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Tortoise

Tortoise

    As part of Thrill Jockey’s 20th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign the label are proud to bring back on vinyl the very first Tortoise album from 1994.

    Sold out on vinyl for many years, the 1994 selftitled debut from Tortoise is finally back. This 2012 edition has been remastered to vinyl by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering. The packaging emulates the original with a chipboard jacket that was custom silk-screened by Dan Macadam at Crosshair in Chicago. Also included is an insert and a free download coupon.

    Tortoise’s self-titled debut incorporates many musical styles and influences and combines them into one very distince sound. So distinct that sometime after the release of this record they became recognized as the leaders of a new musical movement.

    Tortoise exploit the recording studio, in that they utilize the recording process as a compostional tool or ‘sixth member’, thus creating a boundless parameter in which to create music.

    Recorded at Idful Studios by John McEntire.

    For this record Tortoise are Douglas McCombs, John Herndon, Dan Bitney, John McEntire and Bundy K Brown.

    Rhyton

    Rhyton

      Rhyton is a band with an organic genesis, born from late night rap sessions at a local Brooklyn watering hole. Heads of certain vibe gathered together to tap into the underlying flux form of transportational music. Dave Shuford (D. Charles Speer, No Neck Blues Band) had been knee deep in research and practice in the realm of middle eastern musics during the recording of his solo LP Arghiledes. From that album, the track “The Heavy Heart of Ando-Yeap” was used as a leaping off point for the gestation of Rhyton. Shuford brought his personal selection of varied string instruments to the table, seeking to create a heavier electric syntax for mandolin, saz and baritone guitar. Jimy SeiTang (Psychic Ills) emerged as a sonic surgeon, creating wave patterns with his bass and pulses of tape delay tales. Spencer Herbst (Messages, Matta Llama) injected his flowing, highly energetic style of percussion and brought in visual conundrums by way of videocassette. An instant near-telepathic bond was established, making improvisations seem like composed forays even to the closest confidants. With variants and heads situated as a point of departure, Rhyton explores the inner workings of the ear and seeks the latent brain bulge within the listener.

      TRACK LISTING

      Stone Colored
      Pontian Grave
      Teké
      Dale Odalíski
      Shank Raids

      Oval

      94diskont

        Oval’s Markus Popp is a true pioneer in the realm of electronic music, one whose influence can still be heard today.

        Oval’s landmark 1995 album ‘94diskont’ took the world of electronic music and turned it on its head and caused Markus Popp to be credited as the creator of what was later dubbed the ‘glitch’ or ‘clicks & cuts’ style.

        Cut to vinyl by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering, ‘94diskont’ is pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a jacket replicating the original. LP1 is the album, LP2 features remixes from Jim O’Rourke, Scanner, Mouse On Mars and Christian Vogel. Free download coupon included.

        “Some of the most serene and aquatic music of the 90s... This record is why Markus Popp was called the new Eno.” - Pitchfork on ‘94diskont’ (Top 100 Albums Of The 1990s)

        Trans Am

        Sex Change

          Following the last album "Liberation", and with two years of separation fuelling them, Trans Am return with the most joyous and upbeat rock album of their chronicle. In June 2006, Trans Am reunited at Mainz, a recording school in Auckland, New Zealand, with a few songs and almost no musical equipment. Recording moved forward with a wide range of borrowed instruments, keyboards and other gear, including a 1960's Mellotron and remarkable vintage amps loaned by iconic New Zealand musician Chris Knox (Tall Dwarfs). Two months later, recording continued in Brooklyn, New York at the Okropolis: headquarters of the New York band Oneida. Determined to make a break with the past Trans Am again arrived with almost none of the signature gear that they had used on previous albums. Two weeks later the album was mixed at Tiny Studios in San Francisco. Compared with previous records such as "Trans Am" and "Liberation", which took months to complete, "Sex Change" was conceived, written, recorded and mixed in only three weeks.

          Trans Am

          Surrender To The Night

            2012 marks 20 years of Thrill Jockey. The label continue celebrating by offering another out of print classic title on vinyl once again.

            1997: Trans Am’s second studio album ‘Surrender To The Night’ is released. Out of print on vinyl for years, Thrill Jockey are happy to finally offer it again.

            Pressed on high quality virgin vinyl, featuring all original artwork and including a download coupon for the first time.

            Trans Am’s homebase moved from Tacoma Park to Washington DC for the recording of this record. Originally titled ‘Rough Justice’, ‘Surrender To The Night’ was recorded at Trans Manor as well as Chicago’s Soma and Idful Studios. John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea & Cake) assisted in engineering. Trans Am made use of many of the fine keyboards manufactured by the Roland Company and the Casio Computer Company throughout the recording.

            The record shows the band moving forward musically and achieving an even greater balance of rock and electronics.

            Trans Am

            Trans Am

              Trans Am’s self-titled debut arrived under a flurry of speculation. With questions about their hometown, they found themselves the new young darlings of a burgeoning scene. They were three years in and had one 7” to their credit when this debut was released. The record was recorded partly in the basement of Seb’s parents’ house and during a two day marathon session at Idful Studio with John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea and Cake).

              Califone

              Roots & Crowns

                Available on vinyl for the first time in 10 years, with new cover design by the band’s Tim Rutilli. “Uniting where you come from - your roots - with what you strive to be or what you reinvent yourself to become - crowns,” explains Tim Rutili. “At the bottom of these songs are the memories and images you sift through in the process.”

                TRACK LISTING

                Pink And Sour
                Spider’s House
                Sunday Noises
                The Eye You Lost In The
                Crusades
                A Chinese Actor
                Alice Crawley
                The Orchids (Psychic TV)
                Burned By The Christians
                Black Metal Valentine
                Rose-Petal-Ear
                3 Legged Animals

                Tortoise

                TNT - 2022 Reissue

                  1998: Tortoise’s third studio album ‘TNT’ is released. In and out of print over the past decade, Thrill Jockey are happy to finally give everyone what they have been asking for - ‘TNT’ on vinyl again.

                  Pressed on high quality virgin vinyl, the double LP is packaged in a deluxe old-style tip-on gatefold jacket fully replicating the original artwork and includes a download coupon for the first time.

                  ‘TNT’, Tortoise’s third full-length release, was written and recorded during a 10-month interval in 1997. This longer-than-usual writing / production schedule was purposefully undertaken by the group in the hopes of crafting an expansive, diverse, yet thematically coherent offering.

                  ‘TNT’ builds upon the spare, instrumental framework of the group’s first, self-titled album, and the extended edits, melodic adventures, and klangfarben of the subsequent full-length release, ‘Millions Now Living Will Never Die’. Further to this, Tortoise’s interest in the possibilities offered by the remixing of tracks was realized within the actual production of ‘TNT’; individual elements, sections, or sometimes whole compositions mutate within the album’s shifting framework. These techniques were suitably realized, thanks in part to the use of non-linear digital recording and editing methods, the first example of such work for the group.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  TNT
                  Swung From The Gutters
                  Ten-Day Interval
                  I Set My Fave To The
                  Hillside
                  The Equator
                  A Simple Way To Go
                  Faster Than Light That
                  Does Now Work
                  The Suspension Bridge At
                  Igazu Falls
                  Four-Day Interval
                  In Sarah, Mencken, Christ
                  And Beethoven There
                  Were Women And Men
                  Almost Always Is Nearly
                  Enough
                  Jetty
                  Everglade

                  Pelican

                  Australasia

                    Pelican’s debut album, ‘Australasia’, originally released in late 2003 by Hydra Head Records, is a landmark record in the shifting tides of heavy music that took place at the turn of the millennium.

                    20 years since its release and with several sold out represses, ‘Australasia’ is a proven essential for any listener exploring the bounds of rock music. Now issued as a deluxe double LP edition, newly remastered for vinyl and complete with three never-before-released bonus songs, including a remix by James Plotkin, and digital downloads of early Pelican live recordings.

                    Artwork by ISIS/SUMAC/Hydra Head founder Aaron Turner.

                    Following the release of the band’s auspicious self-titled EP,’ Australasia’’s singular integration of melodic complexity and tremendous density redefined conceptions of what constituted ‘heavy’. Pelican’s unique manipulation of atmosphere and dynamics seamlessly alchemized their disparate influences beyond metal into music grand, mercurial and utterly sublime, worthy of the album’s namesake.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Nightendday
                    Drought
                    Angel Tears
                    GW
                    Untitled
                    Australasia

                    Lightning Bolt

                    Oblivion Hunter

                      Lightning Bolt redefine here what it means to be DIY. An utterly singular band in every way, unbridled creativity and energy propel them well past most categorical boundaries, least of which is the boundary between band and audience. Theirs is an immersive experience - a sound so huge it can swallow us all.

                      “... it is hard to believe that all the glorious chaos of Lightning Bolt - a stalwart of the big noise-punk scene - is being made by only two people, the bassist Brian Gibson and the drummer and vocalist Brian Chippendale. Mr. Gibson and Mr. Chippendale toss back and forth gigantic metal riffs and giggly high notes, creating rainbows of dissonance.” - New York Times

                      TRACK LISTING

                      King Kandy
                      Baron Wasteland
                      Oblivion Balloon
                      Fly Fucker Fly
                      The Soft Spoken Spectre
                      Salamander
                      World Wobbly Wide

                      Mouse On Mars

                      Radical Connector - Reissue

                        Mouse on Mars are recognised as one of Germany’s most defining and versatile electronic music projects. With their anarchic mixture of sound that oscillates between uncontrollable chaos and meticulously arranged structures, Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma have forged a unique musical language which is readily decomposed by the unpredictability of its myriad mutations. Free from schools of thought, genre conventions andfrom the constraints of the music establishment, they have worked under the Mouse On Mars alias for 24 years, mapping their own idiosyncratic trajectory through a no man’s land between pop, art, club music and the avant-garde.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Mine Is In Yours
                        Wipe That Sound
                        Spaceship
                        Send Me Shivers
                        Blood Comes
                        The End
                        Detected Beats
                        All The Old Powers
                        Evoke An Object

                        Sam Prekop & John McEntire

                        Sons Of

                          John McEntire is known for his work as a musician playing with Tortoise, Jim O’Rourke, Stereolab, and others. Owner and operator of Soma Electronic Music Studios, he is also known for his pioneering work as aproducer and engineer, working with Stereolab, Archer Prewitt, Yo La Tengo, Bright Eyes, The Fiery Furnaces and Chicago Underground, among many others. Prekop has put out five solo albums to acclaim and is also a well-respected visual artist who has published, shown, and sold works worldwide.

                          Sam Prekop describes his work with John McEntire as “a set of long evolving electronic pieces that traverse several movements or transformations, creating pieces that feel like ‘electronic suites’ while maintaining acontinuity/thread. So in my mind,” he continues“ each section is inspired by what just happened previously and so on, the foundation of the pieces are improvised and the work is a matter of focusing on the most interesting aspects creating the piece.”

                          For ‘Sons Of’, “we recorded our show at Chicago’s Constellation intending to release it as is ‘live’, but faced with some technical issues, and feeling like the pieces weren’t quite ‘finished’ led us to wanting to augment it with further recordings, which posed its own challenges and, well, opportunities, to reevaluate our original intentions. So even though we did a lot of work to the ‘live’ recordings, the foundation is that live performance and I think it’s essential to our process and will likely continue that way.”

                          TRACK LISTING

                          A Ghost At Noon
                          Crossing At The Shallow
                          A Yellow Robe
                          Ascending By Night

                          Glenn Jones

                          Vade Mecum

                            Glenn Jones is a unique player in the world of solo guitar music. Steeped in both American Primitive guitar music as well as rock and experimental music, Glenn Jones creates rich sonic tapestries with a distinct and stirring voice.

                            Endlessly curious, Jones has spent the better part of four decades exploring the boundaries of expression and storytelling with the guitar and banjo.

                            On ‘Vade Mecum’, Jones draws on his personal history to tell stories with elaborate musical detail and emotional weight.

                            Exploring the complexity of personal experience, emotions and our shared histories, ‘Vade Mecum’ finds Jones painting his music in boundaryless colours, captivatingly vivid.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Vade Mecum
                            Forsythia
                            Base Harbor Head
                            Black & White And Gray
                            Each Crystal Pane Of Glass
                            A Handful Of Snow
                            Kathy Maltese
                            Ruthie’s Farewell
                            John Jackson Of Fairfax, Virginia
                            Away

                            Sally Anne Morgan

                            Cups

                              Multi-instrumentalist Sally Anne Morgan tills the soil of old timey music, folk practices old and new, and psychedelia to sow music that reaches out beyond its roots.

                              ‘Cups’ dives headfirst into the waters of the Morgan’s unconscious mind and plumbs those depths for swells of fertile brilliance and awe.

                              In stark contrast to the traditional and pop-informed structures of her previous album, ‘Thread’, ‘Cups’ adopts a free-flowing approach intuitive and receptive, brimming and shifting and changing across a fragile equilibrium of pieces both improvised and composed.

                              The fluid pieces twirl from pensive, looped fiddle to tiptoed banjo to patient, sunny parlour guitar arpeggios to droning dulcimer and a litany of percussive ripples with gentle ease.

                              By distilling her most immediate inspirations into layers of sparkling timbre and buoyant rambles, Sally Anne Morgan’s ‘Cups’ builds a sense of community from within, like a back porch jam with her own subconscious.

                              “Meditations on folk music, rather than the thing itself, stern and cerebral at times, but intermittently lush and beautiful... [‘Cups’] captures essential bits of folk music, frames them in stark, repeating ways, and makes us look at them differently.” - Dusted Magazine

                              “[‘Cups’ is] a totally charming album that bares the unspoiled essence of its creator, a thoroughly engaging artist forging her own singular path upon the resilient precepts of the past.” - No Depression

                              “Morgan has created a record that’s a meditative idyll... If you need a bit of spiritual realignment, then ‘Cups’ is a necessity, a moment of peace in a punishing world.” - Raven Sings The Blues

                              “breathtaking, string-laden psychedelic folk” - Brooklyn Vegan

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Night Window
                              Prune
                              Hori Hori
                              Pythagoras
                              Sandbox
                              Through The Threshold
                              Home Soup
                              Angeline
                              In Come A Bee
                              Word For World

                              Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake

                              From The River To The Ocean

                                Available on vinyl for the first time since its original CD-only release in 2007.

                                The closest of relationships gives its members space to expand, change, develop and play. Tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson and drummer Hamid Drake have just that kind of partnership, one that has seen them periodically move apart and work extensively on other fronts - Anderson tending to the recent relocation of his major jazz venue the Velvet Lounge; Drake in a dizzying array of globetrotting ensembles - but always returning to the fold, digging in together and checking out what’s been learned in the interim.

                                Over the course of some three decades, the master saxophonist and the prodigy percussionist have continued to reconfirm their commitment to their joint project.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                Planet E
                                Strut Time
                                For Brother Thompson
                                Sakti/Shiva
                                From The River To The Ocean

                                Plankton Wat

                                Hidden Path

                                  The music of Dewey Mahood is steadfast in its pursuit of transcendence.

                                  For the past two decades as Plankton Wat, Mahood has contoured his melodic guitar playing into wholly transfiguring pieces.

                                  His fluid compositions apply ethereal, elastic textures to grounded rhythmic grooves that recall the cosmic and the earthly in equal measure.

                                  ‘Hidden Path’ is an album built on reflection and discovery, turning the thrill of exploring obscured passages into inward revelations.

                                  Originally presented as a limited cassette in 2017, and now presented on vinyl for the first time, remastered by Amy Dragon, ‘Hidden Path’ is a distillation of Mahood’s musical practice as a way of life, a patient celebration of the unexpected, unhurried and exhilarating.


                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  The Inward Reflection
                                  Dream Cascade
                                  A Window In The Mirror
                                  Hidden Path
                                  The Everflowing Stream
                                  Solitude Amongst The Trees
                                  Awaken
                                  Fields Of Remembrance

                                  Matmos

                                  Regards / Ukłony Dla Bogusław Schaeffer

                                    Matmos are one of the most prominent experimental electronic artists working today, crafting work by creating new conceptual frameworks and immediately testing those frameworks’ absolute limits. For ‘Regards/Ukłony dla Bogusław Schaeffer’ they’ve focused on another artist known, in large part, for doing the same.

                                    Bogusław Schaeffer was one of the first Polish artists creating electronic music. In step with American contemporaries like John Cage and Morton Feldman, he worked across the boundaries of classical composition, electronic experimentation and radical theatre, in playfully form-breaking ways.

                                    Matmos are not the first ones to recognize the power of his catalogue, from ‘Solo’ (a 2008 documentary that garnered numerous international awards), to the annual Shaeffer’s Era Festival (most recently celebrated simultaneously in Warsaw and Los Angeles), Bogusław Schaeffer’s work continues to inspire.

                                    ‘Regards/Ukłony dla Bogusław Schaeffer’, however, was not just inspired by his work. Matmos were given access to the entirety of Schaeffer’s recorded works to use as they saw fit, commissioned by the prestigious Instytutu Adama Mickiewicza. They re-assembled and re-combined these recorded works with modern instrumentations in a way that only Matmos could, and what emerged is a composite portrait of the utopian 1960s Polish avant-garde and the contemporary dystopian cultural moment regarding each other across a distance.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Resemblage / Parasamblaž
                                    Cobra Wages Shuffle / Off! Schable W Gurę!
                                    Few, Far Chaos Bugles / Uff... Bosch Gra Wałęsę
                                    Flashcube Fog Wares / Głucha Affera Słów
                                    Flight To Sodom / Lot Do Salo
                                    Tonight There Is Something Special About The Moon / Jaki Księżyc Dziś Wieczór...
                                    If All Things Were Turned To Smoke / Gdyby Wszystko Stało Się Dymem
                                    Anti-Antiphon (Absolute Decomposition) / AntyAntyfona (Dekonstrukcja Na Całego)

                                    Tortoise

                                    Rhythms, Resolutions & Clusters - 2022 Reissue

                                      Tortoise have spent nearly 30 years making music that defies description. While the Chicago-based instrumental quintet have nodded to dub, rock, jazz, electronica and minimalism throughout their revered and influential discography, the resulting sounds have always been distinctly, even stubbornly, their own. One of the throughlines that create that distinctive sound is what might be called a pervasive element of group play, or ensemble-mindedness, as opposed to emphasis on a virtuoso soloist or frontman.

                                      ‘Rhythms, Resolutions & Clusters’ follows in this line, asTortoise turned their iconic early songs over to their friends to play with. The remixes by other legends including Bundy K.Brown, Steve Albini, Jim O’Rourke, Brad Wood (Liz Phair),Casey Rice, Mike Watt (Minute Men) and Rick Brown (75 DollarBill) create a sense of community, and unlimited creativity. It’s been out of print since 1995.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Alcohall (Remixed By John McEntire)
                                      Your New Rod (Remixed By Rick Brown)
                                      Cobwebbed (Remixed By Casey Rice)
                                      The Match Incident (Remixed By Steve Albini)
                                      Tin Cans (The Puerto Rican Mix) (Remixed By Brad Wood)
                                      Not Quite East Of The Ryan (Remixed By Bundy K. Brown - Deep Space Mischief By John Herndon / Also On Board: McEntire, Wood & Bitney)
                                      Initial Gesture Protraction (Remixed By Jim O’Rourke)
                                      Cornpone Brunch (Remixed By Mike Watt)

                                      Eternal Tapestry

                                      Beyond The 4th Door - 2022 Repress

                                        Eternal Tapestry’s ‘Beyond the 4th Door’ delivered an album not unlike epic live shows. Containing stretches of melodic guitar improvisations, dark brooding songs slowly build and expand to allow in layers of light.

                                        The album was created by recording over two hours of material in their home studio, mostly live, and hand picking the elements that became these five tracks. There is a free and open nature to their structure creating a spacious environment for the listener to explore.

                                        Harkening back to the early 70’s experimental rock that inspired the band, such as Popol Vuh, Cluster and Träd Gräs och Stenar, ‘Beyond the 4th Door’ is an album meant to be listened to in its entirety.

                                        Now available again, after the original 2011 release.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        Ancient Echoes
                                        Cosmic Manhunt
                                        Galactic Derelict
                                        Reflections In A Mirage
                                        Time Winds Through A Glass, Clearly

                                        The Body & OAA

                                        Enemy Of Love

                                          “The Body’s Chip King and Lee Buford have remained both consistently thrilling and impossibly prolific.” - Pitchfork

                                          “The Body have become one of the most interesting and difficult to pin down groups in extreme music.” - Rolling Stone

                                          In keeping with their penchant for veering in new directions, The Body’s work with producer OAA (aka AJ Wilson) doubles down on the duo’s sonic excavations at the nexus of electronic, noise and heavy music. On ‘Enemy of Love’, their percussive onslaught churns beneath a single mass of impossible magnitude that lurches and stutters as its gears grind in perpetual struggle.

                                          The Body drummer Lee Buford’s signature obliterated volleys set a steady pace which Wilson bolsters with a multitude of rhythmic clicks, thuds and synthesizer squeals.

                                          Guitarist and vocalist Chip King pours a cornucopia of volcanic noise-laden textures atop the throb, driving each piece to the absolute brink.

                                          Wilson adeptly straddles the line between Buford and King, creating a provocative syncopating interplay as well as employing abrasive samples and synth that entirely blur the boundaries of King’s guitar and howl. The combination of the three is equal parts harrowing and intoxicating.

                                          An exciting full-length collaboration following OAA’s appearance on The Body’s ‘Remixed’ from 2019.

                                          Recorded in 2021 at Machines with Magnets by Seth Manchester (Liturgy, Battles, Mdou Moctar).

                                          The Body have been an iconic force in heavy music for over two decades with a long history of collaborations. Recent collaborators include Full of Hell, Thou, BIG|BRAVE and Uniform.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          Devalued
                                          Pseudocyesis
                                          Hired Regard
                                          Fortified Tower
                                          Obsessed Luxury
                                          Conspiracy Privilege
                                          Barren Of Joy
                                          Miserable Freedom
                                          Ignorant Messiah
                                          Docile Gift

                                          Jeff Parker

                                          The Relatives - 2022 Reissue

                                            Jeff Parker is a lauded guitarist in rock, jazz and experimental music. Acclaimed for ground-breaking work with Tortoise, Isotope 217 and Chicago Underground, and as a collaborator with artists like Joshua Redman, Fred Anderson and Joey DeFrancesco. He is one of the undisputed rising stars of contemporary jazz.

                                            ‘The Relatives’, his 2004 sophomore album as leader, was included on numerous year-end Best Of lists, including The Wire, Magnet and The Guardian.

                                            In the years since its release, ‘The Relatives’ has proved to be a revered pillar in the pantheon of Parker’s everexpanding music. Listening to the sheer breadth of the musical landscapes traversed throughout the album, there’s no mistaking why Parker is one of the most lauded players and sought after collaborators today.

                                            Recorded with John McEntire at the legendary SOMA Studio (Yo La Tengo, Hamid Drake, Nobukazu Takemura, Jim O’Rourke).

                                            Jeff Parker has been featured on the cover of The Wire magazine and appeared in Jazz Times, Jazziz as a solo artist and in everything from Rolling Stone and Spin to The New York Times and The New Yorker with groups he has worked with.

                                            ‘The Relatives’ features Sam Barsheshet, Chris Lopes and Chad Taylor, who’ve also worked together in the Jeff Parker Trio and Chicago Underground Orchestra.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Istanbul
                                            Mannerisms
                                            Sea Change
                                            When Did You Stop Loving
                                            Me, When Did I Stop
                                            Loving You
                                            Beanstalk
                                            The Relative
                                            Toy Boat
                                            Rang

                                            Bummer

                                            Dead Horse

                                              Kansas City trio BUMMER mirror the absurdity of modern life with a balance of dark humour, dejected nihilism and righteous fury. Their music spills out in torrents of skull-crushing riffs, gargantuan bass and caustic howls delivered at breakneck speed with gleeful abandon.

                                              Following their split 7” with long-time friends The Body, which teased a more focused, lean sound for the group, ‘Dead Horse’ hones BUMMER’s auditory desolation and scathing gaze to laser-point precision.

                                              In eleven short vignettes the quartet lay waste to everything in their path, penning a vitriolic overview of life in the American Midwest, a surprising blend of onestar Trip Advisor review and insightful cultural critique.

                                              “[BUMMER] puts the ‘power’ in power trio as they play a raw and primal form of aggressive music that splits the difference between ‘Bleach’-era Nirvana and the early, primitive thrash of Slayer. It’s aggressive and inyour- face, but doesn’t skimp on melody, making their songs memorable. So, there is power and a bit of precision to what they do. A whole lot of volume, too.” - New Noise Magazine

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              JFK Speedwagon
                                              Barn Burner (You Boys Quit Whippin’ Those Whips)
                                              I Want To Punch Bruce Springsteen In The Dick
                                              E1M1
                                              Donkey Punch
                                              Juice Pig
                                              Kid Spock
                                              Quadruple ZZ Top
                                              False Floor
                                              Magic Cruel Bus
                                              Rareware

                                              Holy Sons

                                              The Fact Facer

                                                Holy Sons is Emil Amos, a musician whose chameleonic tendencies and technical versatility has lead to him becoming an in demand multiinstrumentalist as a founding member of Grails and Lilacs & Champagne, as well as a member of Om and a hired gun for Jandek, to name a few.

                                                Holy Sons is at the centre of his many musical personalities and is his longest standing project, acting as an outlet for some of his most personal and direct songs. In Holy Sons, Amos puts his restless imagination to work using a variety of inventive home recording methods to turn melodic slowburners into multi-layered, atmospheric missives. While his methods and prolificacy provide a kinship with Sebadoh, Ariel Pink and other musicians who have offered countless transmissions from their bedroom floor, Holy Sons comes from the mind of someone who has internalized the minutia of 70s rock music and eschews the stereotypical lo-fi sound for a much deeper and more varied palate.

                                                ‘The Fact Facer’, his Thrill Jockey debut, bathes Amos’ thoughtful and even at times philosophical, songs in Technicolor darkness and reinforces Holy Sons as his musical centrepiece. The album is a collection of home recorded atmospheric slow-burners steeped in 70s rock with an experimentalist edge.

                                                The songs on ‘The Fact Facer’ creep up on the listener, their fiercely addictive melodies unravelling slowly and purposefully. Jumping smoothly between many facets of Amos’ songwriting, the album does much to establish him as a talented multi-instrumentalist. From the lysergic leads of ‘Selfish Thoughts’ to the Danny Kirwan referencing solos of ‘Transparent Powers’ and the skilful acoustic flourishes of ‘The Fact Facer’, Amos proves himself as adept and creative a guitarist as he is a drummer. It is telling that Amos has built up two Holy Sons bands simultaneously: one based in Portland and one based in New York. Wherever the wind takes him, there are musicians willing to pick up their instruments and follow his lead.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Doomed Myself
                                                Line Me Back Up
                                                Transparent Powers
                                                Selfish Thoughts
                                                All Too Free
                                                Wax Gets In Your Eyes
                                                Life Could Be A Dream
                                                Long Days
                                                No Self Respect
                                                Back Down To The Tombs
                                                The Fact Facer

                                                The Body & BIG/BRAVE

                                                Leaving None But Small Birds

                                                  The Body and BIG|BRAVE are both bands possessed with an unequalled ability to convey overwhelming weight with simplicity, repetition and detailed sonic atmospheres; artists who continue to alter the definition of what it means to be a heavy band.

                                                  The Body are consistently prolific while increasingly ambitious as untethered producers and collaborators. BIG|BRAVE shape sound with dense waves of guitar and feedback, minimalist and hypnotic crashes and emotionally exacting vocal melodies. In collaboration, The Body and BIG|BRAVE shift the gravity of their compositions to woven layers of percussion and unspooling guitars that sprawl through stark frameworks of earthy folk.

                                                  Their debut collaborative album, ‘Leaving None But Small Birds’ distils the two ensembles’ pioneering approach to heavy music into psalms for the forgotten, threnodies of lost love and odes to vengeance.

                                                  Recorded, mixed and produced by Seth Manchester at Machines With Magnets (Liturgy, Battles, Mdou Moctar) and mastered by Heba Kadry (Björk, David Bowie).

                                                  “Emotionally coherent but tricky to categorize. BIG|BRAVE are the sound of the raw unconscious, turned up loud.” - Pitchfork

                                                  “The Body have become one of the most interesting and difficult to pin down groups in extreme music.” - Rolling Stone

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Blackest Crow
                                                  Oh Sinner
                                                  Hard Times
                                                  Once I Had A Sweetheart
                                                  Black Is The Colour
                                                  Polly Gosford
                                                  Babes In The Woods

                                                  Marisa Anderson & William Tyler

                                                  Lost Futures

                                                    Guitarists Marisa Anderson and William Tyler distil deeply rooted and varied traditions into distinctive voices all their own. Anderson and Tyler are each unyielding in their desire to extend through those traditions and the confines of ‘guitar music’ to craft music at once intimate and expansive, conversational and transcendent.

                                                    The duo’s debut collaborative album tethers together their singular voices into unified narratives that glisten, drive and sway. On ‘Lost Futures’, Anderson and Tyler’s guitars dance through lush arrangements and pastoral duets serpentine and reverent. 

                                                    ‘Lost Futures’ takes its name from writer Mark Fisher’s cultural theory of the loss of potential futures, the hopes and ideals which once felt inevitable but have since been interrupted. Anderson and Tyler’s use of textural drones, rhythmic repetition and harmonic shifts embody the building tensions of uncertainty created by profound loss: loss of life, experience, companionship, compassion. Across ‘Lost Futures’, Anderson and Tyler mold their instruments into breathtaking panoramas of blight and bliss. Each movement contains a dense biome of transportive sound. 

                                                    The duo’s music together reckons with mounting pressures as well as the joy of newfound friendship and gratitude for being able to play together. In tandem, Marisa Anderson and William Tyler have composed a work of remarkable breadth, brimming with resplendent odes of solace.

                                                    Marisa Anderson and William Tyler are both prolific solo artists. Tyler has also toured with groups including Lambchop and Silver Jews and Marisa has contributed to recordings by Beth Ditto, Sharon Van Etten and Circuit Des Yeux among others. 

                                                    ‘Lost Futures’ features guests Gisela Rodriguez Fernandez on violin and Patricia Vázquez Gómez playing quijada.

                                                    Package features artwork by Sam Smith. LPs include artworked inner-sleeve featuring photography by Marisa Anderson.

                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                    Barry says: Both Marisa Anderson and William Tyler have impeccable form for crafting gorgeous acoustic guitar anthems, ranging from the beautiful simplicity of Anderson's plucked acoustic to Tyler's country-tinged Americana anthems, so I really couldn't imagine a better combination than the two of them. It works perfectly here with each artist's own voice coming through wonderfully while accentuating each-other perfectly.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    1. News About Heaven
                                                    2. Lost Futures
                                                    3. Pray For Rain
                                                    4. Something Will Come
                                                    5. At The Edge Of The World
                                                    6. Hurricane Light
                                                    7. Life And Casualty
                                                    8. Haunted By Water

                                                    Rose City Band

                                                    Earth Trip

                                                      Rose City Band is celebrated guitarist Ripley Johnson. A prolific songwriter, Johnson started Rose City Band to have an outlet to explore songwriting styles apart from Wooden Shjips and Moon Duo, where he is often not the lead songwriter. Rose City Band allowed him to follow his musical muses as they greet him and not be bound by the schedule of bandmates and demands of a touring group. Stepping out from behind the psychedelic haze that envelops his other output, Rose City Band’s lean yet richly textured arrangements lay bare the beauty of his songcraft. On Earth Trip, Johnson reveals more of himself than ever before, coloring the project’s country-rock twang with a melancholic, wistful undertone. It charts a journey of personal growth and introspection with surprising honesty, from pining for summers spent with friends to meditations on space, stillness and the splendor of the natural world. It continues Rose City Band’s celebration of summer warmth and the great outdoors, seen from a new vantage point, and with newfound appreciation for the freedom and joy that nature provides.

                                                      Earth Trip was written during a period of sudden shocks and drastic lifestyle changes for Johnson. Forced to cancel extensive touring plans for 2020, the guitarist found himself home for an extended period for the first time in years. No longer in constant motion, he was able to experience and enjoy the simple pleasures of home life, of being in one place: hikes in nature, bathing outside, and waking with the dawn. Forming new connections to his surroundings, from tending to a garden to sleeping out under the stars, Johnson found hope and healing in a more mindful relationship with the natural world.

                                                      Themes of recalibration and finding personal space are equally mirrored in Earth Trip’s lean production. Recorded at his home studio in Portland and mixed by Cooper Crain (Bitchin’ Bajas, Cave), Johnson makes deft use of space while experimenting with new sonics. Shimmering pedal steel, woozy harmonica melodies, and stately piano enhance the album’s introspective tone without ever clouding arrangements. Psychedelic elements that nod to Johnson’s other projects and influences still appear throughout, but hover at the edge of perception, a subtle halo adding colour and texture to Johnson’s songwriting rather than taking centrer-stage. He elaborates: “I told Cooper I was trying to capture that feeling when you take psychedelics and they just start coming on - maybe objects start buzzing in the edges of your vision, you start seeing slight trails, maybe the characteristics of sound change subtly. But you’re not fully tripping yet. He got the idea right away and his mix really captures that feeling.” Johnson’s lithe guitar playing throughout treads a fine line between country and cosmic, taut melodies spiralling out into long reverb trails or free-form solos buoyed by a breeze, radiating summer warmth.

                                                      Through its daring honesty and masteful arrangements, Earth Trip cements Johnson’s place as a singular songwriter of inimitable skill. It’s message of mindfulness and our interconnectedness to the environment expands on a long country and blues music tradition that draws a symbiotic relationship between storyteller and the land, capturing the beauty of the natural world while also emphasising our responsibility in preserving it for future generations.

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      Barry says: Rose city band go full country! Slide guitars, lap steel and tasteful reverb coalesce into a brilliantly evocative and wonderfully produced distillation of that Rose City sound into a country shell. It's a testament to Ripley Johnson's skill that his sound can be so successfully transplanted into a different shell while retaining everything that made him so great in the first place. Lovely stuff.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1. Silver Roses
                                                      2. In The Rain
                                                      3. World Is Turning
                                                      4. Feel Of Love
                                                      5. Lonely Places
                                                      6. Ramblin’ With The Day
                                                      7. Rabbit
                                                      8. Dawn Patrol

                                                      Kid Millions And Jan St. Werner

                                                      Imperium Droop

                                                        Jan St. Werner is one-half of legendary electronic duo Mouse On Mars. Werner records music as well under the name Lithops and has released records with Oval’s Markus Popp as Microstoria. Jan has collaborated with a wide range of artists from Mark E Smith and Stereolab to The National.

                                                        Kid Millions, aka John Colpitts, is a prolific drummer, known for his work in Oneida and frequently performs with Laurie Anderson and Marnie Stern. Colpitt’s past collaborations include Philip Glass, Royal Trux, Boredoms, White Hills and Spiritualized. Under the moniker Man Forever, Colpitts collaborated with acclaimed groups So Percussion, Greg Fox, Tigue, Yo La Tengo and more.

                                                        Together, the works on ‘Imperium Droop’ are a joyful listen and an exhilarating foray into the unknown; Kid Millions’ (John Colpitts) tireless rhythms and subtle gestures mirror Jan St. Werner’s boundless textural palette and together drive each piece towards transcendence. Exploring a liminal space between improvisation and composition, the duo expand their musical dialogue beyond the physical limitations of space and time.

                                                        LP is available on opaque purple with white coloured vinyl with art by Frieda Luczak, whose designs have been featured on many classic Mouse on Mars albums.

                                                        “Kid Millions has become a ubiquitous force in a constantly changing scene.” - New York Times

                                                        “Mouse on Mars have never let their concepts eclipse the music; part of the pleasure of the duo’s output is its very inscrutability... the sounds beckon in their mystery.” - Pitchfork

                                                        “Mutant, microtonal... [Jan St. Werner] explores one area of sound with great intensity and nuance” - Uncut

                                                        “Experimental percussion genius” - Village Voice on Kid Millions

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        Color Bagpipes
                                                        Apotropaic
                                                        Laffen’ Death
                                                        Hexaco Inversion
                                                        Dark Tetrad
                                                        Astral Stare
                                                        Nuclei Melodies
                                                        Sorrows And
                                                        Compensations

                                                        Colleen

                                                        The Tunnel And The Clearing

                                                          Colleen is an aboundingly inventive composer and artist. For two decades Cécile Schott, as Colleen, has crafted welcoming, enchanting, and bewildering music. The multiinstrumentalist and vocalist’s timeless compositions make use of carefully selected tools to mold memories into transcendent splendor. The Tunnel and the Clearing finds Schott at her most vulnerable and confident, invoking contemplative and swirling organ processed through analog electronics, steady drum machine syncopations and her distinctive voice. On an album centered on processing the complicated washes of emotion through tribulations and revelations Colleen presents a vision of breathless clarity.

                                                          The Tunnel and the Clearing was developed over a period of transformative change. Colleen began work on the album in 2018 but was all but halted by extreme fatigue from a previously undiagnosed illness. Years of treatment and adjustment eventually led to relocating to Barcelona, soon followed by lockdowns and then the dissolution of her longtime partnership. Reflecting on these cumulative experiences she reimagined her compositional practices, spending months in near complete silence. Says Schott, “Never before had I felt so profoundly the power that music has, through harmony, melody, rhythm and sound itself, to express the whole range of human emotions.” The resulting seven pieces investigate the complex, at times contradictory relationship between excitement and fear, anger and understanding, struggle and triumph, all focused on a reconstruction of the self.

                                                          Colleen’s albums are unified by distinct and personal instrumentation, built around music boxes, viola da gamba, or electronics, they somehow all remarkably share a dreamlike modern quality. For The Tunnel and the Clearing Schott restricted herself to using analog electronic instruments including the Elka Drummer One, the Roland RE-201 Space Echo and Moog Grandmother synth, coupled with Yamaha organ keyboard. Stunningly, Colleen achieves the rich emotional intricacy and the lush density of textures on The Tunnel and the Clearing through almost entirely live performance and processing. These detailed and affecting compositions mirror Colleen’s grappling with her own psyche. Schott elaborates “I found direct correspondences between my internal discourse, its obsessive, frantic attempts at making sense of what I could not understand, and the music I was making, with motifs functioning as questions and answers, doubts and assertions.” Clicks, hums, warbles and throbs emulating our evolving internal worlds, an “emotional noise.” A musical journey through the tunnel toward the clearing at its end. The Tunnel and the Clearing is a work of lucid reverence, a constellation of marvels suspended in air.

                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                          Barry says: A beautifully produced juxtaposition of Space Lady-esque echoing vocal shards and slowly pulled organ swells, flickering drum machines and psychedelic reverb, 'The Tunnel..' is both brilliantly propulsive and warmingly lysergic, ending up somewhere between an arm-waving midday festival slot and loose, chillout room ambience. Really lovely stuff.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1. The Crossing
                                                          2. Revelation
                                                          3. Implosion-Explosion
                                                          4. The Tunnel And The Clearing
                                                          5. Gazing At Taurus - Santa Eulalia
                                                          6. Gazing At Taurus - Night Sky Rumba
                                                          7. Hidden In The Current

                                                          Mouse On Mars

                                                          AAI

                                                            Mouse on Mars, the Berlin-based duo of Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma, approach electronic music with an inexhaustible curiosity and unparalleled ingenuity. ‘AAI’ (Anarchic Artificial Intelligence) takes their fascination with technology and undogmatic exploration a quantum leap further.

                                                            Emerging from a primordial ooze of rolling bass and skittering electronics, hypnotic polyrhythms and pulsing synthesizers propel the listener across the record’s expanse. Hidden in the duo’s hyper-detailed productions is a kind of meta-narrative.

                                                            Working with AI tech collective Birds on Mars and former Soundcloud programmers Ranny Keddo and Derrek Kindle, the duo collaborated on the creation of bespoke software capable of modelling speech; text and voice from writer and scholar of African Studies Louis Chude-Sokei and DJ/producer Yağmur Uçkunkaya were fed into the software as a model, allowing Toma and Werner to control parameters like speed or mood, thereby creating a kind of speech instrument they could control and play as they would a synthesizer.

                                                            The album’s narrative is quite literally mirrored in the music - the sound of an artificial intelligence growing, learning and speaking. This exploration of artificial intelligence as both a narrative framework and compositional tool, allowing the duo to summon their most explicitly science-fiction work to date.

                                                            Original artwork by Casey Reas, inventor of the computer graphics language Processing.

                                                            Recently, Mouse on Mars received the 2020 Holger Czukay Prize for Pop Music.

                                                            Mouse on Mars have been regularly streaming performances throughout 2020, partnering with organizations like Goethe-Institut, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Conditions of a Necessity and others and will continue these in 2021.

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            Engineering Systems
                                                            The Latent Space
                                                            Speech And Ambulation
                                                            Thousand To One
                                                            Walking And Talking
                                                            Youmachine
                                                            Doublekeyrock
                                                            Machine Rights
                                                            Go Tick
                                                            The Fear Of Machines
                                                            Artificial Authentic
                                                            Machine Perspective
                                                            Cut That Fishernet
                                                            Tools Use Tools
                                                            Loose Tools
                                                            Seven Months
                                                            Paymig
                                                            Borrow Signs
                                                            New Definitions
                                                            New Life Always Announces Itself Through Sound

                                                            Plankton Wat

                                                            Future Times

                                                              As Plankton Wat, Dewey Mahood uses his considerable guitar prowess to deliver an album that encompasses both the wild, seeking energy of free-improvisation and the deliberate arrangements of more traditional composition.

                                                              With his deft and stylistically varied playing, Plankton Wat’s ‘Future Times’ escapes psychedelic tropes and chemical fuelled alterations and instead celebrates an escape into the natural world.

                                                              ‘Future Times’ taps into psychedelia’s counter-cultural heritage as music for protest, liberation and imagining new ways of being in this world.

                                                              “Pastoral drones and swirling psychedelia” - Pitchfork

                                                              Known for his guitar prowess in modern psychedelic music, specifically with Eternal Tapestry as well as Edibles, Elephant Factory Galaxy Research and Gärden Söund among others.

                                                              ‘Future Times’ was recorded at Mahood’s home studio Solar Commune, with additions from Dustin Dybvig (Horse Feathers & Edibles) and Victor Nash (Flash Hawk Parlor Ensemble). Features Ash Dybvig on flute.

                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                              The Burning World
                                                              Nightfall
                                                              Modern Ruins
                                                              Dark Cities
                                                              Teenage Daydream
                                                              Sanctuary
                                                              Future Times
                                                              Defund The Police
                                                              Wind Mountain

                                                              The Body

                                                              I've Seen All I Need To See

                                                                Over the course of two decades The Body - Lee Buford and Chip King - have consistently challenged assumptions and defied categorization, redefining what it means to be a heavy band.

                                                                On ‘I’ve Seen All I Need To See’, they test the boundaries of the studio to explore the extremes and microtonality of distortion to find its maximal impact.

                                                                Their most incisively bleak album to date, a towering monolith of noise, Buford’s booming, resolute drums paired with King’s obliterated guitar and howl.

                                                                Course, bristling distortion contorts every instrument, with samples of spoken word, cymbals, toms and King’s already noxious tone emerging from layers of feedback.

                                                                Features guests Ben Eberle (Sandworm) and Chrissy Wolpert (Assembly of Light Choir).  Recorded with long time engineer Seth Manchester at Machines with Magnets (Lightning Bolt, Battles, Daughters) and mastered by Matt Colton (Sumac, Brian Eno, Uniform, Sunn O)))).

                                                                The Body have collaborated with many, including Full Of Hell, Thou, Uniform and Bummer.

                                                                “The distortion has this ability to envelope you, and not push you away. It has this strange kind of beautiful timbre... once you give into the sheer power of it, and let it take you on a ride then it becomes this whole other kind of sonic experience.” - Matt Colton

                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                A Lament
                                                                Tied Up And Locked In
                                                                Eschatological Imperative
                                                                A Pain Of Knowing
                                                                The City Is Shelled
                                                                They Are Coming
                                                                The Handle/The Blade
                                                                Path Of Failure

                                                                Black To Comm

                                                                Oocyte Oil & Stolen Androgens

                                                                  The music of Black To Comm is as powerfully intoxicating as it is subtly unnerving. The solo project of shapeshifting German producer and sound artist Marc Richter, his mastery of sonic manipulation is matched only by his astounding clarity of vision.

                                                                  Following the acclaimed ‘Seven Horses For Seven Kings’ released just a year ago, ‘Oocyte Oil & Stolen Androgens’ applies Richter’s wild imagination to an exploration of the human voice, standing as some of his most immediate and affecting music to date.

                                                                  Each of his phantasmagoric works is meticulously constructed from an omnivorous array of smudged samples and other sonic detritus, painstakingly collected by Richter from across the history of recorded music or his immediate environment and altered into beguiling new shapes. Sound sources seem tantalizingly familiar and yet often just out of reach, flickering at the edges of the subconscious.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  Gustav Metzger As Erwin Piscator, Gera, January 1915
                                                                  Stolen Androgens
                                                                  Oocyte Oil
                                                                  Gepackte Zeit (für Hanne Darboven)
                                                                  Rataplan, Rataplan, Rataplan (Arms And Legs Flying In The Air)

                                                                  Holy Sons

                                                                  Raw And Disfigured

                                                                    The music of Emil Amos is at once intimate and expansive. Under the name Holy Sons, as well as with bands Om, Grails and Lilacs and Champagne, Amos harnesses boundless sonic textures to embellish delicately crafted songs, he plays the bulk of the instruments and sings the majority of the vocals throughout the album and is joined on a few pieces by drummer Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth).

                                                                    His music balances cues from classic and indie rock traditions with tenderness and sense of foreboding through unparalleled artistry. Holy Sons’ ‘Raw and Disfigured’ showcases Amos’ mastery of songcraft through a seemingly impossible combination of subtle yet potent gestures, bold arrangements and resolute vulnerability.

                                                                    Recorded at Sonic Youth’s studio Echo Canyon West, ‘Raw and Disfigured’ stands as Amos’ most ambitious and comprehensive album yet, a panoramic gallery of songs as beautiful as they are crushing.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    The Loser That Always Wins
                                                                    Lady Of The Hour
                                                                    Cast Bound King
                                                                    Hand That Feeds
                                                                    Permanent Things
                                                                    Four Walls
                                                                    Held The Hand
                                                                    Lost In The Fire
                                                                    Transformation
                                                                    Slow To Run
                                                                    Reach Out And Touch Something
                                                                    Cóiste Bodhar
                                                                    Nights Like This
                                                                    Up On That Hill
                                                                    Backslider’s Wine
                                                                    Bloody Strings

                                                                    Jim White And Marisa Anderson

                                                                    The Quickening

                                                                      The Quickening is an improvised work guided by emotional intuition and an ability to spin collective experience into music of potent and boundless beauty.

                                                                      Jim White and Marisa Anderson instrumental voices’ are unmistakable and spellbindingly lyrical. Anderson unravels global guitar traditions into atmospheres all their own through improvisations and transforming melodic lines. While White implements an array of sticks, brushes, and techniques that imbue each rhythmic percussion passage with its own distinct personality. Together their melodic flourishes cascade and twist upon one another, at times trading conversational exchanges, and at others drifting in unison as if lost in the same train of thought.

                                                                      White and Anderson share an abounding appetite for musical exploration. White, as a member of Venom P Stinger, Dirty Three, and Xylouris White, is well known for his creative and idiosyncratic drumming. His singular abilities have also led to collaborations with Cat Power, PJ Harvey, and Bill Callahan among others.

                                                                      Anderson’s prolific output as a solo performer, her mastery of traditional folk and blues forms and her abilities to make them entirely her own has established her as one of the most exciting and forward-thinking guitarists of the last decade.

                                                                      White and Anderson’s considerable technical skills are used in the most inventive and unconventional manner on their debut duo recording, The Quickening. The duo’ friendship and shared explorative nature inform these warm and daring improvisations. Their remarkable performances take the listener on a journey of exuberant discovery.

                                                                      The idea of a collaboration developed while on the road together in 2015, Anderson playing solo and White playing with Xylouris white. The Quickening began at the Portland studio Type Foundry in late 2018, where the duo initially agreed to meet and improvise and record. Happy with the recordings, the duo headed to Mexico City and into Estudios Noviembres, a time capsule of a studio from the 70’s that had been largely closed before some young engineers took it over. The “slight disorientation” of working in less familiar environments mirrored their willingness to plunge headfirst into exploring new sonic territory together. Anderson purchased a new nylon string Ramos-Castillo guitar from a Mexican luthier just ahead of recording which leant to the spontaneity of “The Lucky” and “The Quickening”. The duo did not rehearse or perform together prior to the recording sessions; as White puts it, “it’s good to suspend disbelief at this stage of playing.”

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      Gathering
                                                                      Unwritten
                                                                      The Lucky
                                                                      The Other Christmas
                                                                      Song
                                                                      Last Days
                                                                      Diver
                                                                      The Quickening
                                                                      Pallet
                                                                      18 To 1
                                                                      November

                                                                      Eye Flys

                                                                      Tub Of Lard

                                                                        In just over a year since their initial inception, Eye Flys have established themselves as a force beyond reckoning. Their debut full-length ‘Tub of Lard’ is stunningly potency full of piss and vinegar, scientific in its ability to pulverize everything in its path. Due in part to the considerable pedigree of the band’s line- up (including members of Full of Hell, Backslider, Triac), the East Coast-based quartet chew through steel-barbed riffs and off-kilter rhythms with exponential force. Their 2019 debut EP ‘Context’ set an early precedent for just how lean and ruthless they can be. On ‘Tub of Lard’, Eye Flys launch that potential into 10 songs of maximum impact that find both raw power and subtlety in their simplicity.

                                                                        For fans of Unsane, Cherubs, The Melvins.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        Tubba Lard
                                                                        Guillotine
                                                                        Predator And Prey
                                                                        Not Ready For Tomorrow
                                                                        Reality Tunnel
                                                                        Nice Guy
                                                                        Chapel Perilous
                                                                        Extraterrestrial Memoradum
                                                                        BLS
                                                                        Perception Is Gamble

                                                                        Sightless Pit

                                                                        Grave Of A Dog

                                                                          Sightless Pit may be a new name in heavy music but its members are some of the most groundbreaking artist of the genre. Lee Buford (The Body), Kristin Hayter (Lingua Ignota) and Dylan Walker (Full Of Hell) recorded their debut ‘Grave Of A Dog’ at Machines With Magnets with Seth Manchester (The Body, Lightning Bolt). Fans will recognize immediately Buford’s singular percussion and production, Walker’s venomous howl and Hayter’s virtuosic voice. The three share a bleak vision of existence and a willingness to follow each other into the musical abyss. Sightless Pit are a group of expansive ideas, extensive experience working together and shared vision. Over the course of the eight tracks the trio reflect the extremes and emotional weight of their world view through elegiac dirges, driving beats and explosive crescendos. Together, three strong voices unite to create a work of remarkable clarity of expression of enormous sorrow, futility and, most of all, beauty.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          Kingscorpse
                                                                          Immersion Dispersal
                                                                          The Ocean Of Mercy
                                                                          Violent Rain
                                                                          Drunk On Marrow
                                                                          Miles Of Chain
                                                                          Whom The Devil Long
                                                                          Sought To Strangle
                                                                          Love Is Dead, All Love Is
                                                                          Dead

                                                                          OOIOO

                                                                          Nijimusi

                                                                            OOIOO is a name that should be familiar to anyone who’s waded into the world of rock - and so should their leader YoshimiO’s. Percussionist and founding member for the Boredoms and Saicobab and a longtime collaborator of Kim Gordon (of Sonic Youth), Susie Ibarra and Robert Lowe, among others.

                                                                            It’s no surprise that each OOIOO record has been as energizing and enthralling as the last, which might be the most consistent thing about their eight records - each focus on and offer listeners something new.

                                                                            ‘Nijimusi’ was mainly recorded using a conventional rock ensemble of two guitars, bass and drums but often feels more than that, the phrasing and rhythms becoming something new slowly and then all at once. It’s rock but hard to pin down exactly; psychedelic, shimmering distortion, shouts and tight instrumentation giving way to a controlled burn of instrumental breakdowns.

                                                                            Founded in 1995, OOIOO continue to wow. After six years without releasing new music internationally they’ve created a new album that goes back to the roots of being a four-piece band.

                                                                            OOIOO’s members came together as musicians who move freely between the audible and inaudible, rhythm and non-rhythm, noise and silence. ‘Nijimusi’ can be considered music but it is also a work of art that stimulates the sense of touch and smell, while being atmospheric and ethereal at the same time.

                                                                            “A monument to the endless possibilities afforded by an improvisational spirit, but more importantly it highlights Yoshimi and her band’s tireless and ever-evolving voice.” - Pitchfork

                                                                            “In the seemingly impenetrable, fantastic murkiness of Japanese experimental psych pop, more often than not, Yoshimi has been a beacon.” - FADER (cover story) 



                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            Nijimusi
                                                                            Nijimu
                                                                            Jibun
                                                                            Tisou
                                                                            Asozan5
                                                                            Bulun
                                                                            Walk For “345” Minutes, while Saying “Ah Yeah!” with A “Mountain Book” in One Hand, Until A shower Of Light Pours down
                                                                            Kawasemi Ah

                                                                            Lightning Bolt

                                                                            Sonic Citadel

                                                                              For their seventh full length, ‘Sonic Citadel’, Brians Gibson and Chippendale have done the daring, stripping away some of the distortion mask to reveal the naked pop forms as never before.

                                                                              Throughout their 25-year history Lightning Bolt have toured the world, performing at Coachella, ATP, Festivals, Pitchfork Music Festival, Austin Psych Fest and FYF Fest, to name a few.

                                                                              Brian Chippendale has collaborated with Björk, Boredoms, Andrew W.K. and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. Brian’s comics are published with Drawn & Quarterly and Picturebox. Brian is also in Black Pus.

                                                                              Brian Gibson’s game Thumper, produced by his own company Drool, was awarded the 2019 Apple Design Award, was on Gamespot, Hardcore Gamer and IDN’s Best Of 2016 lists and won countless other awards.

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Barry says: With the grinding guitars and machinated percussive blasts, Lightning Bolt have always proved an intimating presence. 'Sonic Citadel' sees them embracing more of the rapid-fire punk aesthetic than their more dirgy stoner sludge, and is all the better for the glimmers of melody and old-school thrash-punk fire within.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              Blow To The Head
                                                                              USA Is A Psycho
                                                                              Air Conditioning
                                                                              Hüsker Dön’t
                                                                              Big Banger
                                                                              Halloween 3
                                                                              Don Henley In The Park
                                                                              Tom Thump
                                                                              Bouncy House
                                                                              All Insane
                                                                              Van Halen 2049

                                                                              Eye Flys

                                                                              Context

                                                                                Eye Flys brings together the minds of four musicians known for their work in some of the most extreme, blistering bands today. The quartet was initially started by Full Of Hell guitarist Spencer Hazard and former Backslider drummer Patrick Forrest as an outlet to play aggressive music with equal intensity that would contrast the breakneck speeds of their other projects. After asking Backslider bassist Jake Smith to join on guitar and vocals and Triac’s Kevin Bernsten on bass, Eye Flys’ potential for crafting impossibly heavy songs was solidified.

                                                                                Eye Flys’ debut ‘Context’ was written and recorded just a few short months from the band’s inception, drawing on each members’ considerable experience and driven by the excitement of playing in uncharted territory. This is an album of commanding, lean noise rock absolutely brimming with vitriol.

                                                                                The direct, raw energy of Eye Flys’ music is simultaneously menacing and intoxicating. Drawing immediate comparisons to bands like Unsane, Cherubs and The Melvins (where they take their name), the quartet’s bludgeoning sound is underpinned by a razor sharp edge. Smith’s vicious lyrics are paralleled by his unrelenting barks with passages like the opening of ‘Weaponize’ literally spat through grinding teeth. Their taut, muscular riffing and pummelling drums lay atop a foundation of deceptively intricate arrangements.

                                                                                Eye Flys’ ‘Context’ stands as a testament to its members’ abilities to produce music that is as ferocious as it is addictive. In just six songs Eye Flys not only prove their place among their peers but stand out as a force of sheer, immovable power.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                Stems
                                                                                Dosed
                                                                                Crushing Of The Human
                                                                                Spirit
                                                                                Weaponize
                                                                                The Triumph Of Hagbard Celine
                                                                                Fuckface

                                                                                Sequoyah Murray

                                                                                Penalties Of Love

                                                                                  ‘Penalties Of Love’ is the debut mini album from 21- year-old vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and producer Sequoyah Murray. It is a remarkable debut, striking in its maturity and originality.

                                                                                  Writing deeply confessional lyrics and creating abstract textured song structures, Sequoyah is a product of his time, place and borderless generation, making music that is both wildly experimental and unforgettably accessible, his lyrics proudly recasting his vulnerabilities as strengths. He was born into a musical family Atlanta, Georgia, one of the music capitals of the world: his mother is a singer and his father a percussionist, both having spent their lives as creative musicians.

                                                                                  If his first loves were the east African music introduced to him by his father and his mother’s sumptuous falsetto, the booming baritone of Arthur Russell became one of his oldest friends and most important touchstones. Just like Russell, his music is at once a self-created world and the result of deeply organic collaboration.

                                                                                  While Sequoyah serves as his own producer, he enlisted the help of acclaimed producer and remixer James Ginzburg (Empstyset, Ginz, Bleed Turquoise) and David Corney to mix. His family also contributed, with his father’s drumming throughout and his mother and little brother singing on ‘Penalties Of Love’ and ‘Second Born’ respectively.

                                                                                  Pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged with free download card.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  Penalties Of Love
                                                                                  Haven
                                                                                  Second Born
                                                                                  True Fun

                                                                                  The incomparable duo, Matmos, have done it again! Their new album, Plastic Anniversary, was created using only plastic. Highlighting the crises of convenience, the Duo make music from our refuse. True to form, the band have assembled a promiscuous array of examples of this sturdy-yet-ersatz family of materials: Dominos, Styrofoam coolers, police riot shields, polyethylene waste containers, PVC panpipes, pinpricks of bubble wrap, pills, silicone gel breast implants and most horrifically synthetic human fat. Where did this idea come from? Drew Daniels and M.C, Schmidts own “plastic” anniversary as a couple.

                                                                                  Matmos glide from the tongue-in-cheek fun of “Breaking Bread” (literally smashing Bread LPs) to Cronenbergian body-horror of “Interior with Billiard Balls & Synthetic Fat.” The album is playful and poppy while conveying a very serious message and on the darker implications of ignoring the havoc we are imposing on the earth all for the sake of convienience

                                                                                  A super special limited edition set will come with a sculptural album, embedded with plastic bottles, that while is the actual album, is rendered viruatlly unplayable by the pastic floating within. This edition also includes the album on a exclusive multi color mashup vinyl, a t-shirt, and a bonus track, all exclusive to the box. All proceeds from this special edition will benefit The Ocean Cleanup.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  1. Breaking Bread
                                                                                  2. The Crying Pill
                                                                                  3. Interior With Billiard Balls & Synthetic Fat
                                                                                  4. Extending The Plastisphere To GJ237b
                                                                                  5. Silicone Gel Implant
                                                                                  6. Plastic Anniversary
                                                                                  7. Thermoplastic Riot Shield
                                                                                  8. Fanfare For Polyethylene Waste Containers
                                                                                  9. The Singing Tube
                                                                                  10. Collapse Of The Fourth Kingdom
                                                                                  11. Plastisphere

                                                                                  Oozing Wound

                                                                                  High Anxiety

                                                                                    Chicago’s Oozing Wound are a mass of contradictions: weed lovers whose music hits you with its breakneck head banging force. The band deal with nihilism, yet remain addictively fun. Their music is equal parts sludge and thrash, noise and riff-loaded rock. High Anxiety is an unabashed mocking of the madness of modern living, its chemical induced adventures and establishment absurdity, deriding the industrial complex behind established institutions such as NASA while savaging those who deny science. Oozing Wound on High Anxiety are nihilistic pied pipers making us laugh our way to the apocalypse. The album finds guitarist and vocalist Zack Weil drummer Kyle Reynolds and bassist Kevin Cribbin blending their ferocious energy, sonic experiments and blunt lyricism for a pummeling enjoyable head-banger with an irresistible sneer.

                                                                                    On High Anxiety, Oozing Wound’s songs have become more complex, their attacks more ferocious, and bass and guitar lines more captivating. The album was recorded in four days at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio. The trio ripped through live-tracking and overdubs, leaving space to experiment with new sounds and effects. The band, having an affinity for the complexities of prog music, managed to bring prog elements to High Anxiety without sacrificing any of their songs punch. Subtle layers of saxophone, flutes and synths were blended into guitar tones, adding depth and texture without cluttering arrangements. Fist-pumping blasts of whitehot riffing become a Trojan horse for sonic weirdness. The resulting recordings are at once some of their most sonically rich, immediate, and impactful.

                                                                                    High Anxiety drips with a caustic vitriol that is both riotous and intoxicating

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    1. Surrounded By Fucking Idiots
                                                                                    2. Filth Chisel
                                                                                    3. Tween Shitbag
                                                                                    4. Die On Mars
                                                                                    5. Birth Of A Flat Earther
                                                                                    6. Riding The Universe
                                                                                    7. Vein Ripper

                                                                                    Elena Setién

                                                                                    Another Kind Of Revolution

                                                                                      Elena Setién is an artist defined by her vivid songwriting and nuanced compositions. Her music exudes the bold individualism and sense of empathy associated with her homeland of Spain’s Basque region. Setién is a skilled multi-instrumentalist and performed nearly every part on the record save for a few select guitar parts by Steve Gunn. While Elena’s recordings are decidedly pop, she has considerable experience as an improviser. ‘Another Kind Of Revolution’, Elena Setién’s Thrill Jockey debut, is a work of entrancing, effortless beauty.

                                                                                      Setién grew up during a period of political upheaval in Spain, in the Basque region. The turmoil of the post-dictatorship period of the 1980s and the intensive civic actions left her with a sense of duty to fight for progress. Her lyrics throughout ‘Another Kind Of Revolution’ describe the beauty of everyday life and nature and promote the forces of change, not as a burden but as the very source of hope to draw from.

                                                                                      ‘Another Kind Of Revolution’ tells its stories through an expansive sonic palette. Pianos and Wurlitzer take on various timbres for each song, trickling in and out of the foreground with Setién’s distinguished voice gently gliding overtop. Careful attention to specific recording techniques and allowing for the slight imperfections in the instruments and amplifiers, bring a depth to the recordings that is both direct and organic. Elena Setién’s work is elemental and bold. Her music bends simple, familiar sounds and compositional forms into thoroughly unique songs. With ‘Another Kind Of Revolution’, Elena Setién continues to defy convention with songs as gorgeous as they are auspicious.

                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                      The Wheel That Drives You
                                                                                      Another Kind Of Revolution
                                                                                      Window One
                                                                                      Sail Down The River
                                                                                      Old Jamie
                                                                                      Down The Meadow
                                                                                      Far From The Madding Crowd
                                                                                      We See You Shining For A While
                                                                                      Window Two (For Sigurd And Albert)
                                                                                      She Was So Fair

                                                                                      Endon

                                                                                      Boy Meets Girl

                                                                                        Endon is a band as mercurial as they are ferocious. Comprised of the quintet of vocalist Taichi Nagura, guitarist Koki Miyabe, drummer Shin Yokota and electronics/noisemakers Taro Aiko and Etsuo Nagura, Endon’s music is contained chaos, bending and colliding genres into one another atop a bed of thunderous distortion, feedback, and unearthly squeals. Vocalist Taichi’s voice embodies an unreal number of personalities with wordless howls seething one moment and agonized cries the next, before desperate gasps for air. It comes as no surprise that they have been credited as the most extreme band in Tokyo.

                                                                                        ‘Boy Meets Girl’ was envisioned as a soundtrack to an imagined horror film about love. The core of the ensemble’s song structures are often built around Koki’s fuzz-laden guitar and Shin’s drum bombast which propel torrents of hisses and squelches from Taro and Etsuo. Taichi’s largely lyricless screams, moans and whimpers are potent messengers of the songs’ emotional heft. There lies an ecstatic, excited energy amidst the anarchic defiance Endon's music exudes. Born of the same Japanese scenes that gave rise to the likes of Merzbow and Boredoms, their sound is equally diverse and abrasive. ‘Boy Meets Girl’ demonstrates Endon’s singular faculty to produce music that is at once tortured and transcendent.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        Boy Meets Girl
                                                                                        Heart Shaped Brain
                                                                                        Born Again
                                                                                        Doubts As A Source
                                                                                        Love Amnesia
                                                                                        Final Acting Out
                                                                                        Red Shoes
                                                                                        Not For You

                                                                                        Through his output both as a sound artist and through his eclectic Dekorder record label, Black To Comm (Marc Richter) has established himself as a singular voice of new music. His Thrill Jockey debut, "Seven Horses For Seven Kings", is Richter’s most direct and visceral to date.

                                                                                        A relentless sonic explorer, he approaches the studio as his instrument, using sampling, analogue production and digital manipulation to sculpt audio fragments into surprising new shapes. Samples from Richter’s contemporaries like German composer Nils Frahm are bent and compounded with elements of early recorded music and medieval song, creating pieces that transcend time and genre. Richter blurs the lines between organic instrumentation and digital production to the extent that the two become inseparable.

                                                                                        "Seven Horses For Seven Kings" was completed during a particularly prolific period for Richter. Working on a broad range of commissions since his last album - from writing for film and theatre works to composing for art installations, apps and sleep music - generated a flurry of new ideas and influences. Extensive touring would equally come to inform a key shift in Richter’s music, simulating the raw, unpredictable energy of live performances on record. While rhythm has been largely absent from previous Black To Comm releases, here the music seems totally bound to it. The album’s breathtaking pace drives Richter’s music to new levels of intensity.

                                                                                        'Black To Comm is... like an abandoned museum of late-Twentieth Century instruments whose exhibits are still running at half power.' - New Yorker


                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Barry says: Pulsing doom-laiden ambience, rickety industrial echoes and foreboding strings form the backbone to Black To Comm's most evocative and absorbing work to date. Stunning stuff.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        Asphodel Mansions
                                                                                        A Miracle No-Mother Child At Your Breast
                                                                                        Lethe
                                                                                        Ten Tons Of Rain In A Plastic Cup
                                                                                        Licking The Fig Tree Threshold
                                                                                        Fly On You
                                                                                        Double Happiness In Temporal Decoy
                                                                                        If Not, Not
                                                                                        The Deseret Alphabet
                                                                                        Semirechye
                                                                                        Rameses II
                                                                                        Angel Investor
                                                                                        The Courtesan Jigokudayu Sees Herself as A Skeleton In The Mirror Of Hell

                                                                                        Jack Rose

                                                                                        Luck In The Valley

                                                                                          ‘Luck In The Valley’ is the 10th and final album by Jack Rose and is the yardstick by which many contemporary acoustic guitar albums are measured. This 2018 re-issue makes this contemporary classic available again for the first time since 2010.

                                                                                          Jack Rose first rose to prominence with the drone/noise/folk unit Pelt. Pelt can be counted among the early influential new music underground bands such as UN, No Neck Blues Band, Charalambides, Tower Recordings and Six Organs Of Admittance. Along with the influences of John Fahey and Robbie Basho, Rose also incorporated North Indian classical, early American blues, bluegrass and minimalism into his singular style.

                                                                                          ‘Luck In The Valley’ came right as Rose’s influence was just beginning to take flight but was sadly his last album before his unexpected death in December of 2009. Still, his music and influence, much like his person, bold, hearty and rooted in traditional American music continues to be a source of reference for guitarists and musicians carrying traditional American music into modern times.

                                                                                          “Jack Rose, Versatile Master of the Guitar” - New York Times

                                                                                          “The energy behind ‘Luck In The Valley’ all emanates from Rose himself: you can almost see his fingers flying across his guitar strings... energy resonates from within his melodies and his songs, giving ‘Luck In The Valley’ a radiance.” - Washington Post

                                                                                          “It’s a big, bold work, just the way Rose was a big, bold guy - confident, honest, and forthright.” - Pitchfork

                                                                                          “Jack Rose is acoustic music... Without ever singing a word. Jack Rose could communicate in a way few musicians can.” - PopMatters

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          Blues For Percy Danforth
                                                                                          Lick Mountain Ramble
                                                                                          Woodpiles On The Side Of The Road
                                                                                          When Tailgate Drops, The Bullshit Stops
                                                                                          Moon In The Gutter
                                                                                          Luck In The Valley
                                                                                          Saint Louis Blues
                                                                                          Tree In The Valley
                                                                                          Everybody Ought To Pray Sometime
                                                                                          West Coast Blues

                                                                                          Brendon Anderegg

                                                                                          June

                                                                                            The music of Brendon Anderegg is a hall of mirrors, multi-layered and self-obscuring. Largely filtered through Mountains - his pioneering electronic project with Koen Holtkamp - Anderegg emerged as a solo artist in the late 90s. He returns now with ‘June’, a vinyl-exclusive release on Thrill Jockey.

                                                                                            The music on ‘June’ is a complex network of layers, paradoxically a calm and soothing listen. Collapsing history into its own contemporary sonic movements, Andregg’s methodically created work falls in the lineage of electronic pioneers like Bernard Parmegiani and early ambient projects like Tangerine Dream, Popul Vuh and Cluster and puts his solo work in the realm of New Age figures like Michael Stearns and JD Emmanuel. ‘June’ is a singularly beautiful and challenging work that marks the long overdue re-emergence of Brendon Anderegg as a solo voice.

                                                                                            Brendon Anderegg is a Brooklyn-based, Emmynominated composer with clients ranging from Pitchfork to ESPN.

                                                                                            Available only on vinyl, ‘June’ is pressed on virgin vinyl and includes a free digital download coupon.

                                                                                            OOIOO

                                                                                            Gold & Green

                                                                                              OOIOO’s seminal album ‘Gold & Green’ is finally widely released on vinyl for the first time. Presented as a deluxe double LP in a gatefold jacket with spot metallic ink and full colour inner sleeves featuring glorious artwork. Pressed on virgin vinyl with free digital download coupon.

                                                                                              OOIOO have always created a musical language all their own. Under the leadership of Yoshimi, a founding member of Boredoms, the group have recorded six albums that have subverted expectations and warped perceptions of what constitutes pop and experimental music.

                                                                                              ‘Gold & Green’ features guest appearances from Sean Lennon, Seiichi Yamamoto (Boredoms) and Yuka Honda (Cibo Matto).

                                                                                              OOIOO’s Yoshimi is to release an exhilarating new album this Autumn with her group SAICOBAB, featuring sitarist Yoshida Daikiti, bassist Akita Goldman and percussionist Hama.

                                                                                              “‘Challenging’ music doesn’t get more fun than this.” - NPR Music

                                                                                              “OOIOO traffic in a crafty kind of post-punk primitivism… the synths, power chords, polyrhythmic drumming and wordless chants building into an irresistible, throbbing whole” - The Wire

                                                                                              “An extraordinary band.” - New York Times

                                                                                              “OOIOO is tight, lithe and anything but robotic.” - Washington Post

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              Moss Trumpeter
                                                                                              Á

                                                                                              “White Hills have emerged from its deep sheets of psychedelia and smoke machine-cascading haze, glaring lights and all-out noise for a sinister beast of minimalist psych grooves and seductive danceibility.” - Noisey

                                                                                              “A prolific band with a restless streak.” - Paste

                                                                                              “A staple on the touring circuit where their explosive fusion of psychedelic, space rock, post-punk, krautrock, and ambient experimentation makes their performances feel less like traditional rock shows and more like full body and mind experiences.” - She Shreds Magazine

                                                                                              Having continually refined their sound, pushing the boundaries of psychedelic music, White Hills have flipped the script on their new album, ‘Stop Mute Defeat’. Members Dave W. and Ego Sensation have brazenly produced an industrially-charged record that pulsates unlike anything they’ve released before.

                                                                                              Mixed by Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Brian Eno, Afrika Bambaataa), the album was influenced by dance hall, drug den and bar, the Mudd Club - New York’s legendary haunt in the late 1970’s. Following similar techniques to those propagated by William S. Burroughs (a regular at Mudd Club), ‘Stop Mute Defeat’ sees White Hills break free from the guitar-driven structure of their earlier releases and create sounds that call to mind ‘Xtrmntr’-era Primal Scream or Cabaret Voltaire. Despite the band’s newfound approach, their criticisms of rampant consumerism and the proliferation of post-truth mythology are at their most scathing.

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              Barry says: Brain-meltingly psychedelic breakdowns, grooving sludgey walls of sound and cosmic synth swells, all accentuated with distorted vocals and churning industrious bass. I loved their album with Manc psych-nutters Gnod, and I love this just as much. You will too.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              Overlord
                                                                                              A Trick Of The Mind
                                                                                              Importance 101
                                                                                              Attack Mode
                                                                                              If...1...2
                                                                                              Sugar Hill
                                                                                              Entertainer
                                                                                              Stop Mute Defeat

                                                                                              Oozing Wound are a thrash trio featuring veterans of Chicago’s underground scene who have played with High On Fire, The Body, Ash Borer, Wolf Eyes, Nazoranai and Black Pus, among many others.

                                                                                              A horrifying concoction of apathy and malaise wrapped in a delectable sheet of hatred drowned in a bath of contempt.

                                                                                              “Oozing Wound are the Chicago trio ripping up the rule book of thrash.” - The Guardian

                                                                                              “Chicago trio Oozing Wound play loud, brash and snotty crossover thrash with a penchant for the kind of big, obnoxious riffs that can’t fail to plaster a huge grin across your face.” - Terrorizer

                                                                                              “Their songs barrel along like Iron Lung bitch-slapping the first Megadeth album or meaty Testament-like guitar gallops infused with an air of frenetic power violence irreverence.” - Metal Hammer

                                                                                              “A whole sweaty, stinking ruck of basement smashing fun” - The Quietus

                                                                                              “So refreshingly anti-bullshit are Oozing Wound that they could conceivably turn out to be the Nirvana of thrash.” - Noisey

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              Rambo 5 (Pre-Emptive Strike)
                                                                                              Diver
                                                                                              Deep Space
                                                                                              Mercury In Retrograde Virus
                                                                                              Weather Tamer
                                                                                              Everything Sucks, And My Life Is A Lie
                                                                                              Eruptor
                                                                                              Tachycardia
                                                                                              You Owe Me, Iommi
                                                                                              Sky Creep

                                                                                              Entrance

                                                                                              Promises

                                                                                                ‘Promises’ is Entrance’s debut for Thrill Jockey Records, featuring four astonishingly unforgettable new songs. ‘Promises’ is the introduction to a fresh chapter in the story of Entrance.

                                                                                                Entrance is the multi-talented singer-songwriter Guy Blakeslee. An artist’s artist, Entrance is a musician with the blues running through his veins. His newest creations add up to a set of rich, cinematic songs featuring expansive orchestration and imaginative storytelling, as unique to himself as they are, at times, evocative of Townes Van Zandt, Scott Walker and Gene Clark.

                                                                                                Among his fans, he counts the likes of Spike Jonze, who featured Entrance’s interpretation of Skip James’ ‘I’m So Glad’ in the film ‘Her’. Players on the EP include Paz Lenchantin (Pixies) and Emily Kokal (Warpaint).


                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                Promises
                                                                                                Answer Within
                                                                                                Waking Up
                                                                                                Make Believe

                                                                                                Grumbling Fur are the UK based duo of Alexander Tucker and Daniel O’Sullivan.

                                                                                                Alexander Tucker’s solo releases on Thrill Jockey include ‘Third Mouth’ and ‘Dorwytch’. A prolific artist, his latest graphic novel, the acclaimed ‘World In The Force Field’, is out now via Breakdown Press.

                                                                                                Daniel O’Sullivan has been at the core of the wildly successful This Heat reconstitution and with Massimo Pupillo of Zu recently realised Laniakea. As part of Norwegian experimental collective Ulver he released the ‘ATGCLVLSSCAP’ album and later this year there’ll be a new album from Æthenor, his ongoing project with Steve Noble and Stephen O’Malley of Sunn O))).

                                                                                                ‘Furfour’ is the band’s second release on Thrill Jockey, with previous releases on Aurora Borealis and Latitudes alongside their last highly successful output on The Quietus Phonographic Corporation.

                                                                                                On ‘Furfour’, Grumbling Fur are joined by This Heat’s Charles Bullen and Isobel Sollenberger from Bardo Pond. The band have also recently collaborated with Charlemagne Palestine.

                                                                                                ‘Furfour’ gradually emerged over three years of writing and recording at 147 Tower Gardens, the mystical, ivy-shrouded house that Tucker and O’Sullivan once called home.

                                                                                                The band’s music is shaped all this are their long-standing shared musical affections, encompassing orchestrated poptones, collage, dub and beatmaking as well as experimental and drone elements - touchtones might include Faust, Arthur Russell, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Moondog, Michael Nyman, Gate, Syd Barrett, Stereolab, Vibracathedral Orchestra, Ashtray Navigations, CC Hennix and Madlib.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                Strange The Friends
                                                                                                Acid Ali Khan
                                                                                                Heavy Days
                                                                                                Molten Familiar
                                                                                                Milky Light
                                                                                                Pyewacket’s Palace
                                                                                                Perfect Reader
                                                                                                Silent Plans / Black Egg
                                                                                                Golden Simon
                                                                                                Sapien Sapiens
                                                                                                Come Down And Watch Them
                                                                                                Suneaters

                                                                                                Jan St. Werner, the well-respected artist and musician known for his solo compositions, his work with Mouse On Mars and art pieces, has created a beautifully rhythmic, instantly gripping work with his new album ‘Felder’.

                                                                                                Werner has created sounds that are listenable and inviting, complex but approachable and, mostly, completely unidentifiable. ‘Felder’ means ‘fields’ in German and here the word refers to conceptual frameworks and subjects and sound fields. Werner mixes organic sounds from French horns and cellos seamlessly with synthesized notes created with one-of-a-kind programs. He builds layers of sound with differing cadences upon one another, creating intricate patterns that connect with each other structurally, rhythmically, semantically and historically. Suggestions of jazz, industrial music, drone and even folk float in and out of the electronic compositions in a seemingly effortless manner; paradoxically, ‘Felder’ was meticulously constructed over the course of four years.

                                                                                                “Music that makes you hyper-aware of your place in relation to it and something that removes you from thinking about yourself altogether” - Pitchfork

                                                                                                Werner has collaborated with Markus Popp (Oval), Mark E Smith (The Fall), Damo Suzuki (Can), the scientist / writer Oswald Wiener and the theorist Siegfried Zielinksi on pieces that were premiered at the Chicago Symphony, Phiharmonie Cologne, Barbican London, Radialsystem Berlin, HAU Berlin, Akademie der Kunste Berlin and the German public radio stations WDR, SWR, BR, and DLF. Werner has also shown works at Kunstverein Munich, Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, Museum Abteiberg Monchengladbach, Cubitt Gallery London, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf and Cornerhouse Manchester.

                                                                                                In addition Werner has worked with the visual artist Rosa Barba on pieces premiered at London’s Tate Modern, the MIT List Visual Arts Center and the Reina Sofia in Madrid.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                Beardman
                                                                                                Kroque AF
                                                                                                Osho
                                                                                                Foggy Esor Pt. 1
                                                                                                The Somewhere That Is Moving
                                                                                                Slipped Through Heaven
                                                                                                The Abstract Pit
                                                                                                Foggy Esor Pt. 2
                                                                                                Singoth
                                                                                                Rain Deer

                                                                                                Matmos

                                                                                                Ultimate Care II

                                                                                                ‘Ultimate Care II’ is the new album from renowned conceptual electronics duo Matmos (Drew Daniel and MC Schmidt).

                                                                                                Recorded in the basement studio of their home in Baltimore, the album is constructed entirely out of the sounds generated by a Whirlpool Ultimate Care II model washing machine. Like its namesake, the album runs across its variations as a single, continuous thirty eight minute experience that starts with the grinding turn of the wash size selection wheel, and ends with the alert noise that signals that the wash is done. Between these audio-verité book-ends, we experience an exploded view of the machine, hearing it in normal operation but also as an object being rubbed and stroked and drummed upon and prodded and sampled and sequenced and processed by the duo, with some occasional extra help from an ultra-local crew of guest stars (some of whom regularly do laundry chez Matmos).

                                                                                                Dan Deacon, Max Eilbacher (Horse Lords), Sam Haberman (Horse Lords), Jason Willett (Half Japanese) and Duncan Moore (Needle Gun) all took part, either playing the machine like a drum, processing its audio, or sending MIDI data to the duo’s samplers. The vocabulary of the Ultimate Care II, its rhythmic chugs, spin cycle drones, rinse cycle splashes, metallic clanks and electronic beeps are parsed into an eclectic syntax of diverse musical genres. The result is a suite of rhythmic, melodic and drone-based compositions that morph dramatically but remain fanatically centered upon their single, original sound source.

                                                                                                In addition to releasing a string of acclaimed albums over the past 20 years, Matmos have played the uterus and reproductive tract of a cow at the San Francisco Art Institute, canisters of helium at Radio City Music Hall (while opening for Bjork) and John Cage’s personal collection of conch shells at Carnegie Hall.

                                                                                                Matmos have also collaborated and performed with Terry Riley, The Kronos Quartet, Antony Hegarty, William Basinski and Horse Lords.

                                                                                                Three videos will be serviced: one by Baltimore musician Max Eilbacher (Horse Lords, Needle Gun), one by infamous collage artist / plunderphonic cut-up wizard Vicki Bennett (aka People Like Us) and one by Ed Apodaca of San Francisco motion graphics firm L-inc, who created the ‘Very Large Green Triangles’ video for Matmos’ last album.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                Ultimate Care II

                                                                                                Revered Chicago-based instrumental group Tortoise, comprised of Dan Bitney, John Herndon, Doug McCombs, John McEntire and Jeff Parker, have spent 25 years making music that defies description. While the quintet have nodded to dub, rock, jazz, electronica and minimalism throughout their acclaimed and influential six-album discography, the resulting sounds have always been distinctly their own.

                                                                                                It’s a fact that remains true on the hotly anticipated forthcoming new album ‘The Catastrophist’ (Thrill Jockey) and Tortoise’s first studio album in nearly seven years.

                                                                                                Recorded at McEntire’s famed Soma Studios, it’s an album where moody, synth-swept jams like the opening title track cosy up next to hypnotic, bassand- beat missives like ‘Shake Hands With Danger’ and a fantastic cover of David Essex’s 1973 hit song ‘Rock On’ sung by U.S. Maple’s Todd Rittmann. Throughout, the songs on ‘The Catastrophist’ transcend expectations as often as they delight the listen’s eardrums.

                                                                                                ‘Rock On’ isn’t the only vocal moment on the album. Yo La Tengo’s Georgia Hubley distinctive tones are on the bittersweet classic soul/R&B vibe ballad ‘Yonder Blue’. this also marks the first time a Tortoise album will feature a guest vocalist singing original lyrics.

                                                                                                ‘Gesceap’, the first track premiered from ‘The Catastrophist’, is a stunning seven-minute long, minimalist rhythmic piece, morphing from two gently intersecting synth lines into a pounding, frenzied full-band finish.

                                                                                                There’s a deeply intuitive interplay between the group that comes only from two decades of experimentation, revision and improvisation. At a time when our minds are constantly bombarded by myriad distractions, ‘The Catastrophist’ reminds us that there’s something much greater out there. All we have to do is listen.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                The Catastrophist
                                                                                                Ox Duke
                                                                                                Rock On
                                                                                                Gopher Island
                                                                                                Shake Hands With Danger
                                                                                                The Clearing Fills
                                                                                                Gesceap
                                                                                                Hot Coffee
                                                                                                Yonder Blue
                                                                                                Tesseract
                                                                                                At Odds With Logic

                                                                                                Tortoise

                                                                                                Beacons Of Ancestorship

                                                                                                  "Beacons Of Ancestorship" is Tortoise's sixth full-length album, and their first release of new material in five years, since 2004's "It's All Around You". A characteristic Tortoise album is one that traverses an encyclopaedia of styles and reference points, a document of where musical intersections and dialogue are occurring at a given moment in time. "Beacons Of Ancestorship" is no different, with nods to techno, punk, electro, lo-fi noise, cut-up beats, heavily processed synths, and mournful, elegiac dirges. We see these ideas working out in compositions like "High Class Slim Came Floatin' In", an eight-minute track which playfully references the world of ecstatic rave and dance culture with a curiously ambivalent, multi-part suite overlaid with robotic, machine-sounding melodies that stop and start in several different time signatures before the song's ultimate resolution; and again in "Yinxianghechengqi", which begins as a straightforward uptempo math-rocker before steadily accelerating into a wall of fuzzy atonal sqwonk.

                                                                                                  Tracklisting
                                                                                                  1. High Class Slim Came Floatin' In
                                                                                                  2. Prepare Your Coffin
                                                                                                  3. Northern Something
                                                                                                  4. Gigantes
                                                                                                  5. Penumbra
                                                                                                  6. Yinxianghechengqi
                                                                                                  7. Fall of Seven Diamonds Plus One
                                                                                                  8. Minors
                                                                                                  9. Monument Six One Thousand
                                                                                                  10. De Chelly
                                                                                                  11. Charteroak Foundation

                                                                                                  Dan Friel creates intense, colourful and intricate instrumentals that, for all their complexity, are melodic pop songs. Equally at home in the DIY scene and the contemporary art world, Friel has been at the forefront of a movement of musicians who create dance music with a clear affinity for the extremes of noise and metal, eschewing the traditional dance clubs and adhering to the ethics of the underground.

                                                                                                  On his second Thrill Jockey album ‘Life’, Friel uses his surprisingly small arsenal of gear to distort and manoeuvre his beloved Yamaha Portasound into an expansive sound that is incredibly varied in tone and texture. This toy keyboard, his first instrument, is manipulated beyond recognition to create songs that are frenzied and epic.

                                                                                                  ‘Life’ also has moments that are incredibly sweet, idyllic, and fragile - sentiments that make perfect sense coming from a new father whose instrument of choice is his childhood keyboard.

                                                                                                  All throughout ‘Life’, Friel exploits his intentionally simple set-up to ever surprising effect, using simple electronics to mirror the sounds of guitars, drums and harmonicas. It is an irresistible and genrebending collection of underground anthems.

                                                                                                  ‘Life’ was written and recorded by Friel at his home studios in Brooklyn and was mixed by Jonathan Schenke (Parquet Courts, Liturgy).

                                                                                                  ‘Life’ is Friel’s sophomore Thrill Jockey release following ‘Total Folklore’.

                                                                                                  “Punchy instrumentals instilled with the raw energy of punk” - Pitchfork

                                                                                                  “Full of technicolor chirp, sugar-rush whoosh, and a bucket of adrenaline” - Stereogum

                                                                                                  “A merry onslaught” - New York Times

                                                                                                  “It’s pretty much bottled raw power” - Tom Ravenscroft, BBC

                                                                                                  “Fucking great” - Kurt Braunohler

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  Lullaby (For Wolf)
                                                                                                  Cirrus
                                                                                                  Rattler
                                                                                                  Lungs
                                                                                                  Sleep Deprivation
                                                                                                  Life (Pt. 1)
                                                                                                  Jamie (Luvver)
                                                                                                  Bender
                                                                                                  Theme
                                                                                                  Life (Pt. 2)

                                                                                                  White Hills are one of the most legendary acts in psychedelic rock today and remain a consistent top seller, often selling through multiple vinyl pressings quickly upon release.

                                                                                                  ‘Walks For Motorists’ showcases a new intensity for the band, emphasizing rhythm and groove. It is their definitive statement.

                                                                                                  The album was recorded at Bryn Derwen Recording Studio in Wales with David Wrench (Caribou, Bear in Heaven, FKA Twigs, Owen Pallet).

                                                                                                  White Hills have recently appeared in Jim Jarmusch’s film ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’, toured with both The Cult and Kylesa and were selected by Scion for their AV Club compilation.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  No Will
                                                                                                  £SD Or USB
                                                                                                  Wanderlust
                                                                                                  Lead The Way
                                                                                                  I, Nomad
                                                                                                  We Are What You Are
                                                                                                  Automated City
                                                                                                  Life Is Upon You
                                                                                                  Walks For Motorists

                                                                                                  Dommengang

                                                                                                  Everybody's Boogie

                                                                                                    Dommengang are a Brooklyn-via-Seattle rock trio fronted by Pacific Northwest psych mainstay Sig Wilson (Holy Sons, Castanets, Scout Niblett) and Brooklyn musicians Brian Markham and Adam Bulgasem (currently members of Holy Sons’ live band).

                                                                                                    While the trio’s affection for electric blues and proto-punk bombast is clear, their music abandons traditional song structures and replaces their recognizable tropes with progressive frameworks. The band’s debut, ‘Everybody’s Boogie’, pivots between gloriously inventive riffs and fuzzed-out experimentation, a combination so potent that the listener hardly notices that they rarely sing.

                                                                                                    ‘Everybody’s Boogie’ was recorded live in the studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with minimal overdubs.

                                                                                                    Recommended for fans of Pontiak, Endless Boogie, Earthless and Goat

                                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                    Everybody’s Boogie
                                                                                                    Hats Off To Magic
                                                                                                    Slow Hat
                                                                                                    Her Blues
                                                                                                    Wild In The Street Blues
                                                                                                    Extra Slim Boogie
                                                                                                    Burning Off The Years
                                                                                                    Have Luck Will Travel
                                                                                                    CC
                                                                                                    Lost My Way

                                                                                                    White Hills

                                                                                                    Glitter Glamour Atrocity

                                                                                                      'Glitter Glamour Atrocity' is a snapshot of the band in the midst of an incredible burst of creativity, and was recorded during the same sessions that produced 'Heads On Fire' and 'Abstractions & Mutations'. Sonically, it is radically different from anything else coming out of the New York underground at the time, and it set the template for the singular concoction of heavy psychedelic music, krautrock, and a worship of pure sound they have explored in different variations ever since.

                                                                                                      Throughout the album the band explores themes of greed, misinformation, war, hypocrisy and their outcomes within the world’s political and economic systems, presenting these weighty topics with the same air of mystic understanding that underpins their music. Glitter Glamour Atrocity includes the song “Under Skin Or By Name,” the longest running staple in the band’s live set, which the band performed in the acclaimed film Only Lovers Left Alive at the request of director Jim Jarmusch. It is one of only two performances in the movie, which is enamored with the music making process and record collector culture.

                                                                                                      Following the mood-setting intro track and the meditative bombast of “Under Skin or By Name,” WHITE HILLS settle into the sparse groove of “Spirit of Exile,” an expression of a desire to live apart from a culture that one does not fit into. These songs glow with the burning vitality and passion of free thinkers trapped in the waning years of the Bush administration. Those sentiments are perhaps most compellingly expressed on “Love Serve Remember,” a warped, surreal vision of life after 9/11 seen through the eyes of someone who witnessed the event first-hand, interspersed with a brilliantly edited speech by Bush himself in which he admits “I was a threat to the United States.”

                                                                                                      Glitter Glamour Atrocity was recorded with the first iteration of the trio line-up with Dave W on vocals, guitar, synthesizers, and sound collage, Ego Sensation on bass and vocals, and Bob Bellomo on drums. It was recorded at Bellomo’s studio in Passaic, NJ, and produced by Dave W.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      01. Air Waves
                                                                                                      02. Under Skin Or By Name
                                                                                                      03. Spirit Of Exile
                                                                                                      04. Distance
                                                                                                      05. Somewhere Along The Way
                                                                                                      06. Long Serve Remember
                                                                                                      07. Passage
                                                                                                      08. Glitter Glamour Atrocity

                                                                                                      The Soft Pink Truth is the solo alter ego of Drew Daniel, one half of celebrated Baltimore-based electronic duo Matmos.

                                                                                                      After a decade of silence in which Daniel concentrated on Matmos and becoming a Shakespeare professor, The Soft Pink Truth is set to release ‘Why Do The Heathen Rage?’, whose subtitle ‘Electronic Profanations Of Black Metal Classics’ reveals its bizarre agenda as an unrequited love letter to a justly divisive genre.

                                                                                                      A gleeful queer travesty of black metal’s undying obsession with kvlt authenticity, ‘Why Do The Heathen Rage?’ is also a formally precise homage executed with a scholar’s obsession. With the guitar chord transcription assistance of Owen Gardner (Teeth Mountain, Horse Lords) and a coven of guest vocalists including Antony Hegarty (Antony And The Johnsons), Terence Hannum (Locrian), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak) and M.C. Schmidt (Matmos), Daniel meticulously transposes the riffs, structures and patterns of black metal chestnuts and deep cuts by Darkthrone, Venom, Mayhem, Sarcofago, Beherit and more into oddly hybrid new forms. Cruising camp absurdity by forcing a sticky tryst between the two mutually incongruous early 90s subcultures of rave and black metal, the results are bracingly strange on first listen but curiously addictive as the album sinks in.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      Invocation For Strength
                                                                                                      Black Metal
                                                                                                      Sadomatic Rites
                                                                                                      Ready To Fuck
                                                                                                      Satanic Black Devotion
                                                                                                      Beholding The Throne Of Might
                                                                                                      Let There Be Ebola Frost
                                                                                                      Buried By Time And Dust
                                                                                                      Maniac
                                                                                                      Grim And Frostbitten Gay Bar

                                                                                                      Glenn Jones

                                                                                                      Welcomed Wherever I Go

                                                                                                        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                                                        Brand new 16 minute 12“ EP from Glenn Jones pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a full colour LP jacket with free download coupon.

                                                                                                        Limited to only 1,000 worldwide.

                                                                                                        All exclusive, never before released material.

                                                                                                        Limited to 120 copies for the UK and Ireland.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        Medley : Island III / Against My Ruin
                                                                                                        From A Forgotten Session
                                                                                                        The Orca Grande Cement Factory At Victorville (with Cian Nugent)

                                                                                                        A Minor Forest

                                                                                                        Flemish Altruism / Inindependence

                                                                                                          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                                                                                          Classic albums from the early days of Thrill Jockey.

                                                                                                          Originally released in 1996/1998 - these have been out of print on vinyl for nearly a decade.

                                                                                                          Both albums are being re-issued and will be sold as a 4xLP set.

                                                                                                          ‘Flemish Altruism’ will feature new/updated artwork.

                                                                                                          Both will include download coupons for the first time.

                                                                                                          A Minor Forest recently reunited and played a very well received show in San Francisco (with a Bay Guardian cover story)

                                                                                                          The band will tour the US in April & May of this year.

                                                                                                          Limited to 60 copies for the UK and Ireland.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          Flemish Altruism
                                                                                                          ...But The Pants Stay On
                                                                                                          Bill's Mom Likes To Fuck
                                                                                                          Ed Is 50
                                                                                                          So Jesus Was At The Last Supper...
                                                                                                          Jacking Off George Lucas
                                                                                                          Speed For Gavin
                                                                                                          Perform The Critical
                                                                                                          Straw Transfer
                                                                                                          Dainty Jack And His Amazing Technicolor Cloth Jacket
                                                                                                          Beef Rigger
                                                                                                          The Loneliest Enuretic

                                                                                                          Inindependence
                                                                                                          The Dutch Fist
                                                                                                          Erik's Budding Romance
                                                                                                          Look At That Car, It's Full Of Balloons
                                                                                                          ... It's Salmon!
                                                                                                          The Smell Of Hot
                                                                                                          Michael Anthony
                                                                                                          Discoier

                                                                                                          2013 was a notable year for Thalia Zedek. She released her first album in five years, ‘Via’, which PopMatters called a “rumbling, sweet, muscled set of tunes, as resilient as they are beautiful,” followed by a tour across North America with Low. She also reunited with Come, the classic band she formed with Chris Brokaw in 1990, reissuing their classic debut ‘Eleven:Eleven’ and playing their first shows in over a decade across the US and Europe. Following this intense flurry of activity, Thalia regrouped with herband in Boston to record an EP, harnessing the creative energy she had accumulated during her time on the road.

                                                                                                          ‘SIX’ is a brand new 29 minute mini-album following ‘Via’, which was praised by Pitchfork, Spin, PopMatters, Paste, American Songwriter, Magnet, and Under The Radar.

                                                                                                          ‘SIX’ opens with a full band version of ‘Fell So Hard’, a characteristically mournful dirge that exudes a tenacious, slowmoving intensity. Zedek explores the complexities of interpersonal relationships, employing some of the most sparse arrangements of her career. The spareness of tracks like ‘Julie Said’ and ‘Afloat’ achieve incredible emotional heft, letting Thalia’s lyrics, delivered in her unmistakable voice, take centre stage.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          Fell So Hard
                                                                                                          Julie Said
                                                                                                          Midst
                                                                                                          Dreamalie
                                                                                                          Flat Hand
                                                                                                          Afloat

                                                                                                          D. Charles Speer & The Helix

                                                                                                          Doubled Exposure

                                                                                                            D. Charles Speer, aka Dave Shuford, is a founding member of both Rhyton and No Neck Blues Band, and also known for his work with Enos Slaughter, The Suntanama, Egypt Is The Magick #, and Coach Fingers.

                                                                                                            On ‘Doubled Exposure’ The Helix take their loose and free country rock boogie and enhance it with the blistering psych Speer explores in Rhyton, and the traditional Greek melodies delved into on the Speer solo album, ‘Arghiledes’ (also on Thrill Jockey).

                                                                                                            ‘Doubled Exposure’ was recorded by Jason Meagher at the increasingly legendary Black Dirt Studios in upstate New York, where Blues Control, Expo 70, Jack Rose and Psychic Ills have also recorded.

                                                                                                            The Helix band member Hans Chew (keyboards) has released solo music on Three Lobed, while Marc Orleans (pedal steel) has performed with Catherine Irwin, Steve Gunn, Meg Baird and Chris Forsyth.

                                                                                                            ‘Mediation Of Ecstatic Energy’ is the third album from Dustin Wong, and the conclusion of a trilogy that began with ‘Infinite Love’ (2010) and continued with ‘Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads’ (2012).

                                                                                                            Dustin Wong was a founding member of Ponytail and Ecstatic Sunshine.

                                                                                                            “Wong makes intricately layered guitar music that is as hypnotic as it is beautiful.” - The Fader

                                                                                                            “While Brian Eno and Robert Fripp first brought the music-as-system aesthetic within hailing distance of pop music in the mid 70s, Wong is way ahead of them when it comes to making his system turn out things that sound like pop songs.” - Dusted

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            The Big She
                                                                                                            Emerald Atmosphere
                                                                                                            Imaginelectric
                                                                                                            Aura Peeled Off
                                                                                                            Out Of The Crown Head
                                                                                                            Liberal Christian Youth Ministry
                                                                                                            Cityscape Floated
                                                                                                            Speeding Feathers Staring
                                                                                                            (A) Shows (B) His analysis And (C) Looked over
                                                                                                            Physical Consciousness Went In
                                                                                                            Japan
                                                                                                            Helix Sky
                                                                                                            Vision Waterfall
                                                                                                            Tall Call Cold Sun
                                                                                                            Venetian Mist *
                                                                                                            (* = Bonus Track - 7” Only)

                                                                                                            ‘Drifter’s Temple’ is Plankton Wat (aka Dewey Mahood)’s second album for Thrill Jockey, following last year’s ‘Spirits’.

                                                                                                            Mahood utilized 6 and 12 string guitars, lap steel, bass, organ, and synth to realize these richly detailed songs. ‘Drifter’s Temple’ harkens back to Mahood’s childhood in Northern California, both sonically and conceptually. A loose narrative is woven through these ten instrumental tracks, touching on the Gold Country and Mt. Shasta that populate his native countryside.

                                                                                                            The album unfolds with the grace and contour of the landscape that inspired it, with fingerpicked melodies slowly growing to gigantic peaks of lysergic bliss. His guitar style is as far reaching as ever on ‘Drifter’s Temple’, which shows him seamlessly integrating his love of the Appalacian folk music of Dock Boggs and Roscoe Holcomb into the subtle Grateful Dead-isms, nods to 70s cosmic music, and overt Crazy Horse moves he has explored on recent releases.

                                                                                                            ‘Drifter’s Temple’ features contributions from Dustin Dybvig (Horse Feathers and Edibles), Matt McDowell (Sagas) and John Rau (Royal Baths and Edibles).

                                                                                                            Dewey Mahood was a founding member of Eternal Tapestry and has performed in Gärden Söund (with Barn Owl), Edibles, Bloodbiker, and Jackie-O Motherfucker.

                                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                            Toward The Golden City
                                                                                                            Changing Winds
                                                                                                            Klamath At Dusk
                                                                                                            Nightfall
                                                                                                            Empire Mines
                                                                                                            Hash Smuggler’s Blues
                                                                                                            Dance Of Lumeria
                                                                                                            Western Lament
                                                                                                            Bread Of Dreams
                                                                                                            Siskiyou Caverns

                                                                                                            Peals

                                                                                                            Walking Field - Bonus 7" Edition

                                                                                                              Limited deluxe LP edition (150 copies for the UK, exclusively available to independent retailers) includes a bonus 7” with two unreleased non-album tracks (‘Night Train To Tuscan’ / ‘Believers II’). The 7” is packaged in its own jacket and included with the LP.

                                                                                                              Peals is a new band led by William Cashion (Future Islands) and Bruce Willen (Double Dagger), members of two of Baltimore’s most dynamic live bands.

                                                                                                              The instrumental music on ‘Walking Field’ was created with acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, tambourines, toy pianos, and other sonic tools to create a stripped-down, warm living room atmosphere.

                                                                                                              The music that sprang from these sessions, simultaneously exultant and cerebral, took the duo into unexpected territory. While the emotional intensity of their other projects is on full display here, a more gentle, melancholic and often abstract expression recalls Robin Guthrie and minimalist recordings from the sonic pioneers of the 1970s German scene - all direct inspirations for Peals as the songs that would become ‘Walking Field’ took shape.

                                                                                                              ‘Walking Field’ was recorded with no bass guitars or drums - all percussion sounds were generated by contact with guitars and microphones - the emphasis here is placed on texture and feeling.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              Floating Leaf
                                                                                                              Blue Elvis
                                                                                                              Belle Air
                                                                                                              Pendelles
                                                                                                              Tiptoes In The Parlor
                                                                                                              Lonestar
                                                                                                              Believers
                                                                                                              Koan 1

                                                                                                              Peals is a new band led by William Cashion (Future Islands) and Bruce Willen (Double Dagger), members of two of Baltimore’s most dynamic live bands.

                                                                                                              The instrumental music on ‘Walking Field’ was created with acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, tambourines, toy pianos, and other sonic tools to create a stripped-down, warm living room atmosphere.

                                                                                                              The music that sprang from these sessions, simultaneously exultant and cerebral, took the duo into unexpected territory. While the emotional intensity of their other projects is on full display here, a more gentle, melancholic and often abstract expression recalls Robin Guthrie and minimalist recordings from the sonic pioneers of the 1970s German scene - all direct inspirations for Peals as the songs that would become ‘Walking Field’ took shape.

                                                                                                              ‘Walking Field’ was recorded with no bass guitars or drums - all percussion sounds were generated by contact with guitars and microphones - the emphasis here is placed on texture and feeling.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              Floating Leaf
                                                                                                              Blue Elvis
                                                                                                              Belle Air
                                                                                                              Pendelles
                                                                                                              Tiptoes In The Parlor
                                                                                                              Lonestar
                                                                                                              Believers
                                                                                                              Koan 1

                                                                                                              Survival are a New York trio featuring Hunter Hunt-Hendrix (Liturgy), Greg Smith, and Jeff Bobula.

                                                                                                              This self-titled debut was recorded by Colin Marston (Krallice, Dysrhythmia) at The Thousand Caves and mastered by Heba Kadry at Timeless Mastering.

                                                                                                              ‘Survival’ is an album of dark and meditative heavy rock. Syncopated riffs, intricate rhythms and atypical time signatures create dramatic and complex melodic lines that provide a bed for chant-like lyrics. The group operate as a collective, writing lyrics, riffs and singing with one voice. The album is a unique document that harkens back to post-hardcore, Black Sabbath, Magma, Aphrodite’s Child, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Aaron Copeland, The Smashing Pumpkins, and the first wave of math rock.

                                                                                                              Survival were formed out of the ashes of Birthday Boyz, whose 2007 tour of China was documented by Vice TV for an instalment of the Music World show ‘Rock Under The Red Flag’.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              Tragedy Of The Mind
                                                                                                              Original Pain
                                                                                                              Freedom 1
                                                                                                              Second Freedom
                                                                                                              Since Sun
                                                                                                              Our Way
                                                                                                              Freedom 3
                                                                                                              Tragedy Reprise
                                                                                                              Triumph Of The Good

                                                                                                              Stygian Stride is the solo guise of the New York based musician Jimy SeiTang, who was a member of Psychic Ills and is currently a member of New York experimental / improve / psych trio Rhyton with Dave Shuford (D. Charles Speer & The Helix, No Neck Blues Band) and Spencer Herbst (Messages, Matta Llama). Rhyton released albums on both Thrill Jockey and Three Lobed in 2012.

                                                                                                              Stygian Stride is an album of gauzy electronic music reminiscent of Gas and the classic era of Mille Plateaux and Chain Reaction, with nods to Manuel Göttsching, Tangerine Dream and Popul Vuh.

                                                                                                              The album artwork was created by Arik Roper (Sleep, Sunn O))), Howlin Rain, Earth, High On Fire, Weedeater).

                                                                                                              The album was recorded entirely on analogue equipment, without MIDI synching, at Black Dirt Studios by Jason Meagher (D. Charles Speer, Jack Rose, Expo 70, Blues Control).

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              Celestial Stems
                                                                                                              Hindsight
                                                                                                              Drift
                                                                                                              Taiga
                                                                                                              Athanor Ascension
                                                                                                              Fade Into Bolivian

                                                                                                              Matmos

                                                                                                              The Ganzfeld EP

                                                                                                              Matmos deliver their first material for Thrill Jockey in the form of ‘The Ganzfeld EP’, which is nearly 30 minutes in length. A new full length album, ‘The Marriage Of True Minds’, is to follow in 2013.

                                                                                                              The EP and the album have the same conceptual basis: Telepathy. ‘The Ganzfeld EP’ features two new Matmos tracks that are explicitly based upon psychic session material, and a throbbing minimal techno remix by RRose of the Matmos song ‘You’. Careening from widescreen electronic pop to eerie choral music, the results are eclectic, fun, and disorienting in equal measure. Matmos are one of the most prominent experimental electronic artists of the last decade. Their seven albums have been some of the most significant and acclaimed in the genre, and their high profile collaborations and shows with artists like Bjork and Kronos Quartet have given them definite exposure that extends far beyond the world of heady electronic music.

                                                                                                              “Matmos are an innovative electronica duo... playing their tactile and thunderously crunchy work” - The New York Times

                                                                                                              “Matmos have always heard symphonies in life’s smallest details, sampling things like thawing streams and liposuction vacuums and building busy pop tapestries out of them” – Pitchfork

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              Very Large Green Triangles (Edit)
                                                                                                              You (Rrose Mix)
                                                                                                              Just Waves

                                                                                                              White Hills newest and most energized recording to date is bursting with raw energy packed into their most concise songs to date. Fear not long time White Hills fans, there is still loads of killer guitar work and fuzzed out psychedelia on 'Frying on this Rock. The album opens with an under five minute scorcher and closes with a 15 minute track that reminds us why space rock gatekeepers like Julian Cope were very early supporters. The end result, Frying on this Rock, is an invigorating deep space rock album. An album that is at once able to channel the energy born of a collective anger into a swirling psychedelic, brutalizing musical statement that mainlines the thrill of defiance straight to the listener’s heart.

                                                                                                              “...White Hills have established themselves as some of America’s foremost proponents of fuzz-driven space rock... Its latest effort H-p1 expands upon the the legacies of Hawkwind, Can, and early Tangerine Dream with synapse-frying deepspace epics” - SF Weekly; “A darkly hypnotic mix of churning guitar, distant vocals and swirling synth drones, this record conjures a riff-heavy psychedelic vibe that picks up where the Velvet Underground and Spacemen 3 left off. Far out.” - Los Angeles Times.

                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                              Darryl says: More epic fuzz-psyche onslaughts from the current leaders of the pack, the White Hills. Molten guitars and a pummelling rhythm section, create a swirling wave of noise taking space rock to new dimensions.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1. Pads Of Light
                                                                                                              2. Robot Stomp
                                                                                                              3. You Dream You See
                                                                                                              4. Song Of Everything
                                                                                                              5. I Write A Thousand Letters (Pulp On Bone)

                                                                                                              Thank You could only come from one city, at one moment in time. Like Pere Ubu’s Cleveland and Joy Division’s Manchester, post-industrial Baltimore serves as simultaneous playground, obstacle course, and muse to this show-stealing art-rock trio. Jeffrey McGrath (everything), Michael Bouyoucas (everything), and Emmanuel Nicolaidis (everything) are veterans of a cold era when the Baltimore music scene barely exceeded the carrying capacity of a warehouse elevator. Things change, and the band’s urgent collision of rhythm, melody, and noise has placed them at the creative center of today’s Baltimore renaissance, sharing stages and tours with such acts as Beach House (Sub Pop), Lungfish (Dischord), Celebration (4AD), Dan Deacon (Carpark), Zomes (Holy Mountain), Jason Urick, and Future Islands (both Thrill Jockey).

                                                                                                              Launched in 2006 with original drummer Elke Wardlaw (who now resides in Berlin), Thank You carved out a new sound drawing inspiration from the innovative post-punk of This Heat and Swell Maps and the polyrhythmic attack of The Ex and Dog Faced Hermans. Their live shows have become the stuff of (living) legend, a tension-and-release pile-on that drops jaws and leaves organs vibrating; their recordings, crafted with collaborators such as J. Robbins (Jawbox, Yeasayer, Ponytail, and Mary Timony) and Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House, Gang Gang Dance, TV on the Radio), all vital documents of the recent future as performed by six arms and three sets of teeth.

                                                                                                              Thank You’s first full-length with new drummer Emmanuel Nicolaidis follows closely on the heels of 2009’s sold-out 12” EP Pathetic Magic. A band that once limited its vocals to hums, grunts, and chants has entered the next phase, delivering a stellar collection of challenging rock-and-roll songs. But Golden Worry eschews easy, anthemic sing-alongs, instead dipping into the vocabularies of Krautrock, post-punk, no-wave, and noise to produce what is at once Thank You’s most melodic and most aggressive record.

                                                                                                              Here we have guitars, drums, and vocals -- but also ‘60s Vox organs, harmonica, mini-moog, jaw harp, sampler, and Fender Twin Reverb amps -- all in the service of six hypnotic tracks of Baltimore-built avant-rock. From the first-jangling, then-jagged guitars of album-opener “1-2-3 Bad” to the triumphant swirls and squeals of “Continental Divide” and the dexterously deconstructed instrumental bridge of galvanizing closer “Can’t/Can,” these songs are intricate yet immediate stunners. Attacked with the ecstatic, fierce energy of a Thank You live set – and then perfected in the studio with ears attuned to dub, Eno, 20th Century classical, and Konono No. 1 – Golden Worry is a new world in which we listeners can lose ourselves: the sound of Baltimore at the vanguard as we enter the Two-Thousand Teens.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1. 1-2-3 Bad
                                                                                                              2. Birth Reunion
                                                                                                              3. Pathetic Magic
                                                                                                              4. Continental Divide
                                                                                                              5. Strange All
                                                                                                              6. Can’t/Can


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