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Good GriefFrom collaborating with the likes of Tweedy and David Byrne, to becoming such a part of the Newport Folk Festival family that they were asked to back up Roger Waters during this year's incredible headlining performance, the last two years have been the best in the Lucius' career. Now, the Brooklyn band is prepping to keep the good times going with the release of their latest LP, Good Grief.
Arriving via Mom + Pop Music, Good Grief was produced by Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Weezer) and Bob Ezrin, along with the band themselves. The 11 tracks see the singer-songwriter duo of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig exploring the emotions of "loneliness, sadness and exhaustion alongside excitement, fulfillment and some of the most joyful moments in our lives" that they experienced while touring behind their last record. "Whenever one of us had an idea or a feeling," Wolfe said in a press release, "the other was already a witness to it and could help navigate through it - for the two of us, this usually came in song form."
- Ben Kaye (Consequence Of Sound)1. Madness
2. Something About You
3. What We Have (to Change)
4. My Heart Got Caught on Your Sleeve
5. Almost Makes Me Wish for Rain
6. Gone Insane
8. Almighty Gosh
9. Born Again Teen
10. Better Look Back
11. Dusty Trails$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WildewomanNYC's Lucius is a triple threat quintet with tight vocal harmonies, stomping percussion and an irresistibly charming and sincere live show. Lucius' debut full-length album Wildewoman will is released in 2013 by NYC indie label Mom+Pop. Produced by Dan Molad & Lucius, Wildewoman is a lush recording that preserves a modern edge while stylishly showcasing 60's classic pop influences.
As introduced on the band's 2012 self-titled EP, Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe's intertwining vocals reverberate a midst rhythmic instrumentation performed by band mates Dan Molad, Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri on this full-length, eleven song debut.1. Wildewoman
2. Turn It Around
3. Go Home
4. Hey, Doreen
6. Nothing Ordinary
7. The Two of Us on the Run
8. Until We Get There
9. Don't Just Sit There
11. How Loud Your Heart Gets$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Busted Jukebox: Volume 1Shovels & Rope's 'Busted Jukebox: Volume 1' is a collaborative effort between critically acclaimed duo Shovels & Rope and their close friends. The ten song collection finds the band covering well known songs or tracks they have written or performed with other artists in the past. Album features collaborations with Shakey Graves, Lucius, J Roddy Walston, Butch Walker and more.1. Unknown Legend (Neil Young) w/ Shakey Graves
2. Bullet Belt (Butch Walker) w/ Butch Walker
3. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding (Elvis Costello) w/ Lucius
4. Patience (Guns N Roses) w / Milk Carton Kids
5. Boys Can Never Tell (J Roddy Walston & The Business) w/ J Roddy
6. Nothing Takes The Place Of You (Allen Toussaint) w/ JD McPherson
7. Last (Nine Inch Nails) w/ Caroline Rose
8. Strangers (The Kinks) w/ Inlaws
9. Perfect Day (Lou Reed) w/ Preservation Hall Jazz Band
10. Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight (Emmylou Harris) - Shovels & Rope$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Undivided Heart & SoulUndivided Heart & Soul, produced by Dan Molad (Lucius) and
McPherson, and developed largely in the studio (that studio being the historic
RCA Studio B in Nashville), carries a sense of immediacy and irreverence.
"In writing this record, I threw several handfuls of caution to the wind.
Lyrically, I was allowing myself to be exposed in a way I never have before.
Concurrently, maybe as some sort of a self-defense mechanism, the guitars
got fuzzier and louder. The first day at RCA was like being in church...
by the second day, it was a high school band's rehearsal space."
Putting the hands of Dan Molad on the wheel of the record ensured that
the music didn't take too many expected turns. "Having toured with
Lucius and befriended Dan, I knew he was the guy to push my buttons
and challenge me to try new things. He's a tireless worker. He's constantly
tinkering away on something... and music just falls out of him."
The vintage recording equipment and instruments still housed
in RCA Studio B greatly informed the direction of the record. "Each night,
at the end of tracking, someone would invariably say, 'You wanna put vibes
on this?', speaking of the old RCA Vibraphone. I mean, you can hear THAT
vibraphone on Roy Orbison's 'Crying'... we couldn't keep our hands off of it.
It guided some of the songs into some strange and wonderful places.
'Lucky Penny' took such a cool turn once Ray (Jacildo, keys) added some to it.
We wrote several songs on the piano that Floyd Cramer played 'Last
Date' on. We were soaking up so much of the phantom energy in
that room, it led to some incredible sonic territory."
"Most folks know us for our take on vintage R&B and early Rock N' Roll.
The past year, I've been digging so much into the heavier, brasher sounds of
early Rock N' Roll... from bands like The Sonics, Link Wray, and into some
early British Rock such as The Creation... these influences feature heavily in
these songs. The tunes that showed up weren't exactly always in familiar
territory, and... we greeted them as welcome strangers. They have a lot
of heart... and that's what Rock N' Roll should always have."1. Desperate Love
2. Crying's Just A Thing You Do
3. Lucky Penny
4. Hunting For Sugar
5. On The Lips
6. Undivided Heart & Soul
7. Bloodhound Rock
8. Style (Is A Losing Game)
10. Under The Spell Of City Lights
11. Let's Get Out Of Here While We're Young$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Is This The Life We Really Want? (On Sale)Roger Waters, the creative power and songwriting force behind Pink Floyd, presents Is This The Life We Really Want?, his first rock album in 25 years. The album is produced and mixed by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Beck, U2, From the Basement), and includes 12 new Roger Waters musical compositions and studio performances.
Roger Waters' last studio album, 1992's Amused To Death, was a prescient study of popular culture, exploring the power of television in the era of the First Gulf War. This long-awaited follow-up, Is This The Life We Really Want ?, is an unflinching commentary on the modern world and uncertain times, and a natural successor to such classic Pink Floyd albums as Animals and The Wall.
Tracks on Is This The Life We Really Want? include: When We Were Young, DÉjà vu, The Last Refugee, Picture That, Broken Bones, The Life We Really Want, A Bird In A Gale, The Most Beautiful Girl in the World, Smell the Roses, Wait For Her, Oceans Apart, and Part of Me Died. The lyrics for Wait for Her were written by Roger Waters and inspired by an English translation by an unknown author of Lesson from the Kama Sutra (Wait for Her), by Mahmoud Darwish.
The musicians on Is This The Life We Really Want? are: Roger Waters (vocals, acoustic, bass), Nigel Godrich (arrangement, sound collages, keyboards, guitar), Gus Seyffert (bass, guitar, keyboards), Jonathan Wilson (guitar, keyboards), Joey Waronker (drums), Roger Manning (keyboards), Lee Pardini (keyboards) and Lucius (vocals) with Jessica Wolfe and Holly Proctor.
This title is not eligible for further discount.LP 1
1. When We Were Young
2. DÉjà Vu
3. The Last Refugee
4. Picture That
5. Broken Bones
1. Is This the Life We Really Want?
2. Bird In A Gale
3. The Most Beautiful Girl
4. Smell the Roses
5. Wait for Her
6. Oceans Apart
7. Part of Me Died$41.99 $35.69 Save $6.30 (15%)180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Light (Awaiting Repress)Whether they move minds or bodies, Uncle Lucius is out to make music that can lift
our spirits. And rock our souls.
Though Austin roots band Uncle Lucius has worn a Southern rock tag for most of
its 10-year existence, the band's fourth studio album, The Light, charts a course
designed to convey just how vast that musical territory really is. The Light dips into
regions where blues, R&B, jazz, soul, country and gospel took form, mapping a sound
that captures the true meaning of Americana.
Containing songwriting contributions from all four band members, The Light also
seeks to illuminate a different landscape: the sometimes-rocky terrain of our hearts
and minds. Tracked at Austin's Treefort Studios with producer George Reiff, these 12
songs deliver what guitarist Mike Carpenter, a Houston native, likes to call "Southern
rock for the thinking man. Rock 'n' roll for the soul."
Lead singer, Kevin Galloway, admits his ultimate goal is to turn musical energy into
a catalyst for humanity's evolution. This is music with depth, made by men given to
truth seeking on levels both existential and literal.1. The Light
2. Age of Reason
3. Taking in the View
5. End of 118
6. No Time Flat
7. Wheel's in Motion
8. Gulf Coast Gypsies
9. Flood Then Fade Away
10. Don't Own the Right
11. Nothing to Save
12. Someday is a Far Cry$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Chet Baker And CrewImport
The numbers heard on Chet Baker & Crew were among a prolific flurry of recordings Baker was involved in during the last week of July 1956 -- fresh from an extended European stay. Sessions were held every day from the 23rd through the 31st, which resulted in such classic titles as The Route, Chet Baker Sings, and Chet Baker Quintet at the Forum -- which is also available under the title Young Chet -- as well as Chet Baker & Crew. The crew on these sides includes Phil Urso (tenor sax), Bobby Timmons (piano), Jimmy Bond (bass), Peter Littman (drums), and of course Baker (trumpet/vocals). Joining the combo on both the original as well as the alternate take of To Mickey's Memory and Pawnee Junction is Bill Loughbrough (chromatic tympani). His unmistakable percussive accents and tuned drum solos give these West Coast bop tracks uniquely Polynesian intonations. The band members take full advantage of their individual roles and abilities as soloists to really stretch out on Slightly Above Moderate and the Urso-credited composition Halema -- named after Baker's wife. The chemistry of cool that flows between Urso and Baker is perhaps at its finest during the seamless exchange heard on Worryin' the Life Out of Me. Timmons also boasts notable contributions throughout. His playful and scampering style dresses up the bluesy Lucius Lu and Line for Lyons, among others. The latter is also notable as it contains the sole Baker vocal on this set.
-All Music Guide1. To Mickey's Memory
2. Slightly Above Moderate
5. Something for Liza
6. Lucius Lu
7. Worrying the Life Out of Me
8. Medium Rock
9. Line for Lyons*
*Bonus Track$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real (Awaiting Repress)Since their formation as teenagers 10 years ago, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have quietly developed into one of America's most dazzling new live acts, playing hundreds of shows and major festivals all over the world, attracting a deeply devoted underground following.
Still, with a bounty of invaluable experience under their belts, nothing foretold the artistic leap of Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real their new, self-titled album, a mesmerizing, emotionally genuine, endlessly rewarding work of cosmic country soul set for release via Fantasy Records.
Recorded at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real was produced by John Alagia (Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer) and features the band's new six-piece line-up: Lukas Nelson (guitar, vocals), Tato Melgar (percussion), Anthony LoGerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass, vocals) along with new members Jesse Siebenberg (steel guitars, Farfisa organ, vocals) and Alberto Bof (piano, Wurlitzer, B3). Jess Wolfe and Holly Lessig of the indie-pop group Lucius contribute background vocals on five tracks evoking Exile on Main St.'s ecstatic, gospel-rooted harmonies, and Lady Gaga added stirring background vocals to Carolina and Find Yourself. Elsewhere, the lilting, Glen Campbell inspired gem, Just Outside of Austin features a guitar solo from Lukas' dad, country music icon Willie Nelson, and piano from his 86-year-old Aunt Bobbi.
The new album includes 12 Lukas Nelson originals that draw on his country and rock lineage including literate Texas songsmiths like his father and 'uncles' Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings, along with the enduring influence of J.J. Cale, The Band, Clapton-era Delaney & Bonnie and of course, his mentor Neil Young.
Young, an essential member of the POTR family, met the band after he caught them at Farm Aid several years back. Neil got in touch after that, and we started talking by email, Lukas recounts. Eventually, he asked us to record with him. We fell in love with each other musically, one thing led to another and we became Neil's band.
I knew I had a lot of good songs that transcended the cultural boundaries between rock & roll and country, Lukas says of his vision for the album. We owe a lot to Neil; we made this record after coming off the road with him for two years. Neil's been mentoring us, and we've been absorbing that energy, and I think it shows. We got acclimated to a different level of artistic expression. I wanted to get the songs as pure as they could be. We've grown.
Set Me Down on a Cloud, the soulful, country-rock epic that opens the album features Lucious' angelic background vocals and Lukas' lovely, lyrical guitar solo as the band stretches out behind him. Forget About Georgia unfolds to a Layla-like outpouring of yearning, as it vividly retraces the turbulent, bittersweet final stages of a doomed love affair. Lukas delivers a full-throttle vocal on the closing track, If I Started Over, a Roy Orbison-inspired rumination of tender devotion. The R&B grind of Find Yourself is a particular triumph as Lukas and Lady Gaga weave an impassioned, romantic ultimatum.1. Set Me Down On A Cloud
2. Die Alone
3. Fool Me Once
4. Just Outside Of Austin
6. Runnin' Shine
7. Find Yourself
8. Four Letter Word
9. High Times
10. Breath Of My Baby
11. Forget About Georgia
12. If I Started Over$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
SukieraeTweedy, the band, is a collaboration between Jeff Tweedy, best known as the
founder of the pioneering Chicago rock band Wilco, and his 18-year-old son
and drummer Spencer Tweedy. dBpm Records in conjunction with ANTI will release Sukierae (sue-key-ray), the debut release by
the aptly-monikered duo Tweedy. Sukierae features 20 new songs penned by
Jeff, performed by Tweedy father and son along with a host of musical guests.
"When I set out to make this record, I imagined it being a solo thing, but not
in the sense of one guy strumming an acoustic guitar and singing," Jeff said.
"Solo to me meant that I would do everything - write the songs, play all the
instruments and sing. But Spencer's been with me from the very beginning
demo sessions, playing drums and helping the songs take shape. In that sense,
the record is kind of like a solo album performed by a duo." With Spencer
on drums, Jeff handles his usual guitars and vocals, as well as bass and keyboards. Backing vocals on Sukierae come courtesy of Jess Wolfe and Holly
Laessig of the Brooklyn-band Lucius. Musician Scott McCaughey (R.E.M.,
The Minus Five, The Baseball Project) lends additional keyboard support on
1. Please Don't Let Me Be So Understood
2. High As Hello
3. World Away
4. Diamond Light Pt. 1
5. Wait For Love
6. Low Key
8. Slow Love
9. Nobody Dies Anymore
10. I'll Sing It
2. Desert Bell
3. Summer Noon
4. Honey Combed
5. New Moon
6. Down From Above
7. Where My Love
8. Fake Fur Coat
10. I'll Never Know$27.99Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
We're All Gonna DieDawes' highly anticipated new album We're All Gonna Die will be released via the band's own HUB Records.
Of the album, Taylor Goldsmith (guitar, vocals) explains, "Pretty much every song on this record explores a difficult situation and tries to find a way to find the good in it, or at least remind yourself that it's not always that big of a deal. After all, as scary as it is, we are all gonna die."
The album was produced by Grammy nominated producer Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes) and includes backing vocals from Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe of Lucius, Mandy Moore and Will Oldham.
Dawes has toured extensively playing headline shows worldwide and major festival appearances including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza and Newport Folk Festival. Recently, they have toured with My Morning Jacket, Bob Dylan, Mumford and Sons, Conor Oberst, and Jackson Browne.
In the fall of 2014, Goldsmith contributed to Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, an album project which found collaborators Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) and producer T Bone Burnett writing and creating music for a treasure trove of recently discovered lyrics handwritten by Bob Dylan in 1967 during the period that generated the recording of the legendary Basement Tapes.
Fellow collaborator Jim James proclaims about We're All Gonna Die, "The record sounds so fresh-yet fills me with a strange nostalgia for things that haven't happened yet...I hear it at the beach and blasting out of car windows on future summer nights...easily having become a natural part of people's lives."1. One Of Us
2. We're All Gonna Die
3. Roll With The Punches
4. Picture Of A Man
5. Less Than Five Miles Away
6. Roll Tide
7. When The Tequila Runs Out
8. For No Good Reason
10. As If By Design$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Chet Baker And Crew (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress)The numbers heard on Chet Baker & Crew were among a prolific flurry of recordings Baker was involved in during the last week of July 1956 - fresh from an extended European stay. The crew on these sides includes Phil Urso (tenor sax), Bobby Timmons (piano), Jimmy Bond (bass), Peter Littman (drums), and of course Baker (trumpet/vocals). Joining the combo on both the original as well as the alternate take of "To Mickey's Memory" and "Pawnee Junction" is Bill Loughbrough (chromatic tympani). His unmistakable percussive accents and tuned drum solos give these West Coast bop tracks uniquely Polynesian intonations. The band members take full advantage of their individual roles and abilities as soloists to really stretch out on "Slightly Above Moderate" and the Urso-credited composition "Halema" - named after Baker's wife. The chemistry of cool that flows between Urso and Baker is perhaps at its finest during the seamless exchange heard on "Worryin' The Life Out Of Me". Timmons also boasts notable contributions throughout. His playful and scampering style dresses up the bluesy "Lucius Lu" and "Line for Lyons", among others. The latter is also notable as it contains the sole Baker vocal on this set.
This LP reissue of Chet Baker & Crew increases the original eight-song Pacific Jazz collection to include all 14 tracks completed during three sessions in late July 1956 at the Forum Theater in Los Angeles.
- Chet Baker (trumpet, vocal)
- Phil Urso (tenor saxophone)
- Bobby Timmons (piano)
- Jimmy Bond (bass)
- Peter Littman (drums)
- Bill Loughbrough (timpani)
Recording: July 1956 at the Forum Theater, Los Angeles
Production: Richard Bock
Format: 2 LPs 33rpm
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.1. To Mickey's Memory
2. Slightly Above Moderate
5. Something For Liza
6. Lucius Lu
7. Worrying The Life Out Of Me
8. Medium Rock
9. To Mickey's Memory (Alternate Take)
10. Jumpin' Off A Clef
12. Pawnee Junction
13. Music To Dance By
14. Line For Lyons$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now