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  • Empty Estate Empty Estate Quick View

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    Empty Estate

    'Empty Estate' is the follow-up EP to the critically acclaimed "Nocturne",
    which received several year-end accolades including album of the year
    in Under The Radar and iTunes. The 7-song EP was recorded in Brooklyn
    at Gary's Electric by Al Carlson in January.
    1 The Body In Rainfall
    2 Ocean Repeating (Big-eyed Girl)
    3 On Guyot
    4 Ride
    5 Data World
    6 A Dancing Shell
    7 Hachiko
    Wild Nothing
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  • Blonde On Blonde (Box Set) (Awaiting Repress) Blonde On Blonde (Box Set) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Blonde On Blonde (Box Set) (Awaiting Repress)

    Ranked 9/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    That Thin, That Wild Mercury Sound: Dylans Ground-Shaking 1966 Double LP Sent Tremors Throughout the World


    Wider Grooves, Superior Sound: Mobile Fidelitys 45RPM Edition The Last Word in Analog Fidelity


    Recorded With One of The Most Ear-Awakening Lineups Ever Assembled: Al Kooper, Pig Robbins, Joe South, Kenny Buttrey, and The Bands Rick Danko and Robbie Robertson Among Musicians


    Vaudeville, Contemporary Pop, Fiery Rock and Roll, Memphis Blues, Folk-Derived Sagas Among Enriched Palette of Styles


    Blonde on Blonde: A double album that transcends time, defies space, suspends reality, and looks through the human soul and tells the listener characteristics about themselves they didnt know. Professor Sean Wilentz, historian-in-residence for Bob Dylans Web site, comes as close to summing up its brilliance in his superb Bob Dylan In America as any whove tried: The songs are rich meditations on desire, frailty, promises, boredom, hurt, envy, connections, missed connections, paranoia, and transcendent beautyin short, the lures and snare of love, stock themes of rock and pop music, but written with a powerful literary imagination and played out in a pop netherworld. No lie.


    As part of its Bob Dylan catalog restoration series, Mobile Fidelity is thoroughly humbled to have the privilege of mastering the iconic LP from the original master tapes and pressing it on 45RPM LPs at RTI. The end result is the very finest, most transparent analog edition of Blonde on Blonde ever produced. Forever renowned for what the Bard deemed that thin, that wild mercury sound, the albums famed aural character lives and breathes on this superb version, with wider and deeper grooves affording playback of previously buried information and lifelike presentation of the studio sessions.


    Forever prized for a unique sound that cultural critic Greil Marcus tagged the most glamorous record imaginable; listening you [can] see the checkered jesters suit Dylan had worn on stage for the nine previous, furious months, Blonde on Blonde is to music, production, prose, and performance as what hydrogen is to water. The secret to its inimitable aural character partially stems from Dylans request in Nashville to producer Bob Johnston to remove the baffles from the studio room, allowing the musicians to interact as well as the music to assume a more organic quality that drifts from one microphone to another. Mobile Fidelitys reissue captures this ensemble ambience, with echoes, resonation, and some of the most natural timbres youll ever hear in plain sight.


    The story of Blonde on Blonde is almost as compelling as the music within. Dylan, frustrated with how initial attempts fared in New York, relocating to Tennessee and pairing with Nashvilles top session players as well as members of what would become the Band, feverishly chasing perfectionism while also arriving at an on-the-fly feel that remains a reference point for recorded music. The Bard sweated over lyrics, demanded his band get the exact sounds he heard in his head, and limited most takes to a handful at most. A majority of songs were recorded long after midnight, the post-A.M. vibe reflected in the nocturnal aura, woozy optimism, inversion of intervals, and spiritual soulfulness of the playing.


    As for the tunes? Chapters of books and lengthy theses are dedicated to the sheer conscious-altering power, mythical weight, character cast, and convention-obscuring magnetism of the lyricsto say nothing of the sophisticated albeit pure playing within, as arrangements touch upon gospel, R&B, pop, traditional and contemporary blues, vaudeville, folk, and more. Then theres Dylans inventive phrasing, his manipulation of pitch and locution, helping the narratives to take on epic, inchoate, and cryptic meanings that continue to be deciphered to this day. Punch lines occur as frequently as romantic declarations, all delivered with salient references, traditional parallels, and elusive interpretations on par with those of Shakespeare.


    Visions of Johanna. I Want You. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands. Absolutely Sweet Marie. We could go on. Essential doesnt even begin to cover the genius of this record that, now, sounds better than Dylan himself can imagine.


    Given the sonic and artistic merit of this album, we anticipate huge demand.



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    1. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
    2. Pledging My Time
    3. Visions of Johanna
    4. One of Must Know (Sooner or Later)
    5. I Want You
    6. Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again
    7. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
    8. Just Like a Woman
    9. Most Likely You Go Your Way (And Ill Go Mine)
    10. Temporary Like Achilles
    11. Absolutely Sweet Marie
    12. 4th Time Around
    13. Obviously 5 Believers
    14. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
    Bob Dylan
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  • Wild Planet Wild Planet Quick View

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    Wild Planet

    Numbered Limited Edition


    Party Out of Bounds! Eclectic Groups Sophomore Album The Equal of Its Smash Debut


    Boffo Encore: Surf, Pop, Dance, Kitsch, Cabaret, and Psychedelia Unite With Giddy Vocals and Ricky Wilsons Still-Underrated Guitar Playing


    Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI: 1980 Smash Now Possesses Jump-Out-of-Your-Seat Sonics


    Party out of bounds! Not only is this sentiment one of the B-52s directives on their ceaselessly fun sophomore album, its one of the records hit songs, and perfectly summarizes the spirit and intent behind this new-wave classic. Completely up to task in following up their kitschy debut, the B-52s step everything up a notch: Songwriting, humor, exaggeration, melodies, hooks, and group interplay. Wild Planet also finds the band embracing stronger psychedelic accents that seamlessly mesh with its lava-lamp colors and textures. What an album.


    Rollicking, rousing, and riotous, Wild Planet soars on vocal efforts put forth by the delightfully campy chanteuses Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson, whose innocent girly tonalities wonderfully match up with Fred Schneiders effeminate deliveries and manic presentations. While the sheer exuberance and giddy nature of the music tends to make them an afterthought, the trios harmonies are utterly amazing. Add in Ricky Wilsons propulsive beach-bound guitar riffs, random squealing synthesizers, and a surfeit of danceable rhythms, and you have nothing less than a 1980s masterpiece that, due to its optimistic vibes and buoyant grooves, only gets better with time.


    As for clever humor and quirky character? Everywhere. Mentions of an icebox, fruit punch, and surprise greetings kick off the defining Party Out of Bounds. Private Idaho is an instant mix-tape essential, sent up with declamatory refrains and insouciant beats. Not to be outdone, the B-52s tackle the subject of devilish possession on the witty Devil In My Car and get hysterical on Strobe Light, surely the finest tune ever written about making love in the shadow of a pulsating illumination device. Schneider is on fire, embracing his sexuality while pushing his mates to new limits. Theres no serious matter here; Wild Planet is all about celebrating, and few records do a better job of capturing such a mood.


    Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, Silver Series numbered limited edition LP presents the B-52s 1980 classic in a rousing fidelity that will have you wanting to jump off your furniture, lampshade on head. The all-important bass lines, divergent vocal timbres, and usually unnoticed guitar lines attain an unprecedented level of balance and realism. And, few bands took advantage of the large-format LP cover art like the B-52s. The cover portrait of these fashionistas is reason enough to get these extraordinary reissue, which takes great pride in reproducing the original art right down to the last smear of eyeliner of Piersons face.


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    1. Party Out of Bounds

    2. Dirty Back Road

    3. Runnin' Around
    4. Give Me Back My Man
    5. Private Idaho
    6. Devil in My Car
    7. Quiche Lorraine
    8. Strobe Light
    9. 53 Miles West of Venus
    The B-52s
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  • Wildness Wildness Quick View

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    Wildness

    Snow Patrol is set to return with Wildness, their first album in seven years, which finds the band searching for clarity, connection, and meaning, while staying true to the melodic songwriting prowess that brought them to prominence. Wildness taps into something raw and primitive, and lead-singer and songwriter Gary Lightbody says of the album: "There are many types of wildness, but I think it can be distilled into two: the wildness of the modern age, all it's confusion, illogic and alienation and a more ancient wildness. Something primal, alive and beautiful that speaks to our true connectivity, our passion, our love, our communion with nature and each other. This is the kind of wildness the album is centered around. The loss of it. Trying to reconnect with it. To remember it."


    Since their 1998 debut, Songs for Polarbears, Snow Patrol have racked up an impressive number of critical and commercial accolades, including 15 million global album sales, 1+ billion global track streams, 5 UK Platinum Albums, and are Grammy and Mercury Music Prize nominated. After their Fallen Empires tour ended in 2012, band members -which also include multi-instrumentalist Johnny McDaid, guitarist Nathan Connolly, bassist Paul Wilson, and drummer Jonny Quinn - decided to take a step back from the band, and focus on their own projects. Gary Lightbody continued his work with his Tired Pony side project with members of Belle and Sebastian, R.E.M, Reindeer Section and Fresh Young Fellows and moved to Los Angeles to begin writing songs for movies (including "This Is How You Walk On" for 2017's Gifted), and doing a number of high-profile co-writes with Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and One Direction. Taking this extended break from Snow Patrol proved to be a source of inspiration, and writing songs that were not pulled directly from his own psyche helped heal what Lightbody considered to be not so much writer's block as life block.


    It's in this search for clarity and connection that these songs were written and refined. "I think it's the first record I've ever written that I haven't just asked a bunch of questions. I actually tried to figure out why I was unhappy, why I feel out of place, why I'm afraid," says Lightbody. "There's nothing really to protect myself for-- it's all in the album. I want to remember." This impulse was partially inspired by Lightbody's father, who is suffering from dementia. "I think the album is defined by memory in a lot of ways," says Lightbody, "including my father's loss of memory."


    The songs are surefooted, displaying a newfound sense of self and purpose, and the rest of the band members rose magnificently to the occasion. The album is produced once more by the great Jacknife Lee, Snow Patrol's longtime producer and collaborator. "Life on Earth" opens the album with its mission statement, "this is something else, this is something else." "Heal Me" feels like an ancient hymn: "Finally, after way too many years of smashing my body to bits with booze, I met someone who helped me find my way back to health and clarity, says Lightbody. "This song is about her, that journey and is dedicated to her." "Empress," written for Lightbody's goddaughters, is fierce and heartfelt, with runaway drums and keen words of wisdom. "What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get?" is a heartstring-puller, posing the question nobody wants to ask. The last track, "Life and Death," is a rumination, and a human story of love and forgiveness- mostly self-forgiveness for Lightbody, demonstrating that perhaps everyone ought to take this long between albums to reflect long and hard before they write.


    "Seamus Heaney, my favorite poet of all time, said at 71 that he was only discovering what some of his poetry means, and this is coming from a Nobel Prize-winning poet. It's a great testament to inspiration," says Lightbody. "Sometimes it takes you five years to write the thing. Like now. And you know for sure when you finish an album like that, where you've poured over every detail and put every atom of yourself into it, everything makes sense and I bet you I'm never not proud of this record."

    1. Life On Earth
    2. Don't Give In
    3. Heal Me
    4. Empress
    5. A Dark Switch
    6. What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get?
    7. A Youth Written In Fire
    8. Soon
    9. Wild Horses
    10. Life And Death
    Snow Patrol
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  • AudioQuest Wild Blue Yonder Interconnect Cable MULTIPLE LENGTHS AVAILABLE AudioQuest Wild Blue Yonder Interconnect Cable Quick View

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    AudioQuest Wild Blue Yonder Interconnect Cable


    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.



    RCA to RCA


    XLR & Custom Lengths Available Upon Request


    For Wild Blue Yonder to exceed the performance of Sky we increased the diameter of the FEP Air-Tube Insulation by 32%, thus creating greater space around the solid Perfect-Surface Silver Conductors. The Noise-Dissipation System increases from a 5-layer system found in Sky to a 7-Layer System. But to go even further, new techniques and materials needed to be used for the construction of the connectors. Custom-machined Direct-Silver Plated Pure-Copper connectors are Cold-Welded to insure a low-distortion contact between the cable and component.


    SOLID 100% PERFECT-SURFACE SILVER CONDUCTORS (PSS): Perfect-Surface Technology applied to extreme-purity silver provides unprecedented clarity and dynamic contrast. Solid conductors prevent strand interaction, a major source of cable distortion. Extremely high-purity Perfect-Surface Silver minimizes distortion caused by the grain boundaries that exist within any metal conductor, nearly eliminating harshness and greatly increasing clarity compared to OFHC, OCC, 8N and other coppers.


    FEP AIR-TUBE INSULATION (FEP is a Fluoro-Polymer): Any solid material adjacent to a conductor is actually part of an imperfect circuit. Wire insulation and circuit board materials all absorb energy (loss). Some of this energy is stored and then later released as distortion. All of Wild Blue Yonder's conductors use Air-Tube insulation because air absorbs next to no energy, and FEP is the best extrudable solid insulation and absorbs less energy than other materials. The FEP Air-Tubes used in Wild Blue Yonder have almost nothing but air around the solid PSS conductors.


    DIELECTRIC-BIAS SYSTEM (DBS, US Pat #s 7,126,055 & 7,872,195 B1): All insulation slows down the signal on the conductor inside. When insulation is unbiased, it slows down parts of the signal differently, a big problem for very time-sensitive multi-octave audio. AudioQuest's DBS creates a strong, stable electrostatic field which saturates and polarizes (organizes) the molecules of the insulation. This minimizes both energy storage in the insulation and the multiple nonlinear time-delays that occur. Sound appears from a surprisingly black background with unexpected detail and dynamic contrast. The DBS battery packs will last for years. A test button and LED allow for the occasional battery check.


    CARBON-BASED 7-LAYER NOISE-DISSIPATION SYSTEM (NDS): 100% shield coverage is easy. Preventing captured RF Interference from modulating the equipment's ground reference requires AQ's Noise-Dissipation System. Metal and Carbon-Loaded synthetics prevent most RFI from reaching the equipment's ground plane.


    TRIPLE-BALANCED GEOMETRY: The three conductors in "Triple-Balanced" Wild Blue Yonder cables ensure that whether prepared with RCA or XLR plugs, the positive and negative signals have equally low-distortion conducting paths. The 100% coverage shield is never used as an inferior conductor.


    COLD-WELDED HANGING SILVER DIRECTLY OVER PURE RED COPPER SYSTEM: This plug design enables a perfect heat-free connection between cable and plug. The connection between the plug and conductors is made using AQ's Cold-Welded System, which provides a superior connection that ensures that the structural integrity of the conductor is kept completely intact. The Cold-Welded System refers to a combination of high pressure at the point of contact and the use of copper- or silver-impregnated paste. (Wild Blue Yonder's silver conductors get silver paste.) XLR plugs are also available.


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  • Near To The Wild Heart Of Life Near To The Wild Heart Of Life Quick View

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    Near To The Wild Heart Of Life

    JAPANDROIDS is a two-piece band from Vancouver, BC., which began in 2006 and consists of Brian King and David Prowse. JAPANDROIDS are one guitar, one set of drums, and two vocalizers. JAPANDROIDS are maximal in their delivery; a two- piece band sounding like a five-piece band.


    With the release of their second album, Celebration Rock in 2012 the band embarked on what seemed like an endless world tour, performing over 200 shows in over 40 countries, and played their final show in support of Celebration Rock in Buenos Aires, Argentina in November 2013. They would not perform live again for three years.


    Their third album, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, was written clandestinely throughout 2014 and 2015 in Vancouver, Toronto, New Orleans, and Mexico City. It was (mostly) recorded at Rain City Recorders in Vancouver, BC (Fall of 2015), with one song, "True Love And A Free Life Of Free Will," recorded at Golden Ratio in Montreal, QC (February, 2015). The title, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, comes from a passage in the novel A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man by James Joyce: "He was alone. He was unheeded, happy, and near to the wild heart of life."


    Like their prior albums Post-Nothing and Celebration Rock, the album is 8 songs. This is because 8 songs is the standard template for a great rock n roll album. Like Post-Nothing and Celebration Rock, the album was sequenced specifically for the LP. On Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, side A (songs 1-4) and side B (songs 5-7) each follow their own loose narrative. Taken together as one, they form an even looser narrative, with the final song on side B (song 8) acting as an epilogue.


    If Celebration Rock was the culmination of something, then Near To The Wild Heart Of Life can be considered the beginning of something else.

    1. Near To The Wild Heart Of Life
    2. North East South West
    3. True Love And A Free Life Of Free Will
    4. I'm Sorry (For Not Finding You Sooner)
    5. Arc Of Bar
    6. Midnight To Morning
    7. No Known Drink Or Drug
    8. In A Body Like A Grave
    Japandroids
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  • Harvest Of Darkness Harvest Of Darkness Quick View

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    Harvest Of Darkness

    In a world where there so often seems to be nothing new under the sun, Wild Throne is doing their level best to challenge that belief. The manifestation of that effort is Harvest of Darkness, their debut full-length album, produced by Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot, At the Drive-In) and set release on Roadrunner Records.
    LP 1
    1. Harvest Of Darkness
    2. Shadow Deserts
    3. Fear Yourself
    4. Lone Lust
    5. Death Of A Star
    6. Blood Maker


    LP 2
    1. I Of The Prism
    2. War Is A Romance
    3. Born To Die
    4. The Wrecking Ball Unchained
    5. Trans

    Wild Throne
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  • Sho' Nuff Sho' Nuff Quick View

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    Sho' Nuff

    Willie Dixon once told Wild Child Butler, You are the moan of the suffering woman, the groan of the dying man. You ain't nothing but the blues.


    Here's a man who's been heavily praised by Dixon, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Jimmy Rogers just to name a few; a man who those blues legends were proud to accompany. As traditional as the blues on this album are, there's no mistaking a Wild Child tune. They can't be played this way by anyone else - not so boisterous, not so Wild Child. His blues sometimes sound angry and raw, other times soft and country-polished.


    This release offers a fine mix of Wild Child's down-home acoustic sound, his slow, muscular blues and his up-tempo shuffle or snapping blues. As Wild Child himself said, If you can't dig these blues, you got a hole in your soul [to borrow from a Jimmy Rogers saying]. Talkin' 'bout sho' 'nuff.


    George 'Wild Child' Butler is one of the last original, hard-workin' delta bluesmen. Although his career started not until the 1960s, the old times' tradition is still clearly heard on his music. You may call it blues, you may call it southern soul, you may even call it rock 'n' roll, but you just can't categorize him to any particular field. There's just one George Butler, and then there are the others. - Butcher Pete Hoppula, Wang Dang Dula!...It's Time To Rock'n'rolla!


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    1. Open Up Baby
    2. You Had Quit Me
    3. I Got To Go (Sweet Daddy-O)
    4. Can You Use A Man Like Me
    5. Moaning Morning
    6. Slippin' In
    7. Funky Things
    8. I's All Over
    9. I Changed
    Wild Child Butler
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  • The Shape of Brat Pop to Come The Shape of Brat Pop to Come Quick View

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    The Shape of Brat Pop to Come

    Their debut album features single Running Behind, featured in the 2015 Apple Watch commercial. HOLYCHILD is comprised of Liz Nistico and Louie Diller. They met in college in 2011, have been writing music ever since and call their genre, brat pop. This album takes on nothing less than the idea of power dynamics and inequality-be it racial, social status, or gender-motivated. The beats are wild and the tongues are placed firmly in cheek.
    1. Barbie Nation
    2. Nasty Girls
    3. Happy With Me
    4. Tell Me How It Is
    5. Running Behind
    6. Money All Around
    7. Monumental Glow
    8. Plastered Smile
    9. Best Friends
    10. Diamonds On The Rebound
    11. Regret You
    12. U Make Me Sick
    Holychild
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  • Light Dark: Singles and EPs 1982-1987 Light Dark: Singles and EPs 1982-1987 Quick View

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    Light Dark: Singles and EPs 1982-1987

    Import


    Only 500 Numbered Copies!


    Collected on a numbered limited edition double LP set, finally available are the complete singles and EPs of possibly the greatest Italian garage band of the '80s. A breathtaking set of wild recordings from 1982-1987, including the first two 7 releases originally out on the Electric Eye label, plus Land of Nothing (mini LP) and two 12 EPs, originally released on Spittle Records. Not Moving played a deep mixture of primitive punk, blues and rock 'n' roll, with a highly distinctive personality, miles away from the usual mid-'80s 'psychedelic revival' cliche.

    1. Dolls
    2. Wipe Out
    3. Baron Samedi
    4. Make Up
    5. Behind Your Pale Face
    6. Psycho Ghoul
    7. Everythings End Here
    8. Double Mind
    9. Lights Of Night
    10. In The Batland
    11. You're Gone Away
    12. Land Of Nothing
    13. A Wonderful Night To Die
    14. Pipeline
    15. Crawling
    16. Eternal Door
    17. Goin' Down
    18. I Just Wanna Make Love To You
    19. Sinnermen
    20. I Want You
    21. New Situations
    22. Surfin Dead Blues
    23. Spider
    24. Break On Through
    Not Moving
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  • Let It Be Let It Be Quick View

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    Let It Be

    Let It Be looms large among '80s rock albums, generally regarded as one of the greatest records of the
    decade. Nothing about Let It Be is clean; it's all a ragged mess, careening wildly from dirty jokes to wounded ballads,
    from utter throwaways to songs haunting in their power. This blend of bluster and vulnerability is why the
    Replacements were perhaps the most beloved band of their era, as they captured all the chaos and confusion of
    coming of age in the midst of Reaganomics, and Let It Be is nothing if not a coming-of-age album, perched precisely
    between adolescence and adulthood. There's just enough angst and tastelessness to have the album speak to
    teenagers of all generations and just enough complicated emotion to make this music resonate with listeners long past
    those awkward years, whether they grew up with this album or not.
    1. I Will Dare
    2. Favorite Thing
    3. We're Comin' Out
    4. Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out
    5. Androgynous
    6. Black Diamond
    7. Unsatisfied
    8. Seen Your Video
    9. Gary's Got A Boner
    10. Sixteen Blue
    11. Answering Machine
    The Replacements
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    Flesh And Machine


    LP Contains CD Of Full Album


    Daniel Lanois is one of the most influential record producers
    of the modern era: the man who brought Bob Dylan back;
    longtime collaborator with Brian Eno, soundsculpting a series
    of mammoth releases for U2; and producer of breakthrough
    late-career albums by Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris. But
    before all that, Daniel Lanois was an experimental musician, recording his unique guitar voicings for groundbreaking albums
    with guys like Brian Eno and Jon Hassell, along the way helping
    to invent a genre called ambient music. What is lost in the
    wild success of his production career is Lanois' musical life at
    the edge, which is where Flesh and Machine, his new album
    on ANTI-, comes full circle.


    A wildly ambitious, diverse exploration of modern sonics, Flesh and Machine careens from the
    huge guitar skronk of "The End" to the haunted landscapes of
    "Iceland." But perhaps for the first time, Lanois' new album
    highlights the strange parallel evolution that has taken place in Daniel's music; alongside
    the developments in IDM that launched from the same 70s avante-intrumental roots as Eno
    and company, Lanois' music has developed a rhythmic complexity heard in the most adventurous music by Autechre or Matmos. Only for Lanois, nothing is digital. Dense, visceral
    music that combines the primitive stomach-pounding volume of rock with the heartbreaking
    found sonics of early electronic music, Flesh and Machine reminds us that we are bodies in a
    mechanized world, and that in the midst of our digital noise we must not forget to breathe.

    1. Rocco
    2. The End
    3. Sioux Lookout
    4. Tamboura Jah
    5. Two Bushas
    6. Space Love
    7. Iceland
    8. My First Love
    9. Opera
    10. Aquatic
    11. Forest City
    Daniel Lanois
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  • Hamburg Recordings 1967 Hamburg Recordings 1967 Quick View

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    Hamburg Recordings 1967

    The Monks - a strange, rare group with a story that sounds like a drunk friend's generous
    hyperbole. A group of American G.I.s stationed in Germany on the precipice of Western
    cultural revolution starts playing music loosely connected to the rock n' roll craze,
    contrastingly incorporating a critical and often offensive avant-garde edge. Nothing
    was off limits - screeching vocals, dark aesthetics, staccato-strummed banjo, sardonic
    lyricism, critiques of the Vietnam War and full monk costuming down to the tonsure.
    When viewed on the whole, it seems like an art school student's senior thesis on what
    the craze means and its future possibilities. Due in large part to original Polydor vinyl
    collectability and years in the word-of-mouth hype machine, their legend and cult status
    has steadily blossomed since their last shows in 1967.


    Fast forward to 2017, the crew at Third Man, already huge fans, are presented with an
    honest-to-God treasure trove of original Monks photos, newspaper clippings, business
    cards, letterhead, contracts, postcards and, yes, analog tapes, containing trailblazing,
    wild compositions completely unheard by public ears.


    "I'm Watching You" would have been recorded on February 28th, 1967 at the same
    sessions that would produce the Monks' final single "Love Can Tame the Wild" b/w "He
    Went Down to the Sea." The remaining four songs were recorded after hours in the Top
    Ten Club later that year, just prior to the break-up of the band.


    These songs have been unreleased for 50 years and are quite possibly the last music left
    to be heard by this legendary band.

    1. I'm Watching You
    2. Julia
    3. P.O. Box 3291
    4. I Need U Shatzi
    5. Yellow Grass
    The Monks
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    Simulacrenfield

    The last time we heard from Parlour was in 2005 with their Hives Fives EP. They gave us their first taste of an expanded 7-piece lineup that included founder and original sole member Tim Furnish on guitar, plus another guitar, bass guitar, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, keyboards and drums. It was a wild and exuberant live display, watching and listening to a small army turn a confined space into a boundless playground. And then, nothing for five years; no new recordings and fewer than a dozen live performances. We now realize they werent inactive, they were just scheming.



    Simulacrenfield rearranges the vision set forth in previous Parlour releases, utilizing the septet for all its worth. The songs are tighter, heavier, and more melodically complex than ever before, no doubt partly contributed to the addition of Jon Cook (Crain, Rodan) on drums, and Breck Pipes (Cerebellum) on guitar. Furnish, Cook and Pipes, along with longtime Parlour member Steve Good (The Web, Sapat), have a rich and storied musical history, having played in bands together in their hometown of Louisville, KY since the late 1980s. That familiarity and inherent musical dialogue with one another can be heard throughout Simulacrenfield; the rhythm section in a tight pocket while the guitars, keyboards and brass section trade sharp melodies and chugging riffs. Imagine a heavier, more disturbing Neu! with more unexpected twists and turns (and thats just the jumping-off point).

    1. Destruction Paper
    2. Camus
    3. JalepeƱooptics
    4. Wedder
    5. Simulacrenfield
    6. Carrier
    7. Sea of Bubbly Goo
    Parlour
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    Rise Or Die Trying (Awaiting Repress)

    Worcester, Massachusetts. 8 pm. Those who have their hearts set on a Sunday night bingo game or knitting circle at the Quinsigamond Village Community Center will walk away sorely disappointed. Instead, nearly 600 kids spanning all ages and tastes have excitedly packed themselves into the tiny venue. The room is plunged into darkness and the wild shouting echoes in the air; this is the moment they've been waiting for. The first strains of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" filter through the speakers as Four Year Strong take their hometown stage, fully prepared to shred faces, blow minds, and take no prisoners.


    Alan Day (Vocals/Guitar), Dan O'Conner (Vocals/Guitar), Joe Weiss (Bass), Josh Lyford (Synth), and Jake Massucco (Drums) are Four Year Strong. At first, this may not raise eyebrows or drop jaws, but it is only a matter of time. Bringing a unique blend of brutal breakdowns and soaring choruses, Four Year Strong have cut their teeth into the Worcester hardcore scene and thirst for more. Their music incites a riot like nothing seen before, leaving live crowds and CD listeners alike simultaneously blown away, and fired up.


    Their influences range from Lifetime to Saves the Day, Gorilla Biscuits to New Found Glory. "We just play exactly what we want to hear," describes Dan, explaining their combination of hardcore and pop-punk. Sharing an average age of 20 years old and with a do-it-yourself determination, Four Year Strong do not pretend to be anyone but themselves. The band does not sugarcoat their image, avoiding the pretty-boy front that smothers the scene. Behind the numerous tattoos and grizzly beards, Four Year Strong are the kind of guys you would want to bring home to Mom and Dad. The band does not bother with egos or attitude, determined to connect with every fan on a personal level.


    Their debut full-length, Rise or Die Trying, premieres on I Surrender Records. Already, the album has generated an excited buzz across the web, featured on websites like Absolutepunk.net and FriendsorEnemies.com to print magazines Rolling Stone and Alternative Press. The band has nearly 1 Million plays on Myspace with nothing more than a taste of what Rise or Die Trying will bring. Unrelenting spirit, gut-wrenchingly good music, and no flashy gimmicks, Four Year Strong are building themselves to the top with an indestructible foundation.


    Four Year Strong combine equal parts melody and mayhem; however, their true talent lies in the ability to use these parts to create one exciting, infectious whole. "We wanted to put out a great record and not just a bunch of great songs." They fully embrace their album title, Rise or Die Trying, and Four Year Strong refuse to stop until they've taken the world by storm.


    Brace yourself, let's start the takeover.

    1. The Takeover
    2. Prepare To Be Digitally Manipulated
    3. Abandon Ship Or Abandon All Hope
    4. Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die
    5. Wrecked 'Em? Damn Near Killed 'EM
    6. Catastrophe
    7. Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Hell
    8. Bada Bing! Wit' A Pipe!
    9. Beatdown In The Key Of Happy
    10. If He's Here, Who's Running Hell?
    11. MANIAC (R.O.D.)
    Four Year Strong
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    Maraqopa

    Damien Jurados newest collaboration with producer Richard Swift drops us into a brutal and benevolent landscape. The bold strokes and new turns the pair made with 2010s Saint Bartlett are taken even further. He throws open the gate on his oft insular dirges and allows them to do some real wilding out in the canyon. In Maraqopa, the vistas are miles-wide; the action is more dynamic; the close-ups sweaty and snarling.


    The strummed desert blues that begins Nothing is the News quickly bursts open into an Eddie Hazel-worthy supernova shred session, all of it swirling in tinny-psych and Echoplexd howls. Weve never heard anything like this from Jurado. Fifteen years into his remarkable career, and he continues to blossom. Jurado and Swift establish themselves not only as inventive, trusting collaborators, but as one anothers spirit animals in American outsider songcraft, lone wolves in black sheeps clothing. Swift is the Ennio Morricone to Jurados Sergio Leone.


    At Swifts National Freedom studios, the live-to-tape ethos allowed these songs to expand and retract like a great beasts breath. Every in-the-moment bell and whistle here is hung with a natural, casual care. And from this, each song offers up its own unique gift: the enchanting childrens choir that echoes each line of Jurados lament for innocence lost on Life Away from the Garden; the breezy bossa nova that begins This Time Next Year and rises as effortless as a smoke cloud into high-noon showdown pop; Reel to Reel's wobbly, Spector-symphony and its meta themes; and the wonderful falsetto vocal work Jurado pulls from himself on Museum of Flight.

    1. Nothing Is The News
    2. Life Away From The Garden
    3. Maraqopa
    4. This Time Next Year
    5. Reel To Reel
    6. Working Titles
    7. Everyone A Star
    8. So On, Nevada
    9. Museum Of Flight
    10. Mountains Still Asleep
    Damien Jurado
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    At Best Cuckold

    Embarking upon a sophomore effort can be a daunting task for any young upstart, and there's no denying Avi Buffalo's own bar was set quite high with 2010's celebrated eponymous debut. Fear not, there's nothing in this tale about The Second Album-a.k.a. At Best Cuckold, due September 8th in Europe and September 9th in North America on Sub
    Pop-that even remotely resembles a slump; in fact, it would be entirely appropriate to say that this Long Beach, California, enterprise is getting better with age.


    Ah, yes, age-much was made of it when Avi Buffalo's first album hit, and for good reason: While their Millikan High School classmates were preoccupied with quaint and youthful pursuits, the musicians behind Avi Buffalo were busy making an off-kilter pop gem that eventually bowled over NME, The AV Club, Pitchfork, the BBC, and numerous other outlets on both sides of the Atlantic.


    The creation of At Best Cuckold turned out to be a three-year journey; a stretch of time that resembles its predecessor. While transitioning from teenager to twentysomething and traversing the interpersonal wilds which accompany that age, Avi kept playing music, collaborated with and produced several friends (including Kevin Litrow's N.O.W. project and
    Douglas James Sweeney's Arjuna Genome), and even started DJing. He also wrote new songs, and by the time 2013 rolled around, it was time to begin capturing his latest sparks-with that, the band headed into the studio on New Year's Day.


    At Best Cuckold was recorded at Tiny Telephone, the analog-friendly San Francisco studio run by John Vanderslice (whose Bowie tribute Avi contributed to), and engineered by Jay Pellicci (The Dodos, Deerhoof, Sleater-Kinney). Avi then built on the "clean and tight" recordings from Tiny Telephone with analog and digital overdubs, and completed the
    record with Nicolas Vernhes at Rare Book Room studio in Brooklyn. The result is a quirky yet comforting set of songs driven by refined pop songcraft and sneaky moments of grandeur that stick in the brain. Classic-sounding melodies are delivered with a modern sensibility, creating an album that's equal parts timely and timeless. Well-placed piano, sax, clarinet, French horn, and cornet further enhance the proceedings with a glorious orch-pop sheen.


    At the ripe old age of 23, Avi Buffalo is ready to take on the world (again), armed with all of the experience he's compiled over the past few years. And he's made sure the second time around will be just as memorable as the first.

    1. So What
    2. Memories of You
    3. Can't Be Too Responsible
    4. Two Cherished Understandings
    5. Overwhelmed with Pride
    6. Found Blind
    7. She Is Seventeen
    8. Think It's Gonna Happen Again
    9. Oxygen Tank
    10. Won't Be Around No More
    Avi Buffalo
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    Black Bubblegum

    Black Bubblegum is the newest LP from Eric Copeland,
    and we are not kidding when we emphasize it sounds like
    nothing he has done in the past. The title of the record
    says it all: chewy, sticky pop that doesn't taste quite like
    any chewy, sticky pop you've had before.


    Recorded at Copeland's old practice space in South
    Williamsburg, Black Bubblegum contains songs with
    more conventional sounds and songwriting than any of
    his previous releases. While there are similarities with
    Copeland's earlier work in the drum patterns, major
    scales and vocals, Black Bubblegum moves away from
    his trademark psychedelic dub towards strange and
    fantastical pop; imagine Arthur Russell going into the
    studio with the Ramones. Wanting to take a more "handson"
    approach to these recordings, Copeland exchanged
    sample-driven tech and hardware for keyboards, guitars
    and effect pedals, creating a new sound that is oddly
    easy to digest despite its rejection of melody in favour of
    discord and dissonance.


    For a long time, Copeland considered this collection of
    songs to be recordings which would never be heard. This
    invariably influenced certain decisions made during the
    creation of Black Bubblegum, blessing Copeland with
    the unique freedom that comes from making music never
    intended to be heard, let alone released.


    When asked to please jot down what influenced this new
    album and sound, Eric replied "glam holes, glitter dreams,
    money troubles, apocalypse paranoia, one hit wonders,
    manifest destiny, my family's westward migration, body
    troubles (was passing kidney stones almost the entire
    time), LGBT disco parties, Jonathan Richman, Missing
    Foundation, Neil Diamond, New Orleans, poverty, getting
    pushed out of another Brooklyn neighbourhood... No
    Beach Boys, no Beatles, no Buddha... More Bad News
    Bears."


    Eric Copeland has been sound clashing at full volume for
    over twenty years, first carving out a named for himself as
    one third of the legendary NY-via-Providence band Black
    Dice. A wildly prolific solo artist, Copeland has played
    shit houses, party palaces and seemingly everything in
    between all over the world.


    A long time Brooklyn, resident, Eric recently relocated
    to where the L Train does not run - Palma de Mallorca,
    Spain. While maintaining a relatively humble and low key
    presence in a highly competitive musical world, he has
    releases a prolific amount of music every year through
    indie labels such as L.I.E.S., Escho (Iceage), PPM (No Age), Paw Tracks (Animal Collective) and DFA.

    1. Kids In A Coma
    2. Rip It
    3. Fuck It Up
    4. Honorable Mentions
    5. Blue Honey
    6. On
    7. Cannibal World
    8. Don't Beat Your Baby
    9. Radio Weapons
    10. Get My Own
    Eric Copeland
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    Chulahoma

    Chulahoma is a stopgap EP from the Black Keys, a collection of six covers of songs by cult bluesman Junior Kimbrough, whose 'Do the Rump' they covered on their 2002 debut, Big Come Up. Considering that this is the first time the blues-rock guitar-n-drums duo has devoted an album to nothing but straight-ahead blues songs, it wound seem logical that Chulahoma would be the bluesiest recording in their catalog, but the Black Keys aren't that simple. The six songs on this 28-minute EP are hardly replications of Kimbrough's gritty originals, nor do they have the dirty, punch-to-the-gut feel of any of the duo's three proper albums. Instead, this is the weirdest set of music the band has done to date, a trippy, murky excursion into territory that floats somewhere between the primal urgency of the duo's best work and the dark, moody psychedelia of late-'60s blues-rock. Take 'Have Mercy on Me' its winding, narcotic blues groove settles into a bed of droning organ and bongos, but the interplay between guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney prevents it from sounding as affected as psychedelia, while infusing it with a real sense of danger. That unsettling undercurrent flows throughout this brief EP, and it makes Chulahoma an album that's ideal for pitch-black nights, where the music can worm its way into your imagination and then run wild. That alone would make it a unique, noteworthy detour for the Black Keys, but when this is compared to Kimbrough's original recordings, it becomes an instructive listen since a side-by-side listen reveals how Auerbach drew inspiration from Kimbrough's stripped-down, idiosyncratic grooves and took it into some place entirely different. And while that might mean that Chulahoma doesn't necessarily sound like a kissing cousin to Kimbrough's originals, it does make it a greater, richer tribute than most cover albums, and it certainly proves that Auerbach's testimonial in the liner notes about how Junior Kimbrough changed his life is no lie.
    1 Keep Your Hands off Her

    2 Have Mercy on Me

    3 Work Me

    4 Meet Me in the City

    5 Nobody But You

    6 My Mind Is Ramblin'
    The Black Keys
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    Beyondless

    Beyondless is the 4th LP from Iceage. This
    record radiates joy.


    Pay attention to the journey, from New Brigade,
    a juvenile delinquent take on post-punk, full
    of cold, distant condemnation, and onto the
    ecstasy of You're Nothing, shedding the more
    aggressive hardcore influence and dragging in
    more light, a tendency followed on Plowing Into
    The Field Of Love. The intoxication is consistent,
    this has always been drunk music, but it's less a
    stumbling confusion and more a sturdy heartfelt
    confession with each record. They have finally
    caught up with their ambition. Their entire charm
    has always rested in their running ahead of
    themselves with blind confidence, taunting you
    to follow and you follow because wherever they
    are going is vital, is alive; on Beyondless they
    are treading with an assurance that is disarming,
    but there is no loss of charm, you are arm in
    arm now, whispering intimacies.


    Intimacies that recall other intimacies: something
    must have happened when Iceage heard Gun
    Club Miami. Some traumatic event! A wild band
    has not been tamed, but is in repose, retaining
    an edge but expressing something less definite,
    something about hurt or longing or regret.


    Letting in the light, the joy radiates. They are
    post post-punk, Beyondless retains the rich
    character of their brash beginnings, but this is
    something beyond, oh hell, this is something
    very, very special, a generous gift for an anemic
    age.

    1. Hurrah
    2. Pain Killer
    3. Under The Sun
    4. The Day The Music Dies
    5. Plead The Fifth
    6. Catch It
    7. Thieves Like Us
    8. Take It All
    9. Showtime
    10. Beyondless
    Iceage
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    Secret Life

    Toronto duo Moon King have crafted a raw, rapturous and emotional new record, which documents their ascent from an intimate conceptual project into a powerful live band. A first preview of the record comes with the chugging propulsion, soaring harmonies and cosmic haze of album opener 'Roswell'.


    In 2013, Moon King, made up of songwriter Daniel Benjamin and singer/guitarist Maddy Wilde, played over 100 shows to support a pair of EPs, Obsession I and II, which were released on Fucked Up's One Big Silence label in North America and Tough Love in UK/Europe. After a year spent on the road, it became evident they should capture the energy of their live show while it was fresh. Following a performance at Iceland Airwaves, Daniel & Maddy relocated to a cottage in northern Ontario to record the album with a group of Toronto music scene luminaries, all of whom had played in various incarnations of the live band.


    Most of the tracks on the album were recorded live off the floor, with little except the vocals added, put to tape by live sound engineer Noah Giffin (Owen Pallett, Austra, Diana). Though only five days of recording were booked, an ice storm prevented them from leaving, resulting in an extra couple of days work. The record was then mixed in New York with Jacob Portrait of Unknown Mortal Orchestra/Blouse.


    The album's production introduces further nuance to the wall-of-sound approach of the EPs, stripping back dense layers to unearth spellbinding vocals and melodies. Daniel's lyrics focus on catharsis and the weight of emotional trauma, as well as dealing with the self-doubt that stands in the way of recovery.


    Frequent show-opener "Apocalypse" begins with the confession "somehow I feel no release when I'm alone with anyone else / somehow I fall to pieces when I wake up to nothing where you should be" and builds intensity and speed until overflowing in a rush of noise, an oddly structured pop song with no repeating sections. "It's impossible / you've been run through with fear / love's a landfill / just another burning spear" chants the soaring chorus of 'Impossible'. The ultimatum at the climax of "Golden Age" - "all I want is to be wanted" channels an honest and tangible fear not common in today's pop landscape.


    This sense of loss and longing permeates the album throughout, each song carrying with it both a weight and a sense of urgency.

    1. Roswell
    2. Secret Life
    3. Impossible
    4. Come Back
    5. Hexe
    6. Threads
    7. Apocalypse
    8. Golden Age
    9. Medicine
    Moon King
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    Black Moon Spell

    King Tuff's new record is called Black Moon Spell.


    It was produced and recorded by Bobby Harlow at Studio B in Los Angeles, California,
    in the hot winter of 2014.


    No one involved was prepared to make a record, but an invisible hand pushed them
    to do it. Perhaps it was God or that special someone we all know and love called The
    Devil.


    God and The Devil actually have very similar interests. They both love electric guitars
    and they both want you to listen to Black Moon Spell and freak the fuck out.


    There were many strange occurrences during the recording session- Dracula landlords,
    flashes of mysterious light, haunted microphones, songs that mixed themselves,
    demonic vortexes swirling in coffee cups, etc.


    Under the Black Moon Spell you may experience euphoria, demented visions, wet
    dreams, bouts of backwards laughter, and dazed confusion resulting in primordial
    dancing.


    Fire played a very important role in the making of this album. King Tuff loves fire.
    For some reason, no one can really explain how the Black Moon Spell came to be.
    It just appeared one day and demanded heavy rock music and meatball subs.
    Backwards messages may be found on this record.


    Los Angeles, full of its screaming coyotes and creeping helicopters, surely slathered
    its sexy, twisted, hairy, polluted spirit all over Black Moon Spell. The Sunset Strip
    shat itself when it heard all these guitar solos.


    Can you feel the Black Moon Spell creeping up the back of yr neck yet?


    King Tuff would prefer not to tell you the full story of making this record because
    its long and crazy and you wouldn't believe him anyway. Also, I am King Tuff.


    Magic Jake, who played bass and is beautiful like sunshine, would like to take this
    moment to give you a hug and invite you to a tanning party on a beach of your choice.


    Old Gary, who plays drums and has the most glorious cackle, would like to take this
    moment to crack a cold one with you and invite you to watch the old ballgame with
    him.


    Old Gary was out watching the old ballgame, so a wild critter named Ty Segall played
    drums on the song "Black Moon Spell". Ty enjoys speaking in a goblin voice in his
    spare time.


    Night fell on Studio B. A Tarot card leapt from the deck and said, "No human
    judgement is of any value here." King Tuff agreed.


    Sub Pop first discovered King Tuff curled up in his palace in Vermont. It was basically
    a shit hut made of moss, mud, and glimmering stones hidden near the graveyard,
    and it was guarded by beautiful wild bullfrogs with silver fangs and baseball bats.


    Punx, Squares, Skaters, Farmers, Bartenders, Grandparents, Stoners, Carpenters,
    Hobos, Heshers, Babes, Babies, Plumbers, Strippers, Art Teachers, Teenagers, Townies,
    Moms, Dads, Truck Drivers, and Witches will all love this record.


    Every song on Black Moon Spell was written without giving a shining fuck about
    nothing.


    Listen to Black Moon Spell, turn yr volume knob up to 666, put yr lover in a 69,
    and let yr inner grinagog rear it's wicked, unwashed, smiling snake head.


    Listen to Black Moon Spell and give yr ears what they've been begging for all year;
    a heavily weird, heavenly dark, hysterically magical Rock & Roll Sexperience.


    ps. the only part of this story that isn't true is the part about the shit hut. I actually
    was living at my parents' house when I was discovered. Love, KT

    1. Black Moon Spell
    2. Sick Mind
    3. Rainbow's Run
    4. Headbanger
    5. Beautiful Thing
    6. I Love You Ugly
    7. Magic Mirror
    8. Madness
    9. Demon From Hell
    10. Black Holes in Stereo
    11. Radiation
    12. Eyes of the Muse
    13. Staircase of Diamonds
    14. Eddie's Song
    King Tuff
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    Funky Was The State Of Affairs

    Fergus and Geronimo's leap between their early R&B-influenced singles and their first wildly diverse record was so daring, many music writers and fans were forced to reconsider the pigeonhole to which they had already damned them. Happily damned them, since, after all, those early tracks went over exceptionally well. But observers and admirers were also left doing something not many get to experience in this dime-a-dozen singles renaissance: scratching their heads concerning what this group would do next. After a first record that was such a departure, not only did they wonder, they actually cared.



    Founding member Andrew Savage is very conscious of the risks the band took, the changes that were made in order to avoid being marginalized. Says Savage: "Jason (Kelly) and I had no interests in becoming lost in the indie rock/garage rock milieu. The nature of those early singles was that they were instantaneously gratifying, and we both wanted to make a record that was ultimately gratifying, but not necessarily instantaneous."



    Now we have an idea of how far Fergus and Geronimo are continuing to take their gradually conceptual ambitions, in the form of their second full-length record, Funky Was The State of Affairs.



    Like some of history's most well-regarded and oft-reissued acts, the group is doing exactly what they are compelled to do: making an album that actually plays like a cohesively complete statement. "I feel like bands aren't really making albums anymore. By that I mean, a start to finish concept meant to be listened to in its entirety. Labels are more interested in singles, which is in a tail-wags-dog sort of way.



    And yet the record is entirely unpredictable, even as it tackles reoccurring themes, which Savage says include, "aliens, technology, intergalactic dating/hooking up, the Roman Empire, and the earthling resistance movement." At times the story seems filtered through the earthling point of view; in the next, extraterrestrials listen to phone-tapped conversations by some understandably paranoid humans.



    Though at times it sounds like fairly serious subject matter, the group employs a sharp-tongued attack with the same sort of gallows humor cracked wise by the likes of their equally Doubting Thomas inspirational figures, everyone from the Mothers of Invention to Devo. Within the first few minutes, the tone is set; the bright, spiky, opening track over a Krautrock rhythm, "No Parties," contains a line summarizing the restlessness caused by the alienation of modern habits, sung in a mock-English accent: "Collecting devices, you're paying the prices/Of over consumption, with mental destruction."



    "Basically, its a dystopian sound-scape of our civilization's collapse," says Savage. Indeed, those feelings of dread are sometimes instrumentally emphasized by passages of synthesizer static and noise, which Savage attributes to being influenced by groups like Chrome. New members Bob Jones (guitar, bass, analog synth) and Jef Brown (Tenor Sax) also add to the playful chaos. Savage says the original duo added members in order to achieve "the tightness that can only come from recording with a live core," as "musicianship is extremely important to Jason and I."



    Since Brown and Jones both played in the self-explanatory Evolutionary Jass Band, which evolved out of the equally experimental Jackie-O Motherfucker, there is an expansion in the group's improvisational capabilities that wasn't as obvious on past recordings. Yet nothing sounds forced, each interlude is enjoyable, each hip-hop-inspired skit serves a narrative-pushing purpose. The record bounces from Booker T-styled soul ("Wiretapping Muzak I and II") to early '80s New York dance rock ("Marky Move") with an immodest ease.



    "Hi, I'm Heather Strange, and I'm a 23-year-old human earthling female" says a woman between the first and second track. "Really, I'm just looking for a man whose cerebral capabilities haven't been fried by LCD screens yet." Most people reading this might be able to relate to Heather's plight, or worse yet, sink under the weight of being the type of person she's desperately seeking to avoid. But such is the genius of Fergus and Geronimo. They have made all of these variously opposing forces; dark and light, alien and earthling, melody and noise, condemning and being condemned, something that you feel like listening to over and over again. If only to hear what happens next.

    1. Planet Earth is Pregnant for the 5th Time

    2. No Parties

    3. The Strange One Speaketh

    4. Roman Tick

    5. My Phone's Been Tapped, Baby

    6. Roman Nvmerals/Wiretapping Muzak I

    7. Spies
    8. Earthling Men

    9. The Uncanny Valley

    10. Earthling Women

    11. Drones

    12. Wiretapping Muzak II

    13. Off the Map

    14. The Roman Stuff is Where it's At

    15. Marky Move

    16. Funky Was the State of Affairs
    Fergus & Geronimo
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    Popular Songs

    Finally back in print, the double vinyl of Yo La Tengo's most recent album, Popular Songs!



    The sprawling, 12-track record (including three songs over 8 minutes in length, and one 15 minute jam) is one of their most eclectic and cathartic.



    Featuring the Parisian pop of "Avalon or Someone Very Similar," the joyous rocker "Nothing To Hide" and the whimsical "Periodically Double Or Triple."



    Recorded in Hoboken and Nashville in early 2009 with longtime associate Roger Mountenot, Popular Songs finds the trio of Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan and James McNew at the height of their creative powers, fashioning an epic work that's cooly confident as it is wildly adventurous.



    In the words of Mike Wolf, "Yo La Tengo is not afraid. They walk confidently forward, into the unknown, hand in hand. They may just be hitting their stride."

    LP1
    1. Here To Fall
    2. Avalon Or Someone Very Similar
    3. By Two's
    4. Nothing To Hide
    5. Periodically Double Or Triple
    6. If It's True
    7. I'm On My Way
    8. When It's Dark
    9. All Your Secrets


    LP2
    1. More Stars Than There Are In Heaven
    2. The Fireside
    3. And The Glitter Is Gone

    Yo La Tengo
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