Calexico & Iron and wine – In the reins

Ep or mini album. Where is the dividing line. This delightful disc has all of 7 songs. Its a collaboration between two of the brightest lights of alternative country today, Calexico and Iron & Wine. As an added bonux there is an appearance by Salvador Duran, a Mexican tenor on the title track. Nick Luca also plays on the record. Another name for me to investigate.

Calexico are well known for their western cowboy style of country, somewhere along the Mexican border. Joey Burns supplies most of the singing here and typically sings lyrics like the following, ‘One more drink tonight, let your gray stallion rest’. This appears in the gorgeous saddle weary ‘He lays in the reins’ cinematically building that vast western almost desert landscape for their horeseriding music. The songs is truly elevated to essential status by the appearance of the aforementioned Salvador Duran. With a name like that, surely, you can’t go wrong.

‘Prison on route’ is a softly sung love song which mentiones that most of the singer’s relatives are in prison. It passes time until we come to the magnificent ‘History of lovers’. This is very typical of Calexico and is simply drenched in horns and brass and a soft falsetto by Burns. The lyric deals with a used women and a love triangle. This song and the title song are what makes this album essential. Side one ends here.

Admittedly, i rarely turn over for side two, but I should. It kicks off with a sparse intro to ‘Red Dust’ which then goes honky tonk blues. Although well played its a bit repetitive for my liking.

‘Sixteen,maybe less’ is an incredibly softly sung ode to young love. Its very touching and has beautiful slide guitar, lovely chorus and evokes a memory we all hold in our minds.

With its more prominent use of bass and sax, ‘burn that broken bed’ introduces a different mood to the record. While it may still be a love song of sorts, this one isn’t all happy memories. It is good though.

We finish off on song number 7, ‘Dead man’s will’. Rather appropriate don’t you think? A man who regrests not showing his love more. He has little to give, but mostly want to give his love now he’s dead. Is it too late? Sounding completely like a ramshackle demo sung around the campfire, it nevertheless includes lovely harmonies. This collaboration can do no wrong.

If you like your music full of wistful lyrics, harmonious singing and slide guitar this would be an excellent purchase.
Packaging is minimal. Outer sleeve has lyrics printed on it though which is welcome. Standard inner paper sleeve. Sound is not bad but has that digital sheen while I have no problems with the pressing.

Road Records mailout 23-12-2007

Welcome to this weeks Road Records newsletter.

I hope you are all in good form today. Firstly apologies for the delay with
the newsletter this week but some of our orders were a wee bit late arriving
so we decided to delay the mailout so we could include all the weeks
releases.

We have finally got our copies of the Clap Your Hands Say Yeah album now in
stock. The Bracken mini album is now in stock on vinyl. Do Make Say Think
are back with a brand new album on the Constellation label and its now in
stock on cd and vinyl. The Mick Flannery album from last year has finally be
re-issued again and we now have some copies in store. Legendary stoner rock
outfit Fu Manchu are back with a brand new album this week. Irish band Ham
Sandwich have a new ep out this week. The wonderful Helios album is now
available on vinyl on the Type label. The new Deerhoof album is now in
stock. We have a couple of copies of a limited edition dj promo 12” from Of
Montreal in stock now, these won’t last long and we won’t be able to get
anymore. Xela have a new album out today on the Type label. The new !!!
single is out today on limited picture disc. The Besnard Lakes album is now
in stock on cd and vinyl. The Trans Am album is now in stock, but only on
cd, we should have vinyl copies next Friday. The new Findlay Brown album is
out today on the Peacefrog label. Bobby Conn is back with a new album on
Thrill Jockey. There is a lovely limited double 7” in today from M. Ward on
4AD. Rjd2 will surprise you all with poptastic new single out today on XL.
There is plenty more out this week but my fingers are now getting tired.

Have a great weekend !

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!!!-Heart of hearts-the first new material to come from the brand new album
myth takes on the warp label, this is some of the finest punk funk sounds
you will hear this month, its got one of those truly infectious basslines
that stick in your head all day after just one listen, this is pure
dancefloor funk music with a lovely dark edge to it with the use of
distorted guitars as the track progresses, very very limited one sided
picture disc 12 inch, february 2007-12"-warp-€7.50

Adjagas-adjagas-adjagas are a duo from lapland now signed to the ever label,
to my untrained ears there appear to be two very distinct traditional sounds
going on here, there appear to be rhythms comparable to the hypnotics sounds
of traditional african blues along with the vocal styles of traditional
innuit music, the resulting album is something that sounds like an african
tinged take on tuvan throat singers blended with traditional eastern folk,
none of this will really make sense unless you have a listen for yourself
and i do highly recommende it, february 2007-cd-ever-€20.99

Apples in stereo-new magnetic wonder-the apples in stereo return after
nearly five years of silence with a real uptempo pop gem on the yep roc
label, the band now features bill doss on keyboards from olivia tremor
control, the album is a real happy singalong summery sounding pop record
with little hints of the indie rock of the likes of pavement, the beach boys
sense of east coast pop, the tambourine led indie pop sounds of the dandy
warhols and also that seventies tinged soft rock of the likes of phoenix,
the album just bounces along with a real feeling of happiness about it and
its pretty hard not to get sucked in, fans of the last few phoenix albums
will love this, february 2007-cd-yep roc-€17.50

Besnard lakes-are the dark horse-this is a rather beautiful album which
manages to be both very very haunting and uplifting at the same time, there
are moments on the album where you could be listening to some strange
collaboration between godspeed and the polyphonic spree with its rambling
apocalyptic post rock blended with euphoric choral sounds, at other times
the album has a vocal delivery sounding like the beach boys meets low with
early syd barrett era pink floyd as backing band, its highly original stuff
and i can only recommend you at least give it a listen, february 2007-cd-jag
jaguwar-€15.99

Besnard lakes-are the dark horse-this is a rather beautiful album which
manages to be both very very haunting and uplifting at the same time, there
are moments on the album where you could be listening to some strange
collaboration between godspeed and the polyphonic spree with its rambling
apocalyptic post rock blended with euphoric choral sounds, at other times
the album has a vocal delivery sounding like the beach boys meets low with
early syd barrett era pink floyd as backing band, its highly original stuff
and i can only recommend you at least give it a listen, february 2007-lp-jag
jaguwar-€15.99

Bickley o farrell-all your life-brand new collaboration project from fergus
o farrell and david bickley on the ever reliable irish based
psychonavigation label, fergus o farrell was one of the founding members of
irish outfit interference and david bickley was the founding member of hyper
borea as well as working with brian enos opal company before he moved to
ireland, features a collection of sweet and quite catchy electronic pop
sounds, seven track mini album, also features remixes from electric
penguins, digitonal stars remix, epic instrumental remix by charles chx
reeves, chris coco and sacha puttnam remix of 3rd world and all your life
extended mix, february 2007-cd-psychonavigation-€10.99

Brown, findlay-separated by the sea-the debut album from this new mellow
folky based singer songwriter on the peacefrog label, the album calls to
mind the classic folk sounds of the late sixties and early seventies with
elements of the likes of nick drake, tim buckley and even the odd hint of
english folk like fairport convention, david mcwilliams etc, its a really
lovely acoustic based records featuring browns rather beautiful guitar
picking and his perfectly deep voice, there are comparisions to his
labelmate jose gonzalez but this is a much more uptempo affair, superb
stuff, february 2007-cd-peacefrog-€17.99

Clap your hands say yeah-some loud thunder-the second album from clap your
hands say yeah and the follow up the the hugely enjoyable self titled first
album, the album was produced by dave fridmann who has worked with the
flaming lips quite a lot in the past, 11 track album on the wichita label,
the first real notable thing about this album is fridmanns production on the
album, there are plenty of his trademark big studio effects on the album not
too far away from his last effort with the flaming lips with lots of
explosive almost wall of noise effects going on, elsewhere the album takes
off from where the first one left off, there are lots of quirky off kilter
indie rock gems in here sounding somewhere between the violent femmes meets
the pixies meets early talking heads, it definitely takes a few listens
before this album make any real sense but its worth the effort, comes with a
giant foldout poster, february 2007-lp-wichita-€17.99

Coleman, bill-ill tear my own walls down-bill coleman is a cork based
songwriter and this here is his debut full length album having already
released an ep back in 2003 on his own label, 11 track album on the bcm
label, comes in a paper digi pack sleeve, some nice mellow singer songwriter
sounds, february 2007-cd-bcm records-€18.99

Conn, bobby-king for a day-bobby conn returns with a new album for the
thrill jockey label, the album kicks with an explosive piece of over the top
mars volta like prog rock featuring dueling guitar riffs and all, things get
back to a more familiar sound after this and sees conn expand his soulful
sounds from earlier albums with something sounding like shuggie otis, beck
and prince fed through some psychedelic soul funk filter, this is quite a
varied album and will come as no surprise to long time fans who know what
this man is capable of, bobby is one of the few people who can seamlessy go
from soulful funk sounds to camp prog rock in the space of one track,
february 2007-cd-thrill jockey-€16.50

Css-off the hook part one-off the hook is taken from the fantastic css debut
album on the sub pop label, its propably one of their more guitar heavy
tracks featuring a very funky bassline and sounding like some indie pop take
on the tom tom club, features off the hook along with meeting paris hilton
css suxxx version, february 2007-7"-sub pop-€3.99

Css-off the hook part two-off the hook is taken from the fantastic css debut
album on the sub pop label, its propably one of their more guitar heavy
tracks featuring a very funky bassline and sounding like some indie pop take
on the tom tom club, features off the hook along with new track poney money
honey, february 2007-7"-sub pop-€3.99

Deerhoof-friend opportunity-finally deerhoof are back with the follow up to
the rather wonderful album the runners four, these guys have spent the last
year on tour with both radiohead and the flaming lips and it obvious from
just one listen how tight a unit they have become, the best way to approach
any deerhoof album is to forget about normal song structures and rhythms
because these guys have that rare ability to fit four or five into one three
minute blast of blissful psychedelic math rock, there is a real air of fun
about this album at times too with a real poppy sound to it, the album is
packed with strange time sequences and stop start moments, these guys have a
rare ability to go from cute n cuddly to explosive post rock in a matter of
seconds, this is one of those rare gems that will totally blow your mind
with all its strange and wonderful ways but deep down its just pure
psychedelic indie pop music, the album comes with six album sized double
sided prints inside the sleeve designed by the artist david shrigley,
february 2007-lp-atp recordings-€17.99

Distance-my demons-brand new album on the planet mu label from this bromley
based dubstep artist, this is some seriously heavy and also seriously good
new dubstep from dj distance, unlike the more ambient based sounds of last
years burial album distance goes for a much more heavy dub tinged sound on
his take on the dubstep movement, the album is full of crunchy almost hip
hop beats complimented with heavy dub reggae like bass riffs and looping
samples including plenty of weird vocals touches and some lovely swirling
guitar work, if this is what instrumental dubstep is supposed to sound like
then i am totally converted to this now, double vinyl pressing, try to
imagine some kind of dub reggae blend with totally slowed down drum n bass,
february 2007-2lp-planet mu-€19.99

Do make say think-you youre a history rust-the fifth studio album from one
of canadas finest avant rock outfits on the constellation label which is
also the home to godspeed you black emperor, do make say think features
justin small from lullabye arkestra and charles spearin from broken social
scene, the cd comes in a lovely card foldout sleeve, these guys have been
quietly making some of the finest post rock sounds for many years now and
one listen to this album and you will hear why they are still on one of the
leading lights on this scene, building on their post rock repetitive guitar
based sounds they have now added some brass, strings and even banjo and
mandolin into the mix, these guys create some of the most hypnotic looping
live sounds around at the moment and its also good to see they are not
afraid to just let things go every now and then as some tracks build up into
a wonderful wall of noise, february 2007-cd-constellation-€18.99

Do make say think-you youre a history rust-the fifth studio album from one
of canadas finest avant rock outfits on the constellation label which is
also the home to godspeed you black emperor, do make say think features
justin small from lullabye arkestra and charles spearin from broken social
scene, pressed on heavy 180gm vinyl and comes in a lovely heavy card
gatefold sleeve, these guys have been quietly making some of the finest post
rock sounds for many years now and one listen to this album and you will
hear why they are still on one of the leading lights on this scene, building
on their post rock repetitive guitar based sounds they have now added some
brass, strings and even banjo and mandolin into the mix, these guys create
some of the most hypnotic looping live sounds around at the moment and its
also good to see they are not afraid to just let things go every now and
then as some tracks build up into a wonderful wall of noise, february
2007-lp-constellation-€20.99

Dollboy-casual nudism-brand new eleven track album from oliver cherer aka
dollboy on the arable label, the album features some really lovely mellow
laptop electronica blended with some hints of rustic pastoral folk, there is
lots of glitchy but warm electronica mingling with live sounds of oboes,
flutes glockenspiel, xylophones, bells, brass and chimes, think of some of
folktronica sounds of the likes of four tet merging with seventies pastoral
folk instrumentals and the odd moments of minimal composers like phillip
glass, steve reich etc, really lovely stuff, february 2007-cd-arable-€18.99

Flannery, mick-evening train-the debut album from this irish born singer now
residing in new york, its a rather fine debut too for a man who has only hit
21 years of age, the album is based around slightly traditional folk sounds
with the added spice of a fine gravely voice not too far away from sounding
like a cross between nick cave and tom waits, its a highly rewarding almost
concept like album as it tells the story of two brothers and mick has
managed to hold the whole album together with some highly polished
songwriting and fine musicianship, there is not a bad song on this record,
this album was originally released on his own label back in 2005, february
2007-cd-emi-€17.99

Fu manchu-we must obey-one of the last remaining original stoner rock
outfits return for their tenth album to date, there aint much new to report
which is a good thing when it comes to fu manchu because they are just fine
doing exactly what they do, this is back to basics classic stoner rock full
of thunderous guitar riffs and a constant flow of classic rock sounds, along
with queens of the stoneage these guys are probably the finest exponents of
this groove heavy form of rock, the band now features bob balch, scott hill,
brad davis and scott reader, february 2007-cd-centruy media-€18.99

Gainsbourg, charlotte-5.55-the second album from the daughter of the
legendary serge gainsbourg, featuring the songwriting and musical skills of
french duo air and the production skills of nigel godrich who is famous for
his work with radiohead, the album is a collection of seriously laid back
lush french pop with lots of airs distinctive washes of lush synths and some
truly beautiful string arrangements, gainsbourgs vocals kind of remind me of
early kate bush coated in sweet honey, just one listen and you will see this
lady is not just some novelty act riding on her fathers fame, she is
definitely a force to be reckoned with and this is one hell of a beautiful
album, the album was originally released on cd back in 2006, limited edition
double vinyl pressing, 2007-2lp-because music-€22.99

Georgeson, noah-find shelter-guitarist with devendra banhart from time to
time and also the producer behind the recent black swan album from bert
jansch, an album of mellow laid back sounds calling to mind a blend of
brendan perry from dead can dance, neil hannon from divine comedy and the
magnetic fields, the album has a lovely sound quality to it with the
acoustic and electric guitar picking subtly added to with lush strings and
piano, february 2007-cd-plain records-€17.99

Ham sandwich-click click boom-this is the third single from this irish based
outfit, this is a real happy piece of infectious indie rock like some grunge
rock take on pj harvey meets the yeah yeah yeahs, features click click boom
and song in d, february 2007-cds-the route 109 recording company-€3.99

Helios-eingya-helios also records under the names goldmund and keith
kenniff, helios uses live guitars, drums and piano along with washes of lush
electronica, a collection of gentle floating sounds, glitchy laptop
electronica, layers of swirling guitars, minimal piano tinkling and the
rather interesting addition of live drums on certain tracks, its got moments
of artists like four tet, boards of canada to tortoise, mogwai and even the
durutti column, if you are a fan of labels like kranky, leaf or even morr
music you will simply love this stuff, this album was originally released on
cd in november 2006-lp-type-€18.99

Hidden hand-the resurrection of whiskey foote-features the legendary scott
weinrich from place of skulls, saint vitus and spirit caravan along with
evan tanner on drums and bruce falkinburg on bass, this is really classic
southern lord material with a hypnotic blend of heavy bass driven sludge
rock and some slightly faster groove heavy stoner rock, as you would expect
there are comparisions to early sabbath, pentagram etc but wino also throws
in quite a bit of more uptempo groove heavy sounds like some evil doom rock
version of zeppelin, this is quite simply a really really solid old style
stoner rock album, february 2007-cd-southern lord-€17.99

Knives ov resistance-prisca sapientia-limited edition pressing in foldout
paper sleeve, only 500 copies available, knives ov resistance features
spykidelic aka echo park and also demian castellanos from orichalc phase,
the album sounds like something you would expect godspeed you black emperor
to come out with if they were sent away to a lonely forest with only the
bare essentials to record with, there are some of the free folk sounds of
the likes of the no neck blues band etc but this sounds much more like a
totally stripped bare piece of acoustic post rock to me, its quietly
haunting with lots of hypnotic dark moments, the album comes in a lovely
screenprinted brown paper foldout poster sleeve too, february 2007-cd-aurora
borealis-€14.99

Kybosh, the-rubicon-this is the debut three track ep from this irish based
young four piece outfit, the ep features rubicon, the flood and too little
too late, and a damn fine ep it is too may i add, if you like you new wave
indie rock sounds in the vein of the likes of interpol or even the strokes
then this one is for you, the band have that heavy bass driven indie rock
new wave sound with a slighly dark edge to it, there are lots of echoing
guitars that wouldnt be out of place on an early cure or echo and the
bunnymen album and a bass sound that any killing joke member will love,
february 2007-cds-skankfish records-€3.99

Landed-times i despise-limited edition vinyl pressing on the load label from
this providence based outfit, these guys have been together featuring lineup
changes since the mid nineties and have released several albums on the
vermiform label, this album was recorded live in pawtucket in august 2001,
try to imagine the music of shellac, jesus lizard or even slint backed with
the vocalist from napalm death and then all fed through the most evil
distortion pedal, its full of explosive heavy post punk songwriting and
topped off with a truly evil vocal delivery, if you like your noise rock in
a lightning bolt style then this will be the one for you, february
2007-lp-load-€20.99

M ward-to go home-on this new single from m ward we are treated to his
rather lovely version of the daniel johnston track to go home, ward is
joined by rachel blumberg and neko case for the recording, m ward and
company give the track a real rootsy americana feel with lots of rockin
piano tinkling going on, very limited double 7 inch pressing on the 4ad
label, comes in a gatefold sleeve with a foldout poster, also features
cosmpolitan pap, human punching bag and a cover of the jimmie dale gilmore
track headed for a fall, february 2007-7"-4ad-€7.50

Malin, jesse-glitter in the gutter-jesse malin returns for his third album
and brings along with him a whole host of famous special guests, the album
features help from bruce springsteen, ryan adams, josh homme from queens of
the stone age and jakob dylan, this is pure back to basics roots rock and
you can hear straight away why springsteen got himself involved in the
recording of the album, try to imagine a slightly more country rock sounding
springsteen blended with the early rock sounds of tom petty, february
2007-cd-one little indian-€18.99

Malin, jesse-glitter in the gutter-jesse malin returns for his third album
and brings along with him a whole host of famous special guests, the album
features help from bruce springsteen, ryan adams, josh homme from queens of
the stone age and jakob dylan, this is pure back to basics roots rock and
you can hear straight away why springsteen got himself involved in the
recording of the album, try to imagine a slightly more country rock sounding
springsteen blended with the early rock sounds of tom petty, limited edition
white vinyl pressing and comes with a free poster, february 2007-lp-one
little indian-€20.50

Of montreal-faberge-limited edition dj promo pressing on the polyvinyl label
featuring two tracks from their brand new album hissing fauna, side a
features faberge falls for shuggie which is some kind of indie electronica
take on the soulful sounds of prince, side two features shes a rejector
which is a much more straight ahead slice of soulful sounding indie pop with
lots of quirky psychedelic edges, february 2007-12"-polyvinyl records-€10.99

Perkins, elvis-ash wednesday-this album will be officially released on the
xl label soon but we have managed to get our hands on the last few copies
released by perkins himself on his own label, on first listen you can tell
that perkins must have a great love of artist like bob dylan, fred neil and
even tim buckley, one thing that really stands out for me on this album is
the amazingly sparse production qualities when you can hear every string
being hit and every brush across the drum kit, this is some really really
beautiful sombre folk music, if you like your folky sounds somewhere between
early bonnie prince billy and elliott smith you will simply adore this
album, 11 track album in a card gatefold sleeve, february 2007-cd-no
label-€16.50

Pink mountaintops-single life-pink mountain is basically a noisy rock side
project from black mountain vocalist stephen mcbean, this new track sounds
like some distorted meeting of early rolling stones and the jesus and mary
chain, the track kicks in with a thunderous bass drum and guitar riff and
blasts away for three minutes, featuring noisy distorted guitars, heavy moog
sounds and pounding bass drum this is old style garage rock exactly as it
should sound, features the much more laid back track my best friend on the
flip side, february 2007-7"-jag jaguwar-€4.99

Riley, terry-reed streams-the second in a series of reissues from elision
fields label, originally released in 1966 these were the first comercially
available recordings from riley using his revox reel to reel tape machines,
the album has now been remastered from the original tapes, the album also
features a psychedelic big band version of in c mantra from 1970, the album
features lots of trademark riley sounds with short but repetitive sequences
played on a keyboard organ sounding more like a church organ than anything
else, features some of the most beautifully soothing repetitive loops,
february 2007-cd-elision fields-€17.99

Rio en medio-bride of dynamite-this is the debut album from rio en medio on
the label run by andy cabic of vetiver and devendra banharts band, the album
is a collection of layered vocals, sparsely plucked ukulele, found sounds
and weird electronic trickery, the album features help from cabic himself
and sierra cassidy from cocorosie, time fite, thom monahan and david
coulter, this is some really lovely kind of twee psychedelic folk with
comparisions to the likes of joanna newsom, vashti bunyan, cat power and
cocorosie, its got a real dreamy atmospheric feel to it with lots of multi
tracked vocals over the haunting sound effects, february
2007-cd-gnomonsong-€18.99

Rjd2-you never had it so good-this is far from what you might expect to be
coming out under the name of rjd2, this is pure piano driven underground pop
music at its best, the track kicks in with a punchy piano riff before the
summery west coast style vocals take over, its almost like a blend of early
badly drawn boy with the soulful sounds of cody chestnutt, this could be the
soundtrack to the perfect summer, also features just when on the flip side,
february 2007-7"-xl-€3.99

So cow-these truly are end times-this is the second release from solo artist
so cow that we have had the pleasure to listen to in here, the first was
released on the irish based rusted rail label and this new one is on the
covert bear label, this guy is rapidly becomming one of my favourite
underground irish artists already, imagine a blend of the loose indie rock
sounds of pavement or sebadoh blended with the anti folk sounds of jeffrey
lewis or even the moldy peaches, the album is full of beautifully ramshackle
lo fi sounds created by just one man and a selection of noisy guitars and
stripped down drum sounds, harking back to the classic days of jangly indie
rock, wonderful stuff again, february 2007-cd-covert bear records-€11.99

Trans am-sex change-the math rock meets synth pop specialists are back on
the thrill jockey label with a brand new eleven track album, the album opens
up with classic trademark trans am sounds where lush eighties synth sounds
meets clever post rock songwriting, these guys have all the good parts of
hawkwind, jean michelle jarre, kraftwerk, can, neu and heavy instrumental
post rock, they always seem to approach their music with a certain element
of tongue in cheek too and therefore adding a slighly humourous edge to the
chin stroking post rock genre, these guys can also rock in the best way
possible when they let loose too, check out track ten shining path if you
dont believe me, february 2007-cd-thrill jockey-€13.99

Vandervelde, david-the moonstation house band-brand new signing to the
secretly canadian label, vandervelde has recorded one of those instantly
catchy albums taking in bits of sixties psychedelic pop blended with a voice
that falls somewhere between marc bolan and early bowie, try to imagine a
blend of old style mellow country rock ala crosby stills and nash blended
with the sixties pop sounds of the beach boys, a bit of syd barrett solo
material and some of the off kilter electronic pop of the animal collective,
a really really fine album, february 2007-cd-secretly canadian-€16.50

Vandervelde, david-the moonstation house band-brand new signing to the
secretly canadian label, vandervelde has recorded one of those instantly
catchy albums taking in bits of sixties psychedelic pop blended with a voice
that falls somewhere between marc bolan and early bowie, try to imagine a
blend of old style mellow country rock ala crosby stills and nash blended
with the sixties pop sounds of the beach boys, a bit of syd barrett solo
material and some of the off kilter electronic pop of the animal collective,
a really really fine album, february 2007-lp-secretly canadian-€16.50

Xela-the dead sea-the first solo album from john twells in nearly two years
under the name xela, after leaving the city centre offices label twells has
released this new album on his own label type records, as the title suggests
this album has quite a lot to do with the sea, the sounds are at times like
a clatter of boats on the open sea with glitchy sound effects creating a
feeling of floating out at sea, you can hear the sounds of oars banging off
each other in a busy port area complimented with the beautiful strumming of
acoustic guitars and the tiny chimes of bells, sounding at times like
christian fennesz with live guitars, comes in a lovely card digi pack sleeve
with paper inner sleeve and lyrics, february 2007-cd-type records-€18.99

Xela-the dead sea-the first solo album from john twells in nearly two years
under the name xela, after leaving the city centre offices label twells has
released this new album on his own label type records, as the title suggests
this album has quite a lot to do with the sea, the sounds are at times like
a clatter of boats on the open sea with glitchy sound effects creating a
feeling of floating out at sea, you can hear the sounds of oars banging off
each other in a busy port area complimented with the beautiful strumming of
acoustic guitars and the tiny chimes of bells, sounding at times like
christian fennesz with live guitars, limited edition pressing on red vinyl,
february 2007-lp-type records-€18.99

Young james long-you aint know the man-a brand new project on the southern
label featuring the much underated pw long from mule along with kirkland
james from tenderloin and taylor young from young heart attack and
polyphonic spree, this is some great old style stripped down bluesy rock
with no song stretching over the two minute mark, features five down home
blues rock gems which should appeal to fans of the likes of rl burnside,
junior kimbrough, rory gallagher or even the more modern sounds of the the
blues explosion, its all very noisy and gritty and totally rock in my
opinion, this is modern blues rock exactly as it should be, february
2007-cd-southern-€9.99

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!!!-Myth takes -with bonus mix cd (ships out on friday 9th of march)-taking
off from where the previous album louden up now left off !!! Return with
some more delicious punk funk sounds but this time there is definitely much
more emphasis on live instruments in their sound, the album opens up with
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Ballad of the books-various artists (this album will ship out on friday the
9th of march)-a rather interesting concept album from the chemikal
underground label, the idea was for well known underground artist to put
their own music to words and poems by modern writers, the album features a
total of 18 tracks, my particular highlights so far would be the byrds like
country ballad from teenage fanclubs norman blake with john burnside, james
yorkstons delicate folk ballad with bill duncan, the slighly sleazy southern
rock sounds from sons and daughters with al kennedy, malcolm middletons
lovely arab strap like spoken work take on alan bissetts words, vashti
bunyans whispered folk tones to the words of rodge glass and king creosote
singing the words of laura hird, other artists feature mike heron, de rosa,
foxface, lord cutglass, aidan moffat with the best offs, karine polwart, ali
roberts, strike the colours, aereogramme, trashcan sinatras, emma pollack
and idlewild, the album comes with a lovely 32 page booklet featuring all
the prose and poems involved in the project too-cd-chemikal
underground-€14.99

Dark room notes-love like nicotine (ships out on saturday the 24th of
march)-this is the debut ep from this new irish based four piece and also
the debut release for this new irish label gonzo records, the main track
blasts off like some mixture of later new order meets the electronic tinged
indie rock sounds of the likes of the bloc party, its an infectiously catchy
piece of uptempo indie rock with lots of lovely eighties new wave tinges and
heavy synth sounds, also features evil disco mix by flood on the flip
side-7"-gonzo records-€4.99

Dark room notes-love like nicotine (ships out on saturday the 24th of
march)-this is the debut ep from this new irish based four piece and also
the debut release for this new irish label gonzo records, the main track
blasts off like some mixture of later new order meets the electronic tinged
indie rock sounds of the likes of the bloc party, its an infectiously catchy
piece of uptempo indie rock with lots of lovely eighties new wave tinges and
heavy synth sounds, the ep also features a remix by tom rixton and the evil
disco mix by flood-cds-gonzo records-€4.99

Hatherley, charlotte-the deep blue (ships out on friday 9th of march)-a much
more mellow and slighly poppy affair from charlotte hatherley who also plays
guitar with ash, this is a much slower and lush affair compared to the first
solo album from last year, falling somewhere between the lush singer
songwriter sounds of gemma hayes and the slighly indie pop sounds of cathy
davey, the feel of the album is much more laid back with less emphasis on
the blasting indie rock, features the single behave-cd-little sister
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Back from the grave-Volume 6-16 loud unpsychedelic wild mid sixties garage
punkers, compiled by the wonderful crypt label and featuring some of the
finest underground garage rock and early punk rock sounds from the sixties,
features shames, long john and the silvermen, keggs, beaux jens, savoys,
ascots, barracudas, golden catalinas, billy and the kids, shandels,
abandoned, treytones, bryds, werps and trojans of evil, compiled in
1985-Lp-Crypt-€13.50

Bloody hollies-Who to trust who to kill who to love-The bloody hollies are a
bluesy tinged garage punk outfit on alive records, this is some truly damn
fine traditional bluesy rock n roll, at times these guys sound like the
white stripes or the black keys meets early led zeppelin, the album is full
of big chunky guitar riffs perfectly complemented by wesley doyles raw
vocals, what i love most about this album is the fact that these guys dont
try and mess around with a winning formula by being all arty and clever,
they aint afraid to let the songs just rock out on their own in a totally
loose style, january 2007-Cd-Alive-€19.99

Bloody hollies-Who to trust who to kill who to love-The bloody hollies are a
bluesy tinged garage punk outfit on alive records, this is some truly damn
fine traditional bluesy rock n roll, at times these guys sound like the
white stripes or the black keys meets early led zeppelin, the album is full
of big chunky guitar riffs perfectly complemented by wesley doyles raw
vocals, what i love most about this album is the fact that these guys dont
try and mess around with a winning formula by being all arty and clever,
they aint afraid to let the songs just rock out on their own in a totally
loose style, limited edition red vinyl pressing, february
2007-Lp-Alive-€14.99

Boredoms-Super roots five-Originally released in 1995 on the warners reprise
label, the album features just one monstrous 64 minute long track and is
pure heaven to lovers of pure psychedelic noise, the album takes off slowly
with a haunting slow building noise which slowly builds up into a real
cacophony of white noise driven by totally distorted guitars and one non
stop drum roll on a collection of cymbals, its easy to see where bands like
yellow swans and lightning bolt get their influences from when you hear this
gem of an album, january 2007-Cd-Very friendly-€19.99

Boredoms-Super roots one-This album was originally back in 1993 on the major
label reprise records, the album features 14 short sharp blasts of boredoms
mayhem clocking in at just under 20 minutes in total, i wiould simply love
to have seen the faces on the men in suits behind the warners desks when
they were presented with this piece of avant garde madness from one of
japans finest, ranging from brass driven pure avant garde jazz rock to some
short blasts of old school garage rock to syd barret like psychedelic
madness, reissued on the very friendly label, january 2007-Cd-Very
friendly-€12.99

Cajun social music-Various artists-Reissue of this rather excellent
collection of traditional cajun music from the smithsonian folkways label,
the album was originally recorded and released in 1975 and features some
fine rustic traditional music, highlights include nathan abshire, mark savoy
and hector duhon, the album features a total of 13 tracks and comes with the
original detailed liner notes inside, reissued in 1990-Lp-Smithsonian
folkways-€10.99

Camera obscura-Lets get out of this country-Album number 3 from one of
glasgows finest indie pop bands, what makes these guys stand out is their
total love of sixties pop sounds particularly the sounds of motown and the
phil spector era, not only did tracyanne campbell write all the songs on
this album but she possesses one of the sexiest voices on the planet,
bittersweet love songs that will put a smile on your face, you get
everything from the country tinged dory previn to the blistering sixties pop
opener lloyd im ready to be heartbroken, dont be scared by all the pop
references as these guys write some of the most clever songs you will hear
all year, just one listen and we guarantee you will be in love with them, 10
track album on the elefant label, june 2006-Cd-Elefant-€17.99

Camera obscura-Under achievers please try harder-Glaswegian indie pop outfit
mixing up belle and sebastian with their own distinct sounds of early
motown, phip spector and pure happy indie pop, still after all these years
its one of the finest pop records of all time, december
2003-Cd-Elefant-€17.99

Coltrane, john-Blue train-Coltranes first album for the blue note label and
originally released in 1957, features blue train, moments notice,
locomotion, im old fashioned and lazy bird, features coltrane on tenor sax,
lee morgan on trumpet, curtis fuller on trombone, kenny drew on piano, paul
chambers on bass and philly joe jones on drums, features four coltrane
originals plus his take on the jermoe kern and johnny mercer tune im old
fashioned, us import reissue-Lp-Blue note-€12.99

Coltrane, john-Bye bye blackbird-Only released by pablo in 1981but recorded
in 1962 just after recoriding the ballads album which showed those who had
not yet heard he could sing on the saxophone he could and features the same
incredible lineup of elvin jone on drums, mccoy tyner on piano and jimmy
garrison on bass whilst on european tour, features two epic tracks bye bye
blackbird on side a and traneing in on side b-Lp-Zyx music-€12.99

Comets on fire-Avatar-The follow up to the acclaimed blue cathedral album
from two years ago, this fourth album is not as pure adrenaline or hypnotic
as previously, moving away from the straight all out psych rock assault,
avatars sound is a more tuneful offering giving it a more prog sound while
still firmly rooted somwhere in the early seventies, imagine the battles
with good old fashioned blues hooks, and vocals, comes in a heavy card
sleeve, august 2006-Lp-Sub pop-€14.99

Congos-Heart of the congos-The original version on the vp record label in
the original sleeve, this album was released way back in 1977, the album was
produced by lee perry at black ark and is still seen as one of his finest
productions to this day, the album is still hailed as one of the finest
roots reggae albums of all time and after one listen you will see why, this
pressing features the original 10 track album-Lp-Vp records-€17.99

Covay, don-See saw-A bit of a soul gem from way back in 1966 on the atlantic
label, don covay used to be a member of the doo wop outfit the rainbows in
the fifties, features the blistering self penned opener see saw along with
the boomerang, everything gonna be everything, fat man, precious you, iron
out the rough spots, please do something, i never get enough of your love,
the usual place, a womans love, sookie sookie and mercy mercy, american
reissue in the original sleeve-Lp-Atlantic-€12.99

Css-Cansei de ser sexy-An album with so many influences and genres thrown in
that its hard to know where to begin, taking in bits of esg along with bits
of peaches, tom tom club, rapture, lcd soundsystem, eighties synth pop and
lots of very funky electroclash, the album is packed with fun and so much
sassy teenage attitude, try to imagine sonic youths kim gordon fronting an
electroclash souning esg whilst covering tom tom clubs worthy rappinghood, a
totally fresh new sound and one i have to admit i absolutely love at the
moment, july 2006-Cd-Sub pop-€17.99

Css-Cansei de ser sexy-An album with some many influences and genres thrown
in that its hard to know where to begin, taking in bits of esg along with
bits of peaches, tom tom club, rapture, lcd soundsystem, eighties synth pop
and lots of very funky electroclash, the album is packed with fun and so
much sassy teenage attitude, try to imagine sonic youths kim gordon fronting
an electroclash souning esg whilst covering tom tom clubs worthy
rappinghood, a totally fresh new sound and one i have to admit i absolutely
love at the moment, limited vinyl pressing with different artwork to the cd,
july 2006-Lp-Sub pop-€15.99

Curtains-Calamity-The curtains are based around chris cohen from deerhoof
and natural dreamers, guests on the album include nedelle torrisi on vocals,
annie lewandowski, john ringhofer from half handed cloud and sufjan stevens
band on trombone, as you would imagine an album featuring a member of
deerhoof this is quite a varied sound with songs changing rapidly from genre
to genre, there is some excellent quirky kinda psychedelic pop sounds, noisy
garage rock, melodic indie pop, avant garde art rock and plenty more
inbetween all that, thirteen track album clocking in a just over 30 minutes
so the tracks are all quite short and to the point, released on the
asthmatic kitty label, november 2006-Cd-Asthmatic kitty-€16.99

Davis, miles-Decoy-This miles davis album was originally released in 1983 on
the columbia label, features robert irving iii on keyboards, al foster on
drums, darryl jones on bass, bill evans on sax, branford marsalis on sax and
john scofield on guitars, features decoy, robot 415, code md, freaky deaky,
what is it, thats right and thats what happened, us vinyl reissue comes in
the original gatefold sleeve-Lp-Columbia-€12.99

Davis, miles-My funny valentine-Five track live recording from february
1964, features my funny valentine, all of you, stella by starlight, all
blues and i thought about you, features miles on trumpet, george coleman on
tenor sax, herbie hancock on piano, ron carter on bass and tony williams on
drums, american reissue on the columbia label in the original
sleeve-Lp-Columbia-€13.99

Davis, miles-Porgy and bess-Released by the columbia label in 1958 this is
probably one of the most famous jazz records of all time, features two
giants of jazz music miles davis and gil evans, also features cannonball
adderley, paul chambers on bass and jimmy cobb on drums, us import
reissue-Lp-Columbia-€13.99

Dean and britta-Words you used to say-Five track ep from the former singer
with galaxy 500 and also both members were in luna, features one track taken
from the forthcoming album back numbers on zoe records, the ep also features
four covers including were not supposed to be lovers written by adam green,
since i lay my burden down written by michael holland and mixed by sonic
boom, colours by donovan and distractions part one written by bobby darin,
the sounds are all very lush and orchestral at times recalling the sounds
that lee hazlewood and nancy sinatra made in the past, since i lay my burden
down which was mixed by sonic boom is a real throwback to the droning sounds
of early galaxy 500, perfect late night sounds, january 2006-Cd-Zoe
records-€7.99

Dexateens-Teenager-Originally released in 2006 on the dellorso label, the
album is being made available again in europe to coincide with the release
of the new album hardwire healing, the album features eight tracks of high
quality old fashioned rock n roll sounding like a southern rock obsessed
version of the likes of the hellacopters or gluecifer, high energy sleazy
rock sounds with hints of classic skynrd, 2006-Cd-Dell orso records-€15.99

Do make say think-Goodbye enemy airship the landlord is dead-7 track album
featuring members of godspeed you black emperor, march
2002-Cd-Constellation-€18.99

Do make say think-Winter hymn country hymn secret hymn-The fourth album from
this canadian collective, these guys just get better with every release,
comes in the usual beautiful cardboard packaging, october
2003-Cd-Constellation-€18.99

Earth-Extra capsular extraction-3 track album from 1991 from the true gods
of doom rock, features dylan carlson on guitars, dave harwell on bass and
joe preston on bass and percussion, features 3 long and very very slow doom
rock tracks including the excellent 18 minute epic ouroboros is broken,
taking elements of black sabbaths doom metal and slowing it down to its
minimal pace, distorted guitar chords are let hang in the air whilst the
pounding drums take you off to a world where everything moves about as fast
as a snail on downers, truly groundbreaking stuff, now thankfully reissued
by sub pop, june 2006-Lp-Sub pop-€13.99

Earth-Hex or printing in the infernal method-The fifth studio album from
dylan carlson and adrienne davis, well blow me away, dylan carlson has found
how to turn off the fuzz pedal and earth suddenly become one of the most
stunningly beatiful instrumental americana bands, the album sounds like the
soundtrack to a morricone movie slowed down to crawling pace, long drawn out
guitar and pedal steel notes accentuated with their trademark slow paced
minimal drumming from adrienne davis, a really stunning record, september
2005-Cd-Southern lord-€17.99

Ellington, duke-Far east suite-In 1963 duke eliington and his famed band
went on a us state department world tour, after the tour ellington and his
co-composer billy strayhorn wrote these swing based impressions of the far
east, incredible that ellington still had creative desires at the age of 67,
features tourist point of view, bluebird of delhi, isfahan, depk, mount
harissa, blue pepper, agra, amad and ad lib on nippon, originally released
in 1966-Lp-Rca-€12.99

Explosions in the sky-How strange innocence-This is the very first
collection of recordings from explosions in the sky, originally recorded
before their debut album was released and then issued as limited tour cds,
now fully remastered with all new artwork, a collection of big meandering
post rock sounds with heaps of layered fuzzed up guitars and explosive
instrumentals, the album was originally in 2005 and is now available again a
mid price, february 2007-Cd-Temporary residence-€13.99

Fahey, john-Yellow princess-This was to be faheys second and final album for
the vanguard label, it was recorded in 1968, features the yellow princess,
view, lion, march for martin luther king, the singing bridge of memphis
tennessee, dance of the inhabitants of the invisible city of bladensburg,
charles lee a memoriam, irish setter and commemorative transfiguration, this
reissue on the vanguard label comes in the original sleeve and still
features faheys rather bizarre liner notes, features jay ferguson on organ,
mark andes on electric bass, matt andes on guitars and kevin kelley on
drums, reissued in 2004-Cd-Vanguard-€12.99

Fugazi-Red medicine-15 track album from 1995 on dischord records, features
do you like me, bed for the scraping, latest disgrace, birthday pony,
forensic scene, combination lock, fell destroyed, by you, versions, target,
back to base, downed city and long distance runner, 1995-Cd-Dischord-€13.99

Gainsbourg, charlotte-5.55-The second album from the daughter of the
legendary serge gainsbourg, featuring the songwriting and musical skills of
french duo air and the production skills of nigel godrich who is famous for
his work with radiohead, the album is a collection of seriously laid back
lush french pop with lots of airs distinctive washes of lush synths and some
truly beautiful string arrangements, gainsbourgs vocals kind of remind me of
early kate bush coated in sweet honey, just one listen and you will see this
lady is not just some novelty act riding on her fathers fame, she is
definitely a force to be reckoned with and this is one hell of a beautiful
album, september 2006-Cd-Because music-€19.99

Gang of four-A brief history of the 20th century-A 20 track collection of
their finer moments during the emi period, originally compiled in 1990 but
now re-issued at mid price, february 2004-Cd-Emi-€10.99

Gaye, marvin-Lets get it on-A real gem of a marvin gaye album from way back
in 1973 on the motown label, features the massive and timeless classic lets
get in on along with please stay, if i should die tonight, keep getting it
on, come get to this, distant lover, you sure love to ball and just to keep
you satisfied, american import reissue on the motown label, comes in the
original gatefold sleeve-Lp-Tamla motown-€12.99

Gaye, marvin-Whats going on-Originally released in 1970 on the tamla motown
label, limited vinyl reissue in the original gatefold sleeve, features whats
going on, right on, wholy holy, inner city blues, whats happening brother,
flyin high, save the children, god is love and mercy mercy me, reissue on
tamla motown in 1998-Lp-Tamla motown-€13.99

Gillespie, dizzy-Jam at montreaux 1977-What you get on this album is one of
the finest bop lineups recorded which came about by accident, for some
bizarre reason dizzys rhythm section ended up somewhere else and the
prodcuer norman granz had to assemble what he could for the show, and he
only managed to get monty alexander on piano, ray brown on bass, jimmi smith
on drums and milt jackson on vibes, some of which are incredible recording
artists in their own rights, features girl of my dreams, get happy, the
champ and medley featuring once in a while, but beautiful and also heres
that rainy day-Lp-Fantasy inc-€12.99

Gillespie, dizzy and machito-Afro cuban jazz moods-A historic meeting
between jazz legend dizzy gillespie afro cuban legends the machito
orchestra, recorded in 1975 over two days that coincided with a live date in
st patricks cathedral, marks the first time dizzy gillespie was ever in a
studio with a synthesiser, features oro incienso y mirra, calidoscopico,
pensativo and exuberante-Lp-Pablo records-€12.99

Godspeed you black emperor-Slow riot for new zero kanada ep-2 track mini
album, features the wonderful speech from blaise bailey third, features the
10 minute track moay along with the 17 minute epic blaise bailey finnegan 3,
1999-Lp-Constellation-€16.99

Guthrie, woody-Ramblin round-A collection of 40 classic guthrie songs spread
over 2 cds, an excellent introduction to the work of one of the finest
protest singers of all time, features the likes of tom joad, vigilante man,
i aint got no home, gypsy davy, the great dust storm, dust bowl blues and
many many more, compiled 2000-2cd-Snapper-€9.99

Hidden hand-Devoid of colour-Limited dual disc release, features 5 brand new
tunes from hidden hand plus a dvd side featruring live footage, studio
footage and more, limited to only 3000 copies worldwide, formed by ex spirit
caravan and place of skulls member scott weinrich and featuring bruce
falkinberg and dave hennessey, these guys have a deep love of early heavy
metals sounds and classic seventies groove laden rock, like a cross between
the better led zeppelin moments and early sabbath, pure class, february
2006-Cd-Southern lord-€20.50

Higgs, daniel-Ancestral songs-Solo project from the former singer with
legendary outfit lungfish, on the same label that has brought us ben chasny
of six organs of admittance and om, higgs has a created a very interesting
crackling psychedelic folk journey using jews harp, banjo and even toy
piano, i have already used john fahey as a reference point to much in
reviews this week, so think of the recent sir richard bishop or alexander
tucker albums with a little vocals here and there, well worth a listen,
february 2007-Cd-Holy mountain-€16.99

Holden-The idiots are winning-According to james holden this is not a debut
album, but it is a debut as such, leaving behind his early progressive house
material the idots are winning is a superb ten track collection of tracks
that sublimely unites the best bits of electronica and techno, the pulstaing
rhythms and electronic manipulations mark this album out, and we have been
tryiing to get it in since its release in late november, well worth the
wait, anyone who heard the phenomenal nathan fake or depeche mode remixes or
caught him ddejaying at the pod will know the quality to expect, give this
one a listen, the cover image was selected by holden as the winner of a
competition run through the record labels website, january 2007-Cd-Border
community-€16.99

Holden-The idiots are winning-According to james holden this is not a debut
album, but it is a debut as such, leaving behind his early progressive house
material the idots are winning is a superb ten track collection of tracks
that sublimely unites the best bits of electronica and techno, the pulstaing
rhythms and electronic manipulations mark this album out, and we have been
tryiing to get it in since its release in late november, well worth the
wait, anyone who heard the phenomenal nathan fake or depeche mode remixes or
caught him ddejaying at the pod will know the quality to expect, give this
one a listen, the cover image was selected by holden as the winner of a
competition run through the record labels website, january 2007-Lp-Border
community-€19.99

Jansch, bert-Black swan-A new album from the folk legend, as a solo artist
and member of pentangle, that is bert jansch, here he is joined on different
songs by the new generation of folksters such as devendra banhart, otto
hauser and beth orton, beautiful compositions and traditional arrangements,
this is as good as some of his finest material from the olden days such as
jack orion, october 2006-Lp-Drag city-€17.99

Johnson, robert-Contracted to the devil-An introduction to the works of the
legendary bluesman, 24 track collection, released originally in 1997, still
considered to one of the founders of folk blues music, features gems like
crossroad blues, walkin blues, hellbound on my trail, kind hearted woman
blues, 20 20 blues, love in vain, terraplane blues, malted milk, me and the
devil blues, im a steady rollin man, dead shrimp blues and so many more,
2002-Cd-Sony music-€8.99

Johnson, robert-Cross road blues-An introduction to, 29 track budget priced
introduction to the world of one the true pioneers of blues and folk music,
april 2004-Cd-Proper-€8.99

Johnson, robert-Hellbound on my trail-A collection of 20 classic robert
johnson recordings from 1936 and 1937, one of the most important figures in
the history of folk and blues music and its origins, all recordings have
been digitally remastered for this excellent budget priced collection,
compiled in 2000-Cd-Roots-€7.99

Joy division-Closer-The original factory records released album now
available on vinyl again, originally released in 1980, nine track album
featuring atrocity exhibition, isolation, passover, colony, a means to an
end, heart and soul, twenty four hours, the eternal and decades, the album
comes in the original sleeve-Lp-Factory records-€19.99

Kraftwerk-Trans europe express-7 track album from 1977, features trans
europe express, metal on metal, the hall of mirrors, trans europe express,
franz shubert, endless endless and showroom dummies, now at mid
price-Cd-Capitol-€9.99

Kraftwerk-Trans europe express-7 track album from 1977, features trans
europe express, metal on metal, the hall of mirrors, trans europe express,
franz shubert, endless endless and showroom dummies, reissue on the capitol
label-Lp-Capitol-€12.99

Ktl-Ktl-Ktl is a new project to feature stephen o malley from sunn o and
khanate along with peter rehberg from pita, the album opens up rather like
the americana tinged sounds of the last earth album with a droning
background sound complemented by slow twangy guitar picking, as the ablum
progresses the now familiar metal edged white noise of sunn o slowly begins
to take over in the mix and the album takes on a far more sinister edge, the
huge slowed down guitar riffs are backed up with a haunting festival of
background noise with minimal bass notes and a ferocious noise comparable to
a swarm of bees slowly approaching, the album features six pieces of sublime
droning rock that has o malleys stamp all over it, january 2007-Cd-Editions
mego-€19.99

Leadbelly-Good morning blues-A collection of recordings made in the period
between 1936 to 1940, 17 tracks on heavy vinyl and in the original sleeve,
featues cc rider, gallis pole, goodnight irene and many more leadbelly
classics, there is little disputing the fact that this man is still one of
the most influential folk and blues singers of all time and his influence
can still be heard even in modern folk and rock sounds, a really lovely
introduction to a pure genius from times past, 2002-Lp-Earmark-€12.99

Leadbelly-The tradition masters-Features a selection of leadbellys more
famous tunes, contains goodnight irene, house of the rising sun, where did
you sleep last night, the gallis pole and many more, most recordings made by
alan lomax, features a total of 23 tracks, an exceptional introduction to
one of the most influential blues and folk singers of all time,
2002-Cd-Ryko-€15.99

Lynn, loretta-Country music hall of fame series-16 track mid price
introduction to the wonderful voice of loretta lynn, features a collection
of material from the early sixties to the mid seventies, features the coal
miners daughter, the pill, blue kentucky girl, im a honky tonk girl and
more, compiled 1991-Cd-Mca-€13.50

Meters-Fire on the bayou-The third album from this classic new orleans funk
outfit and originally released in 1975 on reprise records, produced by allen
toussaint and led by art neville, classic tight and mostly instrumental funk
sounds from one of the most influential funk acts to come out of the
legendary new orleans funk scene in the seventies, us
import-Lp-Reprise-€12.99

Meters, the-Look ka py py-The second album from art nevilles new orleans
soul funk outfit originally released in 1970, these used to work as backing
band for allen toussaint who also produced this album for them, 12 track
album in the original sleeve, the band features art neville, leo nocentelli,
george porter and joseph modeliste, reissue on the josie label-Lp-Josie
records-€12.99

Mighty stef-The sins of sainte catherine-The debut album from mighty stef
aka stefan murphy, stefan is an irish based songwriter and this album was
mostly recorded in montreal, a rather fine collection of dirty blues and
country sounds with plenty of nick cave sounding sleazy elements, try to
imagine some early bad seeds recordings with some quirky traditional country
and blues influences or even a slightly more rocking tom waits meets the
spirit of johnny cash at times, features 13 tracks on his own firstborn is
dead records label, september 2006-Cd-The firstborn is dead-€16.99

Monk, thelonious-Alone in san francisco-Originally released in 1959 as a
follow up to thelonious himself, a previous solo effort, alone in san
francisco regarded as a must own recording and not just for the great cover,
recroded on stage at the fugazi hall monk is in quite contemplative mood
here no doubt affected by having to leave his wife recovering from surgery
to record this set, for those of you who dont like jazz this album is all
piano, and who doenst like that, played by one the greatest players of all
time, for jazz enthusiasts the set features a cover of a 1920s hit theres
danger in your eyes cherie which was never recorded again by monk-Lp-Fantasy
inc-€12.99

Monk, thelonious-Criss cross-This was monks second album for columbia
records, origianlly released in 1963, monk is supported by a trio of bass,
saxophone and drums and it is the saxophone of charlie rouse that dances
along with the monks playing providing an incredible energy between the
whole lineup, titles include hackensack, tea for two, criss cross, dont
blame me, think of one and more-Lp-Columbia-€12.99

Monk, thelonious-Plays duke ellington-This album was a frist in many ways,
released in 1955 it was the first twelve inch lp issued by the legendary
riverside label and unusually for monk, who is considered one of the finest
composers of the last century, the entire set offered here is made up of
standard material and none of his own compositions, it marked the beginning
of deliberate campaign to overcome the fears of those who had the feeling
monk was too difficult and far out, the set includes some superb takes on
ellingtons work including, it dont mean a thing if it aint got that swing,
sophisticated lady, i got it bad and that aint good, black and tan fantasy,
mood indigo, mood indigo, i let a song go out of my heart, solitude and
caravan-Lp-Fantasy inc-€12.99

Mono-One step more and you die-Follow up to the 2002 record under the pipal
tree from these japanese guitar noise terrorists, an astonishing soundscape
of intricate melodic pieces and crashing guitar noise, obvious comparisions
can be made to the likes of mogwai and even godspeed but yet again these
guys add their own little elements to the post rock style, the songs slowly
build up to a huge wall of noise with wailing guitars and thunderous drums,
2003-Cd-Rykodisc-€17.99

Mugison-Sad as a truck-A taster from the forthcoming album mugimama is the
monkey music, limited to only 750 copies, vinyl only release, march
2005-7"-Accidental-€7.50

Musics of the soviet union-Various artists-Vinyl reissue of this wonderful
collection of traditional music from the former soviet union on smithsonian
folkways, the album was origingally recorded in 1988 during the smithsonian
institution festival of american folklife held in washington, the sounds
range from traditional accapella, childrens lullabies, solo bagpipes, tuvan
throat singers, wedding dances, working field songs and laments, a fine
introduction to music from many different regions of the former soviet
union-Lp-Smithsonian folkways-€10.99

No means no-All roads lead to ausfahrt-Album number ten from the truly
legendary no means no, back to basics classic old school no means no sounds
and their first full length album of new material in nearly six years, old
school punk rock sounds with their trademark stop start intricacy and clever
time changes, there is also a little bit more of their alter egos hanson
brothers, as usual with no means no the album is packed with clever thought
provoking lyrical content, january 2007-Lp-Wrong-€18.99

Of montreal-Hissing fauna are you the destroyer-The follow up to the
sunlandic twins from 2005, of montreal are now based on the polyvinyl label,
these guys blend up some funky indie pop with a quirky take on the classic
funk sounds of prince and even the seventies funk rock sounds of p funk and
parliament, there are lots of chunky hammond organ sounds blended with
prince like high toned vocals and a quirky indie pop structure, january
2007-Cd-Polyvinyl record co-€17.99

Pablo, augustus-East of the river nile-Originally released way back in 1977
this is still seen as one of the finest instrumental reggae albums of all
time from the man famous for bringing the sounds of the melodica into reggae
music, the album was recorded at harry js and engineered by prince jammie
with help from lee perry, the album bridged a gap between instrumental
reggae and pure bass heavy dub and manages to be both at the same time,
pablo treats us to some of highly distinctive melodica sounds along with
many tracks behind the piano, clavinet and organ, still sounds as fresh as
ever, the album now comes with a bonus track africa dub from
1983-Lp-Walboomers-€13.99

Psychic ills-Early violence-A nice retrospective of hard to find material
from these masters of psychedelic drone noise, features tracks from mental
violence 1 and mental violence 2 which were originally released as very very
limited vinyls, the album also features a previously unreleased track
highway of death along with a rare compilation track red split, the sounds
on the album are pure heaven to lovers of droning noise like spacemen 3,
loop, early spiritualized etc, droning heavy wah wah guitars, minimal drum
machine beats and hypnotizing bass riffs, think of lazer guided melodies fed
through a distorted wah wah pedal, december 2006-Cd-The social
registry-€17.50

Pub-Single-Originally released in 2002 on the ampoule records label,
although it called single this is actually a full 74 minute album from pub,
the ablum features six fairly lengthy but totally dream like electronic
ambient workouts, calling the mind the sounds of early orb or the black dog
with its beautiful blend of dubby electronica and ambient soundscapes,
features some dreamy deep bass synth sounds, trance like washes of swirling
keyboards and the subtlest of drum patterns, really lovely calming sounds,
2002-Cd-Ampoule records-€9.99

Radio moscow-Radio moscow-The debut album from this psychedelic blues rock
trio from iowa led by parker griggs and loved so much by black keys singer
dan auerbach that he produced the ablum for them, the band take in elements
of classic sixties garage rock, rockin blues and experimental avant rock,
the album sounds like the coolest bits of early zeppelin, zz top, canned
heat, hendrix, rory gallagher, that may sound a bit like high praise but
just one listen and you will see how truly excellent this album is, fans of
the likes of black keys, comets on fire etc will simply love this album,
february 2007-Cd-Alive-€19.50

Reich, steve-Phases-A nonesuch retrospective, steve reich turns seventy this
year and this is one beautiful five cd box set and a truly excellent
introduction to some of his works, reichs music has been influencing
everything from minimal electronica to post rock sounds for many years now
and he is probably one of the most highly respected minimalist composers
from the last fifty years, the box features music for 18 musicians from
1976, different trains from 1988, tehilim from 1981, eight lines from 1979,
you are variations from 2004, new york counterpoint from 1985, cello
counterpoint from 2003, electric counterpoint from 1987, triple quartet from
1999, come out from 1966, proverb from 1995, the desert music from 1984,
music for mallet instruments from 1973 and drumming from 1971, the box also
comes with a superbly detailed booklet with some lovely black and white
photographs, october 2006-5cd-Nonesuch-€39.99

Seasick steve-Doghouse music-The second album from this 69 year old
californian based blues artist, this guy has played with some of the most
influential blues and folk arists including john lee hooker, son house, rl
burnside, lightning hopkins and even the beach boys and joni mitchell, this
guy stole the show on the recent jools holland new years eve show with his
truly explosive performance, the album features the most raw and primitive
blues sounds around, like a blend of john lee hooker smooth delivery and the
rawkus sounds of rl burnside or junior kimbrough, i cant recommend this
highly enough if you love your old time quality raw blues, steve plays an
adapted guitar with only 3 strings left on it and beats his foot on the
ground, its that simple but when songs are this good who needs anything
more, february 2007-Cd-Bronzerat-€19.99

Shins-Wincing the night away-The third full length studio album from the
shins on the sup pop label, lush and expansive indie rock and pop sounds
with a real euphoric uplifting feel to it, the guys have really filled the
sound out on this album and each track turns into its own little miniature
pop gem, its like the most infectiously catchy take on modern americana you
are likely to hear, solid songwriting and a superb production job from james
mercer and joe chiccarelli, try to imagine the flaming lips odd take on
psychedelic pop blended with the pure pop of the beach boys, comes in a card
digipack, january 2007-Cd-Sup pop-€17.99

Shins-Wincing the night away-The third full length studio album from the
shins on the sup pop label, lush and expansive indie rock and pop sounds
with a real euphoric uplifting feel to it, the guys have really filled the
sound out on this album and each track turns into its own little miniature
pop gem, its like the most infectiously catchy take on modern americana you
are likely to hear, solid songwriting and a superb production job from james
mercer and joe chiccarelli, try to imagine the flaming lips odd take on
psychedelic pop blended with the pure pop of the beach boys, this vinyl
version comes with a limited edition coupon so you download the entire album
for free as an mp3, january 2007-Lp-Sup pop-€13.99

Sigur ros-Takk-Another fine collection of intimate and lush layered guitars,
haunting vocals, clever electronic sounds and dramatic orchestration, this
is the fourth full length album from icelandic outfit sigur ros, sounding
much more like the earlier work of the likes of agaetis byrjun, svefn g
englar, comes in a hardback book sleeve, september 2005-Cd-Emi-€18.99

Sophia-Technology wont save us-The fourth studio album from sophia, fronted
by ex god machine vocalist robin proper sheppard, the album is a lovely
collection of both lushly orchestred instrumental sounds and pure pop rock
noise with some dark lyrical content, the album comes packaged as a limited
double cd in a cardboard digipack sleeve and also features a bonus six track
acoustic cd calle music for picnics, at times you would think you were back
in the god machine days as this album is quite heavy, its probably his most
ambitios album to date and sees him working with a full string section and
brass sounds, fans of the lush orchestral sounds of mercury rev should love
this guys work, a vastly underated songwriter in our opinion, december
2006-2cd-Flower shop recordings-€19.99

Van zandt, townes-Poncho and lefty-Double cd collecton featuring a massive
36 tracks covering a period from the late sixties to the late seventies from
one of the truly great singing poets of our time, july 2004-2cd-Atom-€9.99

Wonder, stevie-Talking book-Classic stevie wonder album from 1972 on the
tamla motown label, features you are the sunshine of my life, superstition,
maybe your baby, big brother, youve got it bad girl, tuesday heartbreak and
many more gems, us import reissue in the original gatefold sleeve-Lp-Tamla
motown-€13.99

Zecharia, zadik-Kurdish melodies played on zorna-Zorna is a middle eastern
instrument creating stange drone like effects kinda similar at times to a
traditional bagpipes, this collection of material was originally on cassette
way back in 1980, this new version on the wonderful bo weavil label and is
limited to only 500 copies and comes in a printed paper sleeve, the music is
split into two distinct styles according to the liner notes, the faster
paced sounds are accompanied by the traditional dola drum and have a
wonderful repetitive theme about them almost calling to mind a middle
eastern version of irish traditional dance music, the slower pieces without
the dola have a lovely mournful droning feel about them, an exceptional
insight into a genre of music i knew absolutely nothing about until about an
hour ago, december 2006-Cd-Bo weavil-€18.99

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Alison Krauss & Union Station – Live

This is more of a mini review.

There is so much music in this set that you are quite spoiled for choice. Nearly all of it is excellent and theer is no obvious filler, although not all tracks are to the highest standard.

You have the wonderful bluegrass playing of the Union station. You have the splendid voice of Alison Krauss who is as comfortable singing ballads as she is at getting down and a little bit dirty in a more coutry and bluesgrass style. The sounds is brilliantly captured on this DSD recording, although I still think an analog rig would have captured a warmer sound.

The versions of the songs are, again very well played and recorded. It is sometimes hard to believe that this is a live setting.

The tour is from 2002 and includes most of teh New Favourite album. This was available for a while on Diverse Records but no longer. This set more than makes up for its absence, with an abundance of extra tunes to boot.

It includes the ‘O’ Brother’ classics like ‘Down in the river to pray’ with a lovely harmony by the band. ‘I am a man of constant sorrw. It includes other great songs from ‘new favourite’ such as the very veautiful ‘Let me touch you for a while’ and ‘The lucky one’. There are brilliant Bluesgrass instrumentals like ‘We hide and seek’. This reminds me of Penguin Cafe Orchestra.

There is even a version of Ronan Keating’s(he of Boyzone) ‘When you say nothing at all’, which somehow I can’t warm to here.

The guitar plucking and playing is a joy to listen to in its own right.

The packaging disappoints me a bit. It is very protective but not lavish. The records come int the excellent Mobile Fidelity inner anti static sleeves. These are housed with a booklet inside a cardboard box. The booklet however is not particularly luxurious or interesting. However for records of this quality the $60 asking price is not too steep.

If you don’t have any other Alison Krauss, there is every reason to get this record.

BOB DYLAN NASHVILLE SKYLINE ON VINYL!

COMING IN MARCH ON SUNDAZED VINYL
For a Bob Dylan album – and one that many consider to be his best  – Nashville Skyline doesn’t mess around with ambiguity. It’s a country album, plain and simple, with Dylan abandoning his fabled  talk-sing voice and evangelical message for a soothing, down-home country croon. The new style was a perfect fit for some of Dylan’s strongest material ever, including “Lay Lady Lay,” “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You” and “I Threw It All Away.” There’s also a superb duet with Johnny Cash on “Girl from the North Country” that, along with the Byrds’ earlier Sweetheart of the Rodeo LP, officially breaks the champagne bottle over a brand new musical genre: country-rock. More information at www.sundazed.com.

Robert Benson goes on record about his venture in vinyl

http://www.sheboygan-press.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070222/SHE04/702220331/1097/SHElife

Robert Benson goes on record about his venture in vinyl

By Ann Grote-Pirrung
Press correspondent

Don't tell Robert Benson that vinyl record albums are passe.

He has more than 3,200 reasons to believe differently.

Benson, of Oostburg, is an avid collector of vinyl records, a passion that started in the late 1960s.

He vividly recalls one of the first 45s he fell in love with: "My brother bought 'Fever' by The McCoys," Benson said. "And I kept listening to it over and over again, and the first beginning of that song is the drum. And I kept listening until he yelled at me. I don't have that one, but I still have some of my brother's other old 45s."

Benson caught "the fever" in more ways than one, embarking on an almost 40-year search for vinyl albums, both 45s and the longer-playing 33-1/3s.

"I stay away from the 78s because they're very breakable and a lot of them aren't worth very much," he said.

He still fondly recalls some of his first acquisitions. "The first album I bought was probably a Gordon Lightfoot or a Jethro Tull. And the first 45 I got was Neil Young's 'Heart of Gold.' And I'm still a Neil Young fan now," he said, showing off a recently released Young album which Benson plans on preserving.

"This will never be played."

Through the years the record industry turned more and more to 8-track and cassette tapes and then CDs, but music-lover Benson, who appreciates all different types of music except for opera, kept his sight on vinyl albums, which appealed to him for a variety of reasons.

"Part of the allure of vinyl is the hunt," he said, "finding them. To me that's the fun part."

The hunt takes him to flea markets and rummage sales.

"I just found a gold mine here in Oostburg about six weeks ago, right down the street," he said, displaying some of his newest finds that included a number of girls' groups from the '60s.

Benson plays his albums on both a traditional turntable as well as a newly-acquired machine that records albums onto CDs.

"It preserves the album and it makes the record portable so I can listen to it in the car, the beach or anywhere I want to take it," he said. The machine is manufactured by a company called First Street and costs about $400.

"I think it's a good buy. I love it," he said.

Turntables, needles and accessories for the traditional "record player" are very easily found, according to Benson.

"The Internet has opened up a lot of doors … and has brought down the prices of albums," he said.

Cost of the albums can range from $1 apiece or less to big bucks. A record price guide gives a variety of values for albums, depending on condition. One of Benson's most recent acquisitions was The Angels, "My Boyfriend's Back," a record that could conceivably bring in $60 but for which he paid $1.

"Just because this book says it's worth $60 doesn't mean it's worth $60," he said.

Scratches bring the value down, but more important to determining the value of the record is how the album sounds.

"I'm very picky with my grading," Benson said. "I'll listen to the full album all the way through and then I'll 'play grade' it. I look at the visual grade and then I play it and then I rate it."

The book value of $60 for The Angels' album would go down to about $40 in his "book."

But Benson doesn't sell his albums. Collecting is strictly a thrill for him, which is obvious as he goes through some of the acquisitions he made at that Oostburg rummage sale, including albums by Jan and Dean, the Electric Prunes, Mae West, Shirley Temple and more.

"That was just like a jackpot to me," he said.

As many treasures as Benson has found, he has a wish list of recordings he would like to find.

"The 'Butcher Album' by the Beatles. I talked to a guy who actually has one and it went for $10,000 to $20,000," he said.

And even though there are no record stores around here, companies are still making vinyl albums.

What's the attraction?

"Nostalgia, love of vinyl, the hunt, album-cover history…it's an adrenalin rush. When I found all those albums, (from the Oostburg rummage sale) I was up until 3:30 in the morning going through every single one of them," Benson said. "To me, that's exciting."

Benson has shared his fascination with collecting in "The Fascinating Hobby of Vinyl Record Collecting," an e-book that he recently completed, a process that took him a couple of months.

"It talks about album collecting, why people collect. I go a little bit into the hobby," he said.

The e-book is available through Click Bank. "Click Bank is an online marketplace that sells downloadable products," Benson said. The book is available for $5.99.

Benson isn't the only person to find vinyl albums attractive. Young people have discovered the product.

"Kids are drawn to the allure of vinyl because it's a more sincere sound production. They enjoy the thrill of finding them," he said.

And the drawings on the cover are also attractive.

"My favorite album cover is The Beatle's 'Revolver' album," he said.

Benson can't put a price tag on his album collection, as the prices fluctuate. But he'd be the first person to say that the enjoyment he gets from listening to the Beatles, Neil Young, Rolling Stones, Elvis, Dylan, Kiss and many of the artists of yesteryear are "priceless. They define music."

For more information on vinyl record collecting, check out Benson's e-book at www.collectingvinylrecords.com.

All vinyl, all the time

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=17821693&BRD=1676&PAG=461&dept_id=43786&rfi=6

All vinyl, all the time

Since the spring of 2004, when the husband-wife team of Harold Gold and Max I. Million opened Gold Million Records, a shop selling vintage vinyl and collectibles at 851 Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, people have stopped by just to see what is going on.
"They want to know what we are all about," said Million, adding that the colorful displays in their front window, as well as the life-size Nipper dogs — symbols of the RCA Victor record company — guarding the entrance, create a lot of interest.
"Then," she said, "when they come in and see our thousands of vinyl records and our completely renovated shop with its maple floors, tin ceiling and 1930s stenciled walls, they are amazed — just blown away. I guess they can't believe that we are right here on the Main Line when all the other record stores seem to have vanished from the planet."
If customers look closely, however, they will discover that this business was formerly known as Plastic Fantastic, a record emporium that has had a following of devoted discophiles since 1976, when Gold opened his first Bryn Mawr store, with his own record collection as the inventory.
Gold moved the shop to Ardmore in the mid-'80s, following the hordes of music lovers who were giving up their 45's and 33's to acquire CDs and DVDs. "After a while, the shop became a supermarket," Gold said. "It just wasn't fun anymore."
So when the couple heard that the former Richard Stockton gift shop in the heart of Bryn Mawr was available, they purchased it sight unseen, even knowing that the entire store would have to be gutted and refitted, and that they would have to put in a source of heat (the store had none!) and a code-friendly bathroom for the public.
"That was the least of it," said Gold. "We knocked down the back wall, which Stockton had used as a storeroom, in order to create a showroom for our collectors' records and our autographed merchandise. We also uncovered the ceiling, discovered the original door to the basement and refinished these beautiful floors, which had been hidden for generations."
Once her husband had created their store, Million, who has a background in fashion and interior design, went to work on the decor. The result is an eye-popping mix of record-related antiques and her own handcrafted and jewel-encrusted fashion and home accessories. She has a secret technique, for example, for making bowls out of discarded vinyl records, as well as boxes, notebooks, clocks and handbags from original album covers. Recently, she created a collection of jewelry made with the plastic spindles from 45 records, which she embellished with sparkling stones and wears herself as she waits on customers.
Their customers are all ages and come from all over the region, drawn by an inventory of hard-to-find or out-of-print records that range from classical music to blues and country to rock 'n' roll, which is their specialty. Their collection of rock and popular music from the '50s, '60s and '70s is especially strong, but they carry all genres of recorded music, beginning with the '50s — although there are some of earlier date — and going to the present day.
"Our number one seller is still the Beatles' `Yellow Submarine,'" said Gold, pulling a vinyl reissue out of its sleeve. "We also get calls for records by The Beach Boys, The Who, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and many others. We have an inventory of a half-million records." He added that some of their records are made of colored vinyl or shaped vinyl, which have their own special collectors, and others are signed by the artists, as Plastic Fantastic sponsored many signings over the years.
When asked why they changed the name of the business, he explained they wanted a fresh start. In order to do that, they discarded all their CDs, DVDs, cassettes and other forms of digital technology, and created the all-vinyl store of their dreams. This focus on vinyl also allows them the time to share their knowledge of record lore with their customers.
"We especially enjoy teaching our younger customers about records," said Million, who added, "It's wonderful when iPod-obsessed young people discover the world of vinyl."
"Many people think records are dead," Gold said. "But that couldn't be further from the truth. Some artists have always recorded on vinyl, along with CDs, even famous names like Madonna. About five years ago, there was this tremendous revival of vinyl. The new vinyl is thicker and of higher quality than in the past, and there is less warping with use and storage. Many original recordings have been reissued this way, and more are being made all the time. So, just about the time that CDs began to lose their attraction, vinyl really took off — to the point that today people buy more records than they do CDs."
He explained that a major reason for the revival is the fact that new turntables have been developed to play just 45s and 33-1/3 RPM records. Further, they are beautiful home accessories in themselves, with streamlined styling and designer colors. They showed a photograph of the living room of their Villanova home, featuring a red Pro-Ject turntable as the centerpiece of room, complementing a painting of singer/songwriter Elvis Costello. A display of these turntables, their primary colors accenting a long row of record bins, add dazzle to an already colorful store.
"There's a special level of nostalgia about records," said Million. "You can hold the album cover in your hands as you listen to the music. There are inserts, posters and even postcards in some albums, that allow you to look at the artists and read about their trials and tribulations while they were creating the music. It's a whole world, a very personal experience you can't get from a digital recording.
"People love our music because it brings them back to their prom night or other landmarks in their life," she added. "It reminds them of where they were when they first heard the music or who was with them. For us, it's a life of working with our passion. We love coming to work. Every day is a joy."

Collection Obsession: Derry man’s records could set a record

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Collection Obsession: Derry man's records could set a record

By Emily Young , Staff Writer
Eagle-Tribune

Who: Mark Tucarella, 78, of Derry, N.H.

What: More than 25,000 recorded songs from the big-band era

* 1,200 10-inch, 78 RPM (revolutions per minute) records

* 50 12-inch, 78 RPM records

* 2,550 song sides on LP (long playing records)

* 470 sides on 45 RPM records

* 13,775 songs on cassette

* 10,000 songs on CD

* 20 different record labels, including 1920s recordings by Cameo Record Corp. and Columbia Graphophone Co.

Why: From the day his father came home with a phonograph in 1939, Tucarella, a Lawrence native, loved listening to big-band music. A friend initially gave him a record and Tucarella "played it so often that you could almost hear the other side." He didn't have the money to buy a lot of albums as a kid, so he and his friends would head down to the local music store on Essex Street to listen to the permitted five records in a sound booth. "Big band brings me back to the old days. I listen to them every day. They've been with me for so long that they're a part of me, and I'm a part of them," Tucarella said.

How: Tucarella earned pennies selling empty bottles and rags to buy 37-cent records when he was around 12. Roughly four years later, Lawrence native Jerry Cerullo decided to sell off his big-band collection at $1 a record. Tucarella was able to thumb through the collection and pick out the artists that he wanted, which greatly bolstered his own collection.

Collection highlights: Tucarella still has that first 78 record his friend gave him at 11 years old: Bob Crosby's recording of "Speak Easy," put out by Decca Records. He has four picture LPs, which feature the portraits of Harry James, Ralph Flanagan, Tommy Dorsey and Louis Armstrong emblazoned on the vinyl records themselves. He also has an early track soundbite of Sammy Davis Jr. singing at just 7 years old, as well as Frank Sinatra when he won a singing competition as a member of the Hoboken Four on the "Major Bowes Amateur Hour" in 1935.

Favorite recording artist: "Oh, Harry James. I have every single recording on 78s. It's his trumpet – he could play it sweet, he could play it hot, he could play it anyway you liked," Tucarella said.

MP3’s killed the record store star

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MP3's killed the record store star

2007-02-26
By Sara Smith
The Other Paper, Columbus

They're the guys who can tell you which Bob Dylan album influenced Thom Yorke's new EP and explain why you need to like Arcade Fire's first disc. They are the gurus of independent campus record stores, and they have made music snobbery a career. It's hard to picture them doing anything other than leaning knowingly against a rack of CDs and pontificating on the latest Earwig release.

Any short list of Columbus music sages would include Bela Koe-Krompecher of Used Kids Records. But after 17 years of steering 19-year-olds toward respectable music collections, Bela has been laid off.

His departure came as the kinds of kids who used to loiter and spend a few bucks in his store walked by outside, earbudded to the thousands of downloaded songs in their iPods.

"New technology has hurt record stores, with downloading and MP3s," said Koe-Krompecher, who left his Used Kids job earlier this month but remains a part owner. "There's certainly this generation that's not going to be there in 10 years to buy records and hang out."

While some of Koe-Krompecher's colleagues and competitors along the University District's North High Street strip put on a brave face, they all concede that, at the very least, their business is being redefined.

With the flood of new technology, many music lovers have abandoned the semi-alphabetized racks of CDs at the local independent record store, opting instead for iPods and music-ready cell phones. Long chats with record-store guys are being replaced by a few 99-cent clicks on the web.

Koe-Krompecher said he noticed Used Kids' sales starting to drop in 2001. There are several reasons for the decline, he said, but the convenience of downloading 4-megabyte songs and burning CDs on home computers are the two biggest.

"Record stores are becoming a place for collectors and music fanatics who still like to browse," he said. "The sales aren't there like they were 10 years ago. Record stores may turn into, like, comic-book shops."

Dan Dow, Used Kids co-owner and the man who let Koe-Krompecher go, said he expects one day CDs will be artifacts, but that doesn't mean he's preparing to close up shop.

"We'll be selling nostalgia someday," Dow said. "I mean, it's already happening. That's why vinyl is so big, and it's big with kids."

In Athens, Eric Gunn, owner of Haffa's record store on West Union Street, said he, too, has seen the effects from all the music downloading, though he also feels that record stores will always fill a niche.

"Obviously there's been an effect. Three or four years ago, there were three record stores in town; now there's not," he said. "But I think any kind of new technology takes a little while before it gets to the tipping point." He said people shouldn't write off record stores just yet.

Like Dow, Gunn said that vinyl is helping to keep the indie record stores alive. "Oh, yeah. We've always done the vinyl, and I think more people are getting into it," he said. "It's more than just music. It's as much artwork as it is something to listen to."

Yes, vinyl. With sales of CDs lagging, those unwieldy old 12-inch platters are helping to make up the difference. Twentysomethings are finding something to love about vinyl LPs, even if — or maybe because — they're too young to have grown up with record players.

"Used Kids has been here 20 years. We supplied the CD revolution," Dow said as he rang up two LPs and handed them to a guy in his early 20s. "Bring it on."

Ron House, manager of Used Kids and another long-time Columbus music authority, said he respects this new batch of fashionable vinyl-buying kids a lot more than the CD-buying crowd anyway.

"They're hipper," House said. "We have a lot less of them now, but they're better."

Koe-Krompecher said he doesn't think Used Kids will go out of business, but he also doubts it's going to be the same business 10 years from now.

"The biggest thing I can see is kids aren't coming to the record stores anymore," he said. "That community is morphing into MySpace; that's where kids are linking up. I don't know if the tastemakers are going to come from the record stores anymore."

"I guess things just change," he continued. "I didn't want to be laid off, but I understand the reasons for it. Dan and I discussed having to lay people off. I just didn't know it was going to be me."

Koe-Krompecher and the folks at Used Kids aren't the only ones swimming against the tides of change. Some indie stores are touting the virtues of vinyl and their knowledgeable staffs, while others are hoping music buyers eventually conclude that collecting downloaded music is ultimately an empty experience.

"There's something about holding the product in your hand that you're not going to get from an iPod," said Kenny Honaker, manager of Singing Dog Records. "Certainly trends have changed. You just have to adapt. We have a very loyal customer base, and they're going to support us."

People are starting to get hip to the fact that you can buy a used CD cheaper than downloading it sometimes, Honaker said, and the sound quality doesn't compare.

"Any time you get anything off the Internet, it's compressed. And any time you compress, you lose a lot of quality," he said. "Downloads lack a lot of the intricacies you'll get on a CD — or especially vinyl."

"Hardcore music fans," he declared, "aren't into downloading."

But are there enough hardcore music fans to keep professional music connoisseurs from having to take different, less cool day jobs?

"'Record store gurus,'" said Chuck Kubat, owner of Magnolia Thunderpussy Records in the Short North. "You mean the unemployables."

Gunn, in Athens, agrees with the value of people in a record store being gurus who can give you background and context compared to a download site, though he doesn't discount the value of Internet research. "At the same time, there's a lot to be learned via the Internet as a source of information," he said.

While Kubat dubbed himself and his peers "the unemployables," he was quick to point out that they weren't yet unemployed, most of them anyway. He said his store and the other independently owned record stores in the city have plenty of faithful customers and predicted it'll be these aficionados who keep his business afloat.

"If you're a music enthusiast, you're going to end up here," he said. "We don't rely on those people who get music at Wal-Mart. I've got a few more years of work here. I'm not ready to go to Florida yet."

Kubat said he doesn't think downloading or chain stores will close his doors — and besides, Magnolia is adapting to the new age by adding an online catalog for customers to browse.

Koe-Krompecher, however, isn't able to muster Kubat's optimism. He's moving into a new career. Since being laid off from Used Kids, he's been doing part-time contract work for the House of Hope for Alcoholics Inc. while finishing his degree in counseling.

"That's the field I want to go into," he said, "because there may not always be CDs, but there will always be alcoholics."

Surviving in a digital world Despite soaring Internet music sales, record stores aren’t extinct ..

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Surviving in a digital world
Despite soaring Internet music sales, record stores aren't extinct … yet

By Robert Gold
THE NEWS-TIMES

Brian Gerosa of Gerosa Records in Brookfield has a large selection of vinyl records for sale. Gerosa says that most music stores could not survive just selling compact discs.

Selling CDs isn't what it used to be for Dennis Esposito.

Gone are the peak years in the 1990s, when people were snapping them up.

Now many people head for the Web to buy albums. Or they download music and play tunes on their MP3 players.

"I'm not very optimistic for the future being rosy and bright for me," said Esposito, who runs the music shop Disc & Dat in Bethel with his brother, John.

But despite his concerns, the shop is still up and running. Since starting in Stamford in 1988, Esposito has seen countless independent CD stores close.

How do you survive when so many other music shops don't? A few local stores share their secrets.

The Espositos moved from Stamford to Bethel to save rent money. "We moved to lower our expenses," he said. "That's probably the only reason we're still open."

At the time, the brothers felt Bethel would offer walk-in customers. But Esposito said he sees more out-of-town shoppers. With fewer and fewer music stores, those remaining are more sought after.

"Now that we (record stores) are getting extinct, it is better for us," he said, referring to his store.

Some record stores are selling online to boost sales. Not Disc & Dat. Esposito said he wants people to see the store as a destination. Consumers can have fun hunting the racks for their favorite music.

"It's like we're becoming a library, except you have to pay for the stuff to take it," he said.

The Bethel shop has also increased its vinyl records in the last few years. Esposito said the 1990s were glory years because many people were getting their first CDs and getting rid of vinyl.

Kathy Kelley, who owns Trash American Style in Danbury with her husband, Malcolm Tent, said vinyl records grow in popularity every year.

Kelley said about 60 percent of the music they sell is vinyl records, not CDs.

For many people, vinyl has a whole lot of soul. Customers connect emotionally with the product.

"CDs — well, they have a little bit of soul," she said.

Trash American Style will close its doors on Mill Plain Road, where they've rented for 18 years, at the end of April. But Kelley said it wasn't their decision and it wasn't because of slow business.

She declined to explain the need to move, but said they plan to find a new storefront. "We'll be somewhere in the area."

Brian Gerosa and his brother Bob opened Gerosa Records 20 years ago in Brookfield. Vinyl records have grown in popularity there, too.

"We stock more because we sell more," he said. Could it be an iPod backlash? Brian Gerosa thinks so; records sound better. "Maybe kids are starting to realize that," he said.

Still, the Brookfield business is not turning away from technology.

Gerosa says he sells discs on eBay and starting March 1 customers will be able to buy music on the Web site gerosarecords.com.

"You can't stay away from the Internet," he said.

Contact Robert Gold

at rgold@newstimes.com

or at (203) 731-3350.

Couple give record store another spin after hiatus

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Couple give record store another spin after hiatus

By ED MARCUM, marcum@knews.com
February 24, 2007

Lost & Found Records is a business that is taking a couple of bold steps backward.

While everyone seems to be going from CDs to iPods or downloading digital music online, Lost & Found deals mainly in vinyl record albums and singles.

While merchants of all kinds are giving up on stores and turning to the Internet to sell products, the owners of Lost & Found Records are going in the opposite direction.

Maria Armstrong, along with her husband, Michael Armstrong, first opened Lost & Found Records in 1990 in West Knoxville and closed it in 2001, a few years after moving it to Cumberland Avenue in the University of Tennessee area.

They continued to sell records out of antique malls and over the Internet, but Maria Armstrong said it just wasn't the same as having a store.

"I missed it so very much. I never dreamed I would miss it," she said.

"I was still very fortunate to be able to sell out of antique malls, but other people were selling my records for me and I would see the tickets from sales and say 'I wonder who bought this? I wonder who bought that?' I missed the interaction with customers," she said.

So in August she and her husband resurrected Lost & Found Records in a small storefront in a strip commercial center behind Fisher Tire Co. on Broadway.

"We've been really well received by reopening," Maria Armstrong said.

The business began through her husband, a guitarist who has played with several bands around Knoxville and who has an extensive record collection, but Michael Armstrong said the store really became his wife's passion.

The small size of the store is deceptive. Michael Armstrong said the records on display in the shop are just a fraction of the 50,000-60,000 records he and his wife have in storage. Needless to say, if you don't see what you are looking for at Lost & Found Records, you should ask, he said.

The merchandise covers eras from the 1940s to present.

It may not be common knowledge, but independent rock performers are still releasing material on vinyl, and there is a market for reissues of classic albums, such as those by Pink Floyd or the Grateful Dead, on high-grade vinyl. Otherwise, Lost & Found owners say rock albums from the late 1960s to early 1970s seem to be in the most demand at the store.

"The lesser-known pop or psychedelic rock from the '60s is always in demand," Mark Armstrong said.

The store also sells a lot of jazz from the 1950s-1960s, he said.

The shop gets customers who like albums for the nostalgic appeal and some who are more interested in albums for the covers, but most of the customers are audiophiles, who consider vinyl the preferred medium for recorded music.

"We get customers who would prefer an album on vinyl even if it's available on CD," Maria Armstrong said.

CD fans are not totally neglected, however, and the store does maintain a section of CDs.

The store also buys used albums and singles, but because its customers are particular, it insists on ones that are in good condition.

Not all customers at Lost & Found Records are people who love vinyl records because they grew up with them, Maria Armstrong said.

"What's surprising is the number of young customers," she said. "I've had kids come in here as young as 13, 14 years old. They've found their parents' turntables in their attics and they are fascinated with them," she said.

Lost & Found Records is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 1-6 p.m. Sundays.

Ed Marcum may be reached at 865-342-6267.