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How Did We Get So Dark?After becoming the biggest breaking British rock band with their self-titled 2014 debut album, Royal Blood's eagerly anticipated second album 'How Did We Get So Dark?' will be released on Warner Bros. Records.
Royal Blood's breakthrough was huge. Their debut album was the fastest-selling British rock debut in three years, hitting #1 in the UK, debuting in the Top 5 on the Billboard 200 Chart in the U.S. and going Top 20 in 12 countries. Before they knew it, they were performing for Howard Stern, touring with Foo Fighters, holding dressing room audiences with Jimmy Page in New York, and being presented with a BRIT for Best British Band in 2015 by the very same guitar god. Their ascendency was further underlined with major awards courtesy of Kerrang!, NME and Q.
The ten tracks that are featured on 'How Did We Get So Dark?' were written in instrumental form during sessions in Brighton, Los Angeles, and Nashville. Always trying to explore ways of stripping their enormous sound back to give it more space and impact, the inspiration for the lyrics came from events in vocalist/bassist Mike Kerr's life since the band first found huge success.
In November 2016, Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher, along with producer Jolyon Thomas, spent six weeks in a studio in Brussels that was decked out like a New York diner and featured a warehouse of antique gear. 'How Did We Get So Dark?' was subsequently completed after a final session in London with their debut album's co-producer Tom Dalgety.
The album's first single 'Lights Out' ups the ante from their debut with a wrecking ball of a groove cemented by Thatcher's thunderous rhythms, while Kerr wrangles the twisted invention of his bass riffs to a whole new level. Their patented two-man artillery of carefully constructed melodic aggression is prevalent throughout, especially in 'I Only Lie When I Love You,' which is a compelling cowbell-assisted reminder of the power of a stop-start riff and a strident chorus. There are times when Royal Blood are more visceral than ever - notably the gargantuan introduction to 'Hook, Line and Sinker'and also the intense denouement that brings 'Look Like You Know' to a close.
While the album finds Royal Blood refining their melodic might, there are other moments that fulfill their aim to create songs that will add new dimensions to their live sets. Adorned with Kerr's falsetto, 'Don't Tell' drops the intensity to mesmerizing effect, while 'Where Are You Now?' pulsates with a bounding energy that's quite a step apart from anything else in their catalog. The Royal Blood palette is also expanded with the inclusion of harmony vocals - something that they didn't use on their debut.1. How Did We Get So Dark?
2. Lights Out
3. I Only Lie When I Love You
4. She's Creeping
5. Look Like You Know
6. Where Are You Now?
7. Don't Tell
8. Hook, Line and Sinker
9. Hole In Your Heart
10. Sleep$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Royal BloodFeaturing their two singles to date - 'Little Monster' and 'Come On Over' - the album is a mixture of anguished vocals, ferocious drumming and bass that provides intricate detail as well as a rumble of rhythm. Royal Blood are the result of a lineage that stretches from present day heroes Queens of the Stone Age to Led Zeppelin, and all the way back to early blues pioneers. Their ferocious attack is the result of just two men - vocalist/bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher.
The album's striking cover art was provided by Dan Hillier, an artist who is acclaimed for his black line work, combining Victorian sensibilities with a fascination for animal and landscape attributes with leanings towards the esoteric.1. Little Monster
2. Out Of The Black
3. Come On Over
4. Figure It Out
5. You Can Be So Cruel
6. Blood Hands
8. Little Monster
9. Loose Change
11. Ten Tonne Skeleton
12. Better Strangers$20.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Head Carrier (Box Set)Limited Edition Box Set Includes Heavyweight 180-Gram 12" Vinyl, CD, Lyrics & Artwork Book
The Pixies are back with their sixth studio album, Head Carrier. This is their first album to feature new bass player, Paz Lenchantin. The album, their second since reuniting, was produced by Tom Dalgety, known for his work with Royal Blood, Opeth, and Band Of Skulls.1. Head Carrier
2. Classic Masher
3. Baal's Back
4. Might As Well Be Gone
7. Tenement Song
8. Bel Esprit
9. All I Think About Now
10. Um Chagga Lagga
11. Plaster Of Paris
12. All The Saints$69.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Mister AsylumHot Pink Colored Vinyl
Debut album Mister Asylum produced and mixed by Joe Hamilton (Black Keys, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits). Band drawing comparisons to Queens of the Stone Age, Royal Blood, Band of Skulls and early Kings of Leon.1. Mister Asylum
4. Bath Salts
5. 23 (feat. Sasha Dobson)
8. F**k Me Up
10. Claudeland$17.99Colored Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Two HandsSince 2008, the Bristish riff-ragers have melted minds with their signature brand of punk rock fury. Their live rituals are the stuff of legend: sound-tracked by the red hot fuzz of crackling speakers & overloaded channels.
After wrapping up a successful last year, which included headlining Live Nation's 'Download Freezes Over' tour as
well as crushing stages with Royal Blood & Death From Above 1979, the quartet are set to unleash 2nd album 'Two Hands' & excitement in the camp is infectious1. Invisible Hand
2. Rabbits Foot
3. Solid Gold
4. American Mirrors
5. Toy Memaha
6. Nine Lives
7. Good Hand
8. MK Ultra
9. Twelve Houses
10. Rich Gift
11. Pale Horse$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
High FidelityOriginal soundtrack to the film High Fidelity (15th Anniversary).
Gen X rock buffs can revel in nostalgia with the High Fidelity soundtrack. The film centers on the romantic escapades of record-store owner and ex-club DJ Rob Gordon (John Cusack) and his full-time obsession with music. Since High Fidelity has as much to do with vinyl addiction as it does with the difficulties of love, great care has been taken with its selection of tracks, a solidly eccentric collection of heartache-heavy pop gems ranging from obscure '60s bands and groundbreaking artists like the Velvet Underground and Bob Dylan, to Stevie Wonder and Stereolab. As in the film, there's a method to the compilers' elitist rock-geek madness. Even co-star Jack Black's schlocky blue-eyed cover of Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On doesn't seem out of place.
The inspired screeches of acid-fried '60s singer-songwriter Roky Erickson's You're Gonna Miss Me set the pace for the musing, hangdog tone of the album. Besides the joyous licks of the Kinks' Everybody's Gonna Be Happy and Royal Trux's hybrid of hip-hip, techno, and aggressive rock on Inside Game, the bulk of the set is composed of moody folk-rock tunes like Dylan's exquisite Most of the Time and the Velvets' Oh! Sweet Nuthin. Other noteworthy tracks include Love's Always See Your Face, the Beta Band's Dry the Rain, Elvis Costello's wistful Shipbuilding, the stinging irony of Smog's Cold Blooded Old Times, and Stevie Wonder's soulful optimism on I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever). It's a fine, complementary batch of tunes that not only enhances the film's mood but is integral to its theme, and, as High Fidelity's Rob Gordon would agree, it'll go down as one of the top five soundtracks [originally] released in 2000. - Derrick Mathis (AllMusic)LP 1
1. You're Gonna Miss Me - The 13th Floor Elevators
2. Everybody's Gonna Be Happy - The Kinks
3. I'm Wrong about Everything - John Wesley Harding
4. Oh! Sweet Nuthin' - The Velvet Underground
5. Always See Your Face - Love
6. Most Of The Time - Bob Dylan
7. Fallen For You - Sheila Nicholls
8. Dry The Rain - The Beta Band
1. Shipbuilding - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
2. Cold Blooded Old Times - Smog
3. Let's Get It On - Jack Black
4. Lo Boob Oscillator - Stereolab
5. Inside Game - Royal Trux
6. Who Loves The Sun - The Velvet Underground
7. I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever) - Stevie Wonder$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Inherent Vice SoundtrackNonesuch will release Jonny Greenwood's soundtrack to Oscar-nominated filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson's new feature film, Inherent Vice). An adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name, Inherent Vice, which will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures in theaters starting on December 12, is set in the tail end of the psychedelic '60s and stars Oscar nominees Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin and Owen Wilson. In addition to nine compositions by Jonny Greenwood, the soundtrack features Spooks, an unreleased Radiohead tune performed by members of Supergrass, as well as other recordings from the movie's era (complete track list follows). Additional performers include The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Neil Young, Can, and The Marketts, among others.
This is the third Anderson film that Greenwood has scored. Their previous collaborations include the critically praised soundtrack for 2007's Academy Award-winning There Will Be Blood and 2012's The Master, both released by Nonesuch. Rolling Stone said of The Master that its visual poetry is matched by Jonny Greenwood's haunting, hypnotic score. The New Yorker described the music as rich and inventive. The Times of London exclaimed: Jonny Greenwood's score is superb. Of the There Will Be Blood score, the Boston Globe noted that the squealing, cicada-like strings of...Popcorn Superhet Receiver masterfully evoke the film's apocalyptic vision of the West.
All Tracks Composed by Jonny Greenwood, except Vitamin C by Michael Karoli, Jaki Liebezeit, Irmin Schmidt, Holger Schuering, and Kenji Suzuki; Here Comes the Ho-Dads, by Joseph Saraceno; Spooks, by Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Philip Selway, and Thom Yorke; Les Fleur, by Richard Rudolph and Charles Stepney; Sukiyaki, by Rokusuke Ei and Hachidai Nakamura; Journey Through the Past, by Neil Young; Simba, by Les Baxter; and Any Day Now, by Burt Bacharach and Bob Hilliard.LP 1
1. Shasta Fay - By Jonny Greenwood
2. Les Fleurs - By Minnie Riperton
3. The Chryskylodon Institute - By Jonny Greenwood
4. Sukiyaki - By Kyu Sakamoto
5. Shasta - By Jonny Greenwood
6. Vitamin C - By Can
7. Meeting Crocker Fenway - By Jonny Greenwood
8. Here Comes the Ho-Dads - By The Marketts
9. Spooks - By Jonny Greenwood
1. Journey Through the Past - By Neil Young
2. Adrian Prussia - By Jonny Greenwood
3. Simba - By Les Baxter
4. Under the Paving-Stones, the Beach! - By Jonny Greenwood
5. Amethyst - By Jonny Greenwood
6. The Golden Fang - By Jonny Greenwood
7. Shasta Fay Hepworth - By Jonny Greenwood
8. Any Day Now - By Chuck Jackson$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now