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Pressed On 180-Gram Vinyl
Cloud Nine marked Harrison's return from a five-year hiatus from his career as a solo artist. It would be the last studio solo album released during his lifetime. The hit single Got My Mind Set on You quickly reached number 1 in the United States and number 2 in the United Kingdom. The album received consistent praise from rock critics, with Rolling Stone describing it as an expertly crafted, endlessly infectious record. Besides Harrison and co-producer Jeff Lynne of ELO, other artists involved in the sessions included Jim Keltner and Ringo Starr on drums, Eric Clapton on guitar and both Gary Wright and Elton John on piano.1. Cloud Nine
2. That's What It Takes
3. Fish On The Sand
4. Just For Today
5. This Is Love
6. When We Was Fab
7. Devil's Radio
8. Someplace Else
9. Wreck Of The Hesperus
10. Breath Away From Heaven
11. Got My Mind Set On You$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Queen Of The Clouds
Tove Lo is the brazenly honest voice that pop needs right now. - Noisey
It's safe to say we smell some Lorde-level fame just around the bend. - Hilly Dilly
Tove Lo will release her highly anticipated debut album, Queen Of The Clouds.
This full-length features her U.S. Top 40 hit Habits (Stay High), which was recently certified gold by the RIAA and is now approaching platinum status in
Tove Lo first entered the pop arena earlier this year in March with the reease of her critically acclaimed debut EP, Truth Serum, and widely appraised live
performances at this 2014's SXSW in Austin, TX. Hot on the heels of her debut single Habits (Stay High), which amassed an impressive 12 million+
views on YouTube, Tove Lo went on to sell-out shows in New York and Los Angeles.
Swedish songbird Tove Lo is rapidly winning over North American audiences. The sparkly, synth-ridden track, Nylon said of 'Habits (Stay High)', is an
irresistible dance floor number with a decidedly dark backbone - using substances to deal with heartbreak - and according to the singer, creating a slick
pop jam like this one is her way of dealing with relationship obstacles. 'For me it's easier to write songs about my feelings rather than talking them out with
people,' she explained during a recent visit to New York.1. The Sex (Intro)
2. My Gun
3. Like Em Young
4. Talking Body
6. The Love (Interlude)
8. The Way That I Am
9. Got Love
10. Not On Drugs
11. The Pain (Interlude)
12. Thousand Miles
13. Habits (Stay High)
14. This Time Around
15. Run On Love (QOTC Edit)$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Heady Nuggs 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic 1994-1997Numbered, Limited Edition, 5 LP Box Set.
Clouds Taste Metallic, the band's seventh album, is considered one of The Lips' best and earned them much critical fanfare. All-Music called it a masterful collection that completesthe Flaming Lips' odyssey into the pop stratosphere and compared it to the Beach Boys' definitive album Pet Sounds. Released on September 19th, 1995, Clouds Taste Metallic is also the last Lips album to feature guitarist Ronald Jones.
Melodically, The Flaming Lips sound contains lush, multi-layered, psychedelic rock arrangements, but lyrically their compositions show elements of space rock, including unusual song and album titles-such as Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus with Needles, Free Radicals (A Hallucination of the Christmas Skeleton Pleading with a Suicide Bomber) and Yeah, I Know It's a Drag... But Wastin' Pigs Is Still Radical.
They are also acclaimed for their elaborate live shows, which feature costumes, balloons, puppets, video projections, complex stage light configurations, giant hands, large amounts of confetti, and frontman Wayne Coyne's signature man-sized plastic bubble, in which he traverses the audience. In 2002, Q magazine named The Flaming Lips one of the 50 Bands to See Before You Die.LP1 - Clouds Taste Metallic
1. The Abandoned Hospital Ship
2. Psychiatric Explorations Of The Fetus With Needles
3. Placebo Headwound
4. This Here Giraffe
6. Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World
8. Kim's Watermelon Gun
9. They Punctured My Yolk
10. Lightning Strikes The Postman
11. Christmas At The Zoo
13. Bad Days (Aurally Excited Version)
LP2 - Due To High Expectations...The Flaming Lips Are Providing Needles For Your Balloons
1. Bad Days
2. Jets Part 2 (My Two Days As An Ambulance Driver)
3. Ice Drummer
4. Put The Waterbug In The Policeman's Ear
5. Chewin' The Apple Of Yer Eye
6. Chosen One
7. Little Drummer Boy
8. Slow Nerve Action
LP3 - Psychiatric Exploration Of The Fetus With Needles (Live In Seattle 1996)
1. The Abandoned Hospital Ship
2. Unconsciously Screamin'
3. Take Meta Mars
4. Moth In The Incubator
5. Put The Waterbug In The Policeman's Ear
6. Lightning Strikes The Postman
LP4 - Psychiatric Exploration Of The Fetus With Needles (Live In Seattle 1996)
1. Bad Days
2. She Don't Use Jelly
3. Chewin' The Apple Of Yer Eye
4. When You Smile
5. Psychiatric Explorations Of The Fetus With Needles
6. Love Yer Brain
7. Placebo Headwound
LP5 - The King Bug Laughs (Oddities and Rarities)
1. It Was A Very Good Year
2. Sun Arise
3. Life On Mars
4. Ballrooms Of Mars
5. Hot Day
6. Nobody Told Me
7. Magician Vs The Headache
8. She Don't Use Jelly (Live At Kj103)$74.99Vinyl LP Box Set - 5 LP Sealed Buy Now
Road From MemphisThe Road from Memphis starts with a young Booker T. Jones hauling his stack of newspapers to Phineas Newborn's front yard where, while folding them for his after]school delivery route, he could listen to the jazz great practice piano. It ends with Booker and The Roots roaring through a set of both timeless and contemporary originals (and propulsive covers of Gnarls Barkley's Crazy and Lauren Hill's Everything Is Everything.
Along for the ride are vocalists Matt Berninger of the National, Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket, Sharon Jones, Lou Reed, and Booker himself, telling the story of how the funk/soul sound that Booker helped invent spiraled out from Memphis, touching The Roots' hometown of Philadelphia, New York (where engineer Gabe Roth has been recreating classic soul sonics for everyone from Sharon Jones to Amy Winehouse), and Detroit.
Detroit as in Dennis Coffey, legendary Motown session guitarist who introduced driving rock]funk rhythm to hits like Cloud Nine and Ball of Confusion by the Temptations, and brings his Detroit grit to these tracks. The Road from Memphis is classic Memphis soul, and classic Booker in the tradition of Green Onions, but beyond that it is the story of a sound, and how Booker, working with the inheritors of his sound, is keeping a tradition alive.1. Walking Papers
3. Progress (feat. Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket)
4. The Hive
5. Down In Memphis (feat. Booker T. on vocals)
6. Everything Is Everything
7. Rent Party
8. Representing Memphis (feat. Matt Berninger and Sharon Jones)
9. The Vamp
10. Harlem House
11. The Bronx (feat. Lou Reed)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Attack On MemoryIn 2009, Cleveland, OH's Dylan Baldi began writing and recording lo-fi power-pop songs in his parents basement, dubbing the project Cloud Nothings. His music quickly started making the Internet rounds, and fans and critics alike took note of his pithy songcraft, infectiously catchy melodies, and youthful enthusiasm. Baldi soon released a string of 7s, a split cassette, and an EP before putting out Turning On, a compilation spanning about a years worth of work, on Carpark in 2010. January 2011 saw the release of Cloud Nothings self-titled debut LP, which, put next to Turning On, found Baldi cleaning up his lo-fi aesthetic, pairing his tales of affinitive confusion with a more pristine aural clarity. In the interval since the release of Cloud Nothings, Baldi has toured widely and put a great deal of focus on his live show, a detail that heavily shapes the music of this, his follow-up album, Attack on Memory.
After playing the same sets nightly for months on end, Baldi saw the rigidity of his early work, and he wanted to create arrangements that would allow for more improvisation and variability when played on the road. To accomplish this desired malleability, the entire band decamped to Chicago, where the album was recorded with Steve Albini, and all lent a hand in the songwriting process. The product of these sessions is a record boasting features that, even at a glance, mark a sea change in the bands sound: higher fidelity, a track clocking in at almost nine minutes, an instrumental, and an overall more plaintive air. The songs move along fluidly, and Baldi sounds assured as he brings his vocals up in the mix, allowing himself to hold out long notes and put some grain into his voice. Minor key melodies abound, drums emphatically contribute much more than mere timekeeping, and the guitar work is much more adventurous than that of previous releases.
For all of early Cloud Nothings fun and fervor, Baldi admits that it never sounded like most of the music he listens to. With Attack on Memory, he wanted to remedy this anomaly, and in setting out to do so, Baldi and Co. have created an album that shows vast growth in a still very young band.1. No Future/No Past
2. Wasted Days
3. Fall In
4. Stay Useless
6. No Sentiment
7. Our Plans
8. Cut You$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Here and Nowhere ElseOn their third full-length, Cleveland-bred outt Cloud Nothings give joy
a hard, sharp edge. I was feeling pretty good about everything so I just
made stuff that made me happy, says founding member and
mild-mannered chief songwriter Dylan Baldi of Here and Nowhere Else.
I had nothing to be angry about really so the approach was more
positive and less 'fuck everything.' I just sat down and played until I
found something that I like, because I was nally in a position to do
Utilizing every possible opportunity to write while on the road for 18
consecutive months following the release of 2012's Attack on Memory,
Baldi presented an album's worth of new material to his bandmates with
just days before they'd enter the studio with esteemed producer John
Congleton. I'm pretty sure every song was written in a different
country, he says. It's the product of only having a couple of minutes
here and there. But Cloud Nothings would enjoy a full week with
Congleton at Water Music in Hoboken, New Jersey, followed by three
days of mixing at his own studio in Dallas shortly thereafter. The result is
Cloud Nothings, rened: impossibly melodic, white-knuckle noise-rock
that shimmers with sumptuous detail, from Baldi's lone, corkscrewing
guitar to his dramatically improved singing to bassist TJ Duke's
piledriving bass lines and drummer Jayson Gerycz's volcanic lls.
It's more subtle, says Baldi. It's not just an in-your-face rock record.
There's more going on. You can listen to a song 20 times and still hear
different little things in there that you didn't notice before. Every time I
listen I notice something that I didn't even realize we did.
It's yet another staggering show of a progress from a songwriter and
band still coming into their own.1. Now Here In
2. Quieter Today
3. Psychic Trauma
4. Just See Fear
5. Giving Into Seeing
6. No Thoughts
7. Pattern Walks
8. I'm Not Part of Me$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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I'm at a loss to name any bands that Old Smokey sounds like. Old Smokey is a dark, gypsy/Middle Eastern, folk collision. It's a mixture of string and woodwind instruments unlike any I've seen. - Mark Ellers, Athens Banner Herald
Old Smokey's instrumental tune Leggy, is a pleasant, wandering thing, a nice little taste of the band's upcoming full-length, reportedly titled Wester Easter. - Gabe Vodicka, Flagpole Magazine
Local weavers of the string dream known as Old Smokey have finished their debut record, titled Wester Easter and may we say, it's an ear tickling treasure for sure. - Zeke Sayer, Gypsy Farm
Old Smokey is a unique five piece ensemble featuring Jim Willingham on banjo, Jason Trahan on lap steel, John Fernandes on violin/clarinet/bass clarinet, Jacob Morris on cello, and Rob Lomax on drums. Their quixotic and sometimes haunting sound has developed organically; the way the instrumentation of the band blends is both complementary and evocative. This distinctive unit began playing together over two years ago. Old Smokey's first full-length album, Wester Easter will be released on Cloud Recordings.
Wester Easter covers a wide span of musical influences, but retains a coherent sound, all its own. Some of the songs capture an Ennio Morricone spaghetti-western influence, while others take on an East Indian psychedelic palette not unlike some of the wanderings of Erkin Koray, or a lost Bollywood soundtrack from the seventies. Dead Man's Pose, a chant-y upbeat scorcher, is grounded in something akin to a New Orleans second line structure. There are a few numbers on Wester Easter that seem to be channeling the tumbleweed landscapes of The Sons of Pioneers, or the smoky country of a Roger Miller ballad. There's even a bit of a rock n' roll stomp or Velvets' rattle to numbers such as All the Way Slow -- but it's almost as if the band got lost in Appalachia on the way to the sock hop. John Fernandes, Cloud Recordings' main-man, and Old Smokey's violin and clarinet player, has approximated sonic references for Old Smokey: Fans of Bruce Langhorne, Abner Jay, Bollywood steel guitar music, and The Monks will surely dig our hard to describe sound.
Despite a wide adventurous berth, Wester Easter is not the soundtrack of a flippant genre-jumping band. Throughout the album, their strong, sonorous mark is consistently there, as the instruments blend, swirl, and crescendo, then break down, from time to time, into the spidery banjo, drums, and plucked-cello skeletal substructure. Led by Jim's reedy lead vocal, spinning narratives or spilling out constellations of imagery, the whole band often joins, in chorus, to create layered harmonies or group chants.
Old Smokey is compiled of veterans of the Athens music scene. Members have played with bands such as The Olivia Tremor Control, Circulatory System, Vic Chesnutt, Ham1, Moths, Madeline, The Good Ship, and The New Sound of Numbers, to name just a few of their past and current projects.1. Dead Man's Post
2. The Transylvania Effect
3. You're Always Gonna Be Able To Get One More
4. All The Way Slow
5. The Whistler's Song
6. Freedom Cowboy
7. Wester Easter
8. Transylvania Link
9. Everyday I'm Building A Fool
11. Vacant Lot
13. Mapache$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Jungle FireFive hot Latin jazz cuts including great dance track Got Myself A Good Man 1970. Tracks: Friendship Train, Got Myself a Good Man, The Spokerman, Cloud 9, Jamilah. Limited pressing.1. Friendship Train
2. Got Myself A Good Man
3. The Spokerman
4. Cloud 9
5. Jamilah$31.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
You Are ThereThroughout their six-year career, this Japanese quartet has ascended consistently in both popularity and critical acclaim. But still elusive is the successful translation of their powerful and violently beautiful live performances to their recordings, until now. Once again recorded by Steve Albini, the album extends the cinematic drama of 2003's Walking Cloud And Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered And The Sun Shined while surpassing the sinister heaviness of 2002's lauded One Step More And You Die. If Walking Cloud was a nuclear winter, then You Are There is the post-war rebirth. This band isn't heavy like Black Sabbath. They're heavy like Beethoven.1. The Flames Beyond The Cold Mountain
2. A Heart Has Asked For The Pleasure
4. Are You There?
5. The Remains Of The Day
6. Moonlight$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Donovan BlancJoseph Black and Raymond Schwab spent the years of 2011-2013 as full-blown pop junkies
in a group called Honeydrum. Seeking ephemeral moments of truth and self-relevance, the
two spent day after day on the third floor of a run-down building in a hole of a city in New
Jersey, churning out what would become Honeydrum's nine EPs. These releases stand as sonic
manifestations of the two hook addicts' pop addled brainwaves buried deep in blurry mires
of fizz and fuzz.
As with all growth both physical and metaphysical, the inevitable mutation of their vision was
governed by evolutionary laws beholden to no man; atop a cloud of rich vocal harmony,
polished guitar arrangements, driving rhythmic momentum, angular meter and key changes,
and breathy Mellotron passages, Donovan Blanc, a post-human entity began to appear.
Incubated by the warm winds of spring and with a newfound focus and clarity, early versions of songs such as "Minha Menina" and "Girlfriend", rife with brown tones and muted
sunshine, served as the foundation for Donovan Blanc's debut self-titled LP on Captured
Donovan Blanc is the realization of a purified version of the duo's work, fit for consumption by disciples of technicolor baroque and singer-songwriter pop music. The record's aim
isn't to evoke nostalgia, but rather to re-contextualize the familiar and foreign to create new
moments; some that are bold and exuberant, and others that are reserved and melancholic.
Donovan Blanc delivers a glimpse of the lush textures and vivid colors of pop's golden age
through a modern lens.1. Girlfriend
2. Hungry A Long Time
3. Shy Boy
4. Without A Thing To Doubt
5. Is It Natural
6. Oh Donna
8. Can't Wait To Me et You
9. Minha Menina
10. When You Believed Me
11. That Summer Ago
12. Traci Won't Wait$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
There's A Blue Bird In My HeartAnders Parker has a recording of new music coming out June 17th, and it is called There's a Blue Bird in my Heart. Released by his new record label, Recorded & Freed, the album of nine distinct tracks was created in Burlington, Vermont. The initial tracks were all cut live with his band Cloud Badge, before the process relocated to Athens, Georgia for additional recording and mixing by the legendary David Barbe (Bob Mould, Drive-by Truckers, Son Volt), and guest appearances by local Athens talent. This is the first release of new Parker material in over four years. A.P. did not sit idle during the interim, having recorded and released more than twenty-three tracks with the Woody Guthrie-inspired New Multitudes supergroup that also included Jay Farrar, Jim James, and Will Johnson. He also released a beautifully lyrical album of music with longtime ally Kendall Meade called Wild Chorus under the band name, Anders & Kendall. All of these efforts add to the continued entries in the ledger of his life's body of work that include his work with Space Needle, Gob Iron (also with Jay Farrar), five albums recorded under the anonymity of the name Varnaline, five albums recorded under his name, and a live "field recording" from a Portland, Oregon tour stop in 2005.1. The Road
3. Don't Let The Darkness In
5. Silver Yonder
6. Feel It
7. Epic Life
8. Jackbooted Thugs (Have All The Best Drugs)
9. See You On The Other Side$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Cypress Hill (Awaiting Repress)
Limited Edition Clear Vinyl
Somewhere in between the rock-star mischief of the Beastie Boys and the slow-creeping funk of Dr. Dre, Cypress Hill introduced their hazy-eyed sound to the world on their self-titled 1991 debut and things have never quite been the same since. The original Cypress Hill album captures the group at their risk-taking best, mixing gangster posturing, LA street politics, Latin flavor and warped humor together under a thick cloud of weed smoke and innovative beats. Nasal-voiced rapper B-Real and his partner Sen Dog, backed by the adventurous production styles of DJ Muggs, produce classics records like How I Could Just Kill a Man, Pigs, Stoned is the Way of the Walk and Hand on the Pump. Since its release, the album has won acclaim as one of Rolling Stone's Essential Recordings of the 90s and Top 100 Best Rap Albums by The Source magazine. Get On Down is proud to present one of the most influential and important hip-hop albums ever, Cypress Hill, in this special red vinyl release, featuring audio remastered from the original source tapes.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Pigs
2. How I Could Just Kill A Man
3. Hand On The Pump
4. Hole In The Head
5. Ultraviolet Dreams
6. Light Another
7. Phuncky Feel One
8. Break It Up
9. Real Estate
10. Stoned Is The Way Of The Walk
12. Something For The Blunted
13. Latin Lingo
14. Funky Cypress Hill Shit
15. Tres Eqyis
16. Born To Get Busy$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Gone Banana"Backed by film noir brass and gently reverbed minor chords, Birgy's spectral vocals are at once comforting like a cashmere blanket and discomboblatingly strange. Not unlike catching the scent of someone that pulls you
back to a dimension you forgot."- Noisey
"The record takes delightfully unexpected..., mixing together subdued vocals, fuzzy riffs, and deliberate bass lines with a saxophone that often slices
through melodies with free-spirited and seductive cries." - Wild Magazine
A thick green mist, a lush chill vibe; after 5 years and countless self-released
tapes and CDs, Mega Bog - the brainchild of songwriter Erin Birgy - has
completed their best work to date; a swirling pop cloud called 'Gone Banana'.
Influenced equally by the emotional psychedelia of Kevin Ayers and the pop
whimsy of Steely Dan, 'Banana' is a joyous declaration of artistic independence and purpose. The story of a chronic goofball insisting on being taken
seriously. A celebration of melancholy; using music to force yourself off the
floor when you hit the bottom. Birgy is an enigmatic musician and a true
weirdo - Megabog changes lineups and configurations faster than most musicians change clothes.
Alternately a tender songwriting project, a blazin-hot jazz-rock combo, or an
open forum for goofy one offs and fragile experimentation, it is ultimately
whatever Birgy wants it to be on a given day. For 'Banana' she has gathered a
loose group from Seattle's thriving experimental pop and improvised music
scene, including members of local mainstays like Neighbors and Iji, along
with hotshot sax guy Jacob Zimmerman. Sounding equal parts Ariel Pink and
Prefab Sprout, they rip through 9 hazy burners with a sneaky tightness hidden behind layers of drizzle and reverb. Birgy's rich voice croons and bends
around the shifting walls of sound, organizing and refocusing the swirl. Representing a unique moment in Birgy's songwriting and a budding maturation
for a bouncy community of oddball pop addicts, 'Gone Banana' is an immersive listening experience and a peek into the life of a truly strange soul.1. Intro (Bird Bridge)
3. Goobie Krishna
4. Cologne in the Night
5. Wet Moss
6. Gone Banana
7. Year of Patience
9. TP - 89 (edit)
10. Lady Rachel (by Kevin Ayers)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
NoctilucenceNoctilucence is a new 12 recorded between in 2013 and 2014 between Los Angeles, California,
and Cleveland, Ohio. The term "noctilucence" comes from "noctilucent clouds", the name
given to clouds which, for some reason, emit a brilliant vibrance at night. On this recording
we find our subject diving into the electric waters of the night sky, in long drives across the
vast deserts of America. It's a recording about the discovery and understanding of the shadow,
entrance to the realm not controlled by the light of day, or the logic of reason. It's about
confronting nocturnal terrors and all of those things that go bump in the night.
Understanding that the ancient archetypes which watch over us don't flinch, and stand firm
across the spell of time. On Along The Way we sought the Macrobes for guidance, and on
Noctilucence we see them taking real shape. Opening with a mantra to the perpetual
regeneration of the spirit of love, crying out for new levels of confidence and consciousness to
emerge from the human race, Noctilucence is a deep stare into the infinite eye of the
shimmering night sky of the future, and all it holds in its gaze.
- Mark McGuire, 20141. Freedom of Spirit
2. Earth Grid (Activation)
4. Entity (Presence)
5. Astral Protection$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
180 Gram Remastered Vinyl With Bonus Tracks
First Time On Vinyl!
With Smile, the Jayhawks drop yet another sizable chunk of their alt-country sound by the roadside, adding in its place healthy doses of power pop and
modern electronic music. Almost half of Smile's songs feature looped percussion, overdubbed drum tracks, or flat-out, funky backbeats. Despite the
modern touches, though, the fact remains that Smile retains just enough of a distinctly Americana feeling. On the warm and twangy Better Days, one of
Louris' best songs, he sings with genuine regret and heartache the way he treated a long ago lover, and on Break in the Clouds he celebrates the
comforts of domestic contentment, complete with pedal steel and soaring harmonies that recall the band's landmark work Hollywood Town Hall from
1992. What never changes on the Jayhawks' albums, it seems, are the blissful melodies and well-constructed tunes. This remastered edition includes
bonus tracks.LP 1
2. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
3. What Led Me To This Town
4. Somewhere In Ohio
5. A Break In The Clouds
6. Queen Of The World
7. Life Floats By
8. Broken Harpoon
9. Pretty Thing
1. Mr. Wilson
2. (In My) Wildest Dreams
3. Better Days
4. Baby, Baby, Baby
5. Who Made You King (studio outtake)*
6. Gypsy In The Mood (studio outtake) *
7. A Part Of You (demo) **
8. Life's Little Ups And Downs (live) **
9. Greta Garbo (demo) **
10. Five Cornered Blues (demo) **
* previously commercially unavailable
** previously unreleased$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
REDD-AMU-3612xThe Master Musicians Of Jajouka
The Road To Jajouka (Awaiting Repress)The music of Jajouka is trance music, ecstatic music, a music narcotic. From its source a particular village in the southern Rif mountains of Morocco this magical music has migrated around the world, moving like clouds, like water, like smoke - flowing through the collective consciousness of its appreciators,'' writes Jim Jarmusch in the liner notes to The Road to Jajouka, a new recording that pays tribute to the legendary Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar. This collection features both new performances and remixes created by western master musicians utilizing original Jajouka recordings.
Produced by drummer/producer Billy Martin, the nine tracks feature guest artists including Medeski Martin & Wood, Marc Ribot, Ornette Coleman, John Zorn, Lee Ranaldo, Flea and Mickey Hart among others.1. Hand of Fatima
3. Djebala Hills
4. Boujeloudia Magick
5. Into the Rif
6. Ghaita Blues
8. Sufi Hadra
9. Al'Aita$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
CeremonyIt begins with the sound of a church organ, an arpeggio played on the lower notes, a melody teased out in the higher register, before a snare drum beats out an ominous, stuttering tattoo. Three minutes in, guitars begin to rumble like clouds gathering on the horizon, the melody slowly swelling, threatening to tear the sky apart. This is Anna Von Hausswolff's "Epitaph Of Theodor", and as dramatic, instrumental openings to albums go, it's close to overwhelming. But it's followed by something even more intense: "Deathbed", which growls and resonates sinisterly before shards of metallic thunder shatter the drones and a funereal beat forces the song to lurch forward. Only after some four and a half minutes of this ferocious clamour do we hear a human voice, and it's unleashed with a fierce power, rising and swooping, a vast bird pursuing its prey until the song reaches its final, unexpectedly triumphant climax.
You want to talk about compromises? No. Nor does Anna Von Hausswolff.
These two songs alone represent a quarter of 'Ceremony's sixty minutes, but there are eleven more on an album that confounds and dumbfounds from its start to its end. To those who used Anna Von Hausswolff's debut album, Singing From The Grave, to compare her lazily to Kate Bush, it will come as a brutal shock. The fragile atmospheres of that impressive debut, one that earned her huge acclaim in her native Sweden, have been blasted away, and what's emerged from the wasteland left behind is a dizzying masterpiece that, she proudly states, calls upon, amongst others, Elizabeth Fraser, Jefferson Airplane, PJ Harvey, Earth, Barn Owl, Nick Cave and Diamanda Galás.
Though she now lives in Copenhagen, she grew up in the once vibrant, bohemian neighbourhood of Haga in Gothenburg, Sweden, to a family who counted amongst their ancestors Bernhard Reynold von Hausswolff, an 18th Century governor of Falun, Sweden, who helped bring an end to the burning of witches. Her father, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, is a composer and visual artist who's also co-monarch of the kingdoms of Elgaland-Vagaland, so it's perhaps not surprising that she's chosen to pursue a radical direction with her music.
"I didn't just want 'Ceremony' to be a collection of songs," she says. "I wanted it to be like a film, with every single part connected to the other, with shifting moods and settings, but a thread holding all the tracks together. I listen to a lot of film scores, and in many the music is able to move freely without the typical structures that we find in commercial music."
Arguably 'Ceremony's most significant ingredient is the church organ of Gothenburg's vast Annedalkyrkan, whose pipes are featured on the album's striking cover. Employed on nine of the album's thirteen tracks, it also provided von Hausswolff with the excuse to record for five days in the century old building, its cavernous space adding to the record's formidable magnitude. (Work was completed at weekends over several months in producer Filip Leyman's studios.) She found in the organ's sound a link between her own writing and a developing obsession with "drone metal", allowing her to add layers of thick textures to the songs. But - thanks to its inevitable associations with existence and mortality - the organ also suited the themes that lay at the heart of the record, which she defines as "nature and death, or the division of humanity and nature. From the moment we exit the womb, we start our paths towards materialism and destructive behaviour, and these days I feel that the gap between nature and human is growing bigger. I wanted to grasp my inner nature and be unified with nature again. 'Ceremony' is a celebration of life and everything that it contains, especially death, because in death we will be truly one with nature again."
That's not to say that 'Ceremony' is a bleak record, something highlighted by the extraordinary "Harmonica", which sounds like Dead Can Dance channelling a Vashti Bunyan song with arrangements by Ennio Morricone. "It's a song I wrote just after my grandfather passed away," she recalls. "It's about how culture and traditions can travel from generation down to generation, and in this case from him to me by music. Just before he died, he gave me a harmonica and he told me to practise hard and only write about things that are relevant to me. His deathbed inspired me to make 'Ceremony'."
He'd surely be proud of the bold, single-minded consequences of his legacy. Whether it be the placid but grandiose "Ocean", the hymnal "Mountains Crave", the grim, experimentalist "No Body" or the oddly exhilarating "Funeral For My Future Children", 'Ceremony' is a genuinely thrilling, timeless, inventive and even sometimes - in the purest sense of the word - gothic accomplishment.
"This record isn't really about Anna von Hausswolff as a vocalist or as a person," she concludes. "It's about the music and all that it contains. Singing from the Grave was a raw and emotional record that happened fast. I think of it as an impulse. 'Ceremony' is more of a vision: something unfinished and unresolved, a glimpse of the future."1. Epitaph of Theodor
3. Mountains Grave
5. Red Sun
6. Epitaph of Daniel
7. No Body
8. Liturgy of Light
12. Funeral for my Future Children
13. Sun Rise$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Cow / Chill Out, World! (Awaiting Repress)Being pioneers with a new album created in no more than 6 months, THE ORB are bound to be exposed to fan expectations running high, while quizzical questions about little fluffy clouds and the good old times take over. It's especially jarring as the duo of accomplished soundsmiths Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann has become known for its genre-bending curiosity and surprising sonic detours, exploring experimental soundscapes as well as club-friendly beats. The funny thing is, though, that whatever the context, you know a track from THE ORB when you hear it. Case in point: COW / CHILL OUT, WORLD!, their latest full-length offering - a masterful ambient album that branches out in many directions, but unmistakably sounds like THE ORB in either ear (and probably to your third ear, too).
The idea was simply to make an ambient album, Dr Paterson explains, we didn't look back and study earlier recordings, but wanted a more spontaneous approach, a focus on THE ORB today, our vibe in 2016. In contrast to their much-acclaimed previous full-length MOONBUILDING 2703 - which took years to prepare and finetune -, the new album was produced over the course of only five sessions in six months, directly following the like-minded ALPINE EP: it got so spontaneous that a track like 9 ELMS OVER RIVER ENO (CHANNEL 9) consisted only of material collected at North Carolina's Moogfest in May - second-hand records from local stores, field recordings, live samples from gigs that we liked, and of course an excursion to the Eno River, which actually exists. This geographic intimacy and the spontaneity are among the top reasons why we love this album so much.
Herr Fehlmann sees the duo's relentless gigging schedule as a formative influence on the new album: the countless performances we've played in the last years - probably up to 300 - have brought us closer as a musical unit. The spice of our concerts is improvisation - a fertile process that we've brought to the studio, where we operate with very simple rules of engagement (in this case ambient) and go wherever the flow takes us. It's an approach that one might expect from traditional acoustic instrumentation, not necessarily an electronic set-up, but for THE ORB it works wonders: we're quite happy and also a little bit proud that we've reached this level of unscripted levity with purely electronic means. We're finessing ourselves, sort of, always looking for the next sonic surprise that leaves us rubbing our eyes about how the heck we got there.
Once more, THE ORB's trademark playfulness is on full display on COW / CHILL OUT, WORLD!, and it doesn't limit itself to the multi-layered sampling and psychedelic sound composites that the duo has become known for - you'll find it in the album title as well. The simple invitation (or order?) to chill out (relax? Calm the eff down?) is converted into an acronym - and the cow that you might expect to find on a Pink Floyd cover or with iconic UK chill-out/dance pranksters The KLF. It's not so much an obscure trope coming full circle as a perfect example for THE ORB's multitimbral approach to sound and meaning - a compelling, immersive journey to diverse places and impressions. Each track title is a conceptual work in its own right, playing with multiple references, some of which remain highly personal and mysterious. But the greatest feat of THE ORB's latest outing might just be how all this semantic doodling never gets in the way of the actual listening, at all times directly relating the artists' sonic vitality and cheerful nosiness. Chill out world! and treat yourself to an outstanding new ambient experience from THE ORB.1. First, Consider The Lilies
2. Wireless Mk 2
3. Siren 33 (Orphee Mirror)
4. 4 Am Exhale (Chill Out, World!)
5. 5th Dimension
6. Sex (Panoramic Sex Heal)
7. 7 Oaks
8. Just Because I Really Really Luv Ya
9. 9 Elms Over River Eno (Channel 9)
10. The 10 Sultans Of Rudyard (Moo-Moo Mix)$33.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
02:54Sister duo 2:54, consisting of Colette and Hannah Thurlow, have established themselves as one of 2012's most important breakthrough UK bands. Occupying a low-lit, vivid space, they unite a distinct concoction of ideas and influences that taps a rock and punk lineage notoriously anchored by the likes of Queens of the Stone Age and Kyuss. However, their sound neatly neighbors the darker, atmospheric reaches of R&B's finest, as well as timeless walls of sound.
The fact 2:54 have picked up fans from all the above worlds and more is testament not only to their sophisticated and nuanced tastes, but just how compelling a proposition the music they make is. Yet it's only now, with this their first full-length offering that the power of what they do will be revealed for all to see.
Recorded mostly by Mercury-winning producer Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey etc), and mixed by the legendary Alan Moulder (Smashing Pumpkins, Nine In Nails etc), their debut album collects together a cohesive and captivating selection of highlights from their already burgeoning catalog. The 10-songs that together make up 2:54 are ripe with danger and beauty. This is a record that thrums with life, signaled immediately with the gale-force opener, Revolving, a real bittersweet blizzard.
From then on the sisters Thurlow proceed to mine their own distinctive brand of haunted, freaked grooves and cloud-bursting melody, channeling love, loss and longing to spellbinding effect. This is an album with truly no filler. First spin will leave the propulsive, woozy thrust of Easy Undercover's refrains ringing in heads, as will the dueling guitars and surging, urgent cry of Sugar's dance floor rhythms. The smouldering solemnity of Circuitry, the delicate, scorched beauty of Watcher and the album closer Creeping are realized here in magnificent and malevolent new form that few will be prepared for.
Over the course of its 10-tracks it becomes clear that this is a rarefied, captivating affair, a beautifully sustained exercise in mood and tension that almost feels in a league and scene all its own. It's a bewitching snapshot of 2:54 thus far and also a glimpse of the heady future that awaits them.1. Revolving
2. You're Early
3. Easy Undercover
4. A Salute
10. Creeping$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Blue MoodsA short, but intensely cool set from a formidable quintet led by Miles Davis and featuring Teddy Charles on vibes, Elvin Jones on drums, Charles Mingus
on double bass, and Britt Woodman on trombone. Recorded in 1955 by legendary engineer Rudy Van Gelder at his studio in Hackensack, NJ, Blue
Moods is the epitome of '50s cool jazz. A laid-back, introspective set, the tracks ebb and flow as Davis' trademark mellow-tone weaves deftly through
Charles' vibe chording, which drifts across the sonic pallet like harmonic clouds. An absolute must-have for fans of the cool jazz genre, Blue Moods is ice
cold - an absolute treasure on vinyl.1. Nature Boy
2. Alone Together
3. There's No You
4. Easy Living$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal SonDamien is out of his goddamn mind.
This isn't a recent development, but it's an important aspect of his work that often goes ignored. In place of
this key element is the idea that his music is a sober and in-depth excavation of the American landscape and
rural psyche. Well, folks,I'm sorry, but it's not.
Damien Jurado is every character in every Damien Jurado song. He is the gun,the purple anteater,the paper
wings, the avalanche, the airshow disaster, Ohio, the ghost of his best friend's wife. It is a universe unto its
own,with it's own symbolism, creation myth, and liturgy. You might go as far as to call it a religion, and your
religion is a character in his religion.
Level with me. You're reading this because of Damien Jurado's new album,Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal
Son (produced by Richard Swift). You are a progressive minded, left-leaning person who in parlor-style
conversation regarding the globo-political ramifications of Sky Person relationships laughs knowingly so as
not to be judgmental and very reasonably concedes "Well, I don't believe He's some old man with a beard
sitting up in the clouds" at which point everyone agrees on [insert benign middle-ground] and moves on.
Consider this:What if the only way to understand a religion is to create your own?
Who is this Silver community? Where the hell are they in the Bible? Is this heresy? Agnostic reference? Isn't
this sun business a little, I don't know, animistic? Pagan? Go ahead and answer that question for yourself. I'll
give you a second.
Do you understand the music any better?
You know that adage we all use so we have something to say while we shrug our shoulders? "People change"?
That one. Is that applicable to Jesus Christ? Maybe he's been on a personal journey of discovery since he
ascended. He went through the 60's, 70's,he turned on,tuned out, got disillusioned. Why can't we talk about
that Jesus? Does it have to be the old-timey one all the time? American folk Jesus,ugh. The one who's always
winning Best Soundtrack Oscars for people. Rarely do stories of faith make us identify with Jesus. It's
Abraham, Satan, Silver Timothy, Salome, Dr.J, Saul of Tarsus; divinely imperfect brothers and sisters who give
Gawd something to do.
Damien Jurado made up his own Jesus because a Damien Jurado album needs a beautiful Jesus. Some freaky
space Jesus that I don't recognize. The name is the same, a lot of the imagery is the same, but he's reborn.
Born again,I mean. Yeah, as if Jesus got born again. That's what this album sounds like.
Jesus is out of his goddamn mind and I want to live in Damien's America.
Sign me up.
--- Father John Misty; 09-20-20131. Magic Number
2. Silver Timothy
3. Return To Maraqopa
4. Metallic Cloud
5. Jericho Road
6. Silver Donna
7. Silver Malcolm
8. Silver Katherine
9. Silver Joy
10. Suns In Our Mind$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now