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Featuring The Platinum Single "Wagon Wheel" Plus Two Previously Unreleased Tracks
Two-time Grammy Award winners and Grand Ole Opry members Old Crow Medicine Show release Best Of, which features
12 of the most memorable and beloved songs from O.C.M.S. (2004), Big Iron World (2006), Tennessee Pusher (2008) - as well
as two previously unreleased tracks: "Black Haired Quebecoise" and "Heart Up In The Sky." The album will be made
available on vinyl, a format on which none of these songs are currently available and many have never been.
Over the past 15 years, Old Crow Medicine Show has cultivated a diverse fan base that thrives on the band's energetic
performances. They have earned the respect of both their peers and influences while also influencing the new guard of
folk rock revivalists. While trends have come and gone, Old Crow Medicine Show continues to be a strong and steady
force in roots music. The Best Of is a nostalgic walk down memory lane for those who have been with the band since
the beginning, and a nice overview for those fans who have only discovered the band recently.
Old Crow Medicine Show got their start by busking on street corners up and down the east coast and Canada, eventually
catching the attention of folk icon Doc Watson while playing in front of a pharmacy in Boone, North Carolina. He invited
them to play Merlefest and helped set the course of their successful career.
Similarly, just a few years later, Nettwerk discovered the band by crashing a house party in Nashville. The band was signed
shortly after, and in 2004, Nettwerk released O.C.M.S., which featured the now Platinum-selling anthem "Wagon Wheel," one
of the most covered recordings in recent history, most famously by Darius Rucker who got the track to #1 on the Hot Country
Songs chart in 2013.
Old Crow Medicine Show has won over audiences across the world with their boundless energy and spirit, playing renowned
festivals like Bonnaroo, Coachella, New Orleans Jazz Fest, the Newport Folk Festival, and many more. They've also shared
the stage with such artists as Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, Willie Nelson, John Prine and The Avett Brothers and others.
The Best Of features "Wagon Wheel" along with other live show fan favorites like "Tell It To Me," "Down Home Girl," "CC Rider"
and "I Hear Them All." The two previously unreleased tracks, "Black Haired Quebecoise" and "Heart Up in the Sky" were
recorded in 2006 while the band was making Big Iron World.1. Wagon Wheel (from O.C.M.S. album)
2. Tell It To Me (from O.C.M.S. album)
3. Down Home Girl (from Big Iron World album)
4. Alabama High-Test (from Tennessee Pusher album)
5. Big Time In The Jungle (from O.C.M.S. album)
6. CC Rider (from O.C.M.S. album)
7. Take 'em Away (from O.C.M.S. album)
8. Humdinger (from Tennessee Pusher album)
9. Fall On My Knees (from Down Home Girl EP)
10. My Good Gal (from Big Iron World album)
11. I Hear Them All (from Big Iron World album)
12. Caroline (from Tennessee Pusher album)
1. Heart Up In The Sky (previously unreleased)
2. Black Haired QuÉbÉcoise (previously unreleased)$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + 7 Single - Sealed Buy Now
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American Beauty (On Sale)The Most American Folk-Rock Ever Made: Indelible Harmonies, Spare Playing, and Gorgeous Textures Surround Masterfully Crafted Songs
Close Your Eyes As the Dead Serenade You in Your Room: MoFi Edition of American Beauty Epitomizes Realistic Space, Vocals, Instrumentation, and Ambience
Ranked #261 on Rolling Stone's List of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Includes "Truckin'," "Sugar Magnolia," "Friend of the Devil," "Ripple"
American Beauty is the most perfectly realized, superbly played, and openly natural folk-rock record ever released. They don't make albums like this anymore, but thankfully, Mobile Fidelity's extraordinary 180g 45RPM 2LP set allows you to experience this 1970 masterpiece with unrivaled intimacy, realism, detail, and perspective. The Dead might as well be sitting on a Persian carpet right in your living room.
The pinnacle of the Dead's studio output, American Beauty lives up to its name-as well as that of the "American Reality" ambigram on the iconic cover. Airy vocal harmonies blow like fresh breezes. Strummed acoustic guitars amicably intermingle with plaintive percussive beats. Warmth, relaxation, and poignancy envelop the performances and create sensations of bliss, peace, and honesty. Songs flower with majestic melodies and emotionally direct lyrics. It's a rare album that invites and makes you feel, restores one's faith, and renews one's appreciation for all life offers.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180g LP at RTI, this deluxe analog set possesses seemingly limitless dynamics, reference-grade presence, and expansive soundstages. The seamless, effortless integration of the group's vocals has always been a high point of American Beauty, and when you hear it here, you'll want every record you own to sound half as good. Every member's distinctive singing resounds with tube-like clarity; the intended expressionism is as plain as day. Instruments, too, resonate in glorious Technicolor. The supple tension of Phil Lesh's bass lines, charismatic timbres of Jerry Garcia's pedal-steel fills, and interwoven dialogue between the pianos and percussion are rendered with lifelike scale and tone.
Made just months after its companion release, Workingman's Dead, the San Francisco legends' second 1970 masterpiece furthers the former work's close-knit relationship between country and folk while adding extra rock and bluegrass currents. Understated amplified passages, graceful melodies, layered singing, and old-time string flavors-including mandolin work from masterful guest David Grisman-bestow the material with easygoing, comfortable vibes. Again taking advantage of the best songwriting of Robert Hunter's career, the Dead turns in its most collective studio performance, with every individual contributing equally and focusing on nothing but the songs at hand.
Indeed, Garcia doesn't even indulge in a single guitar solo on the record. A majority of fare lacks any significant instrumental breaks. The Dead recorded the foundations (drums, bass, acoustic guitars) of nearly every track live, which helps explain why American Beauty sounds so powerfully rich and clear. Coupled with the band's personal reflections of the circumstances surrounding them-Bob Weir's parents had died, Garcia's mother and Lesh's father were in the process of passing, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan's health was in decline-these characteristics combined to yield a purity of heart that exceeds that managed by Dead peers (and roots revivalist leaders) The Band and Bob Dylan.
From Garcia's breathtaking gospel-laden homage to his mother ("Brokedown Palace") to Lesh's healing salve in the form of the groove-based "Box of Rain," from Weir's jaunty and free-wheeling summer escape "Sugar Magnolia" to McKernan's eloquently simple homespun plea "Operator," all the way to the closing autobiographical anthem "Truckin'," American Beauty feels like the warm, spirit-infusing embrace of a loved one after a long journey away. Welcome home.
This title is not eligible for further discount.1. Box of Rain
2. Friend of the Devil
3. Sugar Magnolia
7. Brokedown Palace
8. Till the Morning Comes
9. Attics of My Life
10. Truckin'$49.99 $44.99 Save $5.00 (10%)180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Algiers"This is revolutionary music in the truest sense of
the word. It demands action. It requires penance. It
destroys expectations." - Stereogum
"The Death Grips of gospel torching the South's
dark underbelly." - Rolling Stone
The debut LP by Algiers is haunted by promises of the past:
the rapturous call and response of millenarian gospel, the
bellowing urgency of 60s protest soul, the scene-searching
intensity of DC hardcore and the smeared viscosity of
post-punk and no wave. After all, as Marx once said: "The
tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare
on the brains of the living." But rather than revel in a state
of nostalgia, the band wields these burdened visions to
charge headlong into the future.
Over the album's eleven tracks, these three ÉmigrÉs of
the American Deep South lay waste to appropriators,
oppressors, revivalists and the cultural shock troops of
capitalism. Vocalist Franklin James Fisher's every shriek and
incantation will take you from the sweaty fervor of Dennis
Edwards-era Temptations through the righteous rebellion
of Nina Simone to the solitary midnight howls of PJ Harvey.
Shards of Lee Tesche's guitar, along with Ryan Mahan's
bass pulses and synthesizer slashes, pierce through the
processional, transforming neo-modernist hymns with
explosions of foreboding and dread that evoke the
vanguard of pop experimentation from Suicide to Roland
In an era when political subjectivity and human connectivity
have been smashed to pieces by the demands of finance
capital, Algiers has taken its stance: to maintain fidelity to
these subversive spirits and trudge toward the light. While
they may never arrive at their destination - consigned to a
life of wandering - they conjure the dead sound to life in
frightening new directions.1. Remains
3. And When You Fall
5. Old Girl
6. Irony. Utility. Pretext.
7. But She Was Not Flying
8. Black Eunuch
10. In Parallax
11. 11$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
CranekissTime and changes distance Tamaryn's Cranekiss from her earlier efforts, and for that matter, from everyone else's. Time, by way of the long period spent crafting this material, both on her own and with Weekend's Shaun Durkan, who with producer Jorge Elbrecht (Violens, Lansing-Dreiden), make up the creative team behind Cranekiss. Changes, by relocating across the country from San Francisco to New York City, by expanding the approach taken on her two previous albums (2010's The Waves and 2012's Tender New Signs), by making music that pulls you closer to it despite the enormity of the sounds within.
Tamaryn's first two full-lengths stood out in a crowd of shoegaze/ethereal revivalists as much for what they were (careful, gorgeous, thrilling tapestries of guitar-based textures) as what they weren't (simplistic, trendy, disposable signposts made to be broken). With Cranekiss, Tamaryn emerges from her past in a way that's inviting, warm-blooded, and shockingly direct. She's made a big record, loaded with samples, synth triggers and processing that was missing from her previous efforts, the result of long nights grinding it out at the Brooklyn studio Gary's Electric, where the record was born. The Waves and Tender New Signs focused on the sounds Tamaryn and her group could coax out of guitars, but with Cranekiss her sonic palette has exploded with maniacal abandon, pressed into service of a post-adolescent love letter to all the music that she and her collaborators hold dear, drawing influences from the feelings that fell out of her. Anyone familiar enough with those times should be able to draw their own comparisons, recognizing the modes of musical respect and adoration flashing past as the record spins. From there, though, Tamaryn has modeled these elements into simulacra, where despite the nods and glances to the past, play as a totally new sound.
Lyrically, this is Tamaryn's most personal collection of songs to date, and Elbrecht has placed her voice front and center across the entire record, elevating her presence like never before. Cranekiss explores dark rock, dance pop, and glistening melancholy with a uniformly commanding presence across it all, in stormy, unsettled brushstrokes that apply pressure behind Tamaryn's words.
Cranekiss represents a long journey, and a new phase in Tamaryn's music unfolding before you, a blood-red kaleidoscope of desire and late night abandon, a bold step forward.1. Cranekiss
2. Hands All Over Me
5. Keep Calling
7. Fade Away Slow
8. I Won't Be Found
9. Sugar Fix
10. Intruder (Waking You Up)$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Recycling The Blues & Other Related StuffMastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes & Pressed at RTI!
American blues musician Taj Mahal, was born Henry Fredericks in New York in 1942. His music is a mix of blues, Caribbean styles, bluegrass and the music of Hawaii, where he lived for a number of years. Originally released in 1972, Recycling The Blues & Other Related Stuff contains seven live tracks and four studio recordings.
Guitar/piano playing rural blues revivalist Taj Mahal was quite a rarity in the late 1960s - a young black man who accurately revived classic country blues for a new generation of listeners. Mahal took an archival interest in folk blues while joining in during the early '60s. On this album, the first seven tracks were recorded live at the Fillmore West and the rest at Columbia's San Francisco studios with backup from the Pointer Sisters. The title Recycling the Blues & Other Related Stuff certainly sums up the album quite well - that's exactly what Taj Mahal has been doing for several years by this point!
This title is not eligible for discount.LP1
1. Conch Intro
3. Bound To Love Me Some
5. A Free Song (Rise Up Children Shake the Devil Out Of Your Soul)
7. Conch: Close
8. Cakewalk Into Town
1. Sweet Home Chicago
2. Texas Woman Blues
3. Gitano Negro$54.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
RingDelicate Cutters return in 2012 with Ring, their third album overall and second for Skybucket Records.
Not a revivalist outfit, not a gimmick band peddling an image as identity, Delicate Cutters are a band from the American South. Theirs is a music about the remarkable and mundane moments comprising a human existence. About the connective tissue found between them.
For the follow-up to their heralded 2011 release Some Creatures, Delicate Cutters opted to forgo the home studio for the first time. Recording at Ol Elegante Studio under the guidance of Lester Nuby III (Verbena, Vulture Whale, Maria Taylor, Wooden Wand) Delicate Cutters have delivered their most focused and dynamic recordings to date.
From the deep country haunt of Where the Cottonmouths Hung, the manic turn of Tilt-A-Whirl, to the slow burn of New Life and strung out revelations of Resurrection Fern, Delicate Cutters emerge as a band in full command of its voice and fearless in using it.1. Where the Cottonmouths Hung
2. Whenever U R Broken
4. Warm Day in April
5. Precious Stone
6. You Want Her
7. Rattling from Our Cages
8. New Life
9. Backup Plan
10. Resurrection Fern$15.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Anthology 1992-2003Before Daptone, there was Desco. Before Desco, there were The Poets of Rhythm. Back in the '90s, a couple of German kids unearthed a raw sound from our own backyard that we hadn't even remembered burying. They drew from the sound of old funk records, not as a mold, but as inspiration, understanding that sound would always be an origin of their music, but unlike many 'soul revivalists' to follow, they never settled for it as a destination. As homage to the undeniably funky frontrunners of the modern soul movement, we are proud to present the definitive collection of Poets tunes, respectfully curated by Daptone staff and the band themselves. It's been twenty years since their first recording session, and this anthology celebrates their decade-long journey from the raw exuberant rebellion of 'Funky Train', to the moody hypnotic explorations of Discern/Define, and for the first time EVER on wax, the eerie, relaxed groover 'Path of Life' - a journey that truly earns them their name: The Poets of Rhythm.1. Funky Train, 1992 on Hotpie & Candy Records 
2. South Carolina, 1993 [as Bus People Express] on Hotpie & Candy Records 
3. Augusta, GA (Here I Come), 1993 [as Bus People Express] on Hotpie & Candy Records 
4. More Mess On My Thing, 1993 on Practice What You Preach album
5. North Carolina, 1993 on Practice What You Preach album
6. It Came Over Me, 1993 on Practice What You Preach album
7. 50 Yards Of Soul, 1995 on Original Raw Soul Vol. 1 album
8. Santa's Got A Bag Of Soul, 1994 [as Soul-Saints Orchestra] on Hotpie & Candy Records 
9. The Donkey, 1997 [as Whitefield Brothers] on Original Raw Soul Vol. 2 album
10. Choking On A Piece Of Meat Pt. 2, 1995 [as Whitefield Brothers] on Original Raw Soul Vol. 1 album
11. Serengeti Stroke, 1996 [as Pan-Atlantics] on B.M.J Records [45-102]
12. Rhodesian Girl, 1996 [as Pan-Atlantics] on B.M.J Records [45-102]
13. Wallow In The Myrrh, 1996 [as Bo Baral's Excursionists Of Perception] on Sloppy Joe Records [45 001]
14. Summerdays, 2003 on Gomma [45 027]
15. Ham Gallery, 2001 on Discern/Define album
16. Smilin' (While You're Crying) (single edit), 2002, Quannum Projects 7" [QP 030-1]
17. Discern/Define, 2001 on Discern/Define album
18. Path Of Life, previously unreleased$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Into The DeepHailing from New Orleans, Louisiana - Galactic has been exploring their seemingly limitless musical possibilities for more than 20 years. Since then, the band has consistently pushed artistic boundaries on the road and in the studio, approaching their music with open ears and drawing inspiration as much from the sounds bubbling up from their city's streets as they do from each other.
Galactic's new release "Into The Deep" features collaborations with artists they've made connections with over the last 20 years - including Macy Gray, Mavis Staples, JJ Grey, Ryan Montbleau, David
Shaw of The Revivalists, Maggie Koerner, Brushy One String and Charm Taylor. The first single from the album is "Into The Deep" - featuring Macy Gray.1. Sugar Doosie
2. Higher And Higher (ft. JJ Grey)
3. Into The Deep (ft. Macy Gray)
4. Dolla Dive (ft. David Shaw And Maggie Koerner)
5. Long Live The Borgne
6. Right On (ft. Charm Taylor)
7. Domino (ft. Ryan Montbleau)
8. Buck 77
9. Does It Really Make A Difference (ft. Mavis Staples)
10. Chicken In The Corn (ft. Brushy One String)
11. Today's Blues$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Limited Edition Debut EP Of 1000
500 Clear, 500 White Vinyl (Colors Shipped At Random)
Heavy Card Sleeve With Gloss Finish
Doss bursts forth into our reality by stepping sideways from one where the
90s boom never ended - an alternate Earth of curved, shining surfaces and
As a producer and singer exploring Electronica as a concept, Doss sidesteps
the revivalist tag by reaching across genres, from trip hop and trance to liquid
drum & bass and Eurodance, and warping them into something
simultaneously nostalgic and futuristic.
Perhaps what makes her music so vital is that she manages to avoid using her
influences as obvious templates. Instead, she uses particular genre tropes as
tools in a contemporary, almost EDM, context; a place where the synth
melodies of Crystal Waters and Love, Inc. coexist with the slinking shuffle of
LTJ Bukem and Fabio.
Doss makes bold, emotional pop music that bursts with imagination. But
beyond the sheen there is a complex fragility reminding us that glossy
fantasies are just as interesting for their subtext..1. The Way I Feel
3. Here Tonight
4. Extended Mix$14.99Colored Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
CITH-4ME-183xHoly Modal Rounders
Holy Modal RoundersOriginally released in 1964 this is the debut album from Greenwich Village's strangest folk revivalists. At odds with the tired rehashing of folk tunes that was so in vogue at the time, the duo of Peter Stampfel and Steve Weber took traditional material and obliterated it. In the words of Peter Stampfel The Rounders were the first really bent traditional band. And the first traditionally based band that was not trying to sound like an old record. And thank God for that. Remastered from the original tapes, the debut from the '60s folk revival biggest outcasts. Classic.1. Blues in the Bottle
2. Give the Fiddler a Dram
3. The Cuckoo
5. Long John
6. Sugar in the Gourd
7. Hesitation Blues
8. Hey, Hey Baby
9. Reuben's Train
10. Mr. Spaceman
11. Moving Day
12. Better Things For You
13. Same Old Man
14. Hop High Ladies
15. Bound to Lose$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Boomer's Story (On Sale)Ry Cooder Is A Master Sonic Archeologist And Cultural Historian On Boomer's Story: Guitarist Pays Tribute To The Past And Updates Music For Future On Rustic Record Steeped In Folk, Blues, And Soul
Mastered From The Original Master Tapes, Pressed At RTI, And Strictly Limited To 3000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity 180g LP Of Boomer's Story Sounds Fantastic With Vibrant Textures
Ry Cooder's development as a peerless musician capable of grasping virtually any style began with his time spent with Taj Mahal and Captain Beefheart, but for all intents and purposes reaches epic proportions on Boomer's Story. With two ambitious albeit uneven studio albums behind him, the California native plunged into roles that still define him today - that of sonic archaeologist and cultural historian, shaping his 1972 Reprise effort with enlightened selections carved into the bedrock of America's folk, blues, and soul landscapes. Inspired, virtuosic, and poignant, Boomer's Story endures as a ravishing portrait of inspired translation and inventive craftsmanship that after years of neglect finally boasts sonics deserving of the performances.
Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g LP of Cooder's breakout teems with natural tones, front-to-back imaging, and vintage tube warmth. Boomer's Story benefits from vibrant textures and organic openness, two prized traits that come to fore with breathtaking realism on this analog reissue. Details ranging from the audible resonance of the drum skins, drifting reverb on the guitar, and the inner cavity of the piano take up residence on deep-black soundstages. Individual notes appear and recede with lifelike decay. Cooder and company sound as if they're in the room, playing in real time with one another. This record has never been more dynamic or involving.
Having initiated his self-taught learning of customs established by the likes of Josh White, Woody Guthrie, Charlie Johnson, and Robert Johnson as early as age four, and grown up a son of parents obsessed with Folkways Records, Cooder never suffers from the retro rehash fakery plaguing countless contemporary revivalists. A true original, the guitarist simultaneously pays tribute to the past and updates it for the future. Boomer's Story brims with traditional tunes (the title track, Good Morning Mr. Railroad Man), classic blues (Ax Sweet Mama, Cherry Ball Blues), and World War II standards (Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer).
A spellbinding blend of personality, respect, and innovation grace every song. Evoking the timeless rusticism and weird, old America vibe of Bob Dylan and the Band's Basement Tapes, Boomer's Story unfolds with a relaxed ease and back-porch chemistry underlined by the musicians' unpretentious demeanors and potent abilities. Drummer Jim Keltner, percussionist Milt Holland, and bassist Jim Dickinson (also a producer) are among the cast fleshing out Cooder's visions. The headliner also welcomes country-blues legend Sleepy John Estes to sing on his own President Kennedy and leans on pianist Randy Newman to help him transform the normally bellicose Rally 'Round the Flag into a patient, mournful protest.
Cooder attains equally meaningful, emotional results on a definitive wordless interpretation of the staple soul ballad The Dark End of the Street, expressing unfathomable depths of regret and longing via slide-guitar work that draws a line back to Blind Willie McTell's immortal spiritual Dark Was the Night - a song Cooder called the most transcendent piece in all American music. Indeed, the degree of interplay attained by twinkling keys, rambling beats, brass accents, and dazzling guitar lines - also finger-picked and strummed - on Boomer's Story breathes with a rare air increasingly endangered in an era of on-demand immediacy and auto-tuned imitation. This, as it's said, is the real deal.
This title is not eligible for further discount.1. Boomer's Story
2. Cherry Ball Blues
3. Crow Black Chicken
4. Ax Sweet Mama
5. Maria Elena
6. The Dark End of the Street
7. Rally 'Round the Flag
8. Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer
9. President Kennedy
10. Good Morning Mr. Railroad Man$34.99 $31.49 Save $3.50 (10%)180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Twain Shall MeetMastered From The Original MGM Records Reels
Burdon and the group returned in April 1968 with The Twain Shall Meet, continuing their psychedelic journey. "Monterey" chronicled the previous summer's seminal festival while "Sky Pilot" reflected the growing anti-war sentiment as the Vietnam Conflict escalated. Steeped in a dense, layered sound full of electric guitars, sitars, strings, brass and washes of phased vocals, the album served notice that Burdon and company were totally in-step with America's youth movement. From blues revivalists to cultural torchbearers in four short years? Believe it!
Meticulously mastered from the original MGM Records reels - cue up these platters and let them take you back to a time when minds were being blown open at an astonishing rate!1. In The Beginning
3. Just The Thought
4. Closer To The Truth
5. No Self Pity
6. Orange And Red Beams
7. Sky Pilot
8. We Love You Lil
9. We Are All One$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-PAR-6848xJake Xerxes Fussell
Jake Xerxes FussellThe Southern half of the Georgia-Alabama border follows the Chattahoochee River, which cleaves Columbus, Georgia from its decidedly less reputable neighbor, Phenix City, Alabama. Georgia's second city is the hometown of "Mother of the Blues" Ma Rainey and novelist Carson McCullers, but it was local hillbilly duo Darby and Tarlton's 1927 hit "Columbus Stockade Blues" that first immortalized Columbus in popular culture. Back in their day, if you ended up in lockup in Columbus, chances are you did your dirtiest deeds across the river. Historically rife with vice of every conceivable variety-gambling, prostitution, moonshining, and endemic corruption and violence perpetrated by both gangs and police-the notoriously anarchic Phenix City was once known as "The Wickedest City in America."
A similar frontier liminality and skewed sense of place characterize the music of Durham, North Carolina singer and guitarist Jake Xerxes Fussell, whose self-titled debut record, produced by and featuring William Tyler, transmutes ten arcane folk and blues tunes into vibey cosmic laments and crooked riverine rambles. Jake Xerxes (yes, that's his real middle name, after Georgia potter D.X. Gordy) grew up in Columbus, son of Fred C. Fussell, a folklorist, curator, and photographer who hails from America's Wickedest City. Fred's fieldwork took him, often with young Jake in tow, across the Southeast documenting traditional vernacular culture, which included recording blues and old-time musicians with fellow folklorists and recordists George Mitchell and Art Rosenbaum (which led Jake to music, and to some of the songs herein) and collaborating with American Indian artists (which led Jake eventually to his graduate research on Choctaw fiddlers.)
As a teenager Jake began playing and studying with elder musicians in the Chattahoochee Valley, apprenticing with Piedmont blues legend Precious Bryant ("Georgia Buck"), with whom he toured and recorded, and riding wild with Alabama bluesman, black rodeo rider, rye whiskey distiller, and master dowser George Daniel ("Rabbit on a Log"). He joined a Phenix City country band who were students of Jimmie Tarlton of Darby and Tarlton; he accompanied Etta Baker in North Carolina; he moved to Berkeley, where he hung with genius documentary filmmaker Les Blank and learned from Haight folkies like Will Scarlett (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, Brownie McGhee) and cult fingerstyle guitarist Steve Mann ("Push Boat"); he appeared on A Prairie Home Companion. He did a whole lot of listening, gradually honing his prodigious guitar skills, singing, and repertoire. In 2005 he moved to Oxford, Mississippi, where he enrolled in the Southern Studies department at Ole Miss, recorded and toured with Rev. John Wilkins, and, last year, met up with acclaimed artist William Tyler to begin recording his first solo album.
Collaborating with Tyler and engineer Mark Nevers in Nashville was a conscious decision to depart cloistered trad scenes and sonics for broader, more oblique horizons. Tyler, a guitar virtuoso known for his own compositions that untether and reframe traditional six-string forms and techniques, helmed the push boat in inimitable fashion, enlisting crack(ed) Nashville session vets Chris Scruggs (steel guitar, bass, fiddle: Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Marty Stuart), Brian Kotzur (drums: Silver Jews), and Hoot Hester (fiddle: Bill Monroe, Ray Charles) to crew.
So it's no accident that Jake approaches the songs and styles represented here with both interpretive respect and unfussy irreverence, imbuing them with equal parts vaporish, percolating atmosphere and academic rigor, honoring the folksong headwaters by emphasizing their liquid mutability, alien strangeness, and sly humor above preconceived notions of static authenticity. Fussell recognizes that folk revivalist preciousness about spurious genre boundaries often feels absurdly at odds with the unruliness and restlessly inventive practices of tradition bearers-no revival or reenactment gear is necessary when the music lives and breathes and throws around hips and knees like these. Likewise, when you examine their lyrical content, ostensibly linear tales about rivers and work (labor of the hands, as in "Boat's up the River" and "Man at the Mill" and labor of the heart, as in "Star Girl" and "Pork and Beans") reveal themselves as fractured, riddled with narrative lacunae that open up the texts as squirrelly riddles or gentle metaphysical jokes.
For Fussell, these odd disjunctures demonstrate the way that verses and choruses, the stories we tell, disintegrate and erode over time, worn smooth as river stones and transmogrified by their repeated telling, more lovely for their fissures and absences than for any imaginary original integrity. (Aptly, "Chattahoochee" may mean something like "writing on rocks" in Muscogee or Yuchi.) Each song rendered here contains its own twinned inversion-its own Columbus, its own Phenix City-and Jake navigates their shoals with intuitive grace and authority.1. All in Down and Out
2. Let Me Lose
3. Star Girl
4. Raggy Levy"
5. Rabbit on a Log
6. Boat's up the River
7. Man at the Mill
8. Push Boat
9. Georgia Buck
10. Pork and Beans$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Blue Skies Broken Hearts: Next 12 ExitsPossibly the most country-sounding record title in punk rock history, Blue Skies, Broken Hearts...Next 12 Exits proved to be the breakout disc for Santa Barbara punkers the Ataris. Sporting fine production thanks to Lagwagon's Joey Cape, this follow-up to the band's surprising debut solidified the Ataris' position among the leaders of late-'90s pop-punk. The tempos settle down a little on this 1999 release, giving songs like I Won't Spend Another Night Alone more of an alt-rock feel, but the tight compositions never stray too far from the group's post-revivalist, almost emo punk. When Cape takes a chance by adding a melodic cello line to the acoustic My Hotel Year, the Ataris almost dare the punk community to question their integrity but, with its one-and-a-half-minute running time and furious guitar strumming, the track maintains the record's intensity and never panders to the listenership of complaint-saturated soft rock, which somehow became known as alternative in the mid-'90s. True to form, the Ataris give solid performances of first-rate pop-punk material on this, perhaps their best release.
- Vincent Jeffries (All Music Guide)1. Losing Streak
3. San Dimas High School Football Rules
4. Your Boyfriend Sucks
5. I Won't Spend Another Night Alone
6. Broken Promise Ring
7. Angry Nerd Rock
8. The Last Song I Will Ever Write About A Girl
10. Better Way
11. My Hotel Year
12. Life Makes No Sense
14. In Spite Of The World$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Electric Wire Hustle (Out Of Stock)Developing their own sound and twist on modern hip hop, psychedelic and soul Electric Wire Hustle's unique sound challenges genre boundaries and preconceptions. The music of New Zealand's EWH reaches forward while referencing key points of music's past. Thick drums and percussion layered with synth lines, hints of the Fender Rhodes and nylon stringed guitars have your neck snapping while your ear cranes to the evocative vocals of Mara TK.
Since forming in 2007 EWH have experienced an outstanding response to their music. Their strong live show has already seen them perform all over the world. In particular being noted as the 'CMJ Highlight' by The Revivalist/Okayplayer after their performance at the New York festival in 2010 as part of their debut U.S. tour.
Their debut self titled album released internationally on BBE Records and Every Waking Hour in New Zealand has received love from many of the world's top DJs and selectors including; BBC Radio 1's Benji B who selected the track Chaser as a top track of 2009 and Gilles Peterson who selected the track They Don't Want as a top track of 2009 and featured it as the opening track on his infamous Brownswood Compilation, Bubblers 5.
Following the success of the release of Electric Wire Hustle's self-titled debut album and the great demand for vinyl, BBE now proudly presents the gatefold double LP edition.1. Waters
2. Gimme That Kinda
5. Thank You Steve
6. Walk On ft. Stacey Epps
7. Buy Some Land Put a House On It
8. This World ft. Georgia Ann Muldrow
10. Burn ft. Billy TK
12. They Don't Want
13. Tom Boy$26.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock