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Northern PassagesRecorded in the basement of Dallas and Travis' parents' home north of Toronto over the winter of 2015, the familiar surroundings and lack of distractions resulted in a consistent feel, despite the eclecticism at the heart of The Sadies' sound. The psych-folk flourishes on tracks such as "Riverview Fog" are no mere homage; this is the sound of our inscrutable world, and how we manage to survive in it. Kurt Vile appears on "Easy (Like Walking)."
The Sadies are a band that fans cling to like a closely guarded secret, with each new release fulfilling the promise to reach further, for all of our sakes, not just their own. With Northern Passages, the time has come to make room for more on this wild acid-folk-country-punk trip, and trust me, we'll be better off because of it.1. Riverview Fog
2. Another Season Again
3. There Are No Words
4. It's Easy (Like Walking) (feat. Kurt Vile)
5. The Elements Song
6. Through Strange Eyes
7. God Bless the Infidels
8. The Good Years
9. As Above, So Below
10. Questions I've Never Asked
11. The Noise Museum$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Internal Sounds (Awaiting Repress)The Sadies, Canada's hardest working band, return with their new album Internal Sounds. Internal Sounds was recorded in Toronto and produced solely by the band's Dallas Good. There was a conscious effort to deliver a finished product that doesn't suffer from a deadline or budget. We made the record over a span of a year, in session for twenty+ days. We spent every dime we had and used up every favor. There is always a sense of immediacy to our records, maybe because we make a lot of albums. I didn't want that this time says Good. Internal Sounds also features another Canadian legend, Buffy Sainte-Marie, who contributes her haunting vocals to the closing track "We Are Circling."1. The First 5 Minutes
3. The Very Beginning
4. Starting All Over Again
5. The Very Ending
6. Another Tomorrow Again
7. Another Yesterday Again
8. Leave This World Behind
2. So Much Blood
9. The Lesser Key
10. STORY 19
11. We Are Circling$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Darker Circles (Awaiting Repress)Darker Circles ifollows-up The Sadies' acclaimed 2007 album New Seasons and sees guitarist brothers Dallas and Travis Good, drummer Mike Belitsky and bassist Sean Dean again pair with legendary Jayhawk and sought-after producer Gary Louris. Furthering the focused songwriting and recording aspirations reached on New Seasons, The Sadies bring their signature blend of country, psychedelic, rock and surf into rifle-scope focus on Darker Circles, further underscoring their reputations as musicians' musicians. In one turn as heavy as a sledge, and on the other flitting across melodies with the ease of so many sparrows, The Sadies prove once again that denying them now is simply prolonging your conversion.1. Another Year Again
2. Cut Corners
3. Another Day Again
4. Tell Her What I Said
5. The Quiet One
7. Whispering Circles
8. Idle Tomorrows
9. Choosing To Fly
10. Violet and Jeffrey Lee
11. Ten More Songs$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering SunGord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun begins with Crater, a ragged anthem that erupts with frayed guitar and thundering rhythm. Dallas and Travis Good's trudging riffs light the low-slung growl of Gord Downie:
Hello there / Gentle Son / A crater / We're creating!
Crater is an arrival: the mission statement of a young band unhinged, igniting ten songs of visceral punk rock exultation. Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun is a spirited exploration of the darkness surrounding daylight, a rallying cry from the Secret Museum of Mankind:
Crater! / Getting crushed in our dreams / Or in our dreams / Doing all the crushing
Downie's words burn in unison with the charging Sadies, the mantra of a band forged out of primal necessity. This album is a vital, reckless, and ecstatic moment, gleaming with the proud imperfections of a group discovering its voice.
It came together urgently but slowly, after the long-time Toronto friends first recorded together for Lake Ontario Waterkeepers in 2006. Fleeting sessions over the next seven years yielded finished songs in immediate, alchemical takes. Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun is the action of first-thought-best-thought.
The project's namesake, The Conquering Sun fuses The Sadies' rusted psychedelia with Downie's humble, volatile wail. Mike Belitsky's roiling drums, and Sean Dean's sure, standing bass spur the band through uncharted desert-scapes.
Working the fugitive dust / Under the conquering sun / Nature, please be good to us / Under the conquering sun
Each song brims with energy, electricity embellishing a simple, rustic core. Acoustic inflections are cached in the album's array of fiery environments, staggering in its balance of ferocity and craft.
Downie cries out possessed on It Didn't Start To Break My Heart Until This Afternoon: a pulsating blast of brash guitars and fuzzed-out gnarl.
Drive it like we stole it / Through the snowflakes, into the cold of the sun
On Budget Shoes, guitars shine over the tumbling bedrock of desolate but hopeful imagism. Downie writes in a universal voice, with a chorus taunting shadow from light. On Los Angeles Times, nations gather under that conquering blaze, singing unanimous poetry of promise and provocation:
Raise a glass of hope / Raise a glass of liberty / And a glass of something else / May we be at ease with ourselves!
The Sadies' effortlessly invoke this primitive emotion, intuiting Downie's themes with rollicking instrumental passages. On Devil Enough, Downie's solemn musings are liberated by The Sadies' roving plainsong; sobering internal sentiment brought to life with the flame of improvisation:
You're making me drop things / I can't hold my cup / My state of being / Isn't what it was / The light the light / And my eyes adjust / What?s for sure is Devil Enough
One Good Fast Job sneers like a siren, blunt guitars circling Downie's snarl. Demand Destruction pops with environmental pressure, coaxing an answer to a nuclear dilemma:
And as the sun went down behind the shadow / Of this invisible war / You say, Is this accident ever over anymore?
Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun spans depths and ages in its relentless half-hour, before concluding on an only note of reprieve. Saved dwells in the light of darkness, capturing our silent vibration of debt to the source. The album's last moments glint in the rapturous calm of collective awe:
You say nothing can be saved / It all goes away / Darkness falls and colours fade / And the music gets so loud it flaps your pant legs
Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun boils with hope and irreverence; toils with fire as a tool and a curse. This is the combustion of brotherhood and dissent: music of wisdom and innocence:
It is the work, day is your word, night is the glue.
by Jonathan Shedletzky1. Crater
2. The Conquering Sun
3. Los Angeles Times
4. One Good Fast Job
5. It Didn't Start To Break My Heart Until This Afternoon
6. Budget Shoes
7. Demand Destruction
8. Devil Enough
9. I'm Free, Disarray Me
10. Saved$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Country ClubIn true honky tonk style Country Club is the bastard child of a drunken promise. A post show hang-out between X and the Knitters' John Doe and The Sadies produced the idea to join forces to make an album of country songs. Timeless sounds abound on Country Club driven by Does gorgeously rough-hewn vocals, the dueling thousand pound chops of the guitar-wielding Good brothers and The Sadies world class rhythm section of Mike Belitsky and Sean Dean. Classic tunes by Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings stand along side corkers by Tammy Wynette and Roger Miller, all of them getting unique treatments by Doe and The Sadies. The album also features four originals; three from The Sadies and one courtesy of the timeless pairing of John Doe and Exene Cervenka. On Country Club John Doe and The Sadies find the perfect blend of the reverent and the experimental resulting in a slightly psychedelic brew that just might pass for straight if you're not lookin'.1. Stop the World and Let Me Off
2. Husbands and Wives
3. 'Til I Get It Right
4. It Just Dawned on Me
5. (Now and Then) There's a Fool Such as I
6. The Night Life
7. The Sudbury Nickel
8. Before I Wake
9. I Still Miss Someone
10. The Cold Hard Facts of Life
11. Take These Chains from My Heart
12. Help Me Make It Through the Night
13. Are the Good Times Really Over for Good
14. Detroit City
15. Pink Mountain Rag$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
New Seasons (Awaiting Repress)Red Vinyl
The Sadies return with their fifth studio album, New Seasons. Featuring the brotherly harmonies and dazzling guitar interplay of Dallas and Travis Good, New Seasons is the band's most confident studio album to date. The Sadies' inspired amalgam of psychedelic country rock, surf, bluegrass and Ennio Morricone-inspired instrumentals has made them the preeminent torchbearers of cosmic American music.
This time, the band that has previously collaborated with Neko Case, Jon Spencer and Garth Hudson has brought Jayhawk Gary Louris to produce the album's gorgeously layered harmonies. New Seasons proves that The Sadies have the vocal chops to equal their instrumental mastery. The Sadies follow the roots of American music to their logical end and in a transcendent leap of faith, forge on to new planets, new worlds, New Seasons.Introduction
The First Inquisition (Part 4)
What's Left Behind
Sunset To Dawn
Yours To Discover
My Heart Of Wood
A Simple Aspiration
The Land Between
The Last Inquistion (Part 5)$15.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Night & DayCanada's finest live band, The Sadies, have reunited with explicit soul singer/cult legend Andre Williams for Night and Day on Yep Roc records. Night and Day is the result of sessions that began in 2008 at Key Club Studio in Detroit, capturing Andre, then 70 years old and still using at the time, at his most raw, honest, and immediate with absolutely no filter.
Andre is aided here by a stellar cast of musical friends, dirty bluesers who have earned the trust of the ancient hustler, including Jon Spencer (who directed these sessions) and Matt Verta-Ray of Heavy Trash, Danny Kroha of Detroit's own gutter-blues superheroes, The Gories, the unsinkable Mekon, Jon Langford, and of course, behind it all, The Sadies' long-time line-up of Dallas Good on guitars and keys, his brother Travis Good on guitars and fiddle, Mike Belitsky on drums, and the mighty Sean Dean on the bass.
The resulting record is a modern classic, with Andre showing remarkable range-from heartbreak and bitterness to ribald humor, swagger, raunch, sleaze, fear and retribution, romance gone right and romance gone wrong, and all in the spirit of the sloppy fun that has made him a legend. Andre Williams represents as the first and last of a breed of pimp-rolling R&B wise men, the real deal, an authentic totem of the low-down and disreputable, a man who has played outside the law, and outside the record business, and somehow managed to come out not only alive, but with a fervent cult following behind him.1. I Gotta Get Shorty Out of Jail
2. America (You Say A Change Is Gonna Come)
3. The Seventy Year Old
4. Your Old Lady
6. Mississippi & Joliet
7. I Thank God
8. Don't Take It
9. One-Eyed Jack
10. Hey Baby!
11. I'll Do Most Anything For Your Love
12. That's My Desire
13. Me & My Dog$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Middle CycloneMiddle Cyclone debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 in March, and was featured in everything from Rolling Stone, Spin, and Billboard to The NY Times. This is the 180 gram double LP. Neko's many fans hang on her impressionistic lyrics, classic pop harmonics, and luxurious voice, and this album revels in all three. It fuses her longtime themes of nature versus man into a shining lyrical broadsword. Numerous guests include M. Ward, Garth Hudson of The Band, Sarah Harmer, and members of The New Pornographers, Los Lobos, Calexico, The Sadies, Visqueen, The Lilys, and Giant Sand.1. This Tornado Loves You
2. The Next Time You Say Forever
3. People Got A Lotta Nerve
4. Polar Nettles
5. Vengeance Is Sleeping
6. Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth
7. Middle Cyclone
9. Magpie To The Morning
10. I'm An Animal
11. Prison Girls
12. Don't Forget Me
13. The Pharaohs
14. Red Tide
15. Marais La Nuit$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Oh Little FireOh Little Fire marks a return to the accessible pop-rock sound of Sarah Harmer's acclaimed album You Were Here, but also showcases a bit of her folk/country side and it just may be the strongest batch of songs she has ever released. Co-produced by Sarah and Gavin Brown (Metric, The Sadies, and Sarah's 2004 album All of Our Names), Oh Little Fire is full of the same hooky melodies, insightful lyrics, and lovely, plaintive singing which attracted so many fans to Sarah's music from the start of her career.1. The Thief
3. New Loneliness
4. One Match
7. Late Bloomer
8. The City
10. The Marble In Your Eye
11. It Will Sail$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Going Way Out With Heavy TrashThe bastard cousin to Spencer's genre-demolishing Blues Explosion, Heavy Trash features Speedball Baby's guitar brawler and producer extraordinaire Matt Verta-Ray in a project that drinks down the best of roots, R&B and rock-a-billy. Going Way Out with Heavy Trash, the second offering from these kings of buzz saw guitars and late night incantations, was recorded in three different countries and features an international cast of musicians - Canada's the Sadies, members of Denmark's Tremolo Beer Gut and Powersolo, and New York City's Simon Chardiet and Phil Hernandez. Heavy Trash is what the name implies - filthy and hard - the soundtrack to the strung-out road trip from which there can be no return.Pure Gold
That Ain't Right
I Want Oblivion
They Were Kings
Crazy Pritty Baby
I Want Refuge
You Can't Win
Didja Hear My Name *
Wet Book *
You Got What I Need *
Pork Chop *
* Bonus Tracks$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Blowin' The Blues Away (45RPM)Everyone's favorite Horace Silver record featured the classic quintet with Blue Mitchell and Junior Cook. The title tune, the beautiful ballad Peace and the soulful Sister Sadie are now standards in the jazz canon. Even given Silver's astonishing track record, this one stands out.
Horace Silver, piano
Junior Cook, tenor saxophone
Louis Hayes, drums
Billy Mitchell tenor saxophone
Blue Mitchell, trumpet
Gene Taylor, bass1. Blowin' The Blues Away
2. The St. Vitus Dance
3. Break City
5. Sister Sadie
6. The Baghdad Blues
7. Melancholy Mood$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-BLU-7596xHorace Silver Quintet
Blowin' The Blues AwayA Blue Note essential, Blown' The Blue Away by the Horace Silver Quintet & Trio, is part of the Blue Note 75 anniversary vinyl.
Everyone's favorite Horace Silver record featured the classic quintet with Blue Mitchell and Junior Cook. The title tune, the beautiful ballad Peace and the soulful Sister Sadie are now standards in the jazz canon. Even given Silver's astonishing track record, this one stands out.
Horace Silver, piano
Junior Cook, tenor saxophone
Louis Hayes, drums
Billy Mitchell tenor saxophone
Blue Mitchell, trumpet
Gene Taylor, bass1. Blowin' The Blues Away
2. The St. Vitus Dance
3. Break City
5. Sister Sadie
6. The Baghdad Blues
7. Melancholy Mood$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Foil DeerSpeedy Ortiz said they would get the flowers themselves. What a lark! What a plunge!
When considering Massachusetts' Speedy Ortiz, that line from Virginia Woolf comes to mind. Not only for the obvious echoes to DIY, a form and function that's characterized the band's nascency, but in the proto-feminist undertones driving much of their sophomore album, Foil Deer. "I'm not bossy, I'm the boss," Sadie Dupuis sings on "Raising the Skate," invoking in spirit one half of the Carter-Knowles clan and echoing the other's wordplay. And wordplay makes sense, considering Dupuis-the band's songwriter, guitarist, and frontwoman-spent the band's first few years teaching writing at UMass Amherst. She's drawn to the dense complexity of Pynchon, the dreamlike geometry of Bolaño, the confounded yearning of Plath-all attributes you could easily apply to the band's 2013 debut Major Arcana, which fans and press alike have invested with a sense of purpose and merit uncommon in contemporary guitar rock.
The group, including Mike Falcone on drums, Darl Ferm on bass, and new addition Devin McKnight of Grass is Green on guitar, have spent the last year on an almost endless cross-continental touring jag, tagging along with the likes of The Breeders, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, and Thurston Moore. That shift into full-time musicianship brought with it an attendant reordering of priorities when it came to songwriting, and the band members' lives in general. They would get the damn flowers themselves.
Dupuis wrote much of Foil Deer at her mother's home in the Connecticut woods, where the songwriter imposed a self-regulated exile and physical cleansing of sorts, finding that many of the songs came to her while running or swimming alone. "I gave up wasting mental energy on people who didn't have my back," she says. "Listening to our old records, I get the sense I was putting myself in horrible situations just to write sad songs. This music isn't coming from a dark place, and without slipping into self-empowerment jargon, it feels stronger." Many of the songs deal with a similar sense of starting over, editing out the unnecessary drama. "Boys be sensitive and girls be, be aggressive," she sings on "Mister Difficult."
And while their debut album was recorded on the fly, Speedy Ortiz spent almost a month in the studio on Foil Deer. Falcone's drums are taut, mechanistic; Ferm's bass ranges from the aggressive rattle of an AmRep classic to smoother, hip-hop inspired lines. McKnight, meanwhile, lends spacier, textural riffs to complement Dupuis' wiry, melody-driven guitar style. "The demos for our songs have always had tons of small details and production experimentation, but we never had any money to pay for more than a couple days in the studio, so the songs came out very live-sounding and guitar heavy," Dupuis says. It was recorded and mixed at Brooklyn's Rare Book Room with Nicolas Vernhes (Silver Jews, Enon, Deerhunter), with the record mastered by Emily Lazar (Sia, Haim, Beauty Pill), lending a more polished sound and a pop sensibility that will stand out to existing fans and new converts alike. For all the lyrical complexity and guitar-based excursions Speedy Ortiz have built their reputation on to this point, Foil Deer has a sense of light-footed fun. What's the point of doing things yourself if you're not going to enjoy the trip?1. Good Neck
2. Raising the Skate
3. The Graduates
4. Dot X
7. Swell Content
9. My Dead Girl
11. Mister Difficult
12. Dvrk Wvrld$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Best Of Spinners
Celebrate 4 Decades Of The Spinners With Their Greatest Hits LP From 1978!
First Time 180 Gram Vinyl Presentation
Featuring The Legendary Turntable Cover Artwork
Mastered From The Original Atlantic Records Tapes By Joe Reagoso
In 1979, superstar R&B veterans The Spinners were rewarded by their label Atlantic Records with their first
greatest hits album simply titled The Best of Spinners. Featuring the classic line-up of the Phillipe Soul Wynn,
Henry Fambrough, Pervis Jackson, Bobbie Smith and Billy Henderson, these Detroit superstars ruled the charts
for many soulful years. Featuring a ton of smash hits produced and written by the likes of Philly favorites Thom
Bell and Linda Creed, and featuring The Sound Of Philadelphia and Motown players like MFSB, and the Funk
Brothers' Bob Babbit, The Best of Spinners album has become one of their most loved works in their stunning
gold and platinum career.
With superlative chart topping pop and R&B classics like Could It Be I'm Falling In Love, I'll Be Around and
Mighty Love, plus brilliant dance smashes like The Rubberband Man, The Best of Spinners album would go on
to become one of the best-selling albums in their extensive catalog. The long out of print original version of this
greatest hits masterpiece also includes the history making duet with Dionne Warwick and their chart topper
Then Came You.
Dig deeper into the Philly and Detroit grooves and there you find even more platinum plus treasures like
the masterful One of a Kind (Love Affair), the powerful They Just Can't Stop It the (Games People Play) plus the
tender ballads Sadie and How Could I Let You Get Away, making The Best of Spinners one of the finest overviews
ever of this stellar supergroup.
Therefore it is with much excitement to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of the
legendary Spinners greatest hits masterpiece The Best of Spinners. Mastered impeccably by Joe "Philly Soul"
Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Mastering, this stunning LP was long overdue for an audiophile
In addition to all the great hits within, this limited edition anniversary collection also includes the very trendy
turntable cover artwork, not seen in years in the LP cover format, truly enhancing this album's re-release and
forever honoring the act and their five star masterwork achievement. We believe this wonderful new audiophile
release of The Best of Spinners will become one of the most anticipated classic soul releases of the summer!
One Of A Kind Love Affair Is1. I'll Be Around
2. How Could I Let You Get Away
3. One of a Kind (Love Affair)
4. Mighty Love
5. Ghetto Child
6. Then Came You (Featuring Dionne Warwick)
8. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love
9. They Just Can't Stop It the (Games People Play)
10. The Rubberband Man$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Major ArcanaOn their debut full-length, Western Massachusetts' Speedy Ortiz manages a bit of magic by conjuring the spirits of classic American indie rock, while twisting those ghosts into new shapes. It's easy to hear the influences of Helium, Jawbox, and Chavez on this album, as well as nods to their contemporaries including Grass is Green, Pile, and Roomrunner. Sweet vocal harmonies run up against gnarly
distortion, aided by basic, chunky bass parts and heavy, fill-laden drums.
The album was recorded in a few days in November at Justin Pizzoferrato's (Dinosaur Jr., Chelsea Light Moving) studio, Sonelab, a huge space in an old factory in Easthampton, Mass. The sessions went from very early in the day until very late at night, with the band taking its time to experiment. Pizzoferrato's collection of old distortion pedals were utilized on both the record's guitars and vocals.
The theme of the occult and the supernatural runs deep through Major Arcana, inspired by singer-guitarist Sadie Dupuis' reading on black magic. Dupuis' sometimes knotty and abstract lyrics bring to mind fellow wordsmith Stephen Malkmus, while referencing horror film tropes, chemistry, and neuroscience. Major Arcana's literal translation is "major mysteries," a phrase from tarot cards. "I don't write in a narrative way and am more concerned with use of language than meaning," Dupuis says, "so I like the open-endedness of the title and the way it invites interpretation."1. Pioneer Spine
2. Tiger Tank
4. Casper (1995)
5. No Below
8. Cash Cab
10. MKVI$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Real HairOn Speedy Ortiz's Real Hair, the band sets a course
between the knotty discord of debut album Major Arcana
and the pop bonades of the preceding Sports EP.
Recorded and mixed by Paul Q. Kolderie (Pixies
Radiohead), the new EP nds them subtly adding new
techniques to their songbook. Guitarists Sadie Dupuis and
Matt Robidoux bring on additional guitar effects to color
the roundabout feel of "Oxygal," while bassist Darl Ferm
and drummer Mike Falcone hit hard to deliver the jump in-the-pit urgency of "American Horror".
From the vocal melodies to the no-nonsense guitar turns,
this is Speedy's catchiest outing yet, drawing inspiration
from contemporary Top 40 and R&B radio in addition to
their regular arsenal of guitar rock. Dupuis' lyrics continue
to address concerns about identity, representation, and
their misalignment, this time from a new angle: "While the
last album was kind of a breakup jam, these songs are a
lot more introspective-myself dealing with and talking to
and making sense of myself," she says.
With Real Hair, Speedy Ortiz once again taps into the
four-part chemistry that brought their prior outings praise.
They're still equal parts noisy and poetic, and now merge
those channels more seamlessly than ever.1. American Horror
3. Everything's Bigger
4. Shine Theory
$9.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair
a revelation -- dynamic, hooky, energetic!
The '90s indie rock lashings of Grooms, add a
reminder to dust off your Polvo/SY LPs
...some of the most exciting new sounds the
Kings County has to offer."
Having lived, worked, and created in the ever evolving Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn for over a
decade, native Texan Travis Johnson has felt the direct impact of the growth and dissolution that comes
with rapid gentrification. His band Grooms practiced, and recorded at Brooklyn's Death By Audio for
seven years (first as Muggabears, then as Grooms) before they were forced out of their spiritual and
literal home in November 2014 when DBA shut its doors. A little over a year before, with the band's
income not providing enough money to support any of its members, bass player and co-writer Emily
Ambruso went on hiatus from the band, leaving Johnson as the only original member. Despite these
unfortunate blows, Johnson soldiered on, soon recruiting Jay Heiselmann on bass, and actor/comedian
Steve Levine on drums.
After months of experimenting with sound collages, samples, and electronic beats, the band recorded an
obsessively detailed and melodically complex album, with a heavy focus on mood and texture. Unlike
their previous album Infinity Caller (which Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis called ...an exercise in explosion
and restraint hallmarked by sweeping guitars, stuttery drums, and cryptic, airy vocals...) many of the
songs on Comb... bring the band's rhythm section to the fore, and Johnson's trademark guitar stylings
often take a backseat to his psychedelic sample-collages and ambient electronics. Fortunately the new
approach works, balancing pop structures with masterful experimental production that shifts in tone and
color in harmony with Johnson's tales of acceptance, loneliness, and impotent violence.
On Comb..., that violence is most evident on Something Wild, a song about destroying the high-priced
waterfront condos that contribute to the rising cost of living in neighborhoods like Williamsburg and
Greenpoint, and then feeling conflicted about it. Love is the subject matter on Bed Version (a song
which Johnson describes as a fantasy about seeing the joy in my girlfriend's face as she realizes she's
not cosmically alone.), and the album becomes wistful on Cross Off (a remembrance and longing for
the good old days when Ambruso was still an active member of the band), but even on these songs
Levine's alternately Krautrock and Elvin Jones-inspired drums, and Heiselmann's propulsive bass help to
maintain the album's intense atmosphere. Album standouts like Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair
and Doctor M deliver head-bobbing pop hooks as Johnson ponders his long-term struggle with
addiction, while other songs, Savage Seminar, Will the Boys?, and Grenadine Scene from Inside,
explore the thoughts, and feelings of fictional characters in the films Magnolia, Lost Boys, and Steel
Whether singing from a fictional or personal perspective, Johnson's songs on Comb... are all loosely
about letting go of bitterness and resentment. Like the Brooklyn neighborhood where he lives and works,
his internal real estate is constantly being reevaluated, razed, and rebuilt. Fortunately his personal
growth has yielded an album that attentive listeners will find relatable and consistently rewarding.1. Bed Version
2. Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair
3. Cross Off
4. Something Wild
5. Doctor M
6. Half Cloud
7. Will the Boys?
8. Savage Seminar
9. Grenadine Scene From Inside
10. Foster Sister
11. Later A Dream$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Stranger In My Land (Out of Stock)Roger Knox, aka the Koori King of Country or Black Elvis as he's known in his homeland, is an Aboriginal Australian Country & Western singer with a honeyed bear hug of a voice. Bloodshot artist Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers) met Knox on a visit to Australia several years ago. When he heard of Roger and the potentially-soon to- be-lost subculture of this utterly unique cultural collision, Langford knew he had to be involved. Stranger In My Land is a collection of songs originally written by Aborigine artists who were Knox's peers and predecessors; some tunes previously recorded but difficult to find as well as several unrecorded, handed-down folk songs. Stranger In My Land features guest performances from Bonnie Prince Billy, Kelly Hogan, Dave Alvin (X, Blasters), Sally Timms and Jon Langford (Mekons), The Sadies, Andre Williams, and perhaps the last known recording from Charlie Louvin of the Louvin Brothers.1. The Land Where The Crow Flies Backwards
2. Stranger In My Country
3. Blue Gums Calling Me Back Home
4. Took The Children Away
5. Arafura Pearl
6. Brisbane Blacks
7. Wayward Dreams
8. Scobie's Dream
9. Ticket To Nowhere
10. Warrior In Chains
11. Streets of Tamworth
12. Home In The Valley$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock