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Cursive- the Difference Between Houses and Homes (Lost Songs: 1995 - 2001)
An odds-and-ends collection of tracks from beloved indie rock Omaha quartet CURSIVE. Includes two previously unreleased tracks, along with ten sought after tracks taken from out-of-print singles. Includes a 24-page booklet featuring the story that is the album's namesake, written by frontman TIM KASHER and illustrated by Eastern Youth artist YURIKO YOSHINO.
Chuck Ragan- Los Feliz
Good-intentioned philosophers may try to boil life down to one universal truth or “secret,” but they’re missing the point. Ultimately, life is composed of so many experiences, emotions and relationships that it’s impossible to break it down like a chemical compound. Chuck Ragan has always understood that dichotomy, whether he was screaming over buzzing guitars in Hot Water Music or pouring his heart out over a bed of acoustic instrumentation as he does these days. Ultimately, the one constant in Ragan’s music is the way it personifies life’s beauty and struggles with equal aplomb.
Recorded on February 19, 2007 in Los Feliz, California, Los Feliz captures a very spontaneous performance of songs in a setting that isn’t contrived or overly scrutinized. “We set up the show and played it a week later,” Ragan explains about the impromptu performance, which spans everything from traditional songs to a HWM track to previously unreleased solo material and even a few covers. “A lot of good friends came out and played and a lot of people showed up and showed their support,” he continues, “it was nothing but good fun.”
Marathon- self titled
One of the best punk records you'll ever hear. Recorded by John Naclerio at Nada Studios (Shai Hulud, My Chemical Romance, Matchbook Romance). Marathon's debut full length is anthemic, political, catchy, soaring, and inspirational. It's not "if" Marathon will blow up, it's "when."
the Stereo- New Tokyo Is Calling EP
this melody-flush, weezy band of pop rock champions led by members of ANIMAL CHIN and the IMPOSSIBLES. master-driven anthems loaded with catchy guitar licks, full-throttle backbeats and vocal melodies so perfect you'd swear it was Rick Springfield the whole way.
4 songs. the title track is on their second full-length, No Traffic.