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Johnny99Although it went virtually unnoticed upon its initial release in 1983, this intriguing record momentarily put a halt to Johnny Cash's precipitous artistic decline and kept the promise of his resurgence alive. Recorded in Los Angeles with session men including Marty Stuart, Norton Buffalo, Jo-El Sonnier, and producer Brian Ahern, Johnny 99 focuses on the work of younger songwriters--Bruce Springsteen, Paul Kennerley, Guy Clark--and might be the lone oasis in an otherwise barren decade. The solemn opener, Springsteen's Highway Patrolman, sets the tone as Cash turns a very restrained reading into an emotional powerhouse, supported by Hoyt Axton's baritone growl. The Springsteen-penned title track becomes a honky-tonk anthem as Cash delivers the Boss's lyrics with acute understanding. The touching Civil War ballad God Bless Robert E. Lee, the tropical/topical Joshua Gone Barbados, and the attractive duet with June Carter on Kennerley's Brand New Dance help round out a rather diverse (for Cash) collection. Aside from the occasional guitar effect and unnecessary keyboard intrusion (it was 1983 after all), this set marks a high point of a low period.
--Marc Greilsamer1. Highway Patrolman
2. That's the Truth
3. God Bless Robert E. Lee
4. New Cut Road
5. Johnny 99
6. Ballad of the Ark
7. Joshua Gone Barbados
8. Girl from the Canyon
9. Brand New Dance (with June Carter Cash)
10. I'm Ragged But I'm Right$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Super Session (1968) was conceived by Al Kooper and features the work of guitarists Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills. Kooper and Bloomfield had previously worked together on the sessions for the ground-breaking classic Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan. For Super Session, Kooper recruited keyboardist Barry Goldberg and bassist Harvey Brooks, both members of the Electric Flag, along with well-known session drummer "Fast" Eddie Hoh.
On the second day of recording, with the tapes ready to roll, Bloomfield did not show up. Kooper hastily called upon Stephen Stills, also in the process of leaving his band Buffalo Springfield. Regrouping behind Stills, Kooper's session men cut mostly vocal tracks, including "It Takes A Lot to Laugh, It Takes A Train to Cry" from Highway 61 and a lengthy and atmospheric take of "Season of the Witch" by Donovan.
The album peaked at #12 on the Billboard 200, and has been certified a Gold record. The success of this record opened the door for the "supergroup" concept of the late 1960s and 1970s - Blind Faith, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and the like.1. Albert's Shuffle
3. Man's Temptation
4. His Holy Modal Majesty
6. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
7. Season Of The Witch
8. You Don't Love Me
9. Harvey's Tune$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
DriftDrift is the seventh full-length by NYC rock polymaths The Men. The band's
last album, the self-released Devil Music, was the sound of a band who had been
through hell hitting reset and looking to their roots to rediscover themselves. On
Drift, The Men return to their longtime label Sacred Bones Records and explore
the openness that Devil Music helped them find.
The immediately evident result of that exploration is the experimental quality
of much of the material on Drift. Songwriters Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi
chase their muses down a few dozen thrilling rabbit-holes over the course of
the album's nine tracks. The songs on Drift veer in a number of directions, but
notably, almost none of them feature a prominent electric guitar. The lone exception,
"Killed Someone," is a rowdy riff-rocker, worthy of the finest moments of
the band's now-classic Leave Home and Open Your Heart albums. The rest of the
album drives down stranger highways. "Secret Light" is an improvisation based
on an old piano riff of Perro's. "Maybe I'm Crazy" is a synth-driven dancefloor
stomper for long after last call. "Rose on Top of the World" and "When I Held
You in My Arms" are paisley-hued, psyched-out jams with big, beating hearts.
The album was recorded to 2 tape with Travis Harrison (Guided by Voices) at
Serious Business Studios in Brooklyn. A whole pile of instruments was involved
- synths, strings, sax, steel, harmonica, tape loops, on top of the usual guitar, bass,
and drums. Unlike recent releases from The Men, there aren't many overdubs
on Drift - a reflection of the personalities of its makers becoming less frantic,
Chiericozzi suggests. In fact, the band removed a lot of the additional parts they
tried adding early on, giving the final product a bit of a ghostly feel. The songs
on Drift took giant leaps and trips from their beginnings only to find the band
returning to the first spark of creation.1. Maybe I'm Crazy
2. When I Held You in My Arms
3. Secret Light
4. Rose on Top of the World
5. So High
6. Killed Someone
8. Final Prayer
9. Come to Me$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Under The Skin Soundtrack
An eerie, anxiety-provoking electronic work
that is extremely accomplished in its own right.
- Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
Jonathan Glazer, known for Sexy Beast and Birth and his music videos
for Radiohead, Massive Attack, Jamiroquai etc., is back with his latest
film, Under the Skin.
Based on the novel by Michael Faber, Under the Skin follows the
journey of a voluptuous woman (Scarlett Johansson) of unknown origin
combing the highway in search of isolated or forsaken men. They are
seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again.
Premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last fall, the film has been very
well-reviewed by audiences and critics alike. It receives 88% Fresh on
The music, which plays a critical role in the film and has been
mentioned numerous times in reviews, is by British-born Mica Levi,
known by her stage name Micachu. She is best known for her band
Micachu & The Shapes and for experimental music in a variety of
genres. Her electronic beat is the perfect companion to this hauntingly
beautiful and stylized picture.1. Creation
2. Lipstick To Void
3. Andrew Void
4. Meat To Maths
6. Lonely Void
7. Mirror To Vortex
12. Alien Loop$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Trinity LaneThis record was written mostly in the summer of 2016 in my apartment off of Trinity Lane. A few tunes came out on the road as well. After moving out of an ex's house, I settled into a new neighborhood down the road. Shortly after, I picked up a tour with my good friend John Moreland where we went to the West Coast and back. I was trailing them in my little 2002 Honda Accord that has literally been all over the country with me. A woman in my early 30s, I found myself sick of my same old shit. I was inspired by the landscape of the west. My faith was tested on the curves of the Highway 101 through the Red Woods. I got terrifyingly stoned on weed gummy bears in Denver. I saw real cowboys in Wyoming and drove through a flood in Arkansas. I felt displaced, but connected.
Upon returning to the south, my home of Tennessee, I slunk back into my nook off of Trinity. I went over all the things I'd seen. There had been a freedom in being so far away - a lack of responsibility, a distance from some of the issues, if you will, though I'd carried them right with me, back to my birthplace of Los Angeles, peering over the ocean, wondering how you can come so far yet end up in the same place. I contemplated fleeing and just staying in California, but the south is my home and I had to deal with what needed to be dealt with. I started to write. And go to the park. And listen to records. And play my guitar every night. Every time I wanted a man, I picked up my guitar. Every time I wanted a drink, I picked up my guitar.
Love will take you to the darkest places but also to the most honest places if you let it. Learning how to love myself is something I've always been lousy with, and I spent some time on that. I thought about my sobriety, what that means to me, the struggles I'd had throughout the years, since I was a 27-year-old and hung up my toxic drinking habit. I thought about my mother, who took her own life when I was a baby, not far from my age at 30 years old, and I related to her more than ever. As you can see, there was plenty of time spent on my own. I didn't talk to that many folks, albeit a few close friends, and leaned into my family. I stayed away from men, and danced alone in the evenings, looking out my window observing my humble and lively neighborhood. I found power in being by myself. I found peace in the people I was surrounded with - we didn't really know one another, but we smiled when passed on the street. One time I almost rear-ended an older woman in her car backing out of my driveway and I said, Oh man, I'm just not used to any cars coming around this bend. She replied, This is our little hideout, baby. And it really was. The woods were behind me, Dickerson Pike was in the front.
So after a while, I had all these songs to play, and wanted to share them. I wanted to get out of town to get some distance from everything, so after an ongoing conversation with Michael Trent, I took my band to Johns Island, SC and we holed up for a few weeks. I poured my heart out, and trusted them with it, and these guys gave it right back. I think we all understood what it's like to question home, intention, demons, love....I think most people understand that. I hope you love this record, I made it for you.1. All Kinds Of People
2. The Night David Bowie Died
3. Trinity Lane
4. Everything I Had
5. I Wanna Go Home
8. Different, I Guess
11. So Much You Don't Know
12. See Ya Later$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now