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Between WaveNearly twenty years into a career that has seen Jimmy LaValle exercising his creativity across the realms of film scoring, sound collage, and electronic / rock music, via instrumental and vocal-driven compositions alike, LaValle and THE ALBUM LEAF are poised to deliver yet another sonic triumph with 2016's Between Waves.
Born out of a thorough reinvention of LaValle's creative process and approach, Between Waves is THE ALBUM LEAF's first proper full-length record in over six years and the first to be recorded and produced as a complete band, and was written with greater emphasis on the group dynamic. The album displays multifaceted, meticulous sound design, a keen ear for balancing disparate influences, and the strongest senses of dynamics, rhythm, and composition THE ALBUM LEAF has displayed to date.
From the moody evolution of Glimmering Lights to the wistful trip-hop stylings of New Soul and beyond, Between Waves is a gorgeous collection of euphoric melodies and emotionally charged, multi-instrumental driven soundscapes from the longstanding innovators. This is intelligent, beautifully composed music at its most inventive, most confident, and most impressive.1. False Dawn
2. Glimmering Lights
3. New Soul
4. Back to the Start
5. Wandering Still
6. Never Far
7. Lost in the Fog
8. Between Waves$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Live at BikoLive at Biko was recorded during an April 6th 2014 gig in Milan, Italy. The release features more than half of the songs on Benji plus other favorites like Admiral Fell Promises' "Ålesund" and a trio of tracks from Perils from the Sea, Kozelek's collaboration with The Album Leaf 's Jimmy Lavalle.LP1
I Watched The Film The Song Remains The Same
I Love My Dad
Richard Ramirez Died Today Of Natural Causes
Hey You Bastards I'm Still Here
Sunshine In Chicago
Elaine$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
New Soul (Pre-Order)New Soul is a 2-Song 7 single by The Album Leaf, originally released as a limited edition pressing in 2016.1. New Soul
2. Oneonta$9.997 Vinyl Single - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Forward/Return (Pre-Order)Forward/Return is an EP by The Album Leaf, originally released on September 18, 2012, now mixed, mastered, and sequenced with a new intro and interludes specifically for vinyl.1. Intro
2. Stretched Home
4. Low Down
6. Under The Night
8. Dark Interlude
9. Dark Becomes Light$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Seal Beach (Pre-Order)Seal Beach is an EP by The Album Leaf. It was originally released in Spain in 2003 on Acuarela Discos, and was re-released in 2005 in America by Better Looking Records with five bonus live tracks, which are also included on this new release.1. Malmo
3. Seal Beach
4. For Jonathan
5. One Minute
6. Last Time Here (Live At Coliseu Do Porto In Oporto, Portugal)
7. Wet The Day (Live At The Tabernacle Theatre In Atlanta, GA)
8. Essex (Live At The Tabernacle Theatre In Atlanta, GA)
9. The MP (Live At The Tabernacle Theatre In Atlanta, GA)
10. The Storyboard (Live At The Tabernacle Theatre In Atlanta, GA)$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Master Of Reality (Deluxe Edition)Ranked 298/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The group's third album, Master of Reality, arrived in 1971 and introduced fans to essential Sabbath tracks like Sweet Leaf and Into The Void. The 2-LP deluxe edition builds on that legendary album with versions of Children Of The Grave and Sweet Leaf that have different lyrics. There is also an instrumental version of After Forever and an outtake for Solitude that features an alternative guitar tuning.LP 1
1. Sweet Leaf
2. After Forever (including the Elegy)
4. Children Of The Grave
6. Lord Of This World
8. Into The Void
1. Weevil Woman '71
2. Sweet Leaf (Studio Outtake Featureing Alternative Lyrics)
3. After Forever (Studio Outtake - Instrumental)
4. Children Of The Grave (Studio Outtake feat. Alternative Lyrics)
5. Children Of The Grave (Studio Outtake - Instrumental)
6. Orchid (Studio Outtake - With Tony Count-In)
7. Lord Of This World (Studio Outtake feat. Piano & Slide Guitar)
8. Solitude (Studio Outtake - Intro With Alternative Guitar Tuning)
9. Into The Void Spanish Sid (Studio Outtake - Alternative Version)$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Songs, Ideas We Forgot EPtoe is a Japanese music group. While mentioned in many post-rock circles, their song structure and dynamics are similar to many popular math rock artists.
toe is composed of Kashikura Takashi on drums, Mino Takaaki on guitar, Yamane Satoshi on bass guitar, and Yamazaki Hirokazu on guitar. Toe has formally played with this line-up since the band's inception in 2000.
The vast majority of the music is instrumental and features the swift and acute drumming of Takashi. The band is also known for its melodic, clean guitar settings. Additionally, the compositions have repetition from typical rock motifs, but use very subtle changes in beat and rhythm to form a unique sound. The band has changed their sound over their musical tenure by incorporating acoustic guitars, rhodes piano, and vibraphones in their most recent releases.
The band tours regularly in Japan, and can most notably be compared to acts such as Pele and The Album Leaf.
Songs, Ideas We Forgot is the debut EP by toe, originally released in 2003.1. Leave Word
2. I Dance Alone
3. 1, 2, 3, 4
5. Yoru wa Akeru$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
NolaNOLA was written mainly by Phil Anselmo and Pepper Keenan between 1990 and 1995. Throughout 1991 to 1993 the band released three demos, a three-track demo (1991), a four-track demo (1992) and a ten-track demo (1993). Originally the band made the three-track demo for underground trading. The demo featured the tracks Losing All, Temptations Wings and Bury Me in Smoke. In an effort to build a fan base, the band would ask heavy metal fans if they had ever heard of this band, Down and hand them copies of the tape without telling the person that they were in the band. In 1992 the band recorded a second demo, this time featuring the same track listing as the original but with an intro. In 1993 the band made the Demo Collection 1992 - 1993 which is a ten-track demo featuring all the songs that would make the album cut except Rehab, Pray for the Locust and Underneath Everything. Anselmo solely wrote only three songs on the album (Hail the Leaf, Pray for the Locust and Pillars of Eternity). Eventually, the original demo tape was distributed throughout the United States and Down played a small concert in its home town. A record executive from Elektra Records was attending the show. When he found out who the members of the band were, he signed Down to a recording contract. The band began recording the album in the summer of 1994 at the Ultrasonic Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana and completed the recording sessions by January 1995.LP 1
1. Temptation's Wings
3. Pillars Of Eternity
5. Hail The Leaf
6. Underneath Everything
1. Eyes Of The South
3. Losing All
4. Stone The Crow
5. Pray For The Locust
6. Swan Song
7. Bury Me In Smoke$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Master Of RealityRanked 298/500 On Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Black Sabbath's classic 1971 album Master of Reality is arguably the heaviest release of the band's legendary career, and certainly one of the most influential. Features the proto-metal gems Sweet Leaf and Children of the Grave.1. Sweet Leaf
2. After Forever
4. Children Of The Grave
6. Lord Of This World
8. Into The Void$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In The ClubDave Swarbrick and Simon Nicol are hugely important figures in the history of British Folk Rock and Folk music since the 1960's. They were both key figures in British Folk Rock super group Fairport Convention and appeared on their seminal album Liege and Lief (1969) which initiated the electric folk movement. In fact BBC radio 2 listeners have voted Liege and Leaf the 'Most influential folk album of all time'.
Dave Swarbrick has been described the most influential British fiddle player bar none. After 1970 he emerged as Fairport Convention's leading figure and guided the band through a series of important albums until its disbandment in 1979. Simon Nicol was a founder member of Fairport Convention and is the only founding member still in the band... In 1973 he played on what is often considered one of the important folk/jazz albums of all time, John Martyn's Solid Air.
After Fairport Convention called it a day in 1979, Dave Swarbrick and Simon Nicol joined forces and spent the early eighties playing folk clubs throughout the UK as an acoustic duo. Their repertoire was drawn from various sources - including Fairport Convention material, Dave Swarbrick's late seventies/early eighties solo albums and also several tracks that were individual to the duo. The acoustic duo proved popular and recorded three albums. Two of those, the 1981 live album 'Live at the White Bear', and the 1984 studio effort 'Close to the Wind', were re-issued a few years back on Fairport Convention's own Woodworm Records label.Side A:
1. 79th's Farewell/Atholl Highlanders/De'il in the Kitchen
2. Three Drunken Maidens
3. Young Black Cow/Lord Inchiquin
4. The Widow of Westmoreland's Daughter
1. Si Bheag Si Mhor
2. Humours of Cappa/Swallowtail Reel
3. After the Thrill
4. Friar Britches/Lark in the Morning/Gravel Path/Leighton Buzzard Shuffle
1. Pittengardner's Rant/The Floggin'
2. Planxty Morgan/Long Odds
3. Lord Haddo's Favourite/ Lady Mary Hayes' Scotch Measure
4. Flitter Dance/Peter O'Tavy/Mona's Delight/Hunt the Wren
5. The Hen's March/The Four Poster Bed
1. Over the Lancashire Hills
2. Merry Boys of Greenland/Olifiord Jack/Willafiord
3. O'Carolan's Farewell to Music$16.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Too Far To CarePressed On 180-Gram Audiophile Vinyl
The Old 97's are an alternative country/rock band from Dallas, Texas formed in 1993.
They are recognized as pioneers of the alt-country movement during the mid to late 90s along with bands such as Uncle Tupelo, Drive-By Truckers, Whiskeytown, The Jayhawks, and The Bottle Rockets.
Too Far To Care is the third studio album by the band, originally released in 1997. The album's title comes from the song Streets of Where I'm From.
Lyrically the band's constant touring is evident in songs like Barrier Reef (with references to Chicago), Broadway (in New York City), and Niteclub (inspired, according to the band, by clubs in Cleveland, Ohio and Ann Arbor, Michigan).
Four Leaf Clover was originally recorded on Hitchhike To Rhome, the first Old 97's album. Rhett (vocals/guitar) was searching for a duet to record with friend Exene Cervenka and had started work on an old-fashioned duet that I thought we might sing, but Exene proclaimed it 'too pretty'. That song later became Fireflies. Instead, Exene sang on Four Leaf Clover, replacing the lyric nothing to impress you with nothing to attract you which Rhett found much sexier.1. Timebomb
2. Barrier Reef
5. W. Tx Teardrops
6. Melt Show
7. Streets Of Where I'm From
8. Big Brown Eyes
9. Just Like California
10. Curtain Calls
12. House That Used To Be
13. Four Leaf Clover$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
River: The Joni LettersOn paper, River sounds like a match made in several versions of heaven. Legendary pianist Herbie Hancock re-imagines Joni Mitchell with his hand-picked, star-studded band--including saxophonist Wayne Shorter--in tow. Luminary guests lend vocals to a song apiece: Norah Jones (Court and Spark), Tina Turner (Edith and the Kingpin), Corinne Bailey Rae (River), Luciana Souza (Amelia), Leonard Cohen (with an unsettlingly sanguine version of The Jungle Line), even Joni Mitchell herself (Tea Leaf Prophecy). The mix includes a continuum from intrepid classics to dusty, fans-only fare, but a distinct reverence for Joni Mitchell the Poet threads them together, and, in the end, this album works best as a sleepy window into one fan's giddy and particular love affair with his source material. Fans of Hancock win out.1. Court and Spark featuring Norah Jones
2. Edith and the Kingpin featuring Tina Turner
3. Both Sides Now
4. River featuring Corinne Bailey Rae
5. Sweet Bird Listen Listen
6. Tea Leaf Prophecy featuring Joni Mitchell
8. Amelia featuring Luciana Souza
10. The Jungle Line featuring Leonard Cohen$43.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Works Volume 2Remastered For The First Time In 24 Bit / High-Density Formats From The Original Tapes
Works Volume 2 is ELP's sixth studio album, released in 1977, and now expertly remastered for the first time in 24 bit / High-Density formats from the original tapes. The album's brief, eclectic compositions cover an array of musical styles, combining stimulating originals and handsomely orchestrated renditions of 'Maple Leaf Rag,' 'Honky Tonk Train Blues,' and 'Show Me The Way to Go Home.' Works 2 showcases incredibly strong performances from all 3 band members - Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer. The album includes the massive hit 'I Believe in Father Christmas', Greg Lake's beautiful composition, highlighting his strong voice and vibrant acoustic guitar.
Formed in 1970, Emerson, Lake & Palmer were torchbearers of the progressive rock sound and one of rock's first supergroups. The world-conquering, stadium-filling prog giants helped to broaden the audience for the genre from hundreds of thousands into tens of millions and were one the most commercially successful rock bands of the 1970s. Their first 7 album releases all made the U.K. albums chart top 10 and U.S. top 20.1. Tiger In A Spotlight (2017 - Remaster)
2. When The Apple Blossoms Bloom In The Windmills Of Your Mind I'll Be Your Valentine (2017 - Remaster)
3. Bullfrog (2017 - Remaster)
4. Brain Salad Surgery (2017 - Remaster)
5. Barrelhouse Shake-Down (2017 - Remaster)
6. Watching Over You (2017 - Remaster)
7. So Far To Fall (2017 - Remaster)
8. Maple Leaf Rag (2017 - Remaster)
9. I Believe In Father Christmas (2017 - Remaster)
10. Close But Not Touching (2017 - Remaster)
11. Honky Tonk Train Blues (2017 - Remaster)
12. Show Me The Way To Go Home (2017 - Remaster)$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Chet Baker With StringsChet Baker was one of the representatives of the West Coast Cool Jazz movement whose life and music appeals to the imagination of the people the most.
His heroin addiction is well documented, his exploits and misadventures are wrapped in legendary anecdotes.
But his life story never managed to overshadow his unmistakable talent.
Chet Baker has one of the most recognizable sounds of all the jazz musicians in the cannon; his trumpet playing is intimate, simple and delicate, with a hint of melancholy that tears at the heartstrings.
Chet Baker With Strings was recorded during three sessions in 1953 with Zoot Sims & Jack Montrose on tenor sax, Russ Freeman on piano, Shelly Manne on drums and Clifford 'Bud' Shank on alto sax.
The players are lifted up into the air like a leaf on the breeze by Montrose's delicate string arrangements, while the Baker and Sims interplay on songs like 'Loved Walked In' are amongst the best recorded in jazz history.
This fully instrumental album is a classic, and now available on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 1953!1. You Don't Know What Love Is
2. I'm Thru With Love
3. Love Walked In
4. You Better Go Now
5. I Married An Angel
7. I Love You
8. What A Difference A Day Made
9. Why Shouldn't I?
10. A Little Duet For Zoot And Chet
11. The Wind
12. Trickleydidlier$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Shawshank Redemption: Original Motion Picture Score (Awaiting Repress)First Time Ever On Vinyl
Deluxe Double LP Package
Gatefold Jacket Highlighted With Embossed Gold Leaf
A truly historic event for vinyl aficionados and music fans the world over - Thomas Newman's Academy Award and Grammy Award-nominated score for the hit film THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION is released on vinyl for the first time ever!
Soundtrack album features the full 18-track score from award-winning composer Thomas Newman (The Green Mile, American Beauty, Spectre) plus three additional tracks featured during some of the most memorable scenes throughout the film performed by The Ink Spots and Hank Williams plus a stunning performance of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro by the Deutsche Opera Berlin.
This package features several images from the hit film plus exclusive liner notes by composer Thomas Newman.
Since it's release in 1994, The Shawshank Redemption, with it's hauntingly beautiful, fan favorite score by composer Thomas Newman, has become a bona-fide classic as well as a regular fixture in American homes, appearing frequently on both basic and premium cable television, most notably throughout the holiday season.LP 1
2. Shawshank Prison (Stoic Theme)
3. New Fish
4. Rock Hammer
5. An Inch Of His Life
6. If I Didn't Care (Performed by the Ink Spots)
7. Brooks Was Here
8. His Judgement Cometh
9. Suds on the Roof
10. Workfi eld
11. Shawshank Redemption
12. Lovesick Blues (Performed by Hank Williams)
1. Elmo Blatch
4. The Marriage of Figaro / "Duettino - Sull 'Aria" (Performed by Deutsch Oper Berlin / Karl Bohm)
5. Lovely Raquel
6. And That Right Soon
7. Compass and Guns
8. So Was Red
9. End Title$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Telling The TruthOver the course of eight years, The Numero Group has journeyed to scads of tiny island nations in search of rare and previously unknown recordings. This time we kept it a little closer to home, unearthing a soul-folk curiosity on the one-stop light cay of Nantucket. By no means a thriving musical community in the 70s or otherwise, the limerick-inducing isle played home to Greenwich Village folk singer Willie Wright for a few years, producing his second and final album in the process.
Born of Harlem doo-wop roots and refined by Boston's counterculture scene, Wright arrived in Nantucket in 1976 well worn by two decades of street corner and club performing, eager to make the easy money only a private yacht clientele could guarantee. Trapped on the island over winter, a set of original songs poured into his cover-heavy set. Tales of Wright's native roots, straight life, his abandoned four children, and the many women he had known flooded his loose leaf notebook before finally being set to tape in New York the following spring.
Tracked with George Buzzy Bragg and Herry Jensen (of Skull Snaps and Jimmy Castor Bunch fame, respectively) in one day with minimal overdubs, Telling The Truth was, and would remain, Willie Wright's brightest and most inspired moment. Sold from the trunk of a car and from a handful of resort stages, the humble album disappeared into the collections and garages of Nantucket tourists, taking what was left of a near-30-year career along with it.
Available for the first time since 1977, this expanded edition of Telling The Truth gathers Wright's lone 45 and only original composition from his first LP to tell the definitive Willie Wright story. The deluxe LP edition includes a replica 7 of his cover of Curtis Mayfield's Right On For The Darkness with his original Africa on the flip.1. Hello, Music People Of The World
2. Nantucket Island
3. Lady Of The Year
4. I'm So Happy Now
5. In The Beauty Of The Night
6. Love Is Expensive
7. Okay, Once Again
8. Jackie's Song
9. Son, Don't Let Life Pass You By
10. Indian Reservation
11. Dressing For The Occasion
12. It's Only Life, That's All
13. Right On For The Darkness
15. Lack Of Education$20.99Vinyl LP + 7 - Sealed Buy Now
TigerFace (Awaiting Repress)Over three previous studio albums, pianist/sound-sculptor/songwriter Marco Benevento has set forth a vision for instrumental music that connects the dots between Explosions In The Sky and Tortoise on one side, Brian Eno and Brad Mehldau on the other. On his fourth studio recording, 'Tigerface', the 34-year old artist takes the next step forward in this evolution. Benevento paints his songs in a myriad of sonic colors, shimmering in acoustic piano, synths and analog keyboards. The tunes themselves conceptualized from seemingly every wisp of melody, hook and cadence that s ever tickled his ear. The album was recorded and mixed by Tom Biller (Silversun Pickups, Fiona Apple) and Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Akron/Family), while Benevento invited a stellar cast of musicians to help capture his ideas, including drummers Matt Chamberlain (Bill Frisell, Pearl Jam), John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea & The Cake) and Andrew Barr (The Barr Brothers), bassists Dave Dreiwitz (Ween), Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green) and Mike Gordon (Phish), violinist Ali Helnwein (Traction Avenue Chamber Orchestra) and saxophonist Stuart Bogie (Antibalas, Superhuman Happiness). For the first time on record he uses vocals, inviting Kalmia Traver (Rubblebucket) to sing on the infectious dance rock rave-up 'Limbs Of A Pine' and the pastoral psych rock meditation 'This Is How It Goes'. Other standouts include the angelic Arcade Fire meets The Flaming Lips anthem 'Eagle Rock', the soaring garage psychadelia of 'Going West', the piano riff rock jaunt 'Escape Horse', and the happily lilting 'Fireworks', which bounces along like a long lost Italian folk song beamed down to him by ancestors from his father s homeland. As anybody who's seen Benevento perform live can attest, the pianist eyes closed, smile wide across his face, fingers free-flowing across the keys is a satellite to the muse. 'Tigerface', indeed, is the commitment to this idea; a record that rides the yes wave and in the process becomes a soundtrack for fellow travelers chasing the horizon ahead.1. Limbs Of A Pine
2. This Is How It Goes
4. Going West
5. Eagle Rock
7. Do What She Told You
8. Escape Horse
10. This Is How It Goes (instrumental)$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
OdysseySony Music Masterworks has announced the release of ODYSSEY, the extraordinary label debut album from The Accidentals.
Named among Yahoo Music's Top 10 Bands to Watch in 2017, ODYSSEY affirms The Accidentals place among contemporary music's most original and adventurous new bands. Multi-instrumentalists Sav Buist and Katie Larson - joined onstage and in the studio by drummer Michael Dause - have crafted a genre all their own, fueled by their uniquely limitless approach to musicality and songcraft. Lyrically powerful songs like Earthbound and the potent title track see the band embracing their choice to lead an unconventional life with all its many surprising twists and turns.
Co-produced by Buist, Larson, and Dause with engineer Jason Lehning (Mat Kearney, Guster, George Jones, Alison Krauss) at Asheville, NC's Echo Mountain Recording, ODYSSEY sees The Accidentals joined by such friends and fans as acoustic guitar maestra Kaki King, bassist - and fellow Michigander - Dominic John Davis (Jack White, Beck), Carbon Leaf guitarist Carter Gravatt, Keller Williams and The Decemberists' Jenny Conlee, who spent three days in the studio alongside the band, lending her distinctive organ to a number of the album's key tracks. The Accidentals' inviting spirit of shared creativity is perhaps best represented by the album's audacious first single, KW, showcasing the inimitable guitar work of Keller Williams, whose own virtuosic genre-agnostic approach towards music making inspired the song in the first place.
The Accidentals' adventure began in their hometown of Traverse City, MI, when Larson, a sophomore cellist, and Buist, a junior violinist, were paired for a high school orchestra event. The gifted young musicians became fast friends and before long, bandmates. Having both grown up in musical families with professional pianists for fathers and vocalists for mothers, their shared influences bounced between classical, jazz, bluegrass, country, alt-rock, and the obscure.
The past five years have seen The Accidentals perform over a thousand live shows, including headline dates, festival sets, and shared stages along such like-minded acts as Martin Sexton, Brandi Carlile, Andrew Bird, The Wailers, Joan Baez and others. 2015's SXSW debut saw them hailed by Billboard for displaying a genre-hopping range of influences and some smart songwriting skills to go with their abundant musical chops.1. KW (feat. Keller Williams)
2. Arizona Stars
3. The Sound a Watch Makes When Enveloped in Cotton
5. Crow's Feet
6. In the Morning
7. Ballad Tendered Gun (feat. Kaki King)
8. Memorial Day
10. Cut Me Down
12. Stitches and Seams
13. Chekhov's Gun$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Fellow TravelersFellow Travelers wasn't supposed to be a full-length record, so I'm
a little surprised to admit that it's my favorite Shearwater album so
far. It was meant to be a small thing to release between Animal Joy
and the next full-length. But it took on a life of its own. Re-imagining
and renovating songs by the bands we've toured with was like leafing
through a scrapbook, and brought back the highs and lows of a
decade of touring.
Touring is an expression of faith - in yourself, in your friends, in the
hope that the world has a place for you. In that spirit, I invited all the
bands we covered to play on Fellow Travelers, with the caveat that you
couldn't play on your own song. Almost everyone rose to the bait: Chris
from the Baptist Generals turned Clinic's "Tomorrow" into a stomping
incantation, while Clinic infected the Generals' "Fucked Up Life" with
drum machines, radio signals, and combo organ. I added recordings I
made of birds and waves in the Falklands to David Thomas Broughton's
"Ambiguity," and he sent us a tape he made of sparrows, bulbuls, and
the clanking shovels of highway workers in Pyongyang, North Korea,
which we spliced into our rock-anthem version of Xiu Xiu's "I Luv the
Valley OH!!" And Jenn from Wye Oak, who, like us, had also toured with
Lou B, added vocals to "Natural One."
Leon Trotsky, who gave the words "fellow travelers" their political aura,
once wrote that "a protest against reality, either conscious or unconscious,
active or passive, optimistic or pessimistic, always forms part of a really
creative piece of work." Listening back, I get a feeling of common effort,
of common purpose, among all of our different musical paths; we've all
tried to defy or transform reality in small ways with our music, and to
prove it with our performing lives.
- Jonathan Meiburg, NYC, March 20131. Our Only Sun
2. I Luv the Valley OH!
3. Hurts Like Heaven
4. Natural One
8. A Wake for the Minotaur
9. Mary is Mary
10. Fucked Up Life$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
So It Is With UsHorse Feathers' fourth album on Kill Rock Stars turns over a new leaf: Justin Ringle, the man behind all ten years of Horse Feathers, has the following to say about the making of this album, and the current state of his band: "I wanted to stop. I did all the touring for my fourth record - Cynic's New Year - and ended the year 2012 disillusioned and defeated. I didn't touch my guitar for months, which was the longest I had gone in about 15 years. I thought that my career in music was over and wondered if I even wanted to do it anymore. After an arduous period of selfdoubt and discovery, I finally arrived at the enlightened idea that maybe it should just be a little more fun. I had grown weary of talking to people after shows who said that my last record "helped them through their divorce". I have always been flattered by that sort of thing, but I realized what I wanted to hear was how my last record helped them "have a great weekend". If you have heard any of my previous records you will realize that this transformation from "divorce" band to "weekend" band would be a tall order. And it was! I wouldn't say we've become a "party band" overnight, but I certainly tried to change things a bit. I enlisted friends to play with me that I trusted and had known for years. Along with longtime bandmates Nathan Crockett (strings/mandolin) and Dustin Dybvig (percusion/drums/keys), I threw Justin Power (bass/vocals) into the mix to have an honest to god rhythm section for the first time. With Lauren Vidal on cello and Brad Parsons singing harmonies, we played an impromptu show at Sasquatch and people liked it. We liked it, and the unusual feeling that I had after that show - which I think is referred to as "joy" - became something I wanted to experience again. I shared more. I stopped editing myself as much. The joy of playing live became its own reward, and I dared myself to allow that joy to shape the songwriting. In the end, I was able to let it go, and I don't own it anymore. Which also feels like joy. That's the way it was, and so it is with us."1. Violently Wild
3. Dead End Thanks
4. Why Do I Try
5. Small Melody
6. Old Media
8. Middle Testament
9. The Knee
10. What We Become$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Eight And A HalfJustin Peroff of Broken Social Scene plus Dave Hamelin and Liam O'Neil of The Stills equals Eight and a Half. When Broken Social Scene first emerged out of Toronto 10 years ago, a great deal of the band's success was attributed to the fact that most of its individual members had ties to other bands, or boasted established solo careers. Peroff, the band's drummer since 2000, was not without extracurricular pursuits of his own (acting, DJing, party promotion), but had never released music outside of the BSS banner. By 2009, the urge to explore something new was proving ever more impossible to suppress.
Hamelin and O'Neil were old friends of Peroff's, Broken Social Scene and The Stills had shared stages as far back as 2003, but they weren't necessarily the most logical choice of collaborators: after all, Peroff was splitting his time between his temporary home in Los Angeles and recording sessions in Chicago for Broken Social Scene's Forgiveness Rock Record, while Hamelin and O'Neil were in the thick of touring for The Stills' 2008 album, Oceans Will Rise, and living in their native Montreal when off the road.
However, over the course of several phone calls and emails, the trio realized they all shared a desire to create music that was distinctively different than the big-tent anthems their primary bands were known for, so much so that Peroff was willing to spend much of 2009 hopping back and forth between L.A., Chicago and Montreal to get this new, more electronically focused project off the ground, if only in fits and starts.
What a difference a year makes, fast forward to the end of 2010 and Peroff was calling Toronto home once again, after Broken Social Scene completed its marathon Forgiveness Rock Record tour. And fortuitously enough, O'Neil and Hamelin had also become fellow residents, albeit for markedly different reasons: the former was hired to engineer Metric's follow-up to Fantasies at the band's Toronto-based Giant Studios, while the latter relocated after his girlfriend scored a new job in the city. O'Neil and Hamelin also suddenly found themselves with a lot of spare time on their hands: following a fall 2010 tour with Kings of Leon, The Stills had unceremoniously disbanded.
And so the conditions were in place to elevate Eight and a Half from sideline recording project to a primary concern for those involved. And each member seized the opportunity to reinvent himself: where Peroff's steady back beat has always provided the solid foundation atop which Broken Social Scene could freely experiment, with Eight and a Half his drumming is thoroughly deconstructed, as reliant on electronic programming and looped breaks as live performance.
O'Neil, traditionally a piano and horn player, focused on coaxing strange sounds and eerie ambience out of synthesizers and samplers. And Hamelin, who attempted a more rootsy, conversational style of singing as The Stills' secondary vocalist, pushed himself to croon in a higher register, and adopt a more confessional, emotionally naked mode of songwriting to better complement the minimal, mechanized productions.
Though Eight and a Half's formation precedes The Stills' dissolution, it's tempting to interpret these songs from the melancholic desolation of "Scissors," to where-did-it-all-go-wrong self-examination of "Go Ego," to the turn-a-new-leaf pledge "The Turn Around," as a direct response to their demise. But the vulnerability, doubt and resignation embedded in Hamelin's voice and words are easily transferrable to anyone who's invested years of their life into something special only to watch it vanish in an instant.
And Hamelin's recovery process, as well as Eight and a Half's own evolution from piecemeal recording project into proper flesh-and-blood band, is mirrored in the album's sequential shift from darkness to light: what begins as a chilly, claustrophobic and insular experience gradually opens up into a widescreen, kaleidoscopic splendor, spanning the mountainous surge of "Took A Train to India," the exuberant digital psychedelia of "Two Points" and the climactic/ecstatic curtain closer "Oh, My Head."1. When I Was Twenty Nine
3. Go Ego
4. The Turn Around
5. Took A Train To India
6. Wait Up
7. Two Points
8. Walked Into Diazepene
9. Oh, My Head
10. My Forevers$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
BeulahBeulah. It's a small, complicated word with a tangle of meanings.
It's the title of John Paul White's new album, his first in nearly a decade, a remarkably and assuredly diverse collection spanning plaintive folk balladry, swampy southern rock, lonesome campfire songs, and dark acoustic pop. Gothic and ambitious, with a rustic, lived-in sound, it's a meditation on love curdling into its opposite, on recrimination defining relationships, on hope finally filtering through doubt.
Beulah is also a White family nickname. "It's a term of endearment around our house," White explains, "like you would call someone 'Honey.' My dad used to call my little sister Beulah, and I call my daughter Beulah. It's something I've always been around."
Beulah is also something much loftier. For the poet and painter William Blake, Beulah was a place deep in the collective spiritual unconscious. "I won't pretend to be the smartest guy in the world," says White, "but I dig a lot of what he's written. Beulah was a place you could go in your dreams. You could go there in meditation, to relax and heal and center B photo credit: Allister Ann 119 west 57th street, penthouse north, new york, ny 10019 t 212.741.1000 www.sacksco.com SACKS A CO. N D yourself. It wasn't a place you could stay, but you came back to the world in a better state."
And perhaps the music on this album originated in that "pleasant lovely Shadow where no dispute can come." According to White, the songs came to him unbidden-and not entirely welcome. "When these songs started popping into my head, I had been home for a while and I was perfectly happy. I wasn't looking for songs. I didn't know whether any would pop back in my head again, and I was honestly okay with that. I'm a very happy father and husband, and I love where I live. I love working with artists for a label that I think is doing good work."
Far from the grind and glamour of Nashville-where he worked for years as a working songwriter before stepping into the spotlight himself-White settled in his hometown of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, a wellspring of gritty Southern rock and soul since the 1960s. Together with Alabama Shakes keyboard player Ben Tanner and Shoals native Will Trapp, he founded and runs Single Lock Records, a local indie label that has released records by some of the Yellowhammer State's finest, including Dylan LeBlanc, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, and legendary songwriter and keyboard player Donnie Fritts. The label is based in a small ranch house a stone's throw from White's own home, which would come in handy when those songs started invading his head.
"Honestly, I tried to avoid them, but then I realized the only way I was going to get rid of them was if I wrote them down. I got my phone out and I'd sing these little bits of melody, then put it away and move on. But eventually I got to a place where it was a roar in my head, and that pissed me off." Due to his experiences as a gun-for-hire in Nashville, White was reluctant to romanticize the creative process, to turn it into a spiritual pursuit. "Then one day I told my wife I think I'm going to go write a song. She was as surprised as I was. I went and wrote probably eight songs in three days. It was like turning on a faucet."
Most artists would kill for such a downpour, but White was wary of the consequences. He knew that writing songs would lead to recording them, which would result in releasing them, and that means touring and leaving home for weeks at a time. "As soon as I write a song, I start thinking what other people might think of it. I've talked to friends about this: What is it about us that makes us do that? Why can't I just sit on my back porch and sing these songs out into the ether? I don't have an answer for it yet, but I think it's just part of who I am. I need that reaction. I need to feel like I'm moving someone in a good way or in a bad way. I need to feel like there's a connection."
White threw himself into the project, no longer the reluctant songwriter but a craftsman determined to make the best album possible-to do these songs justice. He cut several songs at the renowned FAME Studios in his hometown, where Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, the Allmans, the Osmonds, Bobbie Gentry, Arthur Conley, and Clarence Carter recorded some of their most popular hits.
One product of those sessions is "What's So," which introduces itself by way of a fire-andbrimstone riff, as heavy as a guilty conscience-the kind of riff you wouldn't be surprised to hear on a Sabbath album. But White's vocals are gritty and soulful, a product of the Shoals, almost preacherly as he sings about earthly and eternal damnation: "Sell your damn soul or get 119 west 57th street, penthouse north, new york, ny 10019 t 212.741.1000 www.sacksco.com SACKS A CO. N D right with the man, keep treading water as long as you can," he exhorts the listener. "But before you do, you must understand that you don't get above your raisin'." It's the heaviest moment on the record, perhaps the darkest in White's career.
At the other end of the spectrum is "The Martyr," one of the catchiest tunes White has ever penned. The spryness of the melody imagines Elliott Smith wandering the banks of the Tennessee River, yet the song is shot through with a pervasive melancholy as White wrestles with his own demons. "Keep falling on your sword, sink down a little more," he sings over a dexterous acoustic guitar theme. This is not, however, a song about some unnamed person, but rather a pained self-diagnosis: "These are the wounds that I will not let heal, the ones that I deserve and seem so real." White knows he's playing the martyr, but he leaves the song hauntingly open-ended, as though he isn't sure what to do with this epiphany beyond putting it in a song.
The rest of Beulah was recorded in the Single Lock offices/studio near White's home. "I can be more relaxed about the process. We can all just sit there and talk about records or baseball without feeling like someone's standing over our shoulders. That's a big deal to me, not to feel pressured. And I'm only about twenty yards away from home, so I can walk over and throw a baseball with my kids or make dinner with my wife."
Some of the quieter-but no less intense-songs on Beulah were created in that environment, including the ominously erotic opener "Black Leaf" and the Southern gothic love song "Make You Cry." As he worked, a distinctive and intriguing aesthetic began to grow clearer and clearer, one based in austere arrangements and plaintive moods. These are songs with empty spaces in them, dark corners that could hold ghosts or worse. "There were certain moments when Ben and I would finish up a song, listen back to it, and think how in the world did we get here. But that's just what the songs ask for. These are the sounds in my head. This is the sound of me thinking and living and breathing and doing."
Once White had everything assembled and sequenced, it was time to give the album a title, to wrap everything up for the listener. Beulah stuck-not only because of family history or Blake, but because White realized that making music was his own trip to Beulah. "If you had to sum up what music is for most people in this world, it's that. It's that escape. It's that refuge. You go there and you come back and you use that to help you with your life. You always have that as a place to go."1. Black Leaf
2. What's So
3. The Once And Future Queen
4. Make You Cry
5. Fight For You
6. Hope I Die
7. I've Been Over This Before (Feat. The Secret Sisters)
8. The Martyr
9. Hate The Way You Love Me
10. I'll Get Even$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Be Still (Out of Stock)With Special Guest AOIFE O'DONOVAN
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Package Sourced From 96k/24b Master Tapes
Dave Douglas first ever album with vocal featuring Aoife O' Donovan. A collection of deeply personal hymns and originals.
Includes free mp3 album download.1. Be Still My Soul
2. High On A Mountain
3. God Be With You
4. Barbara Allen
5. This Is My Father's World
6. Going Somewhere
7. Middle March
8. Living Streams
9. Whither Must I Wander!$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Bad As Me (Out Of Stock)Bad As Me is Tom Waits first studio album of all new music in seven years. This pivotal work refines the music that has come before and signals a new direction. Waits, in possibly the finest voice of his career, worked with a veteran team of gifted musicians and longtime co-writer/producer Kathleen Brennan.
From the opening horn-fueled chug of Chicago, to the closing barroom chorale of New Years Eve, Bad As Me displays the full career range of Waits songwriting, from beautiful ballads like Last Leaf, to the avant cinematic soundscape of Hell Broke Luce, a battlefront dispatch. On tracks like Talking at the Same Time, Waits shows off a supple falsetto, while on blues burners like Raised Right Men and the gospel tinged Satisfied he spits, stutters and howls.
Like a good boxer, these songs are lean and mean, with strong hooks and tight running times. A pervasive sense of players delighting in each others musical company brings a feeling of loose joy even to the albums saddest songs.1. Chicago
2. Raised Right Men
3. Talking At The Same Time
4. Get Lost
5. Face To The Highway
6. Pay Me
7. Back In The Crowd
8. Bad As Me
9. Kiss Me
11. Last Leaf
12. Hell Broke Luce
13. New Year's Eve$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock