Nightwater Girlfriend
        10. Fly By Wire

        Stagnant Pools are Bryan and Douglass Enas, two brothers (21 and 22) from Bloomington, Indiana. With just one guitar and a drum kit, they make music which the Chicago Reader describes as “drone-heavy, slate-gray art-rock that should appeal to fans of Disappears, Joy Division, and Sonic Youth records from back when they were still actually scary.”

        After a couple of DIY releases, the sibling duo spent one day in the studio recording their debut full length ‘Temporary Room’. With a tour van as a recent graduation present, and shows under their belt with EMA and labelmates Japandroids, they’re releasing ‘Temporary Room’ this summer and then hitting the road.

        “A massive slice of punked-out sky-high shoegaze from the Bloomington brothers” - thenoiseis.net · “Stagnant Pools use a lot of distortion over pretty melodies to make something that sounds a little like a harder edged Interpol” - ohmyrockness

        “A beautiful, swelling thing. Aided by both a beautiful, sweltering, heat-haze throb of guitar treatment and some deep, effortlessly melodic vocals” - musicfromagreenwindow

        TRACK LISTING

        Illusions
        Dead Sailor
        Jumpsuit
        Solitude
        Temporary Room
        Stun
        Consistency
        Dreaming Of You
        Frozen
        Maze Of Graves
        Alternate Ending
        Waveland

        After his last time touring the United States in support of 2009’s ‘Dear John’, Emil Svanängen AKA Loney Dear returned home to Sweden and began to play shows with chamber orchestras throughout the country. As such, he was forced to revisit his earlier material -- re-writing and re-arranging these older songs for performance on a grander scale. This experience had an indelible influence on the writing and recording of the appropriately titled ‘Hall Music’, an expansive record that finds Svanängen closer to creating the type of orchestral music he has always sought to bring to life on stage (whether he’s actually playing with an orchestra or not).

        Above all, ‘Hall Music’ is a study in merging contrasts, an album of impossible pairings. The pacing is simultaneously fast and slow, with gently weaving harmonic structures propelled forward by quickly moving notes. The instrumentation is orchestral and synthesized; organic and invented. A church bell paired effortlessly with horns and an analogue keyboard.

        Though at first listen it occupies your ears for just over a halfhour, it is an all-consuming sonic affair. This is intimate music that effortlessly fills vast, empty spaces -- in your head, in your room, in your life -- with a grip so delicate yet unyielding that you can’t (and don’t want to) escape it.

        Drawing from both of the emotional states it joins together - joy and darkness – ‘Hall Music’ creates its own unique expanse -- one you’ll surely want to re-visit again and again.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Name
        2. My Heart
        3. Loney Blues
        4. Calm Down
        5. Maria, Is That You
        6. D Major
        7. Largo
        8. Young Hearts
        9. Durmoll
        10. I Dreamed About You
        11. What Have I Become?

        "Life Like" is Joan Of Arc distilled down to / embracing their rock essence.

        Gone from the band’s music (for now) are the electronics and layers upon layers of tracks. Gone from their liner notes are an extensive list of musicians and instruments. Instead, ‘Life Like’ is the result of four men adhering to Thoreau’s famous principle, “Simplify, simplify, simplify!”.

        "Life Like" is the first Joan Of Arc record to feature Victor Villarreal (Cap’n Jazz, Owls) as a member. The album was recorded at Chicago’s Electrical Audio with Steve Albini (who has previously engineered records for two other of Joan Of Arc singer Tim Kinsella’s projects: Owls and Make Believe).

        TRACK LISTING

        I Saw The Messed Binds Of My Generation
        Love Life
        Like Minded
        Life Force
        Night Life Style
        Howdy Pardoner
        Still Life
        Deep State
        After Life

        The Red Hot Valentines

        Summer Fling

          A template stolen from 80s proto emo / moog-induced power pop band The Cars and transposed into the noughties. With three-part harmonies and songs so catchy they should be illegal, "Summer Fling" is the Red Hot Valentines' second album and has that distinctive Polyvinyl label sound.

          Aloha

          Sugar

            Aloha's second album takes post-rock a la Tortoise and Trans Am and adds emo stylings like the Promise Ring but then injects it with the prog time changes of a Midwest King Crimson. There's some sublime vibraphone and guitar interplay and the instrumental invention never fails to produce some of the most beautiful sounds and ensemble playing.

            Friction

            Hours Of Operation, Discography 1991-1994

              Featuring Bob Nanna of Hey Mercedes this 2xCD set is every song that Friction recorded, including many previously unreleased songs. All 32 tracks have been completely remastered and there's tons of photos, lyrics and complete liner notes. Included on the discs are the band's long out-of-print LP "Blurred In Six", all the 7"s and compilation tracks, as well as nearly a dozen tracks that were finished for a second album, but never released.

              Rainer Maria

              A Better Version Of Me

                Caithlin De Marrais, Kyle Fischer and William Kuehn are Rainer Maria one of the most sought after acts on the US emo scene.They combine the best elements of the likes Promise Ring and Braid. Lyrics range from alienation to the contents of an assasinated presidents pockets. Any emo-core fan of labels like Deep Elm & Jade Tree will go for this.


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