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HollyThink music ain't what it used to be? Then you haven't heard Nick Waterhouse. His jumped-up take on 1950's rhythm 'n' blues is the real deal."
A timeless talent for spirited rock and rhythms that anyone can appreciate.
He draws from the classic sound of '50's American pop with a distinctive
voice of his own, shouting and growling with infectious vigor."
Waterhouse is definitely a star."
- LA TIMES
The music sounds like a party in full swing, each instrument playing exactly what is needed."
- CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Between the chattering keys, bomping saxes, gorgeous guitar tones and
the bandleader's voice-which slides effortlessly from cool quaver to feral
howl - the end result is undeniable."
Nick Waterhouse's art springs from a simple idea: everybody wants to be sombody else. One of his heroes, Van Morrison, got his start covering Bobby
Bland, whose own musical idol was Nat "King" Cole. In Waterhouse's view,
emulation is a journey; you never truly succeed, but as the singer, guitarist and songwriter puts it, "You become something on the way there."
Nick was born in 1986 and grew up in Huntington Beach, known predominantly for
UFC, commercial surf culture, and tanning salons. He established his musical sensibilities in the middle of the burgeoning southern California Psych-Garage scene (Burger
records, Ty Segall, McHugh's Distillery studio) while retaining his unique perspective
on the spirit of American Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll.
Waterhouse started performing as a teenager. "It was really motivated by fear," he
recalls. "I'm kind of an introvert, so it was an uncomfortable situation. It was a way
to force a crisis." The young artist experienced an exhilaration he'd never felt before,
and hasn't found anywhere else since. "It's a feeling of heightened awareness that goes
beyond pleasure," Waterhouse explains. "It has something to do with seeing ahead in
time and behind in time all at once. You don't just get the immediate reward; you get
the potential that rewards you the same way."
Waterhouse explored the idea of potential on his breakthrough single, "Some Place," a
beautifully lean, propulsive track recorded at all-analog studio the Distillery and self
released in 2010 on his own Pres label. "Well, there's someplace that I'd rather be,"
Waterhouse sang in a fierce yet plaintive register. "And it's something that's been on my
mind almost constantly."
These days, Waterhouse is a successful recording artist, with one well-received LP and
and several high-profile tours and collaborations to his name. But his latest work still
embodies the struggle of his early forays. During "This Is a Game," Waterhouse sets up
a snarly, post-surf guitar solo with a succinct statement of a cynical outlook: "This is a
game / Please remember my words / And don't get upset when you don't get what you
think you deserve." And on the gothic-soul strut "Let It Come Down," he meditates on
the inevitability of pain. "If there's gonna be rain tonight," he sings in a stoic croon.
"Let it come down."
It's clear from this material that Waterhouse is in the midst of his own becoming. He
isn't the type to let ecstasy take over, like Van Morrison, or to drawl away in a consummately laid-back register, like Mose Allison. In the tension between his wry lyrics and
crisp arrangements, you hear the expression of a worldly skeptic who's also-when it
comes to his art-a sanctified believer. Whoever it was that Nick Waterhouse wanted to
be matters less now; these days, he just sounds like himself.1. High Tiding
2. This Is A Game
3. It no. 3
4. Let It Come Down
5. Sleepin' Pills
7. Dead Room
8. Well It's Fine
9. Ain't There Something Money Can't Buy
10. Hands On The Clock$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
NightWithout apology, Holly Cole is a self-declared night owl, perfectly at home in the time between dusk and dawn, a dear friend of the wee small hours. It's a fact that now finds firm and poetic expression in the title and content of her eagerly awaited new album - Night. As usual when it comes to the iconic Canadian songstress, it's an album that features a stylistically diverse and emotionally stirring collection of songs. It stands as a love letter to the night and its magic powers, a celebration of the hours where daylight's chatter has disappeared and turned into peaceful moments of creative possibility, providing a chance to see the world with different eyes and to listen with different ears. An invitation to intimacy.1. You Only Live Twice
2. Walk Away
3. Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues
4. You've Got A Secret
5. Viva Las Vegas
6. I Only Have Eyes For You
7. I Thought Of You Again
8. Love Lies
9. Whistlin' Past the Graveyard
10. If You Go Away
11. If You Could Read My Mind$41.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Don't Smoke In Bed (Out Of Stock)Multiple Styles Displayed On Holly Cole's 1993 Sophomore Album
Mastered By Bernie Grundman From The Original Master Tapes
Plating And 200-Gram Vinyl Pressing By Quality Record Pressings!
Old-Style Gatefold Tip-On Jacket By Stoughton Printing
Holly Cole brings her own dimension to the tradition of cabaret, a strong voice that's still capable of nuance, an ear for quirky repertoire, and a light touch that keeps some of these performances floating just at the edge of irony.
On her second album, 1993's Don't Smoke in Bed, Cole explores varied musical styles, adding pop, blues, country and a French ballad to her standard, low-key jazz. It's a favorite of ours, which is why for this Analogue Productions reissue we've given it the reissue treatment it deserves. Bernie Grundman did the mastering, from the original analog tapes, at his Los Angeles studio, giving this release a spectacular foundation. Plating and pressing on 200-gram heavyweight vinyl was done by Gary Salstrom and crew at Quality Record Pressings, makers of the world's finest-sounding LPs. Lastly, we wrapped up the whole package in a premium gatefold tip-on jacket from Stoughton Printing. There's nothing but aces in this smokin' hot reissue and the quality shines through.
Holly's delivery of more traditional fare shines on Cole Porter's witty Get Out of Town and Kurt Weill's torchy Je Ne T'aime Pas, while she brings clarity, power, and anthemic passion to the surprising treatment of Johnny Nash's I Can See Clearly Now. She's generally well supported in this intimate set by pianist Aaron Davis and bassist David Piltch, while there's sparing and effective use of strings. There are fine guest spots by tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, on Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday, and David Lindley, whose steel guitar contributes to the strange country music of Don't Let the Teardrops Rust Your Shining Heart.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. I Can See Clearly Now
2. Don't Let the Teardrops Rust Your Shining Heart
3. Get Out Of Town
4. So and So
5. The Tennessee Waltz
6. Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday
7. Blame It On My Youth
8. Ev'rything I've Got
9. Je Ne T'Aime Pas
10. Cry (If you Want To)
11. Que Sera Sera
12. Don't Smoke In Bed$39.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Holly Cole (Out Of Stock)An intense black & white retro artwork and another deeply exciting collection of songs from Holly Cole. Performed with a large ensemble of top-notch jazz players from New York, directed by Greg Cohen with arrangements by Gil Goldstein and recorded live in the studio. A superlative singer on top of her game, coming up with fascinating interpretations of hand-picked song classics - from Irving Berlin to A.C. Jobim. Final proof that this voice belongs with the very best: intense and thrilling, sensual and sensitive. Jazz noir à la Cole.1. House Is Haunted by the Echo of Your Last Goodbye
3. I Will Wait for You
4. Waters of March
5. Alley Cat Song
6. Larger Than Life
7. Be Careful, It's My Heart
8. It's Alright with Me
9. You're My Thrill
10. Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries
11. Reaching for the Moon$41.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Romantically Helpless (Out Of Stock)2000 album from the jazz/ pop chanteuse, a collection of 12 covers of choice jazz & pop songs. Includes her renditions of Paul Simon's 'One Trick Pony', Randy Newman's 'Ghosts', Sammy Chan & James Van Heusen's 'Come Fly With Me', Ralph Bass & Lowman Pauling's 'Dedicated To The One I Love' and Stephen Sondheim's 'Loving You'. The first single from the album, 'Make It Go Away', is a re-working of a track from her 1997 album 'Dark Dear Heart'.1. One Trick Pony
2. Romantically Helpless
3. I'll Be Here
5. Come Fly With Me
6. Dedicated to the One I Love
7. That Old Black Magic
8. If I Start to Cry
9. Loving You
10. Make it Go Away
11. Don't Fence Me In
12. Same Girl
Bonus LP - 45RPM
1. One Trick Pony
2. I'll Be Here
3. Dedicated To The One I Love
4. Don't Fence Me In$57.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock