Recorded over four nights in May at The Vic Theatre in Chicago, we finally get a live Wilco album. 'It's really the best it's ever felt,' said Jeff Tweedy, 'I would say at this point, I don't think I've ever been in a band that's felt this connected and unified with this collective vision.' To document that collective vision that band called upon veteran mixing engineer Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews, Johnny Cash) to capture the energy, excitement, clarity and musicality that has earned Wilco continued praise for their live shows around the world. Bolstered by experimental guitarist Nels Cline and multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone, Wilco can now move effortlessly from soaring rock anthems like 'Shot in the Arm' to dynamic dazzlers like 'Hummingbird' and 'Muzzle of Bees.' There is a welcoming delicacy that adds beauty to Jeff Tweedy's songs and the late-night ballads. One of America's greatest bands has never sounded better.
2. Company in My Back
3. The Late Greats
4. Hell Is Chrome
5. Handshake Drugs
6. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
7. Shot in the Arm
8. At Least That's What You Said
9. Wishful Thinking
10. Jesus, Etc.
11. I'm the Man Who Loves You
12. Kicking Television
13. Via Chicago
15. Muzzle of Bees
16. One by One
17. Airline to Heaven
18. Radio Cure
19. Ashes of American Flags
20. Heavy Metal Drummer
21. Poor Places
22. Spiders (Kidsmoke)
24. Another Man's Done Gone (previously unreleased)
25. How to Fight Loneliness (previously unreleased)
26. Theologians (previously unreleased)
27. Kamera (previously unreleased))
28. Just a Kid (previously unreleased)
29. Outtasite (Outta Mind) (previously unreleased)
30. I'm a Wheel (previously unreleased)
Ranked 326/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The Cure evolved into one of the most visionary, creatively satisfying and influential groups to come of age in the 1980s. From dreamy pop to moody expressionism, their signature sound is adventurous, hypnotic and beautifully melodic.
Originally released in 1989, Disintegration is the band's highest selling record to date thanks to the hit singles Lovesong, Pictures Of You and Lullaby. Now you can re-experience the groundbreaking bands masterpiece, remastered to sound better than ever! Also includes complete lyrics and bonus photos.
1. Plain Song
2. Pictures Of You
3. Close Down
4, Love Song
5. Last Dance
7. Fascination Street
8. Prayers For Rain
9. The Same Deep Water As You
tetema is a new duo project from Mike Patton (FNM, Bungle, Fantomas, principle Zorn interpreter) and Australian composer/pianist Anthony Pateras (Thymolphthalein, Pivixki, Pateras/Baxter/Brown, Beta Erko). geocidal is audio caffiene injected direct into your eyeballs. Recorded across half the
continents on the planet, this record investigates the murder of place. Do borders even matter any more? Should we even leave the house? Is there any specificity left in this generalised cesspool of culture? Or has the tidal wave of digitally-fuelled apathy swamped any sense of tangible individuality? tetema
demand another universe to this one, and have built one especially for you.
Boasting a 12-piece all-star cast of incredible musicians and featuring special guest drummer Will Guthrie (absolutely slaying), tetema hand picked a devastating team of instrumental virtuosi to assist their quest to make indispensable music in the age of permanent refuse. As a result, geocidal brings the
most glorious noise, interrogating the deepest cosmogonies and malformations of man. It's true! Antique synths? Check. Outlandish orchestration? Definitely. Face-frying vocals wrapped in velvet? You know it.
If we could name some references for you to file this under, we would, but some application is eventually going to tell you what it sounds like anyways, so we won't. To us, it sounds like two maniacs in their respective studios having the time of their lives, rebirthing some of the most insane songcraft this side
of the godforsaken Miley-Cyrus worshipping millennium. So stop like-ing cat jpegs, stop drooling into your phone and listen to this freaking record - it will literally re-wire your existing perception of sonic possibility, although that's probably underselling it. Featuring absolutely gorgeous drawings from Sydney
artist Nik Kamvissis, this album brutally articulates the hell of now!
1. Invocation Of the Swarm
2. Pure War
4. The Hell Of Now
5. Ten Years Tricked
6. 3-2-1 Civilisation
9. Kid Has Got The Bomb
10. Emptiness Of Ecstasy
11. Death In Tangiers
Ranked 25/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Finally! The audiophile edition of Rumours that music listeners have dreamed about for decades. Hear this iconic masterwork in all of its full-range glory. Renowned engineers Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray have gone back to the original analog master tapes and produced an truly amazing-sounding version that exeeds even the highest expectations. One of the greatest albums ever made, now with sound that befits its status!
The undisputed crown-jewel of the Fleetwood Mac catalog, Rumours has been certified an incredible nineteen times platinum and is one of the best-selling albums in history. A rare effort that transcends genre, generations, and the personnel that created it, Rumours is quite possibly THE definitive album of the 1970s and unquestionably, one of the most vital rock LPs ever made.
With such classic rock staples as "Dreams," "Don't Stop," "Go Your Own Way," "You Make Loving Fun," "The Chain," and "Gold Dust Woman," Rumours reads like a greatest hits package rather than an incredible singe album. Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, and Co. simply make magic on every track. And while celebrated as one of the best break-up releases to enter the public realm, Rumours succeeds primarily because of the impeccable songwriting and passioned playing. No matter your age, interests, or tastes, this is a record everyone should own.
Mastered from the original analog tapes by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, and lovingly pressed on 180g LP, Warner Bros.' new pressing is the answer to so many audiophiles' dreams: NEVER has this oft-referenced, forever-beloved record sounded better at 45 RPM. Wait until you hear this!
Order your copy, as well as several for friends and family, today!
1. Second Hand News
3. Never Going Back Again
4. Don't Stop
5. Go Your Own Way
7. The Chain
8. You Making Love Fun
9. I Don't Want To Know
10. Oh Daddy
11. Gold Dust Woman
Live In London is the first live recording and concert film from acclaimed artist Regina Spektor. Captured mainly at London's famed Hammersmith Apollo Theatre, Live In London features 22 remarkable performances that span Spektor's brilliant catalog of music, including three new songs that have only been performed live ("Silly Eye-Color Generalizations," "Bobbing For Apples" and "Love, You're A Whore"). Live In London was recorded during Regina's UK tour in support of her latest album, Far, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200.
An artist praised for her remarkable originality, inspired storytelling and enthralling performances, Rolling Stone raves Spektor "put on one of the most intensely joyful rock shows we've seen all year." The Philadelphia Inquirer adds, "Everything she did was greeted with thunderous applause ... the audience could not get enough. Perhaps what was most remarkable about Regina's performance, aside from hearing Spektor's gorgeous vocals in person, was her ability to enrapture the crowd. Spektor's passion, vitality and sheer musical talent transformed the Electric Factory into a world of intimacy." The Boston Globe simply says, "multitalented Spektor is capable of anything and it shows on stage."
1. On The Radio
3. Folding Chair
4. Sailor Song
5. Blue Lips
6. Apres Moi
7. Dance Anthem Of The 80's
8. Silly Eye-Color Generalizations
9. Bobbing For Apples
11. Ode To Divorce
12. That Time
13. The Calculation
15. Laughing With
16. Man Of A Thousand Faces
17. Hotel Song
21. The Call
22. Love, You're A Whore
Ranked 78/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
NOW ON 180-GRAM VINYL!!!
Remastered from the original tapes! It sounds incredible!!
A quadruple Platinum No. 1 smash and the best-selling album of 1972, Harvest was Neil Young's fourth solo effort. With the Gold No. 1 "Heart Of Gold," Top 40 "Old Man," powerful "The Needle And The Damage Done," controversial "A Man Needs A Maid" and "Southern Man" companion "Alabama," Harvest won inclusion in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Albums Of All Time."
Deceptively laid-back-sounding country-rock plaints like "Out On The Weekend" and the title cut caress the ear unassumingly, pulling you into the more ominous subtext that is present in the rollicking "Are You Ready For The Country." As always, Young has an ear for contrasts, laying down heavy rock ("Alabama") besides his balladry, and even employing the London Symphony Orchestra on the excellent confessional "A Man Needs A Maid." Due to back troubles, Young recorded much of this material while wearing a brace, a fact that seems audible in the tension and unease that underlies the friendly, acoustic surface of this superb release.
1. Out On The Weekend
3. A Man Needs A Maid
4. Heart Of Gold
5. Are You Ready For The Country?
6. Old Man
7. There's A World
9. The Needle And The Damage Done
10. Words (Between The Lines Of Age)
Appropriately, the soundtrack for the 1978 movie FM feels like a radio play list of the era, collecting songs from Joe Walsh, Randy Meisner, Boz Scaggs, and other '70s radio staples. Steely Dan's title track, Queen's "We Will Rock You," Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band's "Night Moves," Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are," and Boston's "More Than a Feeling" are some of the highlights from this double-disc set, which also includes tracks from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Foreigner, and Linda Ronstadt, all of whom also appeared in the film. Though FM itself wasn't exactly a box-office smash, its soundtrack is a surprisingly durable and entertaining collection of classic rock that is arguably better than many of the '70s rock compilations available today.
-All Music Guide
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FM - Steely Dan
Night Moves - Bob Seger
Fly Like an Eagle - Steve Miller
Cold as Ice - Foreigner
Breakdown - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Bad Man - Randy Meisner
Life in the Fast Lane - Eagles
Do It Again - Steely Dan
Lido Shuffle - Boz Scaggs
More Than a Feeling - Boston
Tumbling Dice - Linda Ronstadt
Poor, Poor Pitiful Me - Linda Ronstadt
Livingston Saturday Night - Jimmy Buffett
There's a Place in the World for a Gambler - Dan Fogelberg
Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel
It Keeps You Runnin' - Doobie Brothers
Your Smiling Face - James Taylor
Life's Been Good - Joe Walsh
We Will Rock You - Queen
FM (Reprise) - Steely Dan
About the best one can say about 1974's Bluejeans & Moonbeams is that it's not as bad as his other release of the year, Unconditionally Guaranteed. In fact, there are two tracks, the pretty reverie "Observatory Crest" and the stomping blues-rocker "Party of Special Things to Do," that are actually quite good. The rest of the album, however, is fairly dire. Recorded with anonymous studio musicians who are clearly out of their league and glossed to a soul-less polish by producer Andy DiMartino, Bluejeans & Moonbeams never catches fire even at its best, and its worst tracks -- those would be "Pompadour Swamp" and the utterly wretched proto-disco "Captain's Holiday" -- are the worst things that have ever borne the Captain Beefheart name. Captain Beefheart would eventually return with the revitalized Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) in 1978, but Bluejeans & Moonbeams sounds like a tired and cynical make-work project.
Party of Special Things To Do
Same Old Blues
Rock 'n Roll's Evil Doll
Further Than We've Gone
Twist Ah Luck
Bluejeans and Moonbeams
1969: Velvet Underground Live, is without question the best (legally-released) document of this band's considerable strengths as a live act. While they were a somewhat more sedate band with Doug Yule on bass rather than Cale, they still had plenty of life left in them at this stage of the game; there are few voyages into the sonic unknown here, but Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison had matured into one of rock's most potent guitar combinations, Maureen Tucker was as distinctive a drummer as even picked up a pair of mallets, and with Doug Yule at her side they comprised a truly superb rhythm section. Sounding tight, confident, and passionate on every cut, this set finds the band visiting highlights from all four of their studio albums, as well as a handful of previously unreleased numbers. From the delicacy of "New Age" and "I'll Be Your Mirror" to the rave-up energy of "What Goes On" and "White Light/White Heat," 1969: Velvet Underground Live captures the many sides of their musical personality with commendable skill, and while it isn't their best album, it's one of the best places for a beginner to explore their body of work.
Waiting for My Man
What Goes On
We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together
Rock and Roll
Beginning to See the Light
Pale Blue Eyes
Some Kinda Love
Sweet Bonnie Brown/ It's Just Too Much
White Light/ White Heat
I'll Be Your Mirror
Among the most powerful music to be captured on 78 rpm in America during the 1920s & 1930s are those recordings of black sanctified and gospel singing. Ranging from plaintive mourning to unbridled ecstasy, the sacred music from this time period represents a flowering of diverse and idiosyncratic
rural songs styles. At no time was their a wider panorama of religious songs in America.
Selected exclusively from Christopher King’s private collection, the 78s included here represent the most unhinged, the most compelling survey of pre-war
black gospel. Of the 42 tracks in this 3LP collection, 34 have never been reissued until now. The complete recorded output of the Primitive Baptist
Choir of North Carolina is also included in this collection for the first time. Several rare & previously unissued photographs are also contained within.
Lovingly and respectfully designed by Susan Archie and firmly grounded in Scripture by Christopher King.
Tompkins Square has been steadily mining the history of black gospel through previous collections - the Grammy-nominated 'He Is My Story : The
Sanctified Soul of Arizona Dranes'; 'Fire In My Bones : Raw, Rare & Otherworldly African-American Gospel, 1944-2007'; 'This May Be My Last Time
Singing : Raw African-American Gospel on 45RPM, 1957-1982' ; Bessie Jones - 'Get In Union'; and 'I Heard The Angels Singing : Electrifying Black
Gospel from the Nashboro Label, 1951-1983'.
1. On Jordan's Stormy Bank We Stand - Seventh Day Adventists Choir
2. Glory! Glory! Hallelelujeh - McCollum's Sanctified Singers
3. Fight On Your Time Ain't Long - Primitive Baptist Choir Of North Carolina
4. Let Jesus Lead You - Jubilee Gospel Team
5. Preaching With Singing - Elder Oscar Saunders & Congregation
6. I’ll Be Rested (When The Roll Is Called) -Roosevelt Graves & Brother
7. Hiding Behind The Stuff - Rev. A. W. Nix
8. Le t That Lie Alone - Edward W. Clayborn- "The Guitar Evangelist
9. The Devil Is A Fisherman - Rev. T.E. Weems
10. Oh Lord I'm Your Child - McCollum's Sanctified Singers
11. Abraham Have Mercy On Me - Rev. William Ransom
12. Father I Stretch My Hands Up To Thee - Primitive Baptist Choir Of North Carolina
13. I Wish My Mother Was On That Train - Blind Joe & Emma Taggart
14. Dead Cat On The Line - Rev. J.M. Gates
15. You Gotta Live Your Religion Every Day - Laurel (Mississippi) Fireman’s Quartette
16. Rejoicing On The Way - Fa Sol La Singers
17. Canaan’s Land - Blind Gussie Nesbit
18. Everybody Will Be Happy Over There - Elder Oscar Saunders & Congregation
19. Jesus Will Make It All Right - Edward W. Clayborn- "The Guitar Evangelist
20. Heaven Belongs To You - Primitive Baptist Choir of North Carolina
21. Lord I’m The True Vine - Eddie Head & His Family
22. Jonah In The Wilderness - Henry Thomas
23. Angels Rolled The Stone Away - Rev. D.C. Rice
24. Pure Religion - Blind Gussie Nesbit
25. I Love Thy Church O Lord- Primitive Baptist Choir of North Carolina
26. Stations Will Be Changed - Jubilee Gospel Team
27. When I Take My Vacation In Heaven - Mother McCollum
28. What The Men Wanted The Women Was Sitting On- Rev. Emmet Dickinson
29. Train Your Child - Washington Phillips
30. He Shall Speak For Himself - Rev. William Ransom
31. I Heard The Angels Singing - Edward W. Clayborn- "The Guitar Evangelist"
32. The Day Is Past And Gone - Primitive Baptist Choir Of North Carolina
33. I Know The Lord Has Laid His Hands On Me - Jubilee Gospel Team
34. Jesus Of Nazareth, King Of The Jews - Rev. J.C. Burnett
35. I Won’t Have To Cross Jordan Alone - Laurel (Mississippi) Fireman’s Quartette
36. I'll Be Satisfied - Blind Joe & Emma Taggart
37. Blessed Be The Tie That Binds - Primitive Baptist Choir Of North Carolina
38. I Shall Not Be Moved - Edward W. Clayborn- "The Guitar Evangelist
39. Don't Know When Old Death Will Call For Me - Jubilee Gospel Team
40. Great Day Of His Wrath Has Come - Rev. J.C. Burnett
41. I Want To See Him - Mother McCollum
42. Going To Hell & Who Cares - Rev. A. W. Nix
ATO Records is proud to announce the release of Women & Work, the new studio album from Memphis, TN's Lucero. Recorded at the historic Ardent Studios in Memphis, Women & Work was produced and mixed by Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly) and finds the band making an impressive step forward in both songwriting and in the evolution of their signature Memphis rock and soul sound. Frontman Ben Nichols says, "This record is Lucero doing what we do best. It's one part barrelhouse rock & roll and one part lonesome nights. The thing is, we are having more fun than ever playing both on stage and off and I think that shows on this album." Gatefold vinyl with CD.
1. Downtown (Intro)
2. On My Way Downtown
3. Women & Work
4. It May Be Too Late
6. Who You Waiting On?
7. I Can't Stand to Leave You
8. When I Was Young
10. Like Lightning
11. Go Easy
Vessel is a complex collection of songs that shows why twenty | one | pilots are the latest addition to Fueled By Ramen's extremely selective roster. The band entered a real studio for the first time ever with Grammy nominated producer Greg Wells (Weezer, Adele) to craft an album which merges elements of hip-hop, indie rock and punk in a way that's so seamless, you'll be rapping along one minute and caught up in a lush orchestral line the next.
1. Ode To Sleep
2. Holding On To You
4. House Of Gold
5. Car Radio
8. The Run And Go
9. Fake You Out
10. Guns For Hands
Ranked 314/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The Velvet Underground's self-titled third album was in many ways the debut of a new band as John Cale had departed by this time and was replaced by Doug Yule. Cale's more experimental style was replaced by Sterling Morrison's eloquent guitar accompaniment which allowed the human side of Lou Reed's songwriting to emerge like never before. Unobstructed by walls of sonic noise, Reed's insight and genius really shines here.
1. Candy Says
2. What Goes On
3. Some Kinda Love
4. Pale Blue Eyes
6. Beginning To See The Light
7. I'm Set Free
8. That's The Story Of My Life
9. The Murder Mystery
10. After Hours
AMON AMARTH a name like an insurmountable cliff, like a towering wave, like an all-destroying hammer blow, like the epitome of power! Even Thor the Thunder God himself would be awestruck if front man Johan Hegg, one of the greatest stars of today's metal world, and his cohorts drew near. Twilight of the Thunder God is the title of their new album, which has to follow in the monumental footsteps left by its predecessor With Oden on our Side, the record that propelled AMON AMARTH to the forefront of the entire metal scene.
1. Twilight of the thunder god
2. Free will sacrifice
3. Guardians of asgaard
4. Where is your god
5. Varyags of miklagaard
6. Tattered banners and bloody flags
7. No fear for the setting sun
8. The hero
9. Live for the kill
10. Enbrace of the endless ocean
11. Valhall awaits me
12. Runes to my memory
13. Cry of the black birds
15. Pursuit of kings
16. Fate of norns
17. Without fear
18. With oden on our side
19. Where silent gods stand guard
Over the past few years, Charli has released a series of singles and mixtapes, toured the globe supporting the likes of Coldplay, Santigold, Sleigh Bells and Justice and garnered champions from practically every tastemaker blog and magazine on both sides of the Atlantic. She's had 2.5 million views on YouTube, 470k views of new video for ‘You (Ha Ha Ha)' (in one month) and over 630k total plays on Soundcloud. It's hard to believe someone so young could achieve so much. Through it all her main focus has always been on making the best possible album she could. This was made possible by working with some fantastic collaborators who helped hone her vision for a dark, emotional pop record including Ariel Rechtshaid (Usher, Major Lazer, Solange), Patrik Berger (Lana del Rey, Robyn) as well as hotly tipped blog favourites Blood Diamonds and J£zus Millions.
As well as being an artist in her own right, Charli has written and featured on one of the biggest global breakthrough hits of 2012 for Icona Pop. "I Love It" created an absolute frenzy stateside, having blown up all over the world.
"True Romance shares its title with an unbelievably well-cast 1993 movie written by Quentin Tarantino, who was reassembling cultural detritus way before mash-ups and microblogging. Charli XCX's approach to pop is similarly postmodern (how 90s does that sound?), pulling from moody 80s synth-pop, sassy turn-of-the-millennium girl groups, and state-of-the-art contemporary producers to create something distinctive and immediately memorable. She clearly understands the internet, having shared two original mixtapes and two influences mixtapes before her official full-length, but this carefully pruned set is no data dump. And there you'll see a glimmer of True Romance's most throwback aspect: its evident pop ambition, an overriding sense of an imagined mass audience for music that's radio-ready yet outsider-friendly. It's almost like Napster-- and the filler-crammed album sales model that preceded it-- never happened.
In fact, by the time Charli XCX was a teenage electro-house devotee, illegal file-sharing's early free-for-all had already given way to iTunes and other legal download services. Robyn had already released her self-titled comeback album. So it might be only natural that Charli XCX would keep the pre-bubble faith that people will pay for emotionally direct, bubblegum-catchy, yet stubbornly left-of-center songs about falling in and out of love. But the generous hooks on the previously released singles here, such as the gospel-kissed prechorus of the yearning "Stay Away" or the Santigold-savvy lilt of love-and-the-bomb brooder "Nuclear Seasons", are extraordinarily welcome just the same. Even better are newer singles such as the gorgeously bitter "You (Ha Ha Ha)", which inhabits its cloud-rappy Gold Panda sample like they were made for each other, and the almost-as-gorgeously blissful "What I Like", which recounts a still-young relationship with the cheeky frankness of Lily Allen or the Streets, and the sing-songy near-rapping of the Spice Girls.
The several songs on True Romance that hadn't previously surfaced in videos or other releases aren't quite as strong, but they're effective enough to suggest Charli XCX's best work might still be ahead of her. The Todd Rundgren-sampling "So Far Away", with the sun-dappled lushness of the Avalanches, is a clear highlight; Charli XCX's vocals are usually plain-spoken, but the anguished break-up plea "Set Me Free" proves she can reach for Jessie Ware-like dramatics when appropriate. The pitch-shifting "no one is forever" intro added at the start of opener "Nuclear Seasons" probably should've been given its own track-- and later on the album it is, when the same backing vocal forms the base of the cloudy, broken-hearted "Grins". Elsewhere, the haunted confession "How Can I", while solid enough, is a reminder that Charli XCX's lyrics so far tend to fall relatively flat; when, on swooning finale "Lock You Up", she sings, "It hits me like a ton of bricks," she leaves the cliché untweaked.
And then there's "Cloud Aura", a lovelorn, engagingly laid-back bit of groove that lets Grimes' "Genesis" video co-star Brooke Candy rap horribly about Chris Brown. Candy's guest verse previously appeared on 2012's uneven Super Ultra mixtape, and it was near-universally panned. It isn't any better now. But in an era when too many up-and-comers are all too eager to please, this stubborn refusal to back down displays another quality in short supply: genuine irreverence. The songwriting and production credits on True Romance include Usher's "Climax" co-conspirator Ariel Rechtshaid and "I Love It" collaborator Patrick Berger, among others, who also share some credit (and blame). But like 90s pop stars turned 10s pop sophisticates Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé, Charli XCX stamps her personality across the entire project, and True Romance suggests she'll be worth following for a while."
- Marc Hogan, Pitchfork
1. Nuclear Seasons
2. You (Ha Ha Ha)
3. Take My Hand
4. Stay Away
5. Set Me Free (Feel My Pain)
7. So Far Away
8. Cloud Aura
9. What I Like
10. Black Roses
11. You're the One
12. How Can I
13. Lock You Up
The Flaming Lips followed-up their interactive 1997 extravaganza Zaireeka in typical unforeseen fashion by releasing their 1999 magnum opus The Soft Bulletin, the most emotionally accessible and musically grandiose statement of the band's career. Wayne Coyne's plaintive and spiritual explorations on the human experience are brought to life as never before here by a symphonic multidimensional sound that is as beautiful as it is transcendent. Featuring ethereal and poignant classics like "Race For The Prize," "Waitin' For A Superman," "Suddenly Everything Has Changed" and "Feeling Yourself Disintegrate" among others, The Soft Bulletin proved to be that elusive artistic breakthrough from a band that looked destined to be eternally restless. Not only is The Soft Bulletin a high water mark for The Flaming Lips on multiple levels, it's arguably one of the best recordings of the decade plus.
1. Race For The Prize
2. A Spoonful Weighs A Ton
3. The Spark That Bled
4. The Spiderbite Song
5. Buggin' (Remix)
6. What Is The Light?
7. The Observer
1. Waitin' For A Superman
2. Suddenly Everything Has Changed
3. The Gash
4. Slow Motion
5. Feeling Yourself Disintegrate
6. Sleeping On The Roof
The Reckoning is the follow-up to the South Carolina foursome's acclaimed 2009 album The Outsiders, which debuted in the Top 20 of the Billboard Top 200. The Reckoning is a confident and fresh-sounding collection from a band coming into its own as a world class rock n' roll outfit. Inspired by the dynamics they had developed on the road, the band was determined to capture their on-stage energy and exhilarating live performances, along with their experimental studio ideas, on record. With the arena-ready "Drive All Night," the swagger of "White Fences" and its epic title track, The Reckoning fulfills on the promise of the band's first three albums, offering a powerful and memorable sound that defines the band's ambitions clearly and makes NeedToBreathe one to keep an eye on.
1. Oohs and Ahhs
2. White Fences
3. Drive All Night
4. A Place Only You Can Go
5. Cops (Bonus Track)
7. The Reckoning
1. Maybe They're On To Us
2. Wanted Man
3. Keep Your Eyes Open
4. Tyrant Kings
5. Disaster Road (Bonus Track)
6. Devil's Been Talkin'
7. Angel At My Door
8. Learn To Love
The 8th studio album by Pantera, originally released in 1996, reached number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart. Due to tension among the bandmembers, Phil Anselmo recorded the vocals alone at Trent Reznor's Nothing Studios in New Orleans while the rest of the group recorded at Chasin Jason Studios in Dallas, Texas.
The Great Southern Trendkill features some of the fastest tempos and most down-tuned guitars that the band ever recorded. It also has a more experimental nature to its songs, such as the acoustic guitar and keyboard-laden "Suicide Note Pt. I".
Unlike Pantera's first three major label albums, the vocals are often double tracked and layered to create a more "demonic" effect. An example of this can be heard in the chorus of "13 Steps to Nowhere", when Phil Anselmo's singing voice is backed up by high pitched screaming, done by Seth Putnam.
1. The Great Southern Trendkill
2. War Nerve
3. Drag the Waters
5. 13 Steps to Nowhere
6. Suicide Note Pt. I
7. Suicide Note Pt. II
8. Living Through Me (Hell's Wrath)
10. The Underground In America
11. (Reprise) Sandblasted Skin
It Couldn't Be Me
In The Night
Green Grass & Clover
I Lost My Love
The Death Trip
Hard Working Man
The Sorcerer of Isis (The Ritual of the Mole)
The Japanese group Toe when releasing their debut The Book About My Idle Plot on a Vague Anxiety must have come to conclusion to release something dynamic and free. While at heart their debut is a calming, melodic post-rock affair, it adds interesting stop and go rhythm sections within the bulk of some of the album, a clear math rock influence. What is telling about Toe's work on this album is their clear potential to become more. Their dynamic, yet limited buildups aren't the ones you hear from traditional, uproarious, and grandiose groups like Explosions In The Sky! or more traditionally Godspeed You! Black Emperor; instead their clean shaven take on guitar structure and fantastic drumming by Kashikura Takashi is what matters the most. Rarely, if ever are piano structures, obscure samples, or electronics of any kind are introduced within The Book About My Idle Plot on a Vague Anxiety, which frankly is impressive.
The Book About My Idle Plot on a Vague Anxiety is at its core a strict representation of a minimalist post-rock affair. Its structures carry on by themselves without a huge ambient uplifting or pretentious, high-flying strings to back up any track. The album moves smoothly as it should, but Takashi's skill is exceptional, he carries this album with his smooth, diverse drumming. Amazingly it doesn't tire at all. Stylishly the band approaches an almost back-and-forth method between the rhythm portion of the album and its percussion - at times silencing out one to showcase the other, as seen in "Past and Language". The album moves freely without hesitation or uncertainty, making the music so effective, but the parts not whole is really only needed as the structures don't need to be completely built up in an awe-inspiring 10-20 minute epic, but a melodic, serene, more or less peaceful 5 minutes of them almost jamming. Oddly enough this perception of them in a free-form basis of jamming is clearly not a reality because the rhythm structures and percussion fills are exceptional at their timings all over this debut.
The biggest strength of this Toe's debut is their patience within these tracks. Unlike other short, quick outbursts such as Grails, Toe still find themselves building the song suitable to their strengths and comfort zone. When they decide to trek outside of these waters, they're very minimal, in an experimented quick duration as seen in "Music For You" and "Hangyaku Suru Fuukei". When the group decides to ramp up a song, they do so immediately from the inner-workings of Takashi and by doing so carve out a quick, tasteful foundation to start off on, evidence by "I Still Do Wrong". While their stripped-down approach that feels almost too pure for most post-rock listeners, they seem to take their strides from Do Make Say Think and their label associates Mouse On The Keys and Enemies. What The Book About My Idle Plot on a Vague Anxiety accomplishes is a rhythm section that is entirely tight and sustained, that at times should feel timid or stale, but the drumming is frankly superb, allowing the band to reach new heights.
- Marko Polovina (Sputnik Music)
1. Hangyaku Suru Fuukei
2. Kodoku no Hatsumei
3. Tremolo + Delay
4. Mukougishi ga Miru Yume
5. All I Understand Is that I Don't Understand
7. Past and Language
8. Music for You
9. I Do Still Wrong
11. Everything Means Nothing
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1. Brown Eyed Girl
2. He Aint Give You None
3. T.B. Sheets
4. Spanish Rose
5. Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye)
6. Ro Ro Rosey
7. Midnight Special
8. Beside You
9. I Love You (The Smile You Smile)
10. Brown Eyed Girl (Alternate Take)
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record label, Dawn Chorus Recording Company. Syd Arthur may revel in the music of decades long past but, as psychedelic rock goes, they match the
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