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ANNOUNCING... Funeral Advantage's "Body Is Dead" LP; BrooklynVegan Premiere "Sisters" Music Video Posted 25 Jun 2015

The good people at BrooklynVegan just premiered the music video for "Sisters", the first song we're debuting off of Funeral Advantage's debut album Body Is Dead. On the video they said: 

"You may have heard Boston's Funeral Advantage from their recent split with Former Ghosts, or if you live near their hometown, maybe you've seen them with Alvvays or Whirr. Their sound fits pretty well with both of those bands. It's shoegaze drowned in a sea of reverb like the latter, but there's sweet pop melodies under all that haze that are more in line with the former."


More info:

After two years, and multiple EPs and split releases, Funeral Advantage is finally here with a debut full-length album. Titled after the 10-minute long closing track, Body Is Dead serves as an excellent introduction to indie/ dream-pop of Tyler Kershaw, and an even better continuation of his past work. Following on the heels of his most popular release, in the split 7" with Former Ghosts, Body Is Dead incorporates many of the electronic and indie rock elements of that release, but infuses a deeper semblance of pop. This collection of 10 new songs is without a doubt the catchiest and dreamiest thus far. Body Is Dead will be released on August 25th, both digitally and on limited edition 12" vinyl. 

Pre-order Body Is Dead on any of the following formats:

– Limited Edition 12"LP (Dirt Maroon and Black variants)
– Tape (Domestic, and Imported Japanese Pressing)
– MP3
– Bundles (including every single Funeral Advantage release thus far)

Unconditional Arms Announce Intimate Show for Live Record/ Film Posted 12 Jun 2015

Today we are ecstatic to announce that later this year we will be releasing a full-length live record/ film from Unconditional Arms. While details for that are still forthcoming, for now we can talk about how you can be in attendance during the recording! More info below from Unconditional Arms:

We’re doing a very very special performance on July 17th. This will be a limited-space (only 35 tickets available), in-studio performance where we will play two career spanning sets with a slight intermission in between. We’re going to capture everything using some of the most talented photographers, videographers and audio engineers we know to make a special release of the night through The Native Sound.

You can purchase your tickets here for only $10!

Lost Film Joins The Native Sound; LP Coming This Summer Posted 03 Jun 2015

Today we are ecstatic to announce that Lost Film has joined The Native Sound! Lost Film is the minimalist guitar pop project of Jimmy Hewitt based in Northampton, MA. Having formally gone by the moniker of Orca Orca, Jimmy's output of electronic-based pop was prolific – many of those releases were put out by our friends in Disposable America.

This summer we will be releasing Lost Film's debut LP, Imago – an incredible collection of 10 songs recorded over a weekend in Boston, and incidentally, after 10+ years of song-writing and recording under countless monikers, it's Jimmy's first ever full-length release. To celebrate this exciting new signing and upcoming release, we're distributing Lost Film's 2014 self-released Demo EP featuring four home recordings including a cover of The Field Mouse's "Emma's House". Download/ stream Demo below, and keep an eye out for Imago pre-orders later this month!


iTunes: http://apple.co/1RHzHZa
Spotify: http://spoti.fi/1Q4cOSr 
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00YBRQBLA 
Rdio: http://rd.io/x/Rl6Sf2E-Ctq3/ 
Google Play: http://bit.ly/1KBviTv 

John Vanderslice's Mass Suicide Occult Figurines (Reissue), & Midnight Blue / Long Dark Blues (Single) Out Now! Posted 19 May 2015

Both our reissue of John Vanderslice's Mass Suicide Occult Figurines, and the new single Midnight Blue / Long Dark Blues are out now! All standard editions have shipped, and Deluxe LPs will be shipping within the next two weeks – the wrap-around jackets were delayed at the printers, but will be arriving shortly.

Mass Suicide Occult Figurines


Purchase LP / Deluxe LP: http://bit.ly/1cN9SYi

Stream Mass Suicide Occult Figurines (Remastered) in full at the AV Club: http://avc.lu/1FxC6TY 
Lengthy interview with Noisey on the 15-year anniversary: http://bit.ly/JVbyNoisey

Midnight Blue / Long Dark Blues


Stream "Midnight Blue" at BrooklynVegan: http://bit.ly/1FrXIPZ 
Stream "Long Dark Blues (Songs: Ohia Cover) at Spin: http://bit.ly/1HqfCSu

iTunes: http://apple.co/1EZPqLw
Spotify: http://spoti.fi/1Ki2Ysn  
Bandcamp: http://bit.ly/1Ehw4Qb 
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00WRVLT1Y 
Rdio: http://rd.io/x/Rl6Sf2E-BWde/ 
Google Play: http://bit.ly/1Ad1dJX 
YouTube: http://bit.ly/1IJoR3f

Limited edition flexi disc featuring both songs is included in the Mass Suicide Occult Figurines (Reissue) Deluxe LP

Spin Premiers John Vanderslice's Cover of "Long Dark Blues" by Songs: Ohia Posted 04 May 2015

The great people at Spin Magazine just premiered John Vanderslice's cover of "Long Dark Blues", originally by Songs: Ohia, aka the late great Jason Molina. As you may know, the song comes off the "Midnight Blue / Long Dark Blues" flexi disc, exclusive to our reissue of JV's debut LP Mass Suicide Occult Figurines.

John said this to Spin about the song:

I really dislike covers. Usually they are too deferent to the source, too timid. They need to be a reaction to or an undermining of the original. This song was originally commissioned for a Molina comp and was rejected; I wasn’t surprised… Everyone hears the confessional folk, the Oldham, and the On The Beach-era Neil Young in Molina. I heard the Pink Floyd, the drugs, and the loneliness.

Pre-order the deluxe edition of Mass Suicide Occult Figurines here (out May 19th), and listen to the song below:

Out Now: Former Ghosts/ Funeral Advantage – Split 7"/ Digital EP Posted 14 Apr 2015

Former Ghosts and Funeral Advantage's Split is out today! The 7"/ Digital EP is streaming in full at BrooklynVegan for those who want to give it a listen before purchasing. If you pre-ordered a copy, those have been shipping for over a week, so check your mailbox! Below you will find a list of digital outlets where you can download or stream the EP.

iTunes: https://itun.es/i6LS4r7 
Spotify: http://bit.ly/1ymHdmJ 
Bandcamp: http://bit.ly/1zcXPbV 
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00UL7WRU8 
Rdio: http://rd.io/x/Rl6Sf2E-BtXN/ 
Google Play: http://bit.ly/1ymHZjG 
YouTube: http://bit.ly/1DYShcr

Limited Edition 7": http://bit.ly/1I9wz2Q

Pressing info:
Translucent Red – 100
Black – 200

Noisey Interviews John Vanderslice; Premieres Remastered "Confusion Boats" Posted 13 Apr 2015

Noisey ran an incredible interview with John Vanderslice – among many things, it covered his relationship with his debut LP, Mass Suicide Occult Figurines 15 years later, his love of hip-hop, and of course thoughts on streaming platforms and BitTorrent. Read the interview here, and listen to their exclusive premiere of "Confusion Boats" remastered.

This of course follows news that on May 19th we will be reissuing Mass Suicide Occult Figurines on vinyl for the first time ever. Pressed at QRP, arguably the best plant in the country, the 12" will be released on 200 gram vinyl, feature brand new art from Joe Williams, and a download of the entire remastered record. A Deluxe Edition will also be available, including a hand-numbered slip cover, and double-sided 7" flexi disc featuring the new song, "Midnight Blue" and a cover of Songs: Ohia's "Long Dark Blues". Pre-order here.

Here's a few stand-out quotes from the interview:

On Mass Suicide: "... there’s a kind of reckless, I don’t know, intuitive kind of vibe that I hear on Mass Suicide that I don’t have anymore. And that’s fine, that’s evolving."

On Tidal, and streaming services: "I highly encourage everyone to Bittorrent records unless you’re buying records from independent artists. You should probably Bittorrent the new Rihanna record. [Laughs.]"

On recording new music: "I stopped ... When I almost flipped the van on tour, that’s what made me stop. Like “let’s not do this for a while.” I got back and thought, hey, I made ten records, what a fucking great run."


Funeral Advantage's "I Know Him" Streaming At Exclaim; Announces East Coast Tour with Soft Fangs Posted 25 Mar 2015


Earlier today, Exclaim.ca premiered the second song off of Funeral Advantage's side of their Former Ghosts split 7"/ digital EP, "I Know Him"! They called it, "a jangly, swirling guitar pop number, featuring hazy back-and-forth male and female vocals awash in layers of echoing reverb" (ps. those "female vocals" are Tyler, ha!).

If you haven't yet, pre-order the Former Ghosts/ Funeral Advantage split 7" at our webstore and iTunes.  Also check out our Starter Pack, including every single one of Funeral Advantage's past releases.

Funeral Advantage also announced a tour with Soft Fangs – check out the dates below:

April 8 – Jamaica Plain, MA – White Haus w/ Soft Fangs
April 9 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East w/ Whirr and Adventures
April 10 – New Brunswick, NJ – The Banana Stand w/ Soft Fangs
April 11 – Philadelphia, PA – The Nest w/ Soft Fangs
April 12 – College Park, MD – University of Maryland w/ Soft Fangs
April 13 – Arlington, VA – CD Cellar w/ Soft Fangs
April 14 – Boone, NC – Black Cat Burrito w/ Soft Fangs
April 15 – Savannah, GA – Turin Horse Hotel w/ Soft Fangs
April 16 – Jacksonville, FL – Burro Bar w/ Soft Fangs

Announcing... John Vanderslice's "Mass Suicide Occult Figurines" Reissue; LP/ Deluxe LP Available For Pre-Order Posted 16 Mar 2015

Today we are ecstatic to announce the second entry in our ongoing Reissue Series, John Vanderslice's debut LP Mass Suicide Occult Figurines! The record will be out May 19th, and is currently available for pre-order!

John Vanderslice – Mass Suicide Occult Figurines (Reissue):

Over the past 15 years, John Vanderslice has released 10 full-length albums, numerous 7"s, EPs and splits, all the while maintaining an unbridled devotion to analog recording, and in the process, has become on of the most respected songwriters in indie rock. Known for the often-times political lyrical undertones, inventive and experimental take on pop, and for quite frankly being the nicest guy in indie music, John has managed to make this brand of music his life for the last decade and a half.

On May 19th, The Native Sound will reissue the record that started it all, John Vanderslice's debut LP, Mass Suicide Occult Figurines. Originally released by Barsuk Records in the year 2000, the record was celebrated by the then-burgoning MP3 blog culture, and bemoaned by Microsoft following an elaborate hoax in which John claimed the company had threatened legal action over the record’s cornerstone track, “Bill Gates Must Die”. Grounded in the guitars, and traditional rock structure of Vanderslice's previous band MK Ultra, the album serves as a preface to the quirkier, and more experimental leanings his future recordings would take – "Ambition and the opener "Confusion Boats" in particular, foreshadow what would soon become fully realized by his second LP.

Completely remastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering, this reissue marks the first time Mass Suicide Occult Figurines has ever been pressed on vinyl. Manufactured by Quality Record Pressing – undisputedly the best pressing plant in the country – on 200 gram vinyl, the 12" will be housed in a heavyweight jacket with brand new water-colored art created by Joe Williams, a polylined sleeve, and will include a digital download of the remastered songs. A deluxe edition is also available including expanded art on a hand-numbered and screen-printed wrap around slip cover. This edition will also include a bonus double-sided 7" flexi disc featuring the new song, "Midnight Blue" and "Long Dark Blues", a Songs: Ohia cover in tribute to the late Jason Molina.

 

Standard LP: 
- 12" (200 Gram) 
- Heavyweight jacket 
- Polylined sleeve 
- Digital download

Deluxe LP: 
- Standard LP 
- Screen-printed, wrap around slip cover (hand-numbered) 
- Double-sided 7" Flexi Disc featuring the new song, "Midnight Blue" and "Long Dark Blues", a Songs: Ohia cover (hand-numbered) 
- Digital download 

Click here to pre-order the 200 Gram 12" in standard and deluxe editions. We also have a Starter Pack including past John Vanderslice releases available in our webstore.

Former Ghosts' "Past Selves" (ft. Nika Roza & Jamie Stewart) Streaming At Self-Titled Mag; Split 7" with Funeral Advantage Now Available For Pre-Order Posted 05 Mar 2015


Today Self-Titled Mag premiered Former Ghosts' "Past Selves (feat. Nika Roza Danilova)" – one of the two songs contributed by Former Ghosts on their upcoming split 7" with Funeral Advantage!

Former Ghosts/ Funeral Advantage – Split 7":

Former Ghosts was Freddy Ruppert in collaboration with Nika Roza Danilova (Zola Jesus), Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu) and Yasmine Kittles (Tearist). Two full-length albums, a handful of tours, and six years since the project's inception, Freddy has decided to put an end to the band with two final songs – "Last Hour's Bow" and "Past Selves". Presented in the form of a 7" Split/ Digital EP with Funeral Advantage – the lo-fi dream-pop project of Tyler Kershaw, a close friend of Ruppert's – these two songs mark an end to the dark and oftentimes emotionally draining, experimental synth-pop Former Ghosts had become known for. 

"Last Hour's Bow" finds Freddy and Jamie together on a series of swirling and glitchy synths, while Yasmine vocally guides the pair. "Past Selves" on the other hand features Nika and Freddy both on vocals, harmonizing over a noisy soundscape equal parts fractious and atmospheric.

For Funeral Advantage's side, Tyler revisits "Wedding", a demo from the aptly titled debut, Demo, released by Disposable America in 2013. The song escapes it's lo-fi bedroom recording roots in this version and embraces the much more polished dream-pop sound of Funeral Advantage's recent offerings. “I Know Him” one of the band’s most upbeat song’s to date swirls with reverb and jangly guitar leads over a bass groove redolent of Andy Rourke and the Smiths.

This split release between Former Ghosts and Funeral Advantage will be available on April 14th as a digital EP, and a limited edition 7" pressed on Translucent Red and Black vinyl variants.

http://thenativesound.limitedrun.com/products/540546-former-ghosts-funeral-advantage-split

Pressing info:
Translucent Red – 100
Black – 200

Click here to pre-order the split 7", and here to subscribe to the Spring Split 7" Series (individual pre-orders for the other two splits will be available soon). We also have a Starter Pack including past Funeral Advantage releases available in our webstore.

Koji Annonces Full Band Tour with Such Gold Posted 26 Feb 2015

This Spring Koji will embark on his first full band tour since the summer of 2013! He'll be out as direct support for Such Gold, along with Brigades and Tommyy Boys. The tour will hit most of the east coast of the United States, and cities in Canada. Koji will be supporting his recent Struggletown-reissed Matters EP (which we originally issued on cassette tape), and the announcement that he has joined No Sleep Records for an upcoming full-length album. 

If you're just getting to know Koji, pick up this Starter Pack in our webstore, including his four EP, including splits with Into It. Over It. and La Dispute.

Out Now: Unconditional Arms/ Threading – Split 7"/ Digital EP Posted 24 Feb 2015

Unconditional Arms and Threading's Split is out today! The 7"/ Digital EP is streaming in full at Impose Magazine for those who want to give it a listen before purchasing. If you pre-ordered a copy, those should be going out within the next week or so – we're still waiting on the vinyl to come in from the plant. Below you will find a list of digital outlets where you can download or stream the EP.

iTunes: https://itun.es/us/f7VQ5
Spotify: http://spoti.fi/1DOqBWE 
Bandcamp: http://bit.ly/1zcSHTU 
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00TPIAFE4 
Rdio: http://rd.io/x/Rl6Sf2E-Ac8m/
Google Play: http://bit.ly/1BNd1Sw 
YouTube: http://bit.ly/1LzxzxR

Pre-order 7": http://bit.ly/1A3sF5C

Pressing info:
Milky Clear – 100
Black – 200