Just got a few new records in today. As if we don’t have enough coming for Record Store Day! We did receive 2 copies of the very limited “loser – edition” of the Soundgarden – Screaming Life/Fopp re-issue plus we have 2 release posters for that album that we will give away with those 2 copies. Here are the details on all the albums we received.
Gross Ghost – Public Housing – LP and CD
After a particularly bad break-up, singer Mike Dillon found himself traveling from couch to couch, writing songs and lyrics where and when he could. This led him back to the empty house he had once lived in, and he began to write about the events that had occurred over the past year, while trying to shed light on those dark times and looking for a new beginning.
With little fuss, the band immediately headed into a secluded studio in Pittsboro, NC all the while refining the material, urgent to capture the songs while they were still fresh.
The nuanced interplay of Rob and Mike’s crisp twin guitars alongside Tre’s lyrical low end and Chris’s hypnotic drumming all serve to create a picturesque tapestry of melody and rhythm that girds Dillon’s songwriting. It’s strength can be found in the band’s ability to ring something fresh and exciting out of the classic two guitars, bass, and drums lineup.
Soundgarden – Screaming Life/Fopp LP and CD
From the depths of the Sub Pop archives comes a reissue of Soundgarden’s thunderous opening salvo, Screaming Life, plus bonus tracks from the Fopp EP and Sub Pop 200 compilation. This reissue marks the first time these tracks will be available digitally, and their first appearance on vinyl since the original, late-80s pressings (notwithstanding a long-gone, late-’90s repress of Screaming Life). All tracks have been remastered by Seattle studio wizard and producer of the original Screaming Life and Sub Pop 200 sessions, Jack Endino.
Iron and Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog – LP
Recorded by Sam with the assistance of longtime producer Brian Deck and engineer Colin Studebaker, The Shepherd’s Dog succeeds in accomplishing a similar cathartic recasting of the artist’s intentions. The arrangements here are kaleidoscopic and rich. “White Tooth Man” rocks with a desperate, menacing intensity while “Boy with a Coin,” the album’s first single, is darkly playful with a handclap hook tumbling under its cascading melody. The whole album breathes. Its seductive rhythms percolate and undulate, from the Psych-Bhangra-redux of “Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car” to the album’s last dance—a waltz—”Flightless Bird, American Mouth.” Compositionally, it is Iron and Wine’s most ambitious and accomplished recording to date. It’s also the most satisfying.
Blitzen Traper – Furr – LP
Furr is the fourth record by Portland sextet Blitzen Trapper and the follow-up to their highly acclaimed album Wild Mountain Nation. Written in the gaps of the group’s frenetic touring schedule and recorded mostly in a hoary old telegraph building close by the Willamette River, the new record refines and expands on the far-ranging yet distinctive songcraft that lies at the heart of Blitzen Trapper’s unique appeal.
Various Artists – I Need You Bad – LP – limited to 1000 copies – slime green vinyl
Curated by Sonny Smith, I need you bad highlights the influential & thriving West Coast garage rock scene as it exists here and now. Features Sonny & The Sunsets, The Sandwitches, Warm Soda, and other bands you’ll wish you had discovered sooner!