This Just In: The Ship

We’ve lost some of the greatest musical minds this year, but we’re still lucky to have many around. Experiencing Iggy Pop play a two-hour show last week with more energy than people half his age was incredibly inspiring. Equally inspiring (albeit less energetic) is the newest work from another music legend, Brian Eno. The Ship is, of course, conceptual and innovative, because that’s what Eno does.  No one can describe the concept better than him, so read that below while listening to the 21-minute title track (and Eno’s first with vocals since 2005). We’ve also got our biggest post-RSD in-stock list so far with plenty for everyone. -MLE 

Brian Eno – The Ship 2LP, CD
Listen: “The Ship”
“Humankind seems to teeter between hubris and paranoia: the hubris of our ever-growing power contrasts with the paranoia that we’re permanently and increasingly under threat. At the zenith we realise we have to come down again… we know that we have more than we deserve or can defend, so we become nervous. Somebody, something is going to take it all from us: that is the dread of the wealthy. Paranoia leads to defensiveness, and we all end up in the trenches facing each other across the mud.

On a musical level, I wanted to make a record of songs that didn’t rely on the normal underpinnings of rhythmic structure and chord progressions but which allowed voices to exist in their own space and time, like events in a landscape. I wanted to place sonic events in a free, open space.

One of the starting points was my fascination with the First World War, that extraordinary trans-cultural madness that arose out of a clash of hubris between empires. It followed immediately after the sinking of the Titanic, which to me is its analogue. The Titanic was the Unsinkable Ship, the apex of human technical power, set to be Man’s greatest triumph over nature. The First World War was the war of materiel, ‘over by Christmas’, set to be the triumph of Will and Steel over humanity. The catastrophic failure of each set the stage for a century of dramatic experiments with the relationships between humans and the worlds they make for themselves.

I was thinking of those vast dun Belgian fields where the First World War was agonisingly ground out; and the vast deep ocean where the Titanic sank; and how little difference all that human hope and disappointment made to it. They persist and we pass in a cloud of chatter.

Written in the late sixties, Lou Reed’s song ‘I’m Set Free’ seems even more relevant now than it did then. Perhaps anybody who’s read Yuval Noah Harari’s ‘Sapiens’ will recognise the quiet irony of ‘I’m set free to find a new illusion’… and its implication that when we step out of our story we don’t step into ‘the truth’ – whatever that might be – but into another story.

This album is a succession of interleaved stories. Some of them I know, some of them I’m discovering now in the making of them.

Wave. After. Wave. After. Wave.” -Brian Eno

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This Just In: Blind Spot

So, Lush reunited, is touring, and just dropped their first new music in 20 YEARS, and IT’S INCREDIBLE! When all the other guys (MVB, Slowdive, Ride) reunited and toured, I was all “what about Lush?” Not that the others weren’t exciting, but Lush has always been my favorite of the shoegaze-whatever bands. Luckily, like MBV, they actually released some new music as well, so bonus points for them. Blind Spot is a 4-song EP that is unmistakably Lush in sound and feel. I’d even venture to say that people who’ve never heard the band could be easily hooked and then further delighted as they work their way backwards through the band’s solid catalog, which, by the way, was reissued as a vinyl box set last week for RSD. Thanks Lush, you’ve made my year. And ya know, it’s been a rough year for music. RIP Prince. -MLE

Lush – Blind Spot 10″, CD
Watch: Out Of Control
“The first new music from Lush for 20 years, and the first the band have released since their single ‘500 (Shake Baby Shake)’, taken from their last album ‘Lovelife’, in July 1996. The four tracks were recorded in the summer of 2015 with Daniel Hunt (Ladytron) and Jim Abbiss (Adele, Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys). Lead track ‘Out of Control’ is simply put Lush on form and sounding like 20 years haven’t passed. It shimmers and the vocals pure as ever. It’s great to have Lush back.”

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This Just In: Kings Of Convenience

So so so so so so excited that two early Kings Of Convenience albums, as well as their remix/rendition album have been reissued! Original pressings of Quiet Is The New Loud, Riot On An Empty Street, and Versus all for go BIG BUCKS online, but now you can own them all for less than the price of one original – wooooo! For those of you who haven’t heard them, KOC make perfect, melodic folk tunes with clever (Norwegians writing in English) lyrics and vocal harmonies for days. They also had Feist on a couple tracks before Feist was a thing, so they know what’s up. And Versus boasts an incredible cast of artists including Four Tet, Ladytron and Röyksopp. All of these records are get-mellow must-haves. HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Oh, did I mention these are highly recommended? Take a listen below and check out this week’s slightly small since next week is Record Store Day in-stock list below that. -MLE

Kings Of Convenience – Quiet Is The New Loud LP, Riot On An Empty Street LP, Versus LP
Listen: Quiet Is The New Loud (Full Album)
Listen: Riot On An Empty Street (Full Album)
Listen: Versus (Album playlist)

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This Just In: ALL THE RECORDS

Happy Friday! We’re deep into Record Store Day prep which is only a few weeks away on Saturday, April 16th. Make sure you RSVP here for our big party and scroll down/click through to our biggest restock/new release date of the year so far! We have literally hundreds of new records hitting the floor today, we hope to see you in the shop this weekend!

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