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Life After DeathReissue of the 1997 second and final studio album from Notorious B.I.G.LP 1
1. Life After Death (Intro)
2. Somebody's Gotta Die
4. Kick In The Door
5. #!*@ You Tonight (feat. R. Kelly)
6. Last Day (feat. The Lox)
7. I Love The Dough (feat. Jay-Z & Angela Winbush)
8. What's Beef
1. B.I.G. (Interlude)
2. Mo Money Mo Problems (feat. Mase & Puff Daddy)
3. Niggas Bleed
4. I Got A Story To Tell
5. Notorious Thugs
6. Miss U
7. Another (feat. Lil' Kim)
8. Going Back To Cali
1. Ten Crack Commandments
2. Playa Hater
3. Nasty Boy
4. Sky's The Limit (feat. 112)
5. The World Is Filled... (feat. Too Short & Puff Daddy)
6. My Downfall (feat. DMC)
7. Long Kiss Goodnight
8. You're Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)$41.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Ready To Die
Ranked 133/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Ready to Die is the debut album of American rapper The Notorious B.I.G., released September 13, 1994 on Bad Boy Records. The first release on the label, it features production by record producer and Bad Boy founder Sean Puffy Combs, Easy Mo Bee, Chucky Thompson, DJ Premier, and Lord Finesse, among others. Recording sessions for the album took place during 1993 to 1994 at The Hit Factory and D&D Studios in New York City. The partly autobiographical album tells the story of The Notorious B.I.G.'s experiences as a young criminal, referring to himself as the black Frank White. Ready to Die is his only studio album released during his lifetime; B.I.G. was murdered days prior to the release of his second album Life After Death (1997).1. Intro
2. Things Done Changed
3. Gimme the Loot
4. Machine Gun Funk
6. Ready to Die
7. One More Chance
8. Fuck Me (interlude)
9. The What
11. Everyday Struggle
12. Me & My Bitch
13. Big Poppa
15. Friend of Mine
17. Suicidal Thoughts$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
First Pressing Of 1000 Numbered Copies On Transparent Green Vinyl
4-Page Booklet Included
Homebrew is the second studio album by Neneh Cherry. The album features several different genres, including between Jazz, Funk and Trip Hop. Hip Hop legends Gang Starr co-wrote and produced Soul Sassy and I Ain't Gone Under Yet. Geoff Barrow wrote and produced Somedays.
Trout features a guitar riff sampled from Steppenwolf's version of The Pusher, and the drum track by John Bonham from When The Levee Breaks.Buddy X was allegedly inspired by Lenny Kravitz. It was remixed by Notorious B.I.G and the Dream Team. The track Move With Me later appeared on the soundtrack of the 1993 film Sliver.
Everything on this record is a gem. Cherry triumphs with a seamless and unorthodox blend of Hip Hop, R&B, Dance music, and Pop, and on Money Love and Trout, the presence of R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe brings Rock to the eclectic mix.1. Sassy (Featuring Guru From Gangstarr)
2. Money Love (Featuring J$ From 'Trout' On Guitar)
3. Move With Me
4. I Ain't Gone Under Yet
6. Buddy X
8. Trout ( Featuring Michael Stipe)
9. Peace In Mind
10. Red Paint$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Born AgainBorn Again 2LP was originally released on December 7, 1999 and has been out of the market place since the early 2000's. The album debuted at #1 of the Billboard 200 charts and sold over 485k albums in the first week.Guest artists include Busta Rhymes, Redman and Method Man, Missy Elliot, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg. 2017 is the 20th anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.'s death.LP 1
1. Born Again (Intro)
2. Notorious B.I.G. (feat. Lil' Kim & Puff Daddy)
3. Dead Wrong (Featuring Eminem)
4. Hope You Niggas Sleep (feat. Hot Boys & Big Tmer)
5. Dangerous MC's (feat. Mark Curry, Snoop Dogg & Busta Rhymes)
6. Biggie (feat. Junior M.A.F.I.A.)
8. Big Booty Hoes (feat. Too $hort)
9. Would You Die For Me (feat. Lil' Kim & Puff Daddy)
1. Come On (feat. Sadat X)
2. Rap Phenomenon (feat. Redman & Method Man)
3. Let Me Get Down (feat. G-Dep, Craig Mack & Missy Misdemeanor Elliott)
4. Tonight (feat. Mobb Deep & Joe Hooker)
5. If I Should Die Before I Wake (feat. Black Rob, Ice Cube, & Beanie Sigel)
6. Who Shot Ya
7. Can I Get Witcha (feat. Lil' Cease)
8. I Really Want To Show You (feat. K-CI & Jo-Jo & Nas)
9. Ms. Wallace (Outro)$31.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-WAS-1515xThe Hold Steady
Teeth DreamsIn 2014, the Hold Steady release their sixth LP Teeth Dreams, nearly four years after the Brooklyn band's previous full-length album, 2010's Heaven Is Whenever. It's the longest gap between albums in the rock band's decade-plus career. [The recording process] may have dragged out a bit this time, singer Craig Finn tells Rolling Stone. But I think it's all for the best.
Teeth Dreams was recorded over the past two years in Brooklyn and Franklin, Tenn. and marks a new beginning for the Hold Steady: it's their first album recorded with longtime touring guitarist Steve Selvidge, who joined the band on the road following the 2010 departure of multi-instrumentalist Franz Nicolay. It was exciting again, says guitarist Tad Kubler. There was a newness to this album that I hadn't felt in awhile.
The new tracks find the band leaning heavy on distortion and snaking guitar licks - Finn's favorite of the batch is On With the Business, a pummeling blast of electric guitar and vocal delay that finds the notoriously sharp-eyed vocalist appraising a city heavy on weak handshakes and beautiful kitchens. On The Ambassador, one of the album's rare moments of serenity, Finn's details a temporary holding cell of a shack-up in Michigan with hot and glistening nights and halls that smelled like burning hair. And the band's first single, I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You (streaming below) is a barreling Foo Fighters-style melodic rocker, with rapid-fire vocals spilling from Finn as drummer Bobby Drake swings beneath.
He says the band has drummed up their biggest-sounding, most rock-oriented album to date. We were looking to make a big rock record, he admits. Maybe it's less wild but in some ways that makes it a bigger record."
Dan Hyman (Rolling Stone)1. I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You
3. The Only Thing
4. The Ambassador
5. On With The Business
6. Big Cig
7. Wait Awhile
8. Runner's High
9. Almost Everything
10. Oaks$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Watermelon, Chicken & GritsLike their moniker suggests, the six-man hip-hop group known as Nappy Roots are raw and untamed, yet deeply connected to the musical past. The Kentucky-based collective (Big V, Ron Clutch, Fishscales, R. Prophet, B. Stille, and Skinny DeVille) first made a name for themselves with their two independently released collections - 1998's COUNTRY FRIED CESS and and 1999's NO COMB, NO BRUSH, NO FADE, NO PERM - as well as with live shows alongside such hip-hop stars as Digital Underground, Youngbloods, Jim Crowes, 112, Cashmoney Millionaire, 8 Ball, Ruffryders, MJG, Sole, and Twista. In addition, the group scored with their version of Riches To Rags (Mmmkay), which was featured on Atlantic's 1999 release, MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY THE MOTION PICTURE - SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER & UNCUT.
Now, with their long-awaited Atlantic Records debut, WATERMELON, CHICKEN, AND GRITZ, Nappy Roots are ready to spread their unique sound and vision from coast to coast. The group's organically funky hip-hop stylings blend serious lyrical science and Dirty South grooves, notably on tracks like the ruminating Life's A Risk and the block-rockin' party anthem, Ballin On A Budget. Produced by such esteemed hip-hop studio whizes as Carlos Broady (The Notorious B.I.G., Lil' Kim, Black Rob, India.Aire), Mike City (Sunshine Anderson, Bilal), the Trackboyz (Abyss), Jazze Pha (Ludacris, Too $hort), and Troy Johnson (Ray-J, Lil' Mo), WATERMELON, CHICKEN, AND GRITZ is likely to propel Nappy Roots to the forefront of modern hip-hop and beyond.
Certified Gold by the RIAA. (4/02)1. Intro
3. Set It Out
4. Country Boyz
5. Ballin' on a Budget
7. Headz Up
9. Po' Folks
10. Start It Over
11. Blowin' Trees
13. Life's a Bitch
14. My Ride
15. One Forty
16. Dime, Quarter, Nickel, Penny
17. Kentucky Mud
18. The Lounge
19. Ho Down
20. Headz Up [Refried]$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Miles Davis was on the forefront of many new subgenres of music; he even invented the mix of Jazz and Hip Hop with Doo Bop (1992), a collaboration with producer Easy Mo Bee. Bee was involved in production work for Big Daddy Kane and Notorious B.I.G., which earned him grand stature in Hip Hop circles. Miles chose him for laying down groundworks for entertaining trumpet soloing as only Miles Davis can do. Several tracks on Doo Bop were nished right after the death of Miles Davis. A worthy goodbye to the master of the Jazz trumpet.1. Mystery
2. The Doo-Bop Song
3. Chocolate Chip
4. High Speed Chase
8. Duke Booty
9. Mystery (Reprise)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Super Fly (Awaiting Repress)Ranked 69/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Arguably the best and most notorious of the blaxploitation films of the '70s, starring Ron O'Neal as a Harlem drug dealer out to make one last big score before he cleans up his act for good. You could say Curtis Mayfield's accompanying landmark 1972 soundtrack is the real star here though. Superfly is a gripping morality tale set to funky grooves and plaintive vocals, the absolute zenith of Mayfield's socially aware songwriting.1. Little Child Runnin' Wild
3. Freddie's Dead
4. Junkie Chase (Instrumental)
5. Give Me Your Love (Love Song)
6. Eddie You Should Know Better
7. No Thing On Me (Cocaine Song)
8. Think (Instrumental)
9. Superfly$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star
Limited Edition Two-Tone Black On Black Picture Disc
Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will continue its "Respect the Classics" tribute to many of hip-hop's finest with the vinyl release of rap icon Talib Kweli's
four historic Rawkus Records albums, including the underground classic, Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star, in a limited edition two-tone black on black
Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star was originally released on August 18, 1998, to critical acclaim. The title is a reference to the Black Star Line, a shipping
company founded by Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey. The album deals with modern-day issues, philosophies and life in Brooklyn. The two MCs had
planned to release solo albums around the same time, but decided instead to collaborate on a full-length album. The first single, "Definition (song)," is a
reaction to hip-hop's fascination with death, dedicated to both Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., with a chorus that gives a nod to Boogie Down
Productions' "Stop the Violence." "Children's Story" is a re-imagination of the Slick Rick original, featuring Mos Def cautioning against materialism. The
second single, "Respiration," featuring Common, includes a Hi-Tek produced beat that samples Don Randi's "The Fox" and another from the hip-hop
documentary Style Wars. The track offers a melancholy ode to city life, with references to organic life functions such as breathing, eating and sleeping,
but with an ominous edge, as Kweli raps about "sitting on shitty steps/we stooped to new lows, hell froze/the night the city slept." The album peaked at
No. 53 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 13 on the Hip-Hop Albums chart, but has become considered a classic since then.1. Intro
2. Astronomy (8th Light) [feat. Weldon Irvine]
5. Children's Story
6. Brown Skin Lady
7. B Boys Will B Boys
8. K.O.S. (Determination) [feat. Vinia Mojica]
9. Hater Players [feat. Apani Emcee]
10. Yo Yeah
11. Respiration [feat. Common]
12. Thieves In The Night
13. Twice Inna Lifetime [feat. Punch]$24.99Vinyl LP Picture Disc - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-RUT-170xBone Thugs 'N Harmony
Bone Thugs 'N Harmony Greatest Hits: Volume 1 (Awaiting Repress)Ruthless Records delivers another ultimate music package from the multi-platinum group Bone Thugs N Harmony: Bone Thugs N Harmony's Greatest Hits Volume One and Two. Highlighting many of the hottest song titles from the day they stormed onto the hip-hop scene with Thuggis Ruggish Bone in 1994. With the success of The Greatest Hits double CD, which contains twenty-six of the group's his such as 1st of the Month, Foe The Love of $ and the award-winnning song Tha Crossroads. In addition to several of the group's amazing collaborations, including Thug Luv (featuring Tupac) and Notorious Thugs (featuring Notorious B.I.G.). As well as, the Bone member's solo hits and their Mo' Thugs Family Reuion hits. This viny collection of hits also features an enclosed bonus CD of six instrumentals of some of the featured tracks.1. Carole Of The Bones
2. Thuggish Ruggish Bone
3. Foe That Love Of $ (featuring Eazy E)
4. 1st of the Month
5. Shoot 'Em Up
6. Buddah Lovaz
7. Days Of Our Livez
8. Tha Crossroads
9. Thug Luv (featuring Tupac)
10. Notorious Thugs (Notorious B.I.G. featuring Bone Thugs N Harmony
11. Breakdown (Mariah Carey featuring Bone Thugs N Harmony)
12. All Good (Mo Thug Family featuring Krayzie & Felicia)$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Michael Jackson's tenth and final studio album Invincible was released in 2001, six years after the double album HIStory, and the first featuring all new tracks since 1991's Dangerous. The King of Pop pulled out all the stops here enlisting several of the era's most successful producers including Rodney Jerkins, Teddy Riley and R. Kelly as well as guest appearances by Notorious B.I.G., Brandy and Carlos Santana. It may have not been quite the comeback Jackson was looking for when it came to his own miraculous standards, but it does prove that he could still produce pop music like no other.1. Unbreakable
4. Break Of Dawn
5. Heaven Can Wait
6. You Rock My World
9. 2000 Watts
10. You Are My Life
12. Don't Walk Away
14. The Lost Children
15. Whatever Happens
16. Threatened$44.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
REDD-RUT-279xBone Thugs 'N Harmony
Bone Thugs 'N Harmony Greatest Hits: Volume 2 (Awaiting Repress)Ruthless Records delivers another ultimate music package from the multi-platinum group Bone Thugs N Harmony: Bone Thugs N Harmony's Greatest Hits Volume One and Two. Highlighting many of the hottest song titles from the day they stormed onto the hip-hop scene with Thuggis Ruggish Bone in 1994. With the success of The Greatest Hits double CD, which contains twenty-six of the group's his such as 1st of the Month, Foe The Love of $ and the award-winnning song Tha Crossroads. In addition to several of the group's amazing collaborations, including Thug Luv (featuring Tupac) and Notorious Thugs (featuring Notorious B.I.G.). As well as, the Bone member's solo hits and their Mo' Thugs Family Reuion hits. This viny collection of hits also features an enclosed bonus CD of six instrumentals of some of the featured tracks.1. Look Into My Eyes
2. Blaze It
3. Get 'Cha Thug On
4. Thug Mentality
5. Resurrection (Paper, Paper)
7. Weed Song
8. Still The Greatest (featuring Big Chan)
9. Get Up & Get It (featuing 3LW & Felicia)
10. Money, Money
11. Ghetto Cowboy
12. Thugz Cry
13. Home (featuring Phil Collins)
14. Cleveland Is The City (featuring Avant)$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The King & IThe King & I is a duets album that will take listeners through a unique journey of Faith and Biggie's relationship. The album features un-released Biggie vocals and is packed with original productions by DJ Premier, Just Blaze, Stevie J, Salaam Remi, Chucky Thompson, Puff Daddy and more. The album also features guest artist Lil' Cease, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Styles P, Sheek Louch (founders of The L.O.X. hip hop group), 112, and a first time collaboration with legendary hip hop artist Lil' Kim.
The narrative of The King & I is compelling, compassionate, and offers a very personal glimpse into the love life of two of the biggest Hip Hop & R&B artists of all time.LP 1
1. A Billion
3. Beautiful (Interlude)
4. Can't Get Enough
5. Don't Test Me
6. Tryna Get By
7. The Reason
8. I Don't Want It (feat. Lil' Cease)
9. I Got Married (Interlude) [feat. Mama Wallace]
10. Wife Commandments
11. We Just Clicked (Interlude) [feat. Mama Wallace]
12. A Little Romance
13. The Baddest (Interlude)
14. Fool For You
1. Crazy (Interlude) [feat. 112 & Mama Wallace]
2. Got Me Twisted
3. When We Party (feat. Snoop Dogg)
4. Somebody Knows (feat. Busta Rhymes)
5. Take Me There (feat. Sheek Louch & Styles P)
6. One In The Same
7. I Wish (Interlude) [feat. Kevin McCall & Chyna Tahjere]
8. Lovin You For Life (feat. Lil' Kim)
9. NYC (feat. Jadakiss)
10. It Was Worth It$31.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
O+SThe collaboration between Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, Art In Manila) and Scalpelist (a.k.a. Cedric LeMoyne of Remy Zero) has yielded a beautifully haunting collection, influenced by David Lynch soundtracks, 10cc, and 4AD records. It's a balance of light and dark; a melodious reverie that thrusts forward with drum loops, shifts from acoustic guitar and angelic coos to plodding piano and tinkling bells, and floats with celestial vocals. The production prowess of Michael Patterson (Beck, Notorious B.I.G., Ladytron) helped stitch the jagged collage into a seamless artistic composition.1.New Life
5.We Do What We Want To
10.Lonely Ghosts$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
O+S (Bend In Cover) (Discontinued)The collaboration between Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, Art In Manila) and Scalpelist (a.k.a. Cedric LeMoyne of Remy Zero) has yielded a beautifully haunting collection, influenced by David Lynch soundtracks, 10cc, and 4AD records. It's a balance of light and dark; a melodious reverie that thrusts forward with drum loops, shifts from acoustic guitar and angelic coos to plodding piano and tinkling bells, and floats with celestial vocals. The production prowess of Michael Patterson (Beck, Notorious B.I.G., Ladytron) helped stitch the jagged collage into a seamless artistic composition.1.New Life
5.We Do What We Want To
10.Lonely Ghosts$14.01Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
So It Goes
"Perfect blend of old-school sensibility with modern energy." - Complex
"Ratking unlock noise-rap stunner." - SPIN
"Ratking not what the City expected, but it's exactly what it needs" - REVOLT
"Aggressive, dark, and propulsive." - NPR
Following a busy 2013 that saw them playing shows with acts as diverse
as GZA, Death Grips, King Krule and Trash Talk as well as collaborating
with legendary photographer and lmmaker Ari Marcopoulos, RATKING are
ready to announce their debut album So It Goes. The album nds the group
perfecting the balance between the raw, unbridled energy of their live set
and the warm soulful, golden-era hip hop that the members grew up on,
aided in large part by engineering from Young Guru (Jay-Z, The Diplomats,
Notorious B.I.G.). So It Goes is a portrait of
modern day New York City painted over the course of its 11 tracks.1. *
3. Snow Beach
4. So Sick Stories (feat. King Krule)
5. Remove Ya
7. So It Goes
8. Puerto Rican Judo (feat. Wavy Spice)
11.Take (feat. Soloman Faye)$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Kicks SoundtrackFirst Pressing Of 500 Numbered Copies On Red Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
PVC Protective Sleeve
Score By Brian Reitzell (Drummer For The French Band, Air)
Featuring Tracks By Wu-Tang Clan, Charles Bradley, RJD2, Mac Dre And More
In director Justin Tipping's feature debut Kicks, nothing is as simple as it seems. It's the story of fifteen-year-old Brandon, longing for a pair of the freshest sneakers that money can buy. Assuming that merely having them on his feet will help him escape the reality of being poor, neglected by the opposite sex and picked on by everyone - even his best friends. Working hard to get them, he soon finds that the titular shoes have instead made him a target after they are promptly snatched by Flaco, a local hood. Brandon goes on a mission to retrieve his stolen sneakers.
The director intentionally derived local artists, including Roach Gigz, Dave Steezy, and NanosauR, as well as the late Dre and Iamsu! from the San Fransisco Bay Area where the film is set.
I always knew I wanted to weave an eclectic soundtrack together that intertwined hip-hop and sweeping score to reflect the Bay Area sound, as well as the world inside the characters' imagination, said Tipping in a statement.
Bay Area composer Brian Reitzell is notable for his soundtrack work on The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation (for which he was nominated for a BAFTA), Marie Antoinette, and The Bling Ring. He is also the drummer of French electronica duo, Air.
We wanted the score to connect with the source music sonically, added Reitzell. I think that when you do that, the music as a whole -- both songs and score -- make for a more immersive/connective experience. The connection is evident in the beat-heavy track, 606 In The 510, from Reitzell's score.
The soundtrack features previously unreleased tracks from Nanosaur, Jay Casio and Reitzell, as well as two dialogue interludes set to lyrics from Notorious B.I.G.'s 1993 single Party and Bullshit and tracks by Wu-Tang Clan, Charles Bradley, RJD2 and Mac Dre.LP 1
1. Spaceship (Brian Reitzell)
2. Party And Bs (Interlude 1) (Jahking Guillory)
3. Friends Hanging Out (Brian Reitzell)
4. The Sheboygan Left (RJD2)
5. Cream (Wu-Tang Clan)
6. Bbq Music (Marc E Bassy)
7. Kitchen Astronaut (Brian Reitzell)
8. Self-made (Keith Jenkins)
9. Slow Trap (Nanasour)
10. Travel To Oakland (Brian Reitzell)
11. Sincerely Yours (Iamsu!)
12. 37 (Roach Gigz)
13. Super Hella High (YMTK)
1. Wave Or Swim (Dave Steezy)
2. Get Stupid (Remix) [Mac Dre]
3. Aye (Jay Casio)
4. In You (I Found A Love) [Charles Bradley & MSB]
5. Slideshow (Blue Magic)
6. Fireworks Went Off (Brian Reitzell)
7. Flaco Arrives (Brian Reitzell)
8. Flaco Chases Brandon (Brian Reitzell)
9. Party And Bs (Dialog Interlude 2) [Jahking Guillory]
10. 606 In The 510 (Brian Reitzell)$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Broken PeopleAmerican music is a mile-wide river that beckons black and white, urban and rural, dreamer and doer alike to launch their vessels. All the streams of style and genre flow into it; its tributaries are blues and jazz, mountain and folk, rock, soul and R&B.
The release of the debut album by Muddy Magnolias, Broken People, marks the launch of a great new vessel onto that waterway. The album showcases a confluence of style and sound as colorful as it is unlikely, steeped in that river of influence, yet bracingly fresh.
With Broken People, Jessy Wilson and Kallie North take us on an 11-song journey with its origins in two widely divergent backgrounds that came together in a friendship and creative partnership with world-changing resonance.
North was raised in southeast Texas and began singing with her family and studying piano at an early age. She grew to love rich vocal harmonies singing in church choirs and listening to artists like the Carpenters, Alison Krauss, James Taylor and the Eagles. By her early teens, she was singing lead parts in church and in musical theater productions at her high school. Her palette grew when a friend turned her on to the Grateful Dead, and after high school she spent every spare moment in the clubs of Austin, absorbing everything from alt-country and jam bands to New Orleans funk. She met her husband at a concert and moved with him to his native Mississippi. There, on their isolated farm, she had her awakening, starting a career as a photographer, capturing the spirited, deep history of the Mississippi Delta.
"To me, the Delta is the most overlooked and mysterious place," she says. "It was the birthplace of America's music, and all the legends were influenced by everything that came out of it. I went on this personal exploration to learn about the Delta blues and the region's history. I picked up a camera and started taking pictures, blogging about what I was experiencing, and I tapped into all the creative energy lying dormant inside me." When her husband gave her a guitar, she began spending her days on the porch of their farm learning how to connect her first chords. From there, the songs began pouring out and she knew she had to find a way to get to Nashville and write songs professionally.
Wilson, raised in Brooklyn, was in love with music from her earliest days. She was singing before she could talk, and was 5 when her mother recognized her passion for music. "I would cry because I couldn't hit the high notes in Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey songs," she says. Influenced by greats from Aretha and Smokey Robinson to Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige and The Notorious B.I.G., she began auditioning in the highly competitive New York entertainment scene and was working professionally in musical theater by the age of 10. Her mother took her to nightclubs where she experienced a variety of live performances. She attended New York's top performing arts schools, including La Guardia High School, the "Fame" school, where she discovered her love for gospel music and took part in the gospel chorus for four years. She worked at Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village, making $500 a weekend while still in high school.
She sang backup for Alicia Keys in her teens, then worked four years with John Legend, and through him with legends like will.i.am, Kanye West, Raphael Saadiq and Babyface. Legend mentored her in songwriting and recording before she began writing songs on her own for American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino and others. Inspired by her evolving love of songwriting, she too moved to Nashville, looking for a wider creative palette. There, while meeting with then-BMI executive Clay Bradley, her eye settled on a photograph of "a rundown juke joint piano" in his office.
"I want to meet whoever took that photo," she said. The photographer was North-it had been taken during her creative awakening in Mississippi-and the subsequent meeting led quickly to collaboration and an epic friendship.
"The first day we wrote together," says North, "there wasn't much thought that we were blending genres and worlds. That never came up. It was just natural. She had never written a country song and I was writing them every day. We sat down to write one but when we listened back it was a country R&B song. And we decided to become songwriting partners." Before long, they had their first cut as collaborators, and they were off and running.
"The spirit of the Muddy Magnolias existed from the moment we met," says Wilson, "but we didn't know we were the Muddy Magnolias yet." North was toying with the idea of a solo career; Wilson had aspirations of making history as an African-American female songwriter in Nashville. Their new friendship was a game-changer.
"We spent a whole year writing, trying to understand what our message was when we combined our stories," says Wilson. Then one day over afternoon wine at Burger Up, their favorite hangout in the 12 South section of Nashville, both admitted to be being at a crossroads. "The next thing you know," says North, "Jessy said, 'What if we made a record together?' It was like all of our dreams in one."
"We went back to that same office on Music Row where I saw the photograph," says Wilson, "and sat down side by side in Clay's office and said, 'We've got something to tell you. We're going to make an album together.'" Bradley believed enough to sign on as their manager. They held three days of band auditions and found four best friends who had been playing together since college, primarily doing jazz. The fit was perfect, providing just the right sonic backdrop for their soulful approach and high-energy delivery.
As they continued to write and perform, opening for the likes of The Zac Brown Band and Gary Clark, Jr., they put together a project that crosses genres effortlessly, showcasing two voices that soar together in a blending of cultures as electrifying as if Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, or Whitney Houston and Lee Ann Womack had joined forces.
Broken People combines poetic imagery and vocal passion, with the musicianship and production of Motown or Muscle Shoals by way of the raw honesty of Sun Records. Of course it deals with love, longed for and unleashed, in songs like "I Need A Man," "Why Don't You Stay" and "Devil's Teeth," but the album soars as it reaches for bigger themes, dealing with the need for hope in "Take Me Home," for love on a societal scale in "Shine On" and "Brother What Happened," and hope for the future in "Got It Goin' On." With "Leave It To The Sky," the two, joined by John Legend on vocals and piano, make a powerful case for spiritual solutions, and few songs in the modern lexicon are as steeped in present-day reality as the gospel- and R&B-tinged title track.
"Ultimately," says North, "this album is a result of an unlikely friendship and is a testament to what can happen when you diversify your relationships."
"It's about getting out of your comfort zone and being rewarded with a great friendship," adds Wilson. "We've both felt the power of that."
"Our path is so much better and our lives are so much richer because of it," says North, "and we want to bring people along on this journey."
"We want to see what society would be like if we all reached out in ways we normally wouldn't," adds Wilson.
And that is the magic and the message. The music of Muddy Magnolias, live and on record, comes from a place where the Mississippi meets the A-Train by way of Nashville. Whether yours is the back porch or the front stoop, Spanish moss or window box garden, dusty country lane or crowded subway car, rural honky-tonk or uptown club, this is music that beckons. Muddy Magnolias are collaboration without boundaries, musical healing in a landscape of the heart, and all of us who treasure creative energy, honest art and the possibilities of love and unity, are better for their arrival.1. Broken People
2. Brother, What Happened?
3. Got It Goin' On
4. Why Don't You Stay
5. Take Me Home
6. Shine On!
7. It Ain't Easy
8. I Need A Man
9. Devil's Teeth
11. Leave It To The Sky (feat. John Legend)$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
With The DeadImport
Supergroup is such an erroneous term - images of bored playboys pissing on their legacy spring to mind - but the members of With The Dead have a history of creating criminally good records as long as your arm. They've all served hard time in the subterranean worlds of Doom and the heaviest forms of Metal and have now reconvened to surpass previous projects. They're back - and this time the aim is To maim.
With The Dead were formed by the founding rhythm section of occultist Doom overloads Electric Wizard: guitarist/bassist Tim Bagshaw and drummer Mark Greening, a pair once notorious for the sheer brute heaviness of their bowel-shaking sound and early extra-curricular activities that involved excess, injury and low-level criminality (arrests for the theft of a crucifix from a church roof and drunkenly robbing an off-licence to name but two). Both have also played together in Ramesses.
Completing the triangle is frontman Lee Dorrian, co-founder of Doom pioneers Cathedral, former frontman with grindcore legends Napalm Death and owner of Rise Above Records, the UK's finest independent purveyors of all sounds heavy and underground, whose stable of bands include Ghost, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Lucifer, Blood Ceremony and Witchcraft. Having been in business since 1988, Rise Above is also one of the most enduring.
Existing doom-heads will already know that the longstanding relationship between Rise Above and Electric Wizard is one that was fractious and fraught. Much mud has been slung between band, label and former members in recent years, but the With The Dead trio are of the opinion that big words meant little - it's the action that truly counts. And as the fire that is Electric Wizard peters out, With The Dead burn with eyebrow-singeing intensity. With The Dead are heavy. No - scratch that. With The Dead are heavy. H.E.A.V.Y!!! They are a band with teeth and talons.
Like the product of some sort of alchemical alignment or a diabolical modern demon summoned by a whispered incantatory spell, With The Dead formed on All Hallow's Eve 2014. They worked quickly and the result is a six-track, self-titled debut broadside
that draws on the members' rich musical legacy but without ever taking a backward step. Rising like a fecund creature from the fetid bogs of old England, With The Dead is a malevolent beast that lurches and staggers, flattening everything in its path. Guitars moil and curdle, bubbling up through the loam like black tar, while existing fans will surely welcome the return of Dorrian's distinctly hateful vocals.
Any listener will be left battered on the floor, bludgeoned into submission by With The Dead's musical brutality. A new era is upon us.1. Crown of Burning Stars
2. The Cross
4. Living With the Dead
5. I Am You Virus
6. Screams From My Own Grave$37.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
NVMLike a fluorescent-lit snack-aisle oasis in some desolate interstate road stop, brimming with Skittles and limited-edition Sno Balls, Tacocat's Easter-egg-hued pop-punk-pop is bubblegum-sticky with hooks, bound to brighten up the most drab stretch of bummer backroad.
The band's four-person, seven-layer-burrito came together organically: Lelah Maupin (drums) and Eric Randall (guitar) met in their native Longview, WA-two hours south of Seattle, the very town that Green Day named their breakout debut single after. Lelah's family room was wallpapered with framed Magic Eye posters, hence Stereogram, the cross-eyed love letter to that bizarre '90s optical fad. She met lanky Eric while both worked at Safeway, wearing the chain's distinctive navy aprons before breaking north to Seattle. Eric's band The Trashies practiced and played in the basement of the 24/7 House in the Central District, where Long Beach, CA native Bree McKenna (bass) was living, amongst the dust, boxes, and spiders. Lelah met Butte, MT native Emily Nokes (voice, tambourine) in one excruciatingly early/boring graphic design class, slipping her a doodled-upon note; she soon noticed Emily's big voice while she sang along with R. Kelly on the radio. Emily and Bree hit it off one sloshy night at the Comet. Eric impressed Emily with his reenactments of scenes from Anaconda. Sometime around 2007, via countless raucous house party shows, the legend of Tacocat was born.
The foursome would quickly make a name for themselves with their simply energizing power pop, drawing on classic Northwest energy with an uncommonly upbeat, surfy swag that could only come from gray skies and hydroponic sunshine. Their sly and unabashed '90s revivalism has, in the past, found the band pondering Evan Dando and Waterworld-and Bree herself explains finding about riot grrrl via Napster and Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You. They've described themselves variously as Feminist sci-fi and Equal parts Kurt and Courtney; oh well, whatever NVM.
NVM-Tacocat's second full-length album and first for Hardly Art, opens up like some mystery shoebox, wistful, instantly nostalgic: snapshots of mortifying exes (You Never Came Back) and sketchy party situations (Party Trap), maybe a postcard with an alien smoking a joint. Cigarette cellophane-wrapped weed nugs, pain pill crumbs and wrapped tampons (all the girls are surfing the wave, surfing the crimson wave today"), all serve as a roadmap through Tacocat's bong-ripped reminiscences, scenarios all-too familiar and hilariously improbable. There's the notoriously inconsistent #8 Metro line (F.U. #8) and the accountability-allergic, black-clad brick-heavers of This Is Anarchy. The protagonist of Psychedelic Quinceañera-based on Bree-just wants to dance with rainbows, mind-expansion style, instead of having to wear a frilly dress in front of her whole family. Emily daydreams of a Bridge to Hawaii, where even the destitute could walk their asses to paradise-before being snapped out of it by cat-calls from construction workers, business dads, and drunk hobos (Hey Girl); sweaty jerks telling her that she should smile!
NVM all that, though: you should, and will, smile-either a wry little corner-lifter or a big ear-to-ear equator-and shake what's yours, when you hear the whippet-smart latest album from the world's favorite palindromic band. Text a friend.
--Larry Mizell1. You Never Came Back
2. Bridge to Hawaii
3. Crimson Wave
5. Pocket Full of Primrose
6. Psychedelic Quinceañera
7. Time Pirate
8. This is Anarchy
9. Hey Girl
10. Party Trap
11. F.U. #8
12. Alien Girl
13. Snow Day$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now