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.
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
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.
“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.
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
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!
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.
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.