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    Shaft

    Of the many wonderful blaxpoitation soundtracks to emerge during the early '70s, Shaft certainly deserves mention as not only one of the most lasting but
    also one of the most successful. Isaac Hayes was undoubtedly one of the era's most accomplished soul artists, and with Theme from Shaft, he delivered
    an anthem just as ambitious and revered as the film itself, a song that has only grown more treasured over the years, after having been an enormously
    popular hit at the time of its release. Shaft still remains a powerful record; one of Hayes' pinnacle moments for sure.
    LP 1
    1. Theme from Shaft
    2. Bumpy's Lament
    3. Walk from Regio's
    4. Ellie's Love Theme
    5. Shaft's Cab Ride
    6. Cafe Regio's
    7. Early Sunday Morning
    8. Be Yourself
    9. A Friend's Place


    LP 2
    1. Soulsville (Vocal Version)
    2. No Name Bar
    3. Bumpy's Blues
    4. Shaft Strikes Again
    5. Do Your Thing (Vocal Version)
    6. The End Theme

    Isaac Hayes
    $29.99
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  • Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (An Opera) Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (An Opera) Quick View

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    Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (An Opera)

    The wildly eclectic, hard-grooving, soulful soundtrack to the genre-defining film by the same name: Melvin Van Peebles' Sweet Sweetback's Badassssss Song (1971). Featuring a then virtually unknown, but already hot Earth Wind & Fire, Sweetback's is a landmark record in what would become the Blaxploitation genre. An absolute must have for connoisseurs of funk, soul, soul-jazz, hip-hop and beyond. Fans of Isaac Hayes' iconic Shaft album will not want to pass this by.
    1. Sweetback Losing His Cherry
    2. Sweetback Getting It Uptight And Preaching It So Hard The Bourgeois Reggin Angels In Heaven Turn Around
    3. Come On Feet
    4. Sweetback's Theme
    5. Hoppin John
    6. Mojo Woman
    7. Sanra Z
    8. Reggins Hangin On In There As Best They Can
    9. Won't Bleed Me
    10. The Man Tries Running His Usual Game But Sweetback's Jones Is So Strong He Wastes The Hounds (Yeah! Yeah! And Besides That Will Be Coming Back Takin Names & Collecting Dues)
    Melvin Van Peebles
    $24.99
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  • Hits From Shaft Hits From Shaft Quick View

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    Hits From Shaft

    Three remastered hits, cut at 45 on 200-gram vinyl.


    Theme From Shaft (Side 1)
    The undisputed anthem for what would be called Blaxploitation, Theme From Shaft is as popular and well-known as the movie it supported. The song opens with the ever-recognizable wah-wah, funked-up guitar chords, and we're quickly treated to Isaac Hayes' soul-drenched lyrics convincing ANYONE that this guy Shaft is one bad mother�shut your mouth. The song oozes with the cool confidence that made the character Shaft one of the relative first Black film heroes.


    Theme From Shaft earned Hayes his only Number One pop single in late 1971, winning an Oscar for Best Song, and helping him become the first Black composer to win an Oscar for Best Score.


    Soulsville (Side 1)
    Another one of Isaac Hayes' biggest hits, Soulsville provides the contrast of a down-tempo ballad outlining the plight of life in the ghetto. It's an emotional tale of poverty, drugs, desperation and faith.


    Do Your Thing (Side 2)
    Pure funk. This nearly 20-minute jam demonstrates just how potent the Stax houseband, The Bar-Kays, could be. They establish a groove in which you can comfortably loose yourself. After Theme From Shaft, this was the most popular hit from the Shaft movie soundtrack. It climbed to Number Three on the Billboard chart, a remarkable feat for such a long, mostly-instrumental song.


    Analogue Productions introduced test pressings from their Stax Records reissue at the June 2003 Home Entertainment Expo in San Francisco. Among the exhibitors to show off their wares using these yet-to-be-released 45s was Richard Vandersteen of Vandersteen Audio.


    Side 1

    1. Theme From Shaft
    2. Soulsville


    Side 2
    1. Do Your Thing

    Isaac Hayes
    $19.99
    45 RPM 200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Greatest Hit Singles Greatest Hit Singles Quick View

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    Greatest Hit Singles

    Best known for his classic Shaft soundtrack and role on South Park, Isaac Hayes has one of the deepest and impressive discographies in modern music. This singles collection focuses on his heyday, kicking off with Hot Buttered Soul-era tracks such as Walk On By and By The Time I Get To Phoenix.


    One of the best-available Isaac Hayes compilation, Greatest Hit Singles bypasses a couple of his later disco hits, but the result is a more unified sound that helps illustrate why Hayes was so important to the development of '70s soul...for a more concentrated dose of Hayes at his best, Greatest Hit Singles is hard to beat. - Steve Huey, allmusic.com

    1. By The Time I Get To Phoenix
    2. Walk On By
    3. I Stand Accused
    4. The Look Of Love
    5. Never Can Say Goodbye
    6. Theme From shaft
    7. Do Your Thing
    8. Let's Stay Together
    9. Ain't That Loving You
    10. Theme From the Men
    11. I Don't Want To Be Right
    12. Joy
    Isaac Hayes
    $21.99
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  • Ike's Moods Ike's Moods Quick View

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    Ike's Moods

    Traffic Entertainment presents The Memphis Sounds Ike's Moods, an all-instrumental collection of Isaac Hayes' most well-known songs. In a similar vein as the Ultimate Breaks & Beats Instrumentals album, Ike's Moods takes the best from Isaac Hayes'
    catalog and transforms them into instrumental gems. Just as Hayes defined funk and soul in the 60s and 70s, the members of The Memphis Sound have carved out their own unique contemporary sound that not only attracts a younger generation to the
    genres, but also pleases fans of the sounds since their inception. Consisting of members from El Michels Affair, the Dap Kings, and Anti Balas, these instrumentalists have been a part of a movement of neo-wave funk and soul musicians, redefining the
    sound through projects with Mark Ronson (his most recent album Version) and Amy Winehouse (Back to Black, as well as touring with the singer); reworking classic instrumentals for the Wu-Tang Clan on a series of 7" records and performing live
    alongside the clansmen; and other various live and studio recorded projects. Ike's Moods contains such classics as "Shaft," "Walk On By," and "Look Of Love," and aptly pays homage to the many moods and musical stylings of Hayes. An innovator of his time, Isaac Hayes is most known for his work on the music for Shaft whose theme song was made famous by its wah-wah guitar and multi-layered symphonic arrangement. Passing away in August 2008, Hayes left behind a career that spanned an extensive discography, filmography, and a handful of awards including three Grammy's, an NAACP Image Award, and an Academy Award. Celebrate the career of this American music icon who defined the funk and soul genres with Ike's Moods.
    1. Walk On By
    2. The Look Of Love
    3. Theme From Shaft
    4. Blue's Crib
    5. The Red Rooster
    6. Bumpy's Lament
    7. The Feeling Keeps On Coming
    8. Do Your Thing
    9. Run Fay Run
    10. Hung Up On My Baby
    The Memphis Sounds
    $17.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • VPI MW-1 Cyclone Record Cleaning Machine VPI MW-1 Cyclone Record Cleaning Machine Quick View

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    VPI MW-1 Cyclone Record Cleaning Machine



    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    New Cleaning Machine From VPI!


    Features:

    -Aluminum housing

    -Ability to turn the motor in both directions while the vacuum is on

    -The motor turns on the outside of the platter rather than the center so you can press as hard as you like with your brush without worrying about bending/breaking the center motor shaft


    VPI Record Cleaners
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  • Shaft in Africa (Awaiting Repress) Shaft in Africa (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Shaft in Africa (Awaiting Repress)

    You Can't Even Walk In The Park (Opening Theme)
    Are You Man Enough (Main Title)
    Aleme Finds Shaft
    Shaft In Africa (Addis)
    Headman
    El Jardia
    Are You Man Enough
    Jazar's Theme
    Truck Stop
    Aleme's Theme
    El Jardia (Reprise)
    Are You Man Enough (End Title)
    Johnny Pate
    $13.99
    Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Anti-Skate Device - JMW-12 Anti-Skate Device - JMW-12 Quick View

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    Anti-Skate Device - JMW-12



    For use with JMW-12


    You will see three rubber rings on the straight shaft; these are used to set the anti-skating force.


    The two rubber rings on the shaft with the grooves are used to set the height of the monofilament. Set the rubber ring on the lowest groove if it is not there already and slip the loop of monofilament over the grooved shaft. Push the second ring down to lock the loop in place on between the first and second groove. Try to keep the monofilament as level as possible but don't go crazy, it is not audible and causes no problem if it is slightly off level.


    You can adjust the settings of the mechanism using the 1/16" Allen wrench provided. Adjust it so the arm can travel to the inner grooves of the record without the mechanism pulling it or causing it to skip grooves.


    Minimal anti-skate force is needed do just enough to keep the image stabilized and the cantilever centered in the groove.




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    Anti-Skate Device - JMW-12 Buy Now
  • Concept Dustcover Concept Dustcover Quick View

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    Concept Dustcover

    Clearaudio clear acrylic dustcover for the Concept Turntable and its incredible features!


    • Made in Germany

    • 2 piece 30mm thick Delrin platter

    • Polished tempered steel bearing shaft within sintered bronze bushings

    • Mirror polished teflon thrust pad

    • Belt-driven by a decoupled DC motor

    • 33, 45 and 78 rpm at a turn of a dial

    • Verify tonearm features a friction-free magnetic bearing

    • Optional factory mounted and aligned MM or MC phono cartridge



    This product is not eligible for discount.

    Clearaudio
    $249.99
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  • Do Your Thing Do Your Thing Quick View

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    Do Your Thing

    The full 33-minute, unreleased, psychedelic funk jam session by Memphis rhythm kingpins the
    Bar-Kays, mixed directly from the original tapes. Contains bonus rhythm section instrumental and
    booklet detailing the history of this never-before-heard version of one of Isaac Hayes' most
    famous songs by Hayes historian Bill Dahl.


    Hayes was already a cutting-edge funk master at Stax Records when he accepted the
    unprecedented assignment of creating a soundtrack for the 1971 action flick Shaft. At a time
    when R&B songs routinely timed out at three minutes and under, Hayes' albums for Stax's
    Enterprise imprint had been breaking new ground since 1969. His masterpiece Hot Buttered Soul
    consisted of only four tracks, two songs on The Isaac Hayes Movement clocked in at a hair under
    12 minutes, and one selection on his To Be Continued stretched to 15:33.


    But his epic "Do Your Thing," one of the cornerstones of the two-LP Shaft soundtrack, outdid them
    all. Occupying nearly the entire last side of the set, it concluded after 19-and-a-half grooving
    minutes with the overdubbed sound of a needle scratching violently across a piece of vinyl. No
    one knew that jarring ending masked the existence of another 13 minutes of "Do Your Thing."
    Consigned to the vaults, those improvisatory extensions-somewhere in between free-jazz and
    psychedelic rock-were seemingly destined never to be heard. Until now.

    1. Do Your Thing (Part 1)
    2. Do Your Thing (Part 2)
    3. Do Your Thing (Rhythm Section Mix)
    Isaac Hayes
    $17.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • VPI 3D Tonearm - 10 (With VTA Base) VPI 3D Tonearm - 10 (With VTA Base) Quick View

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    VPI 3D Tonearm - 10 (With VTA Base)



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    10 3D Printed Tonearm with stand


    The arm looks like a traditional VPI Unipivot arm, except it's made in a 3D printer. The material is basically epoxy, which forms a rigid, lightweight, structure with good insulation properties. Epoxy is non-crystalline which impedes the transfer of vibration, so it's the perfect material for tone arms. The shape of the tone arm shaft also adds rigidity to the structure and further prevents the transmission of surface vibrations. The result is a low resonance lightweight tone arm.


    This tonearm is backwards compatible and will fit on all past and current VPI Turntables.


    JMW 3D compatibility as of 5/16/13:

    Classic 1

    Classic 2

    Classic 3

    Classic 4 (secondary arm only)


    VPI Accessories
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    3D Complete Tonearm - 10 (With VTA Base) Buy Now
  • VPI 3D Tonearm - 12 (With VTA Base) VPI 3D Tonearm - 12 (With VTA Base) Quick View

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    VPI 3D Tonearm - 12 (With VTA Base)


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    12 3D Printed Tonearm


    The arm looks like a traditional VPI Unipivot arm, except it's made in a 3D printer. The material is basically epoxy, which forms a rigid, lightweight, structure with good insulation properties. Epoxy is non-crystalline which impedes the transfer of vibration, so it's the perfect material for tone arms. The shape of the tone arm shaft also adds rigidity to the structure and further prevents the transmission of surface vibrations. The result is a low resonance lightweight tone arm.


    This tonearm is backwards compatible and will fit on all past and current VPI Turntables.


    JMW 3D compatibility as of 5/16/13:

    Classic 1

    Classic 2

    Classic 3

    Classic 4 (secondary arm only)


    VPI Accessories
    $4,200.00
    3D Complete Tonearm - 12 (With VTA Base) Buy Now
  • VPI 3D Tonearm - 10 VPI 3D Tonearm - 10 Quick View

    $1,800.00
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    VPI 3D Tonearm - 10



    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    10 3D Printed Tonearm


    The arm looks like a traditional VPI Unipivot arm, except it's made in a 3D printer. The material is basically epoxy, which forms a rigid, lightweight, structure with good insulation properties. Epoxy is non-crystalline which impedes the transfer of vibration, so it's the perfect material for tone arms. The shape of the tone arm shaft also adds rigidity to the structure and further prevents the transmission of surface vibrations. The result is a low resonance lightweight tone arm.


    This tonearm is backwards compatible and will fit on all past and current VPI Turntables.


    JMW 3D compatibility as of 5/16/13:

    Classic 1

    Classic 2

    Classic 3

    Classic 4 (secondary arm only)


    VPI Accessories
    $1,800.00
    3D Tonearm - 10 Buy Now
  • The Final Solution Brotherman (Awaiting Repress) The Final Solution Brotherman (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    The Final Solution Brotherman (Awaiting Repress)

    He was a pusher that became a preacher. A gangster pimp serving soup from the trunk of his Coup Deville. A mutant cross between Robin Hood and Friar Tuck. Everyman, our man on the street, Brotherman. Continuing a tradition that began with Sweet SweetbackÆs Baadasssss Song, and culminated with Shaft and Superfly, Brotherman was a blaxploitation film set to hit screens in 1975. Prior to the script being finished, the producers commissioned an original soundtrack to be performed by The Final Solution, a fledgling vocal group from ChicagoÆs west side. The ten-song album draws deeply from Curtis MayfieldÆs well, certainly, but the proof in the pudding is Carl WolfolkÆs unique guitar style, a combination of flamenco and funk that stabs around the four part harmonies.


    In classic Numero fashion, before even one foot of film was shot, the plug was pulled and the movie was cancelled. Dragged around for 30 years by songwriter and arranger Wolfolk, the tapes of his lifeÆs work have finally been mixed, and the soundtrack album has been augmented to include two orchestrated instrumentals intended for the film.

    1. Brotherman
    2. Never Coming Back Again
    3. I Don't Care
    4. Girl in My Life
    5. Gotta Get Through to You
    6. One Day
    7. I'm Ready for Love
    8. To See You Again
    9. We Can Work It Out
    10. Where There's a Will
    11. Theme from Brotherman
    12. No Place to Run
    Various Artists
    $17.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Total Strife Forever Total Strife Forever Quick View

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    Total Strife Forever

    The lead single, and the accompanying video, from East India Youth's debut album Total Strife Forever really tells you all you need to know about the record. 'Looking For Someone' opens like a familiar, albeit electronic, ballad with East India Youth (otherwise known as William Doyle) emoting directly into camera in a way reminiscent of Sinead O'Connor. Then he begins to ascend, the London skyline now whizzing past Doyle as the elevator he's in climbs the Heron Tower. Almighty, booming drums signalled the ascension; humming synths join the journey to the top before the music is stripped away and the camera pans away, twisting as the elevator descends. We are then shown a vertigo-inducing journey back to street level and a trip through the shaft of an elevator. Abrasive synthesisers and what sounds like a distorted church organ are the soundtrack for this dizzying descent. It's no longer a simple plea to a lost lover, but a rallying cry against loneliness in the midst of huge, anonymous monuments.


    Total Strife Forever is a brutal electronic album, but one that still retains a very humanistic core - this juxtaposition is a thematic thread which runs throughout the album. Doyle then sculpts and defines the music in order to create tension between these two disparate elements, or else uses their differences in order to surprise and engage the listener. This is done within individual songs and across the record: over 11 tracks you'll hear acid beats, euphoric electronic pop, ambient passages, drone, krautrock and more. What's incredible is how East India Youth has managed to bring all of these elements together and construct a cohesive record.


    The album opens with 'Glitter Recession'. Soft piano meets a twinkling keyboard melody and then heavy bass stabs. The piano becomes louder and deeper, the keyboard softer, and swirling synths enter the mix. It's a beautiful, optimistic opening, the instruments all layered so that they never feel like they are jostling for attention, but rather adding details and intricacies to make the piece more alive. 'Glitter Recession' is followed by the first of four 'Total Strife Forever' pieces, this one built around a steady sawtooth bass line that grows in intensity as a pounding kick drum appears and echoing synths wash in and out of audible range. It feels like it is building towards heavy electronic noise, of the kind bands like Fuck Buttons are renowned for. But instead 'Total Strife Forever I' is more restrained as sustained chords create a stunning euphoric ending.


    The third track 'Dripping Down' is the first to feature vocals. If you've previously heard the singles leading into this album, or the Hostel EP from last year, you might be surprised by the fact that Total Strife Forever is largely instrumental, yet it makes the rare appearance of vocals all the more effective. 'Dripping Down's harmonies are beautiful, particularly in the closing moments of the track when they sound as though they've been recorded in a grand cathedral (most of this album was in fact recorded at home over the course of three years).


    With clear percussion and shimmering synthesiser riffs, 'Dripping Down' is the first dance track on the album, yet what follows takes things up a notch. 'Hinterland' is an out and out acid track. It starts with an echoing, sonar-like melody, ambient chords and a quick snare/kick beat. The bass drops and we're given an infectious, shuffling four-to-the-floor beat; what follows deserves to be a staple in any self-respecting DJ's club mix. 'Hinterland' is phenomenal, yet somehow East India Youth manages to go beyond that on the next track.


    'Heaven How Long' is easily the album's highlight and arrives just around the mid-point of the album. It's euphoric electronica at its best, and features one of the record's most delicate sections in the second verse. Doyle's vocals, hushed during the verses, soar for the chorus and the whole song ends with a krautrock inspired instrumental, marrying looped synthesisers to heavy bass guitar riffs.


    The second half of the Total Strife Forever is just as strong and rewarding as the first half. There's the aforementioned lead single 'Looking For Someone', as well as three more 'Total Strife Forever' pieces. The second of those tracks, which immediately follows 'Heaven How Long', is easily one of the most meditative tracks on the album, solely comprising an organ, haunting choral vocals and a deep electronic buzzing. In many ways it's similar to Tim Hecker's most recent work which used church organs and filters to blur the lines between what's real and what's synthetic. Meanwhile, 'Midnight Koto' is perhaps the album's most atmospheric track. Distant loops, heavily distorted and sounding like a terrifying rush of traffic, play under the koto melody. It's heavily inspired by Brian Eno, particularly his work with Bowie on tracks like 'Moss Garden'.


    Whilst these references are clear, at no point does it seem like East India Youth is just trying to replicate his idols. Total Strife Forever pulls together these influences and creates something truly extraordinary. This is an album firmly rooted in a decade where technology blurs the lines between fact and fiction, where we 'socialise' with brands and it's possible to feel hopelessly alone amidst the towering skyscrapers of a city. The final track 'Total Strife Forever IV' opens with static that eventually fades away to reveal grand synthesiser melodies before disintegrating once more. The beauty of those melodies is only enhanced by their temporary nature. Amidst the machinery there's a realisation that whilst the buildings, the brands and digital world might live on, it's reality and our fellow human beings that are truly beautiful and deserving of our attention.


    - Robert Whitfield (The 405)

    1. Glitter Recession
    2. Total Strife Forever I
    3. Dripping Down
    4. Hinterland
    5. Heaven, How Long
    6. Total Strife Forever II
    7. Looking For Someone
    8. Midnight Koto
    9. Total Strife Forever III
    10. Song For Granular Piano
    11. Total Strife Forever IV
    East India Youth
    $22.99
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Culture Of Volume Culture Of Volume Quick View

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    Culture Of Volume

    The lead single, and the accompanying video, from East India Youth's debut album Total Strife Forever really tells you all you need to know about the record. 'Looking For Someone' opens like a familiar, albeit electronic, ballad with East India Youth (otherwise known as William Doyle) emoting directly into camera in a way reminiscent of Sinead O'Connor. Then he begins to ascend, the London skyline now whizzing past Doyle as the elevator he's in climbs the Heron Tower. Almighty, booming drums signalled the ascension; humming synths join the journey to the top before the music is stripped away and the camera pans away, twisting as the elevator descends. We are then shown a vertigo-inducing journey back to street level and a trip through the shaft of an elevator. Abrasive synthesisers and what sounds like a distorted church organ are the soundtrack for this dizzying descent. It's no longer a simple plea to a lost lover, but a rallying cry against loneliness in the midst of huge, anonymous monuments.


    Total Strife Forever is a brutal electronic album, but one that still retains a very humanistic core - this juxtaposition is a thematic thread which runs throughout the album. Doyle then sculpts and defines the music in order to create tension between these two disparate elements, or else uses their differences in order to surprise and engage the listener. This is done within individual songs and across the record: over 11 tracks you'll hear acid beats, euphoric electronic pop, ambient passages, drone, krautrock and more. What's incredible is how East India Youth has managed to bring all of these elements together and construct a cohesive record.


    The album opens with 'Glitter Recession'. Soft piano meets a twinkling keyboard melody and then heavy bass stabs. The piano becomes louder and deeper, the keyboard softer, and swirling synths enter the mix. It's a beautiful, optimistic opening, the instruments all layered so that they never feel like they are jostling for attention, but rather adding details and intricacies to make the piece more alive. 'Glitter Recession' is followed by the first of four 'Total Strife Forever' pieces, this one built around a steady sawtooth bass line that grows in intensity as a pounding kick drum appears and echoing synths wash in and out of audible range. It feels like it is building towards heavy electronic noise, of the kind bands like Fuck Buttons are renowned for. But instead 'Total Strife Forever I' is more restrained as sustained chords create a stunning euphoric ending.


    The third track 'Dripping Down' is the first to feature vocals. If you've previously heard the singles leading into this album, or the Hostel EP from last year, you might be surprised by the fact that Total Strife Forever is largely instrumental, yet it makes the rare appearance of vocals all the more effective. 'Dripping Down's harmonies are beautiful, particularly in the closing moments of the track when they sound as though they've been recorded in a grand cathedral (most of this album was in fact recorded at home over the course of three years).


    With clear percussion and shimmering synthesiser riffs, 'Dripping Down' is the first dance track on the album, yet what follows takes things up a notch. 'Hinterland' is an out and out acid track. It starts with an echoing, sonar-like melody, ambient chords and a quick snare/kick beat. The bass drops and we're given an infectious, shuffling four-to-the-floor beat; what follows deserves to be a staple in any self-respecting DJ's club mix. 'Hinterland' is phenomenal, yet somehow East India Youth manages to go beyond that on the next track.


    'Heaven How Long' is easily the album's highlight and arrives just around the mid-point of the album. It's euphoric electronica at its best, and features one of the record's most delicate sections in the second verse. Doyle's vocals, hushed during the verses, soar for the chorus and the whole song ends with a krautrock inspired instrumental, marrying looped synthesisers to heavy bass guitar riffs.


    The second half of the Total Strife Forever is just as strong and rewarding as the first half. There's the aforementioned lead single 'Looking For Someone', as well as three more 'Total Strife Forever' pieces. The second of those tracks, which immediately follows 'Heaven How Long', is easily one of the most meditative tracks on the album, solely comprising an organ, haunting choral vocals and a deep electronic buzzing. In many ways it's similar to Tim Hecker's most recent work which used church organs and filters to blur the lines between what's real and what's synthetic. Meanwhile, 'Midnight Koto' is perhaps the album's most atmospheric track. Distant loops, heavily distorted and sounding like a terrifying rush of traffic, play under the koto melody. It's heavily inspired by Brian Eno, particularly his work with Bowie on tracks like 'Moss Garden'.


    Whilst these references are clear, at no point does it seem like East India Youth is just trying to replicate his idols. Total Strife Forever pulls together these influences and creates something truly extraordinary. This is an album firmly rooted in a decade where technology blurs the lines between fact and fiction, where we 'socialise' with brands and it's possible to feel hopelessly alone amidst the towering skyscrapers of a city. The final track 'Total Strife Forever IV' opens with static that eventually fades away to reveal grand synthesiser melodies before disintegrating once more. The beauty of those melodies is only enhanced by their temporary nature. Amidst the machinery there's a realisation that whilst the buildings, the brands and digital world might live on, it's reality and our fellow human beings that are truly beautiful and deserving of our attention.


    - Robert Whitfield (The 405)

    1. The Juddering
    2. End Result
    3. Beaming White
    4. Turn Away
    5. Hearts That Never
    6. Entirety
    7. Carousel
    8. Don't Look Backwards
    9. Manner Of Words
    10. Montage Resolution
    East India Youth
    $24.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Break Line: The Musical Break Line: The Musical Quick View

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    Break Line: The Musical


    Limited To 2000


    On a front porch in Philadelphia in early 2004, Anand Wilder and Maxwell Kardon sat with a guitar and a
    banjo and busily finger picked to keep their hands from freezing.After a few false starts they settled on a dirge
    in d-minor and began improvising lyrics about a labor conflict in a Western Pennsylvania coal town that their
    fathers had learned about from an old folk song taught in Quaker schools in the '50s.


    The facts, as communicated,were a half-remembered pastiche of de facto segregation, frayed family ties, and
    double-dealing.The principal heroes and villains of the story were lost to history and buried in mine shafts and
    unmarked graves, and the particulars of the outcome were primarily recorded on newspapers lost in
    warehouse fires and floods. Nevertheless,the tragedy struck both as an ideal thread to weave through a series
    of stories they had been telling each other about a town full of unlucky,love lorn people. Inspired by the classic
    rock operas of the 1970's and the golden age of musical theater,they began work on their own


    Wilder and Kardon spent the next several years traveling, each writing and tinkering with songs about their
    town and sending each other hastily recorded demos and fragments of lyrics. The story of Greenbelt grew and
    the cast of characters, from robber barons to union men, migrant farmers to crooked ministers, became
    fleshed out. They enlisted friends from myriad bands: Austin Fisher (Suckers), Haley Dekle (the Dirty
    Projectors), Ira Wolf Tuton and Christopher Keating (Yeasayer), Ryan Kattner (Man Man), Britt Myers
    (Chairlift), and Aku Orraca-Tetteh (Dragons of Zynth) to sing the parts of the town's luckless citizens.


    In 2008, they put together a core band featuring Ira on bass and Christopher Powell of Man Man on drums
    and began arranging the songs of Break Line for a full ensemble. With the help of recording wunderkind Britt
    Myers (Chairlift, Yeasayer, Passing Strange) they finally began putting the music down onto tape,staying up
    late experimenting with sounds and arrangements.


    In the years that followed,the two found moments whenever they could to complete the project. Neither can
    believe that what started with just the two of them huddled on a cold porch would grow to involve a once-in-a-lifetime cast of collaborators. A decade after its conception, they are proud to present to the public their
    vision of a classic story of betrayal, pride and lost love.


    Welcome to Greenbelt.


    Singers: Aku Orraca-Tetteh, Christopher Keating (Yeasayer). Haley Dekly (Dirty Projectors), Quinn Walker,
    Austin Fisher(Suckers), Ryan Kattner (Man Man),Tanya Houndsley, Cameron Hull, Anand Wilder


    Musicians: IraWolf Tuton (Yeasayer) ,James Richardson,Christopher Sean Powell,Jason Trammell (Sinkane),
    K Ishibashi, Austin Fisher, Steve Marion (Delicate Steve), Lyndon Cordero Lopez, Daniel Schleifer, Charles
    Christopher Erway, Tanya Houndsley

    1. Coal Into Diamonds
    2. Wedding Day
    3. Opportunity
    4. Hold You Tight
    5. They're Stealing Our Coal
    6. 4th Of July
    7. Better To Die
    8. It Doesn't Seem Right
    9. Fathers and Brothers
    10. I'm To Blame
    11. Hang Your Head High
    Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon
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    Fillet Of Soul

    Released during the height of Stax Records' prominence, 1972's Fillet of Soul compiled the brightest stars and biggest hits to emerge from the Memphis soul powerhouse. A fantastic collection for fans of "The Memphis Sound," Fillet of Soul includes such funky favorites as "Never Can Say Goodbye" by Isaac Hayes, "I'll Take You There" by the Staple Singers, Johnnie Taylor's "I Don't Wanna Lose You" and the Bar-Kays' "Son of Shaft." Can ya dig it?
    1. Isaac Hayes: Never Can Say Goodbye
    2. The Staple Singers: Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom)
    3. The Dramatics: Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
    4. Mel & Tim: Starting All Over Again
    5. The Bar-Kays: Son of Shaft
    6. Frederick Knight: I've Been Lonely for So Long
    7. Isaac Hayes: The Look of Love
    8. The Staple Singers: I'll Take You There
    9. Johnnie Taylor: I Don't Wanna Lose You
    10. Rufus Thomas: The Breakdown (Part 1)
    11. Mavis Staples: Since I Fell for You
    12. Little Milton: If That Ain't a Reason (For Your Woman to Leave You)
    Various Artists
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    The Best Of Trojan Soul Reggae Vol. 1

    1 of 15 brand new compilation LP's celebrating the re-launch of Trojan Records; The influence of African American music on the development of the Jamaican recording industry is evidenced by music issued on the island during the late 60's and early 70's; Hundreds of Rock Steady and Reggae interpretations of Soul classics were released; Features Al Brown ("Here I Am Baby (Come and Take Me)"), The Chosen Few ("Theme from 'Shaft'), The Techniques ("I Wish It Would Rain"), & more.
    1. What Does It Take To Win Your Love (Alton Ellis)
    2. Here I Am Baby (Come And Take Me) (Al Brown)
    3. Rescue Me (Judy Mowatt)
    4. Riding For A Fall (Derrick Harriott)
    5. Sitting In The Park (Slim Smith)
    6. Put Yourself In My Place (Delroy Wilson)
    7. Shaft (The Chosen Few)
    8. I Wish It Would Rain (The Techniques)
    9. Private Number (Bob & Marcia)
    10. Sister Big Stuff (John Holt)
    11. Ain't No Sunshine (Horace Andy)
    12. Ride Your Pony (Dave Barker)
    Various Artists
    $16.99
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  • Black Moses Black Moses Quick View

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    Black Moses

    This double LP, released on Stax Records' Enterprise label in 1971, was the follow-up to Hayes' successful soundtrack for Shaft. Black Moses features
    Hayes' version of The Jackson 5's hit single Never Can Say Goodbye which became a hit in its own right, peaking at number 22 on the Billboard Hot
    100. The sheer front-to-back strength of this double-LP set has made Black Moses one of Isaac Hayes' most enduringly revered and best-known works. A
    watershed album for the multi-instrumental singer/songwriter and producer, it only served to further cement his reputation as a progressive soul artist
    capable of unmistakably original arrangements and genre-defining R&B mastery. This new vinyl reissue is a must-have for all serious soul and R&B fans.
    Essential listening.
    LP 1
    1. Never Can Say Goodbye
    2. (They Long To Be) Close To You
    3. Nothing Takes The Place Of You
    4. Man's Temptation
    5. Never Gonna Give You Up
    6. Medley: Ike's Rap II / Help Me Love
    7. Need To Belong To Someone
    8. Good Love 6-9-9-6-9


    LP 2
    1. Medley: Ike's Rap III / Your Love Is So Doggone Good
    2. For The Good Times
    3. I'll Never Fall In Love Again
    4. Part-Time Love
    5. Medley: Ike's Rap IV / A Brand New Me
    6. Going In Circles

    Isaac Hayes
    $24.99
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  • VPI Scout 2 Turntable - JMW-9T VPI Scout 2 Turntable - JMW-9T Quick View

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    VPI Scout 2 Turntable - JMW-9T




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    Need help choosing the right turntable for you? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    **All Cartridges Installed Free Of Charge**


    The Scout 2 features a 1 7/8 thick aluminum platter (with a stainless steel damping plate) in place of the Scout's 1 3/8 acrylic platter.


    The result of mating a great platter to a simple good looking design! In only seven years, the VPI Scout has become the industry standard as the best-reviewed turntable on the planet! For 2009, we saw fit to bring some big improvements to its best-selling turntable. You may recognize the outboard motor and the plinth, but you will do a double take at the exquisite platter and tonearm.


    Every VPI Scout II comes standard with the JMW 9T! This incredible tonearm features a redesigned armtube that is tapered and filled with a proprietary damping material. This revolutionary design greatly reduces internal resonance, yielding a full and rich sound, with a vast soundstage and increased resolution and detail. The added mass also produces deeper bass response and fantastic compatibility with moving coil cartridges.


    For maximum stability and speed accuracy the platter is made from 1 7/8 thick machined 6061 aluminum and is attached to a nonmagnetic 303 stainless steel damping plate. The entire piece weighs in at an impressive 18 pounds! Because the aluminum is grounded to the steel, there is virtually no static buildup or sonic degradation. What's in the grooves is what comes out of your speakers.


    The VPI Scout II's plinth is made from 1 1/8 thick MDF bonded to a 12 gauge steel plate giving a rigid, non-resonant plinth. The massive platter sits on chrome-hardened ball bearing held by a 60 Rockwell-hardened shaft, below which is a black delrin nut.


    The VPI Scout II generates absolutely no additional noise for a pristinely quiet spin. The AC synchronous motor is contained in a separate steel housing and drives the platter via an Aries belt. This combination produces quiet yet stable running with extremely accurate speed. Speeds are 33 and 45 standard, while 78 is optional.


    VPI Turntables
    $2,800.00
    Scout 2 - JMW-9T Tonearm
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    VPI Scout 2 With Classic Signature Arm


    Need help choosing the right turntable for you? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    **All Cartridges Installed Free Of Charge**


    The Scout 2 features a 1 7/8 thick aluminum platter (with a stainless steel damping plate) in place of the Scout's 1 3/8 acrylic platter.


    The result of mating a great platter to a simple good looking design! In only seven years, the VPI Scout has become the industry standard as the best-reviewed turntable on the planet! For 2009, we saw fit to bring some big improvements to its best-selling turntable. You may recognize the outboard motor and the plinth, but you will do a double take at the exquisite platter and tonearm.


    Every VPI Scout II comes standard with the JMW 9T! This incredible tonearm features a redesigned armtube that is tapered and filled with a proprietary damping material. This revolutionary design greatly reduces internal resonance, yielding a full and rich sound, with a vast soundstage and increased resolution and detail. The added mass also produces deeper bass response and fantastic compatibility with moving coil cartridges.


    For maximum stability and speed accuracy the platter is made from 1 7/8 thick machined 6061 aluminum and is attached to a nonmagnetic 303 stainless steel damping plate. The entire piece weighs in at an impressive 18 pounds! Because the aluminum is grounded to the steel, there is virtually no static buildup or sonic degradation. What's in the grooves is what comes out of your speakers.


    The VPI Scout II's plinth is made from 1 1/8 thick MDF bonded to a 12 gauge steel plate giving a rigid, non-resonant plinth. The massive platter sits on chrome-hardened ball bearing held by a 60 Rockwell-hardened shaft, below which is a black delrin nut.


    The VPI Scout II generates absolutely no additional noise for a pristinely quiet spin. The AC synchronous motor is contained in a separate steel housing and drives the platter via an Aries belt. This combination produces quiet yet stable running with extremely accurate speed. Speeds are 33 and 45 standard, while 78 is optional.


    VPI Turntables
    $4,200.00
    Scout 2 - Classic Signature Arm Buy Now
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