Cass McCombs | DNO306 | Released: 11/08/11

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Cass McCombs is to release his second album this year, Humor Risk, on November 8th.
Humor Risk was recorded in various homes and studios in California, New York, New Jersey and Chicago, and was produced by Cass McCombs and Ariel Rechtshaid, with whom he created Wit’s End, and before that, CATACOMBS.
Humor Risk is an attempt at laughter instead of confusion, chaos instead of morality, or, as fellow Northern Californian Jack London said, “I would rather be ashes than dust!”. Musically, it is more rhythm-based, tempos swifter to nearly rocking, than the sparse Wit’s End. Infectious melodies are outlined by a wry lyricism that expresses the stories of characters from McCombs’ native land. Rather than fulfilling the stereotype of the confessional singer-songwriter, he describes the lifestyles and feelings of those that surround him, with more love than judgment: drugs, Scientology, Western America, and so on, in allegorical form.

Humor Risk portrays yet another façade of this versatile, incredibly talented and much underrated artist.


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CD-DNO-306 | Out now

Add to cart: $12.00
  • 01. Love Thine Enemy
  • 02. The Living Word
  • 03. The Same Thing
  • 04. To Every Man His Chimera
  • 05. Robin Egg Blue
  • 06. Mystery Mail
  • 07. Meet Me At The Mannequin Gallery
  • 08. Mariah (Sketch)

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LP-DNO-306 | Out now

Add to cart: $18.00

All vinyl purchases come with free MP3s.

2 X CD

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CD-MRT-043 | Out now

Add to cart: $21.00

This two CD order bundle comes with Cass's new album Humor Risk and Wits End, which was released earlier this year.