Special Edition Red Vinyl LP pressing including digital download. 2017 release. Hot Thoughts, Spoon’s ninth album, is the bravest, most sonically inventive work of their career, though keep in mind, Britt Daniel’s already overseen a number of other reincarnations. With all due respect to earlier efforts that have made the quintet both critically acclaimed and a commercial contender, preconceptions about this band are about to be obliterated. That’s not to say Hot Thoughts doesn’t have a requisite supply of infectious earworms but there’s a lyrical bent that’s as carnal as it’s crafty, and a newfound sense of sonic exploration that results in the genre-smasher Spoon have flirted with in the past but not fully consummated. Produced by Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, The Flaming Lips, Weezer, MGMT) and back with Matador (third time’s the charm) helps position Spoon to mount the highest highs of their already spectacular career. We are overjoyed to be back in the Spoon business and in time for Daniel’s spot in the pantheon of rock’s genius songwriters was well established a ways back – with the crackling, incandescent, multi-dimensional backdrop conjured on Hot Thoughts, the lines between accessible and experimental become non-factors for once and all. It’s pop as high art, delivered with total confidence and focus.
LP version. Cambodian Liberation Songs is a painful call from forgotten resistance fighters – it is a captivating and moving record. It works as a witness of Cambodian history, bringing to the world the breathless voice of the members of the resistance from the Banteay Ampil Band. Released in 1983, Cambodian Liberation Songs is a mysterious and overwhelming record. As a genuine piece of history, this “call from sorrow and fierce passion” makes use of a whole range of Cambodian music, from folk to rock, to express sufferings and complaints. On April 17, 1975, the Cambodian people, already crushed under national and international conflicts, were commanded by force to forget their own past – it was “annuum 0” of the Khmer Rouge calendar. Four years of genocide would follow before the start of a war opposing the Vietnamese army to the Khmers Rouges. Resistance units engaged in the conflict against what they considered as a Vietnamese invasion. This record, produced by a resistance group, was given the reference number “KHMER 001”. It was undoubtedly the first record composed and performed by non-Khmer Cambodians after the tragic events of 1975-79. The Banteay Ampil Band was created in the refugee camp of Ampil, at the border with Thailand. Musicians and female singers, who had hidden their talents during the genocide, then gathered around the composer and violinist Oum Dara to engage in a new struggle: the resistance. Oum Dara, who had been a composer for Sin Sisamouth and Ros Srey Sothea, among others, adapted several of his creations. It is therefore with a poignant charm that the Banteay Ampil Band binds together the golden age of Khmer music from the 1960s with the traditional repertoire and the context of their daily struggles. Violin, guitar and voices match together to produce melancholic and intense songs – the stirring tone of grief expressed by these resisters. The band went to Singapore to record Cambodian Liberation Songs, the only record of the “Khmer People’s National Liberation Front”.
Radiation Roots present a reissue of Tommy McCook & The Aggrovators‘ King Tubby Meets The Aggrovators At Dub Station, originally released in 1975. Tenor saxophonist Tommy McCook is rightly considered a giant of Jamaican music. Chosen by Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd to be leader of The Skatalites in the early 1960s, he went on to become the chief exponent of rock steady as leader of The Supersonics house band at Treasure Isle. McCook remained a key session player throughout the reggae era, and during the roots reggae heyday of the mid-1970s, his expressive melodies found particularly strong outlet, especially on the music he created for grassroots producer Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee as a member of The Aggrovators, the studio outfit Lee hand-picked from the cream of Jamaica’s musical crop. When enhanced by the adventurous mixing experiments of King Tubby, the engineer that turned dub into an art form, instrumental Aggrovators music became positively ethereal, yielding an exceptional listening experience. On King Tubby Meets The Aggrovators At Dub Station, Tommy McCook blows mean sax and flute over dubs of outstanding tracks by Johnny Clarke, Cornell Campbell, Linval Thompson, Delroy Wilson, and others greats.
Disco-nut producer Joey Negro and fellow crafty crate-digger Sean P presented the first of their great Soul Of Disco albums (ZEDD 007CD) in 2005, rammed to the rafters with classic, rare, hard to find gems from the era that brought us fantastic music and sparkly platforms. Now, more than ten years later, the album finally sees a gatefold double vinyl release featuring ten of the best tracks from volume one of the series. These rare and highly sought after tracks 12 inches would likely be very expensive, if someone would be lucky enough to find them in the first place. This collection spans from 1976-82, with an R&B slant and more song-based material. It is intended to show that there were a few more sides (many more to come, of course) to one of the last century’s biggest musical phenomena. In a compilation brimming over with accessible earthiness, rawness and downright soulfulness, Joey and Sean continue their mission to help us understand how disco’s influence is still shaping music 30 years after it broke into the mainstream. Features: Tenderness, The Disco Fox, Jesse G, Velvet Hammer, Zebra, Sandi Havens, Sargeant & Malone, Milton Hamilton, The Sparkles and Natural Order.
Limited 180gm half-speed remastered edition including digital download. Sleeve artwork and inner bag as per the original vinyl release. Having left Genesis in the summer of 1976, Peter’s first solo album arrived in February 1977. He was 26. With legendary producer Bob Ezrin taking charge, the intention was to make a more direct and tougher record: something different from what had gone before. The record also provided one of Peter’s most recognizable songs in the shape of ‘Solsbury Hill’. Peter Gabriel rose to fame as the original lead singer and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis. After leaving Genesis in 1975, Gabriel launched a highly successful solo career.
Limited vinyl LP pressing. 2017 release from the Bright Eyes frontman. The album is a companion piece to 2016’s lauded Ruminations. When Oberst wrote and recorded the songs on Ruminations, entirely solo-with just voice, piano, guitar and harmonica-he intended to ultimately record them with a full band. In the midst of putting together that band-upstate New York’s The Felice Brothers plus the legendary drummer Jim Keltner (Neil Young, Jackson Browne, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and many more)-the passionate responses Oberst was getting to those first solo recordings, from friends and colleagues, encouraged him to release the songs as-is, in their original sparse form, as his seventh solo album: Ruminations, which was released in October 2016. The Sunday Times of London called it the rawest album yet from the forever troubled one-time voice of a generation and political and very, very personal, saying Oberst is one of the best songwriters around. Meanwhile, Oberst simultaneously moved ahead with his plans to record with the band, heading to the famed Shangri-la Studios in Malibu to record Salutations-co-produced with Keltner and engineered by long-time musical compadre Andy LeMaster. Guest contributions come courtesy of Jim James, Blake Mills, Maria Taylor, M Ward, Gillian Welch, Gus Seyffert, Pearl Charles, Nathaniel Walcott, and Jonathan Wilson. Salutations includes full-band versions of the ten songs from Ruminations, plus seven additional songs, some from an additional session at Five Star Studios in Echo Park in fall 2016.
Bülent Arel was a Turkish-born American composer of electronic and contemporary classical music. He was also a devoted teacher, a sculptor, and a painter. From 1940 until 1947 Arel studied composition, piano, and 20th century classical music at the Ankara Conservatory. In 1959 Arel came to the U.S. on a grant by the Rockefeller
Foundation to work at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center. By that time the center had just started out under its director Vladimir Ussachevsky.
During Arel’s work in Princeton he also met Edgard Varèse with whom in 1962 he worked on the electronic sections of Varèse’s ‘Déserts’. Frank Zappa lists Arel as a key influence. Today’s electronic music – may it be by Autechre’s ‘Confield’, Aphex Twin’s ‘Selected Ambient Works Vol. II’, or Squarepusher’s ‘Do you know Squarepusher’ – builds upon a solid foundation which Bülent Arel helped to pave.
Double vinyl LP pressing with etching on Side Four. 2017 release from the iconic British electronic band. Spirit is the band’s 14th studio release. The album marks the band’s first collaboration with producer James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco (Foals, Florence & The Machine, Arctic Monkeys) and is the follow up to the band’s blockbuster 2013 studio album Delta Machine which debuted at #1 in 12 countries. The songs on Spirit reflect profound questions about the modern world and the state of humanity. The first single is vintage Depeche Mode, with percolating electronics and a dramatic chorus: “Where’s the Revolution”; that joins “Going Backwards,” “The Worst Crime,” “Poison Heart,” “Scum,” “So Much Love,” “Fail” and more.
Vinyl LP pressing. Back in the High Life is the fourth solo studio album by British rock icon Steve Winwood. Released in 1986, it was a Top Ten hit on the album charts in the United States, peaking at #3, and has sold over five million copies. The single “Higher Love” topped the singles chart and won the Grammy Award for Record Of The Year; “Back in the High Life Again” (US #13), “The Finer Things” (US #8), and “Freedom Overspill” (US #20) were also big hits. This was Winwood’s last studio album with Island Records after 20 years with the label. In a career full of triumphs, this album might have been the pinnacle for Winwood.
Limited 10″ vinyl pressing. 2017 EP release from the Orange County-based ska-punk band. After fifteen years, Save Ferris make their return with Checkered Past. Lead by the inimitable front-woman Monique Powell, the band enjoyed mainstream success in the late ’90s with radio hits and appearances on a variety of television shows and movies including 10 Things I Hate About You. Produced by Oingo Boingo bassist John Avila, Checkered Past embraces Powell’s ska and dub roots and also features a guest appearance by Neville Staple of the Specials on the first single “New Sound.”