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    Beautiful Freak

    Brand new batch for the Back To Black range. Exact reproductions of original LP artwork to retain authenticity, but now on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.


    Beautiful Freak is the debut studio album by American alternative rock band Eels. It was originally released on 13 August 1996 and was the first record released by
    Dream Works Records. It was largely the solo work of musician Mark Oliver Everett, and is his first album using the full band name Eels in an attempt to
    get the records in the same general location in the stores as his previous works under the name E.

    1. Novocaine For The Soul
    2. Susan's House
    3. Rags To Rags
    4. Beautiful Freak
    5. Not Ready Yet
    6. My Beloved Monster
    7. Flower
    8. Guest List
    9. Mental
    10. Spunky
    11. Your Lucky Day In Hell
    12. Manchild
    Eels
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  • Temple Beautiful Temple Beautiful Quick View

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    Temple Beautiful

    Temple Beautiful is Chuck Prophet's tribute to San Francisco: his home and his muse. Inspired by current San Francisco artists, Prophet felt compelled to pay tribute to the history and weirdness that brought him to the city nearly 30 years ago. Part love letter and part unsentimental tour, Temple Beautiful attempts to capture San Francisco in all it's forms: romantic port-of-call, bohemian utopia, but even more so, an often unforgiving pioneer outpost filled with the freaks and characters not welcome in America's heartland.
    1. Play That Song Again
    2. Castro Halloween
    3. Temple Beautiful
    4. Museum Of Broken Hearts
    5. Willie Mays is Up at Bat
    6. The Left Hand and the Right Hand
    7. I Felt Like Jesus
    8. Who Shot John
    9. He Came From So Far Away (Red Man Speaks)
    10. Little Girl, Little Boy
    11. White Night, Big City
    12. Emperor Norton in the Last Year of His Life (1880)
    Chuck Prophet
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  • Freaks Freaks Quick View

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    Freaks

    Almost a decade before their status as press darlings and eccentric purveyors of weird and wonderful pop music, a deeply disturbed Sheffield pop group crafted a brace of loveably awkward pop classics, most notably the controversial Little Girl (With Blue Eyes). Pulp were simply awesome and undeniably strange, ranging from Scott Walker balladeering to post-punk, avant-garde aggressiveness.


    Fire Records will be reissuing the first three Pulp albums as part of their Embers series. Constituting three very different stages in the development of the band, the albums cover a staggering sonic range from the pastoral, acoustic sounds of It (1983), to the darkly romantic Freaks (1987) and the disco-tinged Separations (1992). They point to Jarvis Cocker's varied sources of musical inspiration and show a band in the process of finding their own unique voice, whilst hinting at the greatness that would follow. All three come newly re-mastered and beautifully repackaged, complete with additional bonus material and brand new liner-notes by Everett True.


    Pulp had changed significantly since their debut It. By this time every member bar Jarvis Cocker had moved on but the addition of Russell Senior proved to be a pivotal turning point for the band. No longer did Pulp sound pastoral, easy-natured; now they were darkly romantic, brooding, noisy and a little bit Gothic, in the way young folk who brush their hair a certain way are always a little bit Gothic. Pulp were out-of-tune with the times: but the times didn't satisfy Pulp.


    Freaks is quite marvellous. Most of these songs stand the distance of time: it was here, possibly even more than 1992's Separations, that Pulp started coming into their own as a band with a fully-realized aesthetic.


    The first LP is the original album, unaltered and in its entirety. The second is a bonus LP comprised of tracks from the two big non-album singles from the same era, Little Girl (With Blue Eyes) and Dogs are Everywhere. Two further B-sides Tunnel and Manon complete the second LP for the definitive Freaks period release.

    LP1
    1. Fairground
    2. I Want You
    3. Being Followed Home
    4. Master Of The Universe
    5. Life Must Be So Wonderful
    6. There's No Emotion
    7. Anorexic Beauty
    8. The Never Ending Story
    9. Don't You Know
    10. They Suffocate At Night


    LP2
    1. Little Girl (With Blue Eyes) (bonus)
    2. Simultaneous (bonus)
    3. Blue Glow (bonus)
    4. The Will To Power (bonus)
    5. Dogs Are Everywhere (bonus)
    6. The Mark Of The Devil (bonus)
    7. 97 Lovers (bonus)
    8. Aborigine (bonus)
    9. Goodnight (bonus)
    10. Tunnel (bonus)
    11. Manon (bonus)

    Pulp
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    New Once

    Zac Nelson blurs the borders of pop nostalgia and experimentalism with unabashed glee throughout the brief and wondrous sound of New Once, his brand new album and first for Brooklyn's New Once flits from four top harmonies and campfire jams to psychotropic passages of blistered ambiance from one rapid minute to the next. The music mirrors the musings of a dosed poet or a Hunter S. Thompson novella, dipping from the exuberance of "Some Are This" to the melancholic duet "Her Daddy Broke" and groove thesis "Ex-Stream-Esque" with brushstrokes unfettered yet Mixed by Rusty Santos (Animal Collective, The Present), New Once is a freak matrimony of chaos and beauty fit for journeys under the sun.)
    1. Send My Body To Her
    2. Some Are This

    3. Weak Robe

    4. Her Daddy Broke
    5. Outey Smoke
    6. Let This Unravel
    7. Pansize
    8. Prickette
    9. Ex-Stream-Esque
    Zach Nelson
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    Donnie Darko Original Motion Picture Score

    Released shortly after 9/11, Donnie Darko has become a cult masterpiece. Michael Andrews scored the album in his studio of vintage Moogs and electric vibraphones, and-when the music budget was capped-delivered a humble piano & vocal ballad covering the Tears for Fears track "Mad World" with his pal Gary Jules.


    "Rookie composer Michael Andrews, whose only previous work was for television's 'Freaks and Geeks,' captures the underlying dread and unsettling beauty of the film Like Air's soundtrack to The Virgin Suicides, Andrews' songs create a specific sense of place." - ALL MUSIC GUIDE

    1. Carpathian Ridge
    2. The Tangent Universe
    3. The Artifact & Living
    4. Middlesex Times
    5. Manipulated Living
    6. Philosophy of Time Travel
    7. Liquid Spear Waltz
    8. Gretchen Ross
    9. Burn it to the Ground
    10. Slipping Away
    11. Rosie Darko
    12. Cellar Door
    13. Ensurance Trap
    14. Waltz in the 4th Dimension
    15. Time Travel
    16. Did you Know Him?
    17. Mad World
    18. Mad World (alternate version)
    Michael Andrews
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  • Black Moon Spell Black Moon Spell Quick View

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    Black Moon Spell

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

    1. Black Moon Spell
    2. Sick Mind
    3. Rainbow's Run
    4. Headbanger
    5. Beautiful Thing
    6. I Love You Ugly
    7. Magic Mirror
    8. Madness
    9. Demon From Hell
    10. Black Holes in Stereo
    11. Radiation
    12. Eyes of the Muse
    13. Staircase of Diamonds
    14. Eddie's Song
    King Tuff
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  • Veruschka Soundtrack (Awaiting Repress) Veruschka Soundtrack (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Veruschka Soundtrack (Awaiting Repress)

    Pressed On Pink & White Colored Vinyl


    Ennio Morricone's famous soundtrack composed for the 1971 Franco Rubartelli documentary Veruschka, Poesia di una Donna about the legendary VERUSCHKA, the world's first supermodel, a real 60's/70's icon, who appeared in several cult movies including Blow Up (1966), Salome (1972) and Coleur Chair (1978).


    In the Rubartelli movie, we follow the beautiful model in a shockingly surreal journey through the rural countryside of Italy on a downward spiral of self-discovery that leads her through so many whacked out head trips; heavily dark and sad with some of the most stunning psychedelic eye candy you can find from the freak-out era of filmmaking, perfectly tuned with one of Ennio Morricone's best scores.


    A true one of a kind of experience!

    LP 1
    1. Veruschka
    2. Intervallo I
    3. La Bambola
    4. Astratto I
    5. La Spiaggia
    6. Dopo L'Intervista
    7. Poesia Di Donna
    8. Le Fotografie
    9. La Bambola (#2)


    LP 2
    1. Intervallo II
    2. Magia
    3. Astratto III
    4. Veruschka (#2)
    5. Astratto II
    6. Veruschka (#3)
    7. Astratto IV
    8. La Bambola (#3)
    9. Astratto V
    10. Poesia Di Donna (#2)
    11. La Spiaggia (#2)
    12. Astratto VI
    13. Poesia Di Donna (#3)
    14. La Bambola (#4)
    15. Veruschka (#4)

    Ennio Morricone
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  • Antisocialites (Pre-Order) Antisocialites (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Antisocialites (Pre-Order)

    Antisocialites is the much-anticipated follow-up to Alvvays' 2014 self-titled debut. Across its 10 tracks and 33 minutes the Toronto-based group dive back into the deep end of reckless romance and altered dates. Through thoughtful consideration in basement and abroad, Alvvays has renewed its Scot-pop vows with a powerful new collection of manic emotional collage.

    The album opens with the excellent strum-'n-thrummer 'In Undertow,' a hi-amp breakup fantasy that is both crushing and charming for its level-headedness. You find a wave and try to hold on for as long as you can, you made a mistake you'd like to erase and I understand, sings Rankin, her voice full longing not for another person necessarily, but for what to do next. Meditate, play solitaire, take up self-defense, Molly continues, laundry-listing some strategies for moving on. What's next for you and me? I'll take suggestions, she deadpans under crashing waves of feedback and Farfisa.

    Replete with more songs about drinking ('Forget About Life,' 'Hey'), drugging ('Lollipop (Ode To Jim)'), and drowning ('Already Gone'), Antisocialites is a multipolar period piece fueled by isolation and loss. Perversely enjoyable dark drama springs from Rankin's phonetic twists, quick-sung rhymes and irreverent syllable-play. So morose for me, seeing ghosts of me, writing oaths to me, the self-described introvert sings on the Cocteau-pop stunner 'Dreams Tonite,' the song from which the album's name is derived. In fluorescent light, antisocialites watch a wilting flower.

    Antisocialites details a world of ice cream truck jingles and radiophonic workshop noise, where Rankin's shining wit is refracted through crystalline counterpoint. 'Not My Baby' is a centerpiece, a meditation on the rapture of escape following the sadness of separation. Elsewhere, 'Plimsoll Punks' is the band's answer to Television Personalities' 'Part-Time Punks' and a winking surf opus indictment of the self-righteous who intend to condescend. Molly wrote the rapid-fire sugar stream 'Lollipop (Ode to Jim)' after singing 'Just Like Honey' with Jesus and Mary Chain. 'Your Type' is a beautiful primitive stomp about running around Paris with vomit on your feet post-Louvre ejection.

    The record concludes with a movement that is at once stark and celebratory. On 'Forget About Life,' the apartment stands in disarray as undrinkable wine is inhaled: When the failures of the past multiply and you trivialize the things that keep your hand from mine, did you want to forget about life with me tonite? The resonant freaks in Rankin's tales don't find much resolve, but with equal doses of black humor and heartstring-tugging, Antisocialites rings a truer tone.

    1. In Undertow
    2. Dreams Tonite
    3. Plimsoll Punks
    4. Your Type
    5. Not My Baby
    6. Hey
    7. Lollipop (Ode To Jim)
    8. Already Gone
    9. Saved By A Waif
    10. Forget About Life
    Alvvays
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  • The Best Of Gloucester County The Best Of Gloucester County Quick View

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    The Best Of Gloucester County

    The whole represents a new and welcome chapter in the Danielson oeuvre-a startlingly effective new band, a new thematic field (the locally-grown opus), produced with more sonic ambition than any recent Danielson effort, but without sacrificing the brave interior journey that we have come to expect from Daniel Christopher Smith: the world is complex, slightly dangerous, full of temptations, but there is still grace, beauty, meaning, and the music that is required to suggest all this is anything but easy, but that doesn't mean it is not rewarding, beautiful, funny, sad, and generous.


    Released five years after 2006's well-received Ships, Daniel Smith's Best of Gloucester County finds the Danielson Famile in a bit of disarray. While sisters Megan and Rachel and Smith's wife Erin all make appearances, the bulk of the Famile has fled the nest, but adding four new members (Jens Lekman and longtime Danielson staple Sufjan Stevens appear as well) has done little to tarnish Smith's signature blend of art school indie pop and freak folk Sunday school gospel. While Best of Gloucester County (named for the New Jersey province that serves as the members' stomping grounds) may feel a bit more settled than previous outings, the complacencies of adulthood, as filtered through Smith's manic croon, are hardly destined for commercial airplay. Closer in tone to 2004's Brother Is to Son but with Ships' loftier (but still D.I.Y.) production, Gloucester County's opening cut, Complimentary Dismemberment Insurance, sets the tone with a straightforward blast of Neil Young-meets-Frank Black folk-rock, in which Smith delivers some his most evenhanded vocals in years. The Day Is a Loaf and Grow Up follow similar suit, but overly precious cuts like Lil Norge and People's Partay come away feeling more uncomfortable than whimsical. Still, a middle-of-the-road Danielson Famile/Danielson/Brother Danielson album is hardly a disappointment, as Smith has always been the sole proprietor of his niche, and with each new collection can rewrite the rules however he sees fit. If anything, Gloucester County proves that Smith is willing to let his unique style mature, which may at some point provide some insight into one of the underground's most elusive personalities. - James Christopher Monger

    1.Complimentary Dismemberment Insurance
    2.This Day is a Loaf
    3.Grow Up
    4.Lil Norge
    5.But I Don't Wanna Sing About Guitars
    6.People's Partay
    7.Olympic Portions
    8.You Sleep Good Now
    9.Hovering Above That Hill
    10.Denominator Bluise
    11.Hosanna In the Forest
    Danielson
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  • Separations Separations Quick View

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    Separations

    Almost a decade before their status as press darlings and eccentric purveyors of weird and wonderful pop music, a deeply disturbed Sheffield pop group crafted a brace of loveably awkward pop classics, most notably the controversial Little Girl (With Blue Eyes). Pulp were simply awesome and undeniably strange, ranging from Scott Walker balladeering to post-punk, avant-garde aggressiveness.


    Fire Records will be reissuing the first three Pulp albums as part of their Embers series. Constituting three very different stages in the development of the band, the albums cover a staggering sonic range from the pastoral, acoustic sounds of It (1983), to the darkly romantic Freaks (1987) and the disco-tinged Separations (1992). They point to Jarvis Cocker's varied sources of musical inspiration and show a band in the process of finding their own unique voice, whilst hinting at the greatness that would follow. All three come newly re-mastered and beautifully repackaged, complete with additional bonus material and brand new liner-notes by Everett True.


    By 1992 Pulp had already transformed from their debut It through the dark electronic phase of Freaks and were garnering significant momentum. Now critically acclaimed and with a live reputation matched by only a few, most of the songs on their third and final album Separations, sound fully-realized in that undeniably Pulp manner that was soon to be experienced everywhere. And, for the first time, there was an inescapable disco pulse. This is the transition album where Pulp, caught between a doomed romantic outsider past and an acid-bright future, made an album that brilliantly reflects both.


    Separations spawned two of Pulp's most successful singles to date in Countdown and My Legendary Girlfriend, with the latter topping the singles of 1991 lists by major music publications. This definiitve reissue features four bonus tracks, including Death Goes To The Disco, Is This House as well as an extended version of the single Countdown and the previously unreleased Death Comes To Town.

    1. Love Is Blind
    2. Don't You Want Me Anymore?
    3. She's Dead
    4. Separations
    5. Down By The River
    6. Countdown
    7. My Legendary Girlfriend
    8. Death II
    9. This House Is Condemned
    10. Death Goes To The Disco (bonus)
    11. Is This House? (bonus)
    12. Countdown (bonus extended version)
    13. Death Comes To Town (bonus)
    Pulp
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  • It It Quick View

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    It

    Almost a decade before their status as press darlings and eccentric purveyors of weird and wonderful pop music, a deeply disturbed Sheffield pop group crafted a brace of loveably awkward pop classics, most notably the controversial Little Girl (With Blue Eyes). Pulp were simply awesome and undeniably strange, ranging from Scott Walker balladeering to post-punk, avant-garde aggressiveness.


    Fire Records will be reissuing the first three Pulp albums as part of their Embers series. Constituting three very different stages in the development of the band, the albums cover a staggering sonic range from the pastoral, acoustic sounds of It (1983), to the darkly romantic Freaks (1987) and the disco-tinged Separations (1992). They point to Jarvis Cocker's varied sources of musical inspiration and show a band in the process of finding their own unique voice, whilst hinting at the greatness that would follow. All three come newly re-mastered and beautifully repackaged, complete with additional bonus material and brand new liner-notes by Everett True.


    As one of their most honest recordings, It captures a band at the very beginning of their startling career. It is a gentle, mainly acoustic album, hinting at the musical directions Pulp would later pursue. The record touches on the majestic, theatrical ballads of Scott Walker as well as the stark, folky song-poems of Leonard Cohen. Produced by a young band in the process of pinpointing their direction, the album has aged beautifully into a charming collection.


    The reissue features 4 bonus tracks including single version of My Lighthouse, an alternative mix of Blue Girls, as well as the previously unreleased Sink Or Swim and Please Don't Worry from Pulp's John Peel session in 1981.

    1. My Lighthouse
    2. Wishful Thinking
    3. Joking Aside
    4. Boats and Trains
    5. Blue Girls
    6. Love Love
    7. In Many Ways
    8. Looking for Life
    9. My Lighthouse (Single Version)
    10. Please Don't Worry
    11. Blue Girls (Alternative Mix)
    12. Sink Or Swim
    Pulp
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  • 02:54 02:54 Quick View

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    02:54

    Sister duo 2:54, consisting of Colette and Hannah Thurlow, have established themselves as one of 2012's most important breakthrough UK bands. Occupying a low-lit, vivid space, they unite a distinct concoction of ideas and influences that taps a rock and punk lineage notoriously anchored by the likes of Queens of the Stone Age and Kyuss. However, their sound neatly neighbors the darker, atmospheric reaches of R&B's finest, as well as timeless walls of sound.


    The fact 2:54 have picked up fans from all the above worlds and more is testament not only to their sophisticated and nuanced tastes, but just how compelling a proposition the music they make is. Yet it's only now, with this their first full-length offering that the power of what they do will be revealed for all to see.


    Recorded mostly by Mercury-winning producer Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey etc), and mixed by the legendary Alan Moulder (Smashing Pumpkins, Nine In Nails etc), their debut album collects together a cohesive and captivating selection of highlights from their already burgeoning catalog. The 10-songs that together make up 2:54 are ripe with danger and beauty. This is a record that thrums with life, signaled immediately with the gale-force opener, Revolving, a real bittersweet blizzard.


    From then on the sisters Thurlow proceed to mine their own distinctive brand of haunted, freaked grooves and cloud-bursting melody, channeling love, loss and longing to spellbinding effect. This is an album with truly no filler. First spin will leave the propulsive, woozy thrust of Easy Undercover's refrains ringing in heads, as will the dueling guitars and surging, urgent cry of Sugar's dance floor rhythms. The smouldering solemnity of Circuitry, the delicate, scorched beauty of Watcher and the album closer Creeping are realized here in magnificent and malevolent new form that few will be prepared for.


    Over the course of its 10-tracks it becomes clear that this is a rarefied, captivating affair, a beautifully sustained exercise in mood and tension that almost feels in a league and scene all its own. It's a bewitching snapshot of 2:54 thus far and also a glimpse of the heady future that awaits them.

    1. Revolving
    2. You're Early
    3. Easy Undercover
    4. A Salute
    5. Scarlet
    6. Sugar
    7. Circuitry
    8. Watcher
    9. Ride
    10. Creeping
    2:54
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  • New Millennium Prayer New Millennium Prayer Quick View

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    New Millennium Prayer

    This June, Brooklyn-based psychedelic free-rock outfit NYMPH emerges from a transmogrifying and highly regenerative chrysalis state to release its second album, the expansive and enveloping New Millennium Prayer on Northern Spy Records.


    Recorded by David Tolomei at DNA and mastered by Sarah Register of Talk Normal at The Lodge, New Millennium Prayer for the first time makes manifest NYMPH's expanded 8- piece lineup in the long-playing format; the band's monolithic compositional vision and augmented sonic palette is here presented in the classic cosmos-splashed Krautrock template: three long and deeply kosmiche pieces, with one side-encompassing mega-jam -- the transcendent title track.


    In the two-plus years since the release of their eponymous debut, the group has engendered severe and resonant changes. For one, it absorbed four members of Athens, GA's nomadic freak-rock family Dark Meat into its ranks; while touring together, members of the psych-noise cabal would join NYMPH for spontaneous jams, and they soon began making stops off the road to record tracks for this new album. The beauty of the burgeoning partnership inspired the itinerant Georgians to settle in the city for good, thusly inspiring the former duo-plus-two of guitar-visionary Matty McDermott and vocalist Eri Shoji to consider new arrangements and invoke fresh textures, including a horn section with Aylerian proclivities, tape-delayed sound-settings, a shimmering jungle of percussion and a tendency to loosen structures a la their free-jazz and minimalist-compositional heroes.

    1. Beyond
    2. Battle Funk
    3. Raag Mon
    4. New Millennium Prayer
    Nymph
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    Let's Dance Raw


    Japanese Singer-Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist's
    Follow-up To 2012's How To Live With A Phantom


    Japanese singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shintaro
    Sakamoto returns with a new full-length, Let's Dance Raw, which
    Other Music Recording Co. (distributed by Fat Possum) releases on
    September 16. The album is the follow-up to Sakamoto's solo debut,
    the otherworldly folk-pop masterpiece How to Live with a Phantom
    (2012, Other Music).


    While How to Live with a Phantom was the first many around the
    globe knew of Sakamoto, he has long been an icon in his homeland,
    having long fronted the psychedelic phenomenon Yura Yura Teikoku,
    a Tokyo-based band that emerged from Koenji's legendary UFO
    Club scene and, across their 20-year trajectory, achieved mainstream
    success throughout the country. Following the group's break-up in
    2010, Sakamoto began working on How to Live with a Phantom, a bold
    stylistic departure that eschewed Yura Yura Teikokou's psychedelic
    freak-outs for a much quieter and harder-to-define sound.


    From first glimpse of the cover of Let's Dance Raw, it's clear that
    once again, we are entering uncharted territory. The record's sleeve,
    painted by Sakamoto, features the artist sitting upon a black throne,
    a steel guitar resting on his knee like a child being protected from
    the ominous mushroom cloud of smoke billowing behind him.
    A grinning skull has replaced Sakamoto's face. This dichotomy of
    bright, innocent beauty and subtle perversity is the essence of Let's
    Dance Raw, with Sakamoto moving even further from the tough
    underground power-trio psychedelic rock of his former band.


    He hinted at the new sound throughout his solo debut, and here
    the music is blown wide open, with the steel guitar as the unifying
    force throughout. Sakamoto purchased and learned how to play the
    instrument just prior to writing and recording Let's Dance Raw, and
    it enriches the post-apocalyptic exotica on these ten songs, fusing
    together the bright and breezy shimmer of Hawaiian slack-key hula
    melodies, the dusty shuffle of southwestern desert blues, and the
    space-age bachelor-pad music of postwar suburban dreamers. The
    result is an album that revisits the soundtracks of musical escapism
    made popular in postwar American and Japanese cultures-and
    deftly updates them.


    It's all anchored by deep, jazzy grooves straight out of a 1970s
    AM radio broadcast, and peppered with flourishes of Brazilian and
    Latin percussion throughout. Atop the music, Sakamoto sings of the
    human race's downfall, the weight of the lyrics made contrastingly
    perverse via duets with robotic vocoder voices and helium-voiced
    cartoon chipmunks cooing in an unsettling fashion alongside him.
    While Sakamoto once again handles the bulk of the instrumental
    duties, faithful drummer and percussionist Yuta Suganuma also
    returns for this set, as well as bassist AYA, on loan from fellow Japanese
    psychedelic explorers OOIOO.

    1. Future Lullaby
    2. Birth Of The Super cult
    3. Extremely Bad Man
    4. Let's Dance Raw
    5. Like An Obligation
    6. Gently Disappear
    7. You Can Be A Robot, Too
    8. Why Can't I Stop?
    9. Never Liked You, But Still Nostalgic
    10. This World Should Be More Wonderful
    Shintaro Sakamoto
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    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Ultima II Massage

    TOBACCO can't have nice things.


    On his third album, the Pennsylvania snake-synth-charmer deepens his approach
    to aural depravity. Ultima II Massage widens a jagged swath through the dude's
    own weird catalog, each disparate track damaged to the point of contributing to
    some sort of greater, lurching Frankenstein-like state. "I spent a lot of time
    breaking it in all the right places," says TOBACCO. "It ends up making the whole
    thing breathe - sometimes gasp for air. It feels more alive." Immediately after
    nishing 2010's Maniac Meat, he went to work on the beat-addled series begun
    with Fucked Up Friends in 2008. There were notable breaks en route to now - a
    surprising commission to remix White Zombie's "Thunder Kiss '65," a new BMSR
    record (Cobra Juicy), and producing Demon Queen's Exorcise Tape with vocalist
    Zackey Force Funk - but he saved the worst for last, amassing the most
    misanthropic material for Ultima. To wit, SPIN dubbed early share "Lipstick
    Destroyer" a "junkyard takedown of Daft Punk's beloved, pristine electro."
    TOBACCO explains his modied approach: "I wanted to push each song just
    enough, so that even when the album's at its wildest, it's something you can zone
    out to. It feels like a denitive end to a concept I've been trying to perfect forever.
    Maniac Meat was linear. This time I wanted to do a lot of di!erent things and have
    them come together as one meditative piece. At least for myself."


    Which, oddly enough, makes sense. This is easily TOBACCO's most diverse set to
    date - his own Stereopathetic Soulmanure, but about that 1-900 hotline life:
    massage parlors, plasticized sleaze, fake tans, old dial-ups to the fan clubs of
    dead B-actors. Fittingly, the album's only contributor is Beck music director Brian
    LeBarton who shrieks as Notrabel on the grimy freak-out "Streaker." At 17 tracks,
    Ultima is stacked with beautifully perverse hits - from the sickly sticky "Eruption,"
    to the wobbly demon swaggerer "Face Breakout," to the distorted punk spazz of
    "Dipsmack," to the apocalyptic sepia ambience of "Spitlord." You may hear
    disembodied bits of Boards of Canada, early Def Jam records, and Gary Numan,
    or maybe just public-access TV and bad VHS dubs of '80s horror icks. Or the sun
    exploding and everything you've ever loved melting. Again, TOBACCO was just
    trying to make meditation music.


    But to nd that rotted sweet spot, as always, he had to subvert his pop urges.
    TOBACCO went back to the cassette decks he started o! with - analog weapons
    of distortion to compliment his hissing vocoder and blown rhythms. Any moment
    that felt "just right" was brutally assaulted until ugly again. All to accomplish one
    end: "This might be my most purposely difcult album yet, but I promise if you let
    it in, it can fuck you up."


    Ultima II Massage. No happy ending.

    1. Streaker (ft. Notrabel)
    2. Good Complexion
    3. Video Warning Attempts
    4. Eruption
    5. Lipstick Destroyer
    6. Self Tanner
    7. Face Breakout
    8. Blow Your Heart
    9. Beast Sting
    10. Dipsmack
    11. Creaming for Beginners
    12. Omen Classic
    13. Pool City, McKnight Road
    14. Spitlord
    15. Father Sister Berzerker
    16. The Touch from Within
    Tobacco
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    Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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