It’s Friday! How about some new/recent vinyl releases to kick off the weekend? We have the latest from Swamp Dogg, Bob Moses, Saintseneca and Interpol in stock now, plus the 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Blitzen Trapper’s “Furr” has hit the shelves.
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There’s a big list of restocks and additions below the new release info. Let’s get to the new stuff right now!
Blitzen Trapper – Furr (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) – Limited clear and gold vinyl
It was on September 23, 2008 that Blitzen Trapper, after putting out three albums on its own label, released its fourth full-length album, Furr, via Sub Pop. At that time, it was a record that captured exactly where the band’s frontman, Eric Earley, found himself, both literally and metaphorically, geographically and existentially. Not that the Portland-based musician actually remembers much about the creation of the record’s 13 intriguing, spellbinding songs. Or, more specifically, what its songs actually mean, either now or then. Instead, Furr, stands as a kind of tribute and elegy to the city that inspired it, but that, a decade later, no longer exists.
A decade on from the release of Furr, Blitzen Trapper have released five more critically acclaimed and achingly beautiful records. The band hasn’t loosened its ambitions, either. In 2017, the band put together Wild And Reckless a full-production theater event that ran for a month at Portland’s Center Stage theater and which also spawned last year’s full-length of the same name. There are plenty of plans for the future in the works, too. But for now, just for a little while, it’s time to revel in the joy and sorrow of a time and place that no longer exists—except of course, in a few hearts and minds, and in these wonderfully wistful songs.
Swamp Dogg – Love, Loss, and Auto-Tune – Indie Store Exclusive Gold Vinyl
In 1970 the Southern soul music maverick Jerry Williams, Jr. made the most radical move of his career. Frustrated with music business politics Williams reinvented himself as Swamp Dogg, an irreverent anti-hero smashing the conventions of commercial R&B music. Swamp Dogg’s debut release Total Destruction to Your Mind featured a post-apocalyptic take on the Muscle Shoals’ sound, with lyrics inspired by the revolutionary politics and psychedelic drugs of the late ‘60s. The music on Total Destruction to Your Mind stood worlds apart from the formulaic pop tunes Williams started cutting in 1954 under the name Little Jerry, and Swamp Dogg hasn’t looked back since.
Now, nearly fifty years after his debut release, Swamp Dogg stands on the precipice of another radical reinvention. His latest creation is titled Love, Loss, and Auto-Tune a nine song collection featuring production by Poliça’s Ryan Olson. Love, Loss, and AutoTune finds Swamp Dogg’s bluesy southern soul colliding head-on with 21st Century electronic music production techniques.
The reference to Auto-Tune in the title is not incidental, the album’s sound is built around Swamp Dogg’s experimentation with the ubiquitous vocal processor. While Auto-Tune has become a fixture of the modern pop music landscape, this is Swamp Dogg’s first major exploration of the device. “Every time I listen to some new music that everybody thinks is the greatest thing since hot biscuits, it’s full of Auto-Tune,” Swamp Dogg says. His use of Auto-Tune technology is not gratuitous. Like Kanye West on 808s & Heartbreak, Swamp Dogg utilizes the cold digital tone of Auto-Tune to convey a sense of emotional detachment during the album’s most anguished moments.
Bob Moses – Battle Lines
Battle Lines follows the band’s acclaimed debut album, Days Gone By, featuring their worldwide hit “Tearing Me Up.” The band recorded the new album in Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon, after writing and testing out new material on the road. Inspired by their time playing raves and rock clubs all over the globe since the release of Days Gone By, Battle Lines takes a harder look at the world in which they find themselves.
“This record is about the battles and struggles we all live through,” says the duo—Vancouver-bred, Los Angeles-based Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance—of the new album. “Battles within ourselves, battles with and within our society, battles between each other, with our loved ones, battles between ideologies. It’s also about struggling to identify where those battles lines start and end, and what within us and within our environments cause these struggles, and ultimately cause our suffering. It’s also about the struggle to reconcile with those things, somehow.”
Saintseneca – Pillar Of Na
Saintseneca’s Zac Little has been thinking a lot about memory. Not necessarily his memories, though they creep in often, too. Rather, he mulls over the idea of memory itself: its resilience, its haziness, how it slips away as we try to hang on, the way it resurfaces despite our best efforts to forget. Memory is the common thread running throughout the Columbus, OH folk-punk band’s fourth album, Pillar of Na, arriving in late summer via ANTI Records. Following 2015’s critically lauded Such Things, the new album’s name is rooted in remembrance, referencing the Genesis story of Lot’s wife who looks back at a burning Sodom after God instructs her not to. She looks back, and God turns her into a pillar of salt. “Na,” meanwhile, is the chemical symbol for sodium. “Nah” is a passive refusal and the universal song word. It means nothing and stands for nothing. It is “as it is.” Musically, Pillar of Na is Saintseneca’s most ambitious album to date, with Little aiming to incorporate genre elements he’d rarely heard in folk. “I wanted to use the idiom of folk-rock, or whatever you want to call it, and to try to do something that had never been done before,” Little explains. I told Mike Mogis I wanted Violent Femmes meets the new Blade Runner soundtrack. I’m looking for the intersection between Kendrick Lamar and The Fairport Convention.”
Interpol – Marauder – Indie Store Limited Exclusive Cream Coloured Vinyl
For the first time since 2007’s Our Love to Admire, Interpol have opened themselves up to the input of a producer. For two-week spells between December of 2017 to April of 2018, they travelled to upstate New York to work with Dave Fridmann – famed for recording with Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips, MGMT, Spoon, Mogwai, and countless more.
In the run up to writing and recording, Sam found himself immersed in soul drummers such as Al Jackson Jr (Otis Redding’s drummer) and 80’s funk producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. “How can I make shit swing?” was the question Sam repeatedly asked himself, and the answer is in the striding gallop of opener “If You Really Love Nothing,” the embellished skip ‘n’ bounce of “Stay in Touch” and the R&B swagger of closer “It Probably Matters.” Interpol have always been world-beaters at creating a feeling, but Marauder is where the feel is just as crucial.
Paul may have stepped out of the shadows as a bassist, but he’s stepping into an even brighter light as a songwriter. During Interpol’s previous albums, the singer largely kept himself out of his own work, preferring to fill his lyrics with detached thoughts, characters, and observations, often phrased in abstract. But more than 20 years on since forming at NYU, the frontman is finally allowing himself to play a role in his own stories.
Restocks and additions to the selection of new records here at Backbeat
|Alabama Shakes||Boys And Girls|
|Alice In Chains||Dirt|
|Aphex Twin||Richard D. James Album|
|Bad Brains||Rock For Light|
|Baker, Chet||Sings (coloured vinyl)|
|Band Of Horses||Cease To Begin|
|Beach Boys||Pet Sounds|
|Beastie Boys||Pauls Boutique|
|Beastie Boys||To The 5 Burroughs|
|Belle And Sebastian||If You’re Feeling Sinister|
|Big Star||#1 Record|
|Black Sabbath||Sabbath Bloody Sabbath|
|Boards Of Canada||Music Has The Right To Children|
|Bridges, Leon||Good Thing|
|Bridges, Leon||Coming Home|
|Broadcast||Work And Non-Work|
|Brubeck, Dave Quartet||Time Out (coloured vinyl)|
|Childish Gambino||Awaken, My Love!|
|Chvrches||Love Is Dead (Indie Exclusive Version)|
|Cult||Pure Cult: The Singles|
|Death Cab For Cutie||Thank You For Today|
|Eric’s Trip||Forever Again|
|Eric’s Trip||Purple Blue|
|Father John Misty||God’s Favorite Customer (Indie Exclusive Version)|
|Greta Van Fleet||Black Smoke Rising EP|
|Howlin’ Wolf||Wolf At Your Door|
|Hunter, James Six||Whatever It Takes|
|Jedi Mind Tricks||The Psycho-Social, Chemical, Biological…|
|Jones, Sharon & The Dap-Kings||Soul Of A Woman|
|Lamar, Kendrick||Good Kid M.A.A.D. City|
|Massive Attack||Blue Lines|
|Motorhead||Ace Of Spades|
|Parquet Courts||Wide Awake|
|Pop, Iggy||Lust For Life|
|Replacements||Let It Be|
|Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever||Hope Downs|
|Sheepdogs||Learn & Burn|
|Snoop Doggy Dogg||Doggy Style|
|Soundtrack||Straight Outta Compton|
|Soundtrack||Lion King (Picture Disc)|
|Soundtrack||O Brother Where Art Thou?|
|Soundtrack||V1 Guardians Of The Galaxy|
|Soundtrack||Romeo And Juliet|
|Soundtrack||Black Panther: The Album|
|Spoon||Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga|
|Stone Roses||Stone Roses|
|Twenty One Pilots||Blurryface|
|Tyler, The Creator||Flower Boy|
|Vein||Errorzone (Limited Royal Blue With Pink Splatter Vinyl)|
|Withers, Bill||Best Of Bill Withers|
|Wu-Tang Clan||Enter The Wu-Tang|
|XXXTentacion||? (Question Mark)|
Have a great weekend!