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Being ThereIncludes Full Length CD
LP Cut from Original Masters and Pressed at Pallas in Germany!
Outtasite! Stunning 1996 Double Album Has Been Long Out-of-Print with Originals Fetching Hundreds of Dollars on eBay! Do Not Miss Out This Time!
Also Available: 180-gram LP Versions of Wilco's A.M. and Summerteeth CUT FROM ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES and Pressed at Pallas! Unbelievable Sound!
Motivated by leader Jeff Tweedys desire to improve on his bands debut A.M. and informed by numerous life circumstancesthe birth of his first child, a recent marriage, a new mortgage, and a decision to quit smoking potBeing There begins a cycle of creativity and ambition in Wilcos career that has yet to let up. Far more mature and advanced than anything Tweedy and Co. had done before, the eclectic double album finds the group moving beyond straightforward country-rock and embracing a gambit of styles that encompass power-pop, romantic balladry, barroom-brawling rock, and immersive psychedelia. A journey that is ultimately about finding solace in rock n roll, Being There is a seminal record in every sense. The album has only bettered with the passage of time.
Jay Bennett, a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who joined the band before the recording sessions, is also largely responsible for the artistic growth. His keen pop sensibilities and keyboard playing expand Wilcos core rootsy sound, while Tweedy pushes himself as a songwriter. Introspective, surreal, and personal, tunes such as the explosive Misunderstood and meditative Hotel Arizona signal the arrival of a singular talent coming to terms with his own anxiety, restlessness, and dreams. And the band is up to the challenge. In addition to blending myriad sounds, Wilco gets more comfortable with the studio and adorns several arrangements with horns, strings, and hand claps.
To preserve the musics spontaneous feel and accentuate the dynamic contrasts, Wilco practiced, rehearsed, and recorded one song a day. Nothing is overthought or overly polished. The production reflects these decisions. Sonics are warm, organic, loose, and noticeably real. Its no wonder that Tweedy successfully convinced Reprise to release Being There as a double album and sell it for the price of a single disc. To help make it happen, he personally volunteered to take a decreased royalty rate in exchange for the unconventional pricing and resultant revenue losses. Tweedys gamble paid off. And how.
Now, hear this absorbing double album in the highest-possible fidelity for the first time ever! Mastered from the original tapes and pressed at Germanys legendary Pallas facilities, this 180-gram 2-LP version of Being Here is guaranteed to beat every other available version. (Plus, it comes with a CD of the complete album: You can't lose.) But dont delay! Wilcos Reprise LPs have been fetching hundreds of dollars on EBay for years. Get yours from Music Direct today!
Wilco have not made your standard rock & roll road album. Tweedy's songs use the one-nighter clichÉs of Grand Funk Railroad's We're an American Band as a means of exploring deeper issues, particularly faith and commitment and how those qualities are tested by geographical and emotional distances. Being There is an album of parallel journeys that frequently overlap, a tour of the heart that becomes a search for renewal. -Greg Kot, Rolling Stone, October 19961. Misunderstood
2. Far, Far Away
4. Outtasite (Outta Mind)
5. Forget The Flowers
6. Red-Eyed And Blue
7. I Got You (At The End Of The Century)
8. What's The World Got In Store (LP Version)
9. Hotel Arizona
10. Say You Miss Me
11. Sunken Treasure
12. Someday Soon
13. Outta Mind (Outta Sight)
14. Someone Else's Song
16. (Was I) In Your Dreams
17. Why Would You Wanna Live
18. The Lonely 1
19. Dreamer In My Dreams$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Being There (Deluxe Edition)Being There Deluxe Edition includes the original album, 15 previously unissued demos, outtakes & never before heard songs, KCRW 11/13/96 session and liner notes by Steve Hyden. This 4xLP 180g black vinyl is limited edition of 15,000.LP 1
2. Far, Far Away
4. Outtasite (Outta Mind)
5. Forget The Flower
6. Red-Eyed And Blue
7. I Got You (At The End Of The Century)
8. What's The World Got In Store
9. Hotel Arizona
10. Say You Miss Me
1. Sunken Treasure
2. Someday Soon
3. Outta Mind (Outta Sight)
4. Someone Else's Song
6. (Was I) In Your Dreams
7. Why Would You Wanna Live
8. The Lonely 1
9. Dreamer In My Dreams
LP 3 - Outtakes/Alternates/Demos
1. Late Blooming Son
2. I've Got You (Dobro Mix Warzone)
3. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind (Alternate)
4. Far, Far Away (Dark Side Of The Room)
5. Dynamite My Soul
6. Losing Interest
7. Why Would You Wanna Live (Alternate)
8. Sun's A Star
9. Capitol City
10. Better When I'm Gone
11. Dreamer In My Dreams (Alternate Rough Take)
1. Say You Miss Me (Alternate)
2. I Got You (Alternate)
3. Monday (Party Horn Version)
4. I Can't Keep From Talking
Live On KCRW 11/13/96
5. Sunken Treasure
6. Red-Eyed And Blue
7. Far, Far Away
8. Will You Love Me Tomorrow$79.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Being ThereThis is the first full length release from Clear Plastic Masks at Serpents & Snakes Records. Recorded by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Natural Child) at
Bomb Shelter Studios in Nashville, TN. Clear Plastic Masks have channeled their blue-collar roots into the band's work ethic, constantly writing, recording,
touring, and earning new fans in each city they visit, winning them over through soul-shaking, sweat-soaked live shows and pure charm. Though their
sound isn't easily defined, the allure is the sincerity of a working class band that is honest, genuine, and transparent. Give their record a few spins and
what initially appears on the surface quickly gives way to a deep well of both musical influence and songwriting straight from-the-gut. This is the sound of
Clear Plastic Masks.1. In Case You Forgot
3. Baby Come On
4. Pegasus In Glue
6. So Real
7. Dos Cobras
8. Hungry Cup
10. When the Nighttime Comes
11. Working Gir$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Let There Be Rock1. Go Down
2. Dog Eat Dog
3. Let There Be Rock
4. Bad Boy Boogie
5. Problem Child
7. Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be
8. Whole Lotta Rosie$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
Let There Be Blood (Awaiting Repress)1. Bonded By Blood
3. And Then There Were None
4. A Lesson In Violence
5. Metal Command
7. No Love
8. Deliver Us To Evil
9. Strike Of The Beast
10. Hell's Breath$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
St. Carolyn By The Sea / Suite From 'There Will Be Blood'Dessner: St. Carolyn By The Sea; Greenwood: Suite From 'There Will Be Blood'
Never before have classical and rock converged in such an organic, compelling and sensual way as they do in the three short orchestral works written by and featuring The National guitarist Bryce Dessner on his new release St. Carolyn by the Sea, performed with the Copenhagen Phil and conducted by Andree de Ridder.
Dessner presents three pieces of modern classical music, written from the perspective of a rock musician who is keenly aware of the raw emotional impact music any music can have on an audience. He draws on elements from Baroque and folk music, late Romanticism and modernism, minimalist music and the blues, among others, as well as referencing the work of such legendary figures as John Fahey, La Monte Young, Bela Bartook, Glenn Branca, Benjamin Britten, Morton Feldman, Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Despite this broad spectrum of influences, his voice remains individual and distinct.
With this album, which also showcases a suite drawn from Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwoods soundtrack for There Will Be Blood, Bryce Dessner and Jonny Greenwood open up a new frontier for symphonic music.BRYCE DESSNER
1. St. Carolyn by the Sea
Suite from "There Will Be Blood"
4. Open Spaces
5. Future Markets
6. HW/Hope of New Fields
7. Henry Plainview
8. Proven Lands
9. Oil$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Christmas: There'll Be Peace In The ValleyJohnny Cash's Christmas: There'll Be Peace In The Valley features 14 Christmas classics, including (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me), featuring The Carter Family.1. Opening Dialogue
2. Christmas Time's A-Comin'
3. The Little Drummer Boy
4. Ringing The Bells For Jim
5. Merry Christmas Mary
6. Matthew 24 (Is Knocking At The Door)
7. Silent Night
8. Jingle Bells - The Johnny Cash Family
9. Blue Christmas
10. The Christmas Spirit
11. Here Was A Man
12. King Of Love
13. The Ballad Of The Harp Weaver
14. (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) - Johnny Cash With The Carter Family$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
i will be my own hell because there is a devil inside my bodyTeen suicide's first & only proper album, 'i will be my own hell because there is a devil inside my body', has been a sought after release for many collectors after it's ultra-limited vinyl release in 2012. Now, Run For Cover Records will be reissuing my own hell, with remastered audio, expanded artwork and 8 never-before-issued bonus tracks. Across the album's 10 songs, the band displays a knack for different sounds and styles. Intimate, keyboard driven tracks like 'cop graveyard' and 'grim reaper' sit beside more energetic full-band outings like 'dead bird skeleton and 'give me back to the sky', the latter even adding an evocative viola, piano and choral arrangement to it's chaotic center.
It's to the band's credit that their more outrÉ moments feel necessary, not distracting. What becomes clear upon listening to 'my own hell' is that beneath the dreamy haze & noisy apathy of teen suicide's recordings exist ernest, extremely well-written pop songs that reflect and express the uncertainty and desperation of reality.1. 'anne'
2. give me back to the sky
3. have you been eating that sandwich again?
4. the way we were with people
5. cop graveyard
6. dan collins vs. the maryland judicial system
7. dead bird skeleton
8. grim reaper
9. the same things happening to me all the time, even in my dreams
11. dead cat
12. spooky ghost
13. no, the moon
14. i am my own hell
15. afterlife dating
16. if i cleaned everything
18. yr glow (acoustic demo)$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-EQU-5418xSaves The Day
Through Being Cool (Awaiting Repress)Hey pups, what's good? Last night we shredded through THROUGH BEING COOL from front to back. Tore right through it like an eagle on a skateboard. SHREDDIN'. You guys have no idea how fired up we are about this tour and music and life.
We've been rediscovering all the vinyl we each own: old classics like Ravel's "Bolero" and modern classics like the Youth Of Today "Disengage" 7-inch. Perhaps as part of that we were inspired to press a 7-inch single of "The Tide Of Our Times" along a with a song recorded during the same self-titled sessions for a b-side. Both shredders. Emotional, hardcore. We'll have this out on tour.
Don't sit down yet. You may want to curl your toes over the edge of that surfboard now. Every toe now - hang ten. We repressed THROUGH BEING COOL on 180g vinyl. Did we mention that [this is] remastered* and repressed on 180g vinyl? That's heavy stuff, this is vinyl your kids or nephews can jam out to in 15 years. Tell them you were there.
*remastered, not remixed. The sound of plugging in the Les Paul is just the beginning of hearing it as if you're INSIDE the guitars.
FOREVER SHREDDIN' ALWAYS AND FOREVER RIGHT BY YOUR SIDE
- Arun, Chris, Rodrigo, and Dennis // Saves The Day1. All-Star Me
2. You Vandal
3. Shoulder To The Wheel
4. Rocks Tonic Juice Magic
5. Holly Hox, Forget Me Nots
6. Third Engine
7. My Sweet Fracture
8. The Vast Spoils Of America (From The Badlands Through The Ocean)
9. The Last Lie I Told
10. Do You Know What I Love The Most?
11. Through Being Cool
12. Banned From The Back Porch$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Be Slowly2013 saw the barely legal four piece distinguish themselves as one of the hardest working bands in the biz, releasing a steady stream of hook-laden, increasingly impressive and artful singles that have been featured in the unlikely cross section from Made In Chelsea to Match Of The Day, touring across the UK several times, and playing country-wide sold out shows to devoted audiences who sing back the lyrics to by now familiar favourites. The closing chapter to the year saw the band enter the studio with producer Dreamtrak [Foals, Swim Deep, Hot Chip] to record their debut album Be Slowly. Lead vocalist, and song writer, Connor Schofield said about the record: It's called Be Slowly because it just has a nice ring to it - even though it makes no grammatical sense what-so-ever. It basically means take a breather, theres no rush. I think a lot of people, especially myself build stuff up and start to panic. Its just a bit of a reminder that there is actually time to take it easy, and to do things step by step.1. Time
6. Be Slowly
7. Think Too Much, Feel Too Little
9. Sunset State
10. Surround You
11. NYE$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-JAG-5517xSharon Van Etten
Are We ThereFor all the attention that was paid to her 2012 break-through Tramp, Sharon Van Etten is an
artist with a hunger to turn another corner and to delve deeper,writing from a place of honesty
and vulnerability to create a bond with the listener that few contemporary musicians can match.
Compelled by a restless spirit, Van Etten is continuously challenging herself. Now, the result is
Are We There, a self-produced album of exceptional intimacy,sublime generosity, and immense
Most musicians are quite happy to leave the production end of things to someone else. It's
enough to live your music without taking on the role of producer as well. Yet Van Etten knew it
was time to make a record entirely on her terms. The saying goes "fortune favors the bold" and
yet this boldness had to be tempered. For this,Van Etten found a kindred spirit in veteran music
producer Stewart Lerman. Originally working together on Boardwalk Empire,they gently moved
into new roles,rallying around the idea of making a record together in Lerman's studio in New
Jersey. Lerman's studio expertise gave Van Etten the freedom to make Are We There the way she
imagined.Van Etten also enlisted the individual talents of her band, consisting of Heather Woods
Broderick, Doug Keith and Zeke Hutchins, and brought in friends Dave Hartley and Adam
Granduciel from The War on Drugs, Jonathan Meiberg (Shearwater),Jana Hunter(Lower Dens),
Peter Broderick, Mackenzie Scott(Torres), Stuart Bogie, Jacob C. Morris and Mickey Freeze.
It is clear from the opening chords in the first song, Afraid of Nothing, that we are witnessing a
new awareness, a sign of Van Etten in full stride, writing,producing and performing from a place
that seems almost mythical, were it not so touchable and real. Always direct, and never shying
away even from the most personally painful narratives, Van Etten's songwriting continues to
evolve. Many of the songs deal with seemingly impossible decisions, anticipation, and then
resolution. She sings of the nature of desire, memory, of being lost, emptiness, of promises and
loyalty, fear and change, of healing and the true self, violence and sanctuary,waiting, of silence.
The artist who speaks in such a voice is urging us to do something,to take hold and to go deeper.
Living in this way,the questions of life remain alive, as close and steady as breathing. Many of the
ballads of old are as dark as pitch, and people for whom the issues of life and death were as vivid
as flame wrote them.You could turn off the electricity,remove all the instruments and Sharon's
voice and words would remain.They connect her to the mystic stratum which flows just beneath
the everyday, which is rarely acknowledged as the forces of distraction sweep our attention away.1. Afraid of Nothing
2. Taking Chances
3. Your Love is Killing Me
4. Our Love
6. I Love You But I'm Lost
7. You Know Me Well
8. Break Me
9. Nothing Will Change
10. I Know
11. Every Time the Sun Comes Up$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Stuff Like That ThereRare is the band that can cover themselves. Rarer is the band that would even think of it and rarer still is a band that would return to the conception and re-imagine its first breakthrough record. Someone may have read recently that old quote about how "in not knowing history one is doomed to repeat it." There's not another band that I know that is less doomed than Yo La Tengo. As stated previously, the album features covers from bands other than themselves: The Cure, Hank Williams, The Lovin' Spoonful and more. Stuff Like That There, a 14 song collection of covers, originals and reworking(s) happens to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Yo La Tengo's landmark 1990 album, Fakebook. Recorded with Gene Holder (The Feelies), Stuff Like That There as the trio of Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew augmented by the guitarist and former Yo La Tengo member Dave Schramm, with James negotiating the wonders of the upright bass for the first time. This specific fearsome foursome - playing material from Stuff Like That There and maybe, possibly/probably (we really don't dictate repertoire around here) 'Fakebook' will kick off a world tour on September. This album has be dreamed about by Yo La Tengo fans for decades and the wait is nearly over.1. My Heart's Not In It
3. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
4. The Ballad Of Red Buckets
5. All Your Secrets
6. Friday I'm In Love
7. Before We Stopped To Think
8. Butchie's Tune
9. Automatic Doom
11. I Can Feel The Ice Melting
13. Deeper Into Movies
14. Somebody's In Love$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
There And BackWhenever Jeff Beck releases an album, it's always a musical event. As the third in a trilogy of multifaceted career defining albums, preceded by Blow By Blow and Wired, the iconic guitarist unleashed one of the most popular albums in his ever enduring catalog with 1980's There And Back.
This masterwork unites the guitar hero with his powerful team of world class musicians, Jan Hammer (keyboards), Simon Phillips (drums), Tony Hymas (keyboards) and Mo Foster (bass). The brilliant guitar shredder and his quartet of amazing master musicians truly throw down some of his classiest and hardest driving repertoire for this Jeff Beck and Ken Scott (David Bowie/Kansas/Supertramp) production.
The album begins with the rhythmic rocker Star Cycle. The tune finds Beck and Hammer dueling on some very solid power riffs making this a great opening track for the listener. The soulful vibe of Too Much To Lose has the tremendous voicing of Jeff's guitar with Hymas' fine keyboard elements and Phillips' wonderful drum work throughout.
Always an astute bluesman, The Pump retains a solid groove which allows Beck to power away with some very intricate fret work, making this album the classic that it is. Hard rock fusion continues with more classics like You Never Know, El Becko and Space Boogie. These and his jazz rock leaning hits like The Golden Road and The Final Peace truly reward his fans with one of the finest albums in his decorated career!
Friday Music proudly presents the limited edition 180g audiophile release of Jeff Beck's classic There And Back. As a continuation of their highly regarded Jeff Beck Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Series, this fine recording is mastered from the original Epic Records tapes by Joe Reagoso (Jeff Beck, Deep Purple, Yes) at Friday Music Studios with Kevin Gray.
Also for this rare anniversary edition, Friday will be presenting the original artwork now in a very limited first time gatefold cover featuring all of the art elements you remember from this incredible 1980 career album for Jeff Beck.1. Star Cycle
2. Too Much Too Lose
3. You Never Know
4. The Pump
5. El Becko
6. The Golden Road
7. Space Boogie
8. The Final Peace$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Their / They're / ThereTheir / They're / There is the brainchild of Evan Weiss (Into It. Over it.), Mike Kinsella (Owen, Owls, Cap'n Jazz, American Football), and Matthew Frank (Loose Lips Sink Ships). This 6-song EP was recorded by Mark Michalik in Chicago (Into It. Over It., The Swellers).
With beautiful guitar parts that sound impossible to pluck with human hands, and drum lines that can only be described as classic post-punk Chicago beats, Their / They're / There have taken strengths from previous projects and poured them all into an exceptional debut release.1. Their / They're / Therapy
2. Concession Speech Writer
3. Fit Your Life Into A Grid
4. Apocalypse (Not Right) Now
5. 572 Cuthbert Blvd.
6. End And End$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Is That All There Is?Peggy Lee was 49 years old when Capitol Records released Is That All There Is? in 1969. It was her 42nd album, and it had been over 10 years since the singer born Norma Deloris Egstrom, in 1920, had last graced the US Top 40 with her presence; her sultry take on Little Willie John's 'Fever' scaled the upper echelons of the American hit parade in 1958.
But Lee, a country girl with Scandinavian ancestry who hailed from the plains of North Dakota, had more in the tank. The haunting and idiosyncratic 'Is That All There Is?' (inspired by a short story called Disillusionment from German writer Thomas Mann) captured the public imagination when it was released as a single in the States and started climbing the pop charts, where it peaked at No.11. Such was the song's impact that it won Lee a Grammy Award in the category of Best Contemporary Female Vocal Performance in 1970. Its success was a surprise to Capitol, who thought the song was too odd and esoteric to be a hit.
The song opens Lee's album of the same name and, even today, remains a profoundly potent piece of music. It has the ability to simultaneously provoke conflicting emotions, eliciting both laughter and pathos. Combining a spoken narrative with a plaintive refrain sung over a jaunty rhythm, it evokes the Berlin cabaret scene of the 1920s and the spirit of German composer Kurt Weill. The song was penned and produced by noted hitmakers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and it's unlike anything else they wrote: a philosophical rumination that questions the meaning of things.
Arranged and conducted by a young Randy Newman, 'Is That All There Is?' is beautifully delivered by Lee in plangent tones, mixing a droll, ironic humour with a poignant reflection on the absurdity and, indeed, disappointments of life. Despite the song's somber mood and theme of disillusionment, the chorus is gloriously carefree: "Let's keep dancing/Let's break out the booze and have a ball," Lee sings, and she sounds like she means it. (Understandably, the song - which was originally written for, and turned down by, Marlene Dietrich - has inspired many covers over the years, including notable versions by Tony Bennett and PJ Harvey with John Parish.)
Though it was the undoubted cornerstone of Lee's 1969 album, there was much more to enjoy besides the title song. Another Leiber and Stoller composition, 'Whistle For Happiness', is stylistically similar to 'Is That All There Is?' while their 'I'm A Woman' is a swaggering, sassy blues that was first cut by Lee on her 1963 album of the same name and was a minor US chart hit at the time.
Peggy Lee Is Love Story Single Label - 300Elsewhere, Lee deconstructs the Al Jolson-associated 'Me And My Shadow' and imbues it with a languorous sensuality, while the Nancy and Frank Sinatra duet 'Something Stupid' is reconfigured into a breezy bossa nova. Another highlight is her take on Randy Newman's 'Love Story (You And Me)', the opening cut on the singer-songwriter's 1968 debut album for Reprise, which is arranged and conducted by the composer himself. Newman's 'Johnny (Linda)' is also included and has an arrangement that recalls the vaudevillian quirkiness of the album's title track.
Lee also embraced the rock music zeitgeist by tackling The Beatles' George Harrison-penned 'Something' and Neil Diamond's gospel-flavoured 'Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show', though she does them in her own inimitable way.
Is That All There Is? dared to be different and showed that, though Peggy Lee was often typecast as a stereotypical jazz chanteuse, she was a much more versatile performer than had hitherto been revealed. Though its title song is an ode to coping with disappointment, that particular emotion is the last thing that you feel when listening to this classic album, which is a life-affirming delight from beginning to end.1. Is That All There Is?
2. Love Story
3. Me And My Shadow
4. My Old Flame
5. I'm A Woman
6. Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show
8. Whistle For Happiness
9. Johnny (Linda)
10. Don't Smoke In Bed$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
And Then There Was X...And Then There Was X is the third from rapper DMX. The album is certified 5x platinum, making it DMX's bestselling album to date. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart, firmly ranking DMX within hip hop's only artist to have their first three albums enter the Billboard Top 200 Chart at the #1 spot. Continuing with its Respect The Classics campaign UMe will be reissuing this classic title on vinyl for the first time since it's original pressing over 15 years ago.LP1
1. The Kennel
2. One More Road To Cross
3. The Professional
5. A Lot To Learn
6. Here We Go Again
7. Party Up
8. Make A Move
9. What These Bitches Want
1. What's My Name
2. More 2 A Song
3. Don't You Ever
4. The Shakedown
5. D-X-L (Hard White)
6. Comin' For Ya
7. Prayer III
9. Good Girls, Bad Guys$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Don't Be Long
Colored LP In Gatefold Packaging + CD
There are musicians and there are artists, Make Do And Mend are artists. They
don't write songs, they craft them. Multiple hours are spent on every lyric, and
every chord progression, you can hear the passion in every song. The band's
latest effort, "Don't Be Long", is no exception. All 11 songs are hand-crafted
masterpieces. You can tell after one listen that this is a record that will stay in
your collection for years to come.
The band chose to re-enlist producers, Jay Maas and Nick Bellmore, the
dynamic duo behind the band's debut success, "End Measured Mile". The
result is something truly special. It's an album that will be treasured by fans
and critics alike for years to come. No strangers to life on the road, Make Do
And Mend have toured with Hot Water Music, The Wonder Years, and Senses
Fail and, like always, the band is prepared to spend all year supporting this
album on the road.
Make Do And Mend's live show is the ace up their sleeve, they connect with
their audience in a way that most bands aspire too. Every word is screamed
back at them, every bass drum hit is felt in the heart, and it's clear that there's
nowhere else anyone would rather be. Make Do And Mend isn't a band, they
are an experience, and "Don't Be Long" promises not to disappoint.1. Don't Be Long
2. Ever Since
4. Old Circles
5. Each Of Us
6. Sin Miedo
7. Sin Amor
8. All There Is
9. I Don't Wonder At All
11. Begging For The Sun To Go Down$18.99Colored Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Here Be Monsters
"When they didn't know quite what was there, they put Here Be Monsters. When I think of where my career has gone over the last 35 years, it's usually in that area - off the map." --Jon Langford
Here Be Monsters finds acclaimed musician/visual artist Jon Langford and his band Skull Orchard scanning the outskirts of popular culture, its title born of medieval cartographers' term for the dragons, sea serpents, and other mythical beasties that reside beyond the boundaries of the known universe. This new album will feature a unique piece of artwork specific to each track printed on individual inserts included with copies of the CD. Best known for his work in the The Mekons and the Waco Brothers, Langford has been a leading pioneer in the assimilation of folk/country music into punk rock since the genre's first evolution over 30 years ago.
The album sees the Welsh-born, Chicago-based singer/songwriter, bandleader, producer, painter, and poet plotting a clear-eyed, sharp-elbowed course through such far-flung subjects as alternative hierarchies and astronomy, perpetual war for perpetual profit, the culture of detachment, middle age, fatherhood, fame, and the fleetingness of love. The subtext of the album is maybe the things our civilization thinks of as fixed and immovable might actually be redundant/obsolete/discredited and it's up to us to question and find new rocks to be washed up on , says Langford, who called in Mekons/Waco Brothers veteran Mike Hagler (My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Neko Case, Billy Bragg) to record this album at Chicago's Kingsize Sound Labs. Skull Orchard used to be a fairly solitary activity - songs that didn't fit anywhere else - stuff that was too Welsh or personal to bother the Mekons or Wacos with, says Langford, but something happened with the band I formed to tour with the previous record. It turned into a real group, so this is much more of a band project than any of the solo things I've done before.
Also known for being a prolific visual artist, Langford designed all the artwork for Here Be Monsters himself, including individual designs for each track that will be showcased on separate inserts in the CD and in a collage on the LP jacket. This album really brings the art and the songs together - a chicken/egg which came first situation. The songs are very visual and in some cases came directly from the paintings, continued Langford. Star maps, strange creatures, sympathetic monsters, monsters we have created - the little poem at the top of the album is all about that.1. Summer Stars
3. Gone Without Trace
5. Sugar On Your Tongue
6. Drone Operator
7. Don't Believe
8. If You Hear Rumours
9. What Did You Do In The War?
10. Lil' Ray O' Light$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Be More KindFrank 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
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
11. Common Ground
12. The Lifeboat
13. Get It Right$25.99Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
Let It BeLet It Be looms large among '80s rock albums, generally regarded as one of the greatest records of the
decade. Nothing about Let It Be is clean; it's all a ragged mess, careening wildly from dirty jokes to wounded ballads,
from utter throwaways to songs haunting in their power. This blend of bluster and vulnerability is why the
Replacements were perhaps the most beloved band of their era, as they captured all the chaos and confusion of
coming of age in the midst of Reaganomics, and Let It Be is nothing if not a coming-of-age album, perched precisely
between adolescence and adulthood. There's just enough angst and tastelessness to have the album speak to
teenagers of all generations and just enough complicated emotion to make this music resonate with listeners long past
those awkward years, whether they grew up with this album or not.1. I Will Dare
2. Favorite Thing
3. We're Comin' Out
4. Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out
6. Black Diamond
8. Seen Your Video
9. Gary's Got A Boner
10. Sixteen Blue
11. Answering Machine$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Let's Be StillIt wasn't that long ago that the members of Seattle's The Head and the Heart were busking on street corners, strumming their acoustic guitars, stomping their feet and singing in harmony as they attempted to attract the attention of passersby. After capturing that unbridled energy on the band's 2011 debut album for hometown label Sub Pop, the band went from playing open mic nights to selling out headlining shows in prestigious venues. The album became one of Sub Pop's best-selling debut releases in years. And, slowly but surely, ideas began to form for the band's second album, imbued with the experiences of traveling the world and playing to ever-growing crowds.
The Head and the Heart's new album, Let's Be Still, is a snapshot of a band that didn't exist four years ago. Virginia native Jonathan Russell and California transplant Josiah Johnson formed the core songwriting partnership, which was rounded out by drummer Tyler Williams, keyboardist Kenny Hensley, vocalist/violinist Charity Rose Thielen and bassist Chris Zasche, who'd met Russell and Johnson while tending bar at an open mic they frequented. The nascent group dove headrst into writing, recording and performing, and even moved into the same house.
After the breakaway success of their debut and countless shows on the road, the band is in a distinctly different situation. "There is a condence gained from having such an amazing fan base," says group member Jonathan Russell. "You start to trust yourself more. When we were busking, we were lling so much space to keep the listener from walking away." Says Johnson, "We wanted to write songs that felt bigger, and didn't need to be so frantic. I think for the most part we wanted to record an album that sounds like the way we play now."
Adds Russell, "Has there been an impact on our lives since we have become full-time musicians? Sure. On one hand, it's everything you have ever wanted. On the other hand, you start to miss the things you've lost and had to give up. And that's just life. My job is to write about it."
Let's Be Still was recorded at Seattle's Studio Litho with assistance from prior production collaborator Shawn Simmons, and mixed in Bridgeport, Conn., with Peter Katis, revered for his work with bands such as the National, Interpol and the Swell Season.1. Homecoming Heroes
2. Another Story
5. Josh McBride
8. Let's Be Still
9. My Friends
10. 10,000 Weight in Gold
12. These Days Are Numbered
13. Gone$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
There Is No Love In Fluorescent LightSTARS have made their career telling the tales we keep in the darkest, and most
hopeful parts of our souls. Delivering the hard and soft edges of life and love as
only this band can, they returned with two new tracks Privilege and We Called
From the reflective beauty of Amy Millan's vocal in Privilege "never got what you
want, never got it" to Torquil Campbell's contemplative and contrary, "I don't believe
that people change but I've changed" on We Called It Love, Stars return
time and again to comfort and reassure us that within the experience of failure
and fucking up is the path to a life well lived.
A collective band statement notes, "We're back! We have a new album. It was
recorded in Montreal and Connecticut with the great producer, Peter Katis. We
love him and thank him for being there for us. It's our first with our friends at Last
Gang. We made this record for ourselves, for our kids, and for you. And we are
so happy and grateful that you're still listening to our music."
With approaching 20 years as a band and a storied album catalog spanning
2001's Nightsongs, the romantic upheaval of 2003's Heart and 2004's Set Yourself
On Fire, 2007's In Our Bedroom After the War, the downcast elegies of 2010's
The Five Ghosts, the rejuvenation of 2012's The North and sub-base, dance club
infused No One Is Lost in 2014, Stars continue to prove themselves some of the
finest musical storytellers in the country, moving through life with their fans.LP 1
2. Fluorescent Light
3. Losing To You
4. Hope Avenue
6. We Called It Love
1. Real Thing
2. The Gift Of Love
3. On The Hills
4. The Maze
5. California, I Love That Name
6. Wanderers$31.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Is That All There Is? (Pure Pleasure)When Peggy Lee became well-known in the 1940s, swing and jazz-influenced pop dominated the musical landscape. In the 1960s, however, it was a whole new world in popular music. The British Invasion and Motown - not big bands - were mainstream, and to the Baby Boomer youths of the 1960s, Lee was part of 'our parents' music'. But the singer had a major hit with 1969's Is That All There Is?, one of the best-selling albums of her career. While this isn't a rock album per se - Lee's foundation was still jazz-influenced pop - it acknowledges pop-rock tastes of the 1960s without being unfaithful to her history. Everything on this LP is a gem, and that includes a moody remake of Lee's 1940s hit Don't Smoke in Bed as well as classic arrangements of George Harrison's Something, Neil Diamond's Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show, Leiber & Stoller's I'm a Woman, and Randy Newman's Love Story. The LP's centerpiece, however, is Newman's hit arrangement of Leiber & Stoller's title song, which was covered by P.J. Harvey in the 1990s. Influenced by German cabaret, this half-spoken, half-sung treasure is as hauntingly soulful as it is maudlin. The song's outlook is far from optimistic; essentially, it's saying that we might as well grab our moments of pleasure and enjoyment where we can find them because ultimately, life is nothing more than a meaningless series of disappointments. But there's nothing disappointing about Is That All There Is?, an LP that is most certainly among Lee's finest accomplishments.
- Peggy Lee (vocal), and orchestra
Recording: November 1962, January / February / April / October 1969 at Capitol Tower, Hollywood, CA
Production: Lieber & Stoller / Phil Wright / David Cavanaugh
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. Is That All There Is?
2. Love Story
3. Me and My Shadow
4. My Old Flame
5. I'm a Woman
6. Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show
8. Whistle for Happiness
9. Johnny (Linda)
10. Don't Smoke in Bed$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
To Be Kind (Awaiting Repress)...the sound of a celestial sledgehammer descending - Time Magazine
...what the closing ceremonies for the human race might sound like - Pitchfork
...Swans make their grandest statement yet - Rolling Stone
...a masterpiece of post-rock and experimental composition - Consequence Of Sound
A NOTE FROM MICHAEL GIRA:
We (Swans) have recently completed our new album. It is called To Be Kind.
The album was produced by me, and it was recorded by the venerable John Congleton at Sonic Ranch, outside El Paso Texas, and further recordings and mixing were accomplished at John's studio in Dallas, Texas. We commenced rehearsals as Sonic Ranch in early October 2013, began recording soon thereafter, then completed the process of mixing with John in Dallas by mid December 2013.
A good portion of the material for this album was developed live during the Swans tours of 2012/13. Much of the music was otherwise conjured in the studio environment.1. Screen Shot
2. Just A Little Boy
3. A Little God In My Hands
4. Bring the Sun / Toussaint L'Ouverture
5. Some Things We Do
6. She Loves Us
7. Kirsten Supine
9. Nathalie Neal
10. To Be Kind$29.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now