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Something To Tell YouSomething To Tell You, is the highly anticipated sophomore album from HAIM. When the time came to record the eleven tracks that make up Something To Tell You, HAIM decided to go in and record as a band, keeping it a little more organic. That was kind of a mission statement for the album offered Danielle Haim.
HAIM first announced the release of Something To Tell You with an in-studio video version of album track Right Now, which was shot and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, Boogie Nights). HAIM then released the single Want You Back, which Rolling Stone described as having a Hot 100 ready sheen. Pitchfork gave Want You Back its coveted Best New Track saying Haim are pulling the rug out from under our feet in the run-up to releasing their second album. Entertainment Weekly declared 'Want You Back sees HAIM returning to their sonic roots as a funky, pop-inspired trio, complete with groovy strings, sprightly percussion, a soulful chorus, and a spritz of electronic sheen.1. Want You Back
2. Nothing's Wrong
3. Little of Your Love
4. Ready For You
5. Something To Tell You
6. You Never Knew
7. Kept Me Crying
8. Found It In Silence
9. Walking Away
10. Right Now
11. Night So Long$23.99140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Something ElseAfter achieving his highest-charting release with 2011's All 6's And 7's (#4 Billboard), Strange Music general Tech N9ne tackles the most ambitious album of his career with Something Else. The Kansas City emcee kept fans busy in 2012 with the release of three consecutive Top 3 rap EP releases - KLUSTERFUK, E.B.A.H., and Boiling Point.
With demand at a fever pitch, Tech N9ne aims to give listeners an untouched piece of his life while cementing his place among rap's elite.
The beats sound nothing like anything you've ever heard me on, say Tech. The features that I'm going for are something you would never imagine. All I can say about it now is that it's a very human album. What I mean by that is that it's contradictory. On one song I say, 'The saint is ours', like we're in the saint's corner and then I have another song called 'I'm Not A Saint'. It's so beautiful because the King, the Clown, and the G are still present on this album.
There are no apologies in what I'm saying. I don't mind that it contradicts itself because that's what people do. The album is everywhere. It feels like it's Hell, Purgatory and Heaven all over again. I'm telling stories that I've never told - that I was afraid to tell on some songs. It's super personal and I've got a big chip on my shoulder again. It's always been there, but it's getting bigger having to prove to fans and critics that we ain't going nowhere.
Album Features: Kendrick Lamar, The Doors, B.O.B., Wiz Kalifah, Cee Lo Green, Serge (System Of The Down), Game, Danny Brown, Big K.R.I.T., Krizz Kaliko, Mayday and others.1. News with Mark Alford (skit)
2. Straight Out the Gate (feat. Serj Tankian & Krizz Kaliko)
3. B.I.T.C.H. (feat. T-Pain)
4. With the BS (feat. Red Cafe, Trae Tha Truth & Big Scoob)
5. Love 2 Dislike Me (feat. Tyler Lyon & Liz Suwandi)
6. Fortune Force Field
7. I'm Not A Sain
8. Fragile (feat. Kendrick Lamar, ¡Mayday! & Kendall Morgan)
9. Priorities (feat. Game & Angel Davenport)
10. News with Mark Alford (skit)
12. So Dope (They Wanna) (feat. Wrekonize, Snow That Product & Twisted Insane)
13. See Me (feat. Wiz Khalifa & B.o.B.)
14. My Haiku-Burn The World (feat. Krizz Kalifo)
15. That's My Kid (feat. CeeLo Green, Big K.R.I.T. & Kutt Calhoun)
16. Meant To Happen (feat. Scoop Deville)
17. News with Mark Alford 3 (skit)
19. R.I.P. Ray (skit)
20. Strange 2013 (feat. The Doors)
21. SMB$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Something To RememberSomething to Remember is Madonna's second greatest-hits collection, compiling a selection of the singer's ballads. Several of her biggest hits are included, including the number ones Crazy for You, Live to Tell, This Used to Be My Playground, and Take a Bow, as well as a handful of first-rate album tracks (a remixed Love Don't Live Here Anymore, Something to Remember, and three new tracks, most notably a version of Marvin Gaye's I Want You recorded with the British trip-hop group Massive Attack. Only two tracks on the album overlap with The Immaculate Collection, and the disc also marks the first appearance of This Used to Be My Playground and I'll Remember on one of Madonna's albums. Throughout the album, Madonna proves that she's a terrific singer whose voice has improved over the years. Not one of the tracks is second-rate, and the best songs on Something to Remember rank among the best pop music of the '80s and '90s.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music Guide)1. I Want You
2. I'll Remember (Theme from the Motion Picture With Honors)
3. Take A Bow
4. You'll See
5. Crazy For You
6. This Used To Be My Playground
7. Live To Tell
8. Love Don't Live Here Anymore (Remix Version)
9. Something To Remember
10. Forbidden Love
11. One More Chance
13. Oh Father (Alternate Album Version)
14. I Want You (Orchestral Album Version)$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
No Cities To Love
6-Panel Gatefold With 4-Page Insert And Custom Dust Sleeve
We sound possessed on these songs, says guitarist/vocalist Carrie
Brownstein about Sleater-Kinney's eighth studio album, No Cities to Love.
Willing it all - the entire weight of the band and what it means to us - back
The new record is the first in 10 years from the acclaimed trio - Brownstein,
vocalist/guitarist Corin Tucker, and drummer Janet Weiss - who came
crashing out of the '90s Pacific Northwest riot grrrl scene, setting a new bar
for punk's political insight and emotional impact. Formed in Olympia, WA in
1994, Sleater-Kinney were hailed as America's best rock band by Greil
Marcus in Time Magazine, and put out seven searing albums in 10 years
before going on indefinite hiatus in 2006.
But the new album isn't about reminiscing, it's about reinvention, the
ignition of an unparalleled chemistry to create new sounds and tell new
stories. I always considered Corin and Carrie to be musical soulmates,
says Weiss, whose drums fuel the fire of Tucker and Brownstein's vocal and
guitar interplay. Something about taking a break brought them closer,
desperate to reach together again for their true expression. The result is a
record that grapples with love, power and redemption without restraint.
Produced by longtime Sleater-Kinney collaborator John Goodmanson, who
helmed many of the band's earlier albums including 1997 breakout set Dig
Me Out, No Cities to Love is indeed formidable from the first beat.
Sleater-Kinney's decade apart made room for family and other fruitful
collaborations, as well as an understanding of what the band's singular
chemistry demands. Sleater-Kinney isn't something you can do half-assed
or half-heartedly," says Brownstein. "This band requires a certain
desperation, a direness. We have to be willing to push because the entity
that is this band will push right back.
The core of this record is our relationship to each other, to the music, and
how all of us still felt strongly enough to about those to sweat it out in the
basement and to try and reinvent our band, adds Tucker. With No Cities to
Love, we went for the jugular.1. Price Tag
3. Surface Envy
4. No Cities to Love
5. A New Wave
6. No Anthems
7. Gimme Love
8. Bury Our Friends
9. Hey Darling
10. Fade$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Earth To Echo Soundtrack (Colored Vinyl)Limited Pressing On Transparent Blue Colored Vinyl, Black Vinyl Pressing Thereafter
Earth To Echo is a heartwarming 2014 summer family adventure movie, telling the story of a bunch of young teenage friends whose lives are about to change. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys begin receiving a strange series of signals on their phones.
Convinced something bigger is going on, they team set out to look for the source of their phone signals. What they discover is something beyond their wildest imaginations: a small alien who has become stranded on Earth. In need of their help, the four friends come together to protect the alien and help him find his way home. This journey, full of wonder and adventure, is their story, and their secret.
Echo is one of the most adorable characters you're going to see this year, with oodles of personality. The film has been shot in 'found footage' visual photography. From phones (which act as the robots eyes) to camcorders, all are utilised here with magnificent effect. The movie's young cast (Teo Halm, Astro and Resse Hartwig) are superb and with a solid chemistry between them and incredibly likeable personas, they will keep audiences stuck to their chairs.1. Your Friend - The Mowgli's
2. Live Like We'll Never Die [feat. Youngblood Hawke] - Chiddy Bang
3. Dangerous [feat. Joywave] - Big Data
4. Opposite Sides - Manchester Orchestra
5. 21 Flights - Heavy English
6. Best Friends - Holychild
7. I Move Around - Gospel Claws
8. Bang It Out [feat. Karmin] - Breathe Carolina
9. Higher Road - John Ralston
10. The Mighty Rio Grande - This Will Destroy You
11. Earth To Echo Suite - Joseph Trapanese$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Broken PeopleAmerican music is a mile-wide river that beckons black and white, urban and rural, dreamer and doer alike to launch their vessels. All the streams of style and genre flow into it; its tributaries are blues and jazz, mountain and folk, rock, soul and R&B.
The release of the debut album by Muddy Magnolias, Broken People, marks the launch of a great new vessel onto that waterway. The album showcases a confluence of style and sound as colorful as it is unlikely, steeped in that river of influence, yet bracingly fresh.
With Broken People, Jessy Wilson and Kallie North take us on an 11-song journey with its origins in two widely divergent backgrounds that came together in a friendship and creative partnership with world-changing resonance.
North was raised in southeast Texas and began singing with her family and studying piano at an early age. She grew to love rich vocal harmonies singing in church choirs and listening to artists like the Carpenters, Alison Krauss, James Taylor and the Eagles. By her early teens, she was singing lead parts in church and in musical theater productions at her high school. Her palette grew when a friend turned her on to the Grateful Dead, and after high school she spent every spare moment in the clubs of Austin, absorbing everything from alt-country and jam bands to New Orleans funk. She met her husband at a concert and moved with him to his native Mississippi. There, on their isolated farm, she had her awakening, starting a career as a photographer, capturing the spirited, deep history of the Mississippi Delta.
"To me, the Delta is the most overlooked and mysterious place," she says. "It was the birthplace of America's music, and all the legends were influenced by everything that came out of it. I went on this personal exploration to learn about the Delta blues and the region's history. I picked up a camera and started taking pictures, blogging about what I was experiencing, and I tapped into all the creative energy lying dormant inside me." When her husband gave her a guitar, she began spending her days on the porch of their farm learning how to connect her first chords. From there, the songs began pouring out and she knew she had to find a way to get to Nashville and write songs professionally.
Wilson, raised in Brooklyn, was in love with music from her earliest days. She was singing before she could talk, and was 5 when her mother recognized her passion for music. "I would cry because I couldn't hit the high notes in Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey songs," she says. Influenced by greats from Aretha and Smokey Robinson to Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige and The Notorious B.I.G., she began auditioning in the highly competitive New York entertainment scene and was working professionally in musical theater by the age of 10. Her mother took her to nightclubs where she experienced a variety of live performances. She attended New York's top performing arts schools, including La Guardia High School, the "Fame" school, where she discovered her love for gospel music and took part in the gospel chorus for four years. She worked at Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village, making $500 a weekend while still in high school.
She sang backup for Alicia Keys in her teens, then worked four years with John Legend, and through him with legends like will.i.am, Kanye West, Raphael Saadiq and Babyface. Legend mentored her in songwriting and recording before she began writing songs on her own for American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino and others. Inspired by her evolving love of songwriting, she too moved to Nashville, looking for a wider creative palette. There, while meeting with then-BMI executive Clay Bradley, her eye settled on a photograph of "a rundown juke joint piano" in his office.
"I want to meet whoever took that photo," she said. The photographer was North-it had been taken during her creative awakening in Mississippi-and the subsequent meeting led quickly to collaboration and an epic friendship.
"The first day we wrote together," says North, "there wasn't much thought that we were blending genres and worlds. That never came up. It was just natural. She had never written a country song and I was writing them every day. We sat down to write one but when we listened back it was a country R&B song. And we decided to become songwriting partners." Before long, they had their first cut as collaborators, and they were off and running.
"The spirit of the Muddy Magnolias existed from the moment we met," says Wilson, "but we didn't know we were the Muddy Magnolias yet." North was toying with the idea of a solo career; Wilson had aspirations of making history as an African-American female songwriter in Nashville. Their new friendship was a game-changer.
"We spent a whole year writing, trying to understand what our message was when we combined our stories," says Wilson. Then one day over afternoon wine at Burger Up, their favorite hangout in the 12 South section of Nashville, both admitted to be being at a crossroads. "The next thing you know," says North, "Jessy said, 'What if we made a record together?' It was like all of our dreams in one."
"We went back to that same office on Music Row where I saw the photograph," says Wilson, "and sat down side by side in Clay's office and said, 'We've got something to tell you. We're going to make an album together.'" Bradley believed enough to sign on as their manager. They held three days of band auditions and found four best friends who had been playing together since college, primarily doing jazz. The fit was perfect, providing just the right sonic backdrop for their soulful approach and high-energy delivery.
As they continued to write and perform, opening for the likes of The Zac Brown Band and Gary Clark, Jr., they put together a project that crosses genres effortlessly, showcasing two voices that soar together in a blending of cultures as electrifying as if Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, or Whitney Houston and Lee Ann Womack had joined forces.
Broken People combines poetic imagery and vocal passion, with the musicianship and production of Motown or Muscle Shoals by way of the raw honesty of Sun Records. Of course it deals with love, longed for and unleashed, in songs like "I Need A Man," "Why Don't You Stay" and "Devil's Teeth," but the album soars as it reaches for bigger themes, dealing with the need for hope in "Take Me Home," for love on a societal scale in "Shine On" and "Brother What Happened," and hope for the future in "Got It Goin' On." With "Leave It To The Sky," the two, joined by John Legend on vocals and piano, make a powerful case for spiritual solutions, and few songs in the modern lexicon are as steeped in present-day reality as the gospel- and R&B-tinged title track.
"Ultimately," says North, "this album is a result of an unlikely friendship and is a testament to what can happen when you diversify your relationships."
"It's about getting out of your comfort zone and being rewarded with a great friendship," adds Wilson. "We've both felt the power of that."
"Our path is so much better and our lives are so much richer because of it," says North, "and we want to bring people along on this journey."
"We want to see what society would be like if we all reached out in ways we normally wouldn't," adds Wilson.
And that is the magic and the message. The music of Muddy Magnolias, live and on record, comes from a place where the Mississippi meets the A-Train by way of Nashville. Whether yours is the back porch or the front stoop, Spanish moss or window box garden, dusty country lane or crowded subway car, rural honky-tonk or uptown club, this is music that beckons. Muddy Magnolias are collaboration without boundaries, musical healing in a landscape of the heart, and all of us who treasure creative energy, honest art and the possibilities of love and unity, are better for their arrival.1. Broken People
2. Brother, What Happened?
3. Got It Goin' On
4. Why Don't You Stay
5. Take Me Home
6. Shine On!
7. It Ain't Easy
8. I Need A Man
9. Devil's Teeth
11. Leave It To The Sky (feat. John Legend)$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Merriweather Post PavilionMerriweather Post Pavilion is the ninth full length album from Animal Collective, recorded with Ben Allen in Oxford, Mississippi. Animal Collective have made a universal record that makes the same beautiful sense on headphones by day, or soundtracking the small hours of the morning, or stretched out in a field on your back. Whether a state of mind, or a rest stop somewhere along the way, Merriweather Post Pavilion magnificently redefines your sense of direction.
Located in different continents, Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist, having operated in their unique way since their inception, have now arrived at a point where their innerlogic makes perfect sense on the whole. Listening to Merriweather Post Pavilion you'll hear echoes of everything they've recorded to date, especially the mesmeric and melodic repetition of Panda Bear's last solo opus Person Pitch. The whoops and hollers that have previously held together the sublime, chaotic urgency of their earlier work, now signal the calm sense of euphoria and wonder that ripples through this wide eyed record.
Throughout Merriweather Post Pavilion, Panda Bear and Avey Tare sing in a newfound clarity, enraptured by the possibilities of the sound they're making. This record feels like a defining moment for Animal Collective; linear, wild and beautiful, it's the sound of a band waiting, with arms open wide, to tell you about what they've found. And it's something pretty special.1. In The Flowers
2. My Girls
3. Also Frightened
4. Summertime Clothes
5. Daily Routine
7. Guys Eyes
9. Lion In A Coma
10. No More Runnin
11. Brother Sport$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The movie hit of 2014, Interstellar, chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. While the film is directed by acclaimed Christopher Nolan (Inception, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight ), the epic soundtrack score was composed by Nolan's longtime collaborator, Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer.
Zimmer and Nolan planned to move away from the Batman Trilogy's scores and to come up with a unique one. Before (re)writing a word of Interstellar, Nolan did something he had never done before, something that speaks to his desire for more emotionally potent work. He asked composer Hans Zimmer to write some music for the film, but without telling him about the genre, title, characters, or plot: I said, 'I am going to give you an envelope with a letter in it. One page. It's going to tell you the fable at the center of the story. You work for one day, then play me what you have written.' He was up for it. And it was perfect. He gave me the heart of the movie. Zimmer says he remembers this idea from Nolan's letter: Once we become parents, we can't help but look at ourselves through the eyes of our children.
Zimmer conducted 45 scoring sessions for Interstellar, which was three times more than for Inception. Interstellar's score has been nominated for the 2015 Oscars, BAFTA Awards, Golden Globes and the Hollywood Music in Media Awards.LP1
1. Dreaming Of The Crash
2. Cornfield Chase
4. Day One
5. Message From Home
7. The Wormhole
8. Afraid Of Time
9. A Place Among The Stars
10. No Time For Caution
3. Running Out
5. Where We're Going
6. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night$48.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
DormarionTelekinesis is both a band and a person. Now a grizzled and wizened 26 year old, Michael Benjamin Lerner has recorded his third album, Dormarion. The record is, in ways both practical and profound, the sound of a man figuring out exactly who he is. Also, it's a total fucking hoot. Lerner originally intended to record the album completely on his own. Instead, he made the record in two weeks with Spoon drummer Jim Eno in his Austin, TX studio, Public Hi-Fi. On Dormarion Lane, to be specific. "It's a beautiful-sounding word, and if you Google it, nothing but this one tiny street comes up," says Lerner. "No origin, no description. I can't tell you what the word means. It's like something from Lost."1. Power Lines
2. Empathetic People
3. Ghosts and Creatures
5. Lean on Me
7. Dark to Light
8. Little Hill
9. Ever True
10. Island #4
12. You Take It Slowly$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I'm here to tell you it's definitely a piece of work to get excited about...the entire album is a standout... - Indie Shuffle
"Equally fuelled by dissonance and shivers as by soaring melodies and handclaps, Rookie wrenches alt.rock from its indie daydream and tosses it into a well-informed blend that make the kids look more like the connoisseur than the novice." - Drum Media
"It's his voice and those lyrics that are going to lunge The Trouble With Templeton into "something special" territory." - Album of the Week, Herald Sun
"The deeper you go into this full-length LP, the richer the colour and the detail." **** - Album of the Week, Courier Mail
Bella Union are thrilled to announce the signing of acclaimed Australian quintet The Trouble With Templeton whose debut album is titled Rookie.
Already a huge success in Australia, The Trouble With Templeton is the creation of singer/songwriter Thomas Calder, a 23-year-old wunderkind who formed the band in 2011. The following year saw TTWT expand to a 5-piece, the new members complimenting Calder's emotive vocals and songwriting with a collaborative, self-assured sound.
Adventurous, eccentric and stunningly melodic, Rookie is an album that leaves a distinct musical impression. With their debut release The Trouble With Templeton have crafted a record full of warmth and heart, whilst displaying a willingness to make music that's not afraid to affect or surprise. "The only prerequisite we had going in was that if we loved the song and we believe in it, then we were going to record it," says Thomas. "The element of surprise is something we really enjoy in music, something we're always shooting for. You don't want to know where a song is going from the first two lines."As a result, the album is a whirling dervish of moods and colours, of tempos and genres, melodies and layers, tackling concepts behind relationships and the way unique human narratives emerge from different viewpoints.
Musically, defining Rookie beyond a happily all-encapsulating idea like 'intelligent melodic alt-pop' isn't worth the hassle. It's an album that demands listening to in order to be understood. "It's held together by something undefinable," reckons Thomas. "For me it's a whole kaleidoscope of sounds and genres, but there's something holding it together, and that's us as a band."1. Whimpering Child
2. You are New
3. Heavy Lifting
4. Like A Kid
5. Six Months In A Cast
7. I Recorded You
8. Flowers In Bloom
9. Secret Pastures
12. Lint$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
There's A Riot Going OnThere's a riot going on. You don't need me, or Yo
La Tengo, to tell you that. These are dark times, in our
heads as much as in the streets. It's easy to lose contact
with the ground. Confusion and anxiety intrude
into daily life and cause you to lose your compass.
There are times that call for anthems, something to lift
you out of your slump and put fire in your feet. And
sometimes what is needed is a balm, a sound that will
wrap around you and work out the knots in your neck.
For Yo La Tengo, this is a slow-motion action
painting. Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and James
McNew did it all themselves, in their rehearsal studio,
with no engineer and no complicated equipment
(John McEntire later assisted in mixing). They did not
rehearse together beforehand; they turned on the recorder
and let things coalesce. Songs came together
over long stretches, sometimes as much as a year going
by between parts. You'd never guess this, since
the layers are joined with such a liquid brush. You'd
imagine most of the songs had sprung forth whole,
since they will enter your head that way. Within two
listens you will be powerless to resist the magnetic
draw of "Shades of Blue," will involuntarily hear "She
May, She Might" on your internal jukebox first thing in
the morning and "Let's Do It Wrong" late at night.
While there's a riot going on, Yo La Tengo will
remind you what it's like to dream. The sound burbles
and washes and flows and billows. If records were
dedicated to the cardinal elements, this one would be
water. There are shimmery hazes, spectral rumbles, a
flash of backward masking. You are there. And even if
your mind is not unclouded--shaken, misdirected, out
of words and out of time--you can still float, ride the
waves of an ocean deeper than your worries, above
the sound and above the Sound.LP 1
1. You Are Here
2. Shades of Blue
3. She May, She Might
4. For You Too
6. Polynesia #1
7. Dream Dream Away
2. Above the Sound
3. Let's Do It Wrong
4. What Chance Have I Got
5. Esportes Casual
7. Out of the Pool
8. Here You Are$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-FUL-5566xErland & The Carnival
Closing TimeWhen unassuming young Orkney music-maker Erland Cooper picked up his guitar and travelled the length of the country to play a show in London's
Notting Hill, little did he know that a chance encounter with musical veteran Simon Tong (The Verve, The Good The Bad & The Queen, and Gorillaz)
would be the start of a unique songwriting friendship. Together they formed Erland & The Carnival and now, nearly a decade later, arrives Closing Time -
the band's third, most accomplished album yet.
Opening a new chapter, Closing Time is an understated, inward looking collection of songs that feature stunning string arrangements and Erland's
impassioned vocals at centre stage. But rather than the modern folk adaptations of traditional songs, children's poems, and ancient literature on the
band's earlier albums or the pair's recent conceptual folklore project The Magnetic North, this time the band tell tales of a more personal nature.
"Previously we didn't know what we wanted to say or how to say it and would use stories and direct references to help us get to a place we could feel
secure," admits Simon. Erland adds; "in making this record we discarded an album's worth of material that sounded like the first two albums. We wanted
to make something different - doing another Jackson C Frank cover wasn't an option."
Above all, Closing Time is the very first time the listener can truly hear the wholly collaborative process that is Erland & The Carnival. Lyrical and musical
duties have always been shared, yet here the combined creativity of the pair's working friendship is only solidified with Erland taking a more 'hands on'
approach to production. The string arrangements, brought about by the album's unashamed twisted and selfish love song 'Quiet Love', were scored by
Simon before being recorded by a quartet in his living room later that week.
Recorded in Damon Albarn's studio13 with previous Erland & The Carnival engineer Steve Sedgewick and mixed by London Grammar producer Tim Bran
with Paul Weller guesting on two tracks. Despite creating more than 40 songs in the process of writing the album ("Some of the song melodies and ideas
on this may have even been written when I was 21 to be honest. 'Hopeless' certainly was," admits Erland), it was a brilliantly spontaneous and productive
time taking just over 3 days to come to fruition. "We learnt to be incredibly disciplined" tells Simon. "It feels like pruning a tree - when you cut away the
needless and weaker branches, what you get is something much fresher and stronger coming through."1. Closing Time
3. Quiet Love
4. I Am Joan
6. Is It Long 'Til It's Over?
7. Birth Of A Nation
8. That's The Way It Should Have Begun (But It's Hopeless)
9. They're Talking About You Again
10. Daughter$18.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-RIS-2310xMake Do And Mend
Don't Be Long
Colored LP In Gatefold Packaging + CD
There are musicians and there are artists, Make Do And Mend are artists. They
don't write songs, they craft them. Multiple hours are spent on every lyric, and
every chord progression, you can hear the passion in every song. The band's
latest effort, "Don't Be Long", is no exception. All 11 songs are hand-crafted
masterpieces. You can tell after one listen that this is a record that will stay in
your collection for years to come.
The band chose to re-enlist producers, Jay Maas and Nick Bellmore, the
dynamic duo behind the band's debut success, "End Measured Mile". The
result is something truly special. It's an album that will be treasured by fans
and critics alike for years to come. No strangers to life on the road, Make Do
And Mend have toured with Hot Water Music, The Wonder Years, and Senses
Fail and, like always, the band is prepared to spend all year supporting this
album on the road.
Make Do And Mend's live show is the ace up their sleeve, they connect with
their audience in a way that most bands aspire too. Every word is screamed
back at them, every bass drum hit is felt in the heart, and it's clear that there's
nowhere else anyone would rather be. Make Do And Mend isn't a band, they
are an experience, and "Don't Be Long" promises not to disappoint.1. Don't Be Long
2. Ever Since
4. Old Circles
5. Each Of Us
6. Sin Miedo
7. Sin Amor
8. All There Is
9. I Don't Wonder At All
11. Begging For The Sun To Go Down$18.99Colored Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
ConnectSick Puppies is a three piece rock band that formed in Australia in the late 1990s. The current lineup for the band is Shimon Moore on guitar, Emma Anzai on bass and Mark Goodwin on drums. In the early 2000s the band, which at the time did not include Mark, moved to the states to start their career as a professional rock band. They were signed to Virgin Records and released their second album, Dressed Up As Life which has sold over 200,000 copies in the United States and abroad since it's release in 2007. The band furthered their career and released their third full length album Tri-Polar in 2009 which featured hits such as, You're Going Down, Riptide, Maybe and Odd One.
Connect is an album that takes all types of Sick Puppies sound and combines it all into one. You have hints of Welcome To the Real World, Dressed Up As Life and Tri-Polar in the album. You have the hard rock and heavy bass songs such as, Die To Save You, There's No Going Back, Walk Away, Gunfight and The Trick The Devil Did; and you have the ballads, Poison, Where Did The Time Go, Telling Lies, Connect, Run, Healing Now and Under A Very Black Sky. The album comes together really well and isn't the bad kind of overpowering. Fans, if you've been anxiously awaiting this album to see if it's good; I'm here to tell you that this album is very good and worth the wait.
My Favorite Song Is... There's No Going Back. The song starts right off the bat with a very rhythmic acoustic guitar. The chorus then comes in and hits you with very strong lyrics. There's no going back / when life's a loaded gun / you pull the trigger, trigger / There's no going back / the past is in the past / thank God it doesn't last forever /. The use of Emma as a backup vocalist has always been something I wanted the band to do in every song, and this song, her small presence gives it such a bigger presence on the album. There's No Going Back is also the band's first single off the album.
- aNewRisingDesign1. Die to Save You
2. There's No Going Back
3. Walking Away
6. Where Did the Time Go
7. Telling Lies
10. The Trick the Devil Did
11. Healing Now
12. Under a Very Black Sky$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Make My Head Sing...Make My Head Sing , the new album from acclaimed singer and musician Jessica Lea Mayfield, will be released on ATO Records. Co-produced
by Mayfield and her collaborator, bassist and husband Jesse Newport, the ten-song album was recorded at Nashville's Club Roar studio. Of the new
music Mayfield comments, "The whole record is just me and Jesse and my drummer Matt Martin. I think a lot of my favorite bands are guitar, bass, and
drums. I wanted to simplify things. Bands are so big these days, I wanted to get in the studio and make a rock record and hear real guitar tones and
The new album follows Mayfield's 2011 release, Tell Me, which was produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and was described by Rolling Stone,
which named her an Artist to Watch, as "a disarming collision of stark country balladry, dynamic alternative rock and arty electronic pop." Additionally the
Associated Press asserted, "Tell Me is the portrait of a precocious girl growing into self-assured womanhood and a producer reaching the peak of his
powers. It is a dark and moody album, full of delights throughout, and if it doesn't make Mayfield a star, that too will be heartbreaking," while Spin
Magazine included Mayfield in their "The Next Big Things: 11 Artists You Must Hear in 2011" feature, calling her a "smart-ass country-rock ingÉnue." She
also made her network television debut on the "Late Show with David Letterman," performing the album's first single, "Our Hearts Are Wrong," which NPR
Music praised as " genuinely moving."1. Oblivious
2. I Wanna Love You
3. Standing In The Sun
4. Pure Stuff
5. Do I Have The Time
6. Party Drugs
7. Unknown Big Secret
8. Anything You Want
9. No Fun
10. Seein* Starz$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Good Morning HarakiriSomething about Dwellers sounds oddly familiar, but it's hard to put your finger on it until the Salt Lake City group's debut, Good Morning Harakiri, really gets a head of steam going. Could it be the presence of previously known personages like former Iota vocalist/guitarist Joey Toscano, or Sub Rosa alums Dave Jones (bass) and Zach Hatsis (drums)? Nah, too obscure all around, so it's gotta be the neo-psych qualities of these songs, which at different times recall everyone from Dead Meadow, to Truly, to SST-era Soundgarden. You know what we're talking about: that period when post-punk lysergic vibes ran far deeper than the subliminal metal influences bubbling just beneath the surface, even on more insistent numbers like Black Bird and the intriguingly titled Ode to the Inversion Layer. Toscano's wah-wah-lovin' geetar also conjures up old-school Screaming Trees on the extended jam Vultures, where the long-term working relationship between his rhythm peers definitely comes in handy -- as it does on the slow-crawling, pent-up tension of closer Old Honey, featuring echoed vocals in the Sons of Otis wheelhouse. Another cut, the punchy Lightning Ritual, shows unusual restraint and succinctness, so at least we know Dwellers can accomplish such feats of self-editing, if they so wish. But something tells us to expect an even wackier acid trip next time around, if Good Morning Harakiri turns out to yield a sequel, in contrast with the finality of its title.
- Eduardo Rivadavia (All Music Guide)1. Ode To Inversion Layer
2. Secret Revival
3. Black Bird
4. Lightening Ritual
6. Old Honey$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Recognitions (Pre-Order)While many couples can trace the real-time rise and fall of their
relationship back to social media feeds and harried phone calls,
Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church have channeled the highs
and lows of their storybook courtship into something else
entirely: the explosive, discomforting confessionals of
Exitmusic. The mercurial project started the year they got
married (2004) and all-but-imploded during their recent divorce,
but not before the duo wrapped its most fully realized collection
of beautifully damaged music yet titled The Recognitions.
It wasn't easy, though, for the band has always had to balance
its writing and recording sessions with Palladino's career as an
actress in such acclaimed television shows as Halt and Catch
Fire, The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, Storytelling and Before
the Devil Knows You're Dead.
Our relationship finally cracked when Aleksa took a break from
recording to work on a film in Iowa, explains Church. It takes
place on a lake so deep, indigenous people believed it had no
bottom, and was a portal to the spirit world. When Aleksa
returned from shooting, I could tell immediately something
major had shifted. She described an experience of standing up
in a boat on the lake and seeing her reflection in the water, and
having the realization that we had only been living on the
surface of life-that there were fathomless depths to be
explored if we were able to set each other free.
That feeling makes itself known right from the very beginning of
The Recognitions, as Crawl abruptly shifts from a sinister-butsubdued
intro-think: Beach House re-scoring Suspiria-to a
full-on exorcism, a fearless, fang-baring fight for one's life that
leaves a trail of blood, sweat, and tears behind. Things slow
down slightly amid the quivering strings, bold shuffleboard
beats, and minor-key melodies of Iowa, but there's no
denying what a wildly expressive diary entry this album is by its
end. That goes for everything from the bittersweet piano
balladry of The Distance to the queasy rhythms and delirious
hooks of Criminal.1. Crawl
4. Gold Coast
5. To The Depths
6. I'll Never Know
8. Trumpets Fade
9. Distance$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
OpeningFor years, I've imagined the work I do in music, photography, and video all coming into one space, says music-tech guru Christopher Willits from his home in San Francisco. It's an ambition that many musicians have aspired to, but nonetheless seems especially befitting of a worldly polymath like Willits. I believe that sound and light, when used intentionally, have the power to transform and inspire our imaginations, he continues. I believe that art has an ability to awaken our connection to everything. And that is exactly what he has set out to do with OPENING, the veteran Ghostly artist's immersive new audio-visual project.
Across seven tracks of widescreen ambient music, 45 minutes of visuals shot over four years in multiple countries, seven bespoke photographs, and a multi-sensory live performance, Willits has conceived and produced something which might better be thought of as an experience than a simple album. Of course, OPENING does feature Willits' latest music since Ancient Future, his 2012 collaboration with Japanese pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto, and the vibrant, enveloping sounds we've come to expect from him are on full display. The quiet majesty of Vision ushers us into the sacred world Willits created, a living universe which billows and heaves in the corners of slow-grooving songs like CLEAR and CONNECT or the
textural minutiae and harmonic subtleties in GROUND. Closing out the album, WIDE and RELEASE o!er the listener a gentle comedown through 15 cumulative minutes of transcendent audio, with Willits' delicate guitar manipulations breathing life into the aether of prickly atmospheres and soft-glowing synths.
The other integral facet to the experience of OPENING is Willits' visual work. After building a library of footage and images from his travels around California, Hawaii, Japan, and Thailand, Willits will unveil for the first time a portion of his videos as an abstract film, the seven scenes of which each correspond with a song and photo from the album. The
45-minute piece uses music and a first-person perspective to tell what Willits calls a very ambiguous story, much in the vein of ground-breaking experimental films Koyaanisqatsi and Baraka. Taken as a whole, OPENING is unlike anything Willits has accomplished before, and maybe that's because the audio-visual project is about expanding one's mind to become something new. Or, as Willits puts it, OPENING is about transformation, the experience of changing oneself to be more of who you know you can be, and, ultimately, the joy that comes with that change.1. Vision
7. Release$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Close TiesRodney Crowell's new album, Close Ties, demonstrates his strengths as a songwriter and illustrates how he has learned to balance personal recollection, literary sophistication, and his profound musical reach. Close Ties is at once his most intimate record and his most accessible, the product of years of understanding the ways songs can enter-and be entered by-life. "It's a loose concept album, you could say," Crowell says. "And the concept is related to how you tell stories about yourself. Having a few years ago written a memoir, my sensibilities toward narrative-especially trying to find a common thread in different pieces of writing-had become a part of my songwriting process."
Close Ties is a roots record, in the sense that Crowell himself has deep roots that stretch back into the alternative country scene of the early seventies. The rise of Americana music has struck a nerve with Crowell. "I have declared my loyalty to Americana. It's a hard category for people to get their heads around, or at least the terminology is. But all the people who represent it-Townes van Zandt, Guy Clark, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and more recent stars like John Paul White and Jason Isbell-share a common thread, and that thread is poetry. Whether they are actual poets or their music exemplifies a poetic sensibility, generally speaking, the Americana artist shuns commercial compromise in favor of a singular vision. Which resonates with me." There is also a powerful undercurrent of the blues running through the record. "Recently, I think-I hope-that my study of the blues is starting to show up in my music. Those artists, whether it's Lightnin' Hopkins or John Lee Hooker or the acoustic Delta players, connected to something fundamental. With that in mind, I'm trying to move forward but also get back there."1. East Houston Blues
3. Life Without Susanna
4. It Ain't Over Yet (feat. Rosanne Cash & John Paul White)
5. I Don't Care Anymore
6. I'm Tied To Ya' (feat. Sheryl Crow)
7. Forgive Me Annabelle
8. Forty Miles From Nowhere
9. Storm Warning
10. Nashville 1972$24.99150 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
IT (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)WaterTower Music today announced the release details of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for New Line Cinema's highly anticipated IT, the movie based on the iconic Stephen King novel of the same name which has been terrifying and thrilling readers for decades.
When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
Golden Globe® and Emmy® nominee Benjamin Wallfisch (A Cure for Wellness, Lights Out, Annabelle: Creation), widely acknowledged as one of Hollywood's most exciting and innovative composers, has assembled a thrillingly unsettling 38-track Original Soundtrack for IT with a palpable spirit of suspense, adventure and anarchy, using powerful themes, a full symphony orchestra and children's choir.
"Every now and again, you come across a movie where the storytelling is so powerful, the subtext so visceral, the synergy between director, narrative and actors so palpable, that as a composer you can feel the music being energized by something so much bigger than what's just on the screen," Wallfisch said. "Creating a score to tell the story of a shapeshifting antagonist of unimaginable evil that can only be defeated when a group of individuals come together as one, required metamorphic themes, extremes of sonic irreverence and heartfelt quiet, and, most importantly, a musical language that strived to be constantly informed by the profound emotional truth driving the heartbeat of the filmmaking. To collaborate with Andy Muschietti on IT was to be invited into a thrilling, deeply inspiring and richly creative dynamic space. It was a true honor, and, as a lifelong Stephen King fan, a great privilege."1. Every 27 Years
2. Paper Boat
3. Georgie, Meet Pennywise
5. River Chase
6. Egg Boy
8. Come Join The Clown, Eds
9. You'll Float Too
11. Georgie's Theme
12. 29 Neibolt Street
13. Time To Float
14. You'll Die If You Try
15. Return to Neibolt
16. Into The Well
17. Pennywise's Tower
19. Searching For Stanley
20. Saving Beverly
21. Georgie Found
23. Feed On Your Fear
24. Welcome To The Losers Club
25. Yellow Raincoat
26. Blood Oath
28. Every 27 Years (Reprise)
29. Epilogue - The Pennywise Dance$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Tail Of LionsLondon-born singer, songwriter, and producer Alex Clare is one of those lucky people who will never be short of something startling to tell when the lights dim and true conversation really begins. "Where do you even start with a story like mine?" he laughs, down the line from his home in Jerusalem - and he makes a good point. Alex signed a major label deal with Island in 2010, released a single and an album then got unceremoniously dropped. When, in 2012, a song called 'Too Close' was pulled from the album and placed on an Internet Explorer 9 advert it prompted millions of sales and, lo and behold, he got re-signed. Eighteen months later he made a new album that the label failed to get behind and, as you might expect, it sold, in his own words, "nothing." He got married, toured the US, Russia, and Europe and started a family.
In the summer of 2015 he removed himself to a narrow boat on the River Lea (his debut was also recorded afloat, "I love boats," he says. "The one thing that I miss about the UK, is that Jerusalem, is on top of a mountain. No boats!") with his friend, bass player and founder member of Submotion Orchestra, Chris Hargreaves and the pair began to record again. What they came up with is a remarkable work called 'Tail of Lions'. Written and recorded in a few short weeks, Alex would spend months with Chris working on exactly the right mix for this new collection, a place where soul, rock, and funk meet steel-sharp electronica and iced-out drum and bass.1. Tell Me What You Need
2. Get Real
3. Surviving Aint Living
4. Bring Me Down
6. Gotta Get Up
7. Tired From The Fire
8. Love Can Heal
9. Open My Eyes
10. You'll Be Fine$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Days Are GoneDays Are Gone is the debut album from indie-rock outfit/sisters Haim.
Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (Usher, Vampire Weekend) and James Ford (Florence and the Machine, Arctic Monkeys), Days Are Gone is an album years in the making. Since their first show as a group, which took place on July 7th, 2007, Haim have been gigging extensively. The first five years we just played every show we could play in L.A., Alana recalls. All we wanted to do was play. Then finally we realized we were playing too much. The sisters credit Casablancas specifcially for advising them that playing too many live shows is not the answer. To that end, the girls have now been more selective when lining up future tours. Still, as Alana explains, it was hard to turn down opening-slot offers from groups they love, specifically Florence and the Machine and Mumford & Sons. They take care of me like I'm their little sister, Alana says of the Mumfords, with whom Haim again will be playing support for later this year.
Ask the girls to describe specific tracks on Days Are Gone and they quickly fire back: If I told you I'd have to kill you, Este deadpans. Wait, really? No clues at all? The thing is, she explains, you can ask me anything about anything and I'll tell you except for our music. The record is something we're tight-lipped about. Haim do reveal that the album contains a healthy dose of the songs they've been playing in their live sets - "Falling," "Forever," "Don't Save Me" - in addition to, as Alana says, a lot of new jams. What little they'll reveal about the new material is that the album's title track was co-written with Jessie Ware and Kid Harpoon.
Rolling Stone had a chance to take the new album for a spin, however. And it's every bit worth the wait. There's palpable maturity in the lyrics: On If I Could Change Your Mind, Danielle is a self-admitted newbie at the whole love thing (I've never done this before/drove a million miles/back when you were mine/I was too young to know you were the one to find); later she's brushing off a former lover on Honey & I, then flat-out giving dude the cold shoulder (Honey, I'm not your honey-pie,) over a ripping electric guitar lick and a bass wobble generally reserved for sweaty dance clubs on the pop-friendly My Song 5. Sonically, the LP is a highly textural affair, from the 8-bit keyboard clatter on the title track to the lush, Eighties-style synths that sizzle throughout Running If You Call My Name.
- Dan Hyman (Rolling Stone)1. Falling
3. The Wire
4. If I Could Change Your Mind
5. Honey & I
6. Don't Save Me
7. Days Are Gone
8. My Song 5
9. Go Slow
10. Let Me Go
11. Running If You Call My Name$23.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
BlackDierks Bentley has announced the details for his upcoming eighth studio album, Black. The follow-up to his acclaimed Riser is slated to drop in 2016.
The new album reunites the core creative team from Riser, including producer Ross Copperman and executive producer Arturo Buenahora, Jr. Riser set a new high-water mark for Bentley, earning him Grammy, CMA and ACM nominations and putting him in the headlining slot in arenas across the country. Black sees Bentley continuing to push himself creatively, expanding his sonic palette to include influences that "flourish on the edge of arena rock," according to a press release.
Black is a very personal album, taking its title from Bentley's wife Cassidy's maiden name, but it's intended to tell a universal story of "breakups, hookups, mess-ups and everything in between, shining a light on the things that happen after the sun goes down."
"It's a relationship album that covers the ups and downs of the journey and ends with some self-realization and evolvement," Bentley states. "The song 'Black' helps set all of that in motion at the top of the album by guiding you into the darkness and the shadows of the night. The same guy who sings 'Somewhere On a Beach' winds up growing and having enough perspective to sing something introspective like 'Different for Girls.' By the last song, he's taking a look back on love and life."
Black features more input from the female perspective than any previous Bentley album, including appearances from Maren Morris, Elle King, Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey and Jessi Alexander.
"Having a female perspective on this record really made the album more than just music," Bentley says. "It makes it a conversation between a guy and a girl. Sometimes it's harmonious and sometimes it's two people clashing, but it's always there."
The album also features a guest shot from Trombone Shorty. Black is set for release on Capitol Records Nashville.
-Sterling Whitaker (tasteofcountry.com)1. Black
2. Pick Up
3. I'll Be The Moon
4. What The Hell Did I Say
5. Somewhere On A Beach
7. Why Do I Feel
8. Roses And A Time Machine
9. All The Way To Me
10. Different For Girls
11. Mardi Gras
12. Light It Up
13. Can't Be Replaced$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-ATO-4919xKopecky Family Band
Kids Raising KidsNashville based indie rock sextet Kopecky Family Band's highly anticipated full length debut Kids Raising Kids is an adventurous, self-released project. It's the culmination of five years progress for the band, both creatively and in terms of the chemistry that makes these six individuals a family. "It's a time capsule of all the experiences we've had since we started playing together" says co-founder Kelsey Kopecky (vocals/keys). Gabe Simon (vocals/guitar), whom Kelsey founded the band with adds that this is the record where Kopecky Family Band has "finally found its voice". The band feel that this record will allow fans to "take home the live experience" they are so widely revered for.
Thee band's first single, "Heartbeat", with its ethereal instrumentation, hand claps and percussive piano exemplifies the laid back, yet progressive nature of Kids Raising Kids. It showcases the lack of fear the band has trying different routes in their pursuit to find the best way to finish a song, taking advantage of their technical prowess while embracing simpler options when the song calls for it.
If pressed to classify the band's sound, Gabe will describe it as a "modern, more aggressive Fleetwood Mac. The thoughtfulness and originality that comes with such an answer can be found throughout Kids Raising Kids. The record works in much the same way as a book, with each song a unique chapter. The tracks all have their own personality and voice, but there is without a doubt still something inherently 'Kopecky Family Band' about each one. Kelsey will tell you the album is about "Discovering Life" and the fact that while we are born basically the same, our paths through life and the people we meet along the way are what make us the individuals we are. This concept is evident on the album, not just lyrically, but in the way each track explores new musical territory.1. Wandering Eyes
3. My Way
4. Are You Listening
5. The Glow
6. Change Hope
7. She Is The One
8. Waves Angry Eyes
9. Ella$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now