Vinyl LP pressing from Analogue Production. Hugh Masekela is a world-renowned South African flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer and defiant political voice. Masekela began to hone his, now signature, Afro-Jazz sound in the late 1950s during a period of intense creative collaboration, most notably performing in the 1959 musical King Kong, written by Todd Matshikiza, and, soon thereafter, as a member of the now legendary South African group, the Jazz Epistles (featuring the classic line up of Kippie Moeketsi, Abdullah Ibrahim and Jonas Gwangwa).
Limited colored vinyl LP pressing of Tess Parks’ 2013 Mazzy Star-esque debut, Blood Hot. A native of Toronto, Tess Parks moved to London, England at the age of 17 where she briefly studied photography before deciding to focus on music. Tess made an impression on industry legend Alan McGee, founder of Creation Records, albeit the timing of their meeting could hardly have been less ideal; McGee was no longer involved in music and Tess was due to move back to Toronto. After moving back to her hometown in 2012, Tess formed a band on the advice of McGee and less than a year after their meeting, he returned to music with his new label, 359 Music. Tess became one of his first signings and released her debut record Blood Hot in November 2013 to excellent reviews. One reviewer described her as “Patti Smith on Quaaludes”. Others have mentioned her “gauzy psychedelic sound” and “smouldering voice”. Alan McGee himself said: “She’s only 24 and is already an amazing songwriter… she just doesn’t quite know she is yet… her most beautiful quality is her lack of ego. Tess is an amazing lady.”
Double vinyl LP pressing including poster. 2018 release. Ty Segall goes all the way, flipping the Freedom coin to find passion, laughter and savagery on both sides. A head-spinning compendium of stompers, weepers, ballads, screamers, bangers and funker-uppers, all marking a different impasse, like a flag whirling into a knot, exploding and burning on contact, in the name of life and loathing and the pursuit of what you love. Ty Segall is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and record producer. He is best known for his prolific solo career. Segall is also a member of the bands Fuzz, Broken Bat and GØGGS, and is a former member of The Traditional Fools, Epsilons, Party Fowl, Sic Alps, and The Perverts.
Vinyl LP pressing. Following 2016’s acclaimed Celebrate, the delightfully chipper trio from Benson, Minnesota bring you their brand-new record Swell. The collection finds Tiny Moving Parts building on it’s predecessor and throwing into the melting pot, their impressively complex instrumentation, infectious melodies and killer hooks to create a tight, mathy melodic punk combination that’s hard to resist. Guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and a spring to your step. Swell is ushered in by the vibrant lead single “Caution.”
The urgency of current events after the demoralizing 2016 election gave Mac, Laura, Jim, and Jon of Superchunk the momentum to make something new sooner than later. “It would be strange to be in a band, at least our band, and make a record that completely ignored the surrounding circumstances that we live in and that our kids are going to grow up in.” Enter What a Time to Be Alive, Superchunk’s first album in over four years. It’s a record, says Mac, “about a pretty dire and depressing situation but hopefully not a record that is dire and depressing to listen to.”
Vinyl LP pressing housed in gatefold sleeve, includes digital download. One of the most influential artists of a generation and a long-standing member of the Warp Records family, Nightmares on Wax announces his new album Shape The Future. A perfect marriage of soul, hip-hop, dub and timeless club sounds that act as a salvo masterpiece of contemporary and classic genre-blending, brilliantly solidifying Nightmares On Waxs place as an inspirational electronic music figurehead.
Half Japanese have returned to peel further layers from their onion. They have a new album that’s a square further on in their unpredictable musical snakes and ladders board. ‘Why Not?’ is a magical thing – it’s Springsteen’s ‘Born To Run’ recorded in a cupboard, it’s an ode to love, it’s a Wire song with two duelling guitarists being Zappa on helium, it’s Parquet Courts in a tantrum, it’s The Crickets contorted into? and The Mysterians, it’s everywhere and nowhere, baby, it’s where it’s at.
On ‘Why Not?’ nuances are mused, situations explained, questions asked. Outside, zombies and demons roam and everyday aliens emerge from spaceships: it’s a technicolor film transcribed by Jad Fair and friends John Sluggett, Gilles-Vincent Rieder, Mick Hobbs and Jason Willett, their faces at the cracked window of their subterranean habitat looking out at the real world. ‘Why Not?’ contains pieces of fluffy thought-provoking music, a bag of sentiments delivered with a real sense of wonderment at how the normal world revolves; all powered with heart and soul, some crunchy guitars, a cello and reverb set-to-kill infiltrating their storytelling.
Various Positions is the seventh studio album by Leonard Cohen, released in December 1984 (and February 1985). It marked not only his turn to the modern sound and use of synthesizers (particularly on the opening track), but also, after the harmonies and backing vocals from Jennifer Warnes on the previous Recent Songs (1979), an even greater contribution from Warnes, who is credited equally to Cohen as vocalist on all of the tracks. – The album was recorded at Quadrasonic Sound in New York in the summer of 1983 with Leanne Ungar engineering. A small core of musicians from a group called Slow Train backed Cohen on the album. The album contains two songs that would become live standards for Cohen: “Dance Me to the End of Love” and “Hallelujah.”
Double colored vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket. 2018 release. It’s been four years since the critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated, and #1 Billboard Blues album Seesaw was released by singer-songwriter Beth Hart and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa. Since they have both been on fire, riding creative tidal waves live in the studio. They have reunited for another collection of 10 soul gems that pair Hart’s breathtaking vocals and Joe’s masterful expressive playing. Featuring songs by Edgar Winter, Ray Charles, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Lucinda Williams and more. The first studio album released by this magical duo was Don’t Explain in 2011, followed by the Grammy nominated album Seesaw in 2013. In 2014, they released their first live album and DVD Live in Amsterdam, recorded during their mini tour in Europe.
Produced in 2014, Wahalla is the collaboration between Dean Blunt (Hype Williams, Babyfather, Blue Iverson) and visual/folk artist Joanne Robertson. Created in the same year of Blunt’s Black Metal and Skin Fade releases, this eight-track release coincides with the time Robertson was recording for her 2015 album Black Moon Days (FTR 179LP). Originally released through social media in early 2017, Wahalla is now available for the first time on a physical format.
Limited vinyl LP pressing. Mellow Waves is a 2017 studio album by Japanese musician Cornelius, his first ‘solo’ album in 11 years. After releasing his fifth album under the Cornelius moniker, 2006’s Sensuous, Keigo Oyamada worked on a number of projects, including a collaboration with J-pop singer Salyu which, using the name Salyu x Salyu, resulted in the 2011 album S(o)un(d)beams. Oyamada composed soundtracks for educational TV programs and the Ghost in the Shell: Arise anime series. He toured with Yoko Ono and Yellow Magic Orchestra and produced remixes for Philip Glass and Sakanaction. He also joined the electro supergroup Metafive, whose lineup includes Yoshinori Sunahara, Yukihiro Takahashi, Towa Tei, and others.
The New York Rock And Soul Revue – Live at the Beacon (2LP). The New York Rock and Soul Revue: Live at the Beacon is a live album which documented the New York Rock and Soul Revue. It was recorded on March 1 and 2, 1991 at the Beacon Theater in New York City, a favorite venue of organizer Donald Fagen. The performances featured Fagen and included Phoebe Snow, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, Eddie Brigati, David Brigati, and Charles Brown. Selections on the album included a number of songs which were originally written and recorded by members of the revue, as well as other songs. Musician Credits: Donald Fagen – vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, melodia, Charles Brown – vocals, piano, Michael McDonald – vocals, electric piano, Boz Scaggs – vocals, Phoebe Snow – vocals, Eddie Brigati – vocals, percussion, David Brigati – vocals, percussion, Jeff Young & The Youngsters – vocals, Dennis McDermott – drums, Lincoln Schleifer – electric bass, acoustic bass, Drew Zingg – guitar, Danny Caron – guitar, Jimmy Vivino – guitar, Larry DeBari – guitar, Jeff Young – keyboards, Cornelius Bumpus – tenor saxophone, John Hagen – tenor saxophone, background vocals, Chris Anderson – trumpet, Bob Gurland – vocal trumpet, Philip Hamilton – background vocals, percussion, Mindy Jostyn – background vocals, harmonica, Dian Sorel – background vocals, Ula Hedwig – background vocals.
Vinyl LP pressing. Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Outpost Records, Eight Arms To Hold You is the second full-length studio album from the alt-rock band, originally released in 2007. This was the last album to feature original band members Nina Gordon, Louise Post, Steve Lack, and Jim Shapiro until the 2015 reunion album. The album features hit “Volcano Girls”. The title of the album is a reference to the working title for The Beatles’ film eventually titled Help! Named after Veruca Salt, the spoiled rich girl from the children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (and it’s 1971 film adaptation Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory), Veruca Salt was formed in Chicago. Songwriting was shared between Gordon and Post, though the two seldom collaborated. Rather, each would typically submit a complete song to the group and sing the lead vocal on that song, while the other would record backing vocals.
Limited double 180gm red and black marbled colored vinyl LP pressing. August 2017 marked the 10th anniversary of the release of Nikki Sixx’s drug-soaked New York Times best selling memoir, The Heroin Diaries and SIXX: A.M.’s The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack. To commemorate more than a decade of sobriety and life lessons learned, Nikki Sixx and SIXX: A.M. revisit the seminal work; presenting a 10th Anniversary Edition of the album on vinyl. Comprised of James Michael (vocalist, producer, songwriter), DJ Ashba (guitarist, songwriter) and Nikki Sixx (bassist, songwriter), the group initially came together to write, record, and co-produce The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, which sold over 300,000 copies, and the #1 hit single, “Life Is Beautiful,” became radio’s most played rock song of 2008. This Heroin Diaries: 10th Anniversary vinyl edition features new artwork, personal notes from the band and three newly re-imagined tracks: “Life Is Beautiful 2017,” “Accidents Can Happen 2017″ and Girl With Golden Eyes 2017.”