New Arrival: Phillip Lewin’s “Am I Really Here All Alone” Finally gets a Reissue

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Phil Lewin’s homespun debut is a loner folk masterpiece; accidentally psychedelic, lit by heartbreak and timeless in its sadness and hope. – Jeff Conklin, WFMU

In his own words, today:

In 1967 I began my life in the student union of a university. In other words, I was in school. But, classes definitely took a back seat to people-watching and attempts at relationships. I would not say that I was particularly good at the latter, but I made a great observer. I even stayed near the school community for an extra year until an opportunity came up to move in with friends in Toronto, Canada, which turned out to be a pivotal opportunity for me.

I was once told that one should first write about one’s own experiences, then, expand to documenting the observed experiences of those around, and, finally write about what one imagines. Am I Really Here All Alone? encompasses all of the above. Something else I realized in writing lyrics is that sometimes it is good to be transparent about the meaning and others times, not so much. “Unusual Day” is an example of me being honest struggling to develop and maintain a relationship, but ultimately realizing it was not going to succeed. “Watercolours” documents a crushing experience, but is couched in metaphor. I hope that listeners will relate through their own experiences, and because my reality is implied, not specified, will not be limited to mine. “Sweet Georgia” is an example of me, as a writer, leaving my personal space. I think of it as an attempt to clone William Faulkner to Bobbie Gentry. “The Magic Within You” is actually a commission where I was asked to write a song for a benefit to be performed by Doug Henning, the groundbreaking stage magician and friend. I once heard John Prine complain that there was no point in writing a ‘train song’ because Steve Goodman had already written the perfect one with “City of New Orleans”. Naturally, I had to write “Back Home, To You”, my idea of a train song where I tried to capture the movement of the train in the rhythm of the guitar. As for the other six songs, to me, they all reflect realities, experienced, observed and imagined. Descartes said, “I think, therefore I am.” However my question is, “Am I Really Here All Alone?”

-Philip Lewin, 2017

Interested in purchasing the vinyl? Shuga Records has the 2017 Tompkins Square Reissue available on their website here.

 

NE-HI “Shuga Exclusive” & Instore Performance

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Shuga is teaming up with the fellas from NE-HI to bring you “Offers” the second album from the Chicago genre-melting quartet. We will be releasing our limited to 200 “Shuga Records Exclusive” on Clear vinyl starting 2/24 and that evening the boys will be in the store performing! So come on by, grab your vinyl and let NE-HI melt your faces off.

PREORDERS for the Shuga Exclusive have started and can be ordered HERE: http://ow.ly/hJP73080lcR

Offers drones, it captivates with soaring pop, it shimmers with atmosphere, always changing, looking. The album veers from the staccato pop of “Palm of Hand” (which nods to Chicago’s Disappears) to the jangly pleasures of “Stay Young.” The off-kilter, ultra-catchy “Sisters” refines the carefree feeling of the band’s debut–picking up the spirit of New Zealand pop. Title track “Offers” feels like a slight departure, the band pushing its most abstract and unpredictable instincts. On “Prove” the band’s post-punk guitars come at blistering tempo, it’s the band’s most athletic moment yet. While the punchy drawl of “Buried on the Moon” conjures a less sleepy Let’s Active.
Offers finds the distant influence of forebears in cerebral guitar pop presented with a familiarity that typifies great FM rock hits. The Midwestern boys (two from Chicago, one from Wisconsin, and one from Minnesota) in NE-HI have a knack for knitting something comfortable and warm from those art school cast-offs and cult favorites. NE-HI’s music demands to be lived in. Chances are good that in the case of Offers, regifting will be rare.

NE-HI / Shuga Exclusive Release Party

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We are having a big KICK-ASS party to celebrate the first ever “Shuga Special Edition” Vinyl Release! For our first run we teamed up with Manic Static to reissue NE-HI‘s Self-Titled Debut album!

Available for the FIRST time Tues, Oct 18th at Burlington Bar we will have for sale our run of 100 copies on Translucent Blue Vinyl. Each vinyl is handnumbered and in a unique screenprinted jacket from Salty Broad Press! Trust me, these are SICK.

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The night will also be filled with some NE-HI / Shuga Squad DJ sets so put on those dancin’ shows and be ready to forget the night with us! More details to come.

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Boris “Pink” Tour Autograph Signing

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Japanese sludge trio Boris will grace our presence SUNN-DAY August 14th to sign some shit. Make sure to snag one of their 9 different titles we have in stock!

WHEN : AUG 14th 2-3pm

WHERE: Shuga Records (1272 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL)

WHAT: An autograph signing & Meet + Greet

HOW to ATTEND: From now until the event, purchase any Boris title from the retail or online stores and you’ll get entry to the event!

WHY so SHORT: They play at Metro that night!

Boris will only have around 1 hour, and speak limited English, so please bear that in mind, arrive early to ensure your chance to meet them.

Thundercat @ Shuga Booth 7/17

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Thundercat is going to stop by the Shuga Records booth at the Chirp Record Fair this Sunday night at the Pitchfork Music Festival!  He will be doing an exclusive autograph signing starting at 8pm, just after he wraps up his set. To attend this event you must purchase one of his albums from the Shuga Records booth.