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When The Fire Is Dead In The Grate
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Following Wolf People's critically acclaimed 2013 release, Fain, comes this 4-track 12
featuring two of the album's most accomplished songs and two brand new tracks. When the
Fire is Dead in the Grate has quickly been established as a fan-favorite throughout venues
during their European tour. Stewart Lee described the song as ....the album's first stone
classic, a funky folk-metal workout that trails off into a compellingly extended coda, both
guitarists circling and dovetailing and spiraling. A brand new track, Become the Ground,
breaks new ground for the band, being, perhaps, their most obviously folk-influenced song to
date. It's a beautiful duet between lead singer Jack Sharp and guest vocalist Nicola Keary before
the song breaks into a swirling psychedelic jam.
The B-side of the 12" is made up of the first
track fans heard on Fain, All Returns, but now coupled with All Returns Part II, the song's
original extended outro. It's Wolf People at their best, locking into a masterful groove, razor
sharp guitars lines interlocking and intertwining.1. When The Fire Is Dead in the Grate
2. Become The Ground
3. All Returns
4. All Returns Part II$11.99Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-ING-5448xLeopold And His Fiction
Darling DestroyerLeopold And His Fiction deliver soul-drenched, bare-bones rock 'n' roll that shakes with the power of '73-era Stooges seducing with the R&B of Motown. The album was produced by Chris "Frenchie" Smith (...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Jet) and Vance Powell (Jack White, Arctic Monkeys). Their songs have syncs in the series' Sons Of Anarchy, Ray Donovan and Chevron/Texaco commercials.1. Cowboy
2. It's How I Feel (Free)
3. I'm Caving In
4. Waves (Golden)
7. Better Off Alone
8. Who Am I
10. If You Gotta Go, Go Now
11. BOY (hidden track)$16.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Unique One Sided 6 Song Ep W/ Vinyl Etching By The Cover Artist
The Front Bottoms pay tribute to Grandma Rose with 6
new recordings of previously unreleased fan favorites.
Mixed by Chris "Frenchie" Smith (And You Will Know Us By the
Trail of Dead, Meat Puppets, Built to Spill, Jet).
New recordings of never before released fan favorites, including
"12 Feet Deep".
The Front Bottoms have a rabid fan base that can sing along to
every song including those previously unreleased!
Combined their first two Bar/None albums have sold more than
40,000 copies. Still scanning more than 200 copies a week.1. Flying Model Rockets
2. Lipstick Covered Magnet
3. 12 Feet Deep
4. Jim Bogart
5. Be Nice To Me
6. Awkward Conversations$11.99Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
It's FrighteningAfter spending the better part of two years on the road (including festival stops at Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, Sasquatch, Monolith and tours with The Walkmen, Spoon, Richard Swift, The Cribs, White Denim and Tokyo Police Club) the White Rabbits hunkered down in their Brooklyn practice space to set about re-envisioning the dark pop of their critically acclaimed debut Fort Nightly, while adding new sounds and influences to achieve an original work. The result is It's Frightening, their second full-length album produced by Britt Daniel of Spoon, mixed by Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Trail Of Dead) and engineered by Nicolas Vernhes (Cat Power, Animal Collective).1. Percussion Gun
2. Rudie Fails
3. They Done Wrong/We Done Wrong
5. Company I Keep
6. The Salesman (Tramp Life)
7. Midnight and I
8. Right Where They Left
9. The Lady Vanishes
10. Leave It At The Door$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I Gazed At The Rapture ReadyMidnight Masses is an ever-expanding 4 to 14 member collective of mostly Brooklyn-based artists, led and formed by Autry Fulbright in the wake of his father's untimely death. Fulbright began the project with cathartic, marathon sessions in Austin, Texas, alongside long-time friend Jason Reece of Trail of Dead. Lush and washy. If Billie Holiday were to sing with The Doors, the outcome might sound something like this - Wired.com As if the religiosity of down south collided with a full throttle rock band creating a haunting spiritually engrossing psychedelic rock experience - The Tripwire1.Walk On Water
4.Rapture$12.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Clear Heart Full EyesClear Heart Full Eyes is the Vagrant Records solo debut album from, Craig Finn, frontman for the critically acclaimed group The Hold Steady. In early 2011, Finn challenged himself to write a new song every day in his Brooklyn, NY apartment. I had written a bunch of songs that were outside of the norm for The Hold Steady, a little quieter and perhaps more narrative, says Finn. I wanted to gain some experience and insight into the process of making a record by working with new people.
Finn traveled to Austin, Texas in July, removing himself from all familiar surroundings, to record the album with producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Trail of Dead). Of the album's title, Finn says, It's a juxtaposed reference to 'Friday Night Lights,' a TV show that excited and moved me and also happened in Texas. Further, Clear Heart signifies honesty and transparency, and Full Eyes suggests experience.1. Apollo Bay
2. When No Ones Watching
3. No Future
4. New Friend Jesus
6. Terrified Eyes
7. Western Pier
8. Honolulu Blues
9. Rented Room
11. Not Much Left Of Us$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Talon Of The HawkProduced by Chris "Frenchie" Smith (And You Will Know Us by the Trail
of Dead, Meat Puppets, Built to Spill, Jet)
Featured in "100 Bands to Watch 2013" Alternative Press.
At the core of Talon of the Hawk, is the crazy hybrid of slamming rock drumming and acoustic guitar The Front Bottoms are known for, but this time the band augments their sound with electric guitars, synths, even a little accordion. Brian Sella's confident heartfelt vocals that will have you laughing one minute, crying the next and then maybe pumping your fist and singing along when you least suspect it. Talon of the Hawk rocks harder than their debut and it is more complex in both subject matter and arrangements. Once this sucker gets it's claws in, you're going to soar.1. Au Revoir (Adios)
3. Swear To God The Devil
Made Me Do It
4. Twin Size Mattress
6. Santa Monica
7. The Feud
8. Funny You Should Ask
9. Tattooed Tears
10. Lone Star
12. Everything I Own$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Sides And In BetweenThe Sides And In Between is the new album from Atlanta band Gringo Star, their first for Nevado Records.
If you know a little about brothers Nick and Peter Furgiuele's roots, it all makes sense. Our grandad started out in radio in the 40s and 50s in Columbus, GA., Nick explains. He was a huge promoter of R&B back when it was still super segregated, and he was playing black music and putting on shows with Little Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers, a lot of Gospel shows. So we grew up hearing all these stories, listening to all this music. Our grandfather was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame posthumously. And my grandma all her photo albums are like Jackie Wilson shirtless backstage, hanging out. Not to mention how Nick and Peter used to raid their parents record collections, cutting their teeth on the likes of Buddy Holly, The Animals and The Kinks. Our favorite music comes from the 50s, Peter says, and that music influenced all the 60s bands we like.
The band has toured relentlessly across the U.S. and Europe building a diehard underground following while sharing bills with everyone from Cat Power and Feist to The Black Angels and Weezer, and also touring with Wavves, Best Coast, And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead and fellow Atlantans The Black Lips.1. Rotten
3. Get Closer
4. Still Alive
5. Going Home
6. Knee Deep
7. Heading South
9. It's You
10. The Last Trace$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Suburban MythYou could say that Sick Feeling are a Brooklyn-based band, and you'd be right,
but their story is one that originates in Berkeley, Austin, Philadelphia, and the
suburban New Jersey sprawl - scenes best known for their raw and trenchant
undergrounds, vanguard cities to many.
You could say that Sick Feeling are a new band, and even though Suburban
Myth is their debut album, that's almost true. They've been together for two
years, but their ranks have well-established histories playing in a wide-ranging
list of bands including Ink & Dagger, And You Will Know Us By The Trail of
Dead, and the Mongoloids, among others.
You could also say that Sick Feeling are a hardcore-punk band, and you'd be
right in the most fundamental sense, but what does that even mean when we're
talking about a band that once curated a photo exhibit in New York and then
showed up to play inside of a twelve-foot square box for three nonstop hours? A
CBGB Sunday Matinee it was not, but risks like these speak to hardcore's historic
sense of testing boundaries and appropriating space.
After hearing Suburban Myth, you will be hard-pressed to say that Sick Feeling
haven't somehow transformed their nascent punk paradigms into a viable model
of what it means to be young and fucked up and still turned off by self-defeating
ennui. Which means that the worst possible thing would be to confuse this band
with the past-due punk of pessimism and power chords. Sick Feeling is the sound
of American nostalgia being turned inside out.1. Gave Back (Suburban Myth Part 1)
2. Not No (Sick Feeling)
3. Liberal Arts
4. Natural Ice
5. I'm Chafing
6. The Americans
7. Suburban Myth (Part 2)
11. The Party$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
MexicoFor the past four years, Follow That Bird was one of the most buzzed about bands from their hometown of Austin, Texas. And considering how many bands are packed into that one city, that ain't faint praise. They were picked by Matador Records to be the lead single on the 2010 Austin-only compilation Casual Victim Pile, and snapped up enough accolades to have Bill Callahan have them support him on tour and ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead ask them to be the opening act on their full tour of the Western US last summer.
After that...everything went a little awry. The band's label folded, taking with it the money promised them to record their debut full-length. But instead of seeing that as a major roadblock, the trio saw it as the perfect chance to forge their own path. With it came a new band name - Mirror Travel - and a chance to further strengthen their belief in the power of the music they were creating together. Or as Tiffanie Lanmon put it, We had to walk into the desert and do things our way.
The desert Lanmon (drums) is referring to is the one that surrounds Marfa, Texas, where the she, Paul Brinkley (bass/vocals) and Lauren Green (guitar/vocals) decamped for two weeks to record with Gory Smelley (YACHT, Eleanor Friedberger, Grouper) at Marfa Recording Studio. It was just the isolating experience the band needed to bring their album Mexico into the world.
The results? One of the most warmly engaging records you're likely to hear this year. With Smelley's help, Mirror Travel were able to more fully embrace the dreamy garage pop sound that got them to where they are today.
Opener Sands may give the impression of a band lost in a shoegazer wilderness, but let the punchy Nuggets-style bassline and reverb-slathered drive of the next track I Want You To Know shove aside all those preconceptions. The rest of Mexico flows by with the same steady gaze and attack, with occasional upticks and dips in tempo and temperature.
Looked at as a complete package, Mexico is a document of a trio who, as their name change would suggest, are taking themselves more seriously and looking at the road ahead with much more purpose and intent. Like the long drives between tour stops and the seemingly endless desert that helped inspire these songs, you're meant to drink this album in slowly, steadily, and with your eye fixed on the horizon.1. Sands
2. I Want You To Know
5. Uncharted Waters
7. In Dreams / For Summer
8. Wooden Bones
9. Young Gold
10. Stoner$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The MountainThe Heartless Bastards' story starts in Dayton, Ohio, where Erika Wennerstrom found the name on a multiple choice video trivia game at a bar. As a songwriting teenager during a time when GBV and Brainiac were packing local bars and three of the Breeders were still in town, Wennerstrom used to sneak into clubs to check out the scene. I would just see those people, my music heroes, hanging out at the bar like everyone else, she remembers. I could see myself in them. It gave me inspiration to do my own thing. After doing the usual business of playing local shows, the trio set out the following year on a regional tour. One of the first gigs of the trip took them to a bar in Akron, where Black Keys' drummer Patrick Carney just happened to be one of only a handful of people in the audience. This chance encounter led Wennerstrom and the Heartless Bastards to Fat Possum Records, with whom they released their debut, Stairs and Elevators, in early 2005.
The band moved on with critical praise in their back pocket, including a four-and-a-half star review from Rolling Stone, which took note that, when Wennerstrom opens her throat on Stairs and Elevators she sounds like shes wailing on the shoulders of giants; her sad and angry vocals channeling all the swagger and spit of a young Robert Plant. All This Time, was released during the summer of 2006, it received even more widespread critical acclaim than Stairs and Elevators. The Bastards played hundreds of shows to support the record. They played huge festivals and toured with Wilco and Lucinda Williams. Wennerstroms songs appeared often on TV shows and in films, this would be measured by most as a huge success. Though in Wennerstroms mind her sound and band were still evolving, and she knew it was time for a change.
In true ascetic discipline, she moved to Austin, Texas in 2007 for a change of inspirational scenery and a new recording project. With the help of producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Trail of Dead), she assembled a group of musicians with whom she gave the songs life and uncovered yet another layer of herself and the Heartless Bastards. The two new Bastards arent Texas ringers, but fellow Dayton brethren Dave Colvin on drums, and Jesse Ebaugh on bass, who actually played on the original demo that hooked Fat Possum. The album, entitled The Mountain, delivers the powerful howl that fans expect from the Heartless Bastards, but also weaves in adventure with mandolins, banjos, strings and Erikas transcendent voice.1. The Mountain
2. Be So Happy
3. Early in the Morning
4. Hold Your Head High
5. Out At Sea
6. Nothing Seems the Same
7. Wide Awake
8. So Quiet
9. Had To Go
10. Witchy Poo
11. Sway$16.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + 7 - Sealed Buy Now
409Purple play pop music. Messy, dirty, raucous, grit-spitting, tequila-glugging pop music. They do not apologise for this. They have a big streak of it running skunk-like up their backs and through urgent tunes full of indie-punk snarl and piss and vinegar, but driven by grooves deep enough to rival any hop-hop classics. They are wrestling pop away from the world of vocoders, slick dance routines and coquettish airheads and bringing back to where it belongs: to the beach, to the house party, dancing on the table in that bar you need a fake ID to get into. They like to bare flesh and play until they bleed. Good things followed: a huge local following, two managers and endless touring.
'(409)' is the name of the area code for their East Texas neighbour and the name of Purple's debut album produced by Chris 'Frenchie' Smith (...Trail Of Dead, Jet ). Recorded in El Paso, '(409)' is an album that's borne out of endless jams and no shortage of live shows where Purple offer a combination of the explosive and the celebratory. Instruments are abused and crowds are surfed; their shows are somewhere between the wild, fleshy abandonment of early White Stripes. "We're positive people," shrugs Busby. "We're always looking for the party somewhere. Or maybe we are the party."
Pop is there in the 60s garage-influenced brilliance of 'Beach Buddy', a song propelled by a dual girl/boy vocal and the same endless summer joie de vivre of Ramones, Black Lips and Weezer . The chorus is an earworm that burrows deep. It's there too in 'Wallflower', a joyously uplifting song that flips the usual script and sees a girl ardently - some might say aggressively - pursuing an admirer through the upended bottles, overflowing ashtrays and tangled limbs of a party: "I'm a girl - you're supposed to be chasing me!" With definite shades of Bikini Kill and No Doubt it's the best femme-punk song we've heard in an aeon. 'Head On The Floor' meanwhile is a proto-grunge song that swings like early Hole and has a whole of soul.
'(409)' is certainly an album with sand in its shoes and a rocket up its ass. It transports you to a better place. Listening to Purple quickens your pulse. Gives you the sweats. Has you reaching for a cold one. And then another. And then ten more. They make you feel alive. They are good for you.1. Wallflower
2. Double Nickels
3. Leche Loco
4. Beach Buddy
7. Head On The Floor
9. New Born
10. DMT$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dagger BeachDagger Beachwas Recorded at Tiny Telephone on 2 Analog Tape Without the Use of Computers.
The Vinyl Release Will be Issued as a QRP 200 Gram Audiophile Limited Pressing.
While it's true I did endure a terrible break-up at the beginning of writing this record, this is not a break
up record. Dagger Beach is a put-me-the-fuck-back-together record.
The break up came in late 2011, after endless months of White Wilderness touring. I returned home to an
empty house, and, as that's pretty unbearable when you're not quite right in the head, I decided to set out
walking. I hiked the Lost Coast (36 miles of off-the-grid splendor in Southern Humboldt County), I hiked
the entire 150-mile trail system of Pt. Reyes, I hiked for days, deep, deep in the woods, usually alone.
As I walked and walked, listening to records on repeat, I started obsessing about music again. Three
records found their way into my psyche and inspired much of this new record: Joanna Newsom's Have
One On Me, Silver Jews' The Natural Bridge, and Radiohead's King Of Limbs. I don't think you'll find
traces of these records in Dagger Beach, but their spirit and fearlessness deeply affected me. (Hence the
shout-out on the record to one of my lifelong heroes, David Berman.)
The first two reminded me how crucial great lyrics can be, how your experience of a record can evolve
and change as you slowly decode complex and thoughtful writing. King Of Limbsshowed me how
powerful linear songwriting can be, when subtle changes in form and repeating motifs slowly shift into
something else entirely (just try to follow Morning Mr. Magpie on headphones). There are many songs
on Dagger Beach that take this approach: Damage Control and Gaslight were both written to drum
patterns played by Jason Slota, my long-time partner. Jason played drums alone, without music, and I
adapted to his structures and rhythms. Doing this keeps me from relying on my usual tricks and
structures and forces me into brand new territory.
This strange experience, the endless hiking and backcountry camping off the grid, it completely changed
the songwriting process for me. I edited lyrics while walking, I worked out songs in my head. It didn't
come easy: the first time I camped alone (I was deep inside the million-acre Mendocino National Forest) I
freaked out, ended my trip early, and wrote Raw Wood the next day. By the end of 2012, I could stay out
for a week on my own.
As the experience changed me, it changed the record. Dagger Beach is looser, weirder, and more free
because of itRaw Wood
Song for Dana Lok
How the West Was Won
Song for David Berman
Song for the Landlords of Tiny
Sleep it Off
North Coast Rep
Interlude #2$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Old BoysBishop Morocco is the musical vision of James Sayce and Jake Fairly. The Toronto-based duo recorded its 2008 self-titled debut at a homemade studio inside their shared in Groningen, Netherlands, earning international attention from the likes of Parisian tastemaker Collette and helping develop a strong following at home in Canada. That followed six years of Fairly (aka Fairmont) living in Berlin turning out techno hits on labels like Border Community and Kompakt and Sayce playing in bands like Tangiers and the Deadly Snakes.
Two years later, Bishop Morocco arrives on Arts & Crafts with Old Boys, a six-track EP on which the band strays from its original new wave influences towards a thicker, more contemplative sound, aided by the addition of Ian Worang on guitar and Jon McCann on drums. A savvy delivery loaded with smart electronic instrumentation and richly textured melodies, Old Boys was recorded at another homemade studio, this time inside Fairly's mom's guest bedroom in West Toronto.
It's at once proof of Bishop Morocco's collective progression as it is an expression of constant shifts in hometown imagery and the ongoing personal evolution of its principal members. The release marks Bishop Morocco's arrival as a fully realized project, relying less on paths forged by members favorite bands, and instead endeavoring to blaze a stark trail all its own.1. Bleeds
2. Old Boys
3. Colonial Man
4. Melt My Mind
5. City Island
6. A Fine Line$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
African PianoSouth African pianist-composer Abdullah Ibrahim, still performing at the time of this 1969 live album under the pseudonym Dollar Brand, unleashed a mastery so enticing on African Piano, it's a wonder that any of the folks at the club where it was recorded had the resolve to treat it as background to their dining. By the same token, reinforcement of that fact by constant ambient noises renders Ibrahim's performance all the more sacred by contrast.
Amid a sea of chatter, cleared throats, and sudden intakes of breath, he breaks the surf with the gentle yet hip ostinato of "Bra Joe From Kilimanjaro," working meditative tendrils into the bar light. Over this his right hand brings about an explosive sort of thinking that spins webs in a flash and connects them to larger others. With clarion fortitude, he drops bluesy accents along the way: a trail of crumbs leading to "Selby That The Eternal Spirit Is The Only Reality." Ironically (or not), this is the most solemn blip on the album's radar and blends into the ivory tickling of "The Moon." Here Ibrahim's heartfelt, dedicatory spirit comes to the fore, proving that, while technically proficient, he possesses a descriptive virtuosity that indeed evokes a pockmarked surface lit in various phases, harnessing sunlight as if it were skin in dense, vibrating harvest. The kinesis of this tune is diffused in the tailwind of "Xaba," which then flows into "Sunset In Blue," in which Ibrahim's ancestral awareness is clearest. The level of respect evoked here for both the dead and the living lends a ritualistic quality by virtue of its tight structuring, which despite hooks at the margins flies freely in its magic circle. "Kippy" is a smoother reverie with flickers of flame. A beautiful amalgam of measures and means, it slips an opiate of reflection into its own drink. After this, the intense two minutes of gospel and downward spirals that is "Jabulani-Easter Joy" takes us into "Tintinyana," thereby crystallizing the album's flowing energies. Tracks bleed into one another: they runneth from the same cup, their spiritual resonance deep and true.
African Piano is a gorgeous, thickly settled album, but one that is always transparent when it comes to origins. Such is the tenderness of Ibrahim's craft, which speaks with a respect that transcends the sinews, muscles, and eardrums required to bring it to life. It finds joy in history, connecting to it like an Avatar's tail to steed.1. Bra Joe From Kilimanjaro
2. Selby That The Eternal Spirit Is The Only Reality
3. The Moon
5. Sunset In Blue
7. Jabulani Easter Joy
8. Tintiyana$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The RecognitionsWhile many couples can trace the real-time rise and fall of their
relationship back to social media feeds and harried phone calls,
Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church have channeled the highs
and lows of their storybook courtship into something else
entirely: the explosive, discomforting confessionals of
Exitmusic. The mercurial project started the year they got
married (2004) and all-but-imploded during their recent divorce,
but not before the duo wrapped its most fully realized collection
of beautifully damaged music yet titled The Recognitions.
It wasn't easy, though, for the band has always had to balance
its writing and recording sessions with Palladino's career as an
actress in such acclaimed television shows as Halt and Catch
Fire, The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, Storytelling and Before
the Devil Knows You're Dead.
Our relationship finally cracked when Aleksa took a break from
recording to work on a film in Iowa, explains Church. It takes
place on a lake so deep, indigenous people believed it had no
bottom, and was a portal to the spirit world. When Aleksa
returned from shooting, I could tell immediately something
major had shifted. She described an experience of standing up
in a boat on the lake and seeing her reflection in the water, and
having the realization that we had only been living on the
surface of life-that there were fathomless depths to be
explored if we were able to set each other free.
That feeling makes itself known right from the very beginning of
The Recognitions, as Crawl abruptly shifts from a sinister-butsubdued
intro-think: Beach House re-scoring Suspiria-to a
full-on exorcism, a fearless, fang-baring fight for one's life that
leaves a trail of blood, sweat, and tears behind. Things slow
down slightly amid the quivering strings, bold shuffleboard
beats, and minor-key melodies of Iowa, but there's no
denying what a wildly expressive diary entry this album is by its
end. That goes for everything from the bittersweet piano
balladry of The Distance to the queasy rhythms and delirious
hooks of Criminal.1. Crawl
4. Gold Coast
5. To The Depths
6. I'll Never Know
8. Trumpets Fade
9. Distance$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Modern Guilt (Discontinued)Import
Modern Guilt is the eighth official studio album and eleventh overall by American alternative artist Beck. The album lasts 33 minutes, making it the shortest album by Beck to date. Modern Guilt features two contributions by Cat Power and was produced by Beck and Danger Mouse.
Modern Guilt indulges Beck's love of Sixties psychedelic music, and the results are vividly rendered - all acid-trip guitars, mod dance-party beats, daisy-chain harmonies and thundering percussion. But beneath the DayGlo arrangements lie some deeply bummed-out songs about living in a time of war (Walls), environmental degradation (Gamma Ray) and widening generation gaps (Youthless). Danger Mouse brings a hip-hop DJ's love of funky old rock records; Beck brings the end-of-the-Sixties, pre-apocalyptic hangover.
Taken as a whole, the album's first five songs stand among Beck's strongest work. The most dazzling example is Chemtrails, which nods through a heroin haze of droning guitars while Beck imagines jets flying above a sea full of dead people. The song title comes from a conspiracy theory that holds that some jet trails are actually chemical sprays engineered by the government for secret purposes. But you don't have to know the reference to feel the dread. Staring at the corpses, Beck sings, So many people, where do they go? The morbid answer is implied: No matter where all the lonely people come from, they all end up in the same place.
That last song sums up Beck's biggest issue on the album: Don't know what I've done, but I feel ashamed. That's modern guilt for you: knowing the world's going to hell and feeling partly responsible, but not quite knowing what to do about it. Some days, we're worse than you can imagine/And how am I supposed to live with that? he sings on Walls. A few lines later, he finds his own reason to carry on: We do the best with the souls we're given. And not long after he sings these words, the song cuts out abruptly in the middle of the melody. Like Tony Soprano said, you never know when your time is gonna come.
--Melissa Maerz, www.rollingstone.com1. Orphans
2. Gamma Ray
4. Modern Guilt
6. Walls (feat. Cat Power)
8. Soul of a Man
9. Profanity Prayers
10. Volcano$27.99Vinyl LP - LPs Sealed Buy Now
Paradise & Lunch
Desert Island-Worthy Paradise and Lunch Will Renew Your Faith in Music: Diverse 1974 Ry Cooder Set Comes on Like a Secret History of Song, Features Exquisite Interplay and Inspirational Harmonies
Paradise and Lunch Mastered on 180g Vinyl from the Original Master Tapes, Pressed at RTI, and Strictly Limited to 3000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity LP Graced With Organic Sound
Ry Cooder's exceptional Paradise and Lunch takes a popular precept - music as the common denominator across all languages and styles - to extremes few artists have envisioned let alone fulfilled. Considered by many diehards to be the California native's finest hour, the 1974 set unfurls with rarified levels of joyousness, ingenuity, and sophistication. A prime contender for any Desert Island list and an album that repeatedly restores your faith in the inimitable effects experienced upon listening to special performances, Paradise and Lunch is an eternal musicians' musician record - an adventurous, ambitious, soulful leap down roads well-traveled and paths less known.
Such eclecticism, virtuosity, and ebullience resonate with unmatched verve on Mobile Fidelity's 180g LP reissue. Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, this vinyl LP boasts dead-quiet surfaces, superb transient response, front-to-back soundstaging, and an organic immediacy that heightens the enjoyment, character, and craft of the arrangements. Cooder's inspired guitar playing sounds tremendously lifelike, replete with proper scale, full-bodied tones, and a sense of decay that presents the trail ends of each note. Horns pop with three-dimensional detail and brassy colors. Akin to the contributions of all the all-star participants, Jim Keltner's percussion benefits from added stability and depth. Paradise and Lunch has never been more transparent.
On the surface a collection of seemingly disparate jazz, blues, spiritual, and roots songs, the diversified album comes across as a secret history of music. It remains a paragon of seamless convergence in which sonic DNA differences reveal shared traits and quilt a fabric united by feeling, reinvention, and elation. Beginning with a recast rendition of a traditional folk number, Tamp 'Em Up Solid, believed to be a close descendant of the group-vocal tune sung by field hands when they stacked bales of cotton, and ending with a stirring stripped-down cover of Arthur Blake's Ditty Wah Ditty - a show-stealing duet sent up with just an acoustic guitar and jazz icon Earl Fatha Hines' spritely walking-the-line piano riffs - Paradise and Lunch charms with exquisite interplay, inspirational harmonies, and innate flair.
At no point do the experimentations sound forced, artificial, or retro. Cooder transforms what initially appear to be obscurities into coherent, approachable songs that could have been recorded yesterday - or decades ago. In his world, a marvelous reggae-spiced and R&B-driven rendition of Bobby Womack's It's All Over Now coexists with a sanctified, harmony-based march through the gospel hymn Jesus on the Mainline anchored by restrained Dixieland accents and tolling bells. Another standard, albeit more modern, Burt Bacharach's Mexican Divorce strolls across dusty plains via gently clopping beats, shimmering Spanish motifs, and sympathetic support vocals.
Cooder also turns up the electricity a smidge for his idea of Bobby Miller's If Walls Could Talk, a melodic snapshot of doo-wop shot through with reverb-drenched grooves. He rains funky vibes, chicken-scratch slide guitar, and churchgoing lessons down on a top-to-bottom remake of Blind Willie McTell's Married Man's a Fool, the revision evocative of the imagination, proficiency, and blending that help make Paradise and Lunch an absolute must-own album - and now, an audiophile choice for those wished-for Desert Island trips.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Tamp 'Em Up Solid
3. Married Man's a Fool
4. Jesus on the Mainline
5. It's All Over Now
6. Fool for a Cigarette/Feelin' Good
7. If Walls Could Talk
8. Mexican Divorce
9. Ditty Wah Ditty$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Quicksilver Anthology (Awaiting Repress)Mastered by Joe Reagoso from the Original Capitol Records Tapes w/ Ron McMaster
Along with fellow superstars Jefferson Airplane, Steve Miller Band and The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service were one of the first Bay Area rock acts that helped usher in the progressive rock/acid rock movement during the height of the Summer Of Love in San Francisco. With its core line-up of David Freiberg, Dino Valenti, Greg Elmore, Gary Duncan, Nicky Hopkins and John Cipollina, this amazing band truly delivered many fine recordings during their successful reign at Capitol Records.
Anthems of the era still resonate today with society issues and world problems as Quicksilver foretold with their classic signature tunes like Fresh Air, What About Me, Hope and Pride Of Man. With the superstar talents that made up this band over the years, it was not uncommon to hear radio stations play entire sides of their revolutionary albums during the dawn of FM and underground radio.
Capitol Records awarded Quicksilver and their huge fan base with a very extensive and amazing Greatest Hits package called Anthology back in 1973. Right from the start you get a healthy three track serving from their first monster release Quicksilver Messenger Service, along with more solid tunes from other fine albums like Happy Trails, Shady Grove, Just For Love, What About Me and others classics.
Out of print for many years, Friday Music has announced the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of their classic Capitol Records release Quicksilvers Anthology on Friday Music. This amazing album features 16 of their most important songs from their legendary albums from 1967 through 1973. From the early acid rock sounds of Dinos Song and the 12 minute epic The Fool, to later day hits like the aforementioned Fresh Air, What About Me and Just For Love, this album truly shows the relevance and importance of this sorely missed iconic band.
Mastered impeccably from the original Capitol Records tapes by Joe Reagoso and Ron McMaster, this super limited edition album also boasts the original gatefold cover album art, including the silver on black embossed Quicksilver logo. The two HQ vinyl LPs are also protected by poly lined sleeves, as well as a poly bag to help keep the album cover and albums in great condition.LP 1
1. Pride of Man (1967) [from Quicksilver Messenger Service]
2. Dino's Song (1967) [from Quicksilver Messenger Service]
3. The Fool (1967) [from Quicksilver Messenger Service]
4. Bears (1968) [45 RPM only single release]
5. Mona (1969) [from Happy Trails]
6. Edward, the Mad Shirt Grinder (1969) [from Shady Grove]
1. Three or Four Feet from Home (1969) [from Shady Grove]
2. Fresh Air (1970) [from Just For Love]
3. Just for Love (1970) [from Just For Love]
4. Spindrifter (1970) [from What About Me]
5. Local Color (1970) [from What About Me]
6. What About Me (1970) [from What About Me]
7. Don't Cry My Lady Love (1971) [from Quicksilver]
8. Hope (1971) [from Quicksilver]
9. Fire Brothers (1971) [from Quicksilver]
10. I Found Love (1971) [from Quicksilver]$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Lost Songs (Out Of Stock)Lost Songs is the eighth studio album by Austin, Texas art rock outfit ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead.
Recorded at Horus Sound Studios in Hanover, Germany, the album's lyrics are themed around war, tyranny and apathy. Frontman Conrad Keely said, the music was inspired by the apathy to real world events that has plagued the independent music scene now for over a decade. Up to Infinity is about the Syrian civil war. We believe that tyranny and despotism suffered by any people, anywhere, is intolerable and should not be treated as an internal matter, but completely justifies intervention by the international community.LP1
2. Pinhole Cameras
3. Up to Infinity
4. Opera Obscura
5. Lost Songs
6. Flower Card Games
7. A Place to Rest
1. Heart of Wires
4. Bright Young Things
5. Time and Again
7. Mountain Battle Song
8. Verschollene Songs
9. Idols of Perversity$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock