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Walk This Way'
RehabilitatedThis important concert captures AEROSMITH at the crucial turning point in their career. Broadcast live by WBCN from their home state of Massachusetts, it comes just a few weeks before the recording of walk this way, and shows the band in energetic form as they move on from 'Done With Mirrors' through rehab, and onwards towards their greatest success yet.LP 1
1.Back In The Saddle
2.Same Old Song And Dance
3.Big Ten Inch Record
4.My Fist Your Face
7.She's On Fire
2.Walk This Way
3.Let The Music Do The Talking
6.Toys In The Attic
8.Train Kept A-Rollin'$37.99140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Down the Way
2-LP Gatefold Package Featuring 3 Additional Tracks
" a sweet and savory blend to warm the soul." - MOJO
"Brother Angus' acoustic guitar wraps sister Julia's whispery trill with an unhurried,
disarmingly simple melody that will propel you off the couch and into the sun."
- Marie Claire "Need To Download"
"If A Book Like This compounded the prospects of their future, consider Down The Way
the fulfilling realization of all expectations." - Filter
" the musical equivalent of a walk on the beach at twilight." - Nylon
"The pair melt in to one another to create a spectral and lush backdrop" - Clash Magazine (UK)
"Very possibly the worlds' favourite Australian indie-folk brother and sister duo"
- Evening Standard (London UK)
Australian brother/sister duo, Angus & Julia Stone's sophomore album Down The Way was released to critical
acclaim, charted at #1 in Australia, and features the stand-out track "Big Jet Plane."
Originally available on vinyl only in limited quantities in North America, the 2-LP Gatefold package featuring 3
additional tracks is being reissued timed with the duo's 2014 album release and October tour.
Down The Way highlights the endless talents of this brother and sister as musicians, songwriters and producers.
The self-produced album was recorded between England, New York and Australia--from an old sawmill on the
riverbanks of Fowey, Cornwall to a studio in Brooklyn, to a water tank in Coolangatta to the streets of London and
back to Queens. Down The Way is comprised of tracks that sail across the different realms of musical themes,
from folksy charm to epic orchestral grandeur, all the while emphasizing the pair's beautifully subtle harmoniesLP 1
1. Hold On
2. Black Crow
3. For You
4. Big Jet Plane
5. Santa Monica Dream
6. Yellow Brick Road
7. And The Boys
1. On The Road
2. Walk It Off
4. Draw Your Swords
5. I'm Not Yours
6. The Devil's Tears
7. Old Friend
8. Little Bird
9. Take You Away$26.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Way We SeparateThomas Mullarney and Jacob Gossett, aka Brooklyn duo Beacon,
introduced themselvesto the world with theNo Body and ForNow EPs,
both released last year on Ghostly International. The EPs were united
by minimalist, R&B-inuenced instrumentation, and also by a lyrical
theme, with both serving as meditations on the darkness that
underpins the most intense of human emotions: love.
The duo's debut album The Ways We Separate both consolidates and
developsthese ideas. The album focuses, asthe title suggests, on the
idea of separation - both within the context of relationships and in a
more intimate, psychological sense. As Mullarney explains, The
narrative contained inside The Ways We Separate deals with two kinds
ofseparation: one where two entities grow apart, and the other where
we grow apart from ourselves. Over the course of a relationship, the
two sometimes happen together, one being the result of the other.
Desires, passions and regrets are central to the songs on The Ways We
Separate, which take a variety of perspectives to construct a nuanced
reection on the album's central theme. 'Between the Waves' draws a
clever analogy between relationships and soundwaves falling out of
phase: I know all the ways we separate/ Where we start to fade at
di erent frequencies. 'Overseer' catalogues a parting of the ways with
discom ting clarity: Isn't it ne?/ Taking it slow?/ Watching you watch
me walk out your door. And album closer 'Split in Two' explores how th
extremes of love and loss can take you far away from being the person
you thought you were, making explicit the connection between the two
ideas of separation: What I'd do for you?, sings Thomas Mullarney,
Split myself in half/ Divided into two.
Musically, The Ways We Separate nds Beacon working with a richer
sonic palette than ever before -as Gossett says, The production on
this album is much more expansive than anything thing we've done
thusfar. We spent a lot of time exploring new gear and experimenting
with how to pull a wide range of sound out of various instruments.
Some ofthe key sonicsthatshaped this LP are analogue synthesis, lots
of heavily processed guitar work, and vocal layering/processing. While
the abiding mood remains that of late-night introspection, the
production draws from elements of hip hop and a wide gamut of
electronic music, marrying intricate beats and subtle textures to
honeyed pop melodiesthat belie the album's conceptual depth. Rarely
has bleakness sounded so pretty - this is a record that's deceptively,
compellingly beautiful, an exploration of a place both discom ting and
darkly seductive.1. Bring You Back
2. Feeling's Gone
3. Between The Waves
6. Late November
7. Studio Audience
10. Split in Two$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Raising Hell (Picture Disc)'Legacy Celebrates presents the 30th Anniversary of Run-D.M.C.'s classic 3rd album, Raising Hell, on a 180-gram picture disc vinyl featuring the Raising Hell album cover image. Includes the hit songs Walk This Way, My Adidas, It s Tricky, Peter Piper and many more.1. Peter Piper
2. It's Tricky
3. My Adidas
4. Walk This Way (feat. Aerosmith)
5. Is It Live
7. Hit It Run
8. Raising Hell
9. You Be Illin'
10. Dumb Girl
11. Son Of Byford
12. Proud to Be Black$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Picture Disc - Sealed Buy Now
Toys In The AtticRanked 228/500 On Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Remastered From The Original Source Tapes!
Contains the classics Sweet Emotion, Walk This Way, & Toys In The Attic
After nearly getting off the ground with Get Your Wings, Aerosmith finally perfected their mix of Stonesy raunch and Zeppelin-esque riffing with their third album, Toys in the Attic. The success of the album derives from a combination of an increased sense of songwriting skills and purpose. Not only does Joe Perry turn out indelible riffs like Walk This Way, Toys in the Attic, and Sweet Emotion, but Steven Tyler has fully embraced sleaziness as his artistic muse. Taking his cue from the old dirty blues Big Ten Inch Record, Tyler writes with a gleeful impishness about sex throughout Toys in the Attic, whether it's the teenage heavy petting of Walk This Way, the promiscuous Sweet Emotion, or the double-entendres of Uncle Salty and Adam's Apple. The rest of Aerosmith, led by Perry's dirty, exaggerated riffing, provide an appropriately greasy backing. Before Toys in the Attic, no other hard rock band sounded like this. Sure, Aerosmith cribbed heavily from the records of the Rolling Stones, New York Dolls, and Led Zeppelin, but they didn't have any of the menace of their influences, nor any of their mystique. Aerosmith was a gritty, street-wise hard rock band who played their blues as blooze and were in it for a good time; Toys in the Attic crystallizes that attitude.
-All Music Guide1. Toys in the Attic
2. Uncle Salty
3. Adam's Apple
4. Walk This Way
5. Big Ten Inch Record
6. Sweet Emotion
7. No More No More
8. Round and Round
9. You See Me Crying$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Boston Club 1980Live At The Boston Club - Boston, MA - On December 3rd, 1980
This recording - captured at The Boston Club on the 3rd December 1980 and broadcast to the surrounding area by local FM radio - proves that despite all obstacles, Aerosmith was still fully capable of performing a dynamic show.
Playing numerous cuts from the new album as well as older classics like 'Walk This Way,' 'Rats In The Cellar' and 'Big Ten Inch Record,' the sheer energy exhibited by the band clearly demonstrates that the spark was still alive, which no doubt played an integral role in their revival as the 1980s progressed.LP 1
1. Rats In The Cellar
2. Walkin' The Dog
3. Lord Of The Thighs
4. Three Mile Smile/Reefer Head Woman
5. Mother Popcorn
6. Think About It
1. Seasons Of Wither
2. I Wanna Know Why
3. Big Ten Inch Record
4. Walk This Way
5. Lick And A Promise
6. Milk Cow Blues
7. Come Together
8. Train Kept A Rollin'$37.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
King Of RockBefore Run DMC's collaboration with Aerosmith "Walk This Way" smashed the hit charts and proved to the mainstream that rock and hip hop are mere sides of the same coin, the seminal hip hop group already introduced both styles to each other on their second album King Of Rock. This groundbreaking record was the first hip hop album to go platinum. As its title implies, the dynamic trio claim their supremacy by combining heavy 808 beats and massive guitar riff samples, proving they were the baddest group on the block, period. Their sound influenced late eighties hip hop on the whole, most notoriously by their label mates the Beastie Boys. King Of Rock's influence is phenomenal. Not only did it introduce rock fans to a new music, its fresh sounds also made all hip hop that came before it sound dated. This 1985 record is a trailblazing album to the umpteenth degree!1. Rock The House
2. King Of Rock
3. You Talk Too Much
4. Jam-Master Jammin'
5. Roots, Rap, Reggae feat. Yellowman
6. Can You Rock It Like This
7. You're Blind
8. It's Not Funny
9. Darryl And Joe (Krush-Groove 3)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Raising HellFollowing the success of King Of Rock, Raising Hell (1986) raised more than just a massive revenue stream by selling over three million albums worldwide. It's a well known fact that the record, produced by Rock/ Hip Hop production pioneer Rick Rubin, raised the bar for Hip Hop albums in general. Musically it indeed raises hell, being crammed to the brim with hard-hitting hooks, loops, samples, scratches, inventive tong-twisting braggadocio and catchy choruses. Too many classics on this one: Peter Piper with the massive Bob James bell drum sample It's Tricky (putting The Knack's My Sharona sample to extremely good use) and the song that popularized a certain brand of shoes in the Hip Hop community, My Adidas.
However the album's flag bearer is undoubtedly Walk This Way which literally rendered Aerosmith's original version obsolete. Viewing from an eighties Hip Hop perspective, the collaboration with Aerosmith seemed rather unusual to say the least, but at the same time it proved that Hip Hop and Rock are merely next door neighbours. The album's timeless quality surfaces in its ability to bring together masses of fans of both genres.1. Peter Piper
2. It's Tricky
3. My Adidas
4. Walk This Way
5. Is It Live
7. Hit It Run
8. Raising Hell
9. You Be Illin'
10. Dumb Girl
11. Son Of Byford
12. Proud To Be Black$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Raising HellUp until Raising Hell, the rap juggernaut we know as Run-DMC was still in its building and breaking-down- doors phase. In 1986 that
changed, and in a dramatic way. With their third long-player, the group had reached the mountaintop. It was THE record that proved
hip-hop wasn't a fad.
Raising Hell marked an important and significant new era for the group. Leaving producer Larry Smith for up-and- coming sonic
innovator Rick Rubin (still co-produced by Run's brother Russell Simmons), they began to fully transition not only their own sound, but
the sound of the entire genre. Less live playing - with some exceptions - and a slicker, tighter sonic attack. Musical aesthetics aside,
though, at their core they stayed true to the essence of hip-hop: two turntables and a microphone, or two.
It's impossible to talk about the album without its worldwide smash, "Walk This Way," which hit #4 on the Billboard pop charts and saw
the group digging in the rock crates to summon Aerosmith in the flesh, combining Steven Tyler's and Joe Perry's musicianship with the
group's own take on the '70s classic. The song's video cemented Run-DMC as legit MTV
idols, and both groups rode its wave to new heights.
Beyond "Walk This Way," the platter is full to the hilt with undeniable classic singles: "You Be Illin'"; "It's Tricky"; "Peter Piper" and the
fashion-world shifting "My Adidas." Each song was new proof that Run-DMC's sound was indeed new, but still familiar, and full of the
energy, charisma and innovation that drew fans to their first two LPs.
Aside from the singles, the reason the album stands up so well is the fact that there is virtually no filler. "Proud To Be Black" remains a
pioneering and underrated cut when people talk about "conscious" hip-hop. And to make sure they never lost the streets that gave them
their start, "Hit It Run," "Son Of Byford," "Is It Live" and "Perfection" all bring it back to the group's early days in the park.
Besides the triple platinum status the album achieved, it was more than just a pop smash. It signaled a new era for rap music, and it was
the no-turning- back point for the entire genre. This was the beginning of what we now call the Golden Era, and it still sounds as fresh
today as it did three decades ago.1. Peter Piper
2. It's Tricky
3. My Adidas
4. Walk This Way
5. Is It Live
7. Hit It Run
8. Raising Hell
9. You Be Illin'
10. Dumb Girl
11. Son Of Byford
12. Proud To Be Black$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
With Loving And Open ArmsTHE CAUSEY WAY IS NOT A CULT. They wish they were, but they are not. Sure, they are building a compound in a remote and undisclosed place, outside of Gainsville, Florida.(oops) Sure they offer Causey Blood (vegan) in communion cups before their services. And, of course, concert goers are encouraged to fill out membership nametags at their concerts. And it goes without saying that they're more than merely terrified about Y2K. But they are not a cult. They can't be because Alternative Tentacles Records can't sign cults; they're supposed to sign bands.
Causey formed the band in 1997. His requisites were stringent in recruiting his flock. The future parishoners were not allowed to have been in a band - not in their current life nor in prior lives. They made one exception though, they allowed Boy Causey to join the band. Boy, aka Brian, you see, is currently in a ROCK N ROLL band called Man Or Astroman? as well as serving in Servotron. Causey, believe it or not, used to be a professional skateboarder using the phony last name Stanton. He used to defy gravity with corporate sponsorship emblazoned upon his bosom (in interviews he would explain it was the closest feeling approximating that of walking on water) when one day he landed on his nose and finally saw the light. This revelation changed Causey. He wanted to start anew, he suddenly felt a greater purpose. He needed to remain true to his new self while at the same time start something new & exciting and not merely regurgitate putrid bile like some old Linda Blair movie. He dreamed that his followers would release doves in asking for an encore, rather than lighting lighters. He had a mission, and the mission was THE CAUSEY WAY.
Shortly after this period Jello Causey received a care-package from THE CAUSEY WAY. It contained a digital testament of their musical sacrifices, and some thoughtful Y2K preparedness items such as generic bleach, generic toothpaste, and enough cotton swabs to clean out an entire chapel-full of ears. Shortly after receiving the package, he quickly filled out his membership nametag, and the rest is history. (Jello has adamantly denied journalists' claims that he was 'brainwashed'.) It was exactly the type of new 'testament' wave, and pulpit punk that was missing in his life. (Some heathen have made references to Devo due to the presence of keyboards.)
Jello wasn't the only soul converted. Rain Phoenix (sister of late River Phoenix) quickly signed up and did penance by singing background vocals on With Open and Loving Arms. One openly famous musical celebrity superstar, Michael Stipe of the rock quartet REM, was so healed upon experiencing THE CAUSEY WAY service, that he invited the pulpit back to his house for a serving of grits to show his gratitude. The band declined.
Prior to their debut full-length sermon With Open and Loving Arms, THE CAUSEY WAY released an ep by the name of WWCD (that rose to #30 on CMJ's charts) and released an ep called Testimony for the skankedly trendy label Fueled By Ramen.(Less Than Jake's label) before releasing their latest one Causey vs. Everything on Alternative Tentacles in January 2001.1. Message From The Pulpit
3. Carousel Of Progress
4. What Power Is
5. The Electronic Church(You Sell God)
7. Fact Finding Mission
8. Light Of The World
9. Institutional Man
10. Bed Is Where
11. Love Me
12. Word Problems$7.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tougher Than LeatherToo many people sleep on Tougher Than Leather, Run-DMC's fourth album. But hear us out as we plead the case for this amazing LP.
By 1988 there was a lot more competition in the rap game - Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Eric B. & Rakim, Ice-T and many more had given Hollis, Queens' prodigal sons lots of competition. But Joe, Darryl, and Jay were still at the top of their game, and hip-hop fans should never let this classic - chiefly produced by their Queens neighbor, DJ and multi-instrumentalist Davy D[MX] - get lost in their crates.
For starters, the album's first single, "Run's House" b/w "Beats To The Rhyme" is arguably the most powerful one-two punch of the trio's career, showing contenders to the rap throne that they could still destroy a beat, tag-teaming with power at any speed. Not to be lost in the shuffle, fans were also reminded on both sides that Jam-Master Jay remained one of the world's best DJs, flexing the pinnacle of what would be called "turntablism" a decade later. Both songs show a musical telepathy between all three that has rarely been equaled.
The second single, "Mary, Mary," driven by an infectious Monkees sample, took a different approach, shrewdly ensuring that pop fans who jumped on the Raising Hell bandwagon had something to chew on. But, like "Walk This Way," the song wasn't just bubblegum - there was an edge to it, and the lyrical gymnastics were very real. It wasn't selling out, it was allowing fans to buy in. "Papa Crazy," driven in concept and by a sample from the Temptations' "Papa Was A Rolling Stone," followed a similar pop-leaning path.
Overall, the lyrical content on the album was a step up from the group's first three LPs. It's easy to infer, looking back, that they were feeling the heat from their younger competitors in the rap game. The genre was changing fast, and they were up to the challenge. On cuts like "Radio Station," they bring substance to the grooves, by attacking Black Radio for its continual denigration of rap. "Tougher Than Leather" reminds the world that they were still the Kings of Rock, with hard guitars to drive the point home. And "They Call Us Run-DMC" and "Soul To Rock And Roll" both bring things back to their early days, with sure-fire park jam rhymes and killer cuts.
Tougher Than Leather, which went platinum up against a lot of competition, perfectly bookends the '80s output of one of the decade's most important groups. It encompasses the full range of the trio's capabilities and reminds us that Run-DMC should never be forgotten as both pioneers and party-rockers. And so, we say, long live Joe, Darryl, and Jay!1. Run's House
2. Mary, Mary
3. They Call Us Run DMC
4. Beats To The Rhyme
5. Radio Station
6. Papa Crazy
7. Tougher Than Leather
8. I'm Not Going Out Like That
9. How'd Ya Do It Dee
10. Miss Elaine
11. Soul To Rock And Roll
12. Ragtime$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mesh & Lace (200 Gram)200 Gram Black Vinyl
Preceding the album that made them famous, Mesh & Lace walked the path of dreamy, atmospheric aggression, fared with influences of post-punk bands such as Joy Division and Bauhaus. Dark and ambient, Modern English were highly experimental early on, giving way to lighter, melodic pop for the remainder of their career.1. 16 Days
2. Just A Thought
3. Move In Light
5. The Token Man
6. A Viable Commercial
7. Black Houses
8. Dance Of Devotion (A Love Song)$35.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Songs For RoundersThe late 50s. A time of crushing conformity. Of well-manicured lawns, white picket fences, and men in grey flannel suits. Not in Hank Thompsons world. With its tales of drunkenness, prostitution , drug abuse, gambling and vagrancynot to mention one of the most notorious album covers in the history not just of country music, but of all popular musicThompsons 1959 LP Songs for Rounders remains one of countrys most essential albums. It all started
when Thompson brought Ken Nelson, Capitols head of country A&R at the time, a song he often featured in his live performances called Cocaine Blues. Nelson told him there was no way the song would ever get any airplay as a single, but suggested it might work as part of an album concept.
Thompson then proceeded to round up a collection of tunes taken from every walk of American popular song and every walk of American lifelike the walk taken in Dallas red light district in Deep Elm. The spirit of the album even extended to the photo shoot. After the cover shots were taken in the morning, Thompson spent the rest of the day in the studio recording. He then went down the street to a bar and found one of the women who had posed with him. She had been drinking since the shoot had ended. She didnt even remember him. This Real Gone vinyl reissue offers the optimum way to experience this landmark album. Remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in New York, cut by Peter Black at FM Mastering, and and manufactured on 160-gram vinyl at Bill Smith Custom Records, this release features the stereo mix of Songs for Rounders, as this record was not only Hanks first stereo recording but also one of the earliest country albums to be released in stereo (just wait til you hear some of those sparkling Merle Travis leads)!
And, we have included an album-size insert with a full-color reproduction of the album cover suitable for framing on one side and notes from Grammy®-winning liner note writer Colin Escott on the other. Essential American music released in its original format, with improved packaging to boot.1. Three Times Seven
2. I'll Be a Bachelor Till I Die
3. Drunkard's Blues
4. Teach 'Em How to Swim
5. Dry Bread
6. Cocaine Blues
7. Deep Elm
8. Bummin' Around
9. Little Blossom
10. Rovin' Gambler
11. Left My Gal in the Mountains
12. May I Sleep in Your Barn Tonight Mister?$21.99160 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sings The Songs That Made Him FamousOriginally released in 1958 on Sun Records, Johnny Cash's second album was a smash success, with singles such as I Walk The Line, Guess Things Happen That Way, and Ballad of a Teenage Queen shooting to the top of the charts and earning Cash a reputation as one of country's greatest songwriters and performers. The Man In Black is accompanied by Luther Perkins and Marshall Grant, known at the time as The Tennessee Two. The album was produced by Sun Records founder, Sam Phillips, and Jack Clement.1. Ballad of a Teenage Queen
2. There You Go
3. I Walk the Line
4. Don't Make Me Go
5. Guess Things Happen That Way
6. Train of Love
7. The Ways of a Woman in Love
8. Next in Line
9. You're the Nearest Thing to Heaven
10. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)
11. Home of the Blues
12. Big River$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
$24.99 $15.99 Save $9.00 (36%)
By The Time I Get To Phoenix (On Sale)Glen Campbell's commercial breakthrough came by way of the title track, which was the direct precursor in production terms to Wichita Lineman, and by the same writer. The cover of Paul Simon's Homeward Bound is sincere if a little perfunctory, but Campbell's rendition of Ernest Tubb's Tomorrow Never Comes is a bravura performance, rich and soulful, as well as recalling Rodgers & Hammerstein's You'll Never Walk Alone as done by Gerry & the Pacemakers. Cold December in Your Heart harks back to Campbell's country-folk material, a piece of midtempo country-pop. Material like that and the similar Back in the Race, Dorsey Burnette's Hey Little One, Jerry Reed's You're Young and You'll Forget, and Bill Anderson's Bad Seed hold up better than more pop-focused numbers like My Baby's Gone, though the string backings on most of these very much date them. The final number here, the touching Love Is a Lonesome River, makes a brilliant coda.
This title is not eligible for further discount.1. By The Time I Get To Phoenix
2. Homeward Bound
3. Tomorrow Never Comes
4. Cold December (In Your Heart)
5. My Baby's Gone
6. Back In The Race
7. Hey Little One
8. Bad Seed
9. I'll Be Lucky Someday
10. You're Young And You'll Forget
11. Love Is A Lonesome River$24.99 $15.99 Save $9.00 (36%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lesser Key (Coke Bottle Clear)
Coke Bottle Clear Vinyl
"Freedom is a double-edged sword.. we are inspired to create from the ugly as well as the beautiful."
The Los Angeles based rock group, LESSER KEY, represents an exploration into personal and artistic freedom. The group consists of Andrew
Zamudio, Brett Fanger, Justin Hanson and Paul D'Amour - founding TOOL bassist and songwriter (Opiate & Undertow)
LESSER KEY will be releasing their highly anticipated self-titled debut EP. The group created their debut with producer Sylvia
Massy (System of a Down, Tool, Johnny Cash).
LESSER KEY states: "Having Paul D'Amour join us on bass is a real pleasure. We all loved the work he did on the first few TOOL albums. I think first
and foremost we give our best effort to create something that excites us.. the intention is to stir things up a bit. We'd rather try to present something
in the most honest way possible so that people can come to their own thoughts and feelings. Hopefully both the listener and us walk away more
aware from the art."1. Intercession
2. Pale Horse
4. Folding Stairs
5. In Passing Through
6. Labile$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Women Of Your LifeWhite Colored Vinyl
Stripped-down, unblighted, bedroom pop songs... about girls. Women Of Your Life is the intimately facile sophomore album from indie-slackers Sleeping Bag.
The Bloomington, Indiana based trio is spearheaded by Dave Segedy, who is the group's drummer, songwriter and primary vocalist (that's right: a drummer who writes and sings all the songs!). Specializing in simple and honest songwriting, Malkmus-deadpan vocal delivery, and unusually addictive melodies, Sleeping Bag craft songs that are at once familiar and fresh.
The band's debut s/t album was released on Joyful Noise in August 2011, receiving praise from Under The Radar, Impose Magazine, Village Voice, RCRD LBL, and My Old Kentucky Blog. With their second album, the trio have matured in the ways one might expect: songs are a bit longer, lyrics a bit more personal, and arrangements more developed. But all of Sleeping Bag's signature elements are well represented
throughout: the heartfelt (In The Pocket, Still Life), the playful (Allison Cole, Saturday Night) and the unbelievably catchy (Soccer Ball, Walk Home).
Segedy's eortless melodies, accompanied by the distinctively jangling guitar work of Lewis Rogers and the tastefully minimal bass of David Woodru, combine to form a sound that summons the energy and earnestness of 90s rock, while sidestepping throwback territory. Familiar inuences are organically reconstructed into relevant,
captivating pop. These are instantly accessible songs which gain surprising depth with each obsessively repeated listen.1. Women Of Your Life
2. Soda You
3. Soccer Ball
4. 5Allison Cole
5. In The Pocket
7. Saturday Night
9. Still Life
10. Walk Home$16.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SaosinSaosin is the debut album by post-hardcore band Saosin. Includes a matte finish with spot UV gatefold jacket and full color inner sleeve.
The long wait is over. California's Saosin issued their debut EP Translating the Name in 2003. They already had a well-developed fan base for their unique, even enigmatic brand of post-hardcore screamo. The band, having undergone some personnel changes -- most notably singer Anthony Green's departure in 2004 and the enlisting of Cove Reber as his replacement -- also underwent a sonic change on their self-titled 2005 EP. That primer was a guidebook to the band's new sound. Their Capitol debut, produced by Howard Benson, who also plays keyboards and does minimal programming, is a much slicker and far more imaginative outing than the band's underground fans may appreciate. That's not to say it's not impressive. It is. Quite so. This quintet are fine songwriters, excellent musicians, and have actually taken their post-underground hardcore beginnings and turned them into something that may indeed further rock music itself. This is not an idle claim. The songs on this album are tight, finished, and full of unexpected twists and turns, varied dynamics, fine lyrics, and, most of all, they're surprising. The hard twin-guitar sound at the front drives a rhythm section that is always in the pocket. Justin Shekoski and Beau Burchell work symbiotically with one another. They twin riffs and single lines without ever devolving into guitar heroics. They play as a unit. Reber's beautiful high-pitched voice walks the line but never resorts to screaming, because he doesn't have to: his instrument is powerful enough to ride the top of the musical swirl. The rhythm section carries the cradle of all this innovation, never slipping or abandoning these songs to mere workmanship. Check the killer counterpoint leads on Follow and Feel, and how drummer Alex Rodriguez takes the beat to the band inside the tune. When Reber enters with Don't let them know you're watching their situation crumble... his lyric is one of dislocation and the futile attempt to understand distance and dissolution. The killer, all-out rock riff in It's So Simple is beguiling as the song's dynamics and pace change three times inside of four minutes. That's the other beauty of this record; all but one track are under four minutes. The album flows from top to bottom; songs bleed into one another yet keep their distinctive identities. It's a strange comparison, but Saosin are as unique in their way as U2 were in their right from the beginning. Though they are seasoned road warriors, it's no mean achievement that a debut album carrying so much weight seemingly so effortlessly, is so utterly sophisticated and complete . Sure, Capitol will try to make them the next big thing, and maybe they should -- when's the last time you heard anything really new in rock music? Bury Your Head is the only track here that is a carry-over from Saosin's EP. Its woven textures, explosive singing, knotty basslines, and call and response vocals are chilling and utterly effective. Saosin walk that line between metal, indie rock, post-hardcore, and many other things. But that tautness is what gives their songs such power and ruddy grace. The album may garner the charges of sell-out from the underground, but musicians grow. In a relatively short time, Saosin has evolved into a smart, utterly talented and perhaps even visionary unit that is rewriting the book in the 21st century. They have delivered a debut album that is mature, truly original, that can garner the attention of those kids -- and hopefully, older adults who still care about rock -- from almost any side of the rock & roll spectrum. - Allmusic.com1. It's Far Better to Learn
3. It's So Simple
5. Finding Home
6. Follow and Feel
7. Come Close
8. I Never Wanted To
10. You're Not Alone
11. Bury Your Head
12. Some Sense of Security$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Ice On The DuneIt's exactly what electronic pop should sound like in 2013. Fresh, euphoric, youthful...it more than delivers on the promise of 2008 s million-selling debut Walking On A Dream and the fantastical imagery that made them a festival highlight wherever Steele strapped on his head-dress, said Q, awarding the album four stars in a lead review. MOJO noted, you can t help but be charmed by their puckish, wide-eyed enthusiasm for the redemptive power of pop. Nearly every track is powered by a room-rattling disco groove, observed Uncut, scoring it 8/10. But what makes DNA , Alive , Concert Pitch and the title song so irresistible is the way their silky melodies resolve into super-saturated Technicolor chorus hooks.1. Lux
4. Concert Pitch
5. Ice On The Dune
7. I'll Be Around
8. Old Flavours
10. Surround Sound
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TookahTookah is Emiliana Torrini's fourth album and it follows 2008's critically acclaimed Me And Armini. It sees Emiliana back in the studio with her long-time producer/collaborator Dan Carey.
'Tookah' was written at different stages over a 3 year period, the oldest song being "When Fever Breaks" which was written having come off a tough two year tour which took it's toll in many ways.
"The only way to deal with things is to go into the studio and do music, it is like brain scrambling. You come out of the session clearer as you get to step out of yourself take a look and deal with it."
Other songs like 'Autumn Sun' were written in Iceland.
"We had done that before, gone on a week's writing trip to Iceland, wrote five songs in that week which all made it onto ´Me and Armini´. We were kind of expecting the same to happen. It didn´t. We only wrote 'Autumn Sun'. It was extremely frustrating. Lyrics were hard to write for this album and I spent day and night trying to finish it - with Dan standing over me in military mode. The only time in my life I did not like him much."
On the airplane we realized Dan had left his computer at the airport - it had the only copy of the song. He ran out to find it and just made it back just before the doors closed. We had a terrifying landing that almost ended badly. We grabbed each other and the only thing we said was "Nooo the song! It will be lost forever!"
This record was my sound journey. I had not long had my baby and was getting my head around this huge love I had for him and then being absolutely devastated that I might have dragged him out of a world where he was wild and free, riding horses, swimming in rivers and eating over open fires, to this world where the bad is too much to handle. I had a new identity to figure out and the record was the tiger in the rowing boat. It was going nowhere. I did not like the music we were doing because we had done it before. We knew how to craft that. I needed a challenge, proof that something in me had shifted and it had to be musically as well. I was driving myself too hard.
Dan told me I was not ready to make a record, that I should forget about it for a while, just hang out.
So, we started hanging out, in the studio. In my head the difference was we were not making a record. I discovered the Oberheim on Youtube and that changed everything. That and the Swarmatron Dan had bought. We knew we would plaster it all over the record before we knew what the record was.
I pulled some friends together I was writing with Simon Byrt, ("Blood Red", "Elísabet"), Ian kellett (´Elísabet) and Matt Robertson who are real synth nerds and we started playing around and having fun. We went to Dan´s and jammed and started doing some synth symphonies.
After you have a baby there comes a time where you need to go out with your girlfriends and dance. I went to the studio with Dan and did a dance track "Speed of Dark." We danced. It had to be on the record it was a part of the journey. From that the sound of the record was born, it was a challenge bringing it all together.
The sound was worked very visually. There are almost two stories to each song there is the lyrical visual and then there is a whole different visual that comes with the instrumental and that is how the sound was often directed. "Home" is a very good example of how the sound was built from a visual. When we were writing it, it was clear it had to have a very certain feeling. ´I wanted it to have the visual of you standing in snow blinding white, watching your breath in the cold, not feeling the cold. You look to your left and a lake stretches out frozen and huge. You walk over it to the other side into a forest, you lose direction. Completely lost and helpless. Fireworks start lighting up the sky and you feel a wave of relief. You walk towards them. In the king blue sky they start changing into jelly fish in neon flashing colours, leading the way to home.´ We did not stop until we saw that when playing it.
'Tookah' is a made up word. It came when I was improvising and I connected with that word or name in a very deep blissful way. It is the core of you. The 'you' you were when you were born, before life decorated you like a Christmas tree with all the baggage. It is what connects us with everyone and everything.
It is what the sufis spin for, what we are looking for all our lives. It is the sudden thankfulness you feel when doing nothing in particular, where everything is gently perfect for a moment. God has many names. I call mine 'Tookah'.
- Emiliana Torrini1. Tookah
3. Autumn Sun
6. Animal Games
7. Speed of Dark
8. Blood Red
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StreetcoreOne of the few true heroes of the punk era, former Clash frontman Joe Strummer walked it like he talked it, never losing his commitment to either his music or his ideals. Streetcore marks his third album since his '99 re-emergence, and possibly his strongest solo album to date.
This fact is all the more poignant in light of Strummer's death shortly before Streetcore's completion. He has left us a swansong of which he could be proud. His famous eclecticism is full-on; this makes the wide-ranging SANDINISTA seem like GIVE 'EM ENOUGH ROPE by comparison. A dizzying fusion of electronica, reggae, funk, hip-hop, rock, folk, blues, world music, and more, it's what he'd been working his way up to ever since his comeback. Things never spiral out of control, as his lyrics are the most focused he'd written since his Clash days--simultaneously political and playful. Streetcore closes with a cover of Bobby Charles's Grow Too Old (retitled Silver and Gold), a vow to live life to its fullest that would seem tragic in context had not its singer done exactly that all the way to the end.1. Coma Girl
2. Get Down Moses
3. Long Shadow
4. Arms Aloft
5. Ramshackle Day Parade
6. Redemption Song
7. All In A Day
8. Burnin' Streets
9. Midnight Jam
10. Silver And Gold$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Mystery Girl ExpandedEveryone involved with Mystery Girl sensed the magic in Roy Orbison, who, in 1988, was enjoying a full creative renaissance and resurgence of popularity. One of Roy's classic recordings, "In Dreams," memorably lip-synched into a hurricane lamp by Dean Stockwell, had served as a key thematic element in David Lynch's "Blue Velvet," igniting a renewed interest in the Big O.
In a series of bold aesthetic moves, Orbison directly addressed his legacy, first with Class of '55 (a 1986 reunion album with fellow Sun Records alumni Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins) and then, In Dreams: The Greatest Hits, where Orbison recut many of his biggest songs, using 1980s technology to produce results often surpassing his original recordings.
At this same time, Roy Orbison became a founding member of the Traveling Wilburys, the roots rock supergroup also featuring Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Tom Petty. It was during work with the Wilburys that the vision for Mystery Girl, a new Roy Orbison album made of original songs from a variety of writers-including Roy Orbison, Diane Warren, Elvis Costello, Wesley Orbison and U2s Bono and the Edge (among others)-began taking shape.
"When he sang it, it was absolutely magnificent," said Jeff Lynne, who would produce tracks for Mystery Girl. "His voice, I had never heard a voice like that live, you know, in the studio, ever . He had this wonderful spirit, almost like a kid in many ways.
He was just a happy guy. I love him . One of the proudest things I've ever done is to have become his friend. I'd look at him and just go, 'Wow, it's him. The Big O.'"
Roy's core group of musicians on the original Mystery Girl recordings included Jeff Lynne (guitar, piano, bass, backing vocals), Tom Petty (acoustic guitar, backing vocals), Mike Campbell (guitar, bass, mandolin), Jim Keltner (drums), Howie Epstein (bass, backing vocals), and Benmont Tench (piano, organ, cheap strings). Contributing artists on the album include Barbara Orbison, Roy Orbison, Jr., Al Kooper, George Harrison, Bono, T Bone Burnett, Steve Cropper, The Memphis Horns, and more.
"I was just taken by how amazing this guy was. Just sitting, singing softly, sitting on the sofa with an acoustic guitar, his voice was unbelievable." remembers Tom Petty. "The music will live on, you know; it's very timeless music."
Mike Campbell added, "Any time I hear one of Roy's songs, wherever I am, I just stop and listen to it and he's there, you know. His artistry and his voice and his spirit and the depth of his soul is so unique and it just connects with you in such a deep way . He just had a way of getting into your heart."
"He was a real innovator, truly a great singer," said Bono. "The real rebels to me always had manners. Elvis, you know, and Roy, Roy was a true gentleman. And that's a scary thing in a man, do you know what I mean? A man that's so sure in himself that he can be polite."
The legendary guitarist Steve Cropper confided that, "I've only met basically three, maybe three-and-a-half, of what I call 'light bulbs' in my life. And what I mean by 'light bulbs' is they're the brightest one in the room and when they walk in the door every head turns. Every head. Not just a few, not some people still talking in the corner. It's like everyone stops what they are doing. Elvis Presley, Otis Redding and Roy Orbison. And I saw that happen to Bill Clinton. So, there you go and I've never seen that happen to anybody else, ever."LP1
1. You Got It
2. In the Real World
3. (All I Can Do Is) Dream You
4. A Love So Beautiful
5. California Blue
6. She's a Mystery to Me
7. The Comedians
8. The Only One
10. Careless Heart
1. The Way Is Love
2. She's a Mystery to Me (Studio Demo)
3. (All I Can Do Is) Dream You (Studio Demo)
4. The Only One (Studio Demo)
5. The Comedians (Studio Demo)
6. In the Real World (Studio Demo)
7. California Blue (Studio Demo)
8. Windsurfer (Work-Tape Demo)
9. You Are My Love (Work-Tape Demo)$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Born With StripesSan Diegos The Donkeys strike a balance of smiling, surfer mysticism and winking, slacker mystique. They reanimate the charming hallmarks of sunshine-rock past without being sepia-toned retro or bubblegum-cloying. There is an innate playfulness and honesty to the music they make. Its a dynamic that has made public champions of keen-eared musicians like John Darnielle (Mountain Goats) and Craig Finn (The Hold Steady). It was Darnielle who claimed The Donkeys were benevolent keepers of what he called The Antidote to an unnamed sickness plaguing indie rock.
Born With Stripes is an altogether less twangy affair than the bands 2008 Dead Oceans debut, Living On The Other Side. The nods to Grateful Dead and Buffalo Springfield are better balanced with echoes of other Cali arists, notably Pavement and Beck. The country-rock flairs are often overtaken by powerpop hooks. What some might call a lazy melody is really just a melody on its own clock. Nice and relaxed.
Ceiling Tan, feels like a lost weekend in Tijuana with Mutations and Crooked Rain, and may well be the bands mission statement. I Like The Way You Walk also cops a 90s alt-rock lick, but ditches any esoterica for earnest yearnings and sweet nothings.
What makes the Donkeys so potent is not their ability to rehash the past, its that their records embody a pureness, an authenticity that is unmatched in contemporary music. We were not the only ones to feel this undeniable connection. The Donkeys had a brush with Hollywood when Lost producer Eddy Kitsis heard the band, and cast them as Geronimo Jackson, a band he had written into the Lost story as an obscure San Francisco band from the 70s, who were peers of the Grateful Dead. Kitsis heard the Donkeys and felt they so embodied this fictitious band, that he actually had the band re-record their song Excelsior Lady as Dharma Lady and weaved it into the TV show.
The album was mixed by Pernice Brothers Thom Monahan, whose involvement not only gives us the crispest, warmest Donkeys recordings to date, it also serves to remind us of the bands loose connections to an array of psych-dappled kindred spirits: Vetiver, Papercuts, BrightblackMorning Light, Devendra Banhart. Monahan was not the only outsider the band collaborated with on Born With Stripes. The playful album artwork was created by California illustrator and cartoonist Tony Millionaire, best known for his comics Maakies and Sock Monkey, and as the creator of the Adult Swim show Drinky Crow.1. Don't Know Who We Are
2. I Like The Way You Walk
4. Born With Stripes
6. West Coast Raga
7. New Blue Stockings
8. Ceiling Tan
10. Bullfrog Blues
12. East Coast Raga$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dagger BeachDagger Beachwas Recorded at Tiny Telephone on 2 Analog Tape Without the Use of Computers.
The Vinyl Release Will be Issued as a QRP 200 Gram Audiophile Limited Pressing.
While it's true I did endure a terrible break-up at the beginning of writing this record, this is not a break
up record. Dagger Beach is a put-me-the-fuck-back-together record.
The break up came in late 2011, after endless months of White Wilderness touring. I returned home to an
empty house, and, as that's pretty unbearable when you're not quite right in the head, I decided to set out
walking. I hiked the Lost Coast (36 miles of off-the-grid splendor in Southern Humboldt County), I hiked
the entire 150-mile trail system of Pt. Reyes, I hiked for days, deep, deep in the woods, usually alone.
As I walked and walked, listening to records on repeat, I started obsessing about music again. Three
records found their way into my psyche and inspired much of this new record: Joanna Newsom's Have
One On Me, Silver Jews' The Natural Bridge, and Radiohead's King Of Limbs. I don't think you'll find
traces of these records in Dagger Beach, but their spirit and fearlessness deeply affected me. (Hence the
shout-out on the record to one of my lifelong heroes, David Berman.)
The first two reminded me how crucial great lyrics can be, how your experience of a record can evolve
and change as you slowly decode complex and thoughtful writing. King Of Limbsshowed me how
powerful linear songwriting can be, when subtle changes in form and repeating motifs slowly shift into
something else entirely (just try to follow Morning Mr. Magpie on headphones). There are many songs
on Dagger Beach that take this approach: Damage Control and Gaslight were both written to drum
patterns played by Jason Slota, my long-time partner. Jason played drums alone, without music, and I
adapted to his structures and rhythms. Doing this keeps me from relying on my usual tricks and
structures and forces me into brand new territory.
This strange experience, the endless hiking and backcountry camping off the grid, it completely changed
the songwriting process for me. I edited lyrics while walking, I worked out songs in my head. It didn't
come easy: the first time I camped alone (I was deep inside the million-acre Mendocino National Forest) I
freaked out, ended my trip early, and wrote Raw Wood the next day. By the end of 2012, I could stay out
for a week on my own.
As the experience changed me, it changed the record. Dagger Beach is looser, weirder, and more free
because of itRaw Wood
Song for Dana Lok
How the West Was Won
Song for David Berman
Song for the Landlords of Tiny
Sleep it Off
North Coast Rep
Interlude #2$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now