This Just In: Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters

I used to live in a cold, dark place (literally) and I’m a sucker for brooding music and Scottish accents, so naturally The Twilight Sad’s debut album, Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters was right up my alley when it dropped in 2007. Initially drawn in by the artwork, after listening once I was hooked. They fit perfectly alongside my other Scottish favorites (Arab Strap, The Delgados, Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai), but don’t sound quite like any of them. There are elements of post-rock which accentuate the intensity of allegorical storytelling within the lyrics, but there are also mellow rhythmic and melodic progressions that serve a narrative purpose as well. Maybe y’all recently caught them opening for the Cure’s two night stint at Bayfront Park back in June? So ya know, if it’s Cure-approved, there’s definitely something there. Perfect timing for a reissue! Take a listen to the full album below and decide for yourself. Aaaaaaand this week’s in-stock list is nothing short of massive, so don’t forget to check it out too! -MLE

The Twilight Sad – Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters LP
Listen: Full Album
Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters is the Twilight Sad’s debut album – an LP that more than lives up to the early promise of their critically acclaimed US-only 2006 EP. Epic in scope and equally as intense, the band are inspired by a diverse range of music from Van Dyke Parks to Phil Spector, Daniel Johnston, and beyond, although the band are as influenced by their immediate geography (‘the sticks just outside Glasgow’), as they are any particular musical reference points. Recorded at Chem 19 and Ca Va studios, Glasgow, and mixed and produced by the band and Peter Katis (Interpol, Mercury Rev, Mice Parade) in Tarquin Studios, Connecticut, Fourteen Autumns… is nevertheless liable to evoke a more familiar indie canon, from white-noise era Creation Records, to fellow Scots Arab Strap or Mogwai.

Yet The Twilight Sad are unmistakably their own band, and Fourteen Autumns… is a complete record, the nine tracks working together to create a strong narrative flow. Deceptively simple songs are rendered transcendent. Bleached, overdriven guitars consistently ride a line between ambient and coruscating, working in tandem with an articulate, at times tumultuous rhythm section, forever poised between tension and release. Augmented by piano and more frequently accordion, which provide the songs with a dramatic swoon, The Twilight Sad purvey an awestruck, ragged sentimentality. Lyrically suggestive and metaphorical, their songs give glimpses of bitter experience and romantic failure, their songs at times verging on the anthemic or celebrative, yet firmly rooted in the familiar, often unsaid hurt behind day to day events. -FatCat

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Sixty-two new releases/reissues & eighty-five restocks…

Adele – 25 LP
Aesop Rock – Impossible Kid 2LP
Aktion – Groove The Funk LP*
Akwassa – La’ila LP*
Alex Cameron – Jumping The Shark LP*
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black LP
Ani Difranco – S/T 2LP*
Arab On Radar – The Yaweh Sessions EP 7”*
Arcade Fire – Reflektor 2LP
Arctic Monkeys – AM LP
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Moanin’
Astari Nite – Until The End Of The Moon CD
Badbadnotgood – IV LP
Bauhaus – In The Flat Field LP
Bayside – Vacancy LP*
Beatles – Abbey Road LP, Help! LP, Magical Mystery Tour LP, Yellow Submarine LP
Belle & Sebastian – Dear Catastrophe Waitress 2LP
Benis Cletin – Jungle Magic LP*
Berkely Ike Jones – Nation Building LP*
Big Eyes – Stake My Claim LP
Big Star – #1 Record LP
Black Sabbath – S/T LP
Blo – Phase IV LP*
Blood Orange – Freetown Sound 2LP*, CD*
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Exodus LP
Bon Iver – Bon Iver LP, For Emma, Forever Ago LP
Boyz II Men – Cooleyhighharmony LP*, II 2LP*
Brentford All Stars/IM & Sound Dimension – Greedy G b/w Love Jah 7”*
Buena Vista Social Club – Lost And Found LP
Calvin Arnold Presents – Steve: Musica Negra LP*
Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Denial 2LP
Chris McGregor & The Castle Lager Big Band – Jazz / The African Sound LP*
Claypool Lennon Delirium – Monolith Of Phobos 2LP
Cosmonauts – A-OK! LP*
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits 2LP
Crystal Castles – Amnesty (I) CD*
Daft Punk – Discovery 2LP
Dam-Funk/Nite-Funk – Believer/Can You Read Me? 12”*
Damo Suzuki’s Network – Floating Element 2LP*
Darkthrone – Transilvanian Hunger LP
Datach’i – System 2LP*
Dawn Penn/Jackie Mittoo – No No No b/w Ghetto Organ 7”*
Dead Can Dance – Into The Labyrinth 2LP, S/T LP
Deafheaven – Sunbather 2LP
Depeche Mode – Songs Of Faith And Devotion LP, Violator LP
Disclosure – Settle 2LP
Earl Sweatshirt – Doris LP
Ennio Morricone – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly OST LP
Explosions In The Sky & David Wingo – Maglehorn OST LP*
Factory Floor – 25 25 2LP*
Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa 70 – Expensive Shit LP
Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa 70 With Ginger Baker – Live! LP
FKA twigs – LP1 LP
Florian Kupfer – Unfinished EP 12”*
Geraldo Pino – Boogie Fever LP*
Gonjasufi – Callus 2LP*
Grimes – Visions LP
Heads Funk Band – Hard World LP*
Horace Andy/Dub Specialist – Syklarking b/w Sky-Rhythm 7”*
Iron Maiden – Powerslave LP, The Number Of The Beast LP
J Dilla – The Shining 10×7” Box Set*
Jack White – Lazaretto LP
James Blake – Klavierwerke EP 12″
Jamie xx – In Colour LP
Jesu/Sun Kil Moon – S/T 2LP*
Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced? LP
John Paul White – Beulah LP*
Kanye West – Late Registration 2LP, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 3LP
Kaytranada – 99.9% 2LP
Kid Cudi – Indicud 3LP, Man On The Moon: The End Of Day 2LP
King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath The Moon 2LP
Khmer Rouge Survivors – They Will Kill You If You Cry LP*
Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m goin down 2LP
Lana Del Rey – Born To Die 2LP
Led Zeppelin – III LP
Leitvox – Floating Promises CD*
LCD Soundsystem – London Sessions 2LP, S/T LP
Liz Durette – Six Improvisations CS*
Lou Reed – Transformer LP
Mac Demarco – 2 LP, Another One LP, Salad Days LP
Madonna – Bedtime Stories LP*, Erotica 2LP*
Magrudergrind – S/T LP
Marcia Griffiths/Brentford Disco Set – Feel Like Jumping b/w Feel Like Jumping Pt. 2 7”*
Mark Pritchard – Beautiful People 12”*
Mary Afi Usuah – African Woman LP*
Max Roach – Deeds, Not Words LP
Michael Jackson – Bad LP, Off The Wall LP, Thriller LP
Michelle Forever – Somuchlosers CD
Nails – You Will Never Be One Of Us LP
New Barbarians – Wanted Dead Or Alive LP*
Niagara – S/T LP*
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away LP
Nirvana – MTV Unplugged In New York LP, Nevermind LP
Norma White – I Want Your Love 7”*
Pavement – Slanted & Enchanted LP
Peter Broderick – Partners LP*
Queen – News Of The World LP
Radiohead – Hail To The Thief 2LP, Kid A 2×10″, OK Computer 2LP
Ramones – Ramones Mania LP, Rocket To Russia LP
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Greatest Hits 2LP
Ryley Walker – Golden Sings That Have Been Sung: Deep Cuts Edition  2LP*
Robert King & Chris Donaldson – Jai-Alai CD
Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed LP, Some Girls LP
Roosevelt – S/T LP*
Run The Jewels  – Run The Jewels II 2LP
Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks LP
Sharon Jones – Miss Sharon Jones OST CD*
Skeletonwitch – The Apothic Gloom LP*
Slayer – Reign In Blood LP
Sufjan Stevens – Illinois 2LP
Tame Impala – Lonerism 2LP
Television – Marquee Moon LP
Thalia Zedek Band – Eve LP*
The Bloodhound Gang – Hooray For Boobies LP
The Brotherhood of Lizards – Lizardland 2LP*
The Clash – London Calling 2LP
The Cure – Disintegration 2LP
The Fugees – The Score 2LP
The Minus 5 – Of Monkees & Men LP*
The National – High Violet 2LP
The Scientists – A Place Called Bad 2LP*
The Smiths – Hatful Of Hollow LP, Louder Than Bombs 2LP, Meat Is Murder LP
The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream 2LP
Thelonious Monk – Paris 1969 2LP
Thelonious Monk Quartet – Misterioso LP
TOBACCO – Sweatbox Dynasty LP*
Trevor Dandy – Don’t Cry LIttle Tree LP*
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II CS*
Various – Eccentric Soul: Capsoul Label 2LP
Various – Eccentric Soul: The Deep City Label 2LP
Various – Electri-City 2 LP*
Various – Electri_City 1&2 2LP*
Various – Kon & The Gang 2LP*
Various – Nigeria 70: Sweet Times 2LP*
Warpaint – The Fool 2LP
William Basinski – 92982 2LP*
WWWINGS – PHOENIXXX LP*
Zomby x Burial – Sweetz 10”*

*Indicates new release or new reissue