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Based On A True Story (Awaiting Repress)Clear Vinyl - limited to 1250
Etched D-side with no center label while C-side has double-printed center label that shows through other side
Based on a True Story is the second studio album by American pop punk band The Starting Line.
Available on vinyl for the first time.
Double LP with D Side film canister etching featuring a double print center label. Mastered for vinyl at Lucky Lacquers. First pressing is on clear variants, enhancing the double printed center label. Future represses will not include the double printed center label or clear vinyl.
'Based On A True Story' brilliantly blends the fresh and the familiar: 'Bedroom Talk' and 'The World' summons visions of thousands of fists in the air, while 'Surprise, Surprise' displays The Starting Line's uncanny ability to be at once contemplative.1. Action
2. Making Love to the Camera
3. Inspired by the $
4. Bedroom Talk
5. Surprise, Surprise
8. Artistic License
9. Stay Where I Can See You
10. The B-List
11. The World
13. Cut! Print It$35.99Clear Vinyl LP - 2 LPs AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Punch LineThe Minutemen may have come out of the same California hardcore scene that produced Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and Fear, but they not only bore little resemblance to their West Coast contemporaries, they didn't sound much like anyone else in American rock at that time. The Punch Line was the band's first album, packing 18 tunes into less than 25 minutes, and if the music shares hardcore's lust for speed and assaultive rhythmic punch, their sharp, fragmented melodies, complex tempos, and overtly poetic and political lyrics made clear they were rugged individuals; imagine James Blood Ulmer teaching Wire how to get funky and you start to get an idea of what The Punch Line sounds like. It wasn't until the band began to slow down a bit on What Makes a Man Start Fires? that the strength of the group's individual songs became clear, and The Punch Line works better as a unified sonic assault than as a collection of tunes, but moments do stand out, especially Tension, Fanatics, and the title cut, which certainly lends a new perspective to Native American history. The Punch Line was as wildly inventive as anything spawned by American punk, and the band would only get better on subsequent releases.
- Mark Deming (All Music)Search
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GoneGone is the Downtown Records full-length debut from Philadelphia-based Vacationer, the new dream-pop influenced project from Kenny Vasoli (The Starting Line, Person L) and company. Interestingly enough, the album is linearly preceded by the Gone EP and the Gone single.1. Everyone Knows
2. Good As New
5. No Rules
7. Having It All
8. Summer End
9. Great Love
11. Be With You$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-SEC-6718xAnand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon
Break Line: The Musical
Limited To 2000
On a front porch in Philadelphia in early 2004, Anand Wilder and Maxwell Kardon sat with a guitar and a
banjo and busily finger picked to keep their hands from freezing.After a few false starts they settled on a dirge
in d-minor and began improvising lyrics about a labor conflict in a Western Pennsylvania coal town that their
fathers had learned about from an old folk song taught in Quaker schools in the '50s.
The facts, as communicated,were a half-remembered pastiche of de facto segregation, frayed family ties, and
double-dealing.The principal heroes and villains of the story were lost to history and buried in mine shafts and
unmarked graves, and the particulars of the outcome were primarily recorded on newspapers lost in
warehouse fires and floods. Nevertheless,the tragedy struck both as an ideal thread to weave through a series
of stories they had been telling each other about a town full of unlucky,love lorn people. Inspired by the classic
rock operas of the 1970's and the golden age of musical theater,they began work on their own
Wilder and Kardon spent the next several years traveling, each writing and tinkering with songs about their
town and sending each other hastily recorded demos and fragments of lyrics. The story of Greenbelt grew and
the cast of characters, from robber barons to union men, migrant farmers to crooked ministers, became
fleshed out. They enlisted friends from myriad bands: Austin Fisher (Suckers), Haley Dekle (the Dirty
Projectors), Ira Wolf Tuton and Christopher Keating (Yeasayer), Ryan Kattner (Man Man), Britt Myers
(Chairlift), and Aku Orraca-Tetteh (Dragons of Zynth) to sing the parts of the town's luckless citizens.
In 2008, they put together a core band featuring Ira on bass and Christopher Powell of Man Man on drums
and began arranging the songs of Break Line for a full ensemble. With the help of recording wunderkind Britt
Myers (Chairlift, Yeasayer, Passing Strange) they finally began putting the music down onto tape,staying up
late experimenting with sounds and arrangements.
In the years that followed,the two found moments whenever they could to complete the project. Neither can
believe that what started with just the two of them huddled on a cold porch would grow to involve a once-in-a-lifetime cast of collaborators. A decade after its conception, they are proud to present to the public their
vision of a classic story of betrayal, pride and lost love.
Welcome to Greenbelt.
Singers: Aku Orraca-Tetteh, Christopher Keating (Yeasayer). Haley Dekly (Dirty Projectors), Quinn Walker,
Austin Fisher(Suckers), Ryan Kattner (Man Man),Tanya Houndsley, Cameron Hull, Anand Wilder
Musicians: IraWolf Tuton (Yeasayer) ,James Richardson,Christopher Sean Powell,Jason Trammell (Sinkane),
K Ishibashi, Austin Fisher, Steve Marion (Delicate Steve), Lyndon Cordero Lopez, Daniel Schleifer, Charles
Christopher Erway, Tanya Houndsley1. Coal Into Diamonds
2. Wedding Day
4. Hold You Tight
5. They're Stealing Our Coal
6. 4th Of July
7. Better To Die
8. It Doesn't Seem Right
9. Fathers and Brothers
10. I'm To Blame
11. Hang Your Head High$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hank Williams The Roy Orbison Way180 Gram Vinyl Includes Fully Restored Original Artwork.
Hank Williams The Roy Orbison Way was originally released in August of 1970. This album includes a rocking
version of 'Hey Good Lookin' with an arrangement that has horns following the bass line and actually starts off with loud dirty guitar. This re-issue is fully remixed and remastered to return the audio to its original glory.1. Kaw Liga
2. Hey Good Lookin'
3. Jambalaya (On the Bayou)
4. (Last Night) I Heard You Crying In Your Sleep
5. You Win Again
6. Your Cheatin' Heart
7. Cold, Cold Heart
8. A Mansion On the Hill
9. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)
10. There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight
11. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
What It Is To Burn - X LiveFormed in Temecula, CA
in 1999, the quintet of Nate
Barcalow, Alex Linares, Randy
Strohmeyer, Alex Pappas
and Derrek Doherty known
as Finch, are labeled as the
fore-fathers of the "screamo"
and post hardcore genre. Influenced by the hard leanings
of bands like Deftones and
Hum, and the pop sensibilities of Jimmy Eat World and
Blink-182, Finch began a sonic
revolution in popular music
that still echoes today.
The band signed to Drive-Thru
Records in 2001 after guitarist Strohmeyer sent out a demo to owners Richard and Stephanie Reines while he was working on the label's street team.
Drive-Thru saw something in the Southern California band and decided
to take a risk on a sound that was more aggressive than their current range
of artists. Their first EP, Falling into Place sold more than 6,000 copies
within the first few months and gave them the momentum they needed to
create their groundbreaking first album What It Is To Burn. Recorded in
the winter of 2001, What It Is To Burn was released the following spring.
The album produced three radio hits, charted Number 1 on the Billboard
Heatseekers chart and 188 on the Billboard 200.
They spent years touring in support of What It Is To Burn, sharing
the stage with the likes of Glassjaw, The Starting Line, Yellowcard, and
Blink-182, among others. In 2005, they decided it was time for a follow up,
and went in a more artsy direction with Say Hello To Sunshine. Drummer
Alex Pappas left the band and was replaced by Marc Allen. After years of
heavy touring, the band went on a short hiatus, rejoining one another in
2007 with new bassist Daniel Wonacott to record their self-titled EP. Critics
hailed the EP as a return to glory while still adding to their old sound.
Finch would tour off the release for a few years until deciding on another
break in 2009.
In 2013, Finch reunited to its nearly original lineup and announced that
they would embark on the What It Is To Burn Ten Year Anniversary
tour. The group performed the full-length in its entirety with a few extra
bonuses for fans along the way. One concert in particular in Pomona, CA
was filmed and recorded and will be released via Tragic Hero Records. With no bad blood and everything firing on all fronts, it's hard to
tell what will come next for Finch, but one thing remains certain: all eyes
are watching to find out.1. New Beginnings
2. Letters To You
3. Post Script
4. Grey Matter
5. Perfection Through Silence
7. Without You Here
8. Stay With Me
9. Project Mayhem
11. Three Simple Words
13. Worms Of The Earth ** Previously Unreleased
14. New kid ** Previously Unreleased
15. What It Is To Burn$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Pop Life (Single)12 Maxi-Single Reissue
Featuring Pop Life (Fresh Dance Mix) And Hello (12 Extended Remix Version)
Pop Life is a 1985 song by Prince and The Revolution. It was the second US (and final UK) single from their 1985 album, Around the World in a Day, reaching number 7 in the US charts. The song starts with a faded-in synth line and quickly starts the main tune. The easy groove is achieved with a smooth bass guitar and piano embellishments. A drum machine provides handclaps to make the song danceable. Pop Life was recorded before Purple Rain was completed, indicating the new direction Prince wanted to take after the success of that album and film.
The B-side of the track is Hello, written quickly as a response to those who criticized Prince's lack of participation in the We Are the World event. The angry lyrics lambaste the prying media and false friendships, and is driven by a pulsing beat. The extended version of the song ends with a spoken word by Prince, which contain some self-humor about his high-heeled shoes.1. Pop Life (Fresh Dance Mix)
2. Hello (12 Extended Remix Version)$12.9912 Vinyl Single - Sealed Buy Now
First Comes The NightDouble LP Deluxe Edition that Includes 5 Bonus Tracks.
Chris Isaak's new album First Comes The Night produced by Paul Worley (Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum), Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell) and Mark Needham will be released on Vanguard records. Recorded mostly in Nashville and Los Angeles, First Comes The Night is Isaak's 13th studio album consisting of 12 new songs and five additional bonus tracks!
"First Comes the Night" started with a bit of a melody and the line "That's your stuff/ I kept it just the way it was/ It's the only thing I got that's left from us." "To me, it summed up how many people end up feeling when someone is gone, and they almost make a shrine," Isaak says.1. First Comes The Night
2. Please Don't Call
3. Perfect Lover
4. Down In Flames
6. Baby What You Want Me To Do
7. Kiss Me Like A Stranger
8. Dry Your Eyes
9. Don't Break My Heart
10. Running Down The Road
12. The Way Things Really Are
13. Some Days Are Harder Than The Rest (Bonus Track)
14. Keep Hanging On (Bonus Track)
15. Every Night I Miss You More (Bonus Track)
16. The Girl That Broke My Heart (Bonus Track)
17. Love The Way You Kiss Me (Bonus Track)$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-BMX-5121xFlorida Georgia Line
Dig Your RootsKnown for their record-breaking tracks, undeniable energy and all around good vibes, FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE will release DIG YOUR ROOTS on Big Machine Label Group. The award-winning duo's highly anticipated third studio album uncovers pieces of their lineage along with an evolved creativity.
"Our album cover says it all," shares Brian Kelley. "Tyler and I are continuing to grow musically and personally. We really wanted this album to reflect who we are and our lives in this moment, but also where we came from."
Tyler Hubbard adds, "we both started out playing guitar, singing in church and writing songs so we wanted to let fans see our foundation - a deeper side to us. We couldn't have picked a more fitting title or image for DIG YOUR ROOTS."
Award-winning producer Joey Moi, who has been at the helm for FGL's entire discography to date, once again joined the pair for DIG YOUR ROOTS. The duo penned over half of the new music, further depicting an evolution in both of their life journeys. FGL's soaring single "H.O.L.Y." sets the tone for the new project and is "the right balance of change and continuity, and the mix of love and spirituality" (Billboard).1. Smooth
2. Dig Your Roots
3. Life Is a Honeymoon
6. May We All
9. Good Girl, Bad Boy
10. Wish You Were on It
11. God, Your Mama, and Me
12. Music Is Healing
13. While He's Still Around
14. Grow Old
15. Heatwave$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Hunger And ThirstKyle Morton sings the first line of Typhoon's Hunger & Thirst, I've started a new beginning... suspiciously like the old one, only this time, I'm ready, with the bravery and trepidation of someone who is staring down a familiar path, with all its known challenges and potential pitfalls, surrounded by his dearest longtime friends. Fittingly, producer Paul Laxer recorded Hunger & Thirst in Morton and his bandmates' beloved old Victorian rental house. The lease was about to be up; the landlady was about to be back from Korea - all 12 band members knew their time there was limited, that they were crafting an aural snapshot using room mics and dining rooms. That house can be heard all over the record if you're listening for it, spaciously framing Typhoon's lush, well-edited orchestration, its wood floors perfectly warming Morton's empowered, concerned, delicate vocals in a way that any studio environment would be hard-pressed to capture.
These are songs about striving for what you want, then realizing that once you have it, you don't want it anymore; that maybe that elusive thing was never really the issue anyway. Morton sings about the searches, in all their permutations, the bruises healed by those important to you, impermanence, joy, and finding peace within the incessant desire that has always been man's burden. He sings with strength and hope about renewal (Starting Over), with the entire band in gospel-chorus about confronting and progressing (the .47 second The Mouth of the Cave) and with brutal honesty about struggling with a lifelong illness (The Sickness Unto Death). Everyone has their own unique path to follow, and Hunger & Thirst is a record that should remind us of the preciousness of exploration, the value of those we meet along the way, and the power within that sustains us on our quests.1. Starting Over (Bad Habits)
2. White Liars
3. CPR - Claws Part 2
4. Ghost Train
5. Body of Love
7. Happy People
8. Old Haunts, New Cities
9. Mouth of the Cavern
10. Belly of the Cave$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tail Of LionsLondon-born singer, songwriter, and producer Alex Clare is one of those lucky people who will never be short of something startling to tell when the lights dim and true conversation really begins. "Where do you even start with a story like mine?" he laughs, down the line from his home in Jerusalem - and he makes a good point. Alex signed a major label deal with Island in 2010, released a single and an album then got unceremoniously dropped. When, in 2012, a song called 'Too Close' was pulled from the album and placed on an Internet Explorer 9 advert it prompted millions of sales and, lo and behold, he got re-signed. Eighteen months later he made a new album that the label failed to get behind and, as you might expect, it sold, in his own words, "nothing." He got married, toured the US, Russia, and Europe and started a family.
In the summer of 2015 he removed himself to a narrow boat on the River Lea (his debut was also recorded afloat, "I love boats," he says. "The one thing that I miss about the UK, is that Jerusalem, is on top of a mountain. No boats!") with his friend, bass player and founder member of Submotion Orchestra, Chris Hargreaves and the pair began to record again. What they came up with is a remarkable work called 'Tail of Lions'. Written and recorded in a few short weeks, Alex would spend months with Chris working on exactly the right mix for this new collection, a place where soul, rock, and funk meet steel-sharp electronica and iced-out drum and bass.1. Tell Me What You Need
2. Get Real
3. Surviving Aint Living
4. Bring Me Down
6. Gotta Get Up
7. Tired From The Fire
8. Love Can Heal
9. Open My Eyes
10. You'll Be Fine$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Street TalkKnown primarily as the lead singer of the classic line-up of Journey, Steve Perry set out on his own in 1984 with Street Talk and the massive smash hit Oh Sherrie. Since then Perry has released solo material at his own pace and in the process has crafted some of the most beloved songs in rock history. Now, Columbia/Legacy is proud to work with Steve Perry on remastering and re-releasing his classic solo catalog with a spectacular new sound starting with Street Talk.1. Oh Sherrie
2. I Believe
3. Go Away
4. Foolish Heart
5. It's Only Love
6. She's Min
7. You Should Be Happy
8. Running Alone
9. Captured By The Moment
10. Strung Out$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
From Hell To TexasNashville Pussy came together in 1996. Albums such as Let Them Eat Pussy (1998), High As Hell (2000) or Say Something Nasty (2002) have caused an international stir, and their 1999 single release ´Fried Chicken And Coffee` earned the band a Grammy nomination in the category ´Best Metal Performance`. We were tired of seeing and hearing bands that were just going through rock 101 motions, all slick but with no real soul. So we decided to play the kind of music that we would like to hear, comments Ruyter Suys on the birth of her band. A renowned American music magazine rightly referred to Nashville Pussy as One of the hardest working bands in show biz today.
Following the release of their previous album in September of 2005, Get Some, complete with a cover version of Ike & Tina Turner's 'Nutbush City Limits', the band set out on an extensive tour, determined to document impressively what their audience had come to expect under the heading of 'kick ass live show' (captured on the new DVD Live in Hollywood), and this is precisely what the band's European fans can look forward to in the beginning of 2012. Cartwright: We tour Europe for three weeks starting end of January and expect as always: kick ass rock n' roll based on our re-release of 2009s From Hell To Texas. LINE UP: Blaine Cartwright guitars, vocals Ruyter Suys guitars Karen Cuda bass Jeremy Thompson drums1. Speed Machine
2. From Hell To Texas
3. Drunk Driving Man
4. Lazy Jesus
5. I'm So High
6. Ain't Yo Business
7. Dead Men Can't Get Drunk
8. Late Great USA
9. Pray For The Devil
10. Why Why Why
11. Stone Cold Down
12. Give Me A Hit Before I Go$14.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Zephyr MK/III Cartridge
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Toto was founded in 1977 by some of the most experienced session musicians of that time.
The members of Toto were regulars on albums by Steely Dan, Seals and Crofts, Boz Scaggs, Sonny and Cher, and many others, contributing to many of the most popular records of the 1970s.
The band enjoyed great commercial success in the late 1970s and 1980s, starting with the band's self-titled debut released in 1978.
It includes the hit singles 'Hold the Line', 'I'll Supply the Love' and 'Georgy Porgy' and the album gained a reputation when released for its characteristic sound, mixing soft pop with both synth and hard rock elements.
The band still has a good reputation as selling out arenas all over the world proves.
Music on Vinyl now rereleases this classic album on 180-grams vinyl.1. Child's Anthem (2:45)
2. I'll Supply The Love (3:45)
3. Georgy Porgy (4:08)
4. Manuela Run (3:55)
5. You Are The Flower (4:17)
1. Girl Goodbye (6:14)
2. Takin' It Back (3:46)
3. Rockmaker (3:19)
4. Hold The Line (3:56)
5. Angela (4:44)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Time Is Over One Day OldBear In Heaven's new album is aptly titled Time is Over One Day Old. It's a record with a visceral
relationship to time and its processes.Where invulnerability and ambition can support you as you grow,
at some point they become dead weight, and being true to yourself means casting them off,starting anew.
This plays out as a powerful analogy for the band across the arc of it's career.
They've always made intriguing records, here especially. It's easy to see why musicians fall hard for this
band.They entice and envelop you. Any Bear In Heaven song will most likely greet you with a provocative
beat, textural synthesizers and unassuming but adeptly supportive bass and guitar, all exquisitely
arranged and glistening.Jon Philpot's high,smooth,strong voice is so tightly wound into the music that
it can be easy to overlook the lyrics, Bear In Heaven's capacious third dimension. Philpot is a center-seeking, contemplative writer who captures the fleeting thoughts that underscore our emotional lives,the
interactions with the world that are both difficult to express and anathema in daily conversation.
While all of this can be said of any Bear In Heaven album, each varies wildly in tone and approach. 2007's
Red Bloom of the Boom is ambitious and experimental. Beast Rest Forth Mouth(2009)was a pivotal record
that still feels important,seductive and intense.On their 2012 LP I Love You, It's Cool the structural and
musical ideas are challenging, and masterfully developed. For Time is Over One Day Old,we witness the
band once again turning their gaze inward and prioritizing their evocative abilities in line with or even
slightly ahead of technical skills. It feels very much in the tradition of BRFM in that way. It's beautiful; it's
Here Philpot and Adam Wills are more deeply collaborative than ever. This album is darker at times,
louder than their others; it feels personal and direct."If I Were To Lie"places Wills' bass groove front and
center,"Demon" is riveting and propulsive in spite of its dark pointed lyric, and"They Dream"dissolves
into three and a half minutes of deeply satisfying ambient synth work in its second half.Wills has always
been the bands anchor, providing rock solid,rhythmic bass lines and guitars that blur the boundaries of
Philpot's synth. Though in moments such as the final track, "You Don't Need The World," Wills cuts
through with an audacious, biting guitar hook. It's a great culmination of the album's sense of release.
This album isn't about being dark, it's about releasing darkness and frustration.
When bands age well, their vitality takes shape. They wear, but with intention. They trim excesses.
Throughout this album you'll hear a band at peace with themselves. They've learned to cut back on that
which is merely impressive and to concentrate on simply what is crucial.For Philpot this is about making
something lasting. "A lot of shedding, getting rid of layers and preconceptions breaking up with old
ways of thinking, old ways of being, starting to look at this thing in a new way and finding something
positive."The result is a record that will stay with you.1. Autumn
2. Time Between
3. If I Were To Lie
4. They Dream
5. The Sun and The Moon and The Stars
6. Memory Heart
8. Way Off
9. Dissolve The Walls
10. You Don't Need The World$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Kiss: MTV UnpluggedCelebrating four decades of decibels, KISS, Mercury Records and UMe proudly announce reissuing the legendary KISS albums on 180g audiophile vinyl
starting in 2014. Remastered to high definition 192kHz/24-bit audio for maximum fidelity, these albums have never sounded so amazing and now
vinyl collectors will get what they've been demanding. All posters, sleeve art, stickers, etc that appeared in the original LP release where applicable have
been faithfully reproduced for the KISS Army.
On April 10, KISS will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - which will be broadcast in May -
and then will kick off a summer co-headlining tour with Def Leppard starting in June.
After sinking deep into this musical celebration, even the not-so-avid listener will surely know something more about Kiss, a classic rock icon of the '70s roaring back in vibrant and passionate form. This recording of a session done expressly for the program MTV Unplugged in 1996 brought together a special group for a remarkable, if unexpected, reunion. Throughout this record, you can feel the support and raw adoration of the audience present, certainly a mixture of long-time fans and new admirers. The members of Kiss got together to rock hard on their axes and crash big on the drums, bringing a renewed sense of freshness and excitement. Nearly rock & roll legends, they exceeded expectations and, given their newfound energy, charisma, and love for the music, their performance provided the catalyst for the beginning of a successful world reunion tour. Coming Home delivers a feverish and electric opening that gets the crowd on its feet in a hurry. Soon the emotion and presence of this group are brought back with startling grace and wisdom on Plaster Caster, and the beautiful acoustic medley Goin' Blind. The decades of Kiss, their costumes, and their wild stadium shows roll back in a heartbeat through the crashing tune Do You Love Me. Perhaps one of the most bewildering tunes that really reflects the image of Kiss is the rocking blues tune Domino. The crowd is really fired up now, next experiencing the charming and soulful power rock ballad Sure Know Something. A World Without Heroes is very subdued and reflective. Rock Bottom is delicate and mysterious in the opening seconds, with a lush minor harmony delivered picking style on the acoustic. Now it gets rough, expresses Stanley, grooving in a racy blues statement. See You Tonight is a romantic and pretty ballad delivered with sweetness, and the group sings, I'll see you tonight/And if I can't, I'll cry, I'll cry/I see you tonight, outside. Then on comes the darker resonance of the band with I Still Love You, expressing grave longing after a grueling breakup. I got to make you see, is a gripping line in a haunting bridge section, before the shouted, emotional, sometimes painful chorus: Girl, it seems the price I have of losing you/Will be my hell to pay/It makes me want to die/'Cause I still love you. The solo during the bridge is reminiscent of the chord structure of the Guess Who's Undun. After this painful, depressing song, new breath is found with Every Time I Look at You, a song of forgiveness, delivered with sincerity and the feeling of hope: Every time I hold you/The things I never told you seem to come easily/'Cause you're everything to me. The bridge is brilliant and seems to elevate the melody to a gratifying level, before breaking into a chilling guitar improv, layered over with a shimmering string orchestra. Beth is the most heartwarming song of Kiss' power ballads: Beth I know you're lonely/And I hope you'll be alright/'Cause me and the boys will be playing all night. Finally, a Kiss show wouldn't be complete without the ultimate party song, Rock and Roll All Night, a tune still electric without electric guitars.
- Shawn M. Haney (All Music Guide)LP 1
1. Comin' Home
2. Plaster Caster
3. Goin' Blind
4. Do You Love Me
6. Sure Know Something
7. A World Without Heroes
8. Rock Bottom
1. See You Tonight
2. I Still Love You
3. Every Time I Look At You
4. 2,000 Man
6. Nothin' To Lose
7. Rock 'N' Roll All Nite
8. Got To Choose$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
My Midnight ThingsSince 1983, the name Lizzy Borden has been synonymous with heavy metal music of the highest caliber. With My Midnight Things he has reaffirmed this standing, delivering the biggest, most dramatic, moving and cinematic record of his career, and one of the most essential additions to the genre in 2018. While showcasing a diverse range of sounds, tones and moods, it is unmistakably the work of the man who released a string of classic albums in the 1980s and two more in the 00s, but with a new fire burning at the heart of the record, it is one that he has lovingly crafted for those who scream along with every word at his shows. "On our last tour across Europe, Asia and South America, I noticed that the audience had changed," he states. "It got a lot younger. I looked out to see all these kids in every country singing at the top of their lungs to songs that were written before they were born, and that made me want to start writing some full-blown albums just for them. I wanted to make songs that would be theirs, albums that they could be a part of."
Having not dropped a record since 2007's mighty Appointment With Death, fans have understandably champed at the bit waiting for new material. Though penning numerous songs throughout that period, when it became time to seriously focus upon writing an album, the multi-instrumentalist did what needed to be done to be sure of creating the best possible music. "I knew the only way I could find what I was looking for was to lock myself away and experiment, so that's what I did. I wrote and recorded in my studio in North Hollywood in a very industrial area all night every night, with only sirens from fire trucks and these songs to keep me company. It was a lonely time, but very fruitful. You might even hear some of those sirens in some of the songs if you listen closely." Starting with between forty and fifty songs, he steadily whittled these down to fifteen, and finally to the ten that made the record, only wanting the very best to make the cut. As with all of his albums, once Borden hones in on a core subject matter he builds the album around it, and in the case of My Midnight Things, the theme is that of love. However, adopting a different approach to writing than usual, rather than starting with music, he instead focused on the lyrics, and penned the music later to best serve the stories being told, wanting every song to stand up on its own while keeping the storyline of the record moving forward. "I just let the lyrics drive the mood and the way I would sing each song, but overall I kept it varied and engaging enough so that listeners will want to devour the whole album in one sitting, without you hearing me repeat myself."
The diversity of the record makes it abundantly clear that he succeeded, and it makes for a thrilling ride from start to finish. Opening with the titanic stomp of the title track, the cinematic feel kicks off from the start, a serpentine seductiveness coiling through it, and the likes of "A Stranger To Love" and the bruising "Our Love Is God" inhabit similarly dark territory. The more stripped down, haunting strains of the reprise of the title track - which was in fact the first version penned - is achingly frail, and then counterpointing all of the record's darker and more brooding moments are the upbeat "Long May They Haunt Us", the hugely anthemic and uplifting closer "We Belong In The Shadows", and the frankly glorious "Run Away With Me". While the title of the album "means many different things" to Borden, he chooses not to disclose these, allowing listeners to find their own meaning in it, which is something important to him. In terms of the record's central theme, he acknowledges that while "love" seems somewhat obvious, he tried to find a way to see it through a different lens. "Sometimes being in love is the worst thing that can happen to you if you're with the wrong person and you can't stop it, and sometimes it's the best thing in the world. I knew I could find things in between every other song that's been written about it. So that was the challenge. But, even though I write with a theme in mind and with different personalities singing each song, I never write in storyboard form. I always try to write in poetry form. I think you can search for more meaning that way, from one line to the next there can be multiple meanings, as opposed to being trapped telling a story."
Having signed a new contract with Metal Blade on the strength of three demo tracks, Borden opted to produce My Midnight Things himself, with Joey Scott as co-producer, who also handled all the drumming duties. Having an old school approach to his drumming, feeding off the vocals, lyrics and melody rather than just acting as a time keeper, he was perfectly suited to Borden's approach to the record, which also applied to his role as co-producer. "I knew what I was going for and had doubts that I could find a producer who would understand that. My approach is very different than what is happening in today's music, but Joey got that and wanted the same thing." With Marliese Quance Mildenberger handling the majority of the keyboards, her unique melancholy playing style added even more "emotion and dimension" to each song, while Borden himself handled all of the bass, guitars, some keys and all of the vocal parts. Anyone exposed to My Midnight Things will find it hard to deny that like all of his records, it is a true vocal tour de force, each track endowed with a phenomenal amount of layering to create something that is uniquely Lizzy Borden. "The style that I record vocals harkens back to The Beatles and Queen. It's time consuming and tedious, but the result gives you a more multi-dimensional feel than you would get with a single vocal. When I recorded 'Master Of Disguise' (1989), I was clocked in at a seven-octave vocal range between all the backing and lead vocals. It gave the feel of multiple personalities within my voice, and I've used that technique on the last four albums."
That every song on the record could be released as a single is testament to just how strong this collection is. While truly a record for his fans, its appeal will easily reach much further, and Borden is as eager to get back on stage as his devout followers who cannot wait to see him back up there. "I've already started working on the 'My Midnight Things' Show, and I really can't wait to play these songs live. There are so many talented players out there in the world, I know I will find the right guys or girls to be on stage with me in my touring band, and just based on what is being talked about, so far it will be the best show I've ever done. I really do feel a new excitement that I have not felt in years. The best is yet to come."Tracklist coming soon!$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Goodbye Terrible YouthHow do you improve an already striking set of stripped-down, homemade pop? Gary McClure, the St. Louis-by-way-of Scotland songwriter behind American Wrestlers, a once anonymous project that became one of the year's best new bands, believes it's about being true to the basics.
"It's truly about becoming good enough to write the album you wanted to listen to when you were 15," he says. "Every time I make a new record, I feel like I'm getting closer."
Goodbye Terrible Youth (November 4, Fat Possum) shows McClure taking bedroom recordings onto a bigger stage without sacrificing the intimacy that makes them so attractive. If his self-titled album showed his knack for stringing together addictive guitar lines-the shimmer of shoegaze mixed with the emotional fist pump of power pop-Goodbye Terrible Youth amplifies that energy with a road-tested band. Literally breaking out of the home studio-the Tascam mixer McClure had been recording on has fallen apart from overuse-he's embraced a bigger sound and stage on Goodbye Terrible Youth, his rueful yet propulsive songwriting only becoming sharper.
"I wanted to write songs that bridged the gap better between audience and stage," he says. "Faster, louder more distortion. Something you can do handstands and backflips and start small fires to."
Building on the dreamy haze of previous recordings, McClure's music on GTY often crackles with energy. Lead song "Vote Thatcher" flips a switch between propulsive, jangly guitar lines and bright, boisterous, choruses, a fitting backdrop for lyrics imploring listeners not to let their youth slip through their fingers. "Someone Far Away," propelled by a massive, fuzzy bassline, makes a perfect soundtrack for a long desert drive, while the angular and angsty, while "Terrible Youth" opens with a muscular take on the midsection riff of Marquee Moon, than fuzzes into grunge over a Stone Roses bass line along with a bit of Big Star swagger.
When McClure's homemade recordings surfaced in late 2014, they featured the kind of lo-fi charm you'd expect from a lost classic, like a long-lost mixtape rediscovered under the seat of your car. Self-released on Bandcamp, the earnest and effortless album reflects McClure at his best.
"It's this weird kind of thing happens where the music kind of constructs itself," he says. "My music making process is always happening, always going on in my head. It's almost like anti-virus software in my computer. It's always plugging away in the background."
McClure's career may be the definition of plugging away, enough so that he has the unique distinction of being "discovered" twice. Before starting American Wrestler, he was one-half of Working For a Nuclear Free City, a shoegaze-inspired band out of Manchester, England. By 2013, McClure and bandmate Phil Kay decided to wind the project down. As McClure weighed next move, he started playing around and posting demos online. The tracks caught the attention of Bridgette Imperial, an American who was studying overseas, and sparked more than just a meeting of musical minds. They began dating, and a year later, McClure had moved to St. Louis to marry her.
The midwest move has been a key influence for the restless musician, a more open music scene than he was accustomed to in Manchester. While working a warehouse job for UPS in Missouri, McClure began experimenting and recording what would become the first American Wrestlers album, and the momentum and reception built since then has allowed him to stretch out and refine a new album of songs with a full band, which includes Imperial, who plays keyboard, as well as Ian Reitz on bass and Josh Van Hoorebeke on drums. McClure's new set of bouncing, well-crafted songs shows that musical youth is not always wasted on the young.
"I'm always surprised by how each record brings me closer to writing simpler, heavier, catchier songs like those bands who gave me my musical epiphany: Nirvana, the Smashing Pumpkins, Hole and that first Foo Fighters record," he says. "I first learned how to write by copying them and got lost for a decade in intricacy and experimentation. Now, it feels like I'm heading back."1. Vote Thatcher
2. Give Up
3. So Long
4. Hello, Dear
5. Amazing Grace
6. Terrible Youth
7. Blind Kids
8. Someone Far Away
9. Real People$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Storytone (Deluxe)Neil Young's significantly higher fidelity follow-up to A Letter Home is called Storytone, and is released via Reprise.
Really, it's two albums: There's a solo version and a standard version, which was recorded with a 92-piece orchestra and choir. The vinyl contains both solo and standard versions, pressed at QRP.
The album was produced by Young and Niko Bolas under their Volume Dealers moniker. The orchestra was arranged and conducted by Michael Bearden and Chris Walden.
One of the most influential artists of all time, Neil Young has set a standard of artistic integrity and iconoclastic creativity. Before starting his multi-platinum solo career, he was a founding member of the folk-rock band Buffalo Springfield and worked with the groups Crazy Horse and Crosby, Stills and Nash. The Canadian singer-songwriter was recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 for his work as a solo artist and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1982. Young's philanthropic work is as renowned as his musical legacy. His famous Bridge School Benefit Concert has become a yearly tradition since 1986 and continues to boast an incredible line-up of high-profile artists. Each year, Young donates all of the proceeds to the Bay Area's Bridge School, which assists children with severe physical impairments and complex communication needs. He was also one of the original founders of Farm Aid in 1985, and continues to be an active member on the organization's board of directors.LP 1 (Original Album With Orchestra)
1. Plastic Flowers
2. Who's Gonna Stand Up?
3. I Want To Drive My Car
5. Say Hello To Chicago
7. Like You Used To Do
8. I'm Glad I Found You
9. When I Watch You Sleeping
10. All Those Dreams
LP 2 (Solo Performances)
1. Plastic Flowers
2. Who's Gonna Stand Up?
3. I Want To Drive My Car
5. Say Hello To Chicago
7. Like You Used To Do
8. I'm Glad I Found You
9. When I Watch You Sleeping
10. All Those Dreams$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Iconic GrooveBen Liebrand's new artist album Iconic Groove captures those bass lines, riffs and rhythms that move the dance floor. The album covers every aspect of your weekend, from getting ready to go out, the trip to the venue in the limo, the people you meet, the artists you see, the moves you make all the way till you see the sunrise after closing time.
Using the latest technology 'Iconic Groove' was nevertheless recorded the oldskool way starting with real bass guitars & rhythm guitars sessions, adding horns and live rhythm elements. Overlaying with Iconic synthesizer sounds from Moog, Korg, Roland, and many more capturing the early years of electronic music with captivating sequence patterns and sweeping modulating pad sounds.
Iconic Groove is produced, arranged, engineered and mixed by Ben Liebrand. Ben's inspiration is clearly audible with collaborations of icons like Cerrone and James D-Train Williams, Tonys Scott and more. With a broad selection of dance ranging from super Funky through Disco to throbbing sequencers!LP 1
1. Weekend (feat. James ''D-Train'' Williams)
2. We Are the Night (feat. James ''D-Train'' Williams)
3. Get On Up (feat. Caroline Dest)
4. Don't Stop
5. Boogie (feat. Barbara Tucker)
6. VIP Pass (Limo Included) (feat. Joel ''Spanky'' Gray)
8. To the Venue
1. Into the Light
3. Mister DJ (feat. James ''D-Train'' Williams)
4. Discotheque (feat. Tony Scott)
5. All the Way (feat. Tony Scott)
6. Love (feat. Caroline Dest)
7. On and On
8. Can You Hear Me (feat. Erica Young)
9. Closing Time$33.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Bluenote CafeRecorded at various shows during Neil Young and Bluenote CafÉ's 1988 tour, this superb live set documents one of Neil's most funky and heartfelt periods, featuring 7 unreleased songs - Soul of a Woman, Bad News Comes to Town, Ain't it the Truth, I'm Goin', Crime of the Heart, Doghouse, Fool for Your Love, - and a searing 19+ minute version of the immortal Tonight's the Night at The Pier in New York City. It was a wild night.
One of the most influential artists of all time, Neil Young has set a standard of artistic integrity and iconoclastic creativity. Before starting his multi-platinum solo career, he was a founding member of the folk-rock band Buffalo Springfield and worked with the groups Crazy Horse and Crosby, Stills and Nash. The Canadian singer-songwriter was recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 for his work as a solo artist and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1982.
Young's philanthropic work is as renowned as his musical legacy. His famous Bridge School Benefit Concert has become a yearly tradition since 1986 and continues to boast an incredible line-up of high-profile artists. Each year, Young donates all of the proceeds to the Bay Area's Bridge School, which assists children with severe physical impairments and complex communication needs. He was also one of the original founders of Farm Aid in 1985, and continues to be an active member on the organization's board of directors.LP1
1. Welcome To The Big Room
2. Don't Take Your Love Away From Me
3. This Note's For You
4. Ten Men Workin'
5. Life In The City
1. Hello Lonely Woman
2. Soul Of A Woman
3. Married Man
4. Bad News Comes To Town
5. Ain't It The Truth
6. One Thing
1. I'm Goin'
2. Ordinary People
3. Crime In The City
4. Crime Of The Heart
5. Welcome Rap
1. Fool For Your Love
2. Encore Rap
3. On The Way Home
4. Sunny Inside
5. Tonight's The Night$59.99Vinyl LP - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
DecadeA fantastic 3-LP collection of Neil's best-from Buffalo Springfield through CSNY to his own enigmatic solo career-featuring Southern Man; Down by the River; Helpless; Ohio; Sugar Mountain; Like a Hurricane; Heart of Gold; After the Gold Rush , and lots more.
One of the most influential artists of all time, Neil Young has set a standard of artistic integrity and iconoclastic creativity. Before starting his multi-platinum solo career, he was a founding member of the folk-rock band Buffalo Springfield and worked with the groups Crazy Horse and Crosby, Stills and Nash. The Canadian singer-songwriter was recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 for his work as a solo artist and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1982. Young's philanthropic work is as renowned as his musical legacy.
His famous Bridge School Benefit Concert has become a yearly tradition since 1986 and continues to boast an incredible line-up of high-profile artists. Each year, Young donates all of the proceeds to the Bay Area's Bridge School, which assists children with severe physical impairments and complex communication needs. He was also one of the original founders of Farm Aid in 1985, and continues to be an active member on the organization's board of directors.LP 1
1. Down to the Wire - By Buffalo Springfield
2. Burned - By Buffalo Springfield
3. Mr. Soul - By Buffalo Springfield
4. Broken Arrow - By Buffalo Springfield
5. Expecting to Fly - By Buffalo Springfield
6. Sugar Mountain
7. I Am a Child - By Buffalo Springfield
8. The Loner
9. The Old Laughing Lady
10. Cinnamon Girl - By Neil Young & Crazy Horse
11. Down By the River - By Neil Young & Crazy Horse
1. Cowgirl In the Sand - By Neil Young & Crazy Horse
2. I Believe in You - By Neil Young & Crazy Horse
3. After the Gold Rush - By Neil Young & Crazy Horse
4. Southern Man - By Neil Young & Crazy Horse
5. Helpless - By Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
6. Ohio - By Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
7. Soldier03 Old Man
8. A Man Needs a Maid
10. Heart of Gold
11. Star of Bethlehem
1. The Needle and the Damage Done
2. Tonight's the Night, Pt. 1
3. Tired Eyes
4. Walk On
5. For the Turnstiles
7. Deep Forbidden Lake
8. Like a Hurricane - By Neil Young & Crazy Horse
9. Love Is a Rose
10. Cortez the Killer - By Neil Young & Crazy Horse
12. Long May You Run - By The Stills-Young Band$36.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Me MoanLet's get a few facts straight right off the bat. The name is Daughn
Gibson - rhymes with Jaughn, or Raughn. He was born in Nazareth, PA,
and currently resides in the sleepy college town of Carlisle, PA, where
he frequents local watering holes like The Cave and Alibis. He's 6'5,
200 pounds, and has a head of thick, jet-black hair thicker. He played
drums in Pearls & Brass. Daughn was a trucker, sure, but he's also
packed boxes in an un-air conditioned warehouse, climbed up commercial
broadcast towers with untested levels of radiation, worked at an adult
bookstore, done sound at dive bars and collected unemployment checks.
Daughn's been around.
Daughn Gibson first entered the daydreams of the general public in
2012 with his acclaimed debut, All Hell. Armed with modern technology
and a pile of thrift-store records, Daughn shook the ghosts out of scratchy
Christian folk records and baptized them as fierce Americana with his
booming baritone voice. His songs are as frequently tender as they are
prurient, as hopeful as they are brimming with despair. He treats the
past with respectful reverence while still being able to appreciate esoteric
modern-day electronic music from across the pond. The only real starting
point for the music of Daughn Gibson is Daughn Gibson.
It's on Daughn's second album and Sub Pop debut, Me Moan, that he
truly reveals himself to the world. If All Hell was a gritty black-and-white
movie, Me Moan is a widescreen IMAX 3D extravaganza. While the roots
of All Hell's sample-based music remain, these songs are performed
live, lushly detailed and richly orchestrated.
Live drums, guitars (by John Baizley of Baroness and Jim Elkington of Brokeback), pedal steel, horns,
house strings, bagpipes and organs appear on this record, but never
does it feel over-stuffed - every instrument or melody is perfectly in place.
Me Moan isn't just Daughn Gibson's primal scream, it's a skirmish
through the full spectrum of emotion, unfiltered and impassioned.
Like Cormac McCarthy or Robert Altman, Daughn Gibson is a uniquely
American artist who throws his soul into his work, free of compromise,
possessed by unique vision and so damn intense that he constantly
teeters on spontaneous combustion. It's not out of line to consider Me
Moan as his Blood Meridian; his Nashville. All that's left is for you to let
Daughn in.1. The Sound of Law
2. Phantom Rider
3. Mad Ocean
4. The Pisgee Nest
5. You Don't Fade
7. Won't You Climb
8. The Right Signs
9. Kissin on the Blacktop
10. All My Days Off
11. Into the Sea$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now