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Good Times!Who's ready to have some fun with The Monkees as they celebrate their 50th anniversary? With a tour kicking off in May and the group's first new album in 20 years, GOOD TIMES!, releasing, Monkee-mania will be taking 2016 by storm!
GOOD TIMES! features all three surviving band members - Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork. The unmistakable voice of the late Davy Jones is also included with a vintage vocal featured on one song. To produce the new album, the band found the perfect musical co-conspirator in Grammy® and Emmy®-winning songwriter Adam Schlesinger (Fountains Of Wayne, Ivy).
Much like The Monkees' early albums, GOOD TIMES! features tracks written specifically for the band by some of the music world's most gifted songwriters, including Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie), Andy Partridge (XTC), and Zach Rogue (Rogue Wave) as well as a song co-written by Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller. The album also includes songwriting contributions by Nesmith ("I Know What I Know") and Tork as well as producer Schlesinger.
To help bring the anniversary full circle, The Monkees completed songs for GOOD TIMES! that were originally recorded and written for the group during the 60s, including "Love To Love" by Neil Diamond, which features a vintage vocal by Jones. Harry Nilsson wrote the title track "Good Times," which he recorded at a session with Nesmith in January 1968. The production was never completed, so the band returned to the original session tape (featuring Nilsson's guide vocal) and have created a duet with his close friend Dolenz. "Good Times" will mark the first time Dolenz and Nilsson have sung together since Dolenz' May 1973 single "Daybreak." Other vintage 1960's tracks included on GOOD TIMES! feature L.A.'s famed "Wrecking Crew" of session musicians.
"This is one of the most exciting Monkee projects I've been involved in for decades!" says Dolenz. "Working with Adam Schlesinger has been a pure delight and the opportunity to sing a duet with my old buddy, Harry Nilsson, is just beyond cool!"1. Good Times
2. You Bring the Summer
3. She Makes Me Laugh
4. Our Own World
5. Gotta Give It Time
6. Me & Magdalena
7. Whatever's Right
8. Love to Love
9. Little Gil
10. Birth of an Accidental Hipster
11. Wasn't Born to Follow
12. I Know What I Know
13. I Was There (And I'm Told I Had a Good Time)$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon (Limited Edition) (On Sale)Limited Edition Clear Vinyl
A gorgeous, limited edition clear vinyl pressing of the brilliant tribute to Pink Floyd's psychedelic masterpiece! Features performances by Adrian Belew (King Crimson), Robby Krieger (The Doors), Colin Moulding (XTC), Tommy Shaw (Styx), Rick Wakeman (Yes), John Wetton (Asia), award-winning actor Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) and many more!1. Speak To Me / Breathe
2. On The Run
4. The Great Gig In The Sky
6. Us And Them
7. Any Colour You Like
8. Brain Damage
9. Eclipse$25.99 $19.49 Save $6.50 (25%)Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Through The Hill500 Only Limited Edition
This vinyl re-press of the 1994 collaboration between Harold Budd and eccentric English pop genius Andy Partridge of XTC features atmospheric instrumentals, off-kilter melodies and beguiling song poems. Limited to 500 copies worldwide in gatefold 2xLP double vinyl + download card. Contains two bonus tracks not included on the original vinyl.1. Hand 19
2. Through The Hill
3. Great Valley Of Gongs
4. Western Island Of Apples
5. Anima Mundi
6. Hand 20
7. The Place Of Odd Glances
8. Well For The Sweat Of The Moon
9. Tenochtitlan's Numberless Bridges
10. Ceramic Avenue
11. Hand 21
12. Missing Pieces To The Game Of Salt And Onyx
13. Mantle Of Peacock Bones
14. Bronze Coins Showing Genitals
15. Bearded Aphrodite
16. Hand 22
18. Bruegel$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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The Prog Collective (On Sale)The biggest super group of Progressive Rock players
ever assembled and one of the most talked about releases of 2012 finally arrives on vinyl!
Features performances by John Wetton (Asia), Tony
Levin (King Crimson), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Geoff Downes (Yes/Asia), Alan Parsons (Alan Parsons Project), Chris Squire (Yes), Rick Wakeman (Yes), Gary Green (Gentle Giant), Annie Haslam (Renaissance), Steve Hillage (Gong), John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), Tony Kaye (Yes), Colin Moulding (xTC) and more!LP1
1. The Laws of Nature
2. Over Again
3. The Technical Divide
4. Social Circles
5. Buried Beneath
6. Follow the Signs
1. Check Point Karma
2. The Laws of Nature (Instrumental)
3. The Technical Divide (Instrumental)
4. Social Circles (Instrumental)
5. Check Point Karma (Instrumental)
6. Over Again (Single Edit)
7. BONUS TRACK: Let the World Revolve$26.99 $20.24 Save $6.75 (25%)Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Drunk Is The New Sober/Stupid Is The New DumbDrunk Is The New Sober and Stupid Is The New Dumb are the twin subtitles of Drunk & Stupid, Dots Will Echo's debut album on Asthmatic Kitty, but those aren't just arch witticisms, they encapsulate the apparent contradictions that power the New Jersey duo's music. The warmly weird world created by multi-instrumentalist Nick Berry and drummer Kurt Biroc seems simultaneously sacred and profane, edgy and accessible, sad and transcendently silly. What else would you expect from a group that describes itself as "dour moralizers and drunken assholes" and identifies its key influences as "A little bit The Incredible String Band, a little bit AC/DC?"
"I can see the carnival lights from here," sings Berry in a half-crazed, half-elated tone at the beginning of the opening track, "I Like It," sounding like either a psychotic infatuated with his own attractive fantasy world or a genius inventor marveling at the luminous landscape he's created. It's up to the listener to decide which, but either way it's 100% Dots Will Echo.
Everything on Drunk & Stupid was played by Berry and Biroc, with the basic tracks recorded in a single marathon, three-day session. "I meant this to be a very raw recording, capturing the way we sound live," says Berry, who plays everything from guitars and keyboards to Autoharp, glockenspiel, and Andean charango over the course of the album, as he and Biroc build their own beautifully ramshackle universe from the ground up before your very ears.
"A poorly played violin can sound better than a well played piano," says Berry half-jokingly of the organic, offhand feel of the tracks. From the first moment, Drunk & Stupid makes the listener a fly on the wall for a day in the life of Dots Will Echo, with snatches of goofy studio chatter interspersed between tunes. The bit that leads into the crooked campfire singalong "I'm a Monkey" is particularly telling, as Berry spontaneously announces, "I want to try a song I dreamt the other night," Biroc disapprovingly asks, "In the studio?" and Berry blithely counters, "Yeah, why not?"
In fact, Berry dreams a large percentage of his songs. "Some are stupid, but I let 'em fly anyway," he says self-deprecatingly, "but the really stupid ones, nobody's ever gonna hear." By the time they enter our waking world, Berry's tunes bear trace elements of psychedelia, power pop, field-recording folk, DIY post-punk, and tantalizingly trashy garage rock (the duo does in fact rehearse in Biroc's garage). "What You Tryin' To Do," for instance, comes off like Sister Lovers-era Big Star recording for Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, while the giddy blastoff of "Rocket Girl" evokes early XTC covered by Guided By Voices, and the fragile, almost-ominous beauty of the hushed, acoustic ballad "Gates of Eden" feels like the greatest song Neil Young never wrote for Galaxie 500.
The black humor that inhabits an impressive amount of real estate in the Dots Will Echo neighborhood isn't the whistling-through-the-graveyard variety, but rather the kind that finds all of creation to be a bit of a knee-slapper. Like the great writers in every medium, Berry finds the human dilemma a source of endless hilarity, even though you can always hear the big, gently bruised heart beating at the core of every song on Drunk & Stupid. Berry sounds like an amphetamine-fueled tour guide as he walks us through a field of mankind's folly on "Seven Deadly Sins," his loopy lyrics punctuated by Captain Beefheart-esque bursts of six-string cubism.
Even when things get apocalyptic, as on the minimalist stomp of the cautionary "Shitstorm," Berry exhibits so much obvious glee in announcing the impending arrival of the titular phenomenon that you can't help singing "there's a shitstorm coming" right along with him and bobbing your head randomly to the track's triumphantly spastic anti-groove. The deceptively mellow-sounding anthem of global dystopia "History's Grave" was written in early 2008, but Berry notes, "Since then many of the events mentioned or alluded to have come to pass. This made me feel a little bit like a character in a Stephen King novel."
At the same time, Drunk & Stupid sports songs like "Be a Friend" and "So Deep the Night," lambent, low-key ballads that balance between bittersweet and unabashedly sentimental without ever turning mawkish. On these tracks, the Lennon-like undertone in Berry's voice rises to the top of the mix, tapping into an almost spiritual vibe and making for some of the most undeniably poignant moments on the album.
Berry and Biroc, who also work together at the same day job (the drummer is Berry's boss), have been making music together since 2004, hashing out their ideas in Biroc's garage and documenting them in Berry's basement studio. Along the way, they've made unofficial micro-pressings of their work, mostly for passing around to friends and admirers in an ad hoc fashion, but Drunk & Stupid represents the first time the duo's freewheeling work has ever been properly presented to the public at large as a full-on album. With all the material the prolific pair has been stockpiling, they had a huge tally of tunes to haul along with them for this project, and hearing it is a little like stumbling for the first time into a lost world with a long legacy of its own rituals, relics, regalia, and history. But once you wander in, you can't imagine how you ever existed without it.
Originally meant to be two separate discs (the vinyl version is a double LP with download codes for bonus tracks), Drunk & Stupid is a wild ride that clocks in at just under 80 minutes and boasts 19 songs overflowing with insanely catchy melodies, endearingly off-kilter arrangements, and a strangely satisfying blend of the divine and the absurd." As Berry says, "We try to allow for the will of the universe to have a large part in our music. There must be something sacred in mistakes. This is our explanation for being fuck-ups."1. Untitled
2. I Like It
3. Untitled II
4. I'm a Monkey
6. Be a Friend
7. Whatcha Tryin to Do
8. Rocket Girls
10. Run Away Anna
11. History's Grave
12. Sweet Sweet Sanity
14. Who Left You Here
15. The Future
16. Untitled III
17. Peace in Your Life
18. Our Little Part of the World
19. Untitled IV
20. Gates of Eden
21. Visions of Light
22. Seven Deadly Sins
23. So Deep the Night$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Iggy Pop / Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues!
First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl + Gatefold LP Artwork
Features David Bowie, Simple Minds, Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) & Ivan Kral (Patti Smith Group) & Barry Andrews (XTC)
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso At Capitol Records & Manufactured At R.T.I.
A Definitive "Rock Of The 80's" Classic Album
Iggy Pop continues to be known as one of the original pioneers of
the punk rock and underground rock movement of the late sixties and
seventies. Thrilling audiences with The Stooges or with his own innovative
solo projects, Iggy's iconic history shows a plethora of amazing albums
over the last 4 decades, truly creating some of the coolest music ever
waxed for the classic rock era.
In 1980, Iggy Pop delivered his hard hitting 80's alternative classic
Soldier for Arista Records. Featuring the David Bowie collaboration Play
It Safe, Solider was a solid effort which continues to be one of his most
revered albums to this day. This stunning release featured a good amount
of staple Iggy Pop classics like I'm A Conservative, Mr. Dynamite, Dog
Food and the hard rockin' Take Care Of Me. Augmented with powerhouse
musicians like Ivan Kral (Patti Smith Group), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols),
Barry Andrews (XTC) and uncredited support from David Bowie and
Simple Minds, this amazing 80's power punk classic hasn't been available
on vinyl for many decades... that is until now!
As another installment in our Iggy Pop series, Friday Music is
very proud to announce for the first time ever the stunning 180 Gram
Audiophile Vinyl presentation of Soldier by the legendary Iggy Pop.
Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (David Bowie/Iggy Pop/Alice
Cooper) at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Mastering in Hollywood and
manufactured at R.T.I., this original Arista Records classic truly reaches
great sonic heights in the audiophile vinyl domain. For a limited time, we
have also included the colorful artwork elements in a first time gatefold
cover, featuring the rare lyric insert art - now a part of the inside LP cover
Knocking 'Em Down In The City1. Loco Mosquito
3. Knocking 'em Down (In The City)
4. Play It Safe
5. Get Up And Get Out
6. Mr. Dynamite
7. Dog Food
8. I Need More
9. Take Care Of Me
10. I'm A Conservative
11. I Snub You$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Descended Like VulturesRogue Wave's 2005 album Descended Like Vultures is now back in print on vinyl! Historians, rock critics and sports announcers have all spent plenty of time waxing poetic about the sophomore slump, but don't waste any time pulling out that reference for Descended Like Vultures, Rogue Wave's second album for Sub Pop. While the album defies expectations as much as it defies the odds, singer/guitarist Zach Rogue knows the score: "That's the whole thing with the title," he admits. "It' like waiting for the other shoe to drop this perception that everyone around you is going to turn their back."
A related adage is that you have your whole life to write your first album and a year to write your second, but Rogue had anything but writer's block after completing Out Of The Shadow and seeing it re-released by Sub Pop in 2004 (the original, limited pressing was released on the band's own label in early 2003). In fact, the group entered the studio at the end of March with more than enough material for a full-length (three albums worth, to be exact).
"I've wanted to record records for years and years, so really, it's like someone opened the door for me to get started," explains Rogue. "I feel like Descended Like Vultures is actually the beginning this is really where we start." Though Rogue assembled the Oakland, CA, quartet which includes fellow multi-instrumentalists Pat Spurgeon (focus: drums), Gram LeBron (guitar) and newest member Evan Farrell (bass) in late 2002, Descended Like Vultures is the first time the band's leader has ever made a record with a whole group in the studio. The band spent 10 days with Bill Racine (who also produced Out Of The Shadow with Rogue) at Supernatural Sound in Oregon City, OR, resulting in the creation of 11 tracks that journey through a dreamy landscape inspired by several decades of classic rock and pop (from Fleetwood Mac to Neil Young to My Bloody Valentine.)
The Mark Kozelek-esque "California" and the XTC-flavored "Catform," which sports Rogue's most dazzling vocal performance to date both feature cold yet inspired examinations of human nature informed by Rogue's experiences on the road. For the first time as an entire unit, Rogue Wave went out of its way to create a free-flowing album that includes equal amounts of tension, release and resolution. In the process they have made a brilliantly layered, expertly crafted album that changes shape with repeated spins.1. Bird On a Wire
2. Publish My Love
3. Salesman At the Day of the Parade
5. Love's Lost Guarantee
8. Are You On My Side
9. Medicine Ball
11. Temporary$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends)Translucent Red Vinyl
First internationally available new release from Ireland's Pugwash. Features guest appearances from Ray Davies (The Kinks), Heil Hannon (The Divine Comedy), Andy Partridge (XTC) and a cameo from Jeff Lynne (ELO)1. Kicking And Screaming
2. Lucky In Every Way
3. Feed His Heart With Coal
4. Just So You Know
6. The Fool I Had Become
7. You Could Always Cry
8. Hung Myself Out To Dry
9. Silly Love
10. Oh Happy Days
11. All The Way From Love
12. We Are Everywhere$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Business CasualThis debut is an orchestrated, danceable tantrum. It's flamboyant and deviant, taking you to a steamy jungle filled with sounds of howling animals in heat. Stylistically, Beep Beep draws from traditional art rock elements (XTC, Klaus Nomi, Wire, Kate Bush), while simultaneously exuding present and future genres. The lyrics stand alone as titillating prose, exploring themes of office culture as well as religious, environmental, and sexual deviance.1. I Am The Secretary
2. Oh No!
3. Misuse Their Bodies
4. Giggle Giggle
5. Electronic Wolves
6. Chewy Poison
7. Executive Foilage
8. The Fluorescent Lights
9. Vertical Cougar
10. The Threat Of Nature$9.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sure The Doldrums and Worn Copy had some hits and humdingers on them, but Ariel Pink's 2002 album House Arrest never lets up. Its hit after hit after hit. Sorta like if you listened to your friends boom box mix tape from Top 40 radio around 1985.
Think you've heard enough Ariel Pink? Well our favorite omnivorous media junkie from LA still has a few tricks left up his sleevelike the left-of-center House Arrest. Sure The Doldrums and Worn Copy had some hits and humdingers on them, but House Arrest never lets up. It's hit after hit after hit. Sorta like if you listened to your friend's boom box mix tape from Top 40 radio around 1985. Some people might think that sounds like a recipe for disaster. We say bring on the Doritos.
Originally released in 2002 as part of a split double-CD set, then re-released with a couple of bonus tracks (including the multipart epic Netherlands) in 2006, House Arrest, much like every other Ariel Pink release so far, provides a small sampling of Ariel Rosenberg's self-recorded compositions, laid down on a trusty eight-track at home. Unlike so many warbling troubadours who seem to think the recorded-in-a-bedroom approach means a license to be maudlin, Rosenberg brings an exuberant joy to his work, finding something that a full band recording might actually kill the spirit of. The queasy tones and gently distanced verses of the opening Hardcore Pops Are Fun is instant put-a-smile-on-your-face stuff, helping to set the tone for the whole collection. The demented synth pop merriment of Flying Circles suggests an '80s nugget swathed in psychedelic haze, a gentle breeziness apparent on many other songs like the giddy Every Night I Die at Miyagis or the nervous funk of Alisa, easily one of the best songs on the album thanks to some exquisite vocals in particular. Though his connection to personal hero R. Stevie Moore is often mentioned, Rosenberg's role model here often seems to be Andy Partridge instead -- check out the distinctly XTC-like hiccupping on Gettin' High in the Morning, not to mention the quick herky-jerk arrangements. Rosenberg's preference to add layers of echo on his voice means sometimes his lyrics only emerge in fits and starts, but when they do they often are wryly witty or amusingly theatrical -- it fits with the amusing rock pose on the back cover, a knowing embrace of a trope. So when he sings about how West Coast calamities are worth more than the East Coast variety or how he's one of those egomaniacs who just want to siiiing, who's to deny how he plays around with the ideas?
1. Hardcore Pops Are Fun
2. Interesting Results
3. West Coast Calamities
4. Flying Circles
5. Gettin' High In the Morning
7. Every Night I Die At Miyagis
8. House Arrest
10. Almost Waiting
$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Out Of The BlackThe raucous, schizophrenic sound of Out Of The Black - much like previous Boys Noize records - has as much to do more with Ridha's attention span as his choice in gear. "I get bored really easily with sounds," he explains, "The exciting part for me is trying to come up with new sounds, putting new sounds in a new dress. I'm sound obsessed. I buy a lot of machines and synths, and I'm always looking for a way to destroy sounds in an unconventional way. I'm always drawn to music and productions that sound entirely different or really naïve or sometimes just stupid. I don´t like it when it sounds too clean and generic, there needs to be some sort of soul. I guess that explains a lot about my sound which I think I instinctually capture. But I do try to keep in mind what I loved about dance music when I started doing this and how it made me feel. Those thoughts were also very much on my mind when I was making this record."
The new album nicely bridges the gap between his previous two efforts; providing the requisite in-your-face electro bang of classic Boys Noize on tracks like "What You Want", "Rocky 2" and "XTC", or more melodic songs like "Ich R U" and "Reality". At a time when mainstream electronic music-particularly the pervasive cultures of EDM and dubstep-have moved dance music out of the clubs and into the stadiums, Ridha is quick to acknowledge the old school house and acid records that shaped him as a DJ; the very same records that continue to bubble up as an influence on Out of the Black.
"I never compromise when it comes to creative or musical things," says Ridha. "I only do what I think is cool and what I like. It's not about what the market wants or what people expect. Maintaining artistic freedom has always been the most important thing to me - for my own music or for anyone on my label." As for the title of his new record, Ridha explains that this music isn't coming from out of the blue. In fact, it's the opposite. "I tend to make and produce music only at night," he says. "I also generally only perform at night, so this is music that's coming totally out of the black. Also, they say the color black can absorb all other colors, which is a cool way to think about making music. You absorb every other kind of music-every possible sound-and what comes out of you is something new, something out of the black."1. What You Want
4. ICH R U
5. Rocky 2
6. Ich Jack
7. Circus Full Of Clowns (feat. Gizzle)
8. Touch It
9. Conchord (feat. Siriusmo)
12. Got It (feat. Snoop Dogg)
14. Yellow (feat. Siriusmo)$24.99Vinyl LP + CD - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Soft ConnectionsIn 2005, at the age of 14, Nic Hessler created the alias Catwalk to write, record and
perform his music. Armed with Wipers and Roy Orbison records, an 8-track recorder and a
garage, Nic set out to make Catwalk the next great guitar-oriented California band like many
teenagers before him. Two tiny run 7" singles on the now defunct Yay! imprint soon appeared,
making the rounds through independent record stores and mail order distributors. This led to
the 18-year-old Nic to sign to the also new and young label, Captured Tracks. Two C/T 7"
releases in 2010 and 2011 followed, leading up to a full-fledged Catwalk LP and tour in 2011.
Press reaction was swift and, as interest was grew, Nic garnered support in his hometown of
Orange County, CA to assemble a tour line-up for the LP. However, none of that would ever
Around this time, Nic was struck with an ailment that kept him sidelined for quite sometime:
Guillain-BarrÉ Syndrome. No walk in the park, GBS prevented Nic from playing guitar,
leaving him partially paralyzed for the bulk of this lost period. While this was obviously detrimental
for Nic and Catwalk, strangely, it may have helped the musician Nic Hessler's career.
Now ditching the moniker of a hypothetical band, Nic re-emerges in 2015, healthy and reinvigorated,
with a more fully-formed and ambitious sound: the sound of Soft Connections, his
debut LP years in the making, though he's now just 23. Soft Connections bridges the songwriting
influences of the vintage American powerpop of Emmit Rhodes and Alex Chilton, along
with UK giants like The Kinks and XTC. Tracks like Hearts, Repeating and I Feel Again-two
classic singles in the radio sense of the word-show the maturity in craftsmanship Nic's been
honing these past four years.
The making of Soft Connections was a lengthy process that took place during a crucial period
of musical growth and self-exploration. It's an optimistic and introspective record about being
in-and-out of feeling - on the brink of a personal breakthrough, yet still seeking direction,
purpose, truth and permanence. Anchored by the Catwalk favorite (Please) Don't Break
Me - a song that, at one point, could very well have launched Nic into indie celebdom -
this record is now a send-off to Nic's lost time; he's moved forward, sounding better than ever
and ready to soundtrack your long road trip or failed crush. This will be the first record in what
we all hope to be a lengthy string of great albums.1. I Feel Again
2. Hearts, Repeating
3. Expel Me
5. Do You Ever?
6. All In The Night
7. All Around You
8. (Please) Don't Break Me
9. Moonlight Girl
10. Into the Twilight
11. So on You'll See, Kristine
12. Soft Connections$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now