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."
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.
Is This It, the landmark debut from the Strokes, kickstarted a garage-rock revolution that defined American music from 2001 through 2005. Featuring taut rhythms, frentic tempos, scruffy grooves, melodic hooks, cool-toned vocals, choppy riffs, backstreet attitude, and twitchy arrangements that equally reference Motown, American punk, new wave, and funk, the album is a watershed document that takes off on the influences of James Brown, Television, and the Yardbirds and creates something entirely fresh, new, and irresistible. The Platinum-certified effort is home to the name-making singles "Hard to Explain," "Last Nite" and "Someday."
1. Is This It 2. The Modern Age 3. Soma 4. Barely Legal 5. Someday 6. Alone, Together 7. Last Nite 8. Hard To Explain 9. New York City Cops 10. Trying Your Luck 11. Take It Or Leave It
Originally released in 1993,Siamese Dreamis the breakthrough second album from theSmashing Pumpkinsand one of the finest to ever come out of the alt-rock movement. Co-produced withButch Vigand instrumentally recorded almost entirely by bandleaderBilly Corganhimself, the guitar-heavy affair generated no less than four hit singles in "Cherub Rock," "Today," "Disarm" and "Rocket."
Built on rich, layered sonics and inherent dynamic tension,Siamese Dreamstands alongside Nirvana'sNevermindand Soundgarden'sSuperunknownas the defining albums of the decade and alt-rock's Mount Rushmore.
"Siamese Dreamwas loaded with melodies, from 'Luna' to the scorched overdrive of 'Cherub Rock,' Corgan’s raised middle finger to the independent-rock scene that never embraced him. The feeling was mutual. Corgan wrote his share of clunky lyrics ('Life’s a bummer when you’re a hummer') but they spoke with a directness that Cobain’s more poetically inclined words sometimes lacked. Corgan was a stoop-shouldered suburban misfit from a splintered household, much like many in his audience, andSiamese Dreambecame a soundtrack for a significant portion of his generation." --Greg Kot,Chicago Tribune, November 28, 2011
Limit one per customer when ordering. Limited four vinyl LP pressing. Digitally re-mastered edition of the Alt-Rock quartet's 1995 career-defining double album. Originally released October 24, 1995, the album would debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified 9x platinum by the RIAA. It yielded major hits like "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" the band's unlikely first Top 40 hit the exquisite "1979" and epic "Tonight, Tonight" as well as a thoroughly inspired series of videos. Produced by Billy Corgan, Flood and Alan Moulder, the album would also earn a Grammy Award (1996 Best Hard Rock Performance for "Bullet with Butterfly Wings") as well as seven nominations. Beyond the more obvious hits, though, Mellon Collie is a song cycle of unusual depth and considerable range. It is a collection of stunningly beautiful moments when everything lined up-a moment in time that's still here to be treasured.
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.
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
1991's Gish is the debut album by alt-rock pioneers the Smashing Pumpkins. Produced by Butch Vig, Gish not only put the band and their guitar-centric, layered sound on the map, but it also served as one of the earliest releases of what would be deemed the alt-rock movement. Epic cuts like "I Am One," "Siva" and "Rhinoceros" flash a unique and promising potential that would become fully realized two years later with their breakout genre-defining album Siamese Dream.
Smashing PumpkinsGishTrack Listing:
1. I Am One 2. Siva 3. Rhinoceros 4. Bury Me 5. Crush 6. Suffer 7. Snail 8. Tristessa 9. Window Paine 10. Dayream
Vinyl LP pressing. 2016 album from the Grammy-nominated outfit. It took four years for The Lumineers to follow up their platinum-plus self-titled debut - which spent 46 weeks on the Billboard 200 and peaked at #2 - but Cleopatra is well worth the wait. During that time, The Lumineers - whose original members Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites founded the band in Ramsey, New Jersey back in 2002 - earned a pair of Grammy nominations (Best New Artist, Best Americana Album). Cleopatra proves Schultz and Fraites - along with cellist/vocalist Neyla Pekarek- are neither taking their good fortune for granted, nor sitting back on their laurels. With the help of producer Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers, The Avett Brothers), the man Wesley calls "our shaman," the band ensconced themselves in Clubhouse, a recording studio high atop a hill in rural Rhinebeck, N.Y., not far from Woodstock. The band had total artistic freedom in writing and recording the album, so Wesley and Jer pushed the envelope on experimental tracks like the stream-of-consciousness, purposely lo-fi "Sick in the Head," the yearning, piano chord build-up of "In the Light," or the closing orchestral instrumental, the aptly titled coda, "Patience." "We continue to make the kind of records we want to," says Wesley. "We believe in this music. It's a true labor of love. We just want to keep reaching more people with our songs." Given the evidence on The Lumineers' eagerly anticipated sophomore album Cleopatra, that shouldn't be a problem.
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.
Vinyl LP pressing. 2010 release from the West London Indie Rock quartet. Mumford & Sons, have created a gutsy, old-time sound that marries the magic of Crosby, Stills & Nash with the might of Kings of Leon and the harmonies of Fleet Foxes. Sigh No More was recorded at East coast Studios and produced by Markus Dravs who has worked with such superstar acts as Arcade Fire, Bjork and Peter Gabriel. Formed in 2007, the band's goal since day one has been to make music that matters.
It's pretty safe to say that most viewThe Queen Is Deadas the best full-length studio effort ever offered by the Smiths. It arrived in June of 1986 to a rapturous critical reception and its reputation has remained consistent ever since, with "There is a Light That Never Goes Out" in particular having gone on to be seen as a stone-cold classic even by those who aren't full-fledged Smiths fans. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find a publication on either side of the pond that doesn't acknowledge it as one of the greatest albums of the whole decade, thanks to songs like the dance-hall fun of "Frankly, Mr. Shankly," the impeccably depressing two-fer of "I Know It's Over" and "Never Had No One Ever," the jangly fun of "Cemetry Gates," and even the silliness of "Vicar in a Tutu."
The Queen Is Dead (Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty (Medley))
The biggest-selling album by a female artist in history, Alanis Morissette'sJagged Little Pillis certified 16 times platinum and was anointed Billboard's Top Pop Album of the 90's thanks to worldwide smash singles like "You Oughta Know," "Ironic" and "Hand In My Pocket." Not defined by just commercial success, however, the singer/songwriter's personal and emotionally charged 1995 phenomenon also garnered four major Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, and Best Rock Song and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for "You Oughta Know." "Jagged Little Pill is like a Nineties version of Carole King's Tapestry: a woman using her plain soft-rock voice to sift through the emotional wreckage of her youth, with enough heart and songcraft to make countless listeners feel the earth move" (Rolling Stone/#45 on the 100 Best Albums of the Nineties).
1. All I Really Want 2. You Oughta Know 3. Perfect 4. Hand In My Pocket 5. Right Through You 6. Forgiven 7. You Learn 8. Head Over Feet 9. Mary Jane 10. Ironic 11. Not The Doctor 12. Wake Up
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.
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
After gaining hordes of enthusiastic fans worldwide with their 2005 debut All We Know Is Falling, the Hayley Williams-fronted Paramore experienced even greater success with the release of its follow-up Riot! in 2007. Produced and mixed by David Bendeth (Hawthorne Heights, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus), the band's sophomore effortdebuted in the Top 20 on the Billboard 200 thanks to the runaway hit pop-punk singles "Misery Business," "Crushcrushcrush" and "That's What You Get" and led to a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.
Williams explains, "For us, the title ‘Riot!' literally means an unbridled outburst of emotions. When we were writing, it seemed like our thoughts and emotions were coming out so fast that we couldn't control them. It felt like there was a riot within us. So the album takes our passion to a new level; it's just all raw energy." Fueled By Ramen is celebrating it's 25th Anniversary by releasing classic albums from it's history on colored vinyl. May 2021 brings Paramore's 3x platinum seller, Riot!
Original 2013 import of 2 LP clear vinyl album. Gatefold cover. Growing out of the success of their initial EPs and singles, The 1975's self-titled album shot straight to the top of the U.K. charts in 2013. Mastering 1980s pop sounds and a dash of '90s R&B/soul sound with a modern edge and lyrics, The 1975 has the catchy new sound out of Manchester, England. The band's odd name was inspired by an inscription they found in an old book of beat poetry. With so many hits such as "The City," "Sex," "Chocolate" and "Settle Down," this first album is a double vinyll LP pressing handsomely housed in a gatefold cover. Interscope Records.
1. The 1975 2. The City 3. M.O.N.E.Y. 4. Chocolate 5. Sex 6. Talk! 7. An Encounter 8. Heart Out
1. Settle Down 2. Robbers 3. Girls 4. 12 5. She Way Out 6. Menswear 7. Pressure 8. Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You
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.