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On January 13, Fat Possum Records will release ‘Slurrup,’ Liam Hayes’ first U.S. album in five years. The release caps an unusually busy period for Hayes - a consummate cult musician who also records under the stage moniker Plush - following the 2014 release of another album ‘Korp Sole Roller’ in Japan, his 2013 score for Roman Coppola’s film ‘A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III,’ and a recent tour with Christopher Owens. Hayes will tour again in 2015, with dates to be announced soon.
Recorded earlier this year in his native Chicago, ‘Slurrup’ is Hayes’ leanest, most urgent album to date, but also his most generous. Trading the lush orchestrations and hazy melodies that characterized some of his past work, the thirteen tracks on ‘Slurrup’ offer immediacy, economy, and hooks, while retaining Hayes’ unique ear for language. Uncut recently premiered a track from the album, “One Way Out” - containing the quintessential Hayes couplet “One way to make a Chinese suit/One way to make a duck salute” - calling him “one of the most charismatic and eccentric cult pop craftsmen of the past 20 years.”
Many who know Liam Hayes consider his 1994 debut single “Three Quarter Blind Eyes,” and the all-too-infrequent LPs that followed, to be bona fide pop classics. They cite Liam’s appearances in the films ‘High Fidelity’ (playing himself) and ‘Charles Swan’ as proof of his influence. And while he’s drawn favorable comparisons to Jimmy Webb, Badfinger, Laura Nyro, and Burt Bacharach, ‘Slurrup’ opens up a completely new, thrilling side of his particular brand of pop genius.more
It took roughly seven years, a teenage instrumental rock band, a debut
EP, additions and subtractions, a roller rick and a near death
experience to arrive at Francisco The Man. Following a two-year hiatus beginning in 2008, the band relocated from Riverside to Los Angeles, CA, bringing along a new addition, guitarist Brock Woolsey.
Their debut LP, Loose Ends, due out on Small Plates as well, gives it audience a more encompassing look at Francisco the Man. With each song, more and more honesty permeates through the lyrics. "Dreaming of tomorrow / it might be the worst," but with each song Francisco the Man plays, it doesn't seem to matter as much.
In stores now worldwide excluding Europe.
"Loose Ends" will be available in Europe on January 19.
Jerry McGill was a violent dope fiend, con artist, burglar, bank robber, FBI fugitive and hard-time yard bird. He was also a singer and songwriter with good looks and talent to spare. McGill recorded one single for Sun Records in 1959 and then drifted into a life of crime that led him to spend decades on the lam, often living under aliases and occasionally dressing as a woman to escape the law. Very Extremely Dangerous, a film by Irish director Paul Duane and Memphis music maven Robert Gordon to be released by Fat Possum Records on November 25, 2014, follows McGill during his recent attempt at a musical comeback, detailing the chaos, carnage and mayhem left in his wake.
The package includes an audio CD that features McGill's lost album and also the feature's score. Guests include Ry Cooder, Alex Chilton, the North Mississippi All Stars, Travis Wammack, Jim Dickinson, Mud Boy and the Neutrons, the Memphis Horns, Roland Janes, and Waylon Jennings with the Waymore Band.
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Fat Possum Records is proud to share this special edition of R.L.
Burnside’s “Too Bad Jim” with the members of Vinyl Me, Please. Produced
by New York Times music critic Robert Palmer and recorded in 1993 at
Junior Kimbrough’s juke joint near Chulahoma Mississippi “Too Bad Jim”
is Burnside at his best, with a family band and “adopted son” Kenny
Brown on second guitar. This record and Junior Kimbrough’s “All Night
Long” are the records started it all for us. So sit back and fix
yourself a Bloody Motha and enjoy this record.
Click here for more info about the record and Vinyl Me, Please.
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John Mulvey of Uncut called Liam Hayes "one of the most charaismatic and eccentric cult pop craftsmen of the past 20 years." All we can do is agree with that. Liam Hayes of Plush has signed to Fat Possum Records. Expect a new album in 2015. He is on tour now. Tour dates below
09.23 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom - tix
09.24 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Of Williamsburg - tix
09.26 - Washington DC - Black Cat - tix
09.27 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live - tix
09.28 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair - tix
09.30 - Montreal QC - Petit Campus - tix
10.01 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club - tix
10.03 - Chicago, IL - Park West - tix
10.04 - St Paul, MN - Turf Club - tix
LA's Francisco The Man is excited to announce the release of their debut album, Loose Ends, out October 27 on Fat Possum / Small Plates Records. To us, the songs were immediate. Stream "Big Ideas" below to find our for yourself.more
Modest Mouse's This Is A Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About and The Lonesome Crowded West will be reissued on vinyl through Glacial Pace Recordings and Fat Possum Records.
Both albums are available to pre-order through our website:
This Is A Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About
The Lonesome Crowded West
The albums will each be available as 180-gram double LPs. This Is A Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About will be out on October 28, and The Lonesome Crowded West on November 4.
In addition to the repressing, two 7" singles containing unreleased songs from the original recording sessions will be out on the albums' respective release dates. The 7" for Long Drive contains "White Lies, Yellow Teeth". The Lonesome Crowded West single features "Too Many Fiestas for Rueben" and an alternate version of "Cowboy Dan".
Check out upcoming Modest Mouse tour dates as well as Pitchfork's documentary on The Lonesome Crowded West below:
09-17 El Paso, TX - El Paso County Coliseum
09-19 Monterrey, Mexico - Hellow Festival
09-23 Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriets
09-24 Paso Robles, CA - Vina Robles Amphitheatre
09-26 San Francisco, CA - The Masonic
09-28 Portland, OR - Project Pabst @ Zidell Yards
11-08 Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
But it’s a history Rowland would gleefully put a match to. With or without it, Rowland S. Howard would make tense, beautiful music, would deliver us his personal vision of the world, would create Pop Crimes.