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Who Came First'
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This 1972 release was the first release by Pete Townshend outside of The Who. The album is a collection of music dedicated to Meher Baba, Townshend's spiritual master and follows on from the private pressings of 'Happy Birthday' another devotional album which Townshend put together to celebrate the first anniversary of the passing of Baba and its follow up 'I Am'. 'Who Came First' came about because of the bootlegging of these albums and Decca in the States pushing for an official release. In response Townshend decided to release a new album, with Decca promising $1 of every sale going towards Baba projects. The resultant album exposes Townshend's spiritual enlightenment and sees him perform with fellow Baba followers, including Ronnie Lane and Billy Nicholls.
The album includes Townshend's versions of Who Classics 'Let's See Action' and the sublime opener 'Pure and Easy' as well as cover versions of songs which were Baba favourites. The album closes with the epic 'Parvadigar', a rendition of Meher Baba's Universal Prayer, set to music by PeteTownshend.1. Pure and Easy
3. Forever's No Time At All
4. Let's See Action
5. Time Is Passing
6. There's A Heartache Following Me
7. Sheraton Gibson
9. Parvardigar$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Who Me?"In contrast to his shambolic band's [the Beets] crude punkish impressions, the man's solo material hews more acoustic and bare, showcasing his warm voice and knack for, yes, poetry, that feels beamed in from a halcyon era." - Spin
Over ten years ago, a teenage Juan Wauters came to New York from Uruguay. Quickly after his arrival to the Big Apple, he turned to music to take control of the loneliness that came with his new surroundings. However, his isolation didn't last long though and, in the Queen's neighborhood Jackson Heights, he formed The Beets with new friends, garnering a reputation that allowed him to record three albums and tour the United States extensively. As the band began to slow down in 2012, Juan had more to say and he kept
going on his own with his debut solo album, N.A.P. North American Poetry, released on Captured Tracks in 2014.
Who Me? is the next chapter in the ongoing story of Juan Wauters. Whereas his debut solo record was recorded casually over the course of one year, his new album was crafted in under two weeks at Future Apple Tree in Rock Island, Illinois. Inspired by both the arrangements of Uruguayan songwriter Jaime Roos and the production of American master Dr. Dre, this collection of songs presents his continued approach to existential questioning through pop music. Tracks like "She Might Get Shot" and "I Was Well," which may seem like wisdom addressed to the listener, are in fact part of Juan's reciprocal process of self-actualization through songwriting and performing. Bringing new sounds to his repertoire, "This Is I" and "Through That Red" add a spiritual tone with ethereal string arrangements. Juan's voice - which has risen to the forefront of his music since his first recordings with The Beets - intensifies with added nuance. This year Juan Wauters will continue to tour the world in support of his second solo record.1. En Mi
2. Todo Terminó
3. I'm All Wrong
4. There's Something Still There
5. Wo odside, Queens
6. Through That Red
8. She Might Get Shot
9. Grey Matter
10. I Was Well
11. Así no más
12. This Is I
13. El Show De Los Meurtos$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Quadrophenia: Super Deluxe Director's CutAfter Who's Next, Pete Townshend created Quadrophenia, the story of Jimmy, a young mod struggling to come of age in mid-1960s England. Quadrophenia perfectly captured the era in which it was set and has remained one of the most enduring rock albums of all time.
For Quadrophenia: Super Deluxe Director's Cut, Pete Townshend spent 6 months revisiting what he describes as the Who album I'm most proud of. The end result is a stunning limited edition 5 disc box set featuring the original studio album, now remastered, 2 discs of previously unreleased demos, a disc of 5.1 surround-sound mixes and a 7 vinyl single.
The set also contains rare and unseen memorabilia including handwritten lyrics, unseen photos, a poster, a unique studio diary as well as an extensive essay and track by track guide to the demo recordings all written by Pete.
The time has come for me and my team to honour Quadrophenia with a carefully presented package that features examples of the impact surround sound (quadrophonic) would have on the music, to remaster the vinyl mixes, and to collect and restore my demos. I am also going to try to shed some light on the way Quadrophenia came about, and how it was inspired by events in my life in 1970 and 1971 when I scribbled or typed the very first notes and lyrics for some of the songs that made it onto the final record. - Pete Townshend7 Single
CD1 - Original Album
I Am The Sea
The Real Me
Cut My Hair
The Punk And The Godfather
The Dirty Jobs
Is It In My Head?
Ive Had Enough
CD2 - Original Album
Sea And Sand
Love Reign Oer Me
The Real Me
Quadrophenia Four Overtures
Cut My Hair
Fill No. 1 Get Out and Stay Out
Quadrophenic Four Faces
We Close Tonight
You Came Back
Is It In My Head
Ive Had Enough
Fill No. 2
Sea & Sand
Is It Me
Love Reign Oer Me
DVD 5.1 surround-sound mix
1. I Am The Sea
2. The Real Me
4. Ive Had Enough
6. Dr Jimmy
7. The Rock
8. Love Reign Oer Me$169.997 Vinyl LP + 4 CDs + DVD - Sealed Buy Now
Songs From The Vanished FrontierSongs from the Vanished Frontier, the second album from New York's Yellowbirds, includes love songs and breakup songs, happy numbers and sad numbers, tunes about not believing in the truth and, alternately, tunes about delivering it. There's bracing rock 'n' roll and bubbling folk, drifting jangle and swiveling R&B. But the thread that unites these nine instantly affecting songs is their search to find the signal amid the noise that is, to understand the world and its whirlwind and to deliver just a little bit of clarity every three or four minutes.
Singer, guitarist and songwriter Sam Cohen who first came to prominence as part of the experimental psych rock band Apollo Sunshine founded Yellowbirds as an outlet for new songs he'd been writing following his former band s dissolution. Yellowbirds debut album, The Color, was released by The Royal Potato Family in 2011 and received favorable reviews, with Pitchfork noting that the record espoused 'an endearing raggedness, as though Cohen invited you into his living room.' Vanished Frontier hinges on the same intimacy. The album glows with spectral harmonies and interwoven textures, decorative percussion and brilliant guitar playing; but, these are songs that could stand on their own, stripped of all that. In the end, the noise supports the signal.1. Stop Tonight
2. Mean Maybe
3. Love Stories
4. Young Men of Promise
5. The Ceiling
6. The Vanished Frontier
8. For Girls Who Love To Sing
9. What's Out There$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
FoodOn the one hand, there is Kelis Rogers, who first came to prominence singing the hook of Ol' Dirty Bastard's 1999 hit 'Got Your Money'. This was the visually and sonically compelling 20 year-old whose debut album 'Kaleidoscope' helped usher in the wave of sharp, thrillingly futuristic R&B that dominated the charts in the early Noughties, as exemplified by her global hit, 'Milkshake'.
On the other there is Dave Sitek, guitarist in acclaimed Brooklyn experimentalists TV On The Radio and producer to a certain kind of smart, indie band (the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Foals and Liars to name a few).
'Food' is a startling combination of Kelis' most frank and vulnerable vocals to date, and Sitek's inimitable sonic imprint. Littered with transcendent, Spector-esque lift, warm bottom ends and vast depth, the music is the perfect backdrop for Kelis' unique voice. The latter has only improved with time and experience, and the album candidly explores pain, happiness and everything in between.
Recorded at Sitek's house in LA (and entirely produced by him), Kelis' new album, 'Food,' mints a sound that's rootsy without ever being self-consciously retro, that pitches live horns and gospel organ against electronics, that for all its classic soul and funk influences, couldn't have been made any time but now.1. Jerk Ribs
3. Forever Be
8. Bless the Telephone
9. Friday Fish Fry
12. Biscuits n' Gravy
13. Dreamer$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Pleading The Blues (Pure Pleasure)
The year was 1959. The occasion was a 'Battle of the Blues' at the Blue Flame Club in Chicago. A young harmonica player Junior Wells - who got his start as Little Walter Jacobs' replacement in Muddy Waters' band back in '52 - probably didn't imagine he would come in second. After all, he had already put down both Otis Rush and Magic Sam. Still to come, though, was this fleet-fingered, skinny young Louisiana cat - Buddy Guy, who came first. As the climax to his blistering solo, Guy tossed his guitar in the air, then caught it by the neck one handed. As it slid through his fingers, Buddy created this high levee moan. Crowd gone wild. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
That chance meeting set in motion more than a relationship. This early, and profound, respect translated into a partnership that somehow superceded Wells' early work with one of the most important people in the blues. Wells and Guy would produce some of the most unabashed and deeply cool West Side blues recordings.
This album recorded for the French Isabel label, in 1979 is a companion piece to Guy's "Blues Giant" recording of the same year. There's the gentle blues shuffle of "It Hurts Me Too", made famous by Elmore James. There's the electric-blues muscle of the title tune. Finally, as a bonus track, there's the funky, clearly James Brown-influenced "I Smell Something". This is a fine recording - and certainly one of Junior's best little-known releases.
- Buddy Guy (guitar, vocals)
- Phil Guy (guitar)
- J. Williams (bass)
- Ray Allison (drums)
Recording: October 1979 at Condorcet Studio, Toulouse (France), by Francois Porterie
Production: Didier Tricard
About Pure Pleasure
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Pleading The Blues
2. It Hurts Me Too
3. Cut Out The Lights
4. Just For My Baby
5. Quit Teasing My Baby
6. I'll Take Care Of You
7. Take Your Time Baby$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl - Sealed Buy Now
Southern AvenueSouthern Avenue is a Memphis street that runs from the easternmost part of the city limits all the way to Soulsville, the original home of Stax Records. Southern Avenue is also the name of a fiery young Memphis quintet that embodies its home city's soul, blues and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own. "If Memphis is a genre, this is it!" proclaims American Blues Scene and Rock 103FM calls Southern Avenue "The most talked about band in Memphis."
Their self-titled debut album is a breath of fresh air with its own unique blend of gospel- tinged R&B vocals, roots/blues-based guitar work and soul-inspired songwriting. And Southern Avenue's upcoming release on the fabled Stax label is a testament to the young combo's talent and vision.
Southern Avenue features five young but seasoned musicians who came from diverse musical and personal backgrounds to create music that spans their wide-ranging musical interests, while showcasing the powerful chemistry that the group has honed through stage and studio experience.
Southern Avenue encompasses Memphis-born, church-bred sisters Tierinii and Tikyra Jackson, respectively a soulful, charismatic singer and a subtle powerful drummer; guitarist Ori Naftaly, an Israeli-born blues disciple who first came to America as an acclaimed solo artist; versatile jazz-inspired bassist Daniel McKee; and the band's newest addition, keyboardist Jeremy Powell, an early alumnus of Stax's legendary music academy.
The band members' diverse skills come together organically on Southern Avenue, scheduled for release on February 24, 2017 via Stax Records, a division of Concord Music Group. Produced by Kevin Houston (North Mississippi Allstars, Lucero, Patty Griffin), the 10-song album features guest appearances from Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and trumpeter Marc Franklin of the Bo-Keys. But it's Southern Avenue's own potent musical chemistry that drives such sublimely soulful originals as Don't Give Up, What Did I Do, It's Gonna Be Alright, Love Me Right and Wildflower. The band also pays tribute to its roots with an incandescent reading of Ann Peebles' Memphis soul classic Slipped, Tripped and Fell in Love.
The seeds for Southern Avenue's birth were planted when Ori Naftaly, who'd grown up in Israel with a deep-rooted passion for American blues and funk, came to Memphis in 2013 to compete in the prestigious International Blues Challenge. That experience led to Naftaly moving permanently to Memphis and successfully touring the United States with his own band. Although his talents were embraced by American audiences, Naftaly felt constrained in his own band, feeling the need to include a more expansive, collaborative musical vision. That opportunity arrived when he met Memphis native Tierinii Jackson, who'd gotten her start singing in church, before performing in a series of cover bands and theatrical projects.
According to Ori, When I saw Tierinii perform, I thought, 'This is why I came to America.' I met her and we clicked. At our first rehearsal, she told me that her sister was a drummer, and she thought it would be great to have her in the band. We had such a good vibe, and suddenly I didn't care so much about my solo thing.
I initially clicked with Ori really well, but it was his project, Tierinii remembers. Then he came to me and said 'I want this band to be a collaboration, I want this to be our vision and our music.' So we started writing together, and that's when I realized that we were really the same musically.
We started over, Naftaly continues. We threw out most of the songs I'd been playing in my solo band, and Tierinii and I wrote a whole new set, and we became Southern Avenue. The more we played together, the closer we got, and the more we became a family. We started getting a different kind of crowd, and from there things escalated quickly.
Ori said, 'My band is done, this is y'all's band,' Tierinii recalls. We all quit our other gigs and started focusing on this, working and writing and living together in a way that you don't experience when you're playing somebody else's music. Now we're playing songs that we wrote ourselves and we're playing them from our hearts. That is when I realized that we had something special. Despite not having a record deal, Southern Avenue quickly found success touring in America and Europe. They won additional attention playing some prestigious festivals and competing in the International Blues Challenge, in which they represented Memphis. Less than a year after the band's formation, they were signed to the resurgent Stax label.
I feel like being on Stax is a responsibility, says Tierinii. I grew up in Memphis, seeing the name Stax everywhere. It was a constant presence, and now it's up to us to live up that. I feel like this band can be a platform to do a lot of positive things for the city of Memphis. I want to change the world, but Memphis is home. Tierinii views Southern Avenue as a perfect soundtrack to our first year together. We wrote these songs in our first nine months of being a band. We'd all done so many things and come from so many different places, but the music represents all of us. It's been a real crash course, she continues. We've haven't been a band for very long, but what we have feels very special, and it's made us a strong unit. I think that we represent something that people need to see right now.
This band has already made our dreams come true, Ori concludes. I've waited all my life to be in a band like this, and it's amazing to me that I get to play with these people every night. Our goal is to keep doing this for a long time and leave our mark. We're trying to build a legacy.1. Don't Give Up
2. What Did I Do
3. It's Gonna Be Alright
4. Slipped, Tripped And Fell In Love
5. Love Me Right
6. 80 Miles From Memphis
8. No Time To Lose
10. Peace Will Come$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Fields2 LPs + CD
Junip was formed in Gothenburg, Sweden, in the late '90s by Jose Gonzalez (guitar/vocals), Elias Araya (drums) and Tobias Winterkorn (organ, moog). Their first 7 came out in 2000 and they self-released the Black Refuge EP in 2006. Their sound is familiar to those who have listened to Gonzalez's critically acclaimed records, but added to the mix on top of his nylon stringed guitar and distinctive voice here are organs, synths and drums. The songs on Junip's debut Fields are often dynamic, melodic and shadowy.1. In Every Direction
3. Rope & Summit
4. Without You
5. It's Alright
7. Sweeat & Bitter
8. Don't Let It Pass
9. Off Point
10. To The Grain
11. Tide$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Six Wives of Henry VIIIThe Six Wives of Henry VIII is the first studio album from the English keyboardist and composer Rick Wakeman as a solo artist. It is an instrumental progressive rock album with its concept based on his interpretations of the musical characteristics of the six wives of Henry VIII. Wakeman decided on the concept in 1972 while he toured the United States with the progressive rock band Yes. As he read a book about the wives on his travels, melodies he wrote the previous year came to him and were noted down. Musicians from Yes and Strawbs, who he performed with prior to Yes, also play on the album.1. Catherine of Aragon
2. Anne of Cleves
3. Catherine Howard
4. Jane Seymour
5. Anne Boleyn
6. Catherine Parr$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
BloodWhen touring for her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough? came to a close, Lianne La Havas headed to Jamaica with her mother for a long-awaited holiday that evolved into an experience of self-discovery. She enjoyed emotional reunions with long-lost relatives; embraced Kingston's clubs; and even jammed in front of her family for the first time during a session with legendary dancehall/reggae producer Stephen McGregor. Exploring her roots inspired La Havas's writing. Lyrically, she says, the songs she wrote are almost all related to the feeling of who you are and where you come from. And musically, La Havas took inspiration from Jamaica's love of grooves, rhythms, and syncopation.1. Unstoppable
2. Green & Gold
3. What You Don't Do
9. Never Get Enough
10. Good Goodbye$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Brothers Of The RoadImport
Includes Insert With Song Lyrics
The Allman Brothers Band is best known for their typical Southern Rock sound and incorporating elements of blues, jazz and country music. Their eight studio album Brothers Of The Road originally came out in 1981 and was produced by John Ryan who did production work for Styx and The Doobie Brothers.
The single Straight From The Heart from the album became their first top 40 hit since their heyday. It peaked at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #11 on Billboard's Rock Top Tracks chart.1. Brothers Of The Road
2. Leavin '
3. Straight From The Heart
4. The Heat Is On
5. Maybe We Can Go Back To Yesterday
6. The Judgment
7. Two Rights
8. Never Knew How Much (I Needed You)
9. Things You Used To Do
10. I Beg Of You$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ready For The Storm
180-Gram Double LP
Recorded In High Resolution 192kHz/24-bit
Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings!
Singer-songwriter Lori Lieberman first connected with the Netherlands years ago when she was on tour with Rick Nelson. Since then, audiences there embraced her music and supported her in her concert tours and album sales. Featured here, are some of the talented artists who came to LA to write with her: Ruben Hein, Niels Geusebroek, Jan Dulles and 3JS, Sandra van Nieuwland, and a new title, written with the legendary Henny Vrienten.
Songs written with Wendy Waldman, the Refugees, and a duet with Shane Alexander make this album her finest recording yet.LP 1
1. Alive in the World
2. A Piece of Me
3. He Sings
4. Ready for the Storm
6. Letter of Explanation
7. I Would Wait
8. Three Days
1. Lucky Life
2. How I Wish
4. Burden and Gift
5. Leftover Promises
6. Last Thing On My Mind
7. Stand for You$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Permanent VacationPermanent Vacation is the ninth studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, originally released in August 1987 by Geffen Records.
The album marks a turning point in the band's career. It is their first to employ professional songwriters, instead of featuring material solely composed by members of the band. This came at the suggestion of executive John Kalodner. He also pushed the band to work with producer Bruce Fairbairn, who remained with them for another two albums. It was also the first Aerosmith album to be promoted by heavy music video airplay on MTV. Though Done with Mirrors was intended to mark Aerosmith's comeback, Permanent Vacation is often considered their true comeback, as it was the band's first truly popular album since their reunion. Rag Doll, Dude (Looks Like a Lady), and Angel became major hits (all three charted in the Top 20) and helped Permanent Vacation become the band's greatest success in a decade.1. Heart's Done Time
2. Magic Touch
3. Rag Doll
5. Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
6. St. John
7. Hangman Jury
8. Girl Keeps Coming Apart
10. Permanent Vacation
11. I'm Down
12. The Movie$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Zero To SixtyIf you're unaware that Bob Saget's sense of humor is the complete antithesis of his character on the long-running family sitcom, Full House, or as the host of America's Funniest Home Videos, than I suggest you hunt down a copy of the filthy movie The Aristocrats and spend a night in. In fact, his vulgar comedic sensibilities came so far before his role as the doe-eyes, feather-coifed father of 3 that it's a wonder he even landed those roles in the first place. For the first time in 3 years, the world's favorite tv dad has returned to his true form and he is funnier and raunchier than ever! Legend, Bob Saget brings the dark side of comedy to the Big Apple; taking the audience on a stroll through his brain that is rude, crude and not recommended for those who are offended easily.1. Prologue - Just Bob Talkin' Personal
2. Brooklyn enjoys a good penis joke just like the rest of the free world
3. I Just Wanna Entertain People
4. Relationships are Challenging
5. Growin' Up
6. My Roots of Comedy: Inheriting More of My Dad's Sense of Humor
7. TV Dads - Good to Bad
8. Girlfriends - Age is Not Just a Number
9. From Love, to the Day After Pill, to Babies
10. Bad Gigs Only I Could Remember
11. The Great Don Rickles & A Joke He Wouldn't Have Approved Of
12. Ludes in Cleveland, Working Blue, and Self-Deprication
13. Befriending Rodney Dangerfield
14. Viagra and Other Things That Have to do with The Penis
15. Prostate Exams and the Fun That Goes With Them
16. From Climate Change to Hemorrhoids
17. Viagra, Volume 2
18. Fifty Shades of Grey, Ed Asner, The View
19. Why You Should Always Find a Joke From Russell Crowe Hilarious.
20. The Loss of My Mom and Her Return
21. Favorite Disney Heroines
22. My New Friend, Jake: On Stage with Bob
23. SONG: THE GIRL WHO WORE THE WINGS
24. SONG: MY DATE WITH HELEN
25. SONG: WHY DID SHE LEAVE?
26. SONG: WE'VE GOT TO BE KIND TO EACH OTHER
27. Epilogue - Still Explaining Myself$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Grey OceansCocoRosie are two American-born sisters, Sierra and Bianca, who started making music together in Paris in 2003. Their first album, La Maison de Mon Reve, was released in 2004 and their second album, Noah's Ark, followed in 2005. Their third and most recent album, The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn, came out in 2007. All three of these albums were released worldwide on Touch and Go Records and earned critical acclaim both overseas and at home. The nomadic duo (currently and temporarily residing in New Mexico) spent much of 2008 writing and recording in Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Berlin, New York, and Paris, finding amazing and diverse musicians to collaborate along the way. The result is their 11-song Sub Pop debut, Grey Oceans.1. Trinity's Crying
2. Smokey Taboo
5. Grey Oceans
6. R.I.P. Burn Face
7. The Moon Asked the Crow
10. Fairy Paradise
11. Here I Come$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SuccessorAnthonie Tonnon first came to attention in his home country with the band Tono and the Finance Company. The band released two Eps and the full-length Up Here For Dancing. With dry wit and observational lyrics that recalled The Smiths and Pulp, Tonnon sang of urban life in New Zealand's cities. Anti-gentrification anthem "Marion Bates Realty" caught the attention of Beirut, who invited the band on their 2012 New Zealand tour. In 2013, Anthonie Tonnon began touring under his own name, influenced by stage techniques from the comedy and theatre worlds as much as formative influences like Jonathan Richman and Jens Lekman. He was recently named in Billboard's "list of New Zealand acts you need to know about."1. Railway Lines
2. Bird Brains
3. Sugar In The Petrol Tank
4. The Songs Of Your Youth
5. Water Underground
6. A Friend From Argentina
7. Mt. Cargill
8. The Capital
9. Dumpster Diving$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Making OfThe Bohicas debut album The Making Of lands blow after blow. A barrage of killer hooks, razor blade riffs and choruses that slap you in the face, grab your hand and lead you onto the dance floor. All shot through with pulp imagery torn from the pages of a graphic novel. Their story begins in Essex where as schoolmates they first came together over a love of The Beatles, The Kinks, Ray Charles and the new wave of guitar bands who emerged at the start of the century after the scrag ends of Britpop had finally limped off. The album was was produced by Mark Rankin (Queens Of The Stone Age, Bombay Bicycle Club), Chris 'Merrick' Hughes (Tears For Fears, Adam And The Ants) and Oli Bayston (Toy, Boxed In). The Making Of is 21st Century rock and roll.1. I Do It For Your Love
2. To Die For
3. Only You
5. The Making Of
6. Where You At
9. Red Raw
10. Upside Down and Inside Out
11. Somehow You Know What I Mean$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
FreedomRefused came to an end in front of 50 kids at a basement show in a Virginia college town in 1998,
just as their release of the same year, The Shape of Punk to Come, was taking its first steps toward
becoming an acknowledged classic and a massive influence on a generation of bands. Refused Are
Fucking Dead! became the slogan, as kids discovered Shape and its breakout track "New Noise"
only to find their new heroes disbanded.
Refused Are Fucking Alive! After a 2012 invitation to reform for the Coachella festival, Refused followed
its first shows in 15 years with a triumphant tour, as every kid who had discovered them after
death came out to see them reborn. Now comes Freedom, the first album in almost 20 years, on
Epitaph, the label that released The Shape of Punk to Come all those years ago. Freedom explodes
out of the speakers with opening track "Elektra," as frontman Dennis Lyxzen's throat-shredding
declaration that "nothing has changed" catapults Refused into the 21st century. If Shape blasted
apart the constraints of the punk and hardcore worlds with which Refused had long been associated,
Freedom goes a step further by incorporating the wide-ranging influences that have shaped
each band members' personal tastes. Produced by Nick Launay (Gang Of Four, Public Image Ltd.,
Nick Cave, Arcade Fire) with additional work by fellow Swede and longtime Refused fan Shellback,
Freedom is not just a follow-up to Shape, but a living breathing snapshot of a band, alive, now.
"It's not a reunion anymore," Lyxzen insists. "This is one of the most radical things we've ever done,
both musically and lyrically."1. Elektra
2. Old Friends / New War
3. Dawkins Christ
5. Thought Is Blood
6. War On The Palaces
7. Destroy The Man
9. Servants Of Death
10. Useless Europeans$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Everything Will Be Alright In The EndLos Angeles, CA's Weezer will release their highly anticipated ninth album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, on Republic Records. Produced by Ric Ocasek, who previously helmed production on the band's first and third records (''The Blue Album'' and ''The Green Album''), Everything Will Be Alright In The End is the band's first collection of new material in four years.
Since forming in 1992, Weezer has released a myriad of celebrated, chart-topping albums, selling over 13 million records worldwide. Following an intensely prolific couple years at the end of the aughts, the band chose to deliberately dial down the tempo in 2010, a move singer/guitarist Rivers Cuomo says allowed him to write at a slower pace, giving the songs he wanted to use for an album the time to gradually grow into their final forms. He started almost every song on the piano, eventually transferring them to the guitar before taking them to the band. When it came time to record the material, Weezer reunited with the man who helped them make some of their most iconic album-length work, Cars frontman Ric Ocasek. The resulting album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, is a stand-out gem in Weezer's vast and varied catalogue, a reflection of a much-loved band at their very best. Organized thematically around three groups of songs, it is an album that utilizes that sound from the band's earliest days to tell new stories in 2014, creating some of the finest, most heartfelt songs Weezer has ever recorded.1. Ain't Got Nobody
2. Back To The Shack
3. Eulogy For A Rock Band
4. Lonely Girl
5. I've Had It Up To Here
6. The British Are Coming
7. Da Vinci
8. Go Away
10. Foolish Father
11. The Futurescope Trilogy:
a. The Waste Land
c. Return To Ithaca$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Major HandyMajor Handy was actually born Joseph Majay Handy, May 15, 1947. He thinks, if he understands what his mother's told him, that his parents had a child before him and named that boy Joseph Majay Handy. That son died near birth, and when the couple had their next child, also a boy, they decided to reuse the name. Eventually, after people had trouble recognizing the correct pronunciation, the middle name Majay morphed into Major. He says he did go by his first name initially. A lot of people called me 'Joe,' but that didn't ring no bell. And so, Major Handy it became.
Handy was born and raised as the oldest of seven children in St. Martinville, Louisiana, the parish seat of St. Martin Parish and right on the Bayou Teche. It's a rural town about 15 miles southeast of Lafayette and is generally considered the heart of the Creole and Cajun melting pot that makes this specific sub-region unique to anywhere else in the world. It's from right here that so much of the culture - the food, music, swamp life - that people associate with Louisiana comes.
Like with many people from St. Martinville, Handy's heritage is Creole, meaning it's tangled. I'm like a gumbo - everything. Alligator, fish, shrimp, Indian, Negro, white, whatever...I guess that's what that is. But I was raised as a black person, he says. The only time I ever mingled with white people was the music thing. 'Cause I didn't go to school with white people. I quit school in the ninth grade (just before school desegregation in Louisiana).
Handy's earliest musical inspiration came from his father, who had an old accordion that he toyed with as nothing more than a pastime, and some cousins who were fooling around with music. I saw that, and I wanted to take it and be better, Handy says. The first thing I picked up was a guitar. And I took it from there. His first professional gig came on bass in a cousin's band. From there it was back to guitar and eventually accordion as a bandleader. In between, he played in the bands of Rockin' Dopsie for many years as well as in the very first incarnation of Buckwheat Zydeco just after Buckwheat had left Clifton Chenier.
While he'd recorded previously as a bandleader, Handy's 2008 APO Records release Zydeco Feeling marked his first widely distributed release in 25 years.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Jalapeno Cornbread
2. Bad Luck And Trouble
3. Well I Done Got Over It
4. Zydeco Feeling
5. Te Ni Nee Ni Nu
6. Lost My Baby$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP D2D -Sealed Direct to Disc (D2D) Buy Now
REDD-BIG-2447xFamous L. Renfroe
ChildrenA long time ago I used to hear spiritual singers singing beautiful songs and I wanted to be a singer too. I first started my musical career by singing in small local groups in my hometown of Memphis, TN. In the year 1968, I came to Seattle, Washington and started singing with local groups but failed to find the one that stable enough to record so I decided to cut an album by myself. The music was written and produced by myself who, except for the drum parts, done the entire record. - Famous L. Renfroe1. Introduction
6. It's So
7. Why Not I
8. And Man
9. His Love
12. Tell$16.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dolls of HighlandKyle Craft grew up in a tiny Louisiana town on the
banks of the Mississippi, where he spent most of his
time catching alligators and rattlesnakes instead of
playing football or picking up the guitar. He's not the
product of a musical family, and bands never came
through town. It was only a chance trip to K-Mart that
gave him his first album, a David Bowie hits compilation
that helped inspire him eventually to channel his
innate feral energy into songwriting and rock and roll.
That self-made talent drives every note of Dolls of
Highland, Craft's exhilarating, fearless solo debut.
"This album is the dark corner of a bar," he says. "It's
that feeling at the end of the night when you're
confronted with 'now what?'"
Craft knows the feeling well--Dolls began to take shape
when everything he took for granted was suddenly over,
including an eight-year relationship. "All of a sudden I
was left with just me for the first time in my adult
life," he says. He ventured far away from the ghosts of
his home in Shreveport, Louisiana to make a new life
for himself in Portland, Oregon, living under a friend's
pool table while he demoed new songs and tried to
determine what came next.
The album was tracked at a home studio in Shreveport,
where Craft briefly returned for an intensely-productive
reckoning with his past. "I dedicated the album to
Shreveport and called it Dolls of Highland for all the
girls and ghosts in town who influenced it so strongly."
Craft then returned to Portland, where Brandon
Summers and Benjamin Weikel of The Helio Sequence
helped move the album from its DIY beginnings to a
more fully realized work. Craft played most of the
instruments on the album, and the record captures the
power of his live performance.
And then there's Craft's unforgettable voice - "I'm
fully aware that I have a very abrasive, very loud voice,
but Bob Dylan is the one that taught me to embrace
that," says Craft. Craft's talent and singular creativity
move the conversation into new and unpredictable
places. And this album is very much about moving
forward. "After everything fell apart, it didn't take very
long for me to learn who I was and what I should be
doing," says Craft, who is walking out on the other side
with Dolls of Highland.1. Eye of a Hurricane
4. Lady of the Ark
5. Gloom Girl
6. Trinidad Beach (Before I Ride)
7. Future Midcity Massacre
8. Black Mary
10. Dolls of Highland
11. Jane Beat the Reaper
12. Three Candles$18.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Poorly FormedGet ready to redefine just who the Swingin' Utters are, since they're not a band who's ever made the same record twice. And while the tones and arrangements set this record apart from their recent work, there's still plenty of piss 'n' vinegar along with all the other hallmarks of a great Swingin' Utters record: catchy melodies, diverse instrumentation, and intelligent, heartfelt lyrics. Guitarist Darius Koski describes just what went into this new record:
"Our new record was written pretty quickly, more so than anything we've done in the past. One of the reasons, I think, was that Jack had several songs in various stages of completeness, but once he decided to give Johnny the music, and have Johnny write the lyrics and vocal melody to his instrumentation, things started to fly So there are several of these Johnny/Jack songs on the record (which marks the first songs Jack's written with us). In that way, it was a brand new writing process for us, so it was pretty exciting, and we're really happy with the way all of these songs came out in the end.1. The Librarians Are Hiding Something
3. Stuck In a Circle
4. Pour Beans
5. I'm a Little Bit Country
6. In a Video
7. Poorly Formed
8. Greener Grass
9. Temporary Contemporary
10. A Walk With the Postman
11. Military Barbara Billingsley
12. Dreadlock Dread Reggae
13. The Fake Rat of Dave Navarro
14. Sevita Sing$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-TEM-5118xLilacs And Champagne
Midnight Features Vol. 2: Made FleshInstrumental psychedelic hip-hop hybrid Lilacs &
Champagne spent their first two albums shining a light
on the darkest corners of vintage European cinematic
oddities. Their eponymous debut album and the
follow-up, Danish & Blue, were warped, psychedelic
takes on damaged funk and b-movie film scores. With
their palette now thoroughly smeared, coconspirators
Emil Amos and Alex Hall are flirting with the makings of a
masterpiece in Midnight Features Vol. 2: Made Flesh.
From the mournful opening breaths of "Roses & Kisses"
- a new career high point for the band - it's obvious they
are charting a dynamic new course that simultaneously
pays tribute to and explodes the legendary beatmakers
that came before. Midnight Features Vol. 2 skins
traditional hip-hop to its bones, then builds it back up with
the flesh of Eastern European private press psych
records, obscure film soundtracks, indistinguishable radio
broadcasts, library tapes, and who knows what else from
who knows where else.
The most remarkable feat of Midnight Features Vol. 2 is
not the impressive array of sound sources, but how Lilacs
have managed to orchestrate so many seemingly
disparate genres into one cohesive future music. They
execute sudden changes in mood and tone with uncanny
dexterity and grace. They've clearly found their groove,
and they're just starting to dig in.1. Roses & Kisses
2. Made Flesh
3. Longjohn's Lust
4. All The Room
5. Case Closed!
6. Playin' With Paul
8. Midnight Creeper II
9. Dreaded Stranger
10. Euro Blow
11. Burning Sensation
12. Wringing Hands
13. On Hold$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now