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  • Whenever, If Ever Whenever, If Ever Quick View

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    Whenever, If Ever

    Whenever, If Ever is the highly anticipated and long overdue full debut full length for the atmospheric indie rock band from Willimantic, CT. Having
    released several EPs and splits, The World Is A Beautiful Place deliver an album so huge that these other releases have only hinted at their true potential.
    1. Blank #9
    2. Heartbeat In The Brain
    3. Fightboat
    4. Picture Of A Tree That Doesn't Look Okay
    5. You Will Never Go To Space
    6. Layers of Skin We Drag Around
    7. Gig Life
    8. Ultimate Steve
    9. Low Light Assembly
    10. Getting Sodas
    The World Is A Beautiful Place
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    Beautiful Broken

    On Beautiful Broken, the Wilson sisters return with all new, heart-wrenching, original material, as well as some
    hidden gems from their legendary past. The project is so powerful that it has drawn in other superstar friends of the
    band from across the music world, including Metallica's James Hetfield and Ne-Yo, each lending their incredible
    talents to the record.


    The album is made up of 10 magnificent tracks, featuring new original music as well as updates on some treasures from their catalog.

    1. Beautiful Broken
    2. Two
    3. Sweet Darlin'
    4. I Jump
    5. Johnny Moon
    6. Heaven
    7. City's Burning
    8. Down On Me
    9. One Word
    10. Language Of Love
    Heart
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    What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

    What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World is The Decemberists' 7th studio album. Produced by the band and long-time collaborator Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Neko Case), it is The Decemberists' first full-length studio album since 2011's The King Is Dead, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in Jan of 2011. The Decemberists have sold more than 1.6 million albums to date in the US. From the soaring first single 'Make You Better'to the acoustic ruminations of the Nick Drake influenced 'Lake Song' and triumphant closer 'A Beginning Song', What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, is the band's most varied and dynamic work, both musically and emotionally. Since their earliest recordings more than a decade ago, the
    Decemberists have always been known for their sense of scope and daring-from "The Tain," an eighteen-and-a-half minute 2004 single based on an Irish myth to their last two ambitious, thematic albums, The Hazards of Love and The King is Dead. This time, though, Meloy explains that they took a different approach: "Let's make sure the songs are good, and eventually the record will present itself."
    1. The Singer Addresses His Audience
    2. Cavalry Capain
    3. Philomena
    4. Make You Better
    5. Lake Song
    6. Till The Water Is All Long Gone
    7. The Wrong Year
    8. Carolina Low
    9. Better Not Wake The Baby
    10. Anti-Summersong
    11. Easy Come, Easy Go
    12. Mistral
    13. 12-17-12
    14. A Beginning Song
    The Decemberists
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    The World Is Real (Awaiting Repress)

    LAKE's comprehensive pop vision has always been anchored in an honest mournfulness, a sensitivity to nature, and the vulnerability of life. These mark
    LAKE's more down tempo, contemplative grooves, which are given their fullest voice yet on The World Is Real, LAKE's fourth album for K and sixth overall.
    It follows 2008's Oh, the Places We'll Go, 2009's Let's Build A Roof, and 2011's Giving & Receiving, and was similarly recorded at Dub Narcotic Studio at K headquarters in their hometown of Olympia, Washington.


    The songwriting partnership of Ashley Eriksson and Eli Moore is the locus of LAKE's creative engine, but the additional members are as integral and
    longstanding. They are the diversely talented Andrew Dorsett, Markly Morisson, and Lindsay Schief. The creative sound that surrounds LAKE is storied in collaboration, sonic adventure and an allegiance to exploring the limits of crafting pop songs. They have toured, recorded and allied with some of the most pioneering figures in contemporary independent music: R. Stevie Moore, Chris Cohen, Karl Blau, and Phil Elverum's Mt. Eerie, for example.


    Lead track Do You Recall? offers wide and subtle nods to working-class 80's classics like Mellencamp's Jack & Diane, or Hornsby's The Way It Is. Featuring drum machine and nostalgic guitar riffs, the lead and group vocals float through droning synths like wind to a bounded world.


    Dog in the Desert one of the album's centerpieces, was initially inspired by the text-works of conceptual artist, Richard Long, and his "art made by walking in landscapes" (richardlong.org). Eriksson's voice, and the dark plodding instrumentation of the song, take Long's images and shape them into a meditation on abandonment, loss and reconciliation with nature.


    Tellingly, the earthbound bass groove on Dog in the Desert is a quotation of Steely Dan's Black Cow. It is not the only song to directly live sample Fagen and Becker: Perfect Fit mashes up the chordal rhythms of Peg to excellent effect.
    It's clear that LAKE enjoys to boldly tread and rework the classics in this way, most notably in Mark Morrison's first personal LAKE offering Takin' My Time, a direct reference to the Isley Brothers song "Caravan of Love." This smooth R&B pop seducer - a wild crowd favorite at LAKE's local Olympia outings - is a bit of an aside from The World Is Real's more meditative core.


    Other highlights on The World Is Real: Bury the House takes its 60's styled psychedelic setting for a playful, self-deprecating riff on LAKE's own new age-y ideals: Bury the house / under the garden / make an attempt to go outside. Composure and "I Wish For You" have the pop attributes of Pet Sounds and Smile era Beach Boys - faintly forlorn, but still warm and sweet. And the community oriented compassion exhibited by LAKE's members is beautifully summarized in the opening lines of album closer Reconcile: How do we exist under the sun
    but not in bliss? / What could have been? / Act on it.


    Lovers of hybrid pop will hear the bright whirring electronic keys that notably set McCartney II apart from the rest of Paul's catalog, as well as the bittersweet organ and keyboard influence of Yo La Tengo, and the minimalist funk of Talking Heads on
    this record. However, precise comparison is difficult: The World is Real avoids easy genre comparisons. An album full of the articulation of discontent and loss, LAKE captures these emotions in tandem with the pop music joys they have so expertly reigned in for many years.

    1. Do You Recall?
    2. Bury The House
    3. Combat Culture
    4. Composure
    5. Go Back
    6. Dog In The Desert
    7. Perfect Fit
    8. Takin' My Time
    9. I Wish For You
    10. In The Stubborn Eyes Of A Demon
    11. Reconcile
    Lake
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    Computer World

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    In 2009, Kraftwerk have upgraded their Kling Klang masters with the latest studio technology and these magnificent recordings still sound like nothing else in the history of music. Kraftwerk are unique, pristine, profound and beautiful. Decades may pass, but their streamlined synthetic symphonies stand outside time, as fresh as tomorrow, transcendent and sublime.


    Kraftwerk beam themselves into the future here by writing about home computers, online dating and globalized electronic surveillance years before these phenomena truly came into existence. A journey into the bright hopes and dark fears of the booming microchip revolution, Computer World is a serenely beautiful and almost seamless collage of sensual melodies and liquid beatscapes. Tracks like Numbers and Pocket Calculator, with their weightless bleeps and elastic beats, predict the silky rhythms of Chicago house and inspire a generation of Detroit techno artists. Kraftwerk's fanfare for the silicon age still sounds ageless, timeless and throbbing with invention.

    1. Computer World
    2. Pocket Calculator
    3. Numbers
    4. Computer World 2
    5. Computer Love
    6. Home Computer
    7. Its More Fun To Compute
    Kraftwerk
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    Hello World

    The first album of new material from the classic lineup of Information Society (Kurt, Paul and James) in over 20 years. After playing some festival dates in Summer, 2013 the band began to discuss working on a new album and the result, _hello world is the offspring. _hello world is rife with songs that have one foot firmly planted in their past and one foot confidently resting in the present; it is filled with classic INSOC dance floor fodder like Get Back, soaring epics like Jonestown, and cinematic textures like Creatures of Light and Darkness. Embracing the many faces of synthetic music while remaining organically Information Society, _hello world isn't as much a rebirth of INSOC as it is a nuclear-powered version that ups the ante. The first single, Land of the Blind, is a swirling, propulsive track that hearkens back to their signature sound yet infuses it with state of the art production values. Longtime InSoc hero Gerald V. Casale adds his vocals in a duet with Kurt on their cover of Beautiful World which adds a modern splash to the Devo classic. The group stormed the club charts in the mid '80s with their Freestyle classic Running. Inspired by the worldwide response to the single, the group seized the opportunity and moved to New York to record their major label debut, Information Society, for Tommy Boy/Reprise. Producer Fred Maher was brought in, fresh from his work on Kraftwerk's Electric Café album, and helped Robb & co. craft a tight pop sound. Initial buzz for the first single What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) was intense, and proved to be accurate; by the time the group got to its first in-store appearance, two days after the record's release, the album was sold out. 2014 is proving to be quite a year for the band. With history's tendency to repeat itself, it appears INSOC are poised for another takeover. _Hello World, indeed.
    Land Of The Blind
    The Prize
    Where Were You
    Get Back
    Jonestown
    Dancing With Strangers
    Beautiful World (Featuring Gerald V. Casale)
    Creatures Of Light And Darkness
    Above And Below
    Let It Burn
    Tomorrow The World
    Information Society
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    Wild World

    At first glance the striking artwork for Bastille's hugely anticipated second album, 'Wild World', may prompt a number of questions. Who are the two individuals balanced precariously above a cityscape? Why are they there? What will happen next? But Dan Smith's own interpretation of the image is one that runs through many of the songs on Wild World, "To me, the image isn't about what's just happened or what happens next," he begins. "It's not about how they got there or how they get down. It's about sharing a moment - two friends existing in that split second in that exact space, two people framed in the vast context of this huge mad metropolis that we've all built. They're there out of choice."


    The London four-piece release their hugely anticipated second album, 'Wild World' in 2016. The album follows the band's global four million selling, multi-platinum debut, Bad Blood.


    The announcement follows a fever pitch build spearheaded by infectious new single 'Good Grief', which received an incredible reaction across media and charted as last week's highest new entry as well as achieving the most week-one streams ever for an alternative single. The surreal video for the track clocked up over half a million views in just 48 hours and the band's recent triumphant Glastonbury set drew one of the largest crowds of the weekend and was hailed by the NME as "A masterclass in how to win Glastonbury."
    Wild World retains the vivid, rich, filmic song-writing of its predecessor but pushes the band's distinctive sound in exciting new directions. Lyrically, too, it's a leap forward, "If our first album was about growing up and the anxieties surrounding it" Dan explains, "Our second is about trying to make sense of the world around you, both as you see it and as it's presented to you through the media. It's also about asking questions of the world and of the people in it. We wanted the album to be a bit disorientating - at times extroverted and introverted, light and dark."


    Written by Dan Smith and co-produced with Bastille fifth member Mark Crew, Wild World was recorded in the same tiny, South London windowless basement studio where the band recorded its predecessor. It's a collection of fourteen songs (nineteen on the deluxe edition) that sees Bastille at their boldest and most daring. Anthemic yet thought-provoking tracks include the fiery, string-laden, 'The Currents', a poignant and timely song that was written about, "Specific public figures on both sides of the Atlantic, and how it can be hard to believe they can think certain thoughts, let alone say them out loud or get on a podium and broadcast them." As well as the bombastic 'Send Them Off!' which boasts the attitude of a classic hip hop song set against the lyrical narrative and insecurities that are part of Bastille's own DNA, whilst referencing both The Exorcist and Othello. The track exemplifies Dan's belief in shuffle culture and the end of rigid genre boundaries. There's also the pensive, stripped back Depeche Mode-esque sound bed for the band's beautiful album trailer, 'Two Evils' which was recorded in one take; As well as the irresistible and rousing 'Snakes' and the guitar heavy 'Blame', which Dan describes as, "Our first foray into big guitar riffs, in a fictional standoff between two gangsters."


    But at the heart of it all, there's a sense of escapism that runs through Wild World and a fascination with the human condition and the relationships we all forge, fight over and sometimes forget. "The world can seem a fucked up place," Dan concludes. "But people - well, people can be amazing. The relationships you choose to have in your life are the main solace. They're the things that make life awesome."

    1. Good Grief
    2. The Currents
    3. An Act of Kindness
    4. Warmth
    5. Glory
    6. Power
    7. Two Evils
    8. Send Them Off!
    9. Lethargy
    10. Four Walls (The Ballad of Perry Smith)
    11. Blame
    12. Fake It
    13. Snakes
    14. Winter of Our Youth
    Bastille
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    Another World

    Antony & The Johnsons emerged on the international stage in 2005 with their breakthrough "I Am A Bird Now" (over 700,000 RTD worldwide). His first new material since 2006 is a prelude to the new full-length, "The Crying Light", coming in January 2009. Of the project, Antony said, "I wanted to mark this moment very clearly in my life. I love and feel so anchored by the natural world, which gave birth to me, which supplies and supports my life, this experience of color and light and aching beauty. But the world is changing so fast now. 'Another World' is a song for the present but also a song for the future. What have I lost? And what is to come?"
    1.Another World

    2.Crackagen

    3.Shake That Devil

    4.Sing For Me

    5.Hope Mountain
    Antony And The Johnsons
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    World Painted Blood

    2009 release from one of the veteran Metal band. Nine studio albums, thousands of live shows and nearly three decades into a career that's made them one of the biggest and most important Metal bands in the world, the members of Slayer know exactly what kind of music they make: brutal but beautiful, punishing yet precise. A fresh Slayer record is a thing of terror but also one of trust: You can depend on what you're getting even if you're unprepared for it. As guitarist Jeff Hanneman says, ''At this point, I think a Slayer album pretty much speaks for itself.''
    1. World Painted Blood
    2. Unit 731
    3. Snuff
    4. Beauty Through Order
    5. Hate Worldwide
    6. Public Display Of Dismemberment
    7. Human Strain
    8. Americon
    9. Psychopathy Red
    10. Playing With Dolls
    11. Not Of This God
    Slayer
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    Black Beauty

    28-page, full-color book (11" x 11")


    Extensive essay by Ben Edmonds (Creem, Rolling Stone, Mojo) featuring all-new interviews


    Abundant, never-before-seen photographs by Herbert Worthington (Fleetwood Mac's Rumours)


    Brilliantly mastered by multi-GRAMMY® nominee Dan Hersch (Paul Simon, Kinks, Cars,The Band)


    Mastered for vinyl by multi-GRAMMY® winner Doug Sax (The Who, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd)


    Black Beauty, the never-before-released masterpiece by Arthur Lee's legendary psychedelic rock band Love, is available on 180-gram vinyl LP. Recorded in 1973 for the ambitious new label Buffalo Records,
    the album remained unreleased when the company folded. Finally, after 39 years High Moon Records is honored to fulfill Arthur Lee's wish that Black Beauty be heard by music fans worldwide. Black Beauty is making its first-ever official release
    in any format, anywhere! With unparalelled sound and state-of-the-art packaging, critics are hailing Black Beauty as an instant classic. Black Beauty is that rarest of rock artifacts: an unreleased,
    full-length studio album, from an undisputed musical
    genius. Black Beauty is the missing link in a catalog that includes Forever Changes, the classic 1967 Love album the New York Times called "one of the most affecting and beguiling albums of all time. With Black Beauty, Arthur Lee manages to combine searing 70's-rock with gorgeous melodies and stellar songwriting - topped off by his most distinctive, snarling, soulful vocals ever. With its wonderfully eclectic collection of songs, the
    album offers Love fans a rare glimpse into a previously undocumented phase of Arthur Lee's fabled career, while shining a light for new fans to discover the unique genius that is the music of Arthur Lee and Love.



    It's tempting to play what-if with Love's lost labor, Black Beauty, which was recorded in 1973 but shelved for nearly four decades. What if Buffalo Records hadn't gone out of business just prior to the album's release? What if Black Beauty had actually hit stores? What if it hadn't languished in limbo until years after Arthur Lee's death? Would it have stopped Love's slide into obscurity? Would it have signaled a comeback for the man who masterminded Forever Changes, still one of the most complex and compelling artifacts of 1960s Los Angeles? Would his life and career have played out any differently? Would we think of him today as something other than a cult artist, inspired as well as damned by his era?


    It's difficult to imagine any answers to those questions, but it says a lot about Lee that the album even raises these what-ifs and coulda-beens. The very qualities that made him such a fascinating voice-- restlessness, excitability, paranoia, perfectionism, single-mindedness-- may have doomed any commercial prospects more than his notorious fear of travel ever did. After recording Forever Changes, he fired the band and hired new musicians to take their places. Every subsequent album featured a different line-up, although the changes seem based more on personality than on musical direction or ability. Never stagnant, Love was in constant flux, always in a state of development but never quite arriving. So the operative question becomes: Was this the version of Love that Lee had been working toward?


    For Black Beauty-- which is finally seeing release via High Moon Records, although the reissue has been delayed for two years-- Lee assembled guitarist Melvan Whittington, bass player Robert Rozelle, and drummer Joe Blocker. This may be the hardiest and most muscular of Love's post-Changes rosters, with remarkable force and range. With crisp production by Paul Rothchild, best known for his work with the Doors, Love build from a potent blues rock foundation not dissimilar to that of Jimi Hendrix, but without the distracting shamanistic persona and guitar pyrotechnics. "Walk Right In" struts into country rock territory, rewriting Cannon's Jug Stompers 1929 hit into a plea for empathy, and "Beep Beep" attempts a sort of pop reggae, albeit not entirely convincingly.


    On the whole, this particular line-up sounds perfectly rough and unrehearsed, generating a tense energy on "Skid" and "Stay Away" even as they suggest a band still figuring out exactly what they can do together. It's a strong album, but it's not another Forever Changes, whose accomplishments in retrospect were unrepeatable, or even another Four Sail. On the other hand, Lee wasn't aiming to craft something in that vein. Still, especially considering the professional setbacks he had faced in the years leading up to Black Beauty-- which includes being dropped by Elektra and shuffling through a series of independent labels-- Lee sounds engaged and invigorated, forgoing the bitterness that had rankled the band for a slightly more hopeful outlook. On stand-out "Can't Find It", he sings, "Every time I cry my heart out, and every time I play the fool, but there's gotta be something in this lonely world for me." The confession is all the more bittersweet for being capped with the line, "but I can't find it without you." It's ostensibly a love song, but could just as easily be addressed to his audience. His creative satisfaction relies on having a listener to complete the circuit, which makes this album's long shelf life all the sadder.

    -Stephen M. Deusner (Pitchfork, May 15, 2013)

    1. Young & Able
    2. Midnight Sun
    3. Can't Find It
    4. Walk Right In
    5. Skid
    6. Beep Beep
    7. Stay Away
    8. Lonely Pigs
    9. See Myself In You
    10. Product Of The Times
    Love
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    All Hope Is Gone

    All Hope Is Gone is Slipknots first #1 album and it has brought the group to new heights. The band headlined the inaugural Mayhem festival, embarked on their most successful world tour yet, including a stop at the legendary Madison Square Garden and had two top 10 singles. 2009 is the bands 10th anniversary and is poised to be one of the most exciting of their career.


    The fourth release from the hard rock machine from Des Moines, IA, is more of a statement than a record. Corey Taylor comments, Every album we have made is a statement about that space in time. I think this era is the most mature, most beautiful and the most powerful. We have made an album that will show the road behind, the road ahead, and where we are as men. I think it's the best thing I've ever made. And I challenge anyone to prove me wrong. The album blends elements of 2004's Vol 3: (The Subliminal Verses) and 2001's Iowa, while adding a perspective, freshness and depth that only three years apart can bring. All Hope Is Gone was recorded this in Slipknot's home state and is co-produced by the band and Dave Fortman.

    1. Execute
    2. Gematria (The Killing Name)
    3. Sulfur
    4. Psychosocial
    5. Dead Memories
    6. Vendetta
    7. Butchers Hook
    8. Gehenna
    9. This Cold Black
    10. Wherein Lies Continue
    11. Snuff
    12. All Hope Is Gone
    Slipknot
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    We Already Lost The World (Pre-Order)

    Release Date: July 13, 2018*


    Birds In Row are a melodic/abrasive band from Laval, France. Blurring the lines between hardcore, punk, and related sub-genres, Birds In Row offer something of substantial weight to their listeners. Collectively carrying somber hearts and poignant souls, they navigate through melancholic seas to shape beautifully hook-laden songs unlike anything else out there today.


    "We Already Lost the World" is their latest, a stunning nine-song album that blends post-punk and angular rock influences into something emotional and electric. Recorded and mixed by Amaury Sauve at The Apiary, and mastered by Thibault Chaumont at Deviant Lab.


    *Please note that release dates are subject to change.

    1. We Count So We Don't Have To Listen
    2. Love Is Political
    3. We vs. Us
    4. Remember Us Better Than We Are
    5. I Don't Dance
    6. 15-38
    7. Triste Sire
    8. Morning
    9. Fossils
    Birds In A Row
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    Buried Under A World Of Roses

    Death Of Lovers is a new band featuring current members of Whirr and Nothing, formed from a bond members made while touring together in 2013.


    Although Death Of Lovers carries qualities of members previously applauded efforts, they carry a shimmer and fuzz all their own. Dreary vocals, slow motion melody, and plodding percussion swirl together to create a crushingly depressing atmosphere. Kicking up the dust of their prominent influences (Joy Division, The Cure, etc) as they explore the fractured depths the of their uniquely haunting sound. A beautifully addictive introduction to their greatness to come.

    1. Cold Heaven
    2. Shaken
    3. Buried Under a World of Roses
    4. The Blue of Noon
    Death of Lovers
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    The World In A Sea Shell

    A VAULT OF VINTAGE PSYCHEDELIA on 180 Gram Vinyl!


    The Strawberry Alarm Clock's unique sound-full of beautiful, day-glo pop surrounding jagged, fuzzy guitars and organs, among other garage-rock influences-is explored through a number of dreamlike gems contained in these three volumes, all presented as originally issued! Their smash "Incense and Peppermints," which reached #1 in late 1967 and remained in the Billboard pop chart for 16 weeks, is included on The Best of Strawberry Alarm Clock, and Wake Up...It's Tomorrow and The World In A Sea Shell contain fan favorites (and '60s psych gold) like "Love Me Again," "Sea Shell," "Barefoot in Baltimore," "Sit With the Guru," and many more-all mastered from the stereo UNI reels in definitive 180 gram editions!


    World In A Sea Shell: More gentle grooves and soaring voices! An adventurous mixture of psychedelia and lush pop, The World In A Sea Shell includes "Love Me Again," a nod to their earlier, harder sound, plus "Sea Shell," "Barefoot in Baltimore" and other day-glo psych masterpieces on 180 gram vinyl.

    1. Sea Shell

    2. Blues for a Young Girl Gone
    3. An Angry Young Man
    4. A Million Smiles Away
    5. Home Sweet Home
    6. Lady of the Lake
    7. Barefoot in Baltimore
    8. Wooden Woman
    9. Heated Love
    10. Love Me Again
    11. Eulogy
    12. Shallow Impressions
    The Strawberry Alarm Clock
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    Drunk Is The New Sober/Stupid Is The New Dumb

    Drunk Is The New Sober and Stupid Is The New Dumb are the twin subtitles of Drunk & Stupid, Dots Will Echo's debut album on Asthmatic Kitty, but those aren't just arch witticisms, they encapsulate the apparent contradictions that power the New Jersey duo's music. The warmly weird world created by multi-instrumentalist Nick Berry and drummer Kurt Biroc seems simultaneously sacred and profane, edgy and accessible, sad and transcendently silly. What else would you expect from a group that describes itself as "dour moralizers and drunken assholes" and identifies its key influences as "A little bit The Incredible String Band, a little bit AC/DC?"



    "I can see the carnival lights from here," sings Berry in a half-crazed, half-elated tone at the beginning of the opening track, "I Like It," sounding like either a psychotic infatuated with his own attractive fantasy world or a genius inventor marveling at the luminous landscape he's created. It's up to the listener to decide which, but either way it's 100% Dots Will Echo.



    Everything on Drunk & Stupid was played by Berry and Biroc, with the basic tracks recorded in a single marathon, three-day session. "I meant this to be a very raw recording, capturing the way we sound live," says Berry, who plays everything from guitars and keyboards to Autoharp, glockenspiel, and Andean charango over the course of the album, as he and Biroc build their own beautifully ramshackle universe from the ground up before your very ears.



    "A poorly played violin can sound better than a well played piano," says Berry half-jokingly of the organic, offhand feel of the tracks. From the first moment, Drunk & Stupid makes the listener a fly on the wall for a day in the life of Dots Will Echo, with snatches of goofy studio chatter interspersed between tunes. The bit that leads into the crooked campfire singalong "I'm a Monkey" is particularly telling, as Berry spontaneously announces, "I want to try a song I dreamt the other night," Biroc disapprovingly asks, "In the studio?" and Berry blithely counters, "Yeah, why not?"



    In fact, Berry dreams a large percentage of his songs. "Some are stupid, but I let 'em fly anyway," he says self-deprecatingly, "but the really stupid ones, nobody's ever gonna hear." By the time they enter our waking world, Berry's tunes bear trace elements of psychedelia, power pop, field-recording folk, DIY post-punk, and tantalizingly trashy garage rock (the duo does in fact rehearse in Biroc's garage). "What You Tryin' To Do," for instance, comes off like Sister Lovers-era Big Star recording for Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, while the giddy blastoff of "Rocket Girl" evokes early XTC covered by Guided By Voices, and the fragile, almost-ominous beauty of the hushed, acoustic ballad "Gates of Eden" feels like the greatest song Neil Young never wrote for Galaxie 500.



    The black humor that inhabits an impressive amount of real estate in the Dots Will Echo neighborhood isn't the whistling-through-the-graveyard variety, but rather the kind that finds all of creation to be a bit of a knee-slapper. Like the great writers in every medium, Berry finds the human dilemma a source of endless hilarity, even though you can always hear the big, gently bruised heart beating at the core of every song on Drunk & Stupid. Berry sounds like an amphetamine-fueled tour guide as he walks us through a field of mankind's folly on "Seven Deadly Sins," his loopy lyrics punctuated by Captain Beefheart-esque bursts of six-string cubism.



    Even when things get apocalyptic, as on the minimalist stomp of the cautionary "Shitstorm," Berry exhibits so much obvious glee in announcing the impending arrival of the titular phenomenon that you can't help singing "there's a shitstorm coming" right along with him and bobbing your head randomly to the track's triumphantly spastic anti-groove. The deceptively mellow-sounding anthem of global dystopia "History's Grave" was written in early 2008, but Berry notes, "Since then many of the events mentioned or alluded to have come to pass. This made me feel a little bit like a character in a Stephen King novel."



    At the same time, Drunk & Stupid sports songs like "Be a Friend" and "So Deep the Night," lambent, low-key ballads that balance between bittersweet and unabashedly sentimental without ever turning mawkish. On these tracks, the Lennon-like undertone in Berry's voice rises to the top of the mix, tapping into an almost spiritual vibe and making for some of the most undeniably poignant moments on the album.



    Berry and Biroc, who also work together at the same day job (the drummer is Berry's boss), have been making music together since 2004, hashing out their ideas in Biroc's garage and documenting them in Berry's basement studio. Along the way, they've made unofficial micro-pressings of their work, mostly for passing around to friends and admirers in an ad hoc fashion, but Drunk & Stupid represents the first time the duo's freewheeling work has ever been properly presented to the public at large as a full-on album. With all the material the prolific pair has been stockpiling, they had a huge tally of tunes to haul along with them for this project, and hearing it is a little like stumbling for the first time into a lost world with a long legacy of its own rituals, relics, regalia, and history. But once you wander in, you can't imagine how you ever existed without it.



    Originally meant to be two separate discs (the vinyl version is a double LP with download codes for bonus tracks), Drunk & Stupid is a wild ride that clocks in at just under 80 minutes and boasts 19 songs overflowing with insanely catchy melodies, endearingly off-kilter arrangements, and a strangely satisfying blend of the divine and the absurd." As Berry says, "We try to allow for the will of the universe to have a large part in our music. There must be something sacred in mistakes. This is our explanation for being fuck-ups."


    1. Untitled
    2. I Like It
    3. Untitled II
    4. I'm a Monkey
    5. Shitstorm
    6. Be a Friend
    7. Whatcha Tryin to Do
    8. Rocket Girls
    9. Caroline
    10. Run Away Anna
    11. History's Grave
    12. Sweet Sweet Sanity
    13. Anime
    14. Who Left You Here
    15. The Future
    16. Untitled III
    17. Peace in Your Life
    18. Our Little Part of the World
    19. Untitled IV
    20. Gates of Eden
    21. Visions of Light
    22. Seven Deadly Sins
    23. So Deep the Night
    Dots Will Echo
    $24.99
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    Beauty & Ruin

    "It's a song cycle. A narrative. It's nobody's story but my own I ran so
    fast from my past that I caught up with myself. This album is
    acknowledging that and dealing with every year getting a little tougher."


    Bob Mould's new album Beauty & Ruin is a twelve-track journey of loss,
    reflection, conciliation, and coming through the other side. It may very well
    be the most epic emotional roller coaster ever pressed into 36 minutes.


    Well into his fourth decade as a singer-songwriter, Mould is as relevant,
    ferocious, and poignant as he has ever been. Much of Beauty & Ruin deals
    with the passing of Mould's father in October 2012, Bob's struggle to come
    to terms with it, himself, and his own identity and legacy, and repercussions
    of all of the above on his ongoing relationships in the land of the living.
    Beauty & Ruin is a challenging work of raw beauty-and may well be Bob
    Mould's finest work since his 1989 solo debut, Workbook.


    Bob Mould's journey as singer-songwriter, guitarist, author, DJ, and all-around
    MVP began in 1979 with the formation of HÜsker DÜ. In 1988, Mould began
    the first part of a solo career producing the aforementioned Workbook and the
    heavy Black Sheets of Rain. In 1992, Bob gave the world Sugar, a reimagined
    power trio that toured the globe and produced two albums and an EP: Copper
    Blue, Beaster, and File Under: Easy Listening. From these releases came a cache
    of songs-"Helpless," "Hoover Dam," "If I Can't Change Your Mind,"
    "Your Favorite Thing"-that remain staples of Bob's live shows to this day.


    In fall 2012, Bob gave the world Silver Age, his debut album for Merge
    Records and the first to feature current bandmates Jason Narducy and Jon
    Wurster. The subsequent touring covered four continents, ending in October
    2013 in South America. Beauty & Ruin is in large part the sound of this band,
    on the road relentlessly, congealing into the tightest unit to surround Bob
    in his storied career. Two days after returning from South America, the trio
    reconvened in Chicago to begin the recording of Beauty & Ruin. The
    October 2013 session at Steve Albini's famed studio complex Electrical Audio
    consisted of nine days of band tracking and five days of layering guitars. The
    following month, Bob returned to Different Fur Studios in his hometown of
    San Francisco to finish lyrics for six songs, add vocals, and mix the album.


    Beauty & Ruin is a product of a survivor who refuses to give up, thrives
    through his work, and subsequently embraces the many changes around and
    within himself. Bob smartly declares the album as "yet another bonus round,
    and I am very grateful."

    1. Low Season
    2. Little Glass Pill
    3. I Don't Know You Anymore
    4. Kid With Crooked Face
    5. Nemeses Are Laughing
    6. The War
    7. Forgiveness
    8. Hey Mr. Grey
    9. Fire in the City
    10. Tomorrow Morning
    11. Let the Beauty Be
    12. Fix It
    Bob Mould
    $19.99
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    Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty


    Sleeping Beauty is the third and last Tchaikovsky ballet to be re-released on LP in the famous versions by AndrÉ Previn and LSO, after Nutcracker in 2016 and Swan Lake in 2017, which are among our bestselling LP titles. This reissue uses the iconic packshot and back illustrations made by Dick Ellescas for the three ballets when they were originally released. First performed by the Russian Imperial Ballet at St Petersburg in 1890, Sleeping Beauty was a crowning achievement for Tchaikovsky and the choreographer Marius Petipa, although its stature was not fully recognized until some time later. It has since become a repertory classic of most major ballet companies around the world.
    Andre Previn
    $30.99
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    That's The Way Of The World (Speakers Corner)

    Ranked 493/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    OK, so it's disco sound, but it's really good. Whoever says that today must have been pretty lively on their feet in the 70s and 80s and in the days of their youth they will definitely have noticed that the commercial fusion music they listened to on a Saturday night was buzzing with energy and excitement. Earth, Wind & Fire considered their amazing mix of Latin, Gospel, Soul, Funk and dynamic horn section as being of existential importance. This was the album that would either make or break the band: either they would establish themselves or they would sink into oblivion like so many other rhythm and blues acts.



    The basic recipe - finely chiselled Latin beat, meaty bass grooves and sizzling funky improvisations, spiced with the sound of exotic instruments - works perfectly. Furthermore, crowned with a beautifully airy falsetto and relaxed harmonious singing, the band created a big-band sound that the magazine Rolling Stone described as »innovative yet popular, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing«. Almost two decades later, and with more than three million albums sold in the USA alone, the editorial team voted the LP into their list of the '500 Greatest Albums of All Time'. And about time too! At last today's ravers and rappers also get the opportunity to experience the great rhythms to which their daddies danced.



    Musicians:



    • Maurice White (vocal, percussion, drums)

    • Verdine White (vocal, bass, percussion)

    • Philip Bailey (vocal, conga, percussion)

    • Larry Dunn (piano, organ, synthesizer)

    • Al McKay (guitar, percussion)

    • Ralph Johnson (drums, percussion)

    • Johnny Graham (guitar)

    • Fred White (drums, percussion)




    Recording: 1975 at Caribou Ranch in Nederland, Colorado (USA), by Curt Wittig

    Production: Maurice White





    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Shining Star
    2. That's The Way Of The World
    3. Happy Feelin'
    4. All About Love
    5. Yearnin', Learnin'
    6. Reasons
    7. Africano
    8. See The Light
    Earth, Wind, & Fire
    $34.99
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    That's The Way It Is (Awaiting Repress)

    First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Soundtrack Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation!


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso And Manufactured At R.T.I.


    Elvis Aaron Presley was born during The Great Depression into a poor family in Mississippi. They moved to Memphis during the early fifties, and as a struggling young truck driver, he cut some demos at Sun Studios as a gift for his beloved mother Gladys. These initial songs, of which he had only paid a few dollars to record, would become the catalyst that would kick-start the beginnings of a soon to be worldwide superstar unlike the world has ever known.


    The folks at RCA Victor knew that this young fellow named Elvis was destined for superstardom. They quickly bought out his contract and signed the legend to a long term deal, forever etching "The King Of Rock And Roll" trademark to his name. In 1970 after a plethora of chart topping albums and a bevy of number one singles, Elvis Presley continued to build his marquee value even further while starring in a staggering amount of feature motion pictures. More incredible fame followed as the That's The Way It Is movie starring Elvis Presley became another box office hit for the King. The 70's epic documentary captured Elvis's first concert tour in over a decade, as the brilliant soundtrack album recorded live in Las Vegas and in RCA Studios, Nashville, was also was a blockbuster as it rose to the upper rungs of the album charts, making this his 40th hit album in a row! Both the That's The Way It Is movie and soundtrack LP truly proved once again that his career was unlike any other in music history.


    Filled with more winners than in a Las Vegas casino, That's The Way It Is takes off with several smashes in a row, including the classic I Just Can't Help Believin' which became a UK smash, plus the definitive hit single version of You Don't Have to Say You Love Me plus an LP live only version of the killer rocker Patch It Up featuring James Burton's trail blazing guitar work. More soundtrack treasures follow with the beautiful ballads I've Lost You and Mary in the Morning. The album also features his stellar rendition of You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' featuring the vocals of The Sweet Inspirations as well as the superlative Simon & Garfunkel interpretation of Bridge Over Troubled Water. In total, the album showcases 12 very important Elvis Presley recordings which have truly gone on to become international classics.


    In honor of the Man, the Music, the Legend, the King Of Rock And Roll, Friday Music is very proud and honored to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Soundtrack Vinyl release of the RCA Victor classic That's The Way It Is by Elvis Presley. As another classic installment in our exciting Elvis Presley 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, we are very pleased to present this masterwork in all its true stereophonic hi-fi glory. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and manufactured at R.T.I., That's The Way It Is will be a much anticipated audiophile dream release for Elvis fans everywhere Especially during the celebration of his birthday month!


    For this exclusive anniversary presentation, we are also including the first time ever gatefold artwork which includes the groundbreaking original LP cover elements from this historic Elvis Presley era. We are also enclosing a poly bag to protect your album cover and poly lined inner
    sleeve to help keep your Elvis vinyl in mint shape.
    Elvis Presley's That's The Way It Is A history making rock soundtrack album from a historic legend, an original stereophonic audiophile
    dream release first time gatefold cover is now an audiophile Anniversary vinyl dream come true From your friends at Friday Music Stay
    tuned for more Elvis Presley original RCA Record audiophile recordings from Friday Music.

    1. I Just Can't Help Believin'
    2. Twenty Days and Twenty Nights
    3. How the Web Was Woven
    4. Patch It Up
    5. Mary in the Morning
    6. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
    7. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
    8. I've Lost You
    9. Just Pretend
    10. Stranger in the Crowd
    11. The Next Step Is Love
    12. Bridge Over Troubled Water
    Elvis Presley
    $29.99
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    Time Is Over One Day Old

    Bear In Heaven's new album is aptly titled Time is Over One Day Old. It's a record with a visceral
    relationship to time and its processes.Where invulnerability and ambition can support you as you grow,
    at some point they become dead weight, and being true to yourself means casting them off,starting anew.
    This plays out as a powerful analogy for the band across the arc of it's career.


    They've always made intriguing records, here especially. It's easy to see why musicians fall hard for this
    band.They entice and envelop you. Any Bear In Heaven song will most likely greet you with a provocative
    beat, textural synthesizers and unassuming but adeptly supportive bass and guitar, all exquisitely
    arranged and glistening.Jon Philpot's high,smooth,strong voice is so tightly wound into the music that
    it can be easy to overlook the lyrics, Bear In Heaven's capacious third dimension. Philpot is a center-seeking, contemplative writer who captures the fleeting thoughts that underscore our emotional lives,the
    interactions with the world that are both difficult to express and anathema in daily conversation.


    While all of this can be said of any Bear In Heaven album, each varies wildly in tone and approach. 2007's
    Red Bloom of the Boom is ambitious and experimental. Beast Rest Forth Mouth(2009)was a pivotal record
    that still feels important,seductive and intense.On their 2012 LP I Love You, It's Cool the structural and
    musical ideas are challenging, and masterfully developed. For Time is Over One Day Old,we witness the
    band once again turning their gaze inward and prioritizing their evocative abilities in line with or even
    slightly ahead of technical skills. It feels very much in the tradition of BRFM in that way. It's beautiful; it's
    moving.


    Here Philpot and Adam Wills are more deeply collaborative than ever. This album is darker at times,
    louder than their others; it feels personal and direct."If I Were To Lie"places Wills' bass groove front and
    center,"Demon" is riveting and propulsive in spite of its dark pointed lyric, and"They Dream"dissolves
    into three and a half minutes of deeply satisfying ambient synth work in its second half.Wills has always
    been the bands anchor, providing rock solid,rhythmic bass lines and guitars that blur the boundaries of
    Philpot's synth. Though in moments such as the final track, "You Don't Need The World," Wills cuts
    through with an audacious, biting guitar hook. It's a great culmination of the album's sense of release.
    This album isn't about being dark, it's about releasing darkness and frustration.


    When bands age well, their vitality takes shape. They wear, but with intention. They trim excesses.
    Throughout this album you'll hear a band at peace with themselves. They've learned to cut back on that
    which is merely impressive and to concentrate on simply what is crucial.For Philpot this is about making
    something lasting. "A lot of shedding, getting rid of layers and preconceptions breaking up with old
    ways of thinking, old ways of being, starting to look at this thing in a new way and finding something
    positive."The result is a record that will stay with you.

    1. Autumn
    2. Time Between
    3. If I Were To Lie
    4. They Dream
    5. The Sun and The Moon and The Stars
    6. Memory Heart
    7. Demon
    8. Way Off
    9. Dissolve The Walls
    10. You Don't Need The World
    Bear In Heaven
    $18.99
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    All The Beauty In This Whole Life

    Pressed On Translucent Clear 3-Color Splatter Vinyl


    Over the past 17 years, Brother Ali has earned wide critical acclaim for his
    deeply personal, socially conscious, and inspiring brand of hip-hop. Under
    Rhymesayers Entertainment, he's unleashed a series of lauded projects,
    establishing himself as one of the most respected independent voices in music.
    The latest chapter in that celebrated journey is All the Beauty in This Whole Life,
    a 15-track collection produced entirely by Atmosphere's Anthony "Ant" Davis.


    This entire album is based on the reality that beauty is the splendor of truth
    says the Minneapolis MC. Beauty in all of its forms is the outward manifestation
    of love and virtue. It soothes the soul and pulls it gently toward the truth it
    communicates. Every word and note of this album is intended to either reflect
    beauty, or expose the ugliness that blocks us from living lives of meaning.


    All the Beauty in This Whole Life is Ali's first official release in five years and
    represents the newest and most refined chapter of his life's journey. Each of
    my albums are the result of the pain, growth and eventual healing that I experience.
    Articulating the pain and navigating the healing allows the people who
    really feel my music to travel with me. It's not only that we hurt together, we heal
    together as well.


    Contrasting intensely heavy moments with joyous and grateful ones, All the
    Beauty in This Whole Life arrives right on time, to help heal a divided nation
    through the power of music. Ali wouldn't have it any other way. In times of great
    suffering in the outside world, the most important battles start from within.

    LP 1
    1. Pen To Paper (feat. Amir Sulaiman)
    2. Own Light (What Hearts Are For)
    3. Special Effects (feat. deM atlaS)
    4. Can't Take That Away
    5. Dear Black Son
    6. We Got This (feat. Sa-Roc)
    7. Uncle Usi Taught Me
    8. Pray For Me


    LP 2
    1. It Ain't Easy
    2. Never Learn
    3. Tremble
    4. Before They Called You White
    5. The Bitten Apple (feat. Idris Philips)
    6. Out Of Here
    7. All The Beauty In This Whole Life

    Brother Ali
    $28.99
    Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Is This The Life We Really Want? (On Sale)

    Roger Waters, the creative power and songwriting force behind Pink Floyd, presents Is This The Life We Really Want?, his first rock album in 25 years. The album is produced and mixed by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Beck, U2, From the Basement), and includes 12 new Roger Waters musical compositions and studio performances.


    Roger Waters' last studio album, 1992's Amused To Death, was a prescient study of popular culture, exploring the power of television in the era of the First Gulf War. This long-awaited follow-up, Is This The Life We Really Want ?, is an unflinching commentary on the modern world and uncertain times, and a natural successor to such classic Pink Floyd albums as Animals and The Wall.


    Tracks on Is This The Life We Really Want? include: When We Were Young, DÉjà vu, The Last Refugee, Picture That, Broken Bones, The Life We Really Want, A Bird In A Gale, The Most Beautiful Girl in the World, Smell the Roses, Wait For Her, Oceans Apart, and Part of Me Died. The lyrics for Wait for Her were written by Roger Waters and inspired by an English translation by an unknown author of Lesson from the Kama Sutra (Wait for Her), by Mahmoud Darwish.


    The musicians on Is This The Life We Really Want? are: Roger Waters (vocals, acoustic, bass), Nigel Godrich (arrangement, sound collages, keyboards, guitar), Gus Seyffert (bass, guitar, keyboards), Jonathan Wilson (guitar, keyboards), Joey Waronker (drums), Roger Manning (keyboards), Lee Pardini (keyboards) and Lucius (vocals) with Jessica Wolfe and Holly Proctor.


    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    LP 1
    1. When We Were Young
    2. DÉjà Vu
    3. The Last Refugee
    4. Picture That
    5. Broken Bones


    LP 2
    1. Is This the Life We Really Want?
    2. Bird In A Gale
    3. The Most Beautiful Girl
    4. Smell the Roses
    5. Wait for Her
    6. Oceans Apart
    7. Part of Me Died

    Roger Waters
    $41.99 $35.69 Save $6.30 (15%)
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    Always Foreign

    The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid To Die have announced the forthcoming release of their third full-length, Always Foreign. Due out on Epitaph, Always Foreign follows the Connecticut-bred collective's acclaimed 2015 album Harmlessness.


    Produced by TWIABP guitarist Christopher Teti, Always Foreign confronts everything from the opioid epidemic to xenophobia to emotional abuse in relationships. Throughout the album, TWIABP match their sprawling arrangements and layered lyricism with a raw emotionality.


    "When we started writing we were fresh off Trump being elected, so there's an anger to the album that's different from what we've done in the past," says TWIABP vocalist David F Bello. "There's a lot more resistance thinking throughout the songs-not in a way that's strictly anti-Trump, but also addressing things like white supremacy and controlling elements of the state."


    Along with Bello, Cyr, and Teti, the TWIABP lineup includes Tyler Bussey (guitar, banjo, synth, vocals), Dylan Balliett (guitar, vocals), Katie Dvorak (synth, vocals), and Steven K Buttery (percussion, vocals). Formed in Connecticut in 2009, TWIABP made their full-length debut with Whenever, If Ever (a 2013 release hailed as "revolutionary" by Pitchfork) and later delivered Harmlessness (praised as "bold and complex and dazzling" by Noisey and "grandiose and dramatic" by NPR).

    1. I'll Make Everything
    2. The Future
    3. Hilltopper
    4. Faker
    5. Gram
    6. Dillon and Her Son
    7. Blank #12
    8. For Robin
    9. Marine Tigers
    10. Fuzz Minor
    11. Infinite Steve
    The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
    $19.99
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    Stan Getz Featuring Joao Gilberto: The Best Of Two Worlds (Pure Pleasure)

    This 1976 album by the late saxophonist Stan Getz is a reunion of sorts with Joao Gilberto, the great Brazilian guitarist and singer, and the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim (or Tom Jobim), along with the stylish and nonintrusive arrangements of Oscar Carlos Neves. The most beautiful thing about this recording is that Jobim - whose song forms had reached such a degree of sophistication that he was untouchable - chose to write all of his lyrics in English (songwriter Gene Lees also wrote many in English). This is something that did not come naturally or effortlessly to Jobim, but sounds as if it did. Jobim's poetry on tracks such as Waters of March, accompanied by Getz's lushly romantic saxophones and Gilberto's crooning nylon-string guitar, are so sensuous they radiate heat and humidity.




    Musicians:



    • Stan Getz (tenor saxophone)

    • Joao Gilberto (vocal, guitar)

    • Oscar Castro Neves (arranger, guitar)

    • Heloisa (Miucha) Buarque de Hollanda (vocal)

    • Albert Dailey (piano)

    • Steve Swallow (bass)

    • Grady Tate (drums)

    • Airto Moreira, Ruben Bassini (percussion)




    Recording: 1976 at Columbia Recording Studios, New York City, by Stan Tonkel

    Production: Stan Getzdeutsch



    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. Double Rainbow
    2. Aguas De Marco (Waters Of March)
    3. Ligia
    4. Falsa Baiana
    5. Retrato Em Branco E Preto (Picture In Black And White)
    6. Isaura (You Know I Just Shouldnt Stay)
    7. Eu Vim Da Bahia
    8. Joao Marcelo
    9. E Preciso Perdoar
    10. Just One Of Those Things
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