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Yellow & Green (Awaiting Repress)Baroness, the Savannah-based quartet whose two prior releases (Red Album and Blue Record) were awarded record of the year honors from both Revolver and Decibel Magazines as well as repeatedly placing on year-end best of lists from Pitchfork and Village Voice, return with a new album titled Yellow & Green which will be released via Relapse Records.
Yellow & Green reunites Baroness with Blue Record producer John Congleton (Explosions in the Sky, St. Vincent, Xiu Xiu) following both the band's busiest period (multiple worldwide tours including stops at Coachella, Bonnaroo and Soundwave) and most luxurious year, having taken nearly all of 2011 off to freely write and demo material for their newest offering.
Yellow & Green finds the band as more than just giants of the metal underground, but now fully formed hard rock titans. Fans of the band have come to expect nothing less than constant evolution from Baroness and that is precisely what the band has delivered, but in ways no one could have anticipated: the hooks are immediately seared into your brain, riffs that take just one listen to fully lodge themselves in your consciousness and vocals that are sung both heavily and beautifully.
Some songs are more delicate than Baroness ever hinted at before while others are straight up arena rockers, yet all along Yellow & Green is unmistakingly the Baroness that the world has come to love and look to for Record of the Year quality rock and roll. It's not hard to imagine any one of the 18 songs that fill out Yellow & Green being rock radio anthems, and deservedly so.LP1
1. Yellow Theme
2. Take My Bones Away
3. March to the Sea
4. Little Things
7. Black Where I Belong
8. Sea Lungs
1. Green Theme
2. Board Up the House
3. Mtns. (The Crown & Anchor)
6. Psalms Alive
8. The Line Between
9. If I Forgot Thee, Lowcountry$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Soul RebelsYellow Colored Vinyl
Faithful replication of the original 1970 Upsetter pressing of this classic album, produced by the legendary Lee "Scratch" Perry! Limited edition yellow vinyl pressing in a reverse board jacket!1. Soul Rebel
2. Try Me
3. It's Alright
4. No Sympathy
5. My Cup
6. Soul Almighty
7. Rebel's Hop
8. Corner Stone
9. 400 Years
10. No Water
12. My Sympathy$25.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
YMO USA & Yellow Magic OrchestraImport
This first YMO album was released in 1978 in Japan ('79 in Europe) and set a precedent in the music industry like never before. By releasing this daring album, YMO shook the world with their Synthpop','at the time a revelation as well as a revolution.
YMO created their own sound, far ahead of its time. The band was amongst the first to use a computer music composer, which was a programmed Roland MC-8 Microcomposer developed by Hideki Matsutake (composer, arranger and computer programmer). The trio mainly used electronic equipment on this album. The only acoustic instruments used were a piano and marimba percussion set. This type of production was never heard of before and set about a new movement within the music business.
Featuring the hit Firecracker, an infectious and exotic Martin Denny cover, which became a staple in the early Hip Hop scene in New York.LP1
1. Computer Game theme From The Circus (instrumental)
2. Firecracker (instrumental)
3. Simoon (album Version)
4. Cosmic Surfin' (instrumental)
5. Computer Game theme From The Invader (instrumental)
6. Yellow Magic (tong Poo) (instrumental)
7. La Femme Chinoise (album Version)
8. Bridge Over Troubled Music (instrumental)
9. Mad Pierrot (instrumental)
1. Computer Game theme From The Circus (instrumental)
2. Firecracker (instrumental)
3. Simoon (instrumental)
4. Cosmic Surfin' (album Version)
5. Computer Game theme From The Invader (instrumental)
6. Tong Poo (instrumental)
7. La Femme Chinoise (album Version)
8. Bridge Over Troubled Music (instrumental)
9. Mad Pierrot (instrumental)
10. Acrobat (instrumental)$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Gatefold Sleeve / 4 Page Booklet
PVC Protective Sleeve
First Pressing Of 1000 Numbered Copies On Transparent Vinyl
On their 2nd live album, recorded during their 83-84 World Tour and released in 1984, again YMO succeeded in producing a live album with incredible audio quality.
Vibrant, lively, energetic and infectious as ever, the crowds can't seem to get enough. Listen to this live album and you will want to go back in time to experience the brilliance yourself.LP 1
2. Tong Poo
3. Behind The Mask
4. Solid State Survivor
5. La Femme Chinoise
9. Wild Ambitions
1. Expecting Rivers
6. You've Got To Help Yourself
7. Kageki Na Syukujo
8. Kimi Ni Mune Kyun - Uwaki Na Vacances
9. Firecracker$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Awaiting Repress)Ranked 91/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
2014 Remaster by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering From The Original Analogue Tapes
Mastered For Vinyl by Doug Sax & Robert Hadley at The Mastering Lab, Inc, Ojai, CA
2014 version of the iconic 1973 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album mastered for vinyl by Doug Sax and Robert Hadley at The Mastering Lab, California.
This is two discs of heavy 180GM audiophile quality vinyl. Selling over 31 million albums worldwide and going platinum in the US seven times over,
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is widely regarded as the album that made Elton John a household name. Includes 'Benny and The Jets', 'Goodbye Yellow
Brick Road', 'Candle In The Wind', 'Saturday Night's All Right For Fighting' and 'Harmony'.1. Funeral For a Friend (Love Lies Bleeding)
2. Candle in the Wind
3. Bennie and the Jets - (live)
4. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
5. This Song Has No Title
6. Grey Seal
7. Jamaica Jerk-Off
8. I've Seen That Movie Too
9. Sweet Painted Lady
10. Ballad of Danny Bailey, The (1909-34)
11. Dirty Little Girl
12. All the Girls Love Alice
13. Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'N Roll)
14. Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting
15. Roy Rogers
16. Social Disease
17. Harmony$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Yellow SubmarineSourced From the Original Master Tapes
Pressed on 180 gram vinyl
Cut at Abbey Road Studios
The soundtrack to The Beatles' animated film of the same name, Yellow Submarine presents four new Beatles tracks recorded between 1967 and early 1968. In addition, George Martin's score for the film rounds out the effort. While not considered a "proper" album, Yellow Submarine contains many memorable moments-George Harrison's psychedelic "Only a Northern Song," peppered with organ and candid sentiments, and "It's All Too Much," carried on the shoulders of a mesmerizing Mellotron, gigantic percussion, and titanic guitar feedback.
A team consisting of some of the best producers and engineers in the recording industry were brought together and would spend 4 long years mixing and mastering with some of the most state of the art recording equipment. Treating these records much like a science experiment, engineers ran extensive tests before copying the analog master tapes over into a digital format using 24-bit/192 kHz resolution, and carefully removing clicks, vocal pops and poor edits. Never altering the original songs themselves, just polishing them up a bit.1. Yellow Submarine
2. Only A Northern Song
3. All Together Now
4. Hey Bulldog
5. It's All Too Much
6. All You Need Is Love
8. Sea of Time
9. Sea of Holes
10. Sea of Monsters
11. March Of The Meanies
12. Pepperland Laid Waste
13. Yellow Submarine In Pepperland$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Yellow HouseUpon releasing their lauded album Yellow House, in 2006, Grizzly Bear has become one of independent music's most internationally-renowned talents. This break-through album is being made available now for the first time on 180 gram, heavy-weight vinyl.1. Easier
4. Central and Remote
6. Little Brother
8. On A Neck, On A Spit
10. Colorado$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Mellow YellowDonovan's fourth album, 1967's Mellow Yellow, is a dynamic transitional effort that finds the singer-songwriter-guitarist expanding his artistry into rewarding new areas. In addition to the sing-along title hit, which famously inspired a persistent urban legend regarding the recreational consumption of banana peels, Mellow Yellow encompasses acoustic introspection (Writer in the Sun), crafty art-pop (Museum), bittersweet insight (Young Girl Blues), beat poetry (The Observation) and a fond nod to British folk icon Bert Jansch (House of Jansch). In addition to the production of British Invasion legend Mickie Most, Mellow Yellow features ear-catching arrangements by future Led Zeppelin member John Paul Jones and sitar by cult singer-songwriter Shawn Phillips. With its original mono mix capturing the vibrant vibes of Donovan during this incredibly creative and productive period, this vintage gem has never sounded better!1. Mellow Yellow
2. Writer in the Sun
3. Sand and Foam
4. The Observation
5. Bleak City Woman
6. House of Jansch
7. Young Girl Blues
9. Hampstead Incident
10. Sunny South Kensington$28.99Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
Yellow MoonThe Neville Brothers made a bid for pop/rock stardom with the well-produced A&M debut album Yellow Moon. For this album, they enlisted the help of producer Daniel Lanois to meld their voices and rhythms with his swampy dreamscapes. Continuing with its vinyl reissue initiative, UMe will be reissuing this classic back on standard weight black vinyl for the first time in over 20 years.1. My Blood
2. Yellow Moon
3. Fire and Brimstone
4. A Change Is Gonna Come
5. Sister Rosa
6. With God On Our Side
7. Wake Up
9. The Ballad of Hollis Brown
10. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
11. Healing Chant
12. Wild Injuns$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Green And YellowFirst Ever Reissue
Green and Yellow is the collected recordings of
legendary lost 1970s Deep South freaksters, THE
STROKE BAND. Seen and heard, until now, by only a
few South Georgia pot heads, rednecks, sheriffs,
strippers, and intoxicated U.S. Marines. Fronted by
Bruce Joyner - a swamp rat synthesis of Buddy Holly,
Bryan Ferry and Jerry Lee Lewis - The Stroke Band were
an art-punk aberration to anything else happening in
South Georgia in 1978 - 79. This Anthology Recordings
re-release of the Green and Yellow album is the first in
any form since the private press LP came out in 1978.1. Don't Get Angry
2. Fiction Non-Fiction
3. Green and Yellow
4. Gun Fighting Man
5. Janie's Living in a Cell
6. Latin Melody
7. Rat Race
8. Son of Sam
10. The Waves Rush In$19.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Rega Turntable Mat - YellowHave 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.
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.$35.00Rega Turntable Mat - Yellow Buy Now
The Yellow Princess (Pure Pleasure)This particular John Fahey LP is a personal favourite of many of his devout fans for several reasons. And although such a judgment is tough, if one were looking to own only one album by this unique guitarist, The Yellow Princess could be the one. The recording sound is among the best of his many releases; at the proper volume, the effect is as if one had taken up residency inside the sound hole of a giant acoustic guitar. The program of pieces is marvellously emotional and varied, with many moments of precisely stated harmonies moving at courageously slow tempos. The second piece on the first side, View (East from the Top of the Riggs Road/B&O Trestle), is surely one of his masterpieces, on a par with Charles Ives for musical Americana. It is a great added bonus to have liner notes by the artist, some of the best and most absurd text he ever came up with. Yet another reason this is one of Fahey's top sides is it allows a chance to hear one of his few collaborations with other musicians. Several members of the fine rock group Spirit are present, along with drummer Kevin Kelley, for several lovely pieces, including the March! For Martin Luther King, a remarkably heartfelt tribute that could have gone on much longer. Taped sounds and electronic effects on The Singing Bridge of Memphis, Tennessee certainly predict the more noisy stuff Fahey would get into in the later part of his career.
- John Fahey (guitar, vocal)
- Jay Ferguson (organ, piano)
- Mark Andes (electric bass)
- Matt Andes (guitar)
- Kevin Kelley (drums)
Recording: 1968 at Sierra Sound Laboratories, Berkeley, CA, USA
Production: John Fahey & Barret Hansen
About Pure Pleasure
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.SIde One1. The Yellow Princess
2. View (East From The Top Of The Riggs Road / B&O Trestle)
4. March! For Martin Luther King
5. The Singing Bridge Of Memphis, TennesseeSide Two1. Dance Of The Inhabitants Of The Invisible City Of Bladensburg
2. Charles A. Lee: In Memoriam
3. Irish Letter
4. Commemorative Transfiguration And Communion At Magruder Pars$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Joy Of A Toy (Opaque Yellow Vinyl)Pressed On Opaque Yellow Vinyl
Joy Of A Toy is the debut solo album from the bassist and principal songwriter of the Soft Machine, originally released in 1969. With Ayers playing an impressive list of instruments and bandmate Robert Wyatt on drums for most of the songs, many of the tracks recall early Soft Machine, and feature Ayers prog-pop songwriting sensibilities in full force. Reissued on limited edition opaque yellow vinyl in a deluxe tip-on jacket, gatefold sleeve.1. Joy Of A Toy Continued
2. Town Feeling
3. The Clarietta Rag
4. Girl On A Swing
5. Song For Insane Times
6. Stop The Train (Again Doing It)
7. Eleanor's Cake (Which Ate Her)
8. Lady Rachel
9. Oleh Oleh Bandu Bandong
10. All This Crazy Gift Of Time$23.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Yellow Submarine (7 Inch Picture Disc)Universal Music and Apple Corps will issue a special anniversary seven-inch picture disc of The Beatles' 1966 single Yellow Submarine.
This celebrates the anniversary of the release of the original animated film which is 50 years old this year and is returning to the big screen for a special 'one-day cinema event' on 8 July.
The actual single is almost 52 years old and was issued in August 1966 as the follow up to Paperback Writer. It reached number one in the UK and most other territories, although interestingly it 'only' peaked at number two in the USA.
The B-side, Eleanor Rigby, also features memorably in the Yellow Submarine film and both songs feature on The Beatles' seventh album, Revolver, which was released around the same time as the original single
This new seven-inch vinyl picture disc comes in a die-cut sleeve.
- Paul Sinclair (Superdeluxeedition)1. Yellow Submarine
2. Eleanor Rigby$17.997 Vinyl Picture Disc - Sealed Buy Now
The Club Album Live From Yellow LoungeIn May of 2015, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter gave a truly unique concert: rather than standing on stage in one of the world's renowned well-tempered grand concert halls, she spent two evenings playing in a tiny graffiti-scrawled nightclub in Berlin. Recorded in front of a standing-room only audience, this new 2-LP release includes popular works by Bach, Copland, Gershwin, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi and many more. Mutter is joined by Mahan Esfahani, Lambert Orkis and the Mutter VirtuosiLP1
1. Vivaldi - The Four Seasons - Concerto In G Minor, RV 315, The Summer - Presto
2. Gershwin - Three Preludes - Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
3. Gershwin - Three Preludes - Andante con moto e poco rubato
4. Gershwin - Three Preludes - Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
5. Tchaikovsky - Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42 - MÉlodie
6. Brahms - Hungarian Dance No.1 In G Minor, WoO 1
7. Debussy - Children's Corner, L. 113 - Golliwogg's Cakewalk (Arranged by Jascha Heifetz)
8. Debussy - Suite bergamasque, L. 75 - Clair de lune (Arranged by Alexandre Rolens)
1. Copland - Rodoe - Hoe Down
2. Bach - Ava Maria
3. Benjamin - Jamaican Rumba
4. Vivaldi - The Four Seasons - Concerto In F Minor, RV 297, The Winter - Allegro non molto
5. Williams - Schindler's List - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Theme
6. Bach - Double Concerto For 2 Violins, Strings, And Continuo In D Minor, BWV 1043 - Vivace
7. Bach - Double Concerto For 2 Violins, Strings, And Continuo In D Minor, BWV 1043 - Largo ma non tanto
8. Bach - Double Concerto For 2 Violins, Strings, And Continuo In D Minor, BWV 1043 - Allegro
9. Schubert - 12 Bagatelles, Op. 13 - L'Abeille$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Hail Hail / Black, Red, YellowHail, Hail is a song by the American rock band Pearl Jam. Featuring lyrics written by vocalist Eddie Vedder and music co-written by guitarist Stone Gossard, bassist Jeff Ament, and guitarist Mike McCready, Hail, Hail was released in 1996 as the second single from the band's fourth studio album, No Code (1996). The song managed to reach the number nine spot on both the Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock Billboard charts.1. Hail, Hail
2. Black, Red, Yellow$9.997 Vinyl Single - Sealed Buy Now
The Idiot (Red/Yellow)
Red/Yellow Colored Vinyl
Originally released in 1977, this was the first album Iggy Pop made after the dissolution of the Stooges, several jailings and a self-imposed stay in a mental institution. Produced by David Bowie, and including music written almost entirely by him, this is Iggy's most introspective and heavy work. Much more mechanical than the sleazy proto-punk of the Stooges, The Idiot was a huge influence on the post-punk sound of folks like Joy Division and Magazine. An absolute classic on red - yellow vinyl.1. Sister Midnight
5. China Girl
6. Dum Dum Boys
7. Tiny Girls
8. Mass Production$26.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Profan (Yellow Vinyl)Yellow Colored Vinyl
Kampfar presents the fiercest and most intense recording of their career. Since its first conception in 1994 with folk and classical music influences, via the colder winds on Kvass, the band has kept on renewing, and elevated into the black metal authority that reaches its peak on "Profan". Songs like "Pole In The Ground" and "Profanum" hearken back to the vibes of the early 90s black metal while keeping the edge of 2015 Kampfar, while slow burners like "Daimon" and epic album closer "Tornekratt" shows that Kampfar can go deep down and still deliver such intensity that few in the world of metal can match.
Visually the band has chosen to go back and acquire several paintings by Polish master Zdzisaw Beksiski. "What Kampfar captures with sound is an essence that we have only seen mirrored in Beksiski's work, and thus it is only natural to use his art to front our music." - Ask Ty (Drummer). "Profan" is a fitting end to a long journey through nature's magic, the power of perseverance in the face of gargantuan forces, and finally acceptance that there is no such thing as resolution.
To paraphrase from the words spewed in "Skavank", there will be: 'no prayers, no prophecies, no hymns, no rituals, no life'.' But there will be fire.1. Gloria Ablaze
6. Pole In The Ground
7. Tornekratt$32.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lucifer II (Yellow Vinyl)
Yellow Colored Vinyl
The second coming of heavy rockers LUCIFER! After being formed back in 2014 and releasing the much-acclaimed "Lucifer I" via Rise Above in 2015, vocalist Johanna Sadonis has teamed up with Nicke Andersson (Entombed, The Hellacopters, Imperial State Electric) to reshape LUCIFER. With the addition of Robin Tidebrink (guitar), Alexandr Mayr (bass) and Dead Lord's Martin Nordin (guitar), LUCIFER successfully transformed into a whole new beast. While they are still citing Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Blue Öyster Cult, Steppenwolf, 70's Heart and Fleetwood Mac as influences, the songwriting, sound and diversity of "Lucifer II" mark a giant leap compared to the debut. The result are addictive tracks ranging from instant sing-alongs ('California Son') to moody ballads ('Dreamer') and Sabbath-ian doom ('Faux Pharaoh').
Recorded in the summer of 2017 at Nicke's studio The Honk Palace, in Stockholm, and mixed by Swedish producer Ola Ersfjord (Tribulation, Primordial) at Cuervo Recording Services in Madrid, "Lucifer II" turns out to be a prime example how to properly transfer the undying spirit of 70's hard rock into this day and age.1. California Son
4. Dancing With Mr. D
5. Reaper On Your Heels
6. Eyes In The Sky
7. Before The Sun
9. Faux Pharaoh$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
The Grinding Wheel (Yellow And Black Vinyl)Pressed On Yellow And Black Vinyl
Armed with pioneering pure metal proposals like Death Rider, The Beast Within, and Raise The Dead already in 1982, New Jersey's Overkill were a rock-solid part of the first clutch of bands forging in fire this music known as thrash metal. Along with Metallica, Exodus, Slayer and cross-town doppelgangers Anthrax, D.D. Verni and Bobby Blitz Ellsworth were helping to create a new form of metal that is still as vibrant today as when the band's first album, Feel the Fire was issued by Jonny Zazula's Megaforce Records back in the spring of '85.
Witness Overkill's 18th album of blistering yet precise and thought-provoking thrash magic, The Grinding Wheel, a record on which thrash's ultimate team of five machined parts shows up and executes to perfection with a little punk thrown in for bad measure.
But a life dedicated to metal can be a grind, hence the title of this sparks-a-flyin' record. It just makes sense for us, reflects D.D. If you've been making metal for almost 40 years like we have, it can be a grind. But we also liked the old school metal idea of referencing Grinder, the Judas Priest song, which suits the album because it has classic metal parts on it as well as the thrash parts. There's a blue collar feel to that title too, and that's how we approach Overkill. The guitar case is basically a lunchbox and we go to work.
One of the principles-if not characteristics-of the band is that it's been grinding through for long, long periods of time, seconds Blitz. Decades to this point. And not necessarily with huge gains with regards to popularity, but for sure, with huge gains in as much as we can earn a living while doing the kind of music that we want. And so the idea of grinding it out over the decades became a device for writing the album, whether it would be riffs or lyrics.
Despite, as D.D. says, the album's classic metal references (such as Black Sabbath in Come Heavy and Iron Maiden in The Long Road and the epic and cinematic title track), when the band gets up a full head of thrash steam, they bring to the party a trademark punk aesthetic, forged from trips on the train to CBGB and Max's Kansas City to witness original punk legends such as The Damned and The Dead Boys.
Punk is huge for Overkill, confirms Verni. And it's something we very specifically brought back to the band in a sort of second wave, beginning with Ironbound in 2010 and then The Electric Age and White Devil Armory. I know from my end, it came from talking to the band and talking to fans. We had some of those metal records in the middle of our career where I wasn't paying enough attention to the punk rock vibe of the band. But just before we started writing Ironbound, I was very specific about getting back into that mentality, picking up on that energy again. You're not going to hear any Green Day or Ramones in us, but the energy and the attitude of punk mixed with the New York vibe that's what Overkill is, compared to other bands. You don't hear any of that in Megadeth; you don't hear any of that in Slayer. It's more specific to what we brought to the thrash world.
Central to that premise is the incendiary Let's All Go to Hades which is sure to become a pit favourite. This one was a hell of a lot of fun, says Blitz. You know, I've always written abstractly. I'm not the guy who says, 'I'm going to crush your skull into dust.' I like writing more so from an abstract point of view, putting a slew of thoughts together that create one idea, like a puzzle more than a specific black or white. And when I looked at all these lyrics when I was done, I said, oh my God, I'm 57 and I finally matured (laughs). Oh, this is gross! (laughs). But I do like tongue-in-cheek songs like 'Hades,' where it says, sort of let's all go to the Bataclan, you know, stand arm in arm and sing 'Killed by Death.' I kind of tied in not long ago events, specifically what happened in Paris, with losing Lemmy. After that, I'm on a train from Paris to Istanbul on the Orient express, which actually existed (laughs)-it actually went from Paris to Istanbul. So that one is mapped out a bit more.
Adds D.D., It's not a 'smash your face into the wall' kind of song. It got a little bit of fun in it. I know any time you talk to the really heavy thrash guys, they go, 'Oh, no, no, no-no fun allowed. It's got to be heavy and brutal every second.' But that song definitely has a bit of fun in it. And we've done that before, with things like 'Old School' and 'Fuck You.' We're not afraid to do a bit of that sometimes.
Another favorite lyric of Blitz', which is set to a non-nonsense old school thrash track, is Our Finest Hour. It's about the recognition of sameness, explains Ellsworth. I think people are comfortable when they recognize themselves in someone else. And 'Our Finest Hour' is kind of a detailed journey through that concept. It's like, 'Come on over here; I recognize you.' I've always been a firm believer in the fact that it's great to accomplish things on your own, but people are always stronger as a group-that's the basic outline of that tune.
At the other end of the spectrum from punk is a song like The Long Road. D.D. readily agrees that there was a Maiden influence as part of this one's crafting. Oh yeah, for sure. The opening, along with a little section in there with the vocals, definitely feels like New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
More evident in the band's panoramic classic metal passages, but even articulated here on Our Finest Hour, is another storied Overkill trademark, the definition one gets in the band's bass parts. Combine this with the Mensa-like percussive wizardry of Ron Lipnicki (laid bare for all to hear at headphone levels through the smack of his gravity-defying double bass work), and The Grinding Wheel emerges as a record with a remarkable rhythm section foundation from which to rise.
I've had that kind of sound now for a long time, says Verni. There are a lot of bass players that say, 'I want to feel the bass.' And it's like, I just couldn't give a shit about feeling the bass. To me that's low-end. Guitars have low-end, kick drums have low-end, bass has low-end-I want to hear the bass, not feel it. So from a long time ago, that's what I would be doing on my EQ. I would be tweaking and turning knobs until not only could I feel it, but I can hear it separate from the guitars. And as a result, the bass just got more and more aggressive. I'm not a finesse player at all, on a bass. I bang the shit out of it, and I kind of do that to get away from the guitars and give it its own identity, its own sound, its own thing, so the bass has its own personality, not just serving as a foundation for the guitars.
This affects the writing as well, says Blitz. Don't forget, D.D. is a guitarist. He's been playing guitar probably more so than bass in his spare time since the late '80s. This is a guy who has two-and-a-half decades of six strings under his belt. So we get more of a unique perspective; it gives this band its unique qualities when it comes to songwriting. Because it's a guy holding six strings who's got plenty of experience playing those six strings, but thinking from the other perspective. So you get a punchier thing; you don't get a lot of fluff. When you compare Overkill to some of our contemporaries, there you get a guitar player writing guitar-based songs. D.D. is writing, first and foremost, from a rhythm perspective, and that's what drives the songs. Add Dave Linsk to the picture, once there's a ten-note riff written, then you have the best of both worlds.
Which brings us back to the aforementioned machine-like efficiency of the five guys that comprise Overkill, this idea that there are no weak links within this particular classic five-piece with two guitars lineup of metal warriors.
That's the strength of the band, explains Blitz. Dave is really the one that holds the guitar reigns in this band. He's a writer at his core. You know, he's one of these guys who brushes his teeth and hears a rhythm the way the bristles are hitting the enamel (laughs). He's that dude. 'Oh wait a second, I have another idea.' He has an idea a minute, and if that's the case, some of them are going to be great. So he holds the reins. When it comes to Derek, he's more the opinionated thought later on. And so when it runs through the machine, being D.D. and myself, then Dave, Derek comes in and can change that song. It's always kind of good to have, let's say, a chief and some Indians. And it depends who's wearing the chief hat at any particular time. But I think at the end of the day, when you're looking for a clean perspective, it goes through Derek-that's usually what his contribution is, more of a finalization.
And Ron? He's one-of-a-kind, says Verni. He's a great drummer. I've worked with him for a bunch of records now. This is our fifth record together and so I really understand how he plays at this point. Working with him in the studio is just a pleasure, because he's so right on it.
After heaping all manner of praise on legendary producer Andy Sneap (brought on only for mix given Verni's proven acumen at the task), D.D. further clarifies the reason Overkill can be at the top of their game 18 records into their distinguished run.
I have a studio and I did most of it at my place; I've been doing it that way for a while now. And now the group of guys we have in the band has been pretty consistent for a while. So we have a nice mix; everybody kind of knows their role, and is good at their role. Everybody brings a little something to the party. And I think that's why these last couple of records people ask, 'How is it that your records get better after 25 years?' And I think part of it is that everybody has a role in the band, everybody is comfortable with their role, and they're really good at the part they have. So the records actually get better. It's like having a team, instead of having a whole bunch of chiefs and no Indians.
But a proven people's band like Overkill-a more personable bunch you'll never meet-fully recognizes that part of the band's success in being able to survive and thrive with the grind is due to the allegiance of the band's considerable worldwide fan base.
For sure, says Blitz. One of the things with regard to grind, with regard to four decades of Overkill, it's good to be here, but it's obviously earned, not just by us but by the people that support this in general. The fact is that it's not just us grinding it out. I mean, maybe it is when it comes to the studio and writing and recording songs, from that selfish perspective. But the reason something exists for decades is based on group effort. Like we had talked about earlier with 'Our Finest Hour,' people are stronger together. In that light, this band is, let's say, not just our project, but it's a project by and for all those who hold it dear.1. Mean, Green, Killing Machine
2. Goddamn Trouble
3. Our Finest Hour
4. Shine On
5. The Long Road
6. Let's All Go To Hades
7. Come Heavy
8. Red, White And Blue
9. The Wheel
10. The Grinding Wheel
11. Emerald$31.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
One Fierce Beer CoasterSecond album from the Bloodhound Gang, now on yellow vinyl!1. Kiss Me Where It Smells Funny
2. Lift Your Head Up High
3. Fire Water Burn
4. I Wish I Was Queer So I Could Get Chicks
5. Why's Everybody Always Pickin On Me
6. It's Tricky
7. Asleep At The Wheel
8. Shut Up
9. Your Only Friends Are Make Believe
11. Going Nowhere Slow
12. Reflections Of Remoh$29.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Speak Soon - Volume OneProducer Guillermo S. Herren (aka Prefuse 73) has announced Yellow Year, a record label co-founded with photographer Angel Ceballos launching October 1st. The initial offering will be a Sons of the Morning (Prefuse 73 + Teebs) EP, as part of the twelve volume Speak Soon series. Each release in the series pairs Prefuse 73 with a fellow production luminary for all new collaborative material. Upcoming EPs will feature collaborations with Nosaj Thing, Lapalux, Synkro, Nathan Fake, and Dimlite, and more to be announced.1. The Way That Winter Passed Us
2. The Way That Wind Moves Pt. 1
3. A Dangerous Study Of Bird Life
4. The Distance From Our Fears
5. Sunday's Buzzabout
6. The Way That Wind Moves Pt. 2
7. Movement In Mercury$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
TurnsBen Browning is set to follow up his 2012 EP Lover Motion with his debut album entitled 'Turns.' The self produced album is a collection of songs Browning wrote and recorded in between touring with Cut Copy. Browning performed and sang nearly everything on the record himself with his longtime friends Gus Franklin, Mark Wilson and Lachlan Dickie providing some additional vocals, bass and drums. The album was recorded in Melbourne and Washington DC where Browning now resides.1. Back To The Start
2. Make It Easy
3. Friends Of Mine
4. Life Dudes (Tripping Through Royal Park)
5. You Can Be There
6. Are You Acting?
7. Don't Wait Your Turn
8. Beaches Of Love
9. Don't Forget The Night
10. Azizam$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Solid State SurvivorImport
While Kraftwerk was emerging in Europe and became an influence and inspiration to the Japanese superstars, YMO stayed true to their unique sound.
YMO's second album Solid State Survivor was released in 1979, and represented numerous crossover tracks from Techno to New Wave. Solid State Survivor is probably the most sampled YMO album, as over the years several artists performed numerous covers of Behind The Mask. This extremely popular album peaked at # 1 in several charts all over the world1. Technopolis
2. Absolute Ego Dance
5. Behind The Mask
6. Day Tripper
8. Solid State Survivor$36.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now