Magnified represents the real emergence of Failure, perhaps the best post-grunge dirge-pop band of the '90s. Shedding the sonic intrusiveness of producer/engineer Steve Albini, Failure took on the production of this effort, revealing recording and songwriting skills hidden on the band's debut of two years earlier. The melodies and arrangements are both simple and elegant, something like the Beatles meet Pink Floyd meets Black Sabbath meets '90s modern rock. This classic album has been remastered for its first ever vinyl pressing, and it's never sounded so good.
All Shook Down
Rolling Stone's 1990 review of The Replacement's final album opened with the line, "America's best band is back where it belongs: the garage." Fast forward to 2013, when the band reunites for some long-awaited live shows. All Shook Down has now been remastered from original analog tapes, with a quality pressing it has never seen, giving new life to this classic LP for its first ever US release on vinyl.
This 10-song debut album from one of Brooklyn's finest rock 'n' roll bands lives up to the expectations set by their previous EP. The arrangements here are simple and uncluttered, with plenty of room for singer Jeremy Fury to dip his vocals in slapback echo reminiscent of Sun Records-era Elvis Presley, and for the backing quartet to bring out the best in songs that reflect the influences of Leiber & Stoller, Eddie Cochran, and The Del-Lords. While the sound retains a '50's-'60s retro vibe, the lyrics apply themselves to universal and even modern concerns.
1. Trip Into The Light
2. Heart Of Stone
3. Cam Girl
4. Right Out Of Love
5. Some Days
7. White Star Bright Love
8. Settle Down
9. You’re My Halo
10. Sunlight In The Rain
American Dreamer CD
Anywhere Anywhere II Vinyl LP
Anywhere II is the second full length release from musical entity Anywhere, following their 2012 self-titled debut. The project's sound began with two friends Christian Eric Beaulieu and Cedric Bixler Zavala (The Mars Volta) digging into open tuning and hybrid ragas with punk energy.
It then evolved into an expansive, bizarrely curated cavalcade of A-list psychedelic exhibitionists from all parts California, and a few world famous musicians playing non-famous instruments, all arranged and overseen by a mostly unknown, humble guitar playing surfer dude.
The stellar line-up of II finds Beaulieu and Zavala accompanied by Krist Novoselic, Mike Watt, Dale Crover, Jonathan Hischke, and many others. Nowhere else in the world can you find a recording with members of Comets On Fire, Nirvana, Earthless, Melvins, Flying Luttenbachers, Sleepy Sun, Triclops!, Devendra Banhart, Lieutenant, Golden, Black Fork, Victims Family, The Mars Volta, fIREHOSE, and a winner of America's Next Top Model. And no one ever will again. Pressed at Pallas Group in Germany.
Anywhere Anywhere II Track Listing:
1. Bone Flute Blues
2. Light The Portals
3. Moon Burnt Mountain
4. Sunset Ruins
5. No French Quarter
6. Delta Of Venus
7. Flamenco Youth
8. Astrophysical Graffiti
Back In The Microwave Split Red 7" Vinyl
Bass legend Mike Watt and his Secondmen are back with another split 7” release, this time with Italian punk band Chronics. The two bands cover each other’s songs for this intercontinental collaboration. The 7” comes on blood red color vinyl and is limited to 1,500 copies worldwide.
Ball-Hog Or Tugboat?
- Ball-Hog or Tugboat? 180gram 2xLP
Ball-Hog or Tugboat? is the debut solo album from bass legend Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE, Stooges). Watt recruited an all-star group of musicians to participate in the recording. This 20th anniversary pressing is the first since the original release, and it sounds better than ever. The pressing is limited to 1,000 copies worldwide. The album comes on two 180g LPs, pressed at Pallas in Germany.