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Matt Popieluch (Of Foreign Born) Releases New Big Search 7″

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Matt Popieluch (of our very own Foreign Born) just released a new 7″ from his solo project Big Search. Grab it from White Iris records here.

You can download a track off the record over at the LA Times, and read how Matt describes “Middle Man” as an attempt to write a Steely Dan song.

Big Search previously released an LP, Lay Of The Land, on our sister label St. Ives.

Foreign Born’s Matt Popieluch is Big Search

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Matt Popieluch, frontman for Secretly Canadian band Foreign Born, has been making music as Big Search since 1999. After making significant aesthetic breakthroughs in his dorm room at San Francisco State University, he embarked on a four-track recording spree that lasted the remainder of his collegiate experience, resulting in several 90-minute “albums” destined for the vacuum of obscurity.

DOWNLOAD MP3 of “THAT’S ALL (LIGHTS ON)” BY BIG SEARCH

Thank the stars Popieluch’s efforts as Big Search did not stop there. St. Ives now gives us Lay of the Land, a limited vinyl collection of Big Search songs, some of which date back to 2006, and most of which sprang from pure improvisation. Together, these recordings embody a sense of recklessness and gambling that is essential to the Big Search pallet. Lead track “That’s All (Lights On)” feels like jittery, back porch Suicide, while the rhythmic, churning guitars that crescendo with the title track create a sort of expericana krautrock. With heavy use of vocal harmony, chaotic guitar and collage-like rhythm arrangements, generalized descriptors for the record are hard to come by. Let’s just say Lay of the Land is a testament to jumping off a cliff and trusting there is water beneath.

PURCHASE BIG SEARCH’S LAY OF THE LAND NOW

The unique cover art uses a photo of Norwegian artist Anders Dahl Monsen’s piece “Beach Bum,” an ass sculpture on a beach in Malibu. Most agree it is a woman’s ass, but debate continues. Big search likes it either way. All 250 covers were hand-painted.

Jens Lekman: SC Archival Sleuth

Bild 238A belated “Rabbit Rabbit” on this 2nd day of November, friends. Jens sent an email last night informing us that while examining the “thousands of records, tapes, and movies” at a friend’s house, and risking dusty or chapped hands, he stumbled upon one of the rarest Secretly Canadian gems.

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Magnolia Electric Co. & Damien Jurado Contribute Live Tracks to Record Store Day LP

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All of us here at Secretly Canadian have been eagerly anticipating Record Store Day for weeks now, and this year we’re excited to have Magnolia Electric Co. and Damien Jurado appear on a special LP formulated in heart of southern Indiana. Both artists contributed tracks to It Happened Here, a Record Store Day exclusive vinyl LP + 7″ compilation of live and exclusive studio recordings made in Bloomington, IN in 2009.

A live take of Magnolia Electric Co.’s “Rider. Shadow. Wolf.,” performed July 10, 2009 at local recording studio Russian Recording appears on the LP, along with Damien’s “Kansas City,” performed April 11, 2009 at the same location.

This LP + 7″ is a collaboration between three Bloomington enterprises who represent three distinct spheres of the music world: Russian Recording (recording studio), St. Ives (Secretly Canadian’s boutique record label) and Landlocked Music (retail store). Together they give you not just a snapshot of the Indiana scene but also the influence of the times. Each LP + 7″ possesses lovingly handmade artwork from Woodruff & Sons and In Case of Emergency Press and is strictly limited to a one-time pressing of 750 copies. A digital download of the tracks comes with purchase. Check out the full track listing after the jump.

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Kid Millions’ Man Forever announces St. Ives LP & debut performance

Kid Millions is Man Forever (Photo by Juli Werner)

Kid Millions is Man Forever (Photo by Juli Werner)

Man Forever is Kid Millions‘ new drum and drummer brahject featuring the heaviest drum soldiers who happen to be in town at this particular time. Kid just recorded a solo album that’s coming out soon on St. Ives vinyl only label (within a few months. . .)

Kid (Oneida), Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Dana Janssen (Akron Family), Shahin Motia (Oneida/Ex Models/Knyfe Hyts) and Richard Hoffman (Sightings) will be performing the two ridiculous pieces from the album as an opening act to Mike Bones and Christy and Emily. . .it will melt your faces. . .highly recommended brownie accompaniment.

If you’re in town, details below…

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AUDIO

Faust by I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
All White Everything by JJ
Wedding Day by Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon
Her Ghost by Woman's Hour
Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell Williams) by Major Lazer
Pulsing (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod
Red Eyes by The War On Drugs

VIDEOS

Sunspot by Suuns

Busy Baby (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod

Innocence by Electric Youth

COMING SOON

Electric Youth
Innerworld
CD / LP
Songs: Ohia
Didn't It Rain (Deluxe Edition)
2XCD / 2XLP

SHOWS TODAY

The War On Drugs
Columbus, OH - Newport  w/ Califone

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