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Doin' It To DeathFor starters, this platter begins with one of the great intros of all time: "Ladies and gentlemen, there are seven acknowledged wonders of the
world. You are about to witness the eighth "
Lodged in a deep groove between the JB's' debut LP Food For Thought (1972) and the more complex and at-times political Damn Right, I Am
Somebody (from 1974) sits the ridiculously vampy and infectious classic, Doing It To Death. First moving hips and making heads nod in 1973,
the James Brown-produced, 5-song album is one big funk lick, broken up into many delicious moving parts.
As with pretty much everything produced by the JB's - led by Fred Wesley with heavy help from a supporting cast that included saxophonist
Maceo Parker, guitarists Jimmy Nolen and Hearlon "Cheese" Martin and drummer John "Jabo" Starks - all songs began and revolved around
a devastating riff. The title track is most certainly guilty-as-charged, as it starts strutting right out of the gate and continues for just over 10
minutes, driven by a guitar lick and MCed by the inimitable James Brown, with soloists stepping up and out while the song chugs on.
The other centerpiece of the album is the 8-minute "You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks And I'll Be Straight," whose groove is
interestingly teased two times before it arrives in full form. The song title itself is provocative, and the music keeps a stone-cold groove despite
the less than cheery undertones. Again driven by an infectious guitar morsel, the breakdowns in this song gave sampling producers and DJs
sweet dreams in the '80s, and Fred Wesley's trombone solo rides beautifully over the group's cries of "We need some money."
Beyond the aforementioned sure-shots, the twitchy "More Peas," "La Di Da La Di Day" and the much jazzier, solo-heavy "Sucker" round out
this incredible album. It's just another perfect example of how James Brown's funk machine could stop the world when they hit a groove.1. Introduction To The J.B.'s
2. Doing It To Death - Part 1 & 2
3. You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks And I'll Be Straight
4. More Peas
5. La Di Da La Di Day
6. You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks And I'll Be Straight
8. You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks And I'll Be Straight$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Doing It To Death1. Introduction To The J.B.'s :24
2. Doing It To Death (Parts 1&2) 10:04
3. You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks And I'll Be Straight
4. More Peas 8:27
5. La Di Da La Di Day 5:40
6. You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks And I'll Be Straight$14.99Colored Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Doing It To Death1. Introduction To The J.B.'s :24
2. Doing It To Death (Parts 1&2) 10:04
3. You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks And I'll Be Straight
4. More Peas 8:27
5. La Di Da La Di Day 5:40
6. You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks And I'll Be Straight$14.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Doing It To Death (Awaiting Repress)1. Introduction To The J.B.'s :24
2. Doing It To Death (Parts 1&2) 10:04
3. You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks And I'll Be Straight
4. More Peas 8:27
5. La Di Da La Di Day 5:40
6. You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks And I'll Be Straight$15.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Do To The Beast
2xLP 45 RPM 180g Vinyl With Gatefold Sleeve
Includes 16 Page Booklet
Do to the Beast is the first new album by The Afghan Whigs in over a
decade and a half. Founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1988, the band has
long stood out from its peers, with their savage, rapturous blend of hard
rock, classic soul, and frontman Greg Dulli's searing angst and obsessions.
The new album is both a homecoming - it marks their return to Sub
Pop, for whom the Whigs were the first signing from outside the label's
Northwest base - and a glimpse into the future of one of the most
acclaimed bands of the past twenty-five years.
Do to the Beast is an appropriately feral title for one of the most intense,
cathartic records of Dulli's entire career. It adds fresh twists to The
Afghan Whigs canon: there's the film noir storytelling of Black Love, the
exuberance of 1965, the brutal introspection of Gentlemen. However,
the album exudes a galvanized musical spirit and rhythmic heft that
suggest transcendence and hope amidst the bloodletting.
Recorded in L.A., New Orleans, Cincinnati, and Joshua Tree - a virtual
map of the band's past and present homes, the album features Whigs
co-founders Greg Dulli and John Curley, along with the core band of
guitarists Dave Rosser & Jon Skibic, multi-instrumentalist Rick Nelson,
and drummer Cully Symington. Also featured are soul iconoclast Van
Hunt, Mark McGuire (Emeralds), Johnny "Natural" Nagera (Usher's
musical director), Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic
Monkeys), Clay Tarver (Bullet LaVolta, Chavez), Dave Catching (QOTSA,
Eagles of Death Metal), among others.1. Parked Outside
3. It Kills
5. Lost in the Woods
6. The Lottery
7. Can Rova
8. Royal Cream
9. I Am Fire
10. These Sticks$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Death CertificateIf Ice Cube's debut was a shocking attack that proved the N.W.A legacy would be stronger divided, his sophomore effort was a new kind of superstar pulling off the miraculous, a follow-up that equals its classic predecessor and tops it in some people's books. With a million copies of Death Certificate preordered, Cube was no longer the rock critics' darling. A million people listening was dangerous, especially since he was now slithering his influence into the suburbs. If the black rage didn't get you, the misogyny of I'm gonna do my thing, with your daughter probably would. Here, one of rap's greatest storytellers is able to draw hatred in under a minute with the short and direct Black Korea, an angry protest song concerning Korean grocers that got him dubbed racist and Ice KKKube by some. The track is an extreme representation of how a much sharper and cutting this album is when compared with his debut, and even though the intro announces the full-length is divided into a Death Side and Life Side, both are equally bleak. With the CD format, the two sides are indistinguishable and run over the listener with fast tales of drug dealing, drive-by shootings, and women who go from Ms. Thing to Ms. Gonorrhea. This would be numbing if it weren't for the rapper's amazing lyrics, ground-shaking delivery, and insight like when A Bird in the Hand deals with the irony of selling crap to buy diapers (Gotta serve you food that might give you cancer/Cuz my son doesn't take no for answer). A bit of sweet relief comes with the brightness of the great single Steady Mobbin' and with the nostalgia and slow tempo of Doing Dumb Shit. True to the Game (Ain't that a bitch/They hate to see a young nigga rich) is arguably the quintessential Cube track and if all this weren't enough already, the N.W.A diss No Vaseline hangs off the album like a crowd-pleasing, Brick-sampling encore. Although next year's Predator would be a bigger hit, Death Certificate brings to a close the man's trilogy of perfect albums that began with N.W.A's Compton and explodes into a supernova right here.
- David Jeffries (All Music)1. The Funeral
2. The Wrong Nigga to Fuck Wit
3. My Summer Vacation
4. Steady Mobbin'
5. Robin Lench
6. Givin' Up the Nappy Dug Out
7. Look Who's Burnin'
8. A Bird in the Hand
9. Man's Best Friend
10. Alive on Arrival
12. The Birth
13. I Wanna Kill Sam
14. Horny Lil' Devil
15. Black Korea
16. True to the Game
17. Color Blind
18. Doing Dumb Shit
20. No Vaseline$35.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Other DeathThis fall sees the release of Sean Nicholas Savage's latest record, Other Death. Savage, a master of tenderness, reflection and projection, has released and toured relentlessly in pursuit of the rarer beauties found only in the nuance of pop song and performance. Other Death was recorded in Santa Monica, Los Angeles as a collaboration with Agor, of Savage's Arbutus labelmates Blue Hawaii, while Errhead of Doldrums plays on much of the record. Ramona Gonzalez Nite Jewel also makes an appearance, as do TOPS' Jane Penny and David Carriere. This is Savage's highest fidelity recording to date, with daring, captivating, and as always minimal and soft production style. In contrast to his usual introspection, Other Death is immediately more upbeat, uptempo, confident, inspired and delivers more consistent pop singles than any of his previous records. Savage is not playing to the middle. Here he gives his listeners, those who crave a harder SNS smack, the energy they crave. This is the release fans will turn to when they want to feel the sophisticated, delicate, and enchanted music of Sean Nicholas Savage at its most brave, free and loud. It's as if upon being tossed a copy of Other Life, Savage reads the message; Other Life? and throws it back at us in blood red, Other Death.1. Death
4. Dont Be Sad (Prod TOPS)
7. 1 More Chance (Feat Nite Jewel)
8. Suburban Nights
9. Delta Fresh N Breezy
11. Why I Love U
12. Young Again$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-ANT-8212xWilliam Elliott Whitmore
Radium DeathKnown for the sparse, haunting qualities of his mostly solo recordings of what he refers to as roots-folk music, in which his husky voice is often accompanied by little more than a banjo or acoustic guitar, William Elliott Whitmore sought to add some new pitches to his bullpen for his new ANTI- release Radium Death. I purposefully went into it wanting to make a little bit of a departure, sonically, using an electric guitar a little bit more and adding more instrumentation, more full-band type stuff, says Whitmore. I wanted to switch it up a little bit and plug in to see what that felt like. I was reading a lot about the so-called 'radium girls' of the early 1900's, these assembly lines of women painting watch dials with radium to make them glow in the dark, he says, detailing how the workers would lick the tips of their paintbrushes to get them pointy while dipping them repeatedly into the chemical substance before it was known to be dangerous. So, in my mind 'radium death' came to represent something that you're told is good for you-maybe by a higher power-but really is killing you. It represents those lies that are told, and how we can protect ourselves against them. The songs assembled, while not a concept album, present a cohesive look into those recurring Whitmore themes of respect, protection, sustenance and survival. The blazing (even by WEW standards) opener, Healing To Do, pulls no punches, kicking in immediately with the rhythmic shuffle of a full band, an organ, and Whitmore's upbeat rasp. The pace continues with songs like Trouble in Your Heart, 1000 Deaths and Don't Strike Me Down, preaching patient hope, rebirth, renewal, and revolt over stomping drums, acoustic strumming and even an electric guitar solo.1. Healing to Do
3. Trouble in Your Heart
4. A Thousand Deaths
5. Go On Home
6. Don't Strike Me Down
7. Can't Go Back
8. South Lee County Brew
9. Have Mercy
10. Ain't Gone Yet$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lovely Sort Of Death"This album is certainly the darkest album I've ever recorded", states BLOODY HAMMERS
mastermind Anders Manga, who stays on the dark path of the nether worlds and opens
the gates to Lovely Sort Of Death.
Bloody Hammers fourth effort haunts the listeners with
heavy guitar fuzz tones and dark occult heavy tuning in these days. This is the perfect
soundtrack for your next favorite horror movie ouija session! Till death do us part!1. Bloodletting On The Kiss
2. Lights Come Alive
3. The Reaper Comes
5. Infinite Gaze To The Sun
6. Stoke The Fire
8. Shadow Out Of Time
9. Astral Traveler
10. Catastrophe$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Blind Joe Death Volume 1For several years major labels had been issuing records in both mono and stereo formats. By 1967 Takoma was doing well enough financially to justify the recording of Fahey's first and second albums for the burgeoning stereo market. Thus Vol.1: Blind Joe Death, as the record would be titled henceforth, was recorded for the third time and it is probably this release that most people are familiar with today. For the new version Fahey recorded all but one song on the album. He recorded one new track for the reissue: I'm Gonna Do All I Can for My Lord. His new take of the Episcopal hymn In Christ There Is No East or West would become the most well-known and oft-played song on the album.1. On Doing An Evil Deed Blues
2. St. Louis Blues
3. Poor Boy Long Ways From Home
4. Uncloudy Day
5. John Henry
6. In Christ There Is No East Or West
7. The Transcendental Waterfall
8. Desperate Man Blues
9. Sun Gonna Shine In My Backdoor Someday Blues
10. Sligo River Blues
11. I'm Gonna Do All I Can For My Lord$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Doomed To Destroy, Destined To DieRamming Speed have signed to Prosthetic Records, and, surprisingly enough, crafted the follow-up to 2008s Brainwreck full-length.
Titled Doomed To Destroy, Destined To Die and tracked by Converge studio wizard Kurt Ballou, Ramming Speed's second will catapult them from cult, from-the-corner thrash act to recognized purveyors of NWOBHM/grind hybrid. If you haven't heard the Beantown beatnuts, picture DRI covering Napalm Death (early) or Repulsion doing Iron Maiden (early) interpretive runs. Or, just be floored by it and screw our feeble attempts to connect speculative dots.1. Doomed To Destroy, Destined To Die
2. Anticipating Failure
3. Grinding Dissent
4. Gorgon's Eye
5. Cretins And Cowards
6. Anthems Of Despair (Summer Jam)
8. Minisitry Of Truth
9. The Rhetoric Of Hate And Other Examples Of Wildly Unchecked Ignorance
10. Extinction Event
11. Under The Monolith
12. Hollow Giants
13. Dead Flags$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Abuse To SufferLimited Edition Double LP
Rotten Sound are back and angrier than ever. Grindcore is not for the faint of heart and these Finns do not subscribe to the idea of compromise. Abuse to Suffer remains true to the band's resilient roots, while not falling into the traps of chewing endlessly on an old formula gone stale or not daring to add an element of surprise when fitting the style. What sets Rotten Sound apart from other protagonists in the field is an obvious intelligence that shows in their to-the-point songwriting, arrangements, and subtle inclusion of choice death metal elements in their massive sound.
With Abuse to Suffer, Rotten Sound are hammering out an album that equally acknowledges the band's celebrated past as well as breaking into some new harsh ground that keeps the fire burning.1. Lazy Asses
3. Fear of Shadows
6. Time for the Fix
7. Slave to the Rats
9. Cannon Fodder
10. Yellow Pain
12. The Clerk
15. Inhumane Treatment
16. Extortion and Blackmail$20.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Time To DieA cultural as well as a musical force, ELECTRIC WIZARD has left an indelible mark on a host of different genres, the likes of doom, stoner and sludge; at heart, however, they stand as an iconic British metal band, cast in the great tradition, with lyrics and artwork reflecting the hypnotic weight of the music, and subject to the same intelligence and detail.
Wreathed in occult ritual and drug-culture references, with classic '70s horror an inspirational seam, ELECTRIC WIZARD is poised to turn a page; there's the new deal with Spinefarm Records, plus - after a nine-year hiatus - the return of Mark Greening (the drummer on Dopethrone), who completes the lineup of Oborn, American guitarist Liz Buckingham, a key member since 2003, and new bassist Clayton Burgess (SATAN'S SATYRS).
Fueled by strong emotion and the harder sounds of late-'60s Detroit, the remodeled lineup - isolated by choice, giant stacks glowing red - set about crafting an eighth studio album to both rival and exceed the milestone recordings of the past, with Buckingham keeping things suitably monolithic and the band generally looking back to some of their earliest influences. Toerag Studios in London was once again charged with capturing The Sound, and (encouragingly) words like raw, hateful and sickeningly heavy are being traded.
Founding member Jus Oborn said the following: All of our albums in the past have had a theme - revenge, drugs, black magick - and the theme of this one is death. Of course, death to us really means rebirth, so this album is a manifestation of a very primal occult belief in the final sacrifice. We have gone full circle - it was inevitable, but we had to do it. We had to kill the band so we could be reborn. It was the only way to ensure we could come back even stronger.LP1
1. Incense For The Damned
2. Time To Die
3. I Am Nothing
4. Destroy Those Who Love God
5. Funeral Of Your Mind
1. We Love The Dead
3. Lucifer's Slave
4. Saturn Dethroned$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Back To The FrontExplaining the relevance and influence of ENTOMBED is probably as superfluous as pointing out why Slayer rule, Lemmy is bigger than God and Dio the greatest loss in metal history. A legend is a legend. Fullstop. F**k off!
If you still require a proper explanation that is less shot from the hip, well let us start with this: The Swedish Death Metal forefathers and genre innovators have inspired tons of bands all around the globe with their invincible trademark sound. However, as the band's last album "Serpent Saints - The Ten Amendments" dates back to 2007, there is definitely more than a good reason for a bit of catch-up and ask why it took so long to finish the band's superb 10th opus, programmatically titled "Back To the Front", vocalist extraordinaire L-G Petrov states:
""Serpents " was a fairly good album but a little weak compared to previous works and the distribution wasn't that great yet we continued playing shows throughout the past years but never really got going with new songs. At some point we decided that it was time for a new album, so we sat down and played riffs that we had from before as well as many new riffs and started putting them together which really sparked our motivation. That really gave us a push! We feel that this is the best album so far in many years and I think you can hear it on the album!"
Thematically, the will and determination to back up such words with fantastic songs is reflected in the powerful album title and part of the concept of the record as guitarist Nico Elgstrand describes:
"A lot of the album is about being at war in different ways and struggles/shortcomings of mankind, so we felt that "Back To The Front" fitted really well. It has a military reference obviously and we also feel like a platoon (ha ha, a small platoon) that has been behind the frontlines for a long time anxious to get back into battle. Not mean and lean but rather fat and bored and really keen on getting back to what we do best, which of course is to kill! Metaphorically speaking needless to say, ha ha. Also it is a very direct way of saying we've been away for way too long, we know and that we will now aim to stay at the front until the friggin' battle is won! The cavalry has finally arrived if you will (without horses though, ha ha)!"
Well spoken, Sir, yet expectations will be incredibly high on this one as ENTOMBED's roots and legacy goes way back into the year 1987 when they formed under the name NIHILIST. In 1989 the formation changed its name to ENTOMBED and together with Morbid (for whom singer LG played drums), Treblinka/Tiamat, Grave and Dismember, ENTOMBED/NIHILIST established themselves among the earliest bands to forge the immortal Swedish death metal sound that became really popular and unique due to its punkish roots and especially that chainsaw guitar sound, today inseparably linked to terms like "Skogsberg", "Sunlight Studio" or just "Stockholm sound". Inspired by such diverse acts as Autopsy, Motörhead, Discharge or Kiss, over the years ENTOMBED did not shy away from thinking outside of the coffin resulting in a style some fans called Death'n'Roll but in the end it was, is and will be just a band with a style and impact entirely their own.
So, what awaits the listener on "Back To The Front"? Produced by Roberto Laghi (In Flames, Hardcore Superstar) at Studio Bohus (Abba, Europe) in KunÄlv, it's 666% true to the ENTOMBED everybody loves. While not falling for total regression back to the early classics "Left Hand Path" or "Clandestine", it is a total bone-crushing opus that will have fans of all periods cry tears of joy and even the most stubborn fan of the early days join in shame. "The goal was to have riffs that felt fresh and exciting, to make an album that felt old school as well as fresh and up to date, showing who ENTOMBED are today," L-G puts it quite simply and Nico continues: "I thoroughly enjoy the fact that I find it super hard to pick 2 or 3 songs as the best of it, because i really like 'em all. I think that they all have something new and fresh yet it feels very old school in some way. "Kill To Live" with its surprising ENTOMBED-intro turned out very cool and the track also has an almost cinematic yet classic metal feel to it, dunno why, but it just invigorates me. "Second To None" kinda makes me wanna drive a tank while listening, and that to me is how proper metal should sound! It makes you wanna do mighty things so to speak!"
From the morbid, pissed-off lyrics over detuned, massive riffs to the inimitable brick-heavy groove and LG Petrov's titanic roar, "Back To The Front" not only musically but also visually with its stunning painting by Necropolitus Cracoviensis Zbgniew Bielak II (Watain, Ghost, Vader) seems to send a respectful nod to the old school as L-G confirms: "The skull will always be a part of ENTOMBED. I totally agree, we have taken away some of the rock parts and gone with more metal, and I think fans new and old will appreciate that."
With European touring under way in December with label mates and black metal genre leaders WATAIN - vocalist Erik actually penned lyrics for the song "Carnage" (from "When In Sodom" EP, 2006) - and former band member Nicke Andersson contributed parts to the new song "Vulture And The Traitor", the Swedish metal platoon ENTOMBED anno 2013 has all its weapons polished and reloaded and is ready to shatter the entire music scene with an uncompromising full frontal assault. So, let us all enjoy "Back To The Front" and celebrate the fact that the legend called ENTOMBED has finally returned. Goddamn!1. Kill To Live
2. Bedlam Strike
3. The Underminer
4. Second To None
6. Waiting For Death
7. Eternal Woe
8. Digitus Medius
9. Vulture And The Traitor
10. Pandemic Rage
11. Soldier Of No Fortune$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
From A Whisper To A Scream (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress)
One of Esther Phillips finest '70s releases, From A Whisper To A Scream is the first of seven albums the singer recorded for CTI offshoot Kudu. Arranged and conducted by Pee Wee Ellis, the December 1971 session also involved principal players such as bassist Gordon Edwards, drummer Bernard Purdie, percussionist Airto, guitarists Cornell Dupree and Eric Gale, keyboardist Richard Tee, and saxophonists Hank Crawford and David Liebman. Setting the tone for Phillips' Kudu era, Whisper offers a series of spacious, yet fully arranged ballads of burning heartache, along with a handful of relatively funky numbers that do nothing to compromise her talent, dishing out loads of classy grit. It's a definite point of departure from the likes of Esther Phillips Sings and And I Love Him!, her field of contemporaries closer to Al Green and Aretha Franklin than before. She grabs onto Home Is Where The Hatred Is, Gil Scott-Heron's most harrowing rumination on drug dependency -- which, at that point, wasn't even a year old -- as if it were her very own, and it's all the more poignant given its parallels with her own life. (It's meaning was only compounded by her death in 1984.) Though there is absolutely nothing lacking in the album's more energetic moments, it's still the ballads that shine brightest, like the alternately fragile and explosive From A Whisper To A Scream (Allen Toussaint) and a staggering Baby, I'm for Real (Marvin and Anna Gordy, made popular by the Originals) so vulnerable yet commanding that it really should've closed the album.
- Esther Phillips (vocal)
- Pee Wee Ellis (arranger, conductor)
- Hank Crawford (alto saxophone)
- David Liebman (bassoon, flute)
- Eric Gale (guitar)
- Gordon Edwards (bass)
- Airto Moreira (percussion)
- Bernard Purdie (drums)
Recording: December 1971 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA
Production: Creed Taylor
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. Home Is Where The Hatred Is
2. From A Whisper To A Scream
3. To Lay Down Beside You
4. That's All Right With Me
5. 'tTll My Back Ain't Got No Bone
6. Sweet Touch Of Love
7. Baby, I'm For Real
8. Your Love Is So Doggone Good
9. Scarred Knees$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
UsBundled With A 22"x 22" Poster Of The Cover Art
Maceo Parker was one of the most revered and loved members of James Brown's famed J.B.'s band from the late '60s to the mid-1970s. Alongside his instantly-recognizable alto saxophone solos, he occasionally performed as comedian before James Brown shows, in addition to playing MC.
He was a true renaissance man. And while other members of The Godfather of Soul's inner circle - most notably trombonist Fred Wesley - had solo albums at the advent of Brown's People Records, Maceo had to wait his turn for a couple years. By the time 1974 rolled around, this talented musician and personality could not be denied, and he burst onto the scene as a group leader with one of the most impressive albums in the People catalog: the simply titled, but deeply felt, Us.
Maceo's group (occasionally called The Macks) and Fred Wesley's J.B.'s were essentially the same unit - including guitarists Jimmy Nolen and Hearlon "Cheese" Martin, drummer John "Jabo" Starks, saxophonist St. Clair Pinckney and of course Fred Wesley on trombone. Unsurprisingly, the material here is never-endingly funky. But as shown in the song selection (presumably by Parker, with heavy-handy assistance from the
Godfather himself), there are as many ballads and soul groovers as there are straight-up funk workouts.
Cases in point include the mellow, Gamble & Huff-penned "Drowning In The Sea Of Love" (with organ, most likely played by James Brown, slithering in the background) and the syrupy "Show and Tell." The album's closer is also on the slower side, going very deep and striking a chord, as Maceo and Brown talk about conditions in the Black American landscape of the day over the course of 10-plus minutes.
And there is, of course, plenty of diesel funk here as well: singles like "Soul Power 74" and "Parrty" are downright nasty grooves, known well by James Brown fans old and new. "Soul Power 74" additionally features very early proto-sampling, with a baby's cry as well as Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have Been To The Mountain Top" speech. And Maceo's take on the J.B.'s classic "Doing It To Death" is a unique version, more muted and of course featuring Maceo's gorgeous horn front and center.
Appearing at the apex of both James Brown's and People Records' power, Us is a treasured jewel in the J.B. catalog, and rightfully so. This 150 gram vinyl LP comes in a Stoughton Jacket, housed in a custom People Records poly bag, and includes 24" x 24" poster.1. Soul Power '74
3. Show And Tell
4. Drowning In The Sea Of Love
5. I Can Play For (Just You & Me)
6. Doing It To Death
7. The Soul Of A Black Man$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDI-BAR-1117xDeath Cab For Cutie
We Have The Facts And We're Voting Yes
Newly Reissued 180 Gram Version
Like the also-great Idaho or Wheat, to file Death Cab for Cutie under the mellow-pop umbrella that shelters tranquil chamber outfits such as Red House Painters, Low, or (post-dance-pop) Talk Talk would do them a gross, miscalculated service. While they're no strangers to the tickling knelling of guitars searching out the extra space found in laggard tempos, that predilection only encompasses a fourth of Death Cab for Cutie's output (like on Title Track and Little Fury Bugs). Heck, they're not even remotely quiet for half of We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes -- the best and brightest LP of their three fine albums to date. Ben Gibbard has turned into a sublime composer, using melodies sparingly but with splendid tunefulness, as all four players marinate his writing with delicately plucked, picked, and pulled arpeggios, ringing chords, and non-obvious atmosphere building. Verily, the slow, broody stuff is but a change of pace; it's when the volume doubles (if only occasionally crashes), when the band shows potency, that We Have the Facts starts flying, soaring with exigency beyond even the threatening storm clouds from the last flight plan, 1998's Something About Airplanes. Lowell, MA and Company Calls are perfect examples: drummer Nathan Good actually gets to punish his snare and toms, the other three dig in with him, and the words indie pop suddenly sounds fresh and alive, with real aggressive, post-dream pop guitar popscapes. Loud and soft, or most of all both, and plenty of points in between, DCFC write and record finished songs that emote, that do more than merely fill a slot in a form in a preconceived genre. In short, they're superb. And getting greater.
- Jack Rabid (All Music)1. Title Track
2. The Employment Pages
3. For What Reason
4. Lowell, MA
6. Little Fury Bugs
7. Company Calls
8. Company Calls Epilogue
9. No Joy in Mudville
10. Scientist Studies$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WorshipGuitars as jet engines; guitars as haunted electronics; guitars as filling-melting white heat: A Place To Bury Strangers' new album Worship is explosive, visceral, and dark. APTBS' DIY-braintrust of Death By Audio wizard Oliver Ackermann and bassist Dion Lunadon continue the evolution of songwriting that began with Onwards to the Wall, the band's 2011 EP.
Now on Worship, they interweave threads of krautrock, dream-pop, and '80s goth without ever losing the edge that is quintessentially A Place To Bury Strangers. Unhinged dissonance is artfully framed within a fiercely dynamic and assured melodic sensibility. Standout You Are The One is a coldwave white squall, with Ackerman coming through like an austere and menacing Damo Suzuki. Later on Dissolved, the band methodically builds an atmospheric battle charge only to take a hard left mid-song into pure, shimmering Cure territory. There are ambitious, trend-bucking choices at every turn.
This album was written, recorded, mixed and mastered by A Place To Bury Strangers. It is our vision of what our music should sound like in 2012, not someone else's interpretation, says Lunadon. Every sound on the album is made by us and our tools; tools created by us, used on no other recordings, and purposefully built for this project. This is real. Some of it is the band being in complete control; bending, shaping and building the songs and the sounds. Other parts are the band relinquishing control and letting the songs and sounds take over and produce themselves.We are not trying to reinvent ourselves, but simply push ourselves further in all aspects of our music.
We made this, we recorded this, we did everything, adds Ackerman. Yes, we chose to do this and no, we didn't have to but we think it is pretty cool. No producer made us. We didn't go to school for any of this and we don't have time for tutorials. We invented this and now we are sharing it with you.1. Alone
2. You Are The One
3. Mind Control
6. Why I Can't Cry Anymore
9. And I'm Up
11. Leaving Tomorrow
12. On Every Page$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
No Love Deep WebDeath Grips shocked the world and their record label when they released their second release of the year No Love Deep Web, but upon listening it's pretty clear that this is a mixtape that the label had no intention of releasing. No Love Deep Web was probably just an elaborate way to hype up the band, and it's safe to say it worked. No Love Deep Web had over 34.2 million downloads on BitTorrent thanks to the help of Twitter, and I think its safe to say their plan worked. Speaking of the album itself, it employs very minimalistic stripped down beats and has a much chiller vibe overall compared to the previous two records. That doesn't mean the beats are soft though, because they are harder than the phallus on the album cover. No Love Deep Web is one big grimy middle finger to the music industry and one of the most sordid albums ever released by a group on a major label.
This isn't your father's hip hop, but that should be common knowledge by now. If you go into this expecting insightful lyrics and smooth flow over catchy beats you're going to have a bad time, hell even if you expect to understand the lyrics most of the time you're going to get very little out of No Love Deep Web. MC Ride is his schizophrenic self on tracks like No Love and World Of Dogs, but he also comes down to earth and actually calms down a bit on tracks like Artificial Death In The West adding a lot more depth to their sound. The whole album feels like the fever dreams of a severely withdrawn drug addict, tracks like World Of Dogs, No Love and Hunger Games sound like a sick drug addicts crash back down to earth and their gritty existence. The line I got some *** to say just for the *** of it perfectly encapsulates not only MC Ride's style, but No Love Deep Web, and Death Grips' whole career.
The beats on this thing are raw and stripped down, some of the tracks don't even have a melody some of the time, just drums and vocals like in Lock Your Doors. The beats are fidgety electronic bells and whistles, lots of interesting sounds and synths creating a gritty atmosphere for MC Ride to spit his insane lyrics over. The rawness and harsh production of the beats help point to the fact that this is a mixtape and not a studio release, the minimalistic approach also creates a fresh sound compared to the over produced and at times gimmicky production on The Money Store, and this approach will likely convert a few people who were not fond of the over the top nature of The Money Store.
No Love Deep Web inevitably sounds a tad rushed, no *** it was made in only a few months, but it definitely did its job as a hype generator. It doesn't do enough different to warrant its early release date and the band's sound is getting a bit tiring. The main problem though is the lack of standout tracks, with most of the hooks gone and with such stripped down beats a lot of the songs blend together in an unflattering way. Exhausting as it can be at times, No Love Deep Web turned out to be another great addition to Death Grips' ever expanding discography that is likely to turn a few heads just as all of their previous work has done.
- Robert Lowe (Sputnik Music)1. Come Up And Get Me
2. Lil Boy
3. No Love
4. Black Dice
5. World Of Dogs
6. Lock Your Doors
8. Hunger Games
9. Deep Web
12. Bass Rattle Stars Out The Sky$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Vagabond SessionsOne night in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest came a gathering of sound and fury! That was the night that Canadas legendary DOA pulled out all the stops with their punk-rock comrades Potbelly from Oak Harbor, WA. Hundreds of rabid fans crammed into a converted storage locker they call Vagabond. Potbelly wailed away and the session was recorded on a 16-track recording desk. Then DOA appeared out of the fog and torched the place with classic songs like I Hate You, To Hell n Back, Fuck You and Fucked Up Ronnie. It was an evening not to be forgotten and this limited-edition 12 slab of vinyl makes sure it wont be.1. D.O.A. - I Hate You
2. D.O.A. - To Hell And Back
3. D.O.A. - Disco Sucks
4. D.O.A. - The Prisoner
5. D.O.A. - Fuck You
6. D.O.A. - Fucked Up Ronnie
7. Potbelly - Wrath
8. Potbelly - Farewell
9. Potbelly - Trickled Down Drunkenomics
10. Potbelly - I Quit
11. Potbelly - Invalid Prescription Code: USA
12. Potbelly - A Plague Called Man
13. Potbelly - Chosen Few$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story SoundtrackSoundtrack to the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empir' s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.1. He's Here For Us
2. A Long Ride Ahead
3. Wobani Imperial Labor Camp
4. Trust Goes Both Ways
5. When Has Become Now
6. Jedha Arrival
7. Jedha City Ambush
9. Confrontation on Eadu
10. Krennic's Aspirations
11. Rebellions Are Built on Hope
12. Rogue One
13. Cargo Shuttle SW-0608
14. Scrambling the Rebel Fleet
15. AT-ACT Assault
16. The Master Switch
17. Your Father Would Be Proud
19. Jyn Erso & Hope Suite
20. The Imperial Suite
21. Guardians of the Whills Suite$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Eternal ReturnColored Vinyl
A bastard child born of the mid 90s punk/metal/hardcore movement, Darkest Hour combines the passion, energy, and soul of punk/hardcore with the style, speed, vengeance and fury of melodic speed/thrash/death metal. In a decade-without-a-name, Darkest Hour defined the entire new wave of American metal sound and gave the metal and hardcore/punk world a revitalization it surely needed. This new style blended the raw, hardcore punk of the 80s with the Scandinavian death metal of the 90s and forged a sound that would later become the template for modern metal.
With all the speed and fury of Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation, all the melody and songwriting of Undoing Ruin and all the technicality and musicianship of Deliver Us, 2009's The Eternal Return, their sixth full-length overall, is an epic and furious record that captures every aspect of the Darkest Hour's sound and takes everything that the band has perfected in the past and pushes it over the edge.
Appropriately enough, the record focuses on the duality of death and birth. From beginning to end, The Eternal Return completely engages the audience with its energy, fury, and passion. Each song on this record is a perfect example of the raw power and superb musicianship that Darkest Hour is known for. The album reaffirms that the band is still doing the unexpected, still pushing a genre to its extreme, and still a heavy metal powerhouse to be reckoned with. Colored vinyl pressing from Victory Records with MP3 digital download.1. Devolution Of The Flesh
2. Death Worship
3. The Tides
4. No God
6. Blessed Infection
8. A Distorted Utopia
9. Black Sun
10. Into The Grey$15.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Now We Can SeeThough not a concept record and not a sequel, Now We Can See picks up right where The Thermals left off, at the end of their last LP, 2006's The Body, The Blood, The Machine, where they were either obliterated by nuclear war, or walked the earth as the last living souls, until they dropped dead of quite unnatural causes. Either way, the story continues. The Thermals imagine death by drowning, in attempts to de-evolve (When I Died, At The Bottom of the Sea), death by psychosis (We Were Sick, I Called Out Your Name), and death by French exit (You Dissolve). But as much death as there is on this record, it won't get you down! These songs are really about life. After all, The Thermals are only fictionally deceased.
The Thermals have returned to what they do best, writing undeniably catchy punk tunes. - Spin1. When I Died
2. We Were Sick
3. I Let It Go
4. Now We Can Wee
5. At The Bottom of the Sea
6. When We Were Alive
7. I Called Out Your Name
8. When I Was Afraid
9. Liquid In, Liquid Out
10. How We Fade
11. You Dissolve$14.99Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
MovementFour years without new music can be a death sentence for any artist, and when an absence like that follows the release of a debut album, circumstances can get dire. But few acts are able to amass a cult following as rapidly as South Carolina-based indie rock outfit All Get Out did with 2011's The Season, a full-length record that has proven to have near-infinite replayability.
"I needed a break,"songwriter and vocalist Nathan Hussey says.I needed to regroup and really think about where I was, what I was doing, and how I was doing it. Finally, the band is back in action in 2015, and is ready to share a brand-new EP, Movement, via Favorite Gentlemen Recordings and Bad Timing Records.
"The EP goes in a direction that feels natural for All Get Out," Hussey explains. It's heavier, and it's kind of a sister to our last release in its rawness. The Season is neatly put together, and Movement is a little sloppy, a little less intentional. The main concept here, of course, is movement. It's how you know things are still alive. Movement isn't a reintroduction or regeneration - it's a reaffirmation. It's a torrent of spirit at its most raw moments, an unabashed exorcism of the things that keep us awake at night in the pursuit of a life with deserved purpose. Continuing to gravitate toward the unoccupied spaces between indie and rock, All Get Out's return to the spotlight presents an opportunity for listeners to fall in love all over again with one of the most dynamic groups in this genre.1. Sans
5. All My Friends Are Dead$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now