Released in 2008 on Constellation Records Format: LPx2
Originally released in 2001 on Definitive Jux 2013 deluxe edition on iHipHop Distribution Format: LPx4, including instrumentals, white vinyl
Originally Released in 2004 on FatCat Records 2011 Reissue Format: LPx2
Released in 2007 on Sub Pop Records Format: LP
Released in 2002 on Saddle Creek Records Format: LPx2
Released in 2009 on Drag City Records Format: LP
Released in 2004 on 4AD Records Format: LP
Originally released on K records in 2003 Recorded between 2001-2002 2013 Reissue on PW Elverum & Sun Format: LP
Released in 2001 on Temporary Residence Recorded in 2000 Format: LP
Released in 2008 on Sub Pop Records Produces by Phil Ek Format: LP + 12″ EP
Released in 2004 on Dim Mak Records Format: 12″ EP
Released in 2000 on Matador Records Format: LPx2
Released in 2007 on Kranky Cryptograms recorded in 2005 Fluorescent Grey recorded in 2006 Format: LPx2
Released in 2004 on Warp Records Format: LPx2
Released in 2008 on Kranky Records Recorded Spring/Summer 2007 Format: LPx2, includes Another Bedroom EP on D-side
These impassioned, and often mournful, renditions of klezmer folk songs (both traditional and original) are infused with elements of free jazz, drone, and chamber music to create something both rooted and urgently modern (Even 15 years after its release). The mostly acoustic band features violinist Jessica Moss (also of Silver Mt. Zion) and upright bassist Thierry Amar (asmz, GY!BE) in addition to singer/multi-instrumentalist Scott Levine Gilmore and Clarinetist/Guitarist Gabe Levine.
Released in 2001 on One Little Indian Format: LPx2
Originally Released in 2003 on Sound-Ink 2019 15th Anniversary Edition Format: LPx2, Silver Vinyl, Mirrored Jacket
Released in 2005 on Constellation Records Format: LPx2, etching on D-side
“Human hearts and pain should never be separate, then they wouldn’t tear themselves apart both trying to fit”. The first album under the Magnolia Electric Co. name touches on the loneliness and depression of much of Jason Molina’s work, but it also contains a fair amount of the hope, light, and perseverance one needs in times of struggle. The musicians here were recorded live in a room by the great Steve Albini, featuring slide guitar, fiddle, and beautiful vocal harmonies from Molina’s band members. With its mix of melancholy Americana, country-tinged rock, and stripped back folk, What Comes After the Blues feels like a continuation of Neil Young’s great ditch trilogy.
Originally released in 2009 on Relapse Records 2013 Pressing Format: LPx2
Released in 2001 on Definitive Jux Original Pressing Format: LPx2
Originally released in 2003 on Thrill Jockey Records 2017 pressing Format: LP
Released in 2001 on Thrill Jockey Records Format: LP
Released in 2005 on P.W. Elverum & Sun 2015 Pressing, re-mixed and re-designed Format: LP, white vinyl
Released in 2008 on End Sounds Format: LPx2, 180g 2014 repress on orange vinyl Limited to 1000
The Order of Things takes you on a strange journey, starting off with a long ambient song built around field recordings, light acoustic guitar and some weird drones in the background. Highly recommended if you’re a fan of experimental post-rock, drone, or music that doesn’t like to be easily categorized.
Released in 2000 on Eclipse Records Format: LP
Released in 2004 on Constellation Records Format: LPx2
Released in 2009 on Thrill Jockey Records Format: LP
Released in 2007 on Warp Records Format: LPx2
Originally released in 2001 on Capital Records 2008 Pressing Format: 10″x2
Eucalyptus is a beautiful, enveloping excursion of aquatic psych-folk characterized by flowing, hallucinogenic instrumentation, atmospheric production, nature field recordings, and ghostly background vocals from one of my favorite singers, Angel Deradoorian. Avey Tare’s introspective and intimate lyrics mix psychedelic revelations, reminiscing, surreal imagery, and nature/water themes, often leading to profound realizations of a very personal sense of spirituality. The lush orchestrations are arranged by the amazing and unique violist Eyvind Kang, which include woodwinds, horns, strings, and pedal steel slide guitar from Susan Alcorn.
For fans of Animal Collective’s “Campfire Songs” and the slow portions of “Feels”.
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Released in 2003 on Asthmatic Kitty Records Format: LPx2
Released in 2007 on The Leaf Label Format: LPx3, 45rpm
Released in 2008 on Kranky Format: LPx2
Released in 2004 on Domino Records Format: LPx2
Released in 2014 on Sargent House Format: LPx2, marbled grey vinyl
Released in 2009 on Drag City Format: LP Recorded by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio, Chicago, March 2009
Released in 2007 on Temporary Residence Format: LPx2, etching on D-side
Released in 2006 on Warp Records 2012 Pressing Format: LPx2, 180g, 45rpm
Released in 2007 on Eclipse Records Format: LP Includes 12″x24″ insert
Released in 2009 on Graveface Records Format: LPx2, Stoughton Foil Sleeve Includes 24″x24″ poster RSD 2010 Pressing
Released in 2007 by Gold Standards Laboratories Recorded November 2005 in Amsterdam Format: LP
Released in October, 2001 on Constellation Records. Recorded at the mighty Hotel2Tango Format: 10″x2
Released in 2009 on Strut Format: LPx2
Originally Released in 2007 on Ipecac Vinyl released in 2008 on Black Diamond Format: LPx2
Released in 2002 on Holy Mountain Format: LP This lo-fi psych-folk classic has a near-perfect tracklist of songs, eerie ambient … More
Originally released in 2008 on Southern Lord 2014 Pressing Format: LPx2, Red Vinyl
Released on Stones Throw in 2004 2006 repress Format: LPx2
Released in 2015 on Partisan Records Recorded 2003-2005
Released in 2004 on Constellation Records Format: LPx2, Side D is blank
Originally released in 2002 on Secretly Canadian 2014 deluxe reissue Format: LPx2 (full album on first LP and demos on … More
Released in 2006 on Drag City Records Format: LPx2
Released in 2007 on Young God Records Format: LPx2
Released in 2002 on Arts & Crafts Records Format: LPx2
Three volumes of instrumental heavy-psych jams from Denmark, inspired by Black Sabbath, jazz fusion and krautrock.
Information: Released in 2002 on Constellation Records
Album Information: Released in 2003 on Saddle Creek Format: LPx7, box set Includes 5 Bright Eyes releases between 1997 and … More
After a prolific career as a noise/improvisational/experimental guitarist and a few forays into folk and chamber pop, Jim O’Rourke surprised his audience with an album closer to straightforward rock than his audience could have ever expected of him. Yet underneath it’s catchy, cheery, and polished exterior, his lyrics are full of humorously bitter resentment. Like his debut singer/songwriter album Eureka, Insignificance is full of the meticulous and lush arrangements that Jim would become known for.
Album Information: Originally released in 1999 as Jerusalem on London Records, and then in 2003 as Dopesmoker on Tee-Pee Records. … More
Released in 2009 on Frenchkiss Records Format: LP
Album Information: Released in 2007 on Constellation Records
Album Information: Released in 2000 on Motown Records 2016 pressing on Motown Format: LPx2
Album Information: Released in 2000 on Constellation Records Recorded November 1999 at the mighty Hôtel2Tango
Album Information: Released in 2007 on Southern Lord Records Produced by Steve Albini and Om Recorded and mixed by Steve … More
Released in 2008 on Important Records Format: LP
Album Information: Released in 2009 on Downtown Music Exposion originally released in 2008 and is included as a bonus LP … More
Album Information: Released in 2002 on Nonesuch Records Produced by Wilco Mixed by Jim O’Rourke Recorded at the Loft, Chicago … More
Album Information: Released in 2009 on Dead Oceans Format: LPx2, 45rpm Catalogue: DOC012 Description: These guys are my favorite American … More
“Recorded in an old wooden barn, this second album is swaddled in twilight autumnal ambiance. While the record is bookended by the band’s awesome psych-rock explosions, much of the material here shows increased referencing of jazz influences (modal horns, brushed percussion) and a more organic deployment of micro-electronics. Raw and polished, visceral and cerebral, the band combines rock and jazz traditions of space music with the ‘instrumental’ potentials of mixing room to present a true gem of a record.” (Press Release)
A fingerpicking folk odyssey that traverses through passages of delicate piano motifs, tribal drum circles, meditative ambience, celebratory horn arrangements, reverent organ drones, and even a cathartic drum solo, all within a single 40 minute track.
Album Information: Released in 2009 on Constellation Records Tracklist A1 – Do A2 – Make B1 – Say B2 – … More
Album Information: Released in 2007 by Polyvinyl Record Co
Godspeed’s last album before their 10 year hiatus was produced by the legendary Steve Albini, resulting in what might be their heaviest and most direct album to date. Coming off the heels of September 11th, Yanqui U.X.O. seems to be a reaction against the ramped up military-industrial complex and its promotion of fear and xenophobia, as well as protesting Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. The back cover even goes as far as connecting each major record label to some type of weapons manufacturer.
“Sometimes it’s hard doing anything”. Somehow Jason Molina knows how to perfectly express what depression feels like without ever succumbing to hopelessness. His music has been a friend and a voice of encouragement when I need it most, reminding me to persist and not beat myself up when I feel unproductive or lazy or unmotivated. “The real truth about it is no one gets it right. The real truth about it is we’re all supposed to try”
A dense fog you can sink into and never want to leave…Glacial, enveloping waves of sound meticulously sculpted from processed organs, piano, and distorted guitar feedback.
Somber ambient-folk with layers of delicate, circular fingerpicking and sparse arrangements of droning harmonium, piano, guitar feedback and the occasional chirping crickets. The soft reverb dampens everything like a light drizzle over the American prairie
Primitivist acoustic guitar instrumentals in the form of droney ragas, jovial ragtime, and pastoral fingerpicking
Unlike Molina’s work with Songs: Ohia or Magnolia Electric Co, this sparse, weary record is void of guest musicians or overdubs, leaving his words alone with nothing but a damp bed of reverbed guitar or mournful, sustained piano chords supporting them.
This album is full of energetic, psych-prog maximalism that occasionally settles down into (relatively) slowed down, spacious grooves. I recommend this to fans of The Mars Volta or anyone looking for a manic blend of psych, prog, fusion, punk and latin influences.