Double vinyl LP pressing including digital download. 2016 release, an unprecedented musical companion to the landmark Broadway musical by Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda. Executive produced by The Roots’ Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter, The Hamilton Mixtape sees songs from the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical covered and remixed by a remarkable cast of contemporary artists. Superstars contributing to the one of it’s kind collection include Sia, Usher, Kelly Clarkson, The Roots, Alicia Keys, Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Chance The Rapper, John Legend, Regina Spektor, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Miguel, Queen Latifah, Common, Ben Folds, Andra Day, Jill Scott, Jimmy Fallon and others. The Hamilton Mixtape also includes three previously unreleased Hamilton demo.
Double vinyl LP pressing. 2016 release, the third studio album by Canadian singer and songwriter The Weeknd. The album features guest contributions from musicians Daft Punk, singer Lana Del Rey, and rappers Future and Kendrick Lamar. The album is supported by the title track/lead single “Starboy”. – The album’s sleeve is photographed and designed by Nabil Elderkin. It features The Weeknd with shorter hair in a crouched pose with a cross necklace and is highlighted by streaks of blue neon across a neon pink background. The top of the picture says the album’s name in yellow lettering and the edges of the packaging are grained by the blue neon.
Double vinyl LP pressing. 2017 release, the tenth studio album from Washington DC duo Thievery Corporation. The 15 tracks, recorded on location in Port Antonio JA, finds the duo deftly blending their signature style with the classic dub, dance hall, and roots vibes that have inspired them over an illustrious 20-year career. Featuring vocals from Mr Lif, Racquel Jones, Lou Lou Ghelichkhani, Shana Halligan, Puma and others. Thievery Corporation was formed in the summer of 1995 at Washington D.C.’s Eighteenth Street Lounge. Rob Garza and Lounge co-owner Eric Hilton were drawn together over their mutual love of club life, as well as dub, bossa nova and jazz records. The duo has publicly stated their fondness of the Brazilian culture in interviews and liner notes of their releases, especially of the 1960s Bossa Nova music movement.
Double vinyl LP pressing. Twelve tracks of horn-led funk from one of the great unsung bands of the late 1960s. The Pazant Brothers, Ed and Al are jazz and funk royalty having played with Kool & The Gang, Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers and Lionel Hampton. Their recordings for GWP were made under the auspices of producer Ed Bland. They are highly sought after by producers and DJs, and represent the very best of their recorded work. This is the first time that this work has been available on LP. Includes sought-after singles ‘Skunk Juice’, ‘Juicy Lucy’ and ‘Chicken Scratch’, as well as a previously unreleased version of ‘High Heel Sneakers’ and two vocal tracks with Betty Barney recorded live at MOMA which have never been on vinyl before.
Snowdonia – SURFER BLOOD are one of the best young indie-rock bands around, and their fourth album, Snowdonia, is their most ambitious effort yet. Overcoming adversity, the band has artistically grown and thrived. Following the departure of bassist Kevin Williams and guitarist Thomas Fekete (tragically lost to cancer in May), singer/guitarist John Paul Pitts and drummer Tyler Schwarz have rebuilt a talented line-up with guitarist Michael McCleary and bassist Lindsey Mills, all four alumni of the same high school in West Palm Beach, Florida. – Along with plenty of Surfer Blood’s signature hooks, the band concocted some epic and more complex songs with enormous attention to sonic detail. Pitts wrote and mixed the album alone, for the first time since their debut Astro Coast. The immediacy is intoxicating and the musical and lyrical results are fantastic. Surfer Blood get better and better with each album, and we’re sure they’ll be making great records for years to come.
Vinyl LP repressing. Initially released in 1952 as a 10″ LP, this best-selling album was expanded to 12 tracks and released as a vinyl LP in 1954. Unforgettable is a collection of some of Nat King Cole’s earliest recordings, including a track from The Nat King Cole Trio. The title has long since been out of print in the vinyl format. Nat King Cole first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. He was widely noted for his soft baritone voice, performing in big band and jazz genres, and was a major force in popular music for three decades. Cole was one of the first African Americans to host a national television variety show, The Nat King Cole Show. His recordings remained popular worldwide after his death from lung cancer in February 1965.
Vinyl LP pressing. 2017 release. With Alice, Meatbodies return ascending toward ground level. A “heavy-pop” concept, metal on molly. Chad Ubovich, Patrick Nolan, and Kevin Boog step out in new form, soaring through diverse stories, tones, and characters. Dancing between quiet and loud, funk and doom, pop and noise. Their message preached is celestial and deafening, a sacred scripture for today’s world: a warbling Rhodes piano, a liquefying electric guitar, a ghostly synthesizer skating across the sands of a twelve-stringed acoustic. The band digs deep into the rich soils of Earth to reveal the chaotic sensual vibrations underneath the fields we walk upon. Connecting our limbs, our mouths, our consciousness to the microcosms of the grime, all while being lit by black light. Captured wriggling and alive in San Francisco by Ubovich and Eric Bauer at The Bauer Mansion, this album is a step in the right direction, a new direction, a new way of thinking. Watching the futures, watching the world burn.
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing including digital download. 2017 release, the seventh studio album by the British alt-rock band. Little Fictions was recorded in Scotland and Manchester and sees the band collaborate with the string players of The Hallé Orchestra, the Hallé Ancoats Community Choir, members of London Contemporary Voices and session drummer Alex Reeves. As with the previous three Elbow albums it was produced by Craig Potter. Little Fictions is emphatically a band album. Having written individually for it’s chart-topping predecessor, The Take Off And Landing Of Everything, sessions this time were collective affairs, with all four members gathered initially in a house in Scotland before moving to Guy’s attic in Prestwich and finalizing recordings in the familiar setting of Blueprint studios, Salford. Little Fictions is an upbeat album. All the band talk of the sessions being ‘joyful’, guitarist Mark Potter summarizes it as ‘the sound of four people who love what they do and each other’, of an album that came into being naturally and, at times even unconsciously. Lead single ‘Magnificent (She Says)’ was embraced for the joyous, thrilling piece of music it is, positive and outward looking. Mark never even considered his audible switch towards electric guitars, most notable on the psychedelic lushness of ‘All Disco’, until the very end of the process.
Altoist Maceo Parker has spent most of his career in R&B funk bands, most notably those led by James Brown, George Clinton, and Bootsy Collins. This album gave him a chance to stretch out as a leader, and his soulful horn immediately brings to mind Hank Crawford and (to a lesser extent) Lou Donaldson. With a strong backup group that includes Pee Wee Ellis on tenor, trombonist Fred Wesley, and Don Pullen on organ, Parker enthusiastically plays over infectious grooves with just one funky departure (“In Time”). Roots Revisited is a throwback to the 1960s soul-jazz style and Maceo Parker gives one the impression that, if called upon, he could hold his own on a bebop date.
Vinyl LP pressing including digital download. 2017 release, the fourth studio album from Austin’s Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears. On Backlash, the band with a return to their celebrated take on classic soul and punked up R&B. “Party-driven, groove-worthy new songs” – Buzzbands LA. “Joe rivals the likes of BB King with his raspy tenor, melting over the thick, full-bodied guitar riffs and constant crashing of cymbals and toms. This joint is the perfect treat to entice fans” – Afropunk. While working at a pawn shop in Austin, Joe Lewis first picked up the guitar. Shortly thereafter, Joe Lewis immersed himself in the local Red River blues/garage scene, recording and performing with Austin luminaries such as the Weary Boys and Walter Daniels. Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears formed in Austin, Texas in 2007. In March 2009, Esquire listed Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears as one of the Ten Bands Set to Break Out at 2009’s SXSW Festival.
Vinyl LP pressing with digital download. Jesca Hoop wastes no time in making clear it’s confidence, confrontation, and craftsmanship. The stark and reverberant title track opens the album with “a fighting spirit,” says Hoop, serving as an anthem to push through any obstacle and put forth your very best work. And she has unequivocally done that here, with an album of stunningly original songs-minimalist yet brimming with energy, emerging from a wealth of life experience, great emotional depth, and years of honing the craft of singing. As riveting as it is reflective, the album, produced by Blake Mills (Fiona Apple, Alabama Shakes), is a fresh debut of sorts for Hoop, as the first of her solo records made outside of Tony Berg’s Zeitgeist Studios where she and Mills were mentored. Says Hoop, “Blake is so utterly musical and emotionally intelligent in his expression. I wanted to see what we could do, just he and I out from under Tony’s wing.” Mills pushed her to strip away layers, keeping it as close to the live experience as possible, using whole live takes and working very quickly. “It’s still covered in embryonic fluid, for lack of a better way to put it,” says Hoop.
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Digitally remastered edition of this 1999 release. In the summer of 1997, Kris Kristofferson spent a few days in Texas recording stripped-down versions of his best-known songs. Released by Atlantic Records in 1999, The Austin Sessions pairs the acclaimed outlaw country songwriter with a band of studio aces and guest harmony vocalists for intimate versions of classics like “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Why Me?” and “Sunday Morning Coming Down.” Several guests join Kristofferson on the album, including Jackson Browne (“Me And Bobby McGee”), Steve Earle (“Sunday Morning Coming Down”), Vince Gill (“Help Me Make It Through The Night”), Catie Curtis (“Nobody Wins”), and Mark Knopfler (“Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends”). Left off the original album, “Best Of All Possible Worlds” and “Jody And The Kid” make their debut on the expanded version.
Vinyl LP pressing housed in a gatefold sleeve with die-cut cover and collectible button. Chuck Prophet describes his new disc BOBBY FULLER DIED FOR YOUR SINS as California Noir. The state has always represented the Golden Dream, and it’s the tension between romance and reality that lurks underneath the surface in all noir films and paperbacks, and that connects these songs. Doomed love, inconsolable loneliness, rags to riches to rags again, and fast-paced violence are always on the menu on the Left Coast. Featuring “A Bad Year for Rock and Roll,” an ode to all of the great artists we lost in 2016 and a bunch of other Chuck Prophet (soon to be) classics.
180gm vinyl LP pressing housed in a gatefold sleeve, includes bonus red colored 7″ with two unreleased tracks and digital download. Two-time Grammy Award winners and Grand Ole Opry members Old Crow Medicine Show release Best Of, which features 12 of the most memorable and beloved songs from O.C.M.S. (2004), Big Iron World (2006), Tennessee Pusher (2008) – as well as two previously unreleased tracks: “Black Haired Quebecoise” and “Heart Up In The Sky.” The album will also be made available on vinyl, a format on which none of these songs are currently available and many have never been. The Best Of features “Wagon Wheel” along with other live show fan favorites like “Tell It To Me,” “Down Home Girl,” “CC Rider” and “I Hear Them All.” The two previously unreleased tracks, “Black Haired Quebecoise” and “Heart Up in the Sky” were recorded in 2006 while the band was making Big Iron World.
Double 180gm vinyl LP pressing includes bonus tracks and digital download. Vic Chesnutt was the real deal, a man who lived for music and who tirelessly deployed his impish, surly, witty, unflinching perspective in hundreds of songs featuring brilliantly unique word smithery and a profound playfulness that thumbed it’s nose at a life of seriously hard knocks. Vic’s prolific writing – chock of full of real irony, wonderful turns of phrase, humor, rage and tenderness, brutal literalism and ornate observation – constituted a truly original voice and reflected a truly indomitable spirit.
Vinyl LP pressing. 2017 release. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness returns with the release of his album Zombies On Broadway via Vanguard Records. The New York City inspired album is a follow-up to McMahon’s 2014 eponymous debut that launched a gold-selling, cross-genre; Top 5 Alternative and Hot AC hit. Zombies On Broadway features the Alternative Radio Top 20 hit ‘Fire Escape’. Singer/songwriter Andrew McMahon was the vocalist, pianist and primary lyricist for the bands Something Corporate and main songwriter for Jack’s Mannequin and performs solo both under his own name as well as moniker Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness. McMahon decided to retire the Jack’s Mannequin moniker in 2013 and has continued to record under his own name since.
Vinyl LP pressing includes digital download. Record Store Day/Black Friday saw the release of the first in a series of three volumes of double LPs that will contain the entire, critically acclaimed Big Star Complete Third boxed set. Volume 2, titled Roughs To Mixes continues the journey, featuring rough mixes from producer Jim Dickinson, as well as Ardent’s John Fry, with over 15 previously unissued tracks. Almost every song on this collection is making it’s vinyl debut. Included are Lesa Aldridge’s take on The Velvet Underground’s “After Hours,” and a version of “For You” with vocals from Alex Chilton (songwriter and Big Star drummer Jody Stephens sang the iconic album version.) This release is the bridge from the early demos, and the listener can feel the progression toward what would be listed as one of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – Big Star’s Third.
Limited vinyl LP pressing of this 2004 album. This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In) is the third studio album and second major label release by American alternative metal band Chevelle. Peaking at #8, it charted higher on the Billboard 200 than it’s predecessor, Wonder What’s Next. This Type of Thinking follows generally the same heavy style as Wonder What’s Next with popular singles like “Vitamin R” and “The Clincher”. It would be the first of two records produced by Michael “Elvis” Baskette. This was also the final album featuring bassist Joe Loeffler, who departed from the band in 2005.
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