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Juliana Hatfield is back with 14 brand new songs, including the instant-classic “Wonder Why.” “I wasn’t planning on making a record,” says Juliana Hatfield of “Pussycat”. In fact, she thought her songwriting career was on hiatus, and that she had nothing left to say in song form; that she had finally said it all after two decades as a recording artist. But then the presidential election happened. “All of these songs just started pouring out of me. And I felt an urgency to record them, to get them down, and get them out there.”

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Pussycat is the kind of bluntly political record Hatfield used to be knocked for shying away from. At the height of her 1990s stardom, Hatfield was dismissed in the more activist corners of the music world as a lightweight (never mind that her songs frequently explored the ways society needles and dismisses women). She’s spent her career in an often thankless middle ground, too feminine for the masculine music press, yet not punk enough for the riot grrls. But Pussycat lends to the case for a critical reappraisal. Now would be an ideal time for one, given how the DNA of Hatfield’s hooky, plainspoken alterna-pop has carried through some of indie-rock’s sharpest young songwriters, from artists like Waxahatchee to Bully and Charly Bliss, artists that have demonstrated there’s plenty of substance in this sound. What a treat it would be if, 30 years into their careers, they were all making records as relevant, passionate, and strangely personable as this one.

CD Track List:

  1. Panic – Kitten
  2. Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before – The Rest
  3. What Difference Does It Make? – Joy Zipper
  4. Shoplifters of the World Unite – Tanya Donelly w/ Dylan in the Movies
  5. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want – William Fitzsimmons
  6. I Won’t Share You – Sixpence None the Richer
  7. Well I Wonder – Sara Lov
  8. Half a Person – Greg Laswell
  9. Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me – Dala
  10. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others – Chikita Violenta
  11. Sheila Take A Bow – Telekinesis
  12. Is It Really So Strange? – Solvents
  13. Hand In Glove – The Wedding Present
  14. How Soon Is Now? – Mike Viola and The Section Quartet
  15. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out – Trespassers William
  16. Rubber Ring – Girl in a Coma
  17. I Know It’s Over – Elk City
  18. What She Said – Katy Goodman (La Sera, Vivian Girls)
  19. London – Cinerama
  20. Reel Around the Fountain – Doug Martsch (Built To Spill)

On vinyl for the first time ever!!! Remastered Collectors Edition. Exclusive one-time run on Powder Blue Vinyl. Double-LP, Dual Gatefold Jacket, Download Card. Only 500 are being pressed.

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“An awesome cover-compilation!” –Paste

“An outstanding and highly varied assortment of Smiths covers” –Consequence of Sound

“A worthwhile tribute that reinvents the songs while retaining The Smiths glorious spirit.” –NME

“A wonderful 20-song, double-LP blockbuster!” –The Big Takeover

The Caulfield Sisters "Say It With Fire" EP

American laundromat Records have done a very special reissue of The Caulfield Sisters debut EP “Say It With Fire” on a one-time, limited edition run of 150 cassettes. The Super label took great care in preparing this one. Our good friend and designer Lonny Unitus reworked the original CD artwork and added some rare live photos by photographer Jasper Coolidge. Choosing a beautiful purple tint cassette shell, and spared no expense duplicating at National Audio Company on the very best Chrome Plus tapes with Dolby B NR. It also includes digital download card. The Caulfield Sisters are a critically praised independent band, noted at times for their sonic similarity to Throwing Muses and Galaxie 500. They have appeared at the annual CMJ music marathon, were featured in the New York art magazine Esopus,

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The Caulfield Sisters have been called the Brooklyn Breeders and were named one of “NYC’s 10 Bands to Watch” by Time Out New York magazine. Featuring former members of the bands Pee Shy and Gloria Deluxe, The Caulfield Sisters debut EP “Say It With Fire” is a stunning release that has enjoyed critical acclaim worldwide.

“Sounds like angel babies from heaven after a night with Uncle Makers Mark” – VICE magazine

“Whimsical, beautiful and a little sad…atmospheric gems that will have you swaying back and forth, eyes closed and a sloppy grin on your face. Clearly these ladies have all the raw dreamy notions that most current music completely lacks.” – BUST magazine

“Perhaps the finest noise pop band in town” – Time Out New York

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Its great to be able to share Juliana Hatfield’s awesome video for “Short-Fingered Man” from her upcoming album “Pussycat”.

“For this video I shot a bunch of footage of myself in my hallway. I love sixties dancing so I did a bunch of that. Also I was thinking of early Jean Rollin vampire movies and of “Alphaville” (Godard) and those scenes near the end in which Anna Karina–and other residents of Alphaville–start to lose their equilibrium in the hallway and can’t keep themselves walking in a straight line. Caroline Jaecks took all of my footage and masterfully constructed a neat little narrative out of it that fits the song really well.”

American Laundromat Records

The election of President Donald Trump has kicked Juliana Hatfield into action. On April 28th, she will release “Pussycat”, a new record inspired by the current political climate in the U.S.
“I wasn’t planning on making a record,” she said in a press release. But after the election, she continued, “All of these songs just started pouring out of me. And I felt an urgency to record them, to get them down, and get them out there.”
Hatfield wrote the material following a time in which she was questioning whether or not she had anything left to say as a songwriter. So, as quickly as the songs came, she wanted to record them in a similar manner. Playing all the instruments except drums, which were played by Pete Caldes, she recorded and mixed all 14 songs in 12-and-a-half days.
“It was a blur. It was cathartic,” she said. “I almost don’t even understand what happened in there, or how it came together so smoothly, so quickly. I was there, directing it all, managing it, getting it all done, but I was being swept along by some force that was driving me. The songs had a will, they forced themselves on me, or out of me, and I did what they told me to do. Even my hands — it felt like they were not my hands. I played bass differently — looser, more confident, better. I’ve always been prolific and productive and I have a good solid work ethic but this one happened so fast, I didn’t have time to think or plan. I just went with it, rode the wave. And now it is out of my hands. It feels a little scary.”

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You can order Pussycat at American Laundromat Records’ website, with options of CD, pink cassette (limited to 250 copies), pink vinyl and a coupled of bundles that offer it on both pink and peach vinyl.
Juliana Hatfield, ‘Pussycat’

Track Listing
1. “I Wanna Be Your Disease”
2. “Impossible Song”
3. “You’re Breaking My Heart”
4. “When You’re a Star”
5. “Good Enough for Me”
6. “Short-Fingered Man”
7. “Touch You Again”
8. “Sex Machine”
9. “Wonder Why”
10. “Sunny Somewhere”
11. “Kellyanne”
12. “Heartless”
13. “Rhinoceros”
14. “Everything Is Forgiven”

The good folks at American Laundromat Records are to release a special tribute to The Smiths including the contributions from Kitten, Doug Martsch (Built To Spill), Katy Goodman (La Sera/Vivian Girls), and Girl in a Coma. Each artist in the collection offers a uniquely illuminating interpretation of one of their favorite tracks by The Smiths.

It turns out we share a mutual admiration for a good cover. In fact, they’ve been releasing wonderfully curated tribute records over the past few years including tributes to iconic artists such as Elliott Smith, Neil Young, Pixies, and The Smiths. When we learned that some of these albums, including their excellent tribute to The Smiths, had never seen a vinyl release, we knew we had to partner with them to get some of this music out there on wax for the very first time.

So, yeah, for this month’s vinyl we’ve pulled four standouts from that excellent tribute to The Smiths .

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On the a-side, Kitten tackles the iconic single “Panic.” The original was released by The Smiths in 1986 as a 7” single through Rough Trade Records and lambasts the pop music of the time (which, Morrissey lamented, “says nothing to me about my life”). It’s followed up by Built To Spill front man Doug Martsch offering a jangly and sparkling acoustic take on the opening track, “Reel Around The Fountain,” from The Smiths’ 1984 self-titled debut album.

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The b-side opens up with an exquisite, stripped down version of “What She Says” by La Sera mastermind Katy Goodman. With lush harmonies and a dusty vibe, it’s beautifully atmospheric and floating. Finally, Girl in a Coma offer up a version of “Rubber Ring” that’s both foot-stompingly rugged and raggedly exotic. It’s simply dripping with snarl and ominous mystery.

We’ve pressed 525 standard copies on bronze colored vinyl alongside a special edition of 175 copies on bone colored vinyl with bronze and beer colored splatter exclusively for gold club members. To get one you just have to subscribe to either the Pairings Box or our coffee and vinyl subscription service. Fair warning, less than a dozen copies remain.

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Juliana Hatfield covers “Needle In The Hay” for “Say Yes! A Tribute To Elliott Smith” due out October 14th 2016.

A number of indie music’s finest are coming together to pay homage to Elliott Smith with a new tribute album on October 14th. Titled  Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith, the 15-track collection sees artists like  J.Mascis,Waxahatchee, Lou Barlow, Juliana Hatfield, and Yuck tackle songs from across the late singer-songwriter’s discography. The American Laundromat Records release also features a collaborative cover of “Condor Avenue” by Jesu and Sun Kil Moon.

check out Hatfield’s rendition of “Needle in the Hay”. The track is the only non-exclusive cover on Say Yes! (it had originally appeared on American Laundromat’s 2014 Wes Anderson tribute LP).

 

Enjoy this brand new track from Tanya Donelly’s Swan Song Series available May 20th exclusively on American Laundromat Records, Swan Song Series cds! I am very, very proud of this project that has been in constant creation for the past few years ~ each song is co-written with a writer or songwriter that I love and admire, and there are countless guest appearances by musicians that I love and admire. It’s a pretty stellar group of collaborators, and I’m grateful to have worked with all of these people

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Tanya Donelly’s complete Swan Song Series is now available for pre-order. This exclusive 3xCD set includes the first 5 volumes + 7 brand new songs. Be sure to scoop up Bundle 2 quickly (which includes a great looking tee, 1″ button, and decal) – the first 300 orders receive a signed CD from Tanya. If this isn’t enough, you also get a first listen to a brand new, previously unreleased track co-written with Damon & Naomi

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“Send Me Your Next Nightmare”

This is the first song I’ve written with fellow Belly comrade Tom Gorman in over twenty years. Tom and I share a lot of space in terms of musical taste and writing style, and we were very harmonious writing partners in the Belly days. And for those reasons, and because sometimes it just happens this way, this song’s lyrics and melody came to me in about 15 minutes. It was like stepping into a very familiar room

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Juliana Hatfield’s cover of Elliot Smith’s “Needle In The Hay” from American Laundromat Records‘ “I Saved Latin! A Tribute to Wes Anderson” has been named to Paste Magazine’s list of the 20 best cover songs of 2014.Perhaps best of all is Hatfield’s cover of Elliott Smith’s heartbreaking ‘Needle In The Hay’ – previously played out over Luke Wilson’s suicide attempt in …Tenenbaums. It’s a track so integral to the hugely affecting scene that Hatfield’s plaintive version brings all the emotions flooding straight back.

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The Wes Anderson tribute album “I Saved Latin!” from Laundromat Records is out today. You can hear Juliana’s cover of Elliott Smith’s “Needle In The Hay” here.