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  • Imperial Bedroom Imperial Bedroom Quick View

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    Imperial Bedroom

    Ranked 166/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Universally Hailed 1982 Pop Masterpiece Pairs Costello and Co. With Beatles Engineer Geoff Emerick


    Record Topped Village Voices Pazz & Jop Critics Poll In Year of Its Original Release


    Lavish Instrumentation, Involved Arrangements, and Piano-Based Melodies Frame Ambitious Songs That Address Domestic Malaise While Coming Off as Upbeat


    Half-Speed Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Imperial Bedroom Joins Mobile Fidelitys Pristine LP Reissues of Costellos My Aim Is True, This Years Model, Armed Forces, Get Happy!!, and Almost Blue


    Recorded with famed Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick, Imperial Bedroom stands as Elvis Costello and the Attractions most highly decorated traditional pop album. Boasting sumptuous arrangements, large-scale instrumentation, ambitious layers, Tin Pan Alley melodies, and orchestrated devices, the 1982 record is a testament to studio creativity and ornate production. Amidst the lavish settings beats the heart of Costellos biting, brutal lyrics that confront domestic malaise and sober emotional reflection. Its little wonder the intelligent effort took top honors in the Village Voices Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.


    Not that audiences back in the day ever had the privilege of hearing Imperial Bedroom at its maximum potential. Now they can. Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelitys numbered limited edition 180g LP opens up the soundstages, expands the depth, and brings the genius of the grand arrangements into clear focus. In particular, the sound of the piano will have you believe that the 88s are situated right in your room, and never before has Emericks crafty sonic precision been so readily apparent. This is a huge-sounding record that demands full frequency extension and astute separation. Mobile Fidelitys reissue delivers on all fronts. You need to hear this!


    Ranked in 2005 by Rolling Stone at #166 on the magazines prestigious list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Imperial Bedroom overflows with contagious pop, savvy torch, cabaret, chamber, and jazz-influenced fare. If its details you seek, then look no further. With Emerick's assistance, each tune is distinguished with painstaking sonic accents, blended rhythms, counterpoint bass lines, dazzling passages, and inventive motifs. Accordions, tremolo guitars, organs, harpsichords, marimbas, horns, and an assortment of other instruments help color the subtly dark canvases. A 40-piece orchestra graces the gorgeous And In Every Home.


    Originally intended to be a stripped-down affair, Imperial Bedroom reflects Costello's migration to composing on piano as well as his listening tastes at the time: Billie Holliday, Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, Debussy. Intricate, expansive, and complex without ever sounding inaccessible, the record includes the now-classic Man Out of Time, Beyond Belief, and Almost Blue, the latter a ballad that Chet Baker included in his live sets until he passed away. In another stroke of brilliance, Costello used the record as an opportunity to address the melancholic changes in both his own personal situation as well as that of England, the songs functioning as smart, sometimes satirical dialogues on issues such as disenchantment, identity, and relationships.


    Still considered by many the finest record released in 1982, don't pass up this extraordinary-sounding reissue.


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    1. Beyond Belief
    2. Tears Before Bedtime
    3. Shabby Doll
    4. The Long Honeymoon
    5. Man Out of Time
    6. Almost Blue
    7. ...And in Every Home
    8. The Loved Ones
    9. Human Hands
    10. Kid About It
    11. Little Savage
    12. Boy with a Problem
    13. Pidgin English
    14. You Little Fool
    15. Town Cryer
    Elvis Costello
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  • Trust Trust Quick View

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    Trust

    Trust Is Most Eclectic and Ambitious Record of Elvis Costello's Career: "[His] Summit as a Singer, Songwriter, and Miserable-Irish-Bastard Pin-Up Boy" Says Rolling Stone


    Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Mobile Fidelity LP of Trust Enhances the Realism of the Songs' Advanced Arrangements and Nimble Accents


    1981 Album Mixes R&B Rhythms and New-Wave Melodies: Includes "Clubland," "Watch Your Step," and "Strict Time"


    The album cover to Trust speaks volumes: Elvis Costello, bathed in shadows, his eyes nervously peering out from behind his sunglasses, his face conveying a combination of edgy noir purpose and guilt-ridden anxiety. Indeed, the tension-rich songs within largely convey the opposite meanings of the record's title, with the British icon musing on what lies beyond arrogant youth and immediate success with a jaundiced, scarred perspective informed by his country's political climate and his own experiences.


    Of course, this being Costello and the Attractions, everything is wrapped into a catchy batch of songs that encourage listeners to hear them multiple times before they reveal their true intent. On Trust, almost nothing is what it seems, a condition that only enhances what remains the most diverse set of Costello's career. Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's transparent analog reissue lets music lovers in on the secrets via unsurpassed clarity and breathtaking immediacy.


    Whether the full, rounded tones of Bruce Thomas' bass or complete extension and decay of Steve Nieve's organ, every instrumental accent is delivered with lifelike detail and superb balance. Melodicas, drums, pianos, and guitars similarly come across faithfully and richly, the blend freed of constricting sonic veils and dynamic compression. Heard anew on this pressing, Trust emerges as one of the most satisfyingly complex and expertly played albums of its era. Costello's singing, too, reveals intricate tonal shadings and implied meanings, with slower tracks such as the hypnotic "Watch Your Step" and Tin Pan Alley-inspired solo tour de force "Shot With His Own Gun" ravishing with enhanced emotional investment.


    As is often the case with great (and sophisticated) albums, Trust-which retains a five-star review from the most recent Rolling Stone Album Guide-didn't spawn any Top 40 hits at the time of its release. Yet age has been more than kind to the effort Costello said aimed to cross the rhythms of Get Happy!! with the melodies of Armed Forces, and which more than achieves the exacting goal. Admittedly made in a haze of booze and pills, the 1981 affair plumbs issues of disillusionment, romance, and sin with barbed wit and unvarnished honesty.


    Country, soul, pop, rockabilly, two-step, punk-shot-through rock, jazz-Costello and the Attractions explore and master it all on Trust, all the while performing with an unencumbered directness and on-point coherence. No better example of the singer's simultaneous stylistic reach and virtuosity exists. Experience it like never before on this phenomenal-sounding pressing.


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    1. Clubland
    2. Lovers Walk
    3. You'll Never Be a Man
    4. Pretty Words
    5. Strict Time
    6. Luxembourg
    7. Watch Your Step
    8. New Lace Sleeves
    9. From a Whisper to a Scream
    10. Different Finger
    11. White Knuckles
    12. Shot With His Own Gun
    13. Fish 'n' Chip Paper
    14. Big Sister's Clothes
    Elvis Costello
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  • Armed Forces Armed Forces Quick View

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    Armed Forces

    180 Gram Vinyl


    Re-mastered from the original master tapes, this classic Elvis Costello album is now on 180 gram vinyl. Armed
    Forces features the original U.S. cover and includes a 7" EP of "Live at Hollywood High." This album hit #10 on the Billboard Top 100 and highlights include "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love And Understanding?," "Oliver's Army" and "Accidents Will Happen."


    Largely written on tour in hotel rooms and on the bus, Elvis Costellos Armed Forces takes personal politics to a new level. A supremely melodic and hook-laden record, the 1979 set is a showcase of scintillating keyboard lines, sharp guitar work, and the most cohesive arrangements of Costello and the Attractions career. In every way, this is a pop masterpiece, defined by hits such as Accidents Will Happen, Olivers Army, and the anthemic Whats So Funny Bout Peace Love and Understanding? You need this record.


    While less musically intense than the preceding This Years Model, Armed Forces doesnt let up in the lyric department. Costellos narratives are loaded with paranoia, irony, bitterness, and scathing humor. Originally titled Emotional Fascism, the singers third consecutive masterpiece is inspired by billboard sign slogans, insular observations, and social behavior that Costello found applicable to his own situation. Olivers Army, Green Shirt, and Senior Service address systemic governmental control. Big Boys, Two Little Hitlers, and Accidents Will Happen also concern control and betrayalbut that of the interpersonal nature.

    1. Accidents Will Happen
    2. Senior Service

    3. Oliver's Army
    4. Big Boys
    5. Green
    6. Party Girl
    7. Goon Squad
    8. Busy Bodies
    9. Sunday's Best
    10. Moods For Moderns

    11. Chemistry Class
    12. Two Little Hitlers
    13. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding
    Elvis Costello
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  • Infinite Arms Infinite Arms Quick View

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    Infinite Arms

    Originally released in 2010, Infinite Arms is the third full-length from the Low Country's premier rock 'n' roll outfit Band of Horses. Produced by Band of Horses with additional production from Phil Ek and mixed by Dave Sardy, the 12-tracks on Infinite Arms project the essence of the different locales across America that became the setting for the recording and songwriting process behind the album.


    The rich musical heritage of Muscle Shoals, AL, the sublime beauty of Asheville's Blue Ridge Mountains, the glamorous Hollywood Hills and the vast Mojave desert all influenced the sounds on Infinite Arms and helped yield the group's most focused and dynamic recordings to date. The serene woods of Northern Minnesota and the band's native Carolinas inspired the songwriting, lending the compositions an air of comfort and familiarity.


    Band of Horses is Ben Bridwell, Creighton Barrett, Ryan Monroe, Tyler Ramsey and Bill Reynolds. Long-time touring members of the group, Infinite Arms marks the recording debut of Ramsey and Reynolds, while Barrett and Monroe graced the last album, Cease to Begin. Through touring together in support of Cease to Begin and during breaks in the Infinite Arms recording process, the band have become a cohesive force with all members making invaluable contributions to the unmistakable sound that founder Bridwell has crafted since the band's inception.

    1. Factory
    2. Compliments
    3. Laredo
    4. Blue Beard
    5. On My Way Back Home
    6. Infinite Arms
    7. Dilly
    8. Evening Kitchen
    9. Older
    10. For Annabelle
    11. NW Apt.
    12. Neighbor
    Band Of Horses
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  • Trust Trust Quick View

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    Trust

    180 Gram Vinyl


    The album cover to Trust speaks volumes: Elvis Costello, bathed in shadows, his eyes nervously peering out from behind his sunglasses, his face conveying a combination of edgy noir purpose and guilt-ridden anxiety. Indeed, the tension-rich songs within largely convey the opposite meanings of the record's title, with the British icon musing on what lies beyond arrogant youth and immediate success with a jaundiced, scarred perspective informed by his country's political climate and his own experiences.


    Whether the full, rounded tones of Bruce Thomas' bass or complete extension and decay of Steve Nieve's organ, every instrumental accent is delivered with lifelike detail and superb balance. Melodicas, drums, pianos, and guitars similarly come across faithfully and richly, the blend freed of constricting sonic veils and dynamic compression. Heard anew on this pressing, Trust emerges as one of the most satisfyingly complex and expertly played albums of its era. Costello's singing, too, reveals intricate tonal shadings and implied meanings, with slower tracks such as the hypnotic "Watch Your Step" and Tin Pan Alley-inspired solo tour de force "Shot With His Own Gun" ravishing with enhanced emotional investment.


    As is often the case with great (and sophisticated) albums, Trust-which retains a five-star review from the most recent Rolling Stone Album Guide-didn't spawn any Top 40 hits at the time of its release. Yet age has been more than kind to the effort Costello said aimed to cross the rhythms of Get Happy!! with the melodies of Armed Forces, and which more than achieves the exacting goal. Admittedly made in a haze of booze and pills, the 1981 affair plumbs issues of disillusionment, romance, and sin with barbed wit and unvarnished honesty.


    Country, soul, pop, rockabilly, two-step, punk-shot-through rock, jazz-Costello and the Attractions explore and master it all on Trust, all the while performing with an unencumbered directness and on-point coherence. No better example of the singer's simultaneous stylistic reach and virtuosity exists. Experience it like never before on this phenomenal-sounding pressing.

    1. Clubland
    2. Lovers Walk
    3. You'll Never Be a Man
    4. Pretty Words
    5. Strict Time
    6. Luxembourg
    7. Watch Your Step
    8. New Lace Sleeves
    9. From a Whisper to a Scream
    10. Different Finger
    11. White Knuckles
    12. Shot With His Own Gun
    13. Fish 'n' Chip Paper
    14. Big Sister's Clothes
    Elvis Costello
    $24.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Audio Technica AT-LP1240-USB Direct-Drive Professional DJ Turntable (USB & Analog) Audio Technica AT-LP1240-USB Direct-Drive Professional DJ Turntable (USB & Analog) Quick View

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    Audio Technica AT-LP1240-USB Direct-Drive Professional DJ Turntable (USB & Analog)


    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.


    This superbly made, professional quality DJ turntable is designed primarily for DJ use in nightclubs, touring and mobile applications. It can also be used by music lovers to play their record collections at home. Its sleek, elegant gloss-black and silver design fits into any stereo music or home entertainment system, and its built-in switchable phono preamp enables it to be used with a wide variety of receivers, powered speakers and other A/V components. As an added benefit, the turntable offers a USB output that allows direct connection to a computer for easy LP-to-digital conversion.


    Built to deliver exceptional music reproduction even under the most demanding conditions of professional use, the AT-LP1240-USB utilizes a powerful direct-drive 16-pole, three-phase motor for unwavering speed stability along with easy back-cueing, forward and reverse play and quiet operation at 33-1/3, 45 or 78 RPM. The turntable features an S-shaped tone arm with adjustable tracking force (counterweight) and anti-skate adjustment and a removable universal cartridge mount (cartridge available separately).


    Additional DJ-friendly features including a damped cast-aluminum platter with stroboscopic speed markings and slip mat, an illuminated speed indicator and adjustable pitch control, a start/stop button, a removable stylus target light, a dedicated tone arm grounding lug, a hydraulically-damped lift lever and a locking tone arm rest that keeps the arm and cartridge in place during transport.


    The turntable includes PC- and Mac-compatible Audacity® software that converts the audio on a record to MP3, WAV or other format digital audio files.


    Audio Technica
    $449.00
    Direct-Drive Professional DJ Turntable Buy Now
  • Be More Kind Be More Kind Quick View

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    Be More Kind

    Frank Turner has announced his seventh studio album, Be More Kind, which is set for release via Interscope Records. Months after the release of Songbook, a career-spanning retrospective which also saw reworked versions of tracks from across the past decade, Be More Kind represents a thematic and sonic line in the sand for the 36-year-old. The new album combines raw political and personal universal anthems with the intricate folk and punk roar trademarks of Turner's sound imbued with new, bold experimental shades.


    Be More Kind was produced by Charlie Hugall (Florence And The Machine, Halsey) and White Denim's Austin Jenkins and Joshua Block. "I wanted to try and get out of my comfort zone and do something different," says Turner. Originally, he contacted Jenkins and Block at their Niles City Sound studio in Fort Worth, Texas with the idea of recording a soul album in the vein of Dexys Midnight Runners. He found they were equally enthusiastic when he changed his mind and decided he wanted to record a more rock-led album with tints of electronic pop. "I have an obscure corner of my music taste where I'm into glitch electronic music and Warp Records," says Turner. "It's not an electronic record but I got into arpeggiator synths." While 2015's Positive Songs for Negative People was cut in nine intense days, Be More Kind was made over a period of seven months giving Turner the opportunity to turn songs on their head, try different versions, and shake up the dynamics within his band.


    Turner was halfway through writing a very different sort of album, a concept record about women from history who had been ignored, when he was reading a collection of Clive James's poetry and one particular line compelled him to re-think his direction. The line, from a poem called Leçons Des TÉnèbres, reads: "I should have been more kind. It is my fate / To find this out, but find it out too late." "It devastated me the first time I read it," Turner says. "A lot of older, wiser people tend to say things like that, that the things that come out in the wash at the end of a human life are the way you treated the people around you. In the modern world, that's a lesson that all of us, myself included, could do to learn."


    Turner and his band, The Sleeping Souls, were touring America in 2016 "when the world decided to go collectively nuts" and the songs that make up Be More Kind started to come together. "Somewhere in the record, there's a convergence of the ideas of personal and political, which is a central theme of the album," Turner says. One of the other driving themes of the album is empathy, even for your enemy. "You should at least be able to inhabit the mental universe of the people you disagree with. If you can't do that, then how do you communicate with people other than through force of arms, which is something we all agree is a bad idea."


    The first track to be released from Be More Kind is "1933", a clattering, state-of-the-nation anthem. Furious and direct, it's inspired by articles Turner saw that suggested the alt-right was punk rock. "That filled me with a mixture of incredulity and anger," says Turner. "The idea that Breitbart or Steve Bannon think they have anything to do with punk rock makes me extremely angry." The other theme in the track is summed up by the line, "If I was one of the greatest generation / I'd be pissed / I'd be screaming at my grandkids / that we already did this." "These ideas are surfacing again that collectively as a species we've already shot down," says Turner.

    1. Don't Worry
    2. 1933
    3. Little Changes
    4. Be More Kind
    5. Make America Great Again
    6. Going Nowhere
    7. Brave Face
    8. There She Is
    9. 21st Century Survival Blues
    10. Blackout
    11. Common Ground
    12. The Lifeboat
    13. Get It Right
    Frank Turner
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  • Sumiko Moonstone Cartridge Sumiko Moonstone Cartridge Quick View

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    Sumiko Moonstone Cartridge


    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.


    The Moonstone is an affordable high-performance moving magnet cartridge that utilizes the powerful mechanically-generated electromotive forces of the moving magnet to help give your playback extra punch and convincing realism. Exceptionally well-balanced and dimensionally dense, the breathtaking dynamics of the Moonstone outperform many comparably priced moving coil cartridges without requiring the huge investment in preamplification.

    Sumiko
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  • The Ultimate Analogue Test LP The Ultimate Analogue Test LP Quick View

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    The Ultimate Analogue Test LP

    Editors Editors Editors Editors


    Analogue Productions set out to produce the ultimate test record.


    We've consulted many experts in the field, including mastering engineers, audio experts, turntable experts and audiophile listeners, to create a test record that's never been made before. When Barry Wolifson from Sterling Sound in New York City called us with the same idea we had been thinking about - that being to create the ultimate test record - he and our audio expert Clark Williams began to brainstorm and research ideas until they were both completely satisfied with what should go on the record.


    Most of the test records in the past have been made to test a variety of equipment. This test record excludes silly cannon shots, typewriters, voices on one channel and other useless fluff. This one specifically addresses your turntable and cartridge. It's designed to provide the basic test signals necessary to calibrate a turntable or cutting lathe as simply as possible. Most of the signals have specific implications, but it is certainly possible to use them in any number of novel ways.


    This record was mastered and cut on a Neumann VMS 80 lathe at Sterling Sound and pressed at Record Technology, Inc. on high-quality, 180-gram virgin vinyl.


    Side 1

    General Reference Level

    This 1 kHz reference tone will allow you to establish a "base level" for all measurements.
    Track 1 1Khz reference tone 7cm/s Mono, in phase (Lateral)

    Basic reference for all measurements, adjust meter for maximum convenience (in the studio 0VU).
    Adjust preamp channel balance for equal output.
    Also used to check the offset angle of the photo cartridge; L&R signals should be exactly in phase as displayed on an oscilloscope.


    Azimuth Adjustment

    Track 2 1kHz reference level Left channel only

    Measure Right channel output.

    Track 3 1kHz reference level Right channel only

    Measure Left channel output.

    The object is to sit the stylus exactly perpendicular in the groove.

    Twist cartridge about its radial axis until the measurements from Track 2 and Track 3 are equal or very close to equal for both channels.


    High Frequency Adjustment

    Tracks 4, 5 and 6 are used to calibrate the RIAA high frequency equalizer of a phono preamp. This will be used to calibrate a mastering lathe's phono preamplifier or any phono preamplifier that has these adjustments.

    Track 4 1 kHz tone at -20 below reference level, Lateral

    Reference for High Frequency test.

    Track 5 10 kHz reference tone at -20dbu, Lateral
    Adjust the high frequency until the output level equals that of Track 4.

    Track 6 1 kHz to 20 kHz sweep at -20dbu, Mono (Lateral)

    The AC millivoltmeter reading should stay constant across all frequencies. There are a number of factors which can affect frequency response, including cable capacitance, cartridge loading, tracking force and worn parts. Because of this, it can be difficult to achieve perfectly flat frequency response. Sometimes by making small compromises in the 10 kHz adjustment, a better overall frequency response can be achieved.


    Low Frequency Adjustment

    Tracks 7 & 8 are used to calibrate the RIAA low frequency equalizer of a phono preamp.

    Track 7 1 kHz to 20 Hz sweep at 0 VU (Lateral)

    Play Track 7 and measure the output with your AC millivolt meter.

    Ideally, the output will be flat across all frequencies. When viewed on an oscilloscope, the amplitude would remain constant during the frequency downsweep.

    Track 8 100 Hz reference tone at 0 vu (Lateral)
    Adjust LF Eq to reference (which is your reading from Track 1).


    Track 9 VTA adjust

    This is an IEC intermodulation distortion (IMD) test signal; 60Hz & 4kHz 4:1 ratio.

    Using an IMD tester, adjust VTA by raising or lowering the tonearm for minimum distortion.


    Track 10 Standard Wow & Flutter test signal; 3150Hz
    The Wow & Flutter meter will give dynamic speed variations as a percentage deviation from nominal.

    Also, the frequency counter should read exactly 3150 Hz for nominal speed. You can use the Hz function on your multi-meter (if so equipped) to verify speed here as well. You can also use to find the measurements at 45RPM. The correct reading at 45RPM would be 4253 Hz (45/33.33) x 3150.


    Side 2

    Track 1 Anti-skating test; 315Hz amplitude sweep to +12dbu (Lateral)

    Signal should remain clean in both channels up to the highest level, both audibly and as viewed on an oscilloscope. In case of distortion, increase anti-skating force or decrease anti-skate until breakup occurs equally in both channels. The left channel information is inscribed on the inner groove wall, the right channel information, on the outer groove wall. Because of the offset angle of a pivoted tonearm, a constantly varying vector force biases the arm towards the center of the record causing the stylus to lose contact with the outer (i.e. right channel) groove wall. Both linear and modulated groove velocity, tracking force, stylus profile, and vinyl composition are contributing factors. The anti skating force attempts to ameliorate this by applying an opposing similar force.

    It is also accepted that the overall force vector increases as the tonearm approaches closer to the spindle or end of the record.


    Track 2 Pink noise lateral

    Track 3 Pink noise vertical

    Used for cartridge "demagnetizing"

    You can also use this track to loosen up the cantilever's suspension to help break in a new cartridge. Play these tracks five to ten times after every 300 hours of normal LP playback.


    Track 4 1kHz @ reference level, vertical
    This out-of-phase signal should cancel to nothing when summed to mono.

    Any signals still present are distortion artifacts, lack of channel balance, or timing (phase) anomalies. This test can be a second confirmation of anti-skate adjustment.


    Track 5 1kHz to 10Hz sweep @ -20 below

    reference level, vertical
    Resonance anomalies in the tonearm / cartridge interface will show up as amplitude peaks and dips as the frequency sweeps down.

    Once again, by listening in 'Mono' it is easier to hear the distortion artifacts.


    Track 6 Silent groove for bearing rumble and table isolation

    During playback of this track, nothing should be transmitted from the turntable to the speakers. Replay the track and gently tap on the rack or base that the turntable is resting on. There should be little or no thump transferred to the speakers. This track will help you experiment with turntable isolation methods and products to be able to get the most out of your playback system. You may want to use a closed or sealed headphone for best listening results, or a stethoscope on the plinth.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Analogue Productions
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Hegemony Hegemony Quick View

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    Hegemony

    SAMAEL have returned, with heavy ammunition wallowing to the darkest fronts. Industrial Black Metal armed with wind sections passes through shivering synthesizers. The stomping bass loses its sense of decency and no grain of dust remains still. On point and frighteningly brutal, fiery whirlwinds of hypnotic hammering riff forces overlay gruesomely gurgling vocals driving you over the edge. Thirty years of the band's history flows into their brilliant eleventh record Hegemony, combining everything that SAMAEL have learned the hard way spanning the decades of their decadence. A colourless bouquet from the withered flowers of BEHEMOTH and DIMMU BORGIR, not for the faint-hearted!
    LP 1
    1. Hegemony
    2. Samael
    3. Angel of Wrath
    4. Rite of Renewal
    5. Red Planet
    6. Black Supremacy
    7. Murder or Suicide


    LP 2
    1. This World
    2. Against All Enemies
    3. Land of the Living
    4. Dictate of Transparency
    5. Helter Skelter
    6. Storm of Fire (Bonus Track)

    Samael
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  • Still Life (Picture Disc) Still Life (Picture Disc) Quick View

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    Still Life (Picture Disc)

    Limited Double Picture Disc Edition


    'Still Life' was Opeth's fourth career studio release, & first outing for Peaceville and armed with renewed enthusiasm, the band delivered a flawless gem of an album. Originally released in 1999, the enigmatic 'Still Life' is an ambitious concept album focusing on a tale of forbidden love in dangerous times.


    Featuring the extraordinary voice and poetic lyrics of Mikael Akerfeldt, Still Life's moods range from brutal passages of extreme metal to predominantly acoustic moments of breathtaking beauty, & is regarded as one of the defining releases in helping to mark Opeth's ascension towards being a dominant force in the world of metal and prog.


    This limited double picture disc vinyl edition is presented in a gatefold sleeve featuring the re-worked artwork by original designer Travis Smith on both the sleeve and the vinyl prints, as well as featuring the band's iconic emblem on the cover.

    LP 1
    1. The Moor
    2. Godhead's Lament
    3. Benighted


    LP 2
    1. Moonlapse Vertigo
    2. Face Of Melinda
    3. Serenity Painted Death
    4. White Cluster

    Opeth
    $32.99
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  • Tides End Tides End Quick View

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    Tides End

    "Tides End" is the second Minks album, but you could say it's a world away from the first. Moving out of New York City to try and cure a bout of writer's block, frontman/songwriter Sonny Kilfoyle wound up in the East End of Long Island. Surrounded by water on three sides, it's the same place that drew Warhol, Pollock, de Kooning, Steinbeck and more to escape the constant barrage of information of the urban landscape.


    The result is not just a romantic trip into isolation, but a melodic and warm experience to immerse yourself in. It's a pop record, with all the hooks and harmonies you'd expect from that, delivered with experience, depth and hope.


    The escapist mentality of the location directly and literally affected "Tides End," as the LP is named for a beachfront estate Sonny had wandered upon one day while out for a drive. Occupied by one family for generations, who after financial decline, are now forced to sell all they own. The experience of seeing old East Coast wealth, surrounded by beautiful Rococo paintings yet no modern appliances was the initial spark to record the LP. Kilfoyle
    himself purchased a portrait "Margot," which inspired and named one of the LP's catchiest tracks.Visions of sipping gin and lemonade's on the dunes with their future in peril could be something clearly reflected in the choruses of "Everything's Fine" and "Playboys of the Western World." Themes of affluence, decadence and eventual decay in spite of the outside world are everywhere, even by the skull and shells amidst an explosion of color in the Everest Hall painting that graces the cover. This is "Tides End," indeed.


    Armed with a new arsenal of material, Sonny connected with producer and engineer, Mark Verbos, who had moved to New York from Berlin after a prolific career in techno and electronic music. The entire album was recorded at Mark's studio, a former electric room in the base of the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge. "It was actually a very uninspiring and uncreative but it forced us to use our imagination and find new ways to work together,"says Kilfoyle. So when they encountered a creative impasse they would consult The KLF's
    "manual" or Verbos would choose a card from Brian Eno's "Oblique Strategies." To clear the cobwebs of influence, the producer chose to only allow Sonny to listen to Seal, Simply Red, Enigma, and early Chicago house music during the recording process. This helped build texture and depth in a recording that blended ambiance and immediacy to the established foundation of all the of Minks' previous work.

    1. Romans
    2. Everything's Fine
    3. Margot
    4. Playboys of the Western World
    5. Weekenders
    6. Painted Indian
    7. Hold Me Now
    8. Doomed and Cool
    9. Ark of Life
    10. Tides End
    Minks
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  • Soundsmith Counter Intuitive Soundsmith Counter Intuitive Quick View

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    Soundsmith Counter Intuitive

    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.


    For VPI Unipivot Tonearms


    The Soundsmith Counter "Intuitive"


    VPI turntables tonearms:


    3-D tone arms

    JMW-9t

    JMW-9 Signature

    JMW-10.5i

    The Classic Arm

    JMW-12.7


    A must have device for VPI owners who have dreamed of a way to easily adjust both tracking force and azimuth ~ without losing one setting while adjusting the other ~ we introduce the Soundsmith Intuitive.


    Now, for the first time ever, its delightfully easy to INDEPENDENTLY adjust your VPI tonearm to the exact tracking force and azimuth for optimal alignment, and to return to that setting easily and quickly. Peak performance done simply. Calibrated scales allow quick tweaking for accurate comparison of different settings.


    Each Intuitive is carefully hand machined for a precision fit out of a thermally stable, highly damped polymer material, with installed brass weights. Designed to last a lifetime....


    Kit includes two adhesive scales and attachment weight.

    Sound-Smith
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  • Baby Baby Quick View

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    Baby

    Freedom often begins from terror, and White Hinterland's third album, Baby, addresses the fear
    that comes along with breaking out of established rituals, or leaving a comfortable place, and
    striking out into the unknown. Four years after her profile-raising release, Kairos(2010), Casey
    Dienel aka White Hinterland has taken the gloves off and knuckled down to produce a deep,
    dark, heady mix of songs. After two and a half years of writing and recording material in
    Montreal and Portland, OR, Dienel moved back in to her family home in Scituate, MA. There
    she forged a new aesthetic, spending five months building her own studio, The Glades, in her
    parents' basement - the same space where she practiced piano and vocal lessons as a child.
    Determined to helm her new album, Dienel spent months studying production, poring over
    YouTube tutorials about Protools, mic'ing techniques and other minutiae.


    Armed with this self-taught skill and her new studio, Dienel set forth to subvert the existing
    power structure of male producer as svengali and female artist as figurehead (see: Billy
    Corgan/Courtney Love, Timbaland/Aaliyah, Phil Spector/The Ronettes). She created her own,
    new path on Baby, which showcases her as a singer/songwriter/producer who has only become
    bolder and more resolute over the past three-plus years. Calling in her friends as pinch hitters,
    Dienel worked acclaimed musicians Sean Carey (Bon Iver, S. Carey), Neal Morgan (Joanna
    Newsom, Bill Callahan), and Cole Kamen-Green (BeyoncÉ).


    On her first four records, Dienel projected her fears and fantasies onto imaginary characters,
    role play, and lush atmospherics. If Kairos was a work of atmosphere, then Baby sits at the
    opposite end of that spectrum. Baby is about song craft. It is forceful, rooted in the physicality
    of the voice, percussion and piano, and it is about getting straight to the point. Where her earlier
    work occasionally showcased a strong Joni Mitchell influence, on new songs like "David" she
    finds herself in Fiona Apple territory. Her lifelong love of R&B and gospel also comes to the fore,
    these resonant styles complement and contrast the sharp dynamic shifts, booming drums, and
    blasts of brass. On Metronome, Baby's centerpiece and most assertive track, she declares, All
    day long I'm a boss. She's not asking for someone to serve as a steadying influence, but instead
    requiring that it's necessary to keep up with her. It is the past three years of her life distilled into
    song: joy, heartbreak, frustration, longing, disappointment, anger, and loss accumulated, poured
    out and reborn in this new, unflinching release.

    1. Wait Until Dark
    2. Dry Mind
    3. Ring the Bell
    4. David
    5. Baby
    6. White Noise
    7. Metronome
    8. No Devotion
    9. Sickle No Sword
    10. Live With You

    White Hinterland
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  • Anti-Skate Device - JMW-12 Anti-Skate Device - JMW-12 Quick View

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    Anti-Skate Device - JMW-12



    For use with JMW-12


    You will see three rubber rings on the straight shaft; these are used to set the anti-skating force.


    The two rubber rings on the shaft with the grooves are used to set the height of the monofilament. Set the rubber ring on the lowest groove if it is not there already and slip the loop of monofilament over the grooved shaft. Push the second ring down to lock the loop in place on between the first and second groove. Try to keep the monofilament as level as possible but don't go crazy, it is not audible and causes no problem if it is slightly off level.


    You can adjust the settings of the mechanism using the 1/16" Allen wrench provided. Adjust it so the arm can travel to the inner grooves of the record without the mechanism pulling it or causing it to skip grooves.


    Minimal anti-skate force is needed do just enough to keep the image stabilized and the cantilever centered in the groove.




    VPI Accessories
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    Anti-Skate Device - JMW-9



    For use with JMW-9


    You will see three rubber rings on the straight shaft; these are used to set the anti-skating force.


    The two rubber rings on the shaft with the grooves are used to set the height of the monofilament. Set the rubber ring on the lowest groove if it is not there already and slip the loop of monofilament over the grooved shaft. Push the second ring down to lock the loop in place on between the first and second groove. Try to keep the monofilament as level as possible but don't go crazy, it is not audible and causes no problem if it is slightly off level.


    You can adjust the settings of the mechanism using the 1/16" Allen wrench provided. Adjust it so the arm can travel to the inner grooves of the record without the mechanism pulling it or causing it to skip grooves.


    Minimal anti-skate force is needed do just enough to keep the image stabilized and the cantilever centered in the groove.



    VPI Accessories
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    Anti-Skate Device - JMW-10



    For use with JMW-10


    You will see three rubber rings on the straight shaft; these are used to set the anti-skating force.


    The two rubber rings on the shaft with the grooves are used to set the height of the monofilament. Set the rubber ring on the lowest groove if it is not there already and slip the loop of monofilament over the grooved shaft. Push the second ring down to lock the loop in place on between the first and second groove. Try to keep the monofilament as level as possible but don't go crazy, it is not audible and causes no problem if it is slightly off level.


    You can adjust the settings of the mechanism using the 1/16" Allen wrench provided. Adjust it so the arm can travel to the inner grooves of the record without the mechanism pulling it or causing it to skip grooves.


    Minimal anti-skate force is needed do just enough to keep the image stabilized and the cantilever centered in the groove.



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  • Clearaudio Universal Tonearm 2 LENGTHS AVAILABLE Clearaudio Universal Tonearm Quick View

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    Clearaudio Universal Tonearm


    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.


    The carefully hand-assembled Universal is Clearaudio's finest pivoted tonearm. Its vertical and horizontal ball bearing assembly is precision-machined to ultra-high tolerances. The Universal features a three-piece carbon fiber arm tube, reducing resonances to a vanishing degree and delivering excellent performance with a wide range of phono cartridges. Its aluminum one-piece headshell allows for accurate azimuth adjustment, reduces mass, and increases rigidity. Additionally, fine adjustments for anti-skate and vertical tracking force (VTF) offers accurate alignment of any phono cartridge type.


    The Universal comes with easily interchangeable counterweights, allowing it to work with nearly any cartridge manufactured today. Its internal wiring is Clearaudio's best Six Stream cable, as found on their Statement TT-1 tonearm. This assures superior signal integrity, and is ideal for all high-quality cartridges, including low-output moving coils. The Universal uses the Clearaudio/Linn standard mount, making it compatible with all Clearaudio turntables and an ideal replacement tonearm for other brand turntables. It is available in 9-inch and 12-inch versions.


    Clearaudio Accessories
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  • Stampede (Awaiting Repress) Stampede (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Stampede (Awaiting Repress)


    Impeccably Mastered By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios And At Capitol Mastering


    Known for their ability of churning out hit songs, top charting albums and sell-out shows across the globe, The Doobie Brothers continue to be a force in the music business garnering them success now for over four decades.


    1975 was a banner year for the band as they took their Bay Area soul and rock driven sounds to a further dimension thanks to the hits on their fifth smash LP Stampede. Produced by Ted Templeman, this platinum event would go on to become one of the most successful albums by The Doobie Brothers as the LP gave them a huge number one single with the Motown classic Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While).


    Fronted by the triple lead guitar force of Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons, & newest addition Steely Dan's Jeff "Skunk Baxter. plus Tiran Porter on bass, and the dual drummers John Hartman and the late great Keith Knudsen, The Doobie Brothers continued their trek to the top of the music charts. Stampede went deeper with album radio thanks to more amazing hits like the rockers Sweet Maxine and the tour de force guitar workout on Neal's Fandango.


    Friday Music is proud once again to offer another installment in our ever popular Doobie Brothers 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with their masterpiece Stampede. Impeccably mastered by Joe Reagoso (Doobie Brothers/Michael McDonald/Boz Scaggs) at Friday Music Studios and at Capitol Mastering, Stampede sounds incredibly rockin' and soulful as you remember it.

    1. Sweet Maxine
    2. Neal's Fandango
    3. Texas Lullaby
    4. Music Man
    5. Slat Key Soquel Rag
    6. Take Me In Your Arms
    7. I Cheat The Hangman
    8. Precis
    9. Rainy Day Crossroad Blues
    10. I Been Workin' On You
    11. Double Dealin' Four Flusher
    The Doobie Brothers
    $30.99
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  • Singles (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Deluxe) Singles (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Deluxe) Quick View

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    Singles (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Deluxe)

    A Newly Expanded And Remastered Edition In Celebration Of The Film's 25th Anniversary


    2xLP Vinyl Package Containing Bonus CD Of Rarities And Unreleased Tracks


    Newly Released Bonus CD Features Previously Unreleased Recordings By Chris Cornell, Mike Mccready, Mudhoney, And Paul Westerberg In Addition To Rarities Such As Cornell's 1992 EP Poncier


    Includes Liner Notes And A Track-By-Track Description Of The Album's Music Written Especially For This Collection By Cameron Crowe, The Screenwriter And Director Of "Singles"


    Epic Soundtrax and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Cameron Crowe's groundbreaking romantic comedy, "Singles," with the release of a newly expanded and remastered edition of the Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album.


    The 2xLP edition features the album's original 13 tracks newly mastered and freshly pressed across four sides of collectible 12 vinyl. The bonus CD of rarities and unreleased tracks is included as a special insert in the 2xLP 12 vinyl package.


    The newly released bonus CD features previously unreleased recordings by Chris Cornell, Mike McCready, Mudhoney, and Paul Westerberg in addition to rarities such as Cornell's 1992 EP Poncier (debuting an early rendition of "Spoonman") and tracks from the film not included on the best-selling soundtrack album first released on June 30, 1992. The success of "Singles" helped establish a then-emerging new generation of rock artists-including 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains and Soundgarden-as musical forces to be reckoned with.


    The expanded edition of the "Singles" soundtrack includes, for the first time on CD, "Touch Me I'm Dick," the signature track from "Singles" performed by Citizen Dick (a fictional band created for the film featuring frontman Matt Dillon backed by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament).


    The new Epic Soundtrax/Legacy Recordings edition of the Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack includes liner notes-and a track-by-track description of the album's music-written for especially for this collection by Cameron Crowe, the screenwriter and director of "Singles." The newly expanded edition of the film's soundtrack is produced by Danny Bramson and Cameron Crowe and mastered by Mike Piacentini at Battery Studios, New York.


    Set in Seattle at the beginning of the 1990s, Crowe's film featured music by relatively obscure (at that time) bands like Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains and Soundgarden, providing an introduction to an emerging grunge rock music scene for a welcoming mainstream audience. The film became a cult classic while the soundtrack achieved RIAA double platinum status in the US.


    A romantic comedy capturing the zeitgeist of an era, "Singles" helped define the look, sound, attitude and style of Generation X with a fresh-faced ensemble cast featuring Bridget Fonda, Campbell Scott, Kyra Sedgwick, Matt Dillon, Bill Pullman, Sheila Kelly, Jim True-Frost, James LeGros, Ally Walker, Jeremy Piven, Eric Stoltz, Tim Burton and more.


    Crowe's groundbreaking film chronicling the lives of Seattle's twentysomethings touched a nerve in the culture while the movie's best-selling soundtrack-with tracks from new artists and classic rockers-provided a critical overview of the roots of grunge and the essential contributions of Seattle rock. Alongside new songs like Alice In Chains' "Would?" and Pearl Jam's "Breath" and "State of Love and Trust" stood the Jimi Hendrix Experience's "May This Be Love" and a breathtaking cover of Led Zeppelin's "The Battle of Evermore" performed by The Lovemongers (a musical side project created by Heart's Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson).


    The first edition of the Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was originally released on June 30, 1992 and became a chart-topping best-seller three months prior to the theatrical release of the film. The soundtrack included music from key bands from the Seattle music scene-including Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden-while Paul Westerberg, in his first solo recordings outside The Replacements-contributed two songs and provided the score for the film. Smashing Pumpkins were also featured on the soundtrack with the song "Drown."


    "The album itself was always designed to be sort of an anti-soundtrack, more like a souvenir and a simple mix-tape of some of Seattle's finest," said Cameron Crowe. "It really is and was a tribute to those hard-working bands that welcomed me to their city with open arms, and the music so many still love so much. Anyway, here we are now revisiting 'Singles,' the film, as well as the soundtrack you hold in your hands, expanded with a special tip of the hat to the fans of the original release. Included are unreleased and raw elements that helped shape the experience of making the movie back in 1991. Hope you enjoy the trip back as much as I did - Viva Seattle!"


    25 years ago, the film "Singles" and its soundtrack worked together to bring the underground Seattle music scene to the forefront of mainstream consciousness. The album was among the first top-selling movie soundtracks of the 1990s to showcase new material from emerging contemporary bands. The expanded edition of Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is cause to celebrate anew the radical rock sounds that radiated out of the American Northwest a quarter century ago and changed pop music forever.

    LP 1
    1. Would? - Alice In Chains
    2. Breath - Pearl Jam
    3. Seasons - Chris Cornell
    4. Dyslexic Heart - Paul Westerberg
    5. Battle Of Evermore - The Lovemongers
    6. Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thorns - Mother Love Bone


    LP 2
    1. Birth Ritual - Soundgarden
    2. State of Love And Trust - Pearl Jam
    3. Overblown - Mudhoney
    4. Waiting For Somebody - Paul Westerberg
    5. May This Be Love - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    6. Nearly Lost You - Screaming Trees
    7. Drown - Smashing Pumpkins


    Bonus CD
    1. Touch Me I'm Dick - Citizen Dick (first time on CD)
    2. Nowhere But You - Chris Cornell (Poncier)
    3. Spoon Man - Chris Cornell (Poncier)
    4. Flutter Girl - Chris Cornell (Poncier)
    5. Missing - Chris Cornell (Poncier) (first time on CD)
    6. Would? (live) - Alice In Chains (first time on CD)
    7. It Ain't Like That (live) - Alice In Chains (first time on CD)
    8. Birth Ritual (live) - Soundgarden (first time on CD)
    9. Dyslexic Heart (acoustic) - Paul Westerberg (first time on CD)
    10. Waiting For Somebody (score acoustic) - Paul Westerberg (previously unreleased)
    11. Overblown (demo) - Mudhoney (previously unreleased)
    12. Heart and Lungs - Truly
    13. Six Foot Under - Blood Circus
    14. Singles Blues 1 - Mike McCready (previously unreleased)
    15. Blue Heart - Paul Westerberg (previously unreleased)
    16. Lost In Emily's Words - Paul Westerberg (previously unreleased)
    17. Ferry Boat #3 - Chris Cornell (previously unreleased)
    18. Score Piece #4 - Chris Cornell (previously unreleased)

    Various Artists
    $29.99
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  • Freedom & Surrender Freedom & Surrender Quick View

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    Freedom & Surrender

    Freedom and Surrender

    The circuitous dance between the beginning and the end.


    Something amazing and terrifying happened to me as I entered into my 30s. I realized that I had run far off the course of my scripted plans, my projections for who I'd be, what I'd be doing, and how it would feel at this point. Then, the realization the mapped trail couldn't be recovered. A hound without a hunt, I was captured by unfamiliar woods far from earshot of the original game and players. Untethered by marriage with a scrap pile of maternal designs that never took root, I found myself forced, thank goodness, to let go.


    The pageantry of over-identifying with past experiences and old ideals had ended. In review, I found that life's unfolding had exceeded my most elaborate visions while other hopes had slipped into ruin in the clasp of my determined hands. Meanwhile, a new meekness and curiosity made all of my experiences sacred and overwhelming, something akin to a reverent depression. Desire was quieted in my heart, and I was uneasy in the cool of my newness, wondering what I really wanted to do next.


    When the label suggested that I consider working with Larry Klein, my entire focus shifted with a warm shrug, Why not? He's produced some of my favorite records. Within a few conversations I had found plenty of reasons to trust the voice on the other end of the line. I knew that I was respected for my potential and achievements, and he wasn't new to dealing with strong women. Another shrug, Why not? I had plenty to sing about now, a heart cracked open by disappointment, a will broken by the truth. I was ready for a new project, the kind of baby that I knew how to make.


    It was suggested to me initially that I make a record of covers. It was the very moment my hard head became bent on writing my way out of my valley, no matter how hard or long I'd have to work for it. I'd count my steps and tell stories until I met the ridge line without borrowing anyone else's view. This was not my hour to cover, but to uncover, and hopefully, the reveal would be worth something. I trembled in the wait for my own revelation.


    I scurried around the country (Nashville, New York and LA) to have collaborative conversations with old and new friends. I remembered how to just sit with people and talk, even though I was on a schedule and budget. We all spoke like we were on Grandma's porch, but the work got done. To my delighted surprise, much of this record was written with Larry himself.


    My average day of preproduction with him looked like: A sunrise run and swim at Santa Monica pier, showing up to his studio sandy, salty, and red faced, talking through beautiful rambles with him and David Batteau while high on espresso. Then we'd get snagged by a soulful riff from Larry's acoustic bass guitar as he noodled along (seemingly) aimlessly. Often a story would present a hook and we'd return the next day with responses. This felt like an old and dignified pace of work, but also kind of risky. However, I looked up after a few months of these weeklong neighborly sits and real songs were following us, a train getting longer, each car intact and connected as we rolled on.


    In the evenings I listened to demos of the budding songs on my phone as the sun set over the Pacific. I could see them, unmade movies. The tide of communion would pull back and the shining pieces left could be made into anything. This is when I knew that I had, in these mosaic sessions, stumbled upon a new page of my life.


    I remembered the feeling of being found. One of the most moving songs from it's inception was, Somewhere Down the Mystic. Playing on the simple wonders of my rustic Appalachian life, we imagined a love lost to death and the feeling of it's lasting warmth, a nod to love's reach across life's threshold.


    Months later, on February 20th, I had a near death experience, sliding across 300 yards of ice coated mountain curve. I softened my body and rested my hands in my lap. The heavy car floated silently towards a 75 foot ravine that ended with a wide band of frozen creek. Ok was the only thing I could get out in a sigh. I was stopped by a young bellwood tree that grew out of the bank like a hook. I slowed my breathing and meditated in suspension. About 20 minutes later, a young neighbor pulled the door open, reaching in with a strong arm to guide my climb out. Now when I sing the chorus, I see the gracious hole and the sweet sapling that grows over it. It threw me back, a fish returned to the river with a cut lip.


    The pink bells of the tree can be seen on my homepage, and I want to keep such simple things close from now on. Why not? They were strong enough to save me. In surrender I experience freedom. The gift of an end is a beginning. I greet the sun with the only reason I've ever needed, why not?

    -Lizz Wright

    1. Freedom
    2. The Game
    3. The New Game
    4. Lean In
    5. Right Where You Are
    6. River Man
    7. Somewhere Down The Mystic
    8. Real Life Painting
    9. To Love Somebody
    10. Here And Now
    11. You
    12. Blessed The Brave
    13. Surrender
    Lizz Wright
    $24.99
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  • Statement Series The Statement 2 Cartridge Statement Series The Statement 2 Cartridge Quick View

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    Statement Series The Statement 2 Cartridge

    1 mV Output


    GRADO RE-MAKES THEIR STATEMENT! After years of careful thought and painstaking design Grado is very pleased to offer their upgraded flagship phono cartridge. We are so proud of this cartridge and believe that it has so much to say about Grado technology, that it was named the GRADO STATEMENT. The STATEMENT utilizes reconfigured gold coil wires, a lower mass faster generating system, a boron cantilever and a diamond cut specially for Grado. All this is hand-assembled within a machined, new processed, Australian Jarrah wood housing. The output for the STATEMENT1 measures at 1 mV. The lowest output ever offered by Grado. The low frequency information and its portrayal of bass dynamics are solid, powerful and authoritative. The midrange is rich, complex and highly believable. Its top-end seems to extend forever with speed and remarkable delicacy. Imaging is detailed and precise with a sound stage that wraps its arms around you and draws you into the music. Michael Fremer commented in his Analog Corner, "It is among the finest cartridges I've ever heard at any price", Stereophile 3/99, pg. 41. While Jonathan Valin stated, "I'm going to keep the Statement in my reference system" The Absolute Sound, Issue 118. Anyone who was impressed with our previous top-of-the-line effort, the Grado REFERENCE, will have their eyes opened wide after listening to the GRADO STATEMENT1!


    "I'm having way too much fun listening to my best LPs to worry about the technical stuff. You have to listen to music sometime, and the Grado Statement 1 has transported me to phono Shangri La. If you can scrape together the dough or even if cost is no object, buy the Grado Statement 1 and don't look back. It will redefine your analog experience and is a world beater design. Moving coils move over, there's a new kid in town. The Grado Statement is state of the art and most highly recommended. Way to go Grado!"

    - Positive Feedback / Robert H. Levi


    "The Statement consistently did a fine job of reproducing detail, and it was able to do so during both loud and complex passages."

    - Ultimate Audio / Jack English Vol.4, No.1


     


    Frequency Response: 8-70

    Principal: MI

    Channel Separation at 1KHz: 45

    Input Load: 47K

    Output at 1KHz 5CM/Sec.: 1 mV

    Recommended Tracking Force: 1.5-1.9g

    Inductance: 30mH

    Resistance: 72Ohms

    Compliance CUs:20

    Weight: 10 g



    This product is not eligible for discount.

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  • What A Time To Be Alive What A Time To Be Alive Quick View

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    What A Time To Be Alive

    After the shocking, and for many, demoralizing result of the 2016 election,
    "I didn't buy the silver lining some were promoting that 'well, at least art and music will
    be great now!'," says Superchunk co-founder and frontman Mac McCaughan.
    "Obviously, any sane person would gladly trade four to eight years of terrible music for not
    having our country dismantled to satisfy the whims of a vengeful child and his enablers."


    That said, good music and art still have a lot to say, and the urgency of
    current events gave Mac, Laura, Jim, and Jon the momentum to make
    something new sooner than later. "It would be strange to be in a band, at least our
    band, and make a record that completely ignored the surrounding circumstances that we
    live in and that our kids are going to grow up in." Enter What a Time to Be Alive,
    recorded and mixed by Beau Sorenson. It's a record, says Mac, "about a pretty
    dire and depressing situation but hopefully not a record that is dire and depressing to listen
    to."


    Indeed, like so much of Superchunk's music in the band's nearly three
    decades together, the songs on What a Time to Be Alive meet rage and anxiety
    head-on with the catharsis and exhilaration of loud punk fire and vulnerable
    pop energy. Like 2013's I Hate Music, which focused on death, loss, and the
    role of music in an aging life, the new record brings spirit to the frontlines of
    pain-it's as defiant as it is despairing, as much a call to arms as a throwing up
    of hands.


    The record features more guest backing vocalists than any previous
    Superchunk album, including Sabrina Ellis (A Giant Dog, Sweet Spirit), Katie
    Crutchfield (Waxahatchee), Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields), Skylar
    Gudasz, and David Bazan. "Part of that was wanting a feeling of community," says
    Mac. "I think that's important to not be completely bummed out about everything all the
    time."


    Despite the album's driving force, it would be a mistake to call the album
    political, which suggests it has anything to do with parties, policy, or anything
    that can be broken down into a rational difference of opinion. "We're not trying
    to offer policy solutions in the confines of a three-minute song," says Mac. "It's about 'how
    do you live / not go crazy' in the current climate when it seems like every day there's a new
    outrage being perpetrated."

    1. What a Time to Be Alive
    2. Lost My Brain
    3. Break the Glass
    4. Bad Choices
    5. Dead Photographers
    6. Erasure
    7. I Got Cut
    8. Reagan Youth
    9. Cloud of Hate
    10. All for You
    1. Black Thread
    Superchunk
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    Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense

    Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense: Fela explains the role of the teacher in any society with the concept that: all the things we consider as problems, and all the good things we accept from life as good, begin with what we are taught. The individual teaching begins with when we are children - our mother is our teacher. When we come of school age, our teacher is the school-teacher. At the university, the lecturers and professors are our teachers. After university-when we start to work, government becomes the individual's teacher. When then is government's teacher? 'Culture and Tradition' says Fela. This is the order of things everywhere in the world. However, it is the problem side of teacher and student that interests Fela in this song. Because every country in this world except in Africa, it is the respective culture and tradition of that country that guides the government on how to rule their people. Going for specifics, Fela mentions France, Germany, England, Korea, Japan, Syria, Jordan, Iran, Etc., it is the culture of these countries that shapes and guides their respective government's decisions. The culture and traditions of these countries serve as a teacher to their respective governments. Turing his attention to Africa and her problems. Problems which he had sang about: corruption, inflation, mismanagement, authority stealing, electoral fraud, the latest addition which even makes him laugh is -austerity. Fela says if you ask him why 'austerity makes him laugh? The answer is that it is beyond crying. The government steals money from the country, the same government is introducing austerity measures-forcing the poor people to pay for their own greed and calling it 'austerity measures'. How funny if to say the least. Who taught African 'leaders' to rule the way they do today? 'Na the oyinbo' (meaning in Yoruba language: 'it is them white folks') referring to ex-colonial ruler of each country. Take electoral fraud, which is a true test of our democracy. Many African leaders rig elections with impunity and their respective ex-colonial rulers say nothing against this form of 'democracy'. While the same 'white folks' are quick to claim credit for Africa's 'civilization'-which Fela disputes in this song. Is this democracy? , he asks. Turning to other problems like the ever-growing gap between the rich and the poor. Particularly, since the rich are the rules, and also the people stealing the country into poverty. Is this democracy? Or dem-all-crazy? In conclusion, as an African personality, Fela says he is not in the same league as those who believe in dem-all-crazy, so he calls on the Western powers who claim to be Africa's teachers not to teach him nonsense-Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense.


    Look and Laugh: By 1981 when Fela wrote and started to perform live the song Look And Laugh, he was living a life that could be described as a recluse. Fela, who loved to go out in public places, clubs, etc. Suddenly, was always found sleeping or playing sax at home with women around him, or performing at the Africa Shrine. His old attitude of keeping abreast of events, giving lectures at universities and institutions of higher learning stopped. He rarely gave press conferences or press releases, like he used to do. Finally he wrote the song to explain what was going-on with him. He sang: ' many of you go dey wonder why your man never write new song! wetin I dey do be say I dey look and laugh.' Meaning: many of you must have been wondering why, your man has not written new songs! what I am doing is just look and laugh! Fela went on to explain his contributions and sacrifices for the cause of black emancipation, the countless beatings and arrests from the Nigerian police and army, his trials and tribulations, his ultimate sacrifice being the burning down of Kalakuta by the Nigeria army. But despite his sacrifices and sufferings like millions of other Africans, it was obvious that things were not getting better for the average man on the street. There is still injustice everywhere, no freedom, no happiness. All these made him feel disillusioned and all he could do about the situation is to Look and Laugh.


    Just Like That: This song is a call to arms from Fela to all Africans to rise up and do something about the political, economic, social and cultural retrogression that has plagued Africa since independence. For more than three decades of independence, there is glaring mismanagement of people's lives, corruption in the highest echelon of government-all these carried out with impunity-'Just Like That' he sings. Using the Nigerian experience as an example of the 'lack of maintenance culture', in Africa's present day neo-colonial administrations, he says: 'White man ruled us for many years, we had electricity constantly, our leaders take over! No electricity in town-Just like that!' Fela explains that the attempt to transplant 'Western style democracy' in an African society is the cause of all the problems. Despite calls for African Unity from leaders like Kwame Nkrumah, who said: '..Until all foreign institutions and culture are removed from the African land, that is when the African genius will be born and African personality will find its fulfillment..'. Instead of heeding Nkrumah's call, Nigeria's political founding fathers, like most African leaders at independence, chose the option of fashioning the constitutions of their respective countries after those of the departing colonial 'masters'-Just Like That. The ambiguity of such decisions can be seen in the poor imitation we make of our attempt at 'Western style democracy'. Persistent political gangsterism, military coups, and sometimes wars, are means used to enforce the already compromised constitutions. As another example of enforcing a fragile constitution, Fela stresses the face that in 1966, Nigeria for a civil war to keep the country ONE. General Gowon, the military head of state, divided Nigeria into twelve administrative regions, subsequent administrations divided the regions into more-Just Like That. He adds that if the idea of the civil war was to keep the country ONE, sub-dividing Nigeria into more regions would separate rather than unite the country. Turning to the position of traditional rulers in the mess called government, Fela sings: ' nothing good for town to give the youths good examples, how our traditional ruler they do, them come make youths look-up to Europe and USA, in those places them don lose them common sense, na the number of Nuclear weapons you get, na him give you power pass! Right now! Fight now! Suffer must stop! Just Like That". Therefore, calling on the people to fight now for a better society.

    1. Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense
    2. Look and Laugh
    3. Just Like That
    Fela Kuti
    $19.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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