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14 Jun 19

It's been six years since Bill Callahan released Dream River, an album which, like pretty much all Bill Callahan / Smog records, has aged nothing but gracefully. Now he's back with a new collection called Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest which contains a whopping 20 tracks. You can only really get away with a title and duration like that if you've earned a fair bit of good will, and Drag City know that they can trust this fella to deliver the goods.

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17 Nov 17
Three years on since the last "proper" Bitchin Bajas album (2014's Bitchin Bajas), the band have returned refreshed and revitalised with a new album - Bajas Fresh. "Proper" is an important distinction, because Bitchin Bajas have kept their feet (well, pretty much their whole bodies) in the water with various interim projects including Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties", last year's excellent, ramshackle collaboration with Bonnie "Prince" Billy.
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20 Oct 17
Reaching for Indigo is the fifth album from Haley Fohr (aka Circuit des Yeux), an Indiana born, Chicago based musician who's been steadily releasing albums for the past 2 decades. This is her first release for the revered Drag City label and, I'm slightly embarrassed to say, it's the first I've heard, but it certainly won't be the last. The album opens with "Brainshift" which seemed to me like an eccentric Dexy's Midnight Runners number, just a distinctive voice, some subtle organ notes and, eventually, a bit of warming brass.
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16 Sep 16
The gist Tim Presley goes solo, kind of The music The first thing i noticed about The Wink is that it would appear to have Cate le Bon (with her producer hat on) written all over it. Or maybe Cate le Bon has got Tim Presley written all over her? Maybe this is Tim Presley's sound? Cate le Bon didn't always make albums that sounded like this.
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08 Apr 16
A disclaimer: I've never heard a Bonnie Prince Billy album all the way through, I've got him "in the bank" so to speak, along with Cocteau Twins and Animal Collective, a vault which I intend to crack when I've got the time to give them my full attention, possible binge on the whole back catalogue. I've also never heard Bitchin Bajas at all, so I'm not 100% sure why I picked this album out of the digital promo bag.
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22 Jul 14
The gist White Fence's 5th album is their first for Drag City and their first to be recorded in an actual studio The music For The Recently Found Innocent sees Tim Presley moving away from his traditional DIY/bedroom recording methods, opting instead to do things in a proper studio, with proper musicians (including a guest turn from Ty Segall on drums/production). The resulting tracks seem newly energised, whilst at the same time pushing White Fence even further back into their swirling psychedelic time warp.
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24 Feb 14
The gist Somewhat abscure supergroup (Donovan Quinn from Skygreen Leopards and Ben Chasny from Comets on Fire) make a simple album The music This is an album that sounds like two friends in a room, fighting off sleep after a drug and booze filled afternoon, but powering on with their tunes regardless. That's not to say its sloppy - the slide, finger picking and general strumming is all quite accomplished - but the tempo is either slow or slower.
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21 Jan 13
His previous albums having focused on traditional Scottish songs - whether in collaboration with Mairi Morrison on 2012’s Urstan, or on his own on 2010’s Too Long in This Condition – with A Wonder Working Stone, Alasdair Roberts returns with a collection of original songs. Of course, one should be careful bandying around words like “original” here as Roberts is steeped in the folk tradition of borrowing or reworking existing material, something that he continues here.