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Let There Be Rock1. Go Down
2. Dog Eat Dog
3. Let There Be Rock
4. Bad Boy Boogie
5. Problem Child
7. Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be
8. Whole Lotta Rosie$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
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The Razor's Edge (Awaiting Repress)Although AC/DC's popularity had decreased by the early '90s, the band still had a lot of life left in it. Arguably the Australian headbangers' strongest album in over half a decade, The Razor's Edge is quintessential AC/DC rowdy, abrasive, unapologetically fun metal full of blistering power chords, memorable hooks, and testosterone-driven lyrics. Lead singer Brian Johnson sounds more inspired than he had since 1983's Flick of the Switch, and lead guitarist Angus Young isn't about to take any prisoners on such hard-hitting material as 'Shot of Love,' the menacing title song, and the appropriately titled 'Got You By the Balls.' Although not quite in a class with Back in Black, Highway to Hell, or Let There Be Rock all of which would, for novices, serve as fine introductions to the distinctive band The Razor's Edge was a welcome addition to AC/DC's catalog.1. Thunderstruck (Young/Young) - 4:52
2. Fire Your Guns (Young/Young) - 2:53
3. Moneytalks (Young/Young) - 3:45
4. The Razor's Edge (Young/Young) - 4:22
5. Mistress for Christmas (Young/Young) - 3:59
6. Rock Your Heart Out (Young/Young) - 4:06
7. Are You Ready (Young/Young) - 4:10
8. Got You By the Balls (Young/Young) - 4:30
9. Shot of Love (Young/Young) - 3:56
10. Let's Make It (Young/Young) - 3:32
11. Goodbye and Good Riddance to Bad Luck (Young/Young) - 3:13
12. If You Dare (Young/Young) - 3:18$24.99Vinyl LP -Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Let There Be Blood (Awaiting Repress)1. Bonded By Blood
3. And Then There Were None
4. A Lesson In Violence
5. Metal Command
7. No Love
8. Deliver Us To Evil
9. Strike Of The Beast
10. Hell's Breath$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Being ThereIncludes Full Length CD
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Outtasite! Stunning 1996 Double Album Has Been Long Out-of-Print with Originals Fetching Hundreds of Dollars on eBay! Do Not Miss Out This Time!
Also Available: 180-gram LP Versions of Wilco's A.M. and Summerteeth CUT FROM ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES and Pressed at Pallas! Unbelievable Sound!
Motivated by leader Jeff Tweedys desire to improve on his bands debut A.M. and informed by numerous life circumstancesthe birth of his first child, a recent marriage, a new mortgage, and a decision to quit smoking potBeing There begins a cycle of creativity and ambition in Wilcos career that has yet to let up. Far more mature and advanced than anything Tweedy and Co. had done before, the eclectic double album finds the group moving beyond straightforward country-rock and embracing a gambit of styles that encompass power-pop, romantic balladry, barroom-brawling rock, and immersive psychedelia. A journey that is ultimately about finding solace in rock n roll, Being There is a seminal record in every sense. The album has only bettered with the passage of time.
Jay Bennett, a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who joined the band before the recording sessions, is also largely responsible for the artistic growth. His keen pop sensibilities and keyboard playing expand Wilcos core rootsy sound, while Tweedy pushes himself as a songwriter. Introspective, surreal, and personal, tunes such as the explosive Misunderstood and meditative Hotel Arizona signal the arrival of a singular talent coming to terms with his own anxiety, restlessness, and dreams. And the band is up to the challenge. In addition to blending myriad sounds, Wilco gets more comfortable with the studio and adorns several arrangements with horns, strings, and hand claps.
To preserve the musics spontaneous feel and accentuate the dynamic contrasts, Wilco practiced, rehearsed, and recorded one song a day. Nothing is overthought or overly polished. The production reflects these decisions. Sonics are warm, organic, loose, and noticeably real. Its no wonder that Tweedy successfully convinced Reprise to release Being There as a double album and sell it for the price of a single disc. To help make it happen, he personally volunteered to take a decreased royalty rate in exchange for the unconventional pricing and resultant revenue losses. Tweedys gamble paid off. And how.
Now, hear this absorbing double album in the highest-possible fidelity for the first time ever! Mastered from the original tapes and pressed at Germanys legendary Pallas facilities, this 180-gram 2-LP version of Being Here is guaranteed to beat every other available version. (Plus, it comes with a CD of the complete album: You can't lose.) But dont delay! Wilcos Reprise LPs have been fetching hundreds of dollars on EBay for years. Get yours from Music Direct today!
Wilco have not made your standard rock & roll road album. Tweedy's songs use the one-nighter clichÉs of Grand Funk Railroad's We're an American Band as a means of exploring deeper issues, particularly faith and commitment and how those qualities are tested by geographical and emotional distances. Being There is an album of parallel journeys that frequently overlap, a tour of the heart that becomes a search for renewal. -Greg Kot, Rolling Stone, October 19961. Misunderstood
2. Far, Far Away
4. Outtasite (Outta Mind)
5. Forget The Flowers
6. Red-Eyed And Blue
7. I Got You (At The End Of The Century)
8. What's The World Got In Store (LP Version)
9. Hotel Arizona
10. Say You Miss Me
11. Sunken Treasure
12. Someday Soon
13. Outta Mind (Outta Sight)
14. Someone Else's Song
16. (Was I) In Your Dreams
17. Why Would You Wanna Live
18. The Lonely 1
19. Dreamer In My Dreams$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Let It BeLet It Be looms large among '80s rock albums, generally regarded as one of the greatest records of the
decade. Nothing about Let It Be is clean; it's all a ragged mess, careening wildly from dirty jokes to wounded ballads,
from utter throwaways to songs haunting in their power. This blend of bluster and vulnerability is why the
Replacements were perhaps the most beloved band of their era, as they captured all the chaos and confusion of
coming of age in the midst of Reaganomics, and Let It Be is nothing if not a coming-of-age album, perched precisely
between adolescence and adulthood. There's just enough angst and tastelessness to have the album speak to
teenagers of all generations and just enough complicated emotion to make this music resonate with listeners long past
those awkward years, whether they grew up with this album or not.1. I Will Dare
2. Favorite Thing
3. We're Comin' Out
4. Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out
6. Black Diamond
8. Seen Your Video
9. Gary's Got A Boner
10. Sixteen Blue
11. Answering Machine$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Let's Be StillIt wasn't that long ago that the members of Seattle's The Head and the Heart were busking on street corners, strumming their acoustic guitars, stomping their feet and singing in harmony as they attempted to attract the attention of passersby. After capturing that unbridled energy on the band's 2011 debut album for hometown label Sub Pop, the band went from playing open mic nights to selling out headlining shows in prestigious venues. The album became one of Sub Pop's best-selling debut releases in years. And, slowly but surely, ideas began to form for the band's second album, imbued with the experiences of traveling the world and playing to ever-growing crowds.
The Head and the Heart's new album, Let's Be Still, is a snapshot of a band that didn't exist four years ago. Virginia native Jonathan Russell and California transplant Josiah Johnson formed the core songwriting partnership, which was rounded out by drummer Tyler Williams, keyboardist Kenny Hensley, vocalist/violinist Charity Rose Thielen and bassist Chris Zasche, who'd met Russell and Johnson while tending bar at an open mic they frequented. The nascent group dove headrst into writing, recording and performing, and even moved into the same house.
After the breakaway success of their debut and countless shows on the road, the band is in a distinctly different situation. "There is a condence gained from having such an amazing fan base," says group member Jonathan Russell. "You start to trust yourself more. When we were busking, we were lling so much space to keep the listener from walking away." Says Johnson, "We wanted to write songs that felt bigger, and didn't need to be so frantic. I think for the most part we wanted to record an album that sounds like the way we play now."
Adds Russell, "Has there been an impact on our lives since we have become full-time musicians? Sure. On one hand, it's everything you have ever wanted. On the other hand, you start to miss the things you've lost and had to give up. And that's just life. My job is to write about it."
Let's Be Still was recorded at Seattle's Studio Litho with assistance from prior production collaborator Shawn Simmons, and mixed in Bridgeport, Conn., with Peter Katis, revered for his work with bands such as the National, Interpol and the Swell Season.1. Homecoming Heroes
2. Another Story
5. Josh McBride
8. Let's Be Still
9. My Friends
10. 10,000 Weight in Gold
12. These Days Are Numbered
13. Gone$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Ranked 316/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
They say you can never go home again.
Yet, on their new Interscope Records release and fifth album, Rock Steady, No Doubt has embarked on a globe-spanning musical adventure that proves, once and for all, that home is where the heart is.
At the heart of the quartet's fifteen-year musical journey is a sound, a style and a sensibility that celebrates their enduring bond with millions of fans worldwide: the sheer pleasure of pure pop - danceable, hummable, instantly accessible songs that have become indispensable additions to the soundtrack of our life and times. And now with Rock Steady, that soundtrack signals a return to some of the key creative elements that have made No Doubt one of today's most popular and enduring bands. Simply put, No Doubt is ready to party.
"It's the hardest thing in the world just to be simple, to let the music and the words speak for what you're feeling and, hopefully, to share that feeling. And the feeling we all shared on this album turned out to be pretty simple, too: we were in a good mood."
So says vocalist, lyricist and glorious gamine Gwen Stefani on the inspiration that ignited the dozen deliriously entertaining new tracks comprising Rock Steady. With all-original material penned by Gwen and No Doubt's dynamic songwriting duo of Tony Kanal and Tom Dumont and a roster of producers that pretty much covers the cutting edge of the studio art, Rock Steady, recorded in such far flung locations as London and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Jamaica, is without question the most eclectic, wide-ranging and stylistically diverse offering in the band's extraordinary career. It is also a loving tribute to the musical roots that have nourished No Doubt from their very inception.
"We were on tour pretty much all of last year," explains drummer Adrian Young, "and whenever we had some down time, we found ourselves listening to lots of dancehall. It was kind of like getting back to where we once belonged." Dancehall, the exuberant evolution of reggae, ska and calypso currently rocking the clubs and studios of Jamaica, proved a potent point of departure for the group when they convened in early 2001 to begin work on a new album. "We were part of the whole ska revival back when we first got together," continues Adrian. "The fact is, we had to work hard to prove we had a wider range, and I guess we did that. Because this time around we didn't feel like we had anything to prove. The whole point was to follow the music, wherever it led."
"Following the music" would lead the quartet to a variety of exotic locales as they indulged their instincts and experimented with sounds and settings that would capture the sensational new music beginning to emerge. "This album was less about technique and more about attitude," asserts Tony. "We took it one day at a time and it became a very spontaneous process. Tom had set up a studio at his place in L.A. and we'd meet there just to try out different ideas. Whereas before we'd write everything with a guitar or bass, this time we started with just beats and grooves and keyboards and built from there. After a week or two of songwriting, Gwen had a trip planned to London. Since we were having such a good time we just packed up and followed her over there. We knew we were onto something."
"It felt like starting over," is Tom's assessment. "We had spent two years working on Return Of Saturn because we felt it was important to prove we could do a record that had depth and substance. Once we got that out of our system it was time to have some fun."
Return Of Saturn, the group's smash 2000 release, did indeed establish No Doubt's ability to fashion songs of substance as well as style. It also conclusively demonstrated that the group's 1995 breakthrough release, Tragic Kingdom was more than a flash in the pan, although it was a distinctly dazzling flash that elevated the group to world class status with a solid string of hit singles. "We'd already done most of what we'd set out to accomplish," continues Tom. "We wanted try something fresh."
Something fresh and, as it turned out, something tried and true. "With all the dancehall we'd been listening to it was only natural that some of that rhythm would seep into our new songs," Gwen adds. "We ended up going to Jamaica without really knowing exactly what we'd find when we got there. That was the whole plan from the beginning not to have a plan."
What No Doubt found in the lush musical environs of the island was a creative collaboration with some of Jamaica's most revered producers including the legendary team of Sly & Robbie who sat behind the board for the album's debut single "Hey Baby" and "Underneath It All," a tune written by Gwen with Eurthymics mainstay Dave Stewart during the group's London sojourn. They would also go on record with the fast rising dancehall duo of Steely & Clevie, who worked their magic for the incendiary selection, "Start The Fire." Remarks Tom, "Going to Jamaica and working with the great artists there had always been a dream of ours. Having that opportunity is one the best things about having some success. It's more important than any amount of fame or fortune."
As the spring of 2001 turned to summer the pace of recording stepped up, along with the group's increasingly bold ventures into new creative territory. In Los Angeles they added hip-hop to the mix with the streetwise sensibilities of The Neptunes, co-writers on the album's opening track, the scorching "Hella Good." Next they huddled with high-profile mixmaster Nellee Hooper on Rock Steady's title track as well as such standout selections as "In My Head," "Running," "Detective" and the above mentioned "Hella Good." Along the way they logged time with William Orbit for "Making Out," Ric Ocasek on "Platinum Blonde Life" and "Don't Let Me Down," and the inimitable Prince who co-produced and provided backing vocals on the drop dead gorgeous "Waiting Room."
But mixing and matching songs and producers was only part of the creative evolution that took place with Rock Steady. Says Tony, "Our attitude from the beginning was that we'd do whatever it took to make the music work. We've always been a very self-contained unit. This time we wanted to open it up, to find out what other people could bring to the party."
"The whole album was an exercise in spontaneity," adds Gwen, "and that challenged me to write more directly from my thoughts and feelings. I threw away my thesaurus and put aside my influences, everyone from Joni Mitchell to Sylvia Plath. I wanted to write songs about how it felt to be alive right now and that feeling, despite everything that going on in the world, is optimistic and full of hope. This is a time to affirm what's good and positive in our lives and if we can convey even a small part of the fun and excitement we had making this music, then we've done what we set out to do."
Hot on the heels of Rock Steady's release comes news of an extensive touring schedule that includes select dates with U2 as well as an extensive itinerary of international headlining dates. "We're primarily a live band," comments Tony. "That's how we started and that's how we maintain contact with our fans. Over the past couple of years, as the No Doubt machine got bigger, it's been more difficult to maintain that connection. But this time around,we're determined to stay true to the spirit of the music. It's about having a good time, about dancing in aisles and singing along. We all need that and it's what this tour is going to be about."
"After fifteen years together you naturally create all kinds of rules about how things should be," concludes Gwen. "There comes a time when you've got to throw the rules out and start all over again. That's what keeps it fun and interesting. For us that time has come."
It's a sentiment that gets to the heart of the brilliant music on Rock Steady, an album that finds No Doubt comfortable at home with the risks and rewards of true originality. It's also proof positive that, when No Doubt throws a party, everyone's invited.LP1
2. Hella Good
3. Hey Baby
4. Making Out
5. Underneath It All
7. Don't Let Me Down
1. Start The Fire
3. In My Head
4. Platinum Blonde Life
5. Waiting Room
6. Rock Steady$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Is That All There Is?Peggy Lee was 49 years old when Capitol Records released Is That All There Is? in 1969. It was her 42nd album, and it had been over 10 years since the singer born Norma Deloris Egstrom, in 1920, had last graced the US Top 40 with her presence; her sultry take on Little Willie John's 'Fever' scaled the upper echelons of the American hit parade in 1958.
But Lee, a country girl with Scandinavian ancestry who hailed from the plains of North Dakota, had more in the tank. The haunting and idiosyncratic 'Is That All There Is?' (inspired by a short story called Disillusionment from German writer Thomas Mann) captured the public imagination when it was released as a single in the States and started climbing the pop charts, where it peaked at No.11. Such was the song's impact that it won Lee a Grammy Award in the category of Best Contemporary Female Vocal Performance in 1970. Its success was a surprise to Capitol, who thought the song was too odd and esoteric to be a hit.
The song opens Lee's album of the same name and, even today, remains a profoundly potent piece of music. It has the ability to simultaneously provoke conflicting emotions, eliciting both laughter and pathos. Combining a spoken narrative with a plaintive refrain sung over a jaunty rhythm, it evokes the Berlin cabaret scene of the 1920s and the spirit of German composer Kurt Weill. The song was penned and produced by noted hitmakers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and it's unlike anything else they wrote: a philosophical rumination that questions the meaning of things.
Arranged and conducted by a young Randy Newman, 'Is That All There Is?' is beautifully delivered by Lee in plangent tones, mixing a droll, ironic humour with a poignant reflection on the absurdity and, indeed, disappointments of life. Despite the song's somber mood and theme of disillusionment, the chorus is gloriously carefree: "Let's keep dancing/Let's break out the booze and have a ball," Lee sings, and she sounds like she means it. (Understandably, the song - which was originally written for, and turned down by, Marlene Dietrich - has inspired many covers over the years, including notable versions by Tony Bennett and PJ Harvey with John Parish.)
Though it was the undoubted cornerstone of Lee's 1969 album, there was much more to enjoy besides the title song. Another Leiber and Stoller composition, 'Whistle For Happiness', is stylistically similar to 'Is That All There Is?' while their 'I'm A Woman' is a swaggering, sassy blues that was first cut by Lee on her 1963 album of the same name and was a minor US chart hit at the time.
Peggy Lee Is Love Story Single Label - 300Elsewhere, Lee deconstructs the Al Jolson-associated 'Me And My Shadow' and imbues it with a languorous sensuality, while the Nancy and Frank Sinatra duet 'Something Stupid' is reconfigured into a breezy bossa nova. Another highlight is her take on Randy Newman's 'Love Story (You And Me)', the opening cut on the singer-songwriter's 1968 debut album for Reprise, which is arranged and conducted by the composer himself. Newman's 'Johnny (Linda)' is also included and has an arrangement that recalls the vaudevillian quirkiness of the album's title track.
Lee also embraced the rock music zeitgeist by tackling The Beatles' George Harrison-penned 'Something' and Neil Diamond's gospel-flavoured 'Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show', though she does them in her own inimitable way.
Is That All There Is? dared to be different and showed that, though Peggy Lee was often typecast as a stereotypical jazz chanteuse, she was a much more versatile performer than had hitherto been revealed. Though its title song is an ode to coping with disappointment, that particular emotion is the last thing that you feel when listening to this classic album, which is a life-affirming delight from beginning to end.1. Is That All There Is?
2. Love Story
3. Me And My Shadow
4. My Old Flame
5. I'm A Woman
6. Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show
8. Whistle For Happiness
9. Johnny (Linda)
10. Don't Smoke In Bed$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Don't Want To Let You DownSharon Van Etten has never needed much room to make a grand statement. With four albums during the
last six years, she's become one of music's most astute new cartographers of the heart, able to capture
emotional trials and triumphs with incisive lines and a voice that loses nothing in the translation and
transmission of feelings. Her second record, epic, needed only seven tracks to live up to its title. 2012's
Tramp and last year's Are We There, went longer, but Van Etten managed still to squeeze enormous
sentiments into especially small spaces. From start to rising stardom, Van Etten has forever understood the
impact of economy
It should come as no surprise, then, that the five-song EP I Don't Want to Let You Down offers documents
of surrender and disappointment, admission and longing in only 22 minutes. Produced by Van Etten and
Stewart Lerman, who also helmed Are We There, these songs are as sophisticated as anything Van Etten has
ever done. Supported by a string section during "I Always Fall Apart," Van Etten's voice rises alongside her
piano. Her prismatic harmonies betray the terror of the song's central admission and one of the new lyrical
cornerstones of her catalogue: "You know I always fall apart/It's not my fault/It's just my flaw/It's who I am."
During the title track, she slowly pushes her voice past an introductory murmur, as if scanning her
surroundings for the resolve to be stronger and more steadfast than she knows she has been. Building across
four minutes, the desperation of the title is expressed through guitars that get bigger, harmonies that get
broader. The chorus is a sing-along commandment, an indelible promise Van Etten makes to be better. The
War on Drugs' Adam Granduciel and David Hartley join Antibalas' Stuart Bogie, Peter Broderick and
Heather Woods-Broderick for "Pay My Debts." The longest song here, it's a cinematic number that smolders
like shoegaze before climaxing into an inescapable seesaw refrain.
The EP ends with a live rendition of "Tell Me." A demo from Tramp, but backed here by her four-piece
touring band, the tune becomes a kind of battle cry for respect and a charged pronouncement of Van Etten's
cultivated powers. It's a map of the singer's progression from an acoustic songwriter to a bona fide
bandleader, a reminder of the poignancy and efficiency her work has long paired.1. I Don't Want To Let You Down
2. Just Like Blood
3. Always Fall Apart
4. Pay My Debts
5. Tell Me [Live]$14.99Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
There's A Riot Going OnThere's a riot going on. You don't need me, or Yo
La Tengo, to tell you that. These are dark times, in our
heads as much as in the streets. It's easy to lose contact
with the ground. Confusion and anxiety intrude
into daily life and cause you to lose your compass.
There are times that call for anthems, something to lift
you out of your slump and put fire in your feet. And
sometimes what is needed is a balm, a sound that will
wrap around you and work out the knots in your neck.
For Yo La Tengo, this is a slow-motion action
painting. Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and James
McNew did it all themselves, in their rehearsal studio,
with no engineer and no complicated equipment
(John McEntire later assisted in mixing). They did not
rehearse together beforehand; they turned on the recorder
and let things coalesce. Songs came together
over long stretches, sometimes as much as a year going
by between parts. You'd never guess this, since
the layers are joined with such a liquid brush. You'd
imagine most of the songs had sprung forth whole,
since they will enter your head that way. Within two
listens you will be powerless to resist the magnetic
draw of "Shades of Blue," will involuntarily hear "She
May, She Might" on your internal jukebox first thing in
the morning and "Let's Do It Wrong" late at night.
While there's a riot going on, Yo La Tengo will
remind you what it's like to dream. The sound burbles
and washes and flows and billows. If records were
dedicated to the cardinal elements, this one would be
water. There are shimmery hazes, spectral rumbles, a
flash of backward masking. You are there. And even if
your mind is not unclouded--shaken, misdirected, out
of words and out of time--you can still float, ride the
waves of an ocean deeper than your worries, above
the sound and above the Sound.LP 1
1. You Are Here
2. Shades of Blue
3. She May, She Might
4. For You Too
6. Polynesia #1
7. Dream Dream Away
2. Above the Sound
3. Let's Do It Wrong
4. What Chance Have I Got
5. Esportes Casual
7. Out of the Pool
8. Here You Are$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
It's the Big Joyous Celebration, Let's Stir The HoneypotFirst Full-length Album Since 2012 Hiatus
Pressed On Colored Vinyl
Packaged In A 350 GSM Jacket
Includes a 24" x 24" Insert And 10 Page Comic Book
Teen Suicide's new album, It's the Big Joyous Celebration, Let's Stir the Honeypot is also, according to the band, their final record. Recorded over fourteen months with a Robert Altman-sized group of collaborators and performers, it's both a skeleton key for the band's earlier work & a great corrective addition to it. Updating rather than refuting all of the past themes and styles of their revered first LP "i will be my own hell because there is a devil inside my body" and numerous EPs, Big Joyous Celebration shifts between punk, noise, country, house & a myriad of other electric dance genres to create something as messy, sprawling, and captivating as its mouthful of a title. Spread over twenty six tracks, there is plenty that Teen Suicide's swansong has to say for itself in the band's distinct, captivating, and refreshingly enjoyable voice.LP 1
1. Living Proof
2. The Big Joyous Celebration
5. Obvious Love
6. It's Just a Pop Song
8. Wild Thing Runs Free
9. Bright Blue Pickup Truck
10. Big Mistake
11. What You Want
13. Neighborhood Drug Dealer
1. Have a Conversation
6. The Things I Love Are Killing Me
7. Falling Out Of Love With Me
8. I Don't Think It's Too Late
9. Long Way Down
10. My Little World
11. The Hurricane
12. The Stomach Of The Earth
13. If I Don't See You Before You Leave$27.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Nursing Home, the second album by Lets Wrestle, was recorded in Chicago with Steve Albini. With themes that include being trapped in the suburbs and dancing boys on drugs, the band show that their view of the world is the same, theyve just put on some darker sunglasses. Lets Wrestle may have lost some of their naivety lyrically, but its certainly still there.
If you ask singer Wesley Patrick Gonzalez what the record sounds like hell tell you Thin Lizzy and The Cars, which I guess to some extent is true. Though I wont bother to list other bands the record brings to mind, I will say that its heavier than its predecessor, maybe due to Albinis engineering, but the underlying melody displayed previously remains, with the few quiet songs on Nursing Home being perhaps the most poignant the band have recorded. - Dan Boleyn1. In Dreams Part II
2. If I Keep on Loving You
3. In the Suburbs
4. Bad Mammaries
5. Dear John
6. For My Mother
7. Im So Lazy
8. Theres a Rockstar in My Room
9. I Forgot
10. I Am Useful
11. I Will Not Give In
12. Getting Rest$18.99Limited Edition Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Saucerful Of SecretsRecorded over the end of 1967 and early 1968, A Saucerful Of Secrets is transitional record that marked Syd Barrett's final recordings with Pink Floyd and the birth of their 'space rock' direction. It was also the recorded debut of new boy David Gilmour, finding his feet only on the incredible yet somewhat buried solo at the end of Let There Be More Light.1. Let There Be More Light
2. Remember A Day
3. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
4. Corporal Clegg
5. A Saucerful Of Secrets
7. Jugband Blues$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
By-What can be said about Bygones? Have you heard of Hella? Tera Melos? These bands don't need words to get their point across. So logically, a project bred from their members Zach Hill (drums, vocals) & Nick Reinhart (guitar, bass, vocals) is equally successful at rendering listeners speechless. Bygones' debut album by- is a sinewy, wired mass of riffs and rhythms tightly wound around a uniquely pop heart. The duo fits more riffs and ideas into one song than most bands fit into a whole album. It's tireless, and nearly infinite in the sheer quantity of ideas to unravel.
Most everyone familiar with Zach Hill knows he's an equally tireless collaborator. Along with Hella, he also performs with Marnie Stern and in El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Team Sleep (with Chino Moreno of Deftones), Goon Moon, Crime In Choir and a host of others. In a recent news story, Pitchfork quipped of his ridiculously busy schedule, at this rate, Hill's probably going to need to clone himself.
Can we play the game of stepping out of the bounds of what's expected to the point where we're no longer sure if we believe in anything anymore? Is there a point? Bygones are a product of our age. Let's not over-analyze. Let's not look for cultural pertinence. Let's not be stymied by tradition, or by the desire to react against it. Let's not pander. Instead, let's rejoice in both our common bonds and our eccentricities. Let's own it. And, let Bygones be by-.1. Cold Reading
2. Click On That (Smash The Plastic Death)
3. Not What It Is But What It's Not
4. Nu Cringe
5. Fool Evolved
6. Spray You With Your Own Trip
8. Up The Shakes
10. Error$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-CAP-3622xJimmy Eat World
Static PrevailsWith their third album Clarity being one of the most overlooked masterpieces of 1999, Static Prevails is Jimmy Eat World paying their dues in 1996. It could be the slight over-production (a curse that has always haunted the band), being on a major label for the first time, or them trying to get a feel for pulling fancy studio tricks (i.e., numerous backing vocals, cellos, and Moog additions). Maybe it's all three, but what Static Prevails essentially lacks is the songwriting maturity that Jimmy Eat World could have perfected; but it's almost as if the studio heads at Capitol wouldn't let them so that there would be more room for radio-friendly pop songs. In the end, nobody won. However, tracks such as Anderson Mesa, Call It in the Air, and Seventeen don't cross that line of boring alternative rock but remain in that aggressive pop status. Nothing close to classic, but definitely a sign of better things to come.1. Thinking, That's All
4. Call In It The Air
6. Episode IV
9. World Is Static
10. In The Same Room
11. Robot Factory
12. Anderson Mesa
13. 77 Satellites
14. What Would I Say To You Now$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge1991 will forever be remembered as the year that alternative rock broke through to the masses. It seemed like every other week there was another great new alt-rock album to discover, such as Nirvana's Nevermind, Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger, Primus's Sailing The Seas of Cheese, and the Smashing Pumpkins' Gish, so Mudhoney couldn't have picked a better time to issue their sophomore release. Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge was issued right in the middle of the whole grunge movement, and while it didn't sell in the vast quantities of some other Seattle bands' albums, it did stir up quite a buzz for Mudhoney. Some of the band's finest moments are included here, such as Generation Genocide, Let it Slide, Into the Drink, Who You Drivin' Now? and Fuzzgun '91.1. Generation Genocide
2. Let It Slide
3. Good Enough
4. Something So Clear
6. Into the Drink
7. Broken Hands
8. Who You Drivin' Now?
9. Move Out
10. Shoot the Moon
11. Fuzzgun '91
12. Pokin' Around
13. Don't Fade IV
14. Check-Out Time$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-ATO-5313xMariachi El Bronx
Mariachi El Bronx IIIn 2008, hardcore punk band, The Bronx, diverted from their usual hard rock sound in favor of a mariachi style that is very much a part of Mexican culture surrounding their hometown of Los Angeles, CA. In June of the same year, the band posted a video on YouTube of themselves performing their original Cell Mates in mariachi style under the name Mariachi El Bronx. From that moment on, The Bronx has moved forward on a dual career path with Mariachi El Bronx issuing their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album and touring the world.
Cut to August 2011, and the band continues their trailblazing path with their brand new release, Mariachi El Bronx (II) produced by John Avila (Oingo Boingo, Reel Big Fish). There is no way anyone would expect a Mariachi album recorded by some LA punks to be this good, let alone great. Flying far above novelty, Mariachi El Bronx brings us one of 2011's most welcome surprises.1. 48 Roses
2. Great Provider
3. Revolution Girls
5. Norteño Lights
6. Mariachi El Bronx
7. Map Of The World
8. Bodies of Christ
9. Povertys King
11. Everything Dies
12. Spread Thin$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Whiteout Conditions'Cohesive.' It's a word New Pornographers founder A.C. Newman still sounds a little bit surprised to say as he describing the band's seventh album, Whiteout Conditions. It's a quality that you wouldn't necessarily intuitively associate with a so-called supergroup that, by its very collective nature, seems bound to have a good deal of stylistic variance built into the formula (or lack of it). Can an outfit built on the appeal of multiple frontmen and frontwomen develop a signature sound after all? Maybe, and maybe better late than never.
'On other records,' says Newman, 'it felt like sometimes it was very clear: oh, this is a fast one with me singing, and then the next would be a slow song with Neko (Case) singing. And I've always liked that in a White Album kind of way - being a band that just does whatever the hell they want from track to track. But when we did Brill Bruisers (the band's previous album, released in 2014), it was the first time where I thought: Let's try to make a cohesive record. Let's try to give it a sound and see how focused we can make it. And on this record, I think we went a lot farther down that road.'
The focus on Whiteout Conditions (The New Pornographers' first album on their own imprint, Collected Works Records, in partnership with Concord Records) comes down to a couple of notable shifts: increased tempos, for one, and increasingly blended vocals, for another. There are fewer extended solo lead vocal turns by any of the band members and more choral effects or interplay between the men and women in the group. If you're of a certain age, you might start thinking of them as an indie-rock Mamas and the Papas, or... 'I'll take that,' Newman says, 'but the Fifth Dimension is always the one we're going for, way more than the Mamas and the Papas! I hesitate to throw out catchphrases that might be repeated back to me a thousand times, but at the beginning of this record, there was some thinking that we wanted it to be like a Krautrock Fifth Dimension. Of course, our mutated idea of what Krautrock is probably doesn't sound like Krautrock at all. But we were thinking: Let's try and rock in a different way.'1. Play Money
2. Whiteout Conditions
3. High Ticket Attractions
4. This Is The World Of The Theatre
5. Darling Shade
6. Second Sleep
8. We've Been Here Before
10. Clock Wise
11. Avalanche Alley$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
This Is No Fairy TaleThe band comments: We are very proud to reveal the seventh track of our upcoming album 'This Is No Fairytale', which will be released within a month! This song will give you more clues about the development of the story without giving away the plot in its entire form. Enjoy our next instalment of horror called 'Killed and Served by the Devil' and let us know, if you liked the meat!
CARACH ANGREN have previously released a video clip for the opening song of the album. There's No Place Like Home is streaming here. The band comments: We are very proud to present to you this beautiful piece of horror visualizing our song 'There's No Place Like Home'. For this video we have worked together with the extremely talented Costin Chioreanu. He was able to visually reproduce the terrifying atmosphere that we aimed for. 'There's No Place Like Home' is the opening track of our forthcoming album. We hope you will enjoy watching it... And remember... This Nightmare Was No Dream!
About There's No Place Like Home CARACH ANGREN already hinted: This song will reveal the first clue of the pitch black story which is told throughout the album, and it is definitely not for the faint hearted.
'This Is No Fairytale' was recorded by Patrick Damiani and CARACH ANGREN in June 2014. Song and album were mixed by Peter TÄgtgren and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren.1. Once Upon A Time...
2. There's No Place Like Home
3. When Crows Tick On Windows
4. Two Flies Flew Into A Black Sugar Cobweb
5. Dreaming Of A Nightmare In Eden
6. Possessed By A Craft Of Witchery
7. Killed and Served By The Devil
8. The Witch Perished In Flames
9. Tragedy Ever After$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Together Through LifeBob Dylan's 46th career release and follow-up to 2006's Modern Times, Together Through Life features 10 new songs from the music legend including the tracks Beyond Here Lies Nothin, Life Is Hard and It's All Good. The album was recorded late last year after Dylan was asked to compose music for the Olivier Dahan film, My Own Love Song and it was produced under his usual pseudonym, Jack Frost.
In an interview on his website Dylan reveals that the record was inspired by the sound of classic 1950s Chess and Sun recordings.
I like the mood of those records, the intensity. The sound is uncluttered. Theres power and suspense. The whole vibration feels like it could be coming from inside your mind. Its alive. Its right there. Kind of sticks in your head like a toothache. The Together Through Life songs have more of a romantic edge than the music on Modern Times. The songs on Modern Times brought my repertoire up to date, and the light was directed in a certain way. You have to have somebody in mind as an audience otherwise theres no point.
There didnt seem to be any general consensus among my listeners. Some people preferred my first period songs. Some, the second. Some, the Christian period. Some, the post Colombian. Some, the Pre-Raphaelite. Some people prefer my songs from the nineties. I see that my audience now doesnt particular care what period the songs are from. They feel style and substance in a more visceral way and let it go at that. Images dont hang anybody up. Like if theres an astrologer with a criminal record in one of my songs its not going to make anybody wonder if the human race is doomed. Images are taken at face value and it kind of freed me up.
This Double 180g Vinyl version also includes a full-length bonus CD.1. I Feel A Change Comin' On
2. It's All Good
3. Shake Shake Mama
4. If You Ever Go To Houston
5. Forgetful Heart
7. This Dream Of You
8. Shake Shake Mama
9. I Feel A Change Comin' On
10. It's All Good$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Santa CruzReared on a hefty diet of 80's glam rock Americana á la Guns N' Roses and such, Santa Cruz are a rock 'n' roll sensation, who, despite their very young age have hosted numerous rock clubs of their own in their native Hellsinki Rock City, scoring hordes of stark-raving-mad fans and reaping attention and endorsements from peers and media alike. The German rock magazine Stalker even recommends it to their readers that they plan their Finnish vacations around Santa Cruz's tour dates.
If there ever was a band that looks completely out of place in their hometown, it would have to be Santa Cruz. Whereas contemplating suicide in a snowdrift, drunk out of one's skull, comes naturally for the inherently dark and brooding Finns, something as sunny, positive and unlawfully h-h-h-hot as Santa Cruz shouldn't probably be even possible on these semi-Arctic ice-ridden shores! It's just that tracks like "High on You" with its shimmering harmonies, rabidly energetic "Let's Get the Party Started" and "Aiming High" which probably possesses the sickest guitar riff in Finnish rock and metal this side of 1986, will prove to you, the Santa Cruz brand of rock 'n' roll works like an intravenous shot of Adrenaline! The top-notch songwriting and guitar chops from Hell will leave your jaws ajar and with Archie's unbridled yelps, at times you'd be willing to bet your cojones that it's the ghost of Bill Bailey singing - no small feat considering that Mr. Bailey is still very much alive! No wonder the Santa Cruz gigs are infamous of getting a wee bit unhinged at times!
Without further ado, let's round it out with the endorsement of a guy who knows what the f**k he's talking about: "Never mind that they are young, 'cuz the matter of the fact is, that Santa Cruz definitely sticks out from all these retro hair metal bands running around nowadays. Not only do they have the attitude and the looks, but most importantly they sure as hell know how to play and the songs along with the awesome guitar playing pretty much makes me wanna bang my head in two pieces when I see them play live. And after all that's what it's all about. End of fucking story!!!" -Alexi Laiho / CHILDREN OF BODOM1. Bonafide Heroes
2. Velvet Rope
3. My Remedy
4. 6(66) Feet Under
5. Bye Bye Babylon
6. We Are The Ones To Fall
7. Wasted & Wounded
8. Let Them Burn
9. Vagabonds (Sing With Me)
10. Can You Feel The Rain$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The 5, 6, 7, 8's (Awaiting Repress)Weve been sitting on this one so long it feels good to finally let it free like some doves at a wedding.
You may know them from Kill Bill but let it be known that for many years prior the 18.104.22.168s toiled away in their own 1960s gold-glitter garage universe without the slightest notice from those outside a small circle a like-minded anoraks.
Thats why Third Man is overjoyed to reissue the self-titled LP from Japans finest female garage rockers. As its first-ever domestic US release, this album is a long-time personal favorite of Jack Whites and hes been known to break into I Walk Like Jayne Mansfield (a veritable classic included on this LP) without notice during White Stripes live performances. Couple that with impeccable covers of Harlem Nocturne, Long Tall Sally as well other originals and what you get is as close to a modern garage must-have as there is.
Third Man spared no expense with this project with the gold-foil embossing on the old-style, tip-on LP cover (something the band wanted on the original issue of the record but which was not feasible at the time) ...this project was a labor of love.1 Harlem Nocturne 1:19
2 Oriental Rock 2:28
3 I Walk Like Jayne Mansfield 3:48
4 Arkansas Twist 2:22
5 Handsome Man 2:35
6 Rockin' Rochester 2:18
7 One Potato 1:55
1 Long Tall Sally 2:57
2 Cat Fight Run 2:19
3 I Don't Need You No More 2:11
4 Highschool Witch 2:57
5 Teenage Cleopatra 3:26
6 Tallahassee Lassie 2:29
7 Scream 2:05$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Ya-Ka-MayIn the wake of Hurricane Katrina, various groups offered their musical tributes to the city, but few if any captured the diverse snapshot that is New Orleans. Most tended to view the place as something of a musical museum, while ignoring the town's vibrant and innovative new music: the energetic, highly eroticized, and occasionally gender-bending style of hip hop called bounce. Now Galactic have made what may be the definitive New Orleans tribute with Ya-Ka-May, by recognizing this fundamental truth; that all of the town's seemingly disparate styles like jazz, brass bands and funk as well as the newer bounce/hip hop are intrinsically linked. There is a particular inclusiveness about the place which connects both its people and their music, linking seemingly discordant genres from bounce to jazz, brass bands to rock, gospel to funk. There is also, even in the face of diversity, a sense of infectious fun and joy in these grooves, just as there is on the streets of a city that always knows how to let its hair down.
The album features established legends such as the Rebirth Brass Band, Irma Thomas, Big Chief Bo Dollis, Allen Toussaint and Walter ôWolfmanö Washington with younger artists like Trombone Shorty and Corey Henry, John Boutt?, Josh Cohen and Scully, and Glen David Andrews, as well as groundbreaking new bounce artists like Cheeky Blakk, Big Freedia, Katey Red, and Sissy Nobby.1. Friends of Science
2. Boe Money (featuring The Rebirth Brass Band
3. Double It (featuring Big Freedia)
4. Heart of Steel (featuring Irma Thomas)
5. Wild Man (featuring Big Chief Bo Dollis)
6. Bacchus (featuring Allen Toussaint)
7. Katey vs. Nobby (featuring Katey Red and Sissy Nobby)
8. Cineramascope (featuring Trombone Shorty and Corey Henry)
9. Dark Water (featuring John Boutte)
10. Do It Again (featuring Cheeky Blakk)
11. Liquor Pang (featuring Josh Cohen and Ryan Scully from the Morning 40 Federation)
12. Krewe d'etat
13. You Don't know (featuring Glen David Andrews and The Rebirth Brass Band)
14. Speaks His Mind (featuring Walter Wolfman Washington)
15. Do It Again (again) (featuring Cheeky Blakk)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ghost ReveriesAs hard to believe as it appears there are still exceptions to the rule out there. For the past 15 years OPETH have managed to tread their very own path through a scene full of wannabes and traditionalists without ever heeding metal laws or fashion trends. Death metal was trasnformed into a melting pot in the hands of OPETH who added goth, 70s-prog-rock, folk and even elements of jazz with great skill transcending each genre in turn.
After their sonic double assault that was Deliverance and Damnation - one heavy to the point of bursting, the latter ballad-oriented - no-one thought it possible that OPETH would be able to cap it all off with Ghost Reveries. They did so with ease. Ghost Reveries is positively brimming with grand emotions, brutal riffs, spherical guitars, acoustic breaks, epic keyboards, rocking organs, enchanting solos and vocals reaching from downright evil to heart-breakingly beautiful. You can detect MORBID ANGEL just as well as PINK FLOYD, KING CRIMSON and NICK DRAKE.
Let Ghost Reveries be your personal expedition. Metal by and for visionaries.1. Ghost Of Perdition
2. The Baying Of The Hounds
3. Beneath The Mire
5. Reverie/harlequin Forest
6. Hours Of Wealth
7. The Grand Conjuration
8. Isolation Years$42.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now