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Parking Lot SymphonyTrombone Shorty has announced the release of Parking Lot Symphony, his Blue Note Records debut. The album is a 12-track tour de force produced by Chris Seefried (Fitz and the Tantrums, Andra Day) featuring 10 new original songs along with covers of Allen Toussaint (Here Come The Girls) and The Meters (It Ain't No Use). True to its title, the album contains multitudes of sound-from brass band blare and deep-groove funk to bluesy beauty and hip-hop/pop swagger - and plenty of emotion all anchored, of course, by stellar playing and the idea that, even in the toughest of times, as he says, Music brings unity.1. Laveau Dirge No. 1
2. It Ain't No Use
3. Parking Lot Symphony
4. Dirty Water
5. Here Come The Girls
6. Tripped Out Slim
8. No Good Time
9. Where It At?
11. Like A Dog
12. Laveau Dirge Finale$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SPCO-PUR-10178xThe Dirty Dozen Brass Band
What's Going On (Pure Pleasure)In 2006, exactly a year after Katrina, in the aftermath of a vicious natural disaster that displayed the incompetence of the Crescent City's infrastructure, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Government, they addressed the tragedy in the only way they know how, by re-creating the same kind of bewilderment and anger that Marvin Gaye felt and witnessed in 1971 by issuing their own take on Gaye's classic album What's Goin' On. This is a question that is proved all the more poignant given the efforts of an entire region trying not only to rebuild homes and businesses, but trying to preserve a culture as this recording was released. The Dirty Dozen recruit a number of vocalists to help out on the hinge tunes. The samples of New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's voice in the aftermath of the hurricane usher in the brass slip-sliding along the dark funky overtones of Gaye's signature tune. Guitarists Doug Bossi and Ben Keeler dig into the groove, as does drummer Terence Higgins and keyboardist/producer Anthony Marinelli, as Chuck D raps the refrain in the context of modern history, the disaster, and the ineptitude and even hostility of a government who wages war and ignores domestic problems. It's a news report from the front lines as the horns cut the melody, the harmony, and the deep, steamy funk groove. What's Happening Brother, closes the funk from the inside, turning the groove back in on itself not only playing the rage, but echoing it in the grain of Bettye LaVette's vocal, which dares to spit out the truth with questions and observations in the pain of a first person narrative. The airy arrangement of Flyin' High (In the Friendly Sky) is nearly mournful, nostalgic for a more innocent time, but is all the more poignant for that longing. The deep tribal drums Mardi Gras Indian-style, with the skronky saxophones, tight guitar groove, and screaming narrative in Save The Children give way to the smoothness of Gaye's melody. It's a bewildered tune, sad with undercurrents of rage. Ivan Neville's arrangement for God Is Love is a stunner, full of deeply imaginative hues and colors and gospel grooves. G. Love helps out on Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology), where the musicality in Gaye's vocal disappears but is supercharged in the horn charts, and Love's vocal sounds confused, displaced, out of time against the instruments. Right On is both militant and celebratory. It's got the funk, but it's also got gospel, rock, and deep soul blaring from the trombones and the repetitive riff in the rest of the brass section. Guru from Gang Starr cuts out from the moody, spectral introduction of Inner City Blues, when Higgins drums play counter to Kirk Joseph's deep blues sousaphone on the bassline. Frustration is everywhere and the horns point fingers to this truth which Guru lays out: that today is the same and perhaps even more so than it was in Gaye's time. The desolation in Gaye's lyric isn't lost but it is fleshed out over the chart so that they are merely the ghosts from the past preaching and exhorting in this new generation. Never has party music sounded so poignant, so utterly damning and hopeful and unbowed. This is the next step in the Homecoming that was a funeral for a friend; this is the aftermath, the sound of angry resurrection coming out with the sun, one where the revolution may be televised but bursts out of the edges in the screen and makes itself known by the medium understood by the people who have to live its realization. With killer grooves that take no prisoners, What's Goin' On is the most fitting tribute yet to Gaye, because not only does it prove the timelessness of the music itself, it echoes that what is indeed goin' on (Gaye's dedication to Detroit as its decline became a reality with no onlookers interested in doing anything) is even more true today than it was in 1971.
About Pure Pleasure
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. What's Going On feat. Chuck D
2. What's Happening Brother feat. Bettye Lavette
3. Flying High (In the Friendly Skies)
4. Save the Children
5. God is Love feat. Ivan Neville
6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
7. Right On
8. Wholy Holy
9. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
On The SpotNew Orleans' Grammy-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band release their fifth LP, 'On The Spot'. In true Hot 8 style, this album pairs hard-hitting, heart-on-sleeve sentiment with party-fuelling beats, hooks and grooves; raw funk and charismatic hip hop vocals mix with Big Easy jazz elegance. Expect unshakable horn riffs and bubbling bass as the record transports you right into the center of an electrifying Hot 8 party crowdLP 1
1. 8 Kickin' It Live (Edit)
2. Get it How You Live
3. On The Spot
4. St. James Infirmary
5. Annie Mae
6. Working Together
1. That Girl
2. Keepin' It Funky
3. Bottom Of The Bucket (Edit)
4. Can't Nobody Get Down
5. Sweetest Taboo$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Rebirth Of New Orleans (Awaiting Repress)The Rebirth's Grammy winning album, Rebirth of New Orleans, is available on 150g deluxe vinyl. It's been specially mastered by the master, Vlado Meller.1. Exactly Like You
2. I Like It Like That
3. You Know You Know
4. The Dilemma
5. AP Touro
6. What Goes Around Comes Around
7. Do It Again
9. Your Feet Hurt
10. Feelin' Free
11. Let's Go Get 'Em$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
BrassBrass, the new album from Royal Bangs, will be released on Modern Art Records. Produced by The Black Keys' Patrick Carney, this is the Knoxville-based band's fourth full-length release and follows 2011's Flux Outside.
The 12-track album was recorded at Haptown Studios in Nashville during May 2012. Since their debut in 2008, Royal Bangs have toured with The Black Keys, The Walkmen, Portugal. The Man, and Cold War Kids among many others. They have also performed at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and on the Late Show with David Letterman.1. Better Run
2. Orange Moon
4. Window Loops of America
6. Sun Bridge
8. Hope We Don't Crash
9. CA Heart Attack
10. 100 Years
12. Not-Imagined Nothingness$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Debo BandDebo Band is an 11-member group led by Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen and fronted by charismatic vocalist Bruck Tesfaye. The band has won raves for their groundbreaking take on Ethiopian pop music, which incorporates traditional scales and vocal styles, alongside American soul and funk rhythms, and instrumentation reminiscent of Eastern European brass bands ie accordion, violins, horns and drums.
Since their inception in 2006, the band have toured Ethiopia twice, having appeared at both the Ethiopian Music Festival in Addis Ababa and Sauti Za Busara in Zanzibar, the largest music festival in East Africa. In North America, they've shared stages with Gogol Bordello, The Family Stone, Tilahun Gessesse (one of the great voices of Ethiopian pop since the 60's), The Ex with Ethiopian sax legend Getatchew Mekuria, Group Doueh, and Khaira Arby and Her Band. They've also performed at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, The Kennedy Center, Montreal Jazz Fest, globalFEST 2012 at Webster Hall, Joe's Pub, and World Music Festival: Chicago.
Next Ambience/Sub Pop presents the Debo Band's self-titled debut, produced by Thomas "Tommy T" Gobena of Gogol Bordello, recorded at Machines with Magnets (Battles, Deer Tick) and mastered by Grammy nominated engineer Joe LaPorta at The Lodge. Double LP in wide spine single pocket sleeve with insert and MP3 coupon.1. Akale Wube
2. Ney Ney Weleba
3. Not Just A Song
4. Yefeker Wegagene
5. Asha Gedawo
6. Tenesh Kelbe Lay
7. And Lay
8. Medinanna Zelesegna
11. DC Flower$18.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
My Favorite Things + Africa/BrassOriginal Recordings Remastered
Two Full Length Albums on 180 Gram Vinyl
My Favorite Things
My Favorite Things is the seventh album by jazz musician John Coltrane, released in 1961 on Atlantic Records, catalogue SD-1361. It was the first album to feature Coltrane's playing on soprano saxophone, and yielded a commercial breakthrough in the form of a hit single that gained popularity in 1961 on radio, an edited version of the title song, My Favorite Things. In 1998, the album was a recipient of the Grammy Hall of Fame award.
Coltrane's 1961 album for the fledgling Impulse! label explores African rhythms along with some of the most unusual instrumentation in jazz (his classic quartet is backed here by a 15-piece brass band)! This expanded reissue also features Cal Massey's The Damned Don't Cry and Song Of The Underground Railroad, both recorded during the original sessions but not included on the album.LP1
1. My Favorite Things
2. Everytime We Say Goodbye
4. But Not For Me
3. Blues Minor$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Move Your Body (Awaiting Repress)The followup to Rebirth's Grammy winning album, Rebirth of New Orleans, Move Your Body keeps the party rolling. 150g deluxe vinyl specially mastered by the master, Vlado Meller.1. Lord, Lord, Lord, You've Sure Been Good To Me
2. Rebirth Makes You Dance
3. Move Your Body
4. Your Mama Don't Dance
5. Take 'Em To The Moon
6. Rebirth Groove
7. On My Way
8. Who's Rockin', Who's Rollin'?
10. Texas Pete
11. What Are We Gonna Do?/Banner Man$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
REDD-MIS-5819xMisfits Meet The Nutley Brass
Fiend Club LoungeThe two unlikely worlds of punk rock and the martini-sipping lounge scene have collided as the Misfits Meet the Nutley Brass on a hip, swinging collection entitled Fiend Club Lounge.
Officially endorsed by the Misfits and released via their Misfits Records label imprint, Misfits Meet the Nutley Brass: Fiend Club Lounge is a smooth ride through 11 Misfits classics, as performed by Sam Elwitt's Nutley, N.J., bred Nutley Brass.
If Grandpa Munster had a band as a teenager it would have sounded like the Misfits Meet the Nutley Brass! said Misfits founding member Jerry Only. Fun for monsters of all ages.
FranchÉ Coma, original guitarist for the Misfits, added: 'The Misfits meet the Nutley Brass: Fiend Club Lounge' is one of the best renditions of some of the best Misfits songs ever recorded. Any true, and I mean true, musician will appreciate the intricacies of the instrumentations on this record. It takes punk music to a different level. It shows us how anything is possible if you want to make it happen.
The lounge-core tribute to the legendary horror-punk band was envisioned by the project's Producer, John Cafiero, who had been directing a Ramones DVD and was in touch with Elwitt for use of some of his music from The Ramones Songbook as Played by the Nutley Brass. Cafiero had discovered the Nutley Brass back in 1995 and after contacting Elwitt about the Ramones DVD, the concept of Fiend Club Lounge began to develop.
Even legendary composers of the genre like Gert Wilden, Esquivel and the Jaguar God himself, Les Baxter would be proud of these Misfits classics, served with a twist and scientifically proven to soothe your road rage, said Cafiero.
It's supposed to be fun and funny, Elwitt said. It's not supposed to replace or improve on Misfits recordings in any sense. It's supposed to complement them. Think of it as just another way to enhance your overall Misfits experience.1. Last Caress
2. Astro Zombies
3. Where Eagles Dare
4. Some Kinda Hate
5. Hybrid Moments
7. Teenagers From Mars
11. Die, Die My Darling$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Island SongsThis musical project documents an ambitious undertaking by producer and composer Arnalds and a cast of collaborators. Weekly for seven weeks, Arnalds recorded each piece in a unique location in Iceland with local musicians including a music teacher, a brass band, a choir, and the singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, from Of Monsters and Men.1. Arbakkinn
7. Doria$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ya-Ka-MayIn the wake of Hurricane Katrina, various groups offered their musical tributes to the city, but few if any captured the diverse snapshot that is New Orleans. Most tended to view the place as something of a musical museum, while ignoring the town's vibrant and innovative new music: the energetic, highly eroticized, and occasionally gender-bending style of hip hop called bounce. Now Galactic have made what may be the definitive New Orleans tribute with Ya-Ka-May, by recognizing this fundamental truth; that all of the town's seemingly disparate styles like jazz, brass bands and funk as well as the newer bounce/hip hop are intrinsically linked. There is a particular inclusiveness about the place which connects both its people and their music, linking seemingly discordant genres from bounce to jazz, brass bands to rock, gospel to funk. There is also, even in the face of diversity, a sense of infectious fun and joy in these grooves, just as there is on the streets of a city that always knows how to let its hair down.
The album features established legends such as the Rebirth Brass Band, Irma Thomas, Big Chief Bo Dollis, Allen Toussaint and Walter ôWolfmanö Washington with younger artists like Trombone Shorty and Corey Henry, John Boutt?, Josh Cohen and Scully, and Glen David Andrews, as well as groundbreaking new bounce artists like Cheeky Blakk, Big Freedia, Katey Red, and Sissy Nobby.1. Friends of Science
2. Boe Money (featuring The Rebirth Brass Band
3. Double It (featuring Big Freedia)
4. Heart of Steel (featuring Irma Thomas)
5. Wild Man (featuring Big Chief Bo Dollis)
6. Bacchus (featuring Allen Toussaint)
7. Katey vs. Nobby (featuring Katey Red and Sissy Nobby)
8. Cineramascope (featuring Trombone Shorty and Corey Henry)
9. Dark Water (featuring John Boutte)
10. Do It Again (featuring Cheeky Blakk)
11. Liquor Pang (featuring Josh Cohen and Ryan Scully from the Morning 40 Federation)
12. Krewe d'etat
13. You Don't know (featuring Glen David Andrews and The Rebirth Brass Band)
14. Speaks His Mind (featuring Walter Wolfman Washington)
15. Do It Again (again) (featuring Cheeky Blakk)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-AMU-3414xBilly Martin's Wicked Knee
Heels Over HeadTwenty years after Billy Martin asked Steven Bernstein to help him hatch a freaky avant brass band, Wicked Knee delivers their triumphant full-length debut. Heels Over Head brings together four of the downtown jazz scene's most legendary improvisers for a collection of tunes guaranteed to drop jaws and move feet from the New York juke joint to the New Orleans street corner.
Steven Bernstein - trumpets
Curtis Fowlkes - trombone
Marcus Rojas - tuba
Billy Martin - drums1. Ghumba Zumba
2. Theme One
3. Button to Button
7. Sugarfoot Stomp
9. Noctiluca$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Five Miles Out2013 Stereo Remaster
Mike Oldfield was back into the extended composition game with Five Miles Out, continuing the Taurus series with the mammoth Taurus II, an entertaining enough romp with references to Irish music, brass bands and Oldfield's beloved Morris. The true standout, though, was the title track, a paean to flying in bad weather that could easily double for Oldfield's feelings about the sort of monumental critical drubbing he was accustomed to receiving. Family Man became a huge worldwide hit for Hall & Oates.
-Steven McDonald (All Music Guide)1. Taurus II
2. Family Man
4. Mount Teidi
5. Five Miles Out$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SpikeSpike is a real mixed bag to Elvis Costello standards; it seems like he covers the whole musical spectrum on this wonderful album from 1989. Working together with such greats as Paul McCartney, Byrds singer Roger McGuinn and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Costello delivers an album that is chok full of variety. Soul, Broadway, Rockabilly, the list of styles goes on and combined result in a great Pop album. His elastic voice tops it o in good fashion. The album cover says "The Beloved Entertainer" - we couldn't agree more with the nickname.1. ...This Town...
2. Let Him Dangle
3. Deep Dark Truthful Mirror
5. God's Comic
6. Chewing Gum
7. Tramp The Dirt Down
8. Stalin Malone
10. Pads, Paws And Claws
11. Baby Plays Around
12. Miss Macbeth
13. Any King's Shilling
14. Last Boat Leaving$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Includes 2 CD Insert
The latest in Tru Thoughts' series of essential label compilations, compiled by A&R and label co-owner Robert Luis is "Shapes: Rectangles"
The compilation brings the best of the current sound of the label across 28 tracks, including a handful of remixes, upfront exclusives, and cuts previously
only available on other formats, as well as the odd stone cold classic.
Serving to reinforce Tru Thoughts' reputation as home to a diverse array of talent, the artists showcased here include Alice Russell, Quantic, Lost Midas,
Ty, Hot 8 Brass Band, Nostalgia 77 and more.LP 1
1. Lost Midas - Love Undone (feat. Taylor O'Donnell)
2. Harleighblu - This Way (Astro Raw Remix)
3. Werkha - Tempo Tempo
4. Ty - Knock Knock (DJ Spinna Beyond Real Remix)
5. Peshay - Vanguard
6. The Hot 8 Brass Band - Can't Hide The Truth
7. Mark de Clive-Lowe - Hooligan feat. nia andrews
1. Alice Russell - For A While (Lost Midas Remix)
2. Zed Bias - Lucid Dreams feat. Falty DL
3. Drumagick - Sunday Morning
4. Titeknots - Triangle Tracks
5. Kalbata - SUS feat. Clapper Priest
6. Peshay - Seville$17.99Vinyl LP + 2 CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ClaptonCo-produced by guitarist and long-time collaborator Doyle Bramhall II, Clapton features an all star cast of musical collaborations started with the legendary JJ Cale, drummer Jim Keltner, bassist Willie Weeks, and keyboardist Walt Richmond-and the sessions later added guests including Steve Winwood, Wynton Marsalis, Sheryl Crow, Allen Toussaint, and Derek Trucks. Clapton created a collection that touches on everything from century-old traditional brass bands to little-known country blues to brand-new originals. The result is both relaxed and revelatory, and unlike anything the guitarist has done in his legendary career.
This album wasn't what it was intended to be at all, it's actually better than it was meant to be because, in a way, I just let it happen. It's an eclectic collection of songs that weren't really on the map and I like it so much because if it's a surprise to the fans, that's only because it's a surprise to me, as well. - Eric Clapton01 Travelin' Alone
02 Rockin' Chair
03 River Runs Deep
04 Judgement Day
05 How Deep Is The Ocean
06 My Very Good Friend The Milkman
07 Can't Hold Out Much Longer
08 That's No Way To Get Along
09 Everything Will Be Alright
10 Diamonds Made From Rain
11 When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful
12 Hard Times Blues
13 Run Back To Your Side
14 Autumn Leaves$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Cinema, Circus & Spaghetti17 years strong, Sexmob are a venerable New York City music institution. The band's four founding members-Steven Bernstein, Briggan Krauss, Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen-defy genre, instead replacing it with their own inimitable musical language. It's fitting then that for their first new album in over seven years, Sexmob would choose to re-imagine the music of Nino Rota. It was Rota's imaginative compositions that set the tone for the surrealist films of the legendary director Federico Fellini. The Italian filmmaker once said, My films, like my life, are summed up in circus, spaghetti, sex, and cinema. Thus accordingly Sexmob have dubbed their tribute, Cinema, Circus & Spaghetti. The 13-track collection is a welcome return to form by these giants of the NYC downtown scene as they dive headlong into Rota's iconic Fellini film melodies. The quartet fearlessly blows apart musical parameters whether steering the arrangements through gutbucket swing or igniting them with New Orleans brass band second-line fervor; dubbing them out into ether or blasting them with punk jazz abandon. These classic themes are the perfect foil for Sexmob's improvisational psychedelia, old world beauty and hypnotic groove.1. Amacord
2. Il Teatrino Delle Suore (Juliet of the Spirits)
3. La Strada
4. Volpina (Amacord)
5. Paparazzo (La Dolce Vita)
6. Toby Dammit's Last Act (Spirits of the Dead)
7. La Dolce Vita
8. Zamparo (La Strada)
9. Nadia Gray (La Dolce Vita)
10. The Grand Hotel (Amacord)
11. Gelsomina (La Strada)
12. I Vitelloni$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WARB-NON-9437xRy Cooder & Corridos Famosos
Live in San FranciscoIncludes The Complete Album On Two 140-Gram LPs With A CD In The Sleeve
Nonesuch / Perro Verde Records release Ry Cooder's first live record in more than 35 years, Live in San Francisco. Recorded in 2011 during a special two-night engagement at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall, the album includes 12 songs and was produced by Cooder.
The Corridos Famosos band includes Joachim Cooder on drums; Robert Francis on bass; vocalists Terry Evans, Arnold McCuller, and Juliette Commagere; Flaco Jimenez on accordion; and the ten-piece Mexican brass band La Banda Juvenil.
Live in San Francisco includes original songs and interpretations of other material ranging across Cooder's entire career, from classics like "Boomer's Story" and "Dark End of the Street" to more recent originals such as "Lord Tell Me Why" and "El Corrido de Jesse James," with a detour for Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs' "Wooly Bully" and Lead Belly's "Goodnight Irene. Cooder's only previous live album was the 1977 release Show Time, on which Evans and Jimenez were also featured. Show Time was also recorded at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall.
- Produced by Ry Cooder
- Recorded August 31 & September 1, 2011 at The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco
- Recorded by Martin Pradler
- Mixed and mastered by Martin Pradler at Wireland Studios, Chatsworth, CA1. Crazy 'Bout an Automobile (Every Woman I Know) (Billy "The Kid" Emerson)
2. Why Don't You Try Me (Billy Young)
3. Boomer's Story (Traditional / Carson Robison)
4. Lord Tell Me Why (Ry Cooder)
5. Do Re Mi (Woody Guthrie)
6. School Is Out (Gene Barge & Gary Anderson)
7. The Dark End of the Street (Chips Moman & Dan Penn)
8. El Corrido de Jesse James (Ry Cooder)
9. Wooly Bully (Domingo Samudio)
10. Volver Volver (Fernando Maldonado)
11. Vigilante Man (Woody Guthrie)
12. Goodnight Irene (Huddie Ledbetter & John Lomax)$34.99140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Love This GiantRecorded over two years largely at Water Music in Hoboken, NJ, the album is a collaboration in the truest sense of the word, with Byrne and St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) co-writing ten of the album's twelve tracks, and each artist penning one song individually. The album centers around an explosive brass band and is propelled by John Congleton's drum programming!
There was no delineating what the roles were, explains Clark of the recording. It's a collaboration I'm truly proud of. The duo also split lyrical and vocal duties on the record, which despite eschewing a traditional guitar/bass/drums lineup in favor of idiosyncratic horn arrangements, presents itself as infectious and modern hook-laden rock.
Byrne and Clark met in 2009 at the 'Dark Was the Night' benefit at Radio City Music Hall and were approached shortly after by the Housing Works Bookstore to collaborate on a night of music. They began composing remotely, trading song ideas and structures online while Clark toured and it quickly became apparent that they had more than just one night of music in them!!
Byrne performed with Clark at her 'American Songbook' show at Lincoln Center in 2010, and Clark contributed vocals to Byrne's Here Lies Love album, released the same year.1. Who
2. Weekend in the Dust
3. Dinner For Two
4. Ice Age
5. I Am An Ape
6. The Forest Awakes
7. I Should Watch TV
11. The One Who Broke Your Heart
12. Outside of Space & Time$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Berlioz: RequiemThis Requiem calls for immense instrumental and vocal resources used not only for power but also for the most subtle and varied refinement of color, and at times making distinct use of music heard to come from different directions. The main orchestra consists of four flutes, two oboes, two English horns, four clarinets, 12 horns, eight bassoons, four cornets, four tubas, 16 kettle drums, two bass drums, four tamtams, 10 cymbals and an enormous complement of strings.
In addition, in the Tuba mirum, Rex tremendae and Lacrymosa, four brass bands are arranged about the orchestra and emanate from the four points of the compass: North, consisting of four trumpets, four trombones and two tubas; East, of four trumpets and four trombones; West, of four trumpets and four trombones; and South, of four trumpets, four trombones, and four tubas. There are also two choruses and a tenor soloist, the latter was placed in the organ loft and is heard from a great distance from the original loudspeakers.$29.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Shapes CirclesDouble LP Comes With Full 2 CD Insert
"Shapes: Circles" is the latest in Tru Thoughts' series of essential label compilations, compiled by A&R and label co-owner Robert Luis.
The compilation brings the best of the current sound of the label across 30 tracks, including a handful of remixes, upfront exclusives - including a newie
from brand new signing Titeknots, and an upfront album track from rising soul sensation Harleighblu - and cuts previously only available on other formats,
as well as the odd stone cold classic.
Serving to reinforce Tru Thoughts' reputation as home to a diverse array of talent, the artists showcased here include Alice Russell, Quantic, Ty, London Posse, Zed Bias & Skream, The Bamboos & Aloe Blacc, Hot 8 Brass Band, Belleruche, Hint, Anchorsong, Wrongtom, Hidden Orchestra and many more.
The music and artists on this compilation have seen recent support across the full gamut of musical and cultural print and online press, as the profile and
standing of Tru Thoughts as one of the UK's foremost independent labels continues to rise.LP 1
1. Harleighblu - Let Me Be
2. Belleruche - Wasted Time (Ross PTH Mix)
3. Ty - Like You Never
4. Wrongtom Meets Deemas J - Jump+Move+Rock
5. Hint - Aliens Enter feat. T-Fly (Hint Remix)
6. Mark de Clive-Lowe - Get Started featuring Omar & Sheila E (Full Crate Remix)
1. Titeknots - Mind Open
2. Yannah Valdevit & Lay-Far - Empty Heart
3. The Bamboos - Where Does the Time Go? Feat. Aloe Blacc (Si-Tew Take It Back Mix)
4. Drumagick - Maracatu
5. Sleepin' Giantz - Raving Bully
6. Hint - Crash & Burn feat Natalie Storm (C.O.N.E. Remix)
1. Natural Self - The Valleys feat. Tanya Auclair & Milly Blue
2. Harleighblu - Let Me Be
3. Alice Russell - Twin Peaks
4. Belleruche - Wasted Time (Ross PTH Remix)
5. Ty - Like You Never
6. Mark de Clive-Lowe - We Renegades feat. nia andrews
7. Anchorsong - Plum Rain
8. Hint - Aliens Enter feat. T-Fly (Hint Remix)
9. Hot 8 Brass Band - Ghost Town
10. Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Bárbaro - Magdalena (Acoustic Version)
11. Menagerie - The Chosen
12. Quantic Y Su Conjunto Los Miticos Del Ritmo - They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)
13. Wrongtom Meets Deemas J - Jump + Move + Rock
14. Rodney P - Live Up feat. The People's Army & Mighty Moe
15. The Bamboos - Where Does The Time Go? feat. Aloe Blacc (Si Tew Take It Back Remix)
16. Freddie Cruger & Anthony Mills Are Wildcookie - Tuesday Is Friday
17. Kinny - Floating Zzzzzzz
1. Titeknots - Mind Open
2. Hidden Orchestra - Vorka (King Britt Remix)
3. Mark de Clive-Lowe - Get Started feat. Omar & Sheila E (Full Crate Remix)
4. Yannah Valdevit & Lay-Far - Empty Heart
5. Maddslinky - Dub Is For Real feat. Mr Scruff
6. Drumagick - Maracatu 07. Mark de Clive-Lowe & The Rotterdam Jazz orchestra - Take The Space Trane
8. Hint - Crash And Burn feat. Natalie Storm (C.O.N.E. Remix)
9. Wrongtom Meets Deemas J - Jump + Move + Rock (Benny Page Remix)
10. Sleepin' Giantz - Raving Bully
11. Riz MC - All Of You feat. Aruba Red & Plan B
12. Zed Bias -Badness feat. Skream
13. London Posse - Money Mad (Drumagick D Step Remix)$17.99Vinyl LP + 2 CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Good Feeling
Available on Audiophile 180 gram Vinyl for the First Time!
2012 Grammy Winner - Best Large Jazz Ensemble!
The good feeling you are about to feel is the kind that can only be derived by the collective efforts of players at the peak of their powers assembled and led by the one and only Christian McBride! The bassist with the mostest hosts an aggregation of players here including his own bandmate Steve Wilson, multi-reedman Ron Blake, trumpeter Nicholas Payton and his close personal friend, vocalist Melissa Walker. McB arranges and conducts the project, which has been a life-long dream of his. They don't call it brass for nothing! 180 gram double vinyl pressing from Mack Avenue Records.
- Christian McBride (bass, arranger, conductor)
- Steve Wilson (alto sax, flute)
- Todd Bashore (alto sax, flute)
- Ron Blake (tenor, soprano sax, flute)
- Todd Williams (tenor sax, flute)
- Loren Schoenberg (tenor sax)
- Carl Maraghi (baritone sax, bass clarinet)
- Frank Green (trumpet)
- Freddie Hendrix (trumpet)
- Nicholas Payton (trumpet)
- Nabate Isles (trumpet)
- Steve Davis (trombone)
- Michael Dease (trombone)
- James Burton (trombone)
- Douglas Purviance (bass trombone)
- Xavier Davis (piano)
- Ulysses Owens, Jr. (drums)
- Melissa Walker (vocals)LP1
1. Shake 'n Bake
3. Brother Mister
4. When I Fall In Love
5. Science Fiction
1. The Shade of the Cedar Tree
2. The More I See You
3. I Should Care
4. A Taste of Honey
5. Bluesin' In Alphabet City
6. In A Hurry$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
If The Roses Don't Kill UsIf The Roses Don't Kill Us was made with Grammy-winning producer Dave Sanger (Asleep at the Wheel) and his partners PJ Herrington and Jay Reynolds. They created a relaxed atmosphere in the studio that gaveDenny's vocals a sharp, visceral presence. The album opener, "Happy Sad" sets the stage for all that follows. When Denny strums a minor chord and sings the word "sad," you're pulled into his world of intense melancholy.
The descending melody line and bluesy guitar lines of "God's Height" gives the tune a sense of anguished longing, mitigated by Denny's playful vocal. "I was laughing about the thoughts you get at the end of a relationship when you think you're not good enough, but you know you're going to survive." The churchy B3 organ on "Our Kind of Love" suggests Memphis in the early 60s, a feeling echoed in Denny's crooning. "No matter how bad it seems, we only have this moment. When I wrote, 'It's our love, darlin', and we beat ourselves black and blue,' I was realizing how much I love my dark feelings."
Denny's jubilant vocal dominates "Watch Me Shine" with chiming acoustic guitar and sustained bell-like synthesizer notes adding to the track's righteous mood. "If the Roses Don't Kill Us" is pure country funk with a New Orleans brass band supporting Denny's lively vocal. "Sometimes you have to go crazy to figure out what's important to you," Denny explains. "This is about leaving a relationship when you know the situation isn't really resolved." That ambivalence is the thread that holds the songs on If The Roses Don't Kill Us together. Denny's barely restrained vocals have the ability to describe contradictory feelings with an intensity that gives every word he sings the ring of painful truth. His shimmering, one-of-a-kind voice reaches you on a deep emotional level, touching your heart and soul to deliver his hard won insights with an honesty that makes his singing and songwriting something unique and rare.1 Happy Sad
2 God's Height
3 Our Kind Of Love
5 Million Little Thoughts
6 Watch Me Shine
7 If The Roses Don't Kill Us
8 Love Is A Code Word
9 Man A Fool
10 Ride On
12 Some Things
$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SONM-COL-5619xShe & Him
Christmas PartyChristmas Party is the new holiday album from She & Him, the duo comprised of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. Christmas Party is the follow up to their wildly popular A Very She And Him Christmas, and this new collection features guest appearances by Jenny Lewis, The Chapin Sisters and Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley.
Christmas Party is replete with holiday favorites - including classics like Darlene Love and Phil Spector's Marshmallow World, Bing Crosby's Mele Kalikimaka and Chuck Berry's Run Run Rudolph. But, Ward and Deschanel also may introduce listeners to the more obscure tracks such as folk-singer Vashti Bunyon's Coldest Night of the Year and the lesser know Sinatra track Christmas Memories. Pop favorites such as Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You and The Chipmunks Christmas Don't Be Late round out the celebration. Throughout the album is She & Him's signature stripped down take on production.
It was the positive experience they had recording their first Christmas record, A Very She & Him Christmas, in 2011 that brought M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel back for another round of holiday cheer. Much like their first Christmas record, She & Him bring an organic and minimalistic approach to their holiday covers. Highly produced classics get stripped down to their most fundamental elements, a style perfectly aligned with their vision. You won't find any accompanying orchestra or full-piece brass bands on Christmas Party. Instead, She & Him rely on friends and family to lend a simple and authentic holiday vibe to this album, one where the guest list speaks for itself.
In the years between the two holiday records, She & Him released Vol. 3, an album of original songs, and kept their affection for covers alive with Classics, a compilation of covers of their favorite standards. Throughout these intervening years and albums, Zooey and Ward gradually culled a new collection of holiday songs to re-interpret, tucking them away like a stack of presents growing under a tree. As Christmas Party comes to a close, the listener can take solace in knowing the door on this gathering is never fully shut. The sing-alongs, the happy accidents, the quiet moments with loved ones - they're all waiting for you whenever you wish to immerse yourself in the splendor of the season. As Ward himself says, Music is one of the purest ways into Christmas.1. All I Want for Christmas Is You
2. Let It Snow
3. Must Be Santa
4. Happy Holiday
5. Mele Kalikimaka
6. Christmas Memories
7. Run Run Rudolph
8. Winter Wonderland
9. The Coldest Night of the Year
10. A Marshmallow World
11. The Man with the Bag
12. Christmas Don't Be Late$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now