The Austin TX based Paper Moons coupling has been crafting incredibly sincere indie folk songs since 2007. No Love is their second full length offering since 2008, following their last release New Tales. This record is 10 new songs of simply astounding beauty and songwriting craftsmanship. Subtle vocals wisp through layered guitars and simple, but perfectly placed drumming. After seeing a Fall 2013 digital release on legendary emo label Deep Elm, Stormchasers LTD is overjoyed to give these songs a proper vinyl release.
Recorded in northern California in 1984 and released in a micro edition by the Creative Sound imprint in January of the following year, Journey to the Light is a true lost gem of private issue New Age music, an album that is more spoken about than heard and deserves to be recognized alongside established classics of the genre. For too long it has languished out of print and been nearly impossible to come by, occasionally popping up in private auctions only to be snatched up by savvy collectors.
Performed with processed electric guitar, zither, voice, and field recordings, it is unabashedly beautiful music- two sidelong pieces that feel as though they may have always existed, hanging in the air like a morning fog over the Pacific. For as archetypal to the genre as Banning’s compositions might appear to be, it would be remiss not to comment on their singular nature, on what sets them apart from those works to which one would be inclined to compare them. Indeed, Banning’s music has a seriousness and intensity that was absent from much of the New Age scene as it existed in the early ’80s.
Available soon from Students of Decay.
Partly inspired by the true story of the Salton Sea, a failed river redirection to assist Californian agricultural development at the turn of the 20th century, Rafael Anton Irisarri’s The Unintentional Sea mimics the ideas of transformation of place. During the1950s, this ecological disaster was seized and rebranded by corporate land developers, turning it into a dream getaway destination. Before long, record temperatures and a rising level of water mineralization led to the mass death of fish and other wildlife, and in turn so too did the resort town’s population, leaving behind a vast post-human deserted wasteland. This unintentional sea had given life and now has taken it away.
The follow-up to the much acclaimed The North Bend, this album continues Irisarri’s development of landscape inspired musical renderings. Like the Salton Sea of today his latest edition is a gently churning portrait of fluidity. It’s a record that sounds like staring at a vast ocean in light breeze. Layer upon layer of currents swirl below the surface, while gentle surges and waves coalesce creating fleeting patterns and moments of intermeshed sonics. As these elements meet and break away again, a sense of motion – both micro and macro – is created, a rendering of the ocean calm before the inevitable storm. Coated in a thick blanket of bass tonality, flickers of light catch on the crests of these waves, uneasy jewels of sonic light that appear as quickly as they disappear.
Available from Room40 now.
Victory and Associates write rock anthems that you did not know you needed. punk rock passion, post punk sass, big riffs, etc. Take the parts of huge classic rock you may actually WANT to turn up, mix it with the parts of indie rock that ROCK, get it moving with driving, energetic force and you are on the trail to victory… and associates.
Try to catch them on tour, and grab their new record – Better Luck Next Life.
Based in Nashville, but raised in a coal miner’s company house on the banks of Buffalo Creek, WV, Stone Jack Jones is the descendant of four generations of coal miners. After being rejected from military service in Vietnam due to epilepsy, and discouraged from pursuing the coal mining business, Jack decided to start wandering. By the time he landed in Nashville, where he met Roger Moutenot, Patty Griffin, and Kurt Wagner, Jack had worked as a carny, an escape artist, a ballet dancer, a professional lute player, and even owned a late night performance art club in Atlanta.
Stone Jack Jones’ 3rd full-length, Ancestor, was produced with Roger Moutenot (known for his work with Yo La Tengo, Sleater Kinney, They Might Be Giants, and many other incredible artists) and features collaborations with Patty Griffin, members of Lambchop, and Courtney Tidwell. The tales on Ancestor distill Jack’s lifetime of experience into songs that use the esoteric narratives of an American rambler to elucidate the celestial worlds within each of us. Intensely meditative, the album patiently explores the hardness of the coal mines, the mystery of suicide, the comfort of a dog’s acceptance, the idea that forgetting all you know can be the first step towards hearing and reconnecting with your muse, and one man’s gratitude for the love he’s been given and the life he’s had the chance to live. Pre-order from Western Vinyl now!
We were extremely pumped when Boxing Clever Records called us to take on the next installment in their series highlighting “The First Historical Record Of Music Snobbery”. Release #4 feathers The Great Crusaders b/w Planeausters:
THE GREAT CRUSADES
To describe The Great Crusades as folk-punk-country with hints of New Orleans blues is just the tip of the iceberg. This is music straight out of a smokey whiskey bar, telling tales of gritty realism with complex, multi-layered tones and dynamic instrumentation. Songs from the streets have never sounded better.
The craft of creating music is at the core of Planeausters’ mission. Filled with emotion, energy, story and impeccable musicianship on all fronts, this is an indie rock group that knows exactly what they want to say to the listener. What you take away from it can be many things, but most of all, moving.
Mix the Hot Club of Paris with the sweaty soul of Dixieland, a couple blades of bluegrass, a pinch of ragtime beat, and a western swinging swagger and you’ve just conjured the sound of The Appleseed Collective. Over the past few years, the band has put the pedal to the metal touring the country in support of their 2012 release, Baby to Beast.
Formed in 2010, The Appleseed Collective has become a force of nature driven by their local community and developed by a strong sense of do-it-yourself drive. In an age of corporations and climate change, the band’s commitment to buying & selling local, eating from gardens, and being their own bosses has led to the kind of success that feels simply organic.
Everybody brings something fresh to the table. Upon returning from a trip to New Orleans, guitarist Andrew Brown had a song in his heart that just wouldn’t quit–when a chance meeting introduced him to Brandon Smith, violinist and improvisation enthusiast, Andrew knew he’d found the Stephane Grapelli to his Django Reinhardt. Vince Russo, percussionist and van-packing expert, speaks freely and cleverly with each clack of the washboard or ding of the short-order cook’s bell. Katie Lee brings a vocal range that is a force to be reckoned with. It’s angelic one moment and powerhouse the next, all complemented by twinkling banjo melodies. And the addition of double bassist Ben Rolston to the mix delivers a level of musicality and jazz sophistication that sends hearts a-flutter.
Grab the new album – Young Love
The Pressure was formed out of one very important thing; love of the original Jamaican rocksteady sound. In 2008, DJ started putting together musicians to start forming what would be that sound, and over the years of refining the lineup, song writing, and show playing we’ve finally put together something we believe you will love.
They have written songs like “Devotion” and “Everytime You Go” that bring in a sweet sultry mix of American soul with downbeat reggae, or “Worn Cruciform” that dig’s into the 70′s reggae revival sound, or “Kingston Review” that pays approbation to the bluebeat ska sound of the 60′s. There is something for everyone in their debut album, but unequivocally you will find this record to be the timeless sound you go back to over and over again. Available Now!
Wax Packs Series 1 is a collectable 7″ series packaged like Baseball Cards, collect all 10 different records! Featuring new music from the best independent artists: Arliss Nancy, PJ Bond, Aspiga, Broadcaster, Such Gold, Austin Lucas, Marathon, Half Hearted Hero and more!
Hobby pack: 1 Random 7″ Record
Hobby box: 5 Different, randomized 7″ records (1 on rare color vinyl guaranteed) + Collectable download card (collect all 20!)
Hobby Case: 10 Sealed Hobby Boxes + Bonus case topper – 1 test pressing from one of the 7″s
Jumbo Distributor Case: 14 Sealed Hobby Boxes
Available from Secret Audio Club — check out WaxPacks.us for more info.
One of the more elaborate vinyl packages we have worked on is now available from Sleeping At Last — it is the triple-LP collection entitled Yearbook. The package includes twelve album-sized art cards featuring each of the 12 Yearbook covers (lyrics to every song on the backs) — each track being released on vinyl for the first time ever!