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So Tonight That I Might SeeMazzy Stars second album, originally released in 1993 and featuring the classic hit Fade Into You, is the bands near-universally accepted high water mark. A beautiful, gently psychedelic, folk-rock album and one of the greatest alternative records of the 1990s, featuring Hope Sandovals ethereal vocals and the fine guitar work of David Roback.1. Fade Into You
2. Bells Ring
3. Mary Of Silence
4. Five String Serenade
5. Blue Light
6. She's My Baby
9. Into Dust
10. So Tonight That I Must See$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
So Tonight That I Might SeeMazzy Stars second album, originally released in 1993 and featuring the classic hit Fade Into You, is the bands near-universally accepted high water mark. A beautiful, gently psychedelic, folk-rock album and one of the greatest alternative records of the 1990s, featuring Hope Sandovals ethereal vocals and the fine guitar work of David Roback. Reissued on 180 gram vinyl with deluxe tip-on jacket and printed innersleeve.1. Fade Into You
2. Bells Ring
3. Mary Of Silence
4. Five String Serenade
5. Blue Light
6. She's My Baby
9. Into Dust
10. So Tonight That I Must See$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Among My SwanMazzy Stars third and final album, originally released in 1996, is a perfect finale to the bands career, another fine LP of hushed folk-rock and gentle psychedelia. The atmospheric guitar work of David Roback and the hauntingly gorgeous vocals of Hope Sandoval are complimented here with help from William Reed of The Jesus & Mary Chain among others. Reissued on 180 gram vinyl with deluxe tip-on jacket and printed inner sleeve.1. Disappear
2. Flowers In December
3. Rhymes Of An Hour
4. Cry, Cry
5. Take Everything
6. Still Cold
7. All Your Sisters
8. I've Been Let Down
12. Look On Down From The Bridge$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Seasons Of Your Day
180 Gram Double LP Purple Vinyl
First Album In 17 Years From CA Indie Darlings Mazzy Star
Co-written by Hope Sandoval and David Roback, Seasons Of Your Day is Mazzy Star's fourth studio album. Recorded in California and Norway, the
album features performances by all the original members of Mazzy Star along with special guests including Colm O'Ciosoig (My Bloody Valentine) and a
special appearance by the late, legendary Bert Jansch in a guitar duet of chilling intensity with David Roback on the song "Spoon".1. In the Kingdom
3. I've Gotta Stop
4. Does Someone Have Your Baby Now?
5. Common Burn
6. Seasons Of Your Day
7. Lay Myself Down
10. Flying Low$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
She Hangs BrightlyMazzy Star, essentially the duo of David Roback (Rain Parade) and Hope Sandoval, formed in 1989 out of the ashes of Opal, Robacks previous band with former Dream Syndicate member Kendra Smith. She Hangs Brightly, their debut album was originally released on Rough Trade in 1990. A dreamy, psychedelic affair every bit as good as their sophomore breakout LP. Reissued on 180g vinyl.1. Halah
2. Blue Flower
3. Ride It On
4. She Hangs Brightly
5. I'm Sailin
6. Give You My Lovin
7. Be My Angel
8. Taste Of Blood
9. Ghost Highway
11. Before I Sleep$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
To Where The Wild Things AreTheir sound is woozy, evocative and blatantly in thrall to the kaleidoscopic sounds of Broadcast, The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Mazzy Star and 60's Sci-Fi soundtracks. It's beautifully listenable; A veritable tapestry of warm sounds to soothe and refresh. Their previous records have been popular but this could send them into the stratosphere1. Necessary Distortions
2. The Optic Nerve
4. California Owls
5. Time Travel
6. Follow The Light
7. Shadow And Shape
8. Hidden Reverse
10. Something Unkown You Need To Know$26.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-TEN-3220xHope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions
Until The HunterThird studio album from Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions. The band includes Colm O Ciosoig of My Bloody Valentine. Hope is also the vocalist for Mazzy Star, best known for 'Fade Into You'. The album's lead single is Let Me Get There featuring Kurt Vile.
The gatefold double LP is standard weight on black wax.LP 1
1. Into the Trees
2. The Peasant
3. A Wonderful Seed
4. Let Me Get There
5. Day Disguise
2. Salt of the Sea
3. The Hiking Song
4. Isn't It True
5. I Took A Slip
6. Liquid Lady$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
I.Formed in 2008, the group has been host to a number of different musical collaborators, working through a variety of sounds since its inception. In the spring of 2012, inspired by the Trinity Session, Cocteau Twins, Red House Painters, Mazzy Star & the sound of early '60s records like I Love You How You Love Me by the Paris Sisters, they recorded their first proper EP, I., live over the course of a single night in the stairway of a four-story building.1. Nothing's Gonna Hurt You Baby
2. I'm A Firefighter
3. Dreaming of You
4. Starry Eyes$14.9912 Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
Albatross & Four Long Lines (Discontinued)A standout track and the first single from Montreal's The Besnard Lakes' upcoming LP, The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night, Albatross has all the swagger of a Stevie Nicks-led Fleetwood Mac classic or Roy Orbison re-imagined as a rollicking, snakeskin-booted Mazzy Star, dousing it all in gas and throwing the match as we hear its tale of Vancouver's skid row and its inhabitants. On the flip we get Four Long Lines, a non-album cut that not so much exists within the dark grooves of the vinyl as it does float just above the stereo, embodying the extraterrestrial encounter the song cryptically details.1. Albatross
2. Four Long Lines$11.99Vinyl LP 12 Single - Sealed Buy Now
The SwampsThe Swamps is the newest release from American swoon lords Widowspeak. It arrives as bridge between the duo's sophomore album, Almanac, and
an as yet untitled third studio record. Here the band's characteristic sonic
landscapes, haunting harmonies, and layers of delicate guitar-work usher in
a new chapter in their dark and dreamy catalog. Inspired by the light-choked
wetlands of its title, The Swamps brims with songs about fears of stagnation
and the pitfalls of nostalgia, but never relinquishes Widowspeak's melodic
"The Swamps is a six-song collection that's intended to act as a bridge between
Almanac and the band's as-yet-untitled third album; "True Believer" is the penultimate song to appear on the EP's tracklisting, and it finds Molly Hamilton and Robert
Earl Thomas pushing their sound even further in a warm, lush direction, with a sliding
melody that sounds almost tropical in construct."
" It's truly, sweepingly lovely. People would go insane if Mazzy Star dropped a new
track tomorrow, but nothing Mazzy Star might do in 2013 could be more beautiful
than what Widowspeak are actually doing right here. Thus, people should be going
insane about this."
- Stereogum1. Theme from The Swamps
2. Smoke and Mirrors
4. Brass Bed
5. True Believer
6. The Swamps$18.99Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
Mellow DramaIt's hard to ignore the sound of well placed hand claps, the echoing ring of a tambourine, chiming guitar and luscious vocals. That sound was fantastic sixty years ago, and those that follow the recipe with the required chops can make it sound great today. Louise Burns' debut album is full of dreamy numbers like opener Chinook (Sing From the Valley of Doubt) and the playful Buddy Holly-esque first single, What Do You Wanna Do. Citing Mazzy Star, Patsy Cline, '60s girls groups and Johnny Marr as inspiration, Burns holds up to her heroes. She dazzles in the vocal department throughout the album, but it's on the dangerously stripped-down Island Vacation that listeners will fully surrender to her charms.1. Chinook (Sing from the Valley of Doubt)
2. Burning Bridges
3. Teen Angst
4. What Do You Wanna Do
5. Drop Names Not Bombs
6. Island Vacation
7. Sea Song
9. Paper Cup
10. Street Walking
11. Gypsys Wife
12. Ocean Grey$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dark PlaceSome singers can create a mood far before the first syllables of lyric have been
woven into a full story; a tone, mixed to dissolve perfectly into music, can say it
all. Such is the case with Jessie Baylin, whose ethereal voice shoots the opening
notes of Dark Place, her fourth album, into instant emotive territory - it envelops
in a mysterious gauze, setting the stage for what is her most raw, personal
work yet and also her most thrilling.
Baylin's always been adept at capturing the fragile, complex state of
human relationships with a hand that understands the middle ground - things
aren't always what they seem, and she isn't afraid to play in that treacherous territory.
She often weaves a forlorn lyric with an optimistic vocal lick, or a cheerier
song with a foreboding crunch of guitar, looming like a distant thunderstorm; it
sometimes makes it difficult to tell if a track is innately happy or sad, but that's
the point. Dark Place is the epitome of this dichotomy.
It's the combination of elements on Dark Place that make it such a
rattling look into not only Baylin's mind but the human condition: her voice, in its
other-worldly tone that can be both angelic and deeply plaintive, cuts through
poetic lyrics with throbbing guitars that carve scratches at the beautiful surface,
bounding free of both classification and genre. She's Nico, if she could sing like
Nina Simone; she's Dusty Springfield fronting Mazzy Star. "Dusty," she says,
before adding, "on Quaaludes."1. Creepers (Young Love)
2. To Hell And Back (
3. Black Blood
4. White Noise
5. Kiss Your Face
6. All That I Can Do
7. The Ringer
8. London Time
10. Dark Place
11. Do You Wanna Dance$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
L.A. WitchFirst LP Pressing Limited To 1500 Copies On Translucent Pink Colored Vinyl
The name is a partial misnomer. Though the band hails from Los Angeles, they do not partake in any sort of witchcraft. Yet their ability to conjure a specific time and place through their sound does suggest a kind of magic. On their eponymous debut album, L.A. Witch's reverb-drenched guitar jangle and sultry vocals conjure the analog sound of a collector's prized 45 from some short-lived footnote cult band. The melodies forgo the bubblegum pop for a druggy haze that straddles the line between seedy glory and ominous balladry; the production can't afford Phil Spector's wall-of-sound, but the instruments' simple beauty provides an economic grace that renders studio trickery unnecessary; the lyrics seem more descendent of Johnny Cash's first-person morality tales than the vacuous empty gestures of pre-fab pop bands. This isn't music for the masses; it's music for miscreants, burnouts, down-and-out dreamers, and obsessive historians.
Album opener Kill My Baby Tonight is the perfect introduction to the band's marriage of '60s girls-in-the-garage charm and David Lynch's surreal exposÉs of Southern California's underbelly.Sade Sanchez's black velvet vocals disguise the malicious intent of this murder ballad, with the thumping pulse of bassist Irita Pai, the slow-burn build of drummer Ellie English, and Sanchez's Desert guitar twang helping beguile the listener into becoming a willing accomplice to the narrator's crimes. Brian follows the opening track with a similarly graceful, if not somewhat ominous, slow-mo take on a well-worn jukebox 7. It's a vibe that permeates the entire album,from the early psychedelic hue of 13th Floor Elevators on tracks like You Love Nothing, through the motorik beat and fuzzed-out licks of Drive Your Car, to the grittier permutation of Mazzy Star's sleepy beauty on Baby In Blue Jeans.1. Kill My Baby Tonight
4. You Love Nothing
5. Drive Your Car
6. Baby In Blue Jeans
7. Feel Alright
8. Good Guys
9. Get Lost$18.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Only In DreamsOn several levels, Dum Dum Girls second full length Only in Dreams is a great leap forward for a gifted songwriter and an equally gifted band. It's heavy, deeply personal stuff and surely unprecedented for this style of music. The first record was basically the first songs I'd ever written, says band-leader Dee Dee, and I was thinking nostalgically about being a teenager. This record, it was pretty much impossible not to write about very recent, very real things.
Very real things indeed: Dee Dee wrote Hold Your Hand immediately after her mother (the pretty lady on the cover of both the Dum Dum Girls' self-titled 2009 debut EP and their 2010 debut album I Will Be) was diagnosed with what turned out to be a fatal illness, and it's one of several songs on Only in Dreams that unsparingly trace her mom's passing. Other songs spell out the emotional toll of separation from one's lover, something Dee Dee had to deal with while she and her husband (Brandon Welchez of the acclaimed noise-pop band Crocodiles) pursued their own tour schedules.
Only in Dreams more than fulfills the promise of 2011s acclaimed and fast-selling He Gets Me High EP. It retains Dum Dum Girls' signature blend of the girl-gang eyeliner punk of the Shangri-Las, the trashy propulsion of the Cramps, and the moody atmospherics of Mazzy Star, but for the first time, all four Dum Dum Girls play and sing on the album. Now the harmonies have more depth, Jules plays her own distinctive guitar leads, and the Bambi (bass)/Sandy (drums) rhythm section powers the music like a vintage V-8 engine. Best of all, tons of time on the road, including two massively successful headlining tours, have molded Dum Dum Girls into a very formidable rock & roll band, giving the music an undeniable force.
And now that power and glory is showcased by full-on studio production, while I Will Be was recorded at home and modestly spiffed up in a studio by legendary pop maestro Richard Gottehrer (Blondie, Go-Go's), Only in Dreams was recorded at Josh Homme's Pink Duck Studios, and Gottehrer again produced, this time with Sune Rose Wagner from the Raveonettes.
Only in Dreams represents a musical evolution for Dum Dum Girls and a personal one for Dee Dee, and that's no coincidence. I'm for real, she says. We all are. I'm really passionate about this, it's all I know. And maybe we've just grown up a bit, or grown out a bit. There's some weight to what we do, and a pure intent, and I think that comes across on this album.1. Always Looking
2. Bedroom Eyes
3. Just a Creep
4. In My Head
6. Caught in One
7. Coming Down
8. Wasted Away
9. Teardrops on My Pillow
10. Hold Your Hand$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Angus SoundtrackClear Vinyl
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Angus Soundtrack, SRCvinyl is bringing it to vinyl for the first time ever! The album has been mastered for vinyl by Kevin Gray at Coherent Studios and is pressed on limited edition 180 gram vinyl.
The film's soundtrack accurately reflects the melodic ideas prevalent in the alternative rock scene at the time. Most of the bands perform songs that closely resonate with the themes of the film while keeping a fast yet upbeat tone, a sharp departure from the age of grunge, which had just reached its twilight. (It should be noted that Angus' penchant for flannel and denim, as well as his defeatist persona, are concepts more closely associated with grunge.) However, several key songs are absent in the CD that was released, most notably ''Fade into You'' by Mazzy Star, the song that was played as Angus and Melissa danced, and ''Rubella'' by the Smoking Popes.
Weezer's initial offering, a song entitled ''Wanda (You're My Only Love)'' (or sometimes just ''Wanda''), was written specifically for the movie but rejected for being ''too much of a strict interpretation of the movie'' and for not sounding enough like what was expected of Weezer at the time. The previously written, more uptempo ''You Gave Your Love to Me Softly'' was used instead, and the rejection of the former song was known to have hurt Weezer's singer and songwriter Rivers Cuomo at the time. Though Weezer never properly recorded ''Wanda'', Cuomo released his 1994 demo of the song (along with the story of the song's submission and rejection) in 2007 on the albumAlone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo.
The unique version of ''Am I Wrong'' by Love Spit Love, mixing marching band horns into the original version of the song which interplay well with Richard Butler's raw vocals.
Green Day contributed ''J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)'', a song written by bassist Mike Dirnt about his friend who died in a car accident when he was 19. This song peaked at number one on the Modern Rock Billboard charts of 1995. This song was later released on their 2001 greatest hits album, International Superhits. Meanwhile, Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong co-produced ''Back to You'' by the Riverdales with producer Mass Giorgini, which was featured during the dance sequence at the high prom in the film.
The music supervisors for Angus were Elliot Cahn and Jeff Saltzman, who, at the time, also managed two of the soundtrack's artists: Green Day and The Muffs.
1. Green Day - J.A.R.
2. Ash - Jack Names The Planets
3. Dance Hall Crashers - Enough
4. Ash - Kung Fu
5. Riverdales, The - Back To You
6. Smoking Popes - Mrs. You And Me
7. Weezer - You Gave Your Love To Me Softly
8. Goo Goo Dolls - Ain't That Unusual
9. Muffs, The - Funny Face
10. Tilt - White Homes
11. Pansy Division - Deep Water
12. Love Spit Love - Am I Wrong$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
It's AliveSeattle's La Luz recorded their debut EP, Damp Face, in a small trailer on a hot August day. But barring the inevitable "no-AC-in-the-van" summer tour calamity, La Luz runs cool. Their brand of coolness isn't about distance or affect; it's a mood, and-sue me, but I'm about to totally rip off Zelda Fitzgerald: Something about this music vibrates to the dusky, dreamy smell of dying moons and shadows. So yeah, that kind of cool.
Still, La Luz's live shows, more than most these days, are about connection. It's evident that the four ridiculously talented ladies on stage are not only playing music with each other, but for each other. And they engage their audience as well. Like a proper punk band-which they are not- they give you shit for not dancing. They convey a gritty self-possession, a sense that they've been there and back again. And, like the expert, but seemingly effortless, surf licks and meandering bass lines that rise and fall throughout their songs, their mocking is playful and dreamy and disarming enough to get most of the crowd (and sometimes the keyboard player) dancing down the center line of a soul train.
But as any half-assed Freudian will tell you, there can be no meaningful connection without first weathering some dark and lonely times. Here comes the chilly part: What makes La Luz stand out-and stand out fast-the band has only been playing together for a year and people took notice almost immediately-is that this is a band that embodies that most elusive slant on the human condition: longing, and the fleeting relief that tags alongside deep desire.
In Spanish, La Luz means "light" and that's the perfect thing to evoke when your songs give the illusion of veering in the opposite direction. But lift out most any lyric-which is a good excuse to give a closer listen to the delicate, four-part harmonies that are fast becoming the band's signature-and you'll find that the aches and pains of love and loss, of living in a world where no foothold is ever a promise-all this is delivered with a nuanced dose of perfectly timed exhilaration, like the whole thing might just be worth it in the end.
Last spring, La Luz returned to that steamy trailer park to record It's Alive - the much-anticipated follow up to Damp Face - with their friend and engineer Johnny Goss. From the first get-psyched drum roll and eerie chords of "Sure As Spring", the dinged-up pop gem that opens the album, the rest moves like a slow drive on a dangerous road, slinking and bending as the terrain shifts. On "What Good Am I?", the lead vocals, and the swirl of harmonies that surround it, recall the Spartan haze of Mazzy Star's misty-eyed super hit. Smack in the middle is the title track. "It's Alive" is a jangly rocker with a spooky refrain, oodles of ooohs, and a marauding narrative that nails down the misty logic of the rest of the album. Two instrumentals, "Sunstroke" and "Phantom Feelings", showcase the band's beach jam surf chops, and fall perfectly between the chilled out heartache that surrounds them.
Imagine all of the Shangri-La's trying, precariously, to balance on top of Link Wray's surfboard.
The kind of sweet surf rock with a touch of melancholy that should be the soundtrack to the slow-dancing-at-prom scene in every teen movie.
-- The Stranger1. Sure As Spring
2. All the Time
3. Morning High
4. What Good Am I?
6. It's Alive
7. Big Big Blood
8. Call Me in the Day
9. Pink Slime
10. Phantom Feelings
11. You Can Never Know$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do"Flowers' early gigs have shown heaps of promise" - NME
"A little Jesus And Mary Chain, a lot of Black Tambourine, and one hell of a voice." - DoNYC
"The trio blasted the stage with their sprawling guitars, booming percussion and epic vocals" - PREFIX MAG (Artist to Watch)
Often it's the moments of silence that hit you hardest. - This is Fake DIY
"A radiant, warm and endearingly amateurish talent. THE FADER
"Steeped in indie lore, in a charming, self-effacing way of translating emotion into sound" CLASH MUSIC
London based trio Flowers ends their live shows with singer Rachel Kenedy utterly still, accompanying herself on a one string bass guitar, soul laid bare. It is a stark and quiet moment in comparison to what came before, which can be characterized by Sam Ayres blur of kinetic energy on guitar and Jordan Hockley's urgent and precision drumming all performed with a sense of minimalism and brevity. It is this minimalist approach that best characterizes the fourteen deceptively simple pop songs that comprise Flowers debut, Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do.
Produced by Bernard Butler, Flowers' genius is in their ability to convey a remarkable amount of emotion with minimal instrumentation. Rachel possesses one of those beautiful pop voices to die for, with echoes of Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins), Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star) and Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays). Haunting, mesmerizing and intense, Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do is an impressive calling cared from a sensational new band.1. Young
2. Forget the Fall
3. Drag Me Down
4. Worn Out Shoes
7. If I Tell You
9. I Love You
10. All Over Again
12. Be With You
13. Plastic Jane
14. Stuck$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now