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State Of Grace (Awaiting Repress)Transparent Red Vinyl
Mike McColgan (founding front man of Dropkick Murphys) and his band bring their passion-fueled songs to a wider audience with the vinyl release of their Hellcat debut. Covering themes from politics to family to social injustice, these songs showcase a new depth while not abandoning the group's punk roots. With a main stage run on the entire 2008 Warped Tour and a batch of melodic, fist-pumping anthems to win over the crowd, Street Dogs are ready to take the streets. Produced by Ted Hutt (Bouncing Souls, Flogging Molly). Colored vinyl with collectible poster.1. Mean Fist
2. Kevin J. O'Toole
3. Into The Valley
4. Rebel Song
5. The Generals Boombox
7. Two Angry Kids
8. San Patricios
9. A State Of Grace
10. Free$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Street DogsStreet Dogs was recorded at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC with longtime friend and producer John Keane at the helm. As for the drumming situation, according to a press release Duane Trucks did fill in for Todd Nance during the Street Dogs sessions.
- Relix.com$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Degeneration StreetDegeneration Street, the fifth album from The Dears, reunites the original lineup that brought you Lost in the Plot and delivers the passion and soul that has earned the adoration of fans and critics worldwide. From the electrifying nihlist pop anthem Thrones, to the star-scraping heights of Galactic Tides; from the grimy opener Omega Dog, to the Motown sci-fi of Lamentation, Degeneration Street is, definitively, The Dears.1. Omega Dog
2. 5 Chords
7. Galactic Tides
9. Stick w/ Me Kid
10. Tiny Man
11. Easy Suffering
14. Degeneration Street$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-PSY-0394xInsane Clown Posse
Dog Beats EPOne of the most legendary and sought-after albums to ever come out of Detroit in the last 30 years, Dog Beats returns to record bins everywhere this spring! Representing the very first official release from the group that would become INSANE CLOWN POSSE, Dog Beats was released when the group were still in their teens and calling themselves Inner City Posse. This EP was sold on the streets of Detroit and original cassette copies now fetch an average of $2,000 on eBay. Despite a mail-order-only CD reissue around 2000, Dog Beats has been out of circulation ever since and has NEVER BEFORE BEEN RELEASED NATIONALLY! This is truly a historic piece of Midwest hip-hop that shows the humor, rap skills, and never-say-die enthusiasm that would eventually catapult INSANE CLOWN POSSE (the band changed their name shortly after the release of Dog Beats) into the worldwide pop culture and underground icons they are today. This is where the story of ICP begins ... and is a MUST OWN for all hip-hop fans!1. Ghetto Zone
2. Wizard of the Hood
3. Life At Risk
4. Dog Beats$14.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 12 EP - Sealed Buy Now
When I Said I Wanted To Be Your DogCall it a curse: Jens Lekman's world is populated by an endless stream of women. There he is, his hair mussed and glasses off-kilter, sitting in the corner of the cafe with his journal once again - and he's being torn in two. Moments ago he fell in love with the redheaded barista who nailed his order - when she scooted that cappuccino across the counter, it was clear that there was a connection. And now, his eye catches the picture of divinity in the shape of the most finely featured brunette he's ever seen...and she's looking his way. But which way to go? It's tragic having to make such choices. Like Fellini's The Man Who Loved Women, Jens Lekman is a man forever at a crossroads between competing inspirations.
At only 23, Lekman has deservedly been the center of much hype in Scandinavia. Having made a name for himself performing under the name Rocky Dennis, he recently hit #2 on the Swedish National Pop Charts. Most everyone who's heard him believes him to be the next great pop star emerging from the streets of the DIY underground. With an angelic voice and golden ears he seems to be drinking from the same hard waters as The Carpenters, Harry Nilsson, The Magnetic Fields, Runt-era Todd Rundgren, Bill Callahan's Smog, The Modern Lovers, Rufus Wainwright and Belle & Sebastian.Side A
1. Tram #7 To Heaven
2. Happy Birthday, Dear Friend Lisa
3. Do You Remember The Riots?
4. You Are The Light (By Which I Travel Into This And That)
5. If You Ever Need A Stranger (To Sing At Your Wedding)
1. The Cold Swedish Winter
4. When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog
5. A Higher Power$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
From WiresSweden's Twopointeight bring back their melodic punk rock through I Scream Records. Since forming in 2003, the band put out two albums prior to From Wires and toured the globe alongside acts like Bad Religion, Millencolin, Street Dogs, The Gaslight Anthem and Flogging Molly.1. Dusting For Prints
2. Martha St.
3. Speed Of Love
4. Got Love
5. An Open Window
6. This Is Where We Part
7. Straight To Video
8. Summer In The Burbs
9. The World Keeps Turning
10. The Grid$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Do Or DiePressed On Transparent Brown Vinyl
Do or Die is the first album released by Boston's Irish-American punk band, Dropkick Murphys. It was released in 1998. A music video for the single Barroom Hero was released. This is the only album that featured original lead vocalist, Mike McColgan who went on to become a fireman before forming his own band, the Street Dogs.1. Cadence to Arms (Instrumental)
2. Do or Die
3. Get Up
4. Never Alone
5. Caught in a Jar
6. Memories Remain
7. Road of the Righteous
8. Far Away Coast
9. Fightstarter Karaoke
10. Barroom Hero
11. 3rd Man In
12. Tenant Enemy #1
13. Finnegan's Wake
15. Boys on the Docks (Murphys' Pub Version)
16. Skinhead on the MBTA$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Stand For Something Or Die For Nothing
Boston. Titletown. The Cradle of Liberty. Beantown. From popular neighborhoods like Jamaica Plain and Davis Square to the more hardscrabble quarters like Mattapan and Roxbury, Boston is a complex fabric of people, cultures, and viewpoints. None more Boston are punk rock outfit, Street Dogs. From the air they breathe and the food they eat to the communities they serve-frontman Mike McColgan is a Boston Fire Department 911 Dispatcher and drummer Pete Sosa is an honorary member of the City of Boston-and the values they uphold, Street Dogs exemplify their city and what it has to offer the world. Across the group's storied 16-year career, they've hit hard, spoke the truth, and walked the walk. New album, Stand for Something or Die for Nothing, is proof the Bostonians continue to live and be empowered by their punk rock, tell-it-like-it-is ethos.
"Anyone who has ever listened to our group knows we are Bostonians to the bone," says bassist Johnny Rioux. "We all love the city. It's our home. I think our fans abroad get a window into our city and what it is like to grow up here and live here through a multitude of different life experiences [from our music]."
Indeed, Sicut Patribus Sit Street Dogs Nobis. But the primary motivator to pick up where 2010's lauded self-titled left off wasn't to continue waving the sky blue at the Boston Common, but to sound the alarm that our leadership and the affluent are taking advantage of society. The wedge is being driven between classes, deeper and deeper, where the rich get richer and the poor are afforded fewer choices in life, like education, opportunity, and the pursuit of a good life, respected liberties, and unquestionable happiness. This gift, as it were, has given the Street Dogs have plenty to write about eight years after their Hellcat Records' swansong.
"The dumbing down of America is a reason to write songs in 2018," Rioux asserts. "People need to wake the fuck up and realize the rich won't drain the swamp or look after the working man and woman. [So] we hit on familiar turf and we go outside our zone as well on Stand for Something or Die for Nothing. It's tough to contain my excitement for this record and our fans are going to love it. Everyone stepped way up."
If there's one thing that sets the self-titled apart from Stand for Something or Die for Nothing it's the songwriting. Tracks like "Other Ones," "Angels Calling," "Working Class Heroes," and "Never Above You, Never Below You" show Street Dogs at their finest: loud, abrasive, confrontational, and unifying. In fact, there's not one track on the group's sixth full-length that doesn't convey brotherhood, common values, and the ability to stand together against anyone with aims to disfigure or disband their raised fist.
"On Stand for Something or Die for Nothing, we took our time making sure everything was worked out as well as it possibly could be with multiple re-writes of songs and painstaking takes," says Rioux. "The band wrote this record together as a unit. This is the most full-band record we have ever made with everyone contributing. It's our best record. I really believe that and all the hard-painstaking work we put in people will hear and feel. With respects to the self-titled record we were moving at very quick and prolific pace back then. That record came together fast and is special."
Recorded at Woolly Mammoth Studios, Sugarland Studio, and Q Division Studios with Rioux in the producer's chair, mix master Sean Cahalin at the desk, and mastering ace Jeff Lipton navigating, Stand for Something or Die for Nothing is a punk rock album for the new era. Rioux was careful to balance the DIY tenets of punk with the professional requirements of recording an album. The result was hard won, but Stand for Something or Die for Nothing is a punk rock triumph, with tracks like "The Comeback Zone," "Lest We Forget," and the title track delivering modern-day anthems that kick ass and take names.
"Other than Sean being a total professional and super-proficient, there aren't really any specific stories to Stand for Something or Die. I've always has had a hand in the production of our records and I can be demanding in the studio! That all said, I think we have our best sounding record to date. It has all the energy of our live shows in it. Fans will immediately tell it's us when they hear it."
While the definition of punk rock has its divisions, Street Dogs are, no doubt, part of the genre's proud history. Stand for Something or Die is undoubtedly punk rock. Using Rioux's definition (or not): "What's punk to me is people living how they want to not how they are told to."
Amen, brother.1. Stand For Something Or Die For Nothing
2. Other Ones
3. The Comeback Zone
4. Angels Calling (feat. Slaine)
5. These Ain't The Old Days
6. Working Class Heroes
7. Lest We Forget
8. The Round Up
9. Mary On Believer Street
10. Never Above You, Never Below You
11. Torn And Frayed$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Gang's All HereThe Gang's All Here is the second album released by American Celtic punk band the Dropkick Murphys. It is their first album with Al Barr (ex-vocalist for The Bruisers) who replaced founding singer Mike McColgan in 1998 after he left the band to become a firefighter, and later form his own Punk Rock band Street Dogs. With Barr, the band released their first single together, 1998's Curse of a Fallen Soul prior to recording the album. 10 Years of Service was as a single and music video, which some airplay on MTV's 120 Minutes, a first for the band.1. Roll Call
2. Blood and Whiskey
3. Pipebomb On Lansdowne
4. Perfect Stranger
5. 10 Years Of Service
6. Upstarts and Broken Hearts
7. Devil's Brigade
8. Curse Of A Fallen Soul
9. Homeward Bound
10. Going Strong
11. The Fighting 69th
12. Boston Asphalt
13. Wheel Of Misfortune
14. The Only Road
15. Amazing Grace
16. The Gang's All Here$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Devils BrigadeDevils Brigade is an all-star punk group featuring Matt Freeman and Tim Armstrong of Rancid and DJ Bonebrake, drummer of X and the Knitters. Rancid fans have always cherished Matts deep punk growl on his featured songs on Rancid albums, and now Devils Brigade brings his singing, rockabilly-inspired bass slap, and classic punk songwriting to the fore. With Tim Armstrongs Duane Eddy lead guitar and the rock-steady rhythm of DJ Bonebrake, Devils Brigade offers up twelve songs that mix equal parts Johnny Cash, the Pogues, and Sun rockabilly, in a combustible cocktail that will have fans slamming on this falls tour with the Street Dogs. On tracks like Bridge of Gold with vocals by Armstrong, the band stretches out, adding mandolin and banjo to their sound, while Ride Harley Ride features some slinky vibraphone. Also features guest vocals from Rancids Lars Frederikson.1. Im Movin Through
2. My Own Man Now
4. Bridge Of Gold (featuring Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen)
6. Ride Harley Ride
7. Whos Gonna Save You Now
8. Desperate Times
9. Vampire Girl
10. Gentleman Of the Road (featuring Tim Armstrong)
11. Protest Song
12. Half Way To Hell$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Kigali Y' IzahabuThe Good Ones is a trio of Rwandan genocide survivors who play joyous, acoustic love songs written in the ancient local, Kinyarwanda street dialect of their nations capital, Kigali. Adrien Kazigira, Stany Hitimana and Jeanvier Havugimana recorded the songs collected on Kigali Y' Izahabu over the course of one summer evening on the back porch of a friends home. The primary obstacle to recording the group was that the musicians showed up with only one guitar for two players, and that guitar was missing two strings. Hitimana played bass on the 4-string, and a beat-up acoustic was located for the second guitarist, the sullen, primary songwriter, Kazigira, who interweaves intricate harmonies with co-singer Havugimana. In a style often referred to as worker songs from the streets, these simple, direct and plaintive love songs speak more to the healing power of peace than a thousand academic treatises or preachy goodwill ambassadors ever could.
Toiling at hard labor and subsisting on less than 50 cents a day in one of the ten poorest countries in the world, the hard-won spirit of these aging war-veterans shines through in The Good Ones yearning voices. Kazigira, 47, wrote 8 of the 12 songs found on the album and both plays and sings. He cites Bob Marley and reggae as his major influences. Hitimana, 47, on lead guitar and bass, sometimes teaches music in Kigali and finds inspiration in the music of Santana. And harmony singer Jeanvier, 38, who also plays guitar and sings lead on his own compositions, is most influenced by the Caribbean dance music called Zouk. The trio is punk embodied: barefoot, bandaged and jaundiced; armed with broken, mismatchedstringed, borrowed guitars; but singing angelically from amidst a landlocked country that the world abandoned.
Kigali Y' Izahabu is essentially an intimate field recording that even captures the howling and barking of dogs in the background, and it was recorded by two-time Grammy-nominated producer Ian Brennan, who has worked with artists such as Ramblin Jack Elliott, Flea, TV on the Radios Kyp Malone, Richard Thompson and many others.
Brennan traveled throughout Rwanda, hoping to document some of the countrys contemporary music, but up until his mission-affirming encounter with The Good Ones, he had been left wanting. As Brennan reports: They were standing in the dark, their eyes downcast and restless, and holding only one guitar between them. From 100-feet away, I knew instantly that there was something special about them, a feeling one is lucky to experience even once in a lifetime. By that point, Id already visited literally every recording-studio in the capital (Kigali) and surrounding areas over two weeks and listened to hundreds of artists, but to no avail. This meeting had been set up through a mutual friend and the instant the band opened their mouths to sing, it was as if the universe reached down to tap me on the shoulder and say, 'What these guys do is precious and rare. Don't fuck it up.'1. Sara
3. Umuntu N inkundi
4. Amagorwa Y' Abagabo
6. G ahind Umpora Iki
7. Bakame N i' Ingwe
9. Iby' Iyisini Ubusa
10. Invura Yaranka G eyi
12. Eudia$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Spitballin'The DAVE STEWART-produced SPITBALLIN' would never have happened if not for one Twitter message that turned STEWART's world upside down. STEWART has seen and done it all, but none of it prepared him for what he would hear from THOMAS LINDSEY. "I read it and clicked on the link," STEWART recalls. "And there he was, singing something on a YouTube video. I don't remember what it was but there was no music. He was singing a cappella. And I went, 'Holy crap!'" STEWART got in touch with his young admirer and invited him to send examples of his original material.
"It was really amazing stuff. So I asked if he wanted to come out to Los Angeles and sing three songs unaccompanied before my show at the Troubadour," STEWART says. Following their live debut, STEWART and LINDSEY began writing together by sending audio files back and forth between L.A. and Louisiana. Working long distance seemed to bring them closer as they built a catalog of songs.
Their common ground proved as lush as Delta marshland. A down-and-dirty delta guitar riff. A thumping drum beat. And a stunning vocal intro, urgent, haunted, earthy and spiritual, with blues-drenched filigrees, a vibrato that shocks like an electric current, a range that defies not just convention but gravity itself. Backed by STEWART's distorted voodoo guitar licks, LINDSEY opens "Leave This Town" in free tempo and then a swampy groove kicks in--just guitar and drums, raw and wild. "Two People" unfolds over a stomping beat that leads to a long vamp over which Lindsey improvises with hair-raising intensity and finesse. Churchy echoes permeate "When Dogs Run," with a mournful organ providing the backdrop to STEWART's Pop Staples-style guitar tremolo. "Alcohol" boils down to organ and LINDSEY's voice recounting a riveting elegy for someone who was "lost to alcohol."
Some of the stories behind the lyrics on these songs are sad, but true and some more fanciful. To write "Crocodile," for instance, LINDSEY admits "I tried to write a song that would seem like something from a shoe commercial! I had this image of a woman in bad-ass crocodile boots, walking down the street. That's how that song formed."1. Leave This Town
2. Another Lie
3. Friend Zone
5. When Dogs Run Away
6. Look at Those Flames
7. Two People
8. Run From You
12. Dear God$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Basement TapesRanked 291/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Recorded in Basement of Big Pink with The Band: Modern Americana Starts Here
Audiophile Sound at Last: Sonic Subtleties, Loose Interplay, Organic Spirit, Warm Textures Presented Like Never Before on Definitive Mobile Fidelity Reissue
Dylan at His Most Humorous, Unguarded, Loose: Folk Tales, Weird Narratives, Rock Ballads, Inside Jokes, Allusions Pepper Alchemic Material
Includes This Wheels on Fire, You Aint Goin Nowhere, Tears of Rage, Million Dollar Bash, Yazoo Street Scandal
The Freewheelin Bob Dylan, Another Side of Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home, Blonde on Blonde, and Blood on the Tracks Also Available from Mobile Fidelity
Basements have long been associated with raw, off-the-cuff rock n roll, the damp and dark spaces serving as the woodshedding venues for countless bands. Yet no basement is more famous, and none yielded music as familiarly weird, wholesomely American, joyously loose, and identifiably humorous as that in the upstate New York house dubbed Big Pink the location where, during the summer and early fall of 1967, Bob Dylan and The Band played a vivid tapestry of covers, originals, and traditionals that signaled the advent of Americana. Once again, the Bard changed the world.
As part of its Bob Dylan catalog restoration series, Mobile Fidelity is thoroughly humbled to have the privilege of mastering the iconic LP from the original master tapes and pressing it on dead-quiet LPs at RTI. The end result is the very finest, most transparent analog edition of The Basement Tapes ever produced and the first-ever analog reissue. Inimitable, the particulars of The Basement Tapes especially, the gather-round-in-a-huddle assembly of the instrumentalists, home-made character, domestic vibe, and low-volume nature of the recordings come to fore here in a manner that takes the listener down the stairs at 2188 Stoll Road and brings the images of Dylan, Rick Danko, Robbie Robertson, and Co. to life.
Fresh off experiencing a motorcycle accident and the wrath of audiences hostile to his embrace of amplified music, Dylan elected to retreat to the comforts of rural and family life. He soon began collaborating with members of the Band in his house, ultimately moving the sessions to Big Pink. Informal, peaceful, relaxed, open-minded: The collaborations blanket country stomps, roots hootenannies, forgotten spirituals, earthy originals, chaotic marches, dreamscapes, dance tunes, folk laments, catch-as-you-can improvisations. On The Basement Tapes, mythical ghosts and dead legends reappear, reveling in the absurdity, comedy, mystery, aura, and alchemy.
In Invisible Republic, his scintillating book about the sessions, cultural critic Greil Marcus states: At a time when the country was tearing itself apart in a war at home over a war abroad, the music was funny and comforting; it was also strange, and somehow incomplete. Out of some odd displacement of art and time, the music seemed both transparent and inexplicable when it was first heard, and it still does. Indeed, The Basement Tapes appear to emanate from an indefinable chasm between modern and ancient, self-evident and mysterious, shapeless and fully formed, abstract and concrete, histories unwritten and chronicled. But every note chimes with freenessa liberating fun, humble simplicity, and bond-creating camaraderie felt in every hoot, holler, laugh, and false start.
The Basement Tapes capacity to remain so gloriously honest and timeless performances that genuinely could've been made today, ten years from now, or back in the 1930's helps account for their emotional resonance and unsurpassed reputation as a snapshot of how unencumbered American music, and art with deep historical roots and connective cultural tissues, is supposed to sound.
Mobile Fidelity's reissue squares away the late-night bleariness, jovial atmosphere, low-ceiling dimensions, and ensemble-based perspective of the sessions, allowing the listener to become Hamlet, the dog who slept nearby Dylan, Robertson, and Co. as it all went down. This is not to be missed.
Given the sonic and artistic merit of this album, we anticipate huge demand.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Odds and Ends
2. Orange Juice Blues (Blues for Breakfast)
3. Million Dollar Bash
4. Yazoo Street Scandal
5. Goin to Acapulco
6. Katies Been Gone
7. Lo and Behold
8. Bessie Smith
9. Clothes Line Saga
10. Apple Suckling Tree
11. Please Mrs. Henry
12. Tears of Rage
13. Too Much of Nothing
14. Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread
15. Aint No More Cane
16. Crash on the Levee (Down in the Flood)
17. Ruben Remus
18. Tiny Montgomery
19. You Aint Goin Nowhere
20. Dont Ya Tell Henry
21. Nothing Was Delivered
22. Open the Door, Homer
23. Long Distance Operator
24. This Wheels on Fire$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Cujo: Music From The Motion PicturePressed On Black And Brown "St. Bernard" Colored Vinyl
Limited To 1000 Copies
Ah, life in the country such bucolic bliss. Until your neighbor's dog contracts rabies, kills its owner, and then comes after you! With such emotional extremes, Cujo was not an easy movie to score, but when Stephen King's classic novel came to the screen in 1983 starring Dee Wallace and Daniel Hugh-Kelly with Lewis Teague directing, composer/conductor Charles Bernstein (A Nightmare on Elm Street) proved mightily up to the task. In addition to employing harsh synthesizer effects and dissonant orchestral layers leading up to the climactic showdown between Mom and beast, Bernstein also penned a tender theme expressing the gentle joys of family life. Unfortunately, post production woes mixed up some cues and caused the score to be abbreviated in the film; Intrada's recent CD release presented Bernstein's work for the first time as it was originally recorded, and that's where the 18 tracks on our first-ever vinyl release come from, with new (and terrifying) cover art. Limited black and brown "St. Bernard" vinyl edition limited to 1000 copies!1. Main Title & Rabbit Chase
3. Kemp to Dinner Table
4. Cujo's Entrance (Revised)
5. Hoist Delivery & Spilt Milk
6. Monster Words Wall & Cujo in Fog
7. Brett and Charity
8. Cujo Kills Garry
9. Cujo Kills Camber
10. Drive to Siege
11. Crane to Cujo & Car Stalls
12. Pee-Em Phone & Sunrise
13. Cujo Attacks Car
14. Cujo Attacks Donna & 360 in Car (Revised)
15. Cujo on the Hood to Sunrise II (Revised Alternate #2)
16. Final Confrontation
17. Revive Tad
18. Cujo End Credits$26.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Cypress Hill (Awaiting Repress)
Limited Edition Clear Vinyl
Somewhere in between the rock-star mischief of the Beastie Boys and the slow-creeping funk of Dr. Dre, Cypress Hill introduced their hazy-eyed sound to the world on their self-titled 1991 debut and things have never quite been the same since. The original Cypress Hill album captures the group at their risk-taking best, mixing gangster posturing, LA street politics, Latin flavor and warped humor together under a thick cloud of weed smoke and innovative beats. Nasal-voiced rapper B-Real and his partner Sen Dog, backed by the adventurous production styles of DJ Muggs, produce classics records like How I Could Just Kill a Man, Pigs, Stoned is the Way of the Walk and Hand on the Pump. Since its release, the album has won acclaim as one of Rolling Stone's Essential Recordings of the 90s and Top 100 Best Rap Albums by The Source magazine. Get On Down is proud to present one of the most influential and important hip-hop albums ever, Cypress Hill, in this special red vinyl release, featuring audio remastered from the original source tapes.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Pigs
2. How I Could Just Kill A Man
3. Hand On The Pump
4. Hole In The Head
5. Ultraviolet Dreams
6. Light Another
7. Phuncky Feel One
8. Break It Up
9. Real Estate
10. Stoned Is The Way Of The Walk
12. Something For The Blunted
13. Latin Lingo
14. Funky Cypress Hill Shit
15. Tres Eqyis
16. Born To Get Busy$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Love Backed By ForceBack when most bands in the '70s tried to make records, they found they'd hit a wall. Then punk happened, and they started to realize their power to claim the means of production. All of a sudden, music that existed completely out of joint with anything before it or since started to surface, unannounced and uncalled for, on the shelves of independent record stores. The sounds within these records went against nearly any pop/rock/punk convention you could hope to throw against them. People who needed to categorize these things gave the most mental portions of the movement a name: DIY ie Do It Yourself. That acronym has been re-appropriated time and again in the decades to follow, but really, this is where it all comes from: abrasive, brittle, personal sounds that exist to enrapture some and thoroughly ignore others.
Enter Tronics, the inner workings of London artist Ziro Baby, and later to change his name to Zarjaz. He started out in a teen band-cum-street gang called the Star Dogs, but he first hit vinyl as a 16-year-old with the Tronics, who between 1979 and 1984 released four singles, two cassette albums, an LP and a flexi-disk. Apart from one single on the Creation label, Zarjaz has always been more comfortable as the administrator of his own musical omniverse.
Love Backed By Force is the album in question. Released in 1981, it sold out completely in its first week. His label, Alien Records, celebrated the success by going out of business. Until now copies have only been available through tape-trading, file-sharing, bootlegging and expensive second-hand dealers.
Said to have been created as a clearinghouse for Tronics songs to make way for a more focused effort, Love Backed By Force registers as an instant classic of outsider folk-pop, a true mutant of an LP that never sounds the same way twice. It may take a few listens for its pull to take effect, but once you settle into its orbit, it'll be difficult to remove yourself. Music will never sound the same again, and in the world of Love Backed By Force, it doesn't even sound the same from song to song on the same album. Layer upon layer of close-talking lyrics are buffeted by mind-clogging guitar, synthesizer abuse, and rudimentary drumming, made by a man who regularly discussed seeing ghosts to general disbelief.1. Charlie Manson
2. Love Backed By Force
3. T.V. On In Bed
4. They're Talking About Us
5. Ice Flod Festival
6. Ultra Pol
7. My Baby's In A Coma
8. Min Dama
9. Spending Time
10. Love Tan (In A Two Way Circus)
11. L.B.B.F. (Reprise)
12. Crush on You
13. Le Monde$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now