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The Wildest (Pure Pleasure)A tireless showman and an underrated musical talent, Louis Prima swung his way to icon status thanks to an irresistible, infectious sound whose appeal translated across generations. Nominally a swing artist, Prima's distinctive sound also encompassed New Orleans-style jazz, boogie-woogie, jump blues, R&B, early rock & roll, and even the occasional Italian tarantella. Regardless of what form his music took, it swung hard and fast, with a rolling, up-tempo shuffle beat. His greatest period of popularity coincided with his marriage to singer Keely Smith, whose coolly sophisticated vocals and detached stage manner made a perfect counterpoint to Prima's boisterous presence: mugging, clowning, and cavorting around the stage with the boundless enthusiasm of a hyperactive boy. Prima's band during this time was anchored by tenor saxophonist Sam Butera, whose grounding in jump blues and New Orleans R&B was a perfect match.
- Louis Prima (trumpet, vocal)
- Keely Smith (vocal)
- Sam Butera (tenor saxophone)
- James "Little Red" Blount (trombone)
- Willie McCumber (piano)
- Jack Marshall (guitar)
- Amado Rodrigues (bass)
- Bobby Morris (drums)
About Pure Pleasure
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Medley: Just A Gigolo/I Aint Got Nobody
2. (Nothings Too Good) For My Baby
3. The Lip
4. Body And Soul
5. Oh Marie
6. Medley: Basin Street Blues/ When Its Sleepy Time Down South
7. Jump, Jive And Wail
8. Buona Sera
9. Night Train
10. (Ill Be Glad When Youre Dead) You Rascal You$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Wildest!The Wildest! is an album by Louis Prima, first released in 1956. It features singer Keely Smith with saxophonist Sam Butera and the Witnesses. It is considered an innovative mixture of early rock and roll, jump blues and jazz as well as eccentric humor.1. Medley: Just A Gigolo/I Aint Got Nobody
2. (Nothings Too Good) For My Baby
3. The Lip
4. Body And Soul
5. Oh Marie
6. Medley: Basin Street Blues/ When It's Sleepy Time Down South
7. Jump, Jive And Wail
8. Buona Sera
9. Night Train
10. (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest DreamsIn the 4 short years that Diarrhea Planet has been around, they've shared stages and tours with Jeff the Brotherhood, Fucked Up, The Men, Wavves, Screaming Females and Titus Andronicus, and seen critical praise from Pitchfork, Spin, Stereogum, Rolling Stone, Paste, the New Yorker, among a growing list.
After being one of 2013's most-talked-about SXSW acts, Nashville's favorite six-piece rock and roll band is back with I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams - this time with Kevin S. McMahon (Titus Andronicus, Swans, The Walkmen, Real Estate, etc) turning the knobs.1. Lite Dreams
3. The Sound Of My Ceiling Fans
4. Field Of Dreams
6. Hammer Of The Gods
7. Ugliest Son
8. White Girls (Student Of The Blues Part 1)
10. Enter The Great Gate
12. Skeleton Head
13. Emmett's Vision$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Snakes And LaddersWiley is a national treasure. - Guardian
The most divisive and prolific figure in UK hip-hop. - Times
You'd be a fool to ignore him. - NME
Infuriatingly irresistible... - Clash
Wiley remains one of the biggest characters and wildest talents in British music. Whether helping younger artists break through (Dizzee, Chipmunk, Tinchy) offloading hundreds of unreleased tracks on Twitter, rowing with detractors or doling out private insights on the web - he is always in the studio. Ultimately a workaholic, he's the kind of artist one can imagine making groundbreaking, avant-garde music well into his old age. A true maverick and an artist in the truest sense of the word.1. Snakes & Ladders (Part One)
2. On a Level
3. From the Outside (feat. Teddy & JME)
4. No Skylarking
6. Drive By (feat. Flirta D)
8. Step 21
9. Grew Up In (feat. Stormzy and Solo 45)
10. Lonely (feat. JR Writer, Problem, Gudda Gudda & Cam'ron)
11. BMO Field
12. Reel Off (feat. Footsie & Wrigz)
13. Bloodtype (feat. Wrigz)
14. Flying (Zdot Remix) (feat. Chip)
15. What's On Ya Mind?
16. Hollow Da Don - Bars
17. Snakes & Ladders (Part Two)$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Sticks (Awaiting Repress)"Bit by bit, gonna get my bricks out in the sticks / Bit by bit, gonna build my house in the wildest thickets / Gonna get away from all those mouths and my shit / Gonna say good-bye to all the la-di-da-di-da-di-da-di-da," Mother Mother's singer and guitarist Ryan Guldemond sings on "Bit By Bit", the song he calls the benchmark piece and anthem of The Sticks. And so it goes on this Canadian five-piece's latest effort, an album about "longing to escape the clutches of the modern world."
The album is about as unpredictable musically as it is lyrically, with "Let's Fall in Love" eventually revealing dirty, "Supermassive Black Hole"-esque guitars, "Little Pistol" busting out strings and reserving into a fuzzy, evolving folk tune, and the drums on the title track revealing themselves as a dead-ringer for "When The Levee Breaks. Random though this journey into the Canadian countryside may be, it's a damn fun ride. A pit stop in the band's more folky past pops up on track five, the acoustic, vocal-driven "Dread In My Heart", whose "We Are Going To Be Friends"-simplicity and lyrics like, "There's a god awful shitty feeling of dread in my heart / And I can't seem to change my attitude, but I can change my heart," effortlessly resonate.
-Amanda Koellner1. Omen
2. The Sticks
3. Let's Fall In Love
5. Dread In My Heart
8. Bit By Bit
9. Latter Days
10. Little Pistol
11. Love It Dissipates
12. Cry Forum
13. Waiting For The World To End$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Other Side Of Life
Celebrate 3 Decades of The Moody Blues' Wildest Dreams!
First Time 180 Gram Vinyl & Gatefold Presentation
Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (The Moody Blues)
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso From The Original Threshold Records Tapes
In 1986, The Moody Blues' "The Other Side of Life" album and their top charting hit single "Your Wildest Dreams," truly made this one of the most important chapters in their stellar career. Not only did millions of fans support this incredible masterwork, but it also received accolades from the young fans of MTV, which garnered the legends a Billboard Video of the Year award for the smash hit song. "The Other Side Of Life" Lp features nine stunning performances from the talents of Justin Hayward (guitar/vocals), John Lodge (bass/vocals), Patrick Moraz (keyboards & formerly of Yes), Ray Thomas (flutes/vocals) and Graeme Edges (drums/vocals).
The top ten album achieved platinum status, with even more smashes like "Rock and Roll Over You" and the brilliant "The Other Side Of Life", which takes the listener back to their "Days Of Future Passed" into the modern era of "Long Distance Voyager."
Power ballads were always Justin Hayward's specialty as "I Just Don't Care Anymore" chalks up another home run, along with the hard rockin' "Running Out Of Love" both of which made this one of The Moodies most popular albums.
Friday Music is honored to announce the 30th Anniversary Limited Edition of The Moody Blues masterpiece "The Other Side Of Life." Mastered impeccably by long time friend and fan Joe Reagoso, this superlative first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Lp is also featured in a first time gatefold cover presentation for a very limited time.
In Your Wildest Dreams1. Your Wildest Dreams
2. Talkin' Talkin'
3. Rock 'N' Roll Over You
4. I Just Don't Care
5. Running Out Of Love
6. The Other Side Of Life
7. The Spirit
8. Slings And Arrows
9. It May Be A Fire$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
ViolatorIn a word, stunning. Perhaps an odd word to use given that Violator continued in the general vein of the previous two studio efforts by Depeche Mode: Martin Gore's upfront lyrical emotional extremism and knack for a catchy hook filtered through Alan Wilder's ear for perfect arrangements, ably assisted by top English producer Flood. Yet the idea that this record would both dominate worldwide charts, while song for song being simply the best, most consistent effort yet from the band could only have been the wildest fantasy before its release. The opening two singles from the album, however, signaled something was up. First was Personal Jesus, at once perversely simplistic, with a stiff, arcane funk/hip-hop beat and basic blues guitar chords, and tremendous, thanks to sharp production touches and David Gahan's echoed, snaky vocals. Then Enjoy the Silence, a nothing-else-remains-but-us ballad pumped up into a huge, dramatic romance/dance number, commanding in its mock orchestral/choir scope. Follow-up single Policy of Truth did just fine as well, a low-key Motown funk number for the modern day with a sharp love/hate lyric to boot. To top it all off, the album itself scored on song after song, from the shuffling beat of Sweetest Perfection (well sung by Gore) and the ethereal Waiting for the Night to the guilt-ridden-and-loving-it Halo building into a string-swept pounder. Clean wraps up Violator on an eerie note, all ominous bass notes and odd atmospherics carrying the song. Goth without ever being stupidly hammy, synth without sounding like the clinical stereotype of synth music, rock without ever sounding like a rock band, Depeche here reach astounding heights indeed.
- Ned Raggett (All Music Guide)1. World In My Eyes
2. Sweetest Perfection
3. Personal Jesus
5. Waiting For The Night
6. Enjoy The Silence
7. Policy Of Truth
8. Blue Dress
9. Clean (Album Version)$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bon Voyage (Awaiting Repress)Melody's Echo Chamber (aka Melody Prochet) has confirmed her second album Bon Voyage will be released via Fat Possum Records. Made up of seven expansive tracks, Bon Voyage marries Melody's breathless soprano to the wildest sonic excursions, always pinned to an emphatic, clattering groove as she delivers her fables of spiritual search and emotional healing in multiple tongues (French, English and Swedish).
Bon Voyage is a collaborative record between Prochet and Dungen's Reine Fiske and The Amazing's Fredrik Swahn with Melody sculpting and producing the sessions as well as encouraging the players around her to experiment, often with instruments that might be less familiar to them. It also features special guests Gustav Esjtes and Johan Holmegaard (both from Dungen) and Nicholas Allbrook (Pond).
A musical journey of discovery, Bon Voyage delves deep into the collective musical psyche of Melody and her Swedish fellow travellers, who she met one serendipitous summer's afternoon in Angers back in 2015. Prochet describes the members of Stockholm's premier neo-psychedelic overlords Dungen as "soulmates and extreme beings, uncompromisingly intense and sensitive." These kindred souls daydreamed about making music together, and then Prochet took matters into her own hands and moved to Sweden in the winter of 2016 to begin their adventure. Working in the woods of Solna, Melody says: "Swedish nature helped me to breathe and soothed me in times of anxiety. I had a majestic forest with a lake three minutes' walk from my home. Recording sessions were a break in our lives, an escape from our frustrations as young adults, parents, musicians and embittered life jugglers. What transpired was a kind of modern fairytale full of duality: beautiful and disenchanted, happy and painful, internal and external, childish and mature, but also violent and measured. We had no structure and no limits and we stepped out of our comfort zones."
Bon Voyage arrives more than five years after Melody's Echo Chamber's debut, and it is the soundtrack to a trip back from the brink, the sound of spiritual renewal, and a pilgrimage to the sonic outer limits.1. Cross My Heart
2. Breathe In, Breathe Out
3. Desert Horse
4. Var Har Du Vart
5. Quand Les Larmes D'un Ange Font Danser La Neige
6. Visions Of Someone Special, On A Wall Of Reflections
7. Shirim$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
DistortionsMinneapolis was their home turf. But in the decades that followed, appreciation for Distortions swelled to tidal wave proportions among fans of amped-up, ramped-up, balls-to-the-wall rock'n'roll. Headlined by two red-hot, stone-cold killers, "Action Woman" and "Soul Searchin'"-both penned by producer Warren Kendrick-Distortions is arguably the greatest private-press garage band album of the era.
The Litter formed in 1966 as a merger between two popular Twin Cities combos, the Victors and the Tabs. They quickly established a reputation as the wildest, loudest band on the scene. Bill Strandlof was responsible for the incendiary, feedback-laced guitar work on "Action Woman"-a local hit for the band when released as a single in January 1967-but by the summer he'd been replaced by another fast-fingered guitar slinger, Zippy Caplan. Caplan's fiery leads helped ignite the remainder of Distortions, including smoking interpretations of the Who's "Substitute," the Small Faces' "Whatcha Gonna Do About It," an intense reading of "Codine," and a comprehensive reconstruction-destruction of "I'm A Man."
Sundazed is thrilled to present the first-ever from-the-masters vinyl reissue of Distortions, housed in the dead-cool original artwork and pressed on 180-gram vinyl. Pure, unfiltered '60s garage rock excitement is just a needle-drop away.1. Action Woman
2. Whatcha Gonna Do About It
4. Somebody Help Me
6. I'm So Glad
7. A Legal Matter
8. Rack My Mind
9. Soul Searchin'
10. I'm A Man$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
Solar AnusFifth album by the Norse Gods of Noise Rock! Arabrot playing their purest, wildest, ugliest rock 'n roll! Recorded and mixed by Steve Albini!1. Solaranus
2. And The Ass Had Spoken
3. Madonna Was A Whore
6. Auto Da Fe
8. The Wheel Is Turning Full Circle$27.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Wise Up GhostLong-rumored and shrouded in mystery, this collaborative album between Elvis Costello and The Roots promises to be one of the most unexpected and
revelatory releases of 2013. Born out of multiple performances by Costello on the Roots' day/night job at Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, this album developed organically and is definitely a situation where the whole is greater than the sum of the amazing parts. It surprises with how good the two
elements gel, but also sounds exactly how you'd think in your wildest dreams. As The Roots' ?uestlove notes, "it's a moody, brooding affair, cathartic rhythms and dissonant lullabies. I went stark and dark on the music. Elvis went HAM on some ole Ezra Pound shit"
"Really does combine the strengths of its authors: Costello's voice, lyrics, and melody are driven by the Roots' powerful, swinging groove." - Stereogum
"Sounds like vintage Costello, with a deep, dubby bassline- Los Angeles Times
"A funky, icy groove, replete with a throwback organ sound and Costello singing like he did in his "Watching the Detectives era."- SPIN1. Walk Us Uptown
2. Sugar Won't Work
3. Refuse To Be Saved
4. Wake Me Up
6. Stick Out Your Tongue
7. Come The Meantimes
8. (She Might Be A) Grenade
9. Cinco Minutos Con Vos
10. Viceroy's Row
11. Wise Up Ghost
12. If I Could Believe$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Earth To Echo Soundtrack (Colored Vinyl)Limited Pressing On Transparent Blue Colored Vinyl, Black Vinyl Pressing Thereafter
Earth To Echo is a heartwarming 2014 summer family adventure movie, telling the story of a bunch of young teenage friends whose lives are about to change. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys begin receiving a strange series of signals on their phones.
Convinced something bigger is going on, they team set out to look for the source of their phone signals. What they discover is something beyond their wildest imaginations: a small alien who has become stranded on Earth. In need of their help, the four friends come together to protect the alien and help him find his way home. This journey, full of wonder and adventure, is their story, and their secret.
Echo is one of the most adorable characters you're going to see this year, with oodles of personality. The film has been shot in 'found footage' visual photography. From phones (which act as the robots eyes) to camcorders, all are utilised here with magnificent effect. The movie's young cast (Teo Halm, Astro and Resse Hartwig) are superb and with a solid chemistry between them and incredibly likeable personas, they will keep audiences stuck to their chairs.1. Your Friend - The Mowgli's
2. Live Like We'll Never Die [feat. Youngblood Hawke] - Chiddy Bang
3. Dangerous [feat. Joywave] - Big Data
4. Opposite Sides - Manchester Orchestra
5. 21 Flights - Heavy English
6. Best Friends - Holychild
7. I Move Around - Gospel Claws
8. Bang It Out [feat. Karmin] - Breathe Carolina
9. Higher Road - John Ralston
10. The Mighty Rio Grande - This Will Destroy You
11. Earth To Echo Suite - Joseph Trapanese$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Last Days of OaklandFantastic Negrito is the incarnation of a musician who is reborn after going through a lot of awful shit. In fact, the name Fantastic Negrito represents his third rebirth, literally coming back from death this time. The narrative on this man is as important as the sound, because the narrative is the sound. Songs born from a long hard life channeled through black roots music. Slide guitar, drums, piano. Urgent, desperate, edgy. Fantastic Negrito is the story of a man who struggled to make it, who got it, and who lost it all. For anyone who ever felt like it was over yet hoped it wasn't, this is your music; blues harnessed, forged in realness. For anyone who ever considered getting their old high-school band back together, this is your inspiration. These are singular songs by a true musician who writes and produces. They are his fuel as he embarks on the third comeback of his life.
The first life ('who am I and where am I going?'). Fantastic Negrito was raised in an orthodox Muslim household. His father was a Somali-Caribbean immigrant who mostly played traditional African music. When, at the age of 12, Negrito's family moved from Massachusetts to Oakland, he was hit with an intense culture shock. Oakland in 1980s was a million miles from Negrito's conservative childhood. He went from Arab chants to Funkadelic in one day, living in the heart of one of the wildest, most infamous, most vibrant black communities in the nation. Shit was extra real in Oakland.
By the time he was 20, Negrito had taught himself to play every instrument he could get his hands on. He was recording music, but he was also caught up in street shit. This went on for several years until a near death encounter with masked gunmen. After that Negrito packed his bags and headed to LA, armed with a demo on cassette.
The second life ('I want to be a star I think'). It didn't take long for Negrito to find himself entrenched in the 'Hollywood' lifestyle; clubs and bitches and bullshit politics that have nothing to do with great music. Negrito signed with a big time manager and soon after that, a million dollar deal at Interscope and soon after that, creative death.
The record deal was a disaster. Gangsta rap was ruling the airwaves and Negrito was in the wrong place at the wrong era. Negrito came out of the deal with a failed album and his confidence gutted. He was infected by the constant emphasis on 'what would sell'; which looks, hooks and gimmicks would attract an audience. He lost all sense of himself. The songs stopped coming to him, so he quit. He sold all of his shit and he quit.
In 2000, Negrito was in a near fatal car accident that put him in a coma. For four weeks it was touch and go. Because his muscles atrophied while bedridden, he had to go through months of frustrating physical therapy to regain use of his legs. Rods were placed throughout his body. And worst of all, his playing hand was mutilated. Though he rehabbed intensely for several years, the damage was permanent. In 2008, he returned home to Oakland.
The third life (the birth of Negrito). Back in Oakland, Negrito forgot about life as a musician. He settled down, planted vegetables, raised his own chickens, and made money growing weed. He also settled into being a man, on his own, clear of the distractions of wanting to be a star. This is when his specific POV of the world came into focus. His conservative Muslim values melded with the liberal, multi-cultural world of Oakland. The cynicism that comes from struggle made room for the hope that comes from cheating death. He truly knew who he was. He was confident about his place in the world because he understood it as much as any man can. And then his son was born.
With his son's entrance into the world, all the creative energy Negrito bottled for years came rushing out. His musical choices were sharp and without doubt. He began recording without the hindrances that come with chasing trends. Fuck what's hot now, what moves me? Negrito turned to the original DNA of all American music, the Blues. The beating life had given him primed him to channel his literal and musical forefathers: the Blues musicians of the Delta.
For Fantastic Negrito, derivative is the devil so to ensure his sound is his own, every chord comes from a place of immediacy. Immediacy opens the door for instinct. Instinct is God's tool that makes an artist into an individual. Negrito leaves the original sounds of Lead Belly and Skip Woods intact and builds bridges to modernity by looping and sampling his own live instruments.
When you listen to Negrito, you're invited to hear the story of life after destruction. Your dream can die. You probably will give up. But from there, you can start everything over.1. Intro - The Last Days of Oakland
2. Working Poor
3. About A Bird
4. Scary Woman
5. Interlude - What Would You Do?
6. The Nigga Song
7. In the Pines (Oakland)
8. Hump Thru the Winter
9. Lost In A Crowd
10. Interlude 2 - El Chileno
11. The Worst
12. Rant Rushmore
13. Nothing Without You
14. Push Back
15. The Shadows$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Genius Loves Company (10th Anniversary) (Awaiting Repress)Upon its release in 2004, few could have predicted the extraordinary, game-changing effect that Ray Charles' final recording would have on both his career and the industry as a whole. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the legend's milestone recording, Concord/Hear Music will release a special 2LP, 45RPM, 180-gram Vinyl Edition.
One of Charles' most inspirational and historically significant albums, Genius Loves Company captures the genius of the music icon in his last studio recording pairing him with legendary guest artists including Norah Jones, Diana Krall, James Taylor, Elton John, Willie Nelson and Bonnie Raitt to name a few. The album went on to receive an astounding 8 GRAMMY® Awards, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. To help launch a then-groundbreaking consumer marketing campaign, Genius Loves Company was tapped as the first original release through the Starbucks Hear Music imprint in conjunction with Concord Music Group. Since its release on August 31st, 2004, Genius Loves Company has been certified multi-platinum with worldwide sales in excess of 5 million copies.
Produced by John Burk, Concord Music Group's chief creative officer, and co-produced by the legendary Phil Ramone, Genius Loves Company garnered critical acclaim upon its release. NPR All Things Considered hailed, "It's got flashes of fire you wouldn't expect from such a setting, gems of phrasing that remind you how Ray Charles transformed the wreckage of heartbreak into poignant sound," and Rolling Stone added, "the tone is reverential and warm, as the Genius sings "
"Ray was shocked that these people wanted to sing with him," recalls Ray Charles Foundation president Valerie Ervin. "He just didn't understand the magnitude of where he was in the industry. As weak as he became he made sure he gave his best for every artist that was there for him."
"Ray Charles was one of those rare artists who, throughout his incredible career, had far-reaching impact that forever changed the conventions of popular music as well as the music business," said Concord Music Group chief creative officer John Burk. "Looking back at the last 10 years, it's clear that this album was certainly no exception. We are humbled, honored and blessed to have had the opportunity to work with such a musical giant, and we are eternally grateful to Ray for elevating both Concord Records and Hear Music to new heights, far beyond our wildest dreams ten years ago."1. Here We Go Again with Norah Jones
2. Sweet Potato Pie with James Taylor
3. You Don't Know Me with Diana Krall
4. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word with Elton John
5. Fever with Natalie Cole
6. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? with Bonnie Raitt
7. It Was A Very Good Year with Willie Nelson
8. Hey Girl with Michael McDonald
9. Sinner's Prayer with B.B. King
10. Heaven Help Us All with Gladys Knight
11. Over The Rainbow with Johnny Mathis
12. Crazy Love with Van Morrison$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Ultima II MassageTOBACCO can't have nice things.
On his third album, the Pennsylvania snake-synth-charmer deepens his approach
to aural depravity. Ultima II Massage widens a jagged swath through the dude's
own weird catalog, each disparate track damaged to the point of contributing to
some sort of greater, lurching Frankenstein-like state. "I spent a lot of time
breaking it in all the right places," says TOBACCO. "It ends up making the whole
thing breathe - sometimes gasp for air. It feels more alive." Immediately after
nishing 2010's Maniac Meat, he went to work on the beat-addled series begun
with Fucked Up Friends in 2008. There were notable breaks en route to now - a
surprising commission to remix White Zombie's "Thunder Kiss '65," a new BMSR
record (Cobra Juicy), and producing Demon Queen's Exorcise Tape with vocalist
Zackey Force Funk - but he saved the worst for last, amassing the most
misanthropic material for Ultima. To wit, SPIN dubbed early share "Lipstick
Destroyer" a "junkyard takedown of Daft Punk's beloved, pristine electro."
TOBACCO explains his modied approach: "I wanted to push each song just
enough, so that even when the album's at its wildest, it's something you can zone
out to. It feels like a denitive end to a concept I've been trying to perfect forever.
Maniac Meat was linear. This time I wanted to do a lot of di!erent things and have
them come together as one meditative piece. At least for myself."
Which, oddly enough, makes sense. This is easily TOBACCO's most diverse set to
date - his own Stereopathetic Soulmanure, but about that 1-900 hotline life:
massage parlors, plasticized sleaze, fake tans, old dial-ups to the fan clubs of
dead B-actors. Fittingly, the album's only contributor is Beck music director Brian
LeBarton who shrieks as Notrabel on the grimy freak-out "Streaker." At 17 tracks,
Ultima is stacked with beautifully perverse hits - from the sickly sticky "Eruption,"
to the wobbly demon swaggerer "Face Breakout," to the distorted punk spazz of
"Dipsmack," to the apocalyptic sepia ambience of "Spitlord." You may hear
disembodied bits of Boards of Canada, early Def Jam records, and Gary Numan,
or maybe just public-access TV and bad VHS dubs of '80s horror icks. Or the sun
exploding and everything you've ever loved melting. Again, TOBACCO was just
trying to make meditation music.
But to nd that rotted sweet spot, as always, he had to subvert his pop urges.
TOBACCO went back to the cassette decks he started o! with - analog weapons
of distortion to compliment his hissing vocoder and blown rhythms. Any moment
that felt "just right" was brutally assaulted until ugly again. All to accomplish one
end: "This might be my most purposely difcult album yet, but I promise if you let
it in, it can fuck you up."
Ultima II Massage. No happy ending.1. Streaker (ft. Notrabel)
2. Good Complexion
3. Video Warning Attempts
5. Lipstick Destroyer
6. Self Tanner
7. Face Breakout
8. Blow Your Heart
9. Beast Sting
11. Creaming for Beginners
12. Omen Classic
13. Pool City, McKnight Road
15. Father Sister Berzerker
16. The Touch from Within$22.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now