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Swing, Swang, Swingin' (Limited Edition)This album is not eligible for any discounts.
Who better than the perennially hip Jackie McLean to title an album Swing Swang Swingin? That's exactly what you get with this bopping set of standards for Blue Note from 1959. McLean's soulful alto wail is primed on this session which also features classic performances from Walter Bishop Jr., Jimmy Garrison and stalwart Art Taylor. From the deep swing of What's New to the bouncing mambo/swing take of Cole Porter's I Love You, this is the very definition of great jazz in the classic tradition. Available here on Limited Edition 180g Japanese Import LP!1. What's New
2. Let's Face The Music And Dance
4. I Remember You
5. I Love You
6. I'll Take Romance
7. 116th And Lenox$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Limited Edition LP JAPANESE IMPORT RELEASE DATE JUNE 2008 - Sealed Buy Now
The Congregation (Limited Edition)This album is not eligible for any discounts
Johnny Griffin is one of the fastest, sharpest tenor saxophonists to emerge in the fertile 1950s. His third and final Blue Note recording is one of a handful that sported a cover illustration by the then struggling artist Andy Warhol. The quartet date with Sonny Clark and Paul Chambers is a relaxed, mature affair that ranges from the gospel-flavored title tune to a beautiful I'm Glad There Is You and an up-tempo It's You or No One. Added to the original album is I Remember You, a bonus track from the session. Better than ever on this Limited Edition 180g Japanese Import LP!1. The Congregation
2. Latin Quarter
3. I'm Glad There Is You
4. Main Spring
5. It's You Or No One
6. I Remember You$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Limited Edition LP JAPANESE IMPORT RELEASE DATE JUNE 2008 - Sealed Buy Now
OverjoyedAnnouncing Overjoyed, the first album in 13 years from legendary punk band Half Japanese. One of the most influential bands of all time, Jad Fair and Half Japanese spearheaded the DIY and Lo-Fi movements, influencing countless bands such as Sonic Youth, Neutral Milk Hotel, Daniel Johnston, and perhaps most notably, Kurt Cobain (who ranked Half Japanese amongst his top 50 favorites, had them open the In Utero tour, and was wearing their t-shirt when he died). Without exaggeration, Half Japanese is one of the most important bands in the history of music. Overjoyed was recorded and produced by John Dieterich of Deerhoof, and ranks amongst the best albums of the band's catalog.1. In Its Pull
2. Meant To Be That Way
3. Brave Enough
4. Do It Nation
5. The Time Is Now
6. Our Love
7. Shining Star
8. Each Other's Arms
9. Overjoyed And Thankful
10. We Are Sure
11. As Good Can Be
12. Tiger Eyes$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
712712 is a 1991 album by the Japanese rock trio Shonen Knife. The album was named after the contraction of the Japanese words for the numbers 7 (nana), 1 (ichi) and 2 (futatsu, technically an alternate reading than the preceding, literally meaning two things), which, when contracted, sound like na-i-fu. Naifu is the imported word in Japanese for knife.1. Shonen Knife
3. Diet Run
4. Blue Oyster Cult
6. The Luck Of The Irish
7. My Favorite Town (Osaka)
8. Faith Healer
9. Redd Kross
10. White Flag
12. Expo '90
13. Fruit Loop Dreams
14. The Moon World
15. Baggs$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Flight to Jordan (Limited Edition)This album is not eligible for any discounts.
Duke Jordan established his credentials as a pianist during 1947-48 when he was Charlie Parkers pianist. His composing skills did not emerge until the arrival of hard bop in the mid fifties. His 1960 release Flight To Jordan was his first full album as a leader and features the distinctive front line of Stanley Turrentine and Dizzy Reece. Added to the albums six great Jordan compositions are another original and a trio version of I Should Care.1. Flight To Jordan
2. Star Bright
4. Deacon Joe
5. Split Quick
7. Diamond Stud
8. I Should Care$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Limited Edition LP JAPANESE IMPORT RELEASE DATE JUNE 2008 - Sealed Buy Now
Live In Tokyo
First Time On Vinyl In North America
The Hard To Find Vinyl Masterwork 1972's Live In Toyko
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso
Pressed On 2 LP Limited Edition Translucent Red Vinyl At R.T.I.
The legendary Weather Report set the music world on fire back in the early seventies with their hypnotic blend of progressive-fused jazz with funk, prog-rock and soul, augmented with the brilliant and skillful musicianship of their superstar founders Wayne Shorter on saxophone and various electronic reeds and the late great Joe Zawinul on a stunning array of keyboards and electronic instruments.
Both of these legendary musicians/composers worked with Miles Davis on his classics like Bitches Brew, plus solid tenures with legends like Cannonball Adderley (Zawinul) and Art Blakey (Shorter) all of which would prove to become the huge catalyst for things to come.
Throughout the seventies and beyond, Weather Report's fine arsenal of recordings would take the band to the top of all the popular music charts. The 1972 fusion live masterpiece Live In Toyko would go on to yield one of the most important albums of their career as it hit the top rungs of the jazz charts, plus major showings in the pop and r&b charts.
No stone is left unturned, as this masterwork is loaded with stellar classics and long extensive live workouts on smashes like Wayne Shorter's Eurydice and Tears, the Shorter/Zawinul collaroration Umbrellas and Joe Zawinul favorite Orange Lady.
As one of the most enduring albums in their massive career catalog, Live In Toyko in its original vinyl form took their fans by storm, paying hundreds of dollars for the original Japanese import if they were lucky to find one.
Friday Music is pleased to announce for the very first time on audiophile vinyl Live In Toyko by Weather Report. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios, this amazing classic truly shines in the audiophile vinyl domain. Pressed at R.T.I., this brilliant masterwork truly resonates as you remember from years ago.
To enhance your limited anniversary edition album experience, this first time audiophile vinyl release is also for a very short time being offered on translucent red audiophile vinyl in a first time gatefold cover presentation, featuring the rare original album cover design.
Welcome back and celebrate the music of Weather Report with their amazing Live In Toyko ... an audiophile first time vinyl release, only from your friends at Friday MusicLP 1
1. Medley: Vertical Invader, Seventh Arrow, T.H. , Doctor Honoris Causa
2. Medley: Surucucu, Lost, Early Minor, Direction
1. Orange Lady
2. Medley: Eurydice, The Moors
3. Medley: Tears, Umbrellas$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Buy Now
Echo Poeme: Sequence No 2 (200 Gram)
Mastered For Vinyl By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio
Faithful, Updated Rendering Of Original Art Printed On Reverse Board At Stoughton Printing Co.
Limited, Foil-numbered Edition Of 500 200 Gram Black Vinyl Manufactured For Pristine Sound At Quality Record Pressings
Comes In Japanese-style Resealable Poly Bag
This album consists of one 49 minute track of female vocals, spoken, chanted and looped to create a haunting meditation and evoke pathos. Steven Stapleton employs a variety of hums, sighs, and spoken phrases to create a ghostly ambience. Originally released in 2005, this is the first time it will be pressed on wax. Nurse With Wound has come to be regarded as the master of avant-garde post-classical experimentation, and Echo Poeme has come to embody an important moment in its oeuvre.1. Echo Poeme: Sequence No. 2$24.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Echo Poeme: Sequence No 2 (Colored Vinyl)
Mastered For Vinyl By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio
Faithful, Updated Rendering Of Original Art Printed On Reverse Board At Stoughton Printing Co.
Limited, Foil-numbered Edition Of 500 150 Gram White Vinyl Manufactured For Pristine Sound At Quality Record Pressings
Comes In Japanese-style Resealable Poly Bag
This album consists of one 49 minute track of female vocals, spoken, chanted and looped to create a haunting meditation and evoke pathos. Steven Stapleton employs a variety of hums, sighs, and spoken phrases to create a ghostly ambience. Originally released in 2005, this is the first time it will be pressed on wax. Nurse With Wound has come to be regarded as the master of avant-garde post-classical experimentation, and Echo Poeme has come to embody an important moment in its oeuvre.1. Echo Poeme: Sequence No. 2$24.99Colored Vinyl LP Buy Now
Moody CoupCo La is the primary project of musician and producer Matt Papich, whose
explorations of sample-based electronic music have culminated in Moody
The emotional palette of Moody Coup, Papich's second album and rst for
Software Recording Co., is more complex than its exuberant predecessor
Daydream Repeater (NNA Tapes 2011). Where that record's relentlessly
bucolic tone drew from the saccharine core of reggae, exotica, and 60s girl
groups, the bedrock of Moody Coup is elusive and abstract.
The various genre coinages that have been tagged to Co La's music before
- new exotica, Avant-luxury, furniture music, etc. - fail to accommodate the
brainier obsessions behind Moody Coup's genesis. A new brand of alchemy
occurs in the album, where cryptic sources are enhanced and embellished
to a point of transcendence. This departure is the brilliant process o of Co
La's unpredictable electronic music.
Highlights of Moody Coup include Remarkable Features, which
consolidates the prior seismic scope of Daydream Repeater into a dance
oor standout. Deaf Christian transforms a Neil Sedaka doo-wopper into
a mesmerizingly dark House cut, complete with synth chasms and haunting
voice chants (supplied here and throughout the record by Angel
Deradoorian). The meticulously crafted Suspicious ventures into more
calming pastures -- an extra dimensional, dubbed-out take on the Psychic
TV gem by the same name.
At the outset of Moody Coup, Sukiyaki (To Die For) melodically alludes
to the Kyu Sakamoto song Sukiyaki." The original was penned as a
mournful assessment of post-war Japan's relationship to the US, albeit
dressed by Sakamoto as a love song. Ironically, Sukiyaki became a hit
oversees in the US and was later covered by A Taste of Honey. Rather than
translating the lyrics, A Taste of Honey set new words to the original
melody. (Stranger still, the word Sukiyaki itself refers to a Japanese hot
It's important to note that the wide range of reference sources does not
serve Moody Coup as a supercial demonstration of Papich's eclectic taste.
Instead, all of the micro pieces function mosaically, creating an impression
at a macro level that is extremely potent as music as well as concept. Co
La's intellectual obsessions are rooted in questions about how music is
dilated by the cultures who created it and the power structures that shape
those cultures (see Sukiyaki), while his musical obsessions are always
rooted in the sensual, the beautiful and the immediate.
Papich describes the working Co La method on Moody Coup as
"employing the hegemony of delete." He likes to be interrupted, and is
fond of working in places where domestic concerns are on equal terms with
studio practice. Much of Moody Coup was made in the kitchen of Papich's
Baltimore home -- a place where he describes having the "best
interruptions." Assistant to Papich's production was friend Joe Williams,
who programmed and performed all synths. Tracks were additionally
consolidated from eld recordings, samples and composed in Ableton Live
and mixed in Brooklyn at Gary's Electric Studio, located at the Software HQ.1. Sukiyaki To Die For
2. Melter's Delight
3. Remarkable Features
4. Deaf Christian
6. Suspicious (Sandman Fix)
7. Baby's Breath
8. Head in Hole in Space
9. Sympathy Flinch
10. Make it Slay (Barbershop Solo)$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
AudioQuest Wind Interconnect Cable
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In the simplest sense, wind is air in motion produced by the uneven heating of the Earth's surface by the sun. Because our planet is made of various land and water formations, from the severe heights of K2 to the placid Chicago River, it absorbs the sun's radiation unevenly, creating differences in air pressure and the ensuing movement of air from high-pressure areas to lower ones. Wind is also one of our most valuable natural resources: As an alternative to fossil fuels, wind is plentiful, renewable, widely distributed, clean, produces no greenhouse gas emissions, and uses little land.
While wind power may be more important today than ever before, it is by no means a new concept. Representations of ships under sail date as far back as 5500 B.C., while windmills may have been first used in Persia in 200 B.C. Among the classical elements, wind's close relative, air, is pure, powerful, and fundamentally important to life. In Japanese philosophy, wind is a symbol of all things that grow, expand, and enjoy freedom of movement, in some ways best represented by the human mind. People born under the astrological signs of Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius are thought to have dominant air personalities, marked by kindness and social grace. Of course, wind itself may be the most graceful of all elements. It fans the flames of our deepest passions, dances atop the surfaces of our longest rivers, sings in the rustling of the largest leaves, and carves its initials into our mightiest rocks. The physical effect is often astounding: From the forever-swirling formations of Coyote Buttes in Utah, to the sculpted cypress trees seemingly frozen in time along California's coast, wind holds a place as one of nature's most masterful artists.
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Live In Munich 1977
The concert was recorded in Munich on October 20, 1977, originally filmed to air on the German TV Rockpalast show. Repeated airings have led to numerous bootleg video and audio tapes of the show being available through the 80's and 90's. Although some fans believed that this set came from the same tour as the previously released On Stage (which was mostly culled from their 1976 Japanese tour), the performance on this release is actually from their 1977 European tour, a few months prior to the release of Long Live Rock n' Roll, and thus features a different bass-player and keyboardist.1. Kill The King
3. Sixteenth Century Greensleeves
4. Catch The Rainbow
5. Long Live Rock 'n' Roll
6. Man On The Silver Mountain
7. Do You Close Your Eyes
8. Still I'm Sad$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Future DaysLP Has Been Out Of Print For Over 30 Years
Can was founded in 1968 by Irmin Schmidt, Holger
Czukay, Michael Karoli and Jaki Liebezeit who formed
a group which would utilize and transcend all boundaries of
ethnic, electronic, experimental, and modern classical music.
Future Days is the fifth studio album by Can. This is the
last album to feature Japanese vocalist Damo Suzuki. On
Future Days, the band explored the ambient direction they
had introduced into their sound on the previous year's Ege
Bamyasi creating a landmark in European electronic music.
Future Days is fiercely progressive, calming, complex,
intense, and beautiful all at once.
The band's powerful influence has never diminished, and
their indelible mark is apparent in the bands who freely
acknowledge their importance - from Portishead, James
Murphy, New Order, Factory Floor, Public Image Ltd, Mogwai,
Kanye West (who sampled 'Sing Swan Song') and Radiohead
- as well as across other disciplines such as visual art and
literature.1. Future Days
4. Bel Air$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Travelling With My Portable Electric Phonograph Volume 1Import
What did South Africa and South East Asia of the 1940s and 50s have in common? In both places the local population was trying to gain independence from British colonialism. Although colonialism is never a good thing, there are always some positive outcomes when two cultures collide, especially when it comes to music. The Zulu of South Africa are the largest ethnic group in the country and are well known for their rich musical traditions. In the 1940s, however, Zulu musicians began fusing traditional Zulu choral music (often sung by migrant mine workers), like Mbube and Isicathamiya, with the instruments and rhythms of Western jazz. A continent away in India, we see that the same kind of musical revolution was taking place during this same period. Calcutta in particular became a musical hotbed beginning in WWII, when it became one of the major ports for the South East Asian Theatre of the War. The jazz scene was dominated by house bands from the various luxury hotels and British social clubs, with these bands often recording for the South East Asian division of E.M.I. Interestingly, one of the hottest stars on this scene during the 1940s was Teddy Weatherford, an African American 'expat' from the Chicago jazz scene. Beginning in 1942, following the Japanese invasion of Burma (Myanmar), hundreds of thousands of refugees poured into India, among these great jazz musicians like Reuben Solomon (of Iraqi Jewish descent) of 'The Rangoon Gymkhana Club' fame. Batuk Nandy, on the other hand, was a well-known steel guitar player who rose to fame by making "filmi" music for Bollywood films, while Bismillah Khan was an Indian shehnai (a traditional flute-like instrument) master, and one of only three classical musicians to have ever won the Bharat Ratna prize, the highest civilian prize in India. Khan was also one of the few musicians to perform at Delhi's Red Fort in 1947 for India's Independence celebrations. Despite the obvious negative outcomes, different cultures and religions forced together in the face of economic and political adversity has historically been a recipe for great music, and as this album testifies, India and South Africa were no different.
1) CASPER SHIKI & His Guitar - Umtandaso (Zulu guitar jive)
2) LATIN STARS - Sarah (vocal group + guitar, Zulu jive)
3) LATIN STARS - Umama Uleth'u Shugela (vocal group + guitar, Zulu jive)
4) NYASALAND CLUB SINGERS - Kapasure (vocal with guitar and accordion, sung in Chichewa, South-Central Africa)
5) CASPER KASINO KIDS - Ungu Wam' (female vocal trio + piano, Zulu jive)
6) CASPER KASINO KIDS - Thula Thula (female vocal trio + piano, Zulu jive)
7) DOROTHY MASUKA With Her Trio (Zulu) - Ma ndi phupha wena - (blues vocal + piano, clarinet, Johannesburg, 1953)
8) GROUPO DE TOTOKO FRANCOIS - Bololo o Kolilo (Recorded in Kimongo, Republic of Congo c. 1940s)
9) MAMETIGUDI & His Dancers - Hamba na lo isoko la yo
10) (Zulu vocal with drums and sticks c. 1950)
11) THE RANGOON GYMKHANA CLUB ORCHESTRA - My Melancholy Baby (Calcutta, c. 1940)
12) TEDDY WEATHERFORD & His Band - Hoe Down (Calcutta, 1942
) 13) TAJ MAHAL HOTEL DANCE ORCHESTRA - Chattanooga Choo Choo (Calcutta, 1942)
14) REUBEN SOLOMON & His Jive Boys - Constantly (Calcutta, 1943)
15) MAURICE ARNOLD & His Jive Boys - Doggin' Around (Calcutta, 1945)
16) BATUK NANDY (Electric Guitar) - Instrumental film music (Calcutta, 1960s)
17) A. RAHMAN & Columbia Orchestra - Oh, Juita Ku (Malaya, 1949)
18) BISMILLAH KHAN & Party - Shehnai instrumental (India, c. 1949)$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
40th Anniversary Limited Edition
First-Time North American Release on Vinyl
Stunning 3 LP 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Original Japanese Tri-Fold LP Cover
First Time Psychedelic Artwork Insert Enclosed
Pressed at R.T.I.
On July 3rd and 4th, 1973, Carlos Santana and The Santana Band played two very incredible
shows for thousands of their delighted fans in Osaka, Japan. Cleverly capturing this
historic event for a soon to be released live album Lotus , the executives at Sony Music Japan,
known for their masterful audiophile skills, ran tape and the rest is now classic rock history.
Initially released in Japan , the monumental 3 LP set Lotus would become one of the most
celebrated live albums of the band's career. With the extensive two hour performance of nonstop
hits and deep album track masterpieces, Lotus was also known for its extensive tri-fold LP
cover and beautifully detailed artwork elements all the way down to each personalized record
label. This album would soon become one of the most expensive imported albums at the time,
as collectors and Santana fans in the states would pay serious dollars to get this incredible
Featuring a cross section of Santana hits like Black Magic Woman , Oye Como Va,
Waiting, and Every Step Of The Way, plus the exotic rhythms and jams on workouts like
Batuka , Mantra and the beautifully orchestrated instrumental Samba Pa Ti, Carlos Santana's
guitar was explosive as ever as witnessed by the cheers and shouts from the jubilant audience.
The original vinyl version of this masterpiece has been out of circulation for decades
- that is until now ..Friday Music continues our exclusive Santana 180 Gram Audiophile
Vinyl Series with the groundbreaking first time North American release of the deluxe 3 LP 180
Gram LP 1974 smash Lotus. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios
and pressed at R.T.I., this super limited first time North American 180 Gram masterwork is
truly one of the finest live albums to ever be released, and we are very excited to offer you this
authorized 180 Gram LP today.
Along with the legendary Carlos Santana on guitar and vocal, he is joined with original
Santana band mates Michel Shrieve on his dynamic drums, Doug Rauch on his prolific
bass, Jose Areas on hard hitting percussion, plus the brilliant jazz and funk superstar Leon
Thomas on vocals, the celebrated Latin percussionist Armando Perez, and the stellar keyboard
work of long time Santana associate Tom Coster.
As an added bonus, the original trifold cover art and the special psychedelic insert artwork
are now restored to their full glory which will further enhance your listening experience
with deep tracks from hit albums like Abraxas, Welcome, Caravanserai and Santana 1 and 3.
Let's all celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the classic mega rocker Lotus by Santana.
Authentic, Authorized, and Absolutely Live Santana as only you would expect from your
friends at Friday Music!LP 1
1. Going Home
2. A -1 Funk
3. E Very Step Of The Way
4. Bla Ck Magic Woman
5. Gypsy Queen
6. Oye Como Va
7. Your S Is The Light
8. Batu Ka
9. Xibaba (she-ba-ba)
1. Stone Flower (Introduction)
2. Waitin G
3. A Stillos De Arena Part 1 (Sand Castle)
4. Free Angela (Bayete)
5. Samba De Sausalito
7. Kyoto (Drum Solo)
8. Castillos De Arena Part 2 (Sand Castle)
9. Se A Cabo
1. Samba Pa Ti
2. Mr Udo
3. Tou Ssaint L'Overture
4. In Cident At Neshabur$56.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Buy Now
Body PillIt's amazing how much can happen in a short time frame. At the
beginning of 2012, Anthony Naples didn't have a song to his name; by
the end of that year, he'd been heralded as one of the city's rising
producer talents. The genesis was "Mad Disrespect" - a single that
dominated Brooklyn's underground electronic music scene from even
before its offical release. The track was a milestone for all involved. Not
only was it Naples' first single, but it also was the first track he'd
recorded, period. On a whim, he sent the track to Eamon Harkin and
Justin Carter, the founders of New York's respected Mister Saturday
Night series. A regular at their parties but an unknown to the duo,
Anthony caught the pair's attention with "Mad Disrespect," and ended
up as the cornerstone of label's inaugural release: the Mad Disrespect
Anthony's music caught the ear of a number of people that summer,
none more important than Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet, who
commissioned Anthony to remix his single "128 Harps" - again,
Anthony's first remix at that point. From there on, things sped up. He
followed "Mad Disrespect" with a series of 12" released on a veritable
who's who of influential labels: Scotland's respected Rubadub label,
Four Tet's Text Records, Opal Tapes - all of which culminated in El
Portal, his EP for Will Bankhead's Trilogy Tapes imprint. Along the way,
he was invited to open for Four Tet at London's Fabric and invited to
play Berlin's prestigious Panorama Bar.\
And now, a little over two years later, comes Body Pill, Anthony Naples
debut full-length for Text Records. As Anthony tells it, the title comes
from a mangled English translation that caught his eye in a Japanese
vending machine. "When I ran the title past Kieran, and he said it just
sounded like a lost rave classic, but I thought in the end it makes
sense. The LP is a small dose of synthetic noises and rhythms."
Naples says. Stylistically, the album draws inspiration from the city that
gave Anthony his start: New York. "I wanted to make a streetwise
record that was also solid and simple, like a brick or those weird
fluorescent light tubes in the subway. They give off this weird hum that
you hear only when you're alone in the station between trains late at
night. I wanted to make a record that evoked that experience."
Body Pill is a surprising album for Anthony, his most understated and
mature release to date. Body Pill opens with a wall of ambient noise on
"Ris," only to be overtaken by a modest synth groove. Ambient noise
washes over and eventually overtakes tracks like "Way Stone" and
"Pale" later on in the record. But that's not to say there aren't echoes of
Naples' work for Mister Saturday Night lurking throughout the record.
"Abrazo" feels like the natural companion to Anthony's earlier singles,
with elegant strings mingling with a deconstructed house-inspired beat.
"Used to Be" is arguably Anthony's largest beat to date whose rolling
hi-hats counterbalance the track's stabbing synths. The album's closer
"Miles" abruptly morphs from a lo-fi house anthem into a surprisingly
minimal synth soundscape, a microcosm of the record as a whole.1. Ris
4. Way Stone
7. Used to Be
8. Miles$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Wall Of SoundI thought WALL OF SOUND would be the toughest album I would ever make. I was so satisfied with my previous album, INFERNO, more than I have ever been in my whole career. Musically, sonically, and most importantly, I was satisfied with the melodies and soundscapes on a personal level. It was as if I finally found the key to something.
Even as I was still working on INFERNO, I was thinking, how the hell am I ever going to top this next time? I was doomed.
I started WALL OF SOUND with a daunting blank slate and somehow, ideas came out. Refined ideas, complex ideas, small and large scale ideas and plenty of them.
It was as if the exhaustive process of putting INFERNO together strengthened a new creative muscle that I had never zoned in on before, so the first steps of writing WALL OF SOUND felt like a runner who runs a marathon after over-training for a long time. I was well warmed up.
The guitar playing on the album also came quite easy, despite it being without question the most evolved guitar playing of my career. It's a challenge to evolve on one's instrument album after album, especially on your 13th solo album. Luckily this is a challenge that I love. You will find this hard to believe when you hear the density and sheer amount of guitar coming at you from all directions, but in fact, all of the final guitar tracks on WALL OF SOUND were done in 9 days.
This furious and productive pace was made possible by over a year of making demo after demo and spending more time listening and living with the music rather than playing it. I had lived with the songs and edited them so incredibly many times, that by the time I got to the actual recording studio, it was like I had been playing the whole album on tour for a year already. I learned to do this from making INFERNO. This is why a lot of artists` debut albums are so strong - because they have had so much time to reflect on and fix the music, and also, more importantly, attach real life experiences to the songs. I feel like I have a debut album here.
Jinxx from Black Veil Brides and I wanted to do something that would shock his fans and my fans. I arranged a monster of a tune called Sorrow & Madness based on a melody that Jinxx wrote on the violin. I took his sweet melody and added so many twists and turns that it became a mammoth of Martyisms in tandem with a large side of Jinxx that has yet to be heard by his fans. We are both very proud of what happened.
I think Deafheaven is the one heavy band that comes to mind when people ask me to recommend something that`s not Japanese!, I was super excited to work with Shiv from Deafheaven. We wrote Pussy Ghost together and it is one of the most aggressive songs I have ever played, while at the same time evoking grotesquely beautiful moods that I have never felt before. One thing I learned from making INFERNO is that when you have a guest, let them come up with music first. Let it be their baby, so they are personally invested in the song. Then arrange it and do it my way, then add more things together. This gives you a final song that really sounds like both of the people put their heart and souls into the music, as opposed to one guy doing everything and the guest just blasting out a solo somewhere.
Jorgen from Shining also guested on INFERNO and when we finished that song we immediately started talking about what we would do next. For those who don`t know Shining, they are like a steroided out and genius level musicianed out version of Nine Inch Nails for the 21st century, with a charismatic singer/composer (Jorgen) and a wicked sense of melody, that hits me in the gut on every song. (Just Gimme) Something To Fight is the one vocal track on the record and it kills. Even after finishing this song we have started working on more new things for who know what
Having super engineer Paul Fig (Ghost, Alice in Chains, Rush), mixer Jens Bogren (Opeth, Lamb of God) and even the producer responsible for many of Queen's biggest hits and my idol Brian May's guitar sounds, Mack do the mixing on 2 of the songs on the album, is an honor for me for sure.1. Self Pollution
2. Sorrow and Madness
5. For A Friend
6. Pussy Ghost
7. The Blackest Rose
8. Something to Fight
9. The Soldier
11. The Last Lament$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Best of Muddy Waters (Out Of Stock)Limited Edition Japanese Import 200 Gram Vinyl (Mono)
Released from the Original Analog Tapes1. I Just Want To Make Love To You
2. Long Distance Call
3. Louisiana Blues
4. Honey Bee
5. Rollin Stone
6. Im Ready
7. Hoochie Coochie
8. She Moves Me
9. I Want You To Love Me
10. Standing Around Crying
11. Still A Fool
12. I Cant Be Satisfied$49.99200 Gram Japanese Audiophile Virgin Vinyl MONO LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock