Thriftstore Masterpiece – Trouble is a Lonesome Town (2013)

THThriftstore Masterpiece is a revolving music collective devoted to paying homage to the underdog records of years past. The debut album revisits Lee Hazlewood’s 1963 lost classic Trouble Is A Lonesome Town and features Pete Yorn, Frank Black (Pixies), Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse), Courtney Taylor-Taylor (The Dandy Warhols), Eddie Argos (Art Brut), the late Larry Norman and more.

Tracks:

01. Long Black Train – featuring Frank Black
02. Ugly Brown -featuring Larry Norman
03. Son Of A Gun- featuring Frank Black
04. We All Make The Flowers Grow- featuring Kristin Blix
05. Run Boy Run – featuring Frank Black
06. Six Feet Of Chain- featuring Pete Yorn
07. The Railroad- featuring Isaac Brock
08. Look At That Woman – featuring Courtney Taylor-Taylor
09. Peculiar Guy- featuring Eddie Argos
10. Trouble Is A Lonesome Town – featuring Larry Norman

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Isobel Campbell – O Love Is Teasin’ (2006)

IS“O Love Is Teasin'” is an EP released by former Belle & Sebastian member Isobel Campbell. It brings traditional songs from United Kingdom and songs written by Campbell.

Tracks:

1. O Love Is Teasin’
2. Nottamun Town
3. Yearning
4. Lady Of Snakes
5. Barbara Ellen
6. Black Is The Colour
7. Dabbling In The Dew

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Midlake – The Trials Of Van Occupanther (2006)

midlake - the trials of van occupanther - frontMidlake’s second album is a departure from their lo-fi, psychedelic pop-influenced debut. The Trials of Van Occupanther jumps with both feet into the ’70s of Laurel Canyon troubadours and soft rock balladeers. It jumps like Bob Beamon right past any other current bands treading similar ground and jumps back into time, becoming one of the best examples of the sound and style you’ll ever hear, date of release notwithstanding. The first thing you notice on the album is the stunning vocal harmonies; you might think you dropped in an America disc by mistake. (The best record America ever did, that is.) Tim Smith has the kind of voice you know could be a glass-shattering instrument on par with that of Buckley or Wainwright, but he keeps it dialed down to an intimate scale, which is a wise decision. His vocals bleed melancholy honesty, and the way it combines with Eric Pulido’s voice will raise goose bumps. The arrangements provide a perfect bed for the vocals, with cottony layers of acoustic guitars and strings, gentle horns, restrained drums, and lyrical piano combining beautifully. The occasional surprises are effective, especially when they use some of the corniest synth sounds heard since Jan Hammer unstrapped his keytar for the last time, on “We Gathered in Spring” and “It Covers the Hillside.” All of which is nice but isn’t worth much without songs. Fortunately, Midlake writes unerringly tuneful melodies and thoughtful lyrics about topics other than love and introspection, and lays down plenty of gentle hooks. Nothing that you’ll be singing in the shower for days at a time, but each song goes down smoothly and they add up to make The Trials of Van Occupanther a very pleasant, maybe even exciting in a restrained way, listening experience. You’ll certainly find yourself reaching for it more often than you might expect; indeed, it has lasting power that many records that sound so good on first listen lack. Midlake might be stuck in the ’70s, but they make it sound like the best place on earth.

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