Widely considered one of the best records of the 1990s, R.E.M.'s Automatic For The People is being given the anniversary treatment and is in record stores now in Deluxe Double CD, Four CD/BluRay and 180g Vinyl versions.
“We’re All Gonna Live” is the first official live concert recording from Dawes via their own HUB Records (small business), pressed at Furnace Record Pressing (small business) and now coming out in record stores (small businesses) appropriately enough on Small Business Saturday! (11/25).
The band recorded the fifteen-song album during the first four shows of their 2017 “An Evening With Dawes” tour. The album contains live versions of audience favorites and new originals including “When The Tequila Runs Out,” “Roll With The Punches,” “A Little Bit of Everything,” “Things Happen,” and “All Your Favorite Bands.” Said Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes: “With this tour we've felt like we've begun to turn a corner as a live band, so we figured it was time to share some of it with everyone.”
Taylor said more than that when he hit up Grimey's New and Pre-Loved Music in Nashville, to talk about the importance of small businesses. Fortunately for us, there was a camera present!
DAWES will celebrate Small Business Saturday and the beauty of hanging out in record stores on 11/25 with an appearance at FINGERPRINTS MUSIC in Long Beach from 4 to 6 PM. Check in with Fingerprints for details!
The third album from Michigan rapper NF is high on the charts and that's before the vinyl even comes out. When it does, on 11/3, indie record stores will be the first place to get it. And for special fun, NF wrote twenty copies of his lyrics, and they've been inserted into random copies around the country.
October 24 sees the first of two special nights in the US, as he performs a special intimate engagement at The McKitrick Hotel in New York. He'll bring An Evening of Solo Pleasure to the Largo in Los Angeles on January 20, 2018.
One of the songs on both Pleasure and Solo Pleasure, Siamese Twin, is particularly special to Lerche, and the video, directed by Thale Fastvold & Marius Hauge, maybe even more so. We're particularly happy to premiere it, and Sondre wanted to give us a little insight into it as well:
"Growing into my early teens I quickly found more comfort in embracing my effeminate self, rather than forcing the macho temperament that young boys still often automatically feel expected to assume. Thankfully, it didn’t bother me much what friends or strangers might think of my vibe. If anything, any small sense of ambiguity that I might’ve inspired felt empowering, at least for a while. Later, as an adult, I eventually managed to come to terms with my so-called masculine self - for me that was a much more complicated process. In the song Siamese Twin, the need for intimacy knows no boundaries - much like that of a child, or best friends in high school. But the song is not about children, it is perhaps not even about a relationship between two people, but one. I always thought of it as a desperately symbiotic love song - a relationship where one simply cannot come close enough to the other, and where the need to become one with someone is so overpowering that the need to possess the other becomes the most dominant desire. The experience of filming the video for Siamese Twin in January of this year made my own reading of my song much clearer to me. In the video the directors and I wanted to capture the calm, casual intimacy within ourselves when we are alone. The split second when you catch yourself in the mirror, and see yourself in a new way. Who do we see? The video is graced with model/photographer/stylist Jakob Landvik’s magnetic screen presence and expertise, which made all the difference. Searching for a language with which to negotiate and inhabit the different parts of our selves, this video has a much happier, more serene and poetic ending than the morbid fantasy of actual song. I can now truly say it’s a love song again.”