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RECORD STORE DAY 2014 AMBASSADOR: CHUCK D
Since 2009 when Jesse “Boots Electric” Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal declared himself our ‘Ambassador’, Record Store Day has been honored every year to add another powerful name to our stable of Ambassadors. This year the man who carries the title and the megaphone to tell the world about the greatness of record stores is the one, the only: CHUCK D.
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DAVIDGE - Slo Light Bundle
Neil Davidge, aka Davidge, is a record producer, film and game score composer whose seminal work with Massive Attack helped birth some of the most arresting and innovative music in the electronic / orchestral genre of the Nineties and Noughties whilst also enjoying a parallel career composing for prestigious film, TV and games ventures. His long awaited debut solo album, Slo Light, featuring a host of eclectic guest vocalists will be released on February 25th 2014 and supported by a worldwide marketing and promotional push. An album deeply-schooled in Bristol, beats, electronica, soundtracks, orchestral music and more, ‘Slo Light’ creates a fantasy world in which tension, darkness and beauty find the perfect equilibrium. As with all Davidge work the album is sky-high on production values with an unparalleled clarity and sonic depth. Following years of industry respect and renown, Slo Light is primed to be the record that brings Davidge to the ears and minds of many discerning music lovers as a figure of talent and vision, who’ll appeal to fans of sound-exploring producer/artists like Brian Eno, Moby, William Orbit and Trent Reznor.
Slo Light LP Bundle includes:
- Gatefold Green & Red colored LPs
- Exclusive Davidge Preorder slipmat
- Exclusive Black Light Poster
- Exclusive streetdate album download
- Digital Download card
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THUMPERS - Galore
“Comprised of long time friends Marcus Pepperell (vocals, guitar, keys) and John Hamson Jr. (drums, vocals, bass), THUMPERS make colourful, exuberant alt-pop that celebrates their innate musical kinship and draws upon their shared childhood memories. The London-based band combine layered androgynous vocals with muscular drums, astral synths and shimmering guitars in a celebration of the breathless sensations of youth and coming of age.
Friends since the age of 11 and playing in bands together since their teens, the two reignited their musical bond again in early 2011. Initially exchanging ideas over long distance correspondence, they used breaks from travel and other projects for intensive, marathon recording sessions. Retreating to the familiar surroundings of their hometown, they worked intuitively and resourcefully in utilizing every means at their disposal (with siblings occasionally joining in on the recording process) with the sole objective of producing great recordings touched by a transcendental jubilance and vague air of the otherworldly.
Live, THUMPERS are augmented by an interchanging cast of friends and musicians in faithfully bringing their immersive dynamics and grand scale sonic vision to the stage.
THUMPERS will release Galore, their debut album, on February 11th in North America via Sub Pop. The record was produced by Pepperell and Hamson along with David Kosten (Bat for Lashes, Everything Everything).”
MP3 download included with all vinyl releases
Order at SubPop
Floor - Oblation Pre-Order
FLOOR are back! In the wake of their self-titled debut album ‘Floor’ (2002) and the three full-lengths they released as TORCHE between 2005 and 2012, Anthony Vialon (guitars, vocals), Steve Brooks (guitars, vocals) and Henry Wilson (drums) present ‘Oblation’. Adding a dose of doom and a dash of drone, this new opus perfectly encapsulates FLOOR’s trademark desert rock feeling of shimmering heat, the pound and stomp of heavy engines, and a burning taste of diesel in the air. CONVERGE guitarist Kurt Ballou mixed the album at GodCity Studios (TORCHE, KVELERTAK, HIGH ON FIRE) and the mastering was done by Alan Douches (BARONESS, BLACK TUSK, MOTÖRHEAD). Lean back, crank up and sacrifice to the gods of stoner rock with this mighty ‘Oblation.'
Transparent blue vinyl limited to 300 copies.
Audacity - Butter Knife
Audacity’s latest full-length Butter Knife is still, at its core, a garage rock record. Album opener “Couldn’t Hold A Candle” is a perfect introduction to Audacity’s battle plan—a balanced blend of pop sensibility and ribald power. “Hole In The Sky” showcases the band’s gift for the on-the-dime changes, sophisticated melodies, and clever instrumental interplay. “Red Wine” demonstrates a Robert Pollard-like knack for turning an unexpected chord combination into a remarkably punchy chorus. And album closer “Autumn” harkens back to the balladry of power pop kings Big Star. All of which is to say, Audacity are tighter and more clever than your average suburban band, and consequently they’re one of the strongest acts in the Southern Californian garage rock scene.
The second pressing of this LP is limited to 500 copies on coke bottle clear vinyl and comes with a free download code.
Available from SuicideSqueezeRecords
Somos - Temple Of Plenty LP Pre-Order
There's no denying the enormity of Somos' 2012 demo—a four-song introduction whose epitomizing moment occurs during the final thirty seconds of the first track when the instruments snuff themselves out and singer Michael Fiorentino's otherwise steely voice rises into a serious, startling roar. By the time the band rebuilds itself for a final chorus, Somos has already established itself as an explosive, fiery monster that leaves its listeners smoldering.
It is no surprise, then, that Somos' debut full-length, Temple of Plenty, is more enormous and more powerful than its predecessor, though they replace the scorching, sharp chords with a smoother, more expansive sound. The guitars on "Familiar Theme", for example, are clean, plucked in spinning patterns and strummed in vibrant, wavering chords—that is, until the chorus, when guitarists Phil Haggerty and Justin Hahn step on the distortion. Even then, their instruments are fully fleshed-out, enormous not because of their crunch but because of their breadth. "Dead Wrong" literally bounces, its elasticity derived from the drumming, which is deceptively complex and solid, but also the rhythm of Fiorentino's lyrics. Here, again, the weight of this third song comes not from overdrive or volume or some superficial production trick, but from its beat and dripping guitars, from Fiorentino's firm singing style—from the songwriting itself.
Maybe the epitomizing moment on Temple of Plenty occurs on "Strangest Example", a song that appears in a different form on the band's demo. It's easy to feel the full one-two punch of the kick drum and the cavernous crack of his snare; trace the guitar as it winds like a vine and flowers at the end of each phrase; and, when the song climbs into its chorus, immerse oneself in the expansive, overlapping layers of melody and momentum. This re-imagining of "Strangest Example"—and, admittedly, Temple of Plenty's entirety—possesses the same power expressed on the band's 2012 demo, but it's derived from depth and finesse and the sort of velvet execution that will make Somos' first full-length one of the most impressive debuts that's likely to be released this year.
105 Yellow w/ Blue & Orange Starburst
130 Opaque Teal
150 Transparent Gold
* 3/25 official release date
* Album downloads will be sent out 1-2 weeks before the release date
Pre-Order at TinyEngines
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Vinyl Top 25:
1. Broken Bells - After The Disco
2. Phantogram - Fall In Love 7"
3. Lambchop - Nixon
4. Hard Working Americans - Hard Working Americans
5. Warpaint - Warpaint
6. Tame Impala - Lonerism
7. Autumn Defense - Fifth
8. Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over Sea
9. Neil Young - Live At The Cellar Door
10. Lord Huron - Lonesome Dreams
11. Modest Mouse - Good News For People Who Love Band News
12. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
13. Dum Dum Girls - Too True
14. Les Claypool's Duo De Twang - Four Foot Shack
15. Gaslight Anthem - B-Sides
16. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
17. Young The Giant - Mind Over Matter
18. Jack Name - Light Show
19. Kings Of Leon - Mechanical Bull
20. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
21. Nirvana - Unplugged In New York
22. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
23. Bon Iver - For Emma Forever Ago
24. Quilt - Held In Splendor
25. The Beatles - The Beatles (white album)
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