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The LibertinesRock'n'roll can pretty much burn off pure mythology alone, but what happens when the soap opera of drug abuse and broken friendships threatens to overwhelm the music? That's the problem the Libertines' eponymous second LP faced and while it sometimes struggles to live up to the magic of its predecessor, 2002's Up the Bracket, it's still peppered with enough inspiration to explain why people still care about this band. Co-frontmen Carl Barat and Pete Doherty tackle their problems head on with the opening Can't Stand Me Now, an anthemic, harmonica-accompanied number with echoes of the Cure's Lovecats, that sees Barat sum up The Libertines' troubled history in the album's most quotable line: The boy kicked out at the world/ The world kicked back a lot f***ing harder. Further rollicking numbers include the Barat-sung Narcissist and knockabout closer What Became of the Likely Lads? as well as the hoarse, off-key Don't Be Shy which features Doherty at the helm.1. Can't Stand Me Now
2. Last Post On The Bugle
3. Don't Be Shy
4. The Man Who Would Be King
5. Music When The Lights Go Out
7. The Ha Ha Wall
8. Arbeit Macht Frei
9. Campaign Of Hate
10. What Katie Did
12. The Saga
13. Road To Ruin
14. What Became Of The Likely Lads$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Up the BracketUp The Bracket alludes to a slang term used by British comedian Tony Hancock in Hancock's Half Hour, implying a punch in the throat, which is a most fiiting title for this, The Libertines' raucous and brilliant debut. Recorded by none other than the legendary Mick Jones of the Clash, his not too rough and not too polished production wonderfully emphasizes the pedigree of The Libertines sound and the originality of it. The Londoners have managed to imbue snotty garage rock with a sort of wistful romanticism here, producing an undercurrent of genuine soul that is hard to ignore.1. Vertigo
2. Death On The Stairs
3. Horror Show
4. Time For Heroes
5. Boys In The Band
6. Radio America
7. Up The Bracket
8. Tell The King
9. The Boy Looked At Johnny
11. The Good Old Days
12. I Get Along
13. What A Waster
14. Mocking Bird$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Favourite Worst NightmareThe Arctic Monkeys surely showed potential on their debut Whatever People Say I Am, but their youthful vigor often camouflaged their debt to other bands. Here on their sophomore album Favourite Worst Nightmare, they're absorbing their influences, turning their liberal borrowings from the Libertines, the Strokes, and the Jam into something that's their own distinct identity. Unlike any of those three bands, however, the Arctic Monkeys haven't stumbled on their second album; they haven't choked on hubris, they haven't overthought their sophomore salvo, nor have they cranked it out too quickly. That constant year of work resulted in startling growth as the band is testing the limits of what they can do and where they can go.
The remarkable thing about the Arctic Monkeys -- which Favourite Worst Nightmare brings into sharp relief -- is their genuine guilelessness, how they restructure classic rock clichÉs in a way that pays little mind to how things were done in the past, and that all goes back to their youth.
2. Teddy Picker
3. D is for Dangerous
5. Fluorescent Adolescent
6. Only Ones Who Know
7. Do Me A Favour
8. This House Is A Circus
9. If You Were There, Beware
10. The Bad Thing
11. Old Yellow Bricks
12. 505$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Steve Jobs SoundtrackImport
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Also Featuring Songs By Bob Dylan, The Libertines & The Maccabees
Composer Daniel Pemberton follows up his movie score for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. with not one but three different scores for Steve Jobs, the new Danny Boyle film starring Michael Fassbender as Apple's controversial visionary leader.
"There is not one side of music that could reflect Jobs' personality. There is a classical side to him, a rebellious side to him, a technical side to him, a soft side to him, and a cold side to him", Pemberton explains. The movie is therefore divided into three acts, each with a different musical theme.
The first act "Vision" is set in 1984 when Steve Jobs had his vision of what personal computing could bring to the world. Then there is "Revenge" in 1988 when he sets up this company pretty much to get revenge on the people he thought had betrayed him at Apple. Finally, "Wisdom" is the climax with his own personal realization of what his goals in life have been and what has been slightly misguided.
Pemberton wanted to have a sound that captured the times so for the first act he used synthesizers from the early '80s. The third act is performed on a Mac computer using Logic - modern technology which wouldn't be available weren't it for Apple. For Act II, he used "the oldest computer that still exists, which is the orchestra. You give them information which is notation and they interpret that in a way better than any piece of technology has managed to beat.LP 1
1. The Musicians Play Their Instruments
2. It's Not Working
3. Child (Father)
4. Jack It Up
5. The Circus Of Machines I (Overture)
6. Russian Roulette
7. It's An Abstract
8. I Wrote Ticket To Ride
9. Change The World
10. The Skylab Plan
11. Don't Look Back Into The Sun (The Libertines)
12. Life Out Of Balance
13. The Nature Of People
1. ... I Play The Orchestra
2. The Circus Of Machines II (Allegro)
4. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (Bob Dylan)
5. 1998. The New Mac.
6. Father (Child)
8. Grew Up At Midnight (The Maccabees)
9. Shelter from the Storm (Bob Dylan)$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Little Death ShakerStripped of all noise influences and focusing on straight-up songs, Little Death Shaker is a record evocative of late nights and dusty parking lots, long drives and boozy hookups. This is the work of a dude who's spent his youth and young manhood on tour and it comes through in both the music and the lyrics. Where Castanets' lyrics gave us Ray Carver-ian fragments and it's-what-you-leave-out-that-counts minimalism, here we see Raposa back from the battleground with stories to tell.
This is the most lyric-heavy Raposa's been and it's also the most playful and humorous, and you get the feeling some of these songs would be the ones that would go down best near 2am at some weird sports bar dive in southeast Alabama/Iowa/Mississippi. (We can just see some big biker dude/fallen NASCAR star/Gary Busey lookalike sitting back-to-bar, Bud in hand, having a good-natured laugh over the punchline from Some of My Friends or the WTF premise of the Dan Reeder penned You'll Never Surf Again.)
The record begins with fighting spirit. Allegiance comes on with a punch of electric guitar and Raposa singing I woke up feeling/bold as shit. It's his rowdiest and most confident song to date, a real knockabout that'll take you by surprise if you're used to Castanets. Up next the title track verges on Queen (Flash Gordon soundtrack?) and Some of My Friends is a barnburner with the ghosts old Sun Studios players holding court.
Highlights are many. The dark-as-Skoal interstate roller Whippoorwill, the slowly ramping Some Kind of Fool, which rolls easy and pretty with backup vocals from Matthew Houck of Phosphorescent before building to a shitkicking rock 'n' roll peak where we find Raposa delivering some of his best and most racy lyrics, singing the very un-indie-rock, I could spend this good money wherever I care to/taste all the honies that I choose /lay myself down beside anyone's flower/all alive in the morning with the dew. It's a song about libertine freedom and heartbreak ignored and taking the bull by the horns and being, well, kind of a bastard.
More highlights: Castanets collaborator Talia Gordon taking main vocals on You're Not Standing Like You Used To (Kate Wolf); the after-afterhours minor chord jam Stateline, Little Death Shaker's most ruckus track of all, a late-night spent trapped in the stripclub/rig cab/country bar/tour van/your own damn head. At 10 minutes it's a tale of drugs and wayward love, a real red-lit kind of aloneness, backed by a legit live crawl, with high and ghostly organ and distorted vocals crackling like a bad CB connection.
With Meridian, Raposa and Houck bring back the vibe of Some Kind of Fool and take it on a humid trip through the deepest South, gators in the water, snakes in the sand, a stormhead looming over the sun-dappled river. When Raposa sings oh honey here comes the storm you can just FEEL the weather breaking.
One of this record's real charms is you can close your eyes and see these 13 tracks played live; you can see the drummer leaning over his kit with his brushes (and sunglasses on?), the backup singers standing around the mic, beers in hand, eyes closed, swaying side to side, the lights crisscrossing the stage. Meridian is no different. You can see this band. You can see these people playing together, and in a world of records that bands can't duplicate live, it's crazy-refreshing!
The album's closer, Allegiance 2, brings backlongtime Castanets collaborator Bridgit Jacobsen (nÉe Decook) for a hushed and barely-there apology. Oh lord be kind to me/after all these devils I have kissed. As a prayer, a shrug, and an exhausted offering, it's a fitting way to end an album so concerned with sin and vice. It's also a fitting end-introduction to this new band. So meet Raymond Byron and the White Freighters and their record Little Death Shaker. Here's to the new!1. Allegiance
2. Little Death Shaker
3. Some of My Friends
5. You'll Never Surf Again
6. Don't That Lake Just Shine
8. A Little More Credit
9. Some Kind of Fool
10. You're Not Standing Like You Used To
12. Meridian, MS
13. Allegiance 2$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
NattesferdBlue & White Colored Vinyl
Recorded live in Oslo, Norway's Amper Tone Studio, NATTESFERD is produced by Kvelertak and mixed / engineered by Nick Terry (Lindstrøm, Turbonegro, The Libertines). It is the first of Kvelertak's albums to be recorded in their home country of Norway.
NATTESFERD is already garnering Most Anticipated accolades from the press with Rolling Stone featuring it in their '25 Most Anticipated Metal Albums of 2016' round-up. Additionally, Stereogum placed the new LP at #36 on their '101 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2016' while Consequence of Sound included it in their '20 Most Anticipated Metal Albums of 2016' preview.1. Dendrofil for Yggdrasil
6. Ondskapens Galakse
9. Nekrodamus$25.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I Was A KingOslo, Norway's I Was A King debuted in 2007 with the European release of the critically acclaimed album Losing Something Good For Something Better. On its successor, I Was A King, frontman Frode Stromstad further explores his unique gift of creating addictive melodies with distinctive roots to the '60's distorted through the sound of the '90's. The album was recorded at Marlborough Farms in Brooklyn and features performances by Emil Nikolaisen (Serena Maneesh), Sufjan Stevens, Daniel Smith (Danielson) and Gary Olson (Ladybug Transistor). I Was A King was mixed by Nick Terry (Primal Scream, The Libertines).
The 15 tracks add up to a pleasingly dense, tuneful, and ambitious batch of psychedelic power pop. - Stereogum1. Still
2. Step Aside
3. Golden Years
4. A Name That Hurts To Say
8. Hard Luck Bad News
9. Stay Warm
10. Not Like This
11. It's All You
12. Weighing Anchor
13. Extra Number
14. Norman Bleik
15. Fading Summer$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Holy FireIt's all a long way from the group's early years in Oxford, where Yannis Philippakis (26), Jack Bevan (27), Walter Gervers (28), Edwin Congreave (28) and Jimmy Smith (28) convened after spells in various well regarded bands such as The Edmund Fitzgerald, whose intricacies were a league away from the Libertines-influenced indie skiffle and American garage rock that dominated at the time.
Debut album Antidotes (2004) attempted to capture the live energy and sense of spontaneity that had made Foals one of the most sought-after live acts in the UK. 2007 follow-up Total Life Forever was a surprise to many (Foals never sit still for long) dealing in more expansive, eloquent sounds and a more mellow feel inspired in part by Foals' long-time enthusiasm for weed. Now, as they approach their 30s, Foals are moving on from the kind of lost boys club element to how we've lived for the past six years to make their best music yet.1. Prelude
3. My Number
4. Bad Habit
6. Late Night
7. Out of the Woods
8. Milk & Black Spiders
11. Moon$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SF Sorrow (Out of Stock)Remastered From The Original Analogue Tapes
Pressed On 180-Gram Heavyweight Vinyl
Packaged With The Original UK Artwork Sleeve, With Cover Art From Phil May.
The Pretty Things created some of the most exciting and innovative records of the late sixties and early seventies.
Winners of the Hero award at the 2009 Mojo Honors, the band have been name checked over the years by an array of artists ranging from The Clash, David Bowie and Aerosmith through to The Libertines and Kasabian.
'SF Sorrow' is one of the great classics of the psychedelic era. The album stands favorable comparison with 'Sgt Pepper' and 'Piper At The Gates Of Dawn' as one of the defining records of the time. Originally recorded at Abbey Road in 1967 and 1968 it was the first and the most complete rock-opera to be recorded and released, pre-dating 'Tommy' by a full year.1. S.F. Sorrow Is Born
2. Bracelets Of Fingers
3. She Says Good Morning
4. Private Sorrow
5. Balloon Burning
7. Baron Saturday
8. The Journey
9. I See You
10. Well Of Destiny
12. Old Man Going
13. Loneliest Person$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock