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Side B Etching
Finally...a new Sleep song!!! The first new song from the masters since their life changing, anthemic 63 minutes & 36 second opus to marijuana: Dopesmoker (1999)!: "The Clarity" on side A, Etching on side B. Artwork (Etching) by David V. D'Andrea. Mastered by John Golden. Recorded by Noah Landis. "The Clarity" 12" was previously only available directly from the band via their merch table or online web-store. This Southern Lord version has been recut by Adam Gonsalves/Telegraph Mastering and pressed on 180 gram vinyl at RTI.
The Lord version also has the ultra heavy-weight vinyl housed in a thick plastic picture disc style sleeve with the iconic Sleep logo silk-screened on the front.
While there may have been a few like them before them, there were none like them really and certainly none of after them. And so in 2009 when they were reborn with Cisneros who'd been reframing the world with the band OM, Matt Pike doing double duty with this and his HIGH ON FIRE, and the estimable Jason Roeder doing the same with NEUROSIS, SLEEP did what it had done and what it had left to do. Largely and without pause, make music in tune with The Ages.1.The Clarity$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dopesmoker (Awaiting Repress)
It is with an immense amount of pride that Southern Lord brings you a mighty offering from the gods known as Sleep! In 2011, Southern Lord was contacted by Sleeps' Al Cisneros about the possibility of releasing a deluxe version of the classic Sleep recording: Dopesmoker. Cisneros wanted to breathe some new life into the old beast and finally have the original vision of the album fully realized. Southern Lord was overwhelmingly ecstatic about the challenge of taking the reigns of one of the most important recordings in the history of Heavy Metal!
The Lord version features brand new artwork by long time Sleep artist, Arik Roper, who created something specifically special for the albums' rebirth. The biggest difference between this new version and the old releases is the phenomenal remastering job by From Ashes Rise guitarist, Brad Boatright (OFF!, Noothgrush, Deviated Instinct). His vision was to enhance the original recording without changing it drastically.
What he has done makes this epic opus sound invigorated, more powerful with renewed clarity and all-around unbelievably mammoth. His work was enthusiastically approved by the band and considering how focused, vigilant and protective of their masterpiece the band is, that is nothing short of a miracle! Also exclusive to the reborn version of Dopesmoker, is a unreleased live track of one of the best songs the band ever did, "Holy Mountain." Purple 180g double vinyl pressing from Southern Lord with bonus track and brand new artwork in thick Stoughton gatefld jacket with spot uv-varnish.
Formed as a Bay Area hc/punk rock band called Asbestosdeath, the band changed their musical direction and name and debuted as Sleep with their Volume One album in 1991. After Justin Marler left the band, the core lineup of Al Cisneros, Matt Pike and Chris Hakius went into the studio to record a demo cassette that they sent to Earache Records. The recording was released in November of 1992 (exactly as received by the label!) under the name Sleep's Holy Mountain and went on to forever alter the musical landscape. Countless current bands cite Sleep's Holy Mountain as a major inspiration, and the unique sound and style of the record can be heard in many subsequent releases by bands from all over the world.
Sleep's Holy Mountain created such a humongous buzz that major label London Records signed the band. Unfortunately, the label lacked the vision necessary to actually follow through and release the album that Sleep recorded, mostly because it took the not-radio-friendly form of a single song, a 63 minute long ode to weed, called "Dopesmoker." Sleep returned to the studio and edited the track down to 52 minutes and re-titled it "Jerusalem," but it was again rejected. London Records shelved the record and dropped the band, leading to their dissolution.
Dopesmoker was recorded by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Melvins) at Record Two Studio in Comptche, California. While recording the song, it began to form differently than the band had originally envisioned. Pike stated that "The song was getting slower and slower and then it got weird. We started tripping out and second guessing ourselves." Recording the album was difficult. Pike recalled that "There was so much to memorize for that album, and we had to do it in like three different sections because a reel-to-reel only holds 22 minutes. It was really cool, but it was one of the hardest things I've ever done in in my life." Sleep were in the studio for one month then went home to rehearse and returned for another month. Pike noted that they ended up with two or three different versions of the song.
In the aftermath of the breakup of the band, four versions of the album were released. In 1999, Jerusalem came out with a running time of 52 minutes and is a single composition split into six identically-named tracks. There are 3 different versions/releases of Jerusalem: (1) a rare London Records promotional disc, (2) a bootleg with cover art by Arik Roper, and (3) the Rise Above/Music Cartel Records release. All three of these versions are edited and considered unauthorized versions. The version of the album titled Dopesmoker was released on April 22, 2003 by Tee Pee Records on compact disc and vinyl with a 63-minute running time. That version is the only version the band considers to be "authorized" and worthy of release. Dopesmoker stands as one of the towering achievements in recent metal history... a mesmerizing, intoxicating, and incredibly complex song that is still unrivaled in the annals of (stoner) metal!LP1
1. Holy Mountain (Live at the I-Beam, San Francisco, CA 1994)
2. Sonic Titan (Live at Gilman St, San Francisco, CA 1992)$26.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Sleep's Holy Mountain (Colored Vinyl)Pressed On Purple Colored Vinyl
Sleep's legendary second studio album was originally released in 1992 and is considered a seminal album in the evolution of stoner rock.1. Dragonaut
2. The Druid
3. Evil Gypsy - Solomons Theme
4. Some Grass
6. Holy Mountain
7. Inside The Sun
8. From Beyond
9. Nains Baptism$22.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Art Of Self Defense180g double vinyl version from Southern Lord in Stoughton gatefold jacket with 20 page bound in 12" x 12" book and printed inner-sleeves.
Cult metal favorite High On Fire was founded by former Sleep guitarist Matt Pike in the summer of 1998. Berthed out of the need to simply play guitar again, Pike jammed with and settled on a line-up of powerhouse drummer Des Kensel and longtime guitarist compatriot George Rice, who made the switch to bass to round out the trio. They had scarcely been together for a few months before demoing three songs. That demo, featuring "Master of Fists" and instant classics "10,000 Years" and "Blood from Zion," became among the most sought-after tapes in the underground metal scene. High On Fire got straight to the point, bashing away with a neanderthal sense of purpse and creating hyptnotic, droning waves of powerful riffs and low-end thunder of the likes not heard before.
Throughout '99, High On Fire continued writing for their debut full-length. The band recorded their debut with Sleep engineer/producer Billy Anderson at Shark Bite Studios in Oakland, CA. The Art of Self Defense served up a rock hard, unorthodox form of modern metal cloaked in strange religious theology and the trio's style was unique, distinct, heavy as all fuck and absolutely crushing. The album immediately became a cult classic and not even the closure of the label that released the album (Man's Ruin) could stop the powerhouse that had been unleashed. Tee Pee records reissued the album in 2001 with 2 bonus tracks: "Steel Shoes" and a ripping cover of the Celtic Frost song "The Usurper."
Another meticulously packaged vinyl release from the masters of the craft. Without question one of the most supernal releases in the history of the label!1. Baghdad
2. 10,000 Years
3. Blood From Zion
6. Master of Fists$26.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
No Sleep 'til Hammersmith180 gram reissue of Motorhead's UK Chart-topping 1981 live album. Features live versions of Motorhead classics, "Ace Of Spades", "Overkill", "Motorhead" & more.1. Ace of Spades
2. Stay Clean
4. The Hammer
5. Iron Horse/Born to Lose
6. No Class
8. (We Are) the Road Crew
11. Motorhead$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Waking SleepSoon after finishing her acclaimed 2008 album Apple Tree, Colorado-born, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Katie Herzig received a fateful phone call. I sat down to paint one day, I hadn't painted in years, then I got a call asking me to write a song for the Sex and the City movie, she says. So I put down my paintbrush and havent painted since!
What she did instead, as one assignment led to another, was write music for numerous films and television shows, and in the process, find a surprising and exciting direction for her new album, The Waking Sleep, her first release on Marion-Lorraine Records/Mercer Street Records. I was trying new things, says Herzig, getting outside of what I would normally do as an artist. It was really fun and invigorating to use samples and build tracks digitally. I loved creating like that, and it really allowed me more freedom, because I was doing something less personal, and creating for something else.
But there was also no doubt that at some point, this accomplished artist would return to the distinctive, heartfelt material that made her name. After initially fronting the Colorado-based band Newcomers Home, Herzig released her solo debut, Watch Them Fall, in 2004, followed by Weightless two years later. When she relocated to Nashville, she immediately started to catch the attention of her fellow artists and was invited to perform as part of the remarkable new talent showcased on the Hotel CafÉ and Ten Out of Tenn tours.1. Free My Mind
2. Make A Noise
3. Way To The Future
4. Best Day Of Your Life
5. Wasting Time
6. Midnight Serenade
7. Oh My Darlin
8. Closest I Get
9. The Waking Sleep
10. Lost And Found
11. Daisies And Pews$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Brothers Of The 4x4The king of Hellbilly, Mr. Hank3 himself, is pleased to announce a triple-threat of new releases. Hank3 will release a brand new DOUBLE country album, entitled Brothers of the 4x4, and a single punk album, entitled A Fiendish Threat, with his new project "3".
Recording in his own home and releasing music on his own label, the Megaforce distributed Hank3 Records, allowed Williams complete creative control during the four month period it took to make both records.
Besides living the songs subject matter first, Hank3 sang and played both guitar and drums on the records. As if pulling triple duty wasn't enough, he engineered, produced, mixed and mastered all the tunes as well. Not bad for someone who in his own words is dyslexic and has ADD, according to Hank3 "my mind is all over the place". But even a man talented and driven enough to do (count 'em) seven jobs at once has his limits, so Hank3 has once again assembled a top-notch ensemble of pickers and pluckers for Brothers Of The 4x4 and A Fiendish Threat.
The required stand-up bass holds the low end down at the deft hands of Zach Shedd, with David McElfresh and Billy Contreras whipping razor sharp bows across the fiddle. Daniel Mason handles banjo, with a special guest appearance on Possum In A Tree by former National Old-Time Banjo Champion Leroy Troy working his banjo in the old school clawhammer style, while Andy Gibson wrings the sweetest of notes out his stand up steel guitar. Finally, long-time collaborator and fellow multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Johnny Hiland rips his chicken pickin' guitar to feathers and shreds.
Hank3's latest country record is just that- country, and the realness of it shines throughout the record like moonlight hitting a mason jar of corn liquor- it ain't always the smoothest, and it doesn't come wrapped in a fancy package, but it's 100% pure whoop-ass in a bottle that gets the job done quicker and better and reminds you of where you originally came from once you figure out what just hit you. On Outdoor Plan he sings of fishing and hunting as a way of life, and it's a fact that more than one deer and turkey has met its maker at the end of Hank3's gun's barrel. The title track, Brothers of the 4x4 celebrates the wide open full throttle love of off roadin' and rootin' in a four wheel drive - the cover of the record shows Williams mud bogging in a custom 4x4, and it's not some redneck rental - that's his ride. And because life ain't always happy, when the heartbreak and hard times cracks through the sonic celebration on songs like Loners 4 Life and Ain't Broken Down, it's because Hank3 is well acquainted with the darker side of life, and not as some tourist. The album is a rich and gritty sounding mixture of sadness, pride, hope- in other words, it's a great country record.
With the release of Brothers of the 4x4 and A Fiendish Threat, Williams is ready to hit the road, and when he hits the road, he hits it much harder than most. Hank3 shows are legendary for their length and intensity, averaging three hours a night, starting with a country set and ending with whatever his latest musical experiment happens to be.
With these dual releases, Brothers Of The 4x4 and A Fiendish Threat added to his already huge and varied arsenal of music, Hank3 will be raising all sorts of hell on stage while the fans raise their glasses in the audience once again, and you can bet your last dollar a damn good time will be had by all. The man goes full throttle all the time, every time, as anyone who has ever been to one of his innumerable shows will attest.
Listen to Brothers of the 4x4 and A Fiendish Threat, go to a show, and find out for yourself. Just remember the next day, after a few aspirins, a dinner at your own table, and a sleep in your own bed, that Hank3 will be down the road doing his thing again, and for that rebel, "doing the best I can" means something a little different than it does for the average man.1. Nearly Gone
2. Hurtin' For Certin
3. Brothers of the 4×4
4. Farthest Away
5. Held Up
6. Outdoor Plan
7. Deep Scars
8. Lookey Yonder Commin
9. Ain't Broken Down
11. Loners 4 Life
12. Dreadfull Drive
13. Getting Dim
14. Possum in a Tree
15. Broken Boogie
16. Toothpickin$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Cancer For CureIndependent rap icon El-P is set to release his long awaited new solo album Cancer For Cure, at his new home Fat Possum. The new album marks his first full length rap album since 2007's critically acclaimed I'll Sleep When You're Dead, though El-P's rap trajectory has been on a steady ascent following a prolific year that saw high profile appearances on Das Racist's mixtape and debut album, a hugely buzzed Adult Swim single "Drones Over Bklyn," a verse (which made Stereogum's top 10 guest verses of the year) on one of the year's biggest online hits, Mr. Muthafuckin' Exquire's "Huzzah," among several other honors.
The record is arriving hot on the heels of the new Killer Mike album R.A.P. Music, which El-P produced in full and is already making huge noise with its first single "Big Beast (featuring Bun B, T.I. and Trouble)," which was awarded Pitchfork's rare 'Best New Track' designation.Cancer For Cure takes another huge leap forward from the production work of his 2010 instrumental album Weareallgoingtoburninhellmeggamixxx with a bombastic collision of synths, bottomless bass tones, live instrumentation, ear-worming melody, and tightly coiled drum patterns, setting the standard for hip hop production higher than ever.
The obvious diversion from the previous album is the presence of El-P's ever-developing vocal style, continuing to raise the bar on his already highly verbose flow that swiftly and muscularly navigates a rapidfire explosion of syllabic conundrums and quick-witted elocutions full of heart, purpose, style and grit. Rounded out by feature appearances by a host of high profile guests including Killer Mike, Danny Brown, Mr. Muthafuckin' Exquire, Paul Banks (Interpol), and more, this will easily be one of the year's most talked about albums.1. Request Denied
2. The Full Retard
3. Works Every Time (with Paul Banks of Interpol)
4. Drones Over Bklyn
5. Oh Hail No (with Mr. Motherfucking Exquire & Danny Brown)
6. Tougher Colder (with Killer Mike and Despot)
7. True Story
8. The Jig Is Up
9. Sign Here
10. For My Upstairs
11. Stay Down (with Nick Diamonds of Islands)
12. $ Vic/FTL (Me And You)$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
DopethroneRe-issue of the bands seminal 2000 album Dopethrone!!! Probably the bands dirtiest, heaviest and most extreme release to date; cited by many as the pinnacle of their career. Following the demise of such legendary bands as Kyuss, Sleep etc; Electric Wizard took over the vacant throne of drug riddled earth moving Doomed rifferama. Often described as the heaviest band in the world; Dopethrone may well give you a clue as to why!LP 1
1. Vinum Sabbathi
3. Weird Tales
iii.AltAr of Melektaus
5. I, The Witchfinder
6. The Hills Have Eyes
7. We Hate You
9. Mind Transferral$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
KadavarClear/Black Swirl Vinyl
Completely Remastered new 180 gram clear/black swirl colored vinyl with alternate artwork cover and BONUS track Living In your Head from the Kadavar RSD sold out 7 single. Highly anticipated debut album from this super fast-rising Berlin band who will find immediate appeal with fans of Black Sabbath, Pentagram, Sir Lord Baltimore, Witchcraft and Graveyard. Hand picked by both SLEEP and Pentagram as support on each of their respective european tours this summer, Kadaver's strutting style and warm, analog tones are sure to transport audiences to proto-metal oblivion.1. All Our Thoughts
2. Black Sun
3. Forgotten Past
4. Goddess Of Dawn
5. Creature Of The Demon
6. Purple Sage
7. Living In Your Head$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
No Sleep Til Hammersmith (Awaiting Repress)No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith is a definitive metal document and it captures Motörhead's Lemmy, Fast Eddie, and Philthy Animal Taylor in their element, live! Motorhead revisits the cream of their back catalog here, leaving their already power-packed studio counterparts in the dust in the process. With the exception of Iron Horse/Born To Lose which was from a 1980 show, the album was recorded at the Leeds and Newcastle shows during the Short, Sharp Pain In The Neck five-date tour in 1981. The name of the tour was a reference to the injury sustained by Philthy Animal Taylor when he was dropped on his head during some after show horseplay. Despite the title of the album, the London venue the Hammersmith Odeon was not played on the tour.1. Ace of Spades
2. Stay Clean
4. The Hammer
5. Iron Horse
6. No Class
8. (We Are) The Road Crew
11. Motorhead$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Deep SleepSleeping Bag sounds different, you guys. On their third LP, "Deep Sleep", Dave
Segedy (the group's drummer, songwriter and primary vocalist) has taken the band
into heavier, more epic territory. The sunny jangling guitars and fun whistle choruses
are gone; obliterated in a full on fuzz-guitar assault. Dave sings, "I want to free the dog
that I am." and he means it.
Segedy's signature pop songwriting style is still in full effect, now brought to life by
guitarist Tyler Smith and bassist Glenn Meyers. Tracks like "Hush" and "Wrestle"
exemplify Sleeping Bag's honest, bedroom-pop approach and Malkmus-deadpan
vocal delivery, but compared to the sunny disposition of the previous records "Deep
Sleep" sounds downright tuff. Drenched in distortion & reverb, the album culminates
with the nine-minute closer, "The Portal" - an epic shred-fest, equal parts My Bloody
Valentine & Weezer "Only In Dreams". It's quite an affair.1 Riff Randall
3 MT Cup
5 Whatcha Gonna Du
6 Predominantly Blue
7 Hole In One
8 These Are The Wolves
10 The Portal$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sleep RemixesBuilding on the international success of Max Richter's groundbreaking eight-hour work SLEEP - his "personal
lullaby for a frenetic world" - and the one-hour adaptation from SLEEP, a series of remixes have been produced by a range of high-profile and up-and-coming artists. This vinyl release brings together remixes from Mogwai, Clark, Digitonal, JÜrgen MÜller, Marconi Union and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.1.Path 5 [Mogwai Remix]
2.Path 5 [Clark Remix]
3.Path 5 [Digitonal's Theo In Dreamland Mix]
4.Dream 3 [JÜrgen MÜller Remix]
5.Dream 13 [Marconi Union Remix]$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
From SleepClear Vinyl
Acclaimed British composer Max Richter is about to make history, with a ground-breaking piece of work: his new
work, "SLEEP," is an eight-hour lullaby. An exploration of music, consciousness and human connectivity, the work is intended to be listened to while sleeping. The landmark work is played on piano, strings, with subtle electronic touches and vocals - but no words. This album, "From SLEEP," is a one-hour version.$34.99Clear Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Sleep TalkSilver Colored Vinyl
Perhaps best known as the pioneering guitarist behind the legendary groups Cap'n Jazz and Owls, Victor Villarreal is one of the most inventive guitarists of modern indie-rock. His unique guitar style includes elements of classical, spanish, indie and even metal. Now on the heels of his reunion with Owls (Polyvinyl), Victor is back with his new solo long player, "Sleep Talk".
"Sleep Talk" is Villarreal's second proper solo effort, and his first to enlist bassist (and early Joan of Arc member) Erik Bocek. Utilizing a "one man band" style of performance, the majority of "Sleep Talk" was recorded live in the studio, with Victor simultaneously performing guitar, percussion and vocals. Hinged on the tumbling rhythms of Villarreal's other-worldly guitar style, the tracks on "Sleep Talk" are diverse and moody, and will tickle your brain into a meditative stasis.1. Whoever "Everyone" Might Be...
2. My Halucidaydream
3. Dirtbike Girls
4. A Mad Dad Dash
6. "That Familiar Band" Song
7. Wade and Beware
8. Yubari King$18.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Country SleepWelcome to the sound of Winston Yellen and Night Beds, who in one stunning ten-track debut album Country Sleep, have shown that there is plenty of life left in the world of American music if you have the voice, the songs and the gift to touch hearts and souls. Think of a space between Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters/Sun Kil Moon), Gram Parsons and the dreamier side of My Morning Jacket; a heavenly place of pure country soul, touched by an endearing innocence and honesty that can only come from someone still in their early twenties.1. Faithful Heights
3. Even If We Try
5. Borrowed Time
6. Cherry Blossoms
7. Wanted You In August
8. Lost Springs
9. Was I For You?
10. Tenn$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sleep Forever (Awaiting Repress)Last year Brandon Welchez and Chuck Rowell released their acclaimed debut album, Summer of Hate as Crocodiles. Straddling vast sonic terrains from the jagged guitar stabs of street-strutting lead single Neon Jesus, to throbbing kraut rock, expansive shoegaze and irresistibly danceable disco-punk jams, Summer Of Hate drew comparisons with The Velvet Underground and Primal Scream.
Significantly, it also caught the ear of James Ford, Simian Mobile Disco man and producer of the Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons and Florence and the Machine amongst others. Together, all three headed into the desert in early 2010 to create Summer Of Hate's psychedelic, hyptonic and anthemic follow-up. An album that would later be christened Sleep Forever.
Raw it may be, but Sleep Forever is still an unmistakingly more refined beast than its predecessor. Drums and organ whirls envelope you on tracks like Mirrors and Sleep Forever, which nod to Ladies and Gentelman era Spiritualized as much as they do Neu! and The Velvet Undergound.1. Mirrors
2. Stoned To Death
3. Hollow Hollow Eyes
4. Girl In Black
5. Sleep Forever
6. Billy Speed
7. Hearts Of Love
8. All My Hate And My Hexes Are For You$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Sleep Of ReasonSleep of Reason' is strongly informed by Stefanski's childhood in a British seaside town, the faded grandeur and aging population of which caused him to ruminate on mortality as a child. 'Parts of this album are about letting go of the worry of when something might happen, and instead embracing now.' Like all the best albums, 'Sleep of Reason' demands to be listened to in full, to allow its themes, moods and textures to fully emerge and take grip. It's also full of brilliant standalone songs. Listen to it how you will, but do listen -- you won't be disappointed.1. Undertow
3. Build Me Up
4. Gagging Order
6. One Track Mind
7. Last Train Home
8. Trust (Featuring YADi)
9. Principle Action
11. Window Out
12. Black Rainbow
13. Back Of The Line$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Sleep Is The EnemyIf there's one thing Danko Jones know how to do at this point, it's how to rock. They did it in We Sweat Blood, and it's exactly what they do again in their fifth full-length album, Sleep Is the Enemy. The formula for both these albums has been pretty consistent: fast power chords with a distorted bass echoing the guitar; loud, driving drums; and vocals that fluctuate from a low growl to a mellifluous croon to a full-out scream. But that doesn't mean the new album is ever boring: there's too much raw emotion and sexual energy to allow anyone even a brief moment to nod off. For the band, this is a very important thing; the name of the record is Sleep Is the Enemy, after all, and the simple, to-the-point choruses are just meant to be shouted along to in packed, sweaty stadiums. Jones himself is all testosterone and bravado and is in great form vocally, expressing his indifference toward a jaded lover in Baby Hates Me, instructing the less confident in when and how to give The Finger, and angrily yelling his plans for revenge in Time Heals Nothing. Yes, the themes here, like they always have been with the band, are women and sex and aggression, which are practically the same thing for Jones, but in Sleep Is the Enemy his willingness to explore the ambiguity of the topics shows his (slightly greater) maturity. In She's Drugs (which contains the fantastically catchy chorus She's drugs, she's drugs/Just one look and you get addicted/She's drugs, she's drugs/You take a look and now you're hooked, that's what I predicted), he chides a friend for being seduced by a dangerous woman, but then in Invisible, he goes on to list a number of extreme things he'll do for another who isn't noticing him (burning his house down, maxing out his credit card, and making his mother cry being three of the least violent examples). Yeah, Sleep Is the Enemy isn't musical genius by any standard, but it is a loud, confident, straightforward, and fun album that skips guitar solos and instrumental frills to focus on what truly matters to Danko Jones: rocking. - Marisa Brown (All Music Guide)1. Sticky Situation
2. Baby Hates Me
3. Don't Fall In Love
4. She's Drugs
5. The Finger
6. First Date
8. Natural Tan
9. When Will I See You
10. Time Heals Nothing
11. Sleep Is The Enemy
12. Choose Me$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sleep Through the Static1. All At Once
2. Sleep Through the Static
6. If I Had Eyes
7. Same Girl
8. What You Thought You Needed
10. Go On
11. They Do They Don't
12. While We Wait
14. Losing Keys$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Maps For SleepFormed in the Fall of 1991 by Brandon Capps (guitar/vocals), Kimber Lanning (drums) and Tim Patterson (bass), Half String created a lush, guitar-driven brand of noise pop. Their sound was an antidote to the desert jangle bar band scene that dominated Tempe, AZ at the time. While the group shared an aesthetic with much of the British shoegaze scene, and occasionally recalled the spirit of early 4AD and Factory Records, they certainly carved out a beautiful noise all their own. During their austere six-year lifespan, Half String inspired an underground music scene in their hometown, and gained a small but loyal following from beyond the desert.
Half Strings first demo was hand delivered to Independent Project Records Bruce Licher during the summer of 1992. Impressed, Licher released the 3-songs as the Eclipse 7 single on his revered post-punk fine art imprint. Matt Kruse joined on second guitar in 1993, adding another layer of texture and intricate melody to the bands broadening sound. This was evident on Oval, Half Strings second single, and the subsequent Tripped Up Breathing EP, both released by IPR in 1994. Patterson left the band that Winter, and was replaced by Dave Rogers, a multi-instrumentalist who added backing vocals.
In 1995, Germanys Pop Goes On! and IPR co-released Eclipse*Oval*Hue as a CD mini-album collecting together the first two singles along with three unreleased tracks. Later that same year, the group recorded their debut album, A Fascination With Heights. Issued by IPR in 1996, this would be Half Strings last release before the band parted amicably the following Summer and the fifth addition to Captured Tracks' recently launched Shoegaze Archives series.1. Eclipse
2. Maps for Sleep
7. Sun Less Sea
10. Quiet Like Seeds
12. Brief As Photographs
13. Landscape Burning
14. Tripped Up Breathing
17. Featherweight$35.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Sleep Dream Walk EnterColored Vinyl
Limited edition of 500 copies on 180 grams white vinyl in spotvarnished and metallic print gatefold picture sleeve.1. Prelude2. Saints In Cars3. Bang Bang4. Endless Sleep5. Bye Bye My Love6. Sleepwalk7. All I Am8. All Alibies9. Echo God$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sleep Is For The Week10th Anniversary Reissue
Side D Features Frank Turner Logo Etching (No Music)
10th Anniversary reissue of the Frank Turner debut album - Sleep Is For the Week. The Double LP features the original 13 tracks & 6 bonus demos. Side D will be etched with the Frank Turner logo. Standard weight, black vinyl.LP 1
1. The Real Damage
2. Vital Signs
3. Romantic Fatigue
4. A Decent Cup Of Tea
5. Father's Day
6. Worse Things Happen At Sea
7. My Kingdom For A Horse
8. Back In The Day
9. Once We Were Anarchists
10. Wisdom Teeth
11. The Ladies Of London Town
12. Must Try Harder
13. The Ballad Of Me And My Friends
LP 2 (No Music On Side 2)
1. Romantic Fatigue (demo)
2. The Real Damage (demo)
3. Wisdom Teeth (demo)
4. Sunshine State (demo)
5. This Town Ain't Big Enough For The One Of Me (demo)
6. Longing For The Day (demo)$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
A Sleep & A ForgettingIslands new album A Sleep & A Forgetting continues the bands penchant for crafting adventuresome and infectious state of the art pop music. But this time band leader Nick Thorburn has infused the songs with a personal introspection that gives the record a new and powerful emotional resonance. The new album was produced by Thorburn and fellow Islands member Evan Gordon in less than two weeks, and the 11 songs were recorded live with hardly a single overdub. Its a stripped down process and beautifully understated sound which only reinforces the confessional content of the lyrics.
This comes together to striking effect on songs like the darkly dramatic Oh Maria, written in the voice of Buddy Hollys anguished young widow and her reoccurring crash site dreams. She would have these dreams about being in the field where his plane went down,Thorburn says. She would be trying desperately to get past all the bystanders to see him one last time. Its such an evocative story it just stuck with me. And its absolutely consistent with the albums themes of heartbreak, death and dreaming. Far from being selfâ€pitying, A Sleep & A Forgetting powerfully transforms personal unrest into affecting and soulful pop music.
The LP version of A Sleep & A Forgetting comes with a cool and unique hidden track, toward the end of side 2 the album comes to false end with a locking groove of ambient loops. Listeners may then lift the stylus and find a hidden bonus track that closes the LP.1. In A Dream It Seemed Real
2. This Is Not A Song
3. Never Go Solo
4. No Crying
6. Can't Feel My Face
7. Lonely Love
8. Oh Maria
9. Cold Again
10. Don't I Love You
11. Same Thing$19.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now