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Everywhere At OnceLyrics Born (a.k.a. Tom Shimura) has long been known for his innovative beats, creative collaborations and soulful vocals. Here he takes a giant leap forward in song craft, incorporating elements such as pop, reggaeton and R&B. It's the rare MC who can bridge the gap between hip-hop and alternative rock, owning the crowd at Bonnaroo and Bumbershoot as easily as he trades rhymes with Charlie 2na.
With beats courtesy of Jake One, Amp Live, Trackademics and Lyrics Born himself, Everywhere At Once dabbles in everything from old-school rap, electro, 1970s soul, and G-Funk to contemporary R&B, pop, and jazz. By refusing to assign himself to any specific style within the hip-hop genre, Lyrics Born is able to transcend it. The end result is a well-rounded effort that succeeds in its many endeavors, appealing to all kinds of music fans while never sounding derivative. Honest, introspective and eclectic, Everywhere At Once is among the best hip-hop albums of 2008.1. Intro Tag
2. Don't Change
3. Hott 2 Deff
6. Shoe Hoes Anonymous
7. I'm A Phreak
8. I Like It, I Love it v
9. The World Is Calling
10. Top Shelf
11. Is It The Skin I'm In?
12. Homeland Security
13. Do U Buy It?
14. Rules Were Meant To Be Broken (Remix)
16. I Can't Decide(Everywhere At Once)
18. Let Me In, Let Me Out (Remix)$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
A Bothered MindGrammy nominated R.L. Burnside is one of the most important bluesman in American history. His live performances, whether stripped-down acoustic or with a band, are legendary. After several classic blues records & scanning over 300,000 units, R.L. has firmly established himself as an intense force within the blues world. But R.L. Burnside is not just a great bluesman. Over the past few years he has been expanding his audience with critically acclaimed & ground breaking remix records. His previous remix record, Come On In, revamped the genre with loops & remixes & exposed R.L. Burnside a new, alternative blues audience. R.L.'s last remixes garnered heavy exposure on the hit show, The Sopranos, & also on MTV's Real World & many cop shows, not to mention a Nissan commercial. Selling out has never been easy. R.L.'s expansion into the alternative world continues with his latest remix effort, A Bothered Mind. It features some stunning collaborations with the likes of Kid Rock & Lyrics Born. Intense performances & R.L.'s trademark vocals & guitar picking are at the forefront of this gripping & moving record.Detroit Boogie, Pt. 1
See What My Buddy Done
Shake 'Em On Down
Goin' Down South
My Name Is Robert Too
Go To Jail
Bird Without A Feather
Goin' Away Baby
Rollin' And Tumblin'
Stole My Check
Detroit Boogie, Pt. 2$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
From out of the wreckage of the American Civil War, the great state of Nevada came into being on October 31st, 1864. Its creation immediately helped to secure the re-election of Abraham Lincoln, the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment and, ultimately, the future of the union. Today, that proud but painful history is enshrined in the two words emblazoned on the upper left-hand corner of the state flag: Battle Born.
That phrase has always resonated with Brandon Flowers. It's what The Killers named their studio in Las Vegas, and when the band reconvened last May to start work on the follow-up to 2008's Day & Age, it became first a song title, then a thematic touchstone, and eventually the name of the album itself. But not all battles are blood and thunder: after a yearlong hiatus that saw three of the four Killers launch solo careers, they quickly discovered that timing and circumstance can be daunting adversaries in their own right.
Safe to say, Battle Born's title was well-earned. "It's the hardest thing I've ever done, no question," says Brandon. "It's the longest we've ever taken to make a record, and the longest I've ever spent on the lyrics. We thought we had enough songs, but then we realized that we didn't, and so we had to pound away and grind it out until we were certain that we were ready."
A small-town drama of epic-scale proportions, "Runaways" is everything you could wish for from a Killers comeback single; an unmistakably American expression of romance and optimism that heralds their return with cyclonic, Who-esque guitars and a chorus big enough to be bellowed from one end of the Mojave to the other.
One of the album's oldest songs, the bare bones were written in 2009 on the Day & Age tour, but, says Brandon, "We never knew what to do with it. Day & Age was us trying to be more of a pop group, but Runaways was rootsy and American, and it threw me for a curve. I knew it was a powerful song. But when it came time to make the album, there was an understanding the four of us had that we were gonna do what we're good at. The Killers write a specific kind of song, and we're not gonna shy away from it. So 'Runaways' became a kind of launching pad."
More songs followed: the title track, a musical 'brother' to its lead single; "Here With Me," the album's heartstring-tugging emotional gravity-centre; the stadia-quaking electro-rock of "Flesh & Bone." By the time the band had satisfactorily refined that body of songs, however, none of the producers on their shortlist could commit to making a whole album, necessitating a process whereby they recorded in fits and starts with a stellar roll-call of names that included Daniel Lanois, Steve Lillywhite, Damian Taylor, Stuart Price and Brendan O'Brien.
And therein lies Battle Born's real triumph. Recorded almost entirely at the studio that shares its name, it incorporates elements from each of the records that came before it; Hot Fuss' storytelling eye for detail; the yearning, mythic Americana of Sam's Town; the gratuitous hooks and pop nous of Day & Age; without sounding overtly like any one in particular. It's the sound of a band recognizing, and celebrating, their own identity. To borrow Brandon's maxim, Battle Born is The Killers "Doing what we do best."1. Flesh And Bone
3. The Way It Was
4. Here With Me
5. A Matter Of Time
6. Deadlines And Commitments
7. Miss Atomic Bomb
8. The Rising Tide
9. Heart Of A Girl
10. From Here On Out
11. Be Still
12. Battle Born$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Born In The U.S.A.Ranked 86/500 On Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time
Mastered By Bob Ludwig Working Under The Supervision Of Springsteen & Engineer Toby Scott
Born in the U.S.A. is the seventh studio album by American rock singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen. A critical and commercial success, it found Springsteen marking a departure in his sound. While its predecessor, the dark and acoustic Nebraska, featured songs of pessimism and isolation, Born in the U.S.A.'s lyrics expressed signs of hope in the daily fight of the ordinary American in following the American Dream, a new feeling complemented by synthesized arrangements and a pop-flavored, radio-oriented sound that helped Springsteen to extend his popularity and appeal to mainstream audiences.1. Born In The U.S.A.
2. Cover Me
3. Darlington County
4. Working On The Highway
5. Downbound Train
6. I'm On Fire
7. No Surrender
8. Bobby Jean
9. I'm Goin' Down
10. Glory Days
11. Dancing In The Dark
12. My Hometown$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl - Sealed Buy Now
Capricorn Born Again (Discontinued)Grey clouds stay grey. Low light situations birth low-lit moods. It's all bummer clockwork. West Coast lurk-jazz triad TOPAZ RAGS return to vinyl with their debut long player, Capricorn Born Again, an eight-song comedown recorded/mixed from spring-to-fall of '09 via a complex 4-track/boombox assemblage method. Everything creaks and hisses, there's smoke in the air, players at the end of their ropes, lyrics washing over faded raga ballads, slinky electric piano bar depressions, shadow gauze cavern pop. The bell jar is half empty, obviously. Slow dive and sink in. Black vinyl LPs (mastered by PETE SWANSON) in jackets designed by AMANDA. Edition of 400.Side A
1. Darker Sooner
3. Heart In Ribs
4. Who Led Me To You
1. Slow Gin Fizz
2. Wear You Thin
3. Next Level
4. Mind Power$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The First Born Is DeadThe blues had long been a potent undercurrent in the Birthday Party's music, so it wasn't all that surprising that Nick Cave embraced the sound and feeling of rural blues on his second album with the Bad Seeds, The Firstborn Is Dead. What was startling was how well Cave and his bandmates -- Barry Adamson, Mick Harvey, and Blixa Bargeld -- were able to absorb and honor the influences of artists like Skip James and Charley Patton while creating a sound that was unmistakably their own. The moody obsessions of rural blues -- trains, floods, imprisonment, sin, fear, and death -- seemed made to order for Cave, and he was able to tap into the doomy iconography of this music with potent emotional force; on Tupelo, he makes a sweeping and disturbing epic of the rain-swept night when Elvis Presley was born, and Knocking on Joe is a tale of life on the work gang that communicates the pain of the spirit as clearly as the ache of the body. Also, the blues helped transform Cave's music as well as his lyrics; the brutal sonic pummel of the Birthday Party here gave way to a more subtle and dynamic approach that still made effective use of dissonance and bare-wired electric guitar noise while proving the balance of loud and soft only made each side deeper and more resonant. (The stark, barely there guitar and drums of Blind Lemon Jefferson are as startling and malignantly fascinating as anything in the Birthday Party's catalog.) The Firstborn Is Dead proved Nick Cave's musical palate was significantly broader than his debut album suggested and pointed to a path (channeling the sounds and emotions of American roots music) he would return to on many of his albums that followed.
- Mark Deming (All Music)1. Tupelo
2. Say Goodbye To The Little Girl Tree
3. Train Long Suffering
4. Black Crow King
5. Knockin' On Joe
6. Wanted Man
7. Blind Lemon Jefferson$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Born On The First Of JulyCanada's proudest pop-punk progenies CHIXDIGGIT! have had an enduring career pumping out some of the catchiest, fast paced, fun laden melodies ever written. With an unwavering dedication to their proven formula of cheeky lyrics and to-the-point music, CHIX have created a vast catalog of pop-punk classics over their more than 20 years as a band. While it's true that a classic never dies, it never hurts to take it off the shelf and polish it up every once in a while. This is exactly what the band decided to do with their two definitive releases Born On the First of July and From Scene To Shining Scene. Both albums were originally released on Honest Don's (a former subsidiary of Fat Wreck Chords) to great acclaim, but never quite received all the attention that they deserved.
Vinyl fans will be elated to hear that both (previously out of print) LPs will be individually reissued (remastered and with bonus tracks). This time around these albums will be official Fat Wreck Chords releases too, affording them the broader visibility they warrant.1. Gettin' Air
2. My Girl's Retro
3. Sikome Beach
5. Quit Your Job
6. My Restaurant
8. 20 Times
10. Haven't Got Time For
11. 2000 Flushes
12. Brunette Summer
13. Nobody$15.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Dead Man's Town: A Tribute To Springsteen's Born In The U.S.A.2014 marks the 30th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen's 'Born In The U.S.A.'
Although it would become his biggest selling album with seven top 10 singles
on the Billboard Hot 100, Luther Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars
says "any of those songs could be played with acoustic guitar alone and
still be great." Taking this idea as its premise, 'Dead Man's Town: A Tribute to
Born in the U.S.A' strips the album's twelve indelible originals to the core, with
contributions from Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, Low, Nicole Atkins, Justin
Townes Earle, Blitzen Trapper, Joe Pug, Trampled by Turtles, and more. Rolling Stone premiered Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires' Dave Cobb-produced
cover of "Born In The U.S.A," saying these artists are "reimagining 'Born in
the U.S.A.'... with a reduced approach more influenced by that of the acoustic
Isbell says of his cover, ""Born In The U.S.A." is one of my favorites
because so many people have seemingly misunderstood the lyrical content
and the song's overall tone. When you listen to the demo, the dark, minor key
arrangement makes it clear that this is not strictly a song of celebration.
We wanted to stay true to that version." Amanda Shires adds, "I love that
the song paints a picture of struggle in the face of the American dream, and
the irony in the chorus is delivered with such force that it nearly
transcends irony altogether."1. Born In The U.S.A. - Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires
2. Cover Me - The Apache Relay
3. Darlington Country - Quaker City Nighthawks
4. Working On The Highway - Blitzen Trapper
5. Downbound Train - Joe Pug
6. I'm On Fire - Low
7. No Surrender - Holly Williams
8. Bobby Jean - Ryan Culwell
9. I'm Goin' Down - Trampled By Turtles
10. Glory Days - Justin Townes Earle
11. Dancing In The Dark - Nicole Atkins
12. My Hometown - North Mississippi Allstars$19.99Vinyl LP Buy Now
One A.M.Diverse is a rapper you think you've heard before--not because this Chicago MC sounds similar to others, but because his presence is so powerful it seems impossible that this is only his first album. Intelligent without being arrogant, conscious without being corny, Diverse also boasts two of the greatest assets any MC could ask for: an authoritative baritone and a confident flow. These help him keep up with some of the more seasoned rappers who appear on the album, including Vast Aire (formerly of Cannibal Ox), Lyrics Born, and Jean Grae. Complementing Diverse's superior lyricism is top-notch production courtesy of a holy trinity of underground favorites: Prefuse 73, Madlib, and RJD2. They push the album from raucously energetic to sinisterly moody to laid-back cool. ... Diverse's debut accomplishes an unlikely feat in these days of overblown hype and rampaging ego: he leaves you wanting more. --Oliver Wang1. Certified
3. Big Game
4. Ain't Right
5. Jus Biz
8. Under The Hammer
9. 747 (Flyin)
10. Amberglis (Interlude)
12. In Accordance$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Negative ScannerNegative Scanner have been destroying rooms in Chicago's vibrant DIY since 2012, earning well-deserved accolades as one of the cities best live bands. Their electrifying debut album finds the band taking on all comers; guitarist/vocalist Rebecca Valeriano-Flores' gutteral howl & lyrics have gained confidence over the course of the band's previous two singles in 2014 (their debut on Trouble In Mind & it 's follow-up on Tall Pat Records). The band (guitarist Matt Revers, bassist Nathan Beaudoin & drummer Tom Cassling) have evolved into a lurching, post-punk tornado furiously spinning into near-chaos but never leaving the band's capable control. The album's opener "Ivy League Asshole" sets the tone - feral & ragged guitars chug over the rhythm section & Flores' manic yelp spits out lyrics borne out of confusion, agression, domination & submission to life, living, lovers & beyond. The album's eleven tracks in 28 minutes fly by the lsitener, threatening whiplash but begging to be replayed. Negative Scanner 's s/t debut was recorded by the band themselves in their practice space, mixed by Mike Lust 's Phantom Mobile Unit & mastered by Australian legend Mikey Young (Total Control/Eddy Current Suppression Ring).1. Ivy League Asshole
4. Gone Wild
6. Would You Rather?
7. Planet of Slums
8. Saturday Night & Sunday Morning
9. Fane vs. Wild
10. Forget It
11. Pity$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Behind The Scale (Discontinued)The DMV rapper has been building the album for the past few years and is ready to reveal his work! You may remember Sean Born from his appearance on the Apollo Brown produced The Trenches with Hassaan Mackey on the Daily Bread album. The rugged new project from Low Budget's Sean Born is gauranteed to knock people back with its brash lyrics depicting street life at its gritty coldest alongside the heavy soulful production of Kev Brown, Oddisee, Dunc of DTMD, Quartermaine, and Kenwood.
A gritty 90s style album for those who grew up on Illmatic, Midnight Marauders, Only Built for Cuban Links, Moment of Truth, and Ready to Die. Sean Born & Kev Brown bring reality rap at its finest. Behind The Scale is unfiltered real sh*t on tape.1. Grandeur / Interlude
2. Queen Anne / 90's
3. Go Hard
6. Pluck Em Off
7. The Quartermaine (Reefer Smoke) / Interlude
9. Honor / Interlude
10. Lights On
11 Bullshit / Interlude
12 Take It & Run
13. Pour Out Liquor
14. Flood & Drain (BONUS)
15. 12/12 (featuring Kaimbr, Toine of DTMD, Hassaan Mackey) (BONUS)$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WordsCo-produced by Evans & Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood & Rascal Flatts), Words is the first full studio album release from Sara Evans in over 3 years. Lead by the first single "Marquee Sign," the album is comprised of 13 new original songs along with an acoustic version of her #1 single "A Little Bit Stronger."
"When I'm listening to a song, it's the lyrics and the stories they tell that matter most to me," Sara said. "Not only is 'Words' the title to one of the songs on my album but in listening to new music for the record, I was always looking for lyrics that moved me and expressed a powerful range of emotions. Women are natural storytellers and I'm proud to have so many amazing female songwriters represented on this record."
Words marks a creative reunion for Evans, pairing her with frequent co-producer Mark Bright (2005's Real Fine Place, 2014's Slow Me Down) while Tracy Gershon provides A&R direction. Her daughter Olivia even contributes background vocals to the record.1. Long Way Down
2. Marquee Sign
3. Diving in Deep
4. All the Love You Left Me
5. Like the Way You Love Me
6. Rain and Fire
7. Night Light
8. I Need a River
9. I Don't Trust Myself
10. Make Room at the Bottom
12. I Want You
13. Letting You Go
14. A Little Bit Stronger (Acoustic)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Second AlbumBack in 1995, Bay Area rap was at the big-ballin' peak of the mobb music craze, LA was chronically gripped in a G-funk indo smoke haze, Atlanta was
enjoying its Southernplayalistic days, and NYC was entering a shiny-suit phase. There was no frame of reference for two lyrical emcees experimenting
with the tonality and resonance of rhyme patterns. This was uncharted territory. The pairing of Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truthspeaker into Latyrx was an accident, LB recalls. Both emcees were solo artists, but when LB heard the pre-Endtroducing DJ Shadow beat which would become Latyrx' eponymous debut single, his reaction was, Oh my God, I gotta get on this.
Latyrx was a syllabic tour de force which began with two dissonant voices -- one gruff and bassy, the other higher-pitched and trebly, both hella fluid -- it
transmogrified into a harmonic convergence of doubled verses simultaneously assaulting eardrums. Undeniably, it was great... but weird. It was ill,
Lateef recalls. We really felt like we had something unlike anyone else had done, he adds. Latyrx' first and thusfar, only, full-length, 1997's Latyrx: the Album, set the tone for what Solesides and Quannum would do, LB recalls, while 1998's Muzappers Re-Mixes EP spawned one of the only feminist-affirming club bangers in hip-hop history, Lady Don't Tek No.
Though Latyrx never officially broke up, after Muzappers, both members followed their chosen paths to considerable solo success. Yet no matter how
much acclaim each attained individually, the notion of someday making another Latyrx record was always present. It's probably the number one thing I
got asked about in my career, LB says. 16 years (!) after the release of Latyrx: the Album, LB and Lateef have finally answered the prayers of long-starved fans who have begged, pleaded and, by now, tweeted about the possibilities of a reunion. An impromptu Latyrx set at a 2010 Jazz Mafia concert at San Francisco's Mezzanine led to an
appearance at 2011's Outside Lands festival, Google's Summer Concert Series (they were the first ever hip-hop act to perform) and a last minute
appearance as part of HITRECORD At The Movies -- a unique film and music traveling showcase curated and hosted by actor and artist Joseph Gordon-
Most recently the duo have performed at the Wintersalt Festival in San Francisco last December and toured the United States with super funk group,
Galactic. Having just released a brand new EP titled 'DISCONNECTION' late last year, LB & Lateef are hard at work on the proper follow up to their debut album, a
new record aptly titled, 'THE SECOND ALBUM'.
Featuring a long list of producers and special guests, the album credits read like a music festival with artists from Tune Yards and Forrest Day to
Blackalicious and The Decemberists stepping in to help create one of the most highly anticipated records of all time. What Latyrx brings to the table is a technical difficulty level rare these days in hip-hop and matched only by a few groups in the genre's entire history: Run -DMC, Jurassic 5, Blackstar, Freestyle Fellowship. Their challenging, intricate back-and forth arrangements evoke a lyrical version of bebop, with layer
upon layer of rhythmic syncopation and vocal patterning constantly pushing the envelope.
We have a good chemistry and it's kind of unique, Lateef says. We step up each others' game content, and both of us push each other in the originality
department. What we've talked about is very simply, picking up where we left off, LB explains. The return of Latyrx stands as Very Good News for true hip-hop fans,
lyrical aficionados, boom-bap beatniks, urban bohemians, wee tots in Reeboks, and Muzappers of all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages.1. Arrival [prod. by Jel of Anticon]
2. It's Time [feat. Zion I, prod. by Amp Live]
3. Reload [prod. by Jel of Anticon]
4. Exclamation Point [feat. Forrest Day, prod. by Forrest Day]
5. Deliberate Jibberish [prod. by tUnE-yArDs]
6. Close Your Eyes [feat. Busdriver, prod. by Antonionian]
7. Nebula's Eye [feat. 1-O.A.K. & Joyo Velarde, prod. by G-Koop & O-Man]
8. The Power of Rumor (Leonard Is Lost) [prod. by Adam Theis and Lyrics Born]
9. Watershed Moment [feat. The Gift of Gab of Blackalicious, prod. by tUnE-yArDs]
10. Sometimes Why? [prod. by Chris Funk of The Decemberists]
11. Every Man For Himself [feat. Joyo Velarde, prod. by Future People]
12. Electric Chair [feat. Corey Glover of Living Colour, prod. by Kaveh Rastegar & Jeremy Ruzumna]
13. Gorgeous Spirits (Aye, Let's Go!) [prod. by The Bangerz]$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-UNI-9809xLisa Marie Presley
Storm & GraceWith all the hoopla that has surrounded her, it's easy to forget that Lisa Marie Presley is at heart a simple Southern girl whose earliest musical memories are of obsessively listening to 45's in her bedroom at Graceland and of her dad catching her singing into a hairbrush in front of a mirror at the age of three.
The Memphis-born Presley reclaims those roots on her new album Storm and Grace - an Americana-inspired showcase for her songwriting talent and smoldering alto voice. Produced with elegant restraint by 12-time Grammy Award-winner T Bone Burnett, Storm and Grace is a marked departure from Presley's previous albums, 2003's gold-certified To Whom It May Concern and 2005's Now What, which both debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 chart, "I love the songs, but I think I was hiding behind a lot of sonic layers because it was scary to go out there," Presley says. "It's easier to bury yourself in the noise so you don't stand out. This album is a lot more stripped-down and naked, both musically and lyrically."1. Over Me
2. You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
4. Close To The Edge
5. So Long
7. Soften The Blows
8. Storm Of Nails
9. How Do You Fly This Plane?
11. Storm & Grace$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Colour My Heart (Pre-Order)Charlotte OC's new track 'Colour My Heart' is an intoxicating mix of emotional lyrics and heady, thick vocals. The 22 year old, Blackburn born singer has spread her wings over to LA and recorded and produced a supernatural title track and video.
There is a spooky and bewitching sound to the song that is powered along by underlying beats and earthy melodies pulsating throughout. Charlotte drew on an influence that through the darkness there is beauty; an idea that dawned upon her in a nightclub and the video perfectly compliments the track in light of this.
With a definite overtone of mystical beauty, her musical feels spiritual and almost occultist. So when we found out that the singer's initial musical inspiration came in the form of dressing up as a witch when she was younger, we were less than surprised. This look has more or less been carried over to the video and we were almost expecting her to whip out a crystal ball and some tarot cards.1. Colour My Heart
3. Cut the Rope
4. Stolen Car$9.99Vinyl EP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Unholy SaviorHailing from the southern edge of Finland, BATTLE BEAST were founded in 2008 and soon established themselves with their trademark of pure crunching riffs, high screams, blistering solos and strong choruses. Taking the best elements of traditional heavy metal, the sextet is never afraid to add its own flavour to the recipe. After winning the 2010 Wacken Open Air "Metal Battle", and shortly after Finland's "Radio Rock Starba" competition, BATTLE BEAST soon caught the attention of Nuclear Blast. The worldwide release of the highly acclaimed debut album "Steel" in January of 2012 and a successful support tour with fellow Finns and label mates NIGHTWISH followed. September 2012 saw the original singer, Nitte Valo, leaving the band, to be replaced by a beautiful new front beast Noora Louhimo as they embarked on a tour with SONATA ARCTICA. With the refreshed line-up and an ever-growing hunger, BATTLE BEAST continued their march of success with their eponymous sophomore release in May 2013.
Following the success of "Battle Beast", charting at an amazing #5 in their native Finland and cracking the German Top 100, the band embarked on an extended European tour alongside German metal band POWERWOLF in late 2013 and then hit the road in Sweden and Norway opening for German metal institution U.D.O. Having spent the year playing headlining shows in their native Finland, as well as invading some of the biggest festivals in 2014 (among them the renowned Loud Park in Japan, German Metalfest and Sabaton Open Air in Falun, Sweden), plus supporting their German labelmates ACCEPT during their Finland tour in September, BATTLE BEAST now return to what they do best: to take it to the next level! "I thirst to go further as a human being and the music on this album represents a part of the ongoing spiritual journey - that's what I tend to I call it - which is my road onward. Music-wise the songs have been expanded to a wider area as an effort to call out emotions close to those I myself had during the times of birth of these songs," commented guitarist & vocalist Anton Kabanen about the upcoming new BATTLE BEAST album. "Unholy Savior" has been influenced by everything the band has been facing during the past months and clearly displays their increased hunger to succeed as a band.
Trying to explain the topics of the third BATTLE BEAST record, one will have to go deeper as the songs lyrics were born through an emotionally violent and bloody struggle, that main composer Anton Kabanen was going through at the time: Questioning his whole existence step by step, wondering if his dream had betrayed him. "Unholy Savior" reeks of death, agony, pain, hate, confusion, fear and insecurity, but it speaks of deep gratitude, longing, consolation and love. "The album had to be done this way - through emotional hell. Having transferred these things and emotions into songs I feel that I'm ready to move on. But like always, I wrote songs about the series Berserk, as well, and the reason behind writing songs about that particular series is that I can strongly relate to that, especially to certain characters and to their way of thinking and feeling," Anton adds. While with their previous album the young Finns did all the recording, producing and mixing themselves, "Unholy Savior" was produced by Anton Kabanen and co-produced by keyboardist Janne Björkroth and mixed by Matias Kupiainen at 5by5 Studios. Mastering was once again done by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios and the actual recordings took place at Sound Quest Studio and JKB Studios. "Unholy Savior" will be released on January 09, 2015. On the very same day BATTLE BEAST will return to the European roads, along with the band that has been supporting them since day one. Swedish metal heroes SABATON did not only invite the band to play at their very own Sabaton Open Air, but also featured a cover version of BATTLE BEAST's 'Out Of Control' as a bonus track on their current charting success "Heroes". Prepare yourselves for the return of the beast!1. Lionheart
2. Unholy Savior
3. I Want The World And Everything In It
5. Sea Of Dreams
6. Speed And Danger
7. Touch In The Night
8. The Black Swordsman
9. Hero's Quest
10. Far Far Away
11. Angel Cry$26.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-DIN-5082xCity And Colour
The Hurry And The Harm (Awaiting Repress)City and Colour have announced details of their long-awaited new album, The Hurry And The Harm, which is set to be released on June 4th.
Today is album announce day and i finally get to share all the fun stuff.
I am excited to introduce all of you to my upcoming album - The Hurry and The Harm.
The support you all showed, for the first song I shared two weeks ago, of space and time, was overwhelming. Thank you!!! it means the world to me.
I had an amazing time recording The Hurry and The Harm in Nashville this winter. Alex Newport joined me as producer again and I couldn't be prouder of the talented group of guys that joined me. Jack Lawrence played bass (and has since joined me on the road), Matt Chamberlain and James Gadson took turns on drums, Bo Koster worked the keys, Spencer Cullum Jr added pedal steel and both Anthony Lamarchina & Karen Winkelmann contributed to the string arrangement.
I never thought I'd want a picture of myself on the cover of a record, but here we are. I sent Dustin Rabin one of my favorite lyrics on the record and the album artwork was born:
I've always been dark, with light somewhere in the distance
Over the next few weeks more info will continue to follow. For now, I'm very excited to share this with everyone and grateful for all the years we've shared that led to this record.1. The Hurry and The Harm
3. Of Space and Time
4. The Lonely Life
8. Two Coins
9. Take Care
10. Ladies and Gentlemen
11. The Golden State
12. Death's Song$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Air Conditioned NightmareThe Air Conditioned Nightmare is the new album by
Doldrums. The title was spawned by Henry Miller upon his
return to the US after ten years as an expatriate. Keen to
rediscover the country he left behind, Miller found it a
stifling place of big business, pollution, credit, misinformation
and prejudice. "Nowhere else in the world," wrote in his
1945 collection of essays "is the divorce between man and
nature so complete". The Air Conditioned Nightmare.
Seventy years on and the book lends itself to the title of the
anticipated second album by Doldrums, the band led by 25
year old musician Airick Woodhead. On the follow-up to his
2013 debut Lesser Evil (which yielded tours with Unknown
Mortal Orchestra, Crystal Castles, Grimes and Purity Ring,
and remixes for Peaking Lights, Grimes and Portishead), the
DJ, producer and performer makes a sizeable leap from
being darling of the Montreal warehouse creative explosion
that gave the world the likes of Grimes, Majical Cloudz, Blue
Hawaii to being a stand-alone artist and composer on the
cusp of something quite special.
Doldrums apply a punk rock ethos to electronic music,
creating songs using samplers and DJ gear in place of
guitars. Bold, anxious, dream-like, uplifting, glacial,
hypnotic, constricting, expansive, alien - this is an album
that is ever-changing. "Conflict is at the heart of this
album," explains Airick. "There's a lot of paranoid sentiment
and dystopian imagery in there. The threat of a mundane
reality ties it together, as does an obsession with plasticity.
Songs come from specific feelings or images. Anxiety is my
The Air Conditioned Nightmare is an album of texture and
taste, an extra-sensory overload. Weaving through the mix
are Woodhead's androgynous, tweaked vocals singing lyrics
like voices down broken phone-lines. This is music born of
the 21st century. The Air Conditioned Nightmare is an album
that is punk rock in its DIY beginnings and militant commitment
to originality. Ten snatched seconds is enough to pull
you in. Ultimately,The Air Conditioned Nightmare stands
alone. Doldrums have created something special. You need
to hear it.1. HOTFOOT
2. Blow Away
3. Funeral for Lightning
4. We Awake
5. Video Hostage
8. My Friend Simjen
9. Industry City
10. Closer 2 U$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sky Blue Sky2-LP Wilco Set also Comes Complete with the CD of the Album!
It's been a while since the last offering from Jeff Tweedy and Co, but three years of slavering from fans is about to be rewarded with this seventh studio album. Well... Sky Blue Sky was well worth the wait! Though Wilco are known as purveyors of alt country rock, Sky Blue Sky is an astounding demonstration of their ability to move between soulful acoustic folk, jazzy blues, country skank and pumping rock. Tweedy has the vocal range of three people, from country lilt to blues ache to folk sweetness - all this often in the space of one song. And what songs they are. 'You Are My Face' is a classic Wilco segue, as a sleepy 'Beatles-esque' ditty is suddenly interrupted with a jazz guitar explosion twinned with Tweedy's achy blues voice before returning seamlessly to piano tinkle and smooth vocals. There are stories of love lost and found, told with originality, humour and sweetness. 'How can I warn you my tongue turns to dust? Lack of disgust doesn't mean that I don't care. It means I'm partially there,' sings Tweedy on the delicately beautiful 'Please Be Patient With Me'. The instrumentation is a mini-rock opera in itself. Glorious riffs, thumping piano and virtuoso guitar solos from Nels Cline are orchestrated with skill, complementing the intricately composed and woven melodies. Simple and soothing, yet rich and rewarding, this is an album you unknowingly yearn for, like a cool hand on a hot forehead. A great album from a band in their prime. Our highest recommedation!
Wilcos first studio album in three years, Sky Blue Sky, has been perhaps the most ardently awaited release of 07. Eager fans had taken to shouting out pleas for information to bandleader Jeff Tweedy during his recent solo acoustic tour, and the web chatter has been virtually deafening. Critic Katie Toms of Londons The Observer addressed fan speculation in an advance review, declaring, with unalloyed delight: Boy, was it worth the wait.... Simple and soothing, yet rich and rewarding, this is an album you unknowingly yearn for, like a cool hand on a hot forehead. A great album from a band in their prime.
Sky Blue Sky is as eloquently straightforward as Wilcos last studio recording, the Grammy-winning A Ghost Is Born, was daringly experimental. Tweedys lyrics deal forthrightly with romantic separation and reconciliation, their bittersweet quality giving way, as the album progresses, to a more uplifting, redemptive mood. Tweedy quite literally banishes the darkness on the penultimate track, the inspiring, gospel-tinged What Lightthe albums first singleand concludes with a deeply affecting, til-death-do-us-part lullaby, On and On and On.
There are hints of early-seventies Southern California folk-rock sweetness in the harmonies throughout the band-produced Sky Blue Sky, a bluesy Allman Brothers feel to the guitar /keyboard interplay, and plenty of brash guitar solos that take songs like You Are My Face and Shake It Off in thrilling, unexpected directions. This is especially good news for the crowds that will fill the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, this June, where the band plays the first U.S. date of its 2007 world tour in support of Sky Blue Sky. Principal songwriter Tweedy cut these tracks in the bands Chicago studio with members John Stirratt (bass, vocals), Glenn Kotche (drums), Mike Jorgensen (keyboards), Nels Cline (guitars) and Pat Sansone (guitars, keyboards, vocals)all of whom are also becoming notable performers in their own right. A Ghost Is Born co-producer Jim ORourke returns as music contributor.1. Either Way
2. You Are My Face
3. Impossible Germany
4. Sky Blue Sky
5. Side With the Seeds
6. Shake It Off
7. Please Be Patient With Me
8. Hate It Here
9. Leave Me (Like You Found Me)
11. What Light
12. On and on and on$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Fool's ParadiseLadan Hussein, aka Cold Specks, has returned with her most personal work yet. Recognized for her twistedly enthralling lyrics and distinctive soulful voice she's dug deep and returned to her roots on Fool's Paradise. Intimately exploring her identity as a Somali-Canadian woman, unveiling and allowing herself to stretch her palette thematically, the rawness that's deemed Cold Specks a dark soul has revealed itself to be a cathartic afterglow, illuminating the sort of light born through healing.1. Fool's Paradise
2. Wild Card
4. Ancient Habits
7. New Moon
8. Two Worlds
10. Exile$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Casket Lottery / Small Brown Bike Split 12Originally released in 2002 on Second Nature, the Small Brown Bike & The Casket Lottery EP isn't another split release of throwaway songs, but a six-song collaborative effort in the truest sense, one born out of mutual musical respect, admiration and camaraderie. Whether taking turns trading originals, combining music, lyrics and vocals, or coalescing into a unyielding juggernaut, this EP is a unique rarity, as it not only succeeds as a distinct and excellent musical collaboration, but retains each band's formative identity while establishing a brilliant new one in the process.1. Wrong Hometown (Small Brown Bike & The Casket Lottery)
2. Now I'm A Shadow (Small Brown Bike)
3. Under Pressure (Small Brown Bike & The Casket Lottery)
4. Composing Myself (A Lullaby) (The Casket Lottery)
5. Boardinghouse (Small Brown Bike & The Casket Lottery)
6. Riding With Death (Small Brown Bike & The Casket Lottery)$15.9912 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I Wish My Brother George Was HereImport
Born in Oakland, California, the American underground hip hop MC Del tha Funkee Homosapien is the cousin of seminal west coast rapper Ice Cube, and began his career writing lyrics for Ice Cube's group, Da Lench Mob. In 1991, with the help of Ice Cube (also as executive producer) , Del released his debut solo album, I Wish My Brother George Was Here, at the age of 18.
The album was a commercial success largely due to the popularity of the hit single, Mistadobalina.
The title I Wish My Brother George Was Here is a reference to George Clinton, whose music was an influence on Del, as well as to the late pianist Liberace who would on occasion openly pine for his brother George to appear on Liberace's television program in the mid-50s.1. What Is A Booty
3. The Wacky World Of Rapid Transit
4. Pissin' On Your Steps
5. Dark Skin Girls
6. Money For Sex
7. Ahonetwo, Ahonetwo
9. Dr. Bombay
10. Sunny Meadowz
11. Sleepin' On My Couch
12. Hoodz Come In Dozens
13. Same Ol' Thing
14. Ya Lil' Crumbsnatchers$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Limited First Pressing Of 1,500 Individually Numbered Copies On 180 Gram Red Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter
30th Anniversary Edition Of Her Debut Album
Includes Insert With Song Lyrics
Melissa Etheridge is an American musician, singer- songwriter, guitarist and activist born in Leavenworth, USA.
Her 1988 self-titled album was a passionate rock affair with her distinctive vocals, often compared to Janis Joplin. The common thread that links all infectious uptempo songs; emotional difficulties of relationships, love, romance but also an independent spirit for a young woman. The album peaked at #22 on the Billboard 200 album chart and the first single Bring Me Some Water was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female.1. Similar Features
2. Chrome Plated Heart
3. Like The Way I Do
4. Precious Pain
5. Don't You Need
6. The Late September Dogs
8. Watching You
9. Bring Me Some Water
10. I Want You$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Wonderful WonderfulWonderful Wonderful is The Killers' fifth studio album and features the top 10 Alternative hit The Man.
Brandon Flowers revealed in May 2015 that he and guitarist Dave Keuning were exchanging ideas for The Killers' fifth studio album. The four members reconvened in October 2015, a few months earlier than originally planned. The band began work on the album at their own Battle Born Studios and also rented houses in Joshua Tree National Park and San Diego. They briefly recorded with Ryan Tedder and other producers in Los Angeles before beginning work with Jacknife Lee, who had been recommended to them by U2 frontman Bono. Lee worked with the band between September 2016 and May 2017 at his home studio in Topanga, California, and at National SouthWestern Recording studios in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lee produced all tracks on the album alongside The Killers, with Additional Production by Erol Alkan on The Man and Stuart Price on Out Of My Mind.
The Killers enlisted Mark Knopfler (of Dire Straits) for a guitar part on Have All the Songs Been Written?. Additionally, Flowers wrote the lyrics for Some Kind of Love over music by Brian Eno. Australian artist Alex Cameron contributed lyrics to the track Run for Cover, which was originally written for the band's third studio album, Day & Age.1. Wonderful Wonderful
2. The Man
4. Life To Come
5. Run For Cover
6. Tyson vs Douglas
7. Some Kind Of Love
8. Out Of My Mind
9. The Calling
10. Have All The Songs Been Written?$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now