Rock And Pop
Label Blue Rose
Title Images Du Futur
Label Secretly Canadian
Title Enemy Mine
Title Cop / Young God . Greed / Holy Money
Label Some Bizzare
Title My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky
Label Young God
Label Young God Records
Feat : Karen O, Al & Mimi from LOW, Akron.Family & many more!
(very) limited 2CD+DVD (Recorded variously in the cities of Melbourne, Australia, Berlin, Germany, Brooklyn, NY, San Francisco, CA., LA, CA., and Torrance, California. The footage was filmed throughout the swans tour(s) of 2010/2011)
3LP (includes poster + downloads)
Title To Be Kind
Swans, led by Michael Gira, formed in 1982 and, after disbanding in 1997, returned with the critically acclaimed albums ‘My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky’ (2010) and 2012’s ‘The Seer’.
2014’s highly anticipated new album ‘To Be Kind’ is released on multiple formats, including a double CD and DVD set (Swans live at Primavera from 2013), standard double CD, digital download and a triple vinyl set with digital download.
Special guests include St. Vincent, Cold Specks, Little Annie and Bill Rieflin.
- 2CD + DVD [Swans live 2013 Primavera]
Title Surfing Strange
Sticking to their DIY guns, the band holed up in their new hometown of Philadelphia and recorded, mixed and mastered this album themselves. The album shows an impressive development and broadening of their sound away from the more pop punk edged indie rock that defined their debut, although there are still some punky nuggets along the way.
[180g clear vinyl edition inc’ CD]
Originally released in North America by Salinas Records during the second half of 2012, this is the first proper release of the album in Europe.
Swearin’ is fronted by Allison Crutchfield, sister of Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield. The twin sisters were previously both in the band PS Eliot together.
Swearin’ also features Keith Spencer (the Waxahatchee drummer) playing bass.
The vinyl format of this Wichita edition is pressed onto 180g vinyl, and also includes a CD copy of the full album.
Title Boombox Ballads
Label Moshi Moshi
“I’m a lovely little man”, sings Stephen Black who, as Sweet Baboo, has written and performed songs of sweet sentiment and charming melody since 2003 but never with such accomplishment as on The Boombox Ballads. Black isn’t celebrating his own loveliness, however. I Just Want To Be Good is by fellow Welsh singer Cate Le Bon, a close friend for whom Black plays bass, and she wrote the song about him. It’s the only cover on an album of otherwise personal love songs that combine kitchen sink detail with universal appeal, and it shows a new side to Sweet Baboo: as the Harry Nilsson of Snowdonia, a gifted songwriter not above lending his dulcet tones to the words of others.
On The Boombox Ballads, Sweet Baboo wanted to explore more what it was to be a singer as opposed to a ‘singer / songwriter’, a term that to him at least seems to have picked up negative connotations. There was a tentative channeling of latter day Scott Walker (You Got Me Time Keeping) in both songwriting and working with an arranger, Paul Jones, for the first time, with Jones helping him paint the most vivid accompaniments possible. This process leaves Sweet Baboo with nothing but his voice to guide him to the emotional centre of the song.
Originally, Black wanted to make The Boombox Ballads on his own, but then reality set in. Recorded in a Cardiff studio with producer Charlie Francis, and a whole host of musicians including: Avvon Chambers and Daniel Ward on drums; Rob Jones and Huw Evans on bass; a string quartet; arranger Paul Jones; guest singers Zervas & Pepper on Got To Hang Onto You; and Laura Byron of Tender Prey on You Got Me Time Keeping, the result is a vibrant, endearing pop classic
Title I'm A Dancer / Songs About Sleeping & Girl Under A Tree
Each disc contains a bonus track, ‘I Wanna Write You A Song As Good As I Can’ (previously only released digitally in 2010) & the previously unreleased ‘The Day I Lost My Voice’ Demo.
Title Ships (Bo2013 Graf)
Label Moshi Moshi
The album opens with ’If I Died’, a re-worked version of the last track of Sweet Baboo’s third album - Black’s subtle reference to Weezer. From the propulsive melodies of ‘The Morse Code For Love’ to the bubbling psychedelics on album closer ‘Cate’s Song’ - an ode to the joys of friendship - ‘Ships’ shows Black’s evolution as a songwriter and musician is still very much in motion. The new record is a marked step up from his earlier material and reveals that his true talent is only beginning to be revealed.
Title Heart Tuned To DEAD
Label I Ka Ching
Title Age Of Winters
Title Warp Riders
Title A Victim Of The Stars
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Title Steal This Album!