Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Godspeed You! Black Emperor • G_d' Pee - AT STATE'S END! • 2021



The Peacers "Irish Suit" 2021


Lo-fi psych veteran Mike Donovan’s current project the Peacers will return this March with a new album called Blexxed Rec. It’s Donovan’s first LP since 2018’s solo effort How To Get Your Record Played In Shops and the first Peacers joint since 2017’s Introducing The Crimsmen (though last year Drag City also released a demo collection from his former project Sic Alps).

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Paul Bergmann The Other Side 2021

"Paul Bergmann ventures down unprecedented tonal channels and lyrically mysterious streets, crafting an inspiring ode to creativity, where the sounds of other promiment freak flag waving artists ala Captain Beefheart roam." - Glide Magazine

"Bergmann gently plucks his acoustic guitar, strums an occasional electric guitar, and croons in that beautifully melancholic tone characteristic of Leonard Cohen and Lee Hazlewood." - KCRW

Monday, March 29, 2021

clap your hands say yeah thousand oaks 2021


Nobody's gona to fix her now
But it's a world full of trouble
An American massacre
In Southern California
But we're reasoning with messengers
Who sit and talk about the weather
When it's just another nightmare
A slaughter of the children
With the wolves out there
And the bleeding hearts
And the long, blank stares
And the open mouths
She had her last shirt on
Now all stained with blood
With nowhere to run
And you sit and wonder whether anything could be done
And I could climb a mountain
Ah, but what am I going to find there?
When nothing comes from nothing
With every man an island
And we're reasoning with messengers
Who try to pass for grown men
And they're coming up empty
And they're sending you their thoughts and prayers
With the wolves out there
And the bleeding hearts
And the long, blank stares
And the open mouths
She had her last shirt on
Now all stained with blood
With nowhere to run
And you sit and wonder whether anything could be done


Sunday, March 28, 2021

Connie Constance - Electric Girl 2021



“Electric girl was born and she got me through seasonal depression because she’s impenetrable, unstoppable and a powerhouse of energy! She is our superhuman Mum, she’s endurance and power! Not an image of some societal perfection. There are no beauty standards that apply to this fierce force as she is a queen in her tracksuits and a star in her bedroom. She’s the drug with no come down. Serotonin but make it sexy. Electric girl is here to wake you the fuck up and get your dreams manifesting into realities.”

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah New Fragility 2021

Ounsworth is no longer living in the abstract on New Fragility, the first CYHSY album in dialog with the outside world—and it’s a world of divorce, substance abuse, callous indifference to murder, and also bittersweet nostalgia for that bygone indie-rock era that gave him a platform in the first place. PF


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Ben Gibbard • Live From Home • 2021


Excited to announce that Ben will be doing a Live From Home show this Wednesday, March 17 at 4pm PT! This will mark exactly 1 year since his first livestream show when the pandemic started. Hope you all have been doing well and staying healthy. 

Alexander Biggs • Hit or Miss • 2021




Created in pockets of free time over the course of a few years in many unique spaces from blanket forts to lounge rooms, the songs on Hit or Miss feel well-loved and lived in. From the longing ache in “I’ve Been Holding Onto You For Way Too Long,” to the uncertain nostalgia on 2019 single “Miserable,” Biggs has a way of expertly capturing moments of sadness and heartache, and in the process, helping us all feel a little less alone and somehow, a little more hopeful. Atwood

Monday, March 22, 2021

SON OF THE VELVET RAT • Solitary Company • 2021



Situated at the vanguard of Euro-Folk Noir, these songs build on the cabaret traditions of Old World masters like Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel and Fabrizio De André, now fused with the dark Old Testament prophecy and Kabbalistic visions conjured by New World visionaries Townes Van Zandt, Leonard Cohen or Bob Dylan. 
 
The result is like some exotic desert fruit – equal parts bruised pulp and scarified skin, set off against the crepuscular glow of the violet horizon or blood pooled on the desert floor – all delivered in what accidental fan Lucinda Williams (guests on two tracks) calls Georg’s “great sexy-gravelly voice,” leavened by Heike’s translucent harmonies, like roses circling a tattooed heart.
Paul Cullum


Sunday, March 21, 2021

Real Numbers • Brighter Then • 2021




Following on from 2016's "Wordless Wonder" album, Minneapolis' Real Numbers are back with a brand new EP entitled "Brighter Then." Recorded over winter 2019/2020, the EP shows the band journeying deeper into straight-up indiepop than ever before. Where "Wordless Wonder" partook in lo-fi post-punk DIY pop thrills, "Brighter Then" revels in the more sophisticated sounds of the late 80s and *nails* it. The smart songs and crisp production echo Sarah Records favorites like The Wake and Brighter; while never straying too far from their scrappy DIY roots, Real Numbers have broadened their sound with assurance, and fans of Felt and the Field Mice will be pleased with the results.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Glassmasterer • Trouvaille • 2021


"Might just be my favourite from Glassmasterer...don't know how it makes me feel but I like the feeling" BBC Introducing


LUWTEN • Sleeveless • 2021


Luwten takes its name from a Dutch word which simply means ‘place without wind’. Amsterdam-based Tessa Douwstra adopted it as the moniker for her abstract pop project, so enamoured was she with the creative process of “working in a total vacuum”. Whilst her 2020 EP ‘Door’ was in Tessa’s own words; “A study of a perfectionist who acknowledges that everything’s in a constant state of flux”, the material on ‘Draft’ marks a determined move towards opening up a little, allowing a little fresh air, some outside influence, to rush in. 

Lauran Hibberd • How Am I Still Alive? (with Lydia Night) • 2021



 “Lauran Hibberd is back with a new slacker-pop bop to prove just why she’s being hailed as the next hottest thing” DIY
 
“A firecracker of a track” Billboard
 
“Tongue-in-cheek slacker-pop” NME
 
“Grunge-inflected, punky bubblegum pop…she continues on her upward trajectory in explosively exciting fashion” The Line Of Best Fit
 
"Queen of slacker pop…her witty and irreverent take on slacker-pop can brighten up even the bleakest of days" Dork
 
"Each song from the rising talent feels immaculately well packaged…cool-as-heck indie rock" Clash

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

The Pogues • Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash • 1985


The album's title is taken from a quotation attributed to Winston Churchill "Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy, and the lash." The title was suggested by drummer Andrew Ranken, who said "it seemed to sum up life in our band".

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Monday, March 15, 2021

James Levy & Allison Pierce • Fountain Pen • 2021



The Boot: "With Levy's subdued vocals and a simple melody, "Tootie" explores the blissful normalcy of a good relationship, and what it feels like to lose that — even things as simple as dirty microwaves and nurturing plants grown from seed. "These are the moments why we'll go back and laugh inside / These are the best days of our lives," Levy sings. "These are the moments where I wish you could get back there just for one minute of the day." 

The Great Emu War Casualties • I'm A Yes Man • 2021



"It's a bouncy, infectious one that has ambition from the get go. and when it fills up, it has that potential to send the audience into a real big moment."
4 / 5 Stars (Declan Byrne, Triple J)

"This track is like the perfect outfit - it's got many layers, every aspect compliments each other, and grabs people's attention."
4 / 5 Stars (Ash McGregor, Triple J)

"A delicious slice of indie-pop heaven" (Tone Deaf) 
 

Friday, March 12, 2021

Valerie June • The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers • 2021


Produced by June and Jack Splash (Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, John Legend), The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers achieves that transcendent effect thanks in no small part to the splendor of its sound, an exquisitely composed tapestry of folk, soul, gospel, country, blues, psychedelia, and time-bending symphonic pop. In bringing the album to life, June and Splash stayed true to the spirit of wide-eyed exploration by working with an eclectic lineup of esteemed musicians, absorbing themselves in a prolonged period of free-flowing experimentation and playing with a magnificently vast palette of instruments (flute and banjo, mbira and Mellotron, saxophone and synth, to name just a few). The result is a selection of songs both ornate and elegant, each moment crafted with a profound awareness of what’s most essential in creating enduring beauty. 

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Tasha • Would You Mind Please Pulling Me Close? • 2021



Summers hardly feel like summer anymore 
I can’t seem to lift myself up off the floor 
Please sing to me our old familiar tune 
Remind me what I’ve got left to come back to 
We’ve less and less and less and less to come back to 
I’ll hold on tight to every last one of you
 
 

fox academy & sipper • pretty • 2021



Even from my good side 
I don't look right 

I hate where my mind goes 
Half of the time 
Guess we all get older now 
I don't wanna be here if you're not 
I'll remember you 
You said 

 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Worriers • The Old Friends EP • 2021


Over the past year, Worriers was asked to participate in a number of benefit livestreams, comps, and other projects that wouldn't normally be possible for us to do when we were on tour all the time. Living in different cities during quarantine, we took these opportunities to keep making music together - from home. Over the past few years, various arrangements of Worriers have played cover sets of bands like Fleetwood Mac, Minor Threat, Green Day, and The Lemonheads, so covers have always been a fun extra-curricular activity for us. This collection brings together songs from some of our favorite and most influential bands.

Range Lights: A Relief Map Family & Friends Compilation • 2021


An independent record label based in Western Massachusetts specializing in limited edition pressings for artists of all kinds to emphasize the importance of non-passive listening. 
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Get to know us by listening to Range Lights - A 20 track Relief Map Family & Friends compilation featuring new and unreleased material from Wild Pink, Future Teens, Young Scum + more!

 

Monday, March 8, 2021

Trans Musicians & Allies For Change • 2021



Trans Musicians & Allies For Change is a compilation created in support of our friends and family in the transgender community. 

100% of the money gathered from this compilation will be donated to Trans Lifeline (translifeline.org/donate/). 

 

Saturday, March 6, 2021

The Gary • Fallow • 2021





The Gary have always played the soundtrack to your life, whether Dave Norwood was singing your past, present, or future; whether he was in a metaphorical or literal phase; whether his middle-aged Texan baritone was the voice you thought would put your story to song.

PACKS • Silvertongue • 2021




These guys are one of my favorite Toronto bands of the last little while, and they were starting to get quite a bit of buzz going pre-pandemic, playing with folks like Squirrel Flower and Odetta Hartman. With a sound that fits somewhere between the first Pavement record and Harmacy-era Sebadoh, Maddie Link’s laid back vocal delivery sits front and centre, as the band expertly stumble their way through the record, elegantly dishevelled and perfectly discombobulated. 

Friday, March 5, 2021

Crystal Canyon • Boomerang • 2021



"...channeling the spirit of early nineties shoegaze and acts like Lush and Ride, as their invigorating sound presents a near-immaculate juxtaposition of intriguing noisiness and warm, alluring melody." -Destroy//Exist


"An ambient orchestration of airy, swirling bass tones and bright liquid synthsations rush rousingly around glistening guitar and light metronomic crests..." -White Light//White Heat


Loney dear • Trifles • 2021


Recorded with producer Emanuel Lundgren in a mythical studio on western Södermalm in Stockholm, ‘A Lantern and a Bell’ is Loney dear’s second album for Real World, following 2017’s self-titled release. Emil will also appear on First Aid Kit’s forthcoming Leonard Cohen live tribute album, Who By Fire, due out later this month.


Loney dear - Swedish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Emil Svanängen - today releases a new single, ‘Oppenheimer’. It’s the latest track to emerge from his forthcoming album ‘A Lantern and a Bell’, due out March 26, 2021 via Peter Gabriel’s Real World label.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Islands • (We Like To) Do It With The Lights On • 2021




Five years after the last Islands album and 15 years on from the underground classic debut Return to the Sea, the beloved project of profilic indie mainstay Nick Thorburn has re-emerged with the announcement of their 8th full length, Islomania. The album will be their first on the Toronto label Royal Mountain Records, who will release Islomania worldwide on June 11th. To mark the announce Thorburn has spoken to Stereogum about his retirement from music, his return and his remarkable and multi-faceted artistic career. Islands have also shared the lead single from the album, the infectious "(We Like To) Do It With The Lights On".

Hollow Graves • Marriott • 2021



Monday, March 1, 2021

Barbarisms • Clean Evil • 2021


From Barbarisms’ upcoming LP ‘Zugzwang’ (April 23rd 2021) featuring backup vocals from Campbell Woods and Ellen Froese. Shot and directed by Benjamin McIntire