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As chaos envelopes the world, Manson penned the perfect prescription. The aptly titled WE ARE CHAOS was written/produced by Manson & Shooter Jennings. Rock & roll icon and painter, Manson continues to infiltrate fashion, film, and music, leaving his fingerprints on modern culture. "Making this record, I had to think to myself: Tame your crazy, stitch your suit, try to pretend that you are not an animal. But I knew that mankind is the worst of them all.Indie LP includes set of postcards.

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The Pineapple Thief are one of the leading lights of Europe’s experimental rock domain, led by post-progressive mastermind Bruce Soord and reinforced by Gavin Harrison (King Crimson) on drums. With the release of their new opus, The Pineapple Thief are set to raise the standard yet again, having delivered quite possibly one of the most important albums of 2020. Versions Of The Truth creates a conceptual progression from Dissolution - a contemplation on our ‘post truth’ world. Lyrically the album tackles a more personal reflection on how there can be more than one ‘version of the truth’, the impact it can have on our lives and the people we love.
 
Versions Of The Truth is Gavin Harrison’s second album as a full creative member of The Pineapple Thief alongside Soord, bassist Jon Sykes and keyboard player Steve Kitch. His presence has again helped bring writing and recording into sharp focus – a fresh dynamic added to the band’s previous creative process. Recording started at Bourne Place (London) and Soord Studios (Yeovil) as soon as they completed their US tour (October 2019 to April 2020), with engineering handled by Bruce Soord and Gavin Harrison, with mastering by Steve Kitch.

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2020 live release. On An Evening of New York Songs and Stories, Vega revisits some of the most iconic songs in her repertoire as well as more hidden gems in a stunning live recording on which she is backed by longtime guitarist, Gerry Leonard, bassist Jeff Allen and keyboardist Jamie Edwards. Recorded at New York City's famed Café Carlyle in early 2019, An Evening of New York Songs and Stories includes both familiar songs like "Luka" and "Tom's Diner" and deep cuts from her catalogue like "Frank and Ava" and "Ludlow Street". The mix of repertoire also features "New York Is My Destination" from Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers, Vega's one woman play about the Southern gothic novelist Carson McCullers, and a cover of her late friend Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side."

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Artemis

Artemis

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2020 release. The supergroup - Renee Rosnes (piano), Melissa Aldana (tenor sax), Anat Cohen (clarinet), Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), Noriko Ueda (bass), Allison Miller (drums) and Cecile McLorin Salvant (vocals) - conjures a powerful, multi-generational, globe-spanning collective voice. The 9-track project features material composed/arranged by the instrumentalist members that unfurls with a dynamic flow, stunningly eclectic yet entirely cohesive.

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The whole story could’ve been written in the stars…

Astrology tells us a “Saturn Return” happens when the planet Saturn revolves back to the same position it held upon our birth. It typically takes almost thirty years. However, in the case of Delta Spirit, it took a little less than fifteen. The enduring California rock quintet—Matthew Logan Vasquez [vocals], Kelly Winrich [multi-instrumentalist, vocals], Will McLaren [guitar], Jon Jameson [bass], and Brandon Young [drums]—realign on their fifth full-length and first album since 2014, What Is There. As much as it reflects their journey thus far, it also ushers them into new territory as both musicians and, most importantly, friends. In the end, Delta Spirit not only return, but move forward together on What Is There.

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As chaos envelopes the world, Manson penned the perfect prescription. The aptly titled WE ARE CHAOS was written/produced by Manson & Shooter Jennings. Rock & roll icon and painter, Manson continues to infiltrate fashion, film, and music, leaving his fingerprints on modern culture. "Making this record, I had to think to myself: Tame your crazy, stitch your suit, try to pretend that you are not an animal. But I knew that mankind is the worst of them all.Fluorescent Pink Cassette w/ Clear Liner.

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The Pineapple Thief

Versions Of The Truth [LP]

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The Pineapple Thief are one of the leading lights of Europe’s experimental rock domain, led by post-progressive mastermind Bruce Soord and reinforced by Gavin Harrison (King Crimson) on drums. With the release of their new opus, The Pineapple Thief are set to raise the standard yet again, having delivered quite possibly one of the most important albums of 2020. Versions Of The Truth creates a conceptual progression from Dissolution - a contemplation on our ‘post truth’ world. Lyrically the album tackles a more personal reflection on how there can be more than one ‘version of the truth’, the impact it can have on our lives and the people we love.
 
Versions Of The Truth is Gavin Harrison’s second album as a full creative member of The Pineapple Thief alongside Soord, bassist Jon Sykes and keyboard player Steve Kitch. His presence has again helped bring writing and recording into sharp focus – a fresh dynamic added to the band’s previous creative process. Recording started at Bourne Place (London) and Soord Studios (Yeovil) as soon as they completed their US tour (October 2019 to April 2020), with engineering handled by Bruce Soord and Gavin Harrison, with mastering by Steve Kitch.

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Marilyn Manson

We Are Chaos

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As chaos envelopes the world, Manson penned the perfect prescription. The aptly titled WE ARE CHAOS was written/produced by Manson & Shooter Jennings. Rock & roll icon and painter, Manson continues to infiltrate fashion, film, and music, leaving his fingerprints on modern culture. "Making this record, I had to think to myself: Tame your crazy, stitch your suit, try to pretend that you are not an animal. But I knew that mankind is the worst of them all.

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Delta Spirit

What Is There

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The whole story could’ve been written in the stars…

Astrology tells us a “Saturn Return” happens when the planet Saturn revolves back to the same position it held upon our birth. It typically takes almost thirty years. However, in the case of Delta Spirit, it took a little less than fifteen. The enduring California rock quintet—Matthew Logan Vasquez [vocals], Kelly Winrich [multi-instrumentalist, vocals], Will McLaren [guitar], Jon Jameson [bass], and Brandon Young [drums]—realign on their fifth full-length and first album since 2014, What Is There. As much as it reflects their journey thus far, it also ushers them into new territory as both musicians and, most importantly, friends. In the end, Delta Spirit not only return, but move forward together on What Is There.

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What if the antihero in your favorite film or book had no chance to repent, reconcile, or redeem himself? There's no victim to rescue. There's no evil to thwart. There's no tyranny to turnover. Instead of saving the day against his better judgment, he just walks a Sisyphean circle of existential malaise doomed to repeat yesterday's vices without the promise of a better tomorrow. Rather than tell this story on the screen or on the page, Uniform tell it on their fourth full-length album, Shame. The trio - Michael Berdan (vocals), Ben Greenberg (guitar, production), and Mike Sharp (drums) - strain struggle through an industrialized mill of grating guitars, warped electronics, war-torn percussion, and demonically catchy vocalizations. "Thematically, the album is like a classic hard-boiled paperback novel without a case," says Berdan. "It focuses on the static state of an antihero as he mulls over his life in the interim between major events, just existing in the world. At the time we were making the record, I was reading books by Raymond Chandler, James Ellroy, and Dashiell Hammet and strangely found myself identifying with the internal dialogues of characters like Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe." The lead-up to this moment proved just as intriguing as any of those characters' exploits. Born in 2013, Uniform bulldozed a path to the forefront of underground music. Following Perfect World (2015) and Wake in Fright (2017), the group's third offering, The Long Walk (2018), represented a critical high watermark. Pitchfork christened it "their most unified-and most deranged-record to date," and The Line of Best Fit crowned them "vanguards within the genre." In addition to touring with the likes of Deafheaven and Boris, they joined forces with The Body for a pair of collaborative albums - Mental Wounds Not Healing (2018) and Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back (2019) - as well as the live release, Live at the End of the World (2020). When it came time to pen Shame, Berdan made a conscious decision to include lyrics, marking a first. "I wanted my words to carry a degree of weight on this record," he says. "Books and cinema have always been integral to my life, and that is often because of how I relate to the themes and characters therein. I am naturally shy and terrified of being misunderstood. This time around, I endeavored to trudge through those fears in order to explicitly articulate what goes on in a dreary corner of my inner life. To put it plainly: I was in a dark place. It was the culmination of years of thinking everyone in the world was wrong, but me. I realized that I couldn't control the attitudes and behaviors of other people, but it was my responsibility to look inward and fix what was there. I had to articulate what was going on in my heart, my head, and my soul. As I set about the task of writing everything down, I experienced exorcism. If I wanted any kind of reprieve, I had to let go of the narrative that the demons in the back of my head had been constantly whispering to me. For years I held onto my lyrics like personal diary entries. Now is the time for a different approach." This record marks the debut of Mike Sharp on drums, adding a natural fire to the engine. His presence grinds down their metallic industrial edge with a live percussive maelstrom. Once again, Greenberg assumed production duties behind the board at Strange Weather. Building on the approach from their last LP, the band perfected the powerful hybrid of digital and analog, electronic and acoustic, synthetic and actual that has become their hallmark. In another first, Mixing duties were not handled by Greenberg, but rather handed off to the inimitable Randall Dunn at his studio Circular Ruin. Of this decision Greenberg says, "On 'The Long Walk' we took a big step in adding live drums and guitar amplifiers. It was a stylistic departure but it had actually been the plan for years, we were just waiting for the right time to execute. The next logical step with 'Shame' was to hand off the Mix phase of production. An alternate set of ears in the Mastering phase is crucial to gaining a wider perspective and creating a powerful end result, I wanted to find a similar constructive collaboration but earlier in the process. Randall was the obvious choice, he has long been a teacher and mentor to me; Berdan, Sharp, and I have some all-time favorite records bearing his name. Randall and I have also worked in the control room together many times before - the Mandy OST, and co-Producing the recent Algiers LP 'There Is No Year' for example - so we already had an established workflow and shared aesthetics." The opener "Delco" fuses guttural distortion to haunting chants buttressed by muscular percussion. Short for "Delaware County," the track reflects on Berdan's upbringing in a suburb west of Philadelphia and "how beatings and bullying by these local hellraisers taught (him) how to keep his guard up and navigate a violent world." Elsewhere, the jagged thrashing of "Dispatches" nods to "Alan Moore's Batman: The Killing Joke and how thin the margin between personal stability and total collapse is." Neck-snapping riffs kick "Life in Remission" into high gear as a spiteful scream spirals towards oblivion. "The song is about people I've been close to who passed away and how I've become numb to death. A lot of these songs have to do with an internal dialogue and overwhelming sense of fear, uselessness, and dread constantly whispering at me, 'You're not good enough. Give up and join those you've seen disappear and die.'" The near eight-minute "I Am The Cancer" closes the record, as Berdan adopts the perspective of "The Judge" from Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, going so far as to crib his proclamation, "God is war; war endures". In many ways, the title track "Shame" cements the core of the album with unhinged instrumentation and a brutal bark. "It's about self-medication not working anymore," he admits. "This person is so tortured by internal ghosts from the past. He winds up pouring alcohol on his grief and guilt until he's drowning. It was partially inspired by a Twilight Zone episode called Night of the Meek about a drunk, helpless department store Santa Claus who wants to make a difference, but feels incapable of doing so. That story has a happy ending. We'll see about this one." It may not be pretty, but Uniform's story is most definitely real. "All I can say is, I'm glad this exists," Berdan leaves off. "It felt like something we needed to create. Just completing it is enough for me."
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The Flaming Lips

American Head [2LP]

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American Head is the best and most consistent studio album from The Flaming Lips since the release of their most successful brace of albums The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots. Similar to those albums, the 13 songs on American Head are classically structured and features the same sonic and production qualities. Kacey Musgraves (a fan who covers “Do You Realize” in her live set) is featured on “God And The Policeman”.

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10 track collection of previously unreleased demos of all songs from the third studio album by PJ Harvey - To Bring You My Love - from 1995. Includes demo versions of the singles `Down By The Water', `C'mon Billy' and `Send His Love To Me'. Audio has been mastered by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering under the guidance of longtime PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish. Features brand new artwork with previously unseen photos by Maria Mochnacz.

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Mastodon

Medium Rarities

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Medium Rarities is the first rarities collection from Mastodon covering their entire career. The compilation features one brand new song – “Fallen Torches”. It also includes a bevy of classic covers, soundtrack contributions, instrumentals, B-sides, and live recordings on one complete package for the very first time. Among an eclectic array of covers, the musicians tackle “A Commotion” by Feist“A Spoonful Weighs A Ton” by The Flaming Lips“Atlanta” by Butthole Surfers, and “Orion” by Metallica. It also features soundtrack cuts such as “White Walker”[from the Game of Thrones inspired mix tape] and the soundtrack song “Cut You Up With A Linoleum Knife” [Aqua Teen Hunger Force]. Meanwhile, they get under the hood with instrumental versions of “Asleep in the Deep,” “Toe To Toes,” “Jaguar God,” and “Halloween.   

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Merce Lemon

Moonth

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Merce Lemon is a songwriter born, raised, and currently living in Pittsburgh, PA. She grew up immersed in the city's DIY scene, writing songs and playing in bands, including a punk band called Two Dragons Black and Red, until around the age of 12. She then took a hiatus from performing through her teen years, not finding her voice again until moving to Seattle for her last year of high school. There she met Dylan Hanwright of the band Great Grandpa, who produced two releases with her: 'Ideal For a Light Flow With Your Body' and 'Girls Who Jump In'. These songs were re-released in 2020 by Pittsburgh record label Crafted Sounds. After moving back to Pittsburgh in the fall of 2017, Merce recruited a new band-including her father Greg Pierce on guitar. On her new album 'Moonth' Lemon and her band craft an intimate and starkly confessional sonic world of songs that grapple with large-scale ideas. The nature of identity, the body, memory, and relationships are all explored through the lens of fluidity, with water as a recurring motif in her songwriting, and a fitting complement to lyrics and arrangements that draw you in like a gentle tide.
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Neal Morse

Sola Gratia

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2020 release from the former Spock's Beard guitarist. The album is conceptually based around the apostle Paul and features longtime Neal Morse Band members Mike Portnoy (drums), Randy George (bass) and Eric Gillette (guitar) as well as Bill Hubauer and Gideon Klein.

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Vinyl LP pressing includes digital download. Bob Moses - the electronic duo of Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance - wrote a concept record for the club. Presented over six continuously mixed tracks, Desire is a love tale for the digital age: all about the positives and pitfalls of humanity's driving wants, especially in these technology-driven times.
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Vinyl LP pressing. 2019 release. Romanticism is back and headed in a new direction with Loren Oden's debut album, My Heart, My Love. This album the listener to experience a uniquely curated sound: a sound with lyrical transparency and vulnerability, reminiscent of classic black soul and progressive R&B. Produced and orchestrated by multi-instrumentalist Adrian Younge, this is one of the most meticulously crafted albums ever to be released on Linear Labs. My Heart, My Love is a cultivated body of work, for the sophisticated lover, going deep into the guarded emotions we all try to avoid. The inspiration has always come from timeless music, and Oden and Younge have created an aural treasure that is sure to live on.
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Vinyl LP pressing. Joell Ortiz & KXNG Crooked met the year they both won XXL's coveted Freshmen of the Year Award. The two's careers are as legendary as any in the rap game. Joell Ortiz started by signing to Dr. Dre's Aftermath label, then moving to Shady records as part of the Super group Slaughterhouse with Joe Budden, Royce Da 5'9 and KXNG Crooked. Add to that a fresh feature on Eminem's album Music To Be Murdered By. Meanwhile, KXNG Crooked was signed to Virgin Records at just 17 before joining Death Row Records. He's had a flourishing solo career including collaborations along the way with TechN9ne, 2Pac, Benny The Butcher, Raekwon, Akon, Ray J and more. The West Coast LBC representer KXNG Crooked and Brooklyn's Joell Ortiz have finally come together for the joint project H.A.R.D. out on Mello Music Group.
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Sam Prekop

Comma

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Limited white vinyl LP pressing. 2020 release. Sam Prekop's boundless imagination is guided by his strong sense of melody. For more than 25 years, as a solo artist or as part of The Sea and Cake, Prekop creates a singular sound that is both inventive and warm. New album Comma takes Pekop's electronic music experiments in a surprising new direction. Working extensively with beat programming for the first time, Prekop uses rhythm as a narrative tool, tapping into electronic music's romantic and emotional qualities. Comma embraces the analogue synthesizer's often unpredictable nature, imbuing the record with a decidedly organic feel even while working within the relative rigidity of beat architectures.
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Vinyl LP pressing. London producer and electronic music humanizer Ryan Lee West aka Rival Consoles returns with his highly anticipated, compelling and cohesive new record Articulation. Following 2018's acclaimed double-album Persona, on which Ryan experimented with ambient soundscapes using an improvisational and spontaneous approach to his compositions that explored the extent to which electronic music can mimic our feelings and help better understand them, Articulation conversely was conceived using a very visual way of thinking. During the writing process Ryan drew structures, shapes and patterns by hand to try and find new ways of thinking about music and as a way to problem-solve away from the computer. The album title in fact references a piece by the avant-garde contemporary composer Györgi Ligeti, though not for it's music, but the non-traditional graphic score that accompanied it. The idea of using analogue drawings and tools to bolster digital creations can be heard.
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Saor

Aura

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Digitally remastered edition. Expertly transitioning between atmospheric black metal, celtic folk, and traditional Scottish sounds - the wildly exploratory music of Saor knows no limitations and seeks out every opportunity to expand on it's potential. Second album Aura was remastered and includes the previously unreleased demo "Ashes".
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Double vinyl LP pressing. 2014 release from Switzerland's Schammasch. Produced by Triptykon/ex- Celtic Frost guitarist V. Santura, this monolithic album is a challenging, forward-thinking black metal work of significant importance and one of the defining extreme metal records of 2014.
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2020 release. Multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated rock band Skillet release the deluxe edition project, Victorious: The Aftermath, which features all twelve original tracks from Victorious, plus eight additional tracks, including two brand new unreleased songs, and five reimagined songs.
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2020 live release. This collection of 23 tracks recorded during the band's critically acclaimed 40th Anniversary Tour combines their unparalleled virtuosity and red-hot rock 'n' roll spirit, all raw and completely live-the way it was played on sweaty stages around the world. The live album was produced by the multi-platinum band's guitarist/vocalist Brian Setzer, upright bass player Lee Rocker and drummer Slim Jim Phantom-original founding members of the iconic American rock and roll trio-and mixed by Vance Powell (Jack White, Arctic Monkeys).The album's career-spanning track listing features their greatest hits as well as several brand-new scorchers from last year's 40, the band's first new album in 26 years.

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Hokey Pokey, Richard and Linda's 2nd album together, is a jollier release than its predecessor. Richard was a fan of Harry Lauder and Gracie Fields, and this inspiration can be seen in the Victorian style cover art, and audible on both the title track and `Georgie On A Spree'. It is a mixture of darkly comical songs like `Smiffy's Glass Eye' and the wearier tones of `I'll Regret It All In The Morning" and "A Heart Needs A Home". Songs like `The Egypt Room' are more somber. 180-gram vinyl.

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`I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight' is a dark, eclectic album despite the uplifting nature of the title track. Richard takes lead vocal on four of the tracks, including fan favourites like "The End of The Rainbow". Linda shines on songs like "Has He Got A Friend For Me?" and "The Great Valerio". A classic, the album was initially very well-received by critics. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl.

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Uniform

Shame

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What if the antihero in your favorite film or book had no chance to repent, reconcile, or redeem himself? There's no victim to rescue. There's no evil to thwart. There's no tyranny to turnover. Instead of saving the day against his better judgment, he just walks a Sisyphean circle of existential malaise doomed to repeat yesterday's vices without the promise of a better tomorrow. Rather than tell this story on the screen or on the page, Uniform tell it on their fourth full-length album, Shame. The trio - Michael Berdan (vocals), Ben Greenberg (guitar, production), and Mike Sharp (drums) - strain struggle through an industrialized mill of grating guitars, warped electronics, war-torn percussion, and demonically catchy vocalizations. "Thematically, the album is like a classic hard-boiled paperback novel without a case," says Berdan. "It focuses on the static state of an antihero as he mulls over his life in the interim between major events, just existing in the world. At the time we were making the record, I was reading books by Raymond Chandler, James Ellroy, and Dashiell Hammet and strangely found myself identifying with the internal dialogues of characters like Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe." The lead-up to this moment proved just as intriguing as any of those characters' exploits. Born in 2013, Uniform bulldozed a path to the forefront of underground music. Following Perfect World (2015) and Wake in Fright (2017), the group's third offering, The Long Walk (2018), represented a critical high watermark. Pitchfork christened it "their most unified-and most deranged-record to date," and The Line of Best Fit crowned them "vanguards within the genre." In addition to touring with the likes of Deafheaven and Boris, they joined forces with The Body for a pair of collaborative albums - Mental Wounds Not Healing (2018) and Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back (2019) - as well as the live release, Live at the End of the World (2020). When it came time to pen Shame, Berdan made a conscious decision to include lyrics, marking a first. "I wanted my words to carry a degree of weight on this record," he says. "Books and cinema have always been integral to my life, and that is often because of how I relate to the themes and characters therein. I am naturally shy and terrified of being misunderstood. This time around, I endeavored to trudge through those fears in order to explicitly articulate what goes on in a dreary corner of my inner life. To put it plainly: I was in a dark place. It was the culmination of years of thinking everyone in the world was wrong, but me. I realized that I couldn't control the attitudes and behaviors of other people, but it was my responsibility to look inward and fix what was there. I had to articulate what was going on in my heart, my head, and my soul. As I set about the task of writing everything down, I experienced exorcism. If I wanted any kind of reprieve, I had to let go of the narrative that the demons in the back of my head had been constantly whispering to me. For years I held onto my lyrics like personal diary entries. Now is the time for a different approach." This record marks the debut of Mike Sharp on drums, adding a natural fire to the engine. His presence grinds down their metallic industrial edge with a live percussive maelstrom. Once again, Greenberg assumed production duties behind the board at Strange Weather. Building on the approach from their last LP, the band perfected the powerful hybrid of digital and analog, electronic and acoustic, synthetic and actual that has become their hallmark. In another first, Mixing duties were not handled by Greenberg, but rather handed off to the inimitable Randall Dunn at his studio Circular Ruin. Of this decision Greenberg says, "On 'The Long Walk' we took a big step in adding live drums and guitar amplifiers. It was a stylistic departure but it had actually been the plan for years, we were just waiting for the right time to execute. The next logical step with 'Shame' was to hand off the Mix phase of production. An alternate set of ears in the Mastering phase is crucial to gaining a wider perspective and creating a powerful end result, I wanted to find a similar constructive collaboration but earlier in the process. Randall was the obvious choice, he has long been a teacher and mentor to me; Berdan, Sharp, and I have some all-time favorite records bearing his name. Randall and I have also worked in the control room together many times before - the Mandy OST, and co-Producing the recent Algiers LP 'There Is No Year' for example - so we already had an established workflow and shared aesthetics." The opener "Delco" fuses guttural distortion to haunting chants buttressed by muscular percussion. Short for "Delaware County," the track reflects on Berdan's upbringing in a suburb west of Philadelphia and "how beatings and bullying by these local hellraisers taught (him) how to keep his guard up and navigate a violent world." Elsewhere, the jagged thrashing of "Dispatches" nods to "Alan Moore's Batman: The Killing Joke and how thin the margin between personal stability and total collapse is." Neck-snapping riffs kick "Life in Remission" into high gear as a spiteful scream spirals towards oblivion. "The song is about people I've been close to who passed away and how I've become numb to death. A lot of these songs have to do with an internal dialogue and overwhelming sense of fear, uselessness, and dread constantly whispering at me, 'You're not good enough. Give up and join those you've seen disappear and die.'" The near eight-minute "I Am The Cancer" closes the record, as Berdan adopts the perspective of "The Judge" from Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, going so far as to crib his proclamation, "God is war; war endures". In many ways, the title track "Shame" cements the core of the album with unhinged instrumentation and a brutal bark. "It's about self-medication not working anymore," he admits. "This person is so tortured by internal ghosts from the past. He winds up pouring alcohol on his grief and guilt until he's drowning. It was partially inspired by a Twilight Zone episode called Night of the Meek about a drunk, helpless department store Santa Claus who wants to make a difference, but feels incapable of doing so. That story has a happy ending. We'll see about this one." It may not be pretty, but Uniform's story is most definitely real. "All I can say is, I'm glad this exists," Berdan leaves off. "It felt like something we needed to create. Just completing it is enough for me."
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A superb set of instrumental tunes from Doc Watson, the man who forever changed the way guitar is played, and his sterling sidekick, son Merle Watson. Doc was a legendary performer who blended his traditional Appalachian musical roots with bluegrass, country, gospel and blues to create a unique style and an expansive repertoire. Doc tears through fiddle tunes like "Down Yonder," "Sheeps in the Meadow" and his signature "Black Mountain Rag." Merle leans more towards blues, and his slide playing is superb on the likes of "John Henry" and "Talking to Casey." The duo also touches base with swing ("Liza / Lady Be Good"), polka ("Guitar Polka") and take an unlikely romp through "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."As President Bill Clinton said, in awarding the National Medal of Arts, "There may not be a serious, committed baby boomer alive who didn't at some point in his or her youth spend a few minutes at least trying to learn to pick a guitar like Doc Watson."Doc & Merle were at the height of their powers in the early 1980s, when these were first recorded. About half of Doc's 7 Grammys, including his Grammy for Lifetime Achievement, were in his future. But soon after these recordings, Merle's future was tragically cut short in a fatal tractor accident.Songs Doc Didn't Sing is essential listening for guitarists and aspiring guitarists of all persuasions.
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Deluxe digitally remastered edition of the 1993 debut album from Jethro Tull founding guitarist, Martin Barre. Includes a rare bonus live track with JT drummer Doane Perry. A live album recorded at several 1992 shows, A Summer Band includes "Faith Healer," "Better Lying Down," "Too Tired," his takes on "Ain't That Peculiar," "I Shot the Sheriff," "Georgia" and more.
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Randy Brecker

Double Dealin

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2020 release. Two time Grammy winner Randy Brecker, an original member of Blood, Sweat and Tears, has been featured with legendary artists such as Stevie Wonder, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver and many others. The groundbreaking Brecker Brothers group, formed with his multi Grammy Award-winning brother Mike Brecker, is revered as one of the creators of fusion jazz. Two time Grammy Winner Eric Marienthal, a longtime featured member of The Chick Corea band, has performed with such greats as Elton John, Aaron Neville and Ramsey Lewis. His many #1 Smooth Jazz radio hits have garnered him a wide audience. Double Dealin' is an historic meeting of these two Jazz giants. Kicking off with the funky "Double Dealin'", the album features 10 originals such as "Mind The Fire,"a heartfelt tribute to Chuck Loeb, the Brazilian-flavored "Sambop," the laid back "3 Deuces" and much
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