Hey there good people. We’ve got three new vinyl releases to feature today. Deerhunter’s latest is getting some tremendous reviews, we all know you can’t go wrong with Brittany Howard’s amazing talent and now her latest project Thunderbitch has landed, plus the first time Canadian electronic pioneer legend Bruce Haack’s 1978 album Haackula is available on vinyl. All the details with sample tracks or videos are down below. Can’t wait to give all three of these a spin.
If you can make it to Kingston this Sunday October 25th stop by the record show going on at Kingston’s Renaissance Event Venue at 285 Queen Street. We will be there with a good selection of vintage vinyl plus some new vinyl. We are looking forward to showing everyone what Backbeat Books and Music is all about!
If you can’t make it to the show don’t worry our shop will be open 12-5 as usual.
Kingston Record Show
Sunday October 25th 10am-4pm
285 Queen St, Kingston, Ontario
Admission is $3 and yes there will be a bar setup.
On to the new releases!
Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
“Fading Frontier” is the new studio album from Deerhunter. The record was made by founding members Bradford Cox, Lockett Pundt, Moses Archuleta, and bassist Josh McKay. Written in their hometown of Atlanta, GA, production duties were shared by the band and Ben H. Allen III, continuing a collaboration that began with 2010’s “Halcyon Digest”. Following the death-rattle garage catharsis of “Monomania”, the group have shifted towards something strikingly balanced, focused on melody and texture. The songs are brighter; if not in content, then in the album’s production. Starkness plays against clutter in what is the band’s most complex yet accessible work to date. Cox and Pundt share lead vocal duties (a first for the band) on the enthralling ‘Breaker’, while the darker ‘Take Care’ (featuring Broadcast’s James Cargill on synthesizers and tape manipulation) and ‘Leather and Wood’ – a strange hybrid of J.G. Ballard’s dystopian grey-skied science fiction, and the most spartan Motown downer imaginable – paint a varied spectral landscape. Elsewhere, the likes of ‘Snakeskin’ showcase a sinister flirtation with minimalist funk, whilst Pundt makes a typically masterful statement with the synth-diffused ‘Ad Astra’, which culminates in one of the album’s most transcendent moments. Fading Frontier shows that a decade in, Deerhunter has lost none of its intensity. As the group matures, so they have grown into the most consistent purveyors of art-rock of their generation.
Thunderbitch – Thunderbitch (AKA Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes)
Thunderbitch. Rock ‘n’ Roll. The end.
I just wanted to rock and roll,” Brittany Howard repeats on “I Just Wanna Rock and Roll”. The Alabama Shakes frontwoman’s thesis for her side project, Thunderbitch, is pretty simple — and on the self-titled debut, she pulls it off. While her main band digs into the roots of soulful blues rock, Thunderbitch takes a stab at garage punk, though still filtered through a slight Southern burn, a la Turbo Fruits or PUJOL.” – Consequence of Sound
Bruce Haack – Haackula
Toronto’s incredible Telephone Explosion records has just released Canadian electronic pioneer legend Bruce Haack’s unreleased on vinyl until now classic Haackula. Deemed too dark for release upon it’s creation in 1978 this album was widely bootlegged before Omni Recording Co’s 2008 CD reissue. Now on vinyl for the first time featuring the collaboration with hip-hop legend Russell Simmons “Party Machine”.
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