Archive for January, 2012

Retail Newsletter 1/24

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

tUnE-yArDs Made The Best Album Of 2011
According to the most revered Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll. Not only that but Beggars Group titles make up 20% of the top 20. Huzzah! Read about it HERE and dig the list HERE.

Howler Killed NYC
We were absolutely psyched when Howler came around Big Apple way for last week’s NYC residency. In five days the played five shows to absolutely ravenous crowds all over Manhattan and Brooklyn (including a street date instore). These vibes are sure to bubble out your way – not to mention the reverberations you’re surely feeling from their hometown of Minneapolis. The album America Give Up is out now and it’s firing on all cylinders. People everywhere are taking note of how rad this band is, and I ain’t just talking music rags.

The 4AD Files
It’s a big winter for 4AD. It seems like each week sees the release of a totally kick-ass new album from the label.  Last week we saw The Big Pink hit you with their album Future This. It’s killer and they’ve got a lot of stuff planned for the horizon so keep your eyes peeled. Plus, loves it so who are we to argue. So we swing with the right then we hit ya with the left as the Mark Lanegan Band album Blues Funeral is comin’ at you in two weeks on February 7. This week we’ve got a handful of killer listening parties going on around the country and Mark and Co. have some bi-costal shows going on release week (2/7 at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom and 2/9 at LA’s Echoplex). But it sounds like people out there are very, very psyched for this one as it approached. Speaking of people very, very psyched Grimes is blowing up. Like, the shit’s going off. We’re getting emails and calls and postcards left and right reminding us just how psyched people are. You’re psyched. I know you’re psyched. Visions comes at you two weeks after Blues Funeral on February 21.

Perfume Genius Makes One Of The Best Videos I’ve Seen In A While
“I’m torn. This song is fantastic”
“Wow. Those two minutes passed like they were 10 seconds. Damn.”
“Amazing. Can’t stop watching.”
Those are some of the myriad comments people have made about the Perfume Genius video for “Hood.” Get involved.
The new album Put Your Back N 2

Retail Newsletter 1/9/12

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Welcome Back And Welcome To Our (Almost) First Street Week Of 2012!!
Yes it’s 2012 already. We’re ready for it and we’re armed with a boatload of killer new records. This week’s theme, Screw The Mayan Calendar. Let’s Rock!

Howler – America Give Up – January 17
One of the most talked about new bands of last year is backing all that action up with one of the hottest debuts we’ve heard in a long time. Howler is poised and ready to kick your ass – sonically of course – and we’re super psyched to get this one out into the world. After you hear it, you’ll feel the same.
Speaking of hearing it, your customers are probably doing that right NOW via NPR’s First Listen.

The Big Pink – Future This – January 17
Yes. The followup we’ve been waiting for is here and we’re stoked. And so are lots of other people as album tracks “Stay Gold” and “Hit The Ground (Superman)” have already been given the remix treatment by Araabmuzik and Danny Brown and King Krule, respectively. But you’ve heard those already and now it’s time to hear the record, RIGHT?! Right. Well after they’re done at NPR, “the people” can stream Future This right here on SPIN.COM.

V/A – Intended Play 2012 – February 17
That’s right, dude. The $1.98 list price is printed right there on the cover. Pretty insane considering you get tons of action from the Matador/True Panther syndicate including The Young, Ceremony, Lee Ranaldo, Perfume Genius, Girls, Kurt VIle, Fucked Up and tons more.

Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral – February 7
The consummate sideman is back with his first full length release since 2004′s Bubblegum. If you’re one of those people who have somehow managed to not hear the first track “The Gravedigger’s Song,” you can check it out HERE. And then you can give give Dave or Helen a call and make sure you get a bunch of “The Gravedigger’s Song” 7″es.

The Unthanks – The Songs Of Robert Wyatt And Antony & The Johnsons, Live From The Union Chapel (Diversions, Vol. 1) – February 7
I’m pretty sure the title tells you everything you need to know. And to those of your familiar with how awesome this band is, trust me, you’re in for it. It’s as good/interesting/engaging/endearing as the title would suggest it is.

Grimes – Visions – February 21
If you’ve turned on “the internet” in the last week or so you’ve surely heard about Canadian avant-songstress Grimes signing to 4AD. It was pretty impossible to avoid considering she was the number 1 artist on both and hypemachine last week AND she scored a Best New Track on Pitchfork. Well then you also know that we’ve got her album Visions coming your way on February 21. You can listen to the album track “Genesis” right HERE.

Perfume Genius – Put Your Back N 2 It – February 21
I know you remember the last newsletter I sent where I told you just how fantastic the new Perfume Genius album is. Well now I’ve got all the information you need, along with a song from that album. Check it.

“Oldies Back On Vinyl!!”
That’s a direct quote. We’ve got the following coming back from beyond on wax for you and yours to dig.
Peaches – The Teaches Of Peaches on Pink Vinyl on January 17.
Cocteau Twins – Stars & Topsoil on February 7.
Gotan Project – La Revancha Del Tango on February 7.

What’s That Over The Horizon?
That? Oh that’s Ceremony. They’re from Rohnert Park, California. The are one of the most fantastic, unusual and progressive hardcore bands we’ve heard this century. Their fourth album Zoo is coming your way via Matador on March 6. You can freak out on album track “Hysteria” right HERE. And you can grab that 7″ soon, as it hits the streets on February 7.
And that other guy over the horizon there? That’s Chicago’s Willis Earl Beal. He’s got a very interesting story and even more interesting music. His album Acoustamatic Sorcery is coming at us in March but in a few weeks you can grab his first 7″ Evening’s Kiss. You should go ahead and listen to that song HERE.

Comin’ To Your Cittay
Tour updates HERE and HERE.



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