The debut Peacefrog album from Kenny Dixon Jr. aka Moodymann originally released in 1998 is an album of truly epic proportions, a must have for any and all collectors and lovers of house music. Utilising soul, funk, gospel, and even hip-hop production techniques and alternating from mellowed-out disco dubs like “Mahogany Brown” and “Stoneodenjoe” to more raw and dirty tech-house tracks like “Me and My People’s Eyes.” Mahogany Brown delivers a slice of Black American music that affirms Kenny’s reputation as a major influence on house music today.
Paul Johnsons debut album originally released in 1995 is a classy mixture of deep soulful house and harder, more techno style house beats. Born and raised in the birthplace of House Music, Paul Johnson has released a vast amount of music for some of the most consistently underground dance labels before hooking up with Peacefrog. 12” releases on the likes of Cajual / Relief and Dance Mania led to his debut album release “Bump Talkin” in 1996. This and the follow up “Feel The Music” became two of the most talked about releases of their time. His remix work for Stacy Kidd, Joey Beltram, Green Velvet, Armando, CC Penniston, Ron Trent, K-Alexi, and Steve Poindexter amongst many others have made their way into all the big DJ’s boxes, many of which remain there to this day. Paul’s breakthrough moment arrived in 1999 with his International hit “Get Down” which is still heard in clubs and on the radio to this day.
Remastered for vinyl and reissued for the first time in nearly a decade, Take Refuge In Clean Living sees Grails pulling back their already wide lens on multiple sonic horizons. Opening with a nod to Syd Barret's Pink Floyd (Piper at the Gates of Dawn) Take Refuge In Clean Living begins with morse code and drops into one of the heaviest slowburn grooves in the Grails canon. Sounding something like Hawkwind and Ravi Shankar scoring Blade Runner, it's lysergic and earthy for Grails in a new way. The rest of the record moves from blissful Eno-inspired ambience, to epic Morricone rock hymns, to an unexpected take on a Ventures tune that returns the listener to the very beginnings of instrumental rock music. The touring incarnation of Grails in 2006 and 2007 included good friend and drummer Ben Nugent, allowing Emil Amos to switch to 3rd guitar for the band's live instrumentation. The DNA of this guitar-heavy line-up allowed for new kinds of arrangements and bigger melodies. In early 2007, the then-5-pieceentered Steven Lobdell's (Faust) Audible Alchemy studio to document the new songs written with this augmented ensemble. The band is defined by exploration and they've created a template for themselves where any style or method can be ingested to reap legitimate rewards. Take Refuge In Clean Living rightly suggested that Grails wouldn't run out of ideas.
Chaz Bundick meets The Mattson 2 Star Stuff is the kind of record that only comes about every once in a blue moon. It slips into existence by the merest margins at the very edge of universal consciousness and then expands to fill a vacuum that we didn't know needed filling until it appeared full right before us. The unspoken brotherly bond of the Mattson 2 and the incredibly refined and aesthetic genius of Chaz Bundick (playing both the role of musician and producer) combined to invoke this album from the ether. The Mattsons' brotherly forgetfulness acted as a catalyst for this most spectacular of collaborations: Jared Mattson (Guitar/bass/extra dimensional texture) forgot to pack a drum stool for Jonathan (Drums/Intra dimensional rythmality) for a show in Oakland in late 2014. A mutual friend, photographer Andrew Paynter, said he knew someone nearby who might have one, that someone was Chaz Bundick. Chaz stayed to watch their show, and over the following few months they recorded with no set schedule, no set plan, no rules and no limits. ''We all got together after that first encounter, meeting at Chaz's home studio in Berkeley. We had no set musical ideas because we wanted this to be fresh and pure and 100% collaborative... The songs started morphing and the camaraderie got so strong, inspired, and positive that it was absolutely exhilarating working together! We had the utmost trust in one another. It naturally became a joint record so it became fitting to call it a ''meets'' project.'' - Jared Mattson
Limited to 2000 copies on blue vinyl. Al Simmons, once the U.S. government's greatest soldier and most effective assassin, was mercilessly executed by his own men. Resurrected from the ashes of his own grave in a flawed agreement with the powers of darkness, Simmons is reborn as a creature from the depths of Hell. A Hellspawn. Now Spawn must choose between his life on Earth and his place on a throne in Hell. Spawn is one of the longest-running and most-respected independent comics of all time. The 1997 film Spawn is based on the comic book character of the same name, written by Todd McFarlane and published by Image Comics. Spawn (The Album) was originally released in 1997 and brought popular rock and metal bands like Metallica, Korn, Marilyn Manson and Silverchair together with well-known DJs and producers such as The Crystal Method, Roni Size, and Atari Teenage Riot. The album debuted at #7 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and stayed in the chart for 25 weeks. The album includes the singles ''(Can't You) Trip Like I Do'' by Filter & The Crystal Method and ''Long Hard Road Out Of Hell'' by Marilyn Manson & Sneaker Pimps.
Limited to 500 copies on red vinyl. Slam is the dark and intriguing movie of a young MC Ray Joshua, who lives in a neighborhood which is dominated by gang wars and drugs. One day he is arrested when his drug dealer is shot in front of him and he is put in prison. While in in prison he uses his skills to stop violence and meets Lauren Bell who encourages him to better his situation and get out of his cycle. Slam won several prizes; Winner Grand Jury Prize at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and Winner Best Film 1998 Cannes Film Festival (Director's Fortnight). The Original Soundtrack reached to #24 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and got into the Billboard 200 Album charts. Washington born electronic and experimental hip hop musician DJ Spooky was the music producer for the soundtrack. Slam: The Soundtrack features all original tracks by Mobb Deep (''Feel my Gat Flow''), Ol' Dirty Bastard, Big Baby Jesus & Coolio (''The Park''), Brand Nubian (''Time is Running Out'') and many more hip hop artists. First pressing of 500 individually numbered copies on red vinyl.
Demon Knight is the official soundtrack to the 1995 horror film, Demon Knight. It was released on January 10, 1995 through Atlantic Records and mostly consisted of heavy metal and alternative rock, with "1-800 Suicide" by the Gravediggaz being the only hip-hop song. The soundtrack peaked at 157 on the Billboard 200.
The Jesus and Mary Chain haven’t released a new album in 18 years. Last year, the band’s Jim Reid said they were working on a new album, and last month Creation Records’ Alan McGee said it would be out in March. Today, they’ve officially announced Damage and Joy, their first album since 1998’s Munki. It’s out March 24 via ADA/Warner Music. Damage and Joy was recorded with producer Youth (who also contributed bass). The album also features performances from the band’s touring drummer Brian Young and former Lush bassist Phil King.
Toward the end of 2012, P.O.S. underwent emergency kidney surgery and was forced to halt all his touring and recording plans as a result. Two years later, he received a kidney transplant that pretty much saved his life. “I feel like a new dude,” he said optimistically not long after the procedure. In the years since, the Minneapolis-bred rapper/producer has thought long and hard about those harrowing medical scares, as well as the challenges he and the rest of the world are facing today. He’s turned those reflections into a brand new album titled Chill, dummy, which is due to drop on January 27th via Doomtree Records, with vinyl coming March 17th. It marks not only his first full-length since his kidney transplant, but the long-awaited follow-up to 2012’s We Don’t Even Live Here. Chill, dummy promises to continue the musician’s knack for tunes that defy genres, melding hip-hop and rap with elements of rock and punk. To help out on the record, P.O.S. enlisted a few longtime collaborators in Doomtree label mate Lazerbeak, fellow Marijuana Deathsquads member Ryan Olson, and local Twin Cities musician Astronautalis. That’s not all: Justin Vernon, Kathleen Hanna, Allan Kingdom, Open Mike Eagle, and Busdriver also show up in various forms “to offer up biting commentary and varying points of view.” Altogether, a press release describes the album as P.O.S.’ “most bold, honest, and daring work to date.”
At the beginning there were two of them - Avey Tare and Panda Bear - banging drums and tweaking synths in their bedrooms, singing strange and sometimes heartbreaking songs about imaginary friends and childhood pets. Carried along by washes of squalling feedback, the music was noisy, and it was weird, but it was, at heart, pop music. This was the start of Animal Collective. For fifteen years Dave Porter (Tare), Noah Lennox (Bear), Brian ''Geologist'' Weitz and Josh ''Deakin'' Dibb have been rewriting the musical map, their line-up and aesthetic shifting with each astonishing release as they continue their pursuit of a new psychedelia. Their wild path has taken them from cramped concrete basement shows and forest floor singalongs to immersive installations at the Guggenheim and performances to millions on national television. So where now from here? Hollinndagain is the third full length collection of songs by the band. This time including members Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist. It is a document of songs that were performed live in the first half of 2001. The first 3 are from an on-air performance on WFMU, and the latter four are from live shows around NYC and on their first tour with Black Dice. No studio recordings were ever made with the exception of Lablakely Dress, which originally appeared on Danse Manatee. It was originally released in a limited edition of 300 handpainted LPs on St. Ives Records (a Secretly Canadian imprint). It was then reissued in 2006 by Paw Tracks as PAW12.
Score by James Horner Includes Academy Award Winning Song ''My Heart Will Go On'' by Celine Dion. For the First time on vinyl the first pressing of 1.500 numbered copies on gold wax comes with an 8-page booklet Poster Print/replica of historical newspaper front-page! 'Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance-disaster film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage. Upon its release on December 19, 1997, Titanic achieved critical and commercial success. Nominated for fourteen Academy Awards, it tied with All About Eve (1950) for the most Oscar nominations. It won eleven, including the awards for Best Picture and Best Director, tying Ben Hur (1959) for the most Oscars won by a single film. Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture was composed, orchestrated and conducted by James Horner (Avatar, The Amazing Spider-Man, Southpaw, The Magnificent Seven). Celine Dion, who was no stranger to movie songs in the 90s, sang ''My Heart Will Go On'', the film's signature song written by James Horner and Will Jennings. The song became a worldwide smash hit, going to the top of the music charts around the world. Besides all the prices and awards for the Movie, the score on its own won the following awards: Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic Score and for Best Original Song (''My Heart Will Go On'') Golden Globe for Best Original Score and for Best Original Song (''My Heart Will Go On'') Satellite Award for Best Original Score and for Best Original Song (''My Heart Will Go On'') Brit Award for Best score Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite for Song from a Movie (''My Heart Will Go On'') Brit Award for Best Soundtrack Chicago Film Critics Association for Best Original Score. 4 Grammy Awards for ''My Heart Will Go On'' Official website.
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