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The SuburbsThe Suburbs is the third studio album by the Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire, originally released in August 2010. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Irish Albums Chart, the UK Albums Chart, the US Billboard 200 chart, and the Canadian Albums Chart. It won Album of the Year at the 2011 Grammy Awards, Best International Album at the 2011 BRIT Awards, Album of the Year at the 2011 Juno Awards, and the 2011 Polaris Music Prize for best Canadian album. Two weeks after winning Grammy's Album of the Year, the album jumped from No. 52 to No. 12 on the Billboard 200, the album's highest ranking since August 2010.LP 1
1. The Suburbs
2. Ready to Start
3. Modern Man
5. Empty Room
6. City With No Children
7. Half Light I
8. Half Light II (No Celebration)
1. Month of May
2. Wasted Hours
3. Deep Blue
4. We Used to Wait
5. Sprawl I (Flatland)
6. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
7. Suburban War
8. The Suburbs (continued)$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Rockin' The SuburbsDouble LP Pressed On Heavyweight 180 Gram Black Vinyl
Rockin' the Suburbs is Ben Folds' first solo album after leaving Ben Folds Five. The album was well received by fans and critics alike. This 15th anniversary pressing brings the album back to vinyl for the first time since its 2001 release. Like the original pressing, the album contains the bonus track Hiro's Song, only available on the Japanese CD and US vinyl releases. This reissue was pressed on two 180gram LPs.1. Annie Waits
2. Zak And Sara
3. Still Fighting It
5. Fred Jones Part 2
6. The Ascent Of Stan
7. Losing Lisa
8. Carrying Cathy
9. Not The Same
10. Hiro's Song
11. Rockin' The Suburbs
13. The Luckiest$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ReflektorReflektor is Arcade Fire's fourth studio album. Led by singer Win Butler and his wife RÉgine Chassagne, Arcade Fire released its last album, The Suburbs, in 2010. It's longer than [2010 album] 'The Suburbs' - it's a double record - mostly down to the fact that the songs are a lot longer, Butler recently said of the upcoming project. I mean, 'Reflektor' is seven-and-a-half, there's another couple of seven-minute songs on the record and so it made more sense to stretch it out to two records with two distinct sides. It's more of a classic double LP vibe where you have to flip the side and it takes you to a different place.1. Reflektor
2. We Exist
3. Flashbulb Eyes
4. Here Comes The Night Time
5. Normal Person
6. You Already Know
7. Joan Of Arc
8. Here Comes The Night Time II
9. Awful Sound (Oh Erydice)
10. It's Never Over (Oh Orpheous)
13. Supersymmetry$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Live At The Key Club (Limited Edition)Limited Edition Colored Vinyl
Limited edition sequentially numbered die-cut "key hole" gatefold jacket vinyl pressing of the legendary 1998 performance of hard rock heroes Cinderella performing at the infamous Key Club in Los Angeles!
Cinderella is an American glam metal and hard rock band from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band emerged in the mid-1980s with a series of multi-platinum albums and hit singles whose music videos received heavy MTV rotation. They began as heavy metal band, but later shifted towards a more hard rock/blues-rock sound.1. The More Things Change
2. Push, Push
3. Shelter Me
4. Night Songs
5. Somebody Save Me
6. Heartbreak Station
7. Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)
8. Nobody's Fool
9. Gypsy Road
10. Shake Me$29.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Just Movement (Awaiting Repress)Album from the Electronic/Dance artist with a Rock 'n' Roll flair. Delong, raised in the suburbs of Seattle, headed south to Los Angeles with a toolbox of Wii-motes, keyboards, and drums to develop a live rock show that CMJ Magazine claims worthy of an 8-bit warrior, seamlessly creating danceable electro beats with his Wii Remote and Sega Genesis controller on par with the Chemical Brothers. Having performed his genre-bending songs since 2010, Delong uses MIDI interfaces, a full drum set, drum pads, keyboards, laptops and game controllers, looping his music live to fuse electronic dance beats with striking melodies and lyrics with emotional heart.1. Just Movement
2. Global Concepts
4. Change (How You Feel)
6. Few Years Make
7. Religious Views
8. Complex By Degree
11. Survival of the Fittest$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Nursing Home, the second album by Lets Wrestle, was recorded in Chicago with Steve Albini. With themes that include being trapped in the suburbs and dancing boys on drugs, the band show that their view of the world is the same, theyve just put on some darker sunglasses. Lets Wrestle may have lost some of their naivety lyrically, but its certainly still there.
If you ask singer Wesley Patrick Gonzalez what the record sounds like hell tell you Thin Lizzy and The Cars, which I guess to some extent is true. Though I wont bother to list other bands the record brings to mind, I will say that its heavier than its predecessor, maybe due to Albinis engineering, but the underlying melody displayed previously remains, with the few quiet songs on Nursing Home being perhaps the most poignant the band have recorded. - Dan Boleyn1. In Dreams Part II
2. If I Keep on Loving You
3. In the Suburbs
4. Bad Mammaries
5. Dear John
6. For My Mother
7. Im So Lazy
8. Theres a Rockstar in My Room
9. I Forgot
10. I Am Useful
11. I Will Not Give In
12. Getting Rest$18.99Limited Edition Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Make Your Own Danger (Discontinued)Born in Kharkov, Ukraine, Alina Simone came to the US as a daughter of political refugees after her father refused recruitment by the KGB and was blacklisted. Raised in the suburbs of Massachusetts, she moved to Austin, Texas after graduating from art school and started off singing in the doorway of an abandoned bar on Sixth Street. She quickly became known for her sparse instrumentation and raw and powerful delivery. After the release of her debut album, Placelessness (2007), Simone earned both national airplay and critical acclaim. Her 2008 album, Everyone is Crying Out to Me, Beware, covered the music of Yanka Dyagileva, the late Siberian folk-punk icon.
Make Your Own Danger promises to be Alina Simone's lushest and most fully realized work to date, with exotic touches that include flute, autoharp, horns, Brazilian drumming, and vocal loops.1. Beautiful Machine
4. Day Glow Avenue
5. My Love Is A Mountain
6. You Fade Away
7. Just Here To Watch The Show
8. In The House Of Baba Yaga
9. Make Your Own Danger
10. Sun Kissed Slashes
11. Apocalyptic Lullaby
12. Waiting For The Storm$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hard FeelingsFormed in the suburbs of South Jersey in 2009, Major League got their start the old-fashioned way, through hard work, relentless touring and simple word of mouth. The quintet, made up of Nick Trask (vocals), Brian Joyce (guitar/vocals), Matt Chila (guitar/vocals), Kyle Bell (bass) and Luke Smartnick (drums), released a string of EPs over the last several years and found themselves on worldwide tours with bands like The Swellers, Living With Lions and DayTrader before entering the studio to record their follow-up release, Hard Feelings.
This record means more to us than just an album comprised of our most recent material, says Major League guitarist Brian Joyce. It's a therapeutic release. Lyrically, we've poured ourselves into Hard Feelings with everything from childhood anxiety, to early twenties angst and everything in between. Instrumentally, this album is a product of what we dreamed of writing back in our bedrooms in 1999 learning Blink and NoFx songs.1. Hard Feelings
2. Walk Away
3. Twenty Seven
5. Arrows Crossed
7. Because Heaven Knows
8. Pull Me Out
9. Home Wrecker
10. Final Thoughts$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-ATO-0011xKing Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Sketches Of Brunswick EastSketches of Brunswick East, a collaboration with LA tripster troupe Mild High Club, is a chance to get to know King
Gizzard's sunny, playful side. Where previous albums have slipped down sonic worm-holes to explore distant
galaxies, this one is an examination of (and homage to) the Melbourne suburb in which King Gizzard write & record
in their own studio. A nod to Miles Davis's Sketches of Spain, this album sees the band further exploring a
Tropicalia element only ever previously hinted at.1. Sketches Of Brunswick East I
5. Cranes, Planes, And Migraines
6. The Spider And Me
7. Sketches Of Brunswick East II
8. Dusk To Dawn On Lygon Street
9. The Book
10. A Journey To (S)Hell
11. Rolling Stoned
12. You Can Be Your Silhouette
13. Sketches Of Brunswick East III$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
RatchetShamir is Shamir Bailey, a 20-year-old Las Vegas native who grew
up not on the strip but in the desert. His verve for life makes him
almost impossible to categorize. As a young musician, he moves in
and out of soul, r&b, house, disco, rap, and pop - in the tradition
of artists like Prince, Grace Jones, David Bowie, and Madonna.
Genre is a tool for Shamir, not a boundary. Or as Shamir would put
it, "It doesn't matter what you sound like - you just have to be you."
With an androgyne croon that recalls Nina Simone, Shamir rose
from the suburbs of Vegas after sending demos to Nick Sylvester,
who runs the GODMODE label out of New York. Together they
made Northtown, Shamir's debut EP (2014), and continued their
working relationship for Ratchet, Shamir's first LP for XL Recordings.
It's an ecstatic dance-pop record that also has some dust and age
to it, sparkling with the grit of a desert geode. The songs are about
growing up in Vegas, though not the Vegas you think you know.
The music is fun even when it's mostly introspective, introspective
even when it's mostly fun. There's an obvious fluidity to Shamir. He
transcends boundaries - genre, gender, age, geography. If he feels
solitary, it's because there's literally no one else like him.1. Vegas
2. Make A Scene
3. On The Regular
4. Call It Off
5. Hot Mess
7. In For The Kill
10. Head In The Clouds$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Poltergeist (Colored Vinyl)Limited Edition Of 750 Numbered Copies On Red & Black Mixed Vinyl
Poltergeist is a 2015 American supernatural horror film directed by Gil Kenan, written by David Lindsay-Abaire and produced by Sam Raimi. A remake of the 1982 film of the same name, the film stars Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, and Jane Adams.
In the film all seems well for Eric Bowen (Sam Rockwell), wife Amy (Rosemarie DeWitt) and their three children as they move into their new house in the suburbs of Illinois. Soon, youngest daughter Maddy (Kennedi Clements) begins talking to an imaginary friend, or so the family thinks. It's not long before sinister spirits wreak havoc in the home, holding Maddy captive and forcing the parents to consult a team of parapsychologists who engage the supernatural entities in a battle for the girl's freedom.
The German film music composer Marc Streitenfeld is known for his collaborations with director Ridley Scott. Born in Munich, Germany, Streitenfeld relocated to Los Angeles at the age of 19, first working briefly as a musical assistant for composer Hans Zimmer, then independently as a music editor and supervisor on several blockbusters.1. Poltergeist Opening
2. They're Here
3. Angry Spirits
4. Electronics Awakening
5. They're Not Pretend, Mommy
6. The Storm Is Coming
7. Clown Attack
8. Into The Closet
9. Maddy Is On TV
10. You Have To Get My Sister Back
11. A Poltergeist Intrusion
12. Home Improvements
13. Somebody Is With Her
14. Take A Peek
15. I Feel A Little Braver
16. Into The Portal
17. The Other Side
19. Let Her Go
20. Home Free$33.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-MER-6716xAmor De Dias
The House At SeaAmor de Días, the collaboration between Alasdair MacLean (The Clientele) and Lupe Núñez-Fernández (Pipas), release their sophomore album The House at Sea. While debut Street of the Love of Days took three years to make, The House at Sea was recorded and mixed in only nine days. As a result, the sessions centered around a smaller band-the twin Spanish guitars and voices of Núñez-Fernández and MacLean, and an occasional rhythm section of James Hornsey and Howard Monk, both formerly of The Clientele. The fast pace of the sessions resulted in a rawer, more urgent album, recorded by Brian O'Shaughnessy (My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, Denim, Birdie) on 1970s valve equipment with a feeling for space and a deliberately limited palette, all the elements of which had to count. The House at Sea is a snapshot of a year's songs written in London and Madrid. There are pop songs, delirious dream accounts, strange lyrical puzzles, and stories from the city and the suburbs. The theme of the sea threads its way throughout the record along with a gentle sense of drifting and departure, of being lost, of saudade-a sadness at lost things.1. Voice in the Rose
2. In the Winter Sun
3. The House at Sea
5. Jean's Waving
6. Hampshire Lullaby
7. Viento del mar
8. The Sunlit Estate
9. Piedras rotas
10. Same Old Night
11. Under the Glass$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
How To Talk To Girls At Parties SoundtrackImport
180-Gram Audiophile Vinyl
PVC Protective Sleeve
Includes 4-Page Booklet
Brand New Sci-Fi Movie Feat. Nicole Kidman, Matt Lucas, Elle Fanning And Alex Sharp
Punk Ost Feat. Songs By The Damned, The Velvet Underground, Xiu Xiu And Many More
Limited First Pressing Of 500 Individually Numbered Copies On Yellow Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter
How to Talk to Girls at Parties is a brand new British-American sci-fi punk movie, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, based on the short story of the same name by Neil Gaiman. The OST is filled with punk-driven or orientated tracks by The Damned, The Velvet Underground, Xiu Xiu, The Dyschords, AC Newman and many more.
The film stars Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, and Matt Lucas. How to Talk to Girls at Parties had its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2017. It is scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom on May 11, 2018. The movie tells the story of an alien touring the galaxy, breaking away from her group while meeting two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe: the London suburb of Croydon. The book How to Talk to Girls at Parties was nominated for the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Short Story and won the Locus Award for Best Short Story.LP 1
1. New Rose - The Damned
2. Planned Adolescence - The Dyschords
3. Angry Universe - A.c. Newman
4. Communion - The Dyschords
5. Extraction - Dyslexic Cnuts
6. Fuck All - The Dyschords
7. Going Straight - Xiu Xiu
8. Single - The Dyschords
9. Climb Over Me - The Dyschords
10. Rainy Life - Ezra Furman
11. Bermuda - Amber Martin
12. I Found A Reason - The Velvet Underground
13. Nursery Chymes - Prolific Urdoos (Bruno Wizard)
14. Nobody's Baby - Martin Tomlinson And Bryan Weller
1. Requiem - Nico Muhly
2. The Body Celestial - Matmos
3. Flecken - Matmos
4. Eat Me Alive - Xiu Xiu, Elle Fanning And Alex Sharp
5. Between The Breaths - Xiu Xiu And Mitski$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Here Come The Runts (Awaiting Repress)Multi-platinum artist AWOLNATION's third studio album 'Here Come The Runts' has been released by Red Bull Records.
"When all else is taken away, as long as your passion remains, anything is still possible," says singer, songwriter and producer Aaron Bruno. "'Passion' is about finding the balance that can lift both you and those around you to make the world a more positive place. It doesn't matter what names or labels people throw at you."
Serving as a follow up to the platinum-certified debut album Megalithic Symphony, and 2015's Run, which included No. 1 hit "Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)" as well as Top 5 tracks "I Am" and "Woman Woman," AWOLNATION's third undertaking sees Aaron Bruno once again at the helm producing, writing and recording. "With this record I really wanted to make a rock n' roll/pop album." says Bruno. "And I say 'pop' how I grew up listening to it, in the sense of Dire Straits or Born In The U.S.A or The Cars or Tom Petty."
Bruno spent 2016 crafting the album in his home studio nestled in the coastal mountain range separating the Pacific Ocean and the suburbs of Los Angeles where he grew up. The secluded location is reflected throughout the album. "The record definitely has a feel to it that seems parallel to the vibe of this mountain and the land," Bruno notes. "It's like a non-GMO record. There's no fake shit on there, none of the vocals are tuned. It's all real playing."
With the albums he grew up listening to as a sort of goal post, Bruno set out to create his version of an all-American rock n' roll album; 2017, AWOLNATION style. "I wanted to make an album that felt like the dream of America that isn't necessarily true, certainly not as much as it once was. Or maybe it never has been but the idea of when you listen you just feel this nostalgic sentiment of a high school reunion, or that girl you fell in love with that you never got to talk to in junior high The feeling of unity and anthemic songs. The spirit of what I thought Born In The U.S.A was is what inspired this record in a lot of ways."1. Here Come the Runts
3. Sound Witness System
4. Miracle Man
6. Jealous Buffoon
7. Seven Sticks of Dynamite
8. A Little Luck...And a Couple of Dogs
9. Table for One
10. My Molasses
12. Tall, Tall Tale
13. The Buffoon
14. Stop That Train$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Life Without SoundDylan Baldi maintains simple, admirable standards in quality. "A thing I like to do with all of my records is drive around with them," the 25-year-old Cloud Nothings frontman says. "In high school, I would listen to music for hours like that: just driving through the suburbs of Cleveland. And if it sounds good to me in that context and I can think of high school me listening to it and saying, 'That's okay,' I feel good about the record. This is the one that's felt best."
"This" is Life Without Sound, the radiant, far-far-better-than-okay fourth full-length his rock outfit has recorded since he began writing and releasing songs on his own under the Cloud Nothings alias in 2008. While its highly acclaimed predecessor-2014's Here and Nowhere Else-came together spontaneously, in the little time that touring allowed, Life Without Sound took shape under far less frenetic circumstances.
For more than a year, Baldi was able to write these songs and flesh out them out with his bandmates-drummer Jayson Gerycz and bassist TJ Duke-before they finally joined producer John Goodmanson (Sleater Kinney, Death Cab for Cutie) at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas, for three weeks in March of 2016. The result is Baldi's most polished and considered work to date, an album that speaks to his evolving gift with melody while also betraying the sort of perspective that time provides. You can hear it in the aerodynamic guitar pop of "Modern Act," and feel it in the devastating wisdom of "Internal World," a lullaby-like howler that dwells on "the fact that being yourself can be uncomfortable and even potentially dangerous at times."
"Generally, it seems like my work has been about finding my place in the world," Baldi says. "But there was a point in which I realized that you can be missing something important in your life, a part you didn't realize you were missing until it's there-hence the title. This record is like my version of new age music," he adds. "It's supposed to be inspiring."
It is.1. Up To The Surface
2. Things Are Right With You
3. Internal World
4. Darkened Rings
5. Enter Entirely
6. Modern Act
7. Sight Unseen
8. Strange Year
9. Realize My Fate$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Waiting A LifetimeSplashh was formed in 2012 by friends Sasha Carlson and Toto Vivian. The pair have been making music together since they were teenagers in the suburbs of Australia, which to be fair, was only a few years ago.
Their debut album, Comfort, recorded entirely on their own with a home studio in their London flat, was released in 2013 to critical acclaim. With praise from NME, BBC, CLASH, The Guardian, Clash, Drowned in Sound, Q, and many other tastemakers, the band hit the road in support of the album touring extensively through the UK, Europe, America and Australia.
In 2015, the band divided themselves between London and New York City, for a time of "self-imposed exile to write." The idea being that the time apart, and the different influences of the two cities, would bring a new dimension to the music. With the addition of new members, and the production skills of Nicolas Vernhes, (War on Drugs, Deerhunter, Dirty Projectors) the sound that this creative time had cultivated has been beautifully captured on Waiting A Lifetime, their sophomore effort, to be released on by Cinematic Music Group in early 2017.
"When we first went in the studio, we had a different idea of how we wanted the record to sound," says Vivian. "We had been sitting with the demos for 3 years, so we had an idea of what we thought the album should sound like. When we went into the studio with Nicolas, we started fresh and tore the songs apart. It was a lot of fun to experiment and take it as far as we could. It was liberating."
Adding another layer to the album is the band's aesthetic. The album artwork is by artist Lucien Smith, who created original works of sculpture he then photographed for the band to use. The first round of press photos is by drummer Zachary Chick.
"It's fast and in your face. Loud, but also pretty," says Toto. "The whole record has a lot to offer. If people like 'Rings' then I think they will love the record or not :)"1. Rings
2. See Through
3. Gentle April
5. Honey And Salt
6. Look Down To Turn Away
7. Waiting A Lifetime
9. Under The Moon
10. No. 1 Song In Hell$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Death CertificateIf Ice Cube's debut was a shocking attack that proved the N.W.A legacy would be stronger divided, his sophomore effort was a new kind of superstar pulling off the miraculous, a follow-up that equals its classic predecessor and tops it in some people's books. With a million copies of Death Certificate preordered, Cube was no longer the rock critics' darling. A million people listening was dangerous, especially since he was now slithering his influence into the suburbs. If the black rage didn't get you, the misogyny of I'm gonna do my thing, with your daughter probably would. Here, one of rap's greatest storytellers is able to draw hatred in under a minute with the short and direct Black Korea, an angry protest song concerning Korean grocers that got him dubbed racist and Ice KKKube by some. The track is an extreme representation of how a much sharper and cutting this album is when compared with his debut, and even though the intro announces the full-length is divided into a Death Side and Life Side, both are equally bleak. With the CD format, the two sides are indistinguishable and run over the listener with fast tales of drug dealing, drive-by shootings, and women who go from Ms. Thing to Ms. Gonorrhea. This would be numbing if it weren't for the rapper's amazing lyrics, ground-shaking delivery, and insight like when A Bird in the Hand deals with the irony of selling crap to buy diapers (Gotta serve you food that might give you cancer/Cuz my son doesn't take no for answer). A bit of sweet relief comes with the brightness of the great single Steady Mobbin' and with the nostalgia and slow tempo of Doing Dumb Shit. True to the Game (Ain't that a bitch/They hate to see a young nigga rich) is arguably the quintessential Cube track and if all this weren't enough already, the N.W.A diss No Vaseline hangs off the album like a crowd-pleasing, Brick-sampling encore. Although next year's Predator would be a bigger hit, Death Certificate brings to a close the man's trilogy of perfect albums that began with N.W.A's Compton and explodes into a supernova right here.
- David Jeffries (All Music)1. The Funeral
2. The Wrong Nigga to Fuck Wit
3. My Summer Vacation
4. Steady Mobbin'
5. Robin Lench
6. Givin' Up the Nappy Dug Out
7. Look Who's Burnin'
8. A Bird in the Hand
9. Man's Best Friend
10. Alive on Arrival
12. The Birth
13. I Wanna Kill Sam
14. Horny Lil' Devil
15. Black Korea
16. True to the Game
17. Color Blind
18. Doing Dumb Shit
20. No Vaseline$35.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Infinity CallerWhat do you do when irrational guilt and fear start to steer the ship? When you're a kid living in the Dallas suburbs it's relatively predictable; you start to see a shrink, take some prescribed meds, and as soon as you have access, numb the voices with
drugs and alcohol. Not a particularly novel or interesting trajectory, but what if those voices just keep getting louder, consuming every waking moment, leaving you effectively paralyzed or twitching with paranoia? After a while, succumbing to these voices might seem self-indulgent, a cry for attention, or just boilerplate teenage histrionics. What do you do when you're 30; a grown-ass-man still tethered to the beast that dictated your life throughout your formative years? You could do a lot of things, but if you're Travis Johnson of the band Grooms, you stop drinking, soberly stare the demons in the face, and start writing songs.
Johnson's OCD (a religion-centric form of OCD called Scrupulosity) has guided all of his adult life's pursuits, from inspiring his initial interest in music to his current day job making guitar pedals at Brookyn's Death By Audio. After releasing two albums on the prestigious indie label Kanine Records, the band still hadn't gained enough traction to support themselves with their music and they were understandably ready to call it quits. However, in 2011, impressed with their albums and live shows, author Michael Azerrad invited Grooms to perform at his Our Band Could Be Your Life show alongside St. Vincent, Ted Leo, Wye Oak, Dan Deacon, and WV alumni Dirty Projectors. It was a huge opportunity for the band, and the catalyst for what would become their
new album Infinity Caller. Azerrad's enthusiasm and encouragement gave Johnson the confidence to soldier on, keep making music, and ultimately find peace of mind.1. Lion Name
2. I Think We're Alone Now
3. Sleep Detective
4. Iskra Goodbye
6. Susie Jo
8. Very Very Librarian
9. Sometimes Sometimes
10. Something I Learned Today
11. Infinity Caller$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
End Is ForeverFollowing up their breakthrough 1999 release Blue Skies, Broken Hearts...Next 12 Exits, Kris Roe and his band, the Ataris, offered up the dynamic, dangerously non-punk End Is Forever in early 2001. Along with singer/guitarist Roe, Chris Knapp (drums), Marco Pena (guitars), and bassist Mike Davenport wind their way through an expanse of post-grunge alternative and emocore more musical than anything the Ataris had previously released. Listeners familiar with the group's earlier recordings probably won't be too surprised by End Is Forever as Roe's quickly developing, gifted writing had always been the outfit's defining factor, making the transition away from punk's noisier elements predestined. Purists already dismissive of the entire emo genre will be mortified by Roe's polished heart-tugging trilogy Giving Up on Love, Summer Wind Was Always Our Song, and I.O.U. One Galaxy that opens the disc. Things degenerate further for credibility-obsessed punk fans when Roe and Co. kick out some old-fashioned big rock on tracks like Road Signs and Rock Songs. Listeners anxious about the Ataris unavoidable flight to the punk genre suburbs won't have to read between any lines to figure where the band was heading when they produced this 2001 release. After End Is Forever, all that remained to be seen is just how far the quartet's undeniable mainstream appeal would take them.
- Vincent Jeffries (All Music Guide)1. Giving Up on Love
2. Summer Wind Was Always Our Song
3. I.O.U. One Galaxy
4. Bad Case of Broken Heart
5. Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start
6. Road Signs and Rock Songs
7. If You Really Wanna Hear About It
8. Fast Times at Drop-out High
9. Song for a Mix Tape
10. You Need a Hug
11. How I Spent My Summer Vacation
12. Teenage Riot
13. Song #13
14. Hello and Goodbye$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dancing at the Blue LagoonOn their last album, Bigfoot, Cayucas debuted in a way that defied their namesake, the sleepy seaside town
of Cayucos, CA. They grew from bedroom strumming to a band that toured the world and whose songs
raced across the radio. But as Zach Yudin and his twin brother and bandmate, Ben, went in to create what
would become their new album, what it all came back to was something more personal. While they now call
Los Angeles home, they drew from the nostalgia of their childhood growing up in Davis, CA; the nostalgia
in their music that is as much about a place they've never been (that maybe no one's been to) as any actual
experience. It was a freedom to imagine, to explore ideas. And it was that wandering imagination and
a punchy California dream that eventually grew to become Dancing at the Blue Lagoon.
While their sun-drenched, jangly, sometimes melancholic sound is quintessentially Californian, the album
very much their California. It's the sound of kids from the suburbs who fantasize in Technicolor, whose view
of the Golden State is its own form of idealism. You can hear it loud and clear in the easygoing confidence
throughout on the crisp, backbeat-driven "Hella" or as "Moony Eyed Walrus" takes surf guitar into
fragmented, unpredictable places. The impossibly catchy and heartbreaking "Backstroke" is a Murakamiinspired detective story, neo-noir that is equal parts stylization and gut-level emotion.
That said, Dancing at the Blue Lagoon is all about a band testing its comfort zone and asking us to do the
same. "Big Winter Jacket" is a world away from sun-kissed pop, with acoustic guitars that build
into something grand and expansive. The after-hours piano ballad "Ditches," like much of Dancing at the
Blue Lagoon, takes pop conventions and digs into them. Like the Beach Boys of Sunflower or Surf's Up,
it reminds us that sadness and uncertainty are never far from the surface, even in Cayucas's most carefree
moments. It casts some like the title track "Dancing at the Blue Lagoon"-a lilting tropical fantasia-in
an entirely different light.
As the primary songwriter, Zach depends on this kind of versatility. "I write on a song-by-song basis," he
says. It's been that way ever since he started taking music more seriously in college. Zach and Ben would
"create bands that were more like a musical idea," record a few songs, and then move on. Cayucas grew out
of this period of experimentation.
The real core of the record is the almost harrowing "Blue Lagoon (Theme Song)." Accompanied by a lone
guitar, Zach's performance is emotionally raw and technically precise, the kind of statement that
gives Dancing at the Blue Lagoon real substance. Like a great actor whose art rings true because of an honest, human streak, Cayucas has taken sound we thought we knew and turned in into something personal and complex.1. Big Winter Jacket
2. Moony Eyed Walrus
6. Dancing at the Blue Lagoon
8. A Shadow in the Dark
9. Blue Lagoon (Theme Song)$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tall Tall ShadowTall Tall Shadow, the third album by Toronto singer-songwriter Basia Bulat, is the bravest album she has made. Raw and spectral, heartbroken, yet jubilant, these ten songs tell the story of a very hard year in the artist's life and all the love that helped her through it.
Whereas the singer's past two LPs, including 2008's Polaris-nominated Oh, My Darling, were made in Montreal's all-analogue Hotel 2 Stango studio, Tall Tall Shadow is a more modern thing. This is a record with echo and reverb, electronic flutters and electric autoharp, voices that charge and incandesce around buzzing guitars, lonely piano and rattling percussion.
To get to this place, Bulat co-produced the album with, Tim Kingsbury and Mark Lawson. Kingsbury, a member of Arcade Fire, can play anything and everything, she says. Lawson, who has worked on records with Akron/Family and Colin Stetson, and who won a Grammy for his work on Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, is a studio alchemist, someone who hears things hidden in songs, who is always keen to transform them.
They started recording in Toronto, at a reverberating 60-year-old dance hall. Once again, Bulat put together a band: her brother, the punk-inclined drummer Bobby Bulat; Holly Coish on keys and backing vocals; Kingsbury and Ben Whiteley on guitars and bass. One song features Whiteley's father, the folk legend Ken Whiteley, on gospel organ. But Tall Tall Shadow isn't acoustic folk music: like Beck's Sea Change or Buckingham Nicks, chord and strum are a launch-pad for wilder sounds.
Bulat's goal was to keep challenging herself. Promise Not to Think About Love, with shimmying bass and dancing handclaps, is the poppiest track she has ever released. It Can't Be You, played on an Andean charango, is one of the simplest. Never Let Me Go is all crescendo, a woman in a storm, and the title track reaches soaring for the sky: has there ever been a better showcase for Bulat's powerhouse voice? For her steam-train heart?
Two months before I was due to begin recording, I suffered a deep loss, Bulat says. I kind of started over. She started; and she didn't stop.
- Sean Michaels1. Tall tall shadow
2. Five, four
3. Promise Not To Think About
4. It Can't Be You
6. The City With No Rivers
8. Paris or Amsterdam
9. Never Let Me Go
10. From Now On$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
My Friend FishJoseph Campbell describes a shaman as person, male or female, who has an
overwhelming psychological experience that turns him totally inward. It's a kind of
schizophrenic crack-up. The whole unconscious opens up, and the shaman falls
into it. We'll never know the whole truth about what happened when (Foxyen
drummer and former Disney child actor) Shaun Fleming moved from the West
Coast suburbs to New York, but whatever it was fractured his psyche, opened it up,
and gave birth to Diane Coffee.
In 2013, after joining the band Foxygen, Shaun Fleming left the green and golden
fields of his hometown of Agoura Hills, CA to become the third roommate in a 700
square-foot, pre-war, closet-free Manhattan apartment. He was welcomed to The
Big Apple by a nasty flu virus that drained the last bit of California sunshine out of
the skinny, Macaulay Culken-looking 26-year-old's body. As he recovered, cabin
fever supplanted the flu, and his relentless creative drive took over. Low on funds
and bored out of his gourd, he spent the next two weeks alone in his bedroom
writing and recording what would become the debut Diane Coffee LP My Friend
Despite his limited means (using a pseudo drum kit consisting of a snare, one
broken cymbal, and a metal pot, recording parts with an iPhone's voice memo app,
playing a detuned guitar rather than a real bass, etc) My Friend Fish sounds fully
realized and remarkably polished. From a Donovan-esque song about Sriracha,
to experiments with distortion and garage-rock, to songs like All The Young Girls
in which he gleefully channels Tom Jones with sex-bomb confidence, on My Friend
Fish Fleming's spell-casting powers are in full effect, inspiring panty-tossing glee.
After you finish listening, you'll wonder as you stretch out in bed and enjoy a
cigarette, Who is Fish?1. Hymn
2. Never Lonely
3. Tale Of A Dead Dog
4. WWWoman Is A Sin
5. New Years
6. All The Young Girls
7. When It's Known
8. That Stupid Girl Who Runs A Lot
9. Eat Your Love (With Sriracha)
10. Green$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The WantingThe Wanting, Glenn Jones first album for Thrill Jockey, was recorded in a fourth floor apartment on Commonwealth Avenue, Allston, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, overlooking the commuter train line. If you listen carefully to the record, you can occasionally hear trains going by in the background. Reuben Son recorded the album between December 12, 2010, and April 20, 2011. The Wanting was mixed and mastered by long time collaborator Matthew Azevedo. Simply put, The Wanting is a collection of original compositions for solo acoustic steel string guitar, six-string, 10-string and bottleneck, and 5-string open-back banjo.
Glenn Jones, a 30+ year devotee of the so-called American Primitive school of acoustic steel string guitarists, has been playing guitar since the age of 14. He formed Boston psych-rock band, Cul de Sac, in 1989 and led it on its 20 year journey to nowhere, leaving nine albums in its wake, including collaborations with guitarist John Fahey and Can's Damo Suzuki.1. A Snapshot of Mom, Scotland, 1957
2. The Great Pacific Northwes
3. The Great Swamp Way Rout
4. Anchor Chain Blues
5. Even to Win is to Fail
6. My Charlotte Blue Notebook
7. Menotomy River Blues
8. Of Its Own Kind
9. The Wanting
10. Twenty-Three Years in Happy Valley, or Love Among the Chickenshit
11. The Orca Grande Cement Factory at Victorville$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
You Don't Mess Around With Jim (Awaiting Repress)Jim Croce was one of the premier architects of the singer/songwriter movement in the early '70s, and during his much revered musical career, he managed to successfully cultivate his story telling, humor and heartfelt thoughts and heartbreak into some of the most memorable songs and melodies ever recorded in our lifetime. His legendary ABC recordings are the soundtrack to a generation of music enthusiasts that continues to this day and will forever stand the test of time.
Growing up in the Philadelphia suburb of Upper Darby, PA, Jim Croce graduated high school and soon found local success as a folk-singer during his college days. In those earlier years, he met his future wife and musical partner Ingrid Croce, and together they began touring the coffee house circuit throughout the '60s into the early-'70s.
After a few short lived careers in radio advertising, as well as being a truck driver and welder, Jim Croce was determined to score a hit recording career and went out as a solo artist, teaming up with his lead guitarist Maury Muehleisen. Friends Tommy West and Terry Cashman were soon a part of the mix as producers, and the hit records soon followed. His debut ABC Records single and album You Don't Mess Around With Jim were a huge success for this legendary performer.
Known for his uncanny ability to connect with his fans with his simple tales of love, heartbreak and good time feel good songs, this multi-platinum album raced to the top of the charts in no time. Spearheaded by the country rock title track, the album was buoyed with even more success as the brilliant Operator (That's Not The Way It Feels) hit a chord in the hearts of his new legion of fans across the globe.
Whether standout tracks like his classics Photographs And Memories, New York's Not My Home or his masterpiece Time In A Bottle, Croce's You Don't Mess Around With Jim album has surely earned its currency over the years as one of the more important albums of the classic singer/songwriter era. After several more smash hit recordings and a massive worldwide following, Time In A Bottle was featured a year later in the made for television movie She Lives! which added to the further success of his classic You Don't Mess Around With Jim album.
A few weeks later, Croce along with guitarist Muehleisen and several others were tragically killed in a small plane crash on September 20, 1973. The music world was in shock as one of its newest stars, a true original, the great Jim Croce, his life was cut short way before his prime. Radio and retail outlets were flooded with fan support as a race to buy this album, which became a lasting tribute to the artistry and memory of this legendary performer.
Friday Music now ushers in the Jim Croce Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with their first installment of his monumental pop/rock classic You Don't Mess Around With Jim. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso from the original tapes at Friday Music Studios with Kevin Gray, the You Don't Mess Around With Jim album is truly one of the more anticipated audiophile vinyl releases of 2012. Includes the rare gatefold cover with lyrics and photos from the original 1972 release!1. You Don't Mess Around With Jim
2. Tomorrow's Gonna Be A Brighter Day
3. New York's Not My Home
4. Hard Time Losin' Man
5. Photographs And Memories
6. Walkin' Back To Georgia
7. Operator (That's Not The Way It Feels)
8. Time In A Bottle
9. Rapid Roy (The Stock Car Boy)
10. Box #10
11. A Long Time Ago
12. Hey Tomorrow$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now