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New Age Music Is HereMysteries is just as it implies. A few months ago the Felte label
received an anonymous demo accompanied by a photo of 3
figures, faces covered like some sort of futuristic druids. To this
day the label still doesn't know the group's origin, but the joy of
discovering this music unimpeded renders this fact almost
There's a sense that the band would prefer to keep your focus on
the music and not who they are, where they come from or what
you might perceive them to be before hearing a single note. If you
need glorious mug shots and preamble to capture your intrigue,
then this is not for you. The album's title, New Age Music is Here,
could even be interpreted as a sarcastic shot at the new listening
habits dictated by the constant noise all around us, but is more
likely a simple invitation to engage with the music on its own
terms, in its own universe.
One thing is certain. New Age Music Is Here glows with exotic,
crunchy, muscular, expressive pop music built around vocals and
drums, rather than the big synth or guitar riffs prevalent today.
Almost like a psych-rock, cyborg, 50's doo-wop Alice Coltrane if
you will. Is it truly new age? We definitely haven't heard much like
Listen with an open mind and heart and you too might believe in
music once again strictly for music's sake. Let's get to it then,
shall we?1. Introduction (New Age Music Is Here)
2. Knight Takes Rook
3. Newly Thrown
4. Stateless Wonder
5. Authenticity Machine
8. I Wanna
9. Call and Respsone, With Morals
10. In The Dark
12. Trust$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Life Without SoundDylan Baldi maintains simple, admirable standards in quality. "A thing I like to do with all of my records is drive around with them," the 25-year-old Cloud Nothings frontman says. "In high school, I would listen to music for hours like that: just driving through the suburbs of Cleveland. And if it sounds good to me in that context and I can think of high school me listening to it and saying, 'That's okay,' I feel good about the record. This is the one that's felt best."
"This" is Life Without Sound, the radiant, far-far-better-than-okay fourth full-length his rock outfit has recorded since he began writing and releasing songs on his own under the Cloud Nothings alias in 2008. While its highly acclaimed predecessor-2014's Here and Nowhere Else-came together spontaneously, in the little time that touring allowed, Life Without Sound took shape under far less frenetic circumstances.
For more than a year, Baldi was able to write these songs and flesh out them out with his bandmates-drummer Jayson Gerycz and bassist TJ Duke-before they finally joined producer John Goodmanson (Sleater Kinney, Death Cab for Cutie) at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas, for three weeks in March of 2016. The result is Baldi's most polished and considered work to date, an album that speaks to his evolving gift with melody while also betraying the sort of perspective that time provides. You can hear it in the aerodynamic guitar pop of "Modern Act," and feel it in the devastating wisdom of "Internal World," a lullaby-like howler that dwells on "the fact that being yourself can be uncomfortable and even potentially dangerous at times."
"Generally, it seems like my work has been about finding my place in the world," Baldi says. "But there was a point in which I realized that you can be missing something important in your life, a part you didn't realize you were missing until it's there-hence the title. This record is like my version of new age music," he adds. "It's supposed to be inspiring."
It is.1. Up To The Surface
2. Things Are Right With You
3. Internal World
4. Darkened Rings
5. Enter Entirely
6. Modern Act
7. Sight Unseen
8. Strange Year
9. Realize My Fate$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Gone Is GonePressed On Colored Vinyl
Gone Is Gone may be a new name in the rock world, but its members are anything but
unfamiliar. This rock supergroup includes members of Mastodon, Queens Of The Stone
Age and At The Drive-In. With combined sales of over 4,500,000 albums and 3 unique
diehard fan-bases, it's easy to see why this release is so highly anticipated by fans and
The explosive debut EP includes 8 songs that combine elements of each members' previous
projects, while still being original and uncommon. Gone Is Gone is not just another
flash in the pan side project, or session studio release amongst friends, it's a calculated
e ort that is sure to leave listeners wanting more.1. Violescent
3. Stolen From Me
5. One Divided
6. Praying From The Danger
7. Recede And Enter
8. This Chapter$14.9912 Colored Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
The Piano GuysImport
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
PVC Protective Sleeve
The Piano Guys have become a YouTube sensation with their clever and inspiring takes on popular music and creative videos that accompany them. From Beethoven to Adele, their eclectic mix of Classical, film score, Rock and Pop favorites resonate with audiences across generations and from all walks of life.
The band consists of American musicians Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Paul Anderson, and Al van der Beek. Their 2012 debut album The Piano Guys reached number One on the Billboard New Age Albums and Classical Albums charts.
Several of the group's YouTube videos have over 20 million views, while all of them have over 750 million. Their Youtube channel has over four million subscribers. In June 2011, The Piano Guys won the Most Up-and-Coming Channel award in the YouTube On the Rise contest with Michael Meets Mozart, featuring Jon Schmidt and Steven Sharp Nelson.1. Titanium / Pavane
2. Peponi (Paradise)
3. Code Name Vivaldi
4. Beethoven's 5 Secrets
5. Over the Rainbow/Simple Gifts
6. Cello Wars
7. Arwen's Vigil
9. A Thousand Years
10. Michael Meets Mozart
11. The Cello Song
12. Rolling in the Deep
13. What Makes You Beautiful$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Celebrate The New Dark AgePolvo Celebrate The New Dark Age On 180g Vinyl LP Of Only 3000 + MP3 Download Coupon
Originally released in 1994, Celebrate The New Dark Age is Polvo's guitar-twisting seven song EP and a Merge hallmark. It is now being offered on a 180g vinyl re-issue remastered by Bob Weston. Includes great letterpress sleeve designed and printed by Bruce Licher, whose Independent Project Press designed the original, long out of print, triple seven-inch release. Also includes a coupon for MP3 download of entire album. Limited edition of only 3,000 copies.1. Fractured (Like Chandeliers)
2. City Spirit
3. Tragic Carpet Ride
4. Solitary Set
5. Every Holy Shroud
6. Old Lystra
7. Virtual Cold$14.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A New Day YesterdayImport
Named after the early Jethro Tull classic, which he expertly covers here in a jaw-dropping performance, A New Day Yesterday is a fine debut by guitar ace Joe Bonamassa. And though his record company tried to ride the coattails of teenage guitar prodigies like Kenny Wayne Shepard and Jonny Lang and position him (misguidedly and much too late) as a straight-up prodigal blues kid, Bonamassa is really much more than a traditional bluesman. Rather, as best exemplified by the Jethro Tull number cited above, his bluesy take on Free's Walk in My Shadows, or his hard boogie romp through Al Kooper's Nuthin' I Wouldn't Do (For a Woman Like You), this excellent debut places the guitarist's influences as much in classic '70s hard rock as in the blues. Along with his deceptively age-wearied vocals (he was only 22 at the time of this recording), this unusual combination translates into the aggressive, soulful crunch heard on Bonamassa's many original compositions. Among these, the jolting double whammy of Miss You, Hate You and Colour and the Shape (note the Anglicized spelling) are the most obvious standouts, but the guitarist also makes the Warren Haynes-penned If Heartaches Were Nickels his own with a tense, riveting performance. All in all, a promising debut.
-All Music GuideCradle Rock
Walk In My Shadows
A New Day Yesterday
I Know Where I Belong
Miss You, Hate You (Rock Radio Remix)
Nuthin' I Wouldn't Do (For A Woman Like You)
Colour And Shape
Headaches To Heartbreaks
If Heartaches Were Nickels
Don't Burn Down That Bridge$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Silver AgeThose familiar with the decades-spanning oeuvre of Bob Mould, from his pioneering early '80s work with HÜsker DÜ to his solo work in singer/songwriter, electronic, and rock modes, to the deafening pop sparkle of Sugar, might expect a new album bearing the title Silver Age to be a somber and reflective set in the mode of his last album, 2009's Life and Times and they'd be way off the mark.
The new record features Bob's current band which includes drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk) and bassist Jason Narducy (Verbow, Split Single), on 10 brand-new Mould compositions in the punishingly loud, melodically sparkling pop/rock vein of the Sugar catalog and the intensity of his latter-day HÜsker DÜ output.
"I'd been batting around the idea of another aggressive pop record for some time," Bob says, "especially as the 20th anniversary of Copper Blue kept getting closer. It's no surprise, then, that Silver Age careens out of the speakers with a sense of exhilaration that reflects the excitement with which Bob and his live band cranked out the record in a tight whirlwind of a window in early 2012.1. Star Machine
2. Silver Age
3. The Descent
4. Briefest Moment
5. Steam of Hercules
6. Fugue State
7. Round the City Square
8. Angels Rearrange
9. Keep Believing
10. First Time Joy$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Little Dark AgeLittle Dark Age is the long awaited new album from MGMT. The album is produced by MGMT, Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift, Kelela, Blood Orange), and long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Spoon, Tame Impala). MGMT recorded Little Dark Age at Tarbox Road Studios in Cassadaga, NY.
Formed in 2002 by Andrew VanWyngarden (lead vocals, guitar, keyboard, bass guitar, drums, percussion) and Ben Goldwasser (vocals, keyboards, guitar, percussion), MGMT released their influential, Grammy-nominated, debut album Oracular Spectacular in 2007. This was followed by 2010's Congratulations and 2013's self-titled album MGMT.LP 1
1. She Works Out Too Much
2. Little Dark Age
3. When You Die
4. Me and Michael
3. Days That Got Away
4. One Thing Left to Try
5. When You're Small
6. Hand It Over$30.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-MER-6412xEast River Pipe
The Gasoline Age
First Time Available On Vinyl
Includes 9 Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks From Various Years
Merge celebrates our long relationship with East River Pipe by releasing their critically
acclaimed fourth album The Gasoline Age on vinyl.
Saluted by ROLLING STONE as "the most gifted of the new loners," F.M. Cornog,
aka East River Pipe, originally released The Gasoline Age in 1999. Named Album of
the Year by both THE NEW YORK TIMES and England's THE INDEPENDENT,
The Gasoline Age was inspired in large part by nighttime drives on New Jersey's seedy
Route 22. Automobile imagery appears throughout the album: cybercars, stolen cars,
pimpmobiles. The cars all seem to carry with them a romanticism that emphasizes
even further Cornog's gift of creating a lyrical mood without tying his flights of fancy
down to specifics.
The Gasoline Age explores the suburban landscape and turnpike stretches outside
Cornog's door and calmly runs down bleak facts over the gentle pulse and chorused
strums Cornog has been perfecting since his early singles. Some of the songs are built
on merely six concise lines of clear-eyed warning, though sometimes ("Hell Is an
Open Door") he sounds like he might actually be looking forward to the
darkness on the horizon. On other tracks, like the ironically titled "Party Drive," it
sounds as though Cornog is barely going to make it to the curb. But for the character
in the song, going on that drive is the only thing that makes it seem like "we're gonna
The disconnect between the unsettling dead ends Cornog sings about and the peaceful
swells of the keyboards and the glimmering guitars is what brings emotional weight to
the entire album. One doesn't get the sense that a whole lot has changed in the last 15
years for the characters inhabiting this world.
Merge came to know East River Pipe through his string of memorable and
mysterious singles on Hell Gate and Sarah Records. Merge co-founder Mac
McCaughan writes, "We had friends who were early fans of those records, including
Jim Wilbur of Superchunk, and it seemed that no one took East River Pipe fandom
lightly-once you were in on the secret, you were all in. After Ajax Records compiled
the sparkling early sides, we started working with Fred and his wife and partner
Barbara Powers and have been looking forward to the next batch of periodic broadcasts from his bedroom studio ever since."1. Shiny, Shiny Pimpmobile
2. Hell Is an Open Door
4. Wholesale Lies
5. My Little Rainbow
6. Party Drive
7. King of Nothing Never
8. 14th Street Boys Stolen Car Club
9. All You Little Suckers
11. Down 42nd Street to the Light
12. Atlantic City (Gonna Make a Million Tonight)
13. Don't Hurry$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Digital AgeIncredible new album of rock n roll gems from Detroit power pop legends Outrageous Cherry!1. Energy
2. (You're A) Vortex
3. I Think She's Alright
4. The Department of Ghosts
5. Rave Wildly
6. Priceless Thing
7. The Digital Age
8. Nameless Strangeness
9. Love & Other Electrical Storms
10. Megalomania Blues
11. Timing Ain't Everything$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Golden AgeClear Vinyl
FANTASTIC 180 GRAM CLEAR VINYL RELEASE OF YOUR DEMISE'S NEW ALBUM
1000 ONLY LIMITED EDITION
Established Hardcore band with great pedigree being taken to the next level hardworking, regular gigging, wind-milling brutality with melody, humour and massive personality. They are one of the hardest touring bands in the world and have been present at UK festivals for the last few years the release will be followed up by a substantial UK and European tour.1. The Golden Age
2. These Lights
3. Born A Snake
4. Push Me Under
5. Paper Trails
6. Forget About Me
7. Im (Not) The One
8. Never A Dull Moment
9. The Colour Of Envy
10. A Decade Of Drifting
11. Worthless$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Coming Of AgeCall it a generous fluency, an affable virtuosity. Call it a true band spirit. The best bands have all had something that can't be forced: A refined mastery of music and a willingness to converse through music. That's what you hear, above all, on bassist Ben Williams' sophomore recording, Coming of Age: The sound of a musician who's cultivated an authentic rapport with some of the best young players in New York City.
We have these group texts that we send to each other all the time," Williams says of his band, Sound Effect. "We're just as entertaining to each other off stage as on. If there were ever a reality show about jazz, we'd be good candidates for it!"
Coming of Age for the 30-year-old Williams means playing a lively role among his peers and a vital part in the music world at large. After winning the prestigious Monk Institute Competition in 2009, Williams got busy turning his youthful promise into real achievement. "My career as a bandleader and composer started from the moment I won," he says. "I had this opportunity to say something-and an obligation, too." In 2011 Williams delivered a debut album, State Of Art, to great critical acclaim and toured widely as a bandleader with Sound Effect. He became a sought after and beloved sideman, playing so many sets at one year's Winter Jazzfest that he rarely left the stage. Most impressively, he assumed a highly-coveted place in guitarist Pat Metheny's Unity Band. "Ben has a fearless and open-minded approach to what music can be," Metheny has said. "A wonderful combination of skills."
For all his strides in bandleading and performing, on the track Coming of Age Williams shows his greatest growth as a composer. "Composing seems like a nebulous thing," he says. "But the ability to translate a feeling into actual music, takes a lot of doing it, a lot of practice. Which chord is going to invoke this feeling? What's the best key for this idea?" And Williams has some big ideas and feelings to convey, necessitating heavy skill in musical translation and storytelling. On "Toy Soldiers," for example, a martial rhythm and chantlike riff send a message about the sacrifices of war. He wrote the uplifting "Strength And Beauty" on the day of the 2012 Newtown school shooting.
"The tragic news hit me hard, and this tune came to me as a way of feeling my way through the tragedy. The title was inspired later, when I saw how [jazz saxophonist] Jimmy Greene and his family responded to losing their daughter at Newtown. Their pain is something most of us can't even imagine, but the way Jimmy held it together and became a beacon of light and true strength was an inspiration to everyone."
Williams takes a page from the Miles Davis school of bandleading by encouraging his band members to compose in the studio, too. For the R&B tribute anthem "Voice of Freedom (for Mandela)," Williams enlisted the smooth soulfulness of singer-songwriter Goapele-and then headed in to record the song with a characteristically open mind. In the studio, saxophonist Marcus Strickland contributed an on-the-spot horn arrangement with the sunny harmony of a South African choir.
As much as Williams writes in response to politics and current events, his compositions are a respectful celebration of the musical past, too. The driving samba rhythms of "Forecast" are an homage to the jazz fusion group Weather Report, with the tune's melody inspired by Wayne Shorter's "Over Shadow Hill Way." Williams's fluid fretless grooves on "Half Steppin'" recall Jaco Pastorius's "Teen Town."
Williams sees covers of pop tunes as a bestowal to the jazz canon. "I always like to contribute new repertoire to the jazz songbook," says Williams. "For me it's very important to shout out all the young, new songs coming out." His gift on this album is a moving instrumental version of Lianne La Havas' breakup ballad "Lost & Found." Guest trumpeter Christian Scott communicates the contained heartache of La Havas's song lyrics, with a lightly arranged string quartet adding the right amount of solace.
Coming of Age concludes with the sweeping title tune, a showcase for Williams's broad stylistic range. "I wanted 'Coming of Age' to feel big," he says. "I was thinking of it in movements, as a kind of mini-symphony." In the final section of "Coming of Age," Williams picks up a bow for the only time on the record, filtering the sound to other worldly but soulful effect. "The vibe I was going for at the end was Prince," Williams says. "I wanted it to feel sonically transformed, tripped out." It's an auspicious end to an accomplished sophomore recording, with Williams' bowed strings sauntering off into the stars to explore for the next album.
Whatever comes next for Ben Williams, it's sure to be as engaging as it is virtuosic. As an artist who's come of age, Williams' raw talent has evolved into musical grace, conviction, and power. He's a musician in meaningful dialogue with his band Sound Effect, with current events, with musical styles past and present, and finally, with his listeners.
"My favorite thing is when someone comes up to me who's heard my music and they're singing one of my tunes," Williams enthuses. "Humming a melody! That's the best feeling in the world, when one of my tunes has stuck in someone's head."1. Black Villain Music
2. Voice of Freedom (for Mandela) featuring Goapele
3. Toy Soldiers
4. Lost & Found
5. Half Steppin'
6. Smells Like Teen Spirit
7. Toy Soldiers (Reprise)
8. Coming of Age$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Age Of ParanoiaVitamin X has been creating and touring their energetic brand of rock and thrash-soaked hardcore punk since the late 1990s, operating through die-hard DIY channels. The Amsterdam-based band has amassed an arsenal of albums, EPs, singles, splits, and more across a wide array of underground labels, including Havoc Records, Tankcrimes, Underestimated, AgiPunk, Refuse Records, and many others. Their two most recent albums were recorded by Steve Albini (Nirvana, Iggy Pop, Neurosis). Age Of Paranoia, the latest chapter in the band's lineage, was recorded by Igor Wouters at ARC Studios in Amsterdam and includes several special guest guitar solos by J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr., Witch) and Bubba Dupree (Void, Soundgarden, Dave Grohl's Probot, Brant Bjork).
Age Of Paranoia offers sixteen volatile tracks, packed into a succinct, white-knuckled twenty-eight minutes. The album surges with rapid-fire punk angst, replete with ripping rock leads and raised-fist, group-chanting anthems. To complete the recording, the cover artwork is created by Marald (Baroness, Kylesa, High On Fire).
Well-known for their energetic and frenetic live shows which attract fans from across the metal, punk, and rock spectrums, Vitamin X has toured around the world several times, from Japan to the United States, from South America to Southeast Asia, and beyond. The band has played on MTV and many large festivals including Hellfest, Maryland Deathfest, and many others, and recently toured with Baroness and Harley Flannagan's Cro-Mags. Vitamin X will be presenting their new songs for the first time at festivals and shows throughout 2018; check out some live dates below and expect further updates throughout the year.$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-ATO-7616xKopecky Family Band
Drug For The Modern AgeKopecky are thrilled to announce their second album, Drug for the Modern Age, set to be released via
ATO Records. The new record takes the many shake-ups the band's endured over the past few years and turns
them into inspiration for groove-driven, melody-heavy alt-pop that's intensely emotional and exhilarating.1. Die Young
2. My Love
3. Better Luck Next Time
5. Real Life
6. Closed Doors
7. Talk To Me
8. Thrill Of Passion
10. Natural Selection
12. Drug for the Modern Age$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Age Of The AdzThe Age of Adz (pronounced Odds) is Sufjan Stevens' first full-length collection of original songs since 2005's conceptual pop opus Illinois. This new album is probably his most unusual, first, for its lack of conceptual underpinnings, and second, for its extensive use of electronics. The album almost entirely eschews the songwriter's former tools of the trade: namely, acoustic instruments that accompany an expansive narrative scope.
While the sounds on this record are distinctly artificial (drums machines and analog synths reign supreme), the proclamations of the songs are unabashedly visceral, sung loudly, with a backdrop of insistent orchestration. The result is an album that is perhaps more vibrant, primary and explicit than anything Sufjan has done before, incorporating themes that are neither historical nor civic, but rather personal and primal.1. Futile Devices
2. Too Much
3. Age Of Adz
4. I Walked
5. Now That I'm Older
6. Get Real Get Right
7. Bad Communication
9. All For Myself
10. I Want To Be Well
11. Impossible Soul$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Jazz Age (Awaiting Repress)If there was ever a musical icon and a decade destined to come together it is Bryan Ferry and the Roaring Twenties. The artist as creative powerhouse with a dazzling career of endless surprise, delight and innovation, and the decade - a time of modernity, decadence and bright young things - all driven on by the thrill of it all.
So what better way to celebrate and mark the 40th year anniversary of Ferry's incredible career as a singer and songwriter, than by rearranging his own compositions and have them performed in a 1920's style by his very own Jazz Orchestra? It began as an idea, fueled by Ferry's fascination of that time between the wars known as The Jazz Age. He decided the songs were to be all completely instrumental reinterpretations. A lot of the music I listen to nowadays is instrumental, he explains and I wanted to let my songs have a different life, a life without words.
He put together his very own jazz orchestra comprised of many of the great British jazz players from his past tribute to the 1930's, the album As Time Goes By - including his long-term musical director Colin Good, with whom Ferry worked closely on these new arrangements. The 13 songs have been chosen from 11 albums, from his very first release Roxy Music (1972) to his recent solo record Olympia (2010)1. Do The Strand
2. Love Is The Drug
3. Don't Stop The Dance
4. Just Like You
6. The Bogus Man
7. Slave To Love
8. This Is Tomorrow
9. The Only Face
10. I Thought
11. Reason Or Rhyme
12. Virginia Plain
13. This Island Earth$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Operation: Doomsday (Silver Age Set)This special edition 2xLP package comes housed in an all new exclusive jacket featuring DOOM's
infamous metal mask icon embossed out of a metallic silver foil.
Underneath his mysterious metal mask, MF Doom hides the cachet underground legends are made of. After KMD's 1994 sophomore album Bl_ck B_st_rds was turfed by Elektra in 1994 and Subroc (one half of the sibling rhyme duo) passed away, surviving KMD member Zev Love X mutated into the MC Avenger known as MF Doom. The Rap world is better for it. This 19-cut deep album is ridiculously dope, in a bizarro Ol' Dirty Bastard kind of way. Doom sounds either high or drunk on most of the tracks, his self-produced beats are gritty, and his rhyme styles are almost indecipherable. On arguably the best track, Rhymes Like Dimes, Doom weaves some pointed lyrics through his abstract wordplay, spitting 'only in America could you find a way to earn a healthy buck / And still keep your attitude on self-destruct.' Doomsday features female vocalist Pebbles the Invisible accompanying the masked rhyme avenger on his journey to denounce wack MCs, while on ? he trades hot verses with former Columbia artist Kurious Jorge. Doom's avant-garde ghetto-rhyme philosophies take even more intentionally weird twists on Tick, Tick... where he and guest MC MF Grimm's flows warble over a rhythm track whose tempo speeds up and slows down continually. The comic-book themed skits, many of which include snippets of dialogue from Marvel's Dr. Doom series, will help take you deep into the mind of an MC who is as otherworldly as they come. And in today's bland commercial Rap universe, Operation Doomsday's left-of-center beats and rhymes are the perfect remedy.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. The Time We Faced Doom (Skit)
3. Rhymes Like Dimes
4. The Finest
5. Back In The Days (Skit)
6. Go With The Flow
7. Tick, Tick
8. Red And Gold
9. The Hands Of Doom (Skit)
10. Who You Think I Am?
11. Doom, Are You Awake? (Skit)
13. Operation: Greenbacks
14. The M.I.C.
15. The Mystery Of Doom (Skit)
16. Dead Bent
17. Gas Drawls
19. Hero vs. Villain (Epilogue)$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Mastered By Ryan Smith At Sterling Sound
Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings
Tip-On Gatefold Jacket By Stoughton Printing
Linda Ronstadt was the leading female vocalist in rock 'n' roll when, sensing that it was time to change direction, she starred in the Broadway production of Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, as well as the accompanying movie.
Pirates of Penzance led the singer to a collaboration with bandleader/arranger Nelson Riddle, who arranged and conducted this 1983 collection of pop standards What's New. It was the first in a trilogy of 1980s albums Ronstadt recorded with Riddle. What's New was a considerable hit, reaching No. 3 on the charts, where it stayed for five consecutive weeks, and selling to date more than three million copies. Ronstadt's next two albums with Riddle followed - Lush Life in 1984) and For Sentimental Reasons in 1986 - also albums of pre-rock standards.
Let's just say that the vocals on this Analogue Productions reissue, mastered from the original analog tape by Doug Sax and Robert Hadley, have never sounded richer, with a broader soundstage, and more clarity and detail in the orchestral accompaniment. Such a sweet record, made even better with a Stoughton Printing tip-on jacket showcasing the vibrant original cover designed by John Kosh. You'll settle in for some impeccably-voiced standards from pop's golden age and be transfixed by Ronstadt's interpretive skills.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. What's New
2. I've Got A Crush On You
3. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
4. Crazy He Calls Me
5. Someone To Watch Over Me
6. I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You
7. What'll I Do
8. Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be?)
9. Goodbye$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
New SkinNew Skin is the debut album of CRX a new project for STROKES lead guitarist Nick Valensi. The urge to begin a new project came from a primal place for Valensi, he just wanted to play. I was at a place where I got really hungry to perform in front of audiences, and do things a little more simply, Valensi says. The Strokes don't play that often anymore, and when we do it's awesome, but it got to the point where I needed to balance that out with a project I could take on tour whenever I wanted to. And the idea of playing clubs again was really exciting to me. But Valensi couldn't start playing until he'd written some songs, and he realized he'd have to finally embrace an aspect of performing he'd resisted up until that point -- singing. Last summer, he just dug in, grabbing whatever spare time he had to record demos on his laptop at home. It was a learning process, says Valensi. It took me some time to figure out how my voice sounds most natural, and to think about what I wanted to say.
As the songs progressed, Valensi invited a few trusted musician friends to join him and to contribute as songwriters. In addition to Valensi on guitar and vocals, CRX includes bassist Jon Safley, keyboardist/vocalist Richie Follin, drummer Ralph Alexander, and guitarist Darian Zahedi. Once we were all in a room together, it got collaborative pretty quickly, Valensi says, noting that about half of New Skin s ten tracks are co-writes with the band.
After demoing several songs, Valensi reached out to Queens of the Stone-Age's Josh Homme, for feedback on the tracks and advice regarding producers who might be right for the band. It quickly became apparent that there was no better person for the job than Homme himself. He was really enthusiastic about the demos, says Valensi. There were even specific things he loved from the demos so much that we ended up including them on the album, which was very much a Josh decision.
New Skin was recorded at Homme's Pink Duck Studios in Burbank, with work wrapping up in early 2016. And even as this year marks the fifteenth anniversary of The Strokes first LP, it represents the beginning of a promising new chapter for Valensi. One of the coolest things for me is that I began making this record as a vehicle to get onstage, he says, but along the way, it started to feel like we were working on something more special than that. I'm excited to be singing and having a lot of fun with it, and I'm really enjoying the feeling of having to work hard to win people over. It's like being a kid again - like everything is new and kind of scary but irresistibly fun, too.1. Ways to Fake It
2. Broken Bones
3. Give It Up
6. Slow Down
7. On Edge
9. One Track Mind
10. Monkey Machine$20.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Age Ain't Nothing But A NumberAge Ain't Nothing but a Number is the debut studio album by American R&B recording artist Aaliyah, originally released under Jive and Blackground Records on May 24, 1994, in the United States.
After being signed by her uncle Barry Hankerson, Aaliyah was introduced to recording artist and producer R. Kelly. He became her mentor, as well as the lead songwriter and producer of the album. The duo recorded the album at the Chicago Recording Company in Chicago, Illinois. The album featured two hit singles, including the top ten charting Back & Forth and At Your Best (You Are Love); both singles were certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). One additional single followed in the US: Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. Two more singles were released internationally after Age Ain't Nothing But a Number: Down with the Clique and The Thing I Like.
Aaliyah was credited for redefining R&B by blending her voice with Kelly's new jack swing. The album peaked at number 18 on the Billboard 200 and sold over three million copies in the United States. The album was certified Gold in Canada by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) and Gold in the United Kingdom by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) to date. The album has sold over six million copies worldwide.LP 1
2. Throw Your Hands Up
3. Back & Forth
4. Age Ain't Nothing But A Number
5. Down with the Clique
6. At Your Best (You Are Love)
7. No One Knows How to Love Me Quite Like You Do
1. I'm So Into You
2. Street Thing
3. Young Nation
4. Old School
5. I'm Down
6. The Thing I Like
7. Back & Forth (Mr. Lee & R. Kelly's Remix)$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Age of Fracture (Awaiting Repress)The long-awaited new album from CYMBALS is named after a book by Princeton academic, Daniel T. Rodgers, which addresses the fragmentation of ideas towards the end of the last century and how collective meanings have become uncertain. Singer and guitarist Jack Cleverly writes: It hit me that I often feel paralysed by the feeling that everything is 'too complicated', and that many people I know feel that paralysis. I realised that this way of thinking can be traced through these songs. Produced by Dreamtrak (Swim Deep, Chad Valley, Hot Chip) in his Hackney studio and written collectively over the last 12-months, the group have taken their time to carefully piece the album together, song-by-song, in sequence. The album was completed following a final mix from Daniel Rejmer (Foals, Everything Everything) and the result is testament to the band s attention to detail: a cleaner, brighter sound than their brattier early recordings, edging towards the European sophistication of the end-of-the-century French house Jack grew up around. Singles 'Like An Animal', 'The End' and 'The Natural World' are characterized by an upbeat disco cool and all push the 7-minute mark, whereas Winter 98 , This City , and Call Me are brooding, stark synth-led numbers reminiscent of early-New Order, with some lyrics sung in Jack s native French. The literary inspiration runs further through the album. The track The 5% , more obviously making reference to the themes of the album's namesake, declares Time can be erased, you re stupid if you try and stay in place, over a pulsing bassline and swirling electronics. Like an Animal is inspired by the intellectual and moral confusion of the main character in Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain. The album has even garnered literary responses of its own by British poet and novelist Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine. I told Joe about the book and the way the album was kind of a reaction to it, and he threw my rationalisation of it back at me through a short story inspired by the album. says Cleverly. It helped reveal the emotional territory of the songs. He showed me how I had been dividing things up artificially - desires and priorities, getting older and not being able to stop writing music... Through the writing of this album, CYMBALS have inevitably matured. We've never been in it just for a laugh, says Cleverly; but things got confused when we said we wanted to keep it fun we just didn't want to end up bitter, having chased a hollow dream. But this album is less about us; it's more outward looking, more aware of the world at large. Despite the weighty literary influences, the band are keen to separate themselves from the over-earnestness that can sometimes accompany such associations. I hate the whole 'serious earnest-singer-songwriter-thing, says Jack. With this album I really wanted to get away from that and make music that makes people want to dance and feel joy. Neil's kick drum is the most important thing we have to say as a band. Is this all fun? Yes, of course, but at the same time, not just that. Produced by Dreamtrak & mixed by Daniel Rejmer.1. Winter '98
2. The Natural World
3. You Are
4. Empty Space
5. The 5%
6. The Fracture of Age
7. Like An Animal
9. This City
10. The End
11. Call Me$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Golden Age of Harpsichord Music (Speakers Corner)
The harpsichord, sometimes disrespectfully referred to as a plucked instrument with keys, left its stamp on the musical language of the Baroque as no other. Whether employed as a continuous bass to accompany delicate chamber music, or heard in heady open-air concerts, or just as a solo instrument, its bright sound, rich in overtones, was highly esteemed by all important composers and musicians of the era. Due to the construction of the instrument it is not possible to play with a differentiated volume of sound, so performers made a virtue of necessity in that they concentrated upon lively phrasing and a well-considered choice of register.
In the present recording Rafael Puyana plays a two-manual Pleyel harpsichord and interprets a wide and varied range of European keyboard works from the 17th and 18th centuries. Along with compositions by Louis Couperin and Domenico Scarlatti's, both of whom had a great influence on style in their day, this compilation has at its heart works by the English composers John Bull, William Byrd and Peter Philips, which are taken from the most famous collection of all Baroque compositions, the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. Short notes on the back cover provide useful information on the works' historical context.
- Besard, Couperin, Francisque, Scarlatti, Freixanet, Bach, Bull, Byrd, Philips, Peerson, and AlbÉniz - Rafael Puyana (harpischord)
Recording: April and May 1962 at Ballroom Studio A of Fine Recording, New York City, by C. Robert Fine and Robert Eberenz
Production: Wilma Cozart-Fine and Harold Lawrence
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Branle Gay
2. Tombeau de M. de Blancrocher
3. Branle de Montirande
4. Sonata in E Major, K. 381
5. Sonata in A Major
6. Concerto in D Minor, after Alessandro Marcello
7. Les Buffons
8. La Volta
9. Pavana Dolorosa-Galiarda Dolorosa
10. My Lady Carey's Dompe
11. The Primrose-The Fall of the Leafe
12. The King's Hunt
13. Sinata In D Major$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Music For A New Society
Available For The First Time On 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl
Re-Mastered From The Original Tapes And Overseen By John Cale
Over 50 years in the arena of Contemporary Music and John Cale remains as active and unpredictable as
ever; is there a more restless and ruminating spark of an artist, who, at the age of 73, admits he still goes
to the studio every day and writes? From classical roots as a precociously gifted Welsh boy to modernclassical
experiments in New York, that lead to co-founding The Velvet Underground, Cale has filtered
that mindset through singer-songwriter, proto-punk and post-punk prisms. His endless fascination has
kept us endlessly fascinated, as Cale has consistently created new fissions, including the digital advances
of the day, absorbed by hip hop as much as conventional songwriting.
Which is where we find Cale at this precise moment, with not just the re-mastered version of one of his
most unique and lauded solo records, the 1982 masterpiece Music For A New Society, but a complete
new reworking of the album under the title M:FANS, a record that explores the relationship between
old and new, in terms of the sound and vision, and Cale's memories of the experience, in terms of his
life, and the recording. M: FANS ends with "Back To The End", a previously unfinished outtake that Cale
rediscovered among the original tapes, whose haunting spectral mood matches anything on the 1982
record. (This version retains Cale's original vocal and piano while adding viola). Back and forth M:FANS
goes, sampling the original, while creating brand new soundscapes, giving Cale the opportunity for
closure on one of the most testing eras of his life, and a way to keep moving forward.
Music For A New Society had a fraught birth, to say the least. With Cale having folded his Spy label
imprint into Michael Zilkha's Ze Records, and retired his band for a run of solo concerts, Zilkha proposed
an album to capture this new phase. Rising to the challenge - "a very good one" - Cale created a brief
for the exercise; to only allow himself the ten days booked in the studio to complete the record, and to
only set the tape rolling when he was ready to improvise. Cale once recalled the recording process as,
"like method acting. Madness. Excruciating. I just let myself go. It became a kind of therapy, a personal
exorcism." But that fed into the album's extreme qualities; its nerve-shredding raw intimacy, its fractured,
In 1982, Music For A New Society sounded exactly like its title: something futuristic, a new kind of
songwriting exercise. In 2015, M:FANS is exactly that too, full of electrical crackle and disturbed
frequencies, a different kind of dystopian future awaits. John Cale forages on; it's the only way he knows
how.1. Taking Your Life In Your Hands
2. Thoughtless Kind
3. Sanctus (Sanities)
4. If You Were Still Around
5. Close Watch
6. Broken Bird
7. Chinese Envoy
8. Changes Made
9. Damn Life
10. RisÉ, Sam And Rimsky Korsakov$23.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rock of AgesThe Band's Ultimate Live Album Recorded at Its Career Peak!
Legendary Live Set Features Horn Arrangements by Allen Toussaint
Incredible Sound and Virtuosic Performances
The Last Waltz gets bigger billing, but The Band's 1972 live album Rock of Ages is actually the better representation of a live Band album. Recorded at the tail end of the group's Cahoots tour and over the course of four nights at New York's Academy of Music at the end of December 1971, the incendiary concert set bookmarks the close of the first phase of the collective's career.
Rather than follow the lead of most other live records made at the time (and many since), The Band resists any temptation to improvise or extend its material. Instead, the group plays with an intensity, chemistry, and spirit that's nearly unrivaled by any other live album. The quintet also draws on a secret weapon: One Allen Toussaint, who tailors expert horn arrangements for multiple songs, a move that spices renditions of classics such as "Don't Do It" and "Chest Fever." To top it all off, the horn charts are performed by the Rock of Ages Horn Section-a five-piece ensemble that includes legendary trumpeter Snooky Young (Count Basie, Lionel Hampton) and saxophonist Joe Farrell (Charles Mingus, Elvin Jones).
"I felt very much at home with The Band. You could tell in their music they know where they're coming from and they know where they're going. Each one had an extremely special interest in what they were doing." -Toussaint, as told to Rob Bowman
Do they ever. Unencumbered by the myriad guests and grandiose sense that define The Last Waltz, and energized by Toussaint's invaluable work, Rock of Ages is the sound of a great band pulling out all the stops. Robbie Robertson's guitar solos take "Unfaithful Servant" to a higher ground; "The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show" kicks with raunchy R&B abandon; Garth Hudson delivers a show-stealing performance on "The Genetic Method," a thrilling organ piece that incorporates elements of Anglican church music, folk, classical, and pop-as well as "Auld Lang Syne," due to its being recorded on New Year's Eve.
After various inferior editions and reissues, Rock of Ages is finally presented on an immaculate-sounding 180g 2LP set from Mobile Fidelity that lets Toussaint's contributions, horn section's energy, and the Band's feverish interplay shine like never before. Mastered from the original tapes, the open, airy, natural, and balanced sound will have you returning to Rock of Ages again and again.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Introduction / Don't Do It
2. King Harvest (Has Surely Come)
3. Caledonia Mission
4. Get Up Jake
5. The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show
6. Stage Fright
7. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
8. Across The Great Divide
9. This Wheel's On Fire
10. Rag Mama Rag
11. The Weight
12. The Shape I'm In
13. Unfaithful Servant
14. Life Is A Carnival
15. The Genetic Method
16. Chest Fever
17. (I Don't Want To) Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now