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  • Under The Western Freeway (20th Anniversary Edition) Under The Western Freeway (20th Anniversary Edition) Quick View

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    Under The Western Freeway (20th Anniversary Edition)


    Double LP Pressed On Sky Blue & Green Vinyl


    Friendship Fever is working closely with Jason Lytle of Grandaddy to give this seminal album the deluxe treatment it deserves. It will include the beautifully re-mastered original album intact, as well as an extra LP featuring unreleased demos from 1997 that include sketches of songs that became legendary Grandaddy tracks, like "Bjork ELO Xanadu and the Birth of Chartsengrafs" and the fan-favorite "For The Dishwasher." We also have access to a multi-tracked, live, 1997 rehearsal recorded before the band's first trip to SXSW, which we plan to offer as a pre-order bonus cassette. Grandaddy was meticulous about documenting their early years and has also provided folders of raw original artwork elements for Under the Western Freeway, candid photographs, original flyer artwork, tour logs, doodles, and much more. New liner notes will be written by Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals. Our hope is that this release serves as an unparalleled time-capsule of this seminal Central-Valley California masterpiece. Ahead of its time, sitting peacefully alone in the universe.

    LP 1: Under the Western Freeway
    1. Nonphenomenal Lineage
    2. A.M. 180
    3. Collective Dreamwish of Upperclass Elegance
    4. Summer Here Kids
    5. Laughing Stock
    6. Under the Western Freeway
    7. Everything Beautiful Is Far Away
    8. Poisoned at Hartsy Thai Food
    9. Go Progress Chrome
    10. Why Took Your Advice
    11. Lawn & So On


    LP 2: Unreleased 1997 demos
    1. Hawaiian Island Wranglers
    2. For the Dishwasher (Slow Demo)
    3. Dying Brains (Early Demo)
    4. Summer Here Kids (Early Demo)
    5. Le symphonique d'HeeHaw
    6. Street Bunny (Fluffy Distortion Demo)
    7. Bjork ELO Xanadu and The Birth of Chartsengrafs
    8. Laughing Stock (Revelation Demo)

    Grandaddy
    $34.99
    Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Ritualize

    ...attitude-thick rapping...with gorgeous
    production...
    - The New York Times


    "Lushlife is an under-the-radar treasure"
    - Stereogum


    From the moment you hear the bristling boom-bap chorus on album-opener
    Totally Mutual Feeling, it's apparent that Lushlife's third full-length finds the
    Philadelphia rapper-producer at his most introspective. Themes of isolation and
    mortality permeate Ritualize, a cinematic hour-long odyssey co-produced by
    enigmatic production trio, CSLSX (pronounced Casual Sex) and featuring
    contributions from Ariel Pink, Killer Mike, Freeway, Marissa Nadler, RJD2, and
    more. With CSLSX at the boards, an entire universe opens up for Lush, where
    the pulsating Juno synths of '80s LA night music sit side-by-side with
    gorgeously propulsive indie-leaning jams, and low-fi soul burners too. The
    resulting LP is a post-blog-era joint that seems to exhale the whole of the 20th
    century in a single, fascinating breath.


    After toiling over two self-produced LPs in the last half-decade, I felt
    compelled to bring on an outside production team for Ritualize, Lushlife
    (born Raj Haldar) explains. Not only did I want to broaden the musical
    palette, but I felt like the group production effort would give me a depth of
    focus on lyrical content and emotion that I hadn't previously been afforded.
    After a chance encounter with CSLSX, who had been quietly self-releasing
    low-fi dance gems to remarkable organic blog buzz, the newly-formed team
    set out on a three-year journey that would eventually yield their new joint
    album. By the time work began on Ritualize, Lush had already been riding a
    small wave of critical acclaim for his 2012 full-length, Plateau Vision, an album
    that made several year-end lists and was described by the Sunday New York
    Times as a melding of captivating rhymes with audacious, gorgeous production.
    Still, with Ritualize, Lushlife and CSLSX seem to have gone one deeper.


    From album cut, The Waking World, which finds Lushlife spitting thorough
    sixteens from the vantage of Mark David Chapman lying in wait for John
    Lennon, to Incantation, a song that's as much inspired by Allen Ginsberg's
    Howl as the general, street-level anxieties of urban life, Ritualize is nothing short
    of a step forward. For proof, look no further than Toynbee Suite, a 10-minute,
    4-movement rap epic that explores the strange Toynbee Tile meta-art
    conspiracy that has captivated Philadelphians for decades. As the centerpiece
    of the album, Toynbee Suite was the subject of a 2013 documentary, and
    itself represents the combined work of 20+ musicians, including RJD2, Nightlands,
    Yikes the Zero, and a full chamber orchestra. On the other hand, the
    CSLSX-produced, Hong Kong (Lady of Love), a collaboration with weird
    music godhead, Ariel Pink, is a sparse yet powerful four-on-the-floor ode to LA,
    inspired by the film soundtrack work of Giorgio Moroder, Vangelis, and others.

    1. Total Mutual Feeling
    2. The Waking World (feat. I Break Horses)
    3. Hong Kong (Lady of Love) (feat. Ariel Pink)
    4. Incantation (feat. Deniro Farrar)
    5. Undress Me In The Temple
    6. Body Double
    7. Toynbee Suite (feat. Nightlands, RJD2)
    8. Strawberry Mansion (feat. Freeway)
    9. This Ecstatic Cult (feat. Killer Mike)
    10. Burt Reynolds (Desert Visions)
    11. Integration Loop (feat. Marissa Nadler)
    12. Ritualize
    Lushlife
    $18.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Sumday (Out Of Stock) Sumday (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Sumday (Out Of Stock)

    The Control Group is proud to release the first 3 albums by Grandaddy on vinyl. Under The Western Freeway has never been released on vinyl in the U S. and The Sophtware Slump and Sumday are both long out-of-print collectors gems.


    Picking up where 2000's celebrated The Sophtware Slump left off, Sumday continues to mine a particular vein of spacey, '60s-influenced indie rock. The debatable alt-country flavor that some heard on Slump is essentially absent here, with the balance tipped more in favor of that classic straight-eighths indie guitar style married to some gorgeous atmospheric production touches and some first-class melodic songwriting.

    1. Now It's On
    2. I'm On Standby
    3. The Go In the Go-For-It
    4. The Group Who Couldn't Say
    5. Lost On Yer Merry Way
    6. El Caminos In the West
    7. Yeah Is What We Had
    8. The Saddest Vacant Lot In All the World
    9. Stray Dog and the Chocolate Shake
    10. O.K. With My Decay
    11. The Warming Sun
    12. The Final Push To the Sum
    Grandaddy
    $24.99
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
  • The Sophtware Slump (Out Of Stock) The Sophtware Slump (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    The Sophtware Slump (Out Of Stock)

    The Control Group is proud to release the first 3 albums by Grandaddy on vinyl. Under The Western Freeway has never been released on vinyl in the U S. and The Sophtware Slump and Sumday are both long out-of-print collectors gems.


    Guided by Jason Lyttle's vision of spacey, mid-fi country-rock, Modesto, CA's Grandaddy unites a mess of guitar-based, late-90's fringe-music into coherent statements about humanity and technology that at times sounds a lot like OK Computer or a lower-fidelity Soft Bulletin.


    Mixed in an unselfconscious manner, these influences underline Lyttle's desire to have the music convey the era's confusion. So the epic mid-tempo opener He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot recalls the stilted pace of Paranoid Android, Broken Household Appliance National Forest is a metaphorically lumbering rocker whose sounds spill over like punky stoners doing Black Sabbath, and Chartsengrafs rocks out in first-rate Vivadixie fashion. The Sophtware Slump is the sum of its grand parts.

    1. He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot
    2. Hewlett's Daughter
    3. Jed the Humanoid
    4. Crystal Lake, The
    5. Chartsengrafs
    6. Underneath the Weeping Willow
    7. Broken Household Appliance National Forest
    8. Jed's Other Poem (Beautiful Ground)
    9. E. Knievel Interlude (The Perils of Keeping It Real)
    10. Miner At the Dial-a-View
    11. So You'll Aim Towards the Sky
    Grandaddy
    $19.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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