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Broken BellsBroken Bells is the new band featuring James Mercer of The Shins and artist/producer Danger Mouse of Gnarls Barkley. Fans of eachothers work, the pair met at a Danish music festival in 2004 and began recording together at Burton's Los Angeles based studio in March of 2008. Features the first single The High Road. 180g vinyl LP with 17.5 x 15.5 poster and album download code.1. The High Road
3. Your Head Is On Fire
4. The Ghost Inside
5. Sailing to Nowhere
6. Trap Doors
9. Mongrel Heart
10. The Mall and Miser$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
After The DiscoWhen Shins frontman James Mercer teamed up with producer Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse for a track on the pair's Dark Night Of The Soul project, it seemed farfetched to assume that we'd see any further collaboration from its members, especially following Sparklehorse frontman Mark Linkous' suicide shortly thereafter. But to our delight and surprise, the surviving duo went on to form Broken Bells in 2009, and since then have delivered an album and an EP to the world before fading back into the night. Danger Mouse (real name Brian Burton) has stayed busy in the meantime, producing albums for Portugal. The Man, The Black Keys, and U2, while Mercer poured his focus into a new Shins album and subsequent tour cycle. But now that all those side projects are behind the iconic artists, the duo is ready to give the world another welcomed surprise - their sophomore LP, After The Disco. And if that album title isn't enough of an indicator of the group's surprising new direction, the Bee Gees-esque backing vocals are certainly telling.
- Chris Roy (Revolt)1. Perfect World
2. After the Disco
3. Holding On for Life
4. Leave It Alone
5. The Changing Lights
7. Lazy Wonderland
9. No Matter What You're Told
10. The Angel and the Fool
11. The Remains of Rock & Roll$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
180° South (Original Soundtrack Recording)The 180° South soundtrack features new music from James Mercer (The Shins, Broken Bells w/Danger Mouse), Mason Jennings, and Ugly Casanova (Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse with various collaborators), all of whom participated significantly in the overall film project. Songs by Jack Johnson and Love as Laughter also appear, as well as James Mercer's cover of Neil Young's Journey Through The Past. The compilation was assembled by the film's producer, Emmett Malloy, who recently directed The White Stripes' Under Great White Northern Lights.
Director Chris Malloy's film strikes deeply into the heart of Patagonia's wilderness, it was there, during the making of the film that the soundtrack was conceived. Mason Jennings and James Mercer visited Patagonia during the shooting of the film. Deeply impacted, they spent the following weeks, months and years that followed, writing music and enlisting friends such as Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock and Jack Johnson to help get the soundtrack made.1. Mountains Of Storms
2. Here's To Now
4. Doug's Theme
5. Wave Goodbye
6. Journey Through the Past
7. Lonesome Blues
8. Spring Wind
9. Hotcha Girls
11. Maybe We're Lost
12. Coconut Flakes
13. The Geezer
14. Lay Me Down$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
"Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara just know how to
make heart-wrenchingly intimate tunes." - Nylon
"The sisters Söderberg further refine their blend of
rootsy Americana, channeling their inner Johnny Cash
over a mix of rumbling guitars and sweeping strings." - CoS
"With 'My Silver Lining,' these Swedes ride the line of
country and pop with rolling acoustic guitars and
Llsh orchestral accompaniment that sends a message
of hopefulness in pursuing that light at the end of
the tunnel. You should definitely add this song to
your finals week playlist to get you through those
late nights of cramming." - CMJ
Stay Gold is the followup to 2012's The Lion's Roar, released via Columbia Records. The release was produced by Bright Eyes producer Mike Mogis and features the Omaha Symphony Orchestra and arrangements from Nate Walcott, who's worked with Bright Eyes, Broken Bells, and Rilo Kiley.1. My Silver Lining
2. Master Pretender
3. Stay Gold
4. Cedar Lane
5. Shattered & Hollow
6. The Bell
7. Waitress Song
8. Fleeting One
9. Heaven Knows
10. A Long Time Ago$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
When You Land Here, It's Time to Return (2014 Version)
James Mercer (The Shins, Broken Bells) formed Flake Music in
Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1992 with Neal Langford on guitar, Phil
Higgs and then Marty Crandall on bass and Jesse Sandoval on drums.
Flake Music was a collaborative affair with each member contributing
to the songwriting process. From 1992 to 1997, Flake Music released
several singles before releasing When You Land Here, It's Time to Return
in 1997. Upon the album's release, Flake Music began touring largely
due to support from Modest Mouse.
In 1996, Mercer started The Shins as an additional outlet for his
songwriting, eventually releasing The Shins' acclaimed debut Oh, Inverted
World was released in 2001 on Sub Pop.
Flake Music's When You Land Here, It's Time to Return was originally
released on Northern California label Omnibus Records. This reissue
includes the full original album, remixed by Kennie Takahashi and
remastered by J.J. Golden at Golden Mastering, and a reinterpretation
of the album art.1. Spanway Hits
2. Blast Valve
5. Candy Dish of Diamonds
8. On the Playground, In The Wind
9. The Shins
10. Faded Polaroids
11. Vantage$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Miss You Already Soundtrack (Colored Vinyl)First Pressing Of 500 Numbered Copies On White & Green Vinyl
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, 4-page Booklet and PVC Protective Sleeve
Miss You Already (starring Drew Barrimore and Toni Collette) is the emotional story of the friendship between two life-long girlfriends being put to the test when one starts a family and the other falls ill.
Cutting-edge artists Paloma Faith and Labrinth recorded their songs especially for the movie -written by none other than multiple Grammy winner Dianne Warren. The soundtrack also features Toni Collette (actress) and Tyson Ritter (lead singer of All American Rejects).
Other stellar musicians also contributed songs to the soundtrack of Miss You Already - Michael Stipe and REM, Moby, Broken Bells, Sarah Jackson-Holman, Band of Skulls, Hentai Superstar, and Opus Orange - adding emotional depth to the film. Joan Jett wrote the title song''Miss You Already'' which just flat-out rocks the house!1. Miss You Already - Joan Jett And The Blackhearts
2. The Crazy Ones - Paloma Faith
3. What We Leave Behind - Labrinth
4. Losing My Religion - R.E.M.
5. Leave It Alone - Broken Bells
6. I Know What I Am - Band Of Skulls
7. Almost Home - Moby With Damien Jurado
8. There's A Place - Tyson Ritter
9. Almost There - Opus Orange Featuring Lauren Hillman
10. Hello Halo (Cooper Todd Remix) - David Galafassi, Toni Collette, Nathan Cooper & Benjamin Todd
11. When You Dream - Sara Jackson-Holman
12. Better Together - Hentai Superstarv
13. Goodbye (Original Score) - Harry Gregson-Williams$30.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Third Studio Album From Dot Hacker
Pressed On Audiophile-Grade Vinyl At Pallas
Mastered At Infrasonic Sound
Fronted By Josh Klinghoffer, Guitarist Of Red Hot Chili Peppers
Dot Hacker is the project of California-based musicians
Josh Klinghoffer, Clint Walsh, Eric Gardner, and Jonathan
Hischke. Collectively, the members have played with a
seemingly never-ending list of artists, including Gnarls
Barkley, Broken Bells, PJ Harvey, Morrissey, The Shins,
Beck, Hella, Tom Morello, and so many more. Most
notably, guitarist and lead singer Josh Klinghoffer plays
guitar in the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Their third studio effort, N°3, follows the band's 2014 two-part
album, How's Your Process?, and expands on the
"piercing hooks and transfixing arrangements" (Billboard)
that album had to offer. N°3 finds the band at their most
musically creative and adventurous, and for anyone
familiar with their past work, that says quite a lot.1. C Section
2. We're Going Where
5. Apt Mess
6. Found Lost
7. Forgot To Smile
9. Minds Dying$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ControlSingle from 2014 album, After The Disco.1. Control
2. Control (Midnight Mix)$9.997 Vinyl Single - Sealed Buy Now
Some Days Are Better Than OthersTemporary Residence has waited with eager anticipation to release Matthew Coopers spellbinding soundtrack to Some Days Are Better Than Others since before his creative breakthrough album, Similes (released under his more widely known Eluvium moniker) was even made. The film stars James Mercer (Broken Bells, The Shins) and Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia, Sleater-Kinney) as strangers whose lives occasionally intersect as they navigate their way through the struggles of personal attachment and disconnection.
When viewing the film, Cooper observed themes being presented regarding our throw-away society, and realized that both he and Some Days Are Better Than Others director Matt McCormick shared a common interest in this world of things left behind and the emotional baggage that is connected to it, whether broken or simply tossed aside for something new; something once considered the future, turning into antiquated rubble. Cooper decided that using a collection of damaged instruments would be a fitting way to underscore this aspect of the film.
A long-time collector of odds and ends and junked musical instruments, Cooper has amassed an impressive array of thrift store and garage sale keyboards, foot pedals, and electronics over the years, always hoping to discover the ghosts hidden within and the unique properties they may possess.1. Curious Moments
4. Into Dust
6. What You Leave Behind
8. Worry And Care
9. Time And Abandonment
10. Its Never What It Seems
11. Camille And The Ocean
12. Some Days Are Better Than Others
13. Katrina Outtake$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Let Me Come Home (Discontinued) (On Sale)Broken Records' second album Let Me Come Home started out as a series of sketches and song fragments in frontman Jamie Sutherlands kitchen, later taking form in demo sessions at an old distillery grain store in the Scottish Highlands. The follow-up to 2009's Until The Earth Begins To Part, the album was recorded and produced by Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Delgados, Belle & Sebastian) at his Studio in Glasgow.
An idea started to form about the direction of the new record based on several films and albums that I became gradually obsessed with at that time. Watching the widescreen emptiness of films Badlands, Rumble Fish and East Of Eden, as well as records such as Bruce Springsteens Nebraska, Nick Caves Murder Ballads, Calexicos Feast Of Wire, and REMs early back catalogue all became a strong influence on the direction of the new songs. It was also during this time that the lyrical theme of the record started to take shape, thinking about what was going on around me in the form of fears and concerns over making relationships work, and a need for security. - Jamie Sutherland1. A Leaving Song
2. Modern Worksong
3. Dia dos Namarados!
4. The Motorcycle Boy Reigns
5. A Darkness Rises Up
7. I Used To Dream
8. You Know Youre Not Dead
9. The Cracks In The Wall
10. Home$16.99 $13.42 Save $3.57 (21%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Blue Lights On The RunwayAfter critical raves, three national tours and multiple late-night TV bookings surrounding their breakout album Flock, Irish band Bell X1 is back with the ambitious and cutting Blue Lights on the Runway. Their second album on Yep Roc Records, BLOTR belies a synth-based metamorphosis for the group Paste Magazine called, one of Ireland's greatest bands. The central creative trio of Paul Noonan, Dave Geraghty and Dominic Phillips retained the melody-focused approach of their first album but expanded their sound through the addition of glitchy electronic nuances ('The Ribs of a Broken Umbrella') crunching, prominent guitars ('Breastfed') and glittery art pop ('The Great Defector'). Noonan's gorgeous ballad 'Light Catches Your Face' anchors the work, exemplifying the emotional gamut fans have come to expect from the versatile rockers. Touring, licensing and the excitement of their now legendarily rabid fans are sure to combine for an even greater swell of success for Bell X1 in 2009. Quite literally, Blue Lights on the Runway will mark the take-off of a long, rich career.The Ribs of a Broken Umbrella
How Your Heart Is Wired
The Great Defector
A Better Band
Light Catches Your Face
One Stringed Harp
The Curtains are Twitchin'$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Freedom & SurrenderFreedom and Surrender
The circuitous dance between the beginning and the end.
Something amazing and terrifying happened to me as I entered into my 30s. I realized that I had run far off the course of my scripted plans, my projections for who I'd be, what I'd be doing, and how it would feel at this point. Then, the realization the mapped trail couldn't be recovered. A hound without a hunt, I was captured by unfamiliar woods far from earshot of the original game and players. Untethered by marriage with a scrap pile of maternal designs that never took root, I found myself forced, thank goodness, to let go.
The pageantry of over-identifying with past experiences and old ideals had ended. In review, I found that life's unfolding had exceeded my most elaborate visions while other hopes had slipped into ruin in the clasp of my determined hands. Meanwhile, a new meekness and curiosity made all of my experiences sacred and overwhelming, something akin to a reverent depression. Desire was quieted in my heart, and I was uneasy in the cool of my newness, wondering what I really wanted to do next.
When the label suggested that I consider working with Larry Klein, my entire focus shifted with a warm shrug, Why not? He's produced some of my favorite records. Within a few conversations I had found plenty of reasons to trust the voice on the other end of the line. I knew that I was respected for my potential and achievements, and he wasn't new to dealing with strong women. Another shrug, Why not? I had plenty to sing about now, a heart cracked open by disappointment, a will broken by the truth. I was ready for a new project, the kind of baby that I knew how to make.
It was suggested to me initially that I make a record of covers. It was the very moment my hard head became bent on writing my way out of my valley, no matter how hard or long I'd have to work for it. I'd count my steps and tell stories until I met the ridge line without borrowing anyone else's view. This was not my hour to cover, but to uncover, and hopefully, the reveal would be worth something. I trembled in the wait for my own revelation.
I scurried around the country (Nashville, New York and LA) to have collaborative conversations with old and new friends. I remembered how to just sit with people and talk, even though I was on a schedule and budget. We all spoke like we were on Grandma's porch, but the work got done. To my delighted surprise, much of this record was written with Larry himself.
My average day of preproduction with him looked like: A sunrise run and swim at Santa Monica pier, showing up to his studio sandy, salty, and red faced, talking through beautiful rambles with him and David Batteau while high on espresso. Then we'd get snagged by a soulful riff from Larry's acoustic bass guitar as he noodled along (seemingly) aimlessly. Often a story would present a hook and we'd return the next day with responses. This felt like an old and dignified pace of work, but also kind of risky. However, I looked up after a few months of these weeklong neighborly sits and real songs were following us, a train getting longer, each car intact and connected as we rolled on.
In the evenings I listened to demos of the budding songs on my phone as the sun set over the Pacific. I could see them, unmade movies. The tide of communion would pull back and the shining pieces left could be made into anything. This is when I knew that I had, in these mosaic sessions, stumbled upon a new page of my life.
I remembered the feeling of being found. One of the most moving songs from it's inception was, Somewhere Down the Mystic. Playing on the simple wonders of my rustic Appalachian life, we imagined a love lost to death and the feeling of it's lasting warmth, a nod to love's reach across life's threshold.
Months later, on February 20th, I had a near death experience, sliding across 300 yards of ice coated mountain curve. I softened my body and rested my hands in my lap. The heavy car floated silently towards a 75 foot ravine that ended with a wide band of frozen creek. Ok was the only thing I could get out in a sigh. I was stopped by a young bellwood tree that grew out of the bank like a hook. I slowed my breathing and meditated in suspension. About 20 minutes later, a young neighbor pulled the door open, reaching in with a strong arm to guide my climb out. Now when I sing the chorus, I see the gracious hole and the sweet sapling that grows over it. It threw me back, a fish returned to the river with a cut lip.
The pink bells of the tree can be seen on my homepage, and I want to keep such simple things close from now on. Why not? They were strong enough to save me. In surrender I experience freedom. The gift of an end is a beginning. I greet the sun with the only reason I've ever needed, why not?
-Lizz Wright1. Freedom
2. The Game
3. The New Game
4. Lean In
5. Right Where You Are
6. River Man
7. Somewhere Down The Mystic
8. Real Life Painting
9. To Love Somebody
10. Here And Now
12. Blessed The Brave
13. Surrender$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
True RomanceOver the past few years, Charli has released a series of singles and mixtapes, toured the globe supporting the likes of Coldplay, Santigold, Sleigh Bells and Justice and garnered champions from practically every tastemaker blog and magazine on both sides of the Atlantic. She's had 2.5 million views on YouTube, 470k views of new video for 'You (Ha Ha Ha)' (in one month) and over 630k total plays on Soundcloud. It's hard to believe someone so young could achieve so much. Through it all her main focus has always been on making the best possible album she could. This was made possible by working with some fantastic collaborators who helped hone her vision for a dark, emotional pop record including Ariel Rechtshaid (Usher, Major Lazer, Solange), Patrik Berger (Lana del Rey, Robyn) as well as hotly tipped blog favourites Blood Diamonds and J£zus Millions.
As well as being an artist in her own right, Charli has written and featured on one of the biggest global breakthrough hits of 2012 for Icona Pop. I Love It created an absolute frenzy stateside, having blown up all over the world.
True Romance shares its title with an unbelievably well-cast 1993 movie written by Quentin Tarantino, who was reassembling cultural detritus way before mash-ups and microblogging. Charli XCX's approach to pop is similarly postmodern (how 90s does that sound?), pulling from moody 80s synth-pop, sassy turn-of-the-millennium girl groups, and state-of-the-art contemporary producers to create something distinctive and immediately memorable. She clearly understands the internet, having shared two original mixtapes and two influences mixtapes before her official full-length, but this carefully pruned set is no data dump. And there you'll see a glimmer of True Romance's most throwback aspect: its evident pop ambition, an overriding sense of an imagined mass audience for music that's radio-ready yet outsider-friendly. It's almost like Napster-- and the filler-crammed album sales model that preceded it-- never happened.
In fact, by the time Charli XCX was a teenage electro-house devotee, illegal file-sharing's early free-for-all had already given way to iTunes and other legal download services. Robyn had already released her self-titled comeback album. So it might be only natural that Charli XCX would keep the pre-bubble faith that people will pay for emotionally direct, bubblegum-catchy, yet stubbornly left-of-center songs about falling in and out of love. But the generous hooks on the previously released singles here, such as the gospel-kissed prechorus of the yearning Stay Away or the Santigold-savvy lilt of love-and-the-bomb brooder Nuclear Seasons, are extraordinarily welcome just the same. Even better are newer singles such as the gorgeously bitter You (Ha Ha Ha), which inhabits its cloud-rappy Gold Panda sample like they were made for each other, and the almost-as-gorgeously blissful What I Like, which recounts a still-young relationship with the cheeky frankness of Lily Allen or the Streets, and the sing-songy near-rapping of the Spice Girls.
The several songs on True Romance that hadn't previously surfaced in videos or other releases aren't quite as strong, but they're effective enough to suggest Charli XCX's best work might still be ahead of her. The Todd Rundgren-sampling So Far Away, with the sun-dappled lushness of the Avalanches, is a clear highlight; Charli XCX's vocals are usually plain-spoken, but the anguished break-up plea Set Me Free proves she can reach for Jessie Ware-like dramatics when appropriate. The pitch-shifting no one is forever intro added at the start of opener Nuclear Seasons probably should've been given its own track-- and later on the album it is, when the same backing vocal forms the base of the cloudy, broken-hearted Grins. Elsewhere, the haunted confession How Can I, while solid enough, is a reminder that Charli XCX's lyrics so far tend to fall relatively flat; when, on swooning finale Lock You Up, she sings, It hits me like a ton of bricks, she leaves the clichÉ untweaked.
And then there's Cloud Aura, a lovelorn, engagingly laid-back bit of groove that lets Grimes' Genesis video co-star Brooke Candy rap horribly about Chris Brown. Candy's guest verse previously appeared on 2012's uneven Super Ultra mixtape, and it was near-universally panned. It isn't any better now. But in an era when too many up-and-comers are all too eager to please, this stubborn refusal to back down displays another quality in short supply: genuine irreverence. The songwriting and production credits on True Romance include Usher's Climax co-conspirator Ariel Rechtshaid and I Love It collaborator Patrick Berger, among others, who also share some credit (and blame). But like 90s pop stars turned 10s pop sophisticates Justin Timberlake and BeyoncÉ, Charli XCX stamps her personality across the entire project, and True Romance suggests she'll be worth following for a while.
- Marc Hogan, Pitchfork1. Nuclear Seasons
2. You (Ha Ha Ha)
3. Take My Hand
4. Stay Away
5. Set Me Free (Feel My Pain)
7. So Far Away
8. Cloud Aura
9. What I Like
10. Black Roses
11. You're the One
12. How Can I
13. Lock You Up$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dark Night Of The SoulDark Night Of The Soul is an album by audio auteur Danger Mouse and the already much-missed Sparklehorse. The record sees the pair joined by the following remarkable roll call of guests: The Flaming Lips, Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals), Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Julian Casablancas (The Strokes), Black Francis (The Pixies), Iggy Pop, David Lynch, James Mercer (The Shins/Broken Bells), Nina Persson (The Cardigans), Suzanne Vega and Vic Chesnutt.
Rumors of this mysterious collaborative project began to circulate in early 2009 sparking widespread anticipation and excitement. Now, following months of talks, Danger Mouse and EMI announce that Dark Night Of The Soul will be released worldwide.
While this beautiful, haunting record being made widely and legitimately available is undoubtedly a cause for celebration, the news is shadowed by sadness following the recent passing of Mark Linkous, who released and performed under the Sparklehorse pseudonym. Dark Night Of The Soul will now stand as a defacto tribute to this well-loved, stunningly talented yet often-overlooked artist.
In addition to be featured on two songs, celebrated film director David Lynch has created a series of original photographs for Dark Night Of The Soul adding a spectacular visual dimension that will be incorporated in to the artwork for this already unparalleled project.LP 1
1. Revenge (feat. The Flaming Lips)
2. Just War (feat. Gruff Rhys)
3. Jaykub (feat. Jason Lytle)
4. Little Girl (feat. Julian Casablancas)
5. Angel's Harp (feat. Black Francis)
6. Pain (feat. Iggy Pop)
1. Star Eyes (I Can't Catch It) [feat. David Lynch]
2. Everytime I'm With You (feat. Jason Lytle)
3. Insane Lullaby (feat. James Mercer)
4. Daddy's Gone (feat. Mark Linkous & Nina Persson)
5. The Man Who Played God (feat. Suzanne Vega)
6. Grim Augury (feat. Vic Chesnutt)
7. Dark Night Of The Soul (feat. David Lynch)$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Broken Bells (Out Of Stock)When James Mercer of the Shins got together with Brian Burton AKA Danger Mouse, the result became more than the sum of its parts. Plans for their collaboration were made since 2004 but first blossomed into their first single "The High Road" in 2009. An album had to follow, so in 2010 Broken Bells was released to great critical and popular acclaim. The duo avoided sounding too much like their own individual styles: Danger Mouse laid off the samples, playing drums, organs and keys himself.
Mercer stretched his vocal cords into falsetto range, at times. Their creative energies gel like no other contemporary collaboration. This addictive record is built to last. We can only hope there's more magic in the works by these modern time geniuses.1. The High Road
3. Your Head Is On Fire
4. The Ghost Inside
5. Sailing To Nowhere
6. Trap Doors
9. Mongrel Heart
10. The Mall & Misery$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Winged Life (Out of Stock)Talk Talk covering early Elton John or Bert Jansch anticipating the Smiths; that's as close as we can get to describing Shearwater's Winged Life. The truth is, with its elaborate and unconventional arrangements, richly layered production and conscious efforts to not recreate the past, this is a difficult record to pigeonhole. One or two songs on Winged Life partake of the somber, restrained delicacy of Shearwater's last two records, but everywhere else the band has loosened up, allowed that delicacy to bloom or crumble, and is trying new things -- from the dark and urgent groove of Whipping Boy to the buoyant pop of A Makeover, from the The World in 1984's wry soft rock to the almost prog-y tension of Sealed. As a result, Winged Life bridges many musical gaps. Its songs are melodic and narrative-based enough to appeal to fans of Belle & Sebastian, yet unique enough to be mentioned in the same breath as artists like the Notwist or Broken Social Scene. (Shearwater's Will Sheff and Jonathan Meiburg are also members of Okkervil River.)1. Hush
2. My Good Deed
3. Whipping Boy
6. St. Mary's Walk
7. Wedding Bells Are Breaking Up That Old Gang of Mine
8. (I've Got A) Right to Cry
9. World in 1984
12. Set Table$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
No More Shall We Part (Out Of Stock)No More Shall We Part ends a four-year silence from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. A best-of was issued in 2000, but no new material has appeared since 1997's landmark album, The Boatman's Call. With that record Cave had finally delivered what everyone knew he was capable of: an entire album of deeply tragic and beautiful love songs without irony, sarcasm, or violent resolution. It appears that The Boatman's Call has altered the manner in which Cave writes songs, and the Bad Seeds illustrate them. Two musical directors -- the ubiquitous Mick Harvey and Dirty Three violinist Warren Ellis -- craft a sonic atmosphere whose textures deepen and widen Cave's most profound and beautiful lyrics to date. The ballads have the wide, spacious, sobering ambience one has come to expect from the Bad Seeds. There is an ethereal change in sound in the up-tempo numbers, which are, for lack of better terminology, musical novellas. They plumb the depths of blues, yet contain glissando and crescendos from the orchestral music of composers such as Fartein Valen and Olivier Messiaen. There are places, such as in Oh My Lord, where rock & roll is evoked as a device, but this isn't rock music. A listen to As I Sat Sadly By Her Side, Hallelujah, and the aforementioned track (the most rock song here) will attest that it is merely one color on a musical palette that is more expansive now than at any time in the band's history. Also in the band's musical treasure trove is the addition of the McGarrigle sisters on backing vocals - nowhere is their contribution more poignant than on the tenderly daunting, haunted house that is Love Letter. Lyrically, and as a vocalist, Cave has undergone a startling, profound metamorphosis. Gone is the angry, humorous cynic whose venom and bile touched even his lighter moments. His deep taunting ambivalence about Jesus Christ and Christianity in general is gone, vanished into a maturity that ponders spiritual things contemplatively. Humor that pokes fun churchianity remains, but not as a source of its inspiration. Over these 12 tracks, Cave has taken the broken heart--so openly exhibited on The Boatman's Call--and elevated it to the place where he has learned to live with, and speak from it as both an artist and a human being. Leonard Cohen stated in the song Anthem, that, there is a crack in everything/that's where the light gets in.No More Shall We Part is a mosaic of those cracks. If this album is about anything, it is about love's ability to survive in the world. It is examined concretely and abstractly; to the point where it meditates on this theme even cinematically. His methodology for the listener is, even though these are intimate conversations, the effect is illustrated in widescreen. In this way, Cave touches the heart in the same way Andrei Tarkovsky's films Stalker and The Sacrifice and Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire do. There is powerful emotion here, spiritual, psychological and romantic, without a hint of the sentimentality that would make it false. As both a singer and a songwriter, his work has been transformed into something so full of depth, color, and dimension, that there is simply no one except his mentors working on this level in popular music. In the opening moments of As I Sat Sadly By Her Side, a tenderly, softly sung vocal delivers: Then she drew the curtains down/And said when will you ever learn/That what happens there beyond the glass/Is simply none of your concern/God has given you but one heart/You are not a home but the hearts of your brothers/God don't care for your benevolence anymore/But he cares for the lack of it in others/Nor does he care for you to sit at/Windows in judgement of the world he created/While sorrows pile up around you/Ugly, useless and over-inflated/At which she turned her head away/Great tears leapin' from her eyes/I could not wipe a smile from my face/As I sat sadly by her side. The title track is a ballad that could have been lifted from The Boatman's Call, except it lacks the reaching tragedy. And Cave sings in a tenor no one thought him capable of -- And all the birds will sing to your beautiful heart/Up on the bell/And no more shall we part. The chaos of earlier Bad Seeds outings does kick up on The Sorrowful Wife, where violins and Blixa Bargeld's guitars duel with Jim Sclavunos's drums for domination of the sonic torrent. The record closes with two of Cave's most beautiful songs, a near country gospel waltz called Gates to the Garden with the McGarrigles sweetening an already lovely tome to redemptive love. Finally, Darker With the Day, illustrated by Harvey's striking pianistic ballad framework touched by Bill Evans' technique, is as strikingly autobiographical as Cave has ever been, highlighting the extremes of good and evils that inform and torment the protagonist's inner emotional life within in a single day. There is loss and the seeking of deliverance and, in a statement not so much of recognition that this is simply fate, he also acknowledges hope: All these streets are frozen now/I come and go/Full of a longing for something I do not know. As he calls to a lover gone seemingly forever, he comes to the conclusion that for him, redemption is in love itself, whether divine or profane; the only hope is that love, between two people or between an individual and her or his creator, depends on one's openness to receiving it. Who can argue with him? No More Shall We Part leaves listeners in awe, full of complex emotions, and pondering the notion that they've been in the presence of great redemptive art--which Henry James calls, the thing that can never be repeated.
- Thom Jurek (All Music)1. As I Sat Sadly by Her Side
2. And No More Shall We Part
4. Love Letter
5. Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow
6. God Is in the House
7. Oh My Lord
8. Sweetheart Come
9. The Sorrowful Wife
10. We Came Along This Road
11. Gates to the Garden
12. Darker with the Day$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock