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Painted Shut

CD (w/ MP3) LBJ-218-2 (05/04/2015) $11.00 add to cart
LP (w/ MP3) LBJ-218-1 (05/04/2015)
Black vinyl includes download card
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It’s December and the end of year lists are now coming in. Not surprisingly, they’ve confirmed what we already suspected: Hop Along’s Painted Shut is one of the best albums of 2015. Congrats Frances, Joe, Mark, and Tyler!

#2 on The Oregonian’s Best Albums of 2015
#5 on Paste’s 50 Best Albums of 2015
#6 on Recommended Listen’s 30 Best Albums of 2015
#7 on Stereogum’s 50 Best Albums of 2015
#8 on Noisey’s 50 Best Albums of 2015
#10 on David Dye’s (NPR World Cafe) Top 10 Albums of the Year
#11 on Impose Magazine’s Best Albums of 2015
#15 on AV Club’s Best Albums of 2015
#19 on Rolling Stone’s Rob Sheffield’s Top 20 Albums of 2015
#23 on NPR Poll Results: Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2015
#26 on Metacritic’s Top Reviewed Albums of 2015
#32 on ABC News’ 50 Best Albums of 2015
#35 on Entertainment Weekly’s 40 Best Albums of 2015
#36 on Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums of 2015
#39 on Top 50 albums and #7 Most Underrated album on Pitchfork readers polls
#44 on Consequence of Sound’s Top 50 Albums
on Brooklyn Vegan’s 50 Favorite Albums of 2015
Honorable Mention on Pitchfork’s Best Albums of the Year
#3 on MTV’s Songs We Missed in 2015 (“Waitress”)
#23 on Noisey’s 50 Best Songs of 2015 (“Waitress”)
#44 on Conesquence of Sound’s Top 50 Songs of 2015 (“Happy to See Me”)
on Stereogum’s 80 Favorite Songs of 2015 (“Waitress” & “The Knock”)

Hop Along has had multiple lives. First conceptualized as a freak-folk solo act by Frances Quinlan, it progressed towards a fuller sound with the addition of Mark Quinlan on drums, Tyler Long on bass and Joe Reinhart (Algernon Cadwallader, Dogs on Acid) on guitar. Emerging as one of music’s most unique songwriters, the captivating vignettes Frances has weaved tell vivid stories of desperation and weary awakening. Her powerful voice is a spellbinding entity all it’s own, celebratory and raw, and one that can’t be shaken away.
Like their debut (2012’s Get Disowned), Painted Shut is a series of accounts, a procession of fleeting and repeating characters. However, it diverges from its predecessor in its close-up, controlled approach (most of the album features the band recording live), and more focused portraiture. Whereas Get Disowned calls forth a dreamy collage of protagonists in a tone that’s often anthemic and surreal, Painted Shut is a grounded, less merciful image of many struggling adults (and children) in a severe landscape.
Often depicted in Painted Shut are the two lives of legendary (though generally unknown) musicians, Buddy Bolden and Jackson C. Frank, who were plagued with mental illness until their penniless deaths. Included are accounts of more everyday poverty, abuse, greed; and banal, sub-par behavior. Society is unveiled as a structure that, in reality, was most certainly not built with everyone in mind. Clearly this is difficult subject matter. Yet the songs themselves move unencumbered and easily, forming angular pop anti-anthems, at times jubilant as well as irreverent. Somehow, they are not sad songs. There is joy, in the abandon of Frances’ unforgettable voice, in the exulting choruses. One wakes to a sky that is a bright, ageless blue. It’s morning and so clear outside that multitudes of lives can be seen, in focus despite the distance. All of this is viewed through a window sealed with cracked paint that cannot be opened on either side. That is how we must often view the lives of others, especially when it comes to people who have lived and gone from this world. That’s another story.

Painted Shut was co-produced, recorded and mixed by John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, etc.) in the great cities of Philadelphia and Brooklyn, and incidentally finished in the shortest span of time the band has ever made anything.

Individual Tracks

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1. The Knock preview » 3:33add to cart
2. Buddy in the Parade preview » 3:47add to cart
3. Horseshoe Crabs preview » 4:01add to cart
4. Waitress preview » 3:34add to cart
5. Happy To See Me preview » 4:36add to cart
6. Texas Funeral preview » 4:28add to cart
7. Powerful Man preview » 3:25add to cart
8. I Saw My Twin preview » 3:23add to cart
9. Well-dressed preview » 4:03add to cart
10. Sister Cities preview » 5:08add to cart

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