British Superstars Return With First New Album Since In Rainbows
Loose, Unhinged, and Full of Grooves That Suggest Dance and Dub
Atmospheric, Abstract, Shimmying: Songs As Ear-Awakening Collages
Radiohead's highly anticipated eighth album, The King Of Limbs follows-up the artistic provocateurs' 7-time Grammy nominated 2007 release In Rainbows. The eight song collection was produced by longtime collaborator, Nigel Godrich and is arguably the most groove-oriented set of Radiohead's restless career.
King Of Limbs was named in honor of one of Great Britain's oldest trees. Nicknamed 'Big Belly Oak' and located in the 4,000-acre Savernake Forest in Wiltshire, England, the tree is estimated to be around 1,000 years old and has a girth of over 36 feet. The album was recorded in a country home less than three miles from Big Belly.
2. Morning Mr. Magpie
3. Little By Little
5. Lotus Flower
7. Give Up The Ghost
The 1975 are an English, Manchester-based alternative rock band from Wilmslow in Cheshire. The group consists of Matthew Healy (vocals, guitar),
Adam Hann (guitar), George Daniel (drums), and Ross MacDonald (bass). They have released four EPs: Facedown, Sex, Music for Cars and IV.
Matthew Healy, Ross MacDonald, Adam Hann and George Daniel met at Wilmslow High School near Manchester as teenagers and began to play music in 2002. After Hann invited the members to form a band, they passed their early days covering punk songs in a local club. Healy was originally the drummer, but took over vocals after the previous singer left to start another band. Daniel was recruited as the new drummer to complete the final line-up. Their name was inspired by scribblings found in the back page of an old Beat poetry book dated "1 June, The 1975."
The release of their first EP, entitled Facedown, in August 2012 saw the band's first UK airplay on national radio with lead track "The City", which featured as part of a BBC Introducing show with Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1. The 1975 once again garnered national radio attention in late 2012, with BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe championing their single "Sex." They found mainstream chart success in spring 2013 with single "Chocolate", which reached number 19 in the UK singles chart.
1. The 1975
2. The City
7. An Encounter
8. Heart Out
9. Settle Down
13. She Way Out
16. Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You
Ranked 473/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
A Rush of Blood to the Head is a soulful, exhilarating journey, moving from the cathartic rock of Politik to the hushed tones of Green Eyes without once breaking its mesmerizing momentum. Singer Chris Martin takes his voice on soaring flights, reaching places only Jeff Buckley previously dared to go. And the music is nearly flawless, as heartfelt and emotionally liberated as you can get.
2. In My Place
3. God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
4. The Scientist
7. Green Eyes
8. Warning Sign
9. A Whisper
10. A Rush Of Blood To The Head
Dangerous Toys self titled debut album was produced by Max Norman (Megadeath, Ozzy Osbourne) and is considered their best release which was in regular rotation on MTV. At the time their Southern Rock influenced metal was noticeably different from the hair metal dominating MTV's Headbangers Ball. The album contains their breakthrough hit "Teas'n Pleas'n". Hellacious Acres their second album was produced by Roy Thomas Baker in 1991 and featured the singles "Sticks and Stones" and "Line 'Em Up".
1. Teas'n, Pleas'n
3. Bones in the Gutter
4. Take Me Drunk
5. Feels Like a Hammer
6. Sport'n a Woody
7. Queen of the Nile
9. Here Comes Trouble
10. Ten Boots (Stompin')
11. That Dog
2. Gimme No Lip
3. Sticks & Stones
4. Best of Friends
5. On Top
6. Sugar, Leather & The Nail
7. Angel N U
8. Feel Like Makin' Love
9. Line 'Em Up
10. Gypsy (Black-n-Blue Valentine)
11. Bad Guy
ODESZA proudly unveil their brand new album, In Return, to be released Sept. 8th on Counter Records (a Ninja Tune imprint). In Return more than delivers on the promise of ODESZA’s previous work. A record with a precocious maturely and coherence, it’s a start-to-finish stunner of pop-infused, electronic wonder, littered with infectious hooks and potent atmosphere.
1. Always This Late
2. Say My Name (feat. Zyra)
4. All We Need feat. Shy Girls)
6. White Lies (feat. Jenni Potts)
8. Echoes (feat. Py)
9. It’s Only (feat. Zyra)
11. Memories That You Call (feat. Monsoonsiren)
12. Sun Models (feat. Madelyn Grant)
13. For Us (feat. Briana Marela)
The Budos Band return with Burnt Offering; a wild, booze-fueled ride of hazy riffs and take no prisoners horn lines that summons the occult – an evolved sound for this mighty 10-piece band sparked by their love of Black Sabbath and Pentagram. Burnt Offering was recorded live in the studio, engineered and produced by Tom Brenneck, a founding member and guitarist in The Budos Band who runs Dunham Records and Studios. It was written at the band’s longtime Staten Island studio, where they’ve gathered for weekly rehearsals for over fifteen years. The haunting album cover was created by drummer Brian Profilio, a NYC public school art teacher. The new album is dripping with the psychedelic sounds of early heavy metal fused with the tightknit propulsion of Fela Kuti. “The Sticks” kicks off with a snarling riff seamlessly doubled on bass and guitar and unfurls into sludgy breakdowns and searing guitars.
1. Into the Fog
2. The Sticks
4. Shattered Winds
5. Black Hills
6. Burnt Offering
7. Trail Of Tears
8. Magus Mountain
10. Turn and Burn
1973's Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is the fifth studio album from British heavy metal icons Black Sabbath, and follow-up to Vol. 4 which was released the year prior. The ambitious album found the group expanding upon their signature style with increased production and more complex arrangements resulting in such unprecedented and powerful material as "A National Acrobat" and "Killing Yourself to Live."
1. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
2. A National Acrobat
4. Sabbra Cadabra
5. Killing Yourself To Live
6. Who Are You
7. Looking For Today
8. Spiral Architect
Every artist has a piece of work that niggles them—something that they wish they could redo, given the chance. It’s why Paul McCartney once reproduced Let It Be and why Kate Bush re-recorded Wuthering Heights for her best-of album. For the prolific Michael Chapman, that album is Window, the missing link in the series of Chapman’s early albums being reissued by Light In The Attic Records. Window sits just after the previously released Fully Qualified Survivor and Rainmaker, right before Wrecked Again.
In 1970, signed to the hip Harvest label (home to Kevin Ayers and Syd Barrett, among others), Chapman was still an artist waiting for that first big success, perpetually skint and permanently touring to make ends meet. With that in mind, he aimed to make Window in as little time as possible because being in the studio meant not being on the road. Producer Gus Dudgeon–who’d been working with Elton John–had other ideas and booked Chapman and his band into one of the UK’s most expensive studios, Trident.
The singer-songwriter and prodigious guitarist was in transition from his folkier origins to his heavier future and heading for a whole mess of trouble with the same year’s Wrecked Again. Given the touring bust-ups and tortured recording sessions to come, Michael’s wife Andru Chapman remembers the recording of Window was noted for a “lack of hiccups. No one threw their toys out of the pram, unlike Wrecked Again.” Recorded with U.S. guitar player Phil Greenberg, violin player Johnny Van Derek, and pianist Alex Atterson, the album has a blend of electric and acoustic instruments, both traditional and experimental at once, synthetic sounds melding with finger-picked guitars.
The trouble came later. Immediately after recording finished, Michael took the band back out on the road with the understanding that as soon as he got back, he’d put the final acoustic guitar tracks down to replace what he’s always said were only guide tracks. Unfortunately, Harvest’s parent label decided the album was finished and pressed it up anyway. And Chapman, as a result, hates it. Indeed, 34 years later he even set out to right the wrong, re-recording parts of the LP and noting it was a strange experience listening to “dead people on the between-track studio chatter” (Dudgeon, engineer Robin Cable, and drummer Richie Dharma have all since passed).
As part of Light In The Attic’s revival of Chapman’s early career, however, the album is presented as was originally released, with Michael’s blessing and albeit with two CD-only bonus tracks. Andru notes, "Warts and all, it is an important part of the Michael Chapman: The Early Years story.” Michael has been less diplomatic in talking about the album. "It is a piece of my history for those interested in that, even though I think it sounds like a piece of crap,” he says.
We’re loathe to disagree with him, but, well, why don’t you take a listen and decide for yourselves?
1. Lady On The Rocks / Song For September
2. Last Lady Song
3. Among The Trees
4. An Old Man Remembers
5. In The Valley
6. First Lady Songs
8. A Scholarly Man
The album was recorded live over several German and Japanese dates in late 1976 during the Rising world tour. Many of the tracks were spliced together from different dates by producer Martin Birch, and the running order was changed to more easily fit four sides of vinyl. The recording features the customary introduction to a Rainbow show - the classic quote from the The Wizard of Oz, "Toto: I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore. We must be over the rainbow!" with the last word repeated as an echo, then the actual band plays a musical phrase from the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow before breaking into Kill the King.
1. Over The Rainbow (Intro) – Kill The King
2. Medley : Man On The Silver Mountain
3. Catch The Rainbow
5. Sixteenth Century Greensleeves
6. Still I’m Sad
Ranked 486/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Maggot Brain is the third studio album by the American funk band Funkadelic, released in 1971 on Westbound Records. It was the last album that featured the original Funkadelic lineup; shortly after Maggot Brain was recorded, Tawl Ross, Eddie Hazel, Billy Nelson, and Tiki Fulwood left the band for various reasons. The album incorporates musical elements of psychedelia, rock, gospel, and soul music, with significant variation between each track. Pitchfork Media named it the seventeenth best album of the 1970s.
1. Maggot Brain
2. Can You Get to That
3. Hit it and Quit It
4. You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks
5. Super Stupid
6. Back in Our Minds
7. War of Armageddon
180 Gram LP Housed In A Deluxe Gatefold “Tip-On” Jacket
Book-Deep Liner Notes And Rare Archival Photos
Thin Lizzy’s second album is a nod to the past: Shades Of A Blue Orphanage were former outfits of two of the band’s members, their names combined to create an oddly evocative image–especially when combined with a sepia-tinted image cover of three small, shoeless children intended to represent vocalist Phil Lynott, guitarist Eric Bell, and drummer Brian Downey.
Looking back is a common theme of the LP. The soft, sensitive “Sarah" was written for Phil Lynott’s grandmother who raised him in lieu of his absent mother. It’s an album that challenges your perceptions about a group you think you have nailed down through future singles “Jailbreak," “The Boys Are Back In Town,” and “Whisky In The Jar.”
Here, “I Don’t Want To Forget How To Jive” sees the band try their hand at rockabilly, and “Chatting Today” evokes the emotive performances of Richie Havens. As a whole, Shades Of A Blue Orphanage presents a version of the band that places its foundations beyond the hard rock for which the group are famous. The preposterously titled “The Rise And Dear Demise Of The Funky Nomadic Tribes,” which opens the LP, epitomizes this, including tribal beats, funky guitars, and Lynott singing in full soul-power mode. It’s begging to be sampled, like the group’s contemporary–but incognito–work as Funky Junction, under which name they released Funky Junction Play A Tribute To Deep Purple the same year.
Those who prefer Thin Lizzy in more recognizable form will find things to love, too: “Buffalo Gal” is as restrained as a song with an insistent, descending riff could ever be, and “Call The Police” is a bluesy swagger that shows off Lynott’s talent for describing life on the gritty streets of the Republic Of Ireland’s much-romanticized capital city. The record culminates in the world-weary title track with a chorus that cuts straight to the bone: “It’s true blue, Irish blue.”
Released in 1972, just three years after the band formed in Dublin, it’s fair to say that Shades Of A Blue Orphanage represents a group on the move, still finding their feet, and possibly bending to the will of a record label who didn’t quite know what to do with a multiracial, multi-faith rock band from a sectarian country. Sales of the their debut album, Thin Lizzy, had been poor, and Shades Of A Blue Orphanage wasn’t the one to turn their fortunes around. Still, it’s fascinating listening for even those with a passing interest in their history.
1. The Rise And Dear Demise Of The Funky Nomadic Tribes
2. Buffalo Gal
3. I Don't Want To Forget How To Jive
5. Brought Down
6. Baby Face
7. Chatting Today
8. Call The Police
9. Shades Of A Blue Orphanage
Roam will release their follow up EP, Viewpoint, following their signing to Hopeless Records. The UK pop-punk band shines with their
ability to write catchy hooks and the use of high energy throughout the EP.
1. Over Your Head
2. Warning Sign
Porcupine Tree’s 1991 debut album is an album that stands up as a modern day pop-psych classic.
With acid warped lyrics courtesy of Alan Duffy (the brains behind the late lamented Imaginary Records
label) the album is a surreal delight containing gems such as “Jupiter Island” and “Linton Samuel
Dawson” filled with quirky melodies, effected vocals and trippy backwards guitar work. “Nine Cats”,
the undoubted masterpiece of the album, is pure Edward Lear styled psychedelia.
‘On The Sunday Of Life’ also hints at the direction the band would later take with more progressive
influenced material such as the epic ‘Radioactive Toy’ still performed live today.
This edition is a Double 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl in a Gatefold Sleeve.
1. Music for the Head
2. Jupiter Island
3. Third Eye Surfer
4. On the Sunday of Life
5. The Nostalgia Factory
1. Space Transmission
2. Music from a Self-Destructing Turnip
3. Radioactive Toy
4. Nine Cats
3. Linton Samuel Dawson
4. And the Swallows Dance Above the Sun
5. Queen Quotes Crowley
1. No Luck With Rabbits
2. Begonia Seduction Scene
3. This Long Silence
4. It Will Rain for a Million Years
Brooklyn, New York’s Nuclear Santa Claust returns with their second LP on Don Giovanni Records, featuring ten tracks of blistering four-to-the-floor punk and occasional bursts of scuzzy power-pop infused garage. Mixed, mastered, and engineered by Jonathan Schenke (Parquet Courts, Frankie Rose, and PC Worship) at Seaside Lounge and Doctor Wu’s Studio.
2. Boots In The Sand
3. Castle Bravo
4. Sayonara Baby
5. Dark Days
6. Five Dollar Tarot Card
7. Violent Dreams
9. Modern Problems
10. Sent To Kill
Heavyweight, futurist dub from a cross-generational pairing of sound systems masters. The culmination of two years in the studio developing, re-dubbing and deconstructing tracks. Evocative of a long and strange journey from dusk til dawn, it finds the highest common factor between the two producer’s techniques. Pinch’s electronic pulse meeting Sherwood’s analogue FX units head on.
2. Music Killer Dub
3. Gimme Some More (Tight Like That)
5. Wild Birds
6. Stand Strong
7. Precinct Of Sound
8. Different Eyes
9. Africa 138
10. Run Them Away
Soul Jazz Records' new 'Punk 45' album Burn, Rubber City, Burn charts the rise of the music scene in the mid-west city of Akron, Ohio, at a time when the city and the rubber industry it was associated with was in deep decline. Featuring a fantastic collection of Akron groups including Devo, The Bizarros, Rubber City Rebels, Jane Aire, Chi-Pig, The Waitresses and more. The album follows on from Soul Jazz Records' earlier Punk 45 albums about USA and British punk (Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! and There Is No Such Thing As Society) as well as the cover art book Punk 45. Burn, Rubber City, Burn coincides with the release of as a second album about Ohio’s early punk scene, Extermination Nights in the Sixth City featuring the music scene of nearby Cleveland.
1. The Bizarros - I Bizarro
2. The Waitresses - The Comb
3. Hammer Damage - Laugh
4. Devo - Mechanical Man
5. Tin Huey - Squirm You Worm
6. The Bizarros - Lady Doubonette
7. Chi-Pig - Ring Around The Collar
8. Devo - Auto Modown
9. Rubber City Rebels - Kidnapped
10. Denis Defrange And Mark Frazier - The Manikin Shuffle
11. Jane Aire & The Belvederes - When I Was Young
12. Tin Huey - Puppet Wipes
13. Chi-Pig - Apu Api (Help Me)
14. The Bizarros - Nova
15. Rubber City Rebels - Such A Fool
16. Denis Defrange - Sector Wars
17. Ralph Carney - Closet Bears
18. 15 60 75 The Numbers Band - Narrow Road
Unreleased Emotion was originally released in 1982 but is well worth discovering for the first time, even after all these years. From start to finish, every song keeps the party going and the tone bouncy. For example, for the lively, upbeat “There She Goes” and “Can I Be Your Girl,” Quatro is a one-woman bubblegum girl group.
1. Pardon Me
2. There She Goes
3. Can I Be Your Girl
4. I’m A Rocker
5. Strange Encounters
6. Comes The Night
7. Starry Night
8. Good Girl (Looking For A Bad Time)
9. Everything I Ever Wanted
10. Secret Hideaway
11. Just Like Momma
12. Suzi Q
13. I Go Wild
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra celebrates their 25th anniversary with the release of their new album, "Ska Me Forever."
The legendary ska band's 19th album boasts a dynamic blend of rock, jazz, ska and punk, and features the lead single "Wake Up!" with Asian Kung-Fu Generation, plus fan-favorite covers of Cafe Tacvba "Eres," Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9" and the classic Latin ballad "Cielito Lindo".
From the beginning in the late 1980s club scene in Japan, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra rose to fame in their native country and have taken their acclaimed live show worldwide, performing to festival audiences in Europe, the United States, and Latin America, including Glastonbury, Supersonico, Coachella, and Vive Latino. The band has collaborated with Manu Chao and Fishbone.
3. Wake Up!
5. Tennessee Waltz
7. Down Beat Stomp
8. Ska Me Crazy
9. Storm Ride
"Here we have it. Finally, the long awaited, highly anticipated fourth full-length from NJHC veterans The Banner. After six years, a brief break-up, line up changes and a satiating cassette, Greying is here, and it's all that it was cracked up to be. The Banner has been a constant touchstone in this writer's life for nearly a decade, and my excitement for this record has been explosive. Frailty, another explosive item, was the first vinyl I ever owned, and that album was punishingly heavy, tearing their fan base wide open with its sledgehammer breakdowns and unrivaled fury. In short, Frailty was pissed, and executed it well. The Banner arguably reached their hallmark sound with their second LP, Each Breath Haunted, which wrapped their classical horror themes and self-loathing into a neat, bleak package. Greying sits between those two albums, combining Each Breath Haunted's icy worldview with Frailty's palpable wrath, creating eleven torturous songs dripping with venom."
- Bruce Wolfbiter (CVLT Nation)
1. The Dying Of The Light
2. Circle Of Salt
3. Crippling Despair
6. A Quiet Corner
7. Send Me Down
9. She Upon The Black Wolf
10. Bones To Dust
But who is Duke Garwood? Well, he's been a prominent collaborator with artist like Mark Lanegan and Savages in the past, and he's finally finished his debut solo album. It's now his time in spotlight, and he comes highly recommended. You should know Duke Garwood. As it is, his soulful, stripped-bare sound has been under your nose this entire time. Until now, he's been the mysterious figure in tales where Mexican gangs forced tequila down his throat, a ghost-like presence at gatherings of some the world's biggest rock stars-turned-his closest friends, and an unassuming continent-hopper trying to find his way in the world. But that's all set to change with 'Heavy Love' - the brand new album about to thrust Garwood from south London's unlikely bluesman and into the spotlight he so thoroughly deserves. 'Heavy Love' is the sound of a genuine artist who has defined his career at his own pace and always on his own terms. The most focused distillation of the magic that's made his bewitching story such a pleasure to trace; it's dark, mystical, and erotic sound returns Garwood's music to the elements, to his mad blues, the unhurried grooves and desert slithers, and his spectral, past-midnight burr that's set to, at last, make him famous.
2. Heavy Love
3. Burning Seas
4. Disco Lights
5. Sweet Wine
6. Snake Man
7. Suppertime In Hell
8. Honey In The Ear
10. Hawaiian Death Song
In 2008, NOFX starred in the TV show Backstage Passport, a series that documented the insane hijinks of the band as they weaved an unsteady path through exotic locales where most sane bands fear to tread. Today, we’re pleased to announce that the official Backstage Passport Soundtrack is being released. Packed with 15 tracks from both seasons (That’s right! The second season is nearing completion as you read this.), the Backstage Passport Soundtrack is a one-stop shop for all the rare, remixed, and unreleased material that folks could only previously enjoy as snippets during the show. If you’re new to the game and haven’t seen Backstage Passport, do yourself a favor and grab a DVD copy. NOFX will be pulling their passports out once again next week for an extensive headlining tour of Australia.
1. Backstage Passport
2. No Fun In Fundamentalism
3. Insulted By Germans (Again)
4. All My Friends In New York
5. You Will Lose Faith
6. Teenage Punching Bag
7. Leaving Jesusland (Live)
8. The Greatest Country In the World
9. Last Night Was Really Fun?
10. We’re Bros
11. Your Hubcaps Cost More Than My Car
12. Fan Mail
13. Arming the Proletariat With Potato Guns
14. I, Melvin
15. Punk Rock Passport
The Districts deliver raw, rollicking power on 'A Flourish And A Spoil' out February 10 on Fat Possum Records. John Congleton (St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, Swans) produced/engineered/mixed the album at Seedy Underbelly Studio (formerly Pachyderm Studio) in Cannon Falls, MN. The resulting 10 tracks capture the boisterous live performances from the quartet, who are all between 19 and 20 years old. The Guardian UK says, "The Districts will be your new favourite band."
The four-piece band formed in 2009 while the members were still in high school in Lancaster County, PA. 'A Flourish And A Spoil' features singer/guitarist Rob Grote's vocals front and center, combining equal parts ferocity and yearning as when he reflects on leaving behind suburban childhood on "Suburban Smell." The album credits original members Grote, Connor Jacobus on bass and Braden Lawrence on percussion with Pat Cassidy joining on guitar.
The Districts have toured with bands including Deer Tick, White Denim, Dr. Dog and Temples and won over fans on both sides of the pond with 2014 sets at Lollapalooza, ACL and Reading Festival, among others. Consequence of Sound says, "As performers, they're naturals, having the confidence and stage presence of bands twice as old and twice as popular" and Interview Magazine dares, "just try not to bob your head."
1. 4th And Roebling
5. Sing the Song
6. Suburban Smell
8. Heavy Begs
9. Young Blood
10. 6 AM
"When People Grow, People Go" is the new album from Blacklisted.
Recorded by Will Yip at Studio 4, "When People Grow, People Go" is an eleven song amalgamation of Blacklisted’s brave experimental leanings ("No One Deserves…" direction) and their unquestionable hardcore heart ("Heavier Than Heaven…" direction). All of it musically electric, pushed to the point of explosion by vocalist and lyricist George Hirsch's melancholic introspection. Widening the gap between them and everyone else with their inspiring originality, vulnerability, and power.
2. Turn In The Pike
4. Deeper Kind
6. Burnt Palms
7. Foreign Observer (w/ Nick WOJ of Cold World)
9. Wooder Ice
10. Bottle Rockets
11. When People Grow, People Go
Colored 7" Vinyl Single Box Set - 7 Singles Sealed
Johnny Winter's last and perhaps greatest album available in a collection of 7-inches. Step Back features an amazing list of musical guests and takes Johnny back to a more aggressive style of blues... one that helped shaped the musical icon.
Produced by Paul Nelson, Step Back showcases classic songs that were inspiring to Johnny Winter. This man, Johnny Winter, remains as vibrant as ever.