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    A Reality Tour

    3 LP Box Set On 180 Gram Translucent Blue Vinyl


    Includes Two Poster Inserts


    3 Bonus Tracks


    Friday Music is proud to announce the reissue of David Bowie's A Reality Tour. The album is essentially his greatest hits live, taken from his last tour during his two-night stint at The Point in Dublin, Ireland, in November 2003. This 3 LP box set contains beautiful 180 Gram Audiophile Translucent Blue Vinyl, with two first time poster inserts featuring the wonderful 12" x 12" front cover image as well as a 12" x 24" double-sided poster featuring unique live performance shots, and 3 bonus tracks.

    LP 1
    1. Rebel, Rebel

    2. New Killer Star

    3. Reality
    4. Fame

    5. Cactus

    6. Sister Midnight
    7. Afraid

    8. All The Young Dudes

    9. Be My Wife

    10. The Loneliest Guy

    11. The Man Who Sold The World

    12. Sunday


    LP 2
    1. Fantastic Voyage

    2. Hallo Spaceboy

    3. Under Pressure

    4. Life On Mars

    5. Battle For Britain (The Letter)

    6. Never Get Old
    7. Ashes To Ashes

    8. The Motel

    9. Loving The Alien

    10. Changes

    11. I'm Afraid Of Americans


    LP 3
    1. Heroes
    2. Bring Me The Disco King

    3. Slip Away

    4. Heathen (The Rays)
    5. Five Years

    6. Hang On To Yourself

    7. Ziggy Stardust

    8. Fall Dogs Bomb The Moon (Bonus Track)
    9. Breaking Glass (Bonus Track)
    10. China Girl (Bonus Track)

    David Bowie
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 3 LPs Buy Now
  • The Reality Of My Surroundings (Pre-Order) The Reality Of My Surroundings (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    The Reality Of My Surroundings (Pre-Order)

    Release Date: July 13, 2018*


    The Reality of My Surroundings is the third full-length album by Fishbone, originally released on April 23, 1991. It was the first Fishbone album to include former Miles Davis music director John Bigham (guitar, keyboards), who joined in 1989 during the Truth and Soul tour.

    *Please note that release dates are subject to change.

    1. Fight The Youth
    2. If I Were A I'd
    3. So Many Millions
    4. Asswhippin'
    5. Housework
    6. Deathmarch
    7. Behavior Control Technician
    8. If I Were A... I'd
    9. Pressure
    10. Junkies Prayer
    11. Pray To The Junkiemaker
    12. Everyday Sunshine
    13. If I Were A I'd
    14. Naz-Tee May'en
    15. Babyhead
    16. If I Were A I'd
    17. Those Days Are Gone
    18. Sunless Saturday
    Fishbone
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  • Lysandre Lysandre Quick View

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    Lysandre

    Lysandre could easily be mistaken as an album about a love affair and the girl I fell in love with. But it's much more then
    that. While love inspired me to write "Lysandre's Theme" - and the album closes with this encounter- it also tells a story: the story of a writer in a band who suddenly finds himself facing the reality of a first tour and everything that entailed; from writing alone at home, to suddenly being in a band preparing for their first out of town shows. It's a personal account. My account. Not that of a band or what the world might have seen. This is some of what I was feeling. A little window into my soul.


    I feel like this is the most focused effort I've ever made musically; telling a story from one song to the next in order of occurrence, making the album almost like one long song. A little bit like a musical. I'm very proud of it and happy it worked so well. I'm pleased to be able to share it with the world; its story, its music, its universal and classic themes. It's a coming of age story, a road trip story, a love story. It's a moment in time that has been captured and brought to life through art. For you, for me, for us. For what it's worth.

    - Christopher Owens

    1. Lysandre's Theme
    2. Here We Go
    3. New York City
    4. A Broken Heart
    5. Here We Go Again
    6. Riviera Rock
    7. Love Is In The Ear Of The Listener
    8. Lysandre
    9. Everywhere You Knew
    10. Closing Theme
    11. Part Of Me (Lysandre's Epilogue)
    Christopher Owens
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    Hypnophobia

    Hypnophobia, the brand new album from 'baroque pop' prince and
    Dutch producer/multi-instrumentalist Jacco Gardner, casts a majestic
    and vibrant psychedelic spell that will hypnotise listeners at the point
    dreams and reality meet.


    Capturing a true sense of exploration, Hypnophobia combines
    Gardner's newfound love of travel with his continued passion for
    collecting and playing vintage instruments. A stunning exhibit of lush
    instrumental tracks as well as songs that boast lyrics worthy of any
    great pop number, the record features a Wurlitzer electric piano that
    was purchased on tour, waltzing alongside mellotrons, harpsichords,
    an Optigan, and an antique Steinway upright piano sold to Gardner by
    a local church.


    Akin to the sonic boom of maverick contemporaries John Maus, and
    Tame Impala, his is a sound that holds fast next to fellow paisley
    performers Syd Barrett and Curt Boettcher, with the airy dynamics of
    Stereolab or Simon & Garfunkel. Yet what truly marks Gardner from
    his musical ancestors and accomplices is his forward-thinking, hi-tech
    approach; "Hypnophobia is the next step into an alternate reality
    influenced by the present. I'm so inspired by today's technology that
    many things I do were not possible in the past."

    1. Another You
    2. Grey Lanes
    3. Brightly
    4. Find Yourself
    5. Face To Face
    6. Outside Forever
    7. Before The Dawn
    8. Hypnophobia
    9. Make Me See
    10. All Over
    Jacco Gardner
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  • Fellow Travelers Fellow Travelers Quick View

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    Fellow Travelers

    Fellow Travelers wasn't supposed to be a full-length record, so I'm
    a little surprised to admit that it's my favorite Shearwater album so
    far. It was meant to be a small thing to release between Animal Joy
    and the next full-length. But it took on a life of its own. Re-imagining
    and renovating songs by the bands we've toured with was like leafing
    through a scrapbook, and brought back the highs and lows of a
    decade of touring.


    Touring is an expression of faith - in yourself, in your friends, in the
    hope that the world has a place for you. In that spirit, I invited all the
    bands we covered to play on Fellow Travelers, with the caveat that you
    couldn't play on your own song. Almost everyone rose to the bait: Chris
    from the Baptist Generals turned Clinic's "Tomorrow" into a stomping
    incantation, while Clinic infected the Generals' "Fucked Up Life" with
    drum machines, radio signals, and combo organ. I added recordings I
    made of birds and waves in the Falklands to David Thomas Broughton's
    "Ambiguity," and he sent us a tape he made of sparrows, bulbuls, and
    the clanking shovels of highway workers in Pyongyang, North Korea,
    which we spliced into our rock-anthem version of Xiu Xiu's "I Luv the
    Valley OH!!" And Jenn from Wye Oak, who, like us, had also toured with
    Lou B, added vocals to "Natural One."


    Leon Trotsky, who gave the words "fellow travelers" their political aura,
    once wrote that "a protest against reality, either conscious or unconscious,
    active or passive, optimistic or pessimistic, always forms part of a really
    creative piece of work." Listening back, I get a feeling of common effort,
    of common purpose, among all of our different musical paths; we've all
    tried to defy or transform reality in small ways with our music, and to
    prove it with our performing lives.


    - Jonathan Meiburg, NYC, March 2013

    1. Our Only Sun
    2. I Luv the Valley OH!
    3. Hurts Like Heaven
    4. Natural One
    5. Ambiguity
    6. Cheerleader
    7. Tomorrow
    8. A Wake for the Minotaur
    9. Mary is Mary
    10. Fucked Up Life
    Shearwater
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  • Bestial Burden Bestial Burden Quick View

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    Bestial Burden

    Four days before New York noise musician Margaret Chardiet was supposed leave for her first European tour as Pharmakon, she had a medical emergency which resulted in a major surgery. Suddenly, instead of getting on a plane, she was bedridden for three weeks, missing an organ.


    "After seeing internal photographs taken during the surgery, I became hyperaware of the complex network of systems just beneath the skin, any of which were liable to fail or falter at any time," Chardiet said. "It all happened so fast and unexpectedly that my mind took a while to catch up to the reality of my recovery. I felt a widening divide between my physical and mental self. It was as though my body had betrayed me, acting as a separate entity from my consciousness. I thought of my corporeal body anthropomorphically, with a will or intent of its own, outside of my will's control, and seeking to sabotage. I began to explore the idea of the conscious mind as a stranger inside an autonomous vessel, and the tension that exists between these two versions of the self."


    Consumed by these ideas, and unable to leave her bed, Chardiet occupied herself by writing the lyrics and music that would become Bestial Burden, the second Pharmakon LP for Sacred Bones Records. The record is a harrowing collection of deeply personal industrial noise tracks, each one brimming with struggle and weighted with the intensity of Chardiet's internal conflict.

    1. Vacuum
    2. Intent Or Instinct
    3. Body Betrays Itself
    4. Primitive Struggle
    5. Autoimmune
    6. Bestial Burden
    Pharmakon
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  • Live & Louder Live & Louder Quick View

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    Live & Louder

    Pressed On 2x 180-Gram Vinyl


    Includes Bonus CD


    'Live & Louder,' The Dead Daisies' highly-anticipated live outing, is set for release on Spitfire Music / SPV and perfectly captures the awesome vibe of their supreme, sweat-drenched, roof-raising live sets, recorded on a heady high at the end of an unbelievable 2016.


    Not to turn down a good opportunity, the band recorded a number of shows on their UK / European Tour with the same team that made 'Make Some Noise' blow speakers worldwide. The album was mixed by Anthony Focx (Aerosmith, Bad Company, Metallica, Santana) at Focxhole Studios and mastered by Howie Weinberg.


    They assembled a true monster in the vein of the great live albums of the 70s. You can feel the sweat drip from the ceilings and the energy of the crowd becoming one with the band, as they scream, holler and forget about our often mundane reality for a night of true Rock'n'Roll.


    Warts 'n all, 'LIVE & LOUDER' is a document of a band in their prime; a raw slice of visceral energy, an in-your-face assault on the senses. Simply: THE DEAD DAISIES in their element and at their best!

    LP 1
    1. Song And a Prayer
    2. Mexico
    3. Make Some Noise
    4. Song And a Prayer
    5. Song And a Prayer
    6. We All Fall Down
    7. Lock 'N' Load
    8. Something I Said


    LP 2
    1. Last Time I Saw The Sun
    2. Join Together
    3. With You And I
    4. Band Intros
    5. Mainline
    6. Helter Skelter
    7. American Band
    8. Midnight Moses


    CD
    1. Long Way To Go
    2. Mexico
    3. Make Some Noise
    4. Song And A Prayer
    5. Fortunate Son
    6. We All Fall Down
    7. Lock ‚ N' Load
    8. Something I Said
    9. Last Time I Saw The Sun
    10. Join Together
    11. With You And I
    12. Band Intros
    13. Mainline
    14. Helter Skelter
    15. American Band
    16. Midnight Moses

    The Dead Daisies
    $19.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Live & Louder (Box Set) Live & Louder (Box Set) Quick View

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    Live & Louder (Box Set)

    Limited Box Set Edition Houses 2x 180-Gram Vinyl, 1x CD, 1x DVD, & 1x Red Colored Vinyl 7 Single (Live At Planet Rock Radio UK)

    Includes Poster, Sticker, Button, Patch, & Photocard

    'Live & Louder,' The Dead Daisies' highly-anticipated live outing, is set for release on Spitfire Music / SPV and perfectly captures the awesome vibe of their supreme, sweat-drenched, roof-raising live sets, recorded on a heady high at the end of an unbelievable 2016.

    Not to turn down a good opportunity, the band recorded a number of shows on their UK / European Tour with the same team that made 'Make Some Noise' blow speakers worldwide. The album was mixed by Anthony Focx (Aerosmith, Bad Company, Metallica, Santana) at Focxhole Studios and mastered by Howie Weinberg.

    They assembled a true monster in the vein of the great live albums of the 70s. You can feel the sweat drip from the ceilings and the energy of the crowd becoming one with the band, as they scream, holler and forget about our often mundane reality for a night of true Rock'n'Roll.

    Warts 'n all, 'LIVE & LOUDER' is a document of a band in their prime; a raw slice of visceral energy, an in-your-face assault on the senses. Simply: THE DEAD DAISIES in their element and at their best!

    LP 1
    1. Song And a Prayer
    2. Mexico
    3. Make Some Noise
    4. Song And a Prayer
    5. Song And a Prayer
    6. We All Fall Down
    7. Lock 'N' Load
    8. Something I Said


    LP 2
    1. Last Time I Saw The Sun
    2. Join Together
    3. With You And I
    4. Band Intros
    5. Mainline
    6. Helter Skelter
    7. American Band
    8. Midnight Moses


    CD
    1. Long Way To Go
    2. Mexico
    3. Make Some Noise
    4. Song And A Prayer
    5. Fortunate Son
    6. We All Fall Down
    7. Lock ‚ N' Load
    8. Something I Said
    9. Last Time I Saw The Sun
    10. Join Together
    11. With You And I
    12. Band Intros
    13. Mainline
    14. Helter Skelter
    15. American Band
    16. Midnight Moses


    DVD
    Documentary "Live & Louder" (40 Min)
    1. Intro
    2. Looking Back At 2016
    3. Touring With The Daisies
    4. Doug Aldrich
    5. Show Preparation
    6. Stage Fright
    7. Song Favorites
    8. Cover Songs
    9. The Signing Sessions
    10. Looking To The Future
    Tour Recaps (25 Min)
    1. Recording
    2. Musikmesse / Hessentag
    3. Summer Tour
    4. Freedom To Rock Tour
    5. Arizona Cardinals
    6. Japan / South Korea - U.S.O.
    7. Kiss Kruise
    8. Fall/winter Tour
    Bonus Content (20 Min)
    1. Slideshow Best Of 2016
    2. Videoclip: Song And A Prayer
    3. Videoclip: Join Together
    4. Videoclip: Long Way To Go
    5. Videoclip: Make Some Noise

    The Dead Daisies
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set + CD + DVD + 7 - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Momentum (Opaque Red Vinyl) Momentum (Opaque Red Vinyl) Quick View

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    Momentum (Opaque Red Vinyl)

    Pressed On Opaque Red Colored Vinyl


    Punk stalwarts GBH will release a new album, Momentum, via Hellcat Records. "We're always looking forward," says Colin Abrahall (vocals), "next gig, next tour, next album. For us, it is all about momentum. At this point, if we stopped moving forward we'd just fall over".


    Momentum was recorded at Muther's Studio in GBH's hometown of Birmingham, England. Colin explains: "We laid down all kinds of takes on the songs which made the mixing interesting as we'd send it all off to Michael (Rosen - Engineer) and him and Lars (Fredericksen - Rancid) would send back tracks. You'd think something was maybe a glitch or whatever and it'd come back and we'd listen and think 'that's f*cking amazing'!"


    GBH formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England. The band have released 11 albums, including City Baby Attacked By Rats (1982, Clay), City Babys Revenge (1982, Clay), Midnight Madness and Beyond (1986, Rough Justice), No Need To Panic (1987, Rough Justice), A Fridge Too Far (1989, Rough Justice), From Here To Reality (1990, Rough Justice), Church of the Truly Warped (1992, Rough Justice), Punk Junkies (1996, We Bite), Ha Ha (2002, Go Kart), Cruel and Unusual (2004, Idol), Perfume and Piss (2010, Hellcat).

    1. Birmingham Smiles
    2. Tripwire Strange
    3. No News
    4. Population Bomb
    5. Enemies
    6. Us Against The World
    7. Momentum
    8. The Perfect Storm
    9. Fifty What?
    10. I Never Asked For Any Of This
    11. Blue Sky Thinking
    12. Liquid Paradise (The Epic)
    G.B.H.
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    Momentum

    Punk stalwarts GBH will release a new album, Momentum, via Hellcat Records. "We're always looking forward," says Colin Abrahall (vocals), "next gig, next tour, next album. For us, it is all about momentum. At this point, if we stopped moving forward we'd just fall over".


    Momentum was recorded at Muther's Studio in GBH's hometown of Birmingham, England. Colin explains: "We laid down all kinds of takes on the songs which made the mixing interesting as we'd send it all off to Michael (Rosen - Engineer) and him and Lars (Fredericksen - Rancid) would send back tracks. You'd think something was maybe a glitch or whatever and it'd come back and we'd listen and think 'that's f*cking amazing'!"


    GBH formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England. The band have released 11 albums, including City Baby Attacked By Rats (1982, Clay), City Babys Revenge (1982, Clay), Midnight Madness and Beyond (1986, Rough Justice), No Need To Panic (1987, Rough Justice), A Fridge Too Far (1989, Rough Justice), From Here To Reality (1990, Rough Justice), Church of the Truly Warped (1992, Rough Justice), Punk Junkies (1996, We Bite), Ha Ha (2002, Go Kart), Cruel and Unusual (2004, Idol), Perfume and Piss (2010, Hellcat).

    1. Birmingham Smiles
    2. Tripwire Strange
    3. No News
    4. Population Bomb
    5. Enemies
    6. Us Against The World
    7. Momentum
    8. The Perfect Storm
    9. Fifty What?
    10. I Never Asked For Any Of This
    11. Blue Sky Thinking
    12. Liquid Paradise (The Epic)
    G.B.H.
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  • Gets Over You Gets Over You Quick View

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    Gets Over You

    Import


    There are only so many times you can take back that cheating lover or buy any of their sorry excuses. Its easier said than done, but one soul band is taking a stand. The Right Now isnt going to take it anymore. The Right Now is fed up. And on their second record, The Right Now Gets Over You.


    The challenging title is a reality check, but delivered with a wink from singer Stefanie Berecz. Its just a representation of the stories in the songs. Nearly every track has a cheating character, or someone whos had enough of their lover. Its a mixed bag of empowerment and regret. Gets Over You continues the its complicated theme of 2010′s Carry Me Home, although this outing shows Berecz in a darker, seedier role.


    Recorded in a cathartic, week-long session in Los Angeles, CA with producer Sergio Rios (Orgone), Gets Over You takes the Chicago septets soulful sound to the warm, crackling world of analog tape and vintage instruments. Bereczs voice, often compared to those of Chaka Kahn and Joss Stone, takes center stage. The band shines with raw, gritty performances and elegant arrangements that are the result of countless hours of performing, rehearsing and touring together.


    Bereczs emotionally-charged vocal performance has been the bands calling card at over 200 shows in the past two years. The Right Nows electrifying live show, matching suits, choreographed horn section, and all, has earned them a reputation as dynamic, complex, hip and just downright fun. (Gapers Block).


    It takes a man to admit that its over, Berecz confidently croons on Half As Much. But if you cant, I can do it for sure. While Stefanie Berecz may have gotten over the man in this song, audiences wont be getting over her any time soon.

    1. I Can't Speak For You
    2. Good Man
    3. Can't Keep Running
    4. Tell Everyone The Truth
    5. Should've Told Me
    6. I Could Kiss You (I Could Cry)
    7. He Used To Be
    8. Half As Much
    9. Call Girl
    10. Higher
    11. 'Til It Went Wrong
    The Right Now
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  • Rastaman Vibration Rastaman Vibration Quick View

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    Rastaman Vibration

    Features Original Artwork

    For Bob Marley, 1975 was a triumphant year. The singer's Natty Dread album featured one of his strongest batches of original material (the first compiled after the departure of Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer) and delivered Top 40 hit No Woman No Cry. The follow-up Live set, a document of Marley's appearance at London's Lyceum, found the singer conquering England as well. Upon completing the tour, Marley and his band returned to Jamaica, laying down the tracks for Rastaman Vibration (1976) at legendary studios run by Harry Johnson and Joe Gibbs.


    At the mixing board for the sessions were Sylvan Morris and Errol Thompson, Jamaican engineers of the highest caliber. Though none of these cuts would show up on Legend, Marley's massively popular, posthumous best-of, some of the finest reality numbers would surface on the compilation's more militant equivalent, 1986's Rebel Music set. War, for one, remains one of the most stunning statements of the singer's career. Though it is essentially a straight reading of one of Haile Selassie's speeches, Marley phrases the text exquisitely to fit a musical setting, a quiet intensity lying just below the surface. Equally strong are the likes of Rat Race, Crazy Baldhead, and Want More.


    These songs are tempered by buoyant, lighthearted material like Cry to Me, Night Shift, and Positive Vibration. Not quite as strong as some of the love songs Marley would score hits with on subsequent albums, Cry to Me still seems like an obvious choice for a single and remains underrated. Though record buyers may not have found any single song to be as strong on those terms as No Woman No Cry, Rastaman Vibration still reached the Top Ten in the United States.
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    1. Positive Vibration
    2. Roots Rock, Reggae
    3. Johnny Was
    4. Cry To Me
    5. Want More
    6. Crazy Baldhead
    7. Who The Cap Fit
    8. Night Shift
    9. War
    10. Rat Race
    Bob Marley
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    As Good As Dead

    Local H will dig into their back catalog and release their breakthrough album As Good As Dead on 180 gram vinyl via srcvinyl. This re-issue marks the first time that the album will ever be available in this format. The high-quality, double LP will have a premium gatefold jacket and insert.


    As Good As Dead, Local H's second full-length album, was produced by Steven Haigler (Quicksand, Pixies) and was originally released on April, 16, 1996 on Island Records on CD and cassette. The record was the band's first foray into making a concept album and is centered around life in a dead-end, small town. Venerable rock critic Robert Christgau gave the album a stellar A- review in the Village Voice, writing, at the time, "...I wish Pearl Jam, whose leader stars in the title song, packed such isometric power -- that sense of tremendous force bravely exerted against implacable reality -- and I say the exercise makes all of us stronger."


    "The question I get asked the absolute most is when are we gonna put the older records out on vinyl?" says Local H frontman, Scott Lucas. "Here's the answer -- in the best possible way. The package is looking pretty good and I'm ALMOST as excited as anybody to finally drop the needle on this album -- on double vinyl, at last."


    As Good As Dead spawned four modern rock radio hits including the above-referenced "Eddie Vedder," "Fritz's Corner," "High-Fivin' MF" and "that copacetic song" -- "Bound for the Floor," a track that remains a staple on alternative radio station playlists around the the country two decades later. The band made videos for each of the singles.


    Local H, whose members during this time period were Lucas and original drummer Joe Daniels, toured the U.S. non-stop for two years after As Good As Dead was released, headlining their own small and large club shows; opening for Silverchair in bigger venues and Stone Temple Pilots in even bigger arenas (including Madison Square Garden in New York and Rosemont Horizon in Chicago); and performing to audiences of thousands at radio station festivals across the the country, including 1997's HFStival at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. They toured Australia and played some played some European shows on this album, as well.

    LP 1
    1. Manifest Density Pt. 1
    2. High-Fiving MF
    3. Bound For The Floor
    4. Lovey Dovey
    5. I Saw What You Did And I Know Who You Are
    6. No Problem
    7. Nothing Special


    LP 2
    1. Eddie Vedder
    2. Back In The Day
    3. Freeze-Dried (F)lies
    4. Fritz's Corner
    5. O.K.
    6. Manifest Density Pt. 2

    Local H
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    The Air Conditioned Nightmare

    The Air Conditioned Nightmare is the new album by
    Doldrums. The title was spawned by Henry Miller upon his
    return to the US after ten years as an expatriate. Keen to
    rediscover the country he left behind, Miller found it a
    stifling place of big business, pollution, credit, misinformation
    and prejudice. "Nowhere else in the world," wrote in his
    1945 collection of essays "is the divorce between man and
    nature so complete". The Air Conditioned Nightmare.


    Seventy years on and the book lends itself to the title of the
    anticipated second album by Doldrums, the band led by 25
    year old musician Airick Woodhead. On the follow-up to his
    2013 debut Lesser Evil (which yielded tours with Unknown
    Mortal Orchestra, Crystal Castles, Grimes and Purity Ring,
    and remixes for Peaking Lights, Grimes and Portishead), the
    DJ, producer and performer makes a sizeable leap from
    being darling of the Montreal warehouse creative explosion
    that gave the world the likes of Grimes, Majical Cloudz, Blue
    Hawaii to being a stand-alone artist and composer on the
    cusp of something quite special.


    Doldrums apply a punk rock ethos to electronic music,
    creating songs using samplers and DJ gear in place of
    guitars. Bold, anxious, dream-like, uplifting, glacial,
    hypnotic, constricting, expansive, alien - this is an album
    that is ever-changing. "Conflict is at the heart of this
    album," explains Airick. "There's a lot of paranoid sentiment
    and dystopian imagery in there. The threat of a mundane
    reality ties it together, as does an obsession with plasticity.
    Songs come from specific feelings or images. Anxiety is my
    default state."


    The Air Conditioned Nightmare is an album of texture and
    taste, an extra-sensory overload. Weaving through the mix
    are Woodhead's androgynous, tweaked vocals singing lyrics
    like voices down broken phone-lines. This is music born of
    the 21st century. The Air Conditioned Nightmare is an album
    that is punk rock in its DIY beginnings and militant commitment
    to originality. Ten snatched seconds is enough to pull
    you in. Ultimately,The Air Conditioned Nightmare stands
    alone. Doldrums have created something special. You need
    to hear it.

    1. HOTFOOT
    2. Blow Away
    3. Funeral for Lightning
    4. We Awake
    5. Video Hostage
    6. Loops
    7. iDeath
    8. My Friend Simjen
    9. Industry City
    10. Closer 2 U
    Doldrums
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    Permanent Signal

    Permanent Signal: a condition in which a POTS [plain old telephone service] line is off-hook without
    connection for an extended period of time.*


    It's a term that Mauro Remiddi kept coming back to when reflecting on much of the time between last year's release of Strange Weekend, the multi-instrumentalist's debut full-length as Porcelain Raft, and this, its proper follow-up. "In a way, growing up in Italy, then living for 12 years in London, and now two-and-a-half years in New York, made me realize that I have some dear friends that I rarely see," explains Mauro. "I was touring almost non-stop for eight months and I started having these imaginary conversations in my head with people I wanted to communicate with, but for one reason or another it couldn't happen. So this idea of the album title comes with there being a signal that says the line is off."


    Mauro began working on Permanent Signal two months after returning from tour, a period of readjustment
    in which he was beginning to enjoy normal everyday comforts such as frequenting his favorite coffee spot in his Brooklyn neighborhood and connecting with friends again, even as the thoughts of those unrealized conversations during his recent travels were still very fresh in his mind. Inspired by this surreal moment of transition, where the reality of finally being home was still overshadowed by lingering feelings of detachment, he sold almost all of the instruments that he used for Strange Weekend in order to "start with a new color pallet." It's immediately apparent in Permanent Signal's opener, "Think of the Ocean," where the dense basement-recorded haze of his last full-length has been traded for a spacious melancholy, as cello, piano and drums gently spiral atop a faint pulsing tone that mirrors the album's title. And while layers of synths and electronics still play a role, the new record is far more organic than Porcelain Raft's previous album and EPs, an intentional move according to Mauro; "I wanted to record in the studio just to capture the guitars and drums properly, and to have some real input from musicians I respected and loved to hang with."


    Enlisting some support from YUCK's Jonny Rogoff on drums, Antlers bassist Darby Cicci (who also contributed double vocals and trumpet, and engineered the sessions in Antlers' Brooklyn studio), and cellist Gaspar Claus (frequent collaborator with Sufjan Stevens and the National's Bryce Dessner), Porcelain Raft's once gauzy pop has now turned as vivid as a waking dream. During "Minor Pleasure," Mauro finds catharsis when conceding in his otherworldly tenor that "there's nothing hidden in what we see, sometimes you just have to let it end," amidst the processed drone of an organ and a piano that taps into the gospel-dosed psychedelia
    of Spiritualized, while the radiant lull of "Night Birds" reaches cosmic bliss, as crystalline guitars and synthesizers echo the song's poignant sense of nostalgia. Elsewhere, tracks like the aforementioned "Think of the Ocean," "Cluster" and the haunting, Lennon-esque "I Lost Connection" deal directly with lives either on hold or in transition -- all universal themes of the human condition which allow the listener to fill in their own personal experiences with a permanent signal.

    1. Think Of The Ocean
    2. Cluster
    3. Minor Pleasure
    4. Open Letter
    5. Night Birds
    6. It Ain't Over
    7. I Lost Connection
    8. Warehouse
    9. The Way Out
    10. Five Minutes From Now
    11. Echo
    Porcelain Raft
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    Marigolden

    "The body remembers what the mind forgets," Chris Porterfield reminisces on his acclaimed band Field Report's sophomore record, Marigolden. The record is strewn with references to the inevitable tolls taken by the passage of time, and prolonged distance from home and loved ones.


    The past couple of years have flashed by for Porterfield, who was thrust into the spotlight after years of musical reclusion. His Milwaukee-based band, Field Report (an anagram of his surname), was culled together in the studio while recording their 2012 self-titled debut. They suddenly found themselves championed by their former idols: offered support tours by Counting Crows and Aimee Mann, lauded by the likes of Mark Eitzel and Richard Thompson, and covered by Blind Boys Of Alabama.


    The band honed itself from a septet to a quartet in the year that followed, focusing its sound and tightening the screws. With a heavy batch of songs under their arms, they retreated to snowy Ontario in December 2013 to record their sophomore album, Marigolden, with the help of producer Robbie Lackritz (Feist).


    Spending two years roaming around the country playing tiny venues and sold-out amphitheaters alike, Porterfield was uncertain whether he was leading the charge toward an artistic epiphany or headed down a misguided path of self-destruction. Marigolden reflects this, as he ruminates across homesick tension and an un-grounded anxiety. But rather than wallow in melancholy, Porterfield finds solace and inspiration through his songs, which reveal themselves as uplifting and celebratory. The album is brighter than their 2012 debut, but somehow remains just as elegantly ominous.


    Marigolden's second track, the surprisingly catchy radio single "Home," finds Porterfield on the road, hoping the home, wife, dog, and life he left behind in Milwaukee will still be there upon his return. "Leave the lights on," he asks, "it might be nighttime when I get there, but I'm on my way home." While the song contemplates lonesomeness, there is an undeniable sense of hope driving it. In "Summons," the penultimate track, he recalls this thought, repeating, "I'll be coming home to you" like a mantra. This sense of balance and symmetry across the album helps provide stability to the otherwise volatile themes. Case in point: the album starts with a sunrise in "Decision Day" and ends full circle with another in "Enchantment."


    Whether reconsidering sobriety in "Pale Rider," sticking to tonic water in the bars of "Summons," or cashing in a 30-day chip for a kiss in "Enchantment," Porterfield's relationship with alcohol runs through the current of nearly every song. Most notably in "Ambrosia," where he find himself face to face with the reality of where his drinking is destined to lead.


    The album runs the musical gamut, from the Traveling Wilburys-esque pop of "Home," to the Neil Young-inspired piano ballad "Ambrosia," to the electronic sonic landscape of "Wings." While the compositions express a wide range in terms of genre, they find unity in themselves within the limits of self-imposed minimalism. In the studio, the songs were stripped down to the bones and built back up using only their essential elements.


    Sequestered in a seemingly never-ending Ontario blizzard, the band only broke from this musical process to add logs to the stove, with the snow and the fire providing a proper background for music so rooted in the elemental. The effect that this fundamentals-based approach achieves is universal: the sparse arrangements and common themes speak to everyone, but somehow feel tailored to each listener. The title itself reflects this, a portmanteau of two common images (marigold and golden) to create something that feels both idiosyncratic and familiar: Marigolden.

    1. Decision Day
    2. Home (Leave The Lights On)
    3. Pale Rider
    4. Cups and Cups
    5. Ambrosia
    6. Wings
    7. Marigolden
    8. Michelle
    9. Summons
    10. Enchantment
    Field Report
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    Everybody's In Show-Biz


    4-Panel Gatefold


    150 Gram Vinyl


    Two Inserts: Original Lyric Sheet Plus Second Insert With Bonus Track Info


    Contains The Original 2-LP Plus A Third LP With 9 Previously Unreleased Live And Studio Tracks


    First released in August 1972, Everybody's In Show-Biz was The Kinks' tenth studio album, arriving within a year of the acclaimed Muswell Hillbillies (the group's debut album for RCA Records). The original double-LP Everybody's In Show-Biz contained a complete studio album (which premiered the all-time Kinks classic Celluloid Heroes among other tracks) and a live disc chronicling The Kinks' Carnegie Hall appearance in March 1972.


    The 2016 Legacy Edition of Everybody's In Show-Biz includes the original album, produced by Raymond Douglas Davies, in its entirety alongside a full disc's worth of previously unissued studio sessions outtakes (recorded for the album in 1972 at Morgan Studios, Willesden, London) and live material (recorded March 2-3, 1972 during The Kinks' triumphant Carnegie Hall concert run).


    The new edition of Everybody's In Show-Biz includes in-depth liner notes penned especially for this release by noted rock scholar David Fricke.


    A concept album of sorts, Everybody's In Show-Biz drew its themes and inspirations from the trials, tribulations and triumphs of life as a touring musician. (The raucous Carnegie Hall recordings on the album come from one of the first North American concerts performed by The Kinks after the lift of a four-year ban imposed on the group by the American Federation of Musicians in 1965.) The songs on Everybody's In Show-Biz were initially intended to serve as the soundtrack to The Colossal Shirt, a never-realized feature film about The Kinks on the road.


    Life keeps using me, keeps on abusing me, mentally and physically, Davies sings on the album's Maximum Consumption. I gotta stay fit, stay alive, need fuel inside, eat food to survive . Stylistically, Everybody's in Show-Biz finds Davies further exploring his interest in Americana-inspired musical arrangements as heard on Muswell Hillbillies.


    Everybody's In Show-Biz showcases the second great classic Kinks line-up: frontman Ray Davies, guitarist Dave Davies, bassist John Dalton, keyboardist John Gosling and drummer Mick Avory, joined by brass and woodwind players Mike Cotton, John Beecham and Alan Holmes (all of whom played on Muswell Hillbillies).


    The Carnegie Hall recordings include a variety of Kinks originals in addition to unconventional covers including Mr. Wonderful (from the Sammy Davis Jr.-led musical of the same name), the 1920s popular standard Baby Face (made famous by Al Jolson) and The Banana Boat Song (a calypso-folk perennial popularized by Harry Belafonte).


    The new Legacy Edition of Everybody's In Show-Biz includes never-before-heard live versions of Sunny Afternoon, Get Back in Line, Complicated Life and the rarely-played Long Tall Shorty as well as alternate versions of Supersonic Rocket Ship, Unreal Reality and the debut release of History, which foreshadowed The Kinks' next concept album, 1973's Preservation Act 1.

    LP 1
    1. Here Comes yet Another Day
    2. Maximum Consumption
    3. Unreal Reality
    4. Hot Potatoes
    5. Sitting In My Hotel
    6. Motorway
    7. You Don't Know My Name
    8. Supersonic Rocket Ship
    9. Look A Little On the Sunny Side
    10. Celluloid Heroes


    LP 2
    1. Top of the Pops (Live)
    2. Brainwashed(Live)
    3. Mr. Wonderful(Live)
    4. Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues(Live)
    5. Holiday(Live)
    6. Muswell Hillbilly(Live)
    7. Alcohol(Live)
    8. Banana Boat Song(Live)
    9. Skin and Bone(Live)
    10. Baby Face(Live)
    11. Lola(Live)


    LP 3
    1. 'Til the End of the Day (Live)
    2. You're Looking Fine (Live)
    3. Get Back In Line (Live)
    4. Have A Cuppa Tea (Live)
    5. Sunny Afternoon (Live)
    6. Complicated Life (Live)
    7. Long Tall Shorty (Live)
    8. History
    9. Supersonic Rocket Ship (Alternate mix)

    The Kinks
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    Saved (Pre-Order)

    Release Date: June 1, 2018*


    The title of Now, Now's first new album in half a decade begs the obvious
    question Saved from what? They certainly didn't seem like a band that
    needed saving after the release of their 2012 LP Threads. When the world
    last heard from Now, Now, they had made their late night TV debut with
    Jimmy Fallon, and landed tours and shows with bands including Fun. and
    Bob Mould, among others. For better or worse, the usual path for any band
    that seems like they're on the cusp of a breakthrough is to strike while the
    iron is hot. That is, to hurry back to the studio to work with a proven producer
    known for having a hand in a few big records. Bands and artists that find
    themselves in this situation are compelled to "go big, or go home," and in
    Now, Now's case they did just that, they went home.


    It might not have been planned that way, but that's where they ended up--
    back in Minneapolis without a clear sense of how to move forward. Despite
    any success or acclamation earned up to that point, self-doubt set in, and
    a crippling writers block entrenched itself further. Weeks became months,
    and months dissolved into years, all while the band's modest but fervent
    fanbase were left to speculate on social media as to what was behind the
    silence. At a particularly low point relates KC, "I felt like I was pursuing the
    wrong dream, that maybe something else would reveal itself to me."


    She felt pressure from both herself and those around her so immense that it
    froze her. "It felt like everyone was mistaking how much I was obsessing
    over the album for not caring about the album, but in reality I was putting too
    much pressure on myself to be able to write. So it felt like everyone was angry
    with me on top of me feeling like I was ruining my career and disappointing
    myself." As a result she reveals, "I had some very difficult conversations with
    myself and with people close to me who were worried about my happiness."


    "I still carry a little bit of guilt for adding to that stress that KC is talking about,"
    reveals Brad. "After a year of people around us asking 'why is the album not
    done, your career is about to just be over,' I as well started to question my
    career choice, to question my talent, and I started buying into this idea that
    KC wasn't working, even though I was right there watching her work. That's
    something I'm embarrassed by and wish I could take back. But through that
    we got stronger as friends and collaborators, and I learned the hard way that
    the only reason we make music is for ourselves."

    *Please note that release dates are subject to change.

    1. SGL
    2. MJ
    3. Can't Help Myself
    4. AZ
    5. Window
    6. Holy Water
    7. Yours
    8. Saved
    9. Knowme
    10. Drive
    11. Set It Free
    12. Powder
    Now, Now
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    The Kid

    In 2015 Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith released her first widely distributed full-length album, Euclid. Little more than a year later Smith returned with her wonderstruck psychedelic breakthrough EARS to universal praise in the spring of 2016. Pitchfork called EARS rich and rewarding, and included EARS in their list of the top twenty experimental albums of the year, while other outlets including NPR, SPIN, and Rolling Stone sung similar best-of-the-year praises. In addition to releasing EARS in 2016, Smith toured with fellow sonic-adventurists Animal Collective, and soundtracked Google's incredible virtual tour series The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks.

    This year sees the welcomed continuation of Smith's output, The Kid, an album that climbs to the peaks of its forerunner and astonishingly continues upward. The Kid aurally maps the emotional realities and spiritual epiphanies of a lifeform through its infancy, societal assimilation, and eventual self-remembrance, conjuring each phase with psychoacoustic eloquence. On her newest LP Smith challenges her listeners to entertain new paradigms of listenership by drawing our attention to multiple elements simultaneously, as if-- in her words-- listening to two conversations at once.

    LP 1
    1. I Am A Thought
    2. An Intention
    3. A Kid
    4. In The World
    5. I Am Consumed
    6. In The World But Not Of The World
    7. I Am Learning
    8. To Follow And Lead


    LP 2
    1. Until I Remember
    2. Who I Am Why I Am Where I Am
    3. I Am Curious I Care
    4. I Will Make Room For You
    5. To Feel Your Best

    Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
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  • Ventura Ventura Quick View

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    Ventura

    In 2010, Antoine Hilaire and Florent Lyonnet released the first Jamaica album. Produced by Peter Franco, an American engineer known for his work with Daft Punk and Xavier de Rosnay, one half of Justice, 'No Problem' is boosted by a terrific single: 'I Think I Like U 2. Jamaica is taking off. Followed an almost two year tour, more than 150 shows around the world, and success from Paris to Tokyo.


    Jamaica felt ambitious when it was time to start working on their second album, without any weight or pressure : "On the contrary! We felt extremely light. We only realised that in a way we had to write our second first album."


    They started writing 'Ventura' in Paris, knowing they would start recording in Los Angeles, fed by both fantasies of American culture, gathered from records or movies, and the reality they discovered while touring several months in the U.S. "We often played in the U.S. during our first tour, and America as we know it now is not only spectacular and Hollywood-centered. It's also filled with clubs and cranked up amps."


    When they tell about the month they spent with Peter Franco in a rented house in Los Angeles to give life to their new songs, Antoine and Florent mention a discovery in a literal sense: "We thought about for a while naming this album 'Pinta, Nina, Santa Maria', like Christopher Columbus's ships." In the end, they named it 'Ventura'. For the musicians, the name reminds of its literal translation of "luck" and "fate", but also of the 72 Pontiac and of course, of Ventura Boulevard, one of the biggest roads in the San Fernando valley. It's also on Ventura Boulevard that Peter Franco set a house into a studio, where Jamaica locked itself for a month, surrounded by instruments borrowed from local musician friends, sometimes recording vocal takes while friends would walk across the living room to get fresh beverages from the fridge, heading to the pool.


    The duo is greeted with prestigious guests. One day, Tunde Adebimpe, TV On The Radio singer, sings soulful and worried vocals on 'Golden Times', another day, Chris Caswell, longtime collaborator of Paul Williams's gives them a hand with a few keyboard arrangements. Their friend DVNO writes and sings the song 'Goodbye Friday' with them in a few simple and entertaining work sessions.


    Jamaica comes back to Paris, where Antoine and Florent take back the numerous tracks recorded in the U.S., helped by their producer friend Samy Osta and his 2001 studio. They listen, select, arrange the many layers of music Peter Franco led them to gather, under the influence of his recent work on Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories'.


    Jamaica then settles in the Paris studio Tranquille Le Chat, where the owner Laurent d'HerbÉcourt just finished the recording of Phoenix's 'Bankrupt!'. Antoine and Florent find the perfect place to finish their record: it is bathed in daylight thanks to three large windows, which is seldom found in a studio. "To us, 'No Problem' shows a clubby and nightly aspect of the band, while 'Ventura' is meant to be the daylight album for Jamaica."


    The band came in to record a few tracks, but never left the place or Laurent d'HerbÉcourt. They kept pushing in the direction they fancied in Los Angeles, helped by the huge Neve mixing desk that stands in the middle of the studio. The intent was to create a new depth to the band's sound, mixing electronic habits and an almost magical approach to analogue gear: "Depending on the moment of the day, the sound of analogue gear changes, machines heat up, like living things. It was very exciting for us, Jamaica being usually digitally driven."


    Antoine and Florent's belief in a more organic sound was strengthened by Laurent d'HerbÉcourt: "While mixing, he definitely pushed us further towards a "radio" oriented direction, in the most noble and Fleetwood Mac sense of the word. A sunny pop that hides more sensibility when one really pays attention."


    Songs like 'Two on Two', 'Golden Times', 'All Inclusive' or 'Ferris Wheeler' are fueled by this feel good music to listen to while driving along the Pacific Ocean. Other tracks reveal new leads for Jamaica, from 'Turbo' and 'Same Smile's' post surf music to 'Rushmore's' power balladry.


    On the album cover stand the two Jamaica members, in a desert, in front of a plane and a wall made of guitar amps. Ready to take off?

    1. Two on Two
    2. Hello Again
    3. Houdini
    4. Golden Times
    5. All Inclusive
    6. Ferris Wheeler
    7. High Then Low
    8. Ricky
    9. Rushmore
    10. Turbo
    11. Same Smile
    12. Goodbye Friday
    Jamaica
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    Coming Of Age

    Call it a generous fluency, an affable virtuosity. Call it a true band spirit. The best bands have all had something that can't be forced: A refined mastery of music and a willingness to converse through music. That's what you hear, above all, on bassist Ben Williams' sophomore recording, Coming of Age: The sound of a musician who's cultivated an authentic rapport with some of the best young players in New York City.


    We have these group texts that we send to each other all the time," Williams says of his band, Sound Effect. "We're just as entertaining to each other off stage as on. If there were ever a reality show about jazz, we'd be good candidates for it!"


    Coming of Age for the 30-year-old Williams means playing a lively role among his peers and a vital part in the music world at large. After winning the prestigious Monk Institute Competition in 2009, Williams got busy turning his youthful promise into real achievement. "My career as a bandleader and composer started from the moment I won," he says. "I had this opportunity to say something-and an obligation, too." In 2011 Williams delivered a debut album, State Of Art, to great critical acclaim and toured widely as a bandleader with Sound Effect. He became a sought after and beloved sideman, playing so many sets at one year's Winter Jazzfest that he rarely left the stage. Most impressively, he assumed a highly-coveted place in guitarist Pat Metheny's Unity Band. "Ben has a fearless and open-minded approach to what music can be," Metheny has said. "A wonderful combination of skills."


    For all his strides in bandleading and performing, on the track Coming of Age Williams shows his greatest growth as a composer. "Composing seems like a nebulous thing," he says. "But the ability to translate a feeling into actual music, takes a lot of doing it, a lot of practice. Which chord is going to invoke this feeling? What's the best key for this idea?" And Williams has some big ideas and feelings to convey, necessitating heavy skill in musical translation and storytelling. On "Toy Soldiers," for example, a martial rhythm and chantlike riff send a message about the sacrifices of war. He wrote the uplifting "Strength And Beauty" on the day of the 2012 Newtown school shooting.


    "The tragic news hit me hard, and this tune came to me as a way of feeling my way through the tragedy. The title was inspired later, when I saw how [jazz saxophonist] Jimmy Greene and his family responded to losing their daughter at Newtown. Their pain is something most of us can't even imagine, but the way Jimmy held it together and became a beacon of light and true strength was an inspiration to everyone."


    Williams takes a page from the Miles Davis school of bandleading by encouraging his band members to compose in the studio, too. For the R&B tribute anthem "Voice of Freedom (for Mandela)," Williams enlisted the smooth soulfulness of singer-songwriter Goapele-and then headed in to record the song with a characteristically open mind. In the studio, saxophonist Marcus Strickland contributed an on-the-spot horn arrangement with the sunny harmony of a South African choir.


    As much as Williams writes in response to politics and current events, his compositions are a respectful celebration of the musical past, too. The driving samba rhythms of "Forecast" are an homage to the jazz fusion group Weather Report, with the tune's melody inspired by Wayne Shorter's "Over Shadow Hill Way." Williams's fluid fretless grooves on "Half Steppin'" recall Jaco Pastorius's "Teen Town."


    Williams sees covers of pop tunes as a bestowal to the jazz canon. "I always like to contribute new repertoire to the jazz songbook," says Williams. "For me it's very important to shout out all the young, new songs coming out." His gift on this album is a moving instrumental version of Lianne La Havas' breakup ballad "Lost & Found." Guest trumpeter Christian Scott communicates the contained heartache of La Havas's song lyrics, with a lightly arranged string quartet adding the right amount of solace.


    Coming of Age concludes with the sweeping title tune, a showcase for Williams's broad stylistic range. "I wanted 'Coming of Age' to feel big," he says. "I was thinking of it in movements, as a kind of mini-symphony." In the final section of "Coming of Age," Williams picks up a bow for the only time on the record, filtering the sound to other worldly but soulful effect. "The vibe I was going for at the end was Prince," Williams says. "I wanted it to feel sonically transformed, tripped out." It's an auspicious end to an accomplished sophomore recording, with Williams' bowed strings sauntering off into the stars to explore for the next album.


    Whatever comes next for Ben Williams, it's sure to be as engaging as it is virtuosic. As an artist who's come of age, Williams' raw talent has evolved into musical grace, conviction, and power. He's a musician in meaningful dialogue with his band Sound Effect, with current events, with musical styles past and present, and finally, with his listeners.


    "My favorite thing is when someone comes up to me who's heard my music and they're singing one of my tunes," Williams enthuses. "Humming a melody! That's the best feeling in the world, when one of my tunes has stuck in someone's head."

    1. Black Villain Music
    2. Voice of Freedom (for Mandela) featuring Goapele
    3. Toy Soldiers
    4. Lost & Found
    5. Half Steppin'
    6. Smells Like Teen Spirit
    7. Toy Soldiers (Reprise)
    8. Coming of Age
    Ben Williams
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    Front Porch Sessions

    Southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton is the bigger-than-life frontman of Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David "Honeyboy" Edwards.


    That passionate inspiration has made Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band America's foremost country blues outfit and fuels the Rev's new release, The Front Porch Sessions. Peyton's dazzling guitar mastery is equaled here by his knack for vivid, emotionally impactful songwriting, and his originals are matched in their authenticity by the deeply felt vintage blues tunes that he covers. The album showcases the Rev's irrepressible personality while echoing the enduring spirit of such acoustic blues icons as Charlie Patton, Blind Willie Johnson, Bukka White and Furry Lewis, whose "When My Baby Left Me" receives a memorable reading.


    "It started as a literal whim on my part, but it turned into something really special," Reverend Peyton says of this new collection. "I wanted it to feel like you're on my front porch. You can almost hear the wood creaking."


    The Front Porch Sessions maintains a potent level of intensity throughout, from the upbeat optimism of the album-opener "We Deserve a Happy Ending" to the blunt slice-of-life rural reality of "One More Thing" to the rollicking, playful swagger of "Shakey Shirley," "One Bad Shoe" and "Cornbread and Butterbeans." Meanwhile, the instrumentals "It's All Night Long" and "Flying Squirrels" demonstrate the Rev's nimble, imaginative guitar work."


    I didn't have much planned when I went into the studio," the Reverend notes. "I went into the studio with some new songs and some old songs that I've always wanted to try. At first, I thought 'Well, maybe we'll make it a download or release a single.' But it took on a life of its own, and when it was all said and done, I was as proud of it as anything I've ever done. To me, it was a lesson in not overthinking things; I just went in and let my gut guide me."


    We recorded this album at a studio called Farm Fresh, which is right down the street from my house," he continues. "It's in the shade of the oldest poplar tree in Indiana, and there's a graveyard next to it and train tracks run across there. In fact, I think you can hear the train on one track on this record. The studio's in an old church, and the main sanctuary is the tracking room, so the haunting reverb that you hear is that room.


    "We used a lot of vintage gear in the recording. I love that organic sound, and I'm always chasing that in everything I do. I just like things that feel timeless. Feeling timeless to me is way more important than feeling old. When you try to make something sound old, you're trying too hard."


    That lifelong pursuit of musical authenticity was instilled in his musical consciousness while Peyton was growing up in rural Indiana, where his early love for blues, ragtime, folk, country and other traditional styles gave him a sense of direction that would soon manifest itself in his own music. He and the Big Damn Band won a large and loyal fan base, thanks to their tireless touring efforts and high-energy showmanship, along with such acclaimed albums as Big Damn Nation, The Gospel Album, The Whole Fam Damnily, The Wages, Between the Ditches, So Delicious and the Charlie Patton tribute disc Peyton on Patton.


    Despite his prior achievements, the Rev views The Front Porch Sessions as a personal creative milestone.


    "This record's very personal for me, because so much of it is just me," he says. "The Big Damn Band is on there, but it's mostly me. There's washboard only in a couple of songs, and the drum kit is a suitcase drum set that we put together in the studio. It's a snapshot of the week we spent in the studio, but it also represents a lifetime of me building up to it."


    The Front Porch Sessions has also spawned a series of audio-vÉritÉ companion videos, many of them shot on the Rev's actual front porch, that embody the album's intimacy and immediacy. "A lot of these songs started on the porch, and that's what the videos are," he says. "I'd be pickin' and go, 'I like the way this sounds, let me get my camera.'"


    Reverend Peyton has already begun to integrate The Front Porch Sessions' spare approach into the Big Damn Band's expansive live shows, which are renowned for their intensity and abandon.


    "In a lot of our shows in the past few years, we'll take a break and I'll come out and do a song or two by myself," he explains. "That brings things down and allows me to do some songs like this. We're definitely gonna be doing more of that, so there's definitely gonna be moments in the shows where you're gonna hear a lot of these songs. We may also do some Front Porch Sessions shows, and maybe present some of our other songs in a more stripped-down way. We did one earlier this year as kind of a test, and that worked really well.


    "Over the years, our shows have gotten more dynamic," he continues. "The ups are more up and the downs are more down. That's something that's important to me. If I go and see a show and someone's just standing there and staring at their feet and singing their songs, I feel insulted. That's not a performance. I want to know that you're living that song, not just regurgitating it. I don't think artists should seem like they're too cool for their audience."


    The Rev's dedication to delivering the goods on stage is reflected in his flamboyant performance persona. "The Rev is me," he states. "Sometimes that freaks people out, because the person who's on stage is exactly the way I am offstage. I don't know how to separate myself from my music, because it's so personal to me. My mom calls me Rev; it's been my nickname since I was a teenager. It was a name that was given to me by some friends, and it sort of stuck.


    "I'm one of those people who feels everything really hard, for better or worse," he continues. "If I'm angry, I'm really angry. If I'm sad, I'm really sad. If I'm happy, I'm really happy. So onstage, I tap into that. There are certain songs that I can't play on some nights, because they're just too sad. That may be the rantings of a crazy person, but it's the God's honest truth."


    With The Front Porch Sessions showcasing his expanded musical palette, Reverend Peyton is excited about bringing his new music to his fans.


    "I really think it's one of the best things I've ever done," he asserts. "I'm interested in making hand-made American music, and the goal is to be timeless."

    1. We Deserve a Happy Ending
    2. When My Baby Left Me
    3. Shakey Shirley
    4. What You Did to the Boy Ain't Right
    5. One Bad Shoe
    6. It's All Night Long
    7. One More Thing
    8. Flying Squirrels
    9. Let Your Light Shine
    10. When You Lose Your Money
    11. Cornbread and Butterbeans
    Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
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    Death Song

    The Black Angels - Austin's psych rock masters - have confirmed details for their upcoming album, 'Death Song.,' the five-piece's first full-length release in four years.


    Written and recorded in large part during the recent election cycle, the music on 'Death Song' serves as part protest, part emotional catharsis in a climate dominated by division, anxiety and unease. "Currency," a strong contender for the heaviest song the band has ever put to wax, meditates on the governing role the monetary system plays in our lives, while slow-building psychedelic earworm "Half Believing" questions the nature and confusing realities of devotion.


    Recorded between Seattle and Austin, 'Death Song' features production from Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, The Shins). The 11-track collection offers a sharply honed elaboration on their signature sound - menacing fuzz guitar and cutting wordplay, steeped in a murky hallucinatory dream.


    Since forming in Austin in 2004, The Black Angels have become standard-bearers for modern psych-rock, and the New York Times has said they "play psychedelic rock as if the 1960s never ended, and they are absolute masters of it".


    The band has toured with Queens of the Stone Age, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Black Keys + more, and played festivals such as Glastonbury, Fuji Rock, Primavera, Harvest Fest, Coachella and Bonnaroo. Two of the band members co-founded Levitation Festival (formerly Austin Psych Fest) in 2008, which has since grown into one of the best-reviewed and expertly-curated festivals in the country.

    LP 1
    1. Currency
    2. I'd Kill For Her
    3. Half Believing
    4. Comanche Moon
    5. Hunt Me Down
    6. Grab As Much (As You Can)


    LP 2
    1. Estimate
    2. I Dreamt
    3. Medicine
    4. Life Song
    5. Death March

    Black Angels
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    The Landmark (Awaiting Repress)

    On their third album together, The Landmark, Los Angeles underground gruff voice Awol One and Canadian folk-hop producer Factor have captured the sharp highs and deepest lows of touring life. Awol One's original brand of course yet poignant writing is complimented well by guests including Abstract Rude, Buck 65 and Ceschi. If their debut Only Death Can Kill You was their birth and Owl Hours was their celebration then The Landmark is their trip back to grimy reality.
    1. Coming To Town
    2. Perfect Opposites
    3. Never Gonna Take Us Out (feat. Ceschi)
    4. Frenemies
    5. The Wasp (feat. Moka Only)
    6. Don't Be Afraid
    7. People On Drugs
    8. Daze Go Bye (feat. Buck 65)
    9. Rewind Yourself
    10. One Live Tape (feat. Abstract Rude and Ahmad)
    11. Real Late
    12. Alive
    Awol One & Factor
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