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Part of Analogue Productions' reissue of the Norah Jones' solo catalog, featuring the individual albums Come Away With Me, Feels Like Home, Not Too Late, The Fall and Little Broken Hearts. Each album will also be featured in an exclusive LP box set to come that will include Norah's Covers album!
Norah Jones' Little Broken Hearts was created in collaboration with producer Brian Danger Mouse Burton, best known as the producing ace for Gnarls Barkley with singer Cee Lo Green. Jones and Danger Mouse wrote all of the material for the album together at the producer's studio in Los Angeles, and the duo performed all of the instruments themselves. This is their second time working together - Jones previously appeared as a vocalist on Rome, Danger Mouse's collaboration with Italian composer Daniele Luppi. Though Little Broken Hearts is the result of a partnership between Jones and Danger Mouse, the record will be credited only to her.
The album's sound ranges from experimental chamber serenades to stark, electronic-embellished confessions. It's obviously very different than anything Norah's ever done, Burton says. I don't know what people will think - I hope they like it, and she doesn't lose a bunch of fans.
I'd never gone in with nothing and wrote songs from scratch, and I'd never played bass before on a record, Jones told Rolling Stone. I was out of my comfort zone - but I was comfortable because we're friends.
Adds Burton, The best thing was having just the two of us on those first sessions, not a whole band. Norah had as many, if not more, great ideas than I did.
One of the boldest departures is Take It Back, which features fuzzed-out guitars and spooky, distorted vocals. I never knew how to get weird sounds, Jones says. It was all about finding a balance between those effects and making sure my voice was clear and sounded like me.
In its own quiet way, Little Broken Hearts hews closer to heartbreak classics like Marvin Gaye's Here, My Dear than to anything in Jones' back catalog, Rolling Stone reports, This time, I've been way less concerned with self-editing, Jones says. I'm not sad, but there's a lot of hurt in there. And it felt great to say what I felt and put it down on tape. Doing that made me so happy! This album is all about saying things that needed to be said.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Good Morning
2. Say Goodbye
3. Little Broken Hearts
4. She's 22
5. Take It Back
6. After The Fall
7. 4 Broken Hearts
8. Travelin' On
9. Out On The Road
10. Happy Pills
12. All A Dream$44.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Lady, Give Me Your Key: The Unissued 1967 Solo Acoustic Sessions13 Previously Unissued Solo Acoustic Demos
Remastered From The Original Analog Tapes And Acetate
Booklet Includes In-Depth Interview With Buckley's Lyricist Larry Beckett
In 1967, the face of rock was changing. In that year alone there were debut albums from The Velvet Underground, The Doors, and Pink Floyd, to name a few. The Beatles had combined orchestration with their music-the result was Sgt. Peppers in June, the same month that Tim Buckley recorded Goodbye & Hello.
Buckley was no longer just another singer-songwriter with an acoustic guitar; he was drenched in acid-folk tinges of harpsichord and harmonium. Lyricist Larry Beckett embellished Tim's songs with introspective lyrics at times, worldly views at others. It was the first major triumph for Tim as an album artist, partially because there were a remarkable amount of pre-production demos that led to it.
Available here for the first time are these newly discovered master tapes, recorded by Goodbye & Hello's producer Jerry Yester, along with an ultra-rare acetate, found to be in co-songwriter (and best friend) Beckett's possession.
Of the 13 previously unreleased solo acoustic songs contained here, six of them did eventually appear with more expansive instrumentation on Goodbye & Hello (along with another four not included here). However, the crown jewel of this package is seven never-before-heard compositions. These will be new to even the most devoted Buckley fan. Arguably, two of them crept out decades after Tim's death (albeit, much different recordings than what you have here) but with little fanfare.
So much has been written about Tim Buckley but so little of it by people who actually knew him. This booklet, however, includes a detailed interview with both Larry Beckett and Jerry Yester, providing real insight on how these recordings came to be and attempting to uncover the man behind all the myths, the real Tim Buckley.
Several rarities releases in the 1980s and '90s shed light on his talent, especially the live recordings, but all of the studio material has generally been alternative versions of songs that fans already knew-until now. This is the first-ever posthumous release that reveals a wealth of previously unreleased and unheard tracks from Tim at the peak of his career. In short, you need this!1. Sixface
3. Lady, Give Me Your Key
4. Once Upon A Time
5. Once I Was
6. I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain
7. Pleasant Street
10. Carnival Song
11. No Man Can Find The War
12. I Can't Leave You Lovin' Me
13. She's Back Again$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
People ChangesDouble bassist/singer-songwriter Nat Baldwins forthcoming album People Changes is much like the stark Maine setting which it was created. Of course, his fourth full-length shows welcome markings of his experimental bent from years as the Dirty Projectors bassist and former disciple of free jazz legend Anthony Braxton, but the serene isolation of 17 million acres of New England forestland make this cabin-born set intimate and sincere.
Baldwin first penned the songs in 2007, allowing the arrangements to evolve before the final recording in the spring of 2010. A lean ensemble of talented, time-proven friends were enlisted for the studio, some dating back to his New Hampshire childhood, chosen specifically to create the albums earnest live sound.
Their apt decision to record voice and bass live on most tracks is quickly felt on opener A Little Lost, letting Baldwins softly warbled falsetto hug a heartfelt cover of Arthur Russells sacred love song. Woodwinds flit and pull against contrabass pulses on Weights, then recede to let Baldwins bare performance stir on Real Fakes.
The full cast of Nats touring ensemble handsomely matches the bold arrangements of Lifted, followed by jagged improvisation on What Is There and a tender rendition of Kurt Weismans Let My Spirit Rise to finish. Charged throughout by lyrics crisp and strong, People Changes is a slice through the void of late nights spent among tall pines.
People Changes was recorded by Matt Walsh at Florida Keys Studio in New York City in May/June of 2010, mixed by Scott Solter, and mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering. Guests include Matt Bauder (clarinets), Caley Monahon-Ward (violin), Brett Deschenes (trumpet), Will Glass (drums), Al Mead (guitar) and Jeremy Leclair (alto saxophone). The album follows a split EP with Extra Life (2008, Shatter Your Leaves) on which earlier versions of Weights and Lifted appear, Most Valuable Player (2008), Enter the Winter (2006) and Lights Out EP (2005) on Broken Sparrow Records, and his experimental free jazz debut Solo Contrabass (2003, Peacock Recordings).1. A Little Lost
3. Real Fakes
4. The Same Thing
6. What Is There
7. Let My Spirit Rise$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Strange Little Birds
Etched D Side
Garbage have announced their sixth studio album and self-produced follow-up to 2012's Not Your Kind of People, Strange Little Birds.
In a press release, frontwoman Shirley Manson described the album's overlying principle as keeping it fresh, and relying on instinct both lyrically and musically. She also compared it to their 1995 self-titled debut, which the group reissued and took on tour for its twentieth anniversary last year. To me, this record, funnily enough, has the most to do with the first record than any of the previous records, she explained. It's getting back to that beginner's headspace.--PitchforkLP 1
4. If I lost You
5. Night Drive Loneliness
6. Even Though Our Love Is Doomed
8. We Never Tell
1. So We Can Stay Alive
2. Teaching Little Fingers to Play
D Side: Etched Vinyl$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Here's Little RichardLittle Richard had been making records for four years before he rolled into Cosimo Matassa's J&M Studio in New Orleans and cut the epochal Tutti Frutti in the fall of 1955, but everything else he'd done -- and much of what others had recorded -- faded into insignificance when Richard wailed A wop bop a loo mop a lomp bomp bomp and kicked off one of the first great wailers in rock history. In retrospect, Little Richard's style doesn't seem so strikingly innovative as captured in 1956's Here's Little Richard -- his boogie-woogie piano stylings weren't all that different from what Fats Domino had been laying down since 1949, and his band pumped out the New Orleans backbeat that would define the Crescent City's R&B for the next two decades, albeit with precision and plenty of groove. But what set Richard apart was his willingness to ramp up the tempos and turn the outrage meter up to ten; Tutti Frutti, Rip It Up, and Jenny Jenny still sound outrageous a half-century after they were waxed, and it's difficult but intriguing to imagine how people must have reacted to Little Richard at a time when African-American performers were expected to be polite, and the notion of a gay man venturing out of the closet simply didn't exist (Richard's songs were thoroughly heterosexual on the surface, but the nudge and wink of Tutti Frutti and Baby is faint but visible, and his bop threads, mile-high process, and eye makeup clearly categorized him as someone different). These 12 tunes may not represent the alpha and omega of Little Richard's best music, but every song is a classic and unlike many of his peers, time has refused to render this first album quaint -- Richard's grainy scream remains one of the great sounds in rock & roll history, and the thunder of his piano and the frantic wail of the band is still the glorious call of a Friday night with pay in the pocket and trouble in mind. Brilliant stuff.
- Mark Deming (All Music Guide)1. Tutti Fruitti
2. True Fine Mama
3. Can't Believe You Wanna Leave
4. Ready Teddy
6. Slippin' and Slidin'
7. Long Tall Sally
8. Miss Ann
9. Oh Why
10. Rip It Up
11. Jenny Jenny
12. She's Got It$21.99Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-AST-0871xRaymond Byron And The White Freighter
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
James Brown's Funky People Part 1Some have made the claim that Get On Down may love James Brown just a little too much. To which the label replies, it's not possible to love James Brown too much. The label's welcome obsession with Mr. Brown and the incredible line-up of talent found on his People Record imprint continues with the reissue of Funky People Part 1.
Long out of print on vinyl, Funky People Part 1 features the top tier of artists from Brown's People Records label, including The J.B.'s, Lyn Collins, Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker. Some of the James Brown organization's all-time best material is collected here, including The J.B.'s "Pass The Peas" and "Hot Pants Road," Fred Wesley's in your face politics through funk statement "Damn Right, I Am Somebody," Lyn Collins smash hit "Think (About It)" and many more.
Newcomers and diehard fans alike continue to dig into the James Brown and People Records vaults, and the more they do so, the more they realize that it's a nearly never ending source of truly next-level funk and soul music. And you can be sure this aural goodness will keep flowing to the public, thanks to the exhaustive efforts of Get On Down.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Gimme Some More (The J.B.'s)
2. Pass The Peas (The J.B.'s)
3. Lyn Collins Think (About It)
4. Givin' Up Food For Funk (Part 1) [The J.B.'s]
5. Mama Feelgood (Lyn Collins)
6. Hot Pants Road (The J.B.'s)
7. Rock Me Again & Again & Again & Again & Again & Again (Lyn Collins)
8. Damn Right, I Am Somebody (Parts 1 & 2) [Fred Wesley & The J.B.'s]
9. Take Me Just As I Am (Lyn Collins)
10. If You Don't Get It The First Time, Back Up And Try Again (Party Fred Wesley & The J.B.'s)
11. Parrty (Part 1) [Maceo & The Macks]
12. (It's Not The Express) It's The JB's Monaurail (Part 1) [Fred & The New J.B.'s]$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Phosphorescent Blues\After working with Burnett numerous times-most recently on the soundtrack for the Joel and Ethan Coen film Inside Llewyn Davis and the related Town Hall/Showtime concert Another Day, Another Time-Punch Brothers decided to join forces with the multiple Grammy Award-winning producer for their new record. Last summer, the band and Burnett spent a month at Hollywood's Ocean Way Recording laying down the songs that guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjo player Noam Pikelny, mandolinist and lead singer Chris Thile, and fiddler Gabe Witcher had written during several writing "retreats" last winter and spring.
Thile explains one of the ways the music on The Phosphorescent Blues reflects the band's view of modern life: "We often go to bars after shows or writing sessions, to be around other people for a little while. And I'd see people just like me on their phones, telling people they wish they were there, texting people who really are there. Then a song would come on that somebody likes and then they see that someone else does too and maybe they both sing it together and that moment is spiritual, some shared experience, and they are interacting in the flesh, with their fellow man. And that's communion. Many of the songs on this record dive into that: how do we cultivate beautiful, three-dimensional experiences with our fellow man in this day and age?"
Shortly before the sessions began, Thile and Witcher met with Burnett and discovered the producer had the very same things on his mind. In fact, he'd just given a commencement address at the University of Southern California on the subject of technology and human interaction. Witcher remembers, "Thile and I looked at each and said, 'This is unbelievable. It's exactly what we are writing about.' So this was a perfect, serendipitous union."LP 1
3. Passepied (Debussy)
4. I Blew It Off
6. My Oh My
1. Boll Weevil
2. PrÉlude (Scriabin)
4. Between 1st and A
5. Little Lights
6. Sleek White Baby
8. The Hops of Guldenberg
9. The Wireless$39.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Herman's Hermits: Their Greatest Hits
First Time On 180 Gram Clear Vinyl
Their Greatest Hits gathers some of the Hermits' most memorable moments as part of ABKCO's Clearly
Classic Vinyl Series. Featuring their most popular Top 40 hits, "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat," "Silhouettes," "(What A) Wonderful World," "Just A Little Bit
Better," "Listen People," "Dandy," "There's A Kind Of Hush," and more.
With his thick British accent and schoolboy good looks, singer Peter Noone carried Herman's Hermits through a string of 1960's hits bringing an
undeniable charm to songs like Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter," the swooning romanticism of There's A Kind Of Hush, to the upbeat pop
sound of I'm Into Something Good, to the quirky novelty of I'm Henry VIII, I Am.LP 1
1. Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter
2. No Milk Today
3. End Of The World
4. This Door Swings Both Ways
5. Just A Little Bit Better
6. I'm Henry The VIII, I Am
7. There's A Kind Of Hush All Over The World
1. I'm Into Something Good
2. Can't You Hear My Heartbeat
4. (What A) Wonderful World
5. Hold On
6. Listen People
7. Leaning On A Lamp Post
8. A Must To Avoid$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Sailing The Seas Of Cheese (Deluxe) (Awaiting Repress)In a restoration personally overseen by Les Claypool, Primus' acclaimed 'Sailing The Seas Of Cheese' has been newly mixed in stereo and Dolby 5.1 Surround for the first time since its 1991 debut for an expanded deluxe edition to be released May 21 by Universal Music Enterprises.
The deluxe edition is pressed on 200-gram vinyl and features Claypool's new stereo mix of the album. In a "Mystery Vinyl" challenge for fans, 1000 unmarked, randomly selected copies will contain the new stereo mix on a yellow vinyl LP instead of black.
Regarding the album's new stereo and 5.1 mixes, Claypool says, "Musically, it holds up incredibly well. Sonically, it holds up fairly well. There's some old-style reverbs that are a little bit syrupy. With modern technology, we can fix some of that stuff. But we don't want to mess with it too much, because it is what it is. We want to fatten it up a little bit."
"The way that people listen to music now - as far as stereos and headphones - you can hear so much more, so the idea of remixing it is really going to suit the way people listen to music now," adds guitarist Larry LaLonde.1. Seas Of Cheese
2. Here Come The Bastards
3. Sgt. Baker
4. American Life
5. Jerry Was A Race Car Driver
7. Is it Luck?
8. Grandad's Little Ditty
9. Tommy The Cat
10. Sathington Waltz
11. Those Damn Blue-Collar Tweekers
12. Fish On (Fisherman Chronicles, Chapter II)
13. Los Bastardos$24.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
ZeroHawthorne Heights presents their upcoming ambitious concept album, Zero, produced by Brian Virtue, who has also worked with Thirty Seconds To Mars.
Just to give everyone a bit of insight on the concept behind the record - Zero, at its core, is a story of good and evil, explains drummer Eron Bucciarelli. The setting is a dystopian future where a totalitarian corporation has risen to power in the wake of a disaster, The Fires. Zero is an account of the events from the perspective of the main character in the story, Baker. The album's tracklisting is based upon those events.
The story takes place in 2017 - or so they would like you to believe. In reality, the year is 2015. The people know little, they're angry, and they know something isn't right; that they've been lied to! Life used to be so nice, they used to be kids - driving around with friends, listening to music - no cares in the world. And as bad as things would sometimes get back then, they are nothing in comparison to what the people are experiencing now. This is only the tip of the iceberg. To delve deeper into the story, you'll have to delve deeper into Zero.1. Skeletons Remain (Transmission 1)
2. Memories of Misery
6. Anywhere But Here
7. Hollow Hearts Unite
8. Coalition Of Alternate Living Methods (Broadcast)
9. Golden Parachutes
10. Put Me Back Together
12. Ghost Town
13. Lost In The Calm
14. Taken By The Dark
15. Over And Out (Transmission 2)$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
FainRecorded in a beautiful and isolated house in the Yorkshire Dales, Fain is the sound of a band at the peak of their creative powers. It's an honest and natural album that allows its stories, its melodies, its themes and structures to breathe. The album draws on more traditional English and Scottish folk melodies than anything they've done before, but not straying from the drop-out fuzz-rock route they've made their own, the influences are vast - British rock bands like Groundhogs, Dark, Mighty Baby and Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac are evident in the swirling and distorted guitars throughout Fain, along with the 60s revival folk of Fairport Convention, Nic Jones, and Trees. Additionally they have looked towards Scandinavian's rich psychedelic tradition both new and old - you can hear the likes of Mecki Mark Men, Mikael Ramel and contemporaries Dungen. You can even hear the band's teenage forays into Hip-Hop in the drums of 'Thief' and 'Athol'.
It rained constantly throughout the recording process and the house was so packed with gear and recording equipment the band were forced to sleep in tents and caravans parked outside. Whilst performing, they could look out into the vast countryside and catch sight of buzzards, hares, curlews and hundreds upon hundreds of crows and gulls. The fire was on permanently, overnight and throughout the day. A serene experience that informs every track on the album. It was mixed and finished in the equally rainy London, with additional performances from Olivia Chaney on piano and backing vocals, plus Nic Kearey and Rachel Davies of Stick in the Wheel and Various (XL). Jace Lasek (Besnard Lakes) recorded backing vocals in Vancouver remotely for All Returns.
As evidenced by the first single All Returns, Fain is more lyrically focused than anything they've previously recorded.. The song tells the story of a dream Jack Sharp (guitars/vocals) had during which an acquaintance had looked into his eyes and seen into his soul whilst calmly describing his faults and inner demons, a truly cathartic experience. However, says Sharp, his life is largely too banal for material and he largely draws upon snapshots of history to furnish him with the ideas for lyrics. Stand out track Thief is taken from various stories of highwaymen that had been made famous by broadsheet ballads and plays - the likes of Charles Peace, William Nevison, Jonathan Wild and Jack Sheppard. He delivers this story in first person, almost as if he is playing the part of a complete degenerate with little or no conscience or morals. As Sharp says, It's like a form of tourism. You can visit but not live in the mind of an appalling human being.Empty Vessels
When the Fire is Dead in the Grate
NRR$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ExodusOriginal Embossed Metallic Jacket
Recorded in London following an attempt on his life, Exodus shows Bob Marley mellowing a bit. Despite some powerful political tracks, Marley adopts a less fiery, more reflective approach than his previous outings. Still, it's hard to find reggae as good as this. Exodus has all one would expect from a Bob Marley album: rumbling statements like Exodus and The Heathen as well as poetic love songs like Turn Your Lights Down Low.
Considering how good these tracks are, Exodus does not stop here. Marley also unleashed the huge international hits Jamming, Waiting in Vain, and One Love/People Get Ready. These inspired tracks, perhaps more than any others, came to define Marley around the world. They are irresistible no matter how many times they are played. Never one to dodge innovation, Exodus hints that Marley was taking cues from the emerging dub scene. Exodus, even though it contains some of Marley's best work, has an underlying nostalgic feel to it, hinting that Marley was getting a little formulaic.1. Natural Mystic
2. So Much Things To Say
4. The Heathen
7. Waiting In Vain
8. Turn Your Lights Down Low
9. Three Little Birds
10. One Love / People Get Ready$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Black HeavenPressed On Clear & Black Colored Vinyl
Limited to 2000
Earthless has a surprise for you. Whereas the band's three previous albums featured anywhere
from two to four completely instrumental space rock jams, the California trio's fourth
and latest, Black Heaven, is nothing like that. "It's quite different," drummer Mario Rubalcaba
says with a laugh. "It has six songs, and most importantly it has vocals on about 70 percent
of the record. There goes being pigeonholed as an instrumental band, I guess "
Of Black Heaven's six tracks, only two are instrumental. And one of those instrumentals is
less than two minutes long. "It wasn't a premeditated thing to do a record with vocals," Rubalcaba
explains. "On the older records, Mike was responsible for a lot of the riffs that would
start these jams, but on this one Isaiah really brought his own pizazz and flavor to it. I'd say
that's one of the major differences on this album: It has more of Isaiah's input. He took a risk
bringing these ideas to us, not knowing if we'd like them. But as with everything we've done
in the past, it felt very organic and natural."
Black Heaven is a game changer for Earthless. Nobody is more aware of this than the band
members themselves. But they also know this: you'll never get anywhere if you're running
in place. "I'm sure there will be some people who have come to expect the big gargantuan
space rock jams, and I don't know if they'll be into this or not," Rubalcaba admits. "But I'm
ready to deal with a little bit of disappointment from people who just want the freakout stuff.
At the same time, I think people are gonna enjoy hearing a different side of us. If people really
listen to what we're doing, it's gonna sound like us. Sometimes it just takes a few listens. And
that's the kind of stuff that pays off more in the end."1. Gifted by the Wind
2. End to End
3. Electric Flame
4. Volt Rush
5. Black Heaven
6. Sudden End$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Standing In The Way Of ControlThe first thing that strikes you is the rhythm. The Gossip have been making punks dance since they debuted 5 years ago, long before dance punk existed. Soulful and jagged, you can hear everything from Dischord to Motown in Brace's playing. Now, with the addition of new drummer Hannah Blilie (Shoplifting, ex-Chromatics) they have a new thundering beat for the kids to dance to on the corners and in the clubs.
The next thing that smacks you is Beth's voice, all the guttural blues of the South is in that inimitable instrument. It resonates with the confidence that is in her lyrics asking people to hold on just a little bit longer, re-assuring the youth that there are others out there, and spitting in the face of all who say otherwise!
Standing in the Way of Control, their third album, was recorded by Guy Picciotto (Fugazi) at Seattle's Bear Creek. From heartbreakers like ''Coal to Diamonds'' to the anthemic title track, released as a single with a Le Tigre remix, the band is unafraid to put it all out there and take their audience to new places. This is the sound of a band destroying and surpassing all expectations placed on them.01 Fire With Fire
02 Standing in the Way of Control
03 Jealous Girls
04 Coal to Diamonds
05 Eyes Open
06 Your Mangled Heart
07 Listen Up!
08 Holy Water
09 Keeping You Alive
10 Dark Lines$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The FallFor this record, I just had a sound in my head, says Norah Jones. I wanted the grooves to be more present and heavy. And I also just wanted to do something different. Ive been hanging with the same group of musicians for a long time, and I thought it was a good time for me to work with different people and experiment a little.
The result of these experiments is the multiple Grammy Award-winners new album, The Fall. The album is an exciting evolution from her previous three releases, which have sold a combined 36 million copies worldwide. The first obvious change on The Fall is a lengthy list of new collaborators. Producer Jacquire King, who has worked with Kings of Leon, Modest Mouse, and Tom Waits, among others, helped Jones put together a group of musicians, including drummers Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M.) and James Gadson (Bill Withers), keyboardist James Poyser (Erykah Badu, Al Green), and guitarists Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello) and Smokey Hormel (Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer). Jones also joined forces with several notable songwriters on The Fall, including Ryan Adams and Okkervil Rivers Will Sheff, as well as her frequent collaborator Jesse Harris.1. Chasing Pirates
2. Even Though
3. Light As a Feather
4. Young Blood
5. I Wouldnt Need You
7. Its Gonna Be
8. Youve Ruined Me
9. Back To Manhattan
12. Tell Yer Mama
13. Man Of The Hour$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Deviant ChordColored Vinyl: Transparent Turquoise With Black Swirls
FOR JAG PANZER, TEAM SPIRIT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANYTHING ELSE. WITHOUT TEAM SPIRIT, GUITARIST MARK BRIODY WOULD NO LONGER SEE ANY REASON FOR CONTINUING THE BAND.
We're like a family, we've all known each other for many years, he says and looks back at the years between 2011 and 2013 when Jag Panzer were on the brink of calling it a day. Two band members quit and there was little interest in hiring new people and starting over. Introducing new musicians would have been tough, so we decided to disband. But then the American power metal act's strong fan base made itself heard, causing the spark to be rekindled. Briody: We had a lot of interest in our early albums, so my band mates soon noticed that people were still listening to Jag Panzer, that the audience was still there. We started talking on the phone more and more. Some excellent gig offers arrived so we decided we should get back together. What a stroke of good fortune, after all now the public can look forward to an accomplished comeback album. The Deviant Chord is a veritable metal manifesto and consists of ten awesome songs featuring all those typical Jag Panzer strengths that the band's fans have come to appreciate.
Together with band members John Tetley (bass), Harry 'The Tyrant' Conklin (vocals), Rikard Stjernquist (drums) and Joey Tafolla (lead guitar), who has returned to the fold, Briody has recorded an album that impresses in every respect and that benefits from the outstanding qualities of all five band members. John does our 'quality control', meaning that he makes sure every song wedo is the best it can be. Harry is a musical genius. He's been singing since we were kids, he's very skilled in vocal arrangements and vocal recording techniques. This skill makes him a very big contributor in the songwriting. Rikard is all about drumming. He's been drumming since he was a small child and has never stopped. He grew up living all around the world and he has always been in a band. Joey is the classic lead player in every sense of the world. He has amazing skill on the guitar plus an outstanding stage presence. His playing makes every song better.LP 1
1. Born of the Flame
2. Far Beyond All Fear
3. The Deviant Chord
5. Foggy Dew
1. Divine Intervention
2. Long Awaited Kiss
3. Salacious Behavior
4. Fire Of Our Spirit
5. Dare$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
29 DemosDouble LP Pressed On Red & Blue Vinyl!
Margo Guryan's honeyed voice and gorgeously sweet songwriting has become a favorite of the soft-pop set. As a successful songwriter, her compositions have been recorded by the likes of Jackie DeShannon, Spanky & Our Gang, Astrud Gilberto, Claudine Longet, Oliver, Cass Elliot, Glen Campbell, Saint Etienne and Harry Belafonte. Her only solo album, the magnificent Take A Picture (featuring the hit "Sunday Morning), has become a cult classic since its release in 1968, and no wonder: its combination of marvelously funky sunshine arrangements and Margo's delicious melodies are a heady combo. She's influenced everyone from the Wondermints to Belle and Sebastian to Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (who listened to Take A Picture while writing Juno).
In 2001, Margo released 25 Demos, a collection of fully-fleshed out demos from her personal collection. Most people's demos are mere sketches -- Margo's are little baroque masterpieces, featuring string arrangements, circus organ, chamber-pop rhythm sections and tons of glorious echo. Now, Modern Harmonic presents the biggest collection yet, 29 Demos, all lovingly wrapped in a gorgeous gatefold jacket loaded with liner notes. Finally, an album worthy to follow Take A Picture - two LP's worth of magnificent soft-pop.LP 1
1. What Can I Give You
2. Something's Wrong With The Morning
3. I Love
4. Sunday Morning
5. Can You Tell
6. Think Of Rain
8. Most Of My Life
9. The 8:17 Northbound Success Merry-Go-Round
10. Love Songs
12. I Don't Intend To Spend Christmas Without You
13. Come To Me Slowly
14. Timothy Gone
15. It's Alright Now
1. Why Do I Cry
2. Under My Umbrella
4. I Think A Lot About You
5. The Hum
6. Please Believe Me
7. I'd Like To See The Bad Guys Win
8. Yes I Am
9. California Shake
11. Hold Me Dancin'
12. Good-Bye, July
13. Someone I Know (Chip Taylor demo)
14. Think Of Rain (Malcolm McNeill demo)$36.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Killed By Deathrock Vol. 1In 2007, Sacred Bones Records founder Caleb Braaten started unearthing rare
and little-heard post-punk, deathrock and dark punk tracks for an eventual
compilation. Seven years later, riffing on the tradition of the internationally
known punk collector series, Killed By Death, those tracks are finally being
released on vinyl, cD and digital formats as Killed By Deathrock Vol. 1. Bands from
all over the world are represented on the comp, from the relatively well-known
Scots in Twisted Nerve to the "completely un-Googleable" Move from Italy.
Also featured are the French band known simply as Bunker on their first demo
tape who later became Bunker Strasse, though still remained largely obscure.
Kitchen and the Plastic Spoons formed as a sort of goof band in Sweden in 1980
and only released a couple of 7-inches before disbanding a year later in 1981.
The rest of the comp represents a vast spectrum of geography with the Us being
represented by Your Funeral, Glorious Din, The Naked and the Dead and
Afterimage. Screaming For Emily (Uk), Baroque Bordello (France) and Taste of
Decay (Germany) round out the collection. What all these bands have in common, apart from their dark, icy atmosphere, is that they're quintessential pieces
of the deathrock story whose music hasn't been heard by nearly enough people
- until now.1. Your Funeral - "I Wanna Be You"
2. Kitchen & The Plastic Spoons - "Liberty"
3. Twisted Nerve - "When I'm Alone"
4. Move - "Casa Domani"
5. Bunker - "My Own Way"
6. Taste Of Decay - "Factory"
7. Afterimage - "Satellite of Love"
8. Screaming For Emily - "The Love"
9. Glorious Din - "Tenement Roofs"
10. The Naked And The Dead - "Carousel"
11. Baroque Bordello - "Put It Down"$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-LIT-4572xNicki Bluhm And The Gramblers
Loved Wild LostNicki Bluhm and The Gramblers' much-anticipated sophomore album is titled Loved Wild Lost. The band teamed with producer Brian Deck (Iron & Wine, Modest Mouse, Josh Ritter) on Loved Wild Lost and it's their first time working with an outside collaborator. The result is their most compelling collection of songs to date. The richly layered sound forms the ideal foundation for Bluhm's soaring vocals and increasingly powerful songcraft. Further color comes from San Francisco's Magik*Magik Orchestra (Death Cab for Cutie, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Walkmen), whose complex arrangements serve to amplify the indelibly universal themes of Loved Wild Lost.
"Loved Wild Lost is a sincere and sophisticated collection of songs steeped in tradition, but of its own time," says Nicki Bluhm. "After three solid years of playing as a band across the country, we have had time to learn, reflect and grow. This album displays a departure into the deeper and more contemplative themes of people in transition and the struggle to retain the energy and optimism of youth as life becomes more complex."
"The longer something moves away from its inception point, the more it takes on a life and a narrative of its own," adds Nicki's husband and the band's musical director, Tim Bluhm. "In these songs, I think you can clearly hear that happening; idealism and optimism losing control to the forces of inertia and a life of constant traveling. Happiness becomes an intention and love becomes a long-term study of oneself and of one another."1. Only Always
2. Waiting on Love
4. Queen of the Rodeo
5. Mr. Saturday Night
6. Love Your Loved Ones
7. Heart Gets Tough
8. Simpler Times
9. Me and Slim
10. High Neck Lace
11. Heavy Hey Ya$18.99Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
OutsidersBack in March Jesse Malin returned with his first album in five years, New York Before the War, a hymn to everything Malin believes in most: respecting your roots, grabbing the future by its throat, and creating a soundtrack for a life filled with meaning.
'Outsiders' meanwhile, recorded concurrently to that record is an altogether different beast.
And Jesse is no slouch when it comes to writing either - that album's 13 tracks were pared down from close to forty songs and post release it was apparent that there was a great deal of quality material left over. More significantly than that, Malin realized that the songs were thematically similar - "Outsiders is a record built out of optimism and disgust," says Jesse.
"It's autobiographical to the point where I even visit my own funeral! (laughs). I had recently cut ties with a lot of people and was really in my own dark bubble while we were recording it. We all made a deal to stay off the phone and the net during the making of this record, and it felt good to just live in the moment - we just let it roll."1. Outsiders
2. Whitestone City Limits
3. San Francisco
4. Here's The Situation
5. Edward Hopper
6. Stay Free
7. Society Sally
8. The Hustlers
9. All Best Are off
10. In The Summer
11. You Know It's Dark When Atheists Start to Pray$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Exile On Coldharbour LaneWe live in a sick, sick world where every problem seems to be answered with a bomb and a band like ALL SAINTS get widespread respect. It's corrupted and mangled on every level; enough to make people turn to the church. Yet when that turns out to be nothing but a hotbed of hypocritical farce and unholy allegations, it's time for a new religion. Time for THE VERY REVEREND DOCTOR D WAYNE LOVE and his band, ALABAMA 3.
They spread their word via acid beats, bluesy harmonica and country sensibilities - and the word is Love. On 'Hypo Full Of Love (The 12-Step Plan)', a satire on a Minnesota rehabilitation programme, the Glaswegian D Wayne evangelises like he never set foot outside Texas: Make a searching inventory of all your good shit/Inventory taken you hand all that good shit over to me.
The whiskey-smooth vocals of LARRY LOVE - part cowboy and part pimp - are at their best on a cover of JOHN PRINE's 'Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness'. It's 'Mao Tse Tung Said', though, that's their finest moment, vicious in its attack of the 'change must come through the barrel of a gun' slogan and intrusively, intelligently insidious. Forget Jesus. All you need is Love. - -NME1. Converted
2. Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness
3. Woke Up This Morning
4. U Don't Dans 2 Tekno
5. Bourgeoisie Blues
6. Ain't Goin' To Goa
7. Mao Tse Tung Said
8. Hypo Full Of Love (The 12 Step Plan)
9. The Old Purple Tin (9% of Pure Heaven)
10. The Night We Nearly Got Busted
11. Sister Rosetta
12. Peace In The Valley$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-GLA-2695xLittle Green Cars
Absolute ZeroAbsolute Zero is the debut album by Irish quintet, Little Green Cars. Absolute Zero's 48 minutes, crafted in unabashed earnestness with the aid of seasoned epic-producer Markus Dravs (Mumford and Sons' Sigh No More and Babel, Arcade Fire's Neon Bible and The Suburbs, Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto), acts as a soul-bearing report, as guileless as the young five-piece themselves, on the act of simply growing up; a process that requires, at once, so little and so much effort it could explode you from the inside at any moment.
"This record constantly jumps between two contrasting perspectives: the beauty of a reckless youth and the fear and confusion caused by our ever-pending adulthood," Appleby explains. "It's a hopeful and naïve look at love and life in general, which gives the album its bright days - but also deals with isolation, unrequited love and madness. We wanted to express both a feeling of strength and vulnerability, so the work had to encompass both the light and dark."
"These are all feelings we've had, as a group or as individuals. We hope this is something people can relate to. That's always been why music has been written; it's a voice for people who don't have a voice. Hopefully someone can find some sort of comfort or solace in this. "
The band -a group of 20-year-old friends with a habit of waxing deadly serious about their ever-expanding ambitions - convened in 2008 in a bungalow in Stevie Appleby's parents' backyard for as ordinary a reason as any: as the frontman admits sheepishly, they wanted to win a battle of the bands competition. With guitarist Adam O'Regan and bassist Donagh O'Leary friends since primary school, and the rest having met in secondary, the five rehearsed for the gig, at which they promptly lost out to another local band.
The defeat, however, was surprisingly fuel enough. It inspired them to work harder, to work through their remaining two years of school, during which they produced a massive catalog of demo recordings, blending acoustic and electronic, classical and punk, djembe drums and synth strings. Then, in 2010, not long before graduation, then-rising manager Daniel Ryan found them at one of their sparse live gigs. With just one client already under his wing, he approached the young band with a terrifying, yet exhilarating ultimatum: Do you want to go to university, or do you want to really be in a band?
"That was the first time we considered looking that far ahead," says guitarist/vocalist/primary songwriter Faye O'Rourke. "We were trying to avoid thinking about the future because of the prospect of college, but " The choice became obvious. And like that, they dove in. For two years they redoubled their efforts, crafting a wide-eyed musical narrative that mirrored their evolution as an ensemble until, inevitably, label suitors began to knock. Since 2011 they've been quietly boiling down those demos into an album - the first they've ever recorded.
"The main thing I want to hear out of an artist I admire is the truth," says Appleby. "How they really felt. If I'm going to say something, it may as well be the truth." The lengths to which Appleby, O'Rourke and the rest of the band will go to tell that truth have yet to reveal their depth, but a full-steam-ahead debut record is a good place to start. Finally, five years' worth of backyard Garage Band tracks have a name: Absolute Zero.
The songs of Absolute Zero have only begun to see the light of day, because, as Appleby puts it, "we've always been more interested in recording and writing and experimenting with everything than in touring. [The past five years] was time spent finding our sound, finding ourselves. We've gone through everything, from acoustic guitars to electronic music. We needed the time to grow up as people and as musicians."
In other words, this is a debut that is a sum total of its creators' ascent to this moment. It is a desperate, under-pillow diary; a painstakingly lettered love note dropped in a locker; a collective, yet very personal, dissertation. On the record's debut single The John Wayne, a fierce paean to the ones who so easily break our hearts, the lot of them proclaim, "It's easy to fall in love with you/It's easy to be alone/It's easy to hate yourself when all your love is inside someone else." On "My Love Took Me Down To The River To Silence Me," O'Rourke is torn between the heartbreak and the healing that comes from being heartbroken, "But my heart burned out til it was no more/still I wait on the ground, I don't know what for/There is a heart in you/where is the heart in me?/This love's killing me, but I want it to." And by its early-morning close, when Appleby asks, "And who will write and who will fight for this man/I know I am?/And if you're running out of space/Please don't erase your time with me," it becomes clear that it's not just love Little Green Cars are grasping at: even amidst an ex-lover's plea for acknowledgement, the search has grown far beyond that.1. Harper Lee
2. Angel Owl
3. My Love Took Me Down to The River to Silence Me
4. The Consequences of Not Sleeping
5. Big Red Dragon
6. Red and Blue
7. The Kitchen Floor
8. The John Wayne
11. Goodbye Blue Monday$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
My Head Is An AnimalOf Monsters and Men is an amiable group of day dreamers who craft folkie pop songs. With the Icelandic group's bright, trumpeting single Little Talks winning over one blog at a time, Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir and her bandmates (co-singer/guitarist Ragnar Raggi Þórhallsson, guitarist Brynjar Leifsson, drummer Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, piano/accordion player Árni Guðjónsson, and bassist Kristján Páll Kristjánsson) are well on their way to becoming citizens of the world.
Nanna, who began as the acoustic act Songbird, recruited extra hands to bolster her sound for a solo show. She liked how her vocals commingled with Raggi's, so they started writing songs together and in 2010 morphed into Of Monsters and Men. As victors of 2010's Músiktilraunir, the new group earned a slot on the influential Iceland Airwaves festival later that year, followed by Seattle's radio station KEXP posting Little Talks from a Living Room Session filmed there, setting the telltale ripple effect in motion. By the summer of 2011 Little Talks hit #1 in the band's native country, and people around the world seemed to be listening to us, marvels Raggi. The band was asked to perform again at Iceland Airwaves 2011, where KEXP then anointed the group as easily the most buzzed about band.
Though their reach is growing broader, the group's appeal has remained distinct. Their music is as fantastical as it is pretty. For inspiration, they often reference random stories they've read. The chanting, tribal Six Weeks was inspired by the true tale of American frontiersman Hugh Glass, seemingly left for dead after a bear attack. As for the swelling, epic From Finner, it's about a whale that has a house on its back says Raggi on which people travel across the ocean, exploring different places and having adventures. Little Talks, explores loneliness and insanity, while Love Love Love ruefully ruminates on heartbreak. If you listen to the lyrics, they're not as uplifting, he says. But our music is meant to be fun to sing along to.
Their full-length debut, My Head Is an Animal immediately reached #1 in their native Iceland and will now see its worldwide release via Universal Records. The album features production by Of Monsters and Men, Aron Amaarsson and Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Modest Mouse, Cold War Kids) while Craig Silvey (Florence + The Machine, Arcade Fire) handled mixing duties. My Head Is An Animal sounds like a dream and its pure bliss to listen to!1. Dirty Paws
2. King and Lionheart
3. Mountain Sound
4. Slow and Steady
5. From Finner
6. Little Talks
7. Six Weeks
8. Love Love Love
9. Your Bones
12. Yellow Light$34.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now