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    The Great Pretenders

    The Great Pretenders is the second album by Los Angeles band Mini Mansions.
    1. Freakout!
    2. Death Is A Girl
    3. Creeps
    4. Fantasy
    5. Any Emotions
    6. Vertigo
    7. Honey, I'm Home
    8. Mirror Mountain
    9. Heart Of Stone
    10. Double Visions
    11. The End, Again
    Mini Mansions
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    Last Of The Great Pretenders

    Colored Vinyl


    San Francisco-based singer and songwriter Matt Nathanson's album, Last of the Great Pretenders, is the successor to his 2011 release Modern Love.


    Nathanson on the cover art for Last of the Great Pretenders: The photograph has been a favorite of mine for years. It was done by an incredible artist called Mr. Toledano. I was over the moon when he gave us the go ahead to use it.

    1. Earthquake Weather
    2. Mission Bells
    3. Last Days of Summer in San Francisco
    4. Kinks Shirt
    5. Sky High Honey
    6. Annie's Always Waiting (For the New One to Leave)
    7. Kill The Lights
    8. Heart Starts
    9. Birthday Girl
    10. Sunday New York Times
    11. Farewell, December
    Matt Nathanson
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Freddie Mercury: Messenger Of The Gods - The Singles (Box Set) Freddie Mercury: Messenger Of The Gods - The Singles (Box Set) Quick View

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    Freddie Mercury: Messenger Of The Gods - The Singles (Box Set)

    Box Set Features 13 x 7" Singles On Colored Vinyl


    Includes Booklet Featuring Previously Unpublished Photos


    Freddie Mercury was a man of many talents and many different sides. The songs he wrote for and with Queen filled stadiums around the globe and have rightly gone down in history, but he also embarked on a solo career that took him from the clubs of Munich and New York to the great opera houses of the world.


    He was the ultimate showman, but he kept his private life away from the prying eyes of the media; a larger than life rock star who loved disco, classical music and ballet. He was a restless spirit, a true chameleon who reveled in his own contradictions.


    All the different sides of this iconic musician can be found on Freddie Mercury: Messenger Of The Gods - The Singles. Fittingly released on Mercury Records for the world outside North America, and on Hollywood Records in North America, this box set brings together all 13 of Freddie's solo singles on individually coloured vinyl.


    From his debut solo single I Can Hear Music, released under the name Larry Lurex, through the dance floor-influenced solo anthems of the 80s and up to his collaborations with legendary Spanish opera singer Montserrat CaballÉ including the timeless Barcelona, this is a journey through the career of a unique talent.


    Born Farrokh Bulsara on the East African island of Zanzibar on September 5, 1946, the rechristened Freddie Mercury was already a star in his own mind by the time he formed Queen with Brian May and Roger Taylor in 1970. Where his band mates had studied astrophysics, dentistry and electronics at college, Freddie majored in stardom.


    His first solo single actually emerged a week before Queen's own debut 7". Released in 1973 and credited to Larry Lurex in a nod to the fashionably flamboyant noms de rock of the glam era, the Beach Boys cover I Can Hear Music and its B-side, Goin' Back, were recorded as a favour towards a musical project by Trident Studios' house engineer Robin Geoffrey Cable, in 1972.


    As Queen's career rocketed towards the heavens, Freddie poured his energies into the band. It would be more than a decade before he released his second solo single, the pulsating, electronic Love Kills. Originally released in 1984, Love Kills was a collaboration with famed Italian disco producer Giorgio Moroder for the soundtrack to Moroder's update of the groundbreaking 1927 silent movie Metropolis. A Top 10 UK hit, it found Freddie moving away from Queen's traditional sound, paving the way for what he would do next.


    Released in 1985, Freddie's debut solo album, Mr Bad Guy, fully explored the music he had fallen in love with in the dance clubs of Munich and New York. The four hit singles released from that album - I Was Born To Love You, Made In Heaven, Living On My Own and Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow, all of which are included in the Messenger Of The Gods box set - crackled with playfully hedonistic energy, but they also hid a more serious side to Freddie. Here was a man who craved the good times but wanted something deeper as well.


    Within two years, he had abandoned the sound of the clubs for the music of the opera house - though not before releasing both the epic single Time, the theme to the lavish stage musical of the same name produced by Dave Clark, and his outrageous (and strangely revealing) Top 5 cover of The Platters' 1965 hit, The Great Pretender.


    In 1987, he dived headlong into the world of opera and classical music with the towering single, Barcelona. A duet with legendary Spanish soprano Montserrat CaballÉ, an idol of Freddie's, it came about after the opera star asked him to write a song about her home town.


    Barcelona remains one of the most momentous hit singles not just of Freddie's career but in pop history. Not only did it lead to an album of collaborations between these two huge talents, but the title track was also chosen as the official anthem of the 1992 Olympics. That song, together with the two other singles taken from the album, The Golden Boy and How Can I Go On, are all included as part of Messenger Of The Gods with their original B-sides.


    In October 1988 Freddie and Montserrat were invited by the King and Queen of Spain to perform Barcelona on the steps of Barcelona's National Palace of Montjuic at the open air La Nit festival which was staged to mark the arrival of the Olympic Flag from Seoul.


    But sadly, Freddie would not live to see the fruits of his collaboration with Montserrat CaballÉ showcased at the Barcelona Olympics. He passed away on November 24, 1991, just seven months before the Games took place. The grand opening ceremony was a fitting tribute to a man who thrived on spectacle.


    Messenger Of The Gods is completed by two posthumous singles, In My Defence and Living On My Own (No More Brothers Radio Mix), the latter of which became Freddie's first solo number 1 and was the biggest selling European single of the year in 1993.


    Had he lived, it is anyone's guess where this most restless and protean of singer's muses would have taken him. But Messenger Of The Gods - The Singles is a towering legacy, a collection of songs which will never lose their stature of classics and will live on forever.

    Disc 1 - Blue Colored Vinyl
    (a) I Can Hear Music - Larry Lurex (1973)
    (b) Goin' Back - Larry Lurex


    Disc 2 - Orange Colored Vinyl
    (a) Love Kills (1984)


    Disc 3 - Yellow Colored Vinyl
    (a) I Was Born To Love You (1985)
    (b) Stop All The Fighting


    Disc 4 - Red Colored Vinyl
    (a) Made In Heaven [Single Remix] (1985)
    (b) She Blows Hot And Cold


    Disc 5 - White Colored Vinyl
    (a) Living On My Own [Single Edit] (1985)
    (b) My Love Is Dangerous


    Disc 6 - Red Colored Vinyl
    (a) Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow (1985)
    (b) Let's Turn It On


    Disc 7 - Cyan Colored Vinyl
    (a) Time (1986)
    (b) Time [Instrumental]


    Disc 8 - Orange Colored Vinyl
    (a) The Great Pretender (1987)
    (b) Exercises In Free Love [Freddie's Vocal]


    Disc 9 - Clear Colored Vinyl
    (a) Barcelona [Single Version] (1987)
    (b) Exercises In Free Love [Montserrat's Vocal]


    Disc 10 - Gold Colored Vinyl
    (a) The Golden Boy [Single Edit] (1988)
    (b) The Fallen Priest [B-Side Edit]


    Disc 11 - Green Colored Vinyl
    (a) How Can I Go On [Single Version] (1989)

    (b) Overture Piccante


    Disc 12 - Neon Pink Colored Vinyl
    (a) In My Defence (1992)
    (b) Love Kills [Wolf Euro Mix]


    Disc 13 - Yellow Colored Vinyl
    (a) Living On My Own [No More Brothers Radio Mix] (1993)
    (b) Living On My Own [Julian Raymond Album Mix]

    Freddie Mercury
    $139.99
    7 Inch Colored Vinyl Box Set - 13 Singles Sealed Buy Now
  • Rise Or Die Trying (Awaiting Repress) Rise Or Die Trying (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Rise Or Die Trying (Awaiting Repress)

    Worcester, Massachusetts. 8 pm. Those who have their hearts set on a Sunday night bingo game or knitting circle at the Quinsigamond Village Community Center will walk away sorely disappointed. Instead, nearly 600 kids spanning all ages and tastes have excitedly packed themselves into the tiny venue. The room is plunged into darkness and the wild shouting echoes in the air; this is the moment they've been waiting for. The first strains of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" filter through the speakers as Four Year Strong take their hometown stage, fully prepared to shred faces, blow minds, and take no prisoners.


    Alan Day (Vocals/Guitar), Dan O'Conner (Vocals/Guitar), Joe Weiss (Bass), Josh Lyford (Synth), and Jake Massucco (Drums) are Four Year Strong. At first, this may not raise eyebrows or drop jaws, but it is only a matter of time. Bringing a unique blend of brutal breakdowns and soaring choruses, Four Year Strong have cut their teeth into the Worcester hardcore scene and thirst for more. Their music incites a riot like nothing seen before, leaving live crowds and CD listeners alike simultaneously blown away, and fired up.


    Their influences range from Lifetime to Saves the Day, Gorilla Biscuits to New Found Glory. "We just play exactly what we want to hear," describes Dan, explaining their combination of hardcore and pop-punk. Sharing an average age of 20 years old and with a do-it-yourself determination, Four Year Strong do not pretend to be anyone but themselves. The band does not sugarcoat their image, avoiding the pretty-boy front that smothers the scene. Behind the numerous tattoos and grizzly beards, Four Year Strong are the kind of guys you would want to bring home to Mom and Dad. The band does not bother with egos or attitude, determined to connect with every fan on a personal level.


    Their debut full-length, Rise or Die Trying, premieres on I Surrender Records. Already, the album has generated an excited buzz across the web, featured on websites like Absolutepunk.net and FriendsorEnemies.com to print magazines Rolling Stone and Alternative Press. The band has nearly 1 Million plays on Myspace with nothing more than a taste of what Rise or Die Trying will bring. Unrelenting spirit, gut-wrenchingly good music, and no flashy gimmicks, Four Year Strong are building themselves to the top with an indestructible foundation.


    Four Year Strong combine equal parts melody and mayhem; however, their true talent lies in the ability to use these parts to create one exciting, infectious whole. "We wanted to put out a great record and not just a bunch of great songs." They fully embrace their album title, Rise or Die Trying, and Four Year Strong refuse to stop until they've taken the world by storm.


    Brace yourself, let's start the takeover.

    1. The Takeover
    2. Prepare To Be Digitally Manipulated
    3. Abandon Ship Or Abandon All Hope
    4. Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die
    5. Wrecked 'Em? Damn Near Killed 'EM
    6. Catastrophe
    7. Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Hell
    8. Bada Bing! Wit' A Pipe!
    9. Beatdown In The Key Of Happy
    10. If He's Here, Who's Running Hell?
    11. MANIAC (R.O.D.)
    Four Year Strong
    $14.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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    Heaven

    Fat Possum Records is excited to present the new album, Heaven, from the celebrated New York quintet The Walkmen. The record is the band's sixth and was produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Shins, Band of Horses) in Seattle.


    The Walkmen just celebrated their 10th anniversary and are still comprised of the same members that started the group in 2001: drummer Matt Barrick, multi-instrumentalist Pete Bauer, singer Hamilton Leithauser, guitarist Paul Maroon and bassist Walter Martin. The Fleet Fox's Robin Pecknold sings harmonies on two songs on the record.


    When describing Heaven, Leithauser portrays a band hitting maturity, comfortable in its mastery, after a decade together. "The detachment you can feel throughout our younger records is gone. We felt like it was time to make a bigger, more generous statement. Adds Maroon, "When you're starting out, you're sitting there trying to come up with a big idea, but after a while, you learn about the process of writing. You learn about your friends in the band and how they work best."


    It's been ten years since the Walkmen made their debut album, Everybody Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone. Ten years since they mixed the lovingly recorded analog tapes down to the cheapest CD burner they could find. Ten years since Leithauser snapped Maroon's arm in a celebratory wrestling match. Ten years since critics attached them to a New York scene they never wanted any part of. In the spring of 2011, the band played a series of 10th anniversary shows that demonstrated how far they have outstripped their peers: two sets over two hours, no filler, rapturously received. In contrast, fellow graduates from New York's celebrated rock revival class of '02 have burned out or faded from view.


    The Walkmen are the great New York band of their generation, and in Heaven, they have delivered their third killer album in a row. Although Leithauser argues that "our biggest accomplishment is just being here," they are making the best music of their career and filling their largest venues yet. Heaven is a definitive statement of purpose and commitment, from a band at the peak of its powers that is finally winning the recognition it deserves. LP includes a digital download card.

    1. We Can't Be Beat
    2. Love Is Luck
    3. Heartbreaker
    4. The Witch
    5. Southern Heart
    6. Line By Line
    7. Song For Leigh
    8. Nightingales
    9. Jerry Jr.'s Tune
    10. The Love You Love
    11. Heaven
    12. No One Ever Sleeps
    13. Dreamboat
    The Walkmen
    $16.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    The Hunter

    Released five years after Jennifer Warnes' breakthrough with Famous Blue Raincoat, The Hunter is a varied affair that features songs from Todd Rundgren (Pretending To Care), The Waterboys (The Whole Of The Moon), Donald Fagen (Big Noise, New York) and mentor Leonard Cohen who also guest appears (Way Down Deep), as well as some of her own original material. It's the voice that matters here and Jennifer Warnes' is truly crystalline. Produced by Elliot Scheiner, The Hunter like Famous Blue Raincoat, enjoys masterful recording technique and now the incomparable Cisco Music treatment. Mastered by the great Bernie Grundman and pressed at RTI on 180g virgin vinyl.


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    1. Rock You Gently
    2. Somewhere, Somebody
    3. Big Noise, New York
    4. True Emotion
    5. Pretending To Care
    6. The Whole Of The Moon
    7. Lights Of Lousianne
    8. Way Down Deep
    9. The Hunter
    10. I Can't Hide
    Jennifer Warnes
    $44.99
    Ltd Edition 180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Eternamente (Verismo Arias) Eternamente (Verismo Arias) Quick View

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    Eternamente (Verismo Arias)

    For Eternamente, her first studio recording in six years, soprano Angela Gheorghiu focuses on Italian composers of the generation that followed Verdi and predominantly on repertoire she has not sung before - including some fascinating rarities. Joining her for duets from Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana and Giordano's Andrea ChÉnieris another star of today's opera stage, tenor Joseph Calleja. Eternamente is described as a collection of verismo - the term used generically for Italian opera of the immediate post-Verdi era. No matter when they were composed, and no matter what their subject matter, all these operas demand great passion and commitment from their performers - and they get it from Angela Gheorghiu. "It is like my soul, it is something different, it is not the voice," she explained in an interview with Opera magazine. "The voice is also there, it has to be there, and it has had to be prepared - but at that moment of the performance, there is more. The response is never a conscious exaggeration - it is a natural expression. I am never pretending. It is just how I am at that moment." The character and impact of her voice were summarized thus in Gramophone: "With her smooth and dark-toned soprano, a voice at once powerfully firm and vulnerable, Gheorghiu stands out from an entire generation of talented singers. Her sound is convincingly Italianate in the great tradition; her voice, once heard, is never forgotten."
    1. Cavalleria rusticana: Regina coeli
    2. Cavalleria rusticana: Voi lo sapete, o mamma
    3. Cavalleria rusticana: Tu qui, Santuzza
    4. O del mio amato ben (From 36 Arie di stile antico, Vol. 2, No. 3)
    5. Tosca, Act 2: Vissi d'arte
    6. Mefistofele, Act 3: Spunta l'aurora pallida
    7. Eternamente (Arr. Tudor)
    8. Ombra di Nube
    9. La Gioconda, Op. 9, Act 4: Suicidio
    10. Gli Zingari, Act 2: La canzone di Fleana
    11. Andrea ChÉnier, Act 4: Vicino a te s'acqueta
    Angela Gheorghiu
    $22.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Bad Self Portraits (Out Of Stock)

    Bad Self Portraits, taking its cues from the social media "selfie" phenomena, is a startling record, one that shows the group tightening up its songwriting chops and presenting a much more unified statement, front to back. Lead singer Rachael Price sounds as disaffected a woman scorned as ever, and, though she throws some of the vocal leads to her male counterparts, particularly on the song "Seventeen", she's still as commanding (and, as someone else in Review Land has noted, LOUD) a presence as ever. But Bad Self Portraits is notable for dialing down some of the jazziness of their previous full length - you have to get a few tracks in before you hear the group's distinctive horns and Bridget Kearney's thick thunk-a-thunka stand-up bass lines don't really get a chance to shine until third track "Better Than". Bad Self Portraits, then, is a much more streamlined and rockist affair. Even though it doesn't reach the same heights, in terms of bowling you off your feet and knocking you over with infectiousness, as Lake Street Dive did, it is still an excellent record, and one that sees the group emerging as much more mature and self-confident. Bad Self Portraits shucks the adage that anything released in the depths of winter is dross.


    What makes Bad Self Portraits particularly astonishing is that it naturally follows from previous releases in a logical progression. While the Fun Machine EP seemed at the time to be merely a stop-gap release meant to tide fans over to this slightly more than three year wait between proper albums (Lake Street Dive was released at the end of 2010), it now makes a great deal more sense in terms of providing a direction for the group. When the band covered Hall & Oates' "Rich Girl" on that affair, it was merely a means of setting up the grandiose statement of the infectious piano led "Rabid Animal", which is probably my favourite thing on the record although it is, alas, the briefest at two minutes and change. Still, that shouldn't sell the rest of the album short. The gorgeous rock number "Stop Your Crying" (no, not a cover of the Pretenders' "Stop Your Sobbing" or a certain Bob Mould song from Black Sheets of Rain) is insanely propulsive and invites you to clap along. The countrified "You Go Down Smooth", the song the band performed on Colbert, rambles and careens in equal measure. It is, to quote the lyrics sheet, a "special treat". "Better Than", with its seeming time signature shifts in certain measures, shows the band's willingness to experiment with off-kilter sounds. And when Price sings "I have lived a privileged life, but I have seen my share of strife", on "What About Me", you feel it; right in the gut.


    What makes Lake Street Dive so special is that, even though the band members are talented individuals in their own right, they are able to interplay and lock together to form a solid backbone to their music. Price, in particular, isn't even 30 years old yet and has the razor sharp wit and wisdom of a woman a decade ahead of her. It's impressive that the band can sound as tight as they do, as Kearney moonlights in other outfits (Joy Kills Sorrow, Cuddle Magic). If anything, Bad Self Portraits is another outstanding release from a really crucial and important group who is on the cusp of shedding its relative anonymity for bigger and better stages. While I doubt Lake Street Dive is ever going to headline stadium tours, their years of playing scuzzy bars (which impacted their selection of name) is clearly well, well behind them. Bad Self Portraits is an awesome addition to the band's catalogue, and I cannot be effusive enough in my love for this group, self-deprecation be damned, that can make you feel so wonderful to be alive and breathing. Lake Street Dive has that kind of effect on listeners, and it's blistering.


    - Zachary Houle (Pop Matters)

    1. Bad Self Portraits
    2. Stop Your Crying
    3. Better Than
    4. Rabid Animal
    5. You Go Down Smooth
    6. Use Me Up
    7. Bobby Tanqueray
    8. Just Ask
    9. Seventeen
    10. What About Me
    11. Rental Love

    Lake Street Dive
    $17.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
  • Rise Or Die Trying (Pink Vinyl) (Out Of Stock) Rise Or Die Trying (Pink Vinyl) (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Rise Or Die Trying (Pink Vinyl) (Out Of Stock)

    Pressed On Pink Colored Vinyl

    Worcester, Massachusetts. 8 pm. Those who have their hearts set on a Sunday night bingo game or knitting circle at the Quinsigamond Village Community Center will walk away sorely disappointed. Instead, nearly 600 kids spanning all ages and tastes have excitedly packed themselves into the tiny venue. The room is plunged into darkness and the wild shouting echoes in the air; this is the moment they've been waiting for. The first strains of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" filter through the speakers as Four Year Strong take their hometown stage, fully prepared to shred faces, blow minds, and take no prisoners.


    Alan Day (Vocals/Guitar), Dan O'Conner (Vocals/Guitar), Joe Weiss (Bass), Josh Lyford (Synth), and Jake Massucco (Drums) are Four Year Strong. At first, this may not raise eyebrows or drop jaws, but it is only a matter of time. Bringing a unique blend of brutal breakdowns and soaring choruses, Four Year Strong have cut their teeth into the Worcester hardcore scene and thirst for more. Their music incites a riot like nothing seen before, leaving live crowds and CD listeners alike simultaneously blown away, and fired up.


    Their influences range from Lifetime to Saves the Day, Gorilla Biscuits to New Found Glory. "We just play exactly what we want to hear," describes Dan, explaining their combination of hardcore and pop-punk. Sharing an average age of 20 years old and with a do-it-yourself determination, Four Year Strong do not pretend to be anyone but themselves. The band does not sugarcoat their image, avoiding the pretty-boy front that smothers the scene. Behind the numerous tattoos and grizzly beards, Four Year Strong are the kind of guys you would want to bring home to Mom and Dad. The band does not bother with egos or attitude, determined to connect with every fan on a personal level.


    Their debut full-length, Rise or Die Trying, premieres on I Surrender Records. Already, the album has generated an excited buzz across the web, featured on websites like Absolutepunk.net and FriendsorEnemies.com to print magazines Rolling Stone and Alternative Press. The band has nearly 1 Million plays on Myspace with nothing more than a taste of what Rise or Die Trying will bring. Unrelenting spirit, gut-wrenchingly good music, and no flashy gimmicks, Four Year Strong are building themselves to the top with an indestructible foundation.


    Four Year Strong combine equal parts melody and mayhem; however, their true talent lies in the ability to use these parts to create one exciting, infectious whole. "We wanted to put out a great record and not just a bunch of great songs." They fully embrace their album title, Rise or Die Trying, and Four Year Strong refuse to stop until they've taken the world by storm.


    Brace yourself, let's start the takeover.

    1. The Takeover
    2. Prepare To Be Digitally Manipulated
    3. Abandon Ship Or Abandon All Hope
    4. Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die
    5. Wrecked 'Em? Damn Near Killed 'EM
    6. Catastrophe
    7. Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Hell
    8. Bada Bing! Wit' A Pipe!
    9. Beatdown In The Key Of Happy
    10. If He's Here, Who's Running Hell?
    11. MANIAC (R.O.D.)
    Four Year Strong
    $24.99
    Colored 12 Vinyl + 7 - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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