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  • We Were Here We Were Here Quick View

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    We Were Here

    Hamburg's favorite female duo BOY's highly anticipated sophomore album We Were Here is the follow up to their 2013 critically acclaimed debut album Mutual Friends, that featured the infectiously catchy "Little Numbers" and boasts over 14 million YouTube views. This new album finds BOY spreading their wings, exploring new textures and musical approaches while remaining true to their aesthetic. We Were Here is a sharp burst of delightful melodies, perfectly poised craft and mischievous grace.
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  • Friends (Pure Pleasure) (On Sale) Friends (Pure Pleasure) (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Friends (Pure Pleasure) (On Sale)

    Friends is the accurate and revealing title for New York bluesman Eric Bibb's tenth album since 1997. The cuts here feature rootsy folk and blues collaborations with different 'friends' in differing small group settings. The set starts with a killer acoustic slide duet between Bibb and Guy Davis on the nugget 99 ½ Won't Do. The contrast between Davis' sweet and smoky delivery and Bibb's husky wail - akin to Blind Willie Johnson's in places - offers a double-sided dimension in interpretation for the listener, as well. Elsewhere, Charlie Musselwhite gives a killer snaky harmonica performance on Six O' Clock Blues. Taj Mahal makes two appearances; one in a duet on Goin' Down Slow, and one in a trio with Bibb and Malian guitarist Djelimady Tounkara on a medley of the traditional Kulanjan and Bibb's own Sebastian's Tune. Speaking of Mali, and Mahal, Bibb also covers the elder bluesman's classic Lovin' in My Baby's Eyes, with the great kora player Mamadou Diabate that rivals the original. There's also a gorgeous version of Guy and Susanna Clark's The Cape, with guitarist Martin Simpson, Bibb's moving For You with Ruthie Foster, and Tain't No Such Thing, a bright new folk song written and sung with legendary folksinger Odetta. Mohan Veena ace Harry Manx performs with Bibb on the high lonesome, droning blues of Needed Time, and with Kristina Olsen on her If I Stayed. The set closes with the tender Dance Me to the End of Love, (an original, not the Leonard Cohen tune) with the Lovin' Spoonful Jerry Yester playing piano. Given that most records of this type are mixed bags at best, with 'star-studded' collabs serving to muck up or water down rather than enhance performances, Friends is an anomaly. There is nothing that's obvious or overblown here, everything is subtly shaded, and the performers serve the songs and not themselves. The listener gets no sense of back-patting or self-congratulation, only the great pleasure of hearing this music in a revealing, emotionally honest way. Bravo.



    Musicians:



    • Eric Bibb (arranger, guitar, vocal)

    • Odetta (vocal)

    • Ruthie Foster (vocal)

    • Guy Davis (arranger, harpsichord, vocal, guitar)

    • Taj Mahal (guitar, vocal, banjo)

    • Charlie Musselwhite (harpsichord)

    • Mamadou Diabate (kora)

    • Martin Simpson (guitar)

    • Michael Jerome Browne (fiddle, vocal, guitar, mandolin)





    Format: 2LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve



    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. 99 1/2 Won't Do
    2. Six O'Clock Blues
    3. Goin' Down Slow
    4. Lovin' In My Baby's Eyes
    5. For You
    6. The Cape
    7. 'Tain't Such A Much
    8. Needed Time
    9. If I Stayed
    10. Connected
    11. Ribbons And Bows
    12. Just Look Up
    13. Cowgirl Queen
    14. Kulanjan/Sebastian's Tune
    15. Dance Me To The End Of Love
    Eric Bibb
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  • Exclusively for My Friends - The Lost Tapes (Speakers Corner) Exclusively for My Friends - The Lost Tapes (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Exclusively for My Friends - The Lost Tapes (Speakers Corner)

    Tears of sorrow mingled with tears of joy as Oscar Peterson fans realized that the keyboard genius who had just recovered his health was still capable of amazing them all, although he had obviously forfeited some of his past vitality. This may well have induced MPS - the label with whom Oscar Petersen himself claimed to have made his best recordings - to search their archives for lost tapes from Peterson's heydey. And lo and behold, a number of previously unreleased recordings were discovered which had been taped "exclusively for my friends" in the private studio in Villingen in 1965-1968.
    The electric atmosphere of these live sessions before a mere handful of listeners proves once again just how at home the musicians felt in the Black Forest villa - as is borne out by the fact that Peterson's usual trio formation alternated with his stand-in musicians of Sam Jones on the bass and Bobby Durham on the drums.



    And now, exclusively for all jazz fans, these amazing tracks are available for the very first time on an LP filled with glorious sound. Whether long-time collector or jazz newcomer, one thing is certain: this album belongs in every collection!



    Musicians:



    • Oscar Peterson (piano)

    • Ray Brown, Sam Jones (bass)

    • Ed Thigpen, Bobby Durham (drums)




    Recording: May 1965, November 1967 and October 1968 at H.G. Brunner-Schwer's private studio's in Villingen/ Germany by H.-G. Brunner-Schwer

    Production: H.-G. Brunner-Schwer





    About Speakers Corner



    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, Speakers Corner 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 existant 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 emphasise that Speakers Corner 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 have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    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 - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Gravy Waltz
    2. Three O'Clock in the Morning
    3. Squeaky's Blues
    4. Tenderly
    5. I Will Wait for You
    6. Let's Fall in Love
    7. Put on a Happy Face
    8. Stella by Starlight
    9. Moanin' 10. Never Say Yes
    11. It's Impossible
    12. My Romance
    Oscar Peterson
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  • You Disgust Me You Disgust Me Quick View

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    You Disgust Me

    Gangrene are an American hip hop duo and record production duo, which consists of rapper/producers The Alchemist and Oh No. The Alchemist and Oh No, MCs and producers in their own right, weren't acquainted until they met at a show headlined by Dilated Peoples member and mutual friend, Evidence.
    The Filth (intro)
    Reversals
    Sheet Music ft. Havoc and Sean Price
    Flamethrowers Pt. 2
    The Man with the Horn
    Better Things
    Driving Gloves ft. Action Bronson
    Gluttony ft. Your Old Droog and Fashawn
    Scrapyards
    Noon Chuckas
    Just for Decorations ft Chuck Strangers and Evidence
    Hazardous Materials
    The Hidden Hand
    Hot Pillow (Bonus)
    Gangrene
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  • Lights Out Lights Out Quick View

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    Lights Out

    The new Bishop Allen record, Lights Out, is here at last. Here's what went into it: ten years, three full-lengths, twelve EPs, thousands of shows, a move out of Brooklyn, a new home in the wooly wilds of Kingston, NY, time off to score the films Bully and Mutual Friends, as well as an Anderson Cooper 360 special, months of demos, drum tracking in a sweat-lodge attic studio during a July heat wave, a wet Fall arranging guitars, bass, and synths in a now-chilly attic studio, the coldest December on record spent mixing, a close call with a frozen pipe and flooded hard drives, and a photo found on a friend's refrigerator.
    1. Start Again
    2. Why I Had To Go
    3. Crows
    4. No Show
    5. Give It Back
    6. Black Hole
    7. Skeleton Key
    8. Good Talk
    9. Hammer and Nail
    10. Bread Crumbs
    11. No Conditions
    12. Shadow
    Bishop Allen
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  • Rose Ave Rose Ave Quick View

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    Rose Ave

    You+Me (sometimes written You Plus Me) are a folk music duo consisting of Canadian musician-singer-songwriter Dallas Green and American singer-songwriter Alecia Moore, better known as Pink. Moore and Green met through mutual friends several years prior to their collaboration. The first time they sang together Green had asked Moore to sing with him at one of his shows. They remained friends and Green opened several shows for Moore in the U.K. Moore had considered singing acoustic ballads, and as friends the two had considered collaborating for several years. In March 2014, their schedules allowed them to get together and compose original songs. They had written musical nuggets in advance, and their debut album Rose Ave. took shape within a week.
    1. Capsized
    2. From a Closet in Norway (Oslo Blues)
    3. Gently
    4. Love Gone Wrong
    5. You and Me
    6. Unbeliever
    7. Second Guess
    8. Break the Cycle
    9. Open Door
    10. No Ordinary Love
    You + Me
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  • The Metallic Year The Metallic Year Quick View

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    The Metallic Year

    Imbogodom are the UK's Alexander Tucker and New Zealand's Daniel Beban. The Metallic Year is their Thrill Jockey debut and first release under the Imbogodom moniker. Mutual friends in sound exploration, this Trans-Atlantic duo create other-worldly transmissions where improvisation gives way to mutated song forms and intricate soundscapes. The Metallic Year is a collection of eerie tracks where sound collage and unraveling songs present a haunted world of spooling atmospheres, warped instrumentation, and disembodied voices. The nocturnal creations were inspired by the tape experiments of BBC's Radiophonics Workshop, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, and their love of New Zealand musician Alastair Galbraith. Imbogodom continue in the tradition of these sonic pioneers to bring new sounds from old sources.
    1. The Metallic Year Pt. 1
    2. Unseen Ticket
    3. Of The Cloth
    4. The Endless Body
    5. Indosoap
    6. Bvsh Hovse Ghost

    7. Report From Iron Mountain
    8. Calibos
    9. The Metallic Year Pt. 2
    Imbogodom
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  • The Wild Feathers The Wild Feathers Quick View

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    The Wild Feathers

    The Wild Feathers are a truly American band: their music takes elements of the best of rock, country, folk and blues music and reshapes it in a way that is both unique and modern.


    Ricky Young, Joel King, Taylor Burns, Preston Wimberly and Ben Dumas grew up steeped in music; playing solo gigs, touring with local bands and working at venues. The guys came together in Austin in 2010 through coincidence, mutual friends, and a shared love of the classics: Petty, Dylan, Cash, The
    Band, Allman Bros, Graham Parsons and Neil Young. The young band spent the next year writing and defining their sound before heading into the studio to record with producer Jay Joyce (Cage the Elephant, Emmylou Harris).


    Four equally talented songwriters have created a body with no weak points and four hearts, each as irreplaceable as the next. Their debut album The Wild Feathers...is full of powerful harmonies, country twang, breezy melodies and lots of guitar. - FILTER

    1. Backwoods Country
    2. American
    3. I Can Have You
    4. Tall Boots
    5. The Ceiling
    6. Left My Woman
    7. I'm Alive
    8. Hard Wind
    9. If You Don't Love Me
    10. Hard Times
    11. Got It Wrong
    12. How
    The Wild Feathers
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  • Love And Devotion Love And Devotion Quick View

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    Love And Devotion

    Heterotic is husband-and-wife production team Lara Rix-Martin and Mike Paradinas, the latter the boss and founder of Planet Mu, and a celebrated producer in his own right as µ-Ziq. Their debut release is a composite of four striking instrumental tracks and four unique collaborations with Gravenhurst, the musical pen-name of Nick Talbot who is known for his dark, folk-tinged material for Warp Records. They were brought together by a mutual friend who sensed potential in the pairing.


    For both Talbot and Paradinas, the project is something of a departure. Love & Devotion displays an affinity for hazy, dreamy, '80s-influenced electronic pop shot through with the dynamics and space of modern electronic dance music. The lyrics describe a world profoundly haunted by its past; while allusions to a key event are cloaked in ambiguity, their echoes in the present are described in visceral and magical detail. Love & Devotion's tightly coiled melodies cloaked in an insomniac haze, subtle harmonic shifts and strong vocal counter-melodies conveying sweeping sketches of a troubled, neon world.

    1 Bliss

    2 Blue Lights (feat. Gravenhurst)

    3 Wartime (feat. Gravenhurst)

    4 Robo Corp

    5 Devotion (feat. Gravenhurst)

    6 Knell

    7 Slumber (feat. Gravenhurst)

    8 Fanfare
    Heterotic
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    Don't You

    Columbia Records is proud to announce Don't You, the long-anticipated album from the trio of friends known as Wet, an astonishingly lucid and heart-wrenching collection of 11 tracks.


    Wet, comprised of singer-songwriter Kelly Zutrau, and multi-instrumentalists Joe Valle and Marty Sulkow, make songs that resist easy categorization and invite every listener to bask in its intimate glow. But despite their wide-ranging sensibilities, Wet never compromises its core: sturdy pop songwriting and piercing lyrics.


    The album, almost entirely self-produced, was written during a period of solitude in a rented house in Western Massachusetts last year. Wet works together as a trio on every aspect of the album; Joe and Marty work on all aspects of the album's instrumentation; they take Kelly's demos and arrange them to perfection.


    The trio met through mutual friends as college students in New York City in 2007. After a few years of informal dabbling, they began officially making music as Wet during the summer of 2012, an especially aimless and emotionally turbulent period.. After releasing a few songs on SoundCloud -- like Don't Wanna Be Your Girl, a weak-kneed but strong-headed breakup ballad -- they quickly began attracting attention, sometimes from unexpected places before releasing their critically acclaimed debut EP Wet in May 2014.


    The Fader described Wet as pure, unhurried... sounds like it was made in the city but good while driving to the country, and social media stars like Kylie Jenner began gushing on Instagram. Former New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones listed Don't Wanna Be Your Girl as his favorite song of 2013, describing it as completely perfect. Interview magazine wrote: Electronic music has never been this lonely and beautiful.

    1. It's All in Vain
    2. Deadwater
    3. Don't Wanna Be Your Girl
    4. Weak
    5. Island
    6. All the Ways Wet
    7. Small and Silver
    8. You're the Best
    9. Move Me
    10. Body Wet
    11. These Days
    Wet
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  • Split Split Quick View

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    Split

    The Luyas and Twin Sister are close friends and mutual admirers, and what better way to celebrate their kinship than have each of them take up the side of a 7 single. Both songs on this 7 are exclusive to the release. Twin Sister's song Meet the Frownies was recorded for the ongoing Weathervane Music project, while the Luyas contribute the exquisite pop song, When I Am a Woman. Both bands enchant us with their space-age pop leanings, and together these two songs make up a perfect double A-side of sonic greatness.
    1. When I Am A Woman
    2. Meet the Frownies
    The Luyas & Twin Sister
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  • III: Beneath Trident's Tomb (Awaiting Repress) III: Beneath Trident's Tomb (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    III: Beneath Trident's Tomb (Awaiting Repress)

    Throughout its tumultuous existence, Twilight has struggled to define just what it was. Actually, it's been the public struggling to define the band. Black metal supergroup? The members would scoff at this. Originally started by N. Imperial (Krieg), Wrest (Leviathan, Lurker Of Chalice), Malefic (Xasthur), Blake Judd (Nachtmystium), and Hildof (Draugar), one would argue this being the ultimate kult supergroup. Their debut album was recorded by mailing cassette tapes back and forth between the members. Shortly after it was released, they announced they broke up. They never played a show and never planned on it.


    Almost 5 years later a second album was announced, as was new members. Monument To Time End saw Sanford Parker (Minsk, Corrections House), Stavros Giannopolous (The Atlas Moth), and Aaron Turner (Isis) brought into the fold. The Twilight lore started to grow even stronger when it was rumored that Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) had joined the band. Moore had mentioned in interviews his taste for USBM and though mutual friends, was put in touch with Parker. A few months later the band recorded III: Beneath Trident's Tomb. III is much more of an experimental album than its predecessors. It is a dark, uncomfortable listen.


    Twilight have already announced that they are breaking up, and that Judd, one of the founding members, is absent from the album. In the end, Twilight's legacy will be shrouded in mystery and debate. But whatever Twilight is - band, project, or collaboration, they have undeniably released some of the most unique albums in the underground ever and III will cement their legacy and further define what American Black Metal is and can be.

    1. Lungs
    2. Oh, Wretched Son
    3. Swarming Funeral Mass
    4. Seek No Shelter, Fevered Ones
    5. A Flood Of Eyes
    6. Below Lights
    Twilight
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  • Land Land Quick View

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    Land

    Novella's formation was the result of an instant spark-guitarist Hollie Warren,
    guitarist Sophy Hollington, and bassist Suki Sou met through mutual friends in
    Brighton in 2010, where they quickly realized that they shared a common
    love for '60s counterculture and bands like Black Sabbath, the Brian Jonestown
    Massacre, and Pale Saints. The addition of drummer Iain Laws in 2011
    and keyboardist Isabel Spurgeon in 2014 solidified the group into a propulsive
    engine, capable of welding woozy, cosmic psychedelia to sustained
    squalls of flanged-out, far-out dream pop. Novella's debut album, Land, is a
    controlled blast of mainlined electricity, a tempest of relentless groove and
    crystalline vocals that is at once the vicious edge and the calm eye of the
    storm.


    Recorded during one ice-cold week in January of 2014 by Jonas Verijnen
    (Moon Duo, Ballet School) and Joshua Third (The Horrors) in an abandoned
    clothing factory-turned-studio in Dalston, East London, Land perfectly absorbs
    the band's vast array of influences and transforms them into songs
    that Fact Magazine described as "equal parts effete jangle and ferocious
    riffage." Combining London gloom and cosmic escapism, Sou and Laws
    channel Can and the 13th Floor Elevators on the krautrock-inspired jams like
    "Follow" and "Something Must Change," while Warren and Hollington stomp
    their homemade flanger and phaser pedals to create dueling arcs of electric
    guitars. As the band churns and riffs, the girls' voices soar brilliantly, their
    glassy clarity recalling the Lynchian shoegaze of Lush or Stereolab. During
    quieter, more reflective songs like "Sentences" and "Younger Than Yesterday,"
    there are echoes of eerie psychedelia like Broadcast, evident in the myriad
    of flutes, synths, and Fender Electric XII guitars.


    On Land, Novella captures the wild spirit of creating something new from
    pieces of the past. They ward off the overcast London melancholy with
    evocative tales of weightless meandering, of drifting over the pavement of
    familiar streets while dreaming about exploring fantastical alien landscapes.
    These are the yarns of twenty-somethings in limbo, a collection of late night
    tales that more often end in avoided glances than locked eyes

    1. Follow
    2. Something Must Change
    3. Sentences
    4. Two Ships
    5. Land Gone
    6. Phrases
    7. Blue Swallows
    8. Younger Than Yesterday
    9. Again You Try Your Luck
    10. Skies Open
    Novella
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  • Kigali Y' Izahabu Kigali Y' Izahabu Quick View

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    Kigali Y' Izahabu

    The Good Ones is a trio of Rwandan genocide survivors who play joyous, acoustic love songs written in the ancient local, Kinyarwanda street dialect of their nations capital, Kigali. Adrien Kazigira, Stany Hitimana and Jeanvier Havugimana recorded the songs collected on Kigali Y' Izahabu over the course of one summer evening on the back porch of a friends home. The primary obstacle to recording the group was that the musicians showed up with only one guitar for two players, and that guitar was missing two strings. Hitimana played bass on the 4-string, and a beat-up acoustic was located for the second guitarist, the sullen, primary songwriter, Kazigira, who interweaves intricate harmonies with co-singer Havugimana. In a style often referred to as worker songs from the streets, these simple, direct and plaintive love songs speak more to the healing power of peace than a thousand academic treatises or preachy goodwill ambassadors ever could.



    Toiling at hard labor and subsisting on less than 50 cents a day in one of the ten poorest countries in the world, the hard-won spirit of these aging war-veterans shines through in The Good Ones yearning voices. Kazigira, 47, wrote 8 of the 12 songs found on the album and both plays and sings. He cites Bob Marley and reggae as his major influences. Hitimana, 47, on lead guitar and bass, sometimes teaches music in Kigali and finds inspiration in the music of Santana. And harmony singer Jeanvier, 38, who also plays guitar and sings lead on his own compositions, is most influenced by the Caribbean dance music called Zouk. The trio is punk embodied: barefoot, bandaged and jaundiced; armed with broken, mismatchedstringed, borrowed guitars; but singing angelically from amidst a landlocked country that the world abandoned.



    Kigali Y' Izahabu is essentially an intimate field recording that even captures the howling and barking of dogs in the background, and it was recorded by two-time Grammy-nominated producer Ian Brennan, who has worked with artists such as Ramblin Jack Elliott, Flea, TV on the Radios Kyp Malone, Richard Thompson and many others.



    Brennan traveled throughout Rwanda, hoping to document some of the countrys contemporary music, but up until his mission-affirming encounter with The Good Ones, he had been left wanting. As Brennan reports: They were standing in the dark, their eyes downcast and restless, and holding only one guitar between them. From 100-feet away, I knew instantly that there was something special about them, a feeling one is lucky to experience even once in a lifetime. By that point, Id already visited literally every recording-studio in the capital (Kigali) and surrounding areas over two weeks and listened to hundreds of artists, but to no avail. This meeting had been set up through a mutual friend and the instant the band opened their mouths to sing, it was as if the universe reached down to tap me on the shoulder and say, 'What these guys do is precious and rare. Don't fuck it up.'

    1. Sara
    2. Belthilde
    3. Umuntu N inkundi
    4. Amagorwa Y' Abagabo
    5. Kacyiry
    6. G ahind Umpora Iki
    7. Bakame N i' Ingwe
    8. Umahanano
    9. Iby' Iyisini Ubusa
    10. Invura Yaranka G eyi
    11. Egidia
    12. Eudia
    Good Ones, The
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  • Blood! (On Sale) Blood! (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Blood! (On Sale)

    As far as stories of lost and found recorded material go, few tales can be told where all the pieces of the puzzle come together in fortunate ways, resulting in a brand new recording that surprised even the band themselves.


    Having formed in 1982, infamous Santa Cruz hardcore legends BL'AST! released their first album, The Power of Expression in 1985. This debut blew everyone away and went on to become one of the highly sought after, "must- have" hardcore albums of the '80s. BL'AST! was beyond intense, continually pushing the boundaries of hardcore with their advanced musicianship, unstoppable energetic delivery and explosive live performances. This overwhelming power caught the attention of SST records, who released the band's second album, It's In My Blood in 1987. Their third LP, Take The Manic Ride, was then released by the label in 1989. BL'AST!'s wide-eyed, ambitious approach and intense perseverance became an influence for many bands to come. Shortly after the release of Take The Manic Ride, the band broke up and their story was buried by time and dust .UNTIL NOW!


    Earlier this year BL'AST! guitarist Mike Neider contacted Southern Lord with news that he had found some mysterious old BL'AST! master tapes in a abandoned storage locker. Greg Anderson, a BL'AST! fanatic, wasted no time in sending the tapes to a studio to be baked. Needless to say, after 25 years gathering dust, the quality had deteriorated. Still, nobody could have anticipated what would follow. With the audio digitized, Southern Lord contacted fellow longtime BL'AST! fiend, Dave Grohl about mixing this recording, his response was an enthusiastic "FUCK YEAH!, LETS DO THIS"!


    Whilst inside Grohl's famous 606 Studios (and with the Neve console as featured in the recent Grohl produced documentary Sound City) an astonishing discovery was made; a completely unheard, unreleased BL'AST! recording session from the mid-'80s.


    The lineup of the band at the time of the recording included second guitarist William Duvall (from Neon Christ, and now the current vocalist for Alice In Chains) who had moved from his hometown of Atlanta out to Santa Cruz on a tip from mutual friends, Corrosion of Conformity, to join the band. Unfortunately, his tenure with BL'AST! was short-lived and no recordings from that lineup were ever released.


    From the thunderous bass intro of "Only Time Will Tell" to the apocalyptic warnings of "It's In My Blood," the album completely rips and rages from start to finish. All parties involved were completely amazed at how vibrant, unique and fresh this newly-discovered material sounded. All things considered, it is miraculous the record survived this long and that everyone who was involved in bringing this recording to life, could be. Everything fell into place, when it could have easily crumbled along the way. This record is a time capsule that is meant to be heard!


    There is no doubt in our minds that Blood will be a crucial purchase for any current hardcore fiend as well as punk/hardcore fans who loved the band back in the day. START THE MACHINE!

    1. Only Time Will Tell
    2. Ssshhh!
    3. Sometimes
    4. Winding Down
    5. Look into Myself
    6. Tomorrow
    7. Your Eyes
    8. Poison
    9. Sequel
    10. Something Beyond
    11. It's in My Blood
    Bl'ast!
    $15.99 $11.99 Save $4.00 (25%)
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  • Adrian Younge Presents: The Delfonics Adrian Younge Presents: The Delfonics Quick View

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    Adrian Younge Presents: The Delfonics

    The Delfonics is the quintessential sweet-soul group. Hailing from Philadelphia, the crew formed in the mid-'60s, with the definitive original lineup as lead
    vocalist and songwriter William Hart, his brother Wilbert Hart, and mutual high-school friend Randy Cain (later replaced by Major Harris). With the help of
    producer/arranger Thom Bell-and with William's signature falsetto-the Delfonics set the tone for all other sweet-soul groups that would follow.


    Between 1968 and 1974, the Delfonics had twenty charting singles and won a Grammy for their massive hit Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time). Out of
    their twenty hits, William Hart wrote or co-wrote eighteen of them, thirteen with collaborator Thom Bell, like La-La Means I Love You, He Don't Really
    Love You, and Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love).After five albums, the Delfonics would break up for good in 1975. Brothers William and
    Wilbert parted ways and over the years often toured separately with different forms of the group. But over forty years after writing his first hit, lead singer
    and songwriter William Hart has put his unmistakable falsetto back on analog tape and reinvented the Delfonics brand for a new generation.


    Los Angeles producer/composer Adrian Younge envisioned a modern-day Delfonics album and pitched the idea to William Hart, who hopped a plane from
    Philly to L.A. and began work on a new album. Younge helped to reshape the Delfonics by bringing on board two excellent young vocalists, Loren Oden
    and Saudia Mills-as well as Om'Mas Keith on the single Stop and Look (And You Have Found Love)-to work alongside William. Adrian Younge is a
    self-taught multi-instrumentalist who traded in his MPC sampler for a carefully curated studio of authentic gear. Younge rocketed to international
    recognition after composing the original score for the film Black Dynamite and has since release ground-breaking projects including The Souls of
    Mischief's "There Is Only Now" and Ghostface Killah's "Twelve Reasons to Die" concept albums.


    Younge brings a unique perspective on modern rhythm and blues. I was studying Delfonics stuff for years, Younge reveals. I studied Delfonics to do the
    Black Dynamite stuff. I've been a fan, and I've just studied their music for so long that when I got the opportunity to do this, it just really blew my mind.
    From the very beginning, it was Younge's intention to create an old-school Delfonics vibe but offer a very hip-hop-informed perspective. There are
    distinguishing musical elements that Delfonics fans will recognize, like the electric sitar guitar, the French horn, string arrangements, and the tympani. I
    want people to expect something classic but not expect to hear the same thing rehashed, Younge says. I want to push it forward. William and I strived to
    push this forward.


    Younge now makes this breath-taking musical outing available once again on his own Linear Labs imprint.

    1. Stop And Look (And You Have Found Love)
    2. Lost Without You
    3. True Love
    4. Silently
    5. Enemies
    6. To Be Your One
    7. Stand Up
    8. Just Love
    9. So In Love With You
    10. I Can't Cry No More
    11. Lover's Melody
    12. Party's Over
    13. Life Never Ends
    The Delfonics
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    Adrian Younge Presents: The Delfonics: Instrumentals

    Linear Labs Now Brings You Adrian Younge Presents: The Delfonics In A Never Before Issued Instrumental Edition


    The Delfonics is the quintessential sweet-soul group. Hailing from Philadelphia, the crew formed in the mid-'60s, with the definitive original lineup as lead
    vocalist and songwriter William Hart, his brother Wilbert Hart, and mutual high-school friend Randy Cain (later replaced by Major Harris). With the help of
    producer/arranger Thom Bell-and with William's signature falsetto-the Delfonics set the tone for all other sweet-soul groups that would follow.


    Between 1968 and 1974, the Delfonics had twenty charting singles and won a Grammy for their massive hit Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time). Out of
    their twenty hits, William Hart wrote or co-wrote eighteen of them, thirteen with collaborator Thom Bell, like La-La Means I Love You, He Don't Really
    Love You, and Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love).After five albums, the Delfonics would break up for good in 1975. Brothers William and
    Wilbert parted ways and over the years often toured separately with different forms of the group. But over forty years after writing his first hit, lead singer
    and songwriter William Hart has put his unmistakable falsetto back on analog tape and reinvented the Delfonics brand for a new generation.


    Los Angeles producer/composer Adrian Younge envisioned a modern-day Delfonics album and pitched the idea to William Hart, who hopped a plane from
    Philly to L.A. and began work on a new album. Younge helped to reshape the Delfonics by bringing on board two excellent young vocalists, Loren Oden
    and Saudia Mills-as well as Om'Mas Keith on the single Stop and Look (And You Have Found Love)-to work alongside William. Adrian Younge is a
    self-taught multi-instrumentalist who traded in his MPC sampler for a carefully curated studio of authentic gear. Younge rocketed to international
    recognition after composing the original score for the film Black Dynamite and has since release ground-breaking projects including The Souls of
    Mischief's "There Is Only Now" and Ghostface Killah's "Twelve Reasons to Die" concept albums.


    Younge brings a unique perspective on modern rhythm and blues. I was studying Delfonics stuff for years, Younge reveals. I studied Delfonics to do the
    Black Dynamite stuff. I've been a fan, and I've just studied their music for so long that when I got the opportunity to do this, it just really blew my mind.
    From the very beginning, it was Younge's intention to create an old-school Delfonics vibe but offer a very hip-hop-informed perspective. There are
    distinguishing musical elements that Delfonics fans will recognize, like the electric sitar guitar, the French horn, string arrangements, and the tympani. I
    want people to expect something classic but not expect to hear the same thing rehashed, Younge says. I want to push it forward. William and I strived to
    push this forward.


    Younge now makes this breath-taking musical outing available once again on his own Linear Labs imprint.

    1. Stop And Look (And You Have Found Love) [Instrumental]
    2. Lost Without You (Instrumental)
    3. True Love (Instrumental)
    4. Silently (Instrumental)
    5. Enemies (Instrumental)
    6. To Be Your One (Instrumental)
    7. Stand Up (Instrumental)
    8. Just Love (Instrumental)
    9. So In Love With You (Instrumental)
    10. I Can't Cry No More (Instrumental)
    11. Lover's Melody (Instrumental)
    12. Party's Over (Instrumental)
    13. Life Never Ends (Instrumental)
    The Delfonics
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    Joint Control

    2xLP Gatefold Edition Which Includes 4 Exclusive Vinyl-Only Tracks

    Recorded shortly before John Renbourn's death in March 2015, this landmark album brings together two of the most important and influential acoustic guitarists of our era. Great friends for over 50 years and regular playing partners for the last two years of John's life, their mutual respect and musical understanding shines through these historic recordings.

    LP 1
    1. Hey Hey
    2. Buckets Of Rain
    3. Glory Of Love
    4. Getting There
    5. Cocaine (Bonus Track)
    6. National Seven
    7. Mountain Rain
    8. Strolling Down The Highway
    9. Bad Influence (Bonus Track)


    LP 2
    1. Great Dream From Heaven
    2. Balham Moon
    3. Blues Run The Game
    4. Love Has No Pride (Bonus Track)
    5. Fresh As A Sweet Sunday Morning
    6. In Stormy Weather
    7. Joint Control
    8. The Lazy Farmer (The Young Man Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn) (Bonus Track)

    John Renbourn & Wizz Jones
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    Little Joy

    Little Joy is Rodrigo Amarante (Los Hermanos), Fabrizio Moretti (The Strokes) and Binki Shapiro, three friends who dropped their routine in their respective hometowns to make a record in Los Angeles, California. Through a chance encounter at a Portuguese festival in Lisbon, where both Amarante (Los Hermanos) and Moretti (The Strokes) had performed, the two talked about working together on some music that had no affiliation to their particular bands. A year later, Amarante traveled to the United States to record with Devendra Banhart on his Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon. It was there that Amarante and Moretti were introduced to Bink Shapiro through mutual acquaintances and soon after started writing original music as a band. They all moved into a house in Echo Park to demo songs and soon after, with the help of producer Noah Georgeson who had recorded Banhart's music, finished their self titled debut Little Joy named after the bar on the corner.
    1. Next Time Around
    2. Shoulder to Shoulder
    3. Play the Part
    4. No Ones Better Sake
    5. Unattainable
    6. Brand New Start
    7. Evaporar
    8. How to Hang a Warhol
    9. With Strangers
    10. Don't Watch Me Dancing
    11. Keep Me in Mind
    Little Joy
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    Dungeonesse

    Dungeonesse, the pop project of Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak, Flock of Dimes) and Jon Ehrens
    (White Life),willrelease itsself-titled debut album May 14, 2013 on Secretly Canadian.
    Shucks, which premiered with Pitchfork, is an apt lead-off for the album, a funk-influenced
    track full of bass that Wasner's voice surfs like a wave. The band's first single and video (also
    released as a standalone 12),Drive You Crazy, premiered with The FADER. On it, Wasner's
    Ciara-like breathy coo comes to the fore over Ehrens' gigantic production-Top 40 with a
    connoisseur's touch. Wasner & Ehrens know we want to party and the songs on Dungeonesse
    are the perfect soundtrack: bangers (Cadillac, Drive You Crazy), slow jams (Nightlight,
    Wake Me Up), synthy house (Private Party), and carefully crafted beats that make you
    wanna.


    Born of a mutual admiration for Top 40 and R&B and the mechanics of what makes a hitsong,
    the Baltimore natives and longtime friends Wasner & Ehrens began putting jams together
    remotely. Ehrens would send tracks from LA to Wasner on tour, and they'd bounce ideas back
    and forth. The charming strength of the resulting Dungeonesse restsin the dichotomy formed
    by of a bold re-introduction of the beautiful imperfections of the human voice into a landscape
    of what is an increasingly mechanized process of music making.The fun residesin the listen.

    Shucks
    Drive You Crazy
    Show You
    Private Party
    Nightlight
    This Could Be Home (Featuring TT
    The Artist)
    Wake Me Up
    Cadillac (Featuring DDm)
    Anywhere You Are
    Soon
    Dungeonesse
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    LYFE


    Weird and mournful yet highly rhythmic, Brooklyn's
    Glass Ghost offers dance-friendly art pop.
    - TIME OUT NEW YORK


    ...that irresistible, disjointed mix of pop hooks and
    Beefheartian abandon.
    -VILLAGE VOICE


    ...an affecting, gently aspirated bedtime piece...In
    tune and percussion it struck me as the nocturnal
    cousin to Merriweather Post Pavilion's Guys Eyes.
    - STEREOGUM


    ...a fractured bit of art-pop featuring...intoned
    falsetto over some spare production and airy beats.
    -PITCHFORK


    Since the release of their debut album Idol Omen in 2009, Glass Ghost's founding members Eliot
    Krimsky and Michael Johnson have kept busy. In addition to playing dozens of shows, including
    a tour with White Rabbits, Johnson joined Dirty Projectors as their new drummer, Krimsky has
    been collaborating with Here We Go Magic on keys, and the duo welcomed two new members to
    the group, Tyler Wood on keyboards and percussion, and Aerial East on vocals. Like their debut,
    LYFE was produced by Tyler Wood, who also produced Joan As Policewoman's 2014 album The
    Classic. For the LYFE recording sessions, the group recruited many of their friends to contribute, including Joan Wasser of Joan As Policewoman, Nat Baldwin of Dirty Projectors, and
    Christopher Tignor of Slow Six and Wires Under Tension. Pushing their songs to new levels by
    working with Brooklyn's musical elite is nothing new for Glass Ghost. They worked with more
    than a dozen of their friends from Brooklyn's music community, including Sharon Van Etten
    (who in 2011 noted "Eliot Krimsky is one of my favorite writers."), Here We Go Magic's Luke
    Temple, and Matt Iwanusa of Caveman, for their debut which was described by the New Yorker
    as "elegant compositions of frosted indie pop," and by Time Out New York as "weird and mournful yet highly rhythmic.


    On their new album LYFE, Krimsky (who's currently working on his M.A. in Media Studies at The
    New School, where he's exploring the convergence of technological mediation, identity and
    music) turns his observations of the absurd and mundane into metaphors about living in a
    world where every detail about your life is harvested, quantified, and used by marketing companies to manipulate your behavior. Rather than sounding didactic or overly intellectual, the
    songs provide windows into the band's internal world, as Krimsky's tender falsetto glides over
    the icy landscapes of synths, strings, woodwinds, and regal horns. As the product of Krimsky,
    Johnson, and Wood's mutual trust, vision, and relentless attention to every detail, LYFE masterfully blends airy, melancholy, and chilly atmospherics with Glass Ghost's irresistible bottom-heavy grooves and hooky pop sensibilities.

    1. Life Is For The Living
    2. Sound of Money
    3. Triangle
    4. Wait A Second
    5. Walls
    6. Home For the Holidays
    7. Unidentified
    8. American Dollar
    9. Hearing The Sound
    10. Traveling With You
    11. Outro
    Glass Ghost
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  • Pocket Full Of Kryptonite (On Sale) Pocket Full Of Kryptonite (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Pocket Full Of Kryptonite (On Sale)

    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl


    Pocket Full of Kryptonite, originally pressed in 1991 sold over six million copies worldwide and was on Billboard's popchart for an incredible 115 straight weeks.


    This reissue of Pocket Full Of Kryptonite by SoundStageDirect is a special project for both the band and Seth Frank, President and founder of SoundStageDirect. Seth's passion for vinyl started at the young age of 11 when he began working at the Princeton Record Exchange. It was in that very record store where a friendship between Seth and Chris Barron, the lead singer of the Spin Doctors solidified over a mutual love of music.


    As the legend goes, Chris Barron went in to the Princeton Record Exchange in Princeton, N.J., when he was about 13 years old. He met 15-year-old Seth who at the time worked at the store which Chris thought was really cool. With $3 of hard-earned allowance in his pocket, Chris asked Seth, 'What's a really good album that's like, cheap?' Seth said, "Dude, 'Live At Leeds,' It's a killer album." And so Chris bought his first vinyl album for 99 cents, and walked out with enough money left over for a slice of pizza and a soda.


    The two teenagers who bonded over their passion for music and vinyl records in particular are still friends today, coming full circle with the limited edition 180 gram vinyl release of Pocket Full Of Kryptonite. It's very clear both men still share the same excitement about bringing music to people, each in their own way.


    The Spin Doctors are currently on tour with all of the original members (Chris Barron, Eric Schenkman, Aaron Comess & Mark White).


    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    1. Jimmy Olsen's Blues
    2. What Time Is It?
    3. Little Miss Can't Be Wrong
    4. Forty or Fifty
    5. Refrigerator Car
    6. More Than She Knows
    7. Two Princes
    8. Off My Line
    9. How Could You Want Him (When You Know You Could Have Me?)
    10. Shinbone Alley / Hard to Exist
    Spin Doctors
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    Riverman's Daughter

    The Grahams, the creative union of lifelong romantic partners Alyssa and Doug Graham, combine soulful bluegrass with hints of earthy Americana, adding colors from traditional folk and country blues, into an infectious blend of storytelling that results in songs of love, loss, yearning, and the view from rural American roads less traveled.


    While the duo first met in grade school -- a trait shared by previous musical trail-blazers, from Lennon/McCartney to Jagger/Richards - the Grahams' journey together began when they were teenagers in the shadow of New York City. There, Alyssa, the impassioned troubadour, and Doug, the guitarist extraordinaire, shared a mutual love for the music of the Woodstock era and the adventures of the great outdoors. Over the ensuing years many a campfire lit acoustic jam would include the best of roots renegades like Neil Young, The Band, Gram Parsons, Janis and Emmylou along with more than a few Jerry Garcia and Johnny Cash nuggets. Later, spending much of their time in the secluded Adirondack Mountains at the Graham family fold, Alyssa and Doug learned the time-honored craft of songwriting. Here, their ongoing interests in traditional country, mountain bluegrass and folk legends such as The Carter Family and Mississippi John Hurt would blossom. Hoping to share their stories on a wider stage, the couple eventually settled in New York City, where they performed, collaborated and recorded a variety of acclaimed material before adopting The Grahams moniker.


    While the duo had written music together before, in the summer of 2012 new writing sessions yielded a different approach. Something magical was happening between Alyssa and Doug. A catalyst was born in the new song Riverman's Daughter, a tale of love, loss, and hardship on the river that showcases Alyssa's bountiful voice. Backed by her own rhythm guitar, along with the strong current of Doug's cascading accompaniment on the six string, and traditional vocal harmonies, the track came in a lightning bolt of inspiration. A vision and calling to write more songs of its kind took hold.


    Alyssa and Doug had an idea: What if they put their city lives on hold and, armed with just guitars and backpacks, traveled the 2,500 miles of highways and byways of the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Louisiana. Light out for the territory, so to speak, like Huck and Jim. There, the duo could follow the Great River Road (GRR) that parallels the waterway, meet the people, and hear first-hand where European folk music, brought to these shores generations ago, took root alongside rhythms and chants from Africa, and how these polarizing sounds formed the backbone of our 20th Century American musical heritage. And so The Grahams did just that, and in the process created their debut album, Riverman's Daughter. Along the way The Grahams played gigs at the various gin and juke joints that dotted the GRR, and met a colorful cast of characters and genuine music makers with whom the duo shared and exchanged stories through the common bond of song.


    Eventually Alyssa and Doug ended up intentionally isolated on an old houseboat in rural Louisiana where the Mississippi spills into the Atchafalaya swamp. There, The Grahams prolifically stockpiled songs, enjoyed the simplicity of living off the grid, and for a spell, invited onboard friends and musicians including their longtime collaborator Bryan McCann, a wordsmith who aids with lyrical inspiration. Yet perhaps the biggest inspiration on Riverman's Daughter was Doug's own mother, Gigi, the matriarch of the Graham family clan, and a true fan of the duo who had been diagnosed with cancer earlier that year. As her condition worsened, the Grahams packed up their guitars and newly minted collection of songs to become Gigi's angel band, and played by her side until she passed away.


    As recording of the new album began, The Grahams found a true kindred spirit in Grammy-winning producer Malcolm Burn, who brought a magical touch and inspired ideas into the studio. It was Burn's idea to record both Alyssa and Doug's parts live to tape without the assistance of headphones or isolation -- in the way they were written. This process gives the album a natural aura that harkens back to an era when this practice was commonplace. Along the same lines, The Grahams chose to record the album in Nashville, the longtime epicenter of country music. While the album's foundation is simple and acoustic, The Grahams are backed on a few tracks by stellar accompaniment including the Grammy-nominated North Mississippi Allstars. Along with the title song the album is highlighted by the 70's country rock flavored Carrying The Torch, the spirited traditional vibe of The Piney River, and the riveting upbeat barn dance playfulness of Revival Time.


    Ultimately, the album is a winning culmination of The Grahams' long journey into the heart of America, the inspiration they derived from immersion into classic American music, and the natural and honest talent they have for bringing forth a modern musical idiom steeped in tradition.

    1. Revival Time
    2. Riverman's Daughter
    3. Carrying the Torch
    4. You Made Me Love You
    5. Cathedral Pines
    6. If You're in New York
    7. The Piney River
    8. A Good Man
    9. Marnie Hawkins
    10. Heaven Forbid
    11. Lonesome Child
    12. Jericho
    13. Goodbye Babe (B.C.)
    14. Lay Down Delilah
    The Grahams
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    Always

    Always.


    Rarely is so much meaning conveyed in the space of six letters. And with regard to Xiu Xiu, its applications are infinite: always relevant, always provocative, always surprising, always evolving, always glittering.


    It's fitting, then, that as the band (now comprised of Jamie Stewart, Angela Seo, Bettina Escauriza, Marc Riordan, and returning member Devin Hoff) marks a decade in existence, such a powerful sentiment would serve as the title of its latest album.


    At its core, Always symbolizes the mutual camaraderie with and deep dedication to each person who has internalized Xiu Xius work, tattooed its name on their skin or soul, and throughout the past ten years made the band a part of their lives. The origin of these intense, everlasting bonds is Stewart. His fearless lyrics have given voice to life's most untouchable and taboo subjects, while his distinctively committed but hushed vocals crystallize and medicate their unsettling impact.


    Those familiar with the band's work will take particular note of the times Stewart re-visits profoundly personal accounts from his own life -- most prominently on Beauty Towne (a not-so-uplifting postscript to the muddle of those depicted in Clowne Towne from 2004's Fabulous Muscles) and Black Drum Machine (which finishes the narrative of incest and molestation begun on Black Keyboard from 2008's Women as Lovers).


    Elsewhere, Stewart's willingness to broach any subject finds him confronting both the topical and the intimate in equally meaningful ways: Gul Mudin seeks to bring comfort to an Afghani teenage boy murdered for sport by American soldiers; Joey's Song strives to do the same for Stewart's brother in the aftermath of a family tragedy.


    Factory Girls chronicles the sexual objectification and desperate existence of Chinese female, migrant workers. I Luv Abortion, featuring perhaps Stewart's most unhinged vocal ever, careens through the resolute heartache of a friend too young to be pregnant and seeks to personalize this most political issue.


    But while such writing is worthy of reverence, Always' most arresting moments lie in its sonic innovation -- transforming avant pop elements from an undertone into a bright black focal point while adding new influences such as choral music, kraut rock and animal field recordings.


    Produced by Deerhoof's Greg Saunier (who also contributes drums and vocals to the album) and mixed by John Congleton (Antony and the Johnsons, Marylin Manson, the Roots) the album is positively vibrant.


    During recording, Stewart saw a Bible verse spray painted on the wall of his gym. He interpreted the verse to mean, Horror and beauty are the same; love and hate are the same, the tireless dread of our own lives and of living can be embraced with the same fervency as what we find beautiful.


    Composed of this essence, the album proves that perhaps the only six letters to carry the same weight as always are these: Xiu Xiu.

    1. Hi
    2. Joey's Song
    3. Beauty Towne
    4. Honey-Suckle
    5. I Luv Abortion
    6. The Oldness
    7. Chimney's Afire (Mickensian Suicide)
    8. Gul Mudin
    9. Born to Suffer
    10. Factory Girl
    11. Smear the Queen
    12. Black Drum Machine
    Xiu Xiu
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