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    Various Positions

    Recorded with vocalist Jennifer Warnes, Various Positions (originally released in the U.S. in February of 1985 by independent label Passport Records) is a stunning return to form for the 'Lord Byron of Rock n Roll.' Cryptic and raw, Various Positions is an eclectic set ranging from the Gainsbourg-esque pop ballad of Dance Me To The End Of Love to the all-time classic Hallelujah.
    1. Dance Me to the End of Love (Album Version)
    2. Coming Back to You
    3. The Law (Album Version)
    4. Night Comes On
    5. Hallelujah
    6. The Captain (Album Version)
    7. Hunter's Lullaby (Album Version)
    8. Heart with No Companion
    9. If It Be Your Will
    Leonard Cohen
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    Various Positions

    Recorded with vocalist Jennifer Warnes, Various Positions (originally released in the U.S. in February of 1985 by independent label Passport Records) is a stunning return to form for the 'Lord Byron of Rock n Roll.' Cryptic and raw, Various Positions is an eclectic set ranging from the Gainsbourg-esque pop ballad of Dance Me To The End Of Love to the all-time classic Hallelujah.
    1. Dance Me To The End of Love
    2. Coming Back To You
    3. The Law
    4. Night Comes On
    5. Hallelujah
    6. The Captain
    7. Hunter's Lullaby
    8. Heart With No Companion
    9. If It Be Your Will
    Leonard Cohen
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Cartridge Break-In Test Record Cartridge Break-In Test Record Quick View

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    Cartridge Break-In Test Record

    Multiple endless grooves of pink noise for cartridge break-in and other tracks for cartridge set-up


    Phono cartridges usually need a running-in period to reach their full potential. This can take anything from 40 to 100 hours, depending upon the manufacturer, design and construction of the phono cartridge.


    This Clearaudio Cartridge Break-In Record is a unique too. Playing an endless groove cut with pink noise significantly reduces the length of the break-in period.


    Six continuous pink noise tracks are provided at various positions on the record (track numbers are 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11).


    To enable frequency response measurement of the phono cartridge, track 3 comprises a sine-wave frequency sweep from 20 Hz to 20 kHz.


    There are two separate 240-second tracks containing a pink noise signal for measuring and testing the set-up of the whole system.


    Tracks 4 and 13 are recorded with no signal to test the noise floor of the entire hi-fi system.


    Finally, tracks 8 and 12 contain a special signal to optimise and adjust the anti-skating force. Both channels are recorded with a 316 Hz sine-wave with continually changing phase difference from 0 to 360 deg, so that the stylus movement repeatedly changes from lateral to vertical and back again. The signal level changes accordingly from -22 dB to +8 dB, corresponding to a maximum velocity of 9.81 cm/s or a maximum displacement of 50 lm, horizontally or vertically.

    1. No Signal - Concentric groove for eccentricity check
    2. 1 kHz - starting signal
    3. Sweep - frequency response check: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    4. No Signal - total system noise check
    5. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
    6. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
    7. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
    8. 316 Hz (0 to 360) - Anti-skating check
    9. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
    10. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
    11. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
    12. 316 Hz (0 to 360) - Anti-skating check
    13. No Signal - total system noise check
    14. Pink noise - Cartridge break in
    15. No Signal - Concentric groove for eccentricity check
    Clearaudio Accessories
    $80.00
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  • in.ter a.li.a in.ter a.li.a Quick View

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    in.ter a.li.a

    Pressed On 180-Gram Colored Vinyl


    The music industry sees artists come and go on a regular basis. Plans change, life gets in the way and bands fade away. Occasionally we're lucky enough to see an important band return from their silence: enter At The Drive In. While At The Drive In was quiet, the members (Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Tony Hajjar and Paul Hinojos) were incredibly busy, selling millions of albums, winning Grammys and putting out a lot of quality music with their other projects (The Mars Volta, Antemasque, Gone Is Gone and many more).


    After a 15 year break, the band returned to the studio to create the follow-up to 2000's Relationship of Command. It's the moment fans have been waiting for since their return to the stage as 2012 Coachella and Lollapalooza headliners prepare for in·ter a·li·a. Produced by the band's own Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Rich Costey (Muse, Sigur Rós, Santigold), in·ter a·li·a includes eleven songs that resonate the classic At The Drive In intensity that fans love, while breaking the band's 15-year drought with something fresh and exciting, that slides right into 2017.


    Their impressive catalog has earned At The Drive In positions on the Billboard Top 200 chart, spots on various "Greatest Albums" lists, and performances on David Letterman, Jools Holland, Conan O'Brien and more. This album is sure to provide nothing less. The band will be touring throughout 2017 to support this release, as well as perform on late night television. The silence is finally broken resume transmission.

    1. No Wolf Like The Present
    2. Continuum
    3. Tilting At The Univendor
    4. Governed by Contagions
    5. Pendulum In A Peasant Dress
    6. Incurably Innocent
    7. Call Broken Arrow
    8. Holtzclaw
    9. Torrentially Cutshaw
    10. Ghost-Tape No. 9
    11. Hostage Stamps
    12. Call Broken Arrow
    13. Holtzclaw
    14. Torrentially Cutshaw
    15. Ghost-Tape No. 9
    16. Hostage Stamps
    At The Drive-In
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  • Wicked (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Wicked (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Quick View

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    Wicked (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

    Wicked is a cast recording containing the majority of the songs from the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Wicked, with music and lyrics by composer Stephen Schwartz and a book by writer Winnie Holzman. The cast recording has received positive reviews and has received substantial commercial success. It received the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album in 2005. Continuing with its vinyl reissue campaign, UMe is reissuing this classic on vinyl for the first time for a general audience.
    LP 1
    1. No One Mourns The Wicked
    2. Dear Old Shiz
    3. The Wizard And I
    4. What Is This Feeling?
    5. Something Bad
    6. Dancing Through Life
    7. Popular
    8. I'm Not That Girl
    9. One Short Day
    10. A Sentimental Man


    LP 2
    1. Defying Gravity
    2. Thank Goodness
    3. Wonderful
    4. I'm Not That Girl (Reprise)
    5. As Long As You're Mine
    6. No Good Deed
    7. March Of The Witch Hunters
    8. For Good
    9. Finale Wicked

    Various Artists
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  • Phantom Of The Opera Soundtrack Phantom Of The Opera Soundtrack Quick View

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    Phantom Of The Opera Soundtrack

    Gatefold Sleeve / 6-Page Insert


    PVC Protective Sleeve


    The Phantom of the Opera is the soundtrack to the 2004 Andrew Lloyd Webber film-adaptation of the musical, The Phantom of the Opera.


    In 2006, The Phantom of the Opera won the Japan Gold Disc Award for Best Soundtrack Album of the Year. Chart-wise, the album performed fairly well, reaching the top position of Billboard's soundtracks chart as well as the sixteenth position on the Top 200 chart. It was also certified Platinum in the US and Gold in the UK and Greece.

    LP 1
    1. Overture
    2. Think Of Me
    3. Angel Of Music
    4. The Mirror (Angel Of Music)
    5. The Phantom Of The Opera
    6. The Music Of The Night
    7. Prima Donna
    8. All I Ask Of You
    9. All I Ask Of You (Reprise)


    LP 2
    1. Masquerade
    2. Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again
    3. The Point Of No Return
    4. Down Once More / Track Down This Murderer
    5. Learn To Be Lonely

    Various Artists
    $42.99
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  • Ain't It Hard! Garage & Psych from Viva Records Ain't It Hard! Garage & Psych from Viva Records Quick View

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    Ain't It Hard! Garage & Psych from Viva Records

    The short-lived Viva Records label was one wildly eclectic outfit. Helmed by hitmaker Snuff Garrett, this Los Angeles-based imprint targeted the teen marketplace with a series of extraordinary garage / psych / pop singles. The labels command of popular styles prevailed across these Top 40 hopefuls, ranging from the stomping beat of the Shindogs to the psych-fuzz nirvana of the Sound Sandwich. And theres Class of 66 garage-grunge from the Wailers and the Second Helping (yes, thats a teenage Kenny Loggins howling at the moon on the positively snarling Let Me In, among other selections). With a supporting cast led by Leon Russell and J.J. Cale and bolstered with choice Snuff Garrett Productions like Gypsy Trips and Sunday Servants, Aint It Hard! stands as an essential anthology of Sunset Strip sixties sounds!

    1. Apothecary Dream - The Sound Sandwich
    2. Let Me In - The Second Helping
    3. Psychotic Reaction - The Leathercoated Minds
    4. I Don't Want to Follow You - The Wailers

    5. Ain't It Hard - Gypsy Trips
    6. Hard Times - The Second Helping
    7. Eight Miles High - The Leathercoated Minds
    8. On Friday - The Second Helping
    9. Tow Away - The Sound Sandwich
    10. Who Do You Think You Are - The Shindogs
    11. Floating Downstream on an Inflatable Rubber Raft - The Second Helping
    12. Zig Zag News - The Sound Sandwich
    Various Artists
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  • Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness Quick View

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    Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness

    Strut return to the archives of seminal Chicago house label Dance Mania in January 2015 for 'Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness'. The follow-up to Strut's acclaimed Dance Mania label retrospective 'Hardcore Traxx' from early 2014, this new installment places the spotlight on the raw, stripped back, hyper bpms of ghetto house and the rise of the movement's fresh generation of stars during the mid' 90's including DJ Deeon, DJ Funk, Jammin' Gerald and DJ Milton. The album tells the story of the evolution of Chicago's sound during the era as mix tapes circulated through local stores and DJs developed their own underground following, playing local parties in the projects. Crowds began responding to faster bpms and gangsta rap-inspired X-rated lyrics. As DJ Deeon remembers, "it bridged the gap. It made it OK for guys in the ghetto to like house again and it brought the women onto the dance floor too." Dance Mania was perfectly positioned to capitalise on the new sound - many of the DJ's came regularly into Ray Barney's record store and, as Chicago's most trusted and respected label owner, he was offered the best tracks for commercial release at an early stage. 'Ghetto Madness' brings together some of the underground classics and enduring favourites that earned Dance Mania the title of 'Ghetto House's Motown'. Tracks include DJ Deeon's party-starter 'The Freaks', raw DJ Funk cut 'Computer Sex' and Nina Kraviz favourite, Paul Johnson's 'Give Me Ecstacy'. Other featured gems from the archive include the dark early Steve Poindexter outing 'Computer Madness' and Tyree's in-demand jam, 'Nuthin' Wrong'.
    1. Jammin' Gerald - Pump That Shit Up
    2. Dj Deeon - The Freaks
    3. Dj Deeon - 1112
    4. Steve Poindexter - Computer Madness
    5. Darien - Hit It
    6. Dj Rush - The Reactor
    7. Wax Master Maurice - Bounce That Body
    8. Tyree - Nuthin' Wrong
    9. Jammin Gerald - Pump On The Floor
    10. Paul Johnson - Give Me Ecstasy
    11. Parris Mitchell - Ghetto Booty
    12. Dj Milton - House-o-matics
    13. Dj Funk - Computer Sex
    14. Dj Funk - Bitches
    15. Houz' Mon - The Groove
    Various Artists
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  • Casting Crowns Casting Crowns Quick View

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    Casting Crowns

    Casting Crowns is the first studio album by the American Christian rock band Casting Crowns. Produced by Mark A. Miller and Steven Curtis Chapman, the album was originally released on October 30, 2003, by Beach Street Records. It incorporates a pop rock and rock sound, with the main instruments used in the album being guitar, keyboard and violin. Casting Crowns received positive reviews from music critics, many of whom praised the album's lyrics and production quality. It was nominated for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year at the 35th GMA Dove Awards, while its singles were nominated for and received various awards.
    1. What If His People Prayed
    2. If We Are the Body
    3. Voice of Truth
    4. Who Am I
    5. American Dream
    6. Here I Go Again
    7. Praise You with the Dance
    8. Glory
    9. Life of Praise
    10. Your Love Is Extravagant
    Casting Crowns
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  • BBC The Radiophonic Workshop BBC The Radiophonic Workshop Quick View

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    BBC The Radiophonic Workshop


    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    Remastered


    Available On Vinyl For The 1st Time


    The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, set up in 1958, was originally created as a sound effects unit for BBC Radio and TV programs. Pioneering new forms of drama during the late 1950s and early 60s demanded innovative and original use ofmusic and sound.The art of what became known as sounddesign began in the cramped undergroundstudiosof the Radiophonic Workshop at the BBC Maida Vale complex in London. Their early explorations into sound drew on the principles of musique concrete, early tape manipulation techniques and primitive oscillators and tone circuits built by technicians at the workshop. As technology developed and the synthesizer, tape technology, computers and early digital sampling emerged the Radiophonic Workshop maintained an their position at the leading edge of electronic music and sound design.


    The vast body of work that emerged between 1960 and 1997 has influenced generations of musicians both within electronica and more widely in the Rock, Progressive and Pop field. Groundbreaking work such as Delia' Darbyshire's 1963 Doctor Who Theme (still the high water mark of experimental music), sound effects albums, works of early electronica and popular favourites such as Blake's 7 and The Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy have ensured the RWS a place at electronica's top table. From the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Vangelis to Orbital, The Chemical Brothers and beyond, their legacy lives on in the sounds and textures of so much contemporary music. But it isn't just musicians who have drawn on their work.


    The technical development of the studio and modern recording techniques owes them a great debt too. Sound engineer Roger Mayer, who supplied effects pedals to Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix, is just one of many engineers for whom their work proved inspirational. He described the Workshop as, ''the great unsung heroes of British electronica.''


    These two records, recorded in 1968 and 1975 respectively, were released at the height of The Radiophonic Workshop's influence. They showcase the dawning of processed sound, treated sounds and sound design.


    Quirky and irreverent BBC Radiophonic Music was originally put out as a specialist demonstration library disc for BBC drama producers. In 1971 the BBC released it commercially. This is the first time it has been made available on vinyl in its first and original form.


    The Radiophonic Workshop from 1975 was a compilation of the best-known of the Radiophonic Workshop's output to date. This is the first time it has seen a vinyl reissue in its original form.


    Both albums have been remastered for vinyl from the original tapes by the Radiophonic Workshop's archivist Mark Ayres. Pressed on 180 gram audiophile vinyl.

    1. Malcolm Clarke - La Grande Pièce De La Foire De La Rue Delaware
    2. John Baker - Brio
    3. Dick Mills - Adagio
    4. Roger Limb - Geraldine
    5. Malcolm Clarke - Bath Time
    6. Glynis Jones / Malcolm Clarke - NÉnuphar
    7. Dick Mills - Major Bloodnok's Stomach
    8. Paddy Kingsland - The Panel Beaters
    9. Dick Mills - Crazy Dazy
    10. Glynis Jones - Veils And Mirrors
    11. Malcolm Clarke - Romanescan Rout
    12. Glynis Jones - Schlum Rooli
    13. Roger Limb - Kitten's Lullaby
    14. Richard Yeoman-Clark - Waltz Antipathy
    15. Paddy Kingsland - The World Of Science
    Various Artists
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  • Beyond The Black Rainbow (Original Soundtrack) Beyond The Black Rainbow (Original Soundtrack) Quick View

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    Beyond The Black Rainbow (Original Soundtrack)

    JAGJAGUWAR & Death Waltz Recording Company are proud and excited to release a true
    masterpiece into the world with the soundtrack to Panos Cosmatos' BEYOND THE BLACK
    RAINBOW. Posited as a lost film of the 1980s, the picture is inspired by classic dystopian
    fiction and the obscure SF movies one used to see lining the shelves of the local video store. As
    such, the brilliant soundtrack blends seamlessly amongst its influences; Tangerine Dream,
    Wendy Carlos, and of course John Carpenter, with the latter's mark heard on the oppressive
    synth percussion of the main titles and the evocative melodies heard throughout. Created by
    Sinoia Caves, the ongoing project of Jeremy Schmidt, a disciple of the long-form cosmic
    synthesizer soundscape, and member of Canadian psych-and-prog-spiritual pioneers Black
    Mountain, this recording also features guest appearances by Joshua Wells, drummer of Black
    Mountain.


    Schmidt's score is many things - haunting, uncompromising, intense - but is always a
    fascinating listen. Incorporating touchstone elements such as mellotron choirs, glacial
    analogue synthesizer pads and arpeggiators, Schmidt artfully navigates the various sonic
    sensibilities of the 70s-80s genre aesthetic. What emerges from this schematic realm of the
    'almost familiar' evolves and manifests as a work of striking originality, an ominously
    beautiful, otherworldly and terrifying score. Simply put, BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW is
    an astounding piece of work and must not be missed. Do you read me?

    Forever Dilating Eye
    Elena's Sound-World
    Run Program: Sentionauts
    Arboria Tapes - Award Winning
    Gardens
    1983 - Main Titles
    1966 - Let The New Age Of Enlightenment Begin
    Sentionauts II
    Sinoia Caves
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  • Willennium Willennium Quick View

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    Willennium

    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    Includes 4-Page Insert With Credits


    Featuring Wild Wild West, Will 2K, La Fiesta, Pump Me Up Featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff


    The Willennium album was only the second solo studio album by the then already famous actor, rapper Will Smith. Recorded with various producers and with his former collaborator DJ Jazzy Jeff, the album was a commercial success. It reached #5 on the US Billboard 200 and was certified multi-platinum by the RIAA. Willennium also reached the top ten on the UK Albums chart and was successful in other regions.


    At the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards, the music video for the single Wild Wild West received nominations for the Video of the Year, Best Video from a Film and Best Choreography awards. Smith won the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist at the 27th American Music Awards in January 2000.


    The single Wild Wild West was the theme song to Will Smith's 1999 same titled summer blockbuster movie and samples Stevie Wonder's I Wish and Kool Moe Dee's Wild Wild West old school hip/hop track. Will 2K sampling The Clash's Rock The Casbah and Freakin' It were also released as singles.


    Stephen Thomas Erlewine described Willennium on AllMusic positively as gaudy, giddy, infectiously silly, and proudly over-the-top praising the album for featuring bright, joyful party music that celebrates its big beats and big hooks.


    The Willennium album enjoyed success as an energetic and artistically diverse album.

    LP 1
    1. I'm Comin'
    2. Will 2K
    3. Freakin' It
    4. Da Butta
    5. La Fiesta

    6. Who Am I

    7. Afro Angel

    8. So Fresh


    LP 2
    1. Pump Me Up
    2. Can You Feel Me?

    3. Potnas/interlude

    4. Interlude

    5. Potnas

    6. No More

    7. Uuhhh

    8. Wild Wild West

    9. The Rain

    Will Smith
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  • 1992 Deluxe 1992 Deluxe Quick View

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    1992 Deluxe

    Princess Nokia - aka New York rapper Destiny Frasqueri - has been
    releasing music via Youtube and Soundcloud since she was in High School,
    and slowly bubbling up on the internet, garnering a rabid fanbase. Last year,
    with the self-release of her 1992 mixtape, she catapulted herself to the
    next level, solidifying her position as one to watch. Since its release, she's
    toured the world over, selling out various venues across the globe in mere
    days, and racked up literally millions of views/listens on her tracks. She is
    not only a brilliant rapper & lyricist but a feminist icon who is unapologetically
    herself, and aligns equally with the values of punk rock and riot
    grrl, '90s R&B, and the best of forward-thinking hip-hop. This is powerful,
    passionate, outspoken, vibrant modern music with deep roots in both
    NYC and rap history.


    1992 Deluxe will be released via Rough Trade and is her first ever physical
    album; boasting 8 additional brand new songs - her first music since 2016.
    This expanded version includes the original 1992 tracks fully remastered
    and comes with a beautiful gatefold package.

    LP 1
    1. Bart Simpson
    2. Tomboy
    3. Kitana
    4. Brujas
    5. Mine
    6. Excellent
    7. Saggy Denim (feat.Wiki)
    8. Green Line


    LP 2
    1. ABCs of NewYork
    2. Goth Kid
    3. Receipts
    4. G.O.A.T.
    5. Brick City
    6. Flava
    7. Different
    8. Chinese Slippers

    Princess Nokia
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  • Ride The Lightning (Deluxe Box Set) Ride The Lightning (Deluxe Box Set) Quick View

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    Ride The Lightning (Deluxe Box Set)

    Limited To 30,000


    Ride The Lightning Remastered On 180 Gram Vinyl


    Double LP Featuring A Previously Unreleased Live Set At The Hollywood Palladium - Los Angeles, CA, 1985


    Creeping Death Picture Disc


    6 CDs Including Ride The Lightning Remastered, Unreleased Interviews, Rough Mixes & Demos, And Previously Unreleased Live Sets


    Live DVD Featuring 3 Songs And An Interview From MTV's Day On The Green In 1985, As Well As A Previously Unreleased Live Set From Metal Hammer Festival At Freilichtbuhne Loreley In St. Goarshausen, Germany


    64 Page Book Including Essays, Never-Before-Seen Photos, Various Ephemera


    Mini-Book Of Handwritten Lyrics


    Poster Set (3 Posters From European Tour In 1984)


    Deluxe numbered box set of Ride the Lightning including four vinyl records, six CDs, one DVD, a hardcover book including never before seen photos, a mini-book of handwritten lyrics and a set of three posters.


    The LPs include a newly remastered 180 Gram pressing of Ride The Lightning, a previously unreleased double LP - Live At The Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA - March 10th, 1985, and a Creeping Death picture disc.


    The CDs include a remastered Ride The Lightning, three previously unreleased interviews (one with Metal Forces in 1984, one with WUSC Cleveland Radio in 1985, and one with Metal Madness in 1985), a CD of previously unreleased rough mixes and demos from Lars' vaults, and three full live shows from London, UK in 1984, San Francisco, CA in 1985, and Castle Donington, UK in 1985.


    Additionally, the box set contains a DVD featuring three live songs and an interview from MTV's Day On The Green, as well a previously unreleased live set from the Metal Hammer Festival at Freilichtbuhne Loreley in St. Goarshausen, Germany, a 64 page hardcover book featuring new essays and never-before-seen photos, as well as a poster set containing three posters from their 1984 European tour.


    Ride the Lightning is the second studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica. The album was recorded in three weeks with producer Flemming Rasmussen at the Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark. The artwork, based on the band's concept, represents an electric chair in the midst of a thunderstorm. The album title was taken from a passage in Stephen King's novel The Stand. Whilst still rooted in the thrash metal genre, the album showcased the band's musical maturity and lyrical sophistication. This was partially because bassist Cliff Burton introduced the basics of music theory to the rest of the band and because he had more input in the songwriting. It was the last album to feature songwriting contribution from former lead guitarist Dave Mustaine.


    Ride the Lightning received positive response from music critics, who saw it as a more ambitious effort than its predecessor. Metallica promoted the album on the Bang That Head That Doesn't Bang European tour in late 1984, and on its North American leg in the first half of 1985. The band performed at a few major music festivals, such as Monsters of Rock and Day on the Green later that year. Two months after its release, Elektra Records signed Metallica to a multi-year contract and reissued the album. Ride the Lightning peaked at number 100 on the Billboard 200 with no radio exposure. Although 75,000 copies were initially pressed for the American market, the album sold half a million by November 1987. It was certified 6× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2012 for shipping six million copies in the United States. Many rock publications have ranked Ride the Lightning on their best album lists, saying it had a lasting impact on the genre.

    LP 1: Ride The Lightning (Remastered) 180 Gram
    1. Fight Fire With Fire
    2. Ride The Lightning
    3. For Whom The Bell Tolls
    4. Fade To Black
    5. Trapped Under Ice
    6. Escape
    7. Creeping Death
    8. The Call of Ktulu


    LP 2: Live At The Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA - March 10th, 1985 *Previously unreleased
    1. The Ecstasy of Gold
    2. Fight Fire With Fire (Live)
    3. Ride The Lightning (Live)
    4. Phantom Lord (Live)
    5. (Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth (Live)
    6. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live)
    7. No Remorse (Live)
    8. Fade To Black (Live)
    9. Seek & Destroy (Live)
    10. Creeping Death (Live)
    11. Am I Evil? (Live)
    12. Motorbreath (Live)


    LP 3: Creeping Death Picture Disc
    1. Creeping Death
    2. Am I Evil?
    3. Blitzkrieg


    CD 1: Ride The Lightning (Remastered)
    1. Fight Fire With Fire
    2. Ride The Lightning
    3. For Whom The Bell Tolls
    4. Fade To Black
    5. Trapped Under Ice
    6. Escape
    7. Creeping Death
    8. The Call of Ktulu


    CD 2: Metallica Interviews *Previously unreleased
    1. Metal Forces Interview with Lars, November 1984
    2. WUSC Cleveland Radio Interview with Cliff & Kirk, February 1985
    3. Metal Madness Interview with Lars, March 1985


    CD 3: Demos & Rough Mixes From Lars' Vault *Previously unreleased
    1. Ride The Lightning (Studio Demo)
    2. When Hell Freezes Over (Studio Demo)
    3. Creeping Death (Studio Demo)
    4. Fight Fire With Fire (Studio Demo)
    5. Ride The Lightning (Garage Demo)
    6. When Hell Freezes Over (Garage Demo)
    7. Fight Fire With Fire (Garage Demo)
    8. Ride The Lightning (Boom Box Demo)
    9. Blitzkrieg (Rhythm Track Rough Mix)
    10. Am I Evil? (Rhythm Track Rough Mix)


    CD 4: Live At Kabuki Theatre, San Francisco, CA - March 15th, 1985 *Previously unreleased
    1. Fight Fire With Fire (Live)
    2. Ride The Lightning (Live)
    3. Phantom Lord (Live)
    4. The Four Horsemen (Live)
    5. (Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth (Live)
    6. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live)
    7. No Remorse (Live)
    8. Fade To Black (Live)
    9. Creeping Death (Live)
    10. Guitar Solo (Live)
    11. Am I Evil? (Live)
    12. Motorbreath (Live)


    CD 5: Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK - December 20th, 1984 *Previously unreleased
    1. Phantom Lord (Live)
    2. The Four Horsemen (Live)
    3. (Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth (Live)
    4. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live)
    5. No Remorse (Live)
    6. The Call of Ktulu (Live)
    7. Seek & Destroy (Live)
    8. Whiplash (Live)
    9. Creeping Death (Live)
    10. Guitar Solo (Live)
    11. Metal Militia (Live)


    CD 6: Live At Castle Donington, UK - August 17th, 1985 *Previously unreleased
    1. Creeping Death (Live)
    2. Ride The Lightning (Live)
    3. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live)
    4. The Four Horsemen (Live)
    5. Fade To Black (Live)
    6. Seek & Destroy (Live)
    7. Whiplash (Live)
    8. Motorbreath (Live)


    DVD: Metal Hammer, Day On The Green & Danish TV
    Metallica Live at MTV's Day On The Green at Oakland Stadium, Oakland, CA - August 31st, 1985
    1. Creeping Death
    2. Ride The Lightning
    3. For Whom The Bell Tolls
    MTV Day On The Green Interview with Lars and James
    Metallica Live at Metal Hammer Festival at Freilichtbuhne Loreley in St. Goarshausen, Germany *Previously unreleased
    1. Creeping Death
    2. Ride The Lightning
    3. Disposable Heroes
    4. No Remorse
    5. (Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth
    6. For Whom The Bell Tolls
    7. The Four Horsemen
    8. Fade to Black
    9. Seek & Destroy
    10. Whiplash
    11. Fight Fire With Fire
    12. Guitar Solo
    13. Am I Evil?
    14. Motorbreath

    Metallica
    $149.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set + 6 CDs + DVD - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Marantz MM7025 Amplifier Marantz MM7025 Amplifier Quick View

    $799.00
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    Marantz MM7025 Amplifier


    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    First Impressions

    If you're impressed by elegantly restrained industrial design, the MM7025 is guaranteed to make a lasting - and very positive - impression. The subtly curved aluminum/glass resin front panel adds a sophisticated touch that complements any dÉcor. The central porthole display reflects iconic Marantz designs of the past while it brings you an "at a glace" view of the amplifier's operating status.


    Getting Connected

    Both single-ended RCA and balanced XLR inputs assure system compatibility regardless of your preamplifier or processor. For maximum flexibility, you can choose inputs independently for each channel.


    The MM7025's heavy duty, gold-plated, four-way binding posts accept virtually any choice of loudspeaker cable


    Your System, Your Way

    The MM7025 encourages various system configurations. Use one for dedicated two-channel listening, or use two to as zone amplifiers to power speakers in different rooms. Adding a new pair of loudspeakers to an existing home theater? - Get the most from your investment by adding an MM7025 as well. The exact configuration is up to you. Sound quality isn't - it's Marantz regardless of how you use this power amplifier.


    Marantz Sound Quality

    The MM7025's advanced technology serves all your listening needs. Current feedback circuits, also used in Marantz's Reference Series amps, insure the purest sonic reproduction regardless of source. Another MM7025 virtue, and one directly traceable to its substantial current capability, is the control it establishes over difficult speakers to reproduce both dynamic musical peaks and whispered dialog without blemish.


    The Power Supply

    As befits a Marantz amplifier, the high-capacity power supply begins with an oversized EI-core transformer feeding carefully chosen capacitors capable of storing 30,000 µF of energy. This combination instantaneously delivers peak power to all amplifier stages for distortion-free reproduction of the most complex sources.


    Output Devices

    In the final amplification stage, specially selected LAPT Hyper-Power output transistors, originally selected for Reference Series use, deliver fortissimo and pianissimo passages with equal aplomb. To make sure they're always operating at ideal temperatures, these transistors are mounted on a forced-air "thermal tunnel."


    Where Do I Put It?

    The MM7025 is less than 14" deep from front panel to rear speaker terminals. This lets you place the amplifier almost anywhere - in a cabinet or on a shelf. A detachable AC cord makes placement easy, even when there's little room and you can even rack mount it with the optional rack mount kit RMK8754MSP.


    Remote Control, Too

    You'll find rear panel connections for a "flasher" input that conveys On/Off commands from an infrared (IR) remote controller. There's a DC trigger input (and output) that lets you "daisy chain" one or several MM7025s to turn on and off in synchronization with your preamplifer or surround processor. If you're going to use the MM7025 with legacy Marantz products, there are RC-5 connectors to give you a level of operating convenience you might not have thought possible.


    Conclusion

    Refined looks. Flexible connectivity. Superb sound quality. Convenient operation. Yes, these Marantz attributes come together in the MM7025 Stereo Power Amplifier.


    It is, as are all Marantz products, devoted to one goal - satisfying your desire for an exceptional listening experience.


    Marantz
    $799.00
    Power Amplifier Buy Now
  • Tween Tween Quick View

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    Tween

    The word "tween" implies a certain, very specific kind of awkwardness, and
    those implications are rarely positive. But think about it like this: Something
    "tween" is in the process of becoming something else, and there's a very
    specific kind of beauty in that becoming. There's something rewarding in
    recognizing and celebrating it-in meeting it halfway.


    Tween is a collection of eight songs born, raised, and almost abandoned for
    various reasons during the years between 2011's breakthrough Civilian and
    2014's reinvention-of-sorts, Shriek.


    Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack described these songs as "not emblematic of
    a step forward, but a step sideways in time." In other words, they just didn't
    make sense for album number five-which will happen at some point in the
    future. But just because they didn't belong there doesn't mean they don't
    belong anywhere. To wedge them onto Shriek would've been dishonest; to
    orphan them would've been somewhere on the line between criminal and just
    plain silly.


    Now that your expectations are lowered, let's build them back up, because
    Tween is full of gorgeous Wye Oak songs whose only crime was timing and
    context, made by two people at the height of their game. At first these songs
    sounded too disparate to me to be called an album, but the more Tween sank
    in, the more it made sense: One minute Jenn and Andy are embracing their
    floatiest Cocteau Twins instinct ("If You Should See"), the next they're back
    in Civilian territory a bit ("No Dreaming"), and later they're slinky and
    electronic and gorgeously '80s ("On Luxury").


    The common thread: These are no castaways or cutouts. In fact, pound for
    pound, Tween might actually be more directly accessible than Shriek. It should
    join the pantheon of amazing not-albums of history whose names try to
    downplay how good they actually are, like R.E.M.'s Dead Letter Office, The
    Who's Odds and Sods, maybe even Dinosaur Jr.'s Whatever's Cool With Me.


    Who knows what an album is at this point, anyway? Here's what Jenn and
    Andy had to say: "We rejoice in being free to make what we like and release it
    in a way that feels true, and you are free to enjoy it or dismiss it as it suits you.
    We hope, of course, for the former. But-all gimmicks aside-we created this
    thing with love and are so happy to share it with you, whoever you are."


    -Josh Modell

    1. Out of Nowhere
    2. If You Should See
    3. No Dreaming
    4. Too Right
    5. Better (For Esther)
    6. On Luxury
    7. Trigger Finger
    8. Watching the Waiting
    Wye Oak
    $17.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Melco N1ZH/2 Music Server (Pre-Order) Melco N1ZH/2 Music Server (Pre-Order) Quick View

    $4,999.00
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    Melco N1ZH/2 Music Server (Pre-Order)


    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    Melco N1Z/2 Hardware


    Melco N1Z/2 is the flagship of the new Mk2 series. True audiophile source components designed for both Ethernet connected Players (Streamers) and for connection to a USB connected DAC. The N1Z/2 is constructed as a true Hi-Fi source component with heavy anodised aluminium chassis sections bead blasted to a delightful finish, and with an internal rigid H frame to isolate vibration and isolate the various sections of the hardware. Twin power supplies with additional capacitor banks with audio grade film capacitors isolate the HDD from the data processing, and multiple stages of noise reduction and isolation ensure the quietest possible environment for the sensitive electronics. A precision low jitter clock handles the data flow whether to the USB-DAC or the Ethernet player. The drives are mounted on massive non-magnetic foundation plate, and the N1ZS20 uses 2nd generation SSD which is quite unlike IT SSD which seriously compromise sound quality. The SSDS are format as RAID 0 for optimum sound quality. The N1ZH has SFF drives - which are much less electrical noise than conventional 3.5 inch HDD. Operation of the N1Z is very convenient, with a dedicated Neutrik USB 2.0 port for a DAC, and then 3 USB 3.0 ports for Easy backup, Easy Expansion, Easy Import of CD or from USB drives, Easy Play without import from USB drives or CD loader so that a legacy CD collection can benefit from the latest DAC technology. All without ant require men for a PC or any IT type devices.


    Constructed as a pure Audiophile Source Component


    • Heavy aluminium extrusions, bead blasted to a beautiful anodised
      finish
    • High stability noise eliminating H cross-frame construction for
      mechanical integrity
    • Single press power button - same as Hi-Fi components and
      unlike any IT device
    • Comfortable front panel buttons with positive click for easy
      operation
    • OLED display to reduce internal noise
    • Rear USB 3.0 ports - BACKUP, EXPANSION USB-DAC or Easy
      Import from Flash drive, CD drive or HDD
    • 3 pole IEC mains inlet with true electrical ground to define source
      component as ground point, and internal power-line noise filter.
    • TAOC vibration isolating feet

    MELCO Direct Streaming Music + MELCO Ethernet Purifier

    • Dual Ethernet ports - dedicated PLAYER port and LAN port
    • Direct Mode allows N1 to connect to Player without any Router
      (Melco gives IP address to Player)
    • RJ-45 with low noise light pipe LED indicators
    • Micro miniature high performance network pulse transformers
    • Audio grade ultra-low jitter internal data clock
    • High data integrity and precision low jitter clock buffer
    • FPGA voltage control system

    MELCO Local USB-DAC Player

    • Simply connect a USB-DAC to the connected port to use the
      N1Z/2 as Player and Transport
    • Play Local stored music, Network music from UPnP player,
      Streaming Music (requires Android Tablet), USB Music and CD
    • Control and music selection from the front panel OLED display
    • Control from your favourite iOS or Android App

    MELCO Clear and Dynamic Power Supply

    • Low noise 30W x2 medical grade power supplies and capacitor banks with audio grade film capacitors
    • Dedicated supply for SSD / HDD and signal processing electronics to isolate noise
    • 3 pole IEC mains inlet with noise filters maintain a noise free environment. Signal ground terminal defines the N1Z as the system source
    • Revised internal wiring harness and noise isolation

    Internal Disk Drive

    • N1ZS/2 - 2nd Generation Audio Grade SSD. Totally unlike IT drives - new NAND array audio dedicated controller
    • Precision slow data writing and self-integrity check
    • SSD is mounted on heavy non-magnetic foundation within an isolated compartment of the H frame and is powered by dedicated SHDD
      power supply
    • N1ZH/2: large capacity SFF HDD (2 x 3TB RAID 0,1, Spanned)
    • Latest low noise and low vibration SFF design



    Melco
    $4,999.00
    Music Server PRE-ORDER
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  • Angels & Devils Angels & Devils Quick View

    $29.99
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    Angels & Devils

    It's after the end of the world, don't you know that yet...


    With recent reports from various think tanks predicting we have somewhere in the range of 15 years left before the collapse of society begins, it would seem like Kevin Martin's sonic predictions of dystopian London that were set out on 2008's London Zoo were pretty accurate. And if we are in fact declining rapidly to chaos, there's no better time then the present to take the focus of that sonic assault from earthly domains and blast it to the netherworlds above and below.


    The aforementioned London Zoo is where Kevin Martin, found his true voice. Pulling the fringes into a collective, unilaterally hateful assault. A psychological warfare driven by bass that on one hand captured a moment of London, yet also encapsulated a global message influenced by years of timeless and classic out-music.


    The latest offering from the The Bug, Angels & Devils, escapes the London cage, drawing on it for influence yet blowing it up into a world-view now seen from Kevin Martin's new Berlin home. A record that simultaneously draws on London Zoo, completes a triptych cycle which started with his Bug debut Pressure, and fills the spaces between and inserts what was missing previously. Both a year zero re-set and a continuation of what has been. Like the Bowie/Eno classic Low, or Can's Tago Mago, the album is split into two distinct themes and explorations of light & dark. Bringing the angel & devil voices together under a single common banner. Antagonist at times, but not solely for the sake of being antagonistic, there's a beauty and lush sparseness to be found within, even when at its most chaotic. Truly only The Bug could find the common ground between Liz Harris (of Grouper) & Death Grips and make it seamless. Angels & Devils stretches the polarity of its predecessor in both directions simultaneously and is even more extreme for its new found seductiveness and added intensity. Deep space is explored, and physical assault is administered. In these days of YouTube quick fixes, and single tune memory spans, its a joy to witness Martin actually charting a cohesive narrative that rejoices in celebrating life through sonic sex and violence, beauty and ugliness. This is an audio thriller that delights in pursuing its own singular path/vision.


    With the Angel side(s) up first, things kick off with Liz Harris (of Grouper) in the submerged lushness that is Void. Followed by contributions from ex Hype Wiliams half copeland (Fall), the blissed out patois of touring partner Miss Red (Mi Lost), two truly zoned Bug instrumentals, and rounded out by Gonjasufi on Save Me. It's a collection of heady, dubbed out cinematic blissfulness with a lurking darkness before giving way to devils...


    Devils leads off with the return of long time collaborator Flowdan on the mic and the guitar of Justin Broadrick (Godflesh / Jesu) bringing a complete about face to the proceedings and setting the tone with The One. Roll Deep's Manga steps up next with the instant Bug classic Function, which is being currently smashed on dubplate, by Mala, Kahn and Logan Sama. Death Grips raise the antagonistic bar with Fuck A Bitch. Flowdan & Justin Broadrick come back for the cinematic death crawl of Fat Mac. Warrior Queen steps in for hands down the nastiest vocal she's ever delivered (which is saying a lot) for Fuck You, and finally Flowdan steps up again to round it all off with a Devils battle cry of sorts dirty, fuck that murky....


    The concept is completed by the artistic expression it's packaged in, courtesy of Simon Fowler (Cataract). Known for his work for Sunn O))), Earth, and others, Simon has delivered a stunning hand drawn illustration, that sort that would make Bosch proud, showing the duality of the proceedings.


    Utopian/dystopian, black/white, complexity/singularity, negative/positive... Angels/Devils.

    1. Void (Featuring Liz Harris)
    2. Fall (Featuring copeland)
    3. Ascension
    4. Mi Lost (Featuring Miss Red)
    5. Pandi
    6. Save Me (Featuring Gonjasufi)
    7. The One (Featuring Flowdan)
    8. Function (Featuring Manga)
    9. Fuck a Bitch (Featuring Death Grips)
    10. Fat Mac (Featuring Flowdan)
    11. Fuck You (Featuring Warrior Queen)
    12. Dirty (Featuring Flowdan)
    The Bug
    $29.99
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Call Me By Your Name Soundtrack (Out Of Stock) Call Me By Your Name Soundtrack (Out Of Stock) Quick View

    $35.99
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    Call Me By Your Name Soundtrack (Out Of Stock)


    First Pressing Of 1,000 Numbered Copies On 180 Gram Blue Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter


    Call Me By Your Name, the new film by Luca Guadagnino, is a sensual and transcendent tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by AndrÉ Aciman.


    Summer of 1983, Northern Italy. An American-Italian is enamored by an American student who comes to study and live with his family. Together they share an unforgettable summer full of music, food, and romance that will forever change them.


    The film received critical acclaim upon its release, being already positively compared to Brokeback Mountain and Moonlight. Critics praised in particular Chalamet, Hammer and Stuhlbarg's performances, Guadagnino's direction and the screenplay. It will be released in the United States on November 24, 2017. It was released in the U.K on October 27, 2017.


    Luca Guadagnino wanted the film's music to be connected to Elio, a young pianist who likes to transcribe and adapt pieces in order to get close to Oliver. The music is used to reflect the time, the characters' family, level of education and the kind of canon they would be a part of.


    Guadagnino found himself resonating with Sufjan Stevens' lyricism through his work and initially asked Stevens to record an original song. Eventually, Stevens contributed three songs to the soundtrack: Visions of Gideon, which was used at the end of the film, Mystery of Love, which was featured in the film's first trailer and a new rendition of Futile Devices with piano. Stevens penned the songs by using the script, the book, and the conversations with the director about the characters. It marks Sufjan Stevens' first soundtrack for a feature film.


    The soundtrack also features songs by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Giorgio Moroder, The Psychedelic Furs and many others.


    The vinyl package of Call Me By Your Name includes a poster, an insert and the 180 gram records are housed in 2 exclusive printed innersleeves.

    LP 1
    1. Hallelujah Junction - 1st Movement - John Adams
    2. M.A.Y. In The Backyard - Ryuichi Sakamoto
    3. J'adore Venise - Loredana Bertè
    4. Paris Latino - Bandolero
    5. Sonatine Bureaucratique - Frank Glazer
    6. "Zion Hört Die WÄchter Singen"- Alessio Bax
    7. Lady Lady Lady - Giorgio Moroder & Joe Esposito


    LP 2
    1. Une Barque Sur L'ocÉan - AndrÉ Laplante
    2. Futile Devices (Doveman Remix) - Sufjan Stevens
    3. Germination - Ryuichi Sakamoto
    4. Words - F.R. David
    5. È La Vita - Marco Armani
    6. Mystery Of Love - Sufjan Stevens
    7. Radio Varsavia - Franco Battiato
    8. Love My Way - The Psychedelic Furs
    9. Le Jardin FÉerique - ValÉria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye
    10. Visions Of Gideon - Sufjan Stevens

    Various Artists
    $35.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
  • Option Paralysis (Red Vinyl) (Out Of Stock) Option Paralysis (Red Vinyl) (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Option Paralysis (Red Vinyl) (Out Of Stock)

    Pressed On Red Vinyl


    Limited Edition of 500 Copies


    Printed Dust Sleeve & Vinyl-Only Bonus Track


    At first glance, "Option Paralysis" seems like a highly inappropriate title to describe the constantly evolving output of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN. But once you're faced with the cumulative power and vision of guitarist Ben Weinman, vocalist Greg Puciato, bassist Liam Wilson, guitarist Jeff Tuttle and new drummer Billy Rymer, you'll wonder-right after you pick yourself up off the floor-why more bands don't achieve similar force-of-nature status.


    "The title 'Option Paralysis' represents being in a situation where you have so many choices you can't decide, and end up being frozen," says founding member Weinman about the mindset permeating the band's fourth full-length album. "Back in the early days when I started to discover music, go to shows and find out about new bands, there were 'filters' from various circumstances - geography, economic status, etc - which deeply affected how a band sounded and what they stood for. Now, everyone is going through the same filter-namely computers and the internet-and everyone has the same circumstances: Everybody's seeing the same thing for the first time at the very same time, simultaneously all over the world. That very system is negatively affecting art and has created a situation where everything is influencing itself and art is not based on struggle, personal scarcity or unique and personal inspiration. This cultural revolutions is a big part of what determines our mission. We're not listening to any of the bands around us for some kind of input as to what we should sound like. At this point, we're using our own accomplishments as a measurement of what we need to do next."


    From their early days in the late-'90s as short-haired Rutgers, New Jersey, college students delivering hyper-complex thrash to audiences of boorish long-haired surly metalheads, to performing with NINE INCH NAILS on the pioneering electronic band's farewell shows, the DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN have merely one prerogative: to go forward in ALL directions simultaneously. Their groundbreaking 1999 debut full-length, "Calculating Infinity", is inarguably the essential technical-metal talisman for the 21st century, melding hardcore's blinding rage with a musical vision that made most progressive-rock bands sound positively lazy by comparison. "Irony Is A Dead Scene", the band's 2002 collaboration with Mike Patton, maintained their patented extremity while exploring electronic textures. The 2004 follow-up, "Miss Machine", (the first record to showcase frontman, Puciato) was a distillation of the band's work thus far, while including jaw-dropping flirtations with mainstream metal ("Unretrofied") that further enforced DILLINGER's desire-and ability-to take their music wherever the hell they wanted. 2007's "Ire Works" had the band finding inspiration from underground glitch and breakcore electronica, as well as indigenous music genres, in a world seemingly overrun with metalcore bores and screamo trend-hoppers. THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN's unerring sweat equity has consistently found resonance with listeners on both sides of the stages the band trod upon.


    "Option Paralysis" marks the beginning of another trajectory in the DEP mythology. After aligning themselves with the renowned Relapse label for most of their career, the band entered into a deal with the French label SEASON OF MIST to put out "Option Paralysis", tagging their new PARTY SMASHER INC label. "We signed a pretty traditional record deal with them for one record," explains Weinman. "What's exciting is that Michael [Berberian, SOM label founder] is a really big music fan and has a great understanding of how we operate. He was totally aware of the possibilities and limitations of working with a band like us-he's not expecting pop hits-and he's been extremely enthusiastic to dive right in and make it work for everyone."


    Produced by Steve Evetts, Dillinger's new music is positively abundant with possibilities. Drummer Billy Rymer, whom Weinman describes as "young and hungry," now occupies the engine room that powers the band. Frontman, Puciato has always had a knack with a bellow that could make reciting a grocery list seem like an exhortation to open the mouth of Hell. But feeling some of the lyrics on "Option Paralysis", you can't positively determine if the singer is handing down indictments ("Farewell, Mona Lisa") or feeling emotionally wounded. "This record is concept driven but there is still a very emotional and personal aspect to his lyrics," says Weinman soberly. "He's going through transitional stages in his life right now." Nothing so eloquently supports that statement than the six and-a-half-minute "Widower", where the band are joined by veteran David Bowie keyboardist Mike Garson for an aural excursion that incorporates piano-trio jazz, tender balladry and anthemic power. While there's no shortage of DEP plasma-balls on "Option Paralysis" ("Room Full Of Eyes", "Good Neighbor"), the band keep things fresh with the math-rock/free-jazz convergence of "I Wouldn't If You Didn't," the electro-tweaked "Chinese Whispers" and the closing "Parasitic Twins". The latter track sports lead vocals courtesy of guitarist Tuttle, as well as Beach Boys-styled harmonies and a major-key Weinman solo that's more Clapton (ca. Derek And The Dominos) than calculus crush. Clearly, this is not your older brother's DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN. "We're just trying to make music we can be stimulated by," says Weinman about the assorted directions and sonic vistas on "Option Paralysis". "We consider ourselves songwriters, which is kind of odd when you consider the kind of band most would consider us."


    As passionate about their craft as ever, DEP are looking to ramp up things even more in 2010, with a planet-beating touring campaign that includes basement shows, a stint on the main stage at this summer's Vans Warped Tour, a performance at the legendary Cochella festival, and various points in between. But after 12 years of deliberately challenging themselves, as well as the preconceived notions of critics and the strict genre-specific zealots of the world's underground music scenes, the big question remains: What is the mission of the DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN? It's a question Weinman addresses with equal parts melancholy, unwavering determination and humor. "I've been trying for a while to have someone explain that to me," he says, laughing. "Seriously, 'Option Paralysis' represents why we're here and why we're still making music. We started at a time when there wasn't all this access to the larger world. Our only goal was to make a small dent in the scene that we were in. The fact we've made it this far and that we're still relevant is really special to me. I feel that it is extremely important for bands like us to continue to represent the ethic and attitude that was present during a time that doesn't exist anymore."


    "That," he says, pausing to smile. "And I have to pay my mortgage somehow "

    1. Farewell, Mona Lisa
    2. Good Neighbor
    3. Gold Teeth on a Bum
    4. Crystal Morning
    5. Endless Endings
    6. Widower
    7. Room Full of Eyes
    8. Chinese Whispers
    9. I Wouldn't If You Didn't
    10. Parasitic Twins
    11. Chuck McChip (vinyl only bonus track)
    Dillinger Escape Plan
    $21.99
    Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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