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Peter Gabriel Us'
USHalf-Speed Remastered And Cut To Lacquers At 33 RPM On Double Heavyweight Vinyl
Vinyl Cut By Matt Colton At Alchemy Mastering, Mastered By Tony Cousins At Metropolis And Overseen By Peter's Main Sound Engineer Richard Chappell
US is one of Peter's most personal and confessional records as he explored and dissected many of the relationship problems he was facing at that time. But US is far from being bleakly introspective featuring several songs that have gone on to be amongst the most cherished in the Gabriel songbook. Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 33RPM, on double heavyweight LPs. Vinyl cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis and overseen by Peter's main sound engineer Richard Chappell.LP 1
1. Come Talk To Me
2. Love To Be Loved
3. Blood Of Eden
5. Only Us
1. Washing Of The Water
2. Digging In The Dirt
3. Fourteen Black Paintings
4. Kiss That Frog
5. Secret World$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
No Jacket RequiredRemastered by Nick Davis
Released in 1985, Collins' third album No Jacket Required topped the charts in the UK, US, and numerous other countries all over the world on a journey that would result in three Grammy® Awards (for Best Album, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, and Producer of the Year for Collins and co-producer Hugh Padgham) and over 20 million sales. Mixing Collins' trademark emotional ballads alongside strong funk and R&B influences, the album's hit singles - Sussudio, One More Night, Don't Lose My Number, and Take Me Home - would also become staples of his live set in the years that followed.Available as a 180-gram heavyweight audiophile vinyl format which features the remastered album as a standalone product. Remastered by Nick Davis, who earned a Grammy nomination for Best Surround Sound album for his work on the Genesis '1970-1975' box set.1. Sussudio (2016 Remastered)
2. Only You Know And I Know (2016 Remastered)
3. Long Long Way To Go (2016 Remastered)
4. I Don't Wanna Know (2016 Remastered)
5. One More Night (2016 Remastered)
6. Don't Lose My Number (2016 Remastered)
7. Who Said I Would (2016 Remastered)
8. Doesn't Anybody Stay Together Anymore (2016 Remastered)
9. Inside Out (2016 Remastered)
10. Take Me Home (2016 Remastered)$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Birdy (45 RPM)Birdy Is The Music, Composed By Peter, For The Alan Parker Film Of The Same Name
This Is The First Time The Album Has Been Available On Vinyl
This 2-LP Release Is Half-Speed Remastered And Cut To Lacquers At 45 RPM
The Vinyl Was Cut By Matt Colton At Alchemy Mastering, Mastered By Tony Cousins At Metropolis And Overseen By Peter's Main Sound Engineer Richard Chappell
Recorded between October and December 1984 and originally released in 1985, Birdy marks the first occasion that Peter worked with French-Canadian producer and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Lanois who was fresh from working on The Unforgettable Fire with U2. Lanois went on to co-produce the So and US albums with Peter. Birdy is the soundtrack to the Alan Parker movie of the same name - the tale of a Vietnam vet who harbors Icarus-like ambitions to fly - it finds Peter flexing his creative muscles free of any commercial pressures.1. At Night
2. Floating Dogs
3. Quiet And Alone
4. Close Up (from Family Snapshot)
5. Slow Water
6. Dressing The Wound
7. Birdy's Flight (from Not One Of Us)
8. Slow Marimbas
9. The Heat (from Rhythm Of The Heat)
10. Sketch Pad With Trumpet And Voice
11. Under Lock And Key (from Wallflower)
12. Powerhouse At The Foot Of The Mountain (from San Jacinto)$37.99Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
So: 25th Anniversary Box SetRanked 187/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Peter Gabriel's iconic So album remastered and expanded for the 25th anniversary edition
One of the most successful and iconic music releases of the Eighties, Peter Gabriel's 1986 album, So, has been digitally remastered for a special 25th Anniversary Edition to be released by Real World Records/EMI. Peter Gabriel has confirmed a 16-date North American tour for September and October, with many of the musicians from his 1987 'So' tour joining him to perform the album from start to finish, as well as other hits spanning his solo career.
Peter Gabriel's So topped charts around the world, hitting Number 1 in the UK, Canada, Italy, and Holland and Number 2 in the US and Germany. So became a decade-defining album and the best-selling release of Gabriel's solo career, landing an international array of multi-Platinum certifications, including quintuple-Platinum in the US with sales of more than five million copies.
Launched with the huge hit single ''Sledgehammer'' and its groundbreaking music video (which remains MTV's most played video of all time), So also includes ''In Your Eyes,'' famously featured in Cameron Crowe's film 'Say Anything,' the haunting duet ''Don't Give Up,'' performed with Kate Bush, and ''Big Time,'' Gabriel's bombastic, tongue-in-cheek commentary on '80s extravagance. Co-produced by Gabriel and Daniel Lanois, the album also includes contributions from Laurie Anderson, Stewart Copeland, Jim Kerr, Bill Laswell, and Nile Rodgers.
So's 25th Anniversary Edition will be available on a 4CD/2DVD/LP/12'' Deluxe, Limited Edition box set.
The box set includes the remastered album on CD and on 180-gram vinyl which has been mastered at half speed to maximize the audio quality and re-sequenced so the tracklist, unlike that of the original LP, is as Peter Gabriel had originally envisioned. The set also features a bounty of previously unreleased audio and video content, including the two Athens concert CDs and a 'So DNA' CD of work-in-progress drafts of So's songs, mapping the album's evolution from concept to completion.
One of the box set's two DVDs features the fully restored Athens concert, which was filmed and recorded by director Michael Chapman and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. Gabriel's first concert to be filmed, the footage has been assembled for the first time from more than 150 reels of original 35mm negatives and its audio has been mixed in 5.1 surround. The box set's second DVD features a new 'So: Classic Album' documentary. The latest addition to the acclaimed and award-winning 'Classic Album' series tells the story behind the making of the album and its music videos, with contributions from many of those involved, including interviews with Gabriel and Lanois, among others.
The box set also includes a 12-inch double A-side vinyl single with two previously unreleased tracks from the So sessions, ''Courage'' and ''Sangrada,'' plus an alternate version of ''Don't Give Up'' (Piano and Bvox Mix). A 60-page case-bound book with an introduction and 'So DNA' summary written by Peter Gabriel, new liner notes, and an extensive collection of rare and never before seen photographs completes the set.
- The remastered 'So' album [CD]
- So DNA [CD] - A unique insight into the writing and recording of So, experienced via a track by track evolutionary process leading you from the early moments when rhythms, melodies and lyrical ideas were discovered through the various stages of song development and recording.
- Live in Athens 1987 [DVD] - Directed by Michael Chapman, Executive Producer Martin Scorsese. This previously unreleased Peter Gabriel concert live from Athens has now been fully restored and pieced together from over 150 reels of original 35mm negatives and remixed in 5.1, this concert is made available for the first time on DVD.
- So: Classic Album [DVD] - This documentary tells the story behind the making of 'So' and features contributions from many of those involved in the album and videos, with interviews with Peter, co-producer Daniel Lanois and many more.
- 180 gram So LP [Vinyl] - The vinyl has been mastered at half speed to maximize the audio quality & the track listing, unlike the original, is that favored by the artist.
- Double A side 12'' [Vinyl] - Contains two previously unreleased tracks 'Courage' and 'Sagrada' plus Don't Give Up (alternative version piano and bvox mix).
- Studio quality 24 bit digital download [Digital] - The 'So' album plus the tracks 'Courage' and 'Sagrada' plus 'Don't Give Up (piano bvox mix)' available via a unique download code.
- A 60 page case bound book - Includes an introduction and So DNA summary by Peter, new liner notes and an extensive collection of rare and never before seen photographs.CD 1 - Original album, remastered:
1. Red Rain
3. Don't Give Up (with Kate Bush)
4. That Voice Again
5. Mercy Street
6. Big Time
7. We Do What We're Told (Miligram's 37)
8. This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds)
9. In Your Eyes
CDs 2 & 3 - 'Live In Athens 1987':
This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds)
Shock The Monkey
Games Without Frontiers
No Self Control
The Family And The Fishing Net
Don't Give Up
Lay Your Hands On Me
Here Comes The Flood
In Your Eyes
CD 4 - 'So DNA'
1. Red Rain
3. Don't Give Up (with Kate Bush)
4. That Voice Again
5. Mercy Street
6. Big Time
7. We Do What We're Told (Miligram's 37)
8. This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds)
9. In Your Eyes
DVD 1 - 'Live In Athens 1987' concert film + 5.1 surround audio mix
1. This Is The Picture
2. San Jacinto
3. Shock TheMonkey
4. Family Snapshot
7. No Self Control
8. Mercy Street
9. Family And The Fishingnet
10. Don't Give Up
11. Solsbury Hill
12. Lay Your Hands
14. Here Comes The Flood
15. In Your Eyes
DVD 2 - 'So: Classic Album' documentary
1. Red Rain
3. Don't Give Up
4. That Voice Again
5. Mercy Street
6. Big Time
7. We Do What We re Told (Milgram's 37)
8. This is the Picture (Excellent Birds)
9. In Your Eyes
LP - (sequence not confirmed)
1. Red Rain
3. Don't Give Up (with Kate Bush)
4. That Voice Again
5. Mercy Street
6. Big Time
7. We Do What We're Told (Miligram's 37)
8. This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds)
9. In Your Eyes
12-inch AA Vinyl Single:
Don't Give Up (alternative version - Piano and Bvox Mix)$125.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + 4 CDs + 2 DVDs + 12 Vinyl Single - Sealed Buy Now
Gary Go (Discontinued)With this vinyl release Gary Go's bona fide pop hits are finally making their way to the U.S. Wonderful, the first single, is already climbing the pop charts after topping the charts in the U.K. and Italy. After leaving school at 17, Gary Go worked at a string of record companies and recording studios, like Eurythmic Dave Stewarts Artist Network. Go even interviewed for a job at Peter Gabriels Real World Studios, but was told by Gabriel himself that maybe he should concentrate on songwriting. Luckily, Go took his advice. He traveled to America, where he worked at a New Jersey recording studio and rented a room in Frank Sinatras old house in Hoboken where he composed many of the songs that appear here.
1. Open Arms
2. So So
5. Life Gets In The Way
7. Refuse To Loose
9. Heart And Soul
11. Black And White Days$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Helen of TroyTo his chagrin, John Cale's record label released his unfinished demo tapes while he was busy producing Patti Smith's groundbreaking Horses. But to his surprise, the resulting album, Helen of Troy, is considered the most stylistically cohesive of the eclectic Island Trilogy, the trio of albums Cale recorded for Island Records during the course of 1974-75. Featuring Brian Eno's lithe synthesizer, Phil Collins' expert drumming, and Cale's manic streetwise songwriting, Helen of Troy delivers more sophistication than most final cuts, and cuts deeper in its roughness.
Back on domestic vinyl for the first time in decades, this RTI-pressed edition of Helen of Troy is cut at Mobile Fidelity by in-house engineer Krieg Wunderlich and features stunning sonics. Quiet surfaces, faithful artwork, and the opportunity to hear Cale's engaging fare unfold amidst wide soundstages and black backgrounds-not to mention the moody content within-make this Wax Cathedral LP a must for music aficionados.
From the celestial opening strains of My Maria, which sounds in places like a hymn, to the teeth-gnashing Sudden Death, Cale shows us heaven, hell, and the life in between. Employing a cocktail of wild experimentation, tonal versatility, and range of emotion, Cale's compositions whip from soaring serenades like I Keep a Close Watch to the unhinged, wild-eyed Leaving It Up to You (pulled from the original release due to its reference to the murder of Sharon Tate) to the soulful, surf-derived China Sea. Eno's synthesizer casts love spells and shadows while Chris Spedding's guitar drills bluesy, ragged holes through every composition. A tormented, sinister cover of the Modern Lovers' Pablo Picasso (Cale produced the Lovers' debut) shows what you get when you replace Jonathan Richman's dreamy smile with Cale's bared teeth.
Although we'll never know what the one-time Velvet Underground cohort had in mind for the finished product, with its labyrinthine arrangements, theatrical spontaneity, and primal rawness, Helen of Troy is a gem that's better unpolished.1. My Maria
2. Helen of Troy
3. China Sea
5. Save Us
6. Cable Hogue
7. I Keep A Close Watch
8. Pablo Picasso
9. Leaving It Up to You
10. Baby What You Want Me to Do
11. Sudden Death$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-CAP-8738xIn The Valley Below
The BeltHe's from Memphis, equally steeped in Link Wray and Phil Collins. She's a small town girl raised in Muskegon, Michigan, who found her songwriting
inspiration while living on a small boat in the West Indies. Jeffrey Jacob and Angela Gail met in Los Angeles, playing guitar and bass, respectively, in a
loud, grungy guitar band, but the seeds of In the Valley Below were planted one night at SXSW, when they realized there was something special in the
passion and chemistry they shared on-stage.
The two wrote, produced, engineered and recorded their own songs in a home studio. Two of the 11 songs on their debut are mixed by the band, with the
others handled by John Congleton [St.Vincent, David Byrne], Dave Sardy [Oasis, Band of Horses], Lasse Marten [Lykke Li, Peter, Bjorn & John] Angela
and Jeffrey never even intended for In the Valley Below to be a performing band, so it turned out to be a pleasant surprise when the songs were so good
they demanded to be played for people. Filled with emotions from guilt to hope, and encouraging voyeurism, when they announce to their audience, "We
are In the Valley Below," they immediately invite us to join their communal world, one with no boundaries and whose limits are only defined by our
collective imagination.1. Peaches
3. Last Soul
5. Stand Up
6. Dove Season
7. Take Me Back
8. Searching for a Devil
10. Palm Tree Fire
11. King Tide$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio From The Original Analog Tapes
200-Gram Vinyl Pressing By Quality Record Pressings!
Deluxe Tip-On Gatefold Jacket
In 1987, the Madonna of Folk returned to U.S. record shops with a vengeance, delivering here interpretations of songs by Dire Straits, Johnny Clegg, U2 and Peter Gabriel - performers, writes AllMusic, whose political consciousness had been formed by listening to old Joan Baez albums.
We've taken a classic and kicked it up a notch. Several notches, in fact. This 200-gram stunner, pressed at Quality Record Pressings, was expertly remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. Lacquer plating was by
QRP's master technician Gary Salstrom, topped off by a heavy cardboard gatefold jacket from Stoughton Printing with vibrantly reproduced original artwork. How does it get any better?
The title track from Recently is a stunning Joan Baez original, where she boldly answers ex-husband David Harris' downbeat memoir of the '60s, Dreams Die Hard, as well as other '80s revisionists.
The track Asimbognagna was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Recording.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Brothers In Arms
4. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress
5. James & The Gang
6. Let Us Break Bread Together/Freedom
8. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
9. Biko$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Burn Your Fire For No WitnessMany of the superlatives describing Angel Olsen refer to how seemingly little it takes for her to
leave an audience speechless, even spellbound. But Olsen has never been as timid as those
descriptors imply, and the noisy, fiery hints in her earlier work find a fuller expression on her
newest LP, Burn Your Fire for No Witness. Here, Olsen sings with full-throated exultation,
admonition, and bold, expressive melody.Also,with the help of producer John Congleton, her
music now crackles with a churning,rumbling low end and a brighter energy.
Angel Olsen began singing as a young girl in St. Louis, where she explored the remarkable
range of her voice and the places it could take her songwriting. Her self-released debut EP,
Strange Cacti, belied both that early period of discovery and her Midwestern roots. Cautious
and homespun on the one hand,the EP transported us to a mystical, unrecognizable world on
the other, and it garnered extensive praise for its enigmatic beauty.Olsen then went further on
Half Way Home, her first full-length album (released on Bathetic Records), which mined
essential themes while showcasing a more developed voice. Olsen dared to be more personal.
After extensive touring, Olsen eventually settled for a time in Chicago's Logan Square
neighborhood, where she created a collection of songs grown in a year of heartbreak, travel,
and transformation. The new songs go on to tell us to leave, or to high-five a lover who is
lacking, or to dance our way up and out of sorrow. Many of them also remain essentially
unchanged from their bare beginnings.In leaving them so intact, a more self-assured Olsen is
opening up to us, allowing us to be in the room with her at the very genesis of these songs,
when the thread of creation is most vulnerable and least filtered. Our reward for entering this
room are many head-turning moments and the powerful, unsettling recognition of ourselves
in the weave of her songs.
This act of meaning-making recurs as a theme throughout the album, as the sublimating
response to the power of negativity.In the song,Stars,for example,Olsen wishes to"have the
voice of everything" and in a moment of hatefulness and hurt realizes that the strength of fury
results in the power she had been seeking all along. Thankfully for us, Olsen has decided to
channel a lot of this new found power into the ethereal, hypnotic performances of her new and
revealing songs,sharing with us the full grace and beauty of her transformative moments.
-Matthew Didier1. Unfucktheworld
4. White Fire
5. High & Wild
6. Lights Out
9. Dance Slow Decades
11. Windows$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming (Colored Vinyl)Pressed On Clear Pink & Clear Blue Vinyl
With these soft spoken words on the simply-titled opening track-"Intro"- M83 mastermind Anthony Gonzalez introduces us to his sixth record and first double disc album, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming.
Dauntlessly singing into the void that was left behind since Saturdays=Youth, Gonzalez suddenly surges with overwhelming emotion as the music mounts an invisible precipice. Historically, he softly eased you into his world, introducing you to the lush and radiant spaces between captivating melodies and intimate lyrics, but not this time. Not on this record.
Graduating from the fuzzy, fumbling emotional cobwebs and draped ambiance of past records, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming careens past its audience. Brazenly stretching out along the horizon, spilling glittery, golden arms of sound across the landscape, it holds your breath hostage without you even noticing you were missing it. If it seemed that Anthony was basking in the sunshine-drenched days of his youth when he released Saturdays in 2008, then it can be said that in 2011, at the age of 30, he is tempestuously charging towards his future with Hurry Up, We're Dreaming.
Relocating to Los Angeles from Antibes, Gonzalez surrounded himself with players pivotal to completing his childhood dream of a double disc record. Producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, NIN, The Mars Volta, Goldfrapp) and guitarist Brad Laner (from 90s band Medicine) had been hugely influential on Anthony growing up and now were central to the new record's creation.
"In France there is this show on TV where at the end there is a musical guest who plays one or two songs. I remember one night when I was a teenager being at home watching the best of performances and looking at this crazy bass player with a big afro and thinking, 'Wow this guy is so cool.' "And now I am working with him. It's so intense that thinking about it makes me feel weird. But it's weird in a super good way. Same thing with Brad, I was listening to his music when I was first getting into music and now he's on my album."
Anthony and Justin met backstage in 2009 at Scotland's T In The Park. Later, "he came to me very genuinely stating that 'he was a fan and that he would love to work with me,'" explains Gonzalez. "I love when people do that because I can tell it's coming from the heart. He was sincere and that's the way I like to work with people."
Stepping away from his work with producers Ken Thomas and Ewan Pearson on Saturday, Gonzalez freckles his new chapter with signature M83 fingerprints while pushing himself beyond the constricting emotions of a guarded musician. Bored with being frustrated and shy, Anthony is respectful of the precious time given to him and doesn't want to leave behind any regrets, thus thrusting himself into the spotlight vocally. He tests out different ways of singing, ranging from a spectral breathy whisper to a howling scream, and each voice clings to us like a dew-heavy spider web at dawn.
Fans will recognize band member Morgan Kibby, her vocals flirting with the shadowy places in between verses, leaping off the record in spoken word or blending with an adult choir. Morgan will join Anthony on tour but she was never meant to sing as much on this record as she had on pervious projects. Quenching his desire to work with a different person on each record, Gonzalez added LA-based chanteuse Zola Jesus to the mix for the completion of "Intro." "The song was already written but I really wanted a female vocal on it and I was kind of struggling to find the right person, but then I heard her music and it just made sense."
Where Saturday=Youth is drenched in lustful exploration and hungry adolescent wonder, Hurry Up is decadently cunning and seductive. "Intro" and "My tears are becoming a sea" eerily croon to you, swirling all of the glitter and growth from the past records into an epic swell, mysteriously and dramatically warning you of the impact you are about to experience. "Midnight City" (disc one) and "OK Pal" (disc two) are humid, adrenaline driven dreams unlike anything we have heard from M83 in the past. "Midnight City" adeptly sweeps you through abandoned concrete streets swimming in broken neon light and aggressively pushing and pulsating to synthetic beats. While "OK Pal" catcalls you to a locker full of mapped out Peter Gabriel-esque echoing lyrics, leaving you stranded in a post-apocalyptic landscape. These journeys are about awakening, craving and conquering. Throughout Hurry Up, We're Dreaming Anthony carries the listener to different countries of sound in his own universe, "We didn't need a story, we didn't need a real world. We just had to keep walking and we became the stories- we became the places." Drifting away from his previous records and reigned in politeness he unleashes all that he has been dreaming of and yearning for. Even when he takes a second to look back on "Echoes of Mine" the velvety, elderly voice of a woman heartbreakingly tells the story of a girl drenched in the shadows of her youth, knowing she has to grow up.
Grandiose in scale and inspired by Smashing Pumpkin's revered double disc Melancholy & The Infinite Sadness, Anthony has long had the goal to create his own monumental double disc record. "I saw when I was a teenager that I could dig into it [the album]. It was like a treasure. If I were a teenager nowadays I would try to find something as creative as this album. They had so much to say in their songs."
Impressed with the juxtaposing sun and moon artwork featured on Melancholy, Anthony focuses in on another natural duality: siblings. The cover artwork mirrors this relationship, featuring a photograph of a little boy with a little girl sitting on a bed. The photograph perpetuates the conversation for the two distinct voices we behind each disc, representing two sides of an overall piece that are almost the same. "I want people to listen to it as two different human beings that are connected somehow, but every song on the album has a secret on the other side."
Soaring and scraping up against the sky while sharing each uncharted frontier with new collaborators is what M83 does best. Gracefully coming into the next decade of his life, Anthony delivers what makes each record sincere, innocent, and full of joy: he gives us his past and his future.
"I think it is a reflection of my 30 years of being a human being. It's a compilation of all my previous music together. It's a retrospective of myself."LP 1
2. Midnight City
4. Where The Boats Go
6. Raconte moi une histoire
7. A Train To Pluton
8. Claudia Lewis
9. This Bright Flash
10. When Will You Come Home?
11. Soon, My Friend
1. My Tears Are Becoming A Sea
2. New Map
3. OK Pal
4. Another Wave From You
6. Year One, One UFO
8. Steve McQueen
9. Echoes Of Mine
10. Klaus I love You
11. Outro$28.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Moody CoupCo La is the primary project of musician and producer Matt Papich, whose
explorations of sample-based electronic music have culminated in Moody
The emotional palette of Moody Coup, Papich's second album and rst for
Software Recording Co., is more complex than its exuberant predecessor
Daydream Repeater (NNA Tapes 2011). Where that record's relentlessly
bucolic tone drew from the saccharine core of reggae, exotica, and 60s girl
groups, the bedrock of Moody Coup is elusive and abstract.
The various genre coinages that have been tagged to Co La's music before
- new exotica, Avant-luxury, furniture music, etc. - fail to accommodate the
brainier obsessions behind Moody Coup's genesis. A new brand of alchemy
occurs in the album, where cryptic sources are enhanced and embellished
to a point of transcendence. This departure is the brilliant process o of Co
La's unpredictable electronic music.
Highlights of Moody Coup include Remarkable Features, which
consolidates the prior seismic scope of Daydream Repeater into a dance
oor standout. Deaf Christian transforms a Neil Sedaka doo-wopper into
a mesmerizingly dark House cut, complete with synth chasms and haunting
voice chants (supplied here and throughout the record by Angel
Deradoorian). The meticulously crafted Suspicious ventures into more
calming pastures -- an extra dimensional, dubbed-out take on the Psychic
TV gem by the same name.
At the outset of Moody Coup, Sukiyaki (To Die For) melodically alludes
to the Kyu Sakamoto song Sukiyaki." The original was penned as a
mournful assessment of post-war Japan's relationship to the US, albeit
dressed by Sakamoto as a love song. Ironically, Sukiyaki became a hit
oversees in the US and was later covered by A Taste of Honey. Rather than
translating the lyrics, A Taste of Honey set new words to the original
melody. (Stranger still, the word Sukiyaki itself refers to a Japanese hot
It's important to note that the wide range of reference sources does not
serve Moody Coup as a supercial demonstration of Papich's eclectic taste.
Instead, all of the micro pieces function mosaically, creating an impression
at a macro level that is extremely potent as music as well as concept. Co
La's intellectual obsessions are rooted in questions about how music is
dilated by the cultures who created it and the power structures that shape
those cultures (see Sukiyaki), while his musical obsessions are always
rooted in the sensual, the beautiful and the immediate.
Papich describes the working Co La method on Moody Coup as
"employing the hegemony of delete." He likes to be interrupted, and is
fond of working in places where domestic concerns are on equal terms with
studio practice. Much of Moody Coup was made in the kitchen of Papich's
Baltimore home -- a place where he describes having the "best
interruptions." Assistant to Papich's production was friend Joe Williams,
who programmed and performed all synths. Tracks were additionally
consolidated from eld recordings, samples and composed in Ableton Live
and mixed in Brooklyn at Gary's Electric Studio, located at the Software HQ.1. Sukiyaki To Die For
2. Melter's Delight
3. Remarkable Features
4. Deaf Christian
6. Suspicious (Sandman Fix)
7. Baby's Breath
8. Head in Hole in Space
9. Sympathy Flinch
10. Make it Slay (Barbershop Solo)$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Surgical SteelWithout a doubt, UK legends CARCASS have released several classic albums over the years and changed the trajectory of extreme metal with each consecutive release. Whether it was inventing gore-grind (i.e. »Reek of Putrefaction«, »Symphonies of Sickness«) or creating the template for melodic death metal (i.e. »Heartwork«), CARCASS has always made records by which bars were set and rules were broken. Upon their untimely demise in 1996, fans mourned the loss of the seminal act and longed that the group would one day be exhumed from their premature grave. After an 18 year hiatus, CARCASS has been fully reanimated and it's safe to say, they haven't missed a pathological step.
With »Surgical Steel«, CARCASS has risen to the occasion and given fans an album that holds up to their classic repertoire, delivering another milestone in their highly influential career. Everything a CARCASS fan could want is on this record, with every era of the band represented. Its genesis however was not without its fair share of blood, sweat and tears of course. Long-time producer Colin Richardson actually walked out on the mixing sessions after tracking, possibly burnt out from the stress of having to top such landmark productions as »Heartwork«. The equally renowned Andy Sneap (TESTAMENT, EXODUS, MEGADETH) stepped in at this time to mix the record, and put the finishing touches on their long-awaited masterpiece. The result is a combination of talent that should undoubtedly go unmatched for an undetermined stretch of time.
In an era seemingly content to endlessly chug away at their e-strings in various rhythmic denominations, CARCASS has brought the power of the riff back to a generation. Songs like `The Master Butcher's Apron´, `Unfit for Human Consumption´, `The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills´, `Noncompliance to ASTM F899-12 Standard´, are sure to become classics and put an air-guitar in the hands of every man, woman and child within earshot. Only the choicest of cuts were made to bring us a record worthy of the CARCASS legacy. In short, »Surgical Steel« is just what the doctor ordered.1. 1985
2. Thrasher's Abbatoit
3. Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System
4. A Congleated Clot Of Blood
5. The Master Butcher's Apron
6. Noncompliance To ASTM F899-12 Standard
7. The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills
8. Unfit For Human Consumption
9. 316L Grade Surgical Steel
11. Mount Of Execution
12. Intensive Battery Brooding (DIGI bonus track)$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rest In ChaosLet me explain what it's like to summarize Rest in Chaos. What you have here is, in the first place, the book of Genesis as deftly reconceived by Todd Snider who has been inhabited by a spirit resembling Philip K. Dick. The rest of the Hard Working Americans are under the direction (or perhaps in the thrall) of an older wiser Jimi Hendrix and a Frank Zappa no less exacting than he was when he departed. It is rock'n'roll music, past, present and future, and that's no dream, it's just a fact. There are moments here when the walls of Babel might be falling, there are moments when they are reinvented and every time you try to pin it down, it shows you something else. "Half Ass Moses," the third song, ends by declaring "The song wasn't all that complicated."
Like hell it isn't. When, in the very next song, "Dope is Dope," Todd Snider is a voice more inflammatory and gritty than I have ever heard from him before, "His mother didn't understand him / Whose mother ever does?" am I supposed to laugh, cry, applaud or beg for mercy. All that's really sure is, you're not leaving 'til the show's over. Even if you want to. There's nowhere else to go, and even if there were, the music's too good.
So much for metaphysics. The actual physics of the thing is seven billion people out for what they only think is a stroll, armed with nothing more than some quite treacherous Roman candles Rest in Chaos might, if these Hard Working Americans were scientists of something other than sound, be the story of the entropy of the universe, and if you think I'm kidding that's only because you haven't taken the deep dive into its complexity, which if not quantum is at least a quandary. Albums aren't this good anymore; they're not this ambitious; their parts are not so finely conceived, the risks they take are not so reckless, the ways they resolve contradictions are not so elegant. Most of all they don't kick you in the preconceptions anywhere near so often. (How did they manage to create harmonies in "Something Else" that recall both the Hollies and the Mothers of Invention?)
Todd's songs sound like he swiped part of them from Billy Joe Shaver and part from Tim Buckley and welded them together with spare parts from Iggy and Paul McCartney. There's a nightmare embedded here, and what cares the weight of it, the aspect of doom and the hint of doom is Dave Schools' bass. Neal Casal, who might be the most under-rated guitarist in rock, is constantly making the chaos more beautiful than you'd think possible. The roots of the sound are in the jam bands and Americana groups and singer-songwriter sessions the band members have played in but when they get to "Throwing Goats" (OK, maybe I should have said Thomas Pynchon or John Barth rather than Dick) and "Something Else" (both parts), they've joined the ranks of the rockers who no longer look for interstellar overdrive, because they've already found it.
All this is, of course, metaphor. Well, most of it. Some of it. The part about how strong it is, how smart, how completely the product of the past ("stand up for your brother, stick it to the man") and how anticipatory of one of the best futures anyone has shown us is straight up. It's one of the most well-sustained albums I've heard in years, and what it sustains is not only my faith in rock'n'roll or even how hard the Hard Working Americans really do work to make their magic, but how much it means to them, which is the only way it can mean very much to the rest of us.
Let me put it this way: I've heard Rest in Chaos any number of times and there's no way I'm done with it. I can tell you about its surface but I haven't gotten to the bottom of it. I'm not really sure there is one. It is humbling to confront it, and reassuring to know that there is all the rest of our lives for that. "The High Price of Inspiration"? A bargain.1. Opening Statement
2. It Runs Together
3. Half Ass Moses
4. Dope Is Dope
5. Burn Out Shoes
6. Roman Candles
7. Ascending Into Madness
8. Throwing The Goats
9. Something Else
11. The High Price of Inspiration
13. Purple Mountain Jamboree$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Yuyay Jap'ina TapesIn 1949, Luzmila Carpio was born in the rural town of Qala Qala, Bolivia. It was there
that her earliest musical experiences- and the genesis of her unique voice-shaped her
decades-long career writing and performing Quechua music. In Bolivia, though more
than 36 indigenous languages are spoken by nearly 40 percent of the population, the
only officially recognized language of state was Spanish until September of 2000. Thus,
for much of the 20th century, Quechua populations were concentrated in rural areas,
often ignored by those in urban centers of political power.
The social, political and economic stigma that came with identifying as Quechua was
keenly felt throughout Luzmila's formative years, though the tide began to shift in the late
1960s. At age 15, Luzmila joined the group Los Provincianos and has continued to make
music ever since. Her distinctive musical style comes from her impossibly high upper register
that oftentimes mingles so closely with the timbre of a quena flute:
"In my community, among us, we sing like that-very high. It's the tradition in our
area that I further developed while trying other styles or ranges as my voice
allowed. My mother would say that by singing that way we would safeguard
the voice of the little girl, and that the world would welcome us. It's attributed
to Pacha Mama, Mother Earth "
In October of 1992, Luzmila began working with UNICEF on the Yuyay Jap'ina campaign
for adult literacy. The goal of the project was to increase Quechua and Spanish
language literacy amongst Quechua-speaking populations. The designers of the Yuyay
Jap'ina project commissioned recordings by Luzmila. that featured local musicians performing
both traditional Quechua songs and those specially composed by Luzmila. Cassettes
were then played in libraries and learning centers and distributed for free in participant
villages. In keeping with the core mission of the literacy campaign, written song lyrics accompanied
the tapes in both Quechua and Spanish.
Many of the songs take a pedagogical approach; they testify to the importance of clean
drinking water (Ch'uwa yaku kawsaypuni, "Crystal Clear Water Is Life"), the self-actualizing
power of literacy (Riqsisqa kasunchik, "We Will Be Recognized"), and the selfassertion
of women (Warmikuna yupay-chasqapuni kasunchik, "Women, We Have To Be
Respected"). But looking at the Yuyay Jap'ina tapes as a set of instructional songs would
be only the narrowest interpretation. Taken in context, the songs are a bold celebration
of language and culture.
Luzmila Carpio currently lives in Paris and continues to write and perform her songs
around the world.1. Riqsiqa Kasunchik
2. Ch'uwa Yaku Kawsaypuni
3. Warmip Kawysayin
5. Warmikuna Yupay-Chaqapuni Kasunchik
7. Yanapariway Takiriyta
9. Pachamamata T'ikanchasun
10. Kusichisun Wawitata
11. Tillpi Tillpilla
12. Sumaq Awaq Warmi
14. Qalay Qalay
15. Kawsay Jap'isunchik
16. Wataq Killasnin
17. Amautayku, Avelino Siñani$36.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
English Electric (Awaiting Repress)English Electric is an album that is said to look at a theme of failed utopian dreams, which often result in dystopic failure and regret. The music is, in part, taking influence from 1983s Dazzle Ships album which utilised a lot of radio samples, sourced sounds and experimental tracks. Andy McCluskey has also commented that "There are a few tracks that are not 'songs.' And many of the sounds are more simple and electronic than on History Of Modern".
During an interview with Andy for Messages back in 2011, he commented further on the genesis of the album: "We were a band that was trying to be the future. That was part of our ethos, that was part of our appeal to a lot of people when they first got interested. They were great tunes. They liked the lyrics, they liked the melodies...they liked some of the melancholy emotion in the lyrics and everything, but they also liked the fact that we were quite challenging and it was kind of like pushing the envelope. And that still remains an issue for us, that we feel like we should be trying to do that".
Expanding on the direction of sound of the album, Andy has also said: "In terms of the music we had some specific parameters that we wanted to try to stick to. Namely, try to use a more minimal and glitchy sound where we could. Our mantra is 'what does the future sound like?'. However, there is a natural inclination to be melodic and try to make 'listenable' music, not just experiment for its own sake if it does not lead to the creation of something that stands repeated listening."
For an interview with The Quietus in February of this year, Andy commented on the writing period of the material used on English Electric: "Apart from the complete reworking of Kissing The Machine, everything on this record has been written in the last two years. Dresden and Final Song came from pieces of music that I had from the year before, but I hadn't got a lyric on. I got the lyric on them two years ago, in January 2011. So basically the whole album has been written within the immediate recent timeframe.1. Please Remain Seated
3. Night CafÉ
4. The Future Will Be Silent
5. Helen of Troy
6. Our System
7. Kissing The Machine
9. Stay With Me
11. Atomic Ranch
12. Final Song$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
iFi Audio SPDIF iPurifier
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Global Master Timing® + Memory Buffer
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iPower 'quieter than battery' technology
As the SPDIF iPurifier is powered by 5V, it is essential that it is fed by silent power supply. Hence each and every SPDIF iPurifier is shipped with its own iPower (5V). With a noise floor that of 1uV, the iPower is a breed of near silent DC-power supply. Low power consumption and low-noise.
Packed to the brim
With a Bill of Materials (BOM) that stands at 53 individual components, be assured that beneath its unassuming exterior, there are two separate PCBs, each mil-spec'd and packed to the brim with advanced technology.$149.00Signal Optimizer Buy Now
August (Out Of Stock)Top 40 1986 album featuring 'Slowhand' backed by keyboardist Greg Phillinganes, bassist Nathan East and drummer Phil Collins, who also shared production duties with Tom Dowd. The album includes a handful of epic collaborations, including Robbie Robertson (It's In The Way That You Use It), Stephen Bishop (Holy Mother, dedicated to the Band's Richard Manuel) and a duet on Tearing Us Apart, with Tina Turner.1. It's In The Way That You Use It
3. Tearing Us Apart
4. Bad Influence
5. Walk Away
6. Hung Up On Your Love
7. Take A Chance
8. Hold On
9. Miss You
10. Holy Mother
11. Behind The Mask$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock