Sincerely

Album by Dude York

 

Dude York’s Sincerely opens with a blast—the massive opening chords of “Black Jack,” a squealing track that blends the swagger of glam with the heavy riffing and ringing hooks of arena rock. The Seattle-based trio—Peter Richards on guitar and vocals, Claire England on bass and vocals, and Andrew Hall on drums—is announcing itself with an album that couches its themes of anxiety and eroding mental health in rock tracks that amp up the sweetly melodic crunch of powerpop with massive distortion and bashed-to-heck drums. Sincerely is a loud, sweaty rebuke to those moments in life when it seems like nothing’s working, a testament to the power of friendship, staring problems directly in the face, and finding solace in art. Longtime Sleater-Kinney and Bikini Kill producer John Goodmanson and JR Slayer (aka The Blood Brothers’ Cody Votolato) helped Dude York craft a record that captured the energy of their live show while finding new ways to expand upon its ideas. (Hardly Art)

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Forget

Album by Xiu Xiu

 

Following last year’s exciting release Plays the Music of Twin Peaks, which paid homage to the popular show’s soundtrack, Xiu Xiu’s upcoming album Forget stands to be their most accessible record yet. The band, made up of Shayna Dunkelman, Angela Seo and Jamie Stewart, has been grinding away between their last and current albums. They released a track in collaboration with Mitski for an upcoming John Cameron Mitchell film, recorded an album with Merzbow and scored an experimental take of the opera, The Magic Flute, all while writing their new album. Forget is produced by Grammy-winning producer John Congleton, musician and producer Greg Saunier of Deerhoof and Xiu Xiu’s own Angela Seo. The band holds true to their version of experimental art pop and dreamy sounds, while incorporating themes of decline, disappearance and rebirth. Singer Jamie Stewart describes Forget’s title and theme as embracing “the duality of human frailty. It is a rebirth in blanked out renewal, but it also drowns and mutilates our attempt to hold on to what is dear.” (Polyvinyl)

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Feminist Posters 1974–1990

Book by See Red Women’s Workshop

 

In 1974’s London, a group of three ex-art students founded See Red Women’s Workshop, a feminist silkscreen poster collective challenging sexist images of women in culture with positive alternatives. See Red Women’s Workshop features the collective’s original screen prints and posters, created by females from all different backgrounds. Written by group members, the book also details the workshop’s history until its close in 1990 and includes a foreword by prominent British feminist Sheila Rowbotham. Wielding vivid graphics and a sense humor, the images in See Red Women’s Workshop express personal experiences, issues of sexuality, identity and oppression and the wider struggle for change during a crucial era of women’s liberation. (Four Corners Books)

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Infinite Worlds

Album by Vagabon

 

Artist Lætitia Tamko, who records as Vagabon, has released her first album, Infinite Words. The Cameroon-born artist’s first single from the record, “Fear & Force” (previously titled “Vermont II”) showcases her delicate but powerful voice. “Freddie, come back,” pleads Tamko to the accompaniment of handclaps. NPR describes her lyrics as “hitting the spots where stories are misremembered and tangled up in our feelings.” (Father/Daughter Records)

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Polarized

Book by Richard Kern

 

New Richard Kern book, Polarized (Edition of 150) published by Fortnight Institute & Victoria Press, showcases polaroids taken in the 1980s and 1990s. Polarized will be available along with a selection of Polaroids on display at the Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair.

Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair | Room T05
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
February 24 – 26, 2017
Preview: Thursday, February 23, 6-9pm
BOOK SIGNING: Sunday, February 26, 2 – 4 pm
To order a copy email enquiries@fortnight.institute

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Saturday Night

Album by Tim Darcy

 

Front man of the band Ought, Tim Darcy, is releasing his debut rock album, Saturday Night. A combination of British punk reminisce with Americana, in Saturday Night the Arizona-born singer stays true to his commanding voice. His lyrics explore the idea of jumping head first into making art and the terrifying, beautiful nature of it. Darcy’s single “Tall Glass of Water” was included NPR’s list “Songs We Love” and packs the punch we’ve heard from Ought while positioning Darcy as an outspoken solo artist. (Jagjaguwar)

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Please Be Mine

Album by Molly Burch

 

LA native Molly Burch recorded her debut album Please Be Mine in Austin, TX at the studio of Dan Duszynski, producer and member of indie duo Cross Record. Drawing inspiration from the Everly Brothers and Sam Cooke, Please Be Mine captures the familiarity of longing and the ache of unrequited love and explores the beauty and complexity of reconnections. (Captured Tracks)

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Memories are now

Album by Jesca Hoop

 

Fresh off her duets album Love Letter for Fire, recorded with Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam, Jesca Hoop has released Memories For Now. Grammy nominated musician and producer Blake Mills produced Hoop’s album, having played guitar for Hoop’s recordings in the past and performing live with her from time to time. Memories For Now reminisces tales from Hoop’s own life with an energetic, folk-centered delivery. Having been raised Mormon, Hoop explores the different sides of religion in “Songs of Old,” and she discusses abandonment in “The Lost Sky,” inspired by a close friend who woke from a coma to find himself divorced. As an artist with a truly remarkable past—she was Tom Waits nanny when she began her musical career—and whose accelerating career has spanned the last decade, it’s safe to say Jesca Hoop will be delivering her sweet, sagacious for a while. (Sub Pop Records)

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