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The DriftHe never really went anywhere, but he's back again at the ripe age of 63 anyway. Sounding younger than ever before, Scott Walker's spirit truly soars here. There are a lot of ways you might introduce the stunning and towering singularity of Walker's new work The Drift. As the critic Cynthia Ozick once said of novelist William Gaddis (three novels in thirty years): he may not have been "prolific," but "instead he has been prodigious, gargantuan, exhaustive, subsuming fates and conditions under a hungry logic."
Hungry logic? Oh yes: songs you feel you could almost run a finger along and come away with brick dust or splinters, traces of blood curdled sand. It's the immense and beckoning, blistering noise of The Drift that tells the real story here, but also the microscopic attention to 'background' detail, layer upon layer, quotations, discreet little sonic movies full of scent and chill and bruise, clue and ricochet and close up.
Walker more or less invents a world with each new song, the shock of which being partly that he should treat subjects like this at all, that he should treat us with this immoderate cast: Cossacks framed in mnemonic petals, ill-fated lovers rubbing shoulders like dead moons, Elvis baying in Memphis moonlight, Mussolini hanging like something from a Francis Bacon tarot deck, songs for and from all our Black Septembers, all our German autumns, all the nines, elevens, ones, zeros in a mangle of newspeak.
There are a lot of self-proclaimedly 'experimental' artists clamoring for our attention, but who else gives us so much space in song, yet still a recognizable song, one marked by sex and pity and perplexity and rage, all the while keeping his ego to a bare minimum. Who else allows so many other voices; unlikely, unmoored, unmourned voices, into his songs?
Who else gives us language back as such a shock and surprise, as here, in the incredible risk and wager and crisis of The Drift, hear how sweeps and heaps of gory or holy or horrific confusion and reflection and fall are rendered with so precise and unfaltering and unique an ear, eye and throat, by this man alone, out of time, our first and last and best recording angel, the last Modernist left standing, the only one left alive! Artwork by Vaughan Oliver.LP1
1. Cossacks Are
4. Jolson And Jones
2. Hand Me Ups
5. The Escape
6. A Lover Loves$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
SousedWhen Sunn O))) first approached Scott Walker about
appearing on their 2009 album Monoliths & Dimensions, they didn't know what it would actually lead to.
Four years on, Scott returned with something even
more enticing, collaborating on Soused, a body of work
he was writing with them in mind.
Recorded in London in early 2014 and produced by
Scott Walker and long-time ally Peter Walsh with the
assistance of musical director Mark Warman, Soused is
a 5-track, 50-minute record that cements the status of
both acts' wide-reaching and otherworldly renown.1. Brando
2. Herod 2014
5. Lullaby$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
No one could deny Scott Walker is an unpredictable artist. Once the lead singer for the Walker Brothers (famous for their string laden Sixties defining hits Make It Easy On Yourself and The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore) he released his first solo album Scott in 1967. Eschewing all Pop trends at the time, Walker stepped it up a notch, crooning with a nod to Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and chansonnier Jacques Brel. A pretty bold move indeed, in a time when Pop music sounded psychedelic, bare and up-tempo.
His philosophical lyrics are accompanied by lavishly orchestrated tracks making Scott a wildly interesting listen. His approach paid off: the album reached the Top 3 in Great Britain and was the first in a string of very successful solo albums. One of the songs on this album (The Lady Came from Baltimore) was written by Tim Hardin, whose Bird On A Wire is released on March 4.1. Mathilde
2. Montague Terrace (In Blue)
4. The Lady Came From Baltimore
5. When Joanna Loved Me
6. My Death
7. The Big Hurt
8. Such A Small Love
9. You're Gonna Hear From Me
10. Through A Long And Sleepless Night
11. Always Coming Back To You
12. Amsterdam$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
From Her To EternityNick Cave launched his solo career in style with From Her to Eternity, an accomplished album mixing the frenzy and power of his Birthday Party days with a dank, moody atmosphere that showed he was not interested in simply continuing what the older group had done. To be sure, Mick Harvey joined him from the Party days, as ever playing a variety of instruments, while one-time Party guest Blixa Bargeld now became a permanent Cave partner, splitting his time between the Bad Seeds and Einsturzende Neubaten ever since. The group took wing with a harrowing version of Leonard Cohen's Avalanche, Cave's wracked, buried tones suiting the Canadian legend's words perfectly, and never looked back. From Her to Eternity is crammed with any number of doom-laden songs, with Cave the understandable center of attention, his commanding vocals turning the blues and rural music into theatrical exhibitionism unmatched since Jim Morrison stalked stages. Songs like Cabin Fever, with its steadily paced drumming and relentless piano line, and the more restrained and moody The Moon Is in the Gutter sound like cabarets in hell. In the Ghetto, already perfectly suited to such a treatment, shows the underlying sense of beauty that defines the Seeds as much as drama. Even though it's a Presley cover, the sense of Scott Walker's influence isn't far away at all. The title track is and remains a Bad Seeds classic, played at shows up through the present, a tense piano/organ beginning then accompanied by the edgy build of the band, pounding drums, stabbing feedback and keyboard parts and more.
- Ned Raggett (All Music)1. Avalanche
2. Cabin Fever!
3. Well Of Misery
4. From Her To Eternity
5. Saint Huck
6. Wings Off Flies
7. A Box For Black Paul$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Everything Under The Sun: Japan 1968Live at the Osaka Festival Hall, Japan 1968
Having officially disbanded in late 1967 following a hugely successful career in the UK, The Walker Brothers were persuaded by management to undertake a short tour of Japan together in the opening month of 1968. The songs performed can be described best as a motley collection of numbers from the group's back catalogue, plus a single strike from Scott and a rag-bag selection of covers. That being said, the results prove to be a thoroughly enjoyable live run through both the big hits and some of the finest cuts from the Brothers' four, often underrated, albums together.1. In My Room (Live at the Osaka Festival Hall, Japan 1968)
2. The Lady Came from Baltimore (Live at the Osaka Festival Hall, Japan 1968)
3. Living Above Your Head (Live at the Osaka Festival Hall, Japan 1968)
4. Land of 1000 Dances (Live at the Osaka Festival Hall, Japan 1968)
5. I Need You (Live at the Osaka Festival Hall, Japan 1968)
6. Everything Under the Sun (Live at the Osaka Festival Hall, Japan 1968)
7. Hold on, I'm Comin' (Live at the Osaka Festival Hall, Japan 1968)
8. Reach out I'll Be There (Live at the Osaka Festival Hall, Japan 1968)
9. Make It Easy on Yourself (Live at the Osaka Festival Hall, Japan 1968)
10. Saturday's Child (Live at the Osaka Festival Hall, Japan 1968)
11. Walking in the Rain (Live at the Osaka Festival Hall, Japan 1968)
12. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore (Live at the Osaka Festival Hall, Japan 1968)
13. Turn on Your Love Light (Live at the Osaka Festival Hall, Japan 1968)
14. Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Live at the Osaka Festival Hall, Japan 1968)
15. Message for the Japanese Fans (Live at the Osaka Festival Hall, Japan 1968)$32.99140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Childhood Of A Leader OSTScott Walker's soundtrack to Brady Corbet's dramatic film, The Childhood Of A Leader, is his first OST work since his remarkable score for Pola X in 1999. His dramatic contribution is at the heart of the film, a tense semi-fictional film, inspired by Jean-Paul Sartre's short story of the same name, that follows the complicated formative years of young boy growing in France in 1918 who witnesses the signing of the Treatment of Versailles. Walker continues to work with long-term collaborators Pete Walsh (coproducer) and Mark Warman (orchestra, conductor), and were both involved in the live score performance by an orchestra of 80 that closed Rotterdam Film Festival last month.1. Orchestra Tuning Up
3. Dream Sequence
4. Village Walk
6. Down The Stairs
7. Up The Stairs
8. The Letter
10. Cutting Flowers
11. Boy,Mirror,Car Arriving
12. Third Tantrum
13. Printing Press
14. On The Way To The Meeting
15. The Meeting
16. Post Meeting
18. New Dawn (Synth Layout For Cut Scene)$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Earth Has DoorsFour years ago Wymond Miles, guitar player and songwriter in San Franciscos The Fresh & Onlys, began writing solo material thematically based on the concepts of eschatology, anthroposophy, and Gnostic and Hermetic symbolism. Drawing from a vast musical pool of inspiration, including Scott Walker, Robert Wyatt, Arvo Part, and Nikki Sudden amongst others, Earth Has Doors is Miles first solo release.
These songs concisely yet esoterically document the existential crisis of our current epoch, moving from the nothingness of modern materialism, fragmented reductionist thought, and drug escapism to a world imbued with subjectivity and meaning through a new relationship with the Earth and cosmos as alive and full of inherent intelligence.
Wymond describes his early writing process: For the first time I had a sense of place, and a reverence of humility for my surroundings. I was full of wonder, but I felt very small, and went inward to begin the work of writing. He elaborates, Sonically the mood had to reflect the somberness of moving between the existential chaos of my twenties into this new perspective of living. The mysterious hues of the soundscape reflect a sense of curiosity and possibility in the canyons of sound.
Working in his home studio and using 8 track tape (the infamous Tascam 388), Miles performs almost everything on this record: guitars, synths, bass, drums, manipulated tape delay, and vocals. A few friends played with him, guesting on drums (Hidden Things, Earth Has Doors) and viola (As the Orchard), while his wife Sarah sings some harmonies on side A.1. Hidden Things Are Asking You To Find Them
2. Temples Of Magick
3. As The Orchard Is With Rain
4. Earth Has Doors, Let Them Open$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tindersticks 1A thrilling debut for one of the most original British bands of the '90s. A romantic and elegant chamber pop masterpiece that mixes indie rock forms, the maverick pop song craft of a Lee Hazlewood and/or Van Dyke Parks, and the dark charm and hip romanticism of Ian Curtis, Scott Walker and Leonard Cohen.
While in the U.K. it was named album of the year (1993) by Melody Maker, in the U.S. Rolling Stone wrote: The 1st Tindersticks album draws inspiration from the playful narrative style of producer Lee Hazlewood, the Cinemascope orchestrations of John Barry and the twilight-zone claustrophobia of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. 180 gram vinyl in a gatefold sleeve.1. El Diablo En El Ojo
2. A Night In
3. My Sister
4. Tiny Tears
5. Snowy F# Minor
7. Vertrauen II
8. Talk To Me
9. No More Affairs
11. Travelling Light
12. Cherry Blossoms
13. She's Gone
15. Vertrauen III
16. Sleepy Song$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Nite Flights is the sixth studio album by the American Pop group The Walker Brothers, released in 1978. It includes the haunting single "The Electrician".
Nite Flights was the last album the trio recorded as a group, although the structure of the album, effectively split into 3 sections in which each member writes and sings, has led to both critics and band members describing it as more akin to 3 miniature solo albums than a true group album.
Two songs were by written by Gary Walker while Scott Walker and John Walker each contributed four. The album was recorded in February 1978 in the UK at Scorpio Sound, London. The artwork was designed by Storm Thorgerson's Hipgnosis studios, famed for their Pink Floyd album artwork.1. Shutout
2. Fat Mama Kick
3. Nite Flights
4. The Electrician
5. Death Of Romance
6. Den Haague
7. Rhythms Of Vision
8. Disciples Of Death
9. Fury And The Fire
10. Child Of Flames$36.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lost Legends of Surf GuitarIt's hard to think of a musical style that's more quintessentially American than surf music. Springing up along the California coast in the early 1960s, the surf sound-characterized by wet-sounding guitar reverb that echoed the sound of the sea and pummeling rhythms that emulated the ocean's currents-was originally inspired and nurtured by the culture that surrounded the sport. Despite its provincial origins, the surf genre captured the imagination of teenagers around the world, and spawned a remarkably large body of highly original music, with an emphasis on innovative guitar instrumentals that would influence rock axemen for decades to come.
Much of that vintage surf music was originally released on small regional labels, and many of the acts that created some of the greatest surf music never released more than a handful of singles. Those factors resulted in many original surf classics remaining difficult to obtain in recent years. Sundazed Music, a longstanding champion of vintage surf music, went a long way towards remedying that situation with the release of its CD series Lost Legends of Surf Guitar. The series has been widely recognized for rescuing numerous rare, obscure and/or lesser-known gems from surf music's golden age. Now, the landmark series moves into second gear, progressing into the vinyl format with a pair of double-LP collections, each of which features 28 below-the-radar vintage surf killers.
Lost Legends of Surf Guitar gathers a rousing, roaring assortment of underground surf classics and underappreciated gems by such notable surf combos as the Challengers, the Pyramids, the Tornadoes, Jerry Cole & His Spacemen, the Catalinas, the Centurions, the Essex, the Jesters, the Rhythm Rockers, the Royal Coachmen, the Tandems and Dave Myers and His Surftones, as well as numbers by both the Surfaris and the Original Surfaris! There's also a rarely-heard track by legendary Minnesota surf-garage kings the Trashmen, the out-there Devil Surfer by Scott Engel (who would soon go on to pop stardom and cult acclaim as Scott Walker) and scarce versions of such surf anthems as Jack the Ripper, Point Panic and Moondawg.
This essential collection, meticulously mastered from rare vintage tapes and pressed on high-quality vinyl, is the perfect collection for gremmie and ho-dad alike, so grab this wave and jump head-first into the surf!!!1. LOOPHOLE: The Royal Coachmen
2. BIG NOISE FROM WAIMEA: The Ebb Tides
3. GEAR!: Dave Myers and His Surftones
4. THE BREEZE AND I: Steve and the Emperors
5. FAILSAFE: The Original Surfaris
6. DEVIL SURFER: Scott Engel
7. SHOCKWAVE: Zorba and the Greeks
8. THE RISING SURF: The Tandems
9. CONTACT: The Pyramids
10. SURFS UP: The Original Surfaris
11. CEMETERY STOMP: The Essex
12. THE JESTER: The Jesters
13. REPEATING: The Royal Coachmen
14. PRESSURE: The Pyramids
15. IAN FLEMING THEME: The Menn
16. PRAY FOR SURF: The Essex
17. POINT SURF: The Surf Teens
18. ISHAMATSU: The Centurions
19. EXOTIC: The Original Surfaris
20. BEYOND THE SURF: The Tandems
21. FUGITIVE: Jan Davis
22. JACK THE RIPPER: The Surfaris
23. BANZAI WASHOUT: The Catalinas
24. POINT PANIC: Jerry Cole & His Spacemen
25. BURNING RUBBER: Gene "The Draggin' King" Moles
26. WALK, DON'T RUN: The Trashmen
27. SHOOTIN' BEAVERS: The Tornadoes
28. MOONDAWG: The Rhythm Rockers$36.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Paul's Tomb: A TriumphThree years in the making, Paul's Tomb: A Triumph marks Frog Eyes' thunderous, frantic, fiery return. This is a slow-brewed masterpiece that is unmistakably Frog Eyes, a new album that was very much worth the wait. On this point we feel unassailable: Frog Eyes keeps getting better and better. Frog Eyes are equally informed by Scott Walker and Roxy Music, Nuggets collections and the Everly Brothers. But in truth, Frog Eyes' recordings sound like nothing else but Frog Eyes.1. A Flower In a Glove
2. Sensitive Girls, The
3. Odetta's War
4. Rebel Horns
5. Lear, In the Park
6. Styled By Dr. Roberts
7. Lear In Love
8. Violent Psalms
9. Paul's Tomb$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
RedThe long awaited follow up from the irrepressible Norwegian duo sees both '80s and modern day influences intertwined to create a landmark release. Red is a thoroughly unashamed love letter from Fredrik and musical partner Ketil Mosnes' to the influences that made Datarock what they are today. DEVO, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Haruki Murakami, Don Delillo's White Noise, Scott Walker and the works of John Hughes and Peter Greenaway are all referenced. The duo does a fine balancing act here of sounding both modern and retro, and altogether funny. Highlights include the album's centerpiece and single The Pretender and Amarillion among others.
1. The Blog
2. Give It Up
3. True Stories
6. Do It Your Way
7. In The Red
8. Fear Of Death
10. The Pretender
11. Back In The Seventies
12. Not Me
13. New Days Dawn$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Extended VacationOnce dubbed the rhythm section's revenge by Jim O'Rourke, On Fillmore is back with their most elaborate work, Extended Vacation. The duo is formed by bassist Darin Gray and percussionist Glenn Kotche, who were originally hand-picked by O'Rourke as the rhythm section for his album Eurekaand joined him on several tours and his next two albums. It was in 2000 during a gig at Scott Walker's Meltdown Festival in London while touring with O'Rourke that On Fillmore was conceptualized. Nearly a decade later, the band is stretching the very definition of rhythm section.1. Checking In
2. Master Moon
3. Daydreaming So Early
5. Off the Path
6. Extended Vacation
7. Clearing Out$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tindersticks (2nd Album)Import
First 1000 numbered & limited on colored vinyl
British band Tindersticks formed in 1991, renowned for their orchestral sound and their vocalist Stuart A. Staples' characteristic baritone. Essentially the group combined the dark romanticism of Leonard Cohen, Ian Curtis, and Scott Walker with the song craft of Lee Hazlewood and the aesthetics of indie rock. This is especially apparent on their first few records, such as Tindersticks (II) their second eponymous album.
We release this modern day classic on a 180 gram vinyl double LP accompanied with a 4-page booklet. First 1000 copies numbered and pressed on baby blue vinyl!LP1
1. El Diablo En El Ojo
2. A Night In
3. My Sister
4. Tiny Tears
5. Snowy In F# Minor
7. Vertrauen II
1. Talk To Me
2. No More Affairs
4. Travelling Light
5. Cherry Blossoms
6. She's Gone Strings
8. Vertrauen III
9. Sleepy Song$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Future SongsIncludes CD
Pat Jordache has been making elliptical sparkling waves in Montreal's vibrant noise-pop community for several years now. His band Sister Suvi with Merill Garbus made a fierce but short-lived impact, serving up dense, lo-fi, supercharged complexity and garnering accolades for their Now I Am Champion album.
Future Songs is the bracing result of Pat's isolation; an album of brilliant off-kilter pop, anchored by woozy baritone vocals, angular guitar lines and a gloriously careening approach to rhythm and arrangement. Evoking sounds and sensibilities that encompass David-Baker-era Mercury Rev, Joy Division, Scott Walker and Can, to name just a few, Future Songs was self-released on cassette and went up on Bandcamp in summer of 2010, circulating quickly through Montreal's DIY music community and Tumblr accounts across the continent. While entirely self-recorded, with almost all parts played by Jordache, the material cried out for full band treatment, for which there was no shortage of eager participants.1. Radio Generation
2. Get It
3. Salt On The Fields
4. Phantom Limb
5. Gold Bound
6. Song 4 Arthur
7. The 2-Step
8. UKUUU$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mondo Amore is the sophomore release from American singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins. Her sound is known for its mix of traditional vocal styles and introspective lyrics and has been compared to Roy Orbison and singers from the Brill Building era. The album has its genesis in a time of extreme turbulence for Atkins, a period which saw her parting ways with her former major label, while also dealing with the painful termination of a long-term personal relationship. Additionally, her former backing band abandoned the project a week after they started recording the new album.
Atkins dealt with these changes by creating a more volatile sound than she had ever previously attempted, a sonic approach akin to such influences as Scott Walker and Nick Cave, while also touching on longtime inspirations like the blues and classic '60s psychedelic rock. Features a special guest appearance from My Morning Jacket's Jim James on the song War Is Hell.Side 1
2. Cry Cry Cry
3. Hotel Plaster
4. You Come To Me
5. My Baby Don't Lie
1. This Is For Love
2. You Were The Devil
3. War Is Hell
4. Heavy Boots
5. The Tower$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Cherish The Light YearsRecorded with Chris Coady (Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Cold Caves second album is a tour-de-force of pounding synths and soaring romantic melody. It manages to unite Power, Corruption and Lies-era New Order, late 70s Scott Walker, and the dark stadium pop of mid-period Depeche Mode, with the sensibilities of artists like LCD Soundsystem and The National. Drawing from all these influences, bandleader Wesley Eisold has crafted a tightly wrought, ambitious love letter to New York City. With his deep vocals fully to the fore on every track, Cherish The Light Years is a remarkable progression from 2008s Love Comes Close.
Eisold is backed by diverse associates: Dominick Fernow (Prurient) on electronics, Jennifer Clavin (Mika Miko) on backing vocal and synthesizer, guitarists Tonie Joy (Moss Icon, Universal Order of Armageddon), Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Sean Martin (Hatebreed), bassists Daryl Palumbo (Glassjaw) and Matt Sweeney (Chavez) and drummer Guy Licata (Hercules and Love Affair).1. The Great Pan is Dead
2. Pacing Around the Church
5. Underworld USA
6. Icons of Summer
7. Alchemy and You
8. Burning Sage
9. Villains of the Moon$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The New Hovering DogBJ Cole came to prominence in the early 1970s with the country rock outfit, Cochise. His signature pedal steel playing has marked numerous LPs including ones by T Rex, Elton John (Tumbleweed Connection and Madman Across the Water), Cat Stevens, Bjork, The Verve, Depeche Mode, Beck, Elvis Costello, David Gilmour, Emmylou Harris, Pet Shop Boys, Robert Plant, Scott Walker, and the list goes on. The man Sting once described as "the best pedal steel player in the world" is versed in many styles from pop, rock, jazz to experimental. His versatility is perhaps no better showcased than on his first solo album The New Hovering Dog; it combines poetry with orchestration and electronics with a strong cast of musicians from that era. Originally released in 1972 on United Artists, it is now available again on LP after 40 years, remastered and two bonus tracks added.1. The Regal Progression
2. Now You See Them, Now You Don't
3. The Cold Mountain Mariner
4. Up On The Hill Where They Do The Boogie
5. You're Probably Lost
6. Five Pieces For Steel Guitar & Percussion
7. I Know Now
8. The East Winchley Tango$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Saint BartlettSaint Bartlett opens up with a grandiosity yet unheard on a Damien Jurado album. The album strips away the many layers of paint from the house down the street we know Jurado has occupied for the last decade. The new coat is exhilarating. It makes the whole neighborhood shine. It's a modest grandiosity; still homegrown. The mellotron swells, heavenly handclaps ring in stereo and big drums create a sky for the songs to fly in. And the words. Words spring forth from within the volcano of Jurado, full of hope. There's so much hope, in fact, that album opener Cloudy Shoes turns into a call-and-response with himself, as though it were a dialogue between two halves of himself.
Richard Swift's Spector-esque production is spot-on. He ferries Jurado across theriver, where the metamorphosis occurs. He then ferries him back, and it is through Swift's lens that we see Jurado not as a folk singer, but as a mystic somewhere between Van Morrison, Scott Walker and Wayne Coyne. Saint Bartlett was made entirely at Swift's National Freedom studio in Oregon, in just under a week with only Jurado and Swift as the performers.1. Cloudy Shoes
3. Rachel & Cali
4. Throwing Your Voice
7. Kansas City
10. The Falling Snow
11. Beacon Hill
12. With Lightning In Your Hands$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
"Hadreas unifies his lyrical and musical ambitions
into the most forthright, ornate, lustrous and 'pop'
moment of his career....sounds like triumph. "
- Pitchfork on "Queen" BEST NEW TRACK
"Mike Hadreas doesn't so much accept the crown
as snatch it out from the air." - DIY
"Immeasurably cathartic.... Perfume Genius has
never sounded this furious and confident."
Over the course of two astonishing albums, Perfume
Genius, aka Seattle native Mike Hadreas, cemented
his place as a singer-songwriter of rare frankness,
creating songs that, while achingly emotional, offered
empathy and hope, rather than any judgment or
handwringing. Sparse, gorgeous and with Hadreas'
quavering vocals often only accompanied by piano,
they were uncommonly beautiful tales of a life lived
on the dark side - scarred, brutalised, yet ultimately,
slowly but surely reclaimed.
Too Bright, however, is something else altogether.
Less self-conscious, and less concerned with
storytelling and easily-digested melodies, it is a
brave, bold, unpredictably quixotic exploration
of what Hadreas calls "an underlying rage that
has slowly been growing since ten and has just
begun to bubble up". Recorded with Adrian Utley
of Portishead and featuring John Parish on several
tracks, it is a stunning about-face which brings to
mind audacious career-shift albums like Kate Bush's
The Dreaming or Scott Walker's Tilt, records which
walk the tightrope between pure songwriting and
overt experimentation.1. I Decline
4. No Good
5. My Body
6. Don't Let Them In
9. I'm A Mother
10. Too Bright
11. All Along$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Flying Club CupSince its release in May of 2006, Beirut's internationally celebrated Gulag Orkestar album has soundscanned more than 45,000 copies, and the band has done a tsunami of interviews, photoshoots and features (including NY Times, Spin, Pitchfork, Urb, and Village Voice). This great fervor developed around an album conceived and constructed in a teenager's New Mexico bedroom.
Six months of recording has led to The Flying Club Cup, an homage to France's culture, fashion, history, and music. Two years ago, Zach Condon immersed himself in Balkan folk, absorbed sounds, scales, styles, and the sonic joys of a skeletally structured, cacophonic ensembleoand moved west. Soaking up the likes of Francois Hardy, Charles Aznavour, and, most notably, Jacques Brel (a huge influence on both Scott Walker and Mark E. Smith), Condon has been articulating his conversational French.
Most of the album was created at a nondescript Albuquerque office space, a.k.a. A Hawk and a Hacksaw's practice room; Heather Trost plays violin and viola on three songs. Engineering and production assistance came from Griffin Rodriguez (A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Man Man). He helped separate the many instrumentalists involved in recording, as opposed to Gulag's largely solo flight.The orkestar, which has solidified into a core group of eight members, has grand plans for replicating the album live, and is now an integral part of Beirut's identity. Additional recording was done with Owen Pallet (Final Fantasy) at the Masonic church studio owned by The Arcade Fire.
Within the spectacle and intimacy of The Flying Club Cup, you can hear a love letter to the joie de vivre that defines our existence. Listen closer, and you also hear the emergence of a singular musical talent of Mr. Zachary F. Condon, at present living in Paris-- unbounded by cultural borders and by where his heart travels.
A September-October '07 tour of nice theaters in large U.S. cities is in the planning stages, as are more dates in 2008.
Experience a special series of new Beirut videos at http://flyingclubcup.com
A Call To Arms
A Sunday Smile
Forks And Knives (La Fete)
In The Mausoluem
Un Dernier Verre (Pour La Route)
The Flying Club Cup
Untitled$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-DOM-8114xThe Last Shadow Puppets
The Age of UnderstatementThe Last Shadow Puppets are Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) and Miles Kane (The Rascals). Firm friends ever since the Arctic Monkeys toured with KaneÆs previous group, The Little Flames, the pair were so inspired by listening to the likes of Scott Walker, early Bowie and David Axelrod, that they hatched a plan. The result, The Age of the Understatement, is an album of 12 full-blooded songs, bold and brassy, full of drama, wit and melody, that source the past but avoid falling into pastiche. Both Miles and Alex are 22, and this is a youthful record, full of life and the sheer pleasure of music making. The Last Shadow Puppets recorded the songs at Black Box studios near Nantes, France in two weeks during the summer of 2007, with producer and drummer James Ford. The band then approached Owen Pallett to arrange and conduct the orchestration of the tracks, which were recorded by the 22 piece London Metropolitan Orchestra at British Grove studios in London over Christmas.1. The Age Of The Understatement
2. Standing Next To Me
3. Calm Like You
4. Separate And Ever Deadly
5. The Chamber
6. Only The Truth
7. My Mistakes Were Made For You
8. Black Plant
9. I Don't Like You Anymore
10. In My Room
11. Meeting Place
12. The Time Has Come Again$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Evenin' BluesPart of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions - 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All cut at 33 1/3.
All mastered from the original analog master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at Acoustic Sounds' state-of-the-art pressing plant, Quality Record Pressings, plated by Gary Salstrom
Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock
This relaxed, rather informal August 15, 1963, session is one of Jimmy Witherspoon's rarest and was the only time that the great Arkansas shouter recorded with T-Bone Walker, the Texas-born father of electric blues guitar. In an unusual appearance as a sideman, Walker contributed his trademark brittle-toned solos, obbligatos, and "from the five" intros to a set of tunes that included such standards as "Money's Gettin' Cheaper" (a 'Spoon favorite since he borrowed it from Charles Brown in the late Forties), "How Long Blues," "Good Rockin' Tonight," "Kansas City," and "Don't Let Go." And adding further Texas seasoning was San Antonio saxophonist Clifford Scott, best known for his distinctive solos on "Honky Tonk" and other Bill Doggett hits, who not only played tenor (as the original credits indicate), but blew searing alto on "Grab Me a Freight" and flute on 'Spoon's reading of the haunting title track, a blues ballad previously associated with both Jimmy Rushing and Walker. With Clifford Scott, Bert Kendrix, T-Bone Walker, Clarence Jones and Wayne Robertson.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Money's Gettin' Cheaper
2. Grab Me a Freight
3. Don't Let Go
4. I've Been Treated Wrong
6. Cane River
7. How Long Blues
8. Good Rockin' Tonight
9. Kansas City
10. Drinking Beer$39.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-SEC-4717xBodies Of Water
Twist AgainSince Bodies of Waters last record, 2008s A Certain Feeling, much has happened to them; travels throughout North America in their stalwart motor-home, the departure and arrival of various band members, the unexpected notoriety of core duo David & Merediths crypto-disco trio Music Go Music, and the construction of their drafty yet dependable home studio.
From this milieu has emerged the singular statement that is Twist Again. Recorded and mixed at home by David and (a newly pregnant) Meredith in Highland Park (their northeast L.A. neighborhood), the album is a work out of time. It sounds like no other record of 2011, or maybe any other era. The album seems to have escaped the stamp of the cut & paste digital age, it sounds like people playing music together in a room, which it essentially is.
Since their inception, BoW has performed in various incarnations ranging from two to fifteen people, and the groups extended musical family was drawn upon heavily in seeding Twist Agains sonic landscape with horns, strings, saxophones, percussion, and more. The fuzzed out guitar lines and heavy organs of previous BoW recordings have morphed into a J.C. Vannier inspired stew of buzzing reeds and rich brass. The choral blasts have been replaced by cascades of strings and driving pianos à la Roy Orbison or Ennio Morricone.
From the haunting lullabies Rise Up, Careful and Lights Out Forever to the pathos-anthems Mary, Dont You Weep and Like A Stranger, these are rare sorts of classic melodies, and the arrangements give them room to resonate. Davids shaky baritone (imagine a relaxed Scott Walker) and Merediths clear, tender mezzo-soprano take turns at the head of the band, and join for a duet. This time around, listening is an invitation inside, rather than a challenge to keep up. - Chase Roden1. One Hand Loves the Other
3. Mary, Don't You Weep
4. Open Rhythms
5. Rise Up, Careful
6. Ever With Us
7. Like A Stranger
8. Lights Out Forever
9. New Age Nightmare
10. In Your Thrall Again
11. My Hip Won't Let Me
12. You Knew Me So Well$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now