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    Roll The Bones

    200 Gram Vinyl LP


    From a lyrical perspective, 1991's Roll the Bones is quite possibly Rush's darkest album (most of the songs deal with death in no uncertain terms), but from a musical point of view, the record treads territory (highbrow melodic hard rock) similar to its recent predecessors, with only a few surprises thrown in for good measure. These include an amusing rap section in the middle of the title track, a welcome return to instrumentals with Where's my Thing?, and one of the band's finest songs of the '90s in the gutsy Dreamline. Neurotica is another highlight which lives up to its title, and though their negative subject matter can feel stifling at times, fine tracks like Bravado, The Big Wheel, and Heresy feature wonderful melodies and arrangements.

    1. Dreamline
    2. Bravado
    3. Roll The Bones
    4. Face Up
    5. Where's My Thing?
    6. The Big Wheel
    7. Heresy
    8. Ghost Of A Chance
    9. Neurotica
    10. You Bet Your Life
    Rush
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    Bones

    On The Delta Saints' new album, Bones, their first for Loud & Proud Records, the Nashville-based band have stripped their roots/blues sound down to its essence, having rearranged the elements into something uniquely their own. Steeped in rock 'n' roll's building blocks - country, R&B, soul and gospel - The Delta Saints' second full-length effort explores influences like Jack White, The Black Keys, My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses and Led Zeppelin. Producer/engineer/mixer and Third Man Records alum, Eddie Spear [Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Neil Young] provided a ghostly, psychedelic atmosphere at Nashville's Sputnik Sound studios, yielding a sound unlike anything they have created before.


    "We got to the point where what we were recording and playing had veered from what we were listening to and loving on our turntables, which can lead to discontent," said Louisiana-born singer/lyricist Ben Ringel, who co-founded the band almost eight years ago with fellow Belmont University student, Kansas native bassist David Supica. Soon after, they were joined by Tennessee-bred guitarist Dylan Fitch and later, after a health scare with the band's former harmonica player, enlisted Louisville resident and keyboardist, Nate Kremer, who was added to the lineup only two weeks before a two month long European tour.


    Taking a novel approach of writing songs spontaneously in the studio, The Delta Saints were challenged to create in the moment and as a result, Bones is their most adventurous effort yet. The album is a collection of eclectic songs, beginning with The White Stripes-meets-Led Zeppelin fuzz-toned garage-rock blast of "Sometimes I Worry." The spare, spooky strains of "Butte la Rose" tell the band's tale of a Louisiana town purposely flooded and displaced five years ago to save New Orleans. The Grapes of Wrath drama of "Dust," based on Ringel's grandfather, an East Kansas farmer, builds to a primal wail at nature with a stunning coda in which Dylan Fitch's guitar drops out and Kremer's B3 organ provides the climax. The title track, "Bones" features hoodoo organ riffs and African-influenced trance music, which came from listening to the Sahara desert African groove of Niger's Tuareg guitarist Omara "Bombino" Moctar and Mali's Tinariwen. The grindhouse honky-tonk chain gang chants of "Heavy Hammer" celebrates the work ethic in no uncertain terms, a call for unity in the wake of Ringel's frustration about getting stuck in the rat race and feeling trapped by some of life's mundane tasks. "Berlin," the first song they recorded after adding Nate on keys, started out as an instrumental penned in the title city while on tour. It eventually metamorphosed into a country twang intro and a prog-rock jam. Bones is a complete work veering between despair and apocalyptic dread.


    "We're trying to push ourselves forward to do something more modern, but at the same time incorporating where we come from," explained Ringel.


    "It was incredible to be able to write a song on the spot and immediately hear what it sounded like," added Supica. "It was a great way to capture the magic right when you come up with an idea, preserving that raw element. We were used to playing a song for months on the road before we recorded it. Still, on the flip side, it was absolutely terrifying to sit in the studio watching the clock tick and waiting for a song to come out. That's where (producer) Ed Spear came into play; he was so good at keeping us pointed in the right direction."


    "This record was made out of both necessity and desire. We needed to be fulfilled and surprised by music again, and we also needed to fulfill that love of writing and recording again."


    The Delta Saints have independently released two EPs (2010's Pray On and A Bird Called Angola), a full-length album (2012's Death Letter Jubilee) and a live disc (2014's Live at Exit/In). They have spent the last eight years touring the US averaging almost 200 shows per year, organically growing their audience, fan by fan, city by city. Major appearances include several festivals including Wakarusa, Summer Camp, Harvest, The Ride, Summerfest and The Simple Man Cruise. A testament to their mixed appeal, they have opened for such diverse acts as Blackberry Smoke, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Taj Mahal, Dickey Betts and Michael Franti & Spearhead.


    The Delta Saints have also have a large international fan base having toured Europe a total of six times, selling out countless venues and playing more than 200 shows in Spain, Sweden, France, Switzerland and Germany, as well as several festivals in Holland (Moulin Blues, Ribs and Blues), Belgium (Gevarenwinkel) and Germany (Grolsch Blues Fest).


    With all that they've accomplished as a hard-working group on their own, The Delta Saints have earned their graduation to industry veteran Tom Lipsky's Loud & Proud Records (which has been the home of Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Rob Zombie, Lenny Kravitz and The String Cheese Incident, among others).


    "Don't look so tired, my dear," sings Ringel in Bones' closing track, "Berlin," echoing the band's progress. "We may be bruised, but the day is almost here."


    "It's hard to see progress when you're in the middle of things," said Supica about The Delta Saints' ambitions. "We try to take stock every six months or so and look back from where we've come, from eating at McDonald's and sleeping on people's floors to staying at a Motel 6 and graduating to La Quinta. We mark our success by the hotel chain where we're staying. When we get to Marriott, we know we've made it."


    Bones proves The Delta Saints are well on their way to making that reservation.

    The Delta Saints
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    To The Bone

    Steven Wilson will release his expansive, brilliant fifth album, To The Bone, via Caroline International. It is the follow-up to 2015's Hand. Cannot. Erase. (one of Rolling Stone's best albums of 2015). A gloriously dynamic modernist pop record as imagined by the UK's biggest underground artist, To The Bone is Steven Wilson's hat-tip to the hugely ambitious progressive pop records of his youth (think Peter Gabriel's So, Talk Talk's Colour of Spring, Tears for Fears Seeds of Love).
    1. To The Bone
    2. Nowhere Now
    3. Pariah (feat. Ninet Tayeb)
    4. The Same Asylum As Before
    5. Refuge
    6. Permanating
    7. Blank Tapes (feat. Ninet Tayeb)
    8. People Who Eat Darkness
    9. Song Of I (feat. Sophie Hunger)
    10. Detonation
    11. Song Of Unborn
    Steven Wilson
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    To The Bone (Bone Colored Vinyl) (Out Of Stock)

    Limited Edition Of 1000 Pressed On Bone Colored Vinyl


    Steven Wilson will release his expansive, brilliant fifth album, To The Bone, via Caroline International. It is the follow-up to 2015's Hand. Cannot. Erase. (one of Rolling Stone's best albums of 2015). A gloriously dynamic modernist pop record as imagined by the UK's biggest underground artist, To The Bone is Steven Wilson's hat-tip to the hugely ambitious progressive pop records of his youth (think Peter Gabriel's So, Talk Talk's Colour of Spring, Tears for Fears Seeds of Love).


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. To The Bone
    2. Nowhere Now
    3. Pariah (feat. Ninet Tayeb)
    4. The Same Asylum As Before
    5. Refuge
    6. Permanating
    7. Blank Tapes (feat. Ninet Tayeb)
    8. People Who Eat Darkness
    9. Song Of I (feat. Sophie Hunger)
    10. Detonation
    11. Song Of Unborn
    Steven Wilson
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    Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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    Rockin' Bones: The Legendary Masters (Import)

    There were hundreds of talented rockabilly singers in the 50's, but it'd be really hard not to recognize at first listen the high-pitched voice (back then it was actually difficult for radio listeners to tell if he was a man or a woman) and the pre-teen rock 'n' bop anger that typecast 'The Blonde Bomber' as Ronnie Dawson was often referred to. He was actually in his teens when he got to write what is probably the best obscure rockabilly treasure of all time, that legendary Rockin' Bones hit, where Ronnie declares his wish to be buried with a stack of '45s and a phonograph. This collection features 24 singles and rare tracks, including many previously unreleased on vinyl, spanning from 1957 to 1960. A must have for any early rock and roll collector!
    1. Rockin Bones
    2. Congratulations To Me
    3. Aint That A Kick In The Head
    4. Hazel
    5. Poor Little Johnny Smith
    6. Pauline
    7. Action Packed
    8. I Make The Love
    9. Green -Eyed Cat
    10. Rockin Bones (demo)
    11. Congratulations To Me (demo)
    12. Slenderella
    13. Searching For My Baby
    14. Straight Skirts
    15. The Chicken
    16. Its Love Baby (24 Hours A Day)
    17. Fire, Fire, Fire
    18. A Little Love
    19. My First Love
    20. Why Did You Cry?
    21. Im Coming Home
    22. Baby Brother
    23. Fire, Fire, Fire (Demo)
    24. Slenderella (Alternate Version)
    Ronnie Dawson
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    Lady In Gold (Bone Vinyl)

    Limited Edition Of 500 Copies Pressed On Bone Colored Vinyl


    Very few modern bands are lucky enough to have such a unique, individual and inimitable style as well as blessed with such an incredible voice at the forefront, so it's very rare that a group representing traditional blues-rock can come along with all these characteristics and whip up such excitement in 2016.


    BLUES PILLS contain all these elements to create extraordinary music that sounds original and new but respects those long-held rules of blues and rock and roll tradition. Although, it's the individual characteristics of the band that makes this music electrifying; the steady bass of Zack Anderson, thumping rhythm of AndrÉ Kvarnström, technical and yet improvisational guitar of Dorian Sorriaux and the sensational soaring vocals of frontwoman Elin Larsson that set this band apart.


    The psychedelic sounds of the band may hail back to the prosperity of the 1960's and 1970's and it's true their distinctive sound may include a few ingredients of the past; a pinch of late 60's Americana, a sprinkling of blues, a heavy serving of rock 'n' roll, a big squeeze of soul but it's all shaken up into a brand-new cocktail of sound, and served into this heavenly new blend we call BLUES PILLS.


    That's why it seems to be a sign of destiny that the stars aligned for this exceptional group to be born in 2011, only one year later the striking, soulful and organic sound of first single 'Black Smoke' was fascinating countless listeners - followed up by the EP "Bliss". When in 2014 the self-titled album was released, the whole genre was turned upside down and BLUES PILLS were charting across Europe and continually selling out larger venues. Now the fans are calling on BLUES PILLS to present their second album "Lady In Gold".


    "'Lady Gold' is a character symbolizing death", explains singer Elin Larsson of the intriguing album title. "We wanted to get away from the typical stereotype of the Grim Reaper."


    The mystical and dark references of the album title are echoed throughout a lot of the album - there's the ode to the female "Keeper Of The Soul" on spiritual sounding title track 'Lady In Gold' and talks of failed salvation from a deceitful messiah in the soul anthem 'Little Boy Preacher'. There's emotive blues ballads in 'I've Felt A Change' and 'Burned Out' and empowering post-heartbreak tales in 'Won't Go Back' and 'Rejection'.


    Similarly to the self-titled debut "Lady In Gold" was produced in Sweden by producer Don Alsterberg and it captures everything that's made them one of the most talked about rock bands of the past few years.

    1. Lady In Gold

    2. Little Boy Preacher
    3. Burned Out
    4. I Felt A Change
    5. Gone So Long
    6. Bad Talkers
    7. You Gotta Try
    8. Won't Go Back
    9. Rejection
    10. Elements And Things
    Blues Pills
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    And The War Came


    "A gnarly composite of blues and folk." - PASTE "Best of What's Next"


    "A surprisingly pop-leaning single from a rising folk hero." - ESQUIRE


    "Astonishing Unclassifiably Original. And frighteningly good." - NPR Music


    "His voice is shockingly soulful, and his effects-laden guitar playing exceptional." - BOSTON HERALD


    Performing live with nothing but a guitar and a homemade kickdrum built out of an old suitcase, Austin TX's "astonishing
    one-man-show" (NPR Music) Shakey Graves has quickly risen from obscurity into the nation spotlight since the release of
    his debut full-length LP "Roll The Bones." Nearly two years later, as word of his haunting lo-fi recordings and contrastingly explosive live show spreads, the self-released album continues to sell at a vigorous pace, consistently ranking near the top
    of Bandcamp's digital best seller charts. The album was recently released as a limited edition LP, which sold out almost immediately. New listeners around the world continue to discover his music every day, often through a series of live performance videos on YouTube (collectively over 1.5 million views). His videos for Myspace and Cadillac's "One Two Watch"
    documentary series have also gathered over 3 million views alone.

    1. This Is The Beginning
    2. Only Son
    3. Dearly Departed (featuring EsmÉ Patterson)
    4. The Perfect Parts
    5. Hard Wired
    6. Family And Genus
    7. Big Time Nashville Star (featuring EsmÉ Patterson)
    8. Pansy Waltz
    9. House Of Winston
    10. If Not For You
    11. Call It Heaven (featuring EsmÉ Patterson)
    Shakey Graves
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    Pros & Cons (Awaiting Repress)

    Numbered Limited Edition One Sided LP w/ B-Side Etching


    Five years ago in a small wood shed in central Pennsylvania, 5 men conspired together for one purpose and one purpose only, to make kick ass rock and roll music. That supergroup, The Company Band, consists of Dave Bone, Neil Fallon (Clutch), Brad Davis (Fu Manchu), Jess Margera (CKY), and James A. Rota (Fireball Ministry).


    Now after one EP, Sign Here, Here, and Here, and one eponymous LP, comes the Pros & Cons EP. Recorded and mixed at the legendary L.A. studio Grandmaster Recorders by Andrew Alekel, Pros & Cons stays true to The Company Band's original mission statement, offering up five tracks of straight up kick ass rock and roll! Numbered limited collector's edition vinyl of only 1000 copies with a B-side etching.


    Bone explains, The music on this record is our most platinum influenced. Early 80s hard rock and classic metal. Bands like AC/DC, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and some Aerosmith. But it's become a melting pot. This is the stuff where we really found our sound. With Rota adding It's like that point in life when you finally say; I'm trading in the Kawasaki and going full Harley. We went full Harley on this one.

    1. House of Capricorn
    2. Black Light Fever
    3. Kill Screen
    4. Loc-Nar
    5. El Dorado
    The Company Band
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    Seismic

    A good two decades after forming, Toronto ON's Sons of Otis have evolved but stayed true to their roots by keeping things simple, engaging and absolutely bone-crushing. Seismic is an album of solid, bombastic steamroller rock'n'roll - slow, but deadly to anything in its path. It's like Negative Reaction had a kid with Electric Wizard that was all heavy riffs and psychedelic psychosis, ready to rumble at the ring of the bell. Things even get Blue Cheer-y on the stomping, fuzz-laden rocker, "Never in My Life," and a bit of Led Zeppelin blues comes out in the closing "Cosmic Jam." Crack 'em open, light 'em up and brace yourself for the earthquake, because it's coming.


    -Chuck Foster

    April 2013 - Issue #72 - The Big Takeover

    1. Far From Fine
    2. Lessons
    3. Alone
    4. Guilt
    5. PK
    6. Never In My Life
    7. Cosmic Jam
    Sons of Otis
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    Get Up, Get Out

    Timmy Vulgar, Detroit's favorite son, and most ambitiously amphibious creative force doesn't need much of an introduction to anyone familiar with subversive punk music over the past decade and a half. He's been such an irreplaceable figure in each of his musical endeavors since his emergence in such legendary acts such as the Epileptix and Clone Defects back in the late 1990s, right up through his shape-shifting efforts in the mollusk-like Human Eye and the prog-soaked Reptile Forcefield, and straight into his latest nerve-numbing scatterbomb known simply as Timmy's Organism.'' - Todd Killings, Hozac Records


    How can KURT VILE fans sleep at night knowing that this fucking guy is out there, ruling the universe? Seriously, Timmy Vulgar - makes everyone else look like a fucking joke. - Mitch Cardwell, Maximum Rock'n'Roll


    Couldn't have said it better ourselves, Todd. Working with Timmy Vulgar and his outfit Timmy's Organism means yet another dream come true for Third Man Records. Fronting some of the most original, compelling and unpredictable bands (not only in Detroit, but the world) for over two decades, Tim Lampinen's work with the Epileptix, Clone Defects, and Human Eye has always held a rapturous cult following. Yet his work with his current trio, Timmy's Organism, presents Lampinen (aka Timmy Vulgar) along with bassist Jeff Giant and drummer Blake ''Bovver'' Hill, ready for their close-up. With Heartless Heathen the group touches on their artistic and spiritual forbears of Captain Beefheart and Destroy All Monsters, while amply ramping up the slop culture rapture of classic punk 'n' roll like Chrome, Crime, and the Damned as well as contemporaries like Thee Oh Sees. There's a reason why Lampinen won a $25,000 Kresge Grant for his work with his bands... he creates music that borders on art, live shows that border on theater. It's high time the rest of the world take notice. Are you ready?

    1. Get Up, Get Out
    2. The Thrill Is Gone
    Timmy's Organism
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    Deep Trip

    Destruction Unit are an American band formed in the Sonoran desert of Arizona. Dug up from the sonic landfills of the cosmos, these radical desert dwellers have built a reputation for both mesmerizing and terrorizing crowds with their sheer
    power and intensity.


    Formed by Ryan Rousseau, D. Unit was initially a synthheavy three piece whose other members were Jay Reatard and Alicja Trout (Lost Sounds); likewise Rousseau was also in the Reatards before Jay went solo. Born out of the nucleus of the Memphis Goner Records scene and transplanted into Tempe, AZ, Rousseau has grown the band in the last few years into a full sonic assault, which now includes three guitar players (himself, Nick Nappa & Jesco Aurelius), his brother Rusty Rousseau on bass, and a 19 year-old classically trained drummer, Andrew Flores. This line-up has released several cassettes on their own label Ascetic House, a small run lP, Void on Jolly Dream and most recently a limited edition 7 on Suicide Squeeze.


    Deep Trip is their first proper studio album, produced by Ben Greenberg of The Men, Hubble, and Pygmy Shrews at Vacation Island in NY. It's the first long player which truly captures their burning spirits. Morphine boogie for the 21st century noise addict. A spiritual odyssey of sadomasochistic self-loathing with songs about love and freedom. Selling drugs to make music to sell drugs to; aggressive psychedelic sprawl at its finest. The future of Rock and Roll burning through three twin reverbs and a pound of grass.

    1. The World On Drugs
    2. Slow Death Sounds
    3. Bumpy Road
    4. God Trip
    5. Final Flight
    6. The Holy Ghost
    7. Control The Light
    8. Night Loner
    Destruction Unit
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    Hypnotized

    Dream Police is an American musical production by Nick Chiericozzi and Mark
    Perro. The project began in 2010 as a reservoir for ideas which had overflowed
    from The Men's drainpipe. In that same year, a two-song cassette single was self-released, with a follow-up live document in 2011.


    In the summer of 2013, The Men had just come home from five straight months
    of touring. For Perro and Chiericozzi, the desire to create was still strong, so they
    did what they used to do when they first started the band - they started jamming.


    Although the production began using the most conservative rock n' roll devices,
    Chiericozzi suggested adding drum machine to the song "Pouring Rain," and everything changed. Over the next six months, the two Men and their collaborator
    Kyle Keays-Hagerman spent countless hours reshaping every song, constructing
    them from nothing. They obsessed over every tone, every part. They'd spend an
    entire day on one snare crack.


    The album slowly plumed into a cloud of future primitive psychedelia bursting with glimmering electronics and cinematic, vibrato storytelling. The result
    of that process is Hypnotized: something borne from The Men, but free of it. It
    was mixed the weekend after Tomorrow's Hits was released, and then Perro and
    Chiericozzi were off again.

    1. Hypnotized
    2. My Mama's Dead
    3. Iris
    4. Pouring Rain
    5. All We Are
    6. John
    7. Let It Be
    8. Sandy
    Dream Police
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    Howlin' Gang

    Slug Guts hail from the baron, heat stricken confines of Brisbane, Australia, a town as desolate as it is depressing and suburban. Slug Guts began when four degenerates had little else to do but form a band in the tradition of Pussy Galore, X (Australia not LA), and Birthday Party. In the first four months of the band Slug Guts recorded their first LP Down on the Meat which was released on Stained Circles Records (Jay Reatard, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Dirtbombs). Slug Guts will embark on their first US tour in March of 2011 including the Sacred Bones showcase at SXSW.


    Making their intentions clear with the bleak opener Howlin, Slug Guts take an intentionally crude and nihilistic approach to Howlin' Gang. Like their Australian heroes the Birthday Party, they concentrate on the dark, fractured end of post-punk, riddling the 13 songs with tom-heavy, oil-can percussion, jagged guitar chords, meaty basslines, and snarling baritone vocals. Because the album was recorded with little overdubbing, in only a week, empty space plays a big part to give the feel of a band playing live in an open warehouse. The slow and sleazy pseudo-ballads Down in the Mornin' Sun and Angie (not the Rolling Stones tune) fill the void, with guest vocalists Angela Bermuda of Circle Pit and Sarah Spencer of Blank Realm. Otherwise, it's sleazy, cacophonous bashing for the majority of the generally disturbing, and immensely satisfying, remainder. - Jason Lymangrover

    1. Howlin'
    2. Cold Bones
    3. Chrome Crucifix
    4. Praggin' the Cowboy
    5. Hangin' In the Pisser
    6. Down In the Mornin' Sun
    7. Ma
    8. Town Tied
    9. Spring Hill Lair
    10. White Cross
    11. Wild Country
    12. Down In the Hole
    13. Angie
    Slug Guts
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    Allegory & Self

    Remastered Reissue Of The Classic Hyperdelic Record

    Legendary Conceptual Audiovisual Group Formed By Throbbing Gristle Co-Founder Genesis P-Orridge & Alternative TV's Alex Fergusson

    Vinyl Has Been Out Of Print Since 1988

    Guest Appearances By Dave Ball (Soft Cell), Rose Mcdowall (Strawberry Switchblade), Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson & Monte Cazazza

    Includes Psychic TV's Biggest Hit Ever, "Godstar"

    Beginning in 1982, the conceptual audiovisual troupe labeled Psychic TV set outon a multimedia journey filled with subversion, liberation, and rebellion. Materialized between Throbbing Gristle co-founder Genesis P-Orridge and AlternativeTV songwriter Alex Fergusson, Psychic TV started pulling in familiar faces with the likes of Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson, Paula P-Orridge, Jhonn Balance,David Tibet, John Gosling, and countless others. While the members' previous works took root in the counterculture zeitgeist of late '70s UK punk and conceptual art, it was no longer a question of how to rebel against authority, but rather how to carefully subvert it through collective infiltration. Parallel to Psychic TV,its members formed the anti-cult faction The Temple of Psychick Youth, further propagating the Psychic TV message and vision.

    While the ensuing years saw Psychic TV's major label infection and record breaking live album release binge, it wasn't until 1988 that the band started to ready itself for a chart-friendly pop endeavor in the form of Allegory and Self.This would be the band's most notable and successful endeavor, but tragically, it would be the final songwriting collaboration between P-Orridge and Fergusson .Allegory and Self was a perfect storm of catchy pop melody along with subversive counter-culture reference and occult leanings, packaged in a perfect bundle of underground hits.

    The record's opening track "Godstar," a song gushing obsessive praise upon the fallen Rolling Stones member Brian Jones, would give the album its most notable identity. "Godstar's" melodic hooks and haunting, Phil Spector-era lyrical chant gives into to all the hallmarks of a chart-topping hit. "Just Like Arcadia"and "Being Lost" follows in similar footsteps, charging along with a somewhat whimsical Beach Boys-esque pop quality. The album also contained a sneak-peak into what direction Psychic TV was heading into going forward, apparent in the acid house number "She Was Surprised." Tracks like "Starlit Mire" and "Thee Dweller" reflect more of what the Psychic TV live experience was akin to in the '80s, aggressive and hypnotic. Altogether, Allegory and Self would stand alone as the band's signature apex from the original '80s lineup.

    1. Godstar
    2. Just Like Arcadia
    3. Southern Comfort
    4. We Kiss
    5. She Was Surprised
    6. Caresse Song
    7. Starlit Mire
    8. Thee Dweller
    9. Being Lost
    10. Baby's Gone Away
    11. Ballet Disco
    Psychic TV
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    Home Again

    Few records make such an instant impression as Home Again, the debut album by Michael Kiwanuka, winner of the prestigious BBC Sound of 2012 prize. Immersing the listener in a sound that is both modern and at the same time as familiar as the classics, it manages to strike the balance between being contemporary and somehow utterly timeless. For Kiwanuka, key musical touchstones include Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Shuggie Otis, Roberta Flack's First Take, Bill Withers' Live At Carnegie Hall and D'Angelo's modern soul landmark Voodoo.


    Born in Muswell Hill to Ugandan ÉmigrÉ parents, Kiwanuka was brought up in a home from which music was largely absent, with his first introduction to rock (Nirvana, Radiohead) arriving at the same time as he began to hang with the skater kids in the north London suburb during his early teenage years. Later coming across a soul compilation album given away with a music monthly, he was enthralled by the sound of Otis Redding's studio talkback discussions with his engineer while recording an outtake version of (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay. From this point on, he resolved to make music that sounded raw and authentic.


    Though deeply into soul and jazz, he found real inspiration in the cross-pollination of the two styles with folk in the music of Bill Withers. "Bill Withers was very rootsy and earthy," he points out, "but people branded him as a soul singer. To me, he was a folk artist. So that encouraged me to keep going, 'cause I didn't know where I would fit in as a black guy with an acoustic guitar."


    While performing on the acoustic circuit around London, Kiwanuka quickly attracted interest and made connections, not least with his current manager who in turn garnered the attention of Communion Records, the label that in 2011 released the singer's first two acclaimed EPs, Tell Me A Tale and I'm Getting Ready. Both of these EPs, as with Home Again, were produced by Paul Butler (The Bees) in his vintage equipment-stuffed basement studio at his house in Ventnor on the Isle Of Wight. Together the pair played almost every instrument to be heard on the album, with Butler's remarkably intimate, detailed productions adorned with everything from flute to brass to sitar to aching strings, perfectly matching Kiwanuka's visions for his songs.


    "The way we made the record was very modern," the singer points out. "There was loads of editing. We manipulated it to get exactly what we wanted." From the opening bars of the stirring Tell Me A Tale, it is instantly clear that Home Again is a very special album. While its more upbeat characteristics are embodied in the Prince Buster-like loping of the lovelorn but irresistibly catchy Bones and the rolling soul groove of I'll Get Along, elsewhere it proves itself to be a record of real stripped-down beauty.


    In I Won't Lie, with its gospel-infused echoes of The Staples Singers, Kiwanuka offers something akin to a modern spiritual, while in Rest he turns in a tender love lullaby and in Always Waiting, he blends classical elements with the confessional intimacy of Roberta Flack. It is with the title track of Home Again, however, that Michael Kiwanuka feels the record's sounds and themes are ultimately encapsulated. "That's the song that really for me ties everything together," he says. "It's one of the earliest songs I wrote for the album and even though I progressed and changed stuff in the studio, it was the one I could never throw away. Like a lot of them, it's a hopeful song. I use home as the metaphor for contentment and peace within."


    Other parts of the record, on the other hand, find Kiwanuka struggling for peace of mind and using his songs as a form of self-empowerment, not least in the soulful I'm Getting Ready, the darker, unburdening Any Day Will Do Fine and the self-explanatory Worry Walks Beside Me. "It can really paralyze you, if you worry too much," the singer admits. "I do tend to overthink things. All of these songs are me talking to myself, really. Trying to encourage myself to believe."

    1. Tell Me A Tale
    2. Rest
    3. I'll Get Along
    4. Home Again
    5. I'm Getting Ready
    6. Bones
    7. Always Waiting
    8. I Won't Be Long
    9. Any Day Will Do Fine
    10. Worry Walks Beside Me
    11. Lasan
    Michael Kiwanuka
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    Loud Hailer

    LOUD HAILER, legendary guitarist Jeff Beck's first studio album in six years, combines fluid fretwork with topical lyrics to make a powerful statement about everything from the love of power, to the power of love.


    Loud hailer, which is another name for a megaphone, is a suitable moniker for an album that isn't shy about speaking its mind. The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer explains, I really wanted to make a statement about some of the nasty things I see going on in the world today, and I loved the idea of being at a rally and using this loud device to shout my point of view.


    To help him write the 11 tracks on LOUD HAILER, Beck enlisted two fierce young females from London - singer Rosie Bones and guitarist Carmen Vandenberg. Beck produced LOUD HAILER with Filippo Cimatti, who also works with Rosie and Carmen. In addition to the core trio, the album also features drummer Davide Sollazzi and bassist Giovanni Pallotti, who were both recruited by Cimatti.


    Bones lends her powerful voice to nine of the 11 songs on LOUD HAILER, which is then rounded out by two signature Beck instrumentals.

    1. The Revolution Will Be Televised
    2. Live In the Dark
    3. Pull It
    4. Thugs Club
    5. Scared For the Children
    6. Right Now
    7. Shame
    8. Edna
    9. The Ballad of The Jersey Wives
    10. O.I.L. (Can't Get Enough of That Sticky)
    11. Shrine
    Jeff Beck
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    Pond Scum

    There are no Peel sessions anymore - that tradition was buried in the pyramids with John Peel himself upon the great man's passing. Of the thousands left in the wake, six are ascribed to Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - and of those six, three have been combined to form the deeply congruous experience of Pond Scum. A span of eight years is covered, in reverse, and many chestnuts are rolled out, freed of former contexts with sparse arrangements. (I Was Drunk at the) Pulpit feels, ten years from inception, more vividly worn; Death to Everyone is loosed from its frame, the bones decoupled and spread out, giving the song a reective air (as opposed the biting declamation of the original); Arise, Therefore adapts its metronomic base, the evangelic twist of its roots made palpable. With the center of the performance in stark relief, the gnomic qualities of two Get On Jolly pieces are intensied. Further accenting the devoted spirit of this collection is the inclusion of Bonnie's take on Prince's The Cross, as well as the previously-unreleased original Beezle.


    Bonnie's lone shadow casts over this lot, accompanied on the rst four tracks by David Heumann, but otherwise playing solo through a set of original songs (and two covers) representing a decade of progress in the almost unbearably intimate-yet-unknowable manner that was so often the vibe of those strange and wondrous days. Layers peel to reveal the subtle artistry and refinement contained within these sessions, so begin to dig deep into the vault!

    1. (I was Drunk at the) Pulpit
    2. Death to Everyone
    3. Arise, Therefore
    4. Jolly Five
    5. Beezle
    6. Jolly One
    7. When Thy Song Flows Through Me
    8. The Houseboat (O How I Enjoy the Light)
    9. Trudy Dies
    10. The Cross
    11. Stable Will
    12. The Idol on the Bar
    Bonnie Prince Billy
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    Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites EP

    Previously the frontman for L.A. post-hardcore outfit From First to Last, Sonny Moore continues to develop his unforeseen dubstep tendencies with the second EP under his Skrillex alias, Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites. This surprising electro reinvention still throws a few bones to his previous metalhead crowd, with the virtually demonic basslines of Scatta, a blisteringly dirty 140-bpm anthem featuring the suitably breakneck-speed MC skills of U.K. grime collective Foreign Beggars, and the sinister lyrics of the Daft Punk-esque robotic rave of Kill EVERYBODY (I want to kill everybody in the world) just as unsettling as anything the two albums recorded with his former band had to offer.


    But perhaps inspired by the move to Deadmau5's Mau5trap label, its nine tracks present a more chilled-out, melodic, and even playful side to the eclectic producer. With You, Friends (an ambient reworking of the closing track to his My Name Is Skrillex EP) is a slow-burning epic that displays his penchant for chopped-up vocal samples amidst some lilting piano chords, swirling proggy electro riffs, and hypnotic house beats; All I Ask of You echoes the lush techno of his new boss, with its warm layered synths, ethereal vocals (courtesy of Penny), and Euro-trance hooks; while even the heavier moments are interspersed with lighter touches, such as the ingenious sample of YouTube sensation speedstackinggirl (Yes! Oh My Gosh) on the towering beats and distorted bass of the title track and the Space Invaders-style bleeps, helium vocals, and stadium rock handclaps on the chaotic electro-clash of Rock n' Roll (Will Take You to the Mountain).


    The three remixes from Noisia, Bare Noize, and Zedd are solid if unspectacular, with only the latter's chilled-out version of the title track providing anything wildly different from the originals. But the invention showcased on the first six bass-heavy anthems is more than enough to suggest that the U.S. has found someone who is capable of selling the dubstep sound back to its South London homeland.


    1. Rock N' Roll (Will Take You to the Mountain)
    2. Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
    3. Kill Everybody
    4. All I Ask of You (Featuring Penny)
    5. Scatta (Featuring Bare Noize & Foreign Beggars)
    6. With Your Friends (Long Drive)
    7. Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (Noisia Remix)
    8. Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (Zedd Remix)
    9. Kill Everybody (Bare Noize Remix)
    Skrillex
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    Essential Tremors

    No stranger to the south, lead vocalist, guitarist and pianist J. Roddy Walston was brought up in the southern church hometown of Cleveland, Tennessee before relocating to Baltimore where he made the acquaintance of lead guitarist and vocalist Billy Gordon, bassist and vocalist Logan Davis and drummer Steve Colmus, now collectively known as The Business.


    Essential Tremors, the band's third release, is the most far-ranging and eclectic album in the band's history. Their blend of classic rock & roll emphasized by rapturous hooks, riffs and rhythms, coupled with Motown flavor and funky charm brings out a pure Bacchanalian splendor. J. Roddy's arresting voice and thumping piano playing travels directly from your eardrums to your bone marrow as he keens, croons and intones words and music that are at turns lunatic and mystic. Their relentless touring and trademark spirited live performances has helped J. Roddy Walston & The Business grow from a grass roots movement into a band with a loyal and expansive following.


    Joined by born and bred Valdostan Mark Neill, the Grammy-winning producer and engineer of Black Keys' Brothers and Matt Wignall (Cold War Kids, Delta Spirit), J. Roddy and co. manifested eleven immersive and relentless tracks that now comprise their third album Essential Tremors. From the explosive raw power of "Heavy Bells" to the hymnal reverberations of "Sweat Shock" to the contemplative, soulful call of "Boys Can Never Tell", Essential Tremors demonstrates the band's growth into becoming one of the forerunners in rock 'n roll today.

    1. Heavy Bells
    2. Marigold
    3. Take It As It Comes
    4. Black Light
    5. Sweat Shock
    6. Nobody Knows
    7. Hard Times
    8. Boys Can Never Tell
    9. Same Days
    10. Tear Jerk
    11. Midnight Cry
    J Roddy Walston And The Business
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    Sabougla Voices

    In today's frenetically paced world, uncovering a lost treasure is often met with great enthusiasm, excitement, and anticipation. Lost footage of Gene Kelly dancing. A Vincent van Gogh no one knew existed. An Arthur Crudup album lost in a vault for 40 years. Jimi Hendrix material coming to light after 40 years. Well, now we can also celebrate the "discovery" of a blues master stepping into the sunlight, and delivering the best gospel album since Elvis gave us "How Great Thou Art" in February, 1967. The paradox is that Leo Welch has been there all along, living in Sabougla, Mississippi, first playing blues, and then moving to gospel. Born in 1932, Welch grew up playing blues. As his style of blues became less popular, he began to play gospel because churches offered more opportunities to play. Consequently, he was overlooked because blues aficionados frequented juke joints. Most blues lovers would never think to find blues, or blues related music in a church.


    After an off-the-cuff call by Welch to Big Legal Mess Records, things continued to fall into place, and he was able to record his debut album, Sabougla Voices. It is really difficult to accurately describe this stunning album, and faithfully convey the vibe, the atmosphere, and way it moves a listener. Welch has poured a lifetime of learning, living, loving, playing, and praying into this work, and it shows!


    This album is stripped down, bare bones joyful gospel being played and sung from the heart. This is not your daddy's gospel though. Sabougla Voices is a shot of love to your heart, a cool cleansing breeze blowing through your soul, and an orgasm for your ears. The album opens with "Praise His Name," which is beautifully sparse, raw, and has a great bouncing beat. "You Can't Hurry God" is almost a gospel honky-tonk that has a juke joint vibe. "Take Care Of Me Lord" has a very early Magic Slim and The Teardrops sound to it. "Mother Loves Her Children" is really basic, slow, artfully delicate blues. "Somebody Touched Me" has a mid 1960s Rolling Stones blues flavor, and nice backing vocals. "A Long Journey" is delightfully slow, and begs to be pulled over you like a comforting blanket of blues. "His Holy Name" is gospel as a shuffle, and definitely has the church rocking! The album closes with "The Lord Will Make A Way," an acoustic performance that is slow and stark, but very moving.


    If this is Welch's debut alum, we can't wait for the follow-up! This album is definitely a must-have.


    - Barry Kerzner (American Blues Scene Magazine)

    1. Praise His Name
    2. You Can't Hurry God
    3. Me and My Lord
    4. Take Care of Me Lord
    5. Mother Loves Her Children
    6. Praying Time
    7. Somebody Touched Me
    8. A Long Journey
    9. His Holy Name
    10. The Lord Will Make A Way
    Leo Welch
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  • Bringing Down The Horse Bringing Down The Horse Quick View

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    Bringing Down The Horse

    Bringing Down the Horse is the second album by the American rock band The Wallflowers, originally released in 1996 and now available as a 20th Anniversary double LP. The album was produced by T Bone Burnett and features hits such as One Headlight, 6th Avenue Heartache, The Difference, and Three Marlenas.


    Bringing Down the Horse went quadruple platinum and is the the Wallflowers' highest-selling album to date. Three songs from the album were nominated for Grammy Awards; in 1997 the Wallflowers received two nominations, both for 6th Avenue Heartache. In 1998 the band received three additional nominations; two for One Headlight and one for The Difference. One Headlight won in both categories it was nominated in. The song was the band's most popular single, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock, Modern Rock, and Adult top 40 charts. One Headlight is also listed at No.58 in Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Pop Songs.

    1. One Headlight
    2. 6th Avenue Heartache
    3. Bleeders
    4. Three Marlenas
    5. The Difference
    6. Invisible City
    7. Laughing Out Loud
    8. Josephine
    9. God Don't Make Lonely Girls
    10. Angel On My Bike
    11. I Wish I Felt Nothing
    The Wallflowers
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    Plain Spoken

    John Cougar Mellencamp is an American rock singer-songwriter and musician. Mellencamp rose to superstardom in the 1980s while honing an almost
    startingly plainspoken writing style that, starting in 1982, yielded a strong of Top 10 singles, including Hurts So Good, Jack & Diane, Crumblin'
    Down, Pink Houses, Lonely Ol' Night, Small Town, R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A., Paper in Fire, and Cherry Bomb.


    To date, John has released 21 studio albums. He has released 10 albums that have all been certified platinum or multi-platinum in the United States, and
    Mellencampe has sold over 40illion albums worldwide throughout his career.


    A Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, John Mellencampe recently signed a historic 'Lifetime' deal with Republic Records. Known as
    The Voice of the Heartland, Mellencamp has touched the hearts and souls of music listeners and influenced American culture with enduring songs. His
    22nd full-length album, Plain Spoken, is a stunningly elegant and soul-searching gem.


    Produced by T Bone Burnett, Mellencamp continues to evolve artistically with Plain Spoken -- the first new music from the artist since 2010's critically
    acclaimed No Better Than This, which debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 and received the honor of being on Rolling Stone's Best Albums of
    2010 list. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has created an important body of work that has earned him both critical respect and an enormous audience.
    An authoritative and eloquent storytellter who speaks to the sensibilities of the nation, Mellencamp is also one of the most successful live concert
    performers in the world. A man with a conscience, he used his visibility and influence to advocate an issue that hit close to home and became one of the
    founding members of Farm Aid, an organization that began in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farm. The Farm Aid concerts have raised
    over $45 million to promote a resilient family farm system of agriculture.

    1. Troubled Man
    2. Sometimes There's God
    3. The Isolation of Mister
    4. The Company of Cowards
    5. Tears In Vain
    6. The Brass Ring
    7. Freedom Of Speech
    8. Blue Charlotte
    9. The Courtesy of Kings
    10. Lawless Times
    John Mellencamp
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  • Stereo '57: Essential Elvis Vol. 2 Stereo '57: Essential Elvis Vol. 2 Quick View

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    Stereo '57: Essential Elvis Vol. 2

    Double LP set cut at 45 RPM and pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings!


    Mastered at Sterling Sound


    Gatefold jacket


    The discovery of these 2-track masters comprising Stereo '57 - The Essential Elvis Volume 2, is nothing short of a miracle, and this 200-gram pressing cut at 45 RPM from Quality Record Pressings sounds so astonishing, your jaw will hit the floor!


    From the moment Elvis began working with a new song, sound engineer Thorne Norgar had the 15 ips mono tape machine rolling simultaneously with a 2-track protection copy. The machines weren't switched to pause until Elvis was satisfied with the take.


    A couple of years before the advent of the stereo LP in mid-1958, major record companies were experimenting with stereophonic recordings, often refered to then as binaural. Studios were using the new Ampex 2-track tape recorders for other purposes, such as for recording session back-ups. But few Elvis fans know how close history came to permanently losing these precious audio glimpses of a young Elvis engrossed in the creative process.


    Founded in 1933, Radio Recorders of Los Angeles was the preeminent recording studio of its day, and its director of recording, long-time engineer Thorne Nogar, engineered all of the Elvis sessions from 1955 to 1961. Some of popular music's greatest hits: Jailhouse Rock, All Shook Up, Loving You, and Teddy Bear, are just a few of the blockbusters that Nogar oversaw Elvis record at the studios, located at 7000 Santa Monica Blvd.


    Elvis would be right in the center of everything, at every recording session, Nogar would later recall. Like with the Jordanaires when he sang, we would set it up with a unidirectional mike, so he would be standing right in front of them, facing them, and they would have their own directional microphone and they would be singing to one another.


    The 2-tracks from which this record was pressed could not have sounded better, and there was no one more careful, more experienced and technically skilled to record these historic sessions than Nogar, says Acoustic Sounds' founder and CEO Chad Kassem.


    Yet one day years later when Thorne was cleaning out his tapes closet, remarkably, he set these 2-track backup tapes aside, intending to dispose of them. Noted producer Bones Howe had worked for Nogar as a tape operator at Radio Recorders, and thanks to him the tapes were saved from a final resting place in the trash can. Bones took the tapes home with him. He'd put them safely away in a bank vault.


    These 2-tracks have erase clearly written on the master log sheets. They're from a January 1957 session at which Presley produced material for two EPs and the film Loving You soundtrack. They're the only known ones surviving from the pre-stereo era.


    RCA's Essential Elvis series was a vehicle for the release of Presley's alternate takes. On this double LP set, listeners hear Presley at work, refining band arrangements and working through the nuances of his vocal performance. The LP reveals the Jordanaires voices' sparkling with a natural lifelike sound that's both sonically rich and detailed.


    The Jordanaires, a vocal quartet originally formed as a gospel group in 1948, gained fame largely for being Elvis' background singers, both in live appearances and recordings, from 1956 to 1972. If discovering these rare, almost lost recorded treasures weren't enough, the sound reproduction puts this release over the top! When the Jordanaires sing Peace in the Valley, you'll swear you're hearing a melody sent from heaven. An audiophile's prayer come true!


    There are a number of first and second takes, during which Presley and his backing musicians make tentative passes at the material. As the record progresses, arrangements take shape and Presley, growing more confident that a keeper take is imminent, sings with more enthusiasm. Throughout, Presley is heard directing the proceedings and demonstrating a lot of aw shucks charm in the process, goofing with band members and laughing through his and others', flubs.



    Like other reissues pressed by QRP, this magnificent 200-gram LP is notable for its absolutely silent background. The vocal harmonies are tingle-inducing, life-sized and utterly natural.


    For serious Elvis fans and anyone else interested in the creative process, Volume 2 meets the first definition of essential as well as the second: it's indispensable stuff.

    1. I Beg Of You (Take 1)
    2. Is It So Strange (Take 1)
    3. Have I Told You Lately That I Love (Take 2)
    4. It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) (Takes 1,2,3)
    5. Blueberry Hill (Take 2)
    6. Mean Woman Blues (Take 14)
    7. There'll Be Peace In The Valley (Takes 2,3)
    8. Have I Told You Lately I Love You (Take 6)
    9. Blueberry Hill (Take 7)
    10. That's When Your Heartaches Begin (Takes 4,5,6)
    11. Is It So Strange (Takes 7,11)
    12. I Beg Of You (Takes 6,8)
    13. There'll Be Peace In The Valley (Take 7)
    14. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (Takes 12,13)
    15. I Beg Of You (Take 12)
    Elvis Presley
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  • Battle Born Battle Born Quick View

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    Battle Born

    From out of the wreckage of the American Civil War, the great state of Nevada came into being on October 31st, 1864. Its creation immediately helped to secure the re-election of Abraham Lincoln, the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment and, ultimately, the future of the union. Today, that proud but painful history is enshrined in the two words emblazoned on the upper left-hand corner of the state flag: Battle Born.


    That phrase has always resonated with Brandon Flowers. It's what The Killers named their studio in Las Vegas, and when the band reconvened last May to start work on the follow-up to 2008's Day & Age, it became first a song title, then a thematic touchstone, and eventually the name of the album itself. But not all battles are blood and thunder: after a yearlong hiatus that saw three of the four Killers launch solo careers, they quickly discovered that timing and circumstance can be daunting adversaries in their own right.


    Safe to say, Battle Born's title was well-earned. "It's the hardest thing I've ever done, no question," says Brandon. "It's the longest we've ever taken to make a record, and the longest I've ever spent on the lyrics. We thought we had enough songs, but then we realized that we didn't, and so we had to pound away and grind it out until we were certain that we were ready."


    A small-town drama of epic-scale proportions, "Runaways" is everything you could wish for from a Killers comeback single; an unmistakably American expression of romance and optimism that heralds their return with cyclonic, Who-esque guitars and a chorus big enough to be bellowed from one end of the Mojave to the other.


    One of the album's oldest songs, the bare bones were written in 2009 on the Day & Age tour, but, says Brandon, "We never knew what to do with it. Day & Age was us trying to be more of a pop group, but Runaways was rootsy and American, and it threw me for a curve. I knew it was a powerful song. But when it came time to make the album, there was an understanding the four of us had that we were gonna do what we're good at. The Killers write a specific kind of song, and we're not gonna shy away from it. So 'Runaways' became a kind of launching pad."


    More songs followed: the title track, a musical 'brother' to its lead single; "Here With Me," the album's heartstring-tugging emotional gravity-centre; the stadia-quaking electro-rock of "Flesh & Bone." By the time the band had satisfactorily refined that body of songs, however, none of the producers on their shortlist could commit to making a whole album, necessitating a process whereby they recorded in fits and starts with a stellar roll-call of names that included Daniel Lanois, Steve Lillywhite, Damian Taylor, Stuart Price and Brendan O'Brien.


    And therein lies Battle Born's real triumph. Recorded almost entirely at the studio that shares its name, it incorporates elements from each of the records that came before it; Hot Fuss' storytelling eye for detail; the yearning, mythic Americana of Sam's Town; the gratuitous hooks and pop nous of Day & Age; without sounding overtly like any one in particular. It's the sound of a band recognizing, and celebrating, their own identity. To borrow Brandon's maxim, Battle Born is The Killers "Doing what we do best."

    1. Flesh And Bone
    2. Runaways
    3. The Way It Was
    4. Here With Me
    5. A Matter Of Time
    6. Deadlines And Commitments
    7. Miss Atomic Bomb
    8. The Rising Tide
    9. Heart Of A Girl
    10. From Here On Out
    11. Be Still
    12. Battle Born
    The Killers
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