For Traveling Alone, Tift Merritt‘s Yep Roc Records label debut, Merritt put together her dream cast to make a record that was real, raw and live off the ﬂoor. Recorded in Brooklyn in eight days, this album was produced by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket), features a guest appearance by Andrew Bird and a band that includes Marc Ribot (Tom Waits), Eric Heywood (Pretenders, Son Volt), John Convertino (Calexico) and longtime collaborator Jay Brown. These songs were written and traveled by Tift Merritt.
Yep Roc Records has always followed the path of the artists it claims, meaning that its image has been forever fluid, an open matrix for music that’s worth hearing. This compilation is released in conjunction with the Yep Roc 15, the 15th anniversary of the label’s inception. Curated especially for their birthday celebration, it includes artists and songs spanning the past fifteen years of Yep Roc’s history. Streets 09.04.12.
On a recent summer evening in downtown Raleigh, NC, Chatham County Line set up shop at a stately theater filled with hundreds of their most devoted fans and captured for the ages what they do best: gathering around a single microphone to play and sing their own songs.
The result, the two LP audio and video collection Sight & Sound, is an essential document of one of the finest acoustic ensembles North Carolina has ever produced. In a state rich with bluegrass, folk and country legends, this quartet stands out for its left-of-center approach, bringing a rock ‘n’ roll sensibility to roots forms in a manner that appeals to traditional and contemporary camps alike.
Sight & Sound includes 20 tracks drawing from all five albums of the band’s decade-long career. Nine songs appear on both the audio CD and the DVD; four are exclusive to the DVD, while the CD expands the collection with seven more tracks (including two taken from a Christmas-tour show in Atlanta).
Jukebox the Ghost is back with Safe Travels, the follow-up album to their 2010 breakout Everything Under the Sun. After two solid years of touring including shows at Lollapalooza and a stop at Late Night with David Letterman, Ben, Tommy and Jesse are back with 13 new, original tracks that the Washington Post describe as “rambunctious pop music with the compact melodicism of the Beatles, the ambitious prog sprawl of Yes, and the persistent dance motion of New Order.” Safe Travels will be available in stores starting June 12th, and is available for pre-order now!
After two years experimenting in the shadows, cutting edge minimalist-funk heroes Fujiya & Miyagi are back with their darkest and most propulsive set yet. The band’s fourth full-lengther, Ventriloquizzing has a dark heart, via its throbbing electro-glam beat and menacing lyrics. “I think there’s an underlying anger, or perhaps just annoyance, at institutions and people in general, and probably ourselves too,” says singer/guitarist David Best. “And it also seemed like the right time to work with someone else to help us avoid going to our default setting,” which the band combated by bringing in a co-producer for the first time in the form of famed producer Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Vetiver, Pernice Brothers) –their first time not self-producing.
Paste magazine calls the album “another installment in their ongoing British beach dance party.” Click HERE to read the full review now.
You can preorder the album now at the Yep Roc Webshop — Every pre-order includes a bonus MP3 of the long-player mix by Fujiya & Miyagi titled “Different Blades from the Same Pair of Scissors” in your Stash available on street date along with the full digital album.
Our first time pressing a comedy record! On this brand new 180 gram vinyl release from Redeye/Yep Roc, Margaret Cho collaborates with artists such as Andrew Bird, Tegan and Sara, Jon Brion, Fiona Apple, Brendan Benson and others on comedy songs. Available at indie retailers (and the official Margaret Cho website)!