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  • Garden State Soundtrack Garden State Soundtrack Quick View

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    Garden State Soundtrack

    The soundtrack to Zach Braff's Garden State is nearly as much of a piece with the film as the similarly sweet, quirky combinations of sound and vision in Wes Anderson's films and soundtracks. Garden State, however, is more modern in its outlook and more emotionally direct, with a mixtape earnestness belied by using not one but two songs from the Shins' Oh, Inverted World. New Slang is an obvious choice, as the song just seems to grow in stature as time passes, but Caring Is Creepy, Oh, Inverted World's vulnerable, ever-so-slightly unhinged opening track, is not, and adds to the personal, diary-like feel of the album. The bright poignancy of the Shins' tracks stands out even more among the low-key melancholy of songs like Coldplay's Don't Panic, Remy Zero's Fair, and Colin Hay's I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You. The inclusion of Hay's track, Bonnie Somerville's Winding Road, and the Cary Brothers' Blue Eyes shows that Garden State doesn't go for the hipster, too-cool-for-school poses that one might expect from the soundtrack of a hot indie movie, even with the inclusion of Iron & Wine's cover of the Postal Service's Such Great Heights. Still, there's something of a collegiate feel to the soundtrack, especially with the re-rediscovery of Nick Drake (One of These Things First) and Simon & Garfunkel (The Only Living Boy in New York) as well as the tentative forays into electronica and trip-hop like Zero 7's In the Waiting Line, Frou Frou's Let Go, and Thievery Corporation's Lebanese Blonde. Perhaps this collegiate feel comes from the fact that those years are often the time when many people are the most ready and willing to explore music that is new to them (but not necessarily new), but, as the success of Garden State's soundtrack shows, any time can be the right time.


    - Heather Phares (All Music Guide)

    LP 1
    1. Don't Panic (Album Version) - Coldplay
    2. Caring Is Creepy (Album Version) - The Shins

    3. In the Waiting Line - Zero 7
    4. New Slang (Album Version) - The Shins
    5. I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You (Album Version) - Colin Hay

    6. Blue Eyes (Album Version) - Cary Brothers
    7. Fair (Album Version) - Remy Zero


    LP 2
    1. One Of These Things First (Album Version) - Nick Drake
    2. Lebanese Blonde (Album Version) - Thievery Corporation
    3. The Only Living Boy in New York - Simon & Garfunkel
    4. Such Great Heights (Album Version) - Iron And Wine
    5. Let Go (Album Version) - Frou Frou
    6. Winding Road (Album Version) - Bonnie Somerville

    Various Artists
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  • My Garden State My Garden State Quick View

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    My Garden State

    My Garden State was written in the New Jersey home where Glenn's family moved in 1966, while he was caring for his mother who suffers from Alzheimer's. The songs and sounds on the album are reflective, but never dour or sad. The songs are evocative and redolent, and serve as a testament to Glenn's talent for conveying a wide array of emotions, many times in one song, without saying a word.
    1. Chimes
    2. Across the Tappan Zee
    3. Going Back to East Montgomery
    4. Blues for Tom Carter
    5. The Vernal Pool
    6. Alcouer Gardens
    7. My Garden State
    8. Like a Sick Eagle Looking at the Sky
    9. Bergen County Farewell
    10. Chimes II
    Glen Jones
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  • Gardens & Villa Gardens & Villa Quick View

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    Gardens & Villa

    In the year of the saxophone, Santa Barbaras Gardens & Villa give us the flute. And along the way, G&V effectively wipe clear the vaseline from the murky bedroom funk of recent days. G&V bang out instant classics, each crystal clear and immaculate, but no less sweeping or languid. Their debut is a youthful exploration of just how opulent and pop starkness can go. It also leaves an impression of California in the way that Richard Diebekorns Ocean Park series or the pool party scene from The Graduate both do, always sensed more than stated outright.


    Gardens & Villa channel all the taut pop precisions of '90s Britpop of bands like Blur, and send it through an '80s synth filter both undeniably coastal and modern. Its Spoons Kill The Moonlight lost in a daydream, but with that same hungry energy. Gardens & Villa may simultaneously pull from Gary Numan, The Kinks and odder prog within one composition. And like a fine sweet tea, its made just that right kind of sugary, though even the most upbeat tunes have an undercurrent of the bittersweet and the lost at heart.


    In 2010, Gardens & Villa traveled to Oregon to record their debut with visionary, vibemaster and labelmate Richard Swift. Together, they put some sand in the sheets of new wave (Black Hills) and pop some translucent funk (Orange Blossom). Theres also a level of effortless class maintained across the whole set. Each and every lush little gem explores the wonderful mystery between intuition and proficiency, between tension and repose. Gardens & Villa are Chris Lynch, Adam Rasmussen, Levi Hayden, Shane McKillop and Dusty Ineman.

    1. Black Hills

    2. Cruise Ship
    3. Thorn Castles
    4. Orange Blossom
    5. Spacetime
    6. Chemtrails
    7. Star Fire Power
    8. Sunday Morning
    9. Carrizo Plain
    10. Neon Dove
    Gardens & Villa
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  • Only Life Only Life Quick View

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    Only Life

    Originally released in 1988, Only Life is the third album by the Feelies and their first with major label support. The album includes classic originals like "Deep Fascination" and "The Undertow". A cover of the Velvet Underground's "What Goes On" made Lou Reed take notice at the time. Choosing them as an opening act, sometimes performing with them for encores. Liner notes by Rick Moody (The Ice Storm, Garden State).
    1. It's Only Life
    2. Too Much
    3. Deep Fascination
    4. Higher Ground
    5. The Undertow
    6. For Awhile
    7. The Final Word
    8. Too Far Gone
    9. Away
    10. What Goes On
    The Feelies
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  • Real Estate Real Estate Quick View

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    Real Estate

    REAL ESTATE waft in on vibes of hazy summers past. The New Jersey quartet cut the sleeves short and the pop smooth to shade you from the midday heat. Every song works its way to that part of your consciousness that reveled in the fleeting waves of freedom that eked in once classes broke and the sun lingered a little longer over suburban roofs. And with three quarters of the band holding down Garden State roots its no surprise that a bit of Jersey indie-pop heritage sneaks its way into their sound, lifting the most sun streaked moments from The Feelies and Yo La Tengo and filtering them through the kaleidoscope of memories aimless drives through parched neighborhood streets. MARTIN COURTNEYs songwriting has a way of wrapping up the immediacy of youth with the ennui of age for the perfect shade of bittersweet bliss, mind you though, much heavier on the sweet than the bitter. Add to this MATTHEW MONDANILEs (DUCKTAILS, PREDATOR VISION) shimmering guitar strains full of equal parts sea foam and beer foam, pepper in the boardwalk clatter of ETIENNE PIERRE DUGUAYs drums, ALEX BLEEKERs staccato low end and the perfect afternoon is just a lawn chair and boom box away.Andy French (Raven Sings the Blues) Received a Best New Music, 8.5 rating from Pitchfork.

    Side A


    1. Beach Comber
    2. Pool Swimmers
    3. Suburban Dog
    4. Black Lake
    5. Atlantic City


    Side B


    1. Fake Blues
    2. Green River
    3. Suburban Beverage
    4. Let's Rock The Beach
    5. Snow Days

    Real Estate
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  • Lies Lies Quick View

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    Lies

    Out of print in its original LP format for nearly half a century, this vintage '60s gem has been sourced from the original mono tapes and pressed on 180 gram vinyl, with complete original cover art.


    The Lies LP, recorded in Hollywood with songwriting contributions from the likes of Glen Campbell, Jim Seals and Jerry Fuller, surrounds its iconic title hit with an eclectic assortment of tunes, including the catchy melodic gems "I Can Do It Better" and "Just One Girl, the widescreen pop experiment "I Believe in Her" and distinctive renditions of the durable standards "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "Harlem Nocturne."


    Although they ironically rode the faux-English sound of "Lies" to chart success, the Knickerbockers were actually seasoned live performers who were adept at whipping Garden State crowds into a frenzy long before the British Invasion hit U.S. shores. The quartet's prowess as a high-energy live act is apparent on these two vintage LPs, originally released on Gene Autry's fabled Challenge label. Both albums brilliantly reflect the band's distinctive blend of Beatlesque jangle, garage grit and frat-rock adrenaline.


    1. Lies
    2. I Can Do It Better
    3. Can't You See I'm Tryin'
    4. Please Don't Fight It
    5. Just One Girl
    6. I Believe in Her
    7. Wishful Thinking
    8. You'll Never Walk Alone
    9. Your Kind of Lovin'
    10. Harlem Nocturne
    The Knickerbockers
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    Trick

    TRICK is the latest album to be physically released by the Philadelphia-based songwriter Alex Giannascoli, more commonly known as Alex G.


    In their extensive profile, The FADER, wrote that Alex G is "the type of artist to make a person go all Garden State", as anyone who attended Alex's sold out London show last November would have witnessed. An enrapt audience hushedly singing along word-by-word to album track 'Change' was one of many magical moments. Alex himself acknowledges that this song, like much of his repertoire, "resonates with a lot of people, probably because the lyrics deal with growing away from people you love [ ] something that everyone experiences."


    Trick features many of the fan favourites that Alex has been playing at shows recently, including the infectious off-kilter anthem 'Forever', the dreamy and surreal 'Animals' and the aforementioned, charmingly lo-fi 'Change'. Trick is soaked in the distinctive personality that is Alex G; the professionally mastered versions of these tracks affirming that underneath all the unconventional guitar lines and scrawls of fuzz, Alex has a serious knack for melodic songwriting.

    1. Memory
    2. Forever
    3. Animals
    4. String
    5. Advice
    6. People
    7. Whale
    8. Trick
    9. Kute
    10. So
    11. Mary
    12. Change
    13. Clouds
    Alex G
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  • Simplicity (Colored) Simplicity (Colored) Quick View

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    Simplicity (Colored)


    Limited Edition Blood Red Vinyl - Only 500 Copies


    Includes Exclusive Poster


    You can count the number of bands who've stayed together for almost 30 years on two hands, and you can use just one to count those who've consistently released quality material for the duration of those almost three decades. The Bouncing Souls enter that esteemed category, and in keeping with their D.I.Y. roots, they've done it without a major label, corporate radio, MTV, or teen magazine pinups. The Bouncing Souls are nothing short of a legacy, and with their new release ''Simplicity'' they're showing just why they've become one of the most respected and appreciated punk bands of all time.


    For their newest album, ''Simplicity'', The Bouncing Souls headed back into the studio with John Seymour (who previously produced ''How I Spent My Summer Vacation'' and ''Anchors Aweigh'') to craft their highly anticipated new album. Simplicity is easily the band's strongest, most anthemic material to date. The Bouncing Souls will be on tour all year to support the release, as well as headlining major festivals around the world. With over twenty eight years behind these legends from the Garden State, there's a lot more still to come.

    1. Driving All Night
    2. Euphoria
    3. Satellite
    4. Digital Twilight Zone
    5. I Wanna Be Bored
    6. Hey Aliens
    7. Hero Zero
    8. Writing On The Wall
    9. Rebel Song
    10. Tightrope
    11. Gravity
    12. Bees
    13. Up To Us
    The Bouncing Souls
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    Simplicity

    You can count the number of bands who've stayed together for almost 30 years on
    two hands, and you can use just one to count those who've consistently released
    quality material for the duration of those almost three decades. The Bouncing Souls
    enter that esteemed category, and in keeping with their D.I.Y. roots, they've done it
    without a major label, corporate radio, MTV, or teen magazine pinups. The Bouncing
    Souls are nothing short of a legacy, and with their new release Simplicity they're
    showing just why they've become one of the most respected and appreciated punk
    bands of all time.


    For their newest album, "Simplicity", The Bouncing Souls headed back into the
    studio with John Seymour (who previously produced How I Spent My Summer
    Vacation and Anchors Aweigh) to craft their highly anticipated new album. Simplicity
    is easily the band's strongest, most anthemic material to date. The Bouncing
    Souls will be on tour all year to support the release, as well as headlining major
    festivals around the world. With over twenty eight years behind these legends from
    the Garden State, there's a lot more still to come.

    1. Driving All Night
    2. Euphoria
    3. Satellite
    4. Digital Twilight Zone
    5. I Wanna Be Bored
    6. Hey Aliens
    7. Hero Zero
    8. Writing On The Wall
    9. Rebel Song
    10. Tightrope
    11. Gravity
    12. Bees
    13. Up To Us
    The Bouncing Souls
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  • Turnstiles (On Sale) Turnstiles (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Turnstiles (On Sale)

    By 1976, Billy Joel had proven his merit as an auteur of California-based singer-songwriter pop-rock. On Turnstiles, the legend focuses his attention on more ambitious matters: Making an album whose scope and range dwarf that of his previous work, and shot his star into the stratosphere. Encompassing everything from urgent rock to soft pop and saloon fare, Turnstiles is a classic of major proportions.



    Mobile Fidelity has gone back to the original master tapes to present Joels encompassing music the way it was always intended to be experienced: Intimate, detailed, expressive, warm. The records widescreen sonics are at last properly cinematic, flush with colors, textures, and atmosphere.



    Progressing away from sensitivity, Joel casts his eye towards broader horizons. For him, that meant moving from the West Coast back to his native New York and embracing the citys doo-wop, Broadway, and R&B heritage. Joels diversity comes through in a spectacle of memorable tunes, including the infectious All You Wanna Do Is Dance, acerbic Angry Young Man, and gorgeous Ive Loved These Days.



    Still, no song better illustrates the allureand breadthof Turnstiles more than Say Goodbye to Hollywood, bathed in the sort of fabulous Phil Spector sound, huge drum echoes, and Brill Building orchestral sweep that Joel grew up on. Similarly, the sprawling ballad New York State of Mind clearly states the singers vision and mood. On the definitive track, Joel luxuriates in full string accompaniment and soulful saxophone playing that gives the pop standard its foundation. Not for nothing did Joel insist on keeping his touring band for the album, a decision that resulted in the firing of the records original producer.



    Supported by talents such as arranger Kenny Ascher, guitarist James Herb Smith, and percussionist Mingo Lewis, Joel succeeds in wrapping his head around a rich swath of American pop music, stopping by way of New Orleans, Kansas City, Memphis, Chicago, and other cities on his way from California back to the Garden State. While lacking the fame of the subsequent The Stranger and 52nd Street, Turnstiles is in every way their equal.



    Finally, the delicate nuances of Joels phrasing, pregnant pauses, and introspective emotion can be experienced in three-dimensional fidelity. In addition, the spectrum of the orchestras power and finesse, ravishing poignancy of the lyrics, and bittersweet qualities of the melodies bloom with unforced immediacy. The previous veiled sonic character and stultifying dryness have been corrected, presenting Joel and his crack band with illuminating precision and feeling.



    Turnstiles has never sounded betterand it never will.



    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    1. Say Goodbye to Hollywood
    2. Summer, Highland Falls
    3. All You Wanna Do Is Dance
    4. New York State of Mind
    5. James
    6. Prelude/Angry Young Man
    7. I've Loved These Days

    8. Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)
    Billy Joel
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  • Dunes Dunes Quick View

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    Dunes

    Over the past three years,the Santa Barbarian comrades that make up Gardens &Villa -Chris Lynch,Adam
    Rasmussen, Levi Hayden, Shane McKillop, and Dusty Ineman - went from playing local bills to being
    veterans of the road.After releasing their self-titled debut on Secretly Canadian in 2011, they pushed their
    van's odometer into the six-digit range, zigzagging North America and Europe with over 350 shows in just 2
    years. Gardens & Villa emerged a wiser, crystallized version of themselves.


    Those experiences planted the seeds for the band's new batch of cohesive, personal, and beautifully layered
    pop songs - homegrown in the confines of the band's beach side practice space. When it came time to
    record, they searched out acclaimed producer Tim Goldsworthy (Cut Copy, DFA Records, LCD
    Soundsystem, Hercules & Love Affair) and these five surf-town natives found themselves traveling to the
    unlikely locale of Benton Harbor, MI (pop. 10,040) in January. There they landed at the Key Club, located
    deep in the recesses of a converted locksmith's building where they would record what would become their
    second full-length, Dunes.


    Gardens &Villa burrowed into the Key Club's retro-themed studio and living space, only leaving the facility
    five times over the next month. The disconnect between Santa Barbara's familiar sunny beaches and
    Michigan's snow-covered lake shore led to the group's creative unraveling in the studio. The band lost track
    of the hours, days, and weeks as blinking analog machines captured the intense journey. In the process,
    Dunes was poured through Sly Stone's original custom-built Flickinger recording console.


    With just a week left before deadline, Gardens & Villa sought a brief refuge from the studio where their
    progress had stalled. They went on a trip,traversing winding roads past frozen tundra and barren trees and
    into the wilderness of the nearby state park's tall dunes. The group climbed to the top and collapsed into a
    combination of sand and snow.Simultaneously reminded of home as well as their distance from it,their jaws
    dropped as they turned to see Lake Michigan's majestic and surreal expanse stretching toward the horizon.


    Supported by Goldsworthy's guidance, the band went back to the studio and ultimately emerged with a
    record beaming with dystopian energy, subconscious lyrics, and uncompromising sincerity. Lynch has
    seamlessly integrated his bansuri flutes and Rasmussen has fleshed out his looming synths alongside shades
    of '80s cult films soundscapes that lurk just underneath the songs in an unnoticeable-yet-omnipresent
    fashion.Like the awe-inspiring clarity of sitting atop Michigan's dunes,the band's forthcoming record shares
    a clear and evocative vision of where Gardens & Villa's members have traveled, what they've learned, and
    what lies ahead.

    1. Domino
    2. Colony Glen
    3. Bullet Train
    4. Chrysanthemums
    5. Echosassy
    6. Purple Mesas
    7. Avalanche
    8. Minnesota
    9. Thunder Glove
    10. Love Theme
    Gardens & Villa
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    Topiary (Colored Vinyl)

    Half-Moon Vinyl (Half Black, Half Transparent)


    Ghostly International presents Xeno & Oaklander's new full-length album Topiary.
    In their fifth album to date, the Brooklyn based girl / boy electronic duo explores
    themes of arcana and electricity.


    The title 'Topiary' refers to a highly ornamental hand sculpted garden such as
    Levins Hall in Cumbria UK or the stately grounds of Versailles. Pruned and
    fashioned into forms, shrubs and trees are turned into semblances of abstract and
    natural shapes - nature imitating nature, much to the delight of dreamers and
    romantics. The band, Sean McBride and Liz Wendelbo, views the album as a
    journey through the manifold hallways of electro magnetic architecture and
    enchanted landscapes.


    The sound of Topiary is rich and deep; like a 60s French Pop album shot through a
    prism of late renaissance chamber music. Liz Wendelbo's voice seems haunted by
    ghosts of YÉYÉ girls, Françoise Hardy's whispers set against a glorious backdrop
    of blaring synthetic horns and organs.


    Known for their signature analog synth sound, Xeno & Oaklander have been
    quoted as referring to their synths as elemental: fire is what powers energy,
    voltage and electricity. Electro magnetism is electric energy, like lightning in the
    sky: here it is controlled by switches and buttons, shaped by filters and
    envelopes, and travels through patch cables and modules to create synthetic
    creations of classical instruments: pianos, brass, guitars, percussions. The result is
    orchestral and textured.


    A room - a sound studio is often referred to as 'the room': it has a sound, a history,
    and ghosts in its machines. Xeno & Oaklander's new album was recorded at the
    Tom Tom Club / Talking Heads' Clubhouse Studio deep in the woods of New
    England. Known for their analog synthesizer sound, Xeno & Oaklander plugged in
    their entire arsenal of synths into the Clubhouse array of analog outboard gear.
    They used their signature style of recording: the album was recorded as a live
    session, but this time in a bracketed amount of time and in one place. Everything
    was arranged, recorded and mixed in a month at the Clubhouse. Liz and Sean
    were intent on creating a sense of dimensionality with this recording by exploring
    the idea of 3D in sound: left, right, back and front as well as up and down. Room
    tone is present in the recordings themselves, so that 'the room' is present in the
    songs, and so that there is a trace of the space in the sound itself: making this a
    unique recording. The vinyl and Cd are mixed seamlessly like a constant pulse of
    electricity.


    Metaphysics, the study of being, time and space is a long time fascination for
    Xeno & Oaklander and the inspiration for part of their band name. Xeno was a
    pre-Socratic philosopher whose view on the world tipped it upside down and
    inside out: he is known for his paradoxes; in short what you see is not what you
    get, life is a chimera, an illusion, a matter of perception. It is this inversion that
    captures the imagination of the band. Day vs. night, hot vs. cold, sunshine vs.
    moonlight, glitter vs. silver, chemistry vs. alchemy, stasis vs. movement; these are
    themes that permeate their lyrics and sounds.


    The artwork by Liz Wendelbo echoes the electro magnetic theme with what looks
    like a starry night sky or skyscraper at night. It is a blown up X-Ray of protein
    photographed through an electron microscope - what is called X-Ray crystallography.
    In Liz's words what is deep inside of us is a reflection of what is above us: and
    electricity runs through it all.

    1. Marble
    2. Virtues and Vice
    3. Baroque
    4. Topiary
    5. Palms
    6. Chevron
    7. Chimera
    8. Worldling Worlds
    9. Topiary II
    Xeno & Oaklander
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    Topiary

    Recorded At Tom Tom Club/Talking Heads' Clubhouse Studio On All Analogue Gear


    Ghostly International presents Xeno & Oaklander's new full-length album Topiary.
    In their fifth album to date, the Brooklyn based girl / boy electronic duo explores
    themes of arcana and electricity.


    The title 'Topiary' refers to a highly ornamental hand sculpted garden such as
    Levins Hall in Cumbria UK or the stately grounds of Versailles. Pruned and
    fashioned into forms, shrubs and trees are turned into semblances of abstract and
    natural shapes - nature imitating nature, much to the delight of dreamers and
    romantics. The band, Sean McBride and Liz Wendelbo, views the album as a
    journey through the manifold hallways of electro magnetic architecture and
    enchanted landscapes.


    The sound of Topiary is rich and deep; like a 60s French Pop album shot through a
    prism of late renaissance chamber music. Liz Wendelbo's voice seems haunted by
    ghosts of YÉYÉ girls, Françoise Hardy's whispers set against a glorious backdrop
    of blaring synthetic horns and organs.


    Known for their signature analog synth sound, Xeno & Oaklander have been
    quoted as referring to their synths as elemental: fire is what powers energy,
    voltage and electricity. Electro magnetism is electric energy, like lightning in the
    sky: here it is controlled by switches and buttons, shaped by filters and
    envelopes, and travels through patch cables and modules to create synthetic
    creations of classical instruments: pianos, brass, guitars, percussions. The result is
    orchestral and textured.


    A room - a sound studio is often referred to as 'the room': it has a sound, a history,
    and ghosts in its machines. Xeno & Oaklander's new album was recorded at the
    Tom Tom Club / Talking Heads' Clubhouse Studio deep in the woods of New
    England. Known for their analog synthesizer sound, Xeno & Oaklander plugged in
    their entire arsenal of synths into the Clubhouse array of analog outboard gear.
    They used their signature style of recording: the album was recorded as a live
    session, but this time in a bracketed amount of time and in one place. Everything
    was arranged, recorded and mixed in a month at the Clubhouse. Liz and Sean
    were intent on creating a sense of dimensionality with this recording by exploring
    the idea of 3D in sound: left, right, back and front as well as up and down. Room
    tone is present in the recordings themselves, so that 'the room' is present in the
    songs, and so that there is a trace of the space in the sound itself: making this a
    unique recording. The vinyl and Cd are mixed seamlessly like a constant pulse of
    electricity.


    Metaphysics, the study of being, time and space is a long time fascination for
    Xeno & Oaklander and the inspiration for part of their band name. Xeno was a
    pre-Socratic philosopher whose view on the world tipped it upside down and
    inside out: he is known for his paradoxes; in short what you see is not what you
    get, life is a chimera, an illusion, a matter of perception. It is this inversion that
    captures the imagination of the band. Day vs. night, hot vs. cold, sunshine vs.
    moonlight, glitter vs. silver, chemistry vs. alchemy, stasis vs. movement; these are
    themes that permeate their lyrics and sounds.


    The artwork by Liz Wendelbo echoes the electro magnetic theme with what looks
    like a starry night sky or skyscraper at night. It is a blown up X-Ray of protein
    photographed through an electron microscope - what is called X-Ray crystallography.
    In Liz's words what is deep inside of us is a reflection of what is above us: and
    electricity runs through it all.

    1. Marble
    2. Virtues and Vice
    3. Baroque
    4. Topiary
    5. Palms
    6. Chevron
    7. Chimera
    8. Worldling Worlds
    9. Topiary II
    Xeno & Oaklander
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    All Hope Is Gone

    All Hope Is Gone is Slipknots first #1 album and it has brought the group to new heights. The band headlined the inaugural Mayhem festival, embarked on their most successful world tour yet, including a stop at the legendary Madison Square Garden and had two top 10 singles. 2009 is the bands 10th anniversary and is poised to be one of the most exciting of their career.


    The fourth release from the hard rock machine from Des Moines, IA, is more of a statement than a record. Corey Taylor comments, Every album we have made is a statement about that space in time. I think this era is the most mature, most beautiful and the most powerful. We have made an album that will show the road behind, the road ahead, and where we are as men. I think it's the best thing I've ever made. And I challenge anyone to prove me wrong. The album blends elements of 2004's Vol 3: (The Subliminal Verses) and 2001's Iowa, while adding a perspective, freshness and depth that only three years apart can bring. All Hope Is Gone was recorded this in Slipknot's home state and is co-produced by the band and Dave Fortman.

    1. Execute
    2. Gematria (The Killing Name)
    3. Sulfur
    4. Psychosocial
    5. Dead Memories
    6. Vendetta
    7. Butchers Hook
    8. Gehenna
    9. This Cold Black
    10. Wherein Lies Continue
    11. Snuff
    12. All Hope Is Gone
    Slipknot
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    Nights In Vienna

    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Cut from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios


    Rudolf Kempe has the true and significant gift of the truly great conductor. He is able and willing to lavish the same care and affection on good light music as on that of the supreme masters. So enthused W. A. Chislett on the 48 years old Kempe, who, by the time this recording of operatic overtures and waltzes was made, had gained a reputation as an opera conductor, having directed the Dresden Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera (succeeding Solti) and conducted at Bayreuth. He was a favourite at Covent Garden but declined the director's job. Kempe was a conductor of international repute, with long associations with the Royal Philharmonic, Zurich Tonhalle and Munich Philharmonic, as well as his last, short-lived appointment as chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Kempe died on 12 May 1976 aged 65.


    Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional 'advance' playback head, making the cut a totally analogue process. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl to audiophile standards using the original EMI presses by The Vinyl Factory in Hayes, England. Featuring the original album artwork, this recording is not otherwise generally available in any format. It contains rarely heard or recorded pieces by Heuberger and Reznicek.


    In the original December 1958 review of the mono release W. A. Chislett of the GRAMOPHONE concluded: ... This is superb in every way, warm, intimate, beautifully phrased and poised and very finely recorded. How good in particular it is to hear Lehar's charming waltz given a full dress performance complete with prelude and postlude. ..and on the stereo release the following August, Chislett added: ...they all sound richer and warmer in the two-channel version.


    Recorded on 20-22 February 1958 at the Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna. Produced by the legendary Victor Olof and engineered by Harold Davidson.


    Features:

    Hi-Q Records Supercuts 180g Vinyl

    Cut from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!

    Superior Audiophile Pressing

    Features Original Album Artwork

    This recording is not otherwise generally available in any format


    Musicians:

    Rudolf Kempe, conductor

    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna (Suppe)
    2. Overture Der Opernball (Heuberger)
    3. Overture Die Fledermaus (Johann Strauss II)
    4. Gold und Silber - Waltz (Lehar)
    5. Overture Donna Dianna (Reznicek)
    6. Spharenklange Waltz (Josef Strauss)
    7. Radetzky March (Johann Strauss I)
    Rudolf Kempe
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    Midnight Highway

    Quinn Sullivan's third studio album, Midnight Highway, scheduled for release on January 27th, 2017, was produced by multi Grammy® winner Tom Hambridge, who also doubles as Quinn's drummer. The album was recorded primarily at the prestigious Blackbird Studio with some of the greatest Nashville musicians, including bassists Michael Rhodes and Tom MacDonald, guitarist Rob McNelley, and keyboard player Reese Wynans, a veteran ofStevie Ray Vaughan's Double Trouble.


    Quinn has been a music professional more than three-quarters Of his life. Beginning his career at age 3, Quinn, who is currently a high school student, has shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Los Lobos, The Roots, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi and Joe Bonamassa, and also opened for B.B. King, who later invited him to play his treasured "Lucille" guitar.


    He has performed concerts and at festivals throughout the United States - including storied venues like Hollywood bowl, RFK stadium, and Madison Square Garden - traveled overseas - performing at both the Montreux Jazz Festival and India's Mahindra Blues Festival - and played several editions of the Experience Hendrix tour, backed by Jimi's original bassist Billy Cox.


    A protÉgÉ of Buddy Guy, Quinn always follows his mentor's advice: "Just go out there and show them why you're here Make them remember you."

    1. Something For Me
    2. Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming
    3. Midnight Highway
    4. Crazy Into You
    5. Eyes For You
    6. Lifting Off
    7. She Gets Me
    8. Going
    9. Graveyard Stone (bonus track)
    10. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
    11. Buffalo Nickel
    Quinn Sullivan
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    Exodus: Gods and Kings

    Blue/White/Black Swirl Colored Vinyl


    Limited Edition, Numbered To 750


    From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings, the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.


    The epic film was scored by Spanish composer Alberto Iglesias. He has written the music for several Spanish films, mostly from Pedro Almodóvar and Julio Medem. He has been nominated for an Academy Award for his work in the films The Constant Gardener (2005), The Kite Runner (2007) and again for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). His other film credits include soundtracks for Steven Soderbergh's Che and Hossein Amini's The Two Faces of January (2014).

    LP1
    1. Opening + War Room
    2. Leaving Memphis
    3. Hittite Battle
    4. Returning To Memphis
    5. Moses In Pythom
    6. Nun's Story
    7. The Coronation
    8. Ramses Retaliates
    9. Arm Chop
    10. Goodbyes
    11. Journey To The Village
    12. The Vows
    13. Alone In The Desert
    14. Climbing Mount Sinai
    15. I Need A General
    16. Exodus


    LP2
    1. Ramses' Orders
    2. Moses & Nun
    3. Moses' Camp
    4. Ramses' Insomnia
    5. Hail
    6. Animal Deaths
    7. Looting
    8. Ramses' Own Plague
    9. Lamb's Blood
    10. We Cross The Mountains
    11. Into The Water
    12. The Chariots
    13. The Hebrews
    14. Tsunami
    15. Sword Into Water
    16. The Ten Commandments

    Alberto Iglesias
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    White Buffalo

    In his native Mississippi and throughout the South, Jimbo Mathus is recognized as the prolific songwriter of born-in-the-bone American music, the torchbearer for Deep South mythology and culture. The lifelong musician and co-founder of the hyper ragtime outfit Squirrel Nut Zippers has signed to Oxford, MS label Fat Possum Records and will release White Buffalo, produced by Eric Roscoe Ambel. Opening with the mandolin-driven Southern Gothic fable In The Garden, Mathus and his band, the Tri-State Coalition, deliver an emotional honest bath of songs that embrace the richness of American Music - gospel, country blues and folk. Mathus' tri-state band, a handpicked group of like-minded players who make up his formidable live band, includes Matt Pierce (Arkansas), Terrence Bishop (Tennessee), and fellow Mississippians Eric Carlton and Ryan Rogers.
    1. In The Garden
    2. (I Wanna Be Your) Satellite
    3. Tennessee Walker Mare
    4. White Buffalo
    5. Hatchie Bottom
    6. Fake Hex
    7. Poor Lost Souls
    8. Self
    9. Run Devil Run
    10. Useless Heart
    Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition
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    Infinite Worlds

    Within the songs of Laetitia Tamko there are infinite worlds: emotional spaces that grow wider with time, songs within songs that reveal themselves on each listen. Tamko is a multi-instrumentalist and a producer, recording since 2014 as Vagabon. On her forthcoming debut, Infinite Worlds, she hones her singular voice and vision with an unprecedented clarity.


    "I feel so small / my feet can barely touch the floor / on the bus where everybody is tall," she sings softly and with caution, as she begin the album with "The Embers." Driving punk drums pry her song open, exploding it into an anthem that pushes back at entitled people who make others feel tiny. "I'm just a small fish / and you're a shark that hates everything," she sings, repeating that line and over and over with strength and power. "I've been hiding in the smallest space / I am dying to go / this is not my home," Tamko starts carefully on "Fear & Force," before her finger-picked guitar playing gives way to slow-building synth claps and ethereal harmonies. "Mal a L'aise" is one of the album's focal points, a five-minute meditation of ambient dream pop, featuring Tamko's usage of samples; some are samples from a Steve Sobs song on which Tamko was featured, enticing the one writing collaboration of the album. "Mal a L'aise" means "discomfort" in French, Tamko's first language, and throughout the song she works through different meanings of that word: social, cultural, physical.


    Infinite Worlds builds upon Tamko's stripped-down demos that have been circulating online and throughout the independent music community for the past two years. Her Persian Garden cassette, released in 2014 via Miscreant Records, was a lo-fi collection where she embraced a first-thought best-thought approach, making songs that began with just her voice and guitar. But here, Tamko is a main performer of synths, keyboard, guitars, and drums, at times enlisting the work of session studio musicians. This had Tamko channeling the thoughtfulness of her lyricism into her arrangement and production as well. The result is a wide-ranging eight-song collection that's pleasantly unclassifiable: hypnotic electronic collages, acoustic ballads, and bursts of bright punk sit side-by-side cohesively, all tied together by Tamko's soaring voice.


    "I write a lot about places, archiving my memories in spaces that I used to be in, spaces I am currently in, or spaces I will eventually be in" she says. "Archiving different moments that I've been thinking about, have gone through. It's not always autobiographical though. It could be about different situations I've seen people I love in. Or people I don't know in. I think that comes a lot from being in different environments. Like growing up in Cameroon. There, we are happy with very little. Then moving here and seeing how the culture differs from where I'm from."


    Tamko's songs are embedded with her own story and personal history: growing up in Cameroon, her family's move to New York and adjusting to culture shock. Her family left Cameroon just in time for her to begin high school in the states. She grew up around music and loved it, but finishing engineering school was a priority before music could start to feel like a real possibility. "When I was in Cameroon, my mom would have these 'reunions' which was just her friends coming over on Sundays," she says. "There was a lot of music around me. Traditional West-African songs sung as group chants, hand drums and percussive instruments being played, etc." To date, Tamko mostly listens to East and West African music nostalgic of her childhood, styles of music that influence her own in subtle ways.


    Infinite Worlds was recorded at Salvation Recording Co. in New Paltz, NY with engineer and co-producer Chris Daly. Tamko and Daly worked closely and tirelessly in his upstate NY studio through the winter into the spring of 2016. The album's title references a book of poetry by Dana Ward called The Crisis of Infinite Worlds, a book Tamko found particularly inspiring during her recording process, but also very challenging to read: "I had to think critically while reading Dana Ward, it was exciting to be challenged in that way. While I was writing the album, it was a lot of me thinking critically about how to actualize my ideas, and the challenge of reaching proficiency in new instruments. It sort of mirrored my experience reading Dana Ward's book. I found myself combing his writing over and over and over until I grabbed something from it."


    And as she sat with her songs, she found more and more. "A lot of it is about finding a space for myself, whether it is physical, emotional, social" Tamko says. "It's about finding that place where I feel most comfortable. And also finding that the confidence within myself can continue to grow. And finding what it takes for me to feel whole through making music."

    1. The Embers
    2. Fear & Force
    3. Minneapolis
    4. Mal à L'aise
    5. 100 Years
    6. Cleaning House
    7. Cold Apartment
    8. Alive and A Well
    Vagabon
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    Comedown Machine

    Comedown Machine, The Strokes' highly anticipated fth studio album, is preceded by the rst single, "All The Time. The band has released four previous studio albums, Is This it, Room on Fire, First Impressions of Earth and Angles which have sold over 5 million albums worldwide. They have headlined major festivals in the United States and UK, including the Isle of Wight Festival, Lollapalooza, Hurricane Festival, Splendour In The Grass, Rockness, Outside Lands, and Austin City Limits as well as sold out New York City's Madison Square Garden.
    1. Tap Out
    2. All The Time
    3. One Way Trigger
    4. Welcome To Japan
    5. 80's Comedown Machine
    6. 50/50
    7. Slow Animals
    8. Partners In Crime
    9. Chances
    10. Happy Ending
    11. Call It Fate, Call It Karma
    The Strokes
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    All The Time (7 Single)

    Released in conjunction with The Strokes' fth studio album Comedown Machine, on RCA Records, was this 7" vinyl featuring the rst single "All The Time" with
    special B-side "Fast Animals" not available
    on the album.


    Prior to Comedown Machine, The band has
    released four previous studio albums,
    Is This it (2001), Room on Fire (2003), First
    Impressions of Earth (2006) and Angles
    (2011) which have sold over 5 million
    albums worldwide. They have headlined
    major festivals in the United States and UK,
    including the Isle of Wight Festival,
    Lollapalooza, Hurricane Festival, Splendour
    In The Grass, Rockness, Outside Lands, and
    Austin City Limits as well as sold out
    New York City's Madison Square Garden.

    1. All The Time
    2. Fast Animals
    The Strokes
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    Porcupine Meat

    Naming one's album after a song titled "Porcupine Meat" may seem a little unusual - unless, of course, you're Bobby Rush, who earned his first gold record in 1971 with a hit entitled "Chicken Heads." He elaborates on his recent composition: "If a lady won't treat me right, but she doesn't want anyone else to have me, that is hard to digest." Hence the lyric, "too fat to eat, too lean to throw away."


    Porcupine Meat is Rush's debut release for Rounder Records, and one of the best recordings of his astonishing 60-plus year career. The album is due out September 16, 2016.
    Rush estimates that he has cut over 300 songs since he first began making music. He has been honored with three Grammy nominations, as well as ten Blues Music Awards and 41 nominations. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2006.


    Make no mistake: Rush is not your typical octogenarian. At age 82, he exudes the energy of a 20-year-old, on the road for more than 200 dates a year. His hectic tour schedule has earned him the affectionate title King of the Chitlin' Circuit. Rush has traveled the globe including Japan and Beirut. In 2007, he earned the distinction of being the first blues artist to play at the Great Wall of China. His renowned stage act features his famed shake dancers, who personify his funky blues and the ribald humor that he has cultivated during the course of his storied career.


    Born Emmet Ellis, Jr. in Homer, Louisiana, he adopted the stage name Bobby Rush out of respect for his father, a pastor. According to Rush, his parents never talked about the blues being the devil's music. "My daddy never told me to sing the blues, but he also didn't tell me to not sing the blues. I took that as a green light."


    Rush built his first guitar when he was a youngster. "I didn't know where to buy one, even if I had the money. I was a country boy," he says. After seeing a picture of a guitar in a magazine, he decided to make one by attaching the top wire of a broom to a wall and fretting it with a bottle. He also got some harmonica lessons from his father He eventually acquired a real guitar, and started playing in juke joints as a teenager, when his family briefly relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas. The fake moustache Rush wore made club owners believe he was old enough to gain entry into their establishments. While he was living in Little Rock, Rush's band, which featured Elmore James, had a residency at a nightspot called Jackrabbit.


    During the mid-1950s, Rush relocated to Chicago to pursue his musical career and make a better life for himself. It was there that he started to work with Earl Hooker, Luther Allison, and Freddie King, and sat in with many of his musical heroes, such as Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, and Little Walter. Rush eventually began leading his own band in the 1960s. He also started to craft his own distinct style of funky blues, and recorded a succession of singles for a various small labels. It wasn't until the early 1970s that Rush finally scored a hit with "Chicken Heads." More recordings followed, including an album for Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia International Label.
    Rush relocated one final time, to Jackson, Miss. in the early 1980s. He was tired of the cold up north, and he realized that setting up his base of operations directly in the center of the South would make it easier to perform in nearby cities on weekends. More indie label recordings followed. Songs like "Sue, A Man Can Give (But He Sure Can't Take It)," "What's Good For The Goose Is Good For The Gander Too," and" I Ain't Studdin' You" became regional jukebox favorites in juke joints throughout the region, and many of those songs are still fan favorites that are an integral part of his live repertoire.


    Since 2003, Rush has self-released the majority of his work (including the critically acclaimed Folk Funk album) on his Deep Rush label, but recently, he came to the realization that having a bigger record company behind him would be beneficial. "I outgrew myself," he says. "I need someone to help in doing the things I can't do. When you are wearing all the hats, you can't be everywhere at once."


    Enter esteemed producer and two-time Grammy winner Scott Billington, Rounder Records' longtime VP of A&R. Billington first met Rush at a Recording Academy meeting 25 years ago, and they became fast friends. He has wanted to work with Rush ever since. "He is the most vital bluesman of his generation," says Billington. He continues, "There are many people who still don't know Bobby Rush, even though he is a hero in the parallel universe of the Chitlin' Circuit - fans stop him on the street in Memphis and Helena and Little Rock."


    Porcupine Meat will not only please Rush's older fans, but is likely to win over many new ones. Billington reflects, "We wanted to come up with something fresh, while staying 100% true to Bobby."


    The album was recorded in New Orleans, and Rush was pleased and proud to be given the opportunity to make an album in his home state for the very first time. His impassioned vocals and in-the-pocket harmonica playing are among the best performances of his career. Unlike most of his recent releases, these sessions only feature real instruments and no synthesizers. All of the rhythm tracks were cut live in the studio, often edited down from jams that on several occasions ran close to ten minutes.


    For the project, Billington assembled some of the best Louisiana musicians, including Shane Theriot, David Torkanowsky, Jeffrey "Jellybean" Alexander, Kirk Joseph, Cornell Williams, and others. Rush brought along his old friend and longtime collaborator, guitarist Vasti Jackson, who worked with Bobby and Scott on getting the songs ready for the studio. Guitar greats Dave Alvin, Keb' Mo', and Joe Bonamassa all make guest appearances on the album.


    Rush has always been a prolific and clever songwriter. The songs he penned for Porcupine Meat such as "Dress Too Short," "I Don't Want Nobody Hanging Around," "Me, Myself And I," "Nighttime Gardener," "It's Your Move," and the title selection, all equal or rival his best material. "Funk O' De Funk" delivers exactly what the title suggests and what Rush has always done the best, which is putting the funk into the blues. While "Got Me Accused" is inspired by events from Rush's own life, the lyrics tell an all-too-familiar tale about the rampant racial injustice that afflicts our society. Producer Billington and his wife Johnette Downing (the well known New Orleans songwriter and children's musician) co-wrote a couple of fine selections, "Catfish Stew" and "Snake In The Grass."


    Bobby Rush is the greatest bluesman currently performing. Porcupine Meat is a testament to his brilliance, which presents him at his very best, and doesn't try to be anything that he is not. "I just try to record good music and stories," he humbly states. With this recording, he has more than accomplished his goal, and has produced one of the finest contemporary blues albums in recent times.

    1. I Don't Want Nobody Hanging Around
    2. Porcupine Meat
    3. Got Me Accused
    4. Snake in the Grass
    5. Funk O' De Funk
    6. Me, Myself and I (feat. Joe Bonamassa)
    7. Catfish Stew
    8. It's Your Move (feat. Dave Alvin)
    9. Nighttime Gardener (feat. Keb Mo)
    10. I Think Your Dress Is Too Short
    11. Standing on Shaky Ground
    12. I'm Tired (Tangle Eye Mix)
    Bobby Rush
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    Loyalty

    The record was called Loyalty from the beginning-it was the first decision I made about it. It's a word you
    usually see written in copperplate script, a virtue: LOYALTY. But the songs don't treat it that way, just as a
    thing to unpack. It's a force that you have to reckon with: loyalty to the dream, to the "work," to the mythical idea of "you" that somebody thought they saw. It can be a weakness as much as a strength; it can keep you from the reality of your own life, your own self. - Tamara Lindeman


    In excess virtue lies danger, or at least limits to pragmatic action-it's a lesson hard learned by anyone
    disillusioned by the erosion of youthful mythologies. Strict fealty to a fixed ideal of identity doesn't do us
    any favors as adults. Loyalty, the third and finest album yet by The Weather Station (and the first for
    Paradise of Bachelors) wrestles with these knotty notions of faithfulness/faithlessness-to our idealism,
    our constructs of character, our memories, and to our family, friends, and lovers-representing a bold
    step forward into new sonic and psychological inscapes. It's a natural progression for Toronto artist
    Tamara Lindeman's acclaimed songwriting practice. Recorded at La Frette Studios just outside Paris in
    the winter of 2014, in close collaboration with Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas) and Robbie Lackritz (Feist),
    the record crystallizes her lapidary songcraft into eleven emotionally charged vignettes and intimate
    portraits, redolent of fellow Canadians Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and David Wiffen, but utterly her
    own.


    Lindeman describes La Frette, housed in an enormous, crumbling 19th-century mansion, as
    "a secret garden, a place of enchantment and grace": walls mantled in ivy and lions, corridors piled high
    with discarded tape machines, old reels, and priceless guitars. As she puts it, "Recording where we did
    meant we embraced beauty-we weren't afraid of it being beautiful." Like the record itself, it's a quietly
    radical statement, especially since certain passages achieve a diaphanous eeriness and harmonic and
    rhythmic tension new to The Weather Station. The stacked vocal harmonies of "Tapes," the drifting,
    jazz-inflected chording in "Life's Work," and the glacial percussion in "Personal Eclipse" contribute to a
    pervading sense of clock-stopping bloom and smolder, recalling the spooky avant-soul of Terry Callier's
    Occasional Rain.


    Beyond the decaying decadence and vintage gear, the brokedown palace atmosphere of
    La Frette afforded a more significant interior luxury as well, one stated with brutal honesty in the
    stunning "Shy Women": "it seemed to me that luxury would be to be not so ashamed, not to look away."


    Accordingly, Loyalty brings a freshly unflinching self-examining gaze and emotional and musical control
    to The Weather Station's songs. She is an extraordinary singer and instrumentalist-on Loyalty she plays
    guitar, banjo, keys, and vibes-but Lindeman has always been a songwriter's songwriter, recognized for
    her intricate, carefully worded verse, filled with double meanings, ambiguities, and complex metaphors.
    Though more moving than ever, her writing here is almost clinical in its discipline, its deliberate wording
    and exacting delivery, evoking similarly idiosyncratic songsters from Linda Perhacs to Bill Callahan.


    Outside her musical practice, Lindeman also happens to be an accomplished film and
    television actor, and it's her directorial eye for quietly compelling characters and the rich details of the
    everyday, Bressonian in its specificity and scope, that drives the limpid singularity of The Weather
    Station's songs. As in Bresson's films, there is no trace of theater here, no brittle singer-songwriter
    histrionics, but rather a powerful performative focus and narrative restraint, a commitment to what the
    auteur called the "simultaneous precision and imprecision of music." Despite the descriptive delicacy, the
    album never lapses into preciousness or sentimentality, instead retaining its barbs and bristles and
    remaining resolutely clear-eyed and thick-skinned. Lyrically, Loyalty inverts and involutes the language
    of confession, of regret, of our most private and muddled mental feelings, by externalizing those
    anxieties through exquisite observation of the things and people we accumulate, the modest meanings
    accreted during even our most ostensibly mundane domestic moments. ("Your trouble is like a lens," she
    discerns in "I Mined," "through which the whole world bends.")


    "Tapes" and "I Could Only Stand By" expose and exalt the quotidian-"the little tapes"
    hidden beneath a lover's bed, "the sunken old moorings" at the "bruise-colored lake"-without romanticizing
    these scenes of, respectively, grief and guilt. "Like Sisters" analyzes the darker contours of a
    friendship with devastating scrutiny. The breathless momentum of "Way It Is, Way It Could Be"-"both
    are," she sings of the way we sometimes live, for better or for worse, amid multiple truths-hinges on a
    mysterious moment when two brown dogs die underwheel, then don't, and that gut-sickness is
    overturned, a sin redeemed with a second glance. "Floodplain" and "Personal Eclipse" are also road songs
    about traveling through, and owning, the empty places in-between, literally and figuratively-what
    Lindeman deems "the various ways people try to disappear from themselves, in physical distance, in
    politeness."


    To invoke Melville (author of PoB's namesake story), "extreme loyalty to the piety of love"
    can be a destabilizing force, a kind of bondage from which we must emancipate ourselves. The line is
    from his strange masterpiece Pierre, or the Ambiguities; The Weather Station's Loyalty could quite easily
    support the same subtitle for the fascinating ways it navigates the deep canyons between certainty and
    uncertainty, faith and doubt.

    1. Way It Is, Way It Could Be
    2. Loyalty
    3. Floodplain
    4. Shy Women
    5. Personal Eclipse
    6. Life's Work
    7. Like Sisters
    8. I Mined
    9. Tapes
    10. I Could Only Stand By
    11. At Full Height
    The Weather Station
    $21.99
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    No More Shall We Part (Out Of Stock)

    No More Shall We Part ends a four-year silence from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. A best-of was issued in 2000, but no new material has appeared since 1997's landmark album, The Boatman's Call. With that record Cave had finally delivered what everyone knew he was capable of: an entire album of deeply tragic and beautiful love songs without irony, sarcasm, or violent resolution. It appears that The Boatman's Call has altered the manner in which Cave writes songs, and the Bad Seeds illustrate them. Two musical directors -- the ubiquitous Mick Harvey and Dirty Three violinist Warren Ellis -- craft a sonic atmosphere whose textures deepen and widen Cave's most profound and beautiful lyrics to date. The ballads have the wide, spacious, sobering ambience one has come to expect from the Bad Seeds. There is an ethereal change in sound in the up-tempo numbers, which are, for lack of better terminology, musical novellas. They plumb the depths of blues, yet contain glissando and crescendos from the orchestral music of composers such as Fartein Valen and Olivier Messiaen. There are places, such as in Oh My Lord, where rock & roll is evoked as a device, but this isn't rock music. A listen to As I Sat Sadly By Her Side, Hallelujah, and the aforementioned track (the most rock song here) will attest that it is merely one color on a musical palette that is more expansive now than at any time in the band's history. Also in the band's musical treasure trove is the addition of the McGarrigle sisters on backing vocals - nowhere is their contribution more poignant than on the tenderly daunting, haunted house that is Love Letter. Lyrically, and as a vocalist, Cave has undergone a startling, profound metamorphosis. Gone is the angry, humorous cynic whose venom and bile touched even his lighter moments. His deep taunting ambivalence about Jesus Christ and Christianity in general is gone, vanished into a maturity that ponders spiritual things contemplatively. Humor that pokes fun churchianity remains, but not as a source of its inspiration. Over these 12 tracks, Cave has taken the broken heart--so openly exhibited on The Boatman's Call--and elevated it to the place where he has learned to live with, and speak from it as both an artist and a human being. Leonard Cohen stated in the song Anthem, that, there is a crack in everything/that's where the light gets in.No More Shall We Part is a mosaic of those cracks. If this album is about anything, it is about love's ability to survive in the world. It is examined concretely and abstractly; to the point where it meditates on this theme even cinematically. His methodology for the listener is, even though these are intimate conversations, the effect is illustrated in widescreen. In this way, Cave touches the heart in the same way Andrei Tarkovsky's films Stalker and The Sacrifice and Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire do. There is powerful emotion here, spiritual, psychological and romantic, without a hint of the sentimentality that would make it false. As both a singer and a songwriter, his work has been transformed into something so full of depth, color, and dimension, that there is simply no one except his mentors working on this level in popular music. In the opening moments of As I Sat Sadly By Her Side, a tenderly, softly sung vocal delivers: Then she drew the curtains down/And said when will you ever learn/That what happens there beyond the glass/Is simply none of your concern/God has given you but one heart/You are not a home but the hearts of your brothers/God don't care for your benevolence anymore/But he cares for the lack of it in others/Nor does he care for you to sit at/Windows in judgement of the world he created/While sorrows pile up around you/Ugly, useless and over-inflated/At which she turned her head away/Great tears leapin' from her eyes/I could not wipe a smile from my face/As I sat sadly by her side. The title track is a ballad that could have been lifted from The Boatman's Call, except it lacks the reaching tragedy. And Cave sings in a tenor no one thought him capable of -- And all the birds will sing to your beautiful heart/Up on the bell/And no more shall we part. The chaos of earlier Bad Seeds outings does kick up on The Sorrowful Wife, where violins and Blixa Bargeld's guitars duel with Jim Sclavunos's drums for domination of the sonic torrent. The record closes with two of Cave's most beautiful songs, a near country gospel waltz called Gates to the Garden with the McGarrigles sweetening an already lovely tome to redemptive love. Finally, Darker With the Day, illustrated by Harvey's striking pianistic ballad framework touched by Bill Evans' technique, is as strikingly autobiographical as Cave has ever been, highlighting the extremes of good and evils that inform and torment the protagonist's inner emotional life within in a single day. There is loss and the seeking of deliverance and, in a statement not so much of recognition that this is simply fate, he also acknowledges hope: All these streets are frozen now/I come and go/Full of a longing for something I do not know. As he calls to a lover gone seemingly forever, he comes to the conclusion that for him, redemption is in love itself, whether divine or profane; the only hope is that love, between two people or between an individual and her or his creator, depends on one's openness to receiving it. Who can argue with him? No More Shall We Part leaves listeners in awe, full of complex emotions, and pondering the notion that they've been in the presence of great redemptive art--which Henry James calls, the thing that can never be repeated.

    - Thom Jurek (All Music)
    1. As I Sat Sadly by Her Side
    2. And No More Shall We Part
    3. Hallelujah
    4. Love Letter
    5. Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow
    6. God Is in the House
    7. Oh My Lord
    8. Sweetheart Come
    9. The Sorrowful Wife
    10. We Came Along This Road
    11. Gates to the Garden
    12. Darker with the Day
    Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
    $22.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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