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InnerworldIn a click-bait driven music scene, it's rare to find an album that stands the test of time, but Toronto-based synth duo Electric Youth may have managed that rare feat with their spectral, stunning debut
album Innerworld. "We wanted to make something that had the sense of being timeless," says Austin
Garrick, the band's instrumentalist alongside vocalist Bronwyn Griffin. "Our ultimate goal is to make a
record that will be the favourite album of people that aren't born yet.
With their swooning collaboration with College, "A Real Hero", featured in Nicolas Winding Refn's
universally acclaimed neo-noir 'Drive', a place in the history books is arguably already theirs. After
cracking the Top 10 of the iTunes dance charts in 15 countries, the band stepped back from the limelight
to take their time to work on a full-length. "We get asked a lot 'how have guys not already put out an
album - that would have been a good time to do it'", admits Austin. "But at the end of the day, more
important for us than capitalising on timing is really making sure that we would have the record that we
Recording took place between the duo's Toronto studio and their home studio in LA. Each space served
its different purpose - in Toronto Austin was able to make use of his extensive vintage synth collection,
making up what he estimates is 80% of analogue sounds on the album. In LA meanwhile, the pair
recorded Bronwyn's vocals, of which they share writing duties for -- in their space -- which includes a film
projection room. Fritz Lang's boundary-breaking twenties classic 'Metropolis' was a favourite. It's easy to
see how the vast scope of Lang's movie inspired the wide-eyed vistas of Innerworld, where soundscapes
bleed into vocals and songs take you on journeys into roads unexplored.
The artwork for Innerworld is similarly starry-eyed, with British artist Paul Roberts painting Austin and
Bronwyn as intrepid children for the cover. "He was in a group called Sniff 'n' the Tears who had a big hit
in the 70's with their song "Drivers Seat", which we came to know through its use in 'Boogie Nights'. We
loved his album covers which he would paint and from there we discovered he went on to incredible work
as an artist" says Austin. "The initial intention was for it to be more about the landscape, but we liked it
and it did make sense to us, going back to the concept of Innerworld Bronwyn and I have known each
other since we were 10 years old and a lot of the time we're still the same kids in our mind, in our inner
world. And so for us you could say, in our inner world that's what we look like - those two kids." With
their music's unquenchable sense of wonder, perhaps they're not too far from those kids today. "David
Lynch never wants to define the meanings of his films," says Austin. "Similarly, we don't like to get too
specific about the meaning of our music." When it sounds this good, who needs to put their music into
a box? Let their inner world wash over you.1. Before Life
5. Without You
6. If All She Has Is You
7. The Best Thing
9. Another Story
10. She's Sleeping Interlude
11. A Real Hero
12. Outro$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-HEA-4016xThe Firemen / Paul McCartney / Youth
Electric ArgumentsAmbient dreams in rainbow arches describe the circles of The Fireman, is how the duo described their music in a rare interview around the release of their last album Rushes in 1998. Their first album Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest, released in 1993, was a solid ambient dance album heavy on electronics. Around this time the identity of The Fireman was unknown until the press exposed the duo as none other than Paul McCartney and Youth. The now defunct music bible Melody Maker heaped praise on the project, Paul McCartney has discovered dance music, the results are staggeringly brilliant. They (The Fireman) take a melody and, with dexterous genre-hopping through ambient, trance and house, evolve a number of breathtaking variations.
The Fireman return after a ten-year break. Electric Arguments is their third studio album and its not the album people might expect from the mysterious duo. Electric Arguments is an eclectic and varied album consisting of thirteen tracks recorded in thirteen days. Each track was written and recorded in the space of one day with Paul playing all instruments except one track, which Youth plays guitar on. The Fireman went into the studio with no plan or clear direction of how they wanted the album to sound. The project took a life of its own and the results will surprise anyone expecting to hear the previous sound of the band. The albums opener Nothing Too Much Just Out Of Sight is classic rock and an instant attention grabber. A heavy guitar riff with loud drums and souring vocals, its like nothing The Fireman have ever done before. The second track, the acoustic driven Two Magpies immediately takes you in a different direction, calming things right down. Then we reach the third song Sing The Changes, a euphoric upbeat song with an instantly memorable melody. Electric Arguments continues in this fashion, keeping the listener intrigued as to where The Fireman will take them next. Each album track has an entirely different personality, yet somehow this collection sits together perfectly. Other standout tracks include Light From Your Lighthouse, Sun Is Shining and Dance Til Were High, all in keeping with the genre-hopping spirit of the first two The Fireman albums. From listening to the album its clear that Paul McCartney is still interested in pure musical possibilities. This is an album with something for everyone. Made with no record company restraints or a set release date to work to, Electric Arguments was made with complete artistic and creative freedom.1. Nothing Too Much Just Out Of Sight
2. Two Magpies
3. Sing The Changes
4. Traveling Light
6. Light From Your Lighthouse
7. Sun Is Shining
8. Dance Til Were High
9. Lifelong Passion
10. Is This Love?
11. Lovers In A Dream
12. Universal Here, Everlasting Now
13. Don't Stop Running$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Electric TrimLee Ranaldo has announced details of a brand new album, Electric Trim.
Electric Trim was recorded in New York City and Barcelona in collaboration with producer RaÜl Refree Fernandez and extends the work of Ranaldo's Solo canon, the most recent being his 2013 album, Last Night On Earth.Through his collaboration with Fernandez, Ranaldo moves into some rich new sonic territories and production techniques, experimenting with electronic beats and samples alongside live players.
Ranaldo is a co-founder of Sonic Youth, a visual artist, producer and writer. In addition to Fernandez, he worked with several special guests on Electric Trim, including Sharon Van Etten who sings on six of the tracks and duets on Last Looks and Kid Millions (aka Man Forever) as well as longtime friend and collaborator Nels Cline (Wilco). In addition, the album features Ranaldo's band The Dust (fellow Sonic Youth member Steve Shelley, guitarist Alann Licht, and bassist Tim Luntzel).
Ranaldo collaborated with award-winning New York author Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn / The Fortress of Solitude) for lyrics on six of the songs. The American artist Richard Prince, who previously painted the sleeve for Sonic Youth's 2004 album Sonic Nurse, created the artwork for the album.
The nine-track album marks a return to the Mute family for Ranaldo, who says: I'm so excited about this record, it represents new developments and directions for me and I can't wait to hit the road and play this music live. I'm also so pleased to partner with Mute for this release - it's like a homecoming of sorts as Sonic Youth's early records were released on Blast First / Mute. To me, Mute has always been a true artist's label,concentrating first and foremost on the music.LP 1
1. Moroccan Mountains
2. Uncle Skeleton
3. Let's Start Again
4. Last Looks (feat. Sharon Van Etten)
5. Circular (Right as Rain)
1. Electric Trim
3. Thrown Over The Wall
4. New Thing$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Spirit Electricity: LiveSeeing the legendary Bad Brains live is an incredible experience, and over four separate live albums, the band has never really been able to capture that experience perfectly on record...but Spirit Electricity comes close. Anchored by the bands best reggae song, The Youth Are Getting Restless, which clocks in at nearly eight minutes, the disc captures both sides of Bad Brains -- the punk legends and the lifelong reggae fans...with both sides heavily steeped in Rasta philosophy. A combined reggae cover of The Beatles' Day Tripper and the Rolling Stones' She's a Rainbow is the other gem here. The cover, a live favorite, is yet another example of how distinctive the Bad Brains sound...even if they're playing someone else's music. Guitarist Dr. Know really shines on the reggae songs, using his jazz-fusion background and unique style of rhythm playing to beautify what would otherwise be fairly harsh songs. The punk side of things is pretty righteous as well. The version of their standard Banned in D.C. found here is arguably the best recording the band has ever made, and the one-two punch of Return to Heaven and Let Me Help that kicks off the disc is incredible. Next time the band has a reunion tour (seems to happen every few years), check 'em out. If you can't do that, this is the next best thing. reggae-reviews.com1. Return to Heaven
2. Let Me Help
3. Day Tripper/ Shes a Rainbow
4. Banned in DC
6. Youth are Getting Restless$15.9910 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
async remodels (Pre-Order)As one-third of Yellow Magic Orchestra and an Academy Award-winning composer for his work on the soundtrack for The Last Emperor, synth pop innovator Ryuichi Sakamoto is among the most groundbreaking artists to have emerged since the late 70s. A musician's musician, Ryuichi Sakamoto has created intriguing musical unions with artists such as David Sylvian, Iggy Pop, Tony Williams, Bootsy Collins, Jacques Morelenbaum and many others.
Following the massively successful release of the electronic masterpiece async in 2017, Ryuichi Sakamoto's first studio album in eight years, Milan is proud to announce the remix compilation async remodels. async remodels features a dozen remixes of async's tracks by a who's-who of experimental giants - everyone from Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (Arrival, Sicario) to Oneohtrix Point Never (composer of Good Times) to Arca (producer of Bjork's numerous releases) have gotten their hands dirty remixing Sakamoto's work. Even reworks by the Canadian synthpop duo Electric Youth and Austin-based synthwave legends S U R V I V E are included.
async remodels is also getting the vinyl treatment. Pressed on a pair of 180g black LPs for superior audio quality and housed in a matte coated gatefold jacket, this is one vinyl release Sakamoto fans can't afford to miss.LP 1
1. andata (Oneohtrix Point Never Remix)
2. andata (Electric Youth Remix)
3. disintegration (Alva Noto Remodel)
4. async (ARCA Remix)
5. fullmoon (Motion Graphics Remix)
6. solari (Fennesz Remix)
1. solari (Jóhann Jóhannsson Rework)
2. ZURE (Yves Tumor Obsession Edit)
3. fullmoon (S U R V I V E Version)
4. ZURE (Cornelius Remix)
5. Life, Life (Andy Stott Remodel)$30.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
The Magical Mystery Psych-Out: A Tribute To The BeatlesModern psychedelic rock bands pull out all the stops on this mesmerizing tribute to inarguably the most influential rock band of all-time, The Beatles. These exclusive versions are unlike any Beatles covers you've heard with performances by German psych band Electric Moon, British duo The KVB, The Underground Youth, The Vacant Lots, and a whole lot more!1. Electric Moon - Tomorrow Never Knows
2. Sugar Candy Mountain - Rain
3. The Vacant Lots - Julia
4. The Blank Tapes - The Word
5. The Ruby Suns - Martha My Dear
6. The KVB - Taxman
7. The Underground Youth - Come Together
8. Fantasmes - Love You To
9. Quilt - Cry Baby Cry
10. The Lucid Dream - And I Love Her
11. Kikagaku Moyo - Helter Skelter
12. Strangers Family Band - Sun King$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
After The GlowJesse Mac Cormack is a Montreal born and raised musician. Radiating warmth and soul, Mac Cormack's music exposes tension and resolution's shared core, undressing the complexities of conflict. Guided by increasingly complex arrangements, rhythmic progressions within both the acoustic and electric realm, Mac Cormack's impassioned vocals belie their owner's youth. Recording all of his music in his home studio, Mac Cormack has achieved a sound that is intimate and raw, both smooth and coarse. Refined by Mac Cormack's development as a sound technician and multi-instrumentalist, his third EP, After the Glow, is textured, layered, and sewn in new soil by familiar hands.1. After the Glow
4. Never Enough
5. Death Row$16.9912 Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-SAC-5644xCult Of Youth
Final DaysFor their third full-length for Sacred Bones, Cult of Youth have delved deeper
into their style of punk-influenced psychedelic neofolk and created a self-described "post-industrial Pet Sounds." Using acoustic and electronic instruments,
found sounds and an extensive tribal rhythm section, Cult of Youth have put it all
out on the table and left us with their magnum opus.
The band has returned with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and an all-new lineup.
Sean Ragon, once the project's lone member, is now flanked by Jasper McGandy
on bass and Christian Kount on electric guitar (both of whom were members
of seminal Sacred Bones band The Hunt). Cory Flannigan on drums and Paige
Flash on cello complete the five-piece. The end result is Cult of Youth as they
were always meant to sound.
The contributions of the new members are evident on every track on Final Days,
from the anthemic "Empty Faction" to the gorgeous album closer "Roses." Final
Days is the culmination of everything Cult of Youth has been moving towards the
past seven years - post-industrial, post-punk, and post-enlightenment.
Addendum: Real human bones were used on this recording and a portion of the
lyrics were written in jail.1. Todestrieb
2. Dragon Rouge
3. Empty Faction
4. God's Garden
5. Down the Moon
6. Of Amber
7. No Regression
9. Roses$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Alive!Ranked 159/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Alive! was the album that catapulted Kiss from cult attraction to mega-superstars. It was their first Top Ten album, remaining on the charts for 110 weeks and eventually going quadruple platinum. Culled from shows in Detroit, New Jersey, Iowa, and Cleveland on the Dressed to Kill tour, the record features producer Eddie Kramer doing a masterful job of capturing the band's live performance on record. The band's youthful energy is contagious, and with positively electric versions of their best early material, it's no mystery why Alive! is widely regarded as one of the greatest live hard rock recordings of all time. Rock and Roll All Nite became a Top 20 smash and was the main reason for the album's success, but there are many other tracks that are just as strong -- Deuce, Strutter, Firehouse, Parasite, She, 100,000 Years, Black Diamond, and Cold Gin all shine in a live setting. Although there's been some speculation of extensive overdubbing to correct mistakes, Alive! remains Kiss' greatest album ever. An essential addition to any rock collection.
- Greg Prato (All Music Guide)1. Deuce
3. Got To Choose
4. Hotter Than Hell
6. Nothin' To Lose
7. C'mon And Love Me
10. Watchin' You
11. 100,000 Years
12. Black Diamond
13. Rock Bottom
14. Cold Gin
15. Rock And Roll All Nite
16. Let Me Go, Rock 'N' Roll$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-SAC-5647xCult Of Youth
Love Will PrevailSean Ragon has been active in the DIY punk, industrial and experimental music communities on the east coast for over 15 years. Ragon also runs a record store and label in Brooklyn (Heaven Street and Blind Prophet Records, respectively). He has been recording under the moniker of Cult of Youth for the last five years.
Cult of Youth's last album produced by Chris Coady was a huge leap forward for the band, which had expanded to a four piece. It landed them on tours with Zola Jesus, Cold Cave and Iceage last summer and caused quite a stir not only among more indie-centric press outlets such as Pitchfork and Stereogum but with underground publications such as Heathen Harvest and Special Interests magazine as well.
For this album Ragon built his own recording studio from scratch in the back of his record store. This allowed him to control every aspect of the album and to take his time recording; in addition to vocals, he plays five different instruments on Love Will Prevail (electric and acoustic guitar, trombone, synth, and bass). He also engineered and mixed the entire album by himself.
For long time fans of the project, Love Will Prevail sees the marriage of the spontaneity of the earlier releases with the better recording quality of the more recent eponymous LP. This record features contributions from Glenn Maryansky on drums and Christiana Key on violin as well as percussion from the enigmatic Ning Nong and female vocals from former Battletorn vocalist (and Sean's long term girlfriend) Beverly Hames.
Love Will Prevail expands on the psychedelic neofolk foundation of the early work and adds lush atmospheres not dissimilar from Austrian post-industrial futurists Nový Svt (or even the more haunting side of late-60s Miles Davis). There is also an intentional nod to the Crass Records bands that influenced Ragon as a teenager and a tasteful hint of Velvet Underground worship.
The lyrical content is also fairly politically charged this time around, and serves as a plea for peace in a world gone mad. A far cry from the first self released single, Train To Kill, perhaps. The first single, "Man and Man's Ruin" finally realizes the majestic beauty that has always been bubbling under the surface of Ragon's work. Love Will Prevail is by far and away Cult of Youth's crowning achievement and it is the true embodiment of DIY idealism.1. Man and Man's Ruin
2. Golden Age
3. Prince of Peace
4. Garden of Delights
5. A New Way (Version)
6. New Old Ways
7. Path of Total Freedom
8. The Gateway
9. To Lay With the Wolves
10. It Took a Lifetime$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Coming ApartBody/Head are an electric guitar duo comprised of Kim Gordon (CKM, Sonic Youth, Free Kitten, etc.) and Bill Nace (X.O.4, Vampire Belt, Ceylon Mange, etc.) The pair began working together in various loose formats a few years ago, but the Body/Head concept evolved more specifically in early 2012.
Initially their approach was almost entirely instrumental - lattices of interwoven feedback rainbows, with bits recalling everyone from Heldon to Keiji Haino. They usually performed against a backdrop of slow-motion film projection, creating a dream narrative of undeniable power and visionary reach. Kim's voice began creeping into the mix soon after, and the vocals now have become an intrinsic part of their musical architecture. They have even started writing and playing "songs" now, compositionally distinct from their purely aleatory origins, but still featuring lots of built-in improvisational space.
Body/Head have also worked with guest artists since their inception. An early session with Michael Morley of The Dead C resulted in the Body/Gate/Head LP 'Glare Luring Yo', and live collaborations with Ikue Mori. Ikue has been focusing on electronics as her primary instrument in the decades since the end of her groundbreaking trio DNA, but Kim was able to talk her into trying drums again, and the results have been astounding. Ikue's percussion grounds the spirals of guitar and vocals with its strong central pulse, allowing everybody to achieve greater heights of musical/visual disorientation.
Body/Head have thus far recorded a single for Dennis Tyfuss' Ultra Eczama Editions, a tour EP for Nace's own Open Mouth Productions, and released their collaboration with Morley through Feeding Tube Records.
'Coming Apart' is released as a double LP by Matador Records.LP 1
3. Last Mistress
5. Everything Left
6. Can't Help You
3. Frontal$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Dream DiaryOn Jeremy Jays Dream Diary, the sway of the heart is in overdrive with the freedom of youth and bright horizons. These are the major themes of Dream Diary. Recorded with the powerful yet lithe trio of Jeremy, guitar and keyboards, Derek playing electric bass guitar, and Michael on drums, they kept the room alive at Stagg Street Studios in Los Angeles, CA with the majestic pop perfection that unfolds as Dream Diary draws you into its spell. Synth driven, and a bit moodier than his past work, this album will take you by the hand and walk with you towards a beautiful sunset, and then walk right past it.1. Out on the Highway
2. Caught in a Whirl
3. By the Rivers Edge
4. Secret Sounds
5. In The Times
7. The Days of Casting Clouds Away
8. Its Just a Walk in the Park
9. Our Only Lites a Flashlite
10. Whispers of the Heart
11. The Dream Diary Kids
12. Wild Orchids
13. The Man on the Mountain$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
AcrobatsNew album. New sound. On Acrobats London's Peggy Sue has put down the acoustic guitars, this time opting instead for buzzing guitars and crackling amps. Recorded with producer of the moment John Parish --known for his extensive work with PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse and EELS -- Acrobats keeps the propulsive energy of their former work, but this time the sonics back up the mood. Songwriters Rosa and Katy, and drummer Olly called upon early influences like Sonic Youth and The Breeders when conceiving Acrobats which, coupled with recently acquired electric guitars and a new practice space, released the ferocity that had always been swimming just beneath the surface of the band's music. Parish successfully harnesses this newly minted electricity, resulting in the fulfillment of several albums and EP's worth of musical innuendo. Acrobats is certainly still Peggy Sue, but this time we see that behind the wry smile lies a mouthful of sharp, dirty teeth.1. Cut My Teeth
2. Song & Dance
3. Funeral Beat
4. Changed & Waiting
5. Parking Meter Blues
6. All We'll Keep
11.There Always Was$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Best DayThe Best Day, Thurston Moore's first solo record since
2011's Demolished Thoughts, radiates with both
his signature dynamism of dense thrashing electric
guitars as well as blissful 12-string acoustic ballads.
Recorded with Thurston's current band line-up of
James Sedwards (guitars, UK), Deb Googe (of My
Bloody Valentine, bass, UK) and Steve Shelley (Sonic
Youth, drums, USA), there are also a some tracks that
feature all instrumentation by Thurston.
Thurston Moore has been at the forefront of the
alternative rock scene since that particular obriquet
was first used to signify any music that challenged
and defied the mainstream standard. He is the
founder and ringleader of Sonic Youth, the band
that turned on an entire generation to the value of
experimentation in rock n' roll - from its inspiration
on a nascent Nirvana, to Sonic Youth's own Daydream
Nation album being chosen by the US Library of
Congress for historical preservation in the National
Recording Registry in 2006.
This is a record defined by positivity and radical
love. The songs range from opener "Speak to the
Wild", a Crazy Horse-like paean to anti-authority
and activism, to "Vocabularies", a paean to a new
realization of language which includes ALL people.1. Speak To The Wild
4. The Best Day
7. Grace Lake
8. Germs Burn$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
MoonwaterMoonwater is the debut album from the Brooklyn-based indie-rock quartet Chappo and follow-up to the band's two EPs, Plastique Universe (2010) and Plastique Universe II (2011). In late 2010, Chappo garnered national attention when their first single, "Come Home," was used in an iPod Touch commercial for Apple's international multi-media ad campaign. The electric blend of psychedelic pop, and original, heart-pounding harmonies they again brilliantly employ on Moonwater helps express their strikingly vivid lyrics of youthful angst even further. Features the lead single and album opener What Are You On?. This expanded 2LP configuration also includes the four exclusive bonus tracks Nomads, Nitrogen Rivers, The End Is Near and Golden Lights.1. What Are You Kids On?
3. Hell No
4. Come Home
7. Native Savage
10. Shots Fired
11. M.O.O.N. Water
13. Nitrogen Rivers
14. The End Is Near
15. Golden Lights$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-TEM-6117xExplosions In The Sky
The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead PlaceExplosions in the Sky's second effort takes a more studied, even lush approach to the literate chaos of their 2001 debut. But put on your sad sack thinking cap now, because Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place is a contemplative and heady rush of masterful melancholia. Its six songs are multi-minute, slow motion workouts of gentle electric guitar plucks and subtle/sudden washes of percussion ù they're still instrumental, but as lyrical as anything in the indie rock universe. 'Only Moment We Were Alone' turns on a simple, melancholy guitar figure, the drums shifting from insistent catch-up mode to a studied march built to introduce the next layered crescendo. Explosions in the Sky doesn't shift as suddenly or jarringly on Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place; the quartet has applied more structural predictability this time out, but is still quick about setting the sad butterflies in your stomach to fluttering. 'Memorial' is the album's meditative heart. It begins so quietly, reduced to brittle landscapes of tone. Lightly chiming guitars drift in, like the echoes of church bells off in narrow city streets. Then, like each of the album's movements, it surges forward in a rush, like the overtures of Sonic Youth separated, dried, and ultimately lengthened in the blistering Texas sun. The final blast of distortion and staccato drumming is Earth at full bittersweet bluster. 'Your Hand in Mine' ends things as they began, with a pair of determined guitars picking out a melody that's both pretty and pretty damn heartbreaking.First Breath After Coma
The Only Moment We Were Alone
Six Days At The Bottom Of The Ocean
Your Hand In Mine$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Half A Native
Produced By Thom
Monahan (Peter, Bjorn & John,
Devendra Banhart And Vetiver)
Won 2014 Houston Press Music
Awards For Best Folk/Americana
And Best Male Vocals
Some places you feel like you only sort of fit in and it is this
theme that permeates Houston based folk rock band Buxton's new aptly
titled album Half A Native. One of the leading lights of an emerging music
scene from a city with a burgeoning youth culture, Buxton have won 2
Houston Press Music Awards as Best Houston Folk/Americana Band as
well as Best Male Vocals (Sergio Trevino).
Their new album ventures into vast sonic territories, sometimes
pairing atmospheric piano with off-kilter electric guitar, blanketed by
Trevino's heart-clenched voice and melancholic but optimistic lyrics.
"We take from a lot of different genres and present it in a way that i think
is most honest for us," Trevino says. "You'll hear rock, folk, country,
ambience, and distortion, all interpreted through us."
Recorded in Los Angeles with Thom Monahan (Peter, Bjorn & John,
Devendra Banhart and Vetiver), the 11 new tracks broadcast a wandering
sound, from the dusty tones of guitar-slinging anthems to lonesome
acoustic affairs that look outward and within. Their latest effort is
music for the search for home; the long journey to find somewhere,
something, or someone that makes everything fall into place.1. What I'd Do
2. Good As Gone
3. Old Haunt
4. Half A Native
5. High Tones
6. Miss Catalina 1992
7. A Little Bit More
8. Be Somebody Else
9. The Heart Won't Bend
11. Pool Hall$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
StrangerOn Stranger Balmorhea continues the cosmic dialog they began with their eponymous debut in 2007. Though the spirit of Texas' early inhabitants and the weight of the night sky inspired previous albums All is Wild, All is Silent (2009) and Constellations (2010), Stranger shifts the focus from the celestial to the terrestrial, or more accurately, it begins to explore the celestial resonance in all things terrestrial.
Balmorhea's music has always been guided by the experience of living in Texas, but with Stranger the band moves beyond contemplative reverence for the land and the history of their home state. The most forward-leaning of their catalog, Stranger presents worlds of tenderness, aggression, estrangement, and freedom using an expanded sonic palette including guitar loops, vibes, synthesizers, ukulele, and steel pan drums. In addition to these new sounds, electric guitars and percussion take the stage once occupied by piano and acoustic guitars.
Stranger explores the kinetic rhythms that dictate our day-to-day lives, fascinated by the wanderlust that drove the itinerant hearts of our earliest settlers and that continues to pulse in the kids roaming Texas' suburban sprawl. Unsettled, but patient, these songs embrace everyday sensuality, youthful discovery, and nomadic reverie awe-struck by the divine energy that permeates all of our earthly fauna and flora.
Refined over many months, and in one case years, the band took care to ensure every note on Stranger feels essential, vivid, and confident. During the writing process, Rob Lowe was living in Alpine, Texas, just down the road from Marfa, and Michael Muller had relocated to Brooklyn. Absorbing their new environments, and filtering them through uniquely Texan lenses, the band has created an album that stands defiantly alone in the sea of modern independent music. Opening with the electric guitar loops, synths, and steel drums of Days, the band invites us to move forward with them as they explore without pretense or expectation. Pilgrim provides the perfect ending, blurring alpha and omega...a concluding gesture taking us back to our beginnings.1. Days
3. Fake Fealty
10. Pilgrim$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ
Mastered By Bob Ludwig Working Under The Supervision of Springsteen & Engineer Toby Scott
Bruce Springsteen's debut album found him squarely in the tradition of Bob Dylan: folk-based tunes arranged for an electric band featuring piano and organ (plus, in Springsteen's case, 1950s-style rock & roll tenor saxophone breaks), topped by acoustic guitar and a husky voice singing lyrics full of elaborate, even exaggerated imagery. But where Dylan had taken a world-weary, cynical tone, Springsteen was exuberant. His street scenes could be haunted and tragic, as they were in Lost in the Flood, but they were still imbued with romanticism and a youthful energy. Asbury Park painted a portrait of teenagers cocksure of themselves, yet bowled over by their discovery of the world. It was saved from pretentiousness (if not preciousness) by its sense of humor and by the careful eye for detail that kept even the most high-flown language rooted. Like the lyrics, the arrangements were busy, but the melodies were well developed and the rhythms, pushed by drummer Vincent Lopez, were breakneck.
- William Ruhlmann (All Music)1. Blinded By The Light
2. Growin' Up
3. Mary Queen Of Arkansas
4. Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?
5. Lost In The Flood
6. The Angel
7. For You
8. Spirit In The Night
9. It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl - Sealed Buy Now
Du Jazz Dans Le RavinLimited Edition Vinyl With ACV Quality
Gainsbourg, the original bad boy of French pop, the man who updated the French chanson and made it hip again infusing it with the youth culture of the late 50s and 60s, ruled by jazz, drugs and free love. Very different from his celebrated later works, the music captured on this limited edition vinyl edition finds Gainsbourg mixing traditional chanson and big-band jazz rather than the avant garde pop that went on to define his career outside of France. This record presents a revealing insight into the early years of this iconic figure.
Audiophile Clear Vinyl
Audiophile Clear Vinyl is made using the highest quality co-polymer available and processed without any carbon additive in order to dramatically reduce the "electrical distortion" often found on records. By itself the co-polymer of vinyl is transparent. In order to make the record black in color the plant must use a carbon additive with trace metals that can become magnetized. This is what causes electrical distortion during playback. That is the reason why we choose to offer our records in the following manner:
- Audiophile Clear Vinyl (ACV)
- 140 gram
- 25 minutes maximum per side
1. Le Claqueur De Doigts
2. La Nuit D'octobre
3. Adieu CrÉature
5. Mambo Miam Miam
7. Jeunes Femmes Et Vieux Messieurs
8. L'amour Ã La Papa
9. Du Jazz Dans Le Ravin
10. Douze Belles Dans La Peau
11. La Recette De L'amour Fou
12. La Femme Des Uns Sous Le Corps Des Autres
13. Le PoinÇonneur Des Lilas
14. Ce Mortel Ennui
15. La Jambe De Bois
16. L'eau À La Bouche
18. Black March$28.99Clear Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-AST-0871xRaymond Byron And The White Freighter
Little Death ShakerStripped of all noise influences and focusing on straight-up songs, Little Death Shaker is a record evocative of late nights and dusty parking lots, long drives and boozy hookups. This is the work of a dude who's spent his youth and young manhood on tour and it comes through in both the music and the lyrics. Where Castanets' lyrics gave us Ray Carver-ian fragments and it's-what-you-leave-out-that-counts minimalism, here we see Raposa back from the battleground with stories to tell.
This is the most lyric-heavy Raposa's been and it's also the most playful and humorous, and you get the feeling some of these songs would be the ones that would go down best near 2am at some weird sports bar dive in southeast Alabama/Iowa/Mississippi. (We can just see some big biker dude/fallen NASCAR star/Gary Busey lookalike sitting back-to-bar, Bud in hand, having a good-natured laugh over the punchline from Some of My Friends or the WTF premise of the Dan Reeder penned You'll Never Surf Again.)
The record begins with fighting spirit. Allegiance comes on with a punch of electric guitar and Raposa singing I woke up feeling/bold as shit. It's his rowdiest and most confident song to date, a real knockabout that'll take you by surprise if you're used to Castanets. Up next the title track verges on Queen (Flash Gordon soundtrack?) and Some of My Friends is a barnburner with the ghosts old Sun Studios players holding court.
Highlights are many. The dark-as-Skoal interstate roller Whippoorwill, the slowly ramping Some Kind of Fool, which rolls easy and pretty with backup vocals from Matthew Houck of Phosphorescent before building to a shitkicking rock 'n' roll peak where we find Raposa delivering some of his best and most racy lyrics, singing the very un-indie-rock, I could spend this good money wherever I care to/taste all the honies that I choose /lay myself down beside anyone's flower/all alive in the morning with the dew. It's a song about libertine freedom and heartbreak ignored and taking the bull by the horns and being, well, kind of a bastard.
More highlights: Castanets collaborator Talia Gordon taking main vocals on You're Not Standing Like You Used To (Kate Wolf); the after-afterhours minor chord jam Stateline, Little Death Shaker's most ruckus track of all, a late-night spent trapped in the stripclub/rig cab/country bar/tour van/your own damn head. At 10 minutes it's a tale of drugs and wayward love, a real red-lit kind of aloneness, backed by a legit live crawl, with high and ghostly organ and distorted vocals crackling like a bad CB connection.
With Meridian, Raposa and Houck bring back the vibe of Some Kind of Fool and take it on a humid trip through the deepest South, gators in the water, snakes in the sand, a stormhead looming over the sun-dappled river. When Raposa sings oh honey here comes the storm you can just FEEL the weather breaking.
One of this record's real charms is you can close your eyes and see these 13 tracks played live; you can see the drummer leaning over his kit with his brushes (and sunglasses on?), the backup singers standing around the mic, beers in hand, eyes closed, swaying side to side, the lights crisscrossing the stage. Meridian is no different. You can see this band. You can see these people playing together, and in a world of records that bands can't duplicate live, it's crazy-refreshing!
The album's closer, Allegiance 2, brings backlongtime Castanets collaborator Bridgit Jacobsen (nÉe Decook) for a hushed and barely-there apology. Oh lord be kind to me/after all these devils I have kissed. As a prayer, a shrug, and an exhausted offering, it's a fitting way to end an album so concerned with sin and vice. It's also a fitting end-introduction to this new band. So meet Raymond Byron and the White Freighters and their record Little Death Shaker. Here's to the new!1. Allegiance
2. Little Death Shaker
3. Some of My Friends
5. You'll Never Surf Again
6. Don't That Lake Just Shine
8. A Little More Credit
9. Some Kind of Fool
10. You're Not Standing Like You Used To
12. Meridian, MS
13. Allegiance 2$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Kiss: MTV UnpluggedCelebrating four decades of decibels, KISS, Mercury Records and UMe proudly announce reissuing the legendary KISS albums on 180g audiophile vinyl
starting in 2014. Remastered to high definition 192kHz/24-bit audio for maximum fidelity, these albums have never sounded so amazing and now
vinyl collectors will get what they've been demanding. All posters, sleeve art, stickers, etc that appeared in the original LP release where applicable have
been faithfully reproduced for the KISS Army.
On April 10, KISS will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - which will be broadcast in May -
and then will kick off a summer co-headlining tour with Def Leppard starting in June.
After sinking deep into this musical celebration, even the not-so-avid listener will surely know something more about Kiss, a classic rock icon of the '70s roaring back in vibrant and passionate form. This recording of a session done expressly for the program MTV Unplugged in 1996 brought together a special group for a remarkable, if unexpected, reunion. Throughout this record, you can feel the support and raw adoration of the audience present, certainly a mixture of long-time fans and new admirers. The members of Kiss got together to rock hard on their axes and crash big on the drums, bringing a renewed sense of freshness and excitement. Nearly rock & roll legends, they exceeded expectations and, given their newfound energy, charisma, and love for the music, their performance provided the catalyst for the beginning of a successful world reunion tour. Coming Home delivers a feverish and electric opening that gets the crowd on its feet in a hurry. Soon the emotion and presence of this group are brought back with startling grace and wisdom on Plaster Caster, and the beautiful acoustic medley Goin' Blind. The decades of Kiss, their costumes, and their wild stadium shows roll back in a heartbeat through the crashing tune Do You Love Me. Perhaps one of the most bewildering tunes that really reflects the image of Kiss is the rocking blues tune Domino. The crowd is really fired up now, next experiencing the charming and soulful power rock ballad Sure Know Something. A World Without Heroes is very subdued and reflective. Rock Bottom is delicate and mysterious in the opening seconds, with a lush minor harmony delivered picking style on the acoustic. Now it gets rough, expresses Stanley, grooving in a racy blues statement. See You Tonight is a romantic and pretty ballad delivered with sweetness, and the group sings, I'll see you tonight/And if I can't, I'll cry, I'll cry/I see you tonight, outside. Then on comes the darker resonance of the band with I Still Love You, expressing grave longing after a grueling breakup. I got to make you see, is a gripping line in a haunting bridge section, before the shouted, emotional, sometimes painful chorus: Girl, it seems the price I have of losing you/Will be my hell to pay/It makes me want to die/'Cause I still love you. The solo during the bridge is reminiscent of the chord structure of the Guess Who's Undun. After this painful, depressing song, new breath is found with Every Time I Look at You, a song of forgiveness, delivered with sincerity and the feeling of hope: Every time I hold you/The things I never told you seem to come easily/'Cause you're everything to me. The bridge is brilliant and seems to elevate the melody to a gratifying level, before breaking into a chilling guitar improv, layered over with a shimmering string orchestra. Beth is the most heartwarming song of Kiss' power ballads: Beth I know you're lonely/And I hope you'll be alright/'Cause me and the boys will be playing all night. Finally, a Kiss show wouldn't be complete without the ultimate party song, Rock and Roll All Night, a tune still electric without electric guitars.
- Shawn M. Haney (All Music Guide)LP 1
1. Comin' Home
2. Plaster Caster
3. Goin' Blind
4. Do You Love Me
6. Sure Know Something
7. A World Without Heroes
8. Rock Bottom
1. See You Tonight
2. I Still Love You
3. Every Time I Look At You
4. 2,000 Man
6. Nothin' To Lose
7. Rock 'N' Roll All Nite
8. Got To Choose$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
180-Gram Electric Blue Vinyl
"'Adult Diversion' is a whimsical dream jam and brings "feel-good" to
a staggering high." - Consequence of Sound
"...a complete collision of everything we already love: singalong
lyrics, a guitar-driven backbone, and a sun-drenched vibe..."
"Alvvays make wistful, jangly, Brit-tinged indiepop."
"...somewhere between the sun-drenched shores of California and
the preppy Scottish countryside."
Alvvays are two women, three men, a crate of C-86 tapes and a
love of jingle-jangle. Molly Rankin and Kerri MacLellan grew up
as next-door neighbours in Cape Breton, lifting fiddles and folk-songs. Heartbreaks of different shades soon entered their lives, as
did the music of Teenage Fanclub and Belle & Sebastian. Similar
noisy melancholy drifted over to Prince Edward Island, finding
Alec O'Hanley, Brian Murphy and Philip MacIsaac.
Convening in Toronto, the group have been making music since
since dusk or maybe dawn, when stars were appearing or fading
off. As a result, their debut self-titled album is both sun-splashed
and twilit -- nine songs concealing drunkenness, defeat and death
in tungsten-tinted pop that glitters like sea glass.
With needlepoint melody and verse, Rankin and O'Hanley's songs
were recorded at Chad VanGaalen's Yoko Eno studio and mixed
by Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck) and John Agnello (Sonic Youth,
Dinosaur Jr., kurt Vile). The resultant album is loud and clear and
sure. Flood your ears.1. Adult Diversion
2. Archie, Marry Me
3. Ones Who Love You
4. Next of Kin
5. Party Police
6. The Agency Group
8. Atop a Cake
9. Red Planet$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Aretha With The Ray Bryant Combo (Speakers Corner)As is well known, early relationships are not always blessed, and it is certainly no secret that the collaboration between Aretha Franklin and Columbia's record producer John H. Hammond did not last long. Hammond's later attempts to candy Franklin's irrepressible natural voice with sugary arrangements and studio gimmicks did not go down well with the public. On the first Franklin disc from Columbia, however, it was honeymoon all the way. With a successful mix of pop and jazz standards, the super talent - Aretha had just turned 18 years old - brought her vocal chords to vibrate. Fired on with youthful Élan, these evergreens sound so fresh, new and intoxicating that the question of their genre is quite irrelevant. From a seesawing R & B (Won't Be Long) via bell-like waves of melody (Over The Rainbow) right up to the freely styled, jazzy Gershwin classic It Ain't Necessarily So - everything is right there! The Ray Bryant Trio - augmented with winds - proves itself a formidable ensemble with true presence yet unobtrusive accompaniment. If you compare the mature performances of Aretha Franklin in her subsequent years with Atlantic, you will soon recognize that the later 'First Lady of Soul' was in full command of her profession right from the very beginning.
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.
Aretha Franklin(vocals, electric piano)
Quentin Jackson, Tyree Glenn (trombone)
Al Sears (tenor saxophone)
Ray Bryant (piano)
Lord Westbrook, Skeeter Best (guitar)
Milt Hinton, Bill Lee (bass)
Belton Evans, Sticks Evans, Osie Johnson (drums)
About Speakers Corner
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, Speakers Corner 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 existant 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 emphasise that Speakers Corner 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 have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
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 - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Won't Be Long
2. Over The Rainbow
3. Love Is The Only Thing
4. Sweet Lover
5. All Night Long
6. Who Needs You?
7. Right Now
8. Are You Sure
9. Maybe I'm A Fool
10. It Ain't Necessarily So
11. (Blue) By Myself
12. Today I Sing The Blues$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now