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Ya-Ka-MayIn the wake of Hurricane Katrina, various groups offered their musical tributes to the city, but few if any captured the diverse snapshot that is New Orleans. Most tended to view the place as something of a musical museum, while ignoring the town's vibrant and innovative new music: the energetic, highly eroticized, and occasionally gender-bending style of hip hop called bounce. Now Galactic have made what may be the definitive New Orleans tribute with Ya-Ka-May, by recognizing this fundamental truth; that all of the town's seemingly disparate styles like jazz, brass bands and funk as well as the newer bounce/hip hop are intrinsically linked. There is a particular inclusiveness about the place which connects both its people and their music, linking seemingly discordant genres from bounce to jazz, brass bands to rock, gospel to funk. There is also, even in the face of diversity, a sense of infectious fun and joy in these grooves, just as there is on the streets of a city that always knows how to let its hair down.
The album features established legends such as the Rebirth Brass Band, Irma Thomas, Big Chief Bo Dollis, Allen Toussaint and Walter ôWolfmanö Washington with younger artists like Trombone Shorty and Corey Henry, John Boutt?, Josh Cohen and Scully, and Glen David Andrews, as well as groundbreaking new bounce artists like Cheeky Blakk, Big Freedia, Katey Red, and Sissy Nobby.1. Friends of Science
2. Boe Money (featuring The Rebirth Brass Band
3. Double It (featuring Big Freedia)
4. Heart of Steel (featuring Irma Thomas)
5. Wild Man (featuring Big Chief Bo Dollis)
6. Bacchus (featuring Allen Toussaint)
7. Katey vs. Nobby (featuring Katey Red and Sissy Nobby)
8. Cineramascope (featuring Trombone Shorty and Corey Henry)
9. Dark Water (featuring John Boutte)
10. Do It Again (featuring Cheeky Blakk)
11. Liquor Pang (featuring Josh Cohen and Ryan Scully from the Morning 40 Federation)
12. Krewe d'etat
13. You Don't know (featuring Glen David Andrews and The Rebirth Brass Band)
14. Speaks His Mind (featuring Walter Wolfman Washington)
15. Do It Again (again) (featuring Cheeky Blakk)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Carnival ElectricosGalactic was formed eighteen years ago in New Orleans; the band cut their teeth playing the biggest party in America, Mardi Gras, where the entire city shuts down completely to celebrate. Carnivale Electricos is the sound of that party, and much more. Its a carnival record that evokes the primal, electric atmosphere of a whole city vibrating together to one beat, in a seismic wave that runs from New Orleans down through the Caribbean to the southern hemisphere and the mighty mega carnivals of Brazil.
To make Carnivale Electricos, the members of Galactic drew on the skills, stamina, and funk they deploy in the all night party of their annual Lundi Gras show that goes till sunrise and leads sleeplessly into Mardi Gras day. Armed with a slew of carnival ready guests from high school marching bands to 72-year-old Al 'Carnival Time' Johnson, reworking his 1960 classic song that became the anthem of Mardi Gras, Galactic whisks the listener around the neighborhoods to feel the Mardi Gras moment in all its variety of flavors.
The Brazilian influence on Carnivale Electricos appears in three Brazilian-flavored instrumentals, including JuLou, which riffs on an old Brazilian tune, even though the name refers to the brass funk Krewe of Julu, the walking krewe that Galactic members participate in on Mardi Gras morning. Thats the kind of connection Galactic wanted to make with Carnivale Electricos, to draw together the carnival spirit of worldwide celebration into one ecstatic, funky union. LP includes CD of full album.1. Ha Di Ka (feat. Big Chief Juan Pardo and the Golden Camanche)
2. Hey Na Na (feat. David Shaw from The Revivalists & Maggie Koerner)
3. Magalenha (feat. Casa Samba)
4. Voyage Ton Flag
5. Out In The Street (feat. Cyril & Ivan Neville)
7. Move Fast (feat. Mystikal & Mannie Fresh)
8. Karate (feat. KIPP Reniassance High School Marching Band)
9. Guero Bounce
10. Carnival Time (feat. Al Carnival Time Johnson)
12. Côco da Galinha (feat. Moyseis Marques)
13. Ash Wednesday Sunrise$19.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Into The DeepHailing from New Orleans, Louisiana - Galactic has been exploring their seemingly limitless musical possibilities for more than 20 years. Since then, the band has consistently pushed artistic boundaries on the road and in the studio, approaching their music with open ears and drawing inspiration as much from the sounds bubbling up from their city's streets as they do from each other.
Galactic's new release "Into The Deep" features collaborations with artists they've made connections with over the last 20 years - including Macy Gray, Mavis Staples, JJ Grey, Ryan Montbleau, David
Shaw of The Revivalists, Maggie Koerner, Brushy One String and Charm Taylor. The first single from the album is "Into The Deep" - featuring Macy Gray.1. Sugar Doosie
2. Higher And Higher (ft. JJ Grey)
3. Into The Deep (ft. Macy Gray)
4. Dolla Dive (ft. David Shaw And Maggie Koerner)
5. Long Live The Borgne
6. Right On (ft. Charm Taylor)
7. Domino (ft. Ryan Montbleau)
8. Buck 77
9. Does It Really Make A Difference (ft. Mavis Staples)
10. Chicken In The Corn (ft. Brushy One String)
11. Today's Blues$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
For TrueSince the release of their Grammy-nominated 2010 debut album, Backatown, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue have grown creatively while winning hordes of new fans performing nonstop on five continents. Their new Verve Forecast album, For True, offers substantive proof of their explosive growth, further refining the signature sound Troy Trombone Shorty Andrews has dubbed Supafunkrock.
The band: Mike Ballard on bass, Pete Murano on guitar, Joey Peebles on drums, Dwayne Williams on percussion, Dan Oestreicher on baritone sax and Tim McFatter on tenor sax, stirs together old-school New Orleans jazz, funk and soul, laced with hard-rock power chords and hip-hop beats, and they've added some tangy new ingredients on For True as they keep pushing the envelope, exploring new musical territory.
Andrews wrote or co-wrote all 14 tracks on the new album, including collaborating with the legendary Lamont Dozier on Encore, while this time playing as much trumpet as trombone, as well as organ, drums, piano, keys, synth bass and percussion. Indeed, he played every part on the swaying, Latin-tinged Unc. He's also come into his own as a singer, honoring the hallowed legacy of the great soul men of the 1960s and '70s. Like its predecessor, the new album turns on a rare combination of virtuosity and high-energy, party-down intensity.
Among the special guests are longtime NOLA cohorts like Ivan and Cyril Neville (who bring their trademark sound to Nervis); Galactic's Ben Ellman, reprising his producer's role on Backatown (percussion on opener Buckjump, harmonica on Big 12) and Stanton Moore (drumming on Lagniappe Part 1 and Part 2); bounce rapper 5th Ward Weebie and the Rebirth Brass Band (who team up on Buckjump) and Troy's longtime friend Charles Smith (who adds percussion to the same track).
The album also bears the fruit of more recent relationships Lenny Kravitz (who plays bass on Roses), has the longest-standing bond with Andrews, discovering the then-teenage prodigy in 2005 and taking him on tour with his band. Kid Rock (whose vocal is featured on Mrs. Orleans) came out to see Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at an outdoor show early this year in NOLA, and a month later Troy joined the star onstage at Jazz Fest.
Andrews played with Warren Haynes (whose eruptive solo further heats up Encore) at his annual benefit and again at the guitarist's Mahalia Jackson Theatre all-star event during this year's Jazz Fest. Ledisi (who sings on Then There Was You), met Troy at the 2010 Grammys, later came out to see him in New Orleans and was later featured in a segment for the landmark Red Hot + New Orleans at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, for which Andrews served as musical director. His relationship with Jeff Beck (check out his blistering solo on Do to Me) has also blossomed since the guitar legend came to Troy's late-night post-Jazz Fest show at Tipitina's in 2010.1. Buckjump
3. For True
4. Do To Me
5. Lagniappe (Part 1)
6. The Craziest Thing
7. Dumaine St.
8. Mrs. Orleans
11. Big 12
13. Then There Was You
14. Lagniappe (Part 2)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Galactic Octopi (On Sale)Helios Creed's first album in five years, Galactic Octopi is a space rock masterpiece that is more than worth the wait! With LUX VIBRATUS on bass and ALEPH KALI on drums. Double vinyl, gatefold sleeve.LP 1
1. Galactic Center
3. Warp Slip
4. Star Streaker
5. Terra Firma Thurma
6. We're Flying.com
7. Red Chopper
1. Observation Outpost
2. Psylent Encounters
3. Stranger In The Manger
4. Terrestrial Manifestations
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Tactile GalacticsDelivered from its celestial womb to the human world for inevitable elevation, Tactile
Galactics is the new album by Secret Circuit and first full length release from Beats In Space
Secret circuit is the guise of Eddie Ruscha Jr., a sometimes sage known and beloved
throughout the Los Angeles creative community. Amongst his earliest musical endeavors,
ruscha co-founded Medicine, an overlooked four piece whose sinister, snarling take on
shoegaze landed them as the first American signing to Creation Records.
After leaving Medicine without a bad taste in his mouth, ruscha's focus shifted from his
shoes to the endless array of LA music stores housing analog synthesizers, drum machines
and effect units forsaken at the advent of digital technology. While establishing his Secret
circuit identity through various self-releases, ruscha was a wingman in notable projects with
Thomas Bullock (Rub 'N' Tug) as Laughing Light of Plenty and with DJ Harvey as Food For Gods.
ruscha likens his studio obsession to "striving for alien sound or rhythm that feels natural."
Between 2011 and 2012, ruscha released no less than four albums, a 12" for Prins Thomas'
Internasjonal Spesial label, a handful of blazing mixes on the Cosmic Papers cassette tape
series, and his debut for Beats in Space records, the Nebula Sphynx / Parascopic Rope 12".
Ever the unsettled settler, ruscha consciously crafted the bulk of Tactile Galactics' tracks at
120 beats per minute. ruscha played with the equalizing value of this boilerplate dance
music BPM in much the same way a DJ might - to set a clear course for transcendence.
Tactile Galactics is derived from a dance lineage promoting feel over form; rhythmically
explored without abandon - or audience - in mind by the krautrock fringe, put to the
slow motion disco test at Daniele Baldelli's cosmic club, jacked into a House format via the
chicago imprint TRAX and honored today via peer psychonauts like Hieroglyphic Being and
Tactile Galactics unleashes the lysergic choir of voices in ruscha's head against a dance
grid, but makes sure it stays in soulful step. For the first time on a Secret circuit recording,
these voices are quite literally present via ruscha's own vocals, added when "the song
called for them." it's by this same regard of the powerful unknown that makes Tactile
Galactics Secret circuit's most incomprehensibly detailed and stunning release to date.1. Higher Heights
3. Nebula Sphynx
5. Deep Stations
6. Sync Or Swim
7. Words In Transit
8. Parascopic Rope
10. Rogue Unit
12. Milk$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Galactic MeltWhen talking about the music of COM TRUISE (one of the many pseudonyms of New Jersey designer/musician SETH HALEY), the nostalgia bit inevitably comes up, so let's get that out of the way. Yes, his songs tap classic sci-fi and proto-electro in a way that is distinctly early eighties in scope. But they're also remarkably weirdstutter-step proggy and intoxicatingly psychedelic, like those classic touchstones got drunk on lava lamp juice inside a pinball machine. After his well-received Cyanide Sisters EP, a grip of remixes for artists like Twin Shadow, Neon Indian, and, uh, Daft Punk, and a few floating MP3s, Truise's first LP, Galactic Melt, will finally enter brainspaces this summer. And what an appropriate title it bears. For a brief moment, opener Terminal subsumes you in warm, starry-eyed synth arpeggios, and then down the rabbit hole you gofrom the keyed up, skyscraping machine love of VHS Sex and Cathode Girls to opuses like Air Cal and Ether Drift that sound like Doogie Howser's idea of the perfect prom songmathy, forlorn, funky, and mighty in technical ambition. That they're all noticeably cinematic is, of course, by designHaley envisioned Galactic Melt as a sort of film scorefrom the mind, chronicling the lift and death of Com Truise, the world's first synthetic/robotic astronaut, from his creation and life on earth to his subsequent mission to a newly discovered galaxy called Wave 1. Eventually, Truise becomes one with his newfound cosmos, like Pinocchio becoming a real boy, but in the nether regions of imaginary space.1. Terminal
2. VHS Sex
3. Cathode Girls
4. Air Cal
9. Ether Drift
11. Galactic Melt$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
HawkwindHawkwind's 1970 debut album produced with former Pretty Things guitarist Dick Taylor is a perfect introduction to what was going to be a long and peculiar journey. A galactic blues-rock sound rightfully compared to Pink Floyd's early work: hippie rock grooves and interplanetary guitar rides, echoed vocals and nonstop instrumental voyages. In a gatefold sleeve.1. Hurry on Sundown
2. The Reason Is?
3. Be Yourself
4. Paranoia (Part 1)
5. Paranoia (Part 2)
6. Seeing It As You Really Are
7. Mirror of Illusion$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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The Foreign Globester (Discontinued) (On Sale)The Foreign Globester is the latest musical journey the Rondo Brothers have embarked on, this one with their Bay Area companion Motion Man. The Rondo Brothers are producers/multi-instrumentalist musicians Jim Greer and Brandon Arnovick and have fostered a genre-defying track record working with artists as diverse as MC Lars and Deltron 3030 to Galactic and The New York Dolls as well as numerous film scores and commercials including the theme song for NFL player Chad Ocho Cinco. They have also toured extensively with Handsome Boy Modeling School, Lovage, Dan The Automator and as a part of Head Automatica. The Foreign Globester is their third, break through album and stars Motion Man with featured appearances from Poach Stevens, Madison, Krazy Glue, Latrice Barnett, Beefy T, K-Flay and MC Lars.
This title is not eligible for further discount.1. A Quiet Room
2. The Foreign Globester
3. Tumbling Down
4. Bohemian Grove
5. Roketship Flossin
6. You Got It. I want It.
7. Last Nite Ruled
8. Legend Has It w/Krazyglue
9. Tip Toe
10. The Big Foot
11. Bikini Body
12. Cult Leader$17.99 $11.96 Save $6.03 (34%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In DecayIn Decay provides a fascinating alternative routemap for the idiosyncratic journeys of New Jersey producer Seth Haley - aka Com Truise - through the history of electronic music. A compilation of unreleased, early recordings, In Decay encompasses 13 tracks that have previously been either only available as demos online or are entirely unheard tracks dating from before Haley's official releases - his debut Cyanide Sisters EP, its follow-up full-length Galactic Melt, and last year's Fairlight EP.
While the '80s-influenced synth sounds, rubbery basslines and sci-fi flavors that inform Haley's later work are in full effect here, they're assembled in manners different enough to make this both a fine record in its own right, and also a fascinating insight into the development of the distinctive Com Truise sound. It also finds the producer exploring a number of facets of that sound, from 8-bit influenced experimentalism to distinctly danceable beats - often within the confines of the same track.
Controlpop, for instance, announces itself with an intro that sounds like a Commodore 64 being hit with a hammer, but resolves into slow liquid synthfunk that recalls Galactic Melt highlights like VHS Sex and Flightwave. Its slow-burning dance vibe is shared by several other tracks - Colorvision and Yxes, amongst others - while elsewhere, Haley drops the tempo and channels the psychedelic cosmic meanderings of forebears like Tangerine Dream and Popol Vuh. Dreambender sounds like it should be soundtracking a voyage into uncharted digital innerspace, while Video Arkade cruises along on a woozy rising-and-falling synthline that's like drifting on some sort of virtual reality rollercoaster. Like all Haley's work, it's like stepping into a strange, digital parallel world - a place constructed out of sounds both immediately familiar and yet somehow rendered thoroughly fresh, and a place that's worth staying for quite some time.1. Open
2. 84' Dreamin
6. Alfa Beach
10. Smily Cyclops
11. Video Arkade
12. Data Kiss
13. Closed$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Not RealNot Real' is the second album by Stealing Sheep which has been written, recorded and produced by band members Becky Hawley, Emily Lansley and Lucy Mercer at their studio in Liverpool. The band met in 2010 and work together creating music and visual art.
The unifying theme of the new album 'Not Real' is an interplay of fact and fiction; the edge of dreams and limits of reality. These visions are grounded by bright melodies and insistent beats and unified by vocal harmonies; sometimes metronomic and chant-like, sometimes choral and pop.
It follows their debut, 'Into the Diamond Sun', released in 2012 by Heavenly Recordings. The first album morphed their individual styles to create a 'medieval-kraut-folk' inspired sound. They were described as an unanticipated 'pagan pop revival' and since its release have toured as guests of Postal Service and Alt-J, opened for St.Vincent in Paris, performed the songs of David Lynch at the Barbican and collaborated with the Radiophonic Workshop on an original soundtrack to the cult 70's science fiction film 'Le Planete Sauvage'.
For the second album they have concentrated on developing the sonic aesthetic of their new music. "We are more focussed about what we are trying to do. Everything has a reason for being there." They have been experimenting with tuned percussion, programmed beats, trigger samples and worked with effected synths, utilising the guitar and lap steel more sparingly and introducing more processed sounds. They've drawn inspiration from 50's exotica, electronic music and 80's pop and have been greatly influenced by the likes of Grace Jones, Can, Delia Derbyshire, Eden Ahbez, Moon Dog and John Carpenter. Grayson Perry's pop-folk art and the band's self-created mythologies were also a source of inspiration for song writing.
This is an alternative pop record that has been 'self-manufactured' by the band. Having learned new skills in the studio over the last years, the band (assisted by Sam Crombie and Joe Wills) have self-produced the album. They have used the studio not only as a writing tool but also as an instrument; experimenting with post production and varying instrumentation and layered textures. "We started off in pre-production doing all the demos ourselves" say's Becky "the demos captured an atmosphere that we wanted to carry forward to the album. The result was a hypbrid of casual takes and more considered recordings
Individual songs on the album have different environments and creatures that go with them, often inspired by the galactic rather than earth-bound imagery. Becky: "I imagine dehumanised worlds, planets with creatures that have evolved in a completely different way
The visual side is highly important to the band, all of whom have art backgrounds. "We like to be involved in all the aspects of the presentation because it's symbiotic to the music." They collaborate with artists and with 'the costumologists', coming up with ideas like "outfits that texturally reflect rhythms" and "frequency triggered, light-up costumes". The colourful and organic album cover, a collaboration between photographer Charlotte Rutherford and collage artist Louise Mason, shows their confident image for this record: as they tread the lines of surreal pop.
There is no stopping the imaginations of Stealing Sheep - but like lucid dreams, these are controlled fantasies and skilfully created worlds. Follow them on a hypnagogic journey as they sing: "listen to yourself and look within".1. Sequence
3. Not Real
4. This Time
10. She$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
IterationRepetition is a form of change, reads one of Brian Eno's Oblique
Strategies. Seth Haley knows the concept well, and his style of
technicolour synth-wave takes the mantra as a challenge. Six
years after Galactic Melt introduced the cosmic story of Com
Truise, Iteration now concludes his sprawling saga. True to its
name, the album is built on Com Truise hallmarks: neon-streaked
melodies, big drums, robotic grooves, bleary nostalgia. But
Iteration is also the most elegant and streamlined that Haley's
singular music has ever sounded.
At the album's heart is an elaborate narrative, one full of longing,
hope, anxiety, and triumph. Iteration illustrates the last moments
Com Truise spends on the perilous planet Wave 1, before he and
his alien love escape its clutches to live in peace. ...Of Your Fake
Dimension launches the interstellar drama with its anthemic
swells and widescreen sound design, before lovesick songs like
Dryswch and Propagation outline scenes wrought with
cybernetic pathos. Later, the frantic rhythms of Syrthio conjure
images of panicked flight as Haley's gorgeous synth melodies gild
the action in quiet heartbreak. Then comes the resounding When
Will You Find The Limit , when Iteration's pain and sadness finds
liberation in the vast unknown. The closing title track ends it all in
a gush of majestic revelry.
So goes the winding story that Iteration tells, and yet there's more
behind its telling. I try hard not to write from my personal life, but
it's inevitably going to seep into the music, Haley explains. It's
basically like I'm scoring this film in my head, but that film I'm
scoring is also somehow my life. There are glimpses of the
difficult time the East Coast native spent adjusting to a new life in
Los Angeles, fighting homesickness and burnout while also
touring the world. It was a time full of uncertainty, transition, and
self-realization. After a year and a half of living in California,
Hayley finally recaptured his creativity by finding new excitement
in his work. I put more air, more breathing room in the
music-that was the big change, he says. And once that clicked,
the album just poured out of him. It was like an information
dump. I feel like I finished the record in two weeks.
Such a clear refinement of the Com Truise sound took time to
develop, but Iteration is well worth the patience and persever- ance it cost. Some of Haley's smartest, catchiest work is here,
from the weightless pop of Isostasy to Ternary's lush
synth-funk. A song like Vacuume somehow balances massive
bass drops and smashing drums with angelic gasps, and
Usurper gracefully pairs subtle poignancy and uplifting dance
beats. For me, it feels like change, Hayley says of his second
album, and yes, this is Com Truise like never before. By embracing
the music's inherent nature and peerless qualities, Iteration finds
new avenues of expression in its vivid, familiar surroundings.1. ... Of Your Fake Dimension
11. When Will You Find The Limit...
12. Iteration$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
With You In MindWith You In Mind: The Songs Of Allen Toussaint, a new release from Galactic-drummer Stanton Moore with David Torkanowsky (keyboards) and James Singleton (bass) features an all-star cast: Cyril Neville, Jolynda Kiki Chapman, Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison, Trombone Shorty, Maceo Parker, and Wendell Pierce. The musicians on With You in Mind: The Songs of Allen Toussaint are present-generation masters of the unique musical style of the world-historic city of New Orleans. These singers and players felt the mission of the album, and delivered inspired, focused performances. Producers Torkanowsky and Moore sculpted it all into a great album that grows with every subsequent listen.1. Here Come the Girls (Feat. Cyril Neville & Trombone Shorty)
2. Life (Feat. Cyril Neville, Nicholas Payton & Skerik)
3. Java (Feat. Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison Jr. & Trombone Shorty)
4. All These Things (Feat. Jolynda Kiki Chapman)
5. Night People (Feat. Maceo Parker)
6. The Beat (Feat. Cyril Neville)
7. Riverboat (Feat. Nicholas Payton & Donald Harrison Jr.)
8. Everything I Do Gone Be Funky (Feat. Maceo Parker)
9. With You in My Mind
10. Southern Nights (Feat. Nicholas Payton & Wendell Pierce)$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Errant FormsIncludes a Copy of the CD in Jacket as Well as a Pair of 3D Glasses to View the Cover.
In February of 2009 Ladyfinger released their sophomore effort Dusk. The album bridged three decades of influence, mixing early 70's classic rock with punk and hardcore of the late 80's and early 90's. This unique fusion gained them praise (Pitchfork called Dusk's lead single 'Little Things' "all power and momentum and baldface 70's classic-rock glory") and a pack of new fans.
After a brief time away and a lineup change, Ladyfinger (ne) began playing shows on and off in early 2010. The shows went well and by the summer of 2011 the band was revisiting unfinished songs from the Dusk sessions and writing new tracks. In May of 2012 the band found itself at ARC studios in Omaha once again recording with their longtime producer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Minus the Bear, Isis).
Upon listening to the ten songs found on Errant Forms it's clear that the music was indeed there. Their signature mix of classic rock bombast and punk grit is back on display here in standout tracks "Galactic" and "Poison For Hire", while "Birds" paints an ominous vision of atonement over subtle guitars that slowly build until absolution is realized with the pounding drums and organ that emerge at the song's climax. Lead single "Dark Horse" is an ode to escapism that stands out for being as solemn as it is anthemic. Errant Forms adds a new level of musical nuance and lyrical breadth to Ladyfinger's already dynamic sound.1. Renew
3. Away Too Long
5. Dark Horse
6. Poison for Hire
7. Hole in My Sole
9. Blue Oyster
10. He Said She Said$18.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
The Second AlbumBack in 1995, Bay Area rap was at the big-ballin' peak of the mobb music craze, LA was chronically gripped in a G-funk indo smoke haze, Atlanta was
enjoying its Southernplayalistic days, and NYC was entering a shiny-suit phase. There was no frame of reference for two lyrical emcees experimenting
with the tonality and resonance of rhyme patterns. This was uncharted territory. The pairing of Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truthspeaker into Latyrx was an accident, LB recalls. Both emcees were solo artists, but when LB heard the pre-Endtroducing DJ Shadow beat which would become Latyrx' eponymous debut single, his reaction was, Oh my God, I gotta get on this.
Latyrx was a syllabic tour de force which began with two dissonant voices -- one gruff and bassy, the other higher-pitched and trebly, both hella fluid -- it
transmogrified into a harmonic convergence of doubled verses simultaneously assaulting eardrums. Undeniably, it was great... but weird. It was ill,
Lateef recalls. We really felt like we had something unlike anyone else had done, he adds. Latyrx' first and thusfar, only, full-length, 1997's Latyrx: the Album, set the tone for what Solesides and Quannum would do, LB recalls, while 1998's Muzappers Re-Mixes EP spawned one of the only feminist-affirming club bangers in hip-hop history, Lady Don't Tek No.
Though Latyrx never officially broke up, after Muzappers, both members followed their chosen paths to considerable solo success. Yet no matter how
much acclaim each attained individually, the notion of someday making another Latyrx record was always present. It's probably the number one thing I
got asked about in my career, LB says. 16 years (!) after the release of Latyrx: the Album, LB and Lateef have finally answered the prayers of long-starved fans who have begged, pleaded and, by now, tweeted about the possibilities of a reunion. An impromptu Latyrx set at a 2010 Jazz Mafia concert at San Francisco's Mezzanine led to an
appearance at 2011's Outside Lands festival, Google's Summer Concert Series (they were the first ever hip-hop act to perform) and a last minute
appearance as part of HITRECORD At The Movies -- a unique film and music traveling showcase curated and hosted by actor and artist Joseph Gordon-
Most recently the duo have performed at the Wintersalt Festival in San Francisco last December and toured the United States with super funk group,
Galactic. Having just released a brand new EP titled 'DISCONNECTION' late last year, LB & Lateef are hard at work on the proper follow up to their debut album, a
new record aptly titled, 'THE SECOND ALBUM'.
Featuring a long list of producers and special guests, the album credits read like a music festival with artists from Tune Yards and Forrest Day to
Blackalicious and The Decemberists stepping in to help create one of the most highly anticipated records of all time. What Latyrx brings to the table is a technical difficulty level rare these days in hip-hop and matched only by a few groups in the genre's entire history: Run -DMC, Jurassic 5, Blackstar, Freestyle Fellowship. Their challenging, intricate back-and forth arrangements evoke a lyrical version of bebop, with layer
upon layer of rhythmic syncopation and vocal patterning constantly pushing the envelope.
We have a good chemistry and it's kind of unique, Lateef says. We step up each others' game content, and both of us push each other in the originality
department. What we've talked about is very simply, picking up where we left off, LB explains. The return of Latyrx stands as Very Good News for true hip-hop fans,
lyrical aficionados, boom-bap beatniks, urban bohemians, wee tots in Reeboks, and Muzappers of all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages.1. Arrival [prod. by Jel of Anticon]
2. It's Time [feat. Zion I, prod. by Amp Live]
3. Reload [prod. by Jel of Anticon]
4. Exclamation Point [feat. Forrest Day, prod. by Forrest Day]
5. Deliberate Jibberish [prod. by tUnE-yArDs]
6. Close Your Eyes [feat. Busdriver, prod. by Antonionian]
7. Nebula's Eye [feat. 1-O.A.K. & Joyo Velarde, prod. by G-Koop & O-Man]
8. The Power of Rumor (Leonard Is Lost) [prod. by Adam Theis and Lyrics Born]
9. Watershed Moment [feat. The Gift of Gab of Blackalicious, prod. by tUnE-yArDs]
10. Sometimes Why? [prod. by Chris Funk of The Decemberists]
11. Every Man For Himself [feat. Joyo Velarde, prod. by Future People]
12. Electric Chair [feat. Corey Glover of Living Colour, prod. by Kaveh Rastegar & Jeremy Ruzumna]
13. Gorgeous Spirits (Aye, Let's Go!) [prod. by The Bangerz]$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
Which Side Are You On? (Out Of Stock)Singer/songwriter/guitarist Ani DiFranco releases her eagerly awaited album Which Side Are You On? on the Grammy-winning artists own Righteous Babe Records. The release marks DiFrancos first studio album in more than three years. The collection features 11 new songs alongside a radically reworked rendition of the classic title song, famously popularized by the one and only Pete Seeger nearly five decades ago, but no less relevant today.
Backing DiFranco is a remarkably diverse line-up of stellar musicians, including members of her own crack touring band as well as such guest players as Ivan and Cyril Neville (of New Orleans first family of funk and R&B, The Neville Brothers), avant-saxophonist Skerik (Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Bonnie Raitt, The Meters), acclaimed singer/songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, guitarist Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman, Amos Lee), and a host of New Orleans-based horn players known for their work in such outfits as Galactic, Bonerama, and The Rebirth Brass Band.
The newly recorded version of Which Side Are You On? is a funk-fueled epic, incorporating not just Anis band, but Pete Seeger himself on banjo and vocals alongside The Rivertown Kids, a Hudson Valley-based childrens chorus, and The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders, a brass band consisting of students from The Roots of Music, a music education program for at-risk middle-school students in New Orleans. DiFranco contributed her own straight-from-the headlines verses to the song and has used it to close her own live shows ever since. The album represents an extraordinary snapshot of DiFrancos own life as well her sense of where the country stands at this particular moment in time.1. Life Boat
3. Which Side Are You On?
8. If Yr Not
12. Zoo$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Galactic Empire (Out Of Stock)Pressed On Colored Vinyl
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . a group of friends came together, using the force, to create what can only be described as "out of this world". Enter Galactic Empire: a band whose only goal is to bring metal to the universe. Members include "Dark Vader", "Boba Sett", "Shadow Ranger", "Red Guard" and "Bass Commander". The band have taken the musical score of the Star Wars films and have found a way to make it their own.1. Main Theme
2. Imperial March
3. Duel Of The Fates
4. The Force Theme
5. The Asteroid Field
6. Battle Of The Heroes
7. Cantina Band
8. Ben's Death: Tie Fighter Attack
9. Across The Stars
10. The Forest Battle
11. The Throne Room: End Title$18.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Street Sweeper Social Club (Out Of Stock)Tom Morello & Boots Riley have joined forces to form Street Sweeper Social Club. The group's anticipated self-titled debut album will be released June 16th. The 11-song set was produced by Tom Morello and features Boots Riley on vocals, Morello on guitar and bass, and Stanton Moore (Galactic) on drums. Street Sweeper Social Club's debut tour will be opening all dates in North America on the Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction May-June Tour. Tom Morello is a founding member & guitarist of the rock bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. The two bands are responsible for multiple Grammy Awards & a combined 30 million albums sold worldwide. Widely celebrated for his unique voice as a master electric guitarist, he is recognized by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the 100 Greatest Guitar Players of All-Time(#26). Boots Riley is best known as the leader of The Coup, the seminal Hip-Hop group from Oakland, CA. As a producer & lyricist, Riley has crafted critically acclaimed albums for The Coup that have graced many year-end Top 10 lists.1 Fight! Smash! Win!
2 100 Little Curses
5 Clap for the Killers
6 Somewhere in the World It's Midnight
7 Shock You Again
8 Good Morning, Mrs. Smith
11 Nobody Moves Til We Say Go$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock