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Dead Ahead (Discontinued)Brand new 11 track album from the legendary Northwest band.1. Signs of Departure
2. One World
3. Occupation With You
4. Dawning of the Dead
5. Already Gone
6. War Is Blind
7. Go My Way
8. On and On
10. All Sold Out
11. In the Waiting$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Plastic Surgery DisastersRemastered And Available In A Deluxe Gatefold Sleeve
Having proved themselves masters of the quick, vicious smash and bash, on their second full-length album the Kennedys continued in that vein while finding other effective ways to express their all-encompassing message of resistance and satire. Absolutely nobody is safe, whether it's the more expected targets of conservative society, or those who claim to follow what the Kennedys and punk promised but only ended up acting like idiots. For the most part, though, it's a well-deserved smackdown of all the jerks the early '80s produced, set to some fantastic music.
Bookended by random noise jams -- the first one with a wonderfully dismissive spoken-word analysis on societal programming for The Good Life -- Plastic Surgery Disasters shows East Bay Ray, Klaus Fluoride and D.H. Peligro turning into an even more awesome unit than before. Ray's sheet-metal intense guitar may once or twice get slammed into too much treble for its own good, but his spaghetti-western-cranked-to-ten playing is fantastic stuff at its best. The others have their moments, like Peligro's rolling drum breaks on Trust Your Mechanic. When the band aims for subtlety, the results are grand -- the sudden silences on Trust Your Mechanic, the goofy hipswing start to Forest Fire. Unsurprisingly, Biafra is still at the center of it all; once again, the song titles make it clear what's at play. Terminal Preppie, rips into an example of the type with gusto, and the wonderfully sneering Winnebago Warrior is just the tip of the iceberg. The real highlight can be found at the end -- Moon Over Marin, with a soaring, anthemic surf-rock line from Ray offsetting Biafra's semi-apocalyptic vision of the Bay Area's snooty region.
- Ned Raggett (All Music Guide)1. Advice From Christmas Past
2. Government Flu
3. Terminal Preppie
4. Trust Your Mechanic
5. Well Paid Scientist
7. Forest Fire
9. Winnebago Warrior
11. Bleed For Me
12. I Am The Owl
13. Dead End
14. Moon Over Marin$34.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Cinema Red And BlueCinema Red and Blue is a pop music collaboration between members of Comet Gain and Crystal Stilts, with guest appearances by Gary Olson (Ladybug Transistor), Hamish Kilgour (The Clean) and Linton (Aisler's Set) among others. With a host of David Feck originals and a bunch of covers ( the Chills, Dead Moon, Len Bright Combo and Vic Godard), Cinema Red And Blue was assembled in the belief that something good can come from the stored memories and shared experiences of friends who play music.1. Far Out Isn't Far Enough
2. Ballad of a Vision Pure
3. Ballad of a Bust Stop
4. Ballad of an All Night Worker
5. Charlie Clarke
6. Melanie Down
7. Ghost Confessions
8. Same Mistakes
9. Love in the Altitude
10. Jesse Lee Kincaid
11. You re Gonna Screw My Head Off
12. Brave Words$5.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Intermittent SignalsLimited edition of 2,000
The second release by Portland's own Rats. Fred and Toody's pre-Dead Moon outfit. This record hails from 1981 and holds a place in Portland punk history. Considerably better sound quality compared to the first record. Tip-on jacket.1. Nightline
2. Wanna Be Your Man
3. Haywire Desire
5. Kids Are Kids
6. Descending Shadows
7. Thoughts By Now
9. Daddy's In The Shadows
11. Radio Pulse
12. Heaven Don't Cry
14. Running Away From You
15. It's A Lie
16. Animal$19.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-FAN-9310xCreedence Clearwater Revival
Green RiverIf anything, CCR's third album Green River represents the full flower of their classic sound initially essayed on its predecessor, Bayou Country. One of the differences between the two albums is that Green River is tighter, with none of the five-minute-plus jams that filled out both their debut and Bayou Country, but the true key to its success is a peak in John Fogerty's creativity. Although CCR had at least one cover on each album, they relied on Fogerty to crank out new material every month. He was writing so frequently that the craft became second-nature and he laid his emotions and fears bare, perhaps unintentionally. Perhaps that's why Green River has fear, anger, dread, and weariness creeping on the edges of gleeful music. This was a band that played rock & roll so joyously that they masked the, well, sinister undercurrents in Fogerty's songs. Bad Moon Rising has the famous line Hope you've got your things together/Hope you're quite prepared to die, but that was only the most obvious indication of Fogerty's gloom. Consider all the other dark touches: the Sinister purpose knocking at your door; the chaos of Commotion; the threat of death in Tombstone Shadow; you only return to the idyllic Green River once you get lost and realize the world is smolderin'. Even the ballads have a strong melancholy undercurrent, highlighted by Lodi, where Fogerty imagines himself stuck playing in dead-end towns for the rest of his life. Not the typical thoughts of a newly famous rock & roller, but certainly an indication of Fogerty's inner tumult. For all its darkness, Green River is ultimately welcoming music, since the band rocks hard and bright and the melancholy feels comforting, not alienating.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music Guide)1. Green River
3. Tombstone Shadow
4. Wrote A Song for Everyone
5. Bad Moon Rising
7. Cross-Tie Walker
8. Sinister Purpose
9. The Night Time Is the Right Time$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The RatsLimited edition of 2,000
Fred & Toody Cole of Pierced Arrows, Dead Moon, Lollipop Shop, The Weeds, Western Front, Zipper and a million other bands. This a lo-fi stripped down punk/garage rock record from 1980 and their first collaboration, recorded in Portland, OR. Fred on guitar and sings, Toody on bass and sings and Rod Rat on drums.1. World War III
3. Flash Dogs
4. Tactis Plan
5. It's Too Late
6. Rat Race
9. Social Indigestion
10. Panic On 39th
12. Gotta Get Away
13. Until It Rains
15. Can Never Go Back$19.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Fallow FieldSharp melodies layer heart-pumping pulses and droning beats. The Old Haunts are raw and rhythmic punk rock in the Northwest tradition of The Wipers, Dead Moon, Frenchie and the German Girls, and others. They are a trio from Olympia, WA currently composed of Craig (Serum Grays), Scott (Two Ton Boa, The Sedan), and Danny (The Sedan, Enemymine, Mocket). Fallow Field features 60's influenced production with enough of that basement-party sound to leave the energy intact.01 By the Bay
02 Walk Through the Woods
03 Deflect It
04 Poison Control
05 Boots As Clubs
06 It's So Scandalous
07 The Old World
08 Gold Light
09 Cult Baby
10 You Could Never Know
11 Out of Sight
12 Vandal Hymn$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
"A guitar-grinding, drum-smashing desert-crawler,"
"Presents a desert crawl and barrage of collages that carry
across a free play of images and symbols set in sequence
to the sounds"
In Chrome Cactus, The Young have created
a HUGE sounding, timeless rock album that
reinforces and revitalizes everything that is
great about American Rock Music in 2014.
Taking influence from early ZZ Top, Link Wray,
Lungfish, Dead Moon - Chrome Cactus is a ball
of power and controlled feedback disguised as
ten of the catchiest songs you'll hear this year.
Chrome Cactus is a far darker version of Austin's
The Young than ever before. The breezy
optimism of their earlier albums has been
switched out for sinister, creeping dread in both
the lyrics and music.
The rhythm section of drummer Ryan Maloney
and new bassist Lucas Wedow drive a heavy
foundation for guitarists Hans Zimmerman
and Kyle Edwards, who have reached dizzying
new heights. Expertly produced by fellow
sonic assassin Tim Green (Nation of Ulysses,
The Fucking Champs), Chrome Cactus is the
moment where Zimmerman's vocal delivery
is perfectly matched with the skillful, intuitive
interplay, which at this point is now fully realized.1. Metal Flake
2. Cry Of Tin
3. Chrome Jamb
4. Moondog First Quarter
5. Apaches Throat
7. Ramona Cruz
8. Dressed In Black
9. Slow Death
10. Blow The Scum Away$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A dense wall of meticulously controlled chaos
A sentiment carved from the evocative balance of discord and fuzzy
Over the last four years, Olympia-based punk trio Naomi Punk - featuring
singer/guitarist Travis Coster, guitarist Neil Gregerson, and drummer Nic
Luempert - have been lighting up DIY warehouses and large concert halls
alike with their singular brand of mid-tempo, cathartic punk. Commencing
their breakout 2012 debut 'The Feeling', Naomi Punk return to the fold with
their sophomore record, 'Television Man' - their first for Captured Tracks. A
key fixture in the Northwest DIY punk scene, Naomi Punk channel a similar
energy to their contemporaries (Milk Music, Broken Water, Vexx, Gag) and
their fore bearers (Wipers, Dead Moon, Nirvana) while cultivating a body of
work and aesthetic that is wholly their own.
Home recorded in Olympia, Washington over the Fall and Winter of 2013,
and mastered by Rick Fisher at RFI, 'Television Man' is a collection of oblique
punk anthems and collaged instrumental pieces which best showcases the
cathartic aggression that has become their signature.1. Firehose Face
2. Song Factory
3. Television Man
4. Plastic World no. 6
5. Eleven Inches
6. California Truth
7. Eon of Pain
8. Linoleum Tryst #19
9. Whirlpool of Anguish
10. Rodeo Trash Pit$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Jericho SirensAfter a 14-year hiatus from the studio, Hot Snakes have
triumphantly kicked down the door back into our lives with their
new album, Jericho Sirens. And amid the mania of non-stop
political rhetoric, doom-and-gloom prognostications and
omnipresent technology, it's not a moment too soon.
Hot Snakes formed in 2000, after the release of their first
record, Automatic Midnight. They were John Reis, Jason
Kourkounis, Rick Froberg and Gar Wood. The band's sound
represented a return to the unrealized past of its members. This
time, their musics would be direct, undraped and rock 'n' roll
while still maintaining the dense and turbulent character of the
members' previous work. That year, Hot Snakes found their live
sound and established themselves as primo, down-stroke
warlords. They followed with a pair of great albums - 2002's
Suicide Invoice, with drummer Jason Kourkounis, and 2004's
Audit in Progress, with Mario Rubalcaba on drums - that
broadened the band's sound while pleasing many a fan.
However, the band eventually spiraled downward into a mid-life
punk crisis, and by 2005 they had stopped performing.
BUT! 2011 saw the return of Hot Snakes, with a string of festival
shows. Both drummers performed with the band on the songs
which they recorded, and the group discussed writing new
material. After an additional 6 years of discussions, Hot Snakes
returned to the studio in 2017 to commence recording, and the
results are, finally, revealed in Jericho Sirens.
Musically, Jericho Sirens incorporates the most extreme fringes
of the Hot Snakes sound (the vein-bulging, 78-second "Why
Don't It Sink In?" the pounding downstrokes of "Having
Another?"), while staying true to longstanding influences such as
the Wipers, Dead Moon and Suicide on propulsive tracks such as
"Six Wave Hold-Down," one of the first written for the project
during a New Year's Eve 2017 session in Philadelphia. Other
moments like the choruses of "Jericho Sirens" and "Psychoactive"
nod to classic-rock titans such as AC/DC and Ozzy
Osbourne, with Froberg admitting, "I'm as much a hesher as I
am anything else, that's for sure." For Reis, reactivating his
creative partnership with Froberg was one of the most rewarding
aspects of the process: "Our perspectives are similar. Our tastes
are similar. We work really well together. And what more is there
to say? Rick totally outdid himself on this record, vocally and
Jericho Sirens was recorded in short bursts over the past year in
Philadelphia and San Diego, with assistance from longtime
bassist Gar Wood. Kourkounis and Rubalcaba, both of whom
drummed on prior Hot Snakes releases but never on the same
one, contributed throughout.1. I Need a Doctor
2. Candid Cameras
3. Why Don't It Sink In?
4. Six Wave Hold-Down
5. Jericho Sirens
6. Death Camp Fantasy
7. Having Another?
8. Death Doula
10. Death of a Sportsman$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The DriftHe never really went anywhere, but he's back again at the ripe age of 63 anyway. Sounding younger than ever before, Scott Walker's spirit truly soars here. There are a lot of ways you might introduce the stunning and towering singularity of Walker's new work The Drift. As the critic Cynthia Ozick once said of novelist William Gaddis (three novels in thirty years): he may not have been "prolific," but "instead he has been prodigious, gargantuan, exhaustive, subsuming fates and conditions under a hungry logic."
Hungry logic? Oh yes: songs you feel you could almost run a finger along and come away with brick dust or splinters, traces of blood curdled sand. It's the immense and beckoning, blistering noise of The Drift that tells the real story here, but also the microscopic attention to 'background' detail, layer upon layer, quotations, discreet little sonic movies full of scent and chill and bruise, clue and ricochet and close up.
Walker more or less invents a world with each new song, the shock of which being partly that he should treat subjects like this at all, that he should treat us with this immoderate cast: Cossacks framed in mnemonic petals, ill-fated lovers rubbing shoulders like dead moons, Elvis baying in Memphis moonlight, Mussolini hanging like something from a Francis Bacon tarot deck, songs for and from all our Black Septembers, all our German autumns, all the nines, elevens, ones, zeros in a mangle of newspeak.
There are a lot of self-proclaimedly 'experimental' artists clamoring for our attention, but who else gives us so much space in song, yet still a recognizable song, one marked by sex and pity and perplexity and rage, all the while keeping his ego to a bare minimum. Who else allows so many other voices; unlikely, unmoored, unmourned voices, into his songs?
Who else gives us language back as such a shock and surprise, as here, in the incredible risk and wager and crisis of The Drift, hear how sweeps and heaps of gory or holy or horrific confusion and reflection and fall are rendered with so precise and unfaltering and unique an ear, eye and throat, by this man alone, out of time, our first and last and best recording angel, the last Modernist left standing, the only one left alive! Artwork by Vaughan Oliver.LP1
1. Cossacks Are
4. Jolson And Jones
2. Hand Me Ups
5. The Escape
6. A Lover Loves$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Fillmore East 2-11-69Live at the Fillmore East 2-11-69 is a double live album by the Grateful Dead recorded during the Live/Dead tour on February 11, 1969 at the Fillmore East in New York City.
Performing two hour-long sets as the opening act to Janis Joplin's New York debut as a solo star, the Grateful Dead turned in a characteristic performance for this period in their career. In between the release of their second and third albums, they devoted much time to the songs that would turn up several months later on Aoxomoxoa, including acoustic renditions of Dupree's Diamond Blues and Mountains of the Moon. Pigpen dominated the first set, singing the blues standards Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, I'm a King Bee, and Turn on Your Lovelight. But a large part of both sets was given over to the group's extended medleys, in the first set Cryptical Envelopment/The Other One, in the second Dark Star/St. Stephen/The Eleven. These involved, largely instrumental pieces set the tone for the Dead at the end of the '60s and produced their breakthrough with Live/Dead, which was recorded within weeks of this show. There is also a game version of Hey Jude, the biggest hit of the previous year, to end the first set, and an unlisted, interrupted performance of Cosmic Charlie as a second-set encore.1. Good Morning Little School Girl
2. Cryptical Envelopment
3. The Other One
4. Cryptical Envelopment
5. Doin' That Rag
6. I'm a King Bee
7. Hey Jude
8. Turn On Your Lovelight
10. Dupree's Diamond Blues
11. Mountains of the Moon
12. Dark Star
13. St. Stephen
14. The Eleven
16. Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)
18. We Bid You Goodnight$109.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Buy Now
Country SleepWelcome to the sound of Winston Yellen and Night Beds, who in one stunning ten-track debut album Country Sleep, have shown that there is plenty of life left in the world of American music if you have the voice, the songs and the gift to touch hearts and souls. Think of a space between Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters/Sun Kil Moon), Gram Parsons and the dreamier side of My Morning Jacket; a heavenly place of pure country soul, touched by an endearing innocence and honesty that can only come from someone still in their early twenties.1. Faithful Heights
3. Even If We Try
5. Borrowed Time
6. Cherry Blossoms
7. Wanted You In August
8. Lost Springs
9. Was I For You?
10. Tenn$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-DEA-1718xStrand Of Oaks
Hard LoveTim Showalter's latest release as Strand of Oaks, Hard Love, emanates an unabashed, raw, and
manic energy that embodies both the songs and the songwriter behind them. "For me, there
are always two forces at work: the side that's constantly on the hunt for the perfect song, and
the side that's naked in the desert screaming at the moon. It's about finding a place where
neither side is compromised, only elevated."
Drawing from his love of Creation Records, Trojan dub compilations, and Jane's Addiction,
and informed by a particularly wild time at Australia's Boogie Festival, he sought to create a
record that would merge all of these influences while evoking something new and visceral.
These influences coupled with an uninhibited and collaborative studio experience moved an
initial concept for a singularly feel-good record to something more complex and real. As
much as Showalter wants this record to seem like a party, it's more than that. It feels
like living. "You went away you went searching came back tired of looking" is how
Showalter begins the title track, a sentiment that epitomizes Showalter's own mentality in
beginning Hard Love. As the record progresses, so do the themes of dissatisfaction
and frustration with love, family, success, and aging, both in personal experience and
songwriting1. Hard Love
2. Radio Kids
4. Salt Brothers
5. On The Hill
7. Quit It
8. Rest Of It
9. Taking Acid And Talking To My Brother$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I Am GeminiI Am Gemini is the surreal and powerful musical tale of Cassius and Pollock, twin brothers separated at birth. One good and one evil, their unexpected reunion in a house that is not a home ignites a classic struggle for the soul, played out with a cast of supporting characters that includes a chorus of angels and devils, and twin sisters conjoined at the head.
Recorded in the Summer/Fall of 2011 at Omaha, NEs ARC Studios and mixed at Red Room in Seattle, WA with producer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Minus The Bear, Isis), I Am Gemini marks the first time front man Tim Kasher, holding the completed story already in mind, wrote album lyrics in a linear fashion, in order, from start to finish. The result is thirteen singularly cohesive song chapters that blend effortlessly into one unique narrative. The moody and playfully sinister I Am Gemini is Cursives musically heaviest in years, with alternately muscular and angular guitars, pounding drums and driving bass.
From the eerie introductory sounds of epic barnstormer This House Alive and the irresistibly catchy, insistent The Sun and Moon, to the searing Double Dead and the split personality prog-pop of Twin Dragon/Hello Skeleton, to the roaring, mournful closing track Eulogy for No Name, the album is a dynamic, mind-bending, and imaginative ride.
Cursive is the longtime trio of Tim Kasher (vocals, guitar), Matt Maginn (bass), and Ted Stevens (guitar, vocals), with Patrick Newbery (keys) and Cully Symington (drums). I Am Gemini, the bands seventh LP, is the follow-up to 2009s critically praised Mama, Im Swollen.1. This House Alive
2. Warmer Warmer
3. The Sun and Moon
4. Drunken Birds
5. Lullaby for No Name
6. Double Dead
8. Twin Dragon/Hello Skeleton
10. This House a Lie
11. The Cat and Mouse
12. A Birthday Bash
13. Eulogy for No Name$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Truth And SoulImport
180-Gram Audiophile Vinyl
30th Anniversary Of The Legendary Album
Fishbone was one of the most distinctive and eclectic alternative rock bands of the late '80s. With their hyperactive, self-conscious diversity, goofy sense of humor, and sharp social commentary, the group gained a sizable cult following during the late '80s.
Truth and Soul is their second album, originally released in 1988. The album features a wide array of genres including punk, ska, reggae, soul, funk, elements of hard rock and blues. Truth and Soul contains a cover version of Curtis Mayfield's Freddie's Dead, originally from the soundtrack to the film Super Fly and it is the first single of the album. Three other tracks were released as singles Ma and Pa, with a video directed by Mike Lipscombe, Change and One Day. The album was awarded four-out-of-five stars in 2004's The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Music critic Tom Moon called the album one of his 1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die and Robert Dimery listed it as one of his 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
This year we are celebrating the 30th birthday of Truth and Soul. The album is finally available again on vinyl and includes the original insert with lyrics and liner notes.1. Freddie's Dead
2. Ma And Pa
3. Questions Of Life
4. Pouring Rain
5. Deep Inside
6. Mighty Long Way
7. Bonin' In The Boneyard
8. One Day
9. Subliminal Fascism
10. Slow Bus Movin' (Howard Beach Party)
11. Ghetto Soundwave
12. Change$36.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Drifting Your Majesty (Awaiting Repress)The driving force behind Desertshore is the partnership between guitarist Phil Carney and keyboard player Chris Connolly. The former has played with both of sadcore king Mark Kozelek's bands, Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon, and the latter has a classical background, though he also loves the gauzy, ethereal indie rock sounds that came out of England's 4AD label (which was also home to Red House Painters). With third man Dave Muench on drums and a couple of guests (including Kozelek), Carney and Connolly made Desertshore's all-instrumental debut album a place where all their varied influences intertwine.
The album's title offers a hint about the mood of the music -- Drifting Your Majesty maintains a haunting, dreamlike quality throughout its 14 tracks. Though these pieces are not without dynamics, they remain on the impressionistic, ethereal side, whether it's an intimate duet between Connolly and Carney that's taking place, or something more fully fleshed out with rhythm section and second guitar. As the tunes gently rise and fall, they roll rather seamlessly through a wide array of styles, blending psychedelia, post-rock, and international touches. Sometimes these tracks evoke the mellower, more contemplative circa end-of-1969 Neil Young or Grateful Dead improvisatory expeditions (Desertshore are, after all, a Bay Area band). At other points, there are echoes of a more contemporary post-rock sound à la Mogwai or Explosions in the Sky, and occasionally, Connolly and Carney dip into some Middle Eastern-tinged modalities, suggesting some quality time spent listening to early world music-inclined '60s guitarists like Peter Walker and Sandy Bull. Drifting Your Majesty manifests a moody, meditative feeling, but is never monochromatic.
- James Allen (All Music Guide)1. Black Mirror Water
2. The Town Alight
3. Mojave Mirage
5. Beautiful Descent
7. Drifting Your Majesty
10. Right Favor
11. Sixteen Drawers
12. Jordan Heavyhand
13. Maurice In Reflection
14. Deep Forest Echoes$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
African PianoSouth African pianist-composer Abdullah Ibrahim, still performing at the time of this 1969 live album under the pseudonym Dollar Brand, unleashed a mastery so enticing on African Piano, it's a wonder that any of the folks at the club where it was recorded had the resolve to treat it as background to their dining. By the same token, reinforcement of that fact by constant ambient noises renders Ibrahim's performance all the more sacred by contrast.
Amid a sea of chatter, cleared throats, and sudden intakes of breath, he breaks the surf with the gentle yet hip ostinato of "Bra Joe From Kilimanjaro," working meditative tendrils into the bar light. Over this his right hand brings about an explosive sort of thinking that spins webs in a flash and connects them to larger others. With clarion fortitude, he drops bluesy accents along the way: a trail of crumbs leading to "Selby That The Eternal Spirit Is The Only Reality." Ironically (or not), this is the most solemn blip on the album's radar and blends into the ivory tickling of "The Moon." Here Ibrahim's heartfelt, dedicatory spirit comes to the fore, proving that, while technically proficient, he possesses a descriptive virtuosity that indeed evokes a pockmarked surface lit in various phases, harnessing sunlight as if it were skin in dense, vibrating harvest. The kinesis of this tune is diffused in the tailwind of "Xaba," which then flows into "Sunset In Blue," in which Ibrahim's ancestral awareness is clearest. The level of respect evoked here for both the dead and the living lends a ritualistic quality by virtue of its tight structuring, which despite hooks at the margins flies freely in its magic circle. "Kippy" is a smoother reverie with flickers of flame. A beautiful amalgam of measures and means, it slips an opiate of reflection into its own drink. After this, the intense two minutes of gospel and downward spirals that is "Jabulani-Easter Joy" takes us into "Tintinyana," thereby crystallizing the album's flowing energies. Tracks bleed into one another: they runneth from the same cup, their spiritual resonance deep and true.
African Piano is a gorgeous, thickly settled album, but one that is always transparent when it comes to origins. Such is the tenderness of Ibrahim's craft, which speaks with a respect that transcends the sinews, muscles, and eardrums required to bring it to life. It finds joy in history, connecting to it like an Avatar's tail to steed.1. Bra Joe From Kilimanjaro
2. Selby That The Eternal Spirit Is The Only Reality
3. The Moon
5. Sunset In Blue
7. Jabulani Easter Joy
8. Tintiyana$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hardly CriminalCrash's story unfolds with that particularly Southern swagger and with a tale of a Louisiana boy bred on Waffle House breakfasts and monster truck rallies, local Rodeos and the flicker of family bonfires. There was college for a hot minute, there was a move to the Irish Channel, there was the soaking in of all that is New Orleans, wet heat and Sazeracs, the wailing horns of jazz funerals, the teetering handmade floats of Mardi Gras, crawfish and etouffee and howling at the moon. There was work where he could get it, toiling as a PA on the studio sets, Hollywood coming south for the tax credits. It was on these film productions where crash earned his nickname, something to do with a questionable work ethic and repetitive tardiness (he admits you d have to ask one Ms. Rita Wilson for the real deal details). And yet despite his reputation (or perhaps because of it), he was anointed "assistant" to Johnny Knoxville during The!Dukes!of!Hazzard s run. (One can only imagine ) crash later joined the critically adored local act The Deadly Syndrome as lead singer and frontman, bringing his gris gris into the beautiful belly of the L.A. beast. Since then, crash has been barreling ahead, recording prolifically with The Deadly Syndrome, working with famed producer Daniel Lanios, composing a live stage score, acting in a few national commercials, and finally, after Deadly disbanded in 2013, heading out on the road with his pals, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, as percussionist and angelic vocal accompaniment. And somewhere in that heady mix in that combination of the rolling road, of California eucalyptus sway and dark NOLA mysteries, he discovered his true self - the wildaeyed, slyatongued, strutting, winking and wonderful crash of this here solo debut. Produced and engineered by the multitalented Ed Sharpe lead guitarist, Mark Noseworthy, (and featuring friends from the Zeros, Dawes, The Mystic Valley Band and more ) Hardly Criminal is the culmination of all that is strange and sad, hilarious and harmonious, about crash s own true tale. It is story a moving, funny, weird, and stunningly beautiful. You can hear the South, yes, Neville swing and Dr. John juaju, but you can also hear smooth soul, booty funk, and ragged folk, a mix of sounds taken from his past and pushed into the future, all accompanied by a deadpan storytelling prowess and a voice like a Cajun Prince (as in "The Artist Formerly Known As"). Hardly!Criminal! is the sum of crash s best parts - the sonic celebration of his story so far. So, set down a spell, cool yer bones, cher... and listen1. Hardly Criminal
2. Motion Animal
3. All My Friends
4. High Wall
5. Mine Always, Lioness
6. Britches Catch Fire
7. Song For The Birds
9. Mad At The Clouds
10. If God Was A Cajun
11. Almighty Equal$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Die Healing (Awaiting Repress)"Die Healing" featuring original SAINT VITUS vocalist Scott Reagers! This is essential doom!!!!
Recommended if You Like: BLACK SABBATH, TROUBLE, COUNT RAVEN, CANDLEMASS, THE OBSESSED, HIGH ON FIRE, SLEEP, BARONESS, MASTODON, SIR LORD BALTIMORE
Die Healing is a pivotal point in Vitus' discog; not only their very last before they temporarily ended their relentlessly classic doom metal album releases with a thirteen year hiatus, but their third recording with Scott Reagers, who helped make the eponymous debut, Hallow's Victim and EP The Walking Dead such milestones of doom. And what a way to go out. Many will tell you this is actually Saint Vitus' finest moment, and although I favour the debut and Wino's career zenith Born Too Late above it, there is no doubt it deserves as solid a place in the pantheon of doom as Nightfall or Master Of Reality or In The Rectory Of The Bizarre Reverend.
The band's sound and instrumentation is class without question. The guitar tone saw a slight departure from the fuzz prevalent on Wino-albums (including the 2012 opus Lillie: F-65), with something more of an electric edge familiar to C.O.D. Fret not, the tone is still plenty burly, and of course massively appropriate for the toking of vaporous substances.
The guitar solos are likewise a little clearer - though of course solos like on 'One Mind' and 'Return Of The Zombie' have that inimitable Chandler scaling chaos in spades, squeaking like a dozen metal detectors malfunctioning. In general though the album's sound gives the feeling of the band moving forward with the sound established on the underappreciated, Chritus Linderson-assisted C.O.D., while welcoming their original singer back into the fold as easily as if he'd never left. It comes together brilliantly.
What cements the album's place atop the pile of '90s Vitus releases is that it's a lot more solid than V and C.O.D. in terms of songs, chock full of highlights with nary a skippable track. 'Dark World' heralds absolutely no messing about, a timeless slow burn Saint Vitus classic to get you going. Reagers unlocks his trademark moon-touched howls, boosted here with a gruffness and depth that must have come with age. He can still hit the unnerving highs that made the debut such a unique piece. Not to mention his more aghast and tragic-heroic style is accompanied by a lyrical shift toward tales of horror and myth, adding further colours of yore to the band's solidified musical approach (although 'In The Asylum' is as brilliantly witty a tale of human disintegration as anything Wino has written for Vitus).
Some of the great knells peeling off Chandler's guitar in the main riff of 'Let The End Begin' are highlights for Vitus' entire career. It climaxes with a great rocking section, splashed with sumptuous guitar and bass solos, in a move actually quite uncharacteristic for the band, who tended to steer between leadweight trawling songs and more rambunctious cuts. The eerie build on 'Sloth' is another of the band's best moments. The entire song, with its off-kilter structure and wailing chorus, is an example of just how muscular the band's creative fibers were at the time. 'Return of the Zombie', a quasi-sequel to the classic, shifty song off the debut of course, makes its mark with a crazed vocal performance and some spooky effects. And of course there's more, I've just listed a few real standouts but the album is too generous in its blessings for them to be exhaustively listed.
It's just a really solid album that builds on all the best things the band had done to date while keeping the songwriting fresh. What a swansong this was. This album is the reason Lillie: F-65 had such vast expectations from me. A must have.
- joncheetham88 (Metal Archives)1. Dark World
2. One Mind
3. Let The End Begin
4. Trail Of Pestilence
6. Return Of The Zombie
7. In The Asylum
8. Just Another Notch$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
NumunJohanna Warren is a songwriter based Portland, Oregon. Her new album, nmn, will be released worldwide on Team Love Records May 19, 2015. In Johanna's words, "This album is dedicated to the moon: by honoring her phases, I am restoring balance to my body and making peace with the cycles of all natural things; and to the divine feminine: by collectively cultivating her, may we restore balance to our world. Although Warren has lent her vocal talents to artists like Natalie Merchant and Iron & Wine, she identifies primarily as a songwriter. An intuitively self-taught guitarist, she channels powerful songs in weird time signatures and melancholic open tunings, weaving adept finger-picking with acrobatic vocal lines and carefully crafted poetry, in reverence of her patron songwriting saints Elliott Smith, Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake. God has his plans, but I've got mine, and little good will come to those who stand in line" - Johanna Warren, Noise. Approaching music as a potent healing modality, Warren cultivates and honors the physically healing properties of sound and the spiritually healing powers of artistic expression. One cold winter evening in the waning weeks of 2014, Johanna and her touring partner Mitski (Double Double Whammy) passed through the Team Love gallery space in New Paltz, NY. Johanna invited the crowd to sit down on the gallery floor for her set. She requested the lights be dimmed as she lit a white candle and burned some sage. With only the candlelight to illuminate her face and separate her from the audience, she opened herself to a crowd that was swiftly transformed from unsure and vaguely uncomfortable to enraptured and mesmerized. These moments are the signature of Johanna's live performances, in which she consciously strives to provide listeners with a portal to an alternate realm in which healing can occur. Sound and light, scent, physical space, and the web of subtle energies created by a room full of human bodies are all elements of the universe that Johanna controls and shapes. She performs the same delicate manipulations within the world of nmn, an oceanic voyage from dark to light and back that is rich in sensual language, riveting self-reflective candor and surreal sonic landscapes (created entirely with acoustic instruments and found objects played by Johanna and her engineer Bella Blasko in an empty apartment unit). However, despite stepping into the role of High Priestess for the sake of creating art and facilitating group experiences, she warns us not to attach to any divisive illusions: You say I emanate some strange magnetic power, but don't be drawn to me-I may be here today, but soon black moss will cover over my dead body. Whether singing about her own mortality (Black Moss), updating the tedium of the party that Patti Smith first told us about (This Is Why) or daring one to imagine a world that transcends our notions of "the duality of wrong and right" (True Colors), Johanna Warren is a songwriter of daring vision. Her forthcoming album nmn flies into timeless space, focusing our gaze deep into the vastness of the heavens.1. Black Moon
3. True Colors
6. Less Traveled
7. Pin Oaks
8. This is Why
9. Found I Lost
10. The Wheel$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Shape Shift With MeFour years is a measurement of time that America has used for centuries to indicate change. Presidential terms last four years; high school diplomas and college degrees typically take four years apiece, too. It's not an arbitrary thing, either: It typically takes that much time from the declaration of something changing for it to actually change.
Meet Laura Jane Grace. Four years ago, the Against Me! frontwoman came out as transgender; 18 months later, she released the band's sixth album, the fiery Transgender Dysphoria Blues, one which she began working on before her transition and helped document the struggles she was facing. It was an intensely personal record that took on a life of its own, connecting with thousands of new listeners drawn to Grace's honesty and complexity while still pleasing Against Me!'s dedicated fanbase.
Now, four years after Grace's public reintroduction, Against Me! is ready to release their new album, Shape Shift With Me, on Total Treble. While much has changed in the lives of Grace and her bandmates-guitarist James Bowman, bassist Inge Johansson and drummer Atom Willard-in that time period, it's clear that those intervening years have done wonders for creativity.
"Everything with Shape Shift With Me has been really about keeping momentum going," she says. "In between every tour we did for Transgender Dysphoria Blues, I would have a couple songs I had written and we would demo them. At the end of two years of touring, we had an album ready to record. Usually, you come off of touring for a record and you're back at square one. But this was so fully formed it felt like there was no choice but to go ahead and record the songs."
Shape Shift With Me has the distinction of the first album Grace has written truly from the heart, with no metaphorical cloaks cast over the lyrics. It's an album about love, that deceptively complex emotion we all struggle with yet has somehow eluded most of Grace's songwriting for the past 20 years.
"Tons of people have written about love. But while love is clichÉ, it's infinitely relevant. For me, having always been in a punk band that was expected to be political, I never felt like I had that option to write about feelings in that way. That's what I ended up being drawn to this time. It's writing in a way I thought I could never write before, and not giving a shit about expectations."
As such, Shape Shift With Me is a loose concept album about traveling the world and falling in and out of love, with Grace serving as the narrator. But even though she was opening herself up to new songwriting topics, she knew what her mission was from the start.
"Is there a record that is about relationships from a trans perspective?" she asks rhetorically. "There needs to be more records about trans rights and everything like that, but feeling like I already did that, I wanted to move on to write commentary on living from a trans perspective. I wanted to write the transgender response to the Rolling Stones' Exile On Main St., Liz Phair's Exile In Guyville and the Streets' A Grand Don't Come For Free. All those records are relationship records. There's been an infinite amount of records talking about what love means from a cisgender perspective. I wanted to present the trans perspective on sex, love and heartbreak."
With Grace's new motivation came a new outlook on the band, as well. Previous albums found the songwriting process to be a largely solitary experience, but she embraced the spirit of collaboration for Shape Shift With Me-so much so that when Cody Votolato of the Blood Brothers sent her some demos of songs he was working on for another project, she became inspired and ended up co-writing "Boyfriend" and "Norse Truth," two of the album's most memorable tracks, with him.
"It was just about opening up to whatever comes my way karmically," Grace says. "Whatever everyone in the band is willing to offer, I just wanted to be open to it. I didn't want it to be like what it was in the past where it may have felt closed. I want it to be different."
In a career already full of classic punk records, Shape Shift With Me feels like the definitive Against Me! album-it's poppy and catchy ("Rebecca," "Suicide Bomber"), aggressive and in-your-face ("ProVision L-3," "Dead Rats"), sentimental and longing ("Crash," "All This And More"). Moreover, it's the culmination of four years of existence as Laura Jane Grace-there's no going back now, so she might as well embrace it.
"While I've always wanted the moon and the stars, I have a certain amount of humbleness," she admits. "I just want to play shows and make records and write songs. That's what I've always wanted to do. Of course I always want the biggest and best things for those shows and records and songs, but when it comes down to it, I just love doing it. I have no other ambitions or career goals.
"David Bowie put out 27 full-lengths. Prince put out 39 full-lengths," Grace remarks. "That is so inspiring to me-working, creating art, creating records and let everyone else sort it out. That's what I've always wanted to do and that's what I will keep on doing."1. ProVision L-3
5. Delicate, Petite & Other Things I'll Never Be
7. Haunting, Haunted, Haunts
8. Dead Rats
10. Norse Truth
11. Suicide Bomber
12. All This And More$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Grave Command: All Hallowed Hymns
Limited To 1000 Copies
Mastered By Timothy Stollenwerk Of Stereophonic
UNSEEN FORCES proudly presents GRAVE COMMAND: All Hallowed Hymns, a sepulchral compilation picture disc celebrating the thinning of the veils between the living and the (un)dead that occurs under the hungry Harvest Moon! Limited to 1000 copies and introducing the fantastic artwork of Brian Profilio, GRAVE COMMAND is an eclectic and sinister assemblage of never-before-heard compositions written and recorded specifically for this collection (plus one mandatory killer from the 1984 XINR recordings!) and showcasing some of our most beloved fiends, necromancers, ravagers and revenants pushing themselves far beyond the pale of limitations. Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk of Stereophonic. All treats, no tricks. Do you dare peer behind the mask?1. Ghoul - Noapte De Fantome Vii In D Minor
2. Xinr - All Hallows Eve
3. Orchid - Demon's Eyes
4. Ride For Revenge - Insects Fled To The Core Of The Earth
5. Xander Harris - The Piper Of Soggoth
6. Grave Violators - Black Incantations
7. Deceased - Torn Apart By Werewolves
8. Occultation - All Hallows Fire
9. Venenum - Waltz In Hell
10. Danava - Grave Command (Main Theme)$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Live In Leipzig (Out Of Stock)This classic Mayhem re-issue includes a performance from the now-legendary Leipzig show in 1990, featuring the seminal Mayhem line-up of Hellhammer, Necrobutcher, Euronymous & Dead. This is one of very few releases to feature this lineup - vocalist Dead committed suicide the year after the show, and guitarist Euronymous was murdered in 1993. Contains live renditions of tracks from the Deathcrush release (1987) such as Necrolust & the title track, and 1994s iconic album, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, with songs including Funeral Fog & the ultimate black metal classic, The Freezing Moon.1. Deathcrush
3. Funeral Fog
4. The Freezing Moon
6. Buried By Time And Dust
7. Pagan Fears
8. Chainsaw Gutsfuck
9. Pure Fucking Armageddon$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock