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There'S A Riot Going On'
There's A Riot Going OnThere's a riot going on. You don't need me, or Yo
La Tengo, to tell you that. These are dark times, in our
heads as much as in the streets. It's easy to lose contact
with the ground. Confusion and anxiety intrude
into daily life and cause you to lose your compass.
There are times that call for anthems, something to lift
you out of your slump and put fire in your feet. And
sometimes what is needed is a balm, a sound that will
wrap around you and work out the knots in your neck.
For Yo La Tengo, this is a slow-motion action
painting. Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and James
McNew did it all themselves, in their rehearsal studio,
with no engineer and no complicated equipment
(John McEntire later assisted in mixing). They did not
rehearse together beforehand; they turned on the recorder
and let things coalesce. Songs came together
over long stretches, sometimes as much as a year going
by between parts. You'd never guess this, since
the layers are joined with such a liquid brush. You'd
imagine most of the songs had sprung forth whole,
since they will enter your head that way. Within two
listens you will be powerless to resist the magnetic
draw of "Shades of Blue," will involuntarily hear "She
May, She Might" on your internal jukebox first thing in
the morning and "Let's Do It Wrong" late at night.
While there's a riot going on, Yo La Tengo will
remind you what it's like to dream. The sound burbles
and washes and flows and billows. If records were
dedicated to the cardinal elements, this one would be
water. There are shimmery hazes, spectral rumbles, a
flash of backward masking. You are there. And even if
your mind is not unclouded--shaken, misdirected, out
of words and out of time--you can still float, ride the
waves of an ocean deeper than your worries, above
the sound and above the Sound.LP 1
1. You Are Here
2. Shades of Blue
3. She May, She Might
4. For You Too
6. Polynesia #1
7. Dream Dream Away
2. Above the Sound
3. Let's Do It Wrong
4. What Chance Have I Got
5. Esportes Casual
7. Out of the Pool
8. Here You Are$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
There's A Riot Goin' OnRanked 99/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
180 Gram Audiophile Pressing
There's A Riot Going On was Sly & The Family Stone's answer to Marvin Gaye's What's Going On?, the seminal Soul album that came out five months before the Sly Stone masterpiece. It's a dark, earthy Funk album, that went straight to number 1 upon release. Single Family Affair also topped the charts, and is still one of Sly Stone's most beloved tracks. It manages to capture the era of militant activism and deep social unrest in a brooding, moody album with tension that could cut through steel. It still appears on plenty of 'greatest albums of all time' lists (Rolling Stone placed it on #99 out of 500) and is seen as one of the most important and influential albums of the 1970s.Side A
1 Luv N' Haight
2 Just Like A Baby
4 Family Affair
5 Africa Talks To You The Asphalt Jungle
6 There's A Riot Goin' On
1 Brave & Strong
2 (You Caught Me) Smilin'
4 Spaced Cowboy
5 Runnin' Away
6 Thank You For Talking To Me Africa$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside: An Album By Earl SweatshirtI Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt is the second studio album by American rapper Earl Sweatshirt.
On his first studio album, 2013's Doris, the most mysterious member of L.A. shock-rap gremlins Odd Future proved himself by exploring real-life alienation. On his excellent second LP, Earl Sweatshirt keeps deepening his game - spooling out dense, mordant rhymes over zombifically blunted tracks as he somehow sucks you into his sunless reality. It's amazing that music so claustrophobic can be this engrossing.
As always, Sweatshirt is most compelling when he's going toe to toe with his own demons. I spent the day drinking and missing my grandmother, he raps on Huey, perfectly summing up the music's desolate vibe. Mantra opens with some maniac grandstanding (With a cleaver and a .30 and some twisted weed/I pick one and let the crimson leak), then slides into a downhearted breakup song. Grief is a harrowing shut-in snapshot: I just want my time and my mind intact/When they both gone, you can't buy 'em back. At just 10 songs in a half-hour, I Don't Like Shit is surprisingly concise - even if it's sometimes dark and paranoid enough to make There's a Riot Goin' On sound like the Three's Company theme. And who needs more? Even a half-hour with Earl is enough to leave you with a lifetime of creepy memories.1. Huey
3 . Faucet
5. Off Top
6. Grown Ups
7. AM // Radio
10. Wool$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I'm Just Like You: Sly's Stone Flower 1969-70Compilation And Notes By Alec Palao
An Exclusive New Interview With Sly Stone Himself
In-depth Liner Notes With First-hand Reminiscences Of The Stone Flower Era From Many Of The Participants
Features All Five Stone Flower Produced Singles Plus Ten Previously Unissued Cuts From The Label Archives
All Tracks Newly Remastered From The Original Tapes
In 1970, The Family Stone were at the peak of their popularity, but the maestro Sly Stone had already moved his head to a completely different space. The first evidence of Sly's musical about-turn was revealed by the small catalog of his new label, Stone Flower: a pioneering, peculiar, minimal electro-funk sound that unfolded over just four seven-inch singles. Stone Flower's releases were credited to their individual artists, but each had Sly's design and musicianship stamped into the grooves-and the words "Written by Sylvester Stewart/Produced and arranged by Sly Stone" on the sticker.
Set up by Stone's manager David Kapralik with distribution by Atlantic Records, Stone Flower was, predictably, a family affair: the first release was by Little Sister, fronted by Stone's little sister Vaetta Stewart. It was short lived too-the imprint folded in 1971-but its influence was longer lasting. The sound Stone formulated while working on Stone Flower's output would shape the next phase in his own career as a recording artist: it was here he began experimenting with the brand new Maestro Rhythm King drum machine. In conjunction with languid, effected organ and guitar sounds and a distinctly lo-fi soundscape, Sly's productions for Stone Flower would inform the basis of his masterwork There's A Riot Goin' On.
The first 45 came in February 1970: Little Sister's dancefloor-ready "You're The One" hit Number 22 in the charts-the label's highest showing. The follow-up, "Stanga, also by Little Sister, made the wah pedal the star. The third release came from 6IX, a six-piece multi-racial rock group whose sole release, a super-slow version of The Family Stone's "Dynamite, featured only the lead singer and harmonica player from the group. Joe Hicks was the final Stone Flower stablemate; his pulsing, electronic Life And Death In G&A" is one of the bleakest moments Sly Stone ever created on disc (Hicks' prior single for Scepter, "Home Sweet Home," the first released Stone Flower production, is also included).
This long overdue compilation of Sly's Stone Flower era gathers each side of the five 45s plus ten previously unissued cuts from the label archives, all newly remastered from the original tapes. In these grooves you'll find the missing link between the rocky, soulful Sly Stone of Stand! and the dark, drum machine-punctuated, overdubbed sound of There's A Riot Going On. I'm Just Like You: Sly's Stone Flower 1969-70 opens up the mysteries of an obscure but monumental phase in Stone's career.1. You're The One (Parts 1 & 2) - Little Sister
2. Just Like A Baby - Sly
3. Home Sweet Home (Part 2) - Joe Hicks
4. I'm Just Like You
5. Somebody's Watching You (full band version) - Little Sister
6. Life & Death In G & A (Parts 1 & 2) - Joe Hicks
7. Trying To Make You Feel Good
8. Stanga - Little Sister
10. You're The One (early version) - Little Sister
11. Africa - Sly
12. I'm Goin' Home (Part 1) - Joe Hicks
13. Somebody's Watching You - Little Sister
14. You Can, We Can
15. Spirit - Sly
16. I'm Just Like You (full band version)
17. Scared - Sly
18. Dynamite (alternate version)$26.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Vinyl Lacquers Cut By Alex DeTurk At Masterdisk
Pressed At R.T.I.
No digital 'plug-ins' of any kind were used in this recording. All of the recording, processing, effects and mixing was done in the analog domain using tape and mostly vintage equipment.
''For all intents and purposes, this album is the black version of [The Beach Boys'] Smile-- at best, it will go down in the Smile/There's a Riot Goin' On/Miles Davis' On the Corner category.'' - Questlove
The prodigal son of the soul and funk canon, D'Angelo, is back! His ever-awaited third studio album, Black Messiah, is his first album since the critically acclaimed Voodoo, bringing to an end a 14-year hiatus. The album blends 70's jazz-funk and neo-soul.
Anyone who's been keeping up should be keen to the fact that the long-lusted over project was recorded in full analog, so the liner notes' PSA "For best results, listen at maximum volume" should be taken as a direct order for fervent D'lievers. And what better way to experience the gritty greatness of the release than a heavy-bodied vinyl pressing for the audio junkies?
The album features tracks co-penned by Kendra Foster (Parliament/Funkadelic) and Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest). It's also co-produced by Questlove (The Roots), bassist Pino Palladino (John Mayer Trio, The RH Factor), and drummer James Gadson (Bill Withers, Temptations, Beck, Jamie Lidell).
*Executive Produced by Kevin Liles and Alan Leeds
* Produced by D'Angelo, Questlove, Pino Palladino, James Gadson
* Mixed by Russell Elevado
* Additional Mixing by Ben Kane
* Engineered by Russell Elevado and Ben Kane
* Additional Engineering by Tony Rambo
* Mixed at M.S.R. Studios and Henson Studios
* Mastered by Dave CollinsLP 1
1. Ain't That Easy
2. 1000 Deaths
3. The Charade
4. Sugah Daddy
5. Really Love
1. Back to the Future (Part I)
2. Till It's Done (Tutu)
4. Betray My Heart
5. The Door
6. Back to the Future (Part II)
7. Another Life$23.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling
Features A B-Side Etching Of Their Signature Triangular Logo
Includes A 32 Page Photo Booklet
"Punk rock revelations like Perfect Pussy don't come along often enough. They've got it all:
great riot-feminist name, excellently miserable hometown (Syracuse, New York), ragingly
chaotic live shows and a noise-assault donnybrook of a debut EP that's right up there with
Yeezus among 2013's freshest headaches." - Rolling Stone
"This band is going to be part of your life for the foreseeable future." - Pitchfork
Just over a year after playing their first show as a band, Perfect Pussy have
quickly made a name for themselves as one of the most intense bands in the
indie rock and hardcore punk communities, both live and on record. Their fast
rise to success all stemmed from this 4 track demo EP, originally released as
a cassette only. Simply title tracks such as "I" and "IV" garnered praise from
everyone to Rolling Stone and Pitchfork, to NPR and the New York Times,
landing the on countless year end lists.
Since the release of this 4 song wonder the band have toured the US
countless times over, done a full tour of Europe and played festivals such as
Pitchfork, Pitchfork Paris and Iceland airwaves. Their full length LP 'Say Yes to
Love' received Pitchfork's Best New Music and is looking to join 'I Have Lost
All Desire For Feeling' as a year end chart topper.
To celebrate a banner year for Perfect Pussy, Captured Tracks are pleased
to make "I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling" widely available and for the first
time on vinyl. The 12" LP features music on the A-side and an etching
of their signature triangular logo on the B-side. Along with the LP comes a
32 page photo booklet documenting the band's year on the road.1. I
4. IV$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Complete LHI RecordingsLee Hazlewood's LHI label only put out interesting albums. Yet despite the psychedelic cowboy's success with Nancy Sinatra and more, being on Lee Hazlewood Industries was no fast-track to success. Gorgeous and talented Detroit, Michigan girl group Honey Ltd had all the makings of a hit band, yet they disappeared after releasing just one album in 1968, a vinyl rarity that now regularly fetches upwards of $2,000.
Light In The Attic Records is now looking to set the record straight. Having previously explored both the back catalog of Lee Hazlewood and his LHI label via the You Turned My Head Around 45s Box Set, Honey Ltd's The Complete LHI Recordings presents everything the group ever recorded. Fans of The Ronettes, The Shangri-Las and Pentangle are in for a treat - Honey Ltd's music blended social commentary with harmony-drenched, psych-soul pop. Even opening track, 'Warrior', describes the mood of the times, as America sunk into the Vietnam war: "We must kill more people; strong men are what we need!
Laura Polkinghome, Marsha Jo Temmer and sisters Joan and Alexandra Sliwin are the girls with the angelic voices. Hailing from Detroit, the four members of Honey Ltd grew up in a culture of soul music and dance shows, yet forming a band was never part of the plan. It simply happened after they sung together in a Wayne State University cafeteria and found they'd silenced the room. By 1967 they had formed a group known as the Mama Cats and were playing shows with local singer Bob Seger. By 1968, against a backdrop of rioting in Detroit, they'd hauled over to Los Angeles to give music a go, and it's there that they hitch-hiked to an audition with Lee Hazlewood on Sunset Boulevard. At the time, Lee Hazlewood Industries was in its prime: the money flowed and the roster swelled. "I think Lee just sat there for a while and listened, looking at us," Temmer recalls. "He said, 'Yeah, I think we can do something.' You know - immediately!" Before long, LHI had the band in the studio with crack session music unit The Wrecking Crew.
These were not enlightened times for girl groups. The group were re-named Honey Ltd by Hazlewood, and were put to work on an album without even realizing it. The band were under the impression they were simply recording singles. As a result, the band were unphased by Honey Ltd's commercial failure.
The parent label, however, did notice the album's failure but the girls continued on. By the end of 1968, the band joined Bob Hope on the USO tour and headed to Thailand to perform for soldiers. In 1969, Alex married and quit the band, their tenure on LHI was effectively terminated and the remaining members regrouped as country-rock group Eve. But like their music, the girls' outlook remained resolutely sunny.
"Its all a karmic equation, isn't it? Temmer recalled. "So many things to experience and learn and humbly let go of in this journey. Our friendship is based on love - we love each other always have always will."1. The Warrior
2. No, You Are
3. I've Got Your Man
4. Silk N' Honey
5. For Your Mind
6. Come Down
7. Louie, Louie
8. Tomorrow Your Heart
9. Eli's Coming
10. Silver Threads And Golden Needles
11. I'm So Glad
12. Love, The Devil
13. Not For Me$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Superior Catholic FingerImport
Starting with a random snippet of evangelist preaching isn't necessarily the newest of touches in music, but putting it at the beginning of a track called Monster Lust has its own appeal. Creed's second solo album was his conscious return to the more zoned-and-stoned style of Chrome, though given how there was a fair amount of that on X-Rated Fairy Tales it would be more accurate to say that on Finger Creed just decided to let everything run riot. Tempos are often more stretched out than before, effects are tweaked and then tweaked again; in short, it's everything that a lot of rock music both mainstream and underground in 1988 was generally avoiding. With new drummer Ted Preuss helping out with returning bassist Duran, Creed leads his merry men into another fantastic bout of aggro-death-science-fiction snarl. Creed's low, vicious voice perfectly suits his abrasive feedback and more, while the rhythm section can both pound out things in a metal-punk style or just go with the flow. Who Cares is one of the best in the latter vein, with heavily flanged drums mixing with the simple but effective basslines as Creed goes off with both guitar and distorted vocals. Thick blasts of feedback that fill up the mix in both rhythm and soloing often remain the way of things for Creed; Too Bad, with its quick, almost punky verses, is a great example of him at his most crazed. The title track is one of Creed's best, a slow-and-low number with another great taking-off-to-Mars solo from the band and some disturbing rumbles down deep in the bass. Sometimes things maybe get a bit lost along the way -- The Cookie Jar descends into some aimless bits before picking up the groove again -- but otherwise Creed once again is flying high.
-All Music Guide1. Monster Lust
2. Mustard Dog
3. Superior Catholic Finger
4. Too Bad
5. The Bridge
6. Who Cares
7. The Cookie Jar
8. Weekends$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now