We certainly have a stack of wax to dig into today. Hundreds of used/vintage vinyl hitting the browsers plus some great new releases and new vinyl restocks. New releases now in stock from Aurora (we’ve been loving this album here at Backbeat), Dayglo Abortions, The Lumineers, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes plus The Strumbellas. You can find all the details and sample tracks on the new releases further down the page.
Let’s get digging into the used/vintage vinyl that we have put out this week. A fantastic assortment of amazing records are going out as you read this, including some sweet sounding Mobile Fidelity releases, Little Feat, Bowie, Kinks, Ozzy, Scorpions, Raven, Aerosmith, Dire Straits, Yes, Traffic, Queen, Joni Mitchell, Zevon, ZZ Top and more.
The Lumineers – Cleopatra
In Cleopatra, The Lumineers set about trying to make musical sense of their three-year-plus roller coaster ride that was their first album. Their skill at setting a visual story to music comes through amidst the delicate, deceptively simple acoustic soundscapes. This time, though, bassist Byron Isaac provides a firm, low-end on the apocalyptic opener “Sleep on the Floor,” a ghostly tune about getting out of town before the “subways flood [and] the bridges break.” It’s a densely packed, cinematic song that echoes Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City” and John Steinbeck’s East of Eden – which were models for the record alongside Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Aurora – All My Demons Gretting Me As A Friend
After hearing her lithe, fairytale-reminiscent songs, perhaps it wouldn’t surprise you to learn that AURORA (born Aurora Aksnes) hails from a Norwegian city with a name translates to “Fjord of Lights.” Or that when she was six, the future singer/songwriter was disciplined for convincing classmates that their school was overrun with talking mice. Or even that her first brush with making music was discovering a toy piano, and she managed to keep her hobby a secret from her parents until well into her teen years.
Now nineteen and on the cusp of releasing her debut full-length, All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend, AURORA’s fantasies have only grown, inhabiting every corner of her music. A girl makes peace with her murderer and the inherit vulnerability of life in the haunting piano ballad “Murder Song (5,4,3,2,1).” A runaway fades away into the wonder of nature over the course of “Runaway,” her escape marked with harpsichord, live percussion, and an undeniable sense of wonder. And coupled with an anthemic swell of synths and AURORA’s triumphant vocal, “Running With the Wolves” makes tapping into one’s lupine side seem not only plausible but downright irresistible.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – PersonA
A good deal of the songs on PersonA were written by all ten band members collectively. Writing would often begin with a member playing his instrument not even knowing where the song would go with principal songwriter and singer Alex Ebert encouraging and directing the song’s shape yielding wonderfully unique ends. It’s little wonder that Rolling Stone wrote that PersonA is the band’s “most risk-taking, freewheeling album yet.”
Dayglo Abortions – Armageddon Survival Guide
First new album in 13 years!! DELUXE glossy UV coated gatefold jacket, poly-lined black paper inner sleeve, 61cm x 61cm full colour poster. Cover artwork painted on canvas by Chany Pilote of INEPSY notoriety. Produced by Juno Award winning sound engineer Rob Shallcross at Armoury Studio in Vancouver, Canada. The Dayglo Abortions ninth full-length album, Armageddon Survival Guide, proves that Cretin still has what it takes to write legendary punk songs with the same energy that he harnessed when writing their first album released in 1981. This new album combines their unique blend of catchy punk rock, comical humor and pissed off political rhetoric, with lyrical content that challenges and disputes the verities of modern life. Canada’s bad guys are back with their first new record since 2003. Since the departure of their original drummer, The Cretin (guitarist, lead vocals, song writer) is the one original member. Nonetheless, they remain the same as in the old days; fast, humorous, sarcastic & nihilistic, mixing fast HC punk with touch of metal and ugly rock ‘n’ roll. This new Dayglo Abortions record definitely goes back to their roots with song writing and sound both favouring the punk side of the spectrum. Classic Dayglo Abortions style here goes hand in hand with feelings that are not so far from bands like Antiseen, and their anti-social nihilism attitude. In general, Armageddon Survival Guide is their best material since the classic DGA records from the 80’s.
Strumbellas – Hope
Teaming up with LA Producer/Engineer, Dave Schiffman (Johnny Cash, Haim, Weezer), the band hunkered down close to home at Toronto’s Lincoln County Social Club to record Hope. With poignant yet sing-along-able lyrics and undeniable rock noir musical undertones, Spirits, the first single from forthcoming album, embodies the essence of what has been attracting fans from across North America to this Lindsay, Ontario-bred band. Exclaim declared that the new single: ”…shows off a polished, poppier side to the group. The acoustic strums of the opening verse are bolstered by a chorus of chiming bells and infectious, sing-along lyrics,” while Confront Magazine stated: “When the hairs stand up on the back of your neck and arms, you know the music is awesome.”
The journey for The Strumbellas has been a whirlwind since the release of the band’s 2012 debut album My Father And The Hunter. The Strumbellas’ sound — haunting lyrics fused with infectious, danceable melodies — won them both fans and critical recognition. A year later, they followed up with We Still Move On Dance Floors, which earned them six awards, including a JUNO and Sirius XM Indie Award, as well as a spot on the Polaris Music Prize Long List.
NEW VINYL RESTOCKS & ADDITIONS
We sure needed to restock after a busy Record Store Day! Here is what came in this week.
That’s all we have for this week, but really isn’t that enough?