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Pickin' Up The PiecesSince their first show at Hollywood's Hotel Caf' in December of 2008, soulsters Fitz & the Tantrums have toured with Maroon 5, played to thousands at Colorado's world famous Red Rocks Amphitheater, shared the stage New Year's Eve with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and performed on KCRW's esteemed show, Morning Becomes Eclectic. The recipe for success? Six killer musicians, five dapper suits, irresistible songs, one vintage organ and nonstop touring.1. Breakin' The Chains Of Love
2. Dear Mr. President
3. Pickin' Up The Pieces
6. News 4 U
7. Don't Gotta Work It Out
8. Rich Girls
9. Winds of Change
10. Tighter$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Three Tenors 25th Anniversary (Awaiting Repress)The Three Tenors is a name given to the Spanish singers Plácido Domingo and JosÉ Carreras and the Italian singer Luciano Pavarotti, who sang in concert under this banner during the 1990s and early 2000s. The trio began their collaboration with a performance at the ancient Baths of Caracalla, in Rome, Italy, on 7 July 1990 the eve of the 1990 FIFA World Cup Final. Zubin Mehta conducted the orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the orchestra of Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.$34.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
In Defiance Of Empty TimesLegendary melodic punk rockers Strike Anywhere have pieced together a live
acoustic collection, titled In Defiance of Empty Times, that is set to be released
on August 14th from Bridge Nine Records. Two sets were recorded last year,
in Rochester in July and Richmond in September, and merged together for this
very special release. Side Rochester features six songs captured from Strike
Anywhere s acoustic performance alongside labelmates Polar Bear Club, while
Side Richmond was recorded during a benefit show for the IWW on the eve
of the Occupy Movement in RVA. This album follows the release of Strike
Anywheres landmark album Iron Front, which was released on Bridge Nine in
October of 2009 and called the bands best output to date by Punknews.org.1. We Amplify/Blaze
3. Hollywood Cemetery
4. I m Your Opposite Number
5. Chorus of One
6. Postcards from Home
7. Timebomb Generation
8. Orphan Age
9. Prisoner Echoes
11. Sunset on 32nd$15.99Vinyl 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
A Thousand SunsFor months, we'd been destroying and rebuilding our band. The experiments that resulted filled the studio hard drive with diverse, abstract sounds. Amorphous echoes, cacophonous samples, and handmade staccato merged into wandering, elusive melody. Each track felt like a hallucination.
We didn't know if any of those unorthodox ideas could be incorporated into a traditional album, but we knew we didn't want our next album to be predictable. Sitting together in the same studio where we made our first album, all six of us voiced a commitment to going out on a limb, to making something truly daring. We asked ourselves: were we all earnestly willing, more than ever before, to abandon the precepts of commercial ambition in pursuit of what we believe to be honest art?
The inclination to begin writing conventional songs for a conventional album came and went. The temptation to adjust our creative vision to fulfill expectations beyond our studio walls yielded to the audacious ambition of what he hoped to achieve as a band. The two years of making A Thousand Suns marked our exhilarating, surrealistic, and often challenging journey into the creative unknown.
On the eve of its completion, this body of work, assembled through unconscious inspiration and unmitigated exertion, has revealed to us notions both stirring and surprising. The album's personified imagery is neither dogma nor political premeditation. The emergent themes and metaphors illuminate a uniquely human story.
A Thousand Suns grapples with the personal cycle of pride, destruction, and regret. In life, like in dreams, this sequence is not always linear. And, sometimes, true remorse penetrates the devastating cycle. The hope, of course, springs from the notion that the possibility of change is born in our most harrowing moments. - Linkin Park1. The Requiem
2. The Radiance
3. Burning In The Skies
4. Empty Spaces
5. When They Come For Me
6. Wretches And Kings
7. Wisdom, Justice, And Love
9. Robot Boy
10. Jornada Del Muerto
11. Waiting For The End
14. The Catalyst
15. The Messenger$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
With The DeadImport
Supergroup is such an erroneous term - images of bored playboys pissing on their legacy spring to mind - but the members of With The Dead have a history of creating criminally good records as long as your arm. They've all served hard time in the subterranean worlds of Doom and the heaviest forms of Metal and have now reconvened to surpass previous projects. They're back - and this time the aim is To maim.
With The Dead were formed by the founding rhythm section of occultist Doom overloads Electric Wizard: guitarist/bassist Tim Bagshaw and drummer Mark Greening, a pair once notorious for the sheer brute heaviness of their bowel-shaking sound and early extra-curricular activities that involved excess, injury and low-level criminality (arrests for the theft of a crucifix from a church roof and drunkenly robbing an off-licence to name but two). Both have also played together in Ramesses.
Completing the triangle is frontman Lee Dorrian, co-founder of Doom pioneers Cathedral, former frontman with grindcore legends Napalm Death and owner of Rise Above Records, the UK's finest independent purveyors of all sounds heavy and underground, whose stable of bands include Ghost, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Lucifer, Blood Ceremony and Witchcraft. Having been in business since 1988, Rise Above is also one of the most enduring.
Existing doom-heads will already know that the longstanding relationship between Rise Above and Electric Wizard is one that was fractious and fraught. Much mud has been slung between band, label and former members in recent years, but the With The Dead trio are of the opinion that big words meant little - it's the action that truly counts. And as the fire that is Electric Wizard peters out, With The Dead burn with eyebrow-singeing intensity. With The Dead are heavy. No - scratch that. With The Dead are heavy. H.E.A.V.Y!!! They are a band with teeth and talons.
Like the product of some sort of alchemical alignment or a diabolical modern demon summoned by a whispered incantatory spell, With The Dead formed on All Hallow's Eve 2014. They worked quickly and the result is a six-track, self-titled debut broadside
that draws on the members' rich musical legacy but without ever taking a backward step. Rising like a fecund creature from the fetid bogs of old England, With The Dead is a malevolent beast that lurches and staggers, flattening everything in its path. Guitars moil and curdle, bubbling up through the loam like black tar, while existing fans will surely welcome the return of Dorrian's distinctly hateful vocals.
Any listener will be left battered on the floor, bludgeoned into submission by With The Dead's musical brutality. A new era is upon us.1. Crown of Burning Stars
2. The Cross
4. Living With the Dead
5. I Am You Virus
6. Screams From My Own Grave$37.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Willie And The Boys: Willie's Stash Vol. 2Legacy Recordings is set to release Willie Nelson and the Boys, the eagerly-awaited second installment in the acclaimed Willie's Stash archival recordings series.
Following in the musical footsteps of 2014's December Day, the first volume in the Willie's Stash series (featuring Willie's Sister Bobbie), Willie Nelson and the Boys is another family collaboration, this time showcasing Willie and sons, Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson, performing a selection of well-loved American country music standards and classics, including seven penned by the immortal Hank Williams Sr.
The Willie's Stash series will present a variety of archival releases, each personally curated by Willie Nelson, culled from decades of recording and touring, providing unique perspectives on one of America's most vital musical forces.
Consisting mainly of studio recordings laid down during the extraordinary 2011 sessions for Heroes, Willie's Legacy debut, Willie Nelson and the Boys (Willie's Stash, Vol. 2) is produced by Willie's longtime friend and collaborator Grammy-winning Buddy Cannon and recorded by Steve Chadie at Pedernales Recordings Studio in Austin, Texas.
Musicians on the album include Willie Nelson (vocals, Trigger), Lukas Nelson (vocals, electric guitar, resonator guitar), Micah Nelson (vocals), Mickey Raphael (harmonica), Kevin Swine Grantt (bass), Bobby Terry (acoustic guitar, electric guitar), Jim Moose Brown (piano, B-3 organ, Wurlitzer), Mike Johnson (steel guitar), Tony Creasman (drums), Barry Bales (upright bass on My Tears Fall) and Lonnie Wilson (drums on My Tears Fall). Move It On Over featured background vocals by the Spur Of The Moment Singers: Buddy Cannon, Mickey Raphael, Kevin Swine Grantt, Bobby Terry, Jim Moose Brown, Mike Johnson, Tony Creasman, Melonie Cannon, and Shannon Finnegan.
According to Willie, the album is ....kinda like the country version of 'Stardust.' Where you have all these great songs and standards that the young people have never heard, then all of a sudden you have a whole new audience out there.
I really love the live element of this record, said producer Buddy Cannon. There was a fire in the studio during those sessions, especially on these particular tracks. It was as though the band was in a Nashville honky tonk and Willie and Lukas strolled in and jammed with the band for an hour. That's what this record is. It's honest excitement. I've never cut a record before that has this element.... It's a great joy to see Willie, Luke and Micah all equally part of a record that I love so much.
Born in Austin, Texas and raised in Maui, singer/songwriter/guitarist Lukas Nelson entered the music scene as a youngster and, by the age of 13, had joined his father Willie Nelson's band, touring as rhythm guitarist and honing the stagecraft that lead to his own career. Moving to Los Angeles, he launched in own ensemble, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real (POTR) in 2008; POTR served as Neil Young's back-up group on The Monsanto Years album and subsequent tour. Lukas and his father worked together on Willie's 2012 Legacy album, Heroes, which featured a number of father-and-son vocal-and-guitar duets.
Micah Nelson has performed with a variety of artists at events including FarmAid, Neil Young's Bridge-School Benefit, Desert Trip festival, Lightning in a Bottle, Coachella, Bonnaroo Festival as well as on TV shows such as Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and more. Micah has been involved in the ensemble Insects vs. Robots, recorded and toured with Neil Young and made multi-instrumental contributions to the 21st century post-modern American rock band Promise Of The Real. Micah is currently the singer/songwriter/guitarist in his future-folk project Particle Kid.
Willie Nelson and the Boys (Willie's Stash, Vol. 2) is the artist's 10th release since signing to Legacy Recordings in 2012. His last Legacy album, God's Problem Child, was released on April 28, 2017 (the eve of Willie's 84th birthday on April 29) and promptly entered the Billboard Country chart at #1, making it the artist's second US country chart-topper in less than two years; Nelson's 6th Legacy release, Django and Jimmie, an unforgettable musical collaboration with Merle Haggard, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country chart in June 2015.1. Move It On Over (Hank Williams Sr.)
2. Mind Your Own Business (Hank Williams Sr.)
3. Healing Hands Of Time (Willie Nelson)
4. Can I Sleep In Your Arms (Hank Cochran)
5. Send Me The Pillow You Dream On (Hank Locklin)
6. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hank Williams Sr.)
7. I'm Movin' On (Hank Snow)
8. Your Cheatin' Heart (Hank Williams Sr.)
9. My Tears Fall (Alyssa Miller)
10. Cold, Cold Heart (Hank Williams Sr.)
11. Mansion On The Hill (Hank Williams Sr. and Fred Rose)
12. Why Don't You Love Me (Hank Williams Sr.)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
It Feels Like Christmas TimeBig Bad Voodoo Daddy, purveyors of American big band, jumpin' jazz and blues have a special holiday gift for naughty and nice fans alike. The multiplatinum
selling, Grammy nominated band is back with a holiday album entitled It Feels Like Christmas Time, an all new recording for Savoy Jazz,
featuring twelve songs, a mix of traditional favorites and original material.
It Feels like Christmas Time, the band's tenth studio album, follows the release of Rattle Them Bones - the record that put Big Bad back at the top of
charts last year reaching #1 on the Jazz Album Chart on both iTunes and Amazon and was the highest debut on the Billboard Jazz Chart entering at #2.
It Feels Like Christmas Time, produced by BBVD founding member and lead singer Scotty Morris with band-mate, pianist and arranger Joshua Levy and
mixed by Morris, was recorded In Los Angeles at East West and Capitol studios. The album includes the Morris original "It Feels Like Christmas Time,"
and features guest harmonies by vocal group She, Her and I as well as a duet with newcomer Anna Kasper on the classic What Are You Doing New
Year's Eve? The album also features the crowd favorite "Christmas Is Starting Now" from Disney's Phineus and Ferb.1. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
2. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
3. All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)
4. Jingle Bells
5. It Feels Like Christmas Time
6. Frosty The Snowman
7. Run Rudolph Run
8. You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch
9. Christmas Is Starting Now
10. We Three Kings
11. Walking In A Winter Wonderland$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
IVLETTER CONCERNING THE RECORD 'IV' AND A POST SCRIPT TO FANS
A lot can happen in twelve years. It is beyond probable (if not brutally unavoidable) that such a period of time could render a man nearly unrecognizable to his older self. I would not categorize the young man who made three records under the pen name 'Darling' (incidentally, me) as unrecognizable, but I can say perhaps that we are vaguely disassociated. Those 3 albums, written between 1999 and 2005 and recorded anywhere except a recording studio (the bulk being tracked in my bedroom and parents' garage) follow the exceedingly lonesome course of a kid barely out of high school through a shaky introduction to manhood. They were recorded alone (with cheap microphones) composed alone (with expensive sentimentality), defined by loving befuddlement, and darkened by an all-consuming breakup. I look at them now with an appreciation for where I was, with no small measure of gratitude that I am no longer there. What has not changed however, is that there are still songs that come along which make sense in my mind as fitting only on a 'Darling' record. Truthfully, in the decade-plus that has passed since I last released a solo piece, there have been many songs of this nature. Consequently I have written, designed, edited, and put this record out many times in my mind. Inevitably, however, life would change and the conceptual direction would change with it. It is changing now as I write this. But after twelve birthdays, twelve New Year's Eve's, and twelve winters, I have a portrait I am compelled to commit to the canon of self-portraits.
I am no longer the kid with all that worry, that blaring hurt and rum-fueled uncertainty. I am somewhere else now. But I still sit in my bedroom, quietly following songs where they take me, using them to process what is happening in my life. I have often declared to myself, that I would not leave the 'Darling' moniker forever tied to what I now regard as a time of young (albeit sincere) melancholy. And while this fourth installment is by no means an offering of pure and bright optimism, it is a statement less heavy with heartache, and hopefully a bit more even-keeled in its manner - whatever the emotional narrative. More importantly, it is a honest glimpse into my story alone and a faithful rendition of what I believe to be a notable chapter.
For those interested in the Darling project:
To say that activity of one form or another relating to my solo work is infrequent would be a bit of an understatement. In truth, as time goes, I am thankfully occupied primarily by the joys of my family and the pleasure of making music with my brother and some of my dearest friends. When, however, there are endeavors of the Darling variety on the horizon, I would be honored to let anyone interested know about it. If you count yourself among this set, please feel free to share your email address below. I can say, as someone who religiously declines giving my email out when a cashier asks for it, and as someone who somehow spends more time unsubscribing from email lists than answering emails, I will ONLY pass the word along when there is a word to pass meaning something significant like an upcoming album or confirmed performance(s). Once again, I realize that giving any part of your contact information out is a significant action, and I believe it should be seen as such. In other words, I won't be arranging for emails to go out about anything but relevant 'Darling' news. As always, thank you for your time and care.
Timothy Seth Avett1. Disappointing You
2. Should We Move
3. Samuel And The Baler
5. Weakness And A Strength
6. Faith Undefined
7. Your World
8. Are You Thinking Of Me
9. In These Boots
10. My True Story/A Life To Live
11. Waiting For Something To Die$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Weightless (Out Of Stock)When unknown virtuoso guitarist Tosin Abasi released his debut solo album under the moniker Animals As Leaders in 2009, few would have predicted the band's meteoric rise over the next two years. Although Abasi earned acclaim as the lead guitarist in the Washington, D.C.-based metalcore act Reflux, it was still a long-shot that an instrumental album of progressive metal with jazz, electronic and ambient flourishes would develop anything more than a cult following.
Now, on the eve of the release of Weightless, the group's sophomore effort, Animals As Leaders is revered worldwide as a trailblazing pioneer of modern heavy music. Whereas the group's self-titled debut was a collaboration between Abasi and Periphery's Misha Mansoor, Weightless features the recording debut of Animals As Leaders as a true band. After nearly two years of touring together, the new trio wrote and recorded Weightless together in mid-2011, with drummer Naven Koperweis producing and guitarist Javier Reyes mixing.1. An Infinite Regression
4. Earth Departure
5. Isolated Incidents
6. Do Not Go Gently
7. New Eden
8. Cylindrical Sea
10. To Lead You To An Overwhelming Question
12. David$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock