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  • Apex Predator - Easy Meat Apex Predator - Easy Meat Quick View

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    Apex Predator - Easy Meat

    Having just wrapped up a tour through Japan, UK Grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH are now launching the cover artwork and the tracklisting for their upcoming 15th studio album. Entitled Apex Predator - Easy Meat, the album will be released via Century Media Records.


    The album's striking artwork, which can be seen above, was created by Danish designer Frode Sylthe / Friktion.com, who has previously worked on NAPALM DEATH's latest album Utilitarian as well as with bands such as At The Gates, The Haunted or Burst. NAPALM DEATH checked in to comment about the artwork as follows:


    There are many meanings that you could grab from the new album artwork, I think. But one is the representation of how our natural and most basic needs for happiness and communication are being stripped away by materialism and pre-packaged garbage - crap that we don't need, filtered to us through the media via the megacorporations with the goal to maintain the bloated bottom line of profit. It's all just stuff that will be obsolete in 6 months time. And behind the scenes of course, modern day slavery is alive, well and obscured by this facade. It's all an exercise in deceit to shower us with fake fulfilment, while the poor and underprivileged fall further by the wayside. - Shane Embury / NAPALM DEATH


    Across the albums, we have had some very complex and interconnected artwork. This time we wanted to keep it more simple - strip it down perhaps to a single image that would sharpen the focus. I loved the idea of the supermarket-style packaging as soon as I saw it, as when you go into one of those places with nourishment in mind and you're greeted with some miserable, artificially-enhanced foodstuff contained in a bleak little receptacle of industrial plastics, it doesn't exactly inspire you. To then fill that plastic tray with the dregs of meat production, well, that is the 'easy meat' in the title - representing the people who suffer for burgeoning consumption degraded and dumped in the most pitiful way. - Mark 'Barney' Greenway / NAPALM DEATH

    1. Apex Predator - Easy Meat
    2. Smash A Single Digit
    3. Metaphorically Screw You
    4. How The Years Condemn
    5. Stubborn Stains
    6. Timeless Flogging
    7. Dear Slum Landlord...
    8. Cesspits
    9. Bloodless Coup
    10. Beyond The Pale
    11. Stunt Your Growth
    12. Hierarchies
    13. One-Eyed
    14. Adversarial / Copulating Snakes
    Napalm Death
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  • Bacdafucup Bacdafucup Quick View

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    Bacdafucup

    At the time that Bacdafucup hit the record racks and airwaves, Onyx seemed to be inventing a genre all their own: heavy metal rap. Of course, on closer inspection, it is not at all surprising stylistically, given their link to Def Jam and Run DMC, the record company and crew that introduced heavy guitar riffs into hip-hop. Onyx, though, seemed far more threateningly hardcore than Run DMC ever were, and each song on their debut album seems like a quick-triggered, menacing chip set squarely on the shoulders of MCs Big DS, SuavÉ, Fredro, and Sticky Fingaz. That the entire album from beginning to end circumvents almost any backlash by being so brilliantly catchy as well, is a sterling tribute to how strong a quartet Onyx truly is on this first effort. The group gives the impression that they wanted to spotlight the sort of cartoonish, directionless anger that existed in a lot of hardcore rap, and then funnel that sort of energy into songs full of singalong choruses and joyous, chanted hooks that lend a certain feeling of camaraderie to the whole album. The release is mostly co-produced by Run DMC's Jam Master Jay and newcomer Chyskillz, and its music has a tense, wired edge that amplifies the vividness of the threatening lyrics. Sonically, it has a hardcore East Coast/New York City cast, full of throbbing bass and screeching siren-like effects. The grimy urban vibe is matched by Onyx's narrative thuggery, discharged straight from the streets like pumped-up news dispatches and predating the roughneck rap trend by several years. It's hard to imagine, given the gritty content of the album, that Onyx was aiming for airplay with Bacdafucup; nevertheless, almost in spite of itself, it was so good that it earned just that.


    - Stanton Swihart (All Music Guide)

    1. Bacdafucup

    2. Bichasniguz

    3. Throw Ya Gunz

    4. Here 'n' Now

    5. Bust Dat Ass

    6. Atak Of Da Bal-hedz

    7. Da Mad Face Invasion

    8. Blac Vagina Finda

    9. Da Bounca Nigga

    10. Nigga Bridges

    11. Onyx Is Here

    12. Slam

    13. Stik 'n' Muve

    14. Bichasbootleguz

    15. Shiftee

    16. Phat ('n' All Dat)

    17. Da Nex Niguz

    18. Getdafucout

    Onyx
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  • Death Certificate Death Certificate Quick View

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    Death Certificate

    If Ice Cube's debut was a shocking attack that proved the N.W.A legacy would be stronger divided, his sophomore effort was a new kind of superstar pulling off the miraculous, a follow-up that equals its classic predecessor and tops it in some people's books. With a million copies of Death Certificate preordered, Cube was no longer the rock critics' darling. A million people listening was dangerous, especially since he was now slithering his influence into the suburbs. If the black rage didn't get you, the misogyny of I'm gonna do my thing, with your daughter probably would. Here, one of rap's greatest storytellers is able to draw hatred in under a minute with the short and direct Black Korea, an angry protest song concerning Korean grocers that got him dubbed racist and Ice KKKube by some. The track is an extreme representation of how a much sharper and cutting this album is when compared with his debut, and even though the intro announces the full-length is divided into a Death Side and Life Side, both are equally bleak. With the CD format, the two sides are indistinguishable and run over the listener with fast tales of drug dealing, drive-by shootings, and women who go from Ms. Thing to Ms. Gonorrhea. This would be numbing if it weren't for the rapper's amazing lyrics, ground-shaking delivery, and insight like when A Bird in the Hand deals with the irony of selling crap to buy diapers (Gotta serve you food that might give you cancer/Cuz my son doesn't take no for answer). A bit of sweet relief comes with the brightness of the great single Steady Mobbin' and with the nostalgia and slow tempo of Doing Dumb Shit. True to the Game (Ain't that a bitch/They hate to see a young nigga rich) is arguably the quintessential Cube track and if all this weren't enough already, the N.W.A diss No Vaseline hangs off the album like a crowd-pleasing, Brick-sampling encore. Although next year's Predator would be a bigger hit, Death Certificate brings to a close the man's trilogy of perfect albums that began with N.W.A's Compton and explodes into a supernova right here.

    - David Jeffries (All Music)
    1. The Funeral

    2. The Wrong Nigga to Fuck Wit
    3. My Summer Vacation
    4. Steady Mobbin'
    5. Robin Lench
    6. Givin' Up the Nappy Dug Out
    7. Look Who's Burnin'
    8. A Bird in the Hand
    9. Man's Best Friend
    10. Alive on Arrival
    11. Death
    12. The Birth
    13. I Wanna Kill Sam
    14. Horny Lil' Devil
    15. Black Korea
    16. True to the Game
    17. Color Blind
    18. Doing Dumb Shit

    19. Us
    20. No Vaseline
    Ice Cube
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  • Real Estate Real Estate Quick View

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    Real Estate

    REAL ESTATE waft in on vibes of hazy summers past. The New Jersey quartet cut the sleeves short and the pop smooth to shade you from the midday heat. Every song works its way to that part of your consciousness that reveled in the fleeting waves of freedom that eked in once classes broke and the sun lingered a little longer over suburban roofs. And with three quarters of the band holding down Garden State roots its no surprise that a bit of Jersey indie-pop heritage sneaks its way into their sound, lifting the most sun streaked moments from The Feelies and Yo La Tengo and filtering them through the kaleidoscope of memories aimless drives through parched neighborhood streets. MARTIN COURTNEYs songwriting has a way of wrapping up the immediacy of youth with the ennui of age for the perfect shade of bittersweet bliss, mind you though, much heavier on the sweet than the bitter. Add to this MATTHEW MONDANILEs (DUCKTAILS, PREDATOR VISION) shimmering guitar strains full of equal parts sea foam and beer foam, pepper in the boardwalk clatter of ETIENNE PIERRE DUGUAYs drums, ALEX BLEEKERs staccato low end and the perfect afternoon is just a lawn chair and boom box away.Andy French (Raven Sings the Blues) Received a Best New Music, 8.5 rating from Pitchfork.

    Side A


    1. Beach Comber
    2. Pool Swimmers
    3. Suburban Dog
    4. Black Lake
    5. Atlantic City


    Side B


    1. Fake Blues
    2. Green River
    3. Suburban Beverage
    4. Let's Rock The Beach
    5. Snow Days

    Real Estate
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  • Unmap Unmap Quick View

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    Unmap

    Volcano Choir is an assembly of Wisconsinites Jon Mueller, Chris Rosenau, Jim Schoenecker, Daniel Spack, Justin Vernon, and Thomas Wincek. You might find these old friends also frequenting records and stages under different monikers, Collections of Colonies of Bees and Bon Iver. The collaboration predates the meteoric rise of Justin Vernon's Bon Iver project, with original songwriting dating back to the summer of 2005.
    1. Husks And Shells
    2. Seeplymouth
    3. Island, IS
    4. Dote
    5. And Gather
    6. Mbira In The Morass
    7. Cool Knowledge
    8. Still
    9. Youlogy
    Volcano Choir
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  • The September Sessions The September Sessions Quick View

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    The September Sessions

    On vinyl for the first time, The September Sessions soundtrack (scored by Jack Johnson), are 10 tracks by various performers including G. Love & Special Sauce, Ozomatli, Beat Down Sound, Princes of Babylon, Bombay the Hard Way, and Johnson himself. Recorded before Johnson's first album Brushfire Fairytales, these tracks predate Johnson's rise to worldwide stardom
    1. Pirate Looks at 40 (Jack Johnson)
    2. What Would You Rather Do (The September Sessions Band)
    3. Grey's Groove (DJ Greyboy)
    4. Willow Tree (G. Love & Special Sauce)
    5. Super Bowl Sundae (Ozomatli)
    6. Ganges A Go-Go (Bombay the Hard Way)
    7. Thug Style (The September Sessions Band)
    8. Meaningless Conversation (Princes of Babylon)
    9. Piglet's Lament (Beat Down Sound)
    10. F-Stop Blues (Jack Johnson)
    Various Artists
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  • Endless Summer Endless Summer Quick View

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    Endless Summer

    Originally released in 1974, Endless Summer is the Beach Boys' double LP compilation of singles and album tracks of their material from 1963-1966, with all but one cut predating Pet Sounds. Most of the group's best-loved singles are represented and the album soared to number one and spent three years on the charts. Endless Summer helped re-invigorate the Beach Boys career and it introduced the band to a whole new generation.
    1. Surfin' Safari
    2. Surfer Girl
    3. Catch A Wave
    4. The Warmth of the Sun
    5. Surfin' USA
    6. Be True To Your School
    7. Little Deuce Coupe
    8. In My Room
    9. Shut Down
    10. Fun, Fun, Fun
    11. I Get Around
    12. Girls On the Beach
    13. Wendy
    14. Let Him Run Wild
    15. Don't Worry Baby
    16. California Girls
    17.Girl Don't Tell Me
    18. Help Me, Ronda
    19. You're So Good To Me
    20. All Summer Long
    The Beach Boys
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  • The Early Four Track Recordings (On Sale) The Early Four Track Recordings (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    The Early Four Track Recordings (On Sale)

    The Early Four Track Recordings features some of the most memorable and immediate moments of Kevin Barnes' career, predating the moment before Of Montreal was a realized band and brings to mind the intimacy and immediacy of early Sebadoh, Pavement, and Guided by Voices albums. As fans should expect, these songs are heavily influenced by 1960s sunshine pop, with plenty of quirky weirdness and lo-fi aesthetics tossed in to keep things fresh. Never before released on vinyl.
    1. Dirty Dustin Hoffman Needs a Bath
    2. Dustin Hoffman Gets a Bath
    3. Dustin Hoffman Thinks about Eating the Soap
    4. Dustin Hoffman Scrubs Too Hard and Loses Soap
    5. Dustin Hoffman Does Not Resist Temptation to Eat the Bathtub
    6. Dustin Hoffman's Wife Comes Home
    7. Dustin Hoffman's Wife Seems Suspicious about the Absent Tub
    8. Dustin Hoffman Feigns Ignorance of Missing Bathtub
    9. Dustin Hoffman's Wife Calls In Detective to Dust for Porcelain Particules on Dustin Hoffman's Tongue
    10. Dustin Hoffman's Tongue Taken to Police Lab Where It Is Used as Toilet Paper and Reading Material While on the Toilet (Naughty)
    11. Dustin Hoffman Offers Lame Possible Explanation for Missing Bathtub (Front Cover)
    12. Dustin Hoffman's Wife Makes Sarcastic Remark, Cuts the Head off of a Duck, Places It Where the Tub Was and Begins to Groan (Growl)
    13. Dustin Hoffman Becomes Indignant and Wets Himself
    14. Dustin Hoffman Quits Bathroom and Climbs a Tree
    15. Dustin Hoffman's Children Enter the Bathroom
    16. Dustin Hoffman's Children Don't Enter the Bathroom
    Of Montreal
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  • African High Life African High Life Quick View

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    African High Life

    This is a very enjoyable if not essential album of traditional African highlife music set to dance tempos. Fans of Count Ossie (or other Pan-African musics that predate an outright American R&B influence) should know what to expect here. In other words, it doesn't sound as modern as Fela Kuti, so it won't supply the kinds of grooves expected on most dancefloors. This is a more traditional music and, despite its Blue Note affiliation, it should be appreciated on its own terms.
    1. Tolani (African Love Song)
    2. Ise Oluwa (God's Work Is Indestructible)
    3. Follow Me To Africa
    4. Yaba E (Farewell)
    5. Jojolo (Look At This Beautiful Girl)
    6. Aiye Le (The Troubled World)
    Solomon Ilori
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  • Lick It: 1983-86 Lick It: 1983-86 Quick View

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    Lick It: 1983-86

    Originally Released In 1999, This Much Sought After Package Is Back With New Art And A Suave Ass Gatefold Jacket!


    The early paisley garage Dwarves are represented here tearing through their first LP (Horror Stories) and early singles and unreleased tracks that predate their rebirth as punk icons. Thrill to tambourines, Farfisa organs and background vocals with attitude! Hits include Living Sickness, Don¹t Love Me, Get Outta My Life.

    LP 1
    1. Lick It
    2. In And Out
    3. Oozle
    4. Don't Love Me
    5. Monday Blues
    6. Mind Expanders
    7. I'm A Living Sickness
    8. College Town
    9. Be A Caveman
    10. Get Out Of My Life
    11. Eat My Dinner
    12. Queen Of The Surf
    13. Love Gestapo
    14. Nothing
    15. Underwater
    16. Nobody Spoil My Fun
    17. I'm A Liar


    LP 2
    1. Wind Blows Your Hair
    2. Chocolate River
    3. 13 Stories High
    4. When I Needed You
    5. Stop And Listen
    6. You Need Love
    7. Mad And Kinda Sad
    8. Brand New Cadillac
    9. Love Makes Me A Monster
    10. Average Dick
    11. Every Night
    12. Schizophrenic X-mas
    13. Mommy Daddy
    14. Love Makes Me A Monster 2
    15. I Hate Girls
    16. Leave Your Mouth At Home
    17. Suburban Nightmare

    The Dwarves
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  • La Dusseldorf La Dusseldorf Quick View

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    La Dusseldorf

    Upon the breakup of legendary Krautrock duo Neu!, drummer Klaus Dinger formed La DÜsseldorf with his brother Thomas and keyboard player Hans Lampe. This, their self-titled debut, was recorded in 1975 and is a staggering mix of Dinger's trademark motorik rhythms, glammy synths, pulsing organs and urgent guitar work that altogether creates a sound that, at times, predates both punk and post-punk, no small feat. Featuring their European hit single Silver Cloud, La DÜsseldorf's debut record is classic Krautrock on par with the best offerings of Neu!, Kraftwerk and Can.
    1. DÜsseldorf
    2. La DÜsseldorf
    3. Silver Cloud
    4. Time
    La Dusseldorf
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  • The Emerald City (Awaiting Repress) The Emerald City (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    The Emerald City (Awaiting Repress)

    Chicago's Irish punk rockers THE TOSSERS paint the town green with the release of their eighth studio album, The Emerald City. Predating fellow Celtic punk contemporaries FLOGGING MOLLY and DROPKICK MURPHYS, THE TOSSERS' 20 year career boasts numerous highlights including a St. Patrick's Day performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, a performance at the 2005 World Series for their hometown Chicago White Sox, and hundreds more drunkenly rambunctious shows with the most notable artists in the genre.


    THE TOSSERS are celebrated for their authentic use of traditional Irish folk instrumentation comprised
    of the mandolin, fiddle, tin whistle, and banjo, all of which are incorporated brilliantly throughout The Emerald City. Truly shining with their loud, fast, and rowdy live sets, THE TOSSERS will be heading to a town near you in support of the latest effort. Belly up to the bar, down a pint, and get ready to jig the night away with the passionate and timeless anthems on The Emerald City. Sláinte!

    1. The Rover
    2. Here's To A Drink With You
    3. Emerald City
    4. Wherever You Go
    5. USA
    6. St. Patrick's Day
    7. Bombo Lane
    8. The Break Of Dawn
    9. The South Side Of Town
    10. Where The Beer And Whiskey Flow
    11. God Bless You
    12. Johnny Mcguire's Wake
    13. The Fermoy Lasses And Sporting Paddy
    14. Sláinte
    The Tossers
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  • Break Up Break Up Quick View

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    Break Up

    Predating Johanssons debut album, Anywhere I Lay My Head, by nearly two years; Break Up was conceived and recorded in 2006, in producer Sunny Levines garage studio. I always thought of it as just a small project between friends, explains Johansson. Ive loved the album ever since I heard it completed. It perfectly captured where I was in my life at the time. Yorn was protective of Break Up initially, playing it for no one until last year. When those close to him finally heard the album, the overwhelming response convinced Yorn that it was simply too strong a work to remain under lock and key.


    Break Up includes eight original compositions by Yorn, ranging in tone from the lilting opener Relator to the disarming, retro/futuristic I Don't Know What To Do to the climactic Someday. Completing the collection is a powerful interpretation of the art-rock classic I Am The Cosmos by the late Chris Bell, co-founder of quintessential cult band Big Star.


    Produced by Levine, with Yorn and Max Goldblatt as executive producers, the album features contributions from guitarist Robert Francis; bassist Giuseppe Patane; and violinist Amir Yaghmai, with Goldblatt on banjo, synth bass and backing vocals, and Levine handling programming and mixing.

    1. Relator
    2. Wear And Tear
    3. I Don't Know What To Do
    4. Search Your Heart
    5. Blackie's Dead
    6. I Am The Cosmos
    7. Shampoo
    8. Clean
    9. Someday
    Pete Yorn
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  • Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes Quick View

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    Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes

    Originally released in time for 1964's Christmas season, the Ronettes' one and only Philles LP is considered by many to be the crown jewel of the label's catalog, representing the ultimate expression of Phil Spector's girl-group ideal.


    Fronted by the impossibly charismatic Veronica Bennett, aka Ronnie Spector, the Ronettes combined girlish innocence and playful sexiness in a manner that struck a responsive chord with listeners in the '60s, and continues to do so five decades later. With Phil's surging Wall of Sound arrangements meeting their match in the kittenish vocals of Ronnie and her sister Estelle Bennett and cousin Nedra Talley, it's not hard to understand why the Ronettes effortlessly held their own with the British Invasion acts that otherwise dominated the pop scene in 1964.


    Although the Ronettes are principally known as a singles act, Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes featuring Veronica is a remarkably consistent and cohesive set that collects all of the trio's early hits, including such enduring pop masterpieces as Be My Baby, Baby (I Love You), Walking In The Rain, Do I Love You?, (The Best Part Of) Breaking Up, You Baby and the Ronettes' original version of Chapel of Love (which predates the Dixie Cups' hit version). It's hard to imagine a more consistent collection of perfect pop bliss, or a more excellent expression of girl group greatness!

    1. Walking In The Rain
    2. Do I Love You?
    3. So Young
    4. (The Best Part Of) Breakin' Up
    5. I Wonder
    6. What'd I Say
    7. Be My Baby
    8. You Baby
    9. Baby, I Love You
    10. How Does It Feel?
    11. When I Saw You
    12. Chapel Of Love
    The Ronettes
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  • Elephant Elephant Quick View

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    Elephant

    Ranked 390/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    180 Gram Double LP.


    Famously produced without the use of computers The White Stripes' true breakout masterpiece puts a new spin on vintage. Chances are good we don't have to tell you, but Elephant was miraculously made in just two weeks at a London studio outfitted with an eight-track tape machine and recording gear that predates the Beatles. While a loose concept album in theme, there's no missing the back to basics sound in its physical creation that makes it perfect for the raw fullness of vinyl.


    Elephant won the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. In addition to the smash hit Seven Nation Army, which won for Best Rock Song, the group's fourth release and first for a major label is highlighted by the punked-out blues riffs of Black Math, the high-pitched Queen-like squall of There's No Home For You Her, and the spirited interpretation of Burt Bacharach's I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself.

    LP 1
    1. Seven Nation Army
    2. Black Math
    3. There's No Home For You Here
    4. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
    5. In The Cold, Cold Night
    6. I Want To Be The Boy To Warm Your Mother's Heart
    7. You've Got Her In Your Pocket


    LP 2
    1. Ball And Biscuit
    2. The Hardest Button To Button
    3. Little Acorns
    4. Hypnotize
    5. The Air Near My Fingers
    6. Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine
    7. It's True That We Love One Another

    The White Stripes
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  • Bryce Dessner: Aheym Bryce Dessner: Aheym Quick View

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    Bryce Dessner: Aheym


    45 RPM Mastered Double Gatefold LP


    LP Contains CD of Full Album


    Aheym is an astonishing collaboration between National
    guitarist Bryce Dessner and journeyman new music string
    quartet the Kronos Quartet. Performing four compositions by
    Dessner, the Kronos Quartet champion an exciting young
    composer, continuing a history of presenting new and
    important works and composers that stretches back to their
    founding in 1973. Dessner has a history of composition that
    predates his membership in the National, and represents a new
    generation who are blurring the lines between rock and
    contemporary classical music.


    From the raw emotional
    overtones of Aheym to the soaring choral crescendo - courtesy
    of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus - of Tour Eiffel, Bryce Dessner's
    music for the Kronos Quartet will delight longtime followers of
    Kronos' work with Steve Reich, Philip Glass and others, and will
    challenge and surprise the National's many fans. At the close of
    day, Aheym addresses many of the same aches and dreams as
    the music of the National, and it is the breaking down of these
    artificial barriers of genre and performance that Bryce Dessner
    has made a life's work.

    1. Aheym
    2. Little Blue Something 
    3. Tenebre
    4. Tour Eiffel 
    Kronos Quartet with Bryce Dessner
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  • Trouble Is A Lonesome Town Trouble Is A Lonesome Town Quick View

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    Trouble Is A Lonesome Town

    THRIFTSTORE MASTERPIECE is a revolving music collective devoted to paying homage to the
    underdog records of years past. The debut album revisits Lee Hazlewood's 1963 lost classic Trouble
    Is A Lonesome Town and features Pete Yorn, Frank Black (Pixies), Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse),
    Courtney Taylor-Taylor (The Dandy Warhols), Eddie Argos (Art Brut), the late Larry Norman and more.


    In 1963, Lee Hazlewood released his debut album Trouble is a Lonesome Town to little fanfare. It
    was a collection of solo acoustic songs stitched together with a narrative that described life in a
    fictional small town inhabited by outlaws, thieves, and down-and-out laborers. The album was hokey,
    but hip. Corny, but cool. It evoked a bygone era of pastoral American towns and their sometimes seedy underbellies, somewhat like a darker version of the Andy Griffith Show or a more sinister
    Prairie Home Companion. More importantly, it was a fully realized concept album that predated
    the trend that is so common in today' s music world. Hazlewood had originally intended the songs
    as demos for his publisher, in hopes that other artists might someday record them. A half century
    later, the music collective known as THRIFTSTORE MASTERPIECE has done exactly that.


    Producer I band leader Charles Normal explains I first came across the record around the turn of the
    millennium while living in Oslo, Norway. I found it in a secondhand junk shop and it struck a nostalgic
    note somewhere within me. It made me homesick for the panoply of Americana I had experienced
    while slumming it in the Southwestern border towns and California desert whistle stops I drifted
    through when I first started playing music on the road. The record didn't leave my turntable for
    months. Years later, I started to envision the record as a more orchestrated statement and began
    recording the basic tracks in my studio.


    My brother, singer Larry Norman, lent his voice to a couple of the tracks, but when he passed away
    from a heart attack in 2008 I fell into a deep funk and put the project on the back burner. I couldn't
    bring myself to harmonize with his vocals ... it was just too emotional to deal with. It wasn't until much
    later, prompted in part by Isaac Brock, that I dusted off the tapes and hard drives and began to finish
    it. I went through my address book and started calling friends who happened to be in possession of
    great voices to see if they were interested in joining in.

    1. Long Black Train - featuring Frank Black
    2. Ugly Brown -featuring Larry Norman
    3. Son Of A Gun- featuring Frank Black
    4. We All Make The Flowers Grow- featuring Kristin Blix
    5. Run Boy Run - featuring Frank Black
    6. Six Feet Of Chain- featuring Pete Yorn
    7. The Railroad- featuring Isaac Brock
    8. Look At That Woman - featuring Courtney Taylor-Taylor
    9. Peculiar Guy- featuring Eddie Argos
    1 0. Trouble Is A Lonesome Town - featuring Larry Norman
    Thriftstore Masterpiece
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    The Carnegie Hall Concert (On Sale)

    From-the-Vault Live Release Captures Iconic Singer-Songwriter at Height of Her Breakout Period


    Half-Speed Mastered from the Original Tapes: Intimate Sonics Make It Seem Like King is Sitting Five Feet Away


    Stripped-Down Songs Teem With Warmth, Nuance, Emotion; James Taylor Also Appears


    Every so often, a from-the-vault release captures our hearts, minds, and attention in such a way that its impossible not to tell all family, friends, and neighbors about its existence. Originally issued to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Tapestry, Carole Kings The Carnegie Hall Concert: June 18, 1971 is such a record, a fortunate document of an absolutely magical period in the singer-songwriters legendary career and a revealing look at the then-stagefright artist turning in a commanding performance just as she was becoming a superstar.



    Half-speed mastered from the original tapes, Mobile Fidelitys numbered limited-edition 180g LP of this compelling concert album brims with liveliness, depth, dimension, detail, and transparency. The nuances of Kings spare performances and warm vocals emanate as if shes sitting five feet away. Stripped down even further than they are on the studio albums, songs breathe with palpable earnestness and emotion, the subtle differences from their more polished studio brethren allowing listeners an insight into Kings creative genius.



    At the time of its recording, King still suffered from shyness and who could blame her? She had been accustomed to penning lyrics for other artists and sitting behind a desk in the Brill Building. Only recently did King strike out on her own and enter the public realm. This set encapsulates this contrast in thrilling fashion. Disarmingly genuine and daringly honest, The Carnegie Hall Concert: June 18, 1971 benefits from the inclusion of Kings nervous between-song banter that exposes who she is as a person and performer. Most importantly, despite her anxiety, she turns out stirring renditions of tunes from 1970s Writer, Tapestry, and even a few from Music.



    Her control is demonstrated on the records six opening cuts, which feature King alone at her piano. For the remainder of the program, shes accompanied by guitarist Danny Kortchman, bassist Charles Larkey, and a string quartet, which enter and exit according to arrangement. As such, the concert is profoundly intimate and personal, an unplugged session that predated the use of the term by nearly two decades. Longtime collaborator James Taylor joins her for a memorable medley of some of her biggest hitsWill You Love Me Tomorrow/Some Kind of Wonderful/Up on the Roofthe chemistry evident of why the duos 2010 tour was one of the most in-demand outings in years.



    Mobile Fidelitys remastered sound ties everything together and is what makes this release extra special. By going to the original source, the audiophile label considerably opens up the sonic perspectives, revealing the spacious acoustics of the famed venue that act in concert with Kings music. In particular, the songs from Writer benefit from the no-nonsense production. You can literally picture Kings piano beside her, and her voice sincere, tender, melodic is rich, full-bodied, and penetrating. Listeners can even hear it crack on occasion, the results a consequence of her nerves. Unpolished and non-synthetic, the performance is better for it.



    No, they don't make albums like this anymore. The Carnegie Hall Concert: June 18, 1971 as real as it gets. And so is the sound. Get your collectible copy now!


    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    1.I Feel the Earth Move
    2.Home Again
    3.After All This Time
    4.Child of Mine
    5.Carry Your Load
    6.No Easy Way Down
    7.Song of Long Ago
    8.Snow Queen
    9.Smackwater Jack
    10.So Far Away
    11.It's Too Late
    12.Eventually
    13.Way over Yonder
    14.Beautiful
    15.You've Got a Friend [Performed with James Taylor]
    16.Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?/Some Kind of Wonderful/Up on the Roof [medley; performed with James Taylor]
    17.(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
    Carole King
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    Rough Guide To The Blues Songsters

    Before there was the bluesman there was the songster and it was these traveling troubadours who helped lay the foundations for the development of the blues. In the decades preceding the phonograph and radio and before the American national entertainment industry had reached into the deepest parts of the South, it was these wandering musicians who provided the musical entertainment for all manner of social events.


    In order to be able to scrape a living together, the songster had to be incredibly versatile and come up with something for everyone. Armed with a banjo or guitar they performed every form of popular music of the day from folk songs and ballads to rags and spirituals. Priding themselves on their huge repertoires, they could be described as the human jukeboxes of their time.


    Along with the many musicians shrouded in mystery, this collection boasts tracks by legendary bluesmen such as Leadbelly, Charley Patton, and Mississippi John Hurt. Aside from the blues, these great performers would have been able to play everything asked of them at local bars and rural dances, and it is said that Leadbelly could draw on a repertoire of over 500 songs from many different genres. Likewise, the 'Father of the Delta Blues', Charley Patton left glimpses into his songster roots and true musical versatility with songs such as the featured 'Mississippi Boweavil Blues'. Henry Thomas's projected birthdate of 1874 predates that of Charley Patton by a good 17 years and gives us an idea of what rural black music sounded like before the turn of the twentieth century. He was 53 years old during his first recording session in 1927 by which point much of his music was already a representation of a bygone era. The same could be said of Richard 'Rabbit' Brown from New Orleans who worked as a ferryman on lake Pontchartrain and whose recorded legacy of just five songs includes 'James Alley Blues' which has been covered by Bob Dylan. Also from New Orleans, Papa Charlie Jackson accompanied himself with a banjo guitar and became one of the first songsters to record from the mid-1920s. His unique brand of hokum, used comic, often sexually suggestive lyrics and lively, danceable rhythms.


    This selection features several variations on traditional ballads about legendary characters such as Frankie and Johnny, Stagger Lee, John Henry and Railroad Bill. These became standards in the repertoires of songsters, both black and white, who shared a similar colour-blindness when it came to the racial origins of a tune. Frank Hutchison and Dick Justice were both white performers whose styles were heavily influenced by black musicians, in particular, Luke Jordan whose featured track 'Pick Poor Robin Clean' is a gambling song masterpiece. Like Jordan, many other well-known East Coast songsters such as Blind Blake, Pink Anderson, and Peg Leg Howell worked with traveling shows, which became a major factor in the spreading of the blues. Many of these shows were operated by vendors of patent medicines who would attract crowds by putting on a performance.


    As these shows began to disappear and recorded music and dancing in juke joints became popular, so the older songster style became less fashionable. Apart from the few waxed recordings which leave a tempting glance into a world before the blues, many of the featured artists faded into obscurity, as the songsters were overtaken by blues singers whose music was heavily promoted by record companies. Those songsters who were able to embrace this new music such as Charley Patton and Leadbelly became seminal figures and the rest is history.

    1. Pick Poor Robin Clean - By Luke Jordan
    2. Don't Leave Me Here - By Henry Thomas
    3. The Spasm - By Daddy Stovepipe & Mississippi Sarah
    4. Your Baby Ain't Sweet Like Mine - By Papa Charlie Jackson
    5. John Henry (The Steel Driving Man) - Part 1 - By Furry Lewis
    6. Mississippi Boweavil Blues - By Charley Patton
    7. Cocaine - By Dick Justice
    8. Midnight Special - By Leadbelly
    9. Come On Boys Let's Do That Messin' Around - By Blind Blake
    10. Stackalee - By Frank Hutchison
    11. James Alley Blues - By Richard 'Rabbit' Brown
    12. Going To Germany - By Cannon's Jug Stompers
    13. Coal Man Blues - By Peg Leg Howell
    Various Artists
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    At Carnegie Hall (Pure Pleasure)

    When Paul Robeson took the stage at Carnegie Hall in May of 1958, it had been 11 years since he had previously concertized freely in the United States. Blacklisted from the entertainment industry at home, and with the State Department unwilling to issue him a passport, he had fallen into eclipse as a singer and actor over the previous eight years. The concert recorded here, one of two at Carnegie Hall in May of 1958, marked his return. The performances on this record would also be his only stereo recordings -- all were, naturally enough, the work of Vanguard Records, the New York-based record company that was also the home to fellow blacklistees The Weavers.


    The singing legend is in excellent voice throughout, his rich bass-baritone reveling in performances of a repertory that encompassed Bach, Mussorgsky, Schubert, Dvorák, Beethoven, traditional gospel, Russian and Chinese folk songs, Old Man River from Show Boat, and monologues from Shakespeare and the opera Boris Godunov. With a piano accompaniment by Alan Booth, Robeson ranged across a huge part of his own performing history. The 60-year-old singer, despite the decade of artificially imposed inactivity, still had much of his vocal power intact and all his dramatic instincts, and makes every moment count in his performance, investing immense power in every note and nuance.


    Sadly, his Vanguard performances were to be his only work captured on modern recording equipment -- because of the blacklist, everything else predated the arrival of recording tape and the long-playing record. But the performance captured here, and those represented on Vanguard's The Essential Paul Robeson, show a man still capable of moving huge numbers of people with his voice -- and equally important, even at this late date, who had not lost the ability to walk a crowd through a vast and difficult range of repertory; his performances, even after ten years of professional exile, were also learning experiences, and consciousness-raising, which is why reactionaries in the United States were so afraid of him in the first place. And none of it has lost any of its power in the five decades since the actual event.


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    • Paul Robeson (vocals)

    • Alan Booth (piano)




    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. Every Time I Feel the Spirit
    2. Balm In Gilead
    3. Volga Boat Song
    4. Monologue From Othello (Shakespeare)
    5. O Thou Silent Night (Alexadnrov)
    6. Chinese Children's Song
    7. My Curly Headed Baby (G.H. Clutsam)
    8. Old Man River
    9. Going Home (Dvorak, arr. Fisher)
    10. Monologue from Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky)
    11. The Orphan (Mussorgsky)
    12. Christ lag in Todesbanden (J.S. Bach)
    13. Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel
    14. Lullaby (Franz Schubert)
    15. O No John
    16. Joe Hill
    17. Jacob's Ladder
    Paul Robeson
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    Young Prayer

    Noah Lennox, a.k.a. Panda Bear, a.k.a. one-fourth of the founding members of Animal Collective, has had a far-from-quiet few years since the release of his fourth solo record, 2011's Tomboy. Since the breakout success of 2007's universally-adored Person Pitch, each new Panda Bear release is a highly anticipated event, and with a high-profile Daft Punk collaboration later, that's more the case than ever. But if the title of his fifth solo album as Panda Bear seems to portend certain doom, think again. Taking his inspiration from '70s dub duo albums like King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown and Augustus Pablo Meets Lee Perry & the Wailers Band, Panda Bear prefers to frame his latest work as less of a battle and more a collaboration. "I see it [as] more comicbooky, a little more lighthearted," he says. "Like Alien Vs. Predator." Young Prayer is the second full-length solo album by Panda Bear. It was recorded in Panda Bear's childhood home in 2002 by Deakin and further produced by the mysterious Animal Collective brothers known as Come Winter. It was originally released in 2004 on Paw Tracks as PAW2.
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    5. Untitled 5
    6. Untitled 6
    7. Untitled 7
    8. Untitled 8
    9. Untitled 9
    Panda Bear
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    Far Cry Primal: Original Game Soundtrack

    Two-time BAFTA winning composer, Jason Graves has composed the original game soundtrack for the next exciting chapter in the award-winning Far Cry® franchise, Far Cry® Primal. Graves is renowned for his textural concept scores and cinematic orchestration on AAA titles such as Until Dawn, The Order: 1886, Evolve, Tomb Raider and Dead Space.


    As a classically-trained composer and world percussionist, Graves created an entirely live organic score for Far Cry® Primal, blending a diverse array of sounds from the natural environment and incorporating many animal effects into the score. The evocative soundtrack features a unique set of textures representing each of the tribes that players will encounter, including a ram's horn and solo flute (Wenja); Aztec death whistles, female vocals, ritualistic percussion (Izilia); raw sounds from Far Cry's Stone Age natural environment including bushes, bones, antlers, clay pots, wooden artifacts and male vocals (Udam). Crafted together the sounds bring the rich and primal gameplay alive to players challenged to survive in a hostile environment and rise to become the apex predator.

    LP 1
    1. The Shaman's Story
    2. Save the Wenja
    3. The Fires of Conquest
    4. The Mammoth Hunt
    5. Attack of the Udam
    6. The Taken Wenja
    7. The Call Of The Widu
    8. Sarta Wenja
    9. Trials Of The Gwarpati
    10. Vision of Fire
    11. Prowl of the Snowblood Wolves


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    1. The Flames of Suxli
    2. Clash of the Udam
    3. Batari's Song of Fire
    4. The Mask of Krati
    5. The Altar of Suxli
    6. Survival of the Udam
    7. The Wrath of Ull
    8. Vision of Beasts
    9. Hunt for the Great Scar Bear
    10. The Search for Lost Wenja

    Jason Graves
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    Black Widow

    Nature counts the black widow spider amongst its most fascinating and dangerous anomalies. The female arachnid often devours its mate after copulation. It's both a delicate and dangerous predator. In This Moment isn't all that different from this enigmatic beast. Led by frontwoman Maria Brink, the Los Angeles hard rock outfit strikes with a seductive metallic bite on their aptly titled fifth full-length album, Black Widow.


    Black Widow is a metaphor for this innocent young girl who gets infected with life, traumas, experiences, and the balance of light and darkness, explains Maria. She becomes this poised and powerful creature. That's the album.


    We went into this with the title Black Widow, says lead guitarist Chris Howorth. It fits the image of Maria as this powerful heroine. If you think of the boys in the audience watching our stage show, she's like the black widow pulling them all in.


    The record, the first for the band on Atlantic Records, picks up where the group's 2012 breakthrough, Blood, left off. That album saw In This Moment debut at #15 on the Billboard Top 200, their highest chart position to date, and eventually sold over 250,000 units in the U.S. alone. It also spawned the single Blood, which rose to #9 on the Mainstream Rock and Active Rock Songs charts. A sold out headline tour, HELLPOP, followed, as well as appearances at the Uproar Festival and Rock On The Range, and jaunts with Shinedown and Papa Roach. After the whirlwind of Blood subsided, Maria and Chris retreated to Las Vegas in February 2014 to begin working on what would become Black Widow with longtime producer Kevin Churko [Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch].

    LP1
    1. The Infection
    2. Sex Metal Barbie
    3. Big Bad Wolf
    4. Dirty Pretty
    5. Black Widow
    6. Sexual Hallucination (feat. Brent Smith)
    7. Sick Like Me


    LP2
    1. Bloody Creature Poster Girl
    2. The Fighter
    3. Bones
    4. Natural Born Sinner
    5. Into The Darkness
    6. Out Of Hell

    In This Moment
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    Dreams Of The Way We Were

    This superb performance, from October 1992, broadcast live by radio station WFMU-FM from Upsala College, New Jersey, pre-dates Jeff Buckley's debut by a little over a year. While most of the songs are covers, there are two early original compositions, Eternal Life and Unforgiven - both of which later appeared on the album 'Grace' in 1994 (the latter by then re-titled Last Goodbye).
    LP1
    1. Lost Highway (Live)
    2. Eternal Life (Live)
    3. Please Send Me Someone to Love (Live)
    4. The Way Young Lovers Do (Live)
    5. Interview
    6. Hallelujah (Live)
    7. Mama, You've Been on My Mind (Live)


    LP2
    1. Alligator Wine (Live)
    2. Calling You (Live)
    3. Unforgiven (Live)
    4. We All Fall in Love Sometimes (Live)
    5. Curtains (Live)
    6. Dink's Song (Live)
    7. Corpus Christi Carol (Live)

    Jeff Buckley
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