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New Releases for May 25th, 2010

VINYL RELEASES:

The Alps – Le Voyage
Still comprised of the core threesome of Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (Tarentel), Alexis Georgopoulos (ARP) and Scott Hewicker (Troll), The Alps return to Type in full force for their fourth sprawling long-player. Buoyed by the praise lavished upon its predecessor III, the band were adamant that Le Voyage would be bigger, brighter and better than anything in their catalog to date, and Type reports that they have been successful in their quest. The sun-bleached European movie soundtrack sentiment that underpinned their previous records is still here in full force, but it comes rolled up in something defiantly more psychedelic, and in turn more unpredictable. Sewn together by vignettes which bring to mind Delia Derbyshire’s Radiophonic hiccups or Luc Ferrari’s tape collage, the band have put together an album which genuinely takes you on a journey. Surely it can’t be a mistake calling the album Le Voyage then, a title which simultaneously brings to mind the work of Serge Gainsbourg and Alejandro Jodorowsky — something deeply visual but effortlessly beautiful. With propulsive, break-heavy rhythms sure to appeal to any diggers out there and a blissful, sunny outlook to wipe the frown from the faces of all you dour experimental types, Le Voyage is a crack of light in a dark room. A mysterious record, it is punctuated by the same energy that gave us space rock and psychedelia, and while the band are quick to demonstrate their wide-ranging musical knowledge, there is something incredibly unique about their sound. This is not a lazy soundtrack to a film which might never be made, rather, Le Voyage is a journey for the listener and one you will want to take over and over again.

Cave – Pure Moods EP
Vinyl only EP release! Recorded in semi-written, semi-improvised fashion following the annihilation of mainland Europe last fall. They core themselves around sickeningly tight drum & bass that drive like a thin-lined, curvy, armored-vehicle so that the sinewy, metaphysical guitar work can punctuate, aggressive yet deceptively seamless, through any fleshy surface. All is surrounded by a glistening force-field of lake-misty keys & synths, like an unfurling cloak set to shroud & envelope a grungy beard or sixty

Cee Lo Green – Georgia 7″

The Dead C – Max Harris (re-issue)
Following the 2008 release of a pair of double LPs, Ba Da Bing and Jagjaguwar continue their Dead C reissue project with two new records. Max Harris captures the first recordings The Dead C ever made, back in January 1987. Each side displays a different and uniquely raw version of “Max Harris” – reinterpreted both times by a group who can truly say they have never played the same song in any form the same way twice. Anyone who doesn’t own one of the original 21 cassette tapes made of these recordings will be hearing them together for the first time. Yes, they’ve never been on vinyl before, so maybe one can even say this is the tracks’ first “real” release. You will be able to feel the slicing tension and drive right through your bones

The Dead C – Clyma Est Mort/Tentative Power (re-issue) (2x LP + CD)
Following the 2008 release of a pair of double LPs, Ba Da Bing and Jagjaguwar continue their Dead C reissue project with two new records. Relegated to expensive fodder for eBay bidders until now, Clyma Est Mort can be considered The Dead C’s “Ed Sullivan moment,” except it wasn’t performed live on network TV – it was recorded in a practice room in Port Chalmers, NZ, in 1992 with the inestimable Tom Lax of Siltbreeze as the sole member of the audience. Since the goal was to make a “fake bootleg” album for release on the mythical Proletariat Idiots Productions label – and in honor of the 13th Floor Elevators (often overlooked as an influence) – the band dubbed in fake audience noise from a gig by the Renderers. Despite the deliberate incompetence with which this was accomplished, Clyma is often touted as a “live album.” This is only true in the sense that the band members were alive when they made it. This double LP reissue includes Tentative Power, a collection of non-album tracks many consider among the band’s best moments

Deftones – Diamond Eyes (white vinyl + MP3)
Diamond Eyes works the way good records used to; each song carries you a little further away from your crappy day until finally, you’ve been transported to a place that feels a whole lot better than where you started. There’s also a newfound sense of purpose that makes Deftones’ sixth album stand out. The band recorded the album after their best friend and bassist Chi Cheng sustained a debilitating brain injury from a car accident in November of 2008. The tangle of Stephen Carpenter’s woozy, undulating guitar work and Moreno’s soaring then secretive vocal style is the bittersweet dynamic behind each of Deftones’ records, including Diamond Eyes.

Goatsnake – Flower Of Disease
After the debut album I and its follow up EP Dog Days, L.A.’s heavy doom rock band Goatsnake released 2000’s Flower of Disease. In order to preserve and properly document this imporant recording Southern Lord is proud to present this reissue on LP

Heartless Bastards – All This Time (180g)
Their album from 2006, now on vinyl! All This Time is Heartless Bastards’ sophomore release, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut, Stairs and Elevators. Erika Wennerstrom’s unique voice remains the centerpiece for this melodic rock trio. From the first track, “Into The Open”, you’ll find them expanding their sound in the studio, adding strings, piano, and vocal harmonies onto the already sturdy foundation of guitar/bass/drums.

Jeremy Jay – Splash
Splash, the third album by Jeremy Jay, was recorded over the summer of 2009, while Jeremy was living in London. It mixes a deeply personal, chopped-up narrative with crunchy guitars and sky-high synths. Splash is a sonic postcard that tells the story of a life picked up in a new and unfamiliar environment; that fresh ambition of a new life. Despite its recording location, Splash, has a very nostalgic, American feel.

Damien Jurado – Saint Bartlett

Peter Wolf Crier – Inter-Be
Inter-Be is the debut album by Peter Wolf Crier, the Minneapolis-based duo of Peter Pisano and Brian Moen. The album was born on a single summer night when Pisano felt a torrent of creativity after what had felt, to him, like an interminably long dry spell. He shared the songs with Moen, and over the months that followed, at Moen’s home, these rough-hewed tunes became what they are now: a confident collection of songs, but deceptive in that their very guts still reflect the thoughts of a man in transition.

Smashing Pumpkins – Teargarden By Kaleidyscope Vol. 1 (7″ + CD)
Teargarden By Kaleidyscope Vol. 1 is packaged in a silk-screened wooden box (7 1/4″ tall x 8″ wide x 1.05″ thick). Each box contains: a 4-song CD (with four new Smashing Pumpkins songs and instrumental intros), a 7″ vinyl single (containing a new song and a B-Side), and a hand-carved “leopard stone” obelisk, about 2″ tall, similar to marble. Tracks include the guitar squealing “Song for a Son,” “Widow Wake My Mind” – a jagged-chorded, keyboard-buttressed ballad; “Astral Planes,” and “A Stitch in Time.” Billy Corgan is playing and recording almost everything himself, with studio help from long time collaborator Kerry Brown and new drummer Mike Byrne.

Solvent – Subject To Shift
Solvent embodies the original ethos of ‘synth-pop’: hook-laden music built lovingly out of the buzz & hum of analogue synthesizers. On Subject to Shift, the “cute, happy robots” of 2004’s Apples & Synthesizers are few & far between. In their place is a mix of dystopian, acid-tinged futurism & bittersweet romantic ache. While Solvent’s brightly hued synth tones are still very much in effect, Amm’s sound has grown deeper & more burnished, hinting at darker conceits & moods while laying their creator’s emotions bare

Stone Temple Pilots – Stone Temple Pilots

Truth & Salvage Co. – Truth & Salvage Co. (180g)

Various Artists – Eccentric Breaks & Beats
Over the course of seven years and over 70 releases, an extremely creative fan began to build a mega-mix of his favorite loops, breaks, and vocal snippets from the Numero catalog. After chopping them all up and piecing together an incredible musical narrative – a 40 minute, saw blade-labeled boot that was pressed and seeded to handful of DJs and producers. Taking cue from the Bob Dylan Bootleg series, Numero turned the tables on the pirate, seized the plates from the pressing plant and repurposing this underground release as the ultimate showcase for our seven years in business.

Kurt Vile – Square Shells EP
Square Shells depicts some aspects of Kurt’s music not immediately accessible on his last album, from dreamgazey jams to plaintive, folky melodies. Recorded in a brighter, less homemade sound, Kurt’s extraordinarily evocative songwriting explores themes of friendship, loss and desolation.

Widespread Panic – Dirty Side Down (2x LP – 180g, + CD)

Hank Williams III – Rebel Within

CD RELEASES:

Apollo Brown – The Reset
“The Soulful Sound of Detroit Hiphop” – The Reset is Apollo Brown’s debut release from Mello Music Group. The 15 track album showcases Apollo’s vintage style of production beside nothing less than undergrounds biggest luminaries. Recreating tracks with vocals by Black Milk, Oddisee, Diamond District, Rapper Big Pooh (Little Brother), Dudley Perkins, Buff 1, Prince Po, Finale and others from the MMG Catalog, Apollo Brown’s “The Reset” breathes a heavy heartfelt soul back into the genre of Hiphop.

David Cross – Bigger and Blackerer

Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles
Having one self-titled record is de rigeur these days and probably always has been. Having two, well, that’s less conventional for obvious reasons relating to clarity (also makes it doubly hard to steal tracks off the internet). Toronto glitch-core purveyors Crystal Castles have adopted that tactic, and have decided to go with Crystal Castles again for their forthcoming second LP. It was written in various places around the world including a church in Iceland, a cabin in Ontario and a garage somewhere in Detroit. It was also produced by Ethan Kath of the duo.

Karen Elson – The Ghost Who Walks
On her debut disc, The Ghost Who Walks, Karen Elson spins intriguingly unsettling tales of lost love, dashed hope, romantic betrayal and various crimes of passion witnessed only by the full moon. Until now, the British-born Elson has been better known as a top model. The arrangements for her small band featuring the virtuosic Jackson Smith on guitar, Elson’s longtime collaborator Rachelle Garniez on accordion and vocals, and husband-producer Jack White on drums.

Indian Jewelry – Totaled
Woozy, heart-pounding and subject to double-vision, Totaled is more than a record for people doing poppers. It’s an all-in album, an unsprung clock, and it moves sideways in time. In it is the swamp electro of 2003’s We Are the Wild Beast, the nightmare throb of 2005’s Invasive Exotics, and the sonic angel dream of 2008’s Free Gold. It’s a crash course in sound and vision.

Leela James – My Soul

Jeremy Jay – Splash

Damien Jurado – Saint Bartlett
Saint Bartlett opens up with a grandiosity yet unheard on a Damien Jurado album. It strips away the many layers of paint from the house down the street where we know Jurado has occupied for the last decade. The new coat is exhilarating. It makes the whole neighborhood shine. It’s a modest grandiosity; still homegrown. The mellotron swells, heavenly handclaps ring in stereo and big drums create a sky for the songs to fly in. And the words. Words spring forth from within the volcano of Jurado, full of hope.

Keller & The Keels – Thief
Keller Williams’ latest studio release serves as a follow up to his highly acclaimed 2006 release of anything but traditional bluegrass songs, Grass. Teaming up once again with his good friends Larry and Jenny Keel, Keller gives the bluegrass treatment to 13 unexpected rock, pop, and folk songs from such artists as Ryan Adams, Amy Winehouse, Butthole Surfers, Kris Kristofferson and more

Bettye Lavette – Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook
Bettye LaVette brings the British Invasion home to its American R&B roots on Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook. Produced by Bettye, Rob Mathes and Michael Stevens, the album is a 13-song journey through compositions by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd among others

Peter Wolf Crier – Inter-Be

John Prine – In Person & On Stage
In Person & On Stage is a collection of 14 songs that Prine’s fan base would select themselves if they could have a collective voice. Featuring special collaborations with Emmylou Harris, Josh Ritter, Sara Watkins, Iris Dement and Kane Welch Kaplin, it’s a snapshot of the best moments from Prine’s recent tours. Clocking in at just over 72 minutes and featuring songs that span his career from his eponymous debut album to his 2005 Grammy Award winning Fair and Square, this album captures the essence of what Prine fans crave from a live performance.

Soft Machine – NDR Jazz Workshop, Germany, May 17, 1973 (+DVD)
Soft Machine were one of the very first groups to fuse Jazz with Rock in the late 60s and were hugely appreciated in Europe for their unique sound. This previously unreleased show was recorded for Germany’s famous NDR Jazz Workshop series featuring the line-up of Mike Ratledge, Karl Jenkins, Roy Babbington and John Marshall with Art Themen and Gary Boyle. This long sought-after performance has never been seen since its original broadcast in 1973 and is the highest quality video document that exists of the group, featuring clear and beautiful visualsand superb live stereo sound!

Solvent – Subject To Shift

Stone Temple Pilots – Stone Temple Pilots (Deluxe also available)
The Grammy Award-winning band’s first all-new collection in close to a decade – produced by Stone Temple Pilots and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge (Green Day, Dave Matthews Band, My Chemical Romance), Stone Temple Pilots sees one of rock’s biggest bands continuing to explore their enduring approach to music – melding big rock riffs, classic pop hooks, and the restless experimentalism of glam, punk, and psychedelia

Tobacco – Maniac Meat
Seemingly relegating Black Moth Super Rainbow to “side project” status, that band’s mastermind Tobacco bullies his previous works into a corner, guts them and leaves ’em for dead. Though Maniac Meat is steeped in the Pennsylvania-based artist’s swampy analog aesthetic, this album does not look back -neither to the black psychedelic pop of Black Moth Super Rainbow nor to the warped rap thump of Tobacco’s 2008 debut, Fucked Up Friends – rather, it emerges as antithesis. Tobacco crafted Maniac Meat as he put the finishing touches on Black Moth Super Rainbow’s more accessible last record, Eating Us, treating the solo release as a repository for his more primal urges. The only live instrumentation to cross over was the guttural stuff: thrashing bass and clanging drums. But even as the Tobacco material grew darker, deeper and nastier in tone, it also became something with real swag. Not a hip-hop record, per se – just something that parties like one

Truth & Salvage Co. – Truth & Salvage Co.
Truth & Salvage Company boast four lead singer/songwriters and six members in total, each with a unique story to tell. The result is genuine American rock ‘n’ roll with a timeless sound and interwoven lyrical storytelling. Their palette stretches from rock to country to alternative, and the twelve songs on this debut showcase four-part harmonies and their own playful wit. It is music that could only happen in America, much like a great songbook. Prior to their conception, the acclaimed members performed and collaborated with many other well-known and talented acts such as The Moldy Peaches, Ben Folds Five, Jack Johnson, The Squirrel Nut Zippers, as well as members of My Morning Jacket. A staggered exodus in 2005 brought all six musicians to the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, where they first performed together during casual late-night jam sessions. It was on that very stage that Truth & Salvage Co. was born.

Up, Bustle & Out – Soliloquy
11th full length album for the Bristol stalwarts with many illustrious guest credits including Benjamín Escoriza (from World Circuit artist Radio Tarifa), Jim Barr and Andy Hague (from the Portishead band), the percussionist Eugenia Ledesma (Argentina), and as main singer the turkish actress Sevval Sam. An album again full of moods, sounds, landscapes and the scents of foreign places – the CD comes with over 67 minutes playtime and 28-page full illustrated booklet included!

Various Artists – Eccentric Breaks & Beats

Widespread Panic – Dirty Side Down
Dirty Side Down, the 11th studio album from Widespread Panic, is comprised of 12 songs that incorporate Panic’s unique blend or rock, jazz, and blues inspired textures into songs flowing with melody, rhythm, and emotion.

Hank Williams III – Rebel Within (+ CD)
The maturation of the Black Keys as record makers and performers has been both subtle and startling. With their 2008 release Attack & Release – the fifth album of their eight-year career – guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney illustrated the durability of their few-frills sound, a mysterious and heavy brew of seventies-vintage rock, classic R&B and timeless, downhearted blues. Producer and pal Danger Mouse, their first outside collaborator, didn’t try to reinvent their sound but further isolated its essence with the help of a few carefully chosen guest players and some retro-modern electronic gear. It didn’t need to get slicker to get better. Danger Mouse returned to co-produce “Tighten Up” on Brothers, but for the most part, the duo was on its own, spending ten days at the legendary Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama and coming up with an even more intensely focused, deeply soulful set that includes a cover of Jerry Butler’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.” The performances are inventive and impassioned: Auerbach extends his vocal range to falsetto on lead-off track “Everlasting Light” and “The Only One”; “Howlin’ for You” opens with a Gary Glitter-style drum riff and the chorus practically invites singing along. The tunes offer a surprising amount of lyrical candor and more than a little dark humor; the grooves alternate between ballsy swagger and bluesy rumination.

DVD RELEASES:

David Cross – Bigger and Blackerer
One half of the beloved Mr. Show duo, David Cross, comes to Boston where he performs a stand-up concert featuring routines that touch on religion and drugs. In this unforgettable performance, Emmy Award winning writer, actor and comedian David Cross hits the stage at Bostons historic Wilbur Theater and holds forth on everything from deaf people to his insights into the origins of the Bible. And just in case you were wondering the aging, balding and toothy costar of TVs Arrested Development also takes this opportunity to reveal once and for all how he makes his jeans look so sexy.