Noncommercial goods That raw and uncut. That got them breaking bad At the gate for the re-up. Straight Gutta feat. Redman, Hanz On, Streetlife video. If you ever try to show any form of resistance. When I walk they salute, when I talk they all listen. You acting the part like you in an audition. This is modern warfare, we play with live ammunition, shot you through your third eye, will change your whole disposition.
The body never lie, call me the mortician. Every death has a story to tell, so pay attention. Premonitions on my life, slip the banana clip in, never out your hat on the bed. I am little superstitious. Got my black suit on, they say I am acting suspicious. Big gun in my palm, look like my arm is missing. Chorus — Redman Ayo one mc two mc when my gun out, everybody goes down. Word on the street, these boys get butter, fuck with me nigga, cause this straight gutta. Verse 2 - Hanz On Got my black suit on.
We get malicious Hanz On checking in for the squad, he on his pivot. Will oblige, till you meet you demise, this shit is physics. Mr Barka newest gee on the block, he is the shizit. Suffer Mossberg wounds to ya frame, you move a smidgen. Hanz rollin with the man he the Meth, pay you a visit. Prerequisite have them all in the dirt. They all can get it. Use to percolate the crack in the pot, until it dried.
Now I am occupying spots on your block, that shit is aye. And when we popping off the gun at your top, we make it pie. You better take another look at your seeds, and holla bye. John Blaze press a button on dudes, they getting hit. Hanz on with the cavalry yo, we in the mix. I want that boat money carrying my green card.
Caesar planet of the grapes in the weed jar. I straight gutta, mind on butta, everything dirty where rubber for the come up. Block nigga shine like a 5D shutta. Verse 4 — Method Man We getting buku scrilla. My brothers on their grind. Not another columbine. Call me new school killa. Scoop of French vanilla brought a duce duce with her. I might pull a Lil John and let the bruce bruce hit her. I and my gorillas, they gonna fry em up for dinner like them boys from cypress hill said how I could just kill a man Chorus — Redman Ayo one mc two mc when my gun out, everybody goes down.
Bang Zoom feat. Nigga all you do is click clackListen fuck that, All that bullshit hesitating get you clapped.
Buzz swoll. Life told, Screenplay graphic When it unfold. Running with them killas Made his heart cold. Lights strobe. Cameras on him walking Through the threshold.
Watch glowed, Earlobes frozen But we seek gold. Yup, yup, beast mode. Cash rules, So we berry everything.
General smash fumes, Dark Henny everything. Peep the math, Jewels yo we built for the struggle, Hanz on, nuff said, Bout his bread. Boy trouble. Gee coated, From the womb to the tomb. Top five, hands down, Staten popular son.
Peace lounge, crown fitted for the king, I am, I suggest, you play the wing man. Shine like a diamond, Like bling blam. God body watch a nigga go ham. Lifestyle episodes of Gangland. Thirty six shots from the chamber blam Mack Wilds, Streetlife, Cory Gunz video. Facts, look who back, Crooked like scoliosis, the take over, Take this line straight up your noses.
This for my smokers, But this time I up the dosage. This my closest, to perfection, My magnum opus. No need for checking my cuts NoooJust cut the check. Graffiti some, we spray cans where Cory from. I dreamed I lost in a food fight and Nore won. Kidding so it shall be written the story done. Felony killers or kittys, I chill and trapped in the belly. No telling me how high and they feel I be strapped. Its survival of the fit as we are warriors. For the red, black and green vanglorious.
Might rupture my achilles heel, Chasing this hundred mill, Brake pads gone, Just lost my third wheel. On my last leg, Stay kicking like old cabbage and boiled eggs. Eyes blood, fuck it just on to the next one. I been around the world never forgot Where I came from. The brand I represent, stands for excellence.
Loyalty is the main ingredient. They anointed me president. Consistency is the recipe for longevity. My history will be my legacy when they bury me. Its evident to prove my rap pages is evidence, 20 years later in the game, still relevant. Assembled in the early '70s by sometimes-fifth Pentagram member and friend of the band Randy Palmer, Bedemon was a private project to record his doomy Black Sabbath-like songs filled with imagery of demons, darkness and drugs.
Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. There's never really a climax because the whole thing feels like one overwhelming wave of gorgeous noise.
Hard rock in the classic tradition. Deluxe adds a bonus CD. Vinyl version due March 3. New directions for the music find Francois Couturier returning to the Brahem group, frequently supported by subtle string orchestration.
The strings have a glowing transparency and fragility in these pieces, often providing shimmering texture against which the contributions of the quartet members and, above all, Anouar Brahem's unique oud-playing stand out in bold relief. The album is very personal—it navigates the giddy and elated feelings of falling in love, and the process of looking back and reflecting on it. In keeping with the album's '70s pop mode, the lyrics are kept simple and sweet, but never cloying.
The project is a big departure from the metal of Stroetzel's Killswitch Engage Album) the indie-Americana of Wyzik's bands, occupying a musical middle-ground of sorts. Vinyl version due March Deluxe includes a special booklet. Seeking a rebirth, lead vocalist Eric Burdon relocated from London to California. There, Burdon assembled a new Animals lineup, retaining only drummer Barry Jenkins from the previous incarnation.
Now known as Eric Burdon and The Animals, the group immersed themselves in the psychedelic culture of San Francisco and their sound followed suit. Burdon and the group returned in April with The Twain Shall Meetcontinuing their psychedelic journey. Steeped in a dense, layered sound full of electric guitars, sitars, strings, brass and washes of phased vocals, the album served notice that Burdon and company were totally in-step with America's youth movement.
The album is a pitch-black story of isolation, degradation, and abuse whose narrative is as intense as the music that delivers it. The acclaimed trio weaves grandiose symphonic swells and surges with razor sharp guitars. Deluxe adds a bonus track and a necklace. Insigned to the hip Harvest label, Chapman was still an artist waiting for that first big success, perpetually skint and permanently touring to make ends meet.
With that in mind, he aimed to make Window in as little time as possible because being in the studio meant not being on the road.
Producer Gus Dudgeon-who'd been working with Elton John-had other ideas and booked Chapman and his band into one of the UK's most expensive studios, Trident. Recorded with guitarist Phil Greenberg, violinist Johnny Van Derek, and pianist Alex Atterson, the album has a blend of electric and acoustic instruments, both traditional and experimental at once, synthetic sounds melding with fingerpicked guitars. The shows found the group at the pinnacle of its prowess, combining the jaw-dropping musicality and contagious onstage energy that made Chicago one of the most successful acts in American pop history.
This two-disc set contains two hours of previously unreleased performances recorded June at the Capital Centre in Largo, Maryland. The collection is presented in a hardbound slipcase accompanied by a foldout poster that features rare photos from the tour. As with all his previous work, there are moments that can be compared to Boards Of Canada but those moments are tastefully fleeting.
A Lucid Dream Kit is somewhat akin in stylistic theory to some of Four Tet's early work however with a denser cinematic pallet. Early singles "Feel The Lightning" and "Learning To Relax" served as good reminders of the spirited, Technicolor world that Deacon inhabits when he's on his A-game, and the album follows in a similar vein.
The Baltimore producer has made yet another record that's deliriously all over the place, but still feels like something you'd want to spend a lot of time with. She has been called the Belgian Billie Holiday and, to be fair, there is something delicately haunting about her voice.
Includes tracks with Madchild of Swollen Members. The three master musicians have come together for The Purgean entirely uncompromising debut album that delves deep into the psychedelic corners of the human psyche. As the frontwoman of the ecstatic avant-psych ensemble Guardian Alien, Drewchin dives into extended improvisations in pursuit of the fearless release of emotions and sounds beyond the capacity of premeditation.
On her debut solo full-length MetalepsisEartheater traces the opposite trajectory: the deliberate distillation of voice, synths, guitar, and studio production techniques into cyborg compositions teeming with crystalline details. Trans-Atlantic Psych Classics Vol.
But like any semi-explosive concoction, there's an element of complex and dark inner workings to the tracks. While the Elwins produce a form of breezy, infectious pop with ease, it's layered over an underlying current of darker questions and revelations, and it's this pairing of light and dark that makes the music stick with you" — Panic Manual.
You're probably not used to see this kind of music coming from Labrador Records with the exception of the latest stuff from Club 8, maybebut Eternal Death's debut album is shaping as one of the best releases of the year.
Wild Strawberries is a massive double album, which was recorded in a secluded cabin under the shadow of Mount Hood in Zigzag, OR. The Zigzag River flowed nearby, and the group spent time between takes learning about the area s floral make up and relaxing under the stars. This idealistic lifestyle, however temporary, helped to chart the course of the recording process. Wild Strawberries artwork and song titles, which are named after plants specific to the region, both speak to the influence of that environment.
The four-piece band started playing covers in their native Estonia and has since become a worldwide draw thanks to smart, quirky pop songs and a slew of major awards. Now that he is signed to Nas' Mass Appeal Records he has gotten his second wind drops his sophomore effort. Vinyl version due April 7. Fatima Al Qadiri, a Kuwaiti musician and visual artist, last year debuted her LP Asiatisch to critical acclaim via the infamous Hyperdub. Presenting vocal collaborators with strains of sonic ideas they would never encounter otherwise, Future Brown manage to catalyze a cosmopolitan, experimental approach to contemporary urban sounds.
Gamma Pulse is most well known for their highly energetic and crazy live shows and they have been fine tuning their performance on stage this past year with Sleeping With Sirens, Attack Attack!
The young singer now leads a lineup that includes bassist Thomas McNeice and the group's sole original member, singer-guitarist Andy Gill.
So, perhaps Gang of Three might be a bit more accurate nowadays? However, the inclusion of Mosshart adds something new to the equation, as her punk-rock-Pat-Benatar croon adds a much-needed sense of organic romanticism to the band. It may only be a temporary partnership, but it definitely helps to define the band's new era.
An ambient enigma steeped in post-hypnagogic tristesse, Excerpts is a cryptic hash of mutant dance music, lo-fi pop, and screwed lounge styles every bit as skewed and enigmatic as you might hope from someone who's worked so closely with Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland. Highly recommended. With this work, they pay homage to those who came before, through a brilliant collection of covers, originally made famous by some of the classic brother duets of the past.
Her firm belief in true love is challenged by the inner turmoil caused by entering modern adulthood, but that doesn't mean that her faith is defeated. Special guests include Luther Dickinson on dobro and electric slide guitar and Derek Trucks on electric slide guitar.
For his latest project, Harris was drawn to the adventurous and free musical ethos of the experimental Brooklyn duo Star Rover. That strategy didn't work, but the results, gathered here, make for a mighty nice CD.
His debut album, We Fall features a whopping all-star cast. God's Hand is his debut LP. Koenig has pioneered the production style of 'associative music' in a process of manipulating recordings from non-traditional sources and everyday life which are then repurposed into their own unique sounds that make the audience hear the world around them in a whole new way. Available on CD and on Collector's Edition vinyl packed in genuine cow leather sleeves with hand-numbered inner sleeves on crystal clear wax limited to copies worldwide.
Sam Beam gathers otherwise unreleased home recordings, covers, live sets, and curiosities from his entire career as Iron And Wine and releases them on his own label, Black Cricket Recordings Co. The songs on Volume No.
Performed and recorded at home on a four-track cassette, some of this material has been widely bootlegged, but has never been widely released. Limited copies pressed on white vinyl. Think Roxette meets Romeo's Daughter melded with '80s Heart albums.
While Danny James' Pear beautifully occupies the space of '70s mellow pop vibes, he also manages to reinvent the concept of retro. For the very first time, he built a portable studio on his bus, and he cut songs all over the globe from Los Angeles and Sweden to his home studio in Nashville.
Most of this vision is a product of his own production, but he had a little help from MDL Maroon 5, Justin Bieber as well as frequent collaborator Josh Crosby. While Daniel Knox's work fits somewhere amidst the broader backdrop of American Popular Song, in recent years his compositions and arrangements have grown increasingly more informed by film score and opera, perhaps owing to his longtime job as projectionist at Chicago's eighty-five year old treasure, the Music Box.
The album's songs are muscular, raw -- yet polished to the texture of a skyscraper. The lyrics themselves are haunting; they possess the poetic slur of a black-pupilled vision of romantic despair, love's unsure footing and a palpable air of Ballardian discord beneath the surface. The songs pulse with life. Synthesizers and drum machines rub shoulders with glam guitars and pedal steel, while above all, Ladder's granite baritone slashes at love and darkness like a heavy blade.
He is a tender, persistent lover; a despairing prince at the battlements. Sharon Van Etten contributes vocals to two tracks. Released as part of Lead Belly's th year celebration. The Super Deluxe Edition gathers all formats in a lavish box, packaged with a hardbound page book and a high-quality print of the original album cover.
Thankfully, Make Do And Mend is ready to prove all that time off wasn't time wasted. Don't Be Long is a record that shows the band's muscular take on Hot Water Music's Epitaph-era hasn't withered with age. To some that may be the case, but Makeshift Shelters is adding to the conversation while simultaneously creating their own. The Washington D. Green has forged a reputation for harnessing the serendipitous musical moments that arise from life's chance encounters with talented musicians.
So when he had one of those encounters with the Legendary Roots Crew emcee, Malik B, outside of The Roots' Annual Picnic init made perfect sense that they would turn a brief moment of mutual inspiration into a full-fledged collaborative album. Since his debut Too Long In The Wasteland produced by John MellencampMcMurtry has maintained his uncompromising vision and vivid storytelling to much acclaim throughout his career.
With Complicated Gamerecorded and produced in New Orleans with producer CC Adcock, the Texan songwriter brings a fresh perspective to the studio exploring more expansive instrumentation and arrangements while retaining a sharp focus on his masterful guitar work and his poetic storytelling style. Bundick hosted Mead in his Berkeley, CA home studio for the recording. With mismatched uniforms, improvised marching maneuvers, speaker helmets and deconstructed cheerleading, Mucca Pazza trail-blazed the "weird as we wanna be" theatrical and visual aesthetic, while exhibiting real musical talent, playing mostly through-composed original compositions that tend to land somewhere between Zappa and Morricone.
Atonal harmonies, odd time signatures and labyrinthine melodies are as likely to pop up as sweet brass chords, catchy whistlers and solid grooves. Pharoah Sanders has said, "He's the only guitar player I really know that I can play with. New Disorder's music is a mix of rock, metal and punk flowing in a unique, solid sound, made by fast drumming, powerful guitar riffs and catchy melodies.
Vinyl edition due March Singer Cornelia Livingston is featured on several tracks and long time collaborator Becky Stark of Lavender Diamond makes an appearance as well. Deluxe adds the four-track bonus disc Versions Galore as well as a patch, two art cards, a post card and a badge.
As the singer and guitarist of The Sea And Cake, Prekop has incorporated elements of traditional styles from around the world. In recent years, he has also established himself as a modular synthesist, building his instrument meticulously to find the perfect combination of oscillators, sequencers, limiters and filters to create a system that allows him to create sounds that are surprising and inviting. His new album, The Republicis his latest synthesizer work, following 's Old Punch Cardand showcases Prekop's talent for creating expressive music through mechanical patterns, repetitions, and chance.
Projections comes off like Voodoo Ray reworked by DJ Shadow; its drumming littered with infectious swing, its samples illuminating and attention gripping, its atmosphere pronounced and consistent, and its riffs and hooks heavy — and unabashedly joyous. Interspersed with instrumental interludes, the mood of Heavy With Illusion constantly shifts. Familiar drone signatures appear but are re-contextualized by the human voice, as heavy space-stomping glam-doom riffs buoy soaring spoken word love-verses.
This lady-fronted, occultic rock band knows how to write tunes that groove. InAudika Records entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with the estate of Arthur Russell to compile and issue previously unreleased and out of print material from Arthur's vast archive. Together they create spacious and dramatic soundscapes of profound intensity on the startlingly original Infoldingblending aspects of free jazz, ambient music and electronica in provocative ways.
Backed by her band The Party Line, the "beguiling The Washington Post likened Struthers to kindred spirits Emmylou Harris and Gillian Welch and Vintage Guitar said she "sing[s] as polished as an Opry pro," but she nevertheless maintains a genre-defying inimitability on Wake.
In four words, that's how I would describe Taake's latest Stridens Husor for that matter, their entire back catalogue. Taake have been one of the most, if not the most, consistent artists writing and performing 'true' Norwegian black metal.
Beld Jimenez grew up on the sounds of '70s AM radio, along with L. His music incorporates all of that — classic songwriting, great playing, simple, hook-heavy arrangements and thoughtful production — but updates the sound for today.
They formally joined forces at the dawn of the s and made music in sweet tandem for four amazing decades, though their demographics shifted dramatically midway through as they built an immense recorded legacy. By the time they parted ways amidst a fair amount of acrimony, their legendary status was eternally assured. But that is about where the comparisons end. The atmosphere is more expansive than awE naturalEthe textures more patient, but the fitful structures feel a little bit like Harris-White and Irons are constantly changing the rules just as we think we've got a hold of them.
Even a brief listening experience reveals that the band's coveted formula for success in the world of independent heavy music makes complete sense. The music has been catchy enough to offer accessibility to more than just the self-enclosed world of heavy metal fandom and yet versatile enough in its execution to keep most of the knee-jerk purist criticism at bay.
Restarterthe band's fourth full-length, sees a return to form for Torche that even in its unabashed nods to frontman Steve Brooks' other musical endeavors, retains the pop sensibilities that have continually been the point of distinction between the two. Also available on stand-alone Blu-ray.
It is the ultimate party mix. They like playing baseball, video games, and fishing. Typical, until you place a guitar in Vittorio's hands and sit Vincenzo behind a drum kit. With a style and presence that is unfiltered, unrefined, and unruly, the notorious North Carolina trio have burned through the heavy rock underground for over fifteen years and released four albums along the way including The Dragon This is brooding gothic rock that is genuinely one part danceable, one part crust, and two parts stark depression.
Morning Light is a raw, stripped down release touching on the loss of loved ones and betrayal of friendship, while still holding an underlying message of optimism.
Pharmakis elaborates: "No matter how horrible things can get, with a positive mentality there's nothing we can't push through. Things will always get better with time to heal. Fans of bands such as Melvins and Kyuss in particular should take note. Bongo Digitally remastered edition of this rare album from the Brazilian legend. This, his second solo album, is self-titled, and was released by RGE Discos in Needless to say, you either like it or you don't, depending on your views of what metal should and should not sound like, as it is quite extreme in its sonics and its ideology.
And what a debut it is. It is a maelstrom of pure noise, whiplash pacing and vocals that come straight out of the seventh circle of Hell. No matter how messy, beginnings are exciting. Especially when what happens next endures the test of time. For Devo the beginning happened in the basements and garages of Akron, Ohio. The songs they wrote were raw and unfiltered with no commercial intent. They called it Hardcore Devo. Performing 21 oddities, intercut with poignant stories told by Mark, Jerry and Bob 1, this program is a tribute to the departed Bob "Bob 2" Casale.
The band was touring in Europe in support of their very successful album Sanctuary and the hit single from it "One Last Kiss. CD version due March 3. The settings change, with sand replaced by mud, and the protagonist, rather than moving on horseback, walks through wilderness dragging a coffin which hides a mysterious content. Perfect accompaniment to the muddy, cynical and gloomy scenarios, is Luis Bacalov's music, an Argentine conductor well known to Italian progressive rock fans, since he worked with New Trolls, Osanna and Il Rovescio della Medaglia.
Octagon and Requiem are also available as limited edition picture discs. Named after a Nomeansno song, they have cultivated a sound that borders on progressive punk and post-hardcore, while also gravitating towards both the melodic and absurdly heavy.
Standing In The BreachJackson's fourteenth studio album, is a collection of ten songs, at turns deeply personal and political, exploring love, hope, and defiance in the face of the advancing uncertainties of modern life. Ever since their early releases, Cheatahs have been evolving and developing their craft, and Sunne is the most clearly defined and ambitious set to date, exploring new territory via sketchy back alleys and sunlit, swampy meadows.
The all original 8-track free jazz set is comprised of two uninterrupted side long suites — "Complete Communion" on the A-side and "Elephantasy" on th B-side -- with the leader and his polished cornet tone sharing the spotlight graciously with tenor saxophonist Leandro 'Gato' Barbieri, bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Edward Blackwell throughout.
Armed with a bass guitar, drum pad, a keyboard and two synths Ciudad Lineal manage to create a conceptual piece around the idea of progress and industry as opposing forces. Features members of Eyehategod and Hawg Jaw. Crow Bait, while clearly looking forward, is also clearly trying to create something that resembles the music they grew up on—Goo Goo Dolls, Buffalo Tom, The Replacements, etc. These experimental discs, made with love, humility, and rudimentary means, had no ambition other than to accompany other peoples' images.
By exhuming these obscurities from the dustbin of history, Born Bad Records have decided otherwise. Archaeologists with an agenda, they seek to give Decerf the renown he deserves: that of an innovator whose rhythmic, synthetic compositions inspired the harbingers of the French touch Air comes to mindand were sampled by many East Coast rappers, including the Wu-Tang Clan. Dengue Fever is in the vanguard of an emerging global pop sensibility, making music that's both familiar, yet eerily unique.
The Los Angeles sextet blends the rhythms of '60s Cambodian pop -- heavily influenced by American surf, rock and early psychedelic garage bands -- with their own eclectic mix of American and international styles. This concert experience forever changed the fabric of Bay Area experimental music and sent a sonic riptide through artists such as Injeyan to form their own experimental projects. After this seed had been planted, Injeyan started pulling together a crude, loose arrangement of musical equipment and creating pulsating industrial drones and noise rhythms under his newly coined masthead Deviation Social.
After two brilliant 7" singles and one flexi, Fireworks unleash their debut album, Switch Me On. All and all, this album is made up of 13 A-sides and if you can sit still while listening to this record, you're surely walking dead. White vinyl. With Introducing, he is now positioned as ambassador of the legalize-it movement, having crafted a hit-repeat player that splices the freak power illumination of Ween with the catchy spirit of "Loser" era Beck.
The album bridges Glasper's parallel careers as the leader of an acclaimed jazz trio and a first-call sideman with hip-hop artists such as Mos Def, Q-Tip and The Roots.
Moving nimbly from the acoustic Robert Glasper Trio to the hip-hop fusion Robert Glasper Experiment, the young keyboardist puts his versatility front and center.
Special guests on the album include vocalist Bilal and rapper Mos Def. Silver vinyl. Melodic garage punk with teeth—imagine if the Marked Men merged with the Soviettes to make something darker and punker, and you'd be somewhere in the ballpark. Limited vinyl LP pressing with 3D lenticular cover.
After his initial cassette release An Entire Matchbook A Night Opal Tapes inJames Place returns with a harrowing, meditative record of candle-lit rhythms and frost-laden ambience. The album was composed using an intricate collection of analog equipment, including the TR, Casio SK-1, SP, and a multitude of vinyl and tape-based samples, and mastered by M.
Geddes Gengras. Opaque white vinyl. New release from the Americana rockers. A swag of soul-inspired songs and Kelly classics performed by some of the country's best young talent — as well as by the man himself, of course. There's post-rock, prog rock, and indie rock in here, a fascinating balance of the shambolic and psychotic; being able to make it appear casual speaks to the strength of their songwriting.
Take a deep breath and let go. This, the second LP of horror inspired nastiness in his series for Blackest Rainbow, features creeping giallo jazz with sultry spoken vocals, synth heavy monsters, cannibal lunacy. HQgm pink vinyl with red and green splatter. Waking up to a surreal heavenscape, our tragic figure searches for his place somewhere between life and death.
Expanding on the themes of love and loss, L'Orange teams up with artists Chuck Inglish, Meyhem Lauren, Red Pill and producer Amerigo Gazaway to bring us a stream of consciousness epilogue to his album.
Includes a download of all bonus tracks that appeared on the double-CD reissue late last year. But there are, as usual, the contributions of Alessandro Allesandroni and his Cantori Modern choir, for an incredibly exciting final result.
Includes a mini poster and gatefold jacket. Using almost the same great talents shown on Sergio Leone's The Dollar Trilogy with the orchestra conducted by fellow Bruno Nicolai and the mighty twangin' guitar of Alessandro Alessandroni, the maestro Morricone delivers similarly outstanding results. Limited numbered edition on splatter vinyl. Includes a poster. On limited white vinyl. Packaged in matte jackets with printed inner-sleeves.
Anti-nothing, anti-everything. Monium — Ill Khaoohs And Kon-Fus-Ion  12" Relapse This Swedish avant-garde death metal band gained notoriety for their complex and progressive song structures and weird use of different sounds and styles. She combines her long tone rituals with delay, understated melodies and sparse lyrical content while continuously experimenting with new forms.
After working with T. Last summer, the band and Burnett spent a month at Hollywood's Ocean Way Recording laying down the songs that guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjo player Noam Pikelny, mandolinist and lead singer Chris Thile, and fiddler Gabe Witcher had written during several writing "retreats" last winter and spring. Dare Iz A Darkside is the second studio album from Redman.
The album cover features Redman buried in the ground up to his neck, areference to the cover of Funkadelic's album Maggot Brain. Tracks like the Delta-slide barnburner 'Raise A Little Hell' are prime examples of how Peyton manages to convey a decidedly intense sound without taking his songwriting too seriously. But beyond its humor, its fingerpicking or its percussion, So Delicious! Founded in the s, the label came to prominence by reissuing the original work of legendary blues artists like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Rev.
Gary Davis, Skip James and more. Because Yazoo had never been in the business of signing contemporary artists, it was a complete surprise to Peyton when the label's name reared its head as the band searched for a new home prior to the completion of So Delicious! With the backing of a superb trio including pianist Wynton Kelly, Rollins brings out the hidden beauty of these songs, often by sticking close to the melody and using repetition inventively, and at other times through the sheer humanity of his sound.
A volcanic force on the tenor saxophone for nearly 60 years, Sonny Rollins effortlessly uses his creative powers to create musical magic throughout Newk's Time. Limited HQgm vinyl LP pressing. Bombings — Russell St. It's hard to keep up with all the great records coming out. The lineup of Russell St.
Bombings is too amazing to resist. I wonder if the members got together with as much curiosity as to what would be as I was listening to it—which I have.
Over and over. Such a cool record. The flip "Blah Blah Think Island Soul ala Jackie Edwards. Later that year, Pitchfork named it one of their Top 50 Albums of Here it is on limited edition color vinyl blue and white.
The songs were finished later that year and issued on compact disc via 12XU at the close of Comedy Minus One helped distribute this release digitally two years later but Chokes! As if to exemplify this, their newest album The Veil is pretty long for a pop record, with its 18 tracks running to just over an hour. This is their debut release. Limited to copies. Download code includes one digital-only track—a Smashing Pumpkins cover. With gritty hints of folk, pop and rock, Afraid Of Ghosts weaves a journey through life, love, death and everything in between.
He has recently developed systems to elaborate acoustic sounds with analogue filters and synthesizers. A massive conjuration from Boston's old lords of doomed darkness. Heavier sounds and still in the veins of Mercyful Fate and Jaguar. The trio has been playing shows around their home base of London for the past few months, picking up rave reviews from publications like NME and drumming up enough attention to get their first single released on Fat Possum, all without a single song to their name.
In terms of introductions, it's pretty memorable. However, Adventures delivers much more than just the sum of these parts. Throughout pensive, melancholic retreats like "Tension and "Long Hair," the constant vocal tandem of Reba Meyers and Kimi Hanauer radiates above every infectious pop- rock riffs and the warm, rhythmic backbone of bass and keyboard.
This collection focuses mainly on Austin and Lee Allen. The first three CDs are devoted to them and the fourth deals with their fraternal contemporaries. The band's free flowing, cinematic sound balances focused song structures with unbridled improvisation to create a heady genre smashing exercise in sonic exploration. They're known for truly epic live shows with no clear delineation between stage and offstage or audience member and musician. Recorded over ten days in San Diego with Rafter Roberts between skateboarding and drinking sessions, the record is fiery and urgent.
It evokes classic grunge-era sounds from the Northwest think Mudhoney and early Nirvana. This is the year old Anderson singing with exuberance and spontaneity in the intimate setting of Seattle's legendary jazz club, The Penthouse. Here she swings and shouts, cajoles and caresses her way through a set list of standards and jazz classics as only she could. These recordings are seeing the first light of commercial release. They have never been issued before in any format. Features production by Joby J.
Tangier Sessions tells the oft-told tale: while traveling abroad, nobleman meets guitar. Guitar is too expensive for nobleman and outraged, he departs. Nobleman quietly returns several days later for guitar but still can't bring himself to pay the price. Yet nobleman can't get guitar out of mind he's never heard anything like it -- so nobleman buys guitar, then travels the world with it, enchanted, and makes this album while in Tangier.
Their debut album, titled after the same poem, is the sum of a collaborative process that bursts with the youthful energy, vision and integrity of all four members. The resulting music is emotive, lyrical, dark, inspiring and at times unexpected, often conjuring the dreamlike, nature-themed imagery of Yeats's eponymous poem.
Bringing a wide open improv sensibility to its melodic and richly textured original material, Blue-Eyed Hawk creates uniquely eclectic music that traverses art-rock, jazz, minimalist and electronic sound worlds.
Effectively, the complete Box Tops. One of the finest blue eyed-soul, hit-making groups of the s led by the late, revered cult figure Alex Chilton, the group's music also encompassed touches of country soul and psych-pop. CD version features two extra tracks. With a vibe and feel more akin to that of a band with decades of experience together, Dewa and his stellar session-mates -- the legendary NYC vibraphonist, Joe Locke, and Pat Metheny Unity Group's rhythm core: the fabulous, articulate young upright bassist, Ben Williams, and the extraordinary maestro drummer, Antonio Sanchez -- create superlative atmospheric textures that transport listeners to destinations of soaring altitude.
Originally released on London's Starlight Records inthis is the earliest documented work of the criminally under-recorded Puddy Roots as well as the perfect gateway record for anyone curious about dub, roots reggae or dancehall.
Pure retro sounding doom. The next-largest Hispanic radio chain, the Spanish Broad- casting System, owns about 2? By those numbers. Univision cer- tainly has tremendous clout in the Hispanic market. But FCC chairman Michael Powell and the two other Republicans on the live-member com- mission take the view that Univision is just another player in the larger mar- ket.
And by that measure, it's dwarfed by the other networks. The merger. Univision executives claim, will give the company the ability to not only compete more effectively for advertising, but through economies of scale, to offer more diverse and higher- quality' programming. If the company holds true to its promise, the merger could be a win-win situation, even if it spurs other deals, such as the potential union of Telemundo and SBS.
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The cake takes the time: You're whipping up the eggs, the sugar: that's us spending time working up the songs and the structure. That's the icing. It's the ideal album to stick on and get pissed to. Hawkins has always been ready for his state- side success, although he may have been a bit premature, "I always thought this would be the place for us," he says. I didn't plan on coming back to England, because nothing was really happening for us in the U. We thought we would spend the rest of our lives kicking it up on the Sunset Strip, but it didn't happen.
When the Darkness returned to South Continue J on page 1. Vid that includes musical me. So why an EP instead of a full-length album? So I grabbed five songs from my tour to put out a quick EP. But the project took longer as 1 began mixing, rerecording and finalizing songs. More ideas started coming, and by then I had eiglit songs.
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Gtiil;irisl Lenny Kravitz electrifies "Back in the Day. Letting Vocals gel in where Uiey lU. Ttie "Danger" video hasn't been shot yet. In tlie meantime, tlie label has been holding major-market li. Badu has been on hand for tliese ewnLs. BET and radio, the label I ined up interview's with Upscale.
Tying the whole vibe together at retail will be a special black-light ixxster. The EP iUielf is priced at Sin. Badu will spend the fall and winter overseas, according to. During a year that has witnessed Badu winning Grammy. My Life. An Ode to I lip I lopl. But I'm just con- tinuing to perfect my art. I want it now. Although the record company is cautioning the band to hold on to the new songs for the ne.
Hawkins says it needs the instant gratification, just in case. The label] tells us to hold on to something for the next album, but we're like. We might get hit by a bus tomorrow. Wine Reception Silent. Luncheon and Award Pre. We spotlight note- worthy developments affecting the independent distribution sector. Plus, we look at online distribution compa- nies working to establish their place in the market as digital music sales rise.
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Rossalong with dram- atized audio books. He col- laborated with long- time friend and song- writer Bob Farrell. But does DeGarmo think a concept like "Hero" can generate enough consumer interest to override the financial risks involved in launching such a massive campaign? The live experience is something nobody's figured out how to repro- duce, and Hero' is built around the live experience, so I hope that will be a major driving force.
Costello plays guitar on just one number; the collection's 1 1 tracks — all original bal- lads — are dominated by Steve Nieve's piano. Costello says of his unusually naked new songs, "The first song is taken by some] as romantic loss, when it's actually about bereavement. The rest of the songs describe a transition from bewilderment into acceptance. That is something I believe people will recognize in degrees.
Hopefully, in time, different songs will mean different things to individuals who are listening. Soloists include jazz. He says, "I was seeking out pianos wherever 1 could — back- stage, in dressing rooms, sometimes in the wings of theaters.
And then I bought a cheap electronic keyboard so that 1 could play late at night in a hotel room. I could sketch things out on that 1 was also on the road, literally on the road, so 1 could sit at the back of the bus with the keyboard and keep working. Pretty much, tliey appear in the sequence in which they were written. That set showcases a ballet score for "A Midsummer Night's Dream," commissioned by Italy's Aterballetto dance company.
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For "'Glamoured," Wilson reunit- ed with her musical director, Bran- don Ross. It is co- written by Sotti and session drum- mer Ttrri lync Carrington.
Terri Lyne started playing a groove in the studio, and I just started to sing makeshift lyrics, " Wilson says. That's way cool. The reason? He was co-leading a week-long quintet gig with alto saxo- phonist Kenny Garrett.
Garrett was fired up ft"om the get-go, bobbing Too Hot - Da B.Goody Man* - Pads & Cuts (Cassette and forth during his sax launch before bowing to Sanders, who wailed and shrieked in response. The set ended with Garrett's blaz- ing piece ""Sing a Song of Song. At one point, Sanders tilted his saxophone.
The chemistry of the blowing fest was so potent one hopes the pair will link horns in the studio. Oakland, Califjazz club Yoshi's plays host Oct. Kllman plays in Heniy Threadgill's Zooid band and wrote the music for the play " Nickel and Dimed," based on the best-sell- ing book of the same name. The play will run OcL 8-Nov. Also on Oct. If you count how long it has been since the San Fran- cisco band hit the road with its orig- inal band members, it's seven. But fans have not forgotten the avant- garde alternative act.
Shows for the road trip, titled Tour de Fromage. And that sort of attention is encouraging Primus to remain an active band. During the group's four-year touring and recording hiatus, front- man Les Claypool enjoyed various independent projects, such as the multi-monikered group Colonel I.
The date tour kicks off Oct. Considering that this summer has been hit and miss for ticket sales, "it's great to see," Muller says of Primus' brisk sales pace. Clay- pool remarks, "The touring market has been pretty soft, jsoj obviously [hot sales raise the excitement level. When your agent gets excited and your promoter gets excited, that helps motivate things as well. The band is skipping Southern mai kt Is for now. Sticking to modestly sized clubs and theaters also manages the financial risk.
It strikes a chord with people, but as time goes by you just don't know. Bill Graham's Mueller thinks the ticket prices are al. Some of their really core fans would pay that," he says. They won't burn out their audience. Primus should do fine. Billboard Boxscore data is not available for tours fea- turing Alexander. But of the 21 Primus shows reported between Nov. Shows averaged 1, people in attendance — roughly the capacity for most theaters — and averaged S4 1. The band also has a solid follow- ing at retail, with six of its albums, including the effort "Sailing the Seas of Cheese" and the disc "Pork Soda.
Claypool wants to see how crowds react to the band's per- formances before deciding about Primus' future recording and tour- ing plans. The two-disc package features an EP of new songs plus the band's 12 videos, including " Lacquerhead, " which was banned on MTV. I can't imagine it won't continue on, but it's sort of undefined at this point," he says.
But we're rediscovering this stuff. This is some insane music. That type of thing inspires me. Each show is split into two full seLs. Old and new songs, plus some fresh material, make up the first half. The second portion will be a starl-to-finish performance of "Sail- ing the Seas of Chee. To incorporate the hyperkinetic visuals of Primus' music videos from over the years, a DJ will mix images on video screens to complement the band's performances.
The idea is to play them all [during the course of the lour. So we will roll outj things that I haven't heard in years. And it'll be that much more exciting when thousands of people are along for the ride with us.
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Additionally, Sir- ius will expand the existing relation- ship in order to demonstrate the Bot- tom Line's long-term stability. In effect, he says, the nonprofit university is subsidizing a for-profit business.
NYU, he adds, needs more classroom space. The] univer- sity agreed to the Bottom Line's request for a day adjournment, during which we will be pursuing discussions with them to acliiive a reasonable outcome. FM radio and messaging heypad. Wilf demo tlw pfione ihrougli on-site sam- pling and prompt usage by offering lans the chance to text message encoR requests. Running a Human Gkipon promo in two marttets where street teams distribute bar- coded T-shirts offering tickets, Too Hot - Da B.Goody Man* - Pads & Cuts (Cassette.
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Radiate activates. Katarina StaniW, Qwest director of consumer marketing. Bob Roback. Yahoo CM of music Yahoo activates. Seagram's Gin global marketing director. Tony Rome. Haven Strategies president Maven executes. East Rutherford. Jiiv 1 5. Las Vegas Sepi S2. East Troy, Wis. WM Pakn Beach. Cuyahoga Falls. Chicago Sept. SepL B SS Ohio SS Portland, Ore. Sopt 10 S SS54J46 S 6. S0 9. Y SSZ7. Sept I? Grand Forfcs. Maryland Heights. Each deal is cut individually with the act 'The artist has to be in on this to sequester the tickets," Cooper says, "We feel like we are the only ones positioned to combine mer- chandise with tickets and the VIP Ticketmaster did through the pre- sale," Cooper says, adding that the response has been "amazing.
The key to this is keeping the fans happy. As fast as word spreads if something is a good thing, it spreads even faster if something is a bad thing. COM experience. We re already in business with the artist, we're already paying a royalty fee — all we have to do is come up with a split on these packages.
We give them our on- site guy's cell phone number. They're our personal guests. OK with this," Cooper says, adding that in most cases, package buyers still pay full price for a ticket. The date run com- mences Nov. It heads east through markets including the Beaumont Club in Kan. Phair will tour Europe in late September and October. The tour WTaps Nov. Music Festival in New Orleans. Tour will visit 20 col- lege campuses in days, beginning Oct.
University and running through Nov. Bands are the Ataris and Vendetta Red. The tour is produced by Clear Channel Entertainment. One ol hi. Take My Hand. And during that pregnant silence, a parishioner can be heard saying. Aretha Kranklin ever since. With the Sept. Arista Records album. Once again, she has teamed with contemporary hitmakers. Franklin even produces three songs herself. Yet for all the contemporary talent and style brought to I'ranklin's latest work, she has never lost her gospel rcxits.
Growing up. Franklin and sisters Carolyn and lirma sang gospel together in the church choir. By her teens. Franklin was touring as an opening act on her father's gospel show, an experience that introduced her to stars in both the gospel and secular worlds: Clara Ward, the Staple Singers.
Sam Cooke. Dinah Washington and Bobby Bland. After making gospel records lor Chess. Franklin headed to New York, where she caught the ear of legendan- Coluni- bia talent scout John Hammond. Between 19 3 1 and Beyond her oft-acknowledged status as the Queen of Soul, Franklin has been an active participant in the music industry for more than four decades and as such, she has witnessed many changes in the way the business of enter- tainment functions.
Not just a legendary recording artist. Franklin's impres- sive catalog as a songwriter includes such classics as "Think. Feelgood" and "Rock Steady. Since the early '70s, Franklin's name has also appeared as a producer on several of her recordings. On a recent September evening, speaking from her home in Michigan, Franklin offered her thoughts about an industry in which she has played such a pivotal role. Inyou signed with Arista, and that's been your recording home for 23 years.
What attracted you to the label? It was very similar to what I liked about Atlantic. The chief- tain. Clive Davis, did not sit in his lofty office.
He participated in the development and career of the artist, he got actively involved. There were a number of things 1 liked about Arista: Clive was doing a great job with liarry Manilow and with Dionne Warwick. We worked together on a mutual basis, and it was an honor to work with someone m brilliant as Clive, who I did not know when we were both at Columbia Records. I got to see his MO, 1 was privy to his me clings with his staff and it was just an honor and a real lesson in it.
What conditions existed for you as a new artist when you signed with Columbia Records in ? When I first signed with the label, artists were much less self-contained than they are today. You didn't get as much of the artist as you do now. I would say my first contract with Columbia was OK for a new artist at that time.
I had recorded before as a gospel artist], so I had a small following. It was a tremendous feeling signing with the company, and I was thrilled. I wouldn't say the contract was altogether fair. In those days, you didn't get much per side you recorded, so I didn't make a lot of money at Columbia; I made more money from performing.
Being at Columbia was much less person- alized than later recording situations 1 had. Goddard Lieberson was the head of the company, and I never met him once during those six years — couldn't even tell you what he looked like. You signed with Atlantic Records at the end of The bonus I got for. Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler were wonderful and fabulous. They were caring chieftains, and Atlantic was one of the classiest labels out there. I got to write, produce. You were with the label untiland you retained own- ership of some of your later Atlantic masters, which was unusual for artists at that time.
I've only really ever had two managers— way back, it was] my first husband, Ted White, and I hen for many years, my late brother, the Reverend Cecil I'ranklin. Basically, since then. I've managed myself, which is something grown peo- ple have to know anyway — how to manage themselves.
When you have two longliiiie industry people like Dick and Ruthie. They have both done a great job. Right now. Crown Booking, which is my own company, is also booking myself and my sons. Teddy and Kecalf. You are working with them on their careers, right? I'm now just beginning to do that. Teddy has been playing guitar on some of my shows, and Kecalf has his own hip-hop group. Right now, I'm looking for deals for both of them, working with Crown Productions based here in Detroit and with Gwendolyn Quinn.
She's one of the best — very focused, someone who gets the job done. The industry has been through many changes since you first began recording. What are some of the main shifts you see? Well, obviously the fact that many of the labels have merged and continue discussing mergers. Of course, the Internet has come into play — nowadays an artist could sell platinum online. Radio has changed to the degree that program direc- tors are Album) younger, and the playlists are tighter. How does that affect you?
Hey, I do the singing and put together the best music I can, and I leave the record compa- nies to do their thing! With my new album, I feel that the company is on point. There's a very. Arista has the ability to compete in the marketplace. I just hope that the radio people love the album as much as I do. I feel that Arista is going to support the album; That will be the determining factor as to whether I will stay with them after my contract ends.
I know that in the past you have consid- ered having your own label. Well, for some lime, I have been an aspiring CEO myself, and I've been interested in hav- ing my own record company. But as far as I have evaluated from talking to people like Sony Music U. This industry is extremely competitive, and I have no problem with competition as far as music goes. But as far as the business goes, you could lose tons of money if you try to start your own label. I did con. You have written some of your biggest hits — songs like "Think" and "Daydreaming.
It's great that some of my songs have done well. Artists have done songs like " Call Me" and "Ain't No Way," and "Think " has been used in a lot of commercials and movies. Wliat could be better for a writer than to have their music appreciated? In the past, I've written songs for each album, but I see myself doing that more and more where half of my albums will con- tain songs 1 write. I have to incorporate more of myself playing the piano on my records and writing songs.
Many of your Atlantic recordings were done that way, with you playing the piano, leading the rhythm section and so on. Yes, we did a lot more head arrangements where the musi- cians arranged around what 1 was playing at the piano — the records were put together like a soul buffet, songs like "Respect.
Now, I didn't always get the credits when 1 should have for what I did back then. As time went on. Early on, it was just about the music, and 1 wasn't thinking about the business side of things, getting credits as a producer or arranger.
But you learn from trail and error, and. Fortunately, by the early '70s, I started to make sure I got more credits for what I was doing on my records. Oinlinued on pa je. Then came Atlantic Records. Home to Ruth Brown, Ray Charles and Joe Turner, among others, the label specialized in what today is called "grown folks' music. We aimed it strictly at black adults.
It never occurred to us that Caucasians would start digging this music, too. He signed her in But Stewart passed, so Wexler stepped in — and history was made. Incred- ible, Southern good old boys who'd backed up the Staples, Willie Nelson and others. From that first note, the musicians knew they were dealing with someone whose musical lan- guage they understood. They felt, 'Hey, this chick is down. The infamous disagreement spurred White to spirit Franklin out of Alabama.
Located a couple of weeks later. Franklin completed that track and nine others in New York, where Wexler had flown the musicians. As charted in the record books. Franklin's ""I Never.
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