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I Decided. is the fourth studio album by American rapper Big Sean. It was released on GOOD Music / Def Jam Recordings and features guest appearances from Jeremih, Migos, The-Dream, JhenÉ Aiko (credited as the duo Twenty88 with himself), Flint Chozen Choir, Starrah, and Eminem.
The production on the album was handled by Sean's frequent collaborator Key Wane, alongside a variety of record producers such as Metro Boomin, DJ Dahi, Fuse, Tre Pounds, DJ Mustard, WondaGurl, Detail, The Track Burnaz and Amaire Johnson, among others.LP 1
3. Bounce Back
4. No Favors
5. Jump Out The Window
1. Same Time Pt. 1
2. Owe Me
3. Halfway Off The Balcony
4. Voices In My Head/Stick To The Plan
5. Sunday Morning Jetpack
6. Inspire Me
8. Bigger Than Me$25.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-SUB-4016xDum Dum Girls
I Will BeI Will Be is the debut full-length by the Dum Dum Girls. Recorded at home by Dee Dee and mixed with the help of Richard Gottehrer (Strangeloves, Voidoids, Blondie, The Go-Gos and, more recently, The Raveonettes), I Will Be is a decidedly medium-fi record. Just under 30 minutes with 11 songs, it's a short tribute to love, fun and the classic pop form of the '60s girl groups and early punk rockers.1. It Only Takes One Night
2. Bhang, Bhang, I'm a Burnout
3. O Mein M
4. Jail La La
5. Rest of Our Lives
6. Yours Alone
7. Blank Girl
8. I Will Be
9. Lines Her Eyes
10. Everybody's Out
11. Baby Don't Go$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
While I Stay SecludedVocalist Joe Taylor, guitarists Nick Casasanto and Kevin Maida, bassist Ryan Rumchaks and drummer John Siorek combine to present a style that actively acknowledges pop-punk's roots while bringing it decidedly into the present. Their new EP, While I Stay Secluded - with the raw power of tracks like the instantly memorable Oak Street- provides only the latest reason to consider Knuckle Puck an integral part of pop-punk's future.1. Transparency
2. Oak Street
3. Alexander Pl.
4. But Why Would You Care?
5. In My Room
6 .Bedford Falls$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I Dreamt I Was A CowboyMiniature Tigers mastermind Charlie Brand has been in a relationship with actress Mae Whitman for a while now, and things seem to be going great. How do I know this? Well, there are interviews from both Brand and Whitman out there that say so, but for the purposes of this review, Exhibit A is the new Miniature Tigers record. I Dreamt I Was a Cowboy is a loose concept album about being in love, complete with sappy ballads, angst that it's all going to fall apart, and even the concept album staple-a dream sequence.
Two things are striking about this album from the get-go. There's a warmth and intimacy to opener "My Girl Forever" that sticks around for the length of the album. Brand, it turns out, is pretty good at producing indie-pop that sounds honestly romantic. That warmth makes a cheesy sentiment like, "You will be my friend forever / You will be my girlfriend" sound lovely. The other thing is the song's opening electric guitar riff, which sounds slightly out of tune. That riff runs through the entire song and eventually normalizes even though it never ends up being quite in tune. It's a weird element and a portent that Brand is going to re-embrace the off-kilter sounds that dominated Miniature Tigers' early records.
"Dreaming" is a relaxed, slightly Caribbean-styled song dominated by a bassline played on a bass marimba and a repeating high register xylophone-esque note run. Both are cool effects that give the song a nice groove. This leads right into "I Dreamt I Was a Cowboy", where Whitman takes the lead vocals. Her breathy, quiet singing fits in snugly with the song's languid vibe. "I Dreamt I Was a Cowboy" also works as a transition point on the album. Afterward, the songs are more idiosyncratic and often more interesting.
"Wish It Was Now" is a '60s-style folk song that hits all the right buttons. A pile of acoustic guitars is accompanied by a jangling tambourine while Brand sings possibly the best melody on the album. The multi-layered vocals on the chorus, a simple recitation of "wish it was now", are beautiful, and it all meshes together into a sublime moment. "Wheat" features a prominent pedal steel guitar and some nicely placed percussion rattles, giving the song a light Texas country feel.
Then there's "Nobody Else", which features an out-of-nowhere sample of obscure '60s singer Millie Small with her lovely high-pitched squeak of a voice. The song opens with Small singing "What am I living for / If not for you, baby!", then uses that "baby!" as the song's anchor and hype man, punctuating many of Brand's lines. The song itself is a catchy, piano-based ballad with a warm '70s soft rock bridge, but the sample sells it. It's so effective that once you've heard the song a few times, you want to hear her "baby!" at the end of every line, not just occasionally.
The record ends with two quiet songs, either of which would make a solid closer, but they represent two different moods. "I Never Want Our Love to End" is sparsely arranged with great harmonies, but the overwhelming feeling is melancholy as Brand sings about his insecurities. "I'm Awake Now" uses both chirpy and lush synths to provide a sunny, relaxed, early morning feel. Lyrically, though, the song starts out depressed as Brand contemplates the fact that he's so damn happy in bed with his new girl but that they're both going to have to leave, and it will be over. But the song ends with him deciding that he's going to do whatever it takes to make what's apparently a one-night stand into a relationship.
This kind of unabashed romanticism shouldn't really work. And in the past, Miniature Tigers' attempts at straight-up love songs haven't always been successful. But Brand's honesty goes a long way here, and his willingness to use unusual sounds cuts through the cheese to make the album just a bit weird. I Dreamt I Was a Cowboy ends up effectively splitting the difference between the band's early days of twee sounds with strange lyrics and their middle period of big hooks but not very distinctive sounds.
- Chris Conaton (popmatters.com)1. My Girl Forever
2. Crying In The Sunshine
3. Pictures Of You
5. I Dreamt I Was A Cowboy
6. Wish It Was Now
8. Nobody Else
9. Before You
10. I Never Want Our Love To End
11. I'm Awake Now$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I Love YouLia Mice is the experimental pop project of Eleanor C Mice (nÉe Logan). After spending her teens touring Australia in punk and soul groups she lurked the Brooklyn noise scene for half a decade. In late 2012 at the end of a European tour in support of her debut solo album (originally released under the moniker Happy New Year) she became stranded in France when her return flight to Brooklyn was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. Waiting for her replacement flight, she passed the time in Lyon penning songs in a friend's living room. Within a week she had decided to relocate to France for good. The songs became the genesis of 'I Love You', out October 7 on Old Flame Records - LiaMice's second solo album, and first experiment in danceable tempos, inspired by new music uncovered during in her first year living in France: in the grooves of yÉ-yÉ singles; on the dancefloors of converted boat-venues; in the theme songs of classic French cinema and on the iPods of neighborhood house parties.1. Our Heavy Heart
2. Lucky Bamboo
3. We Live Out Of Sight
4. Memory Maps
5. All The Birds
6. Saint - Malo
7. Everything's Sailing
8. The Nights Were For Exploring
9. That Spanish Spring$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Vertikal I & IIAfter many years of intense touring the band had decided to take a break from live shows until a proper new album was ready.
In 2011 the band undertook intense writing sessions and began to record demos. The foundations of the first tracks were recorded in Umeå and an album slowly took form. The recording process was longer and more scattered than before and in 2012 the band eventually got together for a longer, final session in Umeå, at Tonteknik Recording. The result was 'Vertikal'.
'Vertikal' marked a much-anticipated return for the band after five years spent cultivating the ideas and directing the influences that have helped form a concept for the album. Distilled throughout are themes of machinery, repetition and clear, linear structures honed to the visual imagery of Fritz Lang's classic expressionist science-fiction film 'Metropolis'. The music broods, builds and boils as you may expect from Cult of Luna, but never over-complicates itself or veers from its intentions; it is arguably their finest and most cohesive piece of work to date.
After releasing "Vertikal" in January 2013 and many months of intense touring in 2013 the band now shows a new, even more futuristic outlook with "Vertikal II".LP 1 + 2 (Vertikal I)
1. The One
2. I: The Weapon
3. Vicarious Redemption
4. The Sweep
6. Mute Departure
8. In Awe Of
9. Passing Through
LP 3 (Vertikal II)
2. Light Chaser
3. Shun The Mask$42.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Here I AmMarquise Knox is a once-in-a-generation type of talent. And, man, are traditional blues lovers lucky he's decided to pursue straight-up real blues. Marquise has the voice, the songwriting talent, the guitar chops, the showmanship and the determination to very likely be a success in any number of styles of music. But for Marquise, it's nothing but the blues. Not the guitar hero, pyrotechnic licks blues. Not the gimmicky, tired, Sweet Home Chicago meets Mustang Sally predictable blues. No, Marquise almost seems to be literally channeling the certain-something energies and nuances of a Howlin' Wolf or Muddy Waters or Lightnin' Hopkins. In fact, when you listen to Marquise - 19 years old when he recorded this title - you get the sense that this is what those masters must have sounded like as young men. Marquise's blues are so transparent and bare. It's so easy to feel his music as totally legitimate. That's above all what makes it so appealing. That's what makes Marquise Knox special. He's the whole package. A throwback blues master on the rise. Anybody believe in reincarnation?
As you'd expect from somebody still so young, Marquise's talents have matured immeasurably since his 2009 APO debut, Man Child, recorded when he was 16. And that was a really good record. On Man Child, Marquise shared the guitar duties with Michael Burks, a fiercely explosive and powerful guitarist. For his new record, Marquise doesn't need the guitar help, and Here I Am doesn't want for even a little power and punch. Marquise's guitar skills have improved tenfold. Seriously. And his voice is, well, three years richer. To say that this record sounds unlike anything any other 19 year old is releasing in 2011 is undisputable. To say that it may be unlike anything anybody is releasing in 2011 might also be true.
When Man Child hit the market in 2009, blues lovers freaked out partly because of how young Marquise was to be sounding like such an aged veteran. Well, he's still awfully young, but this time around, the focus ought to be entirely on just how incredible a bluesman Marquise Knox is, age aside.LP1
1. Here I Am
2. You Better Pray
3. Two Can Play Your Game
4. Tears Feel Like Rain
5. Feel Like Goin' Home
6. America's Blues
7. Coming For Your Loving
8. Can A Young Man Play The Blues?
9. Love Me Through The Pain
10. I Can't Be Statisfied
11. I'm Bad
12. Two Trains Running$34.99Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
If I Stay Soundtrack
180 Gram Clear White Colored Vinyl
Numbered - Limited To 1000
Gatefold Sleeve + Insert
If I Stay is an American romantic drama film directed by R. J. Cutler, based on the novel of the same name by Gayle Forman. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Stacy Keach, and Aisha Hinds. It was released on August 22, 2014.
The story: life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined.
New York based Indie Rock producer Adam Lasus prefers recording on analog tape over digital. He produced six original songs and a cover of the song ''Today'' by Smashing Pumpkins, that were performed by the fictional band Willamette Stone in the movie led by Jamie Blackley's character Adam Wilde. Other songs on the If I Stay soundtrack include tracks by Sonic Youth, Beck and Tom Odell.LP 1
1. Who Needs You (The Orwells)
2. Until We Get There (Lucius)
3. I Want What You Have (Willamette Stone)
4. All of Me (Tanlines)
5. Promise (Ben Howard)
6. Never Coming Down (Willamette Stone)
7. Halo (Ane Brun / Linnea Olsson)
8. I Will Be There (Odessa)
9. Mind (Willamette Stone)
10. Morning (Beck)
1. I Never Wanted to Go (Willamette Stone)
2. Karen Revisited (Sonic Youth)
3. Today (Willamette Stone)
4. Heart Like Yours (Willamette Stone)
5. Heal (If I Stay Version) (Tom Odell)
6. Suite No. 1 in G Major for Solo (If I Stay Cast)
7. Cello Concerto in A Min, Op.33 (If I Stay Cast)
8. Sonata in B Minor, Op. 8 (Alisa Weilerstein)$38.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
I Love You, HoneybearI Love You, Honeybear was recorded intermittently from 2013 to 2014 in Echo Park, Los Angeles and produced with Jonathan Wilson, whom I also recorded and produced 2012's Fairly Fun with. There's a case to be made that it sounds and acts a bit like solo-era John Lennon, Scott Walker, Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson, and Dory Previn, while taking more than a few cues from Woody Allen, Kurt Vonnegut, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Muhammad Ali. Blammo.
It has a decidedly more soulful presence than Fear Fun, due in no small part to the fact that I am truly singing my ass off all over this motherfucker. The album is really characterized by the scope and ambition of the arrangements. Nearly every tune is augmented by something special, be it orchestral strings, a mariachi band, questionable electronic drum solos, ragtime jazz combos, soul singers, or what have you. I'm pretty sure there's a sitar in there somewhere. Blammo. My ambition, aside from making an indulgent, soulful, and epic sound worthy of the subject matter, was to address the sensuality of fear, the terrifying force of love,
the unutterable pleasures of true intimacy, and the destruction of emotional and intellectual prisons in my own voice. Blammo.
This material demanded a new way of being made, and it took a lot of time before the process revealed itself. The massive, deranged shmaltz I heard in my head, and knew had to be the sound of this record, originated a few years ago while Emma and I were hallucinating in Joshua Tree; the same week I wrote the title track. I chased that sound for the entire year and half we were recording. The means by which it was achieved bore a striking resemblance to the travails, abandon and transformation of loving someone. There: I said it. Blammo.
-Josh Tillman, aka Father John Misty
I Love You, Honeybear was produced by Josh Tillman and Jonathan Wilson, mixed
by Phil Ek, and mastered by Greg Calbi.1. I Love You, Honeybear
2. Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)
3. True Affection
4. The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apt.
5. When You're Smiling and Astride Me
6. Nothing Good Ever Happens at the Goddamn Thirsty Crow
7. Strange Encounter
8. The Ideal Husband
9. Bored in the USA
10. Holy Shit
11. I Went to the Store One Day$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Med Sud I Vid Spilum EndalaustInspired by the unfettered feeling of the acoustic performances filmed during Heima, Sigur Ros adopted a looser approach in creating their fifth album Med Sud I Vid Spilum Endalaust. The album consequently is fresher and more human than anything they've previously recorded.
Rough edges, cracked notes, and the sound of fingers on strings are audible resulting in tracks (e.g. Illgresi) that prove to be the band's sparsest and most affecting work to date. Worry not though, plenty of electric guitar can be heard throughout the album ensuring Sigur Ros' commitment to challenging sonic limitations.
Med Sud I Vid Spilum Endalaust is truly a groundbreaking album for Sigur Ros. It's the first time they've attempted to write, record, mix, release and support (by touring) an album in the same year. Notoriously known for their laborious writing/recording style and their Icelandic roots, Sigur Ros decided to record an album outside of Iceland for the first time. Recording, mixing and mastering sessions took place in such un-Reykjavik cities as New York (Sear Sound and Sterling Sound), London (Abbey Road and Assault & Battery) and Havana. The result is pretty much their leave home album, the anti-Heima.
The opening track, Gobbledigook, is a manifesto setter with its shifting/no time signature. On the last track, All Alright, Sigur Ros find themselves singing a song solely in English for the first time. The seventh track, Ára Bátur, was performed with a full orchestra and the London Oratory Boys Choir. This was recorded in one take with no overdubs and the result was 90 people playing at once and just one perfect take. This is their first album working with Flood (U2, Depeche Mode, PJ Harvey) and the first since their debut to not be recorded with Ken Thomas. It was a true co-production, one that found Sigur Ros breaking out of old molds/habits. Double LP on high quality 180g vinyl.
Sigur Ros' fifth album is the Icelandic band's most worldly, varied and impetuous. The band achieves a new unity in variety here, winding from near-glam romp and fireside-folk warmth to slow-climb grandeur with an attention to the repeated payoff in a sturdy hook and hum-along chorus. (4 Stars) - Rolling Stone
Old-fashioned psychedelic grandeur is revived with otherwordly majesty and inexorable crescendos, a typically majestic but uncharacteristically summery album, with jolts of percussive energy and connotations of sunlight and air. - New York Times1. Gobbledigook
2. Inní MÉr Syngur Vitleysingur
3. Góðan Daginn
4. Við Spilum Endalaust
6. Með Suð Í Eyrum
7. Ára Bátur
11. All Alright$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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I Robot (Awaiting Repress) (On Sale)Alan Parsons Project I Robot on Numbered Limited Edition 180g 45RPM 2LP From Mobile Fidelity
Perfectionism, Innovation, Complexities, and Reference-Grade Production Make Alan Parsons Project's Conceptual I Robot a Timeless Classic: Sci-Fi Arrangements Steeped In Drama and Moodiness
More Music, More Information, More Detail, More Nuance, More Everything: Mobile Fidelity 180g 45RPM 2LP Set the Definitive-Sounding Analog Version of 1977 Audiophile Standard
A Demonstration Disc for the Ages: Immaculate Highs and Lows, Supreme Spaciousness, See-Through Transparency, 3D Imaging, Wider Grooves on System-Testing Pressing
Audiophiles needn't any introduction to the Alan Parsons Project's I Robot. Engineered by Parsons after he performed the same duties on Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, the 1977 record reigns as a disc whose taut bass, crisp highs, clean production, and seemingly limitless dynamic range are matched only by the sensational prog-rock fare helmed by the keyboardist. Not surprisingly, it's been issued myriad times. Can it be improved? Relish Mobile Fidelity's stupendous-sounding 180g 45RPM 2LP set and the question becomes irrelevant.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, and afforded the luxurious groove space of a 45RPM LP, I Robot comes to life like never before on this numbered limited-edition reissue. Boasting immaculate highs and lows, generous spaciousness, and see-through transparency that takes you into the studio with Parsons and creative partner Eric Woolfson at Abbey Road, this super-clean edition has been lovingly restored by Mobile Fidelity engineers with the intention of demonstrating the full-range capabilities of the world's best stereo systems. Put simply, there's more music, more information, more detail, more nuance, more everything.
Savor reference-grade soundstages, immersive smoothness, sought-after instrumental separation, three-dimensional imaging, and consummate tonal balances. Able to be played back at high volumes without compromise or fatigue, the analog masterwork is a demonstration record for the ages - the likes of which are no longer being made. Longtime fans can finally rest assured knowing they don't have to pony up hundreds of dollars for older pressings - including three prior Mobile Fidelity versions on LP and CD. This is the very reason you own and invest in high-end audio gear.
Inspired by and loosely based around the Isaac Asimov stories of the same name, I Robot delves into themes of artificial intelligence and technological dominance that make the record increasingly relevant in the 21st century. Indeed, Parsons' pinnacle creation dovetailed with the ascendency of Star Wars, which itself is experiencing a rebirth in an age of self-driving cars, smart devices, and mindless automation. Lyrically, songs such as The Voice call into question human behavior - and their relationship to increasing robotic supremacy - in everyday life. Sonically, Parsons reflects the associated paranoia, dichotomy, and transformation via shifting sci-fi arrangements steeped in drama and moodiness.
I Robot's absorbing tunes also continue to fascinate due to their perfectionism and innovation. Borrowing from Pink Floyd's strategies, Parsons utilizes a looped sequence on the title track to create new downbeats. Some Other Time employs two different lead vocalists and yet gives the illusion only one is involved. Captivating strings, a piccolo trumpet, and bona fide pipe organ grace Don't Let It Show. The origins of Nucleus stem from a unique analog keyboard concoction dubbed the Projectron, devised by Parsons and electronic engineer Keith Johnson. Andrew Powell's orchestral and choral arrangements top it all off, with Total Eclipse arriving as an aptly frightening track that presages the climactic Genesis Ch. 1 V. 32.
Does man or machine win in the end? Decide with Parsons as you get lost in Mobile Fidelity's definitive pressing.
This title is not eligible for further discount.1. I Robot
2. I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You
3. Some Other Time
5. Don't Let It Show
6. The Voice
8. Day After Day
9. Total Eclipse
10. Genesis Ch. 1 V.32$49.99 $44.99 Save $5.00 (10%)180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
I Never Meant It To Be Like ThisSeattle trio Cumulus is Alexandra Niedzialkowski (vocals, guitar), Lance Umble (guitars, keyboards), and Leah Julius (bass), decided to record, mix, and master their first album. They were able to easily raise the funds via a successful Kickstarter campaign. Just a day away from putting in an order for their first 1000 CDs, Chris Walla followed his impulse and approached the band about releasing the album through his own Trans- Records.1. Do You Remember
2. Hey Love
4. Ocean SOng
6. End Of The World
7. Little Ghost
8. Morning Coffee
10. Night Swimming$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again MamaSourced from the Original Masters, on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl with Jacket Meticulously Recreated from the Original Art
Janis Joplin decided to make a sharp turn after Cheap Thrills, and abandoned her previous band Big Brother And The Holding Company. Her new band, the Kozmic Blues Band provided a tighter, more soulful approach to the blues rock 'Big Brother' is known for. By going solo, Joplin made a crucial point: she's got soul for miles on end.
Featuring a horn section and a stronger emphasis on organ, I Got Them Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! yielded soul burners Try (Just A Little Bit Harder), Work Me Lord and As Good As You've Been To This World, as well as slower tracks like Maybe and Kozmic Blues. Hearing is believing!1. Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)
3. One Good Man
4. As Good As You've Been To This World
5. To Love Somebody
6. Kozmic Blues
7. Little Girl Blue
8. Work Me, Lord$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Why Should I Get Used To It (Discontinued) (On Sale)JOE LALLY played bass in FUGAZI from the bands inception in 1987 until their hiatus in 2003. When the members of Fugazi decided to take an indefinite break from recording and performing Joe began working on solo material and has continued to write and perform new material in collaboration with a wide variety of musicians and friends. Joe has released two albums on Dischord Records, There to Here in 2006 and Nothing is Underrated in 2007, and has toured extensively in the USA, Europe, Brazil, Japan and beyond. Joes albums and his tours have until recently featured a large cast of collaborators including his Fugazi mates, members of Capillary Action, Zu, Melvins, and others. On Joes newest album, Why Should I Get Used to It, he has settled on a more permanent line-up featuring his current touring mates, guitarist ELISA ABELA and drummer EMANUELE TOMASI. The album was recorded in Rome, where Joe has lived for the last several years, and is being released on Dischord in conjunction with Joes imprint, Tolotta Records. Joe and his band will continue to tour in 2011, with dates in Europe and Brazil already booked, and many more dates and territories to follow.1. What Makes You
2. Nothing To Lose
3. Revealed In Fever
4. Fort Campbell, KY
5. Philosophy For Insects
7. Why Shoul I Get Used To It
8. Coral And Starfish
9. Let It Burn
10. Ministry Of The Interior
11. Last Of The Civilized$14.99 $10.49 Save $4.50 (30%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-BIG-2447xFamous L. Renfroe
ChildrenA long time ago I used to hear spiritual singers singing beautiful songs and I wanted to be a singer too. I first started my musical career by singing in small local groups in my hometown of Memphis, TN. In the year 1968, I came to Seattle, Washington and started singing with local groups but failed to find the one that stable enough to record so I decided to cut an album by myself. The music was written and produced by myself who, except for the drum parts, done the entire record. - Famous L. Renfroe1. Introduction
6. It's So
7. Why Not I
8. And Man
9. His Love
12. Tell$16.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Poison SeasonPoison Season opens with Vancouver native Dan Bejar swathed in Hunky Dory strings. He's a dashboard Bowie surveying four wracked characters-Jesus, Jacob, Judy, Jack-simultaneously Biblical and musical theatre. This bittersweet, Times Square-set fanfare is reprised twice more on the record-first as swaying, saxophone-stoked "street-rock" and then finally as a curtain-closing reverie. "The first and last songs are actually one song tracked live with quintet," explains their author. "I even sang with the band. That song always swung between super austere and super mid-'70s Springsteen/Bowie street-rock. In the end, I decided I wanted both. Couldn't really figure out a way to sequence the orchestral version within the record, so I decided to carve it up as a book-ending motif, with the rock version squarely in the middle." Mr. Bejar has long displayed a chameleonic instinct for change while maintaining a unified aesthetic (rather than just pinballing between reference points). No two records sound the same, but they're always uniquely Destroyer. His latest incarnation often appears to take sonic cues from a distinctly British (usually Scottish, to be precise) strain of sophisti-pop: you might hear traces of Aztec Camera, Prefab Sprout, Orange Juice, or The Blow Monkeys. These songs merge a casual literary brilliance with intense melodic verve, nimble arrangements, and a certain blue-eyed soul sadness.1. Times Square, Poison Season I
2. Dream Lover
3. Forces From Above
5. The River
6. Girl in a Sling
7. Times Square
8. Archer on the Beach
9. Midnight Meet the Rain
10. Solace's Bride
12. Sun in the Sky
13. Times Square, Poison Season II$23.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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Wonderwall Music (On Sale)Remastered From The Original Analogue Master Tapes And Cut At Capitol Studios To Ensure Exceptional Audio Quality Throughout
Pressed On 180-Gram Vinyl
Released in November 1968, George Harrison's Wonderwall Music was the first solo album released by a member of The Beatles and the first LP to be released by Apple Records. The soundtrack music for director Joe Massot's debut feature-length film, Wonderwall, the predominantly instrumental album is an intricate, vibrant tapestry of Western rock music and compositions in an Indian classical style. In 1992, George recalled, "I decided to do it as a mini-anthology of Indian music, because I wanted to help turn the public on to Indian music." The booklet also includes a new essay of appreciation by the acclaimed musician, producer and composer Nitin Sawney and newly written historical notes by Kevin Howlett.1. Microbes
2. Red Lady Too
3. Tabla and Pakavaj
4. In The Park
5. Drilling a Home
6. Guru Vandana
7. Greasy Legs
9. Gat Kirwani
10. Dream Scene
11. Party Seacombe
12. Love Scene
14. Cowboy Music
15. Fantasy Sequins
16. On The Bed
17. Glass Box
18. Wonderwall To Be Here
19. Singing Om$22.99 $16.09 Save $6.90 (30%)180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
How To Get To Heaven From ScotlandLast time we heard from Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap), it was with the wonderful, darkly humorous, spoken word album and book package I Can Hear Your Heart, which received rave reviews upon its February 2008 release. Less than a year later, the 35 year-old Moffat is back in a new guise, as frontman of Aidan Moffat and the Best Ofs.
It's not really a band, says Moffat, So much as an open-door club where anyone with a talent for something I like the sound of is welcome. There's no line-up in any traditional sense and members come and go according to their availability, but for this album, the band includes Stevie Jones (Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan's band) and Alun Woodward (ex-Delgados/Lord Cut-Glass.) How To Get To Heaven From Scotland was recorded simultaneously with I Can Hear Your Heart.
I decided it was time that I attempted to write some positive love songs, which is incredibly difficult to do if you want to avoid cliche and repetition, explains Moffat. You have to try to make them both personal and universal, which also can be quite difficult; you have to try to forget other people are going to hear them while also making sure it will appeal to an audience. There's a lot more sunshine and happy endings on this record, plus a song about my grandfather's non-existent ghost and a lullaby about the terror of impending fatherhood. Hopefully I've managed to keep it at least diverting for the 37 minutes it lasts.1. Lovers Song
2. Big Blonde
3. Atheists Lament
4. Oh Men!
5. A Scenic Route to the Isle of Ewe
6. Thats Just Love
7. Ballad of the Unsent Letter
8. Now I Know Im Right
9. The Last Kiss
10. Lullaby for Unborn Child
11. Living with You Now
12. My Goodbye$69.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dangerous ThingsDan Layus is set to release his debut album, Dangerous Things, via Plated Records.
Dangerous Things spans influences from Hank Williams to Tom Waits, from Dwight Yoakam to Woody Guthrie. The album was recorded in Nashville at SouthxSea Studios with minimal production. The lyrics are about life's struggles and its simple joys, and harmonies are provided by Muscle Shoals' own Secret Sisters.
Primarily known as the frontman of the critically acclaimed band Augustana, Layus explains, "I always knew this album was out there waiting, I just had to let it come to me. That was the most challenging part of this record. It was three years of repeatedly realizing I was trying too hard to write a perfect song. It all started to make sense and feel good as soon as I stopped treating songwriting like it was songwriting. Somewhere along the way I decided that if an idea was going to turn into a song on this album, then it had to be written organically and purely. It had to be an inspired moment that was unfolding melodically, musically and lyrically, all while making me feel something. Subsequently, that's how I recorded the songs-I played the song live a few times in front of some microphones and when I felt something real happen, we moved onto the next one. The songs and recordings on this album are inspired by other people's stories and informed by my own experiences and I've never felt more proud or comfortable sharing an album as I feel with this one."1. Dangerous Things (feat. The Secret Sisters)
3. Four Rings (feat. The Secret Sisters)
4. You Can Have Mine (feat. The Secret Sisters)
5. Only Gets Darker (feat. The Secret Sisters)
6. Call Me When You Get There
7. Let Me Lose You
8. Fell In Love On A Beach
10. Enough For You
11. The Nightbird (feat. The Secret Sisters)$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lost On You (Pre-Order)MUSIC DOESN'T HAVE TO BE COMPLICATED.
At the end of the day, it's all about being honest,
taking no B.S., and getting right back up after every
fall. New York-born singer, songwriter, and all-around
rock rebel LP puts it even more succinctly, "I
go Johnny Cash on that shit and just get through it."
As her six-year romantic relationship failed and she
split from her label, LP put her head down and wrote
what would become 2017's album Lost On You.
Its lead single "Lost On You" amassed over 191
million YouTube views as well as 44 million Spotify
streams and went triple-platinum in Italy, platinum
in France, Poland, and Germany, and gold in
Switzerland. Meanwhile, the title track, "Muddy
Waters," soundtracked the Season 4 climax of
NETFLIX's Orange Is The New Black.
LP reunited with the team behind the lead-up EP Death
Valley-producer POWERS' Mike Del Rio [Christina
Aguilera, X Ambassadors] and writer Nate Campany
[Tove Lo, Carly Rae Jepsen, Martin Garrix].
"It's a weird thing," she says. "I feel more
confident than ever before. I don't have to police
myself anymore. For this record, I decided to
unapologetically tress on, keep going, and run
with my emotion."1. Muddy Waters
2. No Witness
3. Lost On You
4. When We're High
6. Up Against Me
8. Other People
11. Death Valley
12. You Want It All
13. Long Way To Go To Die$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
The Phoenix And The TurtleApril 2014 will see the release of her new album entitled The Phoenix and the Turtle. Described by Beverley as a very personal album, it features songs written throughout her entire career, from her very first song, ''Sweet Joy'', to the previously unrecorded Nick Drake & Beverley Martyn song ''Reckless Jane'' which was started in 1974 when Drake lived nearby Beverley in Hampstead. ''We started writing the song as a bit of a joke,'' she says, ''When John and I lived in Hampstead Nick lived one stop down the tube line, and he would come around and babysit sometimes. I couldn't look at it for a long time after he died, but then finally I decided to finish it.''
''When The Levee Breaks' and 'Going To Germany' are songs Beverley used to sing with The Levee Breakers. Another song, 'Women And Malt Whiskey' is, in part, about John Martyn and other friends from the scene back then.
The Phoenix and the Turtle is Beverley's first album in fourteen years and was recorded in Wales with guitarist and producer Mark Pavey; it also features contributions from bass player Matt Malley, ex-Counting Crows and drummer Victor Bisetti, ex-Los Lobos which were recorded ''by the magic of computer'' in California. The album ''still has that in-a-room feel,'' said Beverley recently, ''it sounds like an old style analogue record. It's very me, very transatlantic.''1. Reckless Jane
2. Potter's Blues
3. Going To Germany
4. Sweet Joy
6. Levee Breaks
7. Women & Malt Whisky
8. Mountain Hop
9. Jesse James$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Essential Going BackRemastered by Nick Davis
I decided to call this version of 'Going Back' 'The Essential Going Back,' Phil explained. In retrospect, I included too much music on the original version, and I believe that too much is not always a good thing. Hence this trimmed down selection of my favorite Motown songs.
Originally released in 2010, Going Back was Phil Collins' first studio album since 2002 and saw him back at #1 on the charts. This album was a personal labor of love project that found him faithfully recreating the soul gems that played such an influential role in his musical life.
This is one of the last releases in Collins' Take A Look At Me Now series. Each album in the series has been remastered by Grammy-nominated Nick Davis. Each album features a bold artwork concept in which Collins has recreated his poses from the original album covers with new photography that was shot in the present day.
This will be released as 180 gram heavyweight audiophile vinyl of the remastered album.1. Going Back (2016 Remastered)
2. Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue) [2016 Remastered]
3. (Love Is Like A) Heatwave (2016 Remastered)
4. Some Of Your Lovin' (2016 Remastered)
5. Going To A Go-Go (2016 Remastered)
6. Papa Was A Rolling Stone (2016 Remastered)
7. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever (2016 Remastered)
8. Something About You (2016 Remastered)
9. Talkin About My Baby (2016 Remastered)
10. Do I Love You (2016 Remastered)
11. Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer (2016 Remastered)
12. Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me For A Little While) [2016 Remastered]
13. Too Many Fish In The Sea (2016 Remastered)
14. Uptight (Everything's Alright) [2016 Remastered]$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SeriouslyRalph Carney was a founding member of the pre-Waitresses band, Tin Huey, but is best known for his long association with singer Tom Waits, and collaboration with his nephew, Patrick Carney, on the Black Keys album, Attack & Release, and occasionally joins them on stage. He was a member of the Oranj Symphonette with fellow Waits alumni Joe Gore and Matt Brubeck. Ralph has guested with Yo La Tengo and Medeski, Martin and Wood for live shows and recorded on a T-Bone Burnett-produced project the, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, with Marc Ribot and Elvis Costello (release date TBA). In 2009 he toured with They Might be Giants and in 2008 he recorded and performed with Black Francis in a score for the Silent film Der Golem. He performed on many Hal Willner-produced shows at UCLA's Royce Hall including a Tribute to Harry Smith in 2001, with a huge number of performers including Todd Rundgren, David Thomas, Phillip Glass, and David Johanson. The album, Seriously, was recorded at Getreel Studios by Robert Preston and Rugbeaters Studio by Ralph Carney in January and February, 2011. Carney has four full lengths out, including 2009's Ralph Carney's Serious Jass Project (Akroncracker Records). Carney explains I decided to do another record of tunes I loved, sticking close to the same styles as my first album. Basically a mix of honkers and screamers type saxophonists, mostly from the late 1940's through the early to mid 1950's, along side kinda obscure Ellington small band songs...I also did a couple of Coleman Hawkins tunes from his time in Europe in the 30's.1. Blue Creek Hop
2. Meet Dr. Foo
3. Echoes of Harlem
4. Carnival in Caroline
5. Moondog Boogie
6. Gypsy Without a Song
7. Linger Awhile
8. Pompton Turnpike
9. I Wish I Were Twins
10. You Took Advantage Of Me
11. Happy Feet$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Look UpIt can be far too easy to get caught in negativity in today's world. We're surrounded by it in the news, the media and even entertainment. And that's what makes Mod Sun's music and message all the more refreshing.
"It's about empowerment. It's about saying it's okay to sit by yourself on a Friday night and make music. You'll never be lonely if you love the person you're alone with," says the rapper, whose name stands for "Movement On Dreams Stand Under None."
A Minnesota native, Mod grew up in a household that played everything from Bob Dylan to Prince, and that eclectic foundation has informed his musical journey. He started playing drums at age 13, and by 16, he began touring with a few bands, including the successful rock group Four Letter Lie.
But his heart told him to go after something else.
"I was in a state of comfort, touring and in a band, and I decided I wanted to totally change it up and do something I believed in," the 27-year-old remembers.
So he gave up that steady gig to pick up the mic. Mod wrote his first song at age 19, and hasn't looked back since. Over the last eight years, he has released six mixtapes and three EPs. He has collaborated with artists including Schoolboy Q, Nipsey Hussle and G-Eazy, and earned a spot as one of sixteen independent artists from around the world competing for the cover of Rolling Stone in 2011.
After his most recent release, 2012's Happy As Fuck, he again proved his artistic versatility, by momentarily shifting his writing focus in a new direction: His book, Did I Ever Wake Up?
"It's all about the fact of making your life a dream," he says of the inspirational work. "I was a stubborn kid. You can never learn if you're always right. It took all these things for me to become what I want to be."
Now, the focus is again squarely on the music. He's built plenty of momentum over the last year, thanks to videos for tracks like "My Hippy, "Free Love" and "Mushrooms." And now, Mod is getting ready to deliver his Friend Base - because he has no fans, only friends - his debut album, which is due at the top of 2015, through Rostrum Records.
The music has grown, but the underlying message remains.
"No matter the amount of negativity you're presented with, 5 minutes from now could be your best moment."1. Look Up
2. Headed Home
3. Free Love
4. Goddess Ft. G-Eazy
5. Did It Again Last Night
6. Howlin' At The Moon
7. My Hippy Ft. Dizzy Wright
8. Shoot 'Em Down Ft. MGK + Blackbear
9. My Favorite Shirt Is My Skin
10. Never Quit Ft. Travis Barker
12. Not That Bad Ft. Jody Highroller
15. Same Way Pt. 2$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now