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The Blues Brothers Original Soundtrack (Colored Vinyl)Limited Edition 180 Gram Audiophile Translucent Blue Vinyl
Comic actors John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd rightfully get credit for exposing many people to the music of Blues and R&B veterans. The soundtrack to their hugely successful musical comedy Blues Brothers was released on June 20, 1980 as the second album by the Blues Brothers Band, which also toured that year to promote the film.
The rollicking remake of the Spencer Davis Group's Gimme Some Lovin' was a Billboard Top 20 hit, featuring an arrangement notable for the horn section that replaces Steve Winwood's rumbling organ work. Ray Charles has a good time with Shake a Tail Feather, and he's helped out by Jake and Elwood Blues (Belushi and Aykroyd, respectively). The cover of Solomon Burke's Everybody Needs Somebody to Love is a lot of fun, thanks to the great overall rhythm and Elwood's lightning-fast stage rap, while James Brown and the Reverend James Cleveland Choir provide a blast of gospel music on Old Landmark. Aretha Franklin's Think is explosive, and Cab Calloway's Minnie the Moocher is slyly irresistible.1. She Caught The Katy
2. Peter Gunn Theme
3. Gimme Some Lovin'
4. Shake Your Tailfeather
5. Everybody Needs
6. Somebody To Love
7. The Old Landmark
9. Theme From Rawhide
10. Minnie The Moocher
11. Sweet Home Chicago
12. Jailhouse Rock$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
The Electronic Anthology Project Of Death Cab For Cutie
Limited Edition Colored Vinyl 7 Single
Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie) & Brett Nelson (Built To Spill) re-imagine 2 Death Cab songs as New Wave circa 1982, in the latest installment of The Electronic Anthology Project. Brett re-works the instrumental track with synthesizers & drum machine & Ben contributes new vocals. Features Soul Meets Body (Plans) & Champagne from A Paper Cup (Something About Airplanes).
Gibbard's newly recorded vocals sound right at home with Nelson's smeared synths.
A revved-up synth version of Death Cab for Cutie's 2005 hit single 'Soul Meets Body' has debuted online thanks to the Electronic Anthology Project. The new rendition comes from Built to Spill bassist Brett Nelson, who is spearheading the effort to update indie favorites with electronic bents.
Gibbard and Built to Spill bassist Brett Nelson have remade the first single from Death Cab's 2005 major-label debut, Plans, as moody synth-pop that isn't unlike a higher-gloss cousin of the Postal Service.
Fuzzed out versions of two cuts--'Soul Meets Body' and 'Champagne From A Paper Cup'--hand-picked by DCFC frontman Ben Gibbard, who also contributed new vocals.
-A.V. Club1. Soul Meets Body
2. Champagne In A Paper Cup$11.99Colored Vinyl LP 7 Single LP - Sealed Buy Now
CABL-VinylCleanerxAudio Desk Systeme
Vinyl Cleaning FluidAudio Desk Systeme's Vinyl Record Cleaning Fluid Concentrate
Add 1.2 Gallons of distilled water to make cleaning solution to clean 100 used LP's or 200 new LP's$24.99Vinyl Record Cleaning Fluid Concentrate Buy Now
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The Vinyl Cleaner PRO is the next generation, upgraded version of the award-winning ultrasonic LP cleaning system. Incorporating five years of evolutionary enhancements in addition to important upgrades to internal component parts, the Vinyl Cleaner PRO offers better features and performance, and also promises better reliability.
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The Audio Desk Systeme Vinyl Cleaner Pro is the latest version of the first and only record cleaning machine that incorporates an ultrasonic cleaning cycle in addition to a more conventional mechanical cleaning via bi-directional rotating microfiber cleaning drums, and the result is the cleanest LP's ever. Unlike other record cleaners the ultrasonic Vinyl Cleaner bursts millions of microscopic bubbles off the surface of the record all the way to the bottom of the groove, where no fiber is fine enough to reach. And among LP cleaners the Audio Desk System Vinyl Cleaner is unique in using filtered air for drying, rather than one of the static-inducing suction systems employed by other record cleaning machines.
This vinyl record cleaner is fully automatic - just put the LP in the slot, push the button, and come back in 6 minutes (or tomorrow!) for a thoroughly cleaned and dried LP (both sides). Whole new layers of inner detail and air are revealed in the recordings, and of course most surface noise is eliminated.
Comes with 2 vials of a proprietary cleaning fluid developed specifically for this machine. A container of the fluid concentrate plus a gallon of distilled water cleans 150 new LP's, or 100 used LP's.
Records are precious. Not only are they arguably the best-sounding medium for reproduced music, but they often constitute irreplaceable collections. Even with careful handling contamination cannot be avoided in the long term. It is also well known that residual compounds from the LP pressing process obscure inner detail unless removed by cleaning even new records.
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It Doesn't Have To Make SenseBorn in New York City and raised by her mother, a sculptor, and her father, a classical composer, Ingrid Michaelson has artistry in her DNA. At four she began taking piano lessons but it wasn't until after she graduated college with a degree in musical theatre and was touring the country in a theater troupe that she began to write the dreamy, pensive-but-poppy songs that would connect with millions. Her music taps into universal themes like self-doubt, betrayal, and of course love, but her spirit is fiercely indie; all of Ingrid's music is released on the label she founded, Cabin 24 Records which has sold one million albums and over 6 million singles to date.
In the past year, Ingrid has vaulted from overachieving indie-pop sweetheart to a bona-fide pop star. Her fifth studio album, Lights Out (Cabin 24/Mom+Pop), was her highest charting debut yet, bowing at No. 4 upon its release and building on the successful debuts of her two previous records, Human Again (No. 5), in 2012 and Everybody (No. 18), released in 2009. Lights Out's debut single "Girls Chase Boys" spent 20 weeks on Billboard's Top 100, became her first Top 40 hit and introduced her to a whole new audience.
Ingrid is currently preparing for the release of her next studio album, It Doesn't Have To Make Sense, gearing up for a fall US Tour, working on writing & producing her own sitcom, and writing songs for film.
For more information about Ingrid, please visit her website at www.ingridmichaelson.com or follow her @ingridmusic.1. Light Me Up
2. Whole Lot of Heart
3. Miss America
4. Another Life
5. I Remember Her
6. Drink You Gone
7. Hell No
8. Still The One
10. Old Days$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ultra Systems A-Rings (Set)7 And 10 Adapter Rings For Use With The Vinyl Cleaner
A set of two adapter rings allowing 7 and 10 discs to be cleaned in the Vinyl Cleaner. Packaged like a double LP for convenient storage when not in use. This is a product developed by Ultra Systems together with Vinh Vu at Gingko Audio who works with acrylics.
This product addresses two specific challenges:
1. Although notionally 7 and 10 these discs actually vary significantly from these diameters making the development of one size fits all adapters very difficult. The design we came up with should work for almost all 7 and 10 discs,
2. Because 7 and 10 discs have different sizes of center labels than 12 LP's, the outer diameter of the adapter rings cannot actually be 12. Once again finding a happy medium to adapt the entire spectrum of discs was a challenge.$125.00Adapter Rings Buy Now
Give UpThe collaboration between Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello is an album of breezy electronic pop that updates classic 80s synth-pop with contemporary beats.1. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
2. Such Great Heights
3. Sleeping In
4. Nothing Better
5. Recycled Air
6. Clark Gable
7. We Will Become Silhouettes
8. This Place Is a Prison
9. Brand New Colony
10. Natural Anthem$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Let It SwayProduced by Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie) and Beau Sorenson (Sparklehorse), Let It Sway is the eagerly awaited follow-up to critical success darlings Broom and Pershing.1.Back In the Saddle
2.Sink/Let It Sway
3.Banned (By the Man)
5.My Terrible Personality
7.Stuart Gets Lost Dans Le Metro
8.All Hail Dracula!
12.Made To Last$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDI-BAR-8016xDeath Cab For Cutie
Thank You For Today (Pre-Order)Thank You for Today, Death Cab for Cutie's ninth studio album, was produced and mixed by Rich Costey (Fiona Apple, Franz Ferdinand, Muse), who also produced the band's last album the GRAMMY® nominated Kintsugi. Thank You for Today marks the first Death Cab for Cutie release to see long time bandmates Gibbard, Nick Harmer, and Jason McGerr joined in the studio by new members Dave Depper (Menomena, Fruit Bats, Corin Tucker, Ray Lamontagne) and Zac Rae (My Brightest Diamond, Fiona Apple, Lana Del Rey, Gnarls Barkley). Depper and Rae have both been part of Death Cab's touring band since 2015.1. I Dreamt We Spoke Again
2. Summer Years
3. Gold Rush
4. Your Hurricane
5. When We Drive
6. Autumn Love
7. Northern Lights
8. You Moved Away
10. 60 & Punk$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Narrow StairsThe ambitious, experimental Narrow Stairs is Death Cab For Cutie's unexpectedly edgy response to any preconceptions, a wide-ranging, noisy and exciting album that sounds little like anything they've done before. From the epic-length first single. I Will Possess Your Heart, through the spacy, almost psychedelic Pity and Fear and the noise-riddled Your New Twin Sized Bed, Narrow Stairs is Death Cab's determined attempt to counter expectations as their stardom ascends.1. Bixby Canyon Bridge
2. I Will Possess Your Heart
3. No Sunlight
5. Talking Bird
6. You Can Do Better Than Me
7. Grapevine Fires
8. Your New Twin Sized Bed
9. Long Division
10. Pity And Fear
11. The Ice Is Getting Thinner$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDI-BAR-47xDeath Cab For Cutie
PlansThis double 180-gram LP is packaged in a super-nice gatefold sleeve and includes a vinyl only bonus track, Talking Like Turnstiles1. Marching Bands of Manhattan
2. Soul Meets Body
3. Summer Skin
4. Different Names for the Same Thing
5. I Will Follow You into the Dark
6. Your Heart Is an Empty Room
7. Someday You Will Be Loved
8. Crooked Teeth
9. What Sarah Said
10. Brothers on a Hot$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Plans is the fifth studio album by Indie Rock band Death Cab for Cutie, originally released August 30, 2005.
The album spawned three singles: "Soul Meets Body", "Crooked Teeth", and "I Will Follow You into the Dark", with all three songs charting. "I Will Follow You Into The Dark" became Death Cab for Cutie's best-selling single to-date, and gained the band a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals the following year.
Plans peaked at number four on the Billboard 200, and received platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album at the 48th Grammy Awards in 2006.LP 1
1. Marching Bands of Manhattan
2. Soul Meets Body
3. Summer Skin
4. Different Names for the Same Thing
5. I Will Follow You into the Dark
6. Your Heart Is an Empty Room
7. Someday You Will Be Loved
8. Crooked Teeth
1. What Sarah Said
2. Brothers on a Hotel Bed
3. Stable Song
4. Talking Like Turnstiles$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Hi De Hi De Ho (Pure Pleasure)In that wistful, screwball age that was the Thirties, one man, practically single-handed, launched an era of musical nonsense that had the whole nation humming bits of rhythmic fol-de-rol.
It was Cab Calloway, the 'Hi-De-Ho man' in cream colored tails who gyrated to the point of actually flying while leading his band, and who sang slightly insane ditties (as well as the leading hit songs of the day) in a remarkably rich and resonant baritone. The Cab was one of that group of leaders of the 1930's who, although playing no musical instrument, collected a fine band and a completely personal style.
In this album, Cab has freshly recorded a dozen of his biggest hits of former years, taking full advantage of the most modern high fidelity recording techniques. In so many ways Cab symbolized that whole era of "The Jumpin' Jive" when people needed something to make you nine feet tall when you're four feet five .
- Cab Calloway (voc) & orchestra
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.1. The Hi De Ho Man (That's Me)
2. I'll Be Around
4. It Ain't Necessarily So
5. Kickin' the Gong Around
6. You Rascal You
7. Minnie the Moocher (The Ho De Ho Song)
8. I See a Million People (But All I Can See Is You)
9. St. James Infirmary
10. Stormy Weather
11. The Jumpin' Jive$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Narrow Stairs is the sixth studio album by indie rock band Death Cab for Cutie, originally released in 2008. Four singles were released for the album: "I Will Possess Your Heart", "Cath...", "No Sunlight", and "Grapevine Fires".
Narrow Stairs reached number one on the Billboard 200, making it Death Cab for Cutie's highest charting album to-date. The album was nominated for the "Best Alternative Music Album" award at the 51st Grammy Awards. In addition, "I Will Possess Your Heart" was nominated for "Best Rock Song", and named iTunes UK song of the year 2008.
In 2011 guitarist and producer Walla stated, "the master plan for Narrow Stairs was to be as invisible and hands-off as a producer as I possibly could. I was really interested in seeing what would happen. When we started that record, we had been on tour for the better part of two years. All we could remember was being on stage and playing. So the whole idea was: what happens if we're just on stage and we play, except we're in the studio and we're recording?" He added: "Narrow Stairs was very much a commitment to just crashing through the songs as we recorded them, like four people in a room."
The cover art was created by designer EE Storey, the art director for Tegan and Sara.1.Bixby Canyon Bridge
2.I Will Possess Your Heart
6.You Can Do Better Than Me
8.Your New Twin Sized Bed
10.Pity And Fear
11.The Ice Is Getting Thinner$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Codes And KeysImport
Codes And Keys is the seventh studio album by Death Cab for Cutie, originally released in 2011. A much less guitar-centric album than the band ever made before, the band surprised the world with their compelling venture to new horizons.
As lead vocalist and guitarist Ben Gibbard stated: "It's not a guitar-based record. We've been into vintage keyboards and playing with that palette." Guitarist and producer Chris Walla stated: "Guitar is great; it's a really immediate, impulsive sort of instrument. But I think if we had strapped on guitars and gone into the studio with the intent of making a sort of live-ish sounding record, we definitely would've retreaded some of the territory that we were in for Narrow Stairs.
In 2011, the album received a Nomination in the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Alternative Music Album.LP 1
1. Home Is A Fire
2. Codes And Keys
3. Some Boys
4. Doors Unlocked And Open
5. You Are A Tourist
6. Unobstructed Views
1. Monday Morning
2. Portable Television
3. Underneath The Sycamore
4. St. Peter's Cathedral
5. Stay Young, Go Dancing$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
KintsugiPressed At QRP
Kintsugi marks Death Cab For Cutie's first new album since the departure last year of founding guitarist/keyboardist/producer Chris Walla. Recorded in Los Angeles with Rich Costey (Franz Ferdinand, Muse, Interpol) behind the board, the album takes its title from the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum, highlighting cracks rather than hiding them. As such, kintsugi represents a compassionate aesthetic philosophy in which damage and wear are embraced as part of an object's history.
Considering what we were going through internally, and with what a lot of the lyrics are about, it had a great deal of resonance for us - the idea of figuring out how to repair breaks and make them a thing of beauty, says bassist Nick Harmer, who suggested the name to singer/guitarist Ben Gibbard and drummer Jason McGerr. Philosophically, spiritually, emotionally, it seems perfect for this group of songs.1. No Room in Frame
2. Black Sun
3. The Ghosts of Beverly Drive
4. Little Wanderer
5. You've Haunted Me All My Life
6. Hold No Guns
7. Everything's a Ceiling
8. Good Help (Is So Hard to Find)
9. El Dorado
11. Binary Sea$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
REDI-BAR-1117xDeath Cab For Cutie
We Have The Facts And We're Voting Yes
Newly Reissued 180 Gram Version
Like the also-great Idaho or Wheat, to file Death Cab for Cutie under the mellow-pop umbrella that shelters tranquil chamber outfits such as Red House Painters, Low, or (post-dance-pop) Talk Talk would do them a gross, miscalculated service. While they're no strangers to the tickling knelling of guitars searching out the extra space found in laggard tempos, that predilection only encompasses a fourth of Death Cab for Cutie's output (like on Title Track and Little Fury Bugs). Heck, they're not even remotely quiet for half of We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes -- the best and brightest LP of their three fine albums to date. Ben Gibbard has turned into a sublime composer, using melodies sparingly but with splendid tunefulness, as all four players marinate his writing with delicately plucked, picked, and pulled arpeggios, ringing chords, and non-obvious atmosphere building. Verily, the slow, broody stuff is but a change of pace; it's when the volume doubles (if only occasionally crashes), when the band shows potency, that We Have the Facts starts flying, soaring with exigency beyond even the threatening storm clouds from the last flight plan, 1998's Something About Airplanes. Lowell, MA and Company Calls are perfect examples: drummer Nathan Good actually gets to punish his snare and toms, the other three dig in with him, and the words indie pop suddenly sounds fresh and alive, with real aggressive, post-dream pop guitar popscapes. Loud and soft, or most of all both, and plenty of points in between, DCFC write and record finished songs that emote, that do more than merely fill a slot in a form in a preconceived genre. In short, they're superb. And getting greater.
- Jack Rabid (All Music)1. Title Track
2. The Employment Pages
3. For What Reason
4. Lowell, MA
6. Little Fury Bugs
7. Company Calls
8. Company Calls Epilogue
9. No Joy in Mudville
10. Scientist Studies$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Transatlanticism: 10th Anniversary Edition
Reissued For Its 10th Anniversary After Being Out Of Print For Years.
Comes With 12-page Full-color Booklet
As musical lunacy goes, things have gotten as crazy as it gets for Death Cab for Cutie since 2002's You Can Play These Songs with Chords compilation. A wildly successful tour with Dismemberment Plan, a collaboration for singer Ben Gibbard with emo-electronic guru Dntel under the Postal Service moniker, and a whole new legion of fans swooning to Gibbard's lyrics as if he were a modern day answer to Kiss Me-era Robert Smith have all amassed considerable hype around Transatlanticism.
But the group proves themselves more than equal to the task, answering the call and proving the cynics wrong with their most focused and most mature work in their entire catalog. Transatlanticism wastes absolutely no time and dives in head first with The New Year, one of the most melodramatic openings to an album since the Smashing Pumpkins' Tonight, Tonight from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. The mellow, mixed-meter percussion and dense atmosphere of Lightness is a brilliant lead into the pop-happy Expo '86 and The Sound of Settling before setting up the climatic and intensely dramatic title track. Unconsciously taking a page from Blur's Sing, the hypnotic drumming and guitar call and responses through the eight-minute climax of the album are backed with a singalong finale that unquestionably will have every audience on the next tour singing along and holding up their lighters.
And while most albums would be left exhausted after such a track, the group keeps things moving, albeit at a much slower pace than compared to the anthems that packed the first half. Gibbard seamlessly makes the transition between songs that full out rock to songs that are comparable to Elliott Smith's finest hour with great ease. But it's Gibbard's poetic lyrics and signature introspection that remain a bench mark for Death Cab; and it's the group's maturity as musicians as well as songwriters that make Transatlanticism such a decadently good listen from start to finish. The band has never sounded more cohesive, the track sequencing is brilliant, and it caps off a triumphant year for not only Gibbard, but a band whose time and greater recognition is finally due.
- Rob Theakston (All Music Guide)LP 1
1. The New Year
3. Title And Registration
4. Expo '86
5. The Sound Of Settling
6. Tiny Vessels
2. Passenger Seat
3. Death Of An Interior Decorator
4. We Looked Like Giants
5. A Lack Of Color$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
REDI-BAR-0516xDeath Cab For Cutie
Something About Airplanes
Newly Reissued 180 Gram Version
The fact that Elsinor and Barsuk, two relatively small labels, conspired to co-release Something About Airplanes should give some indication as to its quality. It's a solid, emotive, and frequently amazing indie rock record that foreshadows Death Cab for Cutie's eventual ascent into the mainstream. Sonically, the band falls somewhere on the dreamier and more pop-oriented end of Built to Spill's sound (particularly on Keep It Like a Secret), alongside the Posies' most pensive tracks, or with Delta Haymax -- that is, dynamic, melodic, and somewhat atmospheric Northwestern rock. What's important, however, is that the composition, arrangement, and perfect vocal harmonies of Something About Airplanes are all hugely effective; the band uses light touches of flute, synth, or cello to add the necessary textures to its well-crafted pop songs, and the result has a consistently impressive and thoroughly engaging quality that rivals Built to Spill's Keep It Like a Secret. Which is quite a complement -- but tracks like Bend to Squares and Pictures in an Exhibition deserve as much adulation as one can offer.
- Nitsuh Abebe (All Music)1. Bend to Squares
2. President of What?
3. Champagne from a Paper Cup
4. Your Bruise
5. Pictures in an Exhibition
6. Sleep Spent
7. The Face That Launched 1000 Shits
9. Fake Frowns
10. Line of Best Fit$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDI-BAR-2114xDeath Cab For Cutie
The Photo Album
Newly Reissued 180 Gram Version
Released in 2000, We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes delivered on the promise of You Can Play These Songs with Chords and Something About Airplanes. For once, a band's popularity grew commensurate with its maturation. Despite the heightened attention, singer/songwriter/guitarist Ben Gibbard next let loose Death Cab for Cutie's finest moment, Photobooth, the lead track on the sparkling Forbidden Love EP. New fans worldwide swooned under its beguiling romantic rise 'n' fall and its lingering, bittersweet, wallet-sized artifact. And though it wouldn't have killed them to include Photobooth here -- for its spotless greatness and thematic likeness -- The Photo Album's ten tracks are of the EP's heightened caliber. Gibbard's words screen intriguing mini-films of the mind, stoked by corresponding daydreamy music. An exquisite liaison of the British penchant for ringing, knelling, subconscious guitars and direct/grittier American drive, the band is tight, evocative, and inventive. Bassist Nick Harmer and drummer Michael Schorr lock in creative rhythmic bases, while Gibbard and Chris Walla's guitar work gives the band climactic, cinematic coloring shades. And, in the end, it's Gibbard's remarkable abilities as a writer and singer that are on display most. Each word draws you in via his sweet, thoughtful guy voice. The solo 1:47 opener, Steadier Footing, is merely a starter course, but it feels like an entrÉe: And this is the chance I never got/To make a move, but we just talk is only one measure of the chances/plans/dreams/connections and relationships that have eluded him or fizzled. Reeled in, one is left to look back over one's own smoldering wreckage, of opportunities or attachments lost -- much as A Movie Script Ending's abrupt turn Passing through unconscious states/When I awoke I was on the highway somehow segues into the couplet With your hands on my shoulders/A meaningless movement, a movie script ending. Like Photobooth, it's a typically sobering, adverse assessment of how unromantic the romanticized can become. That it's a great pop song, arresting in its jerky wobble, is just another point in its, and this LP's, favor. The world needs more superb pop with brains and heart and emotional complexity.
- Jack Rabid (All Music)1. Steadier Footing
2. A Movie Script Ending
3. We Laugh Indoors
4. Information Travels Faster
5. Why You'd Want To Live Here
6. Blacking Out The Friction
7. I Was A Kaleidoscope
8. Styrofoam Plates
9. Coney Island
10. Debate Exposes Doubt$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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As musical lunacy goes, things have gotten as crazy as it gets for Death Cab for Cutie since 2002's You Can Play These Songs with Chords compilation. A wildly successful tour with Dismemberment Plan, a collaboration for singer Ben Gibbard with emo-electronic guru Dntel under the Postal Service moniker, and a whole new legion of fans swooning to Gibbard's lyrics as if he were a modern day answer to Kiss Me-era Robert Smith have all amassed considerable hype around Transatlanticism. But the group proves themselves more than equal to the task, answering the call and proving the cynics wrong with their most focused and most mature work in their entire catalog. Transatlanticism wastes absolutely no time and dives in head first with The New Year, one of the most melodramatic openings to an album since the Smashing Pumpkins' Tonight, Tonight from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. The mellow, mixed-meter percussion and dense atmosphere of Lightness is a brilliant lead into the pop-happy Expo '86 and The Sound of Settling before setting up the climatic and intensely dramatic title track. Unconsciously taking a page from Blur's Sing, the hypnotic drumming and guitar call and responses through the eight-minute climax of the album are backed with a singalong finale that unquestionably will have every audience on the next tour singing along and holding up their lighters. And while most albums would be left exhausted after such a track, the group keeps things moving, albeit at a much slower pace than compared to the anthems that packed the first half. Gibbard seamlessly makes the transition between songs that full out rock to songs that are comparable to Elliott Smith's finest hour with great ease. But it's Gibbard's poetic lyrics and signature introspection that remain a bench mark for Death Cab; and it's the group's maturity as musicians as well as songwriters that make Transatlanticism such a decadently good listen from start to finish. The band has never sounded more cohesive, the track sequencing is brilliant, and it caps off a triumphant year for not only Gibbard, but a band whose time and greater recognition is finally due. ~ Rob Theakston, All Music Guide1. The New Year
3. Title And Registration
4. Expo '86
5. The Sound Of Settling
6. Tiny Vessels
8. Passenger Seat
9. Death Of An Interior Decorator
10. We Looked Like Giants
11. A Lack Of Color$36.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Buy Now
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Fuckin AThe Thermals were formed in May of 2002 in Portland, OR. This crack three-member outfit released their
debut album More Parts Per Million on Sub Pop after being brought to the label's attention by
Ben Gibbard of the Postal Service and Death Cab for Cutie. Their second album, Fuckin A was recorded
and mixed in all of four days at Avast Studios by Chris Walla, who shares Gibbard's Death Cab pedigree and has lent production duties to Hot Hot Heat, Nada Surf and many others. On this album the band retains their raw energy and charisma, while upping the fidelity ante significantly. In short, it is a perfect sophomore record.1. Our Trip
2. Every Stitch
3. How We Know
4. When You're Thrown
5. Remember Today
6. A Stare Like Yours
7. Let Your Earth Quake, Baby
8. God And Country
9. End To Begin
11. Keep Time
12. Top Of The Earth
13. Thank You Goodnight
13. An Endless Supply$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now