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    Witness (Red Vinyl) (Pre-Order)

    Pressed On Red Colored Vinyl


    Limited To 1500 Copies


    Witness is the fifth studio album by American singer Katy Perry. It features the singles Chained To The Rhythm, Bon AppÉtit, and Swish Swish.


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    1. Witness
    2. Hey Hey Hey
    3. Roulette
    4. Swish Swish (feat. Nicki Minaj)
    5. DÉjà Vu
    6. Power
    7. Mind Maze
    8. Miss You More
    9. Chained To The Rhythm (feat. Skip Marley)
    10. Tsunami
    11. Bon AppÉtit (feat. Migos)
    12. Bigger Than Me
    13. Save As Draft
    14. Pendulum
    15. Into Me You See
    Katy Perry
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    Witness (Pre-Order)

    Witness is the fifth studio album by American singer Katy Perry. It features the singles Chained To The Rhythm, Bon AppÉtit, and Swish Swish.
    1. Witness
    2. Hey Hey Hey
    3. Roulette
    4. Swish Swish (feat. Nicki Minaj)
    5. DÉjà Vu
    6. Power
    7. Mind Maze
    8. Miss You More
    9. Chained To The Rhythm (feat. Skip Marley)
    10. Tsunami
    11. Bon AppÉtit (feat. Migos)
    12. Bigger Than Me
    13. Save As Draft
    14. Pendulum
    15. Into Me You See
    Katy Perry
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    Witness


    Deluxe Gatefold Jacket


    Includes 12x12 28 Page Booklet


    In conjunction with the 10 year anniversary of "Witness", Deathwish announces a complete revamping of this seminal album. Along with a spectacular remastering job by Brad Boatwright at Audiosiege, packaging has also been drastically improved. For the first time ever, the vinyl version is presented in a Deluxe Gatefold Jacket w/ a 12"X12" 28 Page Booklet. It also includes additional liner notes from listeners worldwide.


    Recorded by Kurt Ballou at God City Studios in Salem, Massachusetts, Witness is not only musical progression for the band, but artistic perfection. Witness is their true story of real life struggle in contemporary rural America. As importantly, Witness is also their artistic journey into the soul of personal rebellion. An introspective gaze into the bitter exile of their own lost generation. Lyrically captivating, musically discordant, and soulfully haunting, Both the crowning achievement and well worn scar we all long to artistically create. Saying the words that we all wished we could say, in the name of the pain, beauty, and the hardship of living.

    1. The Outsiders (AKA Hell Is For Heroes Part I)
    2. Martin Atchet
    3. John and Jimmy
    4. Marshalltown
    5. D.E.A.D.R.A.M.O.N.E.S.
    6. Young Man On A Spree
    7. I'm Not Ready
    8. Young Man Blues
    9. Hair Raising Accounts of Restless Ghosts (AKA Hell Is For Heroes Part II)
    Modern Life Is War
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    Witness

    Witness is the highly anticipated follow-up to Benjamin Booker's critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The album's ten new, original tracks were all written by Booker, produced by Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby) and mixed by Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes), and the title track features a guest vocal from Mavis Staples.


    'I wanted to make a record about the things in my life I never wanted to talk about. It's a record about self-exploration, about learning to love yourself and opening yourself up to love others, about choosing the kind of person you want to be, about confronting death and appreciating life. Really it's about trying to take control from the perspective of someone who has come very close on several occasions to losing ALL control.'


    - Benjamin Booker

    1. Right On You
    2. Motivation
    3. Witness
    4. The Slow Drag Under
    5. Truth Is Heavy
    6. Believe
    7. Overtime
    8. Off The Ground
    9. Carry
    10. All Was Well
    Benjamin Booker
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    Time For A Witness

    The Feelies' fourth album Time For A Witness (1991) found the band honing their sound and getting a bit heavier, anticipating the grunge-era that Nirvana would herald in in six months after this album was released. A cover of the Stooges "Real Cool Time" and their own excellent alt-radio hit "Doin' It Again" are stand outs. Liner notes for this re-issue by Michael Azerrad (This Band Could Be Your Life) tell the tale that lead to a fifteen year hiatus for the band.
    1. Waiting
    2. Time For A Witness
    3. Sooner or Later
    4. Find a Way
    5. Decide
    6. Doin' It Again
    7. Invitation
    8. For Now
    9. What She Said
    10. Real Cool Time
    The Feelies
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  • The Sufferer & The Witness The Sufferer & The Witness Quick View

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    The Sufferer & The Witness

    1. Chamber the Cartridge
    2. Injection
    3. Ready to Fall
    4. Bricks
    5. Under the Knife
    6. Prayer of the Refugee
    7. Drones
    8. The Approaching Curve
    9. Worth Dying For
    10. Behind Closed Doors
    11. Roadside
    12. The Good Left Undone
    13. Survive
    Bonus Track:
    14. But Tonight We Dance
    Rise Against
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  • Burn Your Fire For No Witness Burn Your Fire For No Witness Quick View

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    Burn Your Fire For No Witness

    Many of the superlatives describing Angel Olsen refer to how seemingly little it takes for her to
    leave an audience speechless, even spellbound. But Olsen has never been as timid as those
    descriptors imply, and the noisy, fiery hints in her earlier work find a fuller expression on her
    newest LP, Burn Your Fire for No Witness. Here, Olsen sings with full-throated exultation,
    admonition, and bold, expressive melody.Also,with the help of producer John Congleton, her
    music now crackles with a churning,rumbling low end and a brighter energy.


    Angel Olsen began singing as a young girl in St. Louis, where she explored the remarkable
    range of her voice and the places it could take her songwriting. Her self-released debut EP,
    Strange Cacti, belied both that early period of discovery and her Midwestern roots. Cautious
    and homespun on the one hand,the EP transported us to a mystical, unrecognizable world on
    the other, and it garnered extensive praise for its enigmatic beauty.Olsen then went further on
    Half Way Home, her first full-length album (released on Bathetic Records), which mined
    essential themes while showcasing a more developed voice. Olsen dared to be more personal.


    After extensive touring, Olsen eventually settled for a time in Chicago's Logan Square
    neighborhood, where she created a collection of songs grown in a year of heartbreak, travel,
    and transformation. The new songs go on to tell us to leave, or to high-five a lover who is
    lacking, or to dance our way up and out of sorrow. Many of them also remain essentially
    unchanged from their bare beginnings.In leaving them so intact, a more self-assured Olsen is
    opening up to us, allowing us to be in the room with her at the very genesis of these songs,
    when the thread of creation is most vulnerable and least filtered. Our reward for entering this
    room are many head-turning moments and the powerful, unsettling recognition of ourselves
    in the weave of her songs.


    This act of meaning-making recurs as a theme throughout the album, as the sublimating
    response to the power of negativity.In the song,Stars,for example,Olsen wishes to"have the
    voice of everything" and in a moment of hatefulness and hurt realizes that the strength of fury
    results in the power she had been seeking all along. Thankfully for us, Olsen has decided to
    channel a lot of this new found power into the ethereal, hypnotic performances of her new and
    revealing songs,sharing with us the full grace and beauty of her transformative moments.


    -Matthew Didier

    1. Unfucktheworld
    2. Forgiven/Forgotten
    3. Hi-Five
    4. White Fire
    5. High & Wild
    6. Lights Out
    7. Stars
    8. Iota
    9. Dance Slow Decades
    10. Enemy
    11. Windows
    Angel Olsen
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    Wit's End

    California singer/songwriter Cass McCombs is set to release Wit's End, his fifth-and-a-half album and his third for Domino. The album is the result of two years of recording in various homes and studios in California, New York, New Jersey and Chicago. Wit's End was produced by Cass with Ariel Rechtshaid reuniting the duo that also created his previous album Catacombs.

    1. County Line

    2. The Lonely Doll
    3. Buried Alive
    4. Saturday Song
    5. Memorys Stain
    6. Hermits Cave
    7. Pleasant Shadow Song
    8. A Knock Upon The Door

    Cass McCombs
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    Does... Isle Of The Damned

    Fans of 70's Italian horror music take note! The album contains remixes and new interpretations of Kobold's classic score from the major motion picture, Isle of the Damned. This extremely limited edition LP also contains a download card for MP3 versions of the songs.
    Not available.
    Heirs Of Rockefeller
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    The Wildest (Pure Pleasure)

    A tireless showman and an underrated musical talent, Louis Prima swung his way to icon status thanks to an irresistible, infectious sound whose appeal translated across generations. Nominally a swing artist, Prima's distinctive sound also encompassed New Orleans-style jazz, boogie-woogie, jump blues, R&B, early rock & roll, and even the occasional Italian tarantella. Regardless of what form his music took, it swung hard and fast, with a rolling, up-tempo shuffle beat. His greatest period of popularity coincided with his marriage to singer Keely Smith, whose coolly sophisticated vocals and detached stage manner made a perfect counterpoint to Prima's boisterous presence: mugging, clowning, and cavorting around the stage with the boundless enthusiasm of a hyperactive boy. Prima's band during this time was anchored by tenor saxophonist Sam Butera, whose grounding in jump blues and New Orleans R&B was a perfect match.



    Musicians:



    • Louis Prima (trumpet, vocal)

    • Keely Smith (vocal)

    • Sam Butera (tenor saxophone)

    • James "Little Red" Blount (trombone)

    • Willie McCumber (piano)

    • Jack Marshall (guitar)

    • Amado Rodrigues (bass)

    • Bobby Morris (drums)




    About Pure Pleasure



    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, Pure Pleasure 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 existent 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 emphasize that Pure Pleasure 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 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 and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Medley: Just A Gigolo/I Aint Got Nobody
    2. (Nothings Too Good) For My Baby
    3. The Lip
    4. Body And Soul
    5. Oh Marie
    6. Medley: Basin Street Blues/ When Its Sleepy Time Down South
    7. Jump, Jive And Wail
    8. Buona Sera
    9. Night Train
    10. (Ill Be Glad When Youre Dead) You Rascal You
    Louis Prima feat. Kelly Smith, Sam Butera, & The Witnesses
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    Songs: Ohia

    Albino deer have crept from thick blankets of bayou fog, dusty country roads bear witness to crawling men resembling tattered garbage bags, Civil War remnants pick fragile banjos for the dancing campfire dead... This I have seen yet not one of these glorious sights equals the power of Songs: Ohia... Another offering shall calm the howl from an angry cold winters' night. To a shattered slab of stone on the unforgiving coast of Canada. Thanks.

    Cabwaylingo

    Crab Orchard

    Gauley Bridge

    Blue Jay

    Tenskwatawa

    White Sulfur

    Our Republic

    Big Sewell Mt.

    Cotton Hill

    Dogwood Gap

    Little Beaver

    Blue Stone

    U.M.W. Pension

    Songs: Ohia
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    Money Shot


    Double Gatefold 140g Weight Vinyl


    Vinyl-Exclusive Alternative Version Of "Simultaneous" Featuring Daniel Ash


    Money shot is the follow up to Conditions Of My Parole and marks Maynard Keenan and company's third full length album and its first new album in four years. It¹s extremely satisfying to witness simple conversations and ideas transform into completed sonic landscapes, Keenan told Rolling Stone. And to have these stories go above and beyond the initial ideas makes my grumpy heart swell three sizes.

    1. Galileo
    2. Agostina
    3. Grand Canyon
    4. Simultaneous
    5. Moneyshot
    6. The Arsonist
    7. The Remedy
    8. Smoke And Mirrors
    9. Life Of Brian (Apparently You Haven't Seen)
    10. Autumn
    Puscifer
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    Boscoe

    The private issue answer to Chicago's
    afrocentric giants Earth Wind & Fire,
    The Pharaohs, and the Art Ensemble,
    boasting an unholy conflagration of soul,
    funk, spiritual jazz, African rhythms, and
    the politics of Black Power. Come witness
    the invocation of death, a war for peace
    that black America must fight, Malcolm
    X's violent passing, brains already in the
    grave, God's damning of us all, and a glib
    parody of "The Star Spangled Banner,"
    all delivered by a crawling funk fusion as
    eager to blast us awake with harsh words as
    with insistent horns.
    1. Introduction
    2. Writin' on the Wall
    3. He Keeps You
    4. We Ain't Free
    5. If I Had My Way
    6. I'm What You Need
    7. Money Won't Save You
    8. Now and Den
    Boscoe
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    If You're Feeling Sinister

    Whimsy and preciousness is an integral part of 'If You're Feeling Sinister', along with clever wit and gentle, intricate arrangements - a wonderful blend of the Smiths and Simon & Garfunkel, to be reductive.
    1. The Stars of Track and Field
    2. Seeing Other People
    3. Me and the Major
    4. Like Dylan in the Movies
    5. The Fox in the Snow
    6. Get Me Away from Here, I'm Dying
    7. If You're Feeling Sinister
    8. Mayfly
    9. The Boy Done Wrong Again
    10. Judy and the Dream of Horses
    Belle And Sebastian
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    Whims of Chambers (Mono)

    Blue Note Reissue


    As much as I'd love to relay all kinds of anecdotes about the challenges Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray encounter during the mastering sessions, I witness none. These boys know the sound of the facility and the Van Gelder masters like the backs of their handsBack home a month later, I unpack some test pressings Chad Kassem has sent meI hear the most realistic-sounding drums ever reproduced by my system. It's as though I'm sitting at the point of creation, experiencing the same high that brought such gifted musicians together as one. Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray, Chad Kassem, and Don MacInnis have done Rudy Van Gelder and his Blue Note artists proud. Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile, April 2008


    Paul Chambers' first album features an amazing lineup of John Coltrane, Donald Byrd, Kenny Burrell, Horace Silver and Philly Joe Jones. A classic Blue Note session of what might be considered cerebral jazz.


    Omicron
    Whims Of Chambers
    Nita
    We Six
    Dear Ann
    Tale Of The Fingers
    Just For The Love
    Paul Chambers
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    Page One

    Blue Note Reissue




    As much as I'd love to relay all kinds of anecdotes about the challenges Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray encounter during the mastering sessions, I witness none. These boys know the sound of the facility and the Van Gelder masters like the backs of their handsBack home a month later, I unpack some test pressings Chad Kassem has sent meI hear the most realistic-sounding drums ever reproduced by my system. It's as though I'm sitting at the point of creation, experiencing the same high that brought such gifted musicians together as one. Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray, Chad Kassem, and Don MacInnis have done Rudy Van Gelder and his Blue Note artists proud. Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile, April 2008


    Page One introduced the jazz world to the unusually mature and original young tenor saxophonist, Joe Henderson. Recorda Me and Blue Bossa have become jazz classics for their mix of Brazilian rhythms with Hard Bop muscle.


    Blue Bossa
    La Mesha
    Homestretch
    Recorda Me
    Jinrikisha
    Out of the Night
    Joe Henderson
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    Freakout At The Gallery

    The Higher State return with their long-awaited third album, Freakout at the Gallery! While still employing their bedrock signature sound of fuzzy 60's-style garage psychedelia meshed with jangly folk-punk, the group expands their musical horizons through a broader mix of instrumentation. On these 12 new songs, sitar, piano, and even a lush string arrangement add a lot of color to this affair. Mix all of these vibrations with quite possibly some of their most infectious vocal harmonies and spot-on, thought-provocative lyrics to date, and you will bear witness to the Freakout at the Gallery. Quite possibly, becoming an active participant as well, as the sounds excite your ears, move your feet, and paint the colors of your mind!
    1. The Gypsies' Graveyard
    2. These Things Take Time
    3. It's Not Up to You
    4. I'll Always Be Around
    5. A Thousand Yards
    6. Everything I See
    7. You Had it Coming
    8. If at All
    9. Bus Song
    10. Turn into Fall
    11. There's Always Time
    12. Hey in There
    The Higher State
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    Midnight Snack

    Homeshake is the pseudonym and solo project of Edmonton-born, Montreal-based musician Peter Sagar. As a follow up to his 2014 debut, In the Shower, Homeshake will release his sophomore effort Midnight Snack this coming fall! This new record explores Sagar's dizzying time on the road as touring guitarist with Mac DeMarco, reflecting on the loneliness that plagued him towards the end of his run, and the longing for life back home in Montreal. When the mounting pressures of this lifestyle began to take a toll, Sagar left the band to focus on his own music and to rebuild the infrastructure of his life. While many of the new tracks meander through anxiety and despair, it is also a witness to a return to safety.
    1. What'd He Look Like
    2. Heat
    3. He's Heating Up!
    4. I Dont's Wanna
    5. Faded
    6. Love Is Only A Feeling
    7. Under The Sheets
    8. Real Love
    9. Move This Body
    10. Give It To Me
    11. Midnight Snack
    12. Goodnight
    HOMESHAKE
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    Eparistera Daimones

    Limited Edition US Reissue Of 700 Copies


    Gatefold Double LP


    Pressed On White Vinyl


    Includes Poster


    Created to further develop the darkness invoked by its immediate precursors, seminal black/extreme metal pioneers Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, Triptykon evolved from a Celtic Frost side project initiated by Tom Gabriel Fischer (a.k.a. Tom Gabriel Warrior), the group's singer, guitarist, and main songwriter.


    Both music and lyrics reveal a group immersed in themes such as history, occultism, human disintegration, religious fanaticism, and nihilism. Songs such as "Abyss Within My Soul", "A Thousand Lies", and, particularly, "The Prolonging" bear witness to wastelands of eternal night. The transcending and mergence of seemingly distinct forms of imagination, a hallmark long prominent in Celtic Frost's efforts, is naturally also abundant within Triptykon's sphere of inspiration.

    LP 1
    1. Goetia
    2. Abyss Within My Soul

    3. In Shrouds Decayed

    4. Shrine

    5. A Thousand Lies


    LP 2
    1. Descendant

    2. Myopic Empire

    3. My Pain

    4. The Prolonging

    Triptykon
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    Trust No One

    Gatefold LP Includes Bonus Tracks


    Dark clouds over California - and everywhere else: DevilDriver teamed up once again
    with producer Mark Lewis and the Audio Hammer Studios for their seventh opus that
    is nothing short of sensational! Three years after the lush Winter kills, we bear witness
    to the birth of a sleek new version of the band in the shape of TRUST NO ONE. An
    unapologetic title that strengthens the fact that Dez Fafara and co have compressed
    their energies: the opener 'Testimony Of Truth' isn`t simply a catchy masterpiece
    comfortably nestled in between soaring guitars and massive groove, it also catches
    up with the band`s classic moments! Insidious hooks refine eerie tunes such as 'My
    Night Sky', but there is always room for hauntingly beautiful epic parts in all this
    mayhem. These wolves need no sheep's clothing!


    1. Testimony Of Truth
    2. Bad Deeds
    3. My Night Sky
    4. This Deception
    5. Above It All
    6. Daybreak
    7. Trust No One
    8. Feeling Ungodly
    9. Retribution
    10. For What It's Worth
    11. House Divided*
    12. Evil On Swift Wings*


    *bonus track

    DevilDriver
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    Hang

    Foxygen is the Big Bang of two combusting minds. It's the splayed Galaxy of polar geniuses Sam France and Jonathan Rado. It's a handshake with a knife behind your back. A sleepless night in a five star hotel. You listen to Hang properly. You take in each moment. Each new melody that threads forward from the fingertips of one of this generation's finest piano men in Jonathan Rado. And you fall in line behind Sam France's sprawling and reckless lyric. Witness his mastery. Feel them struggle against the walls of their own creations. Follow them there. To the perimeter. To the exit sign. Notice that the two young guys aren't there anymore. They're outside looking for another joint to haunt. They're already out of sight.
    1. Follow The Leader
    2. Avalon
    3. Mrs. Adams
    4. America
    5. On Lankershim
    6. Upon A Hill
    7. Trauma
    8. Rise Up
    Foxygen
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    Covered In Black


    And they are glorious, beautiful. Sounding a bit like She &
    Him might were they produced by Sufjan Stevens - to create a
    sort of She & She & She & She, they are four alt-pop Brontës
    who beam right into your stereo like a comforting aural torch
    you never need to buy batteries for. - Drowned In Sound


    "Best referenced midway between the Bangles and Go-Gos in
    terms of a girl group approach, there's a kind of slacker
    sensibility at work here, one that never muffles the drive or
    conviction. I was meant for something more, Cottingham
    sings on the final track, aptly entitled Anything and indeed a
    lyric has never sounded so true." - Blurt


    Precociousness always catches its observer off guard; we are
    witness to a stubborn incongruity, a disproportionate relationship
    between limited years and elevated levels of skill, insight, or
    vision. It confounds common experience, and we wonder. When
    Ortolan's debut album Time On A String was released in 2010,
    three quarters of the family foursome were yet under drinking
    age. Along with copious kudos given to the quality of the music
    and the maturity of the songwriting, every single review made
    mention of their age. Wonder indeed.


    What may be the greater marvel though, is when a nascent talent
    starts to grow into itself; when prodigious promise begins to
    deliver something beyond spectacle, when it begins to nourish
    those who are witness to it. Such is the case with Ortolan's latest,
    Covered In Black.


    The pulse at the heart of Ortolan's music has always been
    Stephanie Cottingham's voice, a curious combination of
    innocence, wisdom, and wit (all rare commodities in the greater
    landscape of popular music today). These beguiling qualities
    remain, but here her voice is imbued with a greater richness. The
    bandwidth of color, hue, and shade has widened; the reds are
    redder and the blues are bluer. Even more significant though, is
    Cottingham's development as an interpreter of her own songs.
    Her voice remains a thing to behold, but in the tradition of Kitty
    Wells, Etta James, or Emmylou Harris, she is becoming a
    storyteller. Each note is now is its own scene in a greater drama.
    Each vocal push and lilt tells of loss and love, fear and
    friendship.


    As much as Ortolan is about Stephanie Cottingham's voice and
    songwriting, it is about family, and the picture is incomplete
    without the powerful presence of Jill (keys), Briana (bass), and
    Lara (drums). Floor toms drum and drive, strumming guitars
    strum and strum faster, basses rock and keyboards swirl and
    swoop. Their commitment to one another is palpable, and is as
    important to the music as the notes and rhythms they're playing.


    That their voices also join Stephanie's throughout the record is
    not insignificant. There is an excess of animosity in the world: so
    much time is spent competing, resisting, debating, conflicting,
    arguing. There is something so vital and humane in joining voices
    for once, in unison. One of the simplest and most powerful
    activities of human beings is singing together, and this is a
    central ingredient to Ortolan's music and life. Nothing is
    pretended-it's what they do: voices are raised and raised
    together -- to cry, to question, to pray, to laugh, to celebrate.


    The color black is achieved through the mixing of different
    paints and opposing pigments; as such, black represents the
    presence of color, not the absence of it, and Ortolan's latest is
    covered in it.

    1. Bottle's Broken
    2. Holding This Fire
    3. Votes Are In
    4. Covered In Black
    5. Surprise

    6. Spring
    7. Green Were The Days
    8. You Don't Know
    9. Above The Mountain

    10. Miles
    Ortolan
    $18.99
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    Our Nation

    Our Nation, the second album from Shine 2009 is a brightly colored affair that expands on their signature brand of stylish pop. Set squarely in the band's native country of Finland, the lyrics poke at its national culture with wit and reverence. While Our Nation is more organic than previous material, it distinctly maintains their sense of flair and finesse.
    1. Eurozone
    2. Older
    3. No Thanks
    4. Good Times
    5. Love, Love, Love
    6. Running Around
    7. Suomen Sydan
    8. Me & U
    9. Our Nation
    Shine 2009
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    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Here 'Tis

    Blue Note Reissue


    As much as I'd love to relay all kinds of anecdotes about the challenges Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray encounter during the mastering sessions, I witness none. These boys know the sound of the facility and the Van Gelder masters like the backs of their hands. Back home a month later, I unpack some test pressings Chad Kassem has sent me. I hear the most realistic-sounding drums ever reproduced by my system. It's as though I'm sitting at the point of creation, experiencing the same high that brought such gifted musicians together as one. Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray, Chad Kassem, and Don MacInnis have done Rudy Van Gelder and his Blue Note artists proud. Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile, April 2008


    A dedicated disciple of Charlie Parker, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson focused his energies on the bluesier aspects of his hero's playing and rendered it with a sweeter edge that fashioned him a viable career for decades. His work for Blue Note showed his impressive mastery of the bop style.


    Here 'Tis
    Watusi Jump
    Walk With Me
    A Foggy Day
    Cool Blues
    Lou Donaldson
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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