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First Time On Vinyl Since 1993
Mastered Directly From Original Analog Tapes
Six Tracks Produced By Kurt Cobain
Cover Art By Legendary Artist Frank Kozik
Includes The Vinyl-only Bonus Track ''Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa)'' Originally By The MC5
Signed to Atlantic Records in the hubbub after Nirvana's Nevermind exploded, the Melvins' fifth album Houdini was a conscious attempt by the band to make a record that wouldn't alienate their fans but that the band members themselves would also enjoy. Their best-selling release by a country-mile, this album crested at number 29 on on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Houdini would be most folks introduction to the band and songs like ''Honeybucket'' received MTV airplay.
LP Packaging: Single pocket gatefold sleeves, direct to board
Manufacturer: United Record Pressing1. Hooch
2. Night Goat
4. Going Blind
5. Honey Bucket
6. Hag Me
7. Set Me Straight
8. Sky Pup
9. Joan of Arc
12. Pearl Bomb
12. Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa)$20.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Funky Skull1. Funky Skull-Parts 1 & 2
2. Ma, She's Makin' Eyes At Me
3. Bold And Black
4. Dance Of The Dervish
5. Everybody Loves My Baby
6. Cold Duck Time-Parts 1 & 2
7. Say What
8. Funky Doo
9. Silver Cycles$13.99Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
First Time On Vinyl Since 1996
Mastered Directly From Original Analog Tapes
Portions Of The Album Recorded At The Legendary Sound City Studios
The final album in the Melvins' major label span, Stag finds the band fully spreading their wings (and budget) to create what is arguably their most wide-ranging and diverse album among the nearly two-dozen full-length studio albums the band has released since 1987.
LP Packaging: Double pocket gatefold sleeves, direct to board
Manufacturer: United Record PressingLP 1
1. The Bit
3. Bar-X-The Rocking M
4. Yacobs Lab
5. The Bloat
6. Tipping The Lion
7. Black Bock
1. Buck Owens
4. Skin Horse
5. Captain Pungent
7. Cottonmouth$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
GoatRemastered from Original Masters by Steve Albini and Bob Weston.
A head-splitting jolt of relentless anxiety, frantic paranoia, concussive racket, and oddball frenzy, The Jesus Lizards Goat became an instant indie-rock landmark upon its 1991 release. Instigating, cutthroat, and snarling through broken teeth, it became the blueprint followed by the likes of Nirvana, Helmet, Fugazi, and the Melvins, and its never sounded better!
Part of Touch & Gos stellar Jesus Lizard reissue campaign, the pioneering Goat has been meticulously remastered from the original tapes by Bob Weston (Mission of Burma, Shellac) and original engineer Steve Albini. The new pressing presents Goat in a sonic light that exceeds even the best expectations. Theres greater space between instruments, heightened dynamics, a more solidified mid-range, extended imaging, deeper soundstage, and an incredible boost in energy. Benefitting from Albinis dry, no-frills production, indie-rock has seldom sounded so dangerous, physical, or fervent.
Vinyl packaged in deluxe gatefold album jacket with 12 x 24 double sided color insert including never before seen photos, and extensive liner notes by the band and by journalists who were there when it was all happening.1. Then Comes Dudley
2. Mouth Breather
5. Monkey Trick
7. South Mouth
8. Lady Shoes
9. Rodeo in Joliet
10. (intentionally blank track)$22.99Remastered Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hex (Awaiting Repress)Fifth official studio album. Band leader Dylan Carlson is regarded as an innovator in ambient, experimental, drone, doom circles. Known mostly for the Black Sabbath-meets-Melvins played at 16 RPM sound, they branch out here, incorporating new influences and continuing to innovate. Bold, vital, and essential.1. Mirage
2. Land Of Some Other Order
3. The Dire And Ever Circling Wolves
4. Left In The Desert
5. Lens Of Unrectified Night
6. An Inquest Concerning Teeth
7. Raiford (The Felon Wind)
8. The Dry Lake
9. Tethered To The Polestar$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Hold It InThe Melvins return with Hold It In, their first studio album as a quartet since 2010's The Bride Screams Murder. Joining Buzz Osborne and
Dale Crover for the 12-song outing are Butthole Surfers' guitar player Paul Leary and bass player JD Pinkus. Hold It In was recorded in both Los Angeles
and Austin earlier this year.
Hold It In is a refreshing piece of fiction in a boring world of fact and bullshit, said Osborne. Paul is one of the best guitar players I have ever heard and
Pinkus has an outside the box type of approach to both guitar and bass that you just have to let it ride. I can't believe this actually happened. I'm thrilled.
It's very rare you get a chance to work with three folks from the 'Break A Wish' foundation, all at the same time, said Pinkus. I believe they'll remember
their experience with me forever (or until they finally all lose their fight with S.I.D.S).1. Bride Of Crankenstein
2. You Can Make Me Wait
3. Brass Cupcake
4. Barcelonian Horseshoe Pit
5. Onions Make The Milk Taste Bad
6. Sesame Street Meat
7. Nine Yards
8. The Bunk Up
9. I Get Along Hollow Moon
10. Piss Pisstoferson$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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A Walk With Love And Death (On Sale)The Melvins have announced their first double album, A Walk With Love and Death, set for release via Ipecac Recordings. The dual albums find the trio of Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover, and Steve McDonald showcasing two distinct sides to the band's music: Death, a proper Melvins' release, and Love, the score to the Jesse Nieminen directed, self-produced short also titled A Walk With Love and Death.
"This was a huge undertaking," explained band ringleader Buzz Osborne. "All three things: the album, the soundtrack, and the film are benchmarks for us."
Drummer Dale Crover added, "A Walk With Love and Death is one giant, dark, moody, psychotic head trip! Not for the faint of heart. You'll sleep with the lights on after listening."
The albums, which include guests Joey Santiago (The Pixies), Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes/Crystal Fairy) and Anna Waronker (That Dog), were self-produced with engineer Toshi Kosai.LP 1: Love
1. Aim High
2. Queen Powder Party
3. Street Level St. Paul
4. The Hidden Juice
5. Give it to Me
6. Chicken Butt
7. Eat Yourself Out
9. Halfway to the Bakersfield Mall
10. Pacoima Normal
11. Park Head
13. Track Star
14. The Asshole Bastard
LP 2: Death
1. Black Heath
2. Sober-delic (acid only)
4. What's Wrong With You
5. Edgar the Elephant
6. Christ Hammer
7. Flaming Creature
8. Cactus Party
9. Cardboro Negro$38.99 $27.29 Save $11.70 (30%)Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Melvins: Live At Third Man Records 05-30-2013Recorded Direct-To-Acetate by the double-drummer quartet on May 30th, 2013 in our Blue Room, this show shook pictures off the walls of Third Man headquarters and had the crowd begging for two things: earplugs, and for the night to never end.
United Record Pressing1. Charmicarmicat
2. It's Shoved
4. At the Stake
7. Your Blessened$14.99Vinyl LP (Direct-to-Acetate) - Sealed Buy Now
Stoner Witch (Awaiting Repress)
First Time On Vinyl Since 1994
Mastered Directly From Original Analog Tapes
The stellar seventh studio album by the Melvins is one of the most cohesive and beloved in the band's catalog. With fan favorites like ''Revolve'' and ''Queen'' balanced with the impressive sound explorations of ''Lividity'' and ''Shevil,'' the result is one of the most praised albums of the band's 30+ year career.
LP Packaging: Single pocket gatefold sleeves, direct to board
Manufacturer: United Record Pressing1. Skweetis
3. Sweet Willy Rollbar
5. Goose Freight Train
7. At The Stake
8. Magic Pig Detective
10. June Bug
11. Lividity$20.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Basses LoadedIt's 2016 and the Melvins have an album called Basses Loaded coming out that features six different bass players. That's right SIX different bass players. NEW Melvins bass players for this go around are Steve McDonald from the legendary Los Angeles glam punk band Redd Kross and their old friend Krist Novoselic from Nirvana! Making return appearances are former and probably future bass players Jeff Pinkus (Butthole Surfers), Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle/Fantomas), Jared Warren (Big Business) and Dale Crover.
Six bass players? Is this a joke? What IS the deal with these ceaseless idiots? Can't they just settle in and be happy with ONE line up?
I suppose it figures considering how many goddam bass players they've had up until this point.
Nonetheless Basses Loaded actually works!
According to King Buzzo, "More is more! As hard as it might be to believe, all of these bass players contribute something of their own to Basses Loaded which gives the whole album a good kick right in it's big fat ass."
Recording with Krist Novoselic is something that should have happened a long time ago but rumor has it that he's been busy doing things like playing bass with Paul McCartney and getting his ass inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's hard to believe he even bothered with this! Ha!
Butthole Surfer and Honky member Jeff Pinkus played on the Melvins' album Hold it In and has done shit load of touring with the boys in the last few years.
Trevor Dunn recorded the Freak Puke album with these guys as well as played bass on the Melvins' record setting US tour where they played all 50 states plus DC in 51 days. This was also released as a tour DVD last year entitled Across the USA in 51 Days, the Movie!
Jared Warren is a Melvins' veteran having recorded the Senile Animal, Nude with Boots and The Bride Screamed Murder albums as well as the Bulls and the Bees EP. Dale Crover is usually the Melvins drummer but slid over to bass when they brought back original drummer Mike Dillard for the Tres Cabrones album (this line-up was called Melvins 1983).
Steve McDonald has been in Redd Kross since he was 11 and he's a founding member of Los Angeles hardcore band OFF! plus he's got REALLY good stories about the "rock scene" in Los Angeles! The Melvins have a shit load of touring planned with Steven this year so this whole thing is a really big deal.1. The Decay of Lying (Steve McDonald)
2. Choco Plumbing (Jared Warren)
3. Beer Hippie (Dale Crover)
4. I Want To Tell You (Steve McDonald)
5. Captain Come Down (Jeff Pinkus)
6. Hideous Women (Steve McDonald)
7. Shaving Cream (Dale Crover)
8. Planet Distructo (Trevor Dunn)
9. War Pussy (Steve McDonald)
10. Maybe I Am Amused (Krist Novoselic)
11. Phyllis Dillard (Dale Crover)
12. Take Me Out to the Ballgame (Dale Crover)$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
King BuzzoIn 1992 the Melvins' fascination / adoration / denigration of the mighty KISS rock and roll universe compelled them to excrete out three solo masterworks inspired by the KISS solo LPs. The first in the series is King Buzzo, from the Melvins' giggling guitar grumpus. Four songs of atmospheric clanging and rockin' banging. Also features the many talents, drumming and otherwise, of a famous Grunge superstar, whose name sort of rhymes with New Wave Asshole. The second in the series is Dale Crover, from the Melvins' sleepy drum caveman. Four songs of gloomy heaviness, with Dale doin' the drummin', singin', guitarin', and dancin'. The third in the series is Joe Preston, from the Melvins' electronic beard warlord. Three songs of fuzz bass computer drone temper tantrum. All three 12-inches reissued on vinyl after 100,000 years out of print.
This item is not eligible for discount.1. Isabella
4. Skeeter$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
$21.99 $15.39 Save $6.60 (30%)
Never Breathe What You Can't See (On Sale)At last the long-rumored tag-team assault on God, Justice and the American Way of Life is set to grind your minds and pummel your craniums. The project hatched when the Melvins approached Jello, expressing their outrage at the phony Dead Kennedys cash-in reunion tour and proposed their own tour backing Jello playing all Dead Kennedys songs. Jello replied that he would rather write new songs and a band was born. The music is heavy and catchy, the sharp tongue and deadly riffs are everywhere, so if you think these guys have finally mellowed with age or matured as artists, think again.1. Plethysmograph
2. McGruff the Crime Dog
3. Yuppie Cadillac
4. Islamic Bomb
5. Lighter Side of Global Terrorism
6. Caped Crusader
7. Enchanted Thoughtfist
8. Dawn of the Locusts$21.99 $15.39 Save $6.60 (30%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Joe Preston (Awaiting Repress)In 1992 the Melvins' fascination / adoration / denigration of the mighty KISS rock and roll universe compelled them to excrete out three solo masterworks inspired by the KISS solo LPs. The first in the series is King Buzzo, from the Melvins' giggling guitar grumpus. Four songs of atmospheric clanging and rockin' banging. Also features the many talents, drumming and otherwise, of a famous Grunge superstar, whose name sort of rhymes with New Wave Asshole. The second in the series is Dale Crover, from the Melvins' sleepy drum caveman. Four songs of gloomy heaviness, with Dale doin' the drummin', singin', guitarin', and dancin'. The third in the series is Joe Preston, from the Melvins' electronic beard warlord. Three songs of fuzz bass computer drone temper tantrum. All three 12-inches reissued on vinyl after 100,000 years out of print.
This item is not eligible for discount.1. The Eagle Has Landed
3. Hands First Flower$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
MudhoneyWith only several singles to their credit (including their classic Touch Me I'm Sick), Mudhoney set out to record their first full-length album in 1989 for the Sub Pop label. With the late-'80s rock scene focusing on glam and thrash metal, Mudhoney and their ilk (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Screaming Trees, and the Melvins, etc.) were a refreshing break from the norm.
Mudhoney remains one of the band's finest albums, offering an abundance of stripped down, brash three chord rockers. For a taste of Seattle rock before it became copied and homogenized by the mid-'90s, just check out such cuts as This Gift, Flat Out Fucked, You Got It and the suicide tale By Her Own Hand.1. This Gift
2. Flat Out Fucked
3. Get Into Yours
4. You Got It
5. Magnolia Caboose Babyshit
6. Come to Mind
7. Here Comes Sickness
8. Running Loaded
9. The Farther I Go
10. By Her Own Hand
11. When Tomorrow Hits
12. Dead Love$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
It is with an immense amount of pride that Southern Lord brings you a mighty offering from the gods known as Sleep! In 2011, Southern Lord was contacted by Sleeps' Al Cisneros about the possibility of releasing a deluxe version of the classic Sleep recording: Dopesmoker. Cisneros wanted to breathe some new life into the old beast and finally have the original vision of the album fully realized. Southern Lord was overwhelmingly ecstatic about the challenge of taking the reigns of one of the most important recordings in the history of Heavy Metal!
The Lord version features brand new artwork by long time Sleep artist, Arik Roper, who created something specifically special for the albums' rebirth. The biggest difference between this new version and the old releases is the phenomenal remastering job by From Ashes Rise guitarist, Brad Boatright (OFF!, Noothgrush, Deviated Instinct). His vision was to enhance the original recording without changing it drastically.
What he has done makes this epic opus sound invigorated, more powerful with renewed clarity and all-around unbelievably mammoth. His work was enthusiastically approved by the band and considering how focused, vigilant and protective of their masterpiece the band is, that is nothing short of a miracle! Also exclusive to the reborn version of Dopesmoker, is a unreleased live track of one of the best songs the band ever did, "Holy Mountain." Purple 180g double vinyl pressing from Southern Lord with bonus track and brand new artwork in thick Stoughton gatefld jacket with spot uv-varnish.
Formed as a Bay Area hc/punk rock band called Asbestosdeath, the band changed their musical direction and name and debuted as Sleep with their Volume One album in 1991. After Justin Marler left the band, the core lineup of Al Cisneros, Matt Pike and Chris Hakius went into the studio to record a demo cassette that they sent to Earache Records. The recording was released in November of 1992 (exactly as received by the label!) under the name Sleep's Holy Mountain and went on to forever alter the musical landscape. Countless current bands cite Sleep's Holy Mountain as a major inspiration, and the unique sound and style of the record can be heard in many subsequent releases by bands from all over the world.
Sleep's Holy Mountain created such a humongous buzz that major label London Records signed the band. Unfortunately, the label lacked the vision necessary to actually follow through and release the album that Sleep recorded, mostly because it took the not-radio-friendly form of a single song, a 63 minute long ode to weed, called "Dopesmoker." Sleep returned to the studio and edited the track down to 52 minutes and re-titled it "Jerusalem," but it was again rejected. London Records shelved the record and dropped the band, leading to their dissolution.
Dopesmoker was recorded by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Melvins) at Record Two Studio in Comptche, California. While recording the song, it began to form differently than the band had originally envisioned. Pike stated that "The song was getting slower and slower and then it got weird. We started tripping out and second guessing ourselves." Recording the album was difficult. Pike recalled that "There was so much to memorize for that album, and we had to do it in like three different sections because a reel-to-reel only holds 22 minutes. It was really cool, but it was one of the hardest things I've ever done in in my life." Sleep were in the studio for one month then went home to rehearse and returned for another month. Pike noted that they ended up with two or three different versions of the song.
In the aftermath of the breakup of the band, four versions of the album were released. In 1999, Jerusalem came out with a running time of 52 minutes and is a single composition split into six identically-named tracks. There are 3 different versions/releases of Jerusalem: (1) a rare London Records promotional disc, (2) a bootleg with cover art by Arik Roper, and (3) the Rise Above/Music Cartel Records release. All three of these versions are edited and considered unauthorized versions. The version of the album titled Dopesmoker was released on April 22, 2003 by Tee Pee Records on compact disc and vinyl with a 63-minute running time. That version is the only version the band considers to be "authorized" and worthy of release. Dopesmoker stands as one of the towering achievements in recent metal history... a mesmerizing, intoxicating, and incredibly complex song that is still unrivaled in the annals of (stoner) metal!LP1
1. Holy Mountain (Live at the I-Beam, San Francisco, CA 1994)
2. Sonic Titan (Live at Gilman St, San Francisco, CA 1992)$28.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2LPs Sealed Buy Now
Dale Crover (Awaiting Repress)In 1992 the Melvins' fascination / adoration / denigration of the mighty KISS rock and roll universe compelled them to excrete out three solo masterworks inspired by the KISS solo LPs. The first in the series is King Buzzo, from the Melvins' giggling guitar grumpus. Four songs of atmospheric clanging and rockin' banging. Also features the many talents, drumming and otherwise, of a famous Grunge superstar, whose name sort of rhymes with New Wave Asshole. The second in the series is Dale Crover, from the Melvins' sleepy drum caveman. Four songs of gloomy heaviness, with Dale doin' the drummin', singin', guitarin', and dancin'. The third in the series is Joe Preston, from the Melvins' electronic beard warlord. Three songs of fuzz bass computer drone temper tantrum. All three 12-inches reissued on vinyl after 100,000 years out of print.
This item is not eligible for discount.1. Hex Me
2. Dead Wipe
4. Hurter$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Book Burner (Colored)
White Colored Vinyl
Limited To 1000 Copies
The undisputed kings of grind, Pig Destroyer return with their long awaited fourth proper full length Book Burner. The release is a resounding statement of championship, as every element of Pig Destroyer towers above their closest peers, a 32 minute, 19-song knockout punch of cerebral viciousness. Scott Hull's guitar heroics sound like a mutant double speed hybrid of Slayer and the Melvins jacked up on amphetamines, new skinsman Adam Jarvis is the pinnacle of inhuman drumming, Blake Harrison delivers layer upon layer of suffocating atmosphere and JR Hayes remains the poet laureate of extreme metal. Book Burner is the finest work of extreme music's best band!1. Sis
2. The American's Head
3. The Underground Man
5. The Diplomat
6. All Seeing Eye
7. Valley Of The Geysers
8. Book Burner
10. Baltimore Strangler
11. White Lady
12. The Bug
13. Iron Drunk
14. Burning Palm
15. Dirty Knife
17. Kamikaze Heart
18. King Of Clubs
19. Permanent Funeral$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Fake TrainComes on like an homage to Wire's 1 2 X U as filtered through Minor Threat and a broken bottle of Robitussin. - Pitchfork
It's no contest: Unwound is the best band of the '90s. - A.V. Club
After the Pacific Northwest grunge raids of the early '90s that saw Nirvana, Mudhoney, and even the Melvins hoisted up the major label flagpole, Unwound's 1993 debut came as a welcomed reprieve for underground noise-niks everywhere. A pulsing cluster of wiry feedback, lurching bass, and single stroke rolls, Fake Train entangles the energies of frustrated backpack emo, faded Riot Grrrl back issues, and their own dash of teen spirit and unleashes it all in an earsplitting 10-song assault.1. Dragnalus
2. Lucky Acid
3. Nervous Energy
4. Valentine Card
6. We Are And Was Or Is
8. Pure Pain Sugar
9. Gravity Slips
10. Star Spangled Hell
12. Feeling$ Real$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
RestarterHeavy rock titans TORCHE make their Relapse debut with the thunderous 'Restarter', a ten song triumph of an album. TORCHE rose to popularity merging huge infectious melodies with downtuned, crushing sludgey rock and on 'Restarter' they've perfected the marriage. This is a record that is simultaneously hum-able and heavy that will just as easily appeal to fans of Dinosaur Jr and Sonic Youth as it will Melvins and High On Fire-heads. But what truly sets TORCHE apart from their peers is their ability to use top-notch songwriting and soaring, harmonic vocals to create records that are heavier and louder and hookier than anyone else out there.1. Annihilation Affair
2. Bishop In Arms
4. Loose Men
7. No Servants
8. Believe It
9. Barrier Hammer
10. Restarter$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sculpted Beef EPWhite Shit is the mastermind of Andy Coronado (Monorchid, Skull Kontrol, Wrangler Brutes) on guitar and concepts, along with Jared Warren (Karp, Big Business, Melvins) on vocals and Cody Willis (Murder City Devils, Big Business, Melvins) on drums and TITS on bass. This 9 song Mini LP comes to you as a 12 and is an absolute hardcore crossover faster than sludge piece of work. White Shit don't want you too not think, they have a keen sense of design and politics that may seem shocking at first, but with a name like White Shit, you get what you pay for.1.Homeopathic Valtrex
2.Surfing Your Life Away
6.You'd Better Believe It
8.Time is the Boss
9.Jim Morrison$11.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rest In ChaosLet me explain what it's like to summarize Rest in Chaos. What you have here is, in the first place, the book of Genesis as deftly reconceived by Todd Snider who has been inhabited by a spirit resembling Philip K. Dick. The rest of the Hard Working Americans are under the direction (or perhaps in the thrall) of an older wiser Jimi Hendrix and a Frank Zappa no less exacting than he was when he departed. It is rock'n'roll music, past, present and future, and that's no dream, it's just a fact. There are moments here when the walls of Babel might be falling, there are moments when they are reinvented and every time you try to pin it down, it shows you something else. "Half Ass Moses," the third song, ends by declaring "The song wasn't all that complicated."
Like hell it isn't. When, in the very next song, "Dope is Dope," Todd Snider is a voice more inflammatory and gritty than I have ever heard from him before, "His mother didn't understand him / Whose mother ever does?" am I supposed to laugh, cry, applaud or beg for mercy. All that's really sure is, you're not leaving 'til the show's over. Even if you want to. There's nowhere else to go, and even if there were, the music's too good.
So much for metaphysics. The actual physics of the thing is seven billion people out for what they only think is a stroll, armed with nothing more than some quite treacherous Roman candles Rest in Chaos might, if these Hard Working Americans were scientists of something other than sound, be the story of the entropy of the universe, and if you think I'm kidding that's only because you haven't taken the deep dive into its complexity, which if not quantum is at least a quandary. Albums aren't this good anymore; they're not this ambitious; their parts are not so finely conceived, the risks they take are not so reckless, the ways they resolve contradictions are not so elegant. Most of all they don't kick you in the preconceptions anywhere near so often. (How did they manage to create harmonies in "Something Else" that recall both the Hollies and the Mothers of Invention?)
Todd's songs sound like he swiped part of them from Billy Joe Shaver and part from Tim Buckley and welded them together with spare parts from Iggy and Paul McCartney. There's a nightmare embedded here, and what cares the weight of it, the aspect of doom and the hint of doom is Dave Schools' bass. Neal Casal, who might be the most under-rated guitarist in rock, is constantly making the chaos more beautiful than you'd think possible. The roots of the sound are in the jam bands and Americana groups and singer-songwriter sessions the band members have played in but when they get to "Throwing Goats" (OK, maybe I should have said Thomas Pynchon or John Barth rather than Dick) and "Something Else" (both parts), they've joined the ranks of the rockers who no longer look for interstellar overdrive, because they've already found it.
All this is, of course, metaphor. Well, most of it. Some of it. The part about how strong it is, how smart, how completely the product of the past ("stand up for your brother, stick it to the man") and how anticipatory of one of the best futures anyone has shown us is straight up. It's one of the most well-sustained albums I've heard in years, and what it sustains is not only my faith in rock'n'roll or even how hard the Hard Working Americans really do work to make their magic, but how much it means to them, which is the only way it can mean very much to the rest of us.
Let me put it this way: I've heard Rest in Chaos any number of times and there's no way I'm done with it. I can tell you about its surface but I haven't gotten to the bottom of it. I'm not really sure there is one. It is humbling to confront it, and reassuring to know that there is all the rest of our lives for that. "The High Price of Inspiration"? A bargain.1. Opening Statement
2. It Runs Together
3. Half Ass Moses
4. Dope Is Dope
5. Burn Out Shoes
6. Roman Candles
7. Ascending Into Madness
8. Throwing The Goats
9. Something Else
11. The High Price of Inspiration
13. Purple Mountain Jamboree$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (An Opera)The wildly eclectic, hard-grooving, soulful soundtrack to the genre-defining film by the same name: Melvin Van Peebles' Sweet Sweetback's Badassssss Song (1971). Featuring a then virtually unknown, but already hot Earth Wind & Fire, Sweetback's is a landmark record in what would become the Blaxploitation genre. An absolute must have for connoisseurs of funk, soul, soul-jazz, hip-hop and beyond. Fans of Isaac Hayes' iconic Shaft album will not want to pass this by.1. Sweetback Losing His Cherry
2. Sweetback Getting It Uptight And Preaching It So Hard The Bourgeois Reggin Angels In Heaven Turn Around
3. Come On Feet
4. Sweetback's Theme
5. Hoppin John
6. Mojo Woman
7. Sanra Z
8. Reggins Hangin On In There As Best They Can
9. Won't Bleed Me
10. The Man Tries Running His Usual Game But Sweetback's Jones Is So Strong He Wastes The Hounds (Yeah! Yeah! And Besides That Will Be Coming Back Takin Names & Collecting Dues)$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Plays The Blues For You (Pure Pleasure)
Guitarist Melvin Taylor's fluid, smartly constructed solos and understated yet winning vocals are surprises on this 1984 nine-track set recorded for Isabel. Taylor is not a fancy or arresting singer but succeeds through his simple, effective delivery of lyrics, slight inflections, and vocal nuances. His guitar work is impressive, with skittering riffs, shifting runs, and dashing solos. Organist/pianist Lucky Peterson is an excellent second soloist, adding cute background phrases at times, then stepping forward and challenging or buttressing Taylor's playing with his own dazzling lines.
- Melvin Taylor (vocals, guitar)
- Lucky Peterson (organ, piano)
- Titus Williams (bass, guitar)
- Ray Allison (drums)
Recording: March 1984 at Studio Davout, Paris
Production: Didier Tricard
About Pure Pleasure
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Talking To Anna-Mae (Part 1)
2. T.V. Mama
3. I'll Play The Blues For You
4. Born To Lose
5. Tribute To Wes
6. Cadillac Assembly Line
7. Voodoo Daddy
8. Talking To Anna-Mae (Part 2)
9. Groovin' In Paris$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Funky Skull (Awaiting Repress)1. Funky Skull-Parts 1 & 2
2. Ma, She's Makin' Eyes At Me
3. Bold And Black
4. Dance Of The Dervish
5. Everybody Loves My Baby
6. Cold Duck Time-Parts 1 & 2
7. Say What
8. Funky Doo
9. Silver Cycles$14.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now