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Morning ViewDouble gatefold sets presented on 180-gram audiophile vinyl.
Fans who discovered Incubus and their album Make Yourself through their massive radio hit Drive may be surprised that the band released a follow-up album so quickly. Yet the reality is that Make Yourself was a definitive sleeper hit, never peaking past the Top 50 of Billboard's album charts, but staying on those same charts for close to two years and in the process shifting over two million units. With each successive single that was released, the band gradually moved away from the nu-metal/Ozzfest crowd they had been initially lumped into and revealed the solid songwriting and talent for a good melody underneath the layers of surging guitars. The lessons learned from Make Yourself have definitely been applied to Morning View. While there is still a fair share of aggressive numbers (Circles, Blood on the Ground, and Under My Umbrella arguably the strongest of the harder tracks), the ratio of softer and mellower numbers have increased dramatically, to the point where hardcore fans of earlier material may be bewildered. For the most part, the transition works. Mexico is a sparsely arranged acoustic ballad that gives lead singer Brandon Boyd an opportunity to demonstrate his formidable vocal range. Are You In is an upbeat, funky tune reminiscent of Sugar Ray (and that's meant in a good way). The most offbeat track is the album closer, Aqueous Transmission, a tranquil, exotic-sounding ballad that sees the band successfully experimenting with Middle Eastern string arrangements. Not all the experiments gel (Echo), and there is a tendency, especially in the middle third of the album, for the songs to sound too similar in sound and tempo, but on the whole, Morning View is a fine follow-up to Make Yourself and a natural progression in the band's musical evolution. While it may not appeal to fans of the harder material, music lovers who like their rock a little less aggressive and a little more ambitious and, well, sensitive should give Morning View a spin.
1. Nice To Know You
3. Wish You Were Here
4. Just A Phase
6. Blood On The Ground
3. Have You Ever
4. Are You In?
5. Under My Umbrella
6. Aqueous Transmission$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Master Of My Make BelieveSantigold is Santi White: an artist whose perseverance relies on invention, a champion who survives off her own skill and faith. She is a major muse watched by the inspired world, an in categorical performer who collapses time and genre with one hand guided by tradition, while the other hand carves out a shining future. Santigold is neither calm nor mayhem, but from her lungs burst every color in between.
After four years of hide and seek in which blogs blew up at the sudden release of any track with her name attached to it, Santigold returns in a moment of global aggression and vulnerability. Honing in on the hyper-media cult of personality, in her unmistakable voice she asks the listener: Into what fantasy do you hurl yourself as you gaze into the glow of your machine? The answer to this question is central to what drives Master of My Make-Believe, her latest work to be released this spring on Atlantic Records.
As an antidote against self-celebratory status updates in a climate where the focus on fame outweighs a days emotions, Master of My Make-Believe summons pop culture zombies back to life. This is sound proof of an artist on a diligent journey, measuring the power of individual mood against social clamor. Sifting through a wondrous wreckage of airplay, upload, and anguish, Santigolds talent lies in filtering reality through freakdom, to find in desire a timeless spark of raw magic.
Anyone caught referring to Master of My Make-Believe as a sophomore effort is only half right. Though relatively fresh as Santigold, Santi Whites history of writing, production, and performance stretch beyond the centurys flip. Her collaboration with the industrys most recognized and respected talent is something continuous and wide reaching, making her musical lineage all the much richer. Declared Best Breakthrough Artist by NME in 2008 and Pop Music Vanguard by ASCAP in 2009, the voice that defines Santigold is as complex as the faces that pack a subway car, as intimate and honest as conversation on a weathered stoop.
Through chopped pianos, the clink of glass bottles, and the peaking blast of motorcycle engines, Master of My Make-Believe accounts for 21st century details of life from the hearts center to the minds periphery. In her pen and in her voice, the breadth of substance presented in Santigolds newest songs is immediate and complex. There are valleys here wherein the drudge of daily living is met with caution and confronted by mortality, but underneath it all there is the celebration of each persons power and vision to fight toward what they believe. Consider this your invitation.1. GO!
2. Disparate Youth
3. God From The Machine
5. Freak Like Me
6. This Isn't Our Parade
7. The Riot's Gone
8. Pirate In The Water
9. The Keepers
10. Look At These Hoes
11. Big Mouth$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
EnolaWhen you're the main songwriter and driving force in a successful band, you often find yourself
creatively stifled. Your fans have certain expectations, and therefore you have an obligation to
deliver to them an album that meets their expectations, fits in their comfort zone, all while
growing and maturing as an artist. The problem with this is, true artists are capable of so much
more, music to them is an art, and the urge to create something new and exciting is something
that they can't suppress. Ace Enders found that success, both critically and commercially during
his tenure as the main songwriter of The Early November. The band went on to sell over 450,000
albums (3 of which sold over 100,000) And as much as Ace loved penning rock classics such as
Ever So Sweet and I Want To Hear You Sad, he wanted more, he wanted something different.
He wanted to be able to write songs that were more experimental, and creative. He wanted to
work in his own studio, on his own schedule and create songs that were truly important to him
and a pure reflection of who he was as an artist. These desires grew until they finally manifested
into I Can Make A Mess, Ace Enders' solo project.
I Can Make A Mess, isn't just a flash in the pan one off solo album. Over the past 9 years Ace
Enders has recorded 4 full length albums, he's had his songs in commercial movie trailers such as
Must Love Dogs and has toured the country with bands such as All American Rejects. His newest
masterpiece is titled Enola and it's set to come out June 11th 2013. The album is passionate,
and personal, experimental and honest, it's a must for fans of Bon Iver, Iron & Wine, Animal
Collective and American Football. I Can Make A Mess will be appearing on the entire 2013 Vans
Warped Tour, and will continue to tour through the fall. If you're looking for great songs, that are
a little out of your comfort zone, look no further.1. Enola
3. Close Enough
4. Adaptation Cell
5. Listen Lesson / Keep Away
6. Tidal Wave
8. Ancient Crows
9. What Happens Now
10. Burn It All Down
11. Thin White Line$14.99Vinyl LP With CD - Sealed Buy Now
OVSE-MOV-1284xThe Walker Brothers
Take It Easy With The Walker BrothersContains 4 Bonus Tracks
Featuring The Hit Make It Easy On Yourself
Take It Easy with the Walker Brothers is the debut album by American Pop group the Walker Brothers, also commonly known as Take It Easy. It was released in 1965 and reached number three on the UK Albums Chart. The album received good reviews from the majority of critics.
The album contains the group's first major hit single Make It Easy on Yourself. The sleeve notes were written by Brian Mulligan, the then press officer for Philips Records, with photography by Terence Donovan.1. Make It Easy On Yourself
2. There Goes My Baby
3. First Love Never Dies
4. Dancing In The Street
5. Lonely Winds
6. The Girl I Lost In The Rain
7. Land Of 1,000 Dances
8. You're All Around Me
9. Love Minus Zero
10. I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore
11. Here Comes The Night
12. Tell The Truth
1. Love Her
2. The Seventh Dawn
3. But I Do
4. My Ship Is Coming In$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ScottNo one could deny Scott Walker is an unpredictable artist. Once the lead singer for the Walker Brothers (famous for their string laden Sixties defining hits Make It Easy On Yourself and The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore) he released his first solo album Scott in 1967. Eschewing all Pop trends at the time, Walker stepped it up a notch, crooning with a nod to Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and chansonnier Jacques Brel. A pretty bold move indeed, in a time when Pop music sounded psychedelic, bare and up-tempo.
His philosophical lyrics are accompanied by lavishly orchestrated tracks making Scott a wildly interesting listen. His approach paid off: the album reached the Top 3 in Great Britain and was the first in a string of very successful solo albums. One of the songs on this album (The Lady Came from Baltimore) was written by Tim Hardin, whose Bird On A Wire is released on March 4.1. Mathilde
2. Montague Terrace (In Blue)
4. The Lady Came From Baltimore
5. When Joanna Loved Me
6. My Death
7. The Big Hurt
8. Such A Small Love
9. You're Gonna Hear From Me
10. Through A Long And Sleepless Night
11. Always Coming Back To You
12. Amsterdam$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Crow Left Of The Murder...Double gatefold sets presented on 180-gram audiophile vinyl.
At the beginning of their career, Incubus was rightly lumped in with the legions of post-Korn alt metal/rap-rock bands swarming America in the latter days of the 20th century. But by their third album, 1999's Make Yourself, they had separated from the pack, as indicated by the presence of producer Scott Litt, best-known for his work with R.E.M. It signaled that the band was serious, and they began expanding their rap-metal template on that album and its follow-up, 2001's Morning View, completing their transition from juvenelia to maturity with 2003's Crow Left of the Murder. Switching from Litt to producer Brendan O'Brien, a man who has been with Pearl Jam longer than any of their drummers, Incubus has opted for a clean, crisp yet heavy sound which allows them to aggressively switch from crunching metallic riffs to jazzy prog interludes. It's an expansive musical vision charged with some righteous anger; although vocalist Brandon Boyd doesn't write explicit protests, there sure are enough allusions to social turbulence to make this the first politically aware alt metal album in many a year. This maturation is even more evident in the music, how the band actually swings on Zee Deveel, or how guitarist Michael Einzinger's jazz-influenced solos seem both carefully constructed and casually tossed off, or how Boyd's voice shifts from song to song (or during a song, as on the opening Megalomaniac, which sounds like a bizarre blend of Mr. Mister's Richard Page and John Lydon). All this maturation does mean that Incubus may shed some older fans, since the naked ambitions on this record are far removed from the earnest, angst-ridden earlier records, but so be it -- A Crow Left of the Murder... is far more interesting than any of their other records, or their peers'. At times, they may stretch themselves a little too far here, but the ambition is admirable and the achievements are tangible -- a real breakthrough for the band.
2. A Crow Left of the Murder
4. Talk Show on Mute
5. Beware! Criminal
6. Sick Sad Little World
8. Southern Girl
10. Zee Deveel
11. Made for TV Movie
12. Smile Lines
13. Here in My Room
14. Leech$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Music From Likely StoriesLimited Edition Of 750 Copies
Rough Trade records are very pleased to announce the release of a 7" EP of music written by Jarvis Cocker for the British TV series "Likely Stories". The series is the work of directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard ("20,000 Days on Earth") & is based on 4 short stories by Carnegie Medal award winning author Neil Gaiman.
In Jarvis's words "Four grubby tales set in all night cafes, low rent drinking dens and doctor's surgeries. I didn't have to leave my comfort zone for this assignment."
Jarvis worked on the score for the series with musicians Alasdair Malloy (percussionist to Scott Walker), Serafina Steer, Sarah Anderson, Jenny Moore (collectively known as Bas Jan), Martin Slattery (The Hours, Black Grape) & drummer Tom Skinner (Melt Yourself Down). Adrian Utley (Portishead) makes a guest appearance playing synth & Swarmatron on the Main Theme.1. Theme From "Likely Stories"
3. Looking For The Girl
4. Poor Babes In The Woods$7.997 Vinyl Single - Sealed Buy Now
It's Reggae"Rafter Roberts is one of those guys you just can't ignore . .
. this dude is awesome. "
~ Maris Jensen, CMJ
"Rafter Roberts is quite the musical renaissance man." -
"One of the most intense and powerful music nerds you may
ever meet." - Verbicide Magazine
I know it's only been a couple days but I miss you already.
There's so much about you that I love - the way you approach situations in a relaxed and positive way, the way you
absorb whatever strange element come at you and you just
fold it into your nature. I admire you and your ease in the
world, but it also stirs my anxieties about life - why can't I be
so cool, relaxed, so positive? I'm always wrapped up in my
crazy modern brain and life. But then I wonder, are you too? Maybe you're just as conflicted and human, but everyday you make the choice to express yourself in an uplifting and
unselfconscious way. Can you show me how to do that? I
love you, Reggae, and I want to learn.
Love Forever, Rafter1. Wedding Ring Modulator
2. Shudder Lee
3. Convertible Jeep
4. Kusterica vs Markovi
5. Hawaiian Moon
6. Three Year Love
7. Christina 1981
8. Spy Boat to Milan
9. Computer Chip Cory
10. Translation : Success
11. Road to Hana
12. The Other Side$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hit FactoryI like the idea of making hits for yourself. Songs that are a hit to you, or something you create that you can enjoy for years. Something with longevity. That's what a hit is to nme. Longevity to me and my ears, so that I can present my aesthetic to others. I consider it so many things, but one of them is a responsibility. A responsibility to attempt resonance with my brothers and sisters. What if you made a song of your own that you liked so much that it made you sing along to it like in Risky Business? That's what I'm going for. Also, I believe that the true beauty lies in the imperfections rather than perfection. We'll see how these hold up over time. Enjoy.1. Life Without You
2. Guitar Hero
4. Yr Gonna Get Us Killed
5. Pay Me Slow
6. Want It the Most
7. Say Cheese
8. Fish to Sea$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
IlusionGaby Moreno is coming out with her new album "Ilusion" four years after her successful album "Postales" and touring the world with many big names like Ricardo Arjona and Hugh Laurie. The album "Ilusion" lives up to its name. Making you lose yourself in Gaby's creative illusions realizing such a tender reality. It is truly her best work yet giving her fans diversity, not only in her lyrics and her songwriting but diversifying her work in two different languages.
Her new single is "Love Is Gone" / Se Apagó The simultaneous dual language single release finds the critically praised singer-songwriter & guitarist once again stretching her genre range, with an instantly engaging fusion built upon the Motown/Stax Sound of Classic R&B.
Gaby Moreno has rescued the female singer-songwriter form from the abyss of clichÉ. She doesn't radically change its rules or anything - she just does it with a little more flavor and a lot more skill. With an exceptionally rich and assured voice, and a palette that spans Latin, blues, folk, jazz and pop, she's a marquee talent. Her singing is effortlessly bright with purpose and not just a display of ostentatious acrobatics. In her voice, the flame of the female greats is alive." - Orlando Weekly
"Certain voices emanate from a performer carrying such a naturally beguiling, tunefully confident range of emotion that it's as if the vocalist had no choice: singing is inevitable. Guatemalan-born, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Gaby Moreno has such a voice" - Philadelphia Inquirer
"Guatemalan blues. No, that's not right. Bilingual bossa nova. Eh, it sounds fun. But it doesn't quite capture it all.. Better yet, we'll call it damn good music. After all, a word that accurately describes Gaby Moreno's eclectic blend of '20s and '30s blues, Brazilian beats, and Guatemalan flavor has yet to be invented She's a captivating performer and truly remarkable singer/storyteller." - Miami New Times
"This Guatemalan American singer-songwriter alternates fluidly between languages, whether spoken (English and Spanish) or musical, easing in and out of everything from folksy alt country to retro blues rock Plucky, quirky and insightful, Moreno has the grace and the skill to make it big."- Rhapsody
The single was located on the ITunes Best of the Week Playlist.1. Se Apagó
2. Nobody to Love
3. Pale Bright Lights
4. Maldición / Bendición
6. O, Me
8. Hermana Rosetta
9. Down in Reverie
10. Sálvese Quien Pueda
11. La Malagueña
12. Illusion$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
TurkeyIn bowling's hallowed alleys, a strike is the minor miracle of all ten pins falling at once. Back-to-back strikes make a double. Do it a third time and you've got yourself a turkey. History will decide which sports metaphor to apply to Mike Krol's first two records, I Hate Jazz (2011) and Trust Fund (2013). But as needle meets groove on Turkey-Krol's first record for Merge-there is no ambiguity. A shiny black ball tumbles past the suburban strip malls of a polyestered Wisconsin and veers precariously close to an East Coast gutter before gathering momentum in a physics-defying sprint for the Pacific. California is where the headpin falls-the right velocity, the perfect geometry, the bowler's intent beautifully realized in a noisy moment of awesome destruction. Mike Krol got his bike stolen and his heart broken. He bailed on graphic-design-as-career. He kept playing drums and guitars, and he kept writing songs about the stuff he hated and the stuff he loved. Leaving Milwaukee for Los Angeles, he took a few years' worth of wrong turns. But when he showed up at a studio in Sacramento in March 2014, he had his affairs in order. Plug the vocal mic into a guitar amp. Plug the guitar into an overheating box of vacuum tubes. Put the computer in the closet. Roll the tape.1. Suburban Wasteland
2. Neighborhood Watch
3. Left Out (ATTN: SoCal Garage Rockers)
4. Save the Date
5. This Is The News
6. La La La
8. Less Than Together
9. Piano Shit$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Patch The SkyHere's the deal. In 2012, people loved Silver Age (to a degree that surprised me, pleasantly),
likewise Beauty & Ruin in 2014 (despite the heaviness of the subject matter,
which I thought might be a bit alienating... apparently not. Another pleasant surprise.).
But PATCH THE SKY is the darkest one.
After the Letterman performance in February 2015 where "dust fell from the rafters,"
it would have seemed logical to go the punk rock route-an entire album of two minute
songs-but that wasn't where my soul was at.
I withdrew from everyday life. I wrote alone for six months. I love people, but I
needed my solitude. The search for my own truth kept me alive. These songs are my
I've had a solid stretch of hard emotional times, and thanks for the condolences in
advance. I don't want to go into the details-more death, relationships ending, life
getting shorter-because they're already in the songs. Just listen and see if you can fit
yourself into my stories. The words make you remember. The music makes you forget.
But PATCH THE SKY is also the catchiest one.
I always aim for the perfect balance of bright melodies and dark stories. I've used this
juxtaposition for years. This time, I've tuned it to high contrast.
The first side of the album is generally simple and catchy. The second side is heavier
in spirit and tone. Opposing forces and properties.
I love both sides of PATCH THE
At the core of these songs is what I call the chemical chorus-you hear it once and
your brain starts tingling. The heart rate picks up. It gets worse-you know it's coming
again and you can barely stand the anticipation. Then, the beautifully heartbreaking
bridge appears, and you're all set up-hooked for life. Music is an incredibly powerful
drug. I want to be your drug dealer. I have what you need.
-Bob Mould1. Voices in My Head
2. The End of Things
3. Hold On
4. You Say You
5. Losing Sleep
6. Pray for Rain
7. Lucifer and God
8. Daddy's Favorite
9. Hands are Tied
10. Black Confetti
11. Losing Time
12. Monument$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Soundtrack (3D Holographic Version)Immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind 3D holographic experience featuring the Millennium Falcon on LP 1 and Tie Fighter on LP 2!
Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Make sure to experience the soundtrack by legendary, five-time Academy Award winning composer, John Williams.LP 1
1. Main Title and The Attack on the Jakku Village
2. The Scavenger
3. I Can Fly Anything
4. Rey Meets BB-8
5. Follow Me
6. Rey's Theme
7. The Falcon
8. That Girl with the Staff
9. The Rathtars!
10. Finn's Confession
11. Maz's Counsel
12. The Starkiller
13. Kylo Ren Arrives at the Battle
14. The Abduction
1. Han and Leia
2. March of the Resistance
4. On the Inside
5. Torn Apart
6. The Ways of the Force$49.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Superfuzz Bigmuff EPRock & roll got a badly needed revitalizing overhaul with Seattle's grunge explosion of the late 1980's, and Mudhoney was there to make sure it got done right. Although nearly eclipsed by the success of such bands as Nirvana and Pearl Jam, Mudhoney was arguably the most important grunge band of all. Their Touch Me I'm Sick defined a generation of disenchanted middle-class malcontents bored stiff by the predictable mire that rock & roll had become.
Superfuzz Bigmuff compiles the band's rare early singles in one convenient package. Twelve essential tracks here, and they all rock mightily. If you're old enough you'll want to say that you were there, if you know what you're talking about, folks might believe you. Do yourself a favor and familiarize yourself with the rock & roll revival that was Mudhoney.1. No One Has
2. If I Think
3. In 'N' Out Of Grace
5. Chain That Door
6. Mudride$15.99Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
WitnessWitness is the highly anticipated follow-up to Benjamin Booker's critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The album's ten new, original tracks were all written by Booker, produced by Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby) and mixed by Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes), and the title track features a guest vocal from Mavis Staples.
'I wanted to make a record about the things in my life I never wanted to talk about. It's a record about self-exploration, about learning to love yourself and opening yourself up to love others, about choosing the kind of person you want to be, about confronting death and appreciating life. Really it's about trying to take control from the perspective of someone who has come very close on several occasions to losing ALL control.'
- Benjamin Booker1. Right On You
4. The Slow Drag Under
5. Truth Is Heavy
8. Off The Ground
10. All Was Well$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-INN-0789xHanni El Khatib
Engine-revving dose of filthy, leather-clad blues.
A shit-kicking garage greaser with badass hooks.
Stripped- down garage rock with crunching guitars
and kiss-off cockiness.
This is desert-burned blues rock boosted by punk,
soul and hip-hop
- ROLLING STONE
On his 2011 debut Will The Guns Come Out, Hanni El Khatib tried
something he'd never tried before-making a bedroom-style
recording of his then stripped-to-the-skeleton guitar-and-drums
rock 'n' roll mostly for the sheer joy of making it. For his ferocious
2013 follow-up Head In The Dirt, he tried something new again,
showing up at producer Dan Auerbach's analog-dreamland
Nashville studio with nothing but the clothes on his back and an
But after Head In The Dirt's release and almost a year of relentless
touring, Hanni knew he needed to go past 'unpredictable' all the
way to 'unprecedented.' He needed isolation, time and the chance
to experiment. So after 30 days locked in hand-picked L.A. studio
The Lair, the result is the album Moonlight-the rarest and most
welcome kind of album, made at that perfect point in life where
confidence, experience, and technique unite to help an artist do
anything they want.
That's why it starts with a song that sounds like a Mobb Deep beat
under a Suicide-style synth drone and ends with an
ESG-meets-LCD Soundsystem gone italo-disco song about life and
death. That's why it collides crushing crate-digger drumbeats
that'd be right at home on a Can LP or an Eddie Bo 45 with
bleeding distorto guitar, bent and broken barroom piano and
hallucinatory analog flourishes. (In fact, some smart producer is
going to sample the drums from this album and complete the circle
of life.) And that's also why Moonlight feels like the album he's
always wanted to make: "What would it sound like if RZA got in the
studio with Iggy Pop and Tom Waits?" he asks. "I don't know! That
was my approach on everything."
It's a personal album in the most primal sense, put together in any
way that worked. Iggy Pop and David Bowie did this kind of thing
on The Idiot, the Wu-Tang Clan did it on 36 Chambers and the
Clash did it three times over on Sandinista. And now it's Hanni's
turn, across 11 new lightning-struck songs, each written and
recorded in its own flash of inspiration. It sounds like an album
made by an endless list of collaborators, but really Moonlight was
more like the first do-it-almost-all-yourself music Hanni ever made,
except after six years recording and touring, he'd learned to do so
much more.1. Moonlight
2. Melt Me
3. The Teeth
5. Worship Song (No 2)
8. All Black
10. Dance Hall
11. Two Brothers$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Look UpIt can be far too easy to get caught in negativity in today's world. We're surrounded by it in the news, the media and even entertainment. And that's what makes Mod Sun's music and message all the more refreshing.
"It's about empowerment. It's about saying it's okay to sit by yourself on a Friday night and make music. You'll never be lonely if you love the person you're alone with," says the rapper, whose name stands for "Movement On Dreams Stand Under None."
A Minnesota native, Mod grew up in a household that played everything from Bob Dylan to Prince, and that eclectic foundation has informed his musical journey. He started playing drums at age 13, and by 16, he began touring with a few bands, including the successful rock group Four Letter Lie.
But his heart told him to go after something else.
"I was in a state of comfort, touring and in a band, and I decided I wanted to totally change it up and do something I believed in," the 27-year-old remembers.
So he gave up that steady gig to pick up the mic. Mod wrote his first song at age 19, and hasn't looked back since. Over the last eight years, he has released six mixtapes and three EPs. He has collaborated with artists including Schoolboy Q, Nipsey Hussle and G-Eazy, and earned a spot as one of sixteen independent artists from around the world competing for the cover of Rolling Stone in 2011.
After his most recent release, 2012's Happy As Fuck, he again proved his artistic versatility, by momentarily shifting his writing focus in a new direction: His book, Did I Ever Wake Up?
"It's all about the fact of making your life a dream," he says of the inspirational work. "I was a stubborn kid. You can never learn if you're always right. It took all these things for me to become what I want to be."
Now, the focus is again squarely on the music. He's built plenty of momentum over the last year, thanks to videos for tracks like "My Hippy, "Free Love" and "Mushrooms." And now, Mod is getting ready to deliver his Friend Base - because he has no fans, only friends - his debut album, which is due at the top of 2015, through Rostrum Records.
The music has grown, but the underlying message remains.
"No matter the amount of negativity you're presented with, 5 minutes from now could be your best moment."1. Look Up
2. Headed Home
3. Free Love
4. Goddess Ft. G-Eazy
5. Did It Again Last Night
6. Howlin' At The Moon
7. My Hippy Ft. Dizzy Wright
8. Shoot 'Em Down Ft. MGK + Blackbear
9. My Favorite Shirt Is My Skin
10. Never Quit Ft. Travis Barker
12. Not That Bad Ft. Jody Highroller
15. Same Way Pt. 2$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Jerome Derradji presents: Bang The Box! - The Lost Story Of AKA Dance MusicJerome Derradji and Still Music are proud to present "Bang The Box! The (lost) story of AKA Dance Music", a label launched by Matt Warren in 1987, months after he left Sunset Records Inc. (see Kill Yourself Dancing on Still Music). In a fantastically packaged DLP and DCD and including a full story written by Jacob Arnold, "Bang The Box!" showcases the classic AKA releases along with 14 lost house gems that will make you go back to the time when House music was king in the Windy City.1. Matt Waren & Michaelangelo - Rock It
2. Matt Waren - Bang The Box (Bang The House Mix)
3. Nexus 6 - Take Me Higher (The Ulimate Acid Mix)
4. Michaelango - Lost In The World
5. Team - The Music's Got Me (Club Mix)
6. Modern Mechanical Music - Pleasure Dome (House Mix)
7. Matt Warren & Michaelangelo - Dont Bring Back Memories
8. Michaelangelo - Alternative House$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Feed Me Violence (Pre-Order)Let down your hair and rip off your shirt, Speed Metal is back! With lustful joy, the Belgians of EVIL INVADERS wallow in those mad days of early Metallica and Slayer, when Thrash Metal was marked with speed and metal's madness was bigger than the Beatlemania. Their second monstrosity of an album is called Feed The Violence and delivers true Thrash Metal in its rawest strength: wasted and wild, lightning-swift and erratic! Full-throated Heavy Metal-screams that would make Rob Halford proud shoot over electrifying whirlwinds of solo guitars. Prepare yourself for massive divebombs and a grim beating snare drum! A must-have for every guitar-freak that hails Dimebag Darrell and Randy Rhoads.1. Mental Penitentiary
2. As Life Slowly Fades
3. Suspended Reanimation
4. Broken Dreams In Isolation
5. Feed Me Violence
7. Shades Of Solitude
8. Anger Within
9. Among The Depths Of Sanity$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Late Night Tales: Django DjangoDjango Django is the latest band invited to curate a prestigious Late Night Tales collection, set for release on 5th May. Like many of the best British groups, the Djangos met at art school, specifically Edinburgh College Of Art, before reconnecting in London. Django Django released their self-titled debut album on quirky French indie Because in early 2012 to some acclaim, winding up in many critics' end of year lists (Top Ten in the NME and Top 30 in Rolling Stone, among them).
Their oddball approach to music, which sounds like the rich harmonies of the Mamas & Papas beamed through a refracting prism pointing towards Bo Diddley, Chicago house and outer-space (it's no surprise to learn that Django producer/drummer Dave Maclean's brother John was in the Beta Band, who also shared the same cinemascopic view of the pop landscape).
"Rollicking sing-alongs, galloping into disco sunsets like whisky-addled and leather-saddled bandits on the stolen backs of prairie wild mustangs," is how Django Django describe themselves. Which is another way of saying they're pop adventurists, as at home with Mad Mike's Underground Resistance as they are the blues rumble of Canned Heat. A bit like this delightful mix, then, which darts about like a gurgle of guppies after two too many espressos.
Check out mixes that rock between two-step delights like Roy Davis Jr's 'Gabrielle' to Nilsson's lyrically winsome 'Coconut'. At one end of the Django spectrum there's James Last, the terminally unhip Teuton, whose 'Inner City Blues' shows you can never underestimate the Germans, while at the far reaches of the mix, they manage to sneak in Ramadanman ('Bass Drums') and Hudson Mohawke and Lunice collaboration TNGHT's 'Bugg'n'. You can hear the echoes of influences in some of the selections, like The Beach Boys whose peerless 'Surf's Up' makes a welcome appearance halfway through, while Seals & Crofts' "Sweet Green Fields" show what sun-drenched pop can sound like when it's done well. And because it's Late Night Tales there's a sparkling cover version of 'Porpoise Song', the theme from The Monkees daffily brilliant 'Head', an admirably lysergic termination to this waltz through pop's nooks and cranberries. "You should never be afraid to make a fool of yourself for art," Dave Maclean once said. Let's raise a dram to Scotland's favourite fools on the hill.
"We wanted to produce a mix that represented the band. It's what we're all into, so everyone put forward suggestions. It's what we are as a band; and we're kids that have grown up with an obsession about our mum and dad's record collections, like '50s and 60s stuff and then got into hip hop and dance music as we grew up. At the heart of it all is our parents' collections, with our tastes mixed in. Our Late Night Tales pays homage to that."
Dave Maclean (Django Django)LP1
1. Leo Kottke - The Tennessee Toad
2. Gulp - Game Love
3. Bob James - Nautilus
4. James Last - Inner City Blues
5. Philip Glass - Floe
6. Map Of Africa - Bone
7. Seals & Crofts - Sweet Green Fields
8. The Millennium - To Claudia On Thursday
9. The Beach Boys - Surf's Up
10. Primal Scream - Carry Me Home
1. Massive Attack - Man Next Door
2. TNGHT - Bugg'n
3. Outkast - Slum Beautiful
4. Timmy Thomas - Why Can't We Live Together
5. Harry Nilsson - Coconut
6. Canned Heat - Poor Moon
7. Rick Miller - Future Directions
8. Django Django - Porpoise Song
9. Benedict Cumberbatch - Flat Of Angles pt.4$35.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Ghost Who WalksOn her debut disc, The Ghost Who Walks, Karen Elson spins intriguingly unsettling tales of lost love, dashed hope, romantic betrayal and various crimes of passion witnessed only by the full moon. In a coolly inviting voice, strumming an acoustic guitar, she summons up a dark yet seductive atmosphere, an after-midnight world that's irresistibly alluring. The arrangements for her small band - featuring the virtuosic Jackson Smith on guitar, Elson's longtime collaborator Rachelle Garniez on accordion and vocals, and husband-producer Jack White on drums -- evoke the lonesome side of country (''Cruel Summer'') or the tormented side of the blues (''The Truth Is In the Dirt''), with eerie organ touches, and keening electric guitars.
Until now, the British-born Elson has been better known as a top model, the face of ad campaigns for, among others, Armani, Prada, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent's Poison. With her pale white skin and shocking red hair, she seems an almost otherworldly presence on any given glossy page. While she assiduously worked as the face of various brands, she conducted an altogether different life behind the scenes as a singer and songwriter, honing what has proven to be her considerable skills. In part, she learned by doing: for the last five years, she's been a member, alongside Garniez, in the Weimar-style cabaret of New York City-based art and music collective The Citizens Band. Two of her more theatrical tracks, ''100 Years From Now'' and ''Mouths To Feed,'' inspired in part by author Tim Egan's dust bowl saga, The Worst Hard Time, were originally penned for her troupe, which combines bawdy entertainment with barbed political commentary.
The Ghost Who Walks may not be drawn literally from Elson's life, but it does represent an aspect of her psyche she's been brave enough to explore: ''I'm very much interested in the dark side of things. In my life, truthfully, I've had a lot of bizarre and dark experiences that have definitely colored the way I think about a lot of personal things. The music I have always listened to as well has had a sorrowful, mournful, if not murderous, quality to it.'' She pauses to laugh. ''I'm not saying I would ever want to kill anybody, but sometimes love can drag you to the very depths of yourself and - my God - make you so desperate and forlorn. I really respond to songs that write about that. Hank Williams, for crying out loud, speaking of being forlorn and forsaken -- there's a song I just heard of his, an early demo, that really resonated with me. Those songs move me in a way that happy go lucky songs don't.''1. The Ghost Who Walks
2. The Truth Is In The Dirt
3. Pretty Babies
5. 100 Years From Now
6. Stolen Roses
7. Cruel Summer
9. The Birds They Circle
10. A Thief At My Door
11. The Last Laugh
12. Mouths To Feed$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Poets Were My HeroesMorning Glory is made up of the stuff that the gritty, punk-crust motherland of New York's infamous Lower East Side has been known to spawn. This group of punkers and squatters had very humble beginnings indeed. Already in various other New York punk bands, Morning Glory first became the spark of an idea when Ezra Kire (Leftöver Crack, Choking Victim, INDK) took time off from touring and started to write some tunes in his NYC apartment.
In 2001, with nothing but a drum machine and an 8-track reel-to-reel, Ezra wrote and recorded the songs that would become Morning Glory's first LP, This Is No Time ta Sleep. Though it was self-recorded, home-released and had no touring support, it still managed to create a small but ubiquitous underground buzz. With a virtuosic range of musical elements such as ska, punk, metal, and even some rhyming, its catchy, anthemic sing-alongs showcased Ezra's flourishing writing talents. And while his lyrics stayed true to the caustic political edge of his other bands, the overall message remained more optimistic and leaned towards the humanistic, personal side of life.
In 2002, Ezra finally assembled a live band, handpicking musicians from the local NYC punk scene, including members of Nausea, World/Inferno Friendship Society and Stockyard Stoics. This lineup recorded the EP, The Whole World is Watching, released on Blacknoise Records in 2003. While the years that followed were spent recording and touring with Leftöver Crack, Morning Glory took a back seat.
But after these long years of touring, Ezra finally decided to give Morning Glory the attention it deserved in 2010 and began writing songs for what was to become the epic new album, Poets Were My Heroes. In the summer of 2011, Ezra and the band (with longtime members Early Gates, "Metal" Chris and Lucky Strano alongside new guitarist Adam Schrager) hit the studio with a barrage of new material. Picture the sonic kaleidoscope of punk noise meeting strings, horns, choirs, pianos and organs over a web of distorted guitars and marching, single kick pedal drums.
These are the sounds that make up Poets Were My Heroes, Morning Glory's Fat Wreck Chords debut and first full-length album recorded with a live band. Re-enlisting producer Jesse Cannon (The Menzingers, Saves the Day), a wealth of material was recorded, with only the very strongest songs being chosen to make up the album. It is both grand and elaborate, with each song evoking a different mood and style, challenging the musicianship of even the most dexterous players, while still maintaining its punk-inspired simplicity.
While the band itself has described themselves as "somewhere between Oasis and The Clash," they continue to break rules and write music that is true only to themselves, adhering to no genres, creeds or political factions. The sing-along choruses give the band a broader appeal than the standard politi-kill punk acts, but the key message is more subversive: "Think for yourself, decide for yourself, make up your own mind and love your friends. Only you know what is right for you. Together we are what we can't be alone." It's this unity in diversity that makes the band special and not just another punk outfit. Double vinyl includes digital download of full album.1. Everything's A Song (To Me)
2. Shelter From The Spoon
3. Poets Were My Heroes
4. March Of The Asylum
5. Quemar Las Fronteras
6. Divide By
7. Orphan's Holiday
10. Life's A Long Revenge
11. Another Way (Outside The Walls Of Eden)
12. Born To December$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Side PonyLake Street Dive announce their Nonesuch Records debut album, Side Pony. The four band members-drummer Michael Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, singer Rachael Price, and guitarist/trumpeter Michael McDuck Olson-worked with Nashville-based producer Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Secret Sisters) on the record.
Side Pony takes its name from a song on the record that refers to a whimsical hairstyle, but it also serves as a metaphor for Lake Street Dive's philosophy and personality as a band. As Kearney puts it, When we were settling on the album title, that one just stuck out to us as embodying the band's spirit. We've always been this somewhat uncategorizable, weird, outlying, genre-less band. That's the statement we wanted to make with this record: be yourself.
Olson echoes her sentiment: It has also come to mean anything you're doing for the sheer joy of it. We have always 'rocked our side pony.' Now we have a convenient phrase for it.
Cobb's working method was to keep the recording fast and loose, as live-in-the-studio as possible, and to embrace the unorthodox. This provided Lake Street Dive with a welcome challenge: an opportunity to experiment with sound and arrangements and to collaborate on songwriting in a way the band had never attempted before.
Calabrese says of the recording process, Dave's process was mercurial, changing direction quickly, going from 'we don't have anything' to 'we've got it!' He continues, We weren't always so sure. But then we'd listen to a comp and we'd agree that he'd heard something we hadn't.
Price adds, It was great to see, through this particular recording process, how beautifully our individual strengths complement each other.1. Godawful Things
2. Close to Me
3. Call Off Your Dogs
4. Spectacular Failure
5. I Don't Care About You
6. So Long
7. How Good It Feels
8. Side Pony
9. Hell Yeah
11. Can't Stop
12. Saving All My Sinning$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Heart On My SleeveBefore Mary Lambert achieved "quasi-stardom" (as she puts it in her typical self-deprecating way) for writing and singing the hook on Macklemore & Ryan
Lewis' marriage equality anthem "Same Love," the Seattle native was an aspiring singer-songwriter who also worked as a brunch waitress and bartender.
After years of struggling both financially and personally, Lambert suddenly found herself signed to Capitol Records, releasing an EP (Welcome To The
Age of My Body), nominated for two Grammy Awards (for "Song of the Year" and "Album of The Year"), and making history performing on the Grammy
telecast with Macklemore, Lewis, and Madonna, while Queen Latifah memorably married 33 couples. "I like to describe Heart On My Sleeve as a pop
album with a conscience," Lambert says about her debut full-length album. "So I made a list of goals" to: 1. Have fun. 2. Create something catchy. 3.
Create something that positively impacts the world. 4. Stay true to yourself. 5. Make money. "Is that okay to say?" she asks.
Written within the past year (with lyrics by Lambert and music co-written by Lambert, co-producers Eric Rosse and Benny Cassette, and songwriter
MoZella), Heart On My Sleeve is an honest depiction of where Lambert is now. "I can only write about the experiences I've had. I signed to a major label. I
went through a break-up. I figured out how to be an independent person. I have been terrifyingly honest to the public about traumatic events in my life. I
met the woman of my dreams. I have been on the road nonstop, away from those I love, but with the opportunity to sing about gay rights to hundreds of
thousands of people. This album is inspired by the depth of all of that love, and the journey that it takes to get there." "Heart On My Sleeve" is a dusky
love song that Lambert chose as the title track because she felt it summed up how she approached writing the lyrics on the album. "I've always lived my
life completely open, both to getting hurt, but also to love," she says. Lambert also spells out her mission on the album's first single, "Secrets," which - set
to a buoyant pop melody and hand-claps - is meant to encourage vulnerability.1. Secrets
2. So Far Away
3. Rib Cage ft. K Flay, Angel Haze
4. Dear One
5. When You Sleep
6. Chasing the Moon
7. Jessie's Girl
9. Heart on My Sleeve
10. Wounded Animal
11. Sum of Our Parts$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now