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A Walk With Love And DeathThe Melvins have announced their first double album, A Walk With Love and Death, set for release via Ipecac Recordings. The dual albums find the trio of Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover, and Steve McDonald showcasing two distinct sides to the band's music: Death, a proper Melvins' release, and Love, the score to the Jesse Nieminen directed, self-produced short also titled A Walk With Love and Death.
"This was a huge undertaking," explained band ringleader Buzz Osborne. "All three things: the album, the soundtrack, and the film are benchmarks for us."
Drummer Dale Crover added, "A Walk With Love and Death is one giant, dark, moody, psychotic head trip! Not for the faint of heart. You'll sleep with the lights on after listening."
The albums, which include guests Joey Santiago (The Pixies), Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes/Crystal Fairy) and Anna Waronker (That Dog), were self-produced with engineer Toshi Kosai.LP 1: Love
1. Aim High
2. Queen Powder Party
3. Street Level St. Paul
4. The Hidden Juice
5. Give it to Me
6. Chicken Butt
7. Eat Yourself Out
9. Halfway to the Bakersfield Mall
10. Pacoima Normal
11. Park Head
13. Track Star
14. The Asshole Bastard
LP 2: Death
1. Black Heath
2. Sober-delic (acid only)
4. What's Wrong With You
5. Edgar the Elephant
6. Christ Hammer
7. Flaming Creature
8. Cactus Party
9. Cardboro Negro$38.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Stoner Witch (Awaiting Repress)
First Time On Vinyl Since 1994
Mastered Directly From Original Analog Tapes
The stellar seventh studio album by the Melvins is one of the most cohesive and beloved in the band's catalog. With fan favorites like ''Revolve'' and ''Queen'' balanced with the impressive sound explorations of ''Lividity'' and ''Shevil,'' the result is one of the most praised albums of the band's 30+ year career.
LP Packaging: Single pocket gatefold sleeves, direct to board
Manufacturer: United Record Pressing1. Skweetis
3. Sweet Willy Rollbar
5. Goose Freight Train
7. At The Stake
8. Magic Pig Detective
10. June Bug
11. Lividity$20.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
REDI-BAR-7212xSteve Fisk & Benjamin Gibbard
Kurt Cobain About A Son: Original ScoreHand-numbered Double-LP Vinyl pressing of the hauntingly beautiful Steve Fisk (produced Nirvanas Blew EP)/Benjamin Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) original film score to the powerful motion picture Kurt Cobain About A Son. The score has been remixed for stand-alone listening by Fisk, digitally remastered by Steve Turnidge, and mastered for vinyl by Bob Weston. Fans of the film, film scores and ambient music will all find something to love in this release's floating textures and dark atmospheres.
Strictly-limited pressing! Don't wait to order, since these are likely to go fast! This high-quality Double-LP version will be packaged in a substantial embossed jacket with full-color sleeves and will include a code for a free MP3 download of the album.
This Original Score release follows Barsuks 2007 release of the acclaimed film soundtrack Kurt Cobain About A Son Music From The Motion Picture. Featuring the music (taken from the film) of Bad Brains, Butthole Surfers, David Bowie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Arlo Guthrie, Half Japanese, Mark Lanegan, Leadbelly, Melvins, Mudhoney, Iggy Pop, R.E.M., Scratch Acid and The Vaselines, as well as Cobain audio interview excerpts and a previously-unreleased Gibbard cover of the indie-classic Beat Happening tune Indian Summer. Music From The Motion Picture was hailed as A must-have for fans of Nirvana or really anyone interested in getting into the head of a creative visionary (Teen Vogue). Please note: neither the soundtrack CD nor the score LP contains the music of Kurt Cobain or Nirvana.1. Overture
2. A Good Childhood
3. Scoliosis and Kind Teachers
4. The First Show
5. Interlude 1 (Olympia)
6. Positively Fourth Ave Revisited
8. The Coldest Winter
9. Interlude 2 (Seattle)
10. Overture Reprise
11. Where Credit Is Due
12. The Opiate Waltz
13. Some Days
14. Chaos and Resolution$25.99Limited Edition Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Book Burner (Colored)
White Colored Vinyl
Limited To 1000 Copies
The undisputed kings of grind, Pig Destroyer return with their long awaited fourth proper full length Book Burner. The release is a resounding statement of championship, as every element of Pig Destroyer towers above their closest peers, a 32 minute, 19-song knockout punch of cerebral viciousness. Scott Hull's guitar heroics sound like a mutant double speed hybrid of Slayer and the Melvins jacked up on amphetamines, new skinsman Adam Jarvis is the pinnacle of inhuman drumming, Blake Harrison delivers layer upon layer of suffocating atmosphere and JR Hayes remains the poet laureate of extreme metal. Book Burner is the finest work of extreme music's best band!1. Sis
2. The American's Head
3. The Underground Man
5. The Diplomat
6. All Seeing Eye
7. Valley Of The Geysers
8. Book Burner
10. Baltimore Strangler
11. White Lady
12. The Bug
13. Iron Drunk
14. Burning Palm
15. Dirty Knife
17. Kamikaze Heart
18. King Of Clubs
19. Permanent Funeral$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
RestarterHeavy rock titans TORCHE make their Relapse debut with the thunderous 'Restarter', a ten song triumph of an album. TORCHE rose to popularity merging huge infectious melodies with downtuned, crushing sludgey rock and on 'Restarter' they've perfected the marriage. This is a record that is simultaneously hum-able and heavy that will just as easily appeal to fans of Dinosaur Jr and Sonic Youth as it will Melvins and High On Fire-heads. But what truly sets TORCHE apart from their peers is their ability to use top-notch songwriting and soaring, harmonic vocals to create records that are heavier and louder and hookier than anyone else out there.1. Annihilation Affair
2. Bishop In Arms
4. Loose Men
7. No Servants
8. Believe It
9. Barrier Hammer
10. Restarter$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dale CroverIn 1992 the Melvins' fascination / adoration / denigration of the mighty KISS rock and roll universe compelled them to excrete out three solo masterworks inspired by the KISS solo LPs. The first in the series is King Buzzo, from the Melvins' giggling guitar grumpus. Four songs of atmospheric clanging and rockin' banging. Also features the many talents, drumming and otherwise, of a famous Grunge superstar, whose name sort of rhymes with New Wave Asshole. The second in the series is Dale Crover, from the Melvins' sleepy drum caveman. Four songs of gloomy heaviness, with Dale doin' the drummin', singin', guitarin', and dancin'. The third in the series is Joe Preston, from the Melvins' electronic beard warlord. Three songs of fuzz bass computer drone temper tantrum. All three 12-inches reissued on vinyl after 100,000 years out of print.1. Hex Me
2. Dead Wipe
4. Hurter$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Crystal FairyMembers of the Melvins (Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover), At The Drive-In (Omar Rodriguez-Lopez) and Le Butcherettes (Teri Gender Bender) have formed the roaring new rock band, Crystal Fairy.
"When the Melvins toured with Le Butcherettes, Teri would come out at the end of the set and do 'Rebel Girl' with us," explained drummer Dale Crover. "It was almost always the highlight of the show! From doing that, we knew there was some chemistry between us that was worth exploring. We became close friends with both Teri and Omar on the tour and came up with the idea of starting a new band with them."1. Chiseler
2. Drugs on the Bus
3. Necklace of Divorce
4. Moth Tongue
5. Crystal Fairy
6. Secret Agent Rat
7. Under Trouble
8. Bent Teeth
10. Sweet Self
11. Vampire X-Mas$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Command Your WeatherRecorded in Joshua Tree, CA, "Command Your Weather" sees Big Business
return to its original two-man lineup of Jared Warren and Coady Willis. It's
a haunting dream about the struggle for dominance of will over the power
and unpredictability of nature. Or it's just a really great rock record, it
depends on how weird you're willing to get. But you've never had so much
fun being crushed in the cogs of the universe's great machine, that much is
for sure! I mean, there's no law against having a couple cold beers while we
all burn in the fire of time, am I right?!
Recorded by Dave Curran of UNSANE/PIGS/BIG BUSINESS' previous
Founded in 2003 in Seattle, WA., Big Business has spent the last 13 years
touring the world and making records. In 2006 Jared and Coady joined
forces with the Melvins and moved to Los Angeles. Performing as members
of the Melvins and staying autonomous as their own band, they have been
there ever since.1. Last Legs
3. Father's Day
4. Blacker Holes
5. Popular Demand
6. Own Throats
7. Send Help
8. Diagnostic Front
9. Horses$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Basses LoadedIt's 2016 and the Melvins have an album called Basses Loaded coming out that features six different bass players. That's right SIX different bass players. NEW Melvins bass players for this go around are Steve McDonald from the legendary Los Angeles glam punk band Redd Kross and their old friend Krist Novoselic from Nirvana! Making return appearances are former and probably future bass players Jeff Pinkus (Butthole Surfers), Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle/Fantomas), Jared Warren (Big Business) and Dale Crover.
Six bass players? Is this a joke? What IS the deal with these ceaseless idiots? Can't they just settle in and be happy with ONE line up?
I suppose it figures considering how many goddam bass players they've had up until this point.
Nonetheless Basses Loaded actually works!
According to King Buzzo, "More is more! As hard as it might be to believe, all of these bass players contribute something of their own to Basses Loaded which gives the whole album a good kick right in it's big fat ass."
Recording with Krist Novoselic is something that should have happened a long time ago but rumor has it that he's been busy doing things like playing bass with Paul McCartney and getting his ass inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's hard to believe he even bothered with this! Ha!
Butthole Surfer and Honky member Jeff Pinkus played on the Melvins' album Hold it In and has done shit load of touring with the boys in the last few years.
Trevor Dunn recorded the Freak Puke album with these guys as well as played bass on the Melvins' record setting US tour where they played all 50 states plus DC in 51 days. This was also released as a tour DVD last year entitled Across the USA in 51 Days, the Movie!
Jared Warren is a Melvins' veteran having recorded the Senile Animal, Nude with Boots and The Bride Screamed Murder albums as well as the Bulls and the Bees EP. Dale Crover is usually the Melvins drummer but slid over to bass when they brought back original drummer Mike Dillard for the Tres Cabrones album (this line-up was called Melvins 1983).
Steve McDonald has been in Redd Kross since he was 11 and he's a founding member of Los Angeles hardcore band OFF! plus he's got REALLY good stories about the "rock scene" in Los Angeles! The Melvins have a shit load of touring planned with Steven this year so this whole thing is a really big deal.1. The Decay of Lying (Steve McDonald)
2. Choco Plumbing (Jared Warren)
3. Beer Hippie (Dale Crover)
4. I Want To Tell You (Steve McDonald)
5. Captain Come Down (Jeff Pinkus)
6. Hideous Women (Steve McDonald)
7. Shaving Cream (Dale Crover)
8. Planet Distructo (Trevor Dunn)
9. War Pussy (Steve McDonald)
10. Maybe I Am Amused (Krist Novoselic)
11. Phyllis Dillard (Dale Crover)
12. Take Me Out to the Ballgame (Dale Crover)$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sieg Howdy!Fucking AWESOME. Jello and the Melvins #2. Buy It.
What, you need more reasons? Jello Biafra and the Melvins are musical pranksters united for a common cause - to detonate your brain with some of the most twisted rock anthems ever crafted!
Starting off album #2 with a heavier-than-life version of the Alice Cooper cult classic, Halo of Flies, an intricate tune that alternately slithers and crushes, the band then proceed to treat us to a completely different extended take of their tune The Lighter Side of Global Terrorism (Jello's Hawkwind influence showed through when he asked the Melvins to create a take on the song similar to their cover of Youth of America by The Wipers). With the first two harrowing tracks clocking in at over fifteen minutes -this is not what you'd expect from a Jello record - steering into a more Melvinoid direction, but remaining distinctly separate from anything easily definable - far from a mishmash or outtakes collection, even the Jelvins were surprised at how well Sieg Howdy! flowed as an album.
Through the course of the album the band (yes, they sound like a proper band, not a project!) erupts with colors of its respective players in turns. Biafra's spleen-venting rants Voted off the Island and Those Dumb Punk Kids (Will Buy Anything) are amongst his most acerbic (not to mention insightful!), and the Melvins' cathartic drum and guitar workouts pummel brilliantly through Lessons in What Not to Become and the septic all bass-chug of Kevin Rutmanis (making his final appearance on vinyl with the Melvins on this album) and Buzzo that anchors Wholly Buy Bull.
Of course, the cherry on top is Jello and the lads ripping through a new, updated version of Kalifornia Über Alles - as sung by the GropenfÜhrer himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger! With Jello's unmistakable wit and even more distinctive punk-rock croon fully intact, it's a breath of fresh air to hear a live Jello classic sound the way it was intended to for a change!
The album's remaining remixed tracks serve to deepen the impression that what has been created throughout the course of this collaboration is the work of a band - A band whose songs have enough depth to remain interesting in new and sonic environs. Dalek's chilling reworking of Dawn of the Locusts brings the song into a completely different light, and Al Jourgensen's (Ministry) take on Enchanted Thoughtfist is so cold and almost new-wave-y that it works brilliantly. The tone of the track reaches waaay back into the Ministry back catalog, surprising even Al himself! Then the fresh new tag-team Deaf Nephews (Dale Crover and Toshi, the album's engineer) reshape Caped Crusader into a disturbing cartoon version of itself to round out the record. The fact that these songs are open to this kind of interpretation, and that these interpretations work so well is a testament to the quality with which they were crafted in the first place.
Once again, the band is joined by Adam Jones from Tool on guitar for over half the tracks, and this time around, the stunning artwork is provided by none other than Camille Rose Garcia! 27 minutes of new and never before heard Jello Biafra and the Melvins and 17 minutes of remixed weirdness from the group's friends has created a record that surpasses its predecessor in sheer sonic audacity and is an extremely satisfying listen in its own right. Whether you missed the boat the first time around, or you couldn't get enough of Never Breathe What You Can't See, it's time to stand up, put your right hand over your heart, extend that middle finger, and say it loud - say it proud - SEIG HOWDY!1. Halo Of Flies
2. The Lighter Side Of Global Terrorism (Extended Space-Melt Version)
3. Lessons In What Not To Become
4. Those Dumb Punk Kids (Will Buy Anything)
5. Wholly Bun Bull
6. Voted Off The Island
7. Kali-Fornia Uber Alles 21st Century (live)
8. Dawn Of The Locusts (March Of The Locusts Deadverse Remix By Dalek)
9. Enchanted Thoughtfist (Enchanted Al Remix)
10. Caped Crusader (Subway Gas/Hello Kitty Mix)$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dopesmoker (Awaiting Repress)
It is with an immense amount of pride that Southern Lord brings you a mighty offering from the gods known as Sleep! In 2011, Southern Lord was contacted by Sleeps' Al Cisneros about the possibility of releasing a deluxe version of the classic Sleep recording: Dopesmoker. Cisneros wanted to breathe some new life into the old beast and finally have the original vision of the album fully realized. Southern Lord was overwhelmingly ecstatic about the challenge of taking the reigns of one of the most important recordings in the history of Heavy Metal!
The Lord version features brand new artwork by long time Sleep artist, Arik Roper, who created something specifically special for the albums' rebirth. The biggest difference between this new version and the old releases is the phenomenal remastering job by From Ashes Rise guitarist, Brad Boatright (OFF!, Noothgrush, Deviated Instinct). His vision was to enhance the original recording without changing it drastically.
What he has done makes this epic opus sound invigorated, more powerful with renewed clarity and all-around unbelievably mammoth. His work was enthusiastically approved by the band and considering how focused, vigilant and protective of their masterpiece the band is, that is nothing short of a miracle! Also exclusive to the reborn version of Dopesmoker, is a unreleased live track of one of the best songs the band ever did, "Holy Mountain." Purple 180g double vinyl pressing from Southern Lord with bonus track and brand new artwork in thick Stoughton gatefld jacket with spot uv-varnish.
Formed as a Bay Area hc/punk rock band called Asbestosdeath, the band changed their musical direction and name and debuted as Sleep with their Volume One album in 1991. After Justin Marler left the band, the core lineup of Al Cisneros, Matt Pike and Chris Hakius went into the studio to record a demo cassette that they sent to Earache Records. The recording was released in November of 1992 (exactly as received by the label!) under the name Sleep's Holy Mountain and went on to forever alter the musical landscape. Countless current bands cite Sleep's Holy Mountain as a major inspiration, and the unique sound and style of the record can be heard in many subsequent releases by bands from all over the world.
Sleep's Holy Mountain created such a humongous buzz that major label London Records signed the band. Unfortunately, the label lacked the vision necessary to actually follow through and release the album that Sleep recorded, mostly because it took the not-radio-friendly form of a single song, a 63 minute long ode to weed, called "Dopesmoker." Sleep returned to the studio and edited the track down to 52 minutes and re-titled it "Jerusalem," but it was again rejected. London Records shelved the record and dropped the band, leading to their dissolution.
Dopesmoker was recorded by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Melvins) at Record Two Studio in Comptche, California. While recording the song, it began to form differently than the band had originally envisioned. Pike stated that "The song was getting slower and slower and then it got weird. We started tripping out and second guessing ourselves." Recording the album was difficult. Pike recalled that "There was so much to memorize for that album, and we had to do it in like three different sections because a reel-to-reel only holds 22 minutes. It was really cool, but it was one of the hardest things I've ever done in in my life." Sleep were in the studio for one month then went home to rehearse and returned for another month. Pike noted that they ended up with two or three different versions of the song.
In the aftermath of the breakup of the band, four versions of the album were released. In 1999, Jerusalem came out with a running time of 52 minutes and is a single composition split into six identically-named tracks. There are 3 different versions/releases of Jerusalem: (1) a rare London Records promotional disc, (2) a bootleg with cover art by Arik Roper, and (3) the Rise Above/Music Cartel Records release. All three of these versions are edited and considered unauthorized versions. The version of the album titled Dopesmoker was released on April 22, 2003 by Tee Pee Records on compact disc and vinyl with a 63-minute running time. That version is the only version the band considers to be "authorized" and worthy of release. Dopesmoker stands as one of the towering achievements in recent metal history... a mesmerizing, intoxicating, and incredibly complex song that is still unrivaled in the annals of (stoner) metal!LP1
1. Holy Mountain (Live at the I-Beam, San Francisco, CA 1994)
2. Sonic Titan (Live at Gilman St, San Francisco, CA 1992)$28.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Hold It In (Awaiting Repress)The Melvins return with Hold It In, their first studio album as a quartet since 2010's The Bride Screams Murder. Joining Buzz Osborne and
Dale Crover for the 12-song outing are Butthole Surfers' guitar player Paul Leary and bass player JD Pinkus. Hold It In was recorded in both Los Angeles
and Austin earlier this year.
Hold It In is a refreshing piece of fiction in a boring world of fact and bullshit, said Osborne. Paul is one of the best guitar players I have ever heard and
Pinkus has an outside the box type of approach to both guitar and bass that you just have to let it ride. I can't believe this actually happened. I'm thrilled.
It's very rare you get a chance to work with three folks from the 'Break A Wish' foundation, all at the same time, said Pinkus. I believe they'll remember
their experience with me forever (or until they finally all lose their fight with S.I.D.S).1. Bride Of Crankenstein
2. You Can Make Me Wait
3. Brass Cupcake
4. Barcelonian Horseshoe Pit
5. Onions Make The Milk Taste Bad
6. Sesame Street Meat
7. Nine Yards
8. The Bunk Up
9. I Get Along Hollow Moon
10. Piss Pisstoferson$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
American Hustle SoundtrackLike Goodfellas and Boogie Nights before it, American Hustle's music celebrates the epic feel of '70s pop, rock, and disco and uses it to give its story extra heft. David O. Russell's tale of con men, Feds, and the mob has a lighter touch than either of those two movies, however, and this is reflected in the soundtrack's song choices. More than a few of these tracks are by Electric Light Orchestra as well as Jeff Lynne on his own, and the whimsical yet driving sound of 10538 Orchestra, Long Black Road, and Stream of Stars lends a tongue-in-cheek tone supported by Tom Jones' Delilah and Chris Stills' Live to Live. The album touches on some of the decade's definitive songs (Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Wings' Live and Let Die, Donna Summer's I Feel Love) but never sounds like a prepackaged hits-of-the-'70s collection, due in large part to unique choices like Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' gritty version of Don't Leave Me This Way and Mayssa Karaa's otherworldly Arabic interpretation of Jefferson Airplane's White Rabbit, which is so striking that it's one of the finest songs on an album packed with big names. A nuanced and playful soundtrack, American Hustle works well as a companion piece to the movie that spawned it and on its own.
- Heather Phares (All Music Guide)LP1
1. Jeep's Blues - Duke Ellington
2. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Album Version) - Elton John
3. White Rabbit (Arabic Version) - Mayssa Karaa
4. 10538 Overture - Jeff Lynne
5. Live and Let Die - Wings
6. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart - Bee Gees
7. I Feel Love - Donna Summer
8. Don't Leave Me This Way - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
9. Delilah - Tom Jones
1. I've Got Your Number - Jack Jones
2. Long Black Road - Jeff Lynne
3. A Horse with No Name (Album Version) - America
4. Stream of Stars - Jeff Lynne
5. Live to Live - Chris Stills
6. Irving Montage - Danny Elfman$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Never Breathe What You Can't SeeAt last the long-rumored tag-team assault on God, Justice and the American Way of Life is set to grind your minds and pummel your craniums. The project hatched when the Melvins approached Jello, expressing their outrage at the phony Dead Kennedys cash-in reunion tour and proposed their own tour backing Jello playing all Dead Kennedys songs. Jello replied that he would rather write new songs and a band was born. The music is heavy and catchy, the sharp tongue and deadly riffs are everywhere, so if you think these guys have finally mellowed with age or matured as artists, think again.1. Plethysmograph
2. McGruff the Crime Dog
3. Yuppie Cadillac
4. Islamic Bomb
5. Lighter Side of Global Terrorism
6. Caped Crusader
7. Enchanted Thoughtfist
8. Dawn of the Locusts$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
S&M Airlines (Awaiting Repress)NoFx: Mike Rakhabit (vocals, bass); Eric Melvin (guitar, background vocals); Al Bino (guitar); Erik Shun (drums). Additional personnel: Greg Graffin, Mr. Brett, Steve, Mike (background vocals). Producers: Brett Gurewitz, The Legendary Starbolt. Recorded at Westbeach Recorders, Los Angeles, California in March 1989.1. Day to Daze
2. Five Feet Under
3. Professional Crastination
4. Mean People Suck
5. Vanilla Sex
6. S & M Airlines
7. Drug Free America
8. Life O'Riley
9. You Drink You Drive You Spill
10. Scream For Change
11. Jaundiced Eye
12. Go Your Own Way$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
GoatRemastered from Original Masters by Steve Albini and Bob Weston.
A head-splitting jolt of relentless anxiety, frantic paranoia, concussive racket, and oddball frenzy, The Jesus Lizards Goat became an instant indie-rock landmark upon its 1991 release. Instigating, cutthroat, and snarling through broken teeth, it became the blueprint followed by the likes of Nirvana, Helmet, Fugazi, and the Melvins, and its never sounded better!
Part of Touch & Gos stellar Jesus Lizard reissue campaign, the pioneering Goat has been meticulously remastered from the original tapes by Bob Weston (Mission of Burma, Shellac) and original engineer Steve Albini. The new pressing presents Goat in a sonic light that exceeds even the best expectations. Theres greater space between instruments, heightened dynamics, a more solidified mid-range, extended imaging, deeper soundstage, and an incredible boost in energy. Benefitting from Albinis dry, no-frills production, indie-rock has seldom sounded so dangerous, physical, or fervent.
Vinyl packaged in deluxe gatefold album jacket with 12 x 24 double sided color insert including never before seen photos, and extensive liner notes by the band and by journalists who were there when it was all happening.1. Then Comes Dudley
2. Mouth Breather
5. Monkey Trick
7. South Mouth
8. Lady Shoes
9. Rodeo in Joliet
10. (intentionally blank track)$22.99Remastered Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hex (Awaiting Repress)Fifth official studio album. Band leader Dylan Carlson is regarded as an innovator in ambient, experimental, drone, doom circles. Known mostly for the Black Sabbath-meets-Melvins played at 16 RPM sound, they branch out here, incorporating new influences and continuing to innovate. Bold, vital, and essential.1. Mirage
2. Land Of Some Other Order
3. The Dire And Ever Circling Wolves
4. Left In The Desert
5. Lens Of Unrectified Night
6. An Inquest Concerning Teeth
7. Raiford (The Felon Wind)
8. The Dry Lake
9. Tethered To The Polestar$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Joe PrestonIn 1992 the Melvins' fascination / adoration / denigration of the mighty KISS rock and roll universe compelled them to excrete out three solo masterworks inspired by the KISS solo LPs. The first in the series is King Buzzo, from the Melvins' giggling guitar grumpus. Four songs of atmospheric clanging and rockin' banging. Also features the many talents, drumming and otherwise, of a famous Grunge superstar, whose name sort of rhymes with New Wave Asshole. The second in the series is Dale Crover, from the Melvins' sleepy drum caveman. Four songs of gloomy heaviness, with Dale doin' the drummin', singin', guitarin', and dancin'. The third in the series is Joe Preston, from the Melvins' electronic beard warlord. Three songs of fuzz bass computer drone temper tantrum. All three 12-inches reissued on vinyl after 100,000 years out of print.1. The Eagle Has Landed
3. Hands First Flower$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
MudhoneyWith only several singles to their credit (including their classic Touch Me I'm Sick), Mudhoney set out to record their first full-length album in 1989 for the Sub Pop label. With the late-'80s rock scene focusing on glam and thrash metal, Mudhoney and their ilk (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Screaming Trees, and the Melvins, etc.) were a refreshing break from the norm.
Mudhoney remains one of the band's finest albums, offering an abundance of stripped down, brash three chord rockers. For a taste of Seattle rock before it became copied and homogenized by the mid-'90s, just check out such cuts as This Gift, Flat Out Fucked, You Got It and the suicide tale By Her Own Hand.1. This Gift
2. Flat Out Fucked
3. Get Into Yours
4. You Got It
5. Magnolia Caboose Babyshit
6. Come to Mind
7. Here Comes Sickness
8. Running Loaded
9. The Farther I Go
10. By Her Own Hand
11. When Tomorrow Hits
12. Dead Love$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (An Opera)The wildly eclectic, hard-grooving, soulful soundtrack to the genre-defining film by the same name: Melvin Van Peebles' Sweet Sweetback's Badassssss Song (1971). Featuring a then virtually unknown, but already hot Earth Wind & Fire, Sweetback's is a landmark record in what would become the Blaxploitation genre. An absolute must have for connoisseurs of funk, soul, soul-jazz, hip-hop and beyond. Fans of Isaac Hayes' iconic Shaft album will not want to pass this by.1. Sweetback Losing His Cherry
2. Sweetback Getting It Uptight And Preaching It So Hard The Bourgeois Reggin Angels In Heaven Turn Around
3. Come On Feet
4. Sweetback's Theme
5. Hoppin John
6. Mojo Woman
7. Sanra Z
8. Reggins Hangin On In There As Best They Can
9. Won't Bleed Me
10. The Man Tries Running His Usual Game But Sweetback's Jones Is So Strong He Wastes The Hounds (Yeah! Yeah! And Besides That Will Be Coming Back Takin Names & Collecting Dues)$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Plays The Blues For You (Pure Pleasure)
Guitarist Melvin Taylor's fluid, smartly constructed solos and understated yet winning vocals are surprises on this 1984 nine-track set recorded for Isabel. Taylor is not a fancy or arresting singer but succeeds through his simple, effective delivery of lyrics, slight inflections, and vocal nuances. His guitar work is impressive, with skittering riffs, shifting runs, and dashing solos. Organist/pianist Lucky Peterson is an excellent second soloist, adding cute background phrases at times, then stepping forward and challenging or buttressing Taylor's playing with his own dazzling lines.
- Melvin Taylor (vocals, guitar)
- Lucky Peterson (organ, piano)
- Titus Williams (bass, guitar)
- Ray Allison (drums)
Recording: March 1984 at Studio Davout, Paris
Production: Didier Tricard
About Pure Pleasure
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Talking To Anna-Mae (Part 1)
2. T.V. Mama
3. I'll Play The Blues For You
4. Born To Lose
5. Tribute To Wes
6. Cadillac Assembly Line
7. Voodoo Daddy
8. Talking To Anna-Mae (Part 2)
9. Groovin' In Paris$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Fickle Finger Of Fate (Awaiting Repress)Pressed On White Colored Vinyl
Introducing, the debut solo album from the enigmatic legend that is Dale Crover.
Amongst his 30+ year career as one-half of the essential Melvins roster, Crover has contributed to countless albums ranging from platinum-plated classics (ahem,Nirvana) to seminal cult LPs. However, up until this point, Crover's solo efforts have only appeared once in a blood moon, limited to the Melvins 1992 KISS-themed solo EP, and a couple intermittent 7 releases. The Fickle Finger Of Fate marks Crover's first calculated, full-length solo effort.
But let's be clear: this is not a drum record. The album features a perplexingly diverse batch of songs that recall the best moments of the Melvins catalog. With 90% of all instruments played by Crover and recorded by longtime engineer Toshi Kasai, the album is sure to tickle the temporal lobes of Melvins devotees.
Sonically, the album ranges from slightly microwaved heaviness, to surprisingly chill Pink Floyd-tinged ballads, to Max Roach-meets-Throbbing-Gristle drum experimentations,to good old fashioned Andy Kaufman-style head-fuckery.
Though consistently otherworldly, The Fickle Finger Of Fate is surprisingly approachable- dare we say, catchy. But even at it's most anthemic, you won't be able to shake the feeling that a sinister ambiance is hovering just beneath the surface.1. Chicken Ala King
2. Bad Move
3. The Members Bounce
4. None, No More
5. Hillbilly Math
6. String Bean
7. The Short Con
8. Little Brother
9. Tiny Sound
10. Slide On Up
11. Big Uns
13. Giant Hunka Cake
14. Fickle Finger Of Fate
15. Thunder Pinky
16. Horse Pills
17. There Goes The Neighborhood
18. Our Supreme Leader
19. I Found The Way Out
20. Vulnavia$23.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
"Turbo Fruits are one of my favorite bands from Nashville and they are also some
of my favorite people from Nashville. I'm excited about their new album and glad
they let me help out in making some of it." - Patrick Carney, The Black Keys
"By a mile my favorite rock band right now." - Todd Snider, Hard Working Americans
"The band's casual charm and rough edges make [them] a joy to listen to" - Paste Magazine
"They're everything you could ever want in a Nashville garage rock band. -Vice
Turbo Fruits have made their name with notoriously wild live shows and
frenetic rock songs about girls, drugs and frying their brains. On No
Control, their fourth and most self-aware album, the band emerges from
their teenage haze of pot smoke with a fresh perspective and by far,
their best album yet.1. Show Me Something Real
2. The Way I Want You
3. Don't Let Me Break Your Heart Again
4. Favorite Girl
5. Need To Know
6. Don't Change
7. No Reason To Stay
9. Blow These Clouds Away
10. Worry About You
11. Big Brother$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-MEL-3515xHard Working Americans
Rest In ChaosLet me explain what it's like to summarize Rest in Chaos. What you have here is, in the first place, the book of Genesis as deftly reconceived by Todd Snider who has been inhabited by a spirit resembling Philip K. Dick. The rest of the Hard Working Americans are under the direction (or perhaps in the thrall) of an older wiser Jimi Hendrix and a Frank Zappa no less exacting than he was when he departed. It is rock'n'roll music, past, present and future, and that's no dream, it's just a fact. There are moments here when the walls of Babel might be falling, there are moments when they are reinvented and every time you try to pin it down, it shows you something else. "Half Ass Moses," the third song, ends by declaring "The song wasn't all that complicated."
Like hell it isn't. When, in the very next song, "Dope is Dope," Todd Snider is a voice more inflammatory and gritty than I have ever heard from him before, "His mother didn't understand him / Whose mother ever does?" am I supposed to laugh, cry, applaud or beg for mercy. All that's really sure is, you're not leaving 'til the show's over. Even if you want to. There's nowhere else to go, and even if there were, the music's too good.
So much for metaphysics. The actual physics of the thing is seven billion people out for what they only think is a stroll, armed with nothing more than some quite treacherous Roman candles Rest in Chaos might, if these Hard Working Americans were scientists of something other than sound, be the story of the entropy of the universe, and if you think I'm kidding that's only because you haven't taken the deep dive into its complexity, which if not quantum is at least a quandary. Albums aren't this good anymore; they're not this ambitious; their parts are not so finely conceived, the risks they take are not so reckless, the ways they resolve contradictions are not so elegant. Most of all they don't kick you in the preconceptions anywhere near so often. (How did they manage to create harmonies in "Something Else" that recall both the Hollies and the Mothers of Invention?)
Todd's songs sound like he swiped part of them from Billy Joe Shaver and part from Tim Buckley and welded them together with spare parts from Iggy and Paul McCartney. There's a nightmare embedded here, and what cares the weight of it, the aspect of doom and the hint of doom is Dave Schools' bass. Neal Casal, who might be the most under-rated guitarist in rock, is constantly making the chaos more beautiful than you'd think possible. The roots of the sound are in the jam bands and Americana groups and singer-songwriter sessions the band members have played in but when they get to "Throwing Goats" (OK, maybe I should have said Thomas Pynchon or John Barth rather than Dick) and "Something Else" (both parts), they've joined the ranks of the rockers who no longer look for interstellar overdrive, because they've already found it.
All this is, of course, metaphor. Well, most of it. Some of it. The part about how strong it is, how smart, how completely the product of the past ("stand up for your brother, stick it to the man") and how anticipatory of one of the best futures anyone has shown us is straight up. It's one of the most well-sustained albums I've heard in years, and what it sustains is not only my faith in rock'n'roll or even how hard the Hard Working Americans really do work to make their magic, but how much it means to them, which is the only way it can mean very much to the rest of us.
Let me put it this way: I've heard Rest in Chaos any number of times and there's no way I'm done with it. I can tell you about its surface but I haven't gotten to the bottom of it. I'm not really sure there is one. It is humbling to confront it, and reassuring to know that there is all the rest of our lives for that. "The High Price of Inspiration"? A bargain.1. Opening Statement
2. It Runs Together
3. Half Ass Moses
4. Dope Is Dope
5. Burn Out Shoes
6. Roman Candles
7. Ascending Into Madness
8. Throwing The Goats
9. Something Else
11. The High Price of Inspiration
13. Purple Mountain Jamboree$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now