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CleopatraTwo-time Grammy nominated band The Lumineers have returned with the follow-up to their platinum-selling debut album. Following many years honing their craft, the Denver-based trio found success on the strength of their songwriting, melodies, and timeless approach, which lead to sold out arenas, massive festival slots, the cover of Billboard Magazine and appearances on Saturday Night Live, Ellen, The Tonight Show, The Late Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Austin City Limits and Conan.
The Lumineers' new album Cleopatra is the natural continuation of the sound audiences all over the world fell in love with; it's the sound of a band who hasn't let success change who they are, a band that still leaps into the crowd for a sing-along, a band making music to bring people together.1. Sleep On The Floor
4. Gun Song
6. In The Light
7. Gale Song
8. Long Way From Home
9. Sick In The Head
10. My Eyes
11. Patience$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The LumineersIn 2011, an eponymous, self-recorded EP led to touring, and before long The Lumineers started attracting devout fans. They're drawn by songs like Ho Hey and Stubborn Love, Americana-inflected barn burners in the vein of the Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons. The roots revival of the last few yeas has primed listeners for a new generation of rustic, heart-on-the-sleeve music. The Lumineers walk that line with an unerring gift for timeless melodies and soul-stirring lyrics.1. Flowers In Your Hair
2. Classy Girls
4. Dead Sea
5. Ho Hey
6. Slow It Down
7. Stubborn Love
8. Big Parade
9. Charlie Boy
10. Flapper Girl
11. Morning Song$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Vega Intl. Night SchoolWhile making Neon Indian's third album, Alan Palomo turned a crisis into an opportunity: When his laptop -- which contained demos of his new songs -- was stolen at the end of the Era Extraña tour, he started anew by drawing inspiration from his past. Vega Intl. Night School takes its name and sound from his previous electronic project VEGA and his pet name for his after-dark adventures, conveying the dazzling, fleeting allure of a night out. Era Extraña's crisper beats and textures hinted that Palomo might be headed in a more danceable direction, but on his third album, he finds ways to subvert expectations while remaining true to Neon Indian's essence.
He applies his flair for mood-crafting to a palette of electro, funk, disco, new wave, and reggae, transforming his synth-heavy sound into a love letter to the fabulous keyboard tones of the '70s and '80s: Note the Baroque embellishments to Slumlord's filter-disco and the squiggles that make Street Level sound even more like forgotten Paisley Park brilliance. Prince and Daft Punk are two of the album's biggest influences, not just in sound but in spirit. The way these tracks flow into each other recalls the uninhibited, possibly inebriated way Homework's first few cuts blended into an atmospheric portrait of nightlife, a concept Palomo runs with on Vega Intl. Night School. Sounding like a field recording from an '80s nightclub, Smut! captures the disorienting, intoxicating feel of entering a party that's already in full swing; Techno Clique expresses the anonymity and intimacy of dancing with a stranger, and the luminous synths that close The Glitzy Hive might as well be sunrise peeking through the club's doors. Vega Intl. Night School's more structured songs are so good that it's easy to wish there were more of them1. Hit Parade
3. Street Level
6. The Glitzy Hive
7. Dear Skorpio Magazine
9. Slumlord Re-Release
10. Techno Clique
11. Baby's Eyes
12. C'est La Vie (Say the Casualties!)
13. 61 Cygni Ave
14. News From The Sun (Live Bootleg)$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
In Case You Missed It: 15 Years of DualtoneCelebrating the history of Dualtone Music Group. Also includes new recordings from The Lumineers, Shakey Graves, Ivan & Alyosha, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors and Langhorne Slim & The Law.LP 1
1. Are You Sincere (Bobby Bare)
2. Tomorrow (Shakey Graves)
3. Boots Of Spanish Leather (The Lumineers)
4. Wild Heart ( Brett Dennen)
5. From Now On (Acoustic) [Delta Spirit]
6. Break It Down Baby (Robinella)
7. Break Bones (Wild Child)
8. Perfect Moment (Darden Smith)
9. Am I Just One (Carey Ott)
10. Unknown Legend (Shovels & Rope [feat. Shakey Graves])
1. Wrapped Around Your Finger (Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors)
2. Slow Dancer (Noah Gundersen)
3. The Worth Of The Wait (Ivan & Alyosha)
4. Cheese & Crackers (Rosco Gordon)
5. Pony (Langhorne Slim & The Law)
6. Tennessee Rose (The Deep Vibration [feat. Gillian Welch])
7. Down The River (Chris Knight)
8. My Favorite Picture Of You (Guy Clark)
9. Keep On The Sunny Side (June Carter Cash)$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-ANT-3812xThe Milk Carton Kids
The Ash & ClayThe Ash & Clay culminates a whirlwind first year of the Milk Carton Kids' existence. In that short time the duo of Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan have built a vibrant following with the simple purity of their music: touring with the Lumineers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Punch Brothers, and KD Lang; appearing on NPR's Tiny Desk concert series; charming audiences with their deadpan on-stage humor (riffing on the Smothers Brothers for young fans who have never heard of the Smothers Brothers); offering their debut album for free to willing fans - over 110,000 downloaded - from their website; and grabbing press acclaim usually reserved for veteran artists. A sweetly dazzling variation on closeharmony vocals, part Simon and Garfunkel and part Everly Brothers, with occasional acoustic prestidigitation," proclaimed The New York Times. With three new Milk Carton Kids songs - "Snake Eyes," "The Ash & Clay" and "The Jewel of June" - featured in the new Gus Van Sant film Promised Land starring Matt Damon, 2013 looks to be a big year for these Kids.
This LP contains a CD of the full album.1. Hope Of A Lifetime
2. Snake Eyes
3. Honey, Honey
4. Years Gone By
5. The Ash & Clay
6. Promised Land
7. The Jewel Of June
8. Whisper In Her Ear
9. On The Mend
11. Hear Them Loud
12. Memphis$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Boy From The NorthPart Americana, part Bluegrass, part Irish Folk, Heldal's acclaimed debut album, Boy From The North, which spent 21 weeks on the Top 40 albums chart in Norway, will be arriving in the US on via ADA/Warner Music Norway. Boy From The North is the culmination of Heldal's many musical influences - including Nick Drake, Emmylou Harris, Irish blues artist Rory Gallagher, and acoustic segments from Led Zeppelin?s portfolio - that allows the Bergen, Norway native to capture the increasingly popular Americana/Bluegrass vibes such as artists like Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers.1. Boy From The North
2. Conman Coming
3. Silly Willy
4. Fightin' Son
5. Follow You Anywhere
6. Tape 03
7. I Don't Mind
8. Die For You
9. In Flight
10. The Road Not Taken$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Falling Faster Than You Can RunWell, it doesn't take long for Falling Faster Than You Can Run to reveal that Nathaniel Rateliff isn't in a very good place. His deep funk is revealed very quickly on the opening track 'Still Trying': "If you roll in it long enough/your shit won't even smell" sings Rateliff, in between crying out, unaccompanied, "I don't know/I don't know/a god damned thing".
And that's the feeling that sticks throughout this, often very fine, new record from Denver, Colorado's Missouri-born Rateliff. On his second full-length album (dropping the & the Wheel from his name) loneliness is writ large: not the kind of loneliness from actually being along, but the kind that comes from being constantly surrounded by people yet unable to shake the feeling of complete isolation. Rateliff has toured with many, many acts over the past few years and most recently has spent time with Dr Dog and fellow Denver act (and friends) The Lumineers. Thankfully, Rateliff rarely sounds like his friends (you might say I'm not a fan) and instead writes and plays music with a lot of heart and soul. It's often his voice that's the star of the show thanks to the subtly-arranged instrumentation: part matured Kurt Wagner burr and part throat-ravaged bluesman ( a bit The Tallest Man on Earth) it's a voice you could listen to all day. But good voice is nothing without good songs, and Rateliff comes with plenty of ammunition on Falling Faster Than You Can Run.
"Still Trying" is an arresting opener; while Rateliff's heart-wrenching roars are the highlight, the backing isn't too shabby either - acoustic guitar and bass drum battle for the spotlight on a ragged country song, and it sounds authentic, like Rateliff has lived what he's singing. And things get better quickly: "I Am" is mostly just Rateliff and his guitar, as broaches his isolation singing: "you'll never know what's buried there / less you dig around". The music swells as he sings the title over and over, following a similar pattern to the album opener. But before things get too familiar, Rateliff picks up the pace with a couple of full band numbers that could almost be considered jaunty, if we were to ignore the lyrics. "Don't Get Too Close" is fine enough and ticks over nicely like a quickstep, but "Laborman" is even better. Like Wilco at their poppiest, it flies off on crunchy and bright electric guitars which belies the lyrical content: "I got a feelin' / a sleepin' depression / that somebody's gonna get hurt", sings Rateliff, followed by "you got the harness/so where you gonna drag me now?" You can see a pattern developing here; Rateliff's stuck somewhere he doesn't want to be, lonely, but how does he get out of it? Take another look at that album cover too - a couple share a bed, an arm reaches out yet it doesn't touch the other person. It's basically a visual encapsulation of what's being sung about.
The epic electric storm of "Forgetting Is Believing" leads a trio of great closing tracks, ending with the Lambchop-murmur of the title track. Rateliff's baritone is exposed and dusty as he sings "leave me alone/you can see me fall/faster than you can run", ending as he started the record - alone and isolated.
Falling Faster Than You Can Run feels, through the dirt, the shit and the whisky, and despite the loneliness, like a hard-earned triumph for Nathaniel Rateliff.
- Andrew Hannah (The Line Of Best Fit)1. Still Trying
2. I Am
3. Don't Get Too Close
5. How To Win
6. Nothing To Show For
7. Right On
8. Three Fingers
9. Forgetting Is Believing
10. When Do You See
11. Falling Faster Than You Can Run$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Della MaeWith an approach that's steeped in tradition yet firmly rooted in the present, Della Mae draws from a well of
influences to create vibrantly original music that conveys their expansive musical vision with timeless lyrical truths and a contemporary sensibility all their own, placing them alongside such young acts as the Avett Brothers, Punch Brothers, and the Lumineers. Produced by Jacquire King (Of Monsters and Men, Dawes, Kings of Leon), this is the all-female combo's 2nd album for Rounder.1. Boston Town
2. Rude Awakening
3. Can't Go Back
4. For the Sake of my Heart
5. Good Blood
6. To Ohio
8. Take One Day
9. Long Shadow
10. No Expectations
11. High Away Gone$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
LuminousRecorded over 15 months in the band's east London
studio-laboratory-bunker with co-producer Craig Silvey
(Yeah Yeah Yeahs,Arcade Fire,The National),Luminous is
the follow-up to the band's 2007 debut Strange House,
the Mercury-nominated Primary Colours (2009), and
the critically-acclaimed Skying (2011).
Tasking themselves with moving onwards, The Horrors
determined to make an album that was brighter, more
positive, more electronic.
Luminous by name, luminous by nature: this is an album
radiating light and energy. These songs are The Horrors
writing at their instinctive, intuitive and accessible best.
Further input came from producer Paul Epworth (Adele,
Paul McCartney, Foster The People) on the track "Falling
The Horrors are Faris Badwan (vocals), Joshua Third
(guitarist), Tom Furse (keyboards, synthesizers), Rhys
Webb (bass) and Joe Spurgeon (drums, percussion).1. Chasing Shadows
2. First Day of Spring
3. So Now You Know
4. In And Out of Sight
5. Jealous Sun
6. Falling Star
7. I See You
8. Change Your Mind
9. Mind And Yours
10. Sleepwalk$23.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Garden WindowCarrying the weight of the luminance and spacy textures from their 2009 EP, The Death of Day, Atlanta, Ga foursome O'Brother have grown into sounds of scorching heaviness and punctuated melodic interruptions that act as puzzles in-between the groaning feedback of Garden Window, the band's debut full length. With Garden Window displaying more density, the songs themselves bask in longer time frames and dynamic intensity the whole way out. Close friends Andy Hull and Robert McDowell of Manchester Orchestra stepped in as producers for Garden Window.1. Malum
5. Lay Down
6. Easy Talk (Open Your Mouth)
7. Machines Part-I
8. Machines Part-II
10. Cleanse Me
11. Last Breath$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Pressed On 150g Wax, The Vinyl Release Features A Color Insert With Lyrics
"Dylan and Leonard Cohen are brought to mind, such is the depth of emotion wrought by Felice's careful approach." - BBC
"The most unique person i know in the world, incredible charisma. He sees things in a way that nobody else sees them, which is why his music is beautiful." - Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons
"There is a boldness to Simone's writing, the fierceness and fearlessness of complete honesty that pushes into places that simply take the breath away some of his songs are so perfectly formed they sound like they might have been around forever..." - The Telegraph
Simone Felice is a founding member (lyricist, vocalist, drummer and guitarist) of internationally acclaimed Catskill Mountain-based
artists The Felice Brothers and The Duke & The King. He has toured and worked with the likes of The Band's Levon Helm, Conor
Oberst & Bright Eyes, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Rick Rubin, The Avett Brothers and
Old Crow Medicine Show.
His new full-length album, Strangers, is a ten song collection recorded in the Catskills with co-producer David Baron and includes
guest artists The Felice Brothers, Leah Siegel and Wesley Schultz & Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers. Here is a body of work that
truly captures Simone's rare gift as a poet, song-crafter and unique visionary1. Molly-O!
2. If You Go To LA
3. Running Through My Head
4. Our Lady of the Gun
5. Bye Bye Palenville
7. The Best That Money Can Buy
9. Bastille Day
10. The Galows$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
These Changing Skies (Out Of Stock)The five members of Elephant Revival share a deep commitment to certain ideals: community, recognizing one's place in the flow of the natural world, harmony. Holding on to those ideals in the midst of heady career growth and strong individual
creative forces could be difficult, but they weather these storms with aplomb, and in doing so, have produced their best album to date. It is a document about striving for transcendence under These Changing Skies which was recorded at legendary
Bear Creek Studio in Woodinville, WA and was produced and mixed by Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Brandi Carlile, The Walkmen).
Elephant Revival formed on the banks of Spring Creek in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and then relocated to Nederland, Colorado in fall of 2006. They loved one another's sense of shared values and the way that their disparate musical influences began to form a more cohesive tapestry the more they played together.
"It really is a natural confluence of our elemental influences," says bassist/multi-instrumentalist Dango Rose. Those elemental influences extend beyond the musical to a world view that is expressed not only through the music, but in their lyrics.1. Birds and Stars
2. Remembering a Beginning
3. The Obvious
4. The Rakers
7. Down to the Sea
8. The Pasture
9. Willing and Able
10. Over Over And
11. Grace of a Woman
12. Rogue River$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
From The Hills Below The CityHoundmouth is comprised of four musicians from New Albany, IN, across the
river from Louisville - hence 'From the Hills Below the City.' Matt Myers (guitar/
vocals), Katie Toupin (keyboard/vocals), Zak Appleby (bass/vocals) and Shane
Cody (drums/vocals) spent the past year building a passionate following in their
hometown and touring with the Alabama Shakes, the Lumineers, Grace Potter,
and the Drive-By Truckers. "Houndmouth is a great young band," testifies Patterson Hood of the Truckers. "They 'brought it' each and every night. They were
extremely popular with our fanbase and our band. I look forward to hearing what
they do next."
The 12 original songs on 'From The Hills Below the City' are packed with tales
of down-on-their-luck drug runners, casinos, riverboats, recession-era scraping,
and more. All members of Houndmouth sing, "leading with individual character
and harmonizing in saloon-choir empathy," writes Rolling Stone's David Fricke,
and their songs have a loose-limbed swing, anchored by a sturdy rhythm and a
cagey melodic sensibility.
"Earthy melancholy with a rude garage-rock streak"
- David Fricke, Rolling StoneOn The Road
Come On, Illinois
Casin (Bad Things)
Long As You're At Home
Comin' Around Again
Halfway to Hardship
Palmyra$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The DeslondesHailed by NPR as "deft assemblers of a sound that traverses decades and styles with humble grace," New Orleans band The Deslondes mine from the rich history of American music to craft their compelling and wholly unique eponymous debut album, released on New West Records.
Co-produced by the band and in-demand producer Andrija Tokic (Benjamin Booker, Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff) at his Nashville studio The Bomb Shelter, the 12 tracks are influenced by classic soul, rock 'n' roll, R&B, folk, roots country, swamp-boogie, honky-tonk and pre-war music and introduce a collective of gifted singer-songwriters with a deep love for the past and a palpable passion for the present. "They manage to resurrect a lost sound, exclaimed Rolling Stone in their "20 Reasons To Love This Year" preview, adding, "Stax and Sun records are distinct touch points, as are upright-bass-driven melodies - while giving it a modern, vibrant swing, building on the foundations of old-time traditions without sounding like they're stepping out of a time machine."
Comprised of five distinct songwriting voices, The Deslondes endeavor to carry on the traveling troubadour tradition of their heroes Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt. The Deslondes have also toured the country extensively and have supported the Alabama Shakes, Old Crow Medicine Show, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Lumineers, John Fullbright, Michael Kiwanuka, Spirit Family Reunion and performed at last summer's Newport Folk Festival.1. Fought The Blues And Won
2. Those Were (Could've Been) The Days
3. Heavenly Home
4. Less Honkin' More Tonkin'
5. Low Down Soul
6. The Real Deal
7. Still Someone
8. Time To Believe In
10. Simple And True
11. Same Blood As Mine
12. Out On The Rise$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?They say there's no time like the present; what they really mean is there's no such thing as the present. Five seconds into the future will be five seconds in the past once you finish reading this sentence. Translated into rock 'n' roll, terms, it means you're either ahead of your time or past your prime. And we're cool with that. We like categories and demographics and timelines because they allow us not to think; everything can be explained with the check of a box or a dot on a graph. But Metric don't let you off that easy. Their measures are decidedly cubist: eternal, multilayered portraits of instantaneous moments, the luminous blur of street life rendered as a freeze-tableaux, daily rituals portrayed in a fantastical light. This is music born out of sly, considered observation instead of gratuitous introspection - which makes it refreshingly anomalous in an era when so much popular music fudges the line between self-absorption and self-parody. Their debut album, OLD WORLD UNDERGROUND, WHERE ARE YOU NOW? launched Metric's career and helped to usher in a wave (or New Wave) of Canadian indie bands such as Broken Social Scene and Arcade Fire. They have since gone on to sell over a million singles and 500,000 albums worldwide.Finally available on vinyl, the album sounds as urgent and timeless today as it did in 2003 and like all of Metric's music to date, OLD WORLD UNDERGROUND, WHERE ARE YOU NOW? isn't so much a summation of influences as experiences. The old world underground they so romanticize; they're not sure if it ever truly existed.1. IOU
2. Hustle Rose
4. Combat Baby
5. Calculation Theme
6. Wet Blanket
7. On a Slow Night
8. The List
9. Dead Disco
10. Love Is a Place$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SlowmotionaryEthan Gruska's solo debut, the luminous Slowmotionary, embraces a range of sounds and styles, with influences from jazz and folk to ambient and alternative, Slowmotionary integrates everything into a whole that is original, idiosyncratic and embraces its own imperfections. I really tried to let that humanity in and to not only leave these quirky blemishes in, but to highlight them, says Gruska. I didn't want perfect. I wanted true. I wanted honest. He made room for a little serendipity in his creative process, sensing that too calculated an approach would diminish the impact of the music. That spontaneity provided a wonderful counterpoint to his thoughtful and revealing lyrics. Showcasing Gruska's hushed vocals and subtle arrangements, these songs resonate with the intimacy of an internal monologue, as though we're sharing in his darkest worries.
The goal was to have it be like a sound collage that I had made. It was really exploratory, with a lot of sampling and reversing-techniques I had tried in the past but had never gotten to fully explore. The results are beautifully minimalist: songs as whispered confidences, with what Gruska calls an arctic sound, windswept and cold, befitting lyrics that depict moments frozen in time. I didn't want to hide behind anything. That's why it's produced and arranged the way it is. It's very barren at certain moments. These songs slow down time for me, which is why I called it Slowmotionary. I needed to put myself out there musically and lyrically.
And that meant not making it perfect. It meant making these songs sound like the results from something other than a studio. It meant conveying the sense of music that is being written at the same moment you hear it. A lot of the record is mysterious, even to me. It's not something you always tap your foot to. You're listening to my thought process.1. The Valley
2. Me Who Wasn't Trying
3. Reoccurring Dream
4. Short Film
5. Rather Be
6. Crowded City Street
7. Grand Lies
9. What Are You Thinking Of?
10. Time Is The Healer
11. The Egotist
12. Illuminate$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Little River BandThe Little River Band are considered to be among Australia's most significant bands, having sold over 30 million records. The soft rock harmony group released their self titled debut in 1975 and modelled after American bands such as The Eagles and Doobie Brothers.
Guitarist Graham Goble and singer Glenn Shorrock dominated the songwriting on this astonishingly strong debut that brings both the crunchy electric guitars, luminous acoustic guitar, and smooth harmonizing of It's A Long Way There as well as the hauntingly beautiful movie-within-a-song The Man in Black.1. It's A Long Way There
2 Curiosity (Killed The Cat)
4. My Lady And Me
5. I'll Always Call Your Name
7. The Man In Black
8. Statue Of Liberty
9. I Know It$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-NET-0914xOld Crow Medicine Show
Deluxe Vinyl Gatefold Package Includes Bonus Red Colored 7" Vinyl
Featuring The Platinum Single "Wagon Wheel" Plus Two Previously Unreleased Tracks
Two-time Grammy Award winners and Grand Ole Opry members Old Crow Medicine Show release Best Of, which features
12 of the most memorable and beloved songs from O.C.M.S. (2004), Big Iron World (2006), Tennessee Pusher (2008) - as well
as two previously unreleased tracks: "Black Haired Quebecoise" and "Heart Up In The Sky." The album will be made
available on vinyl, a format on which none of these songs are currently available and many have never been.
Over the past 15 years, Old Crow Medicine Show has cultivated a diverse fan base that thrives on the band's energetic
performances. They have earned the respect of both their peers and influences while also influencing the new guard of
folk rock revivalists. While trends have come and gone, Old Crow Medicine Show continues to be a strong and steady
force in roots music. The Best Of is a nostalgic walk down memory lane for those who have been with the band since
the beginning, and a nice overview for those fans who have only discovered the band recently.
Old Crow Medicine Show got their start by busking on street corners up and down the east coast and Canada, eventually
catching the attention of folk icon Doc Watson while playing in front of a pharmacy in Boone, North Carolina. He invited
them to play Merlefest and helped set the course of their successful career.
Similarly, just a few years later, Nettwerk discovered the band by crashing a house party in Nashville. The band was signed
shortly after, and in 2004, Nettwerk released O.C.M.S., which featured the now Platinum-selling anthem "Wagon Wheel," one
of the most covered recordings in recent history, most famously by Darius Rucker who got the track to #1 on the Hot Country
Songs chart in 2013.
Old Crow Medicine Show has won over audiences across the world with their boundless energy and spirit, playing renowned
festivals like Bonnaroo, Coachella, New Orleans Jazz Fest, the Newport Folk Festival, and many more. They've also shared
the stage with such artists as Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, Willie Nelson, John Prine and The Avett Brothers and others.
The Best Of features "Wagon Wheel" along with other live show fan favorites like "Tell It To Me," "Down Home Girl," "CC Rider"
and "I Hear Them All." The two previously unreleased tracks, "Black Haired Quebecoise" and "Heart Up in the Sky" were
recorded in 2006 while the band was making Big Iron World.1. Wagon Wheel (from O.C.M.S. album)
2. Tell It To Me (from O.C.M.S. album)
3. Down Home Girl (from Big Iron World album)
4. Alabama High-Test (from Tennessee Pusher album)
5. Big Time In The Jungle (from O.C.M.S. album)
6. CC Rider (from O.C.M.S. album)
7. Take 'em Away (from O.C.M.S. album)
8. Humdinger (from Tennessee Pusher album)
9. Fall On My Knees (from Down Home Girl EP)
10. My Good Gal (from Big Iron World album)
11. I Hear Them All (from Big Iron World album)
12. Caroline (from Tennessee Pusher album)
1. Heart Up In The Sky (previously unreleased)
2. Black Haired QuÉbÉcoise (previously unreleased)$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + 7 Single - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-LIT-2385xNicki Bluhm And The Gramblers
Nicki Bluhm And The GramblersNicki Bluhm and the Gramblers is a luminous, heartfelt patchwork of California folk-rock, brisk Americana and show-stopping soul, punctuated with fresh four-part harmonies, crisp rock guitar and Nicki's soaring, nuanced vocals that some critics say remind them of Linda Ronstadt.
Their self titled album is the first record from the full band - it is a family album, featuring 11 new songs penned by the band members. It was arranged and produced by Nicki's husband and the band's musical director, Tim Bluhm, and recorded at the Bluhm's Mission Bells studio in San
Francisco.1. Little Too late
2. Hey Stranger
4. Till I'm Blue
6. Deep Water
7. Go Go Go
8. Might Get Blessed
9. Check Your Head
10. Always Come Back
11. Wilow Tree$19.99Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
BarzakhAvailable for the first time on 180-gram vinyl, Barzakh (recorded 1990), was the ECM debut of Tunisian oud master
Anouar Brahem - an album that immediately captured the attention of press and public with its gracefulness and
authority. Beyond the improvisatory brilliance, Barzakh gave notice also of Brahem's gift for writing arresting
themes and luminous melody, as illustrated on so many of the pieces here.1. Raf Raf
8. Parfum De Gitane
9. Bou Naouara
11. La Nuit Des Yeux
12. Le BelvÉdère AssiÉge
13. Qaf$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Centipede HzCentipede Hz was co-produced by Animal Collective and Ben H. Allen III and recorded at Sonic Ranch studios in Tornillo TX (outside of El Paso) by Ben H. Allen III and mixed at Maze Studios in Atlanta, GA by Ben H. Allen III.
Centipede Hz is the tenth full length Animal Collective album following the widely celebrated Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009) and also the first since Strawberry Jam (2007) to feature all four original band members: Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist and Deakin. As the album's opening bars of drum crashes and radio interference on "Moonjock" immediately make clear, having returned as a four piece, Animal Collective have made their most widescreen and fully realized music to date.
Once touring for Merriweather Post Pavilion was concluded at the end of 2009, Animal Collective released their visual album Oddsac on DVD. The film was also screened internationally at theaters and film festivals. The band created Transverse Temporal Gyrus, an installation for the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and subsequently released a 12" single of the performance and launched a website to distribute music from the event. The period between Merriweather Post Pavilion and Centipede Hz also saw the release of two solo albums: Avey Tare's Down There (2010) and Panda Bear's Tomboy (2011).
Regrouping as a four piece with original member Deakin once more in the band, Animal Collective reconvened in their native Baltimore in January-March of 2011 to write material for Centipede Hz with a further session later in the year. Rather than swapping ideas over the internet and file-sharing Animal Collective were, for the first time in many years, exchanging ideas in the same room by playing live instruments.
As a result Panda Bear returned to playing a sit-down drum kit for the first time since Here Comes The Indian (2003) and Geologist began playing live keyboards again. Along with using some of the samplers and sequencers with which they had previously been writing, the sound of Centipede Hz draws on the dynamics and energy of Animal Collective playing together as a band. The return of Deakin is at its most marked in "Wide Eyed," a song that he wrote, featuring his first ever lead-vocal performance and whose title captures the mood of Centipede Hz perfectly.
Part of the inspiration for Centipede Hz included the band's memories of growing up listening to station announcements and commercials on the radio and imagining the after life of radio signals from the past, forgotten transmissions that are now lost in space and broadcasting music from other planets for other life forms. This is reflected in the sound of Centipede Hz, which features the white noise of radio interference and buried frequencies overlaid with the band's peerless melodic sensibilities and compositional methods. The result is a panoramic set of songs that shimmer with the confidence and wonder of Animal Collective's unique inner logic and the luminous warmth of their sound world.
Animal Collective: Avey Tare (vocals, synthesizers, piano, guitar, sampler, sequencer, percussion); Panda Bear (vocals, drums, sampler, percussion); Deakin (vocals, baritone guitar, sampler, percussion); Geologist (sampler, synthesizers, piano, percussion) with: Dave Scher (Beachwood Sparks, All Night Radio) lap steel guitar on "Today's Supernatural," "New Town Burnout," "Pulleys," and "Gotham," and melodica on "Rosie Oh" and Riverside Middle School Choir, which sings on "Father Time" and "New Town Burnout."1. Moonjock
2. Today's Supernatural
3. Rosie Oh
5. Wide Eyed
6. Father Time
7. New Town Burnout
8. Monkey Riches
9. Mercury Man
11. Amanita$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Beethoven: Triple Concerto (Speakers Corner)
Why does the piano part seem comparatively simple in contrast to the violin and cello parts, which make the highest demands on the instrumentalists? And why on earth do three musicians play in concert with an orchestra? As interesting as these questions are with regard to Beethoven's cryptic Triple Concerto, there is a multitude of ways to approach this exceptional work by the great symphonist. In the gallantry of the expression, and keeping in mind the demand for playable parts for his invited circle of musical connoisseurs, Beethoven developed his very own concertante tonal language. This language is brought to life by Rudolf Serkin (piano), Jaime Laredo (violin) and Leslie Parnas (cello) in that they enter continually newly arranged dialogues and thereby offer the listener a warm palette of colours and melodies.
The orchestral antagonists - the Marlboro Festival Orchestra - weaves a chamber music-like, delicate and wonderfully transparent carpet of sound, upon which Beethoven's characteristic woodwind instruments are bedded like roses. Thanks to these attributes, this recording appears to take place in the luminous glow of a private house and thus conveys a charming yet stimulating atmosphere.
- Rudolf Serkin (piano)
- Jaime Laredo (vocals)
- Leslie Parnas (cello)
- and the Marlboro Festival Orchestra concucted by Alexander Schneider
Recording: May 1962 at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, by Ed Michalski and John Johnson
Production: Thomas Frost
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.
This title is not eligible for discount.$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Beachwood SparksBack In Print On Blue Vinyl
The Beachwood Sparks are space cowboys -- although their self-titled debut most closely recalls the sound of vintage Laurel Canyon country-rock, its shimmering twang-pop melodies and gorgeous harmonies bask in a kind of interstellar psychedelia which lends the album an otherworldly glow. The hypnotically dreamlike instrumental passages which wind their way through luminous country-pop moments like Sister Rose, Something I Don't Recognize, and Old Sea Miner completely transform the album's chemical makeup. Rooted in the earth but reaching for the stars, the group realizes Gram Parsons' Cosmic American music aesthetic in its truest sense.1. Desert Skies
2. Ballad of Never Rider
3. Silver Morning After
4. Singing Butterfly
5. Sister Rose
6. This Is What It Feels Like
7. Canyon Ride
8. The Reminder
9. The Calming Seas
10. New County
11. Something I Don't Recognize
12. Old Sea Miner
13. See, Oh Three
14. Sleeping Butterfly$18.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-AST-9614xDots Will Echo
Drunk Is The New Sober/Stupid Is The New DumbDrunk Is The New Sober and Stupid Is The New Dumb are the twin subtitles of Drunk & Stupid, Dots Will Echo's debut album on Asthmatic Kitty, but those aren't just arch witticisms, they encapsulate the apparent contradictions that power the New Jersey duo's music. The warmly weird world created by multi-instrumentalist Nick Berry and drummer Kurt Biroc seems simultaneously sacred and profane, edgy and accessible, sad and transcendently silly. What else would you expect from a group that describes itself as "dour moralizers and drunken assholes" and identifies its key influences as "A little bit The Incredible String Band, a little bit AC/DC?"
"I can see the carnival lights from here," sings Berry in a half-crazed, half-elated tone at the beginning of the opening track, "I Like It," sounding like either a psychotic infatuated with his own attractive fantasy world or a genius inventor marveling at the luminous landscape he's created. It's up to the listener to decide which, but either way it's 100% Dots Will Echo.
Everything on Drunk & Stupid was played by Berry and Biroc, with the basic tracks recorded in a single marathon, three-day session. "I meant this to be a very raw recording, capturing the way we sound live," says Berry, who plays everything from guitars and keyboards to Autoharp, glockenspiel, and Andean charango over the course of the album, as he and Biroc build their own beautifully ramshackle universe from the ground up before your very ears.
"A poorly played violin can sound better than a well played piano," says Berry half-jokingly of the organic, offhand feel of the tracks. From the first moment, Drunk & Stupid makes the listener a fly on the wall for a day in the life of Dots Will Echo, with snatches of goofy studio chatter interspersed between tunes. The bit that leads into the crooked campfire singalong "I'm a Monkey" is particularly telling, as Berry spontaneously announces, "I want to try a song I dreamt the other night," Biroc disapprovingly asks, "In the studio?" and Berry blithely counters, "Yeah, why not?"
In fact, Berry dreams a large percentage of his songs. "Some are stupid, but I let 'em fly anyway," he says self-deprecatingly, "but the really stupid ones, nobody's ever gonna hear." By the time they enter our waking world, Berry's tunes bear trace elements of psychedelia, power pop, field-recording folk, DIY post-punk, and tantalizingly trashy garage rock (the duo does in fact rehearse in Biroc's garage). "What You Tryin' To Do," for instance, comes off like Sister Lovers-era Big Star recording for Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, while the giddy blastoff of "Rocket Girl" evokes early XTC covered by Guided By Voices, and the fragile, almost-ominous beauty of the hushed, acoustic ballad "Gates of Eden" feels like the greatest song Neil Young never wrote for Galaxie 500.
The black humor that inhabits an impressive amount of real estate in the Dots Will Echo neighborhood isn't the whistling-through-the-graveyard variety, but rather the kind that finds all of creation to be a bit of a knee-slapper. Like the great writers in every medium, Berry finds the human dilemma a source of endless hilarity, even though you can always hear the big, gently bruised heart beating at the core of every song on Drunk & Stupid. Berry sounds like an amphetamine-fueled tour guide as he walks us through a field of mankind's folly on "Seven Deadly Sins," his loopy lyrics punctuated by Captain Beefheart-esque bursts of six-string cubism.
Even when things get apocalyptic, as on the minimalist stomp of the cautionary "Shitstorm," Berry exhibits so much obvious glee in announcing the impending arrival of the titular phenomenon that you can't help singing "there's a shitstorm coming" right along with him and bobbing your head randomly to the track's triumphantly spastic anti-groove. The deceptively mellow-sounding anthem of global dystopia "History's Grave" was written in early 2008, but Berry notes, "Since then many of the events mentioned or alluded to have come to pass. This made me feel a little bit like a character in a Stephen King novel."
At the same time, Drunk & Stupid sports songs like "Be a Friend" and "So Deep the Night," lambent, low-key ballads that balance between bittersweet and unabashedly sentimental without ever turning mawkish. On these tracks, the Lennon-like undertone in Berry's voice rises to the top of the mix, tapping into an almost spiritual vibe and making for some of the most undeniably poignant moments on the album.
Berry and Biroc, who also work together at the same day job (the drummer is Berry's boss), have been making music together since 2004, hashing out their ideas in Biroc's garage and documenting them in Berry's basement studio. Along the way, they've made unofficial micro-pressings of their work, mostly for passing around to friends and admirers in an ad hoc fashion, but Drunk & Stupid represents the first time the duo's freewheeling work has ever been properly presented to the public at large as a full-on album. With all the material the prolific pair has been stockpiling, they had a huge tally of tunes to haul along with them for this project, and hearing it is a little like stumbling for the first time into a lost world with a long legacy of its own rituals, relics, regalia, and history. But once you wander in, you can't imagine how you ever existed without it.
Originally meant to be two separate discs (the vinyl version is a double LP with download codes for bonus tracks), Drunk & Stupid is a wild ride that clocks in at just under 80 minutes and boasts 19 songs overflowing with insanely catchy melodies, endearingly off-kilter arrangements, and a strangely satisfying blend of the divine and the absurd." As Berry says, "We try to allow for the will of the universe to have a large part in our music. There must be something sacred in mistakes. This is our explanation for being fuck-ups."1. Untitled
2. I Like It
3. Untitled II
4. I'm a Monkey
6. Be a Friend
7. Whatcha Tryin to Do
8. Rocket Girls
10. Run Away Anna
11. History's Grave
12. Sweet Sweet Sanity
14. Who Left You Here
15. The Future
16. Untitled III
17. Peace in Your Life
18. Our Little Part of the World
19. Untitled IV
20. Gates of Eden
21. Visions of Light
22. Seven Deadly Sins
23. So Deep the Night$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now