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Lakeshore's February picks for Outside the Heard

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Ferry Corsten
Once Upon A Night 4
Black Hole Recordings B.V.
 
Electronic music master Ferry Corsten opens the book for a fourth spellbinding volume in his fabled Once Upon A Night series. Ferry chronicles his latest clubland adventures over two exactingly structured, seamlessly crafted mixes – one for each disc of this new set. With Once Upon A Night 4 Ferry has shifted his sights -- audibly travelling far beyond the exclusive province of trance. Expanding Night’s remit, he’s opened it up to embrace a wide span of electronic music, from which he draws on audio from both its best-known proponents and brightest young talents, not to mention some brand new work of Ferry’s own. “With the diversity of dance music in general being bigger than ever before, my playground is endless.” Says Ferry. “And with the sound of this compilation I hope you can hear that nothing is impossible.”
 
James Vincent McMorrow
Post Tropical
Vagrant

 
Written, produced, and performed entirely by James Vincent McMorrow, his latest album, Post Tropical, was recorded on a pecan farm half a mile from the Mexican border located between El Paso and ruthless bustle of Juárez. Built up slowly and spontaneously from hundreds of non-linear sound files and lyric pages, the result is 10 stunning, meticulously crafted original songs. Its broadened horizons may come as a surprise to everyone but McMorrow himself, who has harbored a lifelong love of hip-hop and atmospheric R&B. It's a step forward that is immediately apparent on album opener and first single "Cavalier" a brooding twist on the Slow-Jam, which builds quietly from hushed keys and hand-claps to soaring brass, beats and McMorrow’s idiosyncratic falsetto. Post Tropical’s sounds and melodies evolved from a painstaking process of building texture: There are 808s on the haunting "Red Dust," looped piano on “Looking Out,” and 50 mandolins made to sound like a waterfall on "The Lakes."
Uncle Tupelo
No Depression Legacy Edition
Legacy

 
Arguably, Uncle Tupelo – the band that unleashed the talents of Jay Farrar and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy upon the world – is Ground Zero for modern Americana. Released in 1990, No Depression is a still striking fusion of traditional folk and country with post-punk innovation and hardcore ferocity. The album, recorded at Boston’s Fort Apache South with iconic producers Sean Slade & Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Pixies, Dinosaur Jr.), struck a loud, twangy chord throughout the American Indie Underground, inspiring countless bands as well as an online notice board and a magazine that served to both forward and document the thriving musical movement that came to be known as alt-country. No Depression: Legacy Edition sees the original classic album remastered and augmented by 22 extraordinary extras, including for the first time on CD, 1989’s legendary demo tape, Not Forever, Just For Now. Also included are exclusive liner notes by journalist Richard Byrne, whose ardent support proved influential during Uncle Tupelo's early career.
 
Martynas
Martynas
Decca Records

 
The accordion is probably most closely identified with folk music from Eastern Europe and South America, but the young Lithuanian virtuoso Martynas aims to prove that it can make all kinds of music… Everywhere. His self-titled debut is a riotous ride through a rainbow of styles, all of them artfully tailored and arranged to show off Martynas’s brilliant playing. From Beethoven to Vivaldi, Ennio Morricone to Lady Gaga, he takes the accordion around the world and back and forth across the centuries. “Yes, I want to change the image of the accordion”, Martynas explains, “It’s exciting for me to be breaking some rules.” Martynas recently completed his degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and has acquired all the knowledge and technical expertise of a professional classical musician, but he sees classical music as just one part of his personal mix. “At some point in my career I want to record an album of modern accordion compositions. But my new album is contemporary music too, just from a different angle.”
Deaf Havana
Old Souls
Razor & Tie
 
Deaf Havana formed in 2005 in Hunstanton, England while attending university. Since then the young band has found huge success following their last album, Fools And Worthless Liars, which topped the U.K.’s indie chars, got them prime slots on big festivals, and opening for the likes of Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street band and MUSE. Deaf Havana’s latest, Old Souls, is packed with songs that are as pop as they are rock: Strings soar on almost every song, electric guitars are joined by lap steel, mandolin and banjo and there’s even a gospel singer. Deaf Havana, however, haven’t gone soft. As the band has got bigger (both commercially speaking and size-wise – two new members have joined in the past year) -- so has their sound. Old Souls’ lead single, “Boston Square,” explodes from the speakers with pounding drums and a riff that tips its hat to The Who. By the time the gritty vocal kicks in, you’re there with a sea of bouncing bodies and air-punching fists.
 
Metallica
Through The Never DVD
Blackened Recordings

 
So you’re Metallica. You’ve done just about everything a monolithic rock band can possibly do… Except make a movie. Not a concert film, per se, but an original feature about roadie. For Metallica. In 3-D. Through the Never combines a surreal narrative and spectacular live performance to create a unique cinematic experience. The story involves Trip -- a young roadie sent on an urgent mission during Metallica’s roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena audience. Featuring dazzling pyrotechnics, the most elaborate live-performance stage ever built and imagery drawn from the band’s trailblazing iconography, the immersive 360-degree show creates a mind-bending, ear-shattering mirror image of the destruction and chaos of Trip's journey. This (sadly, 2-D) DVD version of Through The Never features the film plus a slew of extras including documentary behind the making of the film, interviews with the band, the crew, the filmmakers and so much more.
Metallica
Through The Never Blu-Ray
Blackened Recordings

 
So you’re Metallica. You’ve done just about everything a monolithic rock band can possibly do except make a movie. Not a concert film, per se, but an original feature about roadie. For Metallica. In 3-D. Through the Never combines a surreal narrative and spectacular live performance to create a unique cinematic experience. The story involves Trip -- a young roadie sent on an urgent mission during Metallica’s roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena audience. Featuring dazzling pyrotechnics, the most elaborate live-performance stage ever built and imagery drawn from the band’s trailblazing iconography, the immersive 360-degree show creates a mind-bending, ear-shattering mirror image of the destruction and chaos of Trip's journey. This Blu Ray version of Through The Never features the film plus a slew of extras including documentary behind the making of the film, interviews with the band, the crew, the filmmakers and so much more. You can also get the Blu Ray in 3-D for total ‘Tallica immersion.
 
A Great Big World
Is There Anybody Out There?
Epic

 
The story of A Great Big World began in the crowded practice rooms at NYU. Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino were both studying music business while fostering dreams of writing and performing on Broadway and beyond. At first, Ian was the artist, and Chad shared writing duties and became his manager. They put out an album and an overwhelming viral buzz ensued. Soon their music became a favorite among music supervisors, earning spots on One Tree Hill, MTV, The Amazing Race, ESPN, Good Morning America and more. The time came to officially share the spotlight and A Great Big World was born… And their new album, Is There Anybody Out There finds the duo making positive, piano-driven pop bursting with harmonies and woven together with a fun whimsical twist. "It's optimistic, hopeful pop music," Chad says. "There are fewer songs about heartbreak and more about the meaning of life. But even the most painful of our songs are hopeful."
Bad Things
Bad Things
Warner Bros
 
Bad Things earned their undeniable chemistry through sheer persistence and — in the case of drummer Lena Zawaideh, guitarist Anthony Sanudo, and lead guitarist Shaun White (yes, that Shaun White) — a friendship forged in their San Diego hometown that dates back to their teens. Bad Things self-titled debut captures the sound and the energy of being young and figuring it all out with uncanny precision. Guided by producer Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Saves the Day), the insistent yearning of the band’s first single, “Anybody,” is a good example of how the band takes the listener on a journey of emotions. Other tracks, including the urgent, punk fury track “Fool,” the bold, New Wave-influenced experimentalism “Haunting,” and the spirit-lifting funk track “Vices,” showcase the band’s range and how they never once hit a false note or force emotional or musical harmonics. Not that a great rock and roll band has to be sincere all the time, but one listen to Bad Things and you’ll know this is the real deal.
 
Step Brothers
Lord Steppington
Rhymesayers

 
So one night, while watching the Will Ferrell / John C. Riley yuk-fest Step Brothers, Evidence (he of Dilated Peoples, and producer for Kanye West, among others) and The Alchemist (artist, producer, Eminem’s DJ) found common threads between their relationship and that the film’s two main characters. “The dynamic of our relationship is similar in a lot of ways,” Evidence explains. “We grew up together, so it’s kinda like we’re brothers. It’s more than a friend thing.” Thus the idea for Step Brothers was born. The Lord Steppington songs ooze with a natural aesthetic that provides plenty of insight into who Evidence and Alchemist are without selling you on their personas. “You get a real sense of who we are,” Evidence says. “If I were to hear this album, I’d be like, ‘I’d want to hang out with these guys. It seems like they have a lot of fun, like they’re wilding. They’re definitely innovative.’ It seems interesting, not the run-of-the-mill dish.”
Bombay Bicycle Club
So Long, See You Tomorrow
Vagrant

 
“I feel like we've found the balance between making it interesting and intelligent, but also not highbrow or elitist” says Bombay Bicycle Club’s Jack Steadman, noting the band specifically took longer to craft its latest record, So Long, See You Tomorrow. He wrote the record while travelling through India, Turkey and Tokyo as well as the UK and the Netherlands, and you can really hear the influence of all the different cultures mingling about the songs. Jack produced the album in the band's studio in London, turning BBC’s travels into its most personal record to date. The whole creation process was a really honest one: “Jack's not afraid of us saying a part or lyric doesn’t work so we were able to all be very involved at every level” says guitarist Jamie MacColl. "There was always purpose from the beginning to bring everything together for this album, to tell a story from the first track through to the finale with everything interconnecting as a complete body of work."
 
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Black Beehive
Shout! Factory

 
Since their formation in the mid-’80s, Big Head Todd & the Monsters have continued to evolve and explore, moving beyond their Colorado club circuit roots to become one of the most adventurous, respected and durable bands in America. With Black Beehive Big Head Todd & the Monsters has made its most personal and poignant album to date, with an album that, says co-founder and figurehead Todd Park Mohr, “allows us to truly reach our audience through the language of the blues.” As he began writing Black Beehive, Mohr drew from both his own life experiences and events in the news. The title track, for example,  was written following Amy Winehouse’s death. Several other songs were also ripped from the headlines, including “We Won’t Go Back,” which Mohr penned about the 2010 Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East. “Fear, Greed and Ignorance” is self-explanatory. As a whole, Black Beehive will remind you how great they’ve always been.
Avi Avital
Between Worlds
Deutsche Grammophon
 
From Bach to Bluegrass to Balkan Beats, the mandolin is the chameleon of the music world -- every culture and musical genre features the mandolin or one of its close relatives -- and Avi Avital is one of this beautiful instrument’s most charismatic, versatile exponent. Between Worlds genre-defying tour of the globe exploring the nexus between classical, popular and traditional music uniquely inhabited by Avi Avital and his magical mandolin. Here Avi returns to again defy expectations with a selection of beautiful melodies and delightful dances from Europe, Central Asia, and the Americas -- each with roots in popular folk traditions and arranged by some of the worlds greatest classical composers. The resulting dialogue between North and South, East and West, New and Old, Classical and Traditional is the heart of Between Worlds. The joy is palpable, the colors and rhythms irresistible, and the journey is unforgettable. Let’s hope a Chris Thiele collab is in the works…
 
You Blew It!
Keep Doing What You Doing
Topshelf

 
Trends change and gimmicks pass but heartfelt music never goes out of style. Thankfully that’s where Orlando, Florida’s You Blew It! enter the conversation with Keep Doing What You’re Doing -- a timeless collection of songs that reference independent rock’s storied past while still sounding incredibly relevant and focused toward the future. Keep Doing What You’re Doing sees the band moving on from their dorm room roots and recognizing their true potential as an act at the forefront of a like-minded musical community. Although the time signatures, unique tunings and idiosyncratic guitar interplay evoke the Emo’s forefathers like American Football and The Get Up Kids, driving yet melodic songs like “Award Of The Year Award” seamlessly blend into cathartic rockers like “House Address” to form an album that’s remarkably cohesive without relying on the same sonic tricks. Put this album on and you’ll agree things are looking better already.
Young The Giant
Mind Over Matter
Fueled By Ramen

 
You know you’re on to something when Morrissey hands you a compliment. So says the Moz-Father of SoCal’s Young The Giant: “I could break down with happiness at the new debut CD by Young the Giant. It is the whole thing... It is the perfect tone... and Sameer's voice is unbreakable. If there is any justice in the world (and we all know there isn't) Young the Giant will own most of it... Every three thousand years, a band comes along who restore that precious component of faith.” Whoa. For their highly anticipated second album Mind Over Matter Young the Giant enlisted Grammy-nominated producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen - known for his work with such diverse artists as Beck, Nine Inch Nails, Paramore, and M83. Featuring the electrifying lead single “It’s About Time,” Mind Over Matter finds Young the Giant challenging themselves both lyrically and musically. And, seriously, if Morrissey loves ‘em then you can expect pure pop magic.
  
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