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Poor Moon by Hiss Golden Messenger

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About Poor Moon

For its first foray into contemporary music, Paradise of Bachelors is proud to present Poor Moon, the greatest Hiss Golden Messenger album to date. Composed and arranged by Head Messenger M.C. Taylor at his home in the rural Piedmont mill town of Pittsboro and recorded with longtime collaborator Scott Hirsch in New York, California and North Carolina, Poor Moon offers a moving culmination of the spiritually-charged song cycle commenced on last year’s critically acclaimed Bad Debt album. Treading a red-clay road between Bad Debt and Country Hai East Cotton in sound and sentiment, it is the first fully electric ensemble recording since the highly limited HGM live release Root Work in 2010. Featuring contributions from Terry Lonergan, Nathan Bowles (Black Twig Pickers; Pelt), Hans Chew (D. Charles Speer & the Helix), Matt Cunitz (Brightblack Morning Light), Tom Heyman (The Court & Spark), and others, Poor Moon represents both an elaboration and inversion of previous Hiss Golden Messenger efforts, proposing an America at perpetual sundown, wracked by devotion, wrecked by celebration. Named in homage to the Canned Heat track penned by the immortal Blind Owl, Poor Moon conjures the unsteady experience of soul at home in the wild, and it stands as a captivating document of Southern songcraft. On November 1, 2011, this autumnal album of twelve songs will be available in a limited, hand-numbered edition of 500 copies, pressed on 150-gram virgin vinyl, packaged in tip-on sleeves with drawings by visual artist Alex Jako, and including digital download coupons. Pre-orders are available before November 1st, along with two options of additional bonus material. The Oak Level pre-order secures you a copy of the limited vinyl edition of Poor Moon, immediate shipment on November 1st, and a digital download of the album on October 15th, two weeks before its official street date. The Ash Level pre-order secures you an immediate digital download code for the six-song bonus EP Lord I Love the Rain in addition to the limited edition Poor Moon vinyl. The Rowan Level secures you the Poor Moon vinyl, an immediate download of the Lord I Love the Rain EP, and an immediate download of Plowed: Live in Bovina.

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