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BIG BLACK “At­om­izer”

TOUCH & GO - SEPTEM­BER 25 2015 Re­mas­ter by Steve Al­bini and Bob We­ston! In­cludes the rare track "Strange Things" found only on the first press­ing of At­om­izer in 1985. Big Black was started by Steve Al­bini in 1982. In 1985, Big Black recorded their first full-length, At­om­izer. Af­ter that came a com­pi­la­tion, a few sin­gles, an EP and their sec­ond full-length al­bum, Songs About Fuck­ing. They toured ex­ten­sively. And they broke up.

BRIAN JON­ESTOWN MAS­SACRE

“Thank God For Men­tal Ill­ness”

A RECORDS - OUT NOW! (First time on VINYL!) BJM’s 3rd col­lec­tion of ab­so­lutely stun­ning mu­sic, recorded & re­leased in 1996. Thank God is the BJM's down-and-dirty coun­try-psych-blues out­ing. The sheer scope of their achieve­ments is stun­ning – rarely are bands quite so pro­duc­tive, or quite so con­sis­tently amaz­ing. BIKINI KILL

“Revo­lu­tion Girl Style Now” BIKINI KILL RECORDS - SEPTEM­BER 25 First ever reis­sue of their 1991 Demo tapes! Fea­tures three pre­vi­ously un­re­leased tracks: Ocean Song, Just Once, and Play­ground. These songs fea­ture a de­cid­edly more grunge sound than the rest of the Bikini Kill cat­a­log. The songs were mixed by Guy Pic­ciotto (Fugazi) and mas­tered by John Golden for this reis­sue. DUN­GEN “Al­las Sak” MEX­I­CAN SUM­MER - SEPTEM­BER 25 Al­las Sak picks up where Dun­gen’s pre­vi­ous al­bum left off, but some­how it sounds bolder and live­lier, feistier yet more fo­cused. Al­las Sak is about ev­ery­day mat­ters: fam­ily, friends, the fine tex­ture of life. Com­mon but never mun­dane, these sub­jects an­chor the mu­sic in the here and now, while the mu­sic lends a cer­tain grandeur to or­di­nary mo­ments.

FUZZ “II”

IN THE RED - OC­TO­BER 23 Se­gall, Moothart and Ubovich are ex­plor­ing all the blank-ations of what will be, or has al­ways been, Fuzz II. Tried and true meth­ods mixed with tongue-twist­ing, teeth-shat­ter­ing, seizure-in­duc­ing stabs at the norm. Bathe in the heat wave that is Fuzz, and re­gret noth­ing in the time freeze. Ne­ces­sity is the mother of cre­ation; and de­vo­lu­tion stakes its claim in the past as it con­tin­ues to bind it­self to the fu­ture. It will be heavy, chaot­i­cally con­trolled, softly ser­pen­tine and blind­ingly bar­baric.

HECTA “The Diet”

MERGE - OUT NOW! HeCTA is a new elec­tronic pro­ject fea­tur­ing Kurt Wag­ner of Lam­b­chop, Ryan Nor­ris of Lam­b­chop and Scott Martin of Lam­b­chop! “Us­ing the idea of com­bin­ing the no­tion of “song” and el­e­ments from stand-up com­edy, and elec­tronic mu­sic and a shared love of the elec­tronic form and its many per­mu­ta­tions, we re­spect­fully, play­fully ex­plored and ex­per­i­mented. It was to be an equal shar­ing of ideas, in­flu­ences, and mis­steps.”.. “This mu­sic is our at­tempt to ex­tend the bound­aries of our ex­pres­sion and have some fun. It’s not Amer­i­cana, house, techno, trap, juke, or blaze. Why would it be? And like any good diet, it will be re­viled then ul­ti­mately loved by all who give it a chance to work its way into their lives. We love you for try­ing, and we’re try­ing to love you back.” – kurtx

JAWBOX “s/t (2015 re­mas­ter/orig­i­nally

re­leased 1995)”

DESOTO - SEPTEM­BER 22 Recorded in Hobo­ken, NJ with John Agnello in win­ter of 1995, Jawbox was the band’s fourth and fi­nal al­bum. If Sweet­heart pre­sented the band’s mu­sic in a straight­for­ward and un­em­bel­lished state, Jawbox found the group more open to ex­per­i­men­ta­tion. While the ba­sic tracks were recorded more or less live, the songs were later aug­mented with sounds – toy drum kit, Ham­mond B3 or­gan, and sax­o­phone – that were out­side of the band’s es­tab­lished palate. Long out of print, Jawbox has been re­mas­tered on LP by Dan Coutant at Sun­room Au­dio and will re-is­sued on vinyl, CD, and dig­i­tal.

MAR­ITIME

“Mag­netic Bod­ies/Maps of Bones”

DANGER­BIRD - OC­TO­BER 16 Dan Di­dier and Davey von Bohlen have been play­ing mu­sic to­gether for over 20 years, more than half of that as Mar­itime, with Justin Klug and Dan Hinz. Since found­ing The Prom­ise Ring in 1995, they have been at the cen­ter of some of the most in­flu­en­tial record­ings in In­die Pop, in­flu­enc­ing the likes of Death Cab For Cu­tie, Dash­board Con­fes­sional and Jimmy Eat World. Since 2003, Mar­itime has con­tin­ued to record and tour, fur­ther shap­ing and defin­ing the ideals of the genre they are widely cred­ited with es­tab­lish­ing. Their latest of­fer­ing finds the band fol­low­ing up on the pol­ished hooks of 2010’s Hu­man Hearts with some­thing a lit­tle more risky, a lit­tle weirder, a lit­tle more oblique in its sen­ti­ment but nonethe­less pur­pose­ful.

JOANNA NEW­SOM

“Divers”

DRAG CITY - OC­TO­BER 23 Good heav­ens — five years go by — what can one do? Dive, lis­tener, know­ing that your next hour will be filled with di­ver­sions aplenty: a wheel­ing cir­cuit of sci-fi sea-shanties and cava­lier bal­lads; a fam­ily of pol­y­semic song-sets; a para­noma­saic Liederkreis of har­monic sym­pa­thies joined by Mel­lotrons and Marx­o­phones and Moogs, clavi­chords and ce­lestas – and of course the harp. The mu­sic of Divers is a won­der of con­sid­ered ar­range­ments – a taut line, threaded with the pearls of pass­ing times... a ray of light di­verted eleven ways, into eleven songs that stri­ate, in chro­matic col­lu­sion. Fea­tur­ing ad­di­tional ar­range­ments and in­stru­men­ta­tion by Nico Muhly, Ryan Francesconi, Dave Longstreth, Dan Cantrell, Kevin Barker, Peter New­som, Neal Mor­gan, and the City of Prague Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra. Recorded with snow­bright, high-noon-ver­ity by Steve Al­bini and Noah Ge­orge­son. PARK­LAND “Sin­gu­lar­ity” OFF­SEA­SON RECORDS - OC­TO­BER 9

Sin­gu­lar­ity mixes im­pas­sioned, heart-laid-bare song­writ­ing evoca­tive of Sparkle­horse and 90’s alt-coun­try with re­flec­tive mid­night pi­ano im­pro­vi­sa­tion, field record­ings, elec­tronic pulses, skit­ter­ing in­ter­pre­ta­tion, un­der­stated, lush or­ches­tra­tion (fea­tur­ing mem­bers of Fond of Tigers). While re­tain­ing a solid singer-song­writer foun­da­tion, Rob Malowany’s im­mer­sion in the Van­cou­ver cre­ative mu­sic scene inspired this merg­ing of tex­tu­ral ex­plo­ration with di­rect and hon­est songs. Along the way, he col­lab­o­rated with song­writer/poet Rod­ney De­Croo, pro­vid­ing mu­sic and sound de­sign to De­Croo’s spo­ken word on the stun­ning al­bum Al­legheny, which Dis­corder Mag­a­zine called “a gor­geously lush and in­tensely cap­ti­vat­ing piece of work.”

Sin­gu­lar­ity is the first doc­u­ment of an artist that is at once in tran­si­tion, and com­pletely at home with his process.

SOUND­TRACK “Tommy: Lon­don Sym­phony

Or­ches­tra”

ODE SOUNDS & VI­SU­ALS - OUT NOW! An all-star sym­phonic per­for­mance of The Who’s famed rock opera “Tommy - As Per­formed By The Lon­don Sym­phony Or­ches­tra”, fea­tur­ing Guest Soloists: Pete Town­shend; Roger Dal­trey; John En­twhis­tle; Ringo Starr; Steve Win­wood; Merry Clay­ton; Richie Havens; Richard Harris. Sold over a mil­lion copies upon its ini­tial re­lease in 1972. The al­bum, re-mas­tered for CD & LP in­cludes a 20 page il­lus­trated li­bretto. (LP edi­tion on dou­ble sil­ver vinyl) The Who are cel­e­brat­ing their 50-year legacy this year, with “The Who Hits 50! Tour” in US & Canada this fall!

TELEKINE­SIS

“Ad In­fini­tum”

MERGE - OUT NOW! “An as­sured fourth al­bum from Seat­tle-based

Telekine­sis, Ad In­fini­tum is glo­ri­ously bathed in ana­logue elec­tron­ics and fea­tures Michael Lerner’s trade­mark knack for in­fec­tious power pop melodies of the high­est or­der.” – Nor­man

VAR­I­OUS ARTISTS “Tou­jours Chic: More French Girl

Singers of the 1960s”

ACE - OC­TO­BER 2 Ex­pe­ri­ence the hip sounds of 1960s France with “Tou­jours Chic!”, the latest in our se­ries of groovy Gal­lic girl-pop. The col­lec­tion is avail­able on 24-track CD and 12-track LP for­mats. Star of the show is se­ries debu­tante Laura Ulmer, who graces the cover of the CD ver­sion and con­trib­utes three pure pop tracks in the France Gall mode. Fa­bi­enne, Zouzou, Char­lotte Wal­ters, Stone, Ni­cole Le­gen­dre, Véronique Sanson and Is­abelle Aubret are all also new to the se­ries.

WAND

“1000 Days”

DRAG CITY - SEPTEM­BER 25 Recorded in Los An­ge­les and San Fran­cisco in be­tween tour days. Panora­mas of the body history are viewed through Wand’s spy-glass as it sweeps the hori­zon. The latest fables buzzing down the civil wire. All these and more are folded and packed neatly into a trav­eler’s trunk stuffed with tonal fre­quen­cies. All by punch­ing a key or play­ing a chord - an il­lu­sion made of parts rep­re­sent­ing a se­quence or set of steps that, taken to­gether, add up to an ex­ploded di­a­gram of a sub­ject and its per­cep­tion, meant to be swal­lowed as a whole. Whether it ad­dresses a way of life, a dark part of history or a ca­coph­ony of per­sonal de­sires, the song re­mains truly a thing, re­gard­less of the an­gle of af­fec­tion.

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