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2 Steps From The Middle AgesPressed On Translucent Orange Vinyl
Packaging Includes Rare And Previously Unseen Photos From The Band's Photographer, Robert Toren
The Reissue Also Features Essays From Easter, Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star), And Franklin Bruno (The Village Voice, Salon.com)
Their final studio album - remastered and expanded! Following up 1987's Lolita Nation (whose reissue appeared on numerous year-end "best of" lists for 2016) would be no easy task for Game Theory. But, Scott Miller and company were certainly up for the task.
Re-teaming with producer Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Marshall Crenshaw, Velvet Crush), 2 Steps From The Middle Ages was released in 1988 and showed the band had no shortage of energy, experimentation, and excellent material.
The first pressing of this LP reissue, on vinyl for the first time since its initial release, comes on translucent orange colored vinyl. Packaging includes rare and previously unseen photos from the band's photographer, Robert Toren, as well as essays from Easter, Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star), and Franklin Bruno (The Village Voice, Salon.com).
The band's drummer, Gil Ray, who was involved in all aspects of the Game Theory reissue series including this title, sadly passed away earlier this year. This reissue is lovingly dedicated to him.
As the first track says, there's "room for one more, honey." That 1 more is 2 Steps From The Middle Ages.1. Room For One More, Honey
2. What The Whole World Wants
3. The Picture Of Agreeability
4. Amelia, Have You Lost
5. Rolling With The Moody Girls
7. In A Delorean
8. You Drive
10. Wish I Could Stand Or Have
11. Don't Entertain Me Twice
12. Throwing The Election
13. Initiations Week$20.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Real Nighttime30th Anniversary Reissue of Game
Theory's Classic Second Full-Length
Omnivore Recordings' re-introduction of the Game Theory catalog
continues with the 30th Anniversary reissue of Real Nighttime.
This is their first in a long line of albums produced by Mitch Easter
(R.E.M., Let's Active)
Real Nighttime stands as a fan favorite, and as a truly classic release. Packaging
includes rare photos and an interview with Mitch Easter and
series co-producer Pat Thomas, as well as notes from Byron
Coley (Spin, Forced Exposure) and a remembrance from Carl
Newman of The New Pornographers.
The sun has risen once again on the Game Theory catalog.
Now it's time to prepare for the Real Nighttime.1. Here Comes Everybody
3. Waltz The Halls Always
4. I Mean It This Time
5. Friend Of The Family
6. If And When It Falls Apart
7. Curse Of The Frontier Land
8. Rayon Drive
9. She'll Be A Verb
10. Real Nighttime
11. You Can't Have Me
12. I Turned Her Away$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Game TheoryDilltastic Vol Won(derful)
Don't Feel Right
Here I Come
Livin' In A New World
Clock With No Hands
Can't Stop This$24.99Vinyl LP Reissue - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Blaze Of GloryTranslucent Pink Vinyl
Even before the world lost musician and author Scott Miller in 2013, the work he did with his band Game Theory had also been missing for decades. Omnivore Recordings is pleased to right that audio wrong with the first in a series of expanded reissues of the Davis, California group's classic catalog.
Blaze Of Glory, originally released in 1982, was the first music from Miller and company, after an album and EP fronting Alternate Learning. It showed the beginnings of the power-pop mixed with new-wave sensibilities the band would become known for and even hints at the upcoming Paisley Underground sound that would take California by storm.
Unavailable in its original form since its initial release (the material was remixed and re-recorded as part of a now out-of-print 1993 compilation that also commands top dollar in collector circles), the vinyl LP also sees its first reissue in over 3 decades. The first pressing on translucent pink vinyl (black to follow).
Mastered from the original tapes and featuring an 8 page booklet with rare photos, an essay from Game Theory tour manager (and set co-producer) Dan Vallor and remembrances from band members and colleagues, including The Dream Syndicate's Steve Wynn.1. Something To Show
2. Tin Scarecrow
3. White Blues
4. Date With An Angel
5. Mary Magdalene
6. The Young Drug
7. Bad Year At UCLA
8. All I Want Is Everything
9. Stupid Heart
10. Sleeping Through Heaven
11. It Gives Me Chills
12. The Girls Are Ready To Go$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Melbourne (On Sale)It's the original rock n' roll fantasy: to be genius, aloof, deserving. To be instantaneously swept from the wings of obscurity into the arms of acclaim. Well, that's what I've heard at least.
But who does this really happen to? Most successful musicians will tell you it's not enough to make brilliant music. You've got to work it constantly, clawing and hustling to get people to the next show, to finance the next record. How pedestrian. How droll. Why can't it just happen?
No, it would seem there are no rock n' roll fairytales anymore. Or are there?
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Jackson Scott, indie's newest prince charming. At the tender age of 20, Scott is already receiving more attention for his forthcoming debut, Melbourne than many musicians get in a lifetime.
When an artist blows up this quickly it's hard to hear their music from an unbiased position. Questions unfailingly arise: What's the deal? Is he really that f-in' good? Did Daddy pay the promo man (remember The Strokes)? Is this guy for real?
So, before we go on, let me just say, this record is good. Like, really good. Like, "I'm kinda freaked out that a kid who's been making music for a year did this by himself on a 4-track" good.
So, let's ignore the hype for a while.
First, the strength of Scott's songwriting is undeniable. Yea, there are some instrumentals here... but overall these songs stick with you. They have power, and with most of them clocking in at around the two minute mark, you won't get bored. Lyrically, Scott both flirts with and repudiates the kind of adolescent moodiness associated with the mopey 90's. Conversely, his musings also betray a connection to the well-fed and perpetually distracted iPhone generation.
Melbourne also offers plenty of rewards in its production. Scott has the hissy, tape, psych-pop thing down. He's experimental where he needs to be and hooky where it counts. These homespun recordings sound like early Ty Segall as produced by The Elephant 6 Recording Co. While Scott acknowledges Segall as an influence, he claims ignorance of the famed recording collective. That said, his misanthropic use of sped-up vocals suggests otherwise.
Melbourne opens with "Only Eternal", a wash of ambient guitar. This brooding intro slyly transitions into "Evie", with its sludgy, driving rhythm, Twilight Zone guitar hooks, and wavering harmonies. Peppy and short, "Sandy" is a druggy acoustic-pop highlight.
"That Awful Sound" is the song that gained Scott so much attention in the first place. Nothing if not a solid single, its strummed acoustics, booming rhythm, and pseudo-Chipmunk vocals are impossible to hear without thinking of Elephant 6. It's not surprising that the crew at Pitchfork (no doubt approaching middle age and feeling a little nostalgic) picked this track to be "the song". This kind of thing ruled all hell in 1998. If not the best track on the record, it is at least the most classifiable, and by extension the most marketable.
"Any Way"... is the high-water mark for Scott's pitch-shifted vocals. It's the kind of song Jackson Scott really sells. It's quick, melody driven, and vaguely flippant. With its toy marimba solo, it also exposes the childlike undercurrent running throughout this record.
"Together Forever" is one of my favorite songs on Melbourne. If you listen closely you can hear the famous background vocals from "Where is My Mind?" at the beginning. To me this is Jackson Scott playing it straight. His voice sounds like a real person and his noisy guitar swells are just as mind-bending as anything coming out of the current psych-revival.
"In The Sun" is reminiscent of the late Scott Miller's more stripped-down moments with Game Theory. The song's chorus reminds us of how much an inspiration Kurt Cobain is to Scott.
Notwithstanding the strength, charisma, and raw talent exhibited on Melbourne, it feels like Jackson Scott has skipped a few levels. Although Cinderella sometimes does well in sports and American Idol, Jackson Scott is going for something much weightier, much deeper. Dare we call it, legitimacy?
-Jacob Sides1. Only Eternal
3. Never Ever
5. That Awful Sound
7. Wish Upon
8. Any Way
9. Together Forever
10. In the Sun
11. Doctor Mad
12. Sweet Nothing$16.99 $11.89 Save $5.10 (30%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ChiefEric Church is on a mission. You might expect someone coming off of their first two Top Ten country singles and an ACM Award for 'Top New Solo Vocalist' to lock down the formula and go for more of the same, but with third album, Chief, Church is trying something bolder and using the opportunity provided by his success to push his music even further. The lead single Homeboy is perhaps the bravest track on Chief. It is a provocative appeal from one brother to another to get back on track and make peace with his family.
I have a theory that all of us only get a small window of time to make records when people will really listen and care, he says. Its up to us to move the needle. People like Waylon and Cash or Garth and Strait, they all changed the direction of the music a little bit.
The desire to capture the intensity of his live show on record is indicated right in the title of the new album. Chief was my grandfathers nickname, and it has become my nickname on the road, Church reveals. When its show time, I put on the sunglasses and the hat, and thats how people know its game time. This album was made from a live place; we recorded it with the live show in mind, so it just seemed right to make that the title.
If there is one thing country music needs more of, its the attitude that is driving Eric Church, the approach behind every song on Chief, the fearlessness that lets an artist swing for the fences and try to leave a mark on history. There were safer choices I could have made for sure, but I just cant feel that helps anybody, he says. If you have any respect for the music, youll use each chance you get to try to be one of the ones who moves the flag.1. Creepin'
2. Drink In My Hand
3. Keep On
4. Like Jesus Does
5. Hungover & Hard Up
7. Country Music Jesus
8. Jack Daniels
10. I'm Getting Stoned
11. Over When It's Over$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now