Limited vinyl LP repressing of the Manchester band's legendary 1989 debut album. Produced by John Leckie, this self-titled platter was released in the right place and at the right time, becoming one of the cornerstone albums of the late '80s Madchester AND Britpop movements. Includes 'I Wanna Be Adored', 'She Bangs the Drums', 'Made of Stone' and many more.
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.
Following the release of their fourth EP Continued Silencein early-2012, the Las Vegas-based quartet Imagine Dragons(Dan Reynold/vocals, Wayne Sermon/guitar, Ben McKee/bass, Daniel Platzman/drums) unveils their debut album, Night Vision, on KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records. The athemic 12-song set features the well received lead single "It's Time" and was produced by the Grammy-winning U.K. hip-hop/R&B guru Alex Da Kid(Nicki Minaj, Rihanna).
“This is our first full length album, and we wanted to do it right,” says lead singerDan Reynolds. “For the first time, we can say we know what our identity is, and we know this is our jumping off point for future albums. We love big and interesting rhythms, and sweeping melodies and huge choruses. We want people to feel something when they hear our music.”
Imagine DragonsNight VisionsTrack Listing:
1. Radioactive 2. Tip Toe 3. It's Time 4. Demons 5. On Top Of The World 6. Amsterdam 7. Hear Me 8. Every Night 9. Bleeding Out 10. Underdog 11. Nothing Left To Say 12. Rocks
Limited vinyl LP pressing. Live Through This is the second studio album by Hole, the band led by Courtney Love. Considered a contemporary classic, this record was included in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time. Features production by Sean Slade and Paul Q Kolderie with mixing by Scott Litt and J Mascis. Live Through This was Hole's only album to feature bassist Kristen Pfaff before her death in June 1994. Recorded in October 1993, the album marked a divergence from the band's unpolished hardcore aesthetics to more refined melodies and song structure. The album's lyrics and packaging reflect Love's preoccupation with beauty, and it's songs contain repeated motifs of milk, motherhood, anti-elitism, and violence against women.
2015 Grammy Award Winner for Best Rock Song - "Ain't It Fun"
The Grammy-nominated band's first all-new release in more than three years,Paramoremarks the eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2009's RIAA gold-certifiedBrand New Eyes.The album,Paramore'sfourth full-length studio recording, was produced by Grammy-nominated producerJustin Meldal-Johnson, known for his work with such diverse artists as Beck, Nine Inch Nails, Tegan and Sara, and M83. The first single fromParamoreis entitled "Now."
"The whole making of this album was a rediscovering of ourselves as a band and as friends," the band explained. "It was a process that allowed us the freedom to explore new territory artistically and to liberate ourselves as musicians, singers, as people! Sincerely, we feel that the best way to give it a name is just to call it what it is. This album is us."
Paramore'sprevious release,Brand New Eyes, officially establishedParamoreas one of the most popular and significant bands of the modern era. Produced by Grammy Award-winner Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Kid Rock, My Chemical Romance) and co-produced by the band, the album entered the SoundScan/Billboard 200 album chart at #2, logging the biggest first-week sales ofFueled By Ramen'shistory at that date. The album also proved an international phenomenon, entering the album charts at #1 in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK as well as #2 in Mexico and #3 in Canada.
Album track, "The Only Exception" received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals while the New York Times' Jon Pareles praisedBrand New Eyesfor "broad(ening) the band's dynamics without sacrificing momentum," commendingParamorefor "as skillfully as any band around, merging drive and detail."
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Musically,Coldplayhas never sounded more adventurous than they do onX & Yand they absolutely perfect making simplicity seem sublime here. The music shifts from intimate, quiet and personal to soaring climaxes that culminate in massive layered sounds which push back the band's own boundaries. The scale ofColdplay’sambition is on full display as they've never been known to shy away from success and with the momentum they manage to accrue with each successive release, there's literally no stopping this band.
ColdplayX & YTrack Listing
1. Square One 2. What If 3. White Shadows 4. Fix You 5. Talk 6. X & Y 7. Speed Of Sound 8. A Message 9. Low 10. The Hardest Part 11. Swallowed In The Sea 12. Twisted Logic 13. Till Kingdom Come
Twenty One Pilotslanded at the top of the Billboard Charts with their triumphant sophomore studio albumBlurryface. The 2015 release takes the band's explosive mix of hip-hop, indie rock and punk to the next level, with soaring pop melodies and eclectic sonic landscapes on hit singles like "Fairly Local," "Tear In My Heart," and "Stressed Out." Billboardcommented on the double Platinum affair stating thatBlurryface, "...serves as evidence that one of pop's most daring duos isn't about to slow down," whileAlternative Pressstated that Twenty One Pilots, "ramped up everything, from new influences to the number of producers (four) to the metric ton of uncertainties and fears multiplying in frontman/songwriter Tyler Joseph's cranium. And it's wonderful."
Blurryfaceis reissued here oncolored vinyl 2LP in celebration of Fueled By Ramen's 25th anniversary.
LP1 1. Heavydirtysoul 2. Stressed Out 3. Ride 4. Fairly Local 5. Tear In My Heart 6. Lane Boy 7. The Judge
LP2 1. Doubt 2. Polarize 3. We Don't Believe What's On TV 4. Message Man 5. Hometown 6. Not Today 7. Goner
Originally released as a DVD, The Back Parade Is Dead! documents My Chemical Romance's final performance as The Black Parade from the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City, Mexico on October 7, 2007. Available on vinyl for the very first time as a 2LP-set, the album served as the band's second live album and features three bonus tracks on side Dthat were not included in the initial 2008 release.
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Seventeen Seconds is the second studio album by English rock band The Cure, recorded at Morgan Studio and released on 22 April 1980. Seventeen Seconds established the group's gloomy sound that would continue until 1982's Pornography. It is the only Cure album to feature keyboardist Matthieu Hartley. Inspiration was very high for the album, as Robert Smith wrote the lyrics and music for most of the record on just two occasions. Most of the music was composed by Smith in his parents' home, on a Hammond organ with a built-in tape recorder. Interviewed in 2004, producer Mike Hedges does not recall any demo tracks, with the band generally playing the track in the studio before laying down a backing track to which overdubs were added. Two members of The Magazine Spies, bass guitarist Simon Gallup and keyboardist Matthieu Hartley, were added to the band's lineup. Gallup replaced Michael Dempsey, which relieved Smith as he felt Dempsey's basslines were too ornate and that they weren't getting on socially. Hartley's synth work added a new dimension to the band's newly ethereal sound, although Smith and he clashed over complexity (Hartley enjoyed complex chords; Smith wanted single notes).
Roughly 28 years ago,Depeche Modeperformed the 101st date of their tour behindMusic for the Massesat the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on June 18, 1988, a concert which was filmed and recorded for release as the film and album entitled – appropriately enough –101.
Originally conceived by members ofDepeche Modeas a method of clarifying how the group fit into the ‘80s, things changed for101when famed documentarianD.B. Pennebakerstepped into the role of director and felt that it was going to be too difficult to cover the topic at hand in a manner which would prove cinematically entertaining. Instead, he switched things up to follow a collective ofDepeche Modefans who'd won a "Be in a Depeche Mode Movie" contest. In turn,101was able to spotlight both the devotion of the band's fans and the liveDepeche Modeexperience.
Unfortunately, those who came into the proceedings looking for a full-fledged concert film may have walked away disappointed by the end result, which in no way showed the band's performance in its entirety, but those folks still ended up with adouble-disc live album, one which did an excellent job of sampling the DM discography up to that point. Plus, whether you want to attribute it to the film, the album, or a combination of both, the end result was thatDepeche Mode'sprofile grew so substantial as a result of101that their next studio album, 1990'sViolator, gave them the first US top-10 album of their career.
Initially rooted in the U.K.’s New Romantic movement, modern rock iconsDepeche Modefirst formed in 1980 with founding partners Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Vince Clarke, and Andrew Fletcher. Their pioneering, synthesizer-based sound became a global phenomenon that made them wildly successful electro-pop superstars who loomed as large as cult heroes as they did as commercial heavies. With an originality of vision that’s only grown over time, the band’s wealth of singles and signature tracks ranges from bold dance grooves to atmospheric alt-pop to dramatic, industrial flavored masterpieces.
Depeche Modetruly hit their artistic and commercial peak with the release of their sexually charged 1990 alt-classicViolatorwhich confirmed the quartet’s status as international superstars once and for all. Co-produced byAlan WilderandFlood, the concise and expertly crafted 9-song effort is home to such landmark singles as “Personal Jesus,” “Enjoy the Silence,” “Policy of Truth” and “World In My Eyes.” Gatefold 180 gram vinyl with inserts and liner notes.
"For many Depeche Mode fans, Violator is the crowning glory of the boys' black-leather period. In "Sweetest Perfection," "Halo" and "World in My Eyes," they turn teen angst and sexual obsession into grand synth-pop melodrama, and their attempt at guitar rock resulted in a hit with "Personal Jesus." - #342 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
1. World In My Eyes 2. Sweetest Perfection 3. Personal Jesus 4. Halo 5. Waiting For The Night 6. Enjoy The Silence 7. Policy Of Truth 8. Blue Dress 9. Clean
Florence Welch, an art-school dropout from South London, first gained fame at home with two bombastic singles; "Kiss With A Fist" and "Dog Days Are Over." Not two years after she was discovered while singing Etta James in a club bathroom, she was awarded the 2009 Brit Awards Critics' Choice. She found herself wowing attendee's with her incredible live performance and her now legendary set of pipes.
Her debut album is co-produced by Paul Epworth (Bloc Party, Maximo Park), James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Last Shadow Puppets) and Steve Mackay (PULP, M.I.A), and has already amassed a hefty amount of critical acclaim in the UK.Lungsis made of harps, choirs, drums, quartets, strange electronic wailing, while incorporating countless other instruments and emotions along the way.
The songs are full of Gothic imagery and fairytale flights of fantasy. Her seven-piece band includes long-term collaborators; Rob Ackroyd (guitar), Chris Hayden (drums), Isabella Summers (keyboards) and Tom Monger (harp).Lungswas nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize as one of the 12 best albums to be released in the UK this year.
Florence And The MachineLungsTrack Listing
1. Dog Days Are Over 2. Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) 3. I’m Not Calling You A Liar 4. Howl 5. Kiss With A Fist 6. Girl With One Eye 7. Drumming Song 8. Between Two Lungs 9. Cosmic Love 10. My Boy Builds Coffins 11. Hurricane Drunk 12. Blinding
One by One is the fourth studio album by alternative rock band Foo Fighters, released on October 22, 2002 by RCA. The album is the first to feature guitarist Chris Shiflett. Production on the album was troubled, with initial recording sessions considered unsatisfying and raising tensions between the band members. They eventually decided to redo the album from scratch during a two-week period at front man Dave Grohl's home studio in Alexandria, Virginia. The songs on the album, which include the successful singles "All My Life" and "Times Like These", have been noted for their introspective lyrics and a heavier and more aggressive sound compared to the band's earlier work, which Grohl said was intended to translate the energy of the Foo Fighters' live performances into a recording. One by One was positively received by critics, winning a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album in 2004-the second consecutive Grammy Award for Best Rock Album won by the band-and praised for it's sound and production.
The English band who take their name from the nearby to Bristol town of Portishead are rightly credited with fusing electronica and experimental rock into a style that has been tagged trip hop. Utilizing break beats, acid house, soul, funk and jazz the music they create has an ethereal quality with a visceral punch. The combination of Beth Gibbons haunting vocals – she cites Nina Simone, Edith Piaf, Sugarcubes and the Cocteau Twins idiosyncratic singer Liz Fraser as influences – allied to the production and instrumental skills of Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utleyadd up to a remarkable sound. The emphasis on sonic clarity is bolstered by engineer Dave McDonald who worked with the trio on their debut disc Dummy, a gothic and noir collection that would sweep the board at the fourth Mercury Music Prize in 1995 thanks to the spacey jazz melodies and emotional density of singles like "Numb," "Sour Times" and "Glory Box." Dummy has since featured in many a select list of great albums of the 20th century and it has lost none of its appeal in the past 25 years.
Panic at the Disco's sophomore album Pretty. Odd (2008) was recorded at Las Vegas' Studio at the Palms, with additional production and mixing at the world-renowned Abbey Road Studios in London. Produced by Grammy and Emmy Award-nominated arranger/composer Rob Mathes, the album found Panic At The Discoembracing a melodic, classic rock-inspired aesthetic while still maintaining the visionary pop modernism that made their 2005 debut A Fever You Can't Sweat Out among the new millennium's most popular and successful releases. Debuting at No. 2 on the on Billboard 200, Pretty. Odd earned a veritable ream of critical acclaim withSpinawarding the set four stars, noting that PATD "have stepped up their songwriting skills to create a dazzling album that is both blindingly bright and optimistically beautiful," while the New York Times called it "A brave change...the magnum opus of a talented band."
Jane's Addiction's genre-defying 1988 masterpiece Nothing's Shocking captured the too short-lived quartet at its absolute peak. Combining radically diverse musical elements from art, psychedelic, and classic rock, to hard-core punk and funk and metal, Jane's Addiction was the last great precursor to the alternative revolution of 1991-92. From songs about Ted Bundy ("Ted, Just Admit It") to punk ideology as Eastern philosophy ("Pigs In Zen") to mystic romances ("Summertime Rolls") and early-morning thoughts ("Standing In The Shower...Thinking"), Perry Farrell consistently dissects his subjects through a psychologically-stimulating viewpoint while the extremely talented band made up of guitarist Dave Navarro, bassist Eric Avery, and drummer Stephen Perkin provide the songs with an expansive set of musical color. A must-have for lovers of cutting-edge, influential, and timeless rock, as well as anyone who's loved any band to emerge post-1990.
1. Up The Beach 2. Ocean Size 3. Had A Dad 4. Ted, Just Admit It 5. Standing In The Shower...Thinking 6. Summertime Rolls 7. Mountain Song 8. Idiots Rule 9. Jane Says 10. Thank You Boys 11. Pig's In Zen
Limited edition colored 180-gram vinyl. 300 copies. Indie rock and sugary pop music collide in the sound of the Canadian band Alvvays and their self-titled debut album. Pronounced, "always" the twin v's are for artistic effect. Molly Rankin is the voice of the band, and she grew up with keyboardist Kerri MacLellan, who was her next door neighbor. Teen friend Alec Hanley on guitar rounds out the foundation of the band that also includes Brian Murphy and Eric Hamelin. Heavily influenced by the wistful Teenage Fanclub and Belle & Sebastion, Alvvays delivers with this 9-song musical snack. This vinyl version of their debut is limited to 300 copies pressed on 180-gram colored vinyl.
Oh, Inverted World, the earth-shattering, indie-rock-redefining 2001 debut album by The Shins, is presented here in its finest form, dressed up all nice for its 20th birthday. The classic tunes get new life by way of a full remastering job under band leader James Mercer’s watchful eye, the art is given a little extra zest via a die-cut jacket and a classy inner sleeve, and the package is rounded off with a big ol’ booklet with vintage photos, handwritten lyrics, and more.
The music, of course, is obviously essential. Aside from a friendly reminder that this is the album with the smash hit “New Slang,” as heard in the hit movie Garden State, we just need to note that the remastering job truly makes this the album James Mercer always wanted it to be. Never quite satisfied with the sonics of the original, Mercer took the 20th anniversary of the album as his opportunity to finally set the (literal!) record straight. And the results sound stellar: great for new fans, and well worth the attention of those already on board!
For old times’ sake, here’s what we had to say about this record back when it came out: Hailing from Albuquerque, NM, The Shins sprung from the ashes of Flake/Flake Music in 1997 (though those previous incarnations date back nearly a decade) – same members, different instruments, different approach. Counterpoint guitars have given way to a single guitar pitted against calculated keyboard passages; swarming indie rock machinations led to pop-based melodic endeavors (who knew?).
Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in Youis a sprawling double-LP exploring the deepest elements and possibilities ofBig Thief. To truly dig into all that the music of Adrianne Lenker, Max Oleartchik, Buck Meek, and James Krivchenia desired in 2020, the band decided to write and record a rambling account of growth as individuals, musicians, and chosen family over 4 distinct recording sessions. In Upstate New York, Topanga Canyon, The Rocky Mountains, and Tucson, AZ,Big Thiefspent 5 months in creation and came out with 45 completed songs. The most resonant of this material was edited down into the 20 tracks that make up DNWMIBIY, a fluid and adventurous listen. The album was produced by drummer James Krivchenia who initially pitched the recording concept for DNWMIBIY back in late 2019 with the goal of encapsulating the many different aspects of Adrianne's songwriting and the band onto a single record.
All four of these sessions, in their varied states of fidelity, style, and mood, when viewed together as one album seem to stand for a more honest, zoomed-out picture of lived experience than would be possible on a traditional, 12 song record. This was exactly what the band hoped would be the outcome of this kind of massive experiment. When Max's mom asked on a phone call what it feels like to be back together with the band playing music for the first time in a year, he described to the best of abilities: "Well it's like, we're a band, we talk, we have different dynamics, we do the breaths, and then we go on stage and suddenly it feels like we are now on a dragon. And we can't really talk because we have to steer this dragon."
The attempt to capture something deeper, wider, and full of mystery, points to the inherent spirit ofBig Thief. Traces of this open-hearted, non-dogmatic faith can be felt through previous albums, but here onDragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In Youlives the strongest testament to its existence.
1. Change 2. Time Escaping 3. Spud Infinity 4. Certainty 5. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You 6. Sparrow 7. Little Things 8. Heavy Bend 9. Flower of Blood 10. Blurred View 11. Red Moon 12. Dried Roses 13. No Reason 14. Wake Me up to Drive 15. Promise Is a Pendulum 16. 12,000 Lines 17. Simulation Swarm 18. Love Love Love 19. The Only Place 20. Blue Lightning
Double vinyl LP pressing including digital download. 2017 release, the highly anticipated sophomore album from HAIM. When the time came to record the eleven tracks that make up Something To Tell You, HAIM decided to "go in and record as a band, keeping it a little more organic. That was kind of a mission statement for the album" offered Danielle HAIM. Includes the singles 'Want You Back' and 'Right Now'. HAIM consists of three sisters: Este HAIM (bass), Danielle HAIM (guitars and lead vocals), and Alana HAIM (guitars and keyboards), as well as drummer Dash Hutton. In addition to their primary instruments, each member is also proficient in several others. The group's pop sound on their studio work stands in contrast to the more rock-based music of their live shows.