Another World

The Flat Five

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Another World was produced by band member Scott Ligon and The Flat Five. It was recorded/engineered by Flat Five drummer Alex Hall at his popular Chicago studio, Reliable Recorders with some additional sessions done at Wilco’s gearhead paradise, The Loft, engineered by Mark Greenberg.

The charms of this band are manifest. These guys are all about vocal harmony — five hardcore vocal buzz junkies — and they share a vast range of influences from The Free Design to The Three Degrees to Captain Beefheart and a restless desire to explore a song from the inside out: to see just how far out it’ll go. This sophomore album showcases The Flat Five’s trademark keen musicianship and their slightly subversive sense of humor. It’s marked by the playful wide-eyed sweetness that colors all their music, tempered with their appreciation for how freaking good it feels to listen to a beautiful bummer on repeat sometimes. Like Charles Schultz said: “Happiness is a Sad Song.”

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Mind Control

Lab Partners

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The first album in 6 years from Dayton Ohio's space rock kings. Melody, guitars, beauty, and fierceness comes through heavily on this latest release.

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Moshi Moshi

Ryan and Pony

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Ryan is a workaholic multi-instrumentalist who has been playing lead guitar in Soul Asylum since 2016. Pony is a flamboyant performer and artist raised by deaf parents. Together they have made numerous albums and toured internationally leading The Melismatics. On Moshi Moshi they fuse Dream-Pop, post-Punk, Brit-rock, EDM, and good ol' fashioned Rock ‘n’ Roll into a sound all their own; irony, weirdness, and melody are at its heart. Peter Anderson (The Ocean Blue, Run Westy Run, The Honeydogs) adds his killer drum skills to the mix.

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Drip a Drop

The Flat Five

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The feel-good first single from the upcoming full length from Chicago supergroup The Flat Five is out now!

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I'm So Happy You Called

Jason Batchko

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It was 1996. No one had a mobile phone. You had a phone in your apartment. A land line. And you had an answering machine, your most precious device. There were real live humans doing what they called telemarketing back then. Sometimes you'd get two or three calls in a single day. To an emerging phone pranks artist, this was precious raw material.

Recorded by Chicago drummer and songwriter Jason Batchko, these conversations have been making the rounds among phone prank connoisseurs, bootleg comedy fans, musicians in vans and hard-laughers everywhere for over 20 years. Just a man and his answering machine, trying to amuse, confuse and possess unsuspecting telemarketers, and creating a world of bizarre characters in the process: the kindly old woman who’s "just found out" she’s Jewish, The Shaolin Priest, Ms. Carton Boxx, the excitable weirdo with a poor grasp of the insurance industry, and Jonn ("jay-o-en-en!"). Telemarketers, they and many more were each so happy you called.

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Gospel Morning

The Chamber Strings

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The Chamber Strings was the brainchild of the late Kevin Junior who passed away in 2016 at the age of 46. Junior grew up in Akron, Ohio and moved to Chicago when he was 16. After stints in the Mystery Girls and the Rosehips, he collaborated with Epic Soundtracks and Nikki Sudden in England. When he returned to Chicago, he started the Chamber Strings. The Chicago-based band would cement his legacy as a striking and luminous talent. Junior was influenced by artists like Marc Bolan, Johnny Thunders, the Faces, and the Flamin' Groovies. Not nearly enough people got the chance to listen to the music Kevin Junior made during his short lifetime. Those that did will never forget what they heard. Considered a pop masterpiece in many circles, Gospel Morning was originally released in 1997. Pravda Records is proud to re-introduce this pop gem to the world on Vinyl, CD, and streaming platforms worldwide. Pre-order the LP or CD now and receive an instant download with three bonus tracks not on the LP or CD. Lp's and Cds will ship out June 29.

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Work and Love

Sunshine Boys

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Sunshine Boys return with Work and Love, the eagerly awaited follow up to Blue Music, their highly acclaimed 2018 debut. The indie rock superstars -- Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies, Mysteries of Life), Dag Juhlin (Poi dog Pondering, The Slugs), and Jackie Schimmel (Big Hello, Justin Roberts) -- have taken their urgent, soaringly melodic pop to even greater heights. Work and Love holds everything from full-bore rockers and world class power pop to intimate atmospherics and string-dappled modern masterpieces, and the result is nothing short of emotional uplift. Another powerful statement from the band the world needs now more than ever. Produced by Sunshine Boys and Matt Allison.

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When I was a Writer- Matt Wilson & his Orchestra

Matt Wilson & his Orchestra

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Matt Wilson of Minneapolis is best known as a singer and songwriter for Trip Shakespeare, a band that blossomed in the 90s. But his new group which he calls an Orchestra is making waves both because of its appealing sound built around a unique combination of instruments including harp and banjo, and because Matt’s songwriting is as inspiring as ever.

Raised in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Matt and his high school friends formed a group called The Panic, and spent much of their youth as under-aged performers in Minneapolis nightclubs such as 1st Avenue and 7th Street Entry. In the early 80s, Matt followed his brother Dan to college in Boston where they formed a number of bands including the Love Monsters in which Matt took his first turn as a front man. Returning to Minneapolis, the brothers joined forces with bass player John Munson to form Trip Shakespeare, touring and recording together for a decade.

Matt’s music has been featured on MTV, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Spin, The Toronto Star and many other publications. Trip Shakespeare’s single, “Toolmaster of Brainerd”, was named by City Pages one of Minnesota’s 50 Greatest Hits, and that group was included by nationally-influential radio station The Current in its 2017 list of 893 Most Essential Musical Artists of All Time.

Matt’s new orchestra has a grassy sound that’s easy to fall into. Most striking to both the eye and ear is the harp mastery of Phala Tracy. The band’s sound is underpinned by the propulsive banjo groove of Quillan Roe. The bright sounds of harp and banjo are sent forth on black road of electric bass paved by Minneapolis guitar wizard Jacques Wait. The group sings together in striking close harmony. Their new album, When I was a Writer, represents not only a new and appealing sound but a 10-track songwriting triumph of melody, rhyme and pure emotion.

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Grabbing the Blues By the Horns

Vince Salerno and Gerald McClendon

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For four decades, Vince Salerno has been a double threat on Chicago’s blues scene, blowing up a storm on saxophone as well as harmonica. At long last, he’s made his debut album—and Grabbing the Blues By the Horns was well worth the wait. It’s a veritable soul, blues, and jazz extravaganza that expertly showcases Vince’s talents on both instruments, backed by an all-star Windy City crew that knows how to groove. The set also features the riveting vocals of Gerald McClendon, one of Vince’s longtime musical collaborators. It’s been a long time coming, but Grabbing the Blues By the Horns should finally make Salerno a household name among blues aficionados.

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