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The Fog180 Gram, White And Green Colored Vinyl
John Carpenter's 1980 follow-up film to his smash hit Halloween featured ghost sailors terrorizing a Californian coastal community as a dense fog descends on their homes. The multi-talented filmmaker's atmospheric synthesiser score has long been a soundtrack favourite and this double album features a 20 track LP of the entire score, drawn from the original tapes, remastered by long-time Carpenter collaborator Alan Howarth on the A/B sides and the original album which featured 20 minutes of newly released music on the C/D sides.
"I went back to Sound Arts Studio in central Los Angeles and quickly began composing and recording new tracks. Dan Wyman, my creative consultant on Assault On Precinct 13 and Halloween was at my side programming the synthesizers, keeping a critical eye on my multi-tracked performances and maintaining quality control over the long hours of recording and mixing. And, out of all this frenzy, re-working and re-structuring, I produced what I consider to be one of my best scores" - John Carpenter.1. Ghost Story
2. The Journal
3. Seagrass Attack
4. Andy on the Beach
5. Where's The Seagrass?
6. Stevie's Lighthouse
7. Something to Show You
8. An Evil Plan
10. Walk to Lighthouse
13. The Fog Approaches
14. Knock at the Door
15. Fog Reflection
16. Andy's In Trouble
17. The Fog Enters Town
19. Number 6
20. The Fog End Credits
21. Prologue from The Fog
22. Theme from The Fog
23. Matthew Ghost Story
24. Walk To The Lighthouse
25. Rocks At Drake's Bay
26. The Fog
27. Antonio Bay
28. Tommy Tells Of Ghost Ships
29. Reel 9
30. Main Theme - Reprise
31. The Fog Rolls In
32. Blake In The Sanctuary
33. Finale$41.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Fright Night Soundtrack180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Remastered From The Original Master Tapes
Limited Edition Blue/White Evil Fog Colored-Vinyl
Featuring Songs By Devo, J. Geils Band, Ian Hunter, Sparks
In 1985, writer-director Tom Holland's Fright Night debuted in multiplex cinemas around the world. The film gained a massive cult following and has gone on to become one of the most cherished vampire films of all time. Taking cues from Hammer Films, the work of director William Castle and horror icon Vincent Price. The decision to create a soundtrack that includes New Wave hitmakers alongside Brad Fiedel's synth score adds spectacular creepiness to the overall vibe of the film. Night Fever Music is proud to release the long out-of-print yet beloved soundtrack to the 1985 horror classic Fright Night. Remastered from the original master tapes and pressed on heavy 180 Gram Blue/White Evil Fog-Colored Vinyl.1. Fright Night
2. You Can't Hide From The Beast Inside
3. Good Man In A Bad Time
4. Rock Myself To Sleep
5. Let's Talk
6. Armies Of The Night
7. Give It Up
8. Save Me Tonight
9. Boppin' Tonight
10. Come To Me$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Assault on Precinct 13 / The Fog
12 Housed In Deluxe Mylar Mirrorboard Sleeve
Much of the power of the best films by the cult director John Carpenter can
be attributed to their use of music - music that, more often than not, was
composed and performed by Carpenter himself. What began as a necessity for
the low-budget productions by Carpenter became a major part of his aesthetic,
and established him as a pioneering figure in genre-film score work as well as
electronic music in general. Now, flanked by his son Cody Carpenter and godson
Daniel Davies, and with two albums (Lost Themes and Lost Themes II) of nonsoundtrack
material under his belt, Carpenter has decided to revisit some of his
most beloved themes.
Assault on Precinct 13 was the first feature film Carpenter made after film school,
and he made it partially as an urban reimagining of Rio Bravo, a film by his idol,
Howard Hawks. In Carpenter's movie, a soon-to-be-closed police precinct is
placed under siege by a gang who have taken a blood oath to kill someone inside.
Assault is a classic, not least of all because it has perhaps Carpenter's best-loved
theme. The theme's main synthesizer line, partly inspired by the score to Dirty
Harry and Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song," is catchy and dread-inducing in
Carpenter's theme for The Fog is one of his finest, and creepiest. In the film, a
weather-beaten old fisherman tells an ancient tale of betrayal and death to fascinated
children as they huddle together by their campfire. As a piece of driftwood
in a child's hands glows with spectral light, an eerie fog envelops the bay, and
from its midst emerge dripping demonic victims of a century old shipwreck,
seeking revenge. The spooky synthesizer tone in Carpenter's composition evokes
the advance of the fog itself, helping to make this a quintessential horror score for
a classic horror movie.
This 12 release includes the themes to Assault on Precinct 13 and The Fog, newly
rerecorded by Carpenter and his Lost Themes bandmates. May it serve as a bridge
between the Horror Master's legendary, still relevant past and his remarkable
present.1. Assault on Precinct 13
2. The Fog$16.9912 Vinyl Single - Sealed Buy Now
London Fog 1966
Collector's Edition Boxed Set Features Previously Unheard Concert Recordings From 1966 On CD And Vinyl
Includes 8 x 10 Prints Of Unseen Photos And Replica Memorabilia
Before The Doors took the music scene by storm in 1967, they were the house band at the London Fog, a Sunset Strip dive bar located just footsteps away from the world famous Whisky a Go Go, the future home of many of the band's most legendary performances. The Doors will open a virtual time capsule in December with LONDON FOG 1966, a Collector's Edition boxed set that features unearthed audio recorded at the club in May 1966. Previously unreleased and not even known to exist until recently, this marks the earliest recordings of the band and finds the quartet mixing blues covers with early versions of Doors originals.
LONDON FOG 1966 will be available as an individually numbered limited edition of 18,000 copies from Rhino/Bright Midnight Archives. Presented in a lift-top package designed to look like a vintage storage box, the set features seven songs on both CD and a 10-inch record that's made to resemble a test pressing. Noted Doors engineer Bruce Botnick recently mastered the audio for this collection.
Along with the unreleased music, the set is packed with memorabilia and historic liner notes to provide a true time capsule of that fabled night at the London Fog, including a poster, the set list handwritten by John Densmore, a program for the Royce Hall UCLA student film screening, plus a London Fog coaster. There are also liner notes included from Sunset Strip legend Ronnie Haran-Mellen, who was the talent booker at the Whisky a Go Go. Haran-Mellen saw The Doors live for the first time at the London Fog and then booked them as the permanent house band at the Whisky, leading to the band's signing to Elektra and meteoric rise to superstardom.
Also contributing liner notes is Nettie Peña, one of the lucky few to be in attendance at the London Fog for this fabled show. Peña was a pivotal force in this release coming together as she captured the audio on a ¼" reel to reel recorder, which was the property of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Her father was a teacher for LAUSD and let her borrow the recorder to take to the show. Peña also photographed the band that evening and five black and white 8x10 reprints of these unpublished photos are included in the Collector's Edition, featuring a fresh-faced Morrison on a cramped stage with John Densmore, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek.
The show featured on LONDON FOG 1966 took place the same year that The Doors recorded their eponymous debut. Released in January 1967, the album would become one of the most influential in rock history. Like many of the band's early concerts, the show captured on this deluxe set reflects the group's deep love for the blues with covers of standards like Muddy Waters' "Rock Me" and "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man." The set also includes raw performances of "Baby, Please Don't Go" (Big Joe Williams), "Don't Fight It" (Wilson Pickett), and "Lucille" (Little Richard).
During their residency at the London Fog, The Doors frequently worked out new songs on stage that would eventually appear on various studio albums. At this show, the band played two originals. The first, "Strange Days," would become the title track for the band's second studio album, which also came out in 1967. This is one of the only known live recordings of this track. The other Doors original, "You Make Me Real," wasn't officially released on a studio album until Morrison Hotel in 1970.
"To hear 'Strange Days,' that came out on their second album, in almost final shape so early on was truly amazing," says Jac Holzman, the President of Elektra Records who signed The Doors to their first recording contract.
Going back to the band's earliest days is a natural starting point for The Doors 50th anniversary celebration.1. Rock Me
2. Baby, Please Don't Go
3. You Make Me Real
4. Don't Fight It
5. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man
6. Strange Days
7. Lucille$49.9910 Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Under The InfluenceFoghat's new record Under the Influence features several special guests including Kim Simmonds, Nick Jameson, Scott Holt, Dana Fuchs & Rodney O'Quinn. Produced by Grammy Award winner Tom Hambridge.1. Under the Influence
2. Knock It Off
4. She's Got a Ring in His Nose
5. Upside of Lonely
6. Heard It Through the Grapevine
7. Made Up My Mind
8. Hot Mama
9. Heart Gone Cold
10. Honey Do List
11. All Because of You
12. Slow Ride$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SpellsThe Pharmacy's sound is hard to nail down: having been together for over a decade, the band has released countless singles, EPs, and full-lengths that range from basement power punk to lo-fi, psych-tinged garage rock. Due out August 12th on Old Flame Records, much of Spells was written in a cabin in Big Sur, informed by the rocky beaches and the fog rolling in from the Pacific. It was recorded in the basement of a used car museum in downtown Tacoma, with every track laid down live by Kyle Brunette, producer of Night Beats' S/T and Sonic Bloom LPs. Picking up where Stoned & Alone left off, Spells feels even more stripped-down and vulnerable, as if the members of The Pharmacy have allowed listeners an exclusive sneak peek into their collective brain.1. Dead Friend
2. Coat Tails
3. Anna Bella
5. Masten Lake Lagoon
7. Lizard Queen
8. Peeling Back
9. All My Reminders Of When
10. Strange$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
GlitterbugThe Wombats follow up 2011's This Modern Glitch
with their third full-length, Glitterbug. The first
song off of the album, "Greek Tragedy," hit #2 on
Billboard's Emerging Artist Chart less than two
weeks after release.
The band's 2011 album, This Modern Glitch, hit Top
5 on the UK charts and spawned US hits "Jump Into
the Fog," "1996," and "Techno Fan."
Matthew Murphy, Dan Haggis, and Tord Øverland
Knudsen are the threesome behind The Wombats.1. Emoticons
2. Give Me a Try
3. Greek Tragedy
4. Be Your Shadow
6. This Is Not a Party
8. Your Body Is A Weapon
9. The English Summer
10. Pink Lemonade
11. Curveballs$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
HalfaxaHalfaxa is Grimes' sophomore LP. Originally available as a limited CD release, it's now available worldwide on LP.
Claire Boucher speaks a different language. And Halfaxa, her second album, feels like the dictionary from which we might discern just where this being comes from. Halfaxa is simultaneously more human than Geidi Primes, and yet falls deeper into a hole of mystical obscurity. The lyrics, as throughout this album, are designed to be an additional instrument, and not necessarily a device that gives obvious meaning to the proceedings.
There is a strong focus on primeval and simplistic percussion to Boucher's music, though I am apprehensive to compare it directly to club music. Even with all the fog and barriers she presents us with, at the core of her music is the human heart. There is a heartbeat in every note. Her breath is often used as a percussive element. Somehow, Grimes says more about life through her methodology than through what she literally chooses to say. Like all great world music, her sound transcends language.1. Outer
2. Intor / Flowers
7. Dream Fortress
8. world princess
9. † River †
10. Swan Song
12. My Sister Says The Saddest Things
14. Favriel$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Year With 13 MoonsOn A Year With 13 Moons, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma is hitting
a new high. A companion to his last album Love Is A
Stream (Type, 2010), 13 Moons is a dense, swirling mass.
Hypnotic guitar and drum performances coalesce with
Modular synth squalls and otherworldly textures --
combining overdriven guitars, avant-garde composition (à
la Xenakis) with the informal approach of underground
tape weirdos (like Robert Turman, K. Leimer) into a lovely
brocade of harmony and dissonance.
The album was recorded during a residency at the
Headlands Center for the Arts, which allowed Jefre the
time and freedom to let the music create itself in a way, to
lead me rather than trying to force it down a path. Cantu
was interested in ways of conveying memory in music
without being sentimental - translating the fog of images,
people and places that (he'd) experienced in the last two
years into a body of work that could still be ambiguous &
leave space for the listener to enter."
Cantu has released notable collaborations with Liz Harris
(aka Grouper) as Raum, with Alexis Georgopoulos of Arp
and The Alps, as well as filmmaker Paul Clipson. He also
founded the influential label, Root Strata, who have
released music by Oneohtrix Point Never, Keith Fullerton
Whitman, and Grouper.1. The Last Time I Saw Your Face
2. Love After Love
4. Mirror of Past & Future
6. Pale Flower
7. The Twins / Shadow
8. Agate Beach
9. The Spree
10. Early Autumn
11. A Portrait of You at Nico's Grave,Grunewald, Berlin (for Bill K.)
13. Görlitzer Park
14. Along Isar
15. At the End of Spring
16. Remains$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
MetalsOn her new 12-song collection, Metals, Canadian singer/songwriter Feist is joined by her longtime collaborators Chilly Gonzales and Mocky. The trio spent a frigid month Trying to sound like we had played together as long as we'd collectively known each other, around 50 years, then decamped for California's rugged Big Sur coastline to record them. Feist co-produced the album with her aforementioned collaborators and Valgeir Sigurosson (Bjork, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.)
Recording can be a weightless free float from your day-life, and I like to pick places with certain fertile qualities that can give me a visual hook that I'm there to do something other than what I would otherwise do. And that clean line between land and see, the graphic edge of the continent pointing out toward the east, meaning not the Atlantic next stop Europe feeling, but next stop somewhere you've never been, Feist says. Plus, you are somewhere that looks completely unfound and yet it's been so perfectly recorded literarily. Steinbeck made 1000 albums there! Henry Miller and Anais Nin probably considered that line between land and sea, too. And on top of it, we truly found the perfect room to build a studio in, perched on the cliffs. A giant empty space.
Metals' songs range from low rumbling and moody ambiences to brutal and intense, as if it sonically maps the fog rolling in and the resulting cracking of thunder. There's a lot more chaos and movement and noise than I've had before, Feist says. I allowed for mistakes more than I ever have, which end up not being mistakes when you open things up and make room for them. It was about un-simplifying things and leaning on these masterful minds I have so much respect for. We were sort of testing the air, like a sea captain licks his finger to see which way the wind is coming from. It was less Brill Building and more naturalistic.1. The Bad In Each Other
3. Caught A Long Wind
4. How Come You Never Go There
5. A Commotion
6. The Circle Married the Line
7. Bittersweet Melodies
8. Anti Pioneer
9. Undiscovered First
10. Cicades and Gulls
11. Comfort Me
12. Get It Wrong, Get It Right$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Revolver (Awaiting Repress)
Ranked 3/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time!
Sourced From the Original Master Tapes!
Pressed on 180 gram vinyl
Cut at Abbey Road Studios
Their first psychedelic masterpiece, Revolver, represents The Beatles at their most creative and cohesive form, still a tight rocking unit firing on all cylinders but with a surging freedom of self-expression. It is arguably their greatest album, in which they introduce whole new vistas of sound yet still contain them within tightly structured and performed songs.
Recorded before The Beatles' personalities began to clash and in advance of the fog brought on by drug use, Revolver encompasses practically every imaginable style and then some. Gentle harmonic pop "I Want to Tell You," stained-glass acid rock "She Said She Said," upbeat soul "Got to Get You Into My Life," Indian "Love You To," and what, at the time (and in some ways still is,) the most cutting-edge pop composition ever devised, "Tomorrow Never Knows," -- a song that single-handedly re-imagined and rewrote the rules of production.
Before the woolly politics of flower power had really taken over psychedelia, Revolver remains sharp and acerbic, its cutting quality emphasized by great electric guitar-playing from both George and John. The band looked fantastic too, in hipster suits and dark glasses. Pound for pound and song for song, Revolver is as good as it gets, a real monster.
A team consisting of some of the best producers and engineers in the recording industry were brought together and would spend 4 long years mixing and mastering with some of the most state of the art recording equipment. Treating these records much like a science experiment, engineers ran extensive tests before copying the analog master tapes over into a digital format using 24-bit/192 kHz resolution, and carefully removing clicks, vocal pops and poor edits. Never altering the original songs themselves, just polishing them up a bit.1. Taxman
2. Eleanor Rigby
3. I'm Only Sleeping
4. Love You To
5. Here, There And Everywhere
6. Yellow Submarine
7. She Said She Said
8. Good Day Sunshine
9. And Your Bird Can Sing
10. For No One
11. Doctor Robert
12. I Want To Tell You
13. Got To Get You Into My Life
14. Tomorrow Never Knows$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Pattern + Grid WorldPattern + Grid World is the new EP from producer/musician Steven Ellison (aka Flying Lotus). While his album Cosmogramma was high in concept and wide in musical collaboration, Pattern + Grid World pulls the focus back to Ellison and his machines. These machines are speaking from the go, as Clay introduces itself in a fog of synth and vocoder and gives way to one of the many surprises here, the schizophrenic ping-ponging electro of Kill Your Co-Workers. Drenched in alternating melodies, it's a synthetic counterpart to the grand string and harp arrangements of Cosmogramma, making acclaimed illustrator Theo Ellsworth's subtly psychedelic cover image of vision-through-noise all the more intimate.1. Clay
2. Kill Your Co-Workers
4. Time Vampires
5. Jurassic Notion/M Theory
6. Camera Day
7. Physics For Everyone!$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Club MedsAfter a two year hiatus, an induction into fatherhood, and some time to regroup, two-time JUNO Award-winner Dan Mangan has returned under a new moniker, Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. The new name encompasses the spirit of the project's longstanding ensemble members joining the band from Vancouver's experimental music community, Kenton Loewen, Gordon Grdina, John Walsh (and often Jesse Zubot, JP carter and Tyson Naylor) with a communal sensibility that merits the marquee amendment.
Produced by Colin Stewart and Dan Mangan, Club Meds at times evokes images of subtler American-underground innovators like Blonde Redhead or Steve Reich. At other moments, it hits emotional pay dirt reminiscent of British scene-survivors like Peter Gabriel or Radiohead. Blacksmith brings an unmistakable character to Club Meds; a stark glassy edge that swells and sways like a roaring ocean. Through a fog of analog feedback loops and synths, the band's performances breathe deeply and steadily like a dragon at rest.1. Offred
4. A Doll's House / Pavlovia
7. War Spoils
9. Club Meds
10. Pretty Good Joke
11. New Skies$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Several Shades Of WhyIn the quarter century since he founded Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis has created some of the era's signature songs, albums and styles. The laconically-based roar of his guitar, drums and vocals have driven a long string of bands such as Deep Wound, Dinosaur Jr., Gobblehoof, Velvet Monkeys, the Fog, Witch, Sweet Apple and he has also guested on innumerable sessions. But Several Shades of Why, recorded at Amherst, Massachusetts' Bisquiteen Studios, is J's first solo studio record, and it is an album of incredible beauty, performed with a delicacy not always associated with his work.
Nearly all acoustic, Several Shades of Why was created with the help of a few friends. Notable amongst them are Kurt Vile, Sophie Trudeau (A Silver Mount Zion), Kurt Fedora (long-time collusionist), Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene), Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses), Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession), Matt Valentine (The Golden Road), and Suzanne Thorpe (Wounded Knees).
Together in small mutable groupings, they conjure up classic sounds ranging from English-tinged folk to drifty, West Coast-style singer/songwriters. But every track, every note even, bears that distinct Mascis watermark, both in the shape of the tunes and the glorious rasp of the vocals. Ten brilliant tunes that quietly grow and expand until they fill your brain with the purest pleasure.1. Listen To Me
2. Several Shades Of Why
3. Not Enough
4. Very Nervous and Love
5. Is It Done
6. Make It Right
7. Where Are You
8. Too Deep
9. Can I
10. What Happened$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Live At The Cellar Door
Mastered By Chris Bellman At Bernie Grundman Mastering And Pressed At Pallas In Germany
Neil Young will release Live At The Cellar Door, the latest in his Archives Performance Series, on Reprise Records. The album collects recordings made during Young's intimate six-show solo stand at The Cellar Door in Washington D.C. between November 30th and December 2nd, 1970, a few months after Reprise released his classic third solo album After The Gold Rush in August.
The album, which features Young performing on acoustic guitar and piano, includes tracks that are interesting for several reasons, such as stunning live versions of songs that appeared on After The Gold Rush (Tell Me Why, Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Birds, Don't Let It Bring You Down and the title track) and solo performances of the Buffalo Springfield songs Expecting To Fly (from their 1967 second album Buffalo Springfield Again), I Am A Child (from their third and final album Last Time Around and Young's 1977 Decade compilation), and Flying On The Ground Is Wrong, from their 1966 self-titled debut.
In addition, Live At The Cellar Door features early, raw performances of songs that wouldn't appear until subsequent Young albums, including the rarity Bad Fog Of Loneliness (which appears on Live At Massey Hall '71 - released in 2007-but was previously unreleased until the studio band version was included on Archives Vol. 1 1963-1972), Old Man (released two years later on 1972's Harvest album), a rare solo performance of Cinnamon Girl on piano (the full band version appears on Young's 1969 second solo album Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere), and Down By The River, also from Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.
Live At The Cellar Door was recorded by Henry Lewy and produced by Young.1. Tell Me Why
2. Only Love Can Break Your Heart
3. After the Gold Rush
4. Expecting To Fly
5. Bad Fog of Loneliness
6. Old Man
8. Don't Let It Bring You Down
9. See the Sky About to Rain
10. Cinnamon Girl
11. I Am A Child
12. Down By the River
13. Flying On The Ground Is Wrong$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Classic Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Goodnight Tender (Discontinued)Amy Ray has gone country, and her scenic-route detour was not as out of the way as some fans might think. The singer-songwriter, best known as half of the Grammy-winning Indigo Girls folk-rock duo, has produced a solo album, Goodnight Tender, which is country music in the purest -- and purist - sense of the word. Recorded last spring at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, N.C., this collection of 11 originals by Ray, along with a cover penned by Heather McEntire, is scheduled for release January 21, 2014 from Ray's Decatur-based company, Daemon Records. Hank Williams Sr. famously summed up country music as "three chords and the truth," and Goodnight Tender offers the kind of stripped-down melodies; honest, hat-in-hand emotions; and keening pedal steel and old-time strings that once emanated from tear-stained, honky-tonk jukeboxes. In her take on the early Nashville Sound, she sings movingly about dogs, pills, Duane Allman, and heartache. For decades, Ray has performed with Emily Saliers in the Indigo Girls, and their ongoing success derives, in part, from intricate, ethereal harmonies, from the interplay of their distinct voices and sensibilities. Ray also has turned up the volume in her solo career as an ax-slinging rocker, producing six albums with punk edges and defiant, powerhouse vocals. In both capacities, she integrates the personal with the political, the dynamics of relationships with principles of progressive social justice. Goodnight Tender marks a dramatic departure from those formats and themes, though her vocals, even when snarled at high decibels, always convey a rending ache that serves folk, punk, country, or any refrain tinged with pain. Ray convened artists she trusts with fiddle, banjo, dobro, pedal steel, guitar, mandolin, bass, and drums, and then arranged their microphone placement like an old-school sound engineer to create an authentic, vintage sound, gently imposing Strum And Twang on her Sturm Und Drang. "I love to scream and growl, but I also love the soft, sweet singing of artists like George Jones," Ray says, "so I slowed the tempo, got into a lower register, and let the songs and the musicians around me dictate a different direction. I was tempted to slip a political song in here, but I wanted this album free of anything that defines identity in any way." What she strove for instead was the rush of pure feeling. "I didn't want the laborious arrangement process - I wanted recordings I didn't have to mess with too much," she says. "So these songs are more visceral than intellectual, with a strong, wistful sense of setting that enables you to sense the creek and the dirt as well as the unrequited love. I wanted a record that sounds good and feels right when you're driving down a rural road." Ray enjoys plenty of opportunities to road-test these songs on her secluded, wooded property in north Georgia, where banjos and bluegrass still echo throughout the mountains. "At some point, those sounds are bound to seep into your life," she says. Inspired by her neighbors, Ray, who is a vegetarian, penned "Hunter's Prayer" for this album. "One night this huge buck appeared in the fog - his antlers still hadn't shed their fuzz -- and stopped and looked at me in this long moment, in the way animals have of seeming to see right into you," she recalls. "I thought of the Native activists I know, and the hunters who know how to treat the land and are much more connected to the chain of life than some of us are. So I wrote 'Hunter's Prayer,' initially as a folk song, then as a barroom sing-along, and then it went into another place. It's about not only wanting a good dog and a good love, but also wanting to find your bearings in life." Hank Williams Sr. would tip his Stetson hat in approval.1. Hunter's Prayer
2. Oyster and Pearl
3. The Gig That Matters
4. Time Zone
6. Duane Allman
7. More Pills
8. Broken Record
9. Goodnight Tender
10. My Dog
11. Let the Spirit
12. When You Come for Me$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Comin' Home Baby!Import
Mel TormÉ, nicknamed The Velvet Fog, was an American musician best known as a singer of jazz standards. He was also a jazz composer and arranger, drummer, an actor in radio, film, and television, and the author of five books. He composed the music for The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) and co-wrote the lyrics with Bob Wells.
TormÉ made his movie debut in Frank Sinatra's first film, the musical Higher And Higher. His appearance in the 1947 film musical Good News made him a teen idol.
Paced by his only hit of the rock era, Comin' Home Baby! is a real crossover record balancing a few groovy dance numbers (like the title track) with early-60s cool jazz versions of the standards Walkin', Moanin', and On Green Dolphin Street.1. Comin' Home Baby
2. Dat Dere
3. The Lady's In Love With You
5. Puttin' On The Ritz
8. Sing You Sinners
9. Whisper Not
10. On Green Dolphin Street
11. Sidney's Soliloqui
12. Right Now$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ValtariYou can forgive Sigur Rós for being hazy on the details of the recording of their sixth album Valtari. It's either the album they always wanted to make, or the album they almost didn't make, depending on how you look at it.
In 2011, the band started the painstaking forensic task of piecing together a cohesive and magical work from disparate constituent parts. If this sounds unromantic, the results are anything but. Something alchemical occurs when the four members of Sigur Rós are in the room together, and even if Valtari is more a "studio based" album than any of its predecessors (which usually start life as rehearsal room jams), the long hours of experimentation and unsentimental editing have yielded incredibly persuasive results.
In English Valtari translates as "steamroller" and there is something right about the title in terms of the process of its creation. The last three tracks of Valtari are like one long slow gorgeous fade out, as the listener, having been softened up by the slightly more "songy" start to the album, is left with the subtly shifting, deep introspective beauty of the last 24 minutes.
After that, penultimate track, Valtari is like the far heart of the album; eight minutes that feel like being alone in row boat on a chill day, small irregular waves lapping the wooden hull as a dense fog bank rolls in and ice slowly encases every surface. Below the fathomless green, deep endures. Gatefold 2LP with MP3 coupon.1. Ég anda
2. Ekki múkk
8. Fjögur píanó$26.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Fly Soundtrack20th Anniversary Pressing On Teleporter Fog Green Vinyl
Features A Lenticular Cover Depicting Brundle's Early Transition To The Fly
Limited To 2000 Copies
David Cronenberg's 1986 sci-fi thriller was transformative for the film's lead character, the career of its star, Jeff Goldblum, and the makeup effects industry which awarded the film an Academy Award. Composer, Howard Shore, scored nearly all Cronenberg's films, and most recently is known for his work on the Lord of the Rings movies.1. Main Title
2. Plasma Pool
3. The Last Visit
4. Stathis Enters
5. The Phone Call
6. Seth Goes Through
7. Ronnie Comes Back
8. The Jump
9. Particle Magazine
10. The Armwrestle
11. Ronnie's Visit
12. The Stairs
13. The Fingernails
14. Baboon Teleportation
15. The Creature
16. Steak Montage
17. The Maggot / Fly Graphic
18. Success With Baboon
19. The Ultimate Family
20. The Finale$29.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Upstairs At United, Vol. 5 (Keane) (Awaiting Repress)On June 21st, 2012, Keane, recorded a gut wrenching recording session, in what would become Volume 5 of the Upstairs at United series. The band recorded four songs from their catalog in a stripped down fashion that included only vocals, piano/organ, guitar, & stripped down percussion. The songs recorded that day were It's Not True, Sea Fog, Silenced By The Night, and Fly To Me.
Each song in this session was recorded in a single take direct to ¼ inch tape then cut at 45 RPM for the ultimate listening experience.1. It's Not True
2. Sea Fog
3. Silenced By The Night
4. Fly To Me$15.9912 Vinyl LP 45RPM - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Variations EPThe Yep Roc Records debut of North Carolina's Cities has just been reimagined by Ladytron, Daedelus, Fog, and Free the Robots. The remixers have tweaked the knobs to create a limited edition 4-song vinyl EP. The already danceable tracks are now dangerously seductive. Please beware. The Big Takeover called the Cities America's next great rock hope, and their homegrown roots got Jane Magazine's chest pumping, saying, It does my American heart proud... if you dig epic sounds like early-Radiohead, Interpol, and Sunny Day Real Estate, you'd best check them out. Look for this EP if you're a fan of Ladytron, Daedelus, Fog, electronic music, remix bandits, bedroom producers, and indie rock saviors.Writing On The Wall (Ladytron Remix)
OOC (Fog Remix)
Lounge Act (Daedelus Remix)
Capitol (Free The Robots Remix)$6.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Keb' Mo' (Awaiting Repress)Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP from Mobile Fidelity
1994 Self-Titled Major-Label Debut a Folk-Blues Classic
Half-Speed Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Gorgeous Vocal Inflections, Astonishing Acoustic Guitar Lines Possess Incredible Detail
Pure Blues: National Steel Guitar Playing, Raw Harmonica Solos, Soulful Strumming Infuse Originals and Pair of Covers
In an age where most contemporary bluesmen strive to mimic the past and pattern their music after the greats, Keb' Mo' is content to be himself. Original, charismatic, and immensely gifted, the guitarist/vocalist (born Kevin Moore) brings country blues in the late 20th century on his stunning self-titled Epic debut, which quickly climbed the charts and turned the former backing instrumentalist into a household name. Replete with gritty textures, close-up vocals, and resplendent acoustics, Mobile Fidelitys scintillating analog version of this 1994 set finally possesses the fidelity that brings Mos Delta strains out of the backwoods and onto a lively back porch.
Half-speed mastered from the original tapes, this numbered limited-edition 180g LP represents the very first time that Mos watershed album has been given a much-needed sonic facelift. Gone are the hazes that obscured his singing, artificial ceilings that blunted the highs, and digital fog that interfered with the multitude of illuminating tones, details, and notes. Whats revealed is startling intimacy and soothing emotion, Mos gorgeous vocal timbres and inflections given equal space with his guitar, harmonica, and pace. Finally, a great-sounding contemporary blues record that does not resort to derivative recycling and bland revivalism.
The son of Southern parents, Mo' channels his heritage via a batch of superb folksy songs that relax, refresh, and regale. While hes since traveled in a more commercialized pop-oriented direction, Mos initial salvo is nothing but raw, pure blues played with unbridled passion, tremendous conviction, and what is best deemed the essence of heart and soul. Keb' Mo' engages with a compelling mix of tradition and modernity, the headliner refraining from any attempt at assuming an artificial personality and instead basing his reputation on quality songs. As such, Mos material resonates with deep, mellow vibes and extraordinary National steel guitar work, which complements his fluid, acoustic finger-picking and soulful strumming.
Mo' occasionally teams with an ensemble. But this record is mostly all about the basics: guitar, voice, and harmonica. Tunes such as Victims of Comfort and Angelina testify on behalf of his phenomenal country-blues songwriting; his covers of Robert Johnsons Come On In My Kitchen and Kindhearted Woman Blues speak to his reverence for the past. Shuffles, ballads, dance songsMo nails them all.
You owe it to yourself to hear this master musician in the finest possible sound. Every movement on the guitar fretboard, every breath Mo' takes before exhaling words, every crisp and gutsy pluck of the strings they have never possessed more dynamics, detail, or life. Imaging and soundstaging are incredible.
Keb' Mo' remains one of the finest blues albums made in the post-Stevie Ray Vaughan era. Don't miss this American gem that so many have since tried to copy.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Every Morning
2. Tell Everybody I Know
3. Love Blues
4. Victims of Comfort
6. Anybody Seen My Girl?
7. She Just Wants to Dance
8. Am I Wrong?
9. Come on in My Kitchen
10. Dirty, Low Down and Bad
11. Don't Try to Explain
12. Kindhearted Woman Blues
13. City Boy$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS 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
Northern PassagesRecorded in the basement of Dallas and Travis' parents' home north of Toronto over the winter of 2015, the familiar surroundings and lack of distractions resulted in a consistent feel, despite the eclecticism at the heart of The Sadies' sound. The psych-folk flourishes on tracks such as "Riverview Fog" are no mere homage; this is the sound of our inscrutable world, and how we manage to survive in it. Kurt Vile appears on "Easy (Like Walking)."
The Sadies are a band that fans cling to like a closely guarded secret, with each new release fulfilling the promise to reach further, for all of our sakes, not just their own. With Northern Passages, the time has come to make room for more on this wild acid-folk-country-punk trip, and trust me, we'll be better off because of it.1. Riverview Fog
2. Another Season Again
3. There Are No Words
4. It's Easy (Like Walking) (feat. Kurt Vile)
5. The Elements Song
6. Through Strange Eyes
7. God Bless the Infidels
8. The Good Years
9. As Above, So Below
10. Questions I've Never Asked
11. The Noise Museum$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now