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Since I Left YouAstralwerks will reissue The Avalanches' landmark debut album, Since I Left You. After being out of print for years, the album will once again be available on standard black vinyl.
Released in Australia in 2000 and in the U.S. and the U.K. in 2001, Since I Left You was awarded a 9.5/10 rating by Pitchfork, which noted, "Since I Left You sounds like nothing else this is an album brimming with spontaneity, joy, sadness, humor, reflection, and general human-ness." Entertainment Weekly pronounced it "exhilarating" and NME hailed the album as a "joyous, kaleidoscopic masterpiece of sun-kissed disco-pop." Since I Left You was named one of 2001's best albums by numerous critics - and its enduring influence was underscored when it placed in the top 10 of Pitchfork's Top 200 Albums of the 2000s.1. Since I Left You
2. Stay Another Season
4. Two Hearts In 3/4 Time
5. Avalanche Rock
6. Flight Tonight
7. Close To You
8. Diners Only
9. A Different Feeling
12. Pablo's Cruise
13. Frontier Psychiatrist
15. Summer Crane
16. Little Journey
17. Live At Dominoes
18. Extra Kings$39.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WildflowerSixteen years after the release of their critically acclaimed debut Since I Left You, The Avalanches return with their second album, Wildflower. Wildflower is like The Beach Boys' Smile re-imagined in the Daisy Age: a mind-bending cartoon road movie that's best viewed with closed eyes and an open mind. Since I Left You - released in Australia in 2000 and in the U.S. and the U.K. in 2001 - perfectly captured the hazy millennial zeitgeist.LP 1
1. The Leaves Were Falling
2. Because I'm Me
3. Frankie Sinatra
5. Going Home
6. If I Was A Folkstar
9. The Noisy Eater
12. Live A Lifetime Love
1. Park Music
2. Livin' Underwater (Is Something Wild)
3. The Wozard Of Iz
4. Over The Turnstiles
6. Light Up
7. Kaleidoscope Lovers
9. Saturday Night Inside Out$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
WoodstockWell, we're two full months into 2017 and the world continues to burn like an avalanche of flaming biohazard material sliding down a mountain of used needles into a canyon full of rat feces. But hey, it's not all bad: Portugal. The Man has a new album coming out called Woodstock.
PTM's last album came out over three years ago-a long gap for a band who've dropped roughly an album a year since 2006. And in true, prolific band fashion, they've spent almost every minute since 2013 working on an album called Gloomin + Doomin. They created a shit-ton of individual songs, but as a whole, none of them hung together in a way that felt right. Then John Gourley, PTM's lead singer, made a trip home to Wasilla, Alaska, (Home of Portugal. The Man's biggest fan, Sarah Palin) and two things happened that completely changed the album's trajectory.
First, John got some parental tough love from his old man, who called John on the proverbial carpet or dogsled or whatever you put people on when you want to yell at them in Alaska. What's taking so long to finish the album? John's dad said. Isn't that what bands do? Write songs and then put them out? Like fathers and unlicensed therapists tend to do, John's dad cut him deep. The whole thing started John thinking about why the band seemed to be stuck on a musical elliptical machine from hell and, more importantly, about how to get off of it.
Second, fate stuck its wiener in John's ear again when he found his dad's ticket stub from the original 1969 Woodstock music festival. It seems like a small thing, but talking to his dad about Woodstock '69 knocked something loose in John's head. He realized that, in the same tradition of bands from that era, Portugal. The Man needed to speak out about the world crumbling around them. With these two ideas converging, the band made a seemingly bat-shit-crazy decision: they took all of the work they had done for the three years prior and they threw it out.
It wasn't easy and there was the constant threat that the band's record label might have them killed, but the totally insane decision paid off. With new, full-on, musical boners, the band went back to the studio-working with John Hill (In The Mountain In The Cloud), Danger Mouse (Evil Friends), Mike D (Everything Cool), and longtime collaborator Casey Bates (The one consistent producer since the first record). In this new-found creative territory, the album that became Woodstock rolled out naturally from there
Remember that mountain of burning needles we were talking about? Good. Because Woodstock is an album (Including the new single Feel It Still) that-with optimism and heart-points at the giant pile and says, Hey, this pile is fucked up! And if you think that pile is fucked up too, you owe it to yourself-hell, to all of us-to get out there and do something about it.1. Number One
2. Easy Tiger
3. Live In The Moment
4. Feel It Still
5. Rich Friends
6. Keep On
7. So Young (feat. Fat Lip)
8. Mr. Lonely
9. Tidal Wave
10. Noise Pollution (feat. Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Zoe Mannville)$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Prince AvalancheThe post-rock grandeur of Explosions in the Sky lends itself well to movies and television, so much so that the Texas foursome are pretty much synonymous with Friday Night Lights. The instrumental unit will further capitalize on their cinematic flair by releasing their original score to Prince Avalanche, the latest film from director David Gordon Green.
Explosions in the Sky teamed with composer/longtime Green collaborator David Wingo (also of Ola Podrida) to write the 15-track score, which will be issued through Temporary Residence Ltd.
- Kyle McGovern1. Fires
2. Theme From Prince Avalanche
3. Dear Madison
4. Passing Time
6. Alone Time
7. Hello, Is This Your House?
8. Can't We Just Listen to the Silence
10. Dear Alvin
11. The Lines on the Road That Lead You Back Home
12. An Old Peasant Like Me
13. Join Me on My Avalanche
14. The Adventures of Alvin and Lance
15. Send Off$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Memory ManWith his breathtaking debut album Memory Man, Big Spiders Back (aka Yair Rubinstein) expands on the dreamy, psychedelic sample-based pop from his Warped EP, and pushes his unique sound into a mind-blowing array of new territory. Incorporating everything from British library music to Indian film soundtracks and field recordings, the album flows gracefully between ambient avalanches of sound and hauntingly ethereal vocals, sitting on top of a lush bed of hip-hop and dubstep-inspired beats. The album borrows themes based around memory from a wide array of classic sci-fi books and comics, ranging from J. G. Ballard to William Gibson.
Recorded in the past year both in his garage studio in Seattle and new adopted hometown of Brooklyn, the record is Rubinsteins first effort completely recorded and mixed on his own, save guest contributions and production work from Seattle friends USF. His cross-country relocation coincides with big refinements in his sound, focusing on drum programming more than previous efforts. The more drum-centric approach presents a new style for Big Spiders Back, providing a solid foundation for his lush array of ecstatic, joyfully sung melodies that are staple for the young producer.
At once melancholic, and other times joyful and ecstatic, Memory Man is a diverse and richly-detailed album that rewards repeated listens, and manages to stay consistent and emotionally resonant and compelling.1. Terminal Seat
2. Dead Channel
3. Secret Chiefs
4. Far Light
6. Brigitte Bombay (feat USF)
7. Black Chow
8. Memory Man
10. Playback Singer$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Atrocity ExhibitionHe is unmatchable in flow, delivery, and voice. Danny Brown has all the tools to be the greatest working rapper. -PITCHFORK
Atrocity Exhibition is one of the freshest and boldest-sounding rap albums in recent memory, a sonic swirl inspired by the work of Talking Heads and Joy Division that nonetheless sounds like nothing else from the past or present. Featuring contributions from producers like Evian Christ, Petite Noir (who also lends vocals to the world-weary clang of "Rolling Stone"), Black Milk, the Alchemist and frequent collaborator Paul White, the album is full of laser-beam guitars, gym-teacher whistles, creaking vocal samples, and air-raid drones. It is the most intriguing take on hallucinatory rap since the heady heights of Cold Vein or Madvillainy.
Known for his wide range of collaborations, including everyone from Purity Ring, the Avalanches and Rustie to Schoolboy Q, E-40, and Ghostface Killah, Atrocity Exhibition sees a continuation of this carefully curated mix. Kelela lends her snaking vocals to the intriguingly murky "From the Ground," Cypress Hill's B-Real delivers "Get Hi"'s languid hook, and Earl Sweatshirt, Kendrick Lamar, and Ab-Soul all convene for the twinkling ominousness of album standout "Really Doe." "When XXX came out, all of us were peers, and those were the three rappers who were the best," Brown explains on having the star-packed trio appear on the track. "I felt like we were competitors, they made me want to step my game up. I wanted to put the hottest rappers in the game on there."
This album is a highly personal take on Brown's ruminations on life and the changes that have occurred -and those that didn't - following the ups and downs of career success. Atrocity Exhibition makes for a thrilling third installment in the Danny Brown biopic, one not to be missed.1. Downward Spiral
2. Tell Me What I Don't Know
3. Rolling Stone (featuring Petite Noir)
4. Really Doe (featuring Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul & Earl Sweatshirt)
6. Ain't It Funny
8. White Lines
10. Dance In The Water
11. From The Ground (featuring Kelela)
12. When It Rain
14. Get Hi (featuring B-Real)
15. Hell For It$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
REDD-ISU-2020xI Am The Avalanche
WolverinesWolverines, the new full-length from I Am the Avalanche was produced and engineered by the band's drummer Brett, The Ratt Romnes at The Barber Shop Studios in lake Hopatcong, NJ and mixed by Will Yip. Encompassing ten songs full of heart, ferocity, relentless passion and, of course, struggle, Wolverines follows the band's sophomore album, the acclaimed Avalanche United (2011).
To the members of I Am The Avalanche - Vinnie Caruana (vocals), Brandon Swanson (guitar), Brett "The Ratt" Romnes (drums) and John Oliva (bass) - Wolverines is their most anthemic and cohesive full-length album to date and stands as a fitting body of work to the band's natural progression. It's a powerful record through and through, a complete set of songs that each play a specific and vital part on the album. "I think it's our most well thought-out and least rushed record," says Caruana. "Times spent at rock bottom and also feelings of personal triumph have shaped what I feel is the perfect record for us as a band and for our supporters as well."1. Two Runaways
3. The Shape I'm In
4. Young Kerouacs
6. Anna Lee
7. Save Your Name
8. Where Were You?
9. My Lion Heart
10. One Last Time$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dim LightAlready championed by the LA scene and the Rough Trade shops in the UK, Olympia, WA's Gun Outfit are an avalanche of intensity and excitement. "Dim Light" is reminiscent of Meat Puppets, X, Dinosaur Jr, and Husker Du.1. Work Experience
2. Troubles Like Mine
3. Guilt And Regret
4. Valley, The
5. In The Dark
7. Cocaine Woman
8. Had Enough$11.9912 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ghosts Go BlindDavid Wingo is a busy man. In the years since the release of his last record as Ola Podrida, he's written and recorded soundtracks for several movies including Take Shelter (winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2011), MUD (starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon), and Prince Avalanche (starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch and co-composed with Explosions In The Sky), both of which are seeing wide release this coming spring/summer.1. Not Ready To Stop
2. Fumbling For The Light
3. Washing Away
4. Blind To The Blues
5. Staying In
6. Ghosts Go Blind
7. Speed Of Light
8. Some Sweet Relief
9. The Notes Remain$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
West Of Memphis: Voices For JusticeThe avalanche of emotions experienced after seeing the highly regarded documentary West Of Memphis quickly leads to perhaps the most primal impulse of all: "Act. Do something. Do anything." It's in this spirit that West of Memphis: Voices For Justice has been created. In every instance, the artists involved have made the decision about which song they felt reected their personal feelings about the case of the West Memphis 3. There's a connection between the music and the man remaining at its center, Damien Echols. This compilation features music from Eddie Vedder, Natalie Maines, Lucinda Williams, Patti Smith and more.LP 1
1. Damien Echols Death Row Letter, Year 9 - Henry Rollins (feat. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis Original Score)
2. Mother - Natalie Maines
3. Joy - Lucinda Williams
4. The Jean Genie - Camp Freddy
5. Little Lion Man - Tonto's Giant Nuts (feat. Johnny Depp and Bruce Witkin)
6. You're So Vain - Marilyn Manson
7. Dumpster World (Live) - Band Of Horses
1. DFW - Citizen Cope
2. Satellite - Eddie Vedder
3. Anything Made Of Paper - Bill Carter
4. House Of Pain - The White Buffalo
5. Ring Them Bells - Bob Dylan
6. Score Suite - Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
7. Damien Echols Death Row Letter - Tonto's Giant Nuts (feat. Johnny Depp, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis Score)
8. Wing (Live) - Patti Smith$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Blue NotebooksOpening with a text from Franz Kafka, read by Tilda Swinton, over a sparse piano melody, the album moves through the heart-wrenching 'On The Nature Of Daylight' through to sparse but lyrical piano pieces, hazy swirling atmospherics, avalanche pulse-beats and partially occluded melodies. Other sounds were generated via old guitar pedals and vocoders. The organ music was made for a chapel near Tourtres in South-West France, whilst the environmental sounds are mainly recorded around London.
Peppered across Richter's music like diary entries (and backed with attendant typewriter clatter) are a number of literary texts or 'shadow journals' (from Kafka and Czseslaw Milosz's 'Hymn Of The Pearl'). Chosen by Max on instinct, these brief passages muse over time, memory, and the impermanent nature of things.1. The Blue Notebooks
2. On the Nature of Daylight
3. Horizon Variations
4. Shadow Journal
6. Vladmir's Blues
8. Old Song
10. The Trees
11. Written on the Sky$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Crooked VoicesDown and dirty, blue collar, DIY mathcore. In a similar fashion to Breather Resist or Deadguy, Syracuse, NY's Engineer have garnered a reputation of being a no-frills, bring the house down around you, wall of noise that will play the floor of whatever venue is brave enough to host their beast-like live performances.
Engineer boast a maturity and intelligence in their sound that appeal to the Neanderthal hardcore music lover and clever vinyl collector alike. Their newest record, Crooked Voices, maintains a dreary, dismal vibe while being their most dynamic, versatile and listenable effort to date.
Flowing from start to finish with its share of battering ram choppy parts and dramatic flares of ambience, the album rocks you with swelling atmospheric bits that set you up for a musical avalanche that comes with their next thundering rock explosion.
Produced by Jocko (Ed Gein, Unholy), Engineer incorporates some subtle vocal harmonies and piano, violin, pedal steel and a bowed 1/4 bass in select songs here to lend to the mood and ultimately created their best and most diverse record to date.No Listing Available.$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Cut Yourself FreeOn the heels of last years critically acclaimed debut LP, Under the Pale Moon, and Earth Has Doors EP comes the sophomore full length from Wymond Miles, guitarist of San Francisco garage-pop titans The Fresh & Onlys.
Cut Yourself Free assembles another convergence of moon-lit romantic swagger and post-punk massacred
urgency. Again self recorded and produced to tape, Miles' song-craft has emerged more refined and poignant, benefitting from the avalanche of his frenzied live shows, but also adhering to a more minimalistic fashion with crooning mid-era Nick Cave or Bowie/Roxy Music strains of pop-modernism. But what stands at the forefront is Miles' command of his textural guitar and vintage-synth sprawl
that on his choosing can open dream-like vistas, or pierce with an engine's snarl.
Turning to the narrative, Miles weaves each song with its own vignette of story line, often with a vaguely obscured protagonist/antagonist dialog. Relationships in Miles' sketches are always tangled, if not licentious affairs, but are presented more
as lustrous gateways to mend and revitalize rather than squalor in.1. The Ascension
2. Passion Plays
3. Night Drives
4. White Nights
5. Bronze Patina
6. Vacant Eyes
7. Anniversary Song
8. Why Are You Afraid?
9. Love Will Rise$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
"From the rst few seconds of 'Bagboy' it's clear that the band's
vitality is fully intact" -NPR
2014 will be the year that PIXIES indelibly stamp their musical footprint
on rock history. The Alternative Rock legends are releasing their
first studio album since 1991's 'Trompe Le Monde'. Needless to say, with
two million catalogue album sales to their credit, and the recent press
announcement for the new record creating huge waves of anticipation, a
lot of people are very, very excited.
Since the band reformed to play live shows in 2004, their legacy has
grown stronger and deeper with each passing year. They've sold out
shows and festivals around the globe, attracted a whole new generation
of young converts, energized their supporters at press and radio, and
delighted a ravenous fan-base drunk on their classic catalogue but
hungry for new music.
'Indie Cindy' arrives in the wake of three highly acclaimed EPs, a massively successful US tour, multiple
radio sessions and an avalanche of press acclaim. It's the sound of a
band firing on all cylinders, eager to pick up where they left off and they
do not disappoint. Featuring the classic Pixies recipe of softer/louder
dynamics, surf twang and rock crunch, Black Francis' darkly comical
lyrics, and an array of instant classics like the singles 'Bagboy', 'Blue
Eyed Hexe' and 'Greens and Blues', these 12 tracks are destined to win
over die-hard fans and newcomers alike.
The band will continue to tour throughout the year, playing festival dates
and major market arenas, gaining even more new fans along the way,
and setting the scene for one of their best-selling and most revered
albums to date.1. What Goes Boom
2. Greens And Blues
3. Indie Cindy
5. Magdalena 318
6. Silver Snail
7. Blue Eyed Hexe
8. Ring The Bell
9. Another Toe In The Ocean
10. Andro Queen
12. Jaime Bravo$26.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Hey DaydreamerAustralian songwriter Sally Seltmann has announced her new album, Hey Daydreamer, will arrive in North America in 2014. This will be Seltmann's fourth full-length album; second to bear her name, after 2010's Heart That's Pounding, and two under the name New Buffalo. The album was recorded and produced in Seltmann's home attic studio with her husband Darren Seltmann (The Avalanches), and features a number of guest musicians including Bree van Reyk on percussion, Michel Rose on pedal steel, and many more. Sally recorded piano parts on her lounge room piano and contributed synth, organ, guitar, bass & percussion to the recordings.1. Hey Daydreamer
3. The Small Hotel
4. Needle In The Hay
5. Dear Mr. Heartless
6. I Will Not Wear Your Wedding Ring
7. Right Back Where I Started From
8. Catch Of The Day
9. Seed Of Doubt
10. Holly Drive
11. States and Spaces$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ACSO-APO-2201xFritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Moussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures At An ExhibitionRCA Living Stereo Classical LPs - The Gold Standard For Top Quality Orchestral Performance And Sound!
Remastered And Cut At 33 1/3 RPM By Ryan Smith At Sterling Sound
Lacquers Plated By Gary Salstrom And Pressed On 200-Gram Vinyl At Quality Record Pressings!
Grade: A+. Once again, as good as I've heard this record sound. Gorgeous strings, superb bass, avalanche dynamics with that same tape-like ease, sensational inner detail. The authority of the CSO is really something on fortissimo tuttis, of which there are many in Pictures. - Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound.com, June 11, 2013
Another sonic and musical blockbuster from the unbeatable combo of Reiner and RCA (and Mohr & Layton). Recorded in 1957 at Chicago's Orchestra Hall; the original analog session tapes were used in mastering for LPs and SACDS. Mussorgsky's inspiration for Pictures was the death of his dear friend, the architect and visual artist Victor Hartman. Having died at age 39, Hartman had not yet had the opportunity to realize any of his architectural visions, and Mussorgsky was angered that his friend would have no legacy. The Architects' Society arranged an exhibition of some of Hartman's sketches - some of architecture, others of characters or scenes from everyday life. The tribute was enough to give Mussorgsky ideas for his composition, but not enough to give Hartman any lasting place in history. Today, of all of the sketches that were captured in music, only six can be positively identified.
The piece is known today primarily through the orchestral version created by Maurice Ravel in 1922. In fact, the work had already been orchestrated multiple times, by a variety of lesser names. Some conductors today find that Ravel's version, in spite of its color, sacrifices some of the coarse nature inherent in Mussorgsky's piano original. Furthermore, Ravel worked from Rimsky-Korsakov's edited version of the piano part - the only one available at the time - which changed some notes and rhythms.
None of the orchestrations, however, change the fundamental spirit of the piece. Mussorgsky imagines himself making his way down the hallway that showcased his late friend's work, with his stately procession represented by the Promenade that opens the piece and returns several times. Upon stopping at each image, he reflects on what he sees. Between the early movements, the promenade returns regularly, as Mussorgsky is conscious of moving from one scene to the next. As the work progresses, however, he becomes less aware of the interval between pictures, and more immersed in the continuous psychological experience of moving from one state of mind to the next. By the end, the composer sees himself transformed by the connection with Hartman through his visual expressions of Russian pride and humanity.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Promenade
3. Il Vecchio Castella
8. Ballet Of The Chicks In Their Shells
9. Samuel Goldenburg and Schmuyle
10. The Market Place At Limoges
11. Catacombae, Sepulchrum Romanum
12. Con Mortuis In Lingue Mortua
13. The Hut On Fowl's Legs
14. The Great Gate Of Kiev$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tubby's New Groove (Pure Pleasure)
Over the past decade there has been a small avalanche of previously unreleased live recordings by the late, great Tubby Hayes, arguably the UKs most accomplished post-war jazz instrumentalist and a figure already accorded - quite rightly - legendary status. Each has added much to our knowledge of Tubby's musical activities outside the recording studio, but this new release unearths a session which had lain forgotten since 1959 and which significantly is an addendum to what has long been seen as Tubby's first album masterpiece Tubby's Groove. Indeed the music contained on this LP is among the most significant pieces of British jazz history to have been discovered in a long, long time.
This new LP is every bit the equal of the original album and, as previously stated, in parts the music even outstrips its predecessor. Regardless of provenance these rediscovered recordings are, in this writer's opinion, some of the most important of Tubby Hayes career and will doubtless only add to our appreciation and admiration of a player who was truly deserving of the status of world-class. Over fifty years on, Tubby's immense musicianship, talent and creative charisma can still stun new listeners and this new album is the perfect introduction to a performer in whom we can still be proud.
- Tubby Hayes (tenor saxophone)
- Terry Shannon (piano)
- Jeff Clyne (bass)
- Phil Seaman (drums)
Recording: December 1959 at DECCA Studios, London
About Pure Pleasure
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Tin Tin Deo
3. Supper At Phil's
5. Hook's Way
6. The Trolley Song$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Visions Of Us On The Land"Damien Jurado is every character in every Damien Jurado song. He is the gun, the purple anteater, the
paper wings, the avalanche, the air show disaster, Ohio, the ghost of his best friend's wife."
- Father John Misty
Providing the ideal entry point for neophytes and an intoxicating aural high for the faithful, Damien
Jurado's new opus extends the hot streak ignited by 2012's Maraqopa and its 2014 follow-up Brothers and
Sisters of the Eternal Son. Cut once again with label-mate and super producer Richard Swift at the latter's
National Freedom recording facility in rural Oregon, Visions of Us On The Land completes the tale of an
individual who has had to disappear from society in order to discover some universal truths.1. Amateur Night
4. Texas To Ohio
6. I Can't Get Over You
7. Intoxicated Hands
10. Bad Dreams
11. Abilene (demo)
12. I Can't Get Over You (demo)
13. The Killer (demo)
14. Amateur Night (demo)
15. Omaha (demo)
16. Smith 1972 (Just In Time For Something EP)
17. Motion Sickness (Just In Time For
18. Night Out For The Downer (Just In
Time For Something EP)
19. Prices (Just In Time For Something
20. Engine Fire (Just In Time For
Something EP)$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
True RomanceOver the past few years, Charli has released a series of singles and mixtapes, toured the globe supporting the likes of Coldplay, Santigold, Sleigh Bells and Justice and garnered champions from practically every tastemaker blog and magazine on both sides of the Atlantic. She's had 2.5 million views on YouTube, 470k views of new video for 'You (Ha Ha Ha)' (in one month) and over 630k total plays on Soundcloud. It's hard to believe someone so young could achieve so much. Through it all her main focus has always been on making the best possible album she could. This was made possible by working with some fantastic collaborators who helped hone her vision for a dark, emotional pop record including Ariel Rechtshaid (Usher, Major Lazer, Solange), Patrik Berger (Lana del Rey, Robyn) as well as hotly tipped blog favourites Blood Diamonds and J£zus Millions.
As well as being an artist in her own right, Charli has written and featured on one of the biggest global breakthrough hits of 2012 for Icona Pop. I Love It created an absolute frenzy stateside, having blown up all over the world.
True Romance shares its title with an unbelievably well-cast 1993 movie written by Quentin Tarantino, who was reassembling cultural detritus way before mash-ups and microblogging. Charli XCX's approach to pop is similarly postmodern (how 90s does that sound?), pulling from moody 80s synth-pop, sassy turn-of-the-millennium girl groups, and state-of-the-art contemporary producers to create something distinctive and immediately memorable. She clearly understands the internet, having shared two original mixtapes and two influences mixtapes before her official full-length, but this carefully pruned set is no data dump. And there you'll see a glimmer of True Romance's most throwback aspect: its evident pop ambition, an overriding sense of an imagined mass audience for music that's radio-ready yet outsider-friendly. It's almost like Napster-- and the filler-crammed album sales model that preceded it-- never happened.
In fact, by the time Charli XCX was a teenage electro-house devotee, illegal file-sharing's early free-for-all had already given way to iTunes and other legal download services. Robyn had already released her self-titled comeback album. So it might be only natural that Charli XCX would keep the pre-bubble faith that people will pay for emotionally direct, bubblegum-catchy, yet stubbornly left-of-center songs about falling in and out of love. But the generous hooks on the previously released singles here, such as the gospel-kissed prechorus of the yearning Stay Away or the Santigold-savvy lilt of love-and-the-bomb brooder Nuclear Seasons, are extraordinarily welcome just the same. Even better are newer singles such as the gorgeously bitter You (Ha Ha Ha), which inhabits its cloud-rappy Gold Panda sample like they were made for each other, and the almost-as-gorgeously blissful What I Like, which recounts a still-young relationship with the cheeky frankness of Lily Allen or the Streets, and the sing-songy near-rapping of the Spice Girls.
The several songs on True Romance that hadn't previously surfaced in videos or other releases aren't quite as strong, but they're effective enough to suggest Charli XCX's best work might still be ahead of her. The Todd Rundgren-sampling So Far Away, with the sun-dappled lushness of the Avalanches, is a clear highlight; Charli XCX's vocals are usually plain-spoken, but the anguished break-up plea Set Me Free proves she can reach for Jessie Ware-like dramatics when appropriate. The pitch-shifting no one is forever intro added at the start of opener Nuclear Seasons probably should've been given its own track-- and later on the album it is, when the same backing vocal forms the base of the cloudy, broken-hearted Grins. Elsewhere, the haunted confession How Can I, while solid enough, is a reminder that Charli XCX's lyrics so far tend to fall relatively flat; when, on swooning finale Lock You Up, she sings, It hits me like a ton of bricks, she leaves the clichÉ untweaked.
And then there's Cloud Aura, a lovelorn, engagingly laid-back bit of groove that lets Grimes' Genesis video co-star Brooke Candy rap horribly about Chris Brown. Candy's guest verse previously appeared on 2012's uneven Super Ultra mixtape, and it was near-universally panned. It isn't any better now. But in an era when too many up-and-comers are all too eager to please, this stubborn refusal to back down displays another quality in short supply: genuine irreverence. The songwriting and production credits on True Romance include Usher's Climax co-conspirator Ariel Rechtshaid and I Love It collaborator Patrick Berger, among others, who also share some credit (and blame). But like 90s pop stars turned 10s pop sophisticates Justin Timberlake and BeyoncÉ, Charli XCX stamps her personality across the entire project, and True Romance suggests she'll be worth following for a while.
- Marc Hogan, Pitchfork1. Nuclear Seasons
2. You (Ha Ha Ha)
3. Take My Hand
4. Stay Away
5. Set Me Free (Feel My Pain)
7. So Far Away
8. Cloud Aura
9. What I Like
10. Black Roses
11. You're the One
12. How Can I
13. Lock You Up$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Songs Of Love And HateMeticulously Remastered
Sourced From The Original Columbia Records Stereo Masters In Order To Preserve The Sound Of The Original Albums
With 1971's Songs of Love and Hate, Cohen delivered one of his most emotionally intense sets, with such memorable numbers as Avalanche, Famous Blue Raincoat and Joan of Arc ranking with his greatest compositions.
By the time Leonard Cohen began his recording career in 1967, the iconoclastic Canadian troubadour was already well established as a poet and author. He quickly emerged as one of the eras most original and influential singer-songwriters, building a large and legendary body of work that continues to inspire artists and listeners alike.
Much of Cohen's reputation and mystique was established by his early work for Columbia Records, particularly the five albums he recorded between 1967 and 1974. Now, these five classic albums, unavailable on vinyl for two decades, have been lovingly restored to their original LP format.
For their new Sundazed editions, all five albums have been meticulously remastered and have been sourced from the original Columbia Records stereo masters in order to preserve the sound of the original albums. In keeping with the exacting standards for which Sundazed has become known, each album will be pressed on high-definition vinyl, with complete original cover art.1. Avalanche
2. Last Year's Man
3. Dress Rehearsal Rag
4. Diamonds in the Mine
5. Love Calls You by Your Name
6. Famous Blue Raincoat
7. Sing Another Song, Boys
8. Joan of Arc$28.99Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
The White Album (Remix Project)Hillsong UNITED: the white album [remix project] is a collection of well-known songs previously released from UNITED but remixed by various mix
engineers and musicians. The project includes "With Everything", "Search My Heart", "From The Inside Out", "Like An Avalanche" amongst others.
Completely remixed, these innovative expressions bring to light a new creative approach to songs that are already well loved.
Coming off the most successful album of their career, UNITED are more committed than ever to creating a musical expression that is almost
uncomfortable in its uniqueness. Continuing to create, experiment with and expand on those musical expressions is at the heart of the white album [remix
Beginning with a track list of their most popular worship songs, this eclectic group of mix engineers and musicians brings these songs into today's musical
soundscape and in some cases push them into tomorrow. Always pushing boundaries sonically, these remixes sound as groundbreaking and current as
anything on Zion while staying bound by the common goal of giving voice to a generation who is passionate about God.1. With Everything (Tim Yagolnikov Remix)
2. Scandal of Grace (Chad Howat Remix)
3. Like An Avalanche (Eric Owyoung Remix)
4. Aftermath (Chislett / Tennikoff Remix)
5. a : ft?r?ma : ? (Stacy King Remix)
6. Hosanna (Tim Yagolnikov Remix)
7. All I Need Is You / Came To My Rescue (Lark Remix)
8. From The Inside Out (Black Rodeo Remix)
9. Search My Heart (Solomon Olds Remix)
10. The Stand (Jeremy Edwardson Remix)
11. Oceans (Lark Remix)
12. Love Is War (Darren King Remix)
13. Where Feet May Fail (HXLY KXSS Remix)
14. Relentless (Young & Free Remix)$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Thank YouAlcoa's Thank You EP has its roots set in setbacks. Defeater frontman and Alcoa mastermind Derek Archambault was informed by medical professionals earlier this year that he was in desperate need of a hip replacement. It sadly put any touring plans Defeater had to a grinding halt as Archambault continued to deal with pain and immobility in his hip and left leg. He humbly turned to his bands' fans for help and managed a successful fundraising project on PledgeMusic.com, offering a number of rewards in return. One of those rewards was a brand new, five-song acoustic covers EP from Alcoa appropriately titled Thank You, pressed on a limited number of CDs and available exclusively to his PledgeMusic donors.
Now Bridge Nine is proud to announce that the Thank You EP will be available from the label on 12 vinyl. Thank You features covers of songs by some of the best in contemporary punk and hardcore (and coincidentally, friends of Archambault): I Am the Avalanche, Blacklisted, Make Do and Mend, and Elder Brother, and also includes a new version of Defeater fan favorite I Don't Mind, originally off 2011's Empty Days & Sleepless Nights. Depending on the variant, the one-sided record will also feature a screen printed or etched B-side.1. Shambles [originally by Make Do and Mend]
2. Young Kerouacs [originally by I Am the Avalanche]
3. Stations [originally by Blacklisted]
4. Who's Gonna Carry You Home? [originally by Elder Brother]
5. I Don't Mind [originally by Defeater]$15.99Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-MUT-2422xNick Cave And The Bad Seeds
From Her To EternityNick Cave launched his solo career in style with From Her to Eternity, an accomplished album mixing the frenzy and power of his Birthday Party days with a dank, moody atmosphere that showed he was not interested in simply continuing what the older group had done. To be sure, Mick Harvey joined him from the Party days, as ever playing a variety of instruments, while one-time Party guest Blixa Bargeld now became a permanent Cave partner, splitting his time between the Bad Seeds and Einsturzende Neubaten ever since. The group took wing with a harrowing version of Leonard Cohen's Avalanche, Cave's wracked, buried tones suiting the Canadian legend's words perfectly, and never looked back. From Her to Eternity is crammed with any number of doom-laden songs, with Cave the understandable center of attention, his commanding vocals turning the blues and rural music into theatrical exhibitionism unmatched since Jim Morrison stalked stages. Songs like Cabin Fever, with its steadily paced drumming and relentless piano line, and the more restrained and moody The Moon Is in the Gutter sound like cabarets in hell. In the Ghetto, already perfectly suited to such a treatment, shows the underlying sense of beauty that defines the Seeds as much as drama. Even though it's a Presley cover, the sense of Scott Walker's influence isn't far away at all. The title track is and remains a Bad Seeds classic, played at shows up through the present, a tense piano/organ beginning then accompanied by the edgy build of the band, pounding drums, stabbing feedback and keyboard parts and more.
- Ned Raggett (All Music)1. Avalanche
2. Cabin Fever!
3. Well Of Misery
4. From Her To Eternity
5. Saint Huck
6. Wings Off Flies
7. A Box For Black Paul$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Floodland Era CollectionOne of England's leading goth bands of the 1980s, the Sisters of Mercy play a slow, gloomy, ponderous hybrid of metal and psychedelia, often incorporating dance beats; the one constant in the band's career has been deep-voiced singer Andrew Eldritch. (There is some disagreement as to whether the group took its name from an order of Catholic nuns or from the Leonard Cohen song of the same name.) Eldritch originally formed the band in 1980 with guitarist Gary Marx and recorded its first single with a drum machine dubbed Doktor Avalanche. Guitarist Ben Gunn and bassist Craig Adams were added to make live gigs feasible, and the Sisters built a reputation through several singles and EPs. Gunn left the band in 1983 and was replaced by Wayne Hussey. the Sisters of Mercy recorded their first full-length album, First and Last and Always, in 1985, but two years later, internal dissent had split them apart; Marx left to form Ghost Dance, and Adams and Hussey departed shortly thereafter.
A legal dispute ensued over the rights to the name Sisters of Mercy; Adams and Hussey attempted to use the name Sisterhood, but Eldritch released an EP under the name to prevent its usage, and the two finally settled on the Mission. Eldritch chiefly utilized a corps of temporary sidemen from this point on (although former Gun Club bassist Patricia Morrison was an official member of the group for a short time) and rebounded with his two biggest-selling American LPs, Floodland and Vision Thing. Despite ceasing studio recordings, Eldritch kept the band active as a performing entity through the first decade of the 2000s and beyond.LP 1
1. Dominion/Mother Russia
2. Flood I
3. Lucretia My Reflection
5. This Corrosion
6. Flood II
7. Driven Like The Snow
8. Never Land (A Fragment)
1. This Corrosion
1. Lucretia My Reflection
1. Long Train (1984)$74.99Vinyl LP Box Set - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now