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A Deeper UnderstandingThe War On Drugs has announced their fourth full-length album, A Deeper Understanding, set for release via Atlantic Records. A Deeper Understanding is the band's first album since 2014's universally acclaimed Lost In The Dream, and their debut album with Atlantic.
For much of the three and a half year period since the release of Lost In The Dream, The War On Drugs' frontman, Adam Granduciel, led the charge for his Philadelphia-based sextet as he holed up in studios in New York and Los Angeles to write, record, edit, and tinker-but, above all, to busy himself in work. Teaming up with engineer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Weezer), Granduciel challenged the notion of what it means to create a fully realized piece of music in today's modern landscape. Calling on his bandmates - bassist Dave Hartley, keyboarding Robbie Bennett, drummer Charlie Hall and multi-instrumentalists Anthony LaMarca and Jon Natchez -- continuously throughout the process, the result is a band record in the noblest sense, featuring collaboration, coordination, and confidence at every turn. Through those years of relocation, the revisiting and reexamining of endless hours of recordings, unbridled exploration, and exuberance, Granduciel's gritty love of his craft succeeded in pushing the band to great heights.1. Up All Night
3. Holding On
4. Strangest Thing
5. Knocked Down
6. Nothing To Find
7. Thinking of a Place
8. In Chains
9. Clean Living
10. You Don't Have To Go$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Lost In The DreamLost In The Dream is the third album by Philadelphia band The War on Drugs,but in many ways,it feels
like the first. Around the release of the 2011 breakthrough Slave Ambient,Adam Granduciel spent the
bulk of two years on the road, touring through progressively larger rock clubs, festival stages and late night television slots. As these dozen songs shifted and grew beyond what they'd been in the studio, The War on Drugs became a bona fide rock 'n'roll band.
That essence drives Lost In The Dream, a 10-song set produced by Granduciel and longtime engineer Jeff
Zeigler. In the past, Granduciel built the core of songs largely by himself. But these tunes were played
and recorded by the group that had solidified so much on the road: Dave Hartley, (his favorite bassist
in the world), who had played a bit on The War on Drugs' 2008 debut Wagonwheel Blues, and pianist
Robbie Bennett, a multi-instrumentalist who contributed to Slave Ambient. This unit spent eight
months bouncing between a half-dozen different studios that stretched from the mountains of North
Carolina to the boroughs of New York City. Only then did Granduciel-the proudly self-professed
gearhead, and unrepentant perfectionist-add and subtract, invite guests and retrofit pieces. He
sculpted these songs into a musical rescue mission, through and then beyond personal despair and
anxiety. Lost In The Dream represents the trials of the trip and the triumphs of its destination.
"I wanted there to be a singular voice, but I wanted it to be a project of great friends. Everyone in the
band cares about it so much,"he says."That is the crux of it-growing up,dealing with life,having close
friends, helping each other get by. That is what the record's all about.
As such, these tunes reveal a careful and thrilling reinvention of the sound that's become The War on
Drugs' trademark. The signature meld of long tones and scatter shot layers still stands, with phantom
drum machines and organ lines dotting the musical middle distance all across Lost In The Dream.Note
the way the keys whisper against the guitar's growl as the tempestuous"An Ocean in Between the Waves"
approaches pentecostal heat. Hear how,when a sharp and hard riff cuts into the inescapable chorus of
"Red Eyes," synthetic strings and baritone saxophone shape a soft, infinite bed beneath it. But there's a
new found directness to these tunes, too. Granduciel's voice steps out from behind its typical web of
effects-louder now, with more experiences to share and more steel from having survived them. He
sounds less like a prismatic reflection of a rock bandleader, more like the emboldened actualization of
that idea. With its crisp, unencumbered delivery, "Eyes to the Wind" becomes the album's centerpiece
and the group's new anthem.This is Granduciel's to-date triumph and the exact moment where Lost In
The Dream moves from a tale of confusion to one of resolve. Throughout most of the record, grips
loosen and senses fail, memories are mourned and expectations are abandoned. But after the Rolling
Thunder lift of "Eyes to the Wind," Granduciel finds new contentment and direction. Anguish
sublimates into deliverance. Backed by his bros, Granduciel becomes a preacher in a new pulpit.1. Under The Pressure
2. Red Eyes
4. An Ocean In Between The Waves
6. Eyes To The Wind
7. The Haunting Idle
9. Lost In The Dream
10. In Reverse$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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Philadelphias The War on Drugs, the vehicle of Adam Granduciel, frontman, rambler, shaman, pied piper guitarist and apparent arranger-extraordinaire, returns with Slave Ambient. On their debut, the life-affirming Wagonwheel Blues, and the follow-up EP, Future Weather, The War on Drugs seemed obsessed with disparate ideas, with building uncompromised rock monuments from pieces that may have seemed like odd pairs. Folk-rock marathons come damaged by drum machines. Electronic and instrumental reprises precede songs theyve yet to play, and Dr. Seuss becomes lyrical motivation for bold futuristic visions. Now, Granduciel has done it again, better than before: Slave Ambient, their proper second album, is a brilliant 47-minute sprawl of rock n roll, conceptualized with a sense of adventure and captured with seasons of bravado.
Slave Ambient features a team of Philadelphias finest musicians, including multi-instrumentalists Dave Hartley and Robbie Bennett, and drummer Mike Zanghi. Recorded throughout the last four years at Granduciels home studio in Philly, Jeff Zieglers Uniform Recording and Echo Mountain in Asheville, NC, the album puts the weirdest influences in just the right places. Synthesizers fall where you might expect more electric guitars (and vice versa); country-rock sidles up to the warped extravagance of 80s pop.
Instant classic Baby Missiles is part Spingsteen fever dream, part motorik anthem. Original Slave might sound like a hillbilly power drone, but City Reprise #12 suggests Phil Collins un-retiring to back Harmonia. I Was There is Harvest rebuilt by some selection of psychedelic all-stars, while the shuffling, sleepy opener Best Night offers a band with too many ideas to be in a hurry. During the mid-album centerpiece Come to the City, Granduciel howls and moans, All roads lead to me/I've been moving/Ive been drifting. Indeed, however unlikely that might seem, all these sounds arrive cohesively in one unmistakable place. Every song on Slave Ambient is instantly identifiable and infinitely intricate, a latticework of ideas and energies building into mile-high rock anthems.1. Best Night
3. I Was There
4. Your Love Is Calling My Name
5. The Animator
6. Come To The City
7. Come For It
8. It's Your Destiny
9. City Reprise #12
10. Baby Missiles
11. Original Slave
12. Black Water Falls$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Name Of This Band Is Talking HeadsAlthough most people probably think the only Talking Heads live release is Stop Making Sense, the fact is that there's an earlier, better live album called The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads. Originally released in 1982 on LP and cassette, the album chronicles the growth of the band, both stylistically and personnel-wise. The first LP is the original quartet version of the band, recorded between 1977 and 1979, performing excellent versions of tunes (mostly) off 77 and More Songs About Buildings and Food. Also included were the previously unavailable A Clean Break and Love Goes to a Building on Fire, as well as early versions of Memories Can't Wait and Air. The second LP comes from the Remain in Light tour, recorded in 1980 and 1981.
In order to present something close to the music on that album, the original quartet lineup was greatly expanded. Added were two percussionists (Steven Stanley, Jose Rossy), two backup singers (Nona Hendryx, Dollette McDonald), Busta Cherry Jones on bass, Bernie Worrell (!) on keys, and a young Adrian Belew on lead guitar. The excitement of this material is palpable, and the muscular band rips into these tunes with more power than the originals in most cases. Drugs gets revamped for live performance, and Houses in Motion kicks into high gear with a great art-funk coda. Belew is absolutely on fire throughout, especially on The Great Curve and Crosseyed and Painless, where his deranged feedback soloing has never sounded better. At this point in their career, Talking Heads were still basically an underground band; it was Burning Down the House that really thrust them into the mainstream, and Stop Making Sense documents their arrival as a more or less mainstream act. The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads captures a hungry band on its way up, performing with a fire that was never matched on later tours. Unfortunately, The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads remained unavailable on compact disc for years, which is a shame since it's arguably one of their finest releases.
- Sean Westergaard (All Music Guide)LP 1
Recorded for WCOZ broadcast, Northern Studios, Maynard MA, November 17, 1977
1. New Feeling
2. A Clean Break
3. Don't Worry About the Government
4. Pulled Up
5. Psycho Killer
Recorded at The Capitol Theater, Passaic NJ, January 17, 1979
6. Artists Only
7. Stay Hungry
9. Love - Building On Fire
10. Memories (Can't Wait)
Recorded at Emerald City, Cherry Hill NJ, November 8, 1980-November 9, 1980; Central Park, New York, August 27, 1980; Sun Plaza Concert Hall, Tokyo, Japan, February 27, 1981
1. I Zimbra
3. Houses in Motion
4. Life During Wartime
5. The Great Curve
6. Crosseyed and Painless
7. Take Me to the River$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Not To DisappearNearly three years after the release of their debut album If You Leave, Daughter return with a new album entitled Not To Disappear. The band recorded Not To Disappear with Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, War On Drugs, Animal Collective) at his studio in Brooklyn. Lead tracks "Numbers" and "Doing The Right Thing" have been introduced with videos released as part of a series directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.1.New Ways
3.Doing The Right Thing
6.Alone / With You
10.Made Of Stone$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Orphan"Sharp, creative and bringing a commendable freshness to the sometimes drearily derivative world of contemporary rock, Empires are a remarkably good
rock 'n' roll band. In a world full of faceless, regurgitated rhythms and emotion-by-numbers, the band's music is strikingly compact, precise and non-excessive: There is a there there, and there are no wasted notes anywhere Their music is some of this year's very best"
Produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Cloud Nothings, The War on Drugs, Explosions in the Sky), Orphan is a collection of songs immersed in classic
post punk and indie rock 'n' roll circa 1989-1991, exploring the sonic adventurers and emotional heft of artists such as Roxy Music, Wire, and Nick Cave &
The Bad Seeds.
The guitars are rich and atmospheric, the rhythms subtle and fluid yet more powerful at the same time. Throughout the album, singer SeanVan Vleet's
raw croon rises to match the band's musicality, conveying anxieties, secrets, and a heartfelt longing for transcendence.1. Silverfire
7. How Good Does It Feel
8. Please Don't Tell My Lover
9. Stay Lonely
11. Journey Kid$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Future WeatherThe War On Drugs is once again at the blurred edges of American music: overexposing studio limitations, piling tape upon tape to maximum density, and then, with each song, they pull off the scaffolding to reveal what sticks, keeping only whats absolutely necessary to dig into further. As on their debut Wagonwheel Blues, they take small moments occurring over multiple tapes and multiple song versions, and put every last drop of trust in their own instinct of momentum.
Future Weather is a provocative sometimes playful, sometimes weighty glimpse into The War On Drugs song-sculpting process, a process that remains a big mystery even to those on the inside. While some bands are content to merely pace the abyss, The War On Drugs coast through it. And along the way, Future Weather sidesteps most every connotation associated with the EP format. Theres a true coalescence and symmetry here, one of wash and drone, of momentum and tone, but also of theme.1. Come to the City #14
2. Baby Missiles
3. Comin' Through
4. A Pile of Tires
5. Comin' Around
7. Missiles Reprise
8. The History of Plastic$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Don't Want To Let You DownSharon Van Etten has never needed much room to make a grand statement. With four albums during the
last six years, she's become one of music's most astute new cartographers of the heart, able to capture
emotional trials and triumphs with incisive lines and a voice that loses nothing in the translation and
transmission of feelings. Her second record, epic, needed only seven tracks to live up to its title. 2012's
Tramp and last year's Are We There, went longer, but Van Etten managed still to squeeze enormous
sentiments into especially small spaces. From start to rising stardom, Van Etten has forever understood the
impact of economy
It should come as no surprise, then, that the five-song EP I Don't Want to Let You Down offers documents
of surrender and disappointment, admission and longing in only 22 minutes. Produced by Van Etten and
Stewart Lerman, who also helmed Are We There, these songs are as sophisticated as anything Van Etten has
ever done. Supported by a string section during "I Always Fall Apart," Van Etten's voice rises alongside her
piano. Her prismatic harmonies betray the terror of the song's central admission and one of the new lyrical
cornerstones of her catalogue: "You know I always fall apart/It's not my fault/It's just my flaw/It's who I am."
During the title track, she slowly pushes her voice past an introductory murmur, as if scanning her
surroundings for the resolve to be stronger and more steadfast than she knows she has been. Building across
four minutes, the desperation of the title is expressed through guitars that get bigger, harmonies that get
broader. The chorus is a sing-along commandment, an indelible promise Van Etten makes to be better. The
War on Drugs' Adam Granduciel and David Hartley join Antibalas' Stuart Bogie, Peter Broderick and
Heather Woods-Broderick for "Pay My Debts." The longest song here, it's a cinematic number that smolders
like shoegaze before climaxing into an inescapable seesaw refrain.
The EP ends with a live rendition of "Tell Me." A demo from Tramp, but backed here by her four-piece
touring band, the tune becomes a kind of battle cry for respect and a charged pronouncement of Van Etten's
cultivated powers. It's a map of the singer's progression from an acoustic songwriter to a bona fide
bandleader, a reminder of the poignancy and efficiency her work has long paired.1. I Don't Want To Let You Down
2. Just Like Blood
3. Always Fall Apart
4. Pay My Debts
5. Tell Me [Live]$14.99Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
FreecloudsCarter Tanton (formerly known as Tulsa and current member of Lower Dens) has announced a national tour with The War on Drugs and Purling Hiss behind his forthcoming full-length, Freeclouds. The album features the enchanting vocals of Boston dream-folk artist Marissa Nadler. Tanton's last release with Tulsa, I Was Submerged won the approval of both the media and fans alike, praised by NPR, SPIN, and Rolling Stone, who said Tanton's indie-seraphim voice is not of this world.1. Murderous Joy
2. Fake Pretend (feat. Marissa Nadler)
3. Gauze of Song
7. In Knots
8. Pasture Sound
9. Land Lines
10. Pitch Bent Flute$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Boy KingWild Beasts have announced their new album Boy King, their most direct and vital collection to date.
Where 2014's Present Tense album found Wild Beasts in reflective mood, absorbing a fascination with
online culture and electronic music, Boy King has them, as Tom Fleming puts it, "back to being pissed
off". The quartet's ever-present knack for sensual melody via Hayden Thorpe and Fleming's dueting
vocals, Ben Little's sinuous guitar groove and Chris Talbot's potent rhythm section carries in Boy King an
aggressive, snarling and priapic beast that delves into the darker side of masculinity and Thorpe's own
psyche. As Hayden himself says, "After five records there had to be an element of 'what the fuck?'".
A newfound creative friction between Thorpe and Fleming proved key to unleashing the unique pop
sensibility of Boy King - Fleming's more visceral experimentation unlocking new dimensions in Thorpe's
own writing. After spending a whole year finessing this new found impetus in East London, the band
emerged with a collection of songs ready to take to Dallas, TX and producer John Congleton (St.
Vincent, Swans, The War on Drugs). Both Thorpe and Fleming credit that trip to Dallas with teasing out
the raw power of Boy King.
The raw pop of Boy King's songs are the perfect foil to Thorpe's libidinous lyricism: "it became apparent
that that guitar almost became the character within the songs, that phallic character, the all-conquering
male," he says. "I'm letting my inner Byron fully out, I thought I'd tucked him away, but he came
screaming back like the Incredible Hulk." Here lies Boy King's greatest success. Between the slide of
prowling aggression and interior darkness, there are glorious, gorgeous moments. It's yet another
incomparable Wild Beasts record; a visceral, sensual and jolting body of work that acts as a remarkable
soundtrack to the early 21st century male malaise.1. Big Cat
2. Tough Guy
3. Alpha Female
4. Get My Bang
5. Celestial Creatures
7. He The Colossus
9. Eat Your Heart Out Adonis
10. Dreamliner$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Are We ThereFor all the attention that was paid to her 2012 break-through Tramp, Sharon Van Etten is an
artist with a hunger to turn another corner and to delve deeper,writing from a place of honesty
and vulnerability to create a bond with the listener that few contemporary musicians can match.
Compelled by a restless spirit, Van Etten is continuously challenging herself. Now, the result is
Are We There, a self-produced album of exceptional intimacy,sublime generosity, and immense
Most musicians are quite happy to leave the production end of things to someone else. It's
enough to live your music without taking on the role of producer as well. Yet Van Etten knew it
was time to make a record entirely on her terms. The saying goes "fortune favors the bold" and
yet this boldness had to be tempered. For this,Van Etten found a kindred spirit in veteran music
producer Stewart Lerman. Originally working together on Boardwalk Empire,they gently moved
into new roles,rallying around the idea of making a record together in Lerman's studio in New
Jersey. Lerman's studio expertise gave Van Etten the freedom to make Are We There the way she
imagined.Van Etten also enlisted the individual talents of her band, consisting of Heather Woods
Broderick, Doug Keith and Zeke Hutchins, and brought in friends Dave Hartley and Adam
Granduciel from The War on Drugs, Jonathan Meiberg (Shearwater),Jana Hunter(Lower Dens),
Peter Broderick, Mackenzie Scott(Torres), Stuart Bogie, Jacob C. Morris and Mickey Freeze.
It is clear from the opening chords in the first song, Afraid of Nothing, that we are witnessing a
new awareness, a sign of Van Etten in full stride, writing,producing and performing from a place
that seems almost mythical, were it not so touchable and real. Always direct, and never shying
away even from the most personally painful narratives, Van Etten's songwriting continues to
evolve. Many of the songs deal with seemingly impossible decisions, anticipation, and then
resolution. She sings of the nature of desire, memory, of being lost, emptiness, of promises and
loyalty, fear and change, of healing and the true self, violence and sanctuary,waiting, of silence.
The artist who speaks in such a voice is urging us to do something,to take hold and to go deeper.
Living in this way,the questions of life remain alive, as close and steady as breathing. Many of the
ballads of old are as dark as pitch, and people for whom the issues of life and death were as vivid
as flame wrote them.You could turn off the electricity,remove all the instruments and Sharon's
voice and words would remain.They connect her to the mystic stratum which flows just beneath
the everyday, which is rarely acknowledged as the forces of distraction sweep our attention away.1. Afraid of Nothing
2. Taking Chances
3. Your Love is Killing Me
4. Our Love
6. I Love You But I'm Lost
7. You Know Me Well
8. Break Me
9. Nothing Will Change
10. I Know
11. Every Time the Sun Comes Up$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Forget The MantraNightlands is the recording project of Philadelphia-based multi-instrumentalist Dave Hartley. The music he creates in his bedroom is itself a bed of delicate, chiming strings and bubbling synths beneath a blanket of choral vocal arrangements. Its dreamy in the literal sense, the seeds for the album were sown when Hartley began archiving musical ideas that occurred in his sleep with a simple bedside tape recorder. As a result his debut album Forget the Mantra is, in essence, a field recording of Hartleys dreams, a travel journal through pop music and a collection of psych-hymns from the first human lunar colony. The songs sound both huge and intimate, breathy and cavernous like massive echoes of a faraway concert. Its the big, shadow music from just across the lake.
The album deals with themes of anxiety, fear and the limits of concentration. Therein, it mines Hartleys personal history as often as it does influences The Beach Boys, The Traveling Wilburys and Hawkwind. Side A pulses with layers of tom tom drums on wide-open standout slow jam 300 Clouds and nimbly-picked acoustic melodies on Suzerain (A Letter to the Judge), like Crosby, Stills & Nash gone comsic-kraut. The songs roll and gallop then stop to breathe, always exhaling with what sounds like a thousand voices. Through its experimental back half, reminiscent of Bowies Low or Kate Bushs The Ninth Wave from Hounds of Love, full of vocal samples from Hartleys real life, the more pop-leaning front end is given greater context, like a close study of a plants blossom before traveling down through its root architecture.
Hartley, who for years has been a prolific sideman in many Philadelphia ensembles (most notably The War on Drugs), laid these songs to tape on a Tascam 388 iover several months, inviting friends along for feedback and ultimately, some additional tracking.1. Forget the Mantra
2. 300 Clouds
3. Suzerain (A Letter to the Judge)
4. God What Have I
5. 'Til I Die
6. Glass Vacuum
7. A Walk in Cheong, 1969
8. WFMS, 1993
9. Longways Homebound, 2010
11. Fly, Neanderthal$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
They're FlowersLuxury Liners is the new solo project of Carter Tanton. The first single, "Caribbean Sunset," has received praise from Spin for its "synth-built bliss." With lyrics adapted from John Cale's composition and a completely unique melody, the song is a perfect introduction to the warm, summery album. They're Flowers retains a twinkling pop sound filtered through electronic hooks, rich with drum programming and sampling, as Tanton wrote the album primarily on a laptop while on tour with The War On Drugs and his previous band, Lower Dens. A marked distinction from Tanton's previous work, They're Flowers embraces the pop aesthetic while veering into blissful electronic.1. Caribbean Sunset
2. Memphis Alex
3. Valley High
4. Sit & See
5. Lash by Lash
6. Life's A Beach (feat. Nightlands)
7. Dog Days / Afternoons
8. Clear or Brown
9. Broad Daylight$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A bold introduction to who Bauer is on his own! the brisk and
straight-forward instrumentation immediately drops a sense of
escape and newfound confidence over the song's surface. - XPN
Along with the band's signature guitar tones, Bauer proves to be a
formidable vocalist, channeling Leithauser's swaggering yell. - CoS
A scruffy, reverb-spaced take on heartland American rock, it brings to
mind fellow East Coast highway dreamers the War on Drugs. - Spin
Liberation! is the title of Peter Matthew Bauer's debut solo
album, a poignant and anthemic blend of soulful balladry, folk-tinged meditations, and full-bore rock & roll, crafted with an
oblique nod towards the explosion of art, rock, and attitude that
emerged from NYC in the '70s. Formerly a member of beloved
NYC group The Walkmen, Bauer uses Liberation! as an
opportunity to welcome the rest of the world into his personal
history of a childhood spent living in ashrams, and a life shaped
by the constant presence of religion and mythology amidst
uncertainty. It's a bold, bracing collection of songs for the mind,
body and spirit with the power to grab you and shake you out of
your environment. Leveraging traces of Eastern arrangements
in a solidly Western rock experience, Liberation! is the
soundtrack of one man's journey inside himself, in preparation
for the rest of the world to follow.1. I Was Born in an Ashram
2. Latin American Ficciones
3. Philadelphia Raga
4. Fortune Tellers
5. Shiva the Destroyer
7. Scientology Airplane Conversations
8. Istanbul Field Recording
9. Irish Wake in Varanasi (for Big Pete Devlin)
10. You Are the Chapel$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
How To Die In The NorthLost treasure needn't be found in the distant past; the 21st century hides many artists who disappeared into the great wide yonder. BC Camplight is one such example. The alter-ego of American songwriter Brian Christinzio released albums in 2005 and 2007, both gems of a certain psych-pop vintage, combining eloquent songwriting with a self-destructive bent. Christinzio certainly knew it - he's described himself as, "the guy who blew it."
But this sublime talent with the keening vocal and fearless approach to lyrical introspection has another chance. His new album 'How To Die In The North', recorded in his newly adopted home of Manchester, England, is a fantastically rich, stylistically diverse trip. From dramatic, layered pop to a haunted take on Sixties sunshine-pop, from blue-eyed soul to speedy surf-pop, from sparser piano balladry to psychedelic showstoppers and a grand finale that's part Nilsson and part Broadway showtune.
Originally from New Jersey, Christinzio started playing piano aged just four, inspired by his mum's Jerry Lee Lewis and Nilsson records and his Dad's classical collection. Depression and crippling hypochondria clashed with captaining the football team and a penchant for boxing. Post-school, he fell in with people, "willing to go through shit to be a musician," which saw him relocate to Philadelphia where he occasionally played live with Philly faves The War On Drugs and guested on Sharon Van Etten's album 'Epic'.
He's already done two sessions for long-term fan Marc Riley at BBC 6 Music, which featured Christinzio's band of Mancunians who he met at The Castle Hotel pub, a watering hole in the city centre particularly popular with musicians. Christinzio also heard John Grant's album on the jukebox there, which encouraged him to approach Bella Union. Grant's cocktail of depression and self-sabotage thwarted an outrageous talent, but he took his second chance. The same deserves to happen to Christinzio, a similarly outsize, sharp and funny personality with a non-conformist streak. Far from dying, BC Camplight has been reborn in the North!1. You Should've Gone To School
2. Love Isn't Anybody's Fault
3. Just Because I Love You
4. Grim Cinema
5. Good Morning Headache
6. Thieves In Antigua
7. Atom Bomb
8. Lay Me On the Floor
9. Why Doesn't Anybody Fall In Love Anymore$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
EvermotionGuster will release their first album in four years, Evermotion, fearlessly experimenting with new instruments and collaborations to create their most vibrant album yet. Produced by Shins keyboardist/Black Keys bassist Richard Swift, who has produced records for Damien Jurado, Foxygen and Stereolab, the new album bulldozes inhibitions, propelling the band to a harder-charging, more freewheeling sound.
The quartet of Ryan Miller, Adam Gardner, Brian Rosenworcel and Luke Reynolds recorded at Swift's Cottage Grove, OR studio in three whirlwind weeks - the fastest the band has ever finished an album. "We recorded with one drum microphone, used whole takes, didn't obsess over vocals or really edit things at all," said Rosenworcel. "It's a raw version of our band." Despite the stripped-down sessions, Guster's songs are packed with tight hooks, muscular guitar riffs, clanging percussion and surprisingly dark lyrics. The new album features adventurous turns on slide guitars, brassy trumpets and a glockenspiel, with sax and trombone accompaniment by Jon Natchez, whose stints with the War on Drugs, Beirut, Passion Pit and others have led NPR to call him "indie rock's most valuable sideman."
Guster started with two acoustic guitars and a pair of bongos and have since evolved and expanded their instrumentation, gaining a massive fan base that follows them to sold-out shows at New York's Radio City Music Hall and Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. The band's last release, 2010's 'Easy Wonderful,' earned their highest chart debut on the Billboard Top 200 and opened at #2 on iTunes. The album was praised by the Wall Street Journal for its "jangly, ebullient rock" and by USA Today for the "impeccable, infectious" songs that are "impossible not to feel," while Vanity Fair called it "feel-good" and Boston Globe hailed its "effervescent and thoughtful pop."1. Long Night
3. Doin' It By Myself
4. Lazy Love
5. Simple Machine
8. Kid Dreams
9. Never Coming Down
10. It Is Just What It Is
11. Farewell$26.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
CavemanOn Their self-titled sophomore album, Caveman strech thier legs in a number of different, albeit cohesive, directions.
Caveman-a five-man vibe collective from NYC-released their first album in 2011. As first albums go, CoCo Beware was something akin to a moody statement of intent, a blueprint for a band quickly learning how to create horizon-wide rock songs that were equal parts intimate and expansive. Initially self-released and later snatched up by Fat Possum for re-release in early 2012, the record brims over with four-part harmonies, crystalline guitar lines, and tracks that see-sawed between echoey lullaby ("A Country's King of Dreams") to shoegaze-by-way-of classic-FM-radio sprawl ("Old Friend"). The album quickly elevated Caveman from local band to watch to a sizable touring draw and formidable live act, as evidenced by stints on the road with the likes of The War on Drugs, White Rabbits and Built to Spill. Despite being the work of a brand new band, CoCo Beware displayed a kind of Zen-like ease. It was the sound a five friends settling into a nice groove; the music that happens when, for whatever reason, a lot of seemingly disparate elements finally fall into place.
"We all went up to Jimmy's grandmother's place in New Hampshire," says singer Matthew Iwanusa. "That's where the new record kind of started. It was literally the attic of her barn, lit up by Christmas lights. We'd all sit in this one room together and one by one we'd all go into the bathroom and record ourselves making the most psycho noises possible. It actually felt kind of like a weird breakthrough. We were all confident and comfortable enough with each other to try out these experiments, which extended itself into the making of the new record which is really just an evolution of this vibe that we'd been cultivating for long time."
With that, the guys holed up in Brooklyn's Rumpus Room to start recording in earnest with Nick Stumpf (who produced the band's debut album) and Albert Di Fiore behind the controls. The album is a kind of sonic microcosm-a series of emotional yet tough mini-narratives operating within the same quixotic musical universe.
As a result, the guitars on Caveman are bigger and more expansive, the rhythm section is tighter and more adventurous, the keyboards more opaque and pronounced. Like a marriage between Tangerine Dream, late period Slowdive, and Lindsey Buckingham, tracks like their new single "In the City" and "Ankles" boast synth lines that sound simultaneously retro and futuristic, while "Pricey" and "Never Want to Know" overflow with guitar sounds that could have miraculously floated off an old Cure album. It should be noted that James Carbonetti, the band's primary guitar player, also happens to be one of the most highly regarded guitar makers in New York City.
And while Caveman's music could certainly operate on the level of dreamy soundscape and still be excellent, the depth of feeling in front man Matthew Iwanusa's lyrics helps weave the songs deeply into your memory. When Iwanusa sings Where's the time to waste on someone else's life? on "Where's the Time," it's hard not to read between the lines. Wonder and regret seem to fuel the record in almost equal measure.1. Strange to Suffer
2. In the City
3. Shut You Down
4. Where's the Time
6. Over My Head
9. I See You
10. I Never Want to Know
11. The Big Push$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
Blood Sugar Sex Magik (180 Gram)Ranked 310/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
For their fifth full-length release and first for Warner Bros, the Red Hot Chili Peppers enlisted the talents of producer extraordinaire Rick Rubin. It resulted in the band's breakthrough record as well as their high water mark, a sprawling 17-song punk/funk/hip-hop hybrid awash in sexual innuendo and references to drugs and death. Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991) produced no less than five hit singles including Under The Bridge, Give It Away, Breaking The Girl, Suck My Kiss and If You Have To Ask, selling over 15 million copies in the process.LP1
1. The Power of Equality
2. If You Have To Ask
3. Breaking The Girl
4. Funk Monks
5. Suck My Kiss
6. I Could Have Lied
7. Mellowship Slinky In B Major
8. The Righteous & The Wicked
9. Give It Away
1. Blood Sugar Sex Magik
2. Under The Bridge
3. Naked In The Rain
4. Apache Rose Peacock
5. The Greeting Song
6. My Lovely Man
7. Sir Psycho Sexy
8. They're Red Hot$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Invisible WayThe Invisible Way is Low's tenth album in 20 years as a band. Low's Alan Sparhawk says of the album: "While driving though Chicago, on tour, we stopped finally to visit Wilco at their studio, The Loft. They had invited us to come check it out several times over the years, but this would finally be the day. It's a great place-a sea of instruments in a relaxed, open working environment. It's cool, but what really converted us was hearing the new Mavis Staples tracks they were working on: big, simple, raw, and intimate. How is this different from any other Low record? Mimi sings lead on five of the eleven songs (she usually only does one or two, despite being a fan favorite). Piano, lots of piano...and an acoustic guitar. Songs about intimacy, the drug war, the class war, plain old war war, archeology, and love."1. Plastic Cup
3. So Blue
4. Holy Ghost
6. Clarence White
7. Four Score
8. Just Make It Stop
10. On My Own
11. To Our Knees$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
One Hot MinuteFollowing-up the band's 1991 masterpiece Blood Sugar Sex Magik and featuring Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro in place of the recently departed John Frusciante, the Red Hot Chili Peppers 1995 album One Hot Minute distinguishes itself immediately from the band's previous and future releases with a more heavy metal guitar dynamic and glimpses of psychedelic rock. Band turmoil and resurfacing drug problems also led to darker lyrical themes as heard on popular singles Warped, My Friends and Aeroplane. Although this incarnation of the band would be short lived, their collective output here doesn't lack in ambition and One Hot Minute finds the band maturing on many musical levels.1. Warped
3. Deep Kick
4. My Friends
5. Coffee Shop
7. One Big Mob
10. One Hot Minute
11. Falling Into Grace
12. Shallow Be Thy Game
13. Transcending$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Super FlyRanked 69/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Arguably the best and most notorious of the blaxploitation films of the '70s, starring Ron O'Neal as a Harlem drug dealer out to make one last big score before he cleans up his act for good. You could say Curtis Mayfield's accompanying landmark 1972 soundtrack is the real star here though. Superfly is a gripping morality tale set to funky grooves and plaintive vocals, the absolute zenith of Mayfield's socially aware songwriting.1. Little Child Runnin' Wild
3. Freddie's Dead
4. Junkie Chase (Instrumental)
5. Give Me Your Love (Love Song)
6. Eddie You Should Know Better
7. No Thing On Me (Cocaine Song)
8. Think (Instrumental)
9. Superfly$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
Technical EcstasyTechnical Ecstasy continued the band's separation from its signature doom and darkness that had been such a trademark of the band's early career. While the album's lyrics dealt with topics such as drug dealers, prostitution, and transvestites, the music itself was seldom dark, and tracks like Rock 'n' Roll Doctor and It's Alright (the latter sung by drummer Bill Ward-a decision supported by Ozzy Osbourne), were very different from Black Sabbath's earlier recordings. Also, the band continued experimenting with keyboards and synthesizers more so than previous albums. The track She's Gone features orchestrations.
Osbourne left the band briefly following the release of the album. He would eventually rejoin for the follow-up album, Never Say Die!.
Gypsy, Dirty Women, Rock 'n' Roll Doctor and (briefly) All Moving Parts (Stand Still) were played live on the supporting tour.
It's Alright was often covered live by Guns N' Roses, and included in their Live Era: '87-'93 album.
The song was also featured in the 2010 film It's Kind of a Funny Story.
The album was certified Gold on 19 June 1997 and peaked at number 51 on the Billboard Pop Album chart.1. Back Street Kids
2. You Won't Change Me
3. It's Alright
5. All Moving Parts (Stand Still)
6. Rock 'N' Roll Doctor
7. She's Gone
8. Dirty Women$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Esoteric WarfareEsoteric Warfare is the fifth studio album by the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem.
It has been seven long years since MAYHEM released their fourth and last full-length Ordo ad Chao. Founded as early as in 1984 in Oslo, Norway by the late and legendary frontman Øystein Aarseth aka Euronymous, bassist Jørn Necrobutcher Stubberud, and Kjetil Manheim Haraldsson on drums, the band took its name from the VENOM song Mayhem with Mercy. Continuing and renewing the Black Metal style heralded by the English trio, MAYHEM soon became the instigators of the so called second wave and were at the heart of every controversy surrounding that genre. The suicide of misanthropic frontman Per Yngve Dead Ohlin. The murder of Euronymous by guest bass player Count Grishnakh alias the notorious Varg Vikernes. Church burnings, drugs and prison sentences, MAYHEM were always at the centre of the storm. Yet not even death could stop the Norwegians, who released one musical milestone after the other. The incredible rawness of the Deathcrush EP (1987) was followed by the still iconic and genre defining De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (1994), which featured devilish drummer Jan Axel Hellhammer Blomberg, who had joined in 1988. The vocalist on this album was the Hungarian Attila Csihar of TORMENTOR fame, who returned later in 2004 to take over from his meantime heir, the enigmatic original singer Sven-Erik Maniac Kristiansen. The latter was featured on the Wolf's Lair Abyss EP (1997), which was written mostly by highly talented guitarist Rune Blasphemer Eriksen, who scored a massive success with the highly controversial Grand Declaration Of War (2000). Those were followed by the more classic Chimera (2004) and a masterpiece of utter darkness called Ordo Ad Chao (2007) with Attila singing again, which inspired many bands to follow in its tracks. MAYHEM had always witnessed many line-up changes due to the circumstances described above. Therefore even the loss of Blasphemer, who decided to focus on his other band AVA INFERI in 2008, did not stop the band. Activities mainly revolved around live shows, until the right balance was found again with the recruitment of Morten Teloch Iversen. The guitarist had already made a name for himself with NIDINGR, which is highly regarded amongst black metal enthusiasts yet remained mostly an underground phenomenon. Now his first compositional work with MAYHEM is unleashed and demonstrates how perfectly Teloch has captured the essence and spirit of the Norwegian legend by linking the band back to its roots, while at the same time taking a step forward into the spearhead position of the genre instead of dwelling in nostalgia. The A-side, Psywar comes with a different mastering than the album version. The B-side, From Beyond the Event Horizon is a rare track taken from the much rumoured Budapest Recording Sessions, which the band decided to scratch. Tremble world, MAYHEM are back with a vengeance!1. Watchers
7. Throne of Time
8. Corpse of Care
10. Aion Suntelia$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now