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    The Laughing Apple

    The Laughing Apple celebrates the 50th anniversary of the artist's 1967 debut, Matthew and Son, and will come out on Yusuf / Cat Stevens' Cat-O-Log Records imprint, via Decca, the label he worked with back then. It also reunites him with producer Paul Samwell-Smith, who helmed Tea for the Tillerman, Teaser and the Firecat and other releases from his early-Seventies heyday.

    Among the old songs that Yusuf / Cat Stevens revived and revamped for The Laughing Apple are Mighty Peace and Mary and the Little Lamb, neither of which ever made it onto an album. Four other songs, including the title track, appeared in their original forms on his 1967 LP New Masters. And You Can Do (Whatever) was originally intended for the Harold and Maude soundtrack but was left unfinished at the time. Many of my earlier recordings were overcooked with big band arrangements, he explains in a press release of his decision to revisit this material. They crowded the song out a lot of times.

    1. Blackness of the Night
    2. See What Love Did to Me
    3. The Laughing Apple
    4. Olive Hill
    5. Grandsons
    6. Mighty Peace
    7. Mary and the Little Lamb
    8. You Can Do (Whatever)
    9. Northern Wind (Death of Billy the Kid)
    10. Don't Blame Them
    11. I'm So Sleepy
    Yusuf/Cat Stevens
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    Cho Dependent (On Sale)

    Critically acclaimed comedian Margaret Cho is set to release an album of comedy songs on her own Clownery
    Records this August. I want to create a new genre of music that is hilarious but also seriously good, so I turned to
    some of my music heroes to help me out, says Margaret in reference to her forthcoming album Cho Dependent. I
    have wanted to make an album like this forever. I love comedy music!


    The lyrics on Cho Dependent, which tackle issues of sex, drugs, rock & roll (and lice), may be laugh-inducing, but
    Cho has made no compromises when it comes to the quality of the songwriting and production. Aer My Puss,
    a hilarious rap parody Cho recorded impromptu-style with friends, became a surprise YouTube hit, Cho began to
    integrate more comedy music into her live stand-up shows. With Cho Dependent, her first comedy music album, Cho
    got a chance to hone her cra with some of the top names in the business.


    Over the years of being an intense music geek I got to meet a lot of my heroes and I tricked them all into writing
    songs with me, explains Cho. Most comics want to be rock stars, and most rock stars want to be comics, so it was an
    easy exchange.


    There are so many amazing people I got to work with on this album, Cho continues, Jon Brion, Fiona Apple,
    Tegan and Sara, Andrew Bird, Ani DiFranco, Garrison Starr, Meghan Toohey, Brendan Benson,
    Rachael Yamagata, Carl Newman, Grant Lee Phillips, Patty Griffin, Ben Lee, Kevin Barnes $ I still have to
    pinch myself!

    1. Intervention feat. Tegan & Sara
    2. Calling in Stoned feat. Tommy Chong
    3. Your Dick feat. Ben Lee
    4. Baby Im With !e Band
    feat. Brendan Benson
    5. Hey Big Dog feat.Fiona Apple
    6. Im Sorry feat. Andrew Bird
    7. Lice
    8. Enemies feat. Jon Brion
    9. Asian Adjacent
    10. Gimme Your Seed feat. Garrison Starr
    11. Eat Shit and Die feat. Grant Lee Phillips
    12. Captain Cameltoe feat. Ani DiFranco
    13. My Puss
    Margaret Cho
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    Congrats

    A cyborg dance party for a broken future that's closer
    than you think - Pitchfork


    Off Your Face Euphoria - The Line of Best Fit


    hypnotic, electronic climax-rock - SPIN


    scuzzy, funk-fuelled energy - FACT Mag


    Holy Fuck took the world by surprise around 2005 because there was
    just nothing like them-a hardcore thrift-store found-object punk
    band with a relentless commitment to rhythm and a sense for
    atmosphere better matched to a close encounter of the third kind
    than a simple rock concert. Think EinstÜrzende Neubauten re-inspired
    by Fela Kuti with Brian Eno working as keyboard tech and every
    channel on the mixer set to max power. It was the best ride out there
    while it lasted, up to and including their 2010 full-length Latin,
    recorded largely in too-brief breaks while on the road. That album
    cemented Holy Fuck's sound and reputation for unapologetic
    instrumental noise but at the end of yet another insane touring cycle,
    it was time to take a break which turned into a hiatus which turned
    into a chance to explore other projects and production work. (Like the
    bands Lids, Dusted and Etiquette, or production for Metz, Alvvays and
    Viet Cong.)


    They'd been moving faster than they'd ever expected, especially after
    a 2007 sophomore release that came close to securing Canada's
    prestigious Juno and Polaris Music Prize. (Not to mention festival slots
    at All Tomorrow's Parties, Glastonbury, Coachella and more-plus Lou
    Reed said they were the best band he'd seen at SXSW.) The strategy
    was just to stay busy, says founder and noisemaster Brian Borcherdt,
    but soon they started to feel like Indiana Jones running from that
    boulder: "He had to step aside and let things settle!"


    But there's nothing Indiana Jones does better than the shock reveal, is
    there? And so in 2016 Holy Fuck suddenly announced the release of
    Congrats, a surprise full-length two years in the making that is by any
    scientific measure their holiest fuckiest release ever: "When you're
    sitting still in a van and staring out the windows, you start to dream
    about all the other things you want to do," says Borcherdt. "This album
    is exactly what we couldn't do then."


    Checking into a "proper" studio, rather than the barn in rural Ontario
    where most of Holy Fuck's records were made, Congrats was
    recorded by the same lineup that recorded Latin: Borcherdt, Graham
    Walsh, Matt "Punchy" McQuaid, and Matt Schulz. As they worked, they
    discovered that Congrats was a process of refining things, Walsh
    says-both physically and philosophically. Their ad hoc arsenal of
    low-budget hi-tech toys has been streamlined down to what he calls
    the nervous system of the band: "What gets run through our system is
    the seed of the idea for our music, and the system is what we play. This
    record is almost a beginning-the first stage of a new way for us."


    So consider those previous albums prelude to Holy Fuck's true
    breakthrough, and recognize Congrats as the moment when Holy
    Fuck take the chaos and craziness (and charm) that have always been
    at the heart of their band and not so much control it as concentrate it.
    Now they're heavier, wilder, leaner, sharper, more daring and more
    unpredictable than ever before, on fire with the power of inspired
    outsiders like Suicide, Silver Apples, Can, Mission of Burma or the
    Monks or even Sun Ra, says Borcherdt, whose pursuit of his own kind
    of musical purity is exactly what Holy Fuck are after. Yes, it took them
    a few years, which in 2016 is supposed to be the career suicide, but
    they took that time to take chances. "We were told we did everything
    wrong," Borcherdt says now, laughing-but really Congrats is the
    sound of a band doing absolutely everything right.

    1. Chimes Broken
    2. Tom Tom
    3. Shivering
    4. Xed Eyes
    5. Neon Dad
    6. House Of Glass
    7. Sabbatics
    8. Shimmering
    9. Acidic
    10. Crapture
    Holy Fuck
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