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PAGANPressed On Blue Colored Vinyl
Reissued in partnership with Brooklyn's Mixpak Records, "PAGAN" includes two new revisions of tracks highlighted on the LP's original 2016 release, "Sweetness" and the breakthrough single, "Lifted."
PAGAN is already among the most acclaimed dance/electronic releases in recent memory, with Tiny Mix Tapes declaring it minimal pop music to maximal ends... (Palmistry) uses simple synth melodies, antiseptic beats, and a lilting, candid vocal style to craft an emotionally affecting rumination on absence/presence. In stripping these songs back to their essence, he achieves something special, tracing a link to a common musical language and set of experiences...music that is as striking as it is affecting.1. Club Aso
5. L After L
8. Comeragh Mountains
11. Great Shall Be Your Peace
14. Lifted (V2)
15. Sweetness (V2)$20.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Punk 45: Extermination Nights in the Sixth City - Cleveland, OH 1975-80Soul Jazz Records' new 'Punk 45' album Extermination Nights in the Sixth City charts the rise of underground punk in the mid-west city of Cleveland, Ohio, which for many people is the true birthplace of punk music in the mid-1970s. Featuring a fantastic collection of punk 45 singles from Cleveland groups including Pere Ubu, electric eels, The Pagans, Rockets From The Tomb, Mirrors, X-X and more. The album follows on from Soul Jazz Records' earlier Punk 45 albums about USA and British punk (Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! and There Is No Such Thing As Society) as well as the cover art book Punk 45. Extermination Nights in the Sixth City coincides with the release of as a second album about Ohio's early punk scene, Burn, Rubber City, Burn - featuring the music scene of nearby Akron.LP1
1. The Pagans - Street Where Nobody Lives
2. Jazz Destroyers - Love Meant to Die
3. Pere Ubu - Final Solution
4. The Broncs - Tele
5. Electric Eels - Splittery Splat
6. The Pagans - Dead End America
7. X - X
8. Defnics - 51%
9. Pere Ubu - Heart of Darkness
1. The Human Switchboard - the Human Switchboard
2. X - X
3. Pressler - Morgan One Plus One
4. The Pagans - I Juvenile
5. Poli Styrene Jass Band - Drano in Your Veins
6. Mirrors - Hands in My Pockets
7. Electric Eels - Bunnies
8. Styrene Money - Everything Near Me
9. Rocket From the Tombs - Life Stinks$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Pagans In VegasPagans in Vegas is the sixth studio album by the Canadian band. Metric. It is the follow up to 2012's Synthetica, the critically and commercially revered full length album that found the band returning to the stages of late night TV and alternative air waves they first conquered with singles from 2009's Fantasies. Having sold over 1 million records worldwide over their past two records, Pagans in Vegas is self released by the band via their MMI label.1. Lie Lie Lie
3. The Shade
6. For Kicks
7. Too Bad, So Sad
8. Other Side
9. Blind Valentine
10. The Governess
11. The Face Part I
12. The Face Part II$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Pagan DayOfficial Reissue Of The 1984 Classic
Legendary Conceptual Audiovisual Group Formed By Throbbing Gristle Co-Founder Genesis P-Orridge & Alternative TV's Alex Fergusson
Collection Of Early Demos And Sketches By P-Orridge & Fergusson
Vinyl Has Been Out Of Print Since 1986
Includes The Bonus Track "Farewell"
Shortly before Christmas 1984, the core songwriters, Genesis P-Orridge and Alex Fergusson, of underground arts collective Psychic TV, quietly released a limited edition record containing sketches and ideas for songs. Some songs would become later fully-realized arrangements, some abandoned and others were justcovered in praise of their creator. The record, in recognition of its seasonal release,was simply titled A Pagan Day and would capture the intimate songwriting sessions that were prevalent during a crucial time in the band's career.
In classic Psychic TV fashion, rumors and myths surround the album's creation.Most have suggested that it was recorded in a single session over a cup of coffee on a lone 4-track cassette recorder above an old YMCA building in London,though later revealed that the recordings were from various sessions over the course of a couple years prior to the record's release. After quickly pressing the songs to vinyl, the record was originally only available through Rough Trade fora few hours on December 23, 1984, and pressed on picture discs, which adorned a photo of P-Orridge's first born, Caresse, in exactly 999 copies. The pressing sold out immediately that day which caused Temple Records, their "in-house label", to later release a standard reissue version in 1986.
What makes the songs, or rather versions of songs, so unique is the primitive and fragile nature of the arrangements while the flimsy, immediate vocal delivery makes the album sit unknowingly between demo and fully realized album."Baby's Gone Away" and "New Sexuality" are just a couple examples of songs tha tfans of Psychic TV became intimately familiar with from live experiences, buton A Pagan Day, they are released in their infantile stages with no full band, just Alex & Genesis finding their way through the songs with an acoustic guitar, drum machine and organ. "Cold Steel" shows a true peek behind the curtain, sung effortlessly by Fergusson and would then later become the classic standard "The Orchids." Most notable is the band's cover of Pearls Before Swine's "Translucent Carriages" of which P-Orridge accords special praise to Tom Rapp, the song's original author and icon to both P-Orridge and Fergusson.1. Cadaques
2. We Kiss
4. Cold Steel
7. Farewell (Bonus Track)
8. Translucent Carriages
10. Baby's Gone Away
12. New Sexuality$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Pagan PlaceReleased in 1984 A Pagan Place was the band's second album. It was the first Waterboys record with Karl Wallinger as part of the band and also includes Roddy Lorimer's first trumpet solo for the band on the track A Pagan Place.
This reissue is cut from the 2002 remaster and contains full length versions of 'All the Things You Gave Me' & 'The Thrill Is Gone' which were not used on the original LP.1. Church Not Made With Hands
2. All The Things She Gave Me
3. The Thrill Is Gone
5. Somebody Might Wave Back
6. The Big Music
7. Red Army Blues
8. A Pagan Place$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bad! Bossa NovaSaxophonist Ammons is backed by guitarists Kenny Burrell and Bucky Pizzarelli, pianist Hank Jones, bassist Norman Edge, drummer Oliver Jackson and percussionist Al Hayes on this 1962 release. Tracks: Pagan Love Song, Ca' Purange (Jungle Soul), Anna, Cae, Cae, Moito Mato Grosso, Yellow Bird.1. Pagan Love
2. Ca'Purange (Jungle Soul)
4. Cae Cae
5. Moito Moto Grosso
6. Yellow Bird$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WARB-PAR-3394xSir Simon Rattle
Stravinsky: The Rite Of The SpringFrom pagan savagery to refined Classical elegance via a masterpiece of oblique ritual, these recordings trace Stravinsky's eventful musical journey of creative curiosity and unquenchable originality. Sir Simon Rattle has long been acclaimed as a conductor of vivid insights in this music, and the Berliner Philharmoniker's virtuosity makes this a disc of aptly balletic power and poetry.1. Le Sacre du Printemps / The Rite of Spring, Part I: L'Adoration de la Terre (Adoration of the Earth): I Introduction / Introduction
2. Le Sacre du Printemps / The Rite of Spring, Part II: La Sacrifice (The Sacrifice): II Cercles mystÉrieux des adolescents / Mystic Circles of the Young Girls
3. Le Sacre du Printemps / The Rite of Spring, Part I: L'Adoration de la Terre (Adoration of the Earth): III Danses des adolescents / Dances of the Young girls
4. Le Sacre du Printemps / The Rite of Spring, Part I: L'Adoration de la Terre (Adoration of the Earth): IV Jeu du rapt / Ritual of Abduction
5. Le Sacre du Printemps / The Rite of Spring, Part II: La Sacrifice (The Sacrifice): V Action rituelle des ancêtres / Ritual Action of the Ancestors
6. Le Sacre du Printemps / The Rite of Spring, Part II: La Sacrifice (The Sacrifice): VI Danse sacrale (L'Elue) / Sacrificial Dance
7. Symphonies of Wind Instruments
8. Le Sacre du Printemps / The Rite of Spring, Part I: L'Adoration de la Terre (Adoration of the Earth): VIII Le Sage / The Sage
9. Le Sacre du Printemps / The Rite of Spring, Part I: L'Adoration de la Terre (Adoration of the Earth): IX Danse de la terre / Dance of the Earth$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Silver EyeSilver Eye, Goldfrapp's seventh album, is dance music which evokes a pagan ritual rather than a club soundtrack. Cold, metallic electronics with a hot current of blood running through them. A 21st-century moon dance. It weaves together the two strands of Goldfrapp's music like never before. If 2013's Tales of Us, a set of noirish folk fables, roamed the same pastoral landscape as Felt Mountain and Seventh Tree, then Silver Eye (a reference to the moon) belongs to the pulsing, electronic lineage of Black Cherry and Supernature only deeper and darker.1. Anymore
4. Become The One
5. Faux Suede Drifter
6. Zodiac Black
7. Beast That Never Was
8. Everything Is Never Enough
9. Moon in Your Mouth
10. Ocean$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Warfaring Strangers - Darkscorch CanticlesWith Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles, the impacts of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath on US shores and heartlands is revealed as a bludgeoning previously undescribed. In this collection, medieval Bonham thunk and febrile Iommi guitar leads crowd out the bluesy Americana that foregrounded those bands, replacing hippie pastoralism with mythology, armored conflict, sorcery, and doom. From legions of occult-obsessive 1970s bonehead teens, we summoned a horde of 16 bands, cloaked in eons of tortured obscurity, whose sole release amounts to a blistering chapter ripped free of rock's lumbering mythos.
This music hails from an occluded realm, somewhere just beyond the pot-addled minds of its creators. Lyrically, the Darkscorch Canticles trifle with themes most grave: crippling fear, pagan hostility, paranoia, power addiction-even necromancy. Satan's name is openly invoked, alongside Sauron's. These worried, warlike Canticles occupy a miniscule niche in the American underground of self-released rock, but their appeal is more broad today than in any previous era.1. Air - Twelve O'Clock Satanial
2. Wrath - Warlord
3. Stonehenge - King of the Golden Hall
4. Triton Warrior - Sealed in a Grave
5. Junction - Sorcerer
6. Stone Axe - Slave of Fear
7. Wizard - Seance
8. Stoned Mace - Tasmania
9. Arrogance - Black Death
10. Sonaura - Song of Sauron
11. Dark Star - Spectre
12. Inside - Wizzard King
13. Space Rock - Dark Days
14. Medusa - Black Wizard
15. Gorgon Medusa - Sweet Child
16. Hellstorm - Cry For The Newborn$33.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Bjork Greatest HitsBjork closed out her first decade as a solo artist with the retrospective Bjork's Greatest Hits. Despite its somewhat pedestrian title and approach (especially considering some of her intricate import collections and box sets) she still managed to find a way to put a twist on the collection: she let her fans vote for which songs they wanted included on the tracklisting. Overall, they did a pretty good job; with the notable exception of It's Oh So Quiet which is probably her biggest single the collection touches on most of the biggest songs from each of her albums. The album puts most of its focus on the middle portion of her career to date, culling four tracks each from Post and Homogenic, but still makes room for old favorites such as Debut's Venus as a Boy and Human Behaviour, as well as newer singles such as Vespertine's Pagan Poetry and Hidden Place. Bjork's Greatest Hits is a nice way to celebrate the beginning of another decade's worth of her innovative music.1. All Is Full Of Love
3. Human Behavior
6. Army Of Me
7. Pagan Poetry
8. Big Time Sensuality (The Fluke Remix)
9. Venus As A Boy
11. Hidden Place
13. Possibly Maybe
14. Play Dead
15. It's In Our Hand's$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
CarnationDaughn Gibson of Carlisle, PA is a singer, songwriter and
musician possessed of a singular and strange vision. Carnation,
his third album, is the latest exhilarating and dark embodiment
of that vision. It's an album that's more elegant and sophisticated
than anything he's done to date, and which sees the
elements of country music, more prominent on 2012's All Hell
on the White Denim label and 2013's Me Moan on Sub Pop,
undone to extraordinary effect by ambient textures and sounds.
Shot through with a deep sensuality, Carnation is a high-wire
balancing act, at times sexual, emotionally intense and
comforting. The album features Daughn's strongest songwriting
yet, with lyrical subject matter that shares a kinship with writers
Raymond Carver and Donald Ray Pollack. The music here
combines with those lyrics to widescreen effect, and Carnation
feels filmic in its execution: It evokes, and in many ways pays
homage to, the works of Tim Burton, Pier Paulo Pasolini, and
John Waters. Carnation's most pervasive theme might best be
described as the chaos of circumstance. The album's 11 tracks
tell related stories of near-death experiences, mental-health
struggles, psychosexual turmoil, and everyday dread.
Carnation was co-produced and recorded by Daughn Gibson and
Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O), Jesse Sykes, Tim Hecker).
Dunn's knack for textured mixes and sense of pagan weight
collide with Gibson's underlying pop sensibilities. The two also
enlisted the talents of composer/violinist to Eyvind Kang on
string arrangements, renowned studio drummer Matt Chamberlain,
as well as Daughn's long-standing musical conspirator, Jim
Elkington. Additional contributions include: Steve Moore (Piano,
Trombone, Keyboards and Synths); Milky Burgess, Paul
Wegman, and Jer Rouse (Guitars); Skerik (Saxophone); and Jay
Kardong (Pedal Steel). Carnation was recorded at Avast Studios
in Seattle, Washington and mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago
Mastering.1. Bled to Death
2. Heaven You Better Come In
3. Shatter You Through
4. For Every Bite
5. Daddy I Cut My Hair
6. A Rope Ain't Enough
7. I Let Him Deal
8. Shine of the Night
9. Runaway and the Pyro
10. It Wants Everything
11. Back With the Family$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Duskland"He dwells in the same darkness as Cass McCombs, punctuating the cobwebbed stillness with lowing organ and severe, almost pagan imagery. The Crimson moon, the city of refuge: Thesewould be hapless signi ers in
another singer's mouth. Cale's drawl molds them back into tremendous fra gments, oating in a skyline somewhere just beyond the dusk. All of Duskland possesses that same fantastic self-assurance." -Stereogum
Zachary Cale has been releasing records under his own name for just shy of a decade. Duskland,
the title of his latest record, is a work of craftsmanship full of elegant lyricism and mysterious
imagery; a collection of songs that look directly into the face of darkness yet drive beyond it,
forging new paths.
Allegorical in nature, Cale's songs move away from the inward reveries of his last album, Blue Rider,
and divide outward into the voices of others. The album projects images of wide-open spaces and
landscapes constructed from half remembered dreams. There isn't always a clear resolution, characters
remain in a state of twilight, wandering from place to place in search of an undefined illumination. The
lyric: So many lifetimes I lived in one / I've got to bury them now / No surprises this time around /
Not beneath this crown, taken from I Left The Old Cell, aptly captures the human complexities found
throughout the songs.
Taking cues from artists like Oh Mercy/Time Out of Mind era Dylan and Nick Cave's work with the
Bad Seeds, Duskland evokes a restless spirit, one that is informed by American myths and tall tales.
There's a Western flair to many of the album's songs with nods to soundtrack composers such as
Morricone and the dream-laden noir of Badalamenti. Many of the album's highlights maintain a
ceremonial grace. Sundowner opens the album with a lush organ progression played over a
plaintive march. As the tension builds, Cale muses Branded as a fugitive / Dressed in the clothes
of an innocent / Sirens ricochet / From bloodless lips I hear them call my name. From there the
album moves forward like one long processional; Cale leads his band through up-tempo folk rock
and charming country waltzes to minor key dirges and atmospheric instrumentals until ending with a
horn section dragging over a funeral beat in the long form ballad Low Light Serenade.1. Sundowner
2. Blue Moth
3. I Left The Old Cell
6. Dark Wings
7. I Forged The Bullet
8. Changing Horses
9. Low Light Serenade$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bright PhoebusThe First Time This 1972 Masterpiece Has Been Widely Available On LP
Remastered From The Original Tapes
Originally released in 1972, Bright Phoebus combined the incredible songwriting of siblings Lal & Mike from folk revival group The Watersons. Moving on from, but not forgetting their folk roots, the album is a post psychedelic collection of songs recorded in a 'loose & anarchic'fashion in Cecil Sharpe House with a folk-rock super group numbering Richard Thompson,Norma Waterson, Maddy Prior, Martin Carthy & Ashley Hutchings. Its release was greeted with derision and its initial pressing of 2000 LPs has long since fallen out of print. Since then the album has become legend, its scarcity not hindering generations of music fans falling for its beguiling atmosphere.
Over the course of four decades, the only means of hearing Lal and Mike Waterson's 1972 folk noir masterpiece had been unofficial CDs, cassettes distributed between fans and, in more recent times, YouTube uploads. And yet, despite the relative obscurity of the record being celebrated, 2000 people had packed London's The Barbican to witness live performance sof these songs by an extended family of Watersons, Carthys and kindred musical spirits. Toofolk to be embraced by the rock world, yet not traditional enough for the folk clubs where performing original material was tantamount to heresy, Bright Phoebus has had to wait an awfully long time for its moment of reappraisal. Almost by stealth, however, that moment seems to have arrived. In a Mojo chart of the 50 greatest British eccentric albums of all time, the album sat proudly among household names such as Kate Bush and Pink Floyd. In 2007, Bright Phoebus was the subject of a BBC Radio 4 documentary and Lal was the subject of a tribute concert which was televised by BBC2. With every passing year, its influence on generations of musicians who had yet to be born when it was released grows ever greater.
This release will be the first time that the album will be widely available. Under the supervision of David Suff (Topic/Fledling) & Mary Waterson (daughter of Lal), the album has been remastered from the original master tapes. It's tempting to say that it was a record ahead of its time, but actually, Bright Phoebus is a record that exists outside of its time. A journey into a world where beauty and hardship are intertwined: a world of pagan sacrifice and stillborn children; a world where fairytale endings are frustrated by the demands of mere survival; where even the visiting magical man passing through the town seems to carry with him a faint air of menace.1. Rubber Band
2. The Scarecrow
3. Fine Horseman
4. Winifer Odd
5. Danny Rose
6. Child Among The Weeds
7. Magical Man
8. Never The Same
9. To Make You Stay
10. Shady Lady
11. Red Wine Promises
12. Bright Phoebus$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Every Now & ThenJagwar Ma returns with their second album Every Now & Then.
The Sydney-formed band came together for sessions across a handful of studios and locations in Australia, the UK, and France to shake up an altogether inspired new offering. Full of spirit and exploding with the energy of new ideas, Every Now & Then is formed from the building blocks of a myriad of sonic touchstones upon which Jono Ma and Gabriel Winterfield concoct a heady, uplifting brew that very much owns it's own space on the spectrum.
Singer/guitarist Gabriel Winterfield and multi-instrumentalist Jono Ma originally joined forces at the turn of the decade, having reached an impasse with their previous bands. Liberated, they instantly felt their horizons opening up, culminating in the kaleidoscopic dub-pop of Jagwar Ma's 2013 debut album Howlin. Augmented by their old Sydney friend Jack Freeman on bass and backing vocals they set about creating their own infectious groove with their increasingly powerful live show.
After almost three years of touring the world (including tours with Foals, The xx, and Tame Impala) the band returned to Australia to write and begin recording at Sonar studios in Sydney. With the basis of the album written, the band headed back to La Briche near Tours in rural France, where they had recorded their debut in a self-built studio on a friend's partly-renovated farm, before returning to London to record drum sessions with Warpaint's Stella Mozgawa and James Ford and finishing mixing with old friend Ewan Pearson in their new shared Tottenham studio The Bunker II.
Jono is a student of the studio in the Jagwar Ma camp, and on Every Now & Then his production hand constructs the richly singular sonic world each track inhabits. The record is littered with surprising selections yet maintains an ebb and flow that echoes that of a day in coastal Australia. 'Repetition invites participation' and the composition of Every Now & Then is a testament to the turn of phrase, subtly seducing with loose-limbed sinewy grooves on loop.
Entrancing incantations on romantic love, truth and courage come courtesy of co-songwriter and lead vocalist Gabriel. Lush melody from left field, grungey phrasing and pagan shapes, Winterfield flows in tandem with each song's unique sea of sound. "Can we be real?"
Classic bass lines, jangly guitar parts and Paul's Boutique-inspired loops bounce off elements of synth-pop and encounter bass heavy experiments redolent of Blanck Mass and other elements of the Norwegian electronic onslaught together with swelling psychedelic choruses, reminiscent of summer-kissed Ocean Rain-period Bunnymen, exploding into melodic, sun-soaked wig-outs.
At heart, a studio album, designed for lone listening on headphones but as a shared experience is where it will really come to life. Their live appearances for Howlin' were electric and key elements of Every Now & Then took on extra shape while touring Europe with fellow compatriots Tame Impala, successfully working out the structure of tracks in front of arena crowds.
Every Now & Then deftly covers a broad expanse of sound and mood. Say What You Feel gradually envelopes with its tireless drive and shapeshifting form to an ecstatic peak before Loose Ends cools down the pace with dubbed, fractured melodies. Give Me A Reason flips from muted funk pop to percolating, percussive house before seamlessly transitioning into a gyrating, teched up club tool. The glorious dynamism continues with Ordinary's quantum leap chorus, while High Rotation possesses a sinister spirit, a chuggy druggy groove and compelling, cultish chanting. Colour Of Paradise closes out the record, a bittersweet beauty of surf melodies and euphoric synths - 'searching through every grain of sand', lifting off and leaving the earthly territory behind completely for a deeper, more celestial, spacey place.
From underwater liquid rhythm through to joyous, floating in the clouds sky highs, Every Now & Then is Jagwar Ma's cathartic new injection we endeavor you to dose up on.1. Falling
2. Say What You Feel
3. Loose Ends
4. Give Me A Reason
6. Batter Up
7. O B 1
9. High Rotations
10. Don't Make It Right
11. Colours Of Paradise$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Not RealNot Real' is the second album by Stealing Sheep which has been written, recorded and produced by band members Becky Hawley, Emily Lansley and Lucy Mercer at their studio in Liverpool. The band met in 2010 and work together creating music and visual art.
The unifying theme of the new album 'Not Real' is an interplay of fact and fiction; the edge of dreams and limits of reality. These visions are grounded by bright melodies and insistent beats and unified by vocal harmonies; sometimes metronomic and chant-like, sometimes choral and pop.
It follows their debut, 'Into the Diamond Sun', released in 2012 by Heavenly Recordings. The first album morphed their individual styles to create a 'medieval-kraut-folk' inspired sound. They were described as an unanticipated 'pagan pop revival' and since its release have toured as guests of Postal Service and Alt-J, opened for St.Vincent in Paris, performed the songs of David Lynch at the Barbican and collaborated with the Radiophonic Workshop on an original soundtrack to the cult 70's science fiction film 'Le Planete Sauvage'.
For the second album they have concentrated on developing the sonic aesthetic of their new music. "We are more focussed about what we are trying to do. Everything has a reason for being there." They have been experimenting with tuned percussion, programmed beats, trigger samples and worked with effected synths, utilising the guitar and lap steel more sparingly and introducing more processed sounds. They've drawn inspiration from 50's exotica, electronic music and 80's pop and have been greatly influenced by the likes of Grace Jones, Can, Delia Derbyshire, Eden Ahbez, Moon Dog and John Carpenter. Grayson Perry's pop-folk art and the band's self-created mythologies were also a source of inspiration for song writing.
This is an alternative pop record that has been 'self-manufactured' by the band. Having learned new skills in the studio over the last years, the band (assisted by Sam Crombie and Joe Wills) have self-produced the album. They have used the studio not only as a writing tool but also as an instrument; experimenting with post production and varying instrumentation and layered textures. "We started off in pre-production doing all the demos ourselves" say's Becky "the demos captured an atmosphere that we wanted to carry forward to the album. The result was a hypbrid of casual takes and more considered recordings
Individual songs on the album have different environments and creatures that go with them, often inspired by the galactic rather than earth-bound imagery. Becky: "I imagine dehumanised worlds, planets with creatures that have evolved in a completely different way
The visual side is highly important to the band, all of whom have art backgrounds. "We like to be involved in all the aspects of the presentation because it's symbiotic to the music." They collaborate with artists and with 'the costumologists', coming up with ideas like "outfits that texturally reflect rhythms" and "frequency triggered, light-up costumes". The colourful and organic album cover, a collaboration between photographer Charlotte Rutherford and collage artist Louise Mason, shows their confident image for this record: as they tread the lines of surreal pop.
There is no stopping the imaginations of Stealing Sheep - but like lucid dreams, these are controlled fantasies and skilfully created worlds. Follow them on a hypnagogic journey as they sing: "listen to yourself and look within".1. Sequence
3. Not Real
4. This Time
10. She$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Street FaerieProduced & Arranged By Lenny Kravitz
Available On Vinyl For The First Time!
Street Faërie is the first full-length album recorded by former Different World actress and Lenny Kravitz musical protÉgÉ, Cree Summer (1999). Summer, who is Neo-Pagan and a political and human rights activist, wove themes of racism, romantic liaisons, and spirituality into the lyrics of guitar-heavy pop and folk songs.
Summer addresses both her Canadian Indian roots and her oneness with earth (covering both the personal and universal obligations of her singer-songwriter role) on her debut album. Producer Kravitz keeps his usual retrogazing to a minimum here, allowing Street Faërie to breathe in its own organic surroundings and to develop a style more reserved than on any of his own recordings.
On this album, Lenny Kravitz is credited with the following impressive list of musical duties: bass, guitar, percussion, arranger, drums, harpsichord, organ, programming, tambourine, vocals, background vocals, clavinet, producer, mellotron, cowbell, horn arrangements, mixing, finger cymbals, drum loop and cabasa.LP1
1. Revelation Sunshine
2. Miss Moon
3. Still Heart
4. Deliciously Down
5. Mean Sleep
6. Life Goes On
1. Angry Boy
2. Sweet Pain
3. Smooth My Heart
5. Soul Sister
6. Curious White Boy$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal SonDamien is out of his goddamn mind.
This isn't a recent development, but it's an important aspect of his work that often goes ignored. In place of
this key element is the idea that his music is a sober and in-depth excavation of the American landscape and
rural psyche. Well, folks,I'm sorry, but it's not.
Damien Jurado is every character in every Damien Jurado song. He is the gun,the purple anteater,the paper
wings, the avalanche, the airshow disaster, Ohio, the ghost of his best friend's wife. It is a universe unto its
own,with it's own symbolism, creation myth, and liturgy. You might go as far as to call it a religion, and your
religion is a character in his religion.
Level with me. You're reading this because of Damien Jurado's new album,Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal
Son (produced by Richard Swift). You are a progressive minded, left-leaning person who in parlor-style
conversation regarding the globo-political ramifications of Sky Person relationships laughs knowingly so as
not to be judgmental and very reasonably concedes "Well, I don't believe He's some old man with a beard
sitting up in the clouds" at which point everyone agrees on [insert benign middle-ground] and moves on.
Consider this:What if the only way to understand a religion is to create your own?
Who is this Silver community? Where the hell are they in the Bible? Is this heresy? Agnostic reference? Isn't
this sun business a little, I don't know, animistic? Pagan? Go ahead and answer that question for yourself. I'll
give you a second.
Do you understand the music any better?
You know that adage we all use so we have something to say while we shrug our shoulders? "People change"?
That one. Is that applicable to Jesus Christ? Maybe he's been on a personal journey of discovery since he
ascended. He went through the 60's, 70's,he turned on,tuned out, got disillusioned. Why can't we talk about
that Jesus? Does it have to be the old-timey one all the time? American folk Jesus,ugh. The one who's always
winning Best Soundtrack Oscars for people. Rarely do stories of faith make us identify with Jesus. It's
Abraham, Satan, Silver Timothy, Salome, Dr.J, Saul of Tarsus; divinely imperfect brothers and sisters who give
Gawd something to do.
Damien Jurado made up his own Jesus because a Damien Jurado album needs a beautiful Jesus. Some freaky
space Jesus that I don't recognize. The name is the same, a lot of the imagery is the same, but he's reborn.
Born again,I mean. Yeah, as if Jesus got born again. That's what this album sounds like.
Jesus is out of his goddamn mind and I want to live in Damien's America.
Sign me up.
--- Father John Misty; 09-20-20131. Magic Number
2. Silver Timothy
3. Return To Maraqopa
4. Metallic Cloud
5. Jericho Road
6. Silver Donna
7. Silver Malcolm
8. Silver Katherine
9. Silver Joy
10. Suns In Our Mind$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Stravinsky - The Rite Of SpringWhile he was finishing the score of The Firebird, the idea came to Stravinsky for a pagan, ritual scenario. The background history of Le Sacre du printemps is well known: while the modernists praised the work, the conservative public thought they were being hoaxed. The reason for their irritation and the scandalous fiasco of the premiere is still audible to this day. Stravinsky carries the aggressive, hammering rhythms to the extreme, casting them in atonal harmonies which feed on the alternation between a »red-hot and a mild mixture«, as Stravinsky put it.
Dorati urges on his ensemble with robust tempi, and the orchestra is quick to respond to all the refinements of the tightly knit movement. It appears to cope effortlessly with the extremes of contrast and manages to amalgamate the rhythmic excesses with the tenderness of the numerous tiny motifs and figures which seem to sprout like flowers out of hard rock. The excellent recording technique captures both the extreme loudness and the finely pulsating tones, resulting in a sound in which no detail goes unheard. The listener can be sure that this Stravinsky deserves the rating 'excellent' - both for the interpretation and for the sound.
- Antal Dorati (conductor)
- Igor Stravinsky (composer)
- The Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Recording: November 1959 at the NorthropMemorial Auditorium, Minnesota, USA, by C.R. Fine
Production: Wilma Cozart-Fine and Harold Lawrence
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. The Rite Of Spring Part I
2. The Rite Of Spring Part II$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Heavenly Ecstasy (Out Of Stock)Norwegian metallers PAGANS MIND have announced a worldwide collaboration with SPV/Steamhammer for the future, commencing with the bands upcoming album, to be released on May 20th in Germany, May 23rd for the rest of Europe and in June for the US/Canada.
The fifth studio album from the hard-hitting melodic metal outfit will be named Heavenly Ecstasy, and to promote the album the band will embark on a tour of the UK and Benelux.
Guitarist and producer Jørn Viggo Lofstad says: After considering offers from various labels, we decided to be a part of the new SPV family. Signing with such a respected label gave us the spark to come up with what we think is the most cohesive album we have done, and probably our best offering so far. We cant wait to get back in action and present these songs to you all.
SPV / Steamhammer A&R Olly Hahn replies: Im very happy that Pagans Mind decided to join the SPV family. The band always delivered some of the best and most exciting metal music and with the new album they even put up a dash re!1. Contact
2. Eyes Of Fire
4. Power Of Mindscape
5. Into The Aftermath
6. Walk Away In Silence
7. Follow Your Way
8. Revelation To The End
9. When Angels Unite
10. Never Walk Alone
11. The Masters Voice
12. Create Your Destiny
13. Live Your Life Like A Dream$22.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Vespertine (Out Of Stock)Vespertine is a lush, gorgeous swell of midpace electronica, symphonic strings and Björk's uniquely alien, spectral vocals. It's Not up to You is as lovely as anything she's ever done and Cocoon, Pagan Poetry and Aurora are adrift in an enchanted reverie. The rich and visceral Vespertine is a landmark, a revelation and a truly fabulous achievement.1. Hidden Place
3. It's Not Up to You
5. Pagan Poetry
8. An Echo, A Stain
9. Sun in My Mouth
11. Harm of Will
12. Unison$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock