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  • Home of the Strange Home of the Strange Quick View

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    Home of the Strange

    The wildly adventurous Home Of The Strange, the band's third, was produced by Alex Salibian (Elle King, Mikky Ekko) with 2016 Grammy winner for Producer of the Year Jeff Bhasker serving as the album's Executive Producer.
    1. Amerika
    2. Something to Believe In
    3. Elsewhere
    4. Mr. Know-It-All
    5. Jungle Youth
    6. Titus Was Born
    7. Repeat
    8. Silvertongue
    9. Art Exhibit
    10. Nothing's Over
    11. Home of the Strange
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  • Young The Giant Young The Giant Quick View

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    Young The Giant

    Produced by Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes, The Shins, My Morning Jacket), mixed by Michael Brauer (Coldplay, My Morning Jacket) and recorded at Los Angeles' Sunset Sound Studios and Kingsize Studio, the 12-song self-titled album from the California five-piece Yount The Giant is an arresting collection of bright, melodic rock that ushers in the band as a fresh and vital presence.



    From the jolting percussion and anthemic chorus of My Body to the driving guitars and lovesick fervor of Cough Syrup, Young The Giant is overflowing with addictive melodies and heartfelt lyrics at every turn. Islands marries off-kilter jazz rhythms with vocalist Sameer Gadhia's haunting falsetto to create an unnerving effect. The electric slide guitar that punctuates Street Walker shrouds the song's frenetic pulse and soaring vocals in mystery. The chiming guitars in Twelve Fingers exude pure joy, while the rhythmic swing of Strings, and the sun-stained pop of I Got capture Young The Giant in their SoCal glory.

    1. Apartment
    2. My Body
    3. I Got
    4. Cough Syrup
    5. God Made Man
    6. 12 Fingers
    7. Strings
    8. Your Side
    9. Garands
    10. St. Walker
    11. Islands
    12. Guns Out
    Young The Giant
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    Unity

    Cut At 33 1/3 RPM By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio From The Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes


    Pressed On 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl LP By RTI


    Top Quality Gatefold Packaging With Laminated Covers & High Quality Session Photos


    By the time he recorded what is universally regarded as his finest album in 1964, Larry Young had developed his own innovative style on Hammond B-3 organ and had proved that the instrument could be used for so much more than soul jazz. He was light years ahead of his contemporaries, and fully established himself as the most forward thinking B-3 organ player of the Coltrane era. Teaming with a superb cast consisting of trumpet sensation Woody Shaw (who contributed three of the six selections), Joe Henderson and Elvin Jones, Larry Young inspires each of these young giants to some of the finest performances of their lives. Unity, which still sounds as contemporary as the day it was recorded, is an essential post-bop classic!


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    Limited Edition of Only 3500 Copies

    Remastered from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes

    Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

    Pressed on 180 gram Virgin Vinyl LP by RTI

    Ultra-Durable, Extra Thick Album Jackets

    Gatefold Album with Session Photos in stunning High Resolution

    Stereo


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    Larry Young
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    In 'N Out

    From the moment that Kenny Dorham picked a 25-year old Joe Henderson out of obscurity in 1962 and had him join his band, it was obvious that Henderson was a very powerful force, a young giant who sent shock waves through the jazz world. Henderson, who had a very distinctive sound from the start along with the ability to play both "inside" and "outside," sounded very much at home whether playing bebop or free improvisations. He also proved to be a perfect musical brother for Dorham. Henderson's In 'N Out album finds the two horns expressing similar ideas, blending together perfectly, and creating memorable music that is beyond description. Every note that Dorham and Henderson play on this classic album is passionate, intense and meaningful. While most young musicians would be in awe if teamed with Dorham, McCoy Tyner, Richard Davis and Elvin Jones, Henderson not only had no difficulty playing with those masters, but he raised the intensity level and forced them to keep up with him. Rudy Van Gelder brilliantly captured this group, which has never sounded better than on this must-have reissue.

     

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    • Remastered from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes!

    • Remastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at Acoustech

    • Cut at 45rpm for Better Sound!

    • Pressed on two 180 gram Virgin Vinyl LPs by RTI

    • Limited Edition

    • Numbered

    • Ultra-Durable, Extra Thick Album Jackets

    • Gatefold Album with Session Photos in stunning High Resolution


     

    Musicians:


    • Joe Henderson

    • Kenny Dorham

    • McCoy Tyner

    • Richard Davis

    • Elvin Jones


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    In 'N Out
    Punjab
    Serenity
    Short Story
    Brown's Town
    Joe Henderson
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  • Mind Over Matter Mind Over Matter Quick View

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    Mind Over Matter

    For their highly anticipated second album MIND OVER MATTER, Young The Giant enlisted Grammy nominated producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen, known for his work with such diverse artists as Beck, Nine Inch Nails, Paramore, and M83. Featuring the electrifying lead single It's About Time, the collection of songs finds the young band challenging themselves both lyrically and musically.
    LP 1
    1. Slow Dive
    2. Anagram
    3. It's About Time
    4. Crystallized
    5. Mind Over Matter
    6. Daydreamer
    7. Firelight


    LP 2
    1. Camera
    2. In My Home
    3. Eros
    4. Teachers
    5. Waves
    6. Paralysis

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    About Last Night

    Sleeper Agent today announced their highly anticipated second album, entitled About Last Night, will be released on RCA Records / Mom & Pop.


    "About Last Night is the product of countless hours spent writing, rewriting, recording, hoping, toiling, questioning, and ultimately pushing ourselves as a band as far as we could go," said Sleeper Agent's Alex Kandel. "It's a record that I can hear our band's history in every heartbreak, every victory, every night spent in the van, every audience we've been in front of are woven into the melodies and fabric of the songs."


    About Last Night was born after principal songwriter Tony Smith started scribbling together song skeletons on tour. The group fleshed out those compositions after decamping their tour bus and shacking up together in a log cabin in Middle of Nowhere, East Kentucky. Instead of killing each other in their secluded camp, they watched The Godfather, cooked family dinners, and emerged five days later with 10 solid tracks. The songs were recorded in Nashville and Charleston with producers Jay Joyce and Eric Bass. About Last Night is the follow up to their 2011 debut Celabrasion.


    About Last Night will follow up Sleeper Agent's heralded debut album Celabrasion, which was released by Mom + Pop in 2011 and immediately garnered the affectionate attention of the blogosphere straight to the top of the national music media - leading to prominent features on the pages on SPIN, Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Guitar World, Los Angeles Times, and many more. Rolling Stone hailed them as a Band To Watch and the group was named the #2 Best New Band in the annual Rolling Stone Reader's Poll. Sleeper Agent also won MTVu's Freshman Award in February 2012 and singer Alex Kandel was one of six artists to be nominated for Rolling Stone's Women Who Rock contest in 2012. The band toured nonstop throughout 2012, sharing the stage with Weezer, Fun., Grouplove, Young The Giant, Ben Kweller, The Joy Formidable, Manchester Orchestra, Circa Survive, Company of Thieves, and more.


    Sleeper Agent is Alex Kandel (vocals), Tony Smith (guitar, vocals), Justin Wilson (drums), Lee Williams (bass), Scott Gardner (keys), and Josh Martin (guitar).

    1. Be Brave
    2. Waves
    3. Take It Off
    4. Haunting Me
    5. Lorena
    6. Bad News
    7. Me On You
    8. Shut
    9. Impressed
    10. Good Job
    11. Eat You Up
    12. Sweetheart
    Sleeper Agent
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  • Ramp Ramp Quick View

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    Ramp

    2010 marks the 25th anniversary of Valley Of Rain - the debut album by Giant Sand and Fire Records is proud to announce the start of a Giant Sand/ Howe Gelb series of rolling reissues from September 2010, which will see the re-release of roughly 30 albums.


    "Ramp" was originally released in 1991 and is the seventh Giant Sand reissue in the series from Fire Records. For 'Ramp', Giant Sand ushered in several new members to the fold, "including young bassist Joey burns, the stunning voice of 74 year old Pappy Allen, and our sweet, sweet friend Victoria Williams .. we had begun recording in Tucson and finished it back in Venice, CA at mad dog studio again .. the first track was produced by Dusty Wakeman and featured the late great Duane Jarvis".


    Howe describes that the experiment with 'Ramp' was "to record an electric song live in the studio and have the pre-recorded acoustic bridge be slotted in by DAT machine while then starting up again with the electric part live at the same pace as before the DAT take was applied with its different beat. What made this tricky was the mechanical delay of the play button on the state of the art day machine...you can hear the result in "warm storm".

    1. Warm Storm
    2. Romance Of Falling
    3. Wonder
    4. Welcome To My World
    5. Anti-Shadow
    6. Jazzer Snipe
    7. Z. Z. Quicker Foot
    8. Neon Filler
    9. Seldom Matters
    10. Resolver
    11. Nowhere
    12. Always Horses Coming
    13. Patsy's Blues
    14. Shadow To You (Bonus)
    Giant Sand
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  • Songs Of Patience Songs Of Patience Quick View

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    Songs Of Patience

    The title of Alberta Cross' new studio album, Songs of Patience is, in many ways, literal. It's been three long years since the band last released a full-length album. The highs and lows of their journey raised a grander set of ideas, infusing the 10-song set's title with additional universal meaning.


    After touring extensively on their debut, Broken Side of Time, with bands like Them Crooked Vultures, Oasis, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and stopping at festivals like Bonnaroo and Sasquatch, Alberta Cross headed to an old, abandoned house in the middle of nowhere near Woodstock, NY. There, they braved the freezing winter and embraced a sense of the building's haunted past to envision ideas for a new records.


    In the end, the record is the sum of three years' worth of parts, a struggle that concluded in victory. Three difference producers: Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes, My Morning Jacket), Mike Daly (Whiskeytown, Young the Giant) and Claudius Mittendorfer (Muse, Interpol). It opens new possibilities for the band's visceral live show, a notable facet of the group defined by their raucous, gritty onstage performances that swell the tracks into bigger, more expansive versions of themselves. Song of Patience has also, in many ways, become a decided source of inspiration for the band members, one they hope magnifies the personal battles and upsides of their fans.

    1. Magnolia
    2. Create Of Gold
    3. Lay Down
    4. Come on Maker
    5. Ophelia On My Mind
    6. Wasteland
    7. I Believe In Everything
    8. Life Without Warning
    9. Money For The Weekend
    10. Bonfires
    Alberta Cross
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  • Tender Buttons Tender Buttons Quick View

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    Tender Buttons

    Broadcast will have their long out of print albums made available again through Warp Records on LP. This seminal catalogue encompasses the albums Work And Non Work, The Noise Made By People, Haha Sound, Tender Buttons, The Future Crayon and ...Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age.


    Tender Buttons is the third studio album by the English indie electronic band Broadcast. The album marks a turn in the band's sound, bearing similarities to the sound of the Young Marble Giants, an early 1980s Welsh minimalist post-punk band.

    1. I Found the F
    2. Black Cat
    3. Tender Buttons
    4. America's Boy
    5. Tears in the Typing Pool
    6. Corporeal
    7. Bit 35
    8. Arc of a Journey
    9. Michael A Grammar
    10. Subject to the Ladder
    11. Minus 3
    12. Goodbye Girls
    13. You and Me in Time
    14. I Found the End
    Broadcast
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  • EXI EXI Quick View

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    EXI

    LOVE INKS is a minimalist pop group making music that harkens back to early 80s UK (Marine Girls, Young Marble Giants) and David Lynch's Roadhouse. The group's sleek, needle-precise sound comes distinctly from Austin, Texas. It is a combination of guitar, played quietly but as if from a 12-foot deep well, and bass, creating both tension and melodic release when necessary, in conjunction with an electronic drum machine. The triangle is only completed by Sherry LeBlanc's voice, which leads the listener through every song -- whether it be mellow or dark. These three elements together make up LOVE INKS. Their use of silence and their approach to instrumentation, while sometimes coming across as confrontational, makes their music direct and sincere. Love Inks is looking forward to an EU tour this fall, following the release of EXI.
    1. Shoot 100 Panes of Glass
    2. Dawn/ Poem
    3. Don't Hear That
    4. Exi
    5. Way Out
    6. New West
    7. Sky Machine
    8. Regular Lovers
    9. Text Message
    10. Spirit Communication
    Love Inks
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  • Puttin' It Together Puttin' It Together Quick View

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    Puttin' It Together

    1968's Puttin' It Together finds Elvin Jones stepping out from under John Coltrane's giant shadow with an impressive trio session featuring Jimmy Garrison on bass and a young Joe Farrell on tenor, soprano sax and flute. The energy driven approach here makes strong use of Jones' work on the drum kit and the soulful undercurrents of Garrison's bass, while Farrell tops things off with his angular, effortlessly-blown lines.


     


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    • Remastered from the Original Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Master Tapes!

    • Remastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at Acoustech

    • Cut at 45rpm for Better Sound!

    • Pressed on two 180 gram Virgin Vinyl LPs by RTI

    • Limited Edition

    • Ultra-Durable, Extra Thick Album Jackets

    • Gatefold Album with Session Photos in stunning High Resolution


    Musicians: 



    • Elvin Jones, drums

    • Jimmy Garrison, bass

    • Joe Farrell, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute


     


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    1. Reza
    2. Sweet Little Maia
    3. Keiko's Birthday March
    4. Village Greene
    5. Jay-Ree
    6. For Heaven's Sake
    7. Ginger Bread Boy
    Elvin Jones
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  • Coochie Brake Coochie Brake Quick View

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    Coochie Brake

    A million years ago, a big rock fell out of the sky and landed right in the middle of Louisiana. Well, it wasn't Louisiana at that time. But that rock fell, and it hit hard making a giant dent. It gradually filled in but no matter what, it still left a dent. And that dent held just enough water that it became a primeval swamp known as Coochie Brake. Some young guys used to camp in Coochie Brake. They climbed the massive granite boulders that common sense said should not be there. They explored the caves. They sat still and let the Brake speak to them as only the Brake can. Those teens grew up to become The Residents.
    1. Theater of Shadows
    2. The Noche Called My Nombe
    3. Gotta Believe
    4. Rot of Ages
    5. Outside the Fence
    6. Tied to a Cactus
    7. Crocodile Tears
    8. Dead Man on the Floor
    9. Runaway
    10. Bitter Biter
    11. Please Don't Go
    Residents
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  • Nonet Nonet Quick View

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    Nonet

    The Lee Konitz Nonet never really prospered, but they recorded several excellent albums. With such top players as flÜgelhornist John Eckert, trombonist Jimmy Knepper, and baritonist Ronnie Cuber in the group, and colorful arrangements provided by Sy Johnson, this band's repertoire was as wide as one would expect from a Konitz band. Whether it be the Louis Armstrong-associated Struttin' with Some Barbeque, a Lester Young-inspired Sometimes I'm Happy, Charlie Parker's Chi-Chi, Giant Steps, or some newer originals, the results are frequently superb.

    - Scott Yanow (All Music)
    1. Fanfare
    2. Chi-Chi
    3. If You Could See Me Now
    4. Sometimes I'm Happy
    5. Giant Steps
    6. April/April Too
    7. Who You
    8. Stryker's Dues

    9. Fourth Dimension
    10. Struttin' with Some Barbecue
    11. Hymn Too
    Lee Konitz
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    Strange Hearts

    In a year full of bail-outs and bank failures, Secret Cities found themselves fortunate to occupy the basement of a recently abandoned bank in Kansas City, Missouri. Complete with bulletproof glass, functioning pneumatic tubes, and a giant vault, this space served as the band's studio as they recorded their sophomore effort, Strange Hearts.


    After recording their debut at a glacial pace over five years, Secret Cities decided to try something radically different. Working against a self imposed deadline, Strange Hearts was written and recorded within three intense, creatively fertile (if sleepless) months. The effort paid off with a taught pop record, crystallized like coal under enormous pressure.


    Filtering the classic romanticism of Dusty Springfield and the Shangri-Las through their own kaleidoscopic aesthetic, these songs pulse with an alluring mixture of melancholy and hopeful innocence, as warm and inviting as they are elusive and peculiar. While carefully crafted, the album possesses a newfound brevity and directness rooted in the excitement of creation. Ultimately, Strange Hearts is the sound of a young band testing its limits and finding that it hasn't hit them yet.

    1. Always Friends
    2. Ice Cream Scene
    3. The Park
    4. Love Crime
    5. No Pressure
    6. Pebbles
    7. Strange Hearts
    8. Interlude
    9. Brief Encounter
    10. Forest of Love
    11. Portland
    Secret Cities
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    Hasta La Muerte (Awaiting Repress)

    Limited edition double vinyl from Southern Lord in Stoughton gatefold jacket which perfectly complements the amazing painting by artist Dan Seagrave (Entombed, Morbid Angel).

    Following the initial vinyl release of Xibalba's Madre Mi Por Los Dias debut full-length in 2011 (via A389 Records), Southern Lord released a CD pressing of the album, as part of its ongoing underground series. Madre Mi Por Los Dias stormed the hardcore world with its apocalyptic, down-tuned, slow-motion brutality, the band's ultra-energizing buildups and relentlessly brutal breakdowns instantly drawing comparisons to Disembodied, Bloodlet, and the heaviest of the late '90s/early 2000s hardcore scene as well as kings of low-end, groove-laden death metal like Crowbar, Obituary and Sepultura.


    Hasta La Muerte, Spanish for "to the death," is the band's first full-length album for Southern Lord. It's a lethal collision of brutal death metal, vicious hardcore and oppressive sludge, taking the concept of heavy to a new, crushing level in the process! Hasta La Muerte was recorded and produced by Taylor Young (Nails). Greg Anderson of Sunn O))), Goatsnake and Southern Lord has collaborated with the band on 2 tracks: "Flood" and "Cold." Anderson's sub-bass six string warfare seemlessly integrates within the ultra-heaviness of the Xibalba sound.


    The band's songwriting, performance and recording of the album shows Xibalba taking a giant leap forward. Hasta La Muetre will firmly establish the band as a force to be reckoned with as well as new leaders within the underground metal scene.

    1. No Serenity
    2. Soledad
    3. Laid to Rest
    4. Burn
    5. Sentenced
    6. The Flood
    7. Hasta La Muerte
    8. Mala Mujer
    9. Stoneheart
    10. Lujuria
    11. Cold
    Xibalba
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    Tales From The Hudson (Awaiting Repress)


    • Play 33 1/3 Series


    • 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl Pressed By MMP


    • Gatefold Jacket With Black Poly-Lined Inner Sleeves



    • Includes 6-Page Booklet


    • Project Designed & Sleeve Made By Khiov


    The 'Play 33 1/3 LP Series' is a Vinyl LP project including masterpiece albums which have never been released on LP. The albums are released by Universal Music Korea on LP for the first time and the heavyweight vinyl LP is pressed in Germany. Khiov designs the project, reforms the original artworks for the LP size and precisely made the sleeves.


    Brecker's fourth album as a leader was recorded at the Power Station in New York City and was originally released in 1996 on CD only.


    Michael Brecker, a major influence on today's young saxophonists, shows off his own influences a bit throughout this fine modern straight-ahead set. Brecker sounds surprisingly like Stanley Turrentine on parts of Midnight Voyage, and otherwise displays his roots in Ernie Watts and John Coltrane. With the exception of Don Grolnick's Willie T., the music on the CD is comprised of group originals (five by the leader) and falls into the 1990s mainstream of jazz. While the tenor saxophonist has plenty of blowing space (really letting loose on the exciting closer, Cabin Fever), Pat Metheny is mostly pretty restrained (in a Jim Hall bag) except for his wild solo on guitar synth during Song for Bilbao. Pianist Joey Calderazzo starts out sounding a bit like McCoy Tyner on Slings and Arrows before his own musical personality is revealed. When Tyner himself plays on Song for Bilbao (one of two guest appearances), one can certainly tell the difference between master and pupil. All of Michael Brecker's recordings as a leader (as opposed to his cameos as a sideman on pop records) are easily recommended and show why he is considered a giant by many listeners.

    - Scott Yanow (All Music Guide)


    Musicians

    Michael Brecker: tenor saxophone

    Pat Metheny: guitars, synth guitar

    Jack DeJohnette: drums

    Dave Holland: bass

    Joey Calderazzo: piano

    McCoy Tyner: piano

    Don Alias: percussion

    LP 1
    1. Slings and Arrows
    2. Midnight Voyage
    3. Song For Bilbao
    4. Beau Rivage


    LP 2
    1. African Skies
    2. Introduction to Naked Soul
    3. Naked Soul
    4. Willie T.
    5. Cabin Fever

    Michael Brecker
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    Blues A Plenty

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound


    ...these are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don't want to miss...most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of astounding. Particularly the early Billie and Ella mono records are incredible treasures of sonic beauty. I'd definitely ask Santa for the whole set, or, if you want to cherry pick, the most classic titles. Whatever you decide, you owe yourself at least a half dozen! Winner of a 2012 Positive Feedback Online Writers' Choice Award - Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, November/December 2011


    One of the giants of the alto saxophone, Johnny Hodges was perhaps the most important soloist and sideman in Duke Ellington's orchestra from 1928 up to Hodges' death in 1970. The self-taught player made many solo forays during his long career - one of his '50s outfits included a young John Coltrane - but history remembers Hodges for his virtuosic sidemanship, particularly his sensitive rendering of ballads.


    Originally released in 1958.

    1. I Didn't Know About You
    2. Cool Your Motor
    3. Gone With The Wind
    4. Honey Hill
    5. Blues-A-Plenty
    6. Don't Take Your Love From Me
    7. Saturday Afternoon Blues
    8. Satin Doll
    9. Reeling and Rocking
    Johnny Hodges
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    Handwritten


    Blue Colored Vinyl


    The late Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard famously defined the ingredients of a great song as three chords and the truth. Every songwriter knows three chords, but laying bare the truth? Now that can be an altogether trickier affair. In January of 2012, The Gaslight Anthem piled into their old tour van and headed across the New Jersey state line for a 14 hour road trip to Nashville on their own quest for the truth. Their destination was 2806 Azalea Place, Nashville, Blackbird Studio, where the New Brunswick quartet had booked five weeks recording time with producer Brendan O'Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, AC/DC). Their mission: to reconnect with rock 'n' roll in its most feral, pure, stripped-raw form.


    Brian Fallon was thirteen years old when he discovered The Clash's self-titled debut album in the racks of Sound Effects Records in Hackettstown, New Jersey: the owner of the store promised the young teenager that the record would change his life. He wasn't wrong. But there was a time, not so very long ago, when The Gaslight's Anthem frontman had grown weary of the sound of electric guitars. After three albums of soulful, impassioned, hearts-on-fire punk rock, Sink Or Swim (2007), The '59 Sound (2008) and American Slang (2010), Fallon needed a change of pace, a change of scenery.


    And so, in January of 2011, together with TGA guitar tech Ian Perkins, he formed The Horrible Crowes, a darkly melancholic side-project inspired by his love of The Afghan Whigs, Tom Waits and PJ Harvey. After the band's acclaimed debut album Elsie dropped in September, Fallon joined fellow punk rock troubadours Chuck Ragan, Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio) and Dave Hause (The Loved Ones) on the acoustic Revival Tour, airing stripped-down versions of Gaslight Anthem and Horrible Crowes songs to packed rooms across Europe. And then he returned home to New Jersey and Gaslight, re-energized, renewed and ready to make a full-tilt rock 'n' roll record again.


    After six weeks of that there's nothing you want to hear more than a Marshall stack turned all the way up, he says with a laugh. The result is Handwritten, the most committed, affecting and compelling album of The Gaslight Anthem's career to date. Introduced by muscular lead-off single 45, which received it's world premiere on BBC Radio 1 as Zane Lowe's Hottest Record In The World on April 30, it finds the Jersey boys in inspired form, decanting '60's soul, '70's stadium rock, '80s hardcore and '90's grunge into eleven white-knuckle, blue-collar everyman anthems. Fallon likens its incandescent electrical storms to Tom Petty songs (being) played by Pearl Jam. Put more simply, it's a supercharged American rock 'n' roll classic.


    We've taken everything we do and gone to 10 with it, explains Fallon. This is definitely the Gaslight Anthem record I would want next, if I were a fan. American Slang was cool, but this sounds like a band who has plugged back into the electric socket again. I think these songs are the closest thing to what we should have always sounded like, adds guitarist Alex Rosamilia. We just hadn't figured out yet how to play it right.


    Fallon credits Brendan O'Brien for capturing the raw, live-off-the-floor feel of Handwritten. Fine-tuned in the living room of the small rental house the band shared in Nashville, its eleven tracks were recorded with the whole band eyeball-to-eyeball in one room at Blackbird, vibing off one another's energy. The electricity in the recordings is tangible. Brendan taught us a ton about songwriting and recording as a band, Fallon notes. The whole experience was amazing. That's the guy that recorded Pearl Jam, that's the guy that recorded Bruce Springsteen, that's the guy that did Rage Against The Machine; and that's the guy you want to say 'It's good', because when he says it's good, that's when it's good.


    The purity of O'Brien's stark, unadorned recording process served to inspire Fallon's approach to the lyrical themes on Handwritten too. Where previous Gaslight Anthem albums evoked deathless images of Americana, all Cadillacs, jukeboxes, Ferris wheels and wistful, romanticized vignettes of star-struck lovers disappearing into the great wide open, Handwritten is rooted in Fallon's own experiences, lending the record a more immediate, emotional edge. Now I am no angel but I got nothing to hide, the singer rasps on the brooding grunge-noir of Too Much Blood. Can you say the same thing for yourself tonight?


    It's supposed to be a letter to whoever is listening, says Fallon. Like, this is what we got beat up by and maybe you did too. There's so many things that I just never wrote about, real personal stuff that I just wasn't ready to talk about yet. Now I think being an adult I have some reflection on it. We wanted to look back on the music that we first found when we were in high school. The truth is, if you're my age, you were listening to Peal Jam and Nirvana and Soundgarden. When that music came out these were guys that we could relate to. They weren't the biggest bands in the world by accident.


    And it's no accident either that with Handwritten, the Gaslight Anthem themselves sound built to take on the world. After years paying their dues in the punk rock underground, their major label debut is assuredly the work of a young band who know their time is now. And their laidback, charismatic frontman is ready. I've always been ready for arenas, Fallon smiles. I've just been waiting for them to catch up to me. I want to play Giant Stadium, I always wanted to be a major label, major league band. If I can be the kid that's on the cover of Time magazine, I'll take it. And I'll buy you a drink while I'm at it.

    1. 45
    2. Handwritten
    3. Here Comes My Man
    4. Mulholland Drive
    5. Keepsake
    6. Too Much Blood
    7. Howl
    8. Biloxi Parish
    9. Desire
    10. Mae
    11. National Anthem
    Gaslight Anthem
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    Alive At Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary

    Until it closed in 2009, Tennessee's Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary was one of the most notorious penal institutions in America. Located in mountainous Petros, it was a forbidding rockpile hewn out of the rough countryside by its own inmates in 1896.


    On Oct. 17, 2001, Mark Collie came to Brushy Mountain with a sheaf of newly written songs about crime and punishment and an all-star band for a pair of performances that were recorded for a live album release. Mostly, though, Collie showed up at Brushy Mountain with a mission.


    God gave me the opportunity to get in there and share something that might make a difference, he says. I believed the songs could matter. I wanted to make something that people could find hope in, or redemption, or restoration, or forgiveness.


    His close friendship with country icon Johnny Cash supplied the principal inspiration for his own prison recording. Collie was well aware of Cash's celebrated 1968-69 live albums recorded at California's Folsom and San Quentin penitentiaries. He also knew the impact that a 1959 performance at the latter facility had on Inmate #A-45200, better known as the legendary country star Merle Haggard. Without Johnny going to San Quentin, Collie says, there might not have been a Merle Haggard. A lot of lives were changed or made better as a result of that music. Collie began writing his own cycle of prison songs.


    A top-flight crew of musicians was assembled, including guitarist Dave Grissom (John Mellencamp, Joe Ely), keyboardist Mike Utley (Jimmy Buffett, the Dixie Flyers), guitarist-mandolinist Tommy Burroughs (Memphis Riverbluff Clan), Collie's longtime accordionist Hassel Tekkle, bassist Willie Weeks (the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, B.B. King), drummer Chad Cromwell (Neil Young, Mark Knopfler), and guitarist-fiddler-vocalist and solo star Shawn Camp. Austin-based critics darling Kelly Willis, who takes lead vocals on two tracks, also supplied backup vocals on several numbers; the late Texas blues giant Clarence Gatemouth Brown is the album's other special guest.


    Alive at Brushy Mountain embraces a breadth of American styles - country, blues, gospel, bluegrass, and rock n roll. It largely comprises striking original material, which contemplates the convict's lot with compassion, keen detail, and sometimes boisterous humor.

    LP 1
    1. One More Second Chance
    2. I Could've Gone Right
    3. Maybe Mexico
    4. Heaven Bound (feat. Kelly Willis)
    5. Got A Felling for Ya (feat. Kelly Willis)
    6. On The Day I Die
    7. Dead Man Runs Before He Walks (feat. Shawn Camp)
    8. Rose Covered Garden


    LP 2
    1. Why Me Lord (feat. Kelly Willis)
    2. Do As I Say
    3. Someday My Luck Will Change (feat. Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown)
    4. Folsom Prison Blues
    5. Reckless Companions
    6. Gospel Train (feat. Brushy Mountain Prison Choir)

    Mark Collie & His Reckless Companions
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    Soft Connections

    In 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
    happen.


    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
    4. Permanent
    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
    Nic Hessler
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    30th Anniversary Celebration Concert

    On October 16, 1992, New York City's hottest concert ticket was the live gathering of musical giants who'd come to Madison Square Garden to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bob Dylan's first Columbia Records album.


    The four hour show, performed for a sold-out audience of more than 18,000 fans and live-cast around the world, brought together an unprecedented roster of artists and icons including Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Lou Reed, The Clancy Brothers, Richie Havens, Johnny Winter, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Ron Wood, Chrissie Hynde, The O'Jays, Eddie Vedder, SinÉad O'Connor, Tracy Chapman,
    George Harrison (then making his first US concert appearance in 18 years) and more.

    Like A Rolling Stone - John Mellencamp
    Blowin' In The Wind - Stevie Wonder
    Foot Of Pride - Lou Reed
    Masters Of War - Eddie Vedder/Mike McCready
    The Times They Are A-Changin' - Tracy Chapman
    It Ain't Me Babe - June Carter Cash/Johnny Cash
    What Was It You Wanted - Willie Nelson
    I'll Be Your Baby Tonight - Kris Kristofferson
    Highway 61 Revisited - Johnny Winter
    Seven Days - Ron Wood
    Just Like A Woman - Richie Havens
    When The Ship Comes in - The Clancy Brothers and Robbie O'Connell with special guest Tommy Makem
    War - Sinead O'Connor
    Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues - Neil Young
    All Along The Watchtower - Neil Young
    I Shall Be Released - Chrissie Hynde
    Don't Think Twice, It's Alright - Eric Clapton
    Emotionally Yours - The O'Jays
    When I Paint My Masterpiece - The Band
    You Ain't Goin' Nowhere - Mary Chapin Carpenter/Rosanne Cash/Shawn Colvin
    Absolutely Sweet Marie - George Harrison
    License To Kill - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    Mr Tambourine Man - Roger McGuinn
    It's Alright, Ma - Bob Dylan
    My Back Pages - Bob Dylan/Roger McGuinn/Tom Petty/Neil Young/Eric Clapton/George Harrison
    Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Everyone
    Girl Of The North Country - Bob Dylan
    Bob Dylan
    $129.99
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  • Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume 2 (1928 - 1932) (Awaiting Repress) Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume 2 (1928 - 1932) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume 2 (1928 - 1932) (Awaiting Repress)


    Six LPs, 800 Digital Tracks, Two Definitive Large-Format Books. All Housed In A Polished Aluminum Case Evoking The Era's High Art Deco Stylings And America's Own Machine Age Modernism.


    800 Newly-remastered Digital Tracks, Representing 175 Artists


    90+ Fully-restored Original 1920s-30s Paramount Ads From Chicago Defender


    6 X 180g LPs Pressed On Alabaster-white Label-less Vinyl, Each Side With Its Own Hand-Etched Numeral And Holographic Image


    250 Pg. Large-Format Clothbound Hardcover Book Featuring Original Paramount Art And The Label's Curious Tale


    400 Pg. Encyclopedia-Style Softcover Field Guide Containing Artist Bios & Portraits And Full Paramount Discography


    Polished Aluminum And Stainless Steel Cabinet, Evoking 1930s High Art Deco Stylings And America's Own Machine Age Modernism


    First-Of-Its-Kind Music And Image Player App Containing All Tracks And Ads, Housed On Sculpted Metal USB Drive


    Last November, Jack White's Third Man and John Fahey's Revenant issued The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27), the first installment of the curious tale of America's most important record label. It was called spectacular (New York Times), unprecedented (Rolling Stone), breathtaking (Boing Boing), a cabinet of wonder, indeed (Pitchfork), and the most perfectly realized attempt to combine music and documentation (Fretboard Journal) and damnedest musical objet d'art (Nashville Scene) folks had ever seen.


    Third Man-Revenant now presents the final volume in the Paramount story - The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32).


    As Volume Two begins, Paramount is entitled to a breather - in the previous 5 years it's been home to giants like King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Alberta Hunter, Blind Blake, Ethel Waters, Ma Rainey, Papa Charlie Jackson, Eubie Blake, Fletcher Henderson, Big Bill Broonzy, Roosevelt Sykes, James P. Johnson, Jaybird Coleman, Clarence Williams, and Fats Waller.


    But just as it seems the label might be losing steam, it begins a second act that threatens to dwarf its first. In its final 5 year push from 1928-32, Paramount embarks on a furious run for the ages, birthing the entire genre of Mississippi Delta blues and issuing some of the most coveted recordings in the history of wax - a staggering playlist including Skip James, Charley Patton, Son House, Tommy Johnson, Blind Roosevelt Graves, Willie Brown, King Solomon Hill, Tampa Red, Georgia Tom Dorsey, Little Brother Montgomery, Lottie Kimbrough, Rube Lacy, Meade Lux Lewis, Buddy Boy Hawkins, Ramblin' Thomas, Jaydee Short, George Bullet Williams, Cow Cow Davenport, Clifford Gibson, Ishman Bracey, Charlie Spand, Jabo Williams, Louise Johnson, Blind Joe Taggart, Geeshie Wiley & Elvie Thomas, and The Mississippi Sheiks.


    Paramount simply killed. But more than that, it changed how this country thought of itself. It was the first and most comprehensive chronicler of what America really sounded like in the 1920s and '30s - on its street corners, at its fish fries and country suppers, in its nightclubs and dance halls and showtents. In the process, Paramount - not some preservationist-minded enterprise like the Library of Congress - inadvertently created the most significant repository of this young nation's greatest art form.

    6 LPs feature tracks from the collection.


    USB Drive contains 800 digital tracks by 175 artists across the Paramount family of labels.

    Various Artists
    $469.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + 2 Books - 6 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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    The Iron Man (Half-Speed Master)

    Limited Edition Heavyweight 180-Gram Silver Vinyl


    Remastered At Abbey Road With Half-Speed Mastering Process


    The Iron Man: The Musical by Pete Townshend, originally released in 1989, is an adaptation of Ted Hughes' story The Iron Man, produced and largely composed and performed by Pete Townshend of The Who. It also stars Roger Daltrey, Deborah Conway, John Lee Hooker, and Nina Simone.


    The three then-surviving members of The Who (Daltrey, John Entwistle, and Townshend) performed as a group in two songs, Dig and Fire, although the latter was not penned by Townshend. (The Who would later perform Dig live during their 1989 reunion tour.)


    A Friend is a Friend and I Won't Run Anymore were released as singles; Fire was also issued as a promo-only in the United States.


    A stage version was mounted at the Young Vic theatre in London in 1993. On the strength of this, Warners optioned the story for a movie which, with a very different adaptation of the story, became The Iron Giant; Townshend received an Executive Producer credit.

    1. I Won't Run Anymore
    2. Over The Top
    3. Man Machines

    4. Dig

    5. A Friend Is A Friend
    6. I Eat Heavy Metal

    7. All Shall Be Well

    8. Was There Life

    9. Fast Food

    10. A Fool Says

    11. Fire

    12. New Life / Reprise
    Pete Townshend
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    The Wayward Bus / Distant Plastic Trees

    The Magnetic Fields' first two albums, The Wayward Bus and Distant Plastic Trees, make their debut appearance here on vinyl, packaged together as a two-LP set.


    Distant Plastic Trees was originally released in England and Japan in 1991. The album includes the early-'90s college radio single "100,000 Fireflies" which had earlier appeared as a single on Harriet Records and was later covered by Superchunk.


    For its domestic debut, Distant Plastic Trees was paired with the Magnetic Fields' 1992 album The Wayward Bus on a single CD that came out on the band's own PoPuP Records imprint before its re-release on Merge in 1994. While both albums feature singer Susan Anway (formerly of early-'80s Boston punk band V;), the latter introduced several new players who would subsequently make regular appearances on Merritt's various musical projects. "With the 1991 debut album Distant Plastic Trees, the Magnetic Fields' composer and frontman Stephin Merritt introduced the first incarnation of the Magnetic Fields. On this album, deadpan vocalist Susan Anway sings lyrics of heartbreak and surrealism over a bed of inscrutable instruments played and programmed by Merritt," Handler explains. "The second album, The Wayward Bus, adds cellist Sam Davol, tuba player Johny Blood and percussionist Claudia Gonson to create a plinky, orchestral sound in tribute to pop producer Phil Spector and his 'Wall of Sound.'"


    The album artwork on both Distant Plastic Trees and The Wayward Bus was created by watercolorist Wendy Smith, who had also painted album covers for the Rough Trade band Weekend (a musical project from members of Young Marble Giants). Her beautiful wrap-around paintings, now printed in a larger format, along with remastered audio make this two-LP set an exciting addition to the Magnetic Fields discography

    LP 1
    1. When You Were My Baby
    2. The Saddest Story Ever Told
    3. Lovers From the Moon
    4. Candy
    5. Tokyo Á Go-Go
    6. Summer Lies
    7. Old Orchard Beach
    8. Jeremy
    9. Dancing in Your Eyes
    10. Suddenly There Is a Tidal Wave


    LP 2
    1. Railroad Boy
    2. Smoke Signals
    3. You Love to Fail
    4. Kings
    5. Babies Falling
    6. Living in an Abandoned Firehouse With You
    7. Tar-Heel Boy
    8. Falling in Love With the Wolfboy
    9. Josephine
    10. 100,000 Fireflies

    The Magnetic Fields
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