Various Artists: Music from Drinking Buddies, a film by Joe Swanberg
Various Artists: Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound
In the late 1970s, a peculiar sound began bubbling up from the land of 10,000 lakes. Buried beneath 50 solid inches of annual snow, Minneapolis made a Sound quite different than what the pop world foresaw. It issued forth as a slick, black, technologically advanced fusion, poised to storm the charts. Never known for sizable African-American populations, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in fact harbored a tight-knit community of musiciansworking feverishly through the late ?70s and early ?80s toward a radical manipulation of American dance music, coating futuristic funk with the glamorous sheen of guitar rock. Synthetic ebony and ivory met electricity, with sexed-up results sent shockingly across the pop heavens like violet lightning.
Various Artists: SMM: Opiate
SMM: Opiate is the second release in Ghostly's SMM series, which is an ongoing exploration of the evocative possibilities of sound, with a focus classical minimalism, electronic and drone composition, film soundtracks, and fragile imaginary landscapes. Opiate is the follow-up to 2011's SMM: Context, and as with that record, it's a carefully chosen selection of music, compiled over some two years from around the world. As a whole, the experience is certainly evocative of the opiated sensation evoked by the record's title ? but really, it's a compilation that invites you to find your own meaning in it, or simply to appreciate the beauty of its music and escape the world for a while.SMM: Opiate features original tracks from Simon Scott, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Celer, Black Swan, Jim Haynes, EN, Pjusk, Fieldhead, and Noveller.Past praise on the series has come from the likes of Pitchfork, Exclaim!, Boomkat, Resident Advisor, and CMJ.
Various Artists: Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label
In 1969, after three years as Soul Sister #1 to James Brown?s touring entourage, Marva Whitney came home to Kansas City, putting Ellis Taylor?s Forte label back at full fighting strength. She?d calmed aching crowds the day after MLK?s death, and she?d lived the life, despite its rigors?to pour out her pain and exuberance on Forte sides including ?I?ve Lived The Life? and ?Daddy Don?t Know About Sugar Bear,? which made national rounds in 1972. Numero 047 Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label charts Kansas City yeoman?s work, the Carpets and the Derbys, dapper clothiers mysteriously murdered, and marriages made and broken. In 28 LP tracks or 21 on CD, plus a trove of promo headshots and every-hued label scans detailing all iterations of Forte?s logo in print, this 16th Eccentric Soul sojourn hands over vivid floor shakers and lost dance craze records alike?though what moves ?The Hen? required remains anyone?s guess.
Various Artists: CT5 Sampler: Five Years of Captured Tracks
Free/discounted sampler to celebrate 5 years of Captured Tracks
Various Artists: Michigan Meltdown Vol. 2: Twelve More Non-Hits from Pleasant Peninsula Preternaturals And Water Wonderland Weirdos
While volume one of this series was highly acclaimed by tastemakers the likes of Julian Cope and the audio aesthetes at WFMU, volume two manages to ratchet up the intensity. More weirdos. More outcasts. More dudes who did not smell good. Meltdown chronicles the darker side of the post-garage and pre-punk era (?68-’75) in the Great Lakes state. An overabundance of fuzz guitar, primitive riffing and overall outré vibes permeate this collection of nobodies, malcontents and general black sheep of society. No doubt you’ve NEVER heard any of the groups here, but if songs about space flight, mental health problems, substance abuse or having absolutely no money are your thing, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into here. All songs are previously uncompiled and mastered directly from the original 45’s (NO MP3’s!) coupled with full-color label scans and insightful, hysterical liner notes. Much in the same manner second volumes of compilations from the same family like Michigan Mixture and Michigan Mayhem, this edition of Michigan Meltdown only further cements the solid reputation of this collection. Giddy-up.
Various Artists: King Bullard Version: Songs of the BOS Label
On Cleveland?s late ?60s gospel scene, the BOS label was the refined, professional ying to Boddie?s lo-fi yang, galloping to the fore bearing a torch for Curtis Mayfield?s robe-wearing roots. Founded by gospel impresario James Bullard, BOS is the first chapter in story that includes stints producing major spiritual albums for the Birthright, Roadshow, and Word labels. BOS got its start inside Lester Johnson and Bill Branch?s Way Out concern, running the devotional wing of Cleveland?s largest black-owned record company, and picking up a ton of Way Out?s soulful flavor in the process. Compiled here are BOS?s less traditional moments?12 bridges between FM R&B and AM sermons from a time when those worlds were splitting apart.
Various Artists: Cause & Effect
"Cause & Effect" is a 3 x 7" release featuring an influential, trend-setting solo musician on side A, and a current, fully-formed band on side B who follow in the musical tradition set in motion by the side A fellow. Cause & Effect. The RSD-release features three separate 7" records:Thurston Moore b/w Talk NormalDavid Yow b/w Child BiteLou Barlow b/w Dumb NumbersAll three 7"s are sold together in one super elaborate package, pressed on deluxe multi-colored vinyl.
Various Artists: Music from The Comedy, A Film by Rick Alverson
Jagjaguwar is proud to present the soundtrack from director Rick Alverson's provocative film "The Comedy." The film focuses on Swanson (Tim Heidecker), who whiles away his days with a group of aging Brooklyn hipsters, engaging in acts of recreational cruelty and pacified boredom. Desensitized and disenchanted, he strays into a series of reckless situations that may offer the promise of redemption or the threat of retribution. A scathing look at the white male on the verge of collapse, Rick Alverson's carefully observed portrait provokes and disorients; a cautionary fable for the autumn of the American Era. With his similarly-minded friends, ("Tim and Eric" co-star Eric Wareheim, LCD Soundsytem frontman James Murphy and comedian Gregg Turkington a.k.a.“Neil Hamburger") in games of comic irreverence and mock sincerity. As Swanson awaits a large inheritance from his father’s estate, he grows restless of the safety a sheltered life offers, and he begins to test the limits of acceptable behavior, pushing the envelope in every way he can.
Alverson worked with Jagjaguwar to create a soundtrack of eerie, bittersweet and mystic pop songs from the "autumn of the American Era," featuring artists from the present (GAYNGS, Gardens & Villa, Here We Go Magic) and the past (Donnie & Joe Emerson, Bill Fay, Amanaz). Markedly, the soundtrack features excerpts from William Basinski's groundbreaking The Disintegration Loops, one of the most powerful manifestations of the inevitable cycle of life ever committed to tape, even as it documents the inevitable decay of all that is committed to tape.
Various Artists: Musique Fragile Vol. 02
A limited edition series of 3xLP box sets with extensive screenprinted art/packaging for the slipcover box, the individual LP jackets, and three different posters (one for each album). Volume 02 features "lost" and/or recuperated recordings by Hangedup + Tony Conrad (previously unreleased 24-track and 2-track sessions captured in Montréal several years ago), Kanada 70 (aka Craig Dunsmuir, compiled from his many obscure CD-R bedroom recordings released in Toronto since the mid-2000s) and Pacha (aka Pierre-Guy Blanchard, from a CD-R released in Montréal in 2009). A trio of stunning instrumental albums, all remastered for vinyl and pressed on 180gLP in a hand-numbered box set edition of 500.