The Slim Shady LP is the second studio album and first commercial release from the American rapper Eminem. It was released on February 23, 1999, under Interscope Records and Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment. Recorded in Ferndale, Michigan following Eminem's recruitment by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, the album features production from Dr. Dre, the Bass Brothers, and Eminem himself. The majority of the record's lyrical content is written from the perspective of the rapper's alter ego Slim Shady, whom the rapper created on Slim Shady EP (1997). The lyrics are noted for their over-the-top depictions of violence and heavy use of profanity. The album was met with both critical and commercial success; critics praised Eminem for his unique lyrical style, and the record debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart behind TLC's FanMail with 283,000 copies sold in its opening week. The first official single, "My Name Is", peaked at number 36 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Slim Shady LP went on to be certified quadruple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The record won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, and in 2012, the album was ranked number 275 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Limited vinyl LP pressing features white scratch-off ink and a 25 cent piece cased in a plastic outer sleeve. Each copy will be unique, as the quarter will move around the plastic sleeve in transit creating it's own pattern. This is intentional, so any scratches that appear on the front cover when the vinyl arrives is a result of this. 2016 release. Sirens is the highly anticipated second full-length LP from Nicholas Jaar, the Chilean-born electronic music producer, mixing engineer and DJ. A prolific artist with a wide palette of talents, Jaar spent his teenage years in dance music circles in New York City, where he now resides. In 2011, he released his debut album, the critically-acclaimed Space is Only Noise. In 2012, he was contributed to BBC Radio 1's prestigious 'Essential Mix' series, winning 'Essential Mix of the Year'. Jaar is the founder of the New York based imprint Other People, releasing music and spoken word by a diverse group of artists ranging from Lydia lunch to Ezekiel Honig.
Stranger Things is the breakout Netflix original series set in 1983 Indiana where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl. A love letter to the '80s supernatural classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Matthew Modine, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton. The series is now streaming on Netflix globally. Formed in 2009, the prolific Austin, TX experimental synth quartet S U R V I V E have released two full-lengths and numerous EPs / singles since their inception, including recent contributions to the soundtrack for the acclaimed indie horror film The Guest. Additionally, two of the group's members, Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, recently scored the soundtrack for the first season of Stranger Things. The first season is available to stream now on Netflix.
Edward Artemiev's re-recording of his score to Andrei Tarkovsky's classic 1972 film Солярис (Solaris), reissued on 180-gram vinyl. When Artemiev recorded this score in Moscow in 1989 and '90, there was no legitimately available releases of the original soundtrack. Artemiev chose to fill that void himself with this recording, released on Torso Kino in the Netherlands as part of a 1990 double-LP set also containing re-recordings of Artemiev's scores to Зеркало (Mirror) (1975) and Сталкер (Stalker) (1979). This set is now long out of print, and Mirumir is pleased to present the collection on two separate LP releases, remastered, with new artwork, and officially licensed by the artist himself.
The list of musical highlights for Vincent Williams aka DJ Spinna are too numerous to list, from his seminal hip hop duo Jigmastas and DJ sets across the globe, to his iconic solo productions and remixes. But if you ask him, it's the relationship he's forged with personal hero Stevie Wonder that Spinna considers to be his single greatest achievement. As with most artists of a soulful persuasion, Stevie's music influenced Spinna from the outset, dictating everything from his approach to writing to his use of Fender Rhodes and Moog bass- lines on his productions. Having gained so much from the great man, Spinna decided to pay tribute in the form of 'Wonderfull', a series of parties celebrating the Wonder of Stevie. This is where the story became somewhat surreal for Spinna, suddenly finding himself joined onstage in Washington D.C. by none other than Stevie himself, a spine-tingling moment even when viewed on YouTube. An extension of the Wonderfull parties, this album represents a celebration of the life, music and cultural impact of Stevie Wonder. Few compilers can boast Spinna's understanding of Stevie's back catalogue, not to mention the large number of songs he's written for other artists over the years. Featuring stunning cover versions you may well have never heard before alongside songs many of us had no idea he'd written, Spinna's vast knowledge of and boundless enthusiasm for Stevie's music shines with every selection. As both a super-fan and a close friend, surely there is nobody better placed to compile this wonderful document of Stevie Wonder's music, inspiration and influence.
Gatefold double LP with matte and gold foil packaging, download card, and silkscreen D-side. When most fans think of Mac Miller, the first thing that comes to mind is his seminal work Best Day Ever, its recognizable artwork, or its most popular track: “Donald Trump.” Remastered and featuring deluxe packaging, Best Day Ever is receiving a commercial release on vinyl and CD for the very first time.
Essential garage Zamrock/soul/funk: the first official reissue of the celebrated band’s one and only album. Includes download card and extensive booklet with never before published photos, an overview of the Zamrock scene, and the history of Peace and Black Power. The Boyfriends, from Kitwe’s Chamboli Mine Township, supplied the founding members for Zamrock’s most famous band, WITCH, and kick started one of Zamrock’s best bands, Peace. Their sole Zamrock entry, Black Power, recorded at Malachite Film Studio circa 1973/4 and issued circa 1975, sounds like nothing else in the Zamrock canon: a lost message drifiting from the flower power era, imbued with a fiery Zambian voice.
Hurt & The Merciless marks a musical culmination for The Heavy, a mesmerizing blend of their trademark rock’n’roll classicism and funk and soul grooves, with added sonic experimentation. Self-produced, the band's main aim when recording was to capture the powerful energy of their live show—that life-affirming spark of rock’n’roll when anything feels possible. The 12 track album features lead single "Since You Been Gone," with its lolloping groove, plus the spiky garage-rock anthem "What Happened To The Love?" and is their strongest batch of songs to date.
Originally released in November of '92, "Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde" emerged at a time when gangsta rap dominated what people were hearing, seeing and buying, especially on the west coast. The Pharcyde's refreshing sound – lively, humorous and inventive lyrics over lush jazzy productions – changed hip hop's trajectory and influenced generations of artists. Now, one of the landmark singles from "Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde" is available in a limited 7" colored vinyl pressing housed in ultra-deluxe full color sleeve.
While working on his next full length album, Count Bass D composed many instrumentals that did not fit the criteria. The first batch of instrumentals was released as Cloak and Dapper (August 2015). Dwight Around Your Lips is a collection of 17 beats (plus a digital bonus track) carefully crafted for cassette and intended to be played from start to finish. These beats complete the warm up for the March 15th release of his long awaited vocal album, Instantly New. An extensive Spring U.S. tour will immediately follow.
High Quality Dolby Digital Audio Transfers, Audio Pro Low Noise / High Output Tab In Cassette Tapes. Deluxe packaging with a 6 panel J card. Black Shell with a White Sticker Full Color Print (Limited to 500 Copies), Solid Red Shell with white Ink (Limited to 1,000 copies) and Solid Green Shell with White Ink (Limited to 1,000 Copies). On their third album, Dude Ranch, blink-182 follow in the same path as their first two, turning out 15 tracks of juvenile, adrenaline-fueled punk-pop. Some listeners will find their potty humor (''Dick Lips'') somewhat irritating, but the group has written some surprisingly catchy hooks, which might win over skeptics. The songwriting is still a little uneven, but overall, Dude Ranch is an improvement over their first album, Cheshire Cat. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
High Quality Dolby Digital Audio Transfers, Audio Pro Low Noise / High Output Tab In Cassette Tapes. Deluxe packaging with a 6 panel J card. Black Shell with a White Sticker Full Color Print (Limited to 500 Copies), Lime Green Shell with white Ink (Limited to 1,000 copies) and Light Blue Shell with White Ink (Limited to 1,000 Copies). Power punk funny guys blink-182 capture their witty stage presence on the limited-edition release The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back). Celebrating the quick success of their major-label debut, 1999's Enema of the State, The Mark, Tom and Travis Show showcases playful live cuts and previously unreleased tracks and, in keeping with blink-182's punk revivalism, the album is only available from the time of release and January 2001. The Mark, Tom and Travis Show is indeed a real rock show and catches blink-182's shameless personalities and childlike giggling about oral sex, dog semen, and masturbation. But that's what makes blink-182 popular: the band's ability to not care about anything is a carefree look for the pop kids buying its records. The bandmembers' immaturity is harmless and fans love it. The quick guitar riffs and swirling percussion are intact, and guitarist Tom DeLonge's hyperactive retaliations against the audience are merely an act for the sake of being cool. DeLonge and bassist Mark Hoppus are even funnier with their on-stage brotherly love affair. It's high-speed energy at it's finest, probably the cheekiest punk rock stake since Green Day's ''Longview.'' And in the midst of teen pop mediocrity and post-grunge rollickers, it's good to see a band such as blink-182 enjoying its time on top of the world.
Gian Scott (better known as Jincallo) is a talented young musician and unnecessarily well kept secret. Residing in the 818, we have long enjoyed Jincallo's vivid releases from over the hills. The dreamy nature and animate percussion in his instrumentals make for some of the smoothest cuts in the city. He's graced the stages of Low End Theory and has played with the best of them. After years of following his sound, we're proud to be able to release one of his projects. Wish You The Best is Jincallo's fourth official LP and is made entirely of 2014 experiences. We found it to be the type of project we got lost in as we worked ourselves into those Monday nights. After suffering the dreaded case of a fried MacBook, some of his favorite tracks were recovered and luckily ended up on his newest album. This full-length beat memoir can be purchased digitally on his Bandcamp right now. It features Gian's brother Dreadfro, as well as Kat Khaleel, and long-time collaborator/friend, ELOS.
First time ever on vinyl, limited to 500 copies. Now, for the first time ever on vinyl, the soundtrack to Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece Psycho, scored by one of the greatest composers to ever grace the silver screen, Bernard Herrmann (Citizen Kane, Taxi Driver, Cape Fear, etc.) Herrmann began writing scores for Alfred Hitchcock in 1955, but the apex of this collaboration came undoubtedly with the scoring of 1960s Psycho, where Herrmann's amazing ability to set the mood has made the soundtrack to Psycho perhaps the most memorable in the history of cinema (who can recall the shower scene without recalling the sound of shrieking violins?). Do not miss your chance to own this classic on vinyl!" On 180 gram vinyl.
Gatefold LP edition, with CD included, of the 2006 Lucky Boy album by DJ Mehdi (1977-2011). Born and raised in Paris, DJ Mehdi began producing for major French hip-hop artists in 1995, and went on to release highly successful albums with his bands Ideal J and 113, remix various electronic acts, compose soundtracks for many French and international films, and collaborate with MC Solaar and Daft Punk. Lucky Boy was his second solo album, following 2002's (The Story Of) Espion (Virgin). Lucky Boy's single, "I Am Somebody," features vocals from Canada's finest, Chromeo.
…"Langhorne dialled his music all the way down to produce this desolate masterpiece, perhaps the loneliest film score ever." -The Wire ...“Maybe if Fahey hadn’t punched Antonioni, and had scored the desert porn scene in Zabriskie Point instead of Garcia, or if Sandy Bull had all of Ry Cooder’s soundtrack gigs, there’d be similar grounds for comparison.” -Dusted Magazine Bruce Langhorne’s film score to Peter Fonda’s 1971 cult classic “The Hired Hand” was Bruce’s first solo album and Peter Fonda’s directoral debut. Bruce Langhorne is most known for his session work with artists in and around the Greenwich Village folk scene during the 1960’s. Most notable his work on early Bob Dylan recordings. He’s been credited as working with such artists as Odetta, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul and Mary, Babatunde Olatunji, Richie Havens, Carolyn Hester, Peter LaFarge, Gordon Lightfoot, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot... practically everyone active in Greenwich Village during that era. In addition to being the inspiration for Bob Dylan’s "Mr. Tambourine Man", Langhorne also played the electric guitar countermelody on the song. His guitar is also prominent on several other songs on Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home album, particularly "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" and "She Belongs to Me", but also "Subterranean Homesick Blues", "Outlaw Blues", "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream" and "Maggie's Farm", on which he played the lead guitar part. He also played the guitar with Dylan for Dylan's television performances of "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" and "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue on the Les Crane Show a month after the Bringing It All Back Home sessions. Two years earlier, Langhorne had performed on Dylan's The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan on "Corrina, Corrina" as well as the outtake "Mixed-Up Confusion". In 1969 Langhorne was asked by Peter Fonda to score his directorial debut. He decided to opt out of scoring the film in a projection room, instead chose to shoot the film onto a small black and white camera to take back to his home in Laurel Canyon. He would watch the film and play along to it as his girlfriend at the time would record him and play it back, allowing him to overdub Farfisa Organ, piano, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, recorder, and Appalachian dulcimer onto his Revox reel to reel. Bruce's 1920 Martin guitar is most prominent throughout the record. The Results were a uniquely wide and lonesome soundscape. The closest comparison might be Sandy Bull or possibly John Fahey, but nothing of its kind or even of it's time poses a resemblance to Langhorne's minimal masterpiece.
Experimental electronic supergroup Future Brown (composed of Fatima Al Qadiri, Asma Maroof & Daniel Pineda of Nguzunguzu, and J-Cush of Lit City Trax) drop their long awaited debut self-titled LP for Warp. The LP brings forward a number of incarnations of contemporary club music; from the Chi-town auto-tuned warbling of Talkin Bandz, to Tink’s rhyming couplet flow on Wanna Party. The Future Brown sound is a hybrid of dancehall, grime, trap and hip hop with flashes of everything inbetween. Starring vocal turns come from Tink, Prince Rapid and reggaeton vocalist Timberlee but the victory of the album is the production. Cutting-edge club music presented by an unparalleled army of tastemakers.
On the heels of last week's surprise release of FKA twigs' M3LL15X EP, BOOTS – the sole producer behind four of the EP's five tracks – is now announcing the release of his debut album, AQUΛRIA, due out Friday, November 13th on Columbia Records. Featuring co-production from El-P (Run The Jewels) and Carla Azar (Autolux), AQUΛRIA is set somewhere in a twilight realm of the Information Era as BOOTS blends masterful musical styles and gritty vocals with a futuristic approach at creating a boundary-crushing defiance to the established musical hivemind.
Grand Official has been doing their thing for a while. They are traditional or roots Hip Hop. Banging kicks and snares created and crafted by their producer Grip. The two songs are full of amazing scratches and cuts by DJ Hallucin8 who on the song Show & Prove performs a complete 16 bar verse with nothing but scratches and quotes from dope hip hop songs. On another song called The Stand, DJ Hallucin8 once again kills it with the needle, cutting a Fat Joe quote with style. Abadose and Adlife are the MC’s, but on The Stand they bring in two other MC’s. One is Saints from the legendary and worldwide graffiti crew STP. And the other Mc is named Once. His voice is sometimes compared to Tuna Fish of Jurassic. Abadose and Adlife have recorded and performed together for a long time, and you sense their chemistry as they contrast each other perfectly with both voices and styles.
By the time that M.O.P.’s 4th full-length hit in August of 2000, they were true vets in the rap game, with battle scars to prove it. Debuting seven years previous with “How About Some Hardcore?,” the Brownsville, Brooklyn duo of Lil’ Fame and Billy Danze had blazed a heavy path through the underground for the remainder of the decade, never faltering with an aggressive, brassknuckled vocal style, frequently bolstered by DJ Premier’s top-tier backing. Warriorz was a true game-changer for M.O.P., as the album catapulted the pair onto the upper echelons of the rap charts, where they shared real estate with softer and cornier stars of the day. One major reason for the album’s success was the runaway hit “Ante Up (Robbin Hoodz Theory),” produced by D/R Period, who broke them into the game with “Hardcore.” The song – fueled by triumphant horn stabs and a diesel, four-to-the-floor beat – was the perfect mix of hard and catchy, and Fame and Danze flexed over it with finesse. To this day it is used everywhere from movie soundtracks to Sesame Street YouTube videos. “Ante Up” had plenty of high-caliber friends, starting with the album’s two other singles: the strutting, funky “G-Building” and the tense and hardrocked “Cold As Ice” (both produced by the group). Going back, the album lurches into full gear with a hometown anthem, “Welcome To Brownsville,” working down to the Premier-finessed groover, “Follow Instructions.” Further down in the sequence we have features like the piano-freaked “Home Sweet Home” (with Lord Have Mercy) and the mid-tempo, jazzy “Foundation,” which caps the group’s fourth masterpiece. Staying true to their essence, the album flaunts hardest-of-hard Brooklyn bangers from start to finish. In an era where hip-hop was getting more syrupy than Nyquil, M.O.P. proved that they could hit the charts while staying raw. And the album still shines to this day.
Thanks to our friends over at Psychic Fortitude, Pander Sera’s 5-track Floral Dresses EP is now available to purchase on cassette. The songs were recorded & arranged across California from 2011 to 2013. When heard together, the set serves as an intriguing early document in the strange and ever-fluid body of Pander Sera’s music.
Custom packaging includes 12” smiley face picture disc, plastic LP jacket, custom printed obi-insert and free digital download card. The Sad Clown Bad Dub series is back, except this time happy? Originally released as a limited promo CD only, Atmosphere’s The Fun EP (Happy Clown Bad Dub 8) is re-packaged and reformatted on vinyl for the first time ever in this 12” smiley face picture disc. Featuring 8 tracks from Slug and Ant, including bonus track “Pretty Broad” as well as alternate versions of "Say Hey There" and "Panic Attack" off of the critically acclaimed 2005 release You Can’t Imagine How Much Fun We’re Having. Packaging includes plastic LP jacket, custom obi-insert, and a free digital download card. Quantities are limited, and this will not be available again!
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