Lord Huron – Vide Noir 2018

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Lord Huron have well and truly stepped up to the next level on their third outing. The heart-wrenching folk is still there, but this time it’s laced with questioning promise – and we are here for it.
Calling your third album vide noir is a bold move. Not only does it immediately present a needed translation, but once done so, presents you with one of humanities biggest fears – a black void.
So, how do Lord Huron approach such grandiose ideas? Rather spectacularly actually. The ethereal harp and choral vocals twinned gently plucked strings that ring in this third outing immediately project ideas that may sit on a station way out of reach, but it feels like Vide Noir isn’t supposed to be received this way.
While “Lost In Time and Space’” feels just like…

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…that – a wandering journey through the cosmos with an angelic soundtrack, instead, it, and the album after it offers you the opportunity to delve into what your life might pertain.

Though it does sit on the expected side of the sonic line for Lord Huron, it’s “Never Ever” where the engines really kick in. A distorted rollicking number that drives like a The Killers track, it has all the makings of an epic run and is just the beginning for Vide Noire.

The sound of “Never Ever” is swiftly followed up by the one-two of “Ancient Names (parts I & II)”. Which feature more pounding drums and determined instrumentation from the first part, but it’s the second part where the energy really comes through and Lord Huron feel like a beast unleashed.

While the folk-essence lies below and often comes through in its truest form, the developments are clear and passionately welcomed all across Vide Noir. Where a band like Mumford & Sons abandoned ship from their beginnings to a mixed result, it sounds like Lord Huron have managed to evolve forward incorporating electric elements in a major way without forfeiting any kind of integrity.

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Say Sue Me – Where We Were Together 2018

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Well who would of thought that probably the best indie pop album to be released this year would come from South Korea. Normally the likes of Glasgow and Australia are the best contenders to produce mighty fine indie pop but this gives the likes of Belle and Sebastian and Camera Obscura a cause to up there game .

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I really cant recommend this enough it really is solid from the start to the finish.

The Delgados – Universal Audio 2004

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So last night i woke up at 02:43am and the first thing that came in to my head was The Delgados album ‘ Universal Audio ‘ What the fuck was all that about ? Any way i’am glad i it did , because i ventured down stairs and clattered about to pull if from my collection .

So in the CD player it goes headphones plugged in and coffee in hand i played it and instantly forgot how good this album was and clearly still is . It opens up with ‘ I Fought The Angels ‘ with a sparse and choppy guitar to start with and the amazing voice of Emma Pollock you get the feeling that its going to be dramatic .

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This is a more stripped down album that ‘Hate’ that i always thought was over produced but still clearly very good . Alun Woodward works well with Pollock on this album given the fact that there is less instruments to fight with . Girls of valour has a beach boys-esque running through the chorus while some other tracks like ‘bits of bone’ has a XTC vibe going through it .

Any way i still have no idea why the fuck i woke up with this on my mind and i aint digging around too much either to figure it out . so enjoy my album of the day .

Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps 2017

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Phoebe Bridges releases her debut album ‘Stranger In The Alps’ on Dead Oceans. Writing songs since age 11, Bridgers spent her teenage years performing at open mic nights and busking throughout her hometown before recording a debut three-song single, “Killer,” with Ryan Adams in his L.A. studio. “Killer” was released on Adams’ Pax-Am label in spring of 2015.

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Actual Wolf – Faded Days 2017

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Based in Oakland, CA, but born and raised in Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range – the same fertile region as Bob Dylan – indie folk-rocker Actual Wolf (Eric Pollard) shines brightly on his national debut Faded Days. Lush and expansive, it conjures the classic cosmic country albums of the past with it’s layered vocals and sweeping choruses. The album plays out like a vintage record store find, with a care to storytelling and payoff choruses that are in scarce supply these days.

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Album highlights include the Springsteen-esque “Be My Love,” which segues into the hazy vintage Neil Young & Crazy Horse vibe of the first single, “Baby Please.” “Little Runaway” is a classic rock radio cut (if you grew up in the ’70s, that is) and the wistful title track speaks of lost opportunities and old relationships, with the chorus asking “Can you still get high?” Dividing his days between music and being one of the leading extract/hash makers in the Northern California Bay Area (working for a boutique provider growing rare/hard-to-cultivate cannabis strains), Actual Wolf is the latest addition to the Red House Records’ artist roster. Actual Wolf has cultivated, cut and cured these songs with the same patience as that of a grower. The album is subtly informed by that breadth of different atmospheres as much as it is richly colored by the array of collaborators: Jeremy Hanson (Tapes ‘n Tapes, Tungsten), Jake Hanson (Gramma’s Boyfriend; 12 Rods; Alaska), Steve Garrington (Low, the Erik Berry Duo), Ditch Kurtz (a pedal steel guitarist from Nashville), with additional vocals by Al Church.

massive thank you to Red House Records .

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 .

Alvvays – Antisocialites 2017

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Toronto-based five-piece Alvvays combine their fuzzy, jangly indie pop with infectious, sugary melodies that recall the likes of Scottish outfit Teenage Fanclub and nod to the U.K. post-punk act the Dolly Mixture. Lead vocalist Molly Rankin – the daughter of John Morris Rankin from the popular Canadian folk family group the Rankin Family – was joined by childhood neighbor Kerri MacLellan on keyboards, and met guitarist Alec O’Hanley at a show as a teenager before they proceeded to write music together. Rankin self-released a solo EP in 2010 with the help of O’Hanley before bringing the rest of Alvvays together, with Brian Murphy (bass) and Phil MacIsaac (drums) joining the fold. They then toured heavily, supporting the likes of Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Peter Bjorn and John, while busily working on new songs.

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The band enlisted fellow countryman and musician Chad VanGaalen to record sessions for their debut album at his Calgary studio in 2013, and also worked with Holy Fuck’s Graham Walsh and producer John Agnello (Kurt Vile, the Hold Steady). Standout performances at 2014’s SXSW and the Internet hype surrounding their demo of “Adult Diversion” alerted their talents to Polyvinyl Records, who subsequently signed Alvvays and released their self-titled album in 2014. The album became something of a sensation, thanks in part to the popularity of “Archie, Marry Me,” and the band began a whirlwind of touring. As they gained popularity, the concerts became larger and they nabbed slots at Glastonbury in 2015 and Coachella in 2016. Along the way, they began sprinkling new songs into their set, but Rankin finished up writing the album while taking day trips to Toronto Islands to work in isolation in an abandoned schoolroom. When the songs were done, Rankin, MacLellan, and Murphy recorded in Los Angeles, then Rankin and O’Hanley moved the sessions to their basement in Toronto, where they invited a few guests to contribute, including Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake. The resulting album, Antisocialites, was released by Polyvinyl in September of 2017.

Ducktails – Jersey Devil 2017

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Last summer, Matt Mondanile announced his departure from Real Estate to focus on his solo project as Ducktails. That renewed attention has led to the bedroom pop outfit’s latest full-length, Jersey Devil, due out October 6th via Mondanile’s own New Images.

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Ducktails’ sixth album overall and follow-up to 2015’s St. Catherine, Jersey Devil was recorded over two years before being mixed in Hoboken, New Jersey at Sonic Youth’s Echo Canyon studio with engineer Ernie Indradat. To help out with the production and recording, Mondanile called on producer/composer John Anderson (Sky Ferreira, Girls), who also contributed guitar, as welll as drummer John da Costa, South Korean bassist Chi Yoon Hae of Parasol, and backup singers Malcolm Perkins and Samira Winter.