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Strange Americans — Borrow You, Brother

It’s the kind of music that the Carhartt-wearing, hard-working, industrial beer-drinking, regular Americans would listen to — the ones who could end up on an episode of TV’s Dirty Jobs. It’s a little raw, a bit loud, unapologetic and honest. It’s Americana rock and roll and it’s something that Denver’s Strange Americans are crafting with both brawn and finesse, like a hot rod mechanic bringing back an old barn find.

In a sense, Strange Americans are rescuing something from the rust pile — straight-forward, no frills rock and roll, and a matching aesthetic that is heavy on songwriting and storytelling, but presented with reverb-drenched punch and passion — the way The Band or Crazy Horse would have done it.

Borrow You, Brother is the new full length album, available now —  recorded with Echo Lab engineer and producer Matt Pence (Centro-matic, Justin Townes Earle).

 

718 — Big Love

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The NYC-based electric trio (718) plays original alternative groove music that blends modern, creative jazz-inspired improvised music with the feel good rhythm of a funk-rock trio.  Matthew Fries, Phil Palombi and Eric Halvorson mix the sounds of vintage electric piano, electric bass and drumset with modern effects to create a unique experience that is both soulful and progressive.  Available on vinyl very soon….

 

Good Morning — Glory/Shawcross

Good Morning are a two piece recording project made up of Stefan Blair (Gemini) and Liam Parsons (Aries) from Melbourne, Australia. The two met in high school and have been writing songs ever since. In 2013, they went halvies in a Foxtex 4 track tape machine; Good Morning is the result of that investment.

They have released two mildly received EPs, Shawcross and Glory, and some similarly received singles. In a live setting they are joined by James Macleod (Libra) and John Considine (Sagittarius). Together they have performed in the United States at CMJ Music Marathon and most of Australia.

 

Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas — Self Titled

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Matthew Stubbs is a Boston based guitarist and songwriter.  In 2016, Matt formed Matthew Stubbs & The Antiguas, an all original, instrumental psych rock project.  With the Antiguas, the focus is on the song, and the vibe and energy of live performance and sound experimentation.  The Self Titled LP is available soon!

 

The Wood Brothers — Live At The Barn

Recorded live at Levon Helm Studios AKA The Barn in Woodstock, NY on August 19, 2016. Live at The Barn is available now!  The vinyl master was cut by Clint Holley at Well Made Music, and the LP package includes a download of a digital version of the album.  Grab one today!

Tracklist:
01. Mary Anna
02. I Got Loaded
03. Tried And Tempted
04. Trouble In Mind
05. Who The Devil
06. Wastin’ My Mind
07. Postcards From Hell
08. Honey Jar
09. Ophelia

 

Junior Astronomers — Body Language

North Carolina’s own Junior Astronomers return with Body Language, the long awaited follow up to their acclaimed 2013 album, Dead Nostalgia.

Over the last few years, Junior Astronomers have made friends and fans across the US through their touring and shows, supporting artists including Manchester Orchestra, Modest Mouse, All Get Out, Piebald, The Weeks, and many others. In between touring, the band has steadily written and released new music through a series of 7″ EPs, all the while working on material for their new album.

Body Language is a record about love, growth, and the inevitability of change through the course of life. The album thoughtfully portrays the nuances of coming of age, the complexities of relationships, and finding a new normal in a constantly changing world.

When it came time to record, Junior Astronomers set out to capture a sound that showcased their own evolution as a band. Working with engineer and producer Mike Pepe (Taking Back Sunday, Modern Chemistry), the band spent time exploring and recording sound in Mitch Easter’s Fidelitorium Recordings (Dinosaur Jr., Wilco, Ben Folds Five), before having Dan Millice (A$AP Rocky, Townes Van Zandt) at Engine Room Audio add the final mastering touches. The culmination of their efforts was an album that musically and lyrically shares a theme of rebirth and growth.

Available now from Refresh Records.

 

David Bazan – Care

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Care cements a new era for David Bazan as a solo artist. His music has moved passed acoustic guitars and jumped headfirst into synth-laden pieces drenched in texture. Standout “Disappearing Ink” demonstrates that evolution, bringing a blistering, dark funk feel to his brooding punk. The album’s final songs find Bazan experimenting with new sonic spaces — some twinkling gently, others booming and begging to be heard.

You can grab the record from Undertow Music now!

 

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit — The Nashville Sound

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Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist Jason Isbell and his mighty band, The 400 Unit, have announced the June 16th release of the highly anticipated new album, The Nashville Sound (Southeastern Records/Thirty Tigers). The Nashville Sound is the follow up to 2015’s critically acclaimed Something More Than Free.

Without exaggeration, Jason Isbell has become one the most respected and celebrated songwriters of his generation. He possesses an incredible penchant for identifying and articulating some of the deepest, yet simplest, human emotions, and turning them into beautiful poetry through song. Isbell sings of the every day human condition with thoughtful, heartfelt, and sometimes brutal honesty, and the new album is no exception.

Pre-order now!

 

Drew McDowell — Unnatural Channel

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After the long overdue release of Drew McDowall’s debut solo album “Collapse” in 2015, the experimental music underground saw McDowall as an arrival of an artist that was always here, hiding in plain sight. He was quietly in the background, pulling the levers on some of the most influential recordings in electronic music and with shifting his focus from the role as band member of such legendary acts as Coil & Psychic TV along with his recent collaborative efforts alongside Tres Warren (of Psychic Ills) in Compound Eye, McDowall came to finally identity as a singular artist and figurehead to a movement that has vitally required his presence.

His second full length endeavor for Dais Records is aptly titled “Unnatural Channel,” allowing McDowall to allocate offerings to the ghosts of his past using methods not fully understood.  Moving forward from the impact left with his first album, “Unnatural Channel” moves McDowall into more uncharted territory. From the opening mark, Drew’s distinct fingerprint is evident on the track “Tell Me the Name”, his signature ambient ebb and flow to pulsing electronics painted over reverberated percussions that have been pulled apart and spun around the spectrum.

Read more and order here…

 

Firewater — Get Off The Cross

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In partnership with Checkered Past RecordsFirewater‘s seminal world punk debut album Get Off the Cross…We Need the Wood for the Fire will be reissued on translucent purple vinyl LP on June 2nd! Pre-order here. 

On wax for the first time for its 20th anniversary! Limited edition of 500. New handmade cover art by Tod A, inner sleeve with lyrics. Featuring members of Cop Shoot Cop, The Jesus Lizard, Soul Coughing, Laughing Hyenas, and Eysian Fields. Globally minded, strongly opinionated, and fully aware that we need to blow off some steam and have a party…

 

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