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AjaRanked 145/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Long argued as one of the (if not THE) best rock recording ever and a permanent fixture on many a demo system in the late '70s and '80s, Aja was the culmination of everything Donald Fagen and Walter Becker aspired to accomplish in their storied careers. It was the first album certified platinum (eventually selling more than 5 million copies in the U.S.) by the then-new RIAA sales tracking system. It made Steely Dan superstars. It contained three ubiquitous U.S. Top 40 singles in Peg, Josie and Deacon Blues, though each of the seven tracks are wonderful.
Steely Dan's meticulously crafted sixth album was Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's stab at becoming mainstream jazz-pop superstars. And thanks to sweet, smart, slippery tracks like Deacon Blues and Peg, they did just that - and won a Grammy for Best Engineered album too.1. Black Cow
3. Deacon Blues
5. Home At Last
6. I Got The News
7. Josie$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
GauchoGaucho, released in 1980, was Steely Dan's last until the release of Two Against Nature twenty years later. The album has all the Steely Dan trademarks: impeccable production, cynical and venemous lyrics and undeniably catchy songs. Babylon Sisters opens the album with silky aplomb and is wonderfully anchored by the classics Hey Nineteen and Time Out Of Mind. Reissued here on Vinyl LP by Universal Records.1. Babylon Sisters
2. Hey Nineteen
3. Glamour Profession
5. Time Out Of Mind
6. My Rival
7. Third World Man$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Takin' It To The Streets (On Sale)Moving away from their brand of Boogie Rock, Takin' It To The Streets introduced Steely Dan's Michael McDonald to the band which resulted in an new direction to these California Pop rockers' sound. More polished, more soulful, funkier and with a varied set of catchy songs, Takin' It To The Streets (1976) meant a new and successful start for the already established Boogie Rock band.
Regarded by many as their most creative period, the late seventies resulted in some great sounding, well balanced and interesting albums of which Takin' It To The Streets was arguably one of the best. Highlights of the album are modern Pop classic Takin' It To The Streets, the funky Rio and the energetic Soul rocker Turn It Loose.1. Wheels Of Fortune
2. Takin' It To The Streets
3. 8th Avenue Shuffle
4. Losin' End
6. For Someone Special
7. It Keeps You Runnin'
8. Turn It Loose
9. Carry Me Away$34.99 $18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
FM Original SoundtrackAppropriately, the soundtrack for the 1978 movie FM feels like a radio play list of the era, collecting songs from Joe Walsh, Randy Meisner, Boz Scaggs, and other '70s radio staples. Steely Dan's title track, Queen's We Will Rock You, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band's Night Moves, Billy Joel's Just The Way You Are, and Boston's More Than a Feeling are some of the highlights from this double-disc set, which also includes tracks from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Foreigner, and Linda Ronstadt, all of whom also appeared in the film. Though FM itself wasn't exactly a box-office smash, its soundtrack is a surprisingly durable and entertaining collection of classic rock that is arguably better than many of the '70s rock compilations available today.
-All Music GuideFM - Steely Dan
Night Moves - Bob Seger
Fly Like an Eagle - Steve Miller
Cold as Ice - Foreigner
Breakdown - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Bad Man - Randy Meisner
Life in the Fast Lane - Eagles
Do It Again - Steely Dan
Lido Shuffle - Boz Scaggs
More Than a Feeling - Boston
Tumbling Dice - Linda Ronstadt
Poor, Poor Pitiful Me - Linda Ronstadt
Livingston Saturday Night - Jimmy Buffett
There's a Place in the World for a Gambler - Dan Fogelberg
Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel
It Keeps You Runnin' - Doobie Brothers
Your Smiling Face - James Taylor
Life's Been Good - Joe Walsh
We Will Rock You - Queen
FM (Reprise) - Steely Dan$16.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Takin' It To The Streets
The Doobie Brothers/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues!
Celebrate 4 Decades Of Their Top Charting 1975 LP
First Time Audiophile Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation
Mastered By Joe Reagoso From The Original Warner Bros. Tapes
1975 was truly a successful and transitional year for the classic rock legends The Doobie
Brothers. After recording a handful of high chart rock masterpieces, they returned to the studio
for the very first time with a new band line-up consisting of Steely Dan alumni Michael McDonald
and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and recorded the classic rock champion Takin' It to the Streets.
Along with originals Tom Johnston, Pat Simmons, Tiran Porter, Keith Knudsen and John
Hartmann, this revitalized chapter of the Doobie franchise became a sensation, as the album's
nine historic tracks prove 40 years after its release.
As with our continuing expansion into The Doobie Brothers catalog, Friday Music is very
proud to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of the Takin' It to the Streets.
This platinum plus rock classic comes with all of the great tunes you remember like the rockin'
LP opener Wheels of Fortune, Tiran Porter's For Someone Special, a trifecta of Michael McDonald
homeruns like It Keeps You Runnin', the souful Losin' End, and their smash hit single Takin' It to
Like our other classic Doobie Brothers releases, this masterwork has been mastered by Joe
Reagoso (Deep Purple/Yes/Alice Cooper) from the original Warner Bros. tapes. As another fine
feature of this limited edition release, we have also included for the first time in decades, the
original gatefold LP cover art.
The Doobie Brothers Takin' It to the Streets Another masterpiece rock classic from The
Doobie Brothers 180 Gram Audiophile Series only at Friday Music
Takin' It to the Streets1. Wheels of Fortune
2. Takin' It to the Streets
3. 8th Avenue Shuffle
4. Losin' End
6. For Someone Special
7. It Keeps You Runnin'
8. Turn It Loose
9. Carry Me Away$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
In 1972 few groups could have had their single nominated as Tony Blackburn's hit-pick while simultaneously being championed by underground DJ John Peel, Manchester pop quartet 10CC did just that. 10CC's music has always been able to be taken on a number of levels, and even though this was the glam era they felt a greater affinity with Americans Steely Dan. Their clever lyrics certainly put them in the Becker-Fagen bracket. The highlights of this long-player are still very much present and correct, so enjoy a return to those glorious vinyl days...1. Johnny, Don't Do It
2. Sand In My Face
4. The Dean And I
5. Headline Hustler
6. Speed Kills
7. Rubber Bullets
8. The Hospital Song
9. Ships Don't Disappear (Do They?)
10. Fresh Air For My Mama$36.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Donald Fagen's (one half of Steely Dan), fourth solo album for Warner Reprise, Sunken Condos, will be released on October 16. His first three solo albums, The Nightfly, Kamakiriad and Morph the Cat comprised the project known as the Nightfly Trilogy. Sunken Condos begins a new chapter in in the creative evolution of this innovative artist, whose career is still going strong after forty years.
The nine tracks on Sunken Condos were co-produced by Michael Leonhart and Donald. All but one track, an Ashkenazi recasting of Isaac Hayes' Out of the Ghetto, are new Fagen originals. Some familiar names from the Steely Dan family of players are on hand (Jon Herington, the Steely Dan horns, Freddie Washington) plus some new faces. The word is that, from now on, everything Donald does has got to be funky.1. Slinky Thing
2. I'm Not the Same Without You
4. Weather in My Head
5. The New Breed
6. Out of the Ghetto (Isaac Hayes cover)
7. Miss Marlene
8. Good Stuff
9. Planet D'Rhonda$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
It's Like ThisThis lovely set of intimately arranged and meticulously recorded covers, originally issued in 2000, is precisely the kind of semi-obscure album in need of a quality all-analog reissueThe superbly natural sound produced by this record is what spending big bucks on an audio system is all about. Set the volume appropriately and Ms. Jones'll draw you into the studio for a personal song recitalThis is one to savor. Music = 9/11; Sound = 10/11 Michael Fremer, www.musicangle.com
this effort from 2000 shows Jones conjuring such magic with the material that she deserves as much attention for reworking standards as do Carly Simon or Linda Ronstadt. Kicking off with Steely Dan's 'Show Biz Kids,' and with appearances by Joe Jackson and Ben Folds, among the highpoints is the Beatles' 'For No One' that ranks as among the finest Beatles cover ever. And considering that they number in the tens of thousands, that's about as high as praise gets. Recording = 5/5; Performances = 5/5 Album of the Month Ken Kessler, Hi-Fi News, April 2008
The Rickie Lee Jones 45rpm is AWESOME UNREAL AMAZING!!! I have to get a backup copy. I'll play this one to death. Danny Kaey, Positive-Feedback Online
Not since Billie Holiday has there been a vocalist who so completely transforms a song into her own. On It's Like This, eclectic folkie Rickie Lee Jones envelops standards, showtunes, '70s soul, and even slick jazz-rock, interpreting them with her familiar childlike, breathy shouts. In a very similar vein as 1991's Pop Pop, Jones pulls together a collection of diverse songs from throughout the 20th century and gives them a sparse, fragile spin, kind of like Diana Krall and Bjork sharing coffee at an all-night diner. Produced by Bruce Brody (who has also worked with Maria McKee and Bette Midler), this album is really a showcase for the dynamic vocalist - her voice pitching and yawing like a sloop far out at sea. Several notable artists scatter themselves unobtrusively throughout the album like Joe Jackson, Ben Folds, John Pizzarelli, and Taj Mahal; each lend a subtle bass line or harmony vocal, cautiously not stepping on any of Jones' delicate lines.1. Show Biz Kids
2. Trouble Man
3. For No One
5. Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
6. On The Street Where You Live
7. I Can't Get Started
8. Up A Lazy River
9. Someone To Watch Over Me
11. One Hand, One Heart$54.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Impeccably Mastered By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios And At Capitol Mastering
Known for their ability of churning out hit songs, top charting albums and sell-out shows across the globe, The Doobie Brothers continue to be a force in the music business garnering them success now for over four decades.
1975 was a banner year for the band as they took their Bay Area soul and rock driven sounds to a further dimension thanks to the hits on their fifth smash LP Stampede. Produced by Ted Templeman, this platinum event would go on to become one of the most successful albums by The Doobie Brothers as the LP gave them a huge number one single with the Motown classic Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While).
Fronted by the triple lead guitar force of Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons, & newest addition Steely Dan's Jeff "Skunk Baxter. plus Tiran Porter on bass, and the dual drummers John Hartman and the late great Keith Knudsen, The Doobie Brothers continued their trek to the top of the music charts. Stampede went deeper with album radio thanks to more amazing hits like the rockers Sweet Maxine and the tour de force guitar workout on Neal's Fandango.
Friday Music is proud once again to offer another installment in our ever popular Doobie Brothers 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with their masterpiece Stampede. Impeccably mastered by Joe Reagoso (Doobie Brothers/Michael McDonald/Boz Scaggs) at Friday Music Studios and at Capitol Mastering, Stampede sounds incredibly rockin' and soulful as you remember it.1. Sweet Maxine
2. Neal's Fandango
3. Texas Lullaby
4. Music Man
5. Slat Key Soquel Rag
6. Take Me In Your Arms
7. I Cheat The Hangman
9. Rainy Day Crossroad Blues
10. I Been Workin' On You
11. Double Dealin' Four Flusher$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Wild Things Run FastWild Things Run Fast is Joni Mitchell's eleventh studio release and her first for Geffen Records. Released in 1982, it represents her departure from jazz to a more '80s pop sound. The more rhythmic nature of the music on this album was influenced by Steely Dan, Talking Heads and The Police. Featured artists include Wayne Shorter, James Taylor and Lionel Richie. Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analogue master tapes.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Chinese Cafe/Unchained Melody
2. Wild Things Run Fast
3. Ladies Man
4. Moon At The Window
5. Solid Love
6. Be Cool
7. (You're So Square) Baby, I Don't Care
8. You Dream Flat Tires
9. Man To Man
10. Underneath The Streetlight
11. Love$59.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
How Do You DoOn How Do You Do, Mayer Hawthorne's first major label effort for Universal Republic Records, the singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist proves that he is not part of the retro soul trend. The classic motown sound that provided the blueprint for his self-produced independent debut, A Strange Arrangement, remains but is joined on How Do You Do by music reminiscent of late 1960's California pop and the best work from the likes of Steely Dan and Chicago.1. Get To Know You
2. A Long Time
3. Can't Stop (feat. Snoop Dogg)
5. The Walk
6. Finally Falling
8. Stick Around
9. The News
10. You Called Me
11. You're Not Ready
12. No Strings$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
High, Low And In BetweenHigh, Low And In Between was Townes Van Zandt's fifth album, originally released by Poppy Records in the fall of 1971. It was a release that saw Townes becoming the songwriter revered today. An album full of brilliant original material including "You Are Not Needed Now," Blue Ridge Mountains," and "To Live Is To Fly," it opened eyes and ears to his abilities. His backing band included folks like Larry Carlton-who would play on Joni Mitchell's Court & Spark, accompany Steely Dan on The Royal Scam (playing that solo we all know and love on "Kid Charlemagne"), and who was a member of Jazz's elite Crusaders.
High, Low And In Between is-in the end-a classic Townes Van Zandt album. And one that should be reexamined. This gloriously remastered edition comes with liner notes from award-wining scribe Colin Escott, as well as on 180-gram vinyl-with the first 1,000 pressed on orange colored stock. (Future pressings will be on standard black vinyl).1 Two Hands
2 You are Not Needed Now
3 Greensboro Woman
4 Highway Kind
6 No Deal
7 To Live Is To Fly
8 When He Offers His Hand
9 Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold
10 Blue Ridge Mountains
11 High, Low and In Between$22.99180 Gram Audiogram Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
John Locke's jazzy electric piano-playing on this album hints at Steely Dan who 'crossed over' with a similar sound a few short years later. Other performers include Jay Ferguson (vocals), Randy California (guitar), Mark Andes (bass) and Ed 'Cass' Cassidy (drums).1. Dark Eyed Woman
2. Apple Orchard
3. So Little Time to Fly
4. Ground Hog
5. Cold Wind
6. Policeman's Ball
8. Give a Life, Take a Life
9. I'm Truckin'
12. New Dope in Town$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
AjaAja is the second in a trilogy of releases from Toronto art rock quartet The Darcys. An interpretation of Steely Dans 1977 studio masterpiece, the album was arranged, produced and recorded by the band during the Summer and Fall of 2010. Moody, dense and textured, Aja is an exploration of physical and emotional space and the real and imaginary divisions within it.1. Black Cow
3. Deacon Blues
5. Home at Last
6. I Got the News
7. Josie$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
TotoToto was founded in 1977 by some of the most experienced session musicians of that time.
The members of Toto were regulars on albums by Steely Dan, Seals and Crofts, Boz Scaggs, Sonny and Cher, and many others, contributing to many of the most popular records of the 1970s.
The band enjoyed great commercial success in the late 1970s and 1980s, starting with the band's self-titled debut released in 1978.
It includes the hit singles 'Hold the Line', 'I'll Supply the Love' and 'Georgy Porgy' and the album gained a reputation when released for its characteristic sound, mixing soft pop with both synth and hard rock elements.
The band still has a good reputation as selling out arenas all over the world proves.
Music on Vinyl now rereleases this classic album on 180-grams vinyl.1. Child's Anthem (2:45)
2. I'll Supply The Love (3:45)
3. Georgy Porgy (4:08)
4. Manuela Run (3:55)
5. You Are The Flower (4:17)
1. Girl Goodbye (6:14)
2. Takin' It Back (3:46)
3. Rockmaker (3:19)
4. Hold The Line (3:56)
5. Angela (4:44)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Toto XIVTOTO XIV is the band s first album of new material since 2006 s Falling In Between. However, the band personally considers the new album to be the true follow-up to TOTO IV, which made the band global superstars. The album is a realized vision three plus decades in the making, exhibiting world-class musicianship, masterful arrangements, topical lyrical commentary, and melodies that the collective genius of Lukather, Paich, Porcaro, Williams and their assembled band-mates bring to life. The band s current line-up includes original members Steve Lukather, David Paich and Steve Porcaro and sees the return to the fold of original bass player, David Hungate. Joseph Williams (singer on The Seventh One and Fahrenheit ) returns to handle lead vocals, while Keith Carlock (Steely Dan, Sting) now sits behind the drumkit.1. Running Out Of Time
3. Holy War
4. 21st Century Blues
6. Unknown Soldier (For Jeffrey)
7. The Little Things
9. All The Tears That Shine
11. Great Expectations$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Time Takes Time (On Sale)
First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl First Time Vinyl In North America
Impeccably Mastered By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music & Capitol Records
Manufactured On Limited Edition Translucent Green Vinyl At R.T.I.
First Time Gatefold Cover
Often considered one of his finest albums since the classic Ringo Lp from 1973, Time Takes Time would become one of the Ringo Starr's most loved works and one of the finer rock recordings of 1992. Featuring the hit single Weight Of The World, Time Takes Time would be the centerpiece of this Beatle's highly successful All Starr Band tour later that year and beyond.
Whenever the legendary Ringo Starr makes a record, there's always a little help from his superstar friends like producers Jeff Lynne, Don Was, Peter Asher and the late Phil Ramone, who all contributed their studio expertise into making Time Takes Time the stellar work that it is.
Along with musicians the caliber of The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, the late great Harry Nilsson, Steely Dan's Jeff Baxter, and alternate rockers Jellyfish, Time Takes Time would soon become one of the more important albums of the year. While the hit single Weight Of The World became a Ringo Starr fan favorite immediately upon its release, more classics abounded as the rockin' Jeff Lynne produced classic Don't Go Where The Road Don't Go truly shines.
More heartfelt classics like All In The Name Of Love and the magical Don't Know A Thing About Love (penned by Heartbreaker Stan Lynch), as well as The Posie's Golden Blunders truly made this a wonderful listen from start to finish. As CD's were the format of choice in 1992, this fine recording was only released for a short time only in most parts of the world until now ..
Friday Music is very honored to announce the first time North American vinyl release of the Ringo Starr classic Time Takes Time. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA, this amazing Lp also receives a first time 180 Gram Audiophile Translucent Green Vinyl release. Pressed at R.T.I., for a limited time, this super fine Ringo Starr album will also be housed in a first time gatefold cover which includes rare photos and lyrics not seen in years.1. Weight Of The World
2. Don't Know A Thing About Love
3. Don't Go Where The Road Don't Go
4. Golden Blunders
5. All In The Name Of Love
6. After All These Years
7. I Don't Believe You
9. In A Heart Beat
10. What Goes Around$32.99 $26.06180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Transmissions Session 2009Six tracks recorded at the Village Recorder in Los Angeles (a classic studio used by Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Supertramp, Steely Dan and many more) for a MySpace promotion. MySpace will only have five of these tracks for their give-away, and otherwise vinyl is the only place to find these versions!
Features four re-recordings of tracks from the Hombre Lobo album plus a track from 1996's Beautiful Freak album, and a Bob Dylan cover (Girl From The North Country).1. In My Dreams
2. Tremendous Dynamite
3. That Look You Give That Guy
4. My Beloved Monster
5. The Longing
6. Girl From The North Country$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDI-LIT-9815xHeidecker And Wood
Starting From NowhereStarting From Nowhere is the debut release from Tim Heidecker and Davin Wood (of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!). Their recordings here evoke the sounds of the 70's groups such as Steely Dan, The Eagles and Jackson Browne, brought to life with spot-on authenticity by Wood and Heidecker's strange mix of humor and sincerity.1. Cross Country Skiing
2. Right or Wrong
3. Grandest Canyon
4. Wedding Song
5. Desert Island
6. Life on the Road
8. A Song for My Father
9. Right to the Minute
10. She Left You
11. Million People$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
52nd StreetAfter the massive success of The Stranger, Joel hit back with 52nd Street (1978) - further building on his unique sound and songwriting formula that brought him to the top of the charts. Working again with producer Phil Ramone, Billy jazzed up his act and even gets some Steely Dan influences in there on songs like "Zanzibar". Ramone's slick producing style also fits the melodrama and uplifting effect of Joels music, derived from Broadway theater. Always a craftsman in his own right, the melodies Billy churned out on 52nd Street remain some of the best he ever wrote.1. Big Shot
3. My Life
6. Rosalinda's Eyes
7. Half A Mile Away
8. Until The Night
9. 52nd Street$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lay Me DownAnalogue Productions proudly brings you Lay Me Down, alternative rock /folk / pop diva Nancy Bryans stunning debut album of original songs touching on a variety of emotions from apocalyptic visions and the struggle of the inner soul to sensitively spun tales of love spinning out of control.
Nancy has been likened to Joni Mitchell and Sarah McLachlan but with an edge. Lay Me Down features an all-star group of musicians including producer /guitarist John Koenig, bassists Dan Schwartz (Tuesday Music Club, Linda Perry, Sheryl Crow and more), Jimmy Johnson (James Taylor and more) and Jerry Scheff (Elvis Costello, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley and more), drummers Burleigh Drummond (Ambrosia) and Peter Erskine (Weather Report, Steely Dan and more) and songwriter, acoustic guitarist and vocalist John Bryan.
Nancy Bryan has a crystalline soprano and a mournful songwriting sensibility, highlighted by one of the most dynamic and timbrally pure recordings I've heard in a long time...the disc sounds naturally ambient, crisp and articulate.
-- Wes Phillips, Stereophile1. Blood Song
2. Lay Me Down
3. Long Way Home
4. I'll Be Waiting
5. Come Back To Me
6. Sweet Havana
8. My Love Is A Message
9. Falling Stars
10. In And Out Of Time$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-SUI-6512xMinus The Bear
Planet of IceRemastered By Bernie Grundman
Following the success of Highly Refined Pirates' forward-thinking guitar gymnastics and Menos El Oso's groundbreaking glitch rock, Seattle's premier pop revisionists Minus The Bear dug into some of rock music's most ostentatious years for inspiration for their 2007 album, Planet of Ice. The title alone conjures images of Yes's Relayer album art, and the influence of the elder statesmen's symphonic scope can be felt throughout Planet of Ice's lush and intricate arrangements. You can also hear the band channel the ominous instrumental interplay of Lamb-era Genesis on Dr. L'Ling, the deceptively savvy musicianship and pristine production of Steely Dan on White Mystery, and the tightrope walk between ethereal space and pre-metal riffage of Pink Floyd's Echoes on Lotus. Not that Minus The Bear completely abandoned their earlier style?elements of Menos El Oso's sample-driven technique can be heard on the lead single Knights. But the heart of the song ultimately belongs to the haunting Fripp-esque guitar lines spliced between verses. After being out of print on record since 2010, Suicide Squeeze is proud to reintroduce Planet of Ice's creative marriage of classic motifs and modern musical wizardry with a vinyl remaster courtesy of Bernie Grundman.1. Burying Luck
2. Ice Monster
4. White Mystery
5. Dr. L'Ling
6. Part 2
7. Throwin' Shapes
8. When We Escape
9. Double Vision Quest
10. Lotus$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Another OneLike the days of Steely Dan or Harry Nilsson releasing a classic album every year (or less) comes Mac DeMarco's Another One, a Mini-LP announced one year after the release of the meteorically successful Salad Days. Written and recorded during the downtime between a relentless touring schedule, Another One is an eight-track release that expands the arsenal of Mac's already impressive catalog, showing the maturity of Mac's progression as songwriter: it's a bit more refined, a bit more sophisticated, but nonetheless retains the guts and soul of classic Mac. Despite working at the same pace as artists like Creedence and The Rolling Stones, coupled with an equally unending schedule of touring and press, it's odd that Mac is labeled as a slacker. With two full-lengths and two EPs released and hundreds of sold out shows performed in the last several years, a recent late night television debut on Conan following a special performance on The Eric Andre Show, it seems, as Mac nears his 25th birthday, there's not a slack bone in the man's body. Great songwriters don't need to reinvent themselves; they just need to keep going and let the songs out in the world. Thus, here's Another One.1. The Way You'd Love Her
2. Another One
3. No Other Heart
4. Just To Put Me Down
5. A Heart Like Hers
6. I've Been Waiting for Her
7. Without Me
8. My House By The Water$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
New Masses For Squaw PeakNew Masses for Squaw Peak gifts unto us bold, surprising new textures and denser, cheekier ideas and themes. Its packed tight with style: gauze-flange experimentation; jazz-chord death-pop; shifty proto-prog; historical and personal mythologies weaved through its passages. Yet, claustrophobic it is not. New Masses for Squaw Peak is as wide-open of a landscape as its title may suggest. It is also a well-traveled collection of songs: laid to tape in the belly of an abandon Philadelphia textile factory; run through three mixing boards by three separate sets of hands; and ultimately sculpted into its final form by the gentlemen to conjured it in the first place. And oh joy, what conjuring.
Mystics Pharaohs (Masc. Pharaohs) begins with a big, fat wink to Enos Here Come the Warm Jets (a hallmark of Squaw Peak) before descending into its own purply blackhole of dark, dissonant whitefunk. A metallic sonic fog allows guitar stabs and squalls, and the pings of ringleader Nathan Pembertons vocal calls, to hit you twice then thrice, then unravel out into the cosmos. All players here (multi-instrumentalists Josh Martin and Brian Forfa; and drummer John Frank) are using both sides of the brain at every turn, the instinctual, tribal rhythm with which we are born and the semi-learned, nervy way we manipulate that instinct. The instinct that tells us to stay and play inside our comfort zone, and the secret instinct to see what lies just beyond its boundary. Cor-Du-Roi, another standout, is almost perpendicular to Mystics Pharoahs with its shambling, assured pace and melodies all tinny and distant. Its a risky number for Holiday Shores in its maturity and subtle composition. It also just might be their most inspired, beautiful piece to date. We find this kind of maturity and patience again with deep-cut Coming to Shores, an ambient-pop sci-fi wash that almost falls into the new classical phylum.
Pemberton and Martin prove time and again that they share more than just a keyboard table in the live setting; they share an endlessly searching, creative brain. Pembertons jazz keyboards are often interlocked with Martins plinkety-plankety lyrical guitar. On Shadie Spun Gold and in other spots, like pulsing leadoff track Airglow their separately played parts are hocketed to create the larger melody, with notes falling just left of where Steely Dan might drop them (which sounds awesome). Holiday Shores might be prog-rock in the way that Ariel Pink might be prog-rock. Its shape-shifting pop songcraft that will slip from your fingers like a sea cucumber the very second you think you have hold.1. Airglow
2. We Couldn't Be Together
3. Threepeat Got Old
4. Ocotillo Dripping
6. Squaw Peak
7. Mystic Pharaohs (Mas Pharaohs)
8. Coming To Shores
10. New Masses
12. Shadie Spun Gold$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now