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Everybody WantsA UK-bred band full of reckless swagger and hugely catchy hooks, the Struts are returning the sweet and dirty spirit of glam to modern rock & roll.1. Roll Up
2. Could Have Been Me
3. Kiss This
4. Put Your Money On Me
5. Mary Go Round
6. Dirty Sexy Money
7. The Ol' Switcheroo
8. She Makes Me Feel Like
9. Young Stars
10. Black Swan
11. These Times Are Changing
12. Only Just A Call Away
13. Where Did She Go$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tattooed MillionaireOriginally released in the spring of
1990, Bruce's solo debut
"Tattooed Millionaire" came as something of a
surprise to Maiden's global fan-base. A more stripped
down and straightforward hard rock album than
many had expected, it showcased a more liberated
and arguably light-hearted song writing approach,
bolstered by a newfound partnership with guitarist
Janick Gers, and the sparkling possibilities of a new
Songs like the irresistibly catchy title track,
the twinkling radio rock of "Born In '58" and the
strutting smut of "Dive! Dive! Dive!" and "Lickin' The
Gun" suggested that Bruce was letting loose, but
keeping things simple, while the grandiose thunder of
"Son Of A Gun" and rapacious closer "No Lies" hinted
at more adventurous and challenging
music to come.1. Son Of A Gun
2. Tattooed Millionaire
3. Born In '58
4. Hell On Wheels
5. Gypsy Road
6. Dive! Dive! Dive!
7. All The Young Dudes
8. Lickin' The Gun
9. Zulu Lulu
10. No Lies$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Toronto Strut• Live Radio Broadcast Features Rare Recordings Of Rock This Town, Stray Cat Strut And Many More
• 140 Gram Vinyl
• 1000 Only Limited Edition
This 1982 Stray Cats set, broadcast live from Massey Hall, Toronto, features 16 songs largely taken from their US debut Built For Speed. Also featuring bonus cuts making a running time of almost 80 minutes, this remarkable album contains some of the greatest rockabilly music since Elvis, and with the strength of composition and performance here displayed, some of the very finest music of the 1980s.LP 1
1. Baby Blue Eyes (Live)
2. Double Talkin' Baby (Live)
3. Rumble in Brighton (Live)
4. Drink That Bottle Down (Live)
5. Built for Speed (Live)
6. Foggy Mountain Breakdown (Live)
7. Jeanie Jeanie Jeanie (Live)
8. Stray Cat Strut (Live)
9. Lonely Summer Nights (Live)
1. Rev It Up & Go (Live)
2. C'mon Everybody (Live)
3. Runaway Boys (Live)
4. Oh Boy (Live)
5. Somethin' Else (Live)
6. Fishnet Stockings (Live)
7. Rock This Town (Live)
8 Important Words (Live)
9. You Can't Hurry Love (Live)$35.99140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Rockabilly StrutSpecial limited edition 12" picture vinyl featuring rare studio acoustic versions of "Stray Cat Strut,"
"Summertime Blues," and "Oh Boy" PLUS vintage live material!THAT SIDE: Acoustic Studio Sessions 1990
1. Stray Cat Strut
2. Lust N' Love
3. Mystery Train
4. Summertime Blues
5. Oh Boy
THIS SIDE: Live At The Roxy 1981
1. Double Talkin' Baby
2. Rumble In Brighton
3. Baby What You Want Me To Do
4. Fishnet Stockings
5. Rock This Town$26.99Vinyl LP Picture Disc - Sealed Buy Now
REDI-STR-3011xKanaku Y El Tigre
Quema Quema QuemaThe only people for me are the mad ones, mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved and desirous of everything" Jack Kerouac, 'On The Road' (1957) If 'On The Road' lead characters Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty were modern day beatniks, they would find spirited company in Kanaku y El Tigre, a Peruvian collective who release their sophomore album (and first internationally), 'Quema, Quema, Quema', on Strut / Tiger's Milk in May 2015.'Quema Quema Quema' ('Burn Burn Burn' in Spanish) is the product of two years honing the Kanaku sound at the band's Lima studio. The result is a record feverish in its intensity which screams with joy and cries for help in the same breath.1. Quema Quema Quema
2. Nunca Me Perdi
3. Pulpos (feat. Leonor Watling)
4. Quien Se Queda Quien Se Va
5. Si Te Mueres Mañana
7. 10 Años
8. Hacerte Venir (feat. Pamela Rodriguez)
9. Burn Burn Burn
10. Fin$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dance Mania: Ghetto MadnessStrut return to the archives of seminal Chicago house label Dance Mania in January 2015 for 'Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness'. The follow-up to Strut's acclaimed Dance Mania label retrospective 'Hardcore Traxx' from early 2014, this new installment places the spotlight on the raw, stripped back, hyper bpms of ghetto house and the rise of the movement's fresh generation of stars during the mid' 90's including DJ Deeon, DJ Funk, Jammin' Gerald and DJ Milton. The album tells the story of the evolution of Chicago's sound during the era as mix tapes circulated through local stores and DJs developed their own underground following, playing local parties in the projects. Crowds began responding to faster bpms and gangsta rap-inspired X-rated lyrics. As DJ Deeon remembers, "it bridged the gap. It made it OK for guys in the ghetto to like house again and it brought the women onto the dance floor too." Dance Mania was perfectly positioned to capitalise on the new sound - many of the DJ's came regularly into Ray Barney's record store and, as Chicago's most trusted and respected label owner, he was offered the best tracks for commercial release at an early stage. 'Ghetto Madness' brings together some of the underground classics and enduring favourites that earned Dance Mania the title of 'Ghetto House's Motown'. Tracks include DJ Deeon's party-starter 'The Freaks', raw DJ Funk cut 'Computer Sex' and Nina Kraviz favourite, Paul Johnson's 'Give Me Ecstacy'. Other featured gems from the archive include the dark early Steve Poindexter outing 'Computer Madness' and Tyree's in-demand jam, 'Nuthin' Wrong'.1. Jammin' Gerald - Pump That Shit Up
2. Dj Deeon - The Freaks
3. Dj Deeon - 1112
4. Steve Poindexter - Computer Madness
5. Darien - Hit It
6. Dj Rush - The Reactor
7. Wax Master Maurice - Bounce That Body
8. Tyree - Nuthin' Wrong
9. Jammin Gerald - Pump On The Floor
10. Paul Johnson - Give Me Ecstasy
11. Parris Mitchell - Ghetto Booty
12. Dj Milton - House-o-matics
13. Dj Funk - Computer Sex
14. Dj Funk - Bitches
15. Houz' Mon - The Groove$26.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Singles Vol. 2Features Fully Remastered Tracks
Includes Rare Photos & Poster Artwork
Features Extensive Sleeve Notes By Francis Gooding, An Interview With Saturn Records Founder Alton Abraham By John Corbett & Detailed Track-By-Track / Session Notes By Paul Griffiths
Strut & Art Yart present a new definitive collection of singles released by jazz maverick Sun Ra during his Earth years, spanning 1952 to 1991. Released prolifically during the 1950s and more sporadically thereafter, primarily on the Saturn label, the 45s offer one-off meteorites from Ra's prolific cosmic journey, tracing the development of his forward-thinking "Space-Bop" and his unique take on jazz and blues traditions which sounded unlike anything else from the period. As with his LPs, most 45s were only pressed in small runs and were sold at gigs and have since become extremely rare and sought after. Some have only been discovered in physical form in recent years; some were planned and penciled but allegedly never made it to vinyl and some appeared as one-off magazine singles and posthumous releases.
This release features fully re-mastered tracks, rare photos, poster artwork, extensive sleeve notes by Francis Gooding, an interview with Saturn Records founder Alton Abraham by John Corbett and detailed track by track and session notes by Paul Griffiths.LP 1
1. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Space Loneliness
2. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - State Street
3. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - The Blue Set
4. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Big City Blues
5. Sun Ra & His Arkestra Featuring Pat Patrick - A Blue One
6. Sun Ra & His Arkestra Featuring Pat Patrick - Orbitration In Blue
7. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Out There A Minute
8. Little Mack With Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Tell Her To Come On Home
9. Little Mack With Sun Ra & His Arkestra - I'm Making Believe
1. Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra - The Bridge
2. Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra - Rocket # 9
3. Sun Ra & His Astro-solar-infinity Arkestra - Blues On Planet Mars
4. Sun Ra & His Astro-solar-infinity Arkestra - Saturn Moon
5. Sun Ra & His Astro-intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - Journey To Saturn
6. Sun Ra & His Astro-intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - Enlightenment
7. Sun Ra & His Astro-intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - I'm Gonna Unmask The Batman
8. Sun Ra & His Astro-intergalactic Infinity Arkestra - The Perfect Man
9. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Love In Outer Space
10. Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Mayan Temple
11. Sun Ra Quartet - Sky Blues
1. Sun Ra Quartet- Disco 3000
2. Sun Ra - Rough House Blues
3. Sun Ra - Cosmo-extensions
4. Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra - Quest
5. Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra - Outer Space Plateau
6. Sun Ra Arkestra - Sometimes I'm Happy
7. Sun Ra Arkestra - Nuclear War
8. Sun Ra Arkestra - On Jupiter / Cosmo Drama
9. Sun Ra Arkestra - Cosmo Drama
10. Sun Ra - I Am The Instrument$34.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
First Light's FreezeA dark, mutant-country sound infused with strands of free-jazz and a late-70's Nashville big-radio strut hijacked by post-punk unravelers. The result is a beautiful mix of somber reflection, destination-unknown travelogue, and subversive anti-war boogie. Freeze confronts the mythology of war and friendship; the close proximity of things painful and pleasurable, and the complications of this as a paradigm for the world. Castanets suggest artistic geography as transcontinental as Merle Haggard, Albert Ayler, Television, and Richard and Mimi Farina.1. (The Waves Are Rolling Beneath Your Skin)
2. Into the Night
3. A Song Is Not The Song Of The World
4. Good Friend, Yr Hunger
5. (We Drew Uncertain Breath)
6. Bells Aloud
7. First Light's Freeze
8. Evidence (A Mask Of Horizon, Distortion Of Form)
9. No Voice Was Raised
10. (Migration Concentric)
11. All That I Know To Have Changed In You
12. Dancing With Someone (Privilege Of Everything)
13. Reflecting In The Angles$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Life Changes (Awaiting Repress)THOMAS RHETT scored his first hit in 2012, introducing a sound that mixed the southern swagger of Country music with Pop hooks, R&B grooves, soulful strut and the anything-goes attitude of Rock. During the years since, thanks to eight chart-topping singles, he is now a headliner of massive arenas. And, he's become a husband. A father, too. His third release, LIFE CHANGES will be released via The Valory Music Co.1. Craving You (feat. Maren Morris)
4. Drink A Little Beer (feat. Rhett Akins)
5. Marry Me
6. Leave Right Now
7. Smooth Like The Summer
8. Life Changes
9. When You Look Like That
11. Kiss Me Like A Stranger
13. Gateway Love
14. Grave$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Water LiarsJoined by GR Robinson on bass, and fresh off the success of sophomore album Wyoming and the reissue of debut LP Phantom Limb - both released earlier this year - Justin Kinkel-Schuster (vocals, guitar) and Andrew Bryant (drums, vocals) strut into this effort with their feathers out, driven by a need to create. Forget taking years to release a new album; Water Liars don't know how to stop working. These are songs about leaving and staying, about lost fathers and new loves, about distance and memory.1. Cannibal
2. War Paint
3. I Want Blood
5. Let It Breathe
6. Tolling Bells (For Molina)
7. Ray Charles Dream
10. Last Escape
11. Turn Me On$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Stray CatsStray Cats is the first album from Rockabilly band Stray Cats, first released in the UK by Arista in 1981. It was successful in Britain, peaking at No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart, and produced the UK Top 40 hits Runaway Boys (No. 9), Stray Cat Strut (No. 11) and Rock This Town (No. 9). The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later listed Rock This Town as one of the songs that shaped rock and roll.
Stray Cats debut album came hot on the heels of the two hit singles Runaway Boys and Rock This Town, both energy filled rockabilly songs that hearkened back to the 1950s era of pure rock & roll with an updated, clean '80s sound highlighted by the prominent double bass playing of Lee Rocker and drumming of Slim Jim Phantom.
This album was by far their most successful, hitting number six in the charts and their only entry into the Top 40.1. Runaway Boys
2. Fishnet Stockings
3. Ubangi Stomp
4. Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie
5. Storm The Embassy
6. Rock This Town
7. Rumble In Brighton
8. Stray Cat Strut
9. Crawl Up And Die
10. Double Talkin' Baby
11. My One Desire
12. Wild Saxaphone$36.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Def LeppardDef Leppard is the 11th studio album by British rock band Def Leppard. It's the band's first release since Songs from the Sparkle Lounge (2008), marking the longest gap between studio albums in their career. The 14-track album not only nods to their history, but it hints at their future. According to vocalist Joe Elliott, ''The name itself sums everything up. It's a misspelled nonsensical mad-looking two words.'' This is Def Leppard in 2015. This is rock 'n' roll. Let's go.
First-rate melodic pop-metal. Def Leppard tracks like Let's Go,...All Time High and Broke 'n' Brokenhearted exude the band's classic mix of Seventies pomp-glam riffing, Eighties electro-shock rhythms and patented, tremendously stacked chorus vocal harmonies in a manner that's strikingly redolent of their past. But the album also finds the band moving beyond well-trod territory, as evidenced by the slinky pop-funk strut of Man Enough, the downtuned, acoustic psych-blues of Battle of My Own and the sleek New Wave isms of Invincible. - Rolling Stone1. Let's Go
3. Man Enough
4. We Belong
6. Sea of Love
8. All Time High
9. Battle of My Own
10. Broke 'N' Brokenhearted
11. Forever Young
12. Last Dance
13. Wings of an Angel
14. Blind Faith$23.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
At a time when most of what passes for alternative rock sounds desiccated,
Amphetamine Ballads feels raw and potent and alive."
- The Guardian
"The Amazing Snakeheads' debut album Amphetamine Ballads is not for prissy pants, it
growls and grimaces across filthy blues like a pub fight in Nashville."
"Amphetamine Ballads showcases a group with good taste, and the ability to cook up
an adrenalised racket or a melancholy fog. [ ] As long as boring bands exist, this kind of
piss and vinegar will always be welcome."
Domino Records is proud to present Amphetamine Ballads, the debut album from
Glasgow's The Amazing Snakeheads. A monument to
the redemptive powers of rock 'n' roll - full of rage, romance and dark humor -
Amphetamine Ballads is an uncompromising, astonishingly visceral debut album. On
the strength of early singles and their live shows, The Amazing Snakeheads have
established themselves as a force of nature not to be reckoned with and one of the most
promising rock 'n' roll bands to come out of the UK in ages.
Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland the Amazing Snakeheads - Dale Barclay, William
Coombe & Jordan Hutchison - look like they sound: all pomade, shades, denim,
leather and signet rings. Amphetamine Ballads is the soundtrack to the dark corners
of nightclubs and those dimly lit alleyways off the main drag. The smell of smoke
and liquor pervades everything. Recorded at night time at The Green Door Studio in
Glasgow, this is a subterranean record - an album that can show you round the parts of
a city that come alive after dark.
The Amazing Snakeheads never really formed as such - their conception seemingly
more preordained than planned. Dale and William had been friends since childhood;
Jordan was Dale's neighbor who became a close friend. While they each played music,
they never really harboured ambitions to play in bands - the prospect of aiming high
and missing was almost enough to put the trio off even trying. When the band finally
got together and started playing shows, their shows quickly gained an infamous
reputation. On stage, Dale appears possessed by music, rock'n'roll channeled through
every sinew in his body. Announcing themselves in the summer of 2013 with a one-off
7", a ferocious 84-second long strut called "Testifying Time," the band's reputation was
quickly solidified. And now with Amphetamine Ballads set for release this summer, The
Amazing Snakeheads will deliver on the promise on those live shows and early singles!1. I'm A Vampire
3. Swamp Song
4. Here It Comes Again
6. Where Is My Knife?
7. Every Guy Wants To Be Her Baby
9. Heading For Heartbreak
10. Tiger By The Tail$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Making GhostsYou can call Great Peacock a folk band... but don't expect them to make music for campfires or square dances. Raised in the Deep South and headquartered in Nashville, they're a group of red-blooded country boys who aren't afraid of the big city. Case in point: Making Ghosts -- the duo's harmony-heavy, guitar-driven debut album -- whose 11 songs find the middle ground between rootsy, down-home Americana and super-sized arena pop/rock.
"To us, it's just pop music with organic acoustic instruments," says Andrew Nelson, who shares lead vocals and guitar duties with co-founder Blount Floyd. "The album has some fiddle, some pedal steel and a whole lot of acoustic guitar, which sounds like the traditional setup for a country band. But this isn't a country record. It's not really a folk record, either. It's a pop/record... with folk tendencies."
Nelson and Floyd first crossed paths in their early 20s, bonding instantly over a shared love of cheap beer and good Southern music. After logging several years together in a loud, Tennessee-based rock band, they split off to form their own project, swapping out the amplified swagger of their previous group for a straightforward sound anchored by acoustic guitars, anthemic melodies and two intertwined voices. Like an old-school harmony duo retuned for a new generation, they started off with a handful of classic influences -- the country croon of George Jones, the working class rock & roll of Bruce Springsteen, the heartland hum of Tom Petty -- and expanded their sound from there, turning Great Peacock into the sort of band that's simultaneously rooted in tradition and headed toward new territory.
The music on Making Ghosts reflects Great Peacock's ambition. Songs like "Tennessee" are swooning, sweeping tributes to the band's homeland, while "Take Me To The Mountain" pushes the band toward anthemic territory, fueled by super-sized drums and a radio-ready melody. On "Arms," the guys jump between haunting verses and big, Technicolor choruses, capping everything off with a screeching guitar solo. These peacocks know how to strut their stuff.
What's in a name, by the way? In Great Peacock's case, quite a bit.
"We initially thought it was just a funny name for a band," Nelson admits, "but through the evolution of everything we've done, we've always been big and colorful. That's why Blount jumps around onstage. That's why I wear a suit jacket embroidered with feathers, which is basically a poor man's nudie suit. We've embraced the image of the big peacock feathers, and we want to entertain you. We look that way, we think that way, and we sound that way, too."1. Making Ghosts
2. Church Bells
4. Take Me to the Mountain
5. Go Back
6. Desert Lark
7. Gulf Dreams
8. Broken Hearted Fool
9. Summer Song
11. Higher Ground$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Ripe Dreams, Pipe DreamsCameron Avery has arrived as a new breed of nocturnal crooner, a train-wreck romantic creating timeless, ambitious music for the modern age. Utilizing his soulful wit, shrewd arrangements, and a deep, husky baritone, Avery harnesses the dark power and humor of artists like Nick Cave, Scott Walker, and Tindersticks to expertly walk the fine line between vulnerable and venerable.
Hailing from the late 2000s-era Perth, Australia, a healthy scene of hard-hitting garage rock bands, including a long stint as the drummer of Pond, Avery found his musical footing while playing with friends but sought the reward of his own outfit. Encouraged by his friend Kevin Parker of Tame Impala to record on his own, Avery started The Growl as his solo project in 2007, making an EP and an album of aggressive, distorted psychedelic rock and roll. When Parker asked him to join Tame Impala as its touring bassist in 2013, Avery jumped at the chance and rose with that band to the top of the psych-rock heap, but all the while remained focused on carving out his singular identity as an artist and following his own muse.
On a break from touring, Avery decided to head to the US to work on his album. He would settle in Los Angeles at the behest of Jonathan Wilson, the Echo Park musician and producer who also encouraged Avery to shine a spotlight on his baritone singing voice, unlike the snarling, obscured vocals of The Growl. It was a lofty idea, but one to which Avery aspired, encouraged by the challenge.
Melancholic machismo is written into the very DNA of Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams. From the classical, finger-picked guitar on the opener "A Time and Place" and the orchestral vamping of "Do You Know Me By Heart?" to the bombastic, self-assured swagger of "Dance with Me." He takes an emotive page from the Leonard Cohen songbook-of-longing on "Big Town Girl" just as naturally as he thumbs an aggressive note of Bad Seed strut and Cramps rut on "Watch Me Take It Away." And by the time he purrs that earnest refrain of "Baby, it's you" on the album's closer "C'est Toi," Avery has surely mastered that drunken tightrope dance. Now a resident of New York City, Avery looks to continue his search for the ultimate sensations from a fresh vantage point.1. A Time and Place
2. Do You Know Me By Heart
3. Dance With Me
4. Wasted On Fidelity
5. Big Town Girl
7. The Cry Of Captain Hollywood
8. Watch Me Take It Away
9. An Ever Jarring Moment
10. C'est Toi (extended)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ParasitePressed On Sea Green Vinyl
Limited To 2000 Copies
One-Sided 12" w/ B-Side Etching (No Music)
When The Coathangers first stormed on the scene over a decade ago, their power resided in their ability to craft a crooked hook out of a grimy guitar line, a delightfully crass chorus, or an enticingly ham-fisted drum-and-bass groove. With each successive album, the Atlanta garage punk ensemble has increasingly tempered their brash charm with sharp-witted pop. Not that the band ever fully excised the primal howl of The Gories or the sparse strut of ESG, but with the trio's latest EP, Parasite, The Coathangers explore the space between their initial unbridled expressionism and their recent nuanced song craft. "I'd like to think the EP takes you on a journey through the band's existence," says guitarist/vocalist Julia Kugel of the sequencing of the five songs on their latest offering.
Parasite kicks off with the title track, a rowdy throwback to a younger, angrier incarnation of the band. Crafted in the wake of the election and during a tumultuous period in the band members'private lives, "Parasite" is pure catharsis. "During the making of our last album, I didn't want to scream anymore, I just wanted to sing and focus on melody. When we came to this recording, Ijust wanted to scream and curse." If the EP is meant as a journey through the various stages of the band's career, it certainly storms out of the gate with the same kind of piss-and-vinegar of their eponymous debut. And while "Wipe Out" is another rowdy venture, with bassist Meredith Franco taking over the lead vocal duties over a steady barrage of pointed power-chords, it also showcases the rousing choruses that elevated the trio from underground heroines to an internationally renowned garage act. Despite the adverse times, The Coathangers' mastery of pop cannot be contained forever, as is evident in the EP's single "Captain's Dead", with its sultry verses, triumphant chorus, and a bombastic freak-out of noisy guitar. The journey through The Coathangers' musical evolution leads to a revamped version of "Down Down" off 2016's Nosebleed Weekend LP and the smoky twang of "Drifter", in which drummer/vocalist Stephanie Luke demonstrates her knack for solid Dusty Springfield-style ballads.1. Parasite
2. Wipe Out
3. Captain's Dead
4. Down Down (alt version)
5. Drifter$15.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Maria Taylor has been beguiling listeners since 1997, from her start in Little Red Rocket as a teenager to her time spent as half of the acclaimed duo Azure Ray to her career as a solo artist. Shes released a trio of varied, accomplished, and successful solo albums over six years; 2005s 11:11, 2007s Lynn Teeter Flower, 2009s LadyLuck and in 2010, after a six-year hiatus from Azure Ray, she reunited with Orenda Fink for the bands fourth album, Drawing Down The Moon.
Taylors journey has carried her from hometown Birmingham, AL, to Athens, GA, to Omaha, NE, and to Los Angeles, CA, and on tours all over the world. Guided by an indomitable inner compass, her instincts called her home to Birmingham in early 2010. She packed her things in LA and drove southeasterly, unsure exactly why but heading back to her family and to the South, which has always greatly influenced her music.
It was surprising to Taylor then, that after buying her first house and settling in, she was unable to write any songs for an entire year. Concerned, but busy with touring and promotion around Azure Rays new album, she carried on. Then last December during a month-long break, she finally wrote a song, the ruminative and haunting Happenstance, and the floodgates opened. Taylor hid away in her bedroom for two weeks, writing and demo-ing the nine songs that now make up her lush fourth LP Overlook.
With a distinct, raw sound in mind, Taylor self-produced for the first time and called upon friend and neighbor Lester Nuby III (Verbena, Vulture Whale) to engineer Overlook. She sought to capture the sound of the South, of Alabama and its music scene, enlisting a host of local musicians to flesh out the album and lend their personalities to the songs. These contributions proved invaluable: Browan Lollar (Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit) handled lead guitar on all tracks, while adding acoustic and lap steel throughout; brother Macey (The Mystic Valley Band, A.A. Bondy) played bass on the entire record, adding banjo, organ, and keys; and Nuby provided his formidable drumming skills on two tracks, while Taylor herself played the remaining drum parts. Sister Kate played and sang on a couple of songs, including Matador, and dad Macey, Sr. played mandolin and sang on Bad Idea?, which was recorded completely live after only a few practices, simply seven of her close friends standing in a circle, making music. The sessions ran loose and easy, with family and friends often stopping in and spending time as she recorded. Taylor even hired LA-based but Birmingham-native Daniel Farris to mix the album, and her friend, local artist Margarette Simmons, designed Overlooks artwork.
In addition to tracking many songs live, Taylor kept a number of her own demo tracks (drum, guitar, keyboard) recorded in her bedroom straight to her computer without a microphone, in the final songs; the result maintains the unguarded honesty captured in the first moments of creation.
Much of Overlook is about the searching and uncertainties that come with growing up and growing older. The songs vary in sound from alluringly bold and immediate, and softer contemplation. Masterplan is the taut, simmering intro to the albums richness, all thundering drums, jangly guitar, and soaring keys, as Taylors evocative vocals haunt like a warning bell. Matador then shifts gears to a sultry, lusciously modern take on 60s pop strut unlike anything shes written before. Relationship gone-sour tale In A Bad Way follows later in the album and shares a similarly seductive, but looser, groove. The old-time shuffle of Bad Idea? could have been heard in a 1920s speakeasy, while the sunny guitars of This Could Take A Lifetime belie the dark and longing ache found within the songs bedrock. All through Overlook, Taylors voice is illuminating, drawing listeners in with its warm and resolute yet vulnerable grace.1. Masterplan
4. Like It Does
5. Bad Idea?
6. Idle Mind
7. In A Bad Way
8. This Could Take a Lifetime
9. Along for the Ride$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
White HatIncludes CD
Big Harp is the by-product of a three-year whirlwind for husband-and-wife duo Chris Senseney (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Stefanie Drootin-Senseney (bass, backing vocals). The end result is White Hat, the debut full-length for Omahas Saddle Creek. The songs range from gun-in-her-garter saloon narratives and paranoid soul struts to intimate ballads of quiet resignation and open-hearted love songs. The recordings are raw and un-fussed over, with the spirited energy and honest emotion of live performance.
Drawing from the classic country and folk of Senseneys childhood and anchored by Drootins rock-solid rhythms and indie-punk roots, White Hat contains echoes of artists from Townes Van Zandt to Nick Cave, Willie Nelson to Captain Beefheart. Fitting for a couple in no rush to slow down, White Hat was recorded at LAs Nightingale studios in a mere three days. Rilo Kiley bassist Pierre de Reeder recorded the album and drums were handled by Chris Phillips.1. Nadine
2. Everybody Pays
3. Goodbye Crazy City
4. Steady Hand Behind the Wheel
5. All Bets Are Off
6. Some Old World I Used To Know
7. Heres Hoping
8. Let Me Lend My Shoulder
9. White Hat
10. Out in the Field
11. Oh Nadine$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
HollyThink music ain't what it used to be? Then you haven't heard Nick Waterhouse. His jumped-up take on 1950's rhythm 'n' blues is the real deal."
A timeless talent for spirited rock and rhythms that anyone can appreciate.
He draws from the classic sound of '50's American pop with a distinctive
voice of his own, shouting and growling with infectious vigor."
Waterhouse is definitely a star."
- LA TIMES
The music sounds like a party in full swing, each instrument playing exactly what is needed."
- CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Between the chattering keys, bomping saxes, gorgeous guitar tones and
the bandleader's voice-which slides effortlessly from cool quaver to feral
howl - the end result is undeniable."
Nick Waterhouse's art springs from a simple idea: everybody wants to be sombody else. One of his heroes, Van Morrison, got his start covering Bobby
Bland, whose own musical idol was Nat "King" Cole. In Waterhouse's view,
emulation is a journey; you never truly succeed, but as the singer, guitarist and songwriter puts it, "You become something on the way there."
Nick was born in 1986 and grew up in Huntington Beach, known predominantly for
UFC, commercial surf culture, and tanning salons. He established his musical sensibilities in the middle of the burgeoning southern California Psych-Garage scene (Burger
records, Ty Segall, McHugh's Distillery studio) while retaining his unique perspective
on the spirit of American Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll.
Waterhouse started performing as a teenager. "It was really motivated by fear," he
recalls. "I'm kind of an introvert, so it was an uncomfortable situation. It was a way
to force a crisis." The young artist experienced an exhilaration he'd never felt before,
and hasn't found anywhere else since. "It's a feeling of heightened awareness that goes
beyond pleasure," Waterhouse explains. "It has something to do with seeing ahead in
time and behind in time all at once. You don't just get the immediate reward; you get
the potential that rewards you the same way."
Waterhouse explored the idea of potential on his breakthrough single, "Some Place," a
beautifully lean, propulsive track recorded at all-analog studio the Distillery and self
released in 2010 on his own Pres label. "Well, there's someplace that I'd rather be,"
Waterhouse sang in a fierce yet plaintive register. "And it's something that's been on my
mind almost constantly."
These days, Waterhouse is a successful recording artist, with one well-received LP and
and several high-profile tours and collaborations to his name. But his latest work still
embodies the struggle of his early forays. During "This Is a Game," Waterhouse sets up
a snarly, post-surf guitar solo with a succinct statement of a cynical outlook: "This is a
game / Please remember my words / And don't get upset when you don't get what you
think you deserve." And on the gothic-soul strut "Let It Come Down," he meditates on
the inevitability of pain. "If there's gonna be rain tonight," he sings in a stoic croon.
"Let it come down."
It's clear from this material that Waterhouse is in the midst of his own becoming. He
isn't the type to let ecstasy take over, like Van Morrison, or to drawl away in a consummately laid-back register, like Mose Allison. In the tension between his wry lyrics and
crisp arrangements, you hear the expression of a worldly skeptic who's also-when it
comes to his art-a sanctified believer. Whoever it was that Nick Waterhouse wanted to
be matters less now; these days, he just sounds like himself.1. High Tiding
2. This Is A Game
3. It no. 3
4. Let It Come Down
5. Sleepin' Pills
7. Dead Room
8. Well It's Fine
9. Ain't There Something Money Can't Buy
10. Hands On The Clock$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
CockyKid Rock struts back into the spotlight with COCKY, the long-awaited follow-up to his 1998 classic, DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE. Packed with brash tracks like the swaggering first single, Forever, COCKY sees Detroit's Favorite Son doing what he does best - stirring up a multitude of musical styles into his own unique brand of chicken-fried rock n' roll.
Electric metal, streetwise hip-hop, classic country, powerhouse punk, and redneck boogie all combine to make that unstoppable, undeniable Kid Rock sound - the very same sonic assault that blew up radio and MTV with such hits as Bawitdaba, Cowboy, Only God Knows Why, and American Bad Ass. With larger-than-life arena anthems like Lonely Road Of Faith, COCKY burns with rambunctilus energy, thanks in large part to the always-brawny backing of the Twisted Brown Trucker band, along with special guest shots from Sheryl Crow and Snoop Dogg.1. Trucker Anthem
3. Lay It on Me
5. What I Learned Out on the Road
6. I'm Wrong, But You Ain't Right
7. Lonely Road of Faith
8. You Never Met a Motherfucker Quite Like Me
9. Picture (featuring Sheryl Crow)
10. I'm a Dog
11. Midnight Train to Memphis
12. Baby Come Home
13. Drunk in the Morning
14. WCSR (featuring Snoop Dogg)$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Quality ControlJurassic 5 flexed serious old-to-the-new muscles in the '90s,
beginning with their independently released single
"Unified Rebelution" in 1994, and book-ending with their stellar debut
full-length: 2000's Quality Control. They walked a tightrope between
underground and mainstream hip-hop, and toured alongside rap peers
as well as punk rockers on the Vans Warped Tour.
With double the pleasure of your average hip-hop group - two DJs and
producers (Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark); and four MCs (Chali 2na,
Akil, Marc 7 and Zaakir aka Soup) - they brought the late 1970s
"unison MC" style of pioneering groups like the Fantastic 5 and the
Force MCs to a new generation. Even more surprisingly, they did so out
of Los Angeles, whose hip-hop flavors generally leaned towards
Gangsta, G-Funk or Electro lines. Musically inventive and lyrically
forward-thinking, each song on Quality Control is a new adventure,
exploring engaging territory, delivered via one of the best live hip-hop
shows fans had seen in years.
From singles like the strutting groove of the title track to the throwback
doo-wop samples on "The Influence" and the catchy, keyboard
groove-driven "World of Entertainment (WOE Is Me)," to deeper album
tracks like the lyrical gymnastics of "Jurass Finish First" and the
thought-provoking "Lausd," Jurassic 5 consistently stepped to the
plate and their fans responded in kind, nearly pushing the album to
Gold status. Add the innovative DJ-and-sample workout which closes
out the album, "Swing Set," and you have one of the 2000s' most
unique and solid full-length platters.1. How We Get Along
2. The Influence
3. Great Expectations
4. Quality Control Intro
5. Quality Control
8. World Of Entertainment (WOE Is Me)
9. Monkey Bars
10. Jurass Finish First
13. The Game
15. Swing Set$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Skeleton SoulJack Sandham and Wednesday Lyle have been playing together as Cowbell since late 2009 when they got together for a late night jam session and things took off from there. Three 7" singles followed over the next 18 months and they signed to Damaged Goods in 2012. Two years on from their debut album Beat Stampede, the rockin' duo branch out into a more spooky atmospheric sound across the 11 tracks on the new album. There's a definite dark, New Orleans R&B vibe to Skeleton Soul.
Kicking off with the spaghetti western intro of the album's opening track, 'Cry Wolf' the duo cover plenty of new ground while retaining the urgency and excitement of their earlier work. Though what makes this new album so special is the evocative mood the band created with Ed Deegan at Gizzard Studio. Imagine Dr. John meets the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The sound is still a stripped down affair, though this time round the drum 'n' guitar bones are fleshed out with a few enhancing overdubs such as the Doors-esque spiky psychedelic organ on 'She's All Over You', and some soulful saxophone on the funky, strutting 'Dirt'.
The band show they're equally adept at intimate ballads with 'Darkness In Your Heart', perhaps the best song Richard Hawley never wrote. Wednesday takes the lead vocal on 'Heart On The Line' a track which recalls the cream of '60s girl singers such as Sandie, Dusty et al. Fans of the group's earlier sound will not be disappointed either, there's still the bone-shaking garage blues numbers such as 'Oh Yolande' and 'Baby It's Your Love' along with the swampy mambo-blues groove of 'The Fear'. Imagine a band with the guitar twang of The Cramps over jungle-tribal drums, covering The Zombies and you're somewhere close.1. Cry Wolf
2. She's All Over You
3. Oh Yolande
4. Baby It's Your Love
6. Heart on the Line
7. The Fear
8. Darkness In Your Heart
9. Shake the Blues
10. Change Her Ways
11. Heavy On My Mind$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Doin' It To DeathFor starters, this platter begins with one of the great intros of all time: "Ladies and gentlemen, there are seven acknowledged wonders of the
world. You are about to witness the eighth "
Lodged in a deep groove between the JB's' debut LP Food For Thought (1972) and the more complex and at-times political Damn Right, I Am
Somebody (from 1974) sits the ridiculously vampy and infectious classic, Doing It To Death. First moving hips and making heads nod in 1973,
the James Brown-produced, 5-song album is one big funk lick, broken up into many delicious moving parts.
As with pretty much everything produced by the JB's - led by Fred Wesley with heavy help from a supporting cast that included saxophonist
Maceo Parker, guitarists Jimmy Nolen and Hearlon "Cheese" Martin and drummer John "Jabo" Starks - all songs began and revolved around
a devastating riff. The title track is most certainly guilty-as-charged, as it starts strutting right out of the gate and continues for just over 10
minutes, driven by a guitar lick and MCed by the inimitable James Brown, with soloists stepping up and out while the song chugs on.
The other centerpiece of the album is the 8-minute "You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks And I'll Be Straight," whose groove is
interestingly teased two times before it arrives in full form. The song title itself is provocative, and the music keeps a stone-cold groove despite
the less than cheery undertones. Again driven by an infectious guitar morsel, the breakdowns in this song gave sampling producers and DJs
sweet dreams in the '80s, and Fred Wesley's trombone solo rides beautifully over the group's cries of "We need some money."
Beyond the aforementioned sure-shots, the twitchy "More Peas," "La Di Da La Di Day" and the much jazzier, solo-heavy "Sucker" round out
this incredible album. It's just another perfect example of how James Brown's funk machine could stop the world when they hit a groove.1. Introduction To The J.B.'s
2. Doing It To Death - Part 1 & 2
3. You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks And I'll Be Straight
4. More Peas
5. La Di Da La Di Day
6. You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks And I'll Be Straight
8. You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks And I'll Be Straight$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
At Her Majesty's PleasureGentlemans Pistols formed in 2003 as a three piece with initial influences being the classic glam bands, Slade and especially The Sweet and heavy 70s bands such as Deep Purple and Captain Beyond. In 2006, the band released their first 7, Just A Fraction b/w Heavy Petting on the Leeds based Art Goes Pop imprint. Soon after, Rise Above records released another 7 for the band with the tracks, The Lady b/w Creamy Lid which was followed a year later with self-titled debut album. The album was well received by the music press with Classic Rock giving it 8/10 and Metal Hammer scoring it 9/10, saying Put simply, there should be more bands like Gentlemans Pistols around.
At Her Majestys Pleasure was produced by singer/guitarist James Atkinson and represents a labor of love, not to mention copious late nights, equipment malfunctions and frayed nerves. Despite developing a broadened musical palette including the use of strings and supplementary percussion, the recording nonetheless aimed to capture the band as they are in the raw, with little in the way of editing used. Indeed, what you hear on the record is how it was played, warts and all, with much of what is on the record captured within a couple of takes.
The album was recorded at James own Mutiny studios in Bradford, where the band practices. They had completed demos of the LP by the end of 2009 and were looking forward to getting the real thing laid down in the New Year. Come February however, they were all ready to go into the studio. Unfortunately, it seemed to be the coldest it had been in a long time. Due to the studio being in an old mill building, warmth wasn't a luxury we were entitled to, laughs James. Undeterred by this, the band soldiered on.
Despite quite a few issues with keeping the guitars in tune due to the temperature changes between rooms, most of the basic tracks were laid down relatively easily and by the end of Feb, they decided to take a little break before tackling the vocals and overdubs.
The end result is a collection of storming and strutting rock that should have little problem in putting Gentlemans Pistols at the forefront of UK rock n roll.Side 1
1. Living In Sin Again
2. Comfortably Crazy
3. Midnight Crawler
4. Some Girls Don't Know What's Good For Them
5. Your Majesty
6. Into The Haze
1. I Wouldn't Let You
2. The Ravisher
3. Sherman Tank
4. Peeping Tom
5. Feed Me To The Lions
6. Lethal Woman$37.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now