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Create Your Own MythologyHaving already proven herself as one of New Orleans' fastest rising stars, Diable aims
to broaden her reach on 'Create Your Own Mythology,' dipping into R&B, Americana,
and full blown rock-n-roll. "I feel like in music you get in touch with your more honest,
more essential, and your truest self," Diable says, "That's the place I want to be in touch
with - for these songs to be a soundtrack, a catalyst to find your own truths in your own
life." The album is a career milestone for the New Orleans chanteuse - her fullest, most
refined work to date. Lead single "I'll Make Time For You" is a soul-drenched stunner
that sets the tone for the album.1. I'll Make Time for You
2. Hold Steady
3. Time Will Wait
4. Bird on a Wire
5. Eyes to the Horizon
6. True Devotion
7. Deepest Blue
8. Driving in Your Car
9. Make the Most
10. Honey Leave the Light On$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
X-CommunicateSometimes you have to rip it up and start again. It was a tough
call for Dee Dee. Dum Dum Girls was her guise for most of a
decade, an outlet through which she's crafted a resonant,
instantly-identifiable body of work. Over the course of three
albums, four EPs, and an array of singles, Dum Dum Girls
morphed from the girl-group-gone-bad moves of their 2010
debut, I Will Be, to the plush noir-pop of 2014's Too True, a dark
heart burning bright. But as her music evolved, she found that for
many she would be forever refracted through the prism of Dum
Dum Girls' early work: retro-leaning female harmonies, a
backdrop of lo-fi, fuzzed up guitars.
In 2015, she decided to shed her skin, ditching Dee Dee for her
real name, Kristin, and adding Kontrol. It was a spontaneous idea
that resonated. The challenge was to start fresh, go further back
into her relationship to music. Sweep all her loves together into
one genreless experience. "The first music I felt was mine was
classic 80s pop and 90s R&B, from Tiffany, Janet Jackson and
Madonna to TLC, SWV, and Aaliyah," she says. "But for years I
was hellbent on the rock'n'roll thing, revering Joan Jett, Patti
Smith, Chrissie Hynde, -- a rebellion against her classical vocal
training -- but I was like, fuck it, I'm just going to try it all. I'm
going to pretend I'm Kate Bush covering Mariah.
Refocused and inspired, Kristin wrote 62 songs, whittled the list
to ten for X-Communicate, and finished the album with the help
of new producers Kurt Feldman (who had produced her Christmas
single a few years back) and Andrew Miller (who played
guitar on the first Dum Dum Girls album and had joined the band
in its last incarnation).
Arguably the biggest shift, beyond the music itself, is that as
Kristin Kontrol she tells her stories using a sonic palette splashed
with bold pop melodies, her vocals showcasing a range hitherto
unexplored on record. The songs that emerge from Kristin's
universe -- a menagerie of new wave and R&B, European synth
pop, and experimental disco -- are both familiar and unique,
using genre rather than adhering to it, with a distinct nod to the
present. It may be a leap into the unknown, but "little risk means
little reward," as Karen O once counseled her. I feel free. I kind
of excommunicated myself. Even if I have to rebuild my whole
career, I'd rather work hard than feel stagnant. I feel excited
again, and that's priceless.1. Show Me
2. White Street
3. (Don't) Wannabe
5. Skin Shed
6. Drive the Night
7. What is Love
8. Face 2 Face
9. Going thru the Motions
10. Smoke Rings$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Library Catalog Music Series Volume 8: Music For Dreaming And PlayingKristin Miltner is a composer, video and installation artist and sound designer from Oakland, CA. She performs with custom software, designed to scan sound files and live input, allowing her to instantly restructure and sequence these sounds. Imagine a giant octopus in an infinitely long hallway with windows on each side. It runs up and down, opening and closing windows to let in a bit of water here and there, never stopping. There is a rhythm. The ocean is the sound source, the hallway and octopus are scanners, the windows are the input device, and the octopus's rhythm is the sequencer
Kristin Miltner, composer, programmer, musician, and videographer -- and one half of the duo Miba -- is responsible for Music for Dreaming and Playing, the eighth volume in Asthmatic Kitty's Library Catalog Music Series. Miltner's brand of electronic music, while gentle, usually quiet, and inviting, is performed via a software system of her own design that scans sound files and live input, thus allowing her to instantly restructure sounds into sequenced units of varying lengths and musical groupings. This is done while creating a rhythmic component comprising a seemingly endless series of sonic textures, spaces, and ambiences. She also often employs her singing voice, broken into single syllables and nonsensical utterances (as on the opener Melody from Dream) to deepen the proceedings. These pieces are easy to listen to because of the considerable restraint that goes into their presentation. Miltner's soundworlds are ambitious; they change quickly but seamlessly, moving from idea to idea with alacrity and an expert sense of control. The remarkable thing is that it's all live, on-the-spot recording. Clocking it at just under 40 minutes, Music for Dreaming and Playing comes across as a series of electronic songs, more than it does soundscapes. Their rhythmic components aside, there are melodies at work inside these (mostly) brief pieces -- check Altamont Pass, Space Shooter: Boy Avatar, Space Shooter: Girl Avatar, and the closer, Firefly's Flight Game Music. The element of surprise inherent in each track still leaves something lyrically retentive in the listener's ear. Music for Dreaming and Playing is one of the most successful volumes the Library Catalog Sound Series thus far. ~ Thom Jurek1.Melody From Dream
3.Woke Up At 4am Electrified, Bright Moon Out the Window
5.Inchworm In Bitcrunch Garden
9.Space Shooter: Boy Avatar
10.Space Shooter: Girl Avatar
11.Main Menu Music
12.Space Dream Main Menu Music
13.Firefly's Flight Game Music$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Warzone EarthComes in Two Different Limited Edition Cover Editions Designed by Mingering Mike
New LP from Peter Buck! Steeped deep in the roots of Garage rock, Peter's third solo record rolls out strong. Some dark and personal lyrics and some heavy vibes preside....but overall - it's rock and roll. Features musicians from all kinds of beloved bands and lineages - Scott McCaughey, Bill Rieflin, Kurt Bloch, Chris Slusarenko, Kris Novoselic, Jeff Tweedy, Annalisa Tornfelt, Chloe Johnson, Kristin Tornfelt. Record comes in two different cover editions - both designed by none other than Mingering Mike - maybe the greatest album cover designer of all time! (the majority of his artwork was recently bought in whole by the Smithsonian). With liner note insert. Limited edition of 2,000 for each cover.$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Decade Of Delain - Live At ParadisoSymphonic Metal institution DELAIN are celebrating their tenth anniversary! Their first live album Decade Of Delain - Live at Paradiso is a splendid, three LP-set fueled by some seriously incredible highlights. Naturally, hits like Suckerpunch and We Are The Others find their place in the track listing, as well as the beast of an opener Hands Of Gold, which features Arch Enemy's Alissa White-Gluz in what amounts to an epic duet. Flawless chants and solo guitars lift this live record to a monumental state. Charlotte Wessels and her operatic singing and the Pink Floyd-vibe of the guitars will elicit a visceral reaction, leaving you covered in goosebumps. Additionally, Fear Factory frontman Burton C. Bell features on Where Is The Blood in another standout track. DELAIN also invited an unforgettable guest to their birthday party - you'll find the sound of the bassists Rob van der Loo of EPICA and Marco Hietala of NIGHTWISH as well as Liv Kristine - formerly of LEAVE'S EYES - on the second half of this double album. It's truly a special moment, celebrated with their musical friends and their fans.LP 1
1. The Monarch Intro
2. Hands Of Gold (feat. Alissa White-Gluz)
4. The Glory And The Scum
5. Get The Devil Out Of Me
6. Army Of Dolls
7. The Hurricane
8. April Rain
9. Where Is The Blood (feat. Burton C. Bell)
1. Here Come The Vultures
2. Fire With Fire
3. The Tragedy Of The Commons (feat. Alissa White-Gluz)
4. Danse Macabre
5. Sleepwalkers Dream (feat. Rob van der Loo, Sander Zoer, Guus Eikens)
6. Your Body Is A Battleground (feat. Marco Hietala)
7. Stay Forever
8. See Me In Shadow (feat. Liv Kristine, Elianne Anemaat)
1. The Gathering
2. Pristine (feat. George Oosthoek)
3. Mother Machine
4. Sing To Me (feat. Marco Hietala)
5. Don't Let Go
6. We Are The Others$26.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Dove (Awaiting Repress)The dream-rock band Belly blazed a bright trail in the '90s, releasing two albums full of taut, yet wondrous music that was memorable for its rumbling bass lines and insistent drumming as it was for its glittering riffs and airy vocals. Their new album Dove, which was recorded with friend of the band Paul Q. Kolderie, places Belly back on that trail, bridging the gaps between reverbed-out bliss and spaghetti-western drone and muscular, hook-forward pop.
Belly came together in 1991, when vocalist-guitarist Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses, The Breeders) began playing with brothers (and fellow Rhode Islanders) Tom (guitar) and Chris (drums) Gorman, as well as bassist Fred Abong. He left before the band's 1993 debut Star came out, and Gail Greenwood, then playing around Providence, joined. Star was a hit with critics and listeners alike, spawning the alt-radio and MTV staple "Feed the Tree." The band toured extensively behind the gold-certified album, touring with the likes of Radiohead, the Cranberries, and Pavement and playing a show at the Hippodrome in Paris where they opened for U2 and the Velvet Underground.
Belly opened 1994 with two Grammy nominations, scoring nods for Best Alternative Music Album and Best New Artist at that year's edition of the awards. That summer, the band began work on King, their harder-edged second album. Belly toured behind that 1995 release extensively, opening for R.E.M. in Europe and bringing along Catherine Wheel and Superchunk for the American tour; their last gig was in November 1995, and the band officially dissolved in 1996.
Since then, Belly's members kept busy, with Donelly releasing a string of hailed solo albums and touring with Throwing Muses, Greenwood performing with brash rockers L7 and revved-up punker Bif Naked, and Tom Gorman performing with fellow New England alt-rockers Buffalo Tom and Donelly's Throwing Muses partner Kristin Hersh before launching a photography business in New York with his brother. They had occasionally broached the topic of getting back together in individual settings; Greenwood and Tom Gorman separately collaborated with Donelly on her Swan Song Series omnibus.
The idea of a Belly reunion, though, gained serious traction a few years ago. "We had just gotten to the point where we were just missing each other, and missing the music," says Donelly. "The music I've been doing in the past several years has been very collaborative, which made me kind of homesick for Belly; I missed that sense of having a band."
Early rehearsals showed that Belly was still very much a unit, the years falling away as the quartet went to work on older material. "We immediately fell back into our original relationship and musical dynamics," says Donelly. "Just a lot of laughing-it felt like a real reunion in the best and truest sense from the first practice on. We had a bit of trepidation: 'Is this going to work?' But the first practice really set all our anxiety to rest."
Eventually, though, the band's members, who had collaborated sporadically in the interim, got the itch to bring new songs into their set as a curveball for listeners-and for themselves, too. "You almost want to put yourself in the deep end," says Chris Gorman. "That just seems to be the inclination for creative people-you never just want to feel comfortable. You're always going, 'Well, what's the part of the night that's really going to make me really, really nervous and freaked out?' And that usually is, 'Let's try a new song.' When it works, that's the most the rewarding moment in the night."
Belly previewed some of their new songs, including the prowling "Army of Clay" and the folk-tinged "Human Child," at their early reunion dates to effusive audiences. "The crowds have been amazing," says Donelly. "We've never really operated on a level before where live shows feel genuinely communal. We got such great feedback on the new stuff-people were just as enthusiastic about it," Donelly recalls. That handful of tracks blossomed into Dove, a dozen songs that nod to past glories while also showcasing the four members' growth as songwriters and musicians, adding dramatic flourishes like strings and vibed-out guitars to the group's already widescreen sound.
Belly recorded most of the rhythm tracks for Dove at Stable Sound Studios in Portsmouth, RI, vocals at Greenwood's home studio, and guitars and overdubs in Tom's and Tanya's home studios. The songs spun out of a new songwriting system that was necessitated by the four members' far-flung hometowns. "It required a lot of trust," says Donelly, "because we were sending raw snippets to each other-anything from 30-second pieces to full songs. Tom and Gail and I would send demos back and forth, and then Chris would add drums to whatever snippets he'd heard, and Tom would sew everything together. It would sometimes be a very circuitous route to a song, but it was really fun."
"All three of the songwriters were locked in and working in a way that complemented the others' strengths," says Chris Gorman. "Gail's writing was in top form. Tanya is able to make anybody's song her own-she's got that gift. And Tom has really honed his arrangement and production style."
The shimmering, expansive "Shiny One," which pairs dreamy vocal harmonies with urgent riffing and dramatic string flourishes, is one of the best examples of Belly's new process. "I have a lot of affection for that one," says Donelly. "It was the first completely collaborative song we've ever done-Gail wrote the riff and the chorus, Tom and I wrote the verse and bridge, Chris's parts shaped the direction and vibe. When I hear it, I hear all four of us equally."
While Dove's flight was aided by previews of some new tracks during the band's reunion tour, the band is excited to release the album in full, and to show it off to audiences around the world. "We're all looking forward to presenting these songs in a live setting, and having the opportunity to play together again," says Chris Gorman. "We should be in for a really exciting year."1. Stars Align
2. Shiny One
5. Suffer the Fools
7. Human Child
8. Army of Clay
10. Heartstrings$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Nessun Dorma - The Puccini AlbumAfter years of singing Giacomo Puccini's heroes on stage to vast critical and audience acclaim, "the world's greatest tenor"(The Daily Telegraph), Jonas Kaufmann, finally records an album entirely devoted to the world's most-loved opera composer. The new album, Nessun dorma is a selection of Puccini's stupendous tenor arias drawn from his greatest opera's including Tosca, Manon Lescaut, La Bohème, Madame Butterfly and La fanciulla del West. Spanning the breadth of Puccini's output from the early operas Le Villi and Edgar, the album culminates in the mighty aria "Nessun dorma" from his final opera Turandot. Jonas Kaufmann is joined on this album by Maestro Antonio Pappano, the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and soprano Kristine Opolais. Nessun Dorma - The Puccini Album is also available on 180-gram vinyl and on CD as a Deluxe Edition with a bonus DVD that includes an EPK plus excerpts from upcoming DVD releases Manon Lescaut and La Fanciulla del West.
Munich-born singer, Jonas Kaufmann, is without a doubt at the absolute top echelon of the operatic world. He is in extreme demand with the world's most influential conductors, selling out opera houses and concert venues months in advance wherever he performs. In 2011, he received the Opera News Award in New York and was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. He has been awarded "Singer of the Year" by many prestigious journals including ECHO Klassic and Musical America. Kaufmann is also an internationally sought-after concert and lieder singer. In October of 2011 he performed the first solo recital to be given at the Metropolitan Opera since Luciano Pavarotti in 1994LP1
1. Manon Lescaut, Atto I: Donna non vidi mai
2. Manon Lescaut, Atto II: Oh, sarò la più bella!... Tu, tu, amore? Tu?
3. Manon Lescaut, Atto II: Ah! Manon mi tradisce
4. Manon Lescaut, Atto III:Presto! In fila!... Non v'avvicinate! No, pazzo son!
5. Le Villi, Atto II: Ei giunge!... Torna ai felici dì
6. Edgar, Atto II: Orgia, chimera dall'occhio vitreo
7. La Bohème Atto I: O soave fanciulla
1. Tosca, Atto I: Recondita armonia
2. Madama Butterfly, Atto III: Addio, fiorito asil
3. La Fanciulla del West, Atto II: Una parola sola!... Or son sei mesi
4. La Fanciulla del West, Atto III: Risparmiate lo scherno... Ch'ella mi creda libero
5. La Rondine, Atto I: Parigi! È la città dei desideri
6. Il Tabarro: Hai ben ragione
7. Gianni Schicchi: Avete torto!... Firenze e come un albero fiorito
8. Turandot, Atto I: Non piangere, Liù!
9. Turandot, Atto III: Nessun dorma$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now