HEARTLESS BASTARDS - RESTLESS ONES INDIE-ONLY VINYL VERSION - PRE-ORDER NOW:
First album since 2012 from the Heartless Bastards comes in a very limited (1,000 copies) indie-only vinyl verison on clear wax. Pre-order now by stopping in or calling the shop (608.259.1991).
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The UK duo Psychemagik have carved out a special spot amongst the lively, friendly competitors in the obscure groove scene that thrives in the secondhand shops and flea markets of Europe. Magik Sunset makes three in the series of compilation mixes from the pair, and its just as chock full of impossibly good unheard tracks as the first two. A limpid groove and the prospects (or results) of a hangover are the basic constants that run through these songs, which range from soft rock, downer folk and funky blues, to smoky soul, slow disco, and reggae, from names like Greg Sonnleitner, Kathy Stack and P'Cock. Pulled from records only a few people in the world even knowingly own, and assembled together like a cabinet of curiosities, these tracks feed off of eachother like funky strains in a petri dish, highlighted all the more by the second disc here, which mixes the tracks into one long set. You'll want to crank the sun back and watch it go down again with this one.
- Evan/Strictly Discs
After making her name with a series of beguiling releases of unclassifiably dark solo music, Haley Fohr (nee Circuit des Yeux) assembles a band of like minded adventurers and snags her stake in the spotlight. Cave's Cooper Crain and recently-departed Madisonian Kathleen Baird of Spires join her here with a few other Chicagoans, on an album steeped in candle-lit drama that gives the latest output from Swans a solid run for its money in terms of fleet-footed, psychedelic anguish. Fohr croons and howls, echoing Patty Waters and "Janitor of Lunacy" era Nico, but her delivery is not foreboding. In Plain Speech may be a menacing cavern, but Fohr lights every step of the way, welcoming you into a place of solitude she has occupied for sometime now, walls flickering with cascading drums, shimmering guitar and peals of viola. It's an exhilarating trip down.
- Evan / Strictly Discs
CD $14.99 / LP $18.99
The Pan label brings us the first results of an ongoing collaboration
between several leading lights in the realm of adventurous
electronics. The team here is headed up by Co La (aka Matt Papich, out of Baltimore) and Max D (who runs the Future Times label in DC) and they are joined in studio by Dawit Eklund, Jeremy Hyman and Motion Graphix. Additional solo recordings were submitted for overdubs from Jordan GCZ (of Juju & Jordash fame) and ambient mainstay Gigi Masin, from their homebases in Europe. The work of all these contributors creates a music that is arrestingly calm; no sign of too many cooks in the kitchen. The combination of live jam and studio engineering means Lifted is closer to a fusion record than a techno or new age album, one of the first of its kind for this generation of musicians. Appreciators of Co La and Max D's solo work will recognize the oddly-metered loops, vaporous horns, and twinkling synths that hang about these tracks, and Masin's tidal piano is unmistakable, but any given individual identity is subsumed here into something larger; it sounds like the wellspring of an underground aquifer untainted by any of the cliches or preconceived notions of what electronic music should be.
- Evan/Strictly Discs
Depending on how you look at it, the music on Don't Think I've Forgotten is some of the saddest music you'll ever hear, or some of the most joyful. The set begins in the 1950s, when Cambodia's popular music scene was influenced by cabaret jazz and popular singers from the West like Johnny Hallyday. It concludes with the silent moment that ended all the music, the triumph of the Khmer Rouge, which saw Pol Pot exterminating Cambodia's creative class, including even its star musicians, and destroying just about all the records to prove it ever existed. This compilation is the companion to a just-released documentary telling the stories of these forgotten musicians, which I'm told is a must see. The music here covers a breathtaking range, from torchy jazz, to touching covers of Western pop (Pou Vennary's version of "You've Got A Friend" will bring you to your knees), to fired-up garage ramblers, to psychedelic rock. It's a miracle that recorded evidence of this music even exists, let alone that it is so intoxicatingly good. Must hear!
- Evan/Strictly Discs
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Pick up a two-track CD single featuring "Dead Inside" and "Psycho" at the shop for just two bucks and be the first to hear new music off the forthcoming Muse release, Drones. CD single contains coupon for $2 off the full length CD or LP out June 9th!
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