Humb | The Prayer Chain

Mercury by the Prayer Chain is one of the great albums of the 1990’s that you have probably never heard. This is the original version (called Humb) that was submitted to the record company.

This is, released for the first time, that initial album (Mercury) in its original order, with the original mixes, just as it was sent off to the label at the end of that summer. The original work of art. The statement we expected to make. …{for the correct experience, listen to the whole record all the way through, in one sitting. it’s long, but how you feel at the end of it….that’s what we wanted}

Source: Humb | The Prayer Chain

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Wovenhand | Star Treatment 

David Eugene Edwards is back with a new album, Star Treatment. He continues further down the road blazed by Refractory Obdurate (one of 2014’s best albums). Yes I bought it on vinyl….

He’s said that he named the album Star Treatment because he’s using it to explore humanity’s ancient fascination with the night sky. And in Star Treatment, we can hear the sounds of tiny human specks attempting to wrap minds around the infinite, around forces much grander than themselves. Edwards is a devout Christian, and that’s probably a part of it, too. There’s a ritualistic feel to the album, a sense of devotion to the cosmos. And even if you’re not the tiniest bit spiritual, which I’m not, there is a power in asking the mere questions that so many belief systems attempt to answer.

Source: Album Of The Week: Wovenhand Star Treatment


David Bazan – Dark Sacred Night | Vinyl

This looks to be a great collection of Christmas songs sung as only David Bazan can sing them. The release on blue and white vinyl will be followed by a short tour.

As Pedro The Lion and under his own name, Bazan has recorded seven 7″ Christmas singles for Suicide Squeeze Records since 2002, all of them long since out of print. Dark Sacred Night collects 10 of those 14 tracks, remixing and remastering them into a collection of lo-fi carols

Dark Sacred Night tracklist:

01 “All I Want For Christmas”
02 “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”
03 “Away In A Manger”
04 “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”
05 “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day”
06 “Jingle Bells”
07 “Silent Night”
08 “Long Way Around The Sea”
09 “O Little Town Of Bethlehem”
10 “Wish My Kids Were Here”

David Bazan’s Christmas Miracle Tour:

12/04 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
12/08 Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge
12/13 San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
12/17 Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
12/18 Seattle, WA @ Neumos

Dark Sacred Night is out 11/11 on Suicide Squeeze. Pre-order it here, including 2,000 copies on blue-and-white-snow colored vinyl.

Source: David Bazan – “Long Way Around The Sea” (Low Cover)