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video: Helen – Covered in Shade

HELEN ORIGINAL FACES

Directed by Jamie Potter. "Covered in Shade" is taken from Helen's new LP the original faces (quickly becoming one of our favorite records of the year), out today on Kranky.

Liz Harris’ “pop group” Helen unveils another track: listen to “Violet”

HELEN

Last month, Liz Harris of Grouper announced the debut LP from her "pop group" Helen, and unveiled the record's stellar lead single "Motorcycle", a track that we said at the time maintained "all the beautiful, delicate haze of a Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill-era Grouper song, before erupting into a glorious, blown-out fuzz-pop jam...

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Liz Harris’ pop group Helen announces debut LP the original faces, hear first single “Motorcycle”

HELEN THE ORIGINAL FACES

In case you missed their excellent 7" single from a couple years back, Liz Harris of Grouper also plays in a "pop group" called Helen with some Portland friends (Jed Bindeman of Eternal Tapestry + Scott Simmons of Eat Skull)...

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premiere: Valet – Nature

VALET - NATURE

Our introduction to Honey Owens came years ago via her awesome cosmic-house outfit the Miracles Club, which quickly led us to dive into the experimental psych-folk-blues of her beloved other/main project, Valet...

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mp3: new Grouper – Call Across Rooms

GROUPER RUINS

"Recorded pretty simply, with a portable 4-track, Sony stereo mic and an upright piano. When I wasn╩╝t recording songs I was hiking several miles to the beach. The path wound through the ruins of several old estates and a small village...

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Grouper announces new album Ruins

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"The album is a document. A nod to that daily walk. Failed structures. Living in the remains of love. I left the songs the way they came (microwave beep from when power went out after a storm); I hope that the album bears some resemblance to the place that I was in...

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win Grouper’s limited/signed Repeating Patterns 2 print

GROUPER LIZ HARRIS




Our friends at self-titled magazine have hooked us up with a copy of Liz Harris of Grouper's beautiful, extremely limited (100 prints), signed Repeating Patterns 2 print -- pictured above -- to give away to one of you...

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mp3: Grouper – “Vital”

GROUPER LIZ HARRIS

"Vital" is one of the highlights from Grouper's achingly beautiful new release, an LP's worth of unreleased material that Liz Harris recorded around the same time as her 2008 classic Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill...

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Grouper – “The Man Who Died In His Boat”

GROUPER THE MAN WHO DIED IN HIS BOAT

Along with the welcome news that Grouper's out-of-print masterpiece Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill -- one of our favorite albums of the last decade or so -- will see its fourth pressing early next year courtesy of Kranky comes word that Grouper will also release a new record called The Man Who Died In His Boat, an LP of unreleased material from the Dragging era...

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Grouper – The Man Who Died in His Boat

GROUPER THE MAN WHO DIED IN HIS BOAT

Out February 4 on Kranky.

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