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  • Night Of The Living Dead Soundtrack (Awaiting Repress) Night Of The Living Dead Soundtrack (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Night Of The Living Dead Soundtrack (Awaiting Repress)

    Original live score composed (except where noted) and performed by MORRICONE YOUTH to George A. Romero's 1968 Zombie Classic.
    1. Driveway To The Cemetery (Main Title)
    2. Barbra
    3. Traumatized
    4. At The Gravesite
    5. Beat 'Em Or Burn 'Em
    6. Another One For The Fire (End Title)
    Morricone Youth
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    Dead Language (Awaiting Repress)

    If you spent every minute, every penny of your adult life on the road, you might make a record like Dead Language.


    There's something that happens when four people have been playing music together, day in and day out, for ten years. In every basement, every colossal concert hall, every small European nation that would have them, the same four people playing the same four instruments. A full decade of plane tickets and van repairs and hangovers and fast food. At some point, the interaction between instruments, between members, transcends the brotherly love of most touring bands and enters the terrifying realm of twin telepathy. The Flatliners aren't just four dudes banging out riffs five hundred miles from home every night. They're four dudes banging out riffs in the hallways of the Overlook Hotel just like the unsettling twin girls in the The Shining. You see what I'm getting at yet?


    It's been three years since Cavalcade (2010), The Flatliners' most successful album to date. A behemoth of a record, it brought famous friends like A Wilhelm Scream and Dillinger Four into the fold for huge songs like "Shithawks" and "Bleed."
    Which is why Dead Language is the perfect response - it's the brutally crisp sound of four people in a room, the sonic payoff of a decade of learning how to play as one fierce unit. Its strength doesn't come from racks of guitars or bass drops, but from its sparse precision. The band's songwriting chops are as honed as their playing, allowing them the freedom to bang out their point quickly ("Young Professionals") or take their time to make an impact ("Ashes Away").


    The Flatliners' records have always been an accurate, honest portrait of where the band lived, from the youthful explosion of Destroy to Create (2005) to the nuance of blooming adulthood on The Great Awake (2007), Which is why Dead Language, the band's most direct and vital record to date, is the monument to the honesty of ten years in the trenches that it has to be.

    1. Resuscitation of the Year
    2. Bury Me
    3. Birds of England
    4. Drown in Blood
    5. Sew My Mouth Shut
    6. Caskets Full
    7. Ashes Away
    8. Hounds
    9. Dead Hands
    10. Quitters
    11. Tail Feathers
    12. Young Professionals
    13. Brilliant Resilience
    Flatliners
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    Love From With The Dead

    With the Dead - Love From With the Dead


    Doom is all around us. The optimism of a new millennium has steadily disintegrated. The light at the end of the tunnel turned out to be a burning tower block and the powers-that-be are dancing in the smouldering ruins. Humanity is eating itself and we're all terminally fucked. As a result, it makes perfect sense that the emergence of British doom metal mavens With The Dead would strike a dissonant chord with so many people. Formed in 2014 by former Cathedral/Napalm Death frontman and Rise Above Records boss Lee Dorrian and ex-Electric Wizard/Ramesses bassisit/guitarist Tim Bagshaw, the band coalesced in a monetary burst of spontaneity and shared fury, resulting in the release of their eponymous debut album in 2015: one of that year's most widely acclaimed releases and a welcome shot in the arm for fans of merciless, unrelenting sonic despair.


    "We were very happy with the way the first album was received," says Lee. "To be honest, there were no real expectations with the first LP. It's hard to explain. We just got together and did it. There was no big anticipation. We knew it was going to be well received by certain people, just because of the sheer heaviness of it, but we didn't think it would get the reaction it did. It sold really well and got a good response all around. It came together so strangely and so fast. We hadn't gone round, sweating in the clubs, although we've all done that previously. The record came out on Rise Above so it was easy and there were no demands from anyone except ourselves. The important thing is, we didn't want it to be seen as some novelty project band."


    Hell-bent on staking a further claim to be doom metal's most intense and remorseless practitioners, With The Dead have now completed work on their second album, Love From With The Dead. Comprising tracks recorded during two separate sessions with celebrated studio guru Jaime Gomez Arellano, the new material represents the first fruits of the band's recently retooled line-up. Joining Lee and Tim are bassist Leo Smee and drummer Alex Thomas, who replaces the departed Mark Greening. As Lee explains, the band's new incarnation generated great chemistry from the start.


    "Tim came over from New Jersey, where he still lives, and we booked four nights' rehearsals with Leo and Alex to see how it was going to work. Literally, on the first night, they had the whole set nailed within three or four hours. It sounded better than ever before, too. So the next three nights were pointless and we didn't need them, so we spent the time going over ideas for new songs and by the end we had four brand new songs. It was crazy. Then we thought 'While Tim's over, let's go in the studio and record them ' Luckily, Gomez was free and we went over to his studio and recorded the four new tracks, they're the last four on the album, and it was all done just like that. The other three tracks were recorded nearly a year later, again with just one night's rehearsal. It was all done super quick."


    For those who flinched at the sheer, unforgiving brutality of With The Dead's first record, the songs on Love From With The Dead are liable to cause major emotional trauma. Darker, denser, more despondent and sickeningly heavy in numerous senses of the word, this is an album that re-establishes doom as a genre that embraces the extreme and not just some cosy, nostalgic reimagining of the early '70s. From opener Isolation's slithering howl of torment and the crushing, schizophrenic barrage of Egyptian Tomb through to the expansive, drone-driven horrors of the closing CV1 (a mournful lament to Lee Dorrian's home city of Coventry that features a guest appearance by home-town comrade and electro-noise maverick Russell Haswell), Love From With The Dead grimly extinguishes the light of hope and hammers home the hatred and futility that plagues our brief and brittle lives.


    "The thinking was that the first LP was meant to be the heaviest we could possibly make, but then what do you next?" Lee muses. "Well, the only thing you can do is make the next one even heavier. So that was the ambition and the intention, to make it even more crushing. But to be able to do that you have to be crushed yourself. This last couple of years have been quite soul-destroying. There's been a lot of personal shit going on, and during this whole process so much fucking bad shit has happened in my personal life and other people's personal lives. Everything you hear on this LP, the angst is very real. I've never felt so disillusioned with life and the world around me, not since the first Cathedral album!"


    Irrefutable evidence that With The Dead are a formidable and substantial proposition, the quartet's second album could hardly provide a more apposite soundtrack to the deeply fucked up and irrevocably dysfunctional state of the world in 2017. Both a fine example of the simple, savage power of the riff and an authentic outpouring of anger, bitterness, bile and vivid existential dread, it is the living, breathing, screaming embodiment of heaviness itself. Cometh the hour, cometh the bringers of doom


    "I'm 50 next year and you're supposed to mellow out when you get older, but why?" Lee asks. "I don't feel like mellowing out. The world's getting worse, the atmosphere is getting heavier, people treat each other like shit and there's so much negativity, how are you supposed to chill out when all that's going on? I'm in a privileged position to be able to be in a band like this, so why fuck around? The band's called With The Dead and it's a doom band, why would you want to mellow out? It's got to be pure nihilism or nothing."


    Dom Lawson, July 2017.

    1. Isolation
    2. Egyptian Tomb
    3. Reincarnation of Yesterday
    4. Cocaine Phantoms
    5. Watching the Ward Go By
    6. Anemia
    7. CV1
    With The Dead
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    Zombie Live

    Pressed On 2x 180-Gram Black Vinyl


    Rob's first ever live album, Zombie Live was recorded over several nights during the 2006 Educated Horses Tour showcasing the raw power and chaos of Zombie's performances with concert staples like "Living Dead Girl," "More Human Than Human" and "Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)." The performance of "The Lords of Salem" was Grammy®-nominated in 2009 for Best Hard Rock Performance.

    LP 1
    1. Sawdust In The Blood
    2. American Witch
    3. Demon Speeding
    4. Living Dead Girl
    5. More Human Than Human
    6. Dead Girl Superstar
    7. House Of 1000 Corpses
    8. Let It All Bleed Out
    9. Creature Of The Wheel


    LP 2
    1. Demonoid Phenomenon
    2. Super-Charger Heaven
    3. Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)
    4. Black Sunshine
    5. Superbeast
    6. The Devil's Reject
    7. The Lords Of Salem
    8. Thunder Kiss '65
    9. Dragula

    Rob Zombie
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    Live & Louder

    Pressed On 2x 180-Gram Vinyl


    Includes Bonus CD


    'Live & Louder,' The Dead Daisies' highly-anticipated live outing, is set for release on Spitfire Music / SPV and perfectly captures the awesome vibe of their supreme, sweat-drenched, roof-raising live sets, recorded on a heady high at the end of an unbelievable 2016.


    Not to turn down a good opportunity, the band recorded a number of shows on their UK / European Tour with the same team that made 'Make Some Noise' blow speakers worldwide. The album was mixed by Anthony Focx (Aerosmith, Bad Company, Metallica, Santana) at Focxhole Studios and mastered by Howie Weinberg.


    They assembled a true monster in the vein of the great live albums of the 70s. You can feel the sweat drip from the ceilings and the energy of the crowd becoming one with the band, as they scream, holler and forget about our often mundane reality for a night of true Rock'n'Roll.


    Warts 'n all, 'LIVE & LOUDER' is a document of a band in their prime; a raw slice of visceral energy, an in-your-face assault on the senses. Simply: THE DEAD DAISIES in their element and at their best!

    LP 1
    1. Song And a Prayer
    2. Mexico
    3. Make Some Noise
    4. Song And a Prayer
    5. Song And a Prayer
    6. We All Fall Down
    7. Lock 'N' Load
    8. Something I Said


    LP 2
    1. Last Time I Saw The Sun
    2. Join Together
    3. With You And I
    4. Band Intros
    5. Mainline
    6. Helter Skelter
    7. American Band
    8. Midnight Moses


    CD
    1. Long Way To Go
    2. Mexico
    3. Make Some Noise
    4. Song And A Prayer
    5. Fortunate Son
    6. We All Fall Down
    7. Lock ‚ N' Load
    8. Something I Said
    9. Last Time I Saw The Sun
    10. Join Together
    11. With You And I
    12. Band Intros
    13. Mainline
    14. Helter Skelter
    15. American Band
    16. Midnight Moses

    The Dead Daisies
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  • Live & Louder (Box Set) Live & Louder (Box Set) Quick View

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    Live & Louder (Box Set)

    Limited Box Set Edition Houses 2x 180-Gram Vinyl, 1x CD, 1x DVD, & 1x Red Colored Vinyl 7 Single (Live At Planet Rock Radio UK)

    Includes Poster, Sticker, Button, Patch, & Photocard

    'Live & Louder,' The Dead Daisies' highly-anticipated live outing, is set for release on Spitfire Music / SPV and perfectly captures the awesome vibe of their supreme, sweat-drenched, roof-raising live sets, recorded on a heady high at the end of an unbelievable 2016.

    Not to turn down a good opportunity, the band recorded a number of shows on their UK / European Tour with the same team that made 'Make Some Noise' blow speakers worldwide. The album was mixed by Anthony Focx (Aerosmith, Bad Company, Metallica, Santana) at Focxhole Studios and mastered by Howie Weinberg.

    They assembled a true monster in the vein of the great live albums of the 70s. You can feel the sweat drip from the ceilings and the energy of the crowd becoming one with the band, as they scream, holler and forget about our often mundane reality for a night of true Rock'n'Roll.

    Warts 'n all, 'LIVE & LOUDER' is a document of a band in their prime; a raw slice of visceral energy, an in-your-face assault on the senses. Simply: THE DEAD DAISIES in their element and at their best!

    LP 1
    1. Song And a Prayer
    2. Mexico
    3. Make Some Noise
    4. Song And a Prayer
    5. Song And a Prayer
    6. We All Fall Down
    7. Lock 'N' Load
    8. Something I Said


    LP 2
    1. Last Time I Saw The Sun
    2. Join Together
    3. With You And I
    4. Band Intros
    5. Mainline
    6. Helter Skelter
    7. American Band
    8. Midnight Moses


    CD
    1. Long Way To Go
    2. Mexico
    3. Make Some Noise
    4. Song And A Prayer
    5. Fortunate Son
    6. We All Fall Down
    7. Lock ‚ N' Load
    8. Something I Said
    9. Last Time I Saw The Sun
    10. Join Together
    11. With You And I
    12. Band Intros
    13. Mainline
    14. Helter Skelter
    15. American Band
    16. Midnight Moses


    DVD
    Documentary "Live & Louder" (40 Min)
    1. Intro
    2. Looking Back At 2016
    3. Touring With The Daisies
    4. Doug Aldrich
    5. Show Preparation
    6. Stage Fright
    7. Song Favorites
    8. Cover Songs
    9. The Signing Sessions
    10. Looking To The Future
    Tour Recaps (25 Min)
    1. Recording
    2. Musikmesse / Hessentag
    3. Summer Tour
    4. Freedom To Rock Tour
    5. Arizona Cardinals
    6. Japan / South Korea - U.S.O.
    7. Kiss Kruise
    8. Fall/winter Tour
    Bonus Content (20 Min)
    1. Slideshow Best Of 2016
    2. Videoclip: Song And A Prayer
    3. Videoclip: Join Together
    4. Videoclip: Long Way To Go
    5. Videoclip: Make Some Noise

    The Dead Daisies
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set + CD + DVD + 7 - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Live at the Music Hall Live at the Music Hall Quick View

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    Live at the Music Hall

    Those who were fortunate to catch Phosphorescent at any of the their shows in 2013 can attest to the fact
    that this is no ordinary touring band. Built around the core of founding member/songwriter Matthew
    Houck, Phosphorescent has expanded from a loop-station based solo act into a fully fledged classic rock
    band to be held in the same regard as the likes of Crazy Horse. They spent most of 2013 touring behind
    their hugely acclaimed album Muchacho, and by the end of the year the band were at the peak of their
    powers. This 3xLP live album was recorded over the course of four jam-packed, sweltering holiday
    nights in mid-December.


    The shows featured the full line up of Matthew Houck (Voice, Guitar, Piano), Rustine Bragaw (Bass,
    Voice), Christopher Marine (Drums), David Torch (Percussion), Jo Schornikow (Organ, Voice), Scott
    Stapleton (Piano, Voice), Ricky Ray Jackson (Pedal Steel, Guitar, Voice). The songs are culled from across
    the catalogue of Phosphorescent albums stretching back to early live favorite 'Wolves', which is featured
    here in both solo form and in full band guise, through to current classics such as 'Song for Zula' & Ride
    On/Right On'.


    After the shows, Houck spent hours going through the recordings, piecing together this definitive live
    collection. This is far from a quick cash-in live album - in fact, it should should perhaps be seen as the
    ultimate Phosphorescent record, taking the recordings that make the studio album to a whole new level.
    Once Houck had pieced together the tracks, he and album mixer John Agnello worked through the
    tracks, mixing them to truly represent that amazing Phosphorescent sound - one part cowboy bravado,
    one part wounded master.


    You can hear how Houck's voice cracks over over the tender 'Tell Me Baby ' and how it soars in the
    perhaps definitive Phosphorecent live song 'Los Angeles'. The musicianship on display here is supreme,
    particularly Ricky Ray's sublime pedal steel and the dual keyboard work of Schornikow and Stapleton,
    playing opposite each other and playing off each other. This album should be considered an addition to
    the pantheon of classic live records - The Who's Live at Leeds, Frampton Comes Alive, Neil Young's Rust
    Never Sleeps, The Band's The Last Waltz, Bob Marley's Live, Cheap Trick's Live at the Budokan - like those,
    it is a defining moment in the catalogue of Phosphorescent.

    1. Sun Arise! (An Invocation/An Introduction) (Live)
    2. A New Anhedonia (Live)
    3. Terror In The Canyons (The Wounded Master) (Live)
    4. The Quotidian Beasts (Live)
    5. Tell Me Baby (Have You Had Enough) (Live)
    6. Nothing Was Stolen (Love Me Foolishly)(Live)
    7. Dead Heart (Live)
    8. Down To Go (Live)
    9. Song For Zula (Live)
    10. Ride On/Right On (Live)
    11. A Picture Of Our Torn Up Praise (Solo, Live)
    12. Muchacho's Tune (Solo, Live)
    13. Wolves (Solo, Live)
    14. Joe Tex, These Taming Blues (Live)
    15. Los Angeles (Live)
    16. A Picture Of Our Torn Up Praise (Live)
    17. South (Of America) (Live)
    18. Wolves (Live)
    19. At Death, A Proclamation (Live)
    Phosphorescent
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  • Live On Fire (Awaiting Repress) Live On Fire (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Live On Fire (Awaiting Repress)

    Colored Triple Vinyl Set of This Amazing Live Show!


    Despite having planned his career meticulously over the past 25 years or so, even in the camp of German hard rock master Axel Rudi Pell surprises cannot be ruled out: Before playing in front of a sold-out Cologne crowd on the second leg of his wildly successful Circle Of The Oath tour, the opportunity arose for taping the whole show, with cameras being all over. Well, Axel gave it a try. And that was a good move. Ten years after his last live album Knights Live (2002), you can - again - be a witness of a complete concert from the Bochum-based guitar virtuoso and his German-American all-star band. To round out the Axel Rudi Pell live package, the recording of the co-headlining gig at last year's Rock Of Ages festival was added to Live On Fire, the name of his newest live oeuvre.


    Obviously, a live album doesn't have the same importance and significance as a new studio output, but it nevertheless is a perfect snapshot in time, because 2012 was the most successful year in Axel Rudi Pell's solo career by far. Circle Of The Oath, album No. 14, was released on March 23 and rode high on the charts all over Europe: in his homeland Germany, the critically acclaimed disc made it up to No. 16 in the first week, Switzerland welcomed good old Axel on No. 30, Austria on No. 55, Norway on No. 69 and in Sweden he went up to No. 51. And last but not least, he received another gold award for selling out three consecutive nights at the famous Zeche venue in his native Bochum. Apart from that, he rocked the summer crowds at the legendary Sweden Rock and Wacken Open Air festivals, as well as the open-air Rock Of Ages in Germany together with his band.


    Even though Axel loves the composing part at home and the recording business in the studio, home is where the heart is and that's being on stage. Being musically socialized in the Golden Age of hard rock (the Seventies) he's probably a bigger fan of live albums than he would admit. As they say: applause is the performer's meat and drink. But without sometimes being anarchistic spontaneously and playing with the audience's emotions, without the sweat coming off the ceiling and the priceless energy being trapped in the middle of an adventure that is called live concert, when the lights go down and every amp is on fire - the life of a true rocker would be incomplete. Speaking of which: besides his success, Axel Rudi Pell has always been that down-to-earth guy and mainly the fan he was turned into when he first heard DEEP PURPLE's Fireball back in the day. With Live On Fire, he accomplishes a long-desired wish and gives his fans what they desperately want for quite some time.


    No surprise at all that the main focus is set on the newbies: here's the striking chords of fast and furious opener Ghost In The Black, the hard rocking pounding of Before I Die and without a doubt one of Axel's best songs written in a decade: the brilliant Circle Of The Oath, which would make Jimmy Page cry out loud. But there's more to listen to on Live On Fire: the passion for medleys (The Masquerade Ball/Casbah/Dreaming Dead) combined with some all-time classics here and there (ZEPPELIN's Whole Lotta Love or PURPLE's Mistreated).

    1. The Guillotine Suite (intro)
    2. Ghost In The Black
    3. Strong As A Rock
    4. Before I Die
    5. The Masquerade Ball / Casbah / Dreaming Dead / Whole Lotta Love / Dreaming Dead
    6. Drum Solo
    7. Mystica / Mistreated / Mystica
    8. Oceans Of Time
    9. Circle Of The Oath
    10. Fool Fool
    11. Keyboard Solo / Carousel / Jam / Carousel
    12. Tear Down The Walls / Nasty Reputation
    13. Rock The Nation
    Axel Rudi Pell
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  • Widespread Panic: Live From Austin, Texas Widespread Panic: Live From Austin, Texas Quick View

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    Widespread Panic: Live From Austin, Texas

    If you're among the legions of
    Widespread Panic fans, you already know
    that the band is legendary for never playing the same show twice -
    or the same song the same way twice. What makes this performance
    that much more special is the inspiring presence of founding member
    Michael Houser (whose nickname "Panic" inspired the band's name),
    who died of pancreatic cancer less than two years later. As much
    as anything, this is a celebration of Houser's life and the sheer joy
    he brought to a band that became one of the biggest draws on the
    international concert circuit and created a vibe that makes the Panic
    experience unique in the pop rock world.


    But anybody who knows anything about them knows that
    Widespread Panic is so much more than just a jam-happy rock band.
    From the time Houser and John Bell ("JB") began playing duets around
    Athens, Georgia, in the early 80's, their repertoire ranged from early
    covers of the Grateful Dead and Bob Marley to a host of original songs
    (among them "Space Wrangler", included here) that demonstrate, as
    The Village Voice wrote, "a willingness to dip their collective toe into
    just about any genre." This is classic Widespread Panic, including David
    Schools on bass, John Hermann on keys, Todd Nance on drums and
    Domingo Ortiz on percussion.


    One look at this show and it'll quickly become obvious there
    was something strange going on in the house that night. Yes, it was
    Halloween, 2000, and the rabid fans went beyond even their usual
    hard-core delirium. This was one time the audience almost threatened
    to steal the show!
    - Terry Lickona (producer Austin City Limits)

    LP 1
    1. Let's Get Down To Business
    2. Ain't Life Grand
    3. Space Wrangler
    4. Climb To Safety
    5. Blue Indian
    6. Casa Del Grillo


    LP 2
    1. Driving Song, Pt. 1
    2. Surprise Valley
    3. Driving Song, Pt. 2
    4. Travelin' Light
    5. Bear's Gone Fishin'
    6. Dyin' Man
    7. Porch Song

    Widespread Panic
    $22.99
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  • Beyond The Valley Of The Murderdolls Beyond The Valley Of The Murderdolls Quick View

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    Beyond The Valley Of The Murderdolls

    Import


    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    6 Page Insert


    Available On Vinyl For The First Time!


    First Pressing Of 1000 Numbered Copies On Red Vinyl


    Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls, released in 2002, is the debut album of Horror Punk band Murderdolls. Murderdolls are a side project for Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison and Static-X guitarist Tripp Eisen.


    The music on the album is fast and macabre. The Murderdolls draw inspiration from movies such as Friday the 13th, Night of the Living Dead, and Phantasm. The 15 tracks are full of tongue-in-cheek horror clichÉs.

    1. Slit My Wrist
    2. Twist My Sister
    3. Dead In Hollywood
    4. Love At First Fright
    5. People Hate Me
    6. She Was A Teenage Zombie
    7. Die My Bride
    8. Grave Robbing U.S.A
    9. 197666
    10. Dawn Of The Dead
    11. Let's Go To War
    12. Dressed To Depress
    13. Kill Miss America
    14. B-movie Scream Queen
    15. Motherf**ker I Don't Care
    Murderdolls
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    DEA.D. ALIVE! (Awaiting Repress)

    The raw ferocity of the legendary Misfits captured DEA.D. ALIVE! in concert on All Hallows' Eve, in the center of Times Square, New York City! With select tracks from the band's encore set at their hometown show in NJ added for good measure, DEA.D. ALIVE! is an audio Molotov cocktail guaranteed to have bonfires burning bright with pumpkin faces, day or night, all year round. Speakers will virtually melt as a torrential downpour of Devil's Rain engulfs the senses, catapulting you front row center into a jam-packed house of horrors. The diverse set of modern day Misfits classics included range from current hits like Land of the Dead and Curse of the Mummy's Hand on through all-new live versions of earlier-era material.
    -Insound.com
    1. The Devil's Rain
    2. Vivid Red
    3. Land of the Dead
    4. Curse of the Mummy's Hand
    5. Cold in Hell
    6. Dark Shadows
    7. Death Ray
    8. Shining
    9. American Psycho
    10. Dig Up Her Bones
    11. Scream!
    12. Helena
    13. Science Fiction/Double Feature
    14. Saturday Night
    Misfits
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    Ivywild

    Night Beds, the musical project of 26-year-old Colorado Springs native Winston Yellen, received much acclaim for his 2013 debut album, Country Sleep, scoring plaudits for its tortured take on alt country and Yellen's soaring vocals. But after finishing that album and before Country Sleep was even released, Yellen began experimenting with the kind of melancholic, neon-tinged R&B that makes up the mesmerising Ivywild. The thread that weaves through all of Yellen's music and holds it together is his unmistakable voice - plaintive, yearning, soulful, heartbreaking. Whether it's ascending over the luscious epic-electronics of Tide Teeth or aching alone on Country Sleep's opener Faithful Heights, Yellen's voice has a unique beauty matched by few of his contemporaries. The second Night Beds album draws on Yellen's original love of Bill Evans through to J Dilla and is made up of what Yellen calls sad sex jams and was inspired by a long-term love and a break-up which looms large throughout the albums veiled lyrics. Its genesis can be found in the stoned night in Nashville when Yellen first heard Yeezus. Lying on the floor, Yellen blared the album at top volume. Ivywild is a truly collaborative effort with a makeshift team of 25 musicians, notably Abe, Yellen's younger brother and closest friend - his credit on the album comes above Winston's own, so much value does he place upon the work Abe put in. Additional vocals come from Heather Hibbard, a singer from Maine who features on over half of the 16 track album, and was contacted by the gregarious Yellen through YouTube, after he found a video of her covering one of his songs. She came out to the studio the very next day. Finessing the poignant assortment of songs was a sometimes painful task, but dedicated to the core. I felt at some points we were losing our minds, he says. Initial versions of Me Liquor and God band On High: were 17 and 33 minutes respectively while Finished took four months to record. His editing process though was simple: If it makes you cry, keep it in. Field recordings also flood the record, offering it a deep textural grain. It is a luxury record, but it has a worn shirt feel, explains Yellen. It's lived in. It's like a quilt - but it took forever, cutting up all the vocals and letting it breathe.
    1. Finished
    2. Corner
    3. Me Liquor and God
    4. Seratonin
    5. Tide Teeth
    6. Sway(ve)
    7. [9_6] slack-jaw
    8. Eve A
    9. On High:
    10. Melrose
    11. Lay Your Hands
    12. All In Good Time (I Get You Wrong Interlude)
    13. Moon Sugar
    14. Love Streams
    15. I Give It
    16. Stand On My Throat
    Night Beds
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    Europe '72 (Awaiting Repress)

    Nearly 40 years ago, the Grateful Dead released Europe '72, a triple live album documenting its historic trek across Europe that became not only one of the band's best-selling releases, but also set the gold standard for live Dead.


    The Grateful Deads first tour outside of North America took them to all sorts of historic and unusual venues in England, Denmark, West Germany, France, Holland and even Luxembourg. Many members of the Dead family came along on what was really an extended working vacation that was designed to both expose the Dead to new audiences and also reward the band for their unlikely conquest of America during the preceding two years. As a hedge against the costs of the nearly two-month trip, the Deads label, Warner Bros., paid for the band to lug around a 16-track recorder to capture the entire tour.


    This was a band at the top of its game, still ascending in the wake of three straight hit albums: Workingmans Dead, American Beauty and the live Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses). It had been a year since the lineup had gone to its single-drummer configuration, six months since Keith Godchaux had been broken in as the groups exceptional pianist, and this marked the first tour to feature Donna Godchaux as a member of the touring band. This would also be Pigpen's final tour with the band.


    There was a ton of new, unreleased material that came into the repertoire in the fall of 71 (after Skull & Roses was out) and during the spring of 72, including Tennessee Jed, Jack Straw, Hes Gone, Ramble on Rose, One More Saturday Night and Mr. Charlie. All those future classics were interspersed with songs from the aforementioned hit albums such as Cumberland Blues and Sugar Magnolia, as well as spectacular versions of Truckin and I Know You Rider.

    LP1
    1. Cumberland Blues (Live in England 1972 Version)
    2. He's Gone (Live in Amsterdam 1972 Version)
    3. One More Saturday Night (Live in England 1972 Version)
    4, Jack Straw (Live in Paris 1972 Version)
    5. You Win Again (Live in England 1972 Version)
    6. China Cat Sunflower (Live in Paris 1972 Version)
    7. I Know You Rider (Live in Paris 1972 Version)


    LP2
    1. Brown-Eyed Woman (Live in Denmark 1972 Version)
    2. Hurts Me Too (Live in London 1972 Version)
    3. Ramble On Rose (Live in England 1972 Version)
    4. Sugar Magnolia (Live in Paris 1972 Version)
    5. Mr. Charlie (Live in England 1972 Version)
    6. Tennessee Jed (Live in Paris 1972 Version)


    LP3
    1. Truckin' (Live in London 1972 Version)
    2. Epilogue (Live in England 1972 Version)
    3. Prelude (Live in England 1972 Version)
    4. Morning Dew (Live in England 1972 Version)

    Grateful Dead
    $59.99
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    Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death

    Remastered And Available In A Deluxe Gatefold Sleeve


    Track for track and album after album, the Dead Kennedys were the most relentlessly political and controversial stateside punk rock band to gain much public notoriety. Originally released in 1987, Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death collects 17 of the band's singles, compilation tracks, and rarities spanning the eight years they played together.


    This is a wide and deep collection of favorites like California Über Alles and Holiday in Cambodia, but the real reason to pick up this disc is the more obscure and rare material. From 1979, Night of the Living Rednecks has hyperactive mouthpiece Jello Biafra relating a tale of being chased by irate rednecks while the rhythm sections jams. Their version of I Fought the Law rewrites it into a true-to-life murder ballad, while rippers like Life Sentence, Insight, Pull My Strings and Straight A's are off the map unless you were lucky enough to pick up the original singles or compilations that they're pulled from. And Kinky Sex Makes the World Go 'Round is Biafra at his sarcastic best, as he tells of one corporate head instructing another on the economic necessity of a new war. The DKs were a truly important and relevant band, and Give Me Convenience provides 17 livid reasons why. Boy, could we use them now. -- Carl Hanni

    1. Police Truck
    2. Too Drunk To Fuck

    3. California UberAlles
    4. The Man With The Dogs
    5. Insight
    6. Life Sentence

    7. A Child And His Lawnmower
    8. Holiday In Cambodia
    9. Night Of The Living Rednecks
    10. I Fought The Law
    11. Saturday Night Holocaust
    12. Pull My Strings
    13. Short Songs
    14. Straight A's
    15. Kinky Sex (Makes The World Go Around)
    16. The Prey
    17. Buzzbomb From Pasadena
    Dead Kennedys
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    Heal

    From the first bars of HEAL, the exhilarating melodic stomp of 'Goshen '97' puts you right into Tim Showalter's fervent
    teenage mindset. We find him in his family's basement den in Goshen, IN, feeling alienated but even at 15 years old,
    believing in the alchemy and power of music to heal your troubles. "The record is called HEAL, but it's not a soft, gentle
    healing, it's like scream therapy, a command, because I ripped out my subconscious, looked through it, and saw the worst
    parts. And that's how I got better." HEAL embodies that feeling of catharsis and rebirth, desperation and euphoria,
    confusion and clarity.It is deeply personal and unwittingly anthemic.


    Showalter was on tour, walking home on a mild autumn night in Malmo, Sweden, when he first felt the weight of the
    personal crisis that would ignite him to write HEAL. "It was a culmination of pressure," Showalter recalls. "My marriage
    was suffering, I'd released a record I was disappointed in, I didn't like how I looked or acted so I'd gone on tour, I was
    gone about two years!I didn't take time to think about failure, but I knew I was going deeper and deeper I was thinking,
    I have this life, but it's not my life,I haven't done it right "


    When Showalter returned, he wrote 30 songs in three weeks, a process that proved difficult, but cathartic and at times
    invigorating.Previous Strand Of Oaks records were more skeletal, raw examples of folk-rooted Americana with occasional
    rock and electronic currents,that have now come to the fore.HEAL is a bold new beginning,with a thrilling full-tilt sound
    that draws on Showalter's love of '70s, '80s and '90s rock and pop, with the singer and guitarist playing the intense
    valedictory confessor.


    Crucial to HEAL's sound was the man who Showalter chose to mix the record, the stellar alt-rock icon John Congleton.
    Showalter also re-connected with Ben Vehorn, synth expert and studio engineer extraordinaire, and drummer Steve
    Clements,who provides HEAL's thunderous ,sinewy drive. Songs such as 'Shut In','Plymouth' and'Woke Up To The Light'
    have a classic construction and mood,recalling '70s power-pop/ballads and the yearning ache of Big Star'slate, great Chris
    Bell. Many of the songs on HEAL reveal an electronic undercarriage and towering drums that push the album's wired
    dynamic to its stretching point, especially on'For Me',which expertly bridges the album's twin decades of influences.And
    if 'Goshen '97'recalls the molten energy of Dinosaur Jr, that actually is J Mascis on lead guitar. Despite the initials, the
    album's smoldering 7-minute epic 'JM' is not a Mascis tribute, but to the late Jason Molina, about having his music as
    comfort no matter how bad things get.


    Which brings usto another crisis, this time much more serious and immediate. HEAL was scheduled for mixing on Dec.
    26, 2013.Driving on the freeway Christmas Day, Showalter and his wife were involved in a car accident with a semi-truck,
    and were fortunate to walk away with their lives. Showalter suffered a, "pretty severe," head trauma, "which affected me
    much more than Irealized at the time."Fearing delays, Showalter didn't let Congelton know about it,so the mixing session
    went ahead. "Being on the verge of death, and my thoughts being so closely tied to that, changed the album's direction,"
    Showalter claims. "Together, we pushed it toward a much more cathartic sound that forces the listener to where I was at
    that exact moment,somewhere between almost dying and being absolutely fearless."


    HEAL is not just a saviour for its creator, but for anyone who needs reminding of music's ability to heal, or just thrill.
    Showalter is taking out a full band to play, and finally, the kid who wanted to be a rock star at 15 might get his chance.
    Finally, he and Strand Of Oaks have much to celebrate.

    1. Goshen '97
    2. HEAL
    3. Same Emotions
    4. Shut In
    5. Woke Up To The Light
    6. JM
    7. Plymouth
    8. Mirage Year
    9. For Me
    10. Wait For Love
    Strand Of Oaks
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    The Lost Broadcast

    Limited Edition Of 500 Copies Pressed On 140 Gram Vinyl


    Recorded April 9th, 1970 At The Fillmore West - San Francisco, CA


    The recording on this release was made the night before Black Beauty was recorded, albeit at the same venue, with the same line-up (Davis, Corea, Grossman, Holland, De Johnette and Airto Moreira on percussion) and also as support to the Dead (and Stone the Crows). This April 9th gig however is a different beast to that of its predecessor. A differing set-list and very sparse arrangements, absent the night before, make this previously unreleased recording very much a 'lost broadcast' (it was transmitted live by local FM radio) and will delight fans of Davis' mid period work.

    LP 1
    1. Directions
    2. Miles Runs the Voodoo Down
    3. This
    4. It's About That Time


    LP 2
    1. I Fall in Love Too Easily
    2. Sanctuary
    3. Spanish Key
    4. Bitches Brew/The Theme

    Miles Davis
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  • Keystone Companions: The Complete Fantasy Recordings Of Merl Saunders (Box Set) Keystone Companions: The Complete Fantasy Recordings Of Merl Saunders (Box Set) Quick View

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    Keystone Companions: The Complete Fantasy Recordings Of Merl Saunders (Box Set)

    The Legendary, Two-night Set In Chronological Order - Recorded Live At Berkeley, CA's Keystone Club In 1973,


    Presented In A Deluxe 6xLP 180-Gram Vinyl Box Set


    Includes A Booklet Featuring Never-Before Seen Photos By Annie Leibovitz


    Liner Notes By Grateful Dead Expert David Gans


    Includes A Collectible Poster


    Recorded live at Berkeley, CA's Keystone club in 1973, this deluxe, 180-gram vinyl collection captures the musical friendship of keyboardist Merl Saunders and the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia. 24 tracks - spanning blues, Motown, Rockabilly and more - cover the legendary, two-night set in chronological order, and are presented on 6 LPs. A booklet features never-before seen photos by Annie Leibovitz, plus liner notes by Grateful Dead expert David Gans.

    LP 1
    1. Hi-Heel Sneakers
    2. Keepers
    3. The Harder They Come
    4. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
    5. It's Too Late (She's Gone)


    LP 2
    1. My Funny Valentine
    2. Mystery Train
    3. I Second That Emotion


    LP 3
    1. Someday Baby
    2. Merl's Tune
    3. It's No Use
    4. Positively 4th Street


    LP 4
    1. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)
    2. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
    3. Keepers
    4. One Kind Favor
    5. That's All Right, Mama
    6. The Harder They Come


    LP 5
    1. My Funny Valentine
    2. Money Honey
    3. Someday Baby


    LP 6
    1. Merl's Tune
    2. Like a Road Leading Home
    3. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)

    Merl Saunders & Jerry Garcia
    $149.99
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    Descending Angel

    '90s-era MISFITS fiend fave Descending Angel has been re-recorded with a brand new 2013 treatment by The Devil's Rain lineup (Jerry Only, Dez Cadena and Eric Chupacabra Arce).


    The new single features wicked cover art by Jeff Zornow.



    MISFITS released their first proper live album since the 1980s, Dea.d. Alive!, on February 5.


    With select tracks from the band's encore set at their hometown show in New Jersey added for good measure, (recorded live on Devil's Night, no less), Dea.d. Alive! is an audio Molotov cocktail guaranteed to have bonfires burning bright with pumpkin faces, day or night, all year round. Speakers will virtually melt as a torrential downpour of Devil's Rain engulfs the senses, catapulting you front row center into a jam-packed house of horrors.


    The diverse set of modern day MISFITS classics included range from current hits like Land Of The Dead and Curse Of The Mummy's Hand, on through all-new live versions of earlier-era material like Scream!, Dig Up Her Bones, Helena and more - recorded live, with a level of precision and intensity garnered in over three decades of horror business. In addition to 13 fiendish faves from the band's cryptic catalog, the live set also includes a cover version of the anthem Science Fiction/Double Feature (from the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show) performed by the MISFITS for the first time ever on any release!


    - Blabbermouth

    1. Descending Angel

    2. Science Fiction/double Feature
    Misfits
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    Heat Leisure III & IV

    Heat Leisure is a collective centered around the Carney brothers of Pontiak, Greg Fox and Alexandra Drewchin of Guardian Alien, Steve Strohmeier of Beach House, and Robert J. Otten III. Their music takes a freewheeling approach to psychedelia with obvious nods to Amon DÜÜl II, Can and the Grateful Dead. For this, their second gathering and recording at the Carney s farm in Virginia, the group recruited the legendary Merry Prankster and Grateful Dead associate Ken Babbs, who emceed the Dead s mythical Veneta, OR gig in 1972 that became Sunshine Daydream, to contribute a shamanistic monologue to III, which occupies the first side of this, their first full-length vinyl release. The Carneys approached Babbs about collaborating with Heat Leisure t his Oregon farm on the last Pontiak tour. Heat Leisure s core principles are spontaneity, serendipity, and collaboration. The band employs frying amp distortion, a signature of Pontiak, as well as an array of drums, synthesizers, samplers, organs and a heavy dose of explorative improvisation by the musicians to create a highly lyrical album. Heat Leisure was conceived as a multi-media pursuit. While this release, III & IV, is an audio record, Heat Leisure I & II was released in the form of a short film/DVD with an accompanying 7 . The Carneys have said that future incarnations could take any form from performance and paintings, to sculptures or even digital mediums. Very much like the collaborative approach of the musicians to each session, they are keeping it open. III & IV was recorded late at night during a three day period during the first week of 2014 in Pontiak s Studio A, also on their farm, with Lain Carney doing most of the engineering. The session was recorded live to 1 tape, the reel old and decaying, which lead the tape to subtly speed up and slow down as the tape broke down and left residue on the tape heads. This organic effect adds to the woozy, surreal vibe of the music, and could not be replicated in a digital recording.
    1. III
    2. IV
    Heat Leisure
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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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    Band Of Outsiders (Awaiting Repress)


    Limited Edition Black And Red Splattered Vinyl


    When jazz hits you in the face with a stack of bricks, Mike Dillon is there...twisting chaos into order before turning it back on itself again. -Splinters & Candy


    The Mike Dillon Band is a predictably gruesome and sublime elixir of stealthy jazz vibes, street poetry raps and post-punk sonic carnage. -Boulder Weekly


    A body in motion tends to stay in motion, at least when The Mike Dillon Band is supplying the dance music. The psychedelic rock group shakes and gyrates with heavy, vibraphone driven grooves, delivering a steady stream of infectious rhythms and hypnotic percussion. -Pittsburgh City Paper


    How many artists can claim being praised a punk rock provocateur, jazz vibraphone visionary and percussion virtuoso in the same sentence? There's only one: Mike Dillon. Whether through his affiliation with artists like Les Claypool, Brave Combo and Ani DiFranco, collaborations such as Garage A Trois, The Dead Kenny Gs and Critters Buggin or bands he's fronted, including Billy Goat and Hairy Apes BMX, the Texas-native has set his own standard for 25 years now.


    With his latest effort, Band of Outsiders-released via Brooklyn label The Royal Potato Family-Mike Dillon has conjured the perfect storm of all these past endeavors. His manic creative vision found its match in three young musicians he met in New Orleans. Carly Meyers-whom Dillon describes as "a High Priestess of Trombone who channels the energy of Iggy Pop through the chops of JJ Johnson in second-line parade"-provides harmonic counterpoint to his vibes and percussion ("All Walks of Life") as she simultaneously ups the band's art-rock ante ("Carly Hates The Dubstep"). The rhythm section of bassist Patrick McDevitt and drummer Adam Gertner turns on a dime between snarling punk rock assaults ("Homeland Insecurity"), deep funky go-go ("Head"), ska grooves ("Here The Burro") and experimental hip-hop beats ("7AM At The Jazzfest") with all points covered in between.


    Dillon recorded Band of Outsiders at Studio Center in Miami with the help of co-producers Gary Vandy and Richard Maloney Jr. Vandy is an old school engineer whose work includes over 200 platinum records predominantly in the disco and dance genres. His love of Zappa is what attracted him to Dillon's work. In the age of pro-tools chicanery, the production is straightforward, capturing Dillon and his band playing live in a room.


    "Two tours of Mexico and a steady dose of Brazilian music was the jumping off point for these new songs," explains Dillon. "Add our love for The Melvins, Deerhoof, Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys, Trouble Funk and all things New Orleans and this album surpasses our intention to make the freakiest, most vibrant dance music on the planet."


    Lyrically speaking, Mike Dillon draws from his love of Miguel de Cervantes, William Burroughs, Kurt Vonnegut and Robert Anton Wilson to tell stories of New Orleans debauchery mixed with age-old themes of travel, love, self-destruction and greed. Delivered with Dillon's trademark vocal rasp, the record has the intensity of a Tom Waits-meets-Frank Zappa black comedy. Rumor has it that Dillon lived for the past seven years in the same apartment that Waits shared with Rickie Lee Jones. Dillon discounts those rumors: This apartment has housed dudes from Morning 40 Federation, Ani DiFranco, an old Conga player and a bunch of heroin addicts."


    Taken in its entirety, Mike Dillon's Band of Outsiders is a snapshot of four musicians hitting full stride. Having relentlessly toured the country in 2013-both headlining and opening for artists like Fishbone, Clutch, Primus and Galactic-its 13 songs bristle with a group mind, spill over the sides with the visions invoked during countless dead-of-night drives crisscrossing the country in a van and hit their target with a sonic assault only possible from a band that's played 400-plus shows over the last two years.


    "People are always trying to figure out how to describe our music. Maybe we should call it New Orleans punk jazz Brazilian math rock? It's a gumbo of tribal percussion, The Meters, old school hardcore, Brazil, hard bop and anything else that might move us," concludes Dillon. "But you know, I really don't care what you call it. We kick out the jams harder than anyone, and we also know when to heed the lessons of The Minutemen's Double Nickels On The Dime and keep things straight to the point. There's a reason we called the record what we did. We're the living, breathing definition of a band of outsiders, but together we deliver simple majestic beauty, let's leave it at that."

    1. Head
    2. Hand of God

    3. Homeland Insecurity
    4. Hero The Burro
    5. Carly Hates The Dubstep
    6. Great Lakes Tuna
    7. Missing
    8. All Walks of Life 9. Celebrate the Hate
    10. 7AM at the Jazzfest
    11. So Long Pal
    12. Baby Flint Talk
    13. Dauphine & Desire
    Mike Dillon
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    The Journey Man

    "In my music," says Goldie, "is everything I've learned, everyone I've met, everything I've experienced." And it's been an incredible trip. The maverick innovator - who rewrote the future of the jungle scene with landmark releases that still sound like they were kidnapped from tomorrow - has a unique story to tell. From children's homes in the West Midlands through stints in New York and Miami as one of the UK's most celebrated exponents of graffiti art to rubbing shoulders with an exceptional list of musical collaborators including David Bowie, Noel Gallagher and KRS-One, Goldie has defiantly, definitively, done it his own way. "I'm an alchemist," he likes to insist. "I practice the dark arts of messing with the form of something solid."


    Though marriage and his passion for bikram yoga have, he says, proved a calming influence, these days he's just as full of inspired, out-there ideas as he was back in 1993 when he did his first cover interview for the rave magazine Generator. "My music is about fallout," he said then, "about the damage that has been done to the system." Today, in the office of one of his London-based contacts, the ideas are still sparking. "Drum'n'bass has done to electronic music what graffiti has done to the art world," he muses, before launching into a rapid-fire synthesis of art history, dancefloor evolution and his own hyperactive brand of self-actualization, which loosely translates as: "Why do something ordinary when you can do something extraordinary?"


    It sums up the reason why, in 1994, music critic Simon Reynolds famously observed: "Goldie revolutionized jungle not once but three times. First, there was Terminator (pioneering the use of time stretching), then Angel (fusing Diane Charlemagne's live vocal with David Byrne/Brian Eno samples to prove that hardcore could be more conventionally musical), now there's Timeless, a 22-minute hardcore symphony." Each of these were moments that shaped the musical fabric of the decade and beyond, presaging Goldie's transition from the underground rave scene into the world of bona fide A- list superstars.


    But it didn't start out like that. The boy who would become Goldie was born Clifford Price on 19 September 1965, just as The Rolling Stones hit the top of the charts with Satisfaction. His dad Clement, originally from Jamaica, had been plying his trade as a foundryman in Leeds. His mum Margaret, who had been born in Glasgow, was a popular singer in the pubs and clubs of the West Midlands. Barely more than a toddler, Goldie was just three when she placed him into foster care (though she kept his younger brother Melvin). He still remembers, he says, the day the social workers came to take him away.


    Over the next 15 years, he bounced between a series of foster homes and local government institutions around the Walsall area. His eclectic musical taste was forged, he reckons, in those same local authority homes listening to the sonic tangle of other teenagers' record collections. "In one room," he says, "a kid would be playing Steel Pulse while through the wall someone else had a Japan record on and another guy would be spinning Human League." On rare visits to see his dad, he'd lie sprawled over the living room couch, listening to Jazz FM, marveling at the lavishly-tooled '80s productions of Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, David Sanborn and Michael Franks, adding further layers to his complex musicography.


    Already developing the irresistible urge to excel that has marked his inimitable musical career, Goldie's first love was roller-hockey. He earned a place as goalkeeper in England's national squad before the lure of music overtook the lure of sport. After discovering electro and hip hop, he grew his hair - the "goldilocks" that won him his nickname - and joined a breakdance crew called the B-Boys in nearby Wolverhampton. He also discovered graffiti. "They called me 'the spray can king of the Midlands'," he says proudly. His talent was undeniable, bringing him to the attention not only of Britain's Arts Council but to Dick Fontaine, producer of a Channel 4 TV documentary on graffiti. Fontaine's 1987 film Bombin' captured a visit to the UK by New York artist Brim Fuentes. Brim met Goldie and his B-Boys crew in Wolverhampton's Heathtown before heading a dozen miles away to Birmingham's Handsworth, where the producer filmed the aftermath of rioting that had left four dead, 35 injured and dozens of stores burned out. Several months later, Fontaine reversed the process and took Goldie to New York, introducing him to hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa. For Goldie, on his first trip abroad, never mind his first trip over the Atlantic, the Big Apple was love at first sight. Back in Britain, he begged, borrowed and saved until he had enough to fund a return trip to the Bronx.


    "I started painting the trains and getting involved on the streets," he says, remembering his total immersion in what was still, at that point, an emerging culture. Art and music as symbiotic technologies. Rubbing shoulders with the Big Apple's best graffiti artists, his own distinctive style was accelerated and enriched. A move to Miami followed. He worked in the flea markets, he says, "painting trucks for drug dealers" and developing a sideline in gold jewelry that included the distinctive grills that became a trademark on his return to the UK. The magical properties of shaping, working and bending precious metals to his will - as close to alchemy as the modern world gets - became an analogue for the way he prefers to operate in the studio, chasing quicksilver dreams, mercury-fast rivulets of imagination into impossibly lush, breakbeat concertos. Back in Britain, Goldie found himself seduced by the sweetheart of the rave. Though it took him eight attempts to get entry into the club, at London's Rage in 1991 he marveled at the alternate sonic worlds being forged by Fabio and Grooverider behind the decks. "It really flipped me out," he remembers. Soon he found himself in the orbit of Dego McFarlane and Mark Clair. Their label Reinforced was in the vanguard of breakbeat, issuing astonishing records that stripped out boundaries and limits while setting the tone for the scene's sense of adventure. At first, he helped out doing artwork and a bit of A&R. But soon he was in Reinforced's Internal Affairs studio watching intently as Mark and Dego recorded tracks like Cookin' Up Ya Brain and Journey From The Light. "I was watching what they could do," says Goldie, "trying to gauge the possibilities of the technology." Soon he was getting involved. "I remember one session we did that lasted over three days," he says, "just experimenting, pushing the technology to its limits. We'd come up with mad ideas and then try to create them. We were sampling from ourselves and then resampling, twisting sounds around and pushing them into all sorts of places."


    What followed was a series of inspired break-driven releases such as Killa Muffin, Dark Rider and Menace. Then Terminator, with its writhing drum loop, dropped and suddenly Goldie's name was on everyone's lips. He followed up with the equally revolutionary Angel, tilting the axis towards the lush, trippy textures that made 1995's debut album Timeless the drum'n'bass scene's first platinum album. Incredibly, given what was happening elsewhere in the scene at the time, the recording of the album's epic title track began as far back as 1993, when most other producers were still focused on the original sonic tropes of hardcore rave.


    Timeless was a masterpiece - of production, of songwriting, of sonic perfection and breakbeat futurism. Even today, it still sounds as astonishingly new and inspired as it did back on those early pre-release cassettes circulated by London Records in the early months of 1995 when Goldie was still living on the 18th floor of a North London tower block.


    By then, Goldie had already set up his own record label - Metalheadz - with his friends the DJ duo Kemistry and Storm. Along with studio collaborator, Rob Playford's Moving Shadow and LTJ Bukem's Looking Good imprint, Metalheadz helped to define drum'n'bass as a distinct musical format with singles by J Majik, Asylum and Goldie himself. Still bursting with energy, he then launched a legendary club night, Metalheadz Sunday Sessions, at London's Blue Note. The scene's best producers - among them revolutionary artists like Photek, Source Direct, Peshay and Dillinja - would compete to have their latest recordings debuted at the club and the scene's faithful came from far and wide to hear the best tunes before anyone else. "Those nights at the Blue Note were magical," he recalls. "It was an underground phenomenon that became an institution." David Bowie, who was making the drum'n'bass-influenced album Earthling at the time, fell in love with the place. "I remember popping out to take a break from all the madness inside the club," says Goldie. "He was outside having a cigarette, a bit of a breather. We chatted for a bit, looked at each other, grinned and then plunged back into it all. It was just that kind of place."


    Goldie is one of only a handful of artists ever to co-write with Bowie - on the track Truth from the drum'n'bass pioneer's second album Saturnz Return. Released in 1998, the album also saw his vision become more expansive (the opening track, Mother, clocked in at just over an hour). The album's collaborative approach included guest spots from rap legend KRS-One, Sex Pistols manager and all-around provocateur Malcolm McLaren, super-producer Trevor Horn and Oasis main man Noel Gallagher (on the single Temper Temper).


    Fuelled by the limitless creativity that has been the hallmark of his career to date, Goldie next turned to acting. He reunited with Bowie in Andrew Goth's 1999 thriller Everybody Loves Sunshine then took the part of Bullion in the 1999 James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough. Other box office smashes - including Guy Ritchie's crime heist caper Snatch - followed before he joined the cast of BBC1 soap opera EastEnders, playing the gangster Angel Hudson.


    A series of blockbuster TV appearances - on shows such as Maestro (where he learned to conduct an orchestra), Classic Goldie (which saw him perform his own orchestral composition at the Royal Albert Hall in the summer of 2009) and Goldie's Band: By Royal Appointment.


    The orchestral training proved useful. In 2014, he translated his original vision for Timeless into the stunning Timeless (Sine Tempore). Performed live with the Heritage Orchestra at the Wilderness Festival to suitably rapturous acclaim, the performance was repeated the following year as part of the Meltdown Festival at London's Royal Festival Hall. In between, he found time to unveil Fragments Of Gold, a piece inspired by medieval chants that he performed live in Glasgow Cathedral.


    Drum'n'bass, of course, has remained a consistent passion, both through his Metalheadz label and his releases under the Rufige Kru moniker (2007's Malice In Wonderland and 2009's Memoirs Of An Afterlife). "Technologically," he says, "breakbeat has managed to surpass all other forms of music to date. There isn't a recording engineer alive who can tell me there's any other form of music that is more complex than the music we make." Goldie has also recently announced he will be releasing a brand new double album 'The Journey Man' this year. The album comprises two parts, 16 brand new tracks in total, all written and produced by Goldie. It also features a host of collaborators handpicked by Goldie to help realize his vision for the album.


    "I often look at music not so much as a producer but like a director. You're drawing together engineers, performers and arrangers to create something special, something magical. It's like alchemy. The notes, the music, the lyrics, they're all in my head and each element has to be communicated and brought to life to create the finished track. I'm always inspired by great movie directors - people like Stanley Kubrick and PT Anderson - and, if you think about it, it's quite a similar approach. They start off with a vision and then they use that vision to deploy the actors and the cameramen and the editors in order to create the finished film."


    Collaborators on 'The Journey Man' album include vocalist and songwriter Natalie Duncan, who was discovered when chosen in the three-part BBC series 'Goldie's Band By Royal Appointment' and later provided the vocals for Goldie's 2012 single 'Freedom'. Other featured vocalists on the album include Terri Walker, Tyler Lee Daly, Natalie Williams, JosÉ James, Naomi Pryor as well as Goldie's wife, Mika Wassenaar Price.


    'The Journey Man' will be released through Cooking Vinyl and Goldie's own record label, Metalheadz.


    Goldie's love affair with painting has remained consistent too and he continues to exhibit visual work that's just as dazzling as his sonic output. Beginning with Night Writers, the 1986 exhibition at Wolverhampton's art gallery that introduced Goldie and his Supreme Graffiti Team to the British Arts Council, his shows have defined a unique aesthetic that's all his own. And through them all, from 1987's Rockin' The City in Birmingham (where he exhibited alongside Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja) and the 1988 Crucial Creators exhibition in Walsall to more recent gallery events like 2007's Love Over Gold and 2012's Athleticizm collection (including portraits of London Olympics stars such as Victoria Pendleton, Tom Daley and Jessica Ennis), runs a consistent thread of energy, experimentalism and boundary-pushing. His 2013 collection, Lost Tribes, an innovative series of pieces fusing Goldie's style with the artistic expression of the ancient peoples of Africa, Asia and America was, he says, "my most important breakthrough".


    And for the kid who lay awake, gazing at the stars, through the window of a children's home, growing up has brought some surprises. In 2012, he was selected as one of the BBC's New Elizabethans, 60 people - ranging from David Hockney to Roald Dahl, David Bowie and Tim Berners-Lee - who have helped shape British culture during the reign of Elizabeth II. Four years later, he was awarded the MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours. It's acceptance, of course, on a grand scale. But at heart, he's still the gatecrasher, amped-up on ideas, buzzing on nothing but love, hope and the certainty that, while his way might not be the easy way, it's very definitely the path of a true artist.


    - Tim Barr, 2017

    LP 1
    1. Horizons (feat. Terri Walker & Swindle)
    2. Prism
    3. Mountains
    4. Castaway
    5. The Mirrored River


    LP 2
    1. I Adore You (w/ Ulterior Motive)
    2. I Think of You
    3. Truth (feat. Jose James)
    4. Redemption


    LP 3
    1. Tu Viens Avec Moi?
    2. The Ballad Celeste
    3. This Is Not A Love Song
    4. The River Mirrored (feat. Terri Walker)
    5. Triangle
    6. Tomorrow's Not Today
    7. Run Run Run

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    Audition Tapes

    Audition Tapes is venerable luminary of psychedelic grunge, T. Hardy Morris's debut solo album, released on Dangerbird Records.


    Morris is best known for his work with Dead Confederate, a band that he co-founded and has recorded and toured with since 2006. More recently, Morris formed Diamond Rugs, the raggedly righteous gang of rockers that also includes members of Deer Tick, The Black Lips and Los Lobos. Morris took some time over the past year to write a collection of songs that reflect the best qualities of his group projects while also exploring entirely new sonic territories. Audition Tapes exposes Morris' considerable depth as a songwriter and taps into his vast experiences as a performer, having toured extensively over the past 6 years with the likes of the Meat Puppets, Dinosaur Jr., Deer Tick, Manchester Orchestra, Drive By Truckers and many more.


    Audition Tapes was helmed by Cosmic Thug (Adam Landry and Justin Collins), the Nashville-based production duo behind the aforementioned Deer Tick, Diamond Rugs and Middle Brother projects. Hardy says of the making of the album, "For obvious reasons, I knew I wanted to record Audition Tapes onto tape, and preferably in a small studio, recorded as live as possible, late at night. So that's pretty much what we did over in Nashville."


    Audition Tapes finds Morris abundantly inspired, oftentimes invoking the grand spirits of Elliot Smtih, Alex Chilton or fellow Georgian Vic Chesnutt. On songs such as "Quit Diggin", "Hard Stuff" and especially the gorgeous title track, listeners are treated to intimate, fragile performances, so informal that we are invited to hear creaks and count-offs, finger taps on guitar strings and other warm and extraneous studio noise.


    The whole affair is so perfectly imperfect that you feel as if you've stumbled upon it all on your own - a hushed secret. Dangerbird Records founder Peter Walker said, "This is the kind of songwriting and performance that you can really lean into - the record cuts through any sort of pretense and nails you straight in the heart from its first breath."

    1. Lucky
    2. Disaster Proof
    3. OK Corral
    4. Audition Tapes
    5. Hardstuff
    6. Quit Diggin'
    7. Share The Needle
    8. History's Hoax
    9. Beauty Rest
    10. Own Worst Enemy
    T. Hardy Morris
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    Angel Guts: Red Classroom

    Angel Guts: Red Classroom is the beginning of Xiu Xiu's descent from grayness into the deepest blackness endurable. It is the sound of Xiu Xiu's death.


    This is a bold proposition, even for a band that has never so much pushed the envelope as pulled it (forcefully) away from the line other musicians are willing to toe. And now, in what is unquestionably their darkest hour, Xiu Xiu have lit the envelope on fire and are using it as a torch to light the path ahead.


    Having spent the previous four years living in North Carolina, primary songwriter Jamie Stewart relocated to Los Angeles, moving blindly into a neighborhood whose notoriously dangerous reputation was unknown to him.


    A park divided among four gangs, a lake routinely dragged for bodies, a building wherein two infant skeletons were recently uncovered -- the aura of his new home bleeds into every pore of the album, each lyric and note bearing traces of its essence: the terrible beauty, the despair, the violence, the ultra humanity, the uncertainty.


    I know to a degree I must have romanticized it, Stewart admits, But when it's not safe to go out at night, what else can one?


    Romanticized is hardly the word anyone other than Stewart would use. Like its namesake, a Japanese erotic noir film, Angel Guts: Red Classroom is as radical as it is inventive. The subject matter -- racialized sex, double suicide, double penetration, criminality, fear of physical harm -- is unsuitable for the faint of heart. But when the heart has stopped beating, only the soul remains to carry on. And here, Stewart transcribes his without boundaries.


    Your face is down alone / On your desk / At the end of the city / You were squashed into / There is no one you love. So begins the album's first verse.


    In the wrong hands, such topics could be rendered as far-fetched fantasies. But Stewart's evocative vocals lend his provocative lyrics the balance they need, grounding them in a stark realism that forces us to acknowledge their existence, even confront them (as discomforting as that is).


    Unsettling, too, is the music. Working with only analog synths, drum set, and 1970's analog drum machines, Xiu Xiu has never before sounded so focused, so captivating, so intent on delivering a kick to the throat.


    Though influences can be cited (Suicide, Kraftwerk, Nico, EinstÜrzende Neubauten), they are ultimately far less relevant than the mark this album will leave on other musicians and music fans from this point forward.


    Take Stupid in the Dark -- its tone ominous and pulsing, its harmonies simple and direct, its grip unrelenting. Or Botanica de Los Angeles, a sparse, yet undeniably anthemic merging of bruising drums and bone-rattling bass synths.


    Unbearably dark, yet incredibly illuminating, on the John Congleton-produced Angel Guts: Red Classroom Xiu Xiu continues to forge (and at times risk) its reputation as avant-garde pioneers. It is the work of a band unraveling to its core and exposing the boldness within.


    Xiu Xiu may be dead, but its will is more alive than ever.

    1. Angel Guts
    2. Archie's Fades
    3. Stupid in the Dark
    4. Lawrence Liquors
    5. Black Dick
    6. New Life Immigration
    7. EL Naco
    8. Adult Friends
    9. The Silver Platter
    10. Bitter Melon
    11. A Knife in the Sun
    12. Cinthya's Unisex
    13. Botanica de Los Angeles
    14. Red Classroom
    Xiu Xiu
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