PLAN 9 MUSIC - OUTSIDE THE HEARD MAY 2012

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Terror
No Regrets No Shame
Bridge 9
 
The tireless and tour-hungry hardcore loyalists in LA's Terror have earned quite a reputation since forming at the turn of the millennium. Their melding of no-frills breakneck hardcore and the fervor of new generation metal bridges the gap between young and old. Filmed in 2003, No Regrets No Shame captures Terror in their beginning stages with never-before-seen interviews and performances from their career-defining album, Lowest of the Low. With heart-stopping stage dives, singsongs, and unparalleled energy from the band, No Regrets No Shame is a must-have for any hardcore fan.
 
Curtis Stigers
Let's Go Out Tonight
Concord

 
Singer/Saxophonist Curtis Stigers' Let's Go Out Tonight is a departure from Stigers' previous projects in that it sidesteps the Great American Songbook completely. Rather, it includes a vibrant cross-section of pop, folk, country and soul songs from songwriters ranging from Bob Dylan, Eddie Floyd and Richard Thompson to Jeff Tweedy, Hayes Carll and David Poe, whose "Everyone Loves Lovers" was crafted expressly for Stigers. Stigers' genre-blurring instincts have never been more defined than on his latest album, Let's Go Out Tonight. Stigers describes the new project as, "probably the most autobiographical album I've ever made. It hits so many places I've been and things I've gone through and am currently going through." Ironically, given its deeply personal nature, Let's Go Out Tonight is the first album since 2003's You Inspire Me that includes no original Stigers' songs... But, as a music fan, you probably know what he means.
Death Grips
The Money Store
Epic

 
Formed in 2010 and hailing from Sacramento, California, Death Grips made a name for themselves thanks to a couple of raw-ass mixtapes. One of those, Ex-Military, featured "Guillotine" - a monster that Time Out NY called the best single of 2011. The Money Store looks like a hardcore punk record... Which, really, it is. Don't let the hip-hop fool you: with its machine gun rhythms and short-circuited fuzz, The Money Store is an album meant to invigorate and aggravate. You'll love every minute of it. Death Grips will be touring internationally throughout the year including appearances at Coachella, All Tomorrow's Parties and more.
 
Magic Wands
Aloha Moon
Bright Antenna

 
Magic Wands first garnered attention with the EP Magic Love & Dreams, which quickly drew praise from publications like Nylon who applauded their "sparkling, psychedelic-pop gems." The band honed their live chops playing shows alongside The Kills, The Horrors, The Raconteurs, The Black Keys, The Virgins, Black Kids and more. Magic Wands' debut full-length, Aloha Moon, is a cosmic dance through a universe where voices echo, keyboards shimmer and guitars splash like giant waves on a distant planet's shores. Having ambiguously dubbed their sound "lovewave," each track is distinctly different yet all share the common theme of spaced-out tropical dreams, which isn't surprising when one considers the disparate locations where Aloha Moon was made: San Francisco Bay, a cabin in the hills of Echo Park Los Angles and under the stars of the Palm Desert at night.
Eric Hutchinson
Moving Up, Living Down
WB
 
On Moving Up Living Down, all of Eric Hutchinson's ever-widening musical embraces are brought into play, from the exuberant folk-pop bounce of "Watching You Watch Him" (the first single, which debuted on the season premiere of ABC-TV's "Grey's Anatomy") through the reggae lilt of opener "Talk is Cheap" through the soul grounding of "The Basement." The music is tuneful and rhythmic. The lyrics are engaging and reflective. Comparisons, as always, are tough, but you wouldn't go wrong thinking of a spectrum that includes Paul Simon, the Beatles and Stevie Wonder, all integrated into a truly Hutchinsonian whole.
 
Janis Joplin
The Pearl Sessions
Legacy

 
A collection of never-before-heard studio outtakes, live recordings, and other rarities, The Pearl Sessions documents the legacy of Janis Joplin's masterpiece album. In 1971, the posthumous release of Pearl topped the charts, yielding the hit single "Me and Bobby McGee" and went on to sell nearly 8 million copies. For the first time in one package, the original mono versions of the album's 45s can be heard alongside the original LP tracks, as well as intriguing newly-discovered alternate versions, outtakes and vocal takes of Pearl classics. With this exciting discovery of previously un-catalogued tapes, listeners can hear Janis in the studio, joking with producer Paul Rothchild (the Doors) and Full Tilt Boogie band mates, and working through what would become some of her best-known songs.
Quakers
Quakers
Stones Throw
 
Quakers is a hip-hop collective boasting 35 members who orbit around a core of three producers: Fuzzface (a.k.a. Portishead's Geoff Barrow), 7-Stu-7 and Katalyst. Disillusioned with much of the hip-hop around them, the like-minded producers set out to create the type of rap record they'd want to listen to. That meant gathering one of the most varied arrays of talent ever seen on a hip-hop record. Invitations were sent out to golden era legends such as The Pharcyde's Booty Brown, indie rap titans such as Dead Prez, and of course some of Stones Throw's finest, including Aloe Blacc, Guilty Simpson. There are also some lesser-known talents present including band-favorite Coin Locker Kid. And, in case you're wondering, the name comes from 'earthquake'. They're here to shake the foundations.
 
Black Dice
Mr. Impossible
Ribbon Music
 
For over fifteen years, the highly influential Black Dice have continuously reinvented and mutated punk music into new sonic stews. The New York based trio of Eric Copeland, Bjorn Copeland, and Aaron Warren have released scores of albums, EPs, and singles on iconic labels (Gravity, 31g,Troubleman, DFA, Paw Tracks), that document their musical travels, from raw brutal thrash to inside-out pop anthems from way out. Mr. Impossible is the band's sixth full length - and it's the soundtrack to a substance-fueled teen basement show on Mars. Tune in, turn on, and dance yr ass off.
At The Skylines
The Secrets To Life
RRR

 
Combining soaring melodies, earth-shattering breakdowns, passionate screams, heartfelt and catchy phrasing and blazingly provocative dynamics, these six young men from SoCal have hit upon every bright spot of aggressive rock music across a wide spectrum stretching from Linkin Park to A Day To Remember. On The Secrets to Life, At The Skylines craft driving anthems interlaced with unique programming and atmospherics. "The Secrets to Life is about our band's beliefs, how we feel about the world, how we connect with the world and how we plan to use our experience to better ourselves and to be a positive influence on people who listen to us," says vocalist Chris Shelley explains. "The guys in our band are between the ages of 18 and 25, so we have a wide range of experience to draw upon. We've all had our troubles. I think we've covered the bases pretty well on this album."
 
Groundation
Building An Ark
VP

 
With Building An Ark, internationally-acclaimed groovers Groundation stay true to the essence of their dynamic sound - capturing the true spirit of roots reggae while blending elements of jazz, funk, salsa and transcendental dub. Building An Ark's hypnotic funk-based rhythms move from earthy percussion-based tracks to complex impressionistic dub compositions. This sophisticated selection of genre-bending sounds provides the perfect template for some of their most fiery militant and conscious lyrics to date.
Beach House has ranked high on the list of top-ten most anticipated "indie" albums of 2012. After teasing their fanbase with a dreamy single, "Myth," Bloom arrives. Melodic and trancy, Bloom expounds upon the duo's successful 2010 release of Teen Dream. Singer Victoria Lagrand's distinctive voice is a reverb soaked, alto version of the ethereal Cocteau Twins singer Elizabeth Fraser. Yet rather than bombarding us with phonetic nonsense, Lagrand pens more direct poetry to anchor the drifty and wayward music. "If you build yourself a myth / Know just what to give," the opening lines to the first track's chorus, may not be intended to describe this band's journey, but the duo is certainly a testament to the idea that creating mystique around your art draws people in. Beach House's popularity has climbed steadily and quickly over the course of their four releases. Though their sound evolves less quickly than this, fans are loyal to the duo's dream weaving textures, comprised largely of guitars run through delay pedals and their vast collection of quirky keyboard instruments scored at thrift stores. Be sure to listen to "Lazuli," "Troublemaker," and "On the Sea." Bloom arrives just in time for your windows-down drive to the beach.

Beach House -
Bloom

Sub Pop
Rufus Wainwright is a hardworking musician who has earned undying love from his fans in a short career of brilliant songwriting and performing. His latest effort finds him rising to a new kind of starry height with his characteristic panache for melody and clever lyrics, all once more adeptly delivered by able hands on a piano and his languid tenor. "I've got the outfit for the party, but you've taken away the invitation," he carelessly croons in the track "Rashida," which builds like a track off of Queen's Sheer Heart Attack, while the follow up track, "Barbara" is a placid lounge track. As usual, the most compelling tracks on Wainwright's new album are the more intimate snapshots of his personal life.  In "Barbara" he describes the loneliness of a moment drinking rose in the rain while in the sultry country sway of "Respectable Dive" in which he calls to a lover for a moment of indiscretion. Out of the Game is perhaps a bit of a statement piece for the artist, enlisting the talents of guitarist Nels Cline, Sean Lennon, and The Dap Kings among others, but none of these guests outshine the songwriter, here, but rather add tasteful textures to an already elegant ensemble.

Rufus Wainwright -
Out of the Game

Decca
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