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Record Highlight — White Lighter

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With riffs that easily translate between the languages of classic, modern, and alternative rock, White Lighter features a team of people that have collaborated before, but not quite in this way.

Steve Dail’s bass and guitar compositions are both brute and melodic, with rhythm and song combining effortlessly, while Mark Salomon has once again crafted a lyrical and vocal character that strikes where it matters. Andy Prickett guitar lines are present throughout, swinging things wider than can be predicted, and beats provided by David Brotherton and Trey Many feel pocketed and heavy with bodily force.

Production overseen by Jason Martin, a mix by J.R. McNeely, and mastering by T.W. Walsh make this a listen that is as much of an experience as the words and music are themselves. Vinyl purchasers will be treated to a visual experience as well, provided by Ryan Clark.

 

Record Highlight — Mount Eerie

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Sauna was recorded between June 27th, 2013 and August 13th, 2014 at the UNKNOWN in Anacortes, Washington by Phil Elverum with singers Geneviève Castrée, Allyson Foster, Ashley Eriksson and Paul Benson, and flute by Evin Opp. Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk.

All of the song titles are single words and some of the songs are very long. This is music meant to weigh heavy on you like a lot of cold water at night, and also the sword glimmering at the bottom of the lake at night.  Pre-order now!

 

Record Highlight — John Carpenter

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Lost Themes

Lost Themes is the debut solo album from the legendary director and composer behind Halloween, Escape From New York, They Live, Assault on Precinct 13, and many more. Available on Sacred Bones Records.

John Carpenter has been responsible for much of the horror genre’s most striking soundtrack work in the fifteen movies he’s both directed and scored. The themes can instantly flood his fans’ musical memory with imagery of a menacing shape stalking a babysitter, a relentless wall of ghost-filled fog, lightning-fisted kung fu fighters, or a mirror holding the gateway to hell. The all-new music on Lost Themes asks Carpenter’s acolytes to visualize their own nightmares.

“Lost Themes was all about having fun,” Carpenter says. “It can be both great and bad to score over images, which is what I’m used to. Here there were no pressures. No actors asking me what they’re supposed to do. No crew waiting. No cutting room to go to. No release pending. It’s just fun. And I couldn’t have a better set-up at my house, where I depended on (collaborators) Cody (Carpenter, of the band Ludrium) and Daniel (Davies, who wrote the songs for I, Frankenstein) to bring me ideas as we began improvising. The plan was to make my music more complete and fuller, because we had unlimited tracks. I wasn’t dealing with just analogue anymore. It’s a brand new world. And there was nothing in any of our heads when we started other than to make it moody.”

 

Record Highlight — Diggin’ In A Colemine

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Diggin' in a Colemine

This project has been a couple of years in the making, but Colemine Records couldn’t be happier with the results. Half open drum breakbeats, half funky instrumentals from the Tee See Connection. Featuring breakbeats from Monophonics, Jungle Fire, Soulive, The Jive Turkeys, Los Sosepechos, and The On The Spot Trio. All new breaks ready to be chopped up! Check it out on YouTube.

 

Record Highlight — The Love Letters

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The Love Letters are a band made up of Pittsburgh veterans Mike Shanley (bass), Buck Knauer (guitar), and Erin Dawes (drums). They blend together recent new songs, and past songs from their former bands reaching back to the mid-eighties such as Bone of Contention, Cousin It, and The Mofones.  Check out their new Untitled double 7inch release…coming very soon!

 

Record Highlight — Santa Y Su Gente

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In the 1970’s in Chile, recording anything was complicated. The state-owned IRT label was administered by the military. Domestic releases gave way to an invasion of foreign music. At most, a Chilean group like Santa y su Gente (Santa and his People) could hope for one appearance on television, or a very low-key event—this was the reality of the music world after the coup. Few groups had the good fortune to overcome the prevailing censorship: this was the case with Santa y su Gente (Santa and his People). Santiago Salas was a percussionist stepped in jazz. It was he who assembled a band with musicians of the caliber of Lautaro Rosas and Mario Lecaros. The latter was a powerful musician, who would appear in other jazz fusion projects in those difficult years, and then leave Chile together to do an impressive job abroad with his group Comet. The one and only album by Santa y su Gente, “Urgente,” was released by RCA/IRT/Alba in 1974. This album is very rare, and therefore not well known apart from the collections of a few dj’s. But it contains all you can ask for—a scintillating brew of Latin Afro-jazz fusion, with something powerful to say and beats galore. Highly recommended! Comes with a bi-lingual insert which explores the story of Santa y su Gente in the context of the rich Chilean rock music scene.  Available from Lion Productions.

 

Record Highlight — Wild Arrows

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Wild Arrows – Tell Everyone is available now in a very limited edition pressing on color wax.  Mastered by Josh Bonati, and sold directly by the band, there are only a handful of copies of each color variant available.

 

Record Highlight — John Calvin Abney

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"Dark Horse Army", single from "Better Luck" LP available now on Bandcamp!

John Calvin Abney will be touring with the Damn Quails starting January 2, and promoting his new LP – Better Luck (available January 25).  You can catch the first single from the LP now.  Better Luck was recorded in 9 days at Tiny Telephone, San Francisco, California, from April 28 – May 6, 2014.  Watch as additional tour dates are announed at johncalvinabney.com.

 

Record Highlight — Surachai

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As a response to the deluxe presentation of Ritual and because Form Volume II wasn’t supposed to exist, Surachai decided to keep the theme of non-existence with the vinyl and artwork by calling it the Void Presentation. Firstly: there is no artwork. The vinyl is clear and with no center sticker making it an entirely transparent vinyl record. The transparent information card was manufactured by Offbeat Press and the reference I gave them was the winning ticket to Fhloston Paradise from The Fifth Element. The clear jacket is also clear and originally intended for picture discs. If you’re not looking for this album, you’re not going to find it – basically its a marketing nightmare.  Limited to 250 units.

 

Record Highlight — William Elliot Whitmore

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"Early Years" Box Set of three 180 gram Vinyl Records (with download codes and handwritten postcard) Contains re-recorded versions of Hymns for the Hopeless, Ashes to Dust and Song of the Blackbird. Limited Edition of 500.

William Elliot Whitmore’s The Early Years box set includes “Hymns for the Hopeless”, “Ashes to Dust”, and “Song of the Blackbird” each on 180 gram vinyl, re-recorded and re-mastered as faithfully as possible for your listening pleasure. The set includes download codes for all 3 albums and a signed post card.  You can purchase it from William Elliot Whitmore’s website now!