David Lynch: Bad The John Boy
On the heels of David Lynch’s hugely successful sophomore full length, The Big Dream, comes a very limited edition 12”, Bad The John Boy. While technically this track qualifies as a non-album or bonus track, this song was made around the same time as the track, We Rolled Together. Producer Dean Hurley elaborates, “In the bridge of that song, David was trying to do this thing where he was shuffling around lyric-based sentences: "Street the up, going girl little crazy..." Bad The John Boy has this shared idea...instead of 'John the Bad Boy,' it's Bad The John Boy..."good to up no" (up to no good. This track is more left of center than the songs on the full length, with vocals being processed straight into the spirit realm, sounding deeply non-human.
Complimenting this sci-fi dirge, on the B-side is a Venetian Snares remix of the album’s title track. Despite the fact that Canadian electronic musician Aaron Funk has been known for reinventing breakcore, in this remix he breathes completely new life into this song, turning it into something far from your typical dance remix.
The Hunt: The Hunt Begins
2007. The cover art for 1st record Sacred Bones released depicted an androgynous wild banshee wearing warpaint, clad all in leather and animal bones, holding a sacrificial knife pointed at the sky. Our debut single was The Hunt's lone statement. The songs were a visceral pulsation, etched in echo. London, structure fires and mental institutions all played a part in the downfall of the originators of 21st century redskin darkwave.
2009. After multiple tumultuous attempts at recording a full length The Hunt decamped to their collective hometown, Boston, to record the ultimate document of their time on earth. This document sat for years, untouched by human hands.
2013. The Hunt lives on. In honor of both the first and one hundredth release, we will finally see and hear the toils of New York's most enigmatic post punk band of recent. Ian Danger, percussive wunderkind, Mike O'Brien, whose four strings drew blood nightly, Christian Kount, master of negative space and Jasper McGandy, the man who's hopes for a darker future led them towards a reality we only now have the honor of witnessing. After all these years the time has come. The Hunt Begins.
The Men: Campfire Songs
While holed up in a house in upstate NY, The Men took full advantage of their rural surroundings, in-house studio, and lack of recording timelines and obligations. They tracked over twenty-five songs. On top of that they also managed to record five songs acoustically, while sitting around a campfire outside the house.
Before this year is over (2012) they will have already recorded an entire new full length. To say this band is prolific is an understatement; they are teeming, borderline prodigal even. Two of these acoustic jams are alternate takes from the album, ?I Saw Her Face? and ?The Seeds?. The plugged in version of ?Water Babies? appeared on the b-side of their 7? from January, ?Patience? and ?Turn Your Color? are two entirely new beautiful tracks that highlight this band?s ability to be as gentle as they are commanding.
Wymond Miles: Cut Yourself Free
On the heels of last years critically acclaimed debut LP ?Under the Pale Moon,? and ?Earth Has Doors? EP comes the sophomore full length from Wymond Miles, guitarist of San Francisco garage-pop titans The Fresh & Onlys. ?Cut Yourself Free? assembles another convergence of moon-lit romantic swagger and post-punk massacred urgency. Again self recorded and produced to tape, Miles? song-craft has emerged more refined and poignant, benefitting from the avalanche of his frenzied live shows, but also adhering to a more minimalistic fashion with crooning mid-era Nick Cave or Bowie/Roxy Music strains of pop-modernism. But what stands at the forefront is Miles? command of his textural guitar and vintage-synth sprawl that on his choosing can open dream-like vistas, or pierce with an engine?s snarl. Turning to the narrative, Miles weaves each song with its own vignette of story line, often with a vaguely obscured protagonist/antagonist dialog. Relationships in Miles? sketches are always tangled, if not licentious affairs, but are presented more as lustrous gateways to mend and revitalize rather than squalor in.
Crystal Stilts: Nature Noir
Crystal Stilts first came to attention with a self-titled EP in 2005 and 2008?s Alight of Night, an early ripple in what would soon be perceived of as a wave of fuzzy, reverb-laden bands. The intervening years have seen the band evolve, with 2011?s robust In Love With Oblivion, and the Radiant Door EP, their debut release for Sacred Bones.
Founded by vocalist Brad Hargett and guitarist JB Townsend, Crystal Stilts have since come to include Andy Adler on bass, Keegan Cooke on drums, and organist Kyle Forester. This five-piece has come together and crafted the band?s latest LP, Nature Noir. Recorded in the spring of 2013, this newest disc finds the group expanding their palette to include strings, percussion, and synthesizers. On tracks such as "Star Crawl" and "Sticks and Stones", Hargett's vocals have a striking clarity and soulfulness, while the musical arrangements display a sophistication that may be surprising to those who previously thought of the band as "lo-fi".
Psychic Ills: Radar Eyes b/w Cosmic Michael
There will also be a limited value-add covers 7" (600 worldwide) available on initial orders, containing the Ills' takes on The Godz' "Radar Eyes" and private press psych pop obscurity Cosmic Michaels' "Cosmic Michael Theme".
Wymond Miles: Passion Plays
The A-side of the new 7? from Fresh & Onlys? guitar player Wymond Miles opens with a beautiful anthemic post-punk song, ?Passion Plays.? The B Side is a cover of a legendary Flying Nun band, The Terminals. Miles? previous full length was critically acclaimed and showcased a side of the artist with very different output than Fresh & Onlys, one who was exploring his 70?s glam roots and early 80?s post punk influences.
David Lynch & Alan Splet: Eraserhead Original Soundtrack
Last summer, Sacred Bones released a deluxe limited edition version of the original soundtrack to David Lynch’s landmark 1977 film Eraserhead on vinyl. This reissue is no longer available, having sold out almost immediately. Now Sacred Bones is pleased to make this music available to the world once more, having unearthed copies of the soundtrack on CD. Originally released by Lynch himself, these CDs have not been available for over 5 years. This edition of the soundtrack even includes a ten-minute dance mix done by Lynch. To lay in the dark and listen to this dizzying succession of blissful noise is a different way to get “lost” in the vast space of then the visuals of the film itself. It's no stretch to consider this soundtrack an experimental, early industrial masterpiece. Eraserhead’s individual passion and personal tone shines through even in the thickest moments of fierce static, an audio undertaking that took Lynch and sound designer Alan Splet years to perfect.
David Lynch & Angelo Badalamenti: Twin Peaks ? Season Two Music & More
Sacred Bones Records have recently unearthed a select number of copies of the soundtrack to David Lynch’s T.V masterpiece, “Twin Peaks”. Originally released on CD by Lynch over 5 years ago, but now very difficult to find, Twin Peaks ? Season Two Music & More compiles the classic music that defined this series. Composed by Angelo Badalamenti with contributions from Lynch, this soundtrack is renowned for the way it so perfectly matched the chilling, sinister, though often quite funny tone of one of the greatest television shows ever. Each song is crafted to fit a certain character, scene or emotion and the listener cannot help but be transported to mysterious world of Twin Peaks.
Destruction Unit: Deep Trip
Destruction Unit are an American band formed in the Sonoran desert of Arizona. Formed by Ryan Rousseau, D. Unit was initially a synth-heavy three piece whose other members were Jay Reatard and Alicja Trout (Lost Sounds); likewise Rousseau was also in the Reatards before Jay went solo. Born out of the nucleus of the Memphis Goner Records scene and transplanted into Tempe, AZ, Rousseau has grown the band in the last few years into a full sonic assault, which now includes three guitar players (himself, Nick Nappa & Jesco Aurelius), his brother Rusty Rousseau on bass, and a 19 year-old classically trained drummer, Andrew Flores. This line-up has released several cassettes on their own label Ascetic House, a small run LP, Void on Jolly Dream and most recently a limited edition 7? on Suicide Squeeze. Deep Trip is their 1st proper studio album, produced by Ben Greenberg of The Men, Hubble & Pygmy Shrews at Vacation Island in NY. Morphine boogie for the 21st century noise addict.