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WoodstockWell, we're two full months into 2017 and the world continues to burn like an avalanche of flaming biohazard material sliding down a mountain of used needles into a canyon full of rat feces. But hey, it's not all bad: Portugal. The Man has a new album coming out called Woodstock.
PTM's last album came out over three years ago-a long gap for a band who've dropped roughly an album a year since 2006. And in true, prolific band fashion, they've spent almost every minute since 2013 working on an album called Gloomin + Doomin. They created a shit-ton of individual songs, but as a whole, none of them hung together in a way that felt right. Then John Gourley, PTM's lead singer, made a trip home to Wasilla, Alaska, (Home of Portugal. The Man's biggest fan, Sarah Palin) and two things happened that completely changed the album's trajectory.
First, John got some parental tough love from his old man, who called John on the proverbial carpet or dogsled or whatever you put people on when you want to yell at them in Alaska. What's taking so long to finish the album? John's dad said. Isn't that what bands do? Write songs and then put them out? Like fathers and unlicensed therapists tend to do, John's dad cut him deep. The whole thing started John thinking about why the band seemed to be stuck on a musical elliptical machine from hell and, more importantly, about how to get off of it.
Second, fate stuck its wiener in John's ear again when he found his dad's ticket stub from the original 1969 Woodstock music festival. It seems like a small thing, but talking to his dad about Woodstock '69 knocked something loose in John's head. He realized that, in the same tradition of bands from that era, Portugal. The Man needed to speak out about the world crumbling around them. With these two ideas converging, the band made a seemingly bat-shit-crazy decision: they took all of the work they had done for the three years prior and they threw it out.
It wasn't easy and there was the constant threat that the band's record label might have them killed, but the totally insane decision paid off. With new, full-on, musical boners, the band went back to the studio-working with John Hill (In The Mountain In The Cloud), Danger Mouse (Evil Friends), Mike D (Everything Cool), and longtime collaborator Casey Bates (The one consistent producer since the first record). In this new-found creative territory, the album that became Woodstock rolled out naturally from there
Remember that mountain of burning needles we were talking about? Good. Because Woodstock is an album (Including the new single Feel It Still) that-with optimism and heart-points at the giant pile and says, Hey, this pile is fucked up! And if you think that pile is fucked up too, you owe it to yourself-hell, to all of us-to get out there and do something about it.1. Number One
2. Easy Tiger
3. Live In The Moment
4. Feel It Still
5. Rich Friends
6. Keep On
7. So Young (feat. Fat Lip)
8. Mr. Lonely
9. Tidal Wave
10. Noise Pollution (feat. Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Zoe Mannville)$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Evil Friends (Awaiting Repress)Brand new album from Portugal The Man. Produced by Danger Mouse.1. Plastic Soldiers
2. Creep In A T-Shirt
3. Evil Friends
4. Modern Jesus
5. Hip Hop Kids
6. Atomic Man
7. Sea of Air
9. Holy Roller (Hallelujah)
10. Someday Believers
11. Purple Yellow Red and Blue
12. Smile$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Walking Dead Original Soundtrack Volume 2Limited To 1,000 Copies
Featuring Exclusive Tracks By Portugal. The Man, Ben Nichols, Sharon Van Etten And More
Includes A Full Color Insert
The second volume of the soundtrack to AMC's blockbuster series THE WALKING DEAD finally makes its official vinyl debut. Limited to only 1,000 copies, the deluxe package includes a full color insert.1. Heavy Games - Portugal. The Man
2. Serpents (Basement) - Sharon Van Etten
3. Blackbird Song - Lee Dewyze
4. Be Not So Fearful - A.c. Newman
5. This Old Death - Ben Nichols$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Golden Age Of BullshitPARTYBABY is the LA based 4 piece fronted by Jamie Reed and Noah Gersh, who, despite being only in their mid-20s, are both veterans of the modern rock scene (Gersh with Portugal. The Man and Reed with 30 Seconds to Mars). Their music can perhaps best be described as loud, hook-heavy rock in the spirit of Nirvana, Cheap Trick, Weezer, "Ziggy"-era Bowie, The Stooges, Smashing Pumpkins and The Cars. Their self-produced debut album, "The Golden Age of Bullshit," is mixed by Andy Wallace (Nirvana, The Cult, Run-DMC, Jeff Buckley).1. Overload (Intro)
2. Your Old Man
3. Everything's All Right
5. Don't Say It
6. New Years 2014 on a Beach (Felicity)
7. I Don't Wanna Wait
8. Overload (Final)$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
BrassBrass, the new album from Royal Bangs, will be released on Modern Art Records. Produced by The Black Keys' Patrick Carney, this is the Knoxville-based band's fourth full-length release and follows 2011's Flux Outside.
The 12-track album was recorded at Haptown Studios in Nashville during May 2012. Since their debut in 2008, Royal Bangs have toured with The Black Keys, The Walkmen, Portugal. The Man, and Cold War Kids among many others. They have also performed at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and on the Late Show with David Letterman.1. Better Run
2. Orange Moon
4. Window Loops of America
6. Sun Bridge
8. Hope We Don't Crash
9. CA Heart Attack
10. 100 Years
12. Not-Imagined Nothingness$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Fly By Wire
• 180-Gram Coke Bottle Clear LP In Gatefold Jacket
• Includes 11x17" Foldout Collage Poster
• Mixed By Sonny DiPerri (Portugal The Man, STRFKR)
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin returned to the attic where they made their debut full-length Broom. Phil Dickey, Will Knauer, and Jonathan James spent up to twelve hours a day working on the songs that would become Fly By Wire.
With James assuming the role of engineer, Dickey and Knauer wrote lyrics and guitar parts on a third floor windowsill and recorded vocals in the staircase. This laid-back approach to recording is clearly evident in the album's warm, welcoming sound.1. Harrison Ford
2. Young Presidents
3. Cover All Sides
4. Lucky Young
5. Ms. Dot
8. Bright Leaves
9. Nightwater Girlfriend
10. Fly By Wire$20.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
After The DiscoWhen Shins frontman James Mercer teamed up with producer Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse for a track on the pair's Dark Night Of The Soul project, it seemed farfetched to assume that we'd see any further collaboration from its members, especially following Sparklehorse frontman Mark Linkous' suicide shortly thereafter. But to our delight and surprise, the surviving duo went on to form Broken Bells in 2009, and since then have delivered an album and an EP to the world before fading back into the night. Danger Mouse (real name Brian Burton) has stayed busy in the meantime, producing albums for Portugal. The Man, The Black Keys, and U2, while Mercer poured his focus into a new Shins album and subsequent tour cycle. But now that all those side projects are behind the iconic artists, the duo is ready to give the world another welcomed surprise - their sophomore LP, After The Disco. And if that album title isn't enough of an indicator of the group's surprising new direction, the Bee Gees-esque backing vocals are certainly telling.
- Chris Roy (Revolt)1. Perfect World
2. After the Disco
3. Holding On for Life
4. Leave It Alone
5. The Changing Lights
7. Lazy Wonderland
9. No Matter What You're Told
10. The Angel and the Fool
11. The Remains of Rock & Roll$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
No Moon At AllWildcat! Wildcat!'s debut full-length, No Moon At All, ties the trio's indie-pop anthems into a cohesive widescreen vision. Packed with the Los Angeles-based band's uplifting musicality and angelic harmonies, the ten-track album, which features production from M83's Morgan Kibby, represents both a major artistic leap and the culmination of the group's rise since "Mr. Quiche" and their initial run of buzzy singles.
Featuring longtime friends Jesse Taylor (vocals, bass), Michael Wilson (vocals, keys) and Jesse Carmichael (vocals, drums), Wildcat! Wildcat! officially formed in 2012. Their early tracks, available as blog downloads and a single from the tastemaker label Neon Gold, led to the band's 2013 self-titled debut EP on Downtown Records, which received critical acclaim from NPR, Pitchfork, Time, Stereogum, Nylon, Paste, Huffington Post and more.
In early 2013, Wildcat! Wildcat! was the subject of the Sam Jones-directed documentary Hello Everywhere - a feature that depicted the band's journey from LA to SXSW for a massive concert with Passion Pit. The group has also toured with Alt-J, Portugal. The Man and MS MR.
On No Moon At All, Wildcat! Wildcat! achieves full headliner status. Its sweeping arc and range create an emotionally-rousing world for the band's infectious underdog anthems. "Tower" sets the tone with a dreamy build and explosive low-end, while lead single "Hero" mixes the group's innovative harmonies with dance production and an earworm chorus. "Holloway (Hey, Love)," with its skyrocketing emotions, is sure to play over many-a-movie's end credits, and "End Of The World Everyday" is a slinky, bold ballad.1. Tower // W.O.H.L.
2. Garden Grays
3. Up & Beyond
5. End of the World Everyday
6. Holloway (Hey, Love)
7. Circuit Breaker
8. Nothing Below
10. Marfa$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Wildcat! Wildcat!The self-titled debut EP from acclaimed LA-based band Wildcat! Wildcat! is released by Downtown Records. The band garnered critical praise for their previously released sold-out limited addition 7 on the taste-making label Neon Gold Records, including early support from BBC Radio 1 in the U.K. TIME raves, I love the staccato electronic rock, I love the frantic opening measures, I love the fleeting falsetto in the background, while Metro furthers they're the best overall new band.
The new EP was written and produced by the band in their home studios over the course of the last year and a half. Of the songs Jesse Carmichael (vocals, drums) notes, Some came quicker than others but all of them provided us the time to try out different processes of collaboration and understand how and why we make the kind of music that we make together.
Wildcat! Wildcat! is Jesse Taylor (vocals, bass), Michael Wilson (vocals, keys) and Carmichael. The trio played together in various incarnations before officially forming Wildcat! Wildcat! in 2012. The band has toured extensively including SXSW, a sold out west coast headlining run and major U.S. support slots with Alt-J and Portugal. The Man.1. The Chief
2. Garden Grays
3. Mr. Quiche
4. Please & Thank You$5.99Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now