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  • Too Fast For Love Too Fast For Love On Sale Quick View

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    Too Fast For Love


    Limited Edition (1500) Clear With White Vinyl


    Too Fast For Love is the debut studio album by American heavy metal band Mötley CrÜe. The first edition of 900 copies was released on November 10, 1981, on the band's LeathÜr Records label. Elektra Records signed the band the following year, at which point the album was remixed and partially re-recorded. This re-release, with a different track listing and slightly different artwork (e.g., red lettering on the cover and a different interior photograph of the band), has become the standard version from which all later reissues derive. The original mix of the album remained unreleased on CD until 2002, when it was included in the Music to Crash Your Car to: Vol. 1 box set compilation.


    While the album only reached number 77 on the Billboard 200 album chart in the United States, it would ultimately reach platinum status. The songs Stick to Your Guns and Live Wire were released as singles for the album. The album cover is a tribute to The Rolling Stones album Sticky Fingers.Available for the first time on clear with white vinyl.

    1. Live Wire
    2. Come on and Dance
    3. Public Enemy #1
    4. Merry-Go-Round
    5. Take Me to the Top
    6. Piece of Your Action
    7. Starry Eyes
    8. Too Fast for Love
    9. On With the Show
    Motley Crue
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    Too Fast For Love

    For the first time ever, Motley Crue is re-issuing their first 5 studio albums as well as their latest hit album, Saints of Los Angeles on the vinyl format.


    Too Fast For Love is the 1981 debut from a Hollywood club circuit-era Motley Crue, and it marks the beginning of the glam metal scene. The album offers an early look at the Crue's raw, powerful and gritty determination to take over rock & roll.

    1. Live Wire
    2. Come on and Dance
    3. Public Enemy #1
    4. Merry-Go-Round
    5. Take Me to the Top
    6. Piece of Your Action
    7. Starry Eyes
    8. Too Fast for Love
    9. On With the Show
    Motley Crue
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    An Angel Moves Too Fast To See

    Prelude
    Intro
    Allegro
    No Trees Left: Every Blade Of Grass Is Screaming
    Adagio
    Rhys Chatham
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    Lose Your Illusion, Too

    This Chicago quartet have earned themselves a reputation as hard-partying Midwestern punks who've never met a stage they didn't want to burn down, but underneath all that they're a bunch of guys whose hearts melt at the touch of a sweet pop hook, who love The Replacements' slow songs just as much as their fast ones, and who love defying expectations.
    1. Rathole

    2. (Who Is) Alice Golden?

    3. Massage

    4. Never Lived by Myself

    5. Judy

    6. Helpful

    7. Chopper

    8. Kinda Babes

    9. Cream Rises

    10. WTF Lol

    11. Exquisite Corpse

    12. I Don't Care

    13. Neon Lights

    14. (Us And) All Our Friends Are So Messed Up

    Mannequin Men
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    Motley Crue Greatest Hits

    Motley Crue's Greatest Hits features 19 of the band's finest, from albums Too Fast For Love to their most recent release Saints of Los Angeles. Double 180g vinyl LP.
    1. Too Fast For Love
    2. Shout At The Devil
    3. Looks That Kill
    4. Too Young To Fall In Love
    5. Smokin' In The Boys Room
    6. Home Sweet Home
    7. Wild Side
    8. Girls, Girls, Girls
    9. Dr. Feelgood
    10. Kickstart My Heart
    11. Same Ol' Situation
    12. Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
    13. Without You
    14. Primal Scream
    15. Sick Love Song
    16. Afraid
    17. If I Die Tomorrow
    18. Saints of Los Angeles
    19. The Animal In Me (remix)
    Motley Crue
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    Theatre Of Pain


    Limited Edition (1500) Opaque White Vinyl


    Theatre of Pain is the third studio album by the American heavy metal band Mötley CrÜe, released on June 21, 1985. Released in the aftermath of singer Vince Neil's arrest for manslaughter on a drunk driving charge, the album marked a step away from the traditional heavy metal sound of Too Fast for Love and Shout at the Devil a more glam metal influenced style.


    Theatre of Pain contains the hits Smokin' in the Boys Room and the power ballad Home Sweet Home. The album reached No. 6 in the US and No. 36 in the UK, and was certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA on June 5, 1995. Available for the first time on opaque white vinyl.

    1. City Boy Blues
    2. Smokin' In the Boys Room (Brownsville Station cover)
    3. Louder Than Hell
    4. Keep Your Eye on The Money
    5. Home Sweet Home
    6. Tonight (We Need A Lover)
    7. Use It Or Lose It
    8. Save Our Souls
    9. Raise Your Hands To Rock
    10. Flight For Your Rights
    Motley Crue
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    Kur-Nu-Gi-A (On Sale)

    PICTURE DISC REISSUE OF EDGE OF SANITYS FIRST PROPER DEMO ORIGINALLY RELEASED IN 1990



    Edge of Sanity's first proper demo KUR-NU-GI-A was recorded and released in 1990. It sold well beyond any expectations and gave the band a good reputation in the growing Metal underground. After the release of the demo the band signed to Black Mark and within a year the band had their debut album 'Nothing But Death remains' released.


    Singer/Producer Dan Swano had this to say about the release:
    I always felt we grew up a bit too fast, We got caught up in the growing Death Metal scene and tuned down the guitars and bought the 'right' distortion pedals and tried to be the new Entombed. This demo showcases the original sound of Edge of Sanity. During this period we still listened to a lot of progressive and challenging metal of all kinds and I still believe the songs have their true version on this demo. I transferred the original 4 track cassette masters, using state of the art digital technology, and remixed them and finally gave them the sound I dreamt of giving them 21 years ago. The dream of finally having this classic recording released on 12 picture disc has come true. While digging in the vaults, I found a lot more interesting stuff, so expect more 'post mortem' release from Edge of Sanity.

    SIDE A
    1. Decepted by the Cross
    2. Maze of Existence
    3. Beyond the Unknown

    SIDE B
    4. The Day of Maturity
    5. Immortal Souls
    6. Serenade for the Dead
    Edge Of Sanity
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    The End (Box Set) (Awaiting Repress)

    Six 180 Gram LP Box Set (Also Includes Six CD Versions)


    CD & DVD Of The Band's Final Performance On December 31st, 2015


    Includes A Hardcover Book, Autographed Lithograph Photo Prints Of The Band, Exclusive Mick Mars Guitar Picks And A Commemorative Final Tour VIP Laminate Pass


    Just in time for the holiday season, legendary rock band, MÖTLEY CRÜE have something special for their fans in the form of a box set, Mötley CrÜe: The End, available via Eleven Seven Music.


    The box set will chronicle the span of their 35-year career with the inclusion of six LPs and CDs, packaged within a hardcover photo book, of Too Fast for Love (1981), Shout At The Devil (1983), Theatre of Pain (1985), Girls, Girls, Girls (1987), Dr. Feelgood (1989), Saints of Los Angeles (2008), and conclude with a live audio CD and DVD of the band's final performance to a sold-out Los Angeles Staples Center arena on December 31, 2015. Also included are four exclusive, autographed lithograph photo prints of the band, four exclusive Mick Mars guitar picks and a commemorative 'Final Tour' VIP laminate pass.


    The last night of the 'Final Tour' DVD is a must-have keep-sake for any Mötley CrÜe fan. The spectacular final concert at Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles, CA, on New Year's Eve in 2015, just a few miles from the Sunset Strip where the band's infamous and decadent career first launched, can now be relived! The band thrilled the sold-out arena with performances of such mega-hits as "Kickstart My Heart," "Girls, Girls, Girls," "Home Sweet Home" and "Dr. Feelgood." While not everyone was able to see their final show live, CrÜe fans can now catch all the action via DVD in the comfort of their home. In addition to the epic concert footage, viewers will be treated to exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the band's last show ever.


    In January, 2014, Mötley CrÜe held a press conference announcing their Final Tour, complete with a "cessation of touring" agreement signed by all members prohibiting any and all future live engagements under the Mötley CrÜe name. Mötley CrÜe's two-year concert trek, saw the band - Vince Neil (vocals), Mick Mars (guitars), Nikki Sixx (bass) and Tommy Lee (drums) - perform across five continents (North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia) for a total of more than 164 shows in 72 markets grossing over $100 million. Known for their over-the-top production, Mötley CrÜe did not disappoint for their last show ever on New Year's Eve: from massive, cutting-edge pyro, including Nikki Sixx's bass guitar spitting fire over 30 ft. into the air, and Tommy Lee's "CrÜecifly" drum roller coaster, amongst many other spectacular elements.


    Lead singer, Vince Neil, delivered an emotional, "thank you" speech to the audience, while the band supplied next-level, high-octane fueled energy, ringing in the New Year on stage with thousands of balloons raining down on the crowd. The grand finale of the show included a blow-out performance of their hit single, "Kickstart My Heart" with Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil floating above the audience in far-reaching "cherry-pickers." Leaving fans in tears, the show concluded with an emotional encore rendition of "Home Sweet Home" from the second stage riser in the center of the audience.

    Too Fast For Love
    1. Live Wire
    2. Come on and Dance
    3. Public Enemy #1
    4. Merry-Go-Round
    5. Take Me to the Top
    6. Piece of Your Action
    7. Starry Eyes
    8. Too Fast for Love
    9. On With the Show


    Shout At The Devil
    1. In The Beginning
    2. Shout At The Devil
    3. Looks That Kill
    4. Bastard
    5. God Bless The Children Of The Beast
    6. Helter Skelter
    7. Red Hot
    8. Too Young To Fall In Love
    9. Knock 'Em Dead, Kid
    10. Ten Seconds To Love
    11. Danger


    Theatre Of Pain
    1. City Boy Blues
    2. Smokin' In The Boys Room
    3. Louder Than Hell
    4. Keep Your Eye On The Money
    5. Home Sweet Home
    6. Tonight (We Need A Lover)
    7. Use It Or Lose It
    8. Save Our Souls
    9. Raise Your Hands To Rock
    10. Fight For Your Rights


    Girls, Girls, Girls
    1. Wild Side
    2. Girls, Girls, Girls
    3. Dancing On Glass
    4. Bad Boy Boogie
    5. Nona
    6. Five Years Dead
    7. All In The Name Of...
    8. Sumethin' For Nuthin'
    9. You're All I Need
    10. Jailhouse Rock (live)


    Dr. Feelgood
    1. T. N. T. (Terror 'N Tinseltown)
    2. Dr. Feelgood
    3. Slice Of Your Pie
    4. Rattlesnake Shake
    5. Kickstart My Heart
    6. Without You
    7. Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)
    8. Sticky Sweet
    9. She Goes Down
    10. Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
    11. Time For Change


    Saints Of Los Angeles
    1. L.A.M.F.
    2. Face Down In The Dirt
    3. What's It Gonna Take
    4. Down At The Whisky
    5. Saints of Los Angeles (Gang Vocal)
    6. Mutherfucker of the Year
    7. The Animal In Me
    8. Welcome To The Machine
    9. Just Another Psycho
    10. Chicks = Trouble
    11. This Ain't A Love Song
    12. White Trash Circus
    13. Goin' Out Swingin'


    The End (CD)
    1. Intro
    2. Girls, Girls, Girls
    3. Wild Side
    4. Primal Scream
    5. Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)
    6. Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
    7. Smokin' In The Boys' Room
    8. Looks That Kill
    9. Mutherfucker Of The Year
    10. Shout At The Devil
    11. Louder Than Hell
    12. Saints Of Los Angeles
    13. Live Wire
    14. Dr. Feelgood
    15. Kickstart My Heart
    16. Home Sweet Home


    The End (DVD)
    1. Intro
    2. Girls, Girls, Girls
    3. Wild Side
    4. Primal Scream
    5. Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)
    6. Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
    7. Rock N Roll Part II / Smokin' In The Boys' Room
    8. Looks That Kill
    9. Mutherfucker Of The Year
    10. In The Beginning / Shout At The Devil
    11. Louder Than Hell
    12. Drum Solo
    13. Guitar Solo
    14. Saints Of Los Angeles
    15. Live Wire
    16. T.N.T (Terror 'N Tinseltown) / Dr. Feelgood
    17. Kickstart My Heart
    18. Home Sweet Home
    19. My Way (Credits)

    Motley Crue
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Box Set + 7 CDs + DVD - 6 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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    Quarterbacks

    QUARTERBACKS started as a short-lived duo playing too-fast love songs backed by guitar and a single snare drum. Basement style, old smelly carpets, house shows for punk and patch kids. This was in New
    Paltz, a college town at the bottom of a mountain in upstate New York. Dean (Dean Engle, the band's songwriter/vocalist) worked at one of the town's two record shops, as K Records-obsessed small town boys
    usually do.


    The QUARTERBACKS line-up combusted after a handful of shows. The songs sat dormant until January 2012 when Dean enlisted Max Restaino and Tom Christie to revive the project. The new three-piece
    expanded the original vision, playing love-obsessed songs with limited affectation. The songs averaged under-2 minutes, and the DIY ethic remained firm. A few tape-only releases came into being (See the
    brilliant Double Double Whammy Records of Brooklyn NY).


    Two years of upstate basement shows further refined their efficient twee punk set, new songs slowly forming from familiar themes and chord patterns, progress through recursion. Down the street from the record
    shop where Dean worked was Team Love Records, a record label that had relocated from Sugar Street in NYC's East Village to Church Street in New Paltz. The folks at Team Love and Dean found themselves
    spending way too much time discussing favorite Cat's Miaow singles and post-Young Marble Giants projects.
    On February 10th, 2015, Team Love will release the first official longplayer by QUARTERBACKS. It's 19 songs played in 22 minutes. It's fast, broken-hearted and full of people, places and things. QUARTERBACKS was recorded at the Tin Roof Sessions Studio in New Paltz by Kyle Gilbride (Swearin,' Waxahatchee, Radiator Hospital) in less than 12 hours.

    1. Usual
    2. Not in Luv
    3. Center
    4. Stay in Luv
    5. Weekend
    6. Pool
    7. Knicks
    8. The Dogs
    9. Sportscenter
    10. Last Boy
    11. Never Go
    12. Prove Me Wrong
    13. Space
    14. Simple Songs
    15. Twenty
    16. Lauren
    17. Love Seat
    18. Schmictionary
    19. Point Nine
    Quarterbacks
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    Hydra

    Within Temptation have announced that they will release their sixth studio album, 'Hydra,' on Jan. 31. In addition, the Dutch band has revealed some unexpected surprises in the form of guest appearances on the disc.


    Known for creating their own brand of symphonic metal, Within Temptation have a few surprises in store on 'Hydra.' The guest list includes collaborations with Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum, former Killswitch Engage frontman Howard Jones and perhaps the most surprising of them all - hip-hop artist Xzibit. The set also includes the recently released track 'Paradise (What About Us?)' featuring former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen.


    Xzibit joins forces with Within Temptation on a track called 'And We Run,' a song described by frontwoman Sharon Den Adel as an anthem about how to live your life. "He's rapping at full force on this song, it's really heavy," says Adel. "Xzibit brings a new element to our music that we've never had before! It's a new cross-over and we love it!"


    Jones' contribution comes on 'Dangerous,' one of the heavier tracks on the disc. "I always loved Howard's voice," shares Adel. "He makes the song even heavier than it already is. That song is one of my favorite songs on the record and one of the fastest we've ever written. It has the most bass drums we've ever used, too, and a very fast riff which we doubled with synths. It's not a typical synthesizer, though - it's distorted like a guitar, and it's very aggressive."

    - Mary Ouellette (Loudwire)

    1. Let Us Burn
    2. Dangerous feat. Howard Jones
    3. And We Run feat. Xzibit
    4. Paradise (What About Us?) feat. Tarja
    5. Edge Of The World
    6. Silver Moonlight
    7. Covered By Roses
    8. Dog Days
    9. Tell Me Why
    10. Whole World Is Watching feat. Dave Pirner
    Within Temptation
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    Hydra - Deluxe Box Set

    Double Gatefold Black Vinyl Version Of The Album With Bonus Tracks


    Hydra 18-track Album Including Bonus Tracks In The Form Of A Media Book (disc 1 (track 1-10) New Tracks Of Hydra, Disc 2 (track 11-18) Bonus Tracks) With A Hot Foil Print Cover, Featuring A 100 Page Booklet Consisting Of Unique Photos


    Instrumental Version Of The Entire Album


    Songbook With Sheet Music Of The Songs Of The Album


    Hydra Guitar Pick


    Packaged In An Especially Designed LP-sized Box


    Within Temptation have announced that they will release their sixth studio album, 'Hydra,' on Jan. 31. In addition, the Dutch band has revealed some unexpected surprises in the form of guest appearances on the disc.


    Known for creating their own brand of symphonic metal, Within Temptation have a few surprises in store on 'Hydra.' The guest list includes collaborations with Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum, former Killswitch Engage frontman Howard Jones and perhaps the most surprising of them all - hip-hop artist Xzibit. The set also includes the recently released track 'Paradise (What About Us?)' featuring former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen.


    Xzibit joins forces with Within Temptation on a track called 'And We Run,' a song described by frontwoman Sharon Den Adel as an anthem about how to live your life. "He's rapping at full force on this song, it's really heavy," says Adel. "Xzibit brings a new element to our music that we've never had before! It's a new cross-over and we love it!"


    Jones' contribution comes on 'Dangerous,' one of the heavier tracks on the disc. "I always loved Howard's voice," shares Adel. "He makes the song even heavier than it already is. That song is one of my favorite songs on the record and one of the fastest we've ever written. It has the most bass drums we've ever used, too, and a very fast riff which we doubled with synths. It's not a typical synthesizer, though - it's distorted like a guitar, and it's very aggressive."

    - Mary Ouellette (Loudwire)

    LP 1 & 2
    1. Let Us Burn
    2. Dangerous feat. Howard Jones
    3. And We Run feat. Xzibit
    4. Paradise (What About Us?) feat. Tarja
    5. Edge Of The World
    6. Silver Moonlight
    7. Covered By Roses
    8. Dog Days
    9. Tell Me Why
    10. Whole World Is Watching feat. Dave Pirner


    2CD With Media Book:
    1. Let Us Burn
    2. Dangerous feat. Howard Jones
    3. And We Run feat. Xzibit
    4. Paradise (What About Us?) feat. Tarja
    5. Edge Of The World
    6. Silver Moonlight
    7. Covered By Roses
    8. Dog Days
    9. Tell Me Why
    10. Whole World Is Watching feat. Dave Pirner
    11. Radioactive (originally performed by Imagine Dragons)
    12. Summertime Sadness (originally performed by Lana del Ray)
    13. Let Her Go (originally performed by Passenger)
    14. Dirty Dancer (originally performed by Enrique Iglesias)
    15. And We Run- evolution track
    16. Silver Moonlight - evolution track
    17. Covered By Roses - evolution track
    18. Tell Me Why - evolution track

    Within Temptation
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    Conversations

    Woman's Hour are not your average band. The first clue comes in the name of the London-based swoon-pop four-piece, taken from a beloved female-focussed news and culture show on BBC Radio 4. The second is in their graphic, striking monochrome visuals, meticulously curated in collaboration with TATE and MOMA certified fine artists Oliver Chanarin and Adam Broomberg. These play with shape and texture, much like their powerful, iridescent music. On their excellent debut album 'Conversations', this has the intricate construction and intimacy of The xx and the iridescent shimmer of summer-defining indie pop. Pay attention now, or regret it later.


    In a sense, we feel like the odd ones out, explains frontwoman Fiona Burgess of their nose-to-tail approach to their visuals, performance and songcraft. It's quite empowering that we're doing it as four people but we're not part of a bigger collective. Indeed, their 360º approach is closer to the art/music crossover of acts such as Throbbing Gristle, Yoko Ono or Factory Floor than most of this year's indie hopes. Their music - as poignantly personal as pop gets - has a rare singularity and purpose.


    Take single Her Ghost, which layers a breezy guitar hook with Fiona's beautiful, sighing lyric of inner turmoil. I'm interested in the idea of memory and how powerful memories can be, and how powerful some things can be to let go of, she says. A lot of my writing is me trying to understand an emotion or situation. The track's melody and a message lingers in the recesses of the mind like a box of treasured letters.


    Woman's Hour started to come together one summer, when Fiona started collaborating with her brother, guitarist William Burgess. I had been to a couple of rehearsals with other bands and it wasn't very much fun, says William. I mentioned to Fiona that I'd like her to sing and we decided to have a go. I went round to her place one day and it turned our that she had a pretty nice voice! The two recruited bassist Nicolas Graves, who was William's friend from back home (the pair had played in a couple of local guitar bands back in Kendal) and the three began creating their music. Nicolas explains: We just messed around in each other's houses for a bit and tried to get a few songs together.


    We played our first gig in 2011, Nicolas continues. It was at Fiona's house in Camden. It was a hat-themed party. I remember wearing a beret. Fiona was wearing a trilby, and Will had a sombrero on. It was incredibly nerve-racking for the trio despite the jolly occasion (I almost froze with fear at one point laughs Nicolas), but the gig was a runaway success, and it was there that they all met keyboardist Josh Hunnisett, who was already a friend of Fiona's and happened to be doing the sound at the event. Even in the shambolic situation, the band were meticulous perfectionists.


    The quartet had their first rehearsal in an old vicarage in Dalston. It just felt really honest, says Josh. There was no 'you can't do this, you can't do that, don't try that - the style of music felt pure and everyone was expressing themselves in the way they wanted. We've tried to think about this as a collaboration between four different creative people. Each band member brings a wholly distinct set of influences to the band - from German cold wave to pop rarities and uncompromising singer/songwriters. Their website even has a section dedicated to recommended reading.


    But it was their favourite radio show that was to be have most prominent effect on the band. When we were first doing demos we named them all after BBC Radio 4 programmes, explains Nick. The World at One, Afternoon Play, that kind of thing. I think Woman's Hour might have been one of them, and when it came to play our first gig (at The Queen's Head in London) one of our friends suggested using it and it stuck. Indeed, their jangle-pop first single Jenni, which is quite different to their current material, was named after Radio 4 stalwart Jenni Murray. The band's first 7, Jenni/ Human, was released through London label Dirty Bingo after the label head tracked them down on online and interviewed them for beloved London zine Loud And Quiet.


    Although the single made a splash, things were moving too fast for the band. Suddenly we thought, 'should we have had something to back this up?, says William. 'We didn't have any more songs, so we took a year and a half off to write and develop the sound. That's also when we met Tom Morris, our producer. The band hibernated, starting from the bottom up. Let's get everything fucking slick, how we want it, let's do everything exactly how we want it ourselves - don't compromise.


    It was worth the wait. When the band put their gorgeously lilting comeback single Our Love Has No Rhythm online in 2013, the blogs exploded, in part due to the glossy monochrome video depicting Fiona's face in close-up, and also the stunning single artwork - an uneasy found image of a suited gentleman falling over. We've been using images that are taken from manuals, explains Fiona. Lots of different 'How To' manuals from How to Train a Chihuahua to How to Fall Over Without Hurting Yourself. We like the idea of how to look after yourself physically paired with the music, which is a lot less direct.


    Perhaps Woman's Hour's music does not hammer its message home, but there's a nuance and craft that's scarcely found in today's industry. They followed Our Love Has No Rhythm, with the cooing, Beach House-esque Darkest Place in which Fiona implores I don't understand why you're not around over swooning keyboards, with a cooing ooooh-ooooh hook. For the track's striking video, she'd is depicted in close crop with her eyes closed as an unknown figure attempts to prise them open. I was finishing a degree in performance studies at the time, and I came across this particular piece by Vito Acconci, she says of the inspiration for the video. The original piece is about 20 minutes long, and it's absolutely gruelling, there's no soundtrack to it and it's a piece where you can hear the sound in the room of two people in a physical struggle. You can hear the heavy breathing, the feet, the occasional sounds of resistance. She endured a restaging of the piece, which she found very intense and intimate.


    Woman's Hour have an uncompromising commitment to the unconventional. For them, music does not exist as merely a hummable soundtrack but as a wider and more artistic proposition. As Fiona continues: A lot of music videos are not very challenging, and I like the idea of them being quite confronting. Our album artwork is inspired by a picture of a woman surrounded by pyramids that was part of a magazine article called The Start of an Era. It was a 1970s performance piece that was performed at the Whitney Museum in New York, and we've also designed nine of these pyramids with Oliver Chanarin that we'll incorporate into our live show when possible. The Start of an Era? We couldn't have said it better ourselves.

    1. Unbroken Sequence
    2. Conversations
    3. To The End
    4. Darkest Place
    5. In Stillness We Remain
    6. Our Love Has No Rhythm
    7. Her Ghost
    8. Two Sides of You
    9. Devotion
    10. Reflections
    11. The Day That Needs Defending
    Woman's Hour
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    Vobiscum Satanas

    Vobiscum Satanas is Dark Funeral's second full-length album.


    This is black metal played in it's most extreme form. What else to say about this release of a pure holocaust! Featured here on this lineup is Emperor Magus Caligula on vocals/bass, Lord Ahriman on guitars, Typhos on guitars and Alzazmon on drums. They have gone through several lineup changes over the years but that hasn't stopped them from producing black metal to its mightiest extreme. It's a shame that this is only a little bit over 35 minutes in length.


    The music itself features guitars playing at utterly spell bounding tempos most of the whole way through this release. Not too much variety there but that doesn't take away from the power the album exhibits. Also, the guitars on this release were tuned down to E-Flat which is the tuning they have always used since their first release The Secret Of The Black Arts. The blast beating drums is featured on this entire release except for a few slower tempos but not that many. Also, some drums that contain fast double bass but it isn't prevalent throughout this whole release. The guitars contain tremolo picking almost through every track. It doesn't really change much here because I think their focus was to pound out some seriously evil sounds. They succeeded too by using minor chord progressions all throughout the album! This is about as dark as it gets.


    - MethylinInfo (Metal Archives)

    1. Ravenna Strigoi Morti
    2. Enriched By Evil
    3. Thy Legions Come
    4. Evil Prevail
    5. Slava Satan
    6. The Black Winged Horde
    7. Vobiscum Satanas
    8. Ineffable King Of Darkness
    9. Live In Hultsfred Enriched By Evil
    10. Live In Hultsfred They Legions Come
    11. Live In Hultsfred Vobiscum Satanas
    12. Live In Hultsfred Ineffable Kingof Darkness
    Dark Funeral
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    Boss Guitar

    Before he moved away from straight-ahead jazz and starting playing what is now known as smooth jazz, Wes Montgomery was one of bop's finest guitarists. Montgomery's bop period ended much too soon, but thankfully, he recorded his share of rewarding bop albums when he was still bop-oriented -- and one of them is Boss Guitar, which Orrin Keepnews produced in 1963. It's a trio recording, employing Mel Rhyne on organ and Jimmy Cobb on performances that have held up well over time; Montgomery shows how expressive a ballad player he could be on the standards For Heaven's Sake and Days of Wine and Roses, but the fast tempo exuberance of The Trick Bag (a Montgomery original) serves him equally well. Montgomery swings the blues with pleasing results on Fried Pies (another Montgomery original), while Consuelo Velázquez's Besame Mucho (which is usually played at a slow ballad tempo) is successfully transformed into medium-tempo Latin jazz. Boss Guitar is among the bop-oriented Montgomery albums that should continue to be savored after all these years.


    - Alex Henderson (All Music Guide)

    1. Besame Mucho
    2. Dearly Beloved
    3. Days of Wine and Roses
    4. The Trick Bag
    5. Canadian Sunset
    6. Fried Pies
    7. The Breeze And I
    8. For Heaven's Sake
    Wes Montgomery
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    Saves The Day

    Saves the Day is dead. Long live Saves the Day.


    Of course, with the departure of long-time lead guitarist Dave Soloway prior to the release of Daybreak in 2009, that may have been the moment that marked the final days of an early 2000s emo powerhouse. But even that album felt more like a body of work you could have expected from Chris Conley and company in the past.


    The band's newest self-titled release marks a well-documented departure from the days of Stay What You Are, In Reverie, and, hell, even Sound the Alarm. Whereas previous entries in the band's catalogue have dealt with the anxious, even nerve-wracking realities of the young and socially awkward, Saves the Day instead starts off on a power-pop riff and hardly strays from it (not that anyone's complaining.)


    The first two tracks, "Remember" and "In the In Between," set the tone for the rest of the LP. The fast-paced, poppy tunes are care-free ventures, something missing from Conley's writing since In Reverie.


    Oddly enough, Saves the Day sounds more like the bands that have fondly proclaimed that Can't Slow Down, Through Being Cool and Stay What You Are inspired their own sounds. That sentiment becomes even more pronounced as the album plays on.


    "Beyond All of Time" slows things down a bit before "Ain't No Kind of Love" kicks the tempo back up a bit. Both tracks flow into each other nicely. And although neither stands out on its own, the songs reinforce the mood of the album.


    "Lucky Number" plays much the same, fitting into the album nicely as a piece of the puzzle, but without offering much on its own merit.


    The song "Xenophobic Left Hook" by title alone demonstrates that Conley hasn't yet lost his lyrical style. But the sound that accompanies his vocals is drastically different than ever before and it can be directly attributed to the band's ever-changing lineup.


    "The Tide of Our Times" is one of the album's truly outstanding tracks. It's catchy. It's fast. It's less than two-and-a-half minutes long and it's emblematic of everything Saves the Day does right in this album.


    "Supernova" is, lyrically, the closest we might come to a traditional Conley track. The imagery and metaphors are wonderfully woven throughout the ballad.


    "Verona" picks the pace back up, leading nicely into another of the album's best tracks: "Ring Pop." The pace is fast and the lyrics recall carefree days when a ring pop may have sufficed as a symbol of courtship. It's the essence of what makes some of Conley's best music, harkening to a past with the sentimentality ramped up to 11.


    "Stand in the Stands" is, by far, the most up-beat and optimistic album closer Saves the Day has ever composed. Standing in stark contrast to even the band's sunnier albums and closers like "Firefly" and "Tomorrow Too Late," the track starts with a bouncy melody and doesn't let up for the nearly four minutes it plays out.


    Although Daybreak was the first album where Conley was the last of the band's founding members left, it carried hints of Sound the Alarm and Under the Boards, primarily because of those three albums' conceptual ties (They were designed as a trilogy that started with 2006's Sound the Alarm).


    If Conley's way with words is what drew you to the band, this will be right up your alley. Saves the Day may not be the band you remember, but Conley's presence maintains the only lyrical and moody consistency that we really need.


    - Eder Campuzano (Daily Emerald)

    1. Remember
    2. In The In Between
    3. Beyond All Of Time
    4. Ain't No Kind Of Love
    5. Lucky Number
    6. Xenophobic Blind Left Hook
    7. The Tide Of Our Times
    8. Supernova
    9. Verona
    10. Ring Pop
    11. Stand In The Stars
    Saves The Day
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    Uniquely Yours

    A decade before he was topping the country charts, Joe Stampley fronted one of the deep souths most legendary and rockin 60s combos, the Uniques. Once signed to Shreveport, Louisiana-based Paula Records, the Uniques made waves nationally on their very first release, Not Too Long Ago. That pop classic (faithfully/recently covered by Nick Lowe) is just one of many highlights of their 66 debut LP, Uniquely Yours. According to the master tape, this record was originally going to be tagged The Uniques in Action; a shelved album title that could not have been more apt.


    Finally reissued (and in fabulous mono, to boot), this is southern rock n soul at its finest; a real mÉlange of styles that swings wildly from deep-fried garage rock, frenzied frat-beat, infectious Stampley-penned pop, and gorgeously soulful ballads. From Presley and Gene Vincent to any Justice label 60s garage band worth mentioning, southerners have always littered their LPs with this latter fare. But when it comes to delivering a soulful ballad, Joe Stampley is up there with the very best of em. Uniquely Yours includes the groups all-time biggest regional hit, a cover of Art Nevilles All These Things (in its original mix, unadorned by string overdubs) and a Georgia (On My Mind) that simply blows away all other white boy soul renditions. But make no mistake, this is a largely uptempo set marked by the ferocious punk pace of You Aint Tuff, updated rockabilly funkiness of Fast Way of Living, blistering guitar workouts like Strange, plus some of the best damned covers ever waxed. For a positively unique album experience, Sundazed includes the classy period sleeve design from the original Paula release.

    1. You Ain't Tuff
    2. From Heaven To a Heartbreak
    3. Midnight Hour
    4. All These Things
    5. Not Too Long Ago
    6. Fast Way of Living
    7. Treat Her Right
    8. Georgia On My Mind

    9. Strange
    10. Never Been In Love Before
    11. Don't Be a Fool

    12. House of the Rising Sun
    The Uniques
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    AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (Remastered) (Awaiting Repress)

    Remastered


    When Ice Cube split from N.W.A after the group's seminal Straight Outta Compton album changed the world forever, expectations were high, too high to ever be met by anyone but the most talented of artists, and at his most inspired. At the time Cube was just that. With AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted the rapper expanded upon Compton, making a more full-bodied album that helped boost the role of the individual in hip-hop.


    Save the dramatic intro where a mythical Ice Cube is fried in the electric chair, his debut is filled with eye-level views of the inner city that are always vivid, generally frightening, generally personal, and sometimes humorous in the gallows style. Ripping it quickly over a loop from George Clinton's Atomic Dog, Cube asks the question that would be central to his early career, Why there more niggas in the pen than in college?, while sticking with the mutual distrust and scare tactics N.W.A used to wipe away any hopes of reconciliation (They all scared of the Ice Cube/And what I say what I portray and all that/And ain't even seen the gat). What I'm kicking to you won't get rotation/Nowhere in the nation he spits on the classic Turn Off the Radio, which when coupled with the intoxicating Bomb Squad production and Cube's cocksure delivery that's just below a shout, makes one think he's the only radio the inner city needs.


    The Bomb Squad's amazing work on the album proves they've been overly associated with Public Enemy, since their ability to adapt to AmeriKKKa's more violent and quick revolution is underappreciated. Their high point is the intense Endangered Species, a live by the trigger song that offers It's a shame, that niggas die young/But to the light side it don't matter none. This street knowledge venom with ultra fast funk works splendidly throughout the album, with every track hitting home, although the joyless You Can't Fade Me has alienated many a listener since kicking a possibly pregnant woman in the stomach is a very hard one to take. Just to be as confusing as the world he lives in, the supposedly misogynistic Cube introduces female protÉgÉ Yo-Yo with It's a Man's World before exiting with The Bomb, a perfectly unforgiving and visceral closer.


    Save a couple Arsenio Hall disses, AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted is a timeless, riveting exercise in anger, honesty, and the sociopolitical possibilities of hip-hop.


    - David Jeffries (All Music Guide)

    1. Better off Dead
    2. The Nigga Ya Love to Hate
    3. AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
    4. What They Hittin' Foe?
    5. You Can't Fade Me/JD's Gaffilin'
    6. Once Upon a Time in the Projects
    7. Turn Off the Radio
    8. Endangered Species (Tales From the Darkside)
    9. A Gangsta's Fairytale
    10. I'm Only Out for One Thang
    11. Get off My *** and Tell Yo ***** to Come Here
    12. The Drive-By
    13. Rollin' Wit the Lench Mob
    14. Who's the Mack?
    15. It's a Man's World
    16. The Bomb
    Ice Cube
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    Sleep Is The Enemy

    If there's one thing Danko Jones know how to do at this point, it's how to rock. They did it in We Sweat Blood, and it's exactly what they do again in their fifth full-length album, Sleep Is the Enemy. The formula for both these albums has been pretty consistent: fast power chords with a distorted bass echoing the guitar; loud, driving drums; and vocals that fluctuate from a low growl to a mellifluous croon to a full-out scream. But that doesn't mean the new album is ever boring: there's too much raw emotion and sexual energy to allow anyone even a brief moment to nod off. For the band, this is a very important thing; the name of the record is Sleep Is the Enemy, after all, and the simple, to-the-point choruses are just meant to be shouted along to in packed, sweaty stadiums. Jones himself is all testosterone and bravado and is in great form vocally, expressing his indifference toward a jaded lover in Baby Hates Me, instructing the less confident in when and how to give The Finger, and angrily yelling his plans for revenge in Time Heals Nothing. Yes, the themes here, like they always have been with the band, are women and sex and aggression, which are practically the same thing for Jones, but in Sleep Is the Enemy his willingness to explore the ambiguity of the topics shows his (slightly greater) maturity. In She's Drugs (which contains the fantastically catchy chorus She's drugs, she's drugs/Just one look and you get addicted/She's drugs, she's drugs/You take a look and now you're hooked, that's what I predicted), he chides a friend for being seduced by a dangerous woman, but then in Invisible, he goes on to list a number of extreme things he'll do for another who isn't noticing him (burning his house down, maxing out his credit card, and making his mother cry being three of the least violent examples). Yeah, Sleep Is the Enemy isn't musical genius by any standard, but it is a loud, confident, straightforward, and fun album that skips guitar solos and instrumental frills to focus on what truly matters to Danko Jones: rocking. - Marisa Brown (All Music Guide)
    1. Sticky Situation
    2. Baby Hates Me
    3. Don't Fall In Love
    4. She's Drugs
    5. The Finger
    6. First Date
    7. Invisible
    8. Natural Tan
    9. When Will I See You
    10. Time Heals Nothing
    11. Sleep Is The Enemy
    12. Choose Me
    Danko Jones
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    Fences

    New Album Produced By John Vanderslice (Spoon, The Mountain Goats, Samantha Crain)


    Mastered By Bernie Grundman (Michael Jackson's Thriller, Dr. Dre's The Chronic, Carole King's Tapestry)


    180-Gram Vinyl Pressed By Quality Record Pressing


    Vinyl Lacquers Were Cut Directly From Analog Tape


    Dear listener,


    Fences is something new for our band Bombadil. It is more than just an album; it is a new path, a reset after several challenging years. The path began in January 2015, when a longtime member of Bombadil unexpectedly left our band. Daniel Michalak and I sat down to discuss our next steps. It was a time for soul searching. A duo of a bassist and drummer did not feel like a band. Moving forward seemed daunting, but we both felt like there was more to say with the band. We wanted to make music. So we began simply by making some. Writing and recording the Still Bombadil EP was fun. A fast and dirty exploration of a creative idea, no room for fiddling, deadline looming. Our last album, Hold On, had not been like that. It had been an ordeal.


    Daniel suggested composing songs using guitar instrumentals our old bandmate Bryan Rahija had written, and of limiting ourselves to a small palette for the next album: guitar, piano, upright bass, harmony vocals. The goal was to make a folk record, something easy to understand, something beautiful. He shared a demo for "Binoculars" and I loved it. It was simple, elegant. We added it to the live set almost immediately. Daniel continued writing, focusing on guitar, harmony, and emotion. The songs inconveniently had no drums (what was I going to play?!). He instead wrote parts for me to sing and we began collaborating on composing tunes with a similar approach. "Fence" was written together at a friends house in Crozet, Virginia to kill time on tour. An old song of mine, "Long Life," was revived and extended. Percussion parts started to show up. Daniel's commitment to songwriting continued to inspire, a new demo was in my inbox almost weekly. Daniel enlisted the help of an old friend and data scientist, Nasir Bhanpuri, to analyze the success of our old catalog of songs and make suggestions to guide our writing and arranging. It was an experiment that pushed us to take the songs further than we might have in the past. In part, we were throwing ideas at the wall to see what would stick, but we were also searching for something new, actively trying to push ourselves to new creative heights.


    We kept the Bombadil ship moving by accepting all shows, searching for more opportunities to play. We found wonderful people to tour in our band. There were good shows. There were bad ones, too. I learned to be a lead singer on the fly and on stage (with the help of an encouraging septuagenarian opera singer). And we kept writing, practicing, and recording. In July 2015, Stacy Harden sent me an email inquiring if we needed a musician. In his audition, he played through songs like he had been in the band all along. He even knew the harmonies. He had grown up a fan of the band, singing along in the car. In October, Stacy and I drove our equipment across the country for a West Coast tour in a four-day sprint and listened to every song the Beatles recorded. His easy-going spirit was infectious, his presence made the band more fun and more inspiring. We had found our man. "What's So Great About You" was the first collaboration between this new trio, and we started to discover what a new version of our band sounded like.


    In January 2016, the three of us left North Carolina for Littleton, Massachusetts to spend several weeks at a friend's farmhouse. We recorded all day long, cooked together, spent our breaks around a roaring wood stove carefully tended to by Daniel. The resulting demo recordings gave us a roadmap to follow. Our label, Ramseur Records, suggested a producer, a departure after self-recording our last three records. John Vanderslice was given the demos and was enthusiastic about the material. He insisted that we listen closely to Paul Simon's first record. He told us the songs needed a sense of danger, that our demos felt like we were being too careful, and that the songs needed more percussion. John is opinionated, talented, and inspirational. And most of all, making the record with him over 12 days in September 2016 at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco was easy. And fun. And fast. We used only analog equipment, recording to tape through high-end vintage equipment. Bryan came to play his guitar parts (which by this point Stacy had learned for live performances of the material). The recordings were all first takes, new ideas were quickly embraced, mistakes were left alone as intention, very little artificial reverb was used but John's concrete echo chamber was used extensively. We hoped to catch lightning in a bottle and I think that we did.


    To me, Fences represents the journey of the last two years. It is the discovery of a group voice, the willingness to explore collaboration between old friends, and an openness to let new voices into the fold. It is something I am proud to have been a part of and am excited to share with the world. To me, it is an example of the power and positivity of collaboration, of a group of human beings working diligently on a shared vision. If nothing else, I can say that we tried as hard as we possibly could. I can't wait to do it again.


    Thank you for listening,


    James Phillips/Bombadil

    1. What's So Great About You
    2. Not Those Kind of People
    3. Binoculars
    4. Math and Love
    5. Perfect
    6. Fence
    7. Good News Sadie
    8. I Could Make You So Happy
    9. Long Life
    10. Is This Danger
    11. No Snow in the Valley
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    Porcupine Meat

    Naming one's album after a song titled "Porcupine Meat" may seem a little unusual - unless, of course, you're Bobby Rush, who earned his first gold record in 1971 with a hit entitled "Chicken Heads." He elaborates on his recent composition: "If a lady won't treat me right, but she doesn't want anyone else to have me, that is hard to digest." Hence the lyric, "too fat to eat, too lean to throw away."


    Porcupine Meat is Rush's debut release for Rounder Records, and one of the best recordings of his astonishing 60-plus year career. The album is due out September 16, 2016.
    Rush estimates that he has cut over 300 songs since he first began making music. He has been honored with three Grammy nominations, as well as ten Blues Music Awards and 41 nominations. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2006.


    Make no mistake: Rush is not your typical octogenarian. At age 82, he exudes the energy of a 20-year-old, on the road for more than 200 dates a year. His hectic tour schedule has earned him the affectionate title King of the Chitlin' Circuit. Rush has traveled the globe including Japan and Beirut. In 2007, he earned the distinction of being the first blues artist to play at the Great Wall of China. His renowned stage act features his famed shake dancers, who personify his funky blues and the ribald humor that he has cultivated during the course of his storied career.


    Born Emmet Ellis, Jr. in Homer, Louisiana, he adopted the stage name Bobby Rush out of respect for his father, a pastor. According to Rush, his parents never talked about the blues being the devil's music. "My daddy never told me to sing the blues, but he also didn't tell me to not sing the blues. I took that as a green light."


    Rush built his first guitar when he was a youngster. "I didn't know where to buy one, even if I had the money. I was a country boy," he says. After seeing a picture of a guitar in a magazine, he decided to make one by attaching the top wire of a broom to a wall and fretting it with a bottle. He also got some harmonica lessons from his father He eventually acquired a real guitar, and started playing in juke joints as a teenager, when his family briefly relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas. The fake moustache Rush wore made club owners believe he was old enough to gain entry into their establishments. While he was living in Little Rock, Rush's band, which featured Elmore James, had a residency at a nightspot called Jackrabbit.


    During the mid-1950s, Rush relocated to Chicago to pursue his musical career and make a better life for himself. It was there that he started to work with Earl Hooker, Luther Allison, and Freddie King, and sat in with many of his musical heroes, such as Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, and Little Walter. Rush eventually began leading his own band in the 1960s. He also started to craft his own distinct style of funky blues, and recorded a succession of singles for a various small labels. It wasn't until the early 1970s that Rush finally scored a hit with "Chicken Heads." More recordings followed, including an album for Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia International Label.
    Rush relocated one final time, to Jackson, Miss. in the early 1980s. He was tired of the cold up north, and he realized that setting up his base of operations directly in the center of the South would make it easier to perform in nearby cities on weekends. More indie label recordings followed. Songs like "Sue, A Man Can Give (But He Sure Can't Take It)," "What's Good For The Goose Is Good For The Gander Too," and" I Ain't Studdin' You" became regional jukebox favorites in juke joints throughout the region, and many of those songs are still fan favorites that are an integral part of his live repertoire.


    Since 2003, Rush has self-released the majority of his work (including the critically acclaimed Folk Funk album) on his Deep Rush label, but recently, he came to the realization that having a bigger record company behind him would be beneficial. "I outgrew myself," he says. "I need someone to help in doing the things I can't do. When you are wearing all the hats, you can't be everywhere at once."


    Enter esteemed producer and two-time Grammy winner Scott Billington, Rounder Records' longtime VP of A&R. Billington first met Rush at a Recording Academy meeting 25 years ago, and they became fast friends. He has wanted to work with Rush ever since. "He is the most vital bluesman of his generation," says Billington. He continues, "There are many people who still don't know Bobby Rush, even though he is a hero in the parallel universe of the Chitlin' Circuit - fans stop him on the street in Memphis and Helena and Little Rock."


    Porcupine Meat will not only please Rush's older fans, but is likely to win over many new ones. Billington reflects, "We wanted to come up with something fresh, while staying 100% true to Bobby."


    The album was recorded in New Orleans, and Rush was pleased and proud to be given the opportunity to make an album in his home state for the very first time. His impassioned vocals and in-the-pocket harmonica playing are among the best performances of his career. Unlike most of his recent releases, these sessions only feature real instruments and no synthesizers. All of the rhythm tracks were cut live in the studio, often edited down from jams that on several occasions ran close to ten minutes.


    For the project, Billington assembled some of the best Louisiana musicians, including Shane Theriot, David Torkanowsky, Jeffrey "Jellybean" Alexander, Kirk Joseph, Cornell Williams, and others. Rush brought along his old friend and longtime collaborator, guitarist Vasti Jackson, who worked with Bobby and Scott on getting the songs ready for the studio. Guitar greats Dave Alvin, Keb' Mo', and Joe Bonamassa all make guest appearances on the album.


    Rush has always been a prolific and clever songwriter. The songs he penned for Porcupine Meat such as "Dress Too Short," "I Don't Want Nobody Hanging Around," "Me, Myself And I," "Nighttime Gardener," "It's Your Move," and the title selection, all equal or rival his best material. "Funk O' De Funk" delivers exactly what the title suggests and what Rush has always done the best, which is putting the funk into the blues. While "Got Me Accused" is inspired by events from Rush's own life, the lyrics tell an all-too-familiar tale about the rampant racial injustice that afflicts our society. Producer Billington and his wife Johnette Downing (the well known New Orleans songwriter and children's musician) co-wrote a couple of fine selections, "Catfish Stew" and "Snake In The Grass."


    Bobby Rush is the greatest bluesman currently performing. Porcupine Meat is a testament to his brilliance, which presents him at his very best, and doesn't try to be anything that he is not. "I just try to record good music and stories," he humbly states. With this recording, he has more than accomplished his goal, and has produced one of the finest contemporary blues albums in recent times.

    1. I Don't Want Nobody Hanging Around
    2. Porcupine Meat
    3. Got Me Accused
    4. Snake in the Grass
    5. Funk O' De Funk
    6. Me, Myself and I (feat. Joe Bonamassa)
    7. Catfish Stew
    8. It's Your Move (feat. Dave Alvin)
    9. Nighttime Gardener (feat. Keb Mo)
    10. I Think Your Dress Is Too Short
    11. Standing on Shaky Ground
    12. I'm Tired (Tangle Eye Mix)
    Bobby Rush
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    Born On The First Of July

    Canada's proudest pop-punk progenies CHIXDIGGIT! have had an enduring career pumping out some of the catchiest, fast paced, fun laden melodies ever written. With an unwavering dedication to their proven formula of cheeky lyrics and to-the-point music, CHIX have created a vast catalog of pop-punk classics over their more than 20 years as a band. While it's true that a classic never dies, it never hurts to take it off the shelf and polish it up every once in a while. This is exactly what the band decided to do with their two definitive releases Born On the First of July and From Scene To Shining Scene. Both albums were originally released on Honest Don's (a former subsidiary of Fat Wreck Chords) to great acclaim, but never quite received all the attention that they deserved.


    Vinyl fans will be elated to hear that both (previously out of print) LPs will be individually reissued (remastered and with bonus tracks). This time around these albums will be official Fat Wreck Chords releases too, affording them the broader visibility they warrant.

    1. Gettin' Air
    2. My Girl's Retro
    3. Sikome Beach
    4. Chupacapras
    5. Quit Your Job
    6. My Restaurant
    7. Julianne

    8. 20 Times
    9. Ohio
    10. Haven't Got Time For
    11. 2000 Flushes
    12. Brunette Summer
    13. Nobody
    Chixdiggit!
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    From Scene To Shining Scene

    Canada's proudest pop-punk progenies CHIXDIGGIT! have had an enduring career pumping out some of the catchiest, fast paced, fun laden melodies ever written. With an unwavering dedication to their proven formula of cheeky lyrics and to-the-point music, CHIX have created a vast catalog of pop-punk classics over their more than 20 years as a band. While it's true that a classic never dies, it never hurts to take it off the shelf and polish it up every once in a while. This is exactly what the band decided to do with their two definitive releases Born On the First of July and From Scene To Shining Scene. Both albums were originally released on Honest Don's (a former subsidiary of Fat Wreck Chords) to great acclaim, but never quite received all the attention that they deserved.


    Vinyl fans will be elated to hear that both (previously out of print) LPs will be individually reissued (remastered and with bonus tracks). This time around these albums will be official Fat Wreck Chords releases too, affording them the broader visibility they warrant.

    1. My Dad vs. P.M.
    2. Spanish Fever
    3. Thursday Night
    4. Melissa Louise
    5. Aromatherapy
    6. Folks Are Gone
    7. Moto Foxe
    8. Sweaty and Hairless
    9. Going to the Peelers?
    10. Summer Please
    11. Born in Toulouse
    Chixdiggit!
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    A Different Ship

    Here We Go Magic's sophomore album, Pigeons, had only been out a few weeks when the seeds for A Different Ship were planted in late June of 2010 at the Glastonbury Festival. The New York band had been on the road since Spring, wowing audiences with their uncanny live chemistry, turning album tracks into intricately groovy sonic explorations where the band seemed almost synchronously possessed. That had been their sweet spot since their earliest rehearsals together, when singer/songwriter Luke Temple, bassist Jennifer Turner, guitarist Michael Bloch, drummer Peter Hale and then-keyboardist Kristina Lieberson bonded over a shared belief in musical spontaneity and a kind of improvisation that feels too divinely ordered to be called "jamming."


    At Glastonbury "the crowd wasn't giving us much to work with, except for these two guys standing in front," Temple continues. "One of them was dancing around like a maniac and I was like, 'I'm just gonna play for those two guys. Then I realized, 'That's fucking Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich!'" The band, Yorke and Godrich became fast friends and the producer eventually proposed working together. In particular, the producer said he thought he could help them better communicate their hypnotic and hypnagogic live vibe on tape.


    And he did. A Different Ship is Here We Go Magic's most remarkable and captivating album yet, with an emotional and musical arc that is alternately calming and anxiety-inducing, and often both at once. "I Believe In Action" and "Make Up Your Mind" sound like they're being beamed in from outer space, while more earthbound tracks such as "Miracle of Mary," "Over The Ocean" and "Alone But Moving" amble in a somnolent haze, with Temple's cool timbre cutting through the fog.


    After demoing and tracking in both LA with Godrich and later upstate New York, the band ultimately ended up recording the bulk of the album in Godrich's London studio. By that time the band was bursting with new ideas and the songs just started flowing."I think the best stuff on the record is the stuff that was thought about the least," says Temple. "Tracks like 'Over The Ocean,' 'I Believe In Action,' 'Made To Be Old,' written in the morning and recorded the same afternoon.


    In London, with an array of huge sounds at their disposal, they found it easier to stick to their "keep it simple" rule. "When Jen produced 'Pigeons,' the sounds were a lot more condensed and we got really into finding the infinite space inside something that's super on top of itself," explains Bloch. "Then suddenly when you're working in a studio like Nigel's, it's all these enormous sounds. Just one of Jen's bass notes fills up the room.


    Despite an incubation period of nearly a year, and a writing process that spanned two continents, the ten songs of A Different Ship carry a consistent thematic concern, what the band describes as an "unresolved tension between valuing being alone and valuing being connected." Says Temple: "The music is beautiful, but feels like it's brittle and about to crack. It's always suspended in between major and minor, happy and sad, trying to find that middle ambiguous place. A lot of the endings of these songs just kind of stop, like things are left suspended, floating in space. That's a real characteristic of us as a band moving forward, even when we're sort of unsure, and knowing we'll find happy accidents along the way."

    1. Hard To Be Close
    2. Make Up Your Mind
    3. Alone But Moving
    4. I Believe In Action
    5. Over The Ocean
    6. Made To Be Old
    7. How Do I Know
    8. Miracle Of Mary
    9. A Different Ship
    Here We Go Magic
    $16.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, An American In Paris (Speakers Corner) Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, An American In Paris (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, An American In Paris (Speakers Corner)

    This fast and furious orchestral work with piano, which begins with what must surely be the most famous clarinet glissando of modern times, was composed with the intention of presenting as many facets as possible of music from the New World in the short space of around 15 minutes. In his Rhapsody In Blue Gershwin wanted to »paint a musical kaleidoscope of America - our enormous melting pot, our typical national traits, our blues, our seething city life«. With this in mind, Leonard Bernstein made a number of recordings of the work and among the many excellent recordings that he made as a conductor or as a soloist, this present version with the Columbia Orchestra, from 1959, is especially of note. Bernstein takes on a double function as conductor and soloist and manoeuvres his way safely and surely through the highly diversified score to create a well-rounded picture filled with hefty orchestral dynamics and finely chiselled solo playing. In Gershwin's freely composed work the soloist and orchestra do not resort to bombastic shock effects or egomaniac keyboard acrobatics, and so this the work can be described as rhapsodic in the very best sense of the word.
    Most fittingly, on the B side there is another freely composed work - the autobiographical sketch entitled An American In Paris. The superb New York musicians paint the impressions of a visitor to the hectic French capital city - that too is the sound of America.


    Musicians:



    • The Columbia Symphony Orchestra

    • New York Philharmonic Orchestra

    • George Gershwin (composer)

    • Leonard Bernstein (conductor)




    Recording: June 1959 and December 1958 at St George Hotel, Brooklyn, New York, by Fred Plaut and Frank Bruno

    Production: John McClure



    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. Rhapsody In Blue
    2. An American In Paris
    Leonard Bernstein
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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