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You reach a point in life where the question of how to stay at the top of your
game looms, with the only real solution being: you change the game. Our Love,
the new album from Caribou, is the sound of Dan Snaith doing just that.
Our Love is the fifth studio album from Caribou.
Our Love is formed around a mixture of digital pop production, hip
hop-inspired beats, muted house basslines, and a love of shuffling garage
that can be traced all the way back to the time of Start Breaking My Heart - all
of which are, of course, filtered through Dan's own unique perspective. The
warm analog sounds of classic soul should not be overlooked either, for they
weave themselves most intensely into the record's DNA. In fact, Our Love is
probably Caribou's most soulful record to date, with tracks like "Back Home"
whose heartfelt lyrics - dealing in tired relationships and a weary kind of love
- and organic nature cut through the bubbling synths and blissful euphoria
of their synthetic constructions. It's not all downbeat of course; while some
thoughts linger on mortality, loss, and letting go, there is always an element of
celebration.1. Can't Do Without You
3. All I Ever Need
4. Our Love
6. Second Chance
7. Julia Brightly
9. Back Home
10. Your Love Will Set You Free$15.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ranked 316/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
They say you can never go home again.
Yet, on their new Interscope Records release and fifth album, Rock Steady, No Doubt has embarked on a globe-spanning musical adventure that proves, once and for all, that home is where the heart is.
At the heart of the quartet's fifteen-year musical journey is a sound, a style and a sensibility that celebrates their enduring bond with millions of fans worldwide: the sheer pleasure of pure pop - danceable, hummable, instantly accessible songs that have become indispensable additions to the soundtrack of our life and times. And now with Rock Steady, that soundtrack signals a return to some of the key creative elements that have made No Doubt one of today's most popular and enduring bands. Simply put, No Doubt is ready to party.
"It's the hardest thing in the world just to be simple, to let the music and the words speak for what you're feeling and, hopefully, to share that feeling. And the feeling we all shared on this album turned out to be pretty simple, too: we were in a good mood."
So says vocalist, lyricist and glorious gamine Gwen Stefani on the inspiration that ignited the dozen deliriously entertaining new tracks comprising Rock Steady. With all-original material penned by Gwen and No Doubt's dynamic songwriting duo of Tony Kanal and Tom Dumont and a roster of producers that pretty much covers the cutting edge of the studio art, Rock Steady, recorded in such far flung locations as London and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Jamaica, is without question the most eclectic, wide-ranging and stylistically diverse offering in the band's extraordinary career. It is also a loving tribute to the musical roots that have nourished No Doubt from their very inception.
"We were on tour pretty much all of last year," explains drummer Adrian Young, "and whenever we had some down time, we found ourselves listening to lots of dancehall. It was kind of like getting back to where we once belonged." Dancehall, the exuberant evolution of reggae, ska and calypso currently rocking the clubs and studios of Jamaica, proved a potent point of departure for the group when they convened in early 2001 to begin work on a new album. "We were part of the whole ska revival back when we first got together," continues Adrian. "The fact is, we had to work hard to prove we had a wider range, and I guess we did that. Because this time around we didn't feel like we had anything to prove. The whole point was to follow the music, wherever it led."
"Following the music" would lead the quartet to a variety of exotic locales as they indulged their instincts and experimented with sounds and settings that would capture the sensational new music beginning to emerge. "This album was less about technique and more about attitude," asserts Tony. "We took it one day at a time and it became a very spontaneous process. Tom had set up a studio at his place in L.A. and we'd meet there just to try out different ideas. Whereas before we'd write everything with a guitar or bass, this time we started with just beats and grooves and keyboards and built from there. After a week or two of songwriting, Gwen had a trip planned to London. Since we were having such a good time we just packed up and followed her over there. We knew we were onto something."
"It felt like starting over," is Tom's assessment. "We had spent two years working on Return Of Saturn because we felt it was important to prove we could do a record that had depth and substance. Once we got that out of our system it was time to have some fun."
Return Of Saturn, the group's smash 2000 release, did indeed establish No Doubt's ability to fashion songs of substance as well as style. It also conclusively demonstrated that the group's 1995 breakthrough release, Tragic Kingdom was more than a flash in the pan, although it was a distinctly dazzling flash that elevated the group to world class status with a solid string of hit singles. "We'd already done most of what we'd set out to accomplish," continues Tom. "We wanted try something fresh."
Something fresh and, as it turned out, something tried and true. "With all the dancehall we'd been listening to it was only natural that some of that rhythm would seep into our new songs," Gwen adds. "We ended up going to Jamaica without really knowing exactly what we'd find when we got there. That was the whole plan from the beginning not to have a plan."
What No Doubt found in the lush musical environs of the island was a creative collaboration with some of Jamaica's most revered producers including the legendary team of Sly & Robbie who sat behind the board for the album's debut single "Hey Baby" and "Underneath It All," a tune written by Gwen with Eurthymics mainstay Dave Stewart during the group's London sojourn. They would also go on record with the fast rising dancehall duo of Steely & Clevie, who worked their magic for the incendiary selection, "Start The Fire." Remarks Tom, "Going to Jamaica and working with the great artists there had always been a dream of ours. Having that opportunity is one the best things about having some success. It's more important than any amount of fame or fortune."
As the spring of 2001 turned to summer the pace of recording stepped up, along with the group's increasingly bold ventures into new creative territory. In Los Angeles they added hip-hop to the mix with the streetwise sensibilities of The Neptunes, co-writers on the album's opening track, the scorching "Hella Good." Next they huddled with high-profile mixmaster Nellee Hooper on Rock Steady's title track as well as such standout selections as "In My Head," "Running," "Detective" and the above mentioned "Hella Good." Along the way they logged time with William Orbit for "Making Out," Ric Ocasek on "Platinum Blonde Life" and "Don't Let Me Down," and the inimitable Prince who co-produced and provided backing vocals on the drop dead gorgeous "Waiting Room."
But mixing and matching songs and producers was only part of the creative evolution that took place with Rock Steady. Says Tony, "Our attitude from the beginning was that we'd do whatever it took to make the music work. We've always been a very self-contained unit. This time we wanted to open it up, to find out what other people could bring to the party."
"The whole album was an exercise in spontaneity," adds Gwen, "and that challenged me to write more directly from my thoughts and feelings. I threw away my thesaurus and put aside my influences, everyone from Joni Mitchell to Sylvia Plath. I wanted to write songs about how it felt to be alive right now and that feeling, despite everything that going on in the world, is optimistic and full of hope. This is a time to affirm what's good and positive in our lives and if we can convey even a small part of the fun and excitement we had making this music, then we've done what we set out to do."
Hot on the heels of Rock Steady's release comes news of an extensive touring schedule that includes select dates with U2 as well as an extensive itinerary of international headlining dates. "We're primarily a live band," comments Tony. "That's how we started and that's how we maintain contact with our fans. Over the past couple of years, as the No Doubt machine got bigger, it's been more difficult to maintain that connection. But this time around,we're determined to stay true to the spirit of the music. It's about having a good time, about dancing in aisles and singing along. We all need that and it's what this tour is going to be about."
"After fifteen years together you naturally create all kinds of rules about how things should be," concludes Gwen. "There comes a time when you've got to throw the rules out and start all over again. That's what keeps it fun and interesting. For us that time has come."
It's a sentiment that gets to the heart of the brilliant music on Rock Steady, an album that finds No Doubt comfortable at home with the risks and rewards of true originality. It's also proof positive that, when No Doubt throws a party, everyone's invited.LP1
2. Hella Good
3. Hey Baby
4. Making Out
5. Underneath It All
7. Don't Let Me Down
1. Start The Fire
3. In My Head
4. Platinum Blonde Life
5. Waiting Room
6. Rock Steady$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Byrds were one of the earliest groups who could combine the best of two worlds.
They caught on to the energy of the British Invasion and combined it with the lyricism & musical elements of the contemporary folk movement.
Along the way they pioneered Psychedelic and Country Rock, always keeping things recognizable with their vocal harmonies accompanied by their jangly guitars.
On their third album 'Fifth Dimension' from 1966 they started showing a more LSD-tinged side of themselves with the Psychedelic Rock of songs such as 'Eight Miles High' and 'I See You' and a preference for the Indian raga.
One of their most pioneering albums!1 5 D (Fifth Dimension)
2 Wild Mountain Thyme
3 Mr. Spaceman
4 I See You
5 What's Happening?!?!
6 I Come And Stand At Every Door
1 Eight Miles High
2 Hey Joe (Where You Gonna Go)
3 Captain Soul
4 John Riley
5 2-4-2 Fox Trot (The Lear Jet Song)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The PhoenixOne of the first fruits of Fhloston Paradigm rose out of the very popular 'King Britt presents Fhloston Paradigm' Hyperdub 12" in 2011, the name itself a fitting misspelling of the destination from the film Fifth Element, called 'Fhloston Paradise.' This initial EP won over many new fans with its inspired vision of how music with its DNA in a vintage future - formed by a childhood growing up with the peak of Science Fiction, from Close Encounters, to Blade Runner and Doctor Who - can sound. It hit upon a creative and adventurous way to fly above the needless analog and digital binary and represent both sides.1. Portal 1
2. Race To The Moon
3. Letters Of The Past feat. Pia Ercole
4. Chasing Rainbows
6. Never Defeated feat. Rachel Claudio
7. Tension Remains feat. Pia Ercole
8. It's All About feat. Pia Ercole
9. More feat. Marlo Reynolds
10. The Phoenix
11. Portal 3
12. Never Forget
13. Portal 4
14. Light On Edge feat. Natasha Kmeto$20.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter SoundtrackResident Evil: The Final Chapter is the sixth and final movie in the smash hit Resident Evil series. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and starring Milan Jovovich (The Fifth Element, Zoolander), Resident Evil: The Final Chapter concludes the story of Alice, following her as she travels to the zombie-infested hellscape of Raccoon City to face down the Umbrella Corporation and save the few remaining survivors of the apocalypse. The original score to Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is composed by veteran musician Paul Haslinger. Following a successful run with the German electronic group Tangerine Dream, Haslinger has enjoyed a career in scoring for film and television, working on such projects as Fear The Walking Dead and the Underworld series.1. This Is My Story
2. A Force So Evil
3. Return To The Hive
4. The Turbine Sequence
5. Make It Right
6. Entering Raccoon City
7. I Promised You An Answer
8. Seal The Hive
9. History Is Written By The Victors
10. Laser Corridor Revisited
12. The Anti-virus Sacrifice
13. Why Am I Alive
14. Towards A New Horizon
15. My Work Is Not Done
16. The Run Towards The Crater$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
AyoAyo is the fifth studio album by Colombian band Bomba EstÉreo, set for release on vinyl via Sony Music Latin. It is a cumbia album with elements of modern dance music and Spanglish lyrics.1. Internacionales
2. Amar Así
3. Química (Dance With Me) [feat. Balkan Beat Box]
5. Money Money Money...
6. Flower Power
10. Crush Bomba EstÉreo
11. Vuelve$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Get LuckyRecorded at his award-winning British Grove Studios in West London and co-produced with long-time cohorts Chuck Ainlay and Guy Fletcher, Mark Knopfler's fifth studio album, Get Lucky is a beautifully crafted exploration of a lifetime of musical roots. Knopfler fluently combines folk and blues elements here with original songwriting, personalized British ingredients and vivid observational lyricism. The 11-track set is pressed on two heavyweight 180g vinyl LPs.1. Border Reiver
2. Hard Shoulder
3. You Can't Beat The House
4. Before Gas And TV
6. Cleaning My Gun
7. The Car Was The One
8. Remembrance Day
9. Get Lucky
10. So Far From The Clyde
11. Piper To The End$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
EquinoxEquinox is the fifth album by Styx, originally released in December 1975.
Styx are best known for melding the style of pop rock with the power of hard-rock guitar, strong ballads and elements of international musical theatre. The band are best known for hit songs such as 'Babe', 'Come Sail Away', 'Blue Collar Man', and 'Mr. Roboto'.
The band has four consecutive albums certified multi-platinum by the RIAA as well as sixteen top 40 singles in the US.1. Light Up
3. Mother Dear
4. Lonely Child
5. Midnight Ride
6. Born For Adventure
7. Prelude 12
8. Suite Madame Blue$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Field SongsOn Lanegan's fifth and final solo album for Sub Pop, Field Songs, he seems to have taken the best elements from his previous work to create one of the most fulfilled, and fulfilling, albums of his career; Field Songs also includes Kimiko's Dream House, which Mark co-wrote with Jeffrey Lee Pierce of The Gun Club. This LP version is the first standalone vinyl edition of Field Songs (it was previously only available in the 2015 box set entitled One Way Street).1. One Way Street
2. No Easy Action
4. Pill Hill Serenade
5. Don't Forget Me
6. Kimiko's Dream House
7. Resurrection Song
8. Field Song
10. Blues For D
11. She Done Too Much
12. Fix$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Through Silver In Blood (Awaiting Repress)Through Silver in Blood is the fifth album from the California based post-metal band Neurosis. The album holds elements of industrial metal reminiscent of Godflesh, sludge metal, doom metal, avant-garde metal, and yet still retains faint elements of hardcore punk from the band's previous work. The vocals are usually shouted, growled or screamed, and the drums are often played in a similar way to the electronic drums exhibited in industrial metal and industrial rock, although the drums play a doom metal or sludge metal groove in many passages.1. Through Silver in Blood
5. Locust Star
6. Strength of Fates
7. Become the Ocean
9. Enclosure in Flame$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
LIMITED EDITION LP VERSION OF THE FIFTH TAAKE ALBUM
The fifth studio album, Noregs Vaapen, sees the band refine their True Norwegian Black Metal sound, but also take a step further and include some new elements. The album is filled with Hoests trademark riffs, melodies and vocals, but also includes more unpredictable parts more blacknroll grooves, ice cold mellotrons, and white trash banjo. Limited to 1000 copies, this gatefold double 180g LP features different cover art, A2 poster and a cover version of the classic Emperor song I am The Black Wizards as bonus track (featuring Attila Csihar of Mayhem and Ivar Bjornson of Enslaved).LP 1
1. Fra vadested til vaandesmed
4. Du ville ville Vestland
3. Dei vil alltid klaga og kyta
4. I Am The Black Wizards$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Killing Gods (Clear Vinyl)Pressed On Limited Edition Clear Vinyl
MISERY INDEX returns with a fury worthy of the title of their new album, The Killing Gods. With their fifth full-length, the American icons of hard hitting brutality display the strength of maturity grown out of the experience gained as a relentless touring machine. The general trend of their continuous evolution to incorporate fewer core elements and move towards classic death metal finds a new high water mark with "The Killing Gods". Now brace, hold tight and duck for cover, for the wrath of the gods is upon us!LP 1
2. The Calling
3. The Oath
4. Conjuring The Cull
5. The Harrowing
6. The Killing Gods
7. Cross To Bear
1. Gallows Humor
2. The Weakener
4. Colony Collapse
5. Heretics$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
First Pressing Of 1000 Individually Numbered Copies On Transparent Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Seven is the seventh studio album by Soft Machine, released in 1973. Roy Babbington, who had previously contributed to Fourth and Fifth on double bass as a session musician, replaced Hugh Hopper on bass guitar, who left to begin a solo career.
Their unique take on jazz rock was groundbreaking. Seven is a highly diverse album combining minimal, spacey elements and some great instrumental jamming. It was also the last of their studio releases to carry a numbered title.1. Nettle Bed
2. Carol Ann
3. Day's Eye
4. Bone Fire
8. Penny Hitch
10. Down The Road
11. The German Lesson
12. The French Lesson$38.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Women & ChildrenWest Coast-based AUTHOR & PUNISHER, the long-running, one-man industrial doom project propagated by iconic sound contortionist Tristan Shone, is pleased to announce his fifth and latest creation of audio rebellion. Titled Women & Children, the follow up to last year's critically lauded Ursus Americanus full-length further challenges the traditional confines of extreme music with eight tracks of audio exploration and mechanical decomposition.
Shone elaborates: "AUTHOR & PUNISHER's newest sonic endeavor combines elements of both machines and more traditional apparati to stretch and blur the dynamic palette from doom to industrial, to heavy bass music, and back again."
Adds Seventh Rule Recordings label head Scott Flaster: "The new AUTHOR & PUNISHER? On first listen I was thrown into a grey world where the bleakness of early industrial music layered with a heavier contemporary dirge. "1. Women & Children
2. In Remorse
4.Tame as a Lion
7. Miles from Home
8. Pain Myself$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Grin (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 29, 2018*
Limited To 500 Copies On 2x Green Colored Vinyl
Coroner's fifth and final album for Noise Records was GRIN and
was originally released in 1993. This album saw the band move
even further forward with sonic diversity and encapsulated a
more groove lead sound with industrial elements, which were
popular during the mid-nineties. It's songs were longer, more
complex and the most experimental the band have ever written.
GRIN is a technical marvel and in '96 was risky and very ahead
of its time which has led to it being hailed, posthumously as an
innovative classic of its genre.
Formed in Zurich, Switzerland in 1983, CORONER were originally roadies for fellow Swiss avant garde thrashers, Celtic Frost.
In fact, Frost frontman Tom G Warrior sang vocals on the bands demo, Death Cult. Signing to Germany's Noise Records
in 1987 the band produced five albums for the label over the next nine years - R.I.P., Punishment For Decadence, No More
Colour, Mental Vortex and Grin. Starting out from the 80's thrash scene the band's sound soon progressed to encompass
elements of classical, avant-garde, prog, jazz and industrial and their increasingly complex style pf progressive rock-infused
thrash garnered them the nickname, "the Rush of thrash metal."
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.LP 1
1. Dream Path
2. The Lethargic Age
3. Internal Conflicts
4. Caveat (To The Coming)
5. Serpent Moves
1. Status: Still Thinking
2. Theme For Silence
3. Paralized, Mesmerized
4. Grin (Nails Hurt)
5. Host$29.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Hymn To The Immortal WindJust in time for their 10-year anniversary, Mono return with their fifth studio album, the absolutely massive Hymn To The Immortal Wind.
After touring almost non-stop for five years, the band hibernated for over a year to focus solely on writing Hymn. The result is their most thoughtful and eclectic album to date. Written and arranged with a hopeful, romantic narrative in mind, the songs string together like chapters in an epic love story. The music is naturally majestic, with Monos trademark wall of noise crashing beautifully against the largest chamber orchestra the band has ever enlisted. The instrumentation is vast, incorporating strings, flutes, organ, piano, glockenspiel and tympani into their standard face-melting set-up.
Recorded to analog tape with long-time friend and producer Steve Albini, there is an intimacy captured here that is at once beautiful and a little terrifying. The creaking of old wooden chairs as the orchestra rocks in their seats (both literally and figuratively), puckered lips rolling along flutes, and even the conductors opening cue can be heard during the hauntingly quiet sections.
While Hymn continues to mine the cinematic drama inherent in all of Monos music, the dynamic shifts now come more from dark-to-light instead of quiet-to-loud. The maturity to balance these elements masterfully has become Monos strongest virtue.1. Ashes In The Snow
2. Burial At Sea
3. Silent Flight, Sleeping Dawn
4. Pure As Snow
5. Follow The Map
6. The Battle Of Heaven
7. Everlasting Light$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
We Fight Til DeathThis year Windsor for the Derby celebrates its tenth year with the release of its fifth full length, We Fight Til Death. Over those ten years Dan Matz and Jason Mcneely, have managed to arduously maintain this project over the many miles though are now newly relocated together in the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia PA. Those years have seen personnel changes with much help along the way by their talented friends. Over the last few years, Timothy White and Ben Cissner have jumped on board to lend their invaluable assistance to WFTD and helped to create a solid quartet.
We Fight Til Death finds WFTD in Bloomington, Indiana with Dan Burton (Early Day Miners, Ativin) at the controls. This record was recorded and mixed over the last year at Burton's Grotto Home Studio with Burton and a few other locals sitting in. WFTD finds a way to take each release to a wholly different trajectory while at the same time creating a progressive connection to the last. The skewed pop sensibilities of The Emotional Rescue LP are hinted at on We Fight Til Death as well as the dark refrains of 1998's Minnie Greutzfeldt. By combining elements of previous releases and exploring new terrain, We Fight Til Death is Windsor For The Derby's most realized release to date.
Along with their duties with WFTD, Dan Matz currently records solo material under his own name and The Birdwatcher.
The Melody Of A Fallen Tree
The Door Is Red
Logic And Surprise
A Spring Like Sixty
For People Unknown
We Fight Til Death
Flight$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Furious 7 (Movie Score)Import
First Pressing Of 1000 Numbered Copies On Red & Blue Colored Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter
With Exclusive Poster
The musical score for the 7th installment of The Fast & The Furious franchise is composed by Brian Tyler, an American composer, arranger, producer, musician, and songwriter. Tyler has composed scores for film, television and video games, including scores for the third, fourth, and fifth episodes of The Fast & The Furious.
Brian Tyler is easily one of the busiest composers around today. Tyler won Composer of the Year at the 2013 Cue Awards and was nominated for a 2014 BAFTA Award. In 2010, Tyler was inducted into the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. As of May 2015 his films have grossed $9.5 billion worldwide.
When discussing the creation of the score, Tyler explained: The music uses modern recording techniques, vintage modular synthesizers, mashed-up beats, drums and tweaked remix elements along with classic film scoring traditions including full orchestra, piano, voice and classical guitar. I am so proud of the movie, and I dedicate the score to the memory of Paul Walker and all the joy he brought.LP1
1. Furious 7
4. Operation Ramsey
5. Battle Of The Titans
6. Parting Ways
7. Mountain Hijack
9. Beast In A Cage
11. Vow For Revenge
12. Party Crashers
13. The Three Towers
1. God's Eye
2. When Worlds Collide
4. Hobbs Is The Cavalry
5. Operation Carjack
6. A Completely Insane Plan
7. Letty And Dom
8. Heist In The Desert
9. No More Funerals
10. Hobbs Vs Shaw
12. About To Get Real Serious Up In Here
14. One Last Stand
15. Farewell$46.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
What About NowWhat About Now is the twelfth studio album by American rock band Bon Jovi. Produced by John Shanks, the album was originally released on March 12, 2013 in the United States. The album was promoted throughout the band's 2013 Because We Can: The Tour. It marks the final Bon Jovi album to feature Richie Sambora before he left the band in 2013. The album debuted at #1 in the U.S., where it sold 101,000 copies in its first week, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200. What About Now became their third album in a row to hit #1 in US after The Circle and Lost Highway and their fifth #1 album during their career. The album has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide, going gold in Germany selling 100,000 copies.
Richie Sambora characterized the new material as a compilation of "different elements"; yet reassured old fans that they will be just as pleased with the new work as they have been with the old for over 30 years.1. Because We Can
2. I'm With You
3. What About Now
4. Pictures of You
6. Thats What the Water Made Me
7. Whats Left of Me
8. Army of One
9. Thick as Thieves
10. Beautiful World
11. Room at the End of the World
12. The Fighter$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
One Kiss Ends It AllIn their decade-plus existence, Saturday Looks Good To Me has never taken a typical path: endless line-up changes, shifts in sound from lo-fi 60's pop to experimental noise rock, a twisting discography heavy on one-off singles and bizarre package tours with afrobeat and freakfolk bands.
In 2012, bandleader and songwriter Fred Thomas returned with a fresh new line-up, including new vocalists Carol Catherine and Amber Fellows, but also with old friends from previous SLGTM incarnations like bassist Scott DeRoche and drummer Ryan Howard showing up for the fun.
The band's fifth proper album, One Kiss Ends It All, came together following the group's first tour after getting back in action, however the four years since their last full-length weren't spent cultivating this new batch of songs.
Instead, a spontaneous and breezy vibe flows through the album's 12 selections, drawing on the reference points of 60's pop and early indie rock, all filtered through the band's skewed pop lens.
Thomas' songs are always bittersweet, but short, uptempo rockers like Invisible Friend and Break In recall the open-hearted running melodicism of New Zealand kiwi-pop while more groove-oriented numbers like Polar Bear or Sunglasses meld electronic elements with the same sharp-edged attitude of the first Strokes album.
Even former SLGTM lead vocalist Betty Barnes (who now lives in Sweden) sings lead on two tracks: the doo-wop piano lament of Negative Space and the spare indie rock road trip The Ever-present New Times Condition.
Saturday Looks Good To Me's albums in the early 2000's (All Your Summer Songs, Every Night) predicted the reverb-saturated production and girl-group revisitations that indie rock would embrace several years down the road.
One Kiss Ends It All expands on those early lo-fi marvels and feels more like a revelation than a continuance.
With more sophisticated arrangements and melodies more direct and engaging than anything the band has ever done, the album feels like re-telling the details of a dream minutes after waking. Something new colliding with something that shouldn't make sense in a beautifully strange collage. And always more details hidden in the corners.1. One Kiss
2. Invisible Friend
3. Empty Beach
4. Negative Space
5. New City
6. The Everpresent New Times Condition
7. Break In
8. Polar Bear
9. Are You Kissing Anyone?
12. Space Children$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Eight Miles High / Why (Mono)"Eight Miles High" b/w "Why" - The Rare RCA Studios Versions Original Mono Masters!!!
During an action-packed Byrds tour of the UK in August 1965, ideas began to form in Gene Clark's mind for a new song. After germinating for several weeks, he began to put his thoughts on paper during the band's U.S. tour in November 1965.
Traveling from gig to gig, David Crosby's cassettes of Ravi Shankar and John Coltrane provided the tour bus soundtrack. As Clark continued writing the song that would become ''Eight Miles High,'' this exotic music, especially Coltrane's recordings, found their way into the composition. Juxtaposed against lyrical snapshots of London, like ''rain grey town, known for its sound,'' the modal melody created a striking contrast and summoned a surreal, flight-like feeling.
Despite Clark's increasing isolation from the group, it was obvious that ''Eight Miles High'' was a work of major importance and the group promptly made plans to record it. The band entered RCA Studios in Los Angeles on December 22, 1965, to track ''Eight Miles High,'' along with a new Roger McGuinn- David Crosby song ''Why.'' They had worked up an explosive arrangement for the Clark song, adding elements culled from their recent highway listening sessions. The Coltrane influence is especially evident in McGuinn's electric twelve-string solo, inspired by Coltrane's free-form sax lines on ''India.'' Shankar's sitar work is reflected in Chris Hillman's driving bass part, a hypnotic drone against which McGuinn's guitar lines shine in high relief. This Eastern influence also emerges on the high energy ''Why'' with McGuinn creating a sitar-like solo on his guitar while employing non-Western scales. Though not a conscious attempt, these songs were later cited as pioneering examples of raga rock, one of several innovative sub-genres, along with folk rock and country rock that the band explored in their career.
Despite the unqualified artistic success of the RCA sessions, Columbia refused to release the tracks because they had not been recorded in a Columbia-owned studio. The band dutifully re-recorded the two songs at Columbia Studios in Hollywood and these recordings were released as a single and later included in the Fifth Dimension album. However, the band was not fully satisfied with this second attempt, believing that the RCA recordings were better.
This special Sundazed release marks the first use of the recently located original mono mixdown masters. McGuinn has always felt that the first recordings of these songs were more spontaneous. And when asked about the RCA version of ''Eight Miles High'' Crosby declared, ''It was a stunner, it was better, it was stronger. It was the way we wanted it to be.''1. Eight Miles High
2. Why$9.997 Vinyl Single Mono - Sealed Buy Now
PoliticoNacional Records is excited to announce the vinyl release of Mexican Institute of Sound's (M.I.S.) critically acclaimed,
DJ-favorite albums 'Politico,' 'Pinata,' 'Mejico Maxico and 'Soy Sauce.'
Politico, the fifth full-length album by Mexican Institute of Sound (producer and songwriter Camilo Lara) is an album that almost wasn't. In 2011, an enormous amount of the explosive C4 was discovered next door to Lara's residence -- it was set to be detonated; by whom and for what purpose was never determined. In a recent interview, Lara said that he didn't deliberately set out to go into politics, but that politics had come to his house. These 13 songs, composed and assembled by Lara, address the chaos, destruction, tragedy, and violence that have become all-too-familiar elements in Mexican lives. Politico is a statement in the same way that the Clash's Sandinista! or the Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks were, but it isn't nostalgic. Nor is it sonically similar to either. Longtime fans of MIS may have some initial issues because there are vocals on almost every tune. But not only do they not they detract from the set's appeal, their urgent expressions add to it. While the topical nature of these songs is undeniable, it doesn't mean this isn't a fun record. Quite the opposite. Lara isn't didactic in his lyrics; these are personal observations, and in that way, carry more weight than slogans. His unique compositional style makes them musically irresistible, and compelling. He uses Mexico's and Latin America's folk forms -- cumbias, descargas, sons, corridos, mariachis, bandas, rancheras, cha-chas, rhumbas, pachangas, and more -- and hard welds them to slamming beats, layered melodies, and infectious keyboard grooves, all via a staggering yet organic-sounding mÉlange of samples from rock & roll, hip-hop, funk, house, disco, techno, etc. Check the wild marimba samples that introduce the melody to Tipo Raro, which originally appeared in the film Made in Mexico. Lara retains the melody throughout, but busts it from its context; he runs head-on into multi-tracked Farfisa organs, a deeply distressed beat, four-on-the-floor loops, rapping, and a brittle bassline that fires directly from the center. Especulando is a driving, funky electro jam. Es-Toy uses accordion and darkly tinged double trombones (à la Willie Colón), a pulsing organ, and chanted vocals. Despite its skittering dance beat and its mariachi horns, Más is pure, frenetic punk rock. Politico is easily the most sophisticated record in the MIS catalog. This is political music without apology; it's also frenzied dance party music that's virtually peerless. - Thom Jurek (All Music Guide)
M.I.S. tours the world performing at major festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza, with a wide range of
high-profile television and videogame uses, including HBO 'Entourage' & 'East Bound & Down,' as well as
'Californication' and videogames like EA Sports' 'FIFA' and the new 'Grand Theft Auto V', for which he curated
one of the radio stations 'East Los FM.'
The sound of old Mexican cumbias, boleros and mariachi tunes scrambled with samples, effects and beats.
- NEW YORK TIMES
Camilo Lara works the electro-dance scene like the James Murphy [LCD Soundsystem] of Latin America.
Think Hot Chip visiting the Buena Vista Social Club; think traditional samples with bells and beats; think a
sweaty indie-dance party. - CMJ1. Politico
7. Ceci n est Pas Une Automate
8. Se Baila Así
9. My Buddy @julps
10. Tipo Raro
11. Ritmo Internacional
12. Cumbia Meguro
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Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5
The Elvis Presley/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues!
Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5!
First Time Audiophile Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation!
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Elvis Aaron Presley was born during the Great Depression into a poor family in Mississippi. They moved to Memphis during the early
fifties, and as a struggling young truck driver, Elvis cut some demos as a gift for his beloved mother Gladys. These initial songs, of which he
had only paid a few dollars to record, would become the catalyst that would kick-start the beginnings of a soon to be worldwide superstar
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The folks at RCA Victor knew that this young fellow named Elvis was destined for superstardom. They quickly signed the legend to a
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From the remainder of the 1960's into the late 1970's, Elvis Presley would release many more hit albums, smash singles and movies
before his untimely passing in 1977. Ever proving that he was indeed on top of his game, RCA Victor awarded their superstar artist and his fans
with the King's fifth greatest hits collection Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5.
Featuring a treasure trove of his most familiar top charting hit singles Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5 went on to achieve gold status and
become one of his most memorable titles in his huge arsenal of masterful rock and roll albums.
Thanks to his finest rock smashes like Burning Love, Moody Blue, In the Ghetto and his landmark Memphis session groover Suspicious
Minds, this collection of Elvis Presley's biggest hits were just what the fans were screaming for, and the entire album was built around the
framework of his rocking trademark sound. The 1984 album also was another blockbuster for The King truly proving once again that his career
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Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5 also included some of his finest ballads like Kentucky Rain and his monumental NBC TV Comeback Special
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In honor of the Man, the Music, the Legend, the King Of Rock And Roll, Friday Music is very proud and honored to announce the first time
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