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In Between Dreams (Awaiting Repress)Better Together
No Other Way
Sitting, Waiting, Wishing
Staple It Together
If I Could
Do You Remember
Constellations$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
DreamsDreams is a reissue of Chris Forsyth's second solo album. In 2009 Forsyth pressed up 100 LPs for a European tour and created quite an uproar of approval by the heads who managed to score a copy. Now available again, Dreams rightfully shows Forsyth at the creme of American guitarists who blend masterful skill of country/blues with sometimes violent aggression or mind-bending arrangements.
Dreams was recorded and mixed between 2007 and 2009 and catches Forsyth in the studio layering acoustic and electric guitars and organ with contributions from his guests, creating four pieces which are full of the raw power and intuitive delicacy that characterizes his live shows still. Dreams crosses free-wheeling minimalist rock balladry and anarcho- improv surrealism with a fearless approach to beauty in a deeply psychedelic landscape. It features contributions from his Peeesseye bandmates Jaime Fennelly (synth on one track) and Fritz Welch (drums and vocals on another) as well as the soaring trumpet work of Nate Wooley and organ, saxophone, and snare drum overdubs by another longtime collaborator of Forsyth's in Phantom Limb & Bison, Shawn Edward Hansen. This is Forsyth's second solo record, preceding Paranoid Cat, which was released by Family Vineyard earlier in 2011.1. Soft History Master
2. String Haters
3. Longer Warm Afternoon
4. Dream No.1$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ripe Dreams, Pipe DreamsCameron Avery has arrived as a new breed of nocturnal crooner, a train-wreck romantic creating timeless, ambitious music for the modern age. Utilizing his soulful wit, shrewd arrangements, and a deep, husky baritone, Avery harnesses the dark power and humor of artists like Nick Cave, Scott Walker, and Tindersticks to expertly walk the fine line between vulnerable and venerable.
Hailing from the late 2000s-era Perth, Australia, a healthy scene of hard-hitting garage rock bands, including a long stint as the drummer of Pond, Avery found his musical footing while playing with friends but sought the reward of his own outfit. Encouraged by his friend Kevin Parker of Tame Impala to record on his own, Avery started The Growl as his solo project in 2007, making an EP and an album of aggressive, distorted psychedelic rock and roll. When Parker asked him to join Tame Impala as its touring bassist in 2013, Avery jumped at the chance and rose with that band to the top of the psych-rock heap, but all the while remained focused on carving out his singular identity as an artist and following his own muse.
On a break from touring, Avery decided to head to the US to work on his album. He would settle in Los Angeles at the behest of Jonathan Wilson, the Echo Park musician and producer who also encouraged Avery to shine a spotlight on his baritone singing voice, unlike the snarling, obscured vocals of The Growl. It was a lofty idea, but one to which Avery aspired, encouraged by the challenge.
Melancholic machismo is written into the very DNA of Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams. From the classical, finger-picked guitar on the opener "A Time and Place" and the orchestral vamping of "Do You Know Me By Heart?" to the bombastic, self-assured swagger of "Dance with Me." He takes an emotive page from the Leonard Cohen songbook-of-longing on "Big Town Girl" just as naturally as he thumbs an aggressive note of Bad Seed strut and Cramps rut on "Watch Me Take It Away." And by the time he purrs that earnest refrain of "Baby, it's you" on the album's closer "C'est Toi," Avery has surely mastered that drunken tightrope dance. Now a resident of New York City, Avery looks to continue his search for the ultimate sensations from a fresh vantage point.1. A Time and Place
2. Do You Know Me By Heart
3. Dance With Me
4. Wasted On Fidelity
5. Big Town Girl
7. The Cry Of Captain Hollywood
8. Watch Me Take It Away
9. An Ever Jarring Moment
10. C'est Toi (extended)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-WAS-1515xThe Hold Steady
Teeth DreamsIn 2014, the Hold Steady release their sixth LP Teeth Dreams, nearly four years after the Brooklyn band's previous full-length album, 2010's Heaven Is Whenever. It's the longest gap between albums in the rock band's decade-plus career. [The recording process] may have dragged out a bit this time, singer Craig Finn tells Rolling Stone. But I think it's all for the best.
Teeth Dreams was recorded over the past two years in Brooklyn and Franklin, Tenn. and marks a new beginning for the Hold Steady: it's their first album recorded with longtime touring guitarist Steve Selvidge, who joined the band on the road following the 2010 departure of multi-instrumentalist Franz Nicolay. It was exciting again, says guitarist Tad Kubler. There was a newness to this album that I hadn't felt in awhile.
The new tracks find the band leaning heavy on distortion and snaking guitar licks - Finn's favorite of the batch is On With the Business, a pummeling blast of electric guitar and vocal delay that finds the notoriously sharp-eyed vocalist appraising a city heavy on weak handshakes and beautiful kitchens. On The Ambassador, one of the album's rare moments of serenity, Finn's details a temporary holding cell of a shack-up in Michigan with hot and glistening nights and halls that smelled like burning hair. And the band's first single, I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You (streaming below) is a barreling Foo Fighters-style melodic rocker, with rapid-fire vocals spilling from Finn as drummer Bobby Drake swings beneath.
He says the band has drummed up their biggest-sounding, most rock-oriented album to date. We were looking to make a big rock record, he admits. Maybe it's less wild but in some ways that makes it a bigger record."
Dan Hyman (Rolling Stone)1. I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You
3. The Only Thing
4. The Ambassador
5. On With The Business
6. Big Cig
7. Wait Awhile
8. Runner's High
9. Almost Everything
10. Oaks$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Between PlacesYoung Dreams are a symphonic pop ensemble from Bergen, Norway, headed up by the mighty Matias Tellez. With a lineup of musicians that starts at six and blossoms to as many as twelve at any given performance, they've already captured the imaginations of dreamy pop lovers internationally. Tellez composes the lion's share of the Young Dreams' sound, after which a variety of instruments and voices are added by a clutch of likeminded optimists. The collective's debut album, Between Places, is a wonderfully respectful interpretation of classical pop and symphonic forms made in an entirely modern way.1. Footprints
2. Wounded Hearts Forever
3. Fog Of War
4. First Days Of Something
5. When Kisses Are Salty
6. Dream Alone, Wake Together
7. The Girl That Taught Me To Drink And Fight
8. Through The Turnstiles
9. Young Dreams$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dreaming My Dreams (Awaiting Repress)Remastered by Rob Santos, Waylon Jennings classic 1975 album Dreaming My Dreams is being reissued through Fat Possum Records. The album was co-produced with Jack Clement and recorded at Glaser Sound Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, between February and July 1974 and released in June 1975. Topping the Billboard's Top Country albums chart and peaking at number forty-nine on Billboard's Top LPs & Tapes chart, it became Jennings' first album to be certified gold by the RIAA. To top things off, he was elected 1975's Male Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association.
Tony Glover of Rolling Stone described Jennings as an ultimate performer. Comparing his studio recordings with his live performances, Glover said Jennings' work in the studio seems to aim more for the midnight mind. Billboard praised Jennings' blend of Country music with other genres. The review said,...the show belongs to Jennings' powerfully distinctive voice and the excellent production of the artist and Jack Clement. It called the recordings a solid mix of ballad and rockers, some straight country and lots that cannot be classified, and said Jennings is one of the few artists whose voice is immediately recognizable. Stereo Review praised the album, called Jennings one of the rare good singers capable of playing his own lead guitar, and called the instrumental breaks witty and surprising. The American Home delivered a favorable review, saying the release features fine interpretive material. Allmusic rated the album with five stars out of five, calling it [Jennings'] best album since Honky Tonk Heroes, and one of the few of his prime outlaw period to deliver from beginning to end.1. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way
2. Waymore's Blues
3. I Recall a Gypsy Woman
4. High Time (You Quit Your Lowdown Ways)
5. I've Been A Long Time Leaving (But I'll Be A Long Time Gone)
6. Let's All Help the Cowboys (Sing the Blues)
7. The Door Is Always Open
8. Let's Turn Back the Years
9. She's Looking Good
10. Dreaming My Dreams With You
11. Bob Wills Is Still the King
12. All Around Cowboy
13. Ride Me Down Easy$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Lost In The DreamLost In The Dream is the third album by Philadelphia band The War on Drugs,but in many ways,it feels
like the first. Around the release of the 2011 breakthrough Slave Ambient,Adam Granduciel spent the
bulk of two years on the road, touring through progressively larger rock clubs, festival stages and late night television slots. As these dozen songs shifted and grew beyond what they'd been in the studio, The War on Drugs became a bona fide rock 'n'roll band.
That essence drives Lost In The Dream, a 10-song set produced by Granduciel and longtime engineer Jeff
Zeigler. In the past, Granduciel built the core of songs largely by himself. But these tunes were played
and recorded by the group that had solidified so much on the road: Dave Hartley, (his favorite bassist
in the world), who had played a bit on The War on Drugs' 2008 debut Wagonwheel Blues, and pianist
Robbie Bennett, a multi-instrumentalist who contributed to Slave Ambient. This unit spent eight
months bouncing between a half-dozen different studios that stretched from the mountains of North
Carolina to the boroughs of New York City. Only then did Granduciel-the proudly self-professed
gearhead, and unrepentant perfectionist-add and subtract, invite guests and retrofit pieces. He
sculpted these songs into a musical rescue mission, through and then beyond personal despair and
anxiety. Lost In The Dream represents the trials of the trip and the triumphs of its destination.
"I wanted there to be a singular voice, but I wanted it to be a project of great friends. Everyone in the
band cares about it so much,"he says."That is the crux of it-growing up,dealing with life,having close
friends, helping each other get by. That is what the record's all about.
As such, these tunes reveal a careful and thrilling reinvention of the sound that's become The War on
Drugs' trademark. The signature meld of long tones and scatter shot layers still stands, with phantom
drum machines and organ lines dotting the musical middle distance all across Lost In The Dream.Note
the way the keys whisper against the guitar's growl as the tempestuous"An Ocean in Between the Waves"
approaches pentecostal heat. Hear how,when a sharp and hard riff cuts into the inescapable chorus of
"Red Eyes," synthetic strings and baritone saxophone shape a soft, infinite bed beneath it. But there's a
new found directness to these tunes, too. Granduciel's voice steps out from behind its typical web of
effects-louder now, with more experiences to share and more steel from having survived them. He
sounds less like a prismatic reflection of a rock bandleader, more like the emboldened actualization of
that idea. With its crisp, unencumbered delivery, "Eyes to the Wind" becomes the album's centerpiece
and the group's new anthem.This is Granduciel's to-date triumph and the exact moment where Lost In
The Dream moves from a tale of confusion to one of resolve. Throughout most of the record, grips
loosen and senses fail, memories are mourned and expectations are abandoned. But after the Rolling
Thunder lift of "Eyes to the Wind," Granduciel finds new contentment and direction. Anguish
sublimates into deliverance. Backed by his bros, Granduciel becomes a preacher in a new pulpit.1. Under The Pressure
2. Red Eyes
4. An Ocean In Between The Waves
6. Eyes To The Wind
7. The Haunting Idle
9. Lost In The Dream
10. In Reverse$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Between Nothingness & Eternity (Live)Import
Between Nothingness And Eternity is the first live album of Mahavishnu Orchestra, and last with the original line-up, released in 1973. Their third album was to be a studio effort, but was scrapped during the final days of the project. A live album containing live renditions of three new songs came out instead, on which the five Jazz/Rock virtuosos can be heard stretching out at great length.
Two tracks, guitarist John McLaughlin's Trilogy and keyboardist Jan Hammer's Sister Andrea, are proportioned roughly as they were in their studio renditions, while the third, McLaughlin's Dream, is stretched to nearly double its 11-minute studio length.
Each composition develops organically through a number of sections, and there are fewer lockstep unison passages than on the earlier recordings. McLaughlin is as flashy and noisy as ever on double-necked electric guitar, and Hammer and violinist Jerry Goodman are a match for him in the speed department, with drummer Billy Cobham displaying a compelling, raw power which also gives bassist Rich Laird a showcase for his slightly subtler work.1. Trilogy
A) The Sunlit Path
B) La Mere De La Mer
C) Tomorrow's Story Not The Same
2. Sister Andrea
1. Dream$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-GLAS-1436xHamilton Leithauser & Rostam
I Had A Dream That You Were MineIncludes Limited Edition 14-page Booklet Of Handwritten Lyrics
I Had A Dream That You Were Mine is an album of songs Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam wrote and recorded together between July, 2014 and February, 2016. In the spirit of collaborative albums, not unlike those of David Byrne and Brian Eno, each musician's individuality remains in tact, while in fact, on this record, both Hamilton's identity as a singer and Rostam's as a producer seem to reach new heights.
This was a record I d been wanting to make for at least a decade, Rostam says. As a fan of Hamilton's voice in the Walkmen I'd been wanting to capture it in ways it hadn't been captured before to make songs with him that placed the crooner right beside the howler, the screamer beside the whisperer to try to leave no stone unturned in terms of how we should approach the delivery of a song. And also to try to push his voice outside of any musical context it had lived in before.
Says Leithauser, Rostam's one-man-band process is so fundamentally different from the way I've always written songs, and it's very impressive. We had no idea what kind of music we were going to make we actually didn't know we were working on an album at first but unexpected things kept falling into place. We were writing and recording everything simultaneously it was flat-out inspiring just to be there.
Many of these songs seem to take place in a memory of New York's past, or wading through the waist high waters in a half-submerged New York of the future. Yet what unites them is that they tell stories. I Had A Dream That You Were Mine is an album, a collection of songs yes, but also a collection of narratives. 'The Bride's Dad' faithfully recounts an unexpected (an probably uninvited) guest at a friend's recent wedding; 'You Ain't That Young Kid' follows the wistful narrator through a night of lost love and transformed resolve.
From the doo-wop of 'When the Truth is...' to the country pedal steel of 'The Morning Stars'; from the piano and organ alchemy of the 'Band in A 1000 Times', to the Leonard Cohen-esque Spanish triplets of 'In a Black Out'; the album harnesses the exploding musical styles of midcentury America which, when melded with the warbled 1980s analogue synthesizers of 'You Ain't That Young Kid,' the ultramodern sub bass of 'Sick as a Dog,' the intimate falsetto of '1959,' and the raucous bar-room chorus of 'Rough Going' sparks an entirely unexpected and innovative style.1. A 1000 Times
2. Sick as a Dog
3. Rough Going (I Don't Let Up)
4. In a Black Out
5. Peaceful Morning
6. When The Truth Is...
7. You Ain't That Young Kid
8. The Bride's Dad
9. The Morning Stars
$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In Spades"Cleromancy" isn't a word one normally finds in rock lyrics. Then again, In Spades - the forthcoming album by The Afghan Whigs, from which the new song "Oriole" hails - is defined only by its own mystical inner logic. The term means to divine, in a supernatural manner, a prediction of destiny from the random casting of lots: the throwing of dice, picking a card from a deck. From its evocative cover art to the troubled spirits haunting its halls, In Spades casts a spell that challenges the listener to unpack its dark metaphors and spectral imagery.
On the one hand, In Spades is as quintessentially Afghan Whigs as anything the group has ever done - fulfilling its original mandate to explore the missing link between howling Midwestern punk like Die Kreuzen and HÜsker DÜ, The Temptations' psychedelic soul symphonies, and the expansive hard-rock tapestries of Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd. At the same time, this new record continues to push beyond anything in the Whigs' previous repertoire - another trademark, along with the explosive group dynamic captured on the recording.
Indeed, the chemistry of the lineup - Dulli, guitarists Dave Rosser and Jon Skibic, drummer Patrick Keeler, multi-instrumentalist Rick Nelson, and Whigs co-founder/bassist John Curley - set the tone for In Spades' creation. When it came to follow up the band's triumphant return to recording - Do To the Beast (2014), which was the band's first ever Top 40 album, - the die was cast. "This is the first time since Black Love [the Whigs' 1996 noir masterpiece] that we've done a full-blown band album," Dulli says.
The joys, sorrows, and upheavals of innocence and experience echo throughout In Spades: it powerfully documents where The Afghan Whigs have been, and where they might go next. For Dulli and Curley, it's a journey that, since their origins as one of the first Sub Pop acts to be signed from outside the label's Pacific Northwest base, has spanned decades. Dulli notes they were barely in their twenties when they first started the band, and yet here they are, fulfilling dreams long held and frequently realized. "Having a break from the Whigs helped me remember what made it so rewarding," Curley says. "Over the course of a lifetime, there are constants, and there's also change. You see who's dropped off the vine - who's going in reverse, and who's still by your side. It's interesting to see where life takes you, and where it doesn't. That's the journey and it hasn't stopped."
In Spades was recorded at Rick Nelson's studio Marigny Sound in New Orleans, LA.1. Birdland
2. Arabian Heights
3. Demon In Profile
4. Toy Automatic
7. The Spell
8. Light as a Feather
9. I Got Lost
10. Into the Floor$23.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Exile In Guyville (25th Anniversary)Ranked 327/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
25th Anniversary Reissue Of Influential Landmark Album
Certified Gold In 1998
Remastered By Emily Lazar At The Lodge
"Maybe the greatest work of traditional American indie rock that
anyone has ever made. It's also probably the best road-trip album
of its generation and the signal of a rare talent's arrival. It deserves
to be celebrated. Let's do that." - Stereogum
"A landmark of foul-mouthed, compromised intimacy, a tortured
confessional, a workout in female braggadocio, and a wellspring of
penetrating self-analysis and audacity." - The New Yorker
"Exile is just one perfect song after another" - Rolling Stone
"The genius of Liz Phair's debut is its wonderful simplicity. Phair
was as straightforward as you could get-- her music was incredibly
catchy, rootsy pop, fueled by timeless, original melodies and lyrics
whose honesty was refreshing and, occasionally, shocking." - Pitchfork, #5 in the list of top 100 albums of the '90s
2018 marks the 25th anniversary of Liz Phair's
landmark Exile in Guyville album. On May 4th,
Matador Records will reissue the album on vinyl
and CD. Re-mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge,
the album is set for a remembrance worthy of
its greatness. In addition to the straight reissue,
Matador is also releasing Girly-Sound To Guyville, an
extensive vinyl box set to celebrate the anniversary.
Originally released in 1993, Exile In Guyville is
a seminal album and a feminist landmark. Its
legendary status has only grown over the years.
It's continually included in countless lists Rolling
Stone's 500 Greatest albums of all time + 100 best
albums of the 90s, Pitchfork's Top 100 albums of the
90s, etc. Numerous essays and think pieces have
been written about it and the number of accolades
piled on is endless.
Since the release of Exile in Guyville, Liz Phair has
continued to defy expectation and break barriers.
She has released five albums and is currently
working on a new one. She has also composed
music for television shows and received awards for
that work. In November, it was announced that she
would be fulfilling a longtime dream to be an author,
having received a two-book deal with Random
House. Her first book will be called Horror Stories
which focuses on "heartbreak, motherhood, and
everything in between".LP 1
2. Help Me Mary
4. Dance Of The Seven Veils
5. Never Said
6. Soap Star Joe
7. Explain It To Me
1. Fuck And Run
2. Girls! Girls! Girls!
3. Divorce Song
6. Johnny Sunshine
9. Strange Loop$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming (Colored Vinyl) (Awaiting Repress)Pressed On Clear Pink & Clear Blue Vinyl
With these soft spoken words on the simply-titled opening track-"Intro"- M83 mastermind Anthony Gonzalez introduces us to his sixth record and first double disc album, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming.
Dauntlessly singing into the void that was left behind since Saturdays=Youth, Gonzalez suddenly surges with overwhelming emotion as the music mounts an invisible precipice. Historically, he softly eased you into his world, introducing you to the lush and radiant spaces between captivating melodies and intimate lyrics, but not this time. Not on this record.
Graduating from the fuzzy, fumbling emotional cobwebs and draped ambiance of past records, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming careens past its audience. Brazenly stretching out along the horizon, spilling glittery, golden arms of sound across the landscape, it holds your breath hostage without you even noticing you were missing it. If it seemed that Anthony was basking in the sunshine-drenched days of his youth when he released Saturdays in 2008, then it can be said that in 2011, at the age of 30, he is tempestuously charging towards his future with Hurry Up, We're Dreaming.
Relocating to Los Angeles from Antibes, Gonzalez surrounded himself with players pivotal to completing his childhood dream of a double disc record. Producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, NIN, The Mars Volta, Goldfrapp) and guitarist Brad Laner (from 90s band Medicine) had been hugely influential on Anthony growing up and now were central to the new record's creation.
"In France there is this show on TV where at the end there is a musical guest who plays one or two songs. I remember one night when I was a teenager being at home watching the best of performances and looking at this crazy bass player with a big afro and thinking, 'Wow this guy is so cool.' "And now I am working with him. It's so intense that thinking about it makes me feel weird. But it's weird in a super good way. Same thing with Brad, I was listening to his music when I was first getting into music and now he's on my album."
Anthony and Justin met backstage in 2009 at Scotland's T In The Park. Later, "he came to me very genuinely stating that 'he was a fan and that he would love to work with me,'" explains Gonzalez. "I love when people do that because I can tell it's coming from the heart. He was sincere and that's the way I like to work with people."
Stepping away from his work with producers Ken Thomas and Ewan Pearson on Saturday, Gonzalez freckles his new chapter with signature M83 fingerprints while pushing himself beyond the constricting emotions of a guarded musician. Bored with being frustrated and shy, Anthony is respectful of the precious time given to him and doesn't want to leave behind any regrets, thus thrusting himself into the spotlight vocally. He tests out different ways of singing, ranging from a spectral breathy whisper to a howling scream, and each voice clings to us like a dew-heavy spider web at dawn.
Fans will recognize band member Morgan Kibby, her vocals flirting with the shadowy places in between verses, leaping off the record in spoken word or blending with an adult choir. Morgan will join Anthony on tour but she was never meant to sing as much on this record as she had on pervious projects. Quenching his desire to work with a different person on each record, Gonzalez added LA-based chanteuse Zola Jesus to the mix for the completion of "Intro." "The song was already written but I really wanted a female vocal on it and I was kind of struggling to find the right person, but then I heard her music and it just made sense."
Where Saturday=Youth is drenched in lustful exploration and hungry adolescent wonder, Hurry Up is decadently cunning and seductive. "Intro" and "My tears are becoming a sea" eerily croon to you, swirling all of the glitter and growth from the past records into an epic swell, mysteriously and dramatically warning you of the impact you are about to experience. "Midnight City" (disc one) and "OK Pal" (disc two) are humid, adrenaline driven dreams unlike anything we have heard from M83 in the past. "Midnight City" adeptly sweeps you through abandoned concrete streets swimming in broken neon light and aggressively pushing and pulsating to synthetic beats. While "OK Pal" catcalls you to a locker full of mapped out Peter Gabriel-esque echoing lyrics, leaving you stranded in a post-apocalyptic landscape. These journeys are about awakening, craving and conquering. Throughout Hurry Up, We're Dreaming Anthony carries the listener to different countries of sound in his own universe, "We didn't need a story, we didn't need a real world. We just had to keep walking and we became the stories- we became the places." Drifting away from his previous records and reigned in politeness he unleashes all that he has been dreaming of and yearning for. Even when he takes a second to look back on "Echoes of Mine" the velvety, elderly voice of a woman heartbreakingly tells the story of a girl drenched in the shadows of her youth, knowing she has to grow up.
Grandiose in scale and inspired by Smashing Pumpkin's revered double disc Melancholy & The Infinite Sadness, Anthony has long had the goal to create his own monumental double disc record. "I saw when I was a teenager that I could dig into it [the album]. It was like a treasure. If I were a teenager nowadays I would try to find something as creative as this album. They had so much to say in their songs."
Impressed with the juxtaposing sun and moon artwork featured on Melancholy, Anthony focuses in on another natural duality: siblings. The cover artwork mirrors this relationship, featuring a photograph of a little boy with a little girl sitting on a bed. The photograph perpetuates the conversation for the two distinct voices we behind each disc, representing two sides of an overall piece that are almost the same. "I want people to listen to it as two different human beings that are connected somehow, but every song on the album has a secret on the other side."
Soaring and scraping up against the sky while sharing each uncharted frontier with new collaborators is what M83 does best. Gracefully coming into the next decade of his life, Anthony delivers what makes each record sincere, innocent, and full of joy: he gives us his past and his future.
"I think it is a reflection of my 30 years of being a human being. It's a compilation of all my previous music together. It's a retrospective of myself."LP 1
2. Midnight City
4. Where The Boats Go
6. Raconte moi une histoire
7. A Train To Pluton
8. Claudia Lewis
9. This Bright Flash
10. When Will You Come Home?
11. Soon, My Friend
1. My Tears Are Becoming A Sea
2. New Map
3. OK Pal
4. Another Wave From You
6. Year One, One UFO
8. Steve McQueen
9. Echoes Of Mine
10. Klaus I love You
11. Outro$28.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Resistance Radio: The Man In The High Castle AlbumResistance Radio: The Man In The High Castle Album is a musical companion to the hit Amazon Prime Video Original Series The Man in The High Castle, based on author Philip K. Dick's award-winning book. Set in 1962, the series explores an alternative history of what it would be like if the Allied Powers had actually lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States. In the storyline, the Germans now have control the Eastern seaboard, the Japanese the west coast, and in between is a small strip of land controlled by neither. This neutral zone is the refuge of holdouts, revolutionaries and rebels trying to keep the American dream alive through both active and passive resistance, and from where Resistance Radio is broadcasting.
Resistance Radio: The Man In The High Castle Album is produced and curated by Danger Mouse and Sam Cohen, and is the imagined soundtrack to the series, and features 18 songs from 1962 to coincide with theme of show. Bringing together the talents of today s most popular Indie and Alternative artists, the project features Beck, Kelis, Norah Jones, The Shins, Angel Olsen, Benjamin Booker, Karen O, and many more.LP 1
1. The End of the World - Sharon Van Etten
2. Nature Boy - Andrew VanWyngarden
3. Can't Help Falling in Love - Beck
4. Spoonful - Benjamin Booker
5. The House of the Rising Sun - Sam Cohen
6. A Taste of Honey - The Shins
7. Who's Sorry Now - Angel Olsen
8. Speaking of Happiness - Waterstrider
9. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child - Michael Kiwanuka
1. Love Hurts - Grandaddy
2. Lonely Mound of Clay - Big Search
3. I Only Have Eyes for You - Kevin Morby
4. Who's Lovin' You - Kelis
5. Unchained Melody - Norah Jones
6. Lead Me On - Curtis Harding
7. All Alone Am I - Maybird
8. Living in a Trance - Karen O
9. Get Happy - Sam Cohen$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
From Here To Now To You (Awaiting Repress)From Here to Now to You, Johnson's sixth studio album, was recorded in Hawaii at Johnson's Mango Tree Studio and produced by Mario Caldato, Jr., the man behind Johnson's biggest selling album, In Between Dreams, as well as albums by Beastie Boys, Super Furry Animals, Seu Jorge and more. The record marks the first set of brand new original songs since Johnson's 2010 To The Sea.1. I Got You
2. Washing Dishes
3. Shot Reverse Shot
4. Never Fade
5. Tape Deck
6. Don't Believe a Thing I Say
7. As I Was Saying
8. You Remind Me of You
10. Ones and Zeros
12. Home$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
BelieversA.A. Bondy's newest release Believers follows-up 2009's When The Devil's Loose and his his third overall for Fat Possum Records. The album features ten new songs conjured during and between dreams, in bare rooms, and on the late night streets of America. Believers was recorded in the Spring of 2011 by Rob Schnapf at Mant/Kingsize Studios in Glassell Park, California. Musicians include Ben Lester (drums, piano, pedal steel) and Macy Taylor (bass).1. The Heart Is Willing
2. Down In The Fire (Lost Sea)
3. Skull & Roses
4. 123 Dupuy Street
5. Surfer King
8. The Twist
9. Rte. 28/Believers
10. Scenes From A Circus$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Coma EclipticGrandiose, dynamic, heavy, melodic, technically challenging: these are all words that fall equally short when trying to describe Between the Buried and Me's sonic offerings. When tasked with explaining the band's previous effort, The Parallax II: Future Sequence, Decibel Magazine claimed that the album offers more substance than most bands put forth in entire careers and Metal Hammer simply stated that it was utterly captivating. Where does a burgeoning progressive act go from there? The answer is found in their seventh full-length album, Coma Ecliptic. Spanning just over an hour, the album stands as a significant step in the evolution for the group as a whole, as well as the individual musicians: vocalist / keyboardist Tommy Rogers, guitarists Paul Waggoner and Dustie Waring, bassist Dan Briggs, and drummer Blake Richardson.
Tommy Rogers posits: Coma Ecliptic is a new life for BTBAM. Throughout the process we worked harder than we ever have and really pushed the BTBAM sound to a new identity. In a world of repetition, I'm very proud to be a part of something that is extremely rewarding, as well as frightening. When you don't push yourself you will never know what the outcome is. The outcome is Coma Ecliptic.
What is Coma Ecliptic? It can be interpreted as a modern rock opera, and another ambitious concept album from a band that has completely mastered that format. Dan Briggs comments: Spending the last year immersed in a world of Quadrophenia, Operation Mindcrime, The Wall- as well as Sondheim and Lloyd Webber musicals, Stravinsky and Mussorgsky symphonic suites; writing an over the top, dramatic and forward thinking rock opera was the most natural thing to do. The story follows the wanderings of an unidentified man, stuck in a coma, as he journeys through his past lives. Each song is its own episode in a modern day, sort of The Twilight Zone-esque fashion. The unidentified man enters each world and is offered a choice: stay, or move on to the next in search of something better, something more perfect. The man does find his ideal life, but then is offered the ultimate choice of life or death. He chooses life and wakes up to his own actual reality. It's at that moment he realizes that he had been in a coma - everything that happened had been dreams and false memories. After awakening, we find the man outside finally experiencing reality, and he sees what he has been missing: the world is beautiful, the air is fresh, and the people appear to be happy, and then he falls over dead. The take away from this is to make the best of your life. People are constantly searching for something better without taking the time to appreciate the things they have. What we need may already be here, and is hopefully real. We may all be in a coma in another life.
Musically, Coma Ecliptic boasts a series of emotive peaks and valleys that drive the narrative along with the lyrics. Tracks such as Memory Palace, while sounding wholly unique, clearly have a distinct BTBAM flavor to which fans have grown so attached. The Coma Machine brings to mind prog in the most classic sense; think YES and King Crimson passages with the added layer of modern metal heaviness. Dim Ignition highlights Rogers' continuing development as a keyboardist, but don't fret, there's still plenty of speed, technically challenging guitar, bass, and drum runs, and quirkiness throughout. What makes these parts work is the interplay of the heavy and technical with the simpler, almost cinematic, soft passages; that is the power of Coma Ecliptic. The listening experience is a journey, and when Life in Velvet brings the album to a sudden, triumphant end, fans will surely be reaching for the replay button. But what does the band think? Rogers adds: If you asked me what this record sounds like, I would tell you BTBAM. With every listen I still find new exciting moments that each member has put into these songs. After all these years we still push each other to try new things and push our individual skills to the next level. It is an absolute thrill to write with such an inspiring group of people. Briggs continues: Writing with a focus on storytelling and just crushing melodic themes set the tone early on before we were even in the rehearsal room together. Put your velvet capes on and get ready for a journey!1. Node
2. The Coma Machine
3. Dim Ignition
4. Famine Wolf
5. King Redeem / Queen Serene
6. Turn on the Darkness
7. The Ectopic Stroll
8. Rapid Calm
9. Memory Palace
10. Option Oblivion
11. Life in Velvet$33.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Octavarium (Awaiting Repress)Octavarium is the eighth studio album by American progressive metal band Dream Theater. Released on June 7, 2005, it was the band's final release with Atlantic Records. Recorded between September 2004 and February 2005, the album holds the distinction of being the last album ever recorded at The Hit Factory in New York City.
With Octavarium, the band decided to create a classic Dream Theater album, drawing upon their various stylistic influences while trying to make the music less complex. It was the first Dream Theater album to feature an orchestra. The album's structure was based around the concept of the musical octave. It consists mainly of lessons regarding various Catholic feasts.LP 1
1. The Root Of All Evil
2. The Answer Lies Within
3. These Walls
4. I Walk Beside You
5. Panic Attack
1. Never Enough
2. Sacrificed Sons
3. Octavarium$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Hard FeelingsFormed in the suburbs of South Jersey in 2009, Major League got their start the old-fashioned way, through hard work, relentless touring and simple word of mouth. The quintet, made up of Nick Trask (vocals), Brian Joyce (guitar/vocals), Matt Chila (guitar/vocals), Kyle Bell (bass) and Luke Smartnick (drums), released a string of EPs over the last several years and found themselves on worldwide tours with bands like The Swellers, Living With Lions and DayTrader before entering the studio to record their follow-up release, Hard Feelings.
This record means more to us than just an album comprised of our most recent material, says Major League guitarist Brian Joyce. It's a therapeutic release. Lyrically, we've poured ourselves into Hard Feelings with everything from childhood anxiety, to early twenties angst and everything in between. Instrumentally, this album is a product of what we dreamed of writing back in our bedrooms in 1999 learning Blink and NoFx songs.1. Hard Feelings
2. Walk Away
3. Twenty Seven
5. Arrows Crossed
7. Because Heaven Knows
8. Pull Me Out
9. Home Wrecker
10. Final Thoughts$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Works For TomorrowSince first hitting the road in a battered Econoline van in the 1980s, Eleventh Dream Day continues to build on their history by moving forward musically, while never forgetting what inspired them. On Works For Tomorrow, core band members Rick Rizzo, Janet Beveridge Bean, Mark Greenberg, and Douglas McCombs are joined by James Elkington (Tweedy, Steve Gunn), marking the first time the band has recorded with a second guitarist since 1994. Elkington's addition has unleashed the band's strengths. The ferocious and visceral interplay between Rizzo and Elkington charge the band with a joyous exuberance that sweeps the listener in for the 43 minutes of Works For Tomorrow. The album also features performances by long time friend Martin Wenk (Calexico) and Chicago stalwart Rich Parenti on horns. Eleventh Dream Day is known for their raw, inexhaustible live performances. They honed the songs on Works For Tomorrow during an extended residency at Chicago's Hideout Club, and the packed, sweaty energy of those shows is unmistakable on this new recording. Drummer and sometime lead vocalist Janet Beveridge Bean breaks free as never before, her vocals igniting the songs with an animalistic urgency, as she furiously propels the songs with pure command from behind the kit. Works For Tomorrow was recorded and mixed by Greenberg at the Loft (Wilco's studio) and Mayfair Recordings. The 10 tracks on the album center on embracing a future which does not succumb to the past, but challenges it in order to adapt and grow. This reframing and understanding of history is keenly stated in the album's title track when Rizzo sings, "You see her, this must be the beginning or the end of whatever that was." From the reimagined, deliberate version of Judy Henske and Jerry Yester's "Snowblind," to the quieter, melodic tracks like "Deep Lakes," Eleventh Dream Day's fiery performances and inventive arrangements make for the most complex and compelling record of their career. Works For Tomorrow finds the band fixed on the road ahead, barreling toward the horizon with the radio turned up -- way, way up.1. Vanishing Point
2. Works For Tomorrow
3. Cheap Gasoline
5. Go Tell It
6. The People's History
7. Requiem For 4 Chambers
8. The Unknowing
9. Deep Lakes
10. End With Me$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-FAT-4391xA Sunny Day In Glasgow
Sea When AbsentAppropriately for new beginnings, Sea When Absent marks a number of firsts for ASDIG-it's the first album recorded in a real studio by someone who isn't Ben or Josh, the first album not written mostly by Ben, the first album with next-to-no reverb, and the first time in ASDIG's history that it has existed as anactual band (not just Ben or Josh playing everything). There was also a conscious effort to get away from aspects of recording that have defined this band in the past-namely heavily reverbed and buried vocals [ed.- they never sound buried to Ben]. Vocalists Jen Goma and Anne Fredrickson have beautiful voices and it was time to explore the possibilities of their abilities/talents. Jen took on a central role in the making of this album, stepping up to write most of the lyrics and melodies. Anne also contributed melodies throughout the album and put her classical cello training to use adding string arrangements. Since 2009 Ben has called Sydney, Australia home and while he was down under, multi-instrumentalist/backup vocalist/engineer/jack-of-all-trades Josh Meakim was Our Man in Philly, overseeing the recording sessions and adding all of the musical and production ideas he usually does. The distance between Ben and the rest of the band also forced novel ways of building songs from across the world. Bassist Ryan Newmyer, in Brooklyn, was tasked with deconstructing and rebuilding several songs in his own way-Oh, I'm a Wrecker (What to Say to Crazy People) bears the fruit of this tact. Holding it all together is drummer Adam Herndon. Adam is Sea When Absent's alchemist-weaving between, and often reconciling, the colossal boom of electronic beats (see Golden Waves or Double Dutch) and the subtle elegance of a drum kit in a room (see The Body, It Bends or The Things They Do to Me).
Between releasing Ashes Grammar in late 2009 and Autumn, Again in late 2010, ASDIG spent the better part of that year on tour. The six members in this band returned to six different Ithacas and the various dramas and adventures they've endured since then inform a lot of Sea When Absent. But 2014 is also just an insanetime to be alive. Dominant narratives have broken down and the stories we tell ourselves have never been more up-for-grabs.It's all happening and A Sunny Day in Glasgow want to be as simultaneously everywhere and nowhere as the rest of us. Sea When Absent is ASDIG's story for the milieu-a fever-dream about the now (or maybe a lucid dream about the fever-now) and a future possible set in pop-major.1. Bye Bye, Big Ocean (The End)
2. In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry in the Tradition of Passing)
4. MTLOV (Minor Keys)
5. The Things They Do to Me
6. Boys Turn Into Girls (Initiation Rites)
7. Never Nothing (It's Alright [It's Ok])
8. Double Dutch
9. The Body, It Bends
10. Oh, I'm a Wrecker (What to Say to Crazy People)
11. Golden Waves$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Electronic Projects For MusiciansFresh off the release of their critically acclaimed album New Magnetic Wonder and one of the most productive years of their career (including recording a remix for Yoko Ono and tours of Europe and Taiwan), The Apples In Stereo are releasing the long-awaited compilation Electronic Projects for Musicians through Simian Records/Yep Roc Records/ Elephant 6. Named after an electronics how-to manual by Craig Anderton, the album can be seen as the band's follow-up to their 1996 compilation Science Faire. The album spans over 10 years and includes music from b-sides and rarities recorded between 1995 and 2007. It also features three previously unreleased tracks: Stephen Stephen, written for and originally performed on Stephen Colbert's The Colbert Report; The Apples In Stereo Theme Song, recorded for the band's website; and the highly anticipated Dreams, a previously unfinished track from 1997's Tone Soul Evolution.
This is a limited edition LP, there will only be one pressing of Electronic Projects for Musicians on vinyl.1. Shine (In Your Mind) - Fun Trick Noisemaker (Japanese release)
2. Thank You Very Much - Fun Trick Noisemaker (Japanese release)
3. Onto Something - Split single with Sportsguitar
4. Man You Gotta Get Up - Man You Gotta Get Up single
5. The Golden Flower - Man You Gotta Get Up single
6. Avril En Mai - Pop Romantique compilation
7. Hold On To This Day - The Discovery of a World Inside the Moone (bonus 7)
8. The Oasis - Kindercore Fifty: We Thank You compilation
9. On Your Own - Promo CD
10. Other - Velocity of Sound (Japanese release)
11. So Far Away - Promo CD
12. The Apples In Stereo Theme Song - Official website release
13. Stephen Stephen - The Colbert Report, MySpace download
14. Dreams - (Previously unreleased)$15.99Limited Edition 180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Now That Everything's Been SaidWe all know the Carole King who wrote some of the biggest hits of the '60s, from "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" to "Pleasant Valley Sunday," via "The Locomotion" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." We also know the singer-songwriter behind Tapestry, the album that launched King as a solo singer in her own right. But in between-and not nearly as well known-is King's band, The City, and their album, Now That Everything's Been Said.
By the mid-'60s, King's marriage to Gerry Goffin, with whom she'd written many of those wonderful hits, had hit the rocks. A divorce loomed, and King all but retired to raise their two daughters. She headed west to Laurel Canyon in '67, taking the children with her, and made the previously unlikely move of joining a progressive folk-rock band. King formed The City with future husband Charles Larkey on bass and Danny Kortchmar on guitar and vocals. With King on piano and vocals, they created a folk rock sound that pre-empted the singer-songwriter boom of the '70s.
Produced by Lou Adler and featuring Jimmy Gordon on drums, The City's sound is deep and soulful, imperfect but passionate. And the songs, with King writing or co-writing all but one, are as exceptional as you'd expect and as widely covered as her factory work. "Now That Everything's Been Said" was a hit for American Spring, "A Man Without A Dream" was tackled by The Monkees, and "Hi-De-Ho (That Old Sweet Roll)" was a hit for Blood, Sweat & Tears. Central to the album's appeal is King's own stirring reading of her track "Wasn't Born To Follow," covered masterfully by The Byrds for the Easy Rider soundtrack.
King had been used to a life on the sidelines, and her stage fright left the trio unable to tour the LP which adversely affected their fortunes. That, plus some behind-the-scenes distribution problems, meant the album was quickly deleted, and it remained so for the next thirty years-partly at King's request. Even so, its failure was a surprise to those concerned. "I was 26 when Now That Everything's Been Said was released in 1968," King says of the album. "[We] expected it to zoom to the top of the charts within, at most, a few weeks. Individually and together, we optimistically imagined the album's success as if it had already happened. Danny and Charlie kept telling each other, 'It's a great album. The City is gonna be Number 1 with a bullet!'
Listening now, you can feel the threads that lead to Tapestry and to the hugely successful performing career that followed. It's not so much an oddity in King's work as the missing link between her two lives. Reissued here in deluxe vinyl, this is, at long last, a chance to own this lost album.1. Snow Queen
2. I Wasn't Born To Follow
3. Now That Everything's Been Said
4. Paradise Alley
5. Man Without A Dream
6. Victim Of Circumstance
7. Why Are You Leaving
9. My Sweet Home
10. I Don't Believe It
11. That Old Sweet Roll (Hi-De-Ho)
12. All The Time$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-WES-6316xIn Tall Buildings
- CHICAGO TRIBUNE
A winning mix of folk, chamber-pop, and
- TIME OUT CHICAGO
In Tall Buildings' music grabs you immediately.
- HUFFINGTON POST
In Tall Buildings is the aural representation of a
pleasantly scattered mind.
- AMERICAN SONGWRITER
Erik Hall worked patiently and solitarily for four years to craft Driver, his sophomore album as In Tall
Buildings. Produced between his home studio in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago and a 60's
farmhouse in Leelanau County, Michigan, the album comes twenty years after Hall originally fell in
love with home recording at age 13 - the year he got his hands on his first multitrack recorder.
Raised in downtown Chicago, Hall played drums and guitar in high school rock bands, and then went
on to study percussion and audio engineering at the University of Michigan. While in college he joined
the avant afro-funk band NOMO and met His Name is Alive's Warn Defever, who produced many of the
band's albums. Under Defever's tutelage, Hall honed many of the recording and production techniques
he would later apply to his solo recordings. As he explains, I was the guy in the band badgering him
with questions throughout the sessions, trying to learn everything I could and then trying it out
myself at home. As a multi-instrumentalist and producer Hall eventually went on to record and tour
with several groups, including old friends His Name is Alive and, more recently, dream-pop duo Wild
Belle, performing the rhythm section tracks and lending an engineering hand to their Columbia
In 2010 Hall's home recording efforts yielded the first In Tall Buildings album, which The Huffington
Post called gorgeous indie-pop, and the Chicago Tribune found hypnotic. In an interview with the
Chicago Tribune, he summed up much of his philosophy about composition with a pair of conflicting
quotes he attributes to Allen Ginsberg and Kurt Vonnegut, respectively: First thought, best thought
and Edit yourself, mercilessly. Loosely guided by these principles, Hall set out once again to
assemble a new batch of songs, when he wasn't recording and touring with other bands.
In stark contrast to the dense polyrhythms echoed by NOMO's albums, Driver uses a relatively simple
palette to create spacious pop songs, leaving plenty of room for Hall's often Peter Gabriel-esque
vocals to shine. The music, though culled from every guitar, keyboard, and drum he managed to fit
into his home studio, is powerful in it's restrained simplicity, and it's a compelling foil to the haunting
gravity of his vocal performance. Never rushed, his melodies deliver elliptical lyrics that manage to
feel intimate, while retaining a sense of mystery. Ultimately, the album's melancholic vibe is relatable,
rather than moping or histrionic, and in the end these songs are incredibly comforting and inviting.1. Bawl Cry Wail
2. All You Pine
6. Flare Gun
7. I'll Be Up Soon
9. When You See Me Fall
10. Pouring Out$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Brian Wilson (Awaiting Repress)25th Anniversary of Brian Wilson's classic Masterpiece For The First Time Ever on 180 Gram Audiophile Translucent Blue Vinyl
Mastered From Original Sire Records Tapes by Joe Reagoso
Brian Wilson is a brilliant recording that truly resonates in the audiophile vinyl domain. To celebrate this 25th Anniversary limited edition album, Brian Wilson will be released with a gatefold cover, which features the original artwork elements from rare inner sleeve, lyrics and photos, as well as Brian Wilson's special notes from the original artwork.
For this masterwork, the legendary Brian Wilson performs a number of his future classics like his hit single Love And Mercy and brilliantly melodic tunes like his much loved Melt Away. Some of his Beach Boys roots are felt as well with stunning tracks like Baby Let Your Hair Grow Long and Meet Me In My Dreams Tonight. Jeff Lynne is featured for one of the finest collaborative efforts ever between two legends with the stellar Let It Shine.1. Love and Mercy
2. Walkin' the Line
3. Melt Away
4. Baby Let Your Hair Grow Long
5. Little Children
6. One for the Boys
7. There's So Many
8. Night Time
9. Let It Shine
10. Meet Me In My Dreams Tonight
11. Rio Grande$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now