Saturday, March 29, 2014


Long out of press, The Walker Brothers‘ bizarre and brilliant 1978 full-length Nite Flights has finally been re-issued.

Chicago indie imprint Tizona have done the hard work, and have managed to obtain an official license to put the album back on the shelves once more, even stopping to spruce up the original audio. Dead Rider’s Todd Rittmann was in control of the remastering, and the tracks sound better than ever.

Nite Flights was the trio’s final album and is often looked at as a collection of three miniature solo records rather than a more coherent, collaborative whole. Each member wrote a chunk of the songs, and they’re sequenced as such, with Scott Walker‘s harrowing contributions (which are remarkably close in sound to his later Tilt) hitting first. It’s an astonishing album – diverse and occasionally confusing, and it’s befuddling that the record has managed to stay out of print for so long. It was put out on CD back in 2007, but apart from that has been largely ignored by the hulking re-issue machine.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Built To Spill "Ultimate Alternative Wavers" Record Store Day release!

Available: Record Store Day April 19, 2014

Modern Classics Recordings is proud to present for the first time on vinyl Built to Spill’s debut album, Ultimate Alternative Wavers. Showcasing a nod to Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr, UAW was recorded at Audio Lab Studios in the band’s hometown of Boise, Idaho and soon after released on Seattle imprint C/Z Records in 1993. Featuring former Treepeople member Doug Martsch, Caustic Resin’s Brett Netson, and drummer Ralf Youtz the album features total rippers like the 9 minute “Built Too Long Parts 1, 2 & 3”, while hazy daze of “Nowhere Nothin’ Fuckup” lyrically pays homage to Velvet Underground’s “Oh! Sweet Nuthin”. While it may have been the band’s debut, UAW still remains a special time capsule from one of modern rock’s great bands that are still going strong after 21 years.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Gram Parsons "Sleepless Nights" (180gram Vinyl)

Originally released in 1976, Sleepless Nights is a posthumous compilation album by Gram Parsons (who died in 1973 at the age of 26). Most of the tracks were recorded by the Flying Burrito Bros. in early 1970, just before Parsons left the group. The LP does not include any original Parsons/Burrito tunes as the majority of the material consists of vintage country songs - with the exception of the Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women".

The other three tracks were recorded during the sessions in '73 for Parsons' second solo effort Grievous Angel. Emmylou Harris – who had worked with 'the father of country-rock' since his first solo album and tour – is featured on these songs, being "Sleepless Nights", "The Angels Rejoiced In Heaven Last Night" and "Brand New Heartache". 180 gram audiophile vinyl