Bo Carter is the alias for singer/guitarist Bo Chatmon, a member of the famous Chatmon family from Mississippi (which produced 13 musically capable children). Notorious for his double-entendre blues, Carter based his songs around sexual metaphors and the results were, unsurprisingly, widely popular. If there were such a thing as parental warning stickers in the 1930s, they would have been applied liberally to Carter‘s releases. On Banana in Your Fruit Basket (the companion to Twist It Baby), Yazoo brings together 14 more Carter sides from the 1930s. A cursory glance at track titles alone tells a great deal: “Mashing That Thing,” “Don’t Mash My Digger So Deep,” “Pin in Your Cushion,” “My Pencil Won’t Write Anymore.” The themes in Carter‘s music were certainly pervasive in the country-blues of the period, but they were rarely as explicit. Whereas one singer might ask “Baby, where’d you stay last night? You got the hair all tangled and you ain’t talkin’ right” (a stock blues verse), few would ask the same woman “Baby, what kind of scent is that?” when she walks through the door. Often, Carter‘s metaphors are so thin that the results have little value beyond their novelty. Musically, Carter has a relaxed, clear, and fairly indistinct singing style and a fluid, fingerpicking guitar attack to match it. While Banana in Your Fruit Basket paints an accurate picture of Bo Chatmon‘s alter ego, the music is very much a product of its time. Giving insight into what people appreciated in their entertainment, it also feels like proof that not much has changed.
Very Emergency (1999) is the third album by The Promise Ring. This album sees the band continuing to explore the sounds they had started on their previous release Nothing Feels Good, a more pop – rock-leaning when compared to their debut. The Promise Ring’s hook-packed pop sensibility was unique for the genre at the time and helped them inject a shimmery energy into emo that still feels fresh today. Hailing from Milwaukee, The Promise Ring weren’t just emblematic of ’90s Midwestern emo: they were one of the most celebrated bands in the history of the genre. Under the leadership of frontman Davey Von Bohlen of Cap’n Jazz, their sound incorporated elements of power pop that would become more popular in later years. They broke up in 2002 and after nearly a decade of inactivity The Promise Ring officially reunited in February 2012.
Limited orange vinyl LP pressing. It’s been a pretty crazy 12 months for Rex Orange County – AKA 19-year-old Alex O’Connor – from Haslemere, Surrey. After two guest slots on Tyler the Creator’s album Flower Boy, he’s played live with Frank Ocean and Skepta, all the while working on his debut album, Apricot Princess. The self-released record is full of sumptuous hooks, jazzy piano figures and musical left-turns that suggest a true original at work. He placed second after winner Sigrid in the BBC Sound of 2018 Poll, and recently performed on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show.
4-LP version. Packaged in a bespoke card envelope. Sasha provides the 99th installment of the world’s leading house and techno mix series from London’s renowned Fabric nightclub. From playing acid house at the legendary Haçienda to residencies at a number of the world’s super clubs and a Grammy nomination, Sasha’s career trajectory is unparalleled. His vast discography includes a number of studio albums, remixes for Madonna and The Chemical Brothers, soundtracks for computer games, and a long list of acclaimed mixes. He runs his own management agency out of New York and oversees his imprint Last Night On Earth. Fabric 99 shows off his legendary track transitions and how they enable broken beats and ambient wanderings to sit comfortably alongside dub techno and uplifting house. The continuous DJ mix features a Sasha exclusive, “Smoke Monk (Fabric Mix)”. Sasha on the mix “Getting the chance to do this Fabric CD was an honor. Some of my fondest moments playing in London have been at that club. I really wanted to capture what I do there as I feel it’s somewhere I play differently to anywhere else in the world.” Features Agnes Obel, Quiet Village, Marbert Rocel, Heitzberg Theorem, Kora (CA), Tom Flynn, Indigo, CLOSE, DJ Hell, Joyce Muniz, Ghosts On Tape, Jus-Ed, Whitesquare, Crowdpleaser, Exercise One & Mathew Jonson, Sasha, Objekt, Jono Ma & Dreems, Javier Logares & Kaarel, Tiefschwarz, George Fitzgerald, Carl Craig, Francesco Tristano, Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth, Antigone, BAILE, and Felicia Douglass.
Double vinyl LP pressing. 2018 release. The self-produced Out Of The Blues finds national treasure Boz Scaggs applying his iconic voice and gritty guitar skills to a set of vintage classics as well as four originals. For the occasion, the legendary singer/songwriter/guitarist assembled a star-studded studio band including such prestigious players as guitarists Doyle Bramhall II, Ray Parker Jr. And Charlie Sexton, bassist Willie Weeks, drummer Jim Keltner and keyboardist Jim Cox, as well as longtime friend Jack Walroth on guitar. Boz Scaggs is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He was a guitarist and occasional lead singer with the Steve Miller Band in the 1960s, and in the 1970s gained fame with several solo Top 20 hit singles in the United State
Houston, Texas’s favorite son Sam John Hopkins, better known as Lightnin’, was recorded in 1959 by the legendary musicologist Samuel Charters, predating and predicting the folk-blues revival of the early ’60s. Widely regarded as one of the finest acoustic blues albums ever, Lightnin’ Hopkins, originally released in 1959 on Folkways Records, established it’s hero as a legend. The very definition of essential.
Vinyl LP pressing. Recorded in 1958 and released on the Folkways label in 1959, Bahaman Folk Guitar introduced American listeners to Joseph Spence’s unique guitar and vocal styles. These field recordings by musicologist Sam Charterscapture Spence in a relaxed, expansive mood – only one of the six selections in the set is under five minutes in length. Spence’s guitar style was due in part to the D tuning of his bass string, which produced a lower bass sound. Whereas many critics have called Spence’s vocal style unorthodox, they have found his guitar playing spontaneous and iconic. Some music critics have gone so far as to refer to him as the “Thelonious Monk of folk guitar.”
Vinyl LP pressing. Signed, Sealed & Delivered is a studio album by Stevie Wonder, released on August 7, 1970, by Tamla Records. Along with the hit title track, the album also featured the hits “Heaven Help Us All”, “Never Had a Dream Come True” and Wonder’s cover of The Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out”. The album hit #25 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart as well as #7 on the R&B Albums chart. This was Wonder’s first album on which he was given producer credit, though he actually only produced two of the tracks and co-produced three more. He wrote or co-wrote seven of the tracks.
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing including digital download. In Bocca al Lupo is the third full-length album release by Murder by Death. It was released on Tent Show Records, on May 23, 2006. The title comes from the Italian phrase that literally translates to “into the mouth of the wolf” and is commonly used to say “Good luck”. Murder by Death is an American five-piece indie rock band from Bloomington, Indiana. Their name is derived from the 1976 Robert Moore film of the same name. The band’s current lineup consists of two founding members, Adam Turla and Sarah Balliet. Balliet plays cello for the band, an instrument that has been present consistently throughout the bands evolution. Murder by Death plays a range of music including instrumentals, rock and alt. Country. The band uses cello (with an electric cello for live shows) to create a gothic sound with occasional Western references. The band often arranges themes such as whiskey and the Devil into concept albums.
Limited double half black and white colored vinyl LP pressing housed in a gatefold sleeve, includes digital download. The Sad Clown series first started as a string of cassette tapes and CD-R’s for Atmosphere to sell on tour. Since it’s incarnation in 1999, the Sad Clown series has taken on a few forms, including rare 4-track demos, live shows, a DVD, a mixtape, and a pair of 7″ singles. In celebration of the 10 year anniversary of these iconic EP’s, we are releasing a special vinyl edition, packaging all four Sad Clown seasons together for the first time, complete with some added treats to make even the saddest clown smile.
Vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket. 2018 release, the eighth studio album from the country music singer/songwriter. His long-awaited album Lifers marks his debut for Rounder, and is a creative leap forward for Jinks. The eleven original songs on the album tackle heady themes of faith (“Holy Water”); love, loss, and the desperate measures to which they sometimes drive people (“Must Be the Whiskey,” “7th Floor,” “Somewhere Between I Love You and I’m Leavin’,” “Colorado”), loneliness, (“Desert Wind”), and the passage of time (“Stranger”). Lifers is the follow-up to his 2016 album I’m Not the Devil, which reached #4 on the Billboard’s Country Albums chart.
Far Out Recordings present a reissue of the 1975 self-titled debut album from Brazilian vocalist and bossa nova luminary Emilio Santiago. Nicknamed “the Nat King Cole of Brazil”, Santiago was a master bossa balladeer and a top-class crooner. But he is known equally for his Brazilian funk, soul, and boogie classics. One of his best know is album opener “Bananeira”, a party-starting version of the song originally written by João Donato and Gilberto Gil. “Brother” is a smooth-grooving killer with great horn arrangements and a huge backing choir, while “La Mulata” is a soulful, swinging salsa stepper. Originally released on the CID label, the album showcases the full range of Emilio’s talents, while paying homage to some of Brazil’s greatest composers, including Jorge Ben, Marcos and Sergio Valle, and Ivan Lins, among others. The credits on the album are a “who’s who” of Brazil’s greats, with João Donato on keys, Wilson das Neves, Ivan “Mamão” Conti and Paulinho on drums, Durval Ferreira, Carlos Roberto Rocha and Helio Delmiro on guitar, Ariovaldo, Orlandivo and Chacal on percussion, Danilo Caymmi on flute, a brass section featuring Victor Assis Brasil, Edson Maciel and Jesse Sadoc, and backing vocals from Jaime & Nair, Lúcia Lins, Jurema and Marcio Lott.
Double 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Achtung Baby is the seventh studio album by Irish rockers U2. It was produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, and was released on 18 November 1991 on Island Records. U2 shifted their musical direction to incorporate influences from alternative rock, industrial music, and electronic dance music into their sound. Thematically, Achtung Baby is darker, more introspective, and at times more flippant than their previous work. The album and the subsequent multimedia-intensive Zoo TV Tour were central to the group’s 1990s reinvention, by which they abandoned their earnest public image for a more lighthearted and self-deprecating one.
Double vinyl LP pressing. Zooropa is the eighth studio album by U2. Produced by Flood, Brian Eno, and The Edge, it was released on 5 July 1993 on Island Records. Inspired by the band’s experiences on the Zoo TV Tour, Zooropa expanded on many of the tour’s themes of technology and media oversaturation. The record was a continuation of the group’s experimentation with alternative rock, electronic dance music, and electronic sound effects that began with their previous album, Achtung Baby, in 1991. U2 began writing and recording Zooropa in Dublin in February 1993, during a six-month break between legs of the Zoo TV Tour. The record was originally intended as an EP to promote the Zooropa leg of the tour that was to begin in May 1993, but during the sessions, the group decided to extend the record to a full-length album.
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. The Psychedelic Furs is the debut studio album by British rock band the Psychedelic Furs. It was released on 7 March 1980 by Columbia Records. Includes longtime fan favorites ‘Sister Europe’, ‘We Love You’, ‘India’ and ‘Imitation Of Christ’. The Psychedelic Furs formed in London in February 1977. Led by singer Richard Butler and his brother Tim Butler on bass guitar, the Psychedelic Furs were one of the many acts spawned from the British post-punk scene. Their music went through several phases, from an initially austere art rock sound, to later touching on new wave and commercial rock.
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Forever Now is the third studio album by British band The Psychedelic Furs. The album, including the hit single “Love My Way”, was recorded in the spring of 1982 and released on 25 September of that year by Columbia/CBS. The album represented a turning point in the musical maturation of the band, after a turbulent period of personnel changes in which they shrank from a six-man ensemble to a quartet. Working with the Furs for the first time, Todd Rundgren placed his own sonic imprint upon the album as producer and guest musician. Rundgren also added new types of instrumentation to the band’s sound, including cello and marimba. Includes the hit single ‘Love My Way’.