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Up To HereCanada's favorite boys the Tragically Hip push the sounds of heartland and down-home country-rock on their second album, Up to Here. This album also marks the band's first stateside release, and basically it's a record of burgeoning talent, suggesting what is yet to come from the Tragically Hip. Frontman Gordon Downie is raw and rugged, twisting American trad rock into gritty rock & roll. There's a lot of heartfelt emotion woven into pure musical swagger on songs like New Orleans Is Sinking and When the Weight Comes Down. Blow at High Dough follows the lead of its foot-stompin', hand-clappin' rock tracks.
-All Music Guide1. Blow At High Dough
2. I'll Believe In You (or I'll Be Leaving You Tonight)
3. New Orleans Is Sinking
4. 38 Years Old
5. She Didn't Know
6. Boots Or Hearts
7. Everytime You Go
8. When The Weight Comes Down
9. Trickle Down
10. Another Midnight
11. Opiated$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Road ApplesRecorded in New Orleans, Road Apples (1991) was the breakthrough release from Canada's best Tragically Hip. Songs like "Little Bones", "Twist My Arm" and "Long Time Running" are some of the best songs the band of childhood friends have ever written. Singer Gord Downie's voice pulls you right into the heart of the Hip - an energetic, emotional and poetic journey. Available on vinyl for the first time since its original release.1. Little Bones
2. Twist My Arm
4. The Luxury
5. Born In The Water
6. Long Time Running
7. Bring It All Back
8. Three Pistols
10. On The Verge
11. Fiddler's Green
12. The Last Of The Unplucked Gems$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Tragically HipThe first three Tragically Hip albums are being re-issued on high quality 180 gram vinyl pressed in the EU. Their
most recent album 'Man Machine Poem' debuted at #1 in Canada and #65 in the U.S.
The Tragically Hip's self-titled debut EP release was originally issued in 1987 and launched the band's career that
has been going strong for nearly 30 years. It includes 'All Canadian Surf Club' available on vinyl for the first time.
Produced by Red Rider guitarist/keyboardist Ken Greer.1. Small Town Bringdown
2. Last American Exit
3. Killing Time
5. Cemetary Sideroad
6. I'm A Werewolf, Baby
7. Highway Girl
8. All Canadian Surf Club$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
Man Machine Poem
White Colored Vinyl
The Tragically Hip, among Canada's most acclaimed and beloved bands, announce their 14th studio album, Man
Machine Poem. The album takes its name from a track on their last release Now For Plan A (2012 - 10K scanned,
50% physical share), and was recorded at The Hip's home studio The Bathouse, produced by Kevin Drew (Broken
Social Scene) and Dave Hamelin (The Stills). Man Machine Poem features the first single/video 'In A World
Possessed By The Human Mind.'1. Man
2. In A World Possessed By The Human Mind
3. What Blue
4. In Sarnia
5. Here, In The Dark
6. Great Soul
7. Tired As Fuck
8. Hot Mic
9. Ocean Next
10. Machine$23.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ranked 316/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
They say you can never go home again.
Yet, on their new Interscope Records release and fifth album, Rock Steady, No Doubt has embarked on a globe-spanning musical adventure that proves, once and for all, that home is where the heart is.
At the heart of the quartet's fifteen-year musical journey is a sound, a style and a sensibility that celebrates their enduring bond with millions of fans worldwide: the sheer pleasure of pure pop - danceable, hummable, instantly accessible songs that have become indispensable additions to the soundtrack of our life and times. And now with Rock Steady, that soundtrack signals a return to some of the key creative elements that have made No Doubt one of today's most popular and enduring bands. Simply put, No Doubt is ready to party.
"It's the hardest thing in the world just to be simple, to let the music and the words speak for what you're feeling and, hopefully, to share that feeling. And the feeling we all shared on this album turned out to be pretty simple, too: we were in a good mood."
So says vocalist, lyricist and glorious gamine Gwen Stefani on the inspiration that ignited the dozen deliriously entertaining new tracks comprising Rock Steady. With all-original material penned by Gwen and No Doubt's dynamic songwriting duo of Tony Kanal and Tom Dumont and a roster of producers that pretty much covers the cutting edge of the studio art, Rock Steady, recorded in such far flung locations as London and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Jamaica, is without question the most eclectic, wide-ranging and stylistically diverse offering in the band's extraordinary career. It is also a loving tribute to the musical roots that have nourished No Doubt from their very inception.
"We were on tour pretty much all of last year," explains drummer Adrian Young, "and whenever we had some down time, we found ourselves listening to lots of dancehall. It was kind of like getting back to where we once belonged." Dancehall, the exuberant evolution of reggae, ska and calypso currently rocking the clubs and studios of Jamaica, proved a potent point of departure for the group when they convened in early 2001 to begin work on a new album. "We were part of the whole ska revival back when we first got together," continues Adrian. "The fact is, we had to work hard to prove we had a wider range, and I guess we did that. Because this time around we didn't feel like we had anything to prove. The whole point was to follow the music, wherever it led."
"Following the music" would lead the quartet to a variety of exotic locales as they indulged their instincts and experimented with sounds and settings that would capture the sensational new music beginning to emerge. "This album was less about technique and more about attitude," asserts Tony. "We took it one day at a time and it became a very spontaneous process. Tom had set up a studio at his place in L.A. and we'd meet there just to try out different ideas. Whereas before we'd write everything with a guitar or bass, this time we started with just beats and grooves and keyboards and built from there. After a week or two of songwriting, Gwen had a trip planned to London. Since we were having such a good time we just packed up and followed her over there. We knew we were onto something."
"It felt like starting over," is Tom's assessment. "We had spent two years working on Return Of Saturn because we felt it was important to prove we could do a record that had depth and substance. Once we got that out of our system it was time to have some fun."
Return Of Saturn, the group's smash 2000 release, did indeed establish No Doubt's ability to fashion songs of substance as well as style. It also conclusively demonstrated that the group's 1995 breakthrough release, Tragic Kingdom was more than a flash in the pan, although it was a distinctly dazzling flash that elevated the group to world class status with a solid string of hit singles. "We'd already done most of what we'd set out to accomplish," continues Tom. "We wanted try something fresh."
Something fresh and, as it turned out, something tried and true. "With all the dancehall we'd been listening to it was only natural that some of that rhythm would seep into our new songs," Gwen adds. "We ended up going to Jamaica without really knowing exactly what we'd find when we got there. That was the whole plan from the beginning not to have a plan."
What No Doubt found in the lush musical environs of the island was a creative collaboration with some of Jamaica's most revered producers including the legendary team of Sly & Robbie who sat behind the board for the album's debut single "Hey Baby" and "Underneath It All," a tune written by Gwen with Eurthymics mainstay Dave Stewart during the group's London sojourn. They would also go on record with the fast rising dancehall duo of Steely & Clevie, who worked their magic for the incendiary selection, "Start The Fire." Remarks Tom, "Going to Jamaica and working with the great artists there had always been a dream of ours. Having that opportunity is one the best things about having some success. It's more important than any amount of fame or fortune."
As the spring of 2001 turned to summer the pace of recording stepped up, along with the group's increasingly bold ventures into new creative territory. In Los Angeles they added hip-hop to the mix with the streetwise sensibilities of The Neptunes, co-writers on the album's opening track, the scorching "Hella Good." Next they huddled with high-profile mixmaster Nellee Hooper on Rock Steady's title track as well as such standout selections as "In My Head," "Running," "Detective" and the above mentioned "Hella Good." Along the way they logged time with William Orbit for "Making Out," Ric Ocasek on "Platinum Blonde Life" and "Don't Let Me Down," and the inimitable Prince who co-produced and provided backing vocals on the drop dead gorgeous "Waiting Room."
But mixing and matching songs and producers was only part of the creative evolution that took place with Rock Steady. Says Tony, "Our attitude from the beginning was that we'd do whatever it took to make the music work. We've always been a very self-contained unit. This time we wanted to open it up, to find out what other people could bring to the party."
"The whole album was an exercise in spontaneity," adds Gwen, "and that challenged me to write more directly from my thoughts and feelings. I threw away my thesaurus and put aside my influences, everyone from Joni Mitchell to Sylvia Plath. I wanted to write songs about how it felt to be alive right now and that feeling, despite everything that going on in the world, is optimistic and full of hope. This is a time to affirm what's good and positive in our lives and if we can convey even a small part of the fun and excitement we had making this music, then we've done what we set out to do."
Hot on the heels of Rock Steady's release comes news of an extensive touring schedule that includes select dates with U2 as well as an extensive itinerary of international headlining dates. "We're primarily a live band," comments Tony. "That's how we started and that's how we maintain contact with our fans. Over the past couple of years, as the No Doubt machine got bigger, it's been more difficult to maintain that connection. But this time around,we're determined to stay true to the spirit of the music. It's about having a good time, about dancing in aisles and singing along. We all need that and it's what this tour is going to be about."
"After fifteen years together you naturally create all kinds of rules about how things should be," concludes Gwen. "There comes a time when you've got to throw the rules out and start all over again. That's what keeps it fun and interesting. For us that time has come."
It's a sentiment that gets to the heart of the brilliant music on Rock Steady, an album that finds No Doubt comfortable at home with the risks and rewards of true originality. It's also proof positive that, when No Doubt throws a party, everyone's invited.LP1
2. Hella Good
3. Hey Baby
4. Making Out
5. Underneath It All
7. Don't Let Me Down
1. Start The Fire
3. In My Head
4. Platinum Blonde Life
5. Waiting Room
6. Rock Steady$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Ghetto Music: The Blueprint Of Hip HopAmongst hip-hop fans, Boogie Down Productions' first two albums - Criminal Minded (1987) and By All Means Necessary (1988) - both loom very large. And for good reason: they both captured one of the late 1980s' most important and influential crews at their highest powers of lyricism and musical invention.
That being said, too many people sleep on BDP's third LP, Ghetto Music. Released in 1989, when the hip-hop world was truly beginning to explode and reach new heights of sales and exposure around the world, the album is arguably as powerful as the group's first two.
As on By All Means Necessary, in the wake of the tragic death of original founder, producer and DJ Scott LaRock, KRS-One pushed along mightily on the production side, with help from his extended crew. Musically the sound created on albums 2 & 3 was funky, catchy, and continually innovative, giving him the perfect backdrop to build his "Edutainment" syllabus.
Lyrically there was never a question about KRS' power, and on Ghetto Music he continues to impress, teach and ask important questions. Clear cases in point are two of the album's singles, "You Must Learn" and "Why Is That?" but he gets even deeper on lesser-jocked tracks like the anti-police thought-piece "Who Protects Us From You" (still sadly relevant in 2017), "Ghetto Music" and "World Peace."
Still as strong and entertaining today as it was almost three decades ago, this new reissue is a perfect way for younger fans to embrace one of the most underrated hip-hop platters of the era.1. The Style You Haven't Done Yet
2. Why Is That?
3. The Blueprint
4. Jack Of Spades
5. Jah Rulez
6. Breath Control
7. Who Protects Us From You?
8. You Must Learn
9. Hip Hop Rules
10. Bo! Bo! Bo!
11. Gimme, Dat, (Woy)
12. Ghetto Music
13. World Peace$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
No One Can Do It Better180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Includes It's Funky Enough, The D.O.C. And The Doctor Featuring Dr. Dre, No One Can Do It Better And Portrait Of A Master Piece
The D.O.C., short for Department of Correction, is a highly skilled battle rhymer from Dallas, USA. In addition to his solo career, he was a member of the hip hop group Fila Fresh Crew and later collaborated with gangsta rap group N.W.A where he co-wrote many of their releases. After Fila Fresh Crew split up in 1988, The D.O.C. went on to pursue a successful solo career.
No One Can Do It Better is the debut album by The D.O.C. from 1989 and is produced by the then upcoming Dr. Dre who contributed on most of the fast hard hitting rap tracks with his heavy funk laden beats. The album reached number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for two weeks and spawned two number one hits on the Hot Rap Songs chart: It's Funky Enough and The D.O.C. & The Doctor. The album went platinum five years after its release.
Tragically The D.O.C. severed his vocal chords in an almost fatal car accident in November 1989 but No One Can Do It Better still stands the test of time as one of the early pre-Chronic albums.1. It's Funky Enough
2. Mind Blowin'
3. Lend Me An Ear
4. Comm. Blues
5. Let The Bass Go
6. Beautiful But Deadly
7. The D.O.C. & The Doctor
8. No One Can Do It Better
9. Whirlwind Pyramid
10. Comm. 2
11. The Formula
12. Portrait Of A Master Piece
13. The Grand Finale$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Vol. 1 - Tha Carter III (Out Of Stock)The smash hit album, Tha Carter III miracuosly sold over a million copies in its first week of release and it truly showcases Lil Waynes tremendous growth as an artist since the release of his last album, the platinum selling Tha Carter II. A fan of many musical genres, Wayne has chosen a whose who of producers here including Kanye West, Swiss Beats, Cool & Dre and David Banner among others. Guest artists include Jay Z, T-pain, Babyface, Fabolous, Juelz Santana, Static (who tragically passed away a few days after making the video), Robin Thicke and the incomparable Betty Wright.
2007 was a breakthrough year for Cash Money/Universal Superstar artist Lil Wayne. Vibe Magazine named him 'The Best Rrapper Alive,' he was crowned MVP at the 2007 BET Awards beating out hip-hop icons such as Jay-Z and Kanye West, snagged the coveted fan-voted Peoples Champ Award and also won 2008's Viewers Choice Award.1. 3 Peat
2. Mr. Carter (Featuring Jay Z)
3. A Milli
4. Got Money (Featuring T Pain)
5. Comfortable (Featuring Babyface)
6. Phone Home
7. Dr. Carter
8. Tie My Hands (Featuring Robin Thicke)$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
VIIAmericana stalwarts Blitzen Trapper's seventh studio album is appropriately titled VII. Their first release for Vagrant Records is full of the vivid folk-rock-campfire-tales front-man Eric Earley is so well known for.
VII moves effortlessly from track to track allowing Earley to paint the colorful pictures that play in our head while singing along. there are those songs I keep writing over and over again, Ever Loved Once with all its regrets and tragic lost love, Don't Be A Stranger it's hopeful cousin but they all still point to the same worn out place in the heart of old E. Earley. And hey, we all have that place, that worn spot on the heart like the chew canister circle on the back pocket of blue jeans, or that one shred in the green felt of the table where you ground the stick in too hard May these songs minster in ways mysterious and eternal, or at least maybe make you shake a hip.1. Feel The Chill
2. Ever Loved Once
3. Shine On
4. Thirsty Man
5. Valley of Death
6. Oregon Geography
7. Neck Tatts, Cadillacs
8. Earth (Fever Called Love)
9. Drive On Up
10. Heart Attack
11. Faces Of You
12. Don't Be A Stranger$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
StreetcoreOne of the few true heroes of the punk era, former Clash frontman Joe Strummer walked it like he talked it, never losing his commitment to either his music or his ideals. Streetcore marks his third album since his '99 re-emergence, and possibly his strongest solo album to date.
This fact is all the more poignant in light of Strummer's death shortly before Streetcore's completion. He has left us a swansong of which he could be proud. His famous eclecticism is full-on; this makes the wide-ranging SANDINISTA seem like GIVE 'EM ENOUGH ROPE by comparison. A dizzying fusion of electronica, reggae, funk, hip-hop, rock, folk, blues, world music, and more, it's what he'd been working his way up to ever since his comeback. Things never spiral out of control, as his lyrics are the most focused he'd written since his Clash days--simultaneously political and playful. Streetcore closes with a cover of Bobby Charles's Grow Too Old (retitled Silver and Gold), a vow to live life to its fullest that would seem tragic in context had not its singer done exactly that all the way to the end.1. Coma Girl
2. Get Down Moses
3. Long Shadow
4. Arms Aloft
5. Ramshackle Day Parade
6. Redemption Song
7. All In A Day
8. Burnin' Streets
9. Midnight Jam
10. Silver And Gold$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Up To Here (Out Of Stock)The first three Tragically Hip albums are being re-issued on high quality 180 gram vinyl pressed in the EU.
Originally issued in Sept. 1989 -- Up To Here, Diamond Certified in Canada. The first full-length album and one of
the band's most successful of their career, earning the band a Juno Award for Most Promising Artist. Includes fan
favourites, 'Blow It High Dough', 'New Orleans Is Sinking' & '38 Years Old' Recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis.
Produced by Don Smith1. I'll Believe In You
2. Blow It High Dough
3. New Orleans is Sinking
4. 38 Years Old
5. She Didn't Know
6. Boots or Hearts
7. Every Time You Go
8. When The Weight Comes Down
9. Trickle Down
10. Another Midnight
11. Opiated$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Ulysses (Out Of Stock)
Includes Two Unreleased Tracks Not Available Anywhere Else
Victoria, B.C.'s Current Swell is set to release their new album, Ulysses, on May 6, 2014. The 12-tracks
on Ulysses perfectly deliver the band's textured, deep-groove sound while capturing the energy of their live
show, which has earned them scores of fans across The Americas, Australia and Europe. The band will
debut many of these new songs next month in Austin during SXSW.
Ulysses was produced by Nathan Sabatino (Dr. Dog, Neko Case, Giant Sand) at Vancouver's iconic
Greenhouse Studios. The album captures every bit of warmth the studio's massive Neve console could
provide, as heard on "Rollin'" (a showcase for Stanton's exemplary slide work), the title track "Ulysses,"
rocker "Keys to the Kingdom" and the readymade sing-along "One Day I'll Be Rich."
While Current Swell spent the better part of six months recording their previous album (and Nettwerk
debut), 2012's Long Time Ago, the four band members entered the studio with a clear goal and knocked
Ulysses out in 20 days.
From appearances at key festivals from Australia to Canada (Byron Bay Bluesfest, Peats Ridge, Rock
The Shores, Ottawa Bluesfest and more), to sold-out headline tours of Brazil, to support slots with such
established artists as Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Dispatch, Xavier Rudd, K'Naan, The
Tragically Hip and even The Beach Boys, Current Swell's infectious sound and raucous live shows have
earned the quartet scores of devoted fans around the word. In 2011, Current Swell earned first place at
Vancouver's Peak Performance Project and headlined a Canada Day concert to a crowd of 45,000.1. Ulysses
2. Keys To The Kingdom
4. One Day I'll Be Rich
5. Bad News
6. Who's With Us
8. Man Of Maps
11. We Will Run
12. Flesh and Bone$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock