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My WorldMy World is Justin Bieber's debut release, which served as more than just an introduction for the young star. This seven-track EP features singles "One Time" & "One Less Lonely Girl," which went Top 10 in the U.S. Universal Music is pleased to bring My World to vinyl for the first time!1.One Time
3.Down To Earth
5.One Less Lonely Girl
7.Love Me$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
My World 2.0My World 2.0 was Justin Bieber's first full-length studio album, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart. It features lead singles, "Baby" ft. Ludacris, "Eenie Meenie" ft. Sean Kingston & "Somebody To Love." Universal Music is please to bring My World 2.0 to vinyl for the first time!1. Baby
2. Somebody To Love
3. Stuck In The Moment
4. U Smile
5. Runaway Love
6. Never Let You Go
8. Eenie Meenie
10.That Should Be Me$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bad To My WorldBacktrack returns in fullest form with Bad To My World, their first album since 2014's highly successful Lost In Life.
Along with longtime producer Nick Jett (Terror) they entered the Wild Arctic studio to lay down 10 brand new songs
with Dean Baltulonis (Madball, No Warning). Since 2008 Backtrack's been a force to be reckoned with, releasing
records on hardcore's most relevant labels, touring the world, and writing some of the most urgent, honest &
aggressive hardcore music in the last decade.1. War
2. One With You
3. Bad To My World
4. The Deep Is Calling
5. Dead At The Core
8. Crooks Die Slow
9. Never-Ending Web
10. Sanity$14.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
My World Was Made For YouMy World Was Made For You is the debut album from The Icypoles, four gals from Melbourne who would just as easily fit into a Bande a Part dance scene or be happily serving cherry pie at Twin Peaks' Double R Diner*. Having become a familiar fixture on Melbourne's inner-north stages, and with two previous releases (2009's Getting Ready cassette and 2011's Promise to Stay 7" EP), The Icypoles' musical adventures can be traced back to the early 00s, with half the band finding their formative footing playing in Architecture in Helsinki.1. You Make Me
3. Gotta Stop
4. Round N Round
5. Just You
6. Stayin' Home
8. Happy Birthday
9. Popular Boy
10. Don't Fall In Love
11. Settle Down
12. Love Thy Will Be Done
13. Hearts$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
My Life, My WaySo far we only reissued classic AGNOSTIC FRONT albums from the 80s and early 90s, but we all know this NEW YORK HARDCORE machine cant be stopped and that they are still going strong until this very day! Therefor the next reissue on STRENGTH RECORDS is one of the bands more recent, but certainly not their least records, 2011s MY LIFE, MY WAY! Originally released on NUCLEAR BLAST, the original pressing is already long gone and sold out, with some of the versions selling for top dollar on the known auction sites. We reckon that great music should be available for everyone who wants to hear it for a fair price, and MY LIFE, MY WAY can definitely be classified under great New York hardcore music with modern day classics such as City Streets, Us Against The World, My Way, Until The Day I Die and The Sacrifice!1. City Streets
2. More Than A Memory
3. Us Against The World
4. My Life, My Way
5. Thats Life
6. Self Pride
7. Until The Day I Die
8. Now And Forever
9. The Sacrifice
10. A Mi Manera
11. Your Worst Enemy
12. Empty Dreams
13. Time Has Come$37.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
D12 WorldContinuing With Its Respect The Classic Campaign, UMe Will Be Reissuing This Classic Back On Vinyl With A Special Edition Animated Cover With Monster Finger With Nails That Grow And A Rotating Planet.
D12 is the hip hop group from Detroit featuring the world's most popular rapper, Eminem. Their sophomore album "D12 World" features My Band, which reached number one in Australia and the U.S., and top 5 in the U.K. and Germany. The album features production by Dr. Dre, Kanye West and Eminem.1. Git Up
3. Just Like U
4. I'll Be Damned
6. My Band
7. U R The One
8. 6 In The Morning
9. How Come
10. Leave Dat Boy Alone
11. Get My Gun
14. Steve's Coffee House
15. D-12 World
16. 40 Oz.
17. Commercial Break
18. American Psycho II
19. Bugz 97
20. Good Die Young$38.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Another WorldAntony & The Johnsons emerged on the international stage in 2005 with their breakthrough "I Am A Bird Now" (over 700,000 RTD worldwide). His first new material since 2006 is a prelude to the new full-length, "The Crying Light", coming in January 2009. Of the project, Antony said, "I wanted to mark this moment very clearly in my life. I love and feel so anchored by the natural world, which gave birth to me, which supplies and supports my life, this experience of color and light and aching beauty. But the world is changing so fast now. 'Another World' is a song for the present but also a song for the future. What have I lost? And what is to come?"1.Another World
3.Shake That Devil
4.Sing For Me
5.Hope Mountain$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Old World RomanceSea Wolf's founder and leading man, Alex Brown Church (writer/guitar/vocals), shares "After the last record, which was written and recorded far from home and was more of a group experience, I really wanted to stay close to home, be in my own space and give myself room to explore and write and record on my own schedule," Church continues, "I just felt I needed to bring Sea Wolf back to me, to my world," Church produced and recorded Old World Romance in the comfort of his home studio, with mixing by Kennie Takahashi (Broken Bells, The Black Keys, Jessica Lea Mayfield).1. Old Friend
2. In Nothing
5. Blue Stockings
6. Saint Catherine St.
7. Changing Seasons
8. Dear Fellow Traveller
9. Miracle Cure
10. Whirlpool$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
This Sweet Old WorldThree-time Grammy Award winner Lucinda Williams is set to release This Sweet Old World - a re-recording of her beloved 1992 album Sweet Old World - to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its release.
This Sweet Old World features updated interpretations of songs such as "Prove My Love", "Sidewalks of the City", "Memphis Pearl" and "Lines Around Your Eyes". Williams breathes new life into classics "Pineola", "Sweet Old World", "Something About What Happens When We Talk", "Little Angel, Little Brother" and Nick Drake's "Which Will". "He Never Got Enough Love" is transformed with additional verses, new sound and new title, "Drivin' Down A Dead End Street", which was the song's original title.
The arrangements on This Sweet Old World are tighter and rawer than the original and feature Williams' fantastic touring/studio band: guitarist Stuart Mathis, bassist David Sutton, and drummer Butch Norton. Guitarist Greg Leisz, who actually participated in the early sessions for the 1992 album, adds his masterful playing to the new recordings.
As if re-recording an entire studio album was not already an unprecedented move, Williams and company also chose to re-record the four tracks that were not included on the original release. This Sweet Old World features new versions of "Factory Blues", "Dark Side of Life", John Anderson's "Wild and Blue" and the John Leventhal/Jim Lauderdale-penned "What You Don't Know".1. Six Blocks Away
2. Something About What Happens When We Talk
3. Drivin' Down A Dead End Street
4. Sweet Old World
5. Little Angel, Little Brother
7. Lines Around Your Eyes
8. Prove My Love
9. Sidewalks Of The City
10. Memphis Pearl
11. Hot Blood
12. Which Will$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Da Real World (Pre-Order)Throughout the entirety of Da Real World, Missy Elliott is determined to redefine the meaning of the negative, female-targeted b-word (the album was originally going to be titled She's a Bitch). Inverting the term to represent a woman who knows what she wants, Missy exhibits her new attitude by aggressively showcasing her strong songwriting skills and superb vocal talents.
Her lyrics are relatively simple, but perfectly complement the syncopated orchestrations of the often-imitated, never-duplicated producer Timbaland. Climactic strings dance around the voices of Missy, Nicole, and Outkast's Big Boi on All N My Grill and on Busa Rhyme a punctuating tone accentuates the dark confessions of featured MC Eminem. A plethora of guests pepper Da Real World, but the multifaceted Missy is never outshone. -Celine Wong1. Mysterious (Intro)
2. Beat Biters
3. Busa Rhyme
4. All N My Grill
5. Dangerous Mouths
6. Hot Boyz
7. You Don't Know
8. Mr. D.J.
9. Checkin' For You (Interlude)
10. Stickin' Chickens
11. Smooth Chick
12. We Did It
13. Throw Your Hands Up (Interlude)
14. She's A Bitch
15. U Can't Resist
16. Crazy Feelings
17. Religious Blessings (Outro)$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Die On My RideTengger Cavalry, meaning the army of the sky god, is the vision of Nature G., who started the project in 2010 and has released several independent recordings to date. In 2015 Nature moved from Beijing to New York City assembling a band of like-minded individuals to further his crusade and has since toured North America twice headlining tours playing to thousands in attendance.
Tengger Cavalry blends the nomadic music traditions and warrior spirit of Central Asia with heavy metal, creating their unique Mongolian Folk Metal. Nature performs multiple Mongolian nomadic instruments including the Morin Khuur, an ancient fiddle, and others native to the region. He sings using the ancient Mongolian tradition of Khoomei, also known as throat singing. Tengger Cavalry has become known as one of the most unique, innovative and exciting bands connecting with fans all over the world.
Die On My Ride is the fifth full-length album and first-ever vinyl release by these pioneers of Mongolian Folk Metal.1. Snow
2. Die On My Ride
3. Independence Day
4. To The Sky
9. The Frontline
10. The Choice of My Mind
11. Me Against Me$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
O Soundtrack My HeartPivot is a rare combination of the emotive and cerebral, harnessing the raw garage energy of three explosive musicians along-side intensive studio production. Part prog-warrior, part slacker geek, the band's music and approach provide something much needed in the world of music. Pivot's sound exudes an omnipresent sense of melodrama and what can only be described as a sort of 'apocalyptic joy.' For fans of The Talking Heads and Vangelis.1 - October
2 - In The Blood
3 - O Soundtrack My Heart
4 - Fool In Rain
5 - Sing, You Sinners
6 - Sweet Memory
7 - Love Like I
8 - Didn't I Furious
9 - Epsilon
10 - Nothing Hurts Machine
11 - My Heart Like Marching Band$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-MER-1016xShout Out Louds
Ease My MindEase My Mind, the fifth full-length by Shout Out Louds, is a welcome return from these Swedish pop masters.
In their 15 years as a band, Shout Out Louds have toured the world many times. The band played a show in the Brazilian rainforest with a freezer box for a dressing room. They once performed in Yokohama,Japan, for an audience of two Austrians. They played in a Sicilian rainstorm so heavy they had to shake out their instruments afterwards,with the soaked backdrop left hung to dry on a hotel façade. Themusic sites will remind you that the band have performed for DavidLetterman and Jay Leno and toured with The Strokes during their heyday, but most importantly, they have released four albums of brilliant pop music.
Ease My Mind was recorded with Fredrik Swahn (from the band The Amazing) who filled the band with such new energy that they were willing to commute to the 'burbs during the darkest months of the year. He was joined by Måns Lundberg who produced the song Souvenirs and Axel Algmark who produced No Logic andAngel. The band recruited Lars Skoglund for drums, known for his work with Lykke Li.
Adam and Bebban in the band write: The world is a different place now than it was in the beginning of the 2000s. We didn't grow up very aware of political messages in music and probably didn't feel much of an urgent need to understand the world around us, in that sense. However, that has changed over the years. The world has seemed extremely dystopic and frail for quite a while now, and having children and getting older forces you to open your eyes to issues more devastating than heartbreak and feeling lost. But in our music, we still allow ourselves to address things the way we always have: through emotions rather than analysis. Music as a means of escape, a need to take a break from feeling petrified with fear. Ease My Mind is a lot about that for us.1. Jumbo Jet
4. White Suzuki
5. No Logic
6. Ease My Mind
7. Oh Oh
8. Throw Some Light
9. Crying Game
10. Souvenirs$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
This Is My HandThis Is My Hand is a journey beyond the composition of
music. "I had this 'back-to-basics' moment of reading how
humans were making sounds before we were using
words," says Shara.
The opening track on This Is My Hand, 'Pressure,' is an
invitation. Within seconds of lowering the needle, listeners
hear a sharp, drum-rolled call to attention, courtesy of the
Detroit Party Marching Band. What follows is a Shara - choreographed whirlwind of horns, woodwinds, beats,
xylophones and synths. The ensuing ' Before the Words'
("Before the verse there was the sound") and the title track
are no less direct in exploring and defining the
fundamentals of not just pop music, but, well, life. "This is
my voice/ this is my heart / this is my choice," sings Shara.
'Apparition,' the final track, is a Tron-like electronic, slow-motion departure from the physical world.
Produced by Shara herself and keyboardist Zac Rae, This
Is My Hand is a bold chapter in the unfurling MBD story.
Its exploration of music and its rhythmic urgency escort
Shara's chamber-music aesthetic out of the chamber and
back into the dance hall and rock bar.1. Pressure
2. Before the Words
3. This Is My Hand
4. Lover Killer
5. I Am Not the Bad Guy
6. Looking at the Sun
8. So Easy
10. Apparition$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tomorrow Is My TurnRhiannon Giddens, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and founding member of Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, makes her solo recording debut with Tomorrow Is My Turn, due out on Nonesuch Records. (The vinyl will follow on March 3.) The album was produced by T Bone Burnett.
Burnett first worked with Giddens when she performed last fall at a concert he curated at New York City's Town Hall that was later broadcast on Showtime: Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of "Inside Llewyn Davis." Backstage, Burnett was immediately moved to ask if he could produce a record with her. "It was clear the first time I heard her at rehearsal that Rhiannon is next in a long line of singers that include Marian Anderson, Odetta, Mahalia Jackson, Rosetta Tharpe," Burnett says. "We need that person in our culture."
For her first solo disc, Giddens chose a broad range of songs from genres as diverse as gospel, jazz, blues, and country. In addition to the traditional "Black Is the Color," tracks include Hank Cochran's "She's Got You," made famous by Patsy Cline; Dolly Parton's "Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind"; "O Love Is Teasin'," popularized by the Kentucky-reared "mother of folk" Jean Ritchie; and Elizabeth Cotton's "Shake Sugaree."
"I had already started putting together a list of songs that didn't really fit into the Chocolate Drops world," Giddens explains. "At the top was 'Tomorrow Is My Turn' [immortalized by Nina Simone]. Seeing Nina do it on YouTube was revelatory. I knew she'd gone through a lot of hard times, as so many people did in that time period. Watching her sing this song, with the words 'tomorrow is my turn,' I began to think about the struggle of her and women like her." The significance of this song led Giddens to make it the title of the album as well. "Other songs started getting on my list and they were all by women or interpreted by women," she says.
Tomorrow Is My Turn was recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville, with a multi-generational group of players whom Burnett assembled. Among them are fiddle player Gabe Witcher and double bassist Paul Kowert of label-mates Punch Brothers; percussionist Jack Ashford of Motown's renowned Funk Brothers; drummer Jay Bellerose; guitarist Colin Linden; legendary backup singer Tata Vega; veteran Nashville session bassist Dennis Crouch; and Giddens' Drops touring band-mates, multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins and beat-boxer Adam Matta.
Tomorrow Is My Turn follows Giddens' work with Elvis Costello, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James, and Marcus Mumford on Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, an album also produced by Burnett that was released in November 2014. Her contribution was hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as the "showstopper evoking antebellum blues with a magnificent voice that interrogates the myths stirred up at Big Pink." The New York Times agreed, saying "On lead vocals she's the album's revelation, singing melodies that hark back to Celtic modes with a decisive presence and a haunting grace."1. Last Kind Words
2. Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind
4. She's Got You
5. Up Above My Head
6. Tomorrow is My Turn
7. Black Is the Color
8. Round About the Mountain
9. Shake Sugaree
10. O Love Is Teasin'
11. Angel City$22.99Vinyl + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Dig My MoodNick Lowe's triumphant return to the indie world back in 1994 was marked by the release of the critically-acclaimed The Impossible Bird. With the overall excitement that followed the release, it was evident that Lowe's music had taken a slightly different twist in the way of a more mature tone and stripped down musical arrangements. And although it was unknown at the time, his next two records Dig My Mood and The Convincer would travel the same road, achieving greater success with each effort. These three records always represented a kind of trilogy to Nick and now for the first time, all three are being issued on vinyl by Nick's now longtime label Yep Roc Records.1. Faithless Lover
2. Lonesome Reverie
3. You Inspire Me
4. What Lack Of Love Has Done
5. Time I Took A Holiday
6. Failed Christian
7. Man That I've Become
9. High On A Hilltop
10. Lead Me Not
11. I Must Be Getting Over You
12. Cold Grey Light Of Dawn$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Come My FanaticsImport
What a difference two years can make ... Between their self-titled debut and this follow-up, Electric Wizard beefed up and distorted their sound and polished their song-writing and the result has taken them light years beyond what the first album achieved. For this reason alone, anyone interested in the band's history and how a young group can progress in leaps and bounds, these two albums are worth seeking out and hearing. The most obvious improvement in the band's style is the overall sound: thick and grimy textures in slower-than-slow guitar chords and riffs, accompanied by basic drum rhythms and a washed-out wailing vocal singing lyrics of despair at the present world and conjuring avenues of escape from the social and political oppression in our society.
We dive straight into the deep end with Return Trip, a crusty doom sludge song if ever there was one, with black grime peeling off riffs to expose a raw layer that quickly changes to hard and dark and bleeds off in turn. The song sticks to the straight and narrow: even an extended instrumental passage doesn't attract a wiggly guitar solo, and it's only towards the end the song acquires layers of melody and riffing to suggest the vocalist's increasing mental derangement. Jus Oborn's singing isn't great - it's more like chanting or shouting sometimes - but his voice has a rough, anguished edge suited to the lyrical content. Real life is cold, hard, tyrannical, unjust and abusive and for many people the only way to stay sane is to escape into one's own world through the portal of hallucinogenic drugs. Wizard in Black and Doom-Mantia take up where Return Trip leaves off: these are epic tracks that extend the sludge / stoner doom trip out further into the realms of psychedelia, the latter track featuring treated vocals and multi-tracked voices (or so they sound).
Ivixor B / Phase Inducer is a wonderfully trippy mindfuck of a piece featuring a seemingly endless loop of female chanting with bubbly guitar effects and lazy bass rhythm followed by an abstract spacey tone piece that probably fell from an old pre-Autobahn Kraftwerk album and needed a home, so why not here. The atmosphere is spooky without appearing sinister. The two separate passages of the track are combined in a way that suggests a breakdown in a spaceship's communications with Earth while the astronauts are overcome by strange cosmic forces that can't be understood by rational people. Very original and quite ingenious!
The remaining tracks on the album suffer for being footnotes to the instrumental track and the strong first half of the album. Son of Nothing is hardcore melodic rock with metal trimmings in style and its post-apocalyptic / sci-fi lyrics embody both hope and fear as the remnants of humanity flee a scorched Earth to find a new home. Solarian 13 brings up the rear with a mix of gently buoyant and seesawing grime-thickened guitar rhythms around which trippy ambient effects swirl and tease.
The album draws its strength from a more streamlined musical approach in which music serves to enhance each song and its subject rather than fill out empty spaces with frills or show off individual musicians' dexterity and master of their instruments; and also from powerful lyrical themes of alienation, global destruction and flight to new worlds whether internally in one's head as a form of escape or externally for survival. Fantasy, the apocalypse and its aftermath, and science fiction elements of space travel through drugs and spaceships, and human migration to new worlds combine with doom, stoner and sludge metal to generate an original piece of work in Come My Fanatics .... It's on this album that EW find their calling.
- NausikaDalazBlindaz (The Metal Archives)1. Return Trip
2. Wizard in Black
4. Ivixor B / Phase Inducer
5. Son of Nothing
6. Solarian 13
7. Demon Lung
10. Return to the Son of Nothingness$37.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Poets Were My HeroesMorning Glory is made up of the stuff that the gritty, punk-crust motherland of New York's infamous Lower East Side has been known to spawn. This group of punkers and squatters had very humble beginnings indeed. Already in various other New York punk bands, Morning Glory first became the spark of an idea when Ezra Kire (Leftöver Crack, Choking Victim, INDK) took time off from touring and started to write some tunes in his NYC apartment.
In 2001, with nothing but a drum machine and an 8-track reel-to-reel, Ezra wrote and recorded the songs that would become Morning Glory's first LP, This Is No Time ta Sleep. Though it was self-recorded, home-released and had no touring support, it still managed to create a small but ubiquitous underground buzz. With a virtuosic range of musical elements such as ska, punk, metal, and even some rhyming, its catchy, anthemic sing-alongs showcased Ezra's flourishing writing talents. And while his lyrics stayed true to the caustic political edge of his other bands, the overall message remained more optimistic and leaned towards the humanistic, personal side of life.
In 2002, Ezra finally assembled a live band, handpicking musicians from the local NYC punk scene, including members of Nausea, World/Inferno Friendship Society and Stockyard Stoics. This lineup recorded the EP, The Whole World is Watching, released on Blacknoise Records in 2003. While the years that followed were spent recording and touring with Leftöver Crack, Morning Glory took a back seat.
But after these long years of touring, Ezra finally decided to give Morning Glory the attention it deserved in 2010 and began writing songs for what was to become the epic new album, Poets Were My Heroes. In the summer of 2011, Ezra and the band (with longtime members Early Gates, "Metal" Chris and Lucky Strano alongside new guitarist Adam Schrager) hit the studio with a barrage of new material. Picture the sonic kaleidoscope of punk noise meeting strings, horns, choirs, pianos and organs over a web of distorted guitars and marching, single kick pedal drums.
These are the sounds that make up Poets Were My Heroes, Morning Glory's Fat Wreck Chords debut and first full-length album recorded with a live band. Re-enlisting producer Jesse Cannon (The Menzingers, Saves the Day), a wealth of material was recorded, with only the very strongest songs being chosen to make up the album. It is both grand and elaborate, with each song evoking a different mood and style, challenging the musicianship of even the most dexterous players, while still maintaining its punk-inspired simplicity.
While the band itself has described themselves as "somewhere between Oasis and The Clash," they continue to break rules and write music that is true only to themselves, adhering to no genres, creeds or political factions. The sing-along choruses give the band a broader appeal than the standard politi-kill punk acts, but the key message is more subversive: "Think for yourself, decide for yourself, make up your own mind and love your friends. Only you know what is right for you. Together we are what we can't be alone." It's this unity in diversity that makes the band special and not just another punk outfit. Double vinyl includes digital download of full album.1. Everything's A Song (To Me)
2. Shelter From The Spoon
3. Poets Were My Heroes
4. March Of The Asylum
5. Quemar Las Fronteras
6. Divide By
7. Orphan's Holiday
10. Life's A Long Revenge
11. Another Way (Outside The Walls Of Eden)
12. Born To December$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
My Shame Is TrueCult punk rock heroes, Alkaline Trio return with My Shame Is True, their most dynamic album to date. Recorded with Bill Stevenson of punk legends The Descendents and Black Flag and with Jason Livermore at the producers' Blasting Room Studios in Colorado, My Shame Is True pushes the band into new musical terrain while embracing their classic Trio sound. The album contains 40 minutes of passionate punk-filled rock that showcases guitarist/vocalist Matt Skiba, bassist/vocalist Dan Andriano and drummer Derek Grant at their absolute best.
We're very proud of it," says Matt Skiba. "Once we got in the studio, the songs really took on a shape of their own." From the album's first melodic opener "She Lied To The FBI" to the first single, " I Wanna Be A Warhol" the Trio waste no time setting the tone for their energetic, hook-filled, eighth studio album. For the first time ever on an Alkaline Trio record, My Shame Is True finds a guest appearance from Rise Against's Tim Mcllarth on rousing punk rock anthem, "I , Pessimist", while songs like "I'm Only Here to Disappoint" and album closer, "Till Death Do Is Part" remind fans of classic Trio, with stellar song-writing and catchy choruses.
Determined to never make the same record twice, Alkaline Trio have preserved the most electric elements of their collaborative songwriting abilities while pushing ahead creatively and as a band. With multiple world tours, numerous chart successes, and over fifteen years under their belt, the dark punk trio have cemented their legacy with My Shame Is True. It's never been about being rich or famous," continues Skiba. "We always wanted to have the band be our career to have that longevity that should be the goal. We are going to do it until it stops being fun. If it ever feels like a job, why would you be involved in the arts at all? We have the right chemistry as a band and with crowds, big or small. We have community within a community."1. She Lied To The FBI
2. I Wanna Be A Warhol
3. I'm Only Here To Disappoint
4. Kiss You To Death
5. The Temptation Of St. Anthony
6. I, Pessimist
7. Only Love
8. The Torture Doctor
9. Midnight Blue
10. One Last Dance
11. Young Lovers
12. Until Death Do Us Part$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Heart On My SleeveBefore Mary Lambert achieved "quasi-stardom" (as she puts it in her typical self-deprecating way) for writing and singing the hook on Macklemore & Ryan
Lewis' marriage equality anthem "Same Love," the Seattle native was an aspiring singer-songwriter who also worked as a brunch waitress and bartender.
After years of struggling both financially and personally, Lambert suddenly found herself signed to Capitol Records, releasing an EP (Welcome To The
Age of My Body), nominated for two Grammy Awards (for "Song of the Year" and "Album of The Year"), and making history performing on the Grammy
telecast with Macklemore, Lewis, and Madonna, while Queen Latifah memorably married 33 couples. "I like to describe Heart On My Sleeve as a pop
album with a conscience," Lambert says about her debut full-length album. "So I made a list of goals" to: 1. Have fun. 2. Create something catchy. 3.
Create something that positively impacts the world. 4. Stay true to yourself. 5. Make money. "Is that okay to say?" she asks.
Written within the past year (with lyrics by Lambert and music co-written by Lambert, co-producers Eric Rosse and Benny Cassette, and songwriter
MoZella), Heart On My Sleeve is an honest depiction of where Lambert is now. "I can only write about the experiences I've had. I signed to a major label. I
went through a break-up. I figured out how to be an independent person. I have been terrifyingly honest to the public about traumatic events in my life. I
met the woman of my dreams. I have been on the road nonstop, away from those I love, but with the opportunity to sing about gay rights to hundreds of
thousands of people. This album is inspired by the depth of all of that love, and the journey that it takes to get there." "Heart On My Sleeve" is a dusky
love song that Lambert chose as the title track because she felt it summed up how she approached writing the lyrics on the album. "I've always lived my
life completely open, both to getting hurt, but also to love," she says. Lambert also spells out her mission on the album's first single, "Secrets," which - set
to a buoyant pop melody and hand-claps - is meant to encourage vulnerability.1. Secrets
2. So Far Away
3. Rib Cage ft. K Flay, Angel Haze
4. Dear One
5. When You Sleep
6. Chasing the Moon
7. Jessie's Girl
9. Heart on My Sleeve
10. Wounded Animal
11. Sum of Our Parts$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
All My LifeWith All My Life, his second APO Records release, Jimmie Lee is aiming for goose bumps and tears. And if you've got appreciation for acoustic, front porch blues, you'll have a tough time escaping his spell.
No doubt Jimmie Lee Robinson offers a delightful taste of traditional blues. His work through the years with such stalwarts as Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Freddie King, Elmore James and Jimmy Reed have made their impressions on the man called The Lonely Traveler just as he has been credited with inspiring them.
On All My Life you'll hear standby classics like a haunting, slowed-down version of Muddy Waters' Forty Days and Forty Nights with eerie harmonica accompaniment by Madison Slim. And Jimmie Lee even covers a non-blues favorite with What a Wonderful World. His live version of that song at a 1999 concert in Blue Heaven Studios - the converted church that is home to APO Records - brought tears to scores of the 400 in attendance.
But All My Life is also packed with Jimmie Lee originals like the title track, which was once covered by John Mayall, where Jimmie Lee pleads with the woman of his dreams to return all the respect and love he's paid to her. That track is also a perfect showcase for the classic Jimmie Lee growling vocals and the spurs jangling from his boots as the only percussion.
Unlike his first APO release, Remember Me, an almost entirely-solo effort, Jimmie Lee is joined on most of the All My Life tracks by APO artist and noted-guitarist Jimmy D. Lane and journeyman harp player Madison Slim, whose knack for acoustic blues is highlighted on this release.
Jimmie Lee has gained national attention for his protest of the destruction of Chicago's famed Maxwell Street, said to be the birthplace of Chicago blues and the neighborhood where Jimmie Lee grew up. He fasted for 81 straight days, shunning solid food as if it was the wrecking ball he so badly wants to stop. His efforts were even documented on the front page of the New York Times.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Forty Days and Forty Nights
2. I'll Be Around
3. Love My Baby
4. The Sun Is Shining
5. Driftin' Blues
6. The Girl I Love
8. All My Life
9. I'm Ready
10. What A Wonderful World
11. Too Late
12. If I Get Lucky$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
My Midnight Things (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 15, 2018*
Since 1983, the name Lizzy Borden has been synonymous with heavy metal music of the highest caliber. With My Midnight Things he has reaffirmed this standing, delivering the biggest, most dramatic, moving and cinematic record of his career, and one of the most essential additions to the genre in 2018. While showcasing a diverse range of sounds, tones and moods, it is unmistakably the work of the man who released a string of classic albums in the 1980s and two more in the 00s, but with a new fire burning at the heart of the record, it is one that he has lovingly crafted for those who scream along with every word at his shows. "On our last tour across Europe, Asia and South America, I noticed that the audience had changed," he states. "It got a lot younger. I looked out to see all these kids in every country singing at the top of their lungs to songs that were written before they were born, and that made me want to start writing some full-blown albums just for them. I wanted to make songs that would be theirs, albums that they could be a part of."
Having not dropped a record since 2007's mighty Appointment With Death, fans have understandably champed at the bit waiting for new material. Though penning numerous songs throughout that period, when it became time to seriously focus upon writing an album, the multi-instrumentalist did what needed to be done to be sure of creating the best possible music. "I knew the only way I could find what I was looking for was to lock myself away and experiment, so that's what I did. I wrote and recorded in my studio in North Hollywood in a very industrial area all night every night, with only sirens from fire trucks and these songs to keep me company. It was a lonely time, but very fruitful. You might even hear some of those sirens in some of the songs if you listen closely." Starting with between forty and fifty songs, he steadily whittled these down to fifteen, and finally to the ten that made the record, only wanting the very best to make the cut. As with all of his albums, once Borden hones in on a core subject matter he builds the album around it, and in the case of My Midnight Things, the theme is that of love. However, adopting a different approach to writing than usual, rather than starting with music, he instead focused on the lyrics, and penned the music later to best serve the stories being told, wanting every song to stand up on its own while keeping the storyline of the record moving forward. "I just let the lyrics drive the mood and the way I would sing each song, but overall I kept it varied and engaging enough so that listeners will want to devour the whole album in one sitting, without you hearing me repeat myself."
The diversity of the record makes it abundantly clear that he succeeded, and it makes for a thrilling ride from start to finish. Opening with the titanic stomp of the title track, the cinematic feel kicks off from the start, a serpentine seductiveness coiling through it, and the likes of "A Stranger To Love" and the bruising "Our Love Is God" inhabit similarly dark territory. The more stripped down, haunting strains of the reprise of the title track - which was in fact the first version penned - is achingly frail, and then counterpointing all of the record's darker and more brooding moments are the upbeat "Long May They Haunt Us", the hugely anthemic and uplifting closer "We Belong In The Shadows", and the frankly glorious "Run Away With Me". While the title of the album "means many different things" to Borden, he chooses not to disclose these, allowing listeners to find their own meaning in it, which is something important to him. In terms of the record's central theme, he acknowledges that while "love" seems somewhat obvious, he tried to find a way to see it through a different lens. "Sometimes being in love is the worst thing that can happen to you if you're with the wrong person and you can't stop it, and sometimes it's the best thing in the world. I knew I could find things in between every other song that's been written about it. So that was the challenge. But, even though I write with a theme in mind and with different personalities singing each song, I never write in storyboard form. I always try to write in poetry form. I think you can search for more meaning that way, from one line to the next there can be multiple meanings, as opposed to being trapped telling a story."
Having signed a new contract with Metal Blade on the strength of three demo tracks, Borden opted to produce My Midnight Things himself, with Joey Scott as co-producer, who also handled all the drumming duties. Having an old school approach to his drumming, feeding off the vocals, lyrics and melody rather than just acting as a time keeper, he was perfectly suited to Borden's approach to the record, which also applied to his role as co-producer. "I knew what I was going for and had doubts that I could find a producer who would understand that. My approach is very different than what is happening in today's music, but Joey got that and wanted the same thing." With Marliese Quance Mildenberger handling the majority of the keyboards, her unique melancholy playing style added even more "emotion and dimension" to each song, while Borden himself handled all of the bass, guitars, some keys and all of the vocal parts. Anyone exposed to My Midnight Things will find it hard to deny that like all of his records, it is a true vocal tour de force, each track endowed with a phenomenal amount of layering to create something that is uniquely Lizzy Borden. "The style that I record vocals harkens back to The Beatles and Queen. It's time consuming and tedious, but the result gives you a more multi-dimensional feel than you would get with a single vocal. When I recorded 'Master Of Disguise' (1989), I was clocked in at a seven-octave vocal range between all the backing and lead vocals. It gave the feel of multiple personalities within my voice, and I've used that technique on the last four albums."
That every song on the record could be released as a single is testament to just how strong this collection is. While truly a record for his fans, its appeal will easily reach much further, and Borden is as eager to get back on stage as his devout followers who cannot wait to see him back up there. "I've already started working on the 'My Midnight Things' Show, and I really can't wait to play these songs live. There are so many talented players out there in the world, I know I will find the right guys or girls to be on stage with me in my touring band, and just based on what is being talked about, so far it will be the best show I've ever done. I really do feel a new excitement that I have not felt in years. The best is yet to come."
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.Tracklist coming soon!$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful WorldWhat a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World is The Decemberists' 7th studio album. Produced by the band and long-time collaborator Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Neko Case), it is The Decemberists' first full-length studio album since 2011's The King Is Dead, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in Jan of 2011. The Decemberists have sold more than 1.6 million albums to date in the US. From the soaring first single 'Make You Better'to the acoustic ruminations of the Nick Drake influenced 'Lake Song' and triumphant closer 'A Beginning Song', What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, is the band's most varied and dynamic work, both musically and emotionally. Since their earliest recordings more than a decade ago, the
Decemberists have always been known for their sense of scope and daring-from "The Tain," an eighteen-and-a-half minute 2004 single based on an Irish myth to their last two ambitious, thematic albums, The Hazards of Love and The King is Dead. This time, though, Meloy explains that they took a different approach: "Let's make sure the songs are good, and eventually the record will present itself."1. The Singer Addresses His Audience
2. Cavalry Capain
4. Make You Better
5. Lake Song
6. Till The Water Is All Long Gone
7. The Wrong Year
8. Carolina Low
9. Better Not Wake The Baby
11. Easy Come, Easy Go
14. A Beginning Song$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-CAP-2697xJimmy Eat World
Stay On My Side TonightStay on My Side Tonight is a five-track EP released by Jimmy Eat World. It consists of 3 unreleased songs, a cover of the Heatmiser song Half Right, and a remix of the Futures' track Drugs or Me. This is the first time this title is available on vinyl.1. Disintegration
4. Half Right
5. Drugs Or Me$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now