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  • The Album Collection Vol. 2 (1987-1996) The Album Collection Vol. 2 (1987-1996) Quick View

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    The Album Collection Vol. 2 (1987-1996)

    10x Vinyl Box Set


    The Audio Is Sourced From The Highest-Quality Transfers Of Each Original Analogue Album Master


    Acclaimed Engineer Bob Ludwig And Springsteen's Long-Time Engineer Toby Scott Utilized The Plangent Process, Noted For Its Ability To Correct Pitch Errors And Distortions In The Magnetic Tape, Ensuring The Best Possible Quality Versions Of These Albums


    Featuring The First-Ever Vinyl Pressing Of The 1996 Blood Brothers EP


    Includes A 60-Page Book Featuring Rarely-Seen Photos, Memorabilia And Original Press Clippings From This Chapter Of Springsteen's Recording Career


    Includes Certificate of Authenticity (Numbered)


    Includes Onsert


    Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings is set to release Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 2, 1987-1996, a limited-edition, numbered boxed set comprised of material recorded and released by Springsteen for Columbia Records during that period. The long out-of-print LPs are available remastered for the first time on vinyl. In addition to Springsteen's four studio albums from the era, the boxed set includes a special 12" of 1988's live EP Chimes of Freedom, Springsteen's 1993 two-LP MTV Plugged special, and the first-ever vinyl release of the 1996 Blood Brothers EP for a total of 10 discs. All of this material comes in recreations of the original packaging, accompanied by a 60-page book featuring rarely seen photos, memorabilia and original press clippings from the period.


    For The Album Collection Vol. 2, remastered albums from acclaimed engineer Bob Ludwig and Springsteen's longtime engineer Toby Scott have been pressed on vinyl for the first time. The albums were transferred from the original analogue masters using the Plangent Process playback system. 1987's Tunnel of Love and 1992's Human Touch have also been expanded across two LPs to maximize audio quality.


    All four of Bruce Springsteen's studio albums from this period were certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum by the RIAA, with three reaching the Top 5 of the Billboard 200. The Vol. 2 collection follows the 2014 release of Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 1, 1973-1984, which included newly remastered editions of the first seven Bruce Springsteen studio albums.


    Albums included:



    • Tunnel of Love (1987)* (2 LP)
    • Human Touch (1992)* (2 LP)
    • Lucky Town (1992) (1 LP)
    • In Concert / MTV Plugged (1993) (2 LP)
    • The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995) (1 LP)


    * expanded across two LPs to maximize audio quality


    12" EPs included:



    • Chimes of Freedom (1988) (1 EP)
    • Blood Brothers (1996)** (1 EP)


    ** First-ever vinyl release

    Tunnel Of Love
    1. Ain't Got You
    2. Tougher Than The Rest
    3. All That Heaven Will Allow
    4. Spare Parts
    5. Cautious Man
    6. Walk Like A Man
    7. Tunnel Of Love
    8. Two Faces
    9. Brilliant Disguise
    10. One Step Up
    11. When You're Alone
    12. Valentine's Day


    Human Touch
    1. Human Touch
    2. Soul Driver
    3. 57 Channels (And Nothin' On)
    4. Cross My Heart
    5. Gloria's Eyes
    6. With Every Wish
    7. Roll Of The Dice
    8. Real World
    9. All Or Nothin' At All

    10. Man's Job
    11. I Wish I Were Blind

    12. The Long Goodbye
    13. Real Man
    14. Pony Boy


    Lucky Town
    1. Better Days
    2. Lucky Town
    3. Local Hero
    4. If I Should Fall Behind
    5. Leap Of Faith
    6. The Big Muddy
    7. Living Proof
    8. Book Of Dreams
    9. Souls Of The Departed
    10. My Beautiful Reward


    In Concert / MTV Unplugged
    1. Red Headed Woman
    2. Better Days
    3. Atlantic City
    4. Darkness On The Edge Of Town
    5. Man's Job
    6. Human Touch
    7. Lucky Town
    8. I Wish I Were Blind
    9. Thunder Road
    10. Light Of Day
    11. If I Should Fall Behind
    12. Living Proof
    13. My Beautiful Reward


    The Ghost Of Tom Joad
    1. The Ghost Of Tom Joad
    2. Straight Time
    3. Highway 29
    4. Youngstown
    5. Sinaloa Cowboys
    6. The Line
    7. Balboa Park
    8. Dry Lightning
    9. The New Timer
    10. Across The Border
    11. Galveston Bay
    12. My Best Was Never Good Enough


    Chimes Of Freedom
    1. Tougher Than The Rest (Live)
    2. Be True (Live)
    3. Chimes Of Freedom (Live)
    4. Born To Run (Live-Acoustic)


    Blood Brothers
    1. Blood Brothers (Alternate Version)
    2. High Hopes
    3. Murder Incorporated (Live From Tramps)

    4. Secret Garden (With Strings)
    5. Without You

    Bruce Springsteen
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  • The Album Collection Vol. 1 (1973-1984) (Awaiting Repress) The Album Collection Vol. 1 (1973-1984) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    The Album Collection Vol. 1 (1973-1984) (Awaiting Repress)


    First 7 Albums Recorded & Released For Columbia Records Between 1973 and 1984


    Newly Remastered From Original Analogue Masters By Acclaimed Engineer Bob Ludwig


    Recreations Of Original Packaging & Accompanied By A 60-Page Book


    "Last Thursday, at the Harvard Square theatre, I saw my rock'n'roll past flash before my eyes. And I saw something else: I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen. And on a night when I needed to feel young, he made me feel like I was hearing music for the very first time." --Jon Landau, The Real Paper, May 22, 1974


    Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings will release Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984, a boxed set comprised of remastered editions of the first seven albums recorded and released by Bruce Springsteen for Columbia Records between 1973 and 1984. All of the albums are newly remastered and all seven are making their remastered debut on vinyl.


    The seven albums are recreations of their original packaging and the set is accompanied by a 60-page book featuring rarely-seen photos, memorabilia and original press clippings from Springsteen's first decade as a recording artist.


    Acclaimed engineer Bob Ludwig, working with Springsteen and longtime engineer Toby Scott, has remastered these albums, all newly transferred from the original analogue masters using the Plangent Process playback system.
    Albums included:


    • Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. (1973)

    • The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle (1973)

    • Born To Run (1975)

    • Darkness On The Edge Of Town (1978)

    • The River (1980)

    • Nebraska (1982)

    • Born In The U.S.A. (1984)


    LP 1 - Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. (1973)
    1. Blinded By The Light
    2. Growin' Up
    3. Mary Queen Of Arkansas
    4. Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?
    5. Lost In The Flood
    6. The Angel
    7. For You
    8. Spirit In The Night
    9. It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City


    LP 2 - The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle (1973)
    1. The E Street Shuffle
    2. 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
    3. Kitty's Back
    4. Wild Billy's Circus Story
    5. Incident On 57th Street
    6. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
    7. New York City Serenade


    LP 3 - Born To Run (1975)
    1. Thunder Road
    2. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
    3. Night
    4. Backstreets
    5. Born To Run
    6. She's The One
    7. Meeting Across The River
    8. Jungleland


    LP 4 - Darkness On The Edge Of Town (1978)
    1. Badlands
    2. Adam Raised A Cain
    3. Something In The Night
    4. Candy's Room
    5. Racing In The Street
    6. The Promised Land
    7. Factory
    8. Streets Of Fire
    9. Prove It All Night
    10. Darkness On The Edge Of Town


    LP 5 - The River (1980)
    1. The Ties That Bind
    2. Sherry Darling
    3. Jackson Cage
    4. Two Hearts
    5. Independence Day
    6. Hungry Heart
    7. Out In The Street
    8. Crush On You
    9. You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
    10. I Wanna Marry You
    11. The River


    LP 6 - The River (1980)
    1. Point Blank
    2. Cadillac Ranch
    3. I'm A Rocker
    4. Fade Away
    5. Stolen Car

    6. Ramrod

    7. The Price You Pay
    8. Drive All Night
    9. Wreck On The Highway


    LP 7 - Nebraska (1982)
    1. Nebraska
    2. Atlantic City
    3. Mansion On The Hill
    4. Johnny 99
    5. Highway Patrolman
    6. State Trooper
    7. Used Cars
    8. Open All Night
    9. My Father's House
    10. Reason To Believe


    LP 8 - Born In The U.S.A. (1984)
    1. Born In The U.S.A.
    2. Cover Me
    3. Darlington County
    4. Working On The Highway
    5. Downbound Train
    6. I'm On Fire
    7. No Surrender
    8. Bobby Jean
    9. I'm Goin' Down
    10. Glory Days
    11. Dancing In The Dark
    12. My Hometown

    Bruce Springsteen
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    Chapter And Verse

    'Chapter and Verse,' the audio companion to Bruce Springsteen's extraordinary forthcoming autobiography, will be released on Columbia Records. The career-spanning compilation will be released four days before Simon & Schuster publishes 'Born to Run.' Five of the album's 18 tracks have not been previously released.


    Springsteen selected the songs on 'Chapter and Verse' to reflect the themes and sections of 'Born to Run.' The compilation begins with two tracks from The Castiles, featuring a teenaged Springsteen on guitar and vocals, and ends with the title track from 2012's 'Wrecking Ball.' The collected songs trace Springsteen's musical history from its earliest days, telling a story that parallels the one in the book.


    Recordings from Steel Mill and The Bruce Springsteen Band feature musicians who would go on to play in The E Street Band. Solo demos of "Henry Boy" and "Growin' Up" were cut in 1972 shortly before Springsteen began recording his debut album, 'Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.'

    LP 1
    1. Baby I - The Castiles (recorded May 2, 1966, at Mr. Music, Bricktown, NJ; written by Bruce Springsteen and George Theiss; previously unreleased)
    2. You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover - The Castiles (recorded Sept. 16, 1967, at The Left Foot, Freehold, NJ; written by Willie Dixon; previously unreleased)
    3. He's Guilty (The Judge Song) - Steel Mill (recorded Feb. 22, 1970, at Pacific Recording Studio, San Mateo, CA; previously unreleased)
    4. Ballad of Jesse James - The Bruce Springsteen Band (recorded March 14, 1972, at Challenger Eastern Surfboards, Highland, NJ; previously unreleased)
    5. Henry Boy (recorded June 1972, at Mediasound Studios, New York, NY; previously unreleased)
    6. Growin' Up (recorded May 3, 1972, at Columbia Records Recordings Studios, New York, NY; previously appeared on 'Tracks')
    7. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) (1973, 'The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffle')
    8. Born to Run (1975, 'Born to Run')
    9. Badlands (1977, 'Darkness on the Edge of Town')
    10. The River (1980, 'The River')


    LP 2
    1. My Father's House (1982, 'Nebraska')
    2. Born in the U.S.A. (1984, 'Born in the U.S.A.')
    3. Brilliant Disguise (1987, 'Tunnel of Love')
    4. Living Proof (1992, 'Lucky Town')
    5. The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995, 'The Ghost of Tom Joad')
    6. The Rising (2002, 'The Rising')
    7. Long Time Comin' (2005, 'Devils & Dust')
    8. Wrecking Ball (2012, 'Wrecking Ball')

    Bruce Springsteen
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  • The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame: Volume 1 (Colored Vinyl) The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame: Volume 1 (Colored Vinyl) Quick View

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    The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame: Volume 1 (Colored Vinyl)


    Limited Edition Purple Colored Vinyl


    Unforgettable Musical Collaborations Like Tom Petty With Prince And Mick Jagger With Bruce Springsteen


    Original Members Of Cream Take The Stage For The First Time In 25 Years For A Blistering "Sunshine Of Your Love


    Includes performances from legends like Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Cream, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood, Metallica, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Ron Wood, Joe Perry, Tom Petty, Green Day, James Taylor, Al Green, Chuck Berry and more


    Jam-filled performances of chart-busters like "Johnny B. Goode, "Ironman", "Blitzkrieg Bop, "Can't Get No Satisfaction, and a show-stopping performance of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps


    For over a quarter century, rock and roll's biggest stars have gathered annually on one special evening for an exclusive party: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies. Honoring music's most influential figures with the most prestigious of awards, it's also an evening where both artists and fans celebrate rock and roll with once-in-a-lifetime performances. For the first time on vinyl, Time Life has pressed a selection of the most memorable moments in the history of the induction ceremony, previously only available in digital and physical formats. ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME LIVE: VOLUME 1 is a unique, collectible vinyl album featuring an unforgettable "set list" including the biggest names in rock 'n' roll.

    1. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry With Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (1995)
    2. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (1999)
    3. A Change Is Gonna Come - Al Green (1995)
    4. The Train Kept-A-Rollin' - Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Ron Wood, Joe Perry, Flea And Metallica (2009)
    5. Iron Man - Metallica (2006)
    6. Woodstock - James Taylor (1997)
    7. Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream (1993)
    8. Blitzkrieg Bop - Green Day (2002)
    9. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen And The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Band (1988)
    10. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood, Dhani Harrison And Prince (2004)
    Various Artists
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  • Going Out In Style Going Out In Style Quick View

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    Going Out In Style

    DKM come out swinging with their sixth studio album; a collection of tales about family, loyalty, and remembering where you came from. It contains all the best elements of the band's sound: a complex distillation of classic punk rock, Celtic folk, and American rock 'n' roll. It puts the band's diversity, intensity, and sincerity on full display. Consolidating strong sales history with digital single sales of 250,000 for I'm Shipping Up To Boston, which was the title track in Martin Scorcese's Academy Award winning film, The Departed. For fans of The Pogues, The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen.


    So what if I threw a party & all my friends were there? So goes a line from the title song of Dropkick Murphy's seventh studio album Going Out In Style. From the meanest of times to the best of times DKM want to lift your spirits during these tough times with the party to end all parties blasting from your speakers. The Murphy's know how to turn a wake in to a party.


    Now in their 15th year; with a Scorsese soundtrack hit, a US top 20 album, a lifetime membership to every Boston sports team and a sound owing as much to Springsteen and The Pogues as to the Clash, DKM have come a long way from the days of BostonĂ¢s Rathskeller.


    Dropkick Murphys are not your typical punk band, they are Boston's biggest rock band, a band that plays Irish music with punk roots. A band with enormous families and armies of friends. They roll deep. DKM's music is so fierce and furious, their stage presence so explosive, and their commitment to their fans so ironclad, one can't help but be moved. They are the AC/DC of Celtic punk rock.

    1. Hang 'Em High
    2. Going Out In Style
    3. The Hardest Mile
    4. Cruel
    5. Memorial Day
    6. Sunday Hardcore Matinee
    7. Broken Hymns
    8. Deed Not Words
    9. Take 'Em Down
    10. Climbing A Chair To Bed
    11. 1953
    12. Peg O' My Heart (traditional)
    13. The Irish Rover (traditional)
    Dropkick Murphys
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  • The Meanest Of Times The Meanest Of Times Quick View

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    The Meanest Of Times

    DKM come out swinging with their sixth studio album; a collection of tales about family, loyalty, and remembering where you came from. It contains all the best elements of the band's sound: a complex distillation of classic punk rock, Celtic folk, and American rock 'n' roll. It puts the band's diversity, intensity, and sincerity on full display. Consolidating strong sales history with digital single sales of 250,000 for I'm Shipping Up To Boston, which was the title track in Martin Scorcese's Academy Award winning film, The Departed. For fans of The Pogues, The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen.
    1. Famous For Nothing
    2. God Willing
    3. The State Of Massachusetts
    4. Tomorrow's Industry
    5. Echoes On A. Street
    6. Vices And Virtues
    7. Surrender
    8. (F)lannigan's Ball
    9. I'll Begin Again
    10. Fairmount Hill
    11. Loyal To No One
    12. Shattered
    13. Rude Awakenings
    14. Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya
    15. Never Forget
    16. Baba O'Riley
    17. Promise Land
    Dropkick Murphys
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    The Hard Stuff


    120g Red-Opaque Vinyl


    Limited Edition Vinyl Reissue Of The Iconic MC5 Guitartist's First Solo Album, Originally Released In 1995 On Epitaph


    Wayne Kramer is a songwriter whose reputation writing music for film and television could very well supplant his legend as one of the world's stellar
    guitarists. Wayne was a teenage greaser and leader of the MC5, widely recognized as the prototype for punk rock and heavy metal. In 1969, the MC5
    released the incendiary album Kick Out The Jams on Elektra Records. After Elektra dropped them due to "radical antics", they released two albums on
    Atlantic: Back In The USA, produced by Bruce Springsteen's manager Jon Landau and the masterpiece High Time. Between world tours, Wayne scored
    Gold and The Living Theatre's film production of Paradise Now.


    Wayne spent 1976-1978 in Lexington Federal Penitentiary, where he was tutored by fellow inmate Red Rodney, trumpeter for the Charlie Parker Quintet.
    It was Red who taught Wayne how to read music and the two formed a prison band. After release, Wayne co- wrote the acclaimed R&B musical The Last
    Words of Dutch Schultz with Mick Farren, then joined Don Was' revolutionary acid funk band Was (Not Was) as its original guitarist. Wayne helped define
    the band's sound through, of all things, the dance hit "Wheel Me Out". In the 1980s in New York City, Wayne teamed up with infamous Johnny Thunders
    for a short-lived, headline grabbing, punk rock group Gang War.


    In 1994, Wayne moved to Los Angeles and signed with Epitaph Records. He recorded four records in as many years. He produced the album Full Circle
    with provocateur John Sinclair and produced an MC5 retrospective collection for Rhino Records entitled The Big Bang, as well as a hits compilation
    Beyond Cyberpunk.


    Wayne is recognized nearly as often as a vigorous social activist. Along with wife Margaret Saadi Kramer and British singer Billy Bragg, Wayne founded
    Jail Guitar Doors USA, a Los Angeles based non-profit organization that provides guitars for prisoner rehabilitation. Known as "the loudest charity on
    planet earth," JGD-USA launched at Sing Sing Prison in 2009 and has since intervened in over 50 adult and juvenile facilities. Shepard Fairey donated
    the charity's logo and board member Adam McKay's company Funny or Die donated the design of its interactive site. Shira Piven and Adam McKay
    directed a short film entitled The Beast & The Angel for PBS as part of their new LifeCasters series. It is a film about Wayne and it is currently in
    broadcast nationally.


    Wayne's brand new album Lexington entered the national jazz charts at #6 in May, 2014. It is the flagship release for the launch of his label Industrial
    Amusement.


    Moving forward with the past, Wayne is re-releasing the now infamous The Hard Stuff. The Hard Stuff features members of The Melvins, Clawhammer,
    Bad Religion and long-time friend/collaborator, UK anarchist Mick Farren. Released in 1995, this album was the best-selling album of Wayne's solo
    career. Nearly 20 years later, Wayne's tunes are finally getting out there again to wow old fans and new fans alike!

    1. Crack in the Universe
    2. Junkie Romance
    3. Bad Seed
    4. Poison
    5. Realm of the Pirate Kings
    6. Incident on Stock Island
    7. Pillar of Fire
    8. Hope for Sale
    9. Edge of the Switchblade
    10. Sharkskin Suit
    Wayne Kramer
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    Negative Qualities


    "Single Mothers might be that band, fusing Americana staples like Bruce Springsteen with wild and raucous punk rock..." - Brooklyn Vegan


    "Ferocious and untamed, few bands give any more of themselves onstage." - Clash


    "Thomson's almost entirely quotable..." - Pitchfork


    "It's honest and it's worth coming back to over and over." - Fader


    While accounts vary, Single Mothers was either founded amidst a nervous breakdown or as a means for payback. What is known, is that it was shakily hatched
    by Drew Thomson in his hometown of London, Ontario in 2008. Having lined up
    shows before he had a band or any music of his own, Thomson would quickly gain a
    reputation as a gifted troubadour; known for his enunciated howl and literary lyrics
    that married poetic penance with vignettes of small town ennui. But he was also an
    incendiary character; firing his band outright in 2009, and at one point having two
    different versions of the band existing at the same time.


    Somehow the right core of characters fell into place, solidifying the band's feral take
    on punk rock; gritty rock 'n' roll sensibilities counterbalanced with hooks, dynamics
    and musicality.


    Released as the S/T EP by Secret Voice in 2012, the first pressing of the 7" would
    sell out in weeks, then sell thousands of copies in the ensuing years.


    Negative Qualities is an unrelenting ten song behemoth of a debut album that was
    two years in the making; written across two provinces, initially started in Los Angeles
    then finished in London, Toronto and Upstate New York. It represents a band pushed
    to their most savage state, it's their pound of flesh slammed down on the counter as
    raw statement. And now, they're looking to collect. But as Thomson rallies "I am who
    I am" on Negative Qualities one can only wonder if this is a declaration of acceptance or a derision of him and his band? As such, the album will either be the first
    of many or the band's final record. Ultimately, it is up to Single Mothers and their
    inherited behavior to decide.

    1. Overdose
    2. Marbles
    3. Womb
    4. Half-lit
    5. Feel Shame
    6. Crooks
    7. Patricide
    8. Ketamine
    9. Blood Pressure
    10. Money
    Single Mothers
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    Santa Rosa Fangs

    Santa Rosa Fangs is a stirring, stunning, and cinematic look and listen into the sometimes autobiographical, sometimes fictional journey of the venerable California musician Matt Costa through the tangled groves and grapevines of his home state.


    Throughout the album's twelve songs, Costa illuminates what he has learned and how he has grown in the past 15 years of his career. His music has taken him around the world, allowing him to work with diverse, respected artists and to connect with people everywhere-from his albums released on Brushfire Records to recording with Belle and Sebastian in Glasgow, to penning film scores and releasing a variety of genre-bending EP's, and to finally coming home to Los Angeles's Dangerbird Records for his first new proper full-length release in nearly five years. A rebirth in a sense, through his keen pop sensibility, studious songwriting, technical mastery, and a modern-meets-vintage sound bursting with bite, Costa has recorded the album of his career, one sure to reach new shores and sailors alike.


    "In the past 15 years of my career, I feel I've continually been breaking through, speaking out, and reaching different people," Costa says. "If one of my songs connects now to someone who didn't connect before, then we have a dialogue together. That's the point of music, to have that dialogue and tell a story, and to entertain with a sound that has depth."


    He began the recording of Santa Rosa Fangs over a year and a half ago, though some songs here predate that mark. Over the past few years, Costa had challenged himself to explore new terrain, from the acoustic-fingerpicking/lo-fi garage/experimental sounds of 2015's EP's to the acid-washed and reverb-laden soundtrack to the film Orange Sunshine to another complete album that never saw the light of day. Realizing he sought a collection of dyed-in-the-wool songs rather than sonic experiments, in July of 2017 he and producers Peter Matthew Bauer (The Walkmen) and Nick Stumpf (French Kicks) entered a studio to begin work.


    "There's a difference when I sit down to write sonic textures and when I sit with a guitar or piano and write a song," he says. "These new songs went back to a traditional sense, and when stripped back to their purest form, they still work. They tell a story, the melodies aren't leaning on anything, and they make instrumentation around them come to life in a new way, but their core is strong. My goal for the EP's was to develop conceptual ideas, making each one in a short period and with their own concepts; Orange Sunshine was a bigger exercise in that. Now, this record is all of those things I was exercising come into their own. It's more of a visualized record that takes you into the world of the Santa Rosa fangs."


    The tale of Santa Rosa Fangs centers around a young woman named Sharon, her two brothers Ritchie and Tony, and their story of love, loss, and coming of age in a timeless yet contemporary California. It is replete with long distance love affairs and nostalgic romances woven through the loom of tragedy and time. Interestingly, rather than setting out to create a specific narrative, Costa began noticing a theme in the new songs as he wrote them: an unconscious embodiment of the surroundings in which he himself had grown up. According to Costa, the titular teeth refer to that inescapable feeling of a romantic, tragic, and eternal bite that certain places and events will always hold on us.


    "I've interwoven my own stories into a fictional idea of what 'Santa Rosa Fangs' is, from my own time spent living in Northern and Southern California and years driving up and down the coast, seeing the landscape and where life can pull you within one state," Costa says. "It is all these things-the 'bite that is eternal, the smile in the neon'-and it has fangs. They stick with you: the romantic, the tragic, all that. It's the characters' story and my story, too, contemporary but still tortured by the past. It's a window into a time period but spoken as if it's the present. The beauty of love and loss doesn't have a date on it; it's timeless."


    The album follows the siblings as they search for love and meaning in their lives, which are ultimately cut short by the passing of both brothers in unrelated accidents. Sharon, left battling with her own mortality and forced to see through a shattered lens, becomes the story's grieving, guarded hero and, as Costa says, is "a little bit me, and a little bit everyone." Similarly, the origin of the characters has one foot in reality and one in the ether. The song "Ritchie" is based on a true family saga, as two of Costa's cousins were twin brothers who died within a year of each other in motorcycle and car accidents in the early 1980s. Likewise, "Phosphorescent Letter" is the story of a local friend's daughter who endured a long-distance, online relationship with a boyfriend in Australia; in that dramatic situation Costa saw a through-line for Sharon's tale. "Because she is so tortured by loss she's afraid of love, so she sets herself up for a distant relationship, illuminated on her phone," he says. "It's a real-love thing that happens frequently these days."


    Other concrete inspirations found their way into Santa Rosa Fangs as well. Costa imagined his creations in a setting similar to that of a Jim Jarmusch film, with dramatic events unfolding around them as they attempt to go about their daily lives as earnestly as possible. He also cites Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska as an influence for its songs and characters as well as its moments of sparseness. Like that iconic record, the cover of Santa Rosa Fangs is a stark black-and-white photograph tinged with deep red text, featuring three youths running along a freeway overpass. It's not clear whether the trio-Costa's real-life Orange County neighbors-are sprinting for joy or to escape some unknown entity; Costa hints that to him they are running away from the grabbing hands of time. "The song 'Time Tricks' is about that, too: it's inevitable and coming for you."


    Costa also found inspiration in working with Bauer and Stumpf, whom he had previously admired from a distance and whose music resumes he respects greatly. "I really connected with Pete and Nick and took their lead on several ideas," he says. "That's why you partner with someone-you want their input. I shaped things a little differently by listening through their ears than I would have otherwise." Costa cites "Real Love," an upbeat, heavy tune written in 5/4 time, as such a moment of collaboration. Originally intended as an acoustic song, he was encouraged by his producers to approach it from a fresh direction. "I had done that sort of thing before, a Nick Drake, fingerpicking type thing," he says. "Pete and Nick inspired me to take it to a new place. To write a driving rock song in 5/4 is a real challenge, but I had the basis in my pattern and we all drove it home with a really strong beat. On my own I might have stuck with a simpler take, but it felt good to tackle some new ground."


    In another circumstance, Costa again came up with two variations of the same song, but rather than being forced to choose between the two, he simply used both. As a result, "I Remember It Well" bookends the album, first as a rollicking, piano-driven number that sets the record's tone and pace, and second as a sparser, quiet version to end it. The latter was the initial version and was also the first song written for the album some four years ago. "That song is both the entrance and exit to this world, and also shows the process of how you can take a song, do it two ways, and both can be impactful and give you different feelings."


    No matter how his process or approach may change-in the present moment or in any era of coming-of-age throughout his decade-and-a-half-long career-Costa recognizes that one unique thing in his work will always stay the same: his perspective. "Essentially, what it comes down to is this: I sit down with a guitar, and these are songs," he says. "I've worked hard to understand how to produce them in certain ways. You can try to dress up a song and put a different sound to it, but if the song isn't that kind of song then it's not going to work. I've had to exercise both of those qualities equally-to know how to develop these sounds sonically, and then when I know sonically where I want it to go, I have to write to that. I guess that knowledge comes with 15 years of songwriting experience. I couldn't have made this record any other time than now."


    For Matt Costa, the world of Santa Rosa Fangs is the past, present, and future of his life all rolled up into one long stretch of sunlit California coastline.

    1. I Remember It Well
    2. Sharon
    3. Grudge
    4. Pacific Grove
    5. Santa Rosa Fangs
    6. Time Tricks
    7. Coming Around
    8. Ritchie
    9. Phosphorescent Letter
    10. Windy Smile
    11. Real Love
    12. I Remember It Well #2
    Matt Costa
    $20.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Since 1997, John K. Samson has written four acclaimed albums with The Weakerthans. Provincial, Samsons first solo release began with a simple idea: to explore four different roads in Manitoba, the Canadian province where Samson lives. They're the places I kept going back to. Samson talked to relatives, friends and strangers; he visited archives, a tuberculosis sanatorium turned RV park and a forgotten cemetery.


    The result is this collection of evocative songs, an album that fits beside Bruce Springsteens Nebraska, Sun Kil Moons Ghosts Of The Great Highway and Mountain Goats Tallahassee. While the teenage craving of Cruise Night recalls the Cars' Stop Error and invokes Bach; for When I Write my Masters Thesis, Samsons inspiration was all jukebox serendipity, Bob Dylans When I Paint My Masterpiece, sailing out from the corner of a Yukon dive-bar. Provincial is a record full of fierce, tuneful and vivid stories.

    1. Highway 1 East
    2. Heart of the Continent
    3. Cruise Night
    4. Grace General
    5. When I Write My Master's Thesis
    6. Letter in Icelandic from the Ninette San
    7. Longitudinal Centre
    8. www.ipetitions.com/petition/rivertonrifle
    9. The Last And
    10. Stop Error
    11. Highway 1 West
    12. Taps Reversed
    John K. Samson
    $19.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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