Superchunk – Superchunk 1990 (remastered 2017)

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The remastered LP features updated artwork and includes an 11” × 17” replica of an early Chunk show flyer, with photos and notes from the band on the reverse. Both CD and LP include a bonus download of Clambakes Vol 9: Other Music From Unshowered Grumblers – Live in NYC 1990, a show recorded at CBGB just four days after the album was released. Mac shared his memories of these early days of Superchunk: When I listen to our first album now, other than cringing at some clams and the vocals and the juvenile attitude of the whole thing… what was I angry about? You’ll have to ask 21-year-old me because in my memory, we were having fun. I hear the accumulation of our influences, which I suppose is normal for a first album—weaving all the things you loved up to that point into your own first thing. The Buzzcocks, Hüsker Dü, Dinosaur Jr, and Sonic Youth are all right there and what we were listening to. Hearing this record recently, though, I was surprised at how “southern” some of it sounds, and I think the influence of bands like Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ and of course R.E.M. is there under the fuzz. I remember thinking the solo 4-track demo of “Slack Motherfucker” sounded like Tom Petty. I can’t find it now to prove it to you, but take my word for it. I was living in NYC finishing school when we made this record, so rehearsals and recording were all rushed. I’m surprised we knew this many songs well enough to record them. Twenty-seven years later, we still play at least three or four of these songs live occasionally (one of them all the time…), which says something good about a few of the songs, anyway! We got so much better as a band, and as songwriters, that it’s hard to even see this as any kind of template for what Superchunk would eventually be, but it’s definitely where we were at in 1989/90.

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thanks to Merge Records for sending this out .

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Alex Chilton – A Man Called Destruction (Deluxe Edition) 2017

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On August 25, Ominvore Recordings  released a brand new, expanded version of Alex Chilton’s 1995 album A Man Called Destruction.

Chilton had a long legacy in a number of bands starting with the Box Tops where he was lead singer on such songs as The Letter, Cry Like a Baby and Soul Deep and followed in the 70’s with the critically acclaimed by often overlooked Big Star. Between 1979 and his death in 2010, Chilton released eight solo albums.

A Man Called Destruction was divided evenly between Chilton originals and covers of songs like Lies, You Don’t Have to Go and The New Girl in School. When it was released, the Orlando Sentinel said “Plenty of bands attempt, however feebly, to reproduce Big Star’s melancholic power-pop. But nobody else would dare try to approximate the brilliant, offhand weirdness and subtle irony of Chilton’s later solo work. Teenage Fan Club might be able to imitate Big Star’s guitar sound on September Gurls, but they couldn’t transmogrify Volare the way Chilton did on 1987’s High Priest. Destruction is very much in the tradition of High Priest — a peculiar mélange of deliriously cheesy pop.”

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The new edition includes seven previously unreleased tracks along with new liner notes by Bob Mehr.

Daniel Wylie & Cosmic Rough Riders – Scenery for Dreamers 2017

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Daniel Wylie was in Cosmic Rough Riders then he left to pursue a solo career while they carried on without him but now it seems Cosmic Rough Riders are his. Go figure. Anyway he’s back with several slabs of spangling guitar pop with nods to Teenage Fanclub and Big Star. Also with a few nods to Neil young’s crazy horse lets hope we get some kind of a tour from him now

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The National – Sleep Well Beast 2017

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So it has arrived and im happy the The National HQ sent me out a advanced copy . Seventh album from American indie rock band The National, due September 8, 2017. In an interview with Rolling Stone, lead singer Matt Berninger said that the album is “about marriage, and it’s about marriages falling apart. I’m happily married, and but it’s hard, marriage is hard and my wife and I are writing the lyrics together about our own struggles and it’s difficult to write, but it’s saving my marriage. Not saving my marriage, my marriage is healthy, but it’s good for everything! And so it’s gonna be a strange record, and I’m crazy about it.”

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and the only photo that actually turned out when i went to see them London

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The Jesus And Mary Chain – Damage And Joy 2017

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All praise Creation Records founder Alan McGee, for he was right: The Jesus and Mary Chain will return next year with their first new album in 18 years, Damage and Joy.

Due out March 24th via ADA/Warner Music, the long-awaited follow-up to 1998’s Munki was produced by Killing Joke co-founder Martin Glover, aka Youth, who also plays bass on the record alongside JAMC touring drummer Brian Young and Lush bassist Phil King.

The album’s first single and opening track, “Amputation”, premiered on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6 Music today. Better yet, you don’t really need your ear buds; this one’s pure melody, sounding like something off an indie soundtrack from 1996.

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