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THE DOPE LIGHT IS ON!

posted August 13th, 2020

Crack a LightDope Body's back on the line with their first album since 2015, rife with the gnarly, bisected body attacks that typified their great records and shows on the other side of the teens. A decade plus from the audacity of 20 Pound Brick, their debut cassette, and four years since calling it quits, Dope Body are suddenly liver than we thought they'd ever be again. 

Maybe they just needed a bit of time off, with some pre-contagion social distancing... (read more)

Artists in this story: Dope Body

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MORNING BREW

posted August 10th, 2020

For the past month, we suddenly love Monday. The best part of waking up is a new Bill Callahan song. This week, you can listen to the new song AND take it to a new (caffeinated) level with a "Breakfast" blast for your mug.

In celebration of Gold Record, we've partnered up with coffee roasters Four Letter Word to present a special coffee for your "Breakfast" enjoyment. It's a single origin from Colombia produced by Guillermo Rojas, with a nicely complex profile: much like... (read more)

Artists in this story: Bill Callahan

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THE BYLINE WAS ALWAYS THE HEADLINE

posted August 7th, 2020

On October 2, 2008, on tour, in Seattle, with Silver Jews, in between songs, David Berman addressed the crowd:

“This is our 86th show! You know, I'll tell ya.... I have some pretty jaded musician friends, who've heard me say this kind of thing before, and asked ‘Why are you always counting your shows? Nobody cares about that!’ And I was like, ‘Oh gee, I don’t know... maybe because they’re importantBecause they actually mean something to me?’"

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Artists in this story: Silver Jews, David Berman, Purple Mountains

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FORESIGHT BIAS

posted August 6th, 2020

2020! Now it can be told: the charade of a world without new Magik Markers records (six-plus years!) has finally ended. In these times of contagion fables and hacky blockbuster n95 disaster imagery IRL, Markers emerge again like three Lazarus from their three individual firmaments, just in the nick of the end of time.

What Magik Markers do best is listening, and as John Shaw, Pete Nolan and Elisa Ambrogio worked with the tunes, they heard something taking shape. Less a style than... (read more)

Artists in this story: Magik Markers

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RIGHTEOUS HERE, RIGHTEOUS NOW!

posted August 5th, 2020

In the years of this new century (AY2K) guitarist Tashi Dorji has stood out in the field of improvised music with an incisive way of playing in and out of moments, tremendous conviction alongside the mercurial touch needed to ride the changing wind. Tashi's debut for Drag City is the work of a seasoned player, delving fearlessly forward and finding new places in the present moment with every stroke and pick. Stateless is about more than just playing your way into somewhere. This is music... (read more)

Artists in this story: Tashi Dorji

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LET'S MOVE TO THE COUNTRY

posted August 3rd, 2020

Smog cover from the artist formerly known as Smog! Maintaining the original bounce but eschewing the star-crossed semi-tragic implications of his late-90s version,  Bill Callahan's new rendition finds fresh life, flexibility and freedom in the promise of the next chapter played out in the hinterland - but is it prequel or sequel? Heaven knows.
 


Listen to "Let's Move to the Country" on the DSP of your choice and remember, Gold Record... (read more)

Artists in this story: Bill Callahan

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CONTORT YOURSELF

posted July 31st, 2020

With their one and only early-90s release, Fearful Symmetry, ad-hoc art freaks Box of Chocolate's secretly showcased music from a young Will Oldham, a figment of early Phish marination, an enthomusicologist, a 2019 Tony Award Winner, and more (weirdos)!
So consider Fearful Symmetry a time capsule bridging the gap between funky, post-punk 80s sounds and freewheeling, 90s college rock experimentation, and one its best songs, "The Writhe," a high energy track glimmering with new wave, tight grooves, layered guitars, and a heavy... (read more)

Artists in this story: Box of Chocolates

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LAND SPEED RECORD

posted July 29th, 2020

Summer 2020 keeps ragin' full on, and No Age keep firing on all cylinders. As our world descends into a perilous, unknown state, Dean and Randy have been channeling their live show energies into some extraordinary videos instead, wrapping as many Goons Be Gone (DC767) songs as possible with warm, comforting visuals, full of the action and color of the outside world - like deja vu, sunshine recollected from a dream. "Turned To String" is the latest case in point, with Jonn Herschend (who previously collaborated on ... (read more)

Artists in this story: No Age

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THE MACKENZIES

posted July 27th, 2020

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Of course, that's just not quite the reality for most of us right now, but Bill Callahan's folksy meditation on belonging not only assuages fears, but conjures what's needed most right now: a cross-the-driveway embrace of simple family values and connection.   
 
With "The Mackenzies," a broken-down car leads a man to adopt a new family next door. Shedding his trademark DIY bon mots with ease, Bill floats, alongside guitars and bass, through a dreamscape of deep... (read more)

Artists in this story: Bill Callahan

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IT'S LUNCHTIME

posted July 24th, 2020

After the shutdown and accompanying production delays at COVID-challenged pressing plants, the long-promised deluxe vinyl edition of John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch will soon be ready to ship. This was a project founded to spread the wisdom of the youth to all ages, but with the advent of the contagion, we've seen a world more challenged to receive wisdom than we ever wished to guess. To more adequately serve the people in this current climate, we're marking down the limited autographed LP edition of ... (read more)

Artists in this story: John Mulaney