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OUGHT – “ROOM INSIDE THE WORLD”
Montréal group’s Merge Records Début, out 16 February 2018.
Ought – “Room Inside the World” [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Peak Vinyl]
Pre-Order for Pickup at Record Breakers, 2935 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60618, beginning 16 February 2018. Limited edition, indie-only, single LP on white vinyl. Includes 12″ x 12″ printed insert and coupon for full digital download. UPC : 673855060804. All Pre-orders include an Ought sticker, while supplies last.
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On Room Inside the World—Ought’s third album and their first for Merge—growing up doesn’t mean mellowing out so much as it means learning to pay attention, listening carefully and openly, staying somewhere long enough to really understand where you are. Recorded at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn with producer Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Silver Jews), Room Inside the World explores themes that have always concerned the band—identity, connection, survival in a precarious world—but with a bolder, more nuanced sound palette. Vibraphone, justly intonated synthesizers, drum machines, and a 70-piece choir suffuse the precise post-punk breakdowns that spangled Ought’s first two albums, giving rise to an emotional complexity that pushes their characteristically taut sound to greater depths.
SUPERCHUNK – “WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE.”
Chapel Hill Veterans’ latest album with Merge, out 16 February 2018
Superchunk – “What a Time to Be Alive” [Limited Edition, Indie Only Peak Vinyl]
Pre-Order for Pickup at Record Breakers, 2935 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60618, beginning 16 February 2018. Limited edition, indie-only, single LP on pink in clear vinyl. Includes coupon for full digital download. UPC : 673855062006. All Pre-orders include a 12″ x 24″ inch poster, signed by the band members.
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After the shocking, and for many, demoralizing result of the 2016 election, “I didn’t buy the silver lining some were promoting that ‘well, at least art and music will be great now!’,” says Superchunk co-founder and frontman Mac McCaughan. “Obviously, any sane person would gladly trade four to eight years of terrible music for not having our country dismantled to satisfy the whims of a vengeful child and his enablers.”
Indeed, like so much of Superchunk’s music in the band’s nearly three decades together, the songs on What a Time to Be Alive meet rage and anxiety head-on with the catharsis and exhilaration of loud punk fire and vulnerable pop energy. Like 2013’s I Hate Music, which focused on death, loss, and the role of music in an aging life, the new record brings spirit to the frontlines of pain—it’s as defiant as it is despairing, as much a call to arms as a throwing up of hands.
TITUS ANDRONICUS – “A PRODUCTIVE COUGH”
Jersey group’s latest out on Merge Records
Titus Andronicus – “A Productive Cough”
Pre-Order for Pickup at Record Breakers, 2935 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60618, beginning 02 March 2018. Limited edition, indie-only, single LP on blue and grey swirl vinyl. Includes bonus 7″ with “”(I’m) like a Rolling Stone” on black vinyl in a stock white paper sleeve. Includes coupon for full download. UPC : 673855060606.
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Since debuting in 2008, Titus Andronicus has been conditioning faithful listeners to always expect only the unexpected, consistently zigging where others would zag and maintaining a steadfast dedication to fearless ambition. With the March 2 release of the new studio album A Productive Cough on Merge Records, Titus Andronicus has executed the most shocking departure yet—but only if, as ever mercurial singer-songwriter Patrick Stickles insists, “you haven’t been paying attention.”
In a move that may infuriate the black-denim-and-PBR set, A Productive Cough finds the band setting aside the leadfooted punk anthems of yesteryear in favor of a subtler, more spacious approach that pushes Stickles’ soul-baring songwriting to the fore, creating a conversational intimacy between artist and audience with which previous Titus Andronicus’ efforts had only flirted.