Laibach – Across the Universe (1988)

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Let It Be is the fifth album by Laibach. It was released in 1988 and is a cover of the Beatles’ album Let It Be recorded in Laibach style with military rhythms and choirs, though a few tracks deviate from this formula, most notably “Across the Universe”. The title track is omitted and “Maggie Mae” is replaced by the German folk song “Auf der Lüneburger Heide” in combination with Was gleicht wohl auf Erden. “For You Blue” begins with Moondog’s “Crescent Moon March”, which is subsequently used as a counter-melody. “One After 909″ includes a small piece of “Smoke on the Water”, originally written and recorded by the band Deep Purple.

[Dedicated to Mads Nordestgaard]

Rhyton – California Black Box Vapors (2014)

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Rhyton is the Brooklyn based trio of Dave Shuford (D. Charles Speer and the Helix, No Neck Blues Band), Jimy SeiTang (Stygian Stride) and Rob Smith (Pigeons). Rhyton take ancestral forms, instrumentation and scales, primarily sourced from Middle Eastern and Greek traditions, and incorporate them into the context of scorching improvised rock

CD version limited to 300 copies with hand-applied wrap around artwork. LP version pressed on virgin vinyl with free download card.

Trans Am – Anthropocene (2014)

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There are three ways of interpreting Volume X, the title of the new album by Trans Am. The first is obvious – it is the band’s tenth studio release, comprised of ten songs that display ten unique sides of Phil Manley, Nathan Means, and Sebastian Thomson. You can also imagine a volume knob being cranked all the way up, the amplification level for an ideal Trans Am listening session. But it can also be read as a representation of the band’s remarkable ability to express, and even embody, unknown capacities, adopting bold stylistic and aesthetic shifts as a defining tenet of their quarter-century long career. Trans Am refuse to rely on their legacy as innovators, opting instead to continue to break down established modes of songwriting, even if they established those modes themselves. Volume X continues in this gloriously contrarian tradition, presenting fans with strange and familiar sounds in new contexts, from kosmische rock to futuristic speed metal to robo-balladry to variants on classic rock that are so warped as to be rendered completely unrecognizable. “Anthropocene” opens the album with 30 seconds of serene synthesizer ambience before obliterating the stillness with a massive, fuzzy riff anchored by Thomson’s relentless, pounding groove, recorded live in the studio for maximum impact. Volume X is full of these types of disarming moments. Halfway through the sweeping, Kraftwerkian “Night Shift” the song’s syncopated shuffle suddenly becomes a throbbing motorik pulse as two drum takes are overlaid. “Backlash” creeps in with a massive synthesized low-end drone before breaking into a Kill ‘Em All inspired thrash riff that is one of the most aggressive passages the band has laid to tape. And the band saves their most poignant melody for the stripped down slow jam “I’ll Never,” with a vocoded Nathan Means intoning, “Its true, I’ll never get over you.”

The Rolling Stones – It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (From The Vault – LA Forum 1975)

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“From The Vault” is a new series of live concerts from The Rolling Stones archive which are getting their first official release.DVD:http://smarturl.it/RSForum75DVD DVD+3LP: http://smarturl.it/RSForum75DVD3LP DVD+2CD:http://smarturl.it/RSForum75DVD2CD Digital Video “L.A. Forum – Live In 1975” is the second title in this series. The Rolling Stones’ “Tour Of The Americas ‘75” was the band’s first tour with new guitarist Ronnie Wood. Even before the dates started there were dramatic scenes in New York City at the official tour announcement when the band unexpectedly turned up on a flatbed truck to play “Brown Sugar”. After a couple of low key warm-up shows in Louisiana the tour took in 44 dates between the 3rd June and the 8th August 1975. They settled into the L.A. Forum for a five night stint from July 9th to 13th and this concert film features the show from July 12th. The footage has now been carefully restored and the sound has been newly mixed by Bob Clearmountain for this first official release of the show.

Dizzee Rascal – Pagans (2014)

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Noisey are excited to present the new video from Dizzee Rascal for “Pagans”.

Dizzee Rascal “Pagans”
Dirtee Stank Recordings
Produced by Footsie
Video directed by Emile Sornin, produced by DIVISION
P@C Dirtee Stank Recordings 2014.