Richard Youngs' latest solo work for Jagjaguwar is a collection of neodruid hymns and chants for the minutiae of homelife and fatherhood poetic transcendance through repetition and a focus on the (seemingly) micro. Once again proving himself a master of minimalist composition, Youngs also takes leaps forward as a lyricist on Under Stellar Stream, reminiscent of the list incantations of Allen Ginsberg. With this comes a change in Youngs' voice, now less pleading, deeper and more assured. In these atonal, spatial arrangements, each phrase is granted the room to work into the cerebral cortex.
1. Broke Up By Night
2. All Day Monday And Tuesday
3. Cluster To A Star
4. Arise Arise
5. My Mind Is In Garlands
6. The Bells Of Spring
San Francisco heavy metal cultists CASTLE will release their album, “Under Siege,” via Prosthetic Records in North America. Recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, Calif. earlier this year with producer/mixer Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Eyehategod) — who also produced their 2012 Juno-nominated release “Blacklands” — “Under Siege” pushes CASTLE‘s unique sound further with the confluence of punishing riffs and melodic passages of haunted, full-blooded madness.
Vocalist/bass guitarist Liz Blackwell gave insight on the new material: “We wrote this album in Los Angeles, San Francisco and in the mountains of Northern California. It’s a California record. We drew from the heavy sounds of those places to write electric witch hymns of death and doom.”
CASTLE formed in 2009 and released their debut album “In Witch Order” on the German label Van Records (The Devil’s Blood) in 2011. The album brought light to the newly-formed band and earned them “Album of the Year” honors from Metal Hammer Norway, as well as Roadburn Festival’s “Newcomer of the Year.” Shortly after, the band signed with Prosthetic in North America and released their critically acclaimed sophomore album “Blacklands,” which earned a nomination for “metal/hard music album of the year” at the Juno Awards (Canada’s equivalent to the Grammys). The band supported the release playing over 200 shows worldwide alongside acts including The Sword, Intronaut and Witch Mountain in addition to appearing at some of the scene’s largest festivals (Roadburn, London Desertfest).
1. Distant Attack
2. Be My Ghost
3. A Killing Pace
4. Pyramid Lake
6. Labyrinth Of Death
7. Temple Of The Lost
8. Evil Ways
The fifth album by Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette, Under Rug Swept, was originally released in 2002. It was the first album Morissette had written and produced all on her own, debuting at number one on charts in 12 countries, including the United States and Canada. The album produced the singles "Hands Clean" and "Precious Illusions".
Following up on the massively successful SUPPOSED FORMER INFATUATION JUNKIE, it was time for a cool change in making her next record. With Under Rug Swept, Morissette brought back the sound of Jagged Little Pill, a lush, dense layering of loops, guitars, keyboards, and vocals that makes her songs incredibly catchy. While sounding really good, the music flows, the production shines in its subtleties, it's pleasingly melodic, tempering the extremities of Jagged Little Pill while retaining character.
Under Rug Swept was never issued on vinyl – making the Music On Vinyl edition the first one!
1. 21 Things I Want In A Lover
3. Hands Clean
5. So Unsexy
6. Precious Illusions
7. That Particular Time
8. A Man
9. You Owe Me Nothing In Return
Deluxe Vinyl Box Set On Limited Edition 2 x 180g LP + 2 x CD
A founder member of the fabled Kaleidoscope, this versatile multi-instrumentalist left the band in 1968 to join the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Chris Darrow also helped form the Corvettes, an underrated country rock group who later backed Linda Ronstadt on a tour to promote her Hand Sown ... Home Grown album. Darrow then began a solo career with Artist Proof, and also found employment as a studio musician. He contributed to releases by John Stewart, John Fahey and others, as well as appearing on several Tamla/Motown Records sessions. A second album, Chris Darrow, reaffirmed his eclectic nature and featured cameos by Dolly Collins and Alan Stivell. The equally well-crafted Under My Own Disguise followed in 1974.
Everloving is pleased to reissue two of Chris's rare solo albums from the United Artists vaults. This Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set features Darrow's 1973 self-titled release and the 1974 release Under My Own Disguise. The set includes 2xLP (180gHQ) + 2xCD + 48 page 12x12 photo book.
1. Albuquerque Rainbow
2. Take Good Care of Yourself
3. Don't Let Your Deal Go Down
4. Devil's Dream
5. We Don't Talk of Lovin' Anymore
6. We're Living on $15 a Week
7. Whipping Boy
8. To Which Cross Do I Cling?
9. Hong Kong Blues
10. A Good Woman's Love
11. Faded Love
12. That's What It's Like to Be Alone
13. Miss Pauline
14. Livin' Like a Fool
15. Java Jive
16. Maybe It's Just as Well
17. Another Shutdown
18. Wherever You Are
19. A Masquerader
20. Live or Die Rag
21. You Can't Outplay the Blues
22. Old Scratch
In the summer of 2007, shortly after the release of their 6th album Icky Thump, The White Stripes headed north of their hometown of Detroit to embark on an ambitious journey across Canada. The plan was to play a show in every province and territory in Canada, from B.C. to Newfoundland to Nunavut. Having never done a tour of Canada, Meg and I thought it was high time to go whole hog, from the ocean to the permafrost explains Jack White. We wanted to play out of the way towns that don't usually get shows, the shows are better, it's better for the people, it's a better experience, it's way more unique, something interesting is going to happen, hopefully.
White called upon filmmaker Emmett Malloy to come and document this trek for the band. Malloy had directed videos for the band in the past, and seemed eager to hit the road with them. Equipped with a couple of 16mm cameras, and a few other documenting devices, the band and crew all headed north. The end result was Under Great White Northern Lights.
Under Great White Northern Lights is a visual and emotional feature length film documenting The White Stripes making their way through Canada and culminating with their 10th Anniversary show in Nova Scotia. The film documents the band playing shows all over Canada; from local bowling alleys, to city buses, and onward to the legendary Savoy Theater for the 10th Anniversary show. A show that turned out to be the longest show the band had ever done on stage together.
The film captures intimate moments of Jack and Meg both on and off stage as they travel through some of the most remote parts of the northern Yukon Territory. Along the way, they have some nice casual conversations about their ten years together, fire cannons, play some of their biggest songs together on stage, and even play a one note show. The cameras were there to capture every waking moment.
What Northern Lights does best is document one of the biggest bands in the world, playing to local crowds in small towns. Some of these towns were so small that many of the locals had no idea who The White Stripes were, they just knew something big was going on in their town. This forced a band that had been together for a decade to go back to a place reminiscent of the first shows they ever played together. For the first time in a long time, no one knew who they were and they had to make a first impression with their music.
The live footage captured in this film shows that Jack and Meg were clearly ready for this. Beyond the live footage, some of the films most memorable moments happen off-stage, offering an insightful look into the very private and complex world that is The White Stripes. It was shortly after this tour that The White Stripes cancelled their fall tour of the U.S., making the ten year anniversary a truly pivotal milestone for this legendary band.
This double 180g vinyl LP set features 16 tracks and serves as the soundtrack to the documentary film of the 2007 Canadian White Stripes tour.
1. Let's Shake Hands
2. Black Math
3. Little Ghost
4. Blue Orchid
5. The Union Forever
6. Ball And Biscuit
7. Icky Thump
8. I'm Slowly Turning Into You
10. 300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpour Blues
11. We Are Going To Be Friends
12. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
13. Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn
14. Fell In Love With A Girl
15. When I Hear My Name
16. Seven Nation Army
7" 45 RPM Vinyl and Official T-Shirt in a Custom Box
"Under Cover of Darkness" comes from the Strokes single of the same name, along with "You're So Right." The first single release from the band in five years, "Under Cover of Darkness" received positive reviews, managing to reach BBC Radio 1's A Playlist. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 133 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years." These two great tracks can be found on this 7" 45 RPM single, along with an official artist t-shirt in a custom box.
1. Under Cover Of Darkness
2. You're So Right
"There's a humanness and empathy to this material that's increasingly rare in rock songs."- Pitchfork
"Their road is straight; their gospel is truth...If nothing else, the hooks alone should be enough
to keep you coming back.” - Nashville's Dead
"Protomartyr's sound is distinct, but hard to pin down with human language. ... It'd be much easier to describe
using a series of buzzing tones and propulsive beats, but then you'd be listening to Protomartyr."- KEXP
In a city full of brilliant people with dead-end jobs and dampened by bitter-cold winters,
playing music offers a cheap outlet. Protomartyr’s taut, austere rock was incubated in a
freezing Detroit warehouse littered with beer cans and cigarette butts and warmed, feebly,
by space heaters. Short songs made for short practices, and the band learned quickly not
to waste time. Despite the cold, Protomartyr emerged with a sound that is idiosyncratic but
relatable, hooky but off-kilter.
Protomartyr’s economical rock elicits comparisons to possible antecedents like Pere Ubu
or The Fall as well as local contemporaries like Frustrations or Tyvek (whose frontman Kevin
Boyer played bass in an early iteration of Protomartyr). Singer Joe Casey’s dry declarative
snarl serves as a reliable anchor, granting his bandmates — guitarist Greg Ahee, drummer
Alex Leonard and bassist Scott Davidson — the opportunity to explore textures and
reinforce the rhythm section. This is never more apparent than on the band’s sophomore
LP and Hardly Art debut, Under Color of Official Right. Where 2012’s No Passion All
Technique favored comparatively straightforward punk structures, Under Color takes a
more exploratory approach. “Tarpeian Rock” places punk vitriol against a minimalist
backing and “Scum, Rise!” casts shadows with guitars that alternately chime and clang.
The cheap outlet, crafted by cold hands in a poorly insulated practice space has, perhaps
unwittingly, become a model of Motor City efficiency. And, more than that, it’s produced a
stunner of a sophomore album.
2. Ain’t So Simple
3. Want Remover
4. Trust Me Billy
6. What the Wall Said
7. Tarpeian Rock
8. Bad Advice
9. Son of Dis
10. Scum, Rise!
11. I Stare at Floors
12. Come & See
14. I’ll Take That Applause
"Under Attack", the brash, brutal album from New York punk rock veterans The Casualties is a must own punk rock album. The Casualties previous effort "On The Front Line" , released in February of 2004 went on to sell over 62K copies in the US on the back of a very solid touring schedule. The Casualties took a short break from their relentless touring schedule and returned to the studio with Bill Stevenson (Black Flag, Rise Against, The Suicide Machines.) The result is "Under Attack," thirteen tracks of blistering punk rock.
1. Under Attack
2. Without Warning
3. System Failed Us... Again
4. Social Outcast
6. No Solution - No Control
7. Down & Out
8. In It For Life
9. On City's Streets
10. Fallens Heros
11. Great American Progress
12. Stand And Fight
Following the release of the remastered versions of U2's War, October and Boy comes the band's 1983 live album Under a Blood Red Sky. Comprised of live recordings from three shows on U2's War Tour through Europe and America including such classics as New Year's Day and Sunday Bloody Sunday. Now available here on heavyweight virgin vinyl LP.
2. 11 O'Clock Tick Tock
3. I Will Follow
4. Party Girl
5. Sunday Bloody Sunday
6. The Electric Co.
7. New Year's Day
Bobby Bare, Jr. could’ve phoned in a career. He could’ve exploited the fact that he’s the son of iconic Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare, was born into Nashville’s Music Row elite, and counted artists like Shel Silverstein as close family friends and George Jones and Tammy Wynette as next door neighbors. Instead, Bobby blazed a path of unique songwriting craftsmanship with a voice that blows through you like an unyielding wind on the desolate prairie.
Undefeated is BBJ’s first release since 2010 and what he calls his “break-up record,” but the whole of it is much more involved: this isn’t escapism; it’s an emotional survival guide. Undefeated is ten songs of reality checks, clever wordplay, and daring arrangements, the aural companion to that buddy who pulls up a bar stool next to yours to help soak away your sorrows.
Like a bespectacled, curly haired prizefighter whose opponent is on the ropes, Bobby goes at each release as if it might be his last round, focused, and full of energy and purpose. Undefeated is no different. The song list is a war chest of formidable uppercuts (e.g. distorted pop rock gems “North of Alabama By Mornin’” and “Don’t Stand At the Stove”), eye-splitting right jabs (open and orchestral “Don’t Wanna Know” and “The Elegant Imposter”), and sneaky left hooks (the crescendoing “As Forever Became Never Again”).
Undefeated is an album of distinct balance, but with raw and varied textures. “North of Alabama By Mornin’” leads with a murky, palm-muted electric guitar and striding, crunchy organ backbeat; a combination that is undeniably kinetic à la Humble Pie’s ‘70s boogie grooves and sinister and sexy, like a Southern doppelganger to Greg Dulli/The Twilight Singers. Bare Jr.’s ghostly high/low vocal layers echo the bleak picture of a metaphorical road trip, when his confidence slips, “Am I holding the steering wheel or is it holding me?/ The transmission is slipping like a pigeon through a tiger’s teeth.” By the song’s finale, though, jubilant yelps (“Oh! Ho! Ho! We’re goin’ home!”) and the electric guitar’s pinch-harmonic wailing, indicate that things are headed in the right direction.
What’s most striking about BBJ is his proficiency with a broad sonic palette that fluently conjures uncommon impressions of life’s soul-arresting experiences. “The Big Time” is rock ‘n’ roll reinterpreted through the lens of soulful pedaled bass, celebratory and punchy brass, and the facade of big-city talk (“You’re gonna miss me after I hit the big time/ Gonna get brand new famous friends.”). In “Blame Everybody (But Yourself)” the band – Young Criminals’ Starvation League – taps into a piano-inflected British invasion/Herman’s Hermits sort of vibe, blended with the melancholic echo chamber aesthetic of My Morning Jacket.
At other moments, Bobby channels his country DNA (like in the Hayes Carll co-penned “My Baby Took My Baby Away”), mirror-ball gazing ‘70s R&B/soul (“Undefeated”), and bright ballads from the hills and hollers of Venice Beach (“If She Cared”). From anyone else, this refusal to play it on the straight and narrow would sound cluttered and disjointed, but Bobby never breaks a sweat.
1. North of Alabama By Mornin'
2. If She Cared
3. The Big Time
4. Don't Wanna Know
5. The Elegant Imposter
7. My Baby Took My Baby Away
8. Blame Everybody (But Yourself)
9. As Forever Became Never Again
10. Don't Stand At The Stove
Expanded Vinyl Edition: Contains Material Previously Unissued On Vinyl
Notes By Ric Lee Of Ten Years After
Undead is a live album by Ten Years After, recorded live at the small jazz club, Klooks Kleek, in London on May 14th 1968, The show combined Blues, Boogie and Jazz playing that merged more traditional Rock and Roll with 50s-style Jump Blues. Alvin Lee, Leo Lyons, Chick Churchill and Ric Lee together became one of the biggest club attractions in England. Their music knows no compromise - it's straight down the line. It's loud and tough - but honest. Undead captures the excitement and raw energy of the band's live performances.
When originally released in 1968, the album was only 38 minutes long, due to the timing constraints of vinyl. As the band's tunes were all pretty long, there were only five tracks on the original issue. The expanded edition of Undead contains 4 additional tracks of the performance and is available on vinyl for the very first time. The remastered audio is pressed on 180 gram audiophile vinyl and Side D is beautifully etched.
1. Rock Your Mama*
3. I May Be Wrong, But I Won’t Be Wrong Always
1. Summertime Shantung Cabbage
2. Spider In Your Web
3. Woodchopper’s Ball
4. Standing At The Crossroads*
1. I Can’t Keep From Crying, Sometimes*
2. Extension On One Chord*
3. I Can’t Keep From Crying, Sometimes*
4. I’m Going Home
Warm Ghost's Partisan Records debut. This vinyl only EP features three re-mastered songs from the band's debut EP, Claws Overhead and three new tracks. Single pocket LP packaging with full color insert and digital download card included in the packaging.
1. Open the Wormhole In Your Heart
2. Without a Dancer
3. Claws Overhead
4. Uncut Diamond
5. Resignation Rights
6. Let My Angst Unfold In the Water Like a Hound's Tongue
Many artists struggle to establish their musical identity; Nick Oliveri has forged his through a long career of hard work and full command over his craft and his music. His new album, 'LEAVE ME ALONE', is a powerfully captivating proof of his multi-talented personality. Recorded at Thunder Underground Studios in Palm Springs, CA. Oliveri plays all the instruments on this recording, including drums, guitar, bass and vocals. It features guitar solos from some special guests though, namely Phil Campbell from MOTORHEAD, Dean Ween (a.k.a. Mickey Moist) from WEEN and MOISTBOYZ, Stephen Haas from MOISTBOYZ, Mike Pygmie from MONDO GENERATOR, Marc Diamond from THE DWARVES and Bruno Fevery from KYUSS LIVES! and VISTA CHINO. There's also a guest vocal by Blag Dahlia from THE DWARVES. Produced by Oliveri himself, recorded by Harper Hug and Trevor Whatever, and mixed by Mathias Schneeberger the album will be released on Schnitzel Records via Cobraside on September 16, 2014. Nick Oliveri will be touring (live line-up Stephen Haas on guitar plus Joey Castillo on drums) North America, Europe and Australia this autumn. Full tour dates to follow. But you can put the October 31st Halloween show at the Forum in LA in your diary: "The End of the Road" Queens of the Stone Age with The Kills, JD McPherson and Nick Oliveri's Uncontrollable.
1. Human Canonball Explodes
2. Keep Me In The Loop
3. Luv Is Fiction
4. Come And You're Gone
5. The Robot Man
6. Get Lost (With Me)
7. Leave Me Alone
8. The Void
9. Death Leads The Way
After much success with previous efforts, Unconsciously Confined finds Satanic Surfers' lead singer, Rodrigo, out from behind the drums and handling all the singing duties exclusively. His strong, smooth voice, as well as Satanic Surfers' ability to be a part of the successful marketing movement known as pop-punk, will surely carry the band on to more success. Not without their lack of insightful lyrics, the five-piece speaks out on racism, the evils of capitalism, and the merits of socialism. Evidently, they're one of the most popular punk bands in Europe. Nevertheless, musically, Unconsciously Confined is rather drab and mediocre. While the occasional hook may jump out and grab the listener, the redundancy is a real killer. The album is so short (13 songs in 25 minutes) that it ends up leaving the listener without a chance to get a proper grasp before the whole monotonous ride is over. Surely fans of Fat Wreck Chords, Epitaph Records, Hopeless Records, and their ilk will enjoy this.
2. Thoughts, Words, Action
3. 4 A.m.
4. Potential Criminal
6. The Sing-along Summer-song
7. State Of Conformity
8. More To Life
9. Don't Let Silence Be An Option
10. Aim To Please?
11. Pecan Pie
12. Up For Sale
The most reviled album of Captain Beefheart's entire career, 1974's ironically titled Unconditionally Guaranteed unfortunately largely deserves its negative reputation. Recorded in the U.K. as the first album of Captain Beefheart's contract with Virgin Records, it's also the last album that features any members of the Trout Mask Replica-era band, notably guitarists Zoot Horn Rollo and Alex St. Clair, plus former Mothers of Invention percussionist Art Tripp. Rather like Van Morrison's later album, A Period of Transition, Unconditionally Guaranteed is clearly a deliberate attempt by the Captain to restrain his more peculiar tendencies in search of a wider audience. As might be expected, the wider audience didn't show up, and his longtime fans were put off by the album's more commercial facets. It's not an entirely useless album, as the tunes do have some of the blues-rock punch that's at the root of Beefheart's work, and the lyrics, mostly declarations of love for his wife, Jan Van Vliet, who receives co-writing credit with producer Andy DiMartino on all ten tracks, seem heartfelt enough. The problem is that DiMartino's production and arrangements are flaccid and dull, and Beefheart (purposely) sings as if he's half asleep throughout. Even Captain Beefheart himself disowns this record.
1. Upon the My-O-My
2. Sugar Bowl Listen
3. New Electric Ride
4. Magic Be
5. Happy Love Song
6. Full Moon,Hot Sun
7. I Got Love On My Mind
8. This is The Day
9. Lazy Music
MEMPHIS MAY FIRE has spent the past 3 years turning heads and they are now one of the big dogs in the metalcore
world. To say the band has been moving at full throttle would be putting it lightly. After being the standout band in 2012, they
were asked to return in 2013 to headline the Mainstage on Vans Warped Tour. Meanwhile, their previous album Challenger
debuted at #16 on Billboard. After that, they toured with Sleeping With Sirens on a full U.S. major market run - selling out
2,000 cap rooms across the country. They have sold over 130,000 records to date, and the anticipation from fans and critics
for their next record will have that number skyrocketing with the release of Unconditional.
The group returned to Chango Studios with Producer-extraordinaire Cameron Mizell, whom they worked with to create
Challenger and the result showcases MEMPHIS MAY FIRE at their nest. Unconditional is about struggles, faith, paving out
your own future, and coming to terms with the responsibilities life throws your way. The band has written a record that is
sure to connect with their fanbase in a big way, while attracting a large number of new listeners in the same fashion as their
previous release, Challenger.
Unconditional is the album fans and critics have been waiting for. Forget what you’ve come to expect from MEMPHIS
MAY FIRE… and get ready for one of 2014’s biggest metal-core releases
1. No Ordinary Love
2. Beneath The Skin
3. Sleepless Nights
4. The Answer
7. The Rose
8. Not Enough
9. Need To Be
The soundtrack for a film that remained incomplete for over a decade, Uncle Meat is one of the finest albums produced by Zappa and the original Mothers of Invention. Showcasing every facet of the band, Uncle Meat is filled with quirky Zappa instrumentals like the title track and the "Dog Breath Variations," rock staples like "Cruisin' For Burgers" and "Mr. Green Genes," and an epic suite of instrumental fervor centered around the jazz-rock forerunner, "King Kong".- Andrew Boscardin
1. Uncle Meat
2. The Voices Of Cheese
3. Nine Types Of Industrial Pollution
4. Zolar Czakl
5. Dog Breath, In The Year Of The Plague
6. The Legend Of The Golden Arches
7. Louie Louie
8. The Dog Breath Variations
9. Sleeping In A Jar
10. Our Bizarre Relationship
11. The Uncle Meat Variations
12. Electric Aunt Jemima
13. Prelude To King Kong
14. God Bless America
15. A Pound For A Brown On The Bus
16. Ian Underwood Whips It Out
17. Mr. Green Genes
18. We Can Shoot You
19. If We'd All Been Living In California...
20. The Air
21. Project X
22. Cruising For Burgers
23. Tengo Na Minchia Tanta
24. King Kong Itself
25. King Kong II
26. King Kong III
27. King Kong IV
28. King Kong V
29. King Kong VI
After releasing three albums with Greg Ginn's underground label SST, Screaming Trees broke through in 1991 with Uncle Anesthesia on major label Epic. The band, fronted by Mark Lanegan (who would go on to collaborate solo with band members of Nirvana, Queens Of The Stone Age, Guns 'N Roses and Foo Fighters) is known for its raw psychedelic, whiskey voiced garage rock. This harder edge set the band apart from Seattle grunge contemporaries Alice In Chains and Soundgarden, gaining a loyal fanbase in the process. Uncle Anesthesia is produced by Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave) and metal producer Terry Date, known for his recordings of Pantera, Prong, Overkill and White Zombie.
1. Beyond This Horizon
2. Bed Of Roses
3. Uncle Anesthesia
4. Story Of Her Fate
5. Caught Between
6. Lay Your Head Down
7. Before We Arise
8. Something About Today
9. Alice Said
10. Time For Light
12. Ocean Of Confusion
Michigan cousins, Jim Wigand III and Tamara Finlay are the two voices behind The Thornbills. Both ethereal and existential these two harmonize prose with a unique and saturated aesthetic. The themes addressed in their songwriting deal mainly with issues of perception versus reality and are executed in crystalline folk tunes.
Third Man Records presents two Jack White produced songs in their Blue Series of 7" records. "Uncle Andrei" is a mysterious ode, reminiscent of a Russian waltz while "Square Peg" is a driving and charming tune layered with the strum of the guitar and wail of the violin.
Personnel includes: Buju Banton, Gramps, LMS, Beres Hammond, Luciano, Stephen Marley, Rancid, Wayne Wonder. Producers include: Donovan Germain, Mark Myrie, Tyrone Downie, Stephen Marsden, Tony Kelly. The once controversial Buju Banton, vilified for his anti-homosexual sentiments on his early single Boom Bye Bye and for his typically violent and slack dancehall, artistically turned the corner in 1995 with the release of the conscious and wistful Til Shiloh. The follow-up in 1998, Inna Heights, was equally spiritual and devoid of negativity. The third installment in this awakening is Unchained Spirit, released in September of 2000: a vital and rhythmic mix of homegrown Jamaican philosophy, biblical harmonizing, and just plain eerie dancehall. Banton sets the album off with a slow chant of Psalm 23, giving the album a spiritual center with which the rest radiates.
2. 23rd Psalm - (Patois, featuring Gramps Of Morgan Heritage)
3. We'll Be Alright - (featuring Luciano)
4. Pull It Up - (Patois, featuring Beres Hammond)
5. Guns and Bombs
6. Better Must Come - (Patois)
7. Sudan - (Patois)
8. Life is a Journey - (Patois)
10. Mighty Dread - (Patois)
11. Law and Order - (Patois)
Having spent the better part of two years on the road with the likes of The Racontuers, The Flaming Lips, Black Mountain and Ted Leo, Birds Of Avalon are no strangers to the sense of unsettlement that accompanies the constant traveler. Birds Of Avalon explore this concept of confusion with Uncanny Valley, by layering psychedelic dissonance atop lyrical themes of fugitives in the computer age, underground-dwelling children replaced by doppelgangers, and sensations of unreality.
1. Unkaany Valley
2. Side Two
3. I Never Knew
4. All Your Downtime Is Up
5. Dad Cage
7. Student Teaching
8. Spirit Lawyer
9. Last Rites (Funky Slide)
In 2003, if you told the members of The Dismemberbent Plan that ten years later they would not only be releasing a new album, but their best record to date, there's no way they would have believed you. Since forming in Washington, D.C. in 1993, the band has released four highly acclaimed full-lengths and become one of the most well respected- and indefinable- acts in indie rock.
Uncanny Valley, their first new album in over a decade, maintains The Dismemberment Plan's unique sound while simultaneously allowing them to open up and expand on the foundation of their celebrated back catalog.
1. No One’s Saying Nothing
4. White Collar White Trash
5. Living in Song
7. Daddy Was a Real Good Dancer
8. Mexico City Christmas
9. Go and Get It
10. Let's Just Go to the Dogs Tonight
There's only one singer walking the earth that can combine an old school Austrian yodel with a sunny Reggae tune: Nina Hagen. She undoubtedly has one of the most distinguishable, unique and recognizable voices in Rock history, whether she's speaking in tongues, yodeling, screeching or singing Ave Maria. Hailing from Germany, the rightfully named Godmother of Punk broke the mold in 1978 with Nina Hagen Band, followed by Unbehagen in 1980. This is a rollercoaster of a record, balancing between Punk, Ska, Schlager, Pop and Hard Rock, and will leave you reeling after every spin!
1. African Reggae
3. Wie Leben Immer... Noch (Lucky Number)
4. Wenn Ich Ein Junge Wär (Live-version)
5. Hermann Hieß Er
6. Auf'm Rummel
7. Wau Wau
8. Fall In Love Mit Mir
9. No Way (Instrumental)
The latest 4-song ep from PITCHSHIFTER! The title track Un-united Kingdom pokes fun at the good old United Kingdom, set to a backdrop of spastic break-beats and aggressive guitars and scathing vocals. In fact, its such a catchy tune that it appears twice on the ep ? once in its original form and again as a remix by Fuzz Townshend (Pop Will Eat Itself, Bentley Rythmn Ace).
Pitchshifter (from Nottingham, U.K.) began in the early '90s industrial underground as aggressive social commentators, hearkening back to the early days of British punk and American hardcore (a la the Minutemen and Dead Kennedys). The band signed to Earache in 1992, and their first two releases (the mini-album Submit (1992) and the full-length Desensitized (1993) ) established them as mainstays in the scene. In 1996 they released their Infotainment ep, also on Earache. These albums simultaneously found their way across the Atlantic, capturing the attention of American listeners.
In 1996, Pitchshifter morphed away from their industrial roots, showing a growing interest in technology and computers. Yet the stronger integration of electronics comes without sacrificing either their signature aggressive sound or an upfront political message.
The UnUnited Kingdom ep sees the band still broadening their musical horizons. These tracks (including a Big Black cover) will appeal to fans of crossover break-beat/metal/techno/hardcore.