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Artist: NAGISA NI TE
Title: Dream Sounds
Format: CD
Label: Jagjaguwar
Country: USA
Price: $13.50
"Dream Sounds may be the closest Nagisa Ni te ever gets to a greatest hits record. And although there are only four tracks on this compact disc (some previously released, but all re-recorded, re-mixed and re-mastered for this special edition), the record clocks in over forty minutes, runs the whole gamut of the sounds and moods of Nagisa Ni tes songcraft over the years, and contains their most moving moments. This full-length record is the perfect introduction to the dreamy and nature-obsessed universe of Nagisa Ni te. Nagisa Ni te is Shinji Shibayama and Masako Takeda are from Osaka, Japan. This is their sixth album." - Jagjaguwar.

Artist: NAGISA NI TE
Title: Yosuga
Format: Double LP
Label: Jagjaguwar
Country: USA
Price: $24.00
"Its been four years since the release of Nagisa Ni Tes previous album Dream Sounds, and now -- after much work -- their seventh album Yosuga has been completed. Jagjaguwar is once again very proud to deliver the bands most recent work to North America and Europe. Yosuga also marks the first time that Jagjaguwar has released a Nagisa Ni Te title on vinyl (not to mention the still popular compact disc format!). The Japanese duo of Shinji Shibayama and Masako Takeda deliver an album that consists of both beautiful arrangements and soft melodies. Yosuga -- the meaning of which refers to the source or grounds upon which the body and mind rely -- is one of Nagisa Ni Tes finest efforts." - Jagjaguwar

Artist: SIGHTINGS
Title: City Of Straw
Format: LP
Label: Jagjaguwar
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"Crafting a lasting personal aesthetic in the midst of our ephemeral music culture is as rare as it is cause for celebration. With the release of City of Straw Brooklyns Sightings can be counted among the few contemporary bands who have forged a unique voice amongst the racket. Recorded over a number of months in 2009 at The Ocropolis (Oneidas Brooklyn, NY studio), the bands seventh studio album becomes the crucible from which their grandest and most coherent statement finally emerges. Sightings has never presented a particularly welcoming fa?e and their sui generis music has perhaps been passed over by less discerning listeners over the eleven years of their existence, but throughout this they have created a singular body of work appreciated and touted by the likes of Thurston Moore and Andrew WK. Sightings will insist (and we agree wholeheartedly) that at their core they are a rock band working within the context of pop song-craft. As bassist Richard Hoffman told us recently, "I think everyone in the band tries to remember the value of minimalism. Ultimately I think we try to write pop music, where theres no chaff and everything has a place." With a deep reach beyond the spirit of their influence from greats like Birthday Party, Dead C and Jesus Lizard, City of Straw finds Sightings working at the peak of their creative powers and is the perfect re-introduction to one of New Yorks most accomplished bands." - Jagjaguwar.
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Artist: SKYGREEN LEOPARDS, THE
Title: Disciples of California
Format: LP
Label: Jagjaguwar
Country: USA
Price: $12.50
"The Skygreen Leopards started in 2001 as a duo, just Glenn Donaldson and Donovan Quinn. Working out of the Hobo Victoria district of San Francisco, theyve since recorded five full-length albums and one EP in their five year history. Over these recordings the band has been given to metamorphosis but has always managed to sound distinctly Skygreen. Their newest album, Disciples of California, continues in the alchemical tradition of change and inward-revolt. On it, the Skygreen Leopards mix pop melodies, minimal country truisms, jingle-jangling Californianism and angular folk with something the band refers to as our horse called Dire Arrow, which roughly translates into family-friendly (sans the American Censorship connotations)." - Jagjaguwar.
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Artist: SKYGREEN LEOPARDS, THE
Title: Gorgeous Johnny
Format: LP
Label: Jagjaguwar
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Its been 8 years since the first The Skygreen Leopards record was released. Since then the boys have maintained their singular aesthetic while managing to dabble with faux-folk, avant garde pop, reverb-drenched lo-fi psychedelia, plastic country and blurry ballads. This latest effort finds them collaborating with Jason Quever (Papercuts) to create a melancholy world overflowing with itinerant dandies, urban streets, suburban teens, and more girls names than I care to count, all set to melodic shuffles featuring harmonies, frail piano, and romantic guitars. As always with the Leopards the rhythms refuse to be bridled, the boys resist the urge to jam, and they wont ever learn to sing properly. This will frustrate the expectations of some. Others will find a sweet shadowy hiding place in these songs -- 3 minutes to hang out with girls who race horses, boys who never learned to dance, and a dirty uncle who steals your cigarettes." - Jagjaguwar.

Artist: YOUNGS, RICHARD
Title: Advent
Format: CD
Label: Jagjaguwar
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"Jagjaguwar is excited to reissue Richard Youngs Advent , Youngs very first record originally released in 1990 in the vinyl format on Youngs own No Fans label. Only 300 LPs were released initially. It was then later released on the Table Of The Elements label and quickly went out of print. It became a true underground success story, a critical darling, with Alan Licht, for example, putting it on his minimal top ten list in the publication Halana. Simply put, it is an essential work in the body of work of one of the most important modern day progressive minimalists. Includes a new essay by Richard Youngs. A three-part composition for piano, voice, and ultra-nasty oboe and electric guitar, Advent indicated signs of life in a genre long dormant in the 80s experimental scene. It continues the tradition from [Terry Rileys] Reed Streams on down with gusto. --Alan Lichts Minimal Top Ten List, Halana.

Artist: YOUNGS, RICHARD
Title: Advent
Format: LP
Label: Jagjaguwar
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
"Jagjaguwar is excited to reissue Richard Youngs Advent , Youngs very first record originally released in 1990 in the vinyl format on Youngs own No Fans label. Only 300 LPs were released initially. It was then later released on the Table Of The Elements label and quickly went out of print. It became a true underground success story, a critical darling, with Alan Licht, for example, putting it on his Minimal Top Ten list in the publication Halana Simply put, it is an essential work in the body of work of one of the most important modern day progressive minimalists. Includes a new essay by Richard Youngs. A three-part composition for piano, voice, and ultra-nasty oboe and electric guitar, Advent indicated signs of life in a genre long dormant in the 80s experimental scene. It continues the tradition from [Terry Rileys] Reed Streams on down with gusto. --Alan Lichts Minimal Top Ten List, Halana . Very highly recommended!
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Artist: YOUNGS, RICHARD
Title: Autumn Response
Format: LP
Label: Jagjaguwar
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
"A spartan folk-pop record filled with tinder-box intimacies, composed of some of the shortest songs ever recorded by Richard Youngs. The simplest form of trickery comes from Richard Youngs restrained use of an acoustic guitar, bringing it back to Youngs basics. Twenty-six seconds into I Need The Light, the first track off the album, the listener is confronted with the pivotal element of the record, the drawing line between the hardcore Youngs purists and fairweather fans: the track, like others on the record, features Youngs double-tracked voice splitting in two -- as one overlaid performance veers away from the other. This gesture warrants such a title King of the Progressive Minimalists -- which is often used beside his name by critics -- as the confident inclusion of such an effect grants it legitimacy. Youngs voices slipping away from one another is on par with other intense representations of singularity such as Donald Judd and Malevichs Suprematicist Composition: White on White. Pop is a gesture, a stance, a pose. Autumn Response is a singer-songwriter album, as Youngs fingers slip over the steel strings with little feet and whispery toes, his gently prophetic songs evoke Roger Waters and the folk phase play is sure to appeal to fans of Animal Collectives Sung Tongs." - Jagjaguwar. 2007 release.
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Artist: YOUNGS, RICHARD
Title: Beyond The Valley Of Ultrahits
Format: LP
Label: Jagjaguwar
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"Make a proper pop album." Thus was the simple dare handed to Richard Youngs from his friend Andrew "Paz" Paine during their weekly Sunday meet-up. Ever the modest master, Youngs said in accepting this friendly challenge that he merely endeavored to capture the "beats and hooks" of contemporary pop. We present the results here as Beyond The Valley Of Ultrahits. Among bright, hypnotic loops, Youngs voice finds its inner Bowie. But let it be known: this collection of house-inspired gems displays much more than a capacity for pop emulation. Its a confirmation of Youngs craft and prowess, no matter the terrain. With enviable grace, experimental minimalist Youngs sets his sights on the pop world and claims it as his own. Youngs heretofore unknown love of Pet Shop Boys and the Madchester sound is reimagined via his unique avant sensibility and atmospheric wand strokes. Originally released in 2009 as a very-limited CD-R on Paines Sonic Oyster label, Jagjaguwar is honored to present Beyond the Valley of Ultrahits, remastered and on vinyl for the first time." -Jagjaguwar

Artist: YOUNGS, RICHARD
Title: Naive Shaman
Format: CD
Label: Jagjaguwar
Country: USA
Price: $14.50
"The seventh Jagjaguwar release from prolific musician RICHARD YOUNGS, and one of his most personal and intimate efforts to date. Created on a computer at home, the album is a high-density digital song cycle driven by heavy, heavy electric bass guitar. Modal vocal lines combine with throbbing sonics, nonlinear percussion, frosted atmospherics, strangled guitars, and vocals." - Jagjaguwar.

Artist: YOUNGS, RICHARD
Title: River Through Howling Sky
Format: CD
Label: Jagjaguwar
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"If the musical real number line is infinitely dense, then the most recent work of Richard Youngs endeavors to fill in all of the holes on it. River Through Howling Sky is Youngs latest full-length. It returns to the more meditative and drone-y side of his songcraft (circa Sapphie (1998) and Making Paper (2001)), although this is no true devolution: all of his recordings to date have some measure of these qualities. So what is it that sets River Through Howling Sky apart from its predecessors? It is the density on the recording, both intra-spatial and otherworldly. The howling guitar that points unerringly to some imagined horizon line. Throughout, Youngs is the calm and steady wolf, chanting odes to infinity. Expose the ancient Brotherhood of Pythagoras to River Through Howling Sky , and you would find knowing nods, pursed lips, and secret incantations in caves. An unwitting acceptance that not everything is rational or conceptually circumnavigable. Our western tonal system relies on ratios, i.e. strings whacked at particular intervals. Youngs howling guitar and circular chants -- with the help of a spartan amount of percussion and electronics -- may just encompass all the possible ratios and, mystically, more." - Jagjaguwar.

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