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  • Twentyears Twentyears Quick View

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    Twenty years after their international debut, the French multi-platinum selling band Air, consisting of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel, will release their first anthology Twentyears. Available as a 2LP on 180 gram vinyl containing 16 tracks selected by the band.
    LP 1
    1. La femme d'argent
    2. Cherry Blossom Girl
    3. Kelly Watch the Stars
    4. Playground Love (with Gordon Tracks)
    5. Sexy Boy
    6. Venus
    7. All I Need
    8. Alpha Beta Gaga (Edit 91)

    LP 2
    1. Moon Fever
    2. Don't Be Light (Edit)
    3. How Does It Make You
    4. Surfing on a Rocket
    5. Alone in Kyoto
    6. Talisman
    7. Run
    8. Le soleil est près de moi

    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Pinheads In Buenos Aires Pinheads In Buenos Aires Quick View

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    Pinheads In Buenos Aires

    Pressed On 140 Gram Clear Vinyl

    Live At River Plate Stadium - Buenos Aires, Brazil - March 16th, 1996

    On 16th March 1996, the Ramones played a farewell concert to 45,000 fans in Buenos Aires in what had been initially planned as the final show of their storied 20-year career. The River Plate Stadium, home to one of South America's most famous football clubs, had filled to the brim, while none other than Iggy Pop played as the opening act before the Ramones took to the stage. The band returned to the States on the Lollapolooza bill, playing their last show in Los Angeles on 6th August 1996. Nonetheless, they had built such a fiercely dedicated fan base down south that they had become, as branded by a major Buenos Aires daily paper, The Argentine Punk Band, "La Banda Punk Argentina."

    LP 1
    1. Intro / Durango
    2. Teenage Lobotomy
    3. Psycho Therapy
    4. Blitzkreig Bop
    5. Do You Remember Rock N Roll Radio?
    6. I Believe In Miracles
    7. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
    8. Rock N Roll High School
    9. I Wanna Be Sedated
    10. Spiderman
    11. The KKK Took My Baby Away
    12. I Don't Want To Grow Up
    13. I Just Want To Have Something To Do
    14. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
    15. Rockaway Beach
    16. Pet Sematary
    17. Strength To Endure

    LP 2
    1. Cretin Family
    2. Do You Wanna Dance?
    3. Somebody Put Something In My Drink
    4. Surfin' Bird
    5. Wart Hog
    6. Cretin Hop
    7. R.A.M.O.N.E.S.
    8. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World
    9. Pinhead
    10. The Crusher
    11. Poison Heart
    12. We're A Happy Family
    13. My Back Pages
    14. 53rd & 3rd
    15. Beat On The Brat
    16. Chinese Rock
    17. Have You Ever Seen The Rain?

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  • The Dynospectrum (20 Year Anniversary Remaster) (Pre-Order) The Dynospectrum (20 Year Anniversary Remaster) (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    The Dynospectrum (20 Year Anniversary Remaster) (Pre-Order)

    Early Rhymesayers Group Project Consisting Of Members Slug (Atmosphere, Felt); I Self Devine (Micranots, Semi.official); Musab (Beyond, Sab The Artist); And Mr. Gene Poole (Phull Surkle), Produced Entirely By Ant (Atmosphere, Brother Ali).

    First Time Ever Available On Vinyl!

    Sourced From The Original Reel-To-Reel Tapes, Mixed Again And Remastered For This Special Anniversary.

    Includes Three Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks Recorded During The Original Studio Sessions.

    Vinyl Packaging Includes Three LPs Pressed On A Black & Cream Colored Side A/B Effect Vinyl

    Includes An Illustrated 8-Panel Accordion Fold-Out Poster,

    Housed In A Gatefold Jacket

    Includes Original Artwork/Illustrations By Brilliant Visual Artist Aaron Horkey

    As Rhymesayers was transitioning from a local Twin Cities crew, who were known for
    explosive and engaging live shows at coffee shops, raves, and venues around town, into
    a full-fledged independent label, some of the most integral players in the crew decided to
    form a supergroup, and thus began the legend of The Dynospectrum.

    The group's formula was largely centered on the four MCs, Slug of Atmosphere, I Self
    Devine of The Micranots, Beyond (better known as Musab), and Mr. Gene Poole of Phull
    Surkle. Each of them had already made a notable impression on the Twin Cities scene,
    so the idea of them coming together was easy to view as a force to be reckoned with.
    However, an essential element of The Dynospectrum was its production, as Ant (of
    Atmosphere) was digging deep into his explorations of painting sound with dark and
    moody strokes. Yet another signature aspect to this album was its iconic artwork,
    provided courtesy of the Headshots resident artist, Aaron "Abuse" Horkey, who has also
    provided some new work for this special vinyl edition. Horkey's uniquely exquisite graffiti
    stylings give the album a comic book-like essence while maintaining an air of elegance
    and fine art. Lastly, in order to take all this creative energy and shape it into something
    real, label CEO, Siddiq Sayers, acted as the sound engineer at the time for the newly
    formed Rhymesayers studios, and took the lead on distribution and management for the

    All of this resulted in The Dynospectrum being a landmark release in the Rhymesayers
    catalog, regarded to this day as a cult classic, which makes it long overdue that we finally
    get to see this full release available on vinyl for the very first time. This upcoming special
    vinyl edition, just like our recent Overcast! 20th Anniversary vinyl release, has been
    completely re-mixed from the original reel-to-reel tapes and remastered, complete with
    bonus unreleased material from those same recording sessions. All the original music
    and lyrics have been left completely intact, only enhancing the listening experience, so
    that this breakthrough album sounds better than ever!

    LP 1
    1. You Can Lose Your Mind (Remastered)
    2. Introspectrum (Remastered)
    3. Headphone Static (Remastered)
    4. Permanent On Surfaces (Remastered)
    5. Breath Of Fresh (Remastered)
    6. The Winter Moon (Remastered)
    7. Brief Interlude (Remastered)

    LP 2
    1. Appearing Live (Remastered)
    2. Southside Myth (Remastered)
    3. Traction (Remastered)
    4. Decompression Chamber (Remastered)
    5. Evidence Of Things Not Seen (Remastered)
    6. Superior Friends (Remastered)
    7. I Wouldn't Want You To Die Uninformed (Remastered)

    LP 3
    1. Tenfold (Remastered)
    2. Anything Is Everything (Remastered)
    3. Armor (Remastered)
    4. Mass Exodus (Bonus Track) [Remastered]
    5. He Who Dies With The Most Toys (Bonus Track) [Remastered]
    6. Obstacles (Bonus Track) [Remastered]

    The Dynospectrum
    Colored Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • 1,000 Years 1,000 Years Quick View

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    1,000 Years

    The new record began with the same surprise turn that started Corin Tucker's career back in 1991, ended Sleater-Kinney's 11-year year run in 2006 and inspired the punk-feminist rocker to redefine herself as a stay-at-home mom. It was early 2009, and Tucker was performing at a benefit show in her hometown of Portland, OR airing out a couple of new songs. Another benefit, and another pair of unheard tunes, followed a few weeks later. The reaction from friends, fans and perfect strangers was unanimous. Cue the wrenching rhythms and hard-angle melodies, the slashing guitars and wildly passionate vocals of 1,000 Years. Only now the hard edges come nestled in lush weaves of acoustic guitars, keyboards,interlocking percussion, even cellos and violins, which places 1,000 Years deep into Tucker's creative headwaters, another addition to her 20-year catalog of restless songs for restless spirits.
    1. 1,000 Years
    2. Half a World Away

    3. It's Always Summer

    4. Handed Love
    5. Doubt
    6. Dragon
    7. Riley
    8. Pulling Pieces
    9. Thrift Store Coats
    10. Big Goodbye
    11. Miles Away
    Corin Tucker Band, The
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  • The Ghosts Of Highway 20 The Ghosts Of Highway 20 Quick View

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    The Ghosts Of Highway 20

    We've all heard about the iconic vibe of Route 66, the neon lights on Broadway and the ocean air of the Pacific Coast Highway. But there are untold stories emanating from countless blue highways across the land - like Interstate 20, which cuts a 1500-mile swath from South Carolina to Texas, and cuts deep into the spirit of those who've spent their lives traversing it.

    Lucinda Williams is one of those people, and with the expansive, enveloping The Ghosts of Highway 20, she brings those stories to life - and gives listeners a remarkably vivid look at how the highway has been a literal and figurative backdrop throughout her entire life. The intensely involving 14-song collection may be the most deeply felt, deeply affecting work of Lucinda Williams' illustrious 35-plus-year career, a career that has been established on a foundation of remarkably personal songs.

    1. Dust
    2. House of Earth
    3. I Know All About It
    4. Place in My Heart
    5. Death Came
    6. Doors of Heaven
    7. Louisiana Story
    8. The Ghosts of Highway 20
    9. Bitter Memory
    10. Factory
    11. Can't Close the Door on Love
    12. If My Love Could Kill
    13. If There's a Heaven
    14. Faith and Grace
    Lucinda Williams
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  • We All Raise Our Voices To The Air: Live Songs 04.11-08.11 We All Raise Our Voices To The Air: Live Songs 04.11-08.11 Quick View

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    We All Raise Our Voices To The Air: Live Songs 04.11-08.11

    For a band that made a name for themselves as one of the preeminent live acts of the past 10 years, it was a bit shocking that they had never released any sort of live album. So, following the amazing success of their chart-topping double Grammy-nominated 2011 album The King Is Dead, Portland's favorite sons and daughters set to work creating the ultimate Decemberists' live document.

    We All Raise Our Voices to the Air: (Live Songs 04.11-08.11) was recorded at numerous shows during their sold out 2011 North American tour. The 20-song set compiles tracks from all phases of the band's illustrious career and appeals to both hardcore fans as well as those fans who just recently were exposed to the magic of The Decemberists including not only their radio hits like Down by the Water, Calamity Song and This is Why We Fight, but also live show favorites and some special gems.

    1. The Infanta
    2. Calamity Song
    3. Rise To Me
    4. The Soldiering Life
    5. We Both Go Down Together
    6. The Bagmans Gambit
    7. Down By The Water
    8. Leslie Ann Levine
    9. The Rakes Song
    10. The Crane Wife 1, 2, and 3
    11. Oceanside
    12. Billy Liar
    13. Grace Cathedral Hill
    14. All Arise!
    15. Rox In The Box
    16. June Hymn
    17. Draculas Daughter > O Valencia!
    18. This Is Why We Fight
    19. The Mariners Revenge Song
    20. I Was Meant For The Stage
    The Decemberists
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  • Rise Or Die Trying (Awaiting Repress) Rise Or Die Trying (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Rise Or Die Trying (Awaiting Repress)

    Worcester, Massachusetts. 8 pm. Those who have their hearts set on a Sunday night bingo game or knitting circle at the Quinsigamond Village Community Center will walk away sorely disappointed. Instead, nearly 600 kids spanning all ages and tastes have excitedly packed themselves into the tiny venue. The room is plunged into darkness and the wild shouting echoes in the air; this is the moment they've been waiting for. The first strains of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" filter through the speakers as Four Year Strong take their hometown stage, fully prepared to shred faces, blow minds, and take no prisoners.

    Alan Day (Vocals/Guitar), Dan O'Conner (Vocals/Guitar), Joe Weiss (Bass), Josh Lyford (Synth), and Jake Massucco (Drums) are Four Year Strong. At first, this may not raise eyebrows or drop jaws, but it is only a matter of time. Bringing a unique blend of brutal breakdowns and soaring choruses, Four Year Strong have cut their teeth into the Worcester hardcore scene and thirst for more. Their music incites a riot like nothing seen before, leaving live crowds and CD listeners alike simultaneously blown away, and fired up.

    Their influences range from Lifetime to Saves the Day, Gorilla Biscuits to New Found Glory. "We just play exactly what we want to hear," describes Dan, explaining their combination of hardcore and pop-punk. Sharing an average age of 20 years old and with a do-it-yourself determination, Four Year Strong do not pretend to be anyone but themselves. The band does not sugarcoat their image, avoiding the pretty-boy front that smothers the scene. Behind the numerous tattoos and grizzly beards, Four Year Strong are the kind of guys you would want to bring home to Mom and Dad. The band does not bother with egos or attitude, determined to connect with every fan on a personal level.

    Their debut full-length, Rise or Die Trying, premieres on I Surrender Records. Already, the album has generated an excited buzz across the web, featured on websites like and to print magazines Rolling Stone and Alternative Press. The band has nearly 1 Million plays on Myspace with nothing more than a taste of what Rise or Die Trying will bring. Unrelenting spirit, gut-wrenchingly good music, and no flashy gimmicks, Four Year Strong are building themselves to the top with an indestructible foundation.

    Four Year Strong combine equal parts melody and mayhem; however, their true talent lies in the ability to use these parts to create one exciting, infectious whole. "We wanted to put out a great record and not just a bunch of great songs." They fully embrace their album title, Rise or Die Trying, and Four Year Strong refuse to stop until they've taken the world by storm.

    Brace yourself, let's start the takeover.

    1. The Takeover
    2. Prepare To Be Digitally Manipulated
    3. Abandon Ship Or Abandon All Hope
    4. Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die
    5. Wrecked 'Em? Damn Near Killed 'EM
    6. Catastrophe
    7. Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Hell
    8. Bada Bing! Wit' A Pipe!
    9. Beatdown In The Key Of Happy
    10. If He's Here, Who's Running Hell?
    11. MANIAC (R.O.D.)
    Four Year Strong
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  • Manley Headphone Amplifier (Pre-Order) 3 COLORS AVAILABLE Manley Headphone Amplifier (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Manley Headphone Amplifier (Pre-Order)

    Manley Laboratories have been designing and manufacturing professional and hi-fidelity audio equipment for the last twenty five years. Headphone listening has become more and more popular in recent years. To meet this new demand Manley have combined its professional and domestic engineering skills to develop a new and exciting groundbreaking product, The Manley Headphone Amplifier.

    Headphone listening is not new to us, we have developed headphone mixers for the professional industry and our Neo-Classic 300B preamplifier was designed with the serious headphone listener in-mind, which now has quite a cult following. The new Manley Headphone Amplifier addresses absolutely every possible feature the headphone user could desire.

    Feature Rich

    This feature rich product has no less than twelve independent controls designed for maximum performance and maximum control. We design and manufacture our own output transformers and this is where this product excels. The Manley Headphone Amplifier utilizes hand-wound air gapped dual mode output transformers. The user can configure the unit for all triode Push-Pull mode or Single-Ended mode. The transformer can be configured to drive three types of headphone loads, covering a range from 12 to 600 ohms.

    The enthusiast can also vary the Feedback from 0dB to 10dB, maintaining a ruler-flat frequency response across the audio band, demonstrating how stable the design is. For increased transparency and accuracy we have incorporated a Precision Stepped Relay Volume control with perfect channel balance. A balance control is also available for extra sensitivity. The Manley Headphone Amplifier operates fully symmetrical, enabling it to drive balanced headphones through its XLR output. Also available is the standard non-balanced "Jack" plug or TRS connection. Another very useful feature is a preamplifier output, which routes your first input through the system when not in use, no need for unplugging sources! The Manley Headphone amplifier can also be used as a stand-alone transformer coupled preamplifier, so it can be partnered with any power amplifier if so desired.

    With the advent of expensive and high technology headphones it was important for the Manley design team to think about protection. So the Manley Headphone Amplifier features a user defined headphone overload protection system. The user dials this in so precious headphones are never overdriven. For maximum performance and the lowest noise floor, The Manley Headphone Amplifier incorporates a very high-tech switching audiophile power supply. The high-tension and low-tension rails are all fully regulated offering super low impedance for a fast and dynamic response.

    The Manley Headphone Amplifier also incorporates a tone control circuit what? for an audiophile product!! Yes! With the expertise gleaned from building professional studio equipment, we have incorporated the best possible solution for a tone control. It is completely switchable, so for the real purist it is completely out of the circuit, but if you need that slight adjustment for a hard digital recording the feature is there.

    The Design

    The Manley Headphone Amplifier is a very unusual design. Zia Faruqi, who is responsible for running the engineering team and industrial design at Manley Laboratories, developed its concept. "I wanted a design that would reflect the use of this piece of equipment. Its shape was inspired by a head, a piece that you could rest your headphones on, a piece that you want to indulge yourself in" Mitch Margolis who worked on the Steelhead and our 300B amplifiers worked with our head engineer Humberto Rodriguez to finalize its design. Available in three different colors for today's lifestyle choices. Champagne & White, Titanium & Bronze and Copper & Black.

    Manley Labs
    Headphone Amplifier PRE-ORDER
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  • Backspace Unwind Backspace Unwind Quick View

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    Backspace Unwind

    Backspace Unwind is the long awaited new LAMB album. The sixth album of the electronic music duo contains 10 new songs written by Andy Barlow & Lou Rhodes with 4 featuring string arrangements by Tom Trapp, who also conducted the string section for the recording session at Air Lyndhurst Studios in London.

    'Making this album has been a journey of discovery in so many ways', says Lou. 'After making music together over a period of almost 20 years (with a 5 year hiatus to take a breath) it's reassuring that new routes and approaches seem to abound. Over those years I think we've learnt that this journey needs no map; in fact tearing that map up, at every twist and turn, has become our regular gleeful practice.'

    The LP version of Backspace Unwind contains a bonus track that's not available elsewhere (''As Satellites Go By'' Piano Version*).

    1. In Binary
    2. We Fall In Love
    3. As Satellites Go By
    4. Backspace Unwind
    5. Nobody Else
    6. Shines Like This
    7. What Makes Us Human
    8. Seven Sails
    9. Doves & Ravens
    10. Only Our Skin
    11. As Satellites Go By (Piano Version)*

    *Vinyl Only Bonus Track

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  • Diamond Head Diamond Head Quick View

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    Diamond Head

    Pressed On Limited Edition 140 Gram Clear Vinyl

    Includes Bonus One-Sided 7-Inch

    First New Material In 8 Years

    Influential and iconic heavy metal band, Diamond Head, release their first album of new material in eight years. Entitled Diamond Head, the album features an exciting new talent in singer Rasmus Bom Andersen. In 2014 Diamond Head invited London based, Danish-born Ras to join the band. Together they completed a European tour, which included appearances at Hard Rock Hell and Head Bangers Open Air in Germany. In general the album lyrics focus on political and environmental themes, specifically warning that our world is in many ways leaning towards self-destruction. The opening and closing songs encapsulate these themes, while the body of the album explores subtopics in more depth, along with songs dealing with lighter subjects that aren't so heavy on the heart.

    1. Bones
    2. Shout At The Devil

    3. Set My Soul On Fire

    4. See You Rise
    5. All The Reasons You Live

    6. Wizard Sleeve

    7. Our Time Is Now
    8. Speed

    9. Blood On My Hands

    10. Silence

    *Bonus One-Sided 7-Inch Single
    1. Diamonds

    Diamond Head
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  • Showdown! (Awaiting Repress) Showdown! (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Showdown! (Awaiting Repress)

    180 gram vinyl reissue of this Grammy Award-winning, all-time best-selling masterpiece from Alligator Records. Remastered with bonus track Something To Remember You By, this title has been out of print on vinyl for 20 years. SHOWDOWN! has over 285,000 units sold in the U.S. It's a celebrated cutting contest between three legendary blues guitarists. Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland are sadly no longer with us, but Robert Cray continues to record and tour, and is one of the best-selling blues artists in history with over 2.3 million career units scanned.

    Full performer name: Albert Collins/Robert Cray/Johnny Copeland. Personnel includes: Albert Collins (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Robert Cray, Johnny Copeland (vocals, guitar); Allen Batts (organ); Johnny B. Gayden (bass); Casey Jones (drums). Recorded at Streeterville Studios, Chicago, Illinois. Includes liner notes by Bruce Iglauer & Dick Shurman. This excellent 1985 Alligator release finds three guitar legends squaring off, cutting heads, and forming a brotherhood forged in blues. The elder statesman and leader here is the irrepressible Albert Collins, whose guitar sound and unique approach to the blues has been bending ears since the '50s. Johnny Copeland, the Texas Twister, an early disciple and longtime friend of Collins, is also here, showing he's moved well beyond Collins's early tutelage. The youngest gun is Robert Cray, another musician Collins took under his wing (some 15 years after he first met Copeland). Backed only by a bassist, drummer, and organist (the spare backing band helps put the guitar work at center stage), Collins, Copeland, and Cray go toe-to-toe on these tracks. What's especially intriguing is that each song gives equal air time to each musician, making room for solos all around and even, on some tracks, shared vocals. Copeland is the wildest here, with his wooly, rough-hewn voice and blistering leads, counterbalanced by Cray, who lends a laid-back air of sophistication to the proceedings. Collins brings it all together with his signature icy style. SHOWDOWN! is a dream come true for blues-guitar fans.

    1.T-Bone Shuffle

    2.Moon is Full, The
    3.Lion's Den

    4.She's Into Something

    5.Bring Your Fine Self Home

    6.Black Cat Bone

    7.Dream, The

    8.Albert's Alley


    10.Something To Remember You By

    Albert Collins, Robert Cray, and Johnny Copeland
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  • Anthropos Anthropos Quick View

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    ''Woke up at dawn and felt a presence, nature spirits, observing me. Looked out through the window. Black shape. I went to the nearby forest and the journey had begun.Without a direct way, I went through the woods and crossed mountains. Suddenly elated by light, I was under the raven's wings. Numb. Awakened by a thud and the silhouettes of the three. Embrace. The circle was complete.'' -- Mother of God

    Born in 2008 and raised on rock in Morgårdshammar, Sweden, the four-piece Mother of God cast off a lot of the retro '70s mentality of their countrymen in favor of a more modern approach.Well, 20 years more modern, anyway. Mother of God no doubt have some appreciation for the finer things in '70s rock - there are beards to prove it - but musically they incorporate influences from grunge and the heavy grooves of the early '90s. Bands like Soundgarden and Alice in Chains mesh their downtrodden grunge melodies alongside classic inspiration drawn from Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.

    These might sound like familiar elements - at least the names ring out - but Mother of God bring their own emotional spin to their Small Stone debut, Anthropos, and never quite cooperate with what you think they'll do next. The band has released two prior EPs - 2011's Forging a New Path and their debut - and they recorded and mixed Anthropos in BorlÄnge with Erik Nerback, Chris Goosman mastered, and Sanna Albenius, Robin Gnista and Alexander von Wieding provided art and layout design.

    In addition to festival appearances at Getaway Rock, Wacken Open Air in Germany and Peace & Love, Mother of God have shared the stage with YOB, Dozer, Graveyard, Imperial State Electric and more, and they'll look to continue their live domination in Scandinavia and beyond in support of Anthropos, shoving their eclectic sound and undeniable hooks right in the faces of everyone who thinks they know what heavy rock should sound like.

    1. 2 3 0
    2. Graenslandet
    3. The Forest
    4. Aim For The Sun
    5. Adrift
    6. To Live
    7. Hoenan
    8. Windows
    9. Something From Below
    10. R. McCord
    11. Lucy
    Mother of God
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Long Gone (Discontinued) Long Gone (Discontinued) Quick View

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    Long Gone (Discontinued)

    Analogue Productions is proud to present Long Gone, the debut album by the sensational new rock/ blues, guitarist/ singer-songwriter Jimmy D. Lane. While the listener will hear echoes of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan in Jimmy's playing, he is his own man, a fact recognized recently by Eric Clapton when, after playing together with Jimmy on a forthcoming tribute album to Jimmy's father, Jimmy Rogers, Clapton proclaimed Jimmy Lane an incredible guitarist. Indeed, the strongest influence on Jimmy's musical development has been his father.

    Long Gone features Jimmy Lane with bassist Freddie Crawford (also a veteran member of Jimmy Rogers band and Jimmy Lane's regular group) and legendary drummer Jim Keltner, who has performed and/or recorded with everyone from John Lennon and Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton. Jimmy Lane's repertoire on Long Gone is made up of his own originals and covers by blues and rock greats including Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Rogers, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Albert King.

    If anyone comes by the blues honestly, it's Jimmy D. Lane... his guitar playing is powerful and inspirational; you may find yourself playing air guitar for the first time in years... Lane gives us an electric guitar extravaganza of a type that was abundant 25-30 years ago but is nowadays rare.
    -- Larry Kay, FI Magazine

    Long Gone should move Jimmy D. Lane directly to the front ranks of those who will take the blues into the next century.
    -- Jim DeKoster, Living Blues

    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Hear My Train A Comin'
    2. Obsession Babies
    3. Long Gone
    4. I Shall Be Released
    5. Shake, Shiver, Ache
    6. Rollin' Stone
    7. Whiskey
    8. Boom Boom
    9. White Tears
    10. Oh What A Feelin'
    11. California
    12. I'm In Love
    13. Tears Without A Shoulder
    Jimmy D. Lane
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Southsiders Southsiders Quick View

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    Custom Printed PVC Plastic Case

    Double Metallic Silver Vinyl

    Full Color Custom Printed Sleeves

    8-Page LP Lyric Booklet

    Minneapolis is known for many things - pretty lakes, the Mall of America, lutefisk. But 17 years ago, hip-hop act
    Atmosphere transformed the city into something else entirely: a nexus from which underground rap spiraled-out
    to the masses. And thanks to the duo's indefatigable touring habits, Top 20-charting albums, and their galvanizing artist-owned label Rhymesayers (MF Doom, Aesop Rock), they're still pushing the boundaries of what indie
    rap can mean.

    It's with that overachieving-underdog spirit that MC Sean "Slug" Daley and producer Anthony "Ant" Davis have
    named Atmosphere's eighth studio album Southsiders (out May 6), a shout-out to their native neighborhood.
    Because, says Slug, "We have spent the majority of our career - God, we can call it a career! - repping the
    south side of Minneapolis pretty hard."

    While Southsiders is a celebration of the group's fortitude, it is also a deeply introspective, and sometimes
    conflicted, work. "It's a natural progression from the last record, The Family Sign, which was about growing my
    family," says Slug, now a father to three, who finds himself contemplating mortality. "I'm starting to think, 'What is
    post-family man? What am I supposed to rap about now?' I'm sticking to my roots, rapping about what I'm
    doing, what I think about. This record is - much like the other ones - a very detailed look at my life."

    The album captures everything from a blazing, anthemic takedown in "Southsiders," to the ebb-and-flow of loss
    in the sauntering "Arthur's Song," to emotional abandon in the rousing "Kanye West." The latter - and its
    mantra, "put your hands in the air like you really do care" - is a high-five to the rapper whose emotional
    reactions are often misperceived as not caring. Says Slug, "I wanted to write a song about loving something so
    much that you submit to the moment.

    1. Camera Thief
    2. Arthur's Song
    3. The World Might Not Live Through The Night
    4. Star Shaped Heart
    5. I Love You Like A Brother
    6. Southsiders
    7. Bitter
    8. Mrs. Interpret
    9. Fortunate
    10. Kanye West
    11. We Ain't Gonna Die Today
    12. My Lady Got Two Men
    13. Flicker
    14. January On Lake Street
    15. Let Me Know That You Know What You Want Now
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    Unknown Pleasures

    Formed in 1977, Joy Division (guitarist Bernard Albrecht, bassist Peter Hook, drummer Stephen Morris, and vocalist Ian Curtis) helped usher in the Post-Punk movement with their haunting melodies and melancholy lyrics. By incorporating synthesizers into their music, they paved the way for an entire generation of bands who would soon follow in their footsteps. The band released two classic albums, 1979's Unknown Pleasures and 1980's Closer as well as several singles, before Curtis' suicide on the eve of their first American tour. Following Curtis' death, Albrecht (now Sumner), Hook, and Morris formed the band New Order, and would continue to record over the next twenty-five years.

    It even looks like something classic, beyond its time or place of origin even as it was a clear product of both - one of Peter Saville's earliest and best designs, a transcription of a signal showing a star going nova, on a black embossed sleeve. If that were all Unknown Pleasures was, it wouldn't be discussed so much, but the ten songs inside, quite simply, are stone-cold landmarks, the whole album a monument to passion, energy, and cathartic despair. The quantum leap from the earliest thrashy singles to Unknown Pleasures can be heard through every note, with Martin Hannett's deservedly famous production - emphasizing space in the most revelatory way since the dawn of dub - as much a hallmark as the music itself. Songs fade in behind furtive noises of motion and activity, glass breaks with the force and clarity of doom, minimal keyboard lines add to an air of looming disaster - something, somehow, seems to wait or lurk beyond the edge of hearing. But even though this is Hannett's album as much as anyone's, the songs and performances are the true key. Sumner redefined heavy metal sludge as chilling feedback fear and explosive energy, Hook's instantly recognizable bass work at once warm and forbidding, Morris' drumming smacking through the speakers above all else. Curtis synthesizes and purifies every last impulse, his voice shot through with the desire first and foremost to connect, only connect - as Candidate plaintively states, I tried to get to you/you treat me like this. Pick any song, the nervous death dance of She's Lost Control, the harrowing call for release New Dawn Fades, all four members in perfect sync, the romance in hell of Shadowplay, Insight and its nervous drive towards some sort of apocalypse. All visceral, all emotional, all theatrical, all perfect - one of the best albums ever.

    1. Disorder
    2. Day Of The Lords
    3. Candidate
    4. Insight
    5. New Dawn Fades
    6. She's Lost Control
    7. Shadowplay
    8. Wilderness
    9. Interzone
    10. I Remember Nothing
    Joy Division
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  • Audio Desk Systeme's Vinyl Cleaning Machine Pro 4 COLORS AVAILABLE Audio Desk Systeme's Vinyl Cleaning Machine Pro Quick View

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    Audio Desk Systeme's Vinyl Cleaning Machine Pro

    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.

    Product Editors Stereophile

    ...The most effective, easy-to-use record-cleaning machine I've ever tried.

    - Michael Fremer, Stereophile, June 2012

    Cleaning Time: 5 minutes

    Size: 13w x 8 d x 10.7 h (33cm w x 20cm d x 27cm h)

    Weight: 12lbs (5.5kg)

    Cleaning Solution: 4.5 liters (1.2 gal) of distilled water added to 20ml of cleaning concentrate.

    The Vinyl Cleaner PRO is the next generation, upgraded version of the award-winning ultrasonic LP cleaning system. Incorporating five years of evolutionary enhancements in addition to important upgrades to internal component parts, the Vinyl Cleaner PRO offers better features and performance, and also promises better reliability.

    Features of the new Vinyl Cleaner PRO include better, quieter drying, a new premium motor, an upgraded pump with ceramic bearings, and improvements to the electronic control system including a dry-only option.

    The Audio Desk Systeme Vinyl Cleaner Pro is the latest version of the first and only record cleaning machine that incorporates an ultrasonic cleaning cycle in addition to a more conventional mechanical cleaning via bi-directional rotating microfiber cleaning drums, and the result is the cleanest LP's ever. Unlike other record cleaners the ultrasonic Vinyl Cleaner bursts millions of microscopic bubbles off the surface of the record all the way to the bottom of the groove, where no fiber is fine enough to reach. And among LP cleaners the Audio Desk System Vinyl Cleaner is unique in using filtered air for drying, rather than one of the static-inducing suction systems employed by other record cleaning machines.

    This vinyl record cleaner is fully automatic - just put the LP in the slot, push the button, and come back in 6 minutes (or tomorrow!) for a thoroughly cleaned and dried LP (both sides). Whole new layers of inner detail and air are revealed in the recordings, and of course most surface noise is eliminated.

    Comes with 2 vials of a proprietary cleaning fluid developed specifically for this machine. A container of the fluid concentrate plus a gallon of distilled water cleans 150 new LP's, or 100 used LP's.

    Records are precious. Not only are they arguably the best-sounding medium for reproduced music, but they often constitute irreplaceable collections. Even with careful handling contamination cannot be avoided in the long term. It is also well known that residual compounds from the LP pressing process obscure inner detail unless removed by cleaning even new records.

    Reiner Glass of Audiodesksysteme has developed a professional quality, easy to use record washing machine he call the Vinyl Cleaner. The Vinyl Cleaner is fully automatic. The record is placed perpendicularly from above into the equipment opening and the red activation button is pressed. When the green LED shines, the clean LP can be removed. During the cleaning process rotary cleaning barrels made from a microfiber material move in opposite directions while a unique ultrasonic system carefully and thoroughly removes even the finest contaminants from the grooves. In use the cleaning solution is thoroughly filtered to avoid recontamination of the LP. Two high performance fans guarantee effective drying with quiet operation.

    Technical: How can sound clean?

    Ultrasonic is sound generated above the human audible level.

    A physical effect called cavitation results from the generation of ultrasonic frequencies in a liquid. In this cavitation process ultrasonic compression waves are created by an ultrasonic transducer. When the amplitude of this soundwave increases to a level where the surface tension of the liquid is broken, the fluid will tear apart leaving behind millions of microscopic vacuum bubbles. These vacuum bubbles then rapidly compress or implode creating millions of tiny liquid jets small enough to clean inside the smallest grooves of an LP. This process, also called microagitation, displaces any contaminants on the surface of the LP.

    Audio Desk Systeme's Vinyl Cleaner Pro Machine
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  • Klipsch Reference X20i In-Ear Headphones Klipsch Reference X20i In-Ear Headphones Quick View

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    Klipsch Reference X20i In-Ear Headphones

    Hear The Air

    X20i is the most revealing in-ear headphone Klipsch has ever created. High frequencies are reproduced with extreme accuracy and bass is clear, full, and warm. Breaking down the limitations of the capabilities in the class, X20i brings a new standard to headphone acoustics. Powered by a true two-way dual armature design, the high-horsepower KG-926T woofer is paired to a high resolution KG-125B super tweeter. This brings about a palpable sound character and makes X20i the broadest bandwidth in-ear headphone available from Klipsch.

    High Resolution Super Tweeter

    Placing X20i into a class of its own, the KG-125B super tweeter provides a truly transparent sound. With high-frequency performance designed to take advantage of superb lossless recordings, this headphone provides hi-hats and cymbals with true-to-life realism.

    Surgical-Grade Stainless Steel

    Injection-molded surgical-grade stainless steel is the main material used in the X20i chassis. Featuring a reverse hood scoop, X20i is one of the smallest and most durable two-way headphones available today.

    Super-Slim Ear Tips

    X20i features the most comfortable ear tip ever designed by Klipsch. Pre-installed, the most popular ear tip has been redesigned into a super slim form. After extensive research, surveys lead to the conclusion that ear canals are even narrower than previously thought. The super slim ear tip responds to that by using an even narrower and more tapered design, allowing people who have never found in-ear monitors to be comfortable to wear them without issue. However, since all ears are unique, included with the product are five additional sizes to pick from.

    Interchangeable Cables

    Another impressive feature of X20i is the ability to swap cables. Screw-type coaxial SSMCX connectors for both left and right sides allow for swapping cables or using custom balanced cables. Roughly 35% smaller than industry-standard MMCX connectors, X20i has all the advantages of interchangeable cables without the bulk.

    Advanced Three-Button Mic And Remote

    Enjoy easy control of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod while listening to music, watching movies and answering phone calls.


    Featuring a stainless black finish, each comes with genuine leather carrying case, tie bar, five different sized ear tips and a one-year warranty.


    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.

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  • Chicken Skin Music (Pre-Order) Chicken Skin Music (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Chicken Skin Music (Pre-Order)

    Give Yourself Goosebumps: Ry Cooder's Cross-Cultural Chicken Skin Music Mixes Hawaiian, Gospel, Conjunto, Folk, and Blues Styles into a Visionary Roots-Music Tapestry

    Mastered from the Original Master Tapes, Pressed at RTI, and Strictly Limited to 3000 Numbered Copies: Natural-Sounding 180g Vinyl LP Features Defined Textures, Intricate Details, Ample Airiness

    The title of Ry Cooder's Chicken Skin Music - Hawaiian slang for goosebumps - serves as a direct, simple description of the album's emotional appeal. But it barely scratches the surface of a 1976 effort that triggered an interest in world music a decade before the term became commonplace and a genre into and of itself. Part of a series of inimitable mid-1970s records on which Cooder ignored traditional boundaries and instigated lasting cross-cultural communication, Chicken Skin Music blends gospel, Hawaiian, folk, blues, and Tex-Mex styles into a brilliant roots stew distinguished with virtuosic playing and inspired contextual surprises.

    Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g vinyl LP of Chicken Skin Music brings the brilliant instrumental textures and lively tonalities to the fore like no prior analog edition. Graced with silent, black backgrounds and generous soundstages, this reissue particularly underscores the depth of Flaco Jimenez's accordion contributions. You'll hear the air flowing through the reeds, pressure resonating from the bellows, and the wide-spanning timbres emanating from the register stops.

    Equally transfixing are the lifelike manners in which the rich assortment of guitars come alive, with each note occupying its own space and portraying a character unique to the individual instrument, be it a slack-key, steel, or acoustic guitar. The result is a multi-detailed, organic-sounding musical tapestry that dazzles by way of beautiful interplay, unexpected dialogue, and connective eclecticism that proves music is indeed a common language when executed with a collaborative mindset, innovative exploration, and respectful authenticity - no easy feats, but achievements fully on display on Chicken Skin Music.

    Jimenez, now a legend that's performed with everyone from the Rolling Stones to Dr. John, remains one of the keys to Cooder being able to successfully carry out what the latter deemed a mutuality in music vision. Cooder first heard conjunto accordion fare on a Mexican radio station in his car and proceeded to teach himself the instrument while committing himself to embracing the then-local, regionalized style for the set that became Chicken Skin Music. Jimenez graces three tracks, including a ravishing interpretation of Ben E. King's Stand by Me transformed into a spiritual grounded by a norteno structure and a romantic take on Jim Reeves' He'll Have to Go recast with a bolero rhythm and saxophone-accordion duet.

    Chicken Skin Music isn't limited to South of the Border geography and tradition. Steel-guitarist and vocalist Gabby Pahinui and slack-key guitar great Atta Isaacs represent the 50th state on stripped-down renditions of Hank Snow's smash Yellow Roses and the wordless Chloe. Elsewhere, gospel singers team with Cooder on the Appalachian-tinted Always Lift Them Up, the midsection of which features the Hawaiian standard Kanaka Wai Wai.

    Cooder bookends everything with a pair of Leadbelly numbers - The Bourgeois Blues and Goodnight Irene - chosen after the headliner witnessed Jimenez and his band perform at a local dance. Given their ordering on the album, techniques they employ, and themes, the songs also further tighten the thematic connection the headliner makes with the standout guests. In many ways, Chicken Skin Music is the equivalent of Buena Vista Social Club more than 20 years before the latter emerged. Experience it the way Cooder and company meant it to be heard - in unparalleled fidelity.

    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. The Bourgeois Blues
    2. I Got Mine
    3. Always Lift Him Up/Kanaka Wai Wai
    4. He'll Have to Go
    5. Smack Dab in the Middle
    6. Stand by Me
    7. Yellow Roses
    8. Chlo-e
    9. Goodnight Irene
    Ry Cooder
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
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    Live At River Plate

    Red Colored Vinyl

    AC/DC will release AC/DC Live At River Plate, their first live album in 20 years, on Monday November 19th. AC/DC Live At River Plate was recorded in Buenos Aires in December 2009 when nearly 200,000
    fans (over 3 sold-out nights) thunderously welcomed AC/DC back after a 13-year absence from Argentina. AC/DC Live At River Plate captures the legendary grandeur, excitement and energy that AC/DC's live performances are renowned for.

    This ultimate live recording chronicles one of the largest shows from their massively successful Black Ice World Tour (where they performed to over 5 million fans in 108 cities in over 28 countries). The 19 tracks on AC/DC Live At River Plate span AC/DC's extensive repertoire, including old and new
    classics like "Back In Black," "Thunderstruck," "You Shook Me All Night Long" and "Rock N Roll Train"
    (see below for full track listing). AC/DC Live At River Plate will be available as a special 3 disc red vinyl package featuring multiple covers and a special 24-page booklet.

    Released in 2011, the AC/DC Live at River Plate DVD detailed the fan excitement of AC/DC's arrival in
    Argentina and documented the construction of their massive stage production. The DVD debuted at #1
    in 17 countries and cemented the fact that fans just cannot get enough of AC/DC. Clips of "Thunderstruck" and "Shoot To Thrill" from AC/DC Live At River Plate have garnered 14 million and 22 million views respectively on YouTube. To date AC/DC's videos have over 72 million views online, with an average 600,000 views per week.

    1. Rock N Roll Train
    2. Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be
    3. Back In Black
    4. Big Jack
    5. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
    6. Shot Down In Flames
    7. Thunderstruck
    8. Black Ice
    9. The Jack
    10. Hells Bells
    11. Shoot To Thrill
    12. War Machine
    13. Dog Eat Dog
    14. You Shook Me All Night Long
    15. T.N.T.
    16. Whole Lotta Rosie
    17. Let There Be Rock
    18. Highway To Hell
    19. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
    AC / DC
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    Josh Groban

    The extraordinary voice of 20-year-old Josh Groban is an inspiring force. Not only did it move Grammy-Award winning producer David Foster to bring Josh into the studio to produce his magnificent debut album, it also moved Ally McBeal creator/executive producer David E. Kelley to bring Josh on the show's season finale to perform You're Still You. After an overwhelming reaction from viewers, Josh was brought back to sing To Where You Are on this year's Christmas episode. The day after the show aired, Josh Groban became the number-one selling album at, while his website was flooded with thousands of e-mails and even marriage proposals from adoring fans. All it takes is one listen to fall in love with the voice of Josh Groban.

    Certified Platinum by the RIAA. (5/02)

    LP 1
    1. Alla Luce Del Sole
    2. Gira Con Me Questa Notte
    3. You're Still You
    4. Cinema Paradiso (Se)
    5. To Where You Are
    6. Alejate
    7. Canto Alla Vita (feat. The Corrs)
    8. Let Me Fall (from Cirque du Soleil)
    9. Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)

    LP 2
    1. Un Amore Per Sempre
    2. Home To Stay
    3. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring (feat. Lili Haydn)
    4. The Prayer (With Charlotte Church)

    Side D Etching

    Josh Groban
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    The Montgomery Movement

    Funk's answer to the Five Blind Boys of Alabama,
    Florida's Montgomery Express stood at the crossroads
    of politically conscious soul and mystically awakened
    dance music. Comprised of two blind musicians in
    their 20s and a teenage rhythm section, their lone LP
    was cut in 1972 for Orlando's Dove label, then reissued
    on Folkways two years later. Although the label usually
    steered clear of soul music and anything remotely
    commercial sounding, Montgomery Express tapped into
    Folkways' Guthrie-cum-Chamber Bros. nerve.

    "My whole life, I heard music in the air, beautiful music.
    I've been involved in supernatural things,spoken with
    spirits. I have heard an orchestra up in the air. I know
    I've heard it." -Paul Montgomery

    1. Montgomery Movement
    2. Who
    3. Steal Away
    4. Precious Wing
    5. Party Fever
    6. I'm Standing by
    7. Gotta Make A Come Back
    8. Left Me With A Memory
    Montgomery Express
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    Split Series #23

    '[Gately] veers towards the fringes of pop before dancing away into weirdo ambience and
    more solemn computer music climes." - FACT

    "Hewing to a crooked axis of air-tumbling house drums and buoyant bass, Tlaotlon sparks
    off all manner of corkscrewing pings, synth stabs and scrambled electronics in a psychoactive manner belying his participation with wayward acts such as Finnish psych troupe,
    Kemialliset YstÄvÄt. " - Boomkat

    Another high quality, album-length release, the twenty-third - and penultimate - issue in
    FatCat's long-running and highy-acclaimed Split 12" Series features two emerging artists,
    each working in markedly di erent ways to forge bold new territory for modern electronic
    music. As usual, this record will be released on 12" vinyl in the Split Series' trademark
    hand-drilled and numbered packaging, pressed in a limited edition of 700 copies for the

    A hugely exciting new talent, Katie Gately is a Brooklyn-born, LA-based artist with an
    academic background in lm sound production and editing. Having only recently stepped
    out from her regular job as a sound designer in the lm industry, Katie has crafted a set of
    brilliantly intricate and ambitious sound pieces that exist in a borderzone between electro -
    acoustic composition, eld recording and deconstructed pop bringing to mind the
    widescreen scope of Scott Walker or Julia Holter and the precise playful abstraction of
    Matmos and Holly Herndon.

    Katie's o ering for this split 12" is a staggeringly bold and ambitious composition. A
    restlessly playful, hyper-intricate, 15-minute sprawl of a track, 'Pivot' shifts around
    constantly - feeling its way into being through a spartan, alien space of treated vocals
    and gestural sound-slashes set starkly against negative space. At the core of the track
    lies a song and recognisable lyrics, pitch-shifted and time-stretched, chopped and
    layered into choirs, switching its gender, rendering it into pure malleable texture, her
    heavily manipulated voice seeps throughout the track.

    Tlaotlon is the solo alias of Melbourne-based New Zealander Jeremy Coughbrough, who
    has released a clutch of records in the past few years on labels like Dungeon Taxis, Epic
    Sweep, Trensmat and 1080p. Messy, maximalist and psychedelic, Tlaotlon pro ers a kind
    of squelchy, hyper-colourful, dislocated modern electronica that might nd roots in older
    models like Phthalocyanine or Autechre but sharing commonalities with current producers
    like Patten, Sculpture, Dalglish, Astral Social Club and others.

    Starting out from a series of vivid, striking little loops, the resulting tracks rapidly grow,
    swelling into a densely-layered web of multiplying rhythms and synthetic textures to forge
    a kind of hypermodern Baroque: synthetic, slippery, endlessly playful, dense and psychedelic. Any traces of a club backbone are swiftly disoriented into a messy, mutant swirl, a
    joyful, dense tangle of rhythms and timbres. Car alarms, chipmunk vocals, space-jazz
    synth bleed, clattering debris-beats, and pitch-bent slashes all coalesce in a churning
    torrent of sound material.

    1. Katie Gately - Pivot
    2. Tlaotlon - MYRIADE
    3. Tlaotlon - ASCENSIS
    4. Tlaotlon - ODYS
    5. Tlaotlon - SIADE
    Katie Gately / Tlaotlon
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    Any band that has earned an army of devout followers through dropping seven killer full-lengths - and touring their collective ass off for sixteen years - could perhaps be forgiven for thinking they could take it easy as they wade into their eighth release. But that's just not The Black Dahlia Murder's style, and Nightbringers is testament to that. Having released their most accomplished, aggressive, and emotionally diverse music to date in the form of 2015's Abysmal, the Michigan quintet have once more pushed themselves to new heights, and the 34 minutes of searing melodic death metal that comprises Nightbringers is riveting listening. "I always feel a responsibility to the people who support this band when we start making a new record," asserts vocalist Trevor Strnad. "The pressure that comes from people being excited to hear what you come up with next can be intimidating, but it's so exciting that those people love you so much for just doing what you do. It makes you want to honor what you've done in the past, but also excite them with where you go next, and that definitely drove us on Nightbringers. When we started writing I honestly didn't know we had this album in us, and I feel really proud of it. It's a great moment for us."

    Rather than meticulously plan things out or stick rigidly to any kind of template, when it comes to writing The Black Dahlia Murder prefer to let things happen organically. In the hands of guitarist Brian Eschbach - who co-founded the band with Strnad in 2001 - and new recruit Brandon Ellis (Cannabis Corpse/ex-Arsis) Nightbringers is rich with dynamic riffs that are at once fresh and classic TBDM, resulting in a collection that shifts through many moods and effortlessly incorporates various elements of extreme metal. With guitarist Ryan Knight having amicably stepped down in 2016, the addition of twenty-four-year-old Ellis to the band's ranks has helped usher in an exciting new era. "He's very professional for his age, I think he's skilled far beyond his years, and his live energy is exceptional. When Max (Lavelle, bass) joined the band he challenged a lot of us on stage to raise our personal bar, and Brandon's pushed that even further," states Strnad. "Brandon coming into the band and writing a bunch of songs was an awesome surprise too. He really took the reins, and this record is also the most involved that Alan (Cassidy drums) has been too. The way that we were doing the demos and bouncing things back and forth he had a lot of room to do what he wanted to do, and I think it's definitely a more colorful album for that. I also think as we get older the emotional content goes up. I think we better realize how to grip the listener. Personally, I try to write lyrics that are going to match each part, and kind of ramp up those feelings that we're putting across." Strnad's statements are vividly borne out by every moment of Nightbringers. For fans attending 2017's Summer Slaughter tour, the first taste of of the record came with the inclusion of the title track in their set, which has an undeniable immediacy to it, rich with hooks and boasting a "circusy, evil and playful" air. By contrast, "Catacomb Hecatomb" is suffused with tragedy, the mournful tone of its slower passages deeply affecting. This too is dramatically different to "As Good As Dead", which has some swagger to it that Strnad likens to Megadeth, or "Matriarch", described by Eschbach as a "wild, neoclassical romp" and stands as one of the most cutthroat and all out aggressive tracks in the quintet's arsenal. Upon first hearing the latter, Strnad was intent on matching its visceral intensity. "I felt inspired to write very violent lyrics to it. It's told from the perspective of a woman who is trying to have a child and not having any luck, and she goes kind of crazy and stalks this other woman who is due to have a child. She finds her moment to take it from her, cutting it right out of her stomach." While Strnad explores a variety of themes and ideas with his lyrics, they are united by the album's title, which embraces a tenet that has been central to The Black Dahlia Murder's output since the very beginning. "A lot of archaic ideas that are still upheld - such as marriage and monogamy - came from Christianity, whether people want to acknowledge it or not, and to me, death metal has always been bucking that. It's 'being-the-villain music', because we're the enemy of Christianity, the enemy of all that is good and traditional. Death metal is for free thinkers, it's for showing people the path to inner strength and operating on your own will, instead of being told what to do and living in fear, and songs like the title track and "Kings Of The Nightworld" are about leading a legion of awakened minds into battle." Following this theme also motivated Strnad to forge into ever-darker territory, even when this meant tearing things up and starting over. "I felt I needed to rise to the occasion to make as much of the blood and guts and heinousness as possible, and there was actually a couple of points where I rewrote some songs. I just didn't feel like they were dark enough, or violent enough, so I was really trying to ramp up the monstrous aspects of things, and definitely trying in different ways to take down tradition."

    Rather than decamp to a single studio, the members split off when it came time to start laying down the songs - all well versed in how to get the best out of their individual performances. With former bassist Ryan Williams once again assisting, the drums were tracked at The Pipe Yard in Plymouth, Michigan and rhythm guitars in the band's practice space in Warren, Michigan [was bass tracked there too?]. Ellis then recorded his many blistering solos in his home studio, while Strnad headed to Full Force Studios on Long Island, with Joe Cincotta (Suffocation, Internal Bleeding) overseeing his sessions. For the unique and haunting cover art they turned to Kristian Wåhlin, aka Necrolord, who has designed seminal artwork for the likes of At The Gates, Bathory, Emperor and also TBDM's 2007 release, Nocturnal. "I think he's the most prominent artist when it comes to classic releases in the melodic death metal genre, and kind of bringing things full circle with it being the ten-year anniversary of Nocturnal felt right. By now people probably wouldn't have expected us to go back to him, so it's kind of a surprise, but at the same time it's a very classic cover too." With the band celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the aforementioned album by playing it in its entirety on Summer Slaughter, it has given them a moment to reflect not only on the road that has led them to here but also that which lies ahead. "When I think back to when we started the band I feel very proud of everything we've done, and I also see a lot of improvement over the years," says Strnad. "In the early songs I can hear us as kids, and then segueing into our adulthood as musicians and writers, but sixteen years in I still feel young as a band. I feel like we have a shit ton left to do, and I think we're sitting pretty with the best lineup we've ever had. I also think Nightbringers could be our finest hour yet. I feel very strongly that it will affect people, I want to get all of these songs in people's ears, and I want them to check out everything we've got on this record. There's so much variety and so many great ideas, and I think that this could take us to another place."

    1. Widowmaker
    2. Of God and Serpent, of Spectre and Snake
    3. Matriarch
    4. Nightbringers
    5. Jars
    6. Kings of the Nightworld
    7. Catacomb Hecatomb
    8. As Good as Dead
    9. The Lonely Deceased
    The Black Dahlia Murder
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    Indie rock band the Damnwells, will be releasing a new, self-titled album featuring the original four band members which is the first album since 2006 to include the original band lineup. (The original members of the Damnwells are Alex Dezen [lead vocals, guitar, piano], David Chernis [lead guitar], Ted Hudson [bass], and Steven Terry [drums/percussion].) Since 2006, Dezen continued to make Damnwells records with a cast of talented musicians to fill in the blanks. But for the forthcoming self-titled album, he and his former comrades decided to "get the band back together" for real and joined producer Salim Nourallah (Old 97s) in the studio to capture the magic. They recorded at the intimate Tree Fort Studios in Austin, TX, where they sought, as Dezen says, to "capture as much live as possible." "What this record represents is four guys, 15 years, a few defeats, and a ton of tiny victories," says Dezen. "What this record means to me is more than what you hear carved into the wax. This is about coming together. It's about brotherhood. It's about making music together. We have never been more excited to share anything with the fans." Dezen and Hudson met at Bard College in 1996 and played in a string of college bands together before they both moved to Brooklyn in 2000. There they met Terry (who was fresh off a stint playing with Ryan Adams' former band, Whiskeytown) and started jamming together. The trio began playing shows at now-defunct clubs throughout Brooklyn and the Lower East Side of Manhattan, sometimes with various guitar players and sometimes as a three-piece. At the end of 2000, Chernis joined them and they christened themselves the Damnwells. The band released its first EP ("PMR") in 2001, then signed to Epic Records and released "Bastards of the Beat" in 2003. The follow-up, "Air Stereo" (which was the last album featuring the original line-up), was recorded for release on Epic but was instead picked up and released by Rounder Records in 2006. "Golden Days," the single from "Air Stereo," was a top 20 Triple A charting song and was also the name of a documentary film about the band released in 2007. Over the years, the Damnwells toured relentlessly, sharing stages with The Fray, the Dixie Chicks, Old 97s, Cheap Trick, and Bob Dylan, to name a few. The Damnwells release "One Last Century" (2009), featured Hudson and Dezen and was given away for free via Paste magazine's website. It was followed by the fan-funded record, "No One Listens to the Band Anymore," which came out in 2011.

    1. Money And Shiny Things
    2. Kentexas
    3. The Girl That's Not In Love With You
    4. Lost
    5. Wreck You
    6. She Goes Down
    7. Heavy Heart
    8. Kill Me
    9. This Ship Of Ours
    10. Too Old To Die Young
    11. None Of These Things
    The Damnwells
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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