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2015-08-21
Briana Marela: All Around Us
CD  $12.99     LP  $16.99    

Briana's lyrics are forceful, and throughout her second album, All Around Us, traditional song structure gives way to plainspoken declarations that pull back the record's shroud. Her first single,"Surrender" is musically delicate at first, with flickering blips and chords that float into earshot like fireflies. "Take Care of Me" is the album's brightest and most immediate song, a buoyant celebration of friendship with a skittering beat and a warm, sweet melody. And title track "All Around Us" is a stark but inspiring beauty, built on the memory of a family member of Briana's who passed away, and the sadness of not being able to say "goodbye" or "I love you" one last time. It is the balance of the abstract and the intimate that makes Briana Marela and All Around Us so special.

Pascal Comelade + Les Limiñanas: The Nothing Twist (Canary Yellow Vinyl)
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French psych-pop duo The Limiñanas return to Trouble In Mind with an LP with their long-time friend & collaborator, noted avant-garde composer Pascal Comelade entitled "The Nothing Twist". A sly nod to Lio Limiñana's love of European soundtracks & sound library records, "The Nothing Twist" is a (mostly) instrumental collection of tunes to make you move & sway.

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2015-08-07
Heathered Pearls: Body Complex
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For Jakub Alexander, the languages of music and visual art are permanently intertwined. And he's always been this way - from his birthplace in communist Poland, to growing up outside of Detroit, to his current home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. "When music like Gas, early Dial Records, and Mille Plateaux releases in the 2000s popped up in my headphones," Alexander begins, "it was completely visual for me. Something clicked from collecting pages out of old Architectural Digest magazines and being completely overwhelmed with inspiration for my own visions of interior architecture." The concept carries on still, now as an integral part of Body Complex, his second album as Heathered Pearls, which also features contributions from fellow Ghostly artists The Sight Below, Shigeto, and Outerbridge (mem. Beacon). Body Complex represents a new form of Alexander's visually inspired sound creation, but just as it points to changes in direction for the ambient-inclined producer, it also revisits the past experiences that make his music possible.

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2015-08-07
Night Beds: Ivywild
CD  $12.99     LP  $18.99    

Night Beds, the musical project of 26-year-old Colorado Springs native Winston Yellen, received much acclaim for his 2013 debut album, Country Sleep, scoring plaudits for its tortured take on alt country and Yellen's soaring vocals. But after finishing that album and before Country Sleep was even released, Yellen began experimenting with the kind of melancholic, neon-tinged R&B that makes up the mesmerising Ivywild.

The thread that weaves through all of Yellen's music and holds it together is his unmistakable voice - plaintive, yearning, soulful, heartbreaking. Whether it's ascending over the luscious epic-electronics of "Tide Teeth" or aching alone on Country Sleep's opener "Faithful Heights", Yellen's voice has a unique beauty matched by few of his contemporaries.

The second Night Beds album draws on Yellen's original love of Bill Evans through to J Dilla and is made up of what Yellen calls "sad sex jams" and was inspired by a long-term love and a break-up which looms large throughout the albums veiled lyrics. Its genesis can be found in the stoned night in Nashville when Yellen first heard Yeezus. Lying on the floor, Yellen blared the album at top volume.

Ivywild is a truly collaborative effort with a makeshift team of 25 musicians, notably Abe, Yellen's younger brother and closest friend - his credit on the album comes above Winston's own, so much value does he place upon the work Abe put in. Additional vocals come from Heather Hibbard, a singer from Maine who features on over half of the 16 track album, and was contacted by the gregarious Yellen through YouTube, after he found a video of her covering one of his songs. She came out to the studio the very next day.

Finessing the poignant assortment of songs was a sometimes painful task, but dedicated to the core. "I felt at some points we were losing our minds," he says. Initial versions of "Me Liquor and God" band "On High:" were 17 and 33 minutes respectively while "Finished" took four months to record. His editing process though was simple: "If it makes you cry, keep it in." Field recordings also flood the record, offering it a deep textural grain. "It is a luxury record, but it has a worn shirt feel," explains Yellen. "It's lived in. It's like a quilt - but it took forever, cutting up all the vocals and letting it breathe."

Black Mountain: Black Mountain (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Available in limited edition Grey Vinyl. Black Mountain's self-titled debut album is a new classic rock, with reference points arcane and clear, its sound fresh, unfamiliar and irresistible. Savor the compact, spacey brilliance of this cosmic, heavy and subtle album, expanded now with a raft of delicious bonus tracks scavenged from the Black Mountain Army archives.

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2015-06-23
Cayucas: Dancing at the Blue Lagoon
CD  $12.99     LP  $16.99    

As Zach Yudin and his twin brother and bandmate, Ben, went in to create their new album, what it all came back to was something personal. While they now call Los Angeles home, they drew from the nostalgia of their childhood growing up in Davis, CA; the nostalgia in their music that is as much about a place they've never been as any actual experience. And it was that wandering imagination and a punchy California dream that eventually grew to become Dancing at the Blue Lagoon.

While their sun-drenched, jangly, sometimes melancholic sound is quintessentially Californian, the album very much their California. It's the sound of kids from the suburbs who fantasize in Technicolor, whose view of the Golden State is its own form of idealism. Dancing at the Blue Lagoon is all about a band testing its comfort zone and asking us to do the same. Zach and Ben would "create bands that were more like a musical idea," record a few songs, and then move on. Cayucas grew out of this period of experimentation. Cayucas has taken sound we thought we knew and turned in into something personal and complex.

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2015-06-23
Cayucas: Dancing at the Blue Lagoon (Bundle)

Dancing at the Blue Lagoon on CD and limited edition""Lagoon beach" two-toned yellow and aqua vinyl LP

"Moony Eyed Walrus" 7-inch featuring exclusive B-side, "Petals of the Last Flower"

Uniquely numbered keychain for The Blue Lagoon

Double-sided 11"x17" poster

Digital download code for the album (as a .zip file containing 320kbps mp3s) redeemable on June 9th, two weeks before release date

Cayucas: Dancing at the Blue Lagoon (CD + Coffee Bundle)

"Cayucas Blend" - a 12oz bag of coffee beans, picked by the band and roasted in collaboration with Equator Coffees & Teas. This blend is rich and hella mellow with a smooth mouth-feel and accents of cedar, almond, berry and nutmeg. Perfect for dancing at the blue lagoon. Dancing at the Blue Lagoon on CD. Double-sided 11"x17" poster. Digital download code for the album (as a .zip file containing 320kbps mp3s) redeemable on June 9th, two weeks before release date. Due to us wanting you to have the freshest beans, coffee bundles will arrive 1-2 weeks after release date. About Equator Coffees & Teas: Every cup of coffee yearns to tell a story: of its region, altitude, climate, soil, and production method. Equator's passion is bringing that story to life. When sourcing a new coffee, Equator roasts and cups it over and over again, translating that coffee's story into a language of flavor that unfolds in each sip. Their calling is to source the world's best coffees. Their craft is to coax out its potential. Their joy is to bring it to people who truly love coffee.

Cayucas: Dancing at the Blue Lagoon (LP + Coffee Bundle)

"Cayucas Blend" - a 12oz bag of coffee beans, picked by the band and roasted in collaboration with Equator Coffees & Teas. This blend is rich and hella mellow with a smooth mouth-feel and accents of cedar, almond, berry and nutmeg. Perfect for dancing at the blue lagoon. Dancing at the Blue Lagoon on standard black vinyl. Double-sided 11"x17" poster. Digital download code for the album (as a .zip file containing 320kbps mp3s) redeemable on June 9th, two weeks before release date. Due to us wanting you to have the freshest beans, coffee bundles will arrive 1-2 weeks after release date. About Equator Coffees & Teas: Every cup of coffee yearns to tell a story: of its region, altitude, climate, soil, and production method. Equator's passion is bringing that story to life. When sourcing a new coffee, Equator roasts and cups it over and over again, translating that coffee's story into a language of flavor that unfolds in each sip. Their calling is to source the world's best coffees. Their craft is to coax out its potential. Their joy is to bring it to people who truly love coffee.

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2015-06-09
Sharon Van Etten: I Don't Want to Let You Down

One of music's most astute cartographers of the heart, able to squeeze enormous sentiments into especially small spaces, Sharon Van Etten offers up documents of surrender and disappointment, admission and longing with this 5 song EP, I Don't Want to Let You Down.

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2015-06-09
Sharon Van Etten: I Don't Want to Let You Down

One of music's most astute cartographers of the heart, able to squeeze enormous sentiments into especially small spaces, Sharon Van Etten offers up documents of surrender and disappointment, admission and longing with this 5 song EP, I Don't Want to Let You Down.

Includes: 1. I Don't Want to Let You Down ep on 12" vinyl. 2. I Don't Want to Let You Down ep on CD in a 6 panel wallet. 3. Limited Edition 7" featuring exclusive b-side "All Over Again." 4. 17" x 11" poster featuring album artwork. 5. Instant download of the title track. 6. Digital download code for the album (containing 320kbps MP3s) redeemable 2 weeks before release date on 05/25/2015.

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2015-05-26
Headphones: Headphones (White Vinyl)
LP  $17.99    

10-year anniversary LP pressing! Headphones is the new band featuring David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Tim Walsh (Pedro the Lion, TW Walsh), and Frank Lenz. The self-titled album was engineered and mixed by Jared Hankins in Seattle in the early days of 2005. The band's debut is built wholly from synthesizers (no guitars!), live drums, and the familiar warmth of Bazan's syrupy vocal delivery. Headphones kindly tips their hat to modern stalwarts like Depeche Mode, The Flaming Lips, Kraftwerk, and Radiohead who seamlessly integrated electronics into the fabric of rock and pop music. But here, Bazan and company defy easy assumptions about music made electronically avoiding kitsch and cutesiness, delivering deft arrangements with timeless melodies and uncanny lyrical depth.

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2015-05-26
Headphones: Headphones (Bundle)

+ Pre-order will ship on May 22, 2015
+ Limited edition pressing of 1k copies on white vinyl
+ Double sided insert w/ lyrics
+ Download card includes "Five Chord" as a bonus track
+ 3-color 18" x 24" silkscreened poster was designed by Jesse LeDoux
+ Poster bundle is limited to 200 copies


10-year anniversary LP pressing! Headphones is the new band featuring David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Tim Walsh (Pedro the Lion, TW Walsh), and Frank Lenz. The self-titled album was engineered and mixed by Jared Hankins in Seattle in the early days of 2005. The band's debut is built wholly from synthesizers (no guitars!), live drums, and the familiar warmth of Bazan's syrupy vocal delivery. Headphones kindly tips their hat to modern stalwarts like Depeche Mode, The Flaming Lips, Kraftwerk, and Radiohead who seamlessly integrated electronics into the fabric of rock and pop music. But here, Bazan and company defy easy assumptions about music made electronically avoiding kitsch and cutesiness, delivering deft arrangements with timeless melodies and uncanny lyrical depth.

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2015-05-26
Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Multi-Love
CD  $12.99     LP  $16.99    

The threads of our past never unravel, they hover like invisible webs, occasionally glistening due to a sly angle of the sun. On Multi-Love, Unknown Mortal Orchestra frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson reflects on relationships: airy, humid longing, loss, the geometry of desire that occurs when three people align. Where Nielson addressed the pain of being alone on II, Multi-Love takes on the complications of being together.

Multi-Love adds dimensions to the band's already kaleidoscopic approach, with Nielson exploring a newfound appreciation for synthesizers. The new songs channel the spirit of psych innovators without ignoring the last 40 years of music, forming a flowing, cohesive whole that reflects restless creativity. Cosmic escapes and disco rhythms speak to developing new vocabulary, while Nielson's vocals reach powerful new heights. "It felt good to be rebelling against the typical view of what an artist is today, a curator," he says. "It's more about being someone who makes things happen in concrete ways. Building old synthesizers and bringing them back to life, creating sounds that aren't quite like anyone else's. I think that's much more subversive."

While legions of artists show fidelity to the roots of psychedelia, Unknown Mortal Orchestra shares the rare quality that makes the genre's touchstones so vital: constant exploration.

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2015-05-12
Abram Shook: Landscape Dream
MP3  $9.99     CD  $12.99     LP  $15.99    

Landscape Dream is Abram Shook's follow up to 2014's Sun Marquee, an album VICE called "...pleasant as fuck." and Texas Monthly called "...compelling, weird, and lovely." Applying what he learned through writing and recording Sun Marquee, Landscape Dream is a natural progression, demonstrating how much Shook's songwriting and production acumen has sharpened over the past year. Sun Marquee was a learning process where songs were often forced out of experiments in recording techniques. As Abram explains, "I had a lot of thoughts I just threw out there, but often I arrived at dead-ends and had to figure out how to make something out of what was available." However, on Landscape Dream he "went back to writing with just voice and guitar and then used arranging, production, and recording ideas pulled from Sun Marquee." The effectiveness of his new approach is clear from the 70's rock of "Find It" and "Chelsea" to the African vibes of "Get Gone", the dreamy Brazilian vibes on "5AM" and "Beach Glass", and the slow-jam soul found on "Perfect", "Jaw", and "Vessel".

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2015-05-12
Blanck Mass: Dumb Flesh

Benjamin John Power's newest solo offering as Blanck Mass, Dumb Flesh, was written, produced and recorded in a number of different locations over the space of a year. It began life in Fuck Buttons' 'Space Mountain' studio, moved into a windowless attic space in Hatch End, North London, then was finished up at Ben's new home in Edinburgh. The geographical spread of the sessions is reflected in the shifting landscapes of the tracks and the ever-changing sound-palette used to realize Dumb Flesh as an expansive body of work.

As a work of art, Dumb Flesh is a comment on the flaws of the human form in its current evolutionary state. The frailty of the human body naturally became a resonant and inescapable part of the album's gestation. "We are at the mercy of our genetic heritage everyday. No matter how intelligent we are compared to other life forms, we're still made up of the same building blocks and things can go very wrong". In particular, the first single 'Dead Format' reflects upon this reality, whilst 'Atrophies' and 'Detritus' acknowledge the organic decay we will all inevitably succumb to.

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2015-05-12
Guantanamo Baywatch: Darling... It's Too Late
MP3  $9.90     CD  $11.99    

With Darling… It’s Too Late, Guantanamo Baywatch sought to harness and manipulate the sparkling sounds from yesteryear, all while staying true to the tape hiss and rough takes of analog recording. “We really wanted a mixtape compilation sound to the record,” says Powell, and that approach can be heard in both the songwriting and the production. According to Powell, each individual song was approached with all the amps and the EQs on the recording console zeroed out. That meant that every song was recorded with a new template. The title track and lead single, “Too Late”, perfectly captures this new aesthetic. With Burger Records soul singer Curtis Harding contributing backing vocals and rounding out the classic Motown ballad vibe of the track, “Too Late” is an enormous departure from the trashy Mummies-esque ruckus of their earlier recordings. Of course, the band hasn’t completely abandoned the rowdy surf rock of their previous releases—Powell put the finishing touches on the album back at his Jungle Muscles Studio in Portland to keep that rough-hewn feel intact. But even when he and his bandmates Chevelle Wiseman (bass) and Chris Scott (drums) tread on their familiar territory with songs like “Raunch Stomp” or their cover of Eddie & The Showmen’s “Mr. Rebel”, there’s a newfound clarity, punch, and swagger to their sound. Throughout the course of Darling… It’s Too Late the trio continues to fuck with various subgenres, from the dusty Western twang of “Corey Baum’s Theme” to the straight-outta-Sun Studios rocker “Do What You Want.”

The LP is available in a limited pressing of 1,000 copies on Peaches-and-Cream color vinyl. A digital download card for MP3 is included.

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2015-05-12
Gyasi Ross: Isskootsik (Before Here Was Here)
MP3  $9.99     CD  $12.99    

"In my book, one of the sharpest young intellectuals we have out there." - Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

ISSKOOTSIK (Before Here Was Here) is the debut album from author, activist, attorney, and Native American spoken-word artist Gyasi Ross. A forceful collection ranging from historical facts to dreams of love and death and loathing, featuring Slug of ATMOSPHERE, Abiodun Oyewole of THE LAST POETS, and Northwest Independent music legend STEVE FISK, as well as traditional Native American performances from NAKOA HEAVYRUNNER and SACRED WATER.

Gyasi comes from both the Blackfeet and Suquamish Indian Nations and has gained visibility nationally through frequent network television appearances and regular contributions to Huffington Post, Gawker, Deadspin and Indian Country Today.

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2015-05-12
Jad Fair & Norman Blake: Yes
MP3  $9.99     CD  $10.99     LP  $16.99    

Two legends, together again. Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake and Half Japanese's Jad Fair have teamed up to bring you their new magnum opus, "Yes". Encompassing all the songwriting eccentricities that have made these guys famous, this new collaborative album also features some of the most genteel, engagingly catchy, and downright adorable music in recent memory.

Norman Blake and Jad Fair originally collaborated over a decade ago on the Teenage Fanclub and Jad Fair album "Words of Wisdom and Hope" (Domino/Alternative Tentacles). Unlike the simple, aggressive style of Half Japanese, the 13 new tracks on "Yes" feature refined, guitar-laden power pop and saccharin-sweet melodies, accompanied by backup singers and layered horn arrangements. Fair's characteristically-manic vocal style is still present, but when coupled with the head-bopping, articulately-layered arrangements of Norman Blake, the result is a potently earnest album that is brimming with positivity.

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2015-05-12
Juan Wauters: Who Me?
MP3  $9.99     CD  $12.99    

Who Me? is the next chapter in the ongoing story of Juan Wauters. Whereas his debut solo record was recorded casually over the course of one year, his new album was crafted in under two weeks at Future Apple Tree in Rock Island, Illinois. Inspired by both the arrangements of Uruguayan songwriter Jaime Roos and the production of American master Dr. Dre, this collection of songs presents his continued approach to existential questioning through pop music. Tracks like "She Might Get Shot" and "I Was Well," which may seem like wisdom addressed to the listener, are in fact part of Juan's reciprocal process of self-actualization through songwriting and performing. Bringing new sounds to his repertoire, "This Is I" and "Through That Red" add a spiritual tone with ethereal string arrangements. Juan's voice - which has risen to the forefront of his music since his first recordings with The Beets - intensifies with added nuance. This year Juan Wauters will continue to tour the world in support of his second solo record.

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2015-05-12
Kenny Knight: Crossroads
MP3  $9.99     CD  $12.99     LP  $18.00    

The first-ever reissue of the private-press country-rock rarity by Colorado auto body painter, Marine, and garage band lifer Kenny Knight—he played in the original `60s Black Flag—Crossroads recalls a homebrew American Beauty-era Grateful Dead in its world-weary, low-key mood and indelible songwriting. Faded, anxious, melancholy, and beautifully woozy, this out-of-time document belies its 1980 release date. Produced in collaboration with Numero Group, it features liner notes by writer and collector Michael Klausman and Kenny himself.

Loren Connors: Blues: The 'Dark Paintings' of Mark Rothko (Reissue)
MP3  $6.99     LP  $16.99    

"Blues: The 'Dark Paintings' of Mark Rothko" is one of Loren Connors' most cherished and sought after albums. Originally released in a handmade edition of around 300 copies on Connors' own St. Joan label in January 1990 under the name Guitar Roberts -- this album has been unavailable in any form until now.

At the time of its release, Connors was still an inscrutable guitarist whose matchless and alien rendering of the blues was just gaining recognition despite more than two dozen solo and collaborative releases since 1978. Connors' classic, song-based "In Pittsburgh" had only been available for three months when "Blues" welcomed the new decade. It would be the first of four solo albums issued by Connors that year and distilled the blues form into bleak, minimalist lines and tone; a compound of influences spanning Louisiana guitarist Robert Pete Johnson to painter Mark Rothko.

For this reissue, the audio has been restored to Connors' specifications of how these seven instrumentals were originally intended to sound. Cover art is an untitled 1969 Rothko work -- one of the paintings that influenced Connors to record this album. The original LP art and liner notes are replicated as a full-color inner sleeve. New liner notes by music historian Byron Coley chart Connors development and Rothko's effect on the music. Pressed on pristine 150 gram vinyl by Quality Record Pressing in an edition of 800. LP includes a coupon for a full download.