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ReckoningWhereas Murmur had been complex and painstakingly deliberate, the bands Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe, along with producers Mitch Easter and Don Dixon, saw Reckoning as a chance to turn up the volume, tear up the rule book, and capture instead R.E.M.s on-stage mojo. Features the chart hit So. Central Rain and the college radio anthems Pretty Persuasion, (Don't Go Back To) Rockville and Time After Time (Annelise). Reissued here on audiophile quality 180g vinyl with original packaging.
2. 7 Chinese Bros.
3. So. Central Rain
4. Pretty Persuasion
5. Time After Time (Annelise)
6. Second Guessing
7. Letter Never Sent
9. (Dont Go Back To) Rockville
10. Little America$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Fifth Dimension (Red Vinyl) (Awaiting Repress)Red Colored Vinyl With Gatefold Jacket
The Byrds were truly a gift to rock music fans all over the world. There will never be another collective of superstar talent like The Byrds. Their amazing sound and membership is of legendary proportion, as it truly was shown in 1966 with their brilliant third album Fifth Dimension.
Jam packed with 11 classic rock champions like Eight Miles High, Mr. Spaceman, I See You, Hey Joe and of course the smash title track, Fifth Dimension, making this one of the most important albums ever in classic rock. With the lead vocals and unmistakable 12 string guitar work of Roger McGuinn, the musicianship and lead vocal work of the legendary David Crosby, the solid bass playing and lead vocal work of Chris Hillman, along with the stellar lead vocals of Gene Clark and the hipster Michael Clarke on drums, all of these ingredients made The Byrds a force to reckon with like no other. Cultivating their folk and rock influences into psychedelic electric treasures, their music will forever stand the test of time.1. Fifth Dimension
2. Wild Mountain Thyme
3. Mr. Spaceman
4. I See You
5. Whats Happening?!?!
6. I Come And Stand At Every Door
7. Eight Miles High
8. Hey Joe (where You Gonna Go)
9. Captain Soul
10. John Riley
11. 2-4-2 Fox Trot (The Lear Jet Song)$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The ReckoningThe Reckoning is the follow-up to the South Carolina foursome's acclaimed 2009 album The Outsiders, which debuted in the Top 20 of the Billboard Top 200. The Reckoning is a confident and fresh-sounding collection from a band coming into its own as a world class rock n' roll outfit. Inspired by the dynamics they had developed on the road, the band was determined to capture their on-stage energy and exhilarating live performances, along with their experimental studio ideas, on record. With the arena-ready Drive All Night, the swagger of White Fences and its epic title track, The Reckoning fulfills on the promise of the band's first three albums, offering a powerful and memorable sound that defines the band's ambitions clearly and makes NeedToBreathe one to keep an eye on.LP1
1. Oohs and Ahhs
2. White Fences
3. Drive All Night
4. A Place Only You Can Go
5. Cops (Bonus Track)
7. The Reckoning
1. Maybe They're On To Us
2. Wanted Man
3. Keep Your Eyes Open
4. Tyrant Kings
5. Disaster Road (Bonus Track)
6. Devil's Been Talkin'
7. Angel At My Door
8. Learn To Love$26.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ReckonPolitical. Personal. Poetic. Such is the new album Reckon from one of Canada's most renowned songwriters, Jason Collett. Recorded at Revolution Recording Studios in Toronto, the album was produced by Howie Beck and includes guest appearances by Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas), Basia Bulat, Kevin Drew and Zeus. An 11-song retrospective titled Essential Cuts will be released as a companion to Reckon as a digital download in the vinyl package. Chosen by Jason himself Essential Cuts represent the sense of community that he has always held in such high regard.
There is a poetic serendipity to the fact that Jason Collett started recording Reckon during the same month that Occupy Wall Street began. Not necessarily setting out to make a record with these overtones, his travels and political engagements lead to the subject matter being unavoidable. "The consistent thread throughout this record is loss," he explains. "The love songs are largely emotive reflections of the 'political' songs. All written through the distillation of events since the economic calamity of 2008 and it's insidiously long looming shadow. I've seen first hand the kind of devastation this crisis has wrecked upon much of the world I've toured these last few years. The shut-down-shops and foreclosed homes on the suburban fringes as I've made my way to and from cities I've played. This record is a personal reflection of the crisis we've all witnessed and read about every day in the paper. Calling it Reckon is an acknowledgement of loss ... lost jobs, lost homes, loss of faith in our political and financial institutions and in turn, loss of illusion."
The Essential Cuts album is more or less a family affair featuring everyone from Amy Millan (Stars), Zeus, Feist, Emily Haines (Metric), Bahamas and more as well as production from long time friends Andrew Cash and Howie Beck. Collett reflects, "With a little help from my friends indeed...There is a revolving door cast of characters that make this a sweet selection of the back catalogue. The myriad of producers and players that have graced these recordings are a testament to the blessed incestuousness of the musical family I'm lucky to be part of."Reckon
1. Pacific Blue
2. Jasper Johns' Flag
3. King James Rag
4. Sailor Boy
5. Ask No Questions
6. You're Not The One And Only Lonely One
7. Miss Canada
8. Talk Radio
9. I Wanna Rob A Bank
10. Where Things Go Wrong
11. Song Of The Silver Haired Hippie
12. Black Diamond Girl
13. My Daddy Was A RocknRoller
14. Don't Let The Truth Get To You
15. When The War Came Home
Essential Cuts (Digital Download)
1. Bitter Beauty
2. Blue Sky
3. We All Lose One Another
4. Hangover Days
5. I'll Bring The Sun
6. No Redemption Song
7. Angel Of Kensington
9. Long May You Love
10. Love is a Dirty Word
11. Every Night$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
All That Reckoning (Pre-Order)"It's a deeper and a more complete record than we've ever done before," says
songwriter/guitarist Michael Timmins. "These songs are about reckoning on a
personal level and reckoning on a political level."
In 1988, Cowboy Junkies proved that there was an audience waiting for something quiet,
beautiful and reflective. Their now classic album, The Trinity Session, was like a whisper
that cut through the noise and sold more than a million copies.
For more than 30 years, Cowboy Junkies have remained true to their unique vision,
creating a critically acclaimed body of work that has endeared them to an audience
unwavering in its loyalty.
With their new album, All That Reckoning, the band once again gently shakes the listener
to wake up. Whether commenting on the fragile state of the world or on personal
relationships, this new collection may be the most powerful album Cowboy Junkies have
yet recorded.1. All That Reckoning (Part 1)
2. When We Arrive
3. The Things We Do To Each Other
4. Wooden Stairs
5. Sing Me A Song
6. Mountain Stream
7. Missing Children
8. Shining Teeth
9. Nose Before Ear
10. All That Reckoning (Part 2)
11. The Possessed$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Day Of Reckoning (Picture Disc)30th Anniversary Picture Disc Release Of The Classic 1987 Album Of Influential Doom From The US Heavy Metal Legends
Starting life in the early 1970s, US band Pentagram is one of the most enduring and influential underground bands in Heavy Metal history. Influenced by British bands The Groundhogs & Black Sabbath, their own unique take on Doom Metal has subsequently influenced everyone from Paradise Lost to Cathedral.
Peaceville signed the band in the mid-1990s and released the 3 classic albums, Relentless, Day Of Reckoning & Be Forewarned. 'Day Of Reckoning' is regarded by many fans and critics as these progenitors of Doom's finest hour.1. Day Of Reckoning
2. Evil Seed
3. Broken Vows
4. When The Screams Come
5. Burning Savior
7. Wartime$29.99Vinyl LP Picture Disc - Sealed Buy Now
World Wide FunkPressed On 2x Funkalicious Splatter Vinyl!
Bootsy Collins was born a long, long time ago in a subterranean cavern full of shining dinosaurs deep below the Ohio River.... - Iggy Pop, introduction to World Wide Funk
The funk runs deep and rich on World Wide Funk, Bootsy Collins' first studio album since 2011's Tha Funk Capital of the World. Populated with musical friends old and new, and recorded in his Cincinnati home's Bootzilla Re-hab studio, World Wide Funk marks both a reckoning and significant reboot, if you will, for the Rhinestone Rock Star Monster of a doll baby baba! Blue-chip rappers like Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Quik, Dru Down, and Chuck D, along with guitar shredder Buckethead, join a Bootsy-curated posse of fresh new artists on a record that embraces everything from the classic P-Funk sound Bootsy pioneered to the closest Collins has ever come to radio-active, boots on the ground, friendly fire in a musical-P-rated-adventure.LP 1
1. World Wide Funk (feat. Doug E. Fresh, Buckethead & Alissia Benveniste)
2. Bass-Rigged-System (feat. Victor Wooten, Stanley Clarke, Manou Gallo, Alissia Benveniste & World-Wide-Funkdrive)
3. Pusherman (feat. Dru Down, BlvckSeeds , Mr. Talkbox)
4. Thera-P (feat. Tyshawn Colquitt & Alissia Benveniste)
5. Hot Saucer (feat. Musiq Soulchild & Big Daddy Kane)
6. Heaven Yes
7. Ladies Nite (feat. MC Eiht & BlvckSeeds)
8. Candy Coated Lover (feat. X-Zact, Kali Uchis & World-Wide-Funkdrive)
1. Snow Bunny (feat. Tyshawn Colquitt, Snowbunny & World-Wide-Funkdrive)
2. Hi-On-Heels (feat. October London)
3. A Salute To Bernie (feat. Dr. G. Bernie Worrell)
4. Boomerang (feat. Justin Johnson)
5. Worth My While (feat. Kali Uchis)
6. Come Back Bootsy (feat. Eric Gales, Dennis Chambers & World-Wide-Funkdrive)
7. Illusions (feat. Chuck D, Buckethead & BlvckSeeds)$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Critical EquationI feel like I'm in a totally new band right now, says Dr. Dog guitarist/singer Scott McMicken. It's a bold declaration considering he's been co-fronting the beloved indie outfit for a decade-and-a-half, but it cuts straight to the heart of the intense and transformative experience behind the group's brilliant new album, Critical Equation.
Produced by Gus Seyffert (Beck, Michael Kiwanuka) and their first studio album in three years, Critical Equation is the most infectious and adventurous collection Dr. Dog has laid to tape yet. The record was born from a journey of doubt and discovery, a heavy, sometimes painful reckoning that ultimately brought the band closer together with more strength and clarity than ever before. Call it an existential awakening, call it a dark night of the soul, whatever it was, it fueled one of the most fertile creative periods in the group's history and forced them to confront that timeless question: what do we really want? Reflects bassist/singer Toby Leaman, This band has been at work a long time and this record is about a concerted effort to push ourselves to grow with courage and confidence built upon our history together. That ends up being a renewed testimony of love for ourselves, each other, the work we do together, and the willingness to approach something you know so well with a beginner's innocence."1. Coming Out Of The Darkness
2. Under the Wheels
3. Listening In
4. Virginia Please
5. Buzzing In The Light
6. Critical Equation
7. True Love
8. Heart Killer
10. Go Out Fighting$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
OfferingsIf a Fellini film, a Bosch painting, and a Rorschach drawing had a collective sound, it would be Typhoon's new release. The 14-track record Offeringsis a musical and lyrical excursion into surreal imagery, eerie soundscapes, and an emotionally jarring narrative.
The 70-minute album for Roll Call Records, which is the Portland, Oregon indie rock band's fourth studio album, centers on a fictional man who is losing his memory, and in turn, his sense of self. "I've always been preoccupied with memory, losing memory, and trying to recapture memory. I wanted to explore the questions: What does a person become if they don't know where they came from? What is the essential quality of the person if you strip away all memory?" explains singer/songwriter Kyle Morton.
Motivated in part by his own preoccupation with "losing it," Morton also found a treasure trove of inspiration through various books, art, and film he was immersed in during the writing of this record. "I was watching a lot of David Lynch, and thought a lot about the Christopher Nolan movie, Memento, and Fellini's 8 ½.And there were a lot of books on my nightstand that played into this. It made it's a much darker album for sure," he says.
Offerings is divided into four movements (Floodplains, Flood, Reckoning, and Afterparty) to represent the mental phases the main character goes through where he first realizes that something is wrong, then struggles through the chaos of his situation, and finally moves into acceptance before succumbing to his dreadful fate.
"I wanted this record to be a journey, like Dante's Inferno. It kicks off with 'Wake,' where the character wakes up and he's shitting the bedand doesn't know what's going on. I was going for a specific feel that Samuel Beckett does so well," says Morton, who was reading Beckett's Three Novels, specifically Malloy, while writing the song's lyrics. "Beckett would call it a literature of impoverishment where he'd strip away as much as he could so he could get a feeling of essence and scarcity; that's what I tried to do musically and lyrically here."
Mission accomplished. Morton also masterfully makes a parallel with the character's journey to the state of the world today starting with the second track, "Rorschach," which looks at the age of information and collapse of meaning.
"But, by the third song, 'Empiricist,' there's a regression to the womb where the character is back in his bed at home,talking about his range of motion shrinking. This first movement ends with 'Algernon' [taken from one of Morton's favorite short stories, Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes], where he's constantly awakening and in an interrogation with a woman-who the listener should know is his wife, but he doesn't."
Musically, there is a sense of impending doom and chaos throughout the record that mirrors the character's fear and anxiety. "The claustrophobic feeling of only having the present moment and this sense of repetition is musically mirrored with this looping that runs though the record with a through line of choral parts that give it a darker, creepier feel," says Morton.
To set the right tone for the story, Morton went for a less horns, more guitar approach. "We have a little bit of trumpet on this record and a lot of string arrangements. But we really strayed away from the horn arrangements. I wanted it to be a darker, more intense rock record, so it's very guitar-based. It's going back to my rock roots before Typhoon," says Morton.
The concept of what the main character in the album is going through is also meant as a way of explaining cultural memory loss. "I was also reading historian Timothy Snyder and was inspired by his take on how America is at risk of losing their sense of history. If we haven't learned the lessons of our past, historically, we can't recognize when elements come back to haunt us, which is what's happening right now," he adds.
One choral part ("Down in the floodplains waiting on a cure/ Blessed be the water/ May the water make us pure") was especially inspired by current politics. "I had Steve Bannon in mind quite a bit when I was writing these choral parts because I'm taking on this world view that I don't agree with, which is that the world needs a bloody struggle to reset -bring on the demolishing of order," he says.
The character's downward spiral continues through the album's second movement, Flood, while in the third, Reckoning, comes the absolute-zero moment where the character is ready and willing to let go of life. Reckoning kicks off with "Coverings," which is the first song Morton ever co-wrote with a band member -Shannon Steele, who also sings on it. (Steele lends her vocals to the end of "Bergeron," as well.)
"'Coverings' takes the story into the devil's mansion where all the rooms are the same representing this repeated infinite present with no reference. For me, this is Hell. And, at this point, our character has lost his marbles," he explains.
"At the same time, on the worldly scale," continues Morton, "this is the point where we don't have any public trust and there's no cultural memory, there's just chaos. People are becoming identical in this collapse of meaning and you have no reference. If there is any point to this record it's that -Without reference, you have an interesting concept of infinity, which can be really bad."
As the album comes to a close with the acoustic "Sleep," the character decides that instead of taking part of the chaos, he'd rather sacrifice himself. But there is light at the end of this dark, emotional journey. "The secret track, 'Afterparty,' is where he finds peace and freedom. It's his homecoming. He's on the other side of it now and has found his version of Heaven," says Morton.
It's this level of intricacy in Typhoon's storytelling and musicianship that has helped Typhoon become one of indie rock's most revered bands. Their previous album, White Lighter, hit No. 2 on Billboard's Heatseekers Album Chart and got Best of The Year nods from NPR and Paste.Typhoon has brought their, at times, 11-piece live show on the road alongside indie rock peers The Decemberists, Portugal the Man and Grouplove, and sold out major clubs and venues across America.
Adds Morton of Offerings, "I kind of wanted to make a dystopian record. If it's nothing else, it's that. If I could write my own one-line review, I'd think I'd want people to say, 'It's disturbing and unfortunately correct."1. Wake
14. Sleep$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Dolls of HighlandKyle Craft grew up in a tiny Louisiana town on the
banks of the Mississippi, where he spent most of his
time catching alligators and rattlesnakes instead of
playing football or picking up the guitar. He's not the
product of a musical family, and bands never came
through town. It was only a chance trip to K-Mart that
gave him his first album, a David Bowie hits compilation
that helped inspire him eventually to channel his
innate feral energy into songwriting and rock and roll.
That self-made talent drives every note of Dolls of
Highland, Craft's exhilarating, fearless solo debut.
"This album is the dark corner of a bar," he says. "It's
that feeling at the end of the night when you're
confronted with 'now what?'"
Craft knows the feeling well--Dolls began to take shape
when everything he took for granted was suddenly over,
including an eight-year relationship. "All of a sudden I
was left with just me for the first time in my adult
life," he says. He ventured far away from the ghosts of
his home in Shreveport, Louisiana to make a new life
for himself in Portland, Oregon, living under a friend's
pool table while he demoed new songs and tried to
determine what came next.
The album was tracked at a home studio in Shreveport,
where Craft briefly returned for an intensely-productive
reckoning with his past. "I dedicated the album to
Shreveport and called it Dolls of Highland for all the
girls and ghosts in town who influenced it so strongly."
Craft then returned to Portland, where Brandon
Summers and Benjamin Weikel of The Helio Sequence
helped move the album from its DIY beginnings to a
more fully realized work. Craft played most of the
instruments on the album, and the record captures the
power of his live performance.
And then there's Craft's unforgettable voice - "I'm
fully aware that I have a very abrasive, very loud voice,
but Bob Dylan is the one that taught me to embrace
that," says Craft. Craft's talent and singular creativity
move the conversation into new and unpredictable
places. And this album is very much about moving
forward. "After everything fell apart, it didn't take very
long for me to learn who I was and what I should be
doing," says Craft, who is walking out on the other side
with Dolls of Highland.1. Eye of a Hurricane
4. Lady of the Ark
5. Gloom Girl
6. Trinidad Beach (Before I Ride)
7. Future Midcity Massacre
8. Black Mary
10. Dolls of Highland
11. Jane Beat the Reaper
12. Three Candles$18.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
TravelsIf you've ever desired a Pat Metheny Group greatest hits album, then Travels is for you. Compiled from the group's touring activities in 1982, this double set is a must-have. From the glittering lotus of melody that is "San Lorenzo" to the even more effusive "Phase Dance," the requisite classics are all here. We also get a curtailed, though no less epic, version of "As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls," which here draws out like a long cinematic fade and throws the windows open wide to the band's boggling sonic purview. And one can hardly help but swoon from the dizzying heights reached by this live version of "Are You Going With Me?" Here the studio version seems but a memory on the path to glory, and finds exuberant life in what is perhaps Metheny's best solo on record. An absolute affirmation.
Yet the album's true value comes in the handful of songs exclusive to it. Through these we encounter softer sides of the PMG, each burnished like a different shade of leather. "The Fields, The Sky" is an outstanding place to start. Vasconcelos's unmistakable berimbau threads a supremely melodious backdrop, while Metheny is at once distant and nearby, winding a slow and organic retrograde around the fiery center within. Vasconcelos is also the voice of "Goodbye," a forlorn piece of sonic stationery across which Metheny inscribes a most heartbreaking letter toward a ripple of an ending. This pairs nicely with the title track, a laid-back photograph of Americana that is like a rocking chair on the back porch: lulling, and affording an unobstructed vista.
Similar strains await us in "Farmer's Trust," a slow plunge into an ocean of undriven roads gilded by the whispering of baby birds and the rustling of the leaves that hide them, and in the smoothly paved blacktops of the synth-driven "Extradition" and "Song for Bilbao." Each of these creeps along like wispy clouds over badlands, spun by keyboardist Lyle Mays into sunset. But it isn't all drawl, as drummer Dan Gottlieb proves in the invigorating "Straight On Red," throughout which he provides the perfect springboard for the masterful dialogues of Metheny and Mays.
Travels is what the PMG are all about, and this album shows us the collective at its finest hour. Those hearing the PMG for the first time will want to start with the studio sessions, and especially Offramp, from which Travels was in part drawn. That way, one can appreciate the enthusiasm of the crowds, and get at least a taste of what it must have felt like to be there among them. With a depth and cleanliness of sound that no band can match, the PMG were a force to be reckoned with, but also one so welcoming that reckoning need never have applied. Theirs is a space where nature and nurture shared the same pair of lungs. - Tyran GrilloLP1
1. Are You Going With Me?
2. The Fields, The Sky
4. Phase Dance
5. Straight On Red
6. Farmer's Trust
2. Goin' Ahead/As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls
4. Song For Bilbao
5. San Lorenzo$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Johnny 99 / Bad As MeThe pleasure is all ours in announcing a new Blue Series single from Charleston, SC's own Shovels & Rope. Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent are definitely our favorite inter-gender rock n roll two piece since... well, you know (somewhere Alison Mosshart yells ''WTF?!'')... and we're certainly excited to present this Blue Series single featuring two covers of real life titans of the biz. Side A gives us Shovels & Rope's piano heavy take on Bruce Springsteen's ''Johnny 99'' while the flip is a slinky hip shaking version of Tom Waits' ''Bad As Me''. This is the perfect soundtrack for two doomed souls dancing in the glow of a jukebox in a greasy spoon diner... We reckon Messrs Springsteen and Waits should be mighty proud.1. Johnny 99
2. Bad As Me$6.997 Vinyl Single Buy Now
My Life, My WaySo far we only reissued classic AGNOSTIC FRONT albums from the 80s and early 90s, but we all know this NEW YORK HARDCORE machine cant be stopped and that they are still going strong until this very day! Therefor the next reissue on STRENGTH RECORDS is one of the bands more recent, but certainly not their least records, 2011s MY LIFE, MY WAY! Originally released on NUCLEAR BLAST, the original pressing is already long gone and sold out, with some of the versions selling for top dollar on the known auction sites. We reckon that great music should be available for everyone who wants to hear it for a fair price, and MY LIFE, MY WAY can definitely be classified under great New York hardcore music with modern day classics such as City Streets, Us Against The World, My Way, Until The Day I Die and The Sacrifice!1. City Streets
2. More Than A Memory
3. Us Against The World
4. My Life, My Way
5. Thats Life
6. Self Pride
7. Until The Day I Die
8. Now And Forever
9. The Sacrifice
10. A Mi Manera
11. Your Worst Enemy
12. Empty Dreams
13. Time Has Come$37.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Among The Ghosts (Pre-Order)Release Date: August 3, 2018*
Lucero's ninth studio album, Among the Ghosts, is their first for noted Nashville indie label Thirty Tigers. It was recorded and co-produced with Grammy-winning engineer/producer and Memphis native Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Drive by Truckers) at the historic Sam Phillips Recording Service, the studio built by the legendary producer after outgrowing his Memphis Recording Service/Sun Studio.
Recorded primarily live as a five-piece, Among the Ghosts eschews the Stax-inspired horns and Jerry Lee Lewis-style boogie piano featured on some of the band's past recordings for a streamlined rock & roll sound that pays homage to their seminal influences as it seeks to push that legacy into the future. For a band who carried the torch of the alt-country movement back in the 90's and helped pave the way for what is now called Americana, Lucero have re-discovered what inspired them in the first place. The sound is more their own and at the same time not exactly like anything they've done before. This is a band settling into their craft. The 10-song disc's title is both a tribute to the spirits which roam the streets of their fabled city, as well as the hard road the determinedly independent band set out on 20 years ago. The band played around 200 shows per year for many of those 20 years.
With a nod to his younger brother Jeff Nichols, an acclaimed filmmaker whose movies include Loving, Mud, Take Shelter, Midnight Special, and Shotgun Stories; Nichols has written songs that are cinematic short stories, steeped in Southern gothic lore. There are nods to regional authors like Flannery O'Connor and Faulkner, as well as newer writers like Larry Brown (Big Bad Love, Fay), Ron Rash (The Cove, The World Made Straight), and William Gay (The Long Home).
As the first album he's written since his marriage and the birth of his now two-year-old daughter Izzy, Nichols approached the task as a narrator rather than in first person. It's a dark palette that includes tales of a haunting ("Among the Ghosts"), a drowning ("Bottom of the Sea), a reckoning with the devil ("Everything has Changed"), a divorce ("Always Been You"), and a shoot out ("Cover Me"). And that's just Side A. Side B is a letter from a battlefield ("To My Dearest Wife"), a crime ("Long Way Back Home"), a straight-out rocker ("For the Lonely Ones") and even a spooky spoken-word cameo from actor Michael Shannon, who has appeared in every one of Nichols' brother's films. The song's title "Back to the Night" references a line from Nick Tosches' Jerry Lee Lewis biography, Hellfire. In addition, there's a song Nichols wrote for his brother's movie Loving, which appeared in the film and on the soundtrack, re- recorded for Among the Ghosts with the whole band.
"You could also say there's a rescue, a getaway, a survival story and a middle finger to Satan himself," laughs Nichols. "It's all in your perspective."
Several songs juxtapose going off to battle with a rock & roll band's endless touring, shifting time periods like the spirits which haunt the album, the happiness of domestic bliss undercut with fears of loss and the specter of mortality. Among the Ghosts simultaneously reprises the past and looks to the future, while being firmly anchored in the present.
Musically, the band highlights range from co-founding member Brian Venable's Dire Straits-meets-War on Drugs guitar pyrotechnics in "Bottom of the Sea" and "Cover Me" to the Springsteen vibe of "For the Lonely Ones," Rick Steff's skeletal piano lines on "Always Been You," John C's bass lines in "Everything Has Changed" and "Long Way Back Home," and drummer Roy Berry's dynamic shifts from the powerful and brutal title track "Among the Ghosts" to the marching drive of "To My Dearest Wife" and the subtlety of "Loving." Throughout, Nichols' bourbon-soaked growl has become even more distinctive and commanding.
Among the Ghosts offers a timeless perspective on Lucero's distinctive sound. The lyrics could've been written 200 years ago or yesterday. Representing a new South compared to the one that's been mythologized, Lucero have formulated their own ideas and culture which, in some cases, contradicts what came before them (no Confederate flags), but also updates and reconsiders those traditions in a new light.
"I think we've tried to remake this place that we love and cherish in our own fashion. We are very proud of where we are from and we've spent the last 20 years trying to bring a bit of our version of home to the rest of the world It may have taken 20 years, but everything has fallen in place right where it needs to be," acknowledges Nichols. "There were some dark days in those middle years, but we've learned how to do this and survive. We still write heartbreak songs, but now, with a family at home, it's a whole new kind of heartbreak."
Among the Ghosts lays out that new territory with alacrity, as Lucero shines their Morning Star, burning just as brightly, if not more so, 20 years later. As one of the album's song titles so aptly puts it, "Everything Has Changed," but one thing hasn't Lucero's music remains more vital than ever.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. Among the Ghosts
2. Bottom of the Sea
3. Everything Has Changed
4. Always Been You
5. Cover Me
6. To My Dearest Wife
7. Long Way Back Home
9. Back to the Night
10. For the Lonely Ones$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Speaker Of The Dead (Awaiting Repress)EMMURE have spent their entire career working to prove a point - that they are the real deal and a force to be reckoned with in today's metal scene. With their fourth studip album, Speaker of the Dead, they solidify that point and take their music to yet another new level.
Speaker of the Dead was produced by Joey Sturgis (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, ATTACK ATTACK!, ASKING ALEXANDRIA).1. Children of Cybertron
2. Area 64-66
3. Dogs Get Put Down
4. Demons with Ryu
5. Solar Flare Homicide
6. Eulogy of Giants
7. Bohemian Grove
8. 4 Poisons 3 Words
9. Cries of Credo
10. Last Words to Rose
11. A Voice from Below
12. Drug Dealer Friend
13. My Name Is Thanos
14. Lights Bring Salvation
15. Word of Intulo$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Bad To My WorldBacktrack returns in fullest form with Bad To My World, their first album since 2014's highly successful Lost In Life.
Along with longtime producer Nick Jett (Terror) they entered the Wild Arctic studio to lay down 10 brand new songs
with Dean Baltulonis (Madball, No Warning). Since 2008 Backtrack's been a force to be reckoned with, releasing
records on hardcore's most relevant labels, touring the world, and writing some of the most urgent, honest &
aggressive hardcore music in the last decade.1. War
2. One With You
3. Bad To My World
4. The Deep Is Calling
5. Dead At The Core
8. Crooks Die Slow
9. Never-Ending Web
10. Sanity$14.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Morning After / AlienLP1 Yellow/Red Splatter Vinyl
& LP 2 Blue/Green Splatter Vinyl
The bands third studio album was released in 1988
and was followed by the ALIEN EP the following
year. By now Tankard were a force to be reckoned
with and their name was muttered in the same
breath as their German counterparts Kreator and
Destruction. Continuing with their now signature,
furious thrash and inimitable wit these releases
elevated the band further during the 80's thrash
4. TV hero
6. Try Again
7. The Morning After
9. Feed The Lohocla
10. Help Yourself
11. Mon Cheri
14. 666 Packs
15. Live To Dive
17. (Empty) Tankard$29.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Show No Mercy (Awaiting Repress)1983's Show No Mercy was the album that started it all for the thrash mercanaries and the album ultimately helped inaugerate in the speed and thrash metal movement of the '80s and the extreme metal underground of the '90s. Slayer incorporated the faster, darker elements of Judas Priest and melded it with the punk brutality of Motorhead and its apparent from the the all out assault of the opener Evil Has No Boundaries to the last note of the title track closer that they were a band to be reckoned with. Available here on Limited Edition Splattered Red Colored Vinyl!1. Evil Has No Boundaries
2. The Antichrist
3. Die by the Sword
4. Fight till Death
5. Metal Storm / Face The Slayer
6. Black Magic
8. The Final Command
10. Show No Mercy$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Life! Death! Prizes!SHRAG are bringing analytical attitude to the debased trade of pop and serving it up with bulldozing portions of raw guitar noise Shrag have come a long way from their DIY roots to flourish into a proper indie pop band to be reckoned with.. With an exhilarating blend of dirty, distorted post-punk guitars, shouty boy/girl vocals and fantastic pop songs, Shrag bring us a distinctively British experience, drawing inspiration from the likes of The Au Pairs, B-52s and Prolapse. Whilst their songs have a certain melodic bounce, this belies a darker under-belly, with a wry intelligence, and references to surrealist film, literature and pop culture.1. A Certain Violence
2. Stubborn Or Bust
3. Their Stats
4. Tight In August
5. Ghosts Before Breakfast
6. The Habit Creep
7. Rabbit Kids
9. When We Go Courting
11. More Than Mornings
12. Coda$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
High Top MountainNashville sounds like Nashville again on High Top Mountain, the debut release from singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson. From furious honky-tonk and pre-outlaw country-rocking to spellbinding bluegrass pickin' and emotional balladry, the album serves as a one-stop guide to everything that made real country music such a force to be reckoned with. Pure and uncompromising, devoid of gloss and fakery, High Top Mountain's dozen instant classics evoke the sound of timeless country in its many guises and brings back the lyrical forthrightness and depth that permeated the music Simpson absorbed during his Kentucky childhood1 Life Aint Fair and the World is Mean
2 Railroad of Sin
3 Water in a Well
4 Sitting Here Without You
5 The Storm
6 You Can Have The Crown
7 Time After All
9 Some Days
10 Old King Coal
11 Poor Rambler
12 I'd Have to be Crazy$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Live At Winterland Ballroom in San FranciscoImport
Despite being at the tail end of Quicksilver's career, this live date from Winterland on December 1, 1973 shows that they were still a force to be reckoned with live. Headlining a bill that also featured Cippolina's new project, Copperhead, as well as the Sons Of Champlin, Quicksilver rip through a number of classics from their catalog. Though primarily Valenti's band towards the end, this live set features all of the original members and is a particularly rollicking live effort. Presented here in a deluxe clear vinyl addition with a bonus CD featuring extra tracks.1. Losing Hand
2. What About Me
3. Who Do You Love?
4. Play My Guitar
6. The Hat
CD Bonus Tracks:
1. Jam #1 At The Winterland Ballroom
2. Jam #2 At The Winterland Ballroom$32.99Clear Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Mr. Tambourine Man
The Byrds/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Series Continues!
Their Landmark 1965 Debut Masterpiece In Stereo! Produced By Terry Melcher!
First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Clear Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation
Mastered By Joe Reagoso And Pressed At R.T.I.
The Byrds were truly a gift to rock music fans all over the world. There will never be another
collective of superstar talent like The Byrds. Their amazing sound and membership is of legendary
proportion, and it all started 50 years ago with their brilliant debut album Mr. Tambourine Man.
Jam packed with 12 classic rock champions like I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better, Chimes of Freedom,
All I Really Want to Do and of course the smash title track, Mr. Tambourine Man became one of the
more important albums ever in classic rock.
With the lead vocals and unmistakable 12 string guitar work of Roger McGuinn, the musicianship
and lead vocal work of the legendary David Crosby, the solid bass playing and lead vocal work
of Chris Hillman, along with the stellar lead vocals of Gene Clark and the hipster Michael Clarke on
drums, all of these ingredients made The Byrds a force to reckon with like no other. They turned Bob
Dylan folk classics into psychedelic electric treasures and their own brilliant tunes into rock manna
which will forever stand the test of time.
Friday Music is no stranger to the legendary sound of The Byrds. That is why we are so very
honored to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Clear Vinyl 50th Anniversary Edition of their
debut classic Mr. Tambourine Man.
Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (The Byrds/Jefferson Airplane) for the first time on audiophile
vinyl, The Byrds' Mr. Tambourine Man will truly become one of the most important and historical
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl titles in quite some time.
To celebrate The Byrds 50th Anniversary, we further enhance this limited anniversary edition
with a stunning gatefold cover featuring the original artwork and newly found photos from the lens
of Don Hunstein,as well as being pressed by R.T.I on clear vinyl.
Hey Mr. Tambourine Man!1. Mr. Tambourine Man
2. I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better
3. Spanish Harlem Incident
4. You Won't Have to Cry
5. Here Without You
6. The Bells of Rhymney
7. All I Really Want to Do
8. I Knew I'd Want You
9. It's No Use
10. Don't Doubt Yourself, Babe
11. Chimes of Freedom
12. We'll Meet Again$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Journeys To Glory180 Gram Vinyl
First Pressing Of 1000 Numbered Copies On Transparent Vinyl
Journeys To Glory is the first studio album by Spandau Ballet. When it was released in 1981, the album was considered fresh, bold, and even somewhat avant-garde. Many fans feel that the spare, drum-led, Funk-undertones are more original than the group's later Soul-influenced recordings.
Several of their New Romantic contemporaries (Ultravox, Duran Duran, Visage), were musically quite credible. Spandau Ballet proved at a very young age they were a force to be reckoned with. Songs like To Cut A Long Story Short and Musclebound are the album's highlights.1. To Cut A Long Story Short
4. Muscle Bound
5. Age Of Blows
6. The Freeze
8. Toys$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Boys For Pele (Remastered)To celebrate the pivotal album's 20-year anniversary, Rhino will release a deluxe edition of Boys For Pele featuring a newly remastered version of the original, along with 21 bonus tracks that include: a selection of B-sides, rare recordings, and four previously unreleased tracks.
One of the most successful and influential artists of her generation, Tori Amos is as much a force to be reckoned with today as when she released her first solo album Little Earthquakes over 2 decades ago. Eschewing the trends of the time, the prodigious chanteuse touched millions deeply with her arresting melodies, riveting stage presence and personal & honest lyrics.LP 1
1. Beauty Queen / Horses (Remastered)
2. Blood Roses (Remastered)
3. Father Lucifer (Remastered)
4. Professional Widow (Remastered)
5. Mr. Zebra (Remastered)
6. Marianne (Remastered)
7. Caught A Lite Sneeze (Remastered)
8. Muhammad My Friend (Remastered)
9. Hey Jupiter (Remastered)
1. Way Down (Remastered)
2. Little Amsterdam (Remastered)
3. Talula (Remastered)
4. Not The Red Baron (Remastered)
5. Agent Orange (Remastered)
6. Doughnut Song (Remastered)
7. In The Springtime Of His Voodoo (Remastered)
8. Putting The Damage On (Remastered)
9. Twinkle (Remastered)$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now