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BloomBloom is the fourth full-length album by Beach House. Like their previous releases, Beach House (2006), Devotion (2008) and Teen Dream (2010), it further develops their distinctive sound yet stands apart as a new piece of work. The landscape of Bloom was largely designed on the road, between the countless sound checks and myriad experiences during two years of touring. Throughout this period, melodies, chords, rhythms, words and textures surfaced in moments of their own choosing. These spontaneous ideas were later gathered and developed in Baltimore, MD where the band members Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand live and work.
Bloom was then recorded in late 2011 over a period of seven weeks at Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, TX and mixed for another two at Electric Lady in NC. The band co-produced the record with Chris Coady. Bloom is meant to be experienced as an album. A singular, unified vision of the world. Many songs were omitted or dropped because they lacked a place within our vision for this album, notes Scally. Though not stripped down, the many layers of Bloom are uncomplicated and meticulously constructed to ensure that there is no waste. Each chord and melody performs its role to form a whole.
The songs have depth and reveal themselves in new ways through repeated listenings. As a complete work, Bloom transcends the banality of simple emotions and arrives at a realm of honesty and complexity. It soberly reveals how frightening and temporary, yet beautiful, our existence is. It creates an honest reflection of death, as it must to relate to life. To this Legrand adds, Bloom is a journey. For me, it is about the irreplaceable power of imagination as it relates to the intense experience of living. A bloom is only temporary, a fleeting vision of life in all of its intensity and color, beautiful even if only for a moment. 2LP pressing with expanded outer sleeve in glow in the dark in, four inner sleeves and MP3 coupon.1. Myth
4. Other People
5. The Hours
7. New Year
9. On The Sea
10. Irene$20.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
bloomBloom is rapper Machine Gun Kelly's third album.
Bloom is the follow-up to 2015's General Admission and MGK's 2012 debut Lace Up, both of which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. at this point, i don't feel the pressure to prove anything to anyone, tweeted the rapper. they always hate, then switch up when u do something good again.1. the gunner
2. wake + bake
3. go for broke f. James Arthur
4. at my best f. Hailee Steinfeld
5. kiss the sky
6. golden god
7. trap paris f. Quavo and Ty Dolla $ign
8. moonwalkers f. DUBXX
9. can't walk
10. bad things f. Camila Cabello
12. let you go
13. 27$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Martian's Bloom1. Southern Belles
2. Holy Rain
3. Martians Bloom
4. Choo Choo Train to Venice
5. Seesaw Love
6. Molly Mar of Rome
7. Tullamore Dew
8. Morning Heights
11. Norms Song$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
White Water, White Bloom'White Water, White Bloom' is the second full length Sea Wolf album, following 2007's critically acclaimed 'Leaves in the River' featuring 'You're A Wolf'.
1. Wicked Blood
2. Dew in the Grass
3. Orion & Dog
4. Turn the Dirt Over
5. Fighting Bull
6. O Maria!
7. White Water, White Bloom
8. Spirit Horse
9. The Orchard
11. The Traitor
12. Winter's Heir$23.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Includes CD With Bonus Tracks
The March entry in our 25th anniversary reissue series is Bloomed, the 1994 debut album
from Richard Buckner. The album will be remastered and released on 180-gram
vinyl and will include a CD containing 11 bonus tracks of radio sessions, live
performances, and original recordings of songs that appeared on future releases.
Spin magazine described Buckner as "equal parts Bay Area bohemian and dust bowl
traditionalist" and named Bloomed one of its best albums of 1994, while Pitchfork
wrote, "It's a traditional outsider-country record in the lineage of Townes Van Zandt.
Buckner's voice is all honey and oak, his guitar style elaborately twanging, his constant
subject matter heartache."
Richard Buckner provides some background on the album:
Bloomed was originally (erroneously?) released on an unnamable German label in 1994.
I was living in San Francisco at the time, having just moved out of a residential hotel
and into the 1906 hilltop prefab that adorns the cover. At the time, I was heading a
band called The Doubters. We were playing high profile events such as The Covered
Wagon Saloon's Musical Barstools, but weren't making much headway. We had been
turned down consistently every year by SXSW, but I was somehow finagled in as
an unannounced guest onto an already unofficial SXSW showcase created by Butch
Hancock at his gallery in downtown Austin. There, I met up again with Lloyd Maines,
who agreed to produce my first record.
Maines and I met in Lubbock, TX, a few months later, where we worked with
Lubbock musicians in a small recording studio walled in wooden shingles Sharpied
with bible passages from various church groups that also enjoyed working there.
It was 112°F the morning I arrived under the suspicious (Californians are merely
B-grade yankees) gaze of downtown's Buddy Holly statue. That first night there, it
hailed so hard that heaven's angry pellets were storming in under my motel door. It
only let up for a few moments that first night, allowing me to run across the street to
get a butter burger and fries to go. We finished four days later and I flew back to San
Francisco, dismembered the band, and embarked on a tour that would last about 20
years (or a few days, if you count what I actually remember).
Nothing's changed. I'm still dodging the sky and busking to strangers.LP
1. Blue and Wonder
5. Six Years
6. This is Where
7. Gauzy Dress in the Sun
10. Up North
11. Surprise, AZ
12. Cradle to the Angel
1. The Last Ride
2. Settled Down
3. The Worst Way
5. Hutchinson (Recorded in 1995 at Black Eyed Pig in San Francisco by Kyle Statham)
6. Surprise, AZ (Recorded in 1996 at World CafÉ)
7. Blue and Wonder (Recorded in 1997 at KCRW)
8. Still Lookin For You-Townes Van Zandt (Recorded in 1997 at World CafÉ)
9. Up North
10. Six Years
11. Gauzy Dress in the Sun (Recorded live at The Starry Plough, Berkeley CA 2/25/1995)$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Burst And BloomColored Vinyl
Classic 2001 EP now available on vinyl for the first time in years courtesy of Saddle Creek Records! This 12" reissue is pressed on yellow, white, and black marbled vinyl, and is limited to 1500 copies.
Cursive's combination of melody and technical madness continues on Burst and Bloom, a five-song EP that not only reflects that familiar intensity, but also introduces us to a new aspect of the band and coincidentally a new member as well. Gretta Cohn is a welcome addition; adding her cello expertise to the songs of Burst and Bloom. The strings are an amazing complement to the frenetic intensity at the core of the band's sound. Ted Stevens, from Lullaby for the Working Class, continues to add his songwriting and vocal presence to the mix as well.
The EP starts out with Sink to the Beat, a self analytical song from the perspective of Cursive as a whole. Tim breaks down the marketing scheme of the EP and the DC sound of the band not long before they break into a mantra of Hit song, let it burst and bloom. This theme sets the mood for the EP, giving insight into where the band is coming from, and where they are headed.1. Sink to the Beat
2. The Great Decay
3. Tall Tales, Telltales
4. Mothership, Mothership, Do You Read Me?
5. Fairytales Tell Tales$14.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Bloom And The BlightTwo Gallants, the San Francisco folk-punk duo prone to accidents and police raids, spent roughly four years on hiatus before making this album. You might suspect their primary motivation was staying in one piece and out of the slammer. But the time apart also had an unintended, quite positive consequence: It gave childhood friends Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel time to recharge their batteries and come back with their most cohesive set of music yet. Now signed to Dave Matthews' ATO Records, the group that got its start playing impromptu shows outside the 16th Street BART Station still retains its scrappy charm, whether pounding through fuzzy, primal ditties such as Song of Songs or making like Dylan on the gorgeous ballad Broken Eyes. Here's hoping they survive the promotion cycle.1. Halcyon Days
2. Song Of Songs
3. My Love Won't Wait
4. Broken Eyes
5. Ride Away
7. Winter's Youth
9. Cradle Pyre
10. Sunday Souvenir$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Blood, Looms, And BloomsVinyl version of Leila's terrific new release Blood, Looms and Blooms.Side One1 Mollie
2 Time To Blow
3 Little AcornsSide Two1 Daisies, Cats And Spacemen
3 Teases MeSide Three1 Carplos
2 The Exotics
4 Norwegian WoodSide Four1 Lush Dolphins
2 Ur Train
3 Young Ones
4 Why Should I?$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Carve Out The Face Of My GodInfinite Body is Kyle Parker, once know throughout the world as Gator Surprise in his youthful days. Now a grown man he has cast aside his harsh outpouring and transformed it into a lush and bright planetary awakening. Drawing the harmony of the spheres into his brain and channeling it through his fingertips onto recorded medium INFINITE BODY causes sound to bloom where there once was only darkness! Yes! This rules! You might have witnessed such events live during Infinite Body tours with No Age, Dan Deacon and Deerhunter.1. Dive
2. A Fool Persists
3. What They Wanted To Be Was Useless
4. Out To Where I Am
5. On Our Own To Fall Off
6. Beside Me In The Dawn
8. Lived On Its Knees (For Matt)
9. He Runs Without Feet And Holds Without Hands
10. Drive Dreams Away
11. Carve Out The Face Of My God$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Glow & BeholdNo wonder Yuck exuded confidence during a recent SPIN interview. Rebirth, the London band's first track since the departure of former frontman Daniel Blumberg, showed the band continuing to refine and update their '90s-minded shimmer 'n' swoon. Middle Sea, only further goes to show they have, if anything, improved with the new lineup.
A hard-charging indie-rock anthem with male-female harmonies and a raggedly hypnotic guitar riff, this one updates a lyrical theme from the previous single. I don't want your love / I want you, guitarist and newfound frontman Max Bloom sings on that one; I don't want to live forever / I don't want to live / I want you now, he insists this time. Before too long, a horn part arrives like a tiny conquering army. If only Sebadoh had realized crossing the ocean could be this effortless. Turns out, the water's just fine.
Glow & Behold, the follow-up to Yuck's 2011 self-titled debut was produced by Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House) and boasts 11 songs. Bloom, who plays on the album with bassist Mariko Doi and drummer Jonny Rogoff, told SPIN that for this album wanted to make a proper journey from beginning to end. So far, Yuck are headed in the right direction.
- Spin1. Sunrise in Maple Shade
2. Out of Time
3. Lose My Breath
4. Memorial Fields
5. Middle Sea
8. Nothing New
9. How Does It Feel
10. Twilight in Maple Shade (Chinese Cymbals)
11. Glow & Behold$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
We Are UndoneThe San Francisco based guitar-drum duo Two Gallants are set to release their 5th studio album, We Are Undone, on ATO Records. While singer and guitarist Adam Stephens and drummer Tyson Vogel have stayed true to the two-person format since their acclaimed 2004 debut, The Throes, their sound has evolved considerably over the intervening years. Following 2012's The Bloom and the Blight, We Are Undone is the band's second release on ATO. Thematically, the album ranges from songs that attempt to make sense of the dramatically shifting social landscape of their home town, to the illusion of authenticity, impending environmental collapse, and romantic estrangement. Sonically, the thrash blues of songs such as "We Are Undone" and "Some Trouble" is balanced by the austerity of ballads such as "My Man Go" and "There's So Much I Don't Know."1. We Are Undone
3. Fools Like Us
4. Invitation To The Funeral
5. My Man Go
6. Katy Kruelly
8. Murder The Season / The Age Nocturne
9. There's So Much I Don't Know$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
U&IU&I is the fourth album from the avant garde electronic producer Leila also known for touring and engineering with Bjork. The 13-song, 2LP collection follows-up 2008's Blood Looms & Blooms and finds her collaborating on a number of tracks with Mt. Sims of The Knifes Darwin opera Tomorrow, In A Year fame.LP1
1. Of One
2. Activate I
3. All Of This
4. Welcome To Your Life
5. On Consideration
7. (Disappointed Cloud) Anyway
2. Colony Collapse Disorder
4. In Motion Slow
6. Forasmuch$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-SAC-8945xZola Jesus, JG Thirwell And Mivos Quartet
VersionsOn the heels of her Conatus world tour, Nika Roza Danilova was offered an opportunity to perform at one of the most prestigious modern art museums in
the world, NY's Guggenheim. Rather than doing her standard electronic set she decided she wanted to work with a classical composer who could arrange her
songs for a quartet. She recruited legendary industrial pioneer JG Thirlwell (Foetus) to do the arrangements who since his work as Foetus, has been scoring and composing symphonic arrangements for a variety of projects including currently scoring Adult swim's Venture Brothers series.
Thirlwell's oeuvre runs the gamut from orchestrations, big band, and cathartic noise-rock to abstract electronics, sound sculpture, and chamber music, thus making him the perfect collaborator to help realize Danilova's vision. Danilova explains her intentions with this album, "Versions is about the bone of the music; taking approximations from past records and turning them inside out. With all framework exposed, the songs are given a new medium in which to evolve and bloom into their own tiny worlds."
Removing the bulk of electronics from these songs gives them the space to breath, thusly opening them up to be received by a much wider audience who perhaps don't haven't previously ventured into the techno-pop/ industrial arena.1. Avalanche (Slow)
2. Fall Back
4. Run Me Out
6. Sea Talk
8. In Your Nature
9. Collapse$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ChangesAs their ninth and last album from their hit making 1966-1970 era, The Monkees Changes is one of their most collectable efforts fetching over $300 for a mint copy of the album. This highly regarded fan favorite was a treasure trove of songs providing the soundtrack to the final year of their Saturday afternoon television show, as it featured the double-sided hit single Oh My My and I Love You Better.
Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones first class musicianship excel throughout this 1970 session. They revisit the great Boyce and Hart with I Never Thought It Peculiar as well as Davy Jones rockin' delivery on 99 Pounds and the underrated Micky Dolenz performance Ticket On Ferry Ride.
Produced by the much acclaimed sixties producer/writer Jeff Barry (The Monkees, Neil Diamond, The Archies), Changes was the first full-fledged production by this Monkees collaborator as it showed the true pop genius of both the band and producer in the studio. Augmented with some very cool seventies writers Andy Kim (Rock Me Gently) and the late Bobby Bloom (Montego Bay), this later Monkees album truly was a grand farewell from this band until their unbelievable history making 1986 return.
Unavailable for many years on compact disc, The Monkees Changes is available once again from the original Colgems Records recordings and features three huge bonus tracks not on the original album, including the very rare and hard to find Bell Records 45 Do It In The Name Of Love , plus new liners from Monkees historian Joe Reagoso, as well as original artwork elements and rare picture sleeves and other memorbilla. Peace, Love & The Monkees!1. Oh My My
2. Ticket On A Ferry Ride
3. You're So Good To Me
4. It's Got To Be Love
5. Acapulco Sun
6. 99 Pounds
7. Tell Me Love
8. Do You Feel It Too?
9. I Love You Better
10. All Alone In The Dark
11. Midnight Train
12. I Never Thought It Peculiar$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Jesus I'm A SinnerJesus I'm a Sinner is the 4th LP by Daniel Bachman. The album was recorded in Rappahannock County Virginia at Forrest Marquisee's studio inside his
father's woodshop in May of 2013 after spending just around 8 months on the road.
The first song Sarah Anne is a song for one of his best friends and sister Sarah Anne Bachman, and is also his first full song for the lap guitar.
Honeysuckle Reel is a springtime tune. For that first day when the heat and humidity sets in and the smell of the honeysuckle bloom creeps in your open
windows driving. Happy One Step is a guitar/fiddle duet with Sally Morgan of the Black Twig Pickers/The Freight Hoppers. It is a Cajun tune by Dennis
McGee. Jesus I'm a Sinner is for cutting loose. Variation on Goose Chase is a version of Virgil Anderson's Goose Chase. Although attempted to adapt to
the guitar, playing it on the banjo was the only way to keep the feel of the original version.
Under the Shade of the Trees has the undertone and drone of the 17 year cicada hatch that hit Virginia summer of 2013. The title is taken from Stonewall
Jackson's last words on his deathbed Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees. Chattanooga is played by Sally Anne Morgan
(fiddle) and Charlie Devine (banjo). This version was taken from Blaine Smith. Blenheim is the name of the LatanÉ family's property in Westmorland Co.
Virginia. Its a song for good food, drinks and solid company nestled on the banks of the Potomac River. Leaving Istanbul (4 AM) is a frustration song and
the feeling of being very tired thousands and thousands of miles away from home.1. Sarah Anne
2. Honeysuckle Reel
3. Happy One Step
4. Jesus Im A Sinner
5. Variation on Goose Chase
6. Under The Shade Of The Trees
9. Leaving Istanbul (4AM)$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Green RiverThe third LP by one of the world's all-time greatest rock bands, CCR, Green River remains a top-selling album in the CCR catalog. Green River (containing chart-topping hit "Bad Moon Rising") reached #2 on the Billboard Top 200 in the US upon its release in 1969. Green River represents both a true high point in songwriting creativity and the point at which the band's classic sound fully bloomed into the CCR that fans recognize and love today.1. Green River
3. Tombstone Shadow
4. Wrote a Song for Everyone
5. Bad Moon Rising
7. Cross-Tie Walker
8. Sinister Purpose
9. The Night Time Is the Right Time$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
AmpsandSound Agartha Headphone Amplifier
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The name Agartha used to describe a city in the center of the world. The ampsandsound Agartha brings the legendary 300b to personal audio. They chose the 300b for its long history as the king of triodes. Combining a single gain stage, zero feedback and careful attention to grounding techniques they are able to use a 300b with headphones without hum or noise. For those with headphone, horns or single driver speakers who are seeking audio nirvana, the Agartha is built with exacting attention to parts selection and implementation.
The Agartha tube amp pairs a 6SL7 tube for front end with SS rectification enabling great transient peeks, faster/livelier presentation and ultra-quite operation. The Agartha uses direct-heated triodes with zero feedback providing the classic single-ended sound so widely loved.
Typical of all ampsandsound amplifiers, the power supply is massive. This combined with a generous choke yields our trademark low noise; less than 3mv at idle, and stable output of 5 watts RMS into an 8ohm load and 1watt into a 32ohm headphone. Frequency response is 12hz to 30hz at 1 watts, 1-db. Output iron has been carefully selected to reduce distortion and increase frequency response. And of course we also use our 5% capacitors and 2% resistors.
The motivation of the Agartha is to provide access to the wide availability of NOS tubes and give the warm mid-range bloom that is at the heart of single-ended direct-heated triode designs. Tube set included.$3,600.00Headphone Amplifier Buy Now
Turnstiles (Awaiting Repress)By 1976, Billy Joel had proven his merit as an auteur of California-based singer-songwriter pop-rock. On Turnstiles, the legend focuses his attention on more ambitious matters: Making an album whose scope and range dwarf that of his previous work, and shot his star into the stratosphere. Encompassing everything from urgent rock to soft pop and saloon fare, Turnstiles is a classic of major proportions.
Mobile Fidelity has gone back to the original master tapes to present Joels encompassing music the way it was always intended to be experienced: Intimate, detailed, expressive, warm. The records widescreen sonics are at last properly cinematic, flush with colors, textures, and atmosphere.
Progressing away from sensitivity, Joel casts his eye towards broader horizons. For him, that meant moving from the West Coast back to his native New York and embracing the citys doo-wop, Broadway, and R&B heritage. Joels diversity comes through in a spectacle of memorable tunes, including the infectious All You Wanna Do Is Dance, acerbic Angry Young Man, and gorgeous Ive Loved These Days.
Still, no song better illustrates the allureand breadthof Turnstiles more than Say Goodbye to Hollywood, bathed in the sort of fabulous Phil Spector sound, huge drum echoes, and Brill Building orchestral sweep that Joel grew up on. Similarly, the sprawling ballad New York State of Mind clearly states the singers vision and mood. On the definitive track, Joel luxuriates in full string accompaniment and soulful saxophone playing that gives the pop standard its foundation. Not for nothing did Joel insist on keeping his touring band for the album, a decision that resulted in the firing of the records original producer.
Supported by talents such as arranger Kenny Ascher, guitarist James Herb Smith, and percussionist Mingo Lewis, Joel succeeds in wrapping his head around a rich swath of American pop music, stopping by way of New Orleans, Kansas City, Memphis, Chicago, and other cities on his way from California back to the Garden State. While lacking the fame of the subsequent The Stranger and 52nd Street, Turnstiles is in every way their equal.
Finally, the delicate nuances of Joels phrasing, pregnant pauses, and introspective emotion can be experienced in three-dimensional fidelity. In addition, the spectrum of the orchestras power and finesse, ravishing poignancy of the lyrics, and bittersweet qualities of the melodies bloom with unforced immediacy. The previous veiled sonic character and stultifying dryness have been corrected, presenting Joel and his crack band with illuminating precision and feeling.
Turnstiles has never sounded betterand it never will.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Say Goodbye to Hollywood
2. Summer, Highland Falls
3. All You Wanna Do Is Dance
4. New York State of Mind
6. Prelude/Angry Young Man
7. I've Loved These Days
8. Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
In The Rainbow RainATO Records is set to release Okkervil River's In The Rainbow Rain, the group's most immediate - and meaningful - album to date. On it, bandleader Will Sheff makes a startling left turn from their critically-lauded and inward-looking 2016 album Away, crafting an exuberant declaration of hope. In place of Away's somber strings and acoustic textures, In the Rainbow Rain is full of dazzling color, spattered with starbursts of electric guitar, big blooms of synth, and a chorus of backing vocals. It's a buoyant and playful record, but also open and emotionally vulnerable. Sheff says, "I wanted to make a record where a sense of kindness felt encoded into the music."1. Famous Tracheotomies
2. The Dream And The Light
3. Love Somebody
4. Family Song
5. Pulled Up The Ribbon
6. Don't Move Back To LA
7. Shelter Song
8. How It Is
9. External Actor
10. Human Being Song$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-TRI-9312xTiny Moving Parts
CelebrateTiny Moving Parts are back with their 3rd full length Celebrate. The band returned to the studio with their friend Greg Lindholm, who previously produced the band's first album, This Couch Is Long & Full Of Friendship, Tiny Moving Parts started with thirteen songs before whittling away the excess and finding the core in its ten song form. Formed by brothers Matthew and Billy Chevalier and cousin Dylan Mattheisen, the album blooms into optimism across its ten tracks, mixing modern guitar, sensitive songwriting, and high production with their unique flash of musical technicality. Celebrate starts with darker, sadder moments, like Happy Birthday and its story of being left, and fights to stay positive as it carries through. Prodigy which adds violin on the album to provide a new tone for the band to Breathe Deep that tells the story of a snow man trying to make it beyond winter and through summer over chipper, videogame-like guitar. Eventually, Celebrate blooms into full blown optimism on closer Minnow.1. Good Enough
2. Happy Birthday
5. Common Cold
6. Stay Warm
7. Breathe Deep
10. Minnow$16.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Pressed On 180-Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Includes 6-Page Booklet
Produced By Garth Richardson And Slipknot Member Shawn Crahan
Including The Hits Dig And Death Blooms
First Time On Vinyl
Mudvayne was an American heavy metal band from Illinois formed in 1996. The band became known for its strong visual appearance, which included horror film-styled makeup. The band has sold over six million records worldwide, including nearly three million in the United States.
L.D. 50 by Mudvayne was appraised by critics for its technical and heavy style of music. It features a style which has been referred to by the band as math metal. For the album they experimented with a ragged, dissonant sound; a sound collage prepared specially for the album that was used as a series of interludes.
Furthermore L.D. 50 was produced by Garth GGGarth Richardson and executive production by Slipknot member Shawn Clown Crahan.
In the year of its release the album peaked at number one on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart and number 85 on the Billboard 200. The singles Dig and Death Blooms peaked at No. 33 and No. 32, respectively, on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
Rolling Stone contributor Ben Ratliff gave the album three out of five stars. Ratliff noted the band's technical background, comparing the songwriting style to that of Nirvana and stating that the album's interludes are better than those of Slipknot. Blabbermouth.net writer Borivoj Krgin praised its technicality and heaviness.LP 1
3. Internal Primates Forever
5. Death Blooms
6. Golden Ratio
8. Nothing to Gein
9. Mutatis Mutandis
1. Everything and Nothing
3. Recombinant Resurgence
6. Under My Skin
7. (K)Now F(Orever)
8. Lethal Dosage$36.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The High FrontierLumerians release The High Frontier on through Partisan Records. The name for the album comes from a term coined by Gerard K. O'Neil in his illustrated 1976 book depicting human colonisation of space. The High Frontier contains Krautrock inspired exploration, Afrobeat's ritualistic rhythms, post-punk guitar noise and cracked-glacÉ synth lines culled from perverse 1970s sci-fi soundtracks.
It's a cacophony of sound in which Lumerians acknowledge the role noise and rhythm has always played in transcendent and ecstatic rituals the world over, from the repetitious drums of tribal animists to the penetrating electronic pulses of neon dance clubs.
The six tracks and 33 minutes that make up The High Frontier were recorded and produced in Lumerians' self-built studio/brewery: a room housed in a converted store-front church in a neighbourhood affectionately referred to as the "Murder Dubbs".
The High Frontier brings back the sound of prog rock that was so familiar in the 70s. Uncut described the album as: "a fruitful collision between Boredoms, Neu! and the Grateful Dead" and they are spot on.
Track one Dogon Genesis could easily fit itself into the 70s with no questions asked. Dogon Genesis is a fantastic first track that prepares the listener for the rest of the album. Dogon Genesis could refer to the Dogon tribe of Mali which gives a good indication of how bonkers the record is.
Title track The High Frontier has a completely different sound to that of Dogon Genesis. It's a slower tempo with more deep, bass tones coming through. The drum beat produces a mesmerising rhythm alongside the swooping synth sounds.
Previously disclosed track, The Bloom follows the same theme as The High Frontier. It's strange and eery. It is probably the most experimental song on the record which introduces lots of sounds and plays with the concepts of prog rock to create a brilliantly atmospheric track. The synth sounds heard at the beginning almost sound like sirens, building a sense of tension and fear into the listener.
Koman Tong breaks the album away from eerie and unnerving and plunges it into summer happiness. Koman Tong is still very experimental but it starts to introduce the idea of world influences into Lumerians' music, the guitar is distorted leading it to sound faintly like a sitar in parts while gongs and bells can be heard in the background. It's the best track on the record by far. There is just so much to catch and involve yourself in that you will instantly become lost in the music - cliched as it may sound.
Smokies Tangle turns the album back to its 70s prog rock style while the last track, Life Without Skin again oozes world influences, foreign vocals and jazz inspired drum beats to create a superb end track. It has a fantastic rhythm and melody and can easily be placed as one of the best songs on The High Frontier. It's also one of the only tracks on the album that uses influences from Lounge - think Bonobo vs prog rock and you're almost there.
The High Frontier is a mesmerizing account of weirdness and oddity that will leave you wanting to hear more. Each track has so many layers to it that you really will become immersed in this record. It's 33 minutes of experiments, fusion of genres and rule-breaking in the music world. A triumph.
- Rocking Republic1. Burning Mirrors
2. Black Tusk
3. Shortwave Fields
4. Atlanta Brook
6. Calalini Rises
8. Melting Space
9. Gaussian Castles$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Secret Treaties (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress)
Back in the days of hard rock and surrounded by fierce competitors with such great names as the Doors, Black Sabbath and the Rolling Stones, a band had to attract attention with far more than histrionic pathos, biker boogie, an adept lead guitarist and a sharp-tongued singer. The band Blue Öyster Cult, founded on Long Island in 1971, possessed all this and much more, relating short scenarios in their lyrics, which conjured up people's imagination. Rolling Stone magazine enthused that it was »like listenin' to Hitchcock and Kubrick swap stories about their wet dreams«, and that the group »mix aesthetics and ass-kicking rock to such good advantage«.
In their third studio album Secret Treaties, BÖC reached the pinnacle of their musical evolution with such memorable songs as Career Of Evil, Subhuman and Astronomy. The lyrics have literary value but are certainly not intended for sensitive souls - the phrases are direct and intentionally drily articulated. The music is as blatant and extroverted as the lyrics: the guitar sound is steely and straightforward, occasionally padded out with a see-sawing Hammond groove, and topped again and again by wonderfully rough string solos that speak the language of hard, merciless and full-bodied rock.
- Eric Bloom (guitar, keyboards, vocal)
- Allen Lanier (keyboards, guitar, synthesizer)
- Donald 'Buck Dharma' Roeser (guitar, vocal)
- Joe Bouchard (bass, vocal)
- Albert Bouchard (drums, vocal)
Recording: 1974 by Tim Geelan and Jerry Smith
Production: Murray Krugman and Sandy Pearlman
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Career of Evil
3. Dominance and Submission
4. ME 262
5. Cagey Cretins
6. Harvester of Eyes
7. Flaming Telepaths
8. Astronomy$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
ADAD-DEA-8411xBear In Heaven
Time Is Over One Day OldBear In Heaven's new album is aptly titled Time is Over One Day Old. It's a record with a visceral
relationship to time and its processes.Where invulnerability and ambition can support you as you grow,
at some point they become dead weight, and being true to yourself means casting them off,starting anew.
This plays out as a powerful analogy for the band across the arc of it's career.
They've always made intriguing records, here especially. It's easy to see why musicians fall hard for this
band.They entice and envelop you. Any Bear In Heaven song will most likely greet you with a provocative
beat, textural synthesizers and unassuming but adeptly supportive bass and guitar, all exquisitely
arranged and glistening.Jon Philpot's high,smooth,strong voice is so tightly wound into the music that
it can be easy to overlook the lyrics, Bear In Heaven's capacious third dimension. Philpot is a center-seeking, contemplative writer who captures the fleeting thoughts that underscore our emotional lives,the
interactions with the world that are both difficult to express and anathema in daily conversation.
While all of this can be said of any Bear In Heaven album, each varies wildly in tone and approach. 2007's
Red Bloom of the Boom is ambitious and experimental. Beast Rest Forth Mouth(2009)was a pivotal record
that still feels important,seductive and intense.On their 2012 LP I Love You, It's Cool the structural and
musical ideas are challenging, and masterfully developed. For Time is Over One Day Old,we witness the
band once again turning their gaze inward and prioritizing their evocative abilities in line with or even
slightly ahead of technical skills. It feels very much in the tradition of BRFM in that way. It's beautiful; it's
Here Philpot and Adam Wills are more deeply collaborative than ever. This album is darker at times,
louder than their others; it feels personal and direct."If I Were To Lie"places Wills' bass groove front and
center,"Demon" is riveting and propulsive in spite of its dark pointed lyric, and"They Dream"dissolves
into three and a half minutes of deeply satisfying ambient synth work in its second half.Wills has always
been the bands anchor, providing rock solid,rhythmic bass lines and guitars that blur the boundaries of
Philpot's synth. Though in moments such as the final track, "You Don't Need The World," Wills cuts
through with an audacious, biting guitar hook. It's a great culmination of the album's sense of release.
This album isn't about being dark, it's about releasing darkness and frustration.
When bands age well, their vitality takes shape. They wear, but with intention. They trim excesses.
Throughout this album you'll hear a band at peace with themselves. They've learned to cut back on that
which is merely impressive and to concentrate on simply what is crucial.For Philpot this is about making
something lasting. "A lot of shedding, getting rid of layers and preconceptions breaking up with old
ways of thinking, old ways of being, starting to look at this thing in a new way and finding something
positive."The result is a record that will stay with you.1. Autumn
2. Time Between
3. If I Were To Lie
4. They Dream
5. The Sun and The Moon and The Stars
6. Memory Heart
8. Way Off
9. Dissolve The Walls
10. You Don't Need The World$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now