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Devo - Hardcore Live!Devo captured live in Oakland, performing early experimental tracks. No matter how messy, beginnings are exciting. Especially when what happens next endures the test of time. For Devo the beginning happened in the basements and garages of Akron, Ohio. The songs they wrote were raw and unfiltered with no commercial intent. They called it Hardcore Devo. Performing 21 oddities, this program is a tribute to the departed Bob Bob 2 Casale.Mechanical Man
Space Girl Blues
Baby Talkin Bitches
I Been Refused
Timing Excercise/Soo Bawls
Stop Look and Listen
Fountain Of Filth
U Got Me Bugged (Booji Boy)
Clock Out$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
EZ Listening Muzak
Gatefold Double-140g Limited Edition 'Simply Noir' Vinyl
Do you know your fondues from your fon-dont's? Fear not spuds, DEVO and FUTURISMO bring you the perfect soundtrack to your space-age bachelor or bachelorette pad with 21 tracks of pure unhinged sophistication - DEVO's EZ Listening Muzak. Whether you're entertaining guests with a bout of cheese and wine by the fire or throwing the cocktail party of the century, these mutated muzak lounge versions of DEVO classics such as 'Whip It', 'Jocko Homo' and 'It's A Beautiful World' will be the perfect hors d'oeuvres for an evening of de-evolved fun.
Originally created as pre-concert mood setters, popularity and sound board thievery led to EZ Listening Muzak being sold back in the early 80's as two fan club only cassettes.
This dashing Gold Ink printed Gatefold release contains either 2 x 140g Limited Edition 'Simply Noir' Vinyl, and is sure to instill your musical vocabulary with a mutated etiquette that can only be learnt from the gentlemen of DEVO. Isn't it about time you took it EZ?LP 1
1. Gates Of Steel
2. Girl U Want
3. Come Back Jonee
4. Whip It
5. That's Good
6. Jerkin' Back And Forth
7. 4th Dimension
8. Shout (Hello Kitty)
10. Pity You
11. Goin' Under
1. Swelling Itchin Brain
2. Jurisdiction Of Love
5. Space Junk
6. Time Out For Fun
7. It's A Beautiful World
8. Jocko Homo
10. Human Rocket (Laughing Gas Version)$54.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Lego Movie SoundtrackThe Lego Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features the infection song Everything Is Awesome performed by Tegan and Sara featuring The Lonely Island, and features additional music by Devo founding member Mark Mothersbaugh (21 Jump Street, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore).1. Everything Is Awesome!!! - Tegan and Sara featuring The Lonely Island
3. Emmet's Morning
4. Emmet Falls in Love
6. Into the Old West
7. Wyldstyle Explains
8. Emmet's Mind
9. The Transformation
10. Saloons and Wagons
12. Middle Zealand
13. Cloud Cuckooland and Ben the Spaceman
14. Emmet's Speech
15. Submarines and Metalbeard
16. Requiem for Cuckooland
17. Reaching the Kragle
18. Emmet's Plan
19. The Truth
20. Wyldstyle Leads
21. Let's Put It All Back
22. I Am a Master Builder
23. My Secret Weapon
24. We Did It!
25. Everything is Awesome!!! - Jo Li - Joshua Bartholomew and Lisa Harriton
26. Everything is Awesome!!! (Unplugged) - Shawn Patterson and Sammy Allen
27. Untitled Self Portrait - Will Arnett
28. Everything is Awesome!!! (Instrumental)$31.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Rust Never SleepsNever one to follow protocol, Neil's 1979 album featured new songs recorded live during his '78 tour with Crazy Horse. The now legendary record (with a title inspired by Devo and a sound invigorated by the punk movement), was originally split into separate acoustic and electric sides, and possibly best exemplifies two very different sides of Young. Includes Thrasher; Powderfinger; Hey Hey, My My (into the Black) , and more.1. My My, Hey Hey
3. Ride My Llama
5. Sail Away
7. Welfare Mothers
8. Sedan Delivery
9. Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Live At The Pirate's CovePink Vinyl
Live at the Pirate's Cove, Cleveland OH, May 26th 1977
Remastered from an analog tape recently discovered by Jack Lee in an unmarked box! Comes with INNER SLEEVE featuring a collage with Nerves MEMORABILIA, RARE PHOTOS, NOTES by Jack Lee, and Paul Collins original TOUR DIARY entry related to the show.
This 1977 previously unreleased performance showcases the trio live in Cleveland during their infamous Magic Blistering Tour. All the classics are here, Hanging On The Telephone, Walking Out On Love, When You Find Out, Stand Up And Take A Good Look, etc, all delivered with blistering energy in front of a small audience of enlightened scensters that included Dave Thomas of Pere Ubu, and with Devo as the opening band.1. Are You Famous?
2. Stand Back And Take A Good Look
3. Walking Out On Love
4. Will You Come Through?
5. Working Too Hard
6. When You Find Out
7. Give Me Some Time
8. Any Day Now
9. Why Am I Lonely?
10. You Wont Be Happy
11. Letter To G.
12. Come Back And Stay
13. I Need YOur Love
14. Hanging On The Telephone$18.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Following 3 studio albums with original material (all available on Music on Vinyl) Rage Against The Machine
offered a tribute to their musical heroes, showing a broad variety in their favourite artists and genres. The
album (rel. 2000) proved to be their latest studio album and includes songs originally made famous by artists
like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Minor Threat, Eric B. & Rakim, EPMD, MC5, The Rolling Stones, Cypress
Hill, Devo and Afrika Bambaataa.
Instead of just giving each song the hard-riffing-and-rapping treatment, each song is treated differently,
resulting in a musically varied album. For instance, Renegades of Funk and ´Microphone Fiend´ have never
been rocked so hard before, whereas The Ghost of Tom Joad is Rage Against The Machine more subtle than
youve ever heard before!Side A
Pistol Grip Pump
Kick Out The Jams
Renegades Of Funk
In My Eyes
How I Could Just Kill A Man
The Ghost Of Tom Joad
Down On The Street
Street Fighting Man
Maggie's Farm$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Subjective ConceptsStrange Wilds is a musical power-trio from Olympia, Washington.
There are three members: Allen, who plays drums; Sean, who plays bass; and Steven, who sings and plays the guitar. There is also a freight train, several buzzsaws, a banshee, and some heavy, heavy Pacific doom-and-gloom up in the mix.
The group formed in 2012, when Steven met Sean while Sean's band from Boise was playing a gig in a house where Steven lived. They became friends, and several months later Steven called Sean, who had just relocated to Olympia for college, to form the band. They were called Wet, and gigged around the West Coast as a four-piece. Allen was added as a full-time member in 2014 after a line-up change, and the band changed its name to Strange Wilds to release a 4-song EP and tour immediately. Sub Pop came calling, and signed the band last fall. The band is now set to release its full-length debut, Subjective Concepts, this summer.
Strange Wilds slays with the hellish fury of the Northwest hardcore scene's best, the heavenly scuzz of a Bleach-era Nirvana, and the purgatorial punishment of Touch & Go post-rock meets Devo's de-evolution machine. The 11 songs here bleed with the hybrid DNA of Seattle's past and future, disparate scenes fused together with sneering.1. Pronoia
2. Starved For
4. Don't Have To
10. Lost and Found
11. Outercourse$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hello WorldThe first album of new material from the classic lineup of Information Society (Kurt, Paul and James) in over 20 years. After playing some festival dates in Summer, 2013 the band began to discuss working on a new album and the result, _hello world is the offspring. _hello world is rife with songs that have one foot firmly planted in their past and one foot confidently resting in the present; it is filled with classic INSOC dance floor fodder like Get Back, soaring epics like Jonestown, and cinematic textures like Creatures of Light and Darkness. Embracing the many faces of synthetic music while remaining organically Information Society, _hello world isn't as much a rebirth of INSOC as it is a nuclear-powered version that ups the ante. The first single, Land of the Blind, is a swirling, propulsive track that hearkens back to their signature sound yet infuses it with state of the art production values. Longtime InSoc hero Gerald V. Casale adds his vocals in a duet with Kurt on their cover of Beautiful World which adds a modern splash to the Devo classic. The group stormed the club charts in the mid '80s with their Freestyle classic Running. Inspired by the worldwide response to the single, the group seized the opportunity and moved to New York to record their major label debut, Information Society, for Tommy Boy/Reprise. Producer Fred Maher was brought in, fresh from his work on Kraftwerk's Electric CafÃ© album, and helped Robb & co. craft a tight pop sound. Initial buzz for the first single What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) was intense, and proved to be accurate; by the time the group got to its first in-store appearance, two days after the record's release, the album was sold out. 2014 is proving to be quite a year for the band. With history's tendency to repeat itself, it appears INSOC are poised for another takeover. _Hello World, indeed.Land Of The Blind
Where Were You
Dancing With Strangers
Beautiful World (Featuring Gerald V. Casale)
Creatures Of Light And Darkness
Above And Below
Let It Burn
Tomorrow The World$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
With Loving And Open ArmsTHE CAUSEY WAY IS NOT A CULT. They wish they were, but they are not. Sure, they are building a compound in a remote and undisclosed place, outside of Gainsville, Florida.(oops) Sure they offer Causey Blood (vegan) in communion cups before their services. And, of course, concert goers are encouraged to fill out membership nametags at their concerts. And it goes without saying that they're more than merely terrified about Y2K. But they are not a cult. They can't be because Alternative Tentacles Records can't sign cults; they're supposed to sign bands.
Causey formed the band in 1997. His requisites were stringent in recruiting his flock. The future parishoners were not allowed to have been in a band - not in their current life nor in prior lives. They made one exception though, they allowed Boy Causey to join the band. Boy, aka Brian, you see, is currently in a ROCK N ROLL band called Man Or Astroman? as well as serving in Servotron. Causey, believe it or not, used to be a professional skateboarder using the phony last name Stanton. He used to defy gravity with corporate sponsorship emblazoned upon his bosom (in interviews he would explain it was the closest feeling approximating that of walking on water) when one day he landed on his nose and finally saw the light. This revelation changed Causey. He wanted to start anew, he suddenly felt a greater purpose. He needed to remain true to his new self while at the same time start something new & exciting and not merely regurgitate putrid bile like some old Linda Blair movie. He dreamed that his followers would release doves in asking for an encore, rather than lighting lighters. He had a mission, and the mission was THE CAUSEY WAY.
Shortly after this period Jello Causey received a care-package from THE CAUSEY WAY. It contained a digital testament of their musical sacrifices, and some thoughtful Y2K preparedness items such as generic bleach, generic toothpaste, and enough cotton swabs to clean out an entire chapel-full of ears. Shortly after receiving the package, he quickly filled out his membership nametag, and the rest is history. (Jello has adamantly denied journalists' claims that he was 'brainwashed'.) It was exactly the type of new 'testament' wave, and pulpit punk that was missing in his life. (Some heathen have made references to Devo due to the presence of keyboards.)
Jello wasn't the only soul converted. Rain Phoenix (sister of late River Phoenix) quickly signed up and did penance by singing background vocals on With Open and Loving Arms. One openly famous musical celebrity superstar, Michael Stipe of the rock quartet REM, was so healed upon experiencing THE CAUSEY WAY service, that he invited the pulpit back to his house for a serving of grits to show his gratitude. The band declined.
Prior to their debut full-length sermon With Open and Loving Arms, THE CAUSEY WAY released an ep by the name of WWCD (that rose to #30 on CMJ's charts) and released an ep called Testimony for the skankedly trendy label Fueled By Ramen.(Less Than Jake's label) before releasing their latest one Causey vs. Everything on Alternative Tentacles in January 2001.1. Message From The Pulpit
3. Carousel Of Progress
4. What Power Is
5. The Electronic Church(You Sell God)
7. Fact Finding Mission
8. Light Of The World
9. Institutional Man
10. Bed Is Where
11. Love Me
12. Word Problems$7.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Gift Wrapped: Tis' The SeasonRhino Records holiday compilation featuring artists such as Devo, Tegan And Sara, The Flaming Lips, Regina Spektor, and more.1. Merry Something To You - By Devo
2. The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) - By Tegan And Sara
3. Alone This Holiday - By The Used
4. Last Christmas - By Stardeath And White Dwarfs
5. Christmas In The City - By Everest
6. Suzy Snowflake - By Soul Coughing
7. A Change At Christmas (Say It Isn't So) - By The Flaming Lips
8. The Lights And Buzz - By Jack's Mannequin
9. Santa Claus - By Throwing Muses
10. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear - By The Spill Canvas
11. 30 Days - By Never Shout Never
12. December - By Regina Spektor$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Fright Night Soundtrack180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Remastered From The Original Master Tapes
Limited Edition Blue/White Evil Fog Colored-Vinyl
Featuring Songs By Devo, J. Geils Band, Ian Hunter, Sparks
In 1985, writer-director Tom Holland's Fright Night debuted in multiplex cinemas around the world. The film gained a massive cult following and has gone on to become one of the most cherished vampire films of all time. Taking cues from Hammer Films, the work of director William Castle and horror icon Vincent Price. The decision to create a soundtrack that includes New Wave hitmakers alongside Brad Fiedel's synth score adds spectacular creepiness to the overall vibe of the film. Night Fever Music is proud to release the long out-of-print yet beloved soundtrack to the 1985 horror classic Fright Night. Remastered from the original master tapes and pressed on heavy 180 Gram Blue/White Evil Fog-Colored Vinyl.1. Fright Night
2. You Can't Hide From The Beast Inside
3. Good Man In A Bad Time
4. Rock Myself To Sleep
5. Let's Talk
6. Armies Of The Night
7. Give It Up
8. Save Me Tonight
9. Boppin' Tonight
10. Come To Me$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
RedThe long awaited follow up from the irrepressible Norwegian duo sees both '80s and modern day influences intertwined to create a landmark release. Red is a thoroughly unashamed love letter from Fredrik and musical partner Ketil Mosnes' to the influences that made Datarock what they are today. DEVO, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Haruki Murakami, Don Delillo's White Noise, Scott Walker and the works of John Hughes and Peter Greenaway are all referenced. The duo does a fine balancing act here of sounding both modern and retro, and altogether funny. Highlights include the album's centerpiece and single The Pretender and Amarillion among others.
1. The Blog
2. Give It Up
3. True Stories
6. Do It Your Way
7. In The Red
8. Fear Of Death
10. The Pretender
11. Back In The Seventies
12. Not Me
13. New Days Dawn$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Punk 45: Burn, Rubber City, Burn - Akron, OH 1975-80Soul Jazz Records' new 'Punk 45' album Burn, Rubber City, Burn charts the rise of the music scene in the mid-west city of Akron, Ohio, at a time when the city and the rubber industry it was associated with was in deep decline. Featuring a fantastic collection of Akron groups including Devo, The Bizarros, Rubber City Rebels, Jane Aire, Chi-Pig, The Waitresses and more. The album follows on from Soul Jazz Records' earlier Punk 45 albums about USA and British punk (Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! and There Is No Such Thing As Society) as well as the cover art book Punk 45. Burn, Rubber City, Burn coincides with the release of as a second album about Ohio's early punk scene, Extermination Nights in the Sixth City featuring the music scene of nearby Cleveland.1. The Bizarros - I Bizarro
2. The Waitresses - The Comb
3. Hammer Damage - Laugh
4. Devo - Mechanical Man
5. Tin Huey - Squirm You Worm
6. The Bizarros - Lady Doubonette
7. Chi-Pig - Ring Around The Collar
8. Devo - Auto Modown
9. Rubber City Rebels - Kidnapped
10. Denis Defrange And Mark Frazier - The Manikin Shuffle
11. Jane Aire & The Belvederes - When I Was Young
12. Tin Huey - Puppet Wipes
13. Chi-Pig - Apu Api (Help Me)
14. The Bizarros - Nova
15. Rubber City Rebels - Such A Fool
16. Denis Defrange - Sector Wars
17. Ralph Carney - Closet Bears
18. 15 60 75 The Numbers Band - Narrow Road$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
REDD-BRO-2184xBlack Light Burns
The Moment You Realize You're Going To FallFor over half a decade Black Light Burns has served as a pure creative and musical outlet for Limp Bizkit/ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist Wes Borland. And since its formation, fans have clamored to be part of the musical sideshow. BLB released their debut Cruel Melody in 2007 featuring Danny Lohner (NIN), Josh Eustis (Puscifer) and Josh Freese (Weezer, A Perfect Circle, Guns N' Roses, Devo) and went on to tour with Sevendust, Chevelle, and From First To Last, featuring Sonny Moore aka Skrillex.
BLB followed-up with 2008's Cover Your Heart And The Anvil Pants Odyssey, an LP/DVD of covers and B-sides. In 2009, after a year-long stint playing guitar for Marilyn Manson, Wes and Black Light Burns hit the road for an extended run with industrial powerhouse Combichrist, and contributed the track I Want You To.
BLB took a temporary hiatus while Borland stayed busy on a World Tour with the reformed Limp Bizkit until returning in 2012, to the delight of fans, with the track,It Rapes All In Its Path and the announcement of the forthcoming LP, The Moment You Realize You're Going To Fall. This is a really personal record for me, says Borland. I spent three years writing it and trying to find the right home, and I am confident it's the best Black Light Burns record yet.1. How To Look Naked
2. We Light Up
3. I Want You To
4. The Girl In Back
5. The Colour Escapes
6. Tiger By The Tail
7. Your Head Will Be Rotting On A Spike
8. Torch From The Sky
9. Because Of You
11. Scream Hallelujah
13. Burn The World
14. Grinning Like A Slit
15. The Moment You Realize You're Going To Fall$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
20th Century Women (Music From The Motion Picture)Director Mike Mills first made his mark on the silver screen with the Academy Award-winning film Beginners, but his back catalog is also filled with a number of music videos, including those for songs by Everything But The Girl ("Temperamental"), Moby ("Run On"), Air ("All I Need"), Mansun ("Legacy"), Pulp ("Party Hard"), and Air ("Sexy Boy"). His appreciation of music also extends to the soundtracks of his films, and with 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, his latest cinematic endeavor, he's managed to put together one of the most musically diverse compilations in recent memory.
This is not praise derived from a desire to play up new product. This is simply the reality of the situation. How else to describe a compilation which sandwiches "Basin Street Blues," by Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five between tracks by Talking Heads and The Raincoats? We're talking about a musical landscape which finds Fred Astaire, Benny Goodman, and Rudy Vallee rubbing elbows with Siouxsie and the Banshees, Devo, and the Buzzcocks. It shouldn't work, and yet somehow it does.1. "Don't Worry About The Government" - Talking Heads
2. "Fairytale In The Supermarket" - The Raincoats
3. "Media Blitz" - Germs
4. "Cheree" - Suicide
5. "D.J." - David Bowie
6. "Gut Feeling/(Slap Your Mammy)" - Devo
7. "The Big Country" - Talking Heads
8. "Basin Street Blues" - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five
9. "This Heart Of Mine" - Fred Astaire
10. "In A Sentimental Mood" - Benny Goodman And His Orchestra
11. "After Hours On Dream Street" - Sandy Williams
12. "As Time Goes By" - Rudy Vallee & His Connecticut Yankees
13. "Why Can't I Touch It?" -The Buzzcocks$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Set Your Lightning Fire FreeIt's been a busy couple of years since the self-release of Shana Falana's debut EP,
2011's In The Light. The veteran dream pop artist has toured all over the US and
Europe. She's released two Bandcamp-only collections of lo-fi works, Channel and
Velvet Pop, as well as a cassette-only document of her early-career music, Shana Falana
Sings Herself To Sleep. But for all her globetrotting, archiving, and micro-releasing, this
is the moment we've been waiting for: Set Your Lightning Fire Free.
A lightning fire is exactly what it sounds like, the earth at odds with itself, burning
itself to the ground and starting from scratch. On this record, her debut LP, Shana
Falana makes a point of breaking her own rules. "I've always kept the different sides
of my music separate. The ambient ballads, the fuzzed out stuff; they all needed to
exist as their own statements," says Falana, "I would have two or three bands at one
time: a sludge rock band; a Bulgarian women's choir; a pretty, dreamy organ and guitar
duo. This is the first record where I've combined all of that, sometimes in the course
of one song."
Rather than spending months in the studio, laboring over arrangements and ideas,
Falana recorded SYLFF in just over a week. The songs were already compact and fully
realized from years of touring. Recorded at ISOKON studios in upstate New York
with producer Dan Goodwin (Devo, Kaki King), SYLFF's working mantra was a) get
the idea down b) move on c) don't look back. Shana chose to record the vocals herself
alone in various locations, from her bathroom to a child's bedroom. And for the first
time, Shana wrote and performed her own lead guitar parts.
The other noticeable difference is the addition of steady drummer and creative
companion, Mike Amari. The two met at a garden party. Shana was covering a
Bauhaus song and the two instantly connected. Soon after they were setting up to
play together for the first time in an abandoned theater in Kingston, New York.
Mike's minimalistic and tribal approach to drumming was a perfect fit with Shana's
droning dream pop, and within six months they were heading out on their first
Shana and Mike's collaboration has culminated in Set Your Lightning Fire Free, and the
result is a record of stark confidence. Undaunted guitar riffs and thundering drums
prevail, while Shana's two decades of songwriting and performing lend authority and
emotion to one or two word refrains like "Gone," "Go," and "There's a Way."
"Anything," with its Bollywood strings and industrial groove, climaxes with repeated
shouts of "No, you didn't take anything from me!" in a way that would make James
Murphy sweat. Lead single "Heavenstay" takes the lilting "higher, higher, higher"
refrain of In The Light's "Light The Fire" and absolutely soars with the most explosive
chorus of the LP. Day-Glo guitars are smeared across this record, and Falana's
veritable army of vocals stacked and vibrating with her eastern European influences.1. Gone
5. Know UR Mine
6. Shine Thru
7. Second Skin
8. There's a Way
10. That Girl$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Funky Was The State Of AffairsFergus and Geronimo's leap between their early R&B-influenced singles and their first wildly diverse record was so daring, many music writers and fans were forced to reconsider the pigeonhole to which they had already damned them. Happily damned them, since, after all, those early tracks went over exceptionally well. But observers and admirers were also left doing something not many get to experience in this dime-a-dozen singles renaissance: scratching their heads concerning what this group would do next. After a first record that was such a departure, not only did they wonder, they actually cared.
Founding member Andrew Savage is very conscious of the risks the band took, the changes that were made in order to avoid being marginalized. Says Savage: "Jason (Kelly) and I had no interests in becoming lost in the indie rock/garage rock milieu. The nature of those early singles was that they were instantaneously gratifying, and we both wanted to make a record that was ultimately gratifying, but not necessarily instantaneous."
Now we have an idea of how far Fergus and Geronimo are continuing to take their gradually conceptual ambitions, in the form of their second full-length record, Funky Was The State of Affairs.
Like some of history's most well-regarded and oft-reissued acts, the group is doing exactly what they are compelled to do: making an album that actually plays like a cohesively complete statement. "I feel like bands aren't really making albums anymore. By that I mean, a start to finish concept meant to be listened to in its entirety. Labels are more interested in singles, which is in a tail-wags-dog sort of way.
And yet the record is entirely unpredictable, even as it tackles reoccurring themes, which Savage says include, "aliens, technology, intergalactic dating/hooking up, the Roman Empire, and the earthling resistance movement." At times the story seems filtered through the earthling point of view; in the next, extraterrestrials listen to phone-tapped conversations by some understandably paranoid humans.
Though at times it sounds like fairly serious subject matter, the group employs a sharp-tongued attack with the same sort of gallows humor cracked wise by the likes of their equally Doubting Thomas inspirational figures, everyone from the Mothers of Invention to Devo. Within the first few minutes, the tone is set; the bright, spiky, opening track over a Krautrock rhythm, "No Parties," contains a line summarizing the restlessness caused by the alienation of modern habits, sung in a mock-English accent: "Collecting devices, you're paying the prices/Of over consumption, with mental destruction."
"Basically, its a dystopian sound-scape of our civilization's collapse," says Savage. Indeed, those feelings of dread are sometimes instrumentally emphasized by passages of synthesizer static and noise, which Savage attributes to being influenced by groups like Chrome. New members Bob Jones (guitar, bass, analog synth) and Jef Brown (Tenor Sax) also add to the playful chaos. Savage says the original duo added members in order to achieve "the tightness that can only come from recording with a live core," as "musicianship is extremely important to Jason and I."
Since Brown and Jones both played in the self-explanatory Evolutionary Jass Band, which evolved out of the equally experimental Jackie-O Motherfucker, there is an expansion in the group's improvisational capabilities that wasn't as obvious on past recordings. Yet nothing sounds forced, each interlude is enjoyable, each hip-hop-inspired skit serves a narrative-pushing purpose. The record bounces from Booker T-styled soul ("Wiretapping Muzak I and II") to early '80s New York dance rock ("Marky Move") with an immodest ease.
"Hi, I'm Heather Strange, and I'm a 23-year-old human earthling female" says a woman between the first and second track. "Really, I'm just looking for a man whose cerebral capabilities haven't been fried by LCD screens yet." Most people reading this might be able to relate to Heather's plight, or worse yet, sink under the weight of being the type of person she's desperately seeking to avoid. But such is the genius of Fergus and Geronimo. They have made all of these variously opposing forces; dark and light, alien and earthling, melody and noise, condemning and being condemned, something that you feel like listening to over and over again. If only to hear what happens next.1. Planet Earth is Pregnant for the 5th Time
2. No Parties
3. The Strange One Speaketh
4. Roman Tick
5. My Phone's Been Tapped, Baby
6. Roman Nvmerals/Wiretapping Muzak I
8. Earthling Men
9. The Uncanny Valley
10. Earthling Women
12. Wiretapping Muzak II
13. Off the Map
14. The Roman Stuff is Where it's At
15. Marky Move
16. Funky Was the State of Affairs$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bonus Fat (Out Of Stock)So-called because of the two bonus tracks that surfaced on this reissue of Fat, specifically the two sides from the group's original single, Ride the Wild/It's a Hectic World. Aukerman hadn't joined the group yet, while the music is actually gentle, surf-inspired power pop more than anything else. Ride the Wild is a classic enough lament over a lyin' girl with Navetta's semi-tremolo twang doing what it can, vocals left down in the mix. It's a Hectic World, meanwhile, is even more explicitly surfy in ways, but with a nervous, flat new wave edge to it as well not quite Devo if they grew up on the coast, but there's something to that comparison. - AMG1. My Dad Sucks
2. Mr. Bass
3. I Like Food
4. Hey Hey
6. Global Probing
7. Ride the Wild
8. Its a Hectic World$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Poison (Out Of Stock)In 1988 KRS One made the poignant declaration of never trusting a "big butt and a smile" on Boogie Down Productions song "Jimmy". Truer words have never been spoken. Fast forward 2 years later, Bell Biv DeVoe are smashing the charts (Urban to Pop) with their debut single "Poison", and in taking KRS's words of wisdom the exact phrase - "never
trusting a big butt and a smile" has a major part of the chorus. The world over was singing it. Where once Hip Hop was borrowing from R&B, here the tables were turned, and for good reason : Bell Biv DeVoe weren't making your typical New Jack Swing of the
day, the music sounded closer to a Public Enemy or Ice Cube album. This wasn't your parent's R&B.
With help from Public Enemy producers Eric Sadler, Hank and Keith Shocklee, and several others, Bell Biv Devoe had crafted their debut album Poison which went number 1 on Billboard's R&B/HipHop chart. Poison also spawned other significant hits which
include the title track, "Do Me", B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)? When Will I See You Smile Again? and She's Dope". The success this album had on R&B and Pop Culture was unimaginable. By this point other R&B artists tried their best at emulating the sound,
style and (hate to say it) 'swagger' of BBD, but by then it was too late. What BBD was doing is not something many (even their former bandmates) could easily duplicate. And now listening to this album 23 years later it sounds just as fresh and exciting as it did the day it dropped.1. Dope!
2. B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?
3. Let Me Know Something!?
4. Do Me!
5. Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph And Johnny
6. (Word To Mutha)!
8. Ain't Nut'in Changed!
9. When Will I See You Again?
10. I Do Need You$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Candy Girl (Out Of Stock)When Maurice Starr uncovered the talents of a Roxbury vocal group in the early '80s at a talent show at Dorchester's storied Strand Theater he saw the second coming of the Jackson 5. The boys didn't win the completion (they came in second) but they did win a deal with Starr & Streetwise records. Starr came up with the name New Edition (as in a new edition of the Jackson 5) and started recording with the boys the day after the talent show at the Strand. This group of kids (all under 15) had their first single "Candy Girl" shoot to #1 on the Billboard R&B Charts. This led them to their debut album, also titled Candy Girl, which had a lot of pop/early hip hop influences, yet still has a classic R&B feel. Other hits such as "Popcorn Love" and "Ohh Girl" and the slow burner of "Is This the End" make this album well rounded and no surprise as to why they went on to become one of the biggest R&B groups ever. The success of New Edition led to Bobby Brown's solo career, the success of Bell Biv DeVoe and served as a template for the "boy bands" that followed. But don't let that last line fool you, this album packs a bite with solid production and hooks for days.1. Gimme Your Love
2. She Gives Me A Bang
3. Is This The End
4. Pass The Beat
5. Popcorn Love
6. Candy Girl
7. Ooh Baby
8. Should Have Never Told Me
9. Gotta Have Your Lovin'
10. Jealous Girl$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock