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Thursday, 22 May

ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. - Astrorgasm from the Inner Space, Important Records
"Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.'s new album "Astrorgasm From The Inner Space" features their original vocalist Cotton Casino and delivers their most scorching tracks. They've included, appropriately since Important is set to issue Grayfolded on triple vinyl, a brand new re-recording of Dark Star Blues with Cotton Casino. On Astrorgasm From The Inner Space, Acid Mothers Temple look towards their source (the band turns 19 this year) while also evolving towards their next stage."
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Thursday, 15 May

SLEAFORD MODS - Divide & Exit, HARBINGER SOUND
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SLEAFORD MODS

Divide & Exit

HARBINGER SOUND

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: HARBINGER121CD

Sleaford Mods, arguably the UK's most exciting and popular garage rock unit, follow up the acclaimed 'Austerity Dogs' with 14 top shelf songs on 'Divide and Exit' for Steve Underwood's legendary Harbinger Sound. Featuring guest spot from Rita Ora and produced by Flood… not really, we jest - the duo spray another snotty dispatch from the frontline of the bar, Jason hollering about wanking, pissing and Chumbawumba to Andrew's drum machine (gun) stomps and ball-swanging bass guitar hooks. There's a few anthems-in-waiting with the likes of 'You're Brave' (check their rendition at RSD14!), the sn… Read more
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SLEAFORD MODS - Divide & Exit, HARBINGER SOUND
HUNTERCHILD - Hunterchild, Temporary Residence Ltd.

HUNTERCHILD

Hunterchild

Temporary Residence Ltd.

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: TRR229CD

“Luke Jones has this great big voice; not just recording-booth big, but grain-silo big, the kind so rousing, so grandiose, it’d overpower anything short of an anthem.” Pitchfork // A few years ago, an unknown group from an unlikely town began generating the kind of "next big thing" blog buzz that eventually leads to a big label bidding war, support slots on major tours, and unanimous praise. For Bloomington, Indiana's Dreamers of the Ghetto, it resulted in a divorce and a devastating break-up. "Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, … Read more
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HUNTERCHILD - Hunterchild, Temporary Residence Ltd.
NED DOHENY - Separate Oceans, Numero Group
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NED DOHENY

Separate Oceans

Numero Group

Format_dot_cdCD // £17.49

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Cat. Number: NUM052CD

**Prime yacht rock classics and previously unissued demos juiced from Ned Doheny's legendary catalogue** "With no less than a mansion, a state beach, and a three-mile stretch of Los Angeles road bearing his surname, Ned Doheny easy-glided into the 1970s on a crest of notoriety. Signposting Ned’s sojourn through the LA recording industry were Jackson Browne, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Chaka Khan, Graham Nash, "Mama" Cass Elliot, Bonnie Raitt, and David Geffen—each a household name both inside and far from southern California. And while no bust of Ned Doheny appears alongside those of his Laurel … Read more
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NED DOHENY - Separate Oceans, Numero Group
ARCHIE BRONSON OUTFIT - Wild Crush, Domino Recording Co

ARCHIE BRONSON OUTFIT

Wild Crush

Domino Recording Co

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: WIGCD333

"Archie Bronson Outfit’s musical journey is built on a code of brotherhood; instinctive and intuitive, with distinct nods to their shared musical passions, from driving Krautrock motorik beats and moments of classic psych disorientation, to journeys deep into the heart of the Mississippi blues heartlands or ‘O Superman’ pioneering spirit of NY circa 1981. Featuring long-time friend of the band Duke Garwood on baritone sax, ‘Wild Crush’ is the sound of Archie Bronson moving forward with confidence and surety, an album that finds them rooting down yet unafraid to explore hidden musical corners and produce their most exhilaratingly direct music to date."
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ARCHIE BRONSON OUTFIT - Wild Crush, Domino Recording Co
PAPIR - III & IIII, EL PARAISO

PAPIR

III & IIII

EL PARAISO

Format_dot_cd2CD // £13.99

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Cat. Number: EPR018

"This 2CD set collects Papir's two latest albums, previously released on vinyl only. III originally came out in February 2013, IIII in February 2014. Papir from Copenhagen, Denmark have gradually developed their unique vision of instrumental psychedelic rock over the course of four albums. The band manages to transform heavy, psychedelic music into something new and relevant, something truly unique. Sure, Papir knows their kraut- and progrock history, but unlike the majority of bands in the present day psych-rock scene they venture far beyond mere pastiche. Guitarist Nicklas Sørensen and Bassist Christ… Read more
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PAPIR - III & IIII, EL PARAISO

Thursday, 08 May

SWANS - To Be Kind (Double CD + DVD Edition), Mute
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SWANS

To Be Kind (Double CD + DVD Edition)

Mute

Format_dot_cd2CD+DVD // £14.49

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Cat. Number: LCDSTUMM364

*Deluxe 2CD and DVD Edition, includes a Swans live in 2013 DVD* Michael Gira's musical vehicle pulls up to its thirteenth and possibly most outstanding album yet. Featuring guest spots from Little Annie (vocals), St. Vincent (vocals), Cold Specks (vocals), Bill Rieflin, and Julia Kent (strings) among others, Swans two hour-long 'To Be Kind' is nothing short of an American epic, fittingly recorded by the venerable John Congleton at Sonic Ranch, outside El Paso Texas, with further recordings and mixing accomplished in Dallas, Texas. It's also the group's first album for Mute, and a… Read more
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SWANS - To Be Kind (Double CD + DVD Edition), Mute
KEN VANDERMARK & DAVID GRUBBS - Parallax Sounds (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), JUST TEMPTATION
Parallax Sounds features Ken Vandermark as its leading original music composer, interpreted by Parallax Ensemble, which comprises some of the key members of the post-rock movement including David Grubbs (Gastr del Sol, Bastro, Squirrel Bait), Steve Albini, John Herndon, Nate Wooley and more.
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BO NINGEN - III, Stolen Recordings

BO NINGEN

III

Stolen Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

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Cat. Number: SR077

"Bo Ningen’s third album ‘III’ is a rich and accomplished album that has seen the band evolve musically. Collaborations with Jehnny Beth of Savages and Roger Robinson of King Midas Sound feature and the band have sung partly in English for the first time. ‘III’ illustrates Bo Ningen as a group with a singular vision, reaching for what they define as ‘pure music’, by turns esoteric and a no holds barred sensory assault."
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Saturday, 03 May

YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN - Uzu, ATP/Recordings

YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN

Uzu

ATP/Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: ATPRCD51

Review to follow shortly…
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Thursday, 01 May

THE HORRORS - Luminous, XL Recordings

THE HORRORS

Luminous

XL Recordings

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Cat. Number: XLCD640

‘Luminous’ follows the success of the silver-selling ‘Skying’. Tasking themselves as ever with moving onwards, The Horrors were determined to make an album that was brighter, more positive, more electronic. “We’ve refined our sound,” affirms lead singer Faris Badwan, “and in terms of songwriting it is the record I'm happiest with.” Or, in the words of bass player Rhys Webb, “it’s not so much about heavier guitars as a heavier potency… We want to make music you can dance to, music that elevates…” Luminous by name, luminous by nature - this is an album radiating light and energy. These songs are The… Read more
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THE HORRORS - Luminous, XL Recordings
OUGHT - More Than Any Other Day, Constellation
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OUGHT

More Than Any Other Day

Constellation

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

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Cat. Number: CST103CD

"Debut album from one of Montreal’s most talked-about indie-rock bands. New studio recordings supplant the band’s 2012 Bandcamp release, one of Weird Canada’s “Albums we wished were released physically”, praised by HeroHill, Said The Gramophone; “Top 15 Emerging Bands” on ArtInfo.Ought has been burning with a strong and steady flame since flickering to life in Montreal just before the inspired months of the Quebec student general strike in 2012. The mass mobilization against neo-liberal austerity measures indelibly shaped the emerging sound, vision and social mandate of Ought. Then band’s… Read more
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OUGHT - More Than Any Other Day, Constellation
TUNE-YARDS - Nikki Nack, 4AD
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TUNE-YARDS

Nikki Nack

4AD

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

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Cat. Number: CAD3414CD

"When Merrill Garbus first committed her tUnE-yArDs persona to tape, she used a simple dictaphone to capture every part and then lovingly pieced it all together on GarageBand. A laborious process partly enforced by tight finances, the resulting album Bird-Brains (2009) was a sheer joy. A record so unique, it immediately set hearts racing; The Guardian in their five-star review went as far as to call her "the find of the year." At the same time, she enlisted Nate Brenner on bass to help her make tUnE-yArDs an unmissable live act. It worked. Word of mouth quickly spread, helping to fill every venue… Read more
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TUNE-YARDS - Nikki Nack, 4AD
VARIOUS / SOUL JAZZ - PUNK 45: Sick On You! One Way Spit! After The Love & Before The Revolution Vol.3: Proto-Punk 1969-77, Soul Jazz Records
"Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Punk 45’ album is a collection of tracks of twisted, raw and energized proto-punk music from the early 1970s, ahead-of-its-time music which led the way for the birth of punk in the second half of the 1970s. ‘Punk 45: Sick On You! One Way Spit! After The Love & Before The Revolution: Proto-Punk 1969-77’ is the third volume in this series, following on from two earlier albums as well as Soul Jazz Records’ massive 400-page ‘Punk 45’ cover art book (compiled by Jon Savage, author of the… Read more
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VARIOUS / SOUL JAZZ - PUNK 45: Sick On You! One Way Spit! After The Love & Before The Revolution Vol.3: Proto-Punk 1969-77, Soul Jazz Records
BIS - Data Panik Etcetera, DO YOURSELF IN
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BIS

Data Panik Etcetera

DO YOURSELF IN

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

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Cat. Number: DYI002CD

"Long lost Indie-pop heroes Bis return with "data Panik etcetera" - a release that brings us up to date with recordings from the year spent re-branded at data Panik, alongside other aborted attempts to record a 4th, and definitive, bis album. Hardcore fans have been desperate to get their hands on these recordings, and the band have carefully selected and remastered the pick of the bunch - which sit neatly together to create a cohesive whole. The band have still been playing storming sets live over the last few years, surprising punters at places such as Primavera in Barcelona and 2013's Indiet… Read more
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BIS - Data Panik Etcetera, DO YOURSELF IN

Thursday, 24 April

TEEN - The Way and Colour, carpark

TEEN

The Way and Colour

carpark

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: CAK94CD

"Imagine a 21st-century amalgam of Talking Heads' Remain in Light and D'Angelo's Voodoo, with a little of OutKast's Aquemini thrown in for good measure, all filtered through TEEN's distinctive musical vision. And listen closely: the tracks are filigreed with all kinds of fascinating events buried deep in the mix. Any great band evolves. And even though TEEN have released some excellent and acclaimed music in their first few years of existence, they knew they were still discovering their voice — in more than one sense of the word. TEEN just might have found it on their brilliant second album, Th… Read more
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TEEN - The Way and Colour, carpark
PIXIES - Indie Cindy, Pixies Music

PIXIES

Indie Cindy

Pixies Music

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

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Cat. Number: PM006CDX

After more than twenty years, and following two recent EPs and an extensive touring plot, the hugely influential and iconic Pixies mark their return with ‘Indie Cindy’, their first full-length album since 1991’s ‘Trompe le Monde’.

Thursday, 17 April

SONIC BOOM - Spectrum, Space Age

SONIC BOOM

Spectrum

Space Age

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.49

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Cat. Number: ORBIT044CD

'Spectrum' was recorded between 1988 and 1989 during Spacemen 3's golden period and is widely considered a genuine masterpiece of gently psychedelic pop music. The packaging alone will keep you occupied for hours on your bean bag. Recommended!
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DEATH - III, Drag City
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DEATH

III

Drag City

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

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Cat. Number: DC583CD

**Crazy, hard-rocking proto-punk aces from Detroit circa 1975-1980** "Five years after the second life of Death was started with the release of their revelatory 1976 album, ‘For The Whole World To See’, Death’s ‘III’ slams the door on the vault with a powerful set of songs that bring equal amounts of rock and ethereal soul-searching, in high-fidelity, rich bottomed, studio-grade sound. • ‘III’ starts with David inside a deep 1975 guitar improvisation, rising up through atmospheres and prehistoric guitar murk to coalesce in jagged monster-riff-dom. The whole exercise recalls Funkadelic’s great Eddie Hazel whi… Read more
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DEATH - III, Drag City

Wednesday, 16 April

THE WAR ON DRUGS - Lost In The Dream, Secretly Canadian

THE WAR ON DRUGS

Lost In The Dream

Secretly Canadian

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

INDIE / ALTERNATIVE

Cat. Number: SC310CD

Review to follow shortly…
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Thursday, 10 April

THE AMAZING SNAKEHEADS - Amphetamine Ballads, Domino Recording Co

THE AMAZING SNAKEHEADS

Amphetamine Ballads

Domino Recording Co

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

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Cat. Number: WIGCD316

*CD in high gloss mini gatefold digipack with printed inner* The Amazing Snakeheads - Dale Barclay, William Coombe and Jordan Hutchinson - are truly a force of nature. ‘Amphetamine Ballads’ is the soundtrack to the dark corners of nightclubs and those dimly lit alleyways off the main drag. The smell of smoke and liquor pervades everything. Recorded at night time at The Green Door Studio in Glasgow, this is a subterranean record, an album that can show you ‘round the parts of a city that come alive after dark. A monument to the redemptive powers of rock & roll, full of rage, … Read more
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THE AMAZING SNAKEHEADS - Amphetamine Ballads, Domino Recording Co
THEE OH SEES - Drop, CASTLE FACE RECORDS

THEE OH SEES

Drop

CASTLE FACE RECORDS

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Cat. Number: CF053

"John P. Dwyer has been lancing eardrums with Thee Oh Sees in an ever-escalating flurry of records for the past six years. Since the release of The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending a Night In announced a new loud era (and excepting a few momentary detours into home-baked territory—Dog Poison and Castlemania, for example), Dwyer and company have pummeled a bit harder each time out, cementing their reputation as a live force to be reckoned with and leaving legions sweaty and bruised in the process. Late last year, after years of relentlessly touring the world, the word got out… Dwyer’s moving to Los … Read more
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THEE OH SEES - Drop, CASTLE FACE RECORDS

Thursday, 03 April

AVEY TARE'S SLASHER FLICKS - Enter The Slasher House, Domino Recording Co
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AVEY TARE'S SLASHER FLICKS

Enter The Slasher House

Domino Recording Co

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

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Cat. Number: WIGCD331

"‘Enter The Slasher House’ is the debut album from Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, comprised of Avey Tare (of Animal Collective), Angel Deradoorian (of Dirty Projectors, Deradoorian), and drummer Jeremy Hyman (of Ponytail, Dan Deacon), Avery Tare’s Slasher Flicks unites Avey Tare’s songwriting abilities with Deradoorian’s melody lines and Hyman’s flexible rhythms. The band could be described as a monstrous and nightmarish jazz power trio inspired by campy horror movie themes…"
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THE SKULL DEFEKTS - Dances In Dreams Of The Known And Unknown, Thrill Jockey
*CD version comes in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package with spot UV printing* ‘Dances In Dreams Of The Known Unkown’ is the new album from Swedish group The Skull Defekts, with the legendary Daniel Higgs (Lungfish) joining Joachim Nordwall and Daniel Fagerstroem on vocal duties and acting as the group’s spiritual ringleader. The Defekts have long acted as the backbone of the Swedish experimental underground, but since their 2011 breakthrough ‘Peer Amid’, the group has emerged at the vanguard of a new wave of radical Scandinavian rock music alongside Ic… Read more
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THE SKULL DEFEKTS - Dances In Dreams Of The Known And Unknown, Thrill Jockey
ELLIS ISLAND SOUND - Regions, Village Green
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ELLIS ISLAND SOUND

Regions

Village Green

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

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Cat. Number: VGCD007

"Ellis Island Sound are Pete Astor (The Loft, Weather Prophets, Wisdom Of Harry) and David Sheppard (State River Widening, Snow Palms). ‘Regions’ is the duo’s third album since their inception and has already been described as “Afro-Krautrock” and “Teutonic High Life”. It is possible to detect the influence of Jean Bosco Mwende or King Sunny Ade’s guitars, along with polyrhythmic ensemble force of Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 and T-Funk-period Talking Heads. Sometime Radiohead collaborator John Matthias adds vocals to five tracks, coming on like an opiated James Brown channelling Damo Suzuki."
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ELLIS ISLAND SOUND - Regions, Village Green
MICK HARVEY - Intoxicated Man / Pink Elephants (2014 Remaster), Mute
"‘Intoxicated Man’ (1995) and ‘Pink Elephants’ (1997) are Mick Harvey’s interpretations of the songs of legendary singer, songwriter and poet Serge Gainsbourg and are the first major works translating Gainsbourg’s influential work from French to English. The collection includes two unreleased tracks, ‘Dr. Jeckyll’ and ‘Run From Happiness’. Originally Harvey embarked on the project as a result of his own curiosity about the songs and particularly the lyrics. At the time of the original recordings Gainsbourg was little known outside classic works such as ‘Je T’ai… Read more
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MICK HARVEY - Intoxicated Man / Pink Elephants (2014 Remaster), Mute
JESSE SPARHAWK & ERIC CARBONARA - Tributes & Diatribes, VHF
"Tributes & Diatribes is the lovely second set of tracks from the entirely unusual duo of Jesse Sparhawk (38-string lever harp) and Eric Carbonara (22-string upright Chaturangui guitar, banjo, nylon string guitar). The four tracks here are restrained and unhurried, letting the elegant string flow breathe and build over each cut. Like on their debut Sixty Strings (also on VHF), there’s plenty of virtuosity, but it’s not showy and crass. These guys are more mood-builders (deep, cosmic, meditative) than doodlers. Even though Tributes & Diatribes is immediately graspable by… Read more
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JESSE SPARHAWK & ERIC CARBONARA - Tributes & Diatribes, VHF
INVENTIONS - Inventions, Temporary Residence Ltd.
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INVENTIONS

Inventions

Temporary Residence Ltd.

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

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Cat. Number: TRR231CD

RIYL: Explosions In The Sky, Eluvium, Sigur Rós, Stars Of The Lid, Brian Eno. "Inventions is the new band formed by longtime friends, tourmates, and labelmates Matthew Cooper of Eluvium, and Mark T. Smith of Explosions In The Sky. There are plenty of talking points here: The fact that Cooper hasn’t been in a “band” of any sort since he was a teenager; no member of Explosions In The Sky has released an album outside of the context of EITS since their inception in the late 90s; and, of course, this is a dream duo for anyone familiar with the unparalleled emotional resonance of Cooper and Smith’s re… Read more
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INVENTIONS - Inventions, Temporary Residence Ltd.
MAN FOREVER (WITH SO PERCUSSION) - Ryonen, Thrill Jockey

MAN FOREVER (WITH SO PERCUSSION)

Ryonen

Thrill Jockey

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

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Cat. Number: THRILL364CD

*CD version in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold jacket* "Man Forever is an exploratory percussion project helmed by John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions), one of New York’s most versatile and critically lauded collaborators and a founding member of Oneida. Since its inception in 2010, Man Forever has hosted an impressive list of guest performers, but few have been as specially qualified to perform Colpitts’ technically challenging meditative workouts as So Percussion, the United States’ premiere contemporary percussion ensemble. So Percussion have commissioned and premiered new composi… Read more
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MAN FOREVER (WITH SO PERCUSSION) - Ryonen, Thrill Jockey
DIANE CLUCK - Boneset, Important Records
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DIANE CLUCK

Boneset

Important Records

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Cat. Number: IMPREC370CD

"After a seven-year hiatus, Boneset is the seventh album from the excellent Diane Cluck. Cluck's uniquely clipped, glottal vocals and harp-like acoustic guitar embed in rich textures from cellist Isabel Castellvi and drummer Anders Griffen. Recorded to analog tape at Brooklyn's Trout Recording, Boneset is comprised of songs written years ago, not so long ago, just recently, laid out in near-chronological order. Dark to light to dark, the album overends as a kind of mobius strip, songs seeded with birds, death, wealth, poverty, boldness and heart. "Diane Cluck has been under-appreciated for so long,… Read more
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DIANE CLUCK - Boneset, Important Records