Trevor Powers, whose stage name is Youth Lagoon, began writing his debut album The Year of Hibernation in 2010. Based around the idea of psychological dysphoria, Powers tried to document the trails of his mind through songs of minimalism and hypnotic ambiance. Powers later described his writing process as "my mind communicating with me, not the other way around...it can take me to scary places but I've realized those bizarre thoughts I have don't define me." After signing with Mississippi-based label Fat Possum Records in 2011, he toured much of the following year before going back into solitude to write.
Wondrous Bughouse, Powers' sophomore album (due March 5 worldwide via Fat Possum), was spawned from what he describes as "becoming more fascinated with the human psyche and where the spiritual meets the physical world." During the time he wrote, Powers became intrigued with the metaphysical universe and blending those ideas with pop music.
"Youth Lagoon is something so personal to me because writing music is how I sort my thoughts, as well as where I transfer my fears," explains Powers. "My mental state is usually pretty sporadic... a lot of this record was influenced by a fear of mortality but embracing it at the same time. Realizing that human life is only great because it is temporary. Experimenting with ideas about dimensions. I'm not a gifted spear, so explaining things is difficult for me. But music always makes sense."
01. Through Mind and Back
03. Attic Doctor
04. The Bath
05. Pelican Man
07. Sleep Paralysis
08. Third Dystopia
09. Raspberry Cane
Water Liars, the duo of Justin Kinkel-Schuster and Andrew Bryant, will release their sophomore album Wyoming on March 5th, 2013, via Big Legal Mess / Fat Possum Records. Water Liars spent most of the past year on the road and will continue to tour throughout 2013. Currently, Kinkel-Schuster is playing a series of solo shows under the band's moniker and performs next tonight at New World Brewery in Tampa, FL.
Recorded in their now-hometown of Water Valley, MS in late September, Wyoming will be Water Liars' second LP released in just under a year. At the core of the album are stories of specific, intimate moments that can't help but ring universally true. The band favors simplicity and ample space in their songs, while Justin Kinkel-Schuster's clear, plaintive vocals add to Wyoming's warm yet heartsick expanse. The album ranges musically from contemplative, bluesy waltzes ("Backbone") to lonely, tempered howls ("Fake Heat"); from soulful, heartached swings ("Cut A Line," "You Work Days I Work Nights") to upbeat, but wistful resignations ("Linens"). These 11 uncluttered songs resonate all the way from the breezy, buzzing opener "Sucker" to the closing feedback of "Fire."
Water Liars formed as a serendipitous accident in the summer of 2011, when Kinkel-Schuster (vocals, guitar) and Andrew Bryant (drums, vocals) casually recorded an album's worth of songs over one weekend in Pittsboro, MS. Picked up and released by Misra Records in March 2012, this debut, Phantom Limb, quietly garnered the band praise from NPR ("...an unassuming sleeper, prone to fits of stark gorgeousness"), The AV Club ("unexpectedly lovely"), Paste, and Vice.
Wyoming track listing:
02. Fake Heat
04. Back bone
05. Cut A Line
06. How Will I Call You
08. You Work Days I Work Nights
09. Fine Arts
10. Bird Of Song
We just found a limited number of Darker Blues books. This has been sold out for some years, but a stash has been uncovered and we think they should be sold to the public. Darker Blues is a 100+ page limited edition book featuring the work of award-winning photographer David Raccuglia, as well as classic Fat Possum photos.
-Darker Blues comes with a TWO CD set packaged in the back cover of the book. One of the CDs is a 7 track EP of remixes and previously unreleased tracks from R.L. Burnside. The other CD contains an hour of classic Fat Possum music featuring Solomon Burke, Junior Kimbrough and more.
-As if that isn’t enough, the package also comes with an 8 page pull-out comic book by Joe Sacco; a history of the Fat Possum label as well as the life story of T-Model
We started that sale where we give you a very good deal, you give us a little money, we ship you a record, and you the love the music for the rest of your life. There ya go.
$10 for most vinyl, $10 for cds, $10 for t-shirts, $10 for the burnside style hat. double vinyls and picture discs are only $15
Head on over to the FP Store and start your shopping experience.more
New York quintet Ex Cops have announced their debut full-length album, True Hallucinations, will be made available on January 22 via Other Music Recording Co. and made the first single off the record, "James," available to stream via SPIN.com and download via Soundcloud. Formed in 2011 by Brian Harding (ex-Hymns) and Amalie Bruun (ex-Minks), the duo self-released a short-run, homespun CD-EP of hazy, lo-fi recordings featuring Harding's opaque bedroom-pop songwriting juxtaposed with the duo's sun-kissed harmonies. Two of the tracks, "You Are a Lion, I Am a Lamb" b/w "The Millionaire," were soon released to the world on vinyl as the premiere release from Other Music Recording Co. and the pair continued to write new songs while simultaneously playing more live shows, now working as a proper five-piece rock band with the addition of good friends Kai Kennedy, Leif Huckman and Sam Bair.
Keeping a handful of Ex Cops' early sessions in place, the newly expanded lineup took to the studio to record True Hallucinations with John Siket (Blonde Redhead, Yo La Tengo, Sonic Youth, etc.) sitting in the production chair. The resulting album is a mind-altering pop pill that maintains the intimate mood of the original group's sound, but now presented in widescreen Technicolor.
1. "S&HSXX (Intro)"
4. "You Are A Lion, I Am A Lamb"
6. "Spring Break (Birthday Song)"
7. "Jazz & Information"
8. "The Millionaire"
9. "Billy Pressly"
10. "Nico Beast"
11. "Broken Chinese Chairz"more
SUPPORT BY FATHER JOHN MISTY
We are excited to announce that The Walkmen are touring in January with Father John Misty. The Walkmen kick off the tour on January 11th in Philadelphia at Union Transfer, and will be joined by Father John Misty beginning at the following show on January 15th at Corona Theater in Montreal. The tour wraps up at Commodore Ballroom on January 28th in Vancouver. In conjunction with the announcement, The Walkmen are debuting two videos from their release show for their latest full-length Heaven, a uniquely intimate show live-streamed by Spotify and filmed by La Blogotheque.
The Walkmen are releasing a limited edition 7", featuring the previously unreleased tracks "Dance With Your Partner" and "Vermeer '65." The release is limited to 1000 copies and will be available on Tuesday, November 6th. CMJ premiered the tracks, which are available for stream HERE. Pre-order is now available at Insound and Fat Possum.
1/11 : Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
1/15 : Montreal, QC - Corona Theater #
1/16 : Toronto, ON - Danforth Theatre #
1/17 : Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall #
1/18 : Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre #
1/19 : Madison, WI - Capitol Theatre #
1/21 : Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre #
1/24 : San Francisco, CA - Fillmore #
1/26 : Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre #
1/27 : Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre #
1/28 : Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom #
# - w/ Father John Mistymore
The highly anticipated solo debut from singer, songwriter and former Girls frontman Christopher Owens has been confirmed for a January 15th 2013 release. Lysandre will be released in the US on Mississippi-based independent label Fat Possum and on Turnstile for ROW.
Named for a girl he met whilst in France for a festival performance, Lysandre - written, recorded and sequenced as a complete narrative - was inspired by the events of Girls' first ever tour in the summer of 2008. Owens describes the record as: "A coming of age story, a road trip, a love story."
Lysandre tracklist in full:
01: Lysandre's Theme
02: Here We Go
03: New York City
04: A Broken Heart
05: Here We Go Again
06: Riviera Rock
07: Love Is In The Ear Of The Listener
09: Everywhere You Knew
10: Closing Theme
11: Part Of Me (Lysandre's Epilogue)
11-09 : San Francisco, CA - The Lodge
12-07 : Lisbon, Portugal - Vodafone Mexefest
12-08 : Paris, France - Gaite Lyrique
12-10 : London, UK - St Giles Church
In his native Mississippi and throughout the South, Jimbo Mathus is recognized as the prolific songwriter of born-in-the-bone American music, the torchbearer for Deep South mythology and culture. The lifelong musician, co-founder of the hyper ragtime outfit Squirrel Nut Zippers, has signed to Oxford, MS label Fat Possum Records and will release White Buffalo, produced by Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, on January 22, 2013. Opening with the mandolin-driven Southern Gothic fable "In The Garden," Mathus and his band, the Tri-State Coalition, deliver an emotional honest bath of songs that embrace the richness of American Music - gospel, country blues and folk. Mathus' "tri-state" band, a handpicked group of like-minded players who make up his formidable live band, includes Matt Pierce (Arkansas), Terrence Bishop (Tennessee), and fellow Mississippians Eric Carlton and Ryan Rogers.
Listen To "In The Garden"
White Buffalo track listing:
01. In The Garden
02. (I Wanna Be Your) Satellite
03. Tennessee Walker Mare
04. White Buffalo
05. Hatchie Bottom
06. Fake Hex
07. Poor Lost Souls
09. Run Devil Run
10. Useless Heart
Jimbo Mathus On Tour:
10/17 - Nashville, TN - Loveless Cafe
10/18 - Cleveland, MS - Dockery Farms
10/20 - New Orleans, LA - Chickie Wah Wah
10/25 - Hopson, MS - Hopson Plantation Commisary
10/27 - Fayetteville, AR - Smoke & Barrel Tavern
11/07 - Oxford, MS - Snackbar
11/09 - Oxford, MS - The Library (early)
11/09 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry's (late)
Following The Walkmen's performance at CMJ 2012, The Walkmen plan to release a limited-edition 7" featuring two unheard songs from the Heaven sessions. The 7" will be in stores November 6, but feel free to stream them now below.
The songs, "Dance With Your Partner / Vermeer '65," were produced, engineered and mixed by Phil Ek, who sat at the boards in the Washington state studios where The Walkmen recorded the rest of their album. If you can't wait for the November 6 vinyl release date, The Walkmen will also be giving these records out to the first 100 people who hit the Terminal 5 merch table at the band's CMJ-sponsored show on October 18.
Matt Fishbeck's project Holy Shit will be releasing a 12" single on November 6 through Fat Possum Records/Fantasy Trashcan. Stream the A-Side below and order the LP now from the FP Store
"You Made My Dreams Come True" (by Matt Fishbeck + John Doté)
"Bombs Away" (by Matt Fishbeck + Ariel Pink)
"Unlock The Door" (by Matt Fishbeck)