Limited 180 gram vinyl LP pressing including digital download. 2013 release, the fifth album from the British Alt-Rock band. AM was produced by James Ford and co-produced by Ross Orton at Sage & Sound Recording, LA and Rancho de la Luna, Joshua Tree. The album was engineered by Ian Shea and mixed by Tchad Blake. Josh Homme, Pete Thomas and Bill Ryder-Jones all make guest appearances on AM as do the words of John Cooper Clarke, on the track "I Wanna Be Yours."
Excellent Vinyl LP Pressing of the 1991 Album That Changed the Musical Landscape: Nirvana's Acclaimed NevermindIncludes "Smells Like Teen Spririt," "Come As You Are," "Lithium"
Few records changed the world. Nirvana's Nevermind is one of them. Released in September 1991, the well-produced yet emotionally raw album catapulted grunge into the mainstream and forever altered the popular musical landscape, turning Nirvana into household names and singer Kurt Cobain into the reluctant spokesperson of his generation. By year’s end, Seattle-based music, fashion, and attitude consumed popular consciousness. Nevermind had restored the gritty passion, rebellious mentality, and cathartic power long missing from mainstream rock. Call it the mighty sword that in one swoop fell the excess, plasticity, and emptiness of 80s music.
The record’s impact is also be measured by the success of its singles. Named by Rolling Stone as the #9 Best Song of All Time, the anthemic “Smells Like Teen Spirit” became an institution on radio stations and MTV. Subsequent singles “Come As You Are,” “Lithium,” and “In Bloom” also testified to the genius of the soft-loud arrangements and whip-smart commentary on Nevermind, which at its core was a blockbuster pop album in punk clothing.
More than ten million copies later, the record has only picked up more accolades, having been included at or near the top of nearly every major publication’s Greatest Albums list. Nevermind is listed as:
#1 in Spin’s 90 Greatest Albums of the 90s #1 Album of the Year in Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop Poll #6 in Pitchfork’s Top 100 Albums of the 1990s #17 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All-Time #1 in Entertainment Weekly’s Best Albums of the 90s
In addition to the groundbreaking music, sound quality has always been among the album’s finest aspects. Cleanly produced by Butch Vig and mixed by Andy Wallace, Nevermind features explosive dynamics, bursting tones, and a wide-open midrange. While Cobain later disparaged the sound as being too polished, the truth was that the room-filling sound allowed the record to grab the attention of anyone within earshot. Much imitated but never equaled, the sound became the template that nearly every band requested be put on their albums. Experience this masterwork as the creators intended on this excellent analog pressing.
"The overnight-success story of the 1990s, Nirvana's second album and its totemic first single, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," shot up from the nascent grunge scene in Seattle to kick Michael Jackson off the top of the Billboard album chart and blow hair metal off the map. No album in recent history had such an overpowering impact on a generation – a nation of teens suddenly turned punk – and such a catastrophic effect on its main creator."
Amidst a world of calculating contest winners, manufactured show ponies and cheap knock offs -Lordeis a true original. She is Ella Yelich-O'Connor, born and raised on Auckland’s North Shore, and possessed of a singular ability to capture the majesty, and mundanity, of teenage life - in striking melodic snapshots that belie her age and experience.
Raised on a nutritious musical diet of Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, The Smiths and Nick Drake, alongside a smattering of soul food from the likes of Etta James and Otis Redding, Ella was definitely set off on strong melodic footing. Later she discovered artists like James Blake, Bon Iver, Burial, Animal Collective, SBTRKT and Drake - all of whom made an impact in their own, individual way. As vital and varied as those influences are, they don’t really begin to tell the full story ofLorde’smusic, which melds concentrated, sharp-eyed lyrics and multi-layered vocals with crisp, 2013 beatscapes.
The decision to release her first EP, with plenty of mystery but no marketing or publicity, and just a simple, lifelike illustration, wasLorde’s, and it was a masterstroke. Even after 60,000 free downloads on SoundCloud,The Love ClubEP still shot to #1 on the New Zealand Album Chart, with "Royals" simultaneously occupying the top spot in the singles chart - without so much as a video on YouTube.
Before any of that success, she was already the focus of a hotly contested bidding war, rapidly being signed up for the UK, US and other major territories, simply on the strength of her music and blindingly obvious potential alone. Tweeted about by everyone from Grimes to Sky Ferreira to Doomtree, and picked up by Buzzfeed, Perez Hilton et al - these are the beginnings of an impending roar, about an artist who is quite simply, cut from a different cloth.
Like most overnight success stories, the reality is considerably less glamorous, and more lengthy and involved. Working with Universal for three years prior toThe Love ClubEP, the sparks really started flying when she collaborated with producer and songwriter, Joel Little. In him she found someone who could really help in getting the songs out of her head and into yours, and a willing accomplice when she needs to spend the best part of a day making a hi hat sound more like an insect, or suchlike.
With a mother who is a celebrated poet herself, Ella was given an early grounding in the essentials from the likes of T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Allan Ginsberg, Raymond Carver and Sylvia Plath. That combination of higher thought and word passion, taken with visual influences ranging from The Sopranos and Brick, through to Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides, makes for a heady combination - but it’s what Ella does with it all that is truly unique.
Rejecting the trite banalities that are usually presumed to represent a 16 year old’s outlook, the music ofLordemanages to capture the very essence of the frustration and freedom, the curiosity and confidence, and the plain old wonder of teenage life, in a truly unique way.Lorde'shighly anticipated full-length debut,Pure Heroinewill be issued onLava/Republic Records.
Cage The Elephant- Matt Shultz (vocals), Brad Shultz (guitar), Daniel Tichenor (bass/vocals), Lincoln Parish (guitar) and Jared Champion (drums) - return with their third studio albumMelophobiaonRCA Records. The 10-song set was recorded in Nashville, TN and reunites the band with producerJay Joycewho produced the group’s prior two releases.
The new album is the follow up to 2011’s acclaimed sophomore albumThank You Happy Birthday, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and has sold over 250,000 copies to date. Rolling Stone, New York Times, LA Times, USA Today, and Entertainment Weekly praised the release as “one of the best rock albums of the year.” The album also spawned the hit single “Shake Me Down” which spent six weeks at #1 at Alternative radio.
Their acclaimed self-titled debut album was released in 2009 and has sold over 550,000 copies to date. The album remained on the Billboard Top 200 chart for an astounding 73 consecutive weeks and produced three top 5 singles at Alternative Radio, including the massive hit “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked.” In additional to numerous sold out headline runs,Cage The Elephanthas toured with the Black Keys, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Muse, Stone Temple Pilots, Foals, Silversun Pickups, Manchester Orchestra, and many more.
Matt Shultz onMelophobia: “When we set out to make this record we had a few different vague ideas for what direction we wanted to move in musically, but as usual the end result turned out nothing like what we had originally envisioned. There was an element of playfulness and swagger absent on our last record that unexpectedly began to surface. At the same time the songs had a more inner-directed and reflective sound. Finally, we started experimenting with combining the two polar elements. Every time we make a record we go to war with ourselves as individuals and as a collective. We try to remain true to our convictions and in the end, we have to let go and let the record speak for its self. Letting go is the easy part, getting to that point is the struggle.”
"This album has tested us as individuals and as a collective. We’re five people fighting for our own ideologies of good music – we clash stylistically and sometimes even personally,” said drummer Jared Champion. “The studio is the place where we push all of those individual creative emotions together and smash them to the dispersion point until they explode like a Timebomb. With the explosion arrives something beautiful and in the end, when you listen back and goose bumps prick your skin like the first few drops of a summer rainfall on searing concrete, you know that you and your band of brothers have created something substantial. Conquering our melophobia is what drives us.”
With 15 years, 6 platinum-plus albums and as many Grammys under their collective belt, theFoo Fightersnow mark off yet another milestone in their ascension to quintessential American rock royalty, an eagerly awaitedGreatest Hitspackage.Foo FightersGreatest Hitswill feature two brand new tracks; "Wheels" which made its live debut at President Obama and the USO's July 4 barbeque at the White House honoring military heroes, and "Word Forward," both recorded especially for this collection at the band's own fabled 606 studio complex with producer Butch Vig. The new tracks not only hold their own alongside individual Grammy winners "The Pretender," "All My Life" and "Learn To Fly" and perennial Foo favorites "Best Of You," "Times Like These," "My Hero, "Everlong" and more, but they perfectly round out an overview of theFoo Fighters'illustrious output to date and hint at what's yet to come.
Foo FightersGreatest HitsTrack Listing
1. All My Life 2. Best Of You 3. Everlong 4. The Pretender 5. My Hero 6. Learn To Fly 7. Times Like These 8. Monkeywrench 9. Big Me 10. Breakout 11. Long Road To Ruin 12. This is a Call 13. Skin and Bones 14. Wheels 15. Word Forward 16. Everlong (acoustic)
Landscape-Shifting Pop-Punk Classic Loaded With Hits!
Green Day'sthird release and major label debut,Dookieturned the San Francisco Bay area trio into overnight stars in 1994, and the group never looked back. The band's infectious brand of modern punk revitalized the genre with its flippant humor and ironic self-loathing.
The album produced the five hit singles "Longview," "Welcome to Paradise," "Basket Case," "She," and "When I Come Around" and remains the band's biggest selling record.Dookiewon the1995 Grammy Awardfor Best Alternative Music Performance.Green Daywas also nominated for Best New Artist, "Basket Case" was nominated for Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal and "Longview" was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance.
Reissued here on 180g Vinyl.
Green DayDookieTrack Listing:
1. Burnout 2. Having a Blast 3. Chump 4. Longview 5. Welcome to Paradise 6. Pulling Teeth 7. Basket Case 8. She 9. Sassafras Roots 10. When I Come Around 11. Coming Clean 12. Emenius Sleepus 13. In the End 14. F.O.D.
Red Hot Chili PeppersBlood Sugar Sex Magikon 180g 2LP from Warner Bros.
Cut for LP from the Original Master Tapes
Pressed at RTI
1991 Breakthrough Remains Peppers' High-Water Mark
For their fifth full-length release and first for Warner Bros, theRed Hot Chili Peppersenlisted the talents of producer extraordinaireRick Rubin. It resulted in the band's breakthrough record as well as their high-water mark, a sprawling 17-song punk/funk/hip-hop hybrid awash in sexual innuendo and references to drugs and death. Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991) produced no less than five hit singles including "Under The Bridge," "Give It Away," "Breaking The Girl," "Suck My Kiss" and "If You Have To Ask," selling over 15 million copies in the process.
1. The Power of Equality 2. If You Have To Ask 3. Breaking The Girl 4. Funk Monks 5. Suck My Kiss 6. I Could Have Lied 7. Mellowship Slinky In B Major 8. The Righteous & The Wicked 9. Give It Away
LP2 1. Blood Sugar Sex Magik 2. Under The Bridge 3. Naked In The Rain 4. Apache Rose Peacock 5. The Greeting Song 6. My Lovely Man 7. Sir Psycho Sexy 8. They're Red Hot
Vinyl LP pressing. In 2011, an eponymous, self-recorded EP led to touring, and before long The Lumineers started attracting devout fans. They're drawn by songs like "Ho Hey" and "Stubborn Love," Americana-inflected barn burners in the vein of the Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons. The roots revival of the last few yeas has primed listeners for a new generation of rustic, heart-on-the-sleeve music. The Lumineers walk that line with an unerring gift for timeless melodies and soul-stirring lyrics.
1. Flowers In Your Hair 2. Classy Girls 3. Submarines 4. Dead Sea 5. Ho Hey 6. Slow It Down 7. Stubborn Love 8. Big Parade 9. Charlie Boy 10. Flapper Girl 11. Morning Song
So Tonight That I Might See [Limit one per customer]
In keeping with the quality of their magical, laconic music, the success ofMazzy Star'ssecond album,So Tonight That I Might Seeseemingly came out of nowhere. Eventually going platinum, the record's unexpected climb to commercial prominence began on the back of the surprise success of its second single, the dreamily atmospheric "Fade Into You," which rose into the Billboard Top 50 seven months after its parent album first hit the racks in October 1993. Gloriously out of step with the zeitgeist, the introspectiveSo Tonight That I Might Seebore scant relation to the grungy guitar records dominating the alt-rock scene. Indeed, "Fade Into You" ironically began its steady ascent up the Billboard chart while the world mourned the death of Kurt Cobain.
The product of ad hoc studio sessions,So Tonight That I Might Seemade no attempt to hide its rough 'n' ready nature, with "She's My Baby" and the grinding, "Venus In Furs"-esque titular song sounding almost willfully loose. More often than not, however, the album nonchalantly sauntered towards genius, not least on the droning, acid-tinged "Mary Of Silence," the duo's skeletal, cello-enhanced cover of Arthur Lee's "Five String Serenade" and the strung-out blues-rock of the aptly-titled "Wasted."
The record initially sold modestly, despite attracting tuned-in critics such asLos Angeles Times'Steve Hochman, who enthusiastically proclaimed that it "may well be the best psychedelic blues album since Cream." However, just when observers were preparing to file it away as a slow-burning niche record,So Tonight That I Might Seestarted its stealthy ascent up the Billboard chart, peaking at No. 36 and moving a million copies. Now available as a single LP on standard weight vinyl in celebration ofCapitol Records' 75th anniversary.
2X vinyl LP pressing of the British band's 2002 second album. A Rush of Blood to the Head is a soulful, exhilarating journey, moving from the cathartic rock of 'Politik' to the hushed tones of 'Green Eyes' without once breaking it's mesmerizing spell. Pianist/singer/songwriter Chris Martin takes his voice on soaring flights, reaching places only Jeff Buckley previously dared to go. Four singles were released from this album Including the massive hits "Clocks" & "'The Scientist" along with "In My Place" & "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face".
1. Politik 2. In My Place 3. God Put A Smile Upon Your Face 4. The Scientist 5. Clocks 6. Daylight 7. Green Eyes 8. Warning Sign 9. A Whisper 10. A Rush Of Blood To The Head 11. Amsterdam
Epic Records and Legacy Recordings celebrate Pearl Jam's 20th Anniversary with the release of a new commemorative vinyl edition of the band's 1993 album Vs. The new 180g gatefold remastered version will be released on April 12th in time for Record Store Day 2011.
Pearl Jam Vs. (Remastered) Track Listing:
1. Go 2. Animal 3. Daughter 4. Glorified 5. Dissident 6. W.M.A. 7. Blood 8. Rearviewmirror 9. Rats 10. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town 11. Leash 12. Indifference
Wet Leg (Clear Vinyl, Yellow, Limited Edition, Indie Exclusive)
After releasing two of the hottest singles of the year ("Chaise Longue" & "Wet Dream"), Wet Leg’s Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers were catapulted from their confines on the Isle of Wight to sold out venues and packed-out tents at festivals causing giddy excitement wherever they went. Their debut album is called Wet Leg.After releasing two of the hottest singles of the year ("Chaise Longue" & "Wet Dream"), Wet Leg’s Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers were catapulted from their confines on the Isle of Wight to sold out venues and packed-out tents at festivals causing giddy excitement wherever they went. Their debut album is called Wet Leg.
Limited opaque red colored vinyl LP pressing. 2022 release. With Laurel Hell, Mitski cements her reputation as an artist in possession of such power - capable of using her talent to perform the alchemy that turns our most savage and alienated experiences into the very elixir that cures them. Her critically beloved last album, Be the Cowboy, built on the breakout acclaim of 2016's Puberty 2 and launched her from cult favorite to indie star. She ascended amid a fever of national division, and the grind of touring and pitfalls of increased visibility influenced her music as much as her spirit. Like the mountain laurels for this new album is named, public perception, like the intoxicating prism of the internet, can offer an alluring façade that obscures a deadly trap-one that tightens the more you struggle. Exhausted by this warped mirror, and our addiction to false binaries, she began writing songs that stripped away the masks and revealed the complex and often contradictory realities behind them. She wrote many of these songs during or before 2018, while the album finished mixing in May 2021. It is the longest span of time Mitski has ever spent on a record, and a process that concluded amid a radically changed world. She recorded Laurel Hell with her longtime producer Patrick Hyland throughout the isolation of a global pandemic, during which some of the songs "slowly took on new forms and meanings, like seed to flower." Sometimes it's hard to see the change when you're the agent of it, but for the lucky rest of us, Mitski has written a soundtrack for transformation, a map to the place where vulnerability and resilience, sorrow and delight, error and transcendence can all sit within our humanity, can all be seen as worthy of acknowledgment, and ultimately, love.
Clairo, the moniker of 20-year-old multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Claire Cottrill, drops her debut album Immunityvia the FADER label. Following-up her debut EP Diary 001, which featured the hit singles "Pretty Girl," "Flamin' Hot Cheetos" and "4EVER,"Immunitysees Clairo team up with co-producer Rostam (Vampire Weekend) in a stunning glimpse into an artist's growth. Lead single "Bags" is a delicate and delightfully weird taste of the record; the gently strummed track builds to a peak augmented by warped guitars and piano. Quite different from the jangled angst of "Bags," second single "Closer To You" finds Clairo emoting her desire through autotune and a stark, burgeoning beat.
The ‘90s are littered with rock albums that will undoubtedly be talked about for years to come. And there’s one group whose lone two studio albums can easily stand among their peers, the woefully underratedBlind Melon. Perhaps due in part to a career cut so tragically short that they never properly received their deserved accolades, 1992’sBlind Melonand 1995’sSoup(as well as a posthumous outtakes collection, 1996’sNico) sound as invigorating today as they did when they first appeared.
Shortly after the dawn of 1992,Blind Melonfound themselves recording their debut in a spot that was in the midst of a musical uprising - Seattle, Washington. Setting up shop at London Bridge Studios,Rick Parasharwas hired to produce; the same gentleman whose name would soon be a fixture on the U.S. album charts (producing Pearl Jam’s Ten, Temple of the Dog’s self-titled release, and Alice in Chains’ Sap). Smith: “I look back on those times and I’m like, ‘There’s a real sense of musical purity and performance to that record.’ I think that’s what’s missing from today’s records – Blind Melon really captured that.”
Listening back today,Blind Melonis definitely one of the more ‘pure’ sounding rock records of the early ‘90s – modeled more after Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers, rather than the usual suspects that all the grunge and industrial bands were studying at the time. While most of the tunes were finalized after the band had worked on them together, two standouts were penned entirely by lone members prior to their formation – Shannon Hoon’s acoustic 'song of hope,' "Change," and a quirky tune that Brad Smith had penned about the constantly depressed state of a former girlfriend, "No Rain."
Crisscrossing the states via van, it was during the spring of ‘93 that the band hooked up with "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video director, Samuel Bayer, to shoot a clip for the upbeat ditty that always received a raucous reception at their shows, "No Rain." By combining shots of the band playing in a breezy field and of their album cover coming to life (the infamous ‘bee girl’), the feel-good video catapulted the band to the top of the charts and the rest is music history.