THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM
'Great Expectations' C5 – 463791 / 7" – 463792 Release Date 23/03/2009 This year's Breakthrough Rock Act make further strides with the third release from their sophomore album, 'The '59 Sound'.
'Black Balloon' Ltd 10" – 463793 Release Date 23/03/2009 Considered by many as the stand out track of 'Midnight Boom', the poignant and touching 'Black Balloon' finally gets a well deserved special release. 2008 saw the return of one of rocks most unique and enigmatic duos, The Kills, with their third album 'Midnight Boom'. VV [Alison] and Hotel [Jamie] have long symbolised what draws people to rock 'n' roll, downright cool and sexy, and with songs that most other rock n roll acts can only dream about making. 'Black Balloon', one of the stand out tracks from 'Midnight Boom', is the haunting tale of having to say goodbye to a love and shows a side to The Kills that many aren't familiar with, a gentler, more melodic side.
'Grammatics' CD – 463795 Release Date 23/03/2009 Debut album from critically acclaimed Leeds band the Grammatics, the darlings of Radio One's Huw Stevens "You are looking at an album that is so rare, so well created and driven by people so talented, it is nothing short of perfect." 10/10 – AudioScribbler "An early contender for Rock Sound's Album's Of 2009." 8/10 – Rock Sound "The blend of Owen Brinley's choirboy vocals and a raft of prog-tinged riffs is a source of promise, magic and drama." 4/5 – Uncut "Done with such poise and craft you're left breathless." 4/5 – The Fly.
PETER BJORN & JOHN
'Nothing To Worry About' CD – 463803 Release Date 23/03/2009 Thus spake pop icon, fashion entrepreneur, hip hop superstar and all-round cultural lightning rod that is Kanye West on his blog when Swedish trio Peter Bjorn and John sent him their latest single, 'Nothing to Worry About', to listen to. And of course, what 'Ye recommends, other people shortly follow suit as well, with the track spreading like wildfire through the blogosphere in mere hours. And all with Mr West not even being sure what the name of the track was. The man was obviously quite excited. And who could blame him? This is a band, after all, who set the world alight with their all-conquering, globe-gobbling smash hit 'Young Folks' and who then proceeded to dazzle us with their sublimely gorgeous 'Writer's Block' album in 2007. 2008 saw them resurface with the decidedly quirky opus 'Seaside Rock', which teased and tantalized in equal measure, but it is their forthcoming record 'Living Thing', released March 30 – and their follow-up to 'Writer's Block' proper – that will see them melting hearts everywhere from Auckland to Timbuktu with their wily way with a lovelorn lyric and casually infectious tune. And, make no mistake; 'Nothing to Worry About' is one song that undoubtedly deserves the hype. It's got it all: Handclaps. Hooks so big and sturdy that you could hang an elephant on them. A chorus simpler than the Monday crossword puzzle, yet catchier than the Ebola virus. A madcap, Andreas Nilsson-directed video featuring dancing Japanese rockabillies. Even a children's choir, for Maria Von Trapp's sake. It is the kind of off-kilter burst of genius we've always expected from this most extraordinary band of outsiders, and a more than worthy successor to (whisper it) 'Young Folks' if ever a successor was indeed needed. And if you don't believe us, believe Kanye. **No Artwork Found Yet**
LITTLE MAN TATE 'I Am Alive' Ltd 7" – 463807 Release Date 23/03/2009 **Strictly Limited to 1000 Copies so Out Requests ONLY** Fresh from a very successful European tour, Little Man Tate are pleased to announce details of their brand new single and biggest ever UK headline date. The British indie-rockers, who released their second album, 'Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy', through Skint Records in the late autumn of 2008, will release a brand new track, 'I Am Alive' on the 23rd March 2009. The track was exclusively written for the Yorkshire Sports Awards after the band were invited to write the official awards theme by the BBC. The single is backed with another new track: 'Little Chicago'.
'Klang' CD – 463815 / LP – 463822 Release Date 23/03/2009 The Rakes have announced a UK tour for April. It is their first since March 2007. The tour will coincide with the release of the bands long awaited third album, 'Klang', on Monday 23rd March through V2. A single, taken from the album, entitled 1989, will be released on March 16th. The album was recorded at Planet Roc Studios in Berlin and produced by Chris Zane [Les Savy Fav, The Walkmen, Passion Pit]. The Rakes decided they wanted to record in a fresh and exciting new environment, so they relocated to an industrial area in the old Communist part of Berlin. "The London music scene is so dull – it's like wading through a swamp of shit. We just wanted to be somewhere more inspiring," said Rakes singer Alan Donohoe. "Someone suggested Berlin. It didn't take long for everyone to agree, we packed our bags and moved here just like that. We love it." They lived and recorded in the grounds of a Bauhaus-designed, Soviet radio station that had been converted into a studio. On working with producer Chris Zane, Alan Donohoe adds: "The album is raw, playful, exciting, complex and schizophrenic – much like the personality of Berlin itself. It couldn't be more of a fitting place to record it." 'Klang' is the follow-up to the highly acclaimed albums 'Capture/Release' (2005) and 'Ten New Messages' (2007).
'Close To The Edge' LP – 463826 Release Date 16/03/2009 Yes, the definitive force in classic and prog-rock music released this masterwork in 1972. Way ahead of its time in message, sound and musicianship, Friday Music couldn't think of a better addition to its 180 Gram Audiophile series than this major release from the massive Yes catalogue. Includes the 18+ minute title track, 'And You and I' and 'Siberian Khatru'. Includes the original Roger Dean art elements utilised from the Atlantic archives.
'Live And Dangerous' 2LP – 463832 Release Date 16/03/2009 'Live And Dangerous' ranks as one of the greatest live albums of all time. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this masterpiece, Friday Music delivers the definitive version with a 2LP Deluxe 180 Gram ½ speed master. Phil Lynott and company's greatest songs are given the five star treatment, mastered from the original Warner vault tapes. Includes 'The Boys Are Back In Town', 'Jailbreak', and 15 more classics. Original gatefold cover and graphics. Mastering at Friday Music Studios by Joe Reagoso (Deep Purple / Paul Rodgers / Johnny Winter) and Capitol Records in Hollywood with Ron McMaster.
DOOBIE BROTHERS 'The Captain And Me' LP – 463838 Release Date 16/03/2009 As yet another instalment in our 180 Gram vinyl series on The Doobie Brothers, this smash LP yielded the band four major hit singles, and a multi-platinum disc, which has since become one of the most popular albums of all time in classic rock. Featuring 'Long Train Runnin', 'China Grove' & other hits, 'The Captain And Me' has truly stood the test of time. Impeccably half-speed mastered using the original Warner vault tapes at Friday Music Studios by the award-winning Joe Reagoso [Doobie Brothers, Yes, Boz Scaggs], & Capitol Records in Hollywood with Ron McMaster, this will be one of the most desired audiophile releases this new year! Packaged with the original gatefold cover, original art elements, protective poly record sleeve, and poly bag for the album cover.
'Live Bootleg Series Vol. 1' 2LP – 463840 Release Date 16/03/2009 Johnny Winter, the legendary blues rock guitarist and vocalist has given Friday Music the keys to over four decades of his archived live & unreleased recordings. This critically acclaimed series is now being presented on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl! This 2LP 180 gram limited edition package contains ultra rare & smokin' performances from three decades ago including Winter classics like 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' and 'Johnny B Goode' as well as a bonus live recording of the Stones classic 'It's All Over Now'. A collection like this is a blues lovers and audiophiles dream! Artist produced and approved.
2 x ANNIHILATOR VINYL RELEASES: Release Date 16/03/2009 * King Of The Hill – 463852 * Refresh The Demon – 463855 Annihilator were started in Ottawa, Canada by Jeff Waters in 1984. Annihilator are one of the most influential bands in the thrash genre. The first time on LP. Deluxe Gatefold Limited Edition.
MADNESS 'Complete Madness' CD – 463863 Release Date 16/03/2009 * Complete Madness was originally released in 1982 and spent 88 weeks in the chart. * It contains many of their classic hits including 'Baggy Trousers', 'It Must Be Love', 'The Prince' and 'House Of Fun'
THE KILLERS 'Thin White Dukes: A Documentary Film' DVD – 463869 Release Date 23/03/2009 In the space of just three albums, The Killers have established themselves as a first league act, up there with the likes of U2 and Coldplay – something they have achieved through that rare combination of superlative songwriting, dynamic live performance and a driving ambition to succeed. This film celebrates The Killers' ongoing success and includes exclusive interviews with the band and those closest to them, rare archive footage, contributions from the finest music journalists around, location shoots around their home city, seldom seen photos [many from private collections] and a host of other features which in completion makes for an enlightening, informative and downright entertaining programme which will delight the group's millions of fans across the globe.
'Big Daddy: A Documentary Film' DVD – 463872 Release Date 23/03/2009 As head honcho of one of the most successful Rock bands of all time, Bono is both a celebrity of the first order and one of the world's finest performers. Throw into the mix his dedication to global causes and his association with world leaders and other notables, and you get one extraordinary human being. 'Big Daddy' is a documentary film that charts Bono's entire life and career, from his modest beginnings and the creation of the his band, to his multi tasking role today as both a world class music artist and a high profile campaigner. Featuring previously unseen footage, exclusive interviews and contributions from those who know him best, archive interviews with the man himself, rare photos and a host of other features, this film tells the Bono story in a way it has never been told before.
NINE INCH NAILS
'Metal Machine Music: Nine Inch Nails And The Industrial Uprising' DVD – 463876 Release Date 30/03/2009 Providing inspiration for the title of this DVD, Lou Reed's 5th solo album split opinion dramatically upon its release in 1975, but while many saw it as a contractual obligation designed to shock the listener, its long term influence has been nothing short of startling. The likes of Genesis P.Orridge and Throbbing Gristle in London, Cabaret Voltaire in Sheffield however, were concurrently performing a UK brand of what would soon be termed 'industrial', and these seeds collectively not only assisted and influenced the rapid rise of that period's Punk assault, they also moved electronic music into a new era. A new era that would run its own course and influence greatly an American drift in the mid-1980s towards a home-grown, danceable variety of electro-industrial rock, with the remarkable Nine Inch Nails at its heart and soul. This film traces fascinating and reviews the fascinating history of industrial music, via its 1970s origins, through its enormous rise to prominence in America in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s with NIN as the focal point, to culminate with the current activities of Trent Reznor as he uses marketing and promotional initiatives in a manner just as creative as the music he continues to compose.
'The Complete '57 Sessions' 2CD – 463881 Release Date 30/03/2009 If 1956 was the year Elvis replaced his local following with a national and international fan-base, '57 was the year he cemented his position as the world's most popular entertainer. By the end of the year he was providing over 60% of his record label RCA Victor's income, and had generating more than 40 Million dollars of revenue from merchandising. It was also the year The King proved he could act, with both 'Loving You' and 'Jailhouse Rock' playing to packed houses through the second half of the year. But most crucially, the music he made during the 12 months in question was quite unbelievable – '57 was the year of 'All Shook Up', 'Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do', 'Mean Woman Blues', 'Party', 'Teddy Bear', 'Loving You', 'I Want To Be Free', 'Jailhouse Rock', 'Treat Me Nice' and oh so many others. If Elvis had never recorded another note after receiving his draft papers in December of 1957, the world would still remember him as the finest artist of the 1950s and he would certainly remain a cultural icon. Thankfully, he recorded for a further 20 years, and the world's a better place for it.
'Remixploitation' CD – 463894 Release Date 06/04/2009 John 5, renowned guitar instrumentalist, current guitar player for Rob Zombie and also known for his work with Marilyn Manson, David Lee Roth & Rob Halford delivers his most bizarre album todate. 'Remixploitation' features 10 tracks from his previous solo albums all remixed by top notch guys such as Jeff McDonogh, Bob Marlette, Chris Baseford and Sid Riggs. The songs definitely carry the signature John 5 sound but now brought in a totally different and very interesting way which will take his music to a wider audience. John 5 came to the Mascot label after creating a worldwide following as a widely respected guitarist before taking his notoriety to the next level with the release of 'Vertigo', an album that many guitar fans described as "the guitar album of the new millennium". John 5's eclectic influences combine for a truly unique guitar oriented record that once again sets new standards in the genre.
BOB DYLAN / VARIOUS ARTISTS
'Theme Time Radio Show – The Best Of' 2CD – 463902 Release Date 13/04/2009 Following the huge success of the two previous compilations featuring tracks played by Bob Dylan on the first series of his Theme Time Radio Hour, we now proudly present a further 52 tracks as played by Bob across the second series of the show. The selections are just as eclectic, fascinating and enjoyable as those he played during the first series, and again each show was themed by subject matter.
'Viva La Vodka: Richard Cheese Live' CD – 463906 Release Date 13/04/2009 America's loudest lounge singer Richard Cheese performs swingin' Vegas versions of rock, rap, and Top 40 hits, "swankifying" contemporary songs into traditional pop vocal standards. Imagine Sinatra singing Radiohead, and you've got Dick. Cheese has sold more than 155,000 CDs and has played hundreds of sold out concerts from Las Vegas to London. With his snappy Lounge Against The Machine swing band, his tiger-striped tuxedo, and his enormous microphone, Richard Cheese presents the perfect mix of music, martini, and madcap. Now Dick returns with his 8th album, Viva La Vodka: Richard Cheese Live. This collection of live performances from 2000-2008 features songs recorded at shows in Washington D.C., Las Vegas, New Orleans, Chicago, and Hollywood. Fans will enjoy the "live" Lounge Against The Machine experience on this extra long album, as Dick introduces each song, interacts with the audience, and even orders a cocktail from the bar right in the middle of a tune. Viva La Vodka!
'Odyssey And Oracle' CD – 463910 OUT NOW!!! Alongside 'Sgt. Pepper' and 'Pet Sounds', there is 'Odessey & Oracle'. A timeless classic that belatedly attained the recognition it so thoroughly deserved and you would be hard pushed to find a better example of the 60s pop-sike zeitgeist. Featuring both the Stereo and Mono versions and some bonus mixes, this item is a positive must for the collection of any discerning music fan / enthusiast.
'Road Trip: 40 Years Of The Boss' 2DVD – 463912 OUT NOW!!! The Boss began performing around the bars and night spots of New Jersey in the late 1960s, and in so doing started one of the most eventful, productive and inspiring stories in musical history. His 'Road Trip' reads like the Great American Novel, and while Bruce unquestionably remains amongst the most respected performers alive today and undoubtedly has much more great work to come, having already notched up 4 decades of incredible music and quite probably the best live shows ever performed, he has already achieved far more than even he could have ever hoped for. This 2 DVD set celebrates the astonishing career of Bruce Springsteen, by telling the story of his rise to fame, fortune and enormous popularity in vivid detail. And with the help of rare footage, rarely seen performances, archive interviews with the man himself, exclusive contributions from; E Street Band members, former managers, producers and close associates of Bruce, and the finest rock writers and Springsteen experts around, this 3 hour programme will prove a delight for the Boss's millions of fans around the globe.
'Live in Sao Paolo, 23rd March 2008' 2CD – 463913 OUT NOW!!! 'Asia – Live In Sao Paulo 23rd March 2007' is part of a series of live double albums recorded during the successful 2007 / 2008 world tour from Asia. The unique factor from each concert is the performances from the band members adding solo performances to the now famous Asia tracks with historical versions of hits from their previous bands such as YES, King Crimson and ELP. This is a must for Asia fans to collect – authorized from the bands own archives.
'The Rebirth Of Cool: U2 In The Third Millennium' DVD – 463914 OUT NOW!!! They formed more than 30 years ago, have been releasing records almost as long, and still today they appeal to just about everyone, from mums and dads to teenage NME readers – a journal whose cover they have uniquely graced in each of their four decades as a group. It is no exaggeration to say that U2 are the first rock band ever to have remained both a commercial and critical success story across such an enormous timeframe, yet by the mid-1990s the game was almost up; the group were considering a split, having lost credibility, much of their fanbase and most of their enthusiasm. This film tells the story of the massive regeneration of U2 during the new millennium. Across two stunning and classic albums, a world tour to accompany each, numerous side projects and a fresh attitude that not only drew the old fans back in droves, but equally attracted huge swathes of new devotees, the 'noughties' was just as much U2's decade as the eighties had been. Featuring rare and classic footage of U2, interviews with all the band members and with their closest colleagues, friends, producers etc., contributions and review from the finest writers and music journalists [Johnny Rogan, Matt Snow, Gavin Martin and many others], news footage and location shoots and a host of other features, this DVD uniquely shows how a band can, using intelligence, soul and plenty of classic songwriting, revive not just a career but a whole way of life.
DEPECHE MODE 'Wrong' 2S – 463920 / 7" – 463921 Release Date 06/04/09 These will be made available once the stock comes in!
DEPECHE MODE 'Wrong' Bundle Set – 463922 Release Date 06/04/09 This is the only format available for pre-orders!! Depeche Mode release Wrong, April 6th, on Mute, the first single from their eagerly-anticipated new album 'Sounds Of The Universe'. Wrong is written by Martin Gore and produced by Ben Hillier (Blur, Doves, Elbow) who previously produced their 2005 album 'Playing The Angel' and the new album 'Sounds Of The Universe'. Wrong grabs the listener's attention from its first stack-heeled, staccato shriek. Over stomping beats and screeching synthesisers, Dave hammers out Martin's darkly comic reflections on a lifetime of mistakes, misdeeds and bad decisions. The track has a guaranteed future as a sky-punching stadium anthem – a Depeche Mode classic. "We knew at an early stage that Wrong was going to be the first single because it's quite different to anything we've released before. It's got a rap feel to it, it's probably as close to R&B as we're ever going to sound." says Martin. The single is available on 2 CDs – a 2 track and a maxi featuring remixes of the single – plus 7", and includes the exclusive B-side Oh Well, co-written by Dave and Martin.
DEPECHE MODE 'Sounds Of The Universe' CD – 463924 / 2D – 463925 / 2LP [+CD] – 463926 / Deluxe 4-disc Box – 463927 Release Date 20/04/09
DEPECHE MODE 'Sounds Of The Universe' CD – 463924 / 2D – 463925 / 2LP [+CD] – 463926 / Deluxe 4-disc Box – 463927 Release Date 20/04/09 Alongside a standard CD format, Sounds Of The Universe will also be released as a Special Edition CD+DVD set and a Deluxe Box Set featuring three CDs, a DVD and a host of exclusive extras. The album will also be released as a double vinyl LP (including a Sounds Of The Universe CD). The CD+DVD set also includes the album mixed in 5.1 surround sound, the music video for 'Wrong', 'Sounds Of The Universe' – A Short Film and remixes of three new songs. The Deluxe Box Set contains the Sounds Of The Universe album CD, a second disc including brand new bonus tracks and remixes of new songs and a third CD with an exclusive collection of demos, from both the new album and songs from throughout Depeche Mode's career. The Box Set DVD includes three films, the music video for first single Wrong (directed by Patrick Daughters), the album and five bonus tracks in 5.1 surround sound, plus four songs filmed live in the studio in December 2008. The two-piece, custom made box also contains two 84-page hardback books, one featuring the lyrics to all the songs from the Sounds Of The Universe sessions, accompanied by exclusive photography by Anton Corbijn and the second contains exclusive and candid studio photography by Daniel Miller, Ben Hillier, Luke Smith and Ferg Peterkin.