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Tales From Topographic OceansTales from Topographic Oceans is the sixth studio album from the English rock band Yes, originally released as a double album on 7 December 1973 by Atlantic Records.
Yes is among the longest lasting and most successful of the '70s progressive rock groups, proving to be one of the lasting success stories from that musical genre. The band, founded in 1968, overcame a generational shift in its audience and the departure of its most visible members at key points in its history to reach the end of the century as the definitive progressive rock band. Where rivals such as Emerson, Lake & Palmer withered away commercially after the mid-'70s, and Genesis and King Crimson altered their sounds so radically as to become unrecognizable to their original fans, Yes retained the same sound, and performed much of the same repertoire that they were doing in 1971, and for their trouble, found themselves being taken seriously a quarter of a century later. Their audience remained huge because they had always attracted younger listeners drawn to their mix of daunting virtuosity, cosmic (often mystical) lyrics, complex musical textures, and powerful yet delicate lead vocals.1. The Revealing Science Of God
2. The Remembering
3. The Ancient
4. Ritual$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
45th Anniversary Limited Edition!
First Time Audiophile Vinyl And Gatefold Cover Presentation!
Mastered Impeccably From The Original Atlantic Records Tapes By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios And Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA
After four plus decades of recording a staggering catalog of top charting albums, a plethora of successful worldwide
tours and basically being the original architects of the prog-rock genre, Yes have continually given the fans their all and it all
began humbly in 1969 with their first LP simply called Yes.
With an ever interesting line-up of world class musicianship, this highly regarded chapter of Yes consisted of Jon
Anderson (vocals), Chris Squire (bass/vocals), Peter Banks (guitars/vocals), Bill Bruford on drums and keyboardist Tony Kaye.
Yes truly stands as absolutely one of the most intriguing debut albums to begin the dawn of the prog-rock movement.
Yes fans continue to praise Yes as a truly inspiring masterwork. This important piece of music consists of eight amazing
Yes workouts such as the definitive side one opener Beyond and Before, the art rock driven interpretation of The Beatles'
Every Little Thing and of course the international fan favorite Survival. Also featured from the Vincent Gallo film Buffalo '66 is
the classic Sweetness from this incredible first album release.
Yes enthusiasts were superlatively rewarded with even more progressive rock favorites as the brilliant acoustic driven
balladry of Jon Anderson's Yesterday, Chris Squire and Jon Anderson's superb centerpiece Looking Around and the powerful
Bill Bruford, Jon Anderson and Chris Squire Harold Land truly made Yes one of the finest albums of the early classic rock era.
As we continue our exclusive and extensive Yes 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, Friday Music is very honored to announce their 1969 masterpiece Yes. Issued for the first time on premium sound 180 gram high grade audiophile vinyl, this
exceptional work is now mastered impeccably from the original Atlantic Records tapes by Joe Reagoso (Close to the Edge,
Drama, Tales From Topographic Oceans, 90125, Relayer).
To celebrate the 45th Anniversary of this amazing album, this limited edition masterpiece is housed in a beautiful first
time gatefold cover and includes the original stunning U.S. artwork by Haig Adishian, featuring the rare lyrics which are now
inside the inside gatefold art.
So, let us celebrate the audiophile dream recording from Yes with the exclusive Friday Music presentation of their debut
masterwork Yes. Another definitive treasure awaits you from the Yes 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series exclusively from
your friends at Friday Music. Look for more Yes 45th Anniversary releases this year from Friday Music as we continue to
celebrate the wonderful music of this incredible superstar act. Looking Around You!1. Beyond and Before
2. I See You
3. Yesterday and Today
4. Looking Around
5. Harold Land
6. Every Little Thing
8. Survival$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
The Yes Album (Box Set)
The Yes/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues!
45th Anniversary Limited Edition!
Stunning Gatefold Cover & Box Set Presentation!
Mastered Impeccably From The Original Atlantic Records Tapes By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios
And Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA
After four decades of recording a staggering catalog of top charting albums, a plethora of successful
worldwide tours and basically the original architects of the prog-rock genre, the makings of their superstar reign
began during the recording sessions for masterpiece The Yes Album.
With an ever interesting line-up of world class musicianship, this highly regarded chapter of Yes consisted
of Jon Anderson (vocals), Chris Squire (bass/vocals), Bill Bruford (drums), Tony Kaye (keyboards) and the
introduction of Steve Howe (guitars/vocals), The Yes Album truly stands as absolutely one of the finest and most
revered rock albums of all time.
Yes fans continue to praise The Yes Album as a truly inspiring masterwork. This important piece of music
consists of six amazing Yes workouts such as the definitive album opener Yours Is No Disgrace, the hard rocking
Starship Trooper, and the brilliant I've Seen All Good People which featured the massive hit single Your Move.
From this moment on, there was no looking back for this superstar quintet.
Yes enthusiasts were superlatively rewarded with even more progressive rock favorites as the brilliant
acoustic driven guitar work of Steve Howe's Clap, Chris Squire and Jon Anderson's superb Perpetual Change
and the jazz-rock fusion of A Venture truly made The Yes Album one of the finest albums of the classic rock era.
As we continue our exclusive and extensive Yes 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, Friday Music is very
honored to announce their 1971 masterpiece The Yes Album. Issued for the first time on 2 LP 180 gram 45 rpm
audiophile vinyl, this exceptional work is now mastered impeccably from the original Atlantic Records tapes by
Joe Reagoso (Close to the Edge, Drama, Tales From Topographic Oceans, 90125, Relayer).
To celebrate the 45th Anniversary of this amazing album, this limited edition masterpiece is housed in a
beautiful box set and features a stunning gatefold cover inside, which includes the historic photography of Phil
Franks and Jon Goodchild's cover design.
So, let us celebrate the audiophile dream recording from Yes with the exclusive Friday Music Deluxe 45 rpm
2 LP Box Set presentation of their masterwork The Yes Album exclusively from your friends at Friday Music.
Look for more Yes 45th Anniversary releases this year from Friday Music as we continue to celebrate the wonderful
music of our incredible superstar act. I've Seen All Good People!LP 1
1. Yours Is No Disgrace
3. Starship Trooper
a. Life Seeker
1. I've Seen All Good People
a. Your Move
b. All Good People
2. A Venture
3. Perpetual Change$59.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM Box Set - 2 LPs Buy Now
The Steven Wilson Remixes (Box Set) (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 29, 2018*
In celebration of Yes' 50th anniversary, the band is set to release Yes: The Steven Wilson Remixes through Atlantic Records.
This box set presents Steven Wilson's 2013 remixes of five classic Yes albums, originally released by Panegyric (prog label) on CD and Blu-Ray as stereo and 5.1 mixes, on vinyl for the first time:
- The Yes Album (1971)
- Fragile (1971)
- Close To The Edge (1972)
- Tales From Topographic Oceans (1973)
- Relayer (1974)
The outer box features new artwork created specifically for the set by long-time collaborator, Roger Dean.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.LP 1: The Yes Album
1. Yours Is No Disgrace (Steven Wilson Remix)
2. The Clap (Steven Wilson Remix)
3. Starship Trooper (Steven Wilson Remix)
a) Life Seeker (Steven Wilson Remix)
b) Disillusion (Steven Wilson Remix)
c) Wurm (Steven Wilson Remix)
4. I've Seen All Good People (Steven Wilson Remix)
a) Your Move (Steven Wilson Remix)
b) All Good People (Steven Wilson Remix)
5. A Venture (Steven Wilson Remix)
6. Perpetual Change (Steven Wilson Remix)
LP 2: Fragile
1. Roundabout (Steven Wilson Remix)
2. Cans And Brahms (Steven Wilson Remix)
3. We Have Heaven (Steven Wilson Remix)
4. South Side Of The Sky (Steven Wilson Remix)
5. Five Per Cent For Nothing (Steven Wilson Remix)
6. Long Distance Runaround (Steven Wilson Remix)
7. The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus) (Steven Wilson Remix)
8. Mood For A Day (Steven Wilson Remix)
9. Heart Of The Sunrise (Steven Wilson Remix)
LP 3: Close To The Edge
1. Close To The Edge (Steven Wilson Remix)
2. And You And I (Steven Wilson Remix)
3. Siberian Khatru (Steven Wilson Remix)
LP 4: Tales From Topographic Oceans
1. The Revealing Science Of God (Steven Wilson Remix)
2. The Remembering (Steven Wilson Remix)
1. The Ancient (Steven Wilson Remix)
2. Ritual (Steven Wilson Remix)
LP 5: Relayer
1. Gates of Delirium (Steven Wilson Remix)
2. Sound Chaser (Steven Wilson Remix)
3. To Be Over (Steven Wilson Remix)$119.99Vinyl LP Box Set - 6 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
- The Yes Album (1971)
YesshowsMastered from the Original Atlantic Records Tapes by Yes Fan and Expert Joe Reagoso
Includes the Original Gatefold album Artwork.
The legendary classic rockers Yes have always been known for their elaborately staged concerts over the decades, filling arenas with mesmerized fans across the
globe. In celebration of their much emulated brand of progressive rock music, Chris
Squire of Yes culled together some of their finest performances over the past number
of stadium tours from 1976-78. The brilliant album would be called Yesshows, and
it featured the classic line-up of Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman, Steve
Howe and Alan White as well as Patrick Moraz.
Splendid live renditions from past triumphs like Going For The One, Tales From Topographic Oceans, Relayer and Time And A Word, were featured fare on the
four blazing sides of this long out of print two LP set.
Incredible workouts on Wonderous Stories, Don't Kill The Whale, Time And
A Word, and the epic The Gates Of Delirium and Ritual made this live document a
much time honored masterpiece.
This amazing release has been out of print for over three decades on vinyl, that
is until now .Friday Music is very pleased to offer the incredible Yesshows now on
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, featuring all the great Yes classics as you remember now
in the audiophile domain.
Mastered from the original Atlantic Records tapes by Yes fan and expert Joe
Reagoso (Yes/Deep Purple/Alice Cooper), this amazing limited edition two LP set is
also enhanced by the original gatefold album artwork by the legendary Roger Dean.
Truly a remarkable masterpiece in sound and vision.
Yes Yesshows on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl exclusively from
your friends at Friday Music.
Soon .Oh Soon!Side 1
Ahoy'-hAl, Rotterdam. 11/24/1977
2. Time And A Word
empire pool, Wembley, 10/27/1978
3. Going For The One
Festhalle, FrankFurt, 11/18/1977
1. The Gates Of Delirium
Cobo hall, detroit, 8/17/1976
1. Don't Kill The Whale
Empire pool, Wembley, 10/28/1978
2. Ritual (Part 1)
Cobo hall, detroit, 8/17/1976
1. Ritual (Part 2)
Cobo hall, detroit, 8/17/1976
2. Wonderous Stories
Ahoy'-hal, Rotterdam. 11/24/1977$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Buy Now
Topographic Drama - Live Across AmericaIn the Summer of 2016, YES embarked upon an ambitious tour. At each show, the band performed its 1980 album 'Drama' in its entirety - for the first time ever - plus sides one and four from YES' 1973 double-album 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' (their first number one album), together with fan favourites like 'Roundabout' and 'Starship Trooper'.
Rhino salutes the influential progressive rockers - who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year - with the new live album, TOPOGRAPHIC DRAMA - LIVE ACROSS AMERICA. The music will be available as a Triple-LP. The release features detailed cover art designed by the band's longtime collaborator Roger Dean.
The new collection features live performances from 12 dates recorded on the tour in February 2017, by the current Yes line-up: Steve Howe (guitars), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Billy Sherwood (bass), Jon Davison (vocals), and additional drummer for this tour Jay Schellen.
TOPOGRAPHIC DRAMA - LIVE ACROSS AMERICA highlights the best performances from the 2017 leg of the 12-show tour and mirrors the set list from those concerts. Each night, Yes opened with all six songs from Drama (1980), the band's tenth studio album, which peaked at No.2 on the U.K. Album Chart. Standouts include 'Machine Messiah', 'Tempus Fugit' and the album's only single 'Into The Lens'.
After 'Drama', the band shifted gears for songs from two of its best-selling albums: 'And You And I' from 1972's 'Close To The Edge' (UK Platinum) and 'Heart Of The Sunrise' from 1971's 'Fragile' (UK Platinum).
Next, the group played the opening and closing tracks of its concept album, 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' (1973). Howe's exceptional guitar work on 'The Revealing Science Of God' and White's propulsive drumming on 'Ritual' have always been regarded as ground-breaking. The album concludes with two live staples: 'Roundabout' from 'Fragile' (1971) and 'Starship Trooper' from 'The Yes Album' (1971).
Among the world's most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, YES was founded in 1968. The Grammy-Award® winning recording artists have sold more than 50 million records in a career that has so far spanned six decades.LP 1
1. Machine Messiah
2. White Car
3. Does It Really Happen?
4. Into The Lens
5. Run Through The Light
6. Tempus Fugit
1. And You And I
2. Heart Of The Sunrise
3. The Revealing Science Of God
4. Leaves Of Green
3. Starship Trooper$59.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Hardly CriminalCrash's story unfolds with that particularly Southern swagger and with a tale of a Louisiana boy bred on Waffle House breakfasts and monster truck rallies, local Rodeos and the flicker of family bonfires. There was college for a hot minute, there was a move to the Irish Channel, there was the soaking in of all that is New Orleans, wet heat and Sazeracs, the wailing horns of jazz funerals, the teetering handmade floats of Mardi Gras, crawfish and etouffee and howling at the moon. There was work where he could get it, toiling as a PA on the studio sets, Hollywood coming south for the tax credits. It was on these film productions where crash earned his nickname, something to do with a questionable work ethic and repetitive tardiness (he admits you d have to ask one Ms. Rita Wilson for the real deal details). And yet despite his reputation (or perhaps because of it), he was anointed "assistant" to Johnny Knoxville during The!Dukes!of!Hazzard s run. (One can only imagine ) crash later joined the critically adored local act The Deadly Syndrome as lead singer and frontman, bringing his gris gris into the beautiful belly of the L.A. beast. Since then, crash has been barreling ahead, recording prolifically with The Deadly Syndrome, working with famed producer Daniel Lanios, composing a live stage score, acting in a few national commercials, and finally, after Deadly disbanded in 2013, heading out on the road with his pals, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, as percussionist and angelic vocal accompaniment. And somewhere in that heady mix in that combination of the rolling road, of California eucalyptus sway and dark NOLA mysteries, he discovered his true self - the wildaeyed, slyatongued, strutting, winking and wonderful crash of this here solo debut. Produced and engineered by the multitalented Ed Sharpe lead guitarist, Mark Noseworthy, (and featuring friends from the Zeros, Dawes, The Mystic Valley Band and more ) Hardly Criminal is the culmination of all that is strange and sad, hilarious and harmonious, about crash s own true tale. It is story a moving, funny, weird, and stunningly beautiful. You can hear the South, yes, Neville swing and Dr. John juaju, but you can also hear smooth soul, booty funk, and ragged folk, a mix of sounds taken from his past and pushed into the future, all accompanied by a deadpan storytelling prowess and a voice like a Cajun Prince (as in "The Artist Formerly Known As"). Hardly!Criminal! is the sum of crash s best parts - the sonic celebration of his story so far. So, set down a spell, cool yer bones, cher... and listen1. Hardly Criminal
2. Motion Animal
3. All My Friends
4. High Wall
5. Mine Always, Lioness
6. Britches Catch Fire
7. Song For The Birds
9. Mad At The Clouds
10. If God Was A Cajun
11. Almighty Equal$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Silver Lake"Chesnutt's stories always strike an honest and recognizable emotionalchord, no matter how oddball the situations that surround them." - All Music
"Vic Chesnutt might never be famous, but his songs touch on inner truths thatlurk around us. They strike something deep inside their listeners' beings." - Pop Matters
At the time, you could count on two things with Vic Chesnutt: he wouldapproach any topic from the delicate to the mundane and he would take anunexpected angle. With an incisive eye and razor wit, he would always cutstraight to the heart of the matter. He did so to great effect on Silver Lake,giving equal weight to the tender affirmation of "In My Way, Yes" and thescathing self-critique of "Styrofoam," and applying his delightfully odd spin tothe standard love story on both "Band Camp" (a funny, nostalgic tale of romancein the high school horn section) and the Brian Wilson homage "Fa-La-La" (asaga of unanswered longing that's set in a hospital). Chesnutt's idiosyncraticquaver and nylon-string strum are abetted throughout by generous rock and soularrangements, all of which were pristinely recorded by Daniel Lanois protegeMark Howard (who also produced Lucinda Williams's World Without Tears).LP 1
1. I'm Through
2. Stay Inside
3. Band Camp
4. Girls Say
5. 2nd Floor
7. Zippy Morocco
8. Sultan, So Mighty
1. Wren's Nest
3. In my Way, Yes
4. Stay Inside
5. Girls Say
6. Band Camp
7. Aunt Avis$30.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Battering RamWith Biff Byford singing as well as he ever has, Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt making full use of the term 'shredding' with their guitars and the lock-steady rhythm of Nibbs Carter's bass and Nigel Glockler's drums, the future and the past crash together in an ear-scintillatingly engaging, raucous, melodic-yet-classically heavy ten songs collection which will instantly be hailed as a Saxon classic. The title track, with its delectable twin guitar assault heralding the album's commencement, gives the listener an instant crack around the chops, whilst traditionalists will be delighted to hear such a perfect marriage of old, classic Saxon with the newer, fresher invective in such riff-fronted fare as "Destroyer" and "Stand Your Ground", but there are still moments of space and exploration which fans will love. "This one's a natural progression from Sacrifice," says Byford, "There's a bit less rock'n'roll and a bit more 'heavy' on it. We wanted to keep focused on a style rather than moving around too much." Produced by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Testament, Exodus Accept) at his Backstage Recording Studios in rural Derbyshire, Saxon were able to hone in and whittle down any excess, finding the sonic space and balance to let Battering Ram's riffs and melodies get the necessary space to scream front and center, Sneap bringing a crispness to the sound which evokes memories of the early '80s without for one moment sounding dated. "Yes, Andy has been in charge of everything with this album, I keep on overview of it all, but he's done a great job and we're both pleased with the results. We have a great partnership." Lyrically, Battering Ram covers a variety of social situations, from the screaming fans who rage at the gig barriers ("Battering Ram") to the inequalities of taxation ("Tax 'Till You Drop"), as well as engaging in some good old fashioned myth ("The Devil's Footprint" - a 200 year old tale of people waking up in winter snowfall to see unexplained hoof prints which they followed, looking for an answer in vain). "When I'm writing lyrics I like to switch back and forth between complex things, reality and rock'n'roll," says Byford, "I thought the whole folklore behind "The Devil's Footprint" made it great material for a metal song, being that it's both historic and mythical. "With "Queen of Hearts" I wanted to write something around Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland, and it's about the chess game that happens in the story. I wanted it to have prog-feeling in the way of its ambiance and mood. Then you have songs like "Destroyer" and "Hard and Fast" which are '80s inspired songs with that modern slant on it. I'm a big fan of Marvel comics, and I wanted to write a song around the character Destroyer, and with "Hard and Fast" it's as the title suggests, about driving fast! I do like to tie the lyric into the song, so if it's going to be a song about driving fast, well, it has to be a fast, hard song!" There is also the album's closing cut, haunting, gripping, melancholic tale of the First World War, "The Kingdom of The Cross", where a poem unfurls the feelings and horrors which comprised this most brutal of global conflicts. "This year is the centenary of the end of the First World War. Nigel had a piece of music which he played on a synthesizer for a couple of years that I really liked. We had an actor (and singer), David Bower from the band Hell, read the poem and I sang the choruses. I didn't want it to be typical Saxon, so it is just keyboards, bass, me and Dave." Wonderfully uncompromising, with Battering Ram Saxon have once again established their rightly-venerated credentials as Kings and vanguards of heavy metal music.LP1
1. Battering Ram
2. The Devil's Footprint
3. Queen Of Hearts
5. Hard and Fast
6. Eye of The Storm
7. Stand Your Ground
8. Top Of The World
9. To The End
10. Kingdom Of The Cross
Bonus Track: Three Sheets To The Wind (The Drinking Song)$26.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Jake Xerxes FussellThe Southern half of the Georgia-Alabama border follows the Chattahoochee River, which cleaves Columbus, Georgia from its decidedly less reputable neighbor, Phenix City, Alabama. Georgia's second city is the hometown of "Mother of the Blues" Ma Rainey and novelist Carson McCullers, but it was local hillbilly duo Darby and Tarlton's 1927 hit "Columbus Stockade Blues" that first immortalized Columbus in popular culture. Back in their day, if you ended up in lockup in Columbus, chances are you did your dirtiest deeds across the river. Historically rife with vice of every conceivable variety-gambling, prostitution, moonshining, and endemic corruption and violence perpetrated by both gangs and police-the notoriously anarchic Phenix City was once known as "The Wickedest City in America."
A similar frontier liminality and skewed sense of place characterize the music of Durham, North Carolina singer and guitarist Jake Xerxes Fussell, whose self-titled debut record, produced by and featuring William Tyler, transmutes ten arcane folk and blues tunes into vibey cosmic laments and crooked riverine rambles. Jake Xerxes (yes, that's his real middle name, after Georgia potter D.X. Gordy) grew up in Columbus, son of Fred C. Fussell, a folklorist, curator, and photographer who hails from America's Wickedest City. Fred's fieldwork took him, often with young Jake in tow, across the Southeast documenting traditional vernacular culture, which included recording blues and old-time musicians with fellow folklorists and recordists George Mitchell and Art Rosenbaum (which led Jake to music, and to some of the songs herein) and collaborating with American Indian artists (which led Jake eventually to his graduate research on Choctaw fiddlers.)
As a teenager Jake began playing and studying with elder musicians in the Chattahoochee Valley, apprenticing with Piedmont blues legend Precious Bryant ("Georgia Buck"), with whom he toured and recorded, and riding wild with Alabama bluesman, black rodeo rider, rye whiskey distiller, and master dowser George Daniel ("Rabbit on a Log"). He joined a Phenix City country band who were students of Jimmie Tarlton of Darby and Tarlton; he accompanied Etta Baker in North Carolina; he moved to Berkeley, where he hung with genius documentary filmmaker Les Blank and learned from Haight folkies like Will Scarlett (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, Brownie McGhee) and cult fingerstyle guitarist Steve Mann ("Push Boat"); he appeared on A Prairie Home Companion. He did a whole lot of listening, gradually honing his prodigious guitar skills, singing, and repertoire. In 2005 he moved to Oxford, Mississippi, where he enrolled in the Southern Studies department at Ole Miss, recorded and toured with Rev. John Wilkins, and, last year, met up with acclaimed artist William Tyler to begin recording his first solo album.
Collaborating with Tyler and engineer Mark Nevers in Nashville was a conscious decision to depart cloistered trad scenes and sonics for broader, more oblique horizons. Tyler, a guitar virtuoso known for his own compositions that untether and reframe traditional six-string forms and techniques, helmed the push boat in inimitable fashion, enlisting crack(ed) Nashville session vets Chris Scruggs (steel guitar, bass, fiddle: Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Marty Stuart), Brian Kotzur (drums: Silver Jews), and Hoot Hester (fiddle: Bill Monroe, Ray Charles) to crew.
So it's no accident that Jake approaches the songs and styles represented here with both interpretive respect and unfussy irreverence, imbuing them with equal parts vaporish, percolating atmosphere and academic rigor, honoring the folksong headwaters by emphasizing their liquid mutability, alien strangeness, and sly humor above preconceived notions of static authenticity. Fussell recognizes that folk revivalist preciousness about spurious genre boundaries often feels absurdly at odds with the unruliness and restlessly inventive practices of tradition bearers-no revival or reenactment gear is necessary when the music lives and breathes and throws around hips and knees like these. Likewise, when you examine their lyrical content, ostensibly linear tales about rivers and work (labor of the hands, as in "Boat's up the River" and "Man at the Mill" and labor of the heart, as in "Star Girl" and "Pork and Beans") reveal themselves as fractured, riddled with narrative lacunae that open up the texts as squirrelly riddles or gentle metaphysical jokes.
For Fussell, these odd disjunctures demonstrate the way that verses and choruses, the stories we tell, disintegrate and erode over time, worn smooth as river stones and transmogrified by their repeated telling, more lovely for their fissures and absences than for any imaginary original integrity. (Aptly, "Chattahoochee" may mean something like "writing on rocks" in Muscogee or Yuchi.) Each song rendered here contains its own twinned inversion-its own Columbus, its own Phenix City-and Jake navigates their shoals with intuitive grace and authority.1. All in Down and Out
2. Let Me Lose
3. Star Girl
4. Raggy Levy"
5. Rabbit on a Log
6. Boat's up the River
7. Man at the Mill
8. Push Boat
9. Georgia Buck
10. Pork and Beans$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The ArgumentAs founder and half of the songwriting engine that drove the mighty HÜsker DÜ to his maverick solo work (has there ever been a portrait of a breakup as evocative yet anthemic as "2541"?), Grant Hart has cut a singular path across the last three decades of music. It is with great confidence that we say he has made an album to rival his greatest achievements. A double album based on John Milton's epic Paradise Lost, Hart distills its essence into pop and rock concoctions that nimbly flit through the history of 20th century music from Irving Berlin and David Bowie to... HÜsker DÜ, even. Ambition is the topic and Hell is the location for this project that is ambitious as Hell. Does he pull it off? We say yes!
Although lines from the poem are rarely quoted directly, all of the menace, pain and devotion of Milton's best loved work are here found. But where
Milton's poem was unadorned by rhyme, The Argument contain many complex couplets, especially the title track, in which not only the ends of lines rhyme, but the word that ends a phrase is the same as the first line of the phrase after it, all while conforming to the original ten syllable structure devised by Milton. Anyone who has ever had a conversation with Grant knows how patiently he chooses the words he uses.
While visiting James Grauerholz, former friend and secretary for William S. Burroughs, James showed Grant an unpublished manuscript for Lost Paradise,
William's science fiction story which portrays the fallen angels as men from distant planets and God as none other than fellow Missourian Harry S. Truman.
James and Grant discussed adding music to William's story much in the same way that Tom Waits and William conspired to turn the German folk tale Die
Freishutz into The Black Rider as staged by Robert Wilson.
From that point the seed had been planted, and the seed grew into the most beautiful tree in the garden of Grant's career!
Domino invite you to taste the fruit of this tree, go ahead, taste it.1. Out Of Chaos
3. Awake, Arise!
4. If We Have The Will
5. I Will Never See My Home
6. I Am Death
8. Letting Me Out
9. Is The Sky The Limit?
10. Golden Chain
11. So Far From Heaven
12. Shine, Shine, Shine
13. It Isn't Love
14. War In Heaven
16. (It Was A) Most Disturbing Dream
17. Underneath The Apple Tree
18. The Argument
19. Run For The Wilderness
20. For Those Too High Aspiring$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
At Best CuckoldEmbarking 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$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now