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Make BelieveProduced by Rick Rubin, Make Believe spawned the single 'Beverly Hills' which became the Weezer's first hit No. 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart and earned the band their first Grammy nomination for Best Rock Song. The record went on to be certified platinum by the RIAA.1. Beverly Hills
2. Perfect Situation
3. This Is Such A Pity
4. Hold Me
6. We Are All On Drugs
7. The Damage In Your Heart
8. Pardon Me
9. My Best Friend
10. The Other Way
11. Freak Me Out
12. Haunt You Every Day$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Limited Edition of 500 on Audiophile Clear Vinyl
This album of music recorded in 1958 by John Coltrane when he was beginning to come into his own is appropriately titled. There can be no doubt-even in the minds of those who do not much care for his kind of jazz-that Trane is a believer. He had to be, to go his own way as uncompromisingly as he has done. And his faith in his own way did bear fruit. Limited edition of 500 copies pressed on Audiophile Clear Vinyl (ACV).
About Audiophile Clear Vinyl
Audiophile Clear Vinyl is made using the highest quality co-polymer available and processed without any carbon additive in order to dramatically reduce the "electrical distortion" often found on records. By itself the co-polymer of vinyl is transparent. In order to make the record black in color the plant must use a carbon additive with trace metals that can become magnetized. This is what causes electrical distortion during playback. That is the reason why we choose to offer our records in the following manner:
- Audiophile Clear Vinyl (ACV)
- 140 gram limited to 500 copies
- 25 minutes maximum per side1. The Believer
2. Nakatini Serenade
3. Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful$27.99Clear Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Make Believe (MoFi)Make Believe on Numbered Limited Edition 180 Gram LP from Mobile Fidelity
2005 Platinum Set Nominated for Grammy Award, Streaked With Optimism and Personal Lyrics
Includes Smash Singles Beverly Hills, Perfect Situation, This Is Such a Pity, and We Are All on Drugs
Weezer's Most Balanced, Ambitious, and Diverse Record
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Rick Rubin's Sleek, Layered Production Now Reveals More Details and Subtle Cues
Following four acclaimed albums filled with power-pop, Weezer swings for the fences on Make Believe. Expanding its ambitions, arrangements, and diversity, and helmed by mega-producer Rick Rubin, the 2005 record ranks as the band's most diverse and balanced effort. It's also the group's longest set distinguished by more personal lyrics inspired by leader Rivers Cuomo's meditation sessions. Anchored by four radio-charting singles, and streaked with cautious optimism, Make Believe remains a compelling intersection of sleek, new wave and big, meaty arena-rock bluster.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180 gram LP at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's reissue affirms Make Believe as the best-sounding record of Weezer's career by allowing Rubin's finessed sonics to showcase the instrumentation and subtle cues embedded in the layers of production. Previously buried or obscured, strings and pianos give extra body and shape to certain songs, while the quartet-buttressed by the brawnier, richer studio techniques-comes across as bigger than ever before. Drums, in particular, strongly benefit from Rubin's experience and ear.
Opening with "Beverly Hills," a chant-a-long anthem that immediately hypnotizing the senses with bleacher-stomping momentum and dorky talk-box solo, Make Believe takes amusing aim at haute-couture culture and fickle materialism here and on the farcical "We Are All On Drugs," each song informed by Cuomo's observations while living in California. Silly, witty, quirky-it's requisite Weezer, and uses a sense of humor to counteract the more serious sides of the album.
As he did on Pinkerton, Cuomo revisits intimate feelings and fears of loneliness, drawing from his break-up with his girlfriend to themes of forgiveness. Make Believe represents both a musical and emotional evolution, wherein Weezer embraces different styles (new wave, harder-edged rock, irony-free ballads) and hints at sincere hopefulness. Two of the effort's biggest singles ("This Is Such a Pity," "Perfect Situation") breathe with an endearing sympathy that steers clear of cynicism or sarcasm. Where the quartet previously opted for self-flagellation when it came to romance, songs here indicate Cuomo and Co. content to move on and let go.
Similarly, Cuomo wrote the nerves-exposed "The Other Way" for his ex-girlfriend after her boyfriend passed away. Undercurrents of self-analysis, apology, and resolution run throughout the material and affirm a maturation that nevertheless avoids sacrificing Weezer's hallmark hooks and melodies. As Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield noted in his review of Make Believe, "Not since Brian Wilson has an L.A.-pop mastermind gotten such musical mileage out of wanting to be an ordinary guy, not realizing that his psychosexual freakitude is exactly what makes him one."
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Beverly Hills
2. Perfect Situation
3. This Is Such a Pity
4. Hold Me
6. We Are All On Drugs
7. The Damage In Your Heart
8. Pardon Me
9. My Best Friend
10. The Other Way
11. Freak Me Out
12. Haunt You Everyday$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Master Of My Make BelieveSantigold is Santi White: an artist whose perseverance relies on invention, a champion who survives off her own skill and faith. She is a major muse watched by the inspired world, an in categorical performer who collapses time and genre with one hand guided by tradition, while the other hand carves out a shining future. Santigold is neither calm nor mayhem, but from her lungs burst every color in between.
After four years of hide and seek in which blogs blew up at the sudden release of any track with her name attached to it, Santigold returns in a moment of global aggression and vulnerability. Honing in on the hyper-media cult of personality, in her unmistakable voice she asks the listener: Into what fantasy do you hurl yourself as you gaze into the glow of your machine? The answer to this question is central to what drives Master of My Make-Believe, her latest work to be released this spring on Atlantic Records.
As an antidote against self-celebratory status updates in a climate where the focus on fame outweighs a days emotions, Master of My Make-Believe summons pop culture zombies back to life. This is sound proof of an artist on a diligent journey, measuring the power of individual mood against social clamor. Sifting through a wondrous wreckage of airplay, upload, and anguish, Santigolds talent lies in filtering reality through freakdom, to find in desire a timeless spark of raw magic.
Anyone caught referring to Master of My Make-Believe as a sophomore effort is only half right. Though relatively fresh as Santigold, Santi Whites history of writing, production, and performance stretch beyond the centurys flip. Her collaboration with the industrys most recognized and respected talent is something continuous and wide reaching, making her musical lineage all the much richer. Declared Best Breakthrough Artist by NME in 2008 and Pop Music Vanguard by ASCAP in 2009, the voice that defines Santigold is as complex as the faces that pack a subway car, as intimate and honest as conversation on a weathered stoop.
Through chopped pianos, the clink of glass bottles, and the peaking blast of motorcycle engines, Master of My Make-Believe accounts for 21st century details of life from the hearts center to the minds periphery. In her pen and in her voice, the breadth of substance presented in Santigolds newest songs is immediate and complex. There are valleys here wherein the drudge of daily living is met with caution and confronted by mortality, but underneath it all there is the celebration of each persons power and vision to fight toward what they believe. Consider this your invitation.1. GO!
2. Disparate Youth
3. God From The Machine
5. Freak Like Me
6. This Isn't Our Parade
7. The Riot's Gone
8. Pirate In The Water
9. The Keepers
10. Look At These Hoes
11. Big Mouth$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
You Won't Believe ItFormed in the early '50s under the watchful eye of
Tuskegee, Alabama, transplant Charles Chambliss, the
Sensational Saints were handpicked from a Cleveland
clothing store, a pool room, and from a group of friends
singing from a third story window. After years spent
rotating members and issuing stray singles for assorted
non-denominational imprints, the group connected
with the vocally inclined Reverend Melvin Kenniebrew at
the close of the '60s, making good on their "Sensational"
boast. "With God in their hearts and singing on their
minds," the Sensational Saints mounted their crown
jewel in 1973 with "You Won't Believe It" (Try It You'll
Like Us). Pressed in conservative quantities by local
gospel magnate James Bullard on his King James label,
the group's lone long-player perfectly encapsulates the
intersection of funk and gospel as only the religious
conversion of a Bill Wither's tune can do.1. I Feel The Spirit
2. Get Some Business About Yourself
3. That's All I Need
4. How Great Thou Art
5. I'm Glad He Knows My Heart
6. The Fool
7. Don't Let Me Fall
8. I Know The Lord
9. Don't Take My Sunshine$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears (Mono) (Awaiting Repress)Ranked 127/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Upon its release in 1966, the Mamas and the Papas debut LP If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears introduced a fresh new sound that would permanently alter the face of contemporary popular music. Leader John Phillips visionary producing, arranging and songwriting abilities combined with the quartets breathtaking harmonies to make music that was both effortlessly accessible and creatively adventurous. The album quickly topped the Billboard album chart, bringing folk-rock into the pop mainstream and making Phillips, his then-wife Michelle Phillips, Denny Doherty and Cass Elliot into instant multimedia celebrities. In the years since its release, If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears has come to be regarded as one of the finest pop albums of the 60s and one of the best debut releases ever.
If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears was the product of Lou Adlers visionary production, Phillips savvy studio mastery and the foursomes extended period of musical woodshedding in the Virgin Islands. The months of meticulous rehearsals paid off in the groups ability to emerge as a fully-formed musical unit right out of the box, delivering such instant classics as California Dreamin, Monday, Monday and Go Where You Wanna Go to the willing ears of record buyers and radio listeners.
At the time of If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears initial release, the presence of a toilet in the periphery of the albums cover photo caused faint-hearted moral guardians to pressure the groups record company to excise the offending fixture from subsequent pressings of the album. Sundazeds new vinyl edition of If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears restores the rare, long-missing toilet cover, and features the albums superior original mono mix. Its also mastered from the original analog tapes, and pressed on high-definition vinylthe better to maintain the same joyous sense of discovery that listeners felt when first hearing this timeless gem in 1966.1. Monday, Monday
2. Straight Shooter
3. Got a Feelin'
4. I Call Your Name
5. Do You Wanna Dance?
6. Go Where You Wanna Go
7. California Dreamin'
8. Spanish Harlem
9. Somebody Groovy
10. Hey Girl
11. You Baby
12. The In Crowd$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Hard BelieverHard Believer is the eagerly-awaited new studio album from Fink: Fin Greenall (vocals/guitar), together with Tim Thornton (drums/guitar) and Guy Whittaker (bass). It will be their first release on the R'COUP'D imprint, a label newly created by Greenall with the backing of the Ninja Tune team.
Recorded in seventeen days at Hollywood's legendary Sound Factory studios with producer Billy Bush (Garbage, Beck, Foster the People), Hard Believer is shot through with rawness and controlled aggression; an album replete with calm beginnings seguing into powerfully hypnotic loops and climactic finales. It is a masterful collection of songs from an artist at the peak of his creative powers.
"We wanted to go deeper this time, and be more ambitious with the music," Fin explains, "to move the sound forward without losing touch of where we're from."
Urban, bluesy, and alive, the album presents ten brand new songs, including the mighty "Shakespeare", a tale of young love gone tragically sour as the mood darkens from acoustic to guttural rock; the spiky yet delicate "Looking Too Closely", riding an irresistible piano-and-guitar groove; "Green and the Blue", on which a vulnerable Greenall meditates on the constants in life that see you through tough times; "Two Days Later", a deeply personal lament and one of only two songs on the record that start and remain down-tempo; and the breathtaking "Pilgrim", the latest collaboration with songwriter Blair Mackichan, co-writer of "This Is The Thing" from Fink's 2007 album Distance and Time, and "Honesty" from 2011's Perfect Darkness.
Since making the transition from world-class club DJ and electronic producer, to the first ever singer-songwriter signed to legendary British label Ninja Tune, Greenall has released four critically acclaimed albums, worked in the studio with the likes of John Legend, Ximena Sariñana, Amy Winehouse and Professor Green and enjoyed incredible live success with the hugely popular 18-month Perfect Darkness world tour, which accumulated two live records: 2012's Wheels Turn Beneath My Feet, and 2013's Fink Meets the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. All this and Fink is still a name which - while evoking an impassioned response from many a fellow artist and from the avid fanbase - remains a mystery to a wider majority. This looks set to change...
The term Hard Believer comes from deep-south Americana; it means somebody who is difficult to persuade, who requires proof. In truth, all anyone has to do here is listen to the powerful collection of songs on Hard Believer. The belief will surely follow.1. Hard Believer
2. Green and the Blue
3. White Flag
5. Two Days Later
7. Truth Begins
8. Looking Too Closely
9. Too Late
10. Keep Falling$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Non-BelieversSuperchunk frontman Mac McCaughan will release Non-Believers, his first solo album under his own name. McCaughan wanted to use the album to explore his attraction to that early-'80s era of music when punk evolved into something more introspective, focusing on themes of isolation and eventually turning into post-punk and new wave. As he puts it, he was thinking about a time when bands were "using keyboards and drum machines to relate through their music a disaffection or alienation" from society, school, whatever. The record is about a fascination with art that could only be made by someone far from where you are, but who maybe shares the frustrations and awkwardness of youth. It's about "the irony that comes with being 16 and having a car but not knowing where to go in it, or having a keyboard or a guitar and not knowing how to play it." McCaughan's songwriting isn't limited to sheer nostalgia; it's also about the more relatable theme of the point when people who grow up feeling isolated have to choose if and when they are going to join the mainstream, and about the emotional journey tied to weighing those options. "What appeals to me is songs that deal with the messiness and ambiguity that come with any transitional period," says McCaughan. Given that McCaughan comes from the indie and punk rock worlds, he's always shied away from the perceived hubris of putting out a record under his own name. "There's something about it that's way too 'look at me,'" the singer and songwriter admits. However, given the fact that Non-Believers explores a very personal set of influences, putting out an album as simply Mac McCaughan for the first time just makes sense.1. Your Hologram
2. Lost Again
3. Only Do
4. Mystery Flu
5. Our Way Free
6. Box Batteries
7. Real Darkness
8. Barely There
9. Wet Leaves
10. Come Upstairs$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tim Kinsella Sings The Songs of Marvin Tate By Leroy Bach Featuring Angel Olsen
Limited To Just 1000 Copies On Vinyl-Only
The latest solo album from Tim Kinsella (Joan of Arc, Cap'n Jazz, Owls, Make
Believe) features an array of Chicago heavyweights. The title pretty much says it
all: Tim Kinsella sings the songs of Marvin Tate by Leroy Bach featuring Angel
2. The Crossing Guard
3. Daddy Wants To Be A Robin
4. Devonte's In A Coma
5. The Bus Is Coming
7. All In My Head
8. The Baseball Player's Wife
9. This Time (Not The Next Time)
10. 100 Kinds Of Crazy
11. Sidetracked In Miami
12. God Ain't Ready For You
13. Never Finished Counting$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ICON (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 1, 2018*
Twitty began with rock 'n' roll and ended up with a heap of country smashes. Ditto this disc; his pop #1 It's Only Make Believe leads to his country #1s Hello Darlin'; You've Never Been This Far Before; Happy Birthday Darlin'; Touch the Hand; After the Fire Is Gone (with Loretta Lynn), and more!
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. It's Only Make Believe
2. Hello Darlin'
3. After the Fire is Gone
4. You've Never Been This Far Before
5. I See the Want In Your Eyes
6. Touch the Hand
7. Play Guitar Play
8. Don't Take It Away
9. Happy Birthday Darlin'
10. I'd Just Love To Lay You Down$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Going To The Bone Church1. OOO-Yum
2. Just Green Enough
3. Sam Roller Skating Backwards
4. For Lauri Bird
5. Wearin' Torn
6. Garden Stencil
7. Goin' to the Bone Church
8. (I Can't Understand) Satisfaction
9. Taste, Touch, Smell, Deceit and Touch
10. People Laughing$15.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Association Of Utopian Hologram SwallowersThis double 7-inch is the collaborative effort of a group of Chicago musicians whose involvement with one another has spawned a host of bands each connected to the other. Includes new songs from Joan Of Arc, Owen, Make Believe, and the Love Of Everything, as well as one surprise bonus track. Gatefold cover with additional bonus CD tucked inside. This unique concept brings together all the Joan Of Arc family of bands for the first time.1.Keep Off of Me (Love of Everything)
2.Proud by Looking Around (Love of Everything)
3.Violencii Or Violencum (7 Version) (Joan of Arc)
4.I'm not Seventeen (Owen)
5.Small Apartment Party Epiphany (Make Believe)
6.One Second Wide and Weeks Deep (Make Believe)
7.People Dick (People Dick)$7.997 Vinyl Single - 2 7 Singles Buy Now
Toto are responsible for the best sounding albums in 80s rock. With top of the range studio facilities and musicians at hand, founders David Paich, Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather and the Porcaro brothers know how to craft a song or two. Their fourth album, released in 1982, was aptly titled IV and contains world hits "Rosanna" and "Africa". Noteworthy contestants for 'best songs' on this legendary album are "Make Believe" and "I Won't Hold You Back", both of which have proven chart success. The band was unarguably at its peak. After recording IV, Toto's members returned to the studio in order to help write and record Michael Jackson's Thriller.1. Rosanna
2. Make Believe
3. I Won't Hold You Back
4. Good For You
5. It's A Feeling
6. Afraid Of Love
7. Lovers In The Night
8. We Made It
9. Waiting For Your Love
10. Africa$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Life LikeLP Includes 12-page 12 x 12 Full Color Collage Book & Album Download
Life Like is Joan of Arc distilled down to/embracing its rock essence. Gone from the bands music (for now) are the electronics and layers upon layers of tracks. Gone from their liner notes are an extensive list of musicians and instruments. Instead, Life Like is the result of four men adhering to Thoreaus famous principle, Simplify, simplify, simplify!
Life Like is the first Joan of Arc to feature Victor Villarreal (Capn Jazz, Owls) as a member. The album was recorded at Chicagos Electrical Audio with Steve Albini (who has previously engineered records for two other Kinsella projects: Owls and Make Believe).1. I Saw the Messed Binds of My Generation
2. Love Life
3. Like Minded
4. Life Force
5. Night Life Style
6. Howdy Pardoner
7. Still Life
8. Deep State
9. After Life$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Project 1950 (Awaiting Repress)Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels, but nostalgia traditionally puts bread on the table for succeeding generations of rock musicians long after the hits stop coming. If 25th anniversary celebrations--the excuse for this Misfits roots covers collection--seem the very antithesis of punk, they're but another golden marketing opportunity for Jerry Only, the sole original band member still standing and arguably the Energizer Bunny of ghoul-punk. Teamed here with Marky Ramone and ex-Black Flag guitarist Dez Cadena, Only turns his band's beloved PG-13 thrash-horror shtick loose on an oddball collection of his '50s and '60s musical inspirations. And just when you thought irony was passÉ, Only croon-howls it undead with fervent renditions of This Magic Moment by Jay & the Americans, Paul Anka's frothy Diana, and Conway Twitty's Only Make Believe.1. This Magic Moment
2. Dream Lover
5. Great Balls of Fire
6. Latest Flame
7. Monster Mash
8. Only Make Believe
10. You Belong to Me$16.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Includes 4 Bonus Tracks!
Like many other young recording artists of the late 1950s, especially those on major labels, Wanda Jackson was encouraged to straddle musical genres as a hedge against changing trends. She was an accomplished rockabilly singer, but Capitol Records must have worried about how long rockabilly was going to stay popular, so Wanda Jackson has the singer cutting tracks in several other styles -- most frequently country. Her rockabilly fans may have been surprised to hear her first full-length album, which leaned more toward country and also showed off her affinity for straight pop. True, she did cover Long Tall Sally and Money, Honey, and she did a particularly raucous version of Let's Have a Party (which surprisingly took off for the pop Top 40 two years after the album's release). But more typical of the sound of the album overall were her versions of Kitty Wells' Making Believe and Don Everly's Here We Are Again, traditional country material, and she even tried her hand at Patti Page's 1954 hit Let Me Go, Lover!, a pop ballad. Add it all up, and you had one versatile singer, able to sing convincingly anything that was thrown at her...
- William Ruhlmann (All Music)1. Day Dreaming
2. I Wanna Waltz
3. Heartbreak Ahead
4. Making Believe
5. Here We Are Again
6. Long Tall Sally
7. I'd Be Ashamed *
8. Sticks and Stones *
9. Just Call Me Lonesome
10. Let Me Go Lover
11. Money, Honey
12. I Can't Make My Dreams Understand
13. Happy, Happy Birthday
14. (Let's Have A) Party
15. Brown Eyed Handsome Man *
16. Stupid Cupid *
* Bonus Tracks$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
180-Gram Light Blue vinyl
It didn't come fast and it didn't come easy. It's been over
two decades since Tim Kinsella, Mike Kinsella, Victor
Villarreal, and Sam Zurick formed Cap'n Jazz as teenagers,
and 13 years since they followed up that band with their
debut self-titled album under the name owls.
In the time that has passed since then, the members have
kept active with a string of other endeavors (including
owen, Joan of Arc, Make Believe, and ghosts and Vodka)
that have never failed to showcase their vast, diverse, and
ever-evolving musical aptitudes.
Slowly, but surely, new owls songs fell into place: Villarreal
would introduce a guitar riff from which Tim Kinsella would
build a simple chord sequence and vocal melody. Then, the
entire group would hash out the rest of the song amidst
yelling, arguing, and practices that were often cut short or
"The band dynamic was eerily similar to the first record,"
reveals Mike Kinsella. "In some ways I think we all regressed
to whatever roles we filled then, for better and for worse."
While sonically their technique still has the ability to dazzle,
age and experience have lent new perspectives to tracks
such as "I'm Surprised " and "Ancient Stars Seed..." --
making them more aggressive and direct, but certainly no
In a world that increasingly favors style over substance,
owls is unwilling to compromise the latter for the former.
And that, at least, is something all the members can easily
agree on.1. Four Works Of Art...
2. I'm Surprised...
3. The Lion...
4. Why Oh Why...
5. This Must Be How...
6. Ancient Stars Seed...
7. It Collects Itself...
8. I'll Never Be...
9. Oh No, Don't...
10. A Drop Of Blood...$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Shifty Adventures In Nookie WoodShifty Adventures in Nookie Wood is a title to set tongues wagging and minds wondering, but for an album that seems born of a return to John's youth it seems safely apt in its mischievousness.
After nearly 50 years of making music it's still freshly evident that Cale draws from a make believe world first imagined by his young self. Track title 'Mothra' pays homage to the Japanese monster from Godzilla movies. As a boy practicing scales in grey skied Welsh valleys such fantastical flights of fancy must have been reassuring of the path that was potentially about to unfold for him. Lyrics reveal even more explicitly earlier incarnations of Cale and in the same song we relive an encounter with a local bully, You see me running, you see me climb, reading my books and always trying, laughing and teasing and I love to play, dreaming my dreams are never far away.
Elsewhere Cale's doing what he does best, guiding listeners through the places, politics, and people of the day. A wide range of human experience is reflected and often it's for the listener to dig deeper to find what's being documented. Sometimes however part of the tapestry is pulled soberingly into focus; when listening to 'Scotland Yard' while the Leveson enquiry plays out, it's all too easy to recognize the guilty.
As a producer Cale has reached a new plateau on this record. At the albums most maximal, it feels like looking at a collection of precious stones. Myriads of differently coloured and textured surfaces carefully placed together, each finding their own space to beckon the ear. It's a blend of chaos and beauty in equal measure and a testament to the exploratory spirit at work, which ensures that as always, there's something new to the ears here.1. I Wanna Talk 2 U
2. Scotland Yard
4. Face To The Sky
5. Nookie Wood
6. December Rains
8. Vampire Cafe
10. Living With You
11. Midnight Feast
12. Sandman (Flying Dutchman)$26.99150 Gram Audiophile Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Adult FilmTim Kasher seems to never rest. Since 1997, he has written and released 12 full-length albums both as a solo artist and with his bands Cursive and The Good Life, and has crisscrossed North America and Europe countless times on tour. His newest album, sophomore solo effort Adult Film, began coming together in late 2011, just shortly after Cursive finished recording their seventh LP I Am Gemini (Saddle Creek, 2012). Kasher continued to work on it over the next year before heading to Electrical Audio studio in his adopted hometown of Chicago, IL in spring 2013.
Adult Film is more thematically elastic than any other of his recent albums, and spans songs that reflect on matters such as aging and mortality, growing up and growing older, and how these things impact our relationships-including the way we interact with and view the life around us. Kasher is as lyrically incisive as ever: the album is packed
with thoughtful apprehensions, cleverly turned phrases, and reflections on himself and the world at large, all run through his distinctive filter of dry wit and frequent self-deprecation.
Musically, the new album plays down the orchestral element of his lush debut solo album The Game Of Monogamy (Saddle Creek, 2010) and offers a more direct, yet no less affecting, blend of rock and pop. Kasher is aided throughout by Sara Bertuldo (bass, vocals), Patrick Newbery (organ, keys, synths, horns), and Dylan Ryan (drums) - who backed him while touring around Monogamy-as well as Nate Kinsella (drums; of Make Believe and Birthmark); Laura Stevenson (vocals; of Laura Stevenson and the Cans); Matt Focht (drums; of Head Of Femur); Jenna Morrison (vocals; of Conduits); Laura Carrozza (flute; of Aficionado); and Sarah Holtschlag (saw). Adult Film was mixed by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Wye Oak, Explosions In The Sky) at Elmwood Recording in Dallas, TX.
Kasher has become known throughout his career for insightful, literate, and candid songwriting, and his solo work and albums with Cursive and The Good Life have been praised by Rolling Stone, Esquire, The New York Times, Alternative Press, SPIN, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, The A.V. Club, and Vice, among many others.1. American Lit
2. Truly Freaking Out
3. Where's Your Heart Lie
4. The Willing Cuckold
5. Life and Limbo
6. Lay Down Your Weapons
7. You Scare Me to Death
8. A Raincloud is a Raincloud
9. A Looping Distress Signal
10. A Lullaby, sort of$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Medicine CountryShe may be considered the U.K. garage-rock queen (SPIN), but Holly Golightly has always embraced the sounds of the American south. She followed that muse to the dry, rural county of Madison, Georgia, where she now lives on a farm raising horses, chickens, and the curiosity of her neighbors. Golightly and The Brokeoffs (a.k.a. one-man band and frequent Golightly collaborator Lawyer Dave) recorded their new album Medicine County in an abandoned, recently foreclosed upon church nearby.
Medicine County features twelve new recordings, including eight originals by Golightly and The Brokeoffs, alongside traditional numbers like Blood on the Saddle and Jack ODiamonds. While theres a spectral quality to those traditional songs and others on the album, Golightly offers some levity, and a sharp lyrical wit, on tunes like Eyes in the Back of My Head and the albums title track, a postcard from their new home. Its a testament to the caliber of Golighty and The Brokeoffs writing that the trad numbers consort seamlessly with their originals.
The Washington Post has noted that Holly Golightly can make you believe in past lives and shes lived a few of her own. While Amy Winehouse and Duffy were in grade school, Golightly was fronting girl-group revival harbingers Thee Headcoatees. More recently she has collaborated with groups like The White Stripes and Mudhoney, and in 2005, two of her recordings were featured prominently in the acclaimed Jim Jarmusch film Broken Flowers. Since 2007, she has performed with The Brokeoffs, a partnership Pitchfork calls heartily ramshackle, and American Songwriter magazine has hailed as genuine, inspired and soulful.1. Forget It
2. Two Left Feet
3. Medicine County
4. Can't Lose
5. Murder In My Mind
6. Blood On The Saddle
7. When He Comes
9. Eyes In the Back of My Head
10. Dearly Departed
11. Don't Fail Me Now
12. Jack ODiamonds$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Chuck Mangione Quartet (Speakers Corner)Now - in which pigeonhole that the innumerable self-proclaimed jazz critics like to create does this release from 1971 fit? Jazz-rock, jazz-fusion, soul-jazz-rock-fusion, electro-fusion-pop? Perhaps we can all agree that we should just enjoy these quartet recordings!
These recordings, all of them absolutely fantastic numbers, have been made by flugelhornist Chuck Mangione with his marvellous quartet without a piano in a sort of 'jam session'. The band members are absolutely top notch with Ron Davis on drums, Joel DiBartolo on the double bass, and Gerry Niewood (still underestimated and mostly known as a sideman) on the soprano saxophone and flute (which is his foremost instrument although the more hushed one). On this LP, which has long been out of print, Chuck Mangione comes into the limelight in wonderfully melodic and mellow solos such as Land Of Make Believe and Little Sunflower - and the latter certainly needs not fear a comparison with the original by Freddie Hubbard! And Manha De Carnival, composed by guitarist Luis Bonfá is especially worth listening to for the amazing improvisations which have been set down for all times. Mercury's recording technology was of the very best in the Seventies, and that makes itself heard when listening to this recording on a new high-end vinyl LP instead of the original pressing.
- Chuck Mangione (fluegel horn, electric piano, percussion)
- Gerry Niewood (flute, soprano saxophone, tuba, guiro)
- Joel Di Bartolo (bass)
- Ron Davis (drums, conga, percussion)
Recording: 1971 at Mercury Sound Studio, New York, by Chuck Irwin
Production: Chuck Mangione
About Speakers Corner
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, Speakers Corner 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 existant 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 emphasise that Speakers Corner 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 have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
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 - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.
.1. Land of Make Believe
2. Self Portrait
3. Little Sunflower
5. Manha de Carnival$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Death To False MetalFirst Time On Vinyl
Mastered For Vinyl And Lacquers Created By Kevin Gray
Pressed On 180 Gram Black Audiophile Vinyl At RTI
Gatefold Jacket With A Matte Finish
11 X 22 Matte Insert
Limited And Hand Numbered
Death To False Metal is not a traditional collection of studio leftovers or songs from the vault, but a wholly original follow-up to Weezer's just-released Hurley. The album was created using the basic tracks of 10 previously unreleased recordings-nine never-before-heard songs plus one cover-to assemble a brand new and truly modern-sounding record. The result is an evolution for the band, a giant step forward with a nod to the past.
''These were great songs, great recordings, but for some reason they didn't make the final cut for previous records,'' Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo stated. ''Some just weren't right for the albums we were recording at the time-just a bit ahead of their time or too 'rock.' Now, the time is right to introduce them. Together, they are the album that should logically follow Hurley.''
Featuring tracks the band originally began recording from the late '90s to late '00s, Death To False Metal was a labor of love for Cuomo and his co-producer Shawn Everett, as well as the entire band. Each track was individually evaluated by the production team of Cuomo and Everett to figure out how to make each of the songs reach their full potential, and ultimately fit harmoniously on the album. After that process, they then brought in each band member in to complete the parts needed. Some of the ten songs received a major overhaul, while others got the equivalent of a sonic tune-up.
''Turning Up The Radio'' is the result of Cuomo's 2008 collaborative YouTube project, ''Let's Write A Sawng,'' for which he invited fans to submit ideas. As they went through the steps of composing a tune, eventually, 15 people became involved. This track is one of only two songs not solely penned by Weezer for Death To False Metal.
''Blowin' My Stack,'' ''Losing My Mind'' (which features some of the most raw and personal emotions in a Weezer song), ''I'm A Robot,'' and a rock cover of the massive R&B hit ''Un-Break My Heart'' were all first recorded prior to the release of 2005's Make Believe. ''I Don't Want Your Loving'' was originally laid down as a demo for 2002's Maladroit. The abrasive punk-metal ''Everyone'' hails from post-1998 Pinkerton period, as does the pop song ''Trampoline.'' The piano-based ''Odd Couple'' and new-wave-style ''Auto-Pilot'' were laid down prior to 2008's Weezer (aka ''The Red Album'').
The title Death To False Metal comes from a phrase that Cuomo and his younger brother used when they were kids. Musical integrity was a matter of life or death then, and now the new album is a reminder of how important music is for both Weezer and their many fans. At a time when many of their contemporaries seem to have forgotten how to rock, Weezer is ready to teach them. Cuomo and fellow axe-slinger Brian Bell crafted nine epic guitar solos-one for nearly every song on Death To False Metal-and with the band's signature hooks in full effect, Weezer's school of rock is back in session.1. Turning Up The Radio
2. I Don't Want Your Loving
3. Blowin' My Stack
4. Losing My Mind
6. I'm A Robot
8. Odd Couple
10. Un-Break My Heart
11. Mykel & Carli$28.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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- Michael Fremer, Stereophile, Analog Corner
The music hall mmf-5.3 turntable is a two speed belt driven audiophile turntable employing the unique dual-plinth construction originated by music hall. The distinctive design isolates the critical sound reproducing components; platter, main bearing, tonearm, and cartridge on the top platform from the motor, switch, wiring, and feet which are mounted on the bottom platform. Viso-elastic cones separate the two platforms and provide vibration damping. The mmf-5.3 comes complete with Ortophon Blue cartridge mounted and DC motor which provides greater speed stability.$995.00MMF-5.3 - With Cartridge Buy Now