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Mastered For Vinyl From 24 Bit Sources And Lacquers Created By Stan Ricker
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8-Page Booklet With Vellum Overlay
Beneath Medicine Tree is the first full-length album from Copeland. Beneath Medicine Tree features a heavy medical theme. Aaron Marsh admits that the lyrics in this album were inspired by the hospitalization of his girlfriend and the death of his grandmother.
Marsh cites that, With Beneath Medicine Tree, I wanted to make a record that moves people, while with In Motion, I wanted to make a record that makes people move.LP1
2. Testing The Strong Ones
3. Priceless (For Eleanor)
4. Take Care
5. When Paula Sparks
2. She Changes Your Mind
3. There Cannot Be A Close Second
5. Walking Downtown
6. When Finally Set Free$35.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs PRE-ORDER Buy Now
You Are My Sunshine (Awaiting Repress)Root Beer Brown Vinyl - Limited to 1500
Mastered For Vinyl And Lacquers Created By Stan Ricker
Matte Gatefold Jacket, 11 X 22 Insert
Artwork Features Original Vinyl Cover And The Deluxe CD Edition
You Are My Sunshine is Florida-based indie rock band Copeland's fourth full length album. It was originally released on October 14, 2008. The album marks Copeland's first release on the record label, Tooth & Nail. The album was released in a vinyl version on January 27, 2009. Giving it the full SRCvinyl treatment, You Are My Sunshine was pressed as a 180 gram double LP and was mastered for vinyl and lacquers created by by Stan Ricker. The album art will be displayed to its full capacity throughout a matte gatefold jacket and accompanied by an 11 x 22 insert.LP1
1. Should You Return
2. The Grey Man
3. Chin Up
4. Good Morning Fire Eaters
5. To Be Happy Now
6. The Day I Lost My Voice (The Suitcase Song)
7. On The Safest Ledge
8. Not Allowed
1. Strange And Unprepared
2. What Do I Know?
3. Not So Tough Found Out
4. What Cannot Be Found (Part 1)
5. Every Silence
6. You Are My Sunshine$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Eat, Sleep, RepeatAvailable On Vinyl For The First Time Ever!
Pressed On 180 Gram Clear Vinyl
Exclusive Vinyl Only Cover Art
Eat, Sleep, Repeat is the third full length release from Lakeland, Florida's Copeland. It was recorded at Glowin
the Dark in Atlanta during June and July 2006. We always said that we would only consider working with a
label that was passionate about our band and our music, and the folks at Columbia are just that, the band said in
a blog on its MySpace page.1. Where's My Head?
2. Eat, Sleep, Repeat
3. Control Freak
4. Careful Now
5. Love Affair
6. I'm Safer In An Airplane
7. By My Side
8. Cover What You Can
9. The Last Time He Saw Dorie
10. I'm A Sucker For A Kind Word
11. When You Thought You'd Never Stand Out$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Limited Edition Of 600 Copies Worldwide
Packaged In A Full-color Picture Sleeve Featuring A Collage By Eric Copeland
"If Copeland is interested in the conventions of clubland,
it's at the point where someone's puking on their shoes
outside the venue, a distant throb of bass beating into their
brain through the brickwork." - Pitchfork
"The rhythms might be recognisably house or hip-hop,
but Copeland pulls and squeezes their structures like
accordions." - Resident Advisor
"Though constantly teetering on a knife's edge - to be
expected in such mental, syncopated mashups - this
is wildly colourful and knowingly absurd music." - The
Ms Pretzel is a 4 track, 20-minute EP of brand new material
by Eric Copeland (Black Dice, Terrestrial Tones). This
is Eric's return to DFA after the release of an acclaimed
single on Ron Morelli's underground dance juggernaut
L.I.E.S., which followed his beloved 2013 album "Joke In
The Hole", his solo debut for DFA. The music on Ms Pretzel
most certainly continues to break new sonic ground, a
process which has gradually unfolded over the last few
years via many prior works on seminal underground
labels such as Underwater Peoples, Escho, Post Present
Medium, and Catsup Plate, among many others. Ms
Pretzel takes Eric's outsider fascination with 4/4 dance
music and twists it yet again. It is the sound of Eric
Copeland throwing a wobbly dance party in a junkyard.
DFA could not be more excited to host this gritty event.1. Ms Pretzel
3. Scum of the Cream
4. A1EZOK$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Black BubblegumBlack Bubblegum is the newest LP from Eric Copeland,
and we are not kidding when we emphasize it sounds like
nothing he has done in the past. The title of the record
says it all: chewy, sticky pop that doesn't taste quite like
any chewy, sticky pop you've had before.
Recorded at Copeland's old practice space in South
Williamsburg, Black Bubblegum contains songs with
more conventional sounds and songwriting than any of
his previous releases. While there are similarities with
Copeland's earlier work in the drum patterns, major
scales and vocals, Black Bubblegum moves away from
his trademark psychedelic dub towards strange and
fantastical pop; imagine Arthur Russell going into the
studio with the Ramones. Wanting to take a more "handson"
approach to these recordings, Copeland exchanged
sample-driven tech and hardware for keyboards, guitars
and effect pedals, creating a new sound that is oddly
easy to digest despite its rejection of melody in favour of
discord and dissonance.
For a long time, Copeland considered this collection of
songs to be recordings which would never be heard. This
invariably influenced certain decisions made during the
creation of Black Bubblegum, blessing Copeland with
the unique freedom that comes from making music never
intended to be heard, let alone released.
When asked to please jot down what influenced this new
album and sound, Eric replied "glam holes, glitter dreams,
money troubles, apocalypse paranoia, one hit wonders,
manifest destiny, my family's westward migration, body
troubles (was passing kidney stones almost the entire
time), LGBT disco parties, Jonathan Richman, Missing
Foundation, Neil Diamond, New Orleans, poverty, getting
pushed out of another Brooklyn neighbourhood... No
Beach Boys, no Beatles, no Buddha... More Bad News
Eric Copeland has been sound clashing at full volume for
over twenty years, first carving out a named for himself as
one third of the legendary NY-via-Providence band Black
Dice. A wildly prolific solo artist, Copeland has played
shit houses, party palaces and seemingly everything in
between all over the world.
A long time Brooklyn, resident, Eric recently relocated
to where the L Train does not run - Palma de Mallorca,
Spain. While maintaining a relatively humble and low key
presence in a highly competitive musical world, he has
releases a prolific amount of music every year through
indie labels such as L.I.E.S., Escho (Iceage), PPM (No Age), Paw Tracks (Animal Collective) and DFA.1. Kids In A Coma
2. Rip It
3. Fuck It Up
4. Honorable Mentions
5. Blue Honey
7. Cannibal World
8. Don't Beat Your Baby
9. Radio Weapons
10. Get My Own$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Car AlarmEric Copeland is a member of Black Dice from New York. His solo work under his own name exhibits an exciting and intensely original take on song structure, delivery and approach. Since 2007 Eric has recorded and released a hand full of LP's and singles and lately has been cranking out the tunes on 7s via PPM. On his previous three 7 releases Doo Doo Run b/w Fundinkdeath, Puerto Rican b/w The Eyeball and Whorehouse Blues b/w Guk & UFO's Over Vampire City, Eric has taken and warped pop song ideas and skewed them incredibly,crafting out some very killer tunes.1. Car Alarm
2. Brain Dead$7.997 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
33 1/3In a span of less than two decades, Shemekia Copeland has evolved from teenage upstart to one of the most prominent voices in the blues. She's currently the most feted woman in the blues world and actually had a coronation where she was crowned and declared Queen of the Blues at the Chicago Blues Festival in 2011. Shemekia earned her crown with a series of high-quality recordings and an unrelenting tour schedule that has taken her to all corners of the globe. She's played all the major festivals and concert dates from Europe to Iraq to a memorable performance at the White House in front of an audience that included the President of the United States, sharing the bill with Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, B.B. King and other greats.
Early in 2012, Shemekia participated in two tribute concerts celebrating recently departed great Hubert Sumlin and Robert Johnson s centennial, both at New York s Apollo Theater in Harlem, not far from the neighborhood where Shemekia spent her childhood. Those nights she was a featured attraction along with Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Derek Trucks, Elvis Costello and Taj Mahal. Clearly, she's risen to the top of the field and that reckoning is underscored with the album release of 33 1/3.
For Shemekia, it s all about ushering the blues an art form that stretches back to the early 1900's into a fast-paced new century and keeping the music true to its roots, making it relevant to a new generation. Her latest step in this ongoing journey is 33 1/3, an 11-song CD set culled from a variety of high-profile sources, including Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke, pater familias Johnny Clyde Copeland and Randy Weeks. Shemekia weaves it all together with assistance from a skilled studio crew: guitarist/producer Oliver Wood (Wood Brothers), bassist Ted Pecchio (Susan Tedeschi) and drummer Gary Hansen. Various guest musicians step in along the way, including the Buddy Guy.
Every one of these songs tells a story about where I am in my life, says Shemekia. They all connect to something that has happened to me, both good and bad. I've experienced a lot since I started making records and touring more than 15 years ago, and I think people want to tap into the wisdom that comes with that experience. I tried to bring a little bit of that to every one of these songs.1. Lemon Pie
2. Can't Let Go
3. Ain't Gonna Be Your Tattoo
4. Somebody Else s Jesus
5. A Woman
6. I Sing The Blues
7. Mississippi Mud
8. One More Time
9. Ain't That Good News
10. Hangin' Up
11. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Smouldering SecretsNo Arms Can Ever Hold You
So In Love
In The Still Of The Night
What King Of Fool Am I
Look What We've Found$13.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Get AlongOn his 5th 7 for PPM Eric commits to a gentle onslaught of traditional sounding rhythms, ran through the busted copy machine of sound that defineshis work. GET ALONG gets you going immediately with an infectious beat and a New Wave-ish, almost Nigerian Pop, scrambled, lost Prince demo vibe. While ZULU feeds the soft side of your soul quite nicely, tugging at your heart with a warped symphony and vocal line that shows his talent as a singer and composer. Two of EC's best songs to date, no doubt, do not miss this 45!1. Get Along
2. Zulu$7.997 Vinyl Single - Sealed Buy Now
Showdown!180 gram vinyl reissue of this Grammy Award-winning, all-time best-selling masterpiece from Alligator Records. Remastered with bonus track Something To Remember You By, this title has been out of print on vinyl for 20 years. SHOWDOWN! has over 285,000 units sold in the U.S. It's a celebrated cutting contest between three legendary blues guitarists. Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland are sadly no longer with us, but Robert Cray continues to record and tour, and is one of the best-selling blues artists in history with over 2.3 million career units scanned.
Full performer name: Albert Collins/Robert Cray/Johnny Copeland. Personnel includes: Albert Collins (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Robert Cray, Johnny Copeland (vocals, guitar); Allen Batts (organ); Johnny B. Gayden (bass); Casey Jones (drums). Recorded at Streeterville Studios, Chicago, Illinois. Includes liner notes by Bruce Iglauer & Dick Shurman. This excellent 1985 Alligator release finds three guitar legends squaring off, cutting heads, and forming a brotherhood forged in blues. The elder statesman and leader here is the irrepressible Albert Collins, whose guitar sound and unique approach to the blues has been bending ears since the '50s. Johnny Copeland, the Texas Twister, an early disciple and longtime friend of Collins, is also here, showing he's moved well beyond Collins's early tutelage. The youngest gun is Robert Cray, another musician Collins took under his wing (some 15 years after he first met Copeland). Backed only by a bassist, drummer, and organist (the spare backing band helps put the guitar work at center stage), Collins, Copeland, and Cray go toe-to-toe on these tracks. What's especially intriguing is that each song gives equal air time to each musician, making room for solos all around and even, on some tracks, shared vocals. Copeland is the wildest here, with his wooly, rough-hewn voice and blistering leads, counterbalanced by Cray, who lends a laid-back air of sophistication to the proceedings. Collins brings it all together with his signature icy style. SHOWDOWN! is a dream come true for blues-guitar fans.1.T-Bone Shuffle
2.Moon is Full, The
4.She's Into Something
5.Bring Your Fine Self Home
6.Black Cat Bone
10.Something To Remember You By
$20.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Up And ComingGuitarist John Abercrombie - who has recorded as a leader for ECM since 1974 - returns with a second album by this quartet. Similar virtues of lyrical melody and harmonic/rhythmic subtlety are apparent with even more emphasis on the enduring values of song. The album showcases Abercrombie's liquid phrasing and glowing tone, with melodic flow the guiding light.
John Abercrombie - Guitar
Marc Copeland - Piano
Drew Gress - Double Bass
Joey Baron - Drums1. Joy
3. Sunday School
4. Up And Coming
6. Silver Circle
8. Jumbles$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-FAN-039xThelonious Monk with John Coltrane
Thelonious Monk with John ColtraneThelonious Monk with John Coltrane is a 1961 album by Thelonious Monk issued on Jazzland Records, a subsidiary of Riverside Records. It consists of material recorded four years earlier when Monk worked extensively with John Coltrane, issued after Coltrane had become a leader and jazz star in his own right.
Thelonious Monk - piano
John Coltrane - tenor saxophone
Ray Copeland - trumpet on Off Minor and Epistrophy
Gigi Gryce - alto saxophone on Off Minor and Epistrophy
Coleman Hawkins - tenor saxophone on Off Minor and Epistrophy
Wilbur Ware - bass
Shadow Wilson - drums on Ruby, My Dear, Trinkle, Tinkle, and Nutty
Art Blakey - drums on Off Minor and EpistrophyRuby, My Dear
Functional$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Special Vinyl Reissue
This Is One Of Monk's Pivotal Recordings And Is An Essential Addition To All Jazz Collections.
Monk's Music is often cited as one of the focal points of Thelonious Monk's six-year affiliation (1955-1961) with the Riverside label. Although the original
disc clocked in at slightly over 30 minutes, packed into that half hour are not only the introduction of a few of Monk's signature compositions, but also
some amazing interactions from the assembled ensemble. Joining Thelonious Monk (piano) during these two recording sessions are Ray Copeland
(trumpet), Gigi Gryce (alto sax), Coleman Hawkins (tenor sax), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Wilbur Ware (bass), and Art Blakey (drums).
This special vinyl re-issue of Monk's classic album is not to be missed!
Thelonious Monk: the legendary jazz pianist and composer, considered one of the giants of American music.1. Abide With Me
2. Well You Needn't
3. Ruby My Dear
4. Off Minor
6. Crepuscule With Nellie$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
African Cookbook (Pure Pleasure)When this set was recorded in 1964, pianist Randy Weston had no luck interesting any label to release the music, so he came out with it independently on his tiny Bakton company & then in 1972 Atlantic released the performances. It is surprising that no company in the mid-1960s signed Weston up because Willie's Tune from the set had the potential to catch on, Berkshire Blues is somewhat known and the mixture of accessible bop with African rhythms overall is appealing.
Trumpeter Ray Copeland was responsible for the arrangements while Weston contributed all but one of the songs. Copeland and the great tenor Booker Ervin have their share of solo space, bassist Vishnu Wood and drummer Lenny McBrowne are fine in support, and on three numbers the percussion of Big Black and Sir Harold Murray are added; Big Black also sings on Congolese Children. An excellent outing, infectionously listenable!!
- Randy Weston (piano)
- Ray Copeland (trumpet, fluegel horn)
- Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone)
- Vishnu Wood (bass)
- Lenny McBrowne (drums)
- Big Black (conga)
- Sir Harold Murray (percussion)
Recording: October 1964 at Nola Penthouse Studios, New York, by Tommy Nola
Production: Randy Weston
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. Berkshire Blues
2. Portrait Of Vivian
3. Willie's Tune
4. Niger Mambo
5. African Cookbook
6. Congolese Children
7. Blues For Five Reasons$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
RepoRepo is the fifth album by Black Dice. The Brooklyn, NY-based trio has never worked harder at crafting a set of concise, sonically battering, or flat-out bizarre tunes than on this collection of fringe-surfing tone bombs. Yet a new roadhouse blues-band philosophy has simultaneously emerged, allowing the group to loosen up and toss off a record packed with blurry hooks and zoomed-in riffs as casually as a grizzled denizen of roadside dives might spew out aural alchemy in-between a few brews.
Brothers Eric and Bjorn Copeland and Aaron Warren have spent the better part of 10 years in daily contact, touring the world over, and sculpting their saw-toothed sound balloons under circumstances most reasonable people would wretch at. Their communal consciousness is as packed with garbage as much as it is concerned with making catchy tunes, and often the songs pouring out of it contain equal parts bombastic infectious rhythm and chaotic detritus.
Repo is the sound of a disciplined group of cosmic jokers setting out to reclaim the landscape popular culture would have us believe we cannot afford. The record irreverently mulches the sounds and images of radio, TV and internet into a fertile compost pile squirming with new, raw life. This Double Vinyl edition of Repo also features a 20 page booklet with exclusive art by the band.1. Night Creme
3. Earnings Plus Interest
5. La Cucaracha
6. Idiots Pasture
7. Lazy TV
9. Ten Inches
10. Chicken Shit
12. Urban Supermist
13. Ultra Vomit Craze
14. Gag Shack$17.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Muddy Waters 100Includes 12 Page Insert
Muddy Waters 100 is the centennial celebration of his birthday (April 4, 1915) and also a commemoration of this immense legacy. This compilation covers the broad spectrum of the Waters catalog from Country Blues to the pioneering Chess studio sessions in Chicago.
The album With an all-star lineup of Blues specialists and veterans under the direction of vocalist/guitarist, longtime Waters alumnus, and close friend John Primer, the mood is set with the trademark Got My Mojo Working, featuring vocalist Shemekia Copeland trading verses with Primer.
Also featuring Bob Margolin, who also spent many years in the Waters band. Johnny Winter (who produced four Muddy Waters albums in the 1970's) was brought in as guest slide guitarist on I'm Ready, and harmonica wizard James Cotton livens up Good News, and I Feel So Good, adding an authentic touch, as he played on the original recordings in the late 1950's. Representing the younger generation of bluesmen are Billy Branch, who sits in on harmonica on several tracks, and guitarists Gary Clark Jr., Keb Mo,' and Derek Trucks, who were requested to add a contemporary flavor to the celebrated repertoire.1. Got My Mojo Working
2. Still A Fool
3. I Be's Troubled
4. I'm Ready
5. Mannish Boy
7. Why Don't You Live So God Can Use You
8. Good News
9. Trouble No More
10. She Moves Me
11. Can 't Get No Grindin'
12. 40 Days And 40 Nights
13. Last Time I Fool Around With You
14. I Feel So Good
15. Fee L Like Going Home$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Feels LikeBully is the name for the Nashville quartet that is transforming familiar '90s alt-rock (Dinosaur Jr, Pavement, Weezer) into smart, sharp-edged millennial indie rock - an apt description for the band's churning guitars, rambunctious rhythms, and tightly coiled intensity. Their debut Feels Like sounds alternately like a balled fist and a fresh bruise.
Bully is also the perfect distillation of frontwoman Alicia Bognanno's visceral approach to songwriting. She trades in steely observations, raw-nerve confessions, and intense anger directed almost exclusively at herself although a few bystanders and bad exes might get caught in the crossfire. Her voice rises from sugar-sweet to scratchy howl as she bares her most harrowing fears to the world. In other words, Bognanno is her own bully. Not merely the band's vocalist, songwriter, guitarist, and all-around visionary, she is also Bully's producer and engineer.
Based in Nashville, Alicia Bognanno formed Bully essentially as a solo project backed by a trio of friends: Stewart Copeland on drums, Clayton Parker on guitar, and Reece Lazarus on bass. Bully is less a studio entity than a stage act, one that has quickly developed a reputation for its ferocious live shows (the Nashville Scene named Bully the top local band in its 2014 Best of Nashville issue.)
On record, Bully strives to retain the band s formidable guitar attack while highlighting her boldly candid lyrics. The band recorded Feels Like live in the studio, doing as few takes as possible. Once they'd gotten a good performance, the songs were mixed immediately, not merely to save time but to preserve the excitable urgency of the music. Overseeing every part of the process put extra pressure on Bognanno to deliver some truly unbridled vocal performances. A deeply personal album by an artist bravely mining her own life, Feels Like is all about trying to figure yourself out about holding yourself accountable and acting like an adult in a society that doesn't offer very many good examples.1. I Remember
3. Too Tough
10. Bully$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Angels & DevilsIt's after the end of the world, don't you know that yet...
With recent reports from various think tanks predicting we have somewhere in the range of 15 years left before the collapse of society begins, it would seem like Kevin Martin's sonic predictions of dystopian London that were set out on 2008's London Zoo were pretty accurate. And if we are in fact declining rapidly to chaos, there's no better time then the present to take the focus of that sonic assault from earthly domains and blast it to the netherworlds above and below.
The aforementioned London Zoo is where Kevin Martin, found his true voice. Pulling the fringes into a collective, unilaterally hateful assault. A psychological warfare driven by bass that on one hand captured a moment of London, yet also encapsulated a global message influenced by years of timeless and classic out-music.
The latest offering from the The Bug, Angels & Devils, escapes the London cage, drawing on it for influence yet blowing it up into a world-view now seen from Kevin Martin's new Berlin home. A record that simultaneously draws on London Zoo, completes a triptych cycle which started with his Bug debut Pressure, and fills the spaces between and inserts what was missing previously. Both a year zero re-set and a continuation of what has been. Like the Bowie/Eno classic Low, or Can's Tago Mago, the album is split into two distinct themes and explorations of light & dark. Bringing the angel & devil voices together under a single common banner. Antagonist at times, but not solely for the sake of being antagonistic, there's a beauty and lush sparseness to be found within, even when at its most chaotic. Truly only The Bug could find the common ground between Liz Harris (of Grouper) & Death Grips and make it seamless. Angels & Devils stretches the polarity of its predecessor in both directions simultaneously and is even more extreme for its new found seductiveness and added intensity. Deep space is explored, and physical assault is administered. In these days of YouTube quick fixes, and single tune memory spans, its a joy to witness Martin actually charting a cohesive narrative that rejoices in celebrating life through sonic sex and violence, beauty and ugliness. This is an audio thriller that delights in pursuing its own singular path/vision.
With the Angel side(s) up first, things kick off with Liz Harris (of Grouper) in the submerged lushness that is Void. Followed by contributions from ex Hype Wiliams half copeland (Fall), the blissed out patois of touring partner Miss Red (Mi Lost), two truly zoned Bug instrumentals, and rounded out by Gonjasufi on Save Me. It's a collection of heady, dubbed out cinematic blissfulness with a lurking darkness before giving way to devils...
Devils leads off with the return of long time collaborator Flowdan on the mic and the guitar of Justin Broadrick (Godflesh / Jesu) bringing a complete about face to the proceedings and setting the tone with The One. Roll Deep's Manga steps up next with the instant Bug classic Function, which is being currently smashed on dubplate, by Mala, Kahn and Logan Sama. Death Grips raise the antagonistic bar with Fuck A Bitch. Flowdan & Justin Broadrick come back for the cinematic death crawl of Fat Mac. Warrior Queen steps in for hands down the nastiest vocal she's ever delivered (which is saying a lot) for Fuck You, and finally Flowdan steps up again to round it all off with a Devils battle cry of sorts dirty, fuck that murky....
The concept is completed by the artistic expression it's packaged in, courtesy of Simon Fowler (Cataract). Known for his work for Sunn O))), Earth, and others, Simon has delivered a stunning hand drawn illustration, that sort that would make Bosch proud, showing the duality of the proceedings.
Utopian/dystopian, black/white, complexity/singularity, negative/positive... Angels/Devils.1. Void (Featuring Liz Harris)
2. Fall (Featuring copeland)
4. Mi Lost (Featuring Miss Red)
6. Save Me (Featuring Gonjasufi)
7. The One (Featuring Flowdan)
8. Function (Featuring Manga)
9. Fuck a Bitch (Featuring Death Grips)
10. Fat Mac (Featuring Flowdan)
11. Fuck You (Featuring Warrior Queen)
12. Dirty (Featuring Flowdan)$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Mr. ImpossibleFor over fifteen years, the highly influential Black Dice have continuously reinvented and mutated punk music into new sonic stews. The New York based trio of Eric Copeland, Bjorn Copeland, and Aaron Warren have released scores of albums, eps, and singles on iconic labels (Gravity, 31g,Troubleman, dfa, Paw Tracks), that document their musical travels, from raw brutal thrash to inside-out pop anthems from way out. Mr. Impossible, is the band's sixth full length; it's the soundtrack to a substance-fueled teen basement show on Mars.1. Pinball Wizard
3. The Jacker
5. Spy Vs Spy
6. Outer Body Shifter
7. Shithouse Drifter
9. Brunswick Sludge$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
MonkMonk is an album by jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk recorded for the Prestige label and performed by Monk with two quintets, one featuring Julius Watkins, Sonny Rollins, Percy Heath, and Willie Jones and one featuring Ray Copeland, Frank Foster, Curly Russell, and Art Blakey.1. We See
2. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
5. Let's Call This
6. Think of One [Take 2]
7. Think of One [Take 1]$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Blues ChristmasNew vinyl compilation featuring the best of Alligator's previous CD-only holiday releases, The Alligator Records Christmas Collection and Genuine Houserockin' Christmas. Features genre legends Koko Taylor, Carey Bell and Katie Webster, plus current blues headliners Shemekia Copeland, Marcia Ball, Roomful of Blues and Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials. Here's to a not-so-silent night1. Merry Merry Christmas - Koko Taylor
2. I'm Your Santa - Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials
3. Christmas Train - Carey Bell
4. Stay A Little Longer Santa - Shemekia Copeland
5. Christmas Snow - Michael "Iron Man" Burks
6. Back Door Santa - The Holmes Brothers
7. Santa Claus - Little Charlie & The Nightcats
8. Santa Claus, Do You Ever Get The Blues - Roomful of Blues
9. Christmas Party - W.C. Clark
10. Christmas Fais Do-Do - Marcia Ball
11. Deck The Halls With Boogie-Woogie - Katie Webster$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dan DyerIt may be generalizing. Hopefully it isn't offensive. But let's face it: Dan Dyer has one hell of a soulful voice for a white guy. It's a soulful voice for anybody. But for a white guy?! Close your eyes and you're likely to picture something more along the lines of Al Green or Stevie Wonder or Sly Stone than some east Texan around 40 years old. But this is Dan Dyer's gift - a voice oozing soul along with deeply introspective, serious songwriting.
Dyer was born and raised in the small east Texas town of Tool. He was given a guitar at age 5 but didn't learn to play until he was 18 and had moved to Austin, Texas. It was there that he began to study music seriously, attacking the guitar, and exploring his until-then untapped singing and songwriting powers.
While attending Texas State in San Marcos, Texas, Dyer formed a band, Breedlove, with guitarist Tyrone Vaughan (son of Jimmie Vaughan), drummer Jason White, keyboardist Ezra Reynolds and bassist Josh Dawkins. The group developed a dedicated following and released Reach Out in 1996 before disbanding in 1998.
From there, Dyer moved to New York City and began writing commercial music jingles, having songs placed in marketing campaigns for Budweiser, Chevrolet, Dr. Pepper and Campbell's Soup. While there, Lenny Kravitz, who had just begun a Warner Bros. imprint called Roxie Records, signed Dyer and produced his What Lies Beneath record in 2004, the first release on the label. Kravitz co-wrote four of the songs with Dyer and also played guitar on the record.
After touring for a year behind What Lies Beneath, Dyer moved to St. Louis and started a family. In 2007, he returned to Austin where he'd reunited with friend David Boyle, who recorded and produced Dyer in his converted-church studio for the self-titled Dan Dyer. The record was released in 2008 on Fat Caddy Records. From the chain gang-inspired sound of Love Chain to the gospel-tinged I Walk On Gilded Splinters and Stewart Copeland-esque syncopations of Play On Little Children, Dyer and Boyle weave a diverse fabric that extends beyond conventional musical boundaries.1. Prisoner Of Fear
2. Howling Wind
3. Come Home
4. Come Home Pt. 2
5. Reach Out$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP D2D -Sealed Direct to Disc (D2D) Buy Now
CloudedEpitaph is pleased to welcome This Wild Life to the roster. This Wild Life will release their debut album Clouded in 2014.
Hailing from Long Beach, CA, This Wild Life is duo Kevin Jordan and Anthony Del Grosso. Jordan and Del Gross grew up in the tightknit DIY punk scene in Long Beach. They quickly became friends after working at the same musical instrument store, bonding over music of their teens. The conversations were about hardcore, punk and scream bands such as Thursday, The Used, and Senses Fail. Soon enough, they started their own pop-punk band and made music together as This Wild Life. They played fast, they played loud and they didn't stand out from the crowd until they did the least "punk" thing possible. It was also bolder than anything in the punk rock rulebook: they got quiet and played acoustically.
The music itself connected with fans, even as it surprised them. They take pride in making music based in hardcore and punk rock, but with wider appeal. In contrast to the harsh music that This Wild Life grew up on, Jordan finds inspiration for his vocals outside the hardcore punk world. "Sara Bareilles is one of my favorites. Maybe people wouldn't expect that. Or maybe they would," he laughs.
A big part of who they are as a band is to remain true to their DIY punk ethic. After shows are played, tweets responded to and comments acknowledged online. The band put in the work to gain the support of their fan base. Now, This Wild Life has an army of 80K YouTube subscribers with videos of over 2.75 million views.
Clouded is their debut full-length and was recorded with Aaron Marsh of Copeland. Clouded maintains the core attributes of their sound - Jordan's vulnerable, expressive lyrics, DelGrosso's nimble fingerpicking - while pushing themselves towards more ambitious sounds. "We tried out a string section, pianos, different kinds of guitars, we didn't want to limit ourselves," Jordan notes.
Clouded is the triumphant result of years marked by small triumphs, big struggles and countless floor shows, bringing This Wild Life's heartfelt, melodic and acoustic punk-rock to a bigger audience they've earned.1. Concrete
2. Over It
3. No More Bad Days
5. Roots And Branches (meant To Be Alone)
6. Bound To Break
7. Better With You
8. Looking Back
9. Don't Say
10. 405$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
InstrumentalsRemastered Double LP With 12-Page Booklet
Includes Liner Notes By Tim Lawrence, Ernie Brooks And Arthur Russell
All Material Previously Released On The Audika CD Compilation First Thought Best Thought
Before Disco, and before the transcendent echoes, Arthur wanted to be a composer.
His journey began in 1972, leaving home in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Heading west to Northern California, Arthur studied Indian classical composition at the Ali Akbar Khan College of Music followed by western orchestral music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, before ending two years later in New York at the Manhattan School of Music.
Traversing the popular and the serious, Arthur composed "Instrumentals" in 1974, inspired by the photography of his Buddhist teacher, Yuko Nonomura, as Arthur described, "I was awakened, or re-awakened to the bright-sound and magical qualities of the bubblegum and easy-listening currents in American popular music".
Initially intended to be performed in one 48 hour cycle, "Instrumentals" was in fact only performed in excerpts a handful of times as a work in progress.
The legendary performances captured live in New York at The Kitchen (1975 and 1978) and Franklin St. Arts Center (1977) feature the cream of that eras downtown new music scene including Ernie Brooks, Rhys Chatham, Julius Eastman, Jon Gibson, Peter Gordon, Garrett List, Andy Paley, Bill Ruyle, Dave Van Tieghem, and Peter Zummo.
Pitchfork lauded "Instrumentals" Vol. 1 as a masterpiece and one of Arthur's "greatest achievements". Americana touching on Copeland, Ives, and maybe even Brian Wilson. "Instrumentals" Vol. 2 is a moving, deeply pastoral work performed by the CETA Orchestra and conducted by Julius Eastman.
Also included are two of Arthur's most elusive compositions, Reach One, and Sketch For "Face Of Helen". Recorded live in 1975 at Phill Niblock's Experimental Intermedia Foundation, Reach One is a minimal, hypnotic ambient soundscape written and performed for two Fender Rhodes pianos. Sketch For "Face Of Helen" was inspired by Arthur's work with friend and composer Arnold Dreyblatt, recorded with an electronic tone generator, keyboard and ambient recordings of a rumbling tugboat from the Hudson River.
For this remastered vinyl edition, a key part of Arthur's musical life has been restored. The sparkling, multidimensional results take the listener closer to Arthur's coast-to-coast journey: his iconoclastic determination to combine pop and art music; and his desire to make music that would resonate in the present and, ultimately, across time.1. Instrumentals Vol. 1
2. Instrumentals Vol. 2
3. Sketch for "Face Of Helen"
4. Reach One$32.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now