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    Volume X

    There are three ways of interpreting Volume X, the title of the new album by Trans Am. The first is obvious-- it is the band's tenth studio release, comprised of ten songs that display ten unique sides of Phil Manley, Nathan Means, and Sebastian Thomson. You can also imagine a volume knob being cranked all the way up, the amplification level for an ideal Trans Am listening session. But it can also be read as a representation of the band's remarkable ability to express, and even embody, unknown capacities, adopting bold stylistic and aesthetic shifts as a defining tenet of their quarter century long career. Trans Am refuse to rely on their legacy as innovators, opting instead to continue to break down established modes of songwriting, even if they established those modes themselves. Volume X continues in this gloriously contrarian tradition, presenting fans with strange and familiar sounds in new contexts, from kosmische rock to futuristic speed metal to robo-balladry to variants on classic rock that are so warped as to be rendered completely unrecognizable.
    1. Anthropocene
    2. Reevaluations
    3. Night Shift
    4. K Street
    5. Backlash
    6. Ice Fortress
    7. Failure
    8. I'll Never
    9. Megastorm
    10. Insufficiently Breathless
    Trans Am
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  • A Talkin' To (On Sale) A Talkin' To (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    A Talkin' To (On Sale)

    Orange Colored Vinyl


    New signing for Gravity, Prizehog are a 3-piece band from San Francisco that started in 2006. People talk about cavemen beating wooly mammoth's in slow motion, this band actually does it, without bragging. Prizehog have played shows and festivals with Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Phil Manley (Trans Am), Mammatus (Holy Mountain Records), Moira Scar, Polar Bears, Rabbits, San Witches, Genesis Climber and many more. Limited hand-silkscreened covers with orange vinyl.

    1. Luck, The Bailing Haymaker
    2. Best in a vile
    3. Mountaintop Removal
    Prizehog
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  • Life Coach (On Sale) Life Coach (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Life Coach (On Sale)

    Phil Manley, founding member of the pioneering DC-trio Trans Am, and in-demand recording engineer (The Alps, Arp, Mi Ami, Moon Duo, Wooden Shjips) has recorded his debut solo album. Life Coach, a title inspired by Tony Williams Lifetime and Charles Bullen's Lifetones project, is a dynamic collection of instrumental songs composed, performed, and recorded entirely by Phil.



    While there are reflections of Phil's work in Trans Am, Oneida, The Fucking Champs, and Jonas Reinhardt that a listener familiar with those bands will notice, Life Coach is more minimal and adheres to the structures of German rock of the mid 70's that has long inspired Phil, specifically the free-spirited and loose arrangements, the propulsive motorik pulse, and the sonic textures or klangfarben (translated sound colors).



    German analog recording technology had reached its zenith in the late 70's. This coincided nicely with the careers of such artists as Neu!, Kraftwerk, Harmonia, Cluster and Popol Vuh. German recording engineer Conny Plank, a hero of Phil's, was responsible for most of the greatest recordings of each of these bands. Life Coach pays homage to the klangfarben of Conny Plank's recordings.

    1. FT2 Theme
    2. Commercial Potential
    3. Lawrence, KS
    4. Forest Opening Theme
    5. Work It Out
    6. Make Good Choices
    7. Gay Bathers
    8. Night Visions
    9. Life Coach
    Phil Manley
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  • House Of Spirits House Of Spirits Quick View

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    House Of Spirits


    A more melancholic take on Brian Eno's "Baby's On Fire",
    only with dusty country-style vocal harmonies - Pitchfork


    Bells of Paonia is a lush and pretty fuzz-guitar drone with
    plenty of starry-eyed melody in there - Stereogum


    Warm organ tones shine through the fuzz, showing The Fresh &
    Onlys at their most earnest and heartfelt. - Consequence of
    Sound



    With surreal nightmares, glistening pop tempered by sinister
    undertones and even unsettling experimentalism, The Fresh & Onlys'
    fifth album, House of Spirits is the San Francisco quartet's most
    focused and most experimental yet. The material gestated during
    vocalist Tim Cohen's isolated stay on an Arizonan horse ranch where
    he documented dreams in a bedside notebook. The resultant songs are
    by turns pristine, feverish, and bizarre, as The Fresh & Onlys returned
    to Lucky Cat Studios in San Francisco with Phil Manley (Trans Am)
    to recast the textures, leaps of logic and evocative character of
    Cohen's dreams into songs.

    1. Home Is Where?
    2. Who Let the Devil
    3. Bells of Paonia
    4. Animal of One
    5. I'm Awake

    6. Hummingbird
    7. April Fools
    8. Ballerina
    9. Candy
    10. Madness
    Fresh And Onlys
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  • Like Mirage Like Mirage Quick View

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    Like Mirage

    Moholy-Nagy is the moniker of San Francisco /
    Berlin-based musicians Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (The
    Alps), Danny Paul Grody (The Drift) and Trevor
    Montgomery (Lazarus, The Drift). The trio are the
    founding members of Tarentel a group that helped
    inspired a decades worth of widescreen ambient rock
    and Like Mirage reunites them for the first time since
    that group's sophomore album, The Order of Things,
    was released almost a decade ago.


    Recorded and mixed by Phil Manley of Trans Am and
    The Fucking Champs, Like Mirage is the culmination
    of many months of improvisation, exploration and a
    few scattered live performances in the Bay Area.
    Although beginning with no particular sound or vision
    in mind, the groups interest slowly began to revolve
    around electric bass, analogue synthesizers, and the
    steady pulse of the drum machine. Expanding their
    pallet while in the recording studio to include piano,
    acoustic and electric guitars and the live drums of
    Damon Palermo (Jonas Reinhardt, Mi Ami), the
    group bottled a vibrant landscape that recalls the late
    70's explosion of cosmic and new age music as if it
    were a sunset descending on the damp streets of San
    Francisco.

    1. Tears Of The Prophet
    2. Brute Neighbors
    3. Sunday Brunch
    4. Somersaults
    5. Seagulls
    6. Homeless Comet
    7. Migratory Birds
    8. Astronomy Is A Natural Science
    9. Lunar Zone
    10. Nightjar
    Moholy-Nagy
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    Shadowland (EP)

    Formed in 2006 by Jon Porras and Evan Caminiti, Barn Owl use their guitars to paint broad musical strokes on a canvas stretched between the framework of ambient, drone, Americana, and Black Metal.


    In 2010, this unique blend of stylistic references coalesced into their debut Thrill Jockey release, Ancestral Star, an album that marked the evolution of the Barn Owl sound into something wholly their own, transcending the sum of its influences. The arrival of Ancestral Star fostered comparisons ranging from Sunn O))) to Ennio Morricone, often within the same critique.


    The new material on Shadowland takes inspiration from the devotional sounds of Popol Vuh and Alice Coltrane and also possesses the pitch black weightlessness of Fushitsusha and early Tangerine Dream. With waves of guitar soaring over liquid synthesizers tones, Barn Owl combine lush, melancholic serenity with cacophonous, deconstructed guitar to exhibit a visceral meeting of light and dark.


    Cyclical themes were explored heavily: mantric guitar processions, swelling bass waves, and fluttering tremolo hypnotism. Shadowland was recorded by Phil Manley (Trans Am) in San Francisco and mastered at D&M in Berlin.

    1. Void and Devotion

    2. Shadowland
    3. Infinite Reach
    Barn Owl
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  • Last Ex Last Ex Quick View

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    Last Ex


    180 Gram Audiophile Pressing Includes Art Print
    Poster


    Last Ex is the new instrumental rock ensemble led by Simon Trottier and
    Olivier Fairfield, long active in Quebec's experimental/punk scene, though
    perhaps best known as core members of Timber Timbre, which spawned the
    Last Ex project.


    Last Ex is the new instrumental rock ensemble led by Simon Trottier and
    Olivier Fairfield, long active in Quebec's experimental/punk scene, though
    perhaps best known as core members of Timber Timbre, which spawned the
    Last Ex project.


    Constellation knew nothing of this back story when the label received the
    Last Ex demos in spring 2014; we just heard a compelling, compact, coherent,
    highly evocative instrumental album that kept worming its way into our ears.
    By the tenth time someone in the office said Let's play that Last Ex stuff
    again - and everyone enthusiastically agreed - it was time to contact the
    band. This music belonged in the Constellation catalogue: an instrumental
    rock album of superb compositional and melodic sensibility, balancing
    minimalism and restraint with atmosphere and tone, bound by a refreshingly
    original approach to production.


    Last Ex makes ample use of the electric guitar as both lead instrument and
    textural sound source, structuring most of the pieces around deliberate
    melodic and contrapuntal deployments of Spaghetti Western twang, while
    distressing, degrading and redeploying those sonics through Fairfield's analog
    tape-based manipulations. Trottier takes on most of the guitar duties, with
    Timbre Timber's Taylor Kirk contributing on a couple of tunes as well. Tight
    bursts of trap set rhythms played by Fairfield, and usually captured with just a
    couple of microphones, along with consistently excellent basslines laid down
    by both Simon and Olivier, propel the album and make this anything but an
    ambient listen. Strings appear on several pieces, courtesy Mika Posen (also of
    Timber Timbre), in a wide range of textures and treatments.


    With its combination of assured lyricism, cinematic guitars, dusky analog
    atmospherics and taut percussion, this is a vivid, concise and expressive
    instrumental album that sits snugly between fellow label acts Do Make Say
    Think and Exhaust on the one hand, Hrsta, Tindersticks and Evangelista on the
    other. Fans of early Trans Am, early/mid Tortoise, Calexico and (obviously)
    Timbre Timber should appreciate this as a very satisfying grower of an album
    as well. Thanks for listening.

    1. Hotel Blues
    2. Girl Seizure
    3. Flûte magique
    4. It's Not Chris
    5. Resurrection Drive Part I
    6. Nell's Theme
    7. Trop tard
    8. Cape Fear
    9. CitÉ d'or
    10. Hotel Blues Returns
    11. Hotel Kiss

    Last Ex
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  • Call By Night Call By Night Quick View

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    Call By Night

    Wymond Miles was raised in the working-class small towns of the American
    West. On Call by Night, the singer's latest widescreen opus, Miles masterfully
    evokes that lost landscape, all while grappling with issues of fatherhood, privacy,
    PTSD, violence, and dissipated romance. The album adds a critical new chapter
    to the Fresh & Onlys guitarist's story as an artist, and reasserts him as a major
    voice in contemporary songwriting.


    Call by Night sees Miles building a noticeably bigger sound than on his previous
    solo records, while simultaneously standing as his most intimate work. It's a
    record explicitly written for the fidelity of the vinyl format, with louder songs
    beginning each album side and quieter songs at the interior. His attention to
    sequencing paid off; the album flows like a piece of classic cinema, and sounds
    like it's splashed across a drive-in screen in 70mm. Recorded using vintage gear
    by Phil Manley (The Fucking Champs, Trans Am) at El Studio in San Francisco
    and Miles' Garden Chamber home studio, the record is a treasure of tube-amp
    warmth, and a landmark in the songwriter's catalog.


    Miles wrote most of Call by Night on piano, and while the wall-of-sound guitar
    and cinematic synth playing that helped define his earlier efforts is still present,
    the beating heart of the songs is left more open thanks to his new method. Where
    previous full-lengths were cloaked in distinct aesthetic choices, this record exists
    outside of any stylistic restraints. "Divided in Two," the lead single, considers
    dignity, class, honor, and father-son relationships through the devastating lens of
    PTSD, all set to a sardonic flag-waving waltz, with martial percussive bomb blasts.
    The title track explores the enduring aesthetic of British psych-folk. Other songs
    dip into the traditions of gospel music, sea shanties, and even big-box power
    ballads, using antique instruments and Miles' unique perspective on the modern
    world to forge a new collection of entries for the American songbook.


    Miles has said the songs on Call by Night mark his "more definitive commitment
    to seek, listen, and give voice to an enduring muse." If that's true, then the muse
    has obviously been singing to him loud and clear.

    1. Summer Rains
    2. Protection
    3. Solomon's Song
    4. Call By Night
    5. Bride of the Lamb
    6. Divided in Two
    7. Rear View Mirror
    8. Stand Before Me
    9. Devil's Blue Eyes
    Wymond Miles
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    Moods Baby Moods


    180-Gram Orange Vinyl


    On previous records, the Sunsets have plundered a
    wide spectrum of musical appropriation (garage-rock,
    forgotten AM radio fodder, Modern Lovers, late-era
    Clash, Doo-Wop, and the Velvet Underground, to
    name a few.)


    Mood Baby Moods follows suit, and on this outing we
    find the Sunsets, along with producer Merrill Garbus
    of tUnE-yArDs, repurposing early '80s funk and new
    wave with rap beats and collages from both sides of
    the ocean (be it Niles Rogers, Jah Wobble, The Gap
    Band, Orange Juice, Trans-era Neil Young or The Tom
    Tom Club.) These are songs that juxtapose the haze of
    today with a vibrant and colorful explosion of sounds
    and 180 degree turns.

    1. Death Cream part 2 "Watch Out for the Cream"
    2. Moods
    3. Modern Age
    4. Well But Strangely Hung Man
    5. Nightmares
    6. Reject of the Lowest Planet
    7. White Cops on Trial
    8. Check Out
    9. Needs
    10. My Little Death
    11. Dead Meat on the Beach
    12. The Hospital Grounds at Night
    Sonny & The Sunsets
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