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Inside Out Your MindWith INSIDE OUT YOUR MIND the Loons have created their most compelling and original album to date. Once described as "a perfect pairing of Love-influenced garage-psych and British underground in the mould of the Pretty Things", the Loons are Mike Stax of Ugly Things Magazine, Anja Stax on bass, Marc Schroeder and Chris Marsteller on guitar, and Mike Kamoo on drums and production.1. Siren City
2. Moon And Tide
3. Inside Out Your Mind
4. Out Of The Frame
5. Cruel Grey Fog
7. My Desolation
8. I Don't Live There Anymore
9. Head In The Clouds
10. Transparent Eyes
11. As The Raven Flies$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sweet Heart Sweet LightFor an artist as consistent as Spiritualized's Jason Spaceman, whose 7th studio album Sweet Heart Sweet Light will see its release on Fat Possum, it's easy to assume that there's a certain effortlessness to the creative process. In fact, the three years since the release of 2008's acclaimed Songs in A&E were some of the roughest imaginable for Jason.
After a near death from double pneumonia in 2005 it was a slow road to recovery, a process he touched upon on with great grace on the last album. His return to full health saw him release Songs in A&E and mount critically lauded performances of his 1997 game-changer Ladies And Gentlemen....We Are Floating In Space on both sides of the Atlantic.
However, shortly after recording Sweet Heart Sweet Light in far flung locales such as Los Angeles, Reykavik and Wales, Jason found himself weakened by a degenerative liver disease and was subjected to six months of chemo treatment, a procedure that left him virtually housebound while he mixed the album.
In a classic case of triumph over tribulation, the resulting album is Spiritualized at their most vibrant; full voiced and utterly sublime. In Jason Spaceman's orbit rock and roll is the salve and listeners will hear all of the epic grandiosity and brain worming melodies for which they're renowned, as well as the gorgeous gospel delium that makes hearing a new Spiritualized album an exhilarating and emotional experience.
"Hey Jane," an energetic 8+ minutes of rousing organ, glittering guitar fuzz and swirling choirs, is first the single and indication that new album Sweet Heart Sweet Light is another epic body of work from the anthemic master. It's been three years in the making for renowned perfectionist Jason Spaceman and the resulting music captured in this first single, showcases them at their most vibrant and sublime.
The album also features a first for Spiritualized: Jason is joined by his 11 year old daughter Poppy Spaceman on the starkly beautiful So Long You Pretty Thing for which she also has a writing credit for the opening couplet. Elsewhere on the album is I Am What I Am which was co-written by Jason and Mac Rebennack aka Dr. John.1. Huh? (Intro)
2. Hey Jane
3. Little Girl
4. Get What You Deserve
5. Too Late
6. Headin' for the Top Now
8. I Am What I Am
10. Life is a Problem
11. So Long You Pretty Thing$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Bowie At The Beeb: The Best Of The BBC Radio Sessions '68-'72Previously released on CD, this is the debut of the Best Of David Bowie's BBC radio sessions from 1968 - 1972 on vinyl. The 39-track 4 LP set comes in a lift off lid box and features a full color 20 page booklet.
This vinyl version features Oh! You Pretty Things from the Sounds Of The 70s Bob Harris session, broadcast in September 1971, which was previously exclusive to the Japanese release of the CD.
This performance features just David and Mick Ronson as a duo.Completely exclusive to this collection, and therefore making its debut, is the once lost The Supermen from the Sounds Of The 70s Andy Ferris session, broadcast in March 1970, and performed by The Hype. This recording was only rediscovered during the research for the original CD set and remained unreleased until now.LP 1
1. In The Heat Of The Morning (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Orchestra
2. London Bye, Ta-Ta (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Orchestra
3. Karma Man (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Orchestra
4. Silly Boy Blue (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Orchestra
5. Let Me Sleep Beside You (2000 Remastered Version)
6. Janine (2000 Remastered Version)
7. Amsterdam (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Trio
8. God Knows I'm Good (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Trio
9. The Width Of A Circle (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Trio
10. Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Trio
1. Cygnet Committee (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Trio
2. Memory Of A Free Festival (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Trio
3. Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Hype
4. The Supermen (2016 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Hype
5. Bombers (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & Friends
6. Looking For A Friend (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & Friends
7. Almost Grown (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & Friends
8. Kooks (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & Friends
9. It Ain't Easy (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & Friends
1. The Supermen (with Mick Ronson) [2000 Remastered Version]
2. Oh! You Pretty Things (with Mick Ronson) [2000 Remastered Version]
3. Eight Line Poem (2000 Remastered Version)
4. Hang On To Yourself (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars
5. Ziggy Stardust (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars
6. Queen Bitch (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars
7. Waiting For The Man (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars
8. Five Years (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars
9. White Light/White Heat (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars
10. Moonage Daydream (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars
1. Hang On To Yourself (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars
2. Suffragette City (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars
3. Ziggy Stardust (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars
4. Starman (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars
5. Space Oddity (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars
6. Changes (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars
7. Oh! You Pretty Things (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars
8. Andy Warhol (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars
9. Lady Stardust (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars
10. Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (2000 Remastered Version) - By David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars$79.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
WARB-FUE-9447xPanic! At The Disco
Pretty. OddFor Panic At The Discos sophomore follow-up to their Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen break-through debut 2005s A Fever You Cant Sweat Out, the band holed up in a Las Vegas studio with renowned producer Rob Mathes. What they created is nothing short of a masterpiece, the 60s pop-inspired Pretty Odd. This time around, the band opted for real instruments and live tracking over Pro Tools software, citing influences as The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan and The Beatles. Guitarist Ryan Ross explains, We want to make music that is simple and timeless and not too pretentious. The band also did additional tracking at the Abbey Road Studio in London, adding a Beatles-esque flavor to their usual Vegas flare. The song lyrics have moved away from the whole one-liner, sarcastic thing says Ross, in favor of more everyday things. Lead single Nine In The Afternoon has the band showing a healthy dose of maturity, having grown as songwriters and instrumentalists.1. We're So Starving
2. Nine In The Afternoon
3. She's A Handsome Woman
4. Do You Know What I'm Seeing?
5. That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)
6. I Have Friends In Holy Spaces
7. Northern Downpour
8. When The Day Met The Night
9. Pas De Cheval
10. The Piano Knows Something I Dont Know
11. Behind The Sea
12. Folkin' Around
13. She Had The World
14. From A Mountain In The Middle Of The Cabins
15. Mad As Rabbits$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
HawkwindHawkwind's 1970 debut album produced with former Pretty Things guitarist Dick Taylor is a perfect introduction to what was going to be a long and peculiar journey. A galactic blues-rock sound rightfully compared to Pink Floyd's early work: hippie rock grooves and interplanetary guitar rides, echoed vocals and nonstop instrumental voyages. In a gatefold sleeve.1. Hurry on Sundown
2. The Reason Is?
3. Be Yourself
4. Paranoia (Part 1)
5. Paranoia (Part 2)
6. Seeing It As You Really Are
7. Mirror of Illusion$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDI-DIR-2064xThe Kneejerk Reactions
The Indestructible Sounds OfThis raw rhythm''n''beat garage-rock''n''roll combo, headed up by the ubiquitous veteran rocker, Sir Bald Diddley (aka Hipbone Slim), delivers super rough, tough and wild mid-'60's inspired sounds that are just about as frantic as a pack of dogs in a lamp post factory. It's British beat at its best, loaded with grab-your-throat guitar riffs, snarling vocals, wailing harp and much maraca shaking -- proper raw-as-you-like freakbeat, inspired by the likes of the Pretty Things, Kinks, Downliners Sect, Them, Birds, Stones, Yardbirds, Jimmy Reed, Sonics ...1. Houdini
2. I Want You To Love Me
3. It's A Jungle Out There
4. Mover And A Shaker
5. Batgirl, I Love You
6. If I Had My Way
7. Give In To Temptation
10. Out Of Reach
11. Out Of Here
12. Habenero$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Coming From RealityBack in 1971, Coming From Reality was Rodriguez's last gasp, the follow-up to Cold Fact and the final album he was allowed to record for the Sussex label. Unearthed, once again, by Light In The Attic Records, it's another treat for fans new and old, designed - at the time - as Rodriguez's vision of a perfect pop album.
Coming From Reality found Rodriguez decamping from Detroit to London's Lansdowne Studios, where the album was recorded with some of the UK's top talent including Chris Spedding (Sex Pistols, Dusty Springfield, Harry Nilsson) and producer Steve Rowland (The Pretty Things, PJ Proby and the man who discovered The Cure), who recalls Coming From Reality as his favourite ever recording project.
Highlights include the super-poppy "To Whom It May Concern", the "Rocky Raccoon"-inspired "A Most Disgusting Song" and period piece "Heikki's Suburbia Bus Tour". The CD reissue also includes three previously unreleased bonus tracks recorded in Detroit in 1972 with Cold Fact collaborators Mike Theodore & Dennis Coffey, representing the last thing they ever did together.
Meanwhile, the Rodriguez story keeps gathering pace. A Swedish documentary company are working on a feature length documentary about the enigmatic performer's life and music, and Rodriguez is planning to bring his live show to the UK and Europe come Spring/Summer 2009, along with further North America touring.
"It's an extraordinary trip," says Rodriguez of his new lease on life. "It feels like Picasso, Monet. All these exciting new thoughts coming at me. It's global. I'm lucky to have this second chance. It's very real and totally unexpected."
Sixto Rodriguez, then. Still coming from reality, and bigger than ever before.1. Climb Up on My Music
2. A Most Disgusting Song
3. I Think of You
4. Heikki's Suburbia Bus Tour
5. Silver Words?
6. Sandrevan Lullaby-Lifestyles
7. To Whom It May Concern
8. It Started Out So Nice
9. Halfway Up the Stairs
10. Cause$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Inside/AbsentJoel Peterson wrote this record without any input from fellow band members. I think it was because of that separation from other people's input that the writing style shifted. I found myself keeping things a little more elemental; steering away from programming, opting for sparser percussion, and keeping instrumentation as minimal as songs could take. The lyrics became a lot more direct and the vocal style kind of followed suit. It just didn't seem appropriate to layer these things that were said in pretty bare, straightforward terms with a ton of effects...I wanted to at least make myself feel something through music, and it seemed that the best way to do that was just to be as real and honest as possible.1. inward
2. this is an introduction
3. burn my body
4. please don't remember this
7. the distance is nearsighted
10. painted boy face$9.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Spirit Electricity: LiveSeeing the legendary Bad Brains live is an incredible experience, and over four separate live albums, the band has never really been able to capture that experience perfectly on record...but Spirit Electricity comes close. Anchored by the bands best reggae song, The Youth Are Getting Restless, which clocks in at nearly eight minutes, the disc captures both sides of Bad Brains -- the punk legends and the lifelong reggae fans...with both sides heavily steeped in Rasta philosophy. A combined reggae cover of The Beatles' Day Tripper and the Rolling Stones' She's a Rainbow is the other gem here. The cover, a live favorite, is yet another example of how distinctive the Bad Brains sound...even if they're playing someone else's music. Guitarist Dr. Know really shines on the reggae songs, using his jazz-fusion background and unique style of rhythm playing to beautify what would otherwise be fairly harsh songs. The punk side of things is pretty righteous as well. The version of their standard Banned in D.C. found here is arguably the best recording the band has ever made, and the one-two punch of Return to Heaven and Let Me Help that kicks off the disc is incredible. Next time the band has a reunion tour (seems to happen every few years), check 'em out. If you can't do that, this is the next best thing. reggae-reviews.com1. Return to Heaven
2. Let Me Help
3. Day Tripper/ Shes a Rainbow
4. Banned in DC
6. Youth are Getting Restless$15.9910 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Custom Printed PVC Plastic Case
Double Metallic Silver Vinyl
Full Color Custom Printed Sleeves
8-Page LP Lyric Booklet
Minneapolis is known for many things - pretty lakes, the Mall of America, lutefisk. But 17 years ago, hip-hop act
Atmosphere transformed the city into something else entirely: a nexus from which underground rap spiraled-out
to the masses. And thanks to the duo's indefatigable touring habits, Top 20-charting albums, and their galvanizing artist-owned label Rhymesayers (MF Doom, Aesop Rock), they're still pushing the boundaries of what indie
rap can mean.
It's with that overachieving-underdog spirit that MC Sean "Slug" Daley and producer Anthony "Ant" Davis have
named Atmosphere's eighth studio album Southsiders (out May 6), a shout-out to their native neighborhood.
Because, says Slug, "We have spent the majority of our career - God, we can call it a career! - repping the
south side of Minneapolis pretty hard."
While Southsiders is a celebration of the group's fortitude, it is also a deeply introspective, and sometimes
conflicted, work. "It's a natural progression from the last record, The Family Sign, which was about growing my
family," says Slug, now a father to three, who finds himself contemplating mortality. "I'm starting to think, 'What is
post-family man? What am I supposed to rap about now?' I'm sticking to my roots, rapping about what I'm
doing, what I think about. This record is - much like the other ones - a very detailed look at my life."
The album captures everything from a blazing, anthemic takedown in "Southsiders," to the ebb-and-flow of loss
in the sauntering "Arthur's Song," to emotional abandon in the rousing "Kanye West." The latter - and its
mantra, "put your hands in the air like you really do care" - is a high-five to the rapper whose emotional
reactions are often misperceived as not caring. Says Slug, "I wanted to write a song about loving something so
much that you submit to the moment.1. Camera Thief
2. Arthur's Song
3. The World Might Not Live Through The Night
4. Star Shaped Heart
5. I Love You Like A Brother
8. Mrs. Interpret
10. Kanye West
11. We Ain't Gonna Die Today
12. My Lady Got Two Men
14. January On Lake Street
15. Let Me Know That You Know What You Want Now$26.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Blood MoneyBlood Money is based on the socio/political play Woyzeck, originally written by a young German poet Georg Buchner as a spare, cinematic piece in 1837 and inspired by the true story of a German soldier who was driven mad by bizarre army medical experiments and infidelity, which led him to murder his lover. Waits, along with wife and collaborator Kathleen Brennan, wrote songs for an avant-garde production of Woyzeck directed by Robert Wilson, which premiered in November 2000 at the Betty Nansen Theater in Copenhagen and went on to win Denmark's version of the Tony for Best Musical. The album careens from the brutal to the tender with assaulting rhythms and romantic melodies. It's a grim musical deposition on the human condition, a dark mortality play where Tin Pan Alley meets the Weimer Republic.Blood Money is flesh and bone, earthbound, said Waits. The songs are rooted in reality: jealousy, rage, the human meat wheel...They are more carnal. I like a beautiful song that tells you terrible things. We all like bad news out of a pretty mouth. I like songs to sound as though they've been aging in a barrel and distressed.1. Misery Is the River
2. Everything Goes to Hell
3. Coney Island Baby
4. All the World Was Green
5. God's Away on Business
6. Another Man's Vine
7. Knife Chase
9. Starving in the Belly of a Whale
10. The Part You Throw Away
13. A Good Man Is Hard to Find$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Only In DreamsOn several levels, Dum Dum Girls second full length Only in Dreams is a great leap forward for a gifted songwriter and an equally gifted band. It's heavy, deeply personal stuff and surely unprecedented for this style of music. The first record was basically the first songs I'd ever written, says band-leader Dee Dee, and I was thinking nostalgically about being a teenager. This record, it was pretty much impossible not to write about very recent, very real things.
Very real things indeed: Dee Dee wrote Hold Your Hand immediately after her mother (the pretty lady on the cover of both the Dum Dum Girls' self-titled 2009 debut EP and their 2010 debut album I Will Be) was diagnosed with what turned out to be a fatal illness, and it's one of several songs on Only in Dreams that unsparingly trace her mom's passing. Other songs spell out the emotional toll of separation from one's lover, something Dee Dee had to deal with while she and her husband (Brandon Welchez of the acclaimed noise-pop band Crocodiles) pursued their own tour schedules.
Only in Dreams more than fulfills the promise of 2011s acclaimed and fast-selling He Gets Me High EP. It retains Dum Dum Girls' signature blend of the girl-gang eyeliner punk of the Shangri-Las, the trashy propulsion of the Cramps, and the moody atmospherics of Mazzy Star, but for the first time, all four Dum Dum Girls play and sing on the album. Now the harmonies have more depth, Jules plays her own distinctive guitar leads, and the Bambi (bass)/Sandy (drums) rhythm section powers the music like a vintage V-8 engine. Best of all, tons of time on the road, including two massively successful headlining tours, have molded Dum Dum Girls into a very formidable rock & roll band, giving the music an undeniable force.
And now that power and glory is showcased by full-on studio production, while I Will Be was recorded at home and modestly spiffed up in a studio by legendary pop maestro Richard Gottehrer (Blondie, Go-Go's), Only in Dreams was recorded at Josh Homme's Pink Duck Studios, and Gottehrer again produced, this time with Sune Rose Wagner from the Raveonettes.
Only in Dreams represents a musical evolution for Dum Dum Girls and a personal one for Dee Dee, and that's no coincidence. I'm for real, she says. We all are. I'm really passionate about this, it's all I know. And maybe we've just grown up a bit, or grown out a bit. There's some weight to what we do, and a pure intent, and I think that comes across on this album.1. Always Looking
2. Bedroom Eyes
3. Just a Creep
4. In My Head
6. Caught in One
7. Coming Down
8. Wasted Away
9. Teardrops on My Pillow
10. Hold Your Hand$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I'm Not The DevilCody Jinks was raised on country music but he cut his teeth on metal. "Metallica was king. They set the tone for me and I spent a good part of my youth wanting to be James Hetfield." After a dedicated stint as a frontman in a thrash metal band, Jinks willingly found himself back to where it all began. "My dad loved the outlaw country icons, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. That never ending consistency of incredible music growing up laid some very deep seeds. I'm mean, come on nothing better than mentally diving into 'The Hag' and metal when it comes time for me to write songs."
Always avoiding trends and ferociously choosing his direction was the only option from day one, even though that very path could have prevented success. "What is success if you can't wake up everyday being who you really are. In the end, that will catch up with you." Jinks has been tested countless times by his career choices. The better part of the last 15 years have included numerous empty bar rooms and a never ending financial loss. "Yeah, I've been pretty good at losing money. Not the greatest feeling in the world to be gone from home for long stretches of time, only to walk in the door broke. Luckily I've got a damn good woman in my life. She has stood by me with unmeasurable strength to say the least and it is an absolute fact that I seriously overplayed my hand when landing her."
His long, dark beard and endless array of tattoos are no fad. They unquestionably define Cody Jinks. His prototypical metal/hard rock band frontman look is not a well orchestrated image, but again, define Cody Jinks. Diving into to his album, I'm Not the Devil is the perpetual truth of who he is and where he has found himself at this point in his career. "I'm just glad that I ended up where I am now," Jinks said. "It makes complete sense that I'm at this place in my life. Country music found me when I was young and chased me down as I grew older"
Jinks' latest project is his deepest, darkest and most provocative album to date, with a metal common denominator, the apocalypse, running throughout the record. "It's a pretty scary time," Jinks said. "There are some evil people running things in the world. It hits me since I have a six and three-year old."
There's not a weightier song than the aptly titled "Heavy Load." It's the most apocalyptic song on the album but the dense cut, with a pretty violin break, is a gorgeous tune. The vocal hook grabs ears when Jinks croons "Train Jumps Tracks Some Time Ago/You Can't Root That Heavy Load." "That was the last song I wrote on the record," Jinks said. "I couldn't be happier how that one turned out."
"All You Can" features a pretty piano line and sobering wordplay. When Jinks belts out 'What Are You Living For," you can't help but think about the serious question posed in what is becoming an increasingly shallow existence. "I was really tired when I wrote that song," Jinks said. "We had been on the road for awhile. The bottom line is that if you're not helping people, you're not doing your job as a human being. It's time to quit feeling sorry for yourself and do something."
One of Jinks' favorite songs on the album is "The Way I Am," a cover of a Merle Haggard classic. "I love that song," Jinks says. "I wrapped it up just before Merle died. The song always resonated with me. I relate to that one since there are times I would rather be out fishing."
"No Words" is a stunner of a gritty, autobiographical love song, which is a throwback to how songs used to be written. It is a tuneful gem, inspired by reality. Jinks starts out dark as night. "My Whole View of the World has Changed/ I Guess that Comes with Age/I Don't Believe there is Good in Every Man Like I Did Back Then/I May Drink More Than I Should/You've Seen Me on the Floor/I Spent my Lifetime in this Cage I Built Around Me." But the song is actually a tip of the hat to his beloved wife of 19 years. "There Aint' No Words/ To Say How Much I Need You/With You Here/ You Make This Life I Lead Worth Living." "It's about my wife," Jinks says. "But the funny thing is that she doesn't like it. She thinks it sounds too sad."
With the title track "I'm Not the Devil," Jinks wakes us all up to the realities of mistakes and the heartfelt desire to be forgiven. "We are all guilty of mistakes and very guilty of pointing out the mistakes of others. Forgiveness feels so much better or so I think."
It's impressive how Jinks is getting his message across. Jinks utilizes space well in his songs. Notes aren't crammed in. Jinks lets his songs breathe. "After all I've experienced, I think I've matured," Jinks says. "I think you can hear it in the music. I've grown up."
Even though he still looks the part of the headbanger he was back in the day, he has moved on. "It's all for the best, Jinks says. "I'm where I was meant to be."
It's all about the music and the fans, who are the fuel that drives Jinks. "They come out night after night giving up hard earned money and precious time to see me play," Jinks says. " It's truly is amazing when you really think about it. The best way I can say thanks is by giving back with effort and gratitude."1. The Same
2. I'm Not the Devil
3. No Guarantees
4. No Words
5. Give All You Can
6. She's All Mine
7. The Way I Am
8. Chase That Song
9. Heavy Load
11. Church at Gaylor Creek
13. Hand Me Down$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The GesturesRunning the table from Pretty Things-fueled punkers to Zombies-like inspired covers of the day to their own brilliant originals, Dale Menten's boys layer cool vocals upon fiery guitar and keyboard workouts. Spotlighting their huge national hit Run Run Run, our set also sports the groups' history, vintage photos/posters and more!1. Hi-Heel Sneakers*
2. I'm Not Mad*
3. Don't Mess Around
4. Run Run Run
5. Things We Said Today*
6. Can I Get A Witness*
7. Long Tall Texan*
8. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying*
9. She Cried*
10. It Seems To Me
11. When Does Linda Cry*
12. Savage World*
14. Things We Said Today (alternate backing track)*
15. I'm Not Mad (version 2)*
16. Stand By Me*
*previously unreleased$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-TEM-6117xExplosions In The Sky
The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead PlaceExplosions in the Sky's second effort takes a more studied, even lush approach to the literate chaos of their 2001 debut. But put on your sad sack thinking cap now, because Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place is a contemplative and heady rush of masterful melancholia. Its six songs are multi-minute, slow motion workouts of gentle electric guitar plucks and subtle/sudden washes of percussion ù they're still instrumental, but as lyrical as anything in the indie rock universe. 'Only Moment We Were Alone' turns on a simple, melancholy guitar figure, the drums shifting from insistent catch-up mode to a studied march built to introduce the next layered crescendo. Explosions in the Sky doesn't shift as suddenly or jarringly on Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place; the quartet has applied more structural predictability this time out, but is still quick about setting the sad butterflies in your stomach to fluttering. 'Memorial' is the album's meditative heart. It begins so quietly, reduced to brittle landscapes of tone. Lightly chiming guitars drift in, like the echoes of church bells off in narrow city streets. Then, like each of the album's movements, it surges forward in a rush, like the overtures of Sonic Youth separated, dried, and ultimately lengthened in the blistering Texas sun. The final blast of distortion and staccato drumming is Earth at full bittersweet bluster. 'Your Hand in Mine' ends things as they began, with a pair of determined guitars picking out a melody that's both pretty and pretty damn heartbreaking.First Breath After Coma
The Only Moment We Were Alone
Six Days At The Bottom Of The Ocean
Your Hand In Mine$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Poorly FormedGet ready to redefine just who the Swingin' Utters are, since they're not a band who's ever made the same record twice. And while the tones and arrangements set this record apart from their recent work, there's still plenty of piss 'n' vinegar along with all the other hallmarks of a great Swingin' Utters record: catchy melodies, diverse instrumentation, and intelligent, heartfelt lyrics. Guitarist Darius Koski describes just what went into this new record:
"Our new record was written pretty quickly, more so than anything we've done in the past. One of the reasons, I think, was that Jack had several songs in various stages of completeness, but once he decided to give Johnny the music, and have Johnny write the lyrics and vocal melody to his instrumentation, things started to fly So there are several of these Johnny/Jack songs on the record (which marks the first songs Jack's written with us). In that way, it was a brand new writing process for us, so it was pretty exciting, and we're really happy with the way all of these songs came out in the end.1. The Librarians Are Hiding Something
3. Stuck In a Circle
4. Pour Beans
5. I'm a Little Bit Country
6. In a Video
7. Poorly Formed
8. Greener Grass
9. Temporary Contemporary
10. A Walk With the Postman
11. Military Barbara Billingsley
12. Dreadlock Dread Reggae
13. The Fake Rat of Dave Navarro
14. Sevita Sing$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
World Painted Blood2009 release from one of the veteran Metal band. Nine studio albums, thousands of live shows and nearly three decades into a career that's made them one of the biggest and most important Metal bands in the world, the members of Slayer know exactly what kind of music they make: brutal but beautiful, punishing yet precise. A fresh Slayer record is a thing of terror but also one of trust: You can depend on what you're getting even if you're unprepared for it. As guitarist Jeff Hanneman says, ''At this point, I think a Slayer album pretty much speaks for itself.''1. World Painted Blood
2. Unit 731
4. Beauty Through Order
5. Hate Worldwide
6. Public Display Of Dismemberment
7. Human Strain
9. Psychopathy Red
10. Playing With Dolls
11. Not Of This God$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Wondrous BughouseWondrous Bughouse, Trevor Powers (Youth Lagoon)'s sophomore album, was spawned from what he describes as becoming more fascinated with the human psyche and where the spiritual meets the physical world. During the time he wrote, Powers became intrigued with the metaphysical universe and blending those ideas with pop music. Youth Lagoon is something so personal to me because writing music is how I sort my thoughts, as well as where I transfer my fears, explains Powers. My mental state is usually pretty sporadic...a lot of this record was influenced by a fear of mortality but embracing it at the same time. Realizing that human life is only great because it is temporary. Experimenting with ideas about dimensions. I'm not a gifted spear, so explaining things is difficult for me. But music always makes sense.1. Through Mind and Back
3. Attic Doctor
4. The Bath
5. Pelican Man
7. Sleep Paralysis
8. Third Dystopia
9. Raspberry Cane
10. Daisyphobia$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Here and Nowhere ElseOn their third full-length, Cleveland-bred outt Cloud Nothings give joy
a hard, sharp edge. I was feeling pretty good about everything so I just
made stuff that made me happy, says founding member and
mild-mannered chief songwriter Dylan Baldi of Here and Nowhere Else.
I had nothing to be angry about really so the approach was more
positive and less 'fuck everything.' I just sat down and played until I
found something that I like, because I was nally in a position to do
Utilizing every possible opportunity to write while on the road for 18
consecutive months following the release of 2012's Attack on Memory,
Baldi presented an album's worth of new material to his bandmates with
just days before they'd enter the studio with esteemed producer John
Congleton. I'm pretty sure every song was written in a different
country, he says. It's the product of only having a couple of minutes
here and there. But Cloud Nothings would enjoy a full week with
Congleton at Water Music in Hoboken, New Jersey, followed by three
days of mixing at his own studio in Dallas shortly thereafter. The result is
Cloud Nothings, rened: impossibly melodic, white-knuckle noise-rock
that shimmers with sumptuous detail, from Baldi's lone, corkscrewing
guitar to his dramatically improved singing to bassist TJ Duke's
piledriving bass lines and drummer Jayson Gerycz's volcanic lls.
It's more subtle, says Baldi. It's not just an in-your-face rock record.
There's more going on. You can listen to a song 20 times and still hear
different little things in there that you didn't notice before. Every time I
listen I notice something that I didn't even realize we did.
It's yet another staggering show of a progress from a songwriter and
band still coming into their own.1. Now Here In
2. Quieter Today
3. Psychic Trauma
4. Just See Fear
5. Giving Into Seeing
6. No Thoughts
7. Pattern Walks
8. I'm Not Part of Me$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SongsAfter the groundswell of adoration for his album debut Life After Defo and the live shows that followed, Deptford Goth returns this Autumn with Songs, his second record of intensely slow-burning gems. Where the former was more affiliated with those seamless blenders of dreamy synth-pop, R&B and soul, Songs adds elements of singer-songwriter tradition to his irresistibly yearning electronica. "It wasn't a conscious decision," says Daniel Woolhouse. "But I've become more accepting of my voice, so it's more prominent now, which led to structuring the songs in a more classic way. I also wanted people to hear the lyrics. It's a process of being more upfront and honest."
Songs' mood is still downbeat but tracks such 'Two Hearts' as 'The Lovers' would suggest he's found more happiness in his life. "Life After Defo had bits of hope hidden inside but this one's definitely more joyous," Daniel agrees. "Instead of closing down I'm opening up and feeling more at peace with myself about certain things."
Songs also bears the mark of its origins. Last year, Daniel left his south-east London flat where he recorded and Life After Defo for a place by the sea. "It's pretty peaceful here," he says. "And more space meant I could develop things a bit more."
As if to underline his singular mission, Songs' artwork echoes that of Life After Defo, being by the same artist, Jordan Kasey. "I wanted a continuation. I wanted something figurative, but that resembled a landscape too. It represents to me a connection between the physical self and it's surroundings, which is one of the album's themes." Over 11 chapters, from dark to light and various points in between, Songs is a unique landscape of the mind, body and soul, and one of 2014's most beautiful.1. Relics
2. Do Exist
3. The Lovers
4. We Symbolise
6. The Loop
7. A Circle
8. Near to a River
10. Two Hearts
11. A Shelter, A Weapon$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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'Preparations' is the first record to be released on Tri Angle by Fis. Based in Wellington, New Zealand, Fis has steadily been building a name for himself on the underground as a producer to keep an eye on. Having already put out a number of very limited edition and very well received releases through a handful of drum and bass oriented labels, 'Preparations' finds Fis at a point in his music making career where he's ready to be introduced to a wider audience and confirm why websites like Resident Advisor have had things like this to say about him in the past; 'A producer that has suddenly appeared, rather fully-formed, doing something completely individual, sounding like absolutely no one else.' It's pretty difficult to explain exactly what Fis sounds like. Drawing upon a rich history of New Zealand customs and periods of heavy meditation for inspiration, Fis's tracks have the ability to completely disorientate and absorb the listener, creating rhythms that constantly seem to be cannibalizing one another. 'Preparations' feels forward thinking in the extreme and yet entirely elemental and strangely ancient.1. Magister Nunns
2. DMT Usher
3. Mildew Swoosh
4. CE Visions$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
All Or Nothin'For her hotly anticipated sophomore album Nashville
songstress Nikki Lane teamed up with Dan Auerbach
of the Black Keys for a record that turns the vulnerable
singer-songwriter stereotype on its ears. With songs
that crucify ex-boyfriends, celebrate one-night stands
(as long as she can bolt town right after) and proclaim
it's "always the right time to do the wrong thing," Lane
comes across like a modern-era Wanda Jackson, albeit
with more oats to sow. "My songs always paint a pretty
clear picture of what's been going on in my life, so this
is one moody record," she says. "There's lots of talk of
misbehaving and moving on."1. Right Time
2. Good Man
3. I Don't Care
4. You Can't Talk To Me Like That
5. Seein' Double
6. Love's On Fire
7. All Or Nothin'
8. Sleep With A Stranger
9. Man Up
10. Out Of My Mind
11. Wild One
12. Want My Heart Back$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Violence and OrchidsNonesuch Records will release Violence and Orchids, the vinyl edition of Michael Daves's new album, Orchids and Violence. The vinyl edition comprises two versions each of five traditional bluegrass tunes: acoustic takes performed with a band of roots-music innovators-bassist Mike Bub, violinist Brittany Haas, mandolinist Sarah Jarosz, and Punch Brothers banjoist Noam Pikelny-paired with electric rock renditions of the same songs played mostly played by Daves, with his wife Jessi Carter playing bass. It's a roots-music master class, a brilliant example of old modes reinhabited with flair, says the New York Times. To his credit, it can be hard to pick which version of a tune is best. The LP includes a download of the complete Orchids and Violence album.
The straightforward interpretations of the songs were recorded live to tape in a 19th-century church by Daves. The second disc was recorded in Daves's home studio and includes bass, drums, and electric guitar, and takes a raw, experimental rock approach to the same old-time material. The album was mixed by Vance Powell (Jack White, Kings of Leon, Danger Mouse).
One of the things I love about bluegrass music is the tension between innovation and tradition, says Daves of the album. When bluegrass came together, it was a fabrication of a variety of influences in American music yet it quickly became something people assume has been around forever. With this project, I can respect and honor the traditional aspects of that but also reflect on the innovative nature of bluegrass music when it was being created, when it was new.
In the early conceptions of the electric record, I was thinking about it as something of a grunge record, but as it developed it became something pretty different, Daves says. Those sounds that were happening in the early nineties were part of my discovering music, what I was absorbing as I was going out on my own as a guitarist and having my own bands. But when I got into making the record it was much more about the fun of exploring new sounds than reconnecting with some musical past. The album followed a period where I hadn't been playing much electric music, so plugging in felt pretty fresh, like discovering something new.1. June Apple (Bluegrass)
2. June Apple (Electric)
3. Drunken Hiccups (Electric)
4. Drunken Hiccups (Bluegrass)
5. The Dirt That You Throw (Bluegrass)
6. Darling Corey (Electric)
7. Darling Corey (Bluegrass)
8. Elzic's Farewell (Bluegrass)
9. Elzic's Farewell (Electric)
10. The Dirt That You Throw (Electric)$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
METZ: II"I look at it like this," METZ frontman Alex Edkins says. "You
start a band, just as something to do, because music's what
makes you tick, the thing you dream about and think about and
that's it. You never think that you'll be able to do it all the time.
But then, for some inexplicable reason, people actually listen
and latch on and the band begins to take on new meaning. All
of a sudden there are expectations and pressure, real or
imagined, to change who you are. It was important to us, when
making this record, not to give in to that pressure."
What happens when a seemingly irresistible force meets an
immovable object is a serviceable metaphor for the music
METZ creates, both live and on record. Now behold II, the
concussive new full-length from what is arguably North
America's finest touring rock band. Written and recorded in
2014, after two years of constant touring behind their rightly
adored self-titled debut, II is METZ at their most true to
form-as pure an expression of what they do as can currently
be committed to tape. The guitars are titanic, the drums
ill-tempered, the vocals chilling, and the volume worrisome.
From the exhilarating grind of "Spit You Out" to the blunt-force
thrills of "Landfill," herein reside 10 songs as uncompromising
in their ferocity and abrasiveness as any collection this record
label has had the pleasure of releasing to date. While the
band's debut was often "clean and clinical," II is what Edkins
describes as a "much heavier, darker, and sloppier" affair, with
many of its roughest edges and ugliest tones kept intact. Its
lyrical matter, Edkins notes, stems from a year of loss and
doubt, of contemplating our relationships with death and the
planet. "I consider myself a pretty massive pessimist, but a
pessimist who knows how lucky he is," he says. "A lot of things
in everyday life drive me crazy: how we relate to each other;
how politics, media, technology, money and medication
influence our lives. This band, in a lot of ways, is an outlet."
What we're left with is the sound of an already monstrous band
improving in both subtle and terrifying ways.1. Acetate
2. The Swimmer
3. Spit You Out
7. Nervous System
8. Wait in Line
9. Eyes Peeled
10. Kicking a Can of Worms$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now