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This 16 song collection features studio performances that Dave Alvin recorded over the years for his own albums or for tribute albums but mainly they're just things he did for the pure kicks of playing music he loves with musicians he loves and admires. The songs range from some originals to interpretations of compositions by dear friends like Peter David Case, Chris Smither and the late Bill Morrissey to tunes written by heroes like Willie Dixon, Bob Dylan, Lil Hardin Armstrong, Earl Hooker and Marty Robbins. The music ranges from acoustic blues and ballads to electric barroom blues, folk/rock and even a little country/rock. There are contributions from dearly departed comrades like Chris Gaffney, Amy Farris and Bobby Lloyd Hicks as well as from old Blasters pals like Gene Taylor along with various members of The Guilty Men/Women/Ones plus help from brilliant accompanists like Greg Leisz, Cindy Cashdollar, Bob Glaub
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This 16 song collection features studio performances that Dave Alvin recorded over the years for his own albums or for tribute albums but mainly they're just things he did for the pure kicks of playing music he loves with musicians he loves and admires. The songs range from some originals to interpretations of compositions by dear friends like Peter David Case, Chris Smither and the late Bill Morrissey to tunes written by heroes like Willie Dixon, Bob Dylan, Lil Hardin Armstrong, Earl Hooker and Marty Robbins. The music ranges from acoustic blues and ballads to electric barroom blues, folk/rock and even a little country/rock. There are contributions from dearly departed comrades like Chris Gaffney, Amy Farris and Bobby Lloyd Hicks as well as from old Blasters pals like Gene Taylor along with various members of The Guilty Men/Women/Ones plus help from brilliant accompanists like Greg Leisz, Cindy Cashdollar, Bob Glaub
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Dave Alvin

Eleven Eleven

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Dave Alvin turns it up. The intensity, the focus, the volume. On Alvin's new album Eleven Eleven, the man who many credit with pioneering what has come to be known as 'roots rock,' revisits the burning, guitar-centered blues rock that initially defined his career along with his band The Blasters in the late 1970s.
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Dave Alvin

West of the West

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WEST OF THE WEST is Dave Alvin's tribute to the songs and songwriters of California. It's the fourth-generation Californian's latest excursion into the sounds and history of his home state, continuing the high standard he set King of California and Blackjack David.
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Dave Alvin

Ashgrove

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Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin

Lost Time

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2015 album from founding members of The Blasters, paying tribute to their formative influences with reworkings of songs by Big Joe Turner, Leadbelly, James Brown, Willie Dixon & others! Includes 'Cherry Red Blues'.
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Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin

Lost Time [Vinyl]

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Lost time is not found again.” This ancient idiom is at the heart of brothers Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin’s long, tumultuous relationship. However, in Dave’s own words, “Some-times Fate, or God or the Universe, gives you a rare chance to prove an old saying is wrong.” The brothers’ new album, appropriately titled Lost Time, does just that. Over Lost Time’s twelve tracks, Dave and Phil pay homage to a number of artists and songs that had an early, formative influence, in Dave’s words “the masters of the Blues, the most transcendental form of American music.” Everyone from Lead Belly to James Brown is represented, but the figure who looms largest on the album, and in the brothers’ own musical journey, is Big Joe Turner. The Alvins met Big Joe as teenagers, and he would mentor them for the remainder of his life. They remain his humble students, and cut four Turner songs for Lost Time.If their GRAMMY®-nominated 2014 album Common Ground was the sound of a partnership rekindled, Lost Time is a four-alarm fire. Dave’s guitar work slithers and stings as never before, and Phil’s feral howl cuts to the core. Dave and Phil both sing and play guitar throughout Lost Time, and are joined by a crack band including Lisa Pankratz (drums), Brad Fordham (bass), and Chris Miller (guitar).The Alvin brothers founded seminal early LA punk roots band The Blasters in 1979, and after Dave left the group in 1986, they did notrecord an album together again until Common Ground. In addition to its Grammy nomination, that record earned wide critical acclaim,, and features with NPR’s Fresh Air, The LA Times, Wall Street Journal and more. Dave and Phil will tour extensively behind Lost Time with Dave’s band The Guilty Ones.
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Blasters founders Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin have had a famously combative relationship over the years, but as Dave once said, "We argue sometimes, but we never argue about Big Bill Broonzy." So it's fitting that their love of Big Bill brings them together in the recording studio for their first album together since the Blasters' Hard Line in 1985. Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play & Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy features the Alvin Brothers performing a dozen songs from the Broonzy songbook, and while listening to this is a potent reminder of how good Broonzy's songs still sound in the 21st century, it also demonstrates the complementary talents of Dave and Phil Alvin. Dave is the hot-shot (but musically savvy) guitarist whose fiery leads and switchblade solos give the melodies a spark they wouldn't have with Phil calling all the shots, and Phil has the outsized, passionate vocal style that brings Big Bill's tales to life in a way Dave's more modest instrument can't quite match (though Dave sings as well, and doesn't embarrass himself when he steps up to the mike). Put them together, and in this context you don't get the Blasters, but you do get something that recalls a bit of the wild fun that band knew how to conjure. It's clear the Alvins love this music and know how to mess with it in just the right way, and they don't treat Broonzy's tales of all manner of wild living like museum pieces, but as vital, living bits of American music, and that's how they sound on this album. Common Ground isn't "The Return of the Alvin Brothers" so much as a joyous continuation of the mission they launched when the Blasters first hit the stage in 1979, and if they're a little older and craggier in 2014, they clearly know how to make this stuff rock, and this is a modest triumph for one of roots rock's most fascinating partnerships.
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 Four song double 10" bound in a 78 style book featuring Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin playing the songs of Big Bill Broonzy.

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Donna Marie

Keeper

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John Doe is one of modern music's most authentic & enduring songwriters. A keystone of the legendary LA punk rock band X, the Chicago Tribune called him, ''punk rock's golden throat.'' While touring with X over the last 30 years, Doe also cultivated his own career as a solo artist, diving head-first into alt country, folk, and gut-wrenching rock'n'roll.
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John Doe

Golden State

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John Doe

Year in Wilderness

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John Doe is back again. As a founding member of punk monoliths X, he seized his rightful place as one of the most influential musicians in American alternative music in the 1980s, clearing a path for the revolution in that genre that would take place a decade later. Since launching his solo career in 1990 with the dusty road-poetry of MEET JOHN DOE, John has produced six stunning roots tock albums of frightening honesty and vision. A YEAR IN THE WILDERNESS is no exception. Guest stars appearing on a YEAR IN THE WILDERNESS include Dave Alvin, Jill Sobule, Kathleen Edwards, Dan Auerbach, Greg Leisz and Aimee Mann.
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John Doe

For the Best of Us

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This is not John Doe's new album. Originally an EP called FOR THE REST OF US, Yep Roc's new version is a full length titled FOR THE BEST OF US. The new expanded version includes 5 previously unreleased songs recorded during the same sessions as the EP.
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Dolorean

You Can't Win

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After 2003s NOT EXOTIC and 2005s VIOLENCE IN THE SNOWY FIELDS, Dolorean became an underground favorite with national critics, writers and a loyal following of fans. Now, with YOU CAN'T WIN, their third Yep Roc release, Dolorean delivers another collection of melancholy and stunningly beautiful folk pop songs. Singer Al James completed the eleven new songs here after Dolorean's 2005 European tour, and before long, the band performed the set live at two gigs within two weeks at one bar in their hometown Portland, OR. After these two brief outings, James and cohorts promptly went into the studio and recorded all the basic tracks in one weekend. Cinematic and haunting in their imagery, the songs on YOU CAN'T WIN- from the spooky opening percussion on the title track to the closing notes of "My Still Life"- confirm the critical accolades.
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Dressy Bessy

Fast Faster Disaster [LP]

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Fast Faster Disaster makes it clear that, two decades down the road from the band's seminal D.I.Y. beginnings, Dressy Bessy's distinctive songcraft remains as sharp and pithy as ever. The Denver combo's second Yep Roc release Fast Faster Disaster's dozen new songs affirm Dressy Bessy's career-long commitment to barbed lyrical insight and effortlessly catchy melodies.

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Jennyanykind

Big Johns

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Jeremy

Remember This

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Infused with the classic sounds and ineffable cool of classic '50s and '60s rock & roll, Jeremy & the Harlequins are a five-piece band hailing from New York City. The band was formed by lead vocalist Jeremy Fury (born Jeremy Lublin) and guitarist Craig Bonich, two friends with similar musical viewpoints who had played in a short-lived band called the Romans. When Stevie returned from a sojourn in Europe, he soon teamed up with Jeremy and Craig. Jeremy had a backlog of songs, and after guitarist Patrick Meyer and bassist Bobby Ever joined the new group, they wasted no time getting to work. Within weeks of the band settling on their lineup, they began recording an album in the summer of 2013, and it finally reached the public in 2015 under the title American Dreamer. Upon it's release, Steven Van Zandt began playing their tune "Trip into the Light" on his syndicated radio show, Little Steven's Underground Garage, and the musician and DJ honored it with his weekly accolade of the Coolest Song in the World.
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Jeremy & Harlequins

Remember This

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The classic sounds of classic '50s and '60s rock & roll, Jeremy & the Harlequins are a five-piece band hailing from New York City. The band was formed by lead vocalist Jeremy Fury (born Jeremy Lublin) and guitarist Craig Bonich, two friends with similar musical viewpoints who had played in a short-lived band called the Romans. When Stevie returned from a sojourn in Europe, he soon teamed up with Jeremy and Craig. Jeremy had a backlog of songs, and after guitarist Patrick Meyer and bassist Bobby Ever joined the new group, they wasted no time getting to work. Within weeks of the band settling on their lineup, they began recording an album in the summer of 2013, and it finally reached the public in 2015 under the title American Dreamer. Upon it's release, Steven Van Zandt began playing their tune "Trip into the Light" on his syndicated radio show, Little Steven's Underground Garage, and the musician and DJ honored it with his weekly accolade of the Coolest Song in the World.
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With the release of second album, Into the Night, New York five-piece Jeremy & The Harlequins are building on the momentum of last year's debut, American Dreamer. Not only was one of that record's songs - 'Trip Into The Light' - featured in the Tom Cruise movie Edge Of Tomorrow, it was also voted as the Coolest Song in the World of 2015 by the listeners of Little Steven's Underground Garage radio show, after Bruce Springsteen's right hand man, Steve Van Zandt, personally picked it as his coolest track in the world for the month of July.
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Jeremy

Into The Night

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With the release of second album, Into the Night, New York five-piece Jeremy & The Harlequins are building on the momentum of last year's debut, American Dreamer. Not only was one of that record's songs - 'Trip Into The Light' - featured in the Tom Cruise movie Edge Of Tomorrow, it was also voted as the Coolest Song in the World of 2015 by the listeners of Little Steven's Underground Garage radio show, after Bruce Springsteen's right hand man, Steve Van Zandt, personally picked it as his coolest track in the world for the month of July.
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Jim White Vs Packway Handle Band

Take It Like a Man

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When Athens, GA outfit the Packway Handle Band sought Jim White out to produce an album, the quintet learned he had a massive stash of bluegrass songs just waiting to be sprung on the world – and they would make the perfect slingshot. In the hands of White and the ebullient Packway Handle Band, the whole album adds up to a huge dose of fun, with just a dash of sorrow.
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When Athens, GA outfit the Packway Handle Band sought Jim White out to produce an album, the quintet learned he had a massive stash of bluegrass songs just waiting to be sprung on the world – and they would make the perfect slingshot. In the hands of White and the ebullient Packway Handle Band, the whole album adds up to a huge dose of fun, with just a dash of sorrow.
Jim White Vs Packway Handle Band - Take It Like A Man [Vinyl]
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Nick Lowe

Abominable Showman

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Nick Lowe's Abominable Showman was recorded with his post-Rockpile touring band Noise to Go. Following the blueprint of Rockpile, the band also featured a second lead vocalist in erstwhile Ace frontman Paul Carrack and had been featured on the Lowe-produced Carrack album Suburban Voodoo (as well as on this album s duet Wish You Were Here). This unit could play hard driving rock & roll and soulful pop music, all in evidence here from the opener (and concert favorite) Raging Eyes to the full on pop-soul of Time Wounds All Heels. And the band barnstormed the USA opening for the likes of The Cars and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers which yields the bonus EP of live tracks from Cleveland s Agora.
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When Nick Lowe was approached by his record label about making a Christmas album, his reaction wasn't exactly one of comfort and joy. And the joys of Christmas infuse the dozen songs on Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family. The album features originals and covers of seldom heard seasonal songs plus a few you may be slightly familiar with. Anyone who likes their Christmas soundtracks with plenty of heart and humor, and a sprinkle of understated charm, will enjoy Quality Street for the newly minted classic that it is. You might say it's the kind of record that gives vulgar, tawdry commercialism a good name.
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Nick Lowe

The Old Magic

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Of Nick Lowe, NPR once observed, ''Few musicians get better with age, Nick Lowe is an exception.'' While it's undeniable that his last album garnered Lowe the best reviews -- dubbed ''utterly fantastic,'' by The Village Voice -- of his career and his best one-week sales in the Soundscan era, there is little doubt that he has always been at the forefront of modern music.
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Nick Lowe

Labour of Lust

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As the bassist and primary songwriter for Brinsley Schwarz, Nick Lowe was one of the catalysts of the pub rock phenomenon in the early 1970s.
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QUIET PLEASE... is the definitive career spanning best of from the British pop genius that makes all other collections obsolete. The 49-track compendium documents the development of one of popular music's greatest song crafters, from his pub rock days in Brinsley Schwarz and later Rock pile, to his now legendary solo career. Healthy doses of material from 20 different albums combine to make it clear why Lowe is credited by artists and critics alike with paving the way for punk as well as changing the face of pop music with albums like JESUS OF COOL, LABOUR OF LUST and AT MY AGE.
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Nick Lowe

Jesus Of Cool [Digipak] [Reissue]

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2008 marks the 30th anniversary of Nick Lowe's seminal 1978 album JESUS OF COOL. The album, released in the U.S. as PURE POP FOR NOW PEOPLE, marks the beginning of one of the most storied and influential solo careers in pop music and marks the true emergence of a songwriting monolith. The album is a literal compendum of 25 years of pop music histroy. Here, on this 30th anniversary edition of the album, the original and U.S. versions of the album are combined to include all material ever available on either release. In addition, seven bonus cuts are included making this the definitive version of this undisputed pop masterpiece.
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Nick Lowe

At My Age

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Sublimely aged in a solid oak barrel, AT MY AGE show cases Lowe's perfection of his own unique brand of soul-soaked country pop, resulting in an album as refined and perfectly distilled as he is. Lowe's convention-breaking phrasing shines backed by gorgeous sixties Memphis-style horns and tastefully subdued guitar hooks. AT MY AGE displays, with Nick's signature Polish, the sublime, linear connection between country, Rhythm and Blues and Rock N Roll. So grab a drink, a smoke and hear Americana done right.. by a Brit.
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Nick Lowe

The Convincer

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Nick continued his hot streak of warm, introspective recordings with this 2001 release, which beautifully balances wry wit and stark emotional honesty. He taps soul, blues, R&B and country as he charms with Has She Got a Friend? Homewrecker; I'm a Mess; Bygones (Won't Go); Cupid Must Be Angry ; Johnny Rivers' Poor Side of Town, and more on CD or vinyl!
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Madness

The Liberty Of Norton Folgate

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UK Ska Pop band Madness first made noise in England as part of the burgeoning 2 Tone/Second Wave Ska scene of the late 1970 's along with contemporaries the Specials. Most known in the U.S. for their still ubiquitous hit single "Our House," Madness is a slice of musical London where international flavors meld into a kaleidoscopic collage of sounds, all moving in unison under the pop music big top. THE LIBERTY OF NORTON FOLGATE is the first album of originals for the band in 10 years and marks a creative renaissance that will remind fans and critics of the prowess of one of the Britain's most influential groups since the Invasion. Patching together elements of Burlesque Jazz, Rock, Ska, and even Polka into an effortless lesson in Pop song craft, THE LIBERTY OF NORTON FOLGATE reestablishes Madness as distinguished statesmen of Pop and a vital force influencing yet another generation of musical groundbreakers.
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Michaela Anne

Oh To Be That Free

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Nashville, TN based songwriter Michaela Anne returns with her new album Oh To Be That Free, the follow up to her 2019 Yep Roc debut Desert Dove. The record was produced by Michaela and Aaron Shafer-Haiss. 'I wrote this collection of songs as a simultaneous reckoning and healing," says Michaela Anne. "They came after a period in my life of self sabotage and unraveling by my own doing. But during the making of this record, life altering experiences occurred and a deeper layer of meaning for these songs appeared. Between the time we started to record and the very final mastering, I conceived, grew and birthed my first child. In the middle of this pregnancy, and the middle of making this record, my mother suffered a devastating and debilitating hemorrhagic stroke. These songs became healers for me as though I had written them for my future self."
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Eggs Over Easy, the American band that invented pub rock, influenced the careers of Nick Lowe, Huey Lewis, Loudon Wainwright III and Elvis Costello, and laid the groundwork for a grass-roots movement that would spawn UK punk, is finally getting its due with a deluxe 3xLP/2xCD set.
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Eleni Mandell

Wake Up Again

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Vinyl LP pressing. Inspired by her experience teaching songwriting at a womens prison, Eleni Mandell's 11th studio release, Wake Up Again, is a set of compelling personalized musical portraits and vignettes. From the dark, dreamy Circumstance to the noisy Be Together, and the jagged brutality of What's Your Handle, the album highlights Elenis strengths as a writer and performer going back to her start under the tutelage of Chuck E. Weiss, Tom Waits and other top chroniclers of people in the shadows. Wake Up Again is a probing look into the lives and minds, the regrets and hopes of those she met, but ultimately also of her and us.
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The Apples In Stereo

Travellers In Space and Time

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The Apples' 2010 album and seventh studio effort, Travellers in Space and Time is the follow-up to their critically acclaimed hit album New Magnetic Wonder and their second release in association with Elijah Wood's Simian Records. Travellers finds the studio-obsessed indie rockers continuing the hook-heavy Pop mastery they achieved on New Magnetic Wonder, an album that spawned performances on Conan O'Brien and Stephen Colbert, along with numerous commercial placements (Pepsi, Samsung, New Balance) and even a performance of hit single "Energy" by the contestants of American Idol. Well over a year in the making, the new material recasts the Apples' signature pop sounds in chrome-plated futurism, all while adding a dance-driven vibe channeling ELO, Barry Gibb, Wild Honey-era Beach Boys and Off the Wall-era Michael Jackson.
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Eleni Mandell

Wake Up Again

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Inspired by her experience teaching songwriting at a womens prison, Eleni Mandell's 11th studio release, Wake Up Again, is a set of compelling personalized musical portraits and vignettes. From the dark, dreamy Circumstance to the noisy Be Together, and the jagged brutality of What's Your Handle, the album highlights Elenis strengths as a writer and performer going back to her start under the tutelage of Chuck E. Weiss, Tom Waits and other top chroniclers of people in the shadows. Wake Up Again is a probing look into the lives and minds, the regrets and hopes of those she met, but ultimately also of her and us.
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Eleni Mandell

Dark Lights Up

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It all started with a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame, where an innocent afternoon wandering the exhibits and learning about her musical heroes, like Hank Williams, George Jones, Buck Owens, and Tammy Wynette, led acclaimed LA singer and songwriter Eleni Mandell on an unexpected journey of profound musical and personal self-discovery culminating in 'Dark Lights Up,' her tenth and most captivating album yet. "It was a profound experience for me," says Mandell. "Seeing all their lyrics and guitars on display made me reflect on just how deeply I'd been influenced by classic country."
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Eleni Mandell

Let's Fly a Kite

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Vinyl LP pressing. 2014 release, the ninth album from the L. A. songstress. Featuring 12 new songs, the album was recorded at Goldtop Studios in London and produced by Neil Brockbank, who also produces for Eleni's fellow label mate, Nick Lowe, and Robert Trehern, who plays in Nick's band. Eleni has created an impressive body of work over the past decade and has received praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, American Songwriter and the Los Angeles Times. Since the release of her previous album, I Can See the Future, Eleni has toured with Nick Lowe, contributed a track to the Sweet Relief III: Pennies from Heaven compilation and was honored with a tribute concert this fall presented by KCRW.
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Eleni Mandell

Let's Fly a Kite

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2014 release, the ninth album from the L. A. songstress. Featuring 12 new songs, the album was recorded at Goldtop Studios in London and produced by Neil Brockbank, who also produces for Elenis fellow label mate, Nick Lowe, and Robert Trehern, who plays in Nicks band. Eleni has created an impressive body of work over the past decade and has received praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, American Songwriter and the Los Angeles Times. Since the release of her previous album, I CAN SEE THE FUTURE, Eleni has toured with Nick Lowe, contributed a track to the SWEET RELIEF III: PENNIES FROM HEAVEN compilation and was honored with a tribute concert this fall presented by KCRW.
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Eleni Mandell

I Can See the Future

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Whether Eleni Mandell sings of dying embers or smoldering passion, a warm glow imbues the music throughout I Can See The Future. All 13 of these new songs are marked by the wry humor and lyrical economy that have long made her work so striking, as well as the tasteful, empathetic arrangements and timeless songcraft that's always characterized her work.
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Mandolin Orange

Tides Of A Teardrop (Standard Edition) [LP]

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Mandolin Orange's music radiates a mysterious warmth -their songs feel like whispered secrets, one hand cupped to your ear. The North Carolina duo have built a steady and growing fanbase with this kind of intimacy, and on Tides of A Teardrop, it is more potent than ever. By all accounts, it is the duo's fullest, richest, and most personal effort. You can hear the air between them-the taut space of shared understanding, as palpable as a magnetic field, that makes their music sound like two halves of an endlessly completing thought. Singer-songwriter Andrew Marlin and multi-instrumentalist Emily Frantz have honed this lamp glow intimacy for years.
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Elf Power

Artificial Countrysides

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Artificial Countrysides is Athens, Ga ' based Elf Power's 14th album and first for Yep Roc Records. The band expand their sound on this record to glorious effect, adding marimba, harpsichord, synth bass, distorted drum machine loops, and mellotron to their time tested mix of fuzz guitars, moog keyboards, pummeling drums, and layered acoustic guitars, achieving a satisfying and unique synthesis of traditional and futuristic sounds. Lyrically the album mirrors this approach by discussing the difficulties and advantages of dealing with modern life's digital and artificial landscape, balanced with the natural world. Elf Power formed in Athens, GA in 1994 and have released 14 albums, two eps, and a handful of singles, while touring North America, Europe, and Japan many times playing alongside acts like R.E.M., Flaming Lips, Dinosaur Jr., Neutral Milk Hotel, Guided by Voices, Arcade Fire and many more. Albums such as 1998's Dave Fridmann-produced "A Dream In Sound" and 2008's collaboration with the late folk rock icon Vic Chesnutt, "Dark Developments", have cemented the bands' reputation as the finest purveyors of modern melodic psychedelic folk rock around. The band became known as a member of the much heralded Elephant 6 Collective, which includes their friends and collaborators Neutral Milk Hotel, Apples in Stereo, Olivia Tremor Control, Of Montreal, and many more. Undigested Parts Clean Clothes Artificial Countrysides The Gas Inside the Tank Soft Trash Filming The Sequel Before All the Actors Die Metal House Floods Did It Really Exist? Dark Rays Pouring Hot Water on the Anthills Constantly Touching
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Fresh off the release of the critically acclaimed NEW MAGNETIC WONDER and one of the most productive years of their career (including a remix for Yoko Ono and tours of Europe and Taiwan), The Apples in Stereo are releasing the long-awaited compilation ELECTRONIC PROJECTS FOR MUSICIANS through Simian Records / Yep Roc Records" Elephant 6. Named after an electronics how-to manual by Craid Anderton, the album can be seen as the band's follow-up to their 1996 compilation SCIENCE FAIRE.
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Dressy Bessy

Fast Faster Disaster

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Fast Faster Disaster makes it clear that, two decades down the road from the band's seminal D.I.Y. beginnings, Dressy Bessy's distinctive song craft remains as sharp and pithy as ever. The Denver combo's second Yep Roc release Fast Faster Disaster's dozen new songs affirm Dressy Bessy's career-long commitment to barbed lyrical insight and effortlessly catchy melodies.

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Mandolin Orange

This Side of Jordan

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It's hard not to invoke the names Gillian Welch and David Rawlings when discussing Mandolin Orange, the gospel, bluegrass, folk, and country-loving North Carolina duo responsible for the lovely, evocative, antebellum road trip of a record This Side of Jordan, but while multi-instrumentalist Andrew Marlin and violinist/guitarist Emily Frantz share Welch and Rawlings' gift for crafting songs that feel like dust bowl standards lost to time, they sound like they're from the 21st century instead magically conjured from an old woodcut. The duo's third release and first for Yep Roc, This Side of Jordan also invokes names like Nickel Creek, Alison Krauss, and the Civil Wars, offering up clever arrangements, familiar melodies, and lyrics that touch on contemporary themes as well as the holy folk trinity of life, love, and loss. Marlin and Frantz, life partners as well as musical companions, imbue standout close harmony cuts like "House of Stone," "There Was a Time," and the lovely closer "Until the Last Light Fades" with the kind of weathered empathy that can only come from two people who have spent a significant amount of time in freezing cars, cheap hotel rooms, and dusty, pre-dusk clubs waiting for the sound guy to arrive. Marlin's easy drawl is as inclusive as Frantz's is comforting, and when it's just the two of them, everything seems to fall into place, but some of the arrangements on the album, despite being perfectly executed, have a tendency to diminish the intimacy that the duo is so obviously capable of producing, especially on otherwise affecting cuts like "Waltz About Whiskey" and "Morphine Girl."
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Marah

Angels Of Destruction!

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Marah's sixth album, ANGELS OF DESTRUCTION!, finds the kids from Philly in a brave new world: new sobriety, new members and of course, new songs. Culled from a Niagara-like output of songs over the past year, ANGELS OF DESTRUCTION! Is, as David Bielanko puts it "the tip of the iceberg and the bottom of the well". Musically, AOD! Is Marah doing what Marah does. The album swings with abandon and rocks with greasy soul, all the while paying it's respects to the guy-and-a-guitar simplicity that lives at the heart of every rock n roll song. The title track is a propulsive chilled out rocker that hints at the larger themes of the album: religion, redemption, destruction and joy. Much like this song and Marah as a whole, AOD! Is a Phoenix rising from the ashes. It is jumbo jet slamming to earth in a contorted heap. It is everything and nothing at once. It is rock 'n' roll.
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Marah

Counting the Days

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10" single.
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Marah

Can't Take It with You

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Marah

Sooner or Later in Spain

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Marah's first ever live release, SOONER OR LATER IN SPAIN, includes a live DVD with 17 blistering tracks, containing rare material such as fan favorite "Reservation Girl". The accompanying CD features seven live tracks culled from an assortment of other brilliant Marah shows, including material from their critically lauded albums 20,000 STREETS UNDER THE SKY, LET'S CUT THE CRAP, KIDS IN PHILLY and 2005's IF YOU DIDN'T LAUGH YOU'd CRY.
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Marah

If You Didn't Laugh You'd Cry

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Over the past decade we wrote and recorded two records on broken gear, played hundreds of shows touring in a van, made another self-produced record, one big-name-producer record, and had so many rotating band members we get dizzy just thinking about it. So, going into album number five, we decided to try something a bit different, something we've been talking about doing for quite a while recording the band live in the studio. Swift and raw. And so we did. If You Didn't Laugh, You'd Cry is a folk-punk collection of their most personal, introspective songs to date, all recorded in one or two takes in a very short amount of time (by Marah standards, at least!). Yep Roc. 2005.
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Marah

A Christmas Kind Of Town

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Marah made a Christmas album for a number of reasons: (1) to make a Yuletide record we had to record it in the middle of the blistering NYC summer heat. That gave US the excuse to decorate our apartment studio with string lights and plastic snowmen and celebrate Christmas in July too! (2) Really good holiday songs allow decent "liberal" folks to celebrate certain "conservative" values like family, friends, eating dinner together, roasting chestnuts and home fires burning without employing tactics like tightening borders, tax cuts for the elite, veiled racism, and Old Testament brainwashing! (3) a great Noel number is your best shot at being played on the radio! To hear your own Christmas recording in the car on the drive to Grandma's snowy farm would be the absolute bomb! (4) Christmas music makes most people really happy. That's the whole point of music in the first place. So, get a Christmas Kind of Town and get in the spirit! Yep Roc. 2005.
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Mayflies Usa

Summertown

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Artificial Countrysides is Athens, Ga ' based Elf Power's 14th album and first for Yep Roc Records. The band expand their sound on this record to glorious effect, adding marimba, harpsichord, synth bass, distorted drum machine loops, and mellotron to their time tested mix of fuzz guitars, moog keyboards, pummeling drums, and layered acoustic guitars, achieving a satisfying and unique synthesis of traditional and futuristic sounds. Lyrically the album mirrors this approach by discussing the difficulties and advantages of dealing with modern life's digital and artificial landscape, balanced with the natural world. Elf Power formed in Athens, GA in 1994 and have released 14 albums, two eps, and a handful of singles, while touring North America, Europe, and Japan many times playing alongside acts like R.E.M., Flaming Lips, Dinosaur Jr., Neutral Milk Hotel, Guided by Voices, Arcade Fire and many more. Albums such as 1998's Dave Fridmann-produced "A Dream In Sound" and 2008's collaboration with the late folk rock icon Vic Chesnutt, "Dark Developments", have cemented the bands' reputation as the finest purveyors of modern melodic psychedelic folk rock around. The band became known as a member of the much heralded Elephant 6 Collective, which includes their friends and collaborators Neutral Milk Hotel, Apples in Stereo, Olivia Tremor Control, Of Montreal, and many more. Undigested Parts Clean Clothes Artificial Countrysides The Gas Inside the Tank Soft Trash Filming The Sequel Before All the Actors Die Metal House Floods Did It Really Exist? Dark Rays Pouring Hot Water on the Anthills Constantly Touching
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Mayflies Usa

The Pity List

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The Apples In Stereo

New Magnetic Wonder

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In the charmed world of The Apples in stereo's Robert Schneider, music and mathematics are the principal creative outlets. Although these subjects are inextricably linked, New Magnetic Wonder represents the first time Schneider's imagination has seamlessly integrated them on an Apples album.
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Limited yellow colored vinyl LP pressing. Includes digital download. Jukebox the Ghost's Yep Roc debut is celebrating it's 10th Anniversary with this limited edition pressing on yellow vinyl with new liner notes from the band and 9 bonus tracks on the digital download. At the time, PopMatters said of the album, "For those mourning the loss of Jellyfish, Beulah, Blur, or the sounds of XTC's or Squeeze's heydays, purchasing this album is a direct order, and not up for debate." Includes the songs "Schizophrenia," "The Popular Thing," "Half Crazy," and "Empire" 1
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Mayflies Usa

Summertown

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Ian McLagan & The Bump Band

United States

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Some people do the same thing for years and dig themselves into a rut, and then there's folks like Ian McLagan who know their craft and keep getting solid mileage out of it year after year. McLagan has been playing tough but smooth, soul-satisfying R&B keyboards for close to 50 years, and he's as good at it as he's ever been; if you're looking for a good groove, McLagan's a man who can reliably deliver it, and that's what he does on his 2014 solo effort United States. Backed by his longtime partners the Bump Band -- Scrappy Jud Newcomb on guitars, Jon Notarthomas on bass, and Conrad Choucroun on drums -- McLagan doesn't draw a lot of sweat on United States, but the touch he and his band bring to these songs is superb, delivering an effortlessly pleasurable blues shuffle on "How Blue," cutting some moody funk that suggests a slowed-down version of the Faces on "All I Wanna Do," laying out some graceful midtempo rock as Ian contemplates a failing relationship on "Don't Say Nothing," or offering a sweet and generous lament on "Mean Old World." McLagan is a better instrumentalist than a singer (and his skills on the organ and piano remain subtly top-notch), but on United States, time has given his voice just enough grit that it matches the hard-won lessons of his lyrics, and he sounds honest, soulful, and indomitable on these sessions. Ian McLagan is a lifer in the best sense of the word -- this music is his life, and he's probably going to keep doing it as long as he draws breath -- and he's good enough at what he does to keep a real spark in his music a few decades after he first joined the Small Faces. McLagan's easy but powerful groove makes United States another satisfying episode in the life and career of a true rock & roll believer.
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Mercury Rev

Snowflake Midnight

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Swirling atmospherics and mantra-like lyrics abound on Mercury Rev's Snowflake Midnight. Recorded almost exclusively in the band's Catskills, N.Y. laboratory, Snowflake Midnight sees MR continue experiments with laser harps, ad-hoc computer programs and random note generators resulting in a record that moves with grace between avant garde and traditional pop sensibilities. Standout tracks "Butterfly's Wing" and "Senses on Fire" exhibit the emphasis on letting the music define itself, as free as possible from human interference. Zooming in at nearly any magnification, Snowflake Midnight appears to be a resplendent fractal folding in upon itself, into something continually new, unpredictable and spontaneous, and yet so subtly self-aware, that it never fails to resemble itself as a whole.
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Stitch Of The World, Tift Merritt's sixth studio album was written on a friend's farm in Marfa, Texas, at Merritt's California cabin, and in New York City in the wake of several major changes in her life. The album was recorded in Los Angeles while Merritt was six months pregnant, after which she relocated to her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. The time since the release of Traveling Alone has also found Merritt recording and touring with Andrew Bird in his Hands of Glory, MC Taylor,s Hiss Golden Messenger, and classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Merritt work-shopped the songs on Stitch Of The World with longtime friend Sam Beam of Iron & Wine after bumping into him in an airport. The Limited Edition CD is only available on initial pressing. These bonus tracks are not available for purchase with the digital album.
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Tift Merritt

Stitch Of The World [Vinyl]

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Stitch Of The World, Tift Merritt's sixth studio album, was written on a friend's farm in Marfa, Texas, at Merritt's California cabin, and in New York City in the wake of several major changes in her life. The album was recorded in Los Angeles while Merritt was six months pregnant, after which she relocated to her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. The time since the release of Traveling Alone has also found Merritt recording and touring with Andrew Bird in his Hands of Glory, MC Taylor's Hiss Golden Messenger, and classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Merritt work-shopped the songs on Stitch Of The World with longtime friend Sam Beam of Iron & Wine after bumping into him in an airport.
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Tift Merritt

Stitch Of The World

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Stitch Of The World, Tift Merritt's sixth studio album, was written on a friend's farm in Marfa, Texas, at Merritt's California cabin, and in New York City in the wake of several major changes in her life. The album was recorded in Los Angeles while Merritt was six months pregnant, after which she relocated to her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. The time since the release of Traveling Alone has also found Merritt recording and touring with Andrew Bird in his Hands of Glory, MC Taylor's Hiss Golden Messenger, and classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Merritt work-shopped the songs on Stitch Of The World with longtime friend Sam Beam of Iron & Wine after bumping into him in an airport.
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Tift Merritt

Traveling Companion

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The special companion package comes in both CD and LP formats. The CD version includes the hardbound, vintage-inspired book with two CDs in swinging pockets bound within the book's pages. After the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and hometown newspaper the Raleigh News & Observer heralded Traveling Alone as her best album yet, it would have been easy for Tift Merritt to sit back and enjoy the praise. Instead, she embarked on national and international tours, released the classical hybrid album Night with pianist Simone Dinnerstein and dug even further into Traveling Alone to create the beautiful new expanded edition CD and LP box sets. One year after it's initial release, the exquisite expanded version comes packaged with an illustrated hardbound lyric book. Merritt commissioned the images from artist Diana Sudyka to help bring her words to life, packaged in a vintage book inspired by her travels and penchant for old fabrics, wallpapers and bookstores. Equally exciting, in addition to Traveling Alone, bonus album Traveling Companion features 10 unreleased acoustic tracks, including Merritt originals and two covers from Joni Mitchell and Tom Waits, recorded this year in Brooklyn's Mason Jar Music studio with guitarist Eric Heywood (The Jayhawks, Son Volt, Alejandro Escovedo).
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Tift Merritt

Traveling Alone

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Double 180 gm vinyl LP pressing. Traveling Alone follows Tift's critically lauded 2010 album See You on the Moon, which NPR Music called 'beautiful and aching' and People Magazine hailed as 'a most important step forward in a remarkable artistic journey that continues to search, penetrate, and surprise.' for Traveling Alone, Tift Merritt's Yep Roc Records label debut, Merritt put together her dream cast to make a record that was real, raw and live off the floor. Recorded in Brooklyn in 8 days, this album was produced by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket), features a guest appearance by Andrew Bird and a band that includes Marc Ribot (Tom Waits), Eric Heywood (Pretenders, Son Volt), John Convertino (Calexico) and longtime collaborator Jay Brown. These songs were written and traveled by Tift Merritt.
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Tift Merritt

Traveling Alone

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If Tift Merritt's body of work so far has shown anything, it's that she seems incapable of making an uninteresting or emotionally dishonest record, and she can work in a number of different ways and still sound like herself. Traveling Alone, Merritt's fifth studio album, was recorded in Brooklyn with producer Tucker Martine, and for these sessions, Merritt and her studio band cut the bulk of the material live in the studio, with a group of stellar accompanists including Marc Ribot on guitar, John Convertino on percussion, Eric Heywood on pedal steel, and Jay Brown on bass. The close interaction of the musicians is a large part of the sound of Traveling Alone -- hearing them kick into gear in the intro to "Still Not Home" is a thrill -- but despite having a band of top-flight players behind her, Merritt is very much the focus of Traveling Alone throughout, and she's in typically excellent form. The title cut is a bittersweet meditation on the joys of solitude, and much of Traveling Alone concerns itself with freedom and following one's own path, for better "To Myself" or for worse "Still Not Home", and Merritt's lyrics are eloquent with an artful touch that doesn't compromise their sincerity and direct focus, while her strong but elegant melodies are a fine match. As a vocalist, Merritt continues to go from strength to strength, and the purity of her instrument and the intelligence of her phrasing, as well her sure-footed musical instincts, suggest she's maturing into the Emmylou Harris of her generation. And with guest vocalist Andrew Bird doing his best Roy Orbison impression alongside Merritt's lead, "Drifted Apart" is the best ballad of broken hearts to appear so far in 2012. Traveling Alone feels more spontaneous and immediate than most of Tift Merritt's previous work, but it's no less beautiful or affecting for it, and it offers further evidence that Merritt is as good a singer/songwriter as anyone working the form these days. [Yep Roc Records released a deluxe expanded edition of Traveling Alone in the fall of 2013 that included an illustrated hardbound lyric book and a bonus disc of acoustic performances.]
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Erland & The Carnival

Nightingale

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A self-described three-headed beast, Erland & the Carnival consists of vocalist Erland Cooper; drummer David Nock - producer and engineer to stars like the Orb, Paul McCartney, David Gilmour; and Simon Tong former member of the Good the Bad & the Queen, the Verve and now guitar-for-hire for Gorillaz. Taking a post-modern approach to traditional English Folk, the band strips down songs, building them back up into totally new orchestral creations. If the result wasn't so decidedly organic and natural, you might even call them remixes. Nightingale sounds dark, dank even; likely the result of being recorded among the creaking and groaning history of a large ship moored on the river Thames that was successively used as an undercover attack ship for the British navy and a pirate radio station. Erland & the Carnival may take deep-rooted inspiration from folk, but make no mistake, NIGHTINGALE is a ROCK RECORD, an intricate psychedelic circus of guitars and hooks that will, as Erland sings on "I'm Not Really Here," ".. slip into your dream before the end of the show."
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Jeff Austin

Simple Truth

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Jeff Austin has been playing professionally for nearly 20 years, most of them as the vocalist/mandolinist of the game-changing bluegrass jam act Yonder Mountain String Band. Austin has long harbored urges to stretch out musically—and even cast a few pop hooks of his own. He finally makes the leap on The Simple Truth, his solo debut (releasing Feb. 10th, 2015) and maiden voyage with Yep Roc Records.
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Mike Watt

In Quintessence [RSD Drops Sep 2020]

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Mike Watt, legendary bassist behind Minutemen, fIREHOSE, Dos, and so much more, is the latest to release a cover of a Squeeze song for Record Store Day. Mike teams up with his Secondmen for a cover of 'In Quintessence,' the opening track from Squeeze's 1981 album East Side Story. This is the fifth installment from the Swindles series and was produced and engineered by Squeeze-aficionado Steve Mandel. This is the first time Mike's version of "In Quintessence" has ever been released and will be available as a 45 single, with the vocal version on the A-side and the instrumental version on the B-side, for Record Store Day 2020.

SIDE A: In Quintessence SIDE B: In Quintessence (Instrumental)

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The Minus 5

Stroke Manor [LP]

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Less than three days after a doctor predicted he would never play music again, Scott McCaughey began writing his next album while still in the ICU, unable to speak coherently, his right side just waking from paralyzation. In November 2017, the Northwest underground stalwart suffered a stroke that nearly killed him and wiped his entire musical catalog (including the Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows, R.E.M., and many more) from his memory. But instead of wallowing in misery, McCaughey channeled his omni-positive spirit and began to write down whatever incoherent thoughts crossed his mind. He turned those stream-of-consciousness notebook pages into his 13th full-length Minus 5 release, Stroke Manor. The album is a capsule of weeks in a hospital bed and recovery back at his Portland home, where he recorded the album with significant contributions from Peter Buck, Joe Adragna, Jeff Tweedy, and more. The results are often head-scratching, tongue-tying spats of confusion, as the lyrics nudged him to experiment with voice-altering effects, to match the singular new outer-space characters he felt he was singing as.

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The Minus 5

Stroke Manor [RSD 2019]

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Less than three days after a doctor predicted he would never play music again, Scott McCaughey began writing his next album — while still in the ICU, unable to speak coherently, his right side just waking from paralyzation.

In November 2017, the Northwest underground stalwart suffered a stroke that nearly killed him and wiped his entire musical catalog (including the Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows, R.E.M., and many more) from his memory. But instead of wallowing in misery, McCaughey channeled his omni-positive spirit and began to write down whatever incoherent thoughts crossed his mind. He turned those stream-of-consciousness notebook pages into his 13th full-length Minus 5 release, Stroke Manor.

The album is a capsule of weeks in a hospital bed and recovery back at his Portland home, where he recorded the album with significant contributions from Peter Buck, Joe Adragna, Jeff Tweedy, and more. The results are often head-scratching, tongue-tying spats of confusion, as the lyrics nudged him to experiment with voice-altering effects, to match the singular new outer-space characters he felt he was singing as.

1.  Plascent Folk 2.  My Collection 3.  Beacon From RKO 4.  Bleach Boys & Beach Girls 5.  My Master Bull 6.  Beatles Forever (Little Red) 7.  Message Of Mother 8.  Well In Fact She Said 9.  MRI 10. Pink Bag For Rip Torn 11. Scar Crow 12. Goodbye Braverman 13. Top Venom

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The Minus 5

Stroke Manor [RSD 2019]

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Less than three days after a doctor predicted he would never play music again, Scott McCaughey began writing his next album — while still in the ICU, unable to speak coherently, his right side just waking from paralyzation.

In November 2017, the Northwest underground stalwart suffered a stroke that nearly killed him and wiped his entire musical catalog (including the Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows, R.E.M., and many more) from his memory. But instead of wallowing in misery, McCaughey channeled his omni-positive spirit and began to write down whatever incoherent thoughts crossed his mind. He turned those stream-of-consciousness notebook pages into his 13th full-length Minus 5 release, Stroke Manor.

The album is a capsule of weeks in a hospital bed and recovery back at his Portland home, where he recorded the album with significant contributions from Peter Buck, Joe Adragna, Jeff Tweedy, and more. The results are often head-scratching, tongue-tying spats of confusion, as the lyrics nudged him to experiment with voice-altering effects, to match the singular new outer-space characters he felt he was singing as.

1.  Plascent Folk 2.  My Collection 3.  Beacon From RKO 4.  Bleach Boys & Beach Girls 5.  My Master Bull 6.  Beatles Forever (Little Red) 7.  Message Of Mother 8.  Well In Fact She Said 9.  MRI 10. Pink Bag For Rip Torn 11. Scar Crow 12. Goodbye Braverman 13. Top Venom

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The Minus 5

Dear December

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Dear December is a collection of 12 seasonal songs written by Scott McCaughey with a little help from his friends. Guests include Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), M. Ward and Chuck Prophet.

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The Minus 5

Dear December

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Dear December is a collection of 12 seasonal songs written by Scott McCaughey with a little help from his friends. Guests include Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), M. Ward and Chuck Prophet. The Record Store Day Black Friday package is a gatefold jacket with 12 cut-outs on front cover, like an Advent Calendar (!), and white vinyl.

A1: Iowa, A Girl’s Name 2:45 A2: Seasons 3:00 A3: Mary Jane 2:45A4: Rose Colored Glasses 2:40 A5: Musical Tribute To The Oscar Meyer Weiner Wagon 3:35 A6: In Silver Light 2:07 B1: This Song Needs No Introduction 3:00 B2: There’s Nothing Left To Do But Cry 2:55 B3: Bicycle 2:25 B4: Purple Day 2:45 B5: Boop 1:45 B6: Love In A Circle

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The Minus 5

Of Monkees & Men [Vinyl]

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2016 album of original tunes from US outfit paying tribute to The Monkees, featuring members of REM & The Smithereens. Songs include 'Michael Nesmith', 'Song For Peter Tork' & 'Micky Is A Cool Drummer'.
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The Minus 5

Of Monkees & Men

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2016 album of original tunes from US outfit paying tribute to The Monkees, featuring members of REM & The Smithereens. Songs include 'Michael Nesmith', 'Song For Peter Tork' & 'Micky Is A Cool Drummer'.
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The Minus 5

Dungeon Golds

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Dungeon Golds was recorded primarily in the basement (a.k.a. The Dungeon) of Scott McCaughey, leader of The Minus 5. These songs are the product of sporadic spare moments of inspiration over the last few years. This collection was artfully curated, by McCaughey, from the extremely limited edition (750 copies) Record Store Day 2014 vinyl only box set, Scott The Hoople In The Dungeon Of Horror.
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Alejandro Escovedo

La Cruzada [Bone White 2LP]

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Double white colored vinyl LP pressing. Includes digital download.This is Alejandro Escovedo's critically acclaimed album, The Crossing, with the vocals recorded in Spanish. With the lyrics translated into and sung in Spanish, the concept album which tells the story of two young immigrants to the US, who bond over a mutual love of punk rock as they struggle with the racism and discrimination as immigrants, becomes an even more intimate experience. It features guest vocalists, as well as Alejandro singing all of the songs from The Crossing in Spanish. Vocalists on the album include Alex Ruiz (Chingon), Patricia Vonne, Vanessa Del Fierro and Alejandro Escovedo. Tracks like, 'Algo Azul,' ('Something Blue') 'Sónica USA' 'Bandido Para Ti' ('Outlaw For You') really shine here.

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The Minus 5

The Minus 5

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The Minus 5

Killingsworth

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This is another Minus 5 album. Now the eighth LP from the loose creative collective/serious drinking association helmed by wayfarer and musical enabler Scott McCaughey. This one is called KILLINGSWORTH. a recording worthy of the murders committed during it's genesis? Perhaps. Incoherent yarns mostly told after midnight by highway hobos in and around Portland, Oregon? Surely. KILLINGSWORTH features an incarnation of The Minus 5 including apparatus support poles "McOi," Peter Buck and John Moen (Decemberists). Other gypsies in the carnival include the She Bee Gees, further Decemberists Colin Meloy, Jenny Conlee, Chris Funk, Nate Query and many more. Pedal steel belted radials drive throughout the gravelly fern-lined byways of the neighborhood of KILLINGSWORTH. Either ride along with the show or get out of the way of it's careening wheel man, drunk with liquor and blood. Up to you, friend.
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The Minus 5

Minus Five

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Minus 5 return with their latest self-titled record that is a sweet collection of rock-pop joy. Featuring guest appearances by Wilco, John Wesley Harding, Kelly Hogan, Morgan fisher, Sean Nelson, Colin Meloy and John Moen (of the Decemberists).
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The Minus 5

At the Organ

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The band that perpetually creates anachronistic music in a far, distant future returns to the present to revisit a past collaboration. Evil mastermind Scott McCaughey and his sonic frontiersmen are joined by the uber-handsome members of Wilco as they create 7 tracks previously unreleased on compact disc and a video for "The Town That Lost It's Groove Supply." You loved them on DOWN WITH WILCO so why not take the plunge into this sea of newly recorded material, alternate versions and moving pictures? Check it out!
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The Minus 5

In Rock

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Deluxe version of pop-rock gods Minus 5's IN ROCK album. Originally released to a limited pressing of 1000 CDs, this is classic Minus 5 material sparkling with the the wit, taste and melodic sophistication we've come to expect from this bunch.
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Down with Wilco

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Cheyenne Mize

Among the Grey

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Among the Grey

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Autumn Defense

Fifth [Vinyl]

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Vinyl LP pressing. Everyone has a different way to relax after a hard day of work, and for Pat Sansone and John Stirratt, the best way to clear their heads after playing to thousands of people for weeks on end was to find time to craft Fifth, the latest immaculately rendered pop opus from their long-running duo The Autumn Defense. Confident grooves underly the duo's masses of harmonies and carefully layered guitar chimes for what the pair consider one of their most varied efforts to date.
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Jukebox The Ghost

Safe Travels

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Jukebox the Ghost's album SAFE TRAVELS, the ambitious follow up to their 2010 breakout, was produced by Dan Romer (Ingrid Michelson) and features 13 new, original tracks. After playing hundreds of shows, being featured in an IPad ad, and playing Letterman and Lollapalooza, Jukebox the Ghost focused their rambunctious pop music to create a new album with the melodicism of the Beatles, the ambitious prog sprawl of Yes, and the persistent dance motion of New Order.
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Moaners

Blackwing Yalobusha

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During the fall of 2006 the North Carolina-based garage-blues duo The Moaners decided to revisit their Mississippi roots and travel by van and backcountry blacktop to Yalobusha Country, Mississippi. The mission: To record their latest album, BLACKWING YALOBUSHA, with former Squirrel Nut Zippers founder and producer Jimbo Mathus. The songs tell tall tales of barstool black belts and monkey tongues while turned-down slide guitar tumbles through the delta landscapes of Faulkner and O'Connor.
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