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The Strokes Is This It'
Is This ItRanked 367/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Is This It is the debut studio album by American indie rock band The Strokes, recorded at Transporterraum in New York City with producer Gordon Raphael.
For the album, The Strokes strived to capture a simple rock sound that was not significantly enhanced in the studio. Building on the work of their 2001 debut EP, The Modern Age, the band members molded compositions largely through live takes during the recording sessions, while songwriter Julian Casablancas continued to detail the lives and relationships of urban youth. Following the completion of Is This It, The Strokes embarked on a promotional world tour before its release. The album's cover photograph courted controversy for being too sexually explicit and was replaced for the U.S. market. The American track listing was also amended in light of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Promoted by the music press for a melodic pop-influenced sound, The Strokes garnered critical acclaim and commercial attention. Is This It was praised for its charisma and rhythm, which often referenced the works of 1970s garage rock bands. The record is considered crucial in the development of other alternative bands and of the post-millennial music industry. It has featured in several publications' lists of the best albums of the 2000s and of all time.1. Is This It
2. The Modern Age
4. Barely Legal
6. Alone, Together
7. Last Nite
8. Hard to Explain
9. New York City Cops
10. Trying Your Luck
11. Take It or Leave It$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Is This ItRanked 367/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Is This It, the debut from the Strokes, kickstarted a garage-rock revolution that defined American music from 2001 through 2005. Featuring taut rhythms, frentic tempos, scruffy grooves, melodic hooks, cool-toned vocals, choppy riffs, backstreet attitude, and twitchy arrangements that equally reference Motown, American punk, new wave, and funk, the album is a watershed document that takes off on the influences of James Brown, Television, and the Yardbirds and creates something entirely fresh, new, and irresistible.1. Is This It
2. The Modern Age
4. Barely Legal
6. Alone, Together
7. Last Nite
8. Hard to Explain
9. New York City Cops
10. Trying Your Luck
11. Take It or Leave It$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
AnglesAngles is The Strokes' first new release since 2006's First Impressions of Earth and the album combines the ambition of its predecessor with the immediacy of the band's earlier full lengths Is This It (2001) and Room On Fire (2003).
In 2010, the band returned to the road, playing and headlining major festivals in the United States and UK, including the Isle of Wight Festival, Lollapalooza, Hurricane Festival, Splendour In The Grass, Rockness, Outside Lands, and Austin City Limits.
Time Out Chicago hailed The Strokes Lollapalooza performance as the best set they've seen since covering Lollapalooza. Better than Radiohead in 2008. The crowd was euphoric.1. Machu Picchu
2. Under Cover of Darkness
3. Two Kinds of Happiness
4. You're So Right
5. Taken For A Fool
7. Call Me Back
10. Life Is Simple In The Moonlight$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Comedown MachineComedown Machine, The Strokes' highly anticipated fth studio album, is preceded by the rst single, "All The Time. The band has released four previous studio albums, Is This it, Room on Fire, First Impressions of Earth and Angles which have sold over 5 million albums worldwide. They have headlined major festivals in the United States and UK, including the Isle of Wight Festival, Lollapalooza, Hurricane Festival, Splendour In The Grass, Rockness, Outside Lands, and Austin City Limits as well as sold out New York City's Madison Square Garden.1. Tap Out
2. All The Time
3. One Way Trigger
4. Welcome To Japan
5. 80's Comedown Machine
7. Slow Animals
8. Partners In Crime
10. Happy Ending
11. Call It Fate, Call It Karma$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
All The Time (7 Single)Released in conjunction with The Strokes' fth studio album Comedown Machine, on RCA Records, was this 7" vinyl featuring the rst single "All The Time" with
special B-side "Fast Animals" not available
on the album.
Prior to Comedown Machine, The band has
released four previous studio albums,
Is This it (2001), Room on Fire (2003), First
Impressions of Earth (2006) and Angles
(2011) which have sold over 5 million
albums worldwide. They have headlined
major festivals in the United States and UK,
including the Isle of Wight Festival,
Lollapalooza, Hurricane Festival, Splendour
In The Grass, Rockness, Outside Lands, and
Austin City Limits as well as sold out
New York City's Madison Square Garden.1. All The Time
2. Fast Animals$5.997 Vinyl Single Buy Now
Green And YellowFirst Ever Reissue
Green and Yellow is the collected recordings of
legendary lost 1970s Deep South freaksters, THE
STROKE BAND. Seen and heard, until now, by only a
few South Georgia pot heads, rednecks, sheriffs,
strippers, and intoxicated U.S. Marines. Fronted by
Bruce Joyner - a swamp rat synthesis of Buddy Holly,
Bryan Ferry and Jerry Lee Lewis - The Stroke Band were
an art-punk aberration to anything else happening in
South Georgia in 1978 - 79. This Anthology Recordings
re-release of the Green and Yellow album is the first in
any form since the private press LP came out in 1978.1. Don't Get Angry
2. Fiction Non-Fiction
3. Green and Yellow
4. Gun Fighting Man
5. Janie's Living in a Cell
6. Latin Melody
7. Rat Race
8. Son of Sam
10. The Waves Rush In$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
The Panic Sequence EPMixed by Grammy-Award winning engineer Gus Oberg (The Strokes, The Virgins, Drowners, Albert Hammond Jr.) and produced by Nightbox themselves,
with co-production from Al-P of MSTRKRFT and co-writing from Sebastien Grainger of DFA 1979 on the lead single "Burning," The Panic Sequence EP is
the next progression for a rising band rooted in charmingly humble beginnings.
With their self-titled debut EP on Last Gang Records, Nightbox caught the ears of the BBC, which ranked their performance in the top-10 of that year's
Electric Picnic Festival. Over the next couple years, support slots on both sides of the Atlantic for Ellie Goulding, Cults and DFA 1979 followed, along with
international tours with LIGHTS, Dragonette, and most recently Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. As did critical praise from UK press NME, Dazed &
Confused, BBC Radio 1, Canadian media and a slew of top blogs like Neon Gold and Kick Kick Snare.
Now with The Panic Sequence, Nightbox are ready to step out from the shadow of their influences and leave their own musical imprint on Toronto and the
wider world. The EP will be released April 22 via Toronto-based label Rare Beef.1. Burning
2. The Panic Sequence
3. In The Rural
5. Wash$9.99Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
New SkinNew Skin is the debut album of CRX a new project for STROKES lead guitarist Nick Valensi. The urge to begin a new project came from a primal place for Valensi, he just wanted to play. I was at a place where I got really hungry to perform in front of audiences, and do things a little more simply, Valensi says. The Strokes don't play that often anymore, and when we do it's awesome, but it got to the point where I needed to balance that out with a project I could take on tour whenever I wanted to. And the idea of playing clubs again was really exciting to me. But Valensi couldn't start playing until he'd written some songs, and he realized he'd have to finally embrace an aspect of performing he'd resisted up until that point -- singing. Last summer, he just dug in, grabbing whatever spare time he had to record demos on his laptop at home. It was a learning process, says Valensi. It took me some time to figure out how my voice sounds most natural, and to think about what I wanted to say.
As the songs progressed, Valensi invited a few trusted musician friends to join him and to contribute as songwriters. In addition to Valensi on guitar and vocals, CRX includes bassist Jon Safley, keyboardist/vocalist Richie Follin, drummer Ralph Alexander, and guitarist Darian Zahedi. Once we were all in a room together, it got collaborative pretty quickly, Valensi says, noting that about half of New Skin s ten tracks are co-writes with the band.
After demoing several songs, Valensi reached out to Queens of the Stone-Age's Josh Homme, for feedback on the tracks and advice regarding producers who might be right for the band. It quickly became apparent that there was no better person for the job than Homme himself. He was really enthusiastic about the demos, says Valensi. There were even specific things he loved from the demos so much that we ended up including them on the album, which was very much a Josh decision.
New Skin was recorded at Homme's Pink Duck Studios in Burbank, with work wrapping up in early 2016. And even as this year marks the fifteenth anniversary of The Strokes first LP, it represents the beginning of a promising new chapter for Valensi. One of the coolest things for me is that I began making this record as a vehicle to get onstage, he says, but along the way, it started to feel like we were working on something more special than that. I'm excited to be singing and having a lot of fun with it, and I'm really enjoying the feeling of having to work hard to win people over. It's like being a kid again - like everything is new and kind of scary but irresistibly fun, too.1. Ways to Fake It
2. Broken Bones
3. Give It Up
6. Slow Down
7. On Edge
9. One Track Mind
10. Monkey Machine$20.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Division Street (Discontinued) (On Sale)Division Street is Harper Simon's follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut album. It is a departure for Simon: it features a sound that's much more driven by electric guitars than his alt country-flavored debut. The mission was to make the kind of Rock 'n' Roll record I would want to listen to myself, he says. Which sounds simple but is, in fact, incredibly difficult.
Simon co-produced Division Street with Tom Rothrock, who produced three albums for Elliot Smith (Either/Or, XO and Figure 8) and Beck's first album Mellow Gold, among others. As the team worked, the album's sound grew rougher around the edges. I felt challenged and inspired by the idea of making a modern psychedelic folk-rock album, a Tom Rothrock production like XO, but then the Velvet Underground and the Stones kept entering in, says Simon. Elliot Smith was very influenced by the Beatles but my guitar playing is more influenced by Keith Richards. And I kept wanting to emphasize more lo-fi elements.
Division Street was recorded with a small coterie of guest musicians, including Pete Thomas from Elvis Costello's Attractions on drums, Nikolai Fraiture from the Strokes on bass, vocals by Inara George, Feist's musical director Brian LeBarton playing synths, as well as Nate Walcott from Bright Eyes and Wilco's Mikael Jorgensen. I'm very lucky, says Simon. Everybody that we asked to come and guest on the record showed up.1. Veteran's Parade
2. Bonnie Brae
3. Division Street
4. Dixie Cleopatra
5. Nothing Gets Through
6. Eternal Questions
7. Chinese Jade
8. Just Like St. Teresa
10. Breathe Out Love
11. Leaves of Golden Brown$24.99 $19.74 Save $5.25 (21%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
MaraqopaDamien Jurados newest collaboration with producer Richard Swift drops us into a brutal and benevolent landscape. The bold strokes and new turns the pair made with 2010s Saint Bartlett are taken even further. He throws open the gate on his oft insular dirges and allows them to do some real wilding out in the canyon. In Maraqopa, the vistas are miles-wide; the action is more dynamic; the close-ups sweaty and snarling.
The strummed desert blues that begins Nothing is the News quickly bursts open into an Eddie Hazel-worthy supernova shred session, all of it swirling in tinny-psych and Echoplexd howls. Weve never heard anything like this from Jurado. Fifteen years into his remarkable career, and he continues to blossom. Jurado and Swift establish themselves not only as inventive, trusting collaborators, but as one anothers spirit animals in American outsider songcraft, lone wolves in black sheeps clothing. Swift is the Ennio Morricone to Jurados Sergio Leone.
At Swifts National Freedom studios, the live-to-tape ethos allowed these songs to expand and retract like a great beasts breath. Every in-the-moment bell and whistle here is hung with a natural, casual care. And from this, each song offers up its own unique gift: the enchanting childrens choir that echoes each line of Jurados lament for innocence lost on Life Away from the Garden; the breezy bossa nova that begins This Time Next Year and rises as effortless as a smoke cloud into high-noon showdown pop; Reel to Reel's wobbly, Spector-symphony and its meta themes; and the wonderful falsetto vocal work Jurado pulls from himself on Museum of Flight.1. Nothing Is The News
2. Life Away From The Garden
4. This Time Next Year
5. Reel To Reel
6. Working Titles
7. Everyone A Star
8. So On, Nevada
9. Museum Of Flight
10. Mountains Still Asleep$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
James Bond: Goldfinger SoundtrackMusic Composed by John Barry and Vocals by Shirley Bassey!
This is the first of three James Bond films with a theme song sung by Shirley Bassey, whose forceful, dramatic style became a series trademark (she would go on to sing Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker). Goldfinger was composed by John Barry, with lyrics by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, and is widely acknowledged as a classic of its genre. Famously, co-producer Harry Saltzman hated the song and only agreed to use it when persuaded by Albert Broccoli.
Originally, Newley recorded a version of the theme song, but it was later re-recorded with Bassey's voice for the film and soundtrack album. In 1992, Newley's version was released for the 30th Anniversary of James Bond on film, in the compilation collectors edition The Best of Bond...James Bond.
The score was composed by Barry, making this his second, credited Bond score. The score makes regular use of instrumental arrangements of the title theme, as well as the Bond theme from Dr. No used in the gun barrel sequence . The score makes heavy use of brass. The distinctive music for Goldfinger's henchman, Oddjob, makes use of repeated strokes on a metallic anvil. Metallic chimes are also heard in many scenes associated with Oddjob or gold, notably that in which the dead golden girl is discovered. The very effective use of music and various sound effects in the film won it an Academy Award for Best Sound Editing. The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and spent 70 total weeks on the chart.1. Main Title - Into Miami - Goldfinger
2. Alpine Drive - Auric's Factory
3. Oddjob's Pressing Engagement
4. Bond Back In Action Again
5. Teasing the Korean
6. Gassing the Gangsters
7. Goldfinger (instrumental)
8. Dawn Raid on Fort Knox
9. The Arrival of the Bomb and Count Down$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Horns & Halos (On Sale)Horns And Halos' - mixed by Petri Majuri at Seawolf Studios, Finland - is the follow-up to 2011's critically-acclaimed 'Sensory Overdrive', winner of Classic Rock Magazine's 'Album Of The Year' and a No. 1 record in MM's Finnish homeland.
It's been a while since that brilliant piece of work that was Sensory Overdrive, just enough time for a job well done. No need to rush, especially when you have to re-adjust to song writing minus Ginger Wildheart.
So it happens that the irresistible poptastic element loses out a little bit to darker shades here and there, like on the rather unexpected 'Ritual' or 'Stained Glass Heart'; yet our blonde energy powerhouse doesn't fail to throw in unforgettable hooks - see 'Child Of The Revolution' or rock party anthem 'Saturday Night Special' - sure to get the crowd going on the next round of live shows.
The opening 'TNT Diet' breaks in raw and unmerciful, followed by the memories of an unforgotten NY past in single 'Ballad of the Lower East Side'. There's a touch of classic/bluesy, even a hint of prog in 'Eighteen Angels', then it's strokes of bright colours and grey shades on the familiar coarse canvas that is Michael's voice. The unmistakeable soundscape courtesy of Sami Yaffa, Steve Conte, Dregen and Karl Rosqvist ensures continuity despite sparks of unusual - let 'Soul Surrender' surprise you - leaving fans happy yet never bored.
It's not 'Sensory Overdrive', but 'Horns and Halos' was definitely worth the wait. No album, doesn't matter how good, should ever be written twice as long as you have any music left in you; Michael Monroe, luckily, still has a lot left to offer.
- Cristina Massei (Sonic Shocks)1. TNT Diet
2. Ballad Of The Lower East Side
3. Eighteen Angels
4. Saturday Night Special
5. Stained Glass Heart
6. Horns And Halos
7. Child Of The Revolution
8. Soul Surrender
9. Half The Way
11. Hands Are Tied$19.99 $15.79 Save $4.20 (21%)Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Fake TrainComes on like an homage to Wire's 1 2 X U as filtered through Minor Threat and a broken bottle of Robitussin. - Pitchfork
It's no contest: Unwound is the best band of the '90s. - A.V. Club
After the Pacific Northwest grunge raids of the early '90s that saw Nirvana, Mudhoney, and even the Melvins hoisted up the major label flagpole, Unwound's 1993 debut came as a welcomed reprieve for underground noise-niks everywhere. A pulsing cluster of wiry feedback, lurching bass, and single stroke rolls, Fake Train entangles the energies of frustrated backpack emo, faded Riot Grrrl back issues, and their own dash of teen spirit and unleashes it all in an earsplitting 10-song assault.1. Dragnalus
2. Lucky Acid
3. Nervous Energy
4. Valentine Card
6. We Are And Was Or Is
8. Pure Pain Sugar
9. Gravity Slips
10. Star Spangled Hell
12. Feeling$ Real$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Discwasher D4 Vinyl Record CleanerA favorite among collectors for many years. Use the brush dry or wet with the included 1.25 oz. fluid. The more active, yet safe, D4+ fluid is actually able to lift and suspend contaminants in solution on the record surface so the D4 pad can easily and efficiently remove debris.
The D4+ Record Care System is the result of intensive scientific research on safe record cleaning. The D4+ System is a cleaning system unlike other products, which reduce record dynamics and fidelity. The more active, yet safe, D4+ fluid is actually able to lift and suspend contaminants in solution on the record surface so the D4 pad can easily and efficiently remove debris. Containing less residue than tap water, D4+ fluid will clean without depositing new residues on the record surface; it will not encourage any biological growth as do constantly damp cleaning methods.
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ADAD-MER-1016xShout Out Louds
Ease My Mind (Pre-Order)Ease My Mind, the fifth full-length by Shout Out Louds, is a welcome return from these Swedish pop masters.
In their 15 years as a band, Shout Out Louds have toured the world many times. The band played a show in the Brazilian rainforest with a freezer box for a dressing room. They once performed in Yokohama,Japan, for an audience of two Austrians. They played in a Sicilian rainstorm so heavy they had to shake out their instruments afterwards,with the soaked backdrop left hung to dry on a hotel façade. Themusic sites will remind you that the band have performed for DavidLetterman and Jay Leno and toured with The Strokes during their heyday, but most importantly, they have released four albums of brilliant pop music.
Ease My Mind was recorded with Fredrik Swahn (from the band The Amazing) who filled the band with such new energy that they were willing to commute to the 'burbs during the darkest months of the year. He was joined by Måns Lundberg who produced the song Souvenirs and Axel Algmark who produced No Logic andAngel. The band recruited Lars Skoglund for drums, known for his work with Lykke Li.
Adam and Bebban in the band write: The world is a different place now than it was in the beginning of the 2000s. We didn't grow up very aware of political messages in music and probably didn't feel much of an urgent need to understand the world around us, in that sense. However, that has changed over the years. The world has seemed extremely dystopic and frail for quite a while now, and having children and getting older forces you to open your eyes to issues more devastating than heartbreak and feeling lost. But in our music, we still allow ourselves to address things the way we always have: through emotions rather than analysis. Music as a means of escape, a need to take a break from feeling petrified with fear. Ease My Mind is a lot about that for us.1. Jumbo Jet
4. White Suzuki
5. No Logic
6. Ease My Mind
7. Oh Oh
8. Throw Some Light
9. Crying Game
10. Souvenirs$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
The Dusted SessionsDate Palms revolves around the core duo of Gregg Kowalsky (keyboards, electronics) and Marielle Jakobsons (violin, flute, electronics). They employ traditional rock instrumentation to create music informed by Indian classical music, country, minimalism, and spiritual jazz, arriving at a style that is wholly their own. On their third album, The Dusted Sessions, the duo expanded the line-up to include Ben Bracken on electric bass, Michael Elrod on tanpura, and Noah Philips on electric guitar (a first for the band). Kowalsky and Jakobsons are both accomplished solo musicians in their own right: Kowalsky has released ambient albums on Kranky as well as a collaborative release with Josef Van Wissem on Amish, and Jakobsons has released music on the Digitalis and Students of Decay labels. Date Palms uses the sound an imagery of the dustbowl and the American West to express something truly cosmic and unique within the already highly individualistic Bay Area underground.
Inspired by a sojourn to the Yuba River, "Yuba Source" opens The Dusted Sessions like sunrise over the desert. The soft tones of Kowalsky's Rhodes blend seamlessly with the rhythmic drones of Elrod's tanpura while Jakobsons' yearning violin strokes the heavens. The influence of Henry Flynt can be heard in the blown out sound of the amplified violin. As the ideas and spirit of the Yuba River are recalled and reprised throughout the first side, the band inverts the themes of the opener as melancholic and then reflective. "Yuba Reprise" ends with a sense of peace and tranquility, an ending without a goodbye.
The second side of The Dusted Sessions presents a darker vision, heavier in tone and mood. "Dusted Down," was inspired by the Eureka Dunes, where the Kowalsky and Jakobsons watched dust devils form and slowly traverse the sands. The counterpoint formed by violin and bass mirrors that steady, slow roll of wind across the desert. The final track, "Exodus Due West," is a hyper-minimal improvised piece consisting of flute, tanpura, and bass, with touches of Semblance analog synthesizer. It offers a feeling of departure and arrival suspended, and The Dusted Sessions fades like twilight cooling expansive stretches of dry wilderness.
The Dusted Sessions was recorded by Phil Manley at LCR in San Francisco, including a session during the annular solar eclipse of May 21st, 2012.1. Yuba Source Part I
2. Six Hands to the Light
3. Yuba Source Part II
4. Yuba Reprise
5. Night Riding the Skyline
6. Dusted Down
7. Exodus Due West$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Change Becomes UsOnly Wire would attempt to make their fourth album after their tenth. At the beginning of their career, between 1977 and 1979, the great British art punk quartet released three perfect albums, Pink Flag, Chairs Missing and 154, each wildly different from the other. Then they splintered, though a bunch of post-154 songs-in-process came to light later, in the dodgy live recordings that made up the bizarre, messy Document and Eyewitness (1981) and 1996's Turns and Strokes.
Since they first reunited in 1985, Wire has had an exceptionally weird relationship to its own past. During their commercial peak in the latter half of the 80s, they refused to play anything from the pre-breakup era, and for the first few years of their current incarnation, they mostly acted as if they'd jumped straight from Pink Flag to the year 2000. At the beginning of this decade, they started looking back in earnest-- not in a hey, kids, we wrote 12 x U, remember? way, but in a cleaning up loose ends way. 2011's Strays EP contained four pieces that had been kicking around their live repertoire for a long time but had never been recorded to their satisfaction before; the Black Session album that came out last year actually included a few relatively faithful versions of old songs.
And now they've gone back to the material they'd have recorded for the album that never happened after 154. The 13 titles on Change Becomes Us are new, but the songs themselves aren't; they're all more or less newly rewritten versions of the Document and Eyewitness/Turns and Strokes repertoire. It's not the first time they've reckoned with some of those sketches, either. B/W Silence and Time Lock Fog are respectively adapted from Lorries and 5/10, which singer/guitarist Colin Newman previously reworked on his 1982 solo album Not To. Doubles & Trebles is a new version of Ally in Exile, which Wire mutated first into Art of Persistence on 2000's The Third Day and then into I Don't Understand on 2002's Read & Burn 01; positioned as the new album's opener, its arrangement and lyric (about a solitary agent in enemy territory) explicitly allude to the way Reuters introduces Pink Flag.
The Wire of 1980, and the band's members on the solo records that immediately followed the split, were radicals who were trying to pry open the pop-recording form and avoid repeating themselves. The Wire of 2013 have settled on a sweet-and-prickly sound that suits them, and sonically Change Becomes Us is of a piece with Red Barked Tree and Object 47, the other studio albums they've recorded since the 2004 departure of guitarist/texturalist Bruce Gilbert. (These days, his spot is filled by Matt Simms, who's 30 years younger than the rest of the band.)
Considered as a set of songs, though, it's fantastic-- a clear look at the twisty, glittering material that had previously only been a few sparkles of possibility shining through the muck of those difficult live albums. The band who wrote these songs were a couple of years away from becoming hardcore punk icons-- there are hints of that when drummer Robert Grey breaks into a high-speed two-step on Adore Your Island and Stealth of a Stork. And they were so deeply invested in non-obviousness that their lyrics sometimes read like cryptic crossword clues: the hook of Eels Sang Lino-- recast here as Eels Sang-- is an anagram for in Los Angeles.
But the Wire of 1979 and 1980 were also developing their enduring fascination with unlikely kinds of beauty, and their 21st century incarnation has built some of their most fetching songs from some of the most ragged and jagged ideas to come from their younger selves. (Re-Invent Your Second Wheel, sung by bassist Graham Lewis, is a languorous waltz whose DNA has traces of the in-your-face Document and Eyewitness experiment Zegk Hoqp.) History and transformation are, understandably, recurring themes in the new lyrics on Change Becomes Us, and it's a treat to have this missing link in the Wire story repaired, even if it's as much an anomaly in the present moment as Document and Eyewitness was in its time.
- Douglas Wolk (Pitchfork)1. Doubles & Trebles
2. Keep Exhaling
3. Adore Your Island
4. Re-Invent Your Second Wheel
5. Stealth Of A Stork
6. B/W Silence
7. Time Lock Fog
8. Magic Bullet
9. Eels Sang
10. Love Bends
11. As We Go
12. & Much Besides
13, Attractive Space$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dvorak: String Quintet In G Major (Speakers Corner)A perusal of string quintets throughout history leaves one with the impression that their creators wish to bestow a powerful impact upon the small group of musicians. And it is no different with Dvoák's Quintet in G major: a double bass, instead of the usual second cello, paints with broad strokes in the lengthy score whose first movement almost takes on symphonic dimensions.
Here, the insistent, broad theme is presented in snappy cascades of sound. The cantilena, supported by a scurrying second subject, is followed by a frenzied Scherzo, which is steeped in Czech folk music under Dvoák's distinctive style. The third movement (Poco andante) is highly meditative and is constructed with layers of one and the same basic motif, which soon is intensified with pulsating quavers and finally evolves in rising melodic elements.
The Finale is filled with fresh melodies and spiced with subtle motivic development, which is pleasant on the ear in all its complexity. It is not surprising, therefore, that Dvoák won an important prize for his Quintet.
Recording: June 1971 at Boston Symphony Hall by GÜnter Hermanns
Production: Thomas Mowrey
- Joseph Silverstein (violin)
- Max Hobart (violin)
- Burton Fine (viola)
- Jules Eskin (cello)
- Henry Portnoi (bass)
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. Allegro Con Fuoco
2. Intermezzo. Andante Religioso. Molto Adagio
3. Scherzo. Allegro Vivace - Trio. L'Istesso Tempo, Quasi Allegretto
4. Poco Andante
5. Finale. Allegro Assai$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Profile: Best Of Emmylou HarrisAlready celebrated as a discoverer and interpreter of other artists' songs, 12-time Grammy Award winner Emmylou Harris has, in the last decade, gained admiration as much for her eloquently straightforward songwriting as for her incomparably expressive singing. On Hard Bargain, her third Nonesuch disc, she offers 11 original songs-three of them co-written with Grammy- and Oscar-winning composer Will Jennings-that touch on the autobiographical while reaching for the universal. She recalls the storied time she spent with her mentor Gram Parsons ("The Road") and composes a sweet remembrance of the late singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle ("Darlin' Kate") and the time they spent together, right up to the end. Harris locates poignancy and fresh meaning in events both historical and personal. On "My Name Is Emmett Till" she recounts a violent, headline-making story from the civil rights era in a heartbreakingly plain-spoken narrative, told from the murdered victim's perspective; on "Goodnight Old World," she fashions a bittersweet lullaby to her newly born grandchild, contrasting a grown-up's world-weariness with a baby's wide-eyed wonder. "Big Black Dog," with its loping canine-like rhythms, is also a true tale, about a black lab mix named Bella. Harris, who runs a dog shelter called Bonaparte's Retreat on her property, rescued Bella from the Nashville Metro pound and provided an especially happy ending to her story: "She goes on the tour bus with me now, along with another one of my rescues. I think of all the years on the road I wasted without a dog. They make it so much more pleasant. I'm making up for lost time now, that's for sure."Few in pop or country music have achieved such honesty or revealed such maturity in their writing.
Forty years into her career, Harris shares the hard-earned wisdom that-hopefully if not inevitably-comes with getting older, though she's never stopped looking ahead. The candor of Harris's words is matched by a simple, elegantly rendered production from Jay Joyce (Patty Griffin, Jack Ingram, Cage the Elephant), with whom she'd previously recorded a theme for the romantic drama, Nights in Rodanthe. While Harris's acclaimed 2008 All I Intended to Be was recorded intermittently over a span of three years and featured an all-star cast of musician friends, including Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, and the McGarrigles, Hard Bargain was cut in a mere four weeks last summer at a Nashville studio, with only Harris, Joyce, and multi-instrumentalist Giles Reaves. Joyce gets big results from this strikingly small combo: Harris played acoustic guitars and overdubbed all the harmonies; Joyce layered shimmering electric guitar parts; Reaves-employing piano, pump organ, and synths as well as playing percussion-conjured gorgeous atmospherics, often giving these tracks, as Harris puts it, "a floaty, dreamy quality.""It's such a beautifully realized sound," says Harris. "We didn't have the need for anyone else given how versatile Giles and Jay are. We became our own little family in the studio. We cut very simply, with just maybe a click and whatever they wanted to play and me on an acoustic guitar, going for that vocal and that feel, right to the heart of the matter. After we got a track, there were all those lovely brush strokes they were able to add to it later on. I particularly love the guitar part Jay put on 'My Name Is Emmett Till.' It's a simple part but it just breaks my heart whenever I hear it. It's like a cry from heaven or something. Jay works really fast but he puts so much thought into what he does. I've been very lucky to work with so many great producers over the years and now I guess it was time to increase the stable."On "The Road,"1. One Of These Days
2. Sweet Dreams
3. To Daddy
4. (You Never Can Tell) C'est La Vie
5. Making Believe
6. East From Now On
7. Together Again
8. If I Could Only Win Your Love
9. Too Far Gone
10. Two More Bottles Of Wine
11. Boulder To Birminham
12. Hello Stranger$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Too Tough To LiveDan Sartain returns with the new album Too Tough To Live, 13-tracks delivered in under 19 minutes! That's an average strike rate of a new tune every 1 minute and 30 seconds. Recorded at Lucky Cat, San Francisco, Too Tough To Live finds Sartain running fresh out of patience with a whole itinerary of hassles: department stores, death, the unseeing eye, the all-seeing eye, heaven, hell, Vietnam, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and you.
Too Tough To Live also boasts a guest appearance by singer/guitarist Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go's on Now Now Now. The two met at a brain trust of sorts in San Francisco known as a Star Track convention. After some begging and name dropping, Wieldlin was convinced to join Sartain here, achieving one of the album's highlights in the process.
The new set finds Sartain operating at the opposite end of his range to that of 2009's Dan Sartain Lives. With adequate production values and some musical chops, the down stroke ridden Too Tough To Live is a tribute to when punk was the real deal!1. Nam Vet
2. Now Now Now (with Jane Wiedlin)
3. I Wanna Join The Army
4. I'm Aware
6. Swap Meet
7. Boo Hoo Hoo
8. Indian Massacre
9. Fuck Friday
10. I Got Insurance
11. I Can't Go Home Now
12. Even At My Worst I'm Better Than You
13. In Death$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Reanimation (Awaiting Repress)One word: Epic. That's the most succinct way to describe the stunning instrumental debut by cinematic post-rock powerhouse LIGHTS & MOTION. The band's braintrust, 24 year old self-taught multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, engineer, mixer and all around musical savant Christoffer Franzen, created and composed every song in real-time during late night insomnia sessions through pure accident, improvisation and inspiration. And the result? More than you could have ever hoped for. Reanimation is pure, sweeping, musically-animated emotion: modern yet classic, bold yet restrained, grandiose yet humble, storming yet tranquil, swerving yet linear...and you are completely surrounded in the sincerity, the ecstasy, the illumination of it all. Every song is so deeply intimate yet so massively majestic, culminating in a timeless album that is seemingly created from the same stuff dreams are made of. Reanimation will be acknowledged as one of the most important post-rock albums ever to be made...and if this was the last album we ever released on Deep Elm Records, I would consider our 18 year mission an overwhelming success says label founder John Szuch.
Melodies and harmonies, movies and images, loneliness and melancholy are my influences says Franzen. There is just this urge, this need to create and it takes on different shapes. Sometimes it's rough and loud and sometimes it's very quiet. I consider myself to be more and more of a painter of sound. It always starts out with something easy and timid, like a simple brush stroke. Depending on the mood, I change the color and intensity of my next stroke and suddenly the whole impression of what that piece was drastically changes. I compose with layers and depth, and it's often the slightest thing that makes the whole song turn into a new direction, often one I didn't see coming myself. That is part of the journey, at least for the way I write music. I never know what I wiIl end up with, and it's often very different from what I started out with. Sometimes I tell people that this album consists of my dreams...only I wasn't sleeping with they came to me, I just did my best to get them down on tape.
Franzen continues, At the beginning, I really had nothing except for a vision of something vast, heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. I didn't think in terms of music, but in terms of other things that inspired me, things that painted a picture in my head that I could see so clearly. This was in the Fall of 2011. Without any education in sound engineering or music production, I spent countless nights learning how to get the sounds that I could hear in my head to come out through the speakers. I did this by trial and error, reading endless forums about music production, watching tutorials and experimenting. By doing this I learned the capabilities and limitations of the studio and the gear that I could use, as well as my own as a producer. In order to achieve the sound that I had in mind, I had to pick up all these different instruments and learn how to play them. If somebody had told me one year ago that I would record an entire album by myself, I wouldn't have believed them. I am very proud of it and I can't believe it's done. This album was about gathering the courage to launch an endeavor that was purely my own. It was a reawakening, a rebirth, a resurrection of sorts, and a passageway into a dreamlike world that I created myself...a world to get lost in...a world that gives us hope.
An album for which my immediate feeling is astonishment. I am in awe. Thank you Christoffer. - Troublezine
Amazingly beautiful, intimate, relaxed melodies and soundscapes. Very impressive...a success. - 520 Music
Cinematic soundtrack-mash-ups that bring a fresh breeze into a otherwise linear and narrow genre. - Melodic1. Requiem
5. The March
6. Victory Rose
8 . Fractured
10. Faded Fluorescence
13. Dream Away$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
SalutationsConor Oberst will release a new album, Salutations, on Nonesuch Records.
The album is a companion piece to 2016's lauded Ruminations. When Oberst wrote and recorded the songs on Ruminations, entirely solo-with just voice, piano, guitar and harmonica-he intended to ultimately record them with a full band. In the midst of putting together that band-upstate New York's The Felice Brothers plus the legendary drummer Jim Keltner (Neil Young, Jackson Browne, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and many more)-the passionate responses Oberst was getting to those first solo recordings, from friends and colleagues, encouraged him to release the songs as-is, in their original sparse form, as his seventh solo album: Ruminations, which was released in October 2016. The Sunday Times of London called it the rawest album yet from the forever troubled one-time voice of a generation and political and very, very personal, saying Oberst is one of the best songwriters around.
Meanwhile, Oberst simultaneously moved ahead with his plans to record with the band, heading to the famed Shangri-la Studios in Malibu to record Salutations-co-produced with Keltner and engineered by long-time musical compadre Andy LeMaster. Guest contributions come courtesy of Jim James, Blake Mills, Maria Taylor, M Ward, Gillian Welch, Gus Seyffert, Pearl Charles, Nathaniel Walcott, and Jonathan Wilson.
Salutations includes full-band versions of the ten songs from Ruminations, plus seven additional songs, some from an additional session at Five Star Studios in Echo Park in fall 2016.
Oberst says of the Salutations sessions: Jim was really the captain of the ship and the spiritual leader of the project. We leaned heavy on his fifty-plus years of musical insight to get us to where we needed to be. He brought such depth and dignity to the proceedings that made everyone else involved rise to the occasion. It was a true stroke of luck that he got involved when he did.LP 1
1. Too Late to Fixate
2. Gossamer Thin
5. Next Of Kin
7. Mamah Borthwick (A Sketch)
8. Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out
1. Barbary Coast (Later)
3. Empty Hotel by the Sea
4. Anytime Soon
5. Counting Sheep
6. Rain Follows the Plow
7. You All Loved Him Once
8. A Little Uncanny
9. Salutations$26.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Southern RootsAt long last here are the original session tapes that produced Jerry Lee Lewis' 1974 Southern Roots LP. Produced by Huey Meaux, a fellow Louisiana wildman, the final results reveal what happens when two fiery, free-spirited forces lock horns in the studio.
Meaux had just gotten out of prison and had a reputation you wouldn't want in your family tree. Separately, Meaux and Lewis each spelled trouble in a big way and could be impossible to work with. Together? God knows what would happen. The results could be an utter disaster or a stroke of genius. As Meaux later observed, ''I knew Jerry and I would fight, but in the end we'd come out with the record. We fought, but we delivered.''
For three days in September, 1973 Jerry Lee Lewis and Huey Meaux went at it, and each other. Listen as Jerry Lee is turned loose in the studio by a producer who didn't try to rein in Jerry's ego. In fact, Meaux did everything he could to feed it. That ego is nowhere more evident than on Jerry's version of the Percy Sledge 1966 hit, When A Man Loves A Woman, which Jerry turns into a sermon on war between the sexes.
Jerry and Huey cut mostly southern music - soul, country, R&B and a touch of swamp pop. They even included a surprisingly impassioned version of Johnny Ray's 1952 hit record, Cry.
Little did we know that there was supposed to be a second Southern Roots album. Only ten tracks ever appeared on the LP - a scant 34 minutes of music - but we've got it all here, including the music that was scheduled to appear on the second 'lost album,' all neatly overdubbed and ready for release. We've also got the stuff you were never meant to hear, and there's plenty of it.LP 1
1. Meat Man
2. When A Man Loves A Woman
3. Hold On I'm Coming
4. Just A Little Bit
5. Born To Be A Loser
6. Haunted House
7. Blueberry Hill
8. The Revolutionary Man
9. Big Blue Diamonds
10. That Old Bourbon Street Church
1. Silver Threads Among The Gold
2. Hold On I'm Coming (fast version)
3. Take Your Time
4. All Over Hell And Half Of Georgia
5. I Sure Miss Those Good Old Times
6. Raining In My Heart
7 Honey Hush
10. Studio Chatter #8 - Polk Salad Annie$47.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
And It Shook MePlus1 Records will release ...And It Shook Me, the follow-up to The Postelles' 2011 self-titled debut album which they co-produced with The Strokes' Albert Hammond, Jr.
On its self-titled debut album, The Postelles captured the unbridled enthusiasm of falling into the arms of love.
Now, two years wiser and with heartbreak in tow, the New York foursome again dips into a bevy of pop staples-happy-go-lucky choruses, shimmering guitar melodies, and boundless harmonies-to guide its sophomore release, And It Shook Me.
It's a record meant for summer listening; every song is a catchy and up-tempo affair fronted by singer Daniel Balk's effervescent vocals. The album's highlight, "Sweet Water," leaves a charming aftertaste. "Heavy Eyes" is a sunny ditty chaperoned by bouncy guitars, and "Waiting By Your Window" succeeds with its charming, whistle-worthy melody. -Popstache.com1 And It Shook Me
2 Pretend It's Love
3 Sweet Water
4 You Got Me Beat
5 Heavy Eyes
6 Oh My Luck
7 Caught by Surprise
8 Parallel Love
9 Waiting by Your Window
10 Running Red Lights
11 Tidal Wave
12 You Know I Won't$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now