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DisciplineJanet Jackson describes her new album Discipline this way; It's the idea that unifies the songs on this record. As a concept, and even a lifestyle, discipline goes extremely deep. It can be applied to so much about ourselves. In my case, I see it as one of defining aspects of my character. Discipline was there for me from the start. But it was not until this record that I began to understand its full meaning. In putting Discipline out front as both the title of the album and title of a song about sexual surrender I wanted to announce that I was venturing into new creative waters. That meant working with producers like Jermaine Dupri, Rodney Jerkins and Ne-Yo, whose songs spoke to the immediacy of my emotions. Like all my records, this one, whether intentional or not, has autobiographical roots. It's difficult for me to work any other way. I don't feel it, if I don't believe it, I can't sing it. So Discipline, as a storyline, begins in my childhood which someone could see as a classic study in discipline. Discipline was part of a family culture that I absorbed. I was born with it. I also believe that discipline has given me the confidence to jump out of the nest. When L.A. Reid, Chairman of Island Def Jam, and I discussed co-executive producing this record, we both agreed that the feeling had to adventuresome and fresh. I was interested in exploring musical scenarios, some exotic, many erotic, but all deeply emotional. I wanted to push the envelope. And I'm glad that Discipline, both as a song and an album, does just that.1. I.D.
6. Bathroom Break
7. Rock With U
9. Can't B Good
10. 4 Words
11. Never Letchu Go
12. Truth Or Dare
13. Greatest X
14. Good Morning Janet
15. So Much Betta
16. Play Selection
17. The 1
18. What's Ur Name
19. The Meaning
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Surrender The Silence (On Sale)Blue Colored Vinyl
Limited To 500
Lacquers Cut By Bob Weston At Chicago Mastering Service
David Feldstein is a Chicago-born recording artist currently based in Atlanta. He came into adulthood during the burgeoning 1990's Chicago music scene. For over twenty years, David has sought to record and release an album of music that represents the sounds which surrounded him during this period. Also influenced by artists like Stereolab, My Bloody Valentine and legendary recording artist Neil Young, David brings together many different aspects of instrumentation. Surrender The Silence is David making his mark on the world. This debut album is an effort filled with swirling guitars, some overdriven with distortion and some with a folksy twist. Thoughtfully complimenting each other in a genre which might be best described as Folk-tronica. These riffs and tones have been swirling around in his mind for over 20 years and finally are available for you to own and enjoy. This vinyl release is pressed with full-color jackets, labels and inner-sleeves.1. I Melt With You
2. The Pit of Me
3. Gravy Train
4. Grand Inspiration
5. Bitter Shame
6. Surrender The Silence
7. Chicago, 1994
8. On The Road For Years
9. Epilogue$15.00 $10.50 Save $4.50 (30%)Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
This Could Be A PossibilityThis Could Be a Possibility is the debut studio album by American pop punk band Valencia, originally released in October 2005.1. The Space Between
2. Que Sera Sera
3. What Are You Doing, Man? That's Weird!
4. Tenth Street
5. The Closest I Am To Living Life On The Edge
6. Will We Ever Know How?
7. Eagle Mount Drive
8. 3000 Miles
9. Backs Against The Wall
10. Away We Go$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SurrenderThe Chemical Brothers' first seven studio albums will again be available in the U.S. Each comes repackaged in the
original sleeve artwork that the first pressings came in. Audio has been cut from the original lacquers directly from
the studio of the original engineer, Mike Marsh, and fully approved by The Chemical Brothers' Ed Simons and Tom
2.Under The Influence
3.Out Of Control
5.Let Forever Be
1.The Sunshine Underground
2.Asleep From Day
4.Hey Boy Hey Girl
6.Dream On$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Complete SurrenderA giant musical leap forward from 2011's Paradise, 'Complete Surrender', produced by Colin Elliot (Richard Hawley), is an exquisite collection of soulful, sophisticated pop songs with influences ranging from Frankie Valli and Marvin Gaye to Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. From the opening track, the wonderful melancholia of "Tears of Joy" to the sweeping strings and galloping beat of "Complete Surrender" to the brassy and hook-laden "Suffering Me, Suffering You" this is the sound of a band coming into their own and creating an album brimming with confidence, skill and managing, throughout, to harness both the spirit of their influences and their constant desire to experiment.1. Tears of Joy
2. Everything Is New
3. Suffering You, Suffering Me
4. Not Mine to Love
5. The Pieces
6. Number One
7. The Queen's Nose
8. Complete Surrender
9. Paraguay and Panama
10. Dependable People and Things That I'm Sure Of
11. Wanderer Wandering$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Perpetual SurrenderDIANA are an enigmatic foursome from Toronto, where they must be putting something in the water with the
number of great bands hailing from there. Consisting of Joseph Shabason, Kieran and singer Carmen Elle, with Paul Mathew recently joining the live line up, Shabason and Adams met while studying jazz at music college where they played extensively together. Having lent their skills (saxophone and drums, respectively) to many bands,including Bonjay, The Hidden Cameras and Shabason's recent contributions to Destroyer's excellent Kaputt, it was a leap of faith to make their own full-length. But the time had come.
After a songwriting sabbatical in the Canadian countryside, Shabason and Adams went into the studio with engineer and co-producer Roger Leavens. They asked Toronto musician and vocalist Carmen Elle to sing on a track, as both Kieran and Joseph knew her from her work with other bands such as the much feted but short-lived Spiral Beach, all of whose members have since gone on to play in various successful Canadian bands from Austra to Doldrums. The pair thought her voice might add something special, this turned out to be a huge understatement. Even though Shabason and Adams wrote the songs, the lyrics and melodies belonged to Elle the moment they escaped her mouth, each nuance of phrasing and melody deepening the sentiments. With this last dazzling piece of the puzzle in place, DIANA was born.
Right from the first note we're reeled into DIANA's intimate world, with the dense, ambient swell that begins album opener 'Foreign Installation'. A heady mix of drums, electric guitar and lush production, all sewn together and lifted by Carmen's soothing vocal, their sound is addictive from the off. The pace is picked up with 'That Feeling', the detached refrain We were blind to all the ways we sat and watched it fade away echoing through a mist of synths layered over insistent drums and bass. It is future music with an undeniable pop sensibility,
though never overwhelming, the glossy yet sparse production always leaving just enough room for the
Album highlight 'Perpetual Surrender' boasts an impressive travelling bassline, with Carmen's gorgeous vocal repeating "I need saving from myself" over blown beats and perhaps the year's best indie sax solo, all coming together to create well over four minutes of eerie, blissed-out ambience.
Though there are glances to music past and kinship with music present, there is a progressive and contemporary feel to the record. DIANA comparisons traverse eras and genres; from the soft-focus soft rock and pop of Roxy Music to the dreamy production of jj and Chromatics, topped off with the Balearic disco swirl of Studio. While referencing so many, Carmen's unique vocal brings them their own voice. For DIANA, the point is to push things forward, summed up with the embryonic bliss of instrumental closer 'Curtains', a startling piece of atmospheric
production that stays with you long after the last sound has echoed into the ether.1. Foreign Installation
2. That Feeling
3. Perpetual Surrender
4. Strange Attraction
6. Born Again
7. New House
8. Curtains$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
When Will We SurrenderHopeless Records will re-release of Hundredth's entire catalog. This includes the band's two full-length albums, When Will We Surrender and Let Go, on vinyl.1. Catalysts
13. Shine$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Terms Of My SurrenderJohn Hiatt adds another chapter to his storied career with the release of Terms Of My Surrender. Produced by longtime collaborator and Combo member, Doug Lancio, Terms of My Surrender is rooted in the blues. It adds an exciting dynamic to one of America's finest singer-songwriters.
Hiatt and his band, The Combo, have gained a reputation for captivating crowds at their live shows as The Tennessean depicts: He prowls the stage, delivering the bluesy stuff in a whiskey-burn howl, shouting the rock stuff and fronting a formidable band that can turn on a dime, from ballads to bombast. John Hiatt's career as a performer and songwriter has spanned more than 30 years and everyone from Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, BB King, Bonnie Raitt and Iggy Pop has covered his work.
1. Long Time Comin'
2. Face Of God
4. Wind Don't Have To Hurry
5. Nobody Knew His Name
6. Baby's Gonna Kick
7. Nothin' I Love
8. Terms Of My Surrender
9. Here To Stay
10. Old People$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Love Devotion SurrenderThese two virtuoso guitarists were coming from different musical worlds when they came together for this unique 1972 project. What they shared, besides the instrument they'd mastered, was profound spirituality; both had taken inspiration from the music of John Coltrane. The core of Love Devotion Surrender is made up of the three magnificent extended guitar jams including Coltrane's A Love Supreme which borders on spiritual ecstasy. To hear Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin trading licks and then coming together is a guitar fan's dream come true and while the guitar playing is absolutely stunning in its virtuosity here, the music never loses its focus or its soul.1. A Love Supreme
3. The Life Divine
4. Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord
5. Meditation$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Freedom & SurrenderFreedom and Surrender
The circuitous dance between the beginning and the end.
Something amazing and terrifying happened to me as I entered into my 30s. I realized that I had run far off the course of my scripted plans, my projections for who I'd be, what I'd be doing, and how it would feel at this point. Then, the realization the mapped trail couldn't be recovered. A hound without a hunt, I was captured by unfamiliar woods far from earshot of the original game and players. Untethered by marriage with a scrap pile of maternal designs that never took root, I found myself forced, thank goodness, to let go.
The pageantry of over-identifying with past experiences and old ideals had ended. In review, I found that life's unfolding had exceeded my most elaborate visions while other hopes had slipped into ruin in the clasp of my determined hands. Meanwhile, a new meekness and curiosity made all of my experiences sacred and overwhelming, something akin to a reverent depression. Desire was quieted in my heart, and I was uneasy in the cool of my newness, wondering what I really wanted to do next.
When the label suggested that I consider working with Larry Klein, my entire focus shifted with a warm shrug, Why not? He's produced some of my favorite records. Within a few conversations I had found plenty of reasons to trust the voice on the other end of the line. I knew that I was respected for my potential and achievements, and he wasn't new to dealing with strong women. Another shrug, Why not? I had plenty to sing about now, a heart cracked open by disappointment, a will broken by the truth. I was ready for a new project, the kind of baby that I knew how to make.
It was suggested to me initially that I make a record of covers. It was the very moment my hard head became bent on writing my way out of my valley, no matter how hard or long I'd have to work for it. I'd count my steps and tell stories until I met the ridge line without borrowing anyone else's view. This was not my hour to cover, but to uncover, and hopefully, the reveal would be worth something. I trembled in the wait for my own revelation.
I scurried around the country (Nashville, New York and LA) to have collaborative conversations with old and new friends. I remembered how to just sit with people and talk, even though I was on a schedule and budget. We all spoke like we were on Grandma's porch, but the work got done. To my delighted surprise, much of this record was written with Larry himself.
My average day of preproduction with him looked like: A sunrise run and swim at Santa Monica pier, showing up to his studio sandy, salty, and red faced, talking through beautiful rambles with him and David Batteau while high on espresso. Then we'd get snagged by a soulful riff from Larry's acoustic bass guitar as he noodled along (seemingly) aimlessly. Often a story would present a hook and we'd return the next day with responses. This felt like an old and dignified pace of work, but also kind of risky. However, I looked up after a few months of these weeklong neighborly sits and real songs were following us, a train getting longer, each car intact and connected as we rolled on.
In the evenings I listened to demos of the budding songs on my phone as the sun set over the Pacific. I could see them, unmade movies. The tide of communion would pull back and the shining pieces left could be made into anything. This is when I knew that I had, in these mosaic sessions, stumbled upon a new page of my life.
I remembered the feeling of being found. One of the most moving songs from it's inception was, Somewhere Down the Mystic. Playing on the simple wonders of my rustic Appalachian life, we imagined a love lost to death and the feeling of it's lasting warmth, a nod to love's reach across life's threshold.
Months later, on February 20th, I had a near death experience, sliding across 300 yards of ice coated mountain curve. I softened my body and rested my hands in my lap. The heavy car floated silently towards a 75 foot ravine that ended with a wide band of frozen creek. Ok was the only thing I could get out in a sigh. I was stopped by a young bellwood tree that grew out of the bank like a hook. I slowed my breathing and meditated in suspension. About 20 minutes later, a young neighbor pulled the door open, reaching in with a strong arm to guide my climb out. Now when I sing the chorus, I see the gracious hole and the sweet sapling that grows over it. It threw me back, a fish returned to the river with a cut lip.
The pink bells of the tree can be seen on my homepage, and I want to keep such simple things close from now on. Why not? They were strong enough to save me. In surrender I experience freedom. The gift of an end is a beginning. I greet the sun with the only reason I've ever needed, why not?
-Lizz Wright1. Freedom
2. The Game
3. The New Game
4. Lean In
5. Right Where You Are
6. River Man
7. Somewhere Down The Mystic
8. Real Life Painting
9. To Love Somebody
10. Here And Now
12. Blessed The Brave
13. Surrender$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Love Devotion Surrender (Speakers Corner)
For some, Love Devotion Surrender is an album where, exceptionally, John McLaughlin plays the piano and organist Jan Hammer plays the drums. For others, it is the most spiritual album ever by Carlos Santana. And though both disciples were shown the way and inspired by the same guru (Sri Chinmoy) at one and the same time, this album is filled with the spirit of John Coltrane. In order to communicate their differing understanding and interpretation of Trane's music, the two musicians formed a 'project band' made up of members of Santana's ensemble and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. In their performance of Love Supreme, Santana's somewhat dragging melody-maker role amalgamates with McLaughlin's high-speed staccato to a viscous drive. This approach functions just as well in slow motion: Coltrane's miniature, slow composition Naima is performed in a flowing and inspired manner by the duo on their acoustic guitars.
The arrangements carry Santana's hallmark: the occasionally somewhat intellectual but certainly not long-pondered-over sound is enhanced by the sound of agitated congo beats and the chanted vocals are heard as if from afar. By the time fans of Santana's major albums have got to the expansive gospel song Let Us Go Into The House, they will have rediscovered their Carlos and his timeless solos once again. It is apparent that love and devotion are by no means just memorials of a time gone by but a surrender to oneself in its most perfect form.
- Mahavishnu John McLaughlin (guitar, piano)
- Carlos Santana (guitar)
- Larry Young (organ)
- Doug Rauch (bass)
- Armando Peraza (conga)
- Billy Cobham, Don Alias, Jan Hammer, Mike Shrieve (drums)
Recording: 1973 by Glen Kolotkin
Production: Mahavishnu John McLaughlin & Carlos Santana
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. A Love Supreme
3. The Life Divine
4. Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord
5. Meditation$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Start Somewhere Never Surrender (Discontinued) (On Sale)War Generation is a new band, but are far from new. It features singer/frontman Jon Bunch (Sense Field, Further Seems Forever, Reason To Believe), a seasoned veteran with years of experience who has resurfaced and has started an amazing new band.
His signature voice and sound is largely responsible for the melodic hardcore/post hardcore Southern California sound. Jon has teamed up with songwriter Brad Lehman of Maylene and the Sons of Disaster and the dudes from IGNITE, and the outcome does not disappoint. The sound is a perfect blend of melodic hardcore and rock, not unlike RISE AGAINST, FURTHER SEEMS FOREVER and AFI.
We should consider ourselves lucky that opportunities arise like this. These guys are
underground legends that still have the passion and conviction to write incredible music and tour. Obviously, they're not in it for the money but for the love of music and the art. Rise Records is proud and honored to release the debut WAR GENERATION album. Cheers to this album and hopefully many more.
This title is not eligible for further discount.1. Nobody
2. Done and Gone
3. Keeping Quiet
4. Hardcore Love
5. Wake Up
6. Scratch to Survive
7. Collateral Damage
8.Do It Yourself
9. Red Hand
10. War Generation
11. Hybrid Moments$14.99 $10.49 Save $4.50 (30%)Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Let GoHopeless Records will re-release of Hundredth's entire catalog. This includes the band's two full-length albums, When Will We Surrender and Let Go, on vinyl.1. Let Go
2. Weathered Town
3. Live Today
4. We Can Take Them All
5. Carry On
7. Remain & Sustain
8. Monumental Pt. I
9. Monumental Pt. II
10. I Hold The Key
13. Hurt$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Avalanche United"This band has a nervous energy, an urgency that each of us feel every second of our lives, and this album captures that. We're brothers, we're family. The music we make together binds us together and gets us through all the hard times, together. I feel like all five of us will be able walk with less weight on our shoulders now that we've finished this album after years of writing and recording. And now it's time to perform these songs everywhere, alongside some of my best friends." - Vinnie Caruana
AVALANCHE UNITED is the album I Am the Avalanche and their fans have been waiting on for over six years. The title "AVALANCHE UNITED" also embodies the resilient spirit of this band, and their deep bonds with their families, friends and fans who have supported and sustained I Am The Avalanche through thick and thin.
Vinnie Caruana (vocals), Brandon Swanson (guitar), Michael Ireland (guitar), Brett "The Ratt" Romnes (drums) and Kellen Robson (bass) formed I Am the Avalanche in the fall of 2004 and quickly released their debut self-titled album in 2005. Over the course of the next two years IATA toured the world relentlessly in support of this album, which quickly became a cult favorite among fans and the band's peers. Prior to forming IATA, Caruana had fronted the beloved and influential band The Movielife. His popularity as one of the most respected singers in the punk rock community helped the word spread quickly about his new band's incredible live shows. Before long IATA had established their own intensely dedicated following around the globe.
In 2006, IATA began writing and demoing new music for their follow-up album, and while the band continued to play rare performances and tour briefly over the next several years, they also came to the realization that they wanted and needed to return to their DIY roots and start anew. Self-managed, self-booked and almost completely on their own at that stage, the members of IATA became laser-focused on writing the best album of their careers.
Thus, six years after the release of their debut album, IATA returned to the studio to record their second: AVALANCHE UNITED. Set for release on I Surrender Records, and produced by the band, and executive produced and engineered by their prolific drummer Brett "The Ratt" Romnes and mixed by Machine (Fall Out Boy, Every Time I Die, Four Year Strong), AVALANCHE UNITED is addictively melodic and blisteringly raw to its very core. Featuring 12 anthemic songs and absolutely zero filler, the album includes "Brooklyn Dodgers," the defiant "Holy Fuck", the epic and somber "Dead Friends" and "The Gravedigger's Argument," featuring Anthony Raneri from Bayside. Throughout, Caruana's distinctive voice drips with defiance, humor and proud vulnerability as he sings about hope, heartbreak, death, defying adversity and the bonds between family, lovers and friends.
And just seconds into first listening to AVALANCHE UNITED, it'll be immediately clear that I Am the Avalanche are back with one of punk's most powerful albums in years, unbroken and unbowed.1. Holy Fuck
2. Brooklyn Dodgers
4. I'll Be Back Around
5. Is This Really Happening?
6. This One's On Me
7. Dead Friends
8. You've Got Spiders
9. The Gravedigger's Argument
10. Casey's Song
11. The Place You Love Is Gone
12. Gratitude$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rise Or Die Trying (Awaiting Repress)Worcester, Massachusetts. 8 pm. Those who have their hearts set on a Sunday night bingo game or knitting circle at the Quinsigamond Village Community Center will walk away sorely disappointed. Instead, nearly 600 kids spanning all ages and tastes have excitedly packed themselves into the tiny venue. The room is plunged into darkness and the wild shouting echoes in the air; this is the moment they've been waiting for. The first strains of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" filter through the speakers as Four Year Strong take their hometown stage, fully prepared to shred faces, blow minds, and take no prisoners.
Alan Day (Vocals/Guitar), Dan O'Conner (Vocals/Guitar), Joe Weiss (Bass), Josh Lyford (Synth), and Jake Massucco (Drums) are Four Year Strong. At first, this may not raise eyebrows or drop jaws, but it is only a matter of time. Bringing a unique blend of brutal breakdowns and soaring choruses, Four Year Strong have cut their teeth into the Worcester hardcore scene and thirst for more. Their music incites a riot like nothing seen before, leaving live crowds and CD listeners alike simultaneously blown away, and fired up.
Their influences range from Lifetime to Saves the Day, Gorilla Biscuits to New Found Glory. "We just play exactly what we want to hear," describes Dan, explaining their combination of hardcore and pop-punk. Sharing an average age of 20 years old and with a do-it-yourself determination, Four Year Strong do not pretend to be anyone but themselves. The band does not sugarcoat their image, avoiding the pretty-boy front that smothers the scene. Behind the numerous tattoos and grizzly beards, Four Year Strong are the kind of guys you would want to bring home to Mom and Dad. The band does not bother with egos or attitude, determined to connect with every fan on a personal level.
Their debut full-length, Rise or Die Trying, premieres on I Surrender Records. Already, the album has generated an excited buzz across the web, featured on websites like Absolutepunk.net and FriendsorEnemies.com to print magazines Rolling Stone and Alternative Press. The band has nearly 1 Million plays on Myspace with nothing more than a taste of what Rise or Die Trying will bring. Unrelenting spirit, gut-wrenchingly good music, and no flashy gimmicks, Four Year Strong are building themselves to the top with an indestructible foundation.
Four Year Strong combine equal parts melody and mayhem; however, their true talent lies in the ability to use these parts to create one exciting, infectious whole. "We wanted to put out a great record and not just a bunch of great songs." They fully embrace their album title, Rise or Die Trying, and Four Year Strong refuse to stop until they've taken the world by storm.
Brace yourself, let's start the takeover.1. The Takeover
2. Prepare To Be Digitally Manipulated
3. Abandon Ship Or Abandon All Hope
4. Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die
5. Wrecked 'Em? Damn Near Killed 'EM
7. Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Hell
8. Bada Bing! Wit' A Pipe!
9. Beatdown In The Key Of Happy
10. If He's Here, Who's Running Hell?
11. MANIAC (R.O.D.)$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
This Year's Best DisasterAvailable on Vinyl for the First Time in The United States!
With former members of Garrison, Texas Is The Reason, Thursday, and Milhouse making up the lineup of I Hate Our Freedom, there wasn't a doubt that the band's second release, This Year's Best Disaster, could be anything short of jaw dropping. The disc, which will be the first available vinyl in the States, is a nostalgic collection of post-hardcore from the '90s. Featuring loud, gritty and raw vocals, edgy grooves, sleek riffs and loud drums, "3am New York City" encompasses the attitude of the sleepless city. Seamless quarter glides into "Sans Sympathie," which is a bit mellower than the previous sucker-punching cut, but keeps the release moving. As This Year's Best Disaster continued on, it was nearly impossible to not get excited to see what the next track had to offer. The combined forces of the talented veterans created something that isn't seen too often lately.
This Year's Best Disaster peaks during the brash "Second Telling Of A First Degree." The number throttles the entire album into overdrive with its nimble and lively instruments, and Joseph Grillo's bold and rugged voice makes its mark on the listener. As much as each cut has its own unique qualities that add to their wow factor, "Letterbomb" lacks the extra oomph that the other pieces on the collection have. Despite the setback, which really doesn't severely impact the disc, I Hate Our Freedom makes a full recovery. Despite each song on This Year's Best Disaster having their own strong points, the final four cuts are some of the most intense on the album. Leaving two of the strongest pieces to close it out, I Hate Our Freedom creates the need to replay the angsty disc all over again.
- The Aquarian1. 3am New York City
2. Sans Sympathie
3. Cut You In
4. Second Telling Of A First Degree
6. Set It Off
7. The Poison And Pen
9. Add Suicide To The List Of Things You Failed At
10. You're Perfect, No Really$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WolverinesWolverines, the new full-length from I Am the Avalanche was produced and engineered by the band's drummer Brett, The Ratt Romnes at The Barber Shop Studios in lake Hopatcong, NJ and mixed by Will Yip. Encompassing ten songs full of heart, ferocity, relentless passion and, of course, struggle, Wolverines follows the band's sophomore album, the acclaimed Avalanche United (2011).
To the members of I Am The Avalanche - Vinnie Caruana (vocals), Brandon Swanson (guitar), Brett "The Ratt" Romnes (drums) and John Oliva (bass) - Wolverines is their most anthemic and cohesive full-length album to date and stands as a fitting body of work to the band's natural progression. It's a powerful record through and through, a complete set of songs that each play a specific and vital part on the album. "I think it's our most well thought-out and least rushed record," says Caruana. "Times spent at rock bottom and also feelings of personal triumph have shaped what I feel is the perfect record for us as a band and for our supporters as well."1. Two Runaways
3. The Shape I'm In
4. Young Kerouacs
6. Anna Lee
7. Save Your Name
8. Where Were You?
9. My Lion Heart
10. One Last Time$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Forget What You KnowForget What You Know is the third full-length album, and fourth overall release, by New Jersey rock band Midtown. The album was their first released by a major record company after leaving their long-time home, the indie label Drive-Thru Records.1. Armageddon Motherfuckers
2. To Our Saviors
3. Give It Up
4. Is It Me? Is It True?
5. God Is Dead
6. Whole New World
7. Empty Like The Ocean
8. Nothing Is Ever What It Seems
9. The Tragedy Of The Human Condition
10. Waiting For The News
11. Until It Kills
12. Hey Baby Dont You Know That Were All Whores
13. Help Me Sleep
14. Man Hattan
15. So Long As We Keep Our Bodies Numb Were Safe$18.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
PhotodrameOf all languages, French may be the most musically suited to convey the emotion of melancholy. And as the prickly landscape of Photodrame unfolds, the yearning lyrical baritone plays out as a sardonic disgust and surrender to the sorry state of things. Armed with a stripped-down gear set-up of bass, guitar and a single drum machine, the band recorded this at home direct to tape. Sacred Bones is excited to be making this album available on LP for the first time in a limited edition of 700 deluxe LP format.1. Why Not?
2. Les Anges D'Aujourd'hui
3. La Mort Est Humaine
4. Johnny Is A Loser
5. Jeux Interdits
6. Jad Wagen
7. Introduction A Fuite Mentale
8. Je T'Attends
9. Le Chant Des Martyrs
10. Fuite Mentale
11. Enfermedad Del Alma
12. Ma Folie Se Dessiner$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mellow DramaIt's hard to ignore the sound of well placed hand claps, the echoing ring of a tambourine, chiming guitar and luscious vocals. That sound was fantastic sixty years ago, and those that follow the recipe with the required chops can make it sound great today. Louise Burns' debut album is full of dreamy numbers like opener Chinook (Sing From the Valley of Doubt) and the playful Buddy Holly-esque first single, What Do You Wanna Do. Citing Mazzy Star, Patsy Cline, '60s girls groups and Johnny Marr as inspiration, Burns holds up to her heroes. She dazzles in the vocal department throughout the album, but it's on the dangerously stripped-down Island Vacation that listeners will fully surrender to her charms.1. Chinook (Sing from the Valley of Doubt)
2. Burning Bridges
3. Teen Angst
4. What Do You Wanna Do
5. Drop Names Not Bombs
6. Island Vacation
7. Sea Song
9. Paper Cup
10. Street Walking
11. Gypsys Wife
12. Ocean Grey$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Familiar TouchIt's been almost three years since DIANA released their critically-acclaimed LP, Perpetual Surrender. Now, the wait for new material has come to an end with the upcoming release of their second album Familiar Touch. The band have also shared the album's opening track, 'Confession' - a sharply focused example of their statement of intent, and which follows on from the previously shared 'Slipping Away'.
Having initially conceived Perpetual Surrender as a one-off recording project, Kieran Adams (drums, drum machines, synths), Carmen Elle (guitars, vocals) and Destroyer touring band member Joseph Shabason (synths, samplers, saxophone) regrouped after a period of time that Elle describes as "learning how to be a band." Bigger, fuller and far more open and expansive, Familiar Touch takes all of Perpetual Surrender's gorgeous qualities and pushes the songs to the forefront, upping DIANA's game tremendously.
'Miharu' is the perfect example of this: recalling the best mid-80's alt-pop, it mixes the lush soul signature of Flyte Time Productions (Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis) while delivering a massive pop chorus that liquefies into their modern production nous. "I really love the silky rub between Carmen's demure approach and Gary's [Beals, additional vocals] vibrant punctuations," Adams explains, his description also perfectly encapsulating 'Moment of Silence' - another sophisticated pop track with what Adams describes as having "a very smooth top layer" and synths that give the impression of "stretching time - being stretched thin in those moments." 'Confession' also builds upon those Jam & Lewis rhythms, with Adams describing it as sounding like the pair "if they worked with Annie Lennox."
Where Perpetual Surrender was the unexpected success of a group of friends experimenting with different sounds, Familiar Touch is the sound of them taking those experiences and maximising themselves as a proper band. "There was a much different studio flow - we started working on things close to a year before we recorded them," says Adams. "Last time, we were obscuring what it was that we were doing - with washed out or distorted vocals, for example. With this album - particularly with the vocals - we conceptualised everything a lot more in advance and really committed to certain sounds and feelings. We tried to fight the instinct of trying to distort it."
One thing that's clear this time around is how much more confidence DIANA have in themselves as musicians. The trio decamped to Adams' then-apartment, where the pressures of a second album and the time constraints of a regular studio were relieved. Renting their own gear, they made makeshift vocal booths of out of clothes cupboards and Star Wars sleeping bags (or "weird, fucked up musty vocal caves" as Shabason describes them). Upon listening to the record, it's hard to believe Familiar Touch was made in such a compact environment. With its emboldened production, it sits pleasingly alongside their personal influences and seminal recordings such as Prefab Sprout's Steve McQueen or Yellow Magic Orchestra's Naughty Boys.
Mixed by Chris Coady (TV on the Radio, Beach House, Grizzly Bear) and mastered by Heba Kadry, Familiar Touch is also lent a skilled hand by Thom Gill (guitars, keys, piano), Bram Gielen (bass), Vince Spilchuk (trumpet), and vocalists Robin Dann, Alanna Stuart of Bonjay and aforementioned Gary Beals - runner-up on the first season of Canadian Idol. By having the space and time to work with their new ideas on their own terms, this time around, DIANA have crafted an album that sounds unabashedly vibrant and distinctly 2016.1. Confession
2. What You Get
3. Slipping Away
4. Moment of Silence
5. The Coward
9. These Words
10. Take it Over$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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At Budokan (On Sale)Ranked 430/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
In 1979, Cheap Trick bolted to rock superstardom with their mega worldwide platinum release Cheap Trick At Budokan. This classic album set the stage for what would become one of the finest hard rock recordings of all time. Featuring smashes like I Want You To Want Me, Surrender and Fats Dominos Aint That A Shame, this LP was a fixture at radio for the next decade and beyond. With the great line-up of Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander, Bun E. Carlos and Tom Petersson, Cheap Trick At Budokan will forever be a milestone in their career and in the live rock recording medium in the classic rock era.
Friday Music proudly announces the Cheap Trick 180 gram Audiophile Series with this stunning new audiophile recording. Mastered from the original Epic Records tapes by Friday Musics Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray at AcousTech and pressed at RTI for Friday Music, this limited edition audiophile recording will be one of the most anticipated releases of the year.1. Hello There
2. Come On, Come On
4. Big Eyes
5. Need Your Love
6. AinÊ¼t That A Shame
7. I Want You To Want Me
10. Clock Strikes Ten$31.99 $22.39 Save $9.60 (30%)180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Women And Children First (Remastered)Remastered
Van Halen's third record in as many years, Women and Children First doesn't surrender anything to its two famous predecessors. Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, and company go for broke, amping up the energy and escalating the heaviness on a concise, hard-hitting 9-song set that also throws a few surprises into the mix.
Anchored by the one-two punch of And the Cradle Will Rock and Everybody Wants Some!!, the 1980 release marks the first and only time the group employed a female vocalist, as Nicolette Larson sings on the chorus during Could This Be Magic? In addition, the opening track features a phase-shifter-effected Wurlitzer piano being played through a 100-watt Marshall amplifier, the change in instrumentation a hint of the ambition that was to come.
Make no mistake: Women and Children First knows how to party hard, but there are also undercurrents of somber tension missing on the first two albums. Van Halen matures here and it's a welcome evolution, as confirmed by the power ballad In a Simple Rhyme and country-flavored Take Your Whiskey Home. But above all, this album rocks harder than any other VH effort.
No, the bottle of hairspray and liter of Jack Daniel's aren't included with this killer reissue, but cue this meticulously pressed LP up on a good system, turn up the volume, and the good time pleasures forever associated with early Van Halen come rushing back! Guaranteed.
Mastered from the original analog tapes and pressed at RTI, Rhino's new 180g LP brings brings the dynamics and punch of the fervent music into crystal-clear focus and also shines a spotlight on the group's trademarks: Roth's shuck-and-jive deliveries; Alex Van Halen's booming percussion; Michael Anthony's soulful bass; and of course, Eddie Van Halen's inimitable guitar heroics.
Rock on!1. And The Cradle Will Rock...
2. Everybody Wants Some!!
4. Romeo Delight
5. Tora! Tora!
6. Loss Of Control
7. Take Your Whiskey Home
8. Could This Be Magic?
9. In A Simple Rhyme$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
40th Anniversary Limited Edition
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios And Pressed At R.T.I.
In 1973 Carlos Santana and The Santana Band were now one of the world's most loved rock and fusion
bands of all time. After several studio albums and the two collaboration albums with Carlos Santana & Buddy
Miles Live and Love Devotion Surrender with John McLaughlin the world was now
buzzing around the energy that these superstars would lay down on vinyl with the soon to be rock/jazz/funk
Featuring a cross section of Santana classics like Going Home, Light Of Life and When I Look Into Your Eyes,
plus the exotic rhythms and jams on workouts like Santana and John McLaughlin's Flame-Sky, and the stellar
John Coltrane masterpiece interpretation Welcome, Carlos Santana's guitar was truly a voice heard around the
The original vinyl version of this masterpiece has been out of circulation for decades - that is until now
Friday Music continues our exclusive Santana 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with the groundbreaking first
time North American audiophile vinyl release of the 1973 smash Welcome. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso
at Friday Music Studios and pressed at R.T.I., this super limited first time North American 180 Gram masterwork
is truly one of Santana's finest ever, and we are very excited to offer you this authorized audiophile vinyl LP today.
Along with the legendary Carlos Santana on guitar and vocal, he is joined with original Santana band mates
Michael Shrieve on his dynamic drums, Doug Rauch on his prolific bass, Jose Areas on hard hitting percussion,
plus the brilliant acid jazz superstar Leon Thomas on vocals, the celebrated Latin percussionist Armando Peraza,
the legendary John McLaughlin on guitar, Joe Farrell on flute, and the stellar keyboard work of long time Santana
associate Tom Coster.
As an added 40th Anniversary Welcome bonus, we are including a super fine gatefold cover, restoring the
original album cover elements to their full glory which will further enhance your listening experience.
Let's all celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the classic mega rocker Welcome by Santana. Authentic,
Authorized and Absolutely Santana as only you would expect from your friends at Friday Music!1. Going Home
2. Love, Devotion & Surrender
3. Samba De Sausalito
4. When I Look Into Your Eyes
5. Yours Is The Light
6. Mother Africa
7. Light Of Life
9. Welcome$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now