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Something About KnowingA wonderfully warm presence." -NPR
Maria Taylor's Something About Knowing beckons with the opening track "Folk Song Melody," a
mesmerizing acoustic-with-celestial-atmospherics composition crafted around a wordless singsong
passage that's instantly familiar. "That section says everything without words and the rest of the record
fills in the emotions," she says. And the emotions brimming on the album are bliss and contentment.
On the title track, with a molasses flow, Maria names her blessings from the diurnal to the divine. Here
she sings: "I got you/I got me/I heard the sweetest voice call me mommy/got my old 5 string/I've got
everything." The music is balmy with a sweetly swaying groove, angelic backup vocals, gospel organs,
and a shooting star guitar melody. The stunning "Tunnel Vision" is expansive and chiming pop with a
Something About Knowing's
spirit of "coming home with
confidence" extends from
Maria's personal and artistic
peacefulness to the team she
picked to surround herself
with while making this album.
She enlisted producer Mike
Mogis, an essential creative
foil on her first two records.
Her brother Macey Taylor
played bass on every song as
well as keyboards and piano.
And her old high school music
pal Brad Armstrong co-wrote,
played on, and recorded two
tracks in his garage. "There we
were back in his garage, only
now we both had kids running
around, it was really special,"
Maria says. Longtime friend and collaborator Andy LeMaster mixed these two songs. Additionally,
Maria recorded the track "This Is It" with Lester Nuby, and Daniel Farris-two trusted companions
she worked with on her last two records-at home in Birmingham, Alabama.1. Folk Song Melody
2. Up All Night
3. Tunnel Vision
4. Sum of Our Lives
5. You've Got a Way with the Light
6. Something About Knowing
7. This Is It
8. Broken Objects
9. Saturday in June
10. A Lullaby for You$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Christmas Album
180 Gram White Vinyl
Traditional Christmas songs performed and arranged by Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and Maria Taylor along with the help of Jake Bellows, Gretta Cohn, Armand Costanzo, Denver Dalley, Stefanie Drootin, Orenda Fink, Neely Jenkins, Jiha Lee, Andy LeMaster, Mike Mogis, Matt Oberst, Stephen Pedersen, Blake Sennett, Macey Taylor, and Nick White.
Check out the album The New York Times called the saddest, sweetest holiday recording you hear all season.1. Away In A Manger
2. Blue Christmas
3. Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem
4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
5. The First Noel
6. Little Drummer Boy
7. White Christmas
8. Silent Night
9. Silver Bells
10. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
11. The Night Before Christmas$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Drawing Down The Moon (Awaiting Repress)It's been nearly seven years since Azure Ray duo Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor released their critically acclaimed and most recent album Hold On Love. With 3 prior full-lengths and an EP, the duo drew fans from around the globe with their transcendent songwriting and stunning vocals, and Drawing Down the Moon is an even more impressive and beguiling delight. Azure Ray are famed for their bittersweet melancholy and Drawing Down is a perfect ode to their harmonious musical gifts.1.Wake Up, Sleepyhead
2.Don't Leave My Mind
3.In the Fog
5.On and On Again
6.Make Your Heart
8.Signs In the Leaves
9.Love and Permanence
10.Shouldn't Have Loved
12.Walking In Circles$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Maria Taylor has been beguiling listeners since 1997, from her start in Little Red Rocket as a teenager to her time spent as half of the acclaimed duo Azure Ray to her career as a solo artist. Shes released a trio of varied, accomplished, and successful solo albums over six years; 2005s 11:11, 2007s Lynn Teeter Flower, 2009s LadyLuck and in 2010, after a six-year hiatus from Azure Ray, she reunited with Orenda Fink for the bands fourth album, Drawing Down The Moon.
Taylors journey has carried her from hometown Birmingham, AL, to Athens, GA, to Omaha, NE, and to Los Angeles, CA, and on tours all over the world. Guided by an indomitable inner compass, her instincts called her home to Birmingham in early 2010. She packed her things in LA and drove southeasterly, unsure exactly why but heading back to her family and to the South, which has always greatly influenced her music.
It was surprising to Taylor then, that after buying her first house and settling in, she was unable to write any songs for an entire year. Concerned, but busy with touring and promotion around Azure Rays new album, she carried on. Then last December during a month-long break, she finally wrote a song, the ruminative and haunting Happenstance, and the floodgates opened. Taylor hid away in her bedroom for two weeks, writing and demo-ing the nine songs that now make up her lush fourth LP Overlook.
With a distinct, raw sound in mind, Taylor self-produced for the first time and called upon friend and neighbor Lester Nuby III (Verbena, Vulture Whale) to engineer Overlook. She sought to capture the sound of the South, of Alabama and its music scene, enlisting a host of local musicians to flesh out the album and lend their personalities to the songs. These contributions proved invaluable: Browan Lollar (Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit) handled lead guitar on all tracks, while adding acoustic and lap steel throughout; brother Macey (The Mystic Valley Band, A.A. Bondy) played bass on the entire record, adding banjo, organ, and keys; and Nuby provided his formidable drumming skills on two tracks, while Taylor herself played the remaining drum parts. Sister Kate played and sang on a couple of songs, including Matador, and dad Macey, Sr. played mandolin and sang on Bad Idea?, which was recorded completely live after only a few practices, simply seven of her close friends standing in a circle, making music. The sessions ran loose and easy, with family and friends often stopping in and spending time as she recorded. Taylor even hired LA-based but Birmingham-native Daniel Farris to mix the album, and her friend, local artist Margarette Simmons, designed Overlooks artwork.
In addition to tracking many songs live, Taylor kept a number of her own demo tracks (drum, guitar, keyboard) recorded in her bedroom straight to her computer without a microphone, in the final songs; the result maintains the unguarded honesty captured in the first moments of creation.
Much of Overlook is about the searching and uncertainties that come with growing up and growing older. The songs vary in sound from alluringly bold and immediate, and softer contemplation. Masterplan is the taut, simmering intro to the albums richness, all thundering drums, jangly guitar, and soaring keys, as Taylors evocative vocals haunt like a warning bell. Matador then shifts gears to a sultry, lusciously modern take on 60s pop strut unlike anything shes written before. Relationship gone-sour tale In A Bad Way follows later in the album and shares a similarly seductive, but looser, groove. The old-time shuffle of Bad Idea? could have been heard in a 1920s speakeasy, while the sunny guitars of This Could Take A Lifetime belie the dark and longing ache found within the songs bedrock. All through Overlook, Taylors voice is illuminating, drawing listeners in with its warm and resolute yet vulnerable grace.1. Masterplan
4. Like It Does
5. Bad Idea?
6. Idle Mind
7. In A Bad Way
8. This Could Take a Lifetime
9. Along for the Ride$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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As Above So Below (On Sale)For Drawing Down the Moon, we focused on revisiting the very first Azure Ray record. That approach facilitated Orenda (Fink) and I bringing our sound together stylistically and emotionally after working so many years apart, explains vocalist Maria Taylor. For As Above So Below, we wanted it to be more like Azure Ray in an alternate universe. Sonically As Above is a sparser, more minimal and more electronic experience than past albums.1 - Scattered Like Leaves
2 - Red Balloon
3 - Unannounced
4 - To This Life
5 - The Heart Has Its Reasons
6 - We Could Wake$14.99 $11.84 Save $3.15 (21%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
McCarthy TrenchingDan McCarthy has spent the past five years playing/touring with Mayday, Neva Dinova, The Good Life, Orenda Fink, Maria Taylor, Bright Eyes, and others. He's also contributed to other bands' recordings such as Cursive's Happy Hollow and Tilly And The Wall's Bottoms Of Barrels. His self-titled album is a distillation of two collections of songs from Old Habits (2003's self-released nine song collection of drinking songs and waltzes) and 2005-2006's It's Got Nothing To Do With The Drinking, given to only a handful of friends and family before Team Love expressed interest in releasing a best of what you've put on tape so far.1.I Am Not Long For This World
6.Victories of Ancestry, The
7.Hotel Lobby Bar
10.Running Away Blues
11.Wood Will Be Awake Tonight, The
12.My Old Ways
13.It's Not Always Pretty$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
RingDelicate Cutters return in 2012 with Ring, their third album overall and second for Skybucket Records.
Not a revivalist outfit, not a gimmick band peddling an image as identity, Delicate Cutters are a band from the American South. Theirs is a music about the remarkable and mundane moments comprising a human existence. About the connective tissue found between them.
For the follow-up to their heralded 2011 release Some Creatures, Delicate Cutters opted to forgo the home studio for the first time. Recording at Ol Elegante Studio under the guidance of Lester Nuby III (Verbena, Vulture Whale, Maria Taylor, Wooden Wand) Delicate Cutters have delivered their most focused and dynamic recordings to date.
From the deep country haunt of Where the Cottonmouths Hung, the manic turn of Tilt-A-Whirl, to the slow burn of New Life and strung out revelations of Resurrection Fern, Delicate Cutters emerge as a band in full command of its voice and fearless in using it.1. Where the Cottonmouths Hung
2. Whenever U R Broken
4. Warm Day in April
5. Precious Stone
6. You Want Her
7. Rattling from Our Cages
8. New Life
9. Backup Plan
10. Resurrection Fern$15.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dead FingersTaylor Hollingsworth and Kate Taylor singing together is a match made in heaven. You might know Taylor from previous solo albums or bands but most likely from Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band. He was the guitar player who also wrote and sang Snake Hill and Air Mattress on the album Outer South. If youve seen Maria Taylor play then you have most likely seen Kate in her band either playing keys, drums, or bass, and most importantly, harmonizing the soft beautiful background melodies. Nowadays, Kate and Taylor have joined forces in the band Dead Fingers.
In a time when guy-girl duos are becoming quite popular, this one is not just some gimmick, however perfect the timing and package may be. In fact, this Alabama duo are recently married and the two just recorded their first self titled full-length with Bruce Watson (RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough , AA Bondy), and it is being released on Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum Records.
While showing a wide range of styles, ranging from duet styled songs like those of John Prine and Iris DeMent, X, or Lee Hazelwood and Ann Margaret, to straight up great classic rock bands like the Stones, Beatles, or even Traveling Wilburys, this band should find a nice home with fans of more current duos like She and Him, Jenny and Johnny and Civil Wars.1. Closet Full of Bones
2. Another Planet
3. 4 Stone Coaches
4. Hold On To
5. Ring Around Saturn
6. Please Don't Let Me Go
7. Against The River
8. On My Way
9. Lost In Mississippi
10. Never Be My Man
11. Wheels and Gasoline$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SalutationsConor Oberst will release a new album, Salutations, on Nonesuch Records.
The album is a companion piece to 2016's lauded Ruminations. When Oberst wrote and recorded the songs on Ruminations, entirely solo-with just voice, piano, guitar and harmonica-he intended to ultimately record them with a full band. In the midst of putting together that band-upstate New York's The Felice Brothers plus the legendary drummer Jim Keltner (Neil Young, Jackson Browne, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and many more)-the passionate responses Oberst was getting to those first solo recordings, from friends and colleagues, encouraged him to release the songs as-is, in their original sparse form, as his seventh solo album: Ruminations, which was released in October 2016. The Sunday Times of London called it the rawest album yet from the forever troubled one-time voice of a generation and political and very, very personal, saying Oberst is one of the best songwriters around.
Meanwhile, Oberst simultaneously moved ahead with his plans to record with the band, heading to the famed Shangri-la Studios in Malibu to record Salutations-co-produced with Keltner and engineered by long-time musical compadre Andy LeMaster. Guest contributions come courtesy of Jim James, Blake Mills, Maria Taylor, M Ward, Gillian Welch, Gus Seyffert, Pearl Charles, Nathaniel Walcott, and Jonathan Wilson.
Salutations includes full-band versions of the ten songs from Ruminations, plus seven additional songs, some from an additional session at Five Star Studios in Echo Park in fall 2016.
Oberst says of the Salutations sessions: Jim was really the captain of the ship and the spiritual leader of the project. We leaned heavy on his fifty-plus years of musical insight to get us to where we needed to be. He brought such depth and dignity to the proceedings that made everyone else involved rise to the occasion. It was a true stroke of luck that he got involved when he did.LP 1
1. Too Late to Fixate
2. Gossamer Thin
5. Next Of Kin
7. Mamah Borthwick (A Sketch)
8. Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out
1. Barbary Coast (Later)
3. Empty Hotel by the Sea
4. Anytime Soon
5. Counting Sheep
6. Rain Follows the Plow
7. You All Loved Him Once
8. A Little Uncanny
9. Salutations$26.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Mahler Symphony No. 1Cut from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios
Grammy Award Winner 1972: Best Orchestral Performance
Carlo Giulini conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for this performance of Mahler's First Symphony on audiophile vinyl.
Carlo Maria Giulini (1914-2005) made his American debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as far back as 1955 but he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor in 1969, an appointment very much instigated by the Music Director of the CSO, Sir Georg Solti, who needed someone to share conducting duties whilst Solti was still running the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Giulini made several magnificent recordings with the CSO for EMI during this period, including another Grammy Award-winning recording: the Brahms Violin Concerto with Itzhak Perlman, available on (HIQLP033.)
Recorded on 30 March 1971 at the Medinah Temple, Chicago, with producer Christopher Bishop and engineer Carson Taylor.
Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional 'advance' playback head, making the cut a totally analogue process.
Pressed on 180g vinyl to audiophile standards using the original EMI presses by The Vinyl Factory in Hayes, England.
In the original August 1971 review in the GRAMOPHONE Edward Greenfield remarked:
"If you want a Mahler First above all for beauty of tone and phrasing and precision of ensemble, then this is a plain first choice. In addition Giulini's qualities suit this work. For all the orchestral sophistication, he has a transparent honesty which accords well with Mahler in 'Wayfaring Lad' mood. Nor does he use the Chicago orchestra's virtuosity to whip up excitement in fast tempi... Giulini's, sumptuously beautiful all through and never merely slick and over-polished, is certainly one to add to the list of top recommendations, not least for the gorgeousness of the recorded sound... which is even richer than in the three finely-recorded rivals which I list [Solti, Kubelik and Horenstein]."
• Hi-Q Records Supercuts 180g Vinyl
• Cut from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!
• Superior Audiophile Pressing
• Features Original Album Artwork
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Carlo Maria Giulini
This title is not eligible for discount.Mahler
Symphony No. 1 in D
1. Langsam. Schleppend, Wie ein Naturlaut
2. Kraftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
3. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
4. Sturmisch bewegtbewegter, wie im Anfang$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now