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UNIM-SAV-1313xBig Bad Voodoo Daddy
Rattle Them Bones (Awaiting Repress)Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, longtime purveyors, custodians and distillers of a modern big band swing sound are back and newly signed with Savoy Jazz. In celebration of twenty years bringing an irrepressible groove to the adoring masses, the band has recorded RATTLE THEM BONES their eighth studio album. Produced by Morris and Joshua Levy with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the band has honed their musicality to a fine point, effortlessly striking a balance between the prohibition era Boardwalk Empire to the swinging of 60's Mad Men. Also known for their rigorous tour schedule (They play over 150 dates a year), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will support RATTLE THEM BONES will a nationwide tour beginning this fall.1. The Adventures Of....
2. Diga Diga Do
3. The Jitters
4. Let It Roll Again
5. It Only Took A Kiss
6. She's Always Right (I'm Never Wrong)
7. Why Me?
8. Devil's Dance
9. It s Lonely At The Top
10. Still In The Mood
11. Gimme That Wine
12. 5-10-15 Times$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
UNIM-SAV-6714xBig Bad Voodoo Daddy
It Feels Like Christmas TimeBig Bad Voodoo Daddy, purveyors of American big band, jumpin' jazz and blues have a special holiday gift for naughty and nice fans alike. The multiplatinum
selling, Grammy nominated band is back with a holiday album entitled It Feels Like Christmas Time, an all new recording for Savoy Jazz,
featuring twelve songs, a mix of traditional favorites and original material.
It Feels like Christmas Time, the band's tenth studio album, follows the release of Rattle Them Bones - the record that put Big Bad back at the top of
charts last year reaching #1 on the Jazz Album Chart on both iTunes and Amazon and was the highest debut on the Billboard Jazz Chart entering at #2.
It Feels Like Christmas Time, produced by BBVD founding member and lead singer Scotty Morris with band-mate, pianist and arranger Joshua Levy and
mixed by Morris, was recorded In Los Angeles at East West and Capitol studios. The album includes the Morris original "It Feels Like Christmas Time,"
and features guest harmonies by vocal group She, Her and I as well as a duet with newcomer Anna Kasper on the classic What Are You Doing New
Year's Eve? The album also features the crowd favorite "Christmas Is Starting Now" from Disney's Phineus and Ferb.1. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
2. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
3. All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)
4. Jingle Bells
5. It Feels Like Christmas Time
6. Frosty The Snowman
7. Run Rudolph Run
8. You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch
9. Christmas Is Starting Now
10. We Three Kings
11. Walking In A Winter Wonderland$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bad PowersFrom the first palm-muted guitar notes and rupturing bass and drum jabs of album opener New Bruises there's an urgency and freshness to the band's sound that transcends genre trappings. Tweed, sounding vaguely reminiscent of Uzi/Live Skull/Come howler Thalia Zedek, barrels in with rasping, urgent bite. Slithering synths courtesy of Zombi's Steve Moore coil and strangulate as the band moves in for the kill. Elsewhere, Eves and Eyes tiptoes in beneath a chorus of suspense-building violin and cello tremolos as the band slowly builds to gale-force riff. Bread and Butter finds Tweed harmonizing with guest vocalist and esteemed composer Lisa Papineau (Air, Big Sir) on the chorus, too tired to satisfy as guitars, bass and drums twist and churn alongside the squealing string section. On Millennium, Bad Powers sound like a post-punk spy movie with guest vocalist Eugene Robinson (Oxbow) leading the charge. Throughout the album, Egan and Cooper seem to have developed a new language for their unique brand of tension building and explosive release, while Tobin's guitar attack has become alternately icy and syrupy as it fills in all the gaps in unexpected ways. At times, Tweed wails with the fury of legendary Gits singer Mia Zapata and other times she intones with the rich confidence of Zola Jesus' Nika Danilova or Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees. Altogether, Bad Powers is a new and ominous beast.1. New Bruises
2. Hit Sniffing Dog
3. Eves And Eyes
4. Black Alf
8. Electricity Should Be Free
9. Bigger Than We Are
10. Bread And Butter$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bad Magic (Picture Disc)Limited Edition Picture Disc
Bristling with thunderous attitude, and some of the fiercest rhythms and riffs that'll assault your ears this year, Bad Magic demands that you fall to your knees and pray heartily that your senses don't get completely pulverized, because big-rig head crushers like the totemic and Motöranthemic "Thunder And Lightning" show that Motörhead is as strong, mean, loud, relentless, uncompromising and goddam heavy as ever. Drawing on their own vast catalog of road-warrior freewheeling rock'n'roll spirit, Bad Magic also strides confidently into some of the earlier attitudes of Motörmusic. There is the driving malevolence of "Choking On Your Screams" underscoring Lemmy in magnificently omnipotent vocal mood, "Electricity" carries a hefty chunk of punk attitude married with some of Phil Campbell's best lead work yet, and "Shoot Out All of Your Lights" screams devilish, greasy, biker-born-screw-you-and-yours attitude, Mikkey Dee's tribal drums pounding out a great path for more Kilmister proclamations. In this, their historic 40th year anniversary, Motörhead will also continue to gleefully deafen fans with a world tour, including a European Summer tour where they will debut brand new Motörclassic "Thunder & Lightning". The world might be in a state of turmoil and uncertainty, but Bad Magic is solid gold proof that you can always bet on Motörhead to deliver the greatest, leanest and meanest of goods through thick and thin.1. Victory Or Die
2. Thunder & Lightning
3. Fire Storm Hotel
4. Shoot Out all of Your Lights
5. The Devil
7. Evil Eye
8. Teach Them How To Bleed
9. Till The End
10. Tell Me Who To Kill
11. Choking On Your Screams
12. When The Sky Comes Looking For You
13. Sympathy For The Devil$32.99Vinyl LP Picture Disc - Sealed Buy Now
Bad The John Boy (Awaiting Repress)On the heels of David Lynch's hugely successful sophomore full length, The Big Dream, comes a very limited edition 12, "Bad the John Boy." While technically this track qualifies as a non-album or bonus track, Dean Hurley, Lynch's producer had this to say about the song: "it wasn't really recorded with the lP in
mind, but it was done around the end of last year when the bulk of the album
was being made. It was earmarked for something else entirely, but that thing
didn't happen in a way that required the song so up until now, it was 'a song
with no home.' "
Complimenting Lynch's left-of-center A-side, the B-side proudly features a
Venetian Snares remix of the album's title track. Despite the fact that Canadian
electronic musician Aaron Funk has been known for reinventing breakcore,
with this remix he breathes a completely new approach into the song, turning it
into something far from your typical dance remix. Hurley describes this track
as, "music for the end crawl of a bootlegged sci-fi/horror film that you borrowed
from your friend's older brother and caused you to realize for the first time that
you were actually scared in broad daylight."1. Bad the John Boy
2. The Big Dream (Venetian Snares Remix$12.9912 Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Down To My Last Bad HabitVince Gill will release his latest album, Down To My Last Bad Habit, on a limited edition VINYL to commemorate his
25th Anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member. The Vinyl will be packaged in a limited edition Nashville HATCH
print. It will feature all songs from the album including "Take Me Down" featuring Little Big Town as well as
duets with Chris Botti and Cam.
Vince Gill has released thirteen albums and sold over 26 Million albums.1. Reasons For The Tears I Cry
2. Down To My Last Bad Habit
3. Me And My Girl
4. Like My Daddy Did
5. Make You Feel Real Good
6. I Can't Do This
7. My Favorite Movie
8. One More Mistake I Made
9. Take Me Down
10. I'llBe Waiting For You
11. When It's Love
12. Sad One Comin' On (A Song For George Jones)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Good News For People Who Love Bad NewsFollowing indie stardom and critical praise, Modest Mouse was poised to make big waves in the music world. And in 2004, with the release of Good News For People Who Love Bad News, the band took their first steps toward commercial success. The radio-friendly hits Float On and the Ocean Breathes Salty anchor the record, which features Modest Mouse eclectic arrangements, harmonies and vocals.LP 1 Side 1
1. Horn Intro
2. The World At Large
3. Float On
4. Ocean Breathes Salty
LP 1 Side 2
1. Dig Your Grave
2. Bury Me With It
3. Dance Hall
5. This Devil's Workday
LP 2 Side 1
1. The View
2. Satin In A Coffin
3. Interlude (Milo)
4. Blame It On The Tetons
LP 2 Side 2
1. Black Cadillacs
2. One Chance
3. The Good Times Are Killing Me
4. I've Got It All (Most)
$36.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-SAV-3417xBig Bad Voodoo Daddy
Louie Louie LouieBig Bad Voodoo Daddy is pleased to announce the release of Louie, Louie, Louie, the band's eleventh studio album and a salute to the music of Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan and Louis Prima.
Louie, Louie, Louie reveals the evolution of swing, jazz and popular music through the songs and personalities of these three giants of American culture. With a blend of greatest hits and essential works, the listener is transported from the earliest days of New Orleans jazz and ragtime to the birth of R&B and rock and roll. These remarkable artists revolutionized American music and popular culture and set new standards for what great entertainment and artistic expression could be. Their influence on Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is profound and if you enjoy the band, they are among the chief reasons why.1. Dinah
2. Oh, Marie
3. Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't My Baby?
4. Jack, You're Dead!
5. Whistle Stop
6. Choo Choo Ch'Boogie
7. Basin Street Blues
8. Jump, Jive an' Wail
9. Knock Me A Kiss
10. Stuttin' With Some Barbecue
11. Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days
12. Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens
13. When The Saints Go Marching In$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The ArchAndroidWondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy recording artist Janelle Monáe has announced the release of her eagerly awaited debut album, The ArchAndroid. The star-studded featured cast includes the legendary Big Boi of OutKast, renowned poet Saul Williams, psychedelic dance-punk troupe Of Montreal, punk prophets Deep Cotton, and the Wondaland Arch Orchestra.
The album was recorded at Wondaland Studios in Atlanta, but written all over the world, including but not limited to Moscow, Prague, Istanbul, Berlin, Amsterdam, New York, and the Palace of the Dogs. The ArchAndroid was inspired not only by the energy of these places, but by such revolutionary musicians and artistic visionaries as Salvador Dalí, Walt Disney, OutKast, Stevie Wonder, Octavia Butler, David Bowie, Andy Warhol and John Williams. The album was Executive Produced by Nate Wonder, Chuck Lightning, Janelle Monáe, and Sean Diddy Combs, with Co-Executive Production from Big Boi of OutKast.1. Suite II Overture
2. Dance or Die
4. Locked Inside
5. Sir Greendown
6. Cold War
8. Neon Gumbo
9. Oh, Maker
10. Come Alive
11. Mushrooms & Roses
12. Suite III Overture
13. Neon Valley Street
14. Make The Bus
17. Say You'll Go
18. BaBopBye Ya$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Good, The Bad, & The Dread (Best Of) (Bend In Cover) (Discontinued)The Clash begat Big Audio Dynamite.
Big Audio Dynamite begat Dreadzone and so it began with Greg Dread and Leo Williams (B.A.D.'s rhythm section) along with Tim Bran forming the band in 1992.
They were baptised as 'Dreadzone;' the cultural gatekeepers of the bass line.
Respecting the past and embracing the future these brothers were dealing with the right now, creating the perfect blend somewhere between the technological and the organic.
It's a sound that leaves room for the listener to put themselves in the mix and dance like nobody's watching
The Roberts/Letts & Williams compositions continued the themes and parameters laid down by B.A.D.; a cinematic break beat dub regggae soundtrack that moves the head and the feet.
Basically if you're standing still at the end of this 180 grams double audiophile vinyl, you're dead!
1. Zion Youth (Dreadzone mix)
2. Little Britain (vocal version)
3. Ali Baba
4. Captain Dread (single edit)
1. Iron Shirt
2. Digital Mastermind
3. Biological Radio (2011 Edit)
4. House of Dread
1. Life, Love and Unity 96 (single mix)
2. Fight The Power 95 (2011 Edit)
3. Return Of The Dread
1. I Know
2. The Good, The Bad And The Dread (Part 1)
3. Different Planets
4. American Dread$29.44180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
BloodlinesIn their short two-year existence, Head North have already shown their ability to challenge themselves and elevate their sound. After self-releasing a championed pop-punk EP with Scrapbook Minds in 2014, the band headed out on a DIY tour with A Will Away, and the bands released a split together that following summer. The two songs Head North deliver on the split bring them another step above prototypical pop-punk. Trading the hardcore-tinged guitars of their first EP for a smoother sound, the band swings between the pop-punk fury of The Story So Far and the dynamic songwriting prowess of Manchester Orchestra. Hailing from Buffalo, NY, Head North has used their indie-influenced pop-punk to break out of the local scene and demand the attention of a national audience. Packing in sentiments as big as their sound, the band hits home with walls of guitars lines, frenetic punk rock drums and an emotional complexity behind their lyrics. Singer Brent Martone hits raspy notes of anger and sadness, knowing when to shriek and when to soften, adding a layer of versatile energy to back up his passion. The band's growth will only become more apparent on an upcoming six-song EP, which will be released via Bad Timing Records in the spring of 2015. With two releases and a full U.S. tour under their belt, 2014 was the first Year of Head North. Their partnership with Bad Timing Records, alongside a spring tour with Have Mercy, hint that 2015 will be another huge step forward for this young and passionate band.1. Brave Hands
3. The Planet
4. The Path
5. Old & Grey
6. Windowless$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Born AgainBorn Again 2LP was originally released on December 7, 1999 and has been out of the market place since the early 2000's. The album debuted at #1 of the Billboard 200 charts and sold over 485k albums in the first week.Guest artists include Busta Rhymes, Redman and Method Man, Missy Elliot, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg. 2017 is the 20th anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.'s death.LP 1
1. Born Again (Intro)
2. Notorious B.I.G. (feat. Lil' Kim & Puff Daddy)
3. Dead Wrong (Featuring Eminem)
4. Hope You Niggas Sleep (feat. Hot Boys & Big Tmer)
5. Dangerous MC's (feat. Mark Curry, Snoop Dogg & Busta Rhymes)
6. Biggie (feat. Junior M.A.F.I.A.)
8. Big Booty Hoes (feat. Too $hort)
9. Would You Die For Me (feat. Lil' Kim & Puff Daddy)
1. Come On (feat. Sadat X)
2. Rap Phenomenon (feat. Redman & Method Man)
3. Let Me Get Down (feat. G-Dep, Craig Mack & Missy Misdemeanor Elliott)
4. Tonight (feat. Mobb Deep & Joe Hooker)
5. If I Should Die Before I Wake (feat. Black Rob, Ice Cube, & Beanie Sigel)
6. Who Shot Ya
7. Can I Get Witcha (feat. Lil' Cease)
8. I Really Want To Show You (feat. K-CI & Jo-Jo & Nas)
9. Ms. Wallace (Outro)$31.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
MillportThis album represents three distinct historical trends that came together in the span of only 10 days during recording at Studios 606 and Big Bad Sound in April of 2016. The most obvious one is the musicians themselves. The rhythm section is composed of players from Social Distortion. 36 years ago, Bad Religion and Social Distortion shared a stage in Santa Ana, California. Well, it wasn't really a stage, it was an abandoned warehouse made into a punk concert/party place. That was my first concert, as the singer/songwriter in Bad Religion. Our styles over the years diverged, but one consistent element remained - our love of American Folk Rock and Old-Time music continued to grow.
The second root apparent on this album is that of the sound and musicianship itself. No mere hacks, these musicians are masters. Vintage wood, having been crafted into musical instruments, produces the sound of history when played by virtuosos such as those collected here. An old guitar, a vintage fiddle, drums and bass, clawhammer banjo, and a combo of electric guitar and tubed amplifier, create a sound that can only be described as classic. When you add the beautiful harmonies of these most excellent background singers, there is no doubt that this music comes from a deep-rooted expression of American experience.
The final historical root is a personal one. The people who introduced me to Old-Time music are now old-timers themselves. My family roots go back to Indiana and Wisconsin. The Indiana folks sang a-Capella in the old country chapel at my Grandma's funeral. Her children taught me to sing and the songs they chose came from the 30s, 40s, 50s, and of course the folk revival tunes of the 1960s. This was the sound I brought forth to my own band starting in the 1980s. It's the only kind of lyrical style I know. And hopefully, this album will add another strong branch to my music. Thank you all for continuing to water the tree.
-Greg Graffin 20161. Backroads of My Mind
2. Too Many Virtues
3. Lincoln's Funeral Train
5. Time of Need
6. Making Time
8. Echo on the Hill
10. Waxwings$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ready To Die
Ranked 133/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Ready to Die is the debut album of American rapper The Notorious B.I.G., released September 13, 1994 on Bad Boy Records. The first release on the label, it features production by record producer and Bad Boy founder Sean Puffy Combs, Easy Mo Bee, Chucky Thompson, DJ Premier, and Lord Finesse, among others. Recording sessions for the album took place during 1993 to 1994 at The Hit Factory and D&D Studios in New York City. The partly autobiographical album tells the story of The Notorious B.I.G.'s experiences as a young criminal, referring to himself as the black Frank White. Ready to Die is his only studio album released during his lifetime; B.I.G. was murdered days prior to the release of his second album Life After Death (1997).1. Intro
2. Things Done Changed
3. Gimme the Loot
4. Machine Gun Funk
6. Ready to Die
7. One More Chance
8. Fuck Me (interlude)
9. The What
11. Everyday Struggle
12. Me & My Bitch
13. Big Poppa
15. Friend of Mine
17. Suicidal Thoughts$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Front Porch SessionsSouthern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton is the bigger-than-life frontman of Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David "Honeyboy" Edwards.
That passionate inspiration has made Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band America's foremost country blues outfit and fuels the Rev's new release, The Front Porch Sessions. Peyton's dazzling guitar mastery is equaled here by his knack for vivid, emotionally impactful songwriting, and his originals are matched in their authenticity by the deeply felt vintage blues tunes that he covers. The album showcases the Rev's irrepressible personality while echoing the enduring spirit of such acoustic blues icons as Charlie Patton, Blind Willie Johnson, Bukka White and Furry Lewis, whose "When My Baby Left Me" receives a memorable reading.
"It started as a literal whim on my part, but it turned into something really special," Reverend Peyton says of this new collection. "I wanted it to feel like you're on my front porch. You can almost hear the wood creaking."
The Front Porch Sessions maintains a potent level of intensity throughout, from the upbeat optimism of the album-opener "We Deserve a Happy Ending" to the blunt slice-of-life rural reality of "One More Thing" to the rollicking, playful swagger of "Shakey Shirley," "One Bad Shoe" and "Cornbread and Butterbeans." Meanwhile, the instrumentals "It's All Night Long" and "Flying Squirrels" demonstrate the Rev's nimble, imaginative guitar work."
I didn't have much planned when I went into the studio," the Reverend notes. "I went into the studio with some new songs and some old songs that I've always wanted to try. At first, I thought 'Well, maybe we'll make it a download or release a single.' But it took on a life of its own, and when it was all said and done, I was as proud of it as anything I've ever done. To me, it was a lesson in not overthinking things; I just went in and let my gut guide me."
We recorded this album at a studio called Farm Fresh, which is right down the street from my house," he continues. "It's in the shade of the oldest poplar tree in Indiana, and there's a graveyard next to it and train tracks run across there. In fact, I think you can hear the train on one track on this record. The studio's in an old church, and the main sanctuary is the tracking room, so the haunting reverb that you hear is that room.
"We used a lot of vintage gear in the recording. I love that organic sound, and I'm always chasing that in everything I do. I just like things that feel timeless. Feeling timeless to me is way more important than feeling old. When you try to make something sound old, you're trying too hard."
That lifelong pursuit of musical authenticity was instilled in his musical consciousness while Peyton was growing up in rural Indiana, where his early love for blues, ragtime, folk, country and other traditional styles gave him a sense of direction that would soon manifest itself in his own music. He and the Big Damn Band won a large and loyal fan base, thanks to their tireless touring efforts and high-energy showmanship, along with such acclaimed albums as Big Damn Nation, The Gospel Album, The Whole Fam Damnily, The Wages, Between the Ditches, So Delicious and the Charlie Patton tribute disc Peyton on Patton.
Despite his prior achievements, the Rev views The Front Porch Sessions as a personal creative milestone.
"This record's very personal for me, because so much of it is just me," he says. "The Big Damn Band is on there, but it's mostly me. There's washboard only in a couple of songs, and the drum kit is a suitcase drum set that we put together in the studio. It's a snapshot of the week we spent in the studio, but it also represents a lifetime of me building up to it."
The Front Porch Sessions has also spawned a series of audio-vÉritÉ companion videos, many of them shot on the Rev's actual front porch, that embody the album's intimacy and immediacy. "A lot of these songs started on the porch, and that's what the videos are," he says. "I'd be pickin' and go, 'I like the way this sounds, let me get my camera.'"
Reverend Peyton has already begun to integrate The Front Porch Sessions' spare approach into the Big Damn Band's expansive live shows, which are renowned for their intensity and abandon.
"In a lot of our shows in the past few years, we'll take a break and I'll come out and do a song or two by myself," he explains. "That brings things down and allows me to do some songs like this. We're definitely gonna be doing more of that, so there's definitely gonna be moments in the shows where you're gonna hear a lot of these songs. We may also do some Front Porch Sessions shows, and maybe present some of our other songs in a more stripped-down way. We did one earlier this year as kind of a test, and that worked really well.
"Over the years, our shows have gotten more dynamic," he continues. "The ups are more up and the downs are more down. That's something that's important to me. If I go and see a show and someone's just standing there and staring at their feet and singing their songs, I feel insulted. That's not a performance. I want to know that you're living that song, not just regurgitating it. I don't think artists should seem like they're too cool for their audience."
The Rev's dedication to delivering the goods on stage is reflected in his flamboyant performance persona. "The Rev is me," he states. "Sometimes that freaks people out, because the person who's on stage is exactly the way I am offstage. I don't know how to separate myself from my music, because it's so personal to me. My mom calls me Rev; it's been my nickname since I was a teenager. It was a name that was given to me by some friends, and it sort of stuck.
"I'm one of those people who feels everything really hard, for better or worse," he continues. "If I'm angry, I'm really angry. If I'm sad, I'm really sad. If I'm happy, I'm really happy. So onstage, I tap into that. There are certain songs that I can't play on some nights, because they're just too sad. That may be the rantings of a crazy person, but it's the God's honest truth."
With The Front Porch Sessions showcasing his expanded musical palette, Reverend Peyton is excited about bringing his new music to his fans.
"I really think it's one of the best things I've ever done," he asserts. "I'm interested in making hand-made American music, and the goal is to be timeless."1. We Deserve a Happy Ending
2. When My Baby Left Me
3. Shakey Shirley
4. What You Did to the Boy Ain't Right
5. One Bad Shoe
6. It's All Night Long
7. One More Thing
8. Flying Squirrels
9. Let Your Light Shine
10. When You Lose Your Money
11. Cornbread and Butterbeans$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-DEF-5603xLL Cool J
Bigger And Deffer
Limited Edition Anniversary Cover
Bigger and Deffer (BAD), is LL Cool J's follow up album toRadio. Two classic singles were a product of this album, I'm Bad and I Need Love, the first
commercially successful rap ballad. BIGGER AND DEFFER was a complete body of work and as a whole and was a big chart success, blowing the notion
of a sophomore jinx right out of the water.
In celebration of Def Jam's 30th Anniversary, Universal will be reissuing this class album back on 180 gram vinyl with a special chromed out embossed limited
edition cover.1. I'm Bad
3. Get Down
4. The Bristol Hotel
5. My Rhyme Ain't Done
6. .357 - Break It On Down
7. Go Cut Creator Go
8. The Breakthrough
9. I Need Love
10. Ahh, Let's Get Ill
11. The Do Wop
12. On The Ill Tip$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Among The Ghosts (Pre-Order)Lucero's ninth studio album, Among the Ghosts, is their first for noted Nashville indie label Thirty Tigers. It was recorded and co-produced with Grammy-winning engineer/producer and Memphis native Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Drive by Truckers) at the historic Sam Phillips Recording Service, the studio built by the legendary producer after outgrowing his Memphis Recording Service/Sun Studio.
Recorded primarily live as a five-piece, Among the Ghosts eschews the Stax-inspired horns and Jerry Lee Lewis-style boogie piano featured on some of the band's past recordings for a streamlined rock & roll sound that pays homage to their seminal influences as it seeks to push that legacy into the future. For a band who carried the torch of the alt-country movement back in the 90's and helped pave the way for what is now called Americana, Lucero have re-discovered what inspired them in the first place. The sound is more their own and at the same time not exactly like anything they've done before. This is a band settling into their craft. The 10-song disc's title is both a tribute to the spirits which roam the streets of their fabled city, as well as the hard road the determinedly independent band set out on 20 years ago. The band played around 200 shows per year for many of those 20 years.
With a nod to his younger brother Jeff Nichols, an acclaimed filmmaker whose movies include Loving, Mud, Take Shelter, Midnight Special, and Shotgun Stories; Nichols has written songs that are cinematic short stories, steeped in Southern gothic lore. There are nods to regional authors like Flannery O'Connor and Faulkner, as well as newer writers like Larry Brown (Big Bad Love, Fay), Ron Rash (The Cove, The World Made Straight), and William Gay (The Long Home).
As the first album he's written since his marriage and the birth of his now two-year-old daughter Izzy, Nichols approached the task as a narrator rather than in first person. It's a dark palette that includes tales of a haunting ("Among the Ghosts"), a drowning ("Bottom of the Sea), a reckoning with the devil ("Everything has Changed"), a divorce ("Always Been You"), and a shoot out ("Cover Me"). And that's just Side A. Side B is a letter from a battlefield ("To My Dearest Wife"), a crime ("Long Way Back Home"), a straight-out rocker ("For the Lonely Ones") and even a spooky spoken-word cameo from actor Michael Shannon, who has appeared in every one of Nichols' brother's films. The song's title "Back to the Night" references a line from Nick Tosches' Jerry Lee Lewis biography, Hellfire. In addition, there's a song Nichols wrote for his brother's movie Loving, which appeared in the film and on the soundtrack, re- recorded for Among the Ghosts with the whole band.
"You could also say there's a rescue, a getaway, a survival story and a middle finger to Satan himself," laughs Nichols. "It's all in your perspective."
Several songs juxtapose going off to battle with a rock & roll band's endless touring, shifting time periods like the spirits which haunt the album, the happiness of domestic bliss undercut with fears of loss and the specter of mortality. Among the Ghosts simultaneously reprises the past and looks to the future, while being firmly anchored in the present.
Musically, the band highlights range from co-founding member Brian Venable's Dire Straits-meets-War on Drugs guitar pyrotechnics in "Bottom of the Sea" and "Cover Me" to the Springsteen vibe of "For the Lonely Ones," Rick Steff's skeletal piano lines on "Always Been You," John C's bass lines in "Everything Has Changed" and "Long Way Back Home," and drummer Roy Berry's dynamic shifts from the powerful and brutal title track "Among the Ghosts" to the marching drive of "To My Dearest Wife" and the subtlety of "Loving." Throughout, Nichols' bourbon-soaked growl has become even more distinctive and commanding.
Among the Ghosts offers a timeless perspective on Lucero's distinctive sound. The lyrics could've been written 200 years ago or yesterday. Representing a new South compared to the one that's been mythologized, Lucero have formulated their own ideas and culture which, in some cases, contradicts what came before them (no Confederate flags), but also updates and reconsiders those traditions in a new light.
"I think we've tried to remake this place that we love and cherish in our own fashion. We are very proud of where we are from and we've spent the last 20 years trying to bring a bit of our version of home to the rest of the world It may have taken 20 years, but everything has fallen in place right where it needs to be," acknowledges Nichols. "There were some dark days in those middle years, but we've learned how to do this and survive. We still write heartbreak songs, but now, with a family at home, it's a whole new kind of heartbreak."
Among the Ghosts lays out that new territory with alacrity, as Lucero shines their Morning Star, burning just as brightly, if not more so, 20 years later. As one of the album's song titles so aptly puts it, "Everything Has Changed," but one thing hasn't Lucero's music remains more vital than ever.1. Among the Ghosts
2. Bottom of the Sea
3. Everything Has Changed
4. Always Been You
5. Cover Me
6. To My Dearest Wife
7. Long Way Back Home
9. Back to the Night
10. For the Lonely Ones$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Love At First Sting180 Gram Vinyl
Although the Scorpions had already achieved fame after 1982's Blackout, Love at First Sting brought them their biggest single of the decade, the slick anthem Rock You Like a Hurricane, with some greatly underrated songs to back it up. The album opens with the hair-raising Bad Boys Running Wild and continues with songs such as the memorable Big City Nights and the half-ballad, half-powerhouse rocker Coming Home. The record also contains what just may be the band's best ballad ever, the tear-jerking Still Loving You. Considering the fact that it has some of their best-ever singles, Love at First Sting is definitely a must for all fans of the Scorpions.1. Bad Boys Running Wild
2. Rock You Like A Hurricane
3. I´m Leaving You
4. Coming Home
5. The Same Thrill
6. Big City Nights
7. As Soon As The Good Times Roll
9. Still Loving You$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Never TwiceBrisk, self-contained, a little mysterious, and catchy enough to revisit again and again
His style is all his own
The second coming of soul, infusing a distinctly California surf-rock spin to the genre
Many moons ago Primo Pitino, the DJ of San Francisco's legendary Oldies Night, passed me a copy of his friend Nick Waterhouse's "Some Place." Nick was a local vinyl DJ and the kid working at our Shangri-la, Rooky Ricardo's Records. Though he didn't have a band at the time, Waterhouse assembled some local musicians to cut a one-off 45 in the vein of the electrifying mid-century modern rhythm and blues he loved. I threw "Some Place" on the Technics during sound check a few cities down the line and was blown away from the howling falsetto all the way to the end! I gave it a whirl every night from Texas to Tennessee and all the way back home to New York. Not only were the dancers' feet responding, but they were also asking about the track on a nightly basis. The Nashville Scene was so blown away that they printed a piece on Nick after a single listen. DJs and collectors everywhere wanted it so bad that the little record with the big sound started fetching upwards of $300 on Ebay.
The immediate and unprecedented underground dance party success of Nick's DIY record resulted in a full band, gigs, and, after a number of obstacles, the widely acclaimed 2012 LP Time's All Gone. Nick's music, vision, and fully formed aesthetic caught on globally and he was instantly a fixture at nearly every major nightclub and festival on both sides of the Atlantic, Australia, Japan, and Russia - hitting stages everywhere from Primavera to Montreux Jazz Festival and charting on college, public, and commercial radio.
Only a year after self-releasing his first single, Nick Waterhouse was thrust into the chaos of leading a band, touring, and recording in the big leagues! Pummeling high speed down a bumpy hill of lineup changes, economic problems, and general chaos without any breaks, Nick made it through and the challenges made him more focused. 2014's Holly captured a more experienced artist upping the ante in writing, performance, recording, and production, inspiring a new level of critical and commercial success.
In addition to a jam-packed five years on the road, in the studio, and in the practice space, Waterhouse also produced septuagenarian soul legend Ural Thomas, Los Angeles Latin stars the Boogaloo Assassins, and garage rockers the Allah-las. He's currently collaborating with the likes of young Grammy-nominee Leon Bridges and Steven Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste. The Rolling Stones blast Nick's version of "I Can Only Give You Everything" at stadiums before they go onstage. Vogue hired him to pose with Kendall Jenner. He hipped her to Little Willie John while Anna Wintour complimented his shoes. While a lesser artist would get lost in these distractions, Nick Waterhouse's acclaim only seems to energize him and make him work harder and push his music to the next level.
Nick's latest Never Twice is a culmination, intensification, and realization of everything he's been developing throughout this prolific frenzy. Catchier and loaded with more hits than its predecessors, Nick's new LP is at the same time harder hitting, more rhythmic, more harmonic, more diverse, and more adventurous than any of the excellent work that already separated him from the pack. A cool and elegant post-post-modern cocktail of 1950s r&b and club jazz, mixed with 1960s soul and boogaloo, and shaken with a minimal contemporary sensibility, Never Twice finds the artist taking his time, refining his vision, and speaking with new authority. In five short years Nick Waterhouse has come a long way and it looks like he may have just painted his masterpiece.
- Jonathan Toubin1. It's Time
2. I Had Some Money (But I Spent It)
3. Straight Love Affair
4. Stanyan Street
5. The Old Place
6. Katchi (feat. Leon Bridges)
7. Baby, I'm In The Mood For You
9. Lucky Once
10. LA Turnaround$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Nina Simone was on her way to becoming a major name by 1962, with her protest and civil rights songs giving her acclaim and recognition far beyond the jazz world. This reissue is a change of pace for the singer/pianist, who is heard performing 11 songs written by Duke Ellington and/or Billy Strayhorn. Backed by an unidentified string orchestra (the accompaniment is often sparse) and the Malcolm Dodds Singers, she not only revives the usual Duke hits but such obscurities as Hey, Buddy Bolden, Merry Mending, and You Better Know It. None of these performances sound like the typical treatment of Ellington material, with I Got It Bad having a gospel feel, Something to Live For being brief but heartfelt, I Like the Sunrise sounding like a big production number, and Satin Doll being taken as an instrumental.
-All Music Guide1. Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
2. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
3. Hey, Buddy Bolden
4. Merry Mending
5. Something to Live for
6. You Better Know It
7. I Like the Sunrise
9. The Gal from Joe's
10. Satin Doll
11. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
12. Mood Indigo*
*Bonus Track$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Condolences (Gray w/Black Splatter)Pressed On Gray Vinyl With Black Splatter
A grimly glamorous ghoul who first slithered from the cobwebbed shadows of Charlotte, North Carolina, in the early 90s, WEDNESDAY 13 has firmly established himself as the world's premier purveyor of balls-out horror punk insanity. With a vivid and vile imagination that has endeared him to countless fans of riff-driven macabre over the last two decades, he has been one of rock's most prolific protagonists, spreading his credo of grave-robbing rock 'n' roll and Hallowe'en debauchery around the globe and unleashing a seemingly endless stream of blood-spattered albums and EPs.
"All my favorite stuff, like KISS and ALICE COOPER and TWISTED SISTER, those guys set the bar pretty high," he states. "I always wanted to do something in the worlds of those bands. That's the blueprint. It had to be as outrageous and crazy as that and I wanted to be on someone's wall one day and have their parents say 'Oh my god, what is that?' The formula's still there from when I started doing it as a kid and started wanting to be in a band. It's just GI Joe and Dracula!"
After several years of sharpening his creative teeth, WEDNESDAY 13 emerged from the fetid crypt of obscurity with his band FRANKENSTEIN DRAG QUEENS FROM PLANET 13, those masters of snotty schlock rock that released an astonishing five studio albums and six EPs between 1996 and 2002. Always the leader of the revolting pack, WEDNESDAY 13 then became a bona fide international rock star as frontman for the MURDERDOLLS, his collaboration with SLIPKNOT's Joey Jordison. The band took the world by storm, with Europe and the UK, in particular, succumbing to the feral charms of 2002 debut album, »Beyond The Valley Of The Murderdolls«; a raucous eruption of big tunes and bad attitude that noisily redefined the horror punk genre. After MURDERDOLLS went on an extended hiatus in 2004, WEDNESDAY 13 embarked on a widely lauded solo career that again provided him with an outlet for his relentless outpouring of fiendish musical and lyrical ideas. Albums like »Transylvania 90210« (released by Roadrunner in 2005), »Fang Bang« and »Skeletons« all cemented our pallid hero's reputation as the bastard son of ALICE COOPER and THE MISFITS, while his outlaw country project, BOURBON CROW and one-off glam metal vehicle, GUNFIRE 76 proved that he had sufficient versatility to survive outside the graveyard and abattoir.
MURDERDOLLS reconvened in 2010 for the vicious »Women And Children Last« album and another successful world tour before disappearing once more into the freezing midnight fog, leaving WEDNESDAY to revive his solo career with a few thousand volts of wicked electricity yet more highly praised albums and tours including 2014's scintillating acoustic opus »Undead Unplugged« and the following year's thunderous »Monsters Of The Universe: Come Out & Plague«. However, absolutely nothing that WEDNESDAY has created in the past has even touched upon the horrifying potency and allure of his brand new studio album, »Condolences«.
Frustrated with the arduous process of releasing his own music, our favorite black-hearted freak has thrown himself and his music into a whirling maelstrom of reinvention. The result is not just the heaviest and most authentically disturbing record of the great man's career but also a huge creative leap forward, neatly encapsulated by the new album's simple and direct title.
"It's more of a serious WEDNESDAY 13 record, I guess," he says. "The campiness has gone and it's taken a darker vibe. It's definitely not in the camp, sleazy world anymore. The band is visually stronger and that's taken things to a new level. Normally my album titles are parodies of something, like »Women And Children Last«, that's a VAN HALEN album title gone wrong! (laughs) So I wanted to make sure that this record came across as a brand new version of WEDNESDAY 13."
In musical terms, »Condolences« showcases WEDNESDAY's growing obsession with the world of heavy metal and its endless possibilities for exploring tales of horror and violence. Produced by renowned studio guru Zeuss, new songs like anthemic first single 'What The Night Brings' and the pile-driving 'Blood Sick' still exhibit a dash of B-movie weirdness and are full of WEDNESDAY's trademark twisted lyrics, but where previous albums were rooted in the worlds of punk rock and glam metal, »Condolences« is a full-on modern metal record with gigantic balls and the attitude to match. From the glowering menace of 'Good Riddance' to the grandiose hellishness of the album's 7-minute title track, it's living, breathing, murdering proof that the WEDNESDAY 13 of 2017 means business. And business is mean.
"The punk rock vibe has left the building and it's become a full-on metal vibe," WEDNESDAY agrees. "I've been the horror-punk guy for years, but this is horror metal. It's just evolution. Over the last ten years, I've become a metalhead for the most part. That second MURDERDOLLS record just amped the whole thing up, and the guys in the band have influenced me with so much other stuff. It's not just me with my SEX PISTOLS, ALICE COOPER and RAMONES records anymore! (laughs) Now I've got my band incorporating everything from death metal to rock'n'roll. It's all across the boards. There are no rules. We can do whatever we want, whatever fits."
Manifestly the strongest, heaviest and most individual album of his lengthy career, »Condolences« promises to push WEDNESDAY 13 into heavy music's upper echelons once again. With determined plans to tour relentlessly in support of the new record, the future is looking dark, dangerous, exhilarating and wildly, unapologetically theatrical.
"It's non-stop touring once the record comes out," WEDNESDAY concludes. "We just did our first video for 'What The Night Brings' and the visuals are really cool. I've incorporated a lot of stuff I've been doing live, like this devil character I've been transforming into at shows, and that got worked in. We're taking the music, the imagery and the entire stage show up a level. It's gonna be a full-on theatrical stage production, so I'll be busy as fuck on stage! I've been doing this shit for so many years, I started thinking 'How can I make this fun again?' (laughs)"1. Last Rites
2. What The Night Brings
4. Blood Sick
5. Good Riddance
6. You Breathe, I Kill
7. Omen Amen
8. Cruel To You
9. Eulogy XIII
10. Prey For Me
11. Lonesome Road To Hell
13. Death Infinity$29.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SONM-EPI-80202xAC / DC
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt CheapThere's a real sense of menace to Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, the title song of AC/DC's third album. More than most of their songs to date, it captured the seething malevolence of Bon Scott, the sense that he reveled in doing bad things, encouraged by the maniacal riffs of Angus and Malcolm Young who provided him with their most brutish rock & roll yet. But for as glorious as the title track was, the entire album served as a call to arms from a group that wanted nothing more than to celebrate the dirtiest, nastiest instincts humans could have, right down to the insurgent anti-authority vibe that runs throughout the record. Take Big Balls -- sure, it's a dirty joke, but it's a dirty joke with class overthrow in mind. There's a sense on Dirty Deeds that AC/DC is storming the gates -- they're problem children sick of waiting around to be a millionaire, so they're gonna make their own money, even if they take down others as they go. That's what gives Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap its supercharged, nervy pulse; there's a real sense of danger to this record, something that can't be hidden beneath the jokes. Maybe that's why the album wasn't released in the U.S. until 1981, after Bon's death, after AC/DC had become millionaires -- if it arrived any earlier, it would have been too insurrectionist for the common good.
-Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music Guide)1. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
2. Love at First Feel
3. Big Balls
5. Problem Child
6. There's Gonna Be Some Rockin'
7. Ain't No Fun (Waiting Round to Be a Millionaire)
8. Ride On
9. Squealer$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
EP #260One-Time Pressing Of 1500 Copies
SQÜRL is: Jim Jarmusch, Carter Logan and Shane Stoneback. An enthusiastically marginal rock band from New York City who like big drums & distorted guitars, cassette recorders, loops, feedback, sad country songs, molten stoner core, chopped & screwed hip-hop, and imaginary movie scores.
SQÜRL began in 2009 when Jim Jarmusch and Carter Logan teamed with producer Shane Stoneback to record some original music for the film The Limits of Control. Echoing the varied Spanish landscapes captured in the film, the three emerged with a set of slow-motion psychedelic rock instrumentals (releasing them as Bad Rabbit). Following these scoring sessions Jim, Shane, and Carter continued to record new originals while also exploring the back-alleys of American country, noise, and psychedelia. SQÜRL released a series of 3 EPs, recorded over a 3 year period by Shane at Treefort Recording in Brooklyn, NY. Jarmusch and Logan's collaboration continued as a duo with SQÜRL's acclaimed score for Paterson, and a trio with Stoneback for EP #260.1. Solstice
2. The Dark Rift
4. Gates of Ishtar (Equinox Remix by Anton Newcombe)
5. The Dark Rift (Follakzoid Remix)$16.9912 Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
1755Dark Metal's finest art project MOONSPELL outclasses all standards with their colossal new release 1755. The twelfth record from these Portuguese gothic masters is an orchestral adventure including siren like choirs with a Wagnerian pomp! Strings, bongos, Oriental singing, grand guitars are just a tiny part of this amazing piece of work. From the first superincumbent second, the conceptual dramaturgy of MOONSPELL's work feels like a detonation of the mind. Playful and mean-spirited. 1755 is their magnum opus.
This musical masterpiece represents the year of horror where a giant earthquake wrecked their home of Lisbon. Naturally, this album is sung completely in Portuguese. The album features Paulo Bragança, supplying a hauntingly voice of a Fado fallen angel who is a big part of the Portuguese culture. His fascinating vocals are featured in In Tremor Dei (Eng.: Fear Of God). 1755 is an adventure in medieval landscapes full of threats, guarded by stirring hymns including the bad luck Desastre. Choirs filled with fear stab into the wild disharmony of the guitars. The album is emotionally, technically and completely breathtaking!1. Em Nome Do Medo
3. In Tremor Dei
7. 1 De Novembro
9. Todos Os Santos
10. Lanterna Dos Afogados
11. Desastre (Spanish Version)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now