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ADAD-SUB-4610xSunny Day Real Estate
Diary: RemasteredOriginally formed in Seattle in 1992, Sunny Day Real Estate featured Nate Mendel (bass), William Goldsmith (drums), Dan Hoerner (guitar,vocals) and Jeremy Enigk (vocals, guitar). Following the completion of a U.S. Tour to support Diary, the band's debut album, the group headed back into the studio with Wood to record the follow-up. But during the recording sessions, internal tensions splintered Sunny Day Real Estate, resulting in a sudden break-up and the finished album being turned in to Sub Pop without a title or artwork. LP2 was released in November of 1995, by which time both Goldsmith and Mendel had joined Foo Fighters and Enigk had begun a solo career.
Sub Pop Records will re-issue both Diary and the band's second full-length album, commonly known as LP2 (or The Pink Album for its entirely pink cover). Both re-mastered albums will include rare bonus tracks as well as newly written liner notes.
Following a more than 10 year hiatus, all four original members of pioneering Seattle rock band Sunny Day Real Estate will regroup for a 20-date US tour starting September, 2009.1. Seven
2. In Circles
3. Song About an Angel
6. The Blankets Were the Stairs
7. Pheurton Skeurto
12. 8 (bonus track)
13. 9 (bonus track)$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-SUB-5211xSunny Day Real Estate
LP2: RemasteredOriginally formed in Seattle in 1992, Sunny Day Real Estate featured Nate Mendel (bass), William Goldsmith (drums), Dan Hoerner (guitar,vocals) and Jeremy Enigk (vocals, guitar). Following the completion of a U.S. Tour to support Diary, the band's debut album, the group headed back into the studio with Wood to record the follow-up. But during the recording sessions, internal tensions splintered Sunny Day Real Estate, resulting in a sudden break-up and the finished album being turned in to Sub Pop without a title or artwork. LP2 was released in November of 1995, by which time both Goldsmith and Mendel had joined Foo Fighters and Enigk had begun a solo career.
Sub Pop Records will re-issue both Diary and the band's second full-length album, commonly known as LP2 (or The Pink Album for its entirely pink cover). Both re-mastered albums will include rare bonus tracks as well as newly written liner notes.
Following a more than 10 year hiatus, all four original members of pioneering Seattle rock band Sunny Day Real Estate will regroup for a 20-date US tour starting September, 2009.1. Friday
2. Theo B
3. Red Elephant
9. Rodeo Jones
10. Spade and Parade (bonus track)
11. The Crow (bonus track)$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Rising TideReissue of the band's 2000 album.1.Killed By An Angel
7.Fool In The Photograph
8.Tearing In My Heart
10.Faces In Disguise
11.The Rising Tide$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Rainy Day Music
180 Gram Remastered Vinyl With Bonus Tracks
Rainy Day Music begins the next chapter in the storied career of The Jayhawks - a band readily cited as among the pioneers of the "alt country" sound.
The Jayhawks' seventh album backs away from their super-pop releases like Smile and the underrated Sound of Lies and looks back to their earlier,
rootsier sound. A crisp, gorgeous collection of songs, the back-to basics Rainy Day Music took The Jayhawks a mere six weeks to record and mix from
start to finish. The album channels the ghosts of the Byrds, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Buffalo Springfield, and interpreting their '60s folk jangle and lazy,
sunny harmonies through The Jayhawks' own sweetly awkward formula. The first six tracks are all vintage Louris gems -- trembling and honest, with
warm melodies and hooks for days. Frontman Gary Louris says of the album "It has a rainy day, English countryside kind of feel to it. I think we have been
described as a very American band with a very British songwriting style. Maybe that has something to do with it." This remastered edition includes bonus
1. Stumbling Through The Dark
3. All The Right Reasons
4. Save It For A Rainy Day
5. Eyes Of Sarahjane
6. One Man's Problem
7. Don't Let The World Get In Your Way
8. Come To The River
2. You Look So Young
3. Tampa To Tulsa
4. Will I See You In Heaven
5. Stumbling Through The Dark (Reprise)
6. Tailspin ("Inbred" version) (demo)*
7. Waiting For Salvation (demo)*
8. The Book You Wrote (demo)*
9. False Eyelashes (Blue-Eyed Soul) (demo)*
10. Won't Last Long (demo)*
11. In the Canyon (live)*
* previously unreleased$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-SUB-40913xSunny Day Real Estate
How It Feels To Be Something OnSunny Day Real Estate's third album, How It Feels to Be Something On,
is now back in print on vinyl, after more than a decade of fetching high
prices on the collectors market. To date, How It Feels has sold over
In 1997, Sub Pop approached Sunny Day's members for help in compiling
a rarities album. Because there were so few usable tracks, band
founders Jeremy Enigk and Dan Hoerner agreed to get together and write
some new material to augment the archival songs, but they wound up
crafting an entire new album in a matter of days.
Without Mendel, who remains with Foo Fighters to this day, Sunny Day
reunited to record How It Feels to Be Something On, which Sub Pop
released on Sept. 22, 1998. After 2000's The Rising Tide, the band split,
with Mendel continuing his work with the Foo Fighters, though Enigk,
Goldsmith, and Mendel did reconvene to record an album under the name
The Fire Theft in 2003. Sunny Day Real Estate reunited for a series of
shows in 2010.1. Pillars
2. Roses in Water
3. Every Shining Time You Arrive
4. Two Promises
5. 100 Million
6. How It Feels To Be Something On
7. The Prophet
8. Guitar and Video Games
9. The Shark's Own Private Fuck
10. Days Were Golden$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
If I Kill This Thing We're All Going To Eat For A WeekAs the bassist for Foo Fighters and Sunny Day Real Estate, Nate Mendel has been a part of two of the best, most notable rock bands of his generation. Now he's fronting a band of his own. Mendel's cheekily named new project Lieutenant will release their debut album If I Kill This Thing We're All Going To Eat For A Week. Recorded between Foo Fighters tour dates last year with producer Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business), it features an impressive guest list including Page Hamilton (Helmet), Joe Plumber (Modest Mouse), Josiah Johnson (The Head And The Heart), Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters), and Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate).
- Chris DeVille (Stereogum)1. Belle Epoque
2. The Place You Wanna Go
3. Believe The Squalor
5. Prepared Remarks
6. Some Remove
7. Have You Ever Wondered
8. Artificial Limbs
9. Lift The Sheet$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Variations EPThe Yep Roc Records debut of North Carolina's Cities has just been reimagined by Ladytron, Daedelus, Fog, and Free the Robots. The remixers have tweaked the knobs to create a limited edition 4-song vinyl EP. The already danceable tracks are now dangerously seductive. Please beware. The Big Takeover called the Cities America's next great rock hope, and their homegrown roots got Jane Magazine's chest pumping, saying, It does my American heart proud... if you dig epic sounds like early-Radiohead, Interpol, and Sunny Day Real Estate, you'd best check them out. Look for this EP if you're a fan of Ladytron, Daedelus, Fog, electronic music, remix bandits, bedroom producers, and indie rock saviors.Writing On The Wall (Ladytron Remix)
OOC (Fog Remix)
Lounge Act (Daedelus Remix)
Capitol (Free The Robots Remix)$6.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
LoveAvailable On Vinyl For The First Time
Mastered For Vinyl At 96 Khz/24-bit From 1/2 Inch Analog Tape By The Famous Stan Ricker
Gatefold Jacket, 11 X 22 Insert
Pressed On 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
''Imagine the anthemic power of Iron Maiden, the ambitious pop of Joshua Tree-era U2, and the energetic tension of Sunny Day Real Estate all thrown together in a blender and you can begin to understand where Juliana Theory is coming from.'' - Allmusic
First ever vinyl pressing of The Juliana Theory's third album, Love. Mastered for vinyl at 96 kHz/24-bit from 1/2 inch analog tape and features two bonus tracks.
Produced by Jerry Harrison of Talking HeadsBring It Low
Do You Believe Me
Shell of a Man
Jewel To Sparkle
The Hardest Things
Into the Dark
As It Stands
Before I Go
The Black Page$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Buy Now
Sea When AbsentAppropriately for new beginnings, Sea When Absent marks a number of firsts for ASDIG-it's the first album recorded in a real studio by someone who isn't Ben or Josh, the first album not written mostly by Ben, the first album with next-to-no reverb, and the first time in ASDIG's history that it has existed as anactual band (not just Ben or Josh playing everything). There was also a conscious effort to get away from aspects of recording that have defined this band in the past-namely heavily reverbed and buried vocals [ed.- they never sound buried to Ben]. Vocalists Jen Goma and Anne Fredrickson have beautiful voices and it was time to explore the possibilities of their abilities/talents. Jen took on a central role in the making of this album, stepping up to write most of the lyrics and melodies. Anne also contributed melodies throughout the album and put her classical cello training to use adding string arrangements. Since 2009 Ben has called Sydney, Australia home and while he was down under, multi-instrumentalist/backup vocalist/engineer/jack-of-all-trades Josh Meakim was Our Man in Philly, overseeing the recording sessions and adding all of the musical and production ideas he usually does. The distance between Ben and the rest of the band also forced novel ways of building songs from across the world. Bassist Ryan Newmyer, in Brooklyn, was tasked with deconstructing and rebuilding several songs in his own way-Oh, I'm a Wrecker (What to Say to Crazy People) bears the fruit of this tact. Holding it all together is drummer Adam Herndon. Adam is Sea When Absent's alchemist-weaving between, and often reconciling, the colossal boom of electronic beats (see Golden Waves or Double Dutch) and the subtle elegance of a drum kit in a room (see The Body, It Bends or The Things They Do to Me).
Between releasing Ashes Grammar in late 2009 and Autumn, Again in late 2010, ASDIG spent the better part of that year on tour. The six members in this band returned to six different Ithacas and the various dramas and adventures they've endured since then inform a lot of Sea When Absent. But 2014 is also just an insanetime to be alive. Dominant narratives have broken down and the stories we tell ourselves have never been more up-for-grabs.It's all happening and A Sunny Day in Glasgow want to be as simultaneously everywhere and nowhere as the rest of us. Sea When Absent is ASDIG's story for the milieu-a fever-dream about the now (or maybe a lucid dream about the fever-now) and a future possible set in pop-major.1. Bye Bye, Big Ocean (The End)
2. In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry in the Tradition of Passing)
4. MTLOV (Minor Keys)
5. The Things They Do to Me
6. Boys Turn Into Girls (Initiation Rites)
7. Never Nothing (It's Alright [It's Ok])
8. Double Dutch
9. The Body, It Bends
10. Oh, I'm a Wrecker (What to Say to Crazy People)
11. Golden Waves$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Life Pursuit
Back In Print For The First Time In Years
Oh to be free and frivolous, like Stuart Murdoch and his extensive cast of players as they engage The Life Pursuit. There's no Take Your Carriage Clock and Shove It or Get Me Away from Here, I'm Dying on this disc. Life has gotten easier, it seems, since Belle and Sebastian's early days. To boot, since 2003's Dear Catastrophe Waitress, the Belle cast has indulged a more 70s-era set of influences: Isn't that Norman Greenbaum's Spirit in the Sky beat on the funny White Collar Boy, a near sequel to Step Into My Office, Baby? And how about the T-Rex touch on the opening of The Blues Are Still Blue? No worries, Belle and Sebastian retain their gleam flawlessly. A jaunty lift is still in their step, a carefree abandon that charms even as it also reaches to the 70s for the funk-meets-psychedelia, Song for Sunshine. It's bright and breezy throughout (the titles tell some of the story: Another Sunny Day and Funny Little Frog), with memorably decorous, familiar bouncing rhythms marking much of the album. The downtone Dress Up in You and Mornington Crescent are spare and lovely, wide-open in their pacing. All the same, For the Price of a Cup of Tea, almost triggers a sing-along with just its name. --Andrew Bartlett1. Act Of The Apostle Part 1
2. Another Sunny Day
3. White Collar Boy
4. The Blues Are Still Blue
5. Dress Up In You
6. Sukie In The Graveyard
7. We Are The Sleepyheads
8. Song For Sunshine
9. Funny Little Frog
10. To Be Myself Completely
11. The Act Of The Apostle Part 2
12. For The Price Of A Cup Of Tea
13. Mornington Crescent$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Buy Now
LA EPEarlier this year, Atlanta's Dog Bite found themselves with downtime in Los Angeles between a successful tour with labelmates Toro Y Moi and shows at SXSW in Austin. The four-piece that makes up the touring group started messing around with different sounds and came up with their rst full-band release, the LA EP. This document of the road-tested crew is a stunning sequel to Velvet Changes, the band's debut LP, which showcased the talents of singer-songwriter Phil Jones and bassist Woody
The LA EP begins with "Warm, Wake Up," a song that
captures the bliss of a sunny day in the palm tree-dotted landscape and the romantic intrigue of Hollywood's studio lots. Motoring back down that winding road, we hear "Hunting Seasons where mid-20th century boogie haunts the track's guitars as the reverberating beat oats us back up to the clouds.
A feeling of melancholia drifts throughout the EP's songs. But the saddest part about this collection is its 13-minute length. It ies by like a short vacation or a cool breeze. But much more than sorrow for its passing, the LA EP inspires excitement for the next gust of wind.1. Warm, Wake Up
2. Hunting Season
3. Cold Weather
4. LA Sounds$10.99Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
HeadswellSainthood Reps got their start in Long Island in 2009 and currently feature Francesco Montesanto on guitar/vocals, Derrick Sherman on guitar and
Bradley Cordaro on drums. Influenced by bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, My Bloody Valentine, Mogwai and Built to Spill, the band blends an eclectic
mix of indie rock, post-rock, post-hardcore and alternative rock, creating a unique brooding sound that grabs hold of listeners attention with each riff and
The band released their debut album, Monoculture, in 2011, which found them further tapping into their influences of 90's alternative and emo and
transitioning from a instrumental post-rock band to the loud passionate rock band they were destined to become.
In 2013 the band signed with No Sleep Records to release their sophomore album, Headswell. Continuing on their musical path of lush, distorted guitars
and penetrating lyrics, Sainthood Reps' latest effort incorporates an array of intricate styles like the abrasive aural assault of Shelter, the subdued
atmospheric track Fall and the grungy riffage of Run Like Hell that bleed together creating a cohesive experience that fans will be happily surprised by.1. Shelter
2. Desert Song
3. The Last Place I Left You
6. Run Like Hell
9. Rapture Addict
10. Breath Worth Breathing$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hell Chose Me (Awaiting Repress)Colored Vinyl!
Derived from the Old English word for "executioner," Carnifex's moniker could not be more appropriate. It's a word that reeks of death and destruction from the Dark Ages to describe a fiercely morbid death metal band. It's hard to imagine that San Diego, known for its white sand beaches, endless sunny days and astronomical real estate, is also home to the brutal beat down that is Carnifex.
In 2008, the band proudly delivered their first Victory Records album to the metal masses. Intriguing and armed to the teeth with an arsenal of blast beats, machine gun riffs and vocals exorcised from the deepest pits of hell, The Diseased and the Poisoned is the soundtrack to your worst nightmare.
It's 2010 follow-up for the label, Hell Chose Me, however, saw the band take an even darker and more blasphemous approach to their already visceral sound. Blood curdling screams, guttural growls, bottom heavy baselines, and razor-sharp guitar riffs make for what is some of the band's darkest and most brutal work to date. Colored vinyl pressing from Victory Records.1. Hell Chose Me
2. Dead Archetype
3. Entombed Monarch
4. Names Mean Nothing
7. The Scope of Obsession
8. By Darkness Enslaved
9. The Liar's Funeral
10. Genocide Initiative
11. Angel Of Death$15.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
AficionadoUpon their inception in 2004, Aficionado began touring and self-releasing demos, but for the most part, flew under the radar until signing with No Sleep Records early last Summer. In the Fall of 2010, they brought the world their first official release, When It Comes to Creation. It included an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink instrumental approach, spliced with their clever nooks and crannies of lyrical and melodic goodness, complete with a loud and raw us-against-the world execution.
While continuing to evolve artistically and push the envelope of their sound, Aficionados upcoming self-titled full length is a cohesive listen from beginning to end, showing that the album format is still alive and well. With ten songs produced and recorded with AJ Mogis (Bright Eyes, M. Ward, Cursive), the songs are sharp and more compact with less of an emphasis on wowing people with over the top antics and more of a focus on the songs themselves. The lyrical basis is centered on expositions of thinking for yourself, attaining what it takes to be a charismatic person, heeding to the realities of aging, and acceptance of change. Drawing from a range of influences such as Cursive, The Hold Steady, Sunny Day Real Estate and At the Drive In, Aficionado incorporates the sweet honey coated coo of Laura Carrozza which tinges the melodies and a harmonious male/female vocal styling alongside singer Nick Warchol.
Whereas other artists tend to spout off elaborate yarns to detail a complex process of their songwriting origins and album creations, Aficionado have created an opus based on the basic concept of pure camaraderie and solidarity amongst good friends, with the aim of simply making good music.1. The Things You Like
2. Stir Like Hell
3. Everything Was Right
5. Confidence Is Intimidating
7. Falsified Inspiration
10. Open Doors$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ProperThere's something to be said about cohesiveness in music, most especially in this day and age where the art form of an album that provides the listener with an experience from start to finish is more and more becoming an antiquated concept. Evan Thomas Weiss (aka Into It. Over It.) however, who at 26 years and with his debut full length album Proper, has attained a level of depth in his songwriting not seen by most artists throughout their entire careers.
Having written, recorded and played with an eclectic pedigree of artists such as Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start, The Progress, and Stay Ahead of the Weather, IIOI's culmination of experiences with said bands have stylistically fused together for the grand effort that is Weiss debut LP. The album's release will mark a four year commemoration of his 52 Weeks project (where from September 2007 to September 2008 he wrote and recorded one track each week for a year, making them available online before being approached by No Sleep Records who released them as a 2xCD in June of 2009), as well as his Twelve Towns 7 series/collection which featured recordings with artists such as Bob Nanna (Braid/Hey Mercedes), CSTVT, Everyone Everywhere, Pswingset, Empire! Empire!, and Such Gold, recently compiled for release on Topshelf Records. The new album also follows Weiss 2010 split release with friend Andrew KOJI Shiraki, named one of the years best overlooked releases by The Associated Press.
The lyrical concepts of Proper and it's all around aura stems from autobiographical and literal exemplifications which have taken place over the past year of Weiss' life, most of which occurring in Chicago where he now resides. The album culminates in a heady yet straightforward melodic stew resembling Sunny Day Real Estate, Death Cab For Cutie and Dismemberment Plan to name a few, along with impassioned songwriting executed with the potency and ardor of Chuck Regan and Colin Meloy . While not labeled as a concept album per se, the stories which form the basis of Into It. Over It.'s songs stem from Weiss' own personal experiences, but are still relatable by one theme and one theme only: life.
Proper was recorded at Blacklodge Studios in Eudora, KS and co-produced by Ed Rose. The album features contributions from Nick Wakim of Stay Ahead of the Weather/CSTVT on drums and Nathan Ellis of The Casket Lottery. Album art was photographed at Weiss' apartment in Chicago by Ryan Russell.1. Embracing Facts
2. Discretion & Depressing People
3. Fortunate Friends
4. No Good Before Noon
5. Write It Right
6. Midnight: Carrol Street
7. Connecticut Steps
8. Staring At The Celing
9. An Evening With Ramsey Beyer
10. Where Your Nights Often End
12. The Frames That Used To Greet Me$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Quazarz vs. The Jealous MachinesQuazarz vs. the Jealous Machines is one of two new albums by interstellar hip-hop enigma Shabazz Palaces, aka Ishmael Butler (who, in another galaxy, performs in Digable Planets) and Tendai Maraire. Quazarz vs. the Jealous Machines, and its companion, Quazarz: Born On a Gangster Star, were both produced by Knife Knights (i.b e.b.) and mixed by Blood.
Quazarz came to the Earth from somewhere else, a musical ambassador from his place to ours. Somehow, through fire or through fury, the Palaceer of Shabazz Palaces caught wind of the tale, and it is through his prism that we hear the story.
The beach was there, and Atlaantiis, and chemical alterations and cell memories and Andre Norton, Richard K. Morgan, and always Octavia Butler. There were killings and there were votes, and brutality in both. There was sound and there were other worlds, and there was a vastness so participation sometimes came only at the edges. And the Palaceer coasted down with the alien notion, like Quazarz, and so became.
On Quazarz when they look at this place they see the inhabitants, the humans, but they don't assess as we do. And so Quazarz was sent to meet a cat with vibration, a creative and courageous, caring, compassionate dude that stood out. The dude was a drug dealer, but that was neither here nor there, until his dealings squashed the rendezvous, leaving our alien alone to figure out what this place is really all about.
Coming from a simpler, more essential, innocent place, the hero could not make heads nor tails of most advancements. From an aerial view, he saw that a good percentage of earthly vibrations were on very small squares and it became his belief that this world was very disposable and the spans short. His opinion was not of anything good nor bad but simply the truth. The machines-he noted-though at the behest of their master's voice, are scorned, and jealous as all hell.
And so the tale is told while surfing on the board of Shabazz Palaces, with its sturdy base angled for takeoff on a new trajectory. There is new blood and space and room to be different and have different assets and different art and different ways to talk and also open up some space inside to do something new. There are pages and there are drawings, and color and faces and inked dialogues written in ancient futuristic hieroglyph. There are scales and there is melody and there are Sunny days and there is Darkness, but that-it should be noted-to the Palaceer is not a lack of illumination or brightness. Maybe it is dark, but in it is always optimism and joy, a bright darkness and a full, hopeful one as well.1. Welcome to Quazarz
2. Gorgeous Sleeper Cell
3. Self-Made Follownaire
6. Julian's Dream (ode to a bad)
7. 30 Clip Extension
8. Love in the time of Kanye
9. Sabonim in the Saab on 'em
10. The SS Quintessence
11. Late night phone calls
12. Quazarz on 23rd$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Cabin By The SeaFormed in 2003 out of Huntington Beach, CA, The Dirty Heads combine an intriguing mix of hip-hop, reggae and alternative rock with a sunny California swagger. The band released their debut album, Any Port In A Storm in 2008, which features the hit track Lay Me Down, a song that spent eleven weeks at #1 on the Billboard alternative chart, more than any single that year by any artist. The single was certified gold. In 2010, Rolling Stone touted The Dirty Heads as the year's 'Best New Bands.'
Cabin By The Sea maintains the diversity from their first album, roaming from sunny acoustic pop (Cabin By The Sea) to hip-hop with mariachi horns (Disguise) and feel-good reggae (Day By Day, Your Love). The album's defining trait? An insistence on positivity and good vibes, a philosophy summed up nicely by the single, Spread Too Thin. Features guest appearances by Kymani Marley, Rome and Matisyahu.1. Arrival
2. Cabin By The Sea
4. Spread Too Thin
5. Your Love ft. Kymani Marley
6. Mono Push ft. Rome
7. Dance All Night ft. Matisyahu
10. Day By Day
11. Smoke Rings ft. Del The Funky Homosapien
12. Burn By Myself
13. We Will Rise
14. Best Of Us
15. Love Letters
16. Farewell$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The WildernessPonykiller is an up and coming band formed in New Orleans circa 2008. Their sound embodies an aural amalgam composed of progressive psychedelic rock and hardcore elements coated with a glossy pop sheen. The musical product is the synthesis of individual players in the group, who hail from California and Louisiana.
Lead singer/rhythm guitarist Collin Yeo amplifies his haunting melodic lyrics with a spacey surf atmosphere. Lead guitarist Ben Deffendall juxtaposes Yeo's sound with etherial vibe and pointed metal edge. Tim Nolan combines classic jazz drumming with bombastic movment and grooves in an eclectic rhythm experience. Trevor Darling straddles the boundaries created by the cast around him as he steadily reinforces cadence while venturing out on speculative bass tangents.
Produced by Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera), the album weaves warm organic tones with a live aesthetic, creating a polished sound with spontaneous interludes. From the pop sensibility of Some Sunny Girl to the hyptonic psychedelia that is Head Hunters, The Wilderness presents a wide array of refreshing sounds and styles.1. I-5
4. Another Toxic Year
6. Night Time
7. Magnet River
8. It's All Over (But The Bleeding)
9. Some Sunny Girl
11. Into The Drink
12. Headhunters$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Heart BreakOnce Lady Antebellum stepped back from the spotlight (and pursued separate creative projects in the interim), the trio found themselves drawn back to collaborate once again. Setting the Florida coast as their backdrop, Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood began putting the pieces together for their upcoming sixth studio album, slowly but surely. Heart Break, anchored by lead single You Look Good', soon unfolded and fueled their new purpose. "When we started working on this record, the goal was to give ourselves some space from the day to day," says Scott in a press release.
She continues, "Surrounding ourselves in a new environment with sunny beaches and warm weather really helped free our minds to focus solely on our art. We took some of our favorite writers and other writers we hadn't worked with before to a new inspiring backdrop, where we were able to just write and soak up the journey. And it was on our first trip in Florida when we wrote 'Heart Break' that we felt it all click."
Lady Antebellum enlists such Nashville songwriters as Nicolle Galyon and Jesse Frasure (who both contribute to the life-changing title track and album opener), Shane McAnnally (on Somebody Else's Heart), Sara Haze (This City, Think About You) and fellow country singer Eric Paslay (on the album's bookend, Famous).1. Heart Break
2. You Look Good
3. Somebody Else's Heart
4. This City
7. Think About You
8. Good Time To Be Alive
9. Big Love in a Small Town
11. Teenage Heart
13. Famous$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Natural, Acoustic Portrait of American Folk, Country, and Bluegrass Standards by Two Virtuosos: Jerry Garcia and David Grisman's Shady Grove Filled with Endearing Joy and Spirited Playing
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes and Strictly Limited to 3,000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity 180g 2LP Set Sounds Incredibly Realistic, Features Deluxe Booklet in Gatefold Jacket
Jerry Garcia began recording with longtime friend David Grisman at the beginning of the last decade of his life, the refreshing excursions marking a full-circle return to the roots fare the white-bearded virtuoso originally performed before co-founding the Grateful Dead. Garcia's dalliances with Grisman also served another equally important purpose given they provided a much-needed outlet from the demanding pressures, schedules, and business affairs associated with his main band. The endearing joy, contagious enthusiasm, and free-spirited playing on Shady Grove attest to the collection serving as not only the finest musical snapshot of Garcia's final years, but among the best of his storied career.
Mastered from the original master tapes, available on vinyl for the first time, and strictly limited to 3,000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 2LP set presents the 1996 collection in exquisite sound. Originally recorded at Dawg Studios between August 1990 and June 1993, Shady Grove bowed as the first release of Grisman-Garcia collaborations in the wake of the iconic guitarist's August 1995 death - and remains, by way of its genre-specific organization, a passionate albeit naturally relaxed portrait of folk, country, and bluegrass standards that provide the foundation of American songbook. To experience it all in such brilliant fidelity is to pull up a chair at the sessions themselves and enjoy a transparent view into lasting tradition and instrumental virtuosity.
Entirely unplugged, the material emerges in three-dimensional detail on this very special audiophile pressing, the wooden tones and organic textures unfolding with wondrous openness, ease, and realism. Nothing is forced, brittle, or exaggerated. What you hear is on par with the acoustics you'd encounter at a world-class hall. Garcia and Grisman's clean, rustic picking on guitar, banjo, mandola, and mandolin harbors a rare intimacy mirrored by an equally uncommon chemistry evident by the seamless interplay.
These traits remain in tact even when the soul mates are occasionally joined by pals such as Jim Kerwin (acoustic bass) and Joe Craven (fiddle and percussion). Garcia's singing, replete with the slight, graceful, dignified shakiness that forever defined his deliveries, comes across with utmost purity and transparency. Emotions and eagerness pour over every note. At the end of several tracks, Garcia and company exchange remarks and laughter - all indicative of the camaraderie, looseness, and spirit that carries through each tune here.
Mobile Fidelity's audiophile edition of Shady Grove also features the kind of deluxe packaging only the best physical media can provide. Sixteen 12-inch x 12-inch pages bound to the gatefold jacket provide extraordinary insight into the songs, atmosphere, and history. Images of artifacts and telling photos serve as a visual guide. New Lost City Ramblers member John Cohen pens extensive liner notes that reveal the lasting importance and timelessness of the tunes herein. Among his observations:
Jerry and David's performances of these traditional folk songs and ballads reconnect us all - folk singers, Deadheads, university students, hillbillies, country and western musicians - with the America [poet Kenneth] Rexroth wrote about; that [Carl] Sandburg wrote about; that the cynicism of American wars and politics, culture wars and culture politics just couldn't destroy.
Indeed, the versions of barn-dance tunes (Shady Grove), jug-band standards (Stealin', also performed in the early days of the Grateful Dead), Delta ballads (Louis Collins), Civil War era fare (The Sweet Sunny South), and campfire songs (Down in the Valley) here astound with depth, soulfulness, and warmth. Deadheads will also find Garcia and Grisman putting a spin on two more tracks - Casey Jones and Jackaroo - long part of the iconic group's repertoire. In countless ways, Shady Grove is not to be missed, particularly on this unsurpassed pressing.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Shady Grove
3. Off to Sea Once More
4. The Sweet Sunny South
5. Louis Collins
6. Fair Ellender
8. The Ballad of Casey Jones
9. Dreadful Wind and Rain
10. I Truly Understand
11. The Handsome Cabin Boy
12. Whiskey in the Jar
13. Down in the Valley
14. Hesitation Blues$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Embers Of TimeA talent to outrank Ryan Adams or Conor Oberst - Uncut
He's found a way to encapsulate all the dichotomies of life and make them work within the confines of a three-minute pop song. - Popmatters
"It's my surreal expat therapy record," observes Josh Rouse about his new LP, The Embers of Time. A career peak, The Embers of Time takes inspiration from his self-admitted crisis of confidence and bouts with existential psychotherapy in his adopted home of Valencia, Spain.
The 10-song collection of originals contains some of Rouse's most beautiful arrangements and complex songwriting to date. First song and lead single "Some Days I'm Golden All Night" channels Glen Campbell-style Countrypolitan pop mastery through 'Self Portrait'-era Dylan confessional lyrics.
Rouse has been called "one of contemporary music's most engaging singer-songwriters" (NPR) as well as "a talent to outrank Ryan Adams or Conor Oberst" (Uncut), and with The Embers of Time he opens a new chapter in his lauded career. He split time recording the album between Valencia and Nashville, and enlisted Brad Jones (Justin Townes Earle) as producer. The record moves from the hushed twang of "Time," where Josh recalls a stepfather who died too young and muses about his own mortality, to the deceptively sunny album closer "Crystal Falls," which recounts a rare period of solace from his itinerant childhood. "In Crystal Falls I made a few good friends," he sings. "It was just another stop. I never saw them again."
Originally hailing from rural Nebraska, Rouse has carved out a distinguished career as a top-tier musician. His last record, 'The Happiness Waltz' earned unanimous praise, with AllMusic calling it "absolutely beautiful, like 10cc producing Al Green."1. Some Days I'm Golden All Night
2. Too Many Things On My Mind
3. New Young
4. You Walked Through The Door
6. Pheasant Feather
7. Coat For A Pillow
8. Worried Blues
9. Expat Blues
10. Crystal Falls$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
American V: A Hundred HighwaysThe ethical questions surrounding this final album in the American Recordings series are as unavoidable as they are, ultimately, peripheral. While the
vocal tracks were recorded in the months just prior to Johnny Cash's passing in September 2003, the arrangements weren't undertaken until two years
later. And though producer Rick Rubin had become a trusted friend, the Man in Black wasn't around to approve or disapprove, let alone guide, the final
sessions. However, if the pure power of these recordings doesn't quiet the skeptics, nothing will. With Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench
and slide guitar session pro Smokey Hormel on board (all three of whom appear on earlier Cash albums), along with guitarists Matt Sweeney and Johnny
Polansky, the sound is stately and acoustic, but rarely staid, even as the dynamics of earlier recordings in the series are absent. Instead, the songs have
a measured, elegiac intensity, the sound of musicians choosing their notes carefully and making just the right choices.
The songs Cash sings are, unsurprisingly, confessional and reflective: his mortality and his mistakes, his maker and his salvation, and the loss of his wife
June and the end of his career may have weighed on his mind, but in these songs he both embodies and transcends his personal history. On God's
Gonna Cut You Down, as the musicians clap and stomp behind him, his voice cuts through the air like that same avenging hand. On the new original
Like the 309--the last song Cash ever wrote--he cops to being short of breath, and that voice becomes a metaphor for what each of us will one day face.
On Gordon Lightfoot's If You Read My Mind, Rubin flirts with overwhelming the damp bittersweetness of Cash's phrasing in tasteful atmospherics, but
the voice is implacable, hitting and finding notes one never expected he'd have the will to find. Likewise, it's hard to believe this is his first recording of Ian
Tyson's Four Strong Winds; the elemental narrative seems to have been written for him. Two songs, however, Cash has recorded before: the bornagain
hymn I Came to Believe and the final spiritual, I'm Free from the Chain Gang Now. The latter especially is a definitive testament, as is his version
of Bruce Springsteen's Further On (Up the Road). One sunny morning we'll rise, I know / And I'll meet you further on up the road, he sings. If only,
John, if only. --Roy Kasten1. Help Me (Album Version)
2. God's Gonna Cut You Down (Album Version)
3. Like The 309 (Album Version)
4. If You Could Read My Mind (Album Version)
5. Further On Up The Road (Album Version)
6. On The Evening Train (Album Version)
7. I Came To Believe (Album Version)
8. Love's Been Good To Me (Album Version)
9. A Legend In My Time (Album Version)
10. Rose Of My Heart (Album Version)
11. Four Strong Winds (Album Version)
12. I'm Free From The Chain Gang Now (Album Version)$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
" Twin Peaks have perfected the kind of songwriting that puts you in a practiced, happy headlock."
"The Chicago teenagers who make up the band Twin Peaks make a confident old-school indie rock chug that should be beyond their years."
"Although steeped in the amp-shattering sensibilities of a garage band, the triumphant Sunken listens like a sunny pop record. It's lovably fuzzy, worn with the character of beloved jukebox hits."
- Consequence of Sound
Don't bother asking Twin Peaks about the deeper meaning of their band name. They simply thought it sounded cool, which explains why their second album Wild Onion isn't as spooky or surreal as David Lynch's short-lived TV show. It's more like a modern day Nuggets, with Ty Segall, Black Lips and Thee Oh Sees curating instead of Lenny Kaye. Not literally, of course. But the spirit of those garage demigods is alive and well alongside subtle nods to everything from the Pixies and Tame Impala to the godfathers of guitar-guided pop music, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys.
If combining the influence of so many classic artists seems like a lofty goal for a group of 20 year olds, just remember that Twin Peaks' core quartet-frontman Cadien Lake James, guitarist Clay Frankel, bassist Jack Dolan and drummer Connor Brodner-has roots that reach back to elementary school. After cutting his teeth during his high school freshman year in a duo with his older brother Hal, James reconnected with his old chums and formed what would become Twin Peaks, and the chemistry was immediately undeniable.
Having quickly cut their debut LP, 2013's Sunken, in Cadien's basement so they could sell it on tour, the band was excited to spend more time developing Wild Onion, a record that reveals a level of maturity beyond all the amp-singeing solos, ragtag rhythms and dizzying voices of three distinct singer-songwriters. Unlike acts who let their egos get in the way, Cadien, Clay and Jack share the spotlight and play to one another's strengths as Connor keeps things moving with a steady beat.1. I Found a New Way
2. Strawberry Smoothie
3. Mirror of Time
4. Sloop Jay D
5. Making Breakfast
6. Strange World
7. Fade Away
8. Sweet Thing
9. Stranger World
12. Ordinary People
13. Good Lovin'
14. Hold On
15. No Way Out
16. Mind Frame$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
AzelAfter a 'brief' 25 hour delay in Morocco on his way from Niger, Bombino arrived in Woodstock, New York to record his new album at Applehead Studio with Dave Longstreth (Dirty Projectors). Applehead is a beautiful studio in a converted barn on farmland where goats, pigs, and other animals roam freely. The band stayed in a guest house a few steps away from the studio, and took turns making meals. Apart from a morning invasion of the guesthouse by a 700-pound pig, Applehead was the perfect atmosphere for Bombino and his group to create new music over the course of the 10 days they had there. Longstreth, meanwhile, proved to be a fantastic match for Bombino as this album's producer. He has a deep respect for the Saharan music tradition and guided their sessions with a gentle but skilled hand.
Fans of Bombino and Tuareg music in general will notice a few remarkable innovations on this album. The first is the introduction of a new style Bombino is pioneering that he affectionally calls 'Tuareggae' - a sunny blend of Tuareg blues/rock with reggae one-drop and bounce. Another is the first-ever use of Western vocal harmonies in recorded Tuareg music, (due to Longstreth's influence) which give the songs new depth and color. Finally, the band behind him is tighter and more energetic than ever before. The result is Bombino's best, most well-rounded, and groundbreaking album to date: Azel.
The word Azel has three meanings in Bombino's native Tamasheq language - first, it is the name of a small desert town just a few kilometers from where he grew up, in Agadez, Niger. His wife's family is from Azel, and it is the site of the first and only Tuareg school in the country. Bombino has long held aspirations of developing a Tuareg community center and arts school in Agadez, so the town of Azel holds a special place in his heart.
Second, the word azel means the roots or stems of a tree. This album is a reflection of Bombino's unique place in Tuareg music where he at once honors the traditional roots of the music while also taking it into brand new territory, hence the roots and the stems. Finally, the word azel is also slang in Tamasheq, loosely the equivalent of 'That's my jam!' in American English. The significance of that meaning should be instantly obvious to anyone who listens to this album.1. Akhar Zaman (This Moment)
2. Iwaranagh (We Must)
3. Inar (If You Know The Degree Of My Love For You)
4. Tamiditine Tarhanam (My Love, I Tell You)
5. Timtar (Memories)
6. Iyat Ninhay / Jaguar (A Great Desert I Saw)
7. Igmayagh Dum (My Lover)
8. Ashuhada (Martyrs Of The First Rebellion)
9. Timidiwa (Friendship)
10. Naqqim Dagh Timshar (We Are Left In This Abandoned Place)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now