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Hot RatsBy 1969, after releasing a 'mother lode' of Mothers of Invention classics, leader Frank Zappa was ready to breakthrough other musical barriers that were still holding popular music in a conservative headlock.
Being one if not the first album to be recorded using 16 tracks (twice the number being used at the time on both sides of the Atlantic), Hot Rats became a leading edge in both modern recording technology and the evolution of jazz/rock-fusion. Mostly instrumental, it features six original compositions; three loose jam pieces, the remainder being tight ensemble arrangements. Some of the finest players around come together in varying combinations, all-the-while showcasing Frank Zappa's guitar virtuosity.
Among others, Lowell George of Little Feat-fame lends guitar, jazz violinists extraordinaire Don 'Sugarcane' Harris and Jean-Luc Ponty plus fellow Mother Ian Underwood's keyboard and woodwind work, complete the leader's advanced vision. Last but not least, the legendary Captain Beefheart brings his unique pipes to the infamous Willie The Pimp.
Soon to become a concert staple and fan favorite thereafter, Peaches En Regalia is truly a modern jazz standard, eventually covered by the likes of Phish and The Dixie Dregs. Also included are Son of Mr. Green Genes, Little Umbrellas, The Gumbo Variations and It Must Be A Camel. Mastered and cut directly from the original analog master tape by Bernie Grundman under the supervision of Gail Zappa.1. Peaches en Regalia
2. Willie the Pimp
3. Son of Mr. Green Genes
4. Little Umbrellas
5. The Gumbo Variations
6. It Must Be a Camel$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Joe's GarageOne of the most iconic and infamous titles in FZ's entire catalog, Joe's Garage, has gone down in history as one of Frank Zappa's greatest works. This 1979 epic in three acts, on three discs, predicted the future of censorship, self described by FZ as: A stupid little story about how the government is going to do away with music.
1. The Central Scrutinizer
2. Joe's Garage
3. Catholic Girls
4. Crew Slut
5. Wet T-Shirt Nite
7. Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?
8. Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up
1. A Token Of My Extreme 5
2. Stick It Out
3. Sy Borg
4. Dong Work For Yuda
5. Keep It Greasey
6. Outside Now
1. He Used To Cut The Grass
2. Packard Goose
3. Watermelon In Easter Hay
4. A Little Green Rosetta$38.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Puttin' On The Ritz - New York 81 Vol.1Limited To 1000
Zappa hit the road in September '81, with his latest touring band, comprising Chad Wackerman on drums, Ed Mann on percussion, Tommy Mars on keyboards, Scott Thunes on bass, with Steve Vai and Ray White on guitar. In November the group travelled to New York State, played a couple of shows up north before hitting the city and unloading at the infamous Ritz venue in the East Village on the 17th.
The show that night was captured by WLIR FM Radio and broadcast across the East Coast to the delight of Zappa fans who hadn't been lucky enough to secure a ticket. Playing for more than two and a half hours, with special guests Al Di Meola and Brian Peters joining on a couple of numbers.LP1
1. Treacherous Cretin
3. Easy Meat
4. You Are What You Is
5. Mudd Club
6. The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing
7. Dumb All Over
8. Heavenly Bank Account
9. Suicide Chump
1. Jumbo Go Away
3. Drowning Witch
4. Whats New In Baltimore
5. Moggio 1:13
6. Bamboozled By Love
7. Sinister Footwear$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Over-Nite SensationMastered from the Original Analog Master Tapes at Bernie Grundman Mastering by Chris Bellman
Love it or hate it, Over-Nite Sensation was a watershed album for Frank Zappa, the point where his post-'60s aesthetic was truly established; it became his second gold album, and most of these songs became staples of his live shows for years to come. Whereas the Flo and Eddie years were dominated by rambling, off-color comedy routines, Over-Nite Sensation tightened up the song structures and tucked sexual and social humor into melodic, technically accomplished heavy guitar rock with jazzy chord changes and funky rhythms; meanwhile, Zappa's growling new post-accident voice takes over the storytelling. While the music is some of Zappa's most accessible, the apparent callousness and/or stunning sexual explicitness of Camarillo Brillo, Dirty Love, and especially Dinah-Moe Humm leave him on shaky aesthetic ground.
Zappa often protested that the charges of misogyny leveled at such material missed out on the implicit satire of male stupidity, and also confirmed intellectuals' self-conscious reticence about indulging in dumb fun; however, the glee in his voice as he spins his adolescent fantasies can undermine his point. Indeed, that enjoyment, also evident in the silly wordplay, suggests that Zappa is throwing his juvenile crassness in the face of critical expectation, asserting his right to follow his muse even if it leads him into blatant stupidity (ironic or otherwise). One can read this motif into the absurd shaggy-dog story of a dental floss rancher in Montana, the album's indisputable highlight, which features amazing, uncredited vocal backing from Tina Turner and the Ikettes. As with much of Zappa's best '70s and '80s material, Over-Nite Sensation could be perceived as ideologically problematic (if you haven't got the constitution for FZ's humor), but musically, it's terrific. -Steve Huey1. Camarillo Brillo
2. I'm The Slime
3. Dirty Love
5. Zomby Woof
6. Dinah-Moe Humm
7. Montana$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lumpy GravyThe unique work, Lumpy Gravy, is comprised of orchestral performances recorded at Capitol Studios in 1967. Interspersed with tape collage and dialogue brilliantly edited by FZ and his razor blade, it went on to become Frank and Gail Zappa's favorite record of the catalog. Pressed on 180g vinyl from a pristine 1968 analog safety tape found in the Vault.1. Part One
2. Part Two$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Muffin Man Vol 2Of all the Frank Zappa tours, the spring of 1975 is the most unusual and frustrating. The performances could range from absolutely exhilarating to rather drab with slopping renditions of composed "core" pieces like "Advance Romance" and "Willie The Pimp" played in the midst of brilliant improvisations by both Zappa and Captain Beefheart and the other musicians in the band. Add to this the paucity of really good recordings, and the frustration is obvious. Zappa's April 26th show in Providence had never circulated before Lampinski's tape surfaced recently. Not only is this arguably the best sounding show from the tour, it's a tight and enjoyable performance. This is the second instalment of two from that ground breaking performance.1.Montana
2.Improvisations (inc. Chariot, Moon Trek, q: Sam w/ The Showing Scalp Flat Top)
3.Sam With The Showing Scalp Flat Top
4.Penguin In Bondage
5.Poofter's Froth Wyoming Plans Ahead
6.Echidna's Arf (Of You)
10.Willie The Pimp$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Uncle MeatThe soundtrack for a film that remained incomplete for over a decade, Uncle Meat is one of the finest albums produced by Zappa and the original Mothers of Invention. Showcasing every facet of the band, Uncle Meat is filled with quirky Zappa instrumentals like the title track and the Dog Breath Variations, rock staples like Cruisin' For Burgers and Mr. Green Genes, and an epic suite of instrumental fervor centered around the jazz-rock forerunner, King Kong.- Andrew Boscardin1. Uncle Meat
2. The Voices Of Cheese
3. Nine Types Of Industrial Pollution
4. Zolar Czakl
5. Dog Breath, In The Year Of The Plague
6. The Legend Of The Golden Arches
7. Louie Louie
8. The Dog Breath Variations
9. Sleeping In A Jar
10. Our Bizarre Relationship
11. The Uncle Meat Variations
12. Electric Aunt Jemima
13. Prelude To King Kong
14. God Bless America
15. A Pound For A Brown On The Bus
16. Ian Underwood Whips It Out
17. Mr. Green Genes
18. We Can Shoot You
19. If We'd All Been Living In California...
20. The Air
21. Project X
22. Cruising For Burgers
23. Tengo Na Minchia Tanta
24. King Kong Itself
25. King Kong II
26. King Kong III
27. King Kong IV
28. King Kong V
29. King Kong VI$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays The Music Of Frank ZappaIn 1969, the legendary Frank Zappa introduced the rock music world to the stellar electric violin and keyboard work of Jean-Luc Ponty with the collaborative masterwork King Kong: Jean Luc Ponty Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa. Featuring a handful of Zappa's earlier classics like Idiot Bastard Son, as well as the exceptional orchestral piece Music for Electric Violin and Low Budget Orchestra, King Kong surely has become a progressive rock/jazz masterpiece. Featuring The Mothers of Invention's George Duke plus Wilton Felder and Ernie Watts. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray.1. King Kong
2. Idiot Bastard Son
3. Twenty Small Cigars
4. How Would You Like To Have A Head Like That
5. Music For Electric Violin and Low Budget Orchestra
6. America Drinks and Goes Home$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Muffin Man Vol 1Of all the Frank Zappa tours, the spring of 1975 is the most unusual and frustrating. The performances could range from absolutely exhilarating to rather drab with slopping renditions of composed "core" pieces like "Advance Romance" and "Willie The Pimp" played in the midst of brilliant improvisations by both Zappa and Captain Beefheart and the other musicians in the band. Add to this the paucity of really good recordings, and the frustration is obvious. Zappa's April 26th show in Providence had never circulated before Lampinski's tape surfaced recently. Not only is this arguably the best sounding show from the tour, it's a tight and enjoyable performance. This is the first instalment of two from that ground breaking performance.1.Improvisations
5.I'm Not Satisfied
6.Carolina Hardcore Ecstasy
7.The Velvet Sunrise
8.Pound For A Brown
9.The Torture Never Stops$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-ZAP-3711xFrank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention
We're Only In It For The Money (Awaiting Repress)Ranked 297/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
We're Only In It For The Money is one of the most essential rock albums of all time. With its scathing messages, use of parody, Musique Concrète & Dadaist tendencies, there truly is nothing like it. Rolling Stone ranks it among its 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time. The restored original 1968 mix is pressed on 180g vinyl.1. Are You Hung Up
2. Who Needs The Peace Corps
3. Concentration Moon
4. Mom & Dad
5. Bow Tie Daddy
6. Harry, You're A Beast
7. What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body?
8. Absolutely Free
9. Flower Punk
10. Hot Poop
11. Nasal Retentive Caliope Music
12. Let's Make The Water Turn Black
13. The Idiot Bastard Son
14. Lonely Little Girl
15. Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance
16. What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body? (Reprise)
17. Mother People
18. The Chrome Plated Megaphone Of Destiny$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Roxy & ElsewhereThis mostly live set features Zappa performing with the popular Mothers of Invention line-up of the early 70's--including jazz-funk meister George Duke, Napolean Murphy Brock on saxophone, and Ruth Underwood on percussion. Highlights include the souped-up funk of Pygmy Twylyte, burning renditions of favorites Penguin in Bondage and More Trouble Every Day, and the hilarious monster movie tribute Cheepnis. Duke steals the show on several tracks, and Zappa's guitar work and master of ceremonies showmanship is in top form. -Andrew Boscardin1. Penguin In Bondage
2. Pygmy Twylyte
3. Dummy Up
4. Village Of The Sun
5. Echidna's Arf (Of You)
6. Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?
8. Son Of Orange County
9. More Trouble Every Day
10. Be-Bop Tango (Of The Old Jazzmen's Church)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Sheik YerboutiIn order to finance his artier excursions, which increasingly required more expensive technology, Frank Zappa recorded several collections of guitar- and song-oriented material in the late '70s and early '80s, which generally concentrated on the bawdy lyrical themes many fans had come to expect and enjoy in concert. Sheik Yerbouti was one of the first and most successful of these albums, garnering attention for such tracks as the Grammy-nominated disco satire Dancin' Fool, the controversial Jewish Princess, and the equally controversial Bobby Brown Goes Down, a song about gay S&M that became a substantial hit in European clubs.
While Zappa's attitude on the latter two tracks was even more politically incorrect than usual for him, it didn't stop the album from becoming his second-highest charting ever. Social satire, leering sexual preoccupations, and tight, melodic songs dominated the rest of the record as well, as Zappa stuck to what had been commercially successful for him in the past.1. I Have Been In You
3. Broken Hearts Are For Assholes
4. I'm So Cute
5. Jones Crusher
6. What Ever Happened To All The Fun In The World
7. Rat Tomago
8. We Gotta Get Into Something Real
9. Bobby Brown
10. Rubber Shirt
11. The Sheik Yerbouti Tango
12. Baby Snakes
13. Tryin' To Grow A Chin
14. City Of Tiny Lites
15. Dancin' Fool
16. Jewish Princess
17. Wild Love
18. Yo' Mama$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-ZAP-4312xFrank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention
Weasels Ripped My FleshWeasels Ripped My Flesh, released in 1970, is the last release featuring the original Mothers Of Invention which FZ disbanded the year prior. Comprised of studio and live tracks, its musical diversity is showcased by incorporating elements ranging from avant-garde and experimental to R&B and Rock. Newly pressed from the master analog tape to 180g vinyl.1. Didja Get Any Onya?
2. Directly From My Heart To You
3. Prelude To The Afternoon Of A Sexually Aroused Gas Mask
4. Toads Of The Short Forest
5. Get A Little
6. The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue
7. Dwarf Nebula Processional March & Dwarf Nebula
8. My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama
9. Oh No
10. The Orange County Lumber Truck
11. Weasels Ripped My Flesh$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Puttin' On The Ritz - New York 81 Vol.2Limited To 1000
Volume 2 from THE CLASSIC FRANK ZAPPA N.Y.C. BROADCAST FROM 1981. Zappa hit the road in September '81, with his latest touring band, comprising Chad Wackerman on drums, Ed Mann on percussion, Tommy Mars on keyboards, Scott Thunes on bass, with Steve Vai and Ray White on guitar. In November the group travelled to New York State, played a couple of shows up north before hitting the city and unloading at the infamous Ritz venue in the East Village on the 17th.
The show that night was captured by WLIR FM Radio and broadcast across the East Coast to the delight of Zappa fans who hadn't been lucky enough to secure a ticket. Playing for more than two and a half hours, with special guests Al Di Meola and Brian Peters joining on a couple of numbers.LP1
1. Stevies Spanking
2. Cocaine Decisions
3. Nig Biz
5. Goblin Girl
6. Black Page #2
7. Tryin To Grow A Chin
8. Strictly Genteel
1. Clowns On Velvet
2. Ride Like The Wind
3. Zoot Allures
4. This Is My Story
5. Whipping Post
6. Watermelon In Easter Hay$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
One Size Fits AllThe first release under the new Zappa Records/UMe agreement, this remastered 40th Anniversary Edition of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention's One Size Fits All album, will be released on 180-gram vinyl. Originally released in 1975, it was Zappa's final album with the Mothers of Invention line-up, featuring guest vocals by Johnny Guitar Watson on two tracks, San Ber'dino and Andy.1. Inca Roads
2. Can't Afford No Shoes
3. Sofa No. 1
4. Po-Jama People
5. Florentine Pogen
6. Evelyn, A Modified Dog
7. San Ber'dino
9. Sofa No. 2$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Freak Out!180 Gram Vinyl Double LP!
Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering!
Ranked 246/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Freak Out! is the debut album by American band The Mothers of Invention, released June 27, 1966 on Verve Records. Often cited as one of rock music's first concept albums, the album is a satirical expression of frontman Frank Zappa's perception of American pop culture. It was also one of the earliest double albums in rock music (although Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde preceded it by a week), and the first 2-record debut.
Mothers Of Invention changed from an R&B covers band to performing Zappa's original material when he joined the group. Freak Out! contains a range of musical styles from R&B, doo wop, and blues-influenced rock to orchestral arrangements and avant-garde sounds.LP 1
1. Hungry Freaks, Daddy
2. I Ain't Got No Heart
3. Who Are the Brain Police?
4. Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder
5. Motherly Love
6. How Could I Be Such A Fool?
7. Wowie Zowie
8. you Didn't Try To Call Me
9. Any Way the Wind Blows
10. I'm Not Satisfied
11. You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here
1. Trouble Every Day
2. Help, I'm A Rock (Suite in Three Movements)
I. Okay To Tap Dance
II. In Memoriam, Edgar Varese
III. It Can't Happen Here
3. The Return Of the Son of Monster Magnet (Unfinished ballet in Two Tableaux)
I. Ritual Dance of the Child Killers
II. Nullis Pretii (No Commercial Potential)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Masked Turnip CyclophanyThis release compiles a bunch of songs and tunes that Frank Zappa was involved with in various ways before he became known as the leader of the Mothers Of Invention. For several years prior to the Mothers becoming MGM-Verve recording artists, Frank was associated with the Pal Recording Studio, whose owner and operator was Paul Buff. It was here, in Cucamonga, under Buff's tutelage, that Frank learned how to use a studio to create music, as opposed to simply writing dots on paper. Frank later bought the studio from Buff and renamed it Studio Z, but all of the contents of this release were recorded before that happened. Frank's contribution to these tracks was either as musician, singer, writer or producer or a combination of some or all of these roles.1.Breaktime
3.The Worlds Greatest Sinner
4.Hows Your Bird?
6.Memories Of El. Monte
10.Cant Stand Up
12.Letter From Jeepers
13.Every Time I See You
14.Love Of My Life
16.The Big Surfer
18.Surf Along With Ned And Nelda
21.Why Dont You Do Me Right
22.Im Losing Status At The High School
24.The Sahara Hop
25.Cyclophony$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Meet The ResidentsVinyl reissue of the Residents' classic debut originally released on Ralph Records in 1974. The whole, bizarre Residents trip started here (at least officially)! Mixing everything from Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart to Raymond Scott and Sun Ra in the world's most bizarre blender, this one is the place to start in the wild and weird world of the Residents. Back on wax for the first time in years!1. Boots
2. Numb Erone
3. Guylum Bardot
4. Breath and Length
5. Consuelo's Departure
6. Smelly Tongues
7. Rest Aria
9. Spotted Pinto Bean
10. Infant Tango
11. Seasoned Greetings
12. N-ER-GEE (Crisis Blues)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Cruising With Ruben & The JetsIs this the Mothers Of Invention recording under a different name in a last ditch attempt to get their cruddy music on the radio?" Cruising With Ruben & The Jets, FZ's homage to Doo-Wop and classic R&B, is re-issued with the original 1968 mix on 180g vinyl from the master analog tape.1. Cheap Thrills
2. Love Of My Life
3. How Could I Be Such A Fool
5. I'm Not Satisfied
6. Jelly Roll Gum Drop
8. Later That Night
9. You Didn't Try To Call Me
10. Fountain Of Love
11. No. No. No.
12. Anyway The Wind Blows
13. Stuff Up The Cracks$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Follow The Rainbow (Speakers Corner)
The fusion movement has a lot in common with a tropical storm: it rages fiercely in its early phases but becomes less wild later on, yet still blows a gale. In the eye of the storm that tore its path through the various musical styles and genres as from 1960 is George Duke, who entered into creative and stormy partnerships with such artists as Frank Zappa, Miles Davis and Jean-Luc Ponty. The rainbow colours with which Duke chose to tint this album are taken less from the paintpots of fusion jazz and rock, and rather more from the black, natural colours of rhythm and blues. Next to a relaxed love groove (Say That You Will) we find a polyphonic vocal number with solos (Sunrise), which conjures up the nostalgic atmosphere of Motown, now on the decline. Then there is snappy funk in all manner of variations, such as Party Down, which swings trendily along but then comes over unfiltered and dry as a bone.
In Follow The Rainbow, genial musicianship, expert arrangements and a special feeling for resonance amalgamate to create a tightly-knit sound which is ever fresh and easy-going.
- George Duke (vocal, keyboard)
- Larry Williams (tenor saxophone, flute)
- Eric Culver (trombone)
- Charles Icarus Johnson (guitar)
- Byron Miller (bass)
- Leon 'Ndugu' Chandler (drums)
- Sheila Escovedo (percussion, vocal)
- Napoleon Murphy Brock (vocal)
Recording: 1979 at Westlake Recording, Los Angeles, by Kerry McNabb and Electric Lady Studios, New York, by Dave Palmer
Production: George Duke
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Party Down
2. Say That You Will
3. Funkin' For The Thrill
6. I Am For Real (May The Funk Be With You)
7. Straight From The Heart
10. Follow The Rainbow$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
HeadHead is The Monkees audacious soundtrack to the 1968 psychedelic comedy/adventure film of the same name written and produced by Bob Rafelson and Jack Nicholson. The Frank Zappa-esque affair intersperses six proper songs with incidental music from Ken Thorne, dialogue fragments and odd sound effects, resulting in some of the most ambitious and rewarding material of the Monkees musical career.1. Opening Ceremony
2. Porpoise Song (Theme from Head)
3. Ditty Diego - War Chant
4. Circle Sky
6. Can You Dig It
9. As We Go Along
11. Daddy's Song
13. Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again?
14. Swami - Plus Strings$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-EVI-3604xThank You Scientist
Maps Of Non-Existent PlacesClaudio Sanchez has officially launched his record label Evil Ink Records and his first signing is New Jersey's young experimental progressive rock septet
Thank You Scientist. The newly formed label, distributed by INgrooves, will be releasing a fully remixed and remastered version of the band's 2012 debut
full-length record, Maps of Non-Existent Places, in time for their run with Coheed and Cambria's "Neverender:IKSSE3 Tour."
Claudio Sanchez knows a little bit about progressive music. His career has spanned 12 years and 7 albums, likely encompassing the longest concept
album arc in the history of rock and roll. Now, in effort to further support and promote his beloved complex genre, he has launched a label dedicated to
sharing a wealth of future talent with the first signing being the extremely talented seven-piece band Thank You Scientist.
For the uninitiated, Thank You Scientist was forged from the music program at Montclair State University in New Jersey when guitarist Tom Monda met
saxophonist Ellis Jasenovic and trumpeter Andrew Digrius. The three bonded over their love for Frank Zappa, Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Beatles and
Harry Nilsson. Those influences would become the seeds for what Thank You Scientist would evolve into today.
With the addition of vocalist Salvatore Marrano, bassist Greg Colacino, drummer Odin Alvarez and violinist Ben Karas, Thank You Scientist's lineup of
virtuoso musicians was complete. The band would go on to self-release an EP, The Perils of Time Travel, in 2011 followed by their debut full-length, Maps
of Non-Existent Places, in 2012, which caught the ear of Sanchez, a fellow purveyor of progressive stylings, and led to his signing of the band.
To pinpoint Thank You Scientist's sound would be inconceivable. On Maps of Non-Existent Places they hold a virtual master class on musicianship,
fusing elements of progressive rock with jazz fusion, classical, metal, psychedelic and pop for a head spinning, mind-blowing listening experience. The
seven-piece band, who collectively play some 20 instruments, boasts a hyper-composed sound which is indebted to their experience and formal training
in both classical and jazz idioms.
A Frank Zappa for the indie generation? Incubus jamming with the Mahavishnu Orchestra? Mr. Bungle and Steely Dan joining forces to fight Godzilla?
King Crimson and the Brecker Brothers serenading you at your bedside? It all seems so strange on paper, yet it's sure to satisfy your ears in the best of
2. A Salesman's Guide to Non-Existence
3. Feed the Horses
4. Blood On the Radio
6. Suspicious Waveforms
8. Concrete Swan Dive
9. In the Company of Worms
10. My Famed Disappearing Act$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Band Of Outsiders
Limited Edition Black And Red Splattered Vinyl
When jazz hits you in the face with a stack of bricks, Mike Dillon is there...twisting chaos into order before turning it back on itself again. -Splinters & Candy
The Mike Dillon Band is a predictably gruesome and sublime elixir of stealthy jazz vibes, street poetry raps and post-punk sonic carnage. -Boulder Weekly
A body in motion tends to stay in motion, at least when The Mike Dillon Band is supplying the dance music. The psychedelic rock group shakes and gyrates with heavy, vibraphone driven grooves, delivering a steady stream of infectious rhythms and hypnotic percussion. -Pittsburgh City Paper
How many artists can claim being praised a punk rock provocateur, jazz vibraphone visionary and percussion virtuoso in the same sentence? There's only one: Mike Dillon. Whether through his affiliation with artists like Les Claypool, Brave Combo and Ani DiFranco, collaborations such as Garage A Trois, The Dead Kenny Gs and Critters Buggin or bands he's fronted, including Billy Goat and Hairy Apes BMX, the Texas-native has set his own standard for 25 years now.
With his latest effort, Band of Outsiders-released via Brooklyn label The Royal Potato Family-Mike Dillon has conjured the perfect storm of all these past endeavors. His manic creative vision found its match in three young musicians he met in New Orleans. Carly Meyers-whom Dillon describes as "a High Priestess of Trombone who channels the energy of Iggy Pop through the chops of JJ Johnson in second-line parade"-provides harmonic counterpoint to his vibes and percussion ("All Walks of Life") as she simultaneously ups the band's art-rock ante ("Carly Hates The Dubstep"). The rhythm section of bassist Patrick McDevitt and drummer Adam Gertner turns on a dime between snarling punk rock assaults ("Homeland Insecurity"), deep funky go-go ("Head"), ska grooves ("Here The Burro") and experimental hip-hop beats ("7AM At The Jazzfest") with all points covered in between.
Dillon recorded Band of Outsiders at Studio Center in Miami with the help of co-producers Gary Vandy and Richard Maloney Jr. Vandy is an old school engineer whose work includes over 200 platinum records predominantly in the disco and dance genres. His love of Zappa is what attracted him to Dillon's work. In the age of pro-tools chicanery, the production is straightforward, capturing Dillon and his band playing live in a room.
"Two tours of Mexico and a steady dose of Brazilian music was the jumping off point for these new songs," explains Dillon. "Add our love for The Melvins, Deerhoof, Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys, Trouble Funk and all things New Orleans and this album surpasses our intention to make the freakiest, most vibrant dance music on the planet."
Lyrically speaking, Mike Dillon draws from his love of Miguel de Cervantes, William Burroughs, Kurt Vonnegut and Robert Anton Wilson to tell stories of New Orleans debauchery mixed with age-old themes of travel, love, self-destruction and greed. Delivered with Dillon's trademark vocal rasp, the record has the intensity of a Tom Waits-meets-Frank Zappa black comedy. Rumor has it that Dillon lived for the past seven years in the same apartment that Waits shared with Rickie Lee Jones. Dillon discounts those rumors: This apartment has housed dudes from Morning 40 Federation, Ani DiFranco, an old Conga player and a bunch of heroin addicts."
Taken in its entirety, Mike Dillon's Band of Outsiders is a snapshot of four musicians hitting full stride. Having relentlessly toured the country in 2013-both headlining and opening for artists like Fishbone, Clutch, Primus and Galactic-its 13 songs bristle with a group mind, spill over the sides with the visions invoked during countless dead-of-night drives crisscrossing the country in a van and hit their target with a sonic assault only possible from a band that's played 400-plus shows over the last two years.
"People are always trying to figure out how to describe our music. Maybe we should call it New Orleans punk jazz Brazilian math rock? It's a gumbo of tribal percussion, The Meters, old school hardcore, Brazil, hard bop and anything else that might move us," concludes Dillon. "But you know, I really don't care what you call it. We kick out the jams harder than anyone, and we also know when to heed the lessons of The Minutemen's Double Nickels On The Dime and keep things straight to the point. There's a reason we called the record what we did. We're the living, breathing definition of a band of outsiders, but together we deliver simple majestic beauty, let's leave it at that."1. Head
2. Hand of God
3. Homeland Insecurity
4. Hero The Burro
5. Carly Hates The Dubstep
6. Great Lakes Tuna
8. All Walks of Life 9. Celebrate the Hate
10. 7AM at the Jazzfest
11. So Long Pal
12. Baby Flint Talk
13. Dauphine & Desire$16.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Passion & WarfareSteve Vai started his career working for the legendary Frank Zappa. Later on he recorded and toured with Public Image Ltd., Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth and Whitesnake. Passion And Warfare is his second solo album and was released in 1990. It is acclaimed as his best album, finding him coming into his own as a composer, as well as bypassing vocals almost entirely. Because Vai is a much more distinguished composer than most of his guitar-shredder colleagues, who most of the time are simply showing off their technique, Passion And Warfare is possibly one of the richest and best hard rock guitar-virtuoso albums ever.1. Liberty
2. Erotic Nightmares
3. The Animal
5. The Riddle
6. Ballerina 12/24
7. For The Love Of God
8. The Audience Is Listening
9. I Would Love To
10. Blue Powder
11. Greasy Kid's Stuff
12. Alien Water Kiss
14. Love Secrets$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now