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Hell YeahPioneers, philosophers, trailblazers, in short: prophets always have to assemble their flocks abroad before they find due recognition in their homelands. This also applies to the German artform KMFDM. Whether in the US, Japan, Australia or elsewhere (where they sold hundred thousands of records and embarked on various sold out tours) - for over a quarter of a century they are the epitome and synonym for a musical style of the harder variety: Industrial Rock. KMFDM pioneered the crossover between techno/dance and heavy metal, creating their unique sound and were one of the first bands to bring Industrial Rock to mainstream. They influenced bands such as Rammstein with whom they were touring the US - with KMFDM headlining. The band was founded in 1984 and rapidly evolved year by year through intense experimentation and touring. They have managed to redefine themselves with every new release.
Now KMFDM are preparing to release their first new studio album in over 3 years entitled HELL YEAH via earMUSIC. An EP, YEAH! was released earlier to whet fans appetite and features some great remixes. Lead single HELL YEAH is an instant KMFDM classic with its ultra-heavy beat and Sascha Konietzko s trademark cynical lyrics. The album ranges from songs that are sometimes political (FAKE NEWS, TOTAL STATE MACHINE) to more techno/dance tracks (MURDER MY HEART and Rx 4 THE DAMNED).
With its cover artwork having been created by Aidan Hughes aka BRUTE!, HELL YEAH will be available on 2xLP Gatefold (180 Gram/45 RPM).1. Hell Yeah
2. Freak Flag
3. Oppression 1/2
4. Total State Machine
5. Oppression 2/2
6. Murder My Heart
7. Rip The System V. 2.0
9. Fake News
10. Rx 4 The Damned
11. Burning Brain
12. Only Lovers
13. Glam, Glitz, Gutz & Gore$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Night Falls Over KortedalaLike a modern day Chet Baker, Jens loves to sing about heartache. This is his first album in over three years, and Kortedala refers to a neighborhood in his hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden - a depressing suburban hell. It also refers to a vague musical pop sound with hints of tropicalia that has been coming out of Gothenburg's clubs the last few years. Night Falls Over Kortedala features many previously unreleased live favorites and guest vocals from label-mate Frida Hyvonen and El Perro del Mar.1.And I Remember Every Kiss
2.Sipping on the Sweet Nectar
3.Opposite of Hallelujah, The
4.Postcard to Nina, A
6.I'm Leaving You Because I Don't Love You
7.If I Could Cry (It Would Feel Like This)
8.Your Arms Around Me
10.It Was a Strange Time in My Life
11.Kanske Ar Jag Kar I Dig - (Swedish)
12.Friday Night at the Drive-in Bingo$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Trip Thru Hell
Gold Colored Vinyl
The C.A. Quintet's journey to Hades burned hot enough to melt the ice in their frigid Minnesota environs. A coveted collectable since the psychedelic record collecting disaster whirl first started over 30 years ago, Trip Thru Hell (1968) is rightly regarded as the epitome of local psych-cum-garage rising above its humble roots into something truly monolithic.
Evolving from the local circuit into a hellish beast of keyboards, lysergic lyrics, trippy guitars and even subtle trumpet parts, the C.A. Quintet's vision of the netherworld glowed in flaming orange, red and yellow as their instincts took over. Kicking off with the chilling psychedelicized keyboard-led instrumental title track, the album singes the psyche of the listener with an array of atmospheric beelzefuzz on "Colorado Mourning," sitar-like solos intertwining with fuzz and horns on "Underground Music," and the more benevolent Lucifer on "Smooth As Silk," which swirls with keys and harmony vocals to underscore a brilliant melody. Mortals dare not venture to the sinister realm of the "Cold Spider" and especially not "Sleepy Hollow Lane," a mistier place than even the Chocolate Watchband could dream of visiting.
As the first label to give this distinguished work the treatment it deserved 20 years ago, Sundazed returns with this gold vinyl reissue reproducing all of the original artwork and ensuring the authentic analog sound of psychedelia.1. Trip Thru Hell (Part I)
2. Colorado Mourning
3. Cold Spider
4. Underground Music
5. Sleepy Hollow Lane
6. Smooth As Silk
7. Trip Thru Hell (Part II)$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Highway To HellRanked 199/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Highway to Hell is the sixth studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released in August 1979. It is also AC/DC's fifth international studio album. It was the last album featuring Bon Scott, who died early the following year from over-consumption of alcohol.1. Highway to Hell
2. Girls Got Rhythm
3. Walk All Over You
4. Touch Too Much
5. Beating Around the Bush
6. Shot Down in Flames
7. Get It Hot
8. If You Want Blood (You've Got It)
9. Love Hungry Man
10. Night Prowler$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
Hotter Than Hell (Awaiting Repress)Although Kiss' self-titled debut performed respectably on the charts, it was not the blockbuster they had hoped for. With the album fading on the charts in the summer of 1974, Kiss was summoned back into the studio to work on a follow-up. Producers Richie Wise and Kenny Kerner were onboard again, and even though the sonics are muddier (and more filler is present in the compositions), Hotter Than Hell is another quintessential Kiss release. Many of the songs have been forgotten over the years (few have been featured in concert after the '70s), but there are still more than a few gems to be found. It's unclear if the members of Kiss were having problems with their personal relationships at the time, but it's a common thread that runs through the songs. The plodding Got to Choose and the rapid-fire Parasite deal with love gone bad; the title track is about unobtainable love, while Goin' Blind is a disturbing tale of a 93-year-old having an affair with a 16-year-old. Also included are the early favorites Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll and Watchin' You, as well as the original electric version of Comin' Home (an acoustic version was the opener of 1996's MTV Unplugged) and Strange Ways, which contains one of Ace Frehley's best guitar solos. Even though Hotter Than Hell actually fared worse on the charts than the debut, it has become a revered album among Kiss fans over the years -- and rightfully so.
- Greg Prato (All Music Guide)1. Got To Choose
3. Goin' Blind
4. Hotter Than Hell
5. Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll
6. All the Way
7. Watchin' You
9. Comin' Home
10. Strange Ways$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Hell Hath No Fury (Awaiting Repress)White Colored Vinyl
In the 4 years after The Clipse dropped their sophomore classic Lord Willin' the duo was able to build a legacy that had fans hungry for new material. After the smoke cleared and they
hit the studio the Virginia brothers recorded the confidently mature sophomore effort, Hell Hath No Fury. Best known for their unconventional radio smash "Grindin'," Clipse are no
strangers to taking risks with the boundary-pushing Neptunes, who return as trusted co-pilots for Hell Hath No Fury. As always the duo is right at home over The Neptunes crafted
beats which perfectly embrace Pusha's inventive drug-game metaphors and Malice's soul-baring confessionals. From the bouncy lead single "Mr. Me Too" and the Slim Thug
assisted "Wamp Wamp" to the oddly haunting Keys Open Doors to Momma I'm Sorry, Hell Hath No Fury represents some of the duo's best work. On the hypnotic "Keys Open
Doors," over the eerie mix of screwed-up angelic voices, chimes and congas, the brothers run circles around the competition, while the spine-tingling boom-bap of "Ride Around Shining" sets the stage for Pusha's hilarious boasts. Whether rhyming over distorted, lo-fi guitar plucks ("Dirty Money") or overblown 808s ("Trill"), the brothers come with colorful references and inventive word play that easily places them in a lyrical class of their own. Get On Down now proudly issues this Neptunes produced favorite on LP for the first time ever with the first run on white vinyl.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. We Got It for Cheap (Intro)
2. Momma I'm So Sorry
3. Mr. Me Too (featuring Pharrell)
4. Wamp Wamp (What It Do) (featuring Slim Thug)
5. Ride Around Shining (featuring Ab-Liva)
6. Dirty Money
7. Hello New World (featuring Pharrell)
8. Keys Open Doors
9. Ain't Cha (featuring Re-Up Gang)
10. Trill (featuring Pharrell)
11. Chinese New Year (featuring Rosco P. Coldchain)
12. Nightmares$20.99Colored Vinyl LP -Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Once Upon a Hell of a Time...Enigmatic singer-songwriter and Canada's own rock'n'roll son, Matt Mays returns with a brand new studio album, his sixth, Once Upon a Hell of a Time. Matt co-produced the record with collaborator Loel Campbell (Wintersleep). This new album follows up the award-winning Coyote, which landed Matt a 2014 JUNO Award for Rock Album of the Year.
Constantly on the move, Matt recorded Once Upon a Hell of a Time all over North America with sessions in California, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New York.
"The full album has a pretty strong theme or feeling and I wanted that to come across right away," says Matt. "This is party rock for the heartbroken. And you can't leave a party short of tunes, or better yet, you can't leave the sad and lonely folks with just one song to cry to. So, why just release one song when you can leak four?!"
After departing the seminal alt-country collective The Guthries back in 2002, Matt alternated between solo projects (his self-titled debut, the faux soundtrack When the Angels Make Contact) and band projects (the now legendary Matt Mays & El Torpedo record and 2008's Terminal Romance). Following the dissolution of Matt Mays & El Torpedo in 2009, Matt released Coyote in 2012.LP 1
1. Trust Life
2. Sentimental Sins
3. Faint of Heart
4. Drive On
5. Howl at the Night
6. NYC Girls
7. Dark Promises
1. Perfectly Wasted
2. Drunken Angels
3. Ola Volo
4. 78's, 33's & 45's
5. Station Out of Range
6. Never Say Never$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Juvenile Hell>Juvenile Hell is the debut album by the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep. It was recorded when they were still in their late teens and released on April 13, 1993, by 4th B'way. Features the singles Peer Pressure and Hit It from the Back.1. Intro (Mobb Deep/Juvenile Hell)
2. Me & My Crew
3. Locked In Spofford
4. Peer Pressure
5. Skit #1
6. Hold Down The Fort
7. Bitch Ass Nigga
8. Hit It From The Back
9. Skit #2
10. Stomp Em Out
11. Skit #3
12. Peer Pressure
13. Project Hallways
14. Flavor For The Non-Believes$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Raising HellUp until Raising Hell, the rap juggernaut we know as Run-DMC was still in its building and breaking-down- doors phase. In 1986 that
changed, and in a dramatic way. With their third long-player, the group had reached the mountaintop. It was THE record that proved
hip-hop wasn't a fad.
Raising Hell marked an important and significant new era for the group. Leaving producer Larry Smith for up-and- coming sonic
innovator Rick Rubin (still co-produced by Run's brother Russell Simmons), they began to fully transition not only their own sound, but
the sound of the entire genre. Less live playing - with some exceptions - and a slicker, tighter sonic attack. Musical aesthetics aside,
though, at their core they stayed true to the essence of hip-hop: two turntables and a microphone, or two.
It's impossible to talk about the album without its worldwide smash, "Walk This Way," which hit #4 on the Billboard pop charts and saw
the group digging in the rock crates to summon Aerosmith in the flesh, combining Steven Tyler's and Joe Perry's musicianship with the
group's own take on the '70s classic. The song's video cemented Run-DMC as legit MTV
idols, and both groups rode its wave to new heights.
Beyond "Walk This Way," the platter is full to the hilt with undeniable classic singles: "You Be Illin'"; "It's Tricky"; "Peter Piper" and the
fashion-world shifting "My Adidas." Each song was new proof that Run-DMC's sound was indeed new, but still familiar, and full of the
energy, charisma and innovation that drew fans to their first two LPs.
Aside from the singles, the reason the album stands up so well is the fact that there is virtually no filler. "Proud To Be Black" remains a
pioneering and underrated cut when people talk about "conscious" hip-hop. And to make sure they never lost the streets that gave them
their start, "Hit It Run," "Son Of Byford," "Is It Live" and "Perfection" all bring it back to the group's early days in the park.
Besides the triple platinum status the album achieved, it was more than just a pop smash. It signaled a new era for rap music, and it was
the no-turning- back point for the entire genre. This was the beginning of what we now call the Golden Era, and it still sounds as fresh
today as it did three decades ago.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Peter Piper
2. It's Tricky
3. My Adidas
4. Walk This Way
5. Is It Live
7. Hit It Run
8. Raising Hell
9. You Be Illin'
10. Dumb Girl
11. Son Of Byford
12. Proud To Be Black$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Well, HellDebut album from the indie starlet.1. Staff Only
3. Those Letters
4. Make Love To Myself
5. Blue Collar Sex Kitten
6. Sheet Stains
7. Did I Offend You?
8. Travel Man
9. Well, Hell$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-PAR-2743xThe Red Rippers
Over There ... And Over HereParadise of Bachelors presents the first-ever reissue of the previously obscure 1983 LP by the Red Rippers. Written and recorded by Navy pilot Ed Bankston, the album's nine battle-scarred country-boogie/psych dispatches chronicle the experiences of Bankston and his fellow vets during the Vietnam War and back home. Produced in collaboration with the artist, the package includes extensive liner notes, archival photos, and (with the vinyl) a digital download coupon.
Scarce and seemingly inscrutable, the sole recording credited to the Red Rippers has long captivated and mystified record collectors. When we first encountered Over There and Over Here, we were fascinated by the prescient, genre-dredging synthesis of Waylonesque honky-stomp with early '80s new wave production values and eerie, out-of-time psychedelic guitar leads weirdly reminiscent of the Blue Öyster Cult, Dire Straits, and the Meat Puppets at their most desert-drunk. We were intrigued by the record's ambiguous provenance (Oracle Records?) and moved by its complex, apparently deeply personal articulation of an enlisted man's efforts to break on through his fear, anger, and disillusionment during and after the Vietnam War.
Once we finally tracked down songwriter, singer, and guitarist Edwin Dale Bankston in Phoenix, Arizona, he told us that he wrote these nine potent blues during the decade following his return in 1972 from serving on the Navy aircraft carrier USS Kittyhawk in Vietnam. He recorded them while stationed in Pensacola, Florida and sold the resulting 1983 album through an advertisement in Soldier of Fortune magazine, largely to other veterans. The songs chronicle his own and other vets' harrowing experiences both in country and back home, and are utterly unlike most popular music commentaries on the Vietnam War. You've heard the strident protest songs blasted forth from that myth-shrouded era; many retain a visceral power and poetic outrage, but few, beyond a professed empathy for flimsy, victimized stock characters, accurately represent the actual lived experience and agency of soldiers.1. I Roll
2. Soldier of Fortune
4. Who Remembers
5. Vietnam Blues
6. The Dark and Bloody Road
7. She's Been Down
8. Body Bag
9. Over The Edge$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
First Light's FreezeA dark, mutant-country sound infused with strands of free-jazz and a late-70's Nashville big-radio strut hijacked by post-punk unravelers. The result is a beautiful mix of somber reflection, destination-unknown travelogue, and subversive anti-war boogie. Freeze confronts the mythology of war and friendship; the close proximity of things painful and pleasurable, and the complications of this as a paradigm for the world. Castanets suggest artistic geography as transcontinental as Merle Haggard, Albert Ayler, Television, and Richard and Mimi Farina.1. (The Waves Are Rolling Beneath Your Skin)
2. Into the Night
3. A Song Is Not The Song Of The World
4. Good Friend, Yr Hunger
5. (We Drew Uncertain Breath)
6. Bells Aloud
7. First Light's Freeze
8. Evidence (A Mask Of Horizon, Distortion Of Form)
9. No Voice Was Raised
10. (Migration Concentric)
11. All That I Know To Have Changed In You
12. Dancing With Someone (Privilege Of Everything)
13. Reflecting In The Angles$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Come On OverCome On Over is the third studio album recorded by Canadian country singer Shania Twain, originally released on November 4, 1997.1. Man! I Feel Like a Woman!
2. I'm Holdin' On to Love (To Save My Life)
3. Love Gets Me Every Time
4. Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)
5. From This Moment On (with Bryan White)
6. Come On Over
8. Whatever You Do! Don't!
9. If You Wanna Touch Her, Ask!
10. You're Still the One
11. Honey, I'm Home
12. That Don't Impress Me Much
13. Black Eyes, Blue Tears
14. I Won't Leave You Lonely
15. Rock This Country!
16. You've Got a Way$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Hands All OverHands All Over is the third studio album by the American rock band Maroon 5. Produced by veteran producer Robert John Mutt Lange, the album was originally released by A&M/Octone Records on August 18, 2010.1. Misery
2. Give A Little More
4. Don't Know Nothing
5. Never Gonna Leave This Bed
6. I Can't Lie
7. Hands All Over
9. Get Back In My Life
10. Just A Feeling
12. Out Of Goodbyes
13. Moves Like Jagger$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Party's OverThe Party's Over is the debut album by Talk Talk. It was originally released in 1982 and produced by Colin Thurston, who was a former engineer for David Bowie but was better known for producing Duran Duran's first two albums.1. Talk Talk
2. It's So Serious
4. The Party's Over
6. Have You Heard the News?
7. Mirror Man
8. Another Word
9. Candy$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Gets Over YouImport
There are only so many times you can take back that cheating lover or buy any of their sorry excuses. Its easier said than done, but one soul band is taking a stand. The Right Now isnt going to take it anymore. The Right Now is fed up. And on their second record, The Right Now Gets Over You.
The challenging title is a reality check, but delivered with a wink from singer Stefanie Berecz. Its just a representation of the stories in the songs. Nearly every track has a cheating character, or someone whos had enough of their lover. Its a mixed bag of empowerment and regret. Gets Over You continues the its complicated theme of 2010â€²s Carry Me Home, although this outing shows Berecz in a darker, seedier role.
Recorded in a cathartic, week-long session in Los Angeles, CA with producer Sergio Rios (Orgone), Gets Over You takes the Chicago septets soulful sound to the warm, crackling world of analog tape and vintage instruments. Bereczs voice, often compared to those of Chaka Kahn and Joss Stone, takes center stage. The band shines with raw, gritty performances and elegant arrangements that are the result of countless hours of performing, rehearsing and touring together.
Bereczs emotionally-charged vocal performance has been the bands calling card at over 200 shows in the past two years. The Right Nows electrifying live show, matching suits, choreographed horn section, and all, has earned them a reputation as dynamic, complex, hip and just downright fun. (Gapers Block).
It takes a man to admit that its over, Berecz confidently croons on Half As Much. But if you cant, I can do it for sure. While Stefanie Berecz may have gotten over the man in this song, audiences wont be getting over her any time soon.1. I Can't Speak For You
2. Good Man
3. Can't Keep Running
4. Tell Everyone The Truth
5. Should've Told Me
6. I Could Kiss You (I Could Cry)
7. He Used To Be
8. Half As Much
9. Call Girl
11. 'Til It Went Wrong$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bridge Over Troubled WaterRanked 51/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Bridge Over Troubled Water is the most enduring album in the beloved duo's catalog, boasting some of their finest vocal performances as well as some of Simon's most accomplished songwriting. The album spawned no less than four hit singles: The Boxer, Cecilia, El Condor Pasa and the iconic title track, which became an instant standard and which remains one of the most-covered songs in pop history. The album also features such beloved Simon and Garfunkel classics as Keep the Customer Satisfied, Baby Driver, The Only Living Boy in New York and So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright.
Capturing the contemplative mood of the end of a tumultuous decade, Bridge Over Troubled Water quickly became one of the most popular albums of its time, appealing to counterculture audiences as well as mainstream listeners. The album spent two-and-a-half months at the top of the charts, selling more than five million copies at the time of its original release; it has since sold over 25 million copies worldwide. It also won six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Now, four decades after its original release, Bridge Over Troubled Water is once again available in its original LP format utilizing Sundazed's exacting quality standards. Mastered from the original analog tapes, the album is pressed on high-quality, high-definition vinyl, with meticulously reproduced complete original cover art. It's the perfect way to re-experience this timeless classic.1. Bridge Over Troubled Water
2. El Condor Pasa
4. Keep the Customer Satisfied
5. So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright
6. The Boxer
7. Baby Driver
8. The Only Living Boy in New York
9. Why Don't You
10. Write Me
11. Bye Bye Love
12. Song for the Asking$28.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Love Over GoldDire Straits added a new rhythm guitarist expanding its sounds and ambitions on the sprawling Love Over Gold. In a sense, the album is their prog rock effort, containing only five songs, including the 14-minute opener Telegraph Road. Mark Knopfler's skilled, tasteful guitar sustains throughout atmospheric, instrumental passages.1. Telegraph Road
2. Private Investigations
3. Industrial Disease
4. Love Over Gold
5. It Never Rains$26.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WARB-FUE-7151xYoung The Giant
Mind Over MatterFor their highly anticipated second album MIND OVER MATTER, Young The Giant enlisted Grammy nominated producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen, known for his work with such diverse artists as Beck, Nine Inch Nails, Paramore, and M83. Featuring the electrifying lead single It's About Time, the collection of songs finds the young band challenging themselves both lyrically and musically.LP 1
1. Slow Dive
3. It's About Time
5. Mind Over Matter
2. In My Home
6. Paralysis$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Heels Over HeadTwenty years after Billy Martin asked Steven Bernstein to help him hatch a freaky avant brass band, Wicked Knee delivers their triumphant full-length debut. Heels Over Head brings together four of the downtown jazz scene's most legendary improvisers for a collection of tunes guaranteed to drop jaws and move feet from the New York juke joint to the New Orleans street corner.
Steven Bernstein - trumpets
Curtis Fowlkes - trombone
Marcus Rojas - tuba
Billy Martin - drums1. Ghumba Zumba
2. Theme One
3. Button to Button
7. Sugarfoot Stomp
9. Noctiluca$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-ROU-7712xGeorge Thorogood & The Destroyers
Move It On OverThis 1978 outing was a fresh and vital collection showcasing his amazing energy, rousing vocals and driving guitar playing. While he wen on to make
more commercially successful albums in his career, the spirit and innocence of Move It On Over was never duplicated.
On their hit sophomore release, Thorogood & the Destroyers expand their sound, adding a distinctive stamp to a range of blues and country classics.1. Move It On Over
2. Who Do You Love
3. The Sky Is Crying
4. Cocaine Blues
5. It Wasn't Me
6. That Same Thing
7. So Much Trouble
8. I'm Just Your Good Thing
9. Baby Please Set A Date
10. New Hawaiian Boogie$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Angels Watching Over Me"I was very reluctant to put this stuff out because there's a ton of rootsy cornballs out there doing this kind of stuff and all of them play guitar way better than me. But I think I have something here that doesn't really
sound like anything else. The numbers that bounce really bounce. The numbers that drone really drone. I'm excited about this." -Danny Kroha
As a mainstay on the Detroit music scene for over thirty years, Danny Kroha has consistently pushed himself to reinvention. As founding member of garage legends the Gories, he's influenced countless imitators and poseurs. His axe work with Rocket 455 is the most quintessentially "Detroit" rock and roll this side of the MC5. And his turn as a pastied playgirl in the Demolition Doll Rods proved that even in drag, he was undeniably solid. So with his first full-length release under his own name, it may come as an unexpected turn that he's dealing in classic gospel and folk songs. Playing every instrument himself, spanning guitar, banjo, baritone dulcimer, diddley bow, washtub bass, jug and mouth organ, the end result is a collection of
compelling, timeless traditional songs. Angels Watching Over Me is the real deal, seeming that it could've been recorded at any time over the past 70 years. With this album, Kroha firmly establishes himself as one of the pre-eminent practitioners of a genre in desperate need of someone with his creativity and vision in moving forward the classic American art form.1. Angels Watching Over Me
2. I Want to Live So God Can Use Me
3. Rowdy Blues
4. Holy Ghost Don't Leave Me
5. Take Me Back
6. John Henry
7. Walking Boss
8. Run Little Children
9. The Road is Rough and Rocky
10. Cannonball Blues
11. You Got To Move
13. Before This Time Another Year
14. Jack O'Diamonds
15. Pretty Little Pink
16. Lonesome Valley$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Over And EvenJoan Shelly's new album, Over And Even, was written in the back of an abandoned beauty parlor on the island of Thessaloniki. The whole thing had something to do with Vashti Bunyan. That's what Joan told me, but Joan Shelley is a poet, so she makes things up. In a small, dark room that smells of expired hair-do chemicals, there is talk of hypnosis. All the windows are blacked out. Look into my eyes. White walls are blinding in the ancient sunlight. A bowl of oranges shines like solid gold, waiting for you. There is a small classical guitar, a sunburn, and a key that turns a lock, and songs come pouring out. Maybe the Greek deal was really about Leonard Cohen. That's Joanie's jam: songs wide open enough to let the wind blow the curtains around, and solid enough to hang a ton of heartache on. She writes smart, beautiful songs full of poetry, history, mystery and nature. Like all the best sad songs, they will make you cry. Then they will drag you outside and leave you flat on your back, staring up at the stars. Joan lands on a note like a laser beam on a diamond. Colors fly around the room, and her voice bends between them. People say her voice reminds them of Sandy Denny. It's more than the vocal range. It's a quiet power that draws you in. Maybe Over And Even wasn't written last winter on a Greek island. Maybe these songs were written a hundred years ago in a farmhouse somewhere in Kentucky. That's where Joan is from, and that's where she and guitar player Nathan Salsburg recorded all the basic tracks live. All the people who played on Joan's new record -- and Daniel Martin Moore who recorded and engineered it -- are friends. That comes through somehow in the sound of the album. Will Oldham and Glen Dettinger are genius harmony singers. They leave the perfect amount of space for microscopic shifts in Joan's voice, without sacrificing their own awesome idiosyncrasies. Nathan Salsburg's guitar follows every twist of the melody. When the song breaks your heart in two, Nathan is there with a high E-string to sew it back together. Joan Shelley's voice flows out like a river. It never travels in a straight line. It follows bends and curves carved by history. We are all lucky just to be swept away, and go with her wherever she's going. But it's not over by half There's a gold in your eyes blooming out through the black And you're still standing, your hand on the map No its not over, not over by half the end.1. Brighter Than The Blues
2. Stay On My Sure
3. Over and Even
4. Not Over By Half
5. Ariadne's Gone
6. No More Shelter
7. Easy Now
8. Lure and Line
9. Jenny Come In
10. Wine And Honey
11. My Only Trouble
12. Subtle Love$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Aabenbaringen Over AaskammenCasiokids have created an album that is unlike anything they have released thus far.
For one, Aabenbaringen over aaskammen, which roughly translates to the revelation over the mountain, is much more cohesive than the collection of Moshi Moshi singles and double A-sided 7 tracks that comprised Topp stemning pa lokal bar.
As vocalist Ketil Kinden Endresen explains, Doing the recordings within the same timeframe left us more focused in the studio, shaping ideas from sketches into the finished songs with the whole album in mind.
In addition, this time around the members of Casiokids were eager to dig a bit deeper into their songs by experimenting more with different recording techniques.
As such, from the titular album opener -- an instrumental track featuring a mini orchestra -- to closer Aldri ska me ha det gøy -- the band's first true ballad -- Aabenbaringen over aaskammen is a record that finds Casiokids expanding their musical palette with new song styles and enhanced instrumentation
And unlike the group's past releases, which were recorded quickly in locations as varied as guitarist Fredrik Vogsborg's father's office, the hallway of the Bergen Jazz Association, and an old cantina, Aabenbaringen over aaskammen came to fruition at the band's own pace within their rehearsal space at the newly established Bergen Kjøtt.
The benefits of devoting extra attention to the recording process are particularly apparent on Selskapets triste avslutning, a track that received some last minute creative energy from of Montreal members Kevin Barnes, K Ishibashi and Bryan Poole who happened to be visiting Bergen at the time recording was wrapping up. Along with Barnes' signature noise bursts during the beginning of the first verse, the song beautifully incorporates a live string arrangement in place of Casio strings.
But, despite this newfound attention to the art of recording, don't think that Casiokids have abandoned the simple joy of creating music with their namesake instrument.
Says Endresen, Even though we've become more interested in production possibilities, we still wanted to retain the rawness of the first two records. The dulcet tones of the Casio will always be at the core of our manifesto.
Det haster! and Golden Years bear out the truth of this statement, as both songs achieve their infectious melodies by way of a sure-to-get-you-up-and-dancing keyboard-driven beat.1. Aabenbaringen over aaskammen
2. Det haster!
4. Golden Years
5. Olympiske Leker
6. Selskapets triste avslutning (feat. of Montreal)
7. Elefantenes hemmelige gravplass
9. London Zoo
10. Aldri ska me ha det gøy$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now