TEN STORIES Format: 12” Ice Blue Vinyl Released: 2012, May 15 Label: Mewithoutyou Finding the beauty in Mewithoutyou can be difficult. There are no slow builds to a musical apex. Melodies are unfamiliar and the vocals unique. Often it seems players are independent of each other. Dynamics are at a premium, yet everything flows in the same direction. Ten Stories is about just that. A...
JIMMY EAT WORLD
Format: Double 12” Black Vinyl Released: 1999, February 23 (reissued 2009, 10 year anniversary reissue) Label: Capitol Like an old friend, one you spent a summer with, observing, learning, becoming who you are. White’s and Orazio’s, 3 am radio station ambushes, backyard bonfires and one-off recording sessions. Arguing the merits of Harry Potter, Vonnegut or the validity of...
KROKODIL Format: 7” red vinyl Released: 2012, April 21 (RECORD STORE DAY ONLY RELEASE) Label: 4AD With an endless string on similarly touted artists emerging in the last few years, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. Krokodil will likely be that record for St. Vincent because of its very limited vinyl-only release. And maybe that is the intent as it stands out of St....
Format: 12” Black Vinyl Released: 1975 Label: Power Records Spoken word recordings are about as popular as typewriters; they exist, but only a small group of people finds them useful. This Batman record was passed down to me through family, although when I look back at a timeline of when this record came out and who in my family might have been listening to it, the details seem fuzzy. In...
Mewithoutyou returns with a song that brings them back to their multi-layered, dark and beautiful past selves. Pre-order starts here April 17th, deluxe LP version promised.
BRENDAN LOSCH - SON OF A GUN
With the ushering in of spring comes a song that, if the season had a soundtrack, would appear on it. A song traveling the Midwest landscape with no particular destination in mind except the grace of new growth’s vibrant color. We are not yet in full bloom but are making are way towards it. And if hope springs eternal, the entire record will carry that same sentiment on its 4.10.2012...
TOURNAMENT OF HEARTS Format: 12” White Vinyl Released: 2005, October 11 Label: Sub Pop As artists go, Constantines are as supremely underrated, like many generation’s greatest tend to be. This 2005 release, recorded to tape, captured something different than the anger and confusion of a post 9/11 America. A melancholy heartbreak told in the intimate low spoken language of lovers...