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  1. SubPop MegaMart & Bandcamp First single Sincerely Yours is solid https://megamart.subpop.com/releases/omni/networker PRE-ORDER DETAILS Loser Edition is pressed on opaque blue-colored vinyl. Customers will be given access to stream the full album up to four (4) weeks before release date from your SubPop.com account, with your pre-order of the album on any format. All pre-orders will also receive any and all pre-release track downloads in advance of the album release as they are made public, which will be available from your SubPop.com account as they become available. All physical pre-order items should ship out from our warehouse in Seattle, WA between 5-8 days before release date, so long as their are no delays in manufacturing that would delay this advance shipping timeline. International orders may not arrive by release day as extra time must be taken into consideration for distance traveled and customs department clearance. Enter Networker, the new album by Omni and first with indie giant Sub Pop Records. Their sound is still defined by sparse drums, locked-in bass, blistering guitar, and nonchalant, yet assured vocals, but from the first notes of “Sincerely Yours” you’ll immediately notice that Networker sounds much cleaner and more “HI-FI” than their prior two albums, Deluxe (2016) and Multi-task (2017). The departure in fidelity suits the new record and allows the listener to enjoy the nuances of their meticulous arrangements. Don’t worry, the riffs of Gang of Four and Wire are still present, but the production is more lush and the harmony is even more expansive. Despite nods to the sounds of the ’70s and ’80s what comes through is a record fully rooted in the here and now. Thematically, this is apparent on the title track “Networker” taking a candid snapshot of the “digital you” aspect of life in the age of the internet. The otherwise fun romp “Skeleton Key” also acknowledges the “direct message and obsessive” side of social media with lines like “if you don’t like what you see, the pretty face on the screen, scroll on by…” Networker was written half between tours and half during recording sessions. The band, Philip Frobos on bass/vocals and Frankie Broyles on guitars/drums/keys, returned with longtime collaborator Nathaniel Higgins to the studio in South Georgia where they also recorded Multi-task and most recent single “Delicacy.” In this case, the “studio” is a cabin near Vienna, GA (pronounced Vye-anna) that was built by Frankie Broyles’ great-grandparents in the 1940s. The band completed four sessions between November 2018 and April 2019. Omni hit their stride in the cabin with songs such as “Moat,” which cruises along at a nice mid-tempo clip with sounds that are maybe piano or maybe the “behind the bridge” strings of a Jaguar a la Sonic Youth or This Heat. “Blunt Force” provides a nice contrast to some of the more upbeat cuts, getting jazzy with it’s less traditional arrangement and psychedelic outro. On “Courtesy Call,” Omni successfully ride the line of being able to pleasantly reference influences without mimicking. They venture into experimental Haruomi Hosono territory while still managing to sound like Thin Lizzy. The same could be applied to “Sincerely Yours” where the fantastic guitar work and a beautiful breakdown in the middle dive into late 70’s jazz production. On standout cut “Present Tense,” Yellow Magic Orchestra vibes are present in the fun synthesizer riff while the guitar counterpoint checks this direction pulling the song back into something fresh, sharp, and definitely Omni. Overall, Networker is simultaneously fun, catchy, and contains some truly impressive musicianship. This combo is especially hard to pull off as bands that are great players often don’t have great or memorable songs. Omni and Nathaniel Higgins have done a stellar job of reigning in their diverse influences into a cohesive record by curating their sounds into a tight package that leaves you just on the cusp of understanding where the band is coming from, while still feeling like you’re hearing something totally fresh. While their earlier records had more of a “post-punk” sound, Networker is an amalgamation of the best sounds of the ’70s and ’80s, all arranged with (mostly) guitars, bass, and drums for our contemporary age, and it really works! There are hooks everywhere, vocal and instrumental, that will leave you humming along, even during the first listen. As Philip Frobos says in “Present Tense,” “guess who’s on my mind right now?” Well, Omni’s on mine and will be on yours soon. -Scott Munro, Preoccupations 2019 READ MORE TRACKS Sincerely Yours Courtesy Call Moat Underage Skeleton Key Genuine Person Present Tense Blunt Force Flat Earth Networker Sleep Mask
  2. Also - regarding thoughts on LP III wasn’t this more a concept album / pseudo autobiography vs the previous 2?
  3. ordered (from Amazon UK and shipped to CA) and finally listened to both LPs today observations shipping: i've batted 1.000 with amazon.com vinyl orders. but this will be the last time I order from amazon across the pond. how did it arrive? well close your eyes and picture the opening scene for Ace Ventura OR watch this video vinyl sleeve quality: wish it was a gatefold, now that I think of it I wish all my vinyl were gatefold, no biggie though. one of the corners came a little bent LPs - no damage! white is a good color pressing quality: would give it an A-, overall pretty silent, not dead silent but VERY VERY GOOD. audio quality: pretty bad ass overall happy with the purchase!
  4. First topic post or pre-order, did a search didn’t find anything please delete this is already here https://ribbon.dominomart.com/the-competition-lp-mart-exclusive Spotify single, Young Republicans https://open.spotify.com/track/1WaXc60Xltofp2ZdRfu3xQ?si=g6kULS9NSO-YhljxYN9ttw No info on pressing number. But their last album was /500 and there was only one variant Other than black through ribbon music. details Released: September 6th 2019 | RBN070LPXM Limited pressing clear vinyl Comes with exclusive Lower Dens enamel pin The fourth album from Lower Dens, The Competition is a pop album with a concept both emotionally and politically urgent, dealing with modern capitalism and its psychotic effects. Its 11 songs range in scope from the personal to the political, but overall express an epiphany: you need radical and unquestioning compassion for yourself if you’re to reimagine what society could be. Pre-order and receive an instant download of Real Thing and Young Republicans now. Comes with an MP3 and WAV download card. Side A 01 Galapagos 02 Hand of God 03 Two Faced Love 04 Young Republicans 05 Real Thing Side B 01 Buster Keaton 02 I Drive 03 Simple Life 04 Empire Sundown 05 Lucky People 06 In Your House
  5. Amazon UK shipped for me fyi Merchbar appears to have these in stock for use US customers. Here’s the link to some cities I think the other ones are available as well https://www.merchbar.com/rock-alternative/doves/doves-some-cities-2lp
  6. the UK 180 gram black pressing is pretty dead quiet , i'll keep that one . still boring imo. i'm also not impressed by the mixing on the new LP whatsoever. the instruments are not prominent and the noise level on tracks very, which is weird just put on the clear 180 gram pressing of TWFM - it's almost like a different freaking band .
  7. Why they gave those tracks a freaking title blows my mind they’re indiscernible from each other I’d rather have 2 minutes of Matt’s brother belching and then crushing beer can’s into his forehead than that
  8. Humiliation with scream outro is untouchable live vs the rest of their catalogue Here’s my YouTube vid, 2nd time it was played live https://youtu.be/kLzLzPuoCCs
  9. Agree with the bands...buuut radiohead and the ntl are NOT on the same level i just have a feeling they’re (or maybe Matt) are trying too hard to be cool or art hip for this LP
  10. I’ll tone down my whining right...about..........now
  11. Not In Kansas is what...a lullaby song to put your child asleep ?
  12. I agree with shit Rambo 100% the record is a slog to get through imho
  13. I can only like this post once - kissing my phones screen is just making me look fucking weird. Good - look at me bus strangers...loooook