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Leonard Cohen Live'
Live Songs 2011When Cohen became known as a musician in his late 30s with his albums Songs Of Leonard Cohen and the sophomore Songs From A Room, people were surprised that his music seemed to come out fully formed.
Many were familiar with his work as an author and poet, but did not know that he had been a musician for most of his life. For Cohen, making music was another way to bring his poetry to the people. The dark thrall of his songs portray an artist that is ever able to trace the hidden contours of love, lust, sex, religion, politics and history.
Live Songs was released in 1973; Cohen's fourth album was a collection of recordings made at a number of concerts in Europe between 1970 and 1973. The collection consists of songs from 1969's Songs From A Room, such as 'Bird On A Wire', 'Story of Isaak' and a new version of 'Seems So Long Ago, Nancy' (now simply dubbed 'Nancy'), and a number of new songs.
The epic climax is unmistakably the 13-minute 'Please Don't Pass Me By (A Disgrace)', in which Cohen describes his personal descent into hell & oblivion. The song tormented Cohen to such a degree that he rarely sang it again.
A beautiful collection of songs that shows Cohen in his most raw & vulnerable moments1. Minute Prologue
2. Passing Thru
3. You Know Who I Am
4. Bird on the Wire
7. Story of Isaac
8. Please Don't Pass Me By (A Disgrace)
9. Tonight Will Be Fine
10. Queen Victoria$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Live In London4 Page Insert
First Time On Vinyl
After a sabbatical period resting in a Buddhist monastery, Leonard Cohen was prompted to tour again as in his absence his former manager embezzled his savings. If one expected Cohen not to amaze crowds regardless of the reason he was on stage, or his absence from the stage for almost 15 years, one couldn't be more wrong.
Live In London (2009) contains some of the maestro's best work, 26 songs in all. Recorded at London's O2 Arena on July 17, 2008, Cohen mesmerized the audience of 20.000 with big, yet subtle renditions of classics like "Who by Fire", "Suzanne", "The Future" and "Democracy". Cohen sounds genuinely moved by the affectionate reception he receives from his audience, and he seems determined to give them a show to match their loyalty, and with his band (who he frequently lauds during the performance) he truly gives all.
This is the first ever vinyl issue of Live In London!LP1
1. Dance Me To The End Of Love
2. The Future
3. Ain't No Cure For Love
4. Bird On The Wire
5. Everybody Knows
6. In My Secret Life
7. Who By Fire
8. Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye
3. Tower Of Song
5. The Gypsy's Wife
6. Boogie Street
9. I'm Your Man
1. Recitation w/N.L.
2. Take This Waltz
3. So Long, Marianne
4. First We Take Manhattan
1. Sisters Of Mercy
2. If It Be Your Will
3. Closing Time
4. I Tried To Leave You
5. Whither Thou Goest$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Leonard Cohen: Live SongsMeticulously Remastered
Sourced From The Original Columbia Records Stereo Masters In Order To Preserve The Sound Of The Original Albums
Leonard Cohen's intimate, emotion-charged live performances yielded the 1973 release Live Songs, which mixes a handful of previously recorded favorites with several new songs, including Passing Thru, Tonight Will Be Fine and the harrowing, rarely-performed 13-minute epic Please Don't Pass Me By (A Disgrace).
By the time Cohen began his recording career in 1967, the iconoclastic Canadian troubadour was already well established as a poet and author. He quickly emerged as one of the eras most original and influential singer-songwriters, building a large and legendary body of work that continues to inspire artists and listeners alike.
Much of Cohen's reputation and mystique was established by his early work for Columbia Records, particularly the five albums he recorded between 1967 and 1974. Now, these five classic albums, unavailable on vinyl for two decades, have been lovingly restored to their original LP format.
For their new Sundazed editions, all five albums have been meticulously remastered and have been sourced from the original Columbia Records stereo masters in order to preserve the sound of the original albums. In keeping with the exacting standards for which Sundazed has become known, each album will be pressed on high-definition vinyl, with complete original cover art.1. Minute Prologue
2. Passing Thru
3. You Know Who I Am
4. Bird on the Wire
7. Story of Isaac
8. Please Don't Pass Me By (A Disgrace)
9. Tonight Will Be Fine
10. Queen Victoria$28.99Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
Songs From The Road
Brand New 2010 Release
"When legend Cohen takes to the stage, it's no less than a cultural event of Biblical dimensions." Following the celebration of his 40th year as a Columbia artist in 2007 and coinciding with his induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in March 2008, Cohen thrilled his fans by announcing his first tour dates in 15 years. One dozen of Leonard Cohen's most famous songs from those recent world tour performances - at auditorium halls, festivals, arenas, and stadiums - are now collected on Songs From The Road. Recorded in 5.1 surround sound Songs From The Road is not only a tribute to Cohen's consummate artistry as a concert performer, it is also a tribute to his enduring worldwide popularity at this time in his career. It is ultimately Cohen's ageless songs that draw faithful audiences - new fans and old - to his sold-out concerts.
Songs From The Road represents every decade of his life as a recording artist, from the 1960s ("Suzanne" from his 1967 debut, Songs Of Leonard Cohen; "Bird on the Wire" and his interpretation of "The Partisan" both from his second album, 1969's Songs From a Room) - to the '00s ("That Don't Make it Junk" from 2001's Ten New Songs). And even though it shares some songs with the 2009 Live In London release, the recordings on this album are unique. Throughout the tour, Cohen "seemed to find at every stop the sisters of mercy whom he immortalized in one of his oldest and most tender songs.... And now, wherever this precious man wanders, the famous blue raincoat notwithstanding, people sing 'hallelujah!'"
1. Lover, Lover, Lover (Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel, september 24, 2009)
2. Bird On the Wire (Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Scotland, November 6, 2008)
3. Chelsea Hotel (Royal Albert Hall, London, England, November 17, 2008)
4.Heart With No Companion (King Arena, Oberhausen, Germany, November 2, 2008)
2. That Don't Make it Junk (O2 Arena, London, England, November 13, 2008)
3. Waiting for the Miracle (HP Pavilion, San Jose, california, November 13, 2009)
1. Avalanche (Gothenburg Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden, October 12, 2008)
2. Suzanne (MENA Arena, Manchester, England, November 30, 2008)
3. The Partisan (Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland, October 10, 2008)
4. Famous Blue Raincoat (O2 Arena, London, England, November 13, 2008)
5. Hallelujah (Coachella Music Festival, Indio, California, April 17, 2009)
6. Closing Time (John Labatt Centre, London, Ontario, May 24, 2009)$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Field Commander Cohen Tour 1979Available On Vinyl For The First Time
Includes Insert With Song Lyrics
In 1979, after the release of his album Recent Songs [MOVLP311], Cohen set out on an international concert tour accompanied by members of the Austin-based Jazz-Rock group Passenger; Field Commander Cohen was compiled in 2000 from recordings of the 1979 tour, and it presents an especially strong argument for Cohen's gifts as a musician.
This is the first ever vinyl release of these live recordings at London's Hammersmith Odeon and Brighton's Dome Theatre. This may well be Cohen's best set of recorded performances as a singer, and having Jennifer Warnes and Sharon Robinson on hand as duet partners is especially rich icing on the cake. While the musicians take care to never intrude upon the songs, they play beautifully, with remarkable taste and skill; they bring out the nuances of these songs with a sure but gentle hand.LP1
1. Field Commander Cohen
2. The Window
3. The Smokey Life
4. The Gypsy's Wife
5. Lover Lover Lover
6. Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye
1. The Stranger Song
2. The Guests
4. Why Don't You Try
5. Bird On The Wire
6. So Long, Marianne$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
"Broken Twin is the most arrestingly beautiful songwriter we've heard in aeons." - NME
"Something about the unaffected clarity of Broken Twin rings true straight away" - Pitchfork
ANTI- is delighted to announce the signing of Danish artist Broken
Twin: the performing moniker of a young and exciting musician, Majke
Voss Romme. After formative years spent listening to artists such as
Leonard Cohen, Bill Callahan, Nico and Nick Drake, Broken Twin has
found her own voice by delivering haunting piano-based compositions
with vocals that echo the stark beauty and eeriness of the northern
landscape. Her 2012 self-released EP Hold On To Nothing and deeply
moving live performances have already begun to cause a stir in the
music press. NME declared that "Broken Twin is the most arrestingly
beautiful songwriter we've heard in aeons," while Pitchfork selected
her for Best New Tracks and stated that "there's something about the
unaffected clarity of Broken Twin that rings true straight away."1. The Aching
2. Glimpse of a Time
4. Sun Has Gone
5. River Raining
6. Soon After This
7. Out of Air
8. In Dreams
9. If Pilots Go To Heaven
10. No Darkness$19.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970Over 40 summers ago on August 31, 1970, 35-year-old Leonard Cohen was awakened at 2 a.m. from a nap in his trailer and brought onstage to perform with his band at the 3rd annual Isle Of Wight music festival.
The audience of 600,000 was in a fiery and frenzied mood, after turning the festival into a political arena, trampling the fences, setting fire to structures and equipment and stoked by the most incendiary performance of Jimi Hendrix's career, less than three weeks before his death.
As Cohen followed Hendrix's set, onlookers (and fellow festival headliners) Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Judy Collins and others stood sidestage in awe as the Canadian folksinger-songwriter-poet-novelist quietly tamed the crowd. Take a listen and be amazed by this live recording.LP1
2. Bird On A Wire
3. Intro To So Long, Marianne
4. So Long, Marianne
5. Intro: let's Renew Ourselves Now...
6. You Know Who I Am
7. Intro To Poems
8. Lady Midnight
9. They Locked Up A Man (poem) / A Person Who Eats Meat / Intro
10. One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong
11. The Stranger Song
1. Tonight Will Be Fine
2. Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye
3. Diamonds In The Mine
5. Sing Another Song, Boys
6. The Partisan
7. Famous Blue Raincoat
8. Seems So Long Ago, Nancy$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Beautiful Lies You Could Live InBeautiful Lies You Could Live in was the sixth Tom Rapp/Pearls Before Swine release and the fourth and last on Warner Brothers. Originally released in 1971 with a more country/rock sound, Beautiful Lies includes a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Bird On A Wire" and a brief setting of A.E. Housman's poem, Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries, sung by Elisabeth Rapp.1. Snow Queen
2. A Life
4. Simple Things
5. Everybody's Got Pain
6. Bird On A Wire
7. Island Lady
8. Come To Me
10. She's Gone
11. Epitaph$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Fragments Of A Rainy SeasonFragments Of A Rainy Season is the first live John Cale album to feature him performing solo and "unplugged" - before that term became a mid-'90s buzzword. In contrast to the jaundiced punk truculence of Sabotage/Live (1979) or Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1986), Fragments gives us Cale at his most melodic and moving, a mellowed and certainly a soberer man in a Yamamoto jacket and a lopsided haircut running through a selection of his prettiest songs.
The album features incredible versions of 'Paris 1919,' 'Dying On The Vine,' 'Chinese Envoy,' cover versions of the Elvis classic 'Heartbreak Hotel,' his devastating treatment of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' and a suite of Dylan Thomas' works 'On A Wedding Anniversary,' 'Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed' and 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.'LP 1
1. On A Wedding Anniversary
2. Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed
3. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
5. Buffalo Ballet
6. A Child's Christmas In Wales
7. Darling I Need You
9. Ship Of Fools
10. Leaving It Up To You
1. The Ballad Of Cable Hogue
2. Chinese Envoy
3. Dying On The Vine
4. Fear (Is A Man's Best Friend)
5. Heartbreak Hotel
6. Style It Takes
7. Paris 1919
8. (I Keep A) Close Watch
9. Thoughtless Kind
10. Hallelujah$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Grace (45 RPM) (Awaiting Repress)
Pressed at RTI!
Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Masters!
Numbered Deluxe Laminated Gatefold Jackets!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 303/500!
Buckley had a voice like an oversexed angel, and the songs on Grace shimmer and twist and ripple. On the fierce rocker Eternal Life, he upends Led Zeppelin's take on the blues, even as he honors it: Instead of a hellhound on his trail, Buckley, who drowned in 1997, sings about immortality bearing down on him. - Rolling Stone
During his famed early gigs at the New York club Sin-É, Buckley used to break hearts with his version of this Cohen prayer. Buckley called it a homage to 'the hallelujah of the orgasm' and had misgivings about his sensuous rendition: 'I hope Leonard doesn't hear it.' On his posthumous live album Mystery White Boy, Buckley turns 'Hallelujah' into a medley with the Smiths' 'I Know It's Over.' - Rolling Stone
Jeff Buckley's Grace is a masterpiece. The critically acclaimed breakthrough is filled with sweeping choruses, bombastic arrangements, searching lyrics, and above all, the richly textured voice of Buckley himself.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Mojo Pin
3. Last Goodbye
4. Lilac Wine
5. So Real
7. Lover, You Shouldn't Come Over
8. Corpus Christi Carol
9. Eternal Life
10. Dream Brother$54.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Floodland Era CollectionOne of England's leading goth bands of the 1980s, the Sisters of Mercy play a slow, gloomy, ponderous hybrid of metal and psychedelia, often incorporating dance beats; the one constant in the band's career has been deep-voiced singer Andrew Eldritch. (There is some disagreement as to whether the group took its name from an order of Catholic nuns or from the Leonard Cohen song of the same name.) Eldritch originally formed the band in 1980 with guitarist Gary Marx and recorded its first single with a drum machine dubbed Doktor Avalanche. Guitarist Ben Gunn and bassist Craig Adams were added to make live gigs feasible, and the Sisters built a reputation through several singles and EPs. Gunn left the band in 1983 and was replaced by Wayne Hussey. the Sisters of Mercy recorded their first full-length album, First and Last and Always, in 1985, but two years later, internal dissent had split them apart; Marx left to form Ghost Dance, and Adams and Hussey departed shortly thereafter.
A legal dispute ensued over the rights to the name Sisters of Mercy; Adams and Hussey attempted to use the name Sisterhood, but Eldritch released an EP under the name to prevent its usage, and the two finally settled on the Mission. Eldritch chiefly utilized a corps of temporary sidemen from this point on (although former Gun Club bassist Patricia Morrison was an official member of the group for a short time) and rebounded with his two biggest-selling American LPs, Floodland and Vision Thing. Despite ceasing studio recordings, Eldritch kept the band active as a performing entity through the first decade of the 2000s and beyond.LP 1
1. Dominion/Mother Russia
2. Flood I
3. Lucretia My Reflection
5. This Corrosion
6. Flood II
7. Driven Like The Snow
8. Never Land (A Fragment)
1. This Corrosion
1. Lucretia My Reflection
1. Long Train (1984)$74.99Vinyl LP Box Set - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
American RecordingsIn 1994 Cash stunned the music world with this commanding collection of 13 solo acoustic performances that roll from gospel to cowboy to sarcastic folk.
Minimalism had long been Cash's meal ticket, but this time around, producer Rick Rubin stripped it all away, recording the bulk of the record in Cash's
cabin or his own living room (two cuts were captured live at the Viper Room in front of an emphatic audience). Cash offers five typically direct and vivid
originals, but he also seizes control of songs by Kris Kristofferson, Nick Lowe, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, and Loudon Wainwright. Forty years after Hey
Porter, Cash delivers a pure, naked, and incredibly moving record that, dare we say, rivals the impact of his greatest achievements. --Marc Greilsamer
Johnny Cash had already recorded some of the most important Country albums in the history of the genre, yet, although he was still making quality music
throughout the '80s, record sales and label support were the lowest he'd ever experienced in his entire career. By the early '90s, he was without a label for
the first time in four decades. Longtime fan, label owner and producer Rick Rubin stepped in, asked Johnny to return to his roots and together, they recreated
the legend of the Man In Black. Features Cash performing his own compositions as well as songs from Loudon Wainwright, Leonard Cohen, Nick
Lowe, Tom Waits and Glenn Danzig. American Recordings earned Johnny a 1995 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. A stunning return
to form.1. Delia's Gone
2. Let The Train Blow The Whistle
3. The Beast In Me
4. Drive On
5. Why Me Lord
7. Oh, Bury Me Not
8. Introduction: A Cowboy's Prayer
9. Bird On A Wire
10. Tennessee Stud
11. Down There By The Train
13. Like A Soldier
14. The Man Who Couldn't Cry$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
El PradoNO was formed in 2010 through the chance encounter of Bradley Hanan Carter and Sean Daniel Stentz at a local LA diner. Bonding over stories of disastrous relationships as well as their mutual admiration for storytelling artists like Leonard Cohen, Bill Callahan, Johnny Cash and Lou Reed, the two decided to unite and build something for themselves.
Following the 2011 release of Don't Worry, You'll Be Here Forever EP, NO quickly gained recognition with the local Echo Park crowds, and both NME and the LA Times tipped them as an act to keep a close eye on. 2012 saw them wrack up over 100 live shows, including supports for Best Coast and Electric Guest, and a European tour with Father John Misty. In 2013 the band returned to LA for a sold-out headline show at The Troubadour and performed at international festivals including London's Hard Rock Calling and Germany's Southside and Hurricane, as well as supporting the likes of The Smashing Pumpkins, Public Image LTD and The Naked and Famous.
The six-piece are now looking forward having just finished their self-produced debut album El Prado. Mixed by Billy Bush (Tegan & Sara, Foster The People, Jake Bugg) and mastered by Joe LaPorta (Beach House, Foo Fighters, Vampire Weekend), the album will be released by Arts & Crafts in North America in 2014.1. Leave The Door Wide Open
2. Stay With Me
3. What's Your Name
5. So Scared
6. There's a Glow
8. Another Life
9. The Long Haul
10. North Star
11. Last Chance
12. Hold On
13. Go Outside$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Changing LightOn her fifth solo album, Mirah breaks it down and builds it back up
again with the street smarts that only years behind the wheel of
love can inspire. Ready with the maps and driven to the rhythms
on the radio dial, Changing Light's ten songs carry us from
heartbreak to wholeness and all the places in between.
Uprooted from her home after a scorching break-up, Mirah spent
four years rambling and recording. Tracks were laid down in almost
two dozen houses and apartments - from the Northwest to
Southern California to the East Coast. Sparse demos were
recorded with co-producer Christopher Doulgeris in Portland and
Los Angeles. Embellishments were then added by a slew of friends
and collaborators, including Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Mary
Timony, Emily Wells, and Heather McEntire (Mount Moriah). In
Philadelphia, Mirah and her sister Emily Zeitlyn (Divers) penned
"LC," an homage to childhood inspiration Leonard Cohen.
Seattle-based composer Jherek Bischoff drew up intricate string
arrangements which were recorded in the living rooms of each
individual player. And Tune-Yards producer Eli Crews
co-produced several tracks with Mirah in her new hometown of
Brooklyn, New York.
Changing Light's reassuring compass is found in Mirah's
shimmering vocals and incisive descriptions. There is yearning
("Gold Rush" and "Fleetfoot Ghost") and hot anger ("Goat
Shepherd"), but no shortage of lyrical and musical playfulness.
Whether it be the T. Rex-inspired rough edges of "Radiomind,"
the rollicking lo-fi bang-and-pop of "Goat Shepherd," or the lush
pop balladry of "Turned the Heat Off," the album corrals string
sections and vintage synths with horns, a multitude of guitar tones
and overdriven drums. With calm and clamor, Mirah brings us all
closer together through her universal honesty and occasional use
of the vocoder.
"It's a break-up record. It has some moments of darkness, some
twists and turns , but ultimately, there's a resolution," says Mirah.
So much can happen in four years, even forgiveness"
While Mirah has been making independent pop records for well
over a decade, Changing Light is the debut release on her new
imprint, Absolute Magnitude Recordings.1. Goat Shepherd
2. Oxen Hope
3. Turned the Heat Off
4. Gold Rush
5. Fleetfoot Ghost
6. I am the Garden
7. No Direction Home
8. 24th St
10. Radiomind$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I Had A Dream That You Were MineIncludes Limited Edition 14-page Booklet Of Handwritten Lyrics
I Had A Dream That You Were Mine is an album of songs Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam wrote and recorded together between July, 2014 and February, 2016. In the spirit of collaborative albums, not unlike those of David Byrne and Brian Eno, each musician's individuality remains in tact, while in fact, on this record, both Hamilton's identity as a singer and Rostam's as a producer seem to reach new heights.
This was a record I d been wanting to make for at least a decade, Rostam says. As a fan of Hamilton's voice in the Walkmen I'd been wanting to capture it in ways it hadn't been captured before to make songs with him that placed the crooner right beside the howler, the screamer beside the whisperer to try to leave no stone unturned in terms of how we should approach the delivery of a song. And also to try to push his voice outside of any musical context it had lived in before.
Says Leithauser, Rostam's one-man-band process is so fundamentally different from the way I've always written songs, and it's very impressive. We had no idea what kind of music we were going to make we actually didn't know we were working on an album at first but unexpected things kept falling into place. We were writing and recording everything simultaneously it was flat-out inspiring just to be there.
Many of these songs seem to take place in a memory of New York's past, or wading through the waist high waters in a half-submerged New York of the future. Yet what unites them is that they tell stories. I Had A Dream That You Were Mine is an album, a collection of songs yes, but also a collection of narratives. 'The Bride's Dad' faithfully recounts an unexpected (an probably uninvited) guest at a friend's recent wedding; 'You Ain't That Young Kid' follows the wistful narrator through a night of lost love and transformed resolve.
From the doo-wop of 'When the Truth is...' to the country pedal steel of 'The Morning Stars'; from the piano and organ alchemy of the 'Band in A 1000 Times', to the Leonard Cohen-esque Spanish triplets of 'In a Black Out'; the album harnesses the exploding musical styles of midcentury America which, when melded with the warbled 1980s analogue synthesizers of 'You Ain't That Young Kid,' the ultramodern sub bass of 'Sick as a Dog,' the intimate falsetto of '1959,' and the raucous bar-room chorus of 'Rough Going' sparks an entirely unexpected and innovative style.1. A 1000 Times
2. Sick as a Dog
3. Rough Going (I Don't Let Up)
4. In a Black Out
5. Peaceful Morning
6. When The Truth Is...
7. You Ain't That Young Kid
8. The Bride's Dad
9. The Morning Stars
$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Over And EvenJoan Shelly's new album, Over And Even, was written in the back of an abandoned beauty parlor on the island of Thessaloniki. The whole thing had something to do with Vashti Bunyan. That's what Joan told me, but Joan Shelley is a poet, so she makes things up. In a small, dark room that smells of expired hair-do chemicals, there is talk of hypnosis. All the windows are blacked out. Look into my eyes. White walls are blinding in the ancient sunlight. A bowl of oranges shines like solid gold, waiting for you. There is a small classical guitar, a sunburn, and a key that turns a lock, and songs come pouring out. Maybe the Greek deal was really about Leonard Cohen. That's Joanie's jam: songs wide open enough to let the wind blow the curtains around, and solid enough to hang a ton of heartache on. She writes smart, beautiful songs full of poetry, history, mystery and nature. Like all the best sad songs, they will make you cry. Then they will drag you outside and leave you flat on your back, staring up at the stars. Joan lands on a note like a laser beam on a diamond. Colors fly around the room, and her voice bends between them. People say her voice reminds them of Sandy Denny. It's more than the vocal range. It's a quiet power that draws you in. Maybe Over And Even wasn't written last winter on a Greek island. Maybe these songs were written a hundred years ago in a farmhouse somewhere in Kentucky. That's where Joan is from, and that's where she and guitar player Nathan Salsburg recorded all the basic tracks live. All the people who played on Joan's new record -- and Daniel Martin Moore who recorded and engineered it -- are friends. That comes through somehow in the sound of the album. Will Oldham and Glen Dettinger are genius harmony singers. They leave the perfect amount of space for microscopic shifts in Joan's voice, without sacrificing their own awesome idiosyncrasies. Nathan Salsburg's guitar follows every twist of the melody. When the song breaks your heart in two, Nathan is there with a high E-string to sew it back together. Joan Shelley's voice flows out like a river. It never travels in a straight line. It follows bends and curves carved by history. We are all lucky just to be swept away, and go with her wherever she's going. But it's not over by half There's a gold in your eyes blooming out through the black And you're still standing, your hand on the map No its not over, not over by half the end.1. Brighter Than The Blues
2. Stay On My Sure
3. Over and Even
4. Not Over By Half
5. Ariadne's Gone
6. No More Shelter
7. Easy Now
8. Lure and Line
9. Jenny Come In
10. Wine And Honey
11. My Only Trouble
12. Subtle Love$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
LoyaltyThe record was called Loyalty from the beginning-it was the first decision I made about it. It's a word you
usually see written in copperplate script, a virtue: LOYALTY. But the songs don't treat it that way, just as a
thing to unpack. It's a force that you have to reckon with: loyalty to the dream, to the "work," to the mythical idea of "you" that somebody thought they saw. It can be a weakness as much as a strength; it can keep you from the reality of your own life, your own self. - Tamara Lindeman
In excess virtue lies danger, or at least limits to pragmatic action-it's a lesson hard learned by anyone
disillusioned by the erosion of youthful mythologies. Strict fealty to a fixed ideal of identity doesn't do us
any favors as adults. Loyalty, the third and finest album yet by The Weather Station (and the first for
Paradise of Bachelors) wrestles with these knotty notions of faithfulness/faithlessness-to our idealism,
our constructs of character, our memories, and to our family, friends, and lovers-representing a bold
step forward into new sonic and psychological inscapes. It's a natural progression for Toronto artist
Tamara Lindeman's acclaimed songwriting practice. Recorded at La Frette Studios just outside Paris in
the winter of 2014, in close collaboration with Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas) and Robbie Lackritz (Feist),
the record crystallizes her lapidary songcraft into eleven emotionally charged vignettes and intimate
portraits, redolent of fellow Canadians Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and David Wiffen, but utterly her
Lindeman describes La Frette, housed in an enormous, crumbling 19th-century mansion, as
"a secret garden, a place of enchantment and grace": walls mantled in ivy and lions, corridors piled high
with discarded tape machines, old reels, and priceless guitars. As she puts it, "Recording where we did
meant we embraced beauty-we weren't afraid of it being beautiful." Like the record itself, it's a quietly
radical statement, especially since certain passages achieve a diaphanous eeriness and harmonic and
rhythmic tension new to The Weather Station. The stacked vocal harmonies of "Tapes," the drifting,
jazz-inflected chording in "Life's Work," and the glacial percussion in "Personal Eclipse" contribute to a
pervading sense of clock-stopping bloom and smolder, recalling the spooky avant-soul of Terry Callier's
Beyond the decaying decadence and vintage gear, the brokedown palace atmosphere of
La Frette afforded a more significant interior luxury as well, one stated with brutal honesty in the
stunning "Shy Women": "it seemed to me that luxury would be to be not so ashamed, not to look away."
Accordingly, Loyalty brings a freshly unflinching self-examining gaze and emotional and musical control
to The Weather Station's songs. She is an extraordinary singer and instrumentalist-on Loyalty she plays
guitar, banjo, keys, and vibes-but Lindeman has always been a songwriter's songwriter, recognized for
her intricate, carefully worded verse, filled with double meanings, ambiguities, and complex metaphors.
Though more moving than ever, her writing here is almost clinical in its discipline, its deliberate wording
and exacting delivery, evoking similarly idiosyncratic songsters from Linda Perhacs to Bill Callahan.
Outside her musical practice, Lindeman also happens to be an accomplished film and
television actor, and it's her directorial eye for quietly compelling characters and the rich details of the
everyday, Bressonian in its specificity and scope, that drives the limpid singularity of The Weather
Station's songs. As in Bresson's films, there is no trace of theater here, no brittle singer-songwriter
histrionics, but rather a powerful performative focus and narrative restraint, a commitment to what the
auteur called the "simultaneous precision and imprecision of music." Despite the descriptive delicacy, the
album never lapses into preciousness or sentimentality, instead retaining its barbs and bristles and
remaining resolutely clear-eyed and thick-skinned. Lyrically, Loyalty inverts and involutes the language
of confession, of regret, of our most private and muddled mental feelings, by externalizing those
anxieties through exquisite observation of the things and people we accumulate, the modest meanings
accreted during even our most ostensibly mundane domestic moments. ("Your trouble is like a lens," she
discerns in "I Mined," "through which the whole world bends.")
"Tapes" and "I Could Only Stand By" expose and exalt the quotidian-"the little tapes"
hidden beneath a lover's bed, "the sunken old moorings" at the "bruise-colored lake"-without romanticizing
these scenes of, respectively, grief and guilt. "Like Sisters" analyzes the darker contours of a
friendship with devastating scrutiny. The breathless momentum of "Way It Is, Way It Could Be"-"both
are," she sings of the way we sometimes live, for better or for worse, amid multiple truths-hinges on a
mysterious moment when two brown dogs die underwheel, then don't, and that gut-sickness is
overturned, a sin redeemed with a second glance. "Floodplain" and "Personal Eclipse" are also road songs
about traveling through, and owning, the empty places in-between, literally and figuratively-what
Lindeman deems "the various ways people try to disappear from themselves, in physical distance, in
To invoke Melville (author of PoB's namesake story), "extreme loyalty to the piety of love"
can be a destabilizing force, a kind of bondage from which we must emancipate ourselves. The line is
from his strange masterpiece Pierre, or the Ambiguities; The Weather Station's Loyalty could quite easily
support the same subtitle for the fascinating ways it navigates the deep canyons between certainty and
uncertainty, faith and doubt.1. Way It Is, Way It Could Be
4. Shy Women
5. Personal Eclipse
6. Life's Work
7. Like Sisters
8. I Mined
10. I Could Only Stand By
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No More Shall We Part (Out Of Stock)No More Shall We Part ends a four-year silence from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. A best-of was issued in 2000, but no new material has appeared since 1997's landmark album, The Boatman's Call. With that record Cave had finally delivered what everyone knew he was capable of: an entire album of deeply tragic and beautiful love songs without irony, sarcasm, or violent resolution. It appears that The Boatman's Call has altered the manner in which Cave writes songs, and the Bad Seeds illustrate them. Two musical directors -- the ubiquitous Mick Harvey and Dirty Three violinist Warren Ellis -- craft a sonic atmosphere whose textures deepen and widen Cave's most profound and beautiful lyrics to date. The ballads have the wide, spacious, sobering ambience one has come to expect from the Bad Seeds. There is an ethereal change in sound in the up-tempo numbers, which are, for lack of better terminology, musical novellas. They plumb the depths of blues, yet contain glissando and crescendos from the orchestral music of composers such as Fartein Valen and Olivier Messiaen. There are places, such as in Oh My Lord, where rock & roll is evoked as a device, but this isn't rock music. A listen to As I Sat Sadly By Her Side, Hallelujah, and the aforementioned track (the most rock song here) will attest that it is merely one color on a musical palette that is more expansive now than at any time in the band's history. Also in the band's musical treasure trove is the addition of the McGarrigle sisters on backing vocals - nowhere is their contribution more poignant than on the tenderly daunting, haunted house that is Love Letter. Lyrically, and as a vocalist, Cave has undergone a startling, profound metamorphosis. Gone is the angry, humorous cynic whose venom and bile touched even his lighter moments. His deep taunting ambivalence about Jesus Christ and Christianity in general is gone, vanished into a maturity that ponders spiritual things contemplatively. Humor that pokes fun churchianity remains, but not as a source of its inspiration. Over these 12 tracks, Cave has taken the broken heart--so openly exhibited on The Boatman's Call--and elevated it to the place where he has learned to live with, and speak from it as both an artist and a human being. Leonard Cohen stated in the song Anthem, that, there is a crack in everything/that's where the light gets in.No More Shall We Part is a mosaic of those cracks. If this album is about anything, it is about love's ability to survive in the world. It is examined concretely and abstractly; to the point where it meditates on this theme even cinematically. His methodology for the listener is, even though these are intimate conversations, the effect is illustrated in widescreen. In this way, Cave touches the heart in the same way Andrei Tarkovsky's films Stalker and The Sacrifice and Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire do. There is powerful emotion here, spiritual, psychological and romantic, without a hint of the sentimentality that would make it false. As both a singer and a songwriter, his work has been transformed into something so full of depth, color, and dimension, that there is simply no one except his mentors working on this level in popular music. In the opening moments of As I Sat Sadly By Her Side, a tenderly, softly sung vocal delivers: Then she drew the curtains down/And said when will you ever learn/That what happens there beyond the glass/Is simply none of your concern/God has given you but one heart/You are not a home but the hearts of your brothers/God don't care for your benevolence anymore/But he cares for the lack of it in others/Nor does he care for you to sit at/Windows in judgement of the world he created/While sorrows pile up around you/Ugly, useless and over-inflated/At which she turned her head away/Great tears leapin' from her eyes/I could not wipe a smile from my face/As I sat sadly by her side. The title track is a ballad that could have been lifted from The Boatman's Call, except it lacks the reaching tragedy. And Cave sings in a tenor no one thought him capable of -- And all the birds will sing to your beautiful heart/Up on the bell/And no more shall we part. The chaos of earlier Bad Seeds outings does kick up on The Sorrowful Wife, where violins and Blixa Bargeld's guitars duel with Jim Sclavunos's drums for domination of the sonic torrent. The record closes with two of Cave's most beautiful songs, a near country gospel waltz called Gates to the Garden with the McGarrigles sweetening an already lovely tome to redemptive love. Finally, Darker With the Day, illustrated by Harvey's striking pianistic ballad framework touched by Bill Evans' technique, is as strikingly autobiographical as Cave has ever been, highlighting the extremes of good and evils that inform and torment the protagonist's inner emotional life within in a single day. There is loss and the seeking of deliverance and, in a statement not so much of recognition that this is simply fate, he also acknowledges hope: All these streets are frozen now/I come and go/Full of a longing for something I do not know. As he calls to a lover gone seemingly forever, he comes to the conclusion that for him, redemption is in love itself, whether divine or profane; the only hope is that love, between two people or between an individual and her or his creator, depends on one's openness to receiving it. Who can argue with him? No More Shall We Part leaves listeners in awe, full of complex emotions, and pondering the notion that they've been in the presence of great redemptive art--which Henry James calls, the thing that can never be repeated.
- Thom Jurek (All Music)1. As I Sat Sadly by Her Side
2. And No More Shall We Part
4. Love Letter
5. Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow
6. God Is in the House
7. Oh My Lord
8. Sweetheart Come
9. The Sorrowful Wife
10. We Came Along This Road
11. Gates to the Garden
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Lions (Out Of Stock)"I don't know how he does it; I am just glad he does." - Paste Magazine
Produced by Chris Walla - guitarist for Death Cab For Cutie and previous production credits with Tegan and Sara, The
Decemberists and The Postal Service - William Fitzsimmons' Lions is a career-dening album that explores a personal
renovation over the last few years.
"The last couple years have been...full (kind of difcult to describe years in a single word). They have been wonderful,
painful, long, incredibly brief, and more educational and rewarding than any I've ever lived before. Lions is something I'm
terribly proud of and utterly connected to," says Fitzsimmons.
The appeal of Fitzsimmons' sound is indicative of his unique upbringing and consequent life experience. Born to two blind
parents, Fitzsimmons grew up in a home where sound - particularly music - was integral to communication. His parents
had an assortment of guitars, pianos and other instruments, and introduced young William to the music of James Taylor,
Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, among others. For many years, armed with a Master's degree in counseling, he worked
as a mental health therapist, and only began recording his songs during graduate school breaks. Fitzsimmons' music
has also been licensed to a wide variety of networks including ABC, NBC, MTV, Lifetime and CW and he has been featured
in Billboard, NPR, Rolling Stone, Paste, Spin, Musikexpress, Uncut, Q Magazine and Performing Songwriter Magazine.
Fitzsimmons' 2010 release of Gold In The Shadow landed at #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, as well as #3 on the
Folk Albums chart.1. Well Enough
2. Josie's Song
6. Blood Chest
7. Hold On
9. From You
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