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  • Completement Fou Completement Fou Quick View

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    Completement Fou

    Yelle's third album will be released on the hit-maker's own Kemosabe Records and the team-up makes good sense. Though these Frenchies may not have one of the household names we're used to seeing next to that man's handle (Katy Perry, Robin Thicke, Britney Spears) they've long possessed an originality of voice and strength in songwriting that transcends whatever their trappings. Of course, they see it a bit differently. "We just do things we love," says Yelle, nÉe Julie Budet. "This is the only rule we have. At the end of the day this is what makes Yelle: Spontaneity."


    And Yelle once again make an album that is pure Yelle. Complètement Fou is equally wild and wry, celebratory and melancholy, sensual and strange, forceful and full of fun. Cofounder and key composer GrandMarnier (Jean-François Perrier) laid down the frame for each song. Then Luke and his ace team - Oliver, Cirkut, Kool Kojack, A.C, Billboard, JMIKE, and MadMax - amplified what was already there instead of inventing a new identity. Collaboration was new territory, but it was the perfect path forward to advance the bouncy, synthesizer-rich sound of 2011s Safari Disco Club.


    Look no further than the titular track to hear that growth in action: "Complètement Fou" opens with chopped rave keys, round sequencer blips, a mighty low-end kick, and playful effects à la Basement Jaxx. Then comes Yelle's voice - a transcendent thing that compliments those lush electronics so well. While "Coca Sans Bulles" tows the dark/light line between '80s electro oddness and Daft Punk disco, "Jeune Fille Garnement" slinks/surges like the Knife's freaky outrÉ techno. "Ba$$in" swirls rap with Eurodance; "Dire Qu'on Va Tous Mourir" puts R&B through a Oneohtrix filter.


    And then there's "Moteur Action," a song whose summer breeziness suggests a top-down highway ride, oversized sunglasses on, scarf trailing behind. Though knowing Yelle, the lyrics aren't so blithe as those ebullient oohs might have you believe. Our heroine explains the album's primary themes as "relationships, love, bodies, dance, and sensuality, but also death." Ecstasy prevails in parts too. We'll let you seek your own translation of "Nuit de Baise," but "Florence en Italie" was inspired by Stendhal Syndrome, which causes viewers of particularly moving art to swoon and pass out.


    Yelle sought a lyrical partner for Complètement Fou as well: "a French dandy called JÉrôme Echenoz," in her words, though he's best known as Tacteel (of TTC, for those who remember the details of Yelle's 2007 debut, Pop Up). "We used to do everything by ourselves," she says, "but we wanted to open the circle this time around because we love people!" She insists there are no direct dis songs in the vein of "Je Veux Te Voir," only "some winks here and there not personal, more about society." To wit, she counts Votaire's monumental 1759 satire Candide among the LP's influences.


    At the heart of Yelle today is the same spirit that brought the pair formerly known as Julie and Jean-François together, as great friends, in 2000. They initially called their project YEL - an acronym for "You Enjoy Life" - but the exuberant, feminized, Francofied shout they've taken for a moniker suits them perfectly. We yell when we are happy with the world and we yell when we're pissed off at its ways. But we probably yell our best when we're complètement fou.


    - France Rocks

    1. Complètement Fou
    2. Ba$$in
    3. Coca Sans Bulles
    4. Les Soupirs Et Les Refrains
    5. Nuit De Baise I
    6. Toho
    7. Moteur Action
    8. Florence En Italie
    9. Un Jour Viendra
    10. Nuit De Baise II
    11. Jeune Fille Garnement
    12. Dire Qu'on Va Tous Mourir
    13. Bouquet Final
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    Yell Boss

    Black Wine is a punk rock trio from New Brunswick, New Jersey. With Yell Boss Black Wine have made another start-to-finish gem. Yell Boss is dense with walls of towering guitars and a rhythm section that can rattle skyscrapers. And big hooks too. Yell Boss has a sound that would pop off the radio, and it's all Black Wine. No auto tuning. No pitch shifting.
    1. Komrades
    2. Breaking Down
    3. No Reason
    4. Magnet Time
    5. Familiar
    6. Rime
    7. Piccoline
    8. Solar Flare
    9. No Time
    10. Love Chain
    Black Wine
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    Rebel Yell

    Rebel Yell is the second studio album by English rock musician Billy Idol. It was released on 10 November 1983. Upon its release, Rebel Yell received positive reviews from critics and was a commercial success. In the US, it peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 and is certified Double Platinum. Four singles were released from the album, "Rebel Yell", "Eyes Without A Face", "Flesh For Fantasy", and "Catch My Fall" with the first three being hit music videos on MTV. Repressed on vinyl.
    1. Rebel Yell
    2. Daytime Drama
    3. Eyes Without A Face
    4. Blue Highway
    5. Flesh For Fantasy
    6. Catch My Fall
    7. Crank Call
    8. (Do Not) Stand In The Shadows
    9. The Dead Next Door
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  • Rega Turntable Mat - Yellow Rega Turntable Mat - Yellow Quick View

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    Rega Turntable Mat - Yellow

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    Yellow Turntable Mat!


    Now you can customize the look of your Rega turntable with a unique, colored mat!


    The turntable mats are made from 100% wool.


    They are 2 mm in thickness.


    Suitable for use with the Rega P2, P3, P5 and P7 turntables.


    These mats are NOT suitable for use with the P9 turntable.

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  • Thorens TD 2035 (Yellow) Turntable Thorens TD 2035 (Yellow) Turntable Quick View

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    Thorens TD 2035 (Yellow) Turntable


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    The New Acrylic Series


    The new Acrylic-Series is stunning - not only from a visual point of view. Thanks to elaborate control circuitry, an extremely stable acrylic plinth and a heavy aluminium platter, the turntables are made to sound as exciting as they look.


    The external motor unit of the Thorens Acrylic-Series was constructed in a way that there is no mechanical contact to the plinth, thus avoiding transfer of vibration. In addition, the entire turntable rests on special feet which effectively dampen all kinds of air-born or footfall vibrations and eventually ensure a continuous, undisturbed run of the platter.


    The TP 92 Tonearm

    The TP 92 tonearm, which was specially designed for Thorens turntables, uses an ultra-low-friction bearing and an innovative magnetic anti-bias system with zero stiction. The arm tube is made from rolled aluminium that is damped using RMR (Reduced Modal Resonance) technology. The brass counterweight at the end of the arm tube is double-decoupled, and the tonearm is so designed that its centre of gravity is level with the stylus.


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  • All Hail West Texas All Hail West Texas Quick View

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    All Hail West Texas

    Remastered


    The last of the all-home-recordings albums by the Mountain Goats and the only one about which that claim is true, All Hail West Texas was originally released as a free-standing compact disc on the late, lamented Emperor Jones. That was about a decade ago. The songs were originally transferred from the cassettes onto which they were recorded to 1/4 reels at Tiny Telephone by Alex Newport, who also played in Fudge Tunnel. John got really excited when he realized his tapes were being EQ'd by the guy from Fudge Tunnel.


    Remastered from those reels, along with 7 unearthed songs from the two surviving contemporaneous cassettes, All Hail West Texas stands as the peak of the Mountain Goats' home recording era, a time people like to refer to as when John Darnielle had his four-track, except John did not actually use a four-track. He used the condenser mic of a Panasonic boombox and there was no overdubbing. All songs recorded on the day they were written, usually within minutes of the actual composition. Highlights include Jenny, Fall of the Star High School Running Back, and The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton, a song which has compelled audiences around the globe to yell Hail Satan, and to mean it.


    Package art features a newly penned 1,800-word essay by John detailing his songwriting and recording process for the album.

    1. The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton
    2. Fall of the Star High School Running Back
    3. Color in Your Cheeks
    4. Jenny
    5. Fault Lines
    6. Balance
    7. Pink and Blue
    8. Riches and Wonders
    9. The Mess Inside
    10. Jeff Davis County Blues

    11. Distant Stations
    12. Blues in Dallas
    13. Source Decay
    14. Absolute Lithops Effect
    The Mountain Goats
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  • Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic Quick View

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    Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic

    Hey, what's this? Well that, my friend, is the newest album from The
    Gotobeds, entitled Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic. It's their second
    full-length LP and their first for Sub Pop. Whoa, whoa, please slow down.
    I'm already completely lost. What you just said sounded like a stream of
    complete gibberish. Okay, I'll lay it out for you and if you have any
    questions could you yell them at me? SOUNDS GOOD. The Gotobeds
    formed vaguely around 2009 in Pittsburgh and play a mutant strain of rock
    music that is often filed under punk, indie rock, or 99-cent discount bin.
    WAIT, THE GOTOBEDS? I HEARD THEY WERE KNUCKLEHEADS! Only if
    the knuckle is the part of the human body that contains the brains. Much
    like their previous releases on underground stalwart labels like Mind Cure
    and 12XU, this new album artfully slips intelligence and experimentation
    into a dying art form. It's a harder feat than you'd think.


    And sure, their live shows have often been compared to an all night party
    where I feared for my life and the lives of everybody in the five block
    radius, and their recorded output is akin to the sonic manifestos of four
    men deprived of human love and raised on beer and Swell Maps, Mission
    of Burma, and old Fall records. But what you get with The Gotobeds,
    delivered in spades on this album, is smart, noisy rock with just the right
    amount of stupid.


    FAIR ENOUGH. SO HOW'D THIS GET MADE? It was recorded in bursts
    over several months of 2015 in their friend My War Matt's basement in
    Pittsburgh. Unlike previously, the songs were conceived and recorded in
    blocks, which resulted in a more experimental feel. But this is no chin
    stroking curate's egg. You like loud, double guitar leads? OF COURSE I DO.
    WHO DOESN'T? You're in luck, because this album is carpeted with em,
    thanks to Eli Kasan and TFP. On a song like 'Bodies,' it sounds as if
    you've walked into the biggest Guitar Center, but, you know, not terrible.
    Keeping it all locked down is the rhythm section of drummer, Cary Belback
    and bassist, Gavin Jensen. They allow the downright prettiness of a song
    like Red Alphabet to shine, and the lyrics on the anti-sexism thrash of
    Crisis Time to punch through.


    THIS ALL SOUNDS WONDERFUL, IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I NEED
    TO CARE ABOUT? Eh, probably not. Except that Tim Midyett (Silkworm,
    Bottomless Pit, Mint Mile) and some bum (Protomartyr) are featured as
    guest vocalists on Rope and Why'd You, respectively. Also, I'd be remiss
    to not mention the fact that the band's live show is a testament to the
    cathartic nature of speed, skill, repetition, noise, and red stage lights. If
    you don't believe me, ask the bands they have played with, like Total
    Control, Tyvek, or The Replacements. Also, they rep Pittsburgh harder than
    anyone possibly could and come off better for it...which is saying
    something.


    I THINK I UNDERSTAND. BLOOD // SUGAR // SECS // TRAFFIC IS THE
    GREATEST ALBUM SINCE THE LAST GOTOBEDS RECORD? Yes. Now
    please stop yelling. -Joe Casey, Protomartyr

    1. Real Maths/Too Much
    2. "Bodies"
    3. Brass Not Rash
    4. Rope
    5. Why'd You
    6. Red Alphabet
    7. Cold Gold (LA's Alright)
    8. Crises Time
    9. Manifest
    10. Glass House
    11. Amazing Supermarkets
    The Gotobeds
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    Woodstock

    Well, we're two full months into 2017 and the world continues to burn like an avalanche of flaming biohazard material sliding down a mountain of used needles into a canyon full of rat feces. But hey, it's not all bad: Portugal. The Man has a new album coming out called Woodstock.

    PTM's last album came out over three years ago-a long gap for a band who've dropped roughly an album a year since 2006. And in true, prolific band fashion, they've spent almost every minute since 2013 working on an album called Gloomin + Doomin. They created a shit-ton of individual songs, but as a whole, none of them hung together in a way that felt right. Then John Gourley, PTM's lead singer, made a trip home to Wasilla, Alaska, (Home of Portugal. The Man's biggest fan, Sarah Palin) and two things happened that completely changed the album's trajectory.

    First, John got some parental tough love from his old man, who called John on the proverbial carpet or dogsled or whatever you put people on when you want to yell at them in Alaska. What's taking so long to finish the album? John's dad said. Isn't that what bands do? Write songs and then put them out? Like fathers and unlicensed therapists tend to do, John's dad cut him deep. The whole thing started John thinking about why the band seemed to be stuck on a musical elliptical machine from hell and, more importantly, about how to get off of it.

    Second, fate stuck its wiener in John's ear again when he found his dad's ticket stub from the original 1969 Woodstock music festival. It seems like a small thing, but talking to his dad about Woodstock '69 knocked something loose in John's head. He realized that, in the same tradition of bands from that era, Portugal. The Man needed to speak out about the world crumbling around them. With these two ideas converging, the band made a seemingly bat-shit-crazy decision: they took all of the work they had done for the three years prior and they threw it out.

    It wasn't easy and there was the constant threat that the band's record label might have them killed, but the totally insane decision paid off. With new, full-on, musical boners, the band went back to the studio-working with John Hill (In The Mountain In The Cloud), Danger Mouse (Evil Friends), Mike D (Everything Cool), and longtime collaborator Casey Bates (The one consistent producer since the first record). In this new-found creative territory, the album that became Woodstock rolled out naturally from there

    Remember that mountain of burning needles we were talking about? Good. Because Woodstock is an album (Including the new single Feel It Still) that-with optimism and heart-points at the giant pile and says, Hey, this pile is fucked up! And if you think that pile is fucked up too, you owe it to yourself-hell, to all of us-to get out there and do something about it.

    1. Number One
    2. Easy Tiger
    3. Live In The Moment
    4. Feel It Still
    5. Rich Friends
    6. Keep On
    7. So Young (feat. Fat Lip)
    8. Mr. Lonely
    9. Tidal Wave
    10. Noise Pollution (feat. Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Zoe Mannville)
    Portugal The Man
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    Woodstock (Pink Vinyl)

    Pressed On Pink Colored Vinyl


    Well, we're two full months into 2017 and the world continues to burn like an avalanche of flaming biohazard material sliding down a mountain of used needles into a canyon full of rat feces. But hey, it's not all bad: Portugal. The Man has a new album coming out called Woodstock.

    PTM's last album came out over three years ago-a long gap for a band who've dropped roughly an album a year since 2006. And in true, prolific band fashion, they've spent almost every minute since 2013 working on an album called Gloomin + Doomin. They created a shit-ton of individual songs, but as a whole, none of them hung together in a way that felt right. Then John Gourley, PTM's lead singer, made a trip home to Wasilla, Alaska, (Home of Portugal. The Man's biggest fan, Sarah Palin) and two things happened that completely changed the album's trajectory.

    First, John got some parental tough love from his old man, who called John on the proverbial carpet or dogsled or whatever you put people on when you want to yell at them in Alaska. What's taking so long to finish the album? John's dad said. Isn't that what bands do? Write songs and then put them out? Like fathers and unlicensed therapists tend to do, John's dad cut him deep. The whole thing started John thinking about why the band seemed to be stuck on a musical elliptical machine from hell and, more importantly, about how to get off of it.

    Second, fate stuck its wiener in John's ear again when he found his dad's ticket stub from the original 1969 Woodstock music festival. It seems like a small thing, but talking to his dad about Woodstock '69 knocked something loose in John's head. He realized that, in the same tradition of bands from that era, Portugal. The Man needed to speak out about the world crumbling around them. With these two ideas converging, the band made a seemingly bat-shit-crazy decision: they took all of the work they had done for the three years prior and they threw it out.

    It wasn't easy and there was the constant threat that the band's record label might have them killed, but the totally insane decision paid off. With new, full-on, musical boners, the band went back to the studio-working with John Hill (In The Mountain In The Cloud), Danger Mouse (Evil Friends), Mike D (Everything Cool), and longtime collaborator Casey Bates (The one consistent producer since the first record). In this new-found creative territory, the album that became Woodstock rolled out naturally from there

    Remember that mountain of burning needles we were talking about? Good. Because Woodstock is an album (Including the new single Feel It Still) that-with optimism and heart-points at the giant pile and says, Hey, this pile is fucked up! And if you think that pile is fucked up too, you owe it to yourself-hell, to all of us-to get out there and do something about it.

    1. Number One
    2. Easy Tiger
    3. Live In The Moment
    4. Feel It Still
    5. Rich Friends
    6. Keep On
    7. So Young (feat. Fat Lip)
    8. Mr. Lonely
    9. Tidal Wave
    10. Noise Pollution (feat. Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Zoe Mannville)
    Portugal The Man
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    Manhattan

    When it came time to record their Warner Bros. debut, the band looked directly to its hometown for inspiration. MANHATTAN is more than an album -it's a statement of purpose and a portrait of life in New York City. We were all bartenders, so the songs are tales of experiences we had or saw, and other people who were characters in our life during the first year we were in this band, Cummings says. (And for the record, SKATERS chose their band name because it captures their young and fearless attitude.


    The album kicks off with subway noises, Because that's the sound of our lives, Cummings says. The disc was even recorded by John Hill (Santigold, Wavves) in the API room at Greenwich Village's iconic Electric Lady Studios, named after its one-of-a-kind board.


    MANHATTAN features other little pieces of the city, too, in the form of sounds and conversations Hubbard nabbed on an old-school handheld tape recorder. There's a cab ride in there, there's kids yelling in Brooklyn, girls talking in a cafÉ, Rubin says. It's like a book of short stories, Cummings adds, deadpanning, It's Salinger's Nine Stories but it's Eleven Stories by SKATERS. And the writing is much better.

    1. One Of Us
    2. Miss Teen Massachusetts
    3. Deadbolt
    4. Bandbreaker
    5. To Be Young In NYC
    6. Schemers
    7. Symptomatic
    8. Fear Of The Knife
    9. I Wanna Dance (But I Don't Know How)
    10. Nice Hat
    11. This Much I Care
    SKATERS
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  • Cuffed, Collared And Tagged Cuffed, Collared And Tagged Quick View

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    Cuffed, Collared And Tagged

    One of the great characters in rock and soul music is Jerry Williams, better known as the eccentric, idiosyncratic, and always entertaining Swamp Dogg (no relation to Snoop Doggy Dogg). A Virginia native, Williams invented his own legend by claiming that he had little proper schooling, only to wake up one day and find himself a musical genius (his words). Actually, Williams is very talented, and an early association with Jerry Wexler and Phil Walden led to him working for a number of years as a producer, engineer, and occasional songwriter with Atlantic in the '60s. At decade's end, however, he decided that the time was right to unleash Swamp Dogg's singular view of the world on an unsuspecting public.


    Although he spent years working in the industry, Dogg was simply not the standard-issue soul type. And that was good. Dogg continued to make records, albeit infrequently, after 1969, some good, a few great, and most all extremely difficult to find. With contemporary soul sounding increasingly mannered and sterile, Dogg's yelling, screaming, and general craziness is missed. Thankfully, he hasn't disappeared for good, although he only makes records when he feels like it. It would be wise to not count him out; just when you think this Dogg is down and out, he sneaks up and bites you. Originally released in 1972, Cuffed, Collared And Tagged is making a vinyl comeback via Fat Possum.

    -AllMusic

    1. Sam Stone
    2. Complication
    3. Lady Madonna
    4. You Say You Trust Your Mother
    5. If It Hadn't Been for Sly
    6. Your Last Dirty Trick
    7. Knowing I'm Pleasing Me and You
    8. In My Resume
    9. Captain of Your Ship
    10. Don't It Make You Wanna Go Home
    Swamp Dogg
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    TWO


    180-Gram Light Blue vinyl


    It didn't come fast and it didn't come easy. It's been over
    two decades since Tim Kinsella, Mike Kinsella, Victor
    Villarreal, and Sam Zurick formed Cap'n Jazz as teenagers,
    and 13 years since they followed up that band with their
    debut self-titled album under the name owls.


    In the time that has passed since then, the members have
    kept active with a string of other endeavors (including
    owen, Joan of Arc, Make Believe, and ghosts and Vodka)
    that have never failed to showcase their vast, diverse, and
    ever-evolving musical aptitudes.


    Slowly, but surely, new owls songs fell into place: Villarreal
    would introduce a guitar riff from which Tim Kinsella would
    build a simple chord sequence and vocal melody. Then, the
    entire group would hash out the rest of the song amidst
    yelling, arguing, and practices that were often cut short or
    canceled outright.


    "The band dynamic was eerily similar to the first record,"
    reveals Mike Kinsella. "In some ways I think we all regressed
    to whatever roles we filled then, for better and for worse."


    While sonically their technique still has the ability to dazzle,
    age and experience have lent new perspectives to tracks
    such as "I'm Surprised " and "Ancient Stars Seed..." --
    making them more aggressive and direct, but certainly no
    less captivating.


    In a world that increasingly favors style over substance,
    owls is unwilling to compromise the latter for the former.
    And that, at least, is something all the members can easily
    agree on.

    1. Four Works Of Art...
    2. I'm Surprised...
    3. The Lion...
    4. Why Oh Why...
    5. This Must Be How...
    6. Ancient Stars Seed...
    7. It Collects Itself...
    8. I'll Never Be...
    9. Oh No, Don't...
    10. A Drop Of Blood...
    Owls
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    Liberation!


    A bold introduction to who Bauer is on his own! the brisk and
    straight-forward instrumentation immediately drops a sense of
    escape and newfound confidence over the song's surface. - XPN


    Along with the band's signature guitar tones, Bauer proves to be a
    formidable vocalist, channeling Leithauser's swaggering yell. - CoS


    A scruffy, reverb-spaced take on heartland American rock, it brings to
    mind fellow East Coast highway dreamers the War on Drugs. - Spin


    Liberation! is the title of Peter Matthew Bauer's debut solo
    album, a poignant and anthemic blend of soulful balladry, folk-tinged meditations, and full-bore rock & roll, crafted with an
    oblique nod towards the explosion of art, rock, and attitude that
    emerged from NYC in the '70s. Formerly a member of beloved
    NYC group The Walkmen, Bauer uses Liberation! as an
    opportunity to welcome the rest of the world into his personal
    history of a childhood spent living in ashrams, and a life shaped
    by the constant presence of religion and mythology amidst
    uncertainty. It's a bold, bracing collection of songs for the mind,
    body and spirit with the power to grab you and shake you out of
    your environment. Leveraging traces of Eastern arrangements
    in a solidly Western rock experience, Liberation! is the
    soundtrack of one man's journey inside himself, in preparation
    for the rest of the world to follow.

    1. I Was Born in an Ashram
    2. Latin American Ficciones
    3. Philadelphia Raga
    4. Fortune Tellers
    5. Shiva the Destroyer

    6. Liberation!
    7. Scientology Airplane Conversations
    8. Istanbul Field Recording
    9. Irish Wake in Varanasi (for Big Pete Devlin)
    10. You Are the Chapel
    Peter Matthew Bauer
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    Devil Music

    The Men are Rich Samis, Kevin Faulkner, Nick Chiericozzi and Mark Perro. We created Devil Music in our practice space over a weekend in January.


    We wanted to give ourselves something enjoyable to listen to with this record... Something that had our personality in it, not just another record to get reviewed, to get into festivals, to get on tv, to participate in some sort of endless, winless game. This isn't a campaign.


    Jordan Lovelace (mem. of Pampers) engineered and recorded Devil Music. Jonathan Schenke (mem. of Eaters and engineer of 100's of records) mastered the sessions on a Neve console in New York. These fine gentlemen knew we were after a raw four track sound. They used our strokes on the tape to get us where we wanted to go. Every record sounds a bit different than you think it will.


    Some newer things came along for the ride like cassette cut ups, damaged vocal cords from years of yelling, a saxophone and of course the ten new songs. Some old ideas are still in the mix: the tracks were done live, including the vocals. The packaging/artwork was designed and produced by us.

    1. Dreamer
    2. Crime
    3. Ridin' On
    4. Lion's Den
    5. Patterns
    6. Violate
    7. Hit the Ground
    8. Devil Music
    9. Gun
    10. Fire
    The Men
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    What's Real

    Dear Listener / Internet Surfer / Intrigued Music Consumer-


    Thank for you for taking the time to read about our new record, What's Real. We have been working on this album for the better part of two years. Or maybe I have been working on this album since I was 14. That was when I first heard the bands that made me want to pick up the guitar and learn to play. When I became consumed over the angst, the freedom, the recklessness of rock and roll, the escape it created and allowed, and the feeling of unity with anyone who was discovering and finding the same.


    I started writing this album as soon as we got home from touring behind our debut record Out In The Light. All of a sudden, I was sitting still for the first time in years, and I dove into my early musical influences to find that what I once thought were alternative anthems of recklessness, of angst, of societal alienation, were also perfectly constructed songs. It wasn't pop. But it became popular for a reason. And as a songwriter I began to see that music in a new light.


    I approached this album from that place. From a place of seeing that songs can sound big, feel big, and still be incredibly personal. Still be brutally honest. Still leave everything on the table. And while current alternative radio is pumping out songs about the "best day of my life" and "wanting to be like the cool kids", I wanted to write songs about heartbreak, about finding clarity, about feeling stuck in your hometown. And I wrote it with the hope that people connect with it in a visceral way. In an emotional way. The way I am connecting to it. A connection I feel is not as expected these days.


    This record was recorded over a 15 month period while I was living in San Francisco and taking road trips down to record with friend and Grouplove producer/drummer Ryan Rabin. The first song we recorded together was "Got To My Head". He got where I was coming from and became my collaborator throughout the majority of the process. We pushed this record to the extremes, trying to fit as many hooks at times, capturing throat wrenching vocal takes at others. I was writing while recording. A lot of the writing takes on past tragic relationships I have since moved on from. "I Feel Everything" is a song about the addiction of abusive and extreme relationships, "Over It" is a song about finally getting out of it, and "What's Real" is about the constant struggle to weed out the impersonal and temporary relationships and yearning for something more. The songs came from desperate times. They came from a place where I would rather be in any situation than the one I was in. Some of them were written while in it, some of them are reflection.


    I recorded a handful of the songs with another producer Carlos De La Garza. Among those are "Rebel Yell", a song about longing for the drive to care about the state of the world like I once did so intensely, but has faded with the distractions of adulthood, and "Mom And Dad's," a song about the realities of having to move back in with your parents after you thought you were gone for good, and finding everything both completely changed and exactly the same.


    This record could not have been possible without my band. I met them all while living in San Francisco. It's a new band from the last record. Andrew Wales plays Drums. Brian DaMert plays Guitar. Greg Sellin plays Bass. And Sara DaMert plays Keys. They have helped me take these songs from my headphones to the stage and have realized them in the greatest way possible. they do them every justice I could have asked. I am so grateful to have them.


    When we finished the record I felt like we had made a sonic place. It felt like my bedroom in high school. We accomplished my goal in providing a world for someone who needs a real alternative. An escape. I don't care if that sounds cheesy. I am not worried about it. Come to our shows. Participate in the energy. We will leave it all on the table. We expect the audience to as well. There is something really rewarding in doing so. It's what I dreamt about when I was 14 and started playing guitar. It's what I still dream about today. It's What's Real.


    Love,

    Van (WATERS)

    1. Got To My Head
    2. I Feel Everything
    3. Mom and Dads
    4. The Avenue
    5. What's Real
    6. Inside My Room
    7. Stupid Games
    8. Breakdown
    9. Over It
    10. Rebel Yell
    11. Green Eyes
    Waters
    $18.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    If there's one thing Danko Jones know how to do at this point, it's how to rock. They did it in We Sweat Blood, and it's exactly what they do again in their fifth full-length album, Sleep Is the Enemy. The formula for both these albums has been pretty consistent: fast power chords with a distorted bass echoing the guitar; loud, driving drums; and vocals that fluctuate from a low growl to a mellifluous croon to a full-out scream. But that doesn't mean the new album is ever boring: there's too much raw emotion and sexual energy to allow anyone even a brief moment to nod off. For the band, this is a very important thing; the name of the record is Sleep Is the Enemy, after all, and the simple, to-the-point choruses are just meant to be shouted along to in packed, sweaty stadiums. Jones himself is all testosterone and bravado and is in great form vocally, expressing his indifference toward a jaded lover in Baby Hates Me, instructing the less confident in when and how to give The Finger, and angrily yelling his plans for revenge in Time Heals Nothing. Yes, the themes here, like they always have been with the band, are women and sex and aggression, which are practically the same thing for Jones, but in Sleep Is the Enemy his willingness to explore the ambiguity of the topics shows his (slightly greater) maturity. In She's Drugs (which contains the fantastically catchy chorus She's drugs, she's drugs/Just one look and you get addicted/She's drugs, she's drugs/You take a look and now you're hooked, that's what I predicted), he chides a friend for being seduced by a dangerous woman, but then in Invisible, he goes on to list a number of extreme things he'll do for another who isn't noticing him (burning his house down, maxing out his credit card, and making his mother cry being three of the least violent examples). Yeah, Sleep Is the Enemy isn't musical genius by any standard, but it is a loud, confident, straightforward, and fun album that skips guitar solos and instrumental frills to focus on what truly matters to Danko Jones: rocking. - Marisa Brown (All Music Guide)
    1. Sticky Situation
    2. Baby Hates Me
    3. Don't Fall In Love
    4. She's Drugs
    5. The Finger
    6. First Date
    7. Invisible
    8. Natural Tan
    9. When Will I See You
    10. Time Heals Nothing
    11. Sleep Is The Enemy
    12. Choose Me
    Danko Jones
    $17.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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