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OVSE-MOV-1410xEverything But The Girl
IdlewildEverything But The Girl was an English musical duo, formed in Hull in 1982, consisting of lead singer and occasional guitarist Tracey Thorn and guitarist, keyboardist, and singer Ben Watt.
Originating at the turn of the 1980s as a leader of the lite-jazz movement, Everything But The Girl became an unlikely success story more than a decade later, emerging at the vanguard of the fusion between Pop and Electronica.
Idlewild (1988), their most accessible recording, consists of eleven intimate songs. The setting is perfect for such moving compositions as Love Is Here Where I Live and Apron Strings. The album spawned the single I Don't Want to Talk About It, a poignant cover of a song by the late Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten which became EBTG's biggest hit to date, landing at the number three spot on the British charts. Start here, then go on to the rest of this remarkable group's catalog.1. Love Is Here Where I Live
2. These Early Days
3. I Always Was Your Girl
4. Oxford Street
5. The Night I Heard Caruso Sing
6. Goodbye Sunday
7. Shadow On A Harvest Moon
8. Blue Moon Rose
9. Tears All Over Town
10. Lonesome For A Place I Know
11. Apron Strings$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tinsel And LightsBonus track and Tracey Thorn holiday wrapping paper.
Produced by Ewan Pearson, Tinsel and Lights features Tracey's rich vocals and contributions on guitar and piano. Her longtime partner, Ben Watt guests on guitar and piano on several tracks. Leo Taylor (Adele, Hot Chip) plays drums, Steve Pearce ? who played on Everything But The Girl's feted album, Idlewild ? is on bass, while Pearson adds signature synths and electronics. Three tracks include orchestral arrangements by Nick Ingman.1. Joy [written by Tracey Thorn]
2. Hard Candy Christmas [Dolly Parton cover]
3. Like a Snowman [written by Stephin Merritt]
4. Maybe This Christmas [Ron Sexsmith cover]
5. In the Cold, Cold Night [White Stipes cover]
6. Snow [written by Randy Newman]
7. Snow in Sun [written by Green Gartside of Scritti Politti]
8. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
9. Tinsel and Lights [written by Tracey Thorn]
10. River [Joni Mitchell cover]
11. Taking Down the Tree [ft. Green Gartside] [Low cover]
12. Sister Winter [Sufjan Stevens cover]
13. 25th December [Everything But the Girl] (U.S. LP bonus track)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Daughter of EverythingVertical Scratchers is John Schmersal (ex-Brainiac/Enon, live Caribou,
and Crooks on Tape) and Christian Beaulieu (ex-Triclops!/Anywhere).
Vertical Scratchers formed in Los Angeles in 2012. John and Christian
met at a Thanksgiving party, began hanging out, and then just decided
to be a band together. John says, "I love Christian's drumming because
he approaches it like a songwriter, as he is one in his own right. There
aren't really drum fills-more like rhythmic accents that punctuate
what is happening at that point in the song itself."
One of the most persistent elements you will hear throughout the
record is the percussive nature in which the guitars were played and
recorded. Guitar playing is vertical scratching, and in this band, the
guitar strums are almost louder than the amps. John explains, "Part
of the aesthetic we were establishing when writing Vertical Scratchers
songs was to maintain a sense of urgency and raw energy without
relying on volume and distortion. I wanted the guitars to sound light
and jangly, and most songs were purposefully sung in a soft falsetto."
Most Vertical Scratchers songs clock in under the two-minute mark
but often go in twice as many directions as your average-length song.
Pop deception. Think the Kinks with a Buzzcocks brevity.
Daughter of Everything was recorded live in Los Angeles at The Smell
in September of 2012. The special guest appearance lead vocal from
Robert Pollard was recorded at Waterloo Sound in Ohio by Todd
Tobias.1. Wait No Longer
2. Turn Me Out
3. Memory Shards
4. Pretend U Are Free
5. Way Out
7. U Dug Us All
8. Kingdom Come
10. Run Around
11. These Plains
12. Get Along Like U
13. My Only Want
15. The End$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Everything You Want (Awaiting Repress)Pressed On 180 Gram Red Vinyl
Limited To 1,000 Copies
Vertical Horizon's major-label debut, Everything You Want, finds the band strengthening their acoustic jam rock with prominent electric guitars, anthemic hooks, and a clean radio-ready production that brings them in line with the likes of the Wallflowers.
Some longtime fans may find this sonic switch-up a little disconcerting, and it is true that the music on Everything You Want doesn't always flow as easily as it did on their indie records, but it does illustrate Vertical Horizon's growth as a band and its best moments show that they're capable of writing a pop hook as easily as Sister Hazel. Granted, that may not be where the group wants to be, but with a production as polished as this, radio play is clearly a concern. It's to Vertical Horizon's credit that they're usually able to balance the radio single with the calmer acoustic jams that won them a cult following in the first place.1. We Are
2. You're a God
3. Everything You Want
4. Best I Ever Had
5. You Say
6. Finding Me
8. Send It Up
9. Give You Back
10. All of You
11. Shackled$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Everything Is Debatable (Awaiting Repress)Hellogoodbye: Everything is Debatable - Is everybody ready for an inspired cacophony of joyful sound contrasted with dark yet mature lyrics? If so, take a listen to Everything Is Debatable. This album is the sonic personification of live for today because you might not get tomorrow. The album deals extensively with death, but instead of descending into depression, the album explodes with energy. It's as if Hellogoodbye sees death coming and there's a lot on their bucket list, the culmination of which is a great album.
The concept of death leads off the album with the opening line to 'And Everything Becomes a Blur'. "All the friends we made along the way, everyone single one will pass away". Later in the album the concept is explored further with 'Die Young, Die Dumb; Not Soon' and with the album's closer, 'A Near Death Experience'. The final track vacillates between slow build, soaring self-exploration and almost jazz-inspired interludes. 'Die Young, Die Dumb; Not Soon' uses the concept of death as more of a joke. The plan of the title is to pass away before cynicism infiltrates your psyche: die before you're no longer open-minded, but hopefully "not soon".
The album is quite adept at dance tracks as well. '(Everything is) Debatable' is an inspired, danceable song. It is rich and full and it never leaves the listener bored. Every moment is complete with a new sound to hear, a new instrument being shown off. 'Just Don't Let Go Just Don't' is another really great dance track. This entire album is a clinic in how dance tracks can be exciting without being vapid. The electronic base line mixed with the real guitars and drums is brilliant. Hellogoodbye mixes the real with the synthetic like a brilliant designer.That blend is really what completes the album. A track is never fully synthetic or completely grounded with real instruments. The blend is always present and well thought out.
Probably my favorite song on the album is also its darkest. 'Summer of the Lily Pond' explores the details of disagreements and discovers that the author is in fact the one that "was wrong". The concept is explored with fantastic horns that capture the brassy feeling of regret. It is perhaps the least synthetic song on the album and its contrasting presence highlights the brilliance of the album.
- Jay Abbondanza (Violent Success)1. And Everything Becomes A Blur
2. (Everything Is) Debatable
3. The Magic Hour Is Now
4. Swear You're In Love
5. Summer Of The Lily Pond
6. Just Don't Let Go Just Don't
7. I Don't Worry (as Much As I Should)
8. How Wrong I Can Be
9. An External Force
10. Die Young, Die Dumb; Not Soon
11. A Near Death Experience$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything
Marks The 15th Anniversary Of The Band, Founded And Led By Efrim Menuck Of Godspeed You! Black Emperor
First New SMZ Full Length Since GYBE's Return To Action In 2011
Recorded In Quebec By Greg Norman (electrical Audio)
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra (SMZ) has traced a barbed-wire arc of
genre-defying protest music since its inception in 1999. Formed by Efrim Menuck, with
Thierry Amar and Sophie Trudeau, the initial iteration of the band was a predominantly
instrumental trio that forged a more intimate and ragged chamber-punk than Godspeed
You! Black Emperor, in which group all three founding SMZ members also played (and
continue to play). Through seven albums from 2000-2010, SMZ expanded its line-up and
shifted towards an increasing use of lead and group vocals, with Menuck penning politically charged lyrics to anchor long-form multi-movement compositions that juxtaposed electrified
guitars against a 4-piece string section of violins,cello and contrabass.
Most recently, SMZ has pared back to five players, with Menuck's massive spectrum spanning electric guitar sound emerging as the spine around which two violins, bass (now
more often electric than acoustic) and drums are deployed. SMZ have managed a handful
of short tours in the past couple of years (in the gaps between GYBE commitments) and
as anyone who has seen the band in its recent incarnation can attest, their current sound
is more honed, laser-guided and bone-rattling than ever, melding hardcore, blues, garage
and dark metal influences that have nothing to do with anything so quaint as "post-rock"
(a tag the group has always and rightly rejected).
Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything is the first definitive document of
the band's newfound sound and style as a quintet. It's also their first single LP-length
work since the band's debut record as a trio almost 15 years ago, and features road tested pummeling rock-outs "Fuck Off Get Free (For The Island Of MontrÉal)", "Take
Away These Early Grave Blues" and "What We Loved Was Not Enough" alongside the
previously unheard lullabyes/minuets "Little Ones Run" and "Rains Thru The Roof At Thee
Grande Ballroom (For Capital Steeze)" and the album centerpiece "Austerity Blues" with
its closing lyric "Lord let my son live long enough to see that mountain torn down"
sung in varying incarnations throughout the second half of this 14-minute epic.
This lyric in many ways encapsulates Menuck's unflinching take on a world replete with
shabbiness, greed and injustice, seen through the lens of parenthood, mortality, endurance
and defiance. There are few other musicians who deliver social critique with the courage
and honesty of lines like "All our cities gonna burn / All our bridges gonna snap / All our
pennies gonna rot / Lightning roll across our tracks / All our children gonna die". Feel-good
music this is not; but neither can it reductively be tagged apocalyptic or world-weary.
Fuck Off Get Free rages with scorn and with hope, utterly passionate but pointedly
unromantic. Thee Silver Mt. Zion once again demonstrates, like few other bands working
today, that there is much to fight for and against, and plenty more fight songs to sing.1. Fuck Off Get Free (for The Island Of Montreal)
2. Austerity Blues
3. Take Away These Early Grave Blues
4. Little Ones Run
5. What We Loved Was Not Enough
6. Rains Thru The Roof At The Grande Ballroom (for Capital Steez)$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Now That Everything's Been SaidWe all know the Carole King who wrote some of the biggest hits of the '60s, from "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" to "Pleasant Valley Sunday," via "The Locomotion" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." We also know the singer-songwriter behind Tapestry, the album that launched King as a solo singer in her own right. But in between-and not nearly as well known-is King's band, The City, and their album, Now That Everything's Been Said.
By the mid-'60s, King's marriage to Gerry Goffin, with whom she'd written many of those wonderful hits, had hit the rocks. A divorce loomed, and King all but retired to raise their two daughters. She headed west to Laurel Canyon in '67, taking the children with her, and made the previously unlikely move of joining a progressive folk-rock band. King formed The City with future husband Charles Larkey on bass and Danny Kortchmar on guitar and vocals. With King on piano and vocals, they created a folk rock sound that pre-empted the singer-songwriter boom of the '70s.
Produced by Lou Adler and featuring Jimmy Gordon on drums, The City's sound is deep and soulful, imperfect but passionate. And the songs, with King writing or co-writing all but one, are as exceptional as you'd expect and as widely covered as her factory work. "Now That Everything's Been Said" was a hit for American Spring, "A Man Without A Dream" was tackled by The Monkees, and "Hi-De-Ho (That Old Sweet Roll)" was a hit for Blood, Sweat & Tears. Central to the album's appeal is King's own stirring reading of her track "Wasn't Born To Follow," covered masterfully by The Byrds for the Easy Rider soundtrack.
King had been used to a life on the sidelines, and her stage fright left the trio unable to tour the LP which adversely affected their fortunes. That, plus some behind-the-scenes distribution problems, meant the album was quickly deleted, and it remained so for the next thirty years-partly at King's request. Even so, its failure was a surprise to those concerned. "I was 26 when Now That Everything's Been Said was released in 1968," King says of the album. "[We] expected it to zoom to the top of the charts within, at most, a few weeks. Individually and together, we optimistically imagined the album's success as if it had already happened. Danny and Charlie kept telling each other, 'It's a great album. The City is gonna be Number 1 with a bullet!'
Listening now, you can feel the threads that lead to Tapestry and to the hugely successful performing career that followed. It's not so much an oddity in King's work as the missing link between her two lives. Reissued here in deluxe vinyl, this is, at long last, a chance to own this lost album.1. Snow Queen
2. I Wasn't Born To Follow
3. Now That Everything's Been Said
4. Paradise Alley
5. Man Without A Dream
6. Victim Of Circumstance
7. Why Are You Leaving
9. My Sweet Home
10. I Don't Believe It
11. That Old Sweet Roll (Hi-De-Ho)
12. All The Time$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
OVSE-MOV-9048xEverything But The Girl
Language Of LifeThe Language of Life is the fifth album by English electronic duo Everything but the Girl, released in 1990.
Tommy LiPuma had previously worked with artists like Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Randy Newman, and George Benson and had contributed production to Aztec Camera's Love album in 1987. He had expressed an interest in producing Everything but the Girl and invited Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt to New York and LA.
Song arrangements were written by Larry Williams and Jerry Hey. The band LiPuma put together included Omar Hakim on drums, John Patitucci on bass and Larry Williams on keyboards. Ben Watt played guitar and piano, as well as doing some singing. Tracey Thorn sang only. LiPuma produced, in Thorn's words, a fully realised, immaculately performed and produced modern American Soul-Pop record.1. Driving
2. Get Back Together
3. Meet Me In The Morning
4. Me And Bobby D
5. The Language Of Life
6. Take Me
7. Imagining America
8. Letting Love Go
9. My Baby Don't Love Me
10. The Road$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PhoenixWith Phoenix, Everything in Slow Motion paints on the canvas of life a picture of a thousand words that somehow manages to bring together both the beauty of a Picasso with the raw and childlike grace of your little child's first finger-painting. On the one hand, the album is raw and brutally honest, telling the story of an addict who clings to drugs, anger, and all the pain-filled pleasures of the flesh. On the other hand, Phoenix presents the broken tale of a beloved child of God who reaches out to his Father, stumbles and falls, and then looks up for help, hope, and a grace he cannot provide for himself.
Facedown Records has waited until the eleventh hour (and twelfth month) to deliver one of the strongest albums the label has ever produced. Everything in Slow Motion builds upon everything that made Hands' Give Me Rest great, but somehow goes one step further. "Speak" is unquestionably a candidate for song of the year, while "The Fool" will reach into questioning hearts the way few songs are able to.
- Lee Brown (Indie Vision Music)1. Get Out
2. Speak (ft. Christian Lindskog of Blindside)
4. Most Days
5. You Are
7. The Fool
8. Come Down
9. Remember No More
10. Proxima (ft. Holly Ann)$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
DaybreakerBeth Orton's third album, originally released in 2002.Nobody can keep you from the one you know you are, she sings quietly on Mount Washington. Fueled by her mother's early passing, each of Orton's songs is accordingly anchored by a deep sense of sadness and loss. Despite the occasional electronic flourishes at the hands of collaborators such as the Chemical Brothers and Everything but the Girl's Ben Watt, and the beaming West Coast harmonies she shares with pal Ryan Adams, Daybreaker is a supremely personal record. There's a concrete sky falling from the trees again and I don't know why, she muses on Concrete Sky. And like Tim Buckley and Nick Drake--the hopeless folk icons that came before her--there seems to be a sublime urgency in her work that suggests a seemingly innocent song like Thinking About Tomorrow is not so much about optimism as fate. -Aidin Vaziri1. Paris Train
2. Concrete Sky
3. Mount Washington
7. God Song
8. This One's Gonna Bruise
9. Ted's Waltz
10. Thinking About Tomorrow$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
20th Century Women (Music From The Motion Picture)Director Mike Mills first made his mark on the silver screen with the Academy Award-winning film Beginners, but his back catalog is also filled with a number of music videos, including those for songs by Everything But The Girl ("Temperamental"), Moby ("Run On"), Air ("All I Need"), Mansun ("Legacy"), Pulp ("Party Hard"), and Air ("Sexy Boy"). His appreciation of music also extends to the soundtracks of his films, and with 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, his latest cinematic endeavor, he's managed to put together one of the most musically diverse compilations in recent memory.
This is not praise derived from a desire to play up new product. This is simply the reality of the situation. How else to describe a compilation which sandwiches "Basin Street Blues," by Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five between tracks by Talking Heads and The Raincoats? We're talking about a musical landscape which finds Fred Astaire, Benny Goodman, and Rudy Vallee rubbing elbows with Siouxsie and the Banshees, Devo, and the Buzzcocks. It shouldn't work, and yet somehow it does.1. "Don't Worry About The Government" - Talking Heads
2. "Fairytale In The Supermarket" - The Raincoats
3. "Media Blitz" - Germs
4. "Cheree" - Suicide
5. "D.J." - David Bowie
6. "Gut Feeling/(Slap Your Mammy)" - Devo
7. "The Big Country" - Talking Heads
8. "Basin Street Blues" - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five
9. "This Heart Of Mine" - Fred Astaire
10. "In A Sentimental Mood" - Benny Goodman And His Orchestra
11. "After Hours On Dream Street" - Sandy Williams
12. "As Time Goes By" - Rudy Vallee & His Connecticut Yankees
13. "Why Can't I Touch It?" -The Buzzcocks$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
KeeperJohn Doe is one of modern music's most authentic and enduring songwriters. A keystone of the legendary LA punk rock band X, the Chicago Tribune called him, punk rock's golden throat. While touring with X over the last 30 years, Doe also cultivated his own career as a solo artist, diving head-first into alt-country, folk and gut-wrenching rock 'n' roll.
His latest record is Keeper, the glass-half-full counterpart to 2007's emotionally damaged A Year in the Wilderness. Keeper was recorded over six months with hit-making producer/mixer Dave Way and features performances from legends and friends alike. Patty Griffin, Don Was, Smokey Hormel and Steve Berlin take star turns along with great performances from Cindy Wasserman and Jill Sobule.
Doe says of the process, Pieces of sadness exists in everything but it doesn't have to be the only thing. I finally figured out how to write a love song where the people actually get loved. This is a record by a veteran artist who has come back from the brink with his arms full of fast and beautiful songs.1. Don't Forget How Much I Love You
2. Never Enough
3. Little Tiger
4. Giant Step Backward
5. Walking Out the Door
8. Handsome Devil
9. Jump Into My Arms
10. Lucky Penny
11. Cottage in the 'Dale
12. Painting the Town Blue$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SCMU-YAZ-1058xBlind Willie Johnson
Praise God I'm SatisfiedYazoo's Praise God I'm Satisfied is an excellent collection of 14 tracks Blind Willie Johnson recorded in the '30s, including such numbers as Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed, Praise God I'm Satisfied, Rain Don't Fall on Me and Jesus Is Coming Soon. These are excellent, haunting recordings, boasting some stellar guitar work, but everything that's on this disc and its companion, Sweeter as the Years Go By, is included on Columbia/Legacy's The Complete Recordings of Blind Willie Johnson, which makes this unnecessary for any serious listener.
-All Music Guide1. Jesus Make up My Dying Bed
2. Dark Was the Night (Cold Was the Ground)
3. Praise God I'm Satisfied
4. Bye and Bye I'm Goin' to See the King
5. You're Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond
6. When the War Was On
7. God Moves on the Water
8. I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole
9. God Don't Never Change
10. The Rain Don't Fall on Me
11. Nobody's Fault But Mine
12. Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning
13. Jesus Is Coming Soon
14. Mother's Children Have a Hard Time$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
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Rock And Roll Joe (On Sale)The idea for Rock and Roll Joe began during Chip Taylor's Scandinavian tour of 2007. As Chip traveled through Norway and Sweden with his longtime friend and guitarist John Platania, new protege fiddler Kendel Carson, drummer Bryan Owings and bass player Ron Eoff, they talked about everything. But many of the conversations revolved around the musicians that they knew and respected and Chip realized that most music fans didn't really know the people who were behind many of the great records of the last 60 years.
With that in mind, Chip wrote the song, Rock and Roll Joe. That song prompted several more, with everyone in the band suggesting more songs in need of the spotlight. At the end of the tour back in London, the band quickly recorded the new songs and the Rock and Roll Joe album was born.
Chip Taylor and Train Wreck Records have also launched a website that will promote and honor the unsung heroes of rock music. The history of rock is filled with people such as Hank Garland and Mickey Baker who were instrumental in shaping the sound of today's best music. Yet their contributions are barely recognized. In addition to the underappreciated musicians and session players, there will also be some room to highlight the songwriters, producers and behind the scenes people who helped shape this music.No Listing Available.$17.99 $12.59 Save $5.40 (30%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Violence, ViolenceAfter a well received demo and a debut 7 that sold 2,000 copies in less than a year, Ceremony gives us Violence Violence, their 15 song debut full length. If Ruined was their declaration, Violence Violence is their first wave assault, a soundtrack to wage war. A war against everything that hardcore has stood against, but now has been co-opted into its ranks. There's no TRL song on here, there's nothing that'll be heard at a school dance. Hardcore for the hardcore.1. Violence
3. Living Hell
4. My Hands Are Made Of Spite
7. Bite Down
8. Cross Them Out
10. Clouds Of Fire
11. Pressure's On
12. Walking Home
13. Asleep$16.9912 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
All Hell (Awaiting Repress)One thing that has come out of sharing our lives through songs and touring is the comforting knowledge that we all live, breathe, suffer, and survive together, says singer Davey Muise.
No matter how dark the past or deep the problems, each of us have the power to let everything out through music and begin to not only heal but rebuild. All Hell is everything we've been through, all the problems, all the pain, all the lessons we've learned or were forced to face. But make no mistake. These songs aren't confessions - they're us being proud and owning the people we are now. This record is you on the other side of the hell you've gone through: better, stronger, and ready for more. No matter what you fought through, bled about and survived, we feel it, we're with you and this records is our anthem. This is the sound when All Hell comes crashing down.
-Alternative Press1. Paranoia Euphoria
2. Pretty Grim
3. Circle The Flame
5. Leather Feather
6. Wounded Young
7. Reaping A Whirlwind
8. Candle Limbs
10. Lead Balloon$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
English ElectricEnglish Electric is an album that is said to look at a theme of failed utopian dreams, which often result in dystopic failure and regret. The music is, in part, taking influence from 1983s Dazzle Ships album which utilised a lot of radio samples, sourced sounds and experimental tracks. Andy McCluskey has also commented that "There are a few tracks that are not 'songs.' And many of the sounds are more simple and electronic than on History Of Modern".
During an interview with Andy for Messages back in 2011, he commented further on the genesis of the album: "We were a band that was trying to be the future. That was part of our ethos, that was part of our appeal to a lot of people when they first got interested. They were great tunes. They liked the lyrics, they liked the melodies...they liked some of the melancholy emotion in the lyrics and everything, but they also liked the fact that we were quite challenging and it was kind of like pushing the envelope. And that still remains an issue for us, that we feel like we should be trying to do that".
Expanding on the direction of sound of the album, Andy has also said: "In terms of the music we had some specific parameters that we wanted to try to stick to. Namely, try to use a more minimal and glitchy sound where we could. Our mantra is 'what does the future sound like?'. However, there is a natural inclination to be melodic and try to make 'listenable' music, not just experiment for its own sake if it does not lead to the creation of something that stands repeated listening."
For an interview with The Quietus in February of this year, Andy commented on the writing period of the material used on English Electric: "Apart from the complete reworking of Kissing The Machine, everything on this record has been written in the last two years. Dresden and Final Song came from pieces of music that I had from the year before, but I hadn't got a lyric on. I got the lyric on them two years ago, in January 2011. So basically the whole album has been written within the immediate recent timeframe.1. Please Remain Seated
3. Night CafÉ
4. The Future Will Be Silent
5. Helen of Troy
6. Our System
7. Kissing The Machine
9. Stay With Me
11. Atomic Ranch
12. Final Song$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Pushing My LuckRobert Belfour's sophomore effort for Fat Possum -- at 63, he is one of the youngest artists on the roster and is by far the most polished, if the Delta blues can ever really be called that -- proves his debut was indeed only a beginning.
In stark contrast to his labelmates, Belfour strictly plays acoustic blues, but he plays them with the same dark, trancelike feel of Junior Kimbrough, haunting spookiness of Fred McDowell, rhythmic intensity of John Lee Hooker, and sprawling drawl of Lightnin' Hopkins. Ted Gainey aids Belfour on a drum kit.
While the first album was all of a piece, and everything but the vocal seemed to be recorded at the same level (and even then, Belfour couldn't always be understood among the ringing guitars and shuffling drums), Pushin' My Luck is nervier, a bit more edgy. Belfour's truly nearly unbelievable singing is a bit more in the foreground, enough to add to the hypnotic repetition in his music, while the drums -- played no more elaborately than Meg White's in the White Stripes -- are mixed just a tad higher, bringing it extremely close to the punch this stuff has when played in front of a live audience.
Fans of Kimbrough's guitar playing -- or Ali Farka Toure's, for that matter -- will be instantly drawn to the polyrhythmic, droning chords and ambling, elegantly raw, slippery fills that Belfour plays, whether it's on Hill Stomp, the title track, I Got My Eyes on You, Sweet Brown Sugar, or I'm Gonna Leave, which closes the set. The vibe is the same everywhere; this is deep, hot Mississippi blues full of a slow, steamy, writhing sexual vibe; twisted soul; and a sense of foreboding mystery that cannot be mentioned, let alone explained.
This is the first great blues record of 2003 and if it isn't nominated for the W.C. Handy Award, the damned foundation should be disbanded on the basis of deafness. I hope this guy lives to be a 100 and makes a record every year he's on this planet. Forget everything you just read: This record is amazing; just buy it.
- Thom Jurek (All Music Guide)1. Hill Stomp
2. Breaking My Heart
3. Pushin' My Luck
4. Go Ahead On
5. You Got Me Crying
6. I Got My Eyes On You
7. Sweet Brown Sugar
8. Stayed Awake
9. Crazy Ways
10. I'm Gonna Leave You
$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sky SwimmingAmelia Rivas and Christian Pinchbeck don't just sing about feverish, frayed and fractured romances - in the three years since forming elephant, they've been living one.
It's fitting that sky swimming, their debut full length release is a seductive, night time delight of an album. After all, it was in the twilight hours of a may morning three years ago that Pontefract native Amelia Rivas and Bristolian Christian Pinchbeck met at a house party and in alcohol-soaked all-nighter sessions that sky swimming was written.
A fibrous collection of songs about relationships - their own included, which broke down during the making of the album - hazy memories, twisted dreams, the metaphysical bleeding in to the physical - sky swimming - all trilling keyboards, swooping melodies, broken hip hop beats, looped strings and Amelia's uniquely curvy vocals - that makes you want to clamp your headphones tighter on your ears, letting you swim in its every detail and emotion. Influenced by everything from Toro y Moi to composer Angelo Badalamenti, everything but the girl to rap originators arrested development and Joe Meek's productions, it's an intensely varied listen.
"the first time we worked together, I went round to his house in Peckham and didn't leave for 3 days. I barely knew him," Amelia remembers. "She turned up with some £10 casio she bought from a charity shop in France and the whole demo EP was made on that," recalls Christian. Elephant have grown beyond their lo-fi roots since then, with Andy Dragazis being drafted in on co-production duties, while retaining the emotional rawness of those early songs. Tracks vary from psyche-delving ballads about growing up - torn tongues and skyscraper ("I want to understand what's wrong with my brain," Rivas laughs), to the thrilling pop of elusive youth, a eulogy to a friend who "wears a city crown", to the everyday trials of being young and poor in London (see ants about Amelia's crumbling tooting bedsit and TV dinner, a paean to rubbish telly and cheap booze) and the heartbreaking title track sky swimming written in the eye storm of their relationship meltdown with the refrain "do your eyes turn blue before you cry, I see the blue in you".
With winning appearances at Primavera and Eurosonic festivals behind them, not to mention support slots with cult hero Matthew E. White, under their belts, Elephant have in Sky Swimming one of the year's most seductive sounds. . "I flew to the moon to mirror you" sings Amelia on album closer Shapeshifter, with the sort raw melancholy that could only be cribbed from a blue valentine romance. "I saw the future." It should be a very bright future ahead for Elephant indeed.1. Assembly
5. Elusive Youth
7. Torn Tongues
8. Come To Me
9. TV Dinner
10. Sky Swimming
12. Shapeshifter$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
American IV: The Man Comes AroundOn first thought, the idea of the Man in Black recording such covers as Bridge over Troubled Water, Danny Boy, and The First Time Ever I Saw Your
Face might seem odd, even for an artist who's been able to put his personal stamp on just about everything. But American IV: The Man Comes Around,
which also draws on Cash's original songs as well as those by Nine Inch Nails (Hurt), Sting (I Hung My Head), and Depeche Mode (Personal Jesus),
may be one of the most autobiographical albums of the 70-year-old singer-songwriter's career. Nearly every tune seems chosen to afford the ailing giant
of popular music a chance to reflect on his life, and look ahead to what's around the corner. From the opening track--Cash's own The Man Comes
Around, filled with frightening images of Armageddon--the album, produced by Rick Rubin, advances a quiet power and pathos, built around spare
arrangements and unflinching honesty in performance and subject. In 15 songs, Cash moves through dark, haunted meditations on death and
destruction, poignant farewells, testaments to everlasting love, and hopeful salutes to redemption. He sounds as if he means every word, his baritonebass,
frequently frayed and ravaged, taking on a weary beauty. By the time he gets to the Beatles' In My Life, you'll very nearly cry. Go ahead. He
sounds as if he's about to, too. Unforgettable. --Alanna Nash
This is the fourth in a series of collaborations between the original Man in Black, Johnny Cash, and producer Rick Rubin. The Man Comes Around
features new Cash compositions as well as a diverse array of cover songs, including Nine Inch Nails Hurt, Hank Williams I'm So Lonesome I Could
Cry, and Paul Simon's Bridge Over Troubled Waters. He duets with Don Henley on Desperado.1. The Man Comes Around
3. Give My Love To Rose
4. Bridge Over Troubled Water
5. I Hung My Head
6. First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
7. Personal Jesus
8. In My Life
9. Sam Hall
10. Danny Boy
12. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
13. Tear Stained Letter
14. Streets of Laredo
15. We'll Meet Again$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Tragedy Will Find UsTragedy Will Find Us is a record about my life falling apart. Simple as that, frontman Brendan Murphy said in a statement. Lyrically, it represents me at rock bottom. But I feel like when you hit that low, you have nowhere to go but up. Counterparts has always been about coping with everything life throws at you, and it's no different with this release. Tragedy will find all of us eventually, and it's up to you to claw your way out.
- Exclaim.ca1. Stillborn
11. Solace$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
AbovePearl Jam + Alice In Chains + Screaming Trees = Mad Season. Includes 3 songs from mythical unfinished second album with NEWLY RECORDED vocals by Mark Lanegan.
Previously unreleased instrumental Interlude, Remixed version of John Lennon cover I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier, 180 Gram, 2LP gatefold
Think of the one-shot Seattle supergroup Mad Season as the grunge version of sober living. Guitarist Mike McCready, best known as the main six-string slinger in Pearl Jam, met bassist John Baker Saunders while in rehab, and the two paired with Screaming Trees' drummer Barrett Martin and Alice in Chains vocalist Layne Staley, partially in hopes of steering the singer onto the path of the straight and narrow. Ultimately, the plan didn't pan out, but for a brief while, the quartet -- who adopted the name Mad Season -- did have their moment of clarity, captured on the 1995 album Above. There was a single issued to modern rock radio -- River of Deceit -- but this record downplayed easy hooks and melody in favor of churning introspection and slow vamps that occasionally flirt with blues (the never-ending 12-bar Artificial Red, balanced by the distorto riffs of I Don't Everything), but usually conjure nothing more than the dank sludge of Seattle. Mad Season aren't quite mired in the darkest areas of grunge -- they're clever enough to let a saxophonist lend color to Long Gone Day -- but the lack of melodicism is a bit of a drag over the long haul, turning Above into a bit of heavy mood music. In a sense, it's the id of Seattle run rampant: all the bands involved, outside of Saunders' Walkabouts and Martin's Trees (who were nevertheless considerably more popular than Saunders' group), enjoyed commercial success in 1995, so they could have gotten away with anything and, in a sense, they did, as a major-label actually released this turgid bit of soul-baring heavy rock. McCready gets plenty of room for his elliptical guitar, the players has space to dig into their minor-key vamps, Staley essays his only set of completely original lyrics, but the whole thing feels kind of inert and indulgent, which may be appropriate for a band treating rock & roll as therapy.
-All Music GuideLP1
1. Wake Up
2. X-Ray Mind
3. River Of Deceit
4. I'm Above
5. Artificial Red
6. Lifeless Dead
7. I Don't Know Anything
1. Long Gone Day
2. November Hotel
3. All Alone
6. Black Book Of Fear*
7. Slip Away*
8. I Don't Want To Be A Soldier (Remix)
*Previously unreleased$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Washing MachineAfter the regressive, low-key Experimental Jet Set, Trash & No Star, Sonic Youth appeared to be floundering somewhat, but Washing Machine erased any notion that the band had run out of things to say. Easily their most adventurous, challenging, and best record since Daydream Nation, the album finds Sonic Youth returning to the fearless exploration, but the group has found a way to work that into tighter song structures. Not only are the songs more immediate than most of the material on their earlier records, the sound here is warm and open, making Washing Machine their most mature and welcoming record to date. It's not a commercial record, nor is it a pop record, but Washing Machine encompasses everything that made Sonic Youth innovators, and shows that they can continue to grow, finding new paths inside their signature sound.LP1
2. Junkie's Promise
4. Washing Machine
6. Little Trouble Girl
7. No Queen Blues
1. Panty Lies
2. Becuz Coda
3. Skip Tracer
4. The Diamond Sea$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
We Should Be Dead TogetherYou can feel the act of creation in every note or creak or cadence and it is intoxicating. The results are not overtly folk or psych or pop or rock yet they appeal to all of those senses at once. It is odd to have an 11-track EP. Even more strange is to organize it as one track followed by 10 tracks, as is done on the sleeve, especially when it plays out in a more traditional order in practice. But everything about Savaging Spires seems to go against convention. A band that All Music likened to Animal Collective and the Incredible String Band jamming on found instruments at The Residents' house, with Mark Kozelek as guest vocalist never ceases to surprise. This continues their habit of producing amazing results in front of a microphone, as their self-titled debut was considered by many to be an instant cult classic. Recalling the glory days of pastoral psychedelia according to The Wire and it found heavy rotation in the US on KALX, WFMU, WNYU, KVRX and many others.1. We Should Be Dead (Together)
2. Fifty Percent Proof
3. When the Devils Says He's Tape
4. Apostrophe Tape
5. Drinking Moon
7. Tales of Pneumonia
8. Stop the L Train
9. Don't Let Lorraine Get Much Older
10. Suddenly the Bell
11. Fifty Percent Tape$28.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now