Featured Releases



THE FRONT BOTTOMS
Talon of the Hawk
LP Version





SABINA
Toujours
CD version
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Toujours, the first solo record from Brazilian Girls cofounder, Sabina updates the classic ye-ye music that was exploding in France, Italy and Spain in the early 60’s. Imagine Nico and Serge Gainsbourg having cocktails. As matter of fact when asked about Toujours, Sabina says, “I want to bring people together, make them mingle, dance, sing and discuss, that’s what life really is.” The New York Times says it’s, “Hard to imagine a better poster girl for polyglot New York pop” and Rolling Stone calls Sabina simply, “glamorous.”



SABINA
Toujours
LP version
This product will ship on or before 02/18/14


Toujours, the first solo record from Brazilian Girls cofounder, Sabina updates the classic ye-ye music that was exploding in France, Italy and Spain in the early 60’s. Imagine Nico and Serge Gainsbourg having cocktails. As matter of fact when asked about Toujours, Sabina says, “I want to bring people together, make them mingle, dance, sing and discuss, that’s what life really is.” The New York Times says it’s, “Hard to imagine a better poster girl for polyglot New York pop” and Rolling Stone calls Sabina simply, “glamorous.”



EZRA FURMAN
Day Of The Dog
CD version


Ezra Furman Day of the Dog LP/CD/Digital Ezra's second record with out the Harpoons. “…his songs come off as intelligent, angry, funny and ferocious. Furman sings every song like it’s going to be his last” AMERICAN SONGWRITER MAGAZINE



EZRA FURMAN
Day Of The Dog
LP version w/ download card





ALEX CHILTON
Electricity By Candlelight / NYC 2/13/97
CD version


On the night of February 13, 1997 Alex Chilton and his band were getting ready to play their second set of the night at the Knitting Factory in New York City when the lights went out. What happened was this album, a spontaneous off the cuff performance. This is Alex thinking on his feet, in the moment, bouncing songs and ideas off the folks that stuck around for a real one-of-a-kind exchange. --- as close and personal as it gets.




ALEX CHILTON
Electricity By Candlelight / NYC 2/13/97
LP version





EROS AND THE ESCHATON
Home Address For Civil War
CD version


With their son in tow, duo Adam Hawkins and Kate Perdoni left Iowa to tour the country, each watching the baby while the other was on stage. When their van broke down in Greensboro, NC, they formed Eros and the Eschaton, set up shop and spent the next year making their debut LP Home Address for Civil War. Their brand of shoegazer dreampop brings to mind the greats, and comparisons have been made to My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive and Yo La Tengo. They by no means copy those that have come before them as much as give a friendly nod. Maybe their pal Sergio said it best: “You’re not a wash of reverb, you’re a cloud of love.”



SPEED THE PLOUGH
The Plough & The Stars

The Plough & The Stars is a retrospective of New Jersey band Speed the Plough’s 30 year career. It includes a 17-track “Best Of” CD culled from the band’s first 4 albums, a split 12” LP with six new songs and five live tracks from a 1993 radio appearance, a 16-page booklet, and a download card with access to all that and much more. A total of 38 songs. Past and present members of the band are represented, including Feelies members Brenda Sauter (bass/vocals), Stanley Demeski (drums), Bill Million (guitar/production) banjo master Tony Trishka, Mountain Stage guitarist Michael Lipton and former Blood Oranges mandolinist Jimmy Ryan, among many others.. STP’s unique brand of chamber pop sounds as fresh today as it did in 1984.



EZRA FURMAN
The Year Of No Returning
CD version


The first time on CD for Ezra Furman's self released The Year of No Returning. He swears it is not meant for entertainment but he doesn't mind if listeners find pleasure in the grooves. This cycle of ten songs designated for the months of the year (Jan and Feb. are missing) aim for the self-professed "lofty goal of real protest." Ezra Furman is a young singer-song writer with a punky spirit who is not afraid to cram a lot of words in among the hooks and jabs. While taking one for Team Earth he is determined to remain standing in the ring at the center microphone bloody but unbowed.




THE FRONT BOTTOMS
Talon of the Hawk
CD version


At the core of Talon of the Hawk, is the crazy hybrid of slamming rock drumming and acoustic guitar The Front Bottoms are known for, but this time the band augments their sound with electric guitars, synths, even a little accordion. Brian Sella's confident heartfelt vocals that will have you laughing one minute, crying the next and then maybe pumping your fist and singing along when you least suspect it. Talon of the Hawk rocks harder than their debut and it is more complex in both subject matter and arrangements. Once this sucker gets it's claws in, you're going to soar.



THE PARANOID STYLE
The Purposes of Music in General
Digital album

Of all the bands that circulated in the late-90s political science-independent underground, the Paranoid Style, known for their pub rock moves and theories of Possibilism, have always been considered the most depraved and dangerous, the most likely to take all the beer and leave. What did they want? What did they really believe? Demos have been passed around for years, but it's only now that we have an official release, The Purposes of Music in General. Finally! This is a singular musical document, shaded by influences from The Mekons to the 'Mats to Anne-Marie Slaughter.- Owen King, author



DRGN KING
Paragraph Nights
CD version


Singer/songwriter Dominic Angelella and hip hop producer Ritz Reynolds are the masterminds behind Philly group DRGN KING. This unlikely duo met by chance at a recording session - Dom had been playing in almost every band in town and Ritz had been hunkered down in the studio producing tracks for the likes of The Roots and Mac Miller. Discovering a mutual love of Brian Eno and Wu Tang, they set out on a song cycle that led to Paragraph Nights.



DRGN KING
Paragraph Nights
LP version





THE FRONT BOTTOMS
The Front Bottoms LP
12" LP


NEW!! The Front Bottoms eponymous debut now available on 12" wax w/ a full album download card. "... the album is endlessly fascinating." - The Daily News "Top Ten of 2011" "This is a pop soundtrack for learning to live in the moment" - Los Angeles Times" If you have any love for the early punk style, garage band, mix tape, one mic recordings like I do, then you better take two minutes to discover The Front Bottoms." - www.thevinyldistrict.com



DRGN KING
Holy Ghost b/w Son of Wolfman (feat. Peedi Crakk) [7" single]


Singer/songwriter Dominic Angelella and hip hop producer Ritz Reynolds are the masterminds behind Philly group DRGN KING. This unlikely duo met by chance at a recording session - Dom had been playing in almost every band in town and Ritz had been hunkered down in the studio producing tracks for the likes of The Roots and Mac Miller. Discovering a mutual love of The Flaming Lips and Wu Tang, they set out on a song cycle that led to Paragraph Nights, their debut full length due out January 2013. Their debut single, "Holy Ghost" is a positive, fun loving pop song with an infectious beat that simply leaves you in a good mood. Bruce Warren (WXPN/Paste) says, "This is otherworldly soulful pop for now people."



BRIGHT LITTLE FIELD
Treatment Bound: A Ukulele Tribute To The Replacements

The Replacements were rock 'n' roll legends. Paul Westerberg's songs have stood the test of time. To prove that point, Nashville's Bright Little Field have taken on some of the best 'Mats repertoire and given it the full on raging ukulele treatment. Includes great new takes on "Can't Hardly Wait," "Achin to Be" and "I Will Dare" that will have fans falling in love all over again. Their version of "We're Comin' Out" (which appeared in the finale of last season's Nurse Jackie) is truly amazing! Release date September 18, 2012.



OPPENHEIMER
This Racket Takes It's Toll

After five years, two albums, a total of seventy-weeks of US tours, TV shows, radio sessions, long drives, loud nights and only one fistfight, Oppenheimer is leaving their fans with one last project to cement their legacy. This Racket Takes It’s Toll will be released on Bar/None Records on July 31, 2012. For listeners who enjoyed their first two Bar/None releases and their classic “Breakfast In New York” single there is plenty here for fans to feast on.



THE DB'S
Falling Off The Sky [LP]



The dB's were a highly influential rock band that recorded and toured through- out the 1980s. Composed of four North Carolinians transplanted to NYC and Hoboken, their music incorporated everything from 60s pop psychedelia to the new wave music happening at CBGBs. Along with the Feelies, the dB’s were one of the original instigators of the Amer-indie music scene that culminated in the success of REM and the Replacements. Their first two albums are considered classics and after a 30 year hiatus the original line up is back for Falling Off the Sky. LP Version includes digital download card



THE DB'S
Falling Off The Sky [CD]




HUMAN SWITCHBOARD
Who's Landing in My Hangar? (Anthology 1977-84)



As part of the first generation of indie-rockers Human Switchboard were transplants from Ohio that found their way into the NYC club scene of the early 1980s. Inspired by the writing of the Velvet Underground Bob Pfeifer, Myrna Marcarian and Ron Metz along with an endless slew of bass players worked up a great batch of edgy post punk rockers with battling boy/girl vocals before imploding. This collection is a must for anyone interested in the history of indie rock.



EMPEROR X
Western Teleport



Songwriter and noise pop saboteur Emperor X aka C. R. Matheny is working on a new record with sights set on an early October release. The Riverfront Times calls him a "heartfelt, imaginative song canon." Prefix Mag say, "Emperor X seems to be pioneering a musical style that combines the most effective elements of lo-fi recording, analog electronics and formula rock... the songs are fantastic."



EMPEROR X
Western Teleport



Songwriter and noise pop saboteur Emperor X aka C. R. Matheny is working on a new record with sights set on an early October release. The Riverfront Times calls him a "heartfelt, imaginative song canon." Prefix Mag say, "Emperor X seems to be pioneering a musical style that combines the most effective elements of lo-fi recording, analog electronics and formula rock... the songs are fantastic." LP version includes download card.



THE FRONT BOTTOMS
The Front Bottoms CD


A punk band that uses acoustic guitar, indie-rock dance grooves, Springsteen-y keyboard lines (this they might deny). It’s hook filled, it’s anthemic, it’s confessional. Maybe Neil Young by way of Green Day? The Front Bottoms must have heard some Replacements along the way and it seems like what Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers did for the Boston suburbs these guys are doing for Bergen County, NJ



BRUTE FORCE
I, Brute Force, Confections of Love



Brute Force (Stephen Friedland) is best know for 1969's "The King of Fuhť", which was arranged by George Harrison and released on The Beatles' Apple Records. Brute Force is the rarest artist on Apple. With this expanded edition of Brute's rare 1967 Columbia debut, "I, Brute Force - Confections of Love," you will be introduced to the memorable characters inhabiting Brutopia, an alternative 1960s America in which satire doesn't bite but only nips a little, inhibitions get nudged and collapse all akimbo, and love, however weird, conquers all. That's Brute's party, a shindig for the ages.



RICHARD BARONE
Glow


GLOW is the new album from Richard Barone, lead guitarist and vocalist of the cult faves the Bongos. The album is a sonic delight; like a lost solo Beatle album from a glam rock future world. After taking a break from performing to produce others and write a book, Barone is back working with his friend and favorite producer Tony Visconti (along with Steve Addabbo, Jill Sobule and others) GLOW positively glows with great songs like “Gravity’s Pull,” “Yet Another Midnight” and a captivating cover of Marc Bolan’s “Girl.” The king of chamber pop does not disappoint on this stunning addition to his wonderful catalog.
“Is there a musician more deserving of the moniker Man About Town than Richard Barone?” – Ann Powers, The New York Times
“Prince of New York” – Andrew Aber, Village Voice
“Barone knows the alchemic formula for converting an everyday thought into a powerful refrain.” – Tom Moon, NPR



RALPH'S WORLD
All Around Ralph's World


The latest album from Grammy nominee Ralph's World takes you on a trip that might start in your own backyard and end in outer space. With just a little imagination, you will meet traveling dogs, flying robots and friendly caterpillars. This is family music that both kids and parents love, The New York Post even said, "entire families will sing along." Kids rock phenom Ralphʼs World, created by Ralph Covert, returns with a thematic collection of brand-new songs plus a few Disney rarities fans have been clamoring for! Family musicʼs truest rocker continues to earn new fans via extensive airplay, television appearances, nationwide tours, and 4 illustrated books. As a playwright Covert also saw two acclaimed children's musicals in Chicago last year with one adapted for a hardcover illustrated book. The one-time Grammy-nominee, often called “a McCartney for the pre-K crowd,” is thrilled to take you on a journey using your imagination and show you “All Around Ralphʼs World.” do the potty dance



FREEDY JOHNSTON
Rain on the City


Rain on the City is Freedy Johnston’s first album of new originals in eight years. Recorded in Nashville with producer Richard McLaurin, it’s one of the best song collections of Freedy’s career, featuring a diverse array of rockers, heartbreaking twang, even hints of blue-eyed soul and bossa nova. "Johnston also seems to have gotten his stride back as a songwriter, and these 11 tunes are full of the sharp but thoughtful wordplay and unique characters that make his best work so pleasurable; quite simply, it's hard to imagine anyone else writing something quite like "The Devil Raises His Own," "Venus Is Her Name," or the title track, and his dusty Midwestern tenor brings these stories to vivid life, which listeners can soak up like they would a good book." - All Music Guide



THE FEELIES
Fa cé-La (single vers.) b/w Raised Eyebrows

limited edition Insound 7" single containing the single version of "Fa cé-La" b/w "Raised Eyebrows" (album version).



THE FEELIES
Crazy Rhythms

LP version

Limited 180 gram LP.
Download card included which contains the entire album plus bonus tracks either as 320 MP3s or WAV files.



THE FEELIES
Crazy Rhythms


The Feelies, debut album Crazy Rhythms released in 1980 is finally back in print. The much loved group of hyper active indie rockers from Haledon New Jersey influenced the sound of college radio and inspired many to pick up guitars and form bands. Crazy Rhythms is a masterwork of perfectly honed minimalist rock ‘n’ roll that leaps and darts into the corners of the listeners consciousness, a true sonic achievement that Rolling Stone called one of the 100 Best albums of the 1980s. Fans of the Velvet Underground, Wire and Brian Eno’s early solo albums will surely appreciate their forces at work.
• Bonus material including demos, b-sides and new live recordings will be included via download cards inserted in the LP and CD
• Deluxe packaging with liner notes by Jim DeRogatis
• Release to coincide with Feelies performance of Crazy Rhythms in its entirety at All Tomorrow's Parties
• Available for the first time in over a decade.



THE FEELIES
The Good Earth

LP version

Limited 180 gram LP.
Download card included which contains the entire album plus bonus tracks either as 320 MP3s or WAV files.



THE FEELIES
The Good Earth


It took the Feelies six years to create The Good Earth, their follow-up album to Crazy Rhythms. The album was co-produced by Feelies co-captains Glenn Mercer and Bill Million along with REM’s Peter Buck who was a Feelies admirer since his days as a record store clerk. The Good Earth was an early release on Coyote Records the label started by Steve Fallon of Maxwell’s in Hoboken where the group became one of the club’s most popular acts. The Good Earth featured the line-up that continues to this day. The album is an interesting mix of layered acoustic and electric guitars and their signature percussion sound.
• Bonus material including EP tracks and a new live recording will be included via download cards inserted in the LP and CD
• Deluxe packaging with liner notes by Jim Sullivan
• Available for the first time in over a decade.



LUKA BLOOM
Eleven Songs

Luka Bloom, the much loved Irish troubadour, has been impressing audiences for years with his exhilarating live solo performing style. ELEVEN SONGS is his 11th album and it is a return to the bold production work of his early Warner releases RIVERSIDE and THE ACOUSTIC MOTORBIKE. In the interim he has continued to work on innovative approaches to solo acoustic guitar and his voice has developed an incredible range that rolls from deep bass tones to soaring falsetto. For the new album he has written a classic batch of songs including the catchy country folk of “On Your Side” and the poignant tour de force “Don’t Be Afraid of the Light That Shines Within You.” Produced with David Odlum of the Frames.



HOTEL LIGHTS
Girl Graffiti


It took two disparate seasons—late summer and deep winter—for Darren Jessee and his band Hotel Lights to finish their third full-length album, Girl Graffiti. The result is an album that’s decidedly relaxed and exquisitely shimmering--all at once. Recorded in Richmond, VA at The Sound of Music with frequent collaborator and engineer Alan Weatherhead (Sparklehorse, Cracker) along with band mates Jay Brown and Zeke Hutchins (Tift Merritt), Girl Graffiti has the spirit of a live recording, but with a graceful, polished delivery—a testament to the musicianship and sound these four seasoned players have created together over the years.



SHANNON MCARDLE
Summer of the Whore

Shannon McArdle releases her debut solo album, Summer of the Whore, through Bar/None Records on August 5, 2008. This is the first recording by McArdle since the Mendoza Line disbanded in 2007. Collaborating on arrangements with former Mendoza Line alum Adam D Gold, her album is a sparse, haunted affair that delivers a wide variety of moods and textures.

“Debbie Harry had her finger on this trigger in Blondie's "Rip Her to Shreds," but Shannon McArdle makes you think she didn't pull it.” - Greil Marcus / SALON.com



INDIVIDUALS
Fields/Aquamarine

At long last for the first time on CD comes the complete recorded output of the Individuals, one of the bands that pioneered the Hoboken N.J. music scene of the early ‘80s along with the dBs, Bongos, Feelies and Yo La Tengo. Their album Fields was named as one of the ten best albums of the year by Robert Palmer in the NY Times in 1982. Their single “Dancing With My Eighty Wives” was played often on WLIR on Long Island while “Walk By Your House” was a hit at WHFS in DC. Produced by Gene Holder of the dBs, Fields was the first album to be recorded at Mitch Easter’s Drive In Studio. The re-issue also includes their first EP Aquamarine as well as B-sides, extended single mixes and alternate takes. Extensive liner notes and rarely seen photos. 21 tracks in all!

"Fields yields it’s rewards with familiarity, springing its surprises like carefully timed bombs. Accepting this album into your home is, as one song title here puts it, a ‘Leap of Faith.’ Take it and be amazed.” - David Fricke/Rolling Stone

“This is the most impressive rock debut so far this year” - Robert Palmer/NY Times (1982)




THE SLIP
Eisenhower

There is something impossible about The Slip. Something humble and heroic, hard and tender, soft and monstrous.  Their approach to rock is reaching countless new fans while still inspiring the faithful. Eisenhower stands as the their most cohesive and evocative work to date. Includes "Children of December", "Even Rats" (featured on the wildly popular video game Guitar Hero) and "Life In Disguise" (as heard on "Grey's Anatomy").



THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS
HELLO RADIO - The Songs Of They Might Be Giants

In 1986, Bar/None Records released They Might Be Giants first album. Now to commemorate 20 years of influential music, we issued a very special tribute to Brooklyn's legendary alternative rockers. Die-hard fans can expect appearances from some pretty heavy hitters and some good friends of TMBG. Artists appearing on the album include Frank Black, The Long Winters, OK Go, The Wrens, as well as Bar/None artists Hotel Lights andJason Trachtenburg (of Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players fame). There's truly something for everyone from the casual fan to the obsessive completist.



HOTEL LIGHTS
Hotel Lights

The stunning debut from Ben Folds Five founder Darren Jessee with help from members of Sparklehorse, Archers of Loaf and Fountains of Wayne. An album you'll want to hear every day, with pop songs that you get closer to after each listen. The music is richly layered with melodious keyboards, crisp guitars and soft pianos. Hotel Lights play with authority and confidence, creating their own brand of timeless pop. Jessee's vocals are as distinct and endearing as the songs themselves. And his lyrics set him apart from his peers, with an honest, storytelling that repeatedly touches upon the holy trinity of great pop records: love, loss, and starting over.



EL TEN ELEVEN
El Ten Eleven

El Ten Eleven is the name adopted by Los Angeles based musicians Kristian Dunn and Tim Fogarty. Armed with only bass, drums and an array of foot pedals, the duo creates lush instrumental soundscapes reminiscent of the music of Tortoise, Radiohead and Sigur Ros. The people at Amoeba Records have described their music as "Odd, atmospheric Tortoise-style post rock... moody, nutritious."



EL TEN ELEVEN
El Ten Eleven (limited 180g LP Version)

El Ten Eleven is the name adopted by Los Angeles based musicians Kristian Dunn and Tim Fogarty. Armed with only bass, drums and an array of foot pedals, the duo creates lush instrumental soundscapes reminiscent of the music of Tortoise, Radiohead and Sigur Ros. The people at Amoeba Records have described their music as "Odd, atmospheric Tortoise-style post rock... moody, nutritious." Limited 180 Gram LP Version with download card included.



ESQUIVEL
Sights And Sounds Of

Previously unreleased material from the king of Space Age Bachelor Pad Music. Recorded in 1975 to be used as a promotional tool for, La Margarita - a popular Mexican restaurant in Chicago where Esquivel! was in the middle of a 6 month engagement. It was recorded live in the studio without overdubs. The only thing that was added was the applause. Includes a great arrangement of "Rhapsody In Blue",  "Good Morning Heartache" and "Delta Dawn." The final Esquivel recording made during the lounge era.



THE SPINTO BAND
Nice and Nicely Done

The Spinto story started back in 1996 when Nick Krill found some songs in the attic penned on the back of Cracker Jack boxes by his grandfather, guitar player Roy Spinto. Those lyrics inspired Nick and 6 of his high school friends to form The Spinto Band penning their own songs that the Philadelphia Weekly calls "... unlikely beauties somewhere between Pavement, Yo La Tengo and The Flaming Lips".



ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI
In Case We Die

The second album from Australia's indie-pop chamber orchestra. This is what Rolling Stone says about them, "There are eight of them. And they make an orchestra's worth of sumptuous music, bently movning music (electronics, brass, xylophone, boy-angel vocals, enchanted schoolgirl chorals) that improves on the arctic mystery of Sigur Ros by adding the infectious thrust of the B-52's."



PETRA HADEN
Petra Haden Sings The Who Sell Out

The latest chapter in the always provocative, often unpredictable yet never less than fascinating musical career of Ms. Haden. The impetus for the project, came from her friend, bassist mike watt who suggested that she attempt to re-imagine this classic Who album as an a capella album. He gave her an 8 track cassette tape with the original Who album recorded onto one track and the other seven empty, for her to fill with intricate vocal harmonies. Not only did Petra re-imagine all The Who’s singing and instrumental parts – including drums – she also tackled all the interstitial mock radio commercials so integral to The Who Sell Out experience. The final result is a technical tour de force that also invites a fuller appreciation of The Who’s own achievement, bringing to the fore all the original elements of chorale music, vaudevillian schmaltz and Renaissance chamber ensemble playing.



K. MCCARTY
Dead Dog's Eyeball - The Songs Of Daniel Johnston

Former lead vocalist of Glass Eye records an album worth of songs by the great Texas lost boy Daniel Johnston." Music so elegant and pointed, pleasure so direct, hasn't been heard very often since the heyday of Lennon and McCartney...this is the real thing, something new." Austin Chronicle. This is one of Bar None’s finest releases. Includes "Rocket Ship" as heard on Futurama.



FREEDY JOHNSTON
The Way I Were

"There are few artists that have a hidden treasure trove of unreleased songs from their early years that are of the quality of Freedy Johnston's. Now, at long last he offers them to the listening public. The 14 previously unreleased songs on The Way I Were reveal missing moments from 1988-1991, and provide a wonderful complement to his Bar/None and Elektra releases". - FILTER (Winter '04)



ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI
Fingers Crossed

The band finally let go of its precious, first born, Fingers Crossed, after nearly two years of work, shifting personnel and studios galore in 2004. Architecture in Helsinki is an eight-piece combo from Melbourne, Australia (not Finland) that makes ingenious chamber rock for the laptop age, combining guitar-bass-drums with horns, strings, male and female vocals, lots of handclaps, samples and subtle electronics.



VA-AMERICAN SONG-POEM
SONG-POEM ANTHOLOGY - Do You Know The Difference Between Big Wood & Brush

While The American Song-Poem Anthology may sound like a Top 40 countdown from the Twilight Zone, you can be sure that none of it resembles the over-polished product coming out of the corporate assembly line at the other end of the music industry. These song-poems come from people who could be your neighbors, friends, fellow commuters, and co-workers. Or even you. We've all got a song in our hearts.



LANGLEY SCHOOLS MUSIC PROJECT
Innocence & Despair

The 19 tracks on The Langley Schools Music Project documents a 60-voice chorus of rural Canadian school children, age 9-12, recorded in 1976-1977. Technically untrained but mesmerized by melodic magic, the students sing from-the-heart renditions of tunes by the Beach Boys, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, The Bay City Rollers, and others. They accompany themselves with the shimmering gamelan-like chimes of Orff percussion instruments and elemental rock trimmings arranged by their "gypsy" music teacher, Hans Fenger.



OF MONTREAL
Cherry Peel

Of Montreal has written what might be the best record of the year - a beautiful foray into the world of positive, loving, joyfully honest two-minute pop songs that aren't afraid to tell it like it is (or at least how it should be). Kevin Barnes has shared his first major vision with the world, and we're better for having listened - surprisingly complex. Fusing the shameless fun of Jonathan Richman with the mega-melodies of the Beach Boys by the way Weezer and the Beatles. Barnes has created his own signature style by building on the foundations of the geniuses who have come before him. - FLAGPOLE



OF MONTREAL
The Gay Parade

"The Gay Parade is psychedelic pop's answer to The Canterbury Tales. Mastermind Kevin Barnes presents a series of colorful characters throughout these 16 tracks --the singer likens each song to a float passing through a happy parade...The Gay Parade bursts with over-the-top, theatrical arrangements. Barnes's multitude of guests adds horn, keyboards, toy pianos, bells, whistles and other embellishments -- there's even a 42-singer chorus. Of Montreal’s refreshingly honest emotions and its exuberant songs offer a much-needed escape from an angst-filled world." -Wendy Mitchell/CMJ



OF MONTREAL
Horse and Elephant Eatery

This is a deep collection of material barely heard anywhere previously; bonus tracks from far flung continents as well as brand new tunage. Of Montreal are busting a move out of the Elephant Six collective and taking it to the streets of America and Japan one more time. They've never tasted so good.



10,000 MANIACS
The Earth Pressed Flat

Sometimes the simplest strategies yield the richest results. The Earth Pressed Flat is 10,000 Maniacs' most homegrown project since its earliest recordings seventeen years ago, yet it may be among the band’s most striking and eloquent. It was assembled from material they had been developing over the last four years – both before and after their 1997 Geffen release Love Among the Ruins – and recorded in an unhurried fashion in and around their Jamestown, New York base.



ESQUIVEL
Space Age Bachelor Pad Music


"Esquivel is the great unsung genius of mind-curdling space age pop" -MATT GROENING, Creator of “The Simpsons”. The man who single handily launched the lounge movement- Esquivel is godfather of the new cocktail nation. Juan Garcia Esquivel recorded back when people wanted the hottest dynamic sounds to be coming out of their new fangled hi-fi's. Guaranteed to astound your stereo.



FREEDY JOHNSTON
Can You Fly

On this remarkable second album, Freedy's singing and songwriting has grown exponentially. Album of the year in Musician, Spin, Village Voice, People, Playboy. Can You Fly is one of Bar None's proudest moments.



GREG CAMP
Defektor

Greg Camp, guitarist and Grammy nominated songwriter has stepped out of the SmashMouth fold after 10 years. Having penned most of the pop outfit’s multiplatinum hits, Camp has decided to take this step in an effort to further explore the hidden corners of his overactive pop muse. Defektor boasts songs about sticky-fingered hotel maids, unpredictable ex-lovers, the end of the world and strung-out super models and plays like a guided tour through Camp’s diverse musical imagination. The album was written, recorded and mixed in Camp’s new recording studio Seavolt Sound, where left to his own devices, he ditched all ballast and chased countless ideas down rabbit holes. He emerged from the studio with a healthy handful of shiny new songs, spanning influences from 60’s pop, surf, garage, spaghetti western soundtracks, rock ‘n roll, new wave, and funk.



YO LA TENGO
Fakebook

A collection of mostly acoustic songs; melodies so fine and warm they wrap you right up and send you home to mom. Called one the world's best bands by Spin, Yo La Tengo takes an acoustic journey through rock history. Sixteen songs - five by YLT and eleven covers of a distinctly non-Freebird variety including Daniel Johnston's "Speeding Motorcycle", The Kinks' "Oklahoma, U.S.A.", and Cat Stevens' "Here Comes My Baby".



BAR NONE
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