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  • The Age of Fracture The Age of Fracture Quick View

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    The Age of Fracture

    The long-awaited new album from CYMBALS is named after a book by Princeton academic, Daniel T. Rodgers, which addresses the fragmentation of ideas towards the end of the last century and how collective meanings have become uncertain. Singer and guitarist Jack Cleverly writes: It hit me that I often feel paralysed by the feeling that everything is 'too complicated', and that many people I know feel that paralysis. I realised that this way of thinking can be traced through these songs. Produced by Dreamtrak (Swim Deep, Chad Valley, Hot Chip) in his Hackney studio and written collectively over the last 12-months, the group have taken their time to carefully piece the album together, song-by-song, in sequence. The album was completed following a final mix from Daniel Rejmer (Foals, Everything Everything) and the result is testament to the band s attention to detail: a cleaner, brighter sound than their brattier early recordings, edging towards the European sophistication of the end-of-the-century French house Jack grew up around. Singles 'Like An Animal', 'The End' and 'The Natural World' are characterized by an upbeat disco cool and all push the 7-minute mark, whereas Winter 98 , This City , and Call Me are brooding, stark synth-led numbers reminiscent of early-New Order, with some lyrics sung in Jack s native French. The literary inspiration runs further through the album. The track The 5% , more obviously making reference to the themes of the album's namesake, declares Time can be erased, you re stupid if you try and stay in place, over a pulsing bassline and swirling electronics. Like an Animal is inspired by the intellectual and moral confusion of the main character in Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain. The album has even garnered literary responses of its own by British poet and novelist Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine. I told Joe about the book and the way the album was kind of a reaction to it, and he threw my rationalisation of it back at me through a short story inspired by the album. says Cleverly. It helped reveal the emotional territory of the songs. He showed me how I had been dividing things up artificially - desires and priorities, getting older and not being able to stop writing music... Through the writing of this album, CYMBALS have inevitably matured. We've never been in it just for a laugh, says Cleverly; but things got confused when we said we wanted to keep it fun we just didn't want to end up bitter, having chased a hollow dream. But this album is less about us; it's more outward looking, more aware of the world at large. Despite the weighty literary influences, the band are keen to separate themselves from the over-earnestness that can sometimes accompany such associations. I hate the whole 'serious earnest-singer-songwriter-thing, says Jack. With this album I really wanted to get away from that and make music that makes people want to dance and feel joy. Neil's kick drum is the most important thing we have to say as a band. Is this all fun? Yes, of course, but at the same time, not just that. Produced by Dreamtrak & mixed by Daniel Rejmer.
    1. Winter '98
    2. The Natural World
    3. You Are
    4. Empty Space
    5. The 5%
    6. The Fracture of Age
    7. Like An Animal
    8. Erosion
    9. This City
    10. The End
    11. Call Me
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  • Lenses Alien (On Sale) Lenses Alien (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Lenses Alien (On Sale)

    Lenses Alien, the result of collaborative explorations, is a stunning example of a band growing into itself, learning to collaborate, becoming more confident. Why There Are Mountains, Cymbals self-released debut, was a record that Joseph DAgostino made largely on his own, with help from Matt Miller and some other friends and acquaintances that came and went.


    Lenses Alien is a record that Joseph DAgostino, Brian Hamilton, Matt Miller, and Matthew Whipple made together, as a band. At its core, Lenses Alien is a marriage of classic pop forms and ambient haze that makes for a stark, dusky psychedelia.

    1. Rifle Eyesight (Proper Name)
    2. Shore Points
    3. Keep Me Waiting
    4. Plainclothes
    5. Definite Darkness
    6. Another Tunguska
    7. The Current
    8. Wavelengths
    9. Secret Family
    10. Gary Condit
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  • Why There Are Mountains Why There Are Mountains Quick View

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    Why There Are Mountains

    Barsuk Records is pleased to reissue Cymbals Eat Guitars' stunning debut Why There Are Mountains on vinyl. Originally self released in 2009, Why There Are Mountains seemed to appear out of nowhere to massive critical acclaim (partially thanks to Pitchfork bestowing the album with the much coveted Best New Music designation) and took the indie-rock world by storm. The band spent the following year and a half touring the world and sharing the stage with Los Campesinos!, The Thermals, The Flaming Lips, The Hold Steady and more before releasing their Barsuk debut Lenses Alien in 2011.
    1. ...And the Hazy Sea
    2. Some Trees (Merritt Moon)
    3. Indiana
    4. Cold Spring
    5. Share
    6. What Dogs See
    7. Wind Phoenix (Proper Name)
    8. The Living North
    9. Like Blood Does
    Cymbals Eat Guitars
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  • Sideways, Sometimes Sideways, Sometimes Quick View

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    Sideways, Sometimes

    Reissue of debut album now at a cheaper price as current album "The Age Of Fracture" is getting great press in all the major magazines. Cymbals is Dan, Jack, Neil and Sean. Some of them have played in bands before, but this one is different - it's sort of a romantic thing, some kind of chemistry that makes the songs what they are. Their sound is lean, fast and close, their songs about dancing, fun and forgetting. Recorded over five days on Lightship 95, a boat moored in the Thames, the EP has a clean, more coherent feel. Drawing on Yo La Tengo and New Order, the songs follow a pattern, a circle describing a moment in their lives.
    1. Untitled #1
    2. No Bad Decisions
    3. It Makes Me Seriously
    4. Candy Bar
    5. Untitled #2
    6. The Norms
    7. Intense Kids
    8. Untitled #3
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  • LOSE LOSE Quick View

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    LOSE

    "LOSE is a very apropos title because it refers not only to losing Ben, but also it's about a sort of nostalgia, a longing for a time when music meant everything to you and your friends, and it seemed like one great rock record could change everyone's life the way it changed yours," says D'Agostino. "It's about being in mourning for your long-held belief that music could literally change the world. That's the contradiction at the heart of LOSE... You're disillusioned, but somehow you can do nothing else but rail against that feeling mightily and try, once again, to make a record that makes you and everyone else 'wake up wanting to listen to records'."And indeed, the band, rounded out by bassist Matthew Whipple, keyboardist Brian Hamilton, and drummer Andrew Dole, alongside producer John Agnello, do little wallowing. This is a raucous affair, an Irish Wake, ultimately rooted in nothing less than a celebration of just being alive."I think this one is obviously more accessible than Why There Are Mountains or Lenses Alien," says D'Agostino, referring to the band's first two LPs, their debut having been awarded Pitchfork's coveted Best New Music. "The first two had a lot more stop and start," he continues. "This one has a ton of momentum. It's got fluidity and grace. I think I gave the lyrics more room to breathe, so you can kind of follow what's going on."
    1. Jackson
    2. Warning
    3. XR
    4. Place Names
    5. Child Bride
    6. Laramie
    7. Chambers
    8. Lifenet
    9. 2 Hip Soul
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  • Chord Odyssey Speaker Cables (3 Meter) Chord Odyssey Speaker Cables (3 Meter) Quick View

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    Chord Odyssey Speaker Cables (3 Meter)

    2005



    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    Chord Odyssey speaker cable shares its principal design features with Chord Rumour. Like Rumour, each conductor is made up of 19 strands of silver-plated oxygen free copper surrounded by PTFE insulation. However, the strands are of a heavier gauge and whereas Rumour uses 1.5mm overall diameter conductors, Odyssey uses 2mm overall diameter conductors.


    The larger diameter conductors help Odyssey to carry dynamic information extremely well and this produces real improvements to the weight, attack and dynamic of notes across the entire frequency range. Cymbals are noticeably more realistic and acoustic guitars and pianos more lifelike; this ability to carry dynamic information so well means that Odyssey produces a remarkably musical and coherent sound. This, combined with Odyssey's neutral tonality, helped it to win the Hi-fi News Best Speaker Cable award for five years in a row.


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  • Chord Odyssey Speaker Cables (5 Meter) Chord Odyssey Speaker Cables (5 Meter) Quick View

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    Chord Odyssey Speaker Cables (5 Meter)

    2005



    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    Chord Odyssey speaker cable shares its principal design features with Chord Rumour. Like Rumour, each conductor is made up of 19 strands of silver-plated oxygen free copper surrounded by PTFE insulation. However, the strands are of a heavier gauge and whereas Rumour uses 1.5mm overall diameter conductors, Odyssey uses 2mm overall diameter conductors.


    The larger diameter conductors help Odyssey to carry dynamic information extremely well and this produces real improvements to the weight, attack and dynamic of notes across the entire frequency range. Cymbals are noticeably more realistic and acoustic guitars and pianos more lifelike; this ability to carry dynamic information so well means that Odyssey produces a remarkably musical and coherent sound. This, combined with Odyssey's neutral tonality, helped it to win the Hi-fi News Best Speaker Cable award for five years in a row.


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  • D'zzz D'zzz Quick View

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    D'zzz

    At times the album gives the impression of a kind of futureprimitive take on Trap; rusted and distorted 808 claps and bass drums collide with exotic percussion and mangled industrial clangs, reminiscent of more recent industrial takes on techno such as Pete Swanson's music. It's a thoroughly unique soundworld that stretches from the 4/4 kick of 'Dusco' to the Brazillian percussion meets trap triplets of 'Drizzle'. 'Dank' is made of exhausted and aggressively distorted hip hop, while 'Drowning' has an ambient feeling to it, leading into 'Dilute''s pockmarked abstraction. 'Death' is mercilessly overloaded and fever-sick, while 'D'Mmmm' works with just a looped sample and plodding processed 808s. following on are 'Demonoid' which stretches cymbals and drums into strange shimmering shapes and the brainwipe of 'Damiana's fierce oppressive squelch.
    1. Dusco

    2. Drizzle

    3. Dank

    4. Drowning
    5. Dilute

    6. Death

    7. D'Mmmm
    8. Demonoid

    9. Damiana
    Misty Conditions
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  • No Energy No Energy Quick View

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    No Energy

    As a robust rock underground got swallowed alive by the
    Major Label Industrial Complex, the very autonomous
    Unwound-Olympia, Washington's Great Noise Hope-toed the troublesome line between pay check and Check
    Engine light. Captured in the gaps of a ruthless touring
    schedule, defining fourth and fifth albums The Future
    of What and Repetition were issued in the back-to-back
    springs of 1995 and '96. Both find the band severing their
    post-hardcore roots, for gripping detours into Echoplex,
    kraut, D&B, and Mingus, as guided by a sun-worn copy of
    Book Your Own Fuckin' Life.


    No Energy collects both of these 1990s masterworks,
    beginning with Justin Trosper's home-made haircut
    stabs on "New Energy," continuing with Vern Rumsey's
    reanimating bass on "Corpse Pose," and closing in a wall
    of Sara Lund crash cymbals on "For Your Entertainment."
    This 33-song collection is buttressed by singles and
    period live tracks, a pile of double-exposed photographs,
    and a 10,000 word essay by latter-day Unwound diarist
    David Wilcox.

    1. New Energy
    2. Demolished
    3. Natural Disasters
    4. Re-Enact the Crime
    5. Equally Stupid
    6. Pardon My French
    7. Decision
    8. Accidents on Purpose
    9. Petals Like Bricks
    10. Vern's Answer to the Masses
    11. Here Come the Dogs
    12. Disappoint
    13. Swan
    14. Message Received
    15. Corpse Pose
    16. Unauthorized Autobiography
    17. Lowest Common Denominator
    18. Sensible
    19. Lady Elect
    20. Fingernails on a Chalkboard
    21. Murder Movies
    22. Next Exit
    23. Devoid
    24.Go to Dallas and Take a Left
    25. For Your Entertainment
    26. Corpse Pose (Single Version)
    27. Everything is Weird
    28. Seen Not Heard
    29. Next Exit
    30. MKULTRA
    31. Usual Dosage
    32. Swan
    Unwound
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    Empire

    As a robust rock underground got swallowed alive by the Major Label Industrial Complex, the very autonomous Unwound - Olympia, Washington's Great Noise Hope - toed the troublesome line between pay check and Check Engine light. Captured in the gaps of a ruthless touring schedule, defining fourth and fifth albums The Future of What and Repetition were issued in the back-to-back springs of 1995 and '96. Both find the band severing their post-hardcore roots, for gripping detours into Echoplex, kraut, D&B, and Mingus, as guided by a sun-worn copy of Book Your Own Fuckin' Life. No Energy collects both of these 1990s masterworks, beginning with Justin Trosper's home-made haircut stabs on New Energy, continuing with Vern Rumsey's reanimating bass on Corpse Pose, and closing in a wall of Sara Lund crash cymbals on For Your Entertainment. This 33-song collection is buttressed by singles and period live tracks, a pile of double-exposed photographs, and a 10,000 word essay by latter-day Unwound diarist David Wilcox.
    1. Data
    2. Laugh Track
    3. Meet the Plastics
    4. The World is Flat
    5. Sonata For Loudspeakers
    6. NO TECH!
    7. Side Effects of Being Tired
    8. Lifetime Achievement Award
    9. What Went Wrong
    10. We Invent You
    11. Look A Ghost
    12. December
    13. Treachery
    14. Terminus
    15. Demons Sing Love Songs
    16. Off This Century
    17. One Lick Less
    18. Scarlette
    19. October All Over
    20. Summer Freeze
    21. Radio Gra
    22. Below The Salt
    23. Who Cares
    24. Mile Me Deaf
    25. The Light at the End of the Tunnel is a Train
    26. Solo Sonata
    27. XLNT
    28. Laszlo
    29. Torch Song
    30. Meet The Plastics (Demo)
    31. The World Is Flat (Demo)
    32. Empire (Demo)
    Unwound
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  • Odd Blood Odd Blood Quick View

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    Odd Blood

    Since the release of their critically acclaimed 2007 debut All Hour Cymbals, Yeasayer has been around the world and back again. While their first record was conceived in total artistic isolation, constant touring forced Yeasayer to finally engage with their contemporaries. Inspired by musicians hell-bent on sonic experimentation as well as those more comfortable in a pop context, Yeasayer find their domain spanning across the musical spectrum. Studied, road worn, and eager to begin phase two, Yeasayer retreated to upstate New York to begin work on their new album titled ODD BLOOD.


    If All Hour Cymbals was Yeasayer's attempt at global and ambient cultural mash-up then ODD BLOOD takes place in an off-world colony sometime after the Singularity. Glimmering reverb haze is eschewed and replaced by a cavalcade of disorienting pitch effects and flickering ectoplasmic wisps. Instead of layered vocal harmonies the processed vocals congeal into blots and blobs of otherworldly chatter. Many organic elements are left behind and replaced by sounds and rhythms that inspire the body as much as the mind. At times Yeasayer sound as if they would be at home playing live in scene from Blade Runner or inside one of Oscar Neimeyer's concrete modernist temples from the 1960s.


    ODD BLOOD is an album divided into two halves; the first being top heavy with pop songs, while the latter full of the playful and strange.


    Side One. The album begins with The Children, a twisted chopped and screwed stomp, full of sub bass and spooky keyboards. Distorted vocals create hidden hooks and it's immediately clear: this isn't the same Yeasayer. After the rubble clears the album leaps into Yeasayer's version of the pop anthem with Ambling Alp, Madder Red, I Remember, and O.N.E. Yeasayer have plunged into the craft of pop music, and the exercise has paid off.


    Side Two. The second half of ODD BLOOD is slightly more experimental in nature. Sci-fi musical jams (Mondegreen), maniacal rants (Grizelda), and paranoia (Love Me Girl) show the band exploring more paranoid motifs, yet never deprive the listener of hooks and ear candy.


    ODD BLOOD plays out at a blistering pace, yet it never sacrifices depth or content. It is immediately evident the band has advanced in songwriting as well as sonic craft. Lyrically, it is a more mature and honest album than the first, as the band demonstrates a confidence to explore more personal themes alongside vividly depicted tales. One thing is certain: Yeasayer are accomplished audiologists who are willing to pilfer decades of pop sensibilities and cultural history to create something that is uniquely their own.

    Side A


    1. The Children
    2. Ambling Alp
    3. Madder Red
    4. I Remember
    5. O.N.E.


    Side B


    1. Love Me Girl
    2. Rome
    3. Strange Reunions
    4. Mondegreen
    5. Grizelda

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  • Is Forever No Way (On Sale) Is Forever No Way (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Is Forever No Way (On Sale)

    Hope I Die Virgin have, with their chaste and low key mix of rainy British indie and Dischord sound, been a cult band reserved for a few seeking souls. Two self released EP's, the most recent produced by Emil Nikolaisen of Serena Maneesh, received nods of approval from besserwissers. Still the band with the strange name have been walking by themselves in the murky mud on the banks of Oslo's underground, barely visible for the past two years.


    Hope I Die Virgin let the world be and created an alternate reality in Harrys Gym studio through innumerable sessions in 2009 and 2010. Is Forever No Way was from the beginning a megalomaniac project, a fantasy of a record so extensive, so deep and discomposing that the world had never heard anything like it. The more time the band spent in the studio, the more self-exhausting their ambitions became. Every bass note, every last beating of the cymbals have been subjected to infinite interpretation and association processes. Every chord shift has been analysed with astrological and scientifical intent.

    1. Intro

    2. Panther Streams
    3. Acid Lake
    4. Anders Giæver (Interstellar Duke)
    5. Cogs
    6. Wolf Head Dress
    7. (Soon) Into Heavens
    8. No Dwelling
    9. At Crude Garbage Falls
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  • Berlioz: Requiem Berlioz: Requiem Quick View

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    Berlioz: Requiem

    This Requiem calls for immense instrumental and vocal resources used not only for power but also for the most subtle and varied refinement of color, and at times making distinct use of music heard to come from different directions. The main orchestra consists of four flutes, two oboes, two English horns, four clarinets, 12 horns, eight bassoons, four cornets, four tubas, 16 kettle drums, two bass drums, four tamtams, 10 cymbals and an enormous complement of strings.

    In addition, in the Tuba mirum, Rex tremendae and Lacrymosa, four brass bands are arranged about the orchestra and emanate from the four points of the compass: North, consisting of four trumpets, four trombones and two tubas; East, of four trumpets and four trombones; West, of four trumpets and four trombones; and South, of four trumpets, four trombones, and four tubas. There are also two choruses and a tenor soloist, the latter was placed in the organ loft and is heard from a great distance from the original loudspeakers.

    Maurice Abravanel
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  • Jazz, Folk Songs, Spirituals, & Blues Jazz, Folk Songs, Spirituals, & Blues Quick View

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    Jazz, Folk Songs, Spirituals, & Blues

    Recorded on in 1958 in Los Angeles, CA, Jazz, Folk Songs, Spirituals, & Blues is a rare album by the one-man-band and well-known folk musician Jesse Fuller. Although Fuller always played music on the side, becoming a master of the 12-string guitar (between working for the railroads, lumber companies, or the circus), he did not make his first recording until 1955, when he was already 50 years old. Frustrated by his inability to get a band together, Fuller devised a way to play all the instruments himself, constructing a one-man band system that allowed him to sing and accompany himself on the twelve-string guitar, harmonica, kazoo, cymbals & a homemade instrument he called the "fotdella" (played with the big toe of the right foot which hit pedals causing padded hammers to strike against the instrument's six strings). This brilliant and unique album in the blues arena includes Fuller's rendition of traditional blues numbers like "Take This Hammer" and "Linin' Track" as well as his own compositions like "Fingerbuster" and "99 Years".
    1. Take This Hammer
    2. Linin' Track
    3. I'm Going To Meet My Loving Mother
    4. Tiger Rag
    5. Memphis Boogie (Fuller)
    6. Raise A Ruckus
    7. By And By
    8. Fingerbuster (Fuller)
    9. Stagolee
    10. 99 Years (Fuller)
    11. Hesitation Blues
    Jesse Fuller
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  • Geist Geist Quick View

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    Geist


    Clear Vinyl


    "Musically, the band has clearly found inspiration from the likes of Joy
    Division, Disappears, and The Jesus and Mary Chain, with an emphasis
    on heavy waves of drone and lots of visceral fuzz to create a slate-gray
    soundscape that's as frightening as it is aggressive."
    - Consequence of Sound


    "Something tells me Stagnant Pools are going to end up much more
    than Bloomington big." - Chicago Reader
    "The band sounds ready to escape something here, as a bucking rhythm
    and Strokes-like melody peeks through a hovering coal-dust cloud of
    distorted guitar sustain and reverb" - Pitchfork


    Following the release of their debut full-length Temporary Room,
    Stagnant Pools embarked on several high profile tours supporting
    the likes of David Bazan, Maximo Park, Cymbals Eat Guitars, and
    more.


    All this time spent on the road gave the Indianapolis-based duo
    a fresh perspective on their strengths and weaknesses as a band,
    feedback that brothers Bryan and Douglass Enas took to heart
    while spending last year working on new material.


    As a result, Stagnant Pools' sophomore release Geist (which was
    recorded and mixed directly to tape with Hum singer/guitarist
    Matt Talbott) finds the pair refining and expanding on a shoegaze-meets-noise pop sound that has drawn comparisons to Joy
    Division, Sonic Youth, and The Strokes.

    1. You Whir
    2. To Begin
    3. Geist
    4. Intentions
    5. Filed Down
    6. Ever So
    7. His Head Was Warm
    8. Dots and Lines
    9. Decoder
    10. Brute
    Stagnant Pools
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  • Respighi: Pines of Rome & Fountains of Rome (45 RPM) Respighi: Pines of Rome & Fountains of Rome (45 RPM) Quick View

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    Respighi: Pines of Rome & Fountains of Rome (45 RPM)

    RCA Living Stereo Classical LPs - The Gold Standard For Top Quality Orchestral Performance And Sound!


    Remastered From The Original Master Tape - Now Available Cut At 45 RPM! By Ryan Smith At Sterling Sound


    Lacquers Plated By Gary Salstrom And Pressed On 200-Gram Vinyl At Quality Record Pressings!


    Deluxe Gatefold Jacket From Stoughton Printing


    A highly sought-after RCA shaded dog Living Stereo title, the performance and sonics found within rate a 10/10. A must have - the dynamics are monstrous! Whichever other Respighi tone poem recordings you ultimately purchase, you MUST own this one. Since the early '60s it has been the standard by which all others have been judged, and in terms of both sound and performance, it has never really been surpassed. The final march of Pines is simply incredible: Thundering bass drum, crashing cymbals and gongs, bellowing brass - nobody since has brought the whole thing off with the same combination of excitement and discipline.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    LP 1
    1. The Pines of the Villa Borghese
    2. Pines Near a Catacomb
    3. The Pines of the Janiculum
    4. The Pines of the Appian Way


    LP 2
    1. The Fountain of the Valle Giulia at Dawn
    2. The Triton Fountain at Morning
    3. The Fountain of Trevi at Midday
    4. The Villa Medici Fountain at Sunset

    Fritz Reiner
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  • Horizontalism Horizontalism Quick View

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    Horizontalism

    Following the success of last year's Hard Believer album-which saw the trio known as Fink melding Fin Greenall's ruggedly lush vocals with a slow-burning and steady-thumping array of string lucking (Guy Whittaker) and cymbal smashing (Tim Thornton)-they ring in 2015 with Horizontalism, due for release via R'COUP'D on May 19th. Inspired by Greenall's new home in Berlin and his resurgent interest in electronic production, his series of mixes may stand in stark contrast of the bands musical output of the past years but the listener finds themselves ay the same intersection of impassioned storytelling, manifest emotion and darkly beautiful ambience that Fink fans have come to expect.
    1. Fall into the Light
    2. Looking Too Closely (So36dub)
    3. Shakespeare (Nachbarn39)
    4. Pilgrim (Moda232)
    5. A30 Breakdown
    6. Suffering Is The Art Of Love
    7. White Flag (Nachteule143)
    8. Hard Believer (kstr10179)
    9. Green And The Blue (RLP12-321)
    10. Music Won't Save You (Horizontalism Mix) (Suuns)
    Fink
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    God's Balls (Deluxe Edition)

    TAD was a mighty force in the late-'80s/early-'90s Seattle scene. Their heavy, churning rock/metal/punk buzz was a crucial part of Sub Pop's early years, and, along with peers like Mudhoney, Nirvana, and Soundgarden, they defined the sound that reinvigorated the rock world in the early '90s. TAD was led by the physically imposing yet incredibly sweet singer/guitarist TAD Doyle, with bassist Kurt Danielson (ex-Bundle of Hiss), drummer Steve Wied, and guitarist Gary Thorstensen. With an image that sometimes cast the band as deranged lumberjacks, and influence from Head of David and Killdozer, TAD put a uniquely rain-and-fog-coated Northwest spin on '80s underground rock. The band released two albums and a few EPs on Sub Pop between 1988 and 1991, all of which are now lovingly remastered by the band's friend and engineer Jack Endino (Soundgarden, Nirvana, Mudhoney, Screaming Trees) and repackaged with expansive liner notes.


    God's Balls, TAD's punishing, noise-drenched debut album, was recorded with Jack Endino at Reciprocal Recording in Seattle in 1988, and released early the following year. In addition to their usual arsenal of guitars, bass, and drums, the band employed a variety of unusual instruments - an empty gas tank from a car, a hacksaw, a large brass tube from a microwave transmitter, CB radio mics, a cello bow used on cymbals to emulate guitar feedback - to thunderous effect, adding a Neubauten-esque clang to the band's rock riffs. After releasing God's Balls, TAD flew to Europe with Nirvana for both bands' first European tour. The now-legendary, month-long tour took the bands to the UK, Ireland, Scotland, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Italy, Denmark and Sweden

    1. Behemoth
    2. Pork Chop
    3. Helot
    4. Tuna Car
    5. Sex God Missy (Lumberjack Mix)
    6. Cyanide Bath
    7. Boiler Room
    8. Satan's Chainsaw
    9. Hollow Man
    10. Nipple Belt
    TAD
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  • Respighi: Pines of Rome & Fountains of Rome Respighi: Pines of Rome & Fountains of Rome Quick View

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    Respighi: Pines of Rome & Fountains of Rome

    RCA Living Stereo Classical LPs - The Gold Standard For Top Quality Orchestral Performance And Sound!


    Remastered And Cut At 33 1/3 RPM By Ryan Smith At Sterling Sound


    Lacquers Plated By Gary Salstrom And Pressed On 200-Gram Vinyl At Quality Record Pressings!


    Grade A. The exceedingly rare 1s/1s pressing of this disc has been celebrated and sought after ever since Carol B. Kessler wrote her famous article in TAS on the best RCAs (she ranked the 1s/1s Pines the #3 RCA of all-time). If you don't have a 1s/1s pressing, you will doubtlessly find this remastering sensational. Since I do have a 1s/1s, I'd have to say that there are aspects of the 1s/1s that are marginally superior to the Analogue Productions reissue - and vice versa. Though beautiful, string tone doesn't seem quite as silken on the Kassem reissue as it does on the RCA original; on the other hand, the staggeringly powerful bass on The Pines of the Appian Way (replete with gong and organ) retains all of its thunder and then some on the Analogue Productions re-pressing with, once again, a fair measure of tape-like ease and authority. (As with The Reiner Sound, the base is a little murky in spots, probably the results of mic preamp overload. In any event that occasional murkiness is also present on the 1s/1s and the Classic reissue.) - Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound.com, June 11, 2013


    A highly sought-after RCA shaded dog Living Stereo title, the performance and sonics found within rate a 10/10. A must have - the dynamics are monstrous! Whichever other Respighi tone poem recordings you ultimately purchase, you MUST own this one. Since the early '60s it has been the standard by which all others have been judged, and in terms of both sound and performance, it has never really been surpassed. The final march of Pines is simply incredible: Thundering bass drum, crashing cymbals and gongs, bellowing brass - nobody since has brought the whole thing off with the same combination of excitement and discipline.


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    1. The Pines of the Villa Borghese
    2. Pines Near a Catacomb
    3. The Pines of the Janiculum
    4. The Pines of the Appian Way
    5. The Fountain of the Valle Giulia at Dawn
    6. The Triton Fountain at Morning
    7. The Fountain of Trevi at Midday
    8. The Villa Medici Fountain at Sunset
    Fritz Reiner with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Vessel

    The first track of Vessels, "Fear the Followers", comes in with tight frantic riffing coupled by a stark immediate thrash part. The song, bordering on hardcore underneath, is screamed in two separate distinct voices; one being a screechier version of the lower growls. A strict delivery of sharp metalcore is prevalent. But then the middle dips into some Sabbath swings before further slowing with cymbals crashing and synths.


    Track two, "Buried in the City", however exploits the notion of the riff and just goes full throttle doom metal. The tidal journey is engrossing, barbaric! Without rehashing any hacked riff, Cokegoat comes in with snarling bit of doom metal. It carries significant weight as a tribute to classic sounds while approaching them differently. The layered vocal and galloping metal guitars spark the energy of the finish.


    "Dogs" contrasts that with a cosmic synth aura and a taut minimalist riff approach for a tense 3 minutes. Then the explosion of a sinister 1970's free-wheeling riff takes center stage. All of which are to be manipulated into an Unsane, Faith No More ("Malpractice, "Caffeine") ugly place. Eventually, among static shorelines, we get a dreamy recoil into a bluesy meandering.


    Cokegoat begs you to pinpoint them, not by album but by the minute.


    There are continuous bounces from Strife type hardcore intros (I swear) to scathing black metal nods. Usually bands that boast that spectrum of influence are raw and crusty and loose in the production. This is tight as sutures. Andy Nelson of Weekend Nachos engineered this and Carl Saff (Unsane, Red Fang, Earthless) mastered the final sound for this. Not surprising. Heavy is a key factor in Vessels.


    Vessels is one hell of a debut. This bitch has balls. But quickly flashes some groove. "The End of Your Life Pt 2" is controlled chaos. It also is one of two 2-part songs. Yeah. This is foresight, ambition, ardor and grit in this album. Here we have "three guitarists, three voices, synths, bass and drums," kept on a production leash that adds an urgency to the manic time changes. Which crush. The atmospheric layers are just touches. They add mood but never take center stage. This is about riffs, but Cokegoat know where to accent their talents as well.


    FFO: Sons of Otis, Type O Negative, Monster Magnet, Electric Wizard, early Baroness, Mastodon, Black Tusk, Moss, ASG, The Gates of Slumber, Earthride (Hutch)


    - New Noise Magazine

    1. Fear the Followers
    2. Buried In The City
    3. Dogs
    4. End of Your Life, Pt. 1
    5. End of Your Life, Pt. 2
    6. Fly by Night, Pt. 2
    7. Fly by Daylight
    8. Glorious Dead
    Cokegoat
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  • Klipsch Reference X20i In-Ear Headphones Klipsch Reference X20i In-Ear Headphones Quick View

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    Klipsch Reference X20i In-Ear Headphones





    Hear The Air

    X20i is the most revealing in-ear headphone Klipsch has ever created. High frequencies are reproduced with extreme accuracy and bass is clear, full, and warm. Breaking down the limitations of the capabilities in the class, X20i brings a new standard to headphone acoustics. Powered by a true two-way dual armature design, the high-horsepower KG-926T woofer is paired to a high resolution KG-125B super tweeter. This brings about a palpable sound character and makes X20i the broadest bandwidth in-ear headphone available from Klipsch.


    High Resolution Super Tweeter

    Placing X20i into a class of its own, the KG-125B super tweeter provides a truly transparent sound. With high-frequency performance designed to take advantage of superb lossless recordings, this headphone provides hi-hats and cymbals with true-to-life realism.


    Surgical-Grade Stainless Steel

    Injection-molded surgical-grade stainless steel is the main material used in the X20i chassis. Featuring a reverse hood scoop, X20i is one of the smallest and most durable two-way headphones available today.


    Super-Slim Ear Tips

    X20i features the most comfortable ear tip ever designed by Klipsch. Pre-installed, the most popular ear tip has been redesigned into a super slim form. After extensive research, surveys lead to the conclusion that ear canals are even narrower than previously thought. The super slim ear tip responds to that by using an even narrower and more tapered design, allowing people who have never found in-ear monitors to be comfortable to wear them without issue. However, since all ears are unique, included with the product are five additional sizes to pick from.


    Interchangeable Cables

    Another impressive feature of X20i is the ability to swap cables. Screw-type coaxial SSMCX connectors for both left and right sides allow for swapping cables or using custom balanced cables. Roughly 35% smaller than industry-standard MMCX connectors, X20i has all the advantages of interchangeable cables without the bulk.


    Advanced Three-Button Mic And Remote

    Enjoy easy control of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod while listening to music, watching movies and answering phone calls.


    Accessories

    Featuring a stainless black finish, each comes with genuine leather carrying case, tie bar, five different sized ear tips and a one-year warranty.


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    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    Klipsch Headphones
    $549.00
    Reference X20i In-Ear Headphones Buy Now
  • Charlie Watts Meets The Danish Radio Big Band Charlie Watts Meets The Danish Radio Big Band Quick View

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    Charlie Watts Meets The Danish Radio Big Band

    Before Charlie Watts became the best-known drummer on the planet with The Greatest rock 'n' Roll Band in the World he lived for a few months in Denmark. According to English trumpeter and flugelhorn player, Gerard Presencer, who is also a member of the Danish Radio Big Band, it was something he only found out about by chance when he and Charlie talked on the telephone in 2009


    "I landed a job with Danish Radio Big Band in 2009. A week or two after arriving in Copenhagen I got a call from Charlie. Later the idea dawned upon me for a return to his Jazz days over here after nearly 50 years. I spoke with my boss at the Danish Radio Big Band and went about putting this live project together. We agreed upon a week in Copenhagen in October 2010."


    They rehearsed for 4 days, then played a concert on the fifth day at the newly opened Danish Radio Concert Hall in Copenhagen. This concert was recorded for broadcast by Danish National Radio. Charlie and his long-time bassist Dave Green went to record shops and strolled around the city, with no need for security guards. Charlie made it clear that he did not want to be placed on a big riser above the band, as he found that this did not help the musicians to bond.


    In choosing the material, it was important to focus on the groove. According to Prescencer, "Having Dave Green on bass as special guest was an essential ingredient, as these two boyhood friends (next door neighbours growing up in Wembley, North London) have unspoken psychic connections that bassists and drummers, so there are times on this recording where their abundant empathy makes the rest of the band comfortable enough to really play out and take chances."


    The album includes seven tracks, including two Mick and Keith compositions, 'Paint it Black' and 'You Can't Always Get What You Want', both arranged by Prescencer and another one, 'Faction' that is based on another Stones' classic. There are also two by Charlie himself, both written with fellow drummer Jim Keltner.


    A day or two after the broadcast Prescencer began to think that the concert was so good it deserved to be heard more widely. "The Danish Radio needed very little convincing to hand over the recordings to me to work on, as well as Søren Frost our regular drummer and rhythm section consultant from the big band and the brilliant recording engineer, Lars C. Bruun. So, after several years work on this, we have produced this collection of music from our gig."


    Charlie Watts meets the Danish Radio Big Band is the kind of album that many jazz fans had probably given up hope of hearing. In the glory days of big band jazz and arrangers like Oliver Nelson coming up with brilliant music, albums like this were, if not commonplace, at least more readily available. The truth is there is nothing commonplace about this album, it is a sheer delight.


    Anyone who knows Charlie, knows how much he loves jazz. A few years ago when he and I were looking at a photo of the Stones playing in the 1960s he pointed at a particular cymbal and said, "I've still got that cymbal, but I don't use it on Stones' gigs, it's too good for them. I just use it on my jazz gigs." There's no doubt, that's the cymbal you hear on the first part of the 'Elvin Suite'.


    Charlie Watts is one of the great ambassadors for jazz and every jazz lover will relish this record, and the fact that Charlie is involved may bring jazz to the attention of some that are not sure if they like jazz. Listen to this and you know you do.

    1. Elvin Suite - Part 1
    2. Elvin Suite - Part 2
    3. Faction (AKA Satisfaction)
    4. I Should Care
    5. You Can't Always Get What You Want
    6. Paint It Black
    7. Molasses
    Charlie Watts & The Danish Radio Big Band
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  • Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker (Speakers Corner) Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker (Speakers Corner)

    When the evenings grow longer, the autumn leaves begin to fall and Jack Frost calls during the night, then it is time to conjure up the magic world of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker while relaxing in front of a crackling fire.



    In this double album you will hear the delightfully varied ballet music in its entirety and not just the usual highlights. Each and every one of the highly individual numbers, be it a dance, a march or a waltz, is enchanting with its ever varying orchestral colouring, here merry and impudent and tripping along lightly without a care in the world, there sturdy and vigourous, even coarse.



    The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, led by its conductor of many years standing, Ernest Ansermet, is very much at home in Russian repertoire and masters the occasional immense difficulties of the score with bravado. The DECCA team has once again proved its worth and leaves any nuts which still need to be cracked to the hi-fi equipment - the airy strings, the delicate triangles, the thrill of cymbals clashing, and the wooden clack of the castanets. And if, by an amazing coincidence, the heating should fail when you are listening to this record, there is no reason to worry - this music is guaranteed to warm the cockels of your heart and keep Jack Frost from the door.





    Musicians:



    • Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

    • Ernest Ansermet (conductor)




    Recording: October / November 1958 at Victoria Hall, Geneva by Roy Wallace
    Production: James Walker




    About Speakers Corner



    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, Speakers Corner 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 existant 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 emphasise that Speakers Corner 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 have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    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 - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
    $69.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • In A Silent Way (Awaiting Repress) (On Sale) In A Silent Way (Awaiting Repress) (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    In A Silent Way (Awaiting Repress) (On Sale)

    Float Into the Ether: Gorgeous 1969 Experimental Treasure Among the Most Atmospheric Jazz Albums Ever Recorded


    Delicate, Immersing, Dynamic: Mobile Fidelity Reissue Magnifies the Bold Textures, Soothing Ambience, and Transcendent Moods


    Davis First Fusion Album Features John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland, and Tony Williams


    Sketches of Spain, Kind of Blue, Milestones, Round About Midnight, and Four & More Also Available from Mobile Fidelity


    Shhh. The command to be quiet is no just part of the title of one of the two sprawling compositions on this pioneering album. Its also an apt metaphor for the relaxed hypnotism and spaced-out atmosphere that define In a Silent Way, a record that pushes the boundaries of studio possibilities, artist-producer relationships, and rock-jazz chasms. Recognized as Miles Davis first full-on fusion effort and part of his electric era, the 1969 landmark claims a Whos Who lineup that sends the music into an ethereal stratosphere.


    Part of Mobile Fidelitys Miles Davis catalog restoration series, In a Silent Way now immerses the listener in linoleate landscapes starlit by the intuition, suspension, and paradoxes wrought by a once-in-a-lifetime collective. Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, this unsurpassed 180g LP edition lifts the veil on the cutting-edge assembly process that created the pair of lengthy suites. Helmed by three electric instruments, the beveled compositions melt away all preconceived notions of jazz, rock, and ambience, following a loose theory Davis dubbed New Directions.


    Few albums are so delicately textured. And on Mobile Fidelitys meticulous analog reissue, such sulcate elements pour over ink-black backgrounds on a canyon-wide soundstage. In particular, Tony Williams inventive percussive touch he causes the cymbals to shimmer as a pieces of silver tend to do when exposed to sunlight is broadcast with lifelike three-dimensional qualities, the panoramic view extending to Davis nocturnal trumpet, Wayne Shorter's ribbon-unfurling saxophone, Dave Hollands extrapolative bass, and the mosaic of keys.


    If the records only accomplishment is its introduction of guitarist John McLaughlin to the world, it alone would be enough. Yet In a Silent Way continues to bedazzle, puzzle, and inspire for myriad reasons not the least of which is the seemingly telepathic communicative methods employed by the groups members. The lineup is great on paper, but, if its even possible, the octet sounds even better in practice, with the instruments and tonalities conjoining in avant-garde communion like hyper-sensitive tentacles exploring the stippled landscapes of an undiscovered planet.


    Diverting from expectation, tubular grooves twist, turn, and spin, sometimes piling atop of each other, always shying away from structure and melody. Ellipsoidal solos provide hesitant guidance, ranging from Chick Corea's Fender Rhodes phrases to Davis decorative spirals. And as color is the primary unit of currency on Davis Sketches of Spain, laidback episodes, geometric spaces, and quiet sensuality reign here, with the sets maverick reputation attained via musings on solitude rather than explosions of noise.


    Controversial for the period, the heavily edited production of In a Silent Way blew open the once-locked doors on what producers could attempt and how artists could assist them. Knitted together as one would construct a cross-hatched quilt, songs contain grafts of repeat passages that provide unifying structure and experimental continuity. What a statement.


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    1. Shhh/Peaceful
    2. In a Silent Way/Its About That Time
    Miles Davis
    $34.99 $31.49 Save $3.50 (10%)
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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