Vinyl LP pressing of this 2016 release. Tam Tam Tam Reimagined is the second album to come from Gilles Peterson’s Sonzeira project. Overseen by the legendary DJ and record collector, this second album picks up where the first one left off. Where Brazil Bam Bam Bam brought together the allstars of Brazilian music, this album focuses on a key moment in the country’s history; a record made at a crucial moment serves as the jumping off point for an open-ended project of musical reimagining. One of the world’s most respected DJs and Brazilian music aficionados, Gilles turned producer for this ambitious venture, setting up camp in Rio de Janeiro with young UK production associates Sam Shepherd (Floating Points); Dilip Harris and Rob Gallagher from 2 Banks of 4; and Kassin from Rio collective Orquestra Imperial. Together they set about recording all-new material with a stellar line-up of Brazilian talent, under the name Sonzeira.
Vinyl LP pressing includes digital download. Sonderlust is an album forged through heartbreak. After his two previous studio albums (151a and Lighght) and hisString Quartet Live! Release, Kishi Bashi was at a musical impasse. “As I sat down to write songs last summer, I went to all my usual conduits of creation: violin loops, guitar, piano, and I came up with the musical equivalent of fumes,” says K Ishibashi. “I tried to create orchestral pop recordings that I assumed were my forte, and in turn I found myself standing in front of a creative wall of frightening heights.” At this very same moment of musical uncertainty, K’s personal life was falling apart. He and his wife of 13 years had briefly separated and were struggling to keep their marriage together. In his own words, “Touring and it’s accompanying lifestyle took a heavy toll on my soul and my family.” As an outlet, K submerged himself in a new musical direction. Sonderlust emerged as a direct result of this personal struggle taking place at an artistic crossroads. With the help of producer Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear), engineer Pat Dillet (Angelique Kidjo, David Byrne) and drummer Matt Chamberlain (Morrissey, Fiona Apple, of Montreal), Kishi Bashi has created his most personal and artistically adventurous work to date. “This album is straight from my soul. I questioned everything about what it means to love and desire. The difference between loving someone and being in love.”
Robert Glasper Experiment’s ArtScience is a driving, ambitious album that forges into new territory, capturing the essence of R&B and Jazz while leaning on Glasper s hip-hop roots.
(1960 ‘Bluesville’) (36:51/08) LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS – gtr/voc, SONNY TERRY – hca/voc, LEONARD GASKIN – bass, BELTON EVANS – drums.
Go! Bop! Present a reissue of the second album by Johnny Watson, The Blues Soul Of Johnny (Guitar) Watson, originally released on Chess in 1963. Johnny was already a well-praised musician in the field of jazz, rhythm & blues and a popular sidekick for early rock’n’roll heroes such as Little Richard when he recorded this beautiful album. Despite the title of the album, it mostly contains a swinging and accessible vocal jazz with an irresistible groove and instrumental passages. Johnny Watson does not even play guitar on this record but gets ballistic on the piano and lays down some striking vocals with his distinctive voice. The overall pace is relaxed and the music has a bit of a retro feeling steadily rooted in the ’40s and ’50s swing and vocal jazz, but Watson with his mates on drums and bass really pull it off with a fresh and exciting edge. A steaming song like “I’ll Remember April” might be an exception – an instrumental with furious piano lines and a nearly Latin beat that recalls a bossa nova dance tune just played in a more hot-blooded style. Even a creamy ballad like “Polka Dots And Moonbeams” has it’s relevance in the entire musical picture. These two songs show the edges of his style and they present an inspired bandleader and musician anyway. No wonder he reinvented his own style a decade later when funk and soul started to dominate the black music scene. Still the music sounds and feels like the cover of the album shows – a very well dressed and styled young man playing chess alone in front of the fireplace. The album really turns this picture into music – well executed, well produced, perfectly styled but still spirited and passionate. Mr. Watson managed to live in both parallel worlds. The mansions and the backstreets echo his melodies. He was a visionary at each stage of his career. For fans of outstanding 1950s and 1960s vocal jazz.
Limited edition. Double LP. 180 gram. Gatefold sleeve. In My Room presents Fixion, the fourth full-length offering from Anders Trentemøller. With Fixion, Anders has crafted a logical successor to 2013’s Lost (IMR 014CD/LP), a record that in many ways managed to truly capture the visceral live experience of Trentemøller as a full-band. In much the same manner that Lost built on from the somber cinematic classic that was Into The Great Wide Yonder (IMR 002CD/LP, 2010), Fixion has embraced the Danish artist’s trademark melancholy and matured it into something uniquely atmospheric and darkly romantic.
2016 release from the country music icon. For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price finds Willie paying tribute to one of his most legendary influences and longtime friend, Ray Price. The album debuts Willie’s new interpretations of 12 songs Price made famous, including “Heartaches by the Number,” “Crazy Arms,” “Night Life,” “Faded Love” and “For the Good Times.” It was produced and arranged by longtime Nelson and Price friends/collaborators, Fred Foster and Bergen White. For the Good Times showcases the breadth of Price’s output by featuring Nelson’s unique approach in his tribute. For the more traditional country songs, Nelson and Foster recruited the Grammy Award-winning Western swing outfit The Time Jumpers, featuring such luminaries as guitarist Vince Gill and pedal steel player Paul Franklin. VINYL LP
Vinyl LP pressing. The night before the attacks of 9/11, George Carlin was doing what he did best- harnessing his darkest thoughts and turning them into incisive long-form jokes live on stage. On that particular date Carlin was performing at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas – part of what would be a four-year residency there – working toward his 12th HBO special. The plan was to title that special I Kinda Like It When A Lotta People Die, which, considering the names of the specials that bookended that one (You’re All Diseased and Life is Worth Losing) was, in hindsight, in line with the later-era tone of Carlin’s comedy. The next morning, however, a lot of people actually died and Carlin eventually decided to rename the special, recorded two months later at the Beacon Theater in New York, Complaints and Grievances. Any bits that he deemed in poor taste juxtaposed with the mass casualties and injuries sustained during the attacks on the World Trade Center were scrubbed and shelved. Seven years later Carlin died at the age of 71, before he could release that material. But 15 years after those bits were recorded, I Kinda Like It When A Lotta People Die is finally getting released.
Vinyl LP pressing. Dawes’ highly anticipated new album We’re All Gonna Die will be released via the band’s own HUB Records. Of the album, Taylor Goldsmith (guitar, vocals) explains, “Pretty much every song on this record explores a difficult situation and tries to find a way to find the good in it, or at least remind yourself that it’s not always that big of a deal. After all, as scary as it is, we are all gonna die.” The album was produced by Grammy nominated producer Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes) and includes backing vocals from Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Brittany Howard of The Alabama Shakes, Mandy Moore, Will Oldham, and Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius. Dawes has toured extensively playing headline shows worldwide and major festival appearances including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza and Newport Folk Festival. Recently, they have toured with My Morning Jacket, Bob Dylan, Mumford and Sons, Conor Oberst, and Jackson Browne. In the fall of 2014, Goldsmith contributed to Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, an album project which found collaborators Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) and producer T Bone Burnett writing and creating music for a treasure trove of recently discovered lyrics handwritten by Bob Dylan in 1967 during the period that generated the recording of the legendary Basement Tapes. Fellow collaborator Jim James proclaims about We’re All Gonna Die, “The record sounds so fresh-yet fills me with a strange nostalgia for things that haven’t happened yet… I hear it at the beach and blasting out of car windows on future summer nights… easily having become a natural part of people’s lives.”
180gm vinyl LP pressing. 1968’s Fly Me To The Moon was Womack’s first solo long-player, after a decade of forging a singular path as R&B morphed into soul music, first with the Sam Cooke-sponsored Valentinos, and subsequently as a songwriter and guitarist for the likes of Wilson Pickett. Indeed, the album features Womack’s version of Pickett’s ‘Midnight Mover,’ along with very groovy interpretations of ‘California Dreamin’ (a small hit at the time),’ ‘Moonlight In Vermont,’ and the title cut. But it is the singers own superlative material – ‘What Is This,’ ‘Somebody Special,’ ‘Take Me’ – that shines best on this fantastic debut, produced by the estimable Chips Moman at his American Studios facility in Memphis, utilizing one of the finest session crews in southern soul.
Limited double splattered colored vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket. 2016 release. Unlimited is the tenth studio album by Bassnectar AKA DJ and producer Lorin Ashton. Bassnectar stated that the goal of the album was to build a “sonic collage.” Includes collaborations with LUZCID, Rye Rye, Zion I, G Jones, Lafa Taylor, LEViTATE, The Glitch Mob, Hayley, Gnar Gnar, Crywolf and others. Bassnectar’s musical influences include metal and rock bands such as Metallica, Megadeth and Nirvana. Bassnectar performs regularly at a variety of music festivals, including Bonnaroo, Camp Bisco, Coachella, the Electric Daisy Carnival, the Electric Forest Festival, Lollapalooza, and Wakarusa. In 2012, Bassnectar sold over 250,000 tickets, not including festivals. Bassnectar finished in fourth place in the 2013 America’s Best DJ competition conducted by DJ Times magazine and Pioneer DJ.
Vinyl LP pressing includes digital download. My Piece of Land is Amanda’s third record and follows up 2013’s Down Fell the Doves and was primarily written while pregnant with her and husband Jason Isbell’s first child. The record was produced by Dave Cobb, who worked with Isbell on his Southeastern and Something More Than Free record to go along with albums by Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson and many others.
Vinyl LP pressing. For the first time ever, Peter Frampton brings us stripped-down versions of his classic hits including “Baby, I Love Your Way,” “Lines On My Face,” “Do You Feel Like I Do,” “Show Me The Way” and more. Acoustic Classics includes one new song, “All Down to Me,” which was co-written by Kennedy, the co-producer of Frampton’s Grammy Award-winning album Fingerprints. “All Down to Me” is the only track on the record featuring a guest musician. Acoustic Classics was mixed by Grammy Award-winning engineer Jeff Balding (Don Henley, Lionel Richie, Joe Cocker) and produced by Frampton himself. Of the recording process, Frampton explains, “The approach I took on this was that each song came across as if you are the first person to hear this song after I wrote it. I had to reverse engineer each song in order to get this result, which I feel I achieved.”
Limited edition cranberry colored vinyl LP pressing housed in a gatefold sleeve with printed inner sleeve that includes the lyrics. No Need To Argue is the sophmore effort by Irish group The Cranberries that was originally released in 1994. Propelled by the hit song “Zombie” about the Irish conflict, the album was a worldwide smash and helped make the band one of the biggest of the 90s. With a more mature approach to songs and subject matter the album features many highlights including “Ode To My Family”, “Yeats’ Grave” and “Ridiculous Thoughts” with a more lively rock sound than their much mellower debut album.
Limited double colored vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket including digital download. 2016 release, the seventh album from the alt-rock band. Following 2014’s top 10 debut of Happiness Is, Taking Back Sunday return with their album Tidal Wave. The name Tidal Wave is taken from the collection’s first single, “Even throughout each song on the record there are a lot of references to water,” vocalist Adam Lazzara explains. “That’s why it seems like that title kept poking it’s neck out.” Material for the album was written in between tours for Happiness Is. Taking Back Sunday was formed in Long Island, New York by guitarist Eddie Reyes in 1999. The band has seen line-up changes over the years but still remain a strong and focused unit.