Welcome Juan Wauters to the family!!!! May 21st 2015 By Aaron

Welcome Juan Wauters to the family!!!!

Who Me? is the next chapter in the ongoing story of Juan Wauters. Whereas his debut solo record was recorded casually over the course of one year, his sophomore album was crafted in under two weeks at Future Apple Tree in Rock Island, Illinois. Inspired by both the arrangements of Uruguayan songwriter Jaime Roos and the production of American master Dr. Dre, this collection of songs presents his continued approach to existential questioning through pop music. Tracks like ‘She Might Get Shot’ and ‘I Was Well’, which may seem like wisdom addressed to the listener, are in fact part of Juan’s reciprocal process of self-actualization through songwriting and performing. Bringing new sounds to his repertoire, ‘This Is I’ and ‘Through That Red’ add a spiritual tone with ethereal string arrangements. Juan’s voice – which has risen to the forefront of his music since his first recordings with The Beets – intensifies with added nuance.
Despite the expansion musically, one thing stays the same: Juan continues to find inspiration in his everyday life. Familiar themes – 90s hip hop, and, of course, his beloved Queens, NY – are still prevalent here and the cover of Who Me?, which was shot on the Queensboro Bridge that goes from midtown Manhattan into the neighbourhood that gave us Nas, represents his home borough with the pride we’ve come to expect from Juan. The album’s title refers to catchphrase by regular Howard Stern “Wack Pack” member Beetlejuice, a radio show that Juan religiously has been listening to for years. The other thing that hasn’t changed: expect to see Juan playing in Oz soon, as he continues to tour the world in support of his second solo record. We release June 26!

Aldous Harding Uk/Europe tour May 12th 2015 By Aaron

Aldous Harding Uk/Europe tour

Aldous Harding has just kicked off her European tour. Great Escape is next and then a bunch of shows across the mainland. buy the LP from here http://www.roughtrade.com/albums/87639
MAY
14: UK – Brighton @ Paganini Ballroon 2.pm @ Royal Albert Hall 8.pm
18: UK – Manchester @ Gullivers 20: UK – London @ Rough Trade 1pm
22: NW – Oslo @ Subscene 26: DK – Kobnhavn @ Analog Bar
27: NL – Amsterdam @ Paradiso 28: F – Paris @ Le Petit Bain.
30: D – Mannheim @ Mohawk 31: D – Offenbach @ Hafen 2
JUNE
02: F – Lyon @ Le Krazpek Myzik 03: CH – Geneve @ Kalvingrad L’Usine
04: CH – Basel @ Parterre Club 05: CH – Bern @ Cafe Kairo
06: CH – Rorscach @ Treppehaus 07: D – Munich @ Hausekonzerte
08: A – Wien @ Fluc 10: I – Roma @ Black Market at Unplugged Monti
13: D- Berlin @ Torstrasse Festival at Z Bar
We welcome the Weather Station, Loyalty out June 12 May 12th 2015 By Aaron

We welcome the Weather Station, Loyalty out June 12

fader magazine just called it ‘the folk record of the year’, the guardian ‘absolutely stunning’. we are proud to release the new album from the weather station ‘loyalty’ on June 12. the first single ‘shy women’ completely stopped us in our tracks! here it is. More information soon.
https://soundcloud.com/outside-music/tws-shy_women

Surfer Blood’s ‘1000 Palms’ out now May 12th 2015 By Aaron

Surfer Blood’s ‘1000 Palms’ out now

Surfer Blood’s new album 1000 Palms has just been released. Purchase from the spunk store for $12 or via iTunes. Latest single is I can’t Explain.
The story of 1000 Palms began on January 1st 2014, after playing a New Year’s show in Portland, OR, the band decided to stick around for the rest of the month, renting a practice space and sorting through a backlog of ideas. By February, as their lease ran out, Surfer Blood had recorded demos for most of the tracks that now feature on their third LP.
The making of 1000 Palms also owes a lot to the kindness of friends and family, with the remaining instrument sessions taking place at the home of drummer Tyler Schwartz’s parents while they were on vacation. Following a few days of very little sleep and after the band pooled resources and called in favours, the band had managed to craft everything you now hear on the upcoming record.
Jason Isbell to release ‘Something More Than Free’ on July 17 May 6th 2015 By Aaron

Jason Isbell to release ‘Something More Than Free’ on July 17

Acclaimed, award-winning artist Jason Isbell will release Something More Than Free, his highly anticipated fifth album, on July 17 via Spunk Records. Something More Than Free features Isbell’s Southern-inspired vignettes of working class men, women and traditions that permeate these 11 new songs. The pure honesty and authenticity of Isbell’s poetic lyrics and soulful vocals have connected deeply with so many, and they shine as brightly as ever on Something More Than Free.
 
Something More Than Free is Isbell’s most sonically diverse album to date. The opening track, ‘If It Takes A Lifetime’ exudes a classic country tone, while ‘24 Frames’ flows effortlessly with its easy, Laurel Canyon vibe. The wistful folk balladry of ‘Flagship’, along with the bluesy Southern rock timbre of ‘Palmetto Rose’ and epic ‘Children Of Children’ prove that Jason Isbell is an artist whose creative pinnacle has yet to be within sight.
 
Stream ‘24 Frames’ via SoundCloud now.
 
Something More Than Free is the follow up to Isbell’s 2013 celebrated breakthrough album Southeastern, which received overwhelming support from the press internationally. Isbell was subject of stories in outlets ranging from The New York Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal and NPR’s All Things Considered. Something More Than Free was recorded at the Sound Emporium in Nashville, TN and produced by Dave Cobb, who also produced Southeastern.

Mac Demarco’s ‘Another One’ coming this August April 28th 2015 By Aaron

Mac Demarco’s ‘Another One’ coming this August

Like the days of Steely Dan, Harry Nilsson or Prince releasing a classic every year (or less) comes Mac DeMarco‘s Another One, a mini-LP announced almost one year to the date of the meteorically successful Salad Days. Conceived and recorded entirely by himself in a short period between a relentless tour schedule at his new place in Far Rockaway, Queens, Another One is eight, freshly written songs, expanding the arsenal of Mac’s already impressive catalog. There’s a bittersweet, romantic sensibility present. The overall feeling is lost love, or perhaps love never found, yet Mac embraces this without making it an overly somber experience for the listener. It’s at times haunting and warm, and a bit more refined and sophisticated, but still plenty playful, retaining the guts and soul of classic Mac.
With two full-length albums and two EPs released and hundreds of sold out shows performed in the last several years, a recent late night television debut on Conan following a special guest performance on The Eric Andre Show, it seems as Mac DeMarco nears his 25th birthday, he’s outgrowing any sort of slacker stigma. This summer, Mac will play festivals all over the country, including Shaky Knees, Austin Psych Fest, Pitchfork Music Festival, Outside Lands, Bonnaroo, Solid Sound and more. As expected, he’ll continue to tour extensively in support of Another One, further connecting with his ever-inspired fanbase, whether in New York City, Tel Aviv, Brazil or Australia.  Pre-order details coming soon.

My Morning Jacket’s ‘The Waterfall’ out now April 20th 2015 By Aaron

My Morning Jacket’s ‘The Waterfall’ out now

My Morning Jacket return with their seventh full-length album (5th on spunk), The Waterfall. Recorded in Stinson Beach CA, The Waterfall is the follow-up to the GRAMMY nominated CircuitalMy Morning Jacket arrived at Northern California’s Stinson Beach in late 2013 thinking only about making an album. The band was not prepared to be seduced. But within a couple of days, Jim James, Tom Blankenship, Patrick Hallahan, Carl Broemel and Bo Koster were in love with Panoramic House, a studio perched on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The natural beauty of the surrounding landscape, located only about a half hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge, combined with the almost mystical serenity flooded them with a charged sense of possibilities. “For me, every record has the spirit of where we made it,” explains singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter Jim James. “Stinson Beach was so psychedelic and focused. It was almost like we lived on our own little moon out there. It feels like you’re up in the sky.”
On the new release there are moments that reach back to early albums such as 2001’s At Dawn and 2003’s It Still Moves, the record that gave the band a much broader audience. But the experimentation that marked 2004’s Z, 2008’s Evil Urges and James’ 2013 solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God is clearly in effect.

Nadia Reid LP out now, NZ tour starts next month April 6th 2015 By Aaron

Nadia Reid LP out now, NZ tour starts next month

A richness of voice; a depth of emotion; wisdom beyond her years; with brand new record Listen To Formation, Look For the Signs, Nadia Reid has claimed her place as one of New Zealand’s most evocative and profound young songwriters. First single is the beautiful call the days https://soundcloud.com/spunkrecords/nadia-reid-call-the-days  With Nadia’s youth spent in the company of the folk clubs and indie scene of Dunedin and Christchurch, Reid connected with the pre-and-post-quake Christchurch music milieu and quickly garnered a reputation among her peers for her penetrating songs belying her young age.  Now with Listen to Formation, Reid has a philosophical maturity that reflects on love and life’s blazes with a measure of intricacy and courage within the melancholy. The Music just gave the album 4 stars and said ‘just listen and lose yourself in it, for it is often glorious’. Listen To Formation, Look For the Signs is out now on CD and Digitally.
You can buy for $10 from http://shop.spunk.com.au/product/nadia-reid-listen-to-formation-look-for-the-signs-cd
Nadia’s next run of shows are in New Zealand. She performs May 6 in Auckland @ Golden Dawn, May 8 in Christchurch @ Darkroom and May 10 in Dunedin @ New Edinburgh.