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Juice SoundtrackJuice is the soundtrack to the 1992 film starring Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps. It was released on December 31,
1991 through MCA Records and consisted mainly of hip hop. The soundtrack was a success and featured four
charting singles Uptown Anthem, Juice (Know the Ledge), Don't Be Afraid and Is It Good to You. Continuing with it's Respect The Classics campaign, UMe will be reissuing this classic soundtrack back on vinyl for the first time in over 15 years.1. Uptown Anthem (Naughty by Nature)
2. Juice (Know the Ledge) (Eric B. & Rakim)
3. Is It Good to You (Teddy Riley & Tammy Lucas)
4. Sex, Money & Murder (MC Pooh)
5. Nuff Respect (Big Daddy Kane)
6. So You Want to Be a Gangster (Too Short)
7. It's Going Down (EPMD)
8. Don't Be Afraid (Aaron Hall)
9. He's Gamin' on Ya' (Salt-n-Pepa)
10. Shoot 'Em Up (Cypress Hill)
11. Flipside (Juvenile Committee)
12. What Could Be Better Bitch (Son of Bazerk)
13. Does Your Man Know About Me (Rahiem)
14. People Get Ready (Brand New Heavies & N'Dea Davenport)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Gogo Juice"Nothing short of amazing" - Relix Magazine
"He's the world's best-kept secret" - Bonnie Raitt
"[Jon Cleary's] genre-bending style is steeped in early traditional New Orleans R&B, soul and funk. " - LA Times
GoGo Juice is the new album from one of New Orleans' premier musical ambassadors, Jon Cleary. Made in collaboration with multi-Grammy winning producer John Porter (B.B. King, Keb Mo, Ryan Adams, Los Lonely Boys) each of the carefully crafted songs is a delicate balance of the smooth and the rough; instantly memorable hooks over a set of sophisticated and soulful arrangements. The tracks were recorded over several days deep in the bayou country of Louisiana and subsequently honed in his studio in the old Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. A blend of musical intelligence with direct, accessible pop simplicity that draws from tradition and yet is distinctively separate from it, these songs represent the many aspects of Cleary's musical personality as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter.1. Pump It Up
3. Brother I'm Hungry
4. Get'cha GoGo Juice
5. Beg Steal or Borrow
6. Step Into My Life
7. Bringing Back the Home
9. Love On One Condition$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Juice (Awaiting Repress)When Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood joined forces again to record a new album, they sought common ground and inspiration in the intersection of improvisation and rhythms from the Afro-Latin diaspora. Their kinship both onstage and off has fostered an escalating degree of musical interplay, exquisitely captured on Juice - their third studio effort and fourth album overall. Vinyl edition is on heavy 180g and features 2 bonus tracks.LP 1
1. Sham Time
2. North London
3. Louis the Shoplifter
4. Juicy Lucy
5. I Know You
1. Light My Fire
2. Sunshine of Your Love
4. Brigas Nunca Mais
5. Timmy Bobbins
6. The Times They Are a-Changin'$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Reissue - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Spirit Of The Golden JuiceThe world that inspired Spirit of The Golden Juice nearly 50 years ago has moved on. F.J. McMahon moved on with it.
Originally pressed in a small quantity and scattered along the California coastline in 1969, F.J. McMahon's first and only album, Spirit Of The Golden Juice, is a spell-binding blend of singer-songwriter emotion and spiraling guitar accompaniment with a raw, adventurous character all its own.
Well-chronicled and loved since its rediscovery, Spirit Of The Golden Juice is an album concerned with memory and mystery and the preservation of the two. It's also about the weight of personal experience and how we tow it around with us.
F.J.'s simple, personal approach to songwriting allows us the space to fill in our own colors and our own faces. Its themes are there in plain sight, but the questions it asks are sometimes left for us to answer for ourselves.1. Sister, Brother
2. The Road Back Home
3. Early Blue
4. Black Night Woman
5. One Alone Together
6. Five Year Kansas Blues
7. Enough It Is Done
8. The Learned Man
9. Spirit Of The Golden Juice$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Secret SamadhiIncludes Poster With Song Lyrics And Credits
Special Drip-off Colour Sleeve
20th Year Anniversary Edition
Featuring The Hit Songs Lakini's Juice, Rattlesnake, Turn My Head And Freaks
Live spikes their third album Secret Samadhi with Eastern-tinged strings, sitars, and powerful guitars. It took its name from Samadhi, a state of Hindu meditation. The album is co-produced by the band and Jay Healy and debuted in 1997 at number one on the charts.
Secret Samadhi contains four modern rock hit singles including Lakini's Juice, Rattlesnake, Turn My Head and Freaks. The first hit Lakini's Juice opens with some abrasive staccato guitar and features an orchestra towards the end.
During the Worldwide Reunion Tour 2017 by Live, two of their in-demand albums will finally be made available on vinyl again. The 1997 double album Secret Samadhi and the 1999 album The Distance To Here [MOVLP1886] will follow-up the Throwing Copper [MOVLP414] release pressed in 2012 by Music On Vinyl.
Since the reunion is a special moment for the band and fans, Music On Vinyl believes there is no better way than celebrating the tour by repressing the two albums and making these epic releases for fans and listeners finally available on vinyl again.LP 1
2. Lakini's Juice
1. Insomnia And The Hole In The Universe
2. Turn My Head
6. Gas Hed Goes West$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Galactic MeltWhen talking about the music of COM TRUISE (one of the many pseudonyms of New Jersey designer/musician SETH HALEY), the nostalgia bit inevitably comes up, so let's get that out of the way. Yes, his songs tap classic sci-fi and proto-electro in a way that is distinctly early eighties in scope. But they're also remarkably weirdstutter-step proggy and intoxicatingly psychedelic, like those classic touchstones got drunk on lava lamp juice inside a pinball machine. After his well-received Cyanide Sisters EP, a grip of remixes for artists like Twin Shadow, Neon Indian, and, uh, Daft Punk, and a few floating MP3s, Truise's first LP, Galactic Melt, will finally enter brainspaces this summer. And what an appropriate title it bears. For a brief moment, opener Terminal subsumes you in warm, starry-eyed synth arpeggios, and then down the rabbit hole you gofrom the keyed up, skyscraping machine love of VHS Sex and Cathode Girls to opuses like Air Cal and Ether Drift that sound like Doogie Howser's idea of the perfect prom songmathy, forlorn, funky, and mighty in technical ambition. That they're all noticeably cinematic is, of course, by designHaley envisioned Galactic Melt as a sort of film scorefrom the mind, chronicling the lift and death of Com Truise, the world's first synthetic/robotic astronaut, from his creation and life on earth to his subsequent mission to a newly discovered galaxy called Wave 1. Eventually, Truise becomes one with his newfound cosmos, like Pinocchio becoming a real boy, but in the nether regions of imaginary space.1. Terminal
2. VHS Sex
3. Cathode Girls
4. Air Cal
9. Ether Drift
11. Galactic Melt$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Limited Edition Of 1000 Copies On Wine Colored Vinyl
Mastered By Bob Weston At Chicago Mastering Service
Prinzhorn Dance School are still recognizably the same spiky Brighton-based duo whose ultra-rigorous debut cut through the excess of 2008 like a scimitar through bacon fat. But with their trademark stripped-down intensity now winningly off-set by moments of unabashed tenderness, their third album Home Economics continues and even accelerates the move away from austerity and into human warmth begun by its acclaimed 2011 predecessor Clay Class. All the best six-track albums - The Fall's Slates, Orange Juice's Texas Fever - know exactly what they want to say and how they intend to say it. Home Economics shares that infectious sense of urgency. There's not an inch of spare meat on it - from Reign's snatched moment of optimism, through Battlefield's restorative meeting of minds with an urban fox on a drunken walk home in the early hours, to Let Me Go's concluding tribute to "a love that won't rewind and will not be deleted". Spindly yet sensuous, together and alone, exquisitely sad but somehow full of hope, Prinzhorn Dance School knit together disparate and even opposite fragments into an utterly satisfying whole.1. Reign
6. Let Me Go$16.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
World Wide Live180 Gram Double LP
Since the Scorpions' career was at its peak, World Wide Live could not have been recorded at a better time. This album contains all of their early-'80s hits, and while they aren't as energetic on-stage as they are in the studio, the band still perform with a great amount of flamboyance. The record is the Scorpions' only worthwhile live album and is a must for their fans.
Recorded in California, France, and West Germany during 1984's Love at First Sting Tour, World Wide Live captures Scorpions at the indisputable peak of their career. Propelled by the crossover success of "Rock You Like a Hurricane," Scorpions were playing the biggest shows of their life but hadn't yet lost their early hunger. The most crucial aspect of this kind of live album is the sound. After all, it's extremely hard to retain a metal band's cohesive attack when recording in cavernous sports arenas. Fortunately, Scorpions worked with their longtime engineer Dieter Dierks, who was able to maintain a sound quality that was full-bodied and very realistic.
These recordings are rare among concert albums in that they somehow translate both the largeness of the venues and the tightly wound attack of the music. Highlights include "Blackout," "Bad Boys Running Wild," and "Holiday." "Rock You Like a Hurricane" sounds like it was written specifically for this type of venue, and by the time you reach that performance, you start to understand the additional juice these songs are given in the live setting.1. Countdown [Instrumental]
2. Coming Home
4. Bad Boys Running Wild
5. Loving You Sunday Morning
6. Make It Real
7. Big City Nights
8. Coast to Coast
10. Still Loving You
11. Rock You Like a Hurricane
12. Can't Live Without You
13. The Zoo
14. No One Like You
15. Dynamite$38.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
MojoSome time in the last few years Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers took a left turn. Maybe it was when Petty woke up in the night with the idea of reuniting his first band, Mudcrutch, to cut the album they never got a chance to make back in the early 70s. Maybe it was when the Heartbreakers assembled the mammoth multi-disc The Live Anthology, which detailed thirty years of concerts. Maybe it was when they gave all their home movies, outtakes and live footage to director Peter Bogdanovich to create the Grammy-winning four-hour career documentary Runnin' Down A Dream. There have been side projects and experiments since the band last went into the studio to cut a new Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album. With Mojo, they have taken their recent freedom and experimentation to heart. They have gone off the reservation and all signs indicate they aren't coming back.
The first thing that hits you about Mojo is that the spirit of the Mudcrutch sessions has carried on with the Heartbreakers. This is the sound of a band playing together in a room, not a studio, facing each other, all singing and playing at the same time. The music is alive, with no overdubs or studio trickery. What you hear is what they created on the spot at that time.
Tom Petty says, With this album, I want to show other people what I hear with the band. Mojo is where the band lives when it's playing for itself.
As for the songs, Mojo showcases a wide variety of American music from rock n' roll to country and both electric and acoustic blues. And then there are the images in Petty's lyrics which slip in on the melodies and set up a home in your head: The barefoot girl in the high grass chewing on a stick of sugar cane, the run-in with the law that begins when a carload of buddies decide to party with the motel maids, and the hilariously audacious idea of opening an album with an electric blues rocker about Thomas Jefferson's love affair with Sally Hemings.
Mojo has juice and guts but it also has some sweet balladry for the slow dancers and even a wacked-out reggae number that is unlike anything that the Heartbreakers have done before. It's the kind of album nobody's supposed to be able to make anymore. It got here just in time.1. The Trip To Pirate's Cove
3. No Reason To Cry
4. I Should Have Known It
5. U.S. 41
6. Takin' My Time
7. Let Yourself Go
8. Don't Pull Me Over
9. Lover's Touch
10. High In The Morning
11. Something Good Coming
12. Good Enough$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Live At The Red Garter Vol. 2From the late '60s to the mid '90s, the Fania All Stars were probably the most important and influential group in salsa, Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican music. What began as a showcase band for a young label developed into a Latino supergroup capable of filling stadiums. The band's members were either successful bandleaders or the top musicians on their instruments at the time. As Fania Records expanded its horizons and endeavoured to reach outside its traditional Spanish speaking market in the 1970s, the All Stars became their musical ambassadors, traveling across the globe from South America to Africa to Europe spreading the salsa gospel.
But that was the future! The Fania All Stars began at the Red Garter Club in Greenwich Village. By 1967 Fania Records was on the rise and label owner Jerry Masucci was wanting to feature a showcase of all his artists, which now included long-established bandleaders Ray Barretto and Fania co-owner Johnny Pacheco, alongside the new generation (Willie Colon, Larry Harlow, Monguito, Joe Bataan, Louie Ramirez, Ralph Robles, Bobby Valentin). The idea was to record a live session which would serve as a showcase for the label using the all star format which had already proved popular by Fania's rivals Tico and Alegre.
In 1968, Masucci and popular Latin music/jazz DJ Symphony Sid talked Red Garter promoter Jack Hooke into putting on a series of nights with the Fania musicians, but to broaden the appeal of the concerts and records, a host of guest stars were added to the bill. The Live At the Red Garter Vol 2 album sleeve reads like a who's who of Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican music in the late 1960s! Special guest stars include the mambo king Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri on piano and timbalero/sonero Jimmy Sabater from the million selling Joe Cuba Sextet. A supporting cast from the bands of Puente, Palmieri, Pacheco and Barretto included vocalists Ismael Miranda, Pete Conde Rodriguez, bassist Bobby Rodriguez and timbalero Orestes Vilato. A truly staggering bill though at the time, many musicians were just starting out, Willie Colon was just 18, however, almost every player present at these sessions would go on to be a salsa star in the next decade.
After Barretto's introduction, the band gets counted in and that unmistakable bassline starts, 8 bars of low-end heaven as smooth as Baileys on ice, the trademark riff to Son Cuero Y Boogaloo, a Barretto's signature tune of the period. It's much more than just a boogaloo, it's a son montuno with soul! An earlier version of the song had appeared on Barretto's album Hard Hands, but this live version smoked! After the coro and brass sections traded 8's the tension builds, then the band hits a break and timbalero Orestes Vilato comes in and blazes a monsterous solo.
The next track Noche featured its composer, pianist Larry Harlow, on a slow guajira montuno. Harlow was a non-Latino but his solo is pure Cuban proving it's not where you're from but it's how you play and what you feel that matters! The last track on the opening side was a full-on soul/funk instrumental jam called Red Garter Strut, the Fania All Stars kicking like Junior Walker or the Famous Flames! Another example of the cross-cultural experiments going on at the time in New York.
Side two is equally mixed, a Charlie Palmieri funky montuno salsa called Kikapoo Joy Juice opening the set. An uptempo dance tune with the vocalists singing in English, a sign of the times when boogaloo ruled everything in sight. Next up, If This World Were Mine, a Marvin Gaye cover featuring Joe Bataan and female vocalist La La doing their best Marvin and Tammi Tyrrell impression over a slow soulful latin-tinged groove.Richie's Bag closes side 2, written by and featuring pianist Richie Ray, another soul montuno dancefloor classic with the vocalists singing English lyrics quoting Joe Bataan's present and future hits , Gypsy woman, Subway Joe, "Ordinary Guy.
And that's it! The whole album is just 6-tracks long but it serves as a historical musical document of something new and vibrant that was evolving in Latin New York in the '60s. A coming together of black, white and brown as music crossed ethnic barriers. Music, like society, was attempting to integrate. What Masucci and Pacheco succeeded to do with this recording and Fania Records in general was to bring together the older and new generations of Latin musicians, where it became the roots of what became salsa in the next decade, whilst making the first recordings of the Fania All Stars, the band that would be most associated with spreading the music to a global audience. These reasons make this album a must for any true aficionado of Puerto Rican music from New York.1. Son Cuero Y Boogaloo
3. Red Garter Strut
4. Kikapooo Joy Juice
5. If This World Were Mine
6. Richie's Bag$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Def Leppard's Mirror Ball (Awaiting Repress)This is the ultimate live set! All of Def Leppard's hits, recorded live for the first time ever, are on this 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl, 3 LP Collection.
3 new songs are featured, including ''Undefeated,'' the current #1 single at classic rock radio, ''Kings of the World,'' and ''It's All About Believin'''
MIRROR BALL is DEF LEPPARD'S first ever live album that was recorded across the world over the course of many of the band's sold-out dates on The SPARKLE LOUNGE TOUR 2008/2009. The album captures the group's legendary concert experience at its thunderous best, bringing together live versions of classic Leppard hits. With their creative juices at full flow, the band also added three new studio tracks: ''Undefeated'', It's All About Believin''', and ''Kings Of The World'', that are undeniably Def Leppard and take their place with ease within this classic setlist.1. Rock! Rock, Til You Drop
4. C'mon C'mon
5. Make Love Like A Man
6. Too Late For Love
8. Nine Lives
9. Love Bites
1. Rock On
2. Two Steps Behind
3. Bringin On The Heartbreak
4. Switch 625
6. Armageddon It
8. Pour Some Sugar On Me
1. Rock of Ages
2. Let's Get Rocked
4. Bad Actress
6. Kings of the World
7. Undefeated - new studio track
8. Kings of the World - new studio track
9. It's All About Believin - new studio track$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Try! Live In ConcertBack in 2005, longtime listeners could have seen it coming: it was only a matter of time before John Mayer dropped the pop star burden and proved he could really bring it on the six-string! Chalk it up to one too many Dave Matthews comparisons, or his image after the success of Your Body Is a Wonderland, but something convinced Mayer it was time to take it to the next level.
With help from studio pros Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino, he succeeds on Try!
His covers of Jimi Hendrix's Wait Until Tomorrow and Ray Charles' I Got a Woman should convince even the most purist Guitar Player magazine subscibers. Or else, the blues-rock opener Who Do You Think I Was will do for sure.
Mixed in with the Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton-esque stuff are a few mellow numbers (Daughters most notably), but even those songs seem juiced up with rock-God hormones.
Play on, John!LP 1
1. Who Did You Think I Was
2. Good Love Is On The Way
3. Wait Until Tomorrow
6. Out Of My Mind
1. Another Kind of Green
2. I Got A Woman
3. Somethings Missing
5. Try$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Waiting For A SignWaiting for a Sign marks the return of Githead after a five-year break from recording and pushes fur-ther than their previous records, underscoring the band's commitment to pursuing new directions. Fans will recognize many of the classic Githead tropes here: the hypnotic, motorik repetition, the weighty bass lines, and the dreamy melodicism that have come to define the band's aesthetic. But Waiting for a Sign isn't about sticking with a proven formula: Githead are forward-looking musicians, committed to reinvention rather than recycling. As previous releases such as Art Pop (2007) and Landing (2009) show, Githead's fortÉ has increasingly been to bring the synergy and inventiveness of their live performances to bear on the studio process. For this album, however, they upped the ante, arriving at the studio without any written material and trusting that their response to each other's ex-temporization, as well as to the mood and the surroundings, would get the creative juices flowing. "Slow Creatures" is a good example, kicking off in an almost heretically bluesy mode, although this flavour eventually dissolves into a larger hypnotic groove as the track builds. There's a similar effect on "Air Dancing," its introduction combining Kala bass and acoustic guitar. Most memorable is "For the Place We're In," whose melodic structure makes it Githead's first bona fide folk song. Approaching the project as something of a blank slate, their minds free of predefined ideas and open to creativity makes this their most accomplished release thus far.1. Not Coming Down
2. Bringing The Sea To The City
3. To Somewhere
4. For The Place We're In
5. Air Dancing
6. Slow Creatures
8. What If
9. Waiting For A Sign$28.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Gentle ReminderNine years since their debut LP, The Jealous Sound has emerged with their sophomore full-length A Gentle Reminder, to be released through Burnt Toast Vinyl. Their debut album Kill Them With Kindness was embraced by critics worldwide, named one of Spin's best albums of 2003 and described by writer Andy Greenwald as heartfelt guitar rock capable of punching you in the gut and patting you on the back.
After taking time away from the band, frontman Blair Shehan reconnected with founding guitarist Pedro Benito, whose friendship with Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters) helped The Jealous Sound land an opening spot on the 2009 tour for the bassist's previous band, emo pioneers Sunny Day Real Estate. The old juices started flowing.
Made in the Foo Fighters' Studio 606 with John Lousteau producing, A Gentle Reminder features founding members Shehan and guitarist Benito working alongside Mendel (filling in on bass for the departed John McGinnis) and new drummer Bob Penn. Josh Staples (the Velvet Teen) contributes backing vocals and bass on two tracks.
How the quartet coalesced to recapture the magic is a labyrinthine tale that covers three states and includes a lot of emotional baggage. The life lessons are revealed in the grandeur of the new album, a poignant and emotional triumph that not only proves a worthy successor to Kill Them With Kindness, but reveals the foursome at the top of its craft. Open-hearted, yes, but not really gentle at all, A Gentle Reminder represents a 44-minute epiphany set to cascading guitars, thundering rhythms and Shehan's evocative vocals.1. Beautiful Morning
2. Change You
3. Promise of the West
4. Your Eyes Were Shining
5. This Is Where It Starts
6. Here Comes The Ride
8. Perfect Timing
9. A Gentle Reminder
10. Waiting for Your Arrival$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Royal WeThe Royal We were a Scottish/American fever dream who broke up before this record was released. A mini-LP of eight near perfect imperfections that hit all those great obscurest touchstones in the tweest of pop music...Orange Juice, The Raincoats, The Pastels, Chris Isaak.1. Back And Forth Forever
2. All The Rage
3. That Ain't My Sweet Love
4. Three Is A Crowd
5. I Hate Rock N Roll
7. French Legality
8. Wicked Game$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Moods Baby Moods
180-Gram Orange Vinyl
On previous records, the Sunsets have plundered a
wide spectrum of musical appropriation (garage-rock,
forgotten AM radio fodder, Modern Lovers, late-era
Clash, Doo-Wop, and the Velvet Underground, to
name a few.)
Mood Baby Moods follows suit, and on this outing we
find the Sunsets, along with producer Merrill Garbus
of tUnE-yArDs, repurposing early '80s funk and new
wave with rap beats and collages from both sides of
the ocean (be it Niles Rogers, Jah Wobble, The Gap
Band, Orange Juice, Trans-era Neil Young or The Tom
Tom Club.) These are songs that juxtapose the haze of
today with a vibrant and colorful explosion of sounds
and 180 degree turns.1. Death Cream part 2 "Watch Out for the Cream"
3. Modern Age
4. Well But Strangely Hung Man
6. Reject of the Lowest Planet
7. White Cops on Trial
8. Check Out
10. My Little Death
11. Dead Meat on the Beach
12. The Hospital Grounds at Night$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Phuncky Feel One/How I Could Just Kill A ManTechnically a "Double A-Side," Cypress Hill's first single, from 1991, took a minute to penetrate the rap scene at large. Once it took hold, though, there was no turning back. Part of the delay may have been the aural dichotomy shown here - "The Phunky Feel One" is a ridiculously funky groover, laced with liquid flows that might not create a full-on party vibe, but certainly brought listeners to the brink of the dancefloor. The flip, which eventually became the group's breakthrough (thanks in part to its use in the climax to the film "Juice"), was a claustrophobic exploration of the gang lifestyle and mindset that was prevalent in the LA of the late '80s and early '90s. "Here is something you can't understand," the chorus snarled, "How I could just kill a man." According to group members, "Phunky Feel" was their record label's choice for the A-Side, and "Kill A Man" was the song they themselves wanted to show the world with their first shot. No matter which way you slice it, the single showed an impressive range in just two songs - a complexity which would soon be fully exposed with the group's debut LP later that year.1. The Phuncky Feel
2. How I Could Just Kill A Man (The Killer Mix )$14.997 Vinyl Single - 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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Ape School (Discontinued) (On Sale)Michael Johnson arrived in Philadelphia a swamp-ape from the Florida panhandle to lead music technology studies at a downtown arts university. Instead, he discovered in its hallowed halls the derelict crown-jewel of archaic analog electronics with which he would forge his image of the Ape School. Armed with the Moog Modular synthesizer he helped revive-- just the fourth born and installed by the hands of Robert Moog 40 years earlier in 1965-- Johnson conjures original songs from beyond his prior tenures in Kurt Heasley's Lilys, and Sub Pop's Holopaw, using the Modular to weave lush motorik dreamsound throughout dynamic instrumentation and his distinct croon.
This second one-man-does-all album by Johnson--the first to use the animistic moniker-- marries primitive songs with incorporeal sound: glamatic pop explorations, navigated by studio light, coalesced over time, wine, fallouts, and Rundgren-style self-control.
From the resounding onset of Wail to God, to the song's oscillator outro barely two minutes later, the tonal breadth and sonic fluidity of Ape School is clear. A song like Did What I Did flirts with pop sensibility, but coheres in subtle feedback when repetition would normally devolve it to redundance. Elsewhere, as on My Intention and Deathstomp, Johnson commits to full mechanical shredding and focused romps of analog rock glory awash in system buzz. Other, more spacious moments like That's OK, It's Over, and The Underground reveal the songs' subtle instrumental basis, and bare the accidentally clever, eloquent lyrics of his elastic tenor.
Mixed in Jamaican Brooklyn with Michael Pecchio in a bath of reverb, delay, tape echo, smoke, mirrors, orange juice, and cayenne pepper, Ape School has finally congealed. Upon graduation from Primate U, this album, initially intended for release by co-conspirator Alfred Daedelus Darlington, finds a home at Ninja Tune's Counter Records.
With a band of student human musicians rescued from the confines of musical education, Ape School has opened its doors to limited faculty enrollment. Composed of previous cohorts in Lilys, Holopaw, Human Television, and beyond, the live Ape School incarnation takes one monkey's primordial creations on summer vacation to civilization. Evidently basted nightly.1. Wail To God
2. That's OK
3. Did What I Did
4. My Intention
5. Be An Encore
6. It's Over
7. Caveman Vs. Canary
8. The Underground
10. Floridian Grime
11. In Time You Are
12. Rip Together, Rip Apart
13. No Shame$19.99 $14.99 Save $5.00 (25%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now