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Get The Knack
One of the Most Instantly Successful and Highest-Selling Debut Albums in History: The Knack's Attitudinal Get the Knack Loaded With Power Pop, Catchy Hooks, Keen Melodies, and My Sharona
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes, Pressed at RTI, and Strictly Limited to 3000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity 180g LP of Get the Knack Teems with Abundant Energy
Most everyone knows The Knack's Get the Knack because of the ubiquitous smash My Sharona, a contagious hit that still plays countless times everyday on radio stations nationwide. But the appeal and significance of the Los Angeles quartet's 1979 debut extend far beyond the career-making single. Loaded with tight power pop, hummable hooks, blunt lyrics, and precision playing, the controversy-igniting Get the Knack resonates with an ageless freshness that's influenced everyone from Kurt Cobain to modern indie artists such as the Mountain Goats.
Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g LP of Get the Knack brings the record's urgent harmonies, keen melodies, bell-clear tones, and snapping percussion out of the shadows and into the limelight. Graced with large-scale frequency extension and ample separation, the Knack's feisty music now teems with added energy, body, and immediacy. Absent the dynamic compression that squelched previous reissues, this numbered limited-edition audiophile analog version blossoms with detail, openness, and brashness. A guilty pleasure to some and new-wave classic to many others, Get the Knack is so attitudinal it spawned one of the industry's most famous backlashes.
Released by Capitol Records after the Knack courted a dozen other offers, the 12-track set remains one of the most instantaneously successful debuts ever made. Aided by tongue-in-cheek marketing, a sly cover-art reference to the Beatles' Meet the Beatles, and Mack Truck-sized refrains that stick in your head for hours, Get the Knack went gold in days and, to date, has sold more than five million copies. The meteoric rise didn't sit well with detractors committed to ripping apart the band for its perceived arrogance (members refused to sit for interviews) and alleged misogynist stance. Needless to say, the boycotting campaigns fell on deaf ears.
Holding down the top of the singles chart for six weeks, and the eventual number-one single on the year-end 1979 chart, My Sharona alone cemented the Knack's position in history. Written by lead singer and guitarist Doug Fieger about his lust for the then-underage 17-year-old Sharona Alperin, who ultimately became his fiancÉe, the anthem's suggestive themes carry throughout the record. Straightforward in its sleaziness and sexuality, Get the Knack pulls no punches about teenage frustrations, boy-girl one-upsmanship, sticky sweet romance, and unrequited passions for the opposite sex.
Teasing, mischievous tracks such as (She's So) Selfish connect with Bo Diddley-inspired riffs and crude, hormonally charged lines that split the difference between manipulation, nastiness, and arousal. The Top 15 hit Good Girls Don't similarly confronts the pent-up carnal desires and libidinous emotions shared by youth of all generations, while That's What the Little Girls Do functions as a sly response. Your Number or Your Name dabbles in related subject matter, with sensitivity and hopefulness added for good measure. It's a perfect mix of agony and ecstasy, fear and confidence.
Shot-through with yearning, every song bursts forth with undeniable catchiness, firecracker release, and sassy style - an approach Rolling Stone rightly says finds the band [winding] itself tighter than a hot pair of disco jeans, then [doing] its best to hold to that energy until its time to explode.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Let Me Out
2. Your Number or Your Name
3. Oh Tara
4. (She's So) Selfish
5. Maybe Tonight
6. Good Girls Don't
7. My Sharona
9. Siamese Twins (The Monkey and Me)
11. That's What the Little Girls Do
12. Frustrated$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
KissKiss' 1974 self-titled debut is one of hard rock's all-time classic studio recordings. Kiss is chock full of their best and most renowned compositions, containing elements of Rolling Stones/New York Dolls party-hearty rock & roll, Beatles tunefulness, and Sabbath/Zep heavy metal, and wisely recorded primal and raw by producers Richie Wise and Kenny Kerner (of Gladys Knight fame). Main songwriters Stanley and Simmons each had a knack for coming up with killer melodies and riffs, as evidenced by Nothin' to Lose and Deuce (by Simmons), Firehouse and Black Diamond (by Stanley), as well as Strutter and 100,000 Years (collaborations by the two). Also included is the Ace Frehley alcohol anthem Cold Gin, Let Me Know (a song that Stanley played for Simmons upon their very first meeting, then titled Sunday Driver), and one of Kiss' few instrumentals: the groovy Love Theme from Kiss (penned by the entire band). The only weak track is a tacky cover of the 1959 Bobby Rydell hit Kissin' Time, which was added to subsequent pressings of the album to tie in with a Kissing Contest promotion the band was involved in at the time. Along with 1976's Destroyer, Kiss' self-titled debut is their finest studio album, and has only improved over the years.
- Greg Prato (All Music Guide)1. Strutter
2. Nothin' To Lose
4. Cold Gin
5. Let Me Know
6. Kissin' Time
8. Love Theme From Kiss
9. 100,000 Years
10. Black Diamond$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Get The KnackOriginally released in 1979, Get The Knack went gold in 13 days and eventually sold five million copies, making it
one of the most successful debuts in history. It included the massive hits 'My Sharona' and 'Good Girls Don't.'
This standard weight vinyl is being reissued in celebration of Capitol Records' 75th anniversary.1. Let Me Out
2. Your Number or Your Name
3. Oh Tara
4. (She's So) Selfish
5. Maybe Tonight
6. Good Girls Don't
7. My Sharona
9. Siamese Twins (The Monkey and Me)
11. That's What the Little Girls Do
12. Frustrated$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
MUSD-MFSL-411xHall and Oates
VoicesVoices on Numbered Limited Edition 180 Gram LP from Mobile Fidelity
1980 Set First of Duo's Record-Breaking Trilogy of Smash Albums
Includes Kiss on My List, You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', You Make My Dreams, and Everytime You Go Away
Self-Produced Album Marks Pair's Transition Towards Fusion of Sleek Pop, Melodic New Wave, and Blue-Eyed Soul
Divine Sonics: Spacious, Polished Production Shines on Mobile Fidelity Reissue, Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
Daryl Hall has inferred that if Voices failed to catch fire, it would have likely signaled the end of he and John Oates' recording career together. Suffice it to say that the 1980 effort not only caught on-it established a production and songwriting template that would help largely define the decade. The album also propelled Hall and Oates into the mainstream and turned them into superstars, placing them at the top of the charts for a multi-year run during which the duo proved superior singers, master songwriters, and visionary producers.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180 gram LP at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's reissue at last affords this pop classic an expansive, engaging, dynamic reach absent from all prior editions. Self-produced, the record's sonics were key to its success. As evidenced by the greater information and finer details found in this analog edition's grooves, the polished, sleek, and open sound works hand-in-hand with the arrangements. Hall and Oates' knack for stylish tones, instrumental placement, and edgy accents has never been clearer-literally or figuratively. This LP is nothing short of a game-changer.
By the dawn of the 1980s, Hall and Oates had already released more than a half-dozen albums and attached themselves to a folk-pop model they gradually took in blue-eyed soul directions. Hints of a pop/new wave/R&B amalgamation initially appear on 1979's X-Static, but only fully come into play with confidence, conviction, and commercial flair on Voices. Arriving upon a near-flawless fusion of dance grooves, soft rock rhythms, smooth vocals, romantic sentiments, catchy beats, and spotless hooks, the collaborators simultaneously crossed over into multiple markets and eradicated stylistic boundaries.
Rightly recognized for its four hit singles-the irresistible "Kiss on My List," building "You Make My Dreams," cover of the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," and original rendition of the poignant "Every Time You Go Away," which Paul Young took to the top of the charts years later-Voices towers as both an 80s masterpiece and all-time pop classic.
Independent of the ubiquitous fare, the record holds up courtesy of the deep-album cuts. There isn't a weak note or false move to be found. Hall and Oates paint "United State" with uptempo assertiveness; "Big Kids" passes as first-rate new-wave rock; "Diddy Doo Wop (I Hear the Voices)" pays loving tribute to the duo's doo-wop influences; "Gotta Lotta Nerve (Perfect Perfect)" oozes emotional rawness. Their stage set, Hall and Oates would further advance their craft on Private Eyes and H20, also available from Mobile Fidelity.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. How Does It Feel to Be Back
2. Big Kids
3. United State
4. Hard to Be In Love With You
5. Kiss on My List
6. Gotta Lotta Nerve (Perfect Perfect)
7. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
8. You Make My Dreams
9. Everytime You Go Away
11. Diddy Doo Wop (I Hear Voices)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Court and SparkRanked 111/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Court And Spark completed Joni Mitchell's transition from folk-singer to sophisticated rock auteur. In addition to her meticulously crafted melodies and evocative, image-rich lyrics, the songs here are breezy and immediately appealing. This is in part due to Tom Scott's L.A. Express, a sinuous jazz-based combo, but also to Mitchell's knack for pop hooks. The album's accessibility made it Mitchell's most commercially successful, yet the personal intensity and insight of her songwriting never wavers. Court And Spark confirmed her standing as one of the most important and subtle talents of the rock era.1. Court And Spark
2. Help Me
3. Free Man In Paris
4. People's Parties
5. Same Situation
6. Car On A Hill
7. Down To You
8. Just Like This Train
9. Raised On Robbery
10. Trouble Child
11. Twisted$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Amen & GoodbyeAmen & Goodbye is the fourth studio album from the Brooklyn-based band, Yeasayer.
To visually interpret the album, Yeasayer collaborated with renowned sculptor David Altmejd (whose artwork is a major influence on the band) to create the gatefold artwork. The teasers released prior to the album announcement contained some of the sculptures Altmejd created while listening to the bands new album. This was a dream come true for the band and the full artwork is utterly spectacular.
Amen & Goodbye is the follow up to 2012's Fragrant World. Moving away from a digital-heavy approach, Yeasayer recorded Amen & Goodbye to tape at Outlier Inn Studio in upstate New York, then brought on board Joey Waronker (drummer - Atoms For Peace / Beck) to deconstruct everything to make the final document.
Yeasayer offered a peek into the world of Amen & Goodbye with 'I Am Chemistry', the first track to be heard from their highly anticipated forthcoming album. Featuring guest vocals from the legendary folk singer Suzzy Roche of The Roches, 'I Am Chemistry' is a linear psychedelic journey proving Yeasayer still has the knack for writing very odd pop songs.
Amen & Goodbye features Yeasayer's trademark sound, without sounding like anything the band has done before. They have created a collection of strange fables from the Bible of a universe that does not yet exist.1. Daughters Of Cain
2. I Am Chemistry
3. Silly Me
4. Half Asleep
5. Dead Sea Scrolls
6. Prophecy Gun
7. Computer Canticle 1
8. Divine Simulacrum
9. Child Prodigy
10. Gerson's Whistle
12. Cold Night
13. Amen & Goodbye$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Pillar Point...splices M83 and Washed Out with glorious results - The Line of Best Fit
On Seattle-based PILLAR POINT's self-titled debut album, the moody, melancholy electronica is the work of THROW ME THE STATUE founder Scott Reitherman. Far more intimate than anything he's done previously, Reitherman's personal struggles add lyrical depth to dance floor-ready beats and while the album shows off a never-before-seen gloom, his knack for writing tracks that crystalize emotion and work their way into a listener's guts isn't at all obscured. Writing darker songs with dance elements helped me to process the confusion and change I was experiencing in my own life because within the confines of a pop song I could control little moments of clarity and redemption, he says. And for the listener it adds depth to what might otherwise be just dance music. Born out of a two year recording process between Reitherman and producer Charlie Smith that stretched from Los Angeles to the Bay Area and ultimately Seattle, where Reitherman has once again settled, PILLAR POINT marks not only a fresh musical approach, but also a new mindset for writing songs. The songs on Pillar Point are certainly those things, but they're also exciting, intricate and impossible to stop listening to. There's a heartbroken quality to them, sure, but one that seems like it might be cured if only we all close our eyes and move our feet until all is forgotten.1. Diamond Mine
4. Black Hole
5. Strangers in Paradise
8. Curious of You
9. Echoes$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SouvenirsThe Dan Fogelberg / Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Begins
First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Translucent Blue Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation
Features The Rock Smashes As The Raven Flies Someone's Been Telling You Stories & Part Of The Plan
Produced By Joe Walsh
Featured Musicians: The Eagles, Gerry Beckly (America) & Graham Nash
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso
Manufactured At R.T.I.
Dan Fogelberg was known for having the knack to successfully record some of the classiest rock and melodic pop recordings during his short time on Earth. His albums are legendary and his status as one of classic rock's premier icon acts is unmatched.
For his second LP Souvenirs, Dan enlisted the help of good friend and fellow superstar Joe Walsh, giving the country rocker a more polished rock approach bringing this Lp to the top of the charts in 1974.
This multi-platinum smash contained some of his biggest hit singles and rock tracks like the album opener Part Of The Plan (featuring Graham Nash), the gutsy guitar rocker When The Raven Flies and the acoustic rock power ballad There's A Place In The World For A Gambler.
The music of Dan Fogelberg is no stranger to Friday Music, as we've been honored to feature many of his compact discs on our label. Therefore, it is with much pleasure to announce the Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of his incredible masterpiece Souvenirs. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso, Souvenirs is truly a classic masterwork now impeccably revisited in the audiophile domain.
For this limited edition release, we are manufacturing it on 180 Gram Translucent Blue Audiophile Vinyl, and for to further enhance your listening pleasure, we are also including the long out of print gatefold cover, which includes all of the original graphics as you remember them, plus a 12 x 12 front cover LP art insert.
Dan Fogelberg Souvenirs...from your friends at Friday Music 180 Gram Transluent Blue Audiophile Vinyl PART OF THE PLAN!!!!!1. Part Of The Plan
3. Changing Horses
4. Better Change
6. The Long Way
7. As The Raven Flies
8. Song From Half Mountain
9. Morning Sky
10. (Someone's Been) Telling You Stories
11. There's A Place In The World For A Gambler$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
EonsPortland, Oregon's Mimicking Birds will be releasing their sophomore outing, Eons, via Glacial Pace. Led by singer-songwriter Nate Lacey, the indie-folk outfit has made a name for itself by melodically weaving introspective lyrics over ambient landscapes. While the new album seems to find Lacey looking outward into the abyss of the universe, the lead single Bloodlines proves that the band's knack for more reigned-in atmospherics remains as strong as ever.
- Shannon Moore (CMJ)1. Memorabilia
2. Acting Your Age
3. Owl Hoots
4. Spent Winter
6. Night Light
7. Water Under Burned Bridges
9. Seeing Eye Dog
10. Moving On$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Reality Bites SoundtrackReality Bites is a 1994 American romantic comedy-drama film written by Helen Childress and directed by Ben Stiller. It stars Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke and Stiller, with supporting roles by Janeane Garofalo and Steve Zahn. The plot follows Lelaina (Ryder), an aspiring videographer working on a documentary called Reality Bites about the disenfranchised lives of her friends and roommates. Their challenges exemplify some of the career and lifestyle choices faced by Generation X.
The film's soundtrack includes songs by U2, Lenny Kravitz, World Party, Squeeze, The Knack (My Sharona featured prominently in one scene from the film), Juliana Hatfield, Dinosaur Jr, and Crowded House in addition to the runaway hit Stay (I Missed You) by Lisa Loeb, which earned Loeb the distinction of being the first artist to top the Hot 100 before being signed to any record label.1. My Sharona (The Knack)
2. Spin The Bottle (The Juliana Hatfield 3)
3. Bed Of Roses (The Indians)
4. When You Come Back To Me (World Party)
5. Going, Going, Gone (The Posies)
6. Stay (I Missed You) (Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories)
7. All I Want Is You (U2)
8. Locked Out (Crowded House)
9. Spinning Around Over You (Lenny Kravitz)
10. I'm Nuthin' (Ethan Hawke)
11. Turnip Farm (Dinosaur Jr.)
12. Revival! (Me Phi Me)
13. Tempted (94) (Squeeze)
14. Baby, I Love Your Way (Big Mountain)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lawless DarknessWatain have once more created an epic masterpiece, which celebrates the eclipse of the light. Lawless Darkness amalgamates severe blackness with an uncanny knack for eerie melodies and a harsh beauty of the darkest kind, which even attracted Carl McCoy of Fields of the Nephilim to add his vocals in a stunning guest performance.1. Death's Cold Dark
3. Reaping Death
4. Four Thrones
5. Wolves Curse
6. Lawless Darkness (Instrumental)
7. Total Funeral
8. Hymn to Qayin
9. Kiss of Death
10. Waters of Ain$28.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Back To Birth'Back To Birth'-Greene's seventh album and his Yep Roc debut-is more than worthy of some serious attention. The 11-song set showcases the multitalented artist's uncanny knack for synthesizing his deep affinity for multiple American roots styles into timeless, personally-charged music. Armed with a persuasive voice, a vivid songwriting skill and an instinctive mastery of several instruments, Greene has carved out a unique musical niche, and 'Back To Birth' marks another creative landmark in his already-compelling body of work.1. Silver Lining
2. Now I Can See for Miles
3. A Face Among the Crowd
4. Light Up Your Window
5. Trust Somebody
8. The King Is Dead
9. Where the Downhearted Go
10. You Can't Have Bad Luck All the Time
11. Back to Birth$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Raising HellFollowing the success of King Of Rock, Raising Hell (1986) raised more than just a massive revenue stream by selling over three million albums worldwide. It's a well known fact that the record, produced by Rock/ Hip Hop production pioneer Rick Rubin, raised the bar for Hip Hop albums in general. Musically it indeed raises hell, being crammed to the brim with hard-hitting hooks, loops, samples, scratches, inventive tong-twisting braggadocio and catchy choruses. Too many classics on this one: Peter Piper with the massive Bob James bell drum sample It's Tricky (putting The Knack's My Sharona sample to extremely good use) and the song that popularized a certain brand of shoes in the Hip Hop community, My Adidas.
However the album's flag bearer is undoubtedly Walk This Way which literally rendered Aerosmith's original version obsolete. Viewing from an eighties Hip Hop perspective, the collaboration with Aerosmith seemed rather unusual to say the least, but at the same time it proved that Hip Hop and Rock are merely next door neighbours. The album's timeless quality surfaces in its ability to bring together masses of fans of both genres.1. Peter Piper
2. It's Tricky
3. My Adidas
4. Walk This Way
5. Is It Live
7. Hit It Run
8. Raising Hell
9. You Be Illin'
10. Dumb Girl
11. Son Of Byford
12. Proud To Be Black$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lonesome DreamsLord Huron has a knack for creating atmospheric, well paced songs that keep your finger hovering over the repeat button, and this album does exactly that.1. Ends of the Earth
2. Time to Run
3. Lonesome Dreams
4. The Ghost on the Shore
5. She Lit a Fire
6. I Will Be Back One Day
7. The Man Who Lives Forever
9. Brother (Last Ride)
10. In the Wind$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
You, Whom I Have Always HatedThe Body and Thou are bands with Southern roots that have been pushing the boundaries of heavy metal for over a decade. Both have maintained relentless touring schedules, a dedication to DIY ethics and aesthetics, and a commitment to push their respective brands of extreme music into previously unexplored territories. You, Whom I Have Always Hated is a new collaborative release that showcases both bands' unique abilities to create music that is emotionally effecting and unrelenting.
On You, Whom I Have Always Hated, each band's distinctive elements shine through and combine to create something more visceral than the sum of their parts. While the groups have different approaches to live performance and stylistic nuances, they share general creative ideas and have a history subsumed in themes of alienation, melancholy, and despair. They describe the new collaboration as "a twilight dungeon crawl exploring the winding, ruined halls of Mad King Duro's Castle, best friends at your side, enemies crushed beneath your heels, mysteries solved, and treasures found."
In keeping with Thou's tradition of 90s worship and The Body's knack for ingenuity, the release includes versions of "Terrible Lie" by Nine inch Nails and "Coward" by Vic Chesnutt. The remainder was written collaboratively in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and then further refined on their 2014 tour together. The tour culminated in a performance at the Gilead Metal Fest in July. The Body and Thou plan to reunite in the latter half of 2015 for some more D&D and possibly even some touring.1. Her Strongholds Unvanquishable
2. The Devils of Trust Steal the Souls of the Free
3. Terrible Lie
4. Beyond the Realms of Dream, That Fleeting Shade Under the Corpus of Vanity
5. He Returns to the Place of His Iniquity
6. Lurking Fear$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
How Sad, How LovelyFirst Time On Vinyl!
"Everything we value in singer-songwriters today - personal perspective, insight,
originality, empathy, intelligence, wry humor - was abundant in her music."
- NPR MUSIC
Elizabeth Eaton Converse grew up in Laconia, New Hampshire in 1924. Described
as a polymath, she attended Mt. Holyoke College, but by 1944 she
decided to leave college and, in 1949, she made her way to New York City.
Over the course of the next decade, in addition to acquiring her new moniker,
"Connie" wrote and recorded songs that captured the hearts of those
close to her. Some were recorded by the artist in her Greenwich Village
apartment, others by friends enamored of the music. These included animator
Gene Deitch and his colleague Bill Bernal, who helped coordinate an appearance
on the CBS Morning Show with Walter Cronkite.
Despite these efforts, Connie's music never reached an audience wider than,
as she once put it, "dozens of people all over the world." In 1961 Connie
tired of New York and left for Ann Arbor. She became increasingly despondent
in the 1970's, and, finally, in 1974, Connie wrote a series of goodbye
notes to friends and family, packed up her Volkswagen and disappeared.
She has not been seen or heard from since.
At first listen, Connie's music seems to keep close company with the female
folk artists who were her contemporaries. The knack for plaintive storytelling
shares much with Peggy Seeger and Susan Reed, but Connie's music
stands out from that of the American folk revival of the 1950's. Her fluid and
disarmingly intelligent poetry is often filled with the kind of contradictions that
reflects an urban perspective. She is at once a maverick and a romantic,
intellectual and spiritual, a staunch independent and a tender, pining lover.
How Sad, How Lovely captures the broad spectrum of Connie's music.1. Talkin' Like You (Two Tall Mountains)
2. Johnny's Brother
3. Roving Woman
4. Down This Road
5. The Clover Saloon
6. John Brady
7. We Live Alone
8. Playboy of the Western World
9. Unknown (A Little Louder, Love)
10. One by One
11. Father Neptune
12. Man in the Sky
13. Empty Pocket Waltz
15. There Is A Vine
16. How Sad, How Lovely
18. I Have Considered the Lilies$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
DraculaNurses return with Dracula, the follow-up to their 2009 homemade psych gem Apple's Acre. Dracula is steeped in the strange pop brew that bore Apple's Acre, with the band's unmistakable elastic melodies, heady pop hooks and unconventional knack for catchy songwriting that gets under your skin. But where Apple's Acre was an insular album, recorded primarily in an attic in Idaho using just an internal Macbook microphone and primitive recording software, Dracula is bursting. It's bolder, heavier, with deep grooves, dubby basslines and a focus on rhythm. It's an album with pure physical qualities.1. Fever Dreams
2. You Lookin' Twice
3. Extra Fast
4. Through The Window
5. So Sweet
6. Trying To Reach You
7. New Feelings
8. Wouldn't Tell
9. Dancing Grass
10. Gold Jordan
11. Eternal Thrills$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
O T H E RFolk-pop act Any Kind is comprised of a handful of regulars from the local music scene: three members from This is Me Smiling and one from Inspector Owl, guys who move between bands often enough that it's like Chicago's music scene is their own personal swinger party.
It's pretty clear from the first listen of their self-titled debut album that these kids have been playing together for a long time. They have a comfortable chemistry, more lo-fi, relaxed, and naturally flowing than what you'll hear from This is Me Smiling. The album's opening track, "Only Gonna Let You Down" is a good example, with sparse and scratchy guitar play, light drumming, and lyrics that follow the train of thought of a wary lover. The act also has a knack for infectious beats, like in "Never Seen Anyone Out There Like You" and "One More."
- Sarah Cobarrubias (Chicagoist)1. Aria
2. Make You See
3. Lost Again, I Am
4. My Brother
6. Hold Please
7. Loving You For So Long
9. Welcome To The Neighborhood
10. Creep All Night$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In LightIncludes MP3 Download Card
In Light is the debut album from the Lafayette, Louisiana-based five-piece Givers. Engineer Ben Allen (Cee-Lo, Animal Collective, M.I.A., Matt & Kim) helped to provide sounds here that expand upon the bands greatest assets, their innate knack for the catchiest of melodies, and the ever-evolving rhythms and sense of adventure that gave them their experimental edge.
Opener and first single Up Up Up is nothing short of anthemic, a rousing calling card for the bands elated sound. Ripe is a kaleidoscope of sultry Afro-pop, while Meantime showcases the bands instrumental and thematic investment in fluidity, capping off with a no-holds-barred group sing-along. Words fuses fist-pumping, heavy percussion with staccato vocal chants, and In My Eyes is lifted into the night sky by fluttering harmonies, steel drum chimes, swirling guitar solos and cricket hums. Atlantic laces Lamsons textured drawl with Caribbean accents, ukulele plucks and keyboard sparkles.
Refreshingly alive with melody, endless energy, and downright danceability, In Light is the perfect introduction to a band whose name you will be hearing throughout 2011 and beyond.1. Up Up Up
3. Saw You First
5. Noche Nada
6. Ceiling of Plankton
7. In My Eyes
9. Go Out at Night
10. Words$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Golden Hits Of The Everly BrothersMastered from the Original Warner Bros. Tapes by Joe Reagoso
Don and Phil Everly are most certainly two of the most important figures in popular music history. Whether rock, pop, adult contemporary or country music, The Everly Brothers have consistently rose to the occasion with their successful harmonies, musicianship, and of course the knack to pick songs and write their own material which has made them legends in their own time.
Their legendary status has put them on world stages for over five decades and they have been honored and adored by both the fans and huge rock music icons like The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Simon and Garfunkel. When the Everly Brothers joined the Warner Bros. label in the late '50s, their marquee value was just beginning to skyrocket. A long term lucrative deal, unprecedented at the time, afforded the boys the real opportunity to churn out hit after hit in record time.
While making a successful string of albums and hit singles, their greatest hits LP, simply titled The Golden Hits Of The Everly Brothers, showcased their star power in 1962. Filled with a dozen of their biggest hits like Cathys Clown, Thats Old Fashioned, Crying In The Rain, Ebony Eyes and their classic interpretation of Little Richards Lucille, the album itself was another home run for the duo. It rode the charts for months during its initial release and has been a consistent seller in various formats since the original album was discontinued decades ago!
Friday Music kicks off The Everly Brothers 180 Gram Audiophile Series with their greatest hits album The Golden Hits Of The Everly Brothers. This first time ever high grade audiophile vinyl release is mastered from the original Warner Bros. tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and at Capitol Records with Ron McMaster. It also includes the brilliant album cover photography of Michael Levin and the all of the great songs you remember including other major Top 40 smashes like Dont Blame Me, Walk Right Back and the masterful ballad So Sad.
To keep your rock and roll investment in mint shape, Friday Music has also enclosed a vinyl lined album sleeve to protect the music and a poly bag for the album cover to enhance your listening for years to come.1. Thats Old Fashioned - 1962
2. How Do I Meet Her? - 1962
3. Crying In The Rain - 1962
4. Im Not Angry - 1960
5. Dont Blame Me - 1961
6. Ebony Eyes - 1961
7. Cathys Clown - 1960
8. Walk Right Back - 1961
9. Lucille - 1960
10. So Sad - 1960
11. Muskrat - 1961
12. Temptation - 1961$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Everybody Wants Some!! SoundtrackThe official soundtrack curated by the film's director Richard Linklater, featuring classic songs from Van Halen, The Cars, The Knack, and many more.
Quote from Linklater: The Everybody Wants Some soundtrack tries to capture the amazing diversity of what was on the table musically at that time. So many artists were at the top of their game, and it seemed like a lot of popular genres were viable. Metal and R&B were as big as ever, disco was still hanging in there (although it would be 'dead' within a year or so), and, thanks to the movie Urban Cowboy, country was suddenly cool in places it hadn't been before. Even more exciting was the immediacy of punk and new wave, and the first examples of this thing you'd eventually know as hip-hop. Over the years some of this has been parodied and made to look ridiculous, but this movie is asking you to experience it as if for the first time - from those opening drum beats of 'My Sharona' to the utter newness of 'Rapper's Delight.'LP 1
1. My Sharona - By The Knack
2. Heart Of Glass - By Blondie
3. Take Your Time (Do It Right) - By S.O.S. Band
4. Heartbreaker - By Pat Benatar
5. Every 1's A Winner - By Hot Chocolate
6. Alternative Ulster - By Stiff Little Fingers
7. Everybody Wants Some!! - By Van Halen
8. Let's Get Serious - By Jermaine Jackson
9. Pop Muzik - By M
10. Because the Night - By Patti Smith Group
11. I Want You To Want Me (Live) - By Cheap Trick
12. Rough Boys - By Pete Townshend
1. Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love - By Van Halen
2. Bad Girls - By Donna Summer
3. Hand In Hand - By Dire Straits
4. Whip It - By Devo
5. I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide - By ZZ Top
6. Maybe I'm A Fool - By Eddie Money
7. Romeo's Tune - By Steve Forbert
8. Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker) - By Parliament
9. Driver's Seat - By Sniff 'n' The Tears
10. Cars - By Gary Numan
11. Good Times Roll - By The Cars
12. Rapper's Delight (Single Version) - By The Sugarhill Gang$28.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
In GlendaleFor the last decade, Tim Heidecker (along with his comedy partner Eric Wareheim) has proven to be one of our cult-comedy greats with his Adult Swim series Tim & Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job! and Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories. He's starred in indie films and played sold out stand-up sets around the world.
But who is Tim Heidecker? Is he a real man with all the regular feels? Well, yes, of course he is. He resides on a hill in Glendale, CA, up to his armpits in diapers, bills, his mortgage, in the workaday life of a writer. It's this pedestrian side of his life from which Heidecker pulls the fodder for the aptly titled In Glendale, his first earnest collection of songwriting under his full name.
In Glendale shows Heidecker shifting deftly from the mundane to the idiosyncratic; from the sentimental to the caustic; from the earnest to the humorous. His knack for crafting catchy tunes amid curious subject matter pops up in spades across In Glendale. Ghost In My Bed is a lovely little number about cutting off someone's head, sticking it in a plastic bag and burying it beneath the Hollywood sign.
After an album's worth of songs about Hollywood murder fantasies, diaper changes and even a cameo from director David Gordon Green, you're left desperately trying to wipe the smile off your face.1. In Glendale
2. Cleaning Up The Dog Shit
3. Work From Home
4. Ghost In My Bed
5. Good Looking Babies
6. When The Cash Runs Out
7. I Dare You To Watch Me Sleep
8. Central Air
9. I Saw Nicolas Cage
10. Ocean's Too Cold$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
All My Favorite Singers Are Willie NelsonAstral Swan's All My Favorite Singers Are Willie Nelson is a collection of stark psychedelic folk from the unfiltered neuroses of Calgary's Matthew Swann. Songs steeped in universal anguish, marveling at the world's knack for enterprise and cannibalism, come across instead as subtle, reassuring lullabies. These are quiet, relatable anthems for the outsider set, balancing gentle melodies on Swann's self-obsession with moral fallibility. On first single "Beginning Of The End", Swann delves into the album's various drug states in his sweetly apprehensive tone, a lowly guitar dancing loosely with intoxicated children, asking: "Who told the kids in the yard that they're mostly dust? Now they just stay drunk. Keep getting more fucked up".
Equally inspired by serene 60's folk, 80's no-wave alienation, and the insouciance of 90's grunge, Astral Swans' music is spacious yet constrained, hauntingly personal and oddly sincere. The skeletal "Let Their Faces All Blur Out" races softly with the punk rock abandon of early Sonic Youth and Eric's Trip; "What Calms You Down, Freaks Me Out" bears the ominous pleasance of Syd Barrett, Arthur Russell, Nick Drake, and fellow Calgarian Chad VanGaalen. More structured than Swann's Extra Happy Ghost!!! project (produced by VanGaalen), this album's experimental spirit denies the haphazard "singer-songwriter" label that some might attach to Astral Swans.
Set for release on Dan Mangan's Madic Records, these twelve songs lavish in Swann's startlingly sardonic reflections, in his own words, "confronting our strange ways of experiencing personhood, in the moral gorge between ideals and inadequacies". Tracked live in Swann's living room, and later embellished in an old Calgary warehouse with local experimental/improv mainstay Brad Hawkins (Ghostkeeper), All My Favorite Singers Are Willie Nelson is flawed if not for its air of accidental perfection, normalizing existential struggle with rhythm and harmony, a natural marriage of the sweet to the acrid.1. There Are Ways To Get What You Want
2. Beginning Of The End
3. Let Their Faces All Blur Out
4. Please Don't Leave Me Strange
5. What Calms You Down, Freaks Me Out
6. You Carry A Sickness
7. Park Street
10. My Conscience Don't Work In The New World
12. Grass Girl$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Brand New BrandAll-star power pop rock act The Crunch release their sensational second album.After winning critical acclaim for the compelling mix of pop hooks and punk grit on debut 'Busy Making Noise', vocalist Sulo Karlsson (Diamond Dogs), guitarist Mick Geggus (Cockney Rejects), bassist Dave Tregunna (Sham 69 ) and drummer Terry Chimes (The Clash) wasted no time recording the follow-up. The new record retains and builds upon many of the hallmarks established on 'Busy Making Noise'; most notably an enviable knack for huge, power-pop hooks, and massive, memorable blasts of melody. 'Brand New Brand' also brings another crop of evocative slowburners. One standout is the immense 'Save The Glow', which swells from an understated, semi-acoustic opening, into a swaying, lighters-aloft anthem.1. Lonely Beat Of The Heart
2. Limited Edition
3. Neon Madonna
4. Banner Of Faith
5. Brand New Band
6. 25 Hours Of The Day
7. Solid Rock Steady
8. Seeing Is Believing
9. Barricade Blues
10. Return To Form
11. Save The Glow
12. Go Back To Go$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now