Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lookout! Indie exclusives coming your way: Interpol, New Pornographers & more

New Pornographers will release a limited color splatter vinyl of their release Brill Bruisers. New Pornographers is one of my favorites because it's AC Newman, Neko Case & Dan Bejar (Destroyer)!  Out 8/25/14.

 Interpol is back!  Just put Turn on the Bright Lights to remind yourself how much you love that band.  Their new release, El Pintor will be available to indie stores in a limited-edition white vinyl that includes a digital download.  Due 9.9.14

GRMLN's Soon Away will be available on blue vinyl.  Only 250 copies will be pressed this way!  Out 8/20/14.

My Brightest Diamond This Is My Hand will have a limited-edition red vinyl available 8.20.14

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Seattle in-store Saturday July 19 -- BLOOPER!

Come hang with Blooper Saturday July 19 @ 6 p.m.! They'll be playing at our Seattle store 1520 10th Ave.

 Here's what Emily Nokes said about them in a recent Stranger issue:

"Blooper reminds me of the first gulp of catchy rock n' roll someone's way cool older brother played when summers were suddenly about complicated social interactions and discovering what makes the opposite-sex tick."

Their most recent release is an ep called So Very Small.

Come on down! 

Monday, June 9, 2014

In-Store Performance Seattle = NO

Performing in-store at the Seattle Everyday Music 
1520 10th Ave
Saturday June 14 @ 3 p.m.!

After a spate of personal misadventures in 2010, NO was born through the chance encounter of Bradley Hanan Carter and Sean Daniel Stentz at a local LA diner. Bonding over stories of disastrous relationships as well as their mutual admiration for storytelling artists like Leonard Cohen, Bill Callahan, Johnny Cash and Lou Reed, the two decided to unite and build something for themselves. 

Native New Zealander Carter states, “We wanted something to believe in. It sounds kind of dramatic, but there was really nothing to wake up for at the time.” This came at a stage when he found himself divorced, bankrupt and experiencing a new kind of alone after deciding to walk away from the lifelong religious beliefs of many friends and family back home. “I think for some of us, we’ve been so worried about where we’ll go when we die, that we’ve never really thought about where we should go while we’re still alive.”
Fast forward a few months, add in more like-minded band members and NO was on the way to being fully formed.

NO quickly gained recognition with the local Echo Park crowds, and both NME and the LA Times tipped them as an act to keep a close eye on. 2012 saw them wrack up over 100 live shows, including supports for Best Coast and Electric Guest, and a European tour with Father John Misty
  The six piece are now looking forward. Newly signed to tastemaker record label Arts &
, NO have just finished their self-produced debut album “El Prado," mixed by Billy Bush (Tegan & Sara, Foster The People, Jake Bugg) and mastered by Joe LaPorta (Beach House, Foo Fighters, Vampire Weekend).

NO is Bradley Hanan Carter (Vocals), Sean Daniel Stentz (bass), Reese Richardson (guitar), Ryan Lallier (guitar/keys), Simon Oscroft (guitar) and Michael Walker (drums) 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Indie Exclusives - Parquet Courts & Passenger

Parquet Courts' Sunbathing Animal comes out June 3 with a limited edition LP w/bonus 7".

PASSENGER has a new album out June 10 called Whispers.  There's a limited 2-cd deluxe version available that includes an acoustic disc.

Check stores for availability!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Upcoming Indie Exclusives! Sharon van Etten, Ben Frost, Popstrangers

May 27 will see some indie-store only, limited-edition vinyl:
Ben Frost "A U R O R A" colored vinyl with bonus cd. Limited pressing of 500

Popstrangers Fortuna on clear colored vinyl w/digital download.  Limited to 200 pressings

Sharon Van Etten Are We There
Clear colored vinyl, limited to 300!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Survival Knife in-store in Seattle!

 Survival Knife in-store performance May 17 @ 3 p.m.!  Loose Power out April 19 on cd & lp.

When Justin Trosper and Brandt Sandeno began work on what would become their incredibly influential band Unwound, they were young punks making noise in basements in Olympia at the cusp of the grunge age of the early '90s. 

Their legacy of feedback, ennui, and all-ages shows would inspire fervor and joy for the band's entire lifespan, and echoes of their angular basement punk would be heard in the ripples of independent music for years following their disbandment. Though Sandeno's involvement in Unwound came just at the beginning and end of the band, he and Trosper stayed friends and collaborators on different projects throughout, and Survival Knife see the two founding members of Unwound continuing to the next phase of creative work together. Now a good decade after the last Unwound studio album, Survival Knife don't aim to recapture the urgent squall of those mid-'90s days, but instead approach debut album Loose Power with a compositional lens more muscular and pushy than tormented or inward-looking. For one, Sandeno, who began as Unwound's drummer, instead joins Trosper on second guitar, leaving the rhythm section to Kris and Meg Cunningham. 
 There are some apparent subtleties that amount more to being Trosper's signature sounds than aiming for the sounds of the past. Still, the airy guitar blasts that make up the chorus to "Cut the Quick" and the edgy dynamics that find the songs moving from muted, mumbled lyrics into full-on howling all call back to Unwound's best moments. The songs here, however, are harder, more direct, and less interested in dreamy guitar breakdowns or youthful screaming. The grizzled howls and fantastical dual-guitar intro of "Roman Fever" has more of a hard rock approach than anything resembling '90s punk, and album closer "Heaven Has No Eyes" stretches out in a sprawl of almost proggy proto-metal chunkiness and time-signature shifts. The song, much like the album, only hints at its creators' musical histories. Loose Power sees some of the better minds in the heavier side of indie rock's legacy branching out into grittier, gnarlier territory and turning in some inspired, crushing tunes in the process. ~ Fred Thomas, Allmusic