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Movie'Movie' is Mod Sun's highly anticipated sophomore album on Rostrum Records!
The album includes features from D.R.A.M, Maty Noyes, Blackbear, gnash, and Dej Loaf. Production by Arthur McArthur, Bobby Johnson, Don Cannon, Da Honorable C.N.O.T.E., Mike Dupree, and Michael Keenan.1. Previews
2. We Do This Shit (feat. Dej Loaf)
3. She Just Wanna Dance
4. You Are (feat. mansionz)
5. Beautiful Problem (feat. gnash)
8. Smokin' What I'm Smokin' On (feat. Rich The Kid)
9. Spent All My Money... (feat. blackbear)
10. Make Somethin' Of Yourself
11. The End Or Start Again?$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Look UpIt can be far too easy to get caught in negativity in today's world. We're surrounded by it in the news, the media and even entertainment. And that's what makes Mod Sun's music and message all the more refreshing.
"It's about empowerment. It's about saying it's okay to sit by yourself on a Friday night and make music. You'll never be lonely if you love the person you're alone with," says the rapper, whose name stands for "Movement On Dreams Stand Under None."
A Minnesota native, Mod grew up in a household that played everything from Bob Dylan to Prince, and that eclectic foundation has informed his musical journey. He started playing drums at age 13, and by 16, he began touring with a few bands, including the successful rock group Four Letter Lie.
But his heart told him to go after something else.
"I was in a state of comfort, touring and in a band, and I decided I wanted to totally change it up and do something I believed in," the 27-year-old remembers.
So he gave up that steady gig to pick up the mic. Mod wrote his first song at age 19, and hasn't looked back since. Over the last eight years, he has released six mixtapes and three EPs. He has collaborated with artists including Schoolboy Q, Nipsey Hussle and G-Eazy, and earned a spot as one of sixteen independent artists from around the world competing for the cover of Rolling Stone in 2011.
After his most recent release, 2012's Happy As Fuck, he again proved his artistic versatility, by momentarily shifting his writing focus in a new direction: His book, Did I Ever Wake Up?
"It's all about the fact of making your life a dream," he says of the inspirational work. "I was a stubborn kid. You can never learn if you're always right. It took all these things for me to become what I want to be."
Now, the focus is again squarely on the music. He's built plenty of momentum over the last year, thanks to videos for tracks like "My Hippy, "Free Love" and "Mushrooms." And now, Mod is getting ready to deliver his Friend Base - because he has no fans, only friends - his debut album, which is due at the top of 2015, through Rostrum Records.
The music has grown, but the underlying message remains.
"No matter the amount of negativity you're presented with, 5 minutes from now could be your best moment."1. Look Up
2. Headed Home
3. Free Love
4. Goddess Ft. G-Eazy
5. Did It Again Last Night
6. Howlin' At The Moon
7. My Hippy Ft. Dizzy Wright
8. Shoot 'Em Down Ft. MGK + Blackbear
9. My Favorite Shirt Is My Skin
10. Never Quit Ft. Travis Barker
12. Not That Bad Ft. Jody Highroller
15. Same Way Pt. 2$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Space Age Is Here to Stay
Over 75 Minutes Of Vocal Performances - Audible Perfection!
Featuring Album Art Interpreted From The Work Of The Father Of Modern Space Art, Chesley Bonestell
Extensive Liner Notes
Across the history of jazz, there is no wilder, more future-forward composer and performer than Herman Poole Blount, aka Sun Ra. Known as much for his wild on-stage persona as his innovative compositions, Sun Ra was the avant-garde bleeding edge of the jazz genre, introducing modal composition and electronic instrumentation before almost anyone else -- not to mention bringing the space age to life with his obsession with all things extraterrestrial. Across more than 100 LPs released in his lifetime, Sun Ra charted a course to space and far, far beyond.
Known primarily for his keyboard improv and freeform band arrangements, Sun Ra could also write great vocal songs when he set his mind to it. Such songs as Space Is The Place and Interplanetary Music No.1 show Ra's unique approach to songwriting, using eerie chanting and repetition to create hypnotic moods. And Ra could get swingy when he wanted to as well -- Enlightenment and Sometimes I'm Happy are gorgeous ballads, as pretty as any Tin Pan Alley tune. Of course, it wouldn't be Sun Ra without his space age lyrics -- Take your first step out to outer space/You're like a little baby who never walked before shows up in the future-predicting Walking On The Moon.
At long last, Modern Harmonic has put together The Space Age Is Here To Stay, the very first collection of Sun Ra's vocal tracks - two albums' worth of mind-blowing tunes from the mind of the Man from Saturn himself. 2LPs wrapped in a gorgeous package featuring artwork by the king of space-age art himself, Chesley Bonestell. Includes extensive liner notes from Charles Blass of Sun Radio. Cue this one up and get ready to visit other worlds in Sun Ra's jazz rocket ship!LP 1
1. Along Came Ra / The Living Myth
2. Interplanetary Music No. 1
3. Back In Your Own Back Yard
5. 'Round Midnight
6. Sometimes I'm Happy
7. The Antique Blacks
8. Moorish Nights
9. Walking On The Moon
10. This Song Is Dedicated To Nature's God
2. Space Is The Place
3. The Forest Of No Return
4. The Truth About Planet Earth
5. Nuclear War (live)
6. Space Chant (Third Heaven)$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Thunder Of The GodsPressed On Colored Vinyl
A new Sun Ra LP touches ground in the earthly bins, 50 years after its creation!
Sun Ra is still trying to get our attention 50 years after dispatching this transmission. Humanity's path since then makes his message even more urgent today. Years after Herman Poole "LeSony'r Ra" Blount "left the planet" he's still trying to reach us, to wake us up and to change our destiny. Sun Ra and the Arkestra weren't a traditional studio band, and every star in the vast galaxy of their discography reflects this. The origins of these records can be hard to pinpoint at times, but when it comes to Thunder Of The Gods, it's a bit easier. "Calling Planet Earth - We'll Wait For You" was discovered on tapes from Ra's, Universe In Blue, believed to be recorded in '71. The raucous title track and "Moonshots Across the Sky" are unearthed from the '66 Strange Strings sessions. Modern Harmonic has once again paired Ra's sonic art with the visual art of "The Father of Modern Space Art," Chesley Bonestell, whose 1952 work "Formation of the Earth's Continents" spralls across the front and back covers.
Thanks to Modern Harmonic, in partnership with Sun Ra LLC, soon you will be holding an album of unreleased Sun Ra music 50 years after it was recorded! That this music survived to reach our ears after all of this time is quite a miraculous gift. It sounds as though it could have come from either the ancient past or the distant future, yet most perfectly, it's the music of right now."
- Christopher Eddy (Sun Ra Arkive)1. Calling Planet Earth - We'll Wait For You (Stereo)
2. Moonshots Across The Sky (Mono)
3. Thunder Of The Gods (Mono)$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-MOD-1319xTom Glazer & Dottie Evans
Red Colored Vinyl
The first ever vinyl reissue of an extraordinarily-unique space-age educational LP. Includes the oft-covered "A Shooting Star Is Not A Star" and "Why Does The Sun Shine?" Featuring Leo Leonni cover art and taken from the original atomic-era 1959 master tapes. Written by Hy Zaret and sung by Tom Glazer & Dottie Evans. Zaret (co-author of "Unchained Melody") turned his attention to educational children's music in the late 1950s, collaborating with Lou Singer on a six-album series called "Ballads for the Age of Science." Space Songs stands alone as the most essential volume in a series that also featured songs about energy and motion, experiments, weather, and nature. Space Songs contains "Why Does the Sun Shine (aka "The Sun Is a Mass of Incandescent Gas") and "A Shooting Star Is Not a Star" which were more recently popularized by They Might Be Giants.1. Zoom A Little Zoom (Rocket Ship)
2. What Is The Milky Way
3. Constellation Jig
4. Beep, Beep (Here Comes The Satellite)
5. Why Does The Sun Shine
6. What Is A Shooting Star
7. It's A Scientific Fact
8. Ballad Of Sir Isaac Newton
10. Why Are Stars Of Different Colors
11. Why Do Stars Twinkle
12. What Is Gravity
13. Planet Minuet
14. Why Go Up There$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
El Is A Sound Of Joy/Black Sky and Blue Moon (Out Of Stock)Shining sounds from the dawn of the Sun Ra Arkestra. El is A Sound of Joy was recorded in 1956 and appeared the following year on the very first Saturn LP, Super-Sonic Jazz. Incredible is the fact that saxophonist Charles Davis, here providing the soulful baritone anchor line (counterpoint to Ra's formidable left hand), remains in the front-line of today's Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen. Shuffle swing breakdown jets leisurely, casually, masterfully, painting lush, post-modern impressions of ancient future worlds, of space, of time of Chicago's elevated trains Reaching for the sky, for Joy . The "Joy" coda dovetails magically into the intro theme of Black Sky And Blue Moon, before downshifting into another dimension of romantic outrospection.
We follow The Nu Sounds, aka Cosmic Rays, on a faraway journey to the land of late-50s Chicago singing groups, the Arkestra supporting with quiet grace, pulsing in Nubians of Plutonia mode. An uncanny blend of antique blackness and bright satellites, ethereal voices perfectly in tune; thanks to Ra's disciplined coaching (plus Modern Harmonic's expert re-mastering), their sweet dynamics and exact harmonics are crystal clear. Flute solo from Marshall Allen. Hearts swelling like the full moon, ripening in the darkness to the point of bursting.1. El Is A Sound Of Joy
2. Black Sky And Blue Moon$9.997 Vinyl Single - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Saturn/Mystery Mr. Ra (Out Of Stock)Sun Ra's angular yet strident and soulful Saturn," recorded in 1958, displays bluesy cubist bop in perfect alter-dimensional extension of Fletcher Henderson. It's also a showcase for John Gilmore's sax acrobatics and supersonic swing. Gilmore dove deep into the Ra Omniverse; got the concept - as Coltrane described the tenor giant - hooked by this composition, and never left. Dual baritones of Pat Patrick and Charles Davis (who continues in the front line of the living, glowing Arkestra of 2016!) boil underneath Sunny, skipping lightyear intervals on the ivories. Mystery, Mr. Ra, recorded live in 1984 and originally unissued, is just on the friendly side of ominous. Its deep funk, delivered by James Jacson on the Ancient Egyptian Astro Infinity Drum, lifts up Ra's dark bravado with no uncertainty:
I'm Mister Re, King of the Kingdom of Mystery
I represent the splendor of the Magic Myth
I'm not a part of history
I belong to the Myth you see
Part 2 of Mystery involves Sun Ra's conduction and Arkestral space chords, collective emissions of precision and discipline from the Ra jail." Marshall Allen is heard on alto at the conclusion.1. Saturn
2. Mystery Mr. Ra$9.997 Vinyl Single - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Plutonian Nights/Reflects Motion (Part One) (Out Of Stock)Plutonian Nights, the opening jam from the 1959 Afrofuturist classic album Nubians of Plutonia, is Sun Ra's quintessential, astro-majestic party joint. Among the top grooves in his immense catalog, Ra reveals his love for R&B is inseparable from his embrace of Jazz. (He once told bassist Richard Evans, We don't play Jazz, we play Dazz.) Pat Patrick's bari sax morphs into a Fender bass, while the swinging flow of John Gilmore & Co. gives new meaning to the notion of 'Blowing' (Out From Chicago).
Remastered for top-down cruise control and better breathing. Reflects Motion is breakbeat heaven from the groundbreaking early-60s Choreographer's Workshop sessions, long buried in the deep space vaults. Marshall Allen's flute whispers betwixt Scoby Stroman's drums transmuted via Tommy "Bugs" Hunter's ghostly signature tape reverb. Down to the striking reminiscence of the vocal melody pattern, a direct predecessor (two decades prior) to King Tubby meets Augustus Pablo. Inna Space-Fire Dub Style.1. Plutonian Nights
2. Reflects Motion (Part 1)$9.997 Vinyl Single - Sealed Temporarily out of stock