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Dark Was The Night'
Dark Was The NightThis triple LP contains thirty-one exclusive tracks that will benefit the Red Hot Organization, an international charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS. This is their 20th anniversary and 20th release. Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National produced the album, and John Carlin, the founder of the Red Hot Organization was the executive producer.
The complete list of artists that recorded tracks for this release: Andrew Bird, Antony + Bryce Dessner, Arcade Fire, Beach House, Beirut, Blonde Redhead + Devastations, Bon Iver, Bon Iver & Aaron Dessner, The Books featuring Jose Gonzalez, Buck 65 Remix (featuring Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti), Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues, The Decemberists, Dirty Projectors + David Byrne, Kevin Drew, Feist + Ben Gibbard, Grizzly Bear, Grizzly Bear + Feist, Iron & Wine, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Kronos Quartet, Stuart Murdoch, My Brightest Diamond, My Morning Jacket, The National, The New Pornographers, Conor Oberst & Gillian Welch, Riceboy Sleeps, Dave Sitek, Spoon, Sufjan Stevens, Yeasayer and Yo La Tengo.1. Knotty Pine
2. Cello Song
3. Train Song
4. Brackett, WI
5. Deep Blue Sea
6. So Far Around The Bend
8. Feeling Good
9. Dark Was The Night
10. I Was Young When I Left Home
11. Big Red Machine
14. Service Bell
19. El Caporal
20. Ispiration Information
21. With A Girl Like You
22. Blood Pt. 2
23. Hey, Snow White
24. Gentle Hour
25. Another Saturday
27. Amazing Grace
28. The Giant Of Illinois
30. When The Road Runs Out
31. Love Vs. Porn$29.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Dark Night Of The SoulThis musical DNA has been in Jimbo Mathus since birth. His father and relatives
were all skilled musicians who filled the house with old folk, country and blues
tunes. By the age of eight, Mathus was joining them on mandolin and by his
teenage years had learned guitar and piano. High school led to playing in punk
and new wave bands, the most notable being Johnny Vomit and the Dry Heaves
and The End, with future Oblivian Jack Yarber. Post high school, Mathus studied
Philosophy at Mississippi State University before leaving to travel around
America. In doing so he worked various jobs, including an influential stint as
a barge tankerman on the mighty Mississippi River. Settling in Chapel Hill,
N.C., he drummed in the cult rock band Metal Flake Mother prior to starting
the Squirrel Nut Zippers. This ahead-of-its-time retro roots band scored a hit
with "Hot" and performed at President Clinton's second Inauguration and the
1996 Summer Olympics. Following the Zippers' split, Mathus worked with such
noted artists such as Buddy Guy and Elvis Costello, and collaborated with North
Mississippi Allstars guitarist Luther Dickinson and Alvin Youngblood Hart in the
South Memphis String Band. He also recorded his own albums (including one
dedicated to his childhood nanny Rosetta Patton, the daughter of Delta blues
icon Charley Patton).
On most of 'Dark Night's' tracks, Mathus' acoustic guitar is surrounded by
the electric guitar played by his longtime sideman Matt Pierce and pal Eric
"Roscoe" Ambel. (Ambel produced 'White Buffalo' but on 'Dark Night' he focuses
exclusively on his righteous guitar playing.) The album's raw, rock sound arose
from the fact that most of the tracks were recorded live in the studio with
Mathus' band, the Tri-State Coalition, which he found "very liberating way of
doing it." Mathus feels very in synch with his bandmates (keyboardist Eric
Carlton, drummer Ryan Rogers, guitarist Pierce and guest bassist and Drive By
Trucker Matt Patton) since they have played together now for several years.
"The intensity you're hearing on this album," he proclaims, "is the spirit of a
band that is put ting it's shit on the line ."1. Dark Night Of The Soul
2. White Angel
3. Rock & Roll Trash
4. Shine Like A Diamond
5. Writing Spider
7. Burn The Ships
8. Fire In The Canebrake
9. Hawkeye Jordan
10. Casey Caught The Cannonball
12. Butcher Bird$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Day Dark With Night / TMA-3A special, limited edition split 12 between long time friends, and stalwarts in the new wave of American metal, Junius and Rosetta, has been announced for release courtesy of The Mylene Sheath. Discussed between both bands for years, this collaboration is finally seeing the light of day and finds Junius contributing new song A Day Dark With Night (clocking in at around eight minutes), and Rosetta unleashing TMA-3 (which runs just under ten minutes).
Artwork direction, design and layout for the new release was handled by Mike Wohlberg at the Fat Kid! Illustration (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Pelican, Tombs) and will be strictly limited to 1,000 copies. Both tracks appear on one side of the LP, with an intricate laser etching on the other side. The jackets are printed on 20pt SBS board and packaging includes inserts containing lyrics and liner notes from each band. Each copy of the record will also come with a download card that includes codes for cover songs by each band.1. Junius - A Day Dark With Night
2. Rosetta - TMA-3$16.9912 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-NUM-1214xThe Sixth Station
Deep NightA raw cry from the dark night of one man's soul. Cloistered away from the popular culture of 1982,
rural Illinois priest Tony Trosley painted a pastoral refraction of early 1970s Laurel Canyon watercolors with this stand-alone set of songs. Openhearted and naively psychedelic, Deep Night was recorded during a single pre-dawn marathon, and mixed live-to-tape in an isolated chapel.
Cobbled together out of local players to help fill out this ethereal soundscape, Trosley's band brought an earnest but bluntly unsophisticated backdrop to his phaser-drenched 12-string guitar. The Sixth Station-named for a grim New Testament tableau in which Veronica washes the tortured face of Jesus-managed to avoid overtly Christian themes in favor of a mystical Humanism that resonates timelessly, and to any sort of listener. This Deep Night is as profound and eerie as the images conjured by its title.1. I See
2. Ways You've Never Known
3. Scar Of Love
4. Over And Over
5. Make A Way For Me
6. Before The Snowfall
7. Deep Night
9. Remember The Pilgrim$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Saturday Night SweetheartMore street-grit than surfside, Thee Tsunamis are a rock'n'roll joyride
with Tura Satana at the wheel. On their debut full-length Saturday Night
Sweetheart, the trio (Betsy on guitar, Jenna on bass, and Sharlene on
beats) blend girl-group bubblegum with feral punk, hugging every hairpen
turn of Kim Fowley's twisted, trashbucket heart along the way. With
jagged harmonies over fuzz-crusted pop hooks, theirs is the sound of
Brill Building teen-sploitation with bloodier results. From
heart-in-a-blender tales to drag-race party anthems, these 12 tracks are
as catchy as they are cutting and together they tell a story as old as time:
what the men don't know, the little girls understand. Like Thee Tsunamis'
tape A Goodbad Man Is Hard To Find (2013) and horror-concept EP
Delirium and Dark Waters (2014), Saturday Night Sweetheart (May,
2015) was recorded to tape in the basement studio of Magnetic South
and has all the signature fidelity of a subterranean rock'n'roll
echo-chamber. So play it loud, and hold on to your seat!1. Female Trouble
2. Trash Talk
3. I Know
6. Cry Baby
7. Kill, Kill, Kill
8. Skip Tracer
9. Shakee Jake
11. Teenage Dream
12. Saturday Night Love$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Roxy - Tonight's the Night LiveProduced By Young And The Late David Briggs
Mixed By John Nowland With Updated Post-Production And Mastering By John Hanlon - Along With Chris Bellman - At Bernie Grundman Mastering Using The Original Analog Master Tape Source
One of the most sought-after recordings from his vast archives, Roxy - Tonight's The Night Live. This was the first public performance of many of the songs that would make up Young's seminal album Tonight's The Night, which would not be released until June 1975. The album's final track Walk On would not appear until the release of On The Beach, in July 1974.
Young would be the first artist to christen the stage at what would become one of the world's great clubs, The Roxy Theater on the riotous Sunset Strip, right next door to the already infamous Rainbow Bar & Grille. The shows took place on September 20-22, 1973.
Produced by Young and the late David Briggs, these resultant recordings were mixed by John Nowland with updated post-production and mastering by John Hanlon - along with Chris Bellman - at Bernie Grundman Mastering using the original analog master tape source. Close your eyes and you'll be right there in that dark, smoky, 500 capacity room in West, L.A. on a hot summer night in 1973.
Tonight's The Night would go on to be named one of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time, and universally praised for its dark honesty and unapologetic raw delivery. The very same can be said for Roxy - Tonight's The Night Live.LP 1
1. Intro (Live)
2. Tonight's the Night (Live)
3. Roll Out the Barrel (Live)
4. Mellow My Mind (Live)
5. World on a String (Live)
6. Band Intro (Live)
7. Speakin' Out (Live)
8. Candy Bar Rap (Live)
9. Albuquerque (Live)
11. Perry Como Rap (Live)
12. New Mama (Live)
13. David Geffen Rap (Live)
14. Roll Another Number (For the Road) [Live]
15. Candy Bar 2 Rap (Live)
1. Tired Eyes (Live)
2. Tonight's the Night (Pt. II) [Live]
3. Walk On (Live)
4. Outro (Live)$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
It Comes At Night (Original Soundtrack Album)It Comes at Night is an upcoming horror film directed and written by Trey Edward Shults (Krisha) and starring Joel Edgerton (Loving). The film follows a man, his wife and son secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world. Their tenuous domestic order is tested with the arrival of a young family seeking refuge from the doom outside. Despite the best intentions of everyone, paranoia boils over as the terrors outside creep ever-closer.
The original score to It Comes at Night was composed by Brian McOmber (Krisha), a former member of acclaimed indie band Dirty Projectors. McOmber's score utilizes synths, lonesome strings and the occasional tribal drum, which conjures a kind of primal darkness in the music that is both foreboding and deeply unsettling. A rising star to keep an ear out for, McOmber delivers a score that will grip you and never let go.1. It Comes At Night
3. Close Your Eyes
5. The Road
6. Wet Dream
7. The Triumph Of Death
9. Black Eyes
10. Shallow Graves
11. Travis' Theme
12. Another Family
14. If He's Sick, Then I Am Too
15. The Red Door
16. Planning and Preparation
17. Stairway To Hell
18. Paul's Regret
19. Travis' Acceptance
20. Sarah's Understanding$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Meal You Can Shake Hands With In The Dark (Pure Pleasure)Pete Brown was a Londoner and a veteran of the underground scene. Born in 1940, he first came to prominence as a poet. He was just 14 when his first poem appeared in Evergreen Revue in the US. Then in the early sixties he worked alongside another British poet Mike Horowitz. His direct involvement with rock music came when he was asked to form a songwriting partnership with Jack Bruce to write lyrics for Cream and the partnership proceeded to produce the lyrics for many of their finest songs: Wrapping Paper, I Feel Free, Sunshine Of Your Love and White Room. After the demise of Cream, Brown continued to write with Bruce but also began his own recording career with The Battered Ornaments who included Chris Spedding. After an initial 45, which with its wailing saxes and effective vocals was underrated, the band recorded this album which was a mixture of jazz-rock and blues. Dark Lady, The Old Man and Station Song were among the fine tracks and the latter later got a further airing on the Before Singing Lessons compilation. Station Song and Dark Lady had earlier featured along with Travelling Blues on the ultra-rare promo-only Harvest Sampler in 1969.
Brown then suffered the humiliation of being thrown out of the band the night before they had a Hyde Park gig with The Rolling Stones. Brown's response was to form a new band, Piblokto!
This release breaks the long sides down to four sides of vinyl which enhances the sound quality considerably. Also of interest is that it has been mastered in the same studio at Abbey Road as was the initial release and from the same original analogue tape masters.
- Pete Brown (vocal, trumpet)
- Nisar A. Khan (tenor saxophone)
- Dick Heckstall-Smith (tenor saxophone)
- Chris Spedding (guitar)
- Charlie Hart (organ)
- Butch Porter (bass)
- Rob Tait (drums)
- Pete Bailey (conga)
Production: Andrew King and Dick Heckstall-Smith
About Pure Pleasure
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.LP1
1. Dark Lady
2. The Old Man
3. Station Song
4. The Politician
1. Rainy Taxi Girl
2. Morning Call
4. Travelling Blues (Or The New Used Jew's Dues Blues)$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Southern Nights (Colored Vinyl)Rust Colored Vinyl
Featuring some of the best songs he's ever written, Southern Nights was Allen Toussaint's 1975 swing for the fences attempt at an all out masterpiece. Somewhat of a concept album, with reoccurring instrumental themes popping up between songs, this album spawned at least two hits for other artists. The title track (minus the Lennonesque rotary speaker vocal effect) was a giant hit for Glen Campbell, while What Do You Want The Girl To Do? was one of several singles on Boz Skaggs' 1976 smash Silk Degrees and was also recorded by Bonnie Raitt. On dark red vinyl.1. Last Train
2. World Wide World Wide
3. Country John
4. Basic Lady
5. Southern Nights
6. You Will Not Lose
7. What Do You Want The Girl To Do?
8. When The Party's Over
9. Cruel Way To Go Down$23.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol 2)
180 Gram Clear Vinyl
This album was spawned by three coinciding events -- the need to acknowledge the death of band co-founder Brian Jones (whose epitaph graces the inside cover) in July of 1969; the need to get Honky Tonk Women, then a huge hit single, onto an LP; and to fill the ten-month gap since the release of Beggars Banquet and get an album with built-in appeal into stores ahead of the Stones' first American tour in three years. The fact that the Stones had amassed a sufficient number of hits since their last greatest-hits compilation in early 1966 (Big Hits: High Tide and Green Grass) made this a no-brainer, and its song lineup was as potent at the time as any compilation of hit singles by any artist. From the group's excursions into fey psychedelia (Paint It, Black, Ruby Tuesday, She's a Rainbow, Dandelion), space rock (2000 Light Years From Home), punk decadence (Mother's Little Helper), and back to straight-ahead rock & roll (Jumpin' Jack Flash), some of it with a topical edge (Street Fighting Man), it's all incredibly potent, though also redundant to the extent that Ruby Tuesday and Let's Spend the Night Together had previously appeared on two U.S. albums. The presence of Honky Tonk Women propelled it to gold record status upon release on both sides of the Atlantic, although the simultaneously released British version (long out of print, except as a bootleg CD) is different and more confusing, but also more diverse and rewarding musically than the American version. Both this album and Big Hits: High Tide and Green Grass have been supplanted by Hot Rocks and More Hot Rocks, but are still handy in their tight respective focuses.
- Bruce Eder (All Music Guide)1. Paint It, Black
2. Ruby Tuesday
3. She's a Rainbow
4. Jumpin' Jack Flash
5. Mother's Little Helper
6. Let's Spend the Night Together
7. Honky Tonk Women
9. 2000 Light Years from Home
10. Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby Standing in the Shadow?
11. Street Fighting Man$23.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Promise: Darkness On The Edge Of TownImport
21 Tracks Spread Out Over Three High-quality, 180 Gram Vinyl LPs. Lyrics To All Of The Songs, A New Essay From Bruce Springsteen And Never-before-seen Photographs From The "Darkness" Sessions Are Also Included
Darkness was my 'samurai' record, Springsteen writes, stripped to the frame and ready to rumble." But the music that got left behind was substantial. For the first time, fans will have access to 21 previously-unreleased songs from the Darkness recording sessions, songs that, as Springsteen writes, perhaps could have/should have been released after Born To Run and before the collection of songs that Darkness on the Edge of Town became.
Highlights include the extraordinary rock version of Racing in the Street, the never-before-released original recordings of Because the Night, Fire, and Rendezvous, the supreme pop opus Someday (We'll Be Together), the hilarious Ain't Good Enough for You, the superb soul-based vocal performance on The Broken Hearted, the utterly haunting Breakaway, and the now finally released, fully orchestrated masterpiece and title song, The Promise. All 21 songs have been mixed by Springsteen's long-time collaborator, Bob Clearmountain. According to long-time manager/producer Jon Landau, There isn't a weak card in this deck. The Promise is simply a great listening experience.1. Racing In The Street ('78)
2. Gotta Get That Feeling
3. Outside Looking In
4. Someday (We'll Be Together)
5. One Way Street
6. Because The Night
7. Wrong Side Of The Street
8. The Brokenhearted
10. Candy's Boy
11. Save My Love
12. Ain't Good Enough For You
14. Spanish Eyes
15. It's A Shame
16. Come On (Let's Go Tonight)
17. Talk To Me
18. The Little Things (My Baby Does)
20. The Promise
21. City Of Night$57.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
URPD-TMR-462xBlind Willie Johnson
American Epic: The Best of Blind Willie JohnsonTexas slide guitarist and gospel bluesman Blind Willie Johnson recorded only 30 songs over the course of his life as a preacher and street performer. Even so, the savvy combination of his gritty and powerful "chest voice" singing style coupled with his mastery of slide guitar (some report he regularly used a knife as a slide) has given him a notably influential legacy, specifically with later bluesmen Howlin' Wolf and Robert Johnson. His tune "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" was selected for Carl Sagan's Voyager probe Golden Record, the Library of Congress as well as the National Recording Registry.
Single LP with single pocket tip-on jacket with soft touch finish.1. John the Revelator
2. It's Nobody's Fault But Mine
3. If I Had My Way, I'd Tear the Building Down
4. God Moves on the Water
5. The Soul of a Man
6. I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole
7. Church, I'm Fully Saved Today
8. Let Your Light Shine on Me
9. Mother's Children Have a Hard Time
10. Lord, I Just Can't Keep from Crying
11. Trouble Will Soon Be Over
12. Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed
13. Bye and Bye I'M Goin' to See the King
14. Praise God I'm Satisfied
15. Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning
16. Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Day Of The Dead (Box Set)Limited 10xLP Vinyl Box Set
Each Disc On A Different Color Vinyl
4AD are pleased to announce the release of Day of the Dead, a celebration of the Grateful Dead's music.
Day of the Dead was created and curated by brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. The compilation is a wideranging tribute to the songwriting and experimentalism of the Dead which took four years to record, features over 60 artists from varied musical backgrounds, 59 tracks and is almost 6 hours long.
All profits will help fight for AIDS/ HIV and related health issues around the world through the Red Hot Organization, a 501(c)3. This is the 20th album of original music produced by Red Hot to further its mission. Day of the Dead is the follow up to 2009's Dark Was The Night (4AD), a 32-track, multiartist compilation also produced by Aaron and Bryce for Red Hot. Dark Was The Night has raised over 1.5 million dollars for the organizations fighting AIDS to date.LP 1
1. Touch of Grey (The War on Drugs)
2. Shakedown Street (Unknown Mortal Orchestra)
3. Loser (Ed Droste, Binki Shapiro & Friends)
4. Jack A Roe (This Is The Kit)
5. Peggy O (The National)
6. Bird Song (Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Friends)
7. Brown Eyed Woman (Hiss Golden Messenger)
8. Sugaree (Phosphorescent with Jenny Lewis & Friends)
1. Help On The Way (Bela Fleck)
2. Franklin's Tower (Orchestra Baobab)
3. King Soloman's Marbles (Vijay Iyer)
4. Box of Rain (Kurt Vile & J Mascis)
5. Friend of the Devil (Mumford and Sons)
6. Wharf Rat (Ira Kaplan & Friends)
1. Cassidy (Moses Sumney, Jenny Lewis & Friends)
2. Candyman (Jim James & Friends)
3. Clementine Jam (Orchestra Baobab)
4. Paying in the Band (Tunde Adebimpe, Lee Ranaldo & Friends)
5. Eyes of the World (Tal National)
1. Terrapin Station (Suite) (Daniel Rossen and Christopher Bear)
2. Ship of Fools (The Tallest Man On Earth & Friends)
3. Estimated Prophet (The Rileys)
4. Morning Dew (The National)
1. Me and My Uncle (The Lone Bellow)
2. China Cat Sunflower / I Know You Rider (Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks)
3. If I Had the World to Give (Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Friends)
4. Dark Star (Cass McCombs, Joe Russo & Friends)
5. Nightfall of Diamonds (Nightfall of Diamonds)
6. Dark Star (The Flaming Lips)
1. Rubin & Cherise (Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Friends)
2. Althea (Winston Marshall and Shura)
3. Mountains of the Moon (Lee Ranaldo & Friends)
4. Stella Blue (Local Natives)
5. Standing on the Moon (Phosphorescent & Friends)
6. To Lay Me Down (Perfume Genius)
1. Uncle John's Band (Lucius)
2. High Time (Daniel Rossen and Christopher Bear)
3. Dire Wolf (The Lone Bellow)
4. New Speedway Boogie (Courtney Barnett)
5. Cumberland Blues (Charles Bradley)
6. Black Peter (Antony & yMusic)
7. Easy Wind (Bill Callahan)
1. Here Comes Sunshine (Real Estate)
2. Rosemary (Mina Tindle & Friends)
3. Drums > Space (Man Forever / So Percussion / Oneida)
4. Transitive Refraction Axis for John Oswald (Tim Hecker)
5. What's Become of the Baby (s t a r g a z e)
6. Garcia Counterpoint (Bryce Dessner)
1. Brokedown Palace (Richard Reed Parry with Caroline Shaw [featuring Garth Hudson])
2. Till the Morning Comes (Luluc with Xylouris White)
3. Attics of My Life (Angel Olsen)
4. Cream Puff War (Fucked Up)
5. Truckin' (Marijuana Deathsquads)
1. Going Down The Road (Lucinda Williams)
2. Black Muddy River (Bruce Hornsby & DeYarmond Edison)
3. Ripple (The Walkmen)
4. And We Bid You Goodnight (Sam Amidon & Friends)
5. St. Stephen (live) (Wilco with Bob Weir)
6. I Know You Rider (live) (The National with Bob Weir)$188.99Colored Vinyl LP Box Set - 10 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-4AD-3115xDavid Byrne And St. Vincent
Love This GiantRecorded over two years largely at Water Music in Hoboken, NJ, the album is a collaboration in the truest sense of the word, with Byrne and St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) co-writing ten of the album's twelve tracks, and each artist penning one song individually. The album centers around an explosive brass band and is propelled by John Congleton's drum programming!
There was no delineating what the roles were, explains Clark of the recording. It's a collaboration I'm truly proud of. The duo also split lyrical and vocal duties on the record, which despite eschewing a traditional guitar/bass/drums lineup in favor of idiosyncratic horn arrangements, presents itself as infectious and modern hook-laden rock.
Byrne and Clark met in 2009 at the 'Dark Was the Night' benefit at Radio City Music Hall and were approached shortly after by the Housing Works Bookstore to collaborate on a night of music. They began composing remotely, trading song ideas and structures online while Clark toured and it quickly became apparent that they had more than just one night of music in them!!
Byrne performed with Clark at her 'American Songbook' show at Lincoln Center in 2010, and Clark contributed vocals to Byrne's Here Lies Love album, released the same year.1. Who
2. Weekend in the Dust
3. Dinner For Two
4. Ice Age
5. I Am An Ape
6. The Forest Awakes
7. I Should Watch TV
11. The One Who Broke Your Heart
12. Outside of Space & Time$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-XLR-4718xJonsi and Alex
Riceboy SleepsKnown primarily for his haunting falsetto and other-worldly presence as the singer in Sigur Ros, Jon Thor Birgisson has, together with his partner Alex Somers, been exhibiting artwork and staging exhibitions under the name Riceboy Sleeps for two or three years now, including the release of a limited edition picture book. A couple of months back the early fruits of the musical side of this collaboration surfaced in physical form for the first time, with the track Happiness, on the exemplary Dark Was The Night Red Hot compilation.
Riceboy Sleeps is human in a profound and verging-on spiritual way. It says nothing, literally, and yet living through its 68-minutes you emerge feeling much has been revealed. Its slowly evolving abstract landscapes are both edifying and life-affirming. The record works as a whole, and exists in a contemplative dream-state, unconstrained and mesmeric, seemingly outside time. The record, however, is more active than its apparent antecedents in the ambient output of Brian Eno, and other deliberately low-impact works. Riceboy Sleeps is awash with both tension and stimuli, as well as being frequently, and stunningly, beautiful.
Played solely on acoustic instruments in Iceland and featuring long-time string collaborators Amiina, as well as the Kopavogsdaetur choir, Riceboy Sleeps has a suitably organic feel. The full-length Riceboy Sleeps album (the name having migrated from artist moniker to album title) is set to subtly redefine expectations of slow and elegiac instrumental music in 2009.1. Happiness
2. Atlas Song
3. Indian Summer
5. Boy 1904
6. All The Big Trees
7. Daniell In The Sea
9. Sleeping Giant$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Bitte OrcaBitte Orca is the highly anticipated follow up album to 2007's critically acclaimed, Rise Above, and the band's Domino debut. David Longstreth formed the Dirty Projectors in 2002 and the band now consists of core member Amber Coffman, Brian Mcomber, Angel Deradoorian and Longstreth. Recorded in the fall of 2008 in Portland, OR and Brooklyn, NY, Bitte Orca is the band's fifth and most successful album.
From the bright curtain-raising opener Cannibal Resource to the stunning off-kilter Temecula Sunrise and Useful Chamber's ornate harmonies, Bitte Orca contains the Projectors' best individual songs to date. It's a big rock album by design and the results are both universal and singular. Stillness Is The Move and Two Doves were written specifically for the voices and temperaments of Coffman and Derardoorian, who take solo turns respectively. While Coffman's Stillness Is The Move is an R&B anthem, Deradoorian's Two Doves is stringed and elegantly spare.
Bitte Orca's idiosyncratic and sincere take on popular music is reminiscent of David Byrne with whom the Dirty Projectors collaborated on Knotty Pine for the 2009 compilation Dark Was The Night. In many ways, Longstreth could be seen as this generation's answer to Byrne, a distinctive torchbearer of labyrinthine song arrangements that go down easy.
180 Gram Vinyl in Gatefold Sleeve1. Cannibal Resource
2. Temecula Sunrise
3. The Bride
4. Stillness Is The Move
5. Two Doves
6. Useful Chamber
7. No Intention
8. Remade Horizon
9. Fluorescent Half Dome$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Beak & Claw (Discontinued)Comes with a digital download card! Stranger things have happened, but rarely do they make such beautiful music. The three esses that comprise the enigmatically titled s / s / s are as follows: Sufjan Stevens, he of the Fifty States Project and various baroque folk-pop opuses; Serengeti, the wry-witted rapper known for in-depth on-record character studies; and Son Lux, silken-voiced singer, studio wizard and singular beatsmith. The project's roots reach back to 2009's Dark Was the Night compilation, where Stevens and Geti met over a Buck 65 remix of a song written by psych-folkie Castanets. Continuing in the spirit of (unlikely) collaboration, the pair passed beats and raps back and forth, eventually enlisting Son Lux to dream Beak and Claw into fruition.
While this momentous EP comprises a mere four songs, each covers an immense stretch of sonic territory and emotional range. At six minutes, "Museum Day" may be the most adventurous and also the most satisfying, opening with a swath of AutoTuned heartache courtesy of Stevens, cresting with the darkly detailed raps of Geti, and closing in a hail of crashing cymbals, orchestral glitch and haunted coos from Son Lux. "Beyond Any Doubt" exchanges that taut splendor for deeper grooves whose farthest-out moments bring to mind Shabazz Palaces' cracked futurisms, albeit spiked with a falsetto'd pop hook. Fuzzy bass and industrial clang crash into lines about unrealized escapism and unpaid bills. Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond lends "If This Is Real" its Andrews Sister-like chorus, an immaculate contrast to the aural chaos that eventually overtakes the song. Meanwhile, Doseone (Subtle, Themselves) lends a similar buoyancy to "Octomom," an electrospackled, mostly spoken piece that plays like a Laurie Anderson track for the reality television generation (also featuring jaw harp and harmonica by Ohio folk vet Hal Walker). Because of its subject matter, this final song goes a long way to illustrating Beak and Claw's strange magic and, ultimately, why s / s / s works at all. Geti's humor and humanity are matched by playfulness and poignancy every step of the way. In the end, sublime confluence prevails.1. Museum Day
2. Beyond Any Doubt
3. If This Is Real
4. Octomom$13.9912 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Boomer's StoryRy Cooder Is A Master Sonic Archeologist And Cultural Historian On Boomer's Story: Guitarist Pays Tribute To The Past And Updates Music For Future On Rustic Record Steeped In Folk, Blues, And Soul
Mastered From The Original Master Tapes, Pressed At RTI, And Strictly Limited To 3000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity 180g LP Of Boomer's Story Sounds Fantastic With Vibrant Textures
Ry Cooder's development as a peerless musician capable of grasping virtually any style began with his time spent with Taj Mahal and Captain Beefheart, but for all intents and purposes reaches epic proportions on Boomer's Story. With two ambitious albeit uneven studio albums behind him, the California native plunged into roles that still define him today - that of sonic archaeologist and cultural historian, shaping his 1972 Reprise effort with enlightened selections carved into the bedrock of America's folk, blues, and soul landscapes. Inspired, virtuosic, and poignant, Boomer's Story endures as a ravishing portrait of inspired translation and inventive craftsmanship that after years of neglect finally boasts sonics deserving of the performances.
Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g LP of Cooder's breakout teems with natural tones, front-to-back imaging, and vintage tube warmth. Boomer's Story benefits from vibrant textures and organic openness, two prized traits that come to fore with breathtaking realism on this analog reissue. Details ranging from the audible resonance of the drum skins, drifting reverb on the guitar, and the inner cavity of the piano take up residence on deep-black soundstages. Individual notes appear and recede with lifelike decay. Cooder and company sound as if they're in the room, playing in real time with one another. This record has never been more dynamic or involving.
Having initiated his self-taught learning of customs established by the likes of Josh White, Woody Guthrie, Charlie Johnson, and Robert Johnson as early as age four, and grown up a son of parents obsessed with Folkways Records, Cooder never suffers from the retro rehash fakery plaguing countless contemporary revivalists. A true original, the guitarist simultaneously pays tribute to the past and updates it for the future. Boomer's Story brims with traditional tunes (the title track, Good Morning Mr. Railroad Man), classic blues (Ax Sweet Mama, Cherry Ball Blues), and World War II standards (Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer).
A spellbinding blend of personality, respect, and innovation grace every song. Evoking the timeless rusticism and weird, old America vibe of Bob Dylan and the Band's Basement Tapes, Boomer's Story unfolds with a relaxed ease and back-porch chemistry underlined by the musicians' unpretentious demeanors and potent abilities. Drummer Jim Keltner, percussionist Milt Holland, and bassist Jim Dickinson (also a producer) are among the cast fleshing out Cooder's visions. The headliner also welcomes country-blues legend Sleepy John Estes to sing on his own President Kennedy and leans on pianist Randy Newman to help him transform the normally bellicose Rally 'Round the Flag into a patient, mournful protest.
Cooder attains equally meaningful, emotional results on a definitive wordless interpretation of the staple soul ballad The Dark End of the Street, expressing unfathomable depths of regret and longing via slide-guitar work that draws a line back to Blind Willie McTell's immortal spiritual Dark Was the Night - a song Cooder called the most transcendent piece in all American music. Indeed, the degree of interplay attained by twinkling keys, rambling beats, brass accents, and dazzling guitar lines - also finger-picked and strummed - on Boomer's Story breathes with a rare air increasingly endangered in an era of on-demand immediacy and auto-tuned imitation. This, as it's said, is the real deal.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Boomer's Story
2. Cherry Ball Blues
3. Crow Black Chicken
4. Ax Sweet Mama
5. Maria Elena
6. The Dark End of the Street
7. Rally 'Round the Flag
8. Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer
9. President Kennedy
10. Good Morning Mr. Railroad Man$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Critical EquationI feel like I'm in a totally new band right now, says Dr. Dog guitarist/singer Scott McMicken. It's a bold declaration considering he's been co-fronting the beloved indie outfit for a decade-and-a-half, but it cuts straight to the heart of the intense and transformative experience behind the group's brilliant new album, Critical Equation.
Produced by Gus Seyffert (Beck, Michael Kiwanuka) and their first studio album in three years, Critical Equation is the most infectious and adventurous collection Dr. Dog has laid to tape yet. The record was born from a journey of doubt and discovery, a heavy, sometimes painful reckoning that ultimately brought the band closer together with more strength and clarity than ever before. Call it an existential awakening, call it a dark night of the soul, whatever it was, it fueled one of the most fertile creative periods in the group's history and forced them to confront that timeless question: what do we really want? Reflects bassist/singer Toby Leaman, This band has been at work a long time and this record is about a concerted effort to push ourselves to grow with courage and confidence built upon our history together. That ends up being a renewed testimony of love for ourselves, each other, the work we do together, and the willingness to approach something you know so well with a beginner's innocence."1. Coming Out Of The Darkness
2. Under the Wheels
3. Listening In
4. Virginia Please
5. Buzzing In The Light
6. Critical Equation
7. True Love
8. Heart Killer
10. Go Out Fighting$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
QuebecQuebec is the 8th album by Ween, released on August 5, 2003 on Sanctuary Records. It was the first album released after the band's contract with Elektra expired, and marked its return to independent labels. The album on a whole is comparable to Chocolate and Cheese or their first album GodWeenSatan in that not one single mood or theme can describe it, unlike their country record 12 Golden Country Greats, their nautically-themed The Mollusk, their Beatlesque pop album White Pepper, the dark and murky The Pod and the cheerful psychedelic Pure Guava.
The song It's Gonna Be a Long Night is featured in the game 'Tony Hawks Underground 2'. *The music video for Transdermal Celebration was animated by well known Disney animator Adam Phillips.
Music critic Mark Prindle named Quebec the best album of the 2000's.1. It's Gonna Be a Long Night
3. Transdermal Celebration
4. Among His Tribe
5. So Many People in the Neighborhood
6. Tried and True
7. Happy Colored Marbles
8. Hey There Fancypants
10. Chocolate Town
11. I Don't Want It
12. The Fucked Jam
13. Alcan Road
14. The Argus
15. If You Could Save Yourself (You'd Save Us All)$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Shame ShameThere was this feeling inside me going into making this record that we'd never made an album before, says guitarist/vocalist Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog's Shame, Shame, their Anti-debut and the first album made outside the safe confines of their home studio. Having evolved from a band whose primary creative outlet was the album making process into one that favored the energy of their live performances, they knew they wanted to document the new dynamic they had developed on the road. Producer Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith) was brought in to help peel back the intricate arrangements of last album Fate to reveal the raw immediacy of a tight five-man unit honing their craft.
Dr. Dog has created a song cycle of doubt and despair, bookended with the woozily swirling harmonies of Leaman's lonely opener Stranger and the harsh self-critique of the title track, a gnarled admission that sometimes it's best to admit your mistakes and move on. Their most openly autobiographical release, ranging from McMicken's exploration of West Philly underlife in Shadow People to his account of two soul-bearing late night conversations in Jackie Wants a Black Eye, Shame, Shame is an album whose dark themes are soothed by bright harmonies, taut guitar riffs, and soaring melodies. Shame, Shame is the release that will announce Dr. Dog to a wider world, a world waiting for the timeless songwriting and melodies of their finest album.1. Stranger
2. Shadow People
4. Unbearable Why
5. Where'd All the Time Go?
7. I Only Wear Blue
9. Mirror, Mirror
10. Jackie Wants a Black Eye
11. Shame, Shame$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
At a time when most of what passes for alternative rock sounds desiccated,
Amphetamine Ballads feels raw and potent and alive."
- The Guardian
"The Amazing Snakeheads' debut album Amphetamine Ballads is not for prissy pants, it
growls and grimaces across filthy blues like a pub fight in Nashville."
"Amphetamine Ballads showcases a group with good taste, and the ability to cook up
an adrenalised racket or a melancholy fog. [ ] As long as boring bands exist, this kind of
piss and vinegar will always be welcome."
Domino Records is proud to present Amphetamine Ballads, the debut album from
Glasgow's The Amazing Snakeheads. A monument to
the redemptive powers of rock 'n' roll - full of rage, romance and dark humor -
Amphetamine Ballads is an uncompromising, astonishingly visceral debut album. On
the strength of early singles and their live shows, The Amazing Snakeheads have
established themselves as a force of nature not to be reckoned with and one of the most
promising rock 'n' roll bands to come out of the UK in ages.
Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland the Amazing Snakeheads - Dale Barclay, William
Coombe & Jordan Hutchison - look like they sound: all pomade, shades, denim,
leather and signet rings. Amphetamine Ballads is the soundtrack to the dark corners
of nightclubs and those dimly lit alleyways off the main drag. The smell of smoke
and liquor pervades everything. Recorded at night time at The Green Door Studio in
Glasgow, this is a subterranean record - an album that can show you round the parts of
a city that come alive after dark.
The Amazing Snakeheads never really formed as such - their conception seemingly
more preordained than planned. Dale and William had been friends since childhood;
Jordan was Dale's neighbor who became a close friend. While they each played music,
they never really harboured ambitions to play in bands - the prospect of aiming high
and missing was almost enough to put the trio off even trying. When the band finally
got together and started playing shows, their shows quickly gained an infamous
reputation. On stage, Dale appears possessed by music, rock'n'roll channeled through
every sinew in his body. Announcing themselves in the summer of 2013 with a one-off
7", a ferocious 84-second long strut called "Testifying Time," the band's reputation was
quickly solidified. And now with Amphetamine Ballads set for release this summer, The
Amazing Snakeheads will deliver on the promise on those live shows and early singles!1. I'm A Vampire
3. Swamp Song
4. Here It Comes Again
6. Where Is My Knife?
7. Every Guy Wants To Be Her Baby
9. Heading For Heartbreak
10. Tiger By The Tail$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Puppet MasterAn underground icon and purveyor of all things dark and mysterious, KING DIAMOND and his cohorts continue to terrorize humanity with their latest and most extreme album to date, The Puppet Master. This gruesome tale set to take place in 18th century Budapest, Hungary involving a puppet show and many fascinating characters. One cold night in December the main character known as Unfortunate Man goes down to see a Christmas puppet show and after the show he is standing outside and sees a young woman. He is strangely drawn to this young woman, Victoria, almost as if one of the puppet's ghosts is sitting on his shoulder whispering in his ear to go and kiss the girl. The two get along immediately due to their fascination with the puppet show and end up going out. About a year later everything is going very good until one night Victoria heads down to the puppet show by herself and never returns. The Unfortunate Man goes down to the puppet show to investigate and sees the Puppet Master's wife leaving with a wheel barrel and follows her only to see her murder a homeless man and put his body in the cart. From here the story twists and turns as it takes you through the horrific tale of the Unfortunate Man, Victoria, The Puppet Master, his wife, the puppets and the events leading to the climactic end of the story.
As King describes it this album is going to make the hairs stand up on the back of listeners neck. The rules of censorship are being thrown out the window...this is going to be the rawest story/album we have ever done. King was also quick to point out that if you are into horror; you're definitely going to get it with this album! The Puppet Master is sure to be considered one of King's goriest and most extreme stories yet!1. Midnight
2. The Puppet Master
5. Blue Eyes
6. The Ritual
7. No More Me
8. Blood to Walk
10. So Sad
12. Living Dead$39.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Limited edition of 265 copies on 180 gram black vinyl.
One night in 2007, Dirk Serries and Paul van den Berg visited Marc Verhaeghen at his lab - a studio space where, for over two decades, Belgian music history had been written. What was supposed to be nothing but a friendly visit spontaneously turned into an extensive jam session. Hardly a single note of it even remotely sounded like their individual voices, neither like the epic drones Serries was working on at the time nor the darkly captivating EBM of Verhaeghen's underground supergroup the Klinik. Instead, the four fifteen-minute tracks culled from the encounter can be said to represent the missing link between Klaus Schulze and a dirty garage band, with Verhaeghen twisting and turning the knobs to lay down a bed of glowing rhythmical sequencer pulses for Van den Berg's tormented guitar lines and Serries' intense atmospherics.1. 1
4. 4$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now