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Popquiz: What do Leonard Cohen's The Future (1992) and nouveau-violence movie Natural Born Killers (Oliver Stone, 1994) have in common? Answer: the latter used no less than three tracks from Cohen's The Future in its soundtrack. Whereas the movie is pretty cynical and sinister, The Future is a record of perseverance, reformation and hope in the face of grim prospects. Its lyrics are pretty dark though, with references to actual events regarding social unrest in the U.S at the time. Following release of The Future, Cohen toured the Western world and found new success with younger audiences. This in-demand record deserves all 180 grams it's pressed on!1. The Future
2. Waiting For The Miracle
3. Be For Real
4. Closing Time
7. Light As The Breeze
9. Tacoma Trailer$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
There's A Riot Goin' OnRanked 99/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
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There's A Riot Going On was Sly & The Family Stone's answer to Marvin Gaye's What's Going On?, the seminal Soul album that came out five months before the Sly Stone masterpiece. It's a dark, earthy Funk album, that went straight to number 1 upon release. Single Family Affair also topped the charts, and is still one of Sly Stone's most beloved tracks. It manages to capture the era of militant activism and deep social unrest in a brooding, moody album with tension that could cut through steel. It still appears on plenty of 'greatest albums of all time' lists (Rolling Stone placed it on #99 out of 500) and is seen as one of the most important and influential albums of the 1970s.Side A
1 Luv N' Haight
2 Just Like A Baby
4 Family Affair
5 Africa Talks To You The Asphalt Jungle
6 There's A Riot Goin' On
1 Brave & Strong
2 (You Caught Me) Smilin'
4 Spaced Cowboy
5 Runnin' Away
6 Thank You For Talking To Me Africa$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Burn The WorldAC4 is the no frills vision of musician Dennis Lyxzen, (Refused, International Noise Conspiracy, Invasionen, etc). In AC4, he is joined by friends and former members of Umea Hardcore bands DS-13, Step Forward, Regulations, and The Vectors. Together AC4 pay homage to bands like Minor Threat while adding their own spin to the tried and true spirit that brought inspiration in their youth.
Released by a partnership of Deathwish and the Ny Vag label (Scandinavia) Burn The World is the second album from AC4. Burn The World is sixteen songs of social, political, and personal unrest transformed into primitive hardcore punk anthems. All of them awesomely executed and unforgettable.1. Curva
2. Who's the Enemy
3. All Talked Out
4. Die Like a Dog
5. Morality Match
7. Dont Belong
8. Diplomacy is Dead
9. Burn the World
10. Eye For an Eye
11. I Won't Play Along
13. Extraordinary Rendition
14. I Don't Want It
15. Off the Hook
16. Left You Behind$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PollinatorYou catch yourself when you ask Debbie Harry and Chris Stein,
one of the most captivating creative pairings in music ever, about the
creeping gentrification of New York City. You catch yourself because
Blondie was formed during a 1970s era of urban decay - a time when
the travails of being in a band, seeking an artistic outlet, or instigating a
scene as a means of existence was a survival of the fittest among streets
of heightened crime and social unrest. Certainly, those 1970s New
York streets have been glamourised in the onslaught of retrospective
looks at the punk, new wave, disco and hip-hop scenes that found their
fundamental roots in that era. But it certainly wasn't an easier time to
live there. The challenges and intensity of the city were just different.
Blondie emerged the fittest. They've outlived the groundbreaking moment
that birthed them and have adapted to time, space and industry
evolution as much as the face of New York itself. Walk into any dance
club tonight and hear a 'Call Me' or a 'Heart Of Glass'. Talk to
any hip-hop historian and recall that Debbie was an original Beastie
Boy who took rap music to the masses when it was still a block party
concern. Read any tome on the history of punk and they're interwoven
into the fabric of the one genre that still inspires most and every
band to pick a name and find a practice space. Their active presence
in our lives 40 million albums sales and countless accolades later
(including a Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction in 2006 and
NME Godlike Genius Award in 2014) isn't something anyone wants
to take advantage of.
That's what their 11th album 'Pollinator' sets out to establish. In true
pop art fashion it's as post-modern as a concept gets and the perfect
way to move on from 2014's 40th anniversary celebrations and the
subsequent release of 'Ghosts Of Download'. In 'Pollinator' exists a
giant feedback loop - one in which Blondie created, then generations
were inspired, then those generation created and inspired, and are
now teaming up with Blondie. When the time came for Chris, Debbie
and drummer Clem Burke to "get the band back together" and make
an album, choice pioneers from the decades since Blondie's birth
were called upon to contribute songs for the record, thereby weaving
their own way into the living, breathing story of the band, a group that
directly affected their own genetic makeup. The list is enviable and
reflects the dynamism of Blondie's very own cross-pollinating past:
Johnny Marr, Sia, Dev Hynes, Charli XCX, Dave Sitek (TV On
The Radio), Nick Valensi (The Strokes) and The Gregory Brothers
all lent their creations for Blondie to interpret, each building upon the
aspect of their heroes that's bolstered their own sound.1. Doom or Destiny
2. Long Time
3. Already Naked
5. My Monster
6. Best Day Ever
8. When I Gave Up on You
9. Love Level
10. Too Much
11. Fragments$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rarities Vol. 1: The CoversNo Use For A Name is one of THE most successful and prolific acts to come out of the 90's skate-punk scene. But there's a lot more to it than that. Just have a look at their family tree, it has bands like Spazz, Foo Fighters, and Suicidal Tendencies to count among its branches. No really, think about that: the dude from that infamous grindcore band was in NUFAN?!? Their long, unpredictable journey has been full of twists, turns, and alternate routes that led them to be one of the best-selling outfits of their genre. They've done it all: Warped Tour's main stage, MTV, a live record, and an even a recent greatest hits album entitled, All The Best Songs. Hey, you know you've made it when you finally get a greatest hits collection! Not bad for some goofy kids from San Jose who started out with a couple hardcore 7s
Early No Use releases appeared on New Red Archives, a San Francisco punk label operated by Nicky Garratt of the UK Subs. Believe it or not, in the late 80's it actually made sense that they would be labelmates with Reagan Youth, Social Unrest, and Christ On A Crutch. An AllMusic review describes their early material as, hulking hardcore with mighty fists full of metal. Angry and Threatening. This was a gritty, hardcore punk band, known mostly for their growling vocals and dark lyrical themes. Then came the first unforeseen occurrence: frontman Tony Sly unexpectedly developed into a proficient songwriter and mastered melody like few punk bands can ever do. Nobody knows where those gifts come from and you never see it coming, but suddenly No Use For A Name was starting to make music that people actually liked.
As is natural, the band kept evolving, and things changed in a major way for the band when they signed to Fat Wreck Chords in the mid-90's. Their 8-song Fat debut, The Daily Grind EP, drew comparisons to Bad Religion and was a marked step up, but it was 1995's, ¡Leche con Carne!, that would cement No Use For A Name as a successful band for years to come. The album was their best yet and bore a hit song (Soul Mate) that landed them on alternative radio charts, which, for a scrappy punk band, was a complete deviation from industry norms. Stranger yet, was that they made a music video and MTV even played the damn thing! What followed obviously was commercial success in the form of six-figure album sales, another anomaly in the world of indie-punk bands and something that would set the stage for later melodic punk bands like Blink 182, et al. From then on it was steady sailing with a string of successful records and tours from the band. Most notably was 1997's darker, and somehow faster, Making Friends; followed by 1999's hyper-catchy More Betterness!. It was during these halcyon days that Chris Shiflett held down 6-string duties for NUFAN before accepting an offer to join Foo Fighters on lead guitar.
The years went by for the perennial punk powerhouse and the band did numerous world tours, amassing album sales that would eventually total in the 7 figures. Pretty remarkable when you think about it. The new millennium was also a fruitful time for the boys. It started in 2001 with the release of their Live In A Dive album, which was very successful abroad where people were especially hungry for No Use's live performances. In 2002 they released their poppiest effort, Hard Rock Bottom, which was stocked with upbeat tempos and radio-friendly melodies. Their most recent and seemingly final studio album came in 2008. Ironically titled The Feel Good Album Of The Year, the album was a tinge darker and more aggressive than their recent releases and the band reminded us all that their songs still had urgency and bite.
After 25 years, No Use For A Name disbanded in 2012 when frontman Tony unexpectedly passed away. Anthony J. Sly (November 4, 1970 - July 31, 2012) died at home, in his sleep on a Tuesday morning, at age 41. Fat Mike-label head and long-time friend to Tony-was staggered by the news and offered, One of my dearest friends and favorite songwriters has gone way too soon. Tony, you will be greatly missed. No one could've predicted his passing, and needless to say, it shook the very foundation of the Fat Wreck family and the underground music community as a whole. Tony was loved and respected by a wide variety of artists and musicians, and nowhere is that more evident than the roster of contributors to The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute; a compilation of NUFAN songs covered by bands like Bad Religion, Frank Turner, The Gaslight Anthem, Alkaline Trio, and many more. Bands from the Americas, Europe, Australia, UK, and even Israel contributed to this final chapter in the storied career of No Use For A Name. The collection will be released on October 29th, 2013, and all proceeds will go towards the Tony Sly Memorial Fund, which has been established to help Tony's wife Brigitte and their daughters, Fiona and Keira.1. Turning Japanese
2. Hybrid Moments
3. I've Heard
4. Selwyn's Got a Problem
5. Enjoy the Silence
7. Dream Police
8. Fairytale of New York
9. Making Our Dreams Come True
11. Don't Cry for me Argentina
12. The Munsters' Theme
13. Beth$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bridge Over Troubled Water (UltraDisc One-Step Box Set) (Pre-Order)
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes with Mobile Fidelity's One-Step Process: Bridge over Troubled Water UD1S 45RPM Box Set Is the Ultimate Analog Version of Simon and Garfunkel's Masterpiece
Lavish Packaging Includes Opulent Box and Special Foil-Stamped Jackets: Deluxe Audiophile Pressing Strictly Limited to 7,500 Numbered Copies (Limit Two Per Customer)
A Beacon of Hope and Hymn of Reassurance: Grammy-Winning 1970 Work Features Meticulous Production, Watershed Performances, Gorgeous Songwriting, and Healing Spirit
Unifying, soothing, comforting: Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge over Troubled Water quickly became the album of an era upon release in 1970, the benchmark set serving as a beacon of hope and hymn of reassurance during a time marked by polarizing changes, social unrest, uncertain politics, and the dawn of a new era. These uplifting reasons - to say nothing about the gorgeous songwriting, meticulous production, and watershed performances - attest to why it is more relevant than ever in our current climate. Music, Bridge over Troubled Water simultaneously suggests and proves, heals all wounds and lifts all boats. Music Direct is honored to give the seminal effort Rolling Stone named the 51st Greatest Album of All Time unsurpassed treatment befitting the most important recordings.
Simon and Garfunkel's epochal album reaches three-dimensional sonic and emotional heights never before attained on Mobile Fidelity's opulent UD1S (UltraDisc One-Step) box set. Strictly limited to 7,500 numbered copies, this ultra-hi-fi collector's edition literally and figuratively brings you closer to music that picks up where the duo's Bookends leaves off. You'll enjoy deep-black backgrounds, boundless soundstaging, pointillist details, staggering dynamics, and arguably, the most lifelike tonalities and nuances ever committed to vinyl. Experienced via UD1S, Bridge over Troubled Water places Simon, Garfunkel, and their cadre of session pros in your listening room. Every note, breath, and movement is reproduced with exquisite accuracy, wowing clarity, and impeccable balance. Consider this edition your new go-to reference.
The lavish packaging and beautiful presentation of Mobile Fidelity's Bridge over Troubled Water pressing befit its extremely select status. Housed in a deluxe box, this UD1S version contains a unique print, special foil-stamped jackets, and faithful-to-the-original graphics that illuminate the splendor of the recording. No expense has been spared. Aurally and visually, this reissue of Bridge over Troubled Water exists a curatorial artifact meant to be preserved, poured over, touched, and examined. It is made for discerning listeners that prize sound quality and creativity, and who desire to fully immerse themselves in the art - and everything involved with the album, from the images to the textures and liner notes.
The best-selling record in the U.S. for several years running, and winner of six Grammy Awards - including nods for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Engineered Recording - Bridge over Troubled Water endures as a staple of accessible sophistication, angelic elegance, effortless singing, unhinged ambition, and therapeutic spirit. While it would turn out to be the final studio set for a duo surrounded by creative and personal disagreement, Simon and Garfunkel's collaborative ethos and soaring harmonies - combined with reflective narratives centered on the American experience, friendship, romance, and farewells - combine to turn the 11-track work into a paean to resolution, reconciliation, calm, and balance.
Home to the legendary title track graced by Garfunkel's pacifying solo lead vocals as well as the equally famous folk ballad The Boxer, Peruvian-based El Condor Past (If I Could), upbeat Cecilia, and rock n' rolling Baby Driver - recently the inspiration behind the film of the same name - Bridge over Troubled Water remains as renowned for its musical diversity as its lyrical poignancy. Moving beyond the templates they'd perfected on four prior albums, Simon and Garfunkel embrace a then-unimaginable swath of styles. Rock, pop, gospel, country, R&B, South American, and jazz strains course throughout the songs, each sparked with bold experiments yet grounded in a well-orchestrated melange of melody, rhythm, and classicism that makes every note feel personal, familiar, and warm.
Not for nothing is Bridge over Troubled Water one of the finest-sounding albums ever made. Featuring instrumentation helmed by members of Los Angeles' fabled Wrecking Crew as well as multiple choral and string sections, songs took hundreds of hours to complete and involved pioneering recording techniques. Evoking both Phil Spector's liveWall of Sound approach as well as inventive effects, Bridge over Troubled Water is a triumph of texture, atmosphere, and architecture. Mobile Fidelity's premier UD1S edition brings the record's unique traits to the fore. Whether the reverberation generated by Garfunkel's cassette recorder on Cecilia, echoing drums captured in a corridor heard throughout The Boxer, automobile noises peppering Baby Driver, layer upon layer of voices dotting The Only Boy Living in New York, or echo-chamber percussion on the title track, each and every detail comes through with unprecedented accuracy, clarity, and dimensionality. In every regard, Bridge over Troubled Water exudes genius.
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Instead of utilizing the industry-standard three-step lacquer process, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab's new UltraDisc One-Step (UD1S) uses only one step, bypassing two processes of generational loss. While three-step processing is designed for optimum yield and efficiency, UD1S is created for the ultimate in sound quality. Just as Mobile Fidelity pioneered the UHQR (Ultra High-Quality Record) with JVC in the 1980s, UD1S again represents another state-of-the-art advance in the record-manufacturing process. MFSL engineers begin with the original master tapes and meticulously cut a set of lacquers. These lacquers are used to create a very fragile, pristine UD1S stamper called a convert. Delicate converts are then formed into the actual record stampers, producing a final product that literally and figuratively brings you closer to the music. By skipping the additional steps of pulling another positive and an additional negative, as done in the three-step process used in standard pressings, UD1S produces a final LP with the lowest noise floor possible today. The removal of the additional two steps of generational loss in the plating process reveals tremendous amounts of extra musical detail and dynamics, which are otherwise lost due to the standard copying process. The exclusive nature of these very limited pressings guarantees that every UD1S pressing serves as an immaculate replica of the lacquer sourced directly from the original master tape. Every conceivable aspect of vinyl production is optimized to produce the most perfect record album available today.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Bridge over Troubled Water
2. El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
4. Keep the Customer Satisfied
5. So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright
6. The Boxer
7. Baby Driver
8. The Only Boy Living in New York
9. You Don't Write Me
10. Bye Bye Love
11. Song for the Asking$99.99Vinyl LP UltraDisc One-Step 45 RPM Box Set - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now