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  • The Best Imitation Of Myself: A Retrospective The Best Imitation Of Myself: A Retrospective Quick View

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    The Best Imitation Of Myself: A Retrospective

    Ben Fold's The Best Imitation Of Myself: A Retrospective is the long-awaited career-spanning anthology chronicling the musical adventures of pop's quintessential post-modern singer/songwriter/pianist.


    The most comprehensive and definitive Ben Folds collection ever assembled, and first-ever domestic overview of Fold's music, The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective is remastered from the original master tapes, bringing together his biggest hits, deep catalog fan favorites, hidden treasures, and collectible rarities while premiering the first newly recorded Ben Folds Five tracks in 11 years.


    A perfect point of entry for newcomers as well as a treasure trove for the initiated, the carefully curated 18-track set covers two decades of Ben Folds music, from the break-out hits Underground and Brick with Ben Folds Five through solo work and unexpected collaborations ranging from You Don't Know Me with Regina Spektor to From Above (with lyrics by Nick Hornby, author of High Fidelity). The collection closes with House, one of three new Ben Folds Five songs recorded especially for the retrospective.

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    1. Brick (Radio Mix)
    2. Annie Waits (Album version)
    3. Philosophy
    4. Underground
    5. Landed (Strings version)
    6. One Angry Dwarf And 200 Solemn Faces (Album version)
    7. Don't Change Your Plans (Album version)
    8. The Luckiest (Album version)


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    1. Smoke
    2. Rockin' The Suburbs (Album version)
    3. Kate (Album version)
    4. Gracie (Album version)
    5. Still Fighting It (Previously unreleased)
    6. You Don't Know Me (feat. Regina Spektor) (Seeds Album version)
    7. There's Always Someone Cooler Than You (Album version)
    8. Still (Soundtrack Album version)
    9. From Above
    10. House (Previously unreleased new recording)

    Ben Folds
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  • Ben Folds Five - Live Ben Folds Five - Live Quick View

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    Ben Folds Five - Live

    ImAVeePee Records/Sony Music is proud to release Ben Folds Five Live, the
    rst live album from piano-pop trio Ben Folds Five. Recorded in 2012 on their
    rst tour in more than a decade, this new set - available on CD and doublevinyl - will be the perfect prelude to the band's spot on the Last Summer on
    Earth Tour, which will see Ben Folds Five lling amphitheaters across America
    alongside Barenaked Ladies and Guster.


    For longtime fans of Ben Folds' biting, piano-based power-pop songs, the
    past two years have been full of excitement. In 2011, Folds reunited with
    bassist Robert Sledge and drummer Darren Jessee to record the rst new
    Ben Folds Five songs since 1999 for the career-spanning compilation The
    Best Imitation Of Myself: A Retrospective. Inspired by the collaborative spark
    after so many years apart, the trio reconvened in Folds' Nashville studio to
    record their fourth studio album, The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind. The
    album was an immediate hit, peaking within Billboard's Top 10 - the band's
    highest-charting release.


    Ben Folds Five consistently thrills audiences with their high energy performances, and Ben Folds Five Live captures the band in top form across four
    continents through 2012 and 2013. The band deliver powerful renditions of
    their most beloved classics like "Jackson Cannery," "Brick" and "Song For The
    Dumped" as well as new hits from The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, including "Do It Anyway," "Draw A Crowd" and "Sky High."

    Jackson Cannery (The Wareld, San Francisco CA, 1/31/13)
    Erase Me (The Wareld, San Francisco CA, 1/31/13)
    Seless, Cold and Composed (House of Blues, Boston MA, 10/13/12)
    Uncle Walter (Kool Haus, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 10/5/12)
    Landed (The Wareld, San Francisco CA, 1/31/13)
    Sky High (Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide AU, 11/16/12)
    One Chord Blues/Billie's Bounce (The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA 1/26/13)
    Do It Anyway/Overture-Heaven on Their Minds (O2 Academy, Brixton UK, 12/4/12)
    Brick (The Wareld, San Francisco CA, 1/31/13)
    Draw A Crowd (Capitol, Port Chester NY, 10/9/12)
    Narcolepsy (Hitomi Kinen Hall, Tokyo JP, 2/16/13)
    Underground (Mielparque Hall, Osaka JP, 2/22/13)
    Tom and Mary (O2 Academy, Brixton UK, 12/4/12)
    One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces (The Wareld, San Francisco CA, 1/31/13)
    Song for the Dumped (Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide AU, 11/16/12)
    Ben Folds Five
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  • Songs For Silverman Songs For Silverman Quick View

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    Songs For Silverman

    Songs for Silverman is the second solo studio album by Ben Folds, originally released in April 2005. The album reached No. 13 on the Billboard 200, making it Folds' highest-charting album until the release of Way To Normal in 2008.
    1. Bastard
    2. You To Thank
    3. Jesusland
    4. Landed
    5. Gracie
    6. Trusted
    7. Give Judy My Notice
    8. Late
    9. Sentimental Guy
    10. Time
    11. Prison Food
    Ben Folds
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  • Whatever And Ever Amen Whatever And Ever Amen Quick View

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    Whatever And Ever Amen

    Pressed On Heavyweight 180 Gram Black Vinyl


    Features Classic Ben Folds Five Tracks "Brick", "Kate", & "Song For The Dumped"


    Includes Original Jacket & Label Artwork - True To The Initial Pressing


    Previously Out Of Press On Vinyl For Over 15 Years


    Whatever and Ever Amen is Ben Folds Five's second studio album, and was released March 18, 1997. It has been certified Platinum in the U.S., Japan and Australia, and Gold in Canada. On the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, it peaked at No. 42.


    The album has been out of press for over 15 years. Now it's been remastered and brought back with a 180 gram vinyl pressing.

    1. One Angry Dwarf And 200 Solemn Faces
    2. Fair
    3. Brick
    4. Song For The Dumped
    5. Selfless, Cold And Composed
    6. Kate
    7. Smoke
    8. Cigarette
    9. Stevens Last Night In Town
    10. Battle Of Who Could Care Less
    11. Missing The War
    12. Evaporated
    Ben Folds Five
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  • The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner Quick View

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    The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner

    The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner is the third studio album by Ben Folds Five, originally released on April 27, 1999. It was their last studio album before breaking up in 2000.
    1. Narcolepsy
    2. Don't Change Your Plans
    3. Mess
    4. Magic
    5. Hospital Song
    6. Army
    7. Your Redneck Past
    8. Your Most Valuable Possession
    9. Regrets
    10. Jane
    11. Lullabye
    Ben Folds Five
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  • Rockin' The Suburbs Rockin' The Suburbs Quick View

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    Rockin' The Suburbs

    Double LP Pressed On Heavyweight 180 Gram Black Vinyl


    Rockin' the Suburbs is Ben Folds' first solo album after leaving Ben Folds Five. The album was well received by fans and critics alike. This 15th anniversary pressing brings the album back to vinyl for the first time since its 2001 release. Like the original pressing, the album contains the bonus track Hiro's Song, only available on the Japanese CD and US vinyl releases. This reissue was pressed on two 180gram LPs.

    1. Annie Waits
    2. Zak And Sara
    3. Still Fighting It
    4. Gone
    5. Fred Jones Part 2
    6. The Ascent Of Stan
    7. Losing Lisa
    8. Carrying Cathy
    9. Not The Same
    10. Hiro's Song
    11. Rockin' The Suburbs
    12. Fired
    13. The Luckiest
    Ben Folds
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    So There

    8 chamber rock songs with yMusic plus his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with the Nashville Symphony conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero


    Multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/producer Ben Folds first found mainstream success as the leader of the critically acclaimed Ben Folds Five. He has gone on to have a very successful solo career, recording multiple studio albums, a pair of records documenting his renowned live performances, a remix record, music for film and TV, as well as numerous collaborations with artists from Sara Bareilles to William Shatner.


    In 2013, he composed Concerto for Piano and Orchestra to critical acclaim. Since then, Ben has continued his global symphony performance quest, recently recording a new album that features the concerto along with a host of new songs that overlap pop and classical worlds with a fresh, exciting sound he has dubbed chamber rock.

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    1. Capable Of Anything
    2. Not A Fan
    3. So There
    4. Long Way To Go
    5. Phone In A Pool
    6.Yes Man
    7. F10-D-A
    8. I'm Not The Man


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    1. Concerto For Piano and Orchestra, Movement 1
    2. Concerto For Piano and Orchestra, Movement 2
    3. Concerto For Piano and Orchestra, Movement 3
    4. So There (Instrumental)
    5. Capable Of Anything (Instrumental)
    6. Yes Man (Instrumental)
    7. Not A Fan (Instrumental)

    Ben Folds
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  • The Hamilton Mixtape The Hamilton Mixtape Quick View

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    The Hamilton Mixtape

    Atlantic Records has announced the highly-anticipated release of The Hamilton Mixtape, an unprecedented musical companion to the landmark Broadway musical by Tony, GRAMMY® and Emmy Award-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda.


    Executive produced by The Roots' Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Tarik "Black Thought" Trotter, The Hamilton Mixtape sees songs from the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical covered and remixed by a remarkable cast of contemporary artists. Superstars contributing to the one of its kind collection include Sia, Usher, Kelly Clarkson, The Roots, Alicia Keys, Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Chance The Rapper, John Legend, Regina Spektor, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Miguel, Queen Latifah, Common, Ben Folds, Andra Day, Jill Scott, Jimmy Fallon & more. The Hamilton Mixtape also includes three previously unreleased HAMILTON demos.

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    1. No John Trumbull (Intro) - By The Roots
    2. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] - By The Roots
    3. Wrote My Way Out - By Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
    4. Wait For It - By Usher
    5. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] - By Watsky
    6. Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah) - By Sia
    7. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) - By Regina Spektor
    8. Valley Forge (Demo) - By Lin-Manuel Miranda
    9. It's Quiet Uptown - By Kelly Clarkson
    10. That Would Be Enough - By Alicia Keys
    11. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) - By K'naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente


    LP 2
    1. You'll Be Back - By Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
    2. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) - By Ashanti
    3. Take A Break (Interlude) - By !llmind
    4. Say Yes To This - By Jill Scott
    5. Congratulations - By Dessa
    6. Burn - By Andra Day
    7. Stay Alive (Interlude) - By J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
    8. Cabinet Battle 3 (Demo) - By Lin-Manuel Miranda
    9. Washingtons By Your Side - By Wiz Khalifa
    10. History Has Its Eyes On You - By John Legend
    11. Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) - By The Roots
    12. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) - By Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights

    Various Artists
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  • The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind Quick View

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    The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind

    The groundbreaking pop trio who changed the course of indie rock in the mid-1990s!


    In 2011, the original three members of Ben Folds Five came together to record three new studio tracks for The Best Imitation Of Myself: A Retrospective, a
    career-spanning Ben Folds anthology. With the band's magic rekindled while making the new tracks, Ben Folds Five gave its rst concert in more than a decade to a spellbound audience at New York's Mountain Jam Festival on June 2, 2012. Now, Ben Folds Five return with The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, the group's rst album of new music in 13 years.

    1. Erase Me
    2. Michael Praytor, Five Years Later
    3. Sky High
    4. The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind
    5. On Being Frank
    6. Draw A Crowd
    7. Do It Anyway
    8. Hold That Thought
    9. Away When You Were Here
    10. Thank You For Breaking My Heart
    Ben Folds
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  • It's Like This It's Like This Quick View

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    It's Like This

    This lovely set of intimately arranged and meticulously recorded covers, originally issued in 2000, is precisely the kind of semi-obscure album in need of a quality all-analog reissueThe superbly natural sound produced by this record is what spending big bucks on an audio system is all about. Set the volume appropriately and Ms. Jones'll draw you into the studio for a personal song recitalThis is one to savor. Music = 9/11; Sound = 10/11 Michael Fremer, www.musicangle.com


    this effort from 2000 shows Jones conjuring such magic with the material that she deserves as much attention for reworking standards as do Carly Simon or Linda Ronstadt. Kicking off with Steely Dan's 'Show Biz Kids,' and with appearances by Joe Jackson and Ben Folds, among the highpoints is the Beatles' 'For No One' that ranks as among the finest Beatles cover ever. And considering that they number in the tens of thousands, that's about as high as praise gets. Recording = 5/5; Performances = 5/5 Album of the Month Ken Kessler, Hi-Fi News, April 2008


    The Rickie Lee Jones 45rpm is AWESOME UNREAL AMAZING!!! I have to get a backup copy. I'll play this one to death. Danny Kaey, Positive-Feedback Online


    Not since Billie Holiday has there been a vocalist who so completely transforms a song into her own. On It's Like This, eclectic folkie Rickie Lee Jones envelops standards, showtunes, '70s soul, and even slick jazz-rock, interpreting them with her familiar childlike, breathy shouts. In a very similar vein as 1991's Pop Pop, Jones pulls together a collection of diverse songs from throughout the 20th century and gives them a sparse, fragile spin, kind of like Diana Krall and Bjork sharing coffee at an all-night diner. Produced by Bruce Brody (who has also worked with Maria McKee and Bette Midler), this album is really a showcase for the dynamic vocalist - her voice pitching and yawing like a sloop far out at sea. Several notable artists scatter themselves unobtrusively throughout the album like Joe Jackson, Ben Folds, John Pizzarelli, and Taj Mahal; each lend a subtle bass line or harmony vocal, cautiously not stepping on any of Jones' delicate lines.

    1. Show Biz Kids

    2. Trouble Man

    3. For No One

    4. Smile

    5. Low Spark of High Heeled Boys

    6. On The Street Where You Live

    7. I Can't Get Started

    8. Up A Lazy River

    9. Someone To Watch Over Me

    10. Cycles

    11. One Hand, One Heart
    Rickie Lee Jones
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  • Mia Pharaoh Mia Pharaoh Quick View

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    Mia Pharaoh

    Miniature Tigers' third and newest album Mia Pharaoh stands on the platform of years of development. The Brooklyn, NY-based group has recently toured with the likes of Neon Indian, Ben Folds, the Morning Benders, Tennis, and the Walkmen to name a few and garnered much exposure over the last year with music featured in movies like Easy A and multiple placements in MTV's Teenwolf and Skins. Featuring lead single Boomerang.
    1. Sex On The Regular
    2. Female Doctor
    3. Cleopatra
    4. Afternoons With David Hockney
    5. Easy As All That
    6. Flower Door
    7. Boomerang
    8. Ugly Needs
    9. Angel Bath
    10. Husbands And Wives
    Miniature Tigers
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  • Give Up (Deluxe Edition) Give Up (Deluxe Edition) Quick View

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    Give Up (Deluxe Edition)

    You can spend all the time and money in the world trying to craft the perfect pop-music scenario, but sometimes the stars have to align all by themselves. Even though early on the members of The Postal Service jokingly referred to Such Great Heights as "the hit" on their debut album, Give Up, there's no way anyone could have predicted the eventual impact made by a mail-order album designed in a pair of West Coast bedrooms.


    It's been 10 years since the little project that could from Seattelite Ben Gibbard (aka Death Cab For Cutie's frontman) and Angeleno Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel, Figurine) emerged from seemingly nowhere and began to burrow into the ears of anyone who came into contact with the band's infectious electro-pop. To celebrate, Sub Pop is reissuing The Postal Service's sole album, and including in the multi-LP set 15 bonus tracks, including two brand new songs, "A Tattered Line of String" and "Turn Around." On top of that, the band is back together: The Postal Service will hit the road for a long-overdue victory lap, giving most fans their first (and last-seriously, don't ask) chance to see the group in person.


    Of course, the band's music was more than just electro-pop, and the force with which Jimmy and Ben captured the indie-rock zeitgeist of the early aughts made them more of a phenomenon than just a regular old band. That such artists as Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer, Streetlight Manifesto, and Confide have covered "Such Great Heights" is a testament to both the song's magical spark and its melodic inclusivity. The band's sound is such a touchstone that "Postal Service-esque" has become a generally accepted musical adjective. And it goes way beyond Owl City.


    While it was impossible to anticipate how massive Give Up would become, it was obvious in 2003 that these guys had made something special. Ten years on it's amazing to know that so many people have come to agree.

    1. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
    2. Such Great Heights
    3. Sleeping In
    4. Nothing Better
    5. Recycled Air
    6. Clark Gable
    7. We Will Become Silhouettes
    8. This Place Is a Prison
    9. Brand New Colony
    10. Natural Anthem
    11. Turn Around
    12. A Tattered Line of String
    13. Be Still My Heart
    14. There's Never Enough Time
    15. Suddenly Everything Has Changed
    16. Against All Odds (Take a Look At Me Now)
    17. Grow Old With Me
    18. Such Great Heights (John Tejada Remix)
    19. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (DJ Downfall Persistent Beat Mix)
    20. Be Still My Heart (Nobody Remix)
    21. We Will Become Silhouettes (Matthew Dear Remix)
    22. Nothing Better (Styrofoam Remix)
    23. Recycled Air (Live on KEXP)
    24. We Will Become Silhouettes (Performed by The Shins)
    25. Such Great Heights (Performed by Iron & Wine)
    The Postal Service
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  • Fever Dream Fever Dream Quick View

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    Fever Dream

    180 Gram Vinyl In A Wide Spine Gatefold Package


    Four-Panel Printed Fold-Out Poster


    I am proud to announce that my new solo album Fever Dream - the follow-up to Hendra - will be released globally on my label Unmade Road through Caroline International.


    Fever Dream was self-produced at London's famous RAK Studio 2, and mastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig in Maine. We kept Hendra's sonic template of open-tuned folk-jazz and distorted string-bent rock, and went for a new grainy intensity. Bernard Butler joins me again. Bruno Ellingham engineered and mixed. We just did most of it live. Small room, small band. A harder edge. Instruments spilling into each other. Martin Ditcham on drums. New recruit Rex Horan on double bass. And I've sprinkled guest vocal cameos from Boston's dream-folk singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler and Hiss Golden Messenger's M.C. Taylor.


    Have fun.


    -Ben Watt

    1. Gradually
    2. Fever Dream
    3. Between Two Fires
    4. Winter's Eve
    5. Women's Company
    6. Faces Of My Friends
    7. Running With The Front Runners
    8. Never Goes Away
    9. Bricks And Wood
    10. New Year Of Grace (feat. Marissa Nadler)
    Ben Watt
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    Mask


    Sophomore Album Featuring "Living In Fiction," "In Folds," And "Phantasmagoria


    Pressed On White Vinyl


    Experience Mask In Three Dimensions With 3d Glasses Included


    "A clever mix of electronically influenced genres that's as current as it is addictive." - Interview


    Electronic pop trio Icky Blossoms release their second album, Mask. Three years on from their Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio) produced debut, their singular brand of 
    mesmerizingly contradictory dance music has evolved. Blending avant-garde elements with catchy and danceable
    pop, threaded within dark, bass-heavy atmospheres, their songs nod to great music of the past, whilst rmly 
    propelling them into the future. 


    Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, the three members of Icky Blossoms-Sarah Bohling (vocals/synth), Nik Fackler (lead
    guitar/vocals) and Derek Pressnall (guitar/vocals-also of Tilly and the Wall)-wrote independently and then ltered
    songs back and forth through each other, creating a collage of tastes, genres and energies within each track. The
    band experimented with making electronics sound organic and organic instruments feel electronic. Song skeletons
    were embellished with tuned 808s, hyper-e ected mouth noises, screams as instruments, and guitars run through
    synthesizers.


    With the talent of longtime friend and collaborator Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Julian Casablancas, Man Man,
    First Aid Kit) at ARC Studios in Omaha, Nebraska, these songs became fully realized. Along with Mogis, the 
    contributions of assistant engineer Ben Brodin (Conor Oberst band), bassist Graham Ulicny (Reptar), drummer Daniel
    Ocanto (Big Harp) and Todd Fink (The Faint) helped the vision come into focus.  


    Mask  nds the band capitalizing on the spontaneity of their live experience and the ambitions of their writing and 
    recording process, while not losing their sense of self. Their in uences range from Fad Gadget to Beyonce and the 
    subject matter varies from wrestling with the isolation of existence to the emotional spectrum of love. The album
    pulses with a vibrant sound that's electric, con dent, and new.

    1. In Folds
    2. Phantasmagoria
    3. Living in Fiction
    4. Away from You
    5. Want You so Bad
    6. The Spiral
    7. Wait
    8. Silver Tongue
    9. Terror Nothing
    Icky Blossoms
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    Gala Drop II

    The group's Balearic sound entered the wider dance music consciousness with Overcoat Heat, a 2010 release for Golf Channel. Since then, they collaborated with Ben Chasny of Six Organs Of Admittance and toured with Panda Bear. For II, Gala Drop have brought Detroit expat Jerry The Cat into the fold. He's known for his collaborations with Arttu on Clone Royal Oak and has also worked with Motor City mainstays Funkadelic, Parliament, Derrick May, Moodymann and Theo Parrish.


    Jerry draws comparisons between Detroit's mishmash of music scenes and what he's found in Lisbon. He says: Detroit wound up a city with so much contamination between styles, from Motown to garage rock and then the birth of techno. Lisbon felt like that when I moved here too, I was going out to a techno club at the weekend but going to see a garage rock show or some free jazz band in the week. The post-Millennium Lisbon has been very fertile musically speaking. His bandmate Nelson Gomes also operates Príncipe, the label that brought DJ Marfox and his cohort to the world.

    - Matt McDermott (Resident Advisor)

    1. You and I
    2. Big City
    3. Sun Gun
    4. Monad
    5. All Things
    6. Slow House
    7. Let It Go
    8. Samba Da Maconha
    Gala Drop
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  • Side By Side Side By Side Quick View

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    Side By Side

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    ...these are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don't want to miss...most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of astounding. Particularly the early Billie and Ella mono records are incredible treasures of sonic beauty. I'd definitely ask Santa for the whole set, or, if you want to cherry pick, the most classic titles. Whatever you decide, you owe yourself at least a half dozen! Winner of a 2012 Positive Feedback Online Writers' Choice Award - Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, November/December 2011


    When Norman Granz signed Johnny Hodges to a recording contract in 1951, it was a prelude to Hodges' leaving the Duke Ellington orchestra to lead his own small band. Four years later Hodges was back in the Ellington fold, but he continued to record for Granz under his own name. Side By Side, recorded in 1958 and 1959, is a throwback to the small-group sessions Ellington recorded with Hodges and other members of his orchestra in the Thirties, but with a couple of important differences: the absence of Ellington himself on several cuts (with Billy Strayhorn taking over on piano), and the presence of such notable non-Ellingtonians as drummer Jo Jones and trumpeters Roy Eldridge and Harry Sweets Edison.


    Originally released in 1959.


    Duke Ellington, piano

    Johnny Hodges, alto saxophone

    Lawrence Brown, trombone

    Harry Sweets Edison, trumpet

    Roy Eldridge, trumpet

    Al Hall, bass

    Johnny Hodges, alto saxophone

    Jo Jones, drums

    Wendell Marshall, bass

    Les Spann, flute, guitar

    Billy Strayhorn, piano

    Ben Webster, tenor saxophone

    1. Stompy Jones
    2. Just Squeeze Me
    3. Big Shoe
    4. Going Up
    5. Just a Memory
    6. Let's Fall in Love
    7. Ruint
    8. Bend One
    9. You Need to Rock
    Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges
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    Black Beauty

    28-page, full-color book (11" x 11")


    Extensive essay by Ben Edmonds (Creem, Rolling Stone, Mojo) featuring all-new interviews


    Abundant, never-before-seen photographs by Herbert Worthington (Fleetwood Mac's Rumours)


    Brilliantly mastered by multi-GRAMMY® nominee Dan Hersch (Paul Simon, Kinks, Cars,The Band)


    Mastered for vinyl by multi-GRAMMY® winner Doug Sax (The Who, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd)


    Black Beauty, the never-before-released masterpiece by Arthur Lee's legendary psychedelic rock band Love, is available on 180-gram vinyl LP. Recorded in 1973 for the ambitious new label Buffalo Records,
    the album remained unreleased when the company folded. Finally, after 39 years High Moon Records is honored to fulfill Arthur Lee's wish that Black Beauty be heard by music fans worldwide. Black Beauty is making its first-ever official release
    in any format, anywhere! With unparalelled sound and state-of-the-art packaging, critics are hailing Black Beauty as an instant classic. Black Beauty is that rarest of rock artifacts: an unreleased,
    full-length studio album, from an undisputed musical
    genius. Black Beauty is the missing link in a catalog that includes Forever Changes, the classic 1967 Love album the New York Times called "one of the most affecting and beguiling albums of all time. With Black Beauty, Arthur Lee manages to combine searing 70's-rock with gorgeous melodies and stellar songwriting - topped off by his most distinctive, snarling, soulful vocals ever. With its wonderfully eclectic collection of songs, the
    album offers Love fans a rare glimpse into a previously undocumented phase of Arthur Lee's fabled career, while shining a light for new fans to discover the unique genius that is the music of Arthur Lee and Love.



    It's tempting to play what-if with Love's lost labor, Black Beauty, which was recorded in 1973 but shelved for nearly four decades. What if Buffalo Records hadn't gone out of business just prior to the album's release? What if Black Beauty had actually hit stores? What if it hadn't languished in limbo until years after Arthur Lee's death? Would it have stopped Love's slide into obscurity? Would it have signaled a comeback for the man who masterminded Forever Changes, still one of the most complex and compelling artifacts of 1960s Los Angeles? Would his life and career have played out any differently? Would we think of him today as something other than a cult artist, inspired as well as damned by his era?


    It's difficult to imagine any answers to those questions, but it says a lot about Lee that the album even raises these what-ifs and coulda-beens. The very qualities that made him such a fascinating voice-- restlessness, excitability, paranoia, perfectionism, single-mindedness-- may have doomed any commercial prospects more than his notorious fear of travel ever did. After recording Forever Changes, he fired the band and hired new musicians to take their places. Every subsequent album featured a different line-up, although the changes seem based more on personality than on musical direction or ability. Never stagnant, Love was in constant flux, always in a state of development but never quite arriving. So the operative question becomes: Was this the version of Love that Lee had been working toward?


    For Black Beauty-- which is finally seeing release via High Moon Records, although the reissue has been delayed for two years-- Lee assembled guitarist Melvan Whittington, bass player Robert Rozelle, and drummer Joe Blocker. This may be the hardiest and most muscular of Love's post-Changes rosters, with remarkable force and range. With crisp production by Paul Rothchild, best known for his work with the Doors, Love build from a potent blues rock foundation not dissimilar to that of Jimi Hendrix, but without the distracting shamanistic persona and guitar pyrotechnics. "Walk Right In" struts into country rock territory, rewriting Cannon's Jug Stompers 1929 hit into a plea for empathy, and "Beep Beep" attempts a sort of pop reggae, albeit not entirely convincingly.


    On the whole, this particular line-up sounds perfectly rough and unrehearsed, generating a tense energy on "Skid" and "Stay Away" even as they suggest a band still figuring out exactly what they can do together. It's a strong album, but it's not another Forever Changes, whose accomplishments in retrospect were unrepeatable, or even another Four Sail. On the other hand, Lee wasn't aiming to craft something in that vein. Still, especially considering the professional setbacks he had faced in the years leading up to Black Beauty-- which includes being dropped by Elektra and shuffling through a series of independent labels-- Lee sounds engaged and invigorated, forgoing the bitterness that had rankled the band for a slightly more hopeful outlook. On stand-out "Can't Find It", he sings, "Every time I cry my heart out, and every time I play the fool, but there's gotta be something in this lonely world for me." The confession is all the more bittersweet for being capped with the line, "but I can't find it without you." It's ostensibly a love song, but could just as easily be addressed to his audience. His creative satisfaction relies on having a listener to complete the circuit, which makes this album's long shelf life all the sadder.

    -Stephen M. Deusner (Pitchfork, May 15, 2013)

    1. Young & Able
    2. Midnight Sun
    3. Can't Find It
    4. Walk Right In
    5. Skid
    6. Beep Beep
    7. Stay Away
    8. Lonely Pigs
    9. See Myself In You
    10. Product Of The Times
    Love
    $26.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    " Mead Is The Quentin Tarantino Of Rockabilly..." - Great Falls Tribune


    A wild ride of hillbilly blues and honky-tonk, Chuck Mead (best known for his work as front man for BR549) wrote his new album based on the stories and legends, crimes and the lonesome open road of his childhood and formative years in Kansas. He recorded it with his longtime band, the Grassy Knoll Boys.


    'Free State Serenade' jumps from jaunty mountain airs like "Neosho Valley Sue," where BR5-49's Don Herron lends his fiddle to what Mead calls a "coming of age ditty" to "Sittin' On Top Of The Bottom" a whip-smart ode to "Sittin' On Top Of The World." "The Devil By Their Side" is a dark, chugging rock n' roll number about William Quantrill's murderous 1863 Civil War raid of Lawrence, Kansas.


    Mead co-founded three-time GRAMMY nominated alternative country band, BR5-49, who have released seven full-length LPs and won a Country Music Association Award since the early 1990's. He also acts as Music Director for the hit Broadway show, Million Dollar Quartet, currently touring throughout North America to rave reviews. Mead has released two solo albums, "Journeyman's Wager," and "Back At The Quonset Hut," with his band, The Grassy Knoll Boys. 'Free State Serenade' was co-produced with Joe Pisapia (kd Lang, Ben Folds Five) and features BR5-49's Don Herron and Old Crow Medicine Show's Critter Fuqua.

    1. Knee Deep In The Walkarusa River
    2. The Devil By Their Side
    3. Neosho Valley Sue
    4. On A Slow Train Through Arkansas
    5. Little Ivy
    6. Evil Wind
    7. Ten Light Years Away
    8. Reno County Girl
    9. A Short Goodbye
    10. The Light Of Day
    11. Ain't Nothing Like The Love A Woman
    12. Sittin' On Top Of The Bottom
    Chuck Mead
    $18.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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