This Just In: Lily-O

I’ve been a huge fan of Sam Amidon since a friend turned me on to his All Is Well album back in ’08. At that point I was just starting to become familiar with American folk and blues, so hearing a contemporary artist experimentally reworking some of those standards was really exciting. His version of “Oh Death” is probably my favorite. All Is Well was Amidon’s second album, and this week Lily-O, his fifth, is available on vinyl. His voice might not be something a lot of people can get into, but it gives a uniqueness to his songs, original and traditional alike. And voice notwithstanding, he’s an incredible banjo and fiddle player. Plus he’s always got an arsenal of amazing musicians filling in the atmospheres. Hell, he’s married to Beth Orton (who sings on some older material), has Shahzad Ismaily handling multiple instruments on multiple albums, and even nabbed Bill Frisell to play some guitar on Lily-O. Check out “Walkin’ Boss” below (apparently one the first songs Amidon learned how to play on banjo as a teenager), and come pick up the record. There’s also an insane list of in-stocks this week, so don’t forget to check that out too!

Sam Amidon – Lily-O LP:
Listen: “Walkin’ Boss”

Lily-O, a new album of reimagined folk songs by Vermont-born singer / fiddler / banjoist / guitarist Sam Amidon will be released September 30 by Nonesuch Records (with vinyl to come October 28). The album was produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson (Björk, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Feist) and features the innovative jazz guitarist and composer Bill Frisell, along with Amidon’s other frequent collaborators, bassist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Chris Vatalaro.

Lily-O’s 10 songs are mostly traditional folk songs gathered from disparate sources and refashioned in Amidon’s signature way. The interplay between the four musicians is informed by their backgrounds in improvised music and the spontaneous nature of the sessions. As always, the central element is Amidon’s voice, which, in his deceptively understated manner, tells tales of adventure, love, violence and redemption.

Lily-O follows four albums by Amidon including his 2013 Nonesuch debut, Bright Sunny South. 2010’s I See The Sign and 2008’s All Is Well were made for the Icelandic label Bedroom Community and featured orchestral arrangements by composer Nico Muhly. Along the way Amidon has performed worldwide in myriad contexts, collaborating with musicians such as Muhly, Thomas Bartlett/Doveman, Beth Orton and Glen Hansard. He has appeared as a guest artist on recent albums by Tune-Yards, Aoife O’Donovan and the Blind Boys of Alabama.” -Nonesuch

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New releases, reissues & restocks-O…
2Pac – All Eyez On Me 4LP
7 Seconds – The Crew LP
Accused – The Return Of Martha Splatterhead LP
Adolescents – S/T LP
Agnostic Front – Victim In Pain LP
A Perfect Circle – Mer De Noms 2LP
Alt-J – This Is All Yours 2LP
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness LP
Anti-Flag – Die For The Government LP
Arctic Monkeys – AM LP
Atmosphere – God Loves Ugly 2LP
Bad Brains – I Against I LP
Balmorrhea – Balmorrhea LP*
Beach Boys – Christmas Album LP*; Pet Sounds LP
Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique 2LP
Bing & Ruth – Tomorrow Was The Golden Age 2LP*
Black Flag – Damaged LP; First Four Years LP
Black Keys – Turn Blue LP
Black Milk – If There’s A Hell Below 2LP*
Blu & Exile – Give Me My Flowers 2LP
Brotherhood – Til Death… LP
Bulbous Creation – You Won’t Remember Dying LP*
Carnage – Dark Recollections 2LP*
Christian Death – Only Theater Of Pain LP
Chvrches – Bones Of What You Believe LP
Circle Jerks – Group Sex LP
Coathangers – Suck My Shirt LP
Cock Sparrer – Shock Troops LP
Com Truise – In Decay 3LP; Wave 1 12”
Converge – Jane Doe 2LP
Cryptic Slaughter – Money Talks LP
Dads – I’ll Be The Tornado LP
Dan Bodan – Soft LP*
Danny Brown – XXX 2LP
Dinosaur Jr. – Bug LP; Farm LP
Disclosure – Settle 2LP
Disco & Boogie – 200 Breaks & Drum Loops Vol. 2 LP
DJ Paul Nice – Drum Library Vol. 11 LP
DJ Shadow – Entroducing LP
Dntel – Human Voice LP
Dr. Dre – The Chronic 2LP
El-P & Killer Mike – Run The Jewels LP; Run The Jewels II 2LP*
Explosions In The Sky – The Earth Is Not…LP
Fern Jones – The Glory Road 2LP*
Flaming Lips – With A Little Help From My Fwends CD*
Flume – Flume LP
Frightened Rabbit – The Midnight Organ Flight LP
Gang Starr – Daily Operation LP; Step In The Arena LP
Gaslight Anthem – 59 Sound LP
Generationals – Alix LP
GG Allin – Freaks, Faggots, Drunks & Junkies LP
Ghoul – We Came For The Dead!!! LP
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Yanqui U.X.O. 2LP
Green Day – Dookie LP
Gust – S/T LP
Hailu Mergia & The Walias – Tche Belew LP
Hank Mobley – No Room For Squares LP*
His Name Is Alive – Tecuciztecatl LP
Homeboy Sandman – Hallways 2LP
Husker Du – Flip Your Wig LP; New Day Rising LP
I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness – Dust LP
J Dilla – Donuts 2LP; Ruff Draft 2LP; The Shining 2LP; Welcome To Detroit 2LP
Jeff Buckley – Grace LP
Jesus And Mary Chain – Psychocandy LP
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme LP
Joy Division – Closer LP
Juan Maclean – In A Dream 2LP
Kasabian – 48:13 2LP
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid 2LP
Lana Del Rey – Born To Die LP
Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy LP*, Deluxe 2LP*; Led Zeppelin IV LP*, Deluxe 2LP*
Lee Fields – Just Can’t Win 7″
Lily & Madeleine – Fumes LP
Lootpack – Loopdigga 12″
M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming 2LP
Madlib – Rock Konducta Pt. 1 LP; Rock Konducta Pt. 2 LP; Madlib – The Beats OST 10″
Medeski Scofield Martin Wood – Juice 2LP*
Memphis Slim – World’s Foremost Blues Singer LP
MF Doom – Mm… Food 2LP; Special Herbs Vol. 1 & 2 2LP+7″; Special Herbs Vol. 3 & 4 2LP+7″
Minus The Bear – Planet Of Ice 2LP*
Minutemen – Double Nickels On The Dime 2LP
Misfits – Evilive LP
Mississippi Fred McDowell – Delta Blues LP
Mndsgn – Yawn Zen LP
Modest Mouse – This Is A Long Drive… 2LP*
Mono – Rays Of Darkness LP*; The Last Dawn LP*
Naomi Punk – Television Man LP
Nas – Illmatic XX LP
Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral 2LP
No Mercy – Widespread Bloodshed… Love Runs Red Picture LP*
Nothing – Guilty Of Everything LP
Perfect Pussy – Say Yes To Love LP
Peter Tosh – Legalize It LP
Pink Floyd – The Wall 2LP; Wish You Were Here LP
Portishead – Third LP
Queens of the Stone Age – S/T 2LP
Rancid- Honor Is All We Know LP
Rites Of Spring – End On End LP
Satan’s Satyrs – Die Screaming LP
Slash – World On Fire 2LP*
Sleep – Dopesmoker 2LP
Slim Twig – A Hound At The Hem LP*
Slint – Spiderland LP+DVD
Slaughter & The Dogs – Do It Dog Style LP
Smashing Pumpkins – Adore 2LP
Smiths – Smiths LP
Snoop Dogg – Doggystyle LP
Songs: Ohia – Lioness LP; Magnolia Electric Company Deluxe 2LP
Stooges – Stooges LP
Supa Dave West – Beat Boxing LP
Swans – Seer 3LP
T.Rex – Electric Warrior LP
Tame Impala – Lonerism 2LP
Thelonious Monk – Genius Of Modern Music Vol.1 LP*; Plays Ellington LP; With John Coltrane LP
Today Is The Day – Animal Mother LP
Tool – Lateralus 2LP; Undertow 2LP
Torch Runner – Endless Nothing LP
Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here…LP
United Nations – The Next Four Years LP
Unwound – No Energy 3LP
Van Morrison – Moondance LP
Various – All The Breaks Vol. 2 LP
Various – International Breaks 101 LP; International Breaks 202 LP
Various – Local Customs: Cavern Sound 2LP*
Various – Minimal Wave Tapes Vol. 1 2LP; Minimal Wave Tapes Vol. 2 2LP
Various – Roots Of Chicha 2LP
Varukers – Bloodsuckers LP
Velvet Undergound – Loaded LP; White Light/White Heat LP
War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream 2LP
Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) LP; Legend Of The Wu-Tang (Greatest Hits) LP
Youth Of Today – Can’t Close My Eyes LP

*Indicates new release or new reissue