This Just In: Depression Cherry

Alright – I know you know we don’t usually feature something that’s already being featured everywhere, but this is a special case. Why? Because this one’s interactive! Huh? Yeah – stay with me here. The new Beach House album, Depression Cherry, drops today, aaaaaaand we’ve been given a super limited edition version of the record on white wax to give away FOR FREE, courtesy of Sub Pop. Want to win? All you have to do is be THE FIRST person to show up at the shop and sing a 10-15 second “jingle” about Beach House. Oh, and we are gonna capture it on video AND put it on the internet. So, how much do you love Beach House? Are you willing to potentially have tens of thousands of people hear your original Beach House jingle? Read more about the album below to become further enticed to make your singing debut, and don’t forget to check out this week’s in-stock list below that. Get it? Got it? Good. -MLE


Beach House – Depression Cherry LP, CD (both with fuzzy, red covers):
Listen: “Sparks”
“Beach House is Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally. We have been a band for over a decade living and working in Baltimore, MD. Depression Cherry is our 5th full-length record and was recorded at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana from November ’14 through January ’15. This time period crossed the anniversaries of both John Lennon’s and Roy Orbison’s death.

In general, this record shows a return to simplicity, with songs structured around a melody and a few instruments, with live drums playing a far lesser role. With the growing success of Teen Dream and Bloom, the larger stages and bigger rooms naturally drove us towards a louder, more aggressive place; a place farther from our natural tendencies. Here, we continue to let ourselves evolve while fully ignoring the commercial context in which we exist.

Here are a few quotes that we feel relate to the feeling and themes of this record:

— ‘I’ll never be able to be here again. As the minutes slide by, I move on. The flow of time is something I cannot stop. I haven’t a choice. I go. One caravan has stopped, another starts up. There are people I have yet to meet, others I’ll never see again. People who are gone before you know it, people who are just passing through. Even as we exchange hellos, they seem to grow transparent. I must keep living with the flowing river before my eyes.’ – from Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

— ‘We inhabit a world in which the future promises endless possibilities and the past lies irretrievably behind us. The arrow of time… is the medium of creativity in terms of which life can be understood.’ – from The Arrow of Time by Peter Coveney and Roger Highfield

— ‘Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.’ – from Parerga and Paralipomena by Arthur Schopenhauer

— ‘Hark, now hear the sailors cry, feel the air and see the sky, let your soul and spirit fly, into the mystic……

—’….when the fog horn blows, i want to hear it, i don’t have to fear it’ – from ‘Into the Mystic’ by Van Morrison” -Sup Pop/Beach House



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Huge Announcement: LIVE@SWEAT Sessions Series No. 1 Starts September 19th!

At long last we are excited to let you know that Series No. 1 of the brand new LIVE@SWEAT Sessions is all systems go! Our stage is decked out with new curtains, lighting, and sound, and we’ve got seven excellent in-store shows lined up starting September 19th and running through December 19th, including the return …

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This Just In: Permanent Makeup

We love being able to feature local/regional music on the blog, especially when it’s from kick-ass, hardworking bands comprised of amazing people. Tampa’s Permanent Makeup is just that, which is why their DIY-as-hell approach is working wonders. Their brand of relentless art-punk is equal parts raging and inspirational. They’re out there spreading the gospel that ANYONE can start a band and make music, which is an attitude EVERYONE should adopt. We’re proud to feature their new LP, Taker, on our walls and blast it through our speakers. Grab a (finely priced) copy today, and check out this week’s full in-stock list since records are more fun to buy in multiples. -MLE

Permanent Makeup – Taker LP:
Listen: The whole damn album!

Watch: Lotions And Creams – West Cost Tour Documentary

“Expanding on the Minutemen-influenced critically-acclaimed art-punk of 2013’s The Void…It Creeps, Florida’s Permanent Makeup gives us their next full length Taker.

Springing from a collaboratively improv-based writing process throughout 2014, the songs on Taker have a more naturally complex and aggressive approach. Bassist Christopher expands ‘We have seen more of the country as a band, played with countless weird & wonderful bands and been witness to many incredible communities. This album was informed by all of these influences in the context of living and breathing in Tampa Bay, Florida.’ ‘We are definitely more agitated on this record.’ adds guitarist James.

Whether it’s drive and determination, a message of community and frustration or immediacy and purpose you want, then look no further than this band and this record.

Recorded and mixed by guitarist James Bess in their homes directly following 2 major tours of the US in 2014 (and coinciding with the band’s 5th anniversary of their debut performance), Taker hits streets and shelves on August 21,2015 on CD and limited edition vinyl.” -New Granada


New releases, reissues and restocks for the TAKERS…

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This Just In: Only For The Lonely

You know we’re always on top of any Stax/Volt reissues that pop up, and this week we’ve got Only The Lonely, Mavis Staples’ breakthrough 1970 solo album. Already well-known and beloved for her work with The Staples Singers, Mavis released her eponymous first solo record in 1969, while also working on songs for the follow-up. Only The Lonely is full of strong, original material that foreshadowed just how influential Mavis Staples would become and remain in the worlds of blues, soul and R&B. She’s playing in Miami on Nov. 21st at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, so lemme know if you want to carpool. In the meantime check out a track below, and this week’s in-stock list below that. Woo! -MLE

Mavis Staples – Only For The Lonely LP:
Listen: “I Have Learned To Do Without You”

“Mavis Staples’s earthy contralto was the Staple Singers’ prime asset, and she finally recorded her first solo album in 1969. That album, Mavis Staples, was a tentative, unconvincing collection of pop standards like Dionne Warwick’s “A House Is Not a Home,” Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me” and a pair of Otis Redding songs. The followup, 1970’s Only for the Lonely, was much better, yielding the R&B hit “I Have Learned to Do Without You,” the exquisite slow blues “How Many Times” and the finger-snapping Memphis soul of “It Makes Me Wanna Cry.” This isn’t Mavis Staples’s best work–she went on to do much better singing with her family and on her own–but it’s an invaluable glimpse at the first solo steps by one of America’s finest singers” -Geoffrey Himes

For the lonely and not-so-lonely alike – new releases, reissues and restocks…

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This Just In: Altars Of Madness

I’ve emerged from the woods after a couple weeks to bring you an important piece of Florida history: Morbid Angel’s Altars Of Madness. Not only important to Florida music history,  Altars Of Madness is also one of the most significant metal albums ever recorded. In fact, it’s often credited with sparking the Swedish obsession with all things death metal – and we all know how intense that obsession is! This is the first time it’s been readily available on vinyl since 2011. So grab some Swedish Fish, take a listen to a track below, and don’t forget to check out this week’s full in-stock list. -MLE

Morbid Angel – Altars Of Madness LP:
Listen: “Visions From The Dark Side”
“Few albums struck a chord within the ears and minds of the late-’80s underground metal scene like Morbid Angel’s Altars of Madness did at the end of the decade, setting a new precedent for metal bands to reach. With the arguable exception of Chuck Schuldiner’s Death, never before had a heavy metal band carried their lightning-fast guitar riffs and equally spellbinding guitar solos into such horrific territory. Venom and Slayer redefined the extent to which a metal band could align itself with all things evil during the beginning of the decade, but Morbid Angel made these two groups sound like children’s music compared to the Florida-based group’s assaulting death metal sounds and their blasphemous lyrics. Bassist David Vincent took inspiration from the developing grindcore scene in England and from fellow Floridian Shuldiner for his snarling vocals. And if Vincent’s monstrous vocals aren’t scary enough, the band’s musical onslaught will surely send children and parents running away in fear. Guitarists Trey Azagthoth and Richard Brunelle construct some ridiculously fast-paced riffs and lay down some jaw-dropping solos as if the music is being played in fast-forward mode; similarly, drummer Pete Sandoval challenges one’s perception of how fast a drummer can possibly drum. In the end, though, what made the group so influential to the burgeoning death metal scene of the ’90s was not so much the group’s groundbreaking template for death metal — Death had already set the precedent for the musical style on the group’s 1987 Scream Bloody Gore album — but rather Vincent and Azagthoth’s near Satanic lyrics that seem far too sincere to be a pose. It wouldn’t be long before an entire new style of heavy metal called black metal would arise in Northern Europe in the early to mid-’90s around bands such as Emperor and Cradle of Filth, who initially took a large portion of their Satanic motifs from this album. Even though later Morbid Angel albums made this debut sound amateur in terms of sound quality and creativity, one cannot deny its influence.” -All Music


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