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  • Songs of Rapture and Redemption: Rarities & Live (Pre-Order) Songs of Rapture and Redemption: Rarities & Live (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Songs of Rapture and Redemption: Rarities & Live (Pre-Order)

    Release Date: May 4, 2018*

    Brand New Collection Includes Demos And Live Tracks Making Their Debut On Vinyl


    2x 180-Gram Colored Vinyl Pressed At Record Industry


    Includes A Tip On Gatefold Stoughton Jacket


    Individually Numbered And Limited To One Pressing


    Born October 7, 1944, and hailing from California, Judith
    Lynn Sill was an American singer-songwriter who learned
    how to play piano in her father's Oakland bar. She met,
    befriended and started opening shows for Graham Nash
    and David Crosby in the mid-to-late 1960s.


    After a bit of interest from Atlantic Records, David Geffen
    offered Judee a contract and she became the first artist to
    sign with his then-fledgling Asylum label. During her early
    days at Asylum, she sold her song "Lady-O" to the Turtles and
    was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone. Graham Nash
    produced her first single, "Jesus Was A Cross Maker," off her
    self-titled debut album which was released on September
    15, 1971 and engineered by Henry Lewy (Joni Mitchell). The
    song was inspired by her romance with singer-songwriter
    JD Souther, who later wrote the song "Something In the
    Dark" about her. The album featured Sill's voice in multiple
    overdubs, often in a four-part chorale or fugue. Her debut
    album was not a commercial success, despite good reviews.
    Sill took over orchestration and arrangements for her
    second album, Heart Food, which was released in March
    of 1973. The album was critically acclaimed but sold poorly
    and ended her association with Asylum and David Geffen.


    Judee continued to write songs and in 1974 began to record
    new material planned for a third album that was never
    finished. Sill continued to struggle with drug addiction
    and health problems, eventually dropping out of the music
    scene completely. Judee tragically died of a drug overdose
    on November 23, 1979, at her apartment in North Hollywood.


    Sill's music was not commercially viable at the time but
    was incredibly influential as well as ground-breaking and
    many notable songwriters such as Andy Partridge, Liz Phair,
    Warren Zevon and Shawn Colvin have been fans of her work.
    Her songs have been covered by the Hollies, Cass Elliott,
    Warren Zevon, Beth Orton, Bill Callahan, Bonnie Prince Billy,
    Ron Sexsmith, The Fruit Bats and many more.

    *Please note that release dates are subject to change.

    LP 1
    1. Intro/The Vigilante*
    2. Lady-O*
    3. Enchanted Sky Machines*
    4. The Archetypal Man*
    5. Crayon Angels*
    6. The Lamb Ran Away With the Crown*
    7. Jesus Was A Cross Maker*


    LP 2
    1. The Pearl**
    2. The Phoenix**
    3. Jesus Was A Cross Maker (home demo)
    4. The Desperado (Outtake from the Heart Food sessions)
    5. The Kiss***
    6. Down Where The Valleys Are Low***
    7. The Donor***
    8. Soldier Of The Heart***
    9. The Phoenix***
    10. The Vigilante***
    11. The Pearl***
    12. There's A Rugged Road***


    * Live at Boston Music Hall, 10/3/71
    ** Outtake from the album Judee Sill
    *** Solo demo for Heart Food

    Judee Sill
    $36.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Judee Sill Judee Sill Quick View

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    Judee Sill

    Judee Sill's debut album (as well as the debut of the Asylum label) heralded a major new talent in the airy, contemporary folk world of the early '70s. The album employed the production skills of Sill's ex-husband Bob Harris, as well as ex-Turtle and ex-Leaves Jimmy Pons, and Graham Nash (on the album's sole single, 'Jesus Was s Crossmaker'). Judee Sill featured all original compositions, many of which relied on Sill's own brand of cosmological Christian imagery to make their point. By turns spare and lavishly orchestrated, there is still a cohesive feel to all of the album; her lyrics are exceptionally poetic and her voice is smooth enough to give every song a shimmery feel. The essence of the music is folk, the execution pop: the songs feel like a comfort blanket, a statement of hope from a troubled soul.
    1. Jesus Was a Crossmaker
    Judee Sill
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  • Heart Food Heart Food Quick View

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    Heart Food

    Import


    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    Gatefold Sleeve


    Including 4 Page Lyrics Insert


    Judee Sill is one of rock's more interesting and lesser-known stories. Because of her troubled family history she was looking for an escape of reality. After surviving a heroin addiction and a brief stint as a bank robber, Sill turned her rather intense passions to music. She released two albums and partially completed a third album before her death in 1979.


    Sill's music was complex, elegantly crafted and yet completely devoid of pretension or overwrought melodrama. Unfairly lumped in with other female, proto-adult contemporary songwriters like Joni Mitchell or Carole King, Sill was much closer in spirit to Brian Wilson, Nick Drake, or one her idols, J.S. Bach. She had a gift for making very complicated things sound simple, beautiful.


    The second album Judee Sill made, proved to be her last. Instead of using an outside arranger for the strings for her album Heart Food (as she did on her previous album Judee Sill), Sill did all of the work herself.

    1. There's A Rugged Road
    2. The Kiss
    3. The Pearl
    4. Down Where The Valleys Are Low
    5. The Vigilante
    6. Soldier of The Heart
    7. The Phoenix
    8. When The Bridegroom Comes
    9. The Donor
    Judee Sill
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  • Strange Weekend (Awaiting Repress) Strange Weekend (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Strange Weekend (Awaiting Repress)

    Strange Weekend is Porcelain Rafts debut record, yet in many ways its his 156th. Somewhere in New York, Rome, or maybe London, there is a suitcase full of tapes, minidiscs and CDs, days and days worth of music, all of it the result of Mauro Remiddis 27 years of travels across Europe, from his native Italy to London; of caravaning with the Berlin Youth Circus playing traditional gypsy Klezmer music; of reinterpreting traditional music in North Korea; and of a stint playing piano for an Off Broadway tap dance show.


    Amazingly, Strange Weekend, with deep roots in so many times and places, is an album that beautifully captures the fleeting right now. Remiddis interest in movement, about capturing a momentary now en route to the next, is apparent; postcards and polaroids of buildings and faces from the street flicker past. The projects genesis lies in this visual imagery. Over the past year, Remiddi has compiled a catalogue of images, gathered from the various nooks and crannies of the internet, that have served as notes, inspiration, context and a map for Porcelain Rafts music.


    Remiddis androgynous vapor of a voice weaves like a ghost between Nick Gilder and The Alessi Brothers, Julee Cruise and Judee Sill. In more contemporary terms, Porcelain Raft stands confidently on a high hill between the sounds of M83 and Beach House. Lead track Drifting In and Out is loping and anthemic; gauzy and chiming. Shapeless and Gone follows with a heavy strum reminiscent of Cosmic Dancer, full of mood and style without all the wearying excesses and feathered boas. Porcelain Rafts thesis statement hits when side-B kicks off with Unless You Speak From Your Heart. Remiddis enigmatic vocals carrying a hook so simple that you might think you sang it first; keys and bass that might make the needle jump off of your turntable; and a sense of raw sincerity that has come to trademark Remiddis songs is what ultimately resonates.


    And here, the myriad travels crystallize into something visceral; you may not be able to see the visuals Remiddi holds so dear, but you can feel them throughout Strange Weekend, and they stay with you as you travel on. Strange Weekend might have been made in a small place (a Brooklyn basement, in fact), but it is huge dream-pop, with melodies and synths billowing out in all directions.

    1. Drifting In And Out
    2. Shapeless & Gone
    3. Is It Too Deep For You?
    4. Put Me To Sleep
    5. Backwords
    6. Unless You Speak From Your
    7. Heart
    8. The End Of Silence
    9. If You Have A Wish
    10. Picture
    11. The Way In
    Porcelain Raft
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  • In The Hollows In The Hollows Quick View

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    In The Hollows


    there's a thrilling feeling of freedom to it all.
    - PITCHFORK


    Nat Baldwin is a musical maverick one of the
    best leftfield pop albums of the year.
    -DROWNED IN SOUND


    terrifically earnest, terrifyingly intimate, and
    terribly special.
    -THE BOSTON PHOENIX


    In The Hollows is Nat Baldwin's followup to 2008's People Changes. Despite his busy scheule recording and touring as the bass player for Dirty Projectors, Nat found time to write
    and record his most soulful and ambitious collection of songs to date. After recording the
    initial tracks at Machines With Magnets in Pawtucket, RI, Nat recruited Otto Hauser for
    drums and percussion, and Rob Moose and Clarice Jensen to write string arrangements.
    Discussing the album's production, Nat says I wanted to achieve a consistency throughout
    that my past albums have lacked. I wanted the strings to add to the mournful quality of the
    songs, weaving their way through the sonic terrain, providing emotional emphasis, but also
    leaving necessary amounts of space. Albums by Nick Drake, Judee Sill, Joanna Newsom,
    Antony & the Johnsons, and Bill Callahan, to name a few, provided inspiration in balancing
    that intimacy with minimal, but powerful, adornments.


    Much of the album was written while Nat was training for a marathon at his home in Maine.
    According to Nat, I had a pretty rigorous and consistent routine of running/working out
    early in the morning, and working on music all afternoon/evening. I also started reading
    obsessively during this time, as I wasn't moving around much after the morning marathon
    training. Some of the songs were inspired by books I was reading, and some were inspired
    by my lifestyle. Blending autobiographical details with fiction, the songs cover a wide
    range of topics including boxing, drowning, bodybuilding, target practice, will power, Steve
    Prefontaine, competition, separation, isolation, devastation, manipulation, conflagration,
    intoxication, and suicide.


    Immersive, athletic, and often profound, In the Hollows represents his clearest and most
    consistent album-length statement, melodically, structurally, and lyrically. Nat explains
    that I hope it is as unsettling as it is beautiful. I want it to make people feel things they
    can't describe.

    1. Wasted
    2. Knockout
    3. Half My Life
    4. In The Hollows
    5. The End Of The Night
    6. Cosmos Pose
    7. Sharpshooter
    8. Bored To Death
    9. A Good Day To Die
    Nat Baldwin
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