Nothing is quite as compelling on record as the restless fluctuations of the fractured heart, as singer/songwriter Michael Cerveris proves on his ferocious and fragile solo debut album dog eared. Cerveris’ classic 2004 recording is being distributed for the first time as a limited edition, 2 LP set, pressed on 180-gram vinyl. Just 400 copies of Tony Award winning actor Cerveris’ lush declaration of liberation from lost love affairs. dog eared was remastered for vinyl and comes in gatefold packaging with printed inner sleeves and a poster containing lyrics and unseen photos from the recording sessions.
From the roiling anthem “SPCA” to the melancholy, but muscular musings of “Can’t Feel My Soul” and “Snowbound,” dog eared is a unique, confessional “family” project for Cerveris, encompassing the skills of his diverse network of musician compadres and friends: co-producer/engineer Adam Lasus (Madder Rose, Clem Snide, Helium), Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss, Ken Stringfellow (Posies, REM), Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), Laura Cantrell, Norman Blake (Teenage Fan Club), Jeremy Chatzky (They Might Be Giants), Kevin March (Guided by Voices, Dambuilders), Anders Parker (Varnaline, Space Needle), Lara Gray (Luna, Ben Lee), Joe McGinty (Psychedelic Furs), strings arranger David Arnold (Bjork) and Alex Lutes (Nightnurse, Retriever) for recording sessions that took place sporadically over the course of six months.
Release Date: April 2017
Format: 2x LP
$24.99 + shipping
For the first time on vinyl, Ken Stringfellow’s (The Posies, Big Star, R.E.M.) classic 2001 solo album Touched is now available in limited edition orange cream. Just 500 copies of Stringfellow’s stirring masterpiece have been pressed. Each track has been remastered for vinyl. From the somber opening notes of the first track, Down Like Me, to the album’s hopeful closer, Here’s to the Future, each song resonates with an emotional timelessness that only the greatest songwriters can deliver. Stringfellow’s compositions on Touched burst with warmth and soul, making the LP one of the truly great albums of the past 20 years.
Release Date: September 2016
Format: 1x LP
$29.99 + shipping
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