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Seventeen years ago, The Faint ushered in the return of synthesizers to the modern musical landscape with the release of 1999's Blank-Wave Arcade. The world took note and the dance-rock movement of the early 00's followed in its wake. In the ensuing years, the band's consistent evolution cemented their status as one of the most forward thinking and in fluential forces in dance-rock. CAPSULE:1999-2016, surveys The Faint's most renowned output over that timespan, while also taking a look at what the future holds for the acclaimed Omaha electro-punks. Seventeen tracks from the era are included in this retrospective, with contributions from Blank-Wave Arcade, Danse Macabre, Wet From Birth, Fasciinatiion, Doom Abuse, and 2016's "Young & Realistic" single.1. Glass Danse
3. Agenda Suicide
4. Mirror Error
5. Evil Voices
6. The Conductor
7. Desperate Guys
8. Worked Up So Sexual
9. Posed to Death
10. I Disappear
11. Take Me to the Hospital
12. The Geeks Were Right
13. Dropkick the Punks
14. Damage Control
15. Call Call
16. Southern Belles in London Sing
17. Young & Realistic$29.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Danse Macabre DeluxeSaddle Creek is set to reissue one of the crown jewels of the movement, an album that over time has proven to be as influential as it is exhilarating: The Faint's third album, 2001's Danse Macabre. It all seems like a natural progression now, but the release of Danse Macabre's predecessor, 1999's Blank-Wave Arcade, was a sea change for the Omaha group, showcasing a fondness for dance beats and dark keyboards while completely moving away from the indie-rock songs found on its debut, 1998's Media. Seeking a unique sound was becoming a regular occurrence in Omaha at the time, which led to a slew of phenomenal local releases, including Bright Eyes' I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and Cursive's The Ugly Organ.
The 9-song Danse Macabre sizzled with perfectly aggressive synth lines, Todd Fink's menacingly effected vocals, infectious beats, bits of industrial and goth, and, at the heart of it all, strong songwriting featuring the kind of minor-key melodies that make singing along inevitable. To top it off, upstart engineer and producer Mike Mogis perfectly captured The Faint's sound and attitude despite never previously working on an electronic record.
The Danse Macabre reissue is being supported by a tour that will find The Faint performing the album in its entirety for the first time ever, along with entries from across the group's discography and some brand new material. It will also be the first time fans have been exposed to the new slim-and-trim quartet of vocalist Todd Fink, keyboardist Jacob Thiele, guitarist Dapose, and drummer Clark Baechle.
Deluxe Edition package includes: remastered 180 gram vinyl pressed at RTI in custom tip-on gatefold jacket; remastered 2CD-set of entire album and bonus material; DVD with archival footage from the band, live projection videos from the era's tour dates, the "Agenda Suicide" video directed by MK12; 12-page book; and new liner notes. Limited to 3000 copies!
- Remastered 180g 2LP-set manufactured at RTI
- Remastered 2CD-set of entire album and bonus material
- DVD with archival video footage, live projection videos, the "Agenda Suicide" music video and live footage
- New liner notes (written by Marc Hawthorne) and photos from the band's personal archiveLP
1. Agenda Suicide
2. Glass Danse
3. Total Job
4. Let The Poison Spill From Your Throat
5. Your Retro Career Melted
6. Posed To Death
7. The Conductor
9. Ballad Of A Paralysed Citizen
CD1 - Original Album Remastered
1. Agenda Suicide
2. Glass Danse
3. Total Job
4. Let the Poison Spill from Your Throat
5. Your Retro Career Melted
6. Posed to Death
7. The Conductor
9. Ballad of a Paralysed Citizen
CD2 - Bonus Tracks
1. Take Me to the Hospital
4. Falling out of Love at this Volume
5. The Conductor (Thin White Duke Remix)
6. Glass Danse (Out Hud Remix)$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + 2CDs - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Wet From BirthThe follow-up to 2001's "Danse Macabre" is the band's most feverish and intense work to date. "A dark thriller of an album..."Billboard.com. "...an industrial synth-pop melange that is jittery, potent, and morosely sexual"--Flaunt. "Confused, crazy, disparate, and magnificently worthwhile electro-wave"--Mixer.1. Desperate Guys
2. How Could I Forget
3. I Disappear
4. Southern Belles in London Sing
7. Dropkick the Punks - (German)
8. Phone Call
9. Symptom Finger
10. Birth$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Saddle Creek 50Omaha's Saddle Creek turns 50 with a double disc sampler featuring one previously released track as well as one new and exclusive track each from Azure Ray, Bright Eyes, Cursive, Desaparecidos, The Faint, The Good Life, Mayday, Now It's Overhead, Rilo Kiley, Son Ambulance, and Sorry About Dresden. Disc one is enhanced with all 45 of Saddle Creek's online weekly movies from 2002. Note: the LP only contains the 11 new songs and not the 11 previously released tracks.Side One
01. The Faint - Take Me to the Hospital
02. Rilo Kiley - Jenny, You're Barely Alive
03. Now It's Overhead - Dark Cycle
04. Cursive - Nonsense
05. Son, Ambulance - The Moral of Rosa, Parolee
06. Desaparecidos - Popn' Off at the F
07. Azure Ray - Beautiful Things Can Come From The Dark
08. The Good Life - Aftercrash
09. Sorry About Dresden - People Have Parties
10. Mayday - Pond Love
11. Bright Eyes - One Foot In Front of the Other$9.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Flowers Forever (Awaiting Repress)Inspired by late 80s / early 90s punk, the B-52s, David Hockney, Lou Reed, dumb conversations, bike rides, and all other normal things. After recording and posting those songs on the Internet, Flowers Forever played shows in Omaha, toured with The Faint, played SXSW, and signed to Team Love Records.1.Beautiful Tornado
6.Dirty Dollar Bill
8.Happy New Year
10.Smash the Cool
13.Black Pope$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
A Walk With Love And DeathThe Melvins have announced their first double album, A Walk With Love and Death, set for release via Ipecac Recordings. The dual albums find the trio of Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover, and Steve McDonald showcasing two distinct sides to the band's music: Death, a proper Melvins' release, and Love, the score to the Jesse Nieminen directed, self-produced short also titled A Walk With Love and Death.
"This was a huge undertaking," explained band ringleader Buzz Osborne. "All three things: the album, the soundtrack, and the film are benchmarks for us."
Drummer Dale Crover added, "A Walk With Love and Death is one giant, dark, moody, psychotic head trip! Not for the faint of heart. You'll sleep with the lights on after listening."
The albums, which include guests Joey Santiago (The Pixies), Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes/Crystal Fairy) and Anna Waronker (That Dog), were self-produced with engineer Toshi Kosai.LP 1: Love
1. Aim High
2. Queen Powder Party
3. Street Level St. Paul
4. The Hidden Juice
5. Give it to Me
6. Chicken Butt
7. Eat Yourself Out
9. Halfway to the Bakersfield Mall
10. Pacoima Normal
11. Park Head
13. Track Star
14. The Asshole Bastard
LP 2: Death
1. Black Heath
2. Sober-delic (acid only)
4. What's Wrong With You
5. Edgar the Elephant
6. Christ Hammer
7. Flaming Creature
8. Cactus Party
9. Cardboro Negro$38.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Abuse To SufferLimited Edition Double LP
Rotten Sound are back and angrier than ever. Grindcore is not for the faint of heart and these Finns do not subscribe to the idea of compromise. Abuse to Suffer remains true to the band's resilient roots, while not falling into the traps of chewing endlessly on an old formula gone stale or not daring to add an element of surprise when fitting the style. What sets Rotten Sound apart from other protagonists in the field is an obvious intelligence that shows in their to-the-point songwriting, arrangements, and subtle inclusion of choice death metal elements in their massive sound.
With Abuse to Suffer, Rotten Sound are hammering out an album that equally acknowledges the band's celebrated past as well as breaking into some new harsh ground that keeps the fire burning.1. Lazy Asses
3. Fear of Shadows
6. Time for the Fix
7. Slave to the Rats
9. Cannon Fodder
10. Yellow Pain
12. The Clerk
15. Inhumane Treatment
16. Extortion and Blackmail$20.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Blank Wave Arcade1. Sex Is Personal
2. Call Call
3. Worked Up So Sexual
4. Cars Pass in Cold Blood
5. Casual Sex
6. Victim Convenience
7. Sealed Human
8. In Concert
9. The Passives$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
New OceanNeva Dinova frontman Jake Bellows enlisted old friends Ben Brodin (engineer at ARC Studios and Conor Oberst sideman), Ryan Fox (The Good Life), Todd Fink (The Faint), and Heath Koontz (Neva Dinova) for help in the making of New Ocean, his solo debut.
The songs? A mix tape of gauzy introspection, winsome upbeat rockers, left turns into drunk-in-the-sun bossa nova, blued-eyed soul as ruptured by a fuzzed-out guitar solo, and a song that tries to change the fabric of the universe by the very frequencies it emits.1. New Ocean
2. All Right Now
3. You and Me
4. Drinking with Dad
5. Two Weeks
6. I Know You
7. I Can't Wait
8. Running from Your Love
10. Should You Ever Change Your Mind
11. Frequency$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
All Amerikkkan Badass (Awaiting Repress)Actual Cover With Joey Bada$$ Leaning Out Of Car Is Concealed By Special Outer American Flag Sleeve
Joey Bada$$ has been teasing the title of his sophomore album for a few months now, having previously only given fans an acronym: AABA. The Brooklyn-born rapper took to Twitter to reveal the full title, ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$.
A short, 30-second teaser for the album shows Joey walking through a dusty desert dragging a baseball bat, as images of a burning cross and children playing in a field flash across the screen. As the faint final strands of the Star Spangled Banner echo through the desert, Joey winds up and uses the bat to smash a glass plate painted with the American flag, before the album title and release date are revealed.
The title recalls both Ice Cube's classic 1990 solo debut AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted and the debut mixtape from Joey's friend, close collaborator and Pro Era co-founder Capital Steez, who released the project AmeriKKKan Korruption in 2012 before his untimely death the night before Christmas Eve that year.
AABA will be Joey's second official album, following the release of his debut LP B4.Da.$$. He's been gearing up for the release of the album with the singles Land of the Free, an excellent politically- and socially-charged track that takes aim at Donald Trump (among others), and the 2016 cut Devastated, which gave Joey his first gold plaque.1. Good Morning Amerikkka
2. For My People
4. Land Of The Free
6. Y U Don't Love Me? (Miss Amerikkka)
7. Rockabye Baby (feat. Schoolboy Q)
8. Ring The Alarm (feat. Nyck Caution, Kirk Knight & Meechy Darko Of Flatbush Zombies)
9. Super Predator (feat. Styles P)
10. Babylon (feat. Chronixx)
11. Legendary (feat. J. Cole)
12. Amerikkkan Idol$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
This Is No Fairy TaleThe band comments: We are very proud to reveal the seventh track of our upcoming album 'This Is No Fairytale', which will be released within a month! This song will give you more clues about the development of the story without giving away the plot in its entire form. Enjoy our next instalment of horror called 'Killed and Served by the Devil' and let us know, if you liked the meat!
CARACH ANGREN have previously released a video clip for the opening song of the album. There's No Place Like Home is streaming here. The band comments: We are very proud to present to you this beautiful piece of horror visualizing our song 'There's No Place Like Home'. For this video we have worked together with the extremely talented Costin Chioreanu. He was able to visually reproduce the terrifying atmosphere that we aimed for. 'There's No Place Like Home' is the opening track of our forthcoming album. We hope you will enjoy watching it... And remember... This Nightmare Was No Dream!
About There's No Place Like Home CARACH ANGREN already hinted: This song will reveal the first clue of the pitch black story which is told throughout the album, and it is definitely not for the faint hearted.
'This Is No Fairytale' was recorded by Patrick Damiani and CARACH ANGREN in June 2014. Song and album were mixed by Peter TÄgtgren and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren.1. Once Upon A Time...
2. There's No Place Like Home
3. When Crows Tick On Windows
4. Two Flies Flew Into A Black Sugar Cobweb
5. Dreaming Of A Nightmare In Eden
6. Possessed By A Craft Of Witchery
7. Killed and Served By The Devil
8. The Witch Perished In Flames
9. Tragedy Ever After$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? (Awaiting Repress)Over 3.2 million albums sold. Out of print on vinyl for over 20 years. Reached #1 on UK charts and #18 on Billboard200. Mastered from the original tapes and pressed/plated at RTI. Includes hit single "Dreams". 180-gram LP, housed in a Stoughton old style tip-on jacket.
Their first full-length shows a band fully formed, with faint debts to the Sundays and the Smiths, but turning out more-than-tuneful pop behind the gorgeous lilt of Dolores O'Riordan. Dreams and Linger both seem to weave magic spells that remain even after the tracks pass, and there is a glorious freshness to the performances that's impossible to resist. It remains their most satisfying outing. -Chris Nickson1. I Still Do
5. Waltzing Back
6. Not Sorry
9. Still Can't ...
10. I Will Always
12. Put Me Down$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Through Silver In Blood (Awaiting Repress)Through Silver in Blood is the fifth album from the California based post-metal band Neurosis. The album holds elements of industrial metal reminiscent of Godflesh, sludge metal, doom metal, avant-garde metal, and yet still retains faint elements of hardcore punk from the band's previous work. The vocals are usually shouted, growled or screamed, and the drums are often played in a similar way to the electronic drums exhibited in industrial metal and industrial rock, although the drums play a doom metal or sludge metal groove in many passages.1. Through Silver in Blood
5. Locust Star
6. Strength of Fates
7. Become the Ocean
9. Enclosure in Flame$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Generals: RemixedFour Tracks From 2012's GENERALS Remixed By Dntel (Jimmy Tamborello of The Postal Service), Richard Swift, Clark Baechle Of The Faint, And Field Days
Blue Vinyl 12", Limited To 1000 Copies!
Following 2010's critically acclaimed debut What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood and a year on the road touring as part of Bright Eyes, singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn teamed up with producer Richard Swift (The Shins, Richard Swift) again and emerged with GENERALS, a sophomore album fully armed. In place of the Zen meditations found
on The Mynabirds' first album, GENERALS is filled with armies of stomps and claps, sweeping full spectrum orchestrations, and moments that range from intensely personal pleas to shout-out-loud protests with teeth.
GENERALS picked up high praise from The Huffington Post, USA Today, Pitchfork, BuzzFeed, Paste, and many others. Songs from the album were featured on Rock Center, Gossip Girl, and Grey's Anatomy, while NPR Music counted "Generals" among their Top Songs of 2012.1. Generals (Richard Swift Remix)
2. Disaster (Clark Baechle Remix)
3. Body of Work (Dntel Remix)
4. Radiator Sister (Field Days Remix)$14.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sophomore Album Featuring "Living In Fiction," "In Folds," And "Phantasmagoria
Pressed On White Vinyl
Experience Mask In Three Dimensions With 3d Glasses Included
"A clever mix of electronically influenced genres that's as current as it is addictive." - Interview
Electronic pop trio Icky Blossoms release their second album, Mask. Three years on from their Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio) produced debut, their singular brand of
mesmerizingly contradictory dance music has evolved. Blending avant-garde elements with catchy and danceable
pop, threaded within dark, bass-heavy atmospheres, their songs nod to great music of the past, whilst rmly
propelling them into the future.
Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, the three members of Icky Blossoms-Sarah Bohling (vocals/synth), Nik Fackler (lead
guitar/vocals) and Derek Pressnall (guitar/vocals-also of Tilly and the Wall)-wrote independently and then ltered
songs back and forth through each other, creating a collage of tastes, genres and energies within each track. The
band experimented with making electronics sound organic and organic instruments feel electronic. Song skeletons
were embellished with tuned 808s, hyper-e ected mouth noises, screams as instruments, and guitars run through
With the talent of longtime friend and collaborator Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Julian Casablancas, Man Man,
First Aid Kit) at ARC Studios in Omaha, Nebraska, these songs became fully realized. Along with Mogis, the
contributions of assistant engineer Ben Brodin (Conor Oberst band), bassist Graham Ulicny (Reptar), drummer Daniel
Ocanto (Big Harp) and Todd Fink (The Faint) helped the vision come into focus.
Mask nds the band capitalizing on the spontaneity of their live experience and the ambitions of their writing and
recording process, while not losing their sense of self. Their in uences range from Fad Gadget to Beyonce and the
subject matter varies from wrestling with the isolation of existence to the emotional spectrum of love. The album
pulses with a vibrant sound that's electric, con dent, and new.1. In Folds
3. Living in Fiction
4. Away from You
5. Want You so Bad
6. The Spiral
8. Silver Tongue
9. Terror Nothing$18.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rope Commercial Vol.1The scope of Robert Beatty's hydra-headed art practice has grown into an extreme articulation
of unconned creativity across multiple disciplines. A founding member of 2000's noise outt
Hair Police, as well as visionary illustrator and album-art designer for many of this era's most
celebrated underground artists, Robert Beatty records his solo work under the name Three
Legged Race. Come May 27, 2014, Three Legged Race will release the rst volume of Rope
Commercial, a planned series of EPs premiering through the label Underwater Peoples.
Rope Commercial Vol. 1 will be the rst Three Legged Race record since 2012's
acclaimed Persuasive Barrier (Spectrum Spools / Editions Mego) and Beatty's follow up to last
year's video score collection, Soundtracks for Takeshi Murata (Glistening Examples, 2013).
Beatty's recent celebrated performances as Three Legged Race abandoned prior
synthesizer-dependent set-ups in favor of an intentionally dematerialized approach, employing just a sequencer program in an iPhone, and a lone tape machine. Conceptually, Beatty is
detantly shrugging o the fetishized hardware-oriented model so rampant in current
electronic music discourse. Beatty steps further in this recording, having added acoustic
instruments (dulcimer and piano) and thoroughly processing sampled elements to warp the
whole into un-recognizable dimensions.
Outtted as a picture-disc, Beatty's design features a creamy, neon-green urban
landscape; the face of a humanoid gure is merged with a screen of a smartphone, its
consciousness fused to the glass. Dangling from the phone is one leg outtted in a woman's
heel, presumably its sole means of transport. These kind of pathetic cyborg gures in states of
physical ux frequently appear in Beatty's art. They function neatly as windows into Beatty's
music as well, with its electronically marred voices and barren sonic spaces. These gures are
Beatty's torpid avatars, in both his music and art, their humanism is strained by a confounding
The picture-disc is an apt setting for Beatty's airbrush work, his favored rendering
tool, and the general modus operandi of Beatty's electronic music as Three Legged Race. In all,
Beatty renews obsolete materials discarded from a voracious commercial culture, and employs
them in strangely poignant contexts. In Rope Commercial Vol. 1, such found samples are diced
and strewn into uneasy chapters. There is the dizzying, terse All Ajax Dial, the interplanetary
gale of Aside From Each Other and Together Overnight, the faintly whirring New Government, the white noise of The Humidity Mascot and perhaps Beatty's motif-to-be Rope
Commercial. In this title track alone, something of the whole EP is condensed: intentionally
un-heroic melodies plod out over a darkly redundant groove and voices are haltered in the
instance of utterance. Its electronic music most overtly, but defrocked of its sheen, with any
conceivable hallmark of commercialism littered on the gravel.1. All Ajax Dial
2. Aside From Each Other and Together Overnight
3. New Government
4. The Humidty Mascot
5. Rope Commercial$16.9912 Picture Disc Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
Angel Guts: Red ClassroomAngel Guts: Red Classroom is the beginning of Xiu Xiu's descent from grayness into the deepest blackness endurable. It is the sound of Xiu Xiu's death.
This is a bold proposition, even for a band that has never so much pushed the envelope as pulled it (forcefully) away from the line other musicians are willing to toe. And now, in what is unquestionably their darkest hour, Xiu Xiu have lit the envelope on fire and are using it as a torch to light the path ahead.
Having spent the previous four years living in North Carolina, primary songwriter Jamie Stewart relocated to Los Angeles, moving blindly into a neighborhood whose notoriously dangerous reputation was unknown to him.
A park divided among four gangs, a lake routinely dragged for bodies, a building wherein two infant skeletons were recently uncovered -- the aura of his new home bleeds into every pore of the album, each lyric and note bearing traces of its essence: the terrible beauty, the despair, the violence, the ultra humanity, the uncertainty.
I know to a degree I must have romanticized it, Stewart admits, But when it's not safe to go out at night, what else can one?
Romanticized is hardly the word anyone other than Stewart would use. Like its namesake, a Japanese erotic noir film, Angel Guts: Red Classroom is as radical as it is inventive. The subject matter -- racialized sex, double suicide, double penetration, criminality, fear of physical harm -- is unsuitable for the faint of heart. But when the heart has stopped beating, only the soul remains to carry on. And here, Stewart transcribes his without boundaries.
Your face is down alone / On your desk / At the end of the city / You were squashed into / There is no one you love. So begins the album's first verse.
In the wrong hands, such topics could be rendered as far-fetched fantasies. But Stewart's evocative vocals lend his provocative lyrics the balance they need, grounding them in a stark realism that forces us to acknowledge their existence, even confront them (as discomforting as that is).
Unsettling, too, is the music. Working with only analog synths, drum set, and 1970's analog drum machines, Xiu Xiu has never before sounded so focused, so captivating, so intent on delivering a kick to the throat.
Though influences can be cited (Suicide, Kraftwerk, Nico, EinstÜrzende Neubauten), they are ultimately far less relevant than the mark this album will leave on other musicians and music fans from this point forward.
Take Stupid in the Dark -- its tone ominous and pulsing, its harmonies simple and direct, its grip unrelenting. Or Botanica de Los Angeles, a sparse, yet undeniably anthemic merging of bruising drums and bone-rattling bass synths.
Unbearably dark, yet incredibly illuminating, on the John Congleton-produced Angel Guts: Red Classroom Xiu Xiu continues to forge (and at times risk) its reputation as avant-garde pioneers. It is the work of a band unraveling to its core and exposing the boldness within.
Xiu Xiu may be dead, but its will is more alive than ever.1. Angel Guts
2. Archie's Fades
3. Stupid in the Dark
4. Lawrence Liquors
5. Black Dick
6. New Life Immigration
7. EL Naco
8. Adult Friends
9. The Silver Platter
10. Bitter Melon
11. A Knife in the Sun
12. Cinthya's Unisex
13. Botanica de Los Angeles
14. Red Classroom$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
HyperviewEvery artist bio has its stock narrative: first comes the lengthy Juvenile Period (trial, error, rejection); then, dues having been paid, comes the electrifying Breakthrough (critical praise, general validation), which inaugurates the terminal Mature Period (respect of peers, reliable buying public, steadily diminishing relevance). Those who make it to that third stage, the story goes, might as well get comfortable, for they've achieved Success.
In 2012, Title Fight, a four-piece from Kingston, Pa., then known for a screamingly insistent brand of melodic hardcore, was right on schedule. Having formed in 2003 while its members (bassist/vocalist Ned Russin, guitarist/vocalist Jamie Rhoden, guitarist Shane Moran, and drummer Ben Russin) were in middle school, the band had begun in typically wobbly fashion with several pop-punk demos, split singles, and EPs. Then, in the spring of 2011, the Breakthrough had arrived in the form of Shed, their debut long player, a blistering, throat-shedding blend of Gorilla Biscuits, Turning Point, and Jawbreaker that won the heart of every hardcore and punk kid from the Warped Tour to Chaos in Tejas - and of every critic from Alternative Press to NME. When the follow-up LP, Floral Green, unexpectedly appeared a scant 16 months later, it bore some new, high-end influences (Hum, Slowdive, the Sundays) and engendered the reasonable assumption that Title
Fight had landed comfortably in their Mature Period.
Hyperview, Title Fight's third LP, sets those assumptions on their head. Taking the measure of Hyperview's massive leap forward from previous releases is difficult to accomplish with words. The listener is periodically
struck by faint echoes of the familiar (the Floral Greenishly tuneful and driving "Chlorine") and of the canonical (the incantatory downstroke pummel of My Bloody Valentine's Isn't Anything period, as on "New Vision"; a Scratch Acid bassline jarringly yet winningly resolving itself into a Chapterhouse swirl, as on "Hypernight"), but this is an album that renders futile the exercise of conceiving bands as sums of influences.
Hyperview can only be heard, and loved, as itself.1. Murder Your Memory
5. Your Pain Is Mine Now
6. Rose of Sharon
7. Trace Me Onto You
8. Liar's Love
10. New Vision$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Ugly Organ (Deluxe)
Remastered Deluxe 180g Vinyl Limited To 3000 2 LP
Extensive Booklet With Photos From The Band's Archives, Alternate Album Art Sketches, A List Of All Tour Dates From The Era, Show Posters, And New Liner Notes Written By The A.V. Club's Kyle Ryan
8 Bonus Tracks From The Era, Including 4 Tracks From The 8 Teeth To Eat You Split EP Previously Unreleased On Vinyl
"A brilliant leap forward" -Rolling Stone
"The best punk record you'll hear all year" -Magnet
The Ugly Organ made landfall on March 4, 2003, the same day as Evanescence's Fallen and roughly two weeks
before the start of the Iraq War. The darkest days of the Bush Era were settling in like a dense fog over the
entire country, and the outlook was bleak. That made The Ugly Organ especially potent, its gloomy inward
focus a natural re action of the era. The press accolades came quickly, from the mainstream (Rolling Stone
called it "a brilliant leap forward," and Entertainment Weekly said it "raised the Saddle Creek bar") to the niche
(The A.V. Club called it "a potent piece of rock art," Alternative Press gave it a perfect score).
With The Ugly Organ, Cursive made a landmark album for itself and Saddle Creek. It was the label's 51st release
and the second in what my colleague Marc Hawthorne called "Saddle Creek's holy trinity" in his liner notes for
The Faint's Danse Macabre reissue: Danse Macabre, The Ugly Organ, and Bright Eyes' I'm Wide Awake, It's
Morning. (I'd argue more for LIFTED or the Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground on that count, but I'll
save that for the next time I see Marc.)
Just prior to The Ugly Organ, Saddle Creek had released the celebratory compilation Saddle Creek 50, which
included Cursive's gleefully self-referential "Nonsense" ("I really don't want to write another 'I'm a dick' song
again"), which is included on this reissue. The label's 49th release had been another Cursive joint, the "Art is
Hard" single, which featured the explosive six-minute B-side "Sinner's Serenade," also included here. Rounding
it out are four songs from Cursive's split EP with Eastern Youth, 8 Teeth to Eat You-check out the ferocious
playing by cellist Gretta Cohn on "Excerpts from Various Notes Strewn Around the Bedroom of April Connolly,
Feb 24, 1997"-and two songs from the single for "The Recluse." It's an exhaustive-and exhausting-snapshot of a band realizing its power and wielding it for maximum impact.
And then Cursive was gone. Again. Taking another of its intermittent hiatuses. An unease has accompanied
every album after The Ugly Organ that it could be the last one-no, for real this time. Maybe because The Ugly
Organ capped an unprecedented productive streak, ending a three-record, three-year run with an album that
can't help but re ect the e ort that went into it. The exhaustion, the ambivalence, the doubt, it all bleeds out
of those 12 tracks. At the end of "Staying Alive," the "ghost chorus" referenced in the liner notes sings, "The
worst is over, Doo do Doo do Doo do Doo doo." On second thought, maybe it's neither hope nor resignation,
but simple relief. The storm has passed. And it was a motherfucker.
-Kyle Ryan, The A.V. Club1. The Ugly Organist
2. Some Red Handed Sleight of Hand
3. Art Is Hard
4. The Recluse
5. Herald! Frankenstein
6. Butcher the Song
7. Driftwood: A Fairy Tale
8. A Gentleman Caller
9. Harold Weathervein
10. Bloody Murder
12. Staying Alive
13. Excerpts from Various Notes Strewn Around the Bedroom of April Connolly Feb 24, 1997*
14. Am I Not Yours?*
15. Escape Artist*
16. May Flowers*
17. Sinner's Serenade*
*Bonus Tracks$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Payola (Deluxe)More than a decade after putting out their first album,
Desaparecidos return with a follow-up that breathes new life
into their brutal fusion of protest music and punk. Though the
band never truly parted ways, vocalist/guitarist Conor Oberst,
guitarist Denver Dalley, keyboardist Ian McElroy, bassist/vocalist
Landon Hedges, and drummer Matt Baum have spent much of the
past 13 years pursuing other ambitions (including Oberst's work
as a solo artist and Bright Eyes frontman). Fueling their Epitaph
Records debut Payola with the same spirit of unrest that propelled
2002's Read Music/Speak Spanish, Desaparecidos now match
that passion with a fuller, more furious sound and gut-punching
commentary on everything from immigration reform and the healthcare
debate to gun control and Wall Street bailouts.
With its title capturing what McElroy calls "these endless
examples of what's wrong with the whole money culture happening
in America today," Payola was co-produced by the band and their
longtime collaborator Mike Mogis (First Aid Kit, The Faint, Man
Man). Recorded in several bursts over the past few years at ARC
Studios in Omaha, the album's 14 tracks pack a barrage of outcry
and insight into each sharply crafted lyric while storming forward
with a ferocious energy. And in their implausibly melodic
blend of blistering riffs, lead-heavy rhythms, and savage vocal
work, Desaparecidos reveal a bottled-up intensity that suggests
a band whose chemistry's stronger than ever before. "It wasn't
like we were trying to recapture some former glory," says Oberst
of Desaparecidos' long-planned reunion in the studio. "It was
like we had to do this, and we had to do it now."1. The Left is Right
2. The Underground Man
3. City on the Hill
4. Golden Parachutes
7. Te Amo Camila Vallejo
8. Ralphy's Cut
11. Search the Searches
12. 10 Steps Behind
13. Von Maur Massacre
14. Anonymous$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rumor and Sigh
The Most Cohesive and Accessible Album of Richard Thompson's Career: Brilliantly Diverse, Savagely Witty Rumor and Sigh Includes All TIME 100 Song 1952 Vincent Black Lightning
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes, Pressed at RTI, and Strictly Limited to 3000 Numbered Copies: Rumor and Sigh on 180g Vinyl 2LP for the First Time, Features Dynamic Production
Richard Thompson manages all of his usual superhuman feats on Rumor and Sigh. Rippled, vibrant guitar lines that sound like they're coming from four guitars? Check. Lyrics that expose the delicate quirks of human behavior in witty, truthful manners? Here. Engaging vocals that arrive as if they are sung only to you, the words doubling as whispered thoughts in your own head? Yep. But Rumor and Sigh goes further by featuring astute, lively production and well-planned arrangements that turn the 1991 album into one of the - if not the - most cohesive and accessible efforts of Thompson's storied career. And now, courtesy of Mobile Fidelity, it's his best-sounding record.
Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, and on 180g vinyl 2LP for the first time ever to provide needed groove space, Mobile Fidelity's analog edition breathes with an effervescent openness that makes the music emerge with a livelier sheen, standout dynamics, and unstoppable energy. The dead-quiet pressing makes it immediately evident Rumor and Sigh endures as a very special album - a cohesive, varied, and fun set spiked with some of Thompson's finest compositions and an exoticism that extends to the modest use of the hurdy-gurdy, mandolin, concertina, and crumhorn.
Casual fans will likely even recognize the Mitchell Froom-produced release includes the incomparable 1952 Vincent Black Lightning, a motorcycle-based tale of desire, love, and death rightly recognized by TIME magazine as one of its All TIME 100 songs. It, and the other 13 tracks, takes on newfound radiance that showcases the brilliant range of Thompson's instrumentation and tone. You could plug in a guitar amplifier right next to you, connect a Fender, and strum. Yet you still wouldn't have the depth, intimacy, and detail afforded by this audiophile edition. It's that remarkable.
So is the diversity of the album's sonic signatures and themes. Opener Read About Love provides an electric-start jolt, its upbeat tempos, shimmering accents, and massive hooks framing Thompson's amusing story of an inexperienced introvert that applies pop-culture ideas of romance to the real thing. The master wordsmith finds similar ironies in the mischievous intent of I Feel So Good, a Celtic-flavored tune whose uplifting emotions contrast with the character's out-of-control desires. Humor further wriggles in the jaunty Psycho Street and spirited Don't Sit on My Jimmy Shands, an enduring tribute to the Scottish accordionist and the pursuit of collecting rare 78 records.
The singer-songwriter's knack for accentuating biting contrast - and for delving into darker regions where jealousy, bitterness, and self-deprecation reside - pervades Rumor and Sigh in the same manner his band shades his every move with narrative skill. Just listen to the faint keyboard cues on I Misunderstood or Jim Keltner's crisp, hi-hat cracks on You Dream Too Much. Of course, everyone stands aside for the folk-leaning 1952 Vincent Black Lightning, a solo tour de force of musicianship and lyricism that confirms Rumor and Sigh survives not only as one of the finest records of the 1990s - but one of the best platters of the last three decades.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Read About Love
2. I Feel So Good
3. I Misunderstood
4. Grey Walls
5. You Dream Too Much
6. Why Must I Plead
7.1952 Vincent Black Lightning
8. Backlash Love Affair
9. Mystery Wind
10. Don't Sit on My Jimmy Shands
11. Keep Your Distance
12. Mother Knows Best
13. God Loves a Drunk
14. Psycho Street$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Part Time LoveThere were so many competent records coming out of Memphis that any burgeoning greatness can only be detected by a careful listening. Ann Peebles deserves that kind of extra care.
Her style is so subtle and economical that the fi ner qualities of her talents might be passed
over as being merely competent. This would be a crime because little Ann has so very much
Ann stresses the melody (rather than rhythm for its own sake). This is not to say she can't
sing funky; she can and does very effectively. It just means Ann shines extra brightly on the
slower bluesy numbers. For example "Give Me Some Credit" is such a moving lament, filtering faint traces of early Smokey Robinson and the album's two most tender cuts, "I Still Love
You" and "Steal Away" are the places where Ann Peebles makes such a great impression.
These are the kinds of song that become "personal" classics.
Ann sings seven up-tempo numbers on which she illustrates her tight, full-bodied voice and
shows why she's presently way up on R & B charts all over the country. Her renditions of "It's
Your Thing," "Part Time Love," and "Make Me Yours" are unfettered delights.
Ann Peebles goes past the apparent and into the sublime. She stands beyond the predictably
competent. And you know that's where it's at.1. Part Time Love
2. I'll Get Along
3. I Still Love You
4. Make Me Yours
5. It's Your Thing
6. Generation Gap Between Us
7. Crazy About You Baby
8. Give Me Some Credit
9. Steal Away
10. Solid Foundation$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
HegemonySAMAEL have returned, with heavy ammunition wallowing to the darkest fronts. Industrial Black Metal armed with wind sections passes through shivering synthesizers. The stomping bass loses its sense of decency and no grain of dust remains still. On point and frighteningly brutal, fiery whirlwinds of hypnotic hammering riff forces overlay gruesomely gurgling vocals driving you over the edge. Thirty years of the band's history flows into their brilliant eleventh record Hegemony, combining everything that SAMAEL have learned the hard way spanning the decades of their decadence. A colourless bouquet from the withered flowers of BEHEMOTH and DIMMU BORGIR, not for the faint-hearted!LP 1
3. Angel of Wrath
4. Rite of Renewal
5. Red Planet
6. Black Supremacy
7. Murder or Suicide
1. This World
2. Against All Enemies
3. Land of the Living
4. Dictate of Transparency
5. Helter Skelter
6. Storm of Fire (Bonus Track)$23.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Paradise & Lunch (Speakers Corner)A good 20 years have passed since a band with ancient musicians from Cuba - the Buena Vista Social Club - took the world by storm. Behind the project, in the wings yet right in the midst of this unheard-of music, was Ry Cooder, who regarded this encounter as the greatest musical event of his entire life. The bottleneck guitar hero had always been very interested in the music from the other Americas ever since the solo albums he made in his early years, in which he told the story of the American folk and blues in a multitude of styles. The LP Paradise And Lunch is no exception and begins with gospel-like grooves that smell of native soil. The faint smell of a wooden church from pioneering days wafts out of the processional antiphonal song Jesus On The Mainline and a healthy 12-bar blues paints a picture of what silent witnesses could tell if they could (If Walls Could Talk). Cooder and his sidemen felt themselves perfectly at home when adventuring further afield and this is testified to in the laid-back calypso rhythm of It's All Over Now and the clip-clop of Mexican Divorce.
This wonderful album is highly recommended for each and every number, but if you want a tip for a very special track, then just listen to the ragtime piano rolls in Bo Diddley's Ditty Wah Ditty.
- Ry Cooder (guitar, mandolin, bass, vocal)
- Ronnie Barron (piano, organ)
- Earl Hines (piano)
- Plas Johnson (alto saxophone)
- Oscar Brashear (cornet)
- Red Callender (bass)
- John Duke (bass)
- Russ Titelman (electric bass)
- Chris Ethridge (electric bass)
- Milt Holland (drums, percussion)
- Jim Keltner (drums)
Recording: 1974 at the Warner Brothers Studios in North Hollywood and Burbank (USA), by Lee Herschberg
Production: Lenny Waronker & Russ Titelman
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. Tamp 'Em Up Solid
3. Married Man's a Fool
4. Jesus on the Mainline
5. It's All Over Now
6. Fool for a Cigarette/Feelin' Good
7. If Walls Could Talk
8. Mexican Divorce
9. Ditty Wah Ditty$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now