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    Talking Book

    Ranked 90/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Talking Book is the fifteenth album by Stevie Wonder. You Are the Sunshine of My Life, hit #1 on Billboard's Hot
    100 and earned Stevie his first Grammy Award. The album's first single, Superstition, also hit #1 on Billboard's Hot
    100 and Hot Soul Singles charts. This reissue is newly remastered from original analog. The package features
    Braille inscriptions originally available only on the album's rare first pressing.

    1. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
    2. Maybe Your Baby
    3. You And I (We Can Conquer The World)
    4. Tuesday Heartbreak
    5. You've Got It Bad Girl
    6. Superstition
    7. Big Brother
    8. Blame It On The Sun
    9. Lookin' For Another Pure Love
    10. I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)
    Stevie Wonder
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    Apocalypse, girl

    Think big, girl, like a king, think kingsize. Jenny Hval's new record opens with a
    quote from the Danish poet Mette Moestrup, and continues towards the abyss.
    Apocalypse, girl is a hallucinatory narrative that exists somewhere between fiction
    and reality, a post-op fever dream, a colorful timelapse of death and rebirth,
    close-ups of impossible bodies - all told through the language of transgressive
    pop music.


    When Norwegian noise legend Lasse Marhaug interviewed Jenny Hval for his
    fanzine in early 2014, they started talking about movies, and the conversation
    was so interesting that she asked him to produce her next record. It turned out
    that talking about film was a great jumping off point for album production.
    Hval's songs slowly expanded from solo computer loops and vocal edits to contributions
    from bandmates Håvard Volden and Kyrre Laastad, before finally
    exploding into collaborations with Øystein Moen (Jaga Jazzist/Puma), Thor
    Harris (Swans), improv cellist Okkyung Lee and harpist Rhodri Davis. All of
    these musicians have two things in common: they are fierce players with a great
    ear for intimacy, and they hear music in the closing of a suitcase as much as in a
    beautiful melody.


    And so Apocalypse, girl is a very intimate, very visual beast. It dreams of an old
    science fiction movie where gospel choir girls are punks and run the world with
    auto-erotic impulses. It's a gentle hum from a doomsday cult, a soft desire for
    collective devotion, an ode to the close-up and magnified, unruly desires.
    Jenny Hval has developed her own take on intimate sound since the release of
    her debut album in 2006. Her work, which includes 2013's critically celebrated
    Innocence Is Kinky (Rune Grammofon), has gradually incorporated books, sound
    installations and collaborations with poets and visual artists. For Hval, language
    is central, always torn between the vulnerable, the explosive and total humiliation.

    1. Kingsize
    2. Take Care of Yourself
    3. That Battle Is Over
    4. White Underground
    5. Heaven
    6. Why This?
    7. Some Days
    8. Sabbath
    9. Angels and Anaemia
    10. Holy Land
    Jenny Hval
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  • How To Talk To Girls At Parties Soundtrack How To Talk To Girls At Parties Soundtrack Quick View

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    How To Talk To Girls At Parties Soundtrack

    Import


    180-Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    Gatefold Sleeve


    PVC Protective Sleeve


    Includes 4-Page Booklet


    Brand New Sci-Fi Movie Feat. Nicole Kidman, Matt Lucas, Elle Fanning And Alex Sharp


    Punk Ost Feat. Songs By The Damned, The Velvet Underground, Xiu Xiu And Many More


    Limited First Pressing Of 500 Individually Numbered Copies On Yellow Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter


    How to Talk to Girls at Parties is a brand new British-American sci-fi punk movie, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, based on the short story of the same name by Neil Gaiman. The OST is filled with punk-driven or orientated tracks by The Damned, The Velvet Underground, Xiu Xiu, The Dyschords, AC Newman and many more.


    The film stars Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, and Matt Lucas. How to Talk to Girls at Parties had its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2017. It is scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom on May 11, 2018. The movie tells the story of an alien touring the galaxy, breaking away from her group while meeting two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe: the London suburb of Croydon. The book How to Talk to Girls at Parties was nominated for the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Short Story and won the Locus Award for Best Short Story.

    LP 1
    1. New Rose - The Damned
    2. Planned Adolescence - The Dyschords
    3. Angry Universe - A.c. Newman
    4. Communion - The Dyschords
    5. Extraction - Dyslexic Cnuts
    6. Fuck All - The Dyschords
    7. Going Straight - Xiu Xiu
    8. Single - The Dyschords
    9. Climb Over Me - The Dyschords
    10. Rainy Life - Ezra Furman
    11. Bermuda - Amber Martin
    12. I Found A Reason - The Velvet Underground
    13. Nursery Chymes - Prolific Urdoos (Bruno Wizard)
    14. Nobody's Baby - Martin Tomlinson And Bryan Weller


    LP 2
    1. Requiem - Nico Muhly
    2. The Body Celestial - Matmos

    3. Flecken - Matmos
    4. Eat Me Alive - Xiu Xiu, Elle Fanning And Alex Sharp
    5. Between The Breaths - Xiu Xiu And Mitski

    Various Artists
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  • Passion For Vinyl (Book) Passion For Vinyl (Book) Quick View

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    Passion For Vinyl (Book)

    240-Page Book With 7 Vinyl Single


    7 Vinyl Single: Rinus'Garage Feat. Triggerfinger - The Wall Of Dolls / Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Electric Fogg


    Numbered


    This book is a tribute to vinyl, a format that is making a spectacular comeback recently, although for many music lovers it never really disappeared.


    Brazilian superstar Ed Motta came to Holland to buy an apartment, but spent all his money on vinyl instead. When a young Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth discovered a scratch on his recently bought Bathory LP he demolished his bedroom. It's Atlantic's CEO Craig Kallman mission to own all relevant albums on vinyl. He has 750.000 already. That's what vinyl does with music lovers.


    In Passion For Vinyl a wide selection of DJ's, musicians, label owners, designers, record dealers, collectors and engineers like Henry Rollins, Bernie Grundman, Hans Pokora, Chris Ellis, Steffi, Mala, Vaughan Oliver, Lee Dorrian, Jacco Gardner, John Dyer Baizley and many others share their unconditional love for vinyl. They muse about the first record that changed their lives, talk about their prized collectibles and explain why they were determined to keep vinyl alive. Passion for Vinyl also tells the history of Record Industry, the Dutch factory that has been pressing vinyl since the 1950's.


    Passion For Vinyl is written by Dutch author, music journalist and incurable vinyl fanatic Robert
    Haagsma. With an introduction by American vinyl guru Michael Fremer.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    Side A: Rinus'Garage Feat. Triggerfinger - The Wall Of Dolls
    Side B: Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Electric Fogg
    Robert Haagsma
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  • Signed, Sealed & Delivered (Braille Cover) (Pre-Order) Signed, Sealed & Delivered (Braille Cover) (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Signed, Sealed & Delivered (Braille Cover) (Pre-Order)

    Signed, Sealed & Delivered features the hit title track along with Heaven Help Us All, Never Had a Dream Come
    True & Wonder's cover of The Beatles' We Can Work It Out.


    In the tradition of Stevie Wonder's classic LP,
    Talking Book, these this title includes Braille on the cover for the first time. They indicate the album's name & artist
    to sight-challenged consumers.

    1.Never Had A Dream Come True
    2.We Can Work It Out
    3.Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)
    4.Heaven Help Us All
    5.You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover
    6.Sugar
    7.Don't Wonder Why
    8.Anything You Want Me To Do
    9.I Can't Let My Heaven Walk Away
    10.Joy (Takes Over Me)
    11.I Gotta Have A Song
    12.Something To Say
    Stevie Wonder
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    Manhattan

    When it came time to record their Warner Bros. debut, the band looked directly to its hometown for inspiration. MANHATTAN is more than an album -it's a statement of purpose and a portrait of life in New York City. We were all bartenders, so the songs are tales of experiences we had or saw, and other people who were characters in our life during the first year we were in this band, Cummings says. (And for the record, SKATERS chose their band name because it captures their young and fearless attitude.


    The album kicks off with subway noises, Because that's the sound of our lives, Cummings says. The disc was even recorded by John Hill (Santigold, Wavves) in the API room at Greenwich Village's iconic Electric Lady Studios, named after its one-of-a-kind board.


    MANHATTAN features other little pieces of the city, too, in the form of sounds and conversations Hubbard nabbed on an old-school handheld tape recorder. There's a cab ride in there, there's kids yelling in Brooklyn, girls talking in a cafÉ, Rubin says. It's like a book of short stories, Cummings adds, deadpanning, It's Salinger's Nine Stories but it's Eleven Stories by SKATERS. And the writing is much better.

    1. One Of Us
    2. Miss Teen Massachusetts
    3. Deadbolt
    4. Bandbreaker
    5. To Be Young In NYC
    6. Schemers
    7. Symptomatic
    8. Fear Of The Knife
    9. I Wanna Dance (But I Don't Know How)
    10. Nice Hat
    11. This Much I Care
    SKATERS
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  • Studio Album Vinyl Box Studio Album Vinyl Box Quick View

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    Studio Album Vinyl Box

    Box Set Includes All 8 Of Rhianna's Studio Albums Across 15 LPs


    Elegant Black, High-Gloss Slipcase With Foil Stamped Signature


    186-Page Hardback Book


    Turntable Slipmat w/ Rihanna's Signature


    Rihanna will release all eight studio albums in her catalog in a deluxe 15 LP vinyl box set on December 16, including five titles never previously available on vinyl, including Music Of The Sun (2005), Rated R (2009), Loud (2010), Talk That Talk (2011) and Unapologetic (2012). Seven of the individual titles will come as 2 LP vinyl sets, while Talk That Talk will be a single disc. The package - encased in an elegant black, high-gloss slipcase with Rihanna's signature foil stamped on front -- also includes a 186-page hardback book comprised of every image from every studio album and reproductions of all the original CD booklets. The set also boasts an all-black turntable slipmat adorned with Rihanna's autograph.

    This Box Set Includes:


    Music of the Sun (2005) [2xLP]
    A Girl like Me (2006) [2xLP]
    Good Girl Gone Bad (2007) [2xLP]
    Rated R (2009) [2xLP]
    Loud (2010) [2xLP]
    Talk That Talk (2011) [1 LP]
    Unapologetic (2012) [2xLP]
    Anti (2016) [2xLP]

    Rihanna
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  • Five Pillars Of Soul Five Pillars Of Soul Quick View

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    Five Pillars Of Soul

    These are troubled times. Troubled enough, that you don't need us to talk about it. But if there was ever a time to make a break, or to find a way out, it is now. That is why we, John Wilkes Booze, are here with five stories of honest life scorching Soul, a starter plan if you will, that should set the fire in your feet to get up and move in all directions.


    First off, John Wilkes Booze are six spirit fuelled, R&B players from South Central Indiana -- Bloomington to be exact. And by rhythm and blues, we are talking about Hoosier R&B: warbly and frantic falsetto vocals backed by electric bass, organ, drums, and dual guitars with the frequent ecstatic spurts of trumpet, saxophone and electronics. We come from the very soil that birthed JJ Johnson, MX-80 Sound, Phil Niblock, Dancing Cigarettes, and the Gizmos. Add it up, and we're there. As obsessive collectors of the raw and esoteric, we've taken our flotsam of films, books, and vinyl collections and transfused them into a sound not far from the orbits of our garage or El Saturn, nor from intellectual dissections and analysis of these modern times.

    1 Sweetback 's Gonna Make It
    2 See Through Sound
    3 Butcher's Tale (Western Front 1914)
    4 White Guilt
    5 Marc Bolan Makes Me Want to Fuck, Pt. 2
    6 Watch Out
    7 They Don't Like Me in This Town/Carpe Diem
    8 People's Songbook
    9 Academy Flight Song
    10 Yoko Save Rock 'N' Roll
    11 Meanwhile, At the Hideout
    12 Spotlight
    13 Until Your Head Is Gone
    John Wilkes Booze
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  • Brahms: 10 Intermezzi For Piano (Speakers Corner) Brahms: 10 Intermezzi For Piano (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Brahms: 10 Intermezzi For Piano (Speakers Corner)

    Johannes Brahms: Intermezzi op. 76 no. 6 in A major, no. 7 in A minor; op. 116 No. 4 in E major; op. 117 no. 1 in B-flat major, no. 2 in B-flat minor, no. 3 in C-sharp minor; op. 118 no. 1 in A minor, no. 2 in A major, no. 6 in E-flat minor; op. 119 no. 1 in B minor


    If you mainly connect the name Brahms with opulent symphonies, passionate concertos and weighty piano music, you will be in for a big surprise when you listen to the Intermezzi op. 117. The music critic Eduard Hanslick talks of a more restrained, detached style and clearly means the calm, simple and immensely expressive flowing melodies, which characterize the late piano music of this Romantic composer. Just how sensitively the performer must tackle these precious miniatures is described by Clara Schumann with the words » the intellectual technique in them demands a fine comprehension and one must be very familiar with Brahms to play them as Brahms had imagined them«.


    When it comes to Brahms, Glenn Gould - famous for his analytically strict and emphatic interpretation of Bach's keyboard works - proves himself to be a true poet and thinker at the keyboard. Driven by the melancholy force, his thoughts find their way, sometimes hesitantly, then moving on with a deep breath, as it were, to the next deceleration.
    In op. 118 no. 1 the Canadian pianist begins with a passion that wrests expansive cascades of sound from the keyboard, then finds his way back to introvert mellifluous tones (op. 118 no. 2) and increases the drama in the will-o'-the-wispish and futile attempts to come to a redemptory final cadence (op. 118 no. 6). It would be hard to find a more closely-knit and intense rendering than on the present recording.


    Musicians:


    • Glenn Gould (piano)


    Recording: September and November 1960 at Columbia's 30th Street Studio, New York

    Production: J. Scianni


    About Speakers Corner


    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    1. Intermezzo In E-Flat Major, Op. 117, No. 1
    2. Intermezzo In B-Flat Minor, Op. 117, No. 2
    3. Intermezzo In C-Sharp Minor, Op. 117, No. 3
    4. Intermezzo In E-Flat Minor, Op. 118, No. 6
    5. Intermezzo In E Major, Op. 116, No. 4
    6. Intermezzo In A Minor, Op. 76, No. 7
    7. Intermezzo In A Major, Op. 76, No. 6
    8. Intermezzo In B Minor, Op. 119, No. 1
    9. Intermezzo In A Minor, Op. 118, No. 1
    10. Intermezzo In A Major, Op. 118, No. 2
    Glenn Gould
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  • Our Home Is A Deathbed Our Home Is A Deathbed Quick View

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    Our Home Is A Deathbed

    Our Home Is A Deathbed is the debut full-length album from the Louisville, KY hardcore band Xerxes. Produced by Kevin Ratterman (Coliseum, My Morning Jacket), the album features eleven blistering tracks that channel the energy and passion of mid-90's originators You and I and Saetia, while adding the more upbeat and brutal thrash mentality of contemporaries such as Trash Talk and Ampere, making for a sound that runs the gamut of blast-beat aggression and emotional rumination.
    1. Wake
    2. Sleep
    3. Tide/This Place As A Prison
    4. Suburban Asphalt
    5. Fever Dream
    6. Summer Storms/Winter Leaves
    7. February
    8. Our City As A Floodplain
    9. Funeral Home
    10. Sleepwalking With You
    11. Our Home Is a Deathbed
    Xerxes
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    Zaba (Awaiting Repress)

    Created in Epworth's own studio it is undoubtedly among this year's most striking debuts. The title, lifted from Dave's favorite childhood story, comes from
    William Steig's The Zabajaba Jungle. Steig's evocation of childhood adventure, exoticism and discovery is brilliantly fresh. ZABA is one complete beast
    and a journey you will get most from if you immerse yourself fully and listen from start to finish. The sound of the record, Dave says, is like a backdrop
    of man-made wilderness...


    Influenced by the exploratory, New World scenarios of Apocalypse Now, The Island of Dr Moreau, Heart of Darkness, The African Queen and Mosquito
    Coast, ZABA's songs tackle the humanization of nature and human interference with nature. Even now a lot of my favorite books are those books that I
    grew up with, he says. Things like Zabajaba, like Roald Dahl, like Wind in the Willows. I suppose all I've been doing is using those little creatures and
    animals to cover up what I really meant, to disguise who and what I was really talking about.


    Inspired by Kanye West and Charles Darwin, Nina Simone and the Velvet Underground, ZABA is a rich and textured work, a very special record indeed.
    With Dave producing and Epworth as A&R and mentor, the studio became their home and the band were free to record, improvise and write at their own
    speed, making their sound a bigger, brighter, heavier and more intense experience than ever before.


    The first single, Gooey is wobbly and child-like, a hymn to naivety. There's a confidence in the way children act, Dave says. I was trying to push that
    confidence into the beat. Walla-Walla goes back to Dave's love of Timbaland and Dr Dre, while Intruxx, initially the introduction to the entire record,
    summarizes this entire new world you're entering.

    1. Flip
    2. Black Mambo
    3. Pools
    4. Gooey
    5. Walla Walla
    6. Intruxx
    7. Hazey
    8. Toes
    9. WYRD
    10. Cocao Hooves
    11. JDNT
    Glass Animals
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    I'm Only Dreaming

    Tyler, TX-based indie pop outfit Eisley has announced I'm Only Dreaming, the band's fifth full-length, which was produced by Will Yip (Circa Survive, Balance & Composure, Lauryn Hill) and will be released via Equal Vision Records.


    Vocalist/guitarist Sherri DuPree-Bemis opened up about "You Are Mine" revealing, "This song is about loving someone deeply and the beauty and challenges that come with being in a long-term, committed relationship. You're going to argue, you're going to rub each other wrong and disagree and drive each other absolutely crazy sometimes but at the end of the day you just want to be together. ('You're my everything, my sun and moon, you make me swoon; Wake me up, talk too much, piss me off, but you are mine')."


    I'm Only Dreaming stays true to form of the band's signature dreamy sound, with DuPree-Bemis elaborating, "Musically, you could say it's classic Eisley, in the sense that it's melodic, moody pop and is written from the heart. Lyrically, it's very whimsical; it has a vibe that will take you into its own world and let you escape your normal life for a few minutes. I like to cloak things in a little mystery and romance; I think it's part of what makes all of Eisley's songs sound like they're from the same world. Every record is like opening and reading a book in a series."

    1. Always Wrong
    2. Defeatist
    3. A Song for the Birds
    4. Sparking
    5. My Best Friend
    6. Rabbit Hole
    7. Louder Than a Lion
    8. You Are Mine
    9. When You Fall
    10. Snowfall
    11. Brightest Fire
    Eisley
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    Love Is Here

    Love Is Here is the debut studio album by indie rock band Starsailor.


    Starsailor was already a critic's darling in the band's native England during mid-2001, and the group's painfully melodic debut, Love Is Here, poised the band to rise in the shadows of Doves, Coldplay, and Travis. Starsailor, however, isn't as polished as its counterparts, but that's not to say Love Is Here isn't a beautiful piece of work. It's less lilting than Coldplay's Parachutes, and frontman James Walsh's aching vocals shape his angularity as a singer/songwriter.


    Starsailor is a young band, and Love Is Here illustrates the group's sharp intellect inside basic acoustics. Singles such as the passionately violent Alcoholic and melancholic dark hues of Fever touch upon Starsailor's own pop stylings. The band isn't typically jaunty, for the members of Starsailor are a bit cynical. Lyrics reflect battles with self-discovery, independence, and being lovelorn; however, they're matches of a survivor.


    Talk Her Down, one of the album's most gnarling tracks, bounces with light psychedelic patterns, and Good Souls is probably Starsailor's closest rock & roll moment. The live soundscape found on Love Is Here sets up the simplistic beauty of this new band. They didn't go for a grand bombast of crashing guitars and angst-ridden stories similar to Oasis and Manic Street Preachers. They go for something more positive as well -- each song soars with intricate musicianship and melodic lushness. Wigan native Richard Ashcroft would be pleased.

    1. Tie Up My Hands
    2. Poor Misguided Fool
    3. Alcoholic
    4. Lullaby
    5. Way To Fall
    6. Fever
    7. She Just Wept
    8. Talk Her Down
    9. Love Is Here
    10. Good Souls
    11. Coming Down
    Starsailor
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    Hard Times Are Relative

    Our favorite songs are like one-night stands: passionate or sad, capable of recalling moments with Proustian power. Our favorite artists are lifelong companions: fixtures we turn to for comfort and highs.


    Over the last two decades, Jason Boland and the Stragglers have delivered and become both.


    "We've always just wanted to entertain ourselves and put out music that would be a part of people's lives, not just something passing to them," says Boland. "We want to be something more monolithic." He pauses and grins as he adds, "We're just a social experiment at this point."


    Boland is talking about the deep body of work he's created with his band of jangly honky-tonk aces, the Stragglers--Grant Tracy on bass; drummer and background vocalist Brad Rice; Nick Worley on fiddle, mandolin, and harmonies; and Cody Angel on guitar and pedal steel. Fronted and co-founded by Boland with Tracy and Rice, the band has featured only a handful of other members over the last 20 years, all of whom--whether they're currently Stragglers or not--are like brothers. As they've independently sold more than half a million albums, the outfit has packed iconic dancehalls, theaters, and other big rooms across the country.


    With their new record Hard Times are Relative, Boland and the Stragglers stack the smart, road-ready outlaw country longtime fans have come to expect alongside creative risks that flirt with punk and psychedelic sounds. The 10-song collection is a rare blend of instantly gratifying and rewarding of closer listens--a definitively Stragglers accomplishment. "It's an upbeat album--a lot of fast songs, but it doesn't try to be fast," Boland says with characteristic insight. "It just sits in the pocket."


    No one has combined Woody Guthrie's conscience with Waylon Jenning's panache quite like Boland and the Stragglers. Since debuting in 1999 with the Lloyd Maines-produced Pearl Snaps, the band has matured without taming their refreshing irreverence. "We always joke that we try to take as much as we can from Lloyd and apply it to producing our own records," Boland says. "We've worked with him so many times. The most obvious thing he taught us is: just be musical. Don't hammer through the songs like a garage band all the time."


    That mix of subtle musical sophistication and unruly Oklahoma junkyard pedigree has resulted in some of the best independent honky tonk in recent memory. "You just have to be where you are--keep plugging away and doing the best you can at any moment," Boland says, reflecting on their career thus far. "For a bunch of slackers [like us], that's not too terribly tough."


    Co-produced by the Stragglers, David Percefull, and Adam Odor, Hard Times are Relative is the band's ninth studio record. All songs were recorded live to tape and without the use of any computers--now a Stragglers' hallmark. Upbeat steel guitar kicks off album opener "I Don't Deserve You" before Boland's signature baritone thunders in, smooth and stronger than ever. When fellow sly honky-tonk champ Sunny Sweeney joins him in out-front harmonies, the two become the rootsy dream team you never knew you always wanted.


    The album's title track is a masterpiece: an epic story song about a young orphaned brother and sister depending on the land and one another. Rich details layered over strings paint a scene that's compelling and lush. The song has become one of Boland's favorites. "Folk music is hard to write. Country music is hard to write," he says, reflecting on the difficulty of spinning a long tale while keeping it simple and engaging. "When you hit your own little tuning fork in your head, that one is a hard sell, even to me. But I enjoy that song."


    "Right Where I Began" sounds like vintage Stragglers: clever wordplay and muscly guitars ready for two-steppers. Fiddle and vocal showcase "Searching for You" shows off Rice's and Worley's harmonies that are downright divine. Crunchy guitars drive "Dee Dee OD'd" as Boland offers another round of wry observations. Easy gem "Going Going Gone" makes a solid argument for fiddle in rock-and-roll as Boland deftly turns a baseball metaphor into a classic leaving song.


    Gorgeous waltz "Do You Remember When" bemoans some of modern life's emphasis on disposability and the dismissal of heritage. Rollicking "Tattoo of a Bruise" picks up the same idea, and is tongue-in-cheek country doo-wop, fueled by fiddle, steel, and drums. "I'm not judging anybody," Boland clarifies. "Our music has always called it like we see it, right or wrong, smarter or dumber."


    Praise for the past but acknowledgement of nostalgia's limitations is a career-long theme for Boland, and one that this record continues to carry. "We don't want to lose the chili recipes and the Schroeder Halls because people are moving on to faster, louder, and newer," he says. "But instead of just hemming and hawing, remembering what's old and gone, we want to have new experiences within those frameworks--make memories with what's left of the good stuff."


    With lines like "Empty pockets don't mean you need money / It's just another place to put your hands / And focus on that rock you've been kicking / One day it's going to be a grain of sand," "Predestined" challenges listeners as it soothes. The song is a lyrical victory for Boland, who's long-since become a master of distilling heady ideas into digestible nuggets.


    Penned by Oklahoma music godfather Randy Crouch, "Grandfather's Theme" serves as the album's climactic closer. Attacked with psychedelic ferocity by the band, the song picks up the record's recurring concepts of the ground's insistence on shifting, inevitability, and our complex relationship with the past. Stripped down as Boland sings, the song soars off into a trippy, robust jam-band send-off--a serious triumph especially considering it's a defiantly analog recording. "We're fighting the digital world because they can make it so huge," Boland says, discussing the balancing act of filling out songs while letting them breathe. "I'm really proud if what we did."


    As he mulls over where the Stragglers have been and where they're headed, Boland comes back to one idea over and over again: he and his band are who they are, and with that genuineness comes grit, beauty, and staying power. "We're fortunate that we're not trying to fool anybody," he says. "That's what it comes down to. We're all loners but somehow a team. Now that I can look at it all, I can see: it's been fun."


    Here's to the next 20 years.

    1. I Don't Deserve You
    2. Hard Times Are Relative
    3. Right Where I Began
    4. Searching For You
    5. Do You Remember When
    6. Dee Dee OD'd
    7. Going Going Gone
    8. Tattoo of a Bruise
    9. Predestined
    10. Grandfather's Theme
    Jason Boland & The Stragglers
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    Import

    Gaudi was the tenth and final Alan Parsons Project studio album released in 1987. Inspired as he was by the Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi, Alan Parsons built a truly passionate concept album. Money Talks and Closer To Heaven, which were used in episodes of Miami Vice are, without a doubt, the tracks that sonically define this record. But then there's Paseo de Gracia, a fully orchestrated track in the typical vein of Alan Parsons Project, which can be counted as an exquisite instrumental masterpiece. The masterfully cut Gaudi album simply is yummy for the ears. We are extremely proud to extend the ever expanding catalogue by releasing number eight of the Project's discography!

    1. La Sagrada Familia
    2. Too Late
    3. Closer To Heaven
    4. Standing On Higher Ground
    5. Money Talks
    6. Inside Looking Out
    7. Paseo De Gracia (Instrumental)
    Alan Parsons Project
    $34.99
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  • (What's The Story) Morning Glory? Box Set (What's The Story) Morning Glory? Box Set Quick View

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    (What's The Story) Morning Glory? Box Set


    Deluxe Box Set Of The Classic Sophomore Record From Oasis


    20th Anniversary Of This Title, Which Has Sold 4 Million Copies In The Us Alone!


    Features The Mega-hits Wonderwall, Don't Look Back In Anger, Champagne Supernova, Roll With It And More


    What's The Story) Morning Glory?, the follow-up to debut album Definitely Maybe, is Oasis's biggest-selling album with 22 million copies sold worldwide. It was recorded between May and June 1995 in Rockfield Studios, Monmouthshire, with Owen Morris and Noel Gallagher producing. Released on October 2nd 1995 it spent 10 weeks at No.1, is the 5th biggest-selling album in UK chart history and became the band's breakthrough album in the US where it sold 4 million copies. The new edition has been remastered from the original tapes by Ian Cooper at London's Metropolis Studios, supervised by the album's producer Owen Morris. A small army of contributors including original members of the inner circle who were involved in studio and live recordings came together to hunt down unheard demos and live material. The team also unearthed a wealth of never-seen-before photos and vintage memorabilia which will be included in the new artwork.


    Collectors Coffee Table Book - This beautiful 56 page hardback book contains rare and unseen photographs documenting the (What's The Story) Morning Glory? period by Stefan Batselier, Brian Cannon, Kevin Cummings, Grant Fleming, Jill Furmanovsky, Owen Morris, Tom Sheehan - plus private photos taken by the inner circle. Original artwork designer Brian Cannon explains the story behind each single cover art and sleeve notes are written by Neil McCormick.


    7 Inch Vinyl - This 7 inch vinyl includes demos of Hello and She's Electric, both of which were recorded in Definitely Maybe producer Mark Coyle's studio. The Hello (Demo) track is exclusive to the box set.


    12 Inch Vinyl - This 12 inch vinyl is a replica of the original promotional 12 inch, sent to industry contacts as a promotional item in 1995. Tracklisting features A side Cum on Feel The Noize and B side Champagne Supernova (Lynch Mob Beats Remix), which has never been commercially available


    Cassette - Exact replica of the original promotional copy of (What's The Story) Morning Glory? This rare cassette, only sent out to industry contacts, has never been commercially available. It includes Step Out which was removed from the album prior to its release


    Roll With It Cigarette Papers- These rolling papers were an original 1996 promotional item. They have been replicated solely for the box set and feature the lyrics for Roll With It printed on the back.


    180 Gram Double 12 Inch Vinyl In Gatefold Sleeve - Heavyweight vinyl of (What's The Story) Morning Glory? album, meticulously remastered from the original 1995 half inch tapes. Includes download code for B sides, plus unreleased and rare tracks including demos and live recordings.


    Deluxe 3 x CD Album - (What's The Story) Morning Glory? deluxe CD, meticulously remastered with B sides, plus unreleased and rare tracks including demos and live recordings.


    Postcards & Art Card Set - 3 photograph postcards and a 12 x 12 inch art card


    Highlights Of The Bonus Content Include:


    • Previously unheard demos of She's Electric and Rockin' Chair recorded at Mark Coyle's Manchester studio. Demos of Some Might Say, Hey Now, and Bonehead's Bank Holiday recorded by Mark Coyle for the first time at the band's soundcheck, Club Quattro in Tokyo in September 1994.


    • Live recordings from legendary gigs such as Knebworth House, Maine Road Stadium, Earls Court, and Bath Pavilion.


    • All of the Morning Glory singles and acclaimed B-sides including Talk Tonight, Acquiesce, The Masterplan, and Underneath The Sky.

    LP 1
    1. Hello (Remastered)
    2. Roll With It (Remastered)
    3. Wonderwall (Remastered)
    4. Don't Look Back In Anger (Remastered)
    5. Hey Now! (Remastered)
    6. [Untitled] (Remastered)
    7. Bonehead's Bank Holiday (Remastered)


    LP 2
    1. Some Might Say (Remastered)
    2. Cast No Shadow (Remastered)
    3. She's Electric (Remastered)
    4. Morning Glory (Remastered)
    5. [Untitled] (Remastered)
    6. Champagne Supernova (Remastered)


    CD 1
    1. Hello (Remastered)
    2. Roll With It (Remastered)
    3. Wonderwall (Remastered)
    4. Don't Look Back In Anger (Remastered)
    5. Hey Now! (Remastered)
    6. [Untitled] (Remastered)
    7. Some Might Say (Remastered)
    8. Cast No Shadow (Remastered)
    9. She's Electric (Remastered)
    10. Morning Glory (Remastered)
    11. [Untitled] (Remastered)
    12. Champagne Supernova (Remastered)


    CD 2
    1. Talk Tonight (Remastered)
    2. Acquiesce (Remastered)
    3. Headshrinker (Remastered)
    4. It's Better People (Remastered)

    5. Rockin' Chair (Remastered)

    6. Step Out (Remastered)
    7. Underneath The Sky (Remastered)
    8. Cum On Feel The Noize (Remastered)
    9. Round Are Way (Remastered)
    10. The Swamp Song (Remastered)
    11. The Masterplan (Remastered)
    12. Bonehead's Bank Holiday (Remastered)
    13. Champagne Supernova (Brendan Lynch Mix) (Remastered)
    14. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away (Remastered)


    CD 3
    1. Acquiesce (Live At Earls Court)
    2. Some Might Say (Demo)
    3. Some Might Say (Live at Roskilde)
    4. She's Electric (Demo)
    5. Talk Tonight (Live At Bath Pavilion)
    6. Rockin' Chair (Demo)
    7. Hello (Live At Roskilde)
    8. Roll With It (Live At Roskilde)
    9. Morning Glory (Live At Roskilde)
    10. Hey Now (Demo)
    11. Bonehead's Bank Holiday (Demo)
    12. Round Are Way (MTV Unplugged)
    13. Cast No Shadow (Live At Maine Road)
    14. The Masterplan (Live At Knebworth Park)


    12
    A1. Cum on Feel The Noize
    B1. Champagne Supernova (Lynch Mob Beats Remix)


    7
    A1. Hello (demo)
    B1. She's Electric (demo)


    Cassette
    1. Hello
    2. Roll With It

    3. Wonderwall
    4. Don't Look Back In Anger
    5. Hey Now!
    6. Untitled
    7. Some Might Say

    8. Step Out
    9. Cast No Shadow

    10. She's Electric
    11. Morning Glory
    12. Untitled

    13. Champagne Supernova

    Oasis
    $179.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + 3 CD + Cassette + 7 + 12 Box Set - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Casa de Trova - Cuba 50's (Pure Pleasure) Casa de Trova - Cuba 50's (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Casa de Trova - Cuba 50's (Pure Pleasure)

    La Casa de Trova. The house of the troubadours. It's a place of almost mythical status in Cuban music, the home of so many of the glorious songs that have come out of the island. Even Paul McCartney has made his pilgrimage there. For Alejandro Almenares, it's a place he visits every single day, still carrying his guitar as he goes to play and talk with friends. And it's the inspiration behind his album Casa De Trova (Tumi Records: release: February 25, 2014).
    For Almenares, the connection to the house is deep. His musician father, Angel Sanchez Almenares, was one of the founders of the Casa.
    »I was there when it all began, too,« he recalls. »I grew up listening to them playing there, the trovas and soneros. I'm 76 now. I'm the last of the founders still alive.«



    It's a house filled with memories of all the tunes that have filled the air over the years - and still do. As a child, Almenares took them all in as naturally as breathing. When he was 10 years old he began attending music school staying until he was 14, »when I had to quit in order to work and help my parents.«



    Two years later he was a professional musician, playing the music his father had written and performed in groups like Los Taínos, Trio Oriente and Las Guitarras Internacionales. A lifetime of music, and, he adds with a smile, »so many bands that the number and names escape me now.«
    If you're a fan of the Buena Vista Social Club, this guy's gonna make them seem like a bunch of posers. Composer, vocalist and tres guitarist, Alejandro Almenares delivers the real thing from Cuba here on this set. This double vinyl set contains the same songs (although in different order); the difference is that the first features his rich and full voice, while the second features his material as (mostly) instrumentals. Flutes, percussion, violin, soprano sax, guitars and intermittent vocal choruses accompany Almenares on the gentle and fragrant instrumental takes of "No Critiques Al Nene" and "La Nina Que Yo Ame", while vocalists Tony Rodon, Eva Grinan, Jose Cabrera and Ismael Borges deliver tales of passion on "Mujercita "Linda", A Tu Retrato", "Te Vi Y Te Contemple" and "De Lo Que Quiero Saber" respectively. The simplicity of the old world charms are on abundant display here. No gimmicks, no frills, just earnest notes and, like the best of cooks, letting the simple ingredients do all the work in creating the flavor that makes your mouth water. Essential listening!




    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    LP1 - Vocals
    1. No Critiques Al Nene
    2. La Finca De Vila
    3. Mujercita Linda
    4. Te Vi Y Te Contemple
    5. El Son De Vicentico
    6. A Tu Retrato
    7. La Chica De Mi Rosal
    8. Esa Guitarra Que Suena
    9. Lechero
    10. La Nina Que Yo Ame
    11. De Lo Que Quiero Saber
    12. Pepillito
    13. Con Amor Te Pagare


    LP2 - Instrumentals
    1. No Critiques Al Nene
    2. El Son De Vicentico
    3. Pepillito
    4. Te Vi Y Te Contemple
    5. Con Amor Te Pagare
    6. Lechero
    7. A Tu Retrato
    8. Mujercita Linda
    9. La Chica De Mi Rosal
    10. La Nina Que Yo Ame
    11. De Lo Que Quiero Saber
    12. Esa Guitarra Que Suena
    13. El Mismo Paso
    14. La Finca De Vila

    Alejandro Almenares
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Chromatics

    When songwriter and producer Sam Genders last donned his Diagrams hat, captive listeners found themselves truly stunned by the Streatham Hill artist's imaginative and inventive arrangements that made up 2012s debut album Black Light. Having now upped sticks from his London lodgings and settled in Sheffield with a new lease of life and wife, fresh pastures and friendships are what form the heart of Diagrams' brand new album Chromatics.


    "Relationships are a constant thread. In all their frustrating, exciting, mundane, beautiful, wonderful, sexy, scary glory," reveals Genders of the album's themes. "And there's lots of hope in the songs. They shouldn't be taken too literally mind you in my head Chromatics is life in Technicolor; with all its ups and downs."


    Equally drawing inspiration from the writing on relationships by David Schnarch, Ester Perel and the book Division Street by Sheffield poet Helen Mort, whilst spending time in his own home studio for the first time, it's without doubt that the Steel city provided the ideal backdrop for Genders to write whenever the inspiration came and, essentially, whittle down the fifty or so tracks he had recorded as part of the album's creation. "There are woods over the road and a little garden out the back with a greenhouse, shed, and flower beds. Being in a new place has brought something special to the process. Sheffield is a very open and direct place and I'd say the songs are more that way too."


    Whilst Black Light fizzed with electronic effects, synth-bass, programmed beats and low-key funk grooves that brought about comparisons to the leftfield pop of Arthur Russell, Metronomy, Steve Mason and Hot Chip, it's without doubt that Genders' next offering falls closer to home comforts and marks the next step in Genders' renaissance. Take lead track 'Phantom Power'; it's the track which truly sums up what it's like to find yourself forever reassessing. "It's about feeling like you're losing a grip on your sanity at one moment, then feeling inspired and up for anything the next. Or frustration with yourself yet believing that it's possible to sort yourself out," explains Genders. Elsewhere 'You Can Talk To Me's delicate rolling melody and 'Serpent' once again showcase the playful, eclectic slant to Genders' songwriting prowess alongside an innate sense of crisp production and programming techniques.


    Never one to shirk away from those around him, Genders would be the first to call Diagrams, and particularly Chromatics, a collaborative process. Once again featuring a rolling cast of inspirational musicians the album includes vocals from, amongst friends and family members, The Smoke Fairies whilst the skilled brass and string arrangements come courtesy of Danyal Dhondy and Sam Ewens. 'London's greatest' drummers Karl Penney, and Cacophony drummer Fletcher Adams provide the beats whilst live band members Emma Black and Ben Malitskie lend their expertise of Baritone Saxophone and Viola. 'Brain' meanwhile, was co-written with long-time friend and collaborator Matt McKenzie and features an in utero recording of his son James' heartbeat.


    Yet it's the partnership with producer Leo Abrahams (Wild Beasts, David Byrne, Brian Eno, Jon Hopkins, Ed Harcourt, Marianne Faithful et al) that has truly brought Diagrams to life. After a long search, Abrahams was picked to piece all parts together and as a result Genders found himself writing songs that worked across a variety of production styles. "Leo's incredibly good at what he does and virtually all the impressive production and soundscaping is down to him. He's also an amazing guitarist and played some of my favourite guitar moments on the album."


    Who knows exactly what kind of relationships will inspire Genders next? Currently finding himself midst China's south central city of Changsha in Hunan as a Musician in Residence on behalf of the British Council and PRS foundation, life for Genders right now is all about new experiences, meeting new faces and learning from new friendships. "It feels like anything could happen from one day to the next. I'd like to record a Chinese version of 'Phantom Power' so that once I'm back in the UK I can reconnect with the music lovers I've met. I've heard lots of very poppy pop songs that incorporate both Chinese and English lyrics so I'd like to try my own twist on that."

    1. Phantom Power
    2. Gentle Morning Song
    3. Desolation
    4. Chromatics
    5. You Can Talk To Me
    6. Shapes
    7. Dirty Broken Bliss
    8. Serpent
    9. The Light & The Noise
    10. Brain
    11. Just A Hair's Breadth
    Diagrams
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    Lotta Sea Lice

    KURT VILE: We ran into each other on the road
    in various continents and talked about the
    recordings. I guess it wasn't till I had another
    tour booked for the following summer in
    Australia that we thought we should record as
    much as we can, no major goal to make it a full
    length but it came together that way because
    the vibe was so strong. I love working with
    Courtney, the collaboration was laid back with
    less pressure.


    COURTNEY BARNETT: Now we finished the
    album, we dreamt up an amazing band which
    we've called THE SEA LICE (inspired by a Stella
    Mozgawa beach-side-story) and me n Kurt will
    be standing there out front with our guitars
    singing songs together. Songs from this album
    we did, a handful of our own songs from
    previous albums, maybe some old folk songs n
    what not. Harmonies and guitarmonies galore.
    Very collaborative.


    Lotta Sea Lice is the result of 8 days in the
    studio spread over almost 15 months when
    Courtney and Kurt's respective touring
    schedules allowed for them to be in the same
    place at the same time.

    1. Over Everything
    2. Let It Go
    3. Fear Is Like A Forest
    4. Outta The Woodwork
    5. Continental Breakfast
    6. On Script
    7. Blue Cheese
    8. Peepin Tomboy
    9. Untogether
    Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
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    From The Vanishing Point

    Led by singer-songwriter Scott Terry, Red Wanting Blue has built an exceedingly loyal fanbase throughout the heartland with a live show that knocks 'em dead but leaves 'em talking. With only the aid of word of mouth, Red Wanting Blue has established a following that regularly draw up to 1000 fans to its hometown gigs and has enable this band of underdogs to sell nearly 300,00 tracks from its self-release catalog of albums.


    The passionate and poetic songs, driven by the unshakable backbeat of real rock-n-roll and anchored by Terry's powerful and unforgettable dbaritone, could only be written by a man who lives his life on the road. The band's latest album From the Vanishing Poin marks an official move to the national stage for a band that will always remember where it's from.

    1. Stay On the Bright Side
    2. Audition
    3. White Snow
    4. Playlist
    5. Love Remains
    6. Cocaine
    7. Walking Shoes
    8. Dinosaur
    9. Running of the Bulls
    10. Ballad of Nobodies
    11. Hope On a Rope
    12. Pour It Out
    Red Wanting Blue
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    Handwritten (Awaiting Repress)


    Blue Colored Vinyl


    The late Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard famously defined the ingredients of a great song as three chords and the truth. Every songwriter knows three chords, but laying bare the truth? Now that can be an altogether trickier affair. In January of 2012, The Gaslight Anthem piled into their old tour van and headed across the New Jersey state line for a 14 hour road trip to Nashville on their own quest for the truth. Their destination was 2806 Azalea Place, Nashville, Blackbird Studio, where the New Brunswick quartet had booked five weeks recording time with producer Brendan O'Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, AC/DC). Their mission: to reconnect with rock 'n' roll in its most feral, pure, stripped-raw form.


    Brian Fallon was thirteen years old when he discovered The Clash's self-titled debut album in the racks of Sound Effects Records in Hackettstown, New Jersey: the owner of the store promised the young teenager that the record would change his life. He wasn't wrong. But there was a time, not so very long ago, when The Gaslight's Anthem frontman had grown weary of the sound of electric guitars. After three albums of soulful, impassioned, hearts-on-fire punk rock, Sink Or Swim (2007), The '59 Sound (2008) and American Slang (2010), Fallon needed a change of pace, a change of scenery.


    And so, in January of 2011, together with TGA guitar tech Ian Perkins, he formed The Horrible Crowes, a darkly melancholic side-project inspired by his love of The Afghan Whigs, Tom Waits and PJ Harvey. After the band's acclaimed debut album Elsie dropped in September, Fallon joined fellow punk rock troubadours Chuck Ragan, Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio) and Dave Hause (The Loved Ones) on the acoustic Revival Tour, airing stripped-down versions of Gaslight Anthem and Horrible Crowes songs to packed rooms across Europe. And then he returned home to New Jersey and Gaslight, re-energized, renewed and ready to make a full-tilt rock 'n' roll record again.


    After six weeks of that there's nothing you want to hear more than a Marshall stack turned all the way up, he says with a laugh. The result is Handwritten, the most committed, affecting and compelling album of The Gaslight Anthem's career to date. Introduced by muscular lead-off single 45, which received it's world premiere on BBC Radio 1 as Zane Lowe's Hottest Record In The World on April 30, it finds the Jersey boys in inspired form, decanting '60's soul, '70's stadium rock, '80s hardcore and '90's grunge into eleven white-knuckle, blue-collar everyman anthems. Fallon likens its incandescent electrical storms to Tom Petty songs (being) played by Pearl Jam. Put more simply, it's a supercharged American rock 'n' roll classic.


    We've taken everything we do and gone to 10 with it, explains Fallon. This is definitely the Gaslight Anthem record I would want next, if I were a fan. American Slang was cool, but this sounds like a band who has plugged back into the electric socket again. I think these songs are the closest thing to what we should have always sounded like, adds guitarist Alex Rosamilia. We just hadn't figured out yet how to play it right.


    Fallon credits Brendan O'Brien for capturing the raw, live-off-the-floor feel of Handwritten. Fine-tuned in the living room of the small rental house the band shared in Nashville, its eleven tracks were recorded with the whole band eyeball-to-eyeball in one room at Blackbird, vibing off one another's energy. The electricity in the recordings is tangible. Brendan taught us a ton about songwriting and recording as a band, Fallon notes. The whole experience was amazing. That's the guy that recorded Pearl Jam, that's the guy that recorded Bruce Springsteen, that's the guy that did Rage Against The Machine; and that's the guy you want to say 'It's good', because when he says it's good, that's when it's good.


    The purity of O'Brien's stark, unadorned recording process served to inspire Fallon's approach to the lyrical themes on Handwritten too. Where previous Gaslight Anthem albums evoked deathless images of Americana, all Cadillacs, jukeboxes, Ferris wheels and wistful, romanticized vignettes of star-struck lovers disappearing into the great wide open, Handwritten is rooted in Fallon's own experiences, lending the record a more immediate, emotional edge. Now I am no angel but I got nothing to hide, the singer rasps on the brooding grunge-noir of Too Much Blood. Can you say the same thing for yourself tonight?


    It's supposed to be a letter to whoever is listening, says Fallon. Like, this is what we got beat up by and maybe you did too. There's so many things that I just never wrote about, real personal stuff that I just wasn't ready to talk about yet. Now I think being an adult I have some reflection on it. We wanted to look back on the music that we first found when we were in high school. The truth is, if you're my age, you were listening to Peal Jam and Nirvana and Soundgarden. When that music came out these were guys that we could relate to. They weren't the biggest bands in the world by accident.


    And it's no accident either that with Handwritten, the Gaslight Anthem themselves sound built to take on the world. After years paying their dues in the punk rock underground, their major label debut is assuredly the work of a young band who know their time is now. And their laidback, charismatic frontman is ready. I've always been ready for arenas, Fallon smiles. I've just been waiting for them to catch up to me. I want to play Giant Stadium, I always wanted to be a major label, major league band. If I can be the kid that's on the cover of Time magazine, I'll take it. And I'll buy you a drink while I'm at it.

    1. 45
    2. Handwritten
    3. Here Comes My Man
    4. Mulholland Drive
    5. Keepsake
    6. Too Much Blood
    7. Howl
    8. Biloxi Parish
    9. Desire
    10. Mae
    11. National Anthem
    Gaslight Anthem
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    Southern Avenue

    Southern Avenue is a Memphis street that runs from the easternmost part of the city limits all the way to Soulsville, the original home of Stax Records. Southern Avenue is also the name of a fiery young Memphis quintet that embodies its home city's soul, blues and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own. "If Memphis is a genre, this is it!" proclaims American Blues Scene and Rock 103FM calls Southern Avenue "The most talked about band in Memphis."


    Their self-titled debut album is a breath of fresh air with its own unique blend of gospel- tinged R&B vocals, roots/blues-based guitar work and soul-inspired songwriting. And Southern Avenue's upcoming release on the fabled Stax label is a testament to the young combo's talent and vision.


    Southern Avenue features five young but seasoned musicians who came from diverse musical and personal backgrounds to create music that spans their wide-ranging musical interests, while showcasing the powerful chemistry that the group has honed through stage and studio experience.


    Southern Avenue encompasses Memphis-born, church-bred sisters Tierinii and Tikyra Jackson, respectively a soulful, charismatic singer and a subtle powerful drummer; guitarist Ori Naftaly, an Israeli-born blues disciple who first came to America as an acclaimed solo artist; versatile jazz-inspired bassist Daniel McKee; and the band's newest addition, keyboardist Jeremy Powell, an early alumnus of Stax's legendary music academy.


    The band members' diverse skills come together organically on Southern Avenue, scheduled for release on February 24, 2017 via Stax Records, a division of Concord Music Group. Produced by Kevin Houston (North Mississippi Allstars, Lucero, Patty Griffin), the 10-song album features guest appearances from Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and trumpeter Marc Franklin of the Bo-Keys. But it's Southern Avenue's own potent musical chemistry that drives such sublimely soulful originals as Don't Give Up, What Did I Do, It's Gonna Be Alright, Love Me Right and Wildflower. The band also pays tribute to its roots with an incandescent reading of Ann Peebles' Memphis soul classic Slipped, Tripped and Fell in Love.


    The seeds for Southern Avenue's birth were planted when Ori Naftaly, who'd grown up in Israel with a deep-rooted passion for American blues and funk, came to Memphis in 2013 to compete in the prestigious International Blues Challenge. That experience led to Naftaly moving permanently to Memphis and successfully touring the United States with his own band. Although his talents were embraced by American audiences, Naftaly felt constrained in his own band, feeling the need to include a more expansive, collaborative musical vision. That opportunity arrived when he met Memphis native Tierinii Jackson, who'd gotten her start singing in church, before performing in a series of cover bands and theatrical projects.


    According to Ori, When I saw Tierinii perform, I thought, 'This is why I came to America.' I met her and we clicked. At our first rehearsal, she told me that her sister was a drummer, and she thought it would be great to have her in the band. We had such a good vibe, and suddenly I didn't care so much about my solo thing.


    I initially clicked with Ori really well, but it was his project, Tierinii remembers. Then he came to me and said 'I want this band to be a collaboration, I want this to be our vision and our music.' So we started writing together, and that's when I realized that we were really the same musically.


    We started over, Naftaly continues. We threw out most of the songs I'd been playing in my solo band, and Tierinii and I wrote a whole new set, and we became Southern Avenue. The more we played together, the closer we got, and the more we became a family. We started getting a different kind of crowd, and from there things escalated quickly.


    Ori said, 'My band is done, this is y'all's band,' Tierinii recalls. We all quit our other gigs and started focusing on this, working and writing and living together in a way that you don't experience when you're playing somebody else's music. Now we're playing songs that we wrote ourselves and we're playing them from our hearts. That is when I realized that we had something special. Despite not having a record deal, Southern Avenue quickly found success touring in America and Europe. They won additional attention playing some prestigious festivals and competing in the International Blues Challenge, in which they represented Memphis. Less than a year after the band's formation, they were signed to the resurgent Stax label.


    I feel like being on Stax is a responsibility, says Tierinii. I grew up in Memphis, seeing the name Stax everywhere. It was a constant presence, and now it's up to us to live up that. I feel like this band can be a platform to do a lot of positive things for the city of Memphis. I want to change the world, but Memphis is home. Tierinii views Southern Avenue as a perfect soundtrack to our first year together. We wrote these songs in our first nine months of being a band. We'd all done so many things and come from so many different places, but the music represents all of us. It's been a real crash course, she continues. We've haven't been a band for very long, but what we have feels very special, and it's made us a strong unit. I think that we represent something that people need to see right now.


    This band has already made our dreams come true, Ori concludes. I've waited all my life to be in a band like this, and it's amazing to me that I get to play with these people every night. Our goal is to keep doing this for a long time and leave our mark. We're trying to build a legacy.

    1. Don't Give Up
    2. What Did I Do
    3. It's Gonna Be Alright
    4. Slipped, Tripped And Fell In Love
    5. Love Me Right
    6. 80 Miles From Memphis
    7. Wildflower
    8. No Time To Lose
    9. Rumble
    10. Peace Will Come
    Southern Avenue
    $21.99
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    You Are Someone Else


    Fickle Friends' hugely anticipated debut album,'You Are Someone Else,' will be released via Interscope Records.


    Blessed with the same dedication to writing quirky anthems on their own terms as The 1975, the brittle icy synth flourishes of Chvrches and a new era indie pop IT girl in singer Natti Shiner, Fickle Friends have established themselves as the essential new British indie-pop band of 2018. They've played over 350 live shows together, been playlisted regularly on Radio 1 with an incredible string of singles including 'Brooklyn', 'Glue' and 'Hello Hello', headlined a sold-out London Forum - and all before announcing their debut album. Until now


    'You Are Someone Else' is an irresistible debut record, effortlessly capturing both the joy and uncertainty of growing up a 2017 millennial. Songs addressing social awkwardness, self-doubt, anxiety and the qualms of growing into young adulthood all through a prism of perfect timeless pop.


    Current single 'Hard To Be Myself' is an undeniably brilliant pop anthem for a pre-loading generation of wasted youth that flips lyrically from gloriously hedonistic abandon to naked self-analysis, while tracks such as 'Wake Me Up' addresses angsty obsession and the art of over-thinking. The album as a whole pivots around relationships and their tireless effects on the young mind, exploring the highs and lows of dating, falling in love and of course, breaking up.


    Fickle Friends are ultimately a great band with killer tunes who have worked hard at their trade and built a devoted fanbase the old fashioned way - playing as many shows as they could for as little cost, booking their own shows and writing songs on the road. Now, after huge festival shows at Reading and Leeds and a sold out Forum in London, things are slightly easier, but the dedication to writing undeniable songs and playing great gigs remains the same and they look set to dominate festival bills next year and play their debut album to the masses.


    On writing their debut album, Natti says, this album mostly talks about the feeling that you don't fit in your own life, forever craving something else. I felt like I was stuck in a perpetual nightmare of bad relationships and worry for so long and this collection of songs kinda pulled me out of that. We wrote and produced the bulk of everything between Jack's bedroom, the tour van and LA so it's been mostly DIY with an array of producers allowing us to get that extra 20%. We always wanted to make a record that made people dance and think at the same time. If any of these songs help anyone feel cool, or strong or even just less alone then we'll have achieved what we wanted.

    LP 1
    1. Wake Me Up
    2. Glue
    3. Swim
    4. Bite
    5. Hard To Be Myself
    6. Lovesick

    7. Say No More
    8. Heartbroken


    LP 2
    1. In My Head (Ditty)
    2. Rotation
    3. Hello Hello
    4. Paris
    5. Brooklyn
    6. Midnight
    7. She
    8. Useless

    Fickle Friends
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    Up In Arms (Awaiting Repress)

    We work hard, and we have a lot to say. Look around the planet - people are fed up with the corrupt ruling class. They destroy the planet and kill millions for profit, and the formula for our response is simple: Anger + applied knowledge = results. Don't just bitch. Change it.

    - JOHN JOSEPH

    At its purest, there is little that can match the visceral thrill and empowering spirit of hardcore. As frontman of New York City hardcore kings Cro-Mags, this is something John Joseph knows very well, and with Up In Arms, he and his Bloodclot compatriots deliver a furious collection that hits hard on every level. "In this band we're doing what each of us have always done: give it our all," he states plainly.

    The results reflect the roots and passions of the individual members. Danzig/Murphy's Law guitarist Todd Youth was the first piece of the puzzle. "We've always talked about doing this record together, Todd had songs written and I had notebooks full of lyrics. In late September 2015, I went out to LA to do a triathlon and injured my calf muscle, so I couldn't race, and Todd said he could get some studio time. So, we went in and cut the demo. While there are things we may perceive as a negative in our lives, in fact the universe has a bigger plan, and that experience ultimately resulted in the record." Having been friends with Queens Of The Stone Age and Danzig powerhouse drummer Joey Castillo for three decades, the two musicians had long admired each other's work, and their collaboration has been a long time coming. Following Castillo's suggestion of bringing in Nick Oliveri (Queens Of The Stone Age/The Dwarves) to handle bass duties, the lineup was complete. The songs that comprise Up In Arms manifested after the quartet plugged in and let the music speak for them. "We didn't decide to try to play anything, these are the songs that happened when we started jamming, and I love this band because there are no egos involved. Our goal is to make the best music possible, period. I love it when those guys contribute with melodies, etc., and I've even helped with some of the arrangements. Because we all think alike, our lyrics deal with the issues of the day, and that makes for better songs."

    Every track on Up In Arms lives up to the rallying cry of the album's title - the bursts of high energy hardcore act as the perfect accompaniment to Joseph setting his sights on injustice and the seemingly endless flaws of the contemporary world. The breakneck thrashing of "Slow Kill Genocide" is an anthem for everyone sickened by those responsible for "killing the planet and all its inhabitants through industry and war. They're fucking maniacs and must be stopped." The suitably titled "Manic" attacks with bared fangs, Joseph making it clear that you can only push someone so far before they will react with violence - a call to arms for the disenfranchised who want tomorrow's world to be better than today's. Tracked at NRG in Los Angeles, the raw, old-school production that leaps out from the speaker comes courtesy of producer Zeuss (Hatebreed, Revocation), and the record was mixed by Kyle McAulay at NRG. From the moment the opening title track explodes to life, it's clear that everyone involved is having a blast and playing from the heart, and that this is no frills / no bullshit music at its most passionate - every song evoking mental images of utter chaos in a heaving mosh pit.

    For anyone approaching the album for the first time, Joseph has only this to say: "Turn the volume way the fuck up!" And with plans to tour everywhere, Bloodclot will be getting in a lot of faces in 2017 and beyond. "We are already writing material and the next album is in the works. But, for now, all we want is to hit the stage to support 'Up in Arms', and every single night leave every ounce of ourselves up there."

    BLOODCLOT is:

    John Joseph (Cro-Mags) - Vocals
    Todd Youth (ex-Murphy's Law, ex-Danzig) - Guitars
    Nick Oliveri (ex-Queens of the Stone Age) - Bass
    Joey Castillo (ex-Queens of the Stone Age, ex-Danzig) - Drums

    1. Father Of Lies
    2. This Is Exile
    3. Possession
    4. To All That Are Dead
    5. Exalt
    6. Somatically Incorrect
    7. Death Becomes Him
    8. Daemon
    9. Eternal Refuge
    10. Of Legions
    11. Messiahbolical
    Bloodclot
    $19.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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