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Down Below (Awaiting Repress)Sweden's TRIBULATION have celebrated an impressive rise to international recognition since developing from the old school death of The Horror to the progressive and atmospheric successor Formulas Of Death, before adding an classic goth rock vibe since 2015's Children Of The Night. The 2018 album, Down Below continues their highly addictive, macabre musical and conceptual journey further towards the end of night.1. The Lament
3. Lady Death
6. Cries from the Underworld
8. The World
9. Here Be Dragons$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
BulbformOn the heels of the deeply well received 7 single Candy Walls which Sacred Bones released in the Spring of 2011, Toronto's Trust are back with a four-on-the-floor dance floor anthem. Cashing in on the promises delivered by the KLF, Bulbform is the next in line to define a genre and a generation. The B-side, F.T.F. is an epic masterpiece in its own right about the trials and tribulations of love affairs and will most certainly appeal to fans of their slower, darker work. Formed in late 2009, Trust have made a lasting mark on the electronic music scene in Toronto.1. Bulbform
3. Bulbform (alternative mix)$11.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Weights & WingsMatt Wertz's relentless touring schedule, a breakup with his major label, and trials and tribulations of life into account, all have helped shaped the inspired songs on Wertz's new album, Weights & Wings. The Missouri native's fourth album was named before any of its songs were written, and the concept not only acted as a compass for the project, but also helped guide Wertz personally. All of the songs on Wertz's new album are tied to relationships. More than ever, the reflective songwriter has his heart on his sleeve, and Weights & Wings is the very incarnation of that lifeline.1. Gonna Be Good
2. Running Back to You
4. For the First Time
5. Somebody's Gonna Love You
6. Don't Come Easy
6. Everything Will Be Alright
7. Feels So Right
8. Someone Like You
9. Easier Tonight
10. Nobody's You$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mad Men: On The Rocks Soundtrack
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Mad Men, based around the trials and tribulations of a New York ad agency in the Sixties, is considered one of the Greatest TV Shows Of All Time. The drama series stands as a colossus of contemporary television with two BAFTAS, three Golden Globes and no less than fteen Emmys to its name. David Carbonara's winning mix of contemporary score and period jazz delivers a distinctive sound that has become a part of the series as much as the timeless visuals and characters. The album includes ''A Beautiful Mine'', RJD2's original theme from the TV series.1. A Beautiful Mine - RJD2
2. Pacic Coast Highway
3. The Man With The Miniature Orchestra
4. Beautiful Girls
5. Betty Home And Sally's Story
6. Bunny's Bop
7. Hurry Into The Far Away Places
8. Draper's Ruse
9. Summer Man
10. The Arrival
11. Hotel Bossa
12. Lights Out
13. For Number Four And Anna
14. At The Codsh Ball
15. Don And Betty In Rome
16. Like A Good Girlfriend
17. First Kiss
18. A Little Kiss
19. The New York Times
21. Christmas Conga
22. Pete's Not Talking
23. Betty's Call$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
AbyssSleep paralysis plagues singer/songwriter Chelsea Wolfe, and that strange intersection of the conscious and the unconscious has inadvertently manifested itself within her work. Across the span of her first four albums, there is an underlying tension, a distorted and nebulous territory where dark shadows hover along the edges of the sublime and the graceful. But until now, Wolfe''s trials and tribulations with the boundaries between dreams and reality have only been a subconscious influence on her work. With her fifth album, Abyss, she deliberately confronts those boundaries and crafts a score to that realm she describes as, 'the "hazy afterlife , an inverted thunderstorm , and the dark backward the abyss of time."'LP 1
1. Carrion Flowers
2. Iron Moon
3. Dragged Out
5. Grey Days
1. After the Fall
2. Crazy Love
3. Simple Death
5. Color of Blood
6. The Abyss$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
No DepressionThe album that inspired a website, a magazine and a musical movement, Uncle Tupelo's landmark 1990 debut No Depression is intrinsically a punk-rock record with country themes. On the one hand the album is named after a song by A.P. Carter and features banjos, mandolins and fiddles and on the other the songs are played at a breakneck pace and feature thrashing guitars and a punk spirit.
Paying their respects to obvious influences like Graham Parsons, the Replacements and the Minutemen, the 12-song set accurately depicts the trials and tribulations of the rural, blue collar existence from the workingman anthems like Factory Belt and Graveyard Shift to the trappings of the nightlife on Whiskey Bottle and Before I Break.
Equally as acclaimed as it is revered, No Depression brilliantly blends the heartbreak and longing of country music with the power and fury of punk-rock, done so with a precision that remains unmatched.1. Graveyard Shift
2. That Year
3. Before I Break
4. No Depression
5. Factory Belt
6. Whiskey Bottle
9. Life Worth Livin'
11. So Called Friend
12. Screen Door$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Andando El Tiempo
Carla Bley: Piano
Andy Sheppard: Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Steve Swallow: Bass
Andando el Tiempo features new music of wide emotional compass by Carla Bley, and underlines her originality and resourcefulness as a jazz composer. "Saints Alive!" sets up animated conversations between the participants with striking statements from Steve Swallow's bass guitar and Andy Sheppard's soprano sax. The stately "Naked Bridges/Diving Brides" draws inspiration from Mendelssohn and the poetry of Paul Haines. And the powerful three part title composition - which addresses the trials and tribulations of recovery from addiction - moves through sorrow to hopefulness and joy. The trio with Sheppard and Swallow has been an ideal vehicle for Carla's writing for more than 20 years and also provides one of the best contexts for her unique piano playing. Like the critically lauded ECM album Trios (2012), Andando el Tiempo was recorded at Lugano's RSI Studio and produced by Manfred Eicher.1. Gefion
3. And They All Came Marching Out of the Woods
6. Airport Poem
8. Ending$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Reports From The Threshold Of Death (Awaiting Repress)With their last album, The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist, Junius explored the controversial theories of scholar Immanuel Velikovsky. The concept was centered around the trials and tribulations of Velikovskys life, providing a captivating narrative to the bands expansive, dreamlike soundtrack, which Pitchfork called a rich, immersive experience, a bleak jewel of a record that takes obsession as its theme and rewards it in equal measure.
Conceptually picking up where The Martyrdom left off (with the death of Velikovsky), Reports from the Threshold of Death chronicles the journey of the soul after the body dies. In writing this album, vocalist/guitarist Joseph Martinez was inspired by reports and accounts of near-death experiences. On the albums ten beautifully cathartic tracks, the band takes listeners on a journey into the unknown, channeling basic human themes like love, regret, and longing. Massive walls of guitars drive with steadfast rhythm beneath soaring synth and vocal melodies throughout the albums arc, providing a passionate soundtrack for the journey into the light.
Reports from the Threshold of Death was the first album to be recorded at Will Benoits Radar Studios in Clinton, CT (the first fully solar-powered sustainable studio on the East Coast) with longtime friend/producer James Dunham of rock-noir band InAeona. The recording was in many ways a return to Junius roots, with engineering assistance from past collaborators Benoit and Daryl Rabidoux, mastering by Nick Zampiello and Rob Gonnella (Isis, Converge, Torche, Doomriders), and art designed by former Junius bassist Ira Bronson (of Black Day Creative).1. Betray The Grave
2. All Shall Float
3. Dance on Blood
4. A Universe Without Stars
5. Haunts for Love
6. The Meeting of Pasts
7. (Spirit Guidance)
8. A Reflection on Fire
9. Transcend the Ghost
10. Eidolon & Perispirit$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Child Of Lov180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl
For Fans of: Gnarls Barkley, Beck, J Dilla, Gorillaz, Danger Mouse
There's something about Cole Williams's voice that conjures pictures in the mind.
Not only through the intense and compelling vocals of his recordings, either.
There's a catch to it, a rugged rasp weathered beyond his years, that shows that his
singing style - rich in the cadences of funk, blues and soul. Spend any time with
them, and it's abundantly clear that Cole - or if you prefer, The Child Of Lov - is a
true modern soul man.
This much we know: Cole has lived in London, Paris and Amsterdam where he's
currently based. He has, for various reasons, spent a good deal of time alone with
music. His first inspirations were his mother's Stevie Wonder albums. By the age
of 13 he was listening to hip hop and neo-soul, and began to try and make his own
beats on his computer, and initially to rap. At 14, he began to teach himself guitar
and piano, and became obsessed with the off-kilter hip hop beats of J Dilla and
especially Madlib, the master of the thickly-layered psychedelic groove. Inspired
by the combination of unorthodox musicality with hip hop attitude, as he picked
out his own melodies and slowly developed his instrumental skills; it all came
So here we are: from those years' worth of self-disciplined musical study and
practice recordings, then a period of adjusting to their exposure to the world, have
come the tracks that became The Child Of Lov album. They're layered with all
the intensity and dedication that Cole has put into his listening and learning, and
with his passion for the influences. Check out "Give Me" - the peculiar stutter of
his abstract hip hop heroes Madlib and Dilla is there, but so is his first inspiration
Stevie Wonder as well as brilliantly discordant hints of Prince and even Tom Waits
in full junkyard prophet mode. Listen to the powerfully defiant "Fly" and wonder
that the powerful, gospel-infused voice is that of a young man, and not a soul
veteran beaten but unbowed by life's tribulations and soak up the mournful opener
"Call Me Up" - the sort of track you'd always hoped Sly Stone might pull himself
together and make one day1. Call Me Up
3. One Day [feat. Damon Albarn]
4. Living The Circle
5. Give Me
6. Go With The Wind
7. Owl [feat. DOOM]
10. Give It To The People$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Full Circle Nightmare
Ever since his debut album Dolls of Highland was
released on Sub Pop in 2016, Kyle Craft has been
a critic's dream. Based in Portland, he serves up
all the observational, storytelling talent with none
of the attitude that so often comes with male
singer-songwriter territory. "I've found my place,"
he says. "I'm not one of those people that
approaches music for anyone other than myself.
My favorite part about music is when it's just me
and a notebook." Speaking of, his second
forthcoming album Full Circle Nightmare is
entirely autobiographical. Sonically, thematically,
lyrically, it's a huge leap forward from his 2016
The title Full Circle Nightmare refers to a moment
where Craft saw his life for what it is and told
himself to be satisfied. "But that's nightmarish to
me," he laughs. He described his debut record as:
"like walking down this long hall of bizarre
characters and surreal experiences, moving
through the spider web of love and loss." This
album is when you get to the end of that hallway,
turn around and see all the stuff you've been
through, then walk through the door, close it and
start a new chapter in an even crazier hallway. A
straight-up rollicking rock'n'roll album, it traverses
all the different nuances of the genre; from the
bluegrass twang of 'Exile Rag,' to the gothic style
of 'Gold Calf Moan,' it's a timeless piece that could
exist in any of the past five decades.
In terms of contemporary peers, Craft likes to stay
in his own lane. He's an old soul who sticks to his
tried and tested influences. Social media is not
his game - it's just not interesting to him. He's not
fussed about preaching his politics or discussing
the status quo either. "I don't really like writing a
time piece. I don't wanna get trapped in the
'Donald Trump era of Kyle Craft,' you know? I'm a
very off-the-grid sort of person. As much as I am
traveling across this giant place sometimes I just
feel so outside of it. Also, I'm not necessarily a
stand-up citizen so it's hard for me to say: here's
Kyle Craft's America, ladies and gentlemen."
The ironic thing is that Full Circle Nightmare
sounds exactly like Kyle Craft's America. That is
what he's built for us: the story of one man's trials
and tribulations to find his passion and voice for
art and creativity in this vast opportunistic
country. Where did he find it? Among the historic
riches of America's most honest sounds.1. Fever Dream Girl
2. Full Circle Nightmare
3. Heartbreak Junky
4. The Rager
5. Exile Rag
6. Belmont (One Trick Pony)
7. Slick & Delta Queen
8. Fake Magic Angel
9. Bridge City Rose
10. Gold Calf Moan$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PinkertonPinkerton on Numbered Limited Edition 180 Gram LP from Mobile Fidelity
1996 Sophomore Album Cited on Countless Best-of Decade Lists
Includes El Scorcho, Pink Triangle, Tired of Sex, and The Good Life
Loosely Related to Puccini's Madame Butterfly, Confessional Album Lays Bare Frustration, Confusion, Awkwardness, and Loneliness Amidst Power-Pop Settings
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Experience the Album's Edgier Feel as Originally Intended
Few records claim as bizarre a history as Weezer's Pinkerton. Upon release in 1996, the band's sophomore effort failed to meet sales expectations, lacked a hit single, and drew primarily negative reviews from the press. Then, via word of mouth and reevaluation, the Little Album That Could began to build a reputation as an initially misunderstood masterwork-a bold, brave, and exposed creation that happened to have hyper-contagious hooks to accompany the confessional lyrics. Today, it's cited on virtually every Best Albums of the 1990s list in existence.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180 gram LP at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's analog version of the effort Rolling Stone awarded a full five-star review upon revisiting it eight years later brings the band's live-in-the-studio vocals and darker, raw feel to the surface like never before. Leader Rivers Cuomo's decision to record group choruses around three microphones rather than capture them separately finally can be experienced as originally intended, with the immediate vibe paying off in the form of more engaging, edgier results that parallel the songs' personal emotions and frustrated themes. Guitars, which scrape and push, augmenting the trials and tribulations documented in the narratives, are finally rendered in proper perspective.
Comprised of nonfiction tunes largely based on Cuomo's dissatisfaction with rock-star life, and written by the singer/guitarist as he attended school at Harvard University, Pinkerton confronts disappointment, loneliness, isolation, awkwardness, and cruel romantic irony with a universal perspective to which anybody can relate. Cuomo selected the character Lieutenant Pinkerton from Puccini's Madame Butterfly as a touchstone, believing the persona symbolic of the tormented protagonists in his songs-and recognizing similar struggles to come to terms with identity.
Weezer's aims on Pinkerton have connected with many that identify with its narratives and adore its surfeit of melodies. Surpassing cult-classic status and conquering fickle tastes, the record ranks in Guitar World's "Top 100 Guitar Albums of All-Time"; Spin's "100 Best Albums From 1985 to 2005"; Pitchfork's "Top 100 Albums of the 1990s"; and Rolling Stone's Hall of Fame.
For all the malaise, Pinkerton also contains beloved wit and humor. Shyness and hands-in-pocket diffidence inform "El Scorcho"; incongruity and surprise surround the simultaneously funny and sad "Pink Triangle"; tedium and desire collide on the cynical "Tired of Sex." Psychosexual confusion, unrequited passion, and good intentions elicit unintended sympathies, a trait that remains one of the record's brilliant turns.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Tired of Sex
3. No Other One
4. Why Bother?
5. Across the Sea
6. The Good Life
7. El Scorcho
8. Pink Triangle
9. Falling for You
10. Butterfly$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Everybody's In Show-Biz
150 Gram Vinyl
Two Inserts: Original Lyric Sheet Plus Second Insert With Bonus Track Info
Contains The Original 2-LP Plus A Third LP With 9 Previously Unreleased Live And Studio Tracks
First released in August 1972, Everybody's In Show-Biz was The Kinks' tenth studio album, arriving within a year of the acclaimed Muswell Hillbillies (the group's debut album for RCA Records). The original double-LP Everybody's In Show-Biz contained a complete studio album (which premiered the all-time Kinks classic Celluloid Heroes among other tracks) and a live disc chronicling The Kinks' Carnegie Hall appearance in March 1972.
The 2016 Legacy Edition of Everybody's In Show-Biz includes the original album, produced by Raymond Douglas Davies, in its entirety alongside a full disc's worth of previously unissued studio sessions outtakes (recorded for the album in 1972 at Morgan Studios, Willesden, London) and live material (recorded March 2-3, 1972 during The Kinks' triumphant Carnegie Hall concert run).
The new edition of Everybody's In Show-Biz includes in-depth liner notes penned especially for this release by noted rock scholar David Fricke.
A concept album of sorts, Everybody's In Show-Biz drew its themes and inspirations from the trials, tribulations and triumphs of life as a touring musician. (The raucous Carnegie Hall recordings on the album come from one of the first North American concerts performed by The Kinks after the lift of a four-year ban imposed on the group by the American Federation of Musicians in 1965.) The songs on Everybody's In Show-Biz were initially intended to serve as the soundtrack to The Colossal Shirt, a never-realized feature film about The Kinks on the road.
Life keeps using me, keeps on abusing me, mentally and physically, Davies sings on the album's Maximum Consumption. I gotta stay fit, stay alive, need fuel inside, eat food to survive . Stylistically, Everybody's in Show-Biz finds Davies further exploring his interest in Americana-inspired musical arrangements as heard on Muswell Hillbillies.
Everybody's In Show-Biz showcases the second great classic Kinks line-up: frontman Ray Davies, guitarist Dave Davies, bassist John Dalton, keyboardist John Gosling and drummer Mick Avory, joined by brass and woodwind players Mike Cotton, John Beecham and Alan Holmes (all of whom played on Muswell Hillbillies).
The Carnegie Hall recordings include a variety of Kinks originals in addition to unconventional covers including Mr. Wonderful (from the Sammy Davis Jr.-led musical of the same name), the 1920s popular standard Baby Face (made famous by Al Jolson) and The Banana Boat Song (a calypso-folk perennial popularized by Harry Belafonte).
The new Legacy Edition of Everybody's In Show-Biz includes never-before-heard live versions of Sunny Afternoon, Get Back in Line, Complicated Life and the rarely-played Long Tall Shorty as well as alternate versions of Supersonic Rocket Ship, Unreal Reality and the debut release of History, which foreshadowed The Kinks' next concept album, 1973's Preservation Act 1.LP 1
1. Here Comes yet Another Day
2. Maximum Consumption
3. Unreal Reality
4. Hot Potatoes
5. Sitting In My Hotel
7. You Don't Know My Name
8. Supersonic Rocket Ship
9. Look A Little On the Sunny Side
10. Celluloid Heroes
1. Top of the Pops (Live)
3. Mr. Wonderful(Live)
4. Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues(Live)
6. Muswell Hillbilly(Live)
8. Banana Boat Song(Live)
9. Skin and Bone(Live)
10. Baby Face(Live)
1. 'Til the End of the Day (Live)
2. You're Looking Fine (Live)
3. Get Back In Line (Live)
4. Have A Cuppa Tea (Live)
5. Sunny Afternoon (Live)
6. Complicated Life (Live)
7. Long Tall Shorty (Live)
9. Supersonic Rocket Ship (Alternate mix)$29.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Poetry In MotionSOJA, the internationally acclaimed GRAMMY-nominated eight-piece from Washington D.C., will release its new album 'Poetry in Motion' via ATO Records.
SOJA's core sound an uplifting meld of reggae, go-go, D.C. hardcore, Latin, rock, and hip-hop is as tight and compelling as it's ever been in the group's 20-year history, but now the group digs deeper on its message of finding peace and understanding in the world caught in tribulation. For the band, having fun and social awareness can, and should, co-exist.
Lead singer Jacob Hemphill explains, 'Poetry in Motion is about us, the human race. We're beautiful. We're the caretakers of this earth and everything that lives here, calls it home. But something is wrong. Something in us is lost. That's the focus - how to get back to the beauty and away from... well, this.'1. Moving Stones
2. I Can't Stop Dreaming
3. Tried My Best
5. Fire In The Sky
6. Everything To Me
7. Life Support
8. Bad News
9. To Whom It May Concern
10. Sing To Me
11. I Found You$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Babel follows the 2009 release of Mumford & Sons' debut album, Sigh No More. It is produced by Markus Dravs.
Fantastic 4 Star review from American Songwriter!
There are some guitar sounds so indelibly stuck into our collective pop-consciousness that even those who can't tell a minor from a major chord can identify the band or player from just a few riffs -a dreamy John Lennon lick, the cosmic climb of Joe Perry, Slash's slash, Nirvana's fuzzy-barre rips, the post-punk fury of Sonic Youth. Now, the chugging, kinetic strum of Mumford & Sons is slowly creeping onto this revered list - not born out of extreme skill or virtuosity but by sheer branding, note for note. And it's how the band's second album, Babel, opens on the title track: with that same very strum, born somewhere between English mountain folk and an old time Appalachia. You can nearly hear the sweat flying off Marcus Mumford, his Martin instrument hiked high on his chest, every time he and banjo player Winston Marshall attack their strings.
So it's no coincidence, it seems, that the band's highly anticipated sophomore record begins exactly where we might expect, and the rest of LP that follows proves that this isn't an attempt to smash any expectations with a sudden progression of their style. For those devotees looking for the Mumfords to evolve drastically, well, you're out of luck. But who would that audience be, anyway? The band is no doubt polarizing: old time and bluegrass faithfuls wouldn't be caught dead with a copy of Sigh No More, and their most ardent followers are more likely to have an iPod stocked with Coldplay and John Mayer than Bill Monroe or Doc Watson. Even pop addicts can't deny the catchy craft of "Little Lion Man" or "The Cave." No one is looking for their Kid A. Thus Babel's not a new sentence in the book of Mumford & Sons - it's what happens after an ellipses. And in many ways, that suits them just fine. It will most definitely suit their fans.
Marcus Mumford has always been a bit of a melancholy fellow, and even a marriage to pixie-haired starlet Carey Mulligan, sold-out shows and Grammy nominations haven't shaken the teary introspection from this set of songs. Obviously, Babel deals in a lot of religious imagery and lyrics - with all the success and opportunities to indulge, it seems the boys have taken a moment to ask a few questions of their maker. "This cup of yours tastes holy/but a brush with the devil can clear your mind," Mumford sings on the second track "Whispers in the Dark." It's an anthem call with a firm statement: "I'm a cad but I'm not a I'm not a fraud / I set out to serve the lord." Maybe the trials and tribulations of being simultaneously loved and harangued have worn on the Mumford's, but at least they can prove to themselves, their audience or even their lord that this stuff comes from the heart.
The album's single, "I Will Wait," is an easy crowd-pleaser moment with an arena-ready hushed chorus, set to those furious strings. The lyric and melody could easily be a Fray song if you removed the plucking banjo -and that's the amazing thing about Mumford & Sons. Purists aside, there's no one else that can get an audience from ages eight to eighty screaming along to a bunch of acoustic instruments or urge a kid to choose guitar lessons over computer games. Every time they perform - live or on Babel - they do it with sheer fervor, as if it's both their first and last time.
While the band is mostly known for their "Americana" sound, they also pull references from their side of the pond: from both classic British countryside folk and Celtic punk bands like The Pogues. Those influences run a little more clear on Babel - "Ghosts That We Knew" and "Reminder" are both soft, melancholy stunners born out of grassy hills and cockney-tinged tales told in wood-paneled bars. And "Broken Crown" is the boys at their angriest yet: "I'll never be your chosen one," Mumford sings lightly before launching into an all-out war over minstrel plucks. It's a force of a song, and not your firmest pick nor hard-earned callous could weather that storm.
Babel has some other unexpected moments, too, like on "Hopeless Wanderer," which begins with keys instead of strum, and "Lover of the Light" is a sunnier moment, perhaps a nod to the singer's recent vows ("to have and to hold," Mumford howls on the track). And the album's closer, "Not Without Haste," is a beautiful lullaby meant more for singing a restless man to sleep than a still-innocent child.
There's also a continuation of the Mumford's love of literary references, with the boys even copping recently to ripping a line from Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall - this is the band, after all, that was able to loop Macbeth's fateful cry of "stars, hide your fires" into their rollicking song "Roll Away Your Stone." So while the album title, Babel, is most likely a biblical reference, it's hard not to think of Jorge Louis Borges' short story, The Library of Babel. In it Borges imagines a universe composed of an endless library that contains every book in every possible permutation, and, therefore, nothing at all. This excess causes great despair for people of the library as they try to search for meaning in all of it. They fret. They come up empty.
Babel may not hold all the answers, and it may not be some exotic transformation of their original formula - it's a safe bet to say that nothing from the Mumford & Sons may ever be. In The Library of Babel, the final realization that everything repeats itself is the universe's saving grace. And in Babel, you could say the same. Though there may not be endless possibilities, there's comfort - elegance, even - in that familiar, now nearly iconic rip of those strings, strummed in the way only those boys from West London can strum. It's not perfect, but it's perfectly Mumford & Sons.1. Babel
2. Whispers In The Dark
3. I Will Wait
4. Holland Road
5. Ghosts That We Knew
6. Lover Of The Light
7. Lovers' Eyes
9. Hopeless Wanderer
10. Broken Crown
11. Below My Feet
12. Not With Haste$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Apothic GloomSKELETONWITCH are "a band that makes metal so brilliant, vital and special" (Metal Hammer). Relinquishing genre-boundaries with their mixture of blackened thrash, death and heavy metal, the band are a force to be reckoned with as they have incessantly spent the past ten years touring across the world while simultaneously releasing the most zealous, catchy riffs and precisely pummeling rhythms across five full-length releases with Prosthetic Records, including their most recent 2013 effort "Serpents Unleashed", which saw the band land at their highest chart position, #62 of Billboard's Top 200.
SKELETONWITCH have cemented the group's reputation as one of metal's most important acts landing themselves on high visibility tours with the likes of Danzig, Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzfest, Arch Enemy, Children of Bodom, Cannibal Corpse, Amon Amarth, Ghost B.C., and The Black Dahlia Murder and extensive headlining jaunts, including a 63 shows in 65 days run.
The band present a reenergized power with the new year as they announce new vocalist Adam Clemans (Wolvhammer) to the current line-up consisting of Evan Linger (bass), Dustin Boltjes (drums) and founding members Scott Hedrick and Nate Garnette on guitars. SKELETONWITCH debuted the first new material from their recording session at Baltimore, MD's Developing Nations with Kevin Bernsten (Noisem, Mutilation Rites) with the 7 single "Well of Despair" which they debuted live while being featured on this year's Decibel Magazine tour alongside Abbath, High on Fire and Tribulation. The single will be featured on their forthcoming EP, "The Apothic Gloom".
Scheduled for release via Prosthetic, "The Apothic Gloom" showcases four tracks spanning just under 20 minutes of what Noisey hails as a "cold blast of icy, melodic black metal" with "plenty of shredding". #WorshipTheWitch1. The Apothic Gloom
2. Well of Despair
3. Black Waters
4. Red Death, White Light$15.9912 Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
Sweet Heart Sweet LightFor an artist as consistent as Spiritualized's Jason Spaceman, whose 7th studio album Sweet Heart Sweet Light will see its release on Fat Possum, it's easy to assume that there's a certain effortlessness to the creative process. In fact, the three years since the release of 2008's acclaimed Songs in A&E were some of the roughest imaginable for Jason.
After a near death from double pneumonia in 2005 it was a slow road to recovery, a process he touched upon on with great grace on the last album. His return to full health saw him release Songs in A&E and mount critically lauded performances of his 1997 game-changer Ladies And Gentlemen....We Are Floating In Space on both sides of the Atlantic.
However, shortly after recording Sweet Heart Sweet Light in far flung locales such as Los Angeles, Reykavik and Wales, Jason found himself weakened by a degenerative liver disease and was subjected to six months of chemo treatment, a procedure that left him virtually housebound while he mixed the album.
In a classic case of triumph over tribulation, the resulting album is Spiritualized at their most vibrant; full voiced and utterly sublime. In Jason Spaceman's orbit rock and roll is the salve and listeners will hear all of the epic grandiosity and brain worming melodies for which they're renowned, as well as the gorgeous gospel delium that makes hearing a new Spiritualized album an exhilarating and emotional experience.
"Hey Jane," an energetic 8+ minutes of rousing organ, glittering guitar fuzz and swirling choirs, is first the single and indication that new album Sweet Heart Sweet Light is another epic body of work from the anthemic master. It's been three years in the making for renowned perfectionist Jason Spaceman and the resulting music captured in this first single, showcases them at their most vibrant and sublime.
The album also features a first for Spiritualized: Jason is joined by his 11 year old daughter Poppy Spaceman on the starkly beautiful So Long You Pretty Thing for which she also has a writing credit for the opening couplet. Elsewhere on the album is I Am What I Am which was co-written by Jason and Mac Rebennack aka Dr. John.1. Huh? (Intro)
2. Hey Jane
3. Little Girl
4. Get What You Deserve
5. Too Late
6. Headin' for the Top Now
8. I Am What I Am
10. Life is a Problem
11. So Long You Pretty Thing$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The MissionSTYX's 16th album, The Mission, is an aurally adventurous 43-minute thrill ride that chronicles the trials, tribulations, and ultimate triumphs of the first manned mission to Mars in the year 2033. From the hopeful drive of "Gone Gone Gone" to the stargazing machinations of "Locomotive" to the rough-riding blaze of glory that permeates the hard-charging "Red Storm" to the elegiac optimism of the closing track "Mission to Mars," the album succeeds in delivering the greater good from a band that continues to fire on all cylinders, 45 years after signing its first recording contract.1. Overture
2. Gone Gone Gone
3. Hundred Million Miles from Home
4. Trouble at the Big Show
6. Radio Silence
7. The Greater Good
8. Time May Bend
9. Ten Thousand Ways to Be Wrong
10. Red Storm
11. All Systems Stable
13. The Outpost
14. Mission to Mars$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dap-Dippin'Remastered From The Original Tapes
Includes Previously Unreleased Duet With Lee Fields
It's hard to believe that Sharon Jones' debut LP is a product of the year 2002, for several reasons. Given the excellent singles she recorded for Desco beginning in the late '90s, it seems like she would have gotten the opportunity for a full-length sooner; plus, her brand of raw, heavy, hard-driving funk is such a throwback to the '70s, and she pulls it off so well, that you wonder how she could have escaped that decade without at least a few rare, classic 45s (in the vein of labelmate Lee Fields). It's not hard to believe she once made her living as a prison guard, based on the tough-as-nails, no-nonsense performances she belts out on Dap Dippin' With Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, the first full-length release on Desco's descendant, Dap-Tone. Backed by the Dap-Tone house band (a conglomeration of studio pros with connections reaching back to the Desco orbit), Jones delivers a storming set of tunes that would have sounded perfectly at home on the James Brown's Original Funky Divas compilation. The style and quality are pretty consistent all the way through, but it's hard not to single out the nearly unrecognizable cover of Janet Jackson's What Have You Done for Me Lately, which is transformed into a churning blast of funk full of biting guitars (and nary a synth or drum machine in sight). Other highlights include the chunky leadoff track, Got a Thing on My Mind, the would-be dance-craze The Dap Dip, the slow-burning Make It Good to Me, and the trials-and-tribulations tale Ain't It Hard. Plus, label head Gabriel Roth throws in his usual authentic trappings -- the fake live introduction running down Jones' hits, the intentionally dated copy on the back cover -- that make the whole package even more fun. All in all, a terrific debut.1. Got A Thing On My Mind
2. What Have You Done For Me Lately?
3. The Dap-Dip
4. Give Me A Chance
5. Cut The Line
6. Will You Be True *
7. Got To Be The Way It Is
8. Make It Good To Me
9. Ain't It Hard
10. Pick It Up, Lay It In The Cut
11. Casella Walk
*Previously Unreleased$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The MugicianGrammy Award winner, Keyon Harrold, one of the world's most sought-after genre-bending trumpeters, will release The Mugician via Legacy Recordings/Mass Appeal Records.
Long known as the artist's artist - he has worked with Maxwell, Common, BeyoncÉ, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Eminem and a long list of the world's top musical icons - The New York-based musician now takes center stage with a captivating LP that ponders the fears and frustrations of a divided country while yearning for justice and peace.
As the word "Mugician" is an impromptu hybrid of words, this album is an accumulation of Keyon's eclectic tastes, with stylistic twists and turns everywhere taking cues from jazz, hip-hop, blues, rock, reggae, and rap. The new LP features an all-star list of collaborators, including Gary Clark Jr., Big K.R.I.T., Bilal, Pharoahe Monch and Robert Glasper. From spiritual chants and soulful singing to bombastic expressions of frustration and melodic pleas for understanding, Keyon's arrangements color the different ways to hear the world in 2017.
If there are echoes of Miles Davis in Keyon's style and sound, it's no mere coincidence; Keyon played the trumpet sound of Don Cheadle playing Davis in his 2015 biopic Miles Ahead and on its Grammy-winning soundtrack. Don reflects on this and the birth of The Mugician, the nickname that came from that project, in the liner notes, which he contributed to the album.
Ferguson holds a large presence throughout The Mugician. The instrumental "MB Lament" is a tribute to Michael Brown as strings echo a smoking gun while the bass line repeats over and over, reminiscent of the frequency of gun violence and systemic police brutality. "When Will It Stop" answers the calling of "MB Lament" as actor and comedian Guy Torry, also from the St. Louis area, uses humor to confront bigotry, sexism, racism, and more while Keyon leads a driving groove. And on "Circus Show," Keyon and Gary Clark Jr. trade verses and hooks while trying to make sense of America's "Broken" newscast over the repeated phrase "What's going on?"
Themes of home and family loom large on The Mugician. With nine brothers and seven sisters, several of whom are also accomplished musicians, Keyon considers family essential; the album opener "Voicemail" features Keyon's own mother encouraging her son to stay true to himself and to never give up in the face of trials and tribulations. The Mugician is Keyon upholding his mother's wisdom.
Keyon Harrold has become one of the most sought-after trumpeters in the world having been featured on nearly 100 albums spanning jazz, R&B, pop, gospel, blues, and hip-hop. Harrold has recorded with the world's leading artists from Maxwell to Keith Richards and has toured with music's most bold-faced names including BeyoncÉ, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Common, Maxwell, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, D'Angelo and the Vanguard, and more. In 2016, Keyon released "Running (Refugee Song)" in collaboration with songwriting partner Andrea Pizziconi as part of their initiative Compositions for a Cause. The song, also featuring Grammy Award-winning rapper Common and Grammy Award-winning singer Gregory Porter was included on Billboard's list of "6 Songs Offering Hope & Perspective During Immigration Ban" this past January.
Legacy Recordings and Mass Appeal Records have combined their creative and marketing resources in a first-of-its-kind collaboration on behalf of Keyon Harrold's, The Mugician. "We couldn't be more proud of signing Keyon Harrold and of the album he's made," said Adam Block, President of Legacy Recordings."We're especially excited by the record's range of repertoire and the broadness of Keyon's appeal. Working with Mass Appeal, who've long been champions of Keyon's, exponentially expands our ability to reach fans with Key's music and the creativity and channels with which we'll do that."1. Voicemail (feat. Shirley Harrold)
2. The Mugician (feat. Josh David Barrett)
3. MB Lament
4. When Will It Stop? (feat. Guy Torry)
5. Wayfaring Traveler (feat. Jermaine Holmes, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Robert Glasper)
6. Stay This Way (feat. Bilal and Big K.R.I.T.)
8. Her Beauty Through My Eyes (feat. Pharoahe Monch)
9. Ethereal Souls
10. Broken News (feat. Andrea Pizziconi)
11. Circus Show (feat. Gary Clark Jr.)
12. Bubba Rides Again$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Teacher Don't Teach Me NonsenseTeacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense: Fela explains the role of the teacher in any society with the concept that: all the things we consider as problems, and all the good things we accept from life as good, begin with what we are taught. The individual teaching begins with when we are children - our mother is our teacher. When we come of school age, our teacher is the school-teacher. At the university, the lecturers and professors are our teachers. After university-when we start to work, government becomes the individual's teacher. When then is government's teacher? 'Culture and Tradition' says Fela. This is the order of things everywhere in the world. However, it is the problem side of teacher and student that interests Fela in this song. Because every country in this world except in Africa, it is the respective culture and tradition of that country that guides the government on how to rule their people. Going for specifics, Fela mentions France, Germany, England, Korea, Japan, Syria, Jordan, Iran, Etc., it is the culture of these countries that shapes and guides their respective government's decisions. The culture and traditions of these countries serve as a teacher to their respective governments. Turing his attention to Africa and her problems. Problems which he had sang about: corruption, inflation, mismanagement, authority stealing, electoral fraud, the latest addition which even makes him laugh is -austerity. Fela says if you ask him why 'austerity makes him laugh? The answer is that it is beyond crying. The government steals money from the country, the same government is introducing austerity measures-forcing the poor people to pay for their own greed and calling it 'austerity measures'. How funny if to say the least. Who taught African 'leaders' to rule the way they do today? 'Na the oyinbo' (meaning in Yoruba language: 'it is them white folks') referring to ex-colonial ruler of each country. Take electoral fraud, which is a true test of our democracy. Many African leaders rig elections with impunity and their respective ex-colonial rulers say nothing against this form of 'democracy'. While the same 'white folks' are quick to claim credit for Africa's 'civilization'-which Fela disputes in this song. Is this democracy? , he asks. Turning to other problems like the ever-growing gap between the rich and the poor. Particularly, since the rich are the rules, and also the people stealing the country into poverty. Is this democracy? Or dem-all-crazy? In conclusion, as an African personality, Fela says he is not in the same league as those who believe in dem-all-crazy, so he calls on the Western powers who claim to be Africa's teachers not to teach him nonsense-Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense.
Look and Laugh: By 1981 when Fela wrote and started to perform live the song Look And Laugh, he was living a life that could be described as a recluse. Fela, who loved to go out in public places, clubs, etc. Suddenly, was always found sleeping or playing sax at home with women around him, or performing at the Africa Shrine. His old attitude of keeping abreast of events, giving lectures at universities and institutions of higher learning stopped. He rarely gave press conferences or press releases, like he used to do. Finally he wrote the song to explain what was going-on with him. He sang: ' many of you go dey wonder why your man never write new song! wetin I dey do be say I dey look and laugh.' Meaning: many of you must have been wondering why, your man has not written new songs! what I am doing is just look and laugh! Fela went on to explain his contributions and sacrifices for the cause of black emancipation, the countless beatings and arrests from the Nigerian police and army, his trials and tribulations, his ultimate sacrifice being the burning down of Kalakuta by the Nigeria army. But despite his sacrifices and sufferings like millions of other Africans, it was obvious that things were not getting better for the average man on the street. There is still injustice everywhere, no freedom, no happiness. All these made him feel disillusioned and all he could do about the situation is to Look and Laugh.
Just Like That: This song is a call to arms from Fela to all Africans to rise up and do something about the political, economic, social and cultural retrogression that has plagued Africa since independence. For more than three decades of independence, there is glaring mismanagement of people's lives, corruption in the highest echelon of government-all these carried out with impunity-'Just Like That' he sings. Using the Nigerian experience as an example of the 'lack of maintenance culture', in Africa's present day neo-colonial administrations, he says: 'White man ruled us for many years, we had electricity constantly, our leaders take over! No electricity in town-Just like that!' Fela explains that the attempt to transplant 'Western style democracy' in an African society is the cause of all the problems. Despite calls for African Unity from leaders like Kwame Nkrumah, who said: '..Until all foreign institutions and culture are removed from the African land, that is when the African genius will be born and African personality will find its fulfillment..'. Instead of heeding Nkrumah's call, Nigeria's political founding fathers, like most African leaders at independence, chose the option of fashioning the constitutions of their respective countries after those of the departing colonial 'masters'-Just Like That. The ambiguity of such decisions can be seen in the poor imitation we make of our attempt at 'Western style democracy'. Persistent political gangsterism, military coups, and sometimes wars, are means used to enforce the already compromised constitutions. As another example of enforcing a fragile constitution, Fela stresses the face that in 1966, Nigeria for a civil war to keep the country ONE. General Gowon, the military head of state, divided Nigeria into twelve administrative regions, subsequent administrations divided the regions into more-Just Like That. He adds that if the idea of the civil war was to keep the country ONE, sub-dividing Nigeria into more regions would separate rather than unite the country. Turning to the position of traditional rulers in the mess called government, Fela sings: ' nothing good for town to give the youths good examples, how our traditional ruler they do, them come make youths look-up to Europe and USA, in those places them don lose them common sense, na the number of Nuclear weapons you get, na him give you power pass! Right now! Fight now! Suffer must stop! Just Like That". Therefore, calling on the people to fight now for a better society.1. Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense
2. Look and Laugh
3. Just Like That$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sleeping In Class (Out Of Stock)Colored Vinyl
Coming from the tail end of Gen Y, Casey Veggies gives a young and refreshing twist on what west coast Hip Hop sounds like. With the help of Peas&Carrots Intl., Casey Veggies has built a brand and a growing fan base by showcasing the lifestyle of a cool, confident and humble Los Angeles teen. Casey Veggies has released two mixtapes in the past (Customized Greatly Vol. 1&2) leading up to his most recent release, the critically acclaimed project, Sleeping In Class. At the age of 17, Casey's ability to rap about the trials and tribulations of a young adult while also appealing to an older crowd is what makes Casey Veggies one of the most promising freshmen on the west coast.
The album features production from Brandun Deshay, LAUSD, Wolf Haley (aka Tyler, The Creator), Hit-Boy and more plus guest appearances from Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar, DOM KENNEDY, C-San, Tyler, The Creator, Mann, Nero, and Skye Townsend. The free release of Sleeping In Class has amassed well over 100,000 unique downloads and the first video from the project Ridin' Roun' Town has already accumulated over 160,000 views on youtube. Swag!1. Forever
2. Ridin' Round Town
3. Hear Me Screamin'
4. Get Through featuring Dom Kennedy
5. 30,000 featuring Nero
6. Loved Then Alone
7. Go Ahead featuring Mann
8. Time Flies featuring Skye Townsend
10. DTA featuring Tyler, The Creator (of Odd Future)
11. Euphoria II
12. ...And Ever$18.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Single Mothers (Out Of Stock)After two and a half years since his last release, Justin Townes Earle is back and pleased to announce his fifth studio album (and first ever on Vagrant
Records), Single Mothers.
Single Mothers is comprised of ten tracks that showcase exactly why Justin Townes Earle is considered a forefather of Contemporary Americana. As a
recently married, sober man JTE writes from a point of maturity and content we've not seen before on past records. "One day I just realized it's not cool to
die young, and it's even less cool to die after 30," Justin laughs as he reflects on a life past and his new found clarity. What he's created is an album that's
raw, honest and personal in a way he hasn't touched upon since his debut EP, Yuma.
Once compared to a man who wears many suits JTE has experienced more than most, both personally and professionally, in thirty-two short years.
Between releasing four full-length-critically-acclaimed albums, constant touring, multiple stints in rehab, being born Steve Earle's son, amicable and not-so-amicable break-ups with record labels, and facing the trials and tribulations of everyday life, it's safe to say JTE has quite the story to tell. Single
Mothers serves as the perfect platform for such narrations.1. Worried Bout The Weather
2. Single Mothers
3. My Baby Drives
4. Today and a Lonely Night
5. Picture in a Drawer
6. Wanna Be a Stranger
7 White Gardenias
8. Time Shows Fools
9. It's Cold in This House
10. Burning Pictures$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock