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R. Stevie moore is the curmudgeonly, misanthropic pioneer of lo-fi and DIY music. His prolificacy puts the likes of Robert Pollard to shame with over 200 self-released albums and 30-odd official releases. He has been working away at his craft, mostly unnoticed, for 50 years. His new LP, Afterlife, is mastered by Kramer and include guest performances from Ariel Pink, Jason Falkner, Lane Steinberg and Irwin Chusid, the man who coined the term ‘Outsider Music’ when referring to the likes of Moore. LP and Cd on Bar-None.
Following the first two Big Star albums in the early ‘70s, Alex Chilton has consistently thrown curveballs at his fans with his next release. I guess Songs From Robin Hood Lane, a collection of songs from the Great American Songbook should surprise no-one, then. This posthumous compilation features 4 unreleased tracks and 3 very rare out-of-print tracks. The songs chosen all reminded Chilton of his childhood home on Robin Hood Lane in Memphis. It was recorded in 1990. LP and CD on Bar-None.
It’s probably fair to say that Alex Chilton’s solo career was patchy, but then this was because also quite varied. He’d had hits as the singer of ‘60s band The Box Tops, made two concise albums with Big Star before making the sprawling, weird, dark but mostly brilliant Big Star’s Third. It was the approach he took to this album that ostensibly set the blueprint for his solo career. Memphis To New Orleans compiles the best of his ‘80s solo career, with many of the songs no longer available anywhere else. Reissue LP and CD on Bar-None.
Yung Wu! This brings back memories. They were an oddball side project of the Feelies led by their percussionist Dave Weckerman. As it was produced by Feelies guitarists Glenn Mercer and Bill Million it sounds pretty much like the Feelies but with a more naive pop style with nods to the Modern Lovers and something of Daniel Johnston in Weckerman's rudimentary voice.
- Vinyl LP (BRN-LP-266)
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- Limited edition
- Last copy
Following on from the critical success of his Day Of The Dog album, Ezra Furman’s The Year of No Returning gets a timely reissue. Currently based in Chicago, Ezra Furman’s music fuses the classic sounds of Bruce Springsteen, The Ramones and The New York Dolls to make a rock ‘n’ roll sound all of his own.
The Year of No Returning is available on CD.
Just look at that beautiful sleeve. It signals the return of New Jersey's veteran pop meisters the Feelies for their first work in over six years. The band seem to exist on a different timescale to most bands and just release albums when they feel like it. Their laid back Velvet Underground inflected albums are starting to influence younger batches of guitar strummers most notably Real Estate who share a very similar aesthetic so this will be a much anticipated return.
Teen Men are a four piece audio/visual group comprised of musicians Nick Krill and Joe Hobson (The Spinto Band) and visual artists Albert Birney (Simply Sylvio) and artist Catharine Maloney. Their eponymously titled, self produced debut album was recorded at The Garden Center and Paper Lab Recording studios in their hometown of Delaware, their music is melodic, pop influenced psyche constructed from ambient layers of synths, samples guitars and vocals.
R. Stevie Moore and Jason Falkner
Make It Be
DIY outsider legend R. Stevie Moore got together with Jason Falkner, veteran of stacks of bands and projects (including The Three O Clock and The Grays) to produce Make It Be. Stevie’s music is famously lo-fi, but this record applies Falkner’s production talents to Stevie’s songs, bringing them into full focus. Good-times alternative weird-rock to enjoy! Out on Bar-None.
On ‘Weight of the Matter’, Eros and The Eschaton infuse shoegaze, psych and tropicalia into their broiling, punchy bowl of pop. Then they let it simmer. The crazy horses. It can’t have been easy for them to avoid making a mess; let’s hope all those flavours don’t overload it. Vinyl LP and CD on Bar-None. Hic.
Here, Petra Haden takes one of the strangest (and best?) albums from The Who’s catalogue and makes it stranger. The Who Sell Out, the band’s advertising-themed experimental pop record, is performed in full by Haden using nothing but her voice, heavily multi-tracked and ingeniously arranged. No records quite like this wonderful oddity. Reissued LP on Bar-None.
Petra Haden is a total boss at performing fully-fledged instrumental pieces using only her voice. Here on Imaginaryland, she sings material by Enya and Johann Sebastian Bach as well as a range of originals, always through a multi-tracked chorus of inventive vocal techniques. This is her 1999 solo debut, reissued by Bar-None.
Broken Hearts/Bones is the third album from Parlour Tricks and sees them continuing to blend indie rock and big-hearted pop. Their elaborate three-part harmonies and downbeat instrumentation are a distinctive blend and chilled-out playing and songwriting are top-notch. On CD and vinyl LP from Bar-None.
Glenn Mercer of The Feelies releases his second solo album, an all-instrumental set of originals with covers of Jimi Hendrix, Brian Eno and The Wizard of Oz to finish up. Mercer is a talented musician, weaving these detailed, many-layered compositions together entirely by himself. How many instruments he plays here I’ve no idea… Out on Bar-None.
Following their first, eponymously titled EP, consisting of jangly guitar, a selection of childrens toys and the soft, gently whispered vocals of Kaitlin Van Pelt, Breakfast In Fur’s latest release ‘Flyaway Garden’ sees what began as a recording project between Dan Wolfe and Kaitlin Van Pelt move into more assertive, punk rock territory experimenting in psychedelic rock with some elements of their more atmospheric, pastoral folk origins.
- Vinyl LP (BRN228LP)
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- Last copy
Of Montreal's warm and fuzzy cast of characters expanded beyond its means on 'The Gay Parade', one of indie pop's most colourful and unabashed outings, full of idiosyncratic narratives and squeaky instrumentation that would delight even the coldest cynic. Only Kevin Barnes could have made this record of classic backwards-marching baroque pop.
'Cherry Peel', the first record from the chaotic twee mess that is Of Montreal, was originally released in 1999. With its psych-folk undertones and gleefully experimental take on pop music, it slotted right into Elephant 6's canon, fulfilling their golden rule -- music should explode all over the place. Now it's back on vinyl thanks to Bar-None.