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June 3 street date. (LP includes full album download) Modern Country guests include Glenn Kotche (Wilco) and members of Megafaun (Brad Cook & Phil Cook) Modern Country is the fourth full-length album by guitarist and composer William Tyler and his first recorded outside of his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. It features an ensemble backing group consisting of multi-instrumentalist Phil Cook (Hiss Golden Messenger, Blind Boys of Alabama), bassist Darin Gray (Tweedy, Jim O’Rourke), and percussionist Glenn Kotche (Wilco). The album was tracked at April Base Studios in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and finished in Nashville, recorded and mixed by Jon Ashley, and produced by Tyler and Brad Cook. While there is never a comfort zone in instrumental music, Tyler attempts to leave any perceived one behind with Modern Country. His first album for Merge, 2013’s Impossible Truth, found Tyler exploring the boundaries of composition for solo guitar in a manner that paid homage to everyone from Leo Kottke to Brian Wilson. It was an epic song cycle that veered from cathedral-like psychedelic hymns to pastoral folk melodies. In contrast, Modern Country finds Tyler exploring more focused melodic themes rather than ethereal wanderings. These aren’t pop songs, per se, but they are closer in spirit to Neu!, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, and Bill Frisell. Primarily written while Tyler was on sabbatical in Oxford, Mississippi, where he stayed at the cabin of a family friend within a stone’s throw of William Faulkner’s house, Modern Country is a collection of songs about the vanishing America that still exists on back roads, in small towns, on AM radio stations. In an election year when so many certainties and assurances have vanished, Tyler doesn’t offer optimism or pessimism but rather a calm and measured commentary in our age of anxiety. Impossible Truth was rated Best of 2013 by publications such as NPR Music, The New Yorker, New York Magazine (Folk), Buzzfeed (Folk), Uncut, Spin.

Tyler, William
Modern Country (June 3, 2016 release)
New
New
LP
Merge Records
Country
MRG545
Category:
$8.00 (CAD) per unit
Radiators, The
Law Of The Fish
Very Good Plus (VG+)
Very Good Plus (VG+)
LP
Epic
Rock
FE-40888
Category:
$20.99 (CAD) per unit

Electronic/ambient-techno release from Nashvillian, Ryan Norris of Lambchop and Hands Off Cuba. Back in January 2015, we had the pleasure of hosting Coupler in our Blue Room. The event came to life when these local acousticians and purveyors of deliberate ambience took the stage. It was twenty minutes of captivating and unhurried techno that sounded bucolic at first, then violent, then crumbling, but always with a deft momentum. You could feel it in your gut and in your skull. Coupler’s set was a twenty-minutes mega-moment of song, and we decided the live album needed an accompanying piece. We invited them back to record Side B in October with a full orchestra of nine friends and musicians, and it turned out to be a very special piece exploring the nether-regions where the organic collides with the electronic. However, this wasn’t our typical TMR show. We kept it a relatively intimate affair, with the stage in the center of the room, and only sold a handful of tickets to those interested in seeing a recording process become a performance, making this our first installment in The Blue Room Sessions series. If you’re new to the magic of Coupler, you can think of them as an ”organization” rather than a band. Ryan Norris’ objectives go beyond leading a band – he aims to use Coupler as a vehicle for writing, photography, installation art, film-scoring, etc, and above all this, he aims to collaborate with the creative people around him that inspire him. In the case of this particular performance, the organization core live members, Rodrigo Avendaño, Rollum Haas and Norris, plus a group of auxiliary players: Adam Bednarik, Mark Bond, Matt Glassmeyer, Mia Krout and Ben Marcantel. The icing on the cake was Kelli Shay Hix and her light installation. The performance was tackled from an oblique angle, using group improvisation to reinvent the trajectory as they played. The end result? The birth of a new series, and one of our favorite musical creations to which the Blue Room has ever played host.

Coupler, The
The Blue Room Sessions (New release: Aug 12, 2016)
New
New
LP
Third Man Records
Electronic
THMR359
Category:
$20.00 (CAD) per unit
Lawrence, Steve with Tennessee Ernie Ford
Steve Lawrence Meets Tennessee Ernie Ford (sealed)
New/Sealed
Mint (M)
LP
Camay
Country
CA 3007
Category:
$14.00 (CAD) per unit
Matthew, David
On the Next Wave (sealed)
Very Good Plus (VG+)
Mint (M)
LP
Alshire Records
Rock
WRC1-1528
Category:
$7.00 (CAD) per unit

Tracklist
A1 Pressure Down 3:50
A2 You’re The Voice 5:04
A3 One Step Away 3:36
A4 Reasons 4:26
A5 Going, Going, Gone 3:33
B1 No One Comes Close 4:09
B2 Love To Shine 4:01
B3 Trouble 3:25
B4 A Touch Of Paradise 4:48
B5 Let Me Out 4:22

Farnham, John
Whispering Jack (w/printed inner sleeve)
Near Mint (NM or M-)
Very Good Plus (VG+)
LP
RCA
Rock
PL71224
Category:
$8.00 (CAD) per unit

Tracklist
A1 Let The Good Times Roll 2:08
A2 My Babe 2:40
A3 Bye Bye Love 2:00
A4 B-Flat Blues 3:10
A5 Little Latin Lupe Lu 2:50
A6 My Prayer 2:45
B1 In That Great Gettin’ Up Mornin’ 2:55
B2 Georgia On My Mind 2:35
B3 Koko Joe 1:57
B4 I’m So Lonely 2:26
B5 Love Or Magic 2:20
B6 Fee-Fi-Fidily-I-Oh 2:10

Righteous Brothers, The
Right Now!
Near Mint (NM or M-)
Good Plus (G+)
LP
Barry
Rock
B-321
Category:
$10.00 (CAD) per unit

Jimmy’s Record Shop label on outer sleeve and inner label.

Tracklist
A1 Sunday Night Fever 4:50
A2 Use Your Head 3:40
A3 Dread 4:06
A4 In Parliament They Kicksin’ 3:22
B1 Tell Me Mama 3:47
B2 The Pencilin (Penicillin) 3:25
B3 When Basil Come 4:31
B4 You’ve Got To Pay 3:56

Explainer
Positive Vibrations
Very Good Plus (VG+)
Near Mint (NM or M-)
LP
Semp Production
Reggae
SWH-01
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