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2131 South Michigan Avenue: 60's Garage And Psychedelia From USA And Destination RecordsThough the 60s garage band explosion was felt in every corner ofthe country, the local uprising of talent in Chicago thrived unlike anywhere else. The Windy City had the perfect infrastructure in place; from a booming population of teenagers, to hip music stores in every suburb, a proliferation of teen clubs willing to take their money, and a powerhouse radio station (WLS) equally up to promoting local bands. When it came to giving local groups a shot at 45 rpm fame, no Chicago labelnot even the hallowed Dunwich Recordswas more prolific than USA Records. USAs Jim Golden was such a strong supporter of Midwest talent that he started up a second label focused solely in this area, Destination Records.
A quarter century into the CD age, its hard to believe these pivotal labels have never been properly anthologized. Until now, that is! Sundazed once again arrives to the rescue with an exhaustive dive into the pure, undiluted garage side of USA and Destination Records; tapping into everything from priceless artifacts from the Lost Agency, the Foggy Notions, and Park Avenue Playground to label hitmakers the Buckinghams, the Cryan Shames, and the Flock at their most rockin. Theres so much impossibly great music on these labels, we had to expand this collection to 40 tracks.
The album artwork is stuffed with rare photos, band bios, and an interview with the legendary Jim Golden. For a full course of Chicago 66 garage at its finest, look no further than 2131 South Michigan Avenue: 60s Garage & Psychedelia from USA and Destination Records!1. The Lost Agency - One Girl Man
2. The Shady Daze - I'll Make You Play
3. Oscar and the Majestics - Got to Have Your Lovin'
4. The Foggy Notions - Take Me Back and Hold Me
5. Lord and the Flies - Echoes
6. The Messengers - Mignight Hour
7. Ronnie Ross and the Good Guys - If You Ever Go
8. Oscar and the Majestics - Soul Finger
9. The Jokers - I'll Never Let You Go
10. The Sheffields - Do You Still Love Me
11. The Great Society - I'm the One for You
12. The Cryan' Shames - Ben Franklin's Almanac
13. The Foggy Notions - Need a Little Lovin'
14. Oscar and the Majestics - I Can't Explain
15. The Buckinghams - Don't Want to Cry
16. The Boyz - Come With Me
17. The Cryan' Shames- You're Gonna Lose That Girl
18. The Cherry Slush - I Cannot Stop You
19. The Lost Agency - Time to Dream
20. The Buckinghams - Radio Spot
21. The Counts - Stop Cheating on Me
22. Trafalgar Square - Till the End of the Day
23. The Boyz - Hard Times All Over
24. Lord and the Flies - You Made a Fool of Me
25. The Richochettes - I Don't Want You
26. The Messengers - Hard Hard Year
27. Oscar and the Majestics - No Chance Baby
28. The Jokers - What'cha Gonna' Do
29. Gary and the Knight Lites - I Don't Need Your Help
30. The Flock - Are You the Kind
31. The Daughters of Eve - Help Me Boy
32. The Buckinghams - I'm A Man
33. Oscar and the Majestics - My Girl Is Waiting
34. Michael and the Messengers - Lifs (Don't Mean Nothin')
35. Park Avenue Playground - The Trip
36. Park Avenue Playground - I Know
37. The Cherry Slush - Gotta Take It Easy
38. The Flock - What Would You Do If the Sun Died
39. The Lost Agency - Time to Dream (alternate vocal)
40. The Daughters of Eve - Radio Spot$47.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Construction Time AgainThe full addition of Alan Wilder to Depeche Mode's lineup created a perfect troika that would last another 11 years, as the combination of Martin Gore's songwriting, Wilder's arranging, and David Gahan's singing and live star power resulted in an ever more compelling series of albums and singles. Right from the album's first song, Love in Itself, something is clearly up; Depeche never sounded quite so thick with its sound before, with synths arranged into a mini-orchestra/horn section and real piano and acoustic guitar spliced in at strategic points. Two tracks later, Pipeline offers the first clear hint of an increasing industrial influence (the bandmembers were early fans of EinstÜrzende Neubauten), with clattering metal samples and oddly chain gang-like lyrics and vocals. The album's clear highlight has to be Everything Counts, a live staple for years, combining a deceptively simple, ironic lyric about the music business with a perfectly catchy but unusually arranged blending of more metallic scraping samples and melodica amid even more forceful funk/hip-hop beats. Elsewhere, on Shame and Told You So, Gore's lyrics start taking on more of the obsessive personal relationship studies that would soon dominate his writing. Wilder's own songwriting contributions are fine musically, but lyrically, preachy puts it mildly, especially the environment-friendly The Landscape Is Changing.
- Ned Raggett (All Music Guide)1. Love, In Itself
2. More Than A Party
4. Everything Counts
5. Two Minute Warning
7. The Landscape Is Changing
8. Told You So
9. And Then...
10. Everything Counts (Long Version)$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Shame ShameThere was this feeling inside me going into making this record that we'd never made an album before, says guitarist/vocalist Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog's Shame, Shame, their Anti-debut and the first album made outside the safe confines of their home studio. Having evolved from a band whose primary creative outlet was the album making process into one that favored the energy of their live performances, they knew they wanted to document the new dynamic they had developed on the road. Producer Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith) was brought in to help peel back the intricate arrangements of last album Fate to reveal the raw immediacy of a tight five-man unit honing their craft.
Dr. Dog has created a song cycle of doubt and despair, bookended with the woozily swirling harmonies of Leaman's lonely opener Stranger and the harsh self-critique of the title track, a gnarled admission that sometimes it's best to admit your mistakes and move on. Their most openly autobiographical release, ranging from McMicken's exploration of West Philly underlife in Shadow People to his account of two soul-bearing late night conversations in Jackie Wants a Black Eye, Shame, Shame is an album whose dark themes are soothed by bright harmonies, taut guitar riffs, and soaring melodies. Shame, Shame is the release that will announce Dr. Dog to a wider world, a world waiting for the timeless songwriting and melodies of their finest album.1. Stranger
2. Shadow People
4. Unbearable Why
5. Where'd All the Time Go?
7. I Only Wear Blue
9. Mirror, Mirror
10. Jackie Wants a Black Eye
11. Shame, Shame$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lily Allen's No Shame is her fourth studio album and the follow-up to 2014's Sheezus. No Shame features the singles Higher and Three and is set for release via Parlophone/Warner Bros. Records.1. Come On Then
2. Trigger Bang (feat. Giggs)
3. What You Waiting For
4. Your Choice (feat. Burna Boy)
5. Lost My Mind
7. Family Man
10. Everything to Feel Something
11. Waste (feat. Lady Chann)
12. My One
13. Pushing Up Daisies
14. Cake$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Walk Of ShameWalk Of Shame is the debut album from IAMSOUND recording artist Nikki Lane. Throughout the 12-song set, Lane weaves in and out of ballads of heartache, one-night stands, leaving, lust and longing. She plays the rambler and sometimes drunkard with such an ardent aptitude shed fit right in alongside classic country icons like Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton. Walk Of Shame was produced by David Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Shooter Jennings, Secret Sisters) and Lewis Pesacov of Fool's Gold (Best Coast).1. Lies
2. Walk of Shame
3. Coming Home to You
4. Gone, Gone, Gone
5. Sleep For You
6. Look Away
7. Hard Livin'
8. Save You
9. Come Away Joe
10. Blue Star In The Sky
11. I Can't Be Satisfied
12. 30 Days In (vinyl only bonus track)$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
My Shame Is TrueCult punk rock heroes, Alkaline Trio return with My Shame Is True, their most dynamic album to date. Recorded with Bill Stevenson of punk legends The Descendents and Black Flag and with Jason Livermore at the producers' Blasting Room Studios in Colorado, My Shame Is True pushes the band into new musical terrain while embracing their classic Trio sound. The album contains 40 minutes of passionate punk-filled rock that showcases guitarist/vocalist Matt Skiba, bassist/vocalist Dan Andriano and drummer Derek Grant at their absolute best.
We're very proud of it," says Matt Skiba. "Once we got in the studio, the songs really took on a shape of their own." From the album's first melodic opener "She Lied To The FBI" to the first single, " I Wanna Be A Warhol" the Trio waste no time setting the tone for their energetic, hook-filled, eighth studio album. For the first time ever on an Alkaline Trio record, My Shame Is True finds a guest appearance from Rise Against's Tim Mcllarth on rousing punk rock anthem, "I , Pessimist", while songs like "I'm Only Here to Disappoint" and album closer, "Till Death Do Is Part" remind fans of classic Trio, with stellar song-writing and catchy choruses.
Determined to never make the same record twice, Alkaline Trio have preserved the most electric elements of their collaborative songwriting abilities while pushing ahead creatively and as a band. With multiple world tours, numerous chart successes, and over fifteen years under their belt, the dark punk trio have cemented their legacy with My Shame Is True. It's never been about being rich or famous," continues Skiba. "We always wanted to have the band be our career to have that longevity that should be the goal. We are going to do it until it stops being fun. If it ever feels like a job, why would you be involved in the arts at all? We have the right chemistry as a band and with crowds, big or small. We have community within a community."1. She Lied To The FBI
2. I Wanna Be A Warhol
3. I'm Only Here To Disappoint
4. Kiss You To Death
5. The Temptation Of St. Anthony
6. I, Pessimist
7. Only Love
8. The Torture Doctor
9. Midnight Blue
10. One Last Dance
11. Young Lovers
12. Until Death Do Us Part$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
It's A Shame About Gemma RayPop-noir songstress Gemma Ray releases the results of impromptu sessions with Matt Verta-Ray (of Madder Rose, Speedball Baby, Heavy Trash) at his New York studio over the 2009/2010 New Year period. Ray laid down a series of haunting hypnotic versions of her favorite tracks ranging from Etta James to Sonic Youth via Lee Hazlewood, Mudhoney and Buddy Holly.1. Put The Bolt In The Door
2. I'd Rather Be Your Enemy
3. Ghost On The Highway
5. Touch Me, I'm Sick
6. Just Because
9. Rosemary's Baby vs Drunken Butterfly
10. Bei Mir Bist Du Shein
11. Big Spender
12. Looking The World Over
13. Only To Other People
14. I'd Rather Go Blind
15. I'm Gonna Lock My Heart
16. I've Got A Crush On You$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
No Regrets No Shame: The Bridge Nine YearsThis LP/DVD package captures legendary modern hardcore band Terror in their beginning stages with never-before-seen interviews and performances from their most popular career-defining album, Lowest of the Low. Filmed back in January of 2003, Terror performed at the Showcase Theater in Corona, CA and the footage was captured by then new filmmaker Ian McFarland (now of the established Killswitch Productions).
This footage has been sitting in a vault at Bridge Nine for the last nine years and is finally assembled to see the light of day. With heart-stopping stagedives, sing-a-longs and unparalleled energy from the band, No Regrets No Shame captures Terror at their inception and in their glory days.
LP features a remastered 9-song set from the Showcase Theater performance of material from Lowest of the Low while the DVD includes live performances of the tracks and bonus features like the Push It Away music video and a full set from Terror's Headline Records in-store performance from the same time frame. A must have for any modern-day hardcore fan!1. Another Face
2. What Have We Done
3. Keep Your Distance
4. Better Off Without You
5. Nothing To Me
6. Don't Need Your Help
7. Push It Away
8. Life and Death
9. Lowest of the Low$14.99Vinyl LP + DVD - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-EPI-7917xFrom First To Last
HeroineFirst Time On Vinyl
Heroine is the second studio album by American post-hardcore band From First to Last. It was originally released on March 21, 2006, through Epitaph Records. It peaked at number 25 on the Billboard 200, selling more than 33,000 copies within its first week. It is the band's highest-selling album and has sold more than 232,000 copies as of April 2008. The album has spawned two singles:The Latest Plague and Shame Shame.1. Mothersound
2. The Latest Plague
3. ...And We All Have A Hell
5. World War Me
6. Shame Shame
7. The Crows Are Coming For Us
8. The Levy
9. Goodbye Waves
10. Waltz More
11. Heroine$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-BLU-3034xGranchan Moncur III
Part Of The Blue Note 75 Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign
With such an inventive debut, it's a shame Moncur didn't record more as a leader, which makes Evolution an even more important item for fans of Blue Note's avant-garde to track down.
- Steve Huey (All Music)1. Air Raid
4. Monk in Wonderland$19.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
180g Double LP Audiophile Pressing By Pallas
Exclusive Blue Color Vinyl
Matte Triple Gatefold Jacket With 11x22 Insert
Remastered From The Highest Quality 16/44.1khz Recordings And Mastered At 33 1/3 RPM By Kevin Gray
Includes Bonus Track, Shame
Giving Jimmy Eat World's Futures the full SRCHIFI treatment includes audiophile-level pressing and premium packaging providing fans with a genuine experience. Mastered by audiophile engineer, Kevin Gray, and pressed as a 180 gram 33 1/3 RPM double vinyl by Pallas in Germany, the album includes the vinyl bonus track, Shame. Futures art will be displayed to its full capacity throughout a matte triple panel gatefold jacket with spot UV and accompanied by an 11 x 22 insert.1. Futures
2. Just Tonight...
5. The World You Love
7. Drugs or Me
10. Night Drive
12. Shame (Bonus Track)$35.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Buy Now
Claw"Time to slow down, drink the beauty and feel no shame if a tear appears." - Edward Ka-spel, Legendary Pink Dots
Now available on vinyl! DAMA/LIBRA is the enthralling new collaboration between two revered veterans of the national indie and avant rock scenes, Joel RL Phelps (formerly of underground rock legends, Silkworm, and currently working with his own band, The Downer Trio) and G. Stuart Dahlquist (formerly of doom metal progenitors, Burning Witch/SunnO))), and currently of Asva). They are proud to be releasing their first full-length album as a duo, Claw, on Northern Spy Records in summer 2014. Combining the unique talents of both artists, Claw is a pronouncement of lush composition - teeming with a quiet intensity, subtle beauty, and pulsating with moments of raw, emotional catharsis.1. Moonshine And Lion
3. Boy, Dock
4. The Chant
5. Been To The Water
7. Death Rattle
9. Only Medicine
10. Thine$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Vobiscum SatanasVobiscum Satanas is Dark Funeral's second full-length album.
This is black metal played in it's most extreme form. What else to say about this release of a pure holocaust! Featured here on this lineup is Emperor Magus Caligula on vocals/bass, Lord Ahriman on guitars, Typhos on guitars and Alzazmon on drums. They have gone through several lineup changes over the years but that hasn't stopped them from producing black metal to its mightiest extreme. It's a shame that this is only a little bit over 35 minutes in length.
The music itself features guitars playing at utterly spell bounding tempos most of the whole way through this release. Not too much variety there but that doesn't take away from the power the album exhibits. Also, the guitars on this release were tuned down to E-Flat which is the tuning they have always used since their first release The Secret Of The Black Arts. The blast beating drums is featured on this entire release except for a few slower tempos but not that many. Also, some drums that contain fast double bass but it isn't prevalent throughout this whole release. The guitars contain tremolo picking almost through every track. It doesn't really change much here because I think their focus was to pound out some seriously evil sounds. They succeeded too by using minor chord progressions all throughout the album! This is about as dark as it gets.
- MethylinInfo (Metal Archives)1. Ravenna Strigoi Morti
2. Enriched By Evil
3. Thy Legions Come
4. Evil Prevail
5. Slava Satan
6. The Black Winged Horde
7. Vobiscum Satanas
8. Ineffable King Of Darkness
9. Live In Hultsfred Enriched By Evil
10. Live In Hultsfred They Legions Come
11. Live In Hultsfred Vobiscum Satanas
12. Live In Hultsfred Ineffable Kingof Darkness$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bags And TraneMastered from the Original Master Tapes
The Only Full-Album Collaboration Between Iconic Vibraphonist and Definitive Saxophonist
Featuring Pianist Hank Jones, Bassist Paul Chambers, and Drummer Connie Kay
It's a shame more classic hard-boppers weren't unified for multiple collaborations. Vibraphonist Milt Jackson and saxophone virtuoso John Coltrane recorded just once together, and this 1959 date makes one wish they reunited for several return engagements. Lighthearted, upbeat, and joyously fluid, Bags & Trane plays like a private after-hours session of friends hanging back and toying with the music.
In collaborating with pianist Hank Jones, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Connie Kay, the headliners go for broke, expanding the parameters of two Jackson originals as well as three standards, including Dizzy Gillespie's Be-Bop and the staple The Night We Called It a Day. Upbeat tempos and spirited interplay pulses throughout.
Mastered from the original master tapes, ORG Music's reissue presents this heralded release in exacting sound, with the instruments given full range and true-to-life imaging that takes you right into New York City's Atlantic Recording Studios when the pieces were recorded in January 1959. What a delight!1. Bags & Trane
2. Three Little Words
3. The Night We Called It a Day
5. The Late Blues$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
HoneysVinyl LP comes with a digital download code inside the sleeve.
Age and experience have, however, refined Pissed Jeans. Their ideas and execution have become more subtly focused. The songs on Honeys are direct without being obtuse, evocative without being vague, personal without being indulgent. They also rock like nobody's business. Forget all the claptrap you've heard about other bands delivering the goods. If you want bloodthirsty, you've got it At times Honeys is the sound of being bashed over the head with a snow shovel. At times the band slows down and sounds like waking from a nightmare you can't quite remember. The songs are catchy, but in a way that would appeal to mental patients who only understand colors.
Honeys stews on the kind of mundane, niggling things that keep you up late at night. It's an ode to the misery and shackles of being a responsible adult, and the shame of one's own narcissism. Pissed Jeans trucks in menacing songs about insecurity, and nobody has ever done it better.1. Bathroom Laughter
2. Chain Worker
3. Romanticize Me
4. Vain in Costume
5. You're Different (In Person)
6. Cafeteria Food
7. Something About Mrs. Johnson
8. Male Gaze
9. Cat House
11. Health Plan
12. Teenage Adult$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mechanical BullAfter three years of touring and working on other
projects, Kings of Leon are set to release their sixth studio album, Mechanical Bull. The album, recorded at the band's studio in Nashville, TN, was produced by longtime Kings of Leon collaborator Angelo Petraglia.
Kings Of Leon have said that making 'Mechanical Bull' helped them fall in love with being a band again. Frontman Caleb Followill said: It feels like it's a shame that we waited so long to do it. We can go in there and rehearse or goof off.
His bandmate, Matthew, added: The pressure was really off of us on this last one. We were our own bosses. There were no bills because we bought the studio ourselves, there was no timeframe when it had to be done by. Us being able to take a break, we kind of got to fall back in love with what we loved about it in the first place, which was picking up your instruments and and playing and smiling onstage and actually having fun, and not feeling like it's a job.
Bassist Jared Followill told NME in March of 2013: I thought we were going to make a really mature album but I'm amazed how youthful it sounds.LP 1
2. Rock City
3. Don't Matter
4. Beautiful War
1. Wait For Me
2. Family Tree
3. Comeback Story
5. Coming Back Again
6. On The Chin$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Deep In The IrisBraids are a three-piece experimental pop band from Montreal. To record their third album, Deep In The Iris, Braids decamped to a series of retreats in the mountains of Arizona, Vermont, and upstate New York. Surrounded by nature in all its warm vitality, the longtime bandmates strove to shed the fabric of their day to day relationships, being bare and vulnerable before one another. What resulted is Deep In The Iris, their strongest record to date - powerful, yet fragile; immaculately sculpted, but deeply human. Raphaelle Standell has always had a formidable voice but rarely has it sounded as vital, focused, and powerful as it does here. True to the process that birthed it, the record explores a number of heavy subjects, including pornography, abuse, and slutshaming. Standell's emotional vulnerability becomes a triumphant weapon in its own right: scything through wrongdoing and shame with equal aplomb, and clearing the way for the many others who will find resonance in the bravery of these lyrics. Written from a place of inspiring strength and unblinking lucidity, the lyricism of this record is a cathartic gift. Deep In The Iris, out April 28th on Arbutus Records.1. Letting Go
4. Happy When
6. Getting Tired
7. Sore Eyes
8. Bunny Rose
9. Warm Like Summer$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
RuinsRuins is the new and eagerly awaited album from Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit. This new album finds First Aid Kit as you've never heard them before: wounded and biting back hard. While Ruins follows the traditions of the classic folk rock sound that First Aid Kit revived via their breakthrough album Stay Gold (2014) and previous releases The Big Black And The Blue (2010) and The Lion's Roar (2012), the difference is that this time they've lived, and the results are intense.
Tracks such as Rebel Heart the album's opener documents a love doomed from the start. It's A Shame the lead single is a plea to live in the moment because everyone disposes of each other eventually. On Postcard and To Live A Life, you feel the breath-stealing weight of despair when a shattered love leaves you bereft of hope. Fireworks introverts the blame with self-loathing.
In many ways, First Aid Kit's largest asset is their biggest problem. Their voices are so damn pretty. The [previous] records were always so perfect, says Johanna Söderberg. On Ruins, the duo didn't want it to feel perfect. They wanted it to feel rough and wrenching. Johanna comments further, Given the material, the lyrics had to be the focus. These sentiments didn't need to be dressed up. They needed to be naked.
Ruins was made with one target in mind: make it sound more real a result the Söderberg sisters clearly achieved.1. Rebel Heart
2. It's a Shame
5. To Live a Life
6. My Wild Sweet Love
7. Distant Star
9. Hem of Her Dress
10. Nothing Has to Be True$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Feast Of The Hunters' MoonSugar Hill Records is proud to announce the upcoming release of Feast of the Hunters' Moon, the debut album from Portland, Oregon-based Black Prairie. Featuring three-fifths of The Decemberists and two of the city's finest folk stylists, the heavily acoustic debut was produced by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie) and embodies the rich sonic landscape of the Portland music scene while integrating the diverse backgrounds of its members. As described by dobroist Chris Funk, the band's sound bridges the music of Clarence White and Ennio Morricone in a way that defies genre characterization.
Decemberists guitarist Funk and bassist Nate Query hatched the plan to start a primarily instrumental string band while on the road. Funk began to spend time playing the square-necked Dobro guitar, and the pair recruited fellow Decemberist Jenny Conlee to play accordion. Portland musicians Annalisa Tornfelt and Jon Neufeld then filled out the ranks on violin and guitar, respectively.
Black Prairie's songs consist mostly of instrumentals; their arrangements draw from bluegrass and old-time string band traditions, while Conlee's accordion and Tornfelt's violin instill klezmer and gypsy elements to the band's unique and vibrant sound. The quintet sometimes takes an almost-classical approach to composition, with songs containing multiple movements that ebb and flow in a way that differs greatly from traditional pop or bluegrass structure. The band decided it would be a shame not to make use of Tornfelt's vocal ability, so she sings on a handful of tracks as well. The thirteen album tracks include mostly original compositions by the five band members, with a smattering of traditional material intertwined throughout.1. Across the Black Prairie
2. Red Rocking Chair
3. Back Alley
4. Ostinato Del Caminito
5. A Prairie Musette
6. Crooked Little Heart
7. Annie McGuire
8. Atrocity at Celilo Falls
9. Tango Oscuro
10. Single Mistake
11. Full Moon in June
12. Home Made Lemonade
13. The Blackest Crow$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The PassageMuch had changed in the Iron Man camp during the short year separating their sophomore album, 1994's The Passage, from its rightfully acclaimed predecessor, Black Knight. On the personnel front, drummer Ron Kalimon had been replaced by Gary Isom (later of Unorthodox, Spirit Caravan, and Pentagram) and first album vocalist Rob Levey deposed (on the Hellhound label's insistence!) for the technically more accomplished Dan Michalak, but the latter's histrionic vibrato (think a junior Messiah Marcolin) could come off a little comically forced at times, ironically making him an acquired taste, just like his precursor. At least on the musical front, however, the band's guitarist and creative mastermind Alfred Morris III could still be counted upon to guide Iron Man (rounded out by returning bass player Larry Brown) down the (mostly) straight and narrow doom path without commercial dilution or unnecessary distractions. Resulting highlights included the LP's emphatic opener The Fury (an homage to Black Sabbath's Neon Knights in more ways than one), the short, sweet, and savage Iron Warrior, and the memorable instrumental Tony Stark (which of course borrows the alias for that iron-plated Marvel Comics superhero; get it?). Meanwhile, the discreet synthesizers fleshing out Waiting for Tomorrow's intro showed that Iron Man weren't entirely averse to modernization, either, but they sure as hell weren't leaping to embrace it. Also, The Passage put a little more emphasis on slower doom numbers -- see Unjust Reform, Harvest of Earth, and the rather toothless Time of Indecision -- which, while more authentically traditional in nature, didn't pack nearly as much of a punch as the band's speedier efforts. Nevertheless, The Passage helped establish Iron Man's mighty reputation far and wide to doom-loving hordes across the globe, and it was indeed a shame that the group would wait half-a-decade before capitalizing on this with a third album, 1999's Generation Void.
- Eduardo Rivadavia (All Music Guide)1. The Fury
2. Unjust Reform
3. The Gargoyle
4. Harvest of Earth
5. The Passage
6. Iron Warrior
7. Freedom Fighters
8. Waiting for Tomorrow
9. Time of Indecision
10. Tony Stark
11. End of the World$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Highway QueenNikki Lane's remarkably dazzling third album,
Highway Queen, sees the
young Nashville rebel emerge as one of country and
rock's most gifted songwriters. Produced by Lane
and fellow singer-songwriter Jonathan Tyler, and
recorded in Denton, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee,
Highway Queen is an emotional tour-de-force.
Blending potent lyrics, unbridled blues guitars and
vintage Sixties country-pop swagger, Lane's new music
will resonate as easily with Black Keys and Lana
Del Rey fans as those of Neil Young and Tom Petty.
Highway Queen starts with the whiskey-soaked
restlessness of "700,000 Rednecks," a rowdy call to
action, and ends on the profoundly raw "Forever
Lasts Forever," where Lane belts freely, mourning
a failed marriage - the "lighter shade of skin" left
behind from her wedding ring. Lane's journey to
heartbreak takes exquisite turns. "Companion" is
pure Everly Brothers' dreaminess ("I would spend a
lifetime/ Playing catch you if I can"). Elsewhere, she
goes on a Vegas bender on the rollicking "Jackpot,"
fights last-call blues ("Foolish Heart") and tosses
off brazen one-liners at a backroom piano ("Big
Lane, a Greenville, South Carolina native, is a unique
songwriter who didn't take the traditional country
artist path. Her backwoods roots are undercut by
her chosen career as a fashion entrepreneur (she's
the owner of vintage clothing boutique High Class
Hillbilly) who has lived - and been heartbroken
in - Los Angeles, New York and Nashville. So it's no
surprise that her music seamlessly crosses musical
genres with lyrics steeped in the doomed perseverance
only a true dark horse romantic knows.
Lane's rapid rise in music is thanks to the fervent critical
acclaim of her debut record Walk of Shame
and 2014's Dan Auerbach-produced All Or
Nothin'. With Highway Queen, 2017 is poised
to be Lane's major mainstream breakthrough. So as
she sings on the title track: place your bets, if you
ain't folding.1. 700,000 Rednecks
2. Highway Queen
3. Lay You Down
6. Big Mouth
7. Foolish Heart
8. Send The Sun
9. Muddy Waters
10. Forever Lasts Forever$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-SAC-6542xThe Soft Moon
CriminalCriminal, The Soft Moon's fourth studio album, is a confessional work. Through
the stark lens of shame and guilt that has followed Luis Vasquez since a violent
childhood growing up within the humming ambient sprawl of '80s Mojave
Desert, here he documents the gut-wrenching sound of going to war with himself.
Battling with his own sanity, self-hatred, insecurity, self-entitlement and grappling
with the risk of these things transforming him into a person he despises, Vasquez
has laid his feelings bare with this: his confession and most self-reflective work to
"Guilt is my biggest demon and has been following me since childhood. Everything
I do strengthens the narrative that I am guilty," Vasquez reflects. "The
concept of Criminal is a desperate attempt to find relief by both confessing to my
wrongdoings and by blaming others for their wrongdoings that have affected me."
Criminal marks a striking and important chapter in his self-exploration, both
artistically and emotionally. As a young musician living in Oakland, Vasquez
began to try and process the narrative of his difficult upbringing veiled through
Working with producer Maurizio Baggio at La Distilleria in Bassano Del Grappa,
Italy, Criminal sees Vasquez further explore putting his lyrics at the forefront and
letting his raw emotions flow. The album begins with a confrontation with his
true self through the torrid bass lines and searing vocals of "Burn," a song evoking
a loss of control akin to demonic possession, stating: "Eyes, reflecting the person
that I am, and it burns". In this track, Vasquez's guilt bores deeper and deeper into
a condemnation that ultimately is: "Fire, hell is where I'll go to live, so I burn."
The album is Vasquez's way of holding himself accountable and seeking redemption
for the abuse he inflicts on himself, and acknowledges roots in the abuse
which, inflicted upon him as a child, broke him.1. Burn
3. Give Something
4. Like a Father
5. The Pain
6. It Kills
9. Born Into This
10. Criminal$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Name Of This Band Is Talking HeadsAlthough most people probably think the only Talking Heads live release is Stop Making Sense, the fact is that there's an earlier, better live album called The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads. Originally released in 1982 on LP and cassette, the album chronicles the growth of the band, both stylistically and personnel-wise. The first LP is the original quartet version of the band, recorded between 1977 and 1979, performing excellent versions of tunes (mostly) off 77 and More Songs About Buildings and Food. Also included were the previously unavailable A Clean Break and Love Goes to a Building on Fire, as well as early versions of Memories Can't Wait and Air. The second LP comes from the Remain in Light tour, recorded in 1980 and 1981.
In order to present something close to the music on that album, the original quartet lineup was greatly expanded. Added were two percussionists (Steven Stanley, Jose Rossy), two backup singers (Nona Hendryx, Dollette McDonald), Busta Cherry Jones on bass, Bernie Worrell (!) on keys, and a young Adrian Belew on lead guitar. The excitement of this material is palpable, and the muscular band rips into these tunes with more power than the originals in most cases. Drugs gets revamped for live performance, and Houses in Motion kicks into high gear with a great art-funk coda. Belew is absolutely on fire throughout, especially on The Great Curve and Crosseyed and Painless, where his deranged feedback soloing has never sounded better. At this point in their career, Talking Heads were still basically an underground band; it was Burning Down the House that really thrust them into the mainstream, and Stop Making Sense documents their arrival as a more or less mainstream act. The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads captures a hungry band on its way up, performing with a fire that was never matched on later tours. Unfortunately, The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads remained unavailable on compact disc for years, which is a shame since it's arguably one of their finest releases.
- Sean Westergaard (All Music Guide)LP 1
Recorded for WCOZ broadcast, Northern Studios, Maynard MA, November 17, 1977
1. New Feeling
2. A Clean Break
3. Don't Worry About the Government
4. Pulled Up
5. Psycho Killer
Recorded at The Capitol Theater, Passaic NJ, January 17, 1979
6. Artists Only
7. Stay Hungry
9. Love - Building On Fire
10. Memories (Can't Wait)
Recorded at Emerald City, Cherry Hill NJ, November 8, 1980-November 9, 1980; Central Park, New York, August 27, 1980; Sun Plaza Concert Hall, Tokyo, Japan, February 27, 1981
1. I Zimbra
3. Houses in Motion
4. Life During Wartime
5. The Great Curve
6. Crosseyed and Painless
7. Take Me to the River$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
For Earth Below (Awaiting Repress)
The Robin Trower/friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues
Procol Harum's Legendary Guitarist Celebrating His Legendary 3rd Solo Smash!
First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Release!
Mastered From The Original Chrysalis Records Tapes By Joe Reagoso
Whenever Robin Trower releases an album, it's always a musical event.
As the third in a perfect hat trick of multifaceted career defining albums, the
legendary British guitarist (co-founder of Procol Harum) unleashed one of the
most popular albums in his ever enduring catalog in 1975, For Earth Below.
This masterwork unites the guitar hero again with his powerful team
of world class musicians, the late great James Dewar on simmering lead
vocals & bass, and the powerful drum work of Bill Lordan. The brilliant guitar
shredder and his amazing band truly throw down some of his classiest and
hardest driving, best known repertoire for this Robin Trower and Procol
Harum band mate production by Matthew Fisher.
arum band mate production by Matthew Fisher.
The album begins with his hard rocker Shame The Devil. The tune finds
Robin Trower blazing on some very solid power riffs making this the ultimate
opening track for the listener.
The soulful hypnotic blues of It's Only Money has the tremendous voicing
of Robin's guitar with Bill Lordan's fine percussive elements and James'
signature vocal work throughout, truly making this one of the finest songs in
Trower's four decade career as a solo artist.
Always an astute bluesman, Robin Trower's Confessin' Midnight retains
a solid groove which allows the progressive guitarist to power away with
some very intricate fret work, making this album the classic that it is.
Hard rock fusion continues with more classics like his powerful funk
infused Alethea, the hard rock champion, Gonna Be More Suspicious, and
the ultimate Trower title smash For Earth Below, truly rewarding his fans with
another masterpiece album in his gold and platinum career!
It is with much honor to announce the first time limited Anniversary Edition
180 Gram Audiophile release of Robin Trower's classic, For Earth Below.
As a continuation of our highly regarded Robin Trower/Friday Music 180
Gram Audiophile Series, this fine recording is mastered from the original
Chrysalis Records' tapes by Joe Reagoso (Robin Trower, Jeff Beck, Deep
Purple, Yes) at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA.
Also for this rare anniversary edition, we will be presenting the original
LP cover artwork, not seen in decades, featuring all of the art elements you
remember from this incredible 1975 smash album for Robin Trower.
Robin Trower ..For Earth Below; A 180 Gram Audiophile Dream
Release exclusively from your friends at Friday Music.1. Shame The Devil
2. It's Only Money
3. Confessin' Midnight
4. Fine Day
6. A Tale Untold
7. Gonna Be More Suspicious
8. For Earth Below$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now