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ADAD-TEM-6611xThree Mile Pilot
The Inevitable Past Is The Future ForgottenThe rumor of a new Three Mile Pilot album has been circulating for over a decade, further fueling the mystery and mythology that has swirled around the San Diego trio since the 1997 release of what was thought to be their swan song, the enormously influential Another Desert, Another Sea.
That brings us to the aptly-named The Inevitable Past Is The Future Forgotten, the first Three Mile Pilot album in 13 years and the first to be written, performed, recorded and produced entirely by the original three members in their own home studios. As such it is the most uncompromising album since their inception, it also just happens to be their most accessible. While Pinback and The Black Heart Procession were obviously influenced by 3MP in their early days, the inverse can now be heard, with many of the songs on The Inevitable Past bearing the unmistakable and inevitable stamps of Pinback and The Black Heart Procession. This circular influence is what makes the album so brilliant; instead of a proper hiatus, 3MPs progression was charted vicariously through its members other groups. As such, The Inevitable Past makes good on the promising glimpses heard through a long but breathless wait.1. Battle
2. Still Alive
3. Grey Clouds
4. Same Mistake
5. What I Lose
6. Left in Vain
7. The Threshold
8. One Falls Away
9. Days of Wrath
11. What's In The Air
12. The Premonition$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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MapsWhen Three Mile Pilot, the legendary Southern California trio that spawned Pinback and The Black Heart Procession, returned to active duty in 2010 with The Inevitable Past Is The Future Forgotten, it ended a 13-year silence from the band. The album was amazing, and the hope was we wouldn't have to wait another dozen years for more. The brand new Maps EP delivers on the evolution of The Inevitable Past, but also finds the group returning to some of their exploratory roots in a unique and refreshing way.
Maps opens with Three Mile Pilot's most triumphant song to date, the towering "Long Way Up." From there the band employs tasteful use of guitars, synths and deep grooves to navigate their pleasantly adventurous waters over the course of 20 all-too-brief minutes. Traditionally EPs serve as stop-gaps between albums, often a collection of toss-offs and leftover b-sides. Maps rejects this notion as it's filled with some of the strongest songs in Three Mile Pilot's remarkable 20-year history.1. Long Way Up
3. This Escape
5. Birdy$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Systems Officer is the solo guise of Armistead Burwell Smith IV, the prolific multi-instrumentalist songwriter and founding member of Pinback and Three Mile Pilot. Written and recorded between breaks in the rigorous Pinback recording and touring schedule, Underslept is five years in the making, a concise collection of thoughtful, complex pop songs.
Written, produced and performed by Smith in his home studio, Underslept features the same kind of intricate arrangements and layered vocal harmonies that have become a trademark of Pinback, with nods to the dramatic tone that marks the best Three Mile Pilot songs.
Underslept gives Smith, already one of rocks most innovative and influential bass players, the opportunity to place his often understated gifts as a singer and songwriter front and center, drawing influence from The Police, Peter Gabriel-era Genesis and The Beach Boys to craft thoughtful, progressive pop with spiky hooks and impressively high replay value.1. Pacer
4. Shape Shifter
6. In This World
7. We Breathe Dust
8. Sand I
9. Sand II
11. Uhiju (Bonus Track)
12. Tic Tac (Bonus Track)
13. Crashing End (Bonus Track)$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-TEM-5713xThe Black Heart Procession
SixMore than just a return to numerical album titles, Six is The Black Heart Procession's first album to be written and recorded simultaneously with a new Three Mile Pilot album. As both bands now coexist for the first time ever, coconspirators Pall Jenkins and Tobias Nathaniel have steered The Black Heart Procession into a darker, more adventurous direction. Produced and recorded by the band over the past couple years, Six is without a doubt the group's most emotionally resonant album since Three.1. When You Finish Me
3. Witching Stone
5. Heaven And Hell
7. All My Steps
8. Forget My Heart
9. Liar's Ink
11. Back To The Underground
12. Last Chance
13. Iri Sulu$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Some Offcell VoicesTwo Legendary PINBACK EPs Compiled, Remastered, And Released On Vinyl For The First Time
Remastered For Vinyl From Original Recordings
In the early days of Pinback, they were known mostly as two lauded musicians who spent their spare time away from their primary projects (Three Mile Pilot, Thingy, Heavy Vegetable) to hone their home recording skills while experimenting with ideas, tones, and instrumentation that didn't quite fit into those primary projects. Pinback hadn't yet become their day job; it hadn't yet become a well-oiled 5-piece touring machine, and it had no idea where it was going to go. In retrospect, that earnest curiosity is what makes those early Pinback recordings so resonant and so unique, and what separated them from every indie rock band of this century.
Every bit as powerful and expressive as their first two albums, the 1999 EP, Some Voices, and the 2003 EP, Offcell, famously bucked the perception of EPs as outtakes and toss-offs. What were ostensibly minor stopgaps between albums became massive fan favorites and staples of Pinback's live show. Having never been released on vinyl, it's only fitting that we revisit these poignant recordings - and take the opportunity to painstakingly remaster and repackage them into the full-length album that never was, the aptly named Some Offcell Voices.1. Some Voices
5. Microtonic Wave
6. Victorious D
9. Grey Machine$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now