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  • The Blue Mask The Blue Mask Quick View

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    The Blue Mask

    The Blue Mask is the eleventh studio album by singer-songwriter Lou Reed. It was the first album released after Reed left Arista Records and returned to RCA Records. The album was released near Reed's 40th birthday, and covers topics of marriage and settling down, alongside themes of violence, paranoia, and alcoholism.
    1. My House
    2. Women
    3. Underneath the Bottle
    4. The Gun
    5. The Blue Mask
    6. Average Guy
    7. The Heroine
    8. Waves of Fear
    9. The Day John Kennedy Died
    10. Heavenly Arms
    Lou Reed
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  • The RCA & Arista Vinyl Collection, Vol.1 The RCA & Arista Vinyl Collection, Vol.1 Quick View

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    The RCA & Arista Vinyl Collection, Vol.1

    A special collectible 6LP 12 vinyl edition, Lou Reed- The RCA & Arista Vinyl Collection, Vol 1.


    Each of the six album titles will be pressed on high fidelity 150gram vinyl and housed in a meticulous facsimile reproduction of the album's original packaging including a 30 page book. Fully restored album titles included the 12 vinyl edition of Lou Reed - The RCA & Arista Album Collection are: Transformer (1972), Berlin (1973), Rock n Roll Animal (1974), Coney Island Baby (1975), Street Hassle (1978) and The Blue Mask (1982).

    LP 1: Transformer
    1. Vicious
    2. Andy's Chest
    3. Perfect Day
    4. Hangin' 'Round
    5. Walk On the Wild Side
    6. Make Up
    7. Satellite of Love
    8. Wagon Wheel
    9. New York Telephone Conversation
    10. I'm So Free
    11. Goodnight Ladies


    LP 2: Berlin
    1. Berlin
    2. Lady Day
    3. Men of Good Fortune
    4. Caroline Says I
    5. How Do You Think It Feels
    6. Oh Jim
    7. Caroline Says II
    8. The Kids
    9. The Bed
    10. Sad Song


    LP 3: Rock n Roll Animal
    1. Intro / Sweet Jane
    2. Heroin
    3. White Light / White Heat
    4. Lady Day
    5. Rock 'N' Roll


    LP 4: Coney Island Baby
    1. Crazy Feeling
    2. Charley's Girl
    3. She's My Best Friend
    4. Kicks
    5. A Gift
    6. Ooohhh Baby
    7. Nobody's Business
    8. Coney Island Baby


    LP 5: Street Hassle
    1. Gimmie Some Good Times
    2. Dirt
    3. Street Hassle
    4. I Wanna Be Black
    5. Real Good Time Together
    6. Shooting Star
    7. Leave Me Alone
    8. Wait


    LP 6: The Blue Mask
    1. My House
    2. Women
    3. Underneath the Bottle
    4. The Gun
    5. The Blue Mask
    6. Average Guy
    7. The Heroine
    8. Waves of Fear
    9. The Day John Kennedy Died
    10. Heavenly Arms

    Lou Reed
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  • Being There Being There Quick View

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    Being There

    This is the first full length release from Clear Plastic Masks at Serpents & Snakes Records. Recorded by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Natural Child) at
    Bomb Shelter Studios in Nashville, TN. Clear Plastic Masks have channeled their blue-collar roots into the band's work ethic, constantly writing, recording,
    touring, and earning new fans in each city they visit, winning them over through soul-shaking, sweat-soaked live shows and pure charm. Though their
    sound isn't easily defined, the allure is the sincerity of a working class band that is honest, genuine, and transparent. Give their record a few spins and
    what initially appears on the surface quickly gives way to a deep well of both musical influence and songwriting straight from-the-gut. This is the sound of
    Clear Plastic Masks.
    1. In Case You Forgot
    2. Outcast
    3. Baby Come On
    4. Pegasus In Glue
    5. Aliens
    6. So Real
    7. Dos Cobras
    8. Hungry Cup
    9. Shakedown
    10. When the Nighttime Comes
    11. Working Gir
    Clear Plastic Masks
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  • Let Freedom Ring Let Freedom Ring Quick View

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    Let Freedom Ring

    Import

    Remastered


    Prophet started his wild ride back in 1984, when Green on Red, the
    seminal purveyors of American Rock-Roots, plucked him out of
    Berkeley, CA and threw him in the van for an eight-year ride, and the
    recording of as many albums. Since then Prophet has recorded nine
    amazing solo albums and toured and recorded with the likes of
    Lucinda Williams, Aimee Mann, Cake, and Jonathan Richman, not to
    mention production credits for Warren Zevon, Alejandro Escovedo
    and Kelly Willis. Ryan Adams, Solomon Burke and Heart have
    recorded his songs, along with a host of others. Prophet has never
    been one to rest on his laurels and ride it out.
    For his ninth solo album Let Freedom Ring, Chuck reached out to
    some musicians and talked them into going down to Mexico City, The
    Biggest City in the World (pop. 25 million). Recorded at Estudio 19, a
    state-ofthe- art studio (well, circa 1958 state-of-the-art anyway) with
    Greg Leisz (Beck, Wilco, Emmylou Harris) coproducing.
    Within three days of arriving swine flu broke out and the indignity of
    having to wear blue surgical masks just to fit in.
    Over the course of the next eight days, the band set about recording
    ¡Let Freedom Ring!, enduring a poorly timed blackout, shakedowns
    by the Policia, and a 6.4 earthquake mid-take - Mexico City might only
    be 4 hours away by plane but it might as well have been on the other
    side of the moon. But whilst mayhem ensued, the band buckled down
    to the task in hand, all set up together in a tight little bamboo lined
    room with the amps cranked. Chuck played his Fender Squire, Kelly
    Stoltz on backing vocals, Rusty Miller (Jason Lyte‟s band) played
    bass while Drummer Ernest Boom Carter turned his sticks into
    kindling. Carter played on Springsteen‟s Born To Run - he promptly
    quit the E Street Band after they spent 6 months recording it. The
    results can be heard from the Clash inspired opener to the power pop
    of Let Freedom Ring‟ and the Eddie Cochran infused Good Time
    Crowd‟.

    1. Sonny Liston's Blues
    2. What Can A Mother Do
    3. Where The Hell Is Henry?
    4. iLet Freedom Ring!
    5. You And Me Baby (Holding On)
    6. American Man
    7. Barely Exist
    8. Hot Talk
    9. Love Won't Keep Us Apart
    10. Good Time Crowd
    11. Leave The Window Open
    Chuck Prophet
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • M.I. M.I. Quick View

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    M.I.

    In case you missed the APB, Masked Intruder broke into the punk scene with their highly acclaimed 2012 self-titled album and have been building up quite a rap sheet ever since. These thugs have been on tour for the past two years with the likes of NOFX, Less Than Jake, and Teenage Bottlerocket, stealing the hearts of unwitting fans all along the way. Finally, the law caught up to these rascals and they were sent to the "big house" to think about their crimes. While meditating on how to be upright citizens, they killed time by writing new songs and digging their way to freedom. Once again, they managed to dodge the law long enough to hole up at Atlas Studios in Chicago with Matt Allison as their accomplice, laying down 13 tracks of polished, hook-laden power pop that's so catchy, it's criminal. Of course Masked Intruder will continue their life on the lam throughout 2014 in support of M.I., pilfering their way through the U.S., Europe, and Australia. Consider yourself warned.


    And ladies, be vigilant around these romeos as we intercepted this message from Intruder Blue: "We are extremely stoked on this record! We had a great time working with Matt Allison again and we couldn't be happier with how the record came out! We can't wait for everybody to hear it, especially all of the ladies out there! We really feel like we poured our hearts into this one, and we expect that the ladies are gonna pick up on that and maybe wanna make out with us. That's the idea, anyway. Cool!!!"

    1. Masked Intruder

    2. 25 to Life

    3. How Do I Get to You

    4. I Don't Wanna Be Alone Tonight

    5. Unrequited Love
    6. Breakin'

    7. Heart Shaped Guitar

    8. Am I Only Dreaming

    9. Stick 'em Up

    10. Why Don't You Love Me In Real Life

    11. Hello Beautiful

    12. Wish You Were Mine

    13. Crazy
    Masked Intruder
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  • On My Way and Shoutin' Again On My Way and Shoutin' Again Quick View

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    On My Way and Shoutin' Again

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    When Count Basie returned to Verve Records in 1962, Neal Hefti was contracted to write the tunes and arrangements, a revival of their partnership from the 1958 Roulette LP Basie Plays Hefti. While none of these selections is as famous as his songs like Cute, Little Pony, Splanky, Li'l Darlin', and Repetition, the substantial originality of this music is hard to deny, not to mention that the expert musicians playing his music bring these tracks fully to life in a livelier fashion than most laid-back Basie studio sessions. In fact, it has the feeling of a concert date that trumps the more clean, controlled environment of a session that was recorded on a three-track reel-to-reel. There's also plenty of room for exceptional solos from most of the participants, as Hefti is mindful of who is in the band and how each musician might sound when given his head.


    This is tried and true swing-oriented modern big-band music that actually sounds advanced for its time frame, and is solid as anything Basie has done post-April in Paris. The band is atypically bold and brazen on the opener, I'm Shoutin' Again, with Frank Wess on alto (not tenor) sax for his spirited solo. The great chart of Jump for Johnny is a hard bopper for Johnny Carson, basic Basie with tenor saxophonist Frank Foster and trumpeter Sonny Cohn trading licks. Hefti's best work is showcased during Together Again, as the hopping brass and singing horns take tuneful twists and turns. This set also includes the classic track The Long Night, a famous blues featuring the sly flute of Wess in front of the horn section and a masterful muted solo by trumpeter Thad Jones. There are other tunes that are derivative, as you can clearly hear the borrowed phrases of C Jam Blues/Duke's Place in the low-key then blasted-out Eee Dee, Shiny Stockings sprinkled about during the more typical laid-back Rose Bud, and Groove Merchant or Hallelujah, I Just Love Him So in the easy-swinging soul groove of Ain't That Right. Hefti's movie soundtrack experience comes to the fore on Shanghaied, definite spy music with Cohn's muted trumpet masking phobias and paranoia. There are two cute tunes: Skippin' with Skitch, led by three flutes (Wess, Eric Dixon, and Charlie Fowlkes); and the lightly strutting Ducky Bumps, featuring Henry Coker's trombone, with brief solos from Basie's piano and bassist Buddy Catlett.


    A solid and worthwhile album that has been out of print for far too long, this will be a welcome addition to any Basie lover's collection, and comes highly recommended to anyone even mildly interested in excellent large-ensemble mainstream jazz.


    - Michael G. Nastos (All Music Guide)

    1. I'm Shoutin' Again
    2. Ducky Bumps
    3. The Long Night
    4. Jump For Johnny
    5. Ain't That Right
    6. Together Again
    7. Shanghaied
    8. Skippin' With Skitch
    9. Eee Dee
    10. Rose Bud
    11. Lester Leaps In
    Count Basie
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  • The Last Days of Oakland The Last Days of Oakland Quick View

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    The Last Days of Oakland

    Fantastic Negrito is the incarnation of a musician who is reborn after going through a lot of awful shit. In fact, the name Fantastic Negrito represents his third rebirth, literally coming back from death this time. The narrative on this man is as important as the sound, because the narrative is the sound. Songs born from a long hard life channeled through black roots music. Slide guitar, drums, piano. Urgent, desperate, edgy. Fantastic Negrito is the story of a man who struggled to make it, who got it, and who lost it all. For anyone who ever felt like it was over yet hoped it wasn't, this is your music; blues harnessed, forged in realness. For anyone who ever considered getting their old high-school band back together, this is your inspiration. These are singular songs by a true musician who writes and produces. They are his fuel as he embarks on the third comeback of his life.

    The first life ('who am I and where am I going?'). Fantastic Negrito was raised in an orthodox Muslim household. His father was a Somali-Caribbean immigrant who mostly played traditional African music. When, at the age of 12, Negrito's family moved from Massachusetts to Oakland, he was hit with an intense culture shock. Oakland in 1980s was a million miles from Negrito's conservative childhood. He went from Arab chants to Funkadelic in one day, living in the heart of one of the wildest, most infamous, most vibrant black communities in the nation. Shit was extra real in Oakland.

    By the time he was 20, Negrito had taught himself to play every instrument he could get his hands on. He was recording music, but he was also caught up in street shit. This went on for several years until a near death encounter with masked gunmen. After that Negrito packed his bags and headed to LA, armed with a demo on cassette.

    The second life ('I want to be a star I think'). It didn't take long for Negrito to find himself entrenched in the 'Hollywood' lifestyle; clubs and bitches and bullshit politics that have nothing to do with great music. Negrito signed with a big time manager and soon after that, a million dollar deal at Interscope and soon after that, creative death.

    The record deal was a disaster. Gangsta rap was ruling the airwaves and Negrito was in the wrong place at the wrong era. Negrito came out of the deal with a failed album and his confidence gutted. He was infected by the constant emphasis on 'what would sell'; which looks, hooks and gimmicks would attract an audience. He lost all sense of himself. The songs stopped coming to him, so he quit. He sold all of his shit and he quit.

    In 2000, Negrito was in a near fatal car accident that put him in a coma. For four weeks it was touch and go. Because his muscles atrophied while bedridden, he had to go through months of frustrating physical therapy to regain use of his legs. Rods were placed throughout his body. And worst of all, his playing hand was mutilated. Though he rehabbed intensely for several years, the damage was permanent. In 2008, he returned home to Oakland.

    The third life (the birth of Negrito). Back in Oakland, Negrito forgot about life as a musician. He settled down, planted vegetables, raised his own chickens, and made money growing weed. He also settled into being a man, on his own, clear of the distractions of wanting to be a star. This is when his specific POV of the world came into focus. His conservative Muslim values melded with the liberal, multi-cultural world of Oakland. The cynicism that comes from struggle made room for the hope that comes from cheating death. He truly knew who he was. He was confident about his place in the world because he understood it as much as any man can. And then his son was born.

    With his son's entrance into the world, all the creative energy Negrito bottled for years came rushing out. His musical choices were sharp and without doubt. He began recording without the hindrances that come with chasing trends. Fuck what's hot now, what moves me? Negrito turned to the original DNA of all American music, the Blues. The beating life had given him primed him to channel his literal and musical forefathers: the Blues musicians of the Delta.

    For Fantastic Negrito, derivative is the devil so to ensure his sound is his own, every chord comes from a place of immediacy. Immediacy opens the door for instinct. Instinct is God's tool that makes an artist into an individual. Negrito leaves the original sounds of Lead Belly and Skip Woods intact and builds bridges to modernity by looping and sampling his own live instruments.

    When you listen to Negrito, you're invited to hear the story of life after destruction. Your dream can die. You probably will give up. But from there, you can start everything over.

    1. Intro - The Last Days of Oakland
    2. Working Poor
    3. About A Bird
    4. Scary Woman
    5. Interlude - What Would You Do?
    6. The Nigga Song
    7. In the Pines (Oakland)
    8. Hump Thru the Winter
    9. Lost In A Crowd
    10. Interlude 2 - El Chileno
    11. The Worst
    12. Rant Rushmore
    13. Nothing Without You
    14. Push Back
    15. The Shadows
    Fantastic Negrito
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  • There's A Riot Going On (Pre-Order) There's A Riot Going On (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    There's A Riot Going On (Pre-Order)

    There's a riot going on. You don't need me, or Yo
    La Tengo, to tell you that. These are dark times, in our
    heads as much as in the streets. It's easy to lose contact
    with the ground. Confusion and anxiety intrude
    into daily life and cause you to lose your compass.
    There are times that call for anthems, something to lift
    you out of your slump and put fire in your feet. And
    sometimes what is needed is a balm, a sound that will
    wrap around you and work out the knots in your neck.


    For Yo La Tengo, this is a slow-motion action
    painting. Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and James
    McNew did it all themselves, in their rehearsal studio,
    with no engineer and no complicated equipment
    (John McEntire later assisted in mixing). They did not
    rehearse together beforehand; they turned on the recorder
    and let things coalesce. Songs came together
    over long stretches, sometimes as much as a year going
    by between parts. You'd never guess this, since
    the layers are joined with such a liquid brush. You'd
    imagine most of the songs had sprung forth whole,
    since they will enter your head that way. Within two
    listens you will be powerless to resist the magnetic
    draw of "Shades of Blue," will involuntarily hear "She
    May, She Might" on your internal jukebox first thing in
    the morning and "Let's Do It Wrong" late at night.


    While there's a riot going on, Yo La Tengo will
    remind you what it's like to dream. The sound burbles
    and washes and flows and billows. If records were
    dedicated to the cardinal elements, this one would be
    water. There are shimmery hazes, spectral rumbles, a
    flash of backward masking. You are there. And even if
    your mind is not unclouded--shaken, misdirected, out
    of words and out of time--you can still float, ride the
    waves of an ocean deeper than your worries, above
    the sound and above the Sound.

    LP 1
    1. You Are Here
    2. Shades of Blue
    3. She May, She Might
    4. For You Too
    5. Ashes
    6. Polynesia #1
    7. Dream Dream Away


    LP 2
    1. Shortwave
    2. Above the Sound
    3. Let's Do It Wrong
    4. What Chance Have I Got
    5. Esportes Casual
    6. Forever
    7. Out of the Pool
    8. Here You Are

    Yo La Tengo
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