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Cowboy Worship EPAmen Dunes' Love took close to a year and a half, 16 musicians, and five different
studios to complete. It was a song cycle that required broad experimentation before
it was clear what was essential underneath the surface. In that process, much
of the sound that might have made it onto the album was lost. There was just too
much to say for one record.
Cowboy Worship is an attempt to give life to some of the music that didn't make
it past the scalpel. From a blown-out version of "Green Eyes" featuring Harvey
Milk's Stephen Tanner, to a darker and mellower "I Can't Dig It" as Damon
McMahon originally arranged it upon writing the song in China, many of the
original intentions for the music that were lost in the Love sessions are revived. In
addition is a band version of Through Donkey Jaw's "Lezzy Head," featuring Dunes
mainstays Jordi Wheeler and Parker Kindred, and most significantly, a shining
cover of This Mortal Coil's interpretation of the Tim Buckley classic, "Song to
the Siren," featuring Ben Greenberg (Hubble) on guitar.
Tim Buckley, along with several other singers, from Elvis Presley to Marvin
Gaye to Tim Hardin, were the beacons that guided the making of Love. McMahon's
cover of "Song to the Siren" is an homage to the spirit that directed those
One description that seemed to work for Love was that it was an album of devotional
music, and even more specifically, a type of devotional music McMahon
called cowboy worship.
Cowboy worship as a concept certainly did not begin with Love, but instead Love
began with cowboy worship, was born from it, and in turn added a new link to
the chain.1. I Know Myself (Montreal)
2. Song to the Siren
3. I Can't Dig It (China Street Blues)
4. Green Eyes (Music Blues)
5. Lezzy Head (Burial)
6. Love (Montreal)$15.99Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
My Love Is Higher Than Your Assessment Of What My Love Can BeThis is ground zero for one of the '90s last true cult bands; now legendary for churning ghostly wailings, unearthly bellows, and gentle whispers together into one soaring, crawling, ugly and beautiful blend of brilliance. My Love Is Higher Than Your Assessment Of What My Love Can Be is essential listening for all fans of hard and heavy post-rock, and stands as the official starting point for your Harvey Milk education.1. A Small Turn Of Human Kindness
2. Women Dig It
3. The Anvil Will Fall
4. Merlin Is Magic
5. My Father's Life's Work
6. Where The Bee Sucks, There Suck I
7. Jim's Polish
9. All The Live Long Day$27.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Mighty Real: Greatest Dance HitsTwenty-five years after his untimely death at the age of 41, the iconic legacy of Sylvester, the "Queen of Disco," will be resurrected with "Mighty Real: Greatest Dance Hits," due out June 25 (international release dates vary) on Fantasy Records.
This collection will celebrate the life and music of the artist who once danced his way into the hearts and minds of the disco and LGBT communities.
A quarter of a century after his passing, Sylvester will make a fabulous debut back into a prolific time in the LGBT community just the way he would have liked it - through dance music. This 11-track release, available on CD and on double pink vinyl, will feature a number of original album tracks and 12" mixes that are rare or no longer available on CD, as well as the brand new remix of the iconic "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" by Grammy-nominated remixer and DJ, Ralphi Rosario (Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Madonna).
As a dear friend of Harvey Milk and an icon to the LGBT community, Sylvester has long held a special place in music and socio-political history. Sylvester was not only one of the first disco stars to stand openly gay, but bravely crossed beyond the boundaries of race, gender and sexuality to become a proud figure of the gay liberation movement.
"Sylvester James was an unlikely star: an androgynous, cross-dressing, openly gay, African-American, falsetto-singing, unapologetically flaming man-diva influenced primarily by church women, black blues singers, drag queens, hippies and homos," liner notes writer Joshua Gamson said. "Like very few before him, and quite a few after, Sylvester rode his marginality right into the mainstream."
A Los Angeles local, Sylvester found his home in the vibrant subcultural scenes of San Francisco in the late 1960s. As the community around him became devastated with AIDS, Sylvester's music took on a sort of weary determination, becoming a call to live, to keep dancing and to keep loving.
Sylvester died on Dec. 16, 1988 and bequeathed royalties from the sale of his music to benefit two charitable organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area: the AIDS Emergency Fund and Project Open Hand.
"Decades later, even as strides have been made in the fight against the disease that has taken so many lives, Sylvester's music lives on, a call to be fabulous against the odds," Gamson said.
"Mighty Real: Greatest Dance Hits" was produced by Tom Cartwright and Chris Clough on Fantasy Records with liner notes written by Gamson, author of "The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, The Music, The Seventies in San Francisco."
The Double Pink Vinyl edition features all 11 tracks on two 12" pink vinyl LPs.1. You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) [Ralphi Rosario Dub Remix]
2. Dance (Disco Heat)
4. Can't Stop Dancing
6. Over And Over
7. I Need Somebody To Love Tonight
8. Sell My Soul
9. I Need You
10. Body Strong
11. You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Things Haven't Gone WellMusic Blues is Stephen Tanner of Harvey Milk. Things Haven't Gone Well is Tanner's debut as a solo artist and the first album under the name Music Blues. The album was completely written and recorded by Tanner in both Georgia at Harvey Milk's vocalist and guitarist Creston Spiers' house and in his Brooklyn apartment. Tanner continues on with the musical touchstones of Harvey Milk (Melvins, Gore, Earth, ZZ Top, Kiss and Judas Priest) while forging ahead into a strange, and at times harrowing, unknown.1. 91771
2. Premature Caesarean Removal Delivery
3. Teach The Children
4. Hopelessness and Worthlessness
5. Trying and Giving Up
6. Great Depression
8. Death March
9. It's Not Going to Get Better
10. Tremendous Misery Sets In
11. The Price is Wrong
12. Bonus Track$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Big Bells And Dime SongsThe debut album by Brooklyn's own Luke Roberts is an intimate and immediate experience. The album's 9-songs are essentially gifts for his loved ones. In his own words, They are poems that I didnt feel comfortable not reciting before I go. Big Bells and Dime Songs was recorded by Kyle Spence (Harvey Milk) in his Ronniejone$ound Studio in Athens, Georgia. Spence also contributes drums and bass on the album.1. Somewhere to Run
3. All American
4. Just Do It Blues
5. Epcot Women
6. Unspotted Clothes
7. Coo Coo Bird
8. Youll Walk Away
9. Dime Song$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now