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MenagerieBill Withers has been making a comeback since the release of the documentary Still Bill, but there are many who would argue that, although he hasn't recorded an album since 1985, he never really left. His musical legacy has found a place in our hearts and settled into our subconscious, none more so than Menagerie's opening track "Lovely Day". Every song as smooth as the next, this upbeat album is perfect for the summer to come. There's a relaxed vibe running through every note - even in the more up-tempo songs - and a consistency here that shows Bill at his best. Now's the perfect time to add this certified gold record that hasn't been reissued on vinyl since 1978 to your ever-growing Bill Withers collection!1. Lovely Day
2. I Want To Spend The Night
3. Lovely Night For Dancing
4. Then You Smile At Me
5. She Wants To (Get On Down)
6. It Ain't Because Of Me Baby
7. Tender Things
9. Let Me Be The One You Need$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
What A Beautiful PlaceSince arriving on London racks in the summer of 1970, Catherine HoweÆs debut album has been unavailable in its original format. Less than 20 LP copies survived Reflection RecordsÆ demise, and the album sat in the can until NumeroÆs 2007 CD issue. Produced by the legendary jazz pianist Bobby Scott, this orchestral-folk master stroke has once again been set to lacquer, remastered and restored directly from the original master tapes specifically for this deluxe vinyl release. Gatefold package includes replica LP art and complete annotation on the sessions and history of this forgotten Brit-folk treasure.
ôItÆs like some missing link between Sandy Denny and Karen Carpenter, or between Ladies of the Canyon and Dusty in Memphis . If you buy no other reissue this year, buy this.ö - Barney Hoskyns, Guardian UK1. Prologue
2. Up North
3. On a Misty Morning
4. Nothing More Than Strangers
5. My Child
7. It's Not Likely
8. Words Through a Locked Door
9. What a Beautiful Place
10. The Innocence of a Child
11. It Comes With the Breezes
13. In the Hot Summer$23.99Vinyl LP + 7 - Sealed Buy Now
Sweet Summer Sun-Hyde Park LiveThis summer, over 100,000 delirious fans packed into Hyde Park for two spectacular outdoor concerts to see Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood do what they do best. The Stones delivered a five star performance packed full of hits such as 'Start Me Up', 'Brown Sugar', 'Jumpin' Jack Flash', 'Miss You', 'It's Only Rock 'N' Roll', 'Gimme Shelter', 'Doom And Gloom' and 'Sympathy For The Devil', as well as one or two surprises.
Mick Jagger said: "It was a great gig It was beautiful with the sun going down over Hyde Park. I can't think of a better way celebrate the Rolling Stones' 50 than doing it on our home patch in front of 100,000 people on a glorious summer night enjoy it we certainly did."
Keith Richards commented: "Coming back to Hyde Park was like a full circle being drawn, and the band were in top form. We thought what could be more appropriate than having a great summer in London!"
From the second the Rolling Stones stepped out onto the stage each night, through to the dazzling firework and pyrotechnic display that heralded the end of the concert, fans old and new were treated to a non-stop, hit after hit performance, which took them through the Stones' huge back catalogue. Keith Richards wowed the crowds by weaving his charismatic guitar licks with Ronnie Wood's immense solos, Mick Jagger was on spectacular form, his boundless energy on stage matched by a number of stunning outfit changes, and Charlie Watts the unflappable heartbeat of the band, driving the band on through the set.
Former guitarist Mick Taylor - whose live debut with the Stones took place at the original 1969 Hyde Park concert - joined the band on stage to guest on the bluesy 'Midnight Rambler' and on closing track 'Satisfaction', whilst long-term live band members Lisa Fischer, Darryl Jones, Chuck Leavell, Bernard Fowler, Bobby Keys and Tim Ries all added their inimitable flair and finesse.
The Rolling Stones Sweet Summer Sun - Hyde Park Live is the perfect way for concert-goers to relive their favourite memories from the gigs, and for their fans to see the band back where they truly belong: live on the stage in their hometown.LP 1
1. Start Me Up
2. It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
3. Tumbling Dice
4. Emotional Rescue
5. Street Fighting Man
6. Ruby Tuesday
7. Doom And Gloom
8. Paint It Black
1. Honky Tonk Women
2. You Got The Silver
3. Before They Make Me Run
4. Miss You
5. Midnight Rambler
6. Gimme Shelter
1. Jumpin' Jack Flash
2. Sympathy For The Devil
3. Brown Sugar
4. You Can't Always Get What You Want
5. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
1. Start Me Up
2. It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
3. Street Fighting Man
4. Ruby Tuesday
5. Doom And Gloom
6. Honky Tonk Women
7. You Got The Silver
9. Miss You
10. Midnight Rambler
11. Gimme Shelter
12. Jumpin' Jack Flash
13. Sympathy For The Devil
14. Brown Sugar
15. You Can't Always Get What You Want
16. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction$59.99Vinyl LP + DVD - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
MTV Unplugged - Summer SolsticeIn the land of the midnight sun, the clocks tick slightly different than they do elsewhere. This is especially true during the summer solstice, when the sun hardly sets at all, bathing the small Norwegian island of Giske - where a-ha played their first ever two acoustic concerts - in an eerie twilight.
Giske is a tiny island in close proximity to the city of Ålesund on the shore of the North Atlantic Ocean - a popular city much frequented by day trippers arriving on huge cruise ships during Norway's short yet intense summer season. But a-ha's audience didn't get to Giske on such boats. Coming from destinations all over the world, for them getting to Giske meant embarking on a plane to Oslo and from there to Ålesund. And from there you finally have to drive through a series of seemingly endless and frighteningly deep undersea tunnels to reach Giske, an island so beautiful and, well, remote, that one immediately wonders why a-ha handpicked this specific location to play their long awaited first MTV Unplugged shows on the night of the 2017 summer solstice, right where the world seems to end.
Pål Waaktaar-Savoy: "Choosing Giske is like most of the things we do: It's been 50% chance and 50% planned. We were discussing many different places to play these special shows - among them Manaus in the Amazon jungle, Berlin, London and New York. At the end of the day it was the Ocean Sound Recordings studio in Giske that made the difference. We knew that we could rehearse undisturbed in an extremely good sounding facility."
a-ha booked the Ocean Sound Recordings studio, which looks out onto the ocean, to revisit their own back catalogue for two weeks together with producer Lars Horntveth, who had already been working on the acoustic arrangements for more than half a year. The nearby Øygardshallen (Giske Harbour Hall) turned out to be the perfect venue to stage their two first ever acoustic shows: They simply had to lay cables from A to B and then were able to use the studio at Ocean Sound Recordings to capture the shows perfectly. a-ha performed in front of an audience of just 250 people - the Øygardshallen's glass front allowed the audience to gaze out into the pale night and onto a number of LED video steles that had been set up behind the band, serving as a minimalist backdrop to the concert. Suffice to say, the concerts were sold-out within minutes, as a-ha were to play "concerts so close to our audience like never before". As Magne Furuholmen puts it: "These were by far the most intimate concerts we've ever given."
Yet the beauty of the North Atlantic Ocean, the light of the midnight sun and the exclusivity of the concerts are only one half of the story. The other half is that the idea of a-ha playing their vast catalogue of world hits stripped down to their very essence is indeed a promising endeavor.
Pål: "We've talked about this idea for so many years. And in many of our concerts we've also played some acoustic songs. But if you consider that we don't use much technology at all when we write the songs, the idea an entirely acoustic show makes total sense. Playing all these songs now in their acoustic versions is like returning to their origins."
Magne expands the thought in a more universal direction: "Most of our songs draw inspiration from a childhood directly exposed to Norwegian culture, even the folk music tradition, perhaps more so than we thought. We were constantly faced with questions from journalists implying how our 'Norwgian-ness' was a unique part of our sound, even though we lived and worked in London.
As a creative person it is almost easier to tap into this nordic mindest from a distance. History is full of good examples of how iconic Norwegians in the past did their best work away from home; The writer Henrik Ibsen wrote on universal topics with a strong Norwegian tone while living in Italy, Edvard Munch's melancholic force defined expressionism while living in Berlin - yet he simply couldn't be from anywhere but this country. And of course there is Edvard Grieg, who took a lot of inspiration directly from folk music. His music always felt particularly resonant in our ears growing up. With such strong figures and influences defining what it is to be a Norwegian, it becomes part of what you are. Our darker, melancholic streak definitely harks back to these early influences. We feel connected to all that, which is why we thought returning home for this project was a very natural step.
Morten Harket stresses the fact how crucial it was to have arranger/producer Lars Horntveth on board as a catalyst and fearlessly driving force behind the scenes: "He confronted our music by presenting completely new arrangements, also taking out 'untouchable' parts, which easily came across as being disrespectful. I say this as a compliment, by the way... And of course we hated it! But we also needed it! This was exactly what we had asked of him. We needed someone who would boldly question everything that we stood for as a band - someone who could stand up to us. Of course it led to shouting matches. It's part of the creative process. Lars deserves the credit for bringing the band closer together than we have been for a very long time."
For the MTV Unplugged shows, a-ha played 17 songs in completely new arrangements as well as two new songs and two cover versions on vintage acoustic instruments, accompanied by a backing band featuring Karl Oluf Wennerberg on drums, Even Ormestad on acoustic bass, Morten Qvenild on piano and various acoustic keyboards, Lars Horntveth on multiple instruments and Madeleine Ossum on violin and vocals, Tove Margrethe Erikstad on cello and Emilie Heldal Lidsheim on viola and backing vocals. Furthermore, a total of four guest stars served as duet partners for Morten Harket. Most notably, Echo & The Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch had been invited by Magne Furuholmen to sing "Scoundrel Days" and Ian's very own "The Killing Moon" on the first of the two shows. On the second night, a-ha were joined by Alison Moyet of Yazoo fame to duet with Morten on "Summer Moved On". Highasakite's Ingrid Helene Håvik guested on "The Sun Always Shines on TV" on both nights, while, last but not least, American singer Lissie did the same on "I've Been Losing You".
"In the cacophonic world of popular music, with its high-impact effects and productions, the music is often somewhat lost as it ends up being premeditated." Morten Harket addresses the subject of subtlety: "The world of pop is a world where everything always has to be more than anything else."
Attending the concerts and the last full day of the rehearsals, you could tell that the whole group and especially Morten did indeed try to reveal the soul of each and every song performed. During the last run-through on the day before the first night the band took things extremely seriously. Songs were started, stopped and deconstructed. Discussions between Morten and the group as well as with the recording engineers dealt with the tiniest details of sound, cohesiveness and attitude. As a result, the two shows benefited profoundly, both in terms of microstructure (the new arrangements reveal so much of the songs' essences), as well as in that the overall dramaturgic arc of the concerts, which steadily built towards a climax that would astound even the most dedicated follower of the group. During the encore, a-ha would play - "as usual" - their first and biggest hit to date, "Take On Me". But an unexpected chord change in the chorus and the skeletal arrangement not only allowed a new perspective on the song's lyrics, it also left the audience with tears in their eyes.
Magne: "When you rearrange songs for an acoustic rendition it is also an opportunity to do more than to just simplify them. I especially like what happened when we took a fresh look at Take on me, which went from being an uptempo syntheziser-driven popsong to a much more melancholic, yearning ballad in this slowed down arrangement, it shows with much more clarity how the song at its core is not some standalone upbeat track, but belongs squarely inside our catalogue alongside more thoughtful, darker songs like scoundrel days etc.
There are only a few bands in the world who can look back on similarly close ties with the music channel MTV as a-ha. Alongside the likes of Duran Duran and Yello, in 1985 a-ha were worldwide pioneers who immediately understood the power of the music video as both a narrative and commercial tool. Steve Barron's classic "Take On Me" clip is still a milestone of music video and in 2003 was voted by the MTV audience as one of the top ten best videos ever made. There have long been efforts by a-ha and MTV to organize an Unplugged concert.
The fact that the two MTV Unplugged concerts in June 2017 actually took place on Giske also left a deep impression on a-ha themselves. Like every other band that has been successful on a worldwide scale for over three decades, a-ha have had their share of problems, split-ups and re-unifications. A thoughtful Magne reflects: "After such a long time, a-ha have now become a band that simply continues from project to project. This turned out to be a very healthy approach for the three of us, because going acoustic also had the taste of a new project."
Pål: "When we recorded our last few albums, we were sometimes working pretty isolated from each other. We should do this again - sitting and recording in the same room together for a couple of weeks or months and see what comes out as a result. We may argue about a lot of things, but we are also a band that has very close ties."
After the closing applause that seemed would never end, the band left the stage and walked out of Øygardshallen into the living daylights. Having performed two triumphant concerts together, the three band mates climbed into three separate vehicles and headed off into the sunlit night. But everybody in the audience had a feeling that a-ha had now just opened a brand new chapter in their unparalleled career. To quote a line from one of the highlights of these unplugged shows: "Cause I've been told / Stay on these roads / We shall meet, I know."
-Max DaxLP 1
1. This Is Our Home (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
2. Lifelines (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
3. I've Been Losing You (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
4. Analogue (All I Want) (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
5. The Sun Always Shines on TV (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
6. A Break in the Clouds (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
7. Foot of the Mountain (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
1. Stay on These Roads (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
2. This Alone Is Love (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
3. Over the Treetops (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
4. Forever Not Yours (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
5. Sox of the Fox (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
6. Scoundrel Days (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
7. The Killing Moon (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
1. Summer Moved on (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
2. Memorial Beach (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
3. Living a Boy's Adventure Tale (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
4. Manhattan Skyline (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
5. The Living Daylights (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
6. Hunting High and Low (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
7. Ake on Me (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)$45.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-MEX-5017xHappy Jawbone Family Band
Happy Jawbone Family Band
Limited, Hand Numbered First Edition LP
Recorded With Travis Taverniere (Woods And Meneguar)
Art By Rob Carmichael/Seen Studio (Animal Collective, Cloud Nothings, Etc )
Freewheeling Brattleboro, VT rock/folk wonderments the Happy Jawbone Family Band bring their latest full-length to Mexican Summer. What they've entrusted us to give to you represents their nest and most directly fullling effort to date. The energy and humor of early releases remains; that band you may have loved before has grown even stronger and more potent, its songs now monuments to individualism, to longing, to happier endings resulting from imperfect circumstances. Binding folk, indie rock and pop forms together is easy enough; it's what this band does with them, how it builds its sentiments and bursts preconceptions, that put them in a place where these musicians can rest, comfortably above and apart from almost every band working in this same terrain today. We're hearing the trippiest moments of the Beatles, Lindsey Buckingham at the peaks he reached on Tusk, and both poles of American post-punk songwriting royalty, Camper Van Beethoven at one end and Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 at the other. Try it on.1. Everybody Knows About Daddy
2. I Have to Speak With Rocky Balboa
4. That Green Light
5. Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid"
6. Stay-at-Home Soldier
7. Can't Hear Me Ticking
8. Do You Want Me
9. Mr. Clean
10. I'll Never Go Skin Deep Again
11. I Don't Wanna Dance Tonight$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-KRE-4817xKendl Winter And The Summer Gold
It Can Be Done!It Can Be Done! is an album of new beginnings. The past year has seen Kendl Winter leave the successful bluegrass group The Blackberry Bushes to tour the country as a solo act, walking her banjo into dark bars, smoky music halls and packed amphitheaters night after night. It's also full of intimacy. With a voice that is marvelously unique and bold, and songs that are both classically poetic and rooted deep in her own experience, Kendl draws upon an old-time Americana and bluegrass bent that brings to mind the haunting vocal work of Karen Dalton and Gillian Welch. Her banjo work on the album is striking, showcasing a kind of expertise that comes from years of companionship with a beloved instrument. It Can Be Done! is a victory album of sorts, and Kendl's third release on K, the follow up to her beautiful 2012 landmark The Mechanics of Hovering Flight.
Recorded by Calvin Johnson on reel-to-reel tape at Dub Narcotic Studio in Olympia, WA, on It Can Be Done! Kendl is backed by The Summer Gold, Austin Cooper (drums), Joe Capoccia (guitar) and Derek Johnson (cello). Together they explored her year of new horizons. In sweet spinning songs like "Centrifugal Forces," Kendl makes even the awkward, arduous task of foreign laundry seem a steady triumph: "I'm out walking, Tulsa wind, stumbling in place again. Who knew it would be so hard to do your laundry in Berlin?" The following lead tracks "Rosie" and "Dreaming of Babylon," both convey the spirit Kendl has been working from this past year, the very idea that she can choose to live her life outside of cultural expectations and guidelines, even if when its difficult, even if when terrifying. That It is, in fact, possible to manifest the life of your dreams. It can be done!1. Rocking Chair
2. Centrifugal Forces
4. It Can Be Done
5. How to Keep it Hawt
6. The Sky Is Green
7. Hands Behind Your Back
8. Dreaming of Babylon
9. Go Easily
10. Huckleberry Blue
11. Black Hole$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Calico ReviewIf you drive past the 200 block of South La Brea, there is a lamp shop, a pet shop, and a little glass door that says "Casting Agency" above it. Inside you'll find one of LA's most stereotypical rituals, where men & women from all walks of life vie for the attention and popularity of the Hollywood producer. It's a dream factory for some of them. It's also a place where Los Angeles outsiders learn what the city is really like, beyond the sun and surf and celebrities, where every brightly-lit surface eventually faces a cloud.
Indeed, the lessons learned by the Allah-Las - guitarists Miles Michaud and Pedrum Siadatian, bassist Spencer Dunham, drummer Matthew Correia - since their auspicious formation in 2008 have been tempered with experience. Now, with their third album Calico Review (their first for Mexican Summer), their experience transforms once more, this time into wisdom. The band's trajectory, formed around mutual appreciation for the same kinds of music and a host of shared experiences, focuses on both the outer trappings of their home and surroundings, and the through line of darkness that suffuses life in LA county.
Where the Allah-Las display their insight, and what really shines across the 12 songs that comprise Calico Review, is the way that the group has pivoted from specific influences and nods to the music they love, to crafting the feelings of freedom, grit, and melancholy in their music. That feeling - the peerless capture of music long in the tradition and mood of California pop, the sound that's captured the essence of the LA experience - aligns with their stylistic technique and their experience in the studio environment to create their strongest album to date, one which showcases their developments in songwriting and arrangements.
The process began with their self-titled debut, which captured the Allah-Las' live set circa 2012 and continued onward with 2014's Worship the Sun, where they began to experiment with overdubs and writing songs individually instead of as a band. Now, Calico Review showcases a band that's grown confident in its own style to reflect the perspectives of each member, to craft an album that changes up the approach from song-to-song, while retaining their abilities as a cohesive unit.
Audiences familiar with the band will recognize the levels of nuance and steadiness the Allah-Las have grown into throughout Calico Review. It's immediate, the first thing you recognize about the band in the opening moves of "Strange Heat," in the amount of control and character burning off of the band's knack for restraint. Songs like "Famous Phone Figure" cradle character sketches over delicate strains of violin, organ, and Mellotron, Correia's drumming carefully underlining a three-note theme that casts a phantom sadness over the proceedings, the group exerting a touch both light and steady enough to bring your mood to theirs. "
Could Be You" works off a steady percussive gallop, guitarist Miles Michaud waxing reflexively on second chances while the band focuses on forward motion. "Roadside Memorial" applies the Bo Diddley beat to the open road, Pedrum Siadatian stepping up on vocals, and finding new ways to match his talents to propulsive musical ends. Elsewhere, "High & Dry," featuring drummer Matthew Correia on lead vocals, focuses on the Allah-Las most quintessential and peerless quality: writing emotionally resonant pop, at once direct and detached, casual and knowing, and instantly memorable. The dream factory itself gets called out in the fun, surf-stung number "200 South La Brea," its carnival-like atmosphere reflecting the excitement and anxiety of those who await their judgment.
In between releases, the Allah-Las have toured around the world, and will continue that journey in support of Calico Review. The experience of traveling and idle time on tour inspired the group in different ways, and provided the pathways by which the band transports its listeners to a different place, be that wherever they are, and where the band has been.
What the Allah-Las present is not necessarily crossing the L.A. River, coin in mouth, on the Riverboat Styx. It's not Raymond Chandler and it's not Raymond Carver. But the band's four members are aware of the pitfalls that stack against the idyllic notion of southern California life that forms from outside of the city. It's a siren call to the hopeful, and it's a successful town for tempering dreams into wakeful reality. Even with over 8,000 people per square mile, there is room for everyone, and then some, to be completely alone, by choice or otherwise.
Calico Review bears the mark of four students becoming the teachers, sharing the sentiments of the town they call home. Join them. There's a lot to learn.1. Strange Heat
3. Could Be You
4. High & Dry
6. Roadside Memorial
7. Autumn Dawn
8. Famous Phone Figure PLAY
9. 200 South La Brea
10. Warmed Kippers
11. Terra Ignota
12. Place In The Sun$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
CranekissTime and changes distance Tamaryn's Cranekiss from her earlier efforts, and for that matter, from everyone else's. Time, by way of the long period spent crafting this material, both on her own and with Weekend's Shaun Durkan, who with producer Jorge Elbrecht (Violens, Lansing-Dreiden), make up the creative team behind Cranekiss. Changes, by relocating across the country from San Francisco to New York City, by expanding the approach taken on her two previous albums (2010's The Waves and 2012's Tender New Signs), by making music that pulls you closer to it despite the enormity of the sounds within.
Tamaryn's first two full-lengths stood out in a crowd of shoegaze/ethereal revivalists as much for what they were (careful, gorgeous, thrilling tapestries of guitar-based textures) as what they weren't (simplistic, trendy, disposable signposts made to be broken). With Cranekiss, Tamaryn emerges from her past in a way that's inviting, warm-blooded, and shockingly direct. She's made a big record, loaded with samples, synth triggers and processing that was missing from her previous efforts, the result of long nights grinding it out at the Brooklyn studio Gary's Electric, where the record was born. The Waves and Tender New Signs focused on the sounds Tamaryn and her group could coax out of guitars, but with Cranekiss her sonic palette has exploded with maniacal abandon, pressed into service of a post-adolescent love letter to all the music that she and her collaborators hold dear, drawing influences from the feelings that fell out of her. Anyone familiar enough with those times should be able to draw their own comparisons, recognizing the modes of musical respect and adoration flashing past as the record spins. From there, though, Tamaryn has modeled these elements into simulacra, where despite the nods and glances to the past, play as a totally new sound.
Lyrically, this is Tamaryn's most personal collection of songs to date, and Elbrecht has placed her voice front and center across the entire record, elevating her presence like never before. Cranekiss explores dark rock, dance pop, and glistening melancholy with a uniformly commanding presence across it all, in stormy, unsettled brushstrokes that apply pressure behind Tamaryn's words.
Cranekiss represents a long journey, and a new phase in Tamaryn's music unfolding before you, a blood-red kaleidoscope of desire and late night abandon, a bold step forward.1. Cranekiss
2. Hands All Over Me
5. Keep Calling
7. Fade Away Slow
8. I Won't Be Found
9. Sugar Fix
10. Intruder (Waking You Up)$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Limited, Hand-Numbered First Edition LP
New Zealand via Paris/London pop sprite Connan Mockasin
follows up the widely acclaimed oddball-psych of 2010s
Forever Dolphin Love. Caramel boasts a unique brand of
mutated, lustrous soul that was almost wholly self-recorded
over a month in a Tokyo hotel room. Described by Clash
Music as "a true cosmonaut of inner space," the new album
explores different regions of Mockasins singular galaxy,
guided by his truly adventurous songwriting that favors
reconfigured pop structures with a skewed funk sensibility. If
Caramel wasnt enough, Mockasin has also been writing more
material for Charlotte Gainsbourg after penning the exquisite
Out Of Touch for the actress/singers 2012 mini-album,
Stage Whisper. Its another sign that Mockasin is going
places, but at his own pace - just as Caramel suggests the
process of melting and taking on a new shape, a new taste.
That is the true sound of Connan Mockasin.
"[Caramels] dreamy grooves sound like something Prince might
make, were he on strong prescription tranquilisers - in a good
way, of course"
- The Guardian
"Mockasins a more ambitious songwriter than his sleepy
demeanor would sometimes suggest"
" a fascinating headtrip from start to finish "
- Death and Taxes1. Nothing Lasts Forever
3. Im the Man, That Will Find You
4. Do I Make You Feel Shy?
5. Why Are You Crying?
6. Its Your Body 1
7. Its Your Body 2
8. Its Your Body 3
9. Its Your Body 4
10. Its Your Body 5
11. I Wanna Roll with You$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Personal RecordAt a time when most female singer-songwriters perform as alter
egos, Eleanor Friedberger is simply, refreshingly herself. And
that's just the way her fans like it. Having spent the last decade
fronting the indie-rock institution The Fiery Furnaces (currently
on hiatus) with her brother Matthew, in 2011 she emerged as a
formidable solo artist with Last Summer, a thoughtfully crafted
tale of memory and place couched in the organic pop of her
'70s idols. Instantly, Friedberger established herself as a modernday heir to the tradition of Donovan, Todd Rundgren, Ronnie
Lane, and their ilk: warm, nuanced, timeless songs.
No gimmicks necessary.
The title of Friedberger's sophomore album is Personal Record,
and it is, in a sense. Personal, that is. But not personal in the way
of, say, a coming-of-age record, or a diary about the past, which
Last Summer was. Many of the songs seem to be about love, or
love lost, but whether any of the experience is hers or someone
else's, she isn't saying. "It's not as specific a narrative this time,"
she says. "There's a universality to it." So incisive are the lyrics,
in fact, that Friedberger's bassist incorrectly assumed that two of
the songs were about him. "I loved that," she says. "I want him
to feel like the songs are about him. I want you to feel like the
songs are about you."1. I Don't Want to Bother You
2. When I Knew
3. I'll Never Be Happy Again
4. Stare at the Sun
5. Echo or Encore
6. My Own World
7. Tomorrow Tomorrow
8. You'll Never Know Me
9. I Am the Past
10. She's a Mirror
11. Other Boys
12. Singing Time$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Gold and StoneThe Roanoke, Virginia based noise pop, power rock trio, Eternal Summers will release their fourth full-length album "Gold and Stone." Having formed in 2009, Eternal Summers has now been operating as the trio of Nicole Yun, Daniel Cundiff and Jonathan Woods longer then they did as a duo without Jonathan. Gone are the days of the Roanoke based collective known as the Magic Twig Community that saw the handful of like-minded indie artists working together; but what has grown in its place is a band that stands firmly on its own. In the words of All Music, "The kind that other bands will look to for inspiration 20 years later."
With several previous releases, there has already been a lot said about Eternal Summers music. From the crafty minimalism on their debut Silver, to the dream punk sheen on 2012's breakout Correct Behavior, to the guitar driven power on The Drop Beneath, the evolution of Eternal Summers marks a band that embraces both anthemic rock and bittersweet ballads- a band that is grounded in jangle pop but with an added depth that rewards on repeated listens.
For Gold and Stone, Eternal Summers returned to the site of last year's well-received The Drop Beneath, Resonate Studio in Austin, TX and back into the very adept hands of engineer and mixer Louie Lino to create an album that ventures beyond the pop immediacy of their previous albums. Nicole says, "On this self-produced album, we wanted to target more lush and radiant textures, some classic rock riffs, some jazzier elements and some full-on punk snarl.1. Unassigned
2. Together or Alone
3. Gold and Stone
4. The Roses
5. Black Diamond
6. Come Alive
7. Ebb Tide
8. Play Dead
9. Stars You Named
10. Bloom$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bigfoot (Awaiting Repress)Cayucas: Pronounced "ky-yook-us", is the monikered homage to a sleepy little seaside town in San Luis Obispo County,California. That town, Cayucos, has hardly changed in the last 50 years, a far cry from the gentrified tourist traps parading showily down the nearby coastline. In the early 1960s,the surfing craze hit. There was one bar around which local kids congregated back then,the site of helpless crushes and fights and games of pool, a place whose jukebox soundtracked innumerable teenage years as breezy summers rolled into mild winters and back around again.The bar has since disappeared, but as Zach Yudin, the man behind the name, will tell you, the place still holds on tight to its propensity for dreamy, lazy, bonfire-lit nights worth getting moony-eyed about.
Cayucas' debut album bears little resemblance to the sound of modern California that's been so omnipresent over the past few years. Instead, Bigfoot posesses flirty rhythmic sensibilities both snappy and sparkling, a rosy, near-tropical warmth, and a loose and conversational feel that position you right in the line of Yudin's wry gaze.
Having moved to Japan for a yearto teach,he became inspired by the country'slove of electronic music. He started writing Daft Punk-style material while he was out there, and experimenting with the vinyl sampling that would form a crucial component of Cayucas' early sound-old rock albums by bands like the Beach Boys,theTornadoes, and the Animals. Although he has since set aside the synthesizer, this braiding together of proto-pop group classicsfed directly into the album.
Bigfoot was recorded up in the chilly Pacific Northwest-in Oregon, with Secretly's Richard Swift in charge of production. It's the result of Swift and Yudin's symbiotic working relationship, and positivity one of its brightest qualities, even when recalling missed opportunities-there's no space for downcast vibes here. "High School Lover" is perhaps Bigfoot most quintessential song; centered around a chiming rhythm ripe for shimmying, and a tale that sums up Yudin'staste for his own personal nostalgia.
After working at a local independent jazz label for a couple of years, he's now making music full-time, rehearsing with his new band for Cayucas' first live shows, running along theVenice Beach boardwalk, and hitting a certain bar each night to play pool, hang out, and listen to the Beach Boys. Some places don't change.1. Cayucos
2. High School Lover
3. Will The Thrill
4. A Summer Thing
5. East Coast Girl
6. Deep Sea
7. Ayawa 'kya
8. Bigfoot$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Blue DepthsThe Blue Depths is an album for warm places. A balmy haze habitat for headphone meanderings. A dream world where Neil Young and Jimmy Webb float in the reverb-saturated summer breeze.1. Case Of The Great Irish Elk, The
2. Swan Song Of The Humpback Angler
3. Our Gentle Life Together
4. The Sound Of Lies
5. Secrets Of The Fall
7. Harmless Lover's Discourse
8. Boy In The Yard$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In NumbersLimited Edition 140 Gram Clear Vinyl
This performance, taking place at Stanford University in the summer of 1989 and broadcast live on KYZU, is an interesting pivot between the recording and release of 'Suck On This'. It provides a fascinating early document in the band's evolution, the energy and enthusiasm that can be heard on 'Suck On This' remains, but the material is different, and played by a band more practiced, confident and clearly anticipating an imminent advance in their career. Of particular interest to Primus aficionados will be the short interview with the band in which they talk excitedly about the forthcoming release of their debut album.1. YYZ - John The Fisherman
2. Groundhog's Day
3. Studio Banter
4. Tommy The Cat
5. Studio Banter
6. Bob Studio Banter
7. Sgt. Baker
8. Harold Of The Rocks
$32.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Born With The CaulCian Nugent's rst widely available album Doubles was released in the summer of 2011
to great acclaim from Pitchfork, NPR and The Wire, and rightly so. Nugent's playing is a
lorious thing - it twists and turns as if telling a story, with each chord change revealing
something new. Over the past year, the young Dublin-based guitarist linked up with a
4-piece band called The Cosmos, a motley bunch interested in mining the same far out
musical styles. Born With The Caul is their rst studio album and the group is a force,
existing some place out of time. Not only is their sound an era-less one but the songs
themselves are never in a hurry as they build and unfold, never wasting a note. Tours of
the United Kingdom and Europe have clearly tightened them up, though the looseness and
uidity of their playing is an envious thing. Born With The Caul captures an artist and a
group at a peak moment.1. Grass Above My Head
2. Double Horse
3. The Houses of Parliament$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Machine Gun Etiquette
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Machine Gun Etiquette is the third album by seminal punk-rock group The Damned, and the first one without guitarist Brian James. As their original release helped define the still vague punk generation, and became part of the soundtrack of the summer of hate (1977), this stunning release helped define the post-punk genre. Its multi- layered songs incorporate ideas from a variety of movements and musical styles and then place them over simple and complex deliveries. Much wider in its perspective than The Damned's first two releases, Machine Gun Etiquette marks a defining moment in the evolution of underground music. It delivers a pleasurable listening experience that furthers one's appreciation of this deep, excellent, and genre-defying band.1. Love Song
2. Machine Gun Etiquette
3. I Just Can't Be Happy Today
4. Melody Lee
6. These Hands
7. Plan 9 Channel 7
8. Noise Noise Noise
9. Looking at You
11. Smash It Up (Part 1)
12. Smash It Up (Part 2)$17.99Vinyl LP Buy Now
Blood BankBon Iver's four-song Blood Bank collection continues down the path forged by 2008's critically acclaimed For Emma, Forever Ago.
While still tied to the identity of the place where it was born, Bon Iver is no longer an unplanned entity synonymous with Justin Vernon. It is an idea, a place and sentiment that has now become as international as it is timeless. From the title tracks remembrance of the winter warmth we seek, to the summer love tribute of b-side gem Babys, Bon Ivers snow-blanketed harmonies live across the seasons. Still, there is a reverence for sabbatical, solitude and the winding down of time. As much as Emma is about the cold, the Blood Bank collection is about the warmth that gets you through it.
Bon Iver has grown to include more than what was available at the much-fabled Wisconsin cabin, such as piano, slide guitar and vocoder. As Justin layers on harmonies in the meditative R&B acapella The Woods, he declares Im building a still to slow down the time. It is as poetic as it is necessary. Both expansive and intimate, these four songs explore the darker and lighter natures of the seasons and what they signify, and offer a dynamic glimpse into the natural energy and refined craftsmanship that characterize Justin Vernons music.1. Blood Bank
2. Beach Baby
4. Woods$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Midnight SpecialBefore Uncle Kracker spent six weeks at #1 with When the Sun Goes Down, a duet with good friend Kenny Chesney, country music might've seemed an odd place to find the Detroit-based good-time Kid Rock alumni. But as several summer tours with Chesney, the Top 5 Smile and the enduring recurrent status of Sun prove, Uncle Kracker's deep melodies and sense of what the heartland means has made him a perfect fit in today's post-rural realm of country music.
The first single Nobody's Sad on a Saturday Night, a theme song for a weekend party, from his label debut Midnight Special, has already hit the airwaves and is being embraced by Country radio. With producer Keith Stegall at the helm (Alan Jackson, George Jones and Zac Brown, as well as writing #1 songs for Jackson, George Strait and Dr. Hook), Uncle Kracker took his strong sense of melody and infectious choruses into the studio in Nashville. Writing all 11 songs with some of Nashville's best known writers, including Shane McAnally (Come Over, Somewhere with You, Last Call), Scooter Carusoe (Anything But Mine, Better as a Memory) and Chris Tompkins (Before He Cheats, Blow Away), as well as Detroit rocker JT Harding - Uncle Kracker grounds his music in bands people know, places they've been, moments they've shared and a real sense of America today.1. You Got That Thang
2. I'd Be There
3. Four Letter Word
4. Blue Skies
5. When I Close My Eyes
6. In Between Disasters
8. Nobody's Sad on a Saturday Night
9. Nuthin' Changes
10. Who We Are
11. It Is What It Is (with Sonia Leigh)$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tail Of LionsLondon-born singer, songwriter, and producer Alex Clare is one of those lucky people who will never be short of something startling to tell when the lights dim and true conversation really begins. "Where do you even start with a story like mine?" he laughs, down the line from his home in Jerusalem - and he makes a good point. Alex signed a major label deal with Island in 2010, released a single and an album then got unceremoniously dropped. When, in 2012, a song called 'Too Close' was pulled from the album and placed on an Internet Explorer 9 advert it prompted millions of sales and, lo and behold, he got re-signed. Eighteen months later he made a new album that the label failed to get behind and, as you might expect, it sold, in his own words, "nothing." He got married, toured the US, Russia, and Europe and started a family.
In the summer of 2015 he removed himself to a narrow boat on the River Lea (his debut was also recorded afloat, "I love boats," he says. "The one thing that I miss about the UK, is that Jerusalem, is on top of a mountain. No boats!") with his friend, bass player and founder member of Submotion Orchestra, Chris Hargreaves and the pair began to record again. What they came up with is a remarkable work called 'Tail of Lions'. Written and recorded in a few short weeks, Alex would spend months with Chris working on exactly the right mix for this new collection, a place where soul, rock, and funk meet steel-sharp electronica and iced-out drum and bass.1. Tell Me What You Need
2. Get Real
3. Surviving Aint Living
4. Bring Me Down
6. Gotta Get Up
7. Tired From The Fire
8. Love Can Heal
9. Open My Eyes
10. You'll Be Fine$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Free TimeFree Time formed in the summer of 2012 around Melbourne luminary songwriter Dion Nania (Panel of Judges). After moving to New York in 2011, Nania kicked around for a while, played some lead guitar with fellow Melbourne transplants Scott and Charlene's Wedding, then helped out the Twerps playing bass on a national tour. Shortly thereafter he began writing new songs with the intent of putting a new band together, eventually enlisting the support of Adrienne Humblet on bass, Jonah Maurer on guitar, and Michael Mimoun on drums.
Filling out Nania's jangly, sometimes heartbreaking pop, the band quickly recorded most of their first LP the day before Dion flew home to mix it. He returned with fragments for new songs and the band finished the record in December 2012.
Nania's songs tell stories of following love across the world, of being unsure about the future and of his place in it. Like the trans-pacific ping pong of the last 2 years of his life, his songs veer between sweet sadness and wild exuberance.1. I Lost Again
2. It's Alright
3. It Doesn't Stop
4. Nature's Cup
5. Uni fed Europe
6. Here & There
7. Just One
8. World Without Love
9. Nothin' But Nice$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
If AnythingIf Anything, the rst full-length by Greys, is the young quartet's
own warped update of vintage post-punk; frenetic guitars
running against walls of noise, held together by sharp strands of
melody. Emerging from the vibrant Toronto punk scene, Greys
are economical in their swift punches of noise, anchoring short
bursts of mania with huge choruses. Each song exists in its own
space and represents different aspects of the things we like
about noisy, dissonant music," says singer/guitarist Shehzaad
Jiwani. "But instead of being built solely around riffs, they were
built with hooks in mind, too.
The 35-minute LP pulses with a manic urgency, as drummer
Braeden Craig and bassist Colin Gillespie's syncopated rhythms
punctuate guitarist Cam Graham's smothering dissonance.
Through exasperated shouts, Jiwani lets loose the fury that splits
open his songwriting. The lyrics went from outward frustration to
inward, he says. A lot of it takes place from within my own
head. Swinging between hard-driving punk and '90s indie
rifng, the respites on If Anything only underscore Greys' brute
force and anthemic inclinations.
Written over the summer of 2013 and recorded in ten days at
Toronto's Candle Recording studio, If Anything is a fullling
aftershock of noise rock, immediately arresting and bursting with
condence.1. Guy Picciotto
2. Use Your Delusion
3. Flip Yr Lid
5. Pretty Grim
6. Chick Singer
7. Girl In Landscape
8. Brain Dead
9. Cold Soak
10. Brief Lives
11. Lull$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
JuntoJUNTO-due out via Atlantic Jaxx/PIAS America--marks pioneering U.K. electronic music duo BASEMENT JAXX's seventh studio album.
Globally revered as innovators and leading lights of their genre, BASEMENT JAXX blew the lid off the dance music scene of the late 90's with their ground breaking albums Remedy, Rooty and Kish Kash. Having firmly established their place in the pantheon of dance music greats, the duo of Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe are back with JUNTO, a genre-hopping musical roller-coaster that showcases the band's legendary inventiveness, irresistible songwriting and production smarts.
In May, the pair debuted the club-ready, jacking Unicorn, the first track to be taken from Junto. It has met with universal praise, working as a perfect taster of what the full length has to offer. They soon followed with Mermaid Of Salinas, a samba sensation just in time for the World Cub festivities. Then came Never Say Never, the first official single from the album, currently sitting at #4 on Billboard's Club Play chart and racing up Billboard's Dance Radio chart.
Spanish for 'together,' the concept behind JUNTO is one of unity and soulfulness, fusing dance music's sub-genres into one cohesive multi-flavored confection. It's a bold, boisterous, brilliant album full of amazing guest vocal performances, richly layered production and the irresistible sense of groove that has set them apart from the very beginning. Summer is here, and the JAXX are back.
- Broadway World1. Intro
2. Power To the People
4. Never Say Never
5. We Are Not Alone
6. What's The News
7. Summer Dem
9. Rock This Road
10. Sneakin' Toronto
11. Something About You
12. Mermaid of Salinas
13. Love Is At Your Side$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Besnard Lakes Are The Divine WindEarly in 2016, The Besnard Lakes released their finest album to date, the magisterial A Coliseum Complex Museum and toured worldwide throughout the following months. Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, the couple at the heart of the band, had spent the previous summer on their annual retreat to their namesake Besnard Lake. In a place with so much personal significance, they spent time writing the music that was to form the album. Culling the tracks down to an album proved a difficult task and inevitably there were tracks they loved that just didn't quite fit with the overall album.
So it is with delight that almost exactly a year on, the band are able to release this 12 of two brand new, exclusive tracks written and recorded at the same time as the album. Laura Lee is a sibling track to the album's illustrious first single, The Golden Lion - spacious reverb-y drums echo around an almost sci-fi vocal line sung by Olga Goreas. Meanwhile, the title track The Divine Wind is the Besnard Lakes at their expansive, psychedelic best: a sustained keyboard building through to a bombastic coda, complete with Lasek's unmistakable falsetto.
If you ever needed a reminder of just how unique, beautiful and far-reaching this band is, then The Besnard Lakes Are the Divine Wind delivers. They'll be on tour on the west coast of North America in December and worldwide throughout 2017.1. Laura Lee
2. The Divine Wind$13.9912'' Vinyl Single - Sealed Buy Now
Lotta Sea Lice (Awaiting Repress)KURT VILE: We ran into each other on the road
in various continents and talked about the
recordings. I guess it wasn't till I had another
tour booked for the following summer in
Australia that we thought we should record as
much as we can, no major goal to make it a full
length but it came together that way because
the vibe was so strong. I love working with
Courtney, the collaboration was laid back with
COURTNEY BARNETT: Now we finished the
album, we dreamt up an amazing band which
we've called THE SEA LICE (inspired by a Stella
Mozgawa beach-side-story) and me n Kurt will
be standing there out front with our guitars
singing songs together. Songs from this album
we did, a handful of our own songs from
previous albums, maybe some old folk songs n
what not. Harmonies and guitarmonies galore.
Lotta Sea Lice is the result of 8 days in the
studio spread over almost 15 months when
Courtney and Kurt's respective touring
schedules allowed for them to be in the same
place at the same time.1. Over Everything
2. Let It Go
3. Fear Is Like A Forest
4. Outta The Woodwork
5. Continental Breakfast
6. On Script
7. Blue Cheese
8. Peepin Tomboy
9. Untogether$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now