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Are You Experienced?Ranked 15/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
180 Gram Audiophile LP Pressing
All Analog Mastering From The Original 2-Track Master Tapes By George Marino
Complete Original Artwork
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One of the most stunning debuts in rock history, and one of the definitive albums of the psychedelic era. On Are You Experienced?, Jimi Hendrix synthesized various elements of the cutting edge of 1967 rock into music that sounded both futuristic and rooted in the best traditions of rock, blues, pop, and soul. It was his mind-boggling guitar work, of course, that got most of the ink, building upon the experiments of British innovators like Jeff Beck and Pete Townshend to chart new sonic territories in feedback, distortion, and sheer volume. It wouldn't have meant much, however, without his excellent material, whether psychedelic frenzy (Foxey Lady, Manic Depression, Purple Haze), instrumental freak-out jams (Third Stone from the Sun), blues (Hey Joe), or tender, poetic compositions (The Wind Cries Mary) that demonstrated the breadth of his songwriting talents. Not to be underestimated were the contributions of drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding, who gave the music a rhythmic pulse that fused parts of rock and improvised jazz. Many of these songs are among Hendrix's very finest; it may be true that he would continue to develop at a rapid pace throughout the rest of his brief career, but he would never surpass his first LP in terms of consistently high quality.
- Richie Unterberger (All Music Guide)1. Purple Haze
2. Manic Depression
3. Hey Joe
4. Love Or Confusion
5. May This Be Love
6. I Don't Live Today
7. The Wind Cries Mary
9. Third Stone from the Sun
10. Foxey Lady
11. Are You Experienced$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Stars Are OutBoston-area rocker Sarah Borges and her cohorts, the Broken Singles, bring us The Stars Are Out, their second album for Sugar Hill Records and follow-up to 2007s critically acclaimed debut Diamonds in the Dark. Produced by Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Lemonheads, Juliana Hatfield), The Stars Are Out is a fiery ten-song collection of five originals and five choice re-imaginations of Borges and Kolderies favorites.1. Do It For Free
2. Yesterday's Love
3. Me And Your Ghost
4. Being With You
5. No One Will Ever Love You
6. I'll Show You How
7. Ride With Me
8. It Comes To Me Naturally
9. Better At The End Of The Day
10. Symphony$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
You Are FreeOriginally released in 2003, You Are Free is the critically acclaimed sixth full-length release from Cat Power aka Chan Marshall. Although the epic 14-song set includes guest appearances from Dave Grohl, Eddie Vedder and Warren Ellis, it's the richly complex vocal stylings and minor-key poetics of Marshall that are front and center here. Exploring the nature of relationships and fame, from the anguished, layered "Speak to Me" to the searching irony of "He War," You Are Free is at turns evocative, intense and beautifully beguiling. Matador Records' 120g vinyl reissue with MP3 coupon.1. I Don't Blame You
3. Good Woman (ft. Warren Ellis and Eddie Vedder)
4. Speak For Me
7. He War
8. Shaking Paper
10. Maybe Not
12. Half Of You
13. Keep On Runnin'
14. Evolution (ft. Eddie Vedder)$22.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
We Are UndoneThe San Francisco based guitar-drum duo Two Gallants are set to release their 5th studio album, We Are Undone, on ATO Records. While singer and guitarist Adam Stephens and drummer Tyson Vogel have stayed true to the two-person format since their acclaimed 2004 debut, The Throes, their sound has evolved considerably over the intervening years. Following 2012's The Bloom and the Blight, We Are Undone is the band's second release on ATO. Thematically, the album ranges from songs that attempt to make sense of the dramatically shifting social landscape of their home town, to the illusion of authenticity, impending environmental collapse, and romantic estrangement. Sonically, the thrash blues of songs such as "We Are Undone" and "Some Trouble" is balanced by the austerity of ballads such as "My Man Go" and "There's So Much I Don't Know."1. We Are Undone
3. Fools Like Us
4. Invitation To The Funeral
5. My Man Go
6. Katy Kruelly
8. Murder The Season / The Age Nocturne
9. There's So Much I Don't Know$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Where Are We FromThere is protectiveness in the fist that holds a bag of wolf teeth. These incisors are each of the songs held inside Tender Forever's fourth EP. To spend time with this magic while the first of the fall leaves suicide bomb your bare feet, and the cicadas are strangely silent, is like feeling the phantom sting of your own baby wolf fangs where they once bit into your most vulnerable parts.1. Where Are We From
2. The Road Was Unkind
5. You Get Into My Face
7. You Have the Woods$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
All Are SavedNever settling down for a second, Fred Thomas has spent the last decade and a half flying just beneath the radar of most listeners, but amassing a dedicated grassroots collection of friends and admirers.
"All Are Saved" is technically the eighth Fred Thomas solo album, and possibly the best yet.
The result of over a year of recording, refinement and long-labored sonic sculpting, these eleven tracks are the culmination of everything Fred Thomas has done before while being a decidedly bold move into brand new territory. Heavy, poetic lyrics are more spoken than sung, recalling the urgency and straightforwardness
of cult bands like The Van Pelt or Life Without Buildings, while each song builds on a patchwork of grainy samples, dreamlike guitar figures and deftly produced clashes of organic instrumentation
and vintage synth textures.
Fred's dabblings in melancholic chamber pop (Saturday Looks Good To Me), ambient electronics (City Center), jangly but angular guitar playing (Failed Flowers) experimental production and jaw-droppingly confessional lyricism are all distilled into one unflinching statement. These are the raw nerves of the friendliest guy
at the party, spilling out shamelessly naked feelings. The album features mixing assistance on many songs from Drew Vandenburg (of Montreal, Deerhunter), and several guest spots from friends in bands like People Get Ready, Radiator Hospital, Known Moons and even a guest backing vocal cameo from Andrew W.K.1. Every Song Sung To A Dog
2. When They Built The Schools
4. Cops Don't Care Pt. II
5. Monster Movie
6. Bad Blood
7. Unfading Flower
8. Bed Bugs
9. Expo '87
10. Thesis (Lear)
11. Doggie$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Things Are Getting BetterIf you ever needed proof that altoist Cannonball Adderley deserves to be considered one of the absolute masters of the jazz idiom, look no further than
Things Are Getting Better, which provides ample evidence for his canonical stature. On this date, Adderley teams up with Modern Jazz Quartet cofounder
and vibraphonist extraordinaire Milt Jackson to create a lively, varied set of sonic atmospheres. They are backed by the all-star ensemble of
Wynton Kelly on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and the legendary Art Blakey on drums. The standout track, Sounds for Sid, finds Adderley grooving hard
with an R&B flavor, flashing his virtuosic instrumental chops, and demonstrating in the process why this cut stands as one of the very best representations
of Adderley's early work. Essential listening for all manner of jazz enthusiasts, Things Are Getting Better has something for everyone and deserves a
place in every self-respecting jazz fan's vinyl collection.1. Blues Oriental
2. Things Are Getting Better
3. Serves Me Right
4. Groovin' High
5. The Sidewalks of New York
6. Sounds for Sid
7. Just One of Those Things$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Are You Shakespearienced?Translucent Green Vinyl
After the release of Trip Shakepeare's debut-Applehead Man-band leader Matt Wilson's brother, Grammy® winning songwriter Dan Wilson joined the fold as a permanent member. The original trio became a quartet and self-released Are You Shakespearienced? in 1988.
Omnivore is pleased to continue following the legacy of Trip Shakespeare with a reissue of the band's 2nd album. Are You Shakespearienced? (co-produced by the band's John Munson) will be released in a digipak with liner notes from Jon Niccum (author of The Worst Gig), and previously unseen photos. The LP (first pressing on translucent sea-foam green vinyl, with black to follow) contains the original nine tracks, liners and photos.
Are You Shakespearienced? would find Trip Shakespeare not only being courted by the major labels, but eventually signing to A&M Records. Later, John Munson and Dan Wilson would go on to form Semisonic, but now is the time to get Shakespearienced!1. Diane
2. The Lake
4. Two Wheeler, Four Wheeler
7. Toolmaster Of Brainerd
9. Reception$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Why There Are MountainsBarsuk Records is pleased to reissue Cymbals Eat Guitars' stunning debut Why There Are Mountains on vinyl. Originally self released in 2009, Why There Are Mountains seemed to appear out of nowhere to massive critical acclaim (partially thanks to Pitchfork bestowing the album with the much coveted Best New Music designation) and took the indie-rock world by storm. The band spent the following year and a half touring the world and sharing the stage with Los Campesinos!, The Thermals, The Flaming Lips, The Hold Steady and more before releasing their Barsuk debut Lenses Alien in 2011.1. ...And the Hazy Sea
2. Some Trees (Merritt Moon)
4. Cold Spring
6. What Dogs See
7. Wind Phoenix (Proper Name)
8. The Living North
9. Like Blood Does$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Diamonds Are Forever2015 is a big year for Bond, James Bond with the late Fall release of Spectre, the latest installment of this mega successful film franchise and brand. The seventh Bond soundtrack, Diamonds Are Forever features score by John Barry and the title song is performed by the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey.1. Diamonds Are Forever
2. Bond Meets Bambi And Thumper
3. Moon Buggy Ride
4. Circus, Circus
5. Death At The Whyte House
6. Diamonds Are Forever
7. Diamonds Are Forever
8. Bond Smells A Rat
9. Tiffany Case
10. 007 And Counting
11. Q's Trick
12. To Hell With Blofeld$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Blessed Are The SickPressed From the Original Master Tapes
Specially Recreated Using Full Dynamic Range Mastering
The revered second album from Florida's death metal titans Morbid Angel. 13 tracks from one of Death Metal's biggest and most influential bands. Morbid Angel are widely renowned as the kings of the Death Metal genre with their revolutionary and unapologetic sound.1. Intro
2. Fall From Grace
4. Rebel Lands
5. Doomsday Celebration
6. Day Of Suffering
7. Blessed Are The Sick - Leading The Rats
8. Thy Kingdom Come
9. Unholy Blasphemies
11. Desolate Ways
12. The Ancient Ones
13. In Remembrance$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-DAN-3914xDarker My Love
Alive As You AreAlive As You Are is the follow up to Los Angeles quintet, Darker My Love's breakthrough sophomore release 2, which received across-the-map critical acclaim for its mind-bending neo-psychedelic grooves and hazily anthemic hooks. The album was recorded at San Francisco's legendary Hyde Street Studios with producer Nick Huntington (of acclaimed electronica duo Freescha) and is the band's most musically focused and emotionally direct collection to date.1. Backseat
2. Split Minute
3. 18th Street Shuffle
4. New America
5. Rain Party
6. Maple Day Getaway
7. Trail The Line
8. June Bloom
9. Dear Author
10. A Lovely Game
11. Cry On Me Woman$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
We Are The ChampionsWe Are The Champions is the self-produced new release from Jeff The Brotherhood. Recorded by Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, Sleater Kinney, Velvet Underground) and described as psychedelic, classic rock, kraut-punk, garage pop, monster metal, scrungy, filthy, fizzy and fresh.
The music they play is easy to love, vintage three-string party rock somewhere on the continuum between the Ramones and Black Sabbath. - Village Voice1. Hey Friend
2. Cool Out
5. Diamond Way
6. Endless Fire
8. Mellow Out
9. Stay Up Late
10. Health and Strength
11. Wastoid Girl$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-INT-1581xBand Of Horses
Why Are You OkGrammy nominated (Best Alternative Album, 2010) Band Of Horses hails from Charleston, SC via Seattle.
Originally signed to indie legend SubPop, the group has earned a reputation for truthful, mesmerizing recordings
and astounding live performances. Summer 2016's Why Are You Ok? will be the first album of new songs from
Band Of Horses since 2012's Mirage Rock. "Casual Party" is the lead single from the album and the first piece of
new music in years from the band to be released.1. Dull Times/The
2. Solemn Oath
4. Casual Party
5. In A Drawer
6. Hold On Gimme
7. Lying Under Oak
8. Throw My Mess
9. Whatever, Whatever
10. Country Teen
11. Barrel House
12. Even Still$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-JAG-5517xSharon Van Etten
Are We ThereFor all the attention that was paid to her 2012 break-through Tramp, Sharon Van Etten is an
artist with a hunger to turn another corner and to delve deeper,writing from a place of honesty
and vulnerability to create a bond with the listener that few contemporary musicians can match.
Compelled by a restless spirit, Van Etten is continuously challenging herself. Now, the result is
Are We There, a self-produced album of exceptional intimacy,sublime generosity, and immense
Most musicians are quite happy to leave the production end of things to someone else. It's
enough to live your music without taking on the role of producer as well. Yet Van Etten knew it
was time to make a record entirely on her terms. The saying goes "fortune favors the bold" and
yet this boldness had to be tempered. For this,Van Etten found a kindred spirit in veteran music
producer Stewart Lerman. Originally working together on Boardwalk Empire,they gently moved
into new roles,rallying around the idea of making a record together in Lerman's studio in New
Jersey. Lerman's studio expertise gave Van Etten the freedom to make Are We There the way she
imagined.Van Etten also enlisted the individual talents of her band, consisting of Heather Woods
Broderick, Doug Keith and Zeke Hutchins, and brought in friends Dave Hartley and Adam
Granduciel from The War on Drugs, Jonathan Meiberg (Shearwater),Jana Hunter(Lower Dens),
Peter Broderick, Mackenzie Scott(Torres), Stuart Bogie, Jacob C. Morris and Mickey Freeze.
It is clear from the opening chords in the first song, Afraid of Nothing, that we are witnessing a
new awareness, a sign of Van Etten in full stride, writing,producing and performing from a place
that seems almost mythical, were it not so touchable and real. Always direct, and never shying
away even from the most personally painful narratives, Van Etten's songwriting continues to
evolve. Many of the songs deal with seemingly impossible decisions, anticipation, and then
resolution. She sings of the nature of desire, memory, of being lost, emptiness, of promises and
loyalty, fear and change, of healing and the true self, violence and sanctuary,waiting, of silence.
The artist who speaks in such a voice is urging us to do something,to take hold and to go deeper.
Living in this way,the questions of life remain alive, as close and steady as breathing. Many of the
ballads of old are as dark as pitch, and people for whom the issues of life and death were as vivid
as flame wrote them.You could turn off the electricity,remove all the instruments and Sharon's
voice and words would remain.They connect her to the mystic stratum which flows just beneath
the everyday, which is rarely acknowledged as the forces of distraction sweep our attention away.1. Afraid of Nothing
2. Taking Chances
3. Your Love is Killing Me
4. Our Love
6. I Love You But I'm Lost
7. You Know Me Well
8. Break Me
9. Nothing Will Change
10. I Know
11. Every Time the Sun Comes Up$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
You Are ThereThroughout their six-year career, this Japanese quartet has ascended consistently in both popularity and critical acclaim. But still elusive is the successful translation of their powerful and violently beautiful live performances to their recordings, until now. Once again recorded by Steve Albini, the album extends the cinematic drama of 2003's Walking Cloud And Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered And The Sun Shined while surpassing the sinister heaviness of 2002's lauded One Step More And You Die. If Walking Cloud was a nuclear winter, then You Are There is the post-war rebirth. This band isn't heavy like Black Sabbath. They're heavy like Beethoven.1. The Flames Beyond The Cold Mountain
2. A Heart Has Asked For The Pleasure
4. Are You There?
5. The Remains Of The Day
6. Moonlight$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
We Are Above YouBonus 12
Despite an ever increasing number of musical endeavors, the Cave In camp continues to churn out nothing but quality releases, with Adam McGrath's Clouds joining the impressive ranks of Old Man Gloom, Zozobra, Pet Genius and Octave Museum. The relentless delivery of everything from explosive, fast-moving rock to psychedelic amplifier worship on 2008's We Are Above You makes a strong case for Clouds taking the top spot in the battle of exemplary post-Cave In acts. Each LP version comes with an additional 12 featuring 4 bonus songs not available on the CD release.1. Empires In Basements
2. Feed The Horse
3. The Bad Seat
4. Heisenberg Says
5. Motion Of The Ocean
6. Slow Day
8. Year Zero
9. Glass House Rocks
10. Playing Dark
11. Garbage In, Garbage Out
Track Listing for Bonus 12
1. Motor Away
2. Scalding Creek
3. Burnin' For Q
4. Mindless Child Of Motherhood$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
You Are Someone Else
Fickle Friends' hugely anticipated debut album,'You Are Someone Else,' will be released via Interscope Records.
Blessed with the same dedication to writing quirky anthems on their own terms as The 1975, the brittle icy synth flourishes of Chvrches and a new era indie pop IT girl in singer Natti Shiner, Fickle Friends have established themselves as the essential new British indie-pop band of 2018. They've played over 350 live shows together, been playlisted regularly on Radio 1 with an incredible string of singles including 'Brooklyn', 'Glue' and 'Hello Hello', headlined a sold-out London Forum - and all before announcing their debut album. Until now
'You Are Someone Else' is an irresistible debut record, effortlessly capturing both the joy and uncertainty of growing up a 2017 millennial. Songs addressing social awkwardness, self-doubt, anxiety and the qualms of growing into young adulthood all through a prism of perfect timeless pop.
Current single 'Hard To Be Myself' is an undeniably brilliant pop anthem for a pre-loading generation of wasted youth that flips lyrically from gloriously hedonistic abandon to naked self-analysis, while tracks such as 'Wake Me Up' addresses angsty obsession and the art of over-thinking. The album as a whole pivots around relationships and their tireless effects on the young mind, exploring the highs and lows of dating, falling in love and of course, breaking up.
Fickle Friends are ultimately a great band with killer tunes who have worked hard at their trade and built a devoted fanbase the old fashioned way - playing as many shows as they could for as little cost, booking their own shows and writing songs on the road. Now, after huge festival shows at Reading and Leeds and a sold out Forum in London, things are slightly easier, but the dedication to writing undeniable songs and playing great gigs remains the same and they look set to dominate festival bills next year and play their debut album to the masses.
On writing their debut album, Natti says, this album mostly talks about the feeling that you don't fit in your own life, forever craving something else. I felt like I was stuck in a perpetual nightmare of bad relationships and worry for so long and this collection of songs kinda pulled me out of that. We wrote and produced the bulk of everything between Jack's bedroom, the tour van and LA so it's been mostly DIY with an array of producers allowing us to get that extra 20%. We always wanted to make a record that made people dance and think at the same time. If any of these songs help anyone feel cool, or strong or even just less alone then we'll have achieved what we wanted.LP 1
1. Wake Me Up
5. Hard To Be Myself
7. Say No More
1. In My Head (Ditty)
3. Hello Hello
8. Useless$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
REDD-PRO-5945xJason Boland & The Stragglers
Hard Times Are RelativeOur favorite songs are like one-night stands: passionate or sad, capable of recalling moments with Proustian power. Our favorite artists are lifelong companions: fixtures we turn to for comfort and highs.
Over the last two decades, Jason Boland and the Stragglers have delivered and become both.
"We've always just wanted to entertain ourselves and put out music that would be a part of people's lives, not just something passing to them," says Boland. "We want to be something more monolithic." He pauses and grins as he adds, "We're just a social experiment at this point."
Boland is talking about the deep body of work he's created with his band of jangly honky-tonk aces, the Stragglers--Grant Tracy on bass; drummer and background vocalist Brad Rice; Nick Worley on fiddle, mandolin, and harmonies; and Cody Angel on guitar and pedal steel. Fronted and co-founded by Boland with Tracy and Rice, the band has featured only a handful of other members over the last 20 years, all of whom--whether they're currently Stragglers or not--are like brothers. As they've independently sold more than half a million albums, the outfit has packed iconic dancehalls, theaters, and other big rooms across the country.
With their new record Hard Times are Relative, Boland and the Stragglers stack the smart, road-ready outlaw country longtime fans have come to expect alongside creative risks that flirt with punk and psychedelic sounds. The 10-song collection is a rare blend of instantly gratifying and rewarding of closer listens--a definitively Stragglers accomplishment. "It's an upbeat album--a lot of fast songs, but it doesn't try to be fast," Boland says with characteristic insight. "It just sits in the pocket."
No one has combined Woody Guthrie's conscience with Waylon Jenning's panache quite like Boland and the Stragglers. Since debuting in 1999 with the Lloyd Maines-produced Pearl Snaps, the band has matured without taming their refreshing irreverence. "We always joke that we try to take as much as we can from Lloyd and apply it to producing our own records," Boland says. "We've worked with him so many times. The most obvious thing he taught us is: just be musical. Don't hammer through the songs like a garage band all the time."
That mix of subtle musical sophistication and unruly Oklahoma junkyard pedigree has resulted in some of the best independent honky tonk in recent memory. "You just have to be where you are--keep plugging away and doing the best you can at any moment," Boland says, reflecting on their career thus far. "For a bunch of slackers [like us], that's not too terribly tough."
Co-produced by the Stragglers, David Percefull, and Adam Odor, Hard Times are Relative is the band's ninth studio record. All songs were recorded live to tape and without the use of any computers--now a Stragglers' hallmark. Upbeat steel guitar kicks off album opener "I Don't Deserve You" before Boland's signature baritone thunders in, smooth and stronger than ever. When fellow sly honky-tonk champ Sunny Sweeney joins him in out-front harmonies, the two become the rootsy dream team you never knew you always wanted.
The album's title track is a masterpiece: an epic story song about a young orphaned brother and sister depending on the land and one another. Rich details layered over strings paint a scene that's compelling and lush. The song has become one of Boland's favorites. "Folk music is hard to write. Country music is hard to write," he says, reflecting on the difficulty of spinning a long tale while keeping it simple and engaging. "When you hit your own little tuning fork in your head, that one is a hard sell, even to me. But I enjoy that song."
"Right Where I Began" sounds like vintage Stragglers: clever wordplay and muscly guitars ready for two-steppers. Fiddle and vocal showcase "Searching for You" shows off Rice's and Worley's harmonies that are downright divine. Crunchy guitars drive "Dee Dee OD'd" as Boland offers another round of wry observations. Easy gem "Going Going Gone" makes a solid argument for fiddle in rock-and-roll as Boland deftly turns a baseball metaphor into a classic leaving song.
Gorgeous waltz "Do You Remember When" bemoans some of modern life's emphasis on disposability and the dismissal of heritage. Rollicking "Tattoo of a Bruise" picks up the same idea, and is tongue-in-cheek country doo-wop, fueled by fiddle, steel, and drums. "I'm not judging anybody," Boland clarifies. "Our music has always called it like we see it, right or wrong, smarter or dumber."
Praise for the past but acknowledgement of nostalgia's limitations is a career-long theme for Boland, and one that this record continues to carry. "We don't want to lose the chili recipes and the Schroeder Halls because people are moving on to faster, louder, and newer," he says. "But instead of just hemming and hawing, remembering what's old and gone, we want to have new experiences within those frameworks--make memories with what's left of the good stuff."
With lines like "Empty pockets don't mean you need money / It's just another place to put your hands / And focus on that rock you've been kicking / One day it's going to be a grain of sand," "Predestined" challenges listeners as it soothes. The song is a lyrical victory for Boland, who's long-since become a master of distilling heady ideas into digestible nuggets.
Penned by Oklahoma music godfather Randy Crouch, "Grandfather's Theme" serves as the album's climactic closer. Attacked with psychedelic ferocity by the band, the song picks up the record's recurring concepts of the ground's insistence on shifting, inevitability, and our complex relationship with the past. Stripped down as Boland sings, the song soars off into a trippy, robust jam-band send-off--a serious triumph especially considering it's a defiantly analog recording. "We're fighting the digital world because they can make it so huge," Boland says, discussing the balancing act of filling out songs while letting them breathe. "I'm really proud if what we did."
As he mulls over where the Stragglers have been and where they're headed, Boland comes back to one idea over and over again: he and his band are who they are, and with that genuineness comes grit, beauty, and staying power. "We're fortunate that we're not trying to fool anybody," he says. "That's what it comes down to. We're all loners but somehow a team. Now that I can look at it all, I can see: it's been fun."
Here's to the next 20 years.1. I Don't Deserve You
2. Hard Times Are Relative
3. Right Where I Began
4. Searching For You
5. Do You Remember When
6. Dee Dee OD'd
7. Going Going Gone
8. Tattoo of a Bruise
10. Grandfather's Theme$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
These Are The JBsThe Unreleased Album By James Brown's Backing Band: The Bootsy Collins-lead JB's
Never-before-heard James Brown and J.B.'s originals and covers of Jimi Hendrix, Kool & the Gang, the Meters. Contains a 12-page booklet with full annotation, liner notes by Brown historian Alan Leeds and never-before-published photos.
This album is the Rosetta Stone of funk's dominant idioms, yet its existence has barely been a rumor. In 1970 James Brown perfectly captured a definitive moment in modern music when he ordered Bootsy Collins into the studio to record the tracks that would be test pressed on King Records as These Are The J.B.'s. This album is the epitome of funk music, Brown's innovation that influenced everything that came after it, from Afro-beat to disco to hip-hop. And if there is any funk ensemble as influential as Brown's, in the post-"Cold Sweat" musical landscape, it's the Parliament/Funkadelic contingent. Those two streams, as Grammy Winning James Brown historian Alan Leeds details in this album's liner notes, converged for the first time here.
This link between Brown's funk and all that followed features Bootsy and his young band running through twelve-minute instrumental take of Marva Whitney's "It's My Thing," replete with blues chord changes, alongside interpretations of the Meters, Kool and the Gang and none other than Jimi Hendrix. This is a young band's James Brown-turned-on-his-head style of funk that they nail in a one-minute vamp that pre-dates their obscure but important work as the Houseguests ensemble and embodies the essence of the psychedelic-flavored music that would propel them into the orbit of
George Clinton and his mothership, where they poked cosmic holes in funk's polyrhythmic ozone layer in the mid-1970s.
There are only two extant copies of the original King Records test press LP of These Are The J.B.'s. This, the first commercial issue of this album, was overseen by Now-Again's Egon alongside Leeds and Universal Music Group's James Brown expert Harry Weinger. It was mastered specifically for vinyl by Elysian Master's Dave Cooley from the original two-track stereo master that James Brown and his engineer Ron Lenhoff delivered to production forty-four years ago. It comes with a 12-page booklet with liner notes by Leeds and Egon and many unpublished photographs and ephemera.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. These Are The JBs (Part 1 & 2)
2. I'll Ze
3. The Grunt (Part 1 & 2)
4. When You Feel It, Grunt If You Can$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Days Are GoneDays Are Gone is the debut album from indie-rock outfit/sisters Haim.
Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (Usher, Vampire Weekend) and James Ford (Florence and the Machine, Arctic Monkeys), Days Are Gone is an album years in the making. Since their first show as a group, which took place on July 7th, 2007, Haim have been gigging extensively. The first five years we just played every show we could play in L.A., Alana recalls. All we wanted to do was play. Then finally we realized we were playing too much. The sisters credit Casablancas specifcially for advising them that playing too many live shows is not the answer. To that end, the girls have now been more selective when lining up future tours. Still, as Alana explains, it was hard to turn down opening-slot offers from groups they love, specifically Florence and the Machine and Mumford & Sons. They take care of me like I'm their little sister, Alana says of the Mumfords, with whom Haim again will be playing support for later this year.
Ask the girls to describe specific tracks on Days Are Gone and they quickly fire back: If I told you I'd have to kill you, Este deadpans. Wait, really? No clues at all? The thing is, she explains, you can ask me anything about anything and I'll tell you except for our music. The record is something we're tight-lipped about. Haim do reveal that the album contains a healthy dose of the songs they've been playing in their live sets - "Falling," "Forever," "Don't Save Me" - in addition to, as Alana says, a lot of new jams. What little they'll reveal about the new material is that the album's title track was co-written with Jessie Ware and Kid Harpoon.
Rolling Stone had a chance to take the new album for a spin, however. And it's every bit worth the wait. There's palpable maturity in the lyrics: On If I Could Change Your Mind, Danielle is a self-admitted newbie at the whole love thing (I've never done this before/drove a million miles/back when you were mine/I was too young to know you were the one to find); later she's brushing off a former lover on Honey & I, then flat-out giving dude the cold shoulder (Honey, I'm not your honey-pie,) over a ripping electric guitar lick and a bass wobble generally reserved for sweaty dance clubs on the pop-friendly My Song 5. Sonically, the LP is a highly textural affair, from the 8-bit keyboard clatter on the title track to the lush, Eighties-style synths that sizzle throughout Running If You Call My Name.
- Dan Hyman (Rolling Stone)1. Falling
3. The Wire
4. If I Could Change Your Mind
5. Honey & I
6. Don't Save Me
7. Days Are Gone
8. My Song 5
9. Go Slow
10. Let Me Go
11. Running If You Call My Name$23.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Memories Are NowJesca Hoop's new album Memories Are Now on Sub Pop Records wastes no time in making clear its confidence, confrontation, and craftsmanship. The stark and reverberant title track opens the album with "a fighting spirit," says Hoop, serving as an anthem to push through any obstacle and put forth your very best work. And she has unequivocally done that here, with an album of stunningly original songs--minimalist yet brimming with energy, emerging from a wealth of life experience, great emotional depth, and years of honing the craft of singing.
As riveting as it is reflective, the album, produced by Blake Mills (Fiona Apple, Alabama Shakes), is a fresh debut of sorts for Hoop, as the first of her solo records made outside of Tony Berg's Zeitgeist Studios where she and Mills were mentored. Says Hoop, "Blake is so utterly musical and emotionally intelligent in his expression. I wanted to see what we could do, just he and I out from under Tony's wing." Mills pushed her to strip away layers, keeping it as close to the live experience as possible, using whole live takes and working very quickly. "It's still covered in embryonic fluid, for lack of a better way to put it," says Hoop.
However fast the work, Memories Are Now covers a great deal of ground, showcasing every edge and curve of Hoop's captivating voice, with sounds and themes ranging from the mythic to the deeply intimate. She sings of the religion that weighs heavily on her past and the world, of the imagination of myth, of the cruel nature of life and love.
The defiance that permeates Memories Are Now is both a product and necessity of a career that has been independently driven and self-funded from the beginning. "All of my successes have been won on the grassroots level, with handshakes and hugs from great people who believe in me," says Hoop, more than a decade into her career and with new paths to forge. As she sings in the title track, "I've lived enough life, I've earned my stripes. That's my knife in the ground, this is mine." -Evie Nagy1. Memories Are Now
2. The Lost Sky
3. Animal Kingdom Chaotic
4. Simon Says
5. Cut Connection
6. Songs of Old
9. The Coming$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
You Are Not AloneSoul Gospel Legend at the Top of Her Game: Staples Declared Best Artist at 2010's Lollapalooza Festival
Hallelujah: You Are Not Alone Might Be the Best New Album You Hear in 2010
Stellar Set Produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Features Songs by Allen Toussaint, John Fogerty, Tweedy, Randy Newman, and More
The best album you hear in 2010? You Are Not Alone will be at the top of the list. This is music that's timeless, soulful, and pertinent, performed with an energy and commitment that burns with the same level of conviction as Mavis Staples' belief in a higher power. Here's a record that will change your life and elevate your mood. Just as its two main architects intended.
When Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mavis Staples sat down to talk about what they wanted her new album to sound like, they both turned to the original spiritual roots of the Staples Singers as a backbone. Both wanted to make a record about connection, about reaching out to someone through the power of music. What they achieved is the album of Staples' career, a warm, powerful, spiritual, and fervent collection of brilliantly chosen and interpreted songs.
Produced by fellow Chicagoan Jeff Tweedy at Wilcos studio The Loft, the intimate and textured production--glorious on LP--mixes traditional gospel numbers with two new songs written for Mavis by Tweedy, plus her unique interpretations of songs by Pops Staples, Randy Newman, Allen Toussaint, John Fogerty, Rev. Gary Davis and Little Milton. Backed by Mavis smoking touring band (Rick Holmstrom, guitar, vocals; Jeff Turmes, bass, vocals; Stephen Hodges, drums; Donny Gerrard, background vocals) and featuring guest turns from Tweedy and Wilcos Patrick Sansone, with background vocals by Kelly Hogan and Nora OConnor, the album cradles Mavis exquisite voice, allowing her to stretch out emotionally on tracks like Randy Newmans Losing You and the Creedence Clearwater Revival chesnut Wrote a Song For Everyone.
The two songs Jeff wrote for Mavis meld seamlessly into the vibe and theme of the album: He would listen to my conversations, my words, and then feed off that. The songs he wrote take me places I wouldnt normally go, says Mavis.
Already one of the bestâ€received releases of 2010, Mavis message of joy and redemption has found the setting it has always deserved. Truly, a must-own album that will last you a lifetime.1. Dont Knock
2. You Are Not Alone
3. Downward Road
4. In Christ There Is No East Or West
5. Creep Along Moses
6. Losing You
7. I Belong To The Band Hallelujah
8. Last Train
9. Only The Lord Knows
10. Wrote A Song For Everyone
11. Were Gonna Make It
12. Wonderful Savior
13. Too Close To Heaven$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
We Are Miracles
Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles, the acclaimed performer's
Emmy-nominated and first headline special for HBO, will be available
for the first time on LP via Sub Pop Records. We Are Miracles',
recorded at the famed Largo in Los Angeles, California, was written by
Silverman, directed by Liam Lynch and produced by Funny Or Die and
Black Gold Films. The special was executive produced by Heidi Herzon,
Mike Farah, Anna Wenger, Betsy Koch, Amy Zvi and Silverman.
Emmy winner Sarah Silverman is as versatile of a performer as they
come. Her repertoire includes everything from film and television,
stand-up comedy, to iconic online videos. She voiced the role of 'Vanellope'
in the Oscar nominated Disney animated film Wreck It Ralph, alongside
John C. Reilly, and recently co-starred in Seth McFarlane's A Million
Ways to Die in the West. She stars as the lead in the drama feature, I
Smile Back, a film adaption of a novel by Amy Koppelman and was
previously seen starring in Take This Waltz. In 2004 Silverman made
an impressive splash with her concert film "Sarah Silverman: Jesus is
Magic," which garnered major attention at the Toronto Film Festival,
and she also received critical praise for her work on the documentary
feature, The Aristocrats.
Silverman was nominated for a 2009 Primetime Emmy in the
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series category for her work on the
Comedy Central series The Sarah Silverman Program. This marked
Comedy Central's first ever Emmy nomination in a scripted acting category.
She also received a WGA nomination for her work on the show. Silverman
won a Primetime Emmy in 2008 in the Outstanding Original Music and
Lyrics category for her musical collaboration with Matt Damon. In addition,
she was honored with a Best Actress Webby Award for her online video
"The Great Schlep." She is now a part of JASH, a comedy collective on
YouTube featuring original content by Silverman and friends. She has
guest starred in a slew of acclaimed and notable television shows such
as the Emmy nominated drama The Good Wife, and Monk, which earned
her an Emmy nomination in 2008 in the Guest Actress category, and
she has lent her voice to Fox's Emmy nominated animated series, Bob's
Burgers. She also released a book in 2010, New York Times Bestseller,
The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee. Silverman
was dubbed "the most outrageously funny woman alive," by Rolling
Stone. She grew up in New Hampshire and attended New York University.
In 1993 she joined Saturday Night Live as a writer and feature performer
and has not stopped working since.1. Nighttime Rituals
2. Speaking of Cum, My Mother's Been Sick
3. Killing Jesus
4. Planting the Seeds of Insecurity
5. Looking Inward
6. A Heartbreaking Story
7. Rape Jokes, Comedy's Hidden Gem
9. Senator Obama
10. Human Puppies
11. Diva$18.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now