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Communique (45 RPM) (Pre-Order)
Smooth, Effortless, Relaxed, Tuneful, And Deceivingly Simple: Dire Straits' Communique Teems With Technical Perfectionism, Southern-Styled Grooves, And Low-Key Blues
Reference-Level Detail, Depth, Soundstaging, Balance, And Presence: Communique Has Never Sounded Better Than On Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP Version
Mark Knopfler's Mesmerizing Textures, Intricate Lines, And Crisp Tones Pair With Engaging Storytelling And Tight Rhythms: Every Song An Example Of Understated Virtuosity
The performances on Dire Straits' Communique are so smooth and effortless, they were originally criticized for replicating the blueprints of the band's breakout debut. Time, however, has a way of changing perspectives and exposing the truth. More than 35 years after its original release in June 1979, Communique rightfully takes its place as the group's most underrated record - a nine-track set spiked with engaging storytelling, relaxed vibes, and deceiving simplicity.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP set of Communique elevates Dire Straits' sophomore album to an even higher plane. Recorded in the Bahamas by Muscle Shoals veterans Barry Beckett and Jerry Wexler, the songs benefit from a laidback approach that makes guitarist/vocalist Mark Knopfler and company's stellar playing seem even more fluent - particularly when experienced on this collector's 45RPM version, on which the wider grooves allow for more detail retrieval and deeper musical insight.
Knopfler's mesmerizing guitar textures and composed vocals appear as if they're right in front of you, holding court amidst expansive soundstages and deep-black backgrounds. Details, imaging, and presence are on a level associated with the finest audiophile recordings. You'll be hard-pressed to find another LP with cleaner, pinpoint-accurate tones. Mobile Fidelity's LP also brings into transparent view Knopfler's seemingly perfect intricate lines as well as the simpatico accompaniment from his band mates. Whole, lively, and balanced, the bass and drums arrive with a solidity rarely heard on albums of this era. Communique has truly never sounded better.
Of course, the audiophile sonics mean little if the artistic content is lacking. Needless to say, Dire Straits' technical perfectionism and creative elan prevail throughout. Knopfler's penchant for sketching cynical characters is further developed on moody tracks like Where Do You Think You're Going and News, while Wexler's presence at the boards ensures the band keeps the rhythms extra tight. The quartet's low-key blues and swampy, Southern-styled grooves turn every song into an exercise in understated virtuosity.
Refusing to give into excess, magnetic tunes such as Lady Writer and Angel of Mercy split a fine line between insinuating and insisting. The group shows off a combination of control, virtuosity, and tunefulness that harkens back to a rock n' roll's classic period while also pointing the way ahead. Need indisputable evidence of Dire Straits' compositional strengths? Cue up the closing Follow Me Home on this pressing and get lost amidst the peacefulness of the gentle surf and chirping crickets that frame the song. Heavenly.
The sequence serves as additional proof that Communique remains one of the best-sounding rock records ever made.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Once Upon a Time in the West
3. Where Do You Think You're Going?
5. Lady Writer
6. Angel of Mercy
7. Portobello Belle
8. Single-Handed Sailor
9. Follow Me Home$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Lovesexy (Pre-Order)Lovesexy is the tenth full-length studio album by Prince. It was originally released worldwide in May 1988, 13 months after his previous album Sign O' The Times.
As an artistic statement, the initial release of the album was not split into tracks, but was instead tracked as one single 45:07 track, designed to be listened to as a whole (track titles were included, however). Later releases split the album into the nine named tracks, however.1. Eye No
2. Alphabet St.
3. Glam Slam
4. Anna Stesia
5. Dance On
7. When 2R In Love
8. I Wish U Heaven
9. Positivity$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Batman Soundtrack (Pre-Order)Batman (the motion picture soundtrack to the Tim Burton movie Batman) is the eleventh full-length studio album by Prince, and the first and only soundtrack album by Prince for a movie in which he was not involved as an actor. It was originally released worldwide in June 1989.1. The Future
2. Electric Chair
3. The Arms of Orion (with Sheena Easton)
5. Vicki Waiting
7. Lemon Crush
9. Batdance$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Love Over Gold (45 RPM) (Pre-Order)
Dire Straits Stretch Out With Extended, Ambitious Arrangements And Moody Atmospherics: Love Over Gold Mesmerizes With Tension, Contrast, Interplay, And Craftsmanship
Mobile Fidelity 45RPM 2LP Set Of Love Over Gold Touts Unsurpassed Spaciousness, Imaging, And Transparency: Mastered From The Original Tapes, Music Emerges With New Details And Tones
Love Over Gold Includes The Epic Telegraph Road And Aching Private Investigations: Heartfelt Narrative Songs Steeped In Patience, Drama, Sadness, And Romance
Love Over Gold is all about contrast, tension, and crafty composition. Dire Straits' fourth album finds the band continuing to evolve by welcoming increasingly bold arrangements and exploring moody variations. Parts edgy and sharp, and part seductive and relaxed, the five lengthy songs on Love Over Gold sprawl out like a long, winding road cutting through a pastoral landscape. The addition of a new rhythm guitarist, Hal Lindes, encourages deeper atmospheric interplay while the presence of engineer Neil Dorfsman - his first appearance in what would be a long string of collaborations with Mark Knopfler - ensures stunning sonic properties that now come to life like never before.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP version of Love Over Gold teems with superb balances, front-to-back soundstages, and crystalline purity. The dead-quiet surfaces and extra-wide grooves bring forward previously obscured details, extra information, and mastering-studio-quality transients. The distinctive textures of a host of instruments - marimbas, acoustic and electric guitars, vibes, synthesizers - further enhance the ambitiousness of the 1982 album.
On this audiophile pressing, everything Knopfler does seemingly turn to gold. Gearheads will hear the unique characteristics afforded by his use of a Mesa Boogie Mark II guitar amplifier (soon again employed on Brothers in Arms) and carefully chosen selection of Schecter Stratocasters, 1937 National steel guitar, and Ovation six- and twelve-string models. Reference-level separation and lifelike imaging place Knopfler and company in your room, while tube-like warmth, spaciousness, and airiness causes the music to breathe anew. This LP will be in your rotation for months.
It doesn't take long to realize Love Over Gold is like no other Dire Straits album - and a staunch proclamation of independence from a band that continued to take longer creative strides with each successive project. Fearlessly extending over metaphoric hills, valleys, and plains for nearly 14-and-a-half minutes, the opening Telegraph Road is a guitar hero's dream and exhilarating showcase for Lindes' give-and-take capabilities. In tandem with keyboardist Alan Clark, Lindes provides the ideal foil for not only Knopfler but the long-time rhythm section of bassist John Illsley and drummer Pick Withers.
Taking its time to arrive at destinations, the quintet paints evocative musical and lyrical portraits steeped in patience, drama, and, often times, sadness. Desolate emotions color the sweeping Telegraph Road and barren Private Investigations, which finds Knopfler in the role of a tired private eye contemplating the emptiness and scars of his profession. Vocally, the Dire Straits leader remains in top form throughout, his whiskey-coated rasp conveying romantic ache, ongoing frustration, and what Rolling Stone beautifully deemed wracking schizophrenia between the heart and the heartless, the loving and the pain.
Called Dire Straits' prog-rock statement, Love Over Gold is a classic that defies labeling and avoids aging.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Telegraph Road
2. Private Investigations
3. Industrial Disease
4. Love Over Gold
5. It Never Rains$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Quintessence (Pre-Order)1976 Session Featuring Harold Land, Kenny Burrell, Ray Brown & Philly Joe Jones
Bill Evans was such a force as a trio pianist that people tend to overlook his quintet sessions. This 1976 date was one of Evans's personal favorites within that context. Featuring longtime friend Philly Joe Jones plus Harold Land, Kenny Burrell, and Ray Brown, the ensemble is stellar to say the least; and the players strike a comfortably creative groove on a program that includes originals by trumpeters Thad Jones and Kenny Wheeler, plus Burrell's blowing tune Bass Face.1. Sweet Dulcinea Blue
3. Second Time Around
4. A Child Is Born
5. Bass Face$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Dire Straits (45 RPM) (Pre-Order)
Dire Straits' Self-Titled 1978 Debut Distinguished By Jazz-Inflected Mix Of Folk, Blues, Country, And Rock: Guitarist Mark Knopfler Displays Uncanny Precision, Intricacy, And Texture
Mastered From The Original Master Tapes And Pressed At RTI For Optimal Sound: Mobile Fidelity 45RPM 2LP Set Engages With Natural Tones, Superb Balances, Reference Imaging, Sterling Clarity
Breakout Dire Straits Album Includes Sultans Of Swing And Down To The Waterline: Band's Shuffles, Boogies, And Ballads Spark With Crispness, Soulfulness, Coolness
Dire Straits' arresting self-titled debut arrived in the midst of punk's reign but couldn't have been further removed from the era's slash-and-burn style. Recorded in West London in February 1978, the band's tasteful, jazz-inflected set embraces folk, blues, and pub rock while also tracing a direct line back to the beat-oriented sound of early rock n' roll. Country and roots accents further distinguish the British quartet's stripped-down music from any 1970s peers, as does the transparent production, which has remained revered among audiophiles the world over - and which has never been better than on this meticulous analog pressing.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP version of Dire Straits features natural tonalities, superb balances, you-are-there imaging, deep-black backgrounds, and pristine clarity. Even if you've heard this album hundreds of times before, you've never experienced it with such lifelike sonics and premium richness. This numbered, limited-edition collector's set immerses you within the smoky, laidback atmospherics of every song. This is how all vinyl should sound.
Crucial to every arrangement, Mark Knopfler's winding guitar lines emerge with supreme transparency and multi-hued textural detail. His intricate playing comes across as if it's being transmitted via his 60s-era Fender Vibrolux amplifier placed right before you. The cleanliness, dimensions, and live feel are that good. His bandmates, too, benefit from the extra groove space afforded by this 45RPM edition. Rhythms skate and swirl; percussive effects resonate with crispness and attack; the leading edges of notes naturally decay.
Dire Straits' strong, well-edited batch of original material further enhances the overall enjoyment and makes the record one whose pleasures go far beyond the organic sonics. Just as Knopfler's narratives pour forth with poetic and surrealist texts, the musical settings - an intoxicating combination of easygoing shuffles, back-hall boogies, and pop-honed ballads - mirror the old-fashioned soulfulness inherent in the classic recordings of the late 50s and early 60s. The lyrics are equally captivating.
Drawing from his time as a youth in Newcastle, Leeds, and London, Knopfler invests tunes with an autobiographical slant and emotional connectivity that become obvious the moment he opens his mouth to sing. Down to the Waterline, Wild West End, and Lions all feature colloquial touches that add to their reach. By extension, In the Gallery functions as a tribute to Leeds sculptor Harry Phillips (father of future Knoplfer collaborator, Steve Phillips) while the record's breakout smash, Sultans of Swing, pays homage to struggling bar bands.
Through it all, Dire Straits performs with a subtle cool and clever poise that no band ever matched. Just how good is the chemistry? Bob Dylan heard the quartet and invited Knopfler and drummer Pick Withers to play on Slow Train Coming. But even Dylan himself didn't hear Dire Straits sound this magnetic back in its original heyday. Now, everyone can.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Down to the Waterline
2. Water of Love
3. Setting Me Up
4. Six Blade Knife
5. Southbound Again
6. Sultans of Swing
7. In the Gallery
8. Wild West End
9. Lions$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Eternal KingdomAt long last, Cult Of Luna's 5th album, Eternal Kingdom, is available on vinyl once more! The first pressing of this album sold out on pre-order way back when the album was released in 2008 and has never been reprinted until now.LP 1
2. Eternal Kingdom
3. Ghost Trail
4. The Lure (Interlude)
1. Mire Deep
2. The Great Migration
6. Following Betulas$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Headache (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 15, 2018*
Remastered By Steve Albini And Bob Weston At Chicago Mastering
"We liked to think we were ahead of our time. Now that time has caught up with us-well, this isn't such a swell place, and having gotten here first doesn't make it any nicer." - Steve Albini
Headache is a 1987 EP by Chicago post-hardcore band Big Black. The record generated some controversy due to a cover photograph of a shotgun suicide victim whose head was split in half; it only appeared on a very limited edition of the record and was later replaced with a drawing by Savage Pencil.
Original pressings bore a sticker reading Warning! Not as good as Atomizer, so don't get your hopes up, cheese!, not as a gimmick, but honestly to any fans as the band thought that Headache was not as strong as the band's previous release. This also came at a time when major labels were first starting to warn parents that albums contained explicit lyrics, and while all of Big Black's records contained such lyrics, Headache's sticker was an ironic dig at mainstream music.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. My Disco
3. Ready Men
4. Pete, King of the Detectives$17.9912 Vinyl EP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
UNIM-ROU-7295xSteep Canyon Rangers
RADIO (Pre-Order)The Rangers - made up of guitarist Woody Platt, banjo player Graham Sharp, bassist Charles R. Humphrey III, mandolin player Mike Guggino, fiddle player Nicky Sanders and Mike Ashworth on the box kit - are working with Jerry Douglas as their producer on the project. Despite being well known as a bluegrass group, the band has also made an effort to being other genres into the mix on the new record.
Radio travels the dial from top to bottom, Sharp says. The album tunes into the rock channel for a little while, then the blues, then country, pop and, of course, bluegrass.1. Radio
2. Diamonds In The Dust
3. Simple Is Me
4. Blow Me Away
5. Blue Velvet Rain
6. Looking Glass
7. Down That Road Again
10. Long Summer
11. When The Well Runs Dry
12. Monumental Fool$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Come (Pre-Order)Come is the fifteenth full-length studio album by Prince. It was the last album of newly-recorded material to be released by Warner Bros. under the name Prince while he was under exclusive contract (although Warner Bros. released The Black Album only three months later, and would later also release The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale).
It was originally released worldwide in August 1994 (eleven months after The Hits 1, The Hits 2 and The Hits / The B-Sides compilations).1. Come
10. Orgasm$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Lament (Pre-Order)Ultravox are a British new band who emerged as one of the primary influences on the British electro-pop movement of the early '80s. Following frontman John Foxx's departure, Midge Ure took over as lead singer, guitarist and frontman in 1980 after he and keyboardist Billy Currie worked in the studio project Visage. Ure steered it to commercial chart success including seven Top Ten albums and seventeen Top 40 singles in the UK.1. White China
2. One Small Day
3. Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
5. White China (Special Mix)
6. One Small Day (Extended Mix)
7. Man Of Two Worlds
8. Heart Of The Country
9. When The Time Comes (I'll Cry...)
10. A Friend I Call Desire
11. Lament (Extended Mix)$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Stain (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 1, 2018*
Stain is the third album by Living Colour. It was originally released on March 2, 1993, by Epic Records. It is the first album to feature bassist Doug Wimbish. Stain features a much heavier and aggressive Living Colour, containing elements of thrash metal and industrial music. It reached No. 26 on the Billboard 200. The band split up in January 1995 following a tour with Bad Brains.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. Go Away
2. Ignorance Is Bliss
3. Leave It Alone
5. Mind Your Own Business
7. Never Satisfied
11. This Little Pig
13. Wall$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Melanchole (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 1, 2018*
Melanchole is a collection of ambitious lo-fi pop songs recorded by Daniel Johann in the winter of 2012. These are songs that deal with the awkwardness of growing up, the pains of being apart, and the anxieties of being alive and real.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. I Don't Know Anyone, I Am
2. Stones Pull Out Heart
3. I Don't Want To Ask Your Father Or Anything
4. Melanchole / Diary Pt. 1
5. I Was All Over Her
6. Like You Know I Get Old
7. Post-Traumatic All-Night-Long
8. Voice Vi
11. Needs No Progress, I Will Lie
13. Te Aroha$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Whip-Smart (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 8, 2018*
Whip-Smart is the second album by American singer-songwriter Liz Phair, originally released in 1994. It is the follow-up to Phair's critically well-received debut, 1993's Exile In Guyville. Despite not being as critically well received as her previous record, Whip-Smart debuted at #27 on the Billboard 200 and ultimately achieved gold status.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. Chopsticks
3. Support System
4. X-Ray Man
7. Go West
8. Cinco De Mayo
9. Dogs Of L.A.
12. Crater Lake
13. Alice Springs
14. May Queen$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Whitechocolatespaceegg (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 8, 2018*
Whitechocolatespaceegg is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Liz Phair, originally released in 1998. Whitechocolatespaceegg peaked at #35 on the Billboard 200.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. White Chocolate Space Egg
2. Big Tall Man
3. Perfect World
4. Johnny Feelgood
5. Polyester Bride
6. Love Is Nothing
7. Baby Got Going
8. Uncle Alvarez
9. Only Son
10. Go On Ahead
13. What Makes You Happy
15. Shitloads Of Money
16. Girls' Room$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
America (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 8, 2018*
Pressed On White Vinyl
Multi-platinum selling band Thirty Seconds to Mars are set to release their highly-anticipated fifth studio album, AMERICA, via Interscope. The album contains feature tracks with superstars Halsey and A$AP Rocky, plus a song produced by Zedd.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. Walk On Water
2. Dangerous Night
3. Rescue Me
4. One Track Mind (feat. A$AP Rocky)
6. Love Is Madness (feat. Halsey)
7. Great Wide Open
8. Hail To The Victor
9. Dawn Will Rise
11. Live Like A Dream
12. Rider$25.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Hell-On (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 1, 2018*
Producer/singer/songwriter Neko Case has won a large
and loyal audience for her smoky, sophisticated vocals
and the downcast beauty of her music. Now more than
23 years into her musical calling, Case is the consummate
career artist--fearless and versatile, with a fierce
work ethic and a constant drive to search deeper within
herself for creative growth.
Anti- will release Neko Case's 'Hell On,' an
indelible collection of colorful, enigmatic storytelling that
features some of her most daring, through-composed
arrangements to date. Produced by Neko with help from
Bjorn Yttling (Peter Bjorn & John), 'Hell On' is simultaneously
the most accessible and most challenging album
in a rich and varied career that's offered plenty of both.
Rife with withering self-critique, muted reflection, anthemic
affirmation, and her unique poetic sensibility, the 12
tracks of 'Hell On' - which features collaborations such
as Joey Burns, Beth Ditto, Kelly Hogan, KD Lang, AC Newman,
Mark Lanegan, Laura Veirs, and more.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.LP 1
2. Last Lion of Albion
3. Halls of Sarah
4. Bad Luck
5. Curse of the I-5 Corridor
6. Gumball Blue
7. Dirty Diamond
1. Oracle of The Maritimes
3. Sleep All Summer
4. My Uncle's Navy
5. Pitch or Honey$32.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
CRAZYTALK (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 15, 2018*
CRAZYTALK is the sixth full-length album from Nashville-based singer/songwriter Mat Kearney and follow-up to 2015's Just Kids. The album features the hit single Better Than I Used To Be.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. Better Than I Used To Be
2. Face To Face
3. Kings & Queens
7. Don't Cry For Me
8. Wanted Man
9. Keep On Loving You
10. Sleeping At The Wheel
11. By Your Side
13. I Can't Wait For You To Get Here$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Saved (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 1, 2018*
The title of Now, Now's first new album in half a decade begs the obvious
question Saved from what? They certainly didn't seem like a band that
needed saving after the release of their 2012 LP Threads. When the world
last heard from Now, Now, they had made their late night TV debut with
Jimmy Fallon, and landed tours and shows with bands including Fun. and
Bob Mould, among others. For better or worse, the usual path for any band
that seems like they're on the cusp of a breakthrough is to strike while the
iron is hot. That is, to hurry back to the studio to work with a proven producer
known for having a hand in a few big records. Bands and artists that find
themselves in this situation are compelled to "go big, or go home," and in
Now, Now's case they did just that, they went home.
It might not have been planned that way, but that's where they ended up--
back in Minneapolis without a clear sense of how to move forward. Despite
any success or acclamation earned up to that point, self-doubt set in, and
a crippling writers block entrenched itself further. Weeks became months,
and months dissolved into years, all while the band's modest but fervent
fanbase were left to speculate on social media as to what was behind the
silence. At a particularly low point relates KC, "I felt like I was pursuing the
wrong dream, that maybe something else would reveal itself to me."
She felt pressure from both herself and those around her so immense that it
froze her. "It felt like everyone was mistaking how much I was obsessing
over the album for not caring about the album, but in reality I was putting too
much pressure on myself to be able to write. So it felt like everyone was angry
with me on top of me feeling like I was ruining my career and disappointing
myself." As a result she reveals, "I had some very difficult conversations with
myself and with people close to me who were worried about my happiness."
"I still carry a little bit of guilt for adding to that stress that KC is talking about,"
reveals Brad. "After a year of people around us asking 'why is the album not
done, your career is about to just be over,' I as well started to question my
career choice, to question my talent, and I started buying into this idea that
KC wasn't working, even though I was right there watching her work. That's
something I'm embarrassed by and wish I could take back. But through that
we got stronger as friends and collaborators, and I learned the hard way that
the only reason we make music is for ourselves."
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. SGL
3. Can't Help Myself
6. Holy Water
11. Set It Free
12. Powder$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Nico (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 1, 2018*
Never Before Available On Vinyl
Over 200,000 Copies Sold
Includes Alternate Mix Of Top 20 Single "No Rain" As Well As Cover Songs Of John Lennon And Steppenwolf
Limited Edition Audiophile Pressing
Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio And
Pressed And Plated At QRP
Pressed On 180-Gram Vinyl
Housed In A Stoughton Deluxe Gatefold Old Style Tip-On Jacket
Nico is the third studio album by American rock band Blind Melon, originally released in 1996 by Capitol Records. The album was released after lead singer Shannon Hoon's cocaine overdose that resulted in his death in 1995. The album was named for his daughter, Nico Blue, and the proceeds arising from album sales were placed in a college trust for her. It features unreleased tracks, recordings started by Hoon and finished by the band, unreleased versions of previous songs (No Rain and St. Andrew's Hall) and the cover songs The Pusher (Steppenwolf) and John Sinclair (John Lennon).
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. The Pusher
4. No Rain (Ripped Away Version)
5. Soul One
6. John Sinclair
7. All That I Need
9. Life Ain't So Shitty
12. St. Andrew's Hall
13. Letters From A Porcupine$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Meditations (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 1, 2018*
Pressed On Clear Vinyl With Black Splatter
For over a quarter century the monumental vessel of KATAKLYSM has overwhelmed the world with immense, powerful, death metal. Since their formation in 1991, they have uprooted influence in everything from ancient human history to the basic instincts surrounding mortal emotion. Part of what has kept KATAKLYSM not just surviving, but thriving for such a long period of time, is their incredible ability to explore the darkest chasms and most intricate paths of fleshly nature through music. With no end in sight, KATAKLYSM has culminated their most recent inspirations into their upcoming creation, Meditations, set for release via Nuclear Blast Records.
The building of the record began surrounding the recent 25-year milestone as the band members found themselves in an era of re-creation. KATAKLYSM's sound has always been incredibly diverse and attracted a wide variety of fans. Frontman Maurizio Iacono feels that the time has come to truly immerse the band in those origins of being naturally unique: "We've never really belonged to one thing, we were never really a follower of one style of music; we were a hybrid. It confused people a little bit, I think we were an outsider band regarding that... not part of anything." This philosophy has naturally led to the beginning of an Outsider Movement, a "vast majority" of uniqueness amongst the masses of the metal world.
As the band approaches this new era, they remain true to their root sound while developing an even more melodic dynamism. The title, Meditations, mirrors the emotional elements of these robust and vigorous sounds, while the incredible artwork (designed by artist Suzy Iacono) visually reflects the emotional torment and sonic release that the songs on the album portray. With KATAKLYSM's classic symbol reflecting the clouds in the sky, a human face is seen struggling from inside the roots of a tree; screaming and struggling to escape. The washy colors set the tone for an intense and effective batch of musical measures. Strong songs like 'Guillotine' and 'Outsider' are sure to be die-hard fan pleasers with their classic KATAKLYSM sound and as they "are very intertwined with KATAKLYSM's message," says Iacono.
This album cycle also consisted of a slightly different recipe in terms of the recording process. Guitarist JF Dagenais, who has always been involved in the band's recording, set out to do the entirety of Meditations with the band's newest member, drummer Oli Beaudoin, by his side. Dagenais & Beaudoin recorded the album in the depths of the Canadian forest at the studio the band built specifically for JF's recordings. The production process was also taken in an entirely different direction this time with the hiring of fellow Canadian Jay Ruston who more commonly works with bands like STONE SOUR and ANTHRAX. "It's a risk when you're in a very tunnel vision industry," says Iacono. "We wanted something out there, with a different kind of production [and] we were very impressed with his sound."
Meditations is a refreshing representation of both the roots and foundations of KATAKLYSM. It represents the duality of various essences in the realm of truly existing as an Outsider. It is something which will electrify consistent KATAKLYSM fans, welcome new ones, and reawaken old ones. KATAKLYSM is: Maurizio Iacono (Vocals), JF Dagenais (Guitars), Stephane Barbe (Bass) and Oli Beaudoin (Drums).
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. Guillotine
3. The Last Breath I'll Take Is Yours
5. Born To Kill And Destined To Die
6. In Limbic Resonance
7. ...And Then I Saw Blood
8. What Doesn't Break Doesn't Heal
9. Bend The Arc, Cut The Cord
10. Achilles' Heel$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Sacrifices (Pre-Order)Release Date: July 6, 2018*
Guillermo Scott Herren is a producer who has been based in Atlanta, Barcelona and New York City. Herren releases music under the aliases
Prefuse 73, Delarosa & Asora, Ahmad Szabo, and Piano Overlord, and is also part of the groups Savath y Savalas, Sons of the Morning, Fudge,
Risil, and Diamond Watch Wrists.
Herren began his career working in commercial studios in Atlanta. Vocal Studies + Uprock Narratives, his first album as Prefuse 73 -- after
lower-key releases as/with Delarosa, Delarosa & Asora, and Savath & Savalas -- not only buried but cut up and spliced voices as well as allowing
some more straightforward vocals from several MCs. The 2003 follow-up, One Word Extinguisher, carried on in a similar vein.
Surrounded by Silence, the successor to One Word Extinguisher, was released in 2005, featuring collaborations with rappers Ghostface and
Aesop Rock, plus Blonde Redhead and EL-P. Three months later, an EP of recordings made with the band the Books appeared, titled Reads the
Books. The next Prefuse record, 2006's Security Screenings, was relatively light on collaborations; it featured only two guests, Four Tet's Kieran
Hebden and TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe. Preparations, featuring Battles drummer John Stanier on one track, followed in 2007, and
Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian appeared in 2009. Herren focused on collaborative projects in 2010, flexing his production muscles via
dates, remixes, or cameos with everyone from Zach Hill (Diamond Watch Wrists) to Oneohtrix Point Never to TV on the Radio. His 2011
production The Only She Chapters continued the familial feeling, with a wealth of features for female vocalists.
A few years later, newly inspired, Herren returned to the Prefuse 73 moniker with a flurry of releases on Temporary Residence Limited -- an outlet
endorsed by friends Nigel Godrich (Ultraísta) and Hebden -- beginning with the 25th entry into the label's Travels in Constants EP series. The
album Rivington Não Rio, featuring guest appearances by Busdriver, Rob Crow, and Helado Negro, was flanked by the EPs Forsyth Gardens and
Every Color of Darkness. During that summer and fall, Herren recorded several sessions with MC Michael Christmas under the name Fudge. The
duo's playful debut full-length, Lady Parts, arrived on Lex Records in September of 2016.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.LP 1
1. New Salad Intro
2. Late To The Party
3. Her Desire Is To Be Left Alone
4. Transmission Nines
5. Without Anyone
6. The New Year
8. Washington Heights Lovers
1. Silver & Gold (feat. James Tillman)
2. The World Is Bigger
3. In the Blood
4. Transmission of Eights
6. Dripping With Excuses
7. False Charges
8. We Lost Our Beat Tapes In Mecca$20.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
ICON (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 1, 2018*
Twitty began with rock 'n' roll and ended up with a heap of country smashes. Ditto this disc; his pop #1 It's Only Make Believe leads to his country #1s Hello Darlin'; You've Never Been This Far Before; Happy Birthday Darlin'; Touch the Hand; After the Fire Is Gone (with Loretta Lynn), and more!
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. It's Only Make Believe
2. Hello Darlin'
3. After the Fire is Gone
4. You've Never Been This Far Before
5. I See the Want In Your Eyes
6. Touch the Hand
7. Play Guitar Play
8. Don't Take It Away
9. Happy Birthday Darlin'
10. I'd Just Love To Lay You Down$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Infamy (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 1, 2018*
Infamy is the fifth studio album by the American hip hop duo Mobb Deep, originally released in 2001.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.LP 1
1. Pray For Me (feat. Lil' Mo)
2. Get Away
5. Kill That Nigga (Kill That)
6. My Gats Spitting (feat. The Infamous Mobb)
8. Hey Luv (Anything) (feat. 112)
1. The Learning (Burn) (feat. Noyd)
2. Live Foul
3. Hurt Niggas (Hurt) (feat. Noyd)
4. Get At Me
5. I Won't Fall
7. Nothing Like Home (feat. Littles)
8. There I Go Again (feat. Ron Isley)$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now