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  • Thickfreakness Thickfreakness Quick View

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    Akron, Ohio's Black Keys offer crunchy, riff-heavy blues-rock that is remarkably rich and textured, particularly when one considers that they are merely a duo. Continuing in the vein of their 2002 debut, The Big Come Up, this sophomore album leavens their garage blues with enough innovation to keep things interesting, taking full advantage of Dan Auerbachs full-throated growl. Particularly appealing are Hard Row, which lurks somewhere between Cream and punk rock, the strong stomp of Everywhere I Go, and the irresistible guitar riff that graces If You See Me. The Black Keys might be covering familiar territory, but they do it so well--and with so much invention--that one is inclined to yield it to them and see what they do with it.
    1. Thickfreakness
    2. Hard Row
    3. Set You Free
    4. Midnight in Her Eyes
    5. Have Love Will Travel
    6. Hurt Like Mine
    7. Everywhere I Go
    8. No Trust
    9. If You See Me
    10. Hold Me in Your Arms
    11. I Cry Alone
    The Black Keys
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    El Camino

    Reviewing The Black Keys' 2010 Top Ten breakthrough album Brothers, Rolling Stone called the duo a two-man combo with a big-band mind. That description seems downright prophetic now. With the hard-rocking El Camino, The Black Keys' fourth Nonesuch release, guitarist-singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney conjure up an exhilarating, stadium-sized sound in collaboration with producer and friend Danger Mouse. El Camino boasts a no-nonsense brilliance: The pace is fast, the mood is upbeat, the choruses unfailingly addictive made for shouting along, preferably in a large, sweaty crowd.

    A band already at the top of its game has gotten even better. And The Black Keys have done pretty damn well so far this year, with three 2011 Grammy awards for Brothers under their belt, an MTV Video Music Award for Tighten Up, more than 850,000 copies of Brothers sold in the U.S., and upwards of a million units worldwide, plus innumerable licensing placements in film, TV, and commercials. El Camino features one stand-out track after another, such as first single Lonely Boy, Gold on the Ceiling, and the surprising, acoustic-guitar-driven, tempo-shifting Little Black Submarines.

    This record is more straight ahead rock and roll raw, driving, and back to basics, says Auerbach. As Carney has put it, The Black Keys respect the past while being in the present, and that formula has made them sound like nothing less than the future of rock and roll. While the largely self-produced Brothers, recorded at the famed Muscle Shoals Studio in Alabama, had a more soul and blues-oriented sound, El Camino often recalls the blitzkrieg-paced British-style rock of the 1960s and 70s, post-Beatles and pre-punk: artists like T-Rex, The Sweet, and Gary Glitter, along with the heavier swing of such bands as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.

    The references are there, but the sound is very much contemporary and utterly their own, equally informed by The Black Keys' passion for hip hop and R&B and bolstered by the atmospheric production approach of Danger Mouse (a.k.a. Brian Burton), who was behind the boards for 2008's Attack & Release and collaborated with them on the funky Tighten Up for Brothers. As Auerbach notes, Brian understands all the different kinds of music we're into. He's got really great ideas about melody and song structure. For him it's all about the song. Also rejoining them is consistently innovative mixing engineer Tchad Blake, who Auerbach calls a genius with audio, a complete wizard.

    El Camino arrives just in time to serve as the ideal holiday gift for The Black Keys' rapidly growing fan base. It came together quickly in an unfettered burst of creativity by the hard-charging pair. They recorded these 11 tracks between tour dates for Brothers at Auerbach's new Easy Eye Studio in Nashville, where he and Carney have now relocated after years of working in their native Akron, Ohio. The duo plans to embark on a six week European Tour at the start of the New Year, with U.S. dates to follow shortly thereafter-including several arenas.

    In a time of global austerity, The Black Keys work simply and efficiently, with a minimum of tools and a wealth of ideas, to produce the richest, fattest, coolest music around. Upon the release of Brothers last year, Britain's Uncut magazine called them one of the best rock'n'roll bands on the planet, and El Camino, confirms that.

    1. Lonely Boy
    2. Dead And Gone
    3. Gold On The Ceiling
    4. Little Black Submarines
    5. Money Maker
    6. Run Right Back
    7. Sister
    8. Hell Of A Season
    9. Stop Stop
    10. Nova Baby
    11. Mind Eraser
    The Black Keys
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    W/ CD version of the album included.

    The maturation of the Black Keys as record makers and performers has been both subtle and startling. With their 2008 Nonesuch release Attack & Release, the fifth album of their eight-year career which doubled the sales of their previous album and Nonesuch debut Magic Potion, guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney illustrated the durability of their few-frills sound, a mysterious and heavy brew of '70s-vintage rock, classic R&B and timeless, downhearted blues. Producer and pal Danger Mouse, their first outside collaborator, didn't try to reinvent their sound but further isolated its essence with the help of a few carefully chosen guest players and some retro-modern electronic gear. It didn't need to get slicker to get better, or, as the Boston Globe put it, Attack & Release proves that cleaning up the boys still won't stop them from tracking mud all over the house.

    Danger Mouse returned to co-produce Tighten Up on Brothers, but for the most part, the duo was on its own, spending ten days at the legendary Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama and coming up with the an even more intensely focused, deeply soulful set that includes a cover of Jerry Butler's Never Gonna Give You Up. The performances are inventive and impassioned: Auerbach extends his vocal range to falsetto on lead-off track Everlasting Light and The Only One; Howlin' For You opens with a Gary Glitter-style drum riff and the chorus practically invites singing along. The tunes offer a surprising amount of lyrical candor and more than a little dark humor; the grooves alternate between ballsy swagger and bluesy rumination. The album reflects where Auerbach and Carney have been lately, most recently collaborating with a who's who of New York City MC's, including RZA, Q Tip, Mos Def and Raekwon on the 2009 BlakRocBlack Keys fan Damon Dash. They've also pursued projects on their own, Auerbach with his solo Keep It Hid album and tour, Carney with his band Drummer and its debut disc, Feels Good Together. Their maturation didn't happen just in the studio, though. Carney admits, Dan and I grew up a lot as individuals and musicians prior to making this album. Our relationship was tested in many ways but at the end of the day, we're brothers, and I think these songs reflect that. super-session organized by hip-hop impresario and

    Brothers was primarily cut in Muscle Shoals, a setting that turned out to have more in common with the Akron, Ohio factories where the Black Keys used to record. The place was desolate, the town depressed, so once again the duo slipped into a world all its own. They did additional recording at Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound System in Akron and The Bunker in Brooklyn. The album was mixed by engineer Tchad Blake, a veteran of sessions with Los Lobos, Pearl Jam and Peter Gabriel. Says Carney, The way he approaches mixing is the same way we approach making music. Respecting the past while being in the present..

    1. Everlasting Light
    2. Next Girl
    3. Tighten Up
    4. Howlin' For You
    5. She's Long Gone
    6. Black Mud
    7. The Only One
    8. Too Afraid To Love
    9. Ten Cent Pistol
    10. Sinister Kid
    11. The Go Getter
    12. I'm Not The One
    13. Unknown Brother
    14. Never Gonna Give You Up
    15. These Days
    The Black Keys
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  • Chulahoma Chulahoma Quick View

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    Chulahoma is a stopgap EP from the Black Keys, a collection of six covers of songs by cult bluesman Junior Kimbrough, whose 'Do the Rump' they covered on their 2002 debut, Big Come Up. Considering that this is the first time the blues-rock guitar-n-drums duo has devoted an album to nothing but straight-ahead blues songs, it wound seem logical that Chulahoma would be the bluesiest recording in their catalog, but the Black Keys aren't that simple. The six songs on this 28-minute EP are hardly replications of Kimbrough's gritty originals, nor do they have the dirty, punch-to-the-gut feel of any of the duo's three proper albums. Instead, this is the weirdest set of music the band has done to date, a trippy, murky excursion into territory that floats somewhere between the primal urgency of the duo's best work and the dark, moody psychedelia of late-'60s blues-rock. Take 'Have Mercy on Me' its winding, narcotic blues groove settles into a bed of droning organ and bongos, but the interplay between guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney prevents it from sounding as affected as psychedelia, while infusing it with a real sense of danger. That unsettling undercurrent flows throughout this brief EP, and it makes Chulahoma an album that's ideal for pitch-black nights, where the music can worm its way into your imagination and then run wild. That alone would make it a unique, noteworthy detour for the Black Keys, but when this is compared to Kimbrough's original recordings, it becomes an instructive listen since a side-by-side listen reveals how Auerbach drew inspiration from Kimbrough's stripped-down, idiosyncratic grooves and took it into some place entirely different. And while that might mean that Chulahoma doesn't necessarily sound like a kissing cousin to Kimbrough's originals, it does make it a greater, richer tribute than most cover albums, and it certainly proves that Auerbach's testimonial in the liner notes about how Junior Kimbrough changed his life is no lie.
    1 Keep Your Hands off Her

    2 Have Mercy on Me

    3 Work Me

    4 Meet Me in the City

    5 Nobody But You

    6 My Mind Is Ramblin'
    The Black Keys
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  • Attack & Release Attack & Release Quick View

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    Attack & Release

    Until now, guitarist-singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney of the Black Keys took an extreme do-it-yourself approach to record making, hunkering down in a basement studio or setting up equipment in one of the abandoned factories of their native Akron, Ohio. Their modus operandi was more seance than session. With a minimal set of tools, they conjured up a big, swaggering blues-rock sound, seemingly drawn from some distant time and place yet too weirdly original to ever be called retro. As Rolling Stone put it in a review of their 2006 Nonesuch debut, Magic Potion, Pure blues rock of this caliber is really timeless.

    For this album, however, the Black Keys decided not to go it alone: Attack and Release is the result of one of the most audacious and eagerly awaited collaborations in alternative rock history. As producer, Auerbach and Carney chose Danger Mouse, the mega-eclectic sonic mastermind behind the Grammy Award-winning Gnarls Barkley's St. Elsewhere and its multi-format hit, Crazy, as well as the music-industry provocateur who created the mother of all mash-ups, The Grey Album. The Black Keys also deigned to work at an established studio, albeit one within driving distance of Akron. Suma Recording, a legendary spot in northeast Ohio renowned for its supply of great vintage gear, provided just the right ambience for the guys. As Carney put it, with genuine affection, Suma smells like a moldy cabin and looks like a haunted house.

    On Attack and Release, Danger Mouse is more creative co-conspirator than traditional figure behind the boards. He doesn't radically alter the duo's sound so much as coax out more of its inherent soulfulness, groove and bittersweet emotion. Two versions of Remember When illustrate how the duo can swing easily from smoldering ballad to thrashing rocker. I'm more pleased with the sound of this record than any one we've ever made, says Carney, and Auerbach concurs: We never let it all go like we did for this one, anything was game. It was just fun to make, and that's why I think it's so successful. The band adds more instrumentation to their mix, including piano, organ and moog synthesizer. Danger Mouse fashions subtle special effects, like the ghostly background choir that surfaces on the moody I Got Mine, which sounds as if it were samples from some old Warner Bros. cartoon. The Black Keys also invited in a few special guests: guitarist Marc Ribot and clarinetist-flautist (and Pat's uncle) Ralph Carney, both veterans of Tom Waits' band and players on countless avant-rock/jazz/noise session. Jessica Lea Mayfield a/k/a Chittlin, an impressive 18 year-old bluegrass/country singer from Kent, Ohio, sings alongside a heart-breakingly plaintive Auerbauch on the slow-dance final cut, Things Ain't Like They Used to Be

    1. All You Ever Wanted
    2. I Got Mine
    3. Strange Times
    4. Psychotic Girl
    5. Lies
    6. Remember When (Side A)
    7. Remember When (Side B)
    8. Same Old Thing
    9. So He Won't Break
    10. Oceans & Streams
    11. Things Ain't Like They Used to Be
    The Black Keys
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  • Black Bubblegum Black Bubblegum Quick View

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    Black Bubblegum

    Black Bubblegum is the newest LP from Eric Copeland,
    and we are not kidding when we emphasize it sounds like
    nothing he has done in the past. The title of the record
    says it all: chewy, sticky pop that doesn't taste quite like
    any chewy, sticky pop you've had before.

    Recorded at Copeland's old practice space in South
    Williamsburg, Black Bubblegum contains songs with
    more conventional sounds and songwriting than any of
    his previous releases. While there are similarities with
    Copeland's earlier work in the drum patterns, major
    scales and vocals, Black Bubblegum moves away from
    his trademark psychedelic dub towards strange and
    fantastical pop; imagine Arthur Russell going into the
    studio with the Ramones. Wanting to take a more "handson"
    approach to these recordings, Copeland exchanged
    sample-driven tech and hardware for keyboards, guitars
    and effect pedals, creating a new sound that is oddly
    easy to digest despite its rejection of melody in favour of
    discord and dissonance.

    For a long time, Copeland considered this collection of
    songs to be recordings which would never be heard. This
    invariably influenced certain decisions made during the
    creation of Black Bubblegum, blessing Copeland with
    the unique freedom that comes from making music never
    intended to be heard, let alone released.

    When asked to please jot down what influenced this new
    album and sound, Eric replied "glam holes, glitter dreams,
    money troubles, apocalypse paranoia, one hit wonders,
    manifest destiny, my family's westward migration, body
    troubles (was passing kidney stones almost the entire
    time), LGBT disco parties, Jonathan Richman, Missing
    Foundation, Neil Diamond, New Orleans, poverty, getting
    pushed out of another Brooklyn neighbourhood... No
    Beach Boys, no Beatles, no Buddha... More Bad News

    Eric Copeland has been sound clashing at full volume for
    over twenty years, first carving out a named for himself as
    one third of the legendary NY-via-Providence band Black
    Dice. A wildly prolific solo artist, Copeland has played
    shit houses, party palaces and seemingly everything in
    between all over the world.

    A long time Brooklyn, resident, Eric recently relocated
    to where the L Train does not run - Palma de Mallorca,
    Spain. While maintaining a relatively humble and low key
    presence in a highly competitive musical world, he has
    releases a prolific amount of music every year through
    indie labels such as L.I.E.S., Escho (Iceage), PPM (No Age), Paw Tracks (Animal Collective) and DFA.

    1. Kids In A Coma
    2. Rip It
    3. Fuck It Up
    4. Honorable Mentions
    5. Blue Honey
    6. On
    7. Cannibal World
    8. Don't Beat Your Baby
    9. Radio Weapons
    10. Get My Own
    Eric Copeland
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  • Black Pearls Black Pearls Quick View

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    Black Pearls

    Recorded in 1958 during a session at the studio of Rudy Van Gelder in Hackensack, NJ, Black Pearls captures Coltrane at the height of his powers,
    perfecting what would come to be known as his sheets of sound soloing technique. With an all-star combo in tow featuring trumpeter Donald Byrd and
    the Red Garland Trio (Garland on keys, Paul Chambers on bass and Art Taylor on drums), Coltrane displays an absolute mastery of his craft in what
    would be the group's last date together. Another gem in an illustrious career, Coltrane's Black Pearls offers in equal measure dazzling solos and
    unmatched group unity. An essential recording for Coltrane fans and jazz-lovers alike, Black Pearls is now available on vinyl.
    1. Black Pearls
    2. Lover, Come Back To Me
    3. Sweet Sapphire Blues
    John Coltrane
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    Black Beauty


    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl

    Gatefold Sleeve

    Includes 4-Page Booklet

    Black Beauty, Miles Davis At Fillmore West, was recorded on April 10, 1970 at Fillmore West, San Francisco, when Davis performed as the opening act for the Grateful Dead. The recording took place shortly after the release of Miles' classic album Bitches Brew. The album was released in 1973, originally in Japan only.

    Black Beauty, a true jazz-rock album, captured one of Davis' first performances at a rock venue during the early stages of his electric period. At the concert, he led his band (saxophonist Steve Grossman, bassist Dave Holland, keyboardist Chick Corea, drummer Jack DeJohnette, and percussionist Airto Moreira) through one continuously performed set list.

    The songs in the band's setlist were as followed: Directions, Miles Runs the Voodoo Down, Willie Nelson, I Fall In Love Too Easily, Sanctuary, It's About That Time, Bitches Brew, Masqualero, Spanish Key, and The Theme. They were performed as one continuous and uninterrupted piece of music, a practice Davis had begun in 1967. He later explained in his autobiography that performing these kinds of long musical suites without breaks allowed more space for improvisations in concert.

    The original Japanese booklet is included in this vinyl package.

    LP 1
    1. Black Beauty Part I

    2. Black Beauty Part II

    LP 2
    1. Black Beauty Part III
    2. Black Beauty Part IV

    Miles Davis
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  • Black Celebration Black Celebration Quick View

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    Black Celebration

    Whether the band felt it was simply the time to move on from its most explicit industrial-pop fusion days, or whether increased success and concurrently larger venues pushed the music into different avenues, Depeche Mode's fifth studio album, Black Celebration, saw the group embarking on a path that in many ways defined their sound to the present: emotionally extreme lyrics matched with amped-up tunes, as much anthemic rock as they are compelling dance, along with stark, low-key ballads. The slow, sneaky build of the opening title track, with a strange distorted vocal sample providing a curious opening hook, sets the tone as David Gahan sings of making it through another black day while powerful drums and echoing metallic pings carry the song. Black Celebration is actually heavier on the ballads throughout, many sung by Martin Gore -- the most per album he has yet taken lead on -- with notable dramatic beauties including Sometimes, with its surprise gospel choir start and rough piano sonics, and the hyper-nihilistic World Full of Nothing. The various singles from the album remain definite highlights, such as A Question of Time, a brawling, aggressive number with a solid Gahan vocal, and the romantic/physical politics of Stripped, featuring particularly sharp arrangements from Alan Wilder. However, with such comparatively lesser-known but equally impressive numbers as the quietly intense romance of Here Is the House to boast, Black Celebration is solid through and through.

    - Ned Raggett (All Music Guide)

    1. Black Celebration
    2. Fly On The Windscreen - Final
    3. A Question Of Lust
    4. Sometimes
    5. It Doesn't Matter Two
    6. A Question Of Time
    7. Stripped
    8. Here Is The House
    9. World Full Of Nothing
    10. Dressed In Black
    11. New Dress
    Depeche Mode
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  • Black Action Figure Black Action Figure Quick View

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    Black Action Figure

    Part Of The Blue Note 75 Anniversary LP Reissue Campaign

    A Blue Note essential, Black Action Figure is part of the Blue Note 75 anniversary LP reissue campaign. Key to the initiative is high quality audio at affordable prices. Originally released in 1999, this is the jazz vibraphonist's second album for Blue Note

    LP 1
    1. Club Madness

    2. Feline Blues

    3. There Is No Greater Love

    4. Of Things To Come

    5. After The Day Is Done
    6. Conversations At The Mess

    7. Black Action Figure

    LP 2
    1. Collage

    2. You Stepped Out Of A Dream

    3. Alovi

    4. Bass Vibes

    5. The Alchemist

    6. Chorale

    7. Faded Beauty

    8. Musical Silence

    Stefon Harris
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  • Orphan Black Soundtrack Orphan Black Soundtrack Quick View

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    Orphan Black Soundtrack

    180 gram album with full color photos on the inner sleeve and a gatefold package. This Pop Soundtrack from the
    award winning and cult phenomnena TV Series, Orphan Black, features key pop songs that helped create the soundbof the show, (Matthew Dear, Foxygen, Tears for Fears, The Troggs etc.) The album also includes the Orphan Black Theme by Two Fingers (alter-ego of electronic musician Amon Tobin).
    1. Theme From Orphan Black by Two Fingers
    2. Rain Of Gold by Young Empires
    3. It Ain't You by The Ettes
    4. Earthforms by Matthew Dear
    5. Mon Ton Ton by Humans
    6. Shuggie by Foxygen
    7. Bitch by Merideth Brooks
    8. Blame Fiction by The Belle Game
    9. Live In The Bedroom by Tim Moxam
    10. Head Over Heels by Tears For Fears
    11. Crazy by Diana Salvatore
    12. When I Was by Abroad by Daniel Romano
    13. West End Sky by Elliott Brood
    14. Love Is All Around by The Troggs
    Various Artists
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    Symmetry In Black

    First time available on vinyl - Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Crowbar with the release of Symmetry in Black

    In a genre as prone to flights of fancy as heavy metal, Crowbar have always felt like a grounding presence, anchored to reality with their seemingly impossible heaviness. Keeping up their good works, the New Orleans sludge metal masters return with their tenth album, Symmetry in Black, an exercise in consistency that proves the band is still up to the task after 25 years of brooding sonic devastation. The album finds the band shifting gears from the pummeling assault of 2011's excellent Sever the Wicked Hand to something slower (though with Crowbar that's a fairly relative term).

    Some things haven't changed, however, namely the powerful playing and singing of Kirk Windstein, whose anguished bellows and penchant for lumbering riffs continue to act as Crowbar's bellwether. While this consistency has been key to their longevity, what really makes Crowbar special is their relatability. When other bands are off telling tales of demons and black rituals, Windstein and company take on earthly woes like addiction and fearing our own mortality. Despite their delivery over a brooding, glacially paced riff, lines like Reject the thought of losing what is mine/Ascend above your own demise, from Reflection of Deceit, feel like they're meant to empower listeners rather than bring them down. Symmetry in Black is an album that shows us we don't have to waste our time fighting imaginary enemies, because the real world is plenty full of darkness that, much like Crowbar themselves, is always there.

    1. Walk with Knowledge Wisely
    2. Symmetry in White
    3. The Taste of Dying
    4. Reflection of Deceit
    5. Ageless Decay
    6. Amaranthine
    7. The Foreboding
    8. Shaman of Belief
    9. Teach the Blind to See
    10. A Wealth of Empathy
    11. Symbolic Suicide
    12. The Piety of Self-Loathing
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    Covered In Black

    And they are glorious, beautiful. Sounding a bit like She &
    Him might were they produced by Sufjan Stevens - to create a
    sort of She & She & She & She, they are four alt-pop Brontës
    who beam right into your stereo like a comforting aural torch
    you never need to buy batteries for. - Drowned In Sound

    "Best referenced midway between the Bangles and Go-Gos in
    terms of a girl group approach, there's a kind of slacker
    sensibility at work here, one that never muffles the drive or
    conviction. I was meant for something more, Cottingham
    sings on the final track, aptly entitled Anything and indeed a
    lyric has never sounded so true." - Blurt

    Precociousness always catches its observer off guard; we are
    witness to a stubborn incongruity, a disproportionate relationship
    between limited years and elevated levels of skill, insight, or
    vision. It confounds common experience, and we wonder. When
    Ortolan's debut album Time On A String was released in 2010,
    three quarters of the family foursome were yet under drinking
    age. Along with copious kudos given to the quality of the music
    and the maturity of the songwriting, every single review made
    mention of their age. Wonder indeed.

    What may be the greater marvel though, is when a nascent talent
    starts to grow into itself; when prodigious promise begins to
    deliver something beyond spectacle, when it begins to nourish
    those who are witness to it. Such is the case with Ortolan's latest,
    Covered In Black.

    The pulse at the heart of Ortolan's music has always been
    Stephanie Cottingham's voice, a curious combination of
    innocence, wisdom, and wit (all rare commodities in the greater
    landscape of popular music today). These beguiling qualities
    remain, but here her voice is imbued with a greater richness. The
    bandwidth of color, hue, and shade has widened; the reds are
    redder and the blues are bluer. Even more significant though, is
    Cottingham's development as an interpreter of her own songs.
    Her voice remains a thing to behold, but in the tradition of Kitty
    Wells, Etta James, or Emmylou Harris, she is becoming a
    storyteller. Each note is now is its own scene in a greater drama.
    Each vocal push and lilt tells of loss and love, fear and

    As much as Ortolan is about Stephanie Cottingham's voice and
    songwriting, it is about family, and the picture is incomplete
    without the powerful presence of Jill (keys), Briana (bass), and
    Lara (drums). Floor toms drum and drive, strumming guitars
    strum and strum faster, basses rock and keyboards swirl and
    swoop. Their commitment to one another is palpable, and is as
    important to the music as the notes and rhythms they're playing.

    That their voices also join Stephanie's throughout the record is
    not insignificant. There is an excess of animosity in the world: so
    much time is spent competing, resisting, debating, conflicting,
    arguing. There is something so vital and humane in joining voices
    for once, in unison. One of the simplest and most powerful
    activities of human beings is singing together, and this is a
    central ingredient to Ortolan's music and life. Nothing is
    pretended-it's what they do: voices are raised and raised
    together -- to cry, to question, to pray, to laugh, to celebrate.

    The color black is achieved through the mixing of different
    paints and opposing pigments; as such, black represents the
    presence of color, not the absence of it, and Ortolan's latest is
    covered in it.

    1. Bottle's Broken
    2. Holding This Fire
    3. Votes Are In
    4. Covered In Black
    5. Surprise

    6. Spring
    7. Green Were The Days
    8. You Don't Know
    9. Above The Mountain

    10. Miles
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    Black Mountain (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

    Limited Edition Grey Vinyl

    It's only a clichÉ because it's true, but the greatest records are timeless. Black Mountain's self-titled debut
    album is just such a record. It is a new classic rock, with reference points arcane and clear, its sound fresh,
    unfamiliar and irresistible. The work of a small collective of musicians operating from Vancouver, Canada,
    far from any industry buzz but firmly in the eye of their own storm of creativity, Black Mountain's debut
    album was, of course, a beginning, but it also marked an ending.

    Begun as the fourth album for Jerk With A Bomb, the 4-track bedroom project turned non-rock band led
    by Stephen McBean that preceded Black Mountain, the songs grew from skeletal sessions cut by McBean
    and Josh Wells and honed on the road in empty North American clubs along with Amber Webber. "We'd lay
    down the bed tracks, the guitars and drums," remembers McBean. "Matt [Camirand, bass] joined, and we
    changed the band name after a dream of how life could be different in the B section between Black Flag and
    Black Sabbath. Josh's roommate Jeremy [Schmidt, keys] was lurking about. We asked him if he wanted to
    add some synth bleeps or whatever. He came back with all these orchestrated keyboard parts, and we said,
    'Oh, you should probably join the band now.'"

    They cut the album at the Hive and their jam space in Vancouver, recording in "a big cement room with a
    tall ceiling, nice boomy acoustics, lots of natural reverb, on an 8-track reel-to-reel tape recorder." During the
    sessions, these elemental first tracks found their true shape: wry & giddy, hypnotic & gracefully heavy, the
    dark and powerful blues, and mysterious chugging murk.

    The album's initial success saw the band take to the road, leaving their Vancouver enclave for stages across
    the world. "It felt like there was a real explosion of excitement at shows," remembers McBean. "We wouldn't
    write setlists, we'd just feel the energy in the room and call things out, jamming on songs like 'No Hits' and
    'Druganaut.' It was a good time for live rock'n'roll: DJ booths were being transformed back to drum risers,
    people were digging 20 minute heady jams and there were bands like Comets On Fire and Oneida out there
    who we felt kinship with. I was into Faust and Amon Duul but had no idea of the scene of modern bands
    doing that stuff. And then we met those bands, and it was cool. And then we went on tour with
    Coldplay and the adventures continued.

    Their jaunt across the world as guests of perhaps the biggest band in the world is a tale for another time,
    perhaps: the start of Black Mountain's next chapter, and all that followed. For now, savor the compact,
    spacey brilliance of that cosmic, heavy and subtle debut album, expanded now with a raft of delicious bonus
    tracks scavenged from the Black Mountain Army archives.

    Modern Music
    Don't Run Our Hearts Around
    No Satisfaction
    Set Us Free
    No Hits
    Heart Of Snow
    Faulty Times
    Druganaut (Extended Remix)
    Buffalo Swan
    Bicycle Man
    Behind The Fall
    Set Us Free (Demo)
    Black Mountain (Demo)
    No Satisfaction (UK Radio)
    It Wasn't Arson
    Black Mountain
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    The Silence In Black And White (Awaiting Repress)

    Colored Vinyl

    Having formed in the unlikely musical breeding ground of Dayton, Ohio in 2001, Hawthorne Heights learned early on that adaptation and diligence were the keys in the development of a successful career. Playing relentlessly from the start on self-booked tours across the country and sharing the stage with bands such as The Descendants and Coheed and Cambria gave them some initial national exposure.

    But it wasn't until they signed to Victory Records in late 2003 that the band became the face of a whole new generation of music fans. That success was compounded with their 2004 label debut, The Silence In Black And White, which produced the band's signature hit Ohio Is For Lovers, an anthem for the new wave of 'emo'. Colored vinyl pressing from Victory Records with MP3 digital download.

    1. Life On Standby
    2. Dissolve And Decay
    3. Niki FM
    4. The Transition
    5. Blue Burns Orange
    6. Silver Bullet
    7. Screenwriting An Apology
    8. Ohio Is For Lovers
    9. Wake Up Call
    10. Sandpaper And Silk
    11. Speeding Up The Octaves
    Hawthorne Heights
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    Rubber Factory

    Rubber Factory, the follow-up to one of 2003's most successful albums, thickfreakness features more of Patrick and Dan's mix of rough rock n' roll and blues straight out of Akron, Ohio. Rubber Factory is the second Black Key's album out on Fat Possum(though you can't tell from the packaging--thanks a lot, Epitaph), and continues the raw, ragged, and loud sound, and this time, with handclaps.
    1. When The Lights Go Out

    2. 10 A.M. Automatic

    3. Just Couldn't Tie Me Down

    4. All Hands Against His Own

    5. The Desperate Man

    6. Girl Is On My Mind

    7. The Lengths

    8. Grown So Ugly

    9. Stack Shot Billy

    10. Act Nice and Gentle

    11. Aeroplane Blues

    12. Keep Me

    13. Till I Get My Way

    The Black Keys
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    The Big Come Up

    2002 was a hell of a year for The Black Keys, the minimalist two-man blues-rock outfit from Akron, Ohio. They released their debut album The Big Come-Up on the tiny Alive label that year and garnered barely-contained raves in Rolling Stone, Spin, The Village Voice and MOJO. One listen to The Big Come Up, a startling raw slab of juke-joint blues, validates the band's rapid ascent from playing for no money on the bottom of the bill at Cleveland's Beachland Tavern to selling out blistering headline dates and being invited to open for the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and elder Ohio statesmen Guided By Voices. Their vintage concoction of Dan Auerbach's genuinely fine, powerful blues vocals and busy reverb soaked guitar riffing mixed with Patrick Carney's earthy drumming is what makes The Big Come Up a cool and raunchy electric blues record with a vigor and imagination that's way fresher than any standard bar band blues-rockers with slicker execution and pencient for blues cliches. Now right at home here on Vinyl LP!
    1. Busted
    2. Do The Rump
    3. I'll Be Your Man
    4. Countdown
    5. Breaks, The
    6. Run Me Down
    7. Leavin' Trunk
    8. Heavy Soul
    9. She Said, She Said
    10. Them Eyes
    11. Yearnin'
    12. Brooklyn Bound
    13. 240 Years Before Your Time
    The Black Keys
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    Turn Blue

    The Black Keys' 2014 album, Turn Blue, was released on Nonesuch Records.
    Produced by Danger Mouse, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, Turn Blue features 11
    tracks including the first single, "Fever."

    Turn Blue was recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood during the summer of 2013 with
    additional recording done at the Key Club in Benton Harbor, MI and Auerbach's Easy Eye
    Sound in Nashville in early 2014. Of the new album, the band says Turn Blue could refer to:

    A: Suffocation

    B: Sadness

    C: Numbness from extreme cold

    D: A Cleveland late night TV host from the 1960s named Ghoulardi

    E: All of the above

    Moreover, Carney comments, "We are always trying to push ourselves when we make a
    record-not repeat our previous work but not abandon it either. On this record, we let the songs
    breathe and explored moods, textures and sounds. We're excited for the world to hear Turn

    This is the eighth full-length album from the duo and follows 2011's critically and commercially
    acclaimed El Camino, which is now certified RIAA Platinum. Internationally, El Camino is Gold
    in Belgium, Spain, Italy and Holland; Platinum in Ireland, France and the U.K.; and double
    Platinum in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The record also resulted in three awards at the
    55th annual Grammy Awards-Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album.
    The band now has a total of six Grammy Awards including three in 2010 for their breakout,
    RIAA Platinum album, Brothers.

    1. Weight of Love

    2. In Time
    3. Turn Blue

    4. Fever
    5. Year in Review
    6. Bullet in the Brain
    7. It's Up to You Now
    8. Waiting on Words

    9. 10 Lovers
    10. In Our Prime
    11. Gotta Get Away
    The Black Keys
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    Hordanes Land (White Vinyl) (Pre-Order)

    White Colored Vinyl LP With Embossed Cover - Limited To 666 Copies Worldwide

    Remastered By Iver Sandøy At Solslottet Studio (Bergen, Norway)

    By Norse Music is set to reissue Enslaved's debut EP, "Hordanes Land," plus a bonus track as a full-length release.

    First released in 1993 as a mini 12" LP, "Hordanes Land" was also released a few weeks later as a split CD album with Emperor and is considered a key release in the development of Viking metal.

    The By Norse Music re-issue features exclusive liner notes and quotes by major figures of the Black metal scene such as Fenriz (Darkthrone), Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ), Lee Barret (Candlelight) and Hrymr (Helheim) among others, the original songs entirely remastered by Iver Sandøy at Solslottet Studio (Bergen, Norway) and the bonus track "Enslaved", from the Enslaved split with Satyricon "Yggdrasill", released in 1992.

    1. Slaget i skogen bortenfor (Epilog / Slaget)
    2. Allfðr Oðinn
    3. Balfr (Andi fara / Prologr)
    4. Enslaved (Bonus Track)
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    Magic Potion

    1. Just Got to Be
    2. Your Touch
    3. You're the One
    4. Just a Little Heat
    5. Give Your Heart Away
    6. Strange Desire
    7. Modern Times
    8. The Flame
    9. Goodbye Babylon
    10. Black Door
    10. Elevator
    The Black Keys
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    The Things I Am Not

    One Sided LP With Silkscreened B-Side

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    Peoria, IL punk band Ghost Key formed in 2011. They self-released their debut album, Winter, which later received a re-release via Rooftop Records. The band is ready to begin the next chapter of their career with No Sleep Records

    1. Dismantle
    2. Big Brother
    3. Judgement
    4. Choir Boy
    Ghost Key
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    Letters In The Deep

    2010 marks the metamorphosis of Cadillac Sky from a critically-acclaimed bluegrass band to a band without boundaries. With Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys at the producer's helm, Letters In The Deep corroborates Cadillac Sky's bluegrass roots, while at the same time departing into the great beyond, schlepping suitcases full of classical influences, rock and pop, on the way to expanding musical frontiers.
    1. Trapped Under the Ice
    2. 3rd Degree
    3. Human Cannonball
    4. Trash Bag
    5. Lee of the Stone: East
    6. Ballad of Restored Confidence
    7. Hangman
    8. Break My Heart Again
    9. Lee of the Stone: West
    10. Hypocrite
    11. Kiddie Pool Rag
    12. Bathsheeba
    13. Pitiful Waltz
    14. Part of My Heart
    15. Lee of the Stone: North
    16. Tired Old Phrases
    17. The Long Sigh
    Cadillac Sky
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    Death Song

    The Black Angels - Austin's psych rock masters - have confirmed details for their upcoming album, 'Death Song.,' the five-piece's first full-length release in four years.

    Written and recorded in large part during the recent election cycle, the music on 'Death Song' serves as part protest, part emotional catharsis in a climate dominated by division, anxiety and unease. "Currency," a strong contender for the heaviest song the band has ever put to wax, meditates on the governing role the monetary system plays in our lives, while slow-building psychedelic earworm "Half Believing" questions the nature and confusing realities of devotion.

    Recorded between Seattle and Austin, 'Death Song' features production from Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, The Shins). The 11-track collection offers a sharply honed elaboration on their signature sound - menacing fuzz guitar and cutting wordplay, steeped in a murky hallucinatory dream.

    Since forming in Austin in 2004, The Black Angels have become standard-bearers for modern psych-rock, and the New York Times has said they "play psychedelic rock as if the 1960s never ended, and they are absolute masters of it".

    The band has toured with Queens of the Stone Age, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Black Keys + more, and played festivals such as Glastonbury, Fuji Rock, Primavera, Harvest Fest, Coachella and Bonnaroo. Two of the band members co-founded Levitation Festival (formerly Austin Psych Fest) in 2008, which has since grown into one of the best-reviewed and expertly-curated festivals in the country.

    LP 1
    1. Currency
    2. I'd Kill For Her
    3. Half Believing
    4. Comanche Moon
    5. Hunt Me Down
    6. Grab As Much (As You Can)

    LP 2
    1. Estimate
    2. I Dreamt
    3. Medicine
    4. Life Song
    5. Death March

    Black Angels
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    Amebix are an English crust punk/heavy metal band. Formed as The Band with No Name, Amebix's original run was from 1978 to 1987, during which time they released three EPs and two full-length LPs. The group has reunited as of 2008. By being one of the first bands to blend anarcho-punk and heavy metal music, Amebix are often cited as one of the key bands that helped to create the crust punk style. Such notable bands as Sepultura, Neurosis and Deviated Instinct have paid homage to the band.
    1. Monolith (instrumental)
    2. Nobody's Driving
    3. The Power Remains
    4. Time Bomb
    5. Last Will And Testament
    6. I.C.B.M.
    7. Chain Reaction
    8. Fallen From Grace
    9. Coming Home
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