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  • Awaken, My Love! (Box Set) Awaken, My Love! (Box Set) Quick View

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    Awaken, My Love! (Box Set)

    Limited Edition Virtual Reality Box Set


    Pressed On 2x Heavyweight 45 RPM LPs


    Glow In The Dark Cover


    Exclusive Booklet


    Includes Virtual Reality Headset


    Instructions To Access Exclusive Virtual Reality Live Performances From The Pharos Experience


    Childish Gambino's third album, Awaken, My Love!, is being packaged as a limited edition virtual reality box set. This deluxe version is pressed on 2x heavyweight 45 RPM LPs, and includes a glow in the dark cover, an exclusive booklet, and a virtual reality headset. Additionally, it contains instructions to access exclusive virtual reality live performances from the PHAROS Experience.

    LP 1
    1. Me and Your Mama
    2. Have Some Love

    3. Boogieman
    4. Zombies

    5. Riot

    6. Redbone


    LP 2
    1. California

    2. Terrified

    3. Baby Boy
    4. The Night Me and Your Mama Met

    5. Stand Tall

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  • Because The Internet Because The Internet Quick View

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    Because The Internet

    2013 sophomore full-length album from writer, actor, standup comedian and rapper Donald Glover AKA Childish Gambino. The recording process for the album began in 2012 and continued until October 2013. Because the Internet features guest appearances from Chance The Rapper, Jhene Aiko and Azealia Banks, with production handled by Gambino himself, Christian Rich, Thundercat and Ludwig Goransson among others.
    1. The Library (Intro)
    2. I. Crawl
    3. II. Worldstar
    4. Dial Up
    5. I. The Worst Guys (Feat. Chance the Rapper)
    6. II. Shadows
    7. III. Telegraph Ave. ('Oakland' By Lloyd)
    8. IV. Sweatpants
    9. V. 3005
    10. Playing Around Before the Party Starts
    11. I. The Party
    12. II. No Exit
    13. Death By Numbers
    14. I. Flight of the Navigator
    15. II. Zealots of Stockholm (Free Information)
    16. III. Urn
    17. I. Pink Toes (Feat. Jhene Aiko)
    18. II. Earth: The Oldest Computer (The Last Night) [Feat. Azealia Banks]
    19. III. Life: The Biggest Troll (Andrew Auernheimer)
    Childish Gambino
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  • Camp (Awaiting Repress) Camp (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Camp (Awaiting Repress)

    At 27, Donald Glover is one of the most sought after multi-threats in Hollywood, a former writer for the Emmy ward winning 30 Rock, a network TV gig on the NBC hit series Community, a few movies on deck including the Muppets Movie and The To-Do List, a sideline gig doing stand-up comedy and a career as a rapper, performing under the moniker Childish Gambino.


    Childish Gambino has emerged as one of the most exciting young talents in music. A unique blend of hip-hop with multiple genres, combined with lyrical genius, Gambino has gone from a viral cult following to a mega sensation. He has released two mixtapes, I Am Just A Rapper and I Am Just A Rapper 2 and in 2010 released his first full length of original material entitled Culdesac. In March of 2011, Childish Gambino released an untitled EP that featured the hit Freaks and Geeks. This, his first mass distributed album, Camp, will be released via Glass Note Records.

    1. Outside
    2. Fire Fly
    3. Bonfire
    4. All The Shine
    5. Letter Home
    6. Heartbeat
    7. Backpackers
    8. L.E.S.
    9. Hold You Down
    10. Kids (Keep Up)
    11. You See Me
    12. Sunrise
    13. That Power
    Childish Gambino
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  • Archive From 1959: The Billy Childish Story Archive From 1959: The Billy Childish Story Quick View

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    Archive From 1959: The Billy Childish Story

    Billy Childish has been releasing records, painting, writing poetry and generally doing his own thing for the past 32 years. He first took to the stage back in October of 1977 with the seminal punk garage band The Pop Rivets. They split after two years and from there he joined The Milkshakes along with fellow Pop Riveter Bruce Brand and local lads Micky Hampshire and Russ Wilkins. After that came Thee Mighty Caesars, Thee Headcoats, The Buff Medways and right up to date with his two current ensembles The Musicians Of The British Empire and The Chatham Singers.


    The 51 track compilation Archive From 1959: The Billy Childish Story takes a look back at the more rock 'n' roll aspects of Billy's musical career which is why there's no spoken word or poetry and many of its tracks have been unavailable for ages. In amongst these more well known bands are tracks he recorded solo and with other artists like The Delmonas, Thee Headcoatees, Singing Loins and Kyra Rubella.


    Over the years Billy has been championed by lots of great bands and musicians including Beck, Mudhoney and Kurt Cobain and more recently by Eddie Vedder and The White Stripes. Even with that praise Billy has been largely ignored by the music press in this country which is really surprising as he has now released over 120 albums.

    1. The Buff Medways - Archive From 1959
    2. Wild Billy Childish And The Musicians Of The British Empire - Thatcher's Children
    3. The Milkshakes - I'm Out Of Control
    4. Thee Headcoats - Punk Rock Is Nicht Tot
    5. The Chatham Singers - Evil Thing
    6. Wild Billy Childish And The Musicians Of The British Empire - He's Making A Tape
    7. Thee Headcoats - Pocahontas Was Her Name
    8. The Pop Rivets - Kray Twins (Demo)
    9. Thee Mighty Caesers - You Make Me Die
    10. The Buff Medways - Troubled Mind
    11. Thee Headcoats - Davy Crockett
    12. The Milkshakes - Love Can Lose
    13. Jack Ketch And The Crowmen - Somebody Else
    14. Thee Headcoats - The Day I Beat My Father Up
    15. Kyra - This Wondrous Day
    16. The Buff Medways - Medway Wheelers
    17. The Buff Medways - I'm Glad I'm Not Like David Wise
    18. Thee Headcaotees - When You Stop Loving Me
    19. Wild Billy Childish And The Musicians Of The British Empire - Christmas 1979
    20. Thee Headcaotees - Hurt Me
    21. Thee Mighty Caesers - Loathsome 'n' Wild
    22. The Chatham Singers - An Image Of You
    23. Thee Headcoats - She's In Disguise
    24. Billy Childish And The Singing Loins - I Don't Like The Man I Am
    25. The Chatham Singers - The Man With The Gallows Eyes
    26. Wild Billy Childish And The Musicians Of The British Empire - Snack Crack
    27. Thee Mighty Caesers - Cowboys Are Square
    28. Thee Headcoats - I'm Hurtin'
    29. The Delmonas - I Feel Like Giving In
    30. Billy Childish - Ballad Of Hollis Brown
    31. Thee Headcoats - Every Little Thing
    32. Thee Headcoats - Headcoat Lane
    33. The Buff Medways - Sally Sensation
    34. Thee Headcoats - (We Hate The Fuckin') NME
    35. Thee Mighty Caesers - Lie Detector
    36. Thee Headcoats - What's Wrong With Me
    37. The Buff Medways - Strood Lights
    38. Billy Childish - Get Out Of Here Pretty Girl
    39. Thee Headcoats - It Ain't Mine
    40. The Milkshakes - For She
    41. Billy Childish - The Bitter Cup
    42. Thee Headcoats - Girl From '62
    43. The Pop Rivets - Fun In The UK
    44. Wild Billy Childish And The Musicians Of The British Empire - Birthday Boy
    45. Thee Headcoats - Fingers In The Sun
    46. Jack Ketch And The Crowmen - Mass Ignorance Culture
    47. Thee Headcoats - We'er Gone
    48. Kyra - Today Is The Night
    49. Thee Headcoats - Rusty Hook
    50. Thee Mighty Caesers - I Was Lead To Believe
    51. Wild Billy Childish And The Musicians Of The British Empire - Joe Strummers Grave
    Billy Childish
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  • Acorn Man Acorn Man Quick View

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    Acorn Man

    Billy Childish is an international cult figure, painter, poet and novelist. He has released over 120 independent albums and influenced a vast range of musicians . His latest band is CTMF. Billy's description of their sound holds true - "the sound of yesterday, tomorrow" Acorn Man is arguably one of Childish most accessible LPs, showcasing Childish's love of punk rock and beat. Traces of dirge and the The Fall mingle effortlessly with unbounded pop on tracks such as 'It's So Hard to be Happy.' Childish's 35 year quest for the 'ever essential bones of pop' bears fruit and remains true to to his opening gambit back in 1977.
    1. It's So Hard To Be Happy
    2. Zero Emission
    3. He Wore A Pagan Robe
    4. A Flame From The Fen
    5. What Is This False Life You're Leading
    6. Acorn Man
    7. Punk Rock Enough For Me
    8. Me Or Mine
    9. Curious Filters
    10. The Song Of Myself
    11. Acorn Man (Slight Return)
    12. Instantly Delete
    Wild Billy Childish & CTMF
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  • All Our Forts Are With You All Our Forts Are With You Quick View

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    All Our Forts Are With You

    Billy Chyldish, with other mates, has recorded an LPs worth of material -- and half a dozen 45's -- utilizing lyrics first jotted down for the original CTMF line up in 1977...There have been rumors that Jimmy Cauty plays bass and that it is Bill Drummond that can be heard on Xylophone.
    1. The Headless Flowerpot Girl
    2. On Moonlit Health
    3. I Validate Myself
    4. All Our Forts Are With You
    5. Reville
    6. The Second Generation Punks
    7. The Story Of Pop
    8. She Said Yeah
    9. 5% Happier
    10. March Of The Grey Mod Mullets
    11. Daddy Rolling Stone
    12. I'm So Lucky To Be Alive
    Wild Billy Childish & CTMF
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  • Forensic R 'n' B (On Sale) Forensic R 'n' B (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Forensic R 'n' B (On Sale)

    Here be the Spartan Dreggs, Billy Childishs new ensemble. The Spartan Dreggs rose from the ashes of the Vermin Poets, but kept the same line-up and similar songs. On Forensic R 'N' B Childish once more drives from the back seat, playing tug-boat bass guitar. Wolf, of course, is playing the drum set while lead vocals and guitar are supplied by the excellent Neil Palmer and Nurse Julie handles harmony duties.
    1. Forensic R'n'B
    2. The Ocean River Runs Around The Edge
    3. Tower Block
    4. And Darkness Engulfed His Eyes
    5. The Physics Of Blown Sand And Desert Dunes
    6. The Fighting Tameraire
    7. Our Strange Power Of Speech
    8. Intertidal Marshland
    9. The Charcoal Burners Lament
    10. Pegasus Bridge
    11. A Dismembered Book Of Myself
    12. Scout-a-boo
    13. Are You A Wally? (Or Are You A Smooth?)
    14. Paeleo Punk
    Wild Billy Childish and the Spartan Dreggs
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  • Acropolis Now Acropolis Now Quick View

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    Acropolis Now

    Thee Mighty Caesars were formed by Billy Childish in 1985 after the demise of The Milkshakes. They influenced many American bands, especially The Mummies, and Sub Pop groups. They were arguably the group that brought about the resurgence of garage rock. ACROPOLIS NOW re-issued on Vinyl.
    1. I've Got Everything Indeed
    2. Now I Know
    3. When the Night Comes
    4. I Can Judge a Daughter
    5. (Miss America) Got to Get You Outside My Head
    6. Li'l Red Riding Hood
    7. You Make Me Die
    8. Loathsome & Wild
    9. Ask the Dust
    10. Despite All This
    11. I Don't Need No Baby
    12. I Feel Like Giving In
    13. Dictator of Love
    14. I Was Led to Believe
    Thee Mighty Caesars
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  • Wiseblood Wiseblood Quick View

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    Wiseblood

    Thee Mighty Caesars were formed by Billy Childish in 1985 after the demise of The Milkshakes. They influenced many American bands, especially The Mummies, and Sub Pop groups. They were arguably the group that brought about the resurgence of garage rock. WISEBLOOD re-issued on Vinyl.
    1. I Can't Find Pleasure

    2. Come Into My Life

    3. Signals Of Love

    4. I Self Destroy

    5. The Wise Blood

    6. The Bay Of Pigs

    7. The Double Axe

    8. Tushunka Witko

    9. Stay The Same

    10. Kinds Of Women

    11. Signals Of Love (Slight Return)

    12. Action Time Vision
    Thee Mighty Caesars
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  • Seen It All: The Autobiography (Deluxe Edition) Seen It All: The Autobiography (Deluxe Edition) Quick View

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    Seen It All: The Autobiography (Deluxe Edition)

    Seen It All: The Autobiography is the seventh studio album by American rapper Jeezy. The album was released on September 2, 2014, through CTE World and Def Jam Recordings. The album, which is his fifth under Def Jam, was supported by two singles, Me OK and Seen It All. The production was handled by several Southern hip hop producers, namely Drumma Boy, Mike Will Made It and Childish Major, among others. It features guest appearances from Jay Z, Future, Rick Ross, Game, Jeremih, Lil Boosie, August Alsina and Akon.
    LP1
    1. 1/4 Block
    2. What You Say
    3. Black Eskimo
    4. Enough
    5. Holy Ghost
    6. Me OK
    7. 4 Zones
    8. Been Getting Money
    9. Fuck The World


    LP2
    1. Seen It All
    2. Win Is A Win
    3. Beautiful
    4. Beez Like
    5. No Tears
    6. How I Did It (Perfection)

    Jeezy
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  • Smoke Ring For My Halo Smoke Ring For My Halo Quick View

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    Smoke Ring For My Halo

    Philadelphia singer/songwriter Kurt Vile returns with his second proper album (2008s Childish Prodigy was a compendium of sorts). Smoke Ring For My Halo is a gorgeously layered record. Ranging from the tender breezy folk in Jesus Fever to the tuff urban guitar riff of Puppet To The Man, Viles distinctive Philly-accented vocal ties together a sweeping and evocative project, a true American psychedelic folk album.


    This is no pastoral listening experience however, when Vile sings, society is my friend: he makes me lie down in a cool bloodbath, he sounds both exhausted and distanced from the ringing harmonics of his guitar and Mike Zanghis pounding drums. Even the gentler songs, such as On Tour and Babys Arms have a distinctly dark lyrical tone. The closest that Vile gets to some kind of acceptance is in the central track, the rueful In My Time, where he sings, I know when we get older, Im dying, but I got everything I need here now, and thats fine, now...thats fine.


    Recorded at the Magic Shop by John Agnello, Smoke Ring For My Halo is a massive step forward for one of the countrys most beloved rock songwriters.

    1. Baby's Arms
    2. Jesus Fever
    3. Puppet To The Man
    4. On Tour
    5. Society Is My Friend
    6. Runner Ups
    7. In My Time
    8. Peeping Tomboy
    9. Smoke Ring For My Halo
    10. Ghost Town

    Kurt Vile
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    S

    Where previous recordings have been introspective, reflecting the deepest concerns and confines of Emmy's own mind, 'S' EP looks outwards. Written in cities - Salt Lake City, Tokyo, Hong Kong, LA, New York and London - during an itinerant period in Emmy's life, the songs track the resulting personal changes and invite us to explore the rapidly advancing world around us.


    "My previous recordings were a reflection of my internal world, but this is a record of me trying to engage with the outside. Over the course of travelling and touring for the last two years I inhabited many cities and landscapes. While I wrote this EP and the album that will follow, everything changed. As I wrote the songs I began to reflect more and more the world that I saw around me, incredibly bright, technologically breathtaking. I am curious about being a person in this world, and I tried to write that into the music." Emmy explains.


    An impressive cohort of talent signed up to assist Emmy's latest creation. Wild Beasts' Tom Fleming joins Emmy for lead single 'Swimming Pool', a haunting siren-song that submerges us in an affluent montage, replete with rippling keys and dream laden bass.


    The sweet musings of 'Social Halo' question our role in an increasingly self-aware world, the resulting social anxiety and the fleeting moments of reality that revive us from its ever quickening pace.'Solar Panels' builds to a crescendo of synthesisers as Emmy reflects on what it is that keeps us going before 'Somerset (I Can't Get Over)' seeks a lover's attention - "Come outside," she sings. "Let's talk about something that's real, like, please don't get over me."


    Recording was split between LA, with Ludwig Goransson (Haim, Childish Gambino), and London, with Dave McCracken (Oh Land, Beyonce). MIA's MD Neil Comber mixed the final results.


    A singer-songwriter gifted with a rare idiosyncratic charm, Emmy The Great released debut album First Love to critical acclaim in 2009 with follow up Virtue (2011) winning equally impressive plaudits. Songs that walk the line between heartbreaking fragility and bold, wit-laden observations on the human condition continue to enthrall all who hear them. Her keen observational eye has no doubt contributed to her recent success as a writer, with regular contributions to Vice and The Guardian.


    The accompanying visuals were devised by Emmy herself, beginning with 'Swimming Pool's enigmatic clip, shot poolside in a decaying LA home, where the final interaction between a hologram and its owner betrays a flaw in our technological Utopia.

    1. Swimming Pool feat. Tom Fleming (Wild Beasts)
    2. Social Halo
    3. Solar Panels
    4. Somerset (I Can't Get Over)
    Emmy The Great
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  • Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers Quick View

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    Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers

    When Suzanne Vega first discovered the novelist and short story writer Carson McCullers as a teenager, she thought, "If I ever want to play a character at any point in the future, I could play this woman." That time has arrived. On Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers, Vega inhabits McCullers' extraordinary character and renders the life of a woman who, revolted by the politics and racism of her upbringing in the American South, arrived in New York in her early twenties and became one of the literary lights of the 20th century. In such esteemed books as The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1940), Reflections in a Golden Eye (1941) and The Ballad of the Sad CafÉ (1951), McCullers used the South as a lens through which to view the painful, nearly always unrequited, search for love in a world that often punishes individual self-expression and rewards repression and emotional compromise. McCullers battled those limits in her life as well as her work - a personal heroism that makes her, in Vega's view, a figure of great contemporary significance. She was an instinctive rebel whose message of personal freedom resonates profoundly in our own insurgent age, nearly fifty years after her death at the age of fifty in 1967.


    "I feel that McCullers' ideas and thoughts are very modern," Vega says, "and she incarnates them in a way that other authors don't. She tried to live them and paid a price for it. She would refer to herself in a kind of transgender way - she would say things like, 'I was born a man' -- and she probably was bisexual even if she didn't always act on it. She was one of the first females to write about civil rights and the struggles of blacks in the South. Also, she suffered several strokes and was disabled for pretty much the second half of her life. To use today's parlance, her life and work embodied human rights on just about every level - race, gender, trans, queer, disabled, youth."


    The ten songs on Lover, Beloved are part of a two-act play in which Vega and another actress perform the role of McCullers at two historical moments that bookend her career: the first, set in 1941, when The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter propelled her to literary fame, and the second shortly before her death, as she movingly reflects on her life and work. There are also plans to perform it as a one-woman show. Vega wrote the script, and co-wrote eight songs with Duncan Sheik, the singer-songwriter whose keen theatrical sense helped create the Broadway hit show Spring Awakening and the current groundbreaking musical, American Psycho. (Two additional songs, "Carson's Blues" and "The Ballad of Miss Amelia," were co-written by Vega and pianist/composer Michael Jefry Stevens.) In songs like "New York Is My Destination," "We of Me" and "Lover, Beloved," you can hear the signature cool detachment of Vega's singing and revel in the characteristically incisive observation of her lyrics, many of which deftly draw on McCullers' own writing.


    But the songs' elastic melody lines, loping rhythms, idiosyncratic instrumentation (including clarinet, harmonium, banjo, ukulele, trombone and accordion), and surprising arrangements (by guitarist extraordinaire Gerry Leonard, who also produced the album) are like nothing we've heard from Vega before. "It was great working with Duncan Sheik," Vega says. "All you have to do is give him the barest bones of an idea and then he delivers this fabulous piece of music." For "Annemarie," an aching ballad about an androgynous adventurer with whom both McCullers and her husband fell disastrously in love, Sheik delivered a lovely, simple melody that, Vega says, "practically made me cry. I couldn't believe how beautiful it was. I wanted something with all that yearning, and I love what he came up with." For "New York Is My Destination," which describes the youthful McCullers' vision of her future as a celebrated novelist, Vega says she wanted "something classic, something that sounded like Rodgers and Hammerstein, something glamorous," and, once again, Sheik delivered a melody that perfectly complemented the heady excitement of Vega's lyrics.


    Overall, Lover, Beloved finds a sound that exists outside of time. It's traditional enough to suit the iconic quality of its subject; clever enough to capture her originality and daring; and contemporary enough to help establish McCullers as an avatar for this century as well as the preceding one. Most of the instrumentation is acoustic, but, in particular, Gerry Leonard's evocative, atmospheric electric guitar playing lifts the music into another, more imaginative realm. That McCullers herself was an accomplished, classically trained pianist - and that the lyricism of her writing reflects that innate musicality - only further enhances the shivery dynamic between words and music on the album.


    In order to realize the theatrical quality of this project, Vega, with Sheik's encouragement and assistance, also handled her vocals in a different way. "Duncan really pushed me out of my comfort zone," Vega says. "I was shocked at how high he wanted me to sing. But he was like, 'No, no - you can hit that.'" Sheik's goal was to achieve a kind of sonic drama in Vega's vocals, "as much drama as he could squeeze out of me," she says. "It works for the character. McCullers is kind of childlike, and you can believe her singing in that naïve, simple way. I'm pushed beyond my limits in both the low notes and the high notes, and also the emotion. I definitely feel as if I was being pushed beyond what I usually do."


    Unquestionably, rendering a character like McCullers in words and in sound represented a serious creative challenge. All the songs on the album attempt to capture the innermost feelings of a writer who was highly ambitious, immensely complicated and fiercely dedicated to her conception of herself and her work. She was simultaneously shy, introverted and wildly provocative, as "Carson's Blues," the album's opening song, announces: "A childish liar/A devilish bitch/I can be innocent and charming/And suddenly switch." "Harper Lee," a song Vega describes as "upbeat and bitchy," chronicles McCullers' sense of her place in the literary pantheon - a spot, in her view, well above the wildly successful author of To Kill a Mockingbird. ("I'd like to kill more than just that mockingbird," she sings.) "Instant of the Hour After" and "We of Me" all explore the loving and loathing, the sexual adventurism and missed emotional connections, that swirled inextricably in McCullers' marriage to a bisexual man who shared her literary ambitions but was never able to realize them. On the title track, Vega limns the dizzying dance of unsatisfied desire at the heart of McCullers' work: "The lover pursues,/The beloved one flees Each one alone/In the land of the heart."


    "12 Mortal Men" indicts the provincialism and brutal racism of Columbus, Georgia, where McCullers grew up. "The Ballad of Miss Emilia" essentially recounts the plot of McCullers' novella, The Ballad of the Sad CafÉ, a saga, like so much of her writing, of failed joinings, loneliness, and proud, if isolated, survival. By the time the album concludes with "Carson's Last Supper," McCullers has abandoned the ideal of erotic desire in favor of a more universal love that could embrace all the various characters in her books and the many people in her life - as well as, perhaps most importantly, the ravaging contradictions within herself that both drove her art and caused so much hardship in her life.


    With Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers, Suzanne Vega achieves a new peak in her already distinguished career. With these songs and the play they inhabit, she hopes that "a new generation of people will discover Carson McCullers, that they will realize how cool she is and how compellingly her work can speak to them. I want to put her on the stage again so that her spirit lives. Really, no one is excluded from the vision she defined. I'm so excited by the possibilities." In these beautifully transporting songs, many of those rich possibilities have already been realized. - Anthony DeCurtis

    1. Carson's Blues
    2. New York Is My Destination
    3. Instant of the Hour After
    4. We of Me
    5. Annemarie
    6. 12 Mortal Men
    7. Harper Lee
    8. Lover, Beloved
    9. The Ballad of Miss Amelia
    10. Carson's Last Supper
    Suzanne Vega
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  • The Heist (Deluxe Box Set) The Heist (Deluxe Box Set) Quick View

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    The Heist (Deluxe Box Set)


    Gold Embossed Gator Skin Deluxe Box Set


    180-Gram Double Vinyl


    Custom Gator Skin Textured LP Dust Sleeves


    Nineteen 12" x 12" Song Artwork Inserts


    Art By 13 Unique Collaborators / Visual Artists


    When Macklemore declares his music is David Bowie meets Kanye sh*t, it's a bit of an oversell on the Bowie side, but then again, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring are also honored as influences during Ten Thousand Hours, the biographical highlight that opens the Seattle rapper's vibrant sophomore release.


    These arty name-drops threaten to paint the album as more obscure than it is, but even as glitch electronica and Mad Rad member Buffalo Madonna strange up the breakup number Thin Line, The Heist comes off as instant, alive, and oh so welcoming. Chalk it up to Macklemore's playful and open lyrics (When I was in the third grade/I thought I was gay/Because I could draw, my uncle was, and I kept my room straight) or the album's not so secret weapon, Ryan Lewis, the producer who earns his co-billing with a George Martin or Dave Fridmann-sized sense of purpose and an Internet kid's sense of utilizing anything and/or everything. For the music industry takeover Jimmy Iovine with Ab-Soul as guest, Lewis' production is a mix of G-Unit gangster music and a Houston hip-hop trunk rumbler, while the pro-gay marriage highlight Same Love with Mary Lambert is supported by full-bodied piano and the sound of a bittersweet marching band, all of it familiar yet twisted through a laptop with hypnotic loops and catchy hooks coming out. Gold (feeling like 500,000 sold) is joyous and bright mini-electro that feeds the positive side of the soul, while Can't Hold Us comes with an irresistible bounce, both tracks being light, lovely, and in contrast to the numbers that deal with Macklemore's addiction issues and other obstacles.


    These two talented young bucks can't be contained, and hearing them offer one memorable, meaty number after another makes for an exciting listen, but this is unfiltered freshness released on Macklemore's own label, so the concepts of restraint and focus take a slight hit, leaving the is-he-Eminem, is-he-Childish Gambino, or is-he-Grieves question with no clear winner. Here, he's a mix of all of the above with some distinctive qualities, and with Lewis putting that kaleidoscope style underneath, The Heist winds up a rich combination of fresh and familiar.


    - David Jeffries (All Music Guide)

    1. Ten Thousand Hours
    2. Can't Hold Us
    3. Thrift Shop
    4. Thin Line
    5. Same Love
    6. Make the Money
    7. Neon Cathedral
    8. BomBom
    9. White Walls
    10. Jimmy Iovine
    11. Wing$
    12. A Wake
    13. Gold
    14. Starting Over
    15. Cowboy Boots
    16. Castle
    17. My Oh My
    18. Victory Lap
    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
    $42.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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