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  • King Curtis: Live At Fillmore West King Curtis: Live At Fillmore West Quick View

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    King Curtis: Live At Fillmore West

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    Live At Fillmore West is the ultimate King Curtis live album, a brilliant confirmation of the saxophonist's place in popular music. This is the stuff of Soul legends that belongs in any record collection.


    The album showcases three concerts he played with his band The Kingpins at the Fillmore West venue in San Francisco in March 1971. Those nights, the group supported Soul singer Aretha Franklin, as were they her backing band. Famed for their outstanding rhythmic interplay, the group of seasoned session men featured a.o. Cornell Dupree on guitar, Billy Preston on electric organ and Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie on drums, supported by the inimitable Memphis Horns.


    Curtis rips through some of the biggest hits of the day including Stevie Wonder's Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) and Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love, transforming them into showcases for the group's soulful playing. Beautiful renditions of A Whiter Shade Of Pale and I Stand Accused are highlights, and full-throttle rockers like Changes and Memphis Soul Stew comprise the heart of the album.


    Tragically only a week after its release, Curtis was stabbed to death outside his brownstone apartment in New York following an argument with two junkies. The day after he died the album peaked at No. 54 on the Billboard 200 album chart, his greatest success as a solo artist.

    1. Memphis Soul Stew
    2. A Whiter Shade Of Pale
    3. Whole Lotta Love
    4. I Stand Accused
    5. Changes
    6. Ode To Billie Joe
    7. Mr. Bojangles
    8. Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours
    9. Soul Serenade
    King Curtis
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  • Live in San Francisco Live in San Francisco Quick View

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    Live in San Francisco

    Includes The Complete Album On Two 140-Gram LPs With A CD In The Sleeve


    Nonesuch / Perro Verde Records release Ry Cooder's first live record in more than 35 years, Live in San Francisco. Recorded in 2011 during a special two-night engagement at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall, the album includes 12 songs and was produced by Cooder.


    The Corridos Famosos band includes Joachim Cooder on drums; Robert Francis on bass; vocalists Terry Evans, Arnold McCuller, and Juliette Commagere; Flaco Jimenez on accordion; and the ten-piece Mexican brass band La Banda Juvenil.


    Live in San Francisco includes original songs and interpretations of other material ranging across Cooder's entire career, from classics like "Boomer's Story" and "Dark End of the Street" to more recent originals such as "Lord Tell Me Why" and "El Corrido de Jesse James," with a detour for Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs' "Wooly Bully" and Lead Belly's "Goodnight Irene. Cooder's only previous live album was the 1977 release Show Time, on which Evans and Jimenez were also featured. Show Time was also recorded at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall.


    PRODUCTION CREDITS

    - Produced by Ry Cooder

    - Recorded August 31 & September 1, 2011 at The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco

    - Recorded by Martin Pradler

    - Mixed and mastered by Martin Pradler at Wireland Studios, Chatsworth, CA

    1. Crazy 'Bout an Automobile (Every Woman I Know) (Billy "The Kid" Emerson)
    2. Why Don't You Try Me (Billy Young)
    3. Boomer's Story (Traditional / Carson Robison)
    4. Lord Tell Me Why (Ry Cooder)
    5. Do Re Mi (Woody Guthrie)
    6. School Is Out (Gene Barge & Gary Anderson)
    7. The Dark End of the Street (Chips Moman & Dan Penn)
    8. El Corrido de Jesse James (Ry Cooder)
    9. Wooly Bully (Domingo Samudio)
    10. Volver Volver (Fernando Maldonado)
    11. Vigilante Man (Woody Guthrie)
    12. Goodnight Irene (Huddie Ledbetter & John Lomax)
    Ry Cooder & Corridos Famosos
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  • Live In San Francisco 1971 Live In San Francisco 1971 Quick View

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    Live In San Francisco 1971

    The closing of the Fillmore West (actually, the Carousel Ballroom) put a big dent in the 'City By the Bay'. This performance was taken from the closing concerts for the venue. The list of bands that Bill Graham didn't want was also big, and the Flamin' Groovies were on it, for years. Our first manager was Bill's right-hand man and when he quit working for Bill to manage the Flamin' Groovies this did not sit well with Bill, so the Groovies went up and down in Bill's eyes. So it came as a big surprise when we discovered he wanted us for this big and important event, to participate in a series of shows leading up to the closing of this legendary venue. I remember the show well. The difference in playing this gig as opposed to the Whisky-A-Go-Go in L.A. was like night and day. At the Whisky, we were the house band (two summers in a row); att the Fillmore, we were up for grabs. Oh yeah, this was our last show with my good buddy, Roy Loney.


    - Cyril Jordan (Flamin' Groovies)

    1. Bill Graham Intro
    2. I Can'T Explain
    3. Sweet Little Rock And Roller
    4. Have You Seen My Baby'
    5. Road House
    6. Shakin' All Over
    7. Teenage Head
    8. Louie, Louie
    9. Walkin' The Dog
    Flamin' Groovies
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  • Live In San Jose - September 1966 Live In San Jose - September 1966 Quick View

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    Live In San Jose - September 1966

    One of the earliest live recordings of the quintessential San Francisco psychedelic jam band, the legendary Quicksilver Messenger Service! Features original vocalist Jim Murray alongside the classic Cipollina-DuncanFreiberg-Elmore quartet performing their trademark tunes plus rare numbers such as "Walkin' Blues" and "All Night Worker!" Includes liner notes from rock historian Dave Thompson!
    1. All Night Worker
    2. Walkin' Blues
    3. I Hear You Knockin'
    4. If You Live (Your Time Will Come)
    5. Smokestack Lightning
    6. Who Do You Love?
    7. Back Door Man
    8. Acapulco Gold & Silver
    9. Cod'ine
    10. The Fool
    Quicksilver Messenger Service
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  • Call By Night Call By Night Quick View

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    Call By Night

    Wymond Miles was raised in the working-class small towns of the American
    West. On Call by Night, the singer's latest widescreen opus, Miles masterfully
    evokes that lost landscape, all while grappling with issues of fatherhood, privacy,
    PTSD, violence, and dissipated romance. The album adds a critical new chapter
    to the Fresh & Onlys guitarist's story as an artist, and reasserts him as a major
    voice in contemporary songwriting.


    Call by Night sees Miles building a noticeably bigger sound than on his previous
    solo records, while simultaneously standing as his most intimate work. It's a
    record explicitly written for the fidelity of the vinyl format, with louder songs
    beginning each album side and quieter songs at the interior. His attention to
    sequencing paid off; the album flows like a piece of classic cinema, and sounds
    like it's splashed across a drive-in screen in 70mm. Recorded using vintage gear
    by Phil Manley (The Fucking Champs, Trans Am) at El Studio in San Francisco
    and Miles' Garden Chamber home studio, the record is a treasure of tube-amp
    warmth, and a landmark in the songwriter's catalog.


    Miles wrote most of Call by Night on piano, and while the wall-of-sound guitar
    and cinematic synth playing that helped define his earlier efforts is still present,
    the beating heart of the songs is left more open thanks to his new method. Where
    previous full-lengths were cloaked in distinct aesthetic choices, this record exists
    outside of any stylistic restraints. "Divided in Two," the lead single, considers
    dignity, class, honor, and father-son relationships through the devastating lens of
    PTSD, all set to a sardonic flag-waving waltz, with martial percussive bomb blasts.
    The title track explores the enduring aesthetic of British psych-folk. Other songs
    dip into the traditions of gospel music, sea shanties, and even big-box power
    ballads, using antique instruments and Miles' unique perspective on the modern
    world to forge a new collection of entries for the American songbook.


    Miles has said the songs on Call by Night mark his "more definitive commitment
    to seek, listen, and give voice to an enduring muse." If that's true, then the muse
    has obviously been singing to him loud and clear.

    1. Summer Rains
    2. Protection
    3. Solomon's Song
    4. Call By Night
    5. Bride of the Lamb
    6. Divided in Two
    7. Rear View Mirror
    8. Stand Before Me
    9. Devil's Blue Eyes
    Wymond Miles
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  • Talent Night At The Ashram Talent Night At The Ashram Quick View

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    Talent Night At The Ashram


    180-Gram Red Vinyl


    "Sonny Smith's endlessly prolific San Francisco psychpop band Sonny
    And The Sunsets crank out loopy, fun, lofi tunes at scary rates"
    - Stereogum


    Initially envisioned as a film project, each song on Talent Night at
    the Ashram was originally a short film that, when strung together,
    formed a feature-length movie. Equal parts Fellini and Os Mutantes,
    Talent Night at the Ashram is cinematic in its storytelling and
    kaleidoscopic in its mixing and merging of musical genres.


    '60s folk, electric sitars, flutes, and myriad other sounds help
    accentuate tales of professional bowlers in desperate need of a strike
    ("Icelene's Loss"), a mansion that houses every woman Smith has
    ever known ("The Secluded Estate"), and Occupy meetings ending in
    bad love ("Secret Plot to Destroy the Underground").


    Recording was a communal effort mostly done at Smith's home on
    this tape machine with musicians such as Shayde Sartin (The Fresh
    & Onlys), Garret Goddard (King Tuff), Kelley Stoltz, Rusty Miller, Ian
    McBrayer, and more. Talent Night at the Ashram finds Smith once
    again securing his status as one of today's most arrestingly inventive
    songwriters.

    1. The Application
    2. Cheap Extensions
    3. The Secluded Estate
    4. Talent Night at the Ashram
    5. Alice Leaves for the Mountains
    6. Happy Carrot Health Food Store
    7. Blot Out the Sun
    8. Baby Jokin
    9. Icelene's Loss
    10. Secret Plot
    Sonny & The Sunsets
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  • In Roses In Roses Quick View

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    In Roses


    Second Full-length Release For Hardly Art


    Recorded In Analog At Tiny Telephone In San Francisco



    There are times when beauty and sadness are inextricably linked. Massachusetts-based Gem Club understands this fragile symmetry. The band-singer/pianist Christopher Barnes and his collaborators, cellist Kristen Drymala and vocalist Ieva Berberian-create music that is intimate, graceful, and filled with melancholy.


    In 2009, Gem Club's primary songwriter Christopher Barnes began playing local solo shows. The enthusiastic reception led him to bring Drymala and Berberian into the fold, and the six-song Acid and Everything EP was self-released the following year. Breakers, their subsequent full-length, paired plaintive piano melodies with impressionistic lyrics. Made primarily in Barnes's bedroom, the album displayed how music, even at its most minimal and hushed, could be cathartic, even transcendent.


    For the new In Roses, Gem Club have ventured beyond the isolation of the bedroom to record in San Francisco at John Vanderslice's analog studio Tiny Telephone. Barnes worked closely with arranger and conductor Minna Choi of The Magik*Magik Orchestra, who, Barnes says, "helped reshape the new songs in fresh and unimagined ways," The resulting album is more expansive, more majestic, than prior Gem Club releases. There are spacious, grand flourishes-the church-choir voices on "Idea for Strings"; the reverberating drumbeats that propel the melody of "Braid"-yet the music retains the intimacy of previous works.


    Because In Roses is an album of haunting piano songs, it might seem felicitous to the listener that Christopher Barnes once lived in a disused Boston piano factory. Nights, from behind neighboring doors, he could hear strangers fighting, throwing loud parties, even shooting scenes for porn films. While life exploded around him, Barnes retreated, "trying to re-create these landscapes with music." But he is quick to note that In Roses takes a different approach to the landscapes of the world than before. "Whereas Breakers was more about the body and inward-gazing, the new album is about me looking out on relationships I've had or wish I've had." Many lyrics address "the crashing realization that lives are no longer happening the way we want." Other songs are elegies for those Barnes has idolized or loved, but has lost: "Soft Season" is inspired by the life and death of early-90s gay adult film actor Joey Stefano ("I'm a boy on my back," Barnes sings, "and I'm more of a man"); the harrowing closer "Polly" is a song he wrote about his relationship with his late aunt.


    Beauty and Sadness is the title of a 1964 novel by the late Japanese writer Yasunari Kawabata, but the name could also serve to describe the music of Gem Club. During one scene of the book, Kawabata writes, "He heard a sound that only a magnificent old bell could produce, a sound that seemed to roar forth with all the latent power of a distant world." With In Roses, the beautiful and sad sounds of Gem Club come roaring forth with increasing power.


    --Scott Heim

    1. [Nowhere]
    2. First Weeks
    3. Michael
    4. Hypericum
    5. Idea for Strings
    6. Soft Season
    7. QY2
    8. Speech of Foxes
    9. Braid
    10. Marathon (In Roses)
    11. Polly
    Gem Club
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  • Live At The Winterland Ballroom - December 1, 1973 Live At The Winterland Ballroom - December 1, 1973 Quick View

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    Live At The Winterland Ballroom - December 1, 1973

    Packaged with rare photos and detailed liner notes by rock historian Dave Thompson!


    A very special night in the career of San Francisco's legendary psychedelic jam band captured for posterity on this exquisitely packaged double LP gatefold vinyl!


    Though longtime QMS guitarist John Cipollina had left the band by this time, he joins the band on stage (as does recently dismissed bassist Dave Freiberg) for a rousing reunion and leads
    them through fiery renditions of QMS classics!

    1. Losing Hand
    2. Play My Guitar
    3. Mojo
    4. What About Me?
    5. The Hat
    6. Who Do You Love?
    7. Jam 1
    8. Jam 2
    Quicksilver Messenger Service
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  • This Weekend's The Night! This Weekend's The Night! Quick View

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    This Weekend's The Night!

    Epic, career-spanning live set from the Drive-By Truckers recorded in San Francisco last fall. Patterson Hood says:
    "We sequenced it to be like kind of an ultimate DBT set list. We never use a set list from night to night so the show is
    ever evolving, but for this it was like, what would be the ultimate three hour show we could play right now?"
    1. Lookout Mountain
    2. Women Without Whiskey
    3. The Righteous Path
    4. Birthday Boy
    5. Runaway Train
    6. Primer Coat
    7. Putting People On The Moon
    8. A Ghost To Most
    9. Goode's Field Road
    10. Sounds Better In The Song
    11. A World Of Hurt
    12. Zip City
    13. Grand Canyon
    Drive-By Truckers
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  • Elysium (Awaiting Repress) Elysium (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Elysium (Awaiting Repress)


    DMM Direct Cut From 24/96 Hi-Res Master


    180 Gram Audiophile Pressing


    45 R.P.M.


    He came from the 'Land Of The Midnight Sun', sparkled on the jazz-rock stage as an 'Elegant Gypsy', came up trumps in the 'Casino' with all the right chords and melodies, and his 'Splendido Hotel' was the number one address for fusion fans around the globe. He finally achieved immortality together with John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia on 'Friday Night In San Francisco'. From his early days as a rising star i right up to the present day, he has continually managed to refine his qualities: breathtakingly fast picking, skillful percussion effects the like of which had never been heard before, the effortlessness with which he can instantly switch from muscular axe-man rock to spinning gentle, romantic webs of melody. In the nineties, inspired by his love of the acoustic sounds of Latin America and the works of nuevo tango pioneer Astor Piazzolla, he made some delightful chamber music recordings.


    On more recent albums all these penchants, influences and musical movements have fused into an unmistakable sound. 'Elysium' is the climax of this process so far. The artist has arrived where he always wanted to be. He himself thinks of Elysium as a 'place of perfect happiness'. A paradise where acoustic and electric components, triumphant rock and finely entwined jazz, delicate and pumping rhythms, guitars and keyboards, wide panoramas of rock and diaphanous carpets of sound come together in harmony. The gates to paradise for guitar aficionados are open to everyone - with 'Elysium.'


    Musicians:


    • Al Di Meola: Guitars
    • Barry Miles: Keyboards
    • Mario Parmisano: Keyboards
    • Piano Philippe Saisse: Keyboards, Piano, Marimba
    • Rhani Krija: Percussion
    • Peter Kaszas: Drums
    LP 1
    1. Adour
    2. Cascade
    3. Babylon
    4. Purple and Gold
    5. Esmeralda
    6. Elysium


    LP 2
    1. Amanjena
    2. Sierra
    3. Etcetera in E-major (Intro)
    4. Etcetera in E-minor
    5. Tangier
    6. Stephanie
    7. Monsters

    Al DiMeola
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  • Roman Candle Roman Candle Quick View

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    Roman Candle

    Kill Rock Stars is proud to re-issue Roman Candle, Elliott Smith's first solo album, originally released on Portland's Cavity Search Records in 1994. The album has now been remastered for the re-release by Roger Seibel (SAE) and Larry Crane, editor of Tape Op Magazine and archivist for Elliott's family. Originally released in very limited LP quantity, this is the first time that Roman Candle is widely available on both standard and 180g vinyl.


    Roman Candle had quite an impact on Slim Moon, Kill Rock Stars' founder: In 1994, I had been asked to be on this five-person solo-act tour called Pop Chord with Tammy Watson, Carrie Akre, Sean Croghan and Elliott Smith. The first night at the Crocodile in Seattle, I didn't pay too much attention and people talked all through Elliott's set. Sean Croghan got up next and said all of you people who just talked through Elliott's set are bummed because you just missed something very, very special. The next night of the tour, at The Bottom Of The Hill in San Francisco, I listened very closely to Elliott's set, and it was basically one of those life changing moments. Instead of watching the rest of the performers, I went out to the tour van and popped Roman Candle into the player, and listened to it on endless repeat for the rest of the evening and beyond. It completely blew my mind. I have never heard music as heart wrenchingly, gut-checkingly honest, intimate, and wise before or since.

    1. Roman Candle

    2. Condor Ave

    3. No Name #1

    4. No Name #2

    5. No Name #3

    6. Drive All Over Town

    7. No Name #4

    8. Last Call

    9. Kiwi Maddog 20/20
    Elliott Smith
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  • It's Great To Be Alive (Box Set) It's Great To Be Alive (Box Set) Quick View

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    It's Great To Be Alive (Box Set)

    5 LP and 3 CD Box Set


    Recorded at The Fillmore in San Francisco


    16-page 12 Booklet With Liner Notes From Patterson Hood And Six Mini Posters Included


    Epic, career-spanning live set from the Drive-By Truckers recorded in San Francisco last fall. Patterson Hood says:
    "We sequenced it to be like kind of an ultimate DBT set list. We never use a set list from night to night so the show is
    ever evolving, but for this it was like, what would be the ultimate three hour show we could play right now?"

    LP1
    1. Lookout Mountain
    2. Where the Devil Don't Stay
    3. Sink Hole
    4. First Air of Autumn
    5. Made Up English Oceans
    6. The Righteous Path
    7. Women Without Whiskey
    8. Mercy Buckets


    LP 2
    1. The Living Bubba
    2. Primer Coat
    3. Tornadoes
    4. Sounds Better in The Song
    5. Used To Be A Cop
    6. Shit Shots Count
    7. Runaway Train
    8. A Ghost To Most


    LP 3
    1. Goode's Field Road
    2. Uncle Frank
    3. Putting People On the Moon
    4. Box of Spiders
    5. When the PIn Hits the Shell
    6. A World of Hunt


    LP 4
    1. Gravity's Gone
    2. Pauline Hawkins
    3. Birthday Boy
    4. Girls Who Smoke
    5. Get Downtown
    6. Ronnie adn Neil
    7. Three Dimes Down
    8. Hell No, I Ain't Happy


    LP 5
    1. Marry Me
    2. Shut Up and get On the Plane
    3. Angels and Fuselage
    4. Zip City
    5. Grand Canyon


    CD 1:
    1. Lookout Mountain
    2. Where the Devil Don't Stay
    3. Sink Hole
    4. Made Up English Oceans
    5. the Righteous Path
    6. Women Without Whiskey
    7. The Living Bubba
    8. Primer Coat
    9. Mercy Buckets
    10. Marry Me
    11. Tornadoes
    12. Sounds Better In the Song


    CD 2:
    1. Used To Be A Cop
    2. Shit Shots count
    3. Runaway Train
    4. A Ghost To Most
    5. Goode's Field Road
    6. Uncle Frank
    7. Putting People On the Moon
    8. First Air of Autumn
    9. Box of Spiders
    10. When the Pin Hits the Shell
    11. A World of Hurt


    CD 3:
    1. Get Downtown
    2. Ronnie and Neil
    3. Gravity's Gone
    4. Pauline Hawkins
    5. Birthday Boy
    6. Girls Who Smoke
    7. Three Dimes Down
    8. Hell No, I Ain't Happy
    9. Shut Up and Get On the Plane
    10. Angels and Fuselage
    11. Zip City
    12. Grand Canyon

    Drive-By Truckers
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  • Noumena Noumena Quick View

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    Noumena

    San Francisco's The Drift create music that Tortoise should have made. Taking their name to heart, The Drift do just that - from ambient noise and elegant guitar rock to mournful jazz ballads and stunted, down-tempo hip-hop - all with the subtle grace that's to be expected from veterans of the sound. Existing somewhere between Miles Davis's In A Silent Way and Tarentel's From Bone To Satellite, The Drift compose predestined soundtracks for everyday life - not only perfect for a night on the beach, but just as suitable for the long drive getting there. Their music is inescapably passionate, executed with just enough wide-eyed improvisation to sound eternally fresh.
    1.Gardening, Not Architecture
    2.Invisible Cities
    3.Hearts Are Flowers
    4.Transatlantic
    5.Noumena - (vinyl only bonus track)
    6.Inconsistency Principle
    7.For Grace and Stars - (vinyl only bonus track)
    8.Fractured Then Gathered (Reprise)
    The Drift
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  • Worth EP Worth EP Quick View

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    Worth EP

    Mas Ysa, the project of nomadic composer Thomas Arsenault, combines love songs, unabashed ecstatic pop, prayer, field recordings and techno into triumphant, danceable, melancholy folk music that pummels the heart rather than dances around it.


    Born in Montreal with formative years spent in San Paolo at hard-techno raves, Arsenault's life is one of human and musical experience rather than eye-searing laptop screens. After studying composition at Oberlin Conservatory, where he joined the Ohio-based Shinkoyo art collective, Arsenault headed west for San Francisco to assist kindred-spirit cult artist Warner Jepson.


    Eventually, Arsenault landed on Kent Avenue in Brooklyn, occupying a sprawling loft complex connected to the underground venues 285 Kent and Glasslands. There, he built a studio that yielded records by everyone from Cass McCombs to Laurel Halo, getting out of bed in the dead of night to write songs and record sonic fragments. During the day, Arsenault explored the other side of modern composition by collaborating with Rashaun Mitchell of the storied Merce Cunningham Dance Company.


    Born as a live experience in early 2012, Mas Ysa hoists this voracious music history and crashes it head-on with blunt emotional trauma. Early shows vacillated between dancefloor catharsis and inner pain, emphasizing both ritualistic transcendence and the universal bond of folk music.

    1. Vanya
    2. Why
    3. David Wessels
    4. Life Way Up From
    5. Worth
    6. Shame
    7. Ktidal
    8. Yes
    9. Years
    Mas Ysa
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  • II II Quick View

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    II

    San Franciscos Pins of Light reside in that murky musical shadow-territory of the nearly unclassifiable. They craft a brutal and intricate mÉlange of metal, punk and prog that isnt quite any of those things. Pins of Lights most progressive moments are more Motörhead than Mothers of Invention; their metal is more Pink Floyd than it is Judas Priest; the elements of punk are a driving fistfight thats entirely the bands own. Singer and bassist Shane Baker, guitarists Jake Palladino and Ravi Durbeej, and drummer Phil Becker come previously (and currently) from such SF institutions as Dead and Gone, Night After Night, Hightower and Triclops (among a slew of others). The groups debut album II was recorded by Kurt Schlegel (Jello Biafra, Melvins, I Am Spoonbender) and Phil Manley (TransAm, The Fucking Champs) at Lucky Cat Recording and mixed by Becker in the bands hometown.
    1. 4112
    2. Losing Sleep
    3. My Revenge
    4. No Way Home
    5. Western Sky
    6. Empire
    7. Sound & Pressure
    8. We Fly Alone
    Pins Of Light
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  • Bloomed Bloomed Quick View

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    Bloomed


    Remastered


    Includes CD With Bonus Tracks


    The March entry in our 25th anniversary reissue series is Bloomed, the 1994 debut album
    from Richard Buckner. The album will be remastered and released on 180-gram
    vinyl and will include a CD containing 11 bonus tracks of radio sessions, live
    performances, and original recordings of songs that appeared on future releases.
    Spin magazine described Buckner as "equal parts Bay Area bohemian and dust bowl
    traditionalist" and named Bloomed one of its best albums of 1994, while Pitchfork
    wrote, "It's a traditional outsider-country record in the lineage of Townes Van Zandt.
    Buckner's voice is all honey and oak, his guitar style elaborately twanging, his constant
    subject matter heartache."


    Richard Buckner provides some background on the album:


    Bloomed was originally (erroneously?) released on an unnamable German label in 1994.
    I was living in San Francisco at the time, having just moved out of a residential hotel
    and into the 1906 hilltop prefab that adorns the cover. At the time, I was heading a
    band called The Doubters. We were playing high profile events such as The Covered
    Wagon Saloon's Musical Barstools, but weren't making much headway. We had been
    turned down consistently every year by SXSW, but I was somehow finagled in as
    an unannounced guest onto an already unofficial SXSW showcase created by Butch
    Hancock at his gallery in downtown Austin. There, I met up again with Lloyd Maines,
    who agreed to produce my first record.


    Maines and I met in Lubbock, TX, a few months later, where we worked with
    Lubbock musicians in a small recording studio walled in wooden shingles Sharpied
    with bible passages from various church groups that also enjoyed working there.
    It was 112°F the morning I arrived under the suspicious (Californians are merely
    B-grade yankees) gaze of downtown's Buddy Holly statue. That first night there, it
    hailed so hard that heaven's angry pellets were storming in under my motel door. It
    only let up for a few moments that first night, allowing me to run across the street to
    get a butter burger and fries to go. We finished four days later and I flew back to San
    Francisco, dismembered the band, and embarked on a tour that would last about 20
    years (or a few days, if you count what I actually remember).


    Nothing's changed. I'm still dodging the sky and busking to strangers.

    LP
    1. Blue and Wonder
    2. Rainsquall
    3. 22
    4. Mud
    5. Six Years
    6. This is Where
    7. Gauzy Dress in the Sun
    8. Daisychain
    9. Desire
    10. Up North
    11. Surprise, AZ
    12. Cradle to the Angel


    CD
    1. The Last Ride
    2. Settled Down
    3. The Worst Way
    4. Emma
    5. Hutchinson (Recorded in 1995 at Black Eyed Pig in San Francisco by Kyle Statham)
    6. Surprise, AZ (Recorded in 1996 at World CafÉ)
    7. Blue and Wonder (Recorded in 1997 at KCRW)
    8. Still Lookin For You-Townes Van Zandt (Recorded in 1997 at World CafÉ)
    9. Up North
    10. Six Years
    11. Gauzy Dress in the Sun (Recorded live at The Starry Plough, Berkeley CA 2/25/1995)

    Richard Buckner
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    Winterland (Box Set) (Awaiting Repress)

    Hendrix's Most Storied Live Three-Night Stand Comes to Brilliant Life on Stellar, Audiophile-Quality Box Set


    Features Tons of Performances Not Available on Any Other Release


    Six 1968 Concerts from San Francisco's Historic Venue Reshaped Rock and Roll: Here Are the Highlights


    8LP Edition Annihilates All Previous Winterland Compilations: Tremendous Sonics and Insight


    Also Includes 36-Page Book and Rare Backstage Interview With Hendrix


    Jimi Hendrix's Woodstock performance may be his most famous, but the guitarist named by Rolling Stone as the best in history was never better than at a three-night stand in San Francisco, putting on a total of six concerts that fans have long clamored to hear. Featuring the creme de la creme of said performances, now everyone finally gets their wish.


    Winterland is drawn from said six stellar shows recorded over three days (October 10, 11 and 12, 1968) at San Francisco's historic Winterland Ballroom. These special performances celebrated the two-year anniversary of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and came just as the groundbreaking album Electric Ladyland was released. Even given the era's rich history, you'll be hard-pressed to come up with any concert that rivals what's here.


    As many already know, Winterland presents some of Hendrixs most spectacular guitar work. This scintillating set is filled with rare live versions of classic songs such as Manic Depression, Are You Experienced?, Tax Free, and Little Wing that are not part of any other Sony Legacy releases. Fans will also enjoy Hendrixs dramatic interpretations of Creams Sunshine Of Your Love and Howlin Wolfs Killing Floor (with the Experience joined by Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady) as well his rendition of Bob Dylans Like A Rolling Stone, which many critics and fans regard as the ultimate interpretation.


    Pressed on 8 x 180g LPs, this special deluxe box set features never before released music from each of the six unforgettable Winterland performances. Please note that Winterland is now markedly different from the flawed single disc compilation, long out of print, briefly issued by Rykodisc in 1987 and 1988. Moreover, Winterland also presents a rare interview with Hendrix recorded backstage at the Boston Garden a few weeks after the Winterland performances. This previously unreleased bonus provides fans with a unique window into Hendrixs views about his background, his approach to the guitar, and songwriting and future direction of his music.


    As should be required for any such box set, Winterland features a 36-page booked filled with previously unpublished images by acclaimed photographers Robert Knight, Allen Tannenbaum, and Jim Marshall, as well as an essay by noted Rolling Stone journalist David Fricke.




    LPs 1 & 2: 10/10/68 Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco

    1. Tax Free
    2. Lover Man
    3. Sunshine of Your Love
    4. Hear My Train A Comin
    5. Killing Floor
    6. Foxey Lady
    7. Hey Joe
    8. Star Spangled Banner
    9. Purple Haze


    LPs 3 & 4: 10/11/68 Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco
    1. Tax Free
    2. Like a Rolling Stone
    3. Lover Man
    4. Hey Joe
    5. Fire
    6. Foxey Lady
    7. Are You Experienced
    8. Red House
    9. Purple Haze


    LPs 5 & 6: 10/12/68 Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco
    1. Fire

    2. Lover Man

    3. Like a Rolling Stone

    4. Manic Depression

    5. Sunshine of Your Love

    6. Little Wing

    7. Spanish Castle Magic

    8. Red House

    9. Hey Joe

    10. Purple Haze

    11. Wild Thing


    LPs 7 & 8: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco
    1. Foxy Lady

    2. Are You Experienced

    3. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

    4. Red House

    5. Star Spangled Banner

    6. Purple Haze
    7. Jimi Hendrix: Boston Garden Backstage Interview

    Jimi Hendrix
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  • Live Rust Live Rust Quick View

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    Live Rust

    Mere months passed between the release of Neil Young's mid-career milestone Rust Never Sleeps and this 1979 tour recording, which documents a late-'78 San Francisco performance. Indeed, Live Rust boasts four songs from the album that gave it its name. It's also sequenced in the same spirit as its studio sibling. As with Rust Never Sleeps, Live Rust opens with steady-flowing acoustic numbers before swirling into an electric vortex. What was side 4 off the original two-record version--Like a Hurricane, Hey, Hey, My, My, and Tonight's the Night--is arguably Young and Crazy Horse at their peak as a live unit, with all due respect to 1991's estimable Weld and 1997's desultory Year of the Horse. Few rock bands rank with Young and his stalwart electric trio, and Live Rust presents them in all their raging glory. -Steven Stolder
    LP 1
    1. Sugar Mountain (Live)
    2. I Am a Child (Live)
    3. Comes A Time (Live)
    4. After the Gold Rush (Live)
    5. My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue) [Live]
    6. When You Dance I Can Really Love (Live)
    7. The Loner (Live)
    8. The Needle and the Damage Done (Live)
    9. Lotta Love (Live)
    10. Sedan Delivery (Live)


    LP 2
    1. Powderfinger (Live)
    2. Cortez the Killer (Live)
    3. Cinammon Girl (Live)
    4. Like a Hurricane (Live)
    5. Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black) [Live]
    6. Tonight's the Night (Live)

    Neil Young & Crazy Horse
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    Winds Of Change

    Reeling from poor management decisions and inter-band strife, The Animals fell apart toward the end of 1966. Seeking a rebirth, lead vocalist Eric Burdon relocated from London to California. There, Burdon assembled a new Animals lineup, retaining only drummer Barry Jenkins from the previous incarnation. Now known as Eric Burdon and The Animals, the group immersed themselves in the psychedelic culture of San Francisco and their sound followed suit. Informed by his inaugural acid trip, Burdon led his bandmates through a fresh, decidedly lysergic interpretation of American blues. While the original group had largely performed songs written by others, The New Animals began composing as a group.


    The prophetically titled Winds of Change, released in September 1967, offered ten stellar examples of this new songwriting approach, along with a heavy cover of The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black." Lead single "San Franciscan Nights" encapsulated the Summer of Love in what became a top ten hit for the new band (and helped get them on the bill for the seminal Monterey Pop Festival).

    1. Winds Of Change
    2. Poem By The Sea
    3. Paint It Black
    4. The Black Plague
    5. Yes I Am Experienced
    6. San Franciscan Nights
    7. Man-Woman
    8. Hotel Hell
    9. Good Times
    10. Anything
    11. It's All Meat
    Eric Burdon & The Animals
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  • The Live Adventures Of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper The Live Adventures Of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper Quick View

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    The Live Adventures Of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper

    In the wake of the success of their seminal 1968 Super Session release, blues-steeped guitar hero Mike Bloomfield (Butterfield Blues Band and Electric Flag) and multi-talented keyboardist/singer Al Kooper (Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears) teamed up again for a historic series of joint performances as San Francisco's legendary Fillmore West, which are documented on The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper.


    The resulting live album, culled from three nights' worth of shows and released in 1969, is a powerful testament to the formidable musical chemistry of these two rock legends, whose collaboration began when they played on Bob Dylan's classic Highway 61 Revisited. The Fillmore performances bring out the best in both musicians, who stretch out on assortment of tunes, including the Kooper/Bloomfield original Her Holy Modal Highness, Paul Simon's The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy), The Band's The Weight, Booker T. and the MGs' Green Onions and Albert King's Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong, which features a rare Bloomfield vocal. The album also features guest appearances by Elvin Bishop and Carlos Santana.


    Unavailable in its original format for decades, The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper has been meticulously restored to its original double-LP form for this vinyl reissue, using Sundazed's exacting technical and aesthetic standards. The album is pressed on high-quality, high-definition vinyl, and duplicates the album's original gatefold cover art, including legendary artist Norman Rockwell's iconic cover painting of Bloomfield and Kooper.

    1. Opening Speech
    2. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
    3. I Wonder Who
    4. Her Holy Modal Highness
    5. The Weight
    6. Mary Ann
    7. Together 'Til the End of Time
    8. That's All Right
    9. Green Onions
    10. Sonny Boy Williamson
    11. No More Lonely Nights
    12. Dear Mr. Fantasy
    13. Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong
    14. Finale-Refugee
    Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper
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    Nausea

    After a dormant period following the release of the Gallery EP in 2012,
    Craft Spells' Justin Vallesteros is back with the gorgeously ambitious Nausea.
    It's Craft Spells' second proper full length LP, and first since 2010's critically
    acclaimed Idle Labor.


    Since last on the radar, Justin moved to San Francisco to find a niche in the
    Bay Area music scene. This proved difficult within the regarded garage rock
    scene and insular DJ night crowds currently dominating the area's music community. Here, Justin fell into a slump, creatively. With a severe bout of writer's
    block he retreated to his parent's house in Lathrop, CA. Away from the city,
    he put down his guitar for a full year in favor of properly training himself on
    piano, the instrument from which all the tracks for Nausea were written.


    The demos came together in early 2014 and Vallesteros flew to Seattle to
    produce and record the LP, full of ideas and a new found maturity in both
    songwriting and recording sophistication. Within the first few seconds of lead
    single "Breaking the Angle Against the Tide" we know we're not listening to
    the same Craft Spells anymore. This is a bold, beautiful and lush new sound
    emphasizing the songwriting abilities Vallesteros always had. An album highlighted by loads of piano, real strings and acoustic guitar, this change is like
    the color coming alive in the Wizard of Oz. The beautiful "Komorebi" with it's
    piano chord progression and sorrowful string accompaniment emphasizes this
    newfound maturity and confidence as a writer that is the next logical step in
    Craft Spells' career.


    Nausea could easily have been a record rife with indecision and anxiety.
    But like the song for which the album is named, Craft Spells was able to turn
    the chaos and disillusionment into a work that provides ammo against that
    very thing, with beauty, vision and melody.

    1. Nausea
    2. Komorebi
    3. Changing Faces
    4. Untitled
    5. Dwindle
    6. Twirl
    7. Laughing for My Life
    8. First Snow
    9. If I Could
    10. Breaking the Angle Against the Tide
    11. Still Fields (October 10,1987)
    Craft Spells
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    Live 1969

    This 1969 live recording from Mount Carmel High School in Houston represents the final stage appearance by the original lineup of Texas garage combo Fever Tree. With two strong studio LPs for UNI Records behind them, the group began to fragment from internal struggles. Consequently, the label asked for one more album. The group complied and the results are contained in this previously unreleased concert recording, presented here in 180 gram vinyl.


    Sharpening their chops on the Gulf Coast circuit, followed by a high-profile opening night gig at Hollywoods legendary Kaleidoscope, Fever Tree developed a keen sense of musical drama and dynamics. This versatility is in sharp display on the concerts rendition of their underground radio hit San Francisco Girls (Return of the Native). For the rest, Live 1969 focuses on groovers, a perfect set-up for the gliding fuzztones of lead guitarist Michael Knust, the sonic organ of Rob Landes, the thick rhythms provided by E.E. Bud Wolfe III on bass and John Tuttle on drums ,and the dynamic, driving lead vocals of Dennis Keller.


    Dont Come Crying to Me Girl, a song originally found on the bands second album, levitates the band beyond any earthly confines. Elsewhere, the set moves between a soaring cover of Donovans Hey Gyp, their own power pop Grand Candy Young Sweet and a whirlng psych take on Wilson Picketts Ninety-Nine and One Half (Wont Do). Playing as if their lives depended on it, Live 1969 captures a band at the height of its powers, forever preserved on this final audio testament.

    1. Grand Candy Young Sweet

    2. Ninety-Nine and One Half (Wont Do)
    3. Dont Come Crying to Me Girl
    4. Hey Gyp
    5. San Francisco Girls (Return of the Native)
    Fever Tree
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    Live

    Sundazed Music is proud to present a genuine psychedelic landmark: Live by Moby Grape, the first official collection of concert recordings by the legendary San Francisco band at its blazing late-Sixties peak. At that time, in rock's hippest city, there was no other band like the original Grape: Jerry Miller, Skip Spence, Bob Mosley, Peter Lewis and Don Stevenson. Their Columbia debut LP, Moby Grape, issued in June 1967, is still acclaimed as one of the greatest rock albums evera thrilling union of blues, soul, country, surf twang and day-glo garage rock, packed into original killer-pop songwriting. Even as extreme Columbia hype, devastating business hassles and Spence's tragic mental collapse threatened to blow up the band, the Grape continued to make immortal albums, including 1968's Wow and the magnificent Moby Grape '69.


    But the records told only half of the tale. Moby Grape, in their prime, were also one of the Bay Area'sand America'sbest stage bands, like the Beatles and Rolling Stones in one, with a breathtaking triple-guitar attack and stunning vocal harmonies.


    Live is the long-awaited proof. It features more than an hour of dynamite performances from soundboard and broadcast tapes, including tracks from the Avalon Ballroom in 1967 and the band's complete long-lost set at the Monterey Pop Festival, just a week after Moby Grape came out. There are live versions of the great rare Grape songs Rounder and Looper and five tracks from a famous Dutch radio show featuring the hard-charging '69 lineup of Miller, Mosley, Lewis and Stevenson.


    And Live climaxes with the historic first-ever release of Spence's acid-guitar masterpiece Dark Magicnever recorded in the studio by the original band but presented here in an epic 17-minute performance at the Avalon, on New Year's Eve 1966. Moby Grape were the hottest band in town that night, with the whole rock & roll world ahead of them. And they sound like it. These four-decade-old recordings have been spectacularly mastered, in you-are-there fidelity, and this album comes with sumptuous packaging and rare photos, in true Sundazed style, plus liner notes by Rolling Stone writer and Moby Grape authority David Fricke. Live presents, at last, the untold part of Moby Grape's incredible story. It is San Francisco psychedelia at its zenith and the best historical rock release of the year.

    1. Ain't No Use (Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, 1967)
    2. Rounder (Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, 1967)
    3. Looper (Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, 1967)
    4. Bitter Wind (Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, 1967)
    5. Changes (Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, 1967)
    6. Indifference (Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, 1967)
    7. Someday (Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, 1967)
    8. Introduction (Monterey International Pop Festival, 1967)
    9. Indifference (Monterey International Pop Festival, 1967)
    10. Mr. Blues (Monterey International Pop Festival, 1967)
    11. Sitting by the Window (Monterey International Pop Festival, 1967)
    12. Omaha (Monterey International Pop Festival, 1967)
    13. Sweet Little Angel (San Francisco, 1967)
    14. Murder in My Heart for the Judge (RAI, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1969)
    15. I Am Not Willing (RAI, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1969)
    16. Trucking Man (RAI, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1969)
    17. Fall on You (RAI, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1969)
    18. Omaha (RAI, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1969)
    19. Dark Magic (Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, 1966)
    Moby Grape
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    Cranekiss

    Time and changes distance Tamaryn's Cranekiss from her earlier efforts, and for that matter, from everyone else's. Time, by way of the long period spent crafting this material, both on her own and with Weekend's Shaun Durkan, who with producer Jorge Elbrecht (Violens, Lansing-Dreiden), make up the creative team behind Cranekiss. Changes, by relocating across the country from San Francisco to New York City, by expanding the approach taken on her two previous albums (2010's The Waves and 2012's Tender New Signs), by making music that pulls you closer to it despite the enormity of the sounds within.


    Tamaryn's first two full-lengths stood out in a crowd of shoegaze/ethereal revivalists as much for what they were (careful, gorgeous, thrilling tapestries of guitar-based textures) as what they weren't (simplistic, trendy, disposable signposts made to be broken). With Cranekiss, Tamaryn emerges from her past in a way that's inviting, warm-blooded, and shockingly direct. She's made a big record, loaded with samples, synth triggers and processing that was missing from her previous efforts, the result of long nights grinding it out at the Brooklyn studio Gary's Electric, where the record was born. The Waves and Tender New Signs focused on the sounds Tamaryn and her group could coax out of guitars, but with Cranekiss her sonic palette has exploded with maniacal abandon, pressed into service of a post-adolescent love letter to all the music that she and her collaborators hold dear, drawing influences from the feelings that fell out of her. Anyone familiar enough with those times should be able to draw their own comparisons, recognizing the modes of musical respect and adoration flashing past as the record spins. From there, though, Tamaryn has modeled these elements into simulacra, where despite the nods and glances to the past, play as a totally new sound.


    Lyrically, this is Tamaryn's most personal collection of songs to date, and Elbrecht has placed her voice front and center across the entire record, elevating her presence like never before. Cranekiss explores dark rock, dance pop, and glistening melancholy with a uniformly commanding presence across it all, in stormy, unsettled brushstrokes that apply pressure behind Tamaryn's words.


    Cranekiss represents a long journey, and a new phase in Tamaryn's music unfolding before you, a blood-red kaleidoscope of desire and late night abandon, a bold step forward.

    1. Cranekiss
    2. Hands All Over Me
    3. Last
    4. Collection
    5. Keep Calling
    6. Softcore
    7. Fade Away Slow
    8. I Won't Be Found
    9. Sugar Fix
    10. Intruder (Waking You Up)
    Tamaryn
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