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Crack-UpFleet Foxes will release Crack-Up, its long-awaited and highly anticipated third album on Nonesuch Records. Crack-Up comes six years after the 2011 release of Helplessness Blues and nearly a decade since the band's 2008 self-titled debut. Fleet Foxes has released the album track Third of May / daigahara, a nearly nine-minute epic powered by piano and electric twelve-string guitar, string quartet, and the group's trademark sparkling harmonies.
All eleven of the songs on Crack-Up were written by Robin Pecknold. The album was co-produced by Pecknold and Skyler Skjelset, his longtime bandmate, collaborator, and childhood friend. Crack-Up was recorded at various locations across the United States between July 2016 and January 2017: at Electric Lady Studios, Sear Sound, The Void, Rare Book Room, Avast, and The Unknown. Phil Ek mixed the album, at Sear Sound, and it was mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound. Fleet Foxes is Robin Pecknold (vocals, multi-instrumentalist), Skyler Skjelset (multi-instrumentalist, vocals), Casey Wescott (multi-instrumentalist, vocals), Christian Wargo (multi-instrumentalist, vocals), and Morgan Henderson (multi-instrumentalist).
Fleet Foxes' self-titled debut made a profound impact on the international musical landscape, earning them Uncut's first ever Music Award Prize, and topping numerous Best of lists, including Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the 2000's and Pitchfork's 50 Best Albums of 2008. Fleet Foxes is certified Gold in North America and Platinum in both the UK and Australia. The follow-up album Helplessness Blues was met with the same critical praise as its predecessor (MOJO five stars, Rolling Stone four stars, Pitchfork Best New Music); that album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200, went Gold in the UK, and earned the band a Grammy nomination.1. I Am All That I Need / Arroyo Seco / Thumbprint Scar
3. Naiads, Cassadies
4. Kept Woman
5. Third of May / daigahara
6. If You Need To, Keep Time on Me
8. On Another Ocean (January / June)
9. Fool's Errand
10. I Should See Memphis
11. Crack-Up$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Crawling Up The StairsFirst 1000 LPS On White Vinyl
Reverse Board Printing
Printed Inner Sleeve
Crawling Up The Stairs is the second LP from Austin, Texas' Pure X. Made up
of principal members Nate Grace, Jesse Jenkins and Austin Youngblood, they
stay true to the dense sound they explored on their last album, Pleasure, but add
twinkling atmospherics and a new clarity to their carefully cultivated,
emotionally heavy songs.
Where Pleasure was built on syrup-slow hooks and a weighty, sexy haze,
Crawling Up The Stairs is the sound of Pure X emerging from that humid
cocoon to stare all the screwed up parts of life directly in the face and embrace
them. When Grace's voice, cracked and worn, breaks through a fog of
downtempo drums and misty guitar on Someone Else, the pain that used to
be visible in his face when he was on stage is pushed to the forefront of their
sound, his voice growling and moaning with barely contained anger and
apocalyptic worry in anguished falsetto. Crawling isn't a record about escape,
it's about what you do after you've realized that escaping isn't an option and
you just have to face the world you live in head on.
Crawling Up The Stairs is an album born from emotional turmoil. For much of
2012, Grace was laid up with a serious leg injury. During the recording period,
he had no insurance, no money, and if he ever was going to walk again, he
needed to have surgery. Grace had no idea if he'd get the money together, and
was consumed with doubt, unable to sleep. After a cathartic but torturous night
of insomnia, heavy with world-worry and intermittent nightmares, Grace
emerged feeling exhausted and different. Not better or worse, but different.
Ready to heal. Crawling is the result of that. Track by track, Grace, Youngblood
and Jenkins-who shares vocal and songwriting duties-drag themselves
through a bad year.1 Crawling Up The Stairs
2 Someone Else
3 Written In The Slime
4 I Fear What I Feel
5 Things In My Head
6 Shadows And Lies
7 I Come From Nowhere
8 Never Alone
9 How Did You Find Me
10 Thousand Year Old Child
11 Rain At Dawn
12 All Of The Future (All Of The Past)$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
GreyingHere we have it. Finally, the long awaited, highly anticipated fourth full-length from NJHC veterans The Banner. After six years, a brief break-up, line up changes and a satiating cassette, Greying is here, and it's all that it was cracked up to be. The Banner has been a constant touchstone in this writer's life for nearly a decade, and my excitement for this record has been explosive. Frailty, another explosive item, was the first vinyl I ever owned, and that album was punishingly heavy, tearing their fan base wide open with its sledgehammer breakdowns and unrivaled fury. In short, Frailty was pissed, and executed it well. The Banner arguably reached their hallmark sound with their second LP, Each Breath Haunted, which wrapped their classical horror themes and self-loathing into a neat, bleak package. Greying sits between those two albums, combining Each Breath Haunted's icy worldview with Frailty's palpable wrath, creating eleven torturous songs dripping with venom.
- Bruce Wolfbiter (CVLT Nation)1. The Dying Of The Light
2. Circle Of Salt
3. Crippling Despair
6. A Quiet Corner
7. Send Me Down
9. She Upon The Black Wolf
10. Bones To Dust
11. Sunset$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Nighthawks At The Diner (Remastered)Presented On 2x 180-Gram Heavy Vinyl And Packaged With Their Original Artwork
Pressed At RTI With Mastering Supervised By Gavin Lurssen
Recorded in front of a live audience at the Record Plant recording studio in Los Angeles in 1975, Nighthawks at the Diner debuts some of Waits' greatest classics like "Warm Beer, Cold Women" and "Eggs and Sausage" with a crack Jazz ensemble backing him up and some of the greatest stage patter ever committed to record.LP 1
1. Opening Intro (Live)
2. Emotional Weather Report (Live)
3. Intro To On A Foggy Night (Live)
4. On A Foggy Night (Live)
5. Intro To Eggs And Sausage (In A Cadillac With Susan Michelson) [Live]
6. Eggs And Sausage (In A Cadillac With Susan Michelson) [Live]
7. Intro To Better Off Without A Wife (Live)
8. Better Off Without A Wife (Live)
9. Nighthawk Postcards (From Easy Street) [Live]
1. Intro To Warm Beer And Cold Women (Live)
2. Warm Beer And Cold Women (Live)
3. Intro To Putnam County (Live)
4. Putnam County (Live)
5. Spare Parts I (A Nocturnal Emission) [Live]
6. Nobody (Live)
7. Intro To Big Joe And Phantom 309 (Live)
8. Big Joe And Phantom 309 (Live)
9. Spare Parts II And Closing (Live)$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers 2000-2013In the last thirteen or so years Rise Against has put out six records, each one we are proud to put our name on. But we are just as proud of these 26 songs that slipped through the cracks and never ended up on any of our full lengths. In various ways, most of these songs saw the light of day at some point, but we thought we would spare you the digging and put them all on one record.
-Rise Against1. Historia Calamitatum
2. Death Blossoms
3. Elective Amnesia
7. Generation Lost
8. Dirt and Roses
9. Ballad of Hollis Brown
10. Sight Unseen
12. Making Christmas
13. Join The Ranks
14. Built To Last
15. Voice of Dissent
16. Little Boxes
17. Give it All
18. Minor Threat
19. Obstructed View
20. But Tonight We Dance
21. Nervous Breakdown
23. Boy's No Good
24. Any Way You Want It
26. The Ghost of Tom Joad$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Pink Friday: Roman ReloadedNicki Minaj is a fast rising Tinidadian-born American hip-hop artist. After releasing three mixtapes between 2007 and 2009, Minaj signed to Young Money Entertainment in 2009. After signing to Lil Wayne's label, Nicki released her debut album, Pink Friday in November of 2010. Pink Friday peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200 and went platinum a month after its original release. Minaj became the first female solo artist to have seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time.
Since the release of her debut, Nicki Minaj has become a true superstar accumulating massive amounts of awards and accolades in the process. Her follow-up album Pink Friday...Roman Reloaded is one of the most eagerly anticipated releases of 2012. Although Pink Friday...Roman Reloaded shares part of its title with its predecessor, the album is a collection of entirely new material including the preceding hit singles Starships, Right By My Side and Beez in the Trap. Features guest appearances from the likes of Cam'ron, Rick Ross, Chainz, Lil Wayne, Nas, Drake, Young Jeezy, Chris Brown, Bobby V and Beenie Man.
I've never had this much fun recording music in my life. My first album I was very guarded. I felt like I was making music to please everyone else. I had to be politically correct, but this album I am just creating music, and there's such a big difference. Literally in the studio we were cracking up laughing, having fun, and enjoying ourselves. The music itself you're going to get every side that I've ever shown and then a little bit extra. I've tried to make it very, very balanced, because I don't ever want to be boxed in, and that's always what drives me. So I made a very diverse album. - Nicki MinajLP1
1. Roman Holiday
2. Come On A Cone
3. I Am Your Leader
4. Beez In The Trap
5. HOV Lane
6. Roman Reloaded
8. Right By My Side
9. Sex In The Lounge
1. Pound The Alarm
2. Whip It
4. Beautiful Sinner
5. Marilyn Monroe
6. Young Forever
7. Fire Burns
8. Gun Shot
9. Stupid Hoe$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
SeismicA good two decades after forming, Toronto ON's Sons of Otis have evolved but stayed true to their roots by keeping things simple, engaging and absolutely bone-crushing. Seismic is an album of solid, bombastic steamroller rock'n'roll - slow, but deadly to anything in its path. It's like Negative Reaction had a kid with Electric Wizard that was all heavy riffs and psychedelic psychosis, ready to rumble at the ring of the bell. Things even get Blue Cheer-y on the stomping, fuzz-laden rocker, "Never in My Life," and a bit of Led Zeppelin blues comes out in the closing "Cosmic Jam." Crack 'em open, light 'em up and brace yourself for the earthquake, because it's coming.
April 2013 - Issue #72 - The Big Takeover1. Far From Fine
6. Never In My Life
7. Cosmic Jam$23.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Go Bo Diddley
The Bo Diddley/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Series Begins!
Bo Diddley's Masterwork Album!
First Time Official Audiophile Vinyl - Stunning First Time Gatefold Cover
Mastered From The Authorized Chess Records Mono Tapes By Joe Reagoso
Bo Diddley (Elias McDaniel) was truly an American original. There will never be another Bo Diddley nor anyone in the music
industry who could influence generations upon generations of aspiring rock 'n rollers like Bo Diddley has and continues to this
day, even years after his short time on earth.
Celebrating six decades in the music business, this Mississippian native initially captivated millions of kids in the fifties
with his first recordings like Bo Diddley and Say Man. He drove the rockers mad with his famous guitar riffs and boogie beat,
filled with poetic lyrics and a thrilling presence on the stage.
Bringing his original "Bo Diddley Beat" to Chess Records in early 1955, the Chicago based label and the pioneer rocker hit
a goldmine immediately with his arsenal of tunes that he presented to Phil and Leonard Chess. A lot of these great songs became
top charting singles which culminated in his masterwork album Go! Bo Diddley.
Kicking things off with one of his finest smash hits Cracking Up, Bo roars through a treasure trove of 11 more champions
which made this one of the most important and emulated albums of all time. The album features classic gems like his classics
Dearest Darling, Say Man, Don't Let It Go and The Clock Struck Twelve. Noted for his stellar guitar work, pretty much introducing his Bo Diddley Beat riff to a whole new generation of guitar players, Go! Bo Diddley was truly a primer for a ton of rock and
blues artists for years like Eric Burdon and The Animals, George Thorogood, Buddy Holly, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and
Bo Diddley opened the doors for millions of music fans around the world to enjoy rock and blues, making him along with
Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Little Richard as one of the first pioneers of the popular recording business that we all enjoy to
Friday Music is no stranger to the music of the legendary Chess Records arsenal of fine recordings. That is why we are so
very proud to announce our first installment in The Bo Diddley/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with his legendary
masterpiece Go! Bo Diddley.
Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry) for the first time on audiophile vinyl
from the Chess monophonic tapes, Bo Diddley's Go! Bo Diddley will truly become one of the most important and historical 180
Gram Audiophile Vinyl titles in quite some time.
To further celebrate this first time audiophile vinyl LP, we enhance this limited edition masterwork with a stunning gatefold
cover featuring the original artwork elements as well as two classic rare inside gatefold photos of the man who helped start
rock and roll.
Bo Diddley Go! Bo Diddley Impeccable mono from the AUTHORIZED Chess Records tapes! Go Bo Diddley!1. Crackin' Up
2. I'm Sorry
3. Bo's Guitar
4. Willie and Lillie
5. You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care)
6. Say Man
7. The Great Grandfather
8. Oh Yea
9. Don't Let It Go
10. Little Girl
11. Dearest Darling
12. The Clock Strikes Twelve$26.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono Buy Now
My Friend FishJoseph Campbell describes a shaman as person, male or female, who has an
overwhelming psychological experience that turns him totally inward. It's a kind of
schizophrenic crack-up. The whole unconscious opens up, and the shaman falls
into it. We'll never know the whole truth about what happened when (Foxyen
drummer and former Disney child actor) Shaun Fleming moved from the West
Coast suburbs to New York, but whatever it was fractured his psyche, opened it up,
and gave birth to Diane Coffee.
In 2013, after joining the band Foxygen, Shaun Fleming left the green and golden
fields of his hometown of Agoura Hills, CA to become the third roommate in a 700
square-foot, pre-war, closet-free Manhattan apartment. He was welcomed to The
Big Apple by a nasty flu virus that drained the last bit of California sunshine out of
the skinny, Macaulay Culken-looking 26-year-old's body. As he recovered, cabin
fever supplanted the flu, and his relentless creative drive took over. Low on funds
and bored out of his gourd, he spent the next two weeks alone in his bedroom
writing and recording what would become the debut Diane Coffee LP My Friend
Despite his limited means (using a pseudo drum kit consisting of a snare, one
broken cymbal, and a metal pot, recording parts with an iPhone's voice memo app,
playing a detuned guitar rather than a real bass, etc) My Friend Fish sounds fully
realized and remarkably polished. From a Donovan-esque song about Sriracha,
to experiments with distortion and garage-rock, to songs like All The Young Girls
in which he gleefully channels Tom Jones with sex-bomb confidence, on My Friend
Fish Fleming's spell-casting powers are in full effect, inspiring panty-tossing glee.
After you finish listening, you'll wonder as you stretch out in bed and enjoy a
cigarette, Who is Fish?1. Hymn
2. Never Lonely
3. Tale Of A Dead Dog
4. WWWoman Is A Sin
5. New Years
6. All The Young Girls
7. When It's Known
8. That Stupid Girl Who Runs A Lot
9. Eat Your Love (With Sriracha)
10. Green$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The HunterThe Hunter, the follow-up to Mastodon's critically embraced 2009 album, Crack The Skye, was recorded in the band's hometown of Atlanta, GA as well as in Los Angeles with producer Mike Elizondo. As with all of their albums, Mastodon (bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds, guitarist Bill Keliher, and drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor), decided to take a completely different tack and musical approach on their newest venture, but as usual the band does so boldly and with reckless abandon.1. Black Tongue
2. Curl Of The Burl
5. Octopus Has No Friends
6. All The Heavy Lifting
7. The Hunter
8. Dry Bone Valley
10. Creature Lives
12. Bedazzled Fingernails
13. The Sparrow$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Hunter (Picture Disc)Picture Disc Edition
The Hunter, the follow-up to Mastodon's critically embraced 2009 album, Crack The Skye, was recorded in the band's hometown of Atlanta, GA as well as in Los Angeles with producer Mike Elizondo. As with all of their albums, Mastodon (bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds, guitarist Bill Keliher, and drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor), decided to take a completely different tack and musical approach on their newest venture, but as usual the band does so boldly and with reckless abandon.1. Black Tongue
2. Curl Of The Burl
5. Octopus Has No Friends
6. All The Heavy Lifting
7. The Hunter
8. Dry Bone Valley
10. Creature Lives
12. Bedazzled Fingernails
13. The Sparrow$24.99Vinyl LP Picture Disc - Sealed Buy Now
The GatesCanadian indie rockers Young Empires continue unleashing impressive new material with The Gates, a powerful and uplifting dance anthem that is currently tearing up the Canadian charts. The track is anchored by Matthew Vlahovich's emotive vocals, which rise and fall (and occasionally crack under pressure giving them more character) with the band's bumping multi-faceted dance-rock production as he sings, I can feel it in my bones, every time I think of home, it still haunts me like a ghost, but I know we're not alone. His backing vocals provide an extra umph too from the minute the track starts.$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In Cool BloodChain & the Gang are singers Ian Svenonius, Katie Alice Greer, and other musicians including Brett Lyman (M'Lady's records), Fiona Campbell (Coasting, Vivian Girls), Chris Sutton Hornet Leg), Madison Farmer (Coasting), and Fred Thomas (Swim Suit, Saturday Looks Good To Me).
Chain & the Gang have grown up in the crevices and the cracks of society, not due to the hi-octane nurturing of main-stream media and corporate wizards, but in spite of them. They make their version of call and answer rock 'n' roll to fill a yawning chasm in music where fun, personality, charm, and content fit in.
With songs like Surprise Party, Heavy Breathing and Certain Kinds of Trash, Chain & the Gang's punk spirit is as natural as falling off a log, and emits the pure expression of a feral child with finger paint. The record is called In Cool Blood because Chain & the Gang are premeditatedly burying all bogus elements with a dirt heap of sonic primitivitism and verbal ingenuity.1. Hunting For Love
2. Certain Kinds of Trash
3. Free Will
4. 'Nuff Said
5. Surprise Party
6. I'm Not Interested (In Being Interested) Pt. I
7. I'm Not Interested (In Being Interested) Pt. II
8. Where Does All The Time Go?
9. (Living In The) Panther's Cage
10. Heavy Breathing
11. You Better Find Something To Do
12. If I Only Had A Brain
13. In Cool Blood$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
RelapseAnticipation for Eminem's new studio album Relapse has been building since the fall, when the hip hop superstar first announced the album title and debuted the freestyle, I'm Having A Relapse, during an interview on his Shade 45 satellite radio station. The release of Crack A Bottle from Eminem, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent brought that anticipation to a head. The track soared to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (Eminem's second #1 after 2002's Lose Yourself) and set a Nielsen SoundScan record for opening week download sales. Crack A Bottle will be included as an album track on Relapse.
With the announcement of the release date for Relapse also comes confirmation of something that had been rumored in recent weeks: Eminem is already working on a follow-up album, Relapse 2, that fans can expect in the second half of 2009. A lot of people were expecting Relapse to drop last year, explains Eminem. I was one of them. Then Dre and I went back in the studio in September for a few days, and that turned into six months. We were on such a roll; we wound up with a ton of new music produced by Dre. Putting out Relapse 2 will let everyone get all of the best stuff.1. Dr. West (Skit)
2. 3 A.M.
3. My Mom
5. Bagpipes From Baghdad
7. Tonya (Skit)
8. Same Song & Dance
9. We Made You
10. Medicine Ball
11. Paul (Skit)
12. Stay Wide Awake
13. Old Time's Sake
14. Must Be The Ganja
15. Mr. Mathers (Skit)
16. Deja Vu
18. Crack A Bottle
19. Steve Berman (Skit)
20. Underground$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Fuckin AThe Thermals were formed in May of 2002 in Portland, OR. This crack three-member outfit released their
debut album More Parts Per Million on Sub Pop after being brought to the label's attention by
Ben Gibbard of the Postal Service and Death Cab for Cutie. Their second album, Fuckin A was recorded
and mixed in all of four days at Avast Studios by Chris Walla, who shares Gibbard's Death Cab pedigree and has lent production duties to Hot Hot Heat, Nada Surf and many others. On this album the band retains their raw energy and charisma, while upping the fidelity ante significantly. In short, it is a perfect sophomore record.1. Our Trip
2. Every Stitch
3. How We Know
4. When You're Thrown
5. Remember Today
6. A Stare Like Yours
7. Let Your Earth Quake, Baby
8. God And Country
9. End To Begin
11. Keep Time
12. Top Of The Earth
13. Thank You Goodnight
13. An Endless Supply$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I Do PerceiveMike Kinsella continues as Owen on his third full-length, I Do Perceive, out on Polyvinyl. Kinsella constructs sensitive, emotional music, showcasing nice hooks and skillful guitar picking against electronic and acoustic drumbeats. Whispery vocals crack from exhaustion throughout I Do Perceive -- dramatic words weigh physically on Owen to the point where Kinsella can barely get anything out. The music is in the emo-indie rock camp with the likes of Pedro the Lion and Dashboard Confessional, songs of relationships and longing with melodramatics included. Kinsella is most successful when he changes up the structure and instrumentation within a song. "That Tattoo Isn't Funny Anymore" and "Bed Abuse" are standout tracks with interesting time changes and lush switches from solo acoustic guitar to full band atmospherics. I Do Perceive is more of the same from Owen -- a decent, melancholy release that stands up with others from his discography.1. Who Found Who's Hair In Who's Bed?
2. Note To Self
3. Playing Possum For A Peek
4. That Tattoo Isn't Funny Anymore
5. Put Your Hands On Me, My Love
6. She's A Thief
7. Bed Abuse
8. Lights Out$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
MoondanceRanked 65/500 On Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.
Remastered From The Original Analog Master Tapes By Kevin Grey At Acoustech Mastering
Van Morrison's 1970's follow up album to Astral Weeks titled Moondance was every bit as brilliant; buoyant and optimistic where Astral Weeks had been dark and anguished, it cracked the Top 40 and generated classic hits.1. And It Stoned Me
3. Crazy Love
5. Into the Mystic
6. Come Running
7. These Dreams of You
8. Brand New Day
10. Glad Tidings$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The CircleIt's an interesting question to ask: Is that a fair dose of motivation or is that a chip on your shoulder? Jon Bon Jovi posed that question to himself, and it's worth pondering. You might think that a man whose band has sold more than 120 million records and played before tens of millions of fans in the course of an illustrious 26-year career would be content to rest on his considerable laurels, at least for a while.
You might think that, but you'd be wrong, and the new Bon Jovi album, The Circle, provides irrefutable proof. As its title suggests, The Circle marks a powerful reassertion of Bon Jovi's commitment to the hard-hitting, uplifting rock & roll that has been the band's indelible signature since it began. The band share an abiding bond that informs and defines their music. It is a circle that remains unbroken.
The album title, Bon Jovi explains, has several meanings. Some may say that with this album we have come full circle. Others may see The Circle as never ending. I see it as very hard to get in to and even harder to get out of, the singer says with a laugh. Having had 5 studio records in this decade, there are songs on each record that represent the world around us. And while they don't always like what they see, they try hard not to see the cup as half empty. From the new single We Weren't Born To Follow to the powerful When We Were Beautiful, the songs are as uplifting and anthemic as anything Bon Jovi and Sambora have ever written.
Another reason for the anthemic sound of THE CIRCLE is the re-emergence of Richie Sambora. This is meant to be a stadium, turn-the-guitars-back-up record, and that's a testament to having Richie at my side, Jon says. I can't tell you how much that's meant. With me and Richie, one and one makes three.
That flame burns at the heart of The Circle. When We Were Beautiful shares its title with the superb Bon Jovi documentary by filmmaker Phil Griffin. Like the film, the song is atmospheric and haunting. It opens with a sense of crisis: The world is cracked/The sky is torn. Jon Bon Jovi hears the song as a true departure for the band. That's a unique song, he says, We've written hits, but this is something more, this is something different. I didn't want to sugarcoat things. Those lyrics are factual. As a country and as people, we hit a wall. But the idea is to try to get back to `when we were beautiful.'
The new studio album, The Circle, was produced by John Shanks, who also worked with the band on the two preceding Bon Jovi albums, Lost Highway (2007) and Have a Nice Day (2005). The album has an underlying positive theme that is apparent throughout the songs. Whether it's questioning your vitality in Fast Cars, or asking what the future holds in Work for the Working Man, the songs are about the prospect of people having to find new directions in their lives. In these trying times every word relays the truth.
So The Circle, then, like all of Bon Jovi's best music, stares down the troubles that afflict our lives, and offers a bracing vision for overcoming those obstacles. It's stirring, and it's an emotion that, strong as the album is, will find its most convincing expression on the concert stage. And this is why Bon Jovi have managed to play over 2600 concerts to over 34 million fans in over 50 countries. I can't believe I'm even saying this, but I can't wait to go on the road again, Jon Bon Jovi exclaims.1. We Weren't Born to Follow
2. When We Were Beautiful
3. Work for the Working Man
4. Superman Tonight
6. Thorn in My Side
7. Live Before You Die
9. Love's the Only Rule
10. Fast Cars
11. Happy Now
12. Learn to Love$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Queen Of The Minor Key (Awaiting Repress)On new album Queen of the Minor Key, Eilen Jewell and her ace band conjure up songs depicting broken bottles as protection, bad voodoo and Cupid using a sawed-off shotgun instead of a bow and arrow. The dark, often times haunted tales on the album are fleshed out at points by surf guitar, pedal steel and upright bass, but always hold Jewells smoldering voice and unforgettable lyrics center stage.
The lines did not come easily at first, as Jewell was struck with a severe case of writers block when she began the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Sea of Tears. To help she retreated to a cabin in the mountains of Idaho, where the Boston based artist is originally from. With no electricity and no running water, she was able to focus on crafting sketches of songs, breaking her block and building the framework of Queen of the Minor Key.
Jewell and her longtime band of Jason Beek (drums, harmony vocals), Jerry Miller (electric, acoustic and steel guitars), and Johnny Sciascia (upright bass) turned the sketches into songs. A crack unit with an innate musical connection developed after playing 150 plus shows a year for the last five years, the band has an impressive array of styles and sounds displayed fully on the album. From the rollicking, hard-edged rockabilly surf of the title track to the whining pedal steel and gentle strum of the autobiographical Santa Fe.1. Radio City
2. I Remember You
3. Queen of the Minor Key
4. That's Where I'm Going
5. Santa Fe
6. Warning Signs
8. Over Again
9. Bang Bang Bang
11. Only One
12. Long Road
13. Home To Me
14. Kalimotxo$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Holy WarRare is it for a band to live up to their name so profusely. Since their formation in 2006, New South Wales' Thy Art Is Murder has made killing their business... and as ol' Dave would say, business is good. Their nightmarish void is one where resistance is futile - you can but sit helplessly as the relentless blast beats and gut-ripping guitars pummel you sideways in the best possible way, of course.
With 2013's riff-shitting monolith, "Hate", the Aussie death crew made history: being the first ever extreme metal band to crack the top 40 on home soil, and in the process sit proudly at the top of the Australian Independent Record chart. It was a cycle that would see them play a colossal 342 dates around the world, butchering crowds in each corner of the globe and touring the US more times than every other Australian band out there. Their appearances on touring megafest Summer Slaughter - as well as dates with Suicide Silence, Born Of Osiris and Emmure - soon became the stuff of legend.1. Absolute Genocide
2. Light Bearer
3. Holy War
4. Coffin Dragger
5. Fur And Claw
6. Deliver Us To Evil
8. Violent Reckoning
9. Child Of Sorrow
10. Naked And Cold$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Incunabula (Awaiting Repress)Incunabula, the debut full-length offering from Autechre finally made available again on vinyl, having been out of print on vinyl since 2001. Having first emerged onto a post-acid house 1993, Incunabula was released as part 7 of the now legendary Artificial Intelligence series of albums and compilations from Warp. A series that gave us early records from artists who went on to sculpt the electronic landscape both in and out of the club. Being lined up against such contemporaries as Black Dog Productions (Balil and Plaid) Aphex under his Polygon Window guise, Richie Hawtin's FUSE project, Speedy J, B12 & on the series' closing compilation, artists as diverse as Seefeel, Richard H Kirk & The Higher Intelligence Agency. Incunabula set the tone for the following landmark albums from Ae, huge caustic dissections of sound that almost resemble vast mathematical equations more than they do club fodder (though tracks like the breakbeat whip crack of Doctrine and the acidic euphoria of Maetl, which when deployed by the right DJ will go off). For those just arriving at the edge of Ae's world and are looking for an entry point into the sprawling discography of the group, or those of you looking to delve into the pre-MaxMSP archives, this is the record for you. There is not much we can say that has not been said before, but this truly is a landmark album of UK electronica, a legendary recording that still even after twenty-six years still sounds like a future we are yet to arrive at.1. Kalpol Introl
4. Bronchus 2
11. 444$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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Long out of print, Dubb Everlasting is a highly rated Dub album by noted sound engineer Errol Brown.
Duke Reid's nephew Errol Brown got his start as a junior sound engineer at his uncle's legendary Treasure Isle studio. There he made his first tentative steps in production and 1975's Dubb Everlasting was the result. Three years later followed by Dub Expression.
Key to this success was the crack outfit from the Channel One studio, the Revolutionaires. Featuring the eminent talents of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare to name but two, the band's expansive skill, taste and restraint is evident and contributes to the success of this album. What sets Brown's Dub albums apart from the herd, is that there seems to be a lot more happening on them. Sure there are the spacey, chill moments as well, but more instruments than the bass and drums are given a chance to shine more often. He's left a bit more in than most Dub practitioners, which keeps things interesting. Being a sound engineer at heart, he liked to keep things moving along, bringing instruments up in the mix and sparingly using drop-out, which makes it all more effective.
Overall Dubb Everlasting is a neat quite obscure but thoroughly intriguing and satisfying 70s Dub Reggae album.1. Babylon Dubbing
2. Escape Affair
3. Biblical Dub
4. Easy Locks
5. Living Strings
6. Eva A Dub
7. Marigunna Affair
8. Dub Due
9. Winning Dub
10. 37 Orange Street
11. Spinning Dub$36.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Terrestrials (Awaiting Repress)
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Four figures stand atop a summit, staring east out over a vast, frostbitten wasteland, the black sun dwindling in the west, casting their shadows across the plain. They await another clan, legendary for their slow approach. Eyes on the horizon, searching, patiently, for some signal of the arrival, some plume of smoke that would announce that the time had come. At last, at the edge of the plane, they note a black banner, and soon two hooded figures appear in the dusk. A horn sounds, and drumbeats echo through the valley.
It's only the threshold of the distant horizon that limits the scope of Terrestrials, but like much of Earth, its landscape is arid, only disclosing its secrets upon active contemplation of its component dust. From the opening strains, hidden at the foot of a vertiginous crescendo from zero decibels, the album recalls a technique of Andrei Tarkovsky's, later developed in the films of BÉla Tarr. The eight-and-a-half-minute opening shot in Tarr's epic Sátántangó laterally tracks cattle carefully plodding through a dilapidated commune in search of food from muddy pasture. As the audience investigates the frame for clues to Tarr's purpose, he slowly reveals to them a symbolic vision of the film as a whole, inviting contemplation of the rich surfaces of the decayed buildings and the labyrinthine entrapment of the commune's inhabitant kine, some playing at leadership and some dragging their feet, cow and human alike awaiting deliverance by a dark messiah. Terrestrials proceeds in a remarkably similar fashion. As each track unfurls, its glacial pace arrests the listener's search for novelty, forcing attention to the profundities of the mix and the texture that the interlaced sounds create; and yet it also deepens the desire for what each step forward promises, the crisis that the procession patiently unveils.
Terrestrials features more complex instrumentation than most of the works of either party. Sunn O)))'s deep bass and endlessly sustained guitar feature heavily on each track of Terrestrials, but so do Ulver's electronics and a myriad of additions, including trumpets, didgeridoo, and strings. Although the tracks apparently began as a set of improvisations recorded at Ulver's Oslo studio, the vast scope of the release clearly evolved out of the various mixing and arrangement sessions helmed by Ulver's Kristoffer Rygg and Sunn O)))'s Stephen O'Malley between 2008 and 2012. Here they achieved a synthesis that stylistically transcends the mere combination of the two groups and their traditional pathways, with Ulver sealing up the cracks of Sunn O)))'s immense backdrop and heightening the atmosphere with tense strings, sculpted textures, and insistent rhythm. It's this attention to the subtleties that renders Terrestrials monolithic; they ensure that each tick of the clock yields an array of sonic qualities, each progressing slowly in themselves but together moving the whole mass of sound forth at a constant click.
From the trumpets on "Let There Be Light" to the drum-like pound of the bass and didgeridoo in "Western Horn," Terrestrials relentlessly heralds its own arrival, an endless parade slouching towards Bethlehem. By the time Rygg's vocals enter at the middle of "Eternal Return," the crawling pace of the album has ensured their sublimity. Taken on its own, this short section would scarcely justify a song unto itself; it emerges out of the sudden but carefully orchestrated resolution of the murky depths of the track's recesses, manifesting as a piercing clarity and a distillation of the album's theme of annunciation. Its lyrics, rich in spite of their brevity, conceal a messianic yearning in the fallow desert, a hope for deliverance from the stasis of the Egyptian yoke and the confusion of exile, and a dark prophecy of a "liminal animal" with "golden nature" of the sinful calf. Rygg urges us to "listen silent."
Gongs or guitars ring out. This final stage of Terrestrials heralds a return of an immense mystery. What approaches, its lumbering gait constantly pressing onward, can't divulge its nature until it finally arrives. The quintessential figure of doom is an immense behemoth, a force of nature whose sublime shadow conceals it from view even as its thundering steps reveal its impending advent. But here we lie in wait. Terrestrials delivers on its persistent promise by offering another transcendental promise of a future culmination. But the restraint they exert in their advance to the beautiful oasis at the center of "Eternal Return" suggests that, here, Sunn O))) and Ulver are more interested in the process as it happens through time, tracking the march of the sun across the heavens, marking each moment as it slips back into eternity.
- Matthew Philips (Tiny Mix Tapes)1. Let There Be Light
2. Western Horn
3. Eternal Return$16.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
20 Jazz Funk GreatsPressed On Limited Edition Green Colored Vinyl
Mute are delighted to announce a limited edition green LP reissue
of 20 Jazz Funk Greats, the landmark 1979 album from industrial
music pioneers Throbbing Gristle.
The impetus for the record apparently came about from Genesis
P-Orridge's mum's request that the band record something
"nice". The tame cover photo shows the nattily dressed band -
white disco jacket, comfy slacks, mini-skirt - stood amid flowers
on a clifftop. The chosen scene of natural beauty was Beachy
Head, a notorious suicide spot.
20 Jazz Funk Greats' cheerful breaching of lounge jazz and
disco contains some of the band's prettiest moments on songs
like the breathy "Hot on the Heels of Love". Similarly "Tanith"
and "Exotica" are gentle interludes in which TG's usual jagged
punctuations are kept to a minimum. You could be fooled into
thinking this was indeed easy-listening industrial.
Pitchfork wrote that "20 Jazz Funk Greats finds the band waking
up from D.O.A's dark night of the soul and feeling curiously
frisky. Snacking on not only the titular funk and jazz, the band
also takes touristic zig zags through exotica, rock and disco",
ultimately describing it as a "kitsch detour toward mutant disco".
Uncut Magazine wrote that "musically, it turned away from the
precipice; not exactly jazz and funk, but sublimating TG's noise
elements within electronic rhythms and proto-exotica." Dusted
Magazine described the album as "a deliberate attempt to toy
with the ideas behind marketing strategy and the purpose of
Pitchfork ranked 20 Jazz Funk Greats at number 91 in its list of
the 100 greatest albums of the 1970s. UK magazine Fact named
it the best album of the 1970s, writing that "This album is a
rupture. It's an open crack into the unpronounceable dimensions
into which tumble important streams of 20th century pop, art
and underground culture, to seethe around each other, mingling,
festering, sprouting new and unpredictable forms which in turn
would ooze out to infest vast sections of what comes after."1. 20 Jazz Funk Greats
2. Beachy Head
3. Still Walking
5. Convincing People
7. Hot On The Heels Of Love
10. What A Day
11. Six Six Sixties$23.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now