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ClassicsClassics remains resolutely instrumental, but the band has introduced a wealth of new sounds, from acoustic and slide guitar to sleigh bells and cello. Their vastly improved production and writing makes this record a refinement of their art. Ratatat lay squealing metal harmonies over choppy Neptunes-style dance thumps, then break into pastoral waves of keyboard tone, riding dub tempos and hip-hop struts. They're crotch-pumping arena pimps and introverted minimalists... - Blender. Stroud and Mast have come up with some catchy melodies over light, snappy bass lines in what sounds like something tailored for the headphones - Urb. The band has toured with Interpol, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, The Stills, and Mouse On Mars.1. Montanita
6. Loud Pipes
10. Tacobel Canon
11. Truman$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Jessica RabbitSleigh Bells wasted no time after getting off the ground in 2009, releasing three blistering records in four years. Ready for a break from the road, they took their time on their fourth LP, Jessica Rabbit, writing and finishing the record several times only to realize that they wanted to push themselves and the music further. As the three years elapsed, Derek went looking for the abyss, found it, and crawled out in one piece. Alexis, for her part, found something like heaven in nature and healthy living. The result of their combined experiences is an intense and vulnerable record that's highly evolved and completely uncategorizable, a major statement from a band wholly committed to advancing their dynamic, uncompromising vision. Jessica Rabbit is the first release on the band's own record label, Torn Clean.1. It's Just Us Now
2. Torn Clean
3. Lighting Turns Sawdust Gold
4. I Can't Stand You Anymore
6. Loyal For
7. I Can Only Stare
8. Throw Me Down The Stairs
9. Unlimited Dark Paths
10. I Know Not To Count On You
11. Rule Number One
12. Baptism By Fire
13. Hyper Dark
14. As If$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bitter RivalsSleigh Bells release their third album, Bitter Rivals, via Mom + Pop. The album is a 10-song LP produced by Derek Miller and mixed by Andrew Dawson (whose recent credits include Yeezus, Wolf, Watch the Throne, 4, and Teflon Don).
Revolt points out that Sleigh Bells used a piece of music from the third album in a teaser for Reign of Terror. The music for that is going to be on the third record, Miller told 107.7 The End last summer. It was one of the last things we recorded and it just didn't have a spot on the record and I love that piece of music. So I'm going to develop it, flesh it out and arrange it and turn it into a fully fledged song.1. Bitter Rivals
4. Sing Like a Wire
5. Young Legends
6. Tiger Kit
7. You Don't Get Me Twice
8. To Hell With You
10. Love Sick$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
High Times For Low LivesFor their sophomore album, The Griswolds partnered with Grammy Award-winning producer Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, fun., Sleigh Bells). The album features a diverse range of inspirations, all anchored with the sunsoaked energy and anthems that fans have come to know and love. Their new lead single "Out of My Head" kicks off the album campaign on 8.12.16. The single already has many tastemaker stations ready to support out of the gate.
*Artwork is subject to change.1. Roll Models
2. Out of My Head
4. Birthday Comedown
5. You Don't Love Me (feat. Lizzo)
7. Feels So Right
8. James Joint
9. Hate That I Don't Hate You
10. Looking For Love$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Fargo TV Soundtrack
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
First Pressing Of 1500 Numbered Copies On Icy White Vinyl
'This is a true story...'
Not. Fargo is a fantastic dark comedy-crime drama television series created and written by Noah Hawley and inspired by Joel & Ethan Coen's feature of the same title from 1996. Both Coen brothers serve as executive producers on the series. The show stars Martin Freeman (The Hobbit trilogy), Billy Bob Thornton, Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad) and more.
The soundtrack features selections from the show's original music composed by Jeff Russo (Power, Necessary Roughness, About Cherry). Its score is well done, with different motifs or instruments assigned to different characters. For Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman's character) it's that nearly-whimsical main theme. For the drifter Lorne Malvo (Thornton's character) it's sleigh bell chimes that represent his animalistic nature coming out.
To celebrate its first vinyl issue, we're pressing 1000
numbered copies on icy-white vinyl. Brrr....1. Bemidji, MN (Fargo Series Main Theme)
2. The Long Road Home (Paint Cans)
3. Molly Looks For Lester
5. The Deer
6. The North
7. Malvo's Theme
8. Wrench and Numbers
9. Stavros' Prayer
10. Murderous Tundra
12. Fish Head
13. Lester Running
14. Bad Idea
16. Lester As Malvo
17. Gus Part 2
18. Malvo Reinvents
19. The Parable (Gus' Theme)
20. Poor Demitri
21. Trading Places
22. Malvo Retreats
23. Malvo (Eyes Wide)
24. Gus And Molly
25. Malvo's Briefcase
26. Thin Ice
27. Bemidji, MN (Reprise)
28. Highway Snow (Fargo Series End Credits)$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
HospitalityThe angular, intricate, and intelligent compositions of Hospitality signal a sophisticated new pop voice. Singer Amber Papinis idiosyncratic songwriting coupled with the bands rich arrangements on their self-titled debut explore youth, New York, and the bittersweet commingling of past and present in a way that feels just right, right now.
Papinis singing has a wisp of an English accent via Kansas City (she learned to sing by imitating Richard Butler on The Psychedelic Furs Talk Talk Talk) and her lyrics create a moonstruck, even cinematic vision of New York City, where the band formed in 2007.
The production by Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells) and band member Nathan Michel (guitar, drums, keyboards), who released his share of experimental bedroom pop, culminating in 2005s The Beast (Skipp/Sonig), imbues the entire record with an intimate yet prodigious sound, layering period keyboards with horns, synthesizers, and treated guitars. Limited to only 1000 vinyl copies!1. Eighth Avenue
2. Friends of Friends
3. Betty Wang
5. The Right Profession
7. The Birthday
9. Liberal Arts
10. All Day Today$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Bling Ring SoundtrackDef Jam releases the official soundtrack for The Bling Ring-- the new Sofia Coppola-directed, Emma Watson-starring film based on the true story of a group of kids in L.A. who robbed celebrities' homes.
The film was scored by Daniel Lopatin, aka synth experimentalist Oneohtrix Point Never, working with with longtime Coppola collaborator Brian Reitzell. Reitzell also served as the executive soundtrack producer and music supervisor, putting together a very eclectic mix of rap (Kanye, Azealia Banks, Rick Ross) and krautrock (Klaus Schulze, Can) plus the likes of Sleigh Bells, M.I.A., Frank Ocean, and Phoenix.
Lopatin and Reitzell previously worked on music for the Kelsey Grammer-starring television show Boss. Reitzell previously worked with Coppola on Marie Antoinette, Lost in Translation, and The Virgin Suicides. Lopatin and Reitzell also collaborated on a track for the Bling Ring soundtrack, Bling Ring Suite.1. Crown On The Ground - Sleigh Bells
2. 9 Piece - Rick Ross ft. Lil Wayne
3. Sunshine - Rye Rye ft. M.I.A.
4. 212 - Azealia Banks
5. Ouroboros - Onehotrix Point Never
6. Money Machine - 2 Chainz
7. Bad Girls - M.I.A.
8. All of the Lights - Kanye West
9. Drop It Low - Ester Dean ft. Chris Brown
10. Gucci Bag - Reema Major
11. Halleluwah - Can
12. Power - Kanye West
13. Freeze - Klaus Schultze
14. FML - deadmau5
15. Bling Ring Suite - Brian Reitzell & Daniel Lopatin
16. Bankrupt! - Phoenix
17. Super Rich Kids - Frank Ocean ft. Earl Sweatshirt$35.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
True RomanceOver the past few years, Charli has released a series of singles and mixtapes, toured the globe supporting the likes of Coldplay, Santigold, Sleigh Bells and Justice and garnered champions from practically every tastemaker blog and magazine on both sides of the Atlantic. She's had 2.5 million views on YouTube, 470k views of new video for 'You (Ha Ha Ha)' (in one month) and over 630k total plays on Soundcloud. It's hard to believe someone so young could achieve so much. Through it all her main focus has always been on making the best possible album she could. This was made possible by working with some fantastic collaborators who helped hone her vision for a dark, emotional pop record including Ariel Rechtshaid (Usher, Major Lazer, Solange), Patrik Berger (Lana del Rey, Robyn) as well as hotly tipped blog favourites Blood Diamonds and J£zus Millions.
As well as being an artist in her own right, Charli has written and featured on one of the biggest global breakthrough hits of 2012 for Icona Pop. I Love It created an absolute frenzy stateside, having blown up all over the world.
True Romance shares its title with an unbelievably well-cast 1993 movie written by Quentin Tarantino, who was reassembling cultural detritus way before mash-ups and microblogging. Charli XCX's approach to pop is similarly postmodern (how 90s does that sound?), pulling from moody 80s synth-pop, sassy turn-of-the-millennium girl groups, and state-of-the-art contemporary producers to create something distinctive and immediately memorable. She clearly understands the internet, having shared two original mixtapes and two influences mixtapes before her official full-length, but this carefully pruned set is no data dump. And there you'll see a glimmer of True Romance's most throwback aspect: its evident pop ambition, an overriding sense of an imagined mass audience for music that's radio-ready yet outsider-friendly. It's almost like Napster-- and the filler-crammed album sales model that preceded it-- never happened.
In fact, by the time Charli XCX was a teenage electro-house devotee, illegal file-sharing's early free-for-all had already given way to iTunes and other legal download services. Robyn had already released her self-titled comeback album. So it might be only natural that Charli XCX would keep the pre-bubble faith that people will pay for emotionally direct, bubblegum-catchy, yet stubbornly left-of-center songs about falling in and out of love. But the generous hooks on the previously released singles here, such as the gospel-kissed prechorus of the yearning Stay Away or the Santigold-savvy lilt of love-and-the-bomb brooder Nuclear Seasons, are extraordinarily welcome just the same. Even better are newer singles such as the gorgeously bitter You (Ha Ha Ha), which inhabits its cloud-rappy Gold Panda sample like they were made for each other, and the almost-as-gorgeously blissful What I Like, which recounts a still-young relationship with the cheeky frankness of Lily Allen or the Streets, and the sing-songy near-rapping of the Spice Girls.
The several songs on True Romance that hadn't previously surfaced in videos or other releases aren't quite as strong, but they're effective enough to suggest Charli XCX's best work might still be ahead of her. The Todd Rundgren-sampling So Far Away, with the sun-dappled lushness of the Avalanches, is a clear highlight; Charli XCX's vocals are usually plain-spoken, but the anguished break-up plea Set Me Free proves she can reach for Jessie Ware-like dramatics when appropriate. The pitch-shifting no one is forever intro added at the start of opener Nuclear Seasons probably should've been given its own track-- and later on the album it is, when the same backing vocal forms the base of the cloudy, broken-hearted Grins. Elsewhere, the haunted confession How Can I, while solid enough, is a reminder that Charli XCX's lyrics so far tend to fall relatively flat; when, on swooning finale Lock You Up, she sings, It hits me like a ton of bricks, she leaves the clichÉ untweaked.
And then there's Cloud Aura, a lovelorn, engagingly laid-back bit of groove that lets Grimes' Genesis video co-star Brooke Candy rap horribly about Chris Brown. Candy's guest verse previously appeared on 2012's uneven Super Ultra mixtape, and it was near-universally panned. It isn't any better now. But in an era when too many up-and-comers are all too eager to please, this stubborn refusal to back down displays another quality in short supply: genuine irreverence. The songwriting and production credits on True Romance include Usher's Climax co-conspirator Ariel Rechtshaid and I Love It collaborator Patrick Berger, among others, who also share some credit (and blame). But like 90s pop stars turned 10s pop sophisticates Justin Timberlake and BeyoncÉ, Charli XCX stamps her personality across the entire project, and True Romance suggests she'll be worth following for a while.
- Marc Hogan, Pitchfork1. Nuclear Seasons
2. You (Ha Ha Ha)
3. Take My Hand
4. Stay Away
5. Set Me Free (Feel My Pain)
7. So Far Away
8. Cloud Aura
9. What I Like
10. Black Roses
11. You're the One
12. How Can I
13. Lock You Up$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Once Upon A Christmas (Out Of Stock)
180 Gram White Colored Vinyl
This country-music dynamic duo went pop Top 40 with this holiday hit in '84. Along with White Christmas and a medley featuring Winter Wonderland; Sleigh Ride , and other favorites, they sing Dolly's own Once upon a Christmas; A Christmas to Remember; With Bells On; I Believe in Santa Claus , and more!1. I Believe In Santa Claus
2. Winter Wonderland/Sleigh Ride
3. With Bells On
4. Christmas Without You
5. White Christmas
6. A Christmas To Remember
7. Hard Candy Christmas
8. The Greatest Gift Of All
9. Once Upon A Christmas$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Temporarily out of stock
Merry Christmas (Out Of Stock)
The Johnny Mathis/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Begins!
The Classic Top Charting 1959 Christmas Album
First Time Audiophile Red Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso And Manufactured At R.T.I.
Johnny Mathis is a musical phenomenon with a legendary musical career breaking
wide open in the mid-fifties. Recording a plethora of hit recordings in pop, soul, adult,
jazz and even country genres, he shared his vocal talents for millions of fans with his
records, concerts and top rated television shows for over five decades.
With 1959's Merry Christmas LP, Johnny created one of the most successful holiday
top charting hit albums of all time, with this stunning masterpiece. The LP features his
stellar interpretations of both popular and inspirational favorites like definitive hit versions of Winter Wonderland and Sleigh Ride, plus impressive readings of The First Noel,
Silver Bells and O Holy Night.
The 1959 holiday masterpiece finds the artist at the top of his game. Arranged
and orchestrated by easy listening giant Percy Faith, Merry Christmas is filled with beautifully arranged classics like Johnny's hit versions of I'll Be Home for Christmas, Blue
Christmas and the wonderful Silent Night, Holy Night.
This fine album has been out of print for decades on vinyl, and it is our honor to
announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl presentation of Merry Christmas by
the legendary Johnny Mathis on Friday Music. This limited edition audiophile masterpiece is now impeccably mastered by Joe Reagoso and also for a very limited time is
pressed by R.T.I. on translucent Red Vinyl for the holidays and features the original LP
artwork not seen in years, in a first time gatefold presentation.
Walking In A Winter Wonderland1. Winter Wonderland
2. The Christmas Song
3. Sleigh Ride
4. Blue Christmas
5. I'll Be Home for Christmas
6. White Christmas
7. O Holy Night
8. What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
9. The First Noel
10. Silver Bells
11. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
12. Silent Night, Holy Night$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Temporarily out of stock