Record Highlight — Horse Lords

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NNA Tapes is pleased to announce Hidden Cities, the second LP from Baltimore’s Horse Lords. Over the two years since their critically acclaimed self-titled debut, Horse Lords have become fixtures on the American DIY scene, touring with Matmos, Guerilla Toss, and Guardian Alien, and playing festivals such as Hopscotch, NXNE, and Fields Fest. Recorded and mixed by Chris Freeland (Wye Oak, Lower Dens), on Hidden Cities Horse Lords square the circle, making music that is alternately tight and loose, real-time risky and process oriented, reconciling the sweaty force of a killer basement show with the icy precision of conservatory training.  Available starting 11/4.

 

Record Highlight — Glenn Jones

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Coming soon from Vin Du Select Qualitite is a very limited pressing of Glenn Jones’ “Changing Ships On A Falling Tide”.  Housed in a unique letterpress folder.  Watch VDSQ for availability and updates.

 

Record Highlight — Bain Wolfkind

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The music of Bain Wolfkind could be described as a Lynchian take on artists like Lee Hazlewood with dark brooding vocals and slow blues,rock,country,psychedelic,cinematic, surf, swamp and electronic overtones.The lyrical content draws heavily from Crime Fiction, Blues, Country and B grade Cinema and Americana.While primarily a solo project, in the singer songwriter vein, Bain Wolfkind involves many guest musicians in the studio and guitarists for live performances.

Bain Wolfkind performs sporadic live shows in Australia, The United States, Europe, Japan and South East Asia.  The You’re Surely Gonna Die 7 inch will be available very soon on the Not Just Religious Music label.

 

Record Highlight — The Selfish Giant

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The Turtledove, the Swallow, and the Crane is The Selfish Giant’s debut album. A 10 song concept album inspired by Flannery O’Connor, the book of Jeremiah, and the Salton Sea.  It was birthed out of Matthew Tinken’s Master’s Thesis project at Fuller Theological Seminary. He was inspired by the short stories of Flannery O’Connor, which he was reading alongside the book of Jeremiah. The desert landscape of Niland and the mysterious past of the Salton sea engulfed his imagination and were the perfect backdrop for the album. It’s a concept album that tells the story of a young girl as she struggles with her family and her conception of home.  Grab it now.

 

Record Highlight — Sun Club

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if it ain’t overheatin, it’s oversweetin….Sun Club is a group of buddies playing happy music.  You can grab Dad Claps at the Mom Prom from either Byrdhouse Records or Goodnight Records – each label has a limited edition variant.

 

Record Highlight — Guitar Star

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First time vinyl reissue of the Outsider, Real People, proto-punk fuzz of Sound Ceremony’s first record, Guitar Star. From the mid 1970s to the early 1980s multi-instrumentalist Ron Warren Gandertonn (electric and acoustic guitar, harmonica, keyboards and piano) – under the name Sound Ceremony – along with a rotating cast of accompanists (including future members of the Pretenders, late period progressive rockers Quasar, and Subway Sect) created a hard to narrowly define, small catalog of sounds praised by private-press hunters, esoteric appreciators and “out of time” searchers. Ganderton’s output holds echoes of monotone mavens like proto-punks Jonathan Richman and Lou Reed, similarities to cult-raved acts such as Armand Schaubroeck and Kenneth Higney, and carries a loose influence of the ‘talking blues’ tradition while maintaining a uniqueness and singularity laced with ‘60s fuzz, primitive and skittering rhythms, and alternately confrontational and heart-on-sleeve topicality—thusly eking out its own sonic territory with a population of one. To put it down succinctly, just like a period advertisement did, Ron Warren Ganderton is, “One of rock’s individuals.” Originally released circa 1978. Insert with detailed liner notes from Jeremy Cargill (Ugly Things/Got Kinda Lost), plus rare photos. One time pressing of 500 copies – available from One Kind Favor Records.

 

Record Highlight — Kelly Pardekooper

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Iowa City native Kelly Pardekooper is a songwriter, singer, guitar playing noise-maker currently based in Indianapolis. He has toured all over the United States and Europe and showcased his songs everywhere from SXSW in Austin to the Take Root Festival in Holland.  His new album, Milk In Sunshine, is available for pre-order now.

 

Record Highlight — Nihilist Spasm Band

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No Record by Nihilst Spasm Band is one of very few indie label releases on Spin Magazine’s list of 100 top counter-cultural music, ahead of legends like Mulatu Astatke, Brigitte Fontaine, Pärson Sound, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra, Harry Partch, and Os Mutantes. Zowie!  Limited to 500 copies, and digitally mastered from the original master tapes.  Available from Lion Productions and independent retailers now!

 

 

Record Highlight – Plastic Ants

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Plastic Ants is maximum chamber pop from Cincinnati, Ohio, featuring singer-songwriter Robert Cherry, bassist-producer John Curley, drummer Joe Klug, and keyboardist-singer Guy Vanasse. In a world carved out by Plastic Ants you’re only as tall as the height of your hopes. And things, well, they’re looking up.

 

Record Highlight — Jerry Lee Lewis

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October 28 is Rock & Roll Time! One of the greatest rock and rollers of all time, the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis will be releasing his new album Rock & Roll Time on October 28th on Vanguard Records – his first for the label. Rock & Roll Time features a star–studded line up of guests including Keith Richards, Robbie Robertson, Ron Wood, Neil Young, Shelby Lynne, Nils Lofgren, Daniel Lanois and more. The first single & title track premiered on RollingStone.com.

The track ‘Rock & Roll Time’ was originally co-written and recorded by Kris Kristofferson in 1974. Lewis’ rendition features guitarist Doyle Bramhall II and Jon Brion. Recorded at the House of Blues Studio in Memphis, this 11 song collection pulls from the vaults of Chuck Berry (Little Queenie), Bob Dylan (Stepchild), Johnny Cash (Folsom Prison Blues), and Jimmy Reed (Bright Lights, Big City). Full tracklisting below.