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Long Strange Trip: Highlights From The Motion Picture SoundtrackHighlights to the Official Motion Picture Soundtrack to the unprecedented four-hour rock documentary about the legendary band the Grateful Dead. The film, executive produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Amir Bar-Lev, probes the creative forces, subversive ambitions, and interpersonal dynamics that drove the band in their 30-year career. Features unreleased tracks and Dead covers.LP 1
1. Death Don't have No Mercy (Live at The Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 2/27/69) [Remastered]
2. St. Stephen (Live at The Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 2/27/69) [Remastered]
3. Easy Wind (Remastered)
4. Dark Star (Live at The Fillmore East, New York, NY 2/14/70)
1. China Cat Sunflower (Live at Chateau D' Herouvile, Herovuville, France 6/21/71)
2. I Know You Rider (Live at Chateau D' Herouville, Herovuville, France 6/21/71)
3. The Music Never Stopped (Live at The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA 8/13/75) [Remaster]
4. Touch Of Grey (Live at Marin Veterans Auditorium, San Rafael, CA 1/6-13/87) [Remastered]
5. Dear Mr. Fantasy (Live at Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, MA 7/2/89)
6. Hey Jude (Live at Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, MA 7/2/89)
7. Ripple (Remastered)
8. Brokedown Palace (Remastered)$39.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ReckoningCut From the Original Analog Masters and Pressed on 200g Vinyl at Quality Record Pressings
In the fall of 1980, the Grateful Dead purposefully played a series of shows at two venues, the Warfield Theater in San Francisco and Radio City Music Hall in New York City, that were considerably smaller than the stadiums and arenas they were, by that point, regularly selling out. They did so with the express interest of recording in an intimate space the opening portion of each show, a stripped-down acoustic set featuring Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir playing acoustic guitars, Brent Mydland playing piano, drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart playing reduced kits and bassist Phil Lesh turning his electric volume down considerably.
The group chose a set list of classic folk and country tunes mixed with their originals and Reckoning is a very obvious ode to the band's early 1960s origins of folk, bluegrass and country. These are the sounds from which this whole long, strange trip was born, and Garcia in particular shines radiantly here.
The sound, as with all records that are stripped to their bare essentials and rid of an overcrowded electric set, is right up there with the very best the Dead ever released. This is also the record for those on-the-fence fans that could do without the wandering-away-from-the-pocket sound that characterized much of the Dead's music. The songs here are tight and compact while still remaining dynamically delicate.1. Dire Wolf
2. The Race Is On
3. Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie
4. It Must Have Been The Roses
5. Dark Hollow
6. China Doll
7. Been All Around This World
8. Monkey And The Engineer
10. Deep Elem Blues
12. To Lay Me Down
13. Rosalie McFall
14. On The Road Again
15. Bird Song
16. Ripple$54.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Makes A KingTHE VERY BEST return this Spring with their their most ambitious and richly textured album to date, Makes A King, released 10th April on Moshi Moshi Records.
It's been a long, strange trip for Johan Hugo and Esau Mwamwaya, the Swedish-Malawian duo behind The Very Best's exuberant global pop. One which crosses continents as well as musical genres. It's also a trip, according to Johan, with no end in sight. "We're constantly evolving," he says with a laugh. "Not just in the sense that we're trying to change our sound. But we're constantly on a new journey which colours the music we make."
This particular journey began in October 2013, following a performance at Malawi's Lake of Stars festival when Johan stayed on in the capital, Lilongwe, to record some demos. Initial sessions were promising, but to really move ahead Johan felt they needed a change of scene. "When we were ready to get into writing and production we wanted to get away from Lilongwe and city life," he says. "We found a house about five hours drive from the capital in a village called M'dala Chikowa. It was an amazing experience recording there, especially because the community is half Christian, half Muslim. In a world often divided between the West and the 'other' it was amazing to see people living in peace and harmony despite differences in religion and culture."1. Nkhondo
2. Hear Me
3. Let Go
4. Guju Guju
5. Bilimankhwe (feat. Jerere)
7. Mwana Wanga
8. Mariana (feat. Seye)
9. The Dead and the Dreaming (feat. Seye)
11. Umasiye (feat. Baaba Maal)
13. Makes a King (feat. Jutty Taylor)$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Manifest!After beaming out of Bushwick in 2011 with two buzzworthy singles and videos plus a reputation for turning live gigs into spontaneous DIY parties (and vice versa) Brooklyn quintet Friends will release their debut album Manifest! on Fat Possum Records.
The 12-track offering was produced by the band consisting of singer Samantha Urbani, multi-instrumentalists Lesley Hann, Matthew Molnar, and Nikki Shapiro, and drummer Oliver Duncan.
Friends recorded Manifest! between the summer of 2011 and the spring of 2012 with engineer Daniel Schlett at Strange Weather studios in Brooklyn. With their debut, the band aims to both live up to and to defy the promise of those first singles "Friend Crush" and "I'm His Girl," over the course of a thirty-eight minute long player.
An impressive, infectious set, ESG-style polyrhythmic post-disco on a tropical-pop trip, with some Lykke Li in the mix. - Stereogum1. Friend Crush
4. A Thing Like This
5. A Light
6. Ideas On Ghosts
8. I'm His Girl
9. Proud Ashamed
10. Stay Dreaming
11. Van For Gor Du
12. Mind Control$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dagger BeachDagger Beachwas Recorded at Tiny Telephone on 2 Analog Tape Without the Use of Computers.
The Vinyl Release Will be Issued as a QRP 200 Gram Audiophile Limited Pressing.
While it's true I did endure a terrible break-up at the beginning of writing this record, this is not a break
up record. Dagger Beach is a put-me-the-fuck-back-together record.
The break up came in late 2011, after endless months of White Wilderness touring. I returned home to an
empty house, and, as that's pretty unbearable when you're not quite right in the head, I decided to set out
walking. I hiked the Lost Coast (36 miles of off-the-grid splendor in Southern Humboldt County), I hiked
the entire 150-mile trail system of Pt. Reyes, I hiked for days, deep, deep in the woods, usually alone.
As I walked and walked, listening to records on repeat, I started obsessing about music again. Three
records found their way into my psyche and inspired much of this new record: Joanna Newsom's Have
One On Me, Silver Jews' The Natural Bridge, and Radiohead's King Of Limbs. I don't think you'll find
traces of these records in Dagger Beach, but their spirit and fearlessness deeply affected me. (Hence the
shout-out on the record to one of my lifelong heroes, David Berman.)
The first two reminded me how crucial great lyrics can be, how your experience of a record can evolve
and change as you slowly decode complex and thoughtful writing. King Of Limbsshowed me how
powerful linear songwriting can be, when subtle changes in form and repeating motifs slowly shift into
something else entirely (just try to follow Morning Mr. Magpie on headphones). There are many songs
on Dagger Beach that take this approach: Damage Control and Gaslight were both written to drum
patterns played by Jason Slota, my long-time partner. Jason played drums alone, without music, and I
adapted to his structures and rhythms. Doing this keeps me from relying on my usual tricks and
structures and forces me into brand new territory.
This strange experience, the endless hiking and backcountry camping off the grid, it completely changed
the songwriting process for me. I edited lyrics while walking, I worked out songs in my head. It didn't
come easy: the first time I camped alone (I was deep inside the million-acre Mendocino National Forest) I
freaked out, ended my trip early, and wrote Raw Wood the next day. By the end of 2012, I could stay out
for a week on my own.
As the experience changed me, it changed the record. Dagger Beach is looser, weirder, and more free
because of itRaw Wood
Song for Dana Lok
How the West Was Won
Song for David Berman
Song for the Landlords of Tiny
Sleep it Off
North Coast Rep
Interlude #2$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Forest of ArmsA Forest Of Arms is the new album from Tony Dekker's Great Lake Swimmers and the follow up to 2012's
New Wild Everywhere. With a surging rhythm section, razor sharp violin, and flourishing banjo and guitars, Dekker
and band mates have pushed their sound significantly, creating some of their most dynamic songs ever recorded.
Those familiar with the decade-long output of Great Lake Swimmers will recognize the thematic threads of
beauty in the natural world, environmental issues and explorations of close personal ties that hold us together. The
familiar versus the strange theme is also running through this record, both in the instrumentation and in the
songwriting ("Zero In The City", "I Was A Wayward Pastel Bay").
As with past Great Lake Swimmers albums, A Forest Of Arms was recorded in several locations over the span of
several months, covering extensive new territory while remaining true to the group's refined sound. One of the
unique and unusual locations was Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves in Tyendinaga, Ontario, where a number of the
vocal and acoustic guitar tracks, including the main parts for "Don't Leave Me Hanging," "The Great Bear" and
"With Every Departure," were recorded amid haunting acoustics, stalactites, and circling bats.
The violins were recorded at the Heliconian Club of Toronto, while the bass and drum tracks were largely recorded
at the Chalet Studio just outside of Toronto, a unique chalet-style recording space located on 40 acres of rolling hills
and trails, in proximity to the shores of Lake Ontario. The pastoral and elemental nature of these spaces surfaces
throughout the album.
The title, A Forest Of Arms, is taken from album track "The Great Bear," a song inspired by a trip Dekker took to the
northern rainforests of British Columbia in September 2013 with the World Wildlife Fund. It's a pristine wilderness
area that is under threat of being compromised by the construction of a pipeline, and Dekker and the group
have been very vocal in their opposition to it. In a broader sense, the title is also a reference to the sense
of community surrounding the Toronto-based band, as well as the band's own growing families, exhibited in
the songs "Something Like A Storm" and "Expecting You.1. Something Like A Storm
2. Zero In The City
3. Shaking All Over
4. Don't Leave Me Hanging
5. One More Charge At The Red Cape
6. I Was A Wayward Pastel Bay
7. A Bird Flew Inside The House
8. A Jukebox In A Desert Of Snow
9. I Must Have Someone Else's Blues
10. The Great Bear
11. With Every Departure
12. Expecting You$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
OpiumIt was in 1996 that Jay-Jay Johanson, a young man from a cold climate, fascinated by the Bristol sound they called trip-hop and Portishead in particular, first tapped delicately on our eardrums. In only a few songs he revealed a family tree that spread its roots far and wide: on one branch Chet Baker and Lee Hazelwood, on the other John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman, and in between a whole army of jazz or symphonic recordings sampled from everywhere imaginable. Almost 20 years later he has returned with an incredible new album called Opium. It contains the very essence of Johanson's music: an ease with inventing melodies, a voice that gently caresses, and the jacked up, heady rhythms that lift and carry the songs. From the peaceful harmonica opening of Drowsy / Too Young To Say Good Night to the smoke-wreathed love song I Don't Know Much About Loving, via titles with a sporadic and light groove (NDE, Alone Too Long), Opium is a courageous offering. Johanson opens his heart with fearlessness and modesty, gracefully lowering his guard and evoking the questions that torment men of his age: love, solitude, fatherhood, immaturity. The songwriting is unerving, the words have a suppressed poetry. This new Jay-Jay Johanson is the work of a guy who has survived the avalanches, who is no longer looking for answers and is content to sketch out the perspectives in as many songs. Some titles are serious (Harakiri), but others immediately take up the reins casting a more gentle, peaceful light, like Scarecrow, a collaboration with Robin Guthrie that would not have sounded out of place on a Cocteau Twins album, or of the strange positivity of Be Yourself or I Love Him So. The strength of Opium is that it asks questions that don't necessarily have an answer; it offers a collection of songs freed from any certitude but which convince through their modesty, through their precision. In short, Jay-Jay Johanson at his best.1. Drowsy / Too Young To Say Good Night
3. Be Yourself
4. I Love Him So
6. I Don't Know Much About Loving
8. I Can Count On You
9. Alone Too Long
10. Celebrate The Wonders$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Soft ConnectionsIn 2005, at the age of 14, Nic Hessler created the alias Catwalk to write, record and
perform his music. Armed with Wipers and Roy Orbison records, an 8-track recorder and a
garage, Nic set out to make Catwalk the next great guitar-oriented California band like many
teenagers before him. Two tiny run 7" singles on the now defunct Yay! imprint soon appeared,
making the rounds through independent record stores and mail order distributors. This led to
the 18-year-old Nic to sign to the also new and young label, Captured Tracks. Two C/T 7"
releases in 2010 and 2011 followed, leading up to a full-fledged Catwalk LP and tour in 2011.
Press reaction was swift and, as interest was grew, Nic garnered support in his hometown of
Orange County, CA to assemble a tour line-up for the LP. However, none of that would ever
Around this time, Nic was struck with an ailment that kept him sidelined for quite sometime:
Guillain-BarrÉ Syndrome. No walk in the park, GBS prevented Nic from playing guitar,
leaving him partially paralyzed for the bulk of this lost period. While this was obviously detrimental
for Nic and Catwalk, strangely, it may have helped the musician Nic Hessler's career.
Now ditching the moniker of a hypothetical band, Nic re-emerges in 2015, healthy and reinvigorated,
with a more fully-formed and ambitious sound: the sound of Soft Connections, his
debut LP years in the making, though he's now just 23. Soft Connections bridges the songwriting
influences of the vintage American powerpop of Emmit Rhodes and Alex Chilton, along
with UK giants like The Kinks and XTC. Tracks like Hearts, Repeating and I Feel Again-two
classic singles in the radio sense of the word-show the maturity in craftsmanship Nic's been
honing these past four years.
The making of Soft Connections was a lengthy process that took place during a crucial period
of musical growth and self-exploration. It's an optimistic and introspective record about being
in-and-out of feeling - on the brink of a personal breakthrough, yet still seeking direction,
purpose, truth and permanence. Anchored by the Catwalk favorite (Please) Don't Break
Me - a song that, at one point, could very well have launched Nic into indie celebdom -
this record is now a send-off to Nic's lost time; he's moved forward, sounding better than ever
and ready to soundtrack your long road trip or failed crush. This will be the first record in what
we all hope to be a lengthy string of great albums.1. I Feel Again
2. Hearts, Repeating
3. Expel Me
5. Do You Ever?
6. All In The Night
7. All Around You
8. (Please) Don't Break Me
9. Moonlight Girl
10. Into the Twilight
11. So on You'll See, Kristine
12. Soft Connections$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now