Monday, November 17, 2014

New Music Releases - November 18, 2014

ABBA - ABBA Gold (40th anniversary) (reissue)
Adaliah - Shedding Skin
Albert Collins - Funky Blues: Live 1973
Allo Darlin' - We Come from the Same Place
Anawan - Anawan
Andy Stott - Faith in Strangers
Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness
Angels & Airwaves - Love Album Parts One & Two (reissue)
Ariel Pink - pom pom
Belly - Star (reissue)
Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were
Black Taxi - Electroshock Death Grip
Bloodbath - Breeding Death (reissue) (vinyl)
Bloodbath - Grand Morbid Funeral
Bloodbath - Nightmares Made Flesh (reissue) (vinyl)
Bloodbath - Resurrection Through Carnage (reissue) (vinyl)
Blown Out - Drifting Way Out Between Suns
Brian Eno - Neroli (reissue)
Brian Eno - Nerve Net (reissue)
Brian Eno - The Drop (reissue)
Brian Eno - The Shutov Assembly (reissue)
Bruce Springsteen - The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984
Bryan Ferry - Avonmore
Buzzcocks - The Way
Captain Beefheart - Sun, Zoom, Spark: 1970 to 1972
Carmine Appice / Vinny Appice - Drum Wars Live!
Chris Rea - Whatever Happened to Benny Santini
Christian Death - The Iron Mask
Chrome - Blood on the Moon (reissue)
Chrome - Chrome Box (reissue)
Chrome - Red Exposure (reissue)
Citizen Kay - Demokracy
David Bowie - Nothing Has Changed (2CD)
David Crosby - Croz
David Johansen - David Johansen (limited edition) (reissue)
Death Cab for Cutie - Something About Airplanes (reissue)
Deep Purple - Battle Rages On (limited edition) (reissue)
Defeat the Low - A Nervous Smile
Depeche Mode - Live in Berlin (2CD)
Diarrhea Planet - Aliens in the Outfield
Dionne Warwick - Finder of Lost Loves
Dionne Warwick - How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye
Dionne Warwick - No Night So Long
Drive-By Truckers - English Oceans
Dwight Twilly - Always
Emmylou Harris - Songbird: Rare Tracks & Forgotten Gems (4CD)
Ex-Breathers / Ovlov / Woozy / Gnarwhal - Split (7")
Exit Verse - Exit Verse
Foghat - Drivin Wheels: Best of 1972-1982
Fred Frith / John Butcher - The Natural Order
frYars - Power
Fugazi - First Demo (reissue)
Genesis - Foxtrot (2008 Mixes)
Genesis - Nursery Cryme (2008 Remixes)
Genesis - Selling England By The Pound (2008 Mixes)
Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (2CD) (2008 Mixes)
Gentle Giant - Live at the Bicentennial
Graze - Soft Gamma Repeater
Heiress - Of Great Sorrow
Helix - Long Way to Heaven
Henri Mancini - The Classic Soundtrack Collection
In This Moment - Black Widow
Issues - Issues / Diamond Dreams (deluxe edition)
Ithaca - A Game for All Who Know
John Prine - Angels From Montgomery: 4 Essential Albums
Johnny Mathis - The Complete Global Albums Collection - Box Set
Jones Girls - On Target
King Of Cats - Working Out
Kinks - The Anthology 1964 - 1971 (5CD Box Set)
L.A. Guns - Live in Boston 1989
Lisa Stansfield - Affection
Lisa Stansfield - Face Up: Deluxe
Lisa Stansfield - Lisa Stansfield: Deluxe
Lisa Stansfield - People Hold on the Remix Anthology
Lisa Stansfield - Real Love: Deluxe
Lisa Stansfield - So Natural: Deluxe
Loscil - Sea Island
Machinedrum - Vapor City Archives
Manchester Orchestra - Hope
Manhattans - After Midnight (expanded edition)
Manhattans - There's No Good In Goodbye (expanded edition)
Margot & the Nuclear So and So's - Tell Me More About Evil (vinyl)
Meligrove Band - Bones Of Things
Monster Magnet - Milking The Stars: A Reimagining Of Last Patrol
Mott the Hoople - All the Young Dudes (reissue)
Mr. Oizo - The Church
Murder City Devils - White Ghost Has Blood on Its Hands Again
Nickelback - No Fixed Address
Old '97's - Hitchhike To Rhome (2-CD)
One Direction - Four
Otis Taylor - Otis Taylor Collection
P.O.D. - So Cal Sessions
Pattie Brooks - Love Shook & Our Ms Brooks
Paul Smith And Peter Brewis - Frozen By Sight
Peter, Paul & Mary - Discovered: Live In Concert
Pink Avalanche - The Luminous Heart Of Nowhere
R.F.C. - The Outsiders
Rare Earth - Live in Chicago
Raspberry Bulbs - Privacy
Redbone - Message From A Drum
Rhyton - Kykeon
Rich Robinson - Woodstock Sessions 3
Robert Wyatt - Different Every Time
Rollins Band - Life Time (reissue)
Rollling Stones - From the Vault: L.A. Forum (vinyl)
Sam Llanas - Whole Night Thru
Savages & Bo Ningen - Words To The Blind
Semicircle - Blown Breeze, Grown Grass and We Are Part of the Earth
Simon & Garfunkel - Complete Albums Collection
Sonata Arctica - Ecliptica Revisited (15th anniversary edition)
Soulburn - The Suffocating Darkness
Syreeta - Set My Love in Motion
Teengirl Fantasy - Thermal EP
Thanatos - Global Purification
The Amity Affliction - Youngbloods (reissue)
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - Zim Zam Zim
The Dickies - 1977/1982: A Night That Will Live In Infamy - City Gardens 1982
The Dickies - Live When They Were Five: City Gardens
The Ghost Inside - Dear Youth
The Memories - Hot Afternoon
The Pretty Things - The Pretty Things (reissue)
The Saints - King of the Sun/King of the Midnight Sun
The Vibrators - Punk Mania: Back to the Roots
The Wolfhounds - Unseen Ripples from a Pebble
These Are They - At the Feast of Seven Funerals
Threshold - For The Journey
Tragically Hip - Tragically Hip - Fully Completely (vinyl)
Trisha Yearwood - PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit
TV on the Radio - Seeds
Ty Segall - $ingle$ 2
Tyga - The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty
Various Artists - Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of 1959
Various Artists - Girls With Guitars
Various Artists - Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6
Various Artists - The Art of McCartney (3 LP)
Various Artists - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 OST
Various Artists - The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-1932)
Various Artists - While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records
Warsawwasraw - Sensitizer
When Cities Sleep - What Lies Lay Between Us
While Heaven Wept - Suspended At Aphelion
Wilco - Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014 (4-CD)
Wilco - What's Your 20? Essential Tracks 1994-2014 (2-CD)
William Onyeabor - Box Set (reissue)
Willow - Plastic Heaven
Yes - Union Live

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

available from our friends at NewOnVinyl


Sixteen Stone is the debut album of British rock band Bush, released in 1994. Widely regarded as the band’s most popular album, it peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and boasted numerous successful singles. “Comedown” and “Glycerine” remain two of the band’s biggest hits to date, each reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. Both tracks also entered the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 30 and No. 28, respectively.

Sixteen Stone received mostly positive feedback from music critics, calling their sound impressive, not unlike their Seattle Grunge counterparts. In later years Bush would distance themselves from the familiar Grunge sounds with experimental releases such as Deconstructed and The Science Of Things.

In April 2014 Rolling Stone placed the album at No. 39 on its “1994: The 40 Best Records From Mainstream Alternative’s Greatest Year” list. A month later, Loudwire placed Sixteen Stone at number eight on its “10 Best Hard Rock Albums of 1994” list. In July 2014, Guitar World placed the album on its “Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994” list.

180 gram audiophile vinyl
Gatefold sleeve + insert
20th Anniversary Edition with Remastered Audio
First pressing of 1000 numbered copies on copper Colored vinyl

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Original artwork by Nick Percival Booklet contains liner notes by composer Perry Botkin, Co-executive Producer Scott Schneid & writer Michael Hickey and also features a host of original reviews including many newspaper clips calling for the film to be banned upon its original release in 1984. Death Waltz Recording Co. may be home to some of the scariest music around, but it doesn’t mean that we don’t get into the Christmas spirit now and again.

In that tradition, here’s our idea of Xmas cheer as we present the release of Perry Botkin’s jolly old score to the controversial 1984 slasher SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT. Composer Botkin is no slouch in the recording world, arranging for Bobby Darin, Harry Nilsson, & Barbra Streisand. His score is both chaotic and tragic; crashing sounds of distorted percussion are punctuated by both synth and acoustic piano, reflecting the sheer damage that has been done to Billy’s mind.

The end result is both emotional and terrifying, even more so with the selection of original Christmas songs as composed by Morgan Ames that are spread amongst the film’s soundtrack. But a word of caution: If you don’t have SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT on the turntable this Christmas we’ll have to tell Billy that you’ve been… naughty. Consider yourselves warned.

DISC 1: Silent Night, Deadly night by Perry Botkin. On transparant Green vinyl.
Disc 2: Silent Night Deadly Night original motion picture songs by Morgan Aimes. On transparant Red.

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Death Waltz Recording Company are overjoyed to bring you a bit of early Christmas spirit in the form of the score to the classic 1980 yuletide slasher movie CHRISTMAS EVIL. When young Harry sees his mother being seen to on Christmas night by Santa Claus, it causes a shockwave that starts to convince him that he is Father Christmas. Grown up, Harry makes toys for children and spies on neighbourhood kids, checking if they really are naughty or nice, and violently dismembering anyone who gets in his way, be it churchgoers or co-workers.

The music of CHRISTMAS EVIL is composed by the trio of Don Christenson, Joel Harris, and Julia Heywood, who created a score both menacing and upbeat, with tunes in the Christmas tradition. Like many horror soundtracks of the era, synthesisers dominate, with melodies similar to John Carpenter’s legendary HALLOWEEN, only in a happier and more deranged fashion. Wild and swirling synths acts as a window into the mind of Harry and what seems to be a nervous breakdown, and a menacing mix of foreboding notes and seasonal bells, all leading up to the ending that’s frankly crackers.

'Christmas Evil' a single LP on Pearlescent white. Includes sleeve-notes from writer/director Lewis Jackson and John Waters.

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Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert Vinyl Pressing From AudioFidelity

historic live appearance coming soon

Other than one appearance in August 1971 at George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh, Eric Clapton had not been heard from until Pete Townshend coaxed him to headline a concert appearance. The show was scheduled for January 13, 1973 at London's Rainbow Theatre. An all-star band was assembled for the show and in addition to Townshend the other English rock luminaries included Clapton's old Blind Faith pals, Steve Winwood and Rick Grech, Winwood's Traffic mate Jim Capaldi, Ron Wood, Jimmy Karstein and Rebop Kwaku Baah. It was an ensemble effort but the show demonstrated that the reclusive Clapton, nursing a heroin addiction, could still play, and that was welcome news.

If the classic Derek and the Dominos' In Concert album shows Clapton on the upswing, then Rainbow Concert explores the lower reaches of his psyche. The Rainbow performance was his attempt at starting all over again and coming out of isolation to return to his music. Upon listeing to Rainbow Concert it becomes clear just how much the concert helped to reenergize him. The concert at London's Rainbow Theatre stands as the beginning of Eric Clapton's return to the stage.

Rainbow Concert is a recording of monolithic melancholy, the music is rich in its make-up and sad in tone. Townshend's and Wood's guitars and Winwood's organ surround Clapton in a protective aural capsule, but he cuts loose as much as his setting allows in "Badge," and he's solid for most of the show.  The album's excitement comes from the layered instrumental textures, the solemn measured movement into climaxes that are majestic if not explosive, and the nuances of Clapton's restrained playing and singing in a suitably course and bluesy voice.

In addition to "Badge," written by Clapton and George Harrison and covers such as J.J. Cale's "After Midnight" and a very soulful rendition of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing," Steve Winwood steps back as lead vocalist in Eric Clapton's favor for Blind Faith's "Presence of the Lord" and Traffic's "Pearly Queen."

TRACKS: Original 1973 release
Side One
Badge (Eric Clapton, George Harrison) – 3:32
Roll It Over (Clapton, Bobby Whitlock) – 6:43
Presence of the Lord (Clapton) – 5:37

Side Two
Pearly Queen (Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood) – 7:00
After Midnight (J. J. Cale) – 5:12
Little Wing (Jimi Hendrix) – 6:32

Producer Bob Pridden
Mastered for this vinyl release by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio


Divorcee Self Titled LP Available Via JoyfulNoise

Introducing: Divorcee, the new project from Yoni Wolf and his ex-girlfriend Anna Stewart. With their self-titled debut EP, the WHY? frontman steps out of the spotlight to craft all the music himself, while Stewart sets her brutally honest lyrics to each song.

The six song EP chronicles Stewart's relationships with men, and is at times a podium for her to proclaim her own perspective about her former relationship with Yoni, a subject well-documented through previous WHY? songs (most notably on the album "Alopecia"). She recounts her relationship anxieties with gut-wrenching honesty and an endearing, confident tone, revealing the feminine counterpoint to WHY? songs like "Good Friday" & "The Hollows". Her lyrics are impactful, unsettling, and sometimes quite deprecating toward her former lover / new bandmate.

Avid WHY? fans will notice familiar sonic elements within Divorcee, but this collaboration has also pulled something entirely new and interesting from Yoni. Divorcee emerges as a cathartic yet playful, lo-fi musical celebration of the depths and heights of a failed relationship and the masochistic yet therapeutic reflection that can happen when the participants remain friends.

red velvet splatter vinyl, limited to 400 hand-numbered copies, includes instant MP3 & WAV download of the full album)

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mondo has some amazing die cut batman vinyl, shipping in early 2015!

Batman: The Animated Series Die-Cut 12" Single (Pre-Order) By Danny Elfman

Batman: The Animated Series Die-Cut 12" Single featuring Main Titles & End Credits from the television show, housed in an incredible gatefold jacket designed by Phantom City Creative, and pressed on Black and Black with Gray Splatter vinyl.

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Pet Sematary Original Motion Picture Soundtrack By Elliot Goldenthal 

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Pet Sematary, which was originally released in April 1989. This is the most comprehensive version of the soundtrack to date, featuring over a dozen bonus tracks never before released on Vinyl. Also includes "Pet Sematary," and "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" by The Ramones.

2XLP Pressed on 180 Gram Black Vinyl & Randomly Inserted Translucent Green/Blue Vinyl with Black Haze.

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Owen 'Other People's Songs' Pre-Order

Mike Kinsella has spent nearly his entire life (give or take those first 12 years or so) playing with some of the most influential bands of the last couple decades. Indeed, an entire generation of musicians is indebted to his time in groups including Cap'n Jazz, American Football, and Owls.

After each of those bands dissolved for one reason or another, Kinsella took to recording under the pseudonym Owen and has slowly and steadily built up a solid catalog of releases under this solo project.

Which brings us to the aptly named Other People's Songs, a collection of eight covers that Kinsella recorded this spring in Chicago with trusted producer Neil Strauch.

At first glance, the list of the rock and punk artists whose tracks Kinsella tackled -- among them Against Me!, Depeche Mode, The Promise Ring, and Lungfish -- might seem at odds with the often quieter, lushly arranged music he releases under the Owen moniker.

Release Date: Dec 2, 2014

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The Dodos 'Individ' Pre-Order 

For the Dodos "the best time to make a record is right after you've finished one" says vocalist and guitarist Meric Long.

Having just wrapped up the sessions for their previous record Carrier, and fired up on the level of comfort achieved with brothers Jay and Ian Pellicci at Tiny Telephone studio, the duo immediately began laying to tape the batch of songs that would result in their latest and sixth record, entitled Individ.

"There were things I didn't want to forget, sounds that we had just scratched the surface of making that record that I wanted to capitalize on. Songs came together easily, there was not a lot of questioning, just moving ahead with the feeling that we were on the right track. We were freed up to do whatever came naturally" says Long.

And for the Dodos, their natural inclination is to create music that sounds positively epic.

Available om 180-Gram Red Vinyl or Orange (Early Bird Edition) - Limited to 600

In stores: January 27th

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Badly Drawn Boy 'The Hour Of Bewilderbeast'

Available for the first time on vinyl.

What has the field of lo-fi slacker pop come to when faced by an LP as ambitious and entertaining as Badly Drawn Boy’s The Hour of Bewilderbeast?

Despite all attempts to sabotage his songwriting and production with innumerable experimental tidbits, songs within a song, and (seemingly) tossed-off arrangements, Damon Gough has to face the fact that he wrote and produced over a dozen ex- cellent songs of baroque folk-pop for his album debut, and the many gems can’t help but shine through all the self-indulgence.

The sprightly orchestration for cello and trumpet (Gough’s own) that begin the album are eventually taken over by the sparse guitar pickings and wistful folky sunshine of “The Shining,” which veers into the skewed slide guitar and ominous tone of “Everybody’s Stalking.” Gough rarely pauses for breath (even when he’s doing a ballad) or follows any traditional sense of album flow, but after a listen or two, The Hour of Bewilderbeast is revealed as a shambling masterpiece of a pop album.

Most of these songs are Gough’s entirely (he plays as many as eight instruments), with occasional help from friends like Twist- ed Nerve co-labelhead Andy Votel and assorted drummers for accompaniment. His songwriting is great, but Gough’s twisted sense of humor helps the album shine as well, as on “Fall in a River,” where the down-a-lazy-river feel carries through to the point where not just Gough but the entire production is sub- merged with a splash and attendant warping of the sound.

The Hour of Bewilderbeast surely isn’t a traditional pop album, but a continually beguiling trip through lo-fi postmodern folk that draws as much from Harry Nilsson as Beck.

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