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The song that burst Blondie out of the streets of the Bowery to No #1 on the charts almost everywhere, “Heart of Glass” was the pivotal moment in punk’s choreographed slamdance with the mainstream. Inspired by Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder, Blondie transformed their campy “Once I Had A Love” into a Roland-driven juggernaut and never looked back. Explored and exploded via six distinct versions remastered from the original analog tapes, the history of “Heart of Glass” is documented here in a copious essay and it’s art reimagined by noted American illustrator Shepard Fairey.

Available in a limited edition of 10,000 on October 26th, 2018.

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Releases October 26th, 2018

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Since debuting in 2008, Titus Andronicus has been conditioning faithful listeners to always expect only the unexpected, consistently zigging where others would zag and maintaining a steadfast dedication to fearless ambition.

Earlier this week, TITUS ANDRONICUS surprised fans with the digital release of MRG666, a.k.a. their Home Alone on Halloween EP. It features three tracks recorded concurrently with A Productive Cough, the group’s most recent full-length.  Today, you can find the pumpkin-orange 12-inch version at your neighborhood record store available through Merge Records .Celebrate the spookiest of the seasons by staring into the abyss and confronting the bone-chilling terror which lies at the haunted heart of our human experience.

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Personnel: 
Liam Betson: electric guitar
R.J. Gordon: the bass guitar, vocals
Cary Kehayan: vocals
Kevin S. McMahon: vocals
Matt “Money” Miller: lead vocals [“Home Alone (On Halloween)”]
Alexander Molini: piano, organ
Jane Scarpantoni: cello
Rick Steff: Hammond B-3 organ
Patrick Stickles: lead vocals, electric guitar, harmonica, percussion
Chris Wilson: drum set

released October 1st, 2018

Written, directed, and edited by Patrick Stickles*

“Thunder Follows The Light” contemplates the ongoing destruction of the outer world and how it shapes the storms of our inner ones. There are meditations on the environment, collective struggle, death, rebirth, reasons to believe it’s worth the fight.
For nearly a decade, Jordan Lee has crafted pop experiments blending orchestral instrumentation and ambient electronic sounds. “Thunder Follows the Light” is a testament to the power of music as a space for collective processing and emotional response. Like his other releases, it is a highly collaborative document. Its sprawling chamber folk features many returning collaborators—violinist Jake Falby, guitarist Mike Clifford, percussionist Dillon Zahner—as well as first-time players—vocalist Johanne Swanson (of Yohuna), drummer Felix Walworth (of Told Slant), saxophonist Gabriel Birnbaum (of Wilder Maker). Jordan can honestly do no wrong. He is absolutely growing and maturing musically before our very ears, and I for one am honored to be a part of it. Finishing an album is such a huge endeavor that I always feel like it leaves a permanent mark on me. I’m glad for what this process has taught me and am excited to live in this little universe for a while and play these songs around the world!

Lee’s aggressive pursuit of art-making for himself is empathetic and outward-facing, looking both to the past and the future with warmth and hopefulness. “Peace is more than just a season coming ‘round again,” he sings on two different songs—and the emphasis seems intentional: suggesting that harmony of the mind and the heart do not just transpire but must be worked for, growing from deep-rooted foundations. In the world that birthed Thunder Follows the Light, it feels like medicine.
Released September 21st, 2018
Written by Jordan Lee 
With writing contributions from
Mike Clifford, Jake Falby, and Dillon Zahner 

‘Come To Pass’ appears on the album ‘Thunder Follows The Light’ out 21 September 2018 through Transgressive Records

The good news is that Adeline Hotel is back with a brand new album. Due for release at the end of October, “Away Together is a collection of ten songs that might signal a change in outlook, at least if lead single ‘Habits’ is anything to go by. It’s probably the happiest, most positive Adeline Hotel song to date, a fact which Knishkowy readily admits in an interview with our pals over at The Grey Estates. “‘Habits’ might be the first unabashedly joyful Adeline Hotel song,” he says, “one for windows down driving as summer fades to fall.”

This is true from the song’s very beginning, the whole thing suffused with a sense of golden sunlight, languorous percussion and dreamy guitar providing the perfect foil to Knishkowy’s smooth and earnest vocals.

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releases October 26th, 2018

Dan Knishkowy – words and guitars
Will Stratton – piano (1,2,4,5,6,8,9,10), electric guitar (1,2,4), bass (10)
Andrew Stocker – bass (1-9)
Ben Seretan – electric guitar (1-9)
Sean Mullins – drums and percussion (1-9)
Cassandra Jenkins – vocals (1,2,9,10)
Johanna Samuels – vocals (8)
Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner – lap steel (2), pedal steel (9,10), bass lap steel (10)
Winston Cook-Wilson – keyboards (3,4,7)

All songs written by Dan Knishkowy 2016-2018.

Toast is the living breathing music project of Claudia Mintz and frendz

Recorded out of our dorm rooms at Syracuse University, “Onetwothree” came together seamlessly. Josh and I (Claudia) have been best friends since our first day of college, so not only does he understand me as a person, he understands my writing and knows exactly how to compliment it with production. We work really well together. We’re a perfect musical match.

The song is dedicated to this very precarious time in our lives- moving out of our childhood homes and the start of college, where everything is a ‘first.’ The lyrics came out of me (Claud) immediately after hearing the track that Josh sent me. “Onetwothree” basically became our anthem for the rest of the semester. It’s about figuring out how to cope with feeling like you’re being misunderstood or not heard. As a queer person, I deal with this a lot, especially at such a big university. It’s so difficult to find your voice.

Josh and I met Max at a Sassy 009 show this past spring at SXSW. We definitely had the same music taste and started chatting. It all felt very natural, and Max immediately understood Toast and really believed in us from the start… We’re extremely thankful to be working with Terrible Records; some of our biggest influences have been/are artists on Terrible and has allowed us feel to feel like we can be honest and free with our art.

Everything and anything that has to do with Toast has been a dream so far. Josh and I have been releasing and performing music separately since we were both really young, but as soon as we started working together everything clicked. We are just having So much fun with it and are so ready to share with anyone who will listen.

Released August 3rd, 2018

Written and produced by Claudia Mintz and Joshua Mehling.

The rise of Big Thief has been a charmingly old-fashioned one, built on hard work, word of mouth and wonderful music. The band have become one of the alternative-scenes most loved acts, and done it entirely on their own terms. Continuing that theme of doing things your own way, the band’s vocalist Adrianne Lenker has this week announced, not a new Big Thief record, instead a return to her solo career. Adrianne is set to release “Abysskiss”, the follow-up to 2014’s, Hours Were The Birds, in October and has shared the first taste of it, Cradle.

While much of Adrianne’s work has dealt with her youth, her past if you will, for Abysskiss, she has set out to document the here and now. Much of this record was written on the road and in studios as Adrianne lived the musicians life. It serves as an intimate and immediate documentation of where both her songwriting and life currently stand, in her own words, an attempt to, “archive the songs in their original forms”.Listening to Cradle, you feel like you’re almost listening to a demo, a song still having the life breathed into it as it’s performed; it’s not lo-fi per se, in fact it sounds lush and perfectly unadorned, allowing her unmistakable vocal and gentle backing plenty of room to breath. Lyrically, it seems to dance with half-finished images; there’s an underlying feeling of discontent, yet it seems to be more with an inability to accept the potential for happiness than any underlying sadness. As a snapshot of a songwriter at the peak of their powers, Cradle suggests Adrianne Lenker remains one of music’s most vital voices.

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Releases October 5th, 2018
Performed and written by Adrianne Lenker “Abysskiss” via Saddle Creek Records. 

Walter Etc.’s “Gloom Cruise” came out 1 year ago today! Here are two alternate tracks from the album with Adult Mom doing professional karaoke to them. ‬

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Band Members
Steph Knipe, Bruce Hamilton, Liv Battell

Public Practice - Distance Is A Mirror EP

The debut EP from New York band Public Practice, “Distance is a Mirror”, is a confident, juried testimony of love steeped in dark optimism. Dry, dead pan vocals chant over skittish guitar and danceable 70s grooves—songs snapping like rubber bands—seesawing between post-punk and its insomniac twin sister disco. With contradicting references as overt as Talking Heads (without the shoulders), but as specific as Haruomi Hosono of Yellow Magic Orchestra (with some polka dots), the band is carrying a funky torch that does not get lit too often.

The four members of Public Practice—singer Sam York, guitarist Vince McClelland, synth/bassist and vocalist Drew Citron, and drummer/programmer and producer Scott Rosenthal—are no strangers to song writing. A Brooklyn DIY super group of sorts, Public Practice combines members of freshly-dead punk project WALL and local pop band Beverly. Public Practice backs their ambitious song writing with serious chops, their live shows already pulling them into the sharp foreground of a scene growing all too warm-and-fuzzy.

Sam York’s lyrics reflect the city and it’s contradictions—they are personal, funny, cryptic and surreal, but never truly pessimistic, rotating around an individual’s toxic but symbiotic relationship with perception. Songs like the sarcastically-titled “Foundation” deep-fry Beach Boys guitars in ice-cold-but-somehow-funky Scritti Politti grooves. Add a dead pan David Byrney vocal, and Public Practice remind us again how integral it is to use honesty and self-reflection to bring some of life’s double-standards to light.

By the end of the short and bitter-sweet 4-song EP, punctuated by Sam York’s sign-off of “no you can’t take it back now,” Public Practice anchors themselves as a new band with wisdom like their influences, bringing songs distinctly fresh as they are familiar. Public Practice will privately change your mind about where guitar music is going. Tired of the familiar? Seeing dots? Wake up!

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Recorded and produced by Public Practice. Mastered by Carl Saff.

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Road warriors Frankie Cosmos have spent the better part of 2018 on tour in support of their latest and greatest,Vessel, available now worldwide via Sub Pop Records. The band currently have a handful of overseas dates in August including an appearance at the UK’s Green Man Festival on August 19th.

Then on September 13th, Frankie Cosmos will then begin a 20-date North American run with shows in Baltimore, Durham, Atlanta, New Orleans, Austin, Detroit, Pittsburgh, returning to their hometown of New York, playing area shows at White Eagle Hall in New Jersey on October 5th, Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 6th and The Bowery Ballroom on October 7th. These shows will mark the bands first headlining dates in NYC since the release of Vessel.

In celebration of the bands impending tour dates, Frankie Cosmos have delivered a new video “Duet” which was directed by Eliza Doyle. The new visual stars Greta Kline and depicts a CPR Training video, one in which she becomes completely smitten with an object, and a one-sided romance is born.”

Moon 2

On Moon 2 Ava Luna’s de facto band leader Carlos Hernandez steps back, leaving space for the rest of the band members to step up and step into roles they hadn’t occupied on previous albums.

Felicia Douglass (now a touring member of Dirty Projectors) worked with percussion and sampler, Julian Fader experimented with synths, nearly every band member ran the computer during recording sessions, and Becca Kauffman (aka performance artist Jennifer Vanilla) composed her first song for the group “On Its Side the Fallen Fire,” a deeply layered orchestral piece of kate bush grandeur meets julia holter reverie. compared with previous Ava Luna albums, Moon 2 has fewer sharp turns into dissonance, fewer celebratory guitar parts, none of Hernandez’s signature screams. nevertheless, the infectious buoyancy of “Deli run” and “Walking with an Enemy,” are warm and bright, and songs like “Centerline” and “Phoebe (set it off)” venture confidently into pop territory. the title track, paint ing the elation and tumult of a crush, is set against a swaggering reggae bassline and warbling kraftwerk synths. “it’s like, every sci-fi movie has a nightclub,” says Kauffman.

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