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Thelonious HimselfBecause Thelonious Monk's artistic vision was so personal and peculiar, hearing him in a solo setting is perhaps the best way to begin to understand him.
This 1957 album was his first to consist of exclusively solo material. His lines are fractured, his ideas are deliberate, his mood is introspective, and the end result is an album of both stunning beauty and jarring surprise, often at once. The three originals included are all significant: Functional shows how Monk's irregularities translate into a blues format. 'Round Midnight, his most famous composition, is boiled down to its very core. The finale Monk's Mood is a fragile ballad that eventually adds color from tenor John Coltrane and bassist Wilbur Ware--the only spot on the record with accompaniment.
That said, it's equally as fascinating to hear Monk reinvent the five timeless standards in his own image.
-Marc Greilsamer1. April In Paris
2. Ghost Of A Chance
4. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
5. I Should Care
6. 'Round Midnight
7. All Alone
8. Monk's Mood$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Double FantasyReleased in 1980 by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, it is the seventh and final studio album released by Lennon in his lifetime. The album is notable for its association with Lennon's murder three weeks after its release. It became a worldwide commercial success, and went on to win the 1981 Album of the Year at the 24th Annual Grammy Awards.1. (Just Like) Starting Over [Remastered 2010]
2. Kiss Kiss Kiss [Remastered 2010]
3. Cleanup Time [Remastered 2010]
4. Give Me Something [Remastered 2010]
5. I'm Losing You [Remastered 2010]
6. I'm Moving On [Remastered 2010]
7. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) [Remastered 2010]
8. Watching The Wheels [Remastered 2010]
9. Yes, I'm Your Angel [Remastered 2010]
11. Beautiful Boys [Remastered 2010]
12. Dear Yoko [Remastered 2010]
13. Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him [Remastered 2010]
14. Hard Times Are Over [Remastered 2010]$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Twin Fantasy"Maybe one of the best rock records of the century, and
maybe one of the top 10 rock records ever made"
- NPR's 50 BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR OF 2016 (#8) TEENS OF DENIAL
"Like Nirvana building quiet and explosiveness into the
same space, Car Seat Headrest knows how to be intimate
and epic at the same time." - ROLLING STONE
Will Toledo always knew he would return to Twin Fantasy.
He never did complete the work. Not really. Never could
square his grand ambitions against his mechanical limitations.
Listen to his first attempt, recorded at nineteen on
a cheap laptop, and you'll hear what Brian Eno fondly
calls "the sound of failure" - thrilling, extraordinary, and
singularly compelling failure. Will's first love, rendered in
the vivid teenage viscera of stolen gin, bruised shins, and
weird sex, was an event too momentous for the medium
assigned to record it.
Early next year, on the heels of the smashing success
of Teens of Denial, Car Seat Headrest will release a new
version of Twin Fantasy. "It was never a finished work," Will
says, "and it wasn't until last year that I figured out how
to finish it." He has, now, the benefit of a bigger budget, a
full band in fine form, and endless time to tinker. According
to him, it took eight months of mixing just to get the
drums right. But this is no shallow second take, sanitized
in studio and scrubbed of feeling. This is the album he
always wanted to make. It sounds the way he always
wanted it to sound.
It's been hard, stepping into the shoes of his teenage
self, walking back to painful places. There are lyrics he
wouldn't write again, an especially sad song he regards
as an albatross. But even as he carries the weight of that
younger, wounded Will, he moves forward. He grows. He
revises, gently, the songs we love so much. In the album's
final moments, in those apologies to future me's and
you's, there is more forgiveness than fury.
This, Will says, is the most vital difference between the old
and the new: he no longer sees his own story as a tragedy.LP 1
1. My Boy (Twin Fantasy)
2. Beach Life-In-Death
3. Stop Smoking (We Love You)
4. Sober To Death
5. Nervous Young Inhumans
2. Cute Thing
3. High To Death
4. Famous Prophets (Stars)
5. Twin Fantasy (Those Boys)$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Afterparty BabiesMy dad said I was an after party baby. This goes out to all the accidents out there. Keep on making mistakes - Cadence Weapon. Rollie Pemberton, a.k.a. Cadence Weapon, is back, firmly establishing his legacy as a pioneer in a passionate crusade to push the envelopes of rap and electronic music. This ANTI debut delves into the friends and feelings, crews and club nights, hometowns and heroes, media and fashion, generated by Cadence's precocious career to date, all surrounded by punishing electronic dance jams. Cadence has played shows with Spank Rock, Lady Sovereign, Jurassic 5, TTC, New Pornographers, Final Fantasy, and De La Soul. RIYL: Aesop Rock, LCD Soundsystem, Daft Punk, Busdriver.1. Do I Miss My Friends?
2. InSearch of the Youth Crew
3. True Story
4. Limited Edition OJ Slammer
5. Juliann Wilding
6. Real Estate
7. Messages Matter
8. Your Hair's Not Clothes!
9. Tattoos (And What They Really Feel Like)
10. The New Fashion
11. Getting Dumb
12. House Music
13. Unsuccessful Club Nights
14. We Move Away$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-FAN-0494xBill Evans Trio
I Will Say Goodbye (Pre-Order)Bill Evans' ironically titled final recording for Fantasy Records is considered to be one of his best. The GRAMMY® Award-winning 1979 effort is a glorious sampler of several composers who inevitably inspired the pianist - including Michel Legrand, Burt Bacharach and Johnny Mandel - in a program where variety is achieved while peak inspiration is sustained. With Eddie Gomez and Eliot Zigmund.1. I Will Say Goodbye
2. Dolphin Dance
4. Peau Douce
5. Nobody Else But Me
6. I Will Say Goodbye (Take 2)
7. The Opener
8. Quiet Light
9. A House is Not a Home
10. Orson's Theme$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
HeartlandThe third Final Fantasy full-length and the first for Domino, Heartland is the product of nine months work in four separate countries. The release is a fully orchestral record, designed to exist simultaneously as an album, a 45-minute piece of orchestral music and a set of songs for looped violin and voice. Work began in earnest in November of 2008, when Owen Pallett and Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara flew to Reykjavik to work at The Greenhouse, Valgeir Siggurdsson's studio (Bjork's Medulla, Bonnie Prince Billy's The Letting Go) with engineer Mio ??rrison at the board. The orchestra was recorded in January of 2009, in Prague, with the Czech Symphony. Other guests include Matt Smith (Nifty), Reg Vermue (Gentleman Reg) and Nico Muhly. Rusty Santos, who produced Animal Collective's Sung Tongs and mixed Panda Bear's Person Pitch, was taken on as mixer.1. Midnight Directives
2. Keep The Dog Quiet
3. Mount Alpentine
4. Red Sun No. 5
5. Lewis Takes Action
6. The Great Elsewhere
7. Oh Heartland, Up Yours!
8. Lewis Takes Off His Shirt
9. Flare Gun
10. E Is For Estranged
11. Tryst With Mephistopheles
12. What Do You Think Will Happen Now?$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Avi BuffaloAvi Buffalo is the adopted name of Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg, an 18 year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist from Long Beach, CA. Avi Buffalo is also the name of the band he formed with friends and like-minded collaborators Sheridan Riley (drums), Arin Fazio (the old man at nearly 21 on bass) and Rebecca Coleman (keyboards and vocals). They've toured with Beach House, Final Fantasy, opened for Vampire Weekend and found fans at KCRW and Steve Lamacq at the BBC. The version of What's In It For? collected here is the same as the one found on the What's In It For? 7 single. The version of Jessica is altogether different from the version that is the b-side of that same single.1. Truth Sets In
2. What's In It For?
4. Five Little Sluts
6. Summer Cum
7. One Last
8. Can't I Know?
9. Remember Last Time
10. Where's Your Dirty Mind?$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Total DustDusted is Brian Borcherdt (Holy Fuck, LIDS) and Leon Taheny (Final Fantasy, Rituals, Bruce Peninsula). Wanting to explore a different sound, but unsure of where or how to find it, Borcherdt spent a December weekend in Nova Scotia. Alone and unable to sleep in a cold, dank cabin, he drew musical inspiration from his sparse surroundings. Fueled by a psychedelic hum underneath a veil of low drone-y distortion, Total Dust is Borcherdt's revelation.
Most bands don't record through a small, blown-out practice amp. You may find however that it works, as the guitar fights its way through, only the most important notes survive. Their songs don't exist to be overproduced. They're recorded lean and they stay that way. In fact, it's almost impossible to manipulate anything when your studio is either a small converted garage or a rural cabin stocked with a scattered drum kit, a bass synth, and a tambourine. That's why every track was laid completely bare, stripped of all unnecessary instrumentation so that what remains is sometimes melodic, sometimes haunting, and always integral.
Before even one song had been released, the band signed with Polyvinyl and played a show with labelmates Deerhoof and of Montreal. Their performance challenged the limitations of a two-piece: vocals and guitar expelled over a raucous backbone of live drums, 808 samples, and bass synth.1. All Comes Down
2. (Into the) Atmosphere
3. Cut Them Free
4. Low Humming
6. Pale Light
7. Property Lines
9. Long It Lasts
10. There Somehow$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Flying Club CupSince its release in May of 2006, Beirut's internationally celebrated Gulag Orkestar album has soundscanned more than 45,000 copies, and the band has done a tsunami of interviews, photoshoots and features (including NY Times, Spin, Pitchfork, Urb, and Village Voice). This great fervor developed around an album conceived and constructed in a teenager's New Mexico bedroom.
Six months of recording has led to The Flying Club Cup, an homage to France's culture, fashion, history, and music. Two years ago, Zach Condon immersed himself in Balkan folk, absorbed sounds, scales, styles, and the sonic joys of a skeletally structured, cacophonic ensembleoand moved west. Soaking up the likes of Francois Hardy, Charles Aznavour, and, most notably, Jacques Brel (a huge influence on both Scott Walker and Mark E. Smith), Condon has been articulating his conversational French.
Most of the album was created at a nondescript Albuquerque office space, a.k.a. A Hawk and a Hacksaw's practice room; Heather Trost plays violin and viola on three songs. Engineering and production assistance came from Griffin Rodriguez (A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Man Man). He helped separate the many instrumentalists involved in recording, as opposed to Gulag's largely solo flight.The orkestar, which has solidified into a core group of eight members, has grand plans for replicating the album live, and is now an integral part of Beirut's identity. Additional recording was done with Owen Pallet (Final Fantasy) at the Masonic church studio owned by The Arcade Fire.
Within the spectacle and intimacy of The Flying Club Cup, you can hear a love letter to the joie de vivre that defines our existence. Listen closer, and you also hear the emergence of a singular musical talent of Mr. Zachary F. Condon, at present living in Paris-- unbounded by cultural borders and by where his heart travels.
A September-October '07 tour of nice theaters in large U.S. cities is in the planning stages, as are more dates in 2008.
Experience a special series of new Beirut videos at http://flyingclubcup.com
A Call To Arms
A Sunday Smile
Forks And Knives (La Fete)
In The Mausoluem
Un Dernier Verre (Pour La Route)
The Flying Club Cup
Untitled$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In ItalyFeaturing standout renditions of Straight, No Chaser, Bemsha Swing, and Rhythm-A-Ning, In Italy captures pianist/composer Thelonious Monk
flexing his trademark idiosyncratic chops on what would be his final recording for the Riverside label. Cut live in concert while on an extensive European
tour, this set from 1961 serves as a final reminder of the legendary catalog Monk built while recording for Riverside and hinted at the genius yet to be
recorded. Accompanied by tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse, bassist John Ore, and drummer Frankie Dunlop, Monk shines here, turning in more of the
style the set him apart from his peers as an individualistic player capable of consistently expressive, stylistic and sophisticated performances.1. Jackie-ing
3. Body And Soul
4. Straight, No Chaser
5. Bemsha Swing
6. San Francisco Holiday
7. Crepuscule With Nellie
8. Rhythm-A-Ning$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Peanuts Greatest Hits (Picture Disc)Picture Disc In Die-Cut Sleeve
Cover Art Pictured Above Is Not Representative Of Final Picture Disc Art
PEANUTS Greatest Hits features 12 of the most memorable recordings from the beloved animated
PEANUTS television specials, all with the sophisticated, yet accessible jazz stylings of the Vince Guaraldi Trio. This
special, collectible picture disc features Charlie Brown's face on Side A, and Lucy's face on Side B!1. Linus And Lucy
2. Charlie Brown Theme
3. Baseball Theme
4. Oh, Good Grief
5. Happiness Is
6. Little Birdie
7. Great Pumpkin Waltz
8. Thanksgiving Theme
9. Christmas Is Coming
10. Christmas Time Is Here
12. Christmas Time Is Here$29.99Vinyl LP Picture Disc - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-FAN-8997xTony Bennett & Bill Evans
The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans AlbumOne of the best albums of either's career, The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album spotlights two legends at work in equal partnership, tackling classics from
the Great American Songbook with masterful ease. A consistently enthusiastic and balanced musical partnership, Bennett and Evans shine both
individually and in tandem-Evans supporting Bennett with his steady left hand and then frequently diving into melodically inventive solos at the end of the
phrase. Recorded in intimate sessions at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA, without even a bassist or drummer present, this album is the product of
meticulous personal involvement by the two giants of their genres. Bennett and Evans selected the tunes, worked out the arrangements semi-spontaneously, and picked the final takes to be used. The result was a perfect jazz/pop crossover worthy of many repeat listens. A must-have on vinyl for
any serious fan of either of these two greats.1. Young And Foolish
2. The Touch Of Your Lips
3. Some Other Time
4. When In Rome
5. We'll Be Together Again
6. My Foolish Heart
7. Waltz For Debby
8. But Beautiful
9. Days Of Wine And Roses$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-FAN-3498xLukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real (Awaiting Repress)Since their formation as teenagers 10 years ago, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have quietly developed into one of America's most dazzling new live acts, playing hundreds of shows and major festivals all over the world, attracting a deeply devoted underground following.
Still, with a bounty of invaluable experience under their belts, nothing foretold the artistic leap of Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real their new, self-titled album, a mesmerizing, emotionally genuine, endlessly rewarding work of cosmic country soul set for release via Fantasy Records.
Recorded at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real was produced by John Alagia (Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer) and features the band's new six-piece line-up: Lukas Nelson (guitar, vocals), Tato Melgar (percussion), Anthony LoGerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass, vocals) along with new members Jesse Siebenberg (steel guitars, Farfisa organ, vocals) and Alberto Bof (piano, Wurlitzer, B3). Jess Wolfe and Holly Lessig of the indie-pop group Lucius contribute background vocals on five tracks evoking Exile on Main St.'s ecstatic, gospel-rooted harmonies, and Lady Gaga added stirring background vocals to Carolina and Find Yourself. Elsewhere, the lilting, Glen Campbell inspired gem, Just Outside of Austin features a guitar solo from Lukas' dad, country music icon Willie Nelson, and piano from his 86-year-old Aunt Bobbi.
The new album includes 12 Lukas Nelson originals that draw on his country and rock lineage including literate Texas songsmiths like his father and 'uncles' Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings, along with the enduring influence of J.J. Cale, The Band, Clapton-era Delaney & Bonnie and of course, his mentor Neil Young.
Young, an essential member of the POTR family, met the band after he caught them at Farm Aid several years back. Neil got in touch after that, and we started talking by email, Lukas recounts. Eventually, he asked us to record with him. We fell in love with each other musically, one thing led to another and we became Neil's band.
I knew I had a lot of good songs that transcended the cultural boundaries between rock & roll and country, Lukas says of his vision for the album. We owe a lot to Neil; we made this record after coming off the road with him for two years. Neil's been mentoring us, and we've been absorbing that energy, and I think it shows. We got acclimated to a different level of artistic expression. I wanted to get the songs as pure as they could be. We've grown.
Set Me Down on a Cloud, the soulful, country-rock epic that opens the album features Lucious' angelic background vocals and Lukas' lovely, lyrical guitar solo as the band stretches out behind him. Forget About Georgia unfolds to a Layla-like outpouring of yearning, as it vividly retraces the turbulent, bittersweet final stages of a doomed love affair. Lukas delivers a full-throttle vocal on the closing track, If I Started Over, a Roy Orbison-inspired rumination of tender devotion. The R&B grind of Find Yourself is a particular triumph as Lukas and Lady Gaga weave an impassioned, romantic ultimatum.1. Set Me Down On A Cloud
2. Die Alone
3. Fool Me Once
4. Just Outside Of Austin
6. Runnin' Shine
7. Find Yourself
8. Four Letter Word
9. High Times
10. Breath Of My Baby
11. Forget About Georgia
12. If I Started Over$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961 (Awaiting Repress)
4 LP Box Set Pressed On 180 Gram Vinyl
Includes 12 Page Booklet
Ranked time after time as one of the best live jazz recording sessions in history, and yielding two of Evans' most classic albums (Waltz for Debby, Sunday
at the Village Vanguard), The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961 represents the pinnacle of spontaneous musical communication: three men
breathing as one on a tiny bandstand.
This box set is the ultimate collectible item for any jazz fan. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl, this four-LP set comes with a 12-page booklet, complete with
new liner notes by reissue producer Bill Belmont, as well as the original liner notes by the producer of the original recordings,Orrin Keepnews.
Reproductions of session notes and photographer Steve Schapiro's proof sheets from the performances add vintage context to the packaging. Also
included in the box is a stunning metallic and black poster of the famous cover - Evans, in profile, deep in concentration at his piano.
Everything Bill Evans, Scott LaFaro, and Paul Motian had been working on for the previous 18 months led to this moment on June 25, 1961. The little-known pianist and his trio performed afternoon and evening sets that Sunday to a small audience that unknowingly sat through what would become a very
famous - and final - set by the trio as a whole. The 25-year old LeFaro died tragically in a car accident just ten days later. The performances on these
LPs demonstrate a new and more interactive approach to playing as a trio, one in which all instruments carry melodic responsibilities and function as
equal voices. Contrapuntal dialogues take place between Evans's poetic piano and LaFaro's bass, with Motian's sustained riveted ride cymbal providing a
carpet of stars. These recordings provide something of a sonic time capsule: sequenced in the original order of the five sets; the audience's murmurings
and applause peppered throughout; even an interrupted take is left intact.
This box set is the definitive keepsake for audiophiles, Bill Evans fans and jazz collectors, alike, and, in its limited run, will go quickly.LP 1
1. Spoken Introduction
2. Gloria's Step (Take 1, Interrupted)
3. Alice In Wonderland (Take 1)
4. My Foolish Heart
5. All Of You (Take 1)
6. Announcement And Intermission
1. My Romance (Take 1)
2. Some Other Time
4. Gloria's Step (Take 2)
5. My Man's Gone Now
6. All Of You (Take 2)
1. Detour Ahead (Take 1)
2. Discussing Repertoire
3. Waltz For Debby (Take 1)
4. Alice In Wonderland (Take 2)
5. Porgy (I Loves You, Porgy)
6. My Romance (Take 2)
1. Detour Ahead (take 2)
2. Gloria's Step (Take 3)
3. Waltz For Debby (Take 2)
4. All Of You (Take 3)
5. Jade Visions (Take 1)
6. Jade Visions (Take 2)
7. ...A Few Final Bars$99.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 4 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Ghetto: Misfortune's WealthGhetto: Misfortune's Wealth is the the 1973 Stax debut and the only album released by The 24-Carat Black until a lost album, Gone: The Promises Of Yesterday, was finally released 35 years later. Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth is an underground soul classic, a cohesive 8 song concept album about the hardship of black urban life, produced and arranged by classically trained Detroit song writer Dale Warren, who was an orchestrator and arranger on the Isaac Hayes' albums Hot Buttered Soul, The Isaac Hayes Movement and ...To Be Continued among others.
This album has been a hit among many samplers for decades including being used on these songs: Jay-Z - Can I Live Pt 2, Dr. Dre - Nas Is Coming, Eric B - In The Ghetto, Digable Planets - Cool Like Dat and Naughty by Nature - Poverty's Paradise.1. Synopsis One: In The Ghetto/God Save The World
2. Poverty's Paradise
4. Synopsis Two: Mother's Day
5. Mother's Day
7. Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth
8. 24-Carat Black (Theme)$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Life And Times (Awaiting Repress)30 years since the formation of Husker Du and 20 years since their explosive demise and the subsequent release of his first lauded solo effort Workbook, called a masterpiece by critics, Bob Mould is marking anniversaries with an album filled with self-reflection and an unflinching examination of the world around him. Standouts like Wasted World and I'm Sorry Baby, But You Can't Stand in My Light Anymore highlight an artist completing a cycle decades in the making, his talent undiminished, his perspective acute.
Bob Mould is one of the most influential musicians of the alternative rock era, first for his early work with post-punks Husker Du, followed by the college-rock-defining pop of Sugar and finally for his solo albums, notably his first, Workbook, which quieted Mould's previous ire to reveal his fine songwriting in a new light and allowed an introspective glimpse into the inner workings of an evolving artist. With Life and Times, Mould comes full circle, reclaiming his indie songwriting mantle from the generation of musicians he inspired.1. Life And Times
2. The Breach
3. City Lights (Days Go By)
4. MM 17
6. Bad Blood Better
7. Wasted World
8. Spiraling Down
9. I'm Sorry, Baby, But You Can't Stand In My Light Any More
10. Lifetime$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Hemispheres200 Gram Vinyl
Remastered From Original Analogue Masters
Another favorite of true Rush fans, this sixth studio album, Hemispheres, once more explored fantasy and science fiction themes in Neil Peart's lyrics. The final track, the ambitious nine-and-a-half minute 'La Villa Strangiato,' was the band's first instrumental. The album peaked at #47 on the Billboard charts, and was the group's fourth consecutive gold album in the U.S., featuring the singles 'The Trees' and 'Circumstances.' Originally released in 1978, Hemispheres has now been remastered on 200-gram, heavyweight vinyl at legendary Abbey Road Studios using the Direct to Metal Mastering (DMM) audiophile copper plating process, all from original analogue masters.1. Cygnus X-1 Book II
4. The Trees
5. La Villa Strangiat$29.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-FAN-8431xVince Guaraldi Trio
A Charlie Brown ChristmasGreen Vinyl
Multi-Platinum-Selling: One Of The Most Popular And Beloved Holiday Albums Of All Time!
The Original Soundtrack To The Perennially Favorite Holiday TV Special, A Charlie Brown Christmas
National Recording Registry Inductee, Library Of Congress (2012)
Grammy Hall Of Fame Inductee (2007)
Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz called on pianist extraordinaire Vince Guaraldi and his trio to compose and perform music that would reflect the humor, charm, and innocence of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the entire Peanuts gang for their 1965 Christmas TV special. It was a perfect match: Guaraldi strings together elegant, enticing arrangements that reflect the spirit and mood of Schulz's work and introduce contemporary jazz to youngsters with grace, charm, and creativity. What Child Is This touches on cool jazz's richly textured percussive nuances, while The Christmas Song reflects Christmas' relaxing, mellow moments. The renowned Linus and Lucy gives the Peanuts characters a fresh, energetic feel with its tantalizing meter changes, brilliant percussion, and dashing, humorous piano lines. Christmastime Is Here, perhaps the album's most endearing and eloquent moment, is six minutes of soft, lullaby-like melodic and percussive flavors. This collection of soul-soothing melodies would not be complete without the romantic gem Skating, which blends musical references to falling snowflakes with the dashing feel of swing. Finally, the uplifting, emotionally stirring swing tune Christmas Is Coming really brings the listener into the joyous light of the Christmas spirit. Fred Marshall's alluring walking basslines and drummer Jerry Granelli's hauntingly beautiful brush work give most of the album a warm foundation, while Monty Budwig and Colin Bailey shine through with eminent dexterity on bass and drums on Greensleeves. As for Guaraldi, his penetrating improvisational phrases paint pictures of the first winter snowfall, myriad glistening trees, and powdery white landscapes. With its blend of contemporary jazz and lyrical mannerisms, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a joyous and festive meditation for the holiday season.
- Shawn M. Haney (All Music)
Vince Guaraldi - Piano
Monty Budwig - Bass
Colin Bailey - DrumsO Tannenbaum
What Child Is This
My Little Drum
Linus and Lucy
Christmas Time Is Here (instrumental)
Christmas Time Is Here (vocal)
Harke, The Herald Angels Sing
Christmas Is Coming
The Christmas Song
Greensleeves$21.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Horowitz At Carnegie Hall
The musical rest is defined as being a pause during which no sound is heard until the next tone is sounded. And the same goes for a musician who makes a long pause, which is then ended by thundering applause from an enraptured audience. This is exactly what happened on 9 May 1965, the day on which Vladimir Horowitz stepped onto the stage at Carnegie Hall after an absence of 12 years.
As so often, the maestro ignored all types of works from Viennese Classicism, and certainly no one missed them. Busoni's arrangement of Bach's Toccata in C major, BWV 564 is precise, has enormous presence and is yet impressively transparent; Schumann's Fantasy op. 17 is emotional, at times breathless and charming; Horowitz captures the spirit of Scriabin and Chopin with virtuosity and heartfelt emotion, allowing the works to waft over the audience.
As a finale to this celebrated comeback, Horowitz performs a delightfully light and fresh rendering of Moszkowski's Etude in A major, op. 27, and brings the evening to a peaceful end with Schumann's unique TrÄumerei (Dreaming) from Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood). In this live recording of just one of several comebacks, the discerning listener will notice the tension and nervousness at this literally high-temperature event - the noisy air-conditioning had been shut at the request of the recording engineers.
- Vladimir Horowitz (piano)
Recording: May 1965 live at Carnegie Hall, New York, by Fred Plaut
Production: Thomas Frost1. J.S. Bach / Ferruccio Busoni: Organ Toccata in C major
2. Robert Schumann: Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17; TrÄumerei (Dreaming) from Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) Op. 15
3. Alexandr Scriabin: Poem in F-sharp major, Op. 32, No. 1; Etude in C-sharp minor, Op. 2, No. 1
4. Frederic Chopin: Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op. 30, No. 4; Etude in F major, Op. 10, No. 8; Ballade in G minor, Op. 23
5. Claude Debussy: Serenade For the Doll (from Children's Corner)$64.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Hasten Down The Wind (Awaiting Repress)Make Haste! Grab the Limited-Edition 180g LP of this Classic Now!
Did any musician have more talent at their beckon call during the 70s than Linda Ronstadt? Absolutely not. Part of her impeccable string of mid-1970s albums that defined California's soft-rock scene, the Grammy-winning Hasten Down the Wind is Ronstadt at her best and that's saying something. Consider the watertight repertoire: The Warren Zevon title track. Patsy Cline's (by way of Willie Nelson) 'Crazy.' Buddy Holly's 'That'll Be the Day.' Nelson's 'Down So Low.' Karla Bonoff's 'If He's Ever Near.' Ry Cooder's 'The Tattler.'
And then, there's the supporting cast, which includes Eagles legend Don Henley on drums and harmony vocals, folk-rock legend Peter Asher on guitar, session drumming master Russ Kunkel, and multi-instrumentalist sensation Andrew Gold playing just about everything with strings or skins. Couple this with the thematically revealing cover in a nod to the escapism of fantasy romance novels, the singer stands on a beach before an ocean and a running horse, her exposing dress a sign of the lovesick vulnerability that colors the songs and Hasten Down the Wind is the complete package of sensuality, passion, and poignancy.
Now, due to Mobile Fidelity's trademark sonic restoration, the album finally has the exquisite sound it has always deserved. Listeners can now literally feel Ronstadt's deep-seeded emotions. Even better, her covers of affecting ballads and midtempo country-rock numbers intentionally revolve around vocal-heavy arrangements. It's no wonder that the album, which topped the country charts, also yielded two Top 20 hits and resulted in the artist's first platinum-record award.
But make haste! Quantities are limited, and, unlike Ronstadt's timeless interpretations, this will not be around forever.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Lose Again
2. The Tattler
3. If He's Ever Near
4. That'll Be The Day
5. Lo Siento Mi Vida
6. Hasten Down the Wind
7. Rivers of Babylon
8. Give One Heart
9. Try Me Again
11. Down So Low
12. Someone To Lay Down Beside Me$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Wait 'Til NightCooly G returns with Wait 'Til Night , an album of sensitive, lo-fi bedroom music, it s lyrics sketching dreamy scenarios of seduction, lust and sex. The moody South London house of her debut album 'Playin Me' and her DJ sets has given way to a near-horizontal, sometimes melancholy and highly original take on R n B. The tracks swing effortlessly with no-fuss musical arrangements that are filtered through reggae sound system culture and US R n B in equal amounts, with a slight hint of dark synthpop wound throughout. The pace has come down from the deep, tribal house she's known for so far, with the only constants that run through the album her intimate vocals and smokey synths cross-hatched with her characteristic broken rhythmic sense. Opening with title track, Cooly coos about a date, over an infectious synth lead that wouldn't sound out of place on a Depeche Mode song. 'Like A Woman Should' is twilight music, synths rolling out like clouds over pulsing drums, while the vocals whisper invitations. 'Your Sex' is a fantasy with synths and surprisingly stabbing, hooky and distorted rhythm guitar. 'I Like' feels like the opening of an especially dreamy jungle track stretched into a full pop song. 'Dancing' rolls out drums and a mini guitar figure into a gently dizzy waltz, while 'Quick Question' plays out the scenario after the dance. 'Want's' barely-there song structure of drum and occasional bass with a wiry synth lead, is accompaniment to a near-whispered vocal. The pace steps up with the smouldering 'So Deep', with a deep synth bassline and a muscular hip hop beat. '1st Time' is all depth charge bleeps, guitars and piano. 'Freak You' is spacious and guitar driven, with Cooly beaming in directives through a distant voice transmission. The album's final honest, angry and forlorn track, 'The 3 Of Us', comes down hard on an absent parent, a full stop on the romance that the album narrates. It also reveals Cooly G as a skilled rap artist, something she s kept hidden until now, with double-time flows casting off a missing babyfather. Wait Til Night finds Cooly G casting her net wider than her debut album, with songs that are more confident, accessible and stylistically consistent. The album comes laced with Cooly's unique honesty and charm and is sure to win her new fans with her catchy melodies, slow-jammed stories of blighted urban romance, and engaging lack of pretension.1. Wait til Night
2. Like a Woman Should
3. Your Sex
4. I Like
6. A Quick Question
8. So Deep
9. 1st Time
10. Freak You
11. Fuck with You
12. The 3 of Us$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Milk And HoneyReleased in 1984, Milk and Honey is an album credited to John Lennon and Yoko Ono. It is Lennon's eighth and final studio album, and the first posthumous release of Lennon's music, having been recorded in the last months of his life during and following the sessions for their 1980 album Double Fantasy. It was assembled by Yoko Ono in association with the Geffen label.1. I'm Stepping Out [Remastered 2010]
2. Sleepless Night [Remastered 2010]
3. I Don't Wanna Face It [Remastered 2010]
4. Don't Be Scared [Remastered 2010]
5. Nobody Told Me [Remastered 2010]
6. O'Sanity [Remastered 2010]
7. Borrowed Time [Remastered 2010]
8. Your Hands [Remastered 2010]
9. (Forgive Me) My Little Flower Princess [Remastered 2010]
10. Let Me Count The Ways [Remastered 2010]
11. Grow Old With Me [Remastered 2010]
12. You're The One [Remastered 2010]$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDI-THR-6817xThe Soft Pink Truth
Why Do The Heathen Rage?Not final cover art
The Soft Pink Truth is the solo alter ego of Drew Daniel, one half of celebrated Baltimore-based electronic duo Matmos. After a decade of silence in which Daniel concentrated on Matmos and becoming a Shakespeare professor, The Soft Pink Truth is set to release Why Do the Heathen Rage? whose subtitle "Electronic Profanations of Black Metal Classics" reveals its bizarre agenda as an unrequited love letter to a justly divisive genre. A gleeful queer travesty of black metal's undying obsession with kvlt authenticity, Why Do the Heathen Rage? is also a formally precise homage executed with a scholar's obsession. With the guitar chord transcription assistance of Owen Gardner (Teeth Mountain, Horse Lords) and a coven of guest vocalists, including Antony Hegarty and members of Locrian and Wye Oak, Daniel meticulously transposes the riffs, structures and patterns of black metal chestnuts and deep cuts by Darkthrone, Venom, Mayhem, Sarcofago and more into oddly hybrid new forms. Cruising camp absurdity by forcing a sticky tryst between the two mutually incongruous early 90s subcultures of rave and black metal, the results are bracingly strange on first listen, but curiously addictive as the album sinks in.
Imitating the countless black metal albums that begin with ominous intros, the album commences with "Invocation for Strength", a spoken word track in which a Radical Faery poem used by gay activist Arthur Evans in his classic Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture is read by Drew Daniel and Antony (Antony and the Johnsons). After this queer hymn, the rhythmic assault begins with an industrial gabber take on Venom's genre-founding song "Black Metal", featuring vocals by Baltimore artist Bryan Collins and screams from Daniel. Stark trap beats and rave synths meet two-step house bounce on "Sadomatic Rites," originally by Beherit, whose electronic opus H418ov21.c was an inspiration to Drew as he was making this album. Adding a witchy twist to an underground metal classic, Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak, Dungeonesse) lends her smoky, soulful voice to an orgasmic house deconstruction of Sarcofago's redlight anthem "Ready to Fuck." After a surprisingly sensitive guitar led intro, "Satanic Black Devotion" erupts with full on screaming vocals from Terence Hannum (Locrian), paired with IDM beats, synthetic banjo, and a rather glaring plunderphonic re-working of a recognizable dancefloor classic. Side Two kicks off with a stark, vogue-ball inspired rethinking of Darkthrone's "Beholding the Throne of Might", with whispered vocals from London based free improviser/composer Jennifer Walshe and a spoken interlude from David Serrotte of the vogue ball crew House of Revlon. The goth factor spikes on "Buried by Time and Dust", in which Daniel's Matmos partner M.C. Schmidt croaks the lyrics to the vampiric Mayhem original on top of MIDI harpsichord while a moldy 808 drops the "Planet Rock" beat. In an Ouroboric final gesture, the album concludes with a paroxysmic take on "Grim and Frostbitten Gay Bar" by Impaled Northern Moonforest, the parodic fake black metal project of Anal Cunt's Seth Putnam. A blizzard of snippets of pop, house, crust and metal are shredded and smothered in lo-fi screaming and arctic field recordings, ending the album on suitably contradictory notes of mockery and celebration. The album's controversial artwork, which will remain redacted for the time being due to the extreme content it portrays, fits those themes as well, depicting a volatile, extremist scene undergoing a long overdue queerification, coming out rich and strange, shiny and pink.
The Soft Pink Truth was started in 2001 when legendary UK house producer Matthew Herbert challenged Drew to "make a house record," resulting in the project's slyly funky debut album Do You Party?, which Herbert released on his own Soundslike Records. Daniel has also produced floor-burning remixes for Bjork, Herbert, Grizzly Bear, Dat Politics and many more under The Soft Pink Truth moniker. "Why Do The Heathen Rage?" follows his 2004 release "Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want The Soft Pink Truth?," a collection of electronic interpretations of UK punk and American hardcore songs. As a member of Matmos, Daniel continues to break down established norms of experimental and pop music practice by filtering genres through unique and brilliant conceptual lenses, and has established himself as one of the most individualistic electronic musicians of the past several decades.
Disclaimer: Aesthetics and Politics are neither equivalent nor separable. Black metal fandom all too often entails a tacit endorsement or strategic looking-the-other-way with regards to the racist, anti-Semitic, sexist and homophobic bullshit politics that (still) pervade the scene, on behalf of either escapist fantasy talk, shaky invocations of art as a crypto-religious path to transcendence, or--the oldest cop out in the book--the quietist declaration that "I just like how it sounds." Just as blasphemy both affirms and assaults the sacred powers it invokes and inverts, so too this record celebrates black metal and offers queer critique / mockery / profanation of its ideological morass in equal measure. Mixed emotions about a murky, diverse and self-differential scene are all very well, but, as Barack Obama is so fond of saying at press conferences just before legitimizing drone warfare, let's be clear: No apologies, no excuses, and no escape clauses are hereby offered. Murderers are murderers. No safe space for fascist garbage. The Soft Pink Truth hereby abjures black metal homophobes, racists, and Nazis categorically and absolutely: MAY THIS CURSE BIND! Remember Magne Andreassen!"1. Invocation for Strength
2. Black Metal
3. Sadomatic Rites
4. Ready to Fuck
5. Satanic Black Devotion
6. Beholding the Throne of Might
7. Let There Be Ebola Frost
8. Buried by Time and Dust
10. Grim and Frostbitten Gay Bar$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Weezer (Green Album) (Awaiting Repress)Weezer (Green Album) on Numbered Limited Edition 180 Gram LP from Mobile Fidelity
Concise, Tightly Played 2001 Power-Pop Album Features Back-to-Basics Approach
Weezer's Fastest-Selling Release Includes "Hash Pipe," "Island in the Sun," "Don't Let Go"
Record Launched One of Most Memorable Return-from-the-Dead Comebacks in History
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Smooth, Big-Guitar Sound Resonates Like Never Before
Weezer's self-titled third album, collectively known as the Green Album, nearly never came to pass. The band had all but broken apart, with leader Rivers Cuomo choosing to go back to college and the other members dismayed at the initial reception to 1996's Pinkerton. Persuaded at the turn of the century to return to the concert stage, the foursome launched one of the most enduring comeback stories in history, and in the process, penned 75 songs, the choicest of which grace 2001's concise, tightly played Green Album.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180 gram LP at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's reissue presents the music with by far the most dynamic range it's ever enjoyed. Cars icon Ric Ocasek's production comes into fuller relief, with guitar notes ringing with front-to-back depth and superb imaging. Cuomo's singing gains focus and clarity, and the rhythms that help give the tunes their incessant catchiness are better defined, with the low end finally present.
That nearly everything on Green Album-from the cover to the producer to sonics-reflects those of Weezer's blockbuster debut isn't merely coincidence. The quartet, not yet realizing that Pinkerton had already become a cult classic (and, soon after, would be hailed as one of the most prized albums of its generation), intentionally pursued a back-to-basics approach that echoed its roots. Unadorned simplicity, skyscraper-sized hooks, and short-but-sweet arrangements are the hallmarks here, each a signpost on how rock albums can work their way into a listener's head and provide limitless satisfaction.
Of course, however crucial, the music is just one component in Weezer's arsenal. Akin to its sibling efforts, Green Album wouldn't be the same devoid of Cuomo's lyrics, which exude charming personality and boyish awkwardness. Absent is the heart-on-a-sleeve obviousness of the fare of Pinkerton. The material here echoes with a related emotional universality whereby romantic yearning, fear of rejection, and getaway fantasies spark with the winking promise of enthusiasm and attainment. There's a reason every passage remains so accessible; playfulness and wryness abound. Power-pop efforts don't come more perfect.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Don't Let Go
3. Hash Pipe
4. Island in the Sun
6. Knock-Down Drag-Out
8. Simple Pages
9. Glorious Day
10. O Girlfriend$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now