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Under PressureLogic has amassed a large internet following and is a member of the RattPack, his group of friends that he works with. Logic has released four official mixtapes, with the most recent being the critically acclaimed Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever.
Under Pressure is Logic's debut studio album and is the first project released by the rapper under Def Jam Recordings.1. Intro
2. Soul Food
3. I'm Gone
4. Gang Related
5. Buried Alive
7. Growing Pains III
8. Never Enough
11. Under Pressure
12. Till the End$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ChulahomaChulahoma is a stopgap EP from the Black Keys, a collection of six covers of songs by cult bluesman Junior Kimbrough, whose 'Do the Rump' they covered on their 2002 debut, Big Come Up. Considering that this is the first time the blues-rock guitar-n-drums duo has devoted an album to nothing but straight-ahead blues songs, it wound seem logical that Chulahoma would be the bluesiest recording in their catalog, but the Black Keys aren't that simple. The six songs on this 28-minute EP are hardly replications of Kimbrough's gritty originals, nor do they have the dirty, punch-to-the-gut feel of any of the duo's three proper albums. Instead, this is the weirdest set of music the band has done to date, a trippy, murky excursion into territory that floats somewhere between the primal urgency of the duo's best work and the dark, moody psychedelia of late-'60s blues-rock. Take 'Have Mercy on Me' its winding, narcotic blues groove settles into a bed of droning organ and bongos, but the interplay between guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney prevents it from sounding as affected as psychedelia, while infusing it with a real sense of danger. That unsettling undercurrent flows throughout this brief EP, and it makes Chulahoma an album that's ideal for pitch-black nights, where the music can worm its way into your imagination and then run wild. That alone would make it a unique, noteworthy detour for the Black Keys, but when this is compared to Kimbrough's original recordings, it becomes an instructive listen since a side-by-side listen reveals how Auerbach drew inspiration from Kimbrough's stripped-down, idiosyncratic grooves and took it into some place entirely different. And while that might mean that Chulahoma doesn't necessarily sound like a kissing cousin to Kimbrough's originals, it does make it a greater, richer tribute than most cover albums, and it certainly proves that Auerbach's testimonial in the liner notes about how Junior Kimbrough changed his life is no lie.1 Keep Your Hands off Her
2 Have Mercy on Me
3 Work Me
4 Meet Me in the City
5 Nobody But You
6 My Mind Is Ramblin'$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Speak No Evil (Pre-Order)Cut At 33 1/3 RPM By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio From The Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes
Pressed On 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl LP By RTI
Top Quality Gatefold Packaging With Laminated Covers & High Quality Session Photos
Wayne Shorter made a major impact on the Jazz world during 1963-64. He left Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers to become a member of the Miles Davis Quintet, and he recorded Night Dreamer and Juju as a leader for Blue Note. Speak No Evil is even notable than those two gems, for Shorter had developed into not only one of the most original tenor-saxophonists of the 1960?s but also one of its most vital composers. With superb playing by Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Freddie Hubbard and Elvin Jones, Shorter introduces six unique compositions including Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum, Speak No Evil and Infant Eyes. Hubbard and Hancock consistently raise the temperature with fiery solos. Shorter's playing and writing are both beyond description, utilizing a logic all his own which, over time, has become a major influence in Modern Jazz. Throughout Speak No Evil, Shorter creates brilliant new music like no one else.
Limited Edition of Only 3500 Copies
Remastered from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes
Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
Pressed on 180 gram Virgin Vinyl LP by RTI
Ultra-Durable, Extra Thick Album Jackets
Gatefold Album with Session Photos in stunning High Resolution
This title is not eligible for discount.$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
True ColorsTrue Colors is the second studio album by Russian-German Grammy-winning electronic dance musician Zedd. It features collaborations with singers Jon Bellion, Troye Sivan, rapper Logic and upcoming production duo Botnek. It also features bands such as, Echosmith, Bahari and X Ambassadors. It features other collaborations, of whom are uncredited, such as Julia Michaels, Jacob Luttrell and Tim James.1. Addicted to a Memory (featuring Bahari)
2. I Want You to Know (featuring Selena Gomez)
3. Beautiful Now (featuring Jon Bellion)
4. Transmission (featuring Logic and X Ambassadors)
5. Done with Love
6. True Colors
7. Straight Into the Fire
8. Papercut (featuring Troye Sivan)
9. Bumble Bee (with Botnek)
11. Illusion (featuring Echosmith)$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Cosmic LogicLos Angeles, California-based duo Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis A.K.A.
Peaking Lights are thankfully back and set to release their new album Cosmic
Logic via Weird World Records / Domino Recording Co.
Cosmic Logic is a heady brew of dub, kraut, minimal house, disco and pop
influence all rendered in the inimitable Peaking Lights fashion. Recorded by
the band themselves in a couple of LA studios and then mixed by Matt Thornley of DFA, Cosmic Logic follows the outer space pop explorations of 2012's
critically acclaimed Lucifer and 936 before that. This time around, however,
the band have gone for a more concise, lean approach - abandoning some of
their psychedelic sprawl for a more pure pop experience.
Cosmic Logic opens with the guitar and drum-heavy "Infinite Trips," a song
which Coyes says is "an homage to the opening track 'Der Song von
Mandelay' on The Flying Lizards debut album - we wanted to come in from
left field." The mood of the record takes a sharp turn when the sputtering
drum machines and spacey keyboards kick in on "Telephone Call," a song that
tucks the cosmic into the quotidian. "It was influenced by ideas in the
Carpenters' version of the 1977 cover of Klaatu's 'Calling Occupants of
Interplanetary Craft,'" Coyes said. To which Dunis added: "It's about keeping
an open mind to cosmic messages that can come from anywhere."
The album traces a singular trajectory through Peaking Lights' current sonic
palette, full of coruscating synths and percolating drum machines. "I think
Aaron's rhythms are definitely influenced by whatever is on his mind:
reggae, dancehall, funk, Afrobeat, disco, etc." Dunis said of the beats that
power the album. Cosmic Logic both looks to other musical cultures as well
as up to the stars for inspiration, and is a beacon in dark times, a reminder to
be at once mindful of the terrestrial and the celestial, to be open-eared and
Or, as Dunis sings on "Telephone Call": "Use your heart and not your ears."1. Infinite Trips
2. Telephone Call
3. Hypnotic Hustle
4. Everyone And Us
5. Little Light
7. Eyes To Sea
8. Bad With The Good
9. New Grrrls
11. Tell Me Your Song$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Love And LogicThe latest album from Sons of Bill is called Love And Logic.
The album was recorded in Nashville, TN and produced by Grammy-nominated producer and former Wilco drummer Ken Coomer.1. Big Unknown
2. Brand New Paradigm
3. Road to Canaan
4. Lost in the Cosmos (Song for Chris Bell)
5. Bad Dancer
6. Fishing Song
7. Higher Than Mine
8. Arms of the Landslide
9. Light a Light
10. Hymnsong$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Logical RevelationsThis compilation album is in three parts; the best tracks of the 1995 album 'Sea Of Light' and the 1998 album 'Sonic Origami' and the band's best known tracks recorded live at the Live Music Hall, Cologne in 1994. The album name is a combination of two of the included song titles and is in effect the primer for anyone wanting to hear the Uriah Heep of the 90´s. The songs contained in this compilation carry on the band´s legacy with Mick Box´s incisive signature guitar work and lavish helpings of Hammond organ from Phil Lanzon.1. Against The Odds
2. Time Of Revelation
3. Universal Wheels
4. Logical Progression
5. Words In The Distance
6. Between Two Worlds
7. I Hear Voices
8. In The Moment
9. Shelter From The Rain
10. Everything In Life
11. The Wizard [Live]
12. Gypsy [Live]
13. Look At Yourself [Live]
14. Lady In Black [Live]
15. Easy Livin' [Live]$35.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Tao Of YoVernon Reid and DJ Logic's second record has evolved into an assault of sounds and styles that defy genre, combining hip-hop, metal, and salsa influences. It's a musical tour de force, employing guitar and DJ work into a cohesive package of riffs and beats.1. Shine For Me
2. The Secret Frequency
3. More From Life
4. Shape 4
5. Noh Rio
7. 30 Spokes
9. No Pistolas
11. Words They Use
12. Shape 1
13. Perfect Traveller (Tourist Europe)$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Someone Else's Deja VuTheir third full-length marks a departure from 2005's Key, offers a sharper glimpse into Joseph Knapp's distinct songwriting abilities, and reflects a depth of complexity and dream logic made perfect for a sublime musical experience. A cohesive palette of subtle pop psychedelia encompassing myriad musical genres. Think of this record as great accompaniment to a day where your only responsibilities might include reading a book, petting your cat, or thinking of an old friend.1.Girl In New York City, A
2.Legend of Lizeth
3.Quand Tu Marches Seul
12.Someone Else's Deja Vu
13.Requiem For a Planet$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
House Of Spirits
A more melancholic take on Brian Eno's "Baby's On Fire",
only with dusty country-style vocal harmonies - Pitchfork
Bells of Paonia is a lush and pretty fuzz-guitar drone with
plenty of starry-eyed melody in there - Stereogum
Warm organ tones shine through the fuzz, showing The Fresh &
Onlys at their most earnest and heartfelt. - Consequence of
With surreal nightmares, glistening pop tempered by sinister
undertones and even unsettling experimentalism, The Fresh & Onlys'
fifth album, House of Spirits is the San Francisco quartet's most
focused and most experimental yet. The material gestated during
vocalist Tim Cohen's isolated stay on an Arizonan horse ranch where
he documented dreams in a bedside notebook. The resultant songs are
by turns pristine, feverish, and bizarre, as The Fresh & Onlys returned
to Lucky Cat Studios in San Francisco with Phil Manley (Trans Am)
to recast the textures, leaps of logic and evocative character of
Cohen's dreams into songs.1. Home Is Where?
2. Who Let the Devil
3. Bells of Paonia
4. Animal of One
5. I'm Awake
7. April Fools
10. Madness$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Breakfast In AmericaSupertramp's sixth album Breakfast in America was originally released in 1979 and it's both the bands most creative as well as their best selling. The album featured the four hit singles: The Logical Song, Goodbye Stranger, Take the Long Way Home and Breakfast in America. Reissued here on Vinyl LP by Universal Records.1. Gone Hollywood
2. Logical Song, The
3. Goodbye Stranger
4. Breakfast in America
5. Oh Darling
6. Take the Long Way Home
7. Lord Is It Mine
8. Just Another Nervous Wreck
9. Casual Conversations
10. Child of Vision$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Enjoy Your Rabbit
"This may just be Sufjan Stevens' Magnus Opus.
Forget Michigan, Seven Swans, Illinois . . . Enjoy Your
Rabbit is a masterclass in doing everything that logic
tells music not to do." - Sputnik Music
"Sufjan Stevens proves himself adept of both long and
short forms; downtempo and high BPM; glitches,
scratches and ambient drones; blips, bleeps and
bloops." - Pitchfork
"The underlying guiding principle is wide-eyed
exploration that fills nearly every track with a sense of
playfulness." - All Music
Originally released in 2001 before Michigan and Illinois,
Sufjan Steven's Enjoy Your Rabbit foretells his 2010
electronic Age of Adz. Though overlooked by many,
there are fans who regard Enjoy Your Rabbit as
Sufjan's greatest work.
Departing from the singer-songwriter format of his
debut Asthmatic Kitty Records album, A Sun Came,
Rabbit is a collection of fourteen colorful instrumental
compositions combining Sufjan's noted gift for melody
with electronic sounds to create an unusually playful
and human- not to mention humane- electronic
experience. Great for dancing, driving, writing, cooking,
painting, running, walking, and of course, eating
Chinese food, Rabbit features nearly eighty minutes of
music that will truly soothe the savage breast, whatever
that means.LP 1
1. Year of the Asthmatic Cat
2. Year of the Monkey
3. Year of the Rat
4. Year of the Ox
5. Year of the Boar
6. Year of the Tiger
7. Year of the Snake
8. Year of the Sheep
9. Year of the Rooster
1. Year of the Dragon
2. Enjoy Your Rabbit
3. Year of the Dog
4. Year of the Horse
5. Year of Our Lord$22.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Fosgate Signature Fozgometer Azimuth Range Meter
Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.
Fozgometer Azimuth Range Finder
The FOZGOMETER represents a breakthrough for adjusting phono system azimuth.
To obtain high performance from a modern phonograph system, the tonearm and pickup cartridge must be properly adjusted to within a few thousands of an inch. There are several alignment gauges available to adjust overhang and offset. To adjust cartridge azimuth (Axial Tilt), it has been necessary to use lab quality equipment and a test record. Azimuth may be adjusted using an oscilloscope, AC voltmeter, or computer program. These methods can be expensive and time consuming.
The FOZGOMETER incorporates a "Log Ratio Detector" developed for surround processor steering logic circuits to measure channel separation over a wide range of signal levels down to -70 dB. The readings are virtually independent of overall signal levels, and can be made with a wide range of input signals without effecting accuracy. It is a small portable battery powered unit that is used in conjunction with a test record. It measures channel separation, channel balance, and signal direction quickly and accurately. Readings are taken without touching the meter, leaving your hands free to work with the tonearm. The meter reads channel separation in both directions, and channel balance. The LED's indicate Left, Center, and Right signal (test tone) positions.$300.00Fosgate Signature Fozgometer Azimuth Range Meter Buy Now
NoctilucenceNoctilucence is a new 12 recorded between in 2013 and 2014 between Los Angeles, California,
and Cleveland, Ohio. The term "noctilucence" comes from "noctilucent clouds", the name
given to clouds which, for some reason, emit a brilliant vibrance at night. On this recording
we find our subject diving into the electric waters of the night sky, in long drives across the
vast deserts of America. It's a recording about the discovery and understanding of the shadow,
entrance to the realm not controlled by the light of day, or the logic of reason. It's about
confronting nocturnal terrors and all of those things that go bump in the night.
Understanding that the ancient archetypes which watch over us don't flinch, and stand firm
across the spell of time. On Along The Way we sought the Macrobes for guidance, and on
Noctilucence we see them taking real shape. Opening with a mantra to the perpetual
regeneration of the spirit of love, crying out for new levels of confidence and consciousness to
emerge from the human race, Noctilucence is a deep stare into the infinite eye of the
shimmering night sky of the future, and all it holds in its gaze.
- Mark McGuire, 20141. Freedom of Spirit
2. Earth Grid (Activation)
4. Entity (Presence)
5. Astral Protection$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
While We're Young - SoundtrackWhile We're Young is Noah Baumbach's sparkling follow-up to his 2012 hit Frances Ha. No film has better captured the weird, upended logic of urban sophisticates: the older ones embrace their iPads and
Netflix, the young ones crave vinyl records and vintage VHS tapes.
The film follows Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as Josh and Cornelia, a childless New York married couple in their mid-forties. As their other friends all start having children, the couple gravitates toward a young hipster couple named Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried). He's an aspiring documentary filmmaker, avocation Josh already has. Soon the older couple begins enjoying the energy they feel hanging out with the younger generation, but eventually Josh begins to suspect his new best friend might not be as straightforward
and trustworthy as he thought.
The soundtrack is filled with classics such as Paul McCartney's "1985," Lionel Richie's "All Night Long (All Night)," Survivor's "Eye of The Tiger," or David Bowie's "Golden Years" just to name a few. The score to the film comes courtesy of LCD Soundsystem's own James Murphy.1. Golden Years - James Murphy
2. All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Richie
3. Buggin' Out - A Tribe Called Quest
4. The Ghost In You - The Psychedelic Furs
5. The Inch Worm - Danny Kaye
6. Only The Stars Above Welcome Me Home - James Murphy
7. Waiting For A Girl Like You - Foreigner
8. Falling (Duke Dumontre Mix) - Haim
9. Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor
10. Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five - Paul McCartney & Wings
11. We Used To Dance - James Murphy
12. Golden Years - David Bowie$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Analog Drive System (ADS)
The ADS design includes two pure analog frequency generators featuring low distortion and noise; a high current Class-A/B amplifier that is transformer-coupled to the turntable output; analog control logic for low noise operation; 33/45 RPM analog speed adjustment controls with center detent positions that are factory calibrated for 60/81Hz; analog logic controlled run/stop switching with the output RMS voltage @ 120VAC on startup, followed by a step down to 90VAC after an 8-second delay for quick starting of heavy platters.
The ADS includes a lighted power on/off switch allowing it to remain powered up during listening sessions for the oscillators to remain warmed up for lowest distortion. There is a separate run/stop switch to control the motor operation. The ADS also utilizes separate 60 Hz and 81 Hz oscillators to eliminate unnecessary switching circuitry in the oscillator circuits for long term speed stability and low oscillator distortion. Turntable speed is chosen using a switch located between the 33 RPM and 45 RPM speed adjustment controls; LEDs indicate the Run/Stop condition and chosen speed. Speed adjustment controls provide a center detent position that is factory calibrated to 60 and 81Hz +/- .02 Hz in their center detented position. The controls also provide fine speed adjustment of approximately 3 Hz through continuously variable linear adjustment controls. The circuitry provides a startup voltage of approximately 120VAC for 8 seconds on startup to assist quick speed ramp of heavier platters, then reduces to 92VAC for its steady state run voltage.
Speed Control and adjustment
The front panel contains a two-position push-button switch for selecting either 33 RPM or 45 RPM operation. Pressing the switch either latches it in or releases the switch to its outward position for 33 RPM operation. There are separate speed adjustment controls for 33 and 45 RPM. The controls have a detented center position that is factory calibrated for 60 Hz (33 RPM) and 81 Hz (45 RPM). The speed is also continuously adjustable +/- 3 Hz for fine tuning of the platter speed using a stroboscopic disk and 60 HZ light source. Blue LED indicators adjacent to the controls indicate which speed is set at a glance.
Motor Stop and Run
The ADS is meant to be left powered on during the listening session. The platter is started and stopped by the front panel Run/Stop momentary push-button switch. There is an LED indicator the glows red when stopped and green when the platter is turning.
There is an IEC power module on the rear panel to supply AC power to the ADS. The IEC module contains a fuse drawer that holds a 1-amp slow blow fuse protecting the ADS from electrical system malfunctions.
AC power to the ADS is controlled by the power switch located on the left-hand side of the front panel. When the ADS is powered up, the indicator in the switch glows blue indicating the internal power supplies are functioning properly.
Output to Turntable
The 125 VAC max output to the motor is supplied by the identified AC receptacle on the rear panel. The receptacle output provides a maximum 20 watts. Higher wattage loads will seriously damage the ADS.$1,000.00Analog Drive System Buy Now
Ghost RidersTaking mid-70's NYC underground attitudes to extreme but logical ends, Suicide's often terrifyingly apocalyptic vision of American culture sliding towards destruction was perfectly complimented by their psychotic blues and sizzling hypnotic electronics.
Originally a cassette-only release this live performance from 1981 at Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis marked Martin Rev and Alan Vega's 10th anniversary. The recording is surprisingly good and the performance is excellent. Ghost Riders is available once again on Vinyl!1. Rocket USA - Vocals [Intro] - Tim Holmes
2. Rock n' Roll (Is Killing My Life)
3. Ghost Rider
4. Dream Baby Dream
5. Sweet White Lady
7. 96 Tears$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Night HawkHawkins was one of the main inspirations of his fellow tenor Eddie Lockjaw Davis, so it was logical that they would one day meet up in the recording studio. This LP has many fine moments from these two highly competitive jazzmen, particularly the lengthy title cut and a heated tradeoff on In a Mellow Tone, on which Davis goes higher but Hawkins wins on ideas.1. Night Hawk
2. There Is No Greater Love
3. In a Mellow Tone
4. Don't Take Your Love from Me
5. Pedalin'$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Steve Jobs Soundtrack
Gatefold Sleeve / Insert / Printed Innersleeves
PVC Protective Sleeve
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
Mendelssohn & Bruch Violin ConcertosKarajan took the young Anne-Sophie Mutter under his wing in the early 1980s and together they produced the of
Mendelssohn's and Bruch's famous violin concertos. Mutter said: "Karajan taught me to find the common thread
that runs through a score, to think the music through to its logical conclusion not simply to juxtapose notes in long
overarching paragraphs but to place them in the service of the musical idea. This is something that has lodged in
my memory with particular force.Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64
1. Allegro molto appassionatao
3. Allegro non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
4. Vorspiel (Allegro moderato)
6. Finale (Allegro energico)$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
By embedding both new age and noise-oriented
electronic themes into his pastoral pieces, Turnquist
unites disparate traditions and ideals, essentially
employing sonic counterweights to construct 57 minutes
that are as surprisingly dynamic as they are perfectly
- PITCHFORK (8.2)
New York's Turnquist is masterful. His right hand
technique is as orchestral as Nick Drake's, sending rivulets
of steel sadness out across the water, but applied to a
minimalist logic with the weight of early Philip Glass or
Turnquist layers his six and twelve string guitar
instrumentals with electronic drones, piano and vibes.
This first widely available release is a filmic beauty, its
chilly pastoralism distinguished by the physicality of his
Another bravura outing from Turnquist that is, in its own
unassuming way, a triumph
As an accomplished 12-string guitarist/composer, Alexander Turnquist was naturally
alarmed when the ulnar nerve in his left hand seized up in 2013, but after a surgical procedure he gratefully started the process of learning to play guitar again. His recovery was
cut short when not long after the surgery he was hospitalized with meningitis. Though his
recovery is ongoing, and he continues to struggle with a weakened immune system and
memory loss, he was inspired to soldier on, rather than being deterred by his physical
Turnquist's latest full-length Flying Fantasy confirms the idea that out of great hardship
can come great art. As he wrote the material for the new album it became clear that his
sensitivity had sharpened, his empathy magnified, and his sense of purpose blossomed.
The unfortunate circumstances he endured ostensibly forced his metamorphosis from a
remarkable guitar player to a truly great composer. Much like the butterflies that adorn
the album cover, he seems to have changed form and taken flight.
The album opens with the sparse harmonics of House of Insomniacs, which are soon
joined by lush swells of vibes, cello, and even wordless vocals. On the tracks that follow,
Turnquist continues to make use of this dynamic sonic pallet, even adding organ, piano,
marimba, steel drums, violin, and french horn to the mix. From Red Carousel, which was
inspired by Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes, to the somber lilt of the love
song Wildflower, to the truly arresting title track Flying Fantasy which uses only 4 open
strummed guitars and loops of damaged tape and wire recorders, every note vibrates with
life as Turnquist ushers us though his intoxicatingly colorful worlds of sound.1. House of Insomniacs
2. Finding the Butterfly
4. Red Carousel
5. Flying Fantasy
6. Cloud Slicing$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ease My MindEase My Mind, the fifth full-length by Shout Out Louds, is a welcome return from these Swedish pop masters.
In their 15 years as a band, Shout Out Louds have toured the world many times. The band played a show in the Brazilian rainforest with a freezer box for a dressing room. They once performed in Yokohama,Japan, for an audience of two Austrians. They played in a Sicilian rainstorm so heavy they had to shake out their instruments afterwards,with the soaked backdrop left hung to dry on a hotel façade. Themusic sites will remind you that the band have performed for DavidLetterman and Jay Leno and toured with The Strokes during their heyday, but most importantly, they have released four albums of brilliant pop music.
Ease My Mind was recorded with Fredrik Swahn (from the band The Amazing) who filled the band with such new energy that they were willing to commute to the 'burbs during the darkest months of the year. He was joined by Måns Lundberg who produced the song Souvenirs and Axel Algmark who produced No Logic andAngel. The band recruited Lars Skoglund for drums, known for his work with Lykke Li.
Adam and Bebban in the band write: The world is a different place now than it was in the beginning of the 2000s. We didn't grow up very aware of political messages in music and probably didn't feel much of an urgent need to understand the world around us, in that sense. However, that has changed over the years. The world has seemed extremely dystopic and frail for quite a while now, and having children and getting older forces you to open your eyes to issues more devastating than heartbreak and feeling lost. But in our music, we still allow ourselves to address things the way we always have: through emotions rather than analysis. Music as a means of escape, a need to take a break from feeling petrified with fear. Ease My Mind is a lot about that for us.1. Jumbo Jet
4. White Suzuki
5. No Logic
6. Ease My Mind
7. Oh Oh
8. Throw Some Light
9. Crying Game
10. Souvenirs$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dope MachinesEvery so often, one song can change everything. For The Airborne Toxic Event, that particular number happened to be an A Capella version of Queen and David Bowie's classic duet "Under Pressure".
"Somebody played it for me, and it blew my mind," declares vocalist and guitarist Mikel Jollett. "I made a decision to change my whole approach to music. I just wanted to be joyful about it. I wasn't going to worry anymore. For the first three records, I thought mostly like writer. My mindset changed. It was about inventing a musical logic that was unabashedly catchy and rhythmic, but way weirder than anything we've done in the past."
That "logic" came to life while Mikel composed "Hell and Back" for the Dallas Buyers Club soundtrack in August 2013. Under a tight deadline, he had no choice but to produce the track himself-a first for the Los Angeles outfit. However, he didn't stop there.
The frontman would go on to personally produce The Airborne Toxic Event's fourth full-length album and first for Epic Records Dope Machines with the blessing and support of Steven Chen [guitar, keyboards], Anna Bulbrook [violin, keyboard, backing vocals], Daren Taylor [drums], and Adrian Rodríguez [bass].
"Producing was massively challenging and super fun," admits Mikel. "When we finished the last record, our producer Jacquire King said to me, 'I think you're ready to produce an album now.' I felt like we had reached the apotheosis of being a proper rock band. This was the exact opposite. It was me alone in a room for 12 hours a day working harder than I'd ever worked."
Early in the process, Mikel tapped into a boundless aesthetic, embracing electronic elements as well as pop structures and unbridled rock 'n' roll bombast. At the same time, it defied categorization at every turn. "That's one of the hallmarks of the record," he affirms. "It doesn't sound like anything else."
The first single "Wrong" merges striking synths and an electronic swing with an evocative refrain punctuated by a robust groove. It's borderline danceable, but always chant-able.
"It's just about a guy feeling insecure," explains Mikel. "I wrote it at a time of massive upheaval in my life. We all have that moment. You look over everything and think, 'I am an idiot!' It's not every day, but you wish you could start over. That's the idea."
"California" turns a spotlight on a different side of the Golden State from the perspective of a true native. All the while, it still boasts an unshakable refrain and intricate instrumentation.
"I grew up in California," he goes on. "My parents were hippies, and I was born in the back of a VW bus on the beach. I was around everybody from Beatniks to gang members to kids who just emigrated from Guatemala or Ethiopia. None of this had anything to do with the popular image of what California is-that idea of palm trees and movie stars. As soon as you've got an idea of utopia, it begs a dystopia. It's an idea of apocalypse right around the corner in a place that's considered ideal."
Simultaneously, the title track tempers a distinct guitar bounce with entrancing harmonies, making for a provocative and potent dichotomy.
"You can interact with all of these dope hand devices, but they make you sort of dopey an hour later," he sighs. "You make music with them. They can save you from a heart attack. They're little extensions of the things that make us fundamentally human, which is the desire to interact with one another. The machines are all of these things at the same time."
In the middle of 2014 after moving on from Island Records, Epic Records C.E.O. L.A. Reid reached out and signed them-for the second time.
"L.A. signed us way-back-when at Island," recalls Mikel. "He literally saw us at Bowery Ballroom in New York, came backstage, and offered us a record deal. The moment we were free, he sent us a deal memo. It's a pleasure to be working with him again. He's a big believer, and he brings a lot of energy to this."
They've carried a similar energy through three full-length albums: The Airborne Toxic Event , which spawned the gold-selling single "Sometime Around Midnight", All At Once , and Such Hot Blood . In addition to reaching gold status, iTunes named "Sometime Around Midnight" the "#1 Alternative Song of the Year", and it spent a staggering eight weeks at #1 on Billboard's Heatseakers Chart. HBO utilized it on their high-profile Network Season Promo. The group has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman four times, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno four times, and on Jimmy Kimmel Live! three times. Moreover, they've taken the stage at festivals including Coachella and Lollapalooza and sold over 50,000 tickets in 2013 alone.
In many ways though, Dope Machines signals something of a rebirth.
"It's like debuting a new phase," concludes Mikel. "It was a new approach. We've got a new label. We threw out everything we were tired of and moved on to a brand new palette. That was the goal. This isn't what The Airborne Toxic Event is supposed to be. This is who we are.1. Wrong
2. One Time Thing
3. Dope Machines
5. Time To Be A Man
6. Hell And Back
7. My Childish Bride
8. The Thing About Dreams
9. Something You Lost
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Sonny Meets Hawk! (Pure Pleasure)This is a memorable meeting of a pair of genial giants - Sonny Rollins, who has been called again and again the boss of the modern tenor sax, and Coleman Hawkins, who is the father of jazz saxophone playing.
Each has made enormous contributions to jazz improvisation, beyond the limits of his instrument. The sum total of their work forms the impressive foundation for this once-in-a-lifetime album.
This recording is extraordinary in every sense, and not merely in that it marks the first time (except for a brief on-stage appearance at the 1963 Newport Jazz Festival, which inspired this studio recording) that these great musicians have played together. Each has blended his own strong personality with the other's, yet neither has lost his individuality. Where one reaches into the other's 'bag', it is done with musical logic and respect; always, the goal of a cohesive duet relationship is uppermost in each of their minds. And perhaps the most extraordinary aspect of this album is that neither musician plays safe; each exercises his powerful imagination throughout, running all the risks entailed in daring improvisation - but gaining also the satisfactions inherent in such an approach.
- Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone)
- Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone)
- Paul Bley (piano)
- Henry Grimes (bass)
- Bob Cranshaw (bass)
- Roy McCurdy (drums)
Recording: July 1963 in New York City by Mickey Crofford and Paul Goodman
Production: George Avakian
About Pure Pleasure
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Yesterdays
2. All the Things You Are
4. Just Friends
5. Lover Man
6. At McKie's$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now