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Paint It Black'
Ranked 108/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
It's difficult for American listeners to remember this, but like the recordings of the Beatles and nearly all other British groups of the '60s, the Rolling Stones' first several albums did not make it across the Atlantic in one piece. Prior to ABKCO's comprehensive 2002 reissue program, the US versions of the Stones' early albums were the de facto standards, but particularly in the case of 1966's AFTERMATH, the UK album was very different.
The track lineup is shuffled and expanded to create a much different mood. Paint It Black is gone, replaced as the opening track by the snotty social commentary of Mother's Little Helper, which--when followed by Stupid Girl, Lady Jane, Under My Thumb, and Dontcha Bother Me--is like a pentathlon of punky misogyny capped by the grinding blues jam Goin' Home. Side Two is more emotionally varied but just as musically far-reaching, adding the poppy Take It Or Leave It and What To Do to an already strong set of tunes centered on the stunning full-length version of Out of Time that for some reason had never been released in the United States before this belated reissue.1. Mother's Little Helper
2. Stupid Girl
3. Lady Jane
4. Under My Thumb
5. Doncha Bother Me
6. Goin' Home
7. Flight 505
8. High and Dry
9. Out of Time
10. It's Not Easy
11. I Am Waiting
12. Take It or Leave It
14. What to Do$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Back To The FrontExplaining the relevance and influence of ENTOMBED is probably as superfluous as pointing out why Slayer rule, Lemmy is bigger than God and Dio the greatest loss in metal history. A legend is a legend. Fullstop. F**k off!
If you still require a proper explanation that is less shot from the hip, well let us start with this: The Swedish Death Metal forefathers and genre innovators have inspired tons of bands all around the globe with their invincible trademark sound. However, as the band's last album "Serpent Saints - The Ten Amendments" dates back to 2007, there is definitely more than a good reason for a bit of catch-up and ask why it took so long to finish the band's superb 10th opus, programmatically titled "Back To the Front", vocalist extraordinaire L-G Petrov states:
""Serpents " was a fairly good album but a little weak compared to previous works and the distribution wasn't that great yet we continued playing shows throughout the past years but never really got going with new songs. At some point we decided that it was time for a new album, so we sat down and played riffs that we had from before as well as many new riffs and started putting them together which really sparked our motivation. That really gave us a push! We feel that this is the best album so far in many years and I think you can hear it on the album!"
Thematically, the will and determination to back up such words with fantastic songs is reflected in the powerful album title and part of the concept of the record as guitarist Nico Elgstrand describes:
"A lot of the album is about being at war in different ways and struggles/shortcomings of mankind, so we felt that "Back To The Front" fitted really well. It has a military reference obviously and we also feel like a platoon (ha ha, a small platoon) that has been behind the frontlines for a long time anxious to get back into battle. Not mean and lean but rather fat and bored and really keen on getting back to what we do best, which of course is to kill! Metaphorically speaking needless to say, ha ha. Also it is a very direct way of saying we've been away for way too long, we know and that we will now aim to stay at the front until the friggin' battle is won! The cavalry has finally arrived if you will (without horses though, ha ha)!"
Well spoken, Sir, yet expectations will be incredibly high on this one as ENTOMBED's roots and legacy goes way back into the year 1987 when they formed under the name NIHILIST. In 1989 the formation changed its name to ENTOMBED and together with Morbid (for whom singer LG played drums), Treblinka/Tiamat, Grave and Dismember, ENTOMBED/NIHILIST established themselves among the earliest bands to forge the immortal Swedish death metal sound that became really popular and unique due to its punkish roots and especially that chainsaw guitar sound, today inseparably linked to terms like "Skogsberg", "Sunlight Studio" or just "Stockholm sound". Inspired by such diverse acts as Autopsy, Motörhead, Discharge or Kiss, over the years ENTOMBED did not shy away from thinking outside of the coffin resulting in a style some fans called Death'n'Roll but in the end it was, is and will be just a band with a style and impact entirely their own.
So, what awaits the listener on "Back To The Front"? Produced by Roberto Laghi (In Flames, Hardcore Superstar) at Studio Bohus (Abba, Europe) in KunÄlv, it's 666% true to the ENTOMBED everybody loves. While not falling for total regression back to the early classics "Left Hand Path" or "Clandestine", it is a total bone-crushing opus that will have fans of all periods cry tears of joy and even the most stubborn fan of the early days join in shame. "The goal was to have riffs that felt fresh and exciting, to make an album that felt old school as well as fresh and up to date, showing who ENTOMBED are today," L-G puts it quite simply and Nico continues: "I thoroughly enjoy the fact that I find it super hard to pick 2 or 3 songs as the best of it, because i really like 'em all. I think that they all have something new and fresh yet it feels very old school in some way. "Kill To Live" with its surprising ENTOMBED-intro turned out very cool and the track also has an almost cinematic yet classic metal feel to it, dunno why, but it just invigorates me. "Second To None" kinda makes me wanna drive a tank while listening, and that to me is how proper metal should sound! It makes you wanna do mighty things so to speak!"
From the morbid, pissed-off lyrics over detuned, massive riffs to the inimitable brick-heavy groove and LG Petrov's titanic roar, "Back To The Front" not only musically but also visually with its stunning painting by Necropolitus Cracoviensis Zbgniew Bielak II (Watain, Ghost, Vader) seems to send a respectful nod to the old school as L-G confirms: "The skull will always be a part of ENTOMBED. I totally agree, we have taken away some of the rock parts and gone with more metal, and I think fans new and old will appreciate that."
With European touring under way in December with label mates and black metal genre leaders WATAIN - vocalist Erik actually penned lyrics for the song "Carnage" (from "When In Sodom" EP, 2006) - and former band member Nicke Andersson contributed parts to the new song "Vulture And The Traitor", the Swedish metal platoon ENTOMBED anno 2013 has all its weapons polished and reloaded and is ready to shatter the entire music scene with an uncompromising full frontal assault. So, let us all enjoy "Back To The Front" and celebrate the fact that the legend called ENTOMBED has finally returned. Goddamn!1. Kill To Live
2. Bedlam Strike
3. The Underminer
4. Second To None
6. Waiting For Death
7. Eternal Woe
8. Digitus Medius
9. Vulture And The Traitor
10. Pandemic Rage
11. Soldier Of No Fortune$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol 2) (Awaiting Repress)
180 Gram Clear Vinyl
This album was spawned by three coinciding events -- the need to acknowledge the death of band co-founder Brian Jones (whose epitaph graces the inside cover) in July of 1969; the need to get Honky Tonk Women, then a huge hit single, onto an LP; and to fill the ten-month gap since the release of Beggars Banquet and get an album with built-in appeal into stores ahead of the Stones' first American tour in three years. The fact that the Stones had amassed a sufficient number of hits since their last greatest-hits compilation in early 1966 (Big Hits: High Tide and Green Grass) made this a no-brainer, and its song lineup was as potent at the time as any compilation of hit singles by any artist. From the group's excursions into fey psychedelia (Paint It, Black, Ruby Tuesday, She's a Rainbow, Dandelion), space rock (2000 Light Years From Home), punk decadence (Mother's Little Helper), and back to straight-ahead rock & roll (Jumpin' Jack Flash), some of it with a topical edge (Street Fighting Man), it's all incredibly potent, though also redundant to the extent that Ruby Tuesday and Let's Spend the Night Together had previously appeared on two U.S. albums. The presence of Honky Tonk Women propelled it to gold record status upon release on both sides of the Atlantic, although the simultaneously released British version (long out of print, except as a bootleg CD) is different and more confusing, but also more diverse and rewarding musically than the American version. Both this album and Big Hits: High Tide and Green Grass have been supplanted by Hot Rocks and More Hot Rocks, but are still handy in their tight respective focuses.
- Bruce Eder (All Music Guide)1. Paint It, Black
2. Ruby Tuesday
3. She's a Rainbow
4. Jumpin' Jack Flash
5. Mother's Little Helper
6. Let's Spend the Night Together
7. Honky Tonk Women
9. 2000 Light Years from Home
10. Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby Standing in the Shadow?
11. Street Fighting Man$23.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Black OrckidPsychedelic rock record collectors have been repeating the name Heitkotter as if it were a mantra ever since the first copy of a hand-made demo LP turned up in a Los Angeles music publisher's reject bin, with nothing more than that word scrawled across a plain white jacket.
Now-Again Records embarked some years ago on what seemed like a fruitless crusade - to find out more about this Heitkotter, his music, his story. In the process, we've visited the house where this confounding album was recorded, found Heitkotter's musicians, rescued the demo-recordings that paved the way for this album, uncovered unpublished photos and paintings by the man behind the album, and are now ready to present the definitive look into a musical vision equal parts dangerous and peaceful, nihilistic and optimistic. It's safe to say the world has never heard something like Heitkotter - it is a unique piece of art unlike anything that came before or has come after it.
The bizarre LP known as Heitkotter - recorded in around 1971 and pressed in a run of less than twenty five copies - was the culmination of one Stephen David Heitkotter's artistic career. Ross Dwelle, Stephen's childhood friend and the drummer on the record, describes the bedroom sessions in a handsome Craftsman home in Old Fresno as this young trio "trying to play five songs written by a man losing his mind probably stoned the whole time."
Heitkotter, this time issued as Black Orckid, as we assume Stephen would have wanted it - is too complicated to be written off as a symptom of a greater ill, or lionized by a few (and dismissed by the majority) as "outsider" art. It's a rare and vital look at 60s and 70s American rock through the sad story - and incredible music - of an untethered soul. And as we hope to show in enlightening more of Stephen's backstory, it can also be considered sweet, kind and optimistic. The Heitkotter tale is cautionary, but Stephen's music is as close to the sublime as American rock has ever ventured.LP1
1. Hangin All Night
2. I Don't Mind
3. Quaker Dog Got Away
4. Cadillac Woman
5. Fly Over The Moon
1. Demo 1
2. Demo 2
3. Demo 3
4. Demo 4
5. Demo 5
6. Demo 6$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Covered In Black
And they are glorious, beautiful. Sounding a bit like She &
Him might were they produced by Sufjan Stevens - to create a
sort of She & She & She & She, they are four alt-pop Brontës
who beam right into your stereo like a comforting aural torch
you never need to buy batteries for. - Drowned In Sound
"Best referenced midway between the Bangles and Go-Gos in
terms of a girl group approach, there's a kind of slacker
sensibility at work here, one that never muffles the drive or
conviction. I was meant for something more, Cottingham
sings on the final track, aptly entitled Anything and indeed a
lyric has never sounded so true." - Blurt
Precociousness always catches its observer off guard; we are
witness to a stubborn incongruity, a disproportionate relationship
between limited years and elevated levels of skill, insight, or
vision. It confounds common experience, and we wonder. When
Ortolan's debut album Time On A String was released in 2010,
three quarters of the family foursome were yet under drinking
age. Along with copious kudos given to the quality of the music
and the maturity of the songwriting, every single review made
mention of their age. Wonder indeed.
What may be the greater marvel though, is when a nascent talent
starts to grow into itself; when prodigious promise begins to
deliver something beyond spectacle, when it begins to nourish
those who are witness to it. Such is the case with Ortolan's latest,
Covered In Black.
The pulse at the heart of Ortolan's music has always been
Stephanie Cottingham's voice, a curious combination of
innocence, wisdom, and wit (all rare commodities in the greater
landscape of popular music today). These beguiling qualities
remain, but here her voice is imbued with a greater richness. The
bandwidth of color, hue, and shade has widened; the reds are
redder and the blues are bluer. Even more significant though, is
Cottingham's development as an interpreter of her own songs.
Her voice remains a thing to behold, but in the tradition of Kitty
Wells, Etta James, or Emmylou Harris, she is becoming a
storyteller. Each note is now is its own scene in a greater drama.
Each vocal push and lilt tells of loss and love, fear and
As much as Ortolan is about Stephanie Cottingham's voice and
songwriting, it is about family, and the picture is incomplete
without the powerful presence of Jill (keys), Briana (bass), and
Lara (drums). Floor toms drum and drive, strumming guitars
strum and strum faster, basses rock and keyboards swirl and
swoop. Their commitment to one another is palpable, and is as
important to the music as the notes and rhythms they're playing.
That their voices also join Stephanie's throughout the record is
not insignificant. There is an excess of animosity in the world: so
much time is spent competing, resisting, debating, conflicting,
arguing. There is something so vital and humane in joining voices
for once, in unison. One of the simplest and most powerful
activities of human beings is singing together, and this is a
central ingredient to Ortolan's music and life. Nothing is
pretended-it's what they do: voices are raised and raised
together -- to cry, to question, to pray, to laugh, to celebrate.
The color black is achieved through the mixing of different
paints and opposing pigments; as such, black represents the
presence of color, not the absence of it, and Ortolan's latest is
covered in it.1. Bottle's Broken
2. Holding This Fire
3. Votes Are In
4. Covered In Black
7. Green Were The Days
8. You Don't Know
9. Above The Mountain
10. Miles$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Catacombs Of The Black VaticanCatacombs of the Black Vatican will stand as an enduring testament to Black Label Society s sheer force of will and mastery of each and every musical neighborhood the hard rock titans choose to stomp through. The aggressive bite of the barnstorming BLS banger Damn the Flood sits comfortably right alongside the stripped down, emotionally searing Angel of Mercy, Scars and Shades of Gray. The album's opening tracks, Fields of Unforgiveness and lead single My Dying Time, drop the throttle into swampy, down-tempo menace that wouldn't sound out of place in a Classic Rock band's catalog nor at the creative height of the grunge era.
There's a beauty in caveman like simplicity, in the break-bottles-and-break-necks gusto of a loud power chord. To many listeners, Wylde invented pinch harmonics every bit as much as Chuck Berry s dreamt up the duck walk. When the Guitar Hero franchise was all the rage, Wylde was a playable character in the game.
Every time you're going to make a new record, it's exciting, he says of the run-up to the creation of Catacombs of the Black Vatican. When you're in the studio you can approach it like Salvador Dali where you've got a blank canvas in front of you. You can paint a little bit, sit back and look at it and go, Oh man, let's add a little more red over here, let's make this darker over there. Because live? It's a free-for-all. People are bleeding. There's fire going on. You're getting attacked by grizzly bears.1. Fields of Unforgiveness
2. My Dying Time
4. Angel of Mercy
5. Heart of Darkness
6. Beyond the Down
8. Damn the Flood
9. I've Gone Away
10. Empty Promises
11. Shades of Gray$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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Black To Comm (On Sale)Deluxe Limited Edition one pressing LP of Both bands performing live on stage together at The Royal Festival Hall London.
Artwork is a painting by MC5 bassist Mike Davis derived form a sketch from 1967.
Red Coloured Vinyl.
Primal Scream are currently touring worldwide with the Screamadelica Tour so profile is extremely high.
DKTMC5 will play their last ever concert in France with the Stooges this summer.
Joint vocals shared by Primal Scream s Bobby Gillespie and William Duvall from Alice in Chains guesting on vocals for Davis, Kramer & Thompson.1. I can only give you everything
2. Movin' on up
3. Skull X
4. Rama Lama Fa fa fa (Rocket Reducer No.62)
5. Black to Comm (feat. John Sinclair, Melanie Draisey)$28.99 $22.90 Save $6.09 (21%)Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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NowFlamin' Groovies Now released in 1978 and produced by Dave Edmunds, put the Groovies back on the map as the band won fervent praise on both sides of the Atlantic for their follow up to Shake Some Action. They apply their fiery British Invasion-inspired sound to the Rolling Stones' Paint It Black, the Byrds' Feel a Whole Lot Better, the Beatles' There's a Place, and a bunch of original tunes.1. Feel A Whole Lot Better
2. Between The Lines
3. Up's And Down's
4. Move It
5. Take Me Back
7. Good Laugh Mun
8. Yeah My Baby
9. House Of Blue Lights
10. Blue Turns Grey
11. Paint It Black
12. All I Wanted
13. Don't Put Me On
14. There's A Place$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Throwing Copper (Black Vinyl)When Live's Throwing Copper was released in 1994, it lingered in the bottom of the album charts for a few months before the alternative music lovers finally caught on. And then they played a massive game of catch-up: Throwing Copper yielded worldwide radio hits like "I Alone", "All Over You" and "Selling The Drama" which eventually partially defined the sound of the nineties. Ed Kowalczyk's spiritual lyrics and passionate delivery resonated with millions of fans, positioning this band as one of the sincerest and most sophisticated bands from the era. Listening to Throwing Copper throws a lot of us back to the days of baggy pants, painted dreadlocks and pogoing like there's no tomorrow.1. The Dam At Otter Creek
2. Selling The Drama
3. I Alone
5. Lightning Crashes
7. All Over You
8. Shit Towne
12. Pillar Of Davidson
13. White, Discussion
14. Horse$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-PRO-3314xScale The Summit
The Migration (Awaiting Repress)The Migration, the new album from progressive instrumentalists SCALE THE SUMMIT, will be released in North America on June 11 via Prosthetic Records. Recorded earlier this year at North Carolina's Basement Studios with producer Jamie King (BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, HE IS LEGEND, FOR TODAY), the album will feature cover artwork by illustrator Duncan Storr (HAWKWIND, EDGE OF SANITY).
The Migration marks the recording debut of new SCALE THE SUMMIT bassist Mark Michell. The album will be released just days after SCALE THE SUMMIT hits the road with INTRONAUT on a summer North American tour.
SCALE THE SUMMIT's 2011 effort, The Collective, saw the band tour alongside the likes of PERIPHERY, CYNIC, FAIR TO MIDLAND, THE CONTORTIONIST, THE HUMAN ABSTRACT, PROTEST THE HERO and TRIOSCAPES. Since that album's touring cycle ended late last year, the band has kept busy, with guitarist Chris Letchford launching his own signature series Strandberg guitar and bassist Mark Michell releasing an instructional book.
The follow-up to 2009's Carving Desert Canyons, The Collective was recorded at Paint It Black Studios in Orlando, Florida with producer Mark Lewis (DEVILDRIVER, ALL THAT REMAINS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER).1. Odyssey
2. Atlas Novus
3. The Olive Tree
4. Narrow Salient
7. The Dark Horse
10. The Traveler$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
SOUN-FAN-8431xVince Guaraldi Trio
A Charlie Brown Christmas (Black Vinyl)
Multi-Platinum-Selling: One Of The Most Popular And Beloved Holiday Albums Of All Time!
The Original Soundtrack To The Perennially Favorite Holiday TV Special, A Charlie Brown Christmas
National Recording Registry Inductee, Library Of Congress (2012)
Grammy Hall Of Fame Inductee (2007)
Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz called on pianist extraordinaire Vince Guaraldi and his trio to compose and perform music that would reflect the humor, charm, and innocence of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the entire Peanuts gang for their 1965 Christmas TV special. It was a perfect match: Guaraldi strings together elegant, enticing arrangements that reflect the spirit and mood of Schulz's work and introduce contemporary jazz to youngsters with grace, charm, and creativity. What Child Is This touches on cool jazz's richly textured percussive nuances, while The Christmas Song reflects Christmas' relaxing, mellow moments. The renowned Linus and Lucy gives the Peanuts characters a fresh, energetic feel with its tantalizing meter changes, brilliant percussion, and dashing, humorous piano lines. Christmastime Is Here, perhaps the album's most endearing and eloquent moment, is six minutes of soft, lullaby-like melodic and percussive flavors. This collection of soul-soothing melodies would not be complete without the romantic gem Skating, which blends musical references to falling snowflakes with the dashing feel of swing. Finally, the uplifting, emotionally stirring swing tune Christmas Is Coming really brings the listener into the joyous light of the Christmas spirit. Fred Marshall's alluring walking basslines and drummer Jerry Granelli's hauntingly beautiful brush work give most of the album a warm foundation, while Monty Budwig and Colin Bailey shine through with eminent dexterity on bass and drums on Greensleeves. As for Guaraldi, his penetrating improvisational phrases paint pictures of the first winter snowfall, myriad glistening trees, and powdery white landscapes. With its blend of contemporary jazz and lyrical mannerisms, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a joyous and festive meditation for the holiday season.
- Shawn M. Haney (All Music)
Vince Guaraldi - Piano
Monty Budwig - Bass
Colin Bailey - Drums1. O Tannenbaum
2. What Child Is This
3. My Little Drum
4. Linus and Lucy
5. Christmas Time Is Here (instrumental)
6. Christmas Time Is Here (vocal)
8. Harke, The Herald Angels Sing
9. Christmas Is Coming
10. Fur Elise
11. The Christmas Song
12. Greensleeves$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Winds Of ChangeReeling from poor management decisions and inter-band strife, The Animals fell apart toward the end of 1966. Seeking a rebirth, lead vocalist Eric Burdon relocated from London to California. There, Burdon assembled a new Animals lineup, retaining only drummer Barry Jenkins from the previous incarnation. Now known as Eric Burdon and The Animals, the group immersed themselves in the psychedelic culture of San Francisco and their sound followed suit. Informed by his inaugural acid trip, Burdon led his bandmates through a fresh, decidedly lysergic interpretation of American blues. While the original group had largely performed songs written by others, The New Animals began composing as a group.
The prophetically titled Winds of Change, released in September 1967, offered ten stellar examples of this new songwriting approach, along with a heavy cover of The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black." Lead single "San Franciscan Nights" encapsulated the Summer of Love in what became a top ten hit for the new band (and helped get them on the bill for the seminal Monterey Pop Festival).1. Winds Of Change
2. Poem By The Sea
3. Paint It Black
4. The Black Plague
5. Yes I Am Experienced
6. San Franciscan Nights
8. Hotel Hell
9. Good Times
11. It's All Meat$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
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First And Last And Always (On Sale)Numbered Limited Edition
Paint It Black: 1985 Debut Is Penultimate Goth-Rock Album
Andrew Eldritch's Ghostly Vocals, Static Beats, Melodic Guitar Jangle Create Hauntingly Atmospheric Soundscapes
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI (Best Record Plant in America): First Time Any Sisters of Mercy Record Given Audiophile Treatment on LP
The template for all goth-rock records that followed, Sisters of Mercy's First And Last And Always stands as one of the-if not the most-influential albums of its kind ever released. Distinguished by Andrew Eldritch's ghostly singing, which gives the impression of hearing a forlorn ghoul croon from a foggy English graveyard, the 1985 set is drenched in gloom, claustrophobia, black humor, and dance-ready beats that provide exhilarating contrasts. Fans of the Cure, Depeche Mode, Love and Rockets, Peter Murphy, mid-period Nick Cave, and Joy Division will find it to be a new favorite record.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI (the best record plant in North America), Silver Label numbered limited edition LP presents First And Last And Always with a fuller, richer sound that positively obliterates the thin, feeble sonic perspectives that have limited the music until now. Every aspect from Eldritch's haunting singing to the group's jangling guitars and prancing bass lines finally gain genuine definition. Yet what's most improved is the sense of atmosphere: Sisters of Mercy revel in painting tone poems, where the feel and effect are as essential as the notes that are played. This is now an atmospheric tour de force.
Ever since it's release, First And Last And Always has been aptly shrouded in mythology. Eldritch pushed the envelope during the recording sessions, literally walking into walls and repeatedly unable to maintain his focus. Strung out on amphetamines, dazed by days of no sleep, upset by a recent breakup, and eating little, the vocalist channeled his discord into somber lyrics and brooding singing. He's framed by pulsing albeit lean, spare rhythms, patient tempos, and the clatter of a programmed drum machine that, in spite of its mechanical operation, sounds strangely organic. The songs evoke wet dungeons, walls-closing-in paranoia, and late-night strolls amidst the U.K.'s mysterious underground.
Despite its overall dark character, the record's arrangements value spaciousness, putting a premium on room and minimalism that makes each note count. As a result, twinkling pianos and keyboards parallel steel-cutting guitars and low-tuned bass lines that, in combination with Eldrtich's baritone, suggest glimmers of hope among the decay. Songs such as the shaking Possession, dramatic Some Kind of Stranger, and desperate Marian remain models of the gothic and post-punk disciplines more than 25 years after their debut. It's no surprise that, given all of the tension and personality that infuse the album, Sisters of Mercy disbanded just months after its release.
It's unlikely that any goth-rock album has ever sounded this good. This MoFi Silver Label LP will turn your room into rainy, dreary England, circa 1985, and expose you to one of the most harrowing vocal performances on record.
This title is not eligible for further discount.1. Black Planet
2. Walk Away
3. No Time to Cry
4. A Rock and a Hard Place
5. Marian (version)
6. First and Last and Always
8. Nine While Nine
9. Amphetamine Logic
10. Some Kind of Stranger$24.99 $22.49 Save $2.50 (10%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
El Is A Sound Of Joy/Black Sky and Blue Moon (Awaiting Repress)Shining sounds from the dawn of the Sun Ra Arkestra. El is A Sound of Joy was recorded in 1956 and appeared the following year on the very first Saturn LP, Super-Sonic Jazz. Incredible is the fact that saxophonist Charles Davis, here providing the soulful baritone anchor line (counterpoint to Ra's formidable left hand), remains in the front-line of today's Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen. Shuffle swing breakdown jets leisurely, casually, masterfully, painting lush, post-modern impressions of ancient future worlds, of space, of time of Chicago's elevated trains Reaching for the sky, for Joy . The "Joy" coda dovetails magically into the intro theme of Black Sky And Blue Moon, before downshifting into another dimension of romantic outrospection.
We follow The Nu Sounds, aka Cosmic Rays, on a faraway journey to the land of late-50s Chicago singing groups, the Arkestra supporting with quiet grace, pulsing in Nubians of Plutonia mode. An uncanny blend of antique blackness and bright satellites, ethereal voices perfectly in tune; thanks to Ra's disciplined coaching (plus Modern Harmonic's expert re-mastering), their sweet dynamics and exact harmonics are crystal clear. Flute solo from Marshall Allen. Hearts swelling like the full moon, ripening in the darkness to the point of bursting.1. El Is A Sound Of Joy
2. Black Sky And Blue Moon$9.997 Vinyl Single - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Charlie Watts Meets The Danish Radio Big BandBefore Charlie Watts became the best-known drummer on the planet with The Greatest rock 'n' Roll Band in the World he lived for a few months in Denmark. According to English trumpeter and flugelhorn player, Gerard Presencer, who is also a member of the Danish Radio Big Band, it was something he only found out about by chance when he and Charlie talked on the telephone in 2009
"I landed a job with Danish Radio Big Band in 2009. A week or two after arriving in Copenhagen I got a call from Charlie. Later the idea dawned upon me for a return to his Jazz days over here after nearly 50 years. I spoke with my boss at the Danish Radio Big Band and went about putting this live project together. We agreed upon a week in Copenhagen in October 2010."
They rehearsed for 4 days, then played a concert on the fifth day at the newly opened Danish Radio Concert Hall in Copenhagen. This concert was recorded for broadcast by Danish National Radio. Charlie and his long-time bassist Dave Green went to record shops and strolled around the city, with no need for security guards. Charlie made it clear that he did not want to be placed on a big riser above the band, as he found that this did not help the musicians to bond.
In choosing the material, it was important to focus on the groove. According to Prescencer, "Having Dave Green on bass as special guest was an essential ingredient, as these two boyhood friends (next door neighbours growing up in Wembley, North London) have unspoken psychic connections that bassists and drummers, so there are times on this recording where their abundant empathy makes the rest of the band comfortable enough to really play out and take chances."
The album includes seven tracks, including two Mick and Keith compositions, 'Paint it Black' and 'You Can't Always Get What You Want', both arranged by Prescencer and another one, 'Faction' that is based on another Stones' classic. There are also two by Charlie himself, both written with fellow drummer Jim Keltner.
A day or two after the broadcast Prescencer began to think that the concert was so good it deserved to be heard more widely. "The Danish Radio needed very little convincing to hand over the recordings to me to work on, as well as Søren Frost our regular drummer and rhythm section consultant from the big band and the brilliant recording engineer, Lars C. Bruun. So, after several years work on this, we have produced this collection of music from our gig."
Charlie Watts meets the Danish Radio Big Band is the kind of album that many jazz fans had probably given up hope of hearing. In the glory days of big band jazz and arrangers like Oliver Nelson coming up with brilliant music, albums like this were, if not commonplace, at least more readily available. The truth is there is nothing commonplace about this album, it is a sheer delight.
Anyone who knows Charlie, knows how much he loves jazz. A few years ago when he and I were looking at a photo of the Stones playing in the 1960s he pointed at a particular cymbal and said, "I've still got that cymbal, but I don't use it on Stones' gigs, it's too good for them. I just use it on my jazz gigs." There's no doubt, that's the cymbal you hear on the first part of the 'Elvin Suite'.
Charlie Watts is one of the great ambassadors for jazz and every jazz lover will relish this record, and the fact that Charlie is involved may bring jazz to the attention of some that are not sure if they like jazz. Listen to this and you know you do.1. Elvin Suite - Part 1
2. Elvin Suite - Part 2
3. Faction (AKA Satisfaction)
4. I Should Care
5. You Can't Always Get What You Want
6. Paint It Black
7. Molasses$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Limits Of DesireLimits of Desire is SmallBlack's most accomplished album yet. It's a crystalline realization of a sound they've
been building toward since their self-titled EP in 2009. Now a full-time four piece, Josh Hayden Kolenik
(keys, vocals), Ryan Heyner (guitar, keys, vocals), Juan Pieczanski (bass, guitar) and Jeff Curtin (drums,
percussion), the band have moved way beyond the hazy home recorded sound of their previous releases
toward a full-fledged, but still self-produced, clear approach. Where 2010's New Chain was a lesson in
maximalist pop, Limits of Desirefindsthe band trimming theirsound to the essentials, yet hitting new and
unexpected heightswith the addition of live drums, electric guitar and trumpet to the existing Small Black
Tonally the songs sweep and glide over lush keys, bolstered by lyrics that illustrate the semi-abstract
moments of lost opportunities and misread signs, hinted at by the coverimage.The title trackwhirlssoftly,
and channels luminaries Tears for Fears and The Blue Nile, anchored by Pieczanski's punchy bass as
Kolenik sings: "Otherlives droned/ farfrom the grasswhere Ilay/ each eye stared out the oppositeway."As
much as the record is about looking for deeper connections, it's also about avoiding real life, if only for a
moment-getting out of your own head just long enough to calm down and find perspective.
"Free At Dawn" and "No Stranger" do what fans have come to love Small Black for, only better. They're
smart pop bangerstingedwith a specific brand of melancholy thatslowly build to night-affirming climaxes.
While Breathless" ups the tempo, over synth stabs, with lyrics that tackle apathy and uncertainty with
catchy grace: "I'm standing in tomorrow'sway/ future'sfine/least itseems okay." It paints a concise portrait
of a generation strugglingwith unlimited freedom and malaise.
The band builds on a rich history of synth pop by making a thoroughly modern album, on both the front
and back end. One that seeks out cohesion, connection and calm in a world that won't sit still. Limits of
Desire doesn't attempt to provide any solutions, but coming to terms with not finding the answers feels
infinitely more fruitful.Free At Dawn
Only A Shadow
Limits Of Desire
Outskirts$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
All Or Nothin'For her hotly anticipated sophomore album Nashville
songstress Nikki Lane teamed up with Dan Auerbach
of the Black Keys for a record that turns the vulnerable
singer-songwriter stereotype on its ears. With songs
that crucify ex-boyfriends, celebrate one-night stands
(as long as she can bolt town right after) and proclaim
it's "always the right time to do the wrong thing," Lane
comes across like a modern-era Wanda Jackson, albeit
with more oats to sow. "My songs always paint a pretty
clear picture of what's been going on in my life, so this
is one moody record," she says. "There's lots of talk of
misbehaving and moving on."1. Right Time
2. Good Man
3. I Don't Care
4. You Can't Talk To Me Like That
5. Seein' Double
6. Love's On Fire
7. All Or Nothin'
8. Sleep With A Stranger
9. Man Up
10. Out Of My Mind
11. Wild One
12. Want My Heart Back$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Shadowland (EP)Formed in 2006 by Jon Porras and Evan Caminiti, Barn Owl use their guitars to paint broad musical strokes on a canvas stretched between the framework of ambient, drone, Americana, and Black Metal.
In 2010, this unique blend of stylistic references coalesced into their debut Thrill Jockey release, Ancestral Star, an album that marked the evolution of the Barn Owl sound into something wholly their own, transcending the sum of its influences. The arrival of Ancestral Star fostered comparisons ranging from Sunn O))) to Ennio Morricone, often within the same critique.
The new material on Shadowland takes inspiration from the devotional sounds of Popol Vuh and Alice Coltrane and also possesses the pitch black weightlessness of Fushitsusha and early Tangerine Dream. With waves of guitar soaring over liquid synthesizers tones, Barn Owl combine lush, melancholic serenity with cacophonous, deconstructed guitar to exhibit a visceral meeting of light and dark.
Cyclical themes were explored heavily: mantric guitar processions, swelling bass waves, and fluttering tremolo hypnotism. Shadowland was recorded by Phil Manley (Trans Am) in San Francisco and mastered at D&M in Berlin.1. Void and Devotion
3. Infinite Reach$15.99Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
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Welcome Farewell (On Sale)
Limited Edition 180-Gram Green Vinyl Pressing Of Band's Latest Album
6th Full length of Norwegian BLACK & ROLL LEGENDS.
Welcome Farewell mixes Norwegian Black Metal mixed with 70ies and 80ies Metal. Welcome Farwell was produced by the band themselves to give them their trademark sounds that is loved by fans worldwide!
Mastered at Studio 2010 (VREID, MENCEA, SATANS WRATH, INTEGRITY, etc.) Artwork hand painted by award winning Kim Holm, that represent each historical inspired lyric on Welcome Farewell Vreid rose from the ashes of the band Windir after the death of frontman Valfar. Vreid was formed by three former Windir members and a new guitarist, Ese, who was replaced by former Windir guitarist Strom in 2010, making the connection with Windir even stronger than before.1. The Ramble
2. Way of the Serpent
3. The Devil's Hand
4. Welcome Farewell
5. The Reap
6. Sights of Old
7. Black Waves
8. At the Brook$29.99 $23.69 Save $6.30 (21%)180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Loving Vincent (Original Soundtrack Album) (Pre-Order)Pressed On 180-Gram Yellow Vinyl
Housed In Packaging Designed By Director Dorota Kobiela
"Loving Vincent" is the upcoming biographical animated film from newcomer directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. The movie follows Armand Roulin (Douglas Booth), the son of an acquaintance of Vincent van Gogh, as he attempts to deliver a letter from the painter following van Gogh's death. Armand soon finds himself retracing the steps taken by Vincent in his final days in an attempt to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death. A film unlike any other, "Loving Vincent" is entirely hand painted - each of the movie's 65,000 frames is an oil painting on a canvas created using the same techniques as Vincent van Gogh.
In addition to being a wonder for the eyes, "Loving Vincent" is a treat for the ears. Scoring duties fell to English composer Clint Mansell (Requiem For A Dream, Black Swan), who has crafted a masterpiece. Somber yet driven, Mansell's compositions are filled the swell of mournful strings pocked with delicate, deliberate notes in countermelodies. A perfect companion to the story of dreadful loss and resigned understanding, "Loving Vincent" demands to be heard. A beautiful rendition of "Starry Starry Night" performed by Lianne La Havas that serves as the film's credit song is also included.1. The Night Cafe
2. The Yellow House
3. At Eternity's Gate
4. Portrait Of Armand Roulin
5. Marguerite Gachet At The Piano
6. Still Life With Glass Of Absinthe & A Carafe
7. The Painter On His Way To Work On The Road To Tarascon
8. Five Sunflowers in A Vase
9. Wheatfield With Crows
10. Thatched Roofs In Chaponval
11. Blossoming Chestnut Trees
12. The Sower With Setting Sun
13. Starry Night Over The Rhone$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
White Light / Love Of (Deluxe Box)
White Light 2xLP Set
Love Of Life LP
CD Of Outtakes And Contemporaneous Live Material
The two albums are presented with the original restored artwork, which includes paintings by Deryk Thomas. The 2500 micron black lined box - with original logo in silver foil block in black paper - will also include 2 rare posters, a CD of outtakes and contemporaneous live recordings.
White Light from the Mouth of Infinity: Swans' seventh studio album originally released in 1991, is considered the starting point for the second section of Swans' inimitable history. Described as " the glistening, glimmering sounds of the pensive countryside" by Stereogum, this will be the first time White Light from the Mouth of Infinity has been available on vinyl since its original release on Young God Records in 1991. The vinyl issue will include the track 'Blind', not included in the original release.
Love of Life: the band's eighth studio album, followed soon after in 1992. According to Allmusic's Ned Ragget, "Love of Life continues the astounding creative roll Swans found themselves on yet another Swans masterpiece. The vinyl version of this album has also been unavailable since its original release.White Light from the Mouth of Infinity
1. Better Than You
2. Power and Sacrifice
3. You Know Nothing
4. Song for Dead Time
5. Will We Survive
6. Love Will Save You
2. Song for the Sun
3. Miracle of Love
5. When She Breathes
6. Why Are We Alive
7. The Most Unfortunate Lie
Love of Life
1. (---) Pt. 1
2. Love of Life
3. The Golden Boy That Was Swallowed by the Sea
4. (---) Pt. 2
5. (---) Pt. 3
6. The Other Side of the World
8. The Sound of Freedom
9. (---) Pt. 4
12. (---) Pt. 5
13. In the Eyes of Nature
14. She Cries (For Spider)
15. God Loves America
16. (---) Pt. 6
17. No Cure for the Lonely
1. Amnesia (Long)
2. Song for Dead Time (MG Version)
3. You Know Everything
4. Mother's Milk
5. The Child's Right
6. Love of Life (Short)
7. Unfortunate Lie (Inst. Version)
8. No Cruel Angel
9. Black Eyed Dog
10. Love of Life (Long)
11. Picture of Maryanne
12. Amnesia (Live)
13. Dream Dream
14. Please Remember Me
15. Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes
16. The Unknown
17. Blood on Your Hands
18. A Young Girl Needs$59.99Vinyl LP Box Set + CD - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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Profan (Yellow Vinyl) (On Sale)Yellow Colored Vinyl
Kampfar presents the fiercest and most intense recording of their career. Since its first conception in 1994 with folk and classical music influences, via the colder winds on Kvass, the band has kept on renewing, and elevated into the black metal authority that reaches its peak on "Profan". Songs like "Pole In The Ground" and "Profanum" hearken back to the vibes of the early 90s black metal while keeping the edge of 2015 Kampfar, while slow burners like "Daimon" and epic album closer "Tornekratt" shows that Kampfar can go deep down and still deliver such intensity that few in the world of metal can match.
Visually the band has chosen to go back and acquire several paintings by Polish master Zdzisaw Beksiski. "What Kampfar captures with sound is an essence that we have only seen mirrored in Beksiski's work, and thus it is only natural to use his art to front our music." - Ask Ty (Drummer). "Profan" is a fitting end to a long journey through nature's magic, the power of perseverance in the face of gargantuan forces, and finally acceptance that there is no such thing as resolution.
To paraphrase from the words spewed in "Skavank", there will be: 'no prayers, no prophecies, no hymns, no rituals, no life'.' But there will be fire.1. Gloria Ablaze
6. Pole In The Ground
7. Tornekratt$32.99 $26.06 Save $6.93 (21%)Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
If Only You Were Lonely (Awaiting Repress)With the breakout success of Hawthorne Heights' 2004 debut, The Silence in Black and White, the little screamo band that could from Dayton, OH, could have easily taken the formulaic approach with its sophomore album. Instead, this rising new rock outfit does everything it can to broaden its scope on If Only You Were Lonely. One need look no further than the hushed, piano-steered closing number, Decembers, which echoes both the Beach Boys and Death Cab for Cutie. That somber highlight aside, Hawthorne Heights haven't exactly ditched their calling card, as exhibited by the infectious, self-deprecating heartbreak anthem We Are So Last Year and Pens and Needles, a bold, capable punk-pop nugget with serious devotional issues. The outfit's three-axe attack coupled with the distinctive pipes of J.T. Woodruff find Hawthorne Heights able to go where peers like Fall Out Boy just can't. Be it the downright winsome lilt of Saying Sorry or the riotous punk of This Is Who We Are -- painted with blood-curdling screams -- the group manages to walk the fine line between art and its aspirations of world domination with its credibility in check.1. This Is Who We Are
2. We Are So Last Year
3. Language Lessons (Five Words Or Less)
4. Pens and Needles
5. Saying Sorry
6. Dead In the Water
7. I Am On Your Side
8. Breathing In Sequence
9. Light Sleeper
10. Cross Me Off Your List
11. Where Can I Stab Myself In the Ears
12. Decembers$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now