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  • Antipodes Antipodes Quick View

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    Antipodes

    Popstrangers are Joel Flyger, Adam Page and David Larson, three native New Zealanders who make pop music that's hard-driving, punk-influenced and sonically inimitable. After releasing several singles on fabled New Zealand label Flying Nun, the band arrives with their debut album Antipodes. Recorded in the basement of a 1930's dancehall, Popstrangers' first full-length features dissonant, claustrophobic melodies, anchored by the languid affectations of Flyger's vocals, that bring a vintage feel to their decidedly contemporary garage rock.
    1. Jane
    2. In Some Ways
    3. Witches Hand
    4. What Else Could They Do
    5. Cat's Eyes
    6. Full Fat
    7. Heaven
    8. Roy Brown
    9. 404
    10. Occasion
    Popstrangers
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    Getaway

    Includes Bonus CD compiling 2001's Slush Fund EP & 2003's Syd's Pink Wiring System Album


    2001's Getaway may be the best illustration of whatever mercurial, inexplicable musical power animates The Clean. After the band's initial rush of activity between 1978 and 1982, the trio lay dormant until the end of the '80s, when a string of reunion shows inspired the Kilgours and Scott to start recording again. After three well-received albums in the first half of the nineties-1990's Vehicle, 1994's Modern Rock, and 1996's Unknown Country-The Clean disappeared again until the end of the decade, when another tour inspired another record.


    While playing gigs across New Zealand in celebration of their original label Flying Nun, David says they brought along a TEAC 4-track quarter-inch tape machine. "As usual, we started jamming and recording, and before you know, we thought we may be onto an LP." Speed and spontaneity ended up defining Getaway. Robert says, "I remember writing 'Silence or Something Else' while the others went for a long walk. It was done by the time they got back. I probably would have gone for a straighter version, but I still like it." David remembers, "Hamish wrote the instrumental 'Jala' in about five minutes in a motel outside of Turangi." At one point in the process, Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley were visiting from America, and they ended up on the record too. Getaway came out in August of 2001, with cover art by Hamish who says that his original artwork was the actual size of a compact disc case. After that, The Clean set out on another tour-including in New York City, where they happened to be during the terrorist attacks on 9/11. They coped with the tragedy by playing gigs with their American friends, and staying in the same creative space they'd been in since before they started working on the album. "I remember we did some great gigs on the New Zealand tour, debuting some of the new material," Hamish says. "'Stars' was a favorite for the big 12-string sound."


    A live version of the pulsing, soaring "Stars"-along with a couple of other Getaway songs and Clean classics like "Fish," "Side On," "Quickstep," and "Point That Thing Somewhere Else"-appear on the rare 2003 album Syd's Pink Wiring System. That record is included with the Getaway reissue, along with the more experimental, piano-driven EP Slush Fund, from the same era. These bonus tracks reinforce the idea of the Getaway-era Clean as especially plugged in, generating inspired and beautiful music almost on instinct. Indeed, they've done justice to a key album in The Clean discography-a record that honors the band's origins as garage-rock-loving New Zealand kids, excited just by the hum of a good, cheap amplifier. Songs like the twangy, easygoing "Crazy," the jaunty acoustic snippet "Cell Block No. 5," and the trance-inducing "Circle Canyon" are more fine examples of Scott and the Kilgours' interest in immediacy and a strong vibe, applied to catchy melodies. "Each album is a completely different beast," Robert says. "We all change in different ways between each one, bringing different things to the table, and sometimes bringing nothing much at all." But if Getaway proves anything, so long as all three members of The Clean are in the same space at the same time, anything can happen.

    LP 1
    1. Stars
    2. Jala
    3. Crazy
    4. Golden Crown
    5. Cell Block No. 5
    6. E Motel
    7. Twighlight Agency
    8. Poor Boy
    9. Silence or Something Else


    LP 2
    1. Alpine Madness
    2. Circle Canyon
    3. Aho
    4. Holdin' On
    5. Reprise 1*2*3* & 4*
    6. Complications


    Bonus CD
    Slush Fish (2001)
    1. Rollo
    2. Slush Fund
    3. Filling A Hole
    4. Caveman
    5. Point That Thing Somewhere Else
    6. Wipe Me I'm Lucky
    7. Fish
    8. Quickstep
    Syd's Pink Wiring System (2003)
    9. Fish
    10. I Wait Around
    11. Hold On To The Rail
    12. At The Bottom
    13. Do Your Thing
    14. Quickstep
    15. Crazy
    16. Side On
    17. Stars
    18. Jala

    The Clean
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    Deja What?


    LP Reissue - With New Gold Printed Sleeve


    Originally released in tiny edition of 52 on Albert's Basement, Blank Realm's 2010 album 'DÉjà What?' became a homeland hit in Australia after it was picked up by Brisbane's Bedroom Suck label. The album is an uneasy marriage of 70/80s US experimental punk with ultra-crude Flying Nun styled pop.

    1. Crystal Ball
    2. Full Moon Door
    3. My Nativity
    4. Trained Creep
    5. Logan's Hands
    6. Belvedere
    7. Soul's Illusion
    8. Can't See The Weather
    Blank Realm
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    Fortuna

    Fortuna, the second full length from New Zealand trio
    Popstrangers, trades the grunge revivalism of the band's
    previous releases for buoyant hooks and '60s pop. Pairing their
    minor-key riffs with pervasively melancholic songwriting, the
    band's rened sense of melody is on full display on Fortuna,
    which echoes the classic guitar pop of their homeland's Flying
    Nun Records.


    Recorded over ve days in London, Popstrangers' warped tales
    of infatuation and aggression are anchored by Joel Flyger's
    tactile vocals, which steep in subterranean effects before
    ripping clean through the album's choruses. The band's pop
    sensibilities are at their best on standout Country Kills, where
    Flyger shrugs off his looming demise with a wink and an
    indelible riff. My country will kill me now, but whatever. The
    band is quick to tamper Fortuna's catchy strains with atonal
    guitars and a nervous pace, the record's building sense of
    anxiety concluding with the psych comedown of What's On
    Your Mind?


    Eschewing the squalling guitars that propelled their debut album
    Antipodes for clear-headed production and lush choruses,
    Popstrangers hit their stride on Fortuna, crystallizing their
    inuences into a succinct record of indie psych that never
    lingers too long.

    1. Sandstorm
    2. Don't Be Afraid
    3. Distress
    4. Country Kills
    5. Violet
    6. Tonight
    7. Her
    8. Destine
    9. Right Babies
    10. What's On Your Mind?
    Popstrangers
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    Lord

    "This thing is fast, heavy, and sneakily melodic - i.e. it sounds like something you
    might've heard out of the Pacific Northwest 20-30 years ago, like Nirvana having a
    Sonic Youth fever dream." - Stereogum


    Lord is the debut from Seattle-based punks FF, a trio comprised of Claire
    Nelson, Harley Thompson, and Michael Abeyta. For the entirety of their
    nascent existence they have existed on the fringes of the fertile enclave
    that is the Northwest DIY underground, materializing a singular vision of
    gloomy, ethereal punk anthems along the way. For sure, the touchstones
    are there - My Bloody Valentine, The Wipers, Sonic Youth, the Flying Nun
    Records cabal - but the collection of songs that compile Lord breakout
    from the suffocating box of 90's revivalism, and offer a profound alternative to an overwhelming culture of nostalgia.


    Recorded over the bulk of 2013 with Seattle engineering wiz Dylan Wall
    (Weed, Craft Spells), Lord is a collection of songs that capture a band
    on the cusp of their potency.

    1. Dead Head
    2. Dusted
    3. It's Alright
    4. Caught In A Dream
    5. In A Day
    6. Past Year
    7. Theme
    8. Come To Pass
    FF
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    Derry Legend (Discontinued) (On Sale)

    "An album simmering with background chaos worthy of prime-era Buttholes or Royal Trux. The real surprise is how Derry Legend clears room for pop chops, making it possible to see the Axemen's relation to bands like the Clean and the Gordons. A wonderful testament to the power and limits of form-bloat. Ahoy! - Byron Coley


    Long overdue re-issue of this cracked pop classic and Flying Nun rarity, Derry Legend was one of Kurt Cobain's top NZ platters and a staple of his mix-tapes.


    Once I saw this band play live and thought "Ugh! What is this crap?!" I tried to listen to their truly awful "Three Virgins" album, but just couldn't see (hear?) the point. So the other day when a flatmate bought this "new" album (it appears to have been recorded in 1987, actually), I just shook my head and thought "so some people still buy records just because they like the cover art."


    Then a strange thing happened: by accident I heard the last song first and thought "Hey that's quite good." I played the first side next - better still! - then the whole second side - FAR OUT! Since then I've been playing this over and over and it just cracks me up how good it is.


    The music is like childhood memories of the first time you ever heard rock 'n roll; the first time you ever heard slushy-pop; the first time you ever heard rap (!). Listen to He's Leaving Home and wonder what George Benson LP the band sat around and assimilated; hear "The Wharf With No Name" and wonder why the Beatles never thought of it first; hop on one leg to "That's Finland, Dear" and understand why Acid House was just a nine-day wonder while Chuck Berry's rhythms still cascade like thunder. - Bevandra's Ears

    1. Disc To Disk
    2. You Gave Me The Power Of The Gangbusters
    3. Hey Alice!
    4. Rocks In My Heart
    5. He's Leaving
    6. The Tragic Tale Of The Rock 'N Roll Legend
    7. Ferris Wheel
    8. Human Hot Dogs
    9. The Wharf With No Name
    10. Carmen On Ice
    11. That's Finland, Dear
    12. Mourning Of Youth
    Axemen
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    Range Anxiety

    Formed in Melbourne in late 2008, Twerps enjoyed immediate success, releasing a series of vinyl singles and cassettes on various labels around the world. Their 2011 self-titled debut album was recorded with producer Jack Farley at Head Gap, marking the band's first foray into a "bona fide" recording studio. The release of Twerps led to appearances at SXSW and CMJ and tours with Real Estate, Mac DeMarco, and others. Not wanting to wait until 2015 to unleash new songs on present and future fans, Twerps quickly recorded the delightful Underlay EP, which Pitchfork described as "songs fraught with universal, emotionally familiar sentiments."


    And now, Merge brings you Twerps' second full-length album, Range Anxiety. Also recorded with Jack Farley, its title refers to a debilitating fear of running out of gas-both literally and metaphysically. As singer-guitarist Julia McFarlane explains, "The title Range Anxiety is both descriptive and comic. The album at times feels like it was built on uncertainties; some purely practical and some emotional obstacles were present around the start of writing."


    Twerps are a very collaborative band, with most songs being written in rehearsal rooms. "Obviously, we write the lyrics separately, but the band is best when everyone is being creative," muses Julia. "Rick and Alex are big voices in the stylistic direction of the band. Rick is a genuinely curious mind and also a vast library of musical reference. As a graphic designer, he has a much more sophisticated ability to interpret and articulate ideas than most people I know, and he has introduced Martin and me to some of Twerps' most coveted influences. Bringing Alex to the band also meant introducing another songwriter. He probably has made ten more records than us collectively and has been a real burst of energy in the band due to his militant
    work ethic and enthusiasm for productivity."


    Range Anxiety is a worthy showcase of the creativity and vitality Twerps bring to their music. At first listen, nods to The Go-Betweens and the band's beloved Flying Nun influences are clear, but upon closer examination, Twerps expand into a sound uniquely their own.


    Twerps are Martin Frawley (guitar, vocals); Rick Milovanovic (bass, vocals,synthesizer); Alex Macfarlane (drums, guitar, vocals); and Julia McFarlane (guitar, vocals, keyboards).

    1. House Keys
    2. I Don't Mind
    3. Back to You
    4. Stranger
    5. New Moves
    6. White as Snow
    7. Shoulders
    8. Simple Feelings
    9. Adrenaline
    10. Fern Murderers
    11. Cheap Education
    12. Love at First Sight
    13. Empty Road
    Twerps
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  • Get Back (On Sale) Get Back (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Get Back (On Sale)

    It's doubtful that Stephen McBean set out to make The Great Rock 'N' Roll Primer when he started conjuring the
    songs that would come to be Pink Mountaintops' Get Back.


    The record's beginnings were reasonably straightforward: McBean had moved to Los Angeles, taken a long hiatus
    from Black Mountain and an even longer one from Pink Mountaintops when he met producer Joe Cardamone, lead
    singer of Icarus Line at Valley Recording Company in Burbank,CA.The two bonded quickly over Flying Nun bands,
    Television Personalities, Roxy Music, Johnny Thunders, and Born Against. Joe was excited to meet someone he
    actually liked. Stephen was excited to work with someone who said Sing it like you would've sung it when you were
    21. Simple enough,right?


    But ask him to set the scene and you'll hear about a motorcycle shop owned by Michael Barragan, former member
    of Los Angeles noise rock band Plexi. You'll hear about an endless supply of rock 'n' roll video documentation for
    last minute inspiration or de-evolution in the living room.Ask who's on the record and you'll get a constellation of
    greats:J Mascis(DinosaurJr &Witch),Rob Barbato (Darker My Love,The Fall & Cass McCombs), Steve Kille (Dead
    Meadow), Daniel Allaire (Brian Jonestown Massacre, Cass McCombs & Darker My Love), Annie Hardy (Giant
    Drag), Jon Wahl(Clawhammer), and Gregg Foreman (Cat Power & Delta 72).Randal Dunn (Sunn O))),Earth, Sun
    City Girls, Boris) mixed Get Back at Avast! Studios (Bikini Kill, Mudhoney, Christ On A Crutch, Soundgarden) in
    Seattle. Howie Weinburg (Nirvana, Beastie Boys, Danzig, Ramones, Slayer) mastered it in Laurel Canyon.


    Ask about the record itself and McBean will tell you about Alleys, curbs, walls, and cigarette stained gig flyers.An
    island on the Pacific coast. Fake British towns. Slayer posters.The beauty of youth.It's about listening to Driver's Seat
    and 'Guns of Brixton' and hotboxing The Duster. And suddenly it becomes clear: when the aliens do touch down
    and they don't know rock 'n'roll, you can play them Get Back start to finish, and that'll be all they need.


    Get Back comes out swinging with Ambulance City, a head-trip of a song with a chugging, insistent, oddly timeless
    guitar riff sitting front and center.The Second Summer of Love needs almost no explanation; it dives into 80s VHS
    saturation and never comes up for air. Sell Your Soul is a deep sigh and a motorcycle ride, a roll in the grass
    lamenting summertime blues with a little grit and a little harmony. And North Hollywood Microwaves is
    downright obscene. But what better way to start Side B than this? You can listen at hushed volumes so your parents
    don't hear, you can crank it in a dorm room, you can smirk to yourself from the safety of rock 'n'roll's old age.You
    start to wonder- why don't all Side Bs start with a song like this one


    The number of platitudes in music hit critical mass years ago, and among those tropes is that annoying, inescapable
    mantra:rock 'n'roll is undefinable.And yeah,sure, that's true. It's different things to different people. It starts with
    guitars, maybe, and ends with a stage-dive, or spit, or feedback. Rock 'n'roll is drugs, is rebellion, is youth, is sex, is
    cosmic. It's wanting more than you have.Rock 'n'roll is butts and cigarette butts.And Pink Mountaintops might not
    be the best-known band ever to make rock 'n' roll, but in Get Back they just might have written its scripture -- an
    exploration and celebration of what, exactly,rock 'n'roll can be.

    1. Ambulance City
    2. The Second Summer of Love
    3. Through All The Worry
    4. Wheels
    5. Sell Your Soul
    6. North Hollywood Microwaves
    7. Sixteen
    8. New Teenage Mutilation
    9. Shakedown
    10. The Last Dance
    Pink Mountaintops
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