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DorisDoris is the debut studio album by Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt. It follows his first mixtape Earl, which was released in 2010 when he was sixteen. After returning from a forced stay in a Samoan boarding school, he began working on his debut album and signed a deal with Columbia, rather than Odd Future's Odd Future Records.
Doris features guest appearances from Odd Future members Domo Genesis, Frank Ocean, Tyler, The Creator along with Casey Veggies, Vince Staples, RZA and Mac Miller. Production was primarily handled by Sweatshirt under the pseudonym randomblackdude and production duo Christian Rich. Additional production was provided by Matt Martians, The Neptunes, RZA, Samiyam, BadBadNotGood, Frank Ocean, and Tyler, The Creator. The album was supported by three singles; Chum, Whoa featuring Tyler, The Creator, and Hive featuring Vince Staples and Casey Veggies.1. Pre
3. 20 Wave Caps
10. Uncle Al
15. Knight$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hunky DoryHunky Dory is the fourth album by David Bowie.Rhino will be breaking out 'breaking out' this albums from the David Bowie 'Five Years 1969 - 1973' box as a standalone releases. Available on 1 LP 180g Audiophile vinyl.1. Changes (2015 Remastered Version)
2. Oh! You Pretty Things (2015 Remastered Version)
3. Eight Line Poem (2015 Remastered Version)
4. Life On Mars? (2015 Remastered Version)
5. Kooks (2015 Remastered Version)
6. Quicksand (2015 Remastered Version)
7. Fill Your Heart (2015 Remastered Version)
8. Andy Warhol (2015 Remastered Version)
9. Song For Bob Dylan (2015 Remastered Version)
10. Queen Bitch (2015 Remastered Version)
11. The Bewlay Brothers (2015 Remastered Version)$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Cape DoryCape Dory is the ten song debut full-length from Denver's husband and wife duo Tennis. The surf-tinged, girl group era soundtrack was influenced by the pair's seven-month long sailing trip on the Eastern seaboard and will be released on Fat Possum records.1. Take Me Somewhere
2. Long Boat Pass
3. Cape Dory
5. Bimini Bay
6. South Carolina
10. Water Birds$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Diluvia (Awaiting Repress)Diluvia finds the New York-based five-piece, led by vocalists/multi-instrumentalists Judah Dadone and rounded out by Doris Cellar, Chuck Criss, Kevin Read and Jacob Hyman, pushing the sonic boundaries of their breakthrough debut Weathervanes. Recorded over two months in New York City with producer Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells, Cults), the album is both dramatic and expansive, while retaining the homespun charm of its predecessor.1. Aeolus
2. Land Features
3. Follow Through
4. Spitting Image
5. Locked Out
6. Dig Into Waves
7. Red Star
8. Winter Seeds
9. The Nothing
10. DNA Bank
11. Emergence Exit$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Too Many People In One BedNever officially released by Canyon (the label went belly-up just after shipping the first copies in 1970), this album was meant to be a follow-up to the Doris Duke hit record "I'm A Loser". Produced by Swamp Dogg in Macon, GA this is Deep Soul at its best. Sandra Phillips (a/k/a Sandra Reeves-Phillips) has become a star on Broadway, movies and TV, winning awards and appearing in movies such as "Round About Midnight" and "Lean On Me", and on TV Shows such as "Law And Order".1. Rescue Song
2. It's Been So Long
3. My Man And Me
4. To The Other Woman (I'm The Other Woman)
5. Now That I'm Gone (When Are You Leaving)
6. Someday (We'll Be Together)
7. After All I Am Your Wife
8. Ghost Of Myself
9. If You Get Him (He Was Never Mind)
10. She Didn't Know (She Kept On Talking)
11. Please Don't Send Him Back To Me
12. Some Mother's Son$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Here I Go AgainReleased in America in 1964 by Imperial Records, Here I Go Again was the Hollies U.S. debut, and is rated by many fans as superior to its British counterpart, Stay with the Hollies. Here I Go Again offers an accurate representation of the Hollies early repertoire, comprised largely of distinctive covers of American R&B and rock n roll classics. In addition to the ultra-catchy title tune and their hit covers of Maurice Williams Stay and Doris Troys Just One Look, the album finds the Hollies applying their trademark style to such iconic numbers as Chuck Berrys Memphis, Little Richards Lucille and Arthur Alexanders You Better Move On.
Of all the English bands who achieved international success during the first wave of the British Invasion, none combined youthful rock n roll energy with musical sophistication more compellingly than the Hollies. The Manchester quintet effortlessly combined the effervescent, Everly Brothers-inspired vocal harmonies of Allan Clarke, Graham Nash and Tony Hicks with a muscular rhythm section driven by the brilliant drummer Bobby Elliott, creating one of their eras most beloved and enduring musical catalogs.
As was standard practice with British acts at the time, the Hollies early albums reached American shores in very different form than the versions that were released overseas, with alternate track listings and different cover art than their U.K. and European counterparts. Although these unique variants are the form in which millions of American fans first experienced these historic albums, they have been out of print for decades, and have long been obtainable only at inflated collectors prices.1. Here I Go Again
5. You Better Move On
6. Talkin' 'Bout You
7. Just One Look
8. Keep Off That Friend of Mine
9. Rockin' Robin
10. Do You Love Me?
11. What Kind of Girl Are You?
12. It's Only Make Believe$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Mono LP - Sealed Buy Now
Baby It's YouWhen Shirley Owens, Doris Coley, Addie "Micki" Harris and Beverly Lee got together to sing for a high school talent show in 1957, they had no intentions of becoming professional musicians. However, fate stepped in when classmate Mary Jane Greenberg told her mother, Tiara Records owner Florence Greenberg, about the group. Greenberg signed them to her label, released a single and then sold the label, along with the fledgling group, to Decca Records. Decca soon dropped them, which left Greenberg free to sign them to her new label, Scepter Records. At Scepter, The Shirelles hit their stride, working with the cream of the Brill Building songwriters. One of these songwriters, Luther Dixon, was hired by Greenberg to write for and produce the group and together they developed the group's signature sound. Under his guidance, the Shirelles enjoyed seven Top 20 hits and launched the girl group genre.
Released as a single in 1961, "Baby It's You" reached #8 on the pop charts and #3 on the R&B charts. Written by Burt Bacharach, Mack David and Luther Dixon (under the pseudonym Barney Williams), the song has become an enduring classic, covered by The Beatles, Smith and many other artists. It also served as the title track for The Shirelles' first album of 1962. Baby Its You features 12 outstanding songs, including their single "Soldier Boy" which topped the Billboard Hot 100. Sourced from the original analog session tapes, this Sundazed reissue faithfully reproduces one of the most influential albums of the early '60s (certainly, Barry Gordy would agree). After one listen, you won't want nobody, nobody but The Shirelles.1. Baby It's You
2. Irresistible You
3. Things I Want To Hear
4. Big John (Ain't You Gonna' Marry Me)
5. The Same Old Story
6. Voice Of Experience
7. Soldier Boy
8. A Thing Of The Past
9. Twenty One
10. Make The Night A Little Longer
11. Twisting In The U.S.A.
12. Putty In Your Hands$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee"Roberts is carving out her own aesthetic space, startling in its originality and gripping in its historic and social power." - Peter Margasak
"Primarily interrogating her own sense of identity as an African American woman, Roberts calls upon numerous other voices - from her family's history, her culture's mythology - to create living artifacts of collective cultural memory: simultaneously disorienting and exhilarating in their chaotic multiplicity." - The Quietus
"Roberts is a major talent." - The Wire
Matana Roberts is one of the most acclaimed, socio-politically conscious and aesthetically intrepid composers, band leaders, horn players and experimental sound practitioners of the past decade. Her multi-chapter Coin Coin work, which Constellation began documenting in 2011, has placed her at the forefront of stylistic
innovation and radicalization, transcending jazz - or any other genre boundaries - while confirming the deep substance and soul that guides her compositional agenda. Following the critical accolades that the first two Coin Coin chapters have thus far received, the past year has been marked by further career-defining
recognition for her body of iconoclastic work: Roberts was a recipient of both the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts and the Doris Duke Impact Award in 2014.
Roberts has long employed the phrase "panoramic sound quilting" to describe the
process surrounding her Coin Coin work. The third chapter in her Coin Coin series
finds Roberts implementing this metaphor most explicitly, constructing a sound art
tapestry from field recordings, loop and effects pedals, and spoken word recitations,
alongside her saxophone and singing voices. Coin Coin Chapter Three: river run thee
could arguably be considered first and foremost a vocal work, and notwithstanding
its experimental and esoteric structure, a deeply narrative work as well. Not unlike
2013's Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile, the new chapter unfolds as an
uninterrupted album-length flow, this time in what Roberts calls "a fever dream" of
sonic material, woven in surrealist fashion. Fragments of traditional song act as the
main touchstones on the album, with Roberts' singing voice riding atop waves of
radiophonic texture, layered spoken word and an often dislocated, wandering horn
Working once again with engineer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, and returning again to
Montreal's Hotel2Tango studio (the location for her Chapter One recording in 2010),
Roberts ran the river run thee tape back multiple times, adding new layers in real
time, from start to finish (as opposed to calculated, isolated overdubs). The result is
a visceral audio document that combines structure and improvisation in the fullest
sense: not just in the playing and performing, but in the very marrow of the work's
compositional DNA. It is also, for the first time in the Coin Coin cycle, a solo work,
emerging from a lengthy solitary road trip Roberts took through the American South
in early 2014, amassing historical and documentary information through interviews,
site visits and field recordings.
Coin Coin Chapter Three: river run thee signals yet another highly adventurous and
socially engaged definition of what Jazz can mean in this day and age, and a
fascinating extension of the Coin Coin cycle, where rather than surfacing and
reactivating through the group dynamics of a musical ensemble, history is inhaled
and exhaled through a solitary practice seeking to evoke and echo its tangled
thicket of febrile strands.1. All Is Written
2. The Good Book Says
3. Clothed To The Land, Worn By The Sea
4. Dreamer Of Dreams
5. Always Say Your Name
6. Nema, Nema, Nema
7. A Single Man O' War
8. As Years Roll By
9. This Land Is Yours
10. Come Away
11. With Me Seek
12. J.P.$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Young And OldDenver CO-based husband and wife duo Tennis follow-up their acclaimed 2011 debut Cape Dory with a new album on Fat Possum, entitled Young and Old. The 10-song set was produced by The Black Keys' Patrick Carney in Nashville, TN and features the lead single Origins.1. It All Feels The Same
3. My Better Self
7. High Road
9. Take Me To Heaven
10. Never To Part$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Open BookFred Hersch has long been acclaimed as an exploratory artist, an outspoken activist, an influential educator and a uniquely revelatory and lyrical pianist. As one of the most expressive voices in modern jazz, Hersch has never been shy about letting listeners glimpse his most intimate thoughts and emotions. In September, however, Hersch's fans will be treated to even deeper, more revealing insights into the story of the renowned pianist when he publishes his much-anticipated memoir, Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In and Out of Jazz. As a companion piece, Hersch decided to present an equally direct and vulnerable glimpse into his private musical thoughts with his 11th solo release, Open Book.
The seven pieces on Open Book (set for release via Palmetto Records) offer some of the finest, most unguardedly emotional solo music that Hersch has created in a career unique for its profound poignancy and passion. Recorded in a South Korean concert hall on a superb Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano, the album captures the vital essence of the revelatory adventurousness and intense beauty that have made Hersch one of the most important solo artists in jazz. With more than 40 albums to his credit as a leader or co-leader, Hersch remarkably continues to discover new areas of inspiration and depths of feeling.
For the last two and a half decades I've been pretty open about who I am, what I like and what I'm dealing with at times, Hersch says. But I've always got to dig deeper, and I thought this might be a chance to make an album that's a window into the kinds of things that I play at home or don't play in public all that much.
The album arrives during a momentous month for Hersch. On September 12, the esteemed publishers Crown Archetype (Penguin Random House) will release Good Things Happen Slowly, Hersch's bravely confessional memoir. The book covers the pianist's meteoric rise in jazz from his sideman days alongside masters like Art Farmer and Joe Henderson to his gradual recognition as one of the most individualistic and innovative artists of his generation, a ten-time Grammy Award nominee and winner of countless accolades including being named a 2016 Doris Duke Artist as well as the same year's Jazz Journalists Association Pianist of the Year. But it also frankly reveals his story as the first openly gay, HIV-positive jazz musician, tracing his path through hedonistic post-Stonewall New York City to the dramatic two-month medically induced coma in 2007 from which he emerged to make some of the most stunning and captivating music of his career.
Later that month Hersch will reprise his ambitious Leaves of Grass full-evening piece at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Appel Room, the first time the song cycle has been performed in New York City since 2005. Vocalists Kurt Elling and Kate McGarry will reprise their roles from the original project, which sets the verse of American bard Walt Whitman. The legendary poet's timeless ode to the miracle of nature and openhearted love of all beings seems especially vital in our present socio-political moment.
The centerpiece of Open Book, and the spark that ignited the album, is the nearly 20-minute improvisation Through the Forest. Unique in Hersch's extensive discography, the stream-of-consciousness gem is a miniature masterpiece of narrative development, a compelling journey through an abstract, glimmering landscape, revealing that in his early 60s Hersch continues to take creative risks and daunting inventive leaps.
The creation of Through the Forest was as unplanned and spontaneous as the music itself. In Seoul for a pair of solo concerts during a break in a tour of Asia with his esteemed trio, Hersch overslept during an after-breakfast nap and rushed to take the stage at JCC Art Center Concert Hall for his afternoon performance. The titular forest is, in part, a jetlag and coffee-fueled dreamscape through which Hersch wanders, applying his vivid powers of observation to unusual terrain. I was a little groggy, my defenses were down, and rather than fight it I just gave in to it, Hersch recalls. I'd never really done anything of that length in public where I had no agenda and was able to stay in that zone for such an extended period of time. I realized it was something special, something different that might be the core of an album.
Through the Forest became the leaping-off point for an album intended to be singularly divulgent and reflective. A few months later, Hersch returned to the same hall and recorded the remainder of Open Book alone in the empty venue (with the exception of Benny Golson's classic Whisper Not, taken from a concert during that return engagement).
The album opens with the stark musings of The Orb, taken from Hersch's autobiographical music-theater piece My Coma Dreams. A love letter to Hersch's longtime partner, AIDS activist Scott Morgan, The Orb is the final dream depicted in the show, and in this solo rendition becomes a nakedly heartfelt outpouring of raw but tender emotion. The mood then takes a turn for the playful and swinging on Whisper Not, a longtime staple of Hersch's repertoire that here becomes a vibrant, virtuoso marathon of thematic exploration.
The piece also serves as an ideal mirror to the album's other composition from the pen of a jazz icon, Thelonious Monk's Eronel. Hersch has long been recognized as one of the premier interpreters of the Monk songbook, but despite including one of the iconic composer's pieces in every one of his sets for most of his career, Hersch had never tackled this particular tune, co-written by pianist Sadik Hakim. Monk's original stride-inflected lines come in for a dizzying array of variations in Hersch's endlessly imaginative take.
The music of Brazil has also been a constant in Hersch's career, in particular the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, the subject of one of the pianist's earlier solo efforts, 2009's Fred Hersch Plays Jobim. Picture in Black and White is a new addition to that repertoire, majestically transformed from a bossa nova feel to a crystalline hybrid with Chopin's last nocturne. On the other side of Through the Forest in the album's symmetrical structure comes Hersch's own classical-flavored Plainsong, a spare, lyrical piece composed in the bucolic setting of the MacDowell Colony, the inspirational artists' retreat in rural New Hampshire.
Open Book ends on a meaningful ellipsis, Billy Joel's moving And So It Goes. In title alone it's an apt conclusion, suggesting an embrace of life as lived and hinting at its open-ended continuation. The full lyrics, which Hersch has performed in duo settings with singers including frequent collaborator Kate McGarry, remain unspoken here but obviously deeply felt in every note. I connect with the sentiment of the words, Hersch says, and it felt like a good benediction to the whole album.1. The Orb
2. Whisper Not
4. Through The Forest
7. And So It Goes$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Look Of Love (Awaiting Repress)Available for the first time on 180 Gram 45rpm Double Vinyl!
Experience Diana Krall's The Look Of Love as you've never heard it before... on 45rpm Heavyweight 180 Gram Audiophile Double Vinyl! Diana Krall's voice sounds fuller, richer and sweeter!
Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analogue Master Tapes & Pressed at RTI! Numbered Deluxe Laminated Gatefold Jackets!
In order to achieve the BEST possible sound ORG has cut The Look Of Love on 4 sides and at 45rpm to allow the maximum cutting level. This gives the record the best signal to noise ratio, better dynamics, less inner groove distortion and better overall sound!
From the luxurious opening chords of the first track, even before Diana Krall has sung a single beautiful note, The Look of Love, will have you hooked. After winning a Best Jazz Vocal Performance Grammy for 1999's platinum-selling When I Look in Your Eyes, Diana Krall delivers her best album yet - a lush, cinematic collection of ballads and bossa nova tunes. Featuring the London Symphony Orchestra arranged and conducted by the legendary Claus Ogerman, The Look of Love brings to mind such classic Frank Sinatra albums as In the Wee Small Hours and Only The Lonely. These elegant piano solos, the sensual vocals, and the wickedly modern sense of humor are, inimitably, all Diana Krall.
The Look of Love is the fifth album by Diana Krall in a row that Tommy LiPuma, Verve Music Group Chairman, produced. LiPuma is also known for his work with Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, Joao Gilberto, Natalie Cole and Shirley Horn. Regarding Claus Ogerman, Diana Krall said that, together with Johnny Mandel, he has been her favorite arranger/composer since she was seventeen. Ogerman had an important role on albums recorded by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Ogerman also had been working for years together with LiPuma, for the first time on George Benson's outstanding album Breezin'. Since Claus Ogerman featuring Michael Brecker in 1990, the two had gone separate ways. But when Diana Krall was on tour in Munich, LiPuma arranged for her to have lunch with Ogerman. That is how the pianist/singer, the arranger/composer and the producer began to work on a common project: The Look of Love.
Diana's songs were arranged by Claus Ogerman who also conducts the London Symphony Orchestra. The Look of Love gives an impression of unity despite the fact that it contains material from a lot of different sources: e.g. Cry Me A River by Julie London, Love Letters by Nat King Cole and jazz-standards such as Dancing in the Dark by Arthur Schwartz (music)/Howard Dietz (text), I Remember You by Victor Scherzinger/John Mercer and 'S Wonderful by George and Ira Gershwin.
• Numbered Deluxe Laminated Double Gatefold Jackets
• 180g Vinyl
• Pressed at RTI
• Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analogue Master Tapes!
Diana Krall, piano & vocals
Russell Malone, guitar
Christian McBride, acoustic bass
Peter Erskine, drums
Jeff Hamilton, Paulinho Da Costa, percussion
Luis Conte, percussion
Romero Lubambo, guitar
John Pisano, Dori Caymmi, acoustic guitar
London Symphony Orchestra
Los Angeles Session Orchestra
Claus Ogerman, arranger & conductor
This title is not eligible for discount.1. S'Wonderful
2. Love Letters
3. I Remember You
4. Cry Me A River
5. Besame Mucho
6. The Night We Called It A Day
7. Dancing In The Dark
8. I Get Along Without You Very Well
9. The Look Of Love
10. Maybe You'll Be There$54.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Legacy (Awaiting Repress)BOWIE - LEGACY collects together a selection of Bowie's most popular tracks and singles, from 1969's Space Oddity, through to the final singles 'Lazarus' and 'I Can't Give Everything Away,' issued earlier this year.
BOWIE - LEGACY features a previously unreleased version of the classic 1971 Hunky Dory track, Life On Mars?, remixed by its original producer Ken Scott.
From his very first recordings over fifty years ago, right through to his last album Blackstar, David Bowie was at the vanguard of contemporary culture as a musician, artist, icon and a constant influence on generations of writers, artists and designers. He was, and remains, a unique presence in contemporary culture.
Bowie left a legacy of inspiration in every discipline from art and fashion to acting and beyond. But, it is for his ground-breaking music that he will be best remembered.
BOWIE - LEGACY is an introduction to a world of incredible music, just waiting to be enjoyed by a whole new generation.LP 1
1. Let's Dance (Single Version Remastered)
2. Ashes to Ashes (Single Version Remastered)
3. Under Pressure
4. Life On Mars? (2016 Mix)
6. The Man Who Sold the World (Remastered)
7. Space Oddity (Remastered)
8. Starman (Original Single Mix)
9. Ziggy Stardust (Remastered)
10. The Jean Genie (Original Single Mix Remastered)
1. Rebel Rebel (Remastered)
2. Young Americans (Original Single Edit)
3. Golden Years (Single Version Remastered)
4. Modern Love (Single Version Remastered)
5. China Girl (Single Version Remastered)
6. Fame (Remastered)
7. Sound and Vision (Remastered)
8. Heroes (Single Version Remastered)
9. Where Are We Now? (Album Version)
10. Lazarus (Radio Edit)$37.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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Critically acclaimed group Tennis is set for the release of their highly anticipated fourth full-length album, Yours Conditionally, on Mutually Detrimental via Thirty Tigers. The record was composed both on land and at sea during a five-month sailing trip through the Sea of Cortez. Upon returning, Tennis' husband-and-wife team of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore self-produced the record in a small cabin in Fraser, CO. It was mixed by Spoon's Jim Eno at Public HiFi.
This summer the group premiered their first new music from the record, "Ladies Don't Play Guitar," hailed as "a smolderingly sardonic feminist anthem perfectly suited for social climate of today" by Consequence of Sound, while Stereogum noted that "even through her sardonic sneer, [singer Alaina] Moore's voice is as melodious as ever, and the song itself has that classic Tennis pep in its step. It's perfect for catching sun on the high seas, but is also much needed social commentary on the expectations placed on female musicians." The Verge added that the song is "a great introduction to their sound if you're unfamiliar: a wistful piano line, a biting, sarcastic vocal from Alaina Moore, and a little fuzz to keep things grounded."
Now based in Denver, Moore and Riley began writing music together as a way to document the history of their time living aboard a sailboat. The result was their first release, Cape Dory. Moore and Riley followed Cape Dory with Young and Old, which The New Yorker described as "winsome as it is ebullient" and debuted #1 on Billboard's Heatseeker Chart and #1 on CMJ Top 200, where it remained for three straight weeks. The album also debuted on Soundscan's "New Artist Chart" at #1, remaining there for nine consecutive weeks. Their newest record comes on the heels of the group's most recent release, 2014's Ritual in Repeat, which received rave reviews from The New York Times, NPR's "All Things Considered" and "Fresh Air," TIME, Vogue, Pitchfork, The FADER, Entertainment Weekly and many more. The band has performed on "The Late Show with David Letterman," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Conan" and "Last Call with Carson Daly."1. In The Morning I'll Be Better
2. My Emotions Are Blinding
3. Fields Of Blue
4. Ladies Don't Play Guitar
6. Baby Don't Believe
7. Please Don't Ruin This For Me
8. 10 Minutes 10 Years
9. Modern Woman
10. Island Music$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Poison SeasonPoison Season opens with Vancouver native Dan Bejar swathed in Hunky Dory strings. He's a dashboard Bowie surveying four wracked characters-Jesus, Jacob, Judy, Jack-simultaneously Biblical and musical theatre. This bittersweet, Times Square-set fanfare is reprised twice more on the record-first as swaying, saxophone-stoked "street-rock" and then finally as a curtain-closing reverie. "The first and last songs are actually one song tracked live with quintet," explains their author. "I even sang with the band. That song always swung between super austere and super mid-'70s Springsteen/Bowie street-rock. In the end, I decided I wanted both. Couldn't really figure out a way to sequence the orchestral version within the record, so I decided to carve it up as a book-ending motif, with the rock version squarely in the middle." Mr. Bejar has long displayed a chameleonic instinct for change while maintaining a unified aesthetic (rather than just pinballing between reference points). No two records sound the same, but they're always uniquely Destroyer. His latest incarnation often appears to take sonic cues from a distinctly British (usually Scottish, to be precise) strain of sophisti-pop: you might hear traces of Aztec Camera, Prefab Sprout, Orange Juice, or The Blow Monkeys. These songs merge a casual literary brilliance with intense melodic verve, nimble arrangements, and a certain blue-eyed soul sadness.1. Times Square, Poison Season I
2. Dream Lover
3. Forces From Above
5. The River
6. Girl in a Sling
7. Times Square
8. Archer on the Beach
9. Midnight Meet the Rain
10. Solace's Bride
12. Sun in the Sky
13. Times Square, Poison Season II$23.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Sun DownNik Freitas' Team Love debut, Sun Down, equal parts wry, warm and sonorous, is the end product of several years of lifeÆs ups and downs. Freitas writes, plays, engineers and produces every note on his records. Not that he's got a lot of expensive gear. A visit to his Poppy Peak studio/shed reveals that Nik is working low-budget minor miracles, the kind of miracles one receives via hundreds of hours on Craigslist. One listen to Sun Down and you know you're hearing a certain hard-won grace. The record takes you from Paul Simon's Graceland to David Bowie's Hunky Dory all in the span of forty effortless minutes. Sun Down is endowed with a sort of gravity and self-possession; no reaching, no going for the gold, just perfect, four minute thesis statements. It all began several years ago for Freitas, when a co-worker sold him an antique piano that was used by a street musician before the dawn of Casio. Nik taught himself how to play the thing, and it became the cornerstone of three earlier records, Here's Laughing at You, Heavy Mellow and Voicing the Hammers. Other people began to take notice. He's opened for Jason Lytle of Granddaddy, played guitar for Jim Fairchild of All Smiles and recorded with Miles Kurosky of Beulah. Lately, he's been opening shows for Bright Eyes which led him to his current resting place at Team Love. The end of the imaginary side one features Sophie with live horns punctuating the tale of a girl who seems to have made some rather unfortunate choices. It's a perfect signpost of a song, and it clears the decks for what's to come in the second half, where Nik's orchestra of one builds the final five songs into an Abbey Road type suite that fans of Jon Brion will hearken to. Sun Down is imbued with a sort of indie grandeur that is both unexpected and totally natural.1. Sun Down
2. Oh My God
3. All the Way Down
4. What You Become
6. Love Around
7. It Ain't Like That
8. See Me There
9. Comes to Me
10.Shhhh$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-SUB-1151xFather John Misty
I Love You, HoneybearI Love You, Honeybear was recorded intermittently from 2013 to 2014 in Echo Park, Los Angeles and produced with Jonathan Wilson, whom I also recorded and produced 2012's Fairly Fun with. There's a case to be made that it sounds and acts a bit like solo-era John Lennon, Scott Walker, Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson, and Dory Previn, while taking more than a few cues from Woody Allen, Kurt Vonnegut, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Muhammad Ali. Blammo.
It has a decidedly more soulful presence than Fear Fun, due in no small part to the fact that I am truly singing my ass off all over this motherfucker. The album is really characterized by the scope and ambition of the arrangements. Nearly every tune is augmented by something special, be it orchestral strings, a mariachi band, questionable electronic drum solos, ragtime jazz combos, soul singers, or what have you. I'm pretty sure there's a sitar in there somewhere. Blammo. My ambition, aside from making an indulgent, soulful, and epic sound worthy of the subject matter, was to address the sensuality of fear, the terrifying force of love,
the unutterable pleasures of true intimacy, and the destruction of emotional and intellectual prisons in my own voice. Blammo.
This material demanded a new way of being made, and it took a lot of time before the process revealed itself. The massive, deranged shmaltz I heard in my head, and knew had to be the sound of this record, originated a few years ago while Emma and I were hallucinating in Joshua Tree; the same week I wrote the title track. I chased that sound for the entire year and half we were recording. The means by which it was achieved bore a striking resemblance to the travails, abandon and transformation of loving someone. There: I said it. Blammo.
-Josh Tillman, aka Father John Misty
I Love You, Honeybear was produced by Josh Tillman and Jonathan Wilson, mixed
by Phil Ek, and mastered by Greg Calbi.1. I Love You, Honeybear
2. Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)
3. True Affection
4. The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apt.
5. When You're Smiling and Astride Me
6. Nothing Good Ever Happens at the Goddamn Thirsty Crow
7. Strange Encounter
8. The Ideal Husband
9. Bored in the USA
10. Holy Shit
11. I Went to the Store One Day$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside: An Album By Earl SweatshirtI Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt is the second studio album by American rapper Earl Sweatshirt.
On his first studio album, 2013's Doris, the most mysterious member of L.A. shock-rap gremlins Odd Future proved himself by exploring real-life alienation. On his excellent second LP, Earl Sweatshirt keeps deepening his game - spooling out dense, mordant rhymes over zombifically blunted tracks as he somehow sucks you into his sunless reality. It's amazing that music so claustrophobic can be this engrossing.
As always, Sweatshirt is most compelling when he's going toe to toe with his own demons. I spent the day drinking and missing my grandmother, he raps on Huey, perfectly summing up the music's desolate vibe. Mantra opens with some maniac grandstanding (With a cleaver and a .30 and some twisted weed/I pick one and let the crimson leak), then slides into a downhearted breakup song. Grief is a harrowing shut-in snapshot: I just want my time and my mind intact/When they both gone, you can't buy 'em back. At just 10 songs in a half-hour, I Don't Like Shit is surprisingly concise - even if it's sometimes dark and paranoid enough to make There's a Riot Goin' On sound like the Three's Company theme. And who needs more? Even a half-hour with Earl is enough to leave you with a lifetime of creepy memories.1. Huey
3 . Faucet
5. Off Top
6. Grown Ups
7. AM // Radio
10. Wool$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Peter & The Wolf
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl + Insert
Classical Music On Vinyl Release: Packed In Sturdy PVC Collector's Bag
David Bowie Narrates Prokofiev's Peter And The Wolf (1978) is a classical music album containing David Bowie's narration of Sergei Prokofiev's 1936 composition Peter And The Wolf. The music is performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy. The album reached number 136 on the US Pop Albums chart.
Side One contains the narration by David Bowie of public domain material originally written by Prokofiev. The second side of this LP features Eugene Ormandy conducting Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Ormandy and the aforementioned musicians from Philly also back up Bowie on side one.
Critics lauded the album, saying Bowie 'found his most charming guise since Hunky Dory.' He tells the well-known fable with his usual eloquence and style, and gives instructions at the beginning for kids to understand how the music corresponds to characters in the story. The accompaniment from the Philadelphia Orchestra is first rate.
The Music On Vinyl re-release includes detailed liner notes on the project by Mary Campbell, specifically geared to introduce children to the sounds of the individual instruments in the symphony orchestra. Both Prokofiev and Britten wrote their respective pieces with this aim in mind.1. Peter and the Wolf, Op. 65 (A Musical Tale for Children)
2. Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34$41.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now