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CAS Jacaranda Records – Phase One in Liverpool (Behind The Counter Episode 9/12)

“I think people are getting back into vinyl, just because its nice to have something in your hands, with vinyl you have a nice big canvas, big artwork that you can look at and its just great to see your collection growing.” Mina Koroma store manager at Jacaranda Records – Phase One.

This is the 9th part of our ‘Behind The Counter’ video series which tells the stories behind the wonderful world of the independent record shops presented by Classic Album Sundays, Record Store Day UK and Bowers & Wilkins.

A new episode will drop every Tuesday in the run-up to Record Store Day 2019 which will share unique stories from around the UK featuring the shops who have stood the test of time to the newbies on the block. Get to know your local shops.


Watch: Transmission Records in Margate (Behind The Counter Episode 1)
Watch: Action Records in Preston (Behind The Counter Episode 2)
Watch: Eastern Bloc Records in Manchester (Behind The Counter Episode 3)
Watch: Pure Vinyl in Brixton (Behind The Counter Episode 4)
Watch: Specialist Subject Records in Bristol (Behind The Counter Episode 5)
Watch: Love Music in Glasgow (Behind The Counter Episode 6)
Watch: VOD Music in Mold (Behind The Counter Episode 7)
Watch: Banquet Records in Kingston (Behind The Counter Episode 8)

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CAS 30 Years Of De La Soul ‘3 Feet High and Rising’

As we prepare for the 30th anniversary of De La Soul’s timeless debut 3 Feet High and Rising, writer Paul Thompson gives insight into what makes the record so iconic and why its enduring influence continues to touch artists and audiences alike.

Join us on Tuesday March 26th as DJ Yoda and Classic Album Sundays’ founder Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy will tell the story behind the album followed by an uninterrupted replay on the Classic Album Sundays’ audiophile hi-fi.

Full event info and tickets here.

“What De La Soul was doing was giving new life to some of the most vibrant, inventive, vexing, thoroughly alive records in the history of hip-hip. That an act so self-consciously weird could become foundational to the generations that followed, in sound and in ideology, is a testament both to the singular brilliance of the group and to the forward-thinking, creatively open ideals that hip-hop aspires to — and that De La so readily insisted were still far away, on the horizon line. 3 Feet High and Rising is the sound not only of young, black American men discovering themselves, but of their first-bumpy forays into the outside world, their voyages into their parents’ record collections, and their bristling as they watched a culture they loved turn into a commodity they couldn’t control.

The story goes like this. At high school on Long Island, Jolicoeur and his childhood friend Kelvin Mercer linked up with another student, Vincent Mason, and began making music together. After some tweaking and testing, the three settled on stage names: Trugoy, Posdnuos and Maseo, respectively. It wasn’t long before a demo of theirs impressed Prince Paul, a fellow Long Islander who had been working with Stetsasonic. In short order, Paul had helped the group secure a deal with Tommy Boy, and the four went to work on what would become 3 Feet High and Rising”.

Read the full article on the Vinyl Me, Please website here.

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Mark Kimber Classic Album Sundays Fukuoka Presents Massive Attack ‘Mezzanine’

The predator that lurks on the cover of the album perfectly represents the moods locked in the album – it’s in-your-face, confusing, demonic, and eerie. It’s startling at times and soothing at others. Fear is a difficult emotion to surface from the grooves of a vinyl record because it lacks a visual— the discomfort you experience while listening can only be crafted with the help of your imagination. Massive Attack makes you think about what you would see onscreen during a Tobe Hooper or Alfred Hitchcock film. And, when Massive Attack did give their songs a visual representation, they surface the unexpected, like a foetus singing “Teardrop” from inside the womb and from their respective music videos.

Join us to hear this album like never before.


Listen: Massive Attack ‘Mezzanine’ Musical Lead-Up Playlist

Fukuoka

Time and Date: Sunday April 14th 2019 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Venue

Desiderata Fukuoka 1-15-3, 3F Imaizumi Chuo-ku Fukuoka 810-0014 Japan

Tickets

1,500JPY at door

Presenter

Masuo (Lighthouse Records founder / CAS Fukuoka)

Audio Menu

Klipschorn LoudspeakersMark Levinson 23.5L Power AmplifierMark Levinson No.26 PreamplifierPioneer Exclusive P3 turntableKoetsu Cartridge and Stepup Trans.


Read: The Story of Massive Attack ‘Mezzanine’

 

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Mark Kimber Forgotten Classic: Unwound ‘Fake Train’

The early 1990s saw the nebulous, scruffy rock of America’s underground rise to the global stage. Nirvana were the biggest band in the world, Sonic Youth were riding high after Daydream Nation, and a coterie of bands including Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, and Mudhoney had broken through in their slipstream. Despite its dilution of punk, hardcore and metal’s most formidable elements, grunge marked the consummation of an economy built on independent labels, local venues and loyal fanbases; the same DIY spirit of subversion that was aiding hiphop’s parallel rise.

Nonetheless, bubbling under the surface countless idiosyncratic underground scenes showed no signs of submitting to homogenisation. A particular hotspot of activity, Olympia (Washington) was incubating a plethora of bands, including Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill, and Bratmobile, that would remould the base materials of punk and hardcore into new styles such as Riot grrrl. In the midst of this not-so-quiet revolution, local three-piece Unwound cultivated a sound which drew its component parts from both mainstream and independent spheres, resulting in a brand of riotous post-hardcore that was ambitious and authentic.


Read: Forgotten Classic: Dinosaur Jr ‘You’re Living All Over Me’

Forming in 1991, Justin Trosper, Vern Rumsey, and Sarah Lund (replacing Brandt Sandeno in ’92) established a sharp, angular, noisily elaborate approach to rock. Taking leads from forebears such as Black Flag, Unwound’s roots lay in the break-neck hardcore sound, which rose from the ashes of punk’s brief first wave with a vengeance via bands such as Minor Threat, Minutemen, and Dead Kennedys, who took the spartan fundamentals of guitar, bass, and drums to a terminal velocity.

This extreme mentality didn’t leave much room for nuance, however, and by the time of Fake Train’s release in 1993 there was a well established, nation-wide scene of post-hardcore bands, including Fugazi, Husker Dü, Slint, and The Jesus Lizard, who were striving to expand the sonic boundaries of hardcore whilst maintaining it’s mangled aesthetic. This new approach allowed for a greater complexity of melody and rhythm, the creation of slow-burning compositions, and the use of spatialised effects such as echo and reverb.

Fake Train marked Unwound’s first officially released full length, their original debut having been shelved following the departure of drummer Sandeno. Sketchier than their later work, the album shivers with the nervous energy of a band still establishing the fundamentals of their practice, in a state of frenzied transition. Nonetheless it boasts a remarkably accomplished standard of songwriting, wrangling a torrent of feedback and distortion, suffusing riffs with a burning intensity, dancing between violence and contemplation.


Listen: Sonic Youth ‘Daydream Nation’ Musical Lead Up Playlist

Trosper’s proto-emo lamentation as the band’s frontman forms an integral pillar of Fake Train’s youthful, angst-ridden charm. Hitting a peak on the reluctantly anthemic ‘Kantina’, his singing, half sob and half scream, overwhelms the barely distinguishable lyrics and elevates the song to a realm of epic proportions, as the tremulous structure of the music burns and crumbles around him. Possessing an inherently rebellious yet vulnerable edge, Trosper’s delivery often lacks the disciplined power of a Thurston Moore or Kurt Cobain, tilting instead towards the frayed edges of The Meat Puppets’ Curt Kirkwood.

Instrumentally the band maintains the impression that everything could fall apart at a moments notice. Trosper’s guitar, which churns out memorable yet understated riffs, often threatens to engulf each track in a hurricane of feedback, seeping through the cracks like water in a sinking boat on the expansive centrepiece, ‘Were, Are and Was or Is.’ The self-confessedly inexperienced Sarah Lund supplies a loose, thrashing energy on the drums, responding to the dynamic shifts of Trosper’s guitar and Rumsey’s gritty bass with elastic flexibility. When these elements gel correctly, as on the incendiary ‘Lucky Acid’, the result is vicious; a pressure cooker of paranoia, hyperactivity, and directionless fury.

Whilst Unwound did develop into a more conventionally polished indie-rock band throughout the 1990s, their staunch DIY attitude ensured that they remained a cult favourite, leaving the mainstream grandstanding to bands such as Nirvana (who would record their masterpiece, In Utero, just one month after Fake Train).
Indeed, the Olympia trio never really aspired to escape the scene in which their music felt naturally at home, and there were little concessions made to the uninitiated listener. But to listen back to Fake Train now feels like a truly authentic way to experience the ineffable atmosphere of punk creativity that found its zenith on the rainy streets of the Pacific north-west. It’s proof that, beyond the major players of this celebrated era, there was a whole subterranean world of bands pushing this noisy aesthetic to its absolute limits.

Owen Jones


Read: The Story of Pixies ‘Doolittle’

 

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Mark Kimber Classic Album Sundays & The Jazz Cafe Present Donald Byrd ‘Places and Spaces’ by Nye Banfield

Many thanks to Sahra Gure, Nye Banfield, Mark Kavuma, Wilf Diamond, Tom Morley, Alex Blake, Ewan Moore, Will Fry, Michael Shrimpling, and everyone who joined us at the Jazz Cafe on Monday 11th March for a brilliant evening of live music. Check out our photo highlights below.









Listen: Miles Davis ‘In A Silent Way’ Legacy Playlist

 

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CAS The Flaming Lips Announce UK Tour

This year marks the 20thanniversary of classic album The Soft Bulletin by GRAMMY-winning band The Flaming Lips, who are celebrating the occasion by announcing a special, three day UK tour. The band’s ninth record, featuring singles ‘Waitin’ for a Superman’ and ‘Race for the Prize, received widespread critical acclaim with NME naming it their album of the year. It will be performed in its entirety to crowds in Edinburgh, Manchester and London, with the short tour concluding at the Brixton Academy on September 7th.

We will also be hosting a special Flaming Lips listening session in London on Sunday March 31st, full info and tickets here.

Tour dates:

September 5 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
September 6 – Manchester Academy, Manchester
September 7 – Brixton Academy, London


Read more: The Story Of The Flaming Lips ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’

By the time the tour concludes, the band will have released their much anticipated fifteenth album, ‘King’s Mouth’. The new record will feature narration from Mick Jones, guitarist and co-founder of The Clash. The band’s follow-up release to 2017’s ‘Oczy Mlody’ is set for release on Record Store Day, April 13th. Initially, the release will be exclusive to independent record stores, with only 4,000 gold pressed vinyl copies being distributed. A more widely accessible release will hit the marketplace come July.


Listen: The Flaming Lips ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’ Musical Lead-Up Playlist
Listen: The Flaming Lips ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’ Legacy Playlist

Reflecting the artistic proficiency of front man Wayne Coyne, the record will be accompanied by a book,King’s Mouth: Immerse Heap Trip Fantasy Experience, written and illustrated by Coyne himself. He explains, “The King’s Mouth immersive/child-like qualities are born from the same spark and womb as Flaming Lips live performances. The King’s Mouth adventure was made for humans of all sizes, ages, cultures, and religions”.

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CAS Look Inside The De La Soul ‘3 Feet High and Rising’ Re-Issue from Vinyl Me, Please

This month marks the 30thanniversary of NYC hip hop trio De La Soul’s iconic debut album 3 Feet High and Rising. Join us on Tuesday March 26th as DJ Yoda and Classic Album Sundays’ founder Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy will tell the story behind the album followed by an uninterrupted replay on the Classic Album Sundays’ audiophile hi-fi.

Tickets and full event info here.

For more insight into this exceptional record, here’s why 3 Feet High and Rising is Vinyl Me, Please Record of the Month:

Andrew Winistorfer: This is a title that, at least as long as I’ve been at Vinyl Me, Please, has been one of the most requested Records of the Month. Everytime we do a classic rap album, there’s people on social media saying, “Why haven’t you done 3 Feet High and Rising?” which became especially loud when we did Buhloone Mindstate last year in Rap & Hip Hop. It’s been big on our surveys, too. Sometimes, the answer here is as simple as people want this record, this record rules, we love this record and we can put it out. We’re just giving the people what they want. Just so happens they want one of the best rap albums of all time.

Cameron Schaefer, Vinyl Me, Please Head of Music: This feels like the feeling I had when we did Ready to Die. We’re known for doing the less obvious stuff, but sometimes, this is one of the best records that’s ever been made, and I want it. One of the benefits of working at Vinyl Me, Please in the capacity that we do is that we’re in a position where we can sort of curate to our own wants and record collections (laughs).

You’re talking to someone who has used Classics as basically that for more than a year now, so, agreed (laughs).

Yeah, I want a really good remastered reissue of 3 Feet High and Rising, and now we’re going to get it.

And since this is a record that got in before rap sampling costs got out of control, it’s one of the rare records that exists as it did back then in vinyl form, but because of the way their contracts were written, it would cost thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars for this to ever make it to streaming services intact, so the best way to hear it is on vinyl.

This album was born to be played on vinyl, too; all the samples were sourced from old records, so this should be heard on record in its best form.

Another fun fact is that this is our first ever ’80s album in Essentials. We did Queen Latifah in Rap & Hip Hop last summer, but in six-plus years of being a club, this is our first ’80s album in our main subscription. It’s not like we actively avoided that decade or even tried to do one on purpose, but it’s crazy that it took this long. People are always like, “When are you going to do an ’80s album?” and I’m sure they mean Kajagoogoo. But this is ’80s. We did it!

Yeah, that’s nuts. In some ways, I’m glad it’s this, and not what people are thinking of when they think “The ’80s!”

Read the full article on the Vinyl Me, Please website here.

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CAS The Flaming Lips ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’ Poster

Check out this wicked poster designed by Carl Glover for The Flood Gallery to celebrate our play-back events taking place worldwide this month for the epic, fantastical, 10th studio album from The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots.

Available to buy online here.

  • 18 x 24″
  • Gallery Quality Giclee print
  • 100% Cotton Rag Archival Paper Stock
  • Archival Inks
  • Edition of 70 Signed & Numbered
  • Commissioned for Classic Album Sundays
  • Unframed Price: £35 (Available in store and online worldwide)
  • Framed Price: £75 (Available in store and online in the UK only)

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Mark Kimber Classic Album Sundays Miami Presents The Flaming Lips ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’

This March, CAS celebrates The Flaming Lips’ Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots! Hear it like never before on some of the planet’s best gear, along with a presentation and curated selections of vinyl before and after the featured album.

Miami

Time and Date: Sunday March 31st 2019 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Venue

Deja Vu Audio South, 120 Northwest 25th Street, #Suite 302, Miami, FL 33127

Tickets

Available Here

Presenter

Lauren Reskin

Audio Menu

Audio Note T1 TurntableAudio Note 1Q1 cartridgeAudio Note M2 Phono PreamplifierAudio Note Conqueror SET AmplifierDeja Vu Audio Custom Genoa Vintage SpeakersAudio Note Lexus Cables

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