This Just In: MGRC 2015

So I kinda tricked you. This is not a standard “This Just In” post. There is still a weekly in-stock list below, but I’m not featuring a record. Instead I’m gonna shamelessly self-promote The First Annual Miami Girls Rock Camp Finale Showcase, happening this Sunday, July 26th at Grand Central. Why? Because I co-founded the organization and ALL the non-male members of Team Sweat have contributed to making this year’s inaugural camp amazing. Wanna feel your little heart beat right out of its chest? Come to the showcase and check out 5 bands comprised of girls ages 8-17 playing ORIGINAL songs they wrote in only 4 days. Some of these kids had never touched an instrument, let alone written a song, and they’re all about to get up on stage and blow your minds. Check out the preview article by Junette Reyes that’s running in The Miami New Times for some commentary by our co-founders and directors. These kids are the future of our local music scene!!! -MLE

Miami Girls Rock Camp 2015 Finale Showcase
July 26th, 2015, 6-9PM at Grand Central
ALL AGES! $5 (all proceeds benefiting MGRC)

Camper Bands:
Fate Squared
Playing With Gum
Scorched Earth Policy
The Overacheeverz
The Ragdoll Kittens

Alongside:
Sharlyn Evertsz
The State Of

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305 girls rock! 786 girls rock! We’re Miami Girls Rock, and here are new releases, new reissues and restocks (that rock)…

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Announcement: SUFJAN STEVENS’ First Miami Concert!

So many amazing upcoming shows (Autechre, Front 242, III Points, MMJ…) and here’s another fantastic and very long-awaited announcement… Come on and feel the Illinoise: Sufjan Stevens‘ Miami debut will be Saturday, November 7th at the Olympia Theater in Downtown Miami! Tickets go on sale Friday morning at 10am. The show is all ages and …

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This Just In: MORE COCTEAU TWINS!

Yes! That’s right! 4AD has reissued MORE COCTEAU TWINS releases. Legions of listeners were stoked with last year’s reissues of Blue Bell Knoll and Heaven Or Las Vegas, and now legions more can be stoked on The Pink Opaque and a combo of Tiny Dynamite/Echoes In A Shallow Bay. Granted, used copies of Pink Opaque have always been fairly easy to find (I have 3 myself), but the other two, not quite as easy. And there are still other C.T. releases that are impossible to find, so 4AD, if you’re listening, please reissue the whole lot! And before you go off reading album descriptions and this week’s in-stock list, I leave you with McSweeney’s list of Chinese Restaurant Menu Items That Sound Titles Of Cocteau Twins’ Songs. -MLE

Cocteau Twins – The Pink Opaque LP:
Watch – “Pearly Dewdrops’ Drops”

“Back in 1986, The Pink Opaque brought together the best of the Cocteau Twins’ early works to become their first official release in the US. Already a cult band on college radio, some classics like ‘Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops’ and ‘Aikea-Guinea’ were given new mixes for this release, while it also featured ‘Millimillenary,’ the first run out for incoming band member Simon Raymonde. to this day, it remains a great entry point to a wonderful band.”

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Cocteau Twins – Tiny Dynamite/Echoes In A Shallow Bay LP:
Listen – “Great Spangled Fritillary”

“With a history of releasing singles between albums, the two EPs of Tiny Dynamine and Echoes In A Shallow Bay were originally released two weeks apart back in November 1985. Seen as companion pieces, they both acted as a precursor to their fourth studio album, Victorialand. 30 years later, they’re now being married together on to one piece of vinyl, completed with reformatted artwork.”

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This Just In: The Clearing

Seems like it’s been a minute since we’ve featured something of a more-contemplative nature as a weekly pick. Lots of rock(steady)ish things in the past month. OK, well, BOOM! Here’s some neo-classical meditations for the first ever “Global Release Day.” Ya know, until they change it again or something. But hey, this isn’t just any random neo-classical album, it’s Rachel Grimes!!! Who? Remember Rachel’s? No? If you don’t, start studying so we can have a conversation. Let’s put it this way – in terms of a neo-classical/ambient release, this is as big of a deal to that world as Taco Bell finally offering breakfast was to the fast food world. Am I comparing this album to the A.M. Crunchwrap? Naw, I’m just hungry. Bring me something to eat, and pick up a copy of The Clearing (or something else from this week’s stellar in-stock list) while you’re at it. -MLE

Rachel Grimes – The Clearing LP
Listen: “The Herald” and “The Air In Time”
“Rachel Grimes is a pianist, composer, and arranger based in Kentucky – most renowned for her work in Rachel’s, the groundbreaking chamber-rock ensemble that introduced an entire generation of underground rock fans to the unexpected similarities and appeal of neoclassical music. Grimes has toured the world as a solo pianist, and as a collaborator with chamber ensembles such as Portland Cello Project, astrïd, Cicada, the Amsterdam Sinfonietta trio, and Orchestra Kandinskij. Unhurried, at times fleeting, and stretching into the sky, The Clearing is a winding path of transient moments exploring personal memory, relationships, and mystery from a deeply internal place. The music is a wide spectrum of textures in strings, harp, piano, woodwinds, and percussion. Featuring an ensemble that includes Scott Morgan (LOSCIL), Scott Moore, Kyle Crabtree (Shipping News), Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Jacob Duncan (Liberation Prophecy), and Helen Money, The Clearing reveals a broad new chapter for Rachel Grimes.” -Temporary Residence Limited

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Clearing the way – new releases, reissues and restocks…

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