>7Seconds – Leave A Light On CD/2xLP (Rise)
It's been over nine years since their last release. This new 14-song album has elements of all things 7Seconds: fast, melodic, earnest and smart.
>Mindi Abair – Wild Heart CD (Heads Up)
Mindi Abair is one of the most recognizable saxophonists on the music scene today. In addition to great solo albums over the years, she has been seen on American Idol as well as joining Aerosmith on their recent US tours. Her new solo album features guest appearances by Booker T, Greg Allman, Joe Perry, Keb Mo and Waddy Wachtel, and others.
>Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – Dereconstructed CD/LP (Sub Pop)
Nothing less than pure f**king heaven, Dereconstructed is a collection of careening, road raging, all night partying hits. Informed by a distinctly Southern hoodoo, it is a masterclass in authentic Gulf Coast choogle from members of Dexateens.
>Black Anvil – Hail Death CD/2xLP (Relapse)
Third album from the New York-based blackened thrash quartet.
>Tommy Bolin & Zephr – Zephr [Reissue/1969] 3xCD (Cleopatra)
Deluxe edition of the 1969 recorded debut of guitar legend Tommy Bolin performing with his first major act, the blues rock outfit Zephyr. Includes two bonus discs of rare live material and studio improvisations.
>Michael Bradford – The Long Night CD (Varese)
Michael Bradford is a writer, producer and performer who has worked with artists as diverse as Eurythmics, Ringo Starr, Grant Green, Jem, Stevie Nicks, Tippa Irie, Terence Trent D’Arby, Loretta Lynn and Anita Baker. Music fans from all quarters are already familiar with the eclectic career of one of music's true "inside men". As an arranger, composer and musician, he has also created classic music for film, television and radio.
>Bury Tomorrow – Runes CD (Nuclear Blast)
New album from the British metalcore band.
>Mariah Carey – Me I Am Mariah: The Elusive Chanteuse CD (Def Jam)
Carey’s new album features collaborations with Nas, Miguel, Wale, Eternal, Fabolous and others. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds three bonus tracks.
>Cherub – Year Of The Caprese CD/LP (Columbia)
Nashville's own risqué, electro-pop duo consisting of Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber release their major label debut album.
>Ty Citerman –Bop Kaballah CD (Tzadik)
A founding member of the internationally acclaimed punk/jazz/new music ensemble Gutbucket, composer/guitarist Ty Citerman delves deep into his Jewish roots in this brilliant new project for the Tzadik Jewish series. Drawing inspiration from sources as varied as the Beat Generation, medieval Eastern European and Asian music modes and the rich depths of Kabbalistic mysticism, Ty has fashioned an intense and colorful program of modernist music that blends klezmer, nigunim, jazz, rock, classical and more.
>Haggai Cohen-Milo – Penguin CD (Tzadik)
Hailing from Israel and currently living in Brooklyn, Haggai Cohen-Milo is a gifted bassist and composer exploring the nexus of jazz and Jewish music. His Tzadik debut features a tight and exciting band of young virtuosos who passionately perform Haggai’s beautiful and lyrical compositions. Brilliant improvisations, poignant melodies and driving rhythms all come together in this exciting program of New Jewish music at its best.
>Cradle Of Filth – Total F**king Darkness CD/LP (Shellshock)
Remastered released of the infamous third demo from British extreme metallers, recorded in 1993 and expanded with bonus tracks. Also available for the first time on vinyl.
>Crowbar – Symmetry In Black CD (eOne)
The New Orleans sludge metal veterans celebrate their 25th anniversary with the release of a new album. Vinyl version due June 3.
>Dead Congregation – Promulgation Of The Fall CD (Profound Lore)
Technical, twisted odes to total death. Their vicious assault of myriad enveloping riffs and an earth-crushing rhythm section invokes the total decimation of all that is pure and sacred.
>Jerry David DeCicca – Understanding Land CD/LP (Electric Ragtime)
Understanding Land mixes a slo-mo folk blues with a sense of optimism. Features contributions from double bassist Andy Hamill (Mark Murphy, Tracey Thorn), Will (Bonnie 'Prince' Billy) Oldham, Kelley Deal (The Breeders), and Spooner Oldham (Muscle Shoals, Dylan, Neil Young).
>Deep Purple – Made In Japan CD/2xCD/2xCD+DVD (Rhino)
Digitally remastered edition of this classic live album from the British hard rock icons, recorded during their first tour of Japan in August 1972. Available in Regular, Deluxe (adds six bonus tracks), and Expanded Deluxe (adds a DVD containing a documentary and rare footage).
>Eleh – For Moussavi Atrium CD (Important)
Brand new 38-minute piece written for performance at the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art.
>Caro Emerald – The Shocking Miss Emerald CD (Grandmono)
An album of edgy, vivid, romantic and intense songs, all tied together with a ‘40s Parisian haute couture bow.
>Eureka California – Crunch CD/LP (Happy Happy Birthday To Me)
"The duo’s second LP, Crunch, is even leaner and scuzzier than its first, a whirlwind of raw riffage and nimble hooks propelled by pummeling drum work. It’s a charming mess, a wild yet über-catchy string of power-pop." – Flagpole
>Eyehategod – Eyehategod CD/LP (Housecore)
Following countless years of personal hardships, studio disasters and times of music industry indecision, New Orleans’ own Eyehategod, with much relief and excitement, are proud to release their brand new full-length. Entirely assembled and financed by the band, the self-titled long player features eleven new tracks.
>Fire Retarded – Scroggz Manor CD/LP (Big Neck)
Debut from Bobby Hussy (The Hussy’s) new group. Ten songs of fuzzed-out punk rock that will shock and awe you into submission. Bobby's guitar adds a surrealistic fuzz feel to the power of these punk rippers that will drag you in and hypnotizes you.
>Foxing – The Albatross CD (Triple Crown)
With The Albatross, St. Louis MO’s Foxing have created an incredibly urgent and cinematic debut album. Gorgeous orchestration and shimmering guitars soar at one moment giving way to fervent vocals and intricate, crashing instrumentation the next. With comparisons ranging from Do Make Say Think, The National, and MeWithoutYou, Foxing aren't easily pinned down to a genre. Vinyl version due July 1.
>Marty Friedman – Inferno CD/LP (Prosthetic)
After first rising to prominence in the influential band Cacophony and via his well-received solo debut Dragon’s Kiss, Friedman joined Megadeth, with whom he soon wrote and recorded the thrash landmark Rust In Peace.
>Ben Frost – A U R O R A CD/LP (Mute)
The fifth album from Ben Frost, performed with Greg Fox (ex-Liturgy), Shahzad Ismaily and Thor Harris (Swams) and largely written in Eastern DR Congo, A U R O R A aims directly, through its monolithic construction, at blinding luminescent alchemy; not with benign heavenly beauty but through decimating magnetic force.
>John Fullbright – Songs CD/LP (Blue Direct)
Songs is John Fullbright's follow-up to his Grammy-nominated debut, From The Ground Up. The album has its moments of darkness, tracks born from pain and heartbreak, but for a craftsman like Fullbright, there are few greater joys than carving emotion into music, taking a stab at that lofty goal of immortality through song. It makes him and his fans "happy," and there's nothing bad about that.
>Future Death – Special Victim CD/LP (Bloodmoss)
From swirling, tumultuous outbursts to pummeling destruction, the controlled chaos that is Future Death is unleashed. Stripping everything to the bone, the band’s creative process is heavily linked to impulse as they capture their feelings organically and in the moment while leaving little room for conceptualization.
>Galati – Mother CD (Psychonavigation)
New release from the dark ambient artist. "Mother is a diary of a long trip, reporting my personal search for answers and for my own self. It's about letting go, leaving behind; it means gaining simplicity and innocence. I've been observing a metamorphosis in myself, it started in Greenland and went on to far-off lands of Tibet, in the shadow of Mount Everest, the Mother Goddess of the Universe." – Galati
>Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto – Getz/Gilberto: 50th Anniversary CD (Verve)
Digitally remastered and expanded 50th Anniversary edition of this landmark, four-time Grammy-winning jazz/bossa nova album. Includes both mono and stereo versions.
>Haunted Hearts – Initiation CD/LP (Zoo Music)
Many years dreamt, one cold winter realized, Haunted Hearts is Dee Dee Penny (Dum Dum Girls) and Brandon Welchez (Crocodiles). It is not the melding of two bands; it is a true collaboration.
>Hundred Waters – Moon Rang Like A Bell CD/LP (Owsla)
The idiosyncratic Florida synth-drift quartet releases their sophomore album on Skrillex’s own Owsla label.
>Indigenous – Time Is Coming CD (Blues Bureau Int’l)
Mato Nanji, longtime frontman of Native American band Indigenous releases his tenth album which stretches Mato's already established high-caliber musicianship into a hard hitting, guitar driven musical excursion into modern blues rock.
>Neil Innes - Recollections Le Ducks Box Set 3xCD+DVD (Creature Music)
Neil Innes, best known for his collaborative work with Monty Python, has now formed his own label to issue this box set containing the original three-disc Recollections set with a bonus DVD of selected material from the Innes Book Of Records TV series of the late ‘1970s and early ‘80s.
>Iron Butterfly – Live At The Galaxy 1967 CD (Cleopatra)
Live document of the early days of the great Iron Butterfly recorded live at the historic Galaxy Club located in the heart of the Sunset Strip during its heyday. Features the original line-up of the band performing tracks from their early singles as well as their debut studio LP Heavy. Vinyl version due June 10.
>Kever – Eon Of Cycling Death CD (Dark Decent)
New release from the Israel-based death metal band formerly known as Morbid Tendency.
>Kiss – Kiss 40 2xCD (UMe)
To celebrate Kiss’ 40-year recording career and their long-overdue induction to the Rock
And Roll Hall Of Fame, the Kiss 40 compilation features one track from every major album release, live selections and an unreleased demo of "Reputation" from 1977.
>Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Long Way To The Beginning CD/LP (Knitting Factory Works)
New album from the reigning prince of Afrobeat, co-produced by Grammy winner Robert Glasper. Features appearances from M-1 of Dead Prez, Blitz The Ambassador, and Nneka.
>Amy LaVere – Runaway’s Diary CD/LP (Archer)
In the nine years since she release her debut album, Amy LaVere's music has been called many things: dark and sexy, witty, feisty, breezy, mysterious.
>Lillian Axe – One Night In The Temple 2xCD+DVD/2xCD+Blu-ray (CME)
Performed acoustically in an intimate setting, housed in a Masonic Temple, and filmed in high definition.
>Lil Rob – R.I.P. Recordings In Progress CD (Upstairs)
The 11th solo album from the rapper is also his first in five years.
>Little Barry – Shadow CD (Tummy Touch)
UK trio Little Barrie returns with their unrivalled blend of rock, blues, garage and soul for their fourth album.
>Cher Lloyd – Sorry I’m Late CD (Epic)
Spunky and sweet, multi-Platinum selling Cher Lloyd (X Factor UK finalist), who the New York Times called "the future," is back with her sophomore album.
>Austin Mahone – The Secret CD (Universal Republic)
New album from the teen pop sensation (for those of you who care).
>Masked Intruder – M.I. CD/LP (Fat Wreck Chords)
Masked Intruder is a pop punk band from Madison, WI.
>Meyhem Lauren & Buckwild – Silk Pyramids CD (Thrice Great, LLC)
First national release from the Queens New York MC, whose style is in the vein of the resurgent NY sound personified by Action Bronson. Silk Pyramids was produced by multi-platinum producer Buckwild (Big Pun, Notorious B.I.G., Black Rob, etc.).
>Misery Index – The Killing Gods CD (Season Of Mist)
Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Vinyl version due June 10. "On their fifth full-length album, Baltimore’s premiere death-metal crew display symptoms of progression, the nonstop assault of their previous efforts replaced with moments of atmosphere and melancholy." – Revolver
>moe. – No Guts No Glory CD/2xLP (Sugar Hill)
11th studio album from the jam band. "We wanted the live-in-the-studio feel -- that organic push and pull of time changing and all of us reacting. That's something that a lot of music right now tends to lose…" Available on CD and on vinyl. Vinyl version includes three bonus tracks.
>Muyei Power - Sierre Leone in 1970s USA CD/LP (Soundway)
Muyei Power or Orchestre Muyei (muyei means "our country") was one of the top dance bands of the 1970s in Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone In 1970s USA is an album of rock-infused, "Afro" music from a group that traveled the world throughout the mid 1970s. Fusing elements of electric Congolese and Nigerian music with fast, syncopated, uptempo modernized arrangements of traditional music, Muyei Power produced a series of unique single-only releases that have been unavailable for 35 years.
>Napolian – Incursio CD/2xLP (Software)
A clandestine labor of love, Incursio was recorded gradually and with great attention over the course of two years. While honing the album’s core, Napolian also contributed his co-production and mixing talents to A$AP Ferg's Trap Lord and the lead track on Kelela's equally acclaimed CUT 4 Me mixtape. At its core, Incursio is an instrumental beats record. What the album isn't though is an egg hunt -- no break record samples, no dust, no crates.
>Nebraska Bricks – Live In Pain Die In Vain CD (Eulogy)
Nebraska Bricks is a melodic hardcore band from South Florida.
>Own Pallet –In Conflict CD/LP (Domino)
In Conflict was written and produced by Pallett, recorded with the core rhythm section of Robbie Gordon and Matt Smith, and features contributions from Brian Eno and The Czech FILMharmonic Orchestra, amongst others. The album is full of love songs more specifically, songs about liminal states and our loved ones locked in battle with them. Pallett was recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score, alongside Arcade Fire for their work on the soundtrack to Spike Jonze's Her.
>Pop Strangers – Fortuna CD/LP (Carpark)
Fortuna, the second full-length from New Zealand trio Popstrangers, trades the grunge revivalism of the band's previous releases for buoyant hooks and '60s pop. Eschewing the squalling guitars that propelled their debut album Antipodes for clear-headed production and lush choruses, Popstrangers hit their stride on Fortuna, crystallizing their influences into a succinct record of indie psych that never lingers too long.
>Powerman 5000 – Builders Of The Future CD (Universal)
Powerman 5000’s first collection of all new material in nearly five years.
>The Ready Set – The Bad & The Better CD (Razor & Tie)
From the first guitar strums of The Bad & The Better’s opening song, "Higher," which is also the first radio single, it’s almost impossible not to smile and dance along with Witzigreuter’s signature rapid-fire verses and synth-fueled choruses over the album’s 11 songs.
>Reuben And The Dark – Funeral Sky CD/LP (Arts & Crafts)
Funeral Sky is the debut album from Reuben And The Dark, the harmonious collection of five multi-instrumentalists led by Calgary's Reuben Bullock. This suite of eleven carefully crafted songs evokes the full spectrum of the group's uplifting folk and gripping soul, with depth and seamlessness that bely their youth.
>Bruce Robinson/Kelly Willis – Our Year CD/LP (Premium Records)
Willis and Robinson already reign as one of Americana’s coolest couples, and their latest release, Our Year, elevates them closer to the lofty territory once occupied by beloved royals Johnny & June and George & Tammy. Working again in Nashville with producer Brad Jones, they deliver their musical thoughts over 10 outstanding tracks, from formidable originals to well-honed covers including a "knockout" version of the Tom T. Hall-penned "Harper Valley PTA."
>Roll The Tanks – Broke Til Midnight CD/2xLP (Epitaph)
Broke Til Midnight is named for the quartet's penchant for Thursday night revelry (with The Clash, The Pixies and The Heartbreakers on the jukebox) when the bar tab can't be paid until the clock strikes 12:00 and the paychecks clear. It's a transcendent combination that will hit with fans of The Hold Steady, Cold War Kids or Against Me!
Sabaton – Heroes CD (Nuclear Blast)
Sabaton's latest album is a concept record based on different historical 20th century wars and battles, telling fascinating stories about heroic men and women on their dangerous missions.
>Chris Schlarb – Making The Saint CD/LP (Asthmatic Kitty)
"Making The Saint is my third full-length record. I love small records. When I say ‘small record,’ I think of Sandy Bull's Fantasias For Guitar And Banjo, Bill Evans trio recordings at the Village Vanguard, Fripp & Eno's No Pussyfooting, or Thelonius Monk's sublime Solo Monk. Each of these albums is simple. They're direct. Making The Saint is a small record too. I didn't belabor it. The recording and mixing came quickly. I followed my instincts. This album is also a spiritual retreat for me; a healthy and necessary separation after so many strong collaborations." - Chris Schlarb
>Scourge – Hate Metal CD (Cogumelo)
Scourge is a band from Brazil that plays a mixture of death, black and war metal.
>Serpentine Path – Emanations CD/LP (Relapse)
Emanations is the sophomore album from NYC doom super group Serpentine Path. Their 2012 self-titled debut was a boldly grim statement of unforgiving misanthropy that referenced both the filthy riffs of Autopsy and the stoney doom of Sleep.
>Shaliek – Blood Sweat Tears CD (Pendulum)
Though he's young, 11-year industry veteran and Bronx, NY native Shaliek wants to make music that is soulful, inspirational and impacts change. The singer/songwriter’s sense of history is as vast as his vocal range. Influenced by legends like Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and Michael Jackson, the soulful singer made a name for himself early on, performing to sold-out crowds at the world famous Apollo Theater when he was only 15.
>Paul Shapiro – Shofarot Verses CD (Tzadik)
Blending soul and R&B with the Jewish tradition, Paul Shapiro’s fourth release is another romp in the wild and wooly world of rhythm and Jews, this time featuring a tight touring quartet performing Paul’s original compositions in the Jewish bag.
>Some Ember – Some Ember CD (Dream)
Cold synthesizers and harsh industrial beats dominate the A-side, while swirling drone and organic percussion characterize the unique second half. Vinyl version due June 10.
>Soulsavers – Light The Dead Sea CD+DVD (Mute)
Deluxe version of the band’s 2012 album, expanded with a DVD featuring an interview, live performance in L.A., and more.
>Spanish Gold – South Of Nowhere CD/LP (BMG Rights)
The debut album from the newly formed band featuring former Hacienda guitarist/vocalist Dante Schwebel.
>They Might Be Giants – Idlewild CD/LP (Idlewild Recordings)
While Idlewild is neither a "best of" nor a "rarities" set, it is an ultra-vivid illustration of the band's prodigious output and singular musical vision. From the spare, folkie chug of "Words Are Like," which originally appeared as part of TMBG’s internet-only collaboration with eMusic back in the dot.com era glory days of 2001, to the propulsive, dance floor groove of "You're On Fire" from 2013’s Nanobots release, the scope of Idlewild is as wide as it is beguiling.
>Trash Talk – No Peace CD (Odd Future)
No Peace is music for the sake of aggression. Recorded in New York City, this is the closest Trash Talk has come to capturing the chaos on wax. Legendary hip-hop producer Alchemist contributes two filthy beats that Trash Talk drag through the gutter, knuckles up. It sounds like bone shards swirling in a hurricane.
>Sharon Van Etten – Are We There CD/LP (Jagjaguwar)
Sharon Van Etten writes from free-flowing emotional honesty and vulnerability, creating a bond with the listener that few contemporary musicians can match. Are We There is a self-produced album of exceptional intimacy, sublime generosity, and immense breadth. Features appearances from Dave Hartley and Adam Granduciel (War On Drugs), Jonathan Meiberg (Shearwater), Jana Hunter (Lower Dens), Peter Broderick, Mackenzie Scott (Torres), Stuart Bogie, Jacob C. Morris and Mickey Freeze.
>Avery Sunshine –The Sunroom CD (Shanachie)
R&B diva Avery Sunshine has been an underground sensation, wowing audiences from coast to coast. The Sunroom features 13 Avery originals overflowing with her unmatched warmth and exuberance.
>Vanhelgd – Relics Of Sulphur Salvation CD/LP (20 Buck Spin)
The eight complex and memorable songs on Relics Of Sulphur Salvation strike with an urgent ferocity not seen in other so-called "boundary-pushing" or "progressive" releases in recent memory. This is death metal from the guts, played with relentless and nuanced savagery. Vanhelgd’s natural skill for crafting monumental death metal songs suggests early At The Gates, Entombed, and even elements of My Dying Bride.
>Various Artists – Of Factory New York CD/2xLP (Factory Benelux)
Factory Benelux and New Order present Of Factory New York, a benefit album released to assist Michael Shamberg, who ran the NYC office of Factory Records during the celebrated label's ‘80s heyday. Features tracks by A Certain Ration, Cabaret Voltaire, New Order, Konk, Section 25, Streetlife, and others.
>Various Artists – Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton CD+DVD/CD+Blu-ray (Stone’s Throw)
Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton features original music by Madlib and exclusive interviews with Peanut Butter Wolf, Kanye West, Common, Mike D, ? uestlove, Talib Kweli, Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Ariel Pink, Flying Lotus, Geoff Barrow, A-Trak, J Rocc, Dam-Funk, Mayer Hawthorne, and other members of the Stones Throw Family. Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton is produced and directed by Jeff Broadway, who also produced Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story, which tells the tragic tale of Morphine front man Mark Sandman.
>Various Artists – The Sound Of Siam Volume 2: Molam & Luk Thung 1970-1982 CD/2xLP (Soundway)
Soundway's second foray into South East Asia is focused on Northeast Thailand, the epicenter of Molam and Luk Thung Isan music. Hypnotic phin and khaen riffs, pulsing, electrified country rhythms and heartfelt vocals punctuate another journey into the lesser-known reaches of 1970s Thai music.
>Verma – Sunrunner CD/LP+MP3 (Trouble In Mind)
The swirling, layered loops of Johnny Caluya's guitar mesh seamlessly with the interstellar drones and throbs ebbing from Whitney Johnson's Acetone, but the real secret weapon of Sunrunner lies in the rhythm section of bassist Rob Goerke and drummer Zach Corn's locked-tight grooves that pulse steadily and subtly like all great rhythm sections are supposed to, providing a rubbery backbone that supports the album. (Limited quantities pressed on mixed color vinyl.)
>Sonny Vincent – Cyanide Consomme CD/LP (Big Neck)
Sonny Vincent is an American punk rock icon. Active since the mid-‘70s with the Testors, touring as Maureen Tucker’s and Sterling Morrison’s guitarist, his new album is 14 songs of pure punk barn burners. If you think time has slowed Sonny's songwriting, you are sadly mistaken. These are songs with hooks and melodies that make you want to get up and dance. "He's able to perfectly capture the swinging sloppiness of blues rock and fit it into the angry energy of punk. He does it so well that you can't pick out which parts are punk or which parts are rock and roll." -- Punk News
>Watter – This World CD/LP (Temporary Residence)
Watter is a trio made up of close friends and collaborators whose collective pedigree reads like a desert island list of must-haves in experimental rock musicians. Multi-instrumentalists Zak Riles (Grails) and Tyler Trotter are anchored by legendary drummer Britt Walford (Slint, Evergreen) over six genre-defying pieces of monolithic mood music. For Riles and Trotter, it's a chance to dig deeper into the sandbox in which Grails have sculpted many mercurial masterpieces in recent years.
>Neil Young – A Letter Home CD/LP/2xLP+CD+DVD+7x6" (Reprise/Third Man)
An unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever. (A Deluxe double-LP vinyl version is also available, which includes a copy on CD, a DVD, and seven clear 6'' vinyl singles.)
>John Zorn – Live At The Hall Of Mirrors CD (Tzadik)
A fabulous CD of music for piano trio featuring the incredible Stephen Gosling performing an exactly notated virtuosic piano part that pushes the envelope of what is possible with a piano, and the dynamic rhythm section of longtime Zorn associate Greg Cohen and the exhilarating percussionist Tyshawn Sorey.
>Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Check 'Em Before You Wreck 'Em! LP (Rise Above)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The Shovell somehow carry on the lineage of the truly golden age of British heavy rock whose dog sh!t stained road was paved by the likes of Budgie, Sabbath, early Motörhead, Quo, Lizzy, The Groundhogs, Stray etc. Chuck in a healthy chunk of US and Aussie proto metallurgists Sir Lord Baltimore, Dust, Bang, The Litter and Buffalo, as well as a healthy Vertigo 'Swirl' of dew picked mushrooms bad trip psych.
>Lily Allen – Sheezus 2xLP (WB)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Lily Allen's third studio album was produced by Greg Kurstin, Shellback and Dj Dahl, and features the singles "Hard Out Here" and "Air Balloon."
>Blu – Good To Be Home 2xLP (Nature Sound)
Recently relelased on CD – now available on vinyl. Los Angeles lyricist Blu returns with Good to Be Home, a brand new solo album. Unlike previous Blu releases that have leaked online and later been repackaged in physical form, this album contains 20 tracks of brand new, previously unheard material.
>Bolt Thrower – War Master [Reissue/1991] 2xLP (Earache)
Vinyl reissue of the classic third album from the masters of pure battlefield influenced death metal. Pressed on red/silver splattered white wax with etching on Side Four.
>Buffalo Killers – Heavy Reverie LP (Sun Pedal)
Buffalo Killers hailing from Ohio deliver hook heavy homegrown rock & roll. Lead by songwriting brothers Zachary and Andrew Gabbard, the band has drawn the attention of the likes of Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes who said that Buffalo Killers were "One of the best f**king rock & roll bands in the world" and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, who produced their sophomore effort Let It Ride.
>Cheap Girls – Famous Graves LP (Xtra Mile)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. "For the past seven years, Michigan’s Cheap Girls have been consistently churning out infectious, melodic rock and roll records, and their latest effort is no exception." – Under The Radar
>Cherry Ghost – Herd Runners LP (Heavenly)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. For the last couple of years, Simon Aldred has been in a state of willful musical schizophrenia. Since 2007, Bolton-born Aldred has – to all intents – been Cherry Ghost, a band known for perfecting a kind of widescreen North Western country soul. Yet the third Cherry Ghost album Herd Runners arrives after an extensive period in which Aldred’s own music been pulled in multiple different directions.
>Condello –Phase 1 [Reissue/1968] LP (Sundazed)
Reissue of bandleader Mike Condello's (Hub Cap & The Wheels) 1968 psychedelic masterwork. Features a young Bill Spooner (pre-Tubes) on guitar. HQ-180gm mono.
>Cretin Stompers – Looking Forward To Being Attacked LP (HoZac)
Just like a Xenomorph wrapping its way around your head right before that inevitable lobotomy, Cretin Stompers’ infectious oozing pop slime will find its way into any of your exposed orifices. A dynamic explosion of space punk filtered through a clogged toilet of remarkable pop hooks and impeccable melodic surges that hit such wavering heights, you just might need some orange slices to keep your eyes on the road.
>Sandy Denny & The Strawbs – All Our Own Work [Reissue/1973] 2xLP (Numero)
All Our Own Work hit the marketplace midway through 1973 in a cheap sleeve with brief, offhand notes from Cousins and fell out of print by the end of the decade. This 2014 vinyl issue collects the original 12-track album, plus a series of outtakes from the Vanløse Bio sessions previously unavailable on vinyl.
>Depeche Mode – Speak & Spell [Reissue/1981] LP (Rhino)
Depeche Mode – Playing The Angel [Reissue/2005] 2xLP (Rhino)
Depeche Mode – Exciter [Reissue/2001] LP (Rhino)
The last in the recent series of Depeche Mode vinyl LP reissues. Each comes in a gatefold sleeve with heavyweight HQ-180gm black audiophile vinyl, all containing inserts and liner notes.
>Jeremy Fisher – The Lemon Squeeze CD (Hidden Pony)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The Lemon Squeeze is Jeremy Fisher's sixth studio album and the first album written entirely on piano. It is fun, upbeat and sonically diverse. Stylistically he references music from Randy Newman to Billy Joel, with maybe a little Queen and CSNY in between. There are some true-to form rootsy, acoustic-based tracks that you have come to expect from Jeremy, an intimate piano ballad or two, some lush string arrangements and even a track that might be described as a mini rock opera.
>French For Rabbits – Goat b/w The Other Side 7" (Lefse)
Haunting dream-pop from New Zealand.
>Fripp & Eno – Evening Star 3xLP (Discipline Global)
Fripp & Eno – No Pussyfooting 3xLP (Discipline Global)
HQ-200gm vinyl reissues of two minimal electronic classics, remastered from newly cut masters approved by the artists.
>Godflesh – Godflesh [Reissue/1988] 2xLP (Earache)
Pressed in a double gatefold format showcasing three sides of groundbreaking industrial metal music. Along with two bonus tracks, this reissue is pressed on white marbled clear wax with an etching on Side Four.
>Grant Green – Idle Moments [Reissue/1965] LP (Blue Note)
New in this year’s Blue Note vinyl reissue series. "This languid, seductive gem may well be Grant Green's greatest moment on record. Right from the opening bars of the classic title cut, Idle Moments is immediately ingratiating and accessible, featuring some of Green's most stylish straight jazz playing." – AllMusic
>The Human Beinz With The Mammals – Nobody But Me [Reissue/1967] LP (Rockbeat)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The Human Beinz were a rock band from Youngstown Ohio who are most famous for their soul rock tune ''Nobody But Me'' which peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968. The tune has been featured in many films (The Departed, Kill Bill) and television (The Office). This album, originally released on the Gateway label, features 5 tunes from the Human Beinz along with six songs from Pittsburgh based band The Mammals.
>J.C. Satan - Italian Summer b/w I Don't Feel Like Dancing 7"+MP3 (Trouble In Mind)
Already a cult sensation in their hometown of Bordeaux, French band J.C. Satan's new single marks their debut for Trouble In Mind, and picks up right where their 2012 album Faraway Land left off, enveloping the listener in the band's black-robed, denim-decked coven of noise. Mixed color vinyl.
>Wilko Johnson And Roger Daltrey – Going Back Home LP (Chess/Hip-O)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Wilko Johnson, legendary guitarist with Dr. Feelgood, and Roger Daltrey of The Who release a joint album featuring 11 tracks, ten of which are Wilko originals from both his Dr. Feelgood days and solo years, whilst the sole cover on the album is a version of Bob Dylan's Highway ’61 Revisited classic "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window."
>Joseph – Stoned Age Man [Reissue/1969] LP (Sundazed)
"Rooted in the steamy back roads of Texas and deep-fried at a Memphis recording studio, Joseph's Stoned Age Man was served up like a sizzling hot rattlesnake appetizer slathered in fuzz-blooz grease in 1969. Brandishing his guitar like a Cro-Magnon's club, Joseph mixes his fuzzy licks with meat-grinder vocals as he loudly ruminates of fattened snakes, fish heads, mountains, cavemen and gumbo in the maddest peyote hallucination Alley Oop never had. HQ-180gm mono.
>Alan Licht & Brian Chase – We Thought We Could Do Anything LP (New Images)
Drummer Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Man Forever) and guitarist Alan Licht (Lee Ranaldo & The Dust, The Blue Humans, Love Child, Run On, etc.) are a real-deal pairing; each has a longstanding involvement in underground rock, minimalism, experimental music, and free improvisation.
>Madlib – Shades Of Blue [Reissue/2003] 2xLP (Blue Note)
New in this year’s Blue Note vinyl reissue series. Shades Of Blue features Madlib interpreting and remixing Blue Note classics such as Wayne Shorter's "Footprints" and Gene Harris' "The Look of Slim" (remixed here as "Slim's Return").
>Man – Carousel Of Sound 7" (HoZac)
Panicky/riveting/down-sizing guitar crunch merges with the heavy dose of anxiety-riddled bass throb, over-worked, stress-wrenched drumming, all slathered in ‘workplace harassment’-style vocals.
>Meat Wave – Meat Wave LP (Hawthorne St.)
Loud, melodic punk – always urgent, sometimes psychedelic, but never happy.
>Hank Mobley – Soul Station [Reissue/1960] LP (Blue Note)
New in this year’s Blue Note vinyl reissue series. "Often overlooked, perhaps because he wasn't a great innovator in jazz but merely a stellar performer, tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley was at the peak of his powers on Soul Station. Recorded with a superstar quartet including Art Blakey on drums, Paul Chambers on bass, and Wynton Kelly on piano, it was the first album since Mobley's 1955 debut to feature him as a leader without any other accompanying horns." – AllMusic
>Mary Monday & The Bitches – I Gave My Punk Jacket To Rickie 7" (HoZac)
One of the greatest west coast punk singles of the first wave is back in print and ready to smash your party right in your face. Former stripper Mary Monday had a life shrouded in mystery, and conflicting reports in the historic documentation as to the band and Mary’s origins are still baffling punkologists to this day, including her mysterious death a few years after this single’s release. This is a classic piece of ‘70s SF punk history, as well as one of the most memorable singles of the era that has sadly slipped through the cracks.
>Mordecai – Neil’s Generator LP (Richie Records)
If the previous LP College Rock formed a friendly union between noisy Swell Maps-ian clatter, post-garage Fall prickliness, and the all-American DIY basement joy of Mike Rep/Tommy Jay, Neil’s Generator embodies the same kind of loose, ragged glory perpetrated by the Meat Puppets, Rayne, Dead Moon, and the Velvets staring into a cracked and filthy mirror.
>Nones – Midwestern Family Values LP (HoZac)
Originally forged as an exact opposite blueprint of the archetype female-fronted punk group, Nones is a fully-backed female force of contention with one deranged and sufficiently blurred frontman slashing forth and breaking the stereotype into micro shards of glass you will never be able to completely pick out of your fine upholstery. This debut LP is no joy ride, an instant agitator, a tool for stirring up your inner turmoil, a safe place to keep your paranoid thoughts where they can drift around in a contained space.
>Oasis – Definitely Maybe 2xLP+MP3 (Big Brother Recordings Ltd.)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Authorized remastered reissue of the now classic debut album from Oasis. Includes the landmark anthems "Rock & Roll Star" and "Slide Away." Includes 33 bonus tracks via download card.
>Oath – Oath LP (Rise Above)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Debut album of heavy metal sorcery.
>Panopticon – On The Subject Of Mortality  2xLP (The Flenser)
Panopticon’s reflective meditation on death is back in print in the format that suits it best: deluxe double-vinyl mastered at 45RPM for ultra-clean, blackened fidelity. Originally released on two split CDs and in a highly limited vinyl edition, the album sold out quickly and now fetches absurd prices on the collectors’ market.
>Paper Garden – Paper Garden [Reissue/1969] LP (Sundazed)
With influences of the early Bee Gees and Brill Building pop also shading the proceedings, Paper Garden’s kaleidoscopic essence permeates every note - right down to the ultra-cool color-burst cover likely drawn under a pseudonym by Australian artist Martin Sharp of Disraeli Gears fame. HQ-180gm mono.
>Pharoahe Monch – PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder LP (W.A.R. Media LLC)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. With his fourth solo LP Pharoahe Monch re-emerges with a new concept project that finds the groundbreaking emcee tackling PTSD. Throughout the duration of the LP, Monch narrates as an independent artist weary from the war against the industry machine and through the struggle of the black male experience in America.
>Washington Phillips – What Are They Doing In Heaven Today? [Reissue/2007] LP (Mississippi)
Repress of a compilation of 78s by Washington Phillips - one of the most unique gospel artists of all time - in print again for the first time in over seven years. Phillips played an instrument that was either the dolciola (a now extinct chimney sounding piano) or something entirely homemade. No one knows for sure. He sings with a beautiful voice and his instrument provides a celestial and otherworldly background. Lullabies straight from the spirit world to you.
>Prong – Ruining Lives 2xLP (Steamhammer)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. From the first riff-assault of the opener "Turnover," Ruining Lives takes you on an angst-filled roller coaster ride that marries some very old school, Beg To Differ -elements with post-punk, industrial metal, hardcore thrash, all the while retaining a modern and current feel.
>Rats – Rats [Reissue/1980] LP (Mississippi)
Rats – Intermittent Signals Direct [Reissue/1981] LP (Mississippi)
Back in print for the first time in years. Two true punk rock classics from the band featuring members of Dead Moon and Pierced Arrows.
>Redman – Whut? Thee Album [Reissue/1992] LP (Def Jam)
Reissue of the debut album from Reggie Noble (who was a close affiliate of EPMD) aka Redman on red vinyl.
>The Roots – …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin LP (Def Jam)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. As Black Thought explains, The Root’s 11th studio effort is "another concept album in the spirit of (2011’s) undun, but it’s not just about just one kind of character. We create quite a few different characters in this record. It’s satire, but in that satire it’s an analysis of some of the stereotypes perpetuated in not only the hip-hop community, but in the community. I don’t know if that makes any sense."
>Southern Comfort – Suzanne 7" (HoZac)
Possibly the most visceral bummer punk classic two-sider of 2014, your head won’t be the same after you hear it blasting with the windows open on a warm sunny day.
>The Horace Silver Quintet – Song For My Father [Reissue/1965] LP (Blue Note)
New in this year’s Blue Note vinyl reissue series – the 1965 album from the jazz pianist.
>Three Legged Race – Rope Commercial LP (Underwater Peoples)
The scope of Robert Beatty's hydra-headed art practice has grown into an extreme articulation of unconfined creativity across multiple disciplines. A founding member of 2000's noise outfit Hair Police, as well as visionary illustrator and album-art designer for many of this era's most celebrated underground artists, Robert Beatty records his solo work under the name Three Legged Race. Rope Commercial is the first volume of a planned series of EPs.
>Triptykon – Melana Chasmata LP (Century Media)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Second full-length album by the Swiss extreme metal band.
>Tweak Bird – Any ‘Ol Way LP+MP3/Cassette (Let’s Pretend)
L.A. duo Ashton & Caleb Bird, aka Tweak Bird, fresh off of collaborations with the Melvins and Big Business, return with their third full length, setting to write an album that, according to the band, "meant something to us. We wanted to voice our opinions and feel comfortable. We believe in peace, marijuana, individual freedoms and not taking ourselves too seriously. This just happened to be what came out." This is the perfect soundtrack to a movie from the ‘90s that takes place in the ‘70s.
>Twenty One Pilots – Vessel LP (Fueled By Ramen)
Released last year on CD – now available on vinyl. Twenty One Pilots merge elements of hip-hop, indie rock and punk in a way that's so seamless, you'll be rapping along one minute and caught up in a lush orchestral line the next.
>McCoy Tyner – The Real McCoy [Reissue/1967] LP (Blue Note)
New in this year’s Blue Note vinyl reissue series. For The Real McCoy, the pianist is teamed with tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Elvin Jones for five of his originals
>H. Usui – Sings The Blues LP+CD (VHF)
Solo darkness from remarkably pedigreed but rarely recorded Japanese legend Hiroyuki Usui (Ghost, Fushitsusha, L, Marble Sheep, A-Musik, August Born, etc.), Sings The Blues is raw and gripping, like a darker version of his all-time classic folk-psych work Holy Letters (VHF).
>Vacation Club – Heaven Is Too High LP (Magnetic South)
Vacation Club’s debut full-length will fry you blind with a most pleasant and poisonous cocktail of psych-pop. The Indiana four-piece delivers infectiously poppy bubblegum chewed up and spit out by the agitated and chemical laced mind of misspent Midwestern youth.
>Various Artists – Last Kind Words [Reissue/2007] LP (Missississippi)
Repress of the first-ever Mississippi compilation, in print for the first time in over seven years. This collection of early 78s speak to the universal human condition in a profound way, featuring Geechy Wiley, Blind Willie & Kate McTell, The Blue Sky Boys, and many others. No typical blues riffs or boring standards here, just truly unique artists transcending time, space, and culture to bring you a little piece of their souls.
>Various Artists – I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore [Reissue/2007] LP (Mississippi)
Back in print for the first time in seven years – one of the releases that cemented the Mississippi aesthetic. This compilation of early American minority music runs the genre gambit between klezmer, calypso, Hawaiian, Cajun, country, Cuban, Greek, and more. Somehow this all fits together nicely and makes for a highly listenable compilation of early 78s. Artists include Wilmouth Houdini, Marika Papagika, The Two Gospel Keys, The Caresser, and more.
>Weatherbox – Flies In All Directions 2xLP (Triple Crown)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Flipping through the pages of the band’s history, one encounters some sordid tales: strained friendships, hairs grayed, vans stolen and flipped, a good old-fashioned "cowboy-stomping" and of course, drug-induced psychosis. Since the release of 2007's seminal American Art, Weatherbox ignored every warning sign the cosmos hurled in their direction and released batch after batch of unique and personal songs.
>Winter Drones – Heavy Eyes LP+MP3 (Marshall Teller)
Heavy Eyes is the second outing from Leon Dufficy's insomniac psych group. Perhaps better-known as the guitarist in Sub Pop's dream-pop outfit Still Corners and Ecstatic Peace!'s hippie-jam outfit Hush Arbors, here Dufficy churns out half-awake guitar lines combined with fuzzed-out ambient drift, shoegaze swirl and propulsive pop sensibilities.
>Worthless – Greener Grass 7" (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond)
The super-sunny, sweet alone-tone bedroom-doom vibes that have fertilized "Greener Grass" in particular and the Worthless sound in general owe their origin to a definable source: Curtis Godino's solitary bedroom blast-offs, running riff after riff through the air in hopes of trapping an elusive ghost of a song. Green vinyl.
>Brave Radar – Message Centre (Fixture)
Re-imagining Sun Ra's harmonies as AM gold, this Montreal-based minimalist pop group find new things under the sun in sub-textural readings of Beach Boys classics.A must for fans of Chris Cohen, The B-52s, Marine Girls, etc.
>Dated – Unisex (Manic Static)
Debut EP from this gothy darkwave postpunk trio from Kansas City.
>Demon Lover – Spooky Routine (Manic Static)
Spooky Routine is a wheezing insight into a one-of-a-kind atmospheric bubble of analog injections and overlapping lucid dreams. Music genres vomit into each other’s' mouths, creating a unique sound stemmed from experiments and the multiple instruments, objects, and noises built into every crease of each song.
>Earring – Nunn Ones (Manic Static)
Goth-tinged shoegaze with economical pop bend -- weirdly pretty, haunting, and melancholic. "Earring's guitar sounds like it's constantly in flames, with a vocalist that sound like he could care less that the thing he's strumming is currently on fire." -- TinyMixtapes
>Landmarks – Landmarks (Manic Static)
Killer atmospheric psych rock vibes on this moody, guitar-driven EP.
>Quicksails/Headboggle – Mugen: Volume 6 (Hausu Mountain)
Mind-expanding synthesis on the maximal and minimal poles of the spectrum from two veterans of the experimental underground.
>Spectrum Control/Carrl – Mugen: Volume 5 (Hausu Mountain)
Dewew Mahood (Plankton Wat and Eternal Tapestry) and Carrl (Charlie Overa) kickstart a second batch of the Mugen Series, which documents two live recordings from solo performers totally free of overdubs. Extended live-looped guitar performances replete with fretboard heroics, concentrative rhythmic beds, and ecstatic leads.
>Tweak Bird – Any ‘Ol Way (Let’s Pretend)
L.A. duo Ashton & Caleb Bird, aka Tweak Bird, fresh off of collaborations with the Melvins and Big Business, return with their third full length, setting to write an album that, according to the band, "meant something to us. We wanted to voice our opinions and feel comfortable. We believe in peace, marijuana, individual freedoms and not taking ourselves too seriously. This just happened to be what came out." This is the perfect soundtrack to a movie from the ‘90s that takes place in the ‘70s.
>Various Artists – Manic Static Mix (Manic Static)
Killer comp featuring exclusive tracks from garage & experimental acts like Sic Alps, Running, Broken Water, Magic Milk, Heavy Times, Yves Son Ace, and many, many more.
>Witchbeam/Mr. Matthews – Mugen: Volume 8 (Hausu Mountain)
Splits the almighty drone/noise duo Telcut Powers into its respective halves and casts them out into the void for searing sessions of solo synthesis. Mugen: Volume 8 documents live recordings from solo performers totally free of overdubs.
>Mudhoney – The Sound & The Fury From Seattle (Sub Pop)
This is the definitive biography of legendary Seattle band Mudhoney, written by influential British journalist and broadcaster Keith Cameron.
>1-800-BAND – Diver Blue CD/LP (Almost Ready)
A collection of perfect pop rock songs tinged variously with glam, hard rock, and early-light FM elements. You'll actually be happy to get these tunes stuck in your head.
>Afrojack – Forget The World CD (Def Jam)
In the span of less than 2 years, Afrojack has become one of electronic dance music's major icons. From humble DJ beginnings in his native country of Holland, he has grown to become a multi-award winning, platinum-selling producer. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds bonus tracks.
>American Football – American Football [Reissue/1999] 2xCD/2xLP (Polyvinyl)
American Football features members of Owen, Joan Of Arc, and The Geese. Their self-titled debut showcases cleanly picked guitars, intricate drumming, and lyrical interplay. This deluxe edition reissue contains an extra disc with eleven live and demo tracks. Vinyl edition pressed on HQ-180gm red vinyl with download.
>aMute – Savage Bliss CD/LP (Three Four)
Savage Bliss is the fifth album from aMute, aka Jerome Dueson. As a solo artist, he continues his path with determination and shows that he warrants the comparisons of such artists as Tim Hecker and Fennesz. This record still holds melancholy and nostalgia, but the religious post-rock melodies are scarcer.
>Andrea Belfie/David Grubbs/Stefano Pilia - Onrushing Cloud CD (Blue Chopsticks)
Originally released on LP in 2010, Onrushing Cloud is the first album from the trio of Andrea Belfi (drums, percussion, electronics), David Grubbs (electric guitar, piano, voice), and Stefano Pilia (electric guitar).
>Archie Bronson Outfit – Wild Crush CD/LP (Domino)
Archie Bronson Outfit is the duo of S. Windett and Arp Cleveland. Their sound consists of driving rhythms, howling romance, distortion, and echo, but with a new clarity.
>Atlantic Thrills – Atlantic Thrills CD/LP (Almost Ready)
One of the best true garage rock records to come down the pike in some time. There's lots to brood to, plenty of shadows and alleys to wander in between the partying and dancing some tracks might inspire.
>Blu – Good To Be Home 2xCD (Nature Sound)
Los Angeles lyricist Blu returns with Good to Be Home, a brand new solo album. Unlike previous Blu releases that have leaked online and later been re-packaged in physical form, this album contains 20 tracks of brand new, previously unheard material. Vinyl version due May 27.
>The Blue Angel Lounge – Sea Of Trees CD/LP (A. Records)
Since the release of their previous album Narcotica, The Blue Angel Lounge has been garnering international acclaim, touring the US, UK and France with the Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and also making appearances at the Austin Psych Fest and Roskilde.
>Joe Bonamassa – Tour De Force: Live In London – Hammersmith Apollo 2xCD (J&R Adventures)
Joe Bonamassa – Tour De Force: Live In London – Royal Albert Hall 2xCD (J&R Adventures)
Joe Bonamassa – Tour De Force: Live In London – The Borderline 2xCD (J&R Adventures)
Joe Bonamassa – Tour De Force: Live In London – Shepherd’s Bush 2xCD (J&R Adventures)
The Tour De Force: Live In London series chronicles Bonamassa's atmospheric rise from the intimate club environment of The Borderline, to the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. Each individual evening was marked by a unique theme with different setlists, arrangements and ensembles providing the viewer with four unique performances.
>Haley Bonar – Last War CD/LP (Graveface)
Last War is Haley's eighth album of alternative Americana goodness. Her rotating cast of band members includes Jake Hanson (Halloween Alaska, Mason Jennings), Jeremy Hanson (Tapes 'N Tapes), Luke Anderson (Rogue Valley), Jeremy Ylvisaker (Andrew Bird, Alpha Consumer), and Mike Lewis (Bon Iver, Alpha Consumer).
>Bo Ningen – III CD (PIAS, AmericaS) Bo Ningen are a group of enlightenment activists from Japan’s psychedelic underground. Vinyl version due May 27.
>Brian Jonestown Massacre – Revelation CD/2xLP (A. Records)
Revelation is the first album that was fully recorded and produced at Anton's recording studio in Berlin. It is the 14th full-length release from the Brian Jonestown Massacre and was recorded from late 2012 to early 2014.
>Gilbert Brantley – Just As I Am CD (Valory)
Having written on every track, Brantley's first new music in over four years delivers a more personal look into his life and continues his story.
>The Burning Of Rome – Year Of The Ox CD/LP (Surfdog)
The Burning of Rome has been described as "merging the pop sensibility of The Flaming Lips, the atmosphere of Brian Eno, and the rock edge of Muse with poetic lyrics that recall the curiosity of Carl Sagan." They put on an eerie and electrifying live show full of anthemic choruses, searing guitars and a driving rhythm section -- all with a tinge of the macabre.
>California Breed – California Breed CD/CD+DVD (Frontiers)
Former Black Country Communion stars, singer/bassist Glenn Hughes and drummer Jason Bonham, have formed a new band, California Breed with the astoundingly talented 23 year-old singer-guitarist Andrew Watt. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe comes in a glossy digipak with a bonus track, a DVD including videoclips for "Sweet Tea" and "The Way" and a making of the album documentary.
>Castle – Under Siege CD/LP (Prosthetic)
After scoring a Juno (Canadian Grammy) nomination for their acclaimed 2012 sophomore release and Prosthetic debut Blacklands, San Francisco heavy metal cultists Castle return with Under Siege. Recorded once again at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland with producer/mixer Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Sleep), the album -- which nods to the likes of Mercyful Fate, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and Motörhead -- features eight tracks of riff-driven classic metal that mix oft-soaring vocals with darkened and sophisticated rhythms, punishing guitars and melodic passages of haunted beauty.
>Chatham County Line – Tightrope CD/LP+CD (Yep Roc)
Entering their second decade as an ensemble, Chatham County Line bring a deep reverence for traditional American roots music and timeless bluegrass instrumentation to insightful, poetic original songs that are powerfully contemporary yet rich with the complex resonance of their southern heritage. Over the course of six studio albums and performances around the world, they have pursued a singular style that is entirely their own, yet connects with audiences from all walks.
>Cherry Ghost – Herd Runners CD (Heavenly)
For the last couple of years, Simon Aldred has been in a state of wilful musical schizophrenia. Since 2007, Bolton-born Aldred has – to all intents – been Cherry Ghost, a band known for perfecting a kind of widescreen North Western country soul. Yet the third Cherry Ghost album Herd Runners arrives after an extensive period in which Aldred’s own music been pulled in multiple different directions. Vinyl version due May 27.
>Cindytalk - touchedRAWKISSEDsour CD (Handmade Birds)
New work from Gordon Sharp (This Mortal Coil, The Freeze). Dark industrial atmospheres.
>Coldplay – Ghost Stories CD/LP+MP3 (Atlantic/Parlophone)
"Coldplay's sixth studio album will forever be tied to frontman Chris Martin's out-of-the-blue announcement that he and wife Gwyneth Paltrow were separating, nearly two months before the full-length's release. The timing of the breakup hovers over Ghost Stories, a short album full of straightforward meditations on heartbreak and helplessness. Instead of hinting at the split and letting listeners spit out theories about the real-life drama that inspired the album, Martin has presented his gaping wound for the world to see, in rather spectacular fashion." – Billboard
>Comet Control – Comet Control CD/LP (Tee Pee)
Comet Control extends the dark, bass-driven washes of sound that Quest For Fire fabulously produced and drenches it in majestic bursts of pastel post-rock guitars and bright, breezy vocals. ''Strobe-lit psych-punk stomp...less stoner rock than stoned rock, marked by a patient pace and a foggy-headed whimsy that lingers even as the VU levels surge into the red.'' ----Pitchfork
>Brody Dalle – Diploid Love CD/2xLP (Caroline)
This is the first-ever solo album from Brody Dalle, the former front woman for The Distillers and Spinnerette. Diploid Love is a recording about life: creating it, living it and surviving it. Brody Dalle spent a year writing, playing, recording and co-producing her first solo album, a riotous blast of punk rock with a pop sheen that storms through ideas about the modern age, triumphing against the odds and even spirituality.
>Dazz Dilly – Weed Money CD (Dogg Pound)
West Coast Legend, Daz Dillinger returns with a new album featuring guest appearances by Snoop Dogg and Z-Ro.
>Devo – Something Else For Everybody CD (Booji Boy)
Compilation of early demos and focus group rejects written between 2006-2009. In the words of founding member Gerald Casale, "They were relegated to bin 86 for various inexplicable reasons. You sniffed the wheat in 2010, now lick the chaff aged to perfection."
>Toumani Diabete & Sidiki Diabete – Toumani & Sidiki CD/LP+MP3 (Nonesuch)
World Circuit’s Nick Gold produced Toumani & Sidiki with engineer Jerry Boys (Ali Farka Touré, Buena Vista Social Club, Orchestra Baobab), a longtime collaborator, and with Lucy Duran, producer of Toumani s previous albums, as co-producer. The album is a set of unaccompanied kora duets, recorded live at London s RAK studios with little rehearsal (for some tunes, no rehearsal) and no overdubs. The album was captured in stereo, so Toumani is heard in the left speaker and Sidiki in the right. The repertoire is based on a combination of obscure, almost forgotten kora pieces and a new look at some Mandé classics from Mali.
>The Doors –Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mine [Reissue/1972] 2xCD (Elektra)
The Doors now make their legendary, long out-of-print compilation Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mine available for the first time as a double-CD set. Originally released in 1972, this gold-certified double album was the first compilation to be released after Jim Morrison's death in 1971.
The 22 songs that appear on the collection provide a wide-ranging introduction to the music recorded between 1967-71 by the original quartet, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison.
>Duck Sauce – Quack CD (Fool’s Gold)
A-Trak and Armand Van Helden first splashed on the scene as Duck Sauce with the breakout hit "aNYway". Next up was "Barbra Streisand," a surprise global #1 smash and true pop culture milestone, complete with 93 million YouTube views, a Grammy nomination, and even a Glee cover. Quack is their debut album. Viny version due June 17.
>The Everymen – Givin’ Up On Free Jazz CD/LP (Ernest Jenning)
Standing nine members strong, The Everymen is reminiscent of The E Street Band in stature, Rocket From The Crypt in searing energy, Meat Loaf in production and The Replacements in boozy, backroom party vibes.
>The Flaming Lips – 7 Skies H3 CD (WB)
A 50-minute distillation across ten tracks of the remarkable 24-hour song recorded at Tarbox Road Studios in 2011.
>William Ryan Fritch – Leave Me Like You Found Me CD+MP3 (Lost Tribe Sound)
Leave Me Like You Found Me delivers rapturous melodic outbursts, expressive arrangements, Fritch's magnificent arsenal of acoustic instrumentation, and the familiar, comforting sounds of vintage rock music refracted through the prism of modern classical sensibilities. Extremely limited release in exclusive packaging includes digital download that features 28 additional minutes of music.
>Hedley – Wild Life CD (Capitol)
Since forming in Vancouver in 2005, Hedley have released four double-platinum albums in Canada, sold over 2.1 million digital tracks, earned two Juno Awards and scored a record-breaking fourteen consecutive No. 1 videos on MuchMusic.
>Stephen David Heitkotter – Black Orckid CD/2xLP (Now Again)
Reissue of the legendary '70s California bedroom psychedelic album.
>Herzog – Boys CD/LP (Exit Stencil)
Comparisons to '90s luminaries such as Built To Spill, Sebadoh, and Dinosaur Jr. abound -- apt and warranted -- but similarities with present-day bands like Diarrhea Planet, Thee Oh Sees and Fidlar are equally appropriate.
>Jolie Holland – Wine Dark Sea CD/LP (Anti)
Holland yoke’s the New York underground to American song in a way that has rarely been attempted since White Light/White Heat. Two drummers, sometimes as many as three or four electric guitars, horns of a sort that come out of free jazz and the no wave scene as much as they come from soul music, and a refreshing need, on Holland's part, to sing out at the extreme of her range, above the squalling insatiable lullaby of the thing.
>Hollis Brown – Gets Loaded CD (Alive)
It started out as live tribute last November. Lenny Kaye, Arto Lindsay, Voidoids’ Ivan Julian and others convened at NYC’s Bowery Electric to pay homage to the late, great Lou Reed. The Queens-based roots-rock band Hollis Brown was also invited to perform the Velvet Underground’s 1970 album Loaded in its entirety.
>Carl Hultgren – Tomorrow CD/2xLP (Blue Flea)
It is instantly apparent to any long time listener of Windy & Carl that these new tracks show a marked change from the 20 years of dense guitar drones and walls of sound the duo have released. Carl's first solo album is instead a lighter, more stripped down affair.
>Billy Joel - A Matter Of Trust: The Bridge To Russia 2xCD/2xCD+DVD/2xCD+Blu-ray (Sony)
In July-August 1987, after 100 shows around the world on The Bridge Tour, Billy Joel accepted the Kremlin's invitation to the U.S.S.R. for six shows in Moscow and Leningrad, fulfilling a long-time desire to perform in Russia. For the first time, A Matter Of Trust: A Bridge To Russia, presents an expanded version of what fans saw and heard over a quarter-century ago. The newly remastered double-CD set adds 11 previously unreleased songs to the original 16-song CD from 1987, which closely recreates Billy's full concert sequence. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions, and on stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray.
>John Doe –The Best Of John Doe: This Far CD (Yep Roc)
Part scrapbook, part roadmap, The Best Of John Doe: This Far guides listeners through Doe's solo catalog. Compiled by Doe himself, the generous track listing encompasses nearly a quarter century, highlighting songs from from nine records on six different labels. Vinyl version due June 3.
>Kikagaku Moyo – Forest Of Lost Children CD/LP (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond)
Sharpening their improvisational skills by busking on the streets of their native Tokyo, Kikagaku Moyo's new album Forest Of Lost Children, is a face-melting, recorded-ritual sophomore album. Boundless though they may be, Kikagaku Moyo here sound anything but lost, their child-like wonder manifested in a confident, courageous exploration of psychedelic, folk, prog-rock, psychedelic-folk-mixed-with-prog-rock sounds, illuminated by nothing more than the geometric patterns playing behind the band's eyelids.
>Lady Cam – Get It Got It CD (Southern Stisles)
New album from the Louisiana rapper.
>Les Big Byrd – They Worshipped Cats CD/LP (A. Records)
"This lot have a smooth and woozy take on this psychedelic krautrock style that's all the rage nowadays, and this debut album plants nine serious head-nodders in your noggin. Think somewhere between the warm, melodic and upbeat krautrock of the Warm Digits and the fuzzy, concise psych-rock of the Cult of Dom Keller and you're somewhere close I suppose." – Norman Records
>LesLord – The Wimzical Sherovolti CD (Eire Supply)
The Marxist Bertolt Brecht once wrote "home is wherever the sky is tallest." For LesLord, that place is Dublin City, Ireland where even the most gormless of minds have something to contribute. Very much influenced by the mundanity and routine of sounds that regurgitate throughout the city yet in their "monotony" contains their own distinct rhythm, hue, color and timbre that secures LesLord's debut album.
>Arto Lindsay – Encyclopedia Of Arto 2xCD (Northern Spy)
Encyclopedia Of Arto is a photograph of the musical world created by Arto Lindsay. A double CD that presents the different musical souls that have always been the basis of the musical creativity of this American musician and composer.
>Lonesome Shack – More Primitive CD/LP (Alive)
More Primitive finds Seattle’s Lonesome Shack exploring the depths of boogie and country blues. The trio’s sound is raw and immediate with fingerpicked guitar lines, soulful crooning and big danceable grooves. Ben Todd’s introspective lyrics take the American blues tradition to a new level, examining personal history, loss of friends, and a burning desire to get to the primitive core of life.
>Tyson Meade – Tomorrow In Progress CD/LP+MP3 (Shaking Shanghai)
Oklahoma native Tyson Meade led alternative groups Defenestration and Chainsaw Kittens during the ‘80s and ‘90s. His new album may be a solo project, but Meade has some pretty high-profile collaborators on it, including Jimmy Chamberlin of the Smashing Pumpkins on drums and Derek Brown of The Flaming Lips on keyboards. Also available on HQ-180gm yellow vinyl.
>Miss Fortune – Spark To Believe CD (Sumerian)
Miss Fortune channel major influences Avenged Sevenfold and A Day To Remember with the emphasis on post-punk brightness, not unrelenting darkness.
>Mr. Scruff – Friendly Bacteria CD/2xLP (Ninja Tune)
It’s a new Mr. Scruff album, hence a new Mr. Scruff PR and you know what to expect, right? I widdle on about sexy potatoes and bouncy bacteria offering you a cup of tea, you have a little chuckle and actually make a brew, you stick on the album and… hold on. Because you see, quietly and without a lot of fuss (cos that’s not the way the Stockport Strepsil rolls) Mr Scruff aka Andy Carthy has been evolving and developing his music.
>Aaron Neville - Allen Toussaint Sessions CD (Varese Sarabande)
The 25 tracks on Allen Toussaint Sessions represent the best recordings he made for Sansu between 1969 and the formation of The Neville Brothers in 1977. The bonus tracks include cuts that were recorded around the same period and three newer versions of Neville classics.
>Oasis – Definitely Maybe CD/3xCD/2xLP+MP3 (Big Brother Recordings Ltd.)
Authorized remastered reissue of the now classic debut album from Oasis. Includes the landmark anthems "Rock & Roll Star" and "Slide Away." Available in three configurations: Standard single-disc version; Deluxe triple-disc version (which is expanded with 33 bonus tracks); and a double-vinyl LP version (which includes the 33 bonus tracks via download card).
>Conor Oberst – Upside Down Mountain CD/2xLP+CD (Nonesuch)
Singer/songwriter Conor Oberst’s debut album for Nonesuch Records, Upside Down Mountain, is, as its title implies, a study in contrasts, a glance up to the heavens and a glimpse into the abyss.
>Roy Orbison – Mystery Girl [Reissue/1989] CD/CD+DVD (Sony Legacy)
In 1989, an era where the charts were dominated by Guns N' Roses and the New Kids on the Block, the commercial success of Roy Orbison and company was nothing short of impressive. Mystery Girl was a Top 5 hit on both sides of the Atlantic and earned Orbison his first platinum
award for over one million albums shipped. This reissue is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds bonus tracks and a DVD featuring a new hour-long documentary on the making of the album, Mystery Girl: Unraveled, executive produced by Roy's sons, plus eight music videos, including an unreleased alternate video for ''She's a Mystery to Me'' and three new videos. Deluxe vinyl edition due June 10.
>Phillip Phillips – Behind The Light CD (19 Recordings)
Second album from platinum-selling artist and American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips.
>Plaid – Reachy Prints CD/LP+MP3 (Warp)
The title, according to the duo, alludes to "the creative process, the capturing of ideas, and the devotion required to recreate them." The work confirms their position at the vanguard of underground electronic music production incorporating the latest synthesis technologies in these compositions, whilst retaining their trademark emotive, yet playful, signature style present over their 25-year career.
>Planning For A Burial – Desideratum CD/LP (The Flenser)
Planning For Burial's brand of dark shoegaze is hard to categorize, but it incorporates elements of slowcore, doom, drone, '90s alt-rock, '80s goth, black metal and mournful, Neil Young-esque regret.
>Deva Premal & Miten And Manrose – Mantras For Life CD (White Swan)
Includes chants to invoke very specific intentions, among them: for animal welfare; for the blessing of children; for poetry, music and learning; for perfect timing; for physical strength, and for the earth itself. Based upon the tradition of Japa, a spiritual discipline centered upon the meditative repetition of mantra (in cycles of 108 recitations), Deva Premal and Miten invite the listener to join them in chant and to utilize humanity's most powerful healing tool: the voice.
>Pujol – Kludge CD/LP (Secretly Canadian)
Kludge idiosyncratically captures life as it exists in our weird almost future world of flying robots, cancer from food, cell phone wire taps, metadata, $7.25ish minimum wage and $15.50 an hour endless choice buffets. Yet, the album possesses that inherent sense of timelessness that exists in all great music. Thanks to its combination of addictively fetching rock & roll and Daniel Pujol's lyrical brilliance, the end result proves yet again that Daniel Pujol is, first and foremost, a songwriter.
>Mark Reeder – Collaborator CD (Factory Benelux)
Expanding on Reeder's acclaimed Five Point One collection in 2011, Collaborator gathers together door-wobbling remixes for European dance acts such as Westbam, Koishii & Hush and Blank & Jones, along with electronic and EDM artists including Ladytron singer Helen Marnie, elegant Greek synthpop duo Marsheaux, and hotly-tipped newcomer QueenOof Hearts (aka
>R.E.M. – Unplugged 1991-2001: The Complete Sessions 2xCD (Rhino)
Includes every performance from the original 1991 and 2001 MTV Unplugged broadcasts, as well as 11 songs that never aired.
>The Roots – …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin CD (Def Jam)
As Black Thought explains, The Root’s 11th studio effort is "another concept album in the spirit of (2011’s) undun, but it’s not just about just one kind of character. We create quite a few different characters in this record. It’s satire, but in that satire it’s an analysis of some of the stereotypes perpetuated in not only the hip-hop community, but in the community. I don’t know if that makes any sense." Vinyl version due May 27.
>Royal Trux – The Radio Video EP CD/12" (Drag City)
An album and an EP removed from the synapse-splitting Accelerator, The Radio Video EP was a new and hitherto untouched quantity - this time, well-machined, club-ready psych-pop, presented for the pleasure of all the people of Earth, with no discriminations. Includes "The Inside Game" which was featured in the major motion pic High Fidelity.
>Rubicon Cross – Rubicon Cross CD (Raider Rock)
Rubicon Cross, features vocalist C J Snare (from Firehouse) and guitar virtuoso Chris Green (of Pride/Furyon).
>Emma Ruth Rundle – Some Heavy Ocean CD/LP (Sargent House)
Emma Ruth Rundle is a Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter, accomplished guitarist, and member of Red Sparowes and Marriages. Her first official solo album, Some Heavy Ocean, presents a collection of impassioned, cathartic songs, exorcising the ghosts of one of life’s dark detours.
>Jamie Saft/Steve Swallow/Bobby Previt – The New Standard CD/LP (RareNoise)
A collaborative trio outing featuring the dream rhythm tandem of drummer Bobby Previte and bassist Steve Swallow, both prolific composers and venerable Downtown scene bandleaders in their own right, The New Standard showcases Saft alternating between piano and organ and making thoughtful, melodic contributions throughout.
>Doug Sahm – Hell Of A Spell [Reissue/1980] CD (Varese Sarabande)
From the opening riffs Hell Of A Spell is crammed with Sahm's typical rompin' and stompin' Texas blues/rhythm & blues mix. It also includes liberal dashes of the Tex-Mex and rockabilly he grew up cutting his teeth on.
>Neal Schön – So U CD (Frontiers)
Guitar legend Neal Schön (Journey) has joined forces with bassist Marco Mendoza (Black Star Riders, Ted Nugent, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) and drummer Deen Castronovo (Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Vai, Hardline) to create a unique body of work with jazz and blues-inspired virtuosic hard rock playing.
>Ed Schrader’s Music Beat – Party Jail CD/LP (Infinity Cat)
Party Jail is the follow-up to Jazz Mind, adding an unhinged pop vibe to their already terse pop-punk songs.
>Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Goin’ Home CD/2xLP+MP3 (Concord)
Recorded in a mere 11 days, Goin' Home finds Shepherd revisiting a dozen of the vintage blues classics that first ignited his love of the blues and inspired him to play guitar. The artist's sharp interpretive skills and sublime guitar work shine on his renditions of tunes originally popularized by such blues icons as B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King, Muddy Waters, Magic Sam, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells. (Double gatefold vinyl edition includes three bonus tracks not included on the CD version.)
>Smoke Fairies – Smoke Fairies CD/2xLP (Full Time Hobby)
"Over the course of three albums and numerous singles, Smoke Fairies have created a haunting fusion of delta blues, English folk and medieval plainsong, a unique sound world that gradually seduces the listener into a state of slightly awed acquiescence." – The Quietus
>Srikalogy – New Paradigm CD (Black Swan)
The soul in Srikalogy’s music is found not only in the rhythms, but in the energy and intention of each beat. Influenced by artists ranging from Talib Kweli to Radiohead, Srikala was raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, New York, by West Indian parents. Throughout his upbringing, he gained a deep love for listening to and creating hip hop, R&B, dub, and reggae music.
>Stick Against Stone – Oregon Bootleg Tapes: Live CD (Media Groove Music)
A long thought lost live set, recorded in the summer of 1985 at Eugene's outdoor Saturday Market, captures the raw energy of the nomadic five piece Stick Against Stone collective in full mash-up mode. Sounding like a 'missing link' between post-punk, funk, no wave, and world music, the set is propelled by madly inventive drummer Richard Vitale and groove-heavy bassist David Soule.
>Syd Arthur – Syd Arthur CD/LP (Harvest)
Syd Arthur may revel in the music of decades long past but, as psychedelic rock goes, they match the hallucinogenic sounds of modern contemporaries like Wolf People, Black Mountain, Tame Impala with imaginative, whimsically sweet, melodies.
>Third Coast Kings – West Grand Boulevard CD/LP (Record Kicks)
New release from the Ann Arbor-based funk/soul band. Recorded in Detroit with the full band in one room, a minimum amount of effects, processing, microphones and mixed by much respected funk producer Nate Goldenton, West Grand Boulevard is the follow-up to their self-titled 2012 album.
>Yann Tierrsen – (Infinity) CD/LP (Mute)
8th album from Yann Tiersen, who scored the original soundtrack for Amelie. (Infinity) centers around the concept of stones-- a repeated theme in the work.
>Timo Tolkki’s Avalon – Angels Of The Apocalypse CD (Frontiers)
The second album by Finnish composer/producer and guitarist features lead vocals by singers Floor Jansen (Nightwish), Simone Simons (Epica), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire), David DeFeis (Virgin Steele), Elize Ryd and others.
>Trans Am – Volume X CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
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.
>Traxman – Da Mind Of Traxman Vol. 2 CD/2xLP+MP3 (Planet Mu)
Da Mind Of Traxman Vol. 2 follows 2012's first volume of the same name, and more recently, last year's Teklife Vol. 3: The Architek. Where those two albums saw Ferguson slicing and chopping the usual slew of R&B and hip-hop samples for his beats, this one is reportedly more stripped down, each track made with just a sample or two "diced into brain-blurring cubist puzzles that bear little relation to their original sources.
>Various Artists – Mud Digger 5 CD (Average Joe’s Entertainment)
Features hit makers Colt Ford, The Lacs, Lenny Cooper, LoCash Cowboys and JJ Lawhorn along with American Idol Season 12 season contestant Sarah Ross.
>Various Artists – Tropical Disco Hustle CD/LP (Cultures Of Soul)
The Caribbean in the late '70s and early '80s was a hotbed of musical activity and this compilation focuses on the best disco-influenced tracks from Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. All of the tracks here were officially licensed and reissued for the first time ever.
>War – Evolutionary 2xCD (UMe)
Evolutionary is War's first new studio album in 20 years and features special guest collaborations with Cheech & Chong, Tower Of Power, Joe Walsh, Malik Yusef and the USC Marching Band. As a bonus, the album is packaged with a second bonus disc: War's newly remastered Greatest Hits collection, originally released in 1976.
>Bry Webb – Free Will CD/LP (Idee Fixe)
Free Will is a record about responsibility, love, work, desire, art and will. Webb’s second solo album is more deliberate and insistent than ever. He is a man whose steady, ragged voice draws shapes in freehand. His lyrics are like strings of knots: you apprehend them, slowly unravel them, couldn’t ever understand how they were tied. Sometimes Free Will is weary, other times it’s defiant.
>White Sea – In Cold Blood CD (Crush Music)
"My name is Morgan Kibby I play keys in M83 and now I'm releasing a solo album under the name White Sea."
>Hank Williams – The Garden Spot Program, 1950 CD/LP+MP3 (Omnivore)
24 performances, unheard for 64 years. From hits to standards to songs rarely (if ever) performed, this is pure Hank Williams, including playful, between song banter.
>Zero Boys – Monkey CD/LP (Z-Disk)
Songs about sex change, devils, monkeys, and your mom f**king shit up: Indiana is a world where the waters of guitar based rock & roll still run deep and fresh. Monkey arrives more than 20 years after their last release picks right up where Zero Boys left off: music recorded by grown-ass men with the average mental age of a 12-year-old boy.
>The Zombies – R.I.P. CD (Varese Records)
This is the first legitimate release of the never issued Zombies R.I.P. album as it was intended in the US, in the original running order and from the correct master mixes. As a bonus, three original mono 45 mixes are also collected here (the mono single mix of ''Don't Cry For Me'' has, in fact, never appeared previously on CD), alongside a previously unheard mono mix of ''Smokey Day.''
DVD + Blu-ray:
>Billy Joel - A Matter Of Trust: The Bridge To Russia DVD/Blu-ray (Sony)
Features an expanded version of the original 1987 concert Live From Leningrad, newly remastered with seven previously unreleased songs. It also includes a brand-new 90-minute documentary that takes a fresh look at the groundbreaking trip. This new film connects documentary material from 1987 with new interviews of nearly 20 US and Russian participants, including Billy, Christie Brinkley, band musicians, crew, and many others. 155 minutes.
>The Pink Floyd & Syd Barret Story 2xDVD (Eagle Vision)
The charismatic and brilliant lead guitarist of the early Pink Floyd, Syd Barret created a unique psychedelic sound and wrote wonderfully eccentric songs including the hits "Arnold Layne," "See Emily Play," and "Bike." Barrett left Pink Floyd in 1968 when his increasingly erratic behavior made his continued participation in the band impossible. After two extraordinary solo albums he disappeared from music altogether. The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story tells the full bizarre, tragic but also celebratory story of Syd Barrett with contributions from all the members of Pink Floyd plus friends, managers and lovers. 214 minutes.
>Altar Of Plagues – Teethed Glory & Injury  2xLP (Back On Black)
Limited edition double HQ-180gm gray vinyl pressing band's third and final album.
>Oren Ambarchi/Stephen O'Malley/Randall Dunn - Shade Themes From Kairos 2xLP (Drag City)
The album began in 2009, when Belgian filmmaker Alexis Destoop asked Ambarchi and Stephen O'Malley to score his short feature, Kairos. Randall Dunn was their first and best choice to record and co-produce the music. With guitars, drums, analog synthesizers, vibes, crotales, Sruti box and a mellotron, deep emanations were evoked, while other spirits emerged from the old wooden sound panels in the room. Joined by Tor Deitrichson (tabla), Ai Aso (percussion) and Denis Kostromitin (violin). From the top, "Shade Themes From Kairos" is resonant as a collective inquest in sound, with all the players deeply immersed within the panorama they are creating. Vinyl only.
>The Apache Relay – The Apache Relay LP (So Recordings)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. "Nashville band The Apache Relay has come a long way since their humble beginnings in vocalist Michael Ford, Jr.’s Belmont dorm room. They impressed on their 2009 debut 1988, but the real momentum picked up with 2011’s American Nomad, which won the band slots opening for Mumford & Sons and appearing at renowned festivals like Newport Folk." – Paste
>Eduard Artemiev – The Mirror/Stalker OST LP (Superior Viaduct)
It comes as no surprise that Andrei Tarkovsky, master of Soviet cinema, turned to composer Eduard Artemiev to score his two lyrical and haunting films, The Mirror (1975) and Stalker (1979), as he had done for Solaris. Artemiev’s magnificent soundtrack to The Mirror is the natural follow-up to Solaris. Dense, slow moving, and often disorienting mood pieces with Baroque sensibilities resonate beyond the film’s dream-like images. For Stalker—Tarkovsky’s other science fiction masterpiece—Artemiev was inspired by Indian classical music and employed layers of synth tones, flute and tar (a traditional Iranian stringed instrument) to create a central theme as spellbinding as The Zone, a setting in the film where laws of physics no longer apply.
>Joshua Bonnetta - Strange Lines And Distances LP+DVD (Experimedia)
Strange Lines And Distances is an award winning two-channel audio-visual installation by artist Joshua Bonnetta which examines Guglielmo Marconi's first transatlantic radiobroadcast.
>Ash Borer - Bloodlands 12" (Gilead Media)
Repressed! HQ-180gm clear vinyl with black smoke.
>William Fowler Collins & Daniel Menche - Split LP (Sige)
Split between two titans of experimental drift.
>Dead Bars – Dead Bars 7" (No Idea)
Fast, catchy, punk rock'n'roll from members of Big Eyes.
>Dead Bars/Sunshine State – Split 7" (No Idea)
Two pairs of unhinged pop punk tracks from a couple of spiritually compatible bands that, between them, feature members of Whiskey & Co., Big Eyes, and Against Me!
>Elastica – Elastica [Reissue/1995LP (Kanine)
First repress of their debut album from 1995. Red vinyl.
>Ex-Cult – Midnight Passenger LP (Goner)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Recorded by Doug Easley in January 2014, Midnight Passenger delivers ten songs meant to be heard together, each one following a different, damaged storyline. The buzz-saw guitars, krautrock rhythms and sneering vocals are all still present, but with Midnight Passenger, Ex-Cult adds a few layers of psychedelic slime to their sound.
>Grave Digger – Tunes Of War [Reissue/1996] 2xLP (Plastic Head America)
Tunes Of War is the seventh studio album by German metal band Grave Digger about the Scottish struggles for independence from England, from the medieval conflicts between its clans in the 11th century through to the Jacobite rebellion of the 18th. It was the first album in Grave Digger's trilogy of medieval inspired concept albums that was continued by Knights Of The Cross (1997) and Excalibur (1999).
>Happy Couple – Into The Woods LP (Felicite)
Take a German/British duo channeling late '60s folk-psych and electronica pioneers like Wendy & Bonnie and The United States of America, mix in equal parts obsessive record collecting and a background in jangly indiepop (with previous releases on Slumberland and Matinee), add vintage equipment from Joe Watson's studio (Stereolab/The High Llamas) and guest trumpeter Gary Olson (Ladybug Transistor).
>Heliotropes - A Constant Sea LP (Goodnight)
A Constant Sea was originally released in 2013 on CD via Manimal. This vinyl edition features the previously unreleased title track and features new album art. Heliosound grew from their earliest days of covers of Eno and Spacemen 3 into a wide-ranging quilt of heavy sludge metal guitar tones, shoegaze drone rock, and occasional girl group vocal harmonies.
>Helmet – Strap It On [Reissue/1990] LP (Plastic Head America)
Helmet – Aftertaste [Reissue/1997] LP (Plastic Head America)
Helmet's debut album, Strap It On, features competent musicianship, staccato riffs, verse then chorus structure and explosive if not deafening power. Aftertaste harkens back this earlier, rawer sound, omitting some of the experimental/jazz tendencies of Betty.
>Jamie xx – G.I.R.L. 12" (Young Turks)
The xx member and producer’s first solo release since 2011. Includes the B-side "Sleep Sound."
>Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed LP (Nuclear Blast)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Debut album from the metal supergroup featuring Max Cavalera (Soulfly) alongside members of Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan and Mars Volta.
>Tom Kovacevic - Universe Thin As Skin LP (Immune)
Solo debut from Portland, ME-based musician from Cerberus Shoal, Fire On Fire, Olas, Micah Blue Smaldone and tarpigh. The album features songs performed on the oud, nay flute, and both djembe and tchung drums.
>Laraaji – Celestial Music 1978-2011 3xLP+MP3 (All Saints)
Released last year on CD – now available on vinyl. Laraaji, is a musician, mystic and laughter meditation practitioner based in New York City. He began playing music on the streets in the 1970s, improvising trance-inducing jams on a modified autoharp processed through various electronic effects. Brian Eno saw him playing one night in Washington Square Park and invited him to record an album for his seminal Ambient series (Ambient 3: Day Of Radiance). Laraaji went onto release a prolific series of albums for a wide variety of labels, many of which he recorded himself at home and sold as cassettes during his street performances.
>The Lemonheads – Rockin’ The Shell 2xLP (Let Them Eat Vinyl)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. This superb live broadcast, transmitted from Petrillo Music Shell - the famous amphitheatre in Chicago’s Grant Park - catches The Lemonheads as they appeared at 1994s Taste Of Chicago festival, an annual event sponsored by local radio station, WXRT. Sharing the bill with New England’s finest that year were a cross-section of rock luminaries including Carlos Santana, Squeeze, The Band and ex-Byrd Roger McGuinn.
>LiveFastDie – Hit Stains LP (Almost Ready)
Almost a decade in the making, the prayers of punk rockers across the globe have been answered. All the hits are here and then some: 20 cuts over two sides. Legendary tunes that set the internet on fire, featuring all flavors and varieties of punk rock & roll in one handy package.
>Sarah McLachlan – Shine On 2xLP (Verve)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. After a four-year hiatus Sarah McLachlan returns with her Verve Records debut.
>Mesa Ritual - Mesa Ritual LP (Sige)
Collaboration between William Fowler Collins and Raven Chacon. Over the course of the album's nine tracks a deceivingly spare palette of sounds are implemented: sporadic gasps of crackling circuitry, arid washes of impenetrable static, dilapidated field recordings, and insistent cycles of rhythmic thunder. Transparent yellow vinyl.
>Maria Minerva – Histronic LP (Not Not Fun)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The third album from the Estonian lo-fi pop purveyor, Histronic is the first record that Minerva has produced in her new Brooklyn base, and has no doubt absorbed some of the city's unavoidable influence. It certainly sports a pleasing mélange of genres, and the record's first single manages to sound both familiar and distinctly mysterious simultaneously.
>Dag Rosenqvist – Fall Into Fire LP (n5MD)
Fall Into Fire is Rosenqvist's first album since the self-inflicted conclusion to his Jasper TX nom de plume in 2013 with the stunning An Index Of Failure LP. While no longer veiled behind a moniker Rosenqvist fittingly presents his most personal and arrestingly raw release to date.
>Ty Segall – Feel b/w The Fakir 7" (Drag City)
Ty Segall strikes back with two new jams.
>Split Single – Fragmented World LP (Inside Outside)
Debut from an absolute-no-holds-barred-indie-supergroup made up of Britt Daniel (Spoon, Divine Fits), Jason Narducy (Bob Mould, Verbow, Robert Pollard, Superchunk, Telekinesis) and drummer/funny man extraordinary, Mr. Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Mountain Goats, Bob Mould, Ben Girbbard, Robert Pollard).
>Skeppet – Phase 3 LP (Not Not Fun)
New release from the instrumental Scandinavian hypno-kosmische duo.
>Squarepusher x Z-Machines – Music For Robots 12"+CD (Warp)
Recently released on CD – now available on translucent blue vinyl with a special limited-edition Japanese import CD. A five track EP composed by Squarepusher and performed by the three robots that comprise the Z-Machines. In 2013, a team of Japanese roboticists was assembled with the challenge of creating a music-performing system that was beyond the capabilities of the most advanced musicians - Z-Machines were the result. The roboticist’s musical producer, Kenjiro Matsuo, and his team, invited a number of Japanese composers as well as Squarepusher to develop music specifically for the project.
>Thou - Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For [Reissue/2010] LP (Robotic Empire)
With scathing commentary laid down by hateful blackened vocals, the band delivers some of the most crushing riffs in ages. Incredibly deep tones and bludgeoning drumming are combined with a surprising amount of melody, making for a powerfully heavy release. HQ-180gm with gatefold jacket.
>James Blood Ulmer – Odyssey [Reissue/1983] 2xLP (Original Recordings)
Ulmer's signature masterpiece, the purest and most accessible showcase for his bold, genre-clashing guitar vision. With minimal accompaniment, Ulmer's guitar is always the meat of the ensemble, especially since his unique tuning allows him to cover bass parts as well as guitar leads. Odyssey is not only his finest album but also a certified classic of the modern jazz avant-garde. Mastered at 45rpm from the original analog tapes.
>Various Artists - 1970s Algerian Folk & Pop LP (Sublime Frequencies)
Heavy and psychedelic rock, dark and moody folk-pop and stoic cinematic tracks. CD version due June 10.
>Vittoria Fleet – Acht LP (n5MD)
Dark elastic experimental beatwork pulsate around slithery emotive vocal delivery. IDM, bits of nostalgic trip-hop and some of the best sound design in some time all make the Acht LP a rewarding a treat for the ears.
>The Whigs – Modern Creation LP (New West)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. For their fifth album, the Athens-bred/Nashville-based power trio the Whigs wanted to find the exact midpoint between raw and rehearsed. After more than a decade together during which they've released four critically lauded studio albums and toured constantly as either headliners or openers for the likes of the Drive-By Truckers, Kings of Leon, and MGMT the three members all agreed that they wanted to flex their muscles a bit: write some good songs, get them down as tight as possible, hit, and tear sh*t up.
>Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. – Astrorgasm From The Inner Space CD/2xLP (Important)
Acid Mother’s new album (featuring their original vocalist Cotton Casino) is another set of scorching tracks.
>Jay Boy Adams – Let It Go CD (Rockin’ Heart)
New release from the Texas country singer/songwriter and guitarist.
>Agalloch – The Serpent & The Sphere CD (Profound Lore)
The most atmospheric and progressive Agalloch release to date, the vibe is dark, expansive and otherworldly. The Serpent & The Sphere features the production and mixing expertise of Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Sleep, Swans, High On Fire); Canadian neo-folk musician Nathanaël Larochette of Musk Ox adds to the album’s acoustic interludes.
>Amen Dunes – Love CD/LP (Sacred Bones)
While the previous Amen Dunes records had all been largely improvisational first-take affairs, recorded in a matter of weeks at most, Love is the product of close to a year and a half of continuous work. Damon McMahon (aka Amen Dunes) chose to hold the main recording sessions in Montreal with Dave Bryant and Efrim Menuck of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. In addition to recording the sessions that McMahon produced, members of Godspeed also played on several of the songs, along with Colin Stetson on saxophone and Elias Bender-Ronnenfelt of Iceage, who duets with McMahon on two tracks.
>Tori Amos – Unrepentant Geraldines CD/CD+DVD (Mercury Classics)
Out of the flux of ambition and distraction and imagination comes Tori Amos’ 14th studio album, Unrepentant Geraldines. It’s a vivid and vital album on which Amos once more zeroes in on the writing of brightly melodic, deftly evocative chamber-pop. Fairy-tale soul-poems, you might say. Or, a view from the middle-aged bridge. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a bonus DVD featuring video footage from Tori's photo shoot, studio work and interviews with the artist. Vinyl version due June 10.
>Joseph Arthur – Lou CD (Vanguard)
Inspired by Lou Reed's legacy, acclaimed singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur pays tribute with this moving tribute to the rock & roll icon.
>Bane – Don’t Wait Up CD (Equal Vision)
Bane have been a mainstay of the hardcore scene for almost 20 years. Produced by Jay Maas and featuring ten new songs, Don’t Wait Up is the band's final album.
>Kishi Bashi – Lighght CD/LP (Joyful Noise)
The violinist/singer/composer presents her new album. Entitled Lighght (pronounced "Light"), it continues and expands the sound of his critically acclaimed debut, 151a - which earned Kishi Bashi the title of "Best New Artist" by NPR. Though violin remains his primary instrument and songwriting muse, he has expanded his palette to include more diverse and nuanced instrumentation. Bright and soaring avant-pop songs are prevalent, as are Eastern-tinged arrangements, gentle ballads, Philip Glass inspired improvisations, and more than a few moments that flirt with '70s prog (in the tradition of ELO or Yes).
>The Black Keys – Turn Blue CD/LP (Nonesuch)
The Black Keys’ new album was produced by Danger Mouse, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, and features 11 tracks including the first single, "Fever." Of the new album, the band says Turn Blue could refer to: A: Suffocation, B: Sadness, C: Numbness from extreme cold, D: A Cleveland late night TV host from the 1960s named Ghoulardi, or E: All of the above.
>Boondox – Abaddon CD (Psychopathic)
Southern and country-influenced horrorcore hip-hop.
>Jeff Burch – Jeff Burch CD (Important)
Two instrumental compositions rendered with an old acoustic guitar and a modular synthesizer. The arrangements shift gracefully from floods of lush string texture to driving guitar and drum motif, from ebbs of brass and deep electric sine wave to thick hazes of clanging din and steely whine.
>Cheap Girls – Famous Graves CD/LP (Xtra Mile)
"For the past seven years, Michigan’s Cheap Girls have been consistently churning out infectious, melodic rock and roll records, and their latest effort is no exception." – Under The Radar
>Chromeo – White Women CD/2xLP+MP3 (Big Beat)
The Canadian funk lords serve up another platter of sexy funk, ass-targeting beats, melodic honey, and smart lyrics about the foibles of contemporary love.
>The Clientele – Suburban Light [Reissue/2000] 2xCD/LP+CD (Merge)
This double-disc reissue of The Clientele’s early single’s collection features not only the album in its original European track-listing, but also a revelatory set of covers, rehearsals and B-sides that reveal the earliest iterations of the group. And there's the previously unreleased "Sarah's Prelude," too, the lovely, lonely and abandoned opener of an album that stuns, even without the strings.
>Cousins – The Halls Of Wickwire CD/LP (Ba Da Bing!)
Cousins’ rock & roll is devastating and joyful, full of love and punk romance.
>Cursed Sails – Rotton Society CD (Rise)
These days we see some of the best bands formed from the ashes of groups' past. Atlanta's Cursed Sails was assembled by former members of Issues and Woe, Is Me, and they prove this theory to be true. Brothers Ben and Cory Ferris have taken everything they've learned from years of experience writing and performing music together.
>Dawn Golden – Still Life CD/LP (Downtown)
Dawn Golden is the work of Los Angeles-based producer Dexter Tortoriello. He gained exposure in 2010 when his other (much more serene) project, Houses began getting wide spread attention. Dawn Golden is it’s opposite. Influenced by everything from doom metal bands like Neurosis to avant noise artists such as Xiu Xiu, the songs pound with a calm, but dire urgency.
>Devonian Gardens - Solar Shifting CD (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond)
Calgary's own Devonian Gardens present carefully crafted garage jams and boisterously spaced out vocal layers on Solar Shifting. Their psychedelic medicine show is ethereal, having toured with Sleepy Sun and Unknown Mortal Orchestra among others, and the album is colorful and filled with interplay, with the ethos of a modern day Airplane, and their sonic strata down to earth but deep in space.
>Dio – Live In London: Hammersmith Apollo 1993 2xCD (Eagle Rock)
Filmed at London s Hammersmith Apollo on December 12, 1993 this previously unreleased concert film captures the then newly reformed Dio on the last night of their European tour in support of the Strange Highways album. With a line-up of Ronnie James Dio (vocals), VinnyAppice (drums), Jeff Pilson (bass) and Tracy G (guitar) the band delivered a blistering performance on tracks from their new album, previous Dio classics and favorites from Ronnie’s career with Black Sabbath and Rainbow. Also available on stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray.
>Ned Doheny – Separate Oceans CD/2xLP (Numero)
With no less than a mansion, a state beach, and a three-mile stretch of road bearing his fabled family's name, Ned Doheny easy-glided into the 1970s on a crest of wealth and privilege. Signposting Ned's sojourn through the L.A. recording industry were Jackson Browne, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Chaka Khan, Graham Nash, "Mama" Cass Elliot, Bonnie Raitt, and David Geffen each a household name both inside and far from southern California. And while no bust of Ned Doheny appears alongside those of his Laurel Canyon brethren in the pantheon of classic rock, it's not for lack of songwriting abilities.
>Down – Down IV Part II CD/LP (Down)
The boys (a collective resume encompassing Pantera, Corrosion Of Conformity, and Eyehategod,) once again deliver passionate, powerful, and pure heavy music.
>Eastlink – Eastlink CD/LP (In The Red)
Eastlink features members from a variety of bands you already love like Total Control, UV Race, Repairs, Lakes and Straightjacket Nation, just to name a few. With four guitars, one drum and two vocalists, they splinter and drench two-note monotonic riffs the rest of us never noticed were right under our noses the whole time. These nine tracks range from harsh, crude, fuzzed-out one-note pounders to droning soundscapes.
>John Escreet – Sound, Space And Structures CD (Sunnyside)
Jazz and contemporary improvised music have had numerous iconoclasts, who questioned and reshaped forms that they inherited, and, as an aural tradition, the music develops as these boundary pushers collaborate and share their knowledge, so the future generations of musicians can push ahead. Pianist/composer John Escreet knew that he wanted to perform with just such a musician - the legendary saxophonist Evan Parker - for a long while. He was finally able to find the opportunity to partner Parker with his astounding Trio, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Tyshawn Sorey.
>Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso CD/LP (Partisan)
Sylvan Esso is a collaboration between vocalist Amelia Meath and electronic musician Nick Sanborn. Meath's powerful voice is front and center, unjoined by fellow harmonizers as it is in her folk group, Mountain Man. Sanborn, who plays bass in the genre-destroying Megafaun, creates intricate, pulsing grooves for Meath's voice to inhabit. Their self-titled debut a collection of vivid addictions concerning suffering and love, darkness and deliverance arrives as a necessary pop balm, an album stuffed with songs that don't suffer the longstanding complications of that term.
>Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso CD/LP (Partisan)
Sylvan Esso is a collaboration between vocalist Amelia Meath and electronic musician Nick Sanborn. Meath's powerful voice is front and center, unjoined by fellow harmonizers as it is in her folk group, Mountain Man. Sanborn, who plays bass in the genre-destroying Megafaun, creates intricate, pulsing grooves for Meath's voice to inhabit. Their self-titled debut a collection of vivid addictions concerning suffering and love, darkness and deliverance arrives as a necessary pop balm, an album stuffed with songs that don't suffer the longstanding complications of that term.
>Jeremy Fisher – The Lemon Squeeze CD (Hidden Pony)
The Lemon Squeeze is Jeremy Fisher's sixth studio album and the first album written entirely on piano. It is fun, upbeat and sonically diverse. Stylistically he references music from Randy Newman to Billy Joel, with maybe a little Queen and CSNY in between. There are some true-to form rootsy, acoustic-based tracks that you have come to expect from Jeremy, an intimate piano ballad or two, some lush string arrangements and even a track that might be described as a mini rock opera. Vinyl version due May 27.
>Florence + The Sphinx – Sumerian Ceremonials CD (Sumerian)
Tribute album to Florence + The Machine featuring covers from Ben Bruce (Asking Alexandria), Periphery, Stick To Your Guns, Darkest Hour and more
>Frantix – My Dad’s A F**kin’ Alcoholic CD/LP (Alternative Tentacles)
Aurora's Frantix transfixed the early 1980s punk scene with their unique sound and chaotic live show. The group's complete recorded works - both EPs plus rare, unreleased and great-sounding demo and live material - are collected here, most tracks appearing for the first time ever.
>Front Line Assembly – Echoes [OST] CD (Metropolis)
Echoes is a remix collection of FLA’s favorite modern artists reinterpreting the band’s album Echogenetic. Presented as a 14-song album, Echoes features two new original songs, co-written by Ian Pickering of the Sneaker Pimps, alongside remixes from artists such as Comaduster, Sonic Mayhem, Youth Code, Slighter, Rhys Fulber, HECQ, Henrik Backstrom (of Necro Facility), Blush Response (Joey Blush from Scar The Martyr), Liebknecht (Daniel Meyer), Haujobb, and Techdiff.
>Freddie Gibbs & The World’s Freshest – The Tonite Show CD (Empire Distribution)
Producer, The World's Freshest - known for connecting with legendary MC's and crafting classic projects - has linked up with the Gary, Indiana rapper, Freddie Gibbs to bring a new collaboration, and addition to his Tonite Show series, with guest appearances by E-40, Trae Tha Truth, Sir Michael Rocks, and Cousin Fik.
>Graves At Sea/Sourvein – Graves At Sea/Sourvein [Split] CD/LP (Seventh Rule)
Two of doom metal's mightiest of feedback-laden riff worshippers - Portland's Graves At Sea and Cape Fear's Sourvein - have united in sound, mind and spirit for the ultimate split of earth-smoldering amplifier worship.
>Greenleaf – Trails And Passages CD (Small Stone)
Almost by definition, musical side projects aren't meant to last very long, but rather serve as brief, often one-time departures for musicians otherwise engaged with far more pressing or successful bands -- and that's why Greenleaf has proved itself to be anything but your typical "side project." Recommended if you like: Dozer, Brain Police, Sasquatch, Graveyard, Monster Magnet, Clutch, Roadsaw, Truckfighters, Lowrider, The Socks.
>Vince Guaraldi Trio – A Boy Named Charlie Brown [Reissue/1964] CD (Fantasy)
This 50th anniversary reissue of the original 1964 recording is enhanced with 24-bit mastering and new liner notes by Peanuts historian Derrick Bang.
>Guided By Voices – Cool Planet CD/LP (GBV Inc.)
Conceived during the sub-freezing Polar Vortex of 2014, the latest Guided By Voices record is another wineskin full of great songs, recorded in a single proper studio for the first time since their inexhaustible reformation.
>Hiss Tracts – Shortwave Night CD/LP (Constellation)
Shortwave Nights is the debut album by Hiss Tracts, a new duo featuring David Bryant (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Set Fire To Flames) and Kevin Doria (Growing, Total Life). The sonic preoccupations of Bryant and Doria are well-documented across many highly acclaimed recordings over the past fifteen years, from the organic, group-based, semi-improvised collage albums of Set Fire To Flames to the glimmering, immersive minimalism of Growing and the more maximalist full-spectrum noise works of Total Life.
>Hour Of Penance – Regicide CD/LP (Prosthetic)
Sixth album from the Italian death metal band.
>Hunterchild – Hunterchild CD (Temporary Residence)
Along with fellow Dreamers Of The Ghetto alum, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Luke Aaron Jones’ vocals are more arresting than ever, indebted as much to vintage Peter Gabriel, Prince, and Depeche Mode as the rich well of electronic R&B explorations from a similar orbit as James Blake and The Weeknd in their most powerful moments.
>Iamsu! – Sincerely Yours CD (Cement Distribution)
Iamsu! has produced and featured on a string of hits. ("Up" by Loverance featuring 50 Cent, "Who Booty" with John Hart, and "Gas Pedal" with Sage The Gemini). He has also cultivated his own movement with HBK Gang and is at the forefront of the West Coast renaissance. For his debut album, Sincerely Yours, Iamsu! called on 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, Sage The Gemini, and his HBK Gang to rock alongside him.
>Incognito – Amplified Soul CD (Shanachie)
Sixteenth studio album from one of the best funk/jazz/soul/dance outfits in the world.
>Michael Jackson – Xscape CD/CD+DVD (Epic)
Eight never-before-heard tracks executive produced by L.A. Reid, along with other producers including Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins and John McClain. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a DVD documentary (L.A. Reid and the producers discuss their experiences on this project). Vinyl version due June 10.
>Karnivore – In The Halls Of The Wicked CD (Lake Of Fire Productions)
New album from the Swedish death/thrash metal band.
>Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed CD (Nuclear Blast)
Debut album from the metal supergroup featuring Max Cavalera (Soulfly) alongside members of Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan and Mars Volta. Vinyl version due May 20.
>La Sera – Hour Of The Dawn CD/LP (Hardly Art)
In the summer of 2013, La Sera decamped to a sweltering studio in East Los Angeles with engineer Joel Jerome and banged out the ten songs that would become Hour Of The Dawn - an album that never walks, but runs; a collision of unleashed punk and '80s power-pop.
>K. Leimer – A Period Of Review (Original Recordings: 1975-1983 CD/2xLP (RVNG, Intl)
For the third installment in RVNG Intl.'s archival series, the tape is wound back to 1970s Seattle, home place of ambient music savant K. Leimer. A Period Of Review unearths unreleased portions of Leimer's vast archives and highlights the work of a self-taught visionary whose use of generative compositions ferried his music to infinite resonance.
>Craig Leon – Nommos [Reissue/1981] CD (Superior Viaduct)
First appearing incongruously on John Fahey’s Takoma label in 1981, Nommos remains enshrouded in impenetrable mystery—from its understated artwork to the rich assemblage of analog synths contained inside. According to Head Heritage, Nommos is the "missing link between the proto-industrial rhythm and drone of Suicide and the whole minimalist drone / static / repetition method of Terry Riley and La Monte Young." Vinyl version due July 23.
>Lewis – L’Amour [Reissue/1983] CD (Light In The Attic)
In 1983, a man named Lewis recorded an album named L'Amour, which was released on the unknown label R.A.W. And that's about all we know. The ingredients are simple: smooth synthesizers, feather-light piano, ethereal, occasionally inaudible vocals and the gentle plucking of acoustic guitars. But the effects are arresting: a spine-tingling, sombre album that echoes Springsteen's Nebraska or Angelo Badalamenti's atmospheric soundtracks. Later, Arthur Russell would grasp for something similar on the epochal World Of Echo LP. Vinyl version due June 24.
>Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband CD (Loma Vista)
Musically inspired by the more experimental pockets of Prince's back catalogue, club culture and the vintage Janet Jackson slow jams singer Yukimi Nagano used to listen to wandering around Gothenburg during the unrelenting winter, Nabuma Rubberband has a different feel to previous Little Dragon albums.
>Mad Caddies – Dirty Rice CD/LP (Fat Wreck Chords)
Like well-seasoned wayfarers, the Mad Caddies have spent years roaming the musical landscape and thoughtfully collecting ingredients from the varied regions they encounter. A scoop of reggae, a pinch of ska, a dash of Dixieland, a splash of ragtime, all mixed into a punk-rock stock and finished with a dollop of pure melodies; the Caddies cook up an olio of music like no other.
>Major Lazer – Apocalypse Soon CDEP/LP (Secretly Canadian)
For Apocalypse Soon, Major Lazer (led by Grammy nominated Diplo) has recruited some big names to collaborate on the 5-track EP, including Pharrell Williams and Sean Paul as well as Machel Montano, RDX, Moska and Mr. Fox.
>Walter Martin – We’re All Young Together CD/LP (Family Jukebox)
Walter Martin, known for his work with The Walkmen, releases his debut solo album - a playful collection of family-friendly folk songs. The album features Nick Zinner and Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Matt Berninger (The National), Kat Edmonson, Hamilton Leithauser and Matt Barrick (The Walkmen).
>Dave Mason – Future’s Past CD/LP (Something Music)
A collection of rerecorded classics and new originals.
>John Mayall – A Special Life CD (Forty Below)
New album from the godfather of British blues. As 2013 came to a close and with his 80th birthday mere weeks away, John Mayall quietly entered a North Hollywood studio with his band, special guest C.J. Chenier and co-producer/engineer Eric Corne. He walked out with one of the most personal records of his career.
>Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – Are We Not Men We Are Diva CD/LP (Fat Wreck Chords)
As the name of the album implies, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes’ latest offering tackles the soaring refrains of 12 of the most beloved divas in music. Celine, Cher, Madonna, Christina, Boy George - all the greats, done up in the way that only the pop punk prima donnas from the Gimmes can.
>Mimicking Birds – Eons CD (Glacial Pace)
Eons feels as expansive as its title thanks to the help of producer Jeremy Sherrer (The Gossip, 1776). He helped weave some gorgeous electronic textures into the songs – listen for the skittering programmed beat that helps carry "Owl Hoots" forward, or the swells of keyboards that pull closing track "Movin' On" towards an '80s pop sunrise. Vinyl version due June 3.
>Mirah – Changing Light CD (Absolute Magnitude/K Records)
On her fifth solo album, Mirah breaks it down and builds it back up again with the street smarts that only years behind the wheel of love can inspire. Ready with the maps and driven to the rhythms on the radio dial, Changing Light's ten songs carry us from heartbreak to wholeness and all the places in between. Vinyl version due June 24.
>Mushroomhead – The Righteous & The Butterfly CD/LP (Megaforce)
Recorded in Cleveland, Mushroomhead's eighth album consists of 14 tracks ranging from songs about survival and balance to emotionally charged anthems to a riff heavy rendition of Adele's #1 hit "Rumor Has It."
Only Crime –Persuance CD/LP+CD (Rise)
Only Crime is a combination of five veterans of the punk/hardcore scene who have pooled their collective experience to make a truly refreshing musical statement. Featuring members of rock legends The Descendents, Good Riddance, Bane and Modern Life Is War.
>The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Days Of Abandon CD/LP (Yebo)
The Brooklyn indie pop stalwarts present their eagerly anticipated third LP after two critically acclaimed records that demonstrated the group's ability to shift musical registers from bedroom pop daydreams to Alternative Nation anthems.
>Dolly Parton – Blue Smoke CD/LP (SME Masterworks)
Blue Smoke is an all new studio album with most tracks written by Dolly that also features duets with Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers and covers of Bon Jovi's "Lay Your Hands On Me," and Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice." It reflects the character of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee where Dolly grew up and has a tone that harkens back to her rootsy, back-to-basics albums.
>Lee 'Scratch’ Perry – Back On The Controls 2xCD/2xLP (Upsetter/Red Lion)
13 songs, and 13 dub versions, produced by Lee Perry and UK Producer Daniel Boyle at the Rolling Lion Studio. Lee Perry is back on the controls, using the very same effects units and equipment from his Black Ark studio in Jamaica, to produce a selection of deep roots rhythms and original Lee Perry Dub versions.
>Prong – Ruining Lives CD (Steamhammer)
From the first riff-assault of the opener "Turnover," Ruining Lives takes you on an angst-filled roller coaster ride that marries some very old school, Beg To Differ -elements with post-punk, industrial metal, hardcore thrash, all the while retaining a modern and current feel. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds bonus tracks. Vinyl version due May 27.
>Restorations – LP 2 CD (Side One Dummy)
Sophomore album from the Philadelphia indie rock band.
>Marc Ribot – Live At The Village Vanguard CD (Pi. Recordings)
Live At The Village Vanguard captures guitarist Marc Ribot in an electrifying set with his trio, featuring bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Chad Taylor.
>Buddy Rich – The Solos CD (Lightyear)
Culled from Buddy’s performances in 1976 and 1977, this collection captures Rich at the peak of his power and versatility. The Solos is (as you correctly assumed) is comprised totally of drum solos, and showcases nine of his premiere solo performances, recorded while on worldwide tour with his band.
>Doug Rosenberg – Better Than TV CD (Proteus Entertainment)
Doug Rosenberg is a member of the new generation of jazz musicians composing and improvising music for the future. The Chicago Tribune hails his ''fearlessness of spirit and a robustness of tone that seem likely to win him a devoted following in coming years.''
>Rotting Christ – Thy Mighty Contract [Reissue/1993] CD (End The Light)
Newly remastered reissue of the debut album by the Greek black metal band, expanded with two bonus tracks.
>Elliott Sharp/Terraplane – 4AM Always CD (Enja)
Given Elliott Sharp s reputation as one of the founders of New York City s downtown scene, it is no surprise that his latest offering with Terraplane both harnesses the blues tradition, and moves beyond it.
>Sonic Boom – Spectrum [Reissue/190] CD (Space Age)
CD reissue of Pete Kember’s (Spacemen 3) first solo album, originally released in 1990 on Silvertone (Vinilisssimo reissued the vinyl edition in 2012.)
>Soundtrack [Alexandre Desplat] – Godzilla OST CD (WaterTower Music)
Soundtrack features score from Grammy Award-winner, Golden Globe-winner, and Academy Award Nominee Alexandre Desplat (The Queen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow, The King’s Speech, etc.).
>Soundrack [Explosions In The Sky & Steve Jablonsky) – Lone Survivor OST CD (Red River Entertainment)
A collection of tracks by composers Steve Jablonsky and Explosions in the Sky.
>Candi Staton – Life Happens CD (Megaforce)
Soul music legend Candi Staton’s third foray into Triple A and Americana music, finds her reuniting with legendary producer Rick Hall who produced her Grammy Award nominated early '70s hits such as "Stand By Your Man" and "In The Ghetto." The hard-hitting songs range from country rock and southern soul to low down blues.
>Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music CD (High Top Mountain)
Metamodern Sounds In Country Music is the follow-up to Sturgill Simpson's critically acclaimed debut, High Top Mountain. The album title - an allusion to Ray Charles groundbreaking 1962 record, Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music - hints at the psychedelic sounds found within. Compared to Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard, Simpson explores a more progressive side of outlaw country in his wholly unique and captivating style.
>Sunlightsquare – King Yoruba CD (Sunlightsquare)
Recorded in both Havana and London, King Yoruba features the sophisticated and unique vocal styling of Cuban Javier Valera on the fantastic "Afro Boogie Super Hombre." The album's huge and exciting brass intricacies are coupled with skillful percussion and the production values that one has have come to expect from Sunlightsquare. The Latin American and Afro-Caribbean influences are here for all to see and experience and are truly eclectic.
>Swans – To Be Kind 2xCD/2xCD+DVD/3xLP (Young God)
Swans thirteenth studio album features guest appearances by Little Annie, St. Vincent, Cold Specks, and Bill Rieflin, and is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe includes a live DVD. "...a masterpiece of post-rock and experimental composition." - Consequence Of Sound
>Sylar – To Whom It May Concern CD (Razor & Tie)
A metallic hardcore onslaught that pulsates with electro flourishes.
>thisquietarmy/Syndrome – The Lonely Mountain CD (Consouling Sounds/Broken Silence)
After split albums with Aidan Baker, Year Of No Light, and Labirinto, Canada’s thisquietarmy teams up with Belgium’s Syndrome. Musically, this split seems self-evident: both bands share a common view on crafting exhilarating soundscapes, seamlessly blending ambient, drone, and post-rock elements to cathartic climaxes.
>Thollem & Chase – Dub Narcotic Session CD (New Atlantis)
A fine document of free improvisations from vanguard pianist Thollem McDonas and master drummer Brian Chase (member of indie rock stalwarts Yeah Yeah Yeahs). Forging allusions to the blues, punk rock, honky tonk, and folk with abstract maximalism and raw technical integrity, this duo creates music that is the sum of its creative parts.
>Tobacco – Ultima II Massage CD/2xLP (Ghostly International)
On his third album, Tobacco, the Pennsylvania snake-synth-charmer deepens his approach to aural depravity. At 17 tracks, Ultima II Massage is stacked with beautifully perverse hits from the sickly sticky "Eruption," to the wobbly demon swaggerer "Face Breakout," to the distorted punk spazz of "Dipsmack," to the apocalyptic sepia ambience of "Spitlord." You may hear disembodied bits of Boards Of Canada, early Def Jam records, and Gary Numan, or maybe just public-access TV and bad VHS dubs of '80s horror flicks. Or the sun exploding and everything you've ever loved melting.
>Tom The Lion – Sleep CD (Verve)
Tom the Lion is an enigma. Unafraid to experiment, yet with a gift for classic songwriting, he might just prove to be one of the UK's singular songwriters, in a lineage of the greats from Nick Drake to Mark Hollis to Thom Yorke.
>Vallenfyre – Splinters CD (Century Media)
Featuring member of such heavy metal luminaries as At The Gates, My Dying Bride, Doom and
Paradise Lost, Vallenfyre is that rare death metal gem in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
>Dave Van Ronk – Dave Van Ronk: Live In Monterey 1998 CD (Omnivore)
A 1998 live performance from the late Greenwich Village folk singer who found posthumous fame earlier this year thanks to the Coen Brothers’ movie Inside Llewyn Davis, whose title character was based loosely on Van Ronk.
>Various Artists [Django Django] – Late Night Tales CD/LP (Night Time Stories)
A mix of Django Djano’s favorites featuring Beach Boys, Primal Scream, Massive Attack, Philip Glass and more, plus their version of The Monkees"'Porpoise Song."
>Various Artists – I Saved Latin! A Tribute To Wes Anderson 2xCD (American Laundromat)
Artists cover songs from Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, Royal Tenenbaums, Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Darjeeling Limited, and more, including: Juliana Hatfield, Kristin Hersh, Margo And The Nuclear So & So's, Telekinesis, Matt Pond and others.
>Watery Love – Decorative Feeding CD/LP (In The Red)
Watery Love from Philadelphia play their very own unique style of negative punkrock.
>Weatherbox – Flies In All Directions CD (Triple Crown)
Flipping through the pages of the band’s history, one encounters some sordid tales: strained friendships, hairs grayed, vans stolen and flipped, a good old-fashioned "cowboy-stomping" and of course, drug-induced psychosis. Since the release of 2007's seminal American Art, Weatherbox ignored every warning sign the cosmos hurled in their direction and released batch after batch of unique and personal songs. Vinyl version due May 27.
>Levi Weaver – Your Ghost Keeps Finding Me CD/LP (Rock Ridge)
Levi Weaver, currently based out of Nashville, is a seasoned road warrior, covering 50,000 miles in a year. He plays as a one-man band intriguing audiences with his loop pedals, his dual mics, and a violin bow. But more than anything, he is a master storyteller with captivating lyrical integrity and gut-wrenching honesty.
>Wovenhand – Refractory Obdurate CD/LP (Deathwish Inc.)
Refractory Obdurate is a moving masterwork that shows Wovenhand exploring louder roots hinted at on prior albums. As they maintain their melodious course, "Good Shepherd," "Field Of Hedon," and "Hiss," stomp forth with a newly amplified punk rock heart. While "The Refractory," "Salome," and "Obdurate Obscura" each ascend epically into a multi-layered haze.
>Young Widows – Easy Pain CD/LP (Temporary Residence)
Disregarding boundaries and pushing forward with a masterful command of post-punk, noise rock, pseudo industrial, and experimental doom, Young Widows emit the intimidating force of a 10-piece with the heart and soul of a classic power trio.
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>Bjork - When Bjork Met David Attenborough DVD/Blu-ray (One Little India)
Originally screened in the UK in the summer of 2013 on Channel 4, this hour long documentary follows Bjork and David Attenborough as they investigate and discuss the connection which exists between music and nature. Narrated by Tilda Swinton and inspired by Bjork's techological project Biophilia, which Attenborough provided a spoken introduction for the film is a unique encounter between two of the most iconic thinkers of our time. This is the first time the two have discussed their mutual love of music and the natural world on screen. Biophilia explores where nature, music, and technology meets.
>Dio – Live In London: Hammersmith Apollo 1993 2xCD (Eagle Rock)
Filmed at London s Hammersmith Apollo on December 12, 1993 this previously unreleased concert film captures the then newly reformed Dio on the last night of their European tour in support of the Strange Highways album. With a line-up of Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Vinny Appice (drums), Jeff Pilson (bass) and Tracy G (guitar) the band delivered a blistering performance on tracks from their new album, previous Dio classics and favorites from Ronnie’s career with Black Sabbath and Rainbow. 114 minutes.
>Rita Abatzi – I’m Burning, I’m Burning LP (Mississippi/Canary)
Beautiful and haunting Greek urban songs recorded between 1933 and 1937. A haunting voice accompanied by stunning Greek master musicians.
>Mike Adams At His Honest Weight – Best Of Boiler Room Classics LP (Joyful Noise)
The thoughtful, hard work that went into Best Of Boiler Room Classiscs has resulted in something truly special, like a Midwestern Tusk made by fun, lovable people who actually get along really well. The album has the subtle, earnest warmth of an album like the Clientele's Strange Geometry but with the arena-ready grandeur of ELO's Out Of The Blue.
>Drake Bell – Ready Steady Go LP (Surfdog)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Drake Bell is the most popular TV star in Nickelodeon's history, but his talent goes way beyond acting. With music being his first love, Drake has just made "the most rockin' and exciting album of his career." Produced by the legendary Peter Collins.
>Big Boys – Lullabies Help The Brain Grow [Reissue/1983] LP+MP3 (Modern Classics)
Big Boys - No Matter How Long The Line At The Cafeteria, There's Always A Seat [Reissue/1985] LP+MP3 (Modern Classics)
They were, in the memory of Minor Threat frontman Ian MacKaye, ''Enormous men, decorated jump suits, a horn section, 200 friends onstage singing and dancing.'' They were Big Boys by name and by nature - and they had a big effect on US punk culture. When the prevailing trend was for playing hard and fast, this Austin, Texas four-piece played loose and funky. Their cult recordings struck a blend between punk ideology and clever humor, just as the band both railed against and celebrated the hardcore community that bore them.
>Broken Twin – May LP (Anti)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Danish artist Broken Twin: the performing moniker of a young and exciting musician, Majke Voss Romme. Her 2012 self-released EP Hold On To Nothing and deeply moving live performances have already begun to cause a stir in the music press. NME declared that "Broken Twin is the most arrestingly beautiful songwriter we've heard in aeons," while Pitchfork selected her for Best New Tracks and stated that "there's something about the unaffected clarity of Broken Twin that rings true straight away."
>Alice Coltrane – A Monastic Trio [Reissue/1968] LP (Superior Viaduct)
First-time vinyl reissue of one of the great debuts in jazz history, originally released on Impulse in 1968. Showcases her immense talent for fusing spiritual free jazz and new age with classical, Eastern, post-bop and gospel.
>Dark Matter – Dark Matter LP (Siltbreeze)
Too cat-like to be reflective, totally immersed in the garage rock impetus, Dark Matter’s flat, gothic psychedelia is equal parts Chills, Television Personalities and Scientists, with the intimacy of Wreck Small Speakers on Expensive Stereos or Small World Experience.
>Datashock - Keine Oase In Sicht LP (Dekorder)
Datashock, who are now in their eleventh year, are still exploring ''the space of nomadic sounds'' and looking for old sources of fresh sounds, unfazed by contemporary musical mirages.
>Fis – Iterations LP (Tri Angle)
With the release of his Preparations EP on Tri Angle in late 2013, Fis and his inimitable and wholly original sound was introduced to the wider world. Since he'd first emerged with a series of ultra rare 12" releases in 2012 on various drum and bass oriented labels the Wellington, New Zealand based producer had quietly been tipped on the underground as one to watch. The praise heaped upon Preparations definitely seemed to justify the hype that had quietly been building behind the man otherwise known as Oliver Peryman.
>Flesh Wounds – Bitter Boy 7"+MP3 (Merge)
Rock & roll band from Carrboro NC with Laura King on drums and Dan Kinney and Montgomery Morris on guitars.
>Fujiya & Miyagi - Artificial Sweeteners LP (Yep Roc)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Few have offered such a bittersweet taste of pop through their career as Fujiya & Miyagi; underneath the sticky wrappers that have packaged their sugary synth lines and rich hooks since the turn of the Millennium, there’s always been a grittier aftertaste. Reaching back to the influences that got them into dance music in the first place, beach parties, warehouse raves in their native Brighton, early Warp Records and Carl Craig, the group wrote at an unchartered prolificacy, revelling in digging out their old samplers and synths and sizing them up against the digital technology they continue to explore the limits of.
>Vince Guaraldi Trio – Jazz Impressions Of A Boy Named Charlie Brown [Reissue/1964] LP (Concord)
>Kemialliset Ystävät - Alas Rattoisaa Virtaa LP (Dekorder)
"Love these guys. Just love them. This is a bubbly, ecstatic mess of an album, in every good way… It’s all over the place; a dig around a wet pit of transcendentalism, an overflowing tub of funny jelly" – Freq.org.uk. "Imagine God tripping over a cloud and dropping all of his rainbows at once."
>Meatbodies – Wahoo b/w Steps 7" (In The Red)
This is the debut single by the Meatbodies (formerly known as Chad & The Meatbodies) after having a cassette release on Ty Segall's God? label and a split single with Ty Segall on the Famous Class label. Fuzzed-out heavy psych rock.
>Janelle Monae – Electric Lady 2xLP (Bad Boy)
Monae’s 2013 album Electric Lady is now available on vinyl. A ground-breaking, genre-blurring singer, songwriter, producer, and performer, Janelle Monae's inventive style melds a refined pop
sensibility with an extraordinary postmodern mash-up of soul, funk, and rock & roll.
>Prurient – Cocaine Death 2xLP (Hospital)
Vinyl compilation of three sought-after cassette releases: 2007's Cocaine Death, Caribbean Overdose and Tylenol Murders.
>Royal Blood – Out Of The Black 12" (WB)
Royal Blood is a British garage blues/rock duo formed in Brighton, UK.
>Sean Nicholas Savage – Bermuda Waterfall LP (Arbutus)
"Bermuda Waterfall = invisible action, unconscious fertilization, the subconscious master plan continuum much of the words to Bermuda (which i feel are the center piece) were written whilst travelling between one place I loved and another place/people I loved, and trying to describe my most potent dreams related to my most potent life experiences. There was a feeling of disappointment in communication with the people that I'm calling out to connect with through my performances and travels in the last year, a feeling of loneliness.
>Sculpture – Membrane Pop LP+MP3 (Software)
In Sculpture’s hands, tape manipulation, samples, found sounds, aleatoric and algorithmic programming and live improvisation become more complementary than you might imagine. They draw from experimentalism to promote new potentials for pop and electronic music in an age where many of our sci-fi fantasies have become mundane occurrences. Experimental music doesn't have to be dark, difficult or joyless. They try to make something playful, abd maybe a little absurd. Yellow vinyl.
>Dylan Shearer – garagearray LP (Castle Face)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Cut from the cloth of early Soft Machine and Kevin Ayersisms, garagearray is a lofty, loopy flight in a candy-flossclouded sky, with an ever-present darkness just below the surface. It’s wonderfully off the cuff, at times reminiscent of a Syd Barrett session where the band must’ve just closed their eyes and felt it out in the dark, coming together in all the right moments in the nick of time.
>Staple Singers – Uncloudy Day [Reissue/1959] LP (Mississippi)
Staple Singers – Will The Circle Be Unbroken? [Reissue/1960] LP (Mississippi)
Staple Singers – Swing Low [Reissue/1961] LP (Mississippi)
Vinyl reissue of Staple Singers’ first three LPs (originally released on Vee Jay). Three of the greatest masterpieces of gospel music.
>The String Cheese Incident – The Song In My Head 2xLP (Loud & Proud)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Produced by Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads, This Song In My Head is the jam band’s first album of new material in nine years.
>Tomahawk – M.E.A.T. 7" (Ipecac)
Two tracks that didn't make their 2013 opus, Oddfellows.
>Various Artists – Ghost Women Blues LP (Mississippi)
A compilation of absolutely must-have country blues. Well-known artists playing their signature songs plus more obscure musicians. Includes Bukka White, Lottie Kimbrough, George Carter, Willie Brown, Monroe Moe Jackson, and many more.
>Watery Love – Sick People b/w I Don’t Care 7" (In The Red)
Here the band deliver cover versions by 80's hardcore band Breakdown and the Ramones. Both are given the sludgy, pummeling treatment that the band has become known for.
>Pharrell Williams – G I R L LP (Columbia)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. G I R L is Pharrell's new album, and features the hit single, "Happy."
>Yob – The Great Cessation [Reissue/2010] 2xLP (Southern Lord)
One of the heaviest and most respected bands in metal, Yob are renowned for their unique brand of epic, crushing sludge doom. This is the gatefold deluxe HQ-180gm vinyl reissue of their 2009 album. Limited copies pressed on silver vinyl.
>Yo La Tengo – Fakebook [Reissue/1990] LP (Bar None)
Originally released in 1990, Yo La Tengo's Fakebook is considered by many to be among their best efforts. It is Yo La Tengo "Unplugged" working out on a handful of original's and a number of obscure would-be hits from the likes of The Kinks, John Cale, the Flamin' Groovies, and Daniel Johnston.
>Abramis Brama - Enkel Biljett CD (Record Heaven)
Throughout the last 15 years, Abramis Brama has released heavy, ecstatic, riff-oriented hard rock with Swedish lyrics. On Enkel Biljett, the band continues their journey with newfound energy.
>Acoustic Alchemy – Live In London 2xCD (Onside)
Double-CD live release from the British instrumental/smooth jazz band.
>Aleister X – Keepin’ It Real CD (Nod And Smile)
Aleister X's massive new album, the follow up to his critically acclaimed Half Speed Mastered!, Keepin’ It Real is Shepard's pie of psychedelic pop with dirty funk grooves and cult pop lyrical gymnastics.
>Lily Allen – Sheezus CD/2xCD (WB)
Lily Allen's third studio album was produced by Greg Kurstin, Shellback and Dj Dahl, and features the singles "Hard Out Here" and "Air Balloon." Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a five-track bonus disc. Vinyl version due May 27.
>Andrew Jackson Jihad – Christmas Island CD/LP (Side One Dummy)
Christmas Island, the 5th album proper from Andrew Jackson Jihad, is a little bit silly, a little bit serious. It's a record that's irreverent yet somber, full of humor and full of pathos, its twelve songs combining the two to create a record that truly cuts right to the bone of the human condition. Whether it's life, love, death, loss or Linda Ronstadt, this record has it all, delving into the most profound of emotions, reaching deep into the heart of humanity, unveiling universal truths through the most unlikely of scenarios.
>Arkona – Yav CD/CD+DVD (Napalm)
This Russian pagan folk metal band interweaves brutal metal riffs, pounding drums and folk melodies, the latter played mostly on authentic and medieval instruments. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a bonus DVD.
>Atmosphere – Southsiders CD/LP (Rhymesayers)
While Southsiders is a celebration of the group's fortitude, it is also a deeply introspective, and sometimes conflicted, work. "It's a natural progression from the last record, The Family Sign, which was about growing my family," says Slug, now a father to three, who finds himself contemplating mortality. "I'm starting to think, 'What is post family man? What am I supposed to rap about now?' I'm sticking to my roots, rapping about what I'm doing, what I think about. This record is much like the other ones a very detailed look at my life."
>Badbadnotgood – III CD/LP (Innovative Leisure)
Badbadnotgood is a young talented trio of musicians made up of Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, and Alex Sowinski on drums. Since their inception at Humber College's Music Performance program in 2011, the three have challenged the rulebook on improvised instrumental music and taken jazz tradition into the future. With early champions including acclaimed BBC broadcaster Gilles Peterson and Tyler The Creator (who helped fuel their discovery), the inseparable friends release their biggest project to date with III.
>Being As An Ocean – How We Both Wondrously Perish CD (Invogue)
How We Both Wondrously Perish represents fine melodic hardcore, from the passionate screams, catchy choruses, and intense music. For fans of Underoath, mewithoutYou, Sigur Rós, and Brand New.
>Black Stone Cherry – Magic Mountain CD (Roadrunner)
Black Stone Cherry's fourth studio album, Magic Mountain sees the band continuing to master their sound that has earned them legions of fans around the world.
>Paul Bley – Play Blue: The Oslo Concert CD (ECM)
A rare solo performance by one of jazz s great originals, Canadian pianist Paul Bley, recorded live at the Oslo Jazz Festival in 2008 by Jan Erik Kongshaug and Manfred Eicher.
>Blood Red Shoes – Blood Red Shoes CD/LP (Jazz Life)
Brighton, England's Blood Red Shoes feature Laura-Mary Carter (vocals/guitar) and Steven Ansell (drums/vocals), two enthusiastic punk-inspired brawlers who channel the clamor of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Duke Spirit, and Huggy Bear.
>Luka Bloom – Head & Heart CD (Compass)
With a poet's heart and a rocker's soul, Luka Bloom is regarded as one of Ireland's most respected contemporary folk artists. On Head & Heart, Bloom continues to shake up the folk genre with clever new arrangements and reinterpretations of ten well known classics alongside a pair of self-penned gems, accompanied by a jazz trio.
>Brigades – Crocodile Tears CDEP/12" (Pure Noise)
Brigades is South Carolina's best kept secret. Their debut EP, Crocodile Tears was recorded in Baltimore with producer Paul Leavitt (All Time Low, Dangerous Summer) and blends pop punk with more aggressive skate punk riffs.
>David Byrne And Fatboy Slim – Here Lies Love O.C.R. 2xCD (Nonesuch)
Features music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim as performed by the original 2013 Public Theater cast of the Here Lies Love musical starring Ruthie Ann Miles and Jose Llana as Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos.
>Hans Chew – Love & Life CD/LP (Proper Music)
Hans Chew returns with his eagerly anticipated follow up to the acclaimed Tennessee & Other Stories. Life & Love was recorded live in the studio with limited overdubs to present the raw power of this well-oiled band. With distinct influences of British and southern American classic rock, the album's sound stands on plenty of blues, country, and soul as it bares its teeth.
>Current Swell – Ulysses CD/LP (Nettwerk)
The 12 tracks on Ulysses perfectly deliver the band's textured, deep-groove sound while capturing the energy of their live show, which has earned them scores of fans across The Americas, Australia and Europe.
>The Durutti Column – The Return Of The Durutti Column [Reissue/1980] CD (Factory Benelux)
Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1980 album from British guitarist Vini Reilly aka The Durutti Column. While still a live fixture at Factory's Hacienda club, Reilly entered the studio with legendary producer Martin Hannett to work on a spontaneous, organic recording that would become the Durutti Column's classic debut LP. The album was comprised of gentle guitar instrumentals incorporating jazz, folk and classical touches, and sounded unlike anything produced by other post-punk bands of the time.
>Dwellers – Pagan Fruit CD/LP (Small Stone)
The songs found on Pagan Fruit reveal novel, dynamically varied musical touchstones as far reaching as vintage Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Goat's Head Soup-period Stones.
>Thomas Dybdahl – What’s Left Is Forever CD (Blue Note)
A huge talent in his homeland, Norway’s Thomas Dybdahl is a star in waiting - possessor of a unique and expressive voice together with a multitude of awards.
>Eat Lights Becomes Lights – Into Forever CD (Rocket Girl)
"Eat Lights Become Lights mix Krautrock rhythms and celestial drones to heavenly effect" – NME
>Eccodeck – Singing In Tongues CD (Big Mind/Black Swan Sounds)
Sixth release from Canadian global fusion combo Eccodek - a potent blend of dub, tribalism, electronica and the exotic.
>Kat Edmonson – Way Down Low CD (OKeh)
Originally released in 2012, Kat Edmonson's self-released Kickstarter-funded album, Way Down Low, that debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart, is now available stateside. "One of the greatest vocal albums I've ever heard." - The Boston Globe
>Elephant – Sky Swimming CD/LP (Memphis Industries)
Amelia Rivas and Christian Pinchbeck don't just sing about feverish, frayed and fractured romances in the three years since forming Elephant, they've been living one. It’s fitting that Sky Swimming, their debut full length release is a seductive, night time delight of an album. After all, it was in the twilight hours of a May morning three years ago that Pontefract native Amelia Rivas and Bristolian Christian Pinchbeck met at a house party and in alcohol-soaked all-nighter sessions that Sky Swimming was written.
>Eno & Hyde – Someday World CD/2xCD/2xLP+MP3 (Warp)
Brian Eno and Karl Hyde (Underworld) come together with a new album. Someday World comprises nine songs, composed and sung by the duo with a highly distinguished cast of supporting musicians. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a four-track bonus disc and is packaged in a CD-sized hardcover book with slipcase.
>Epica – The Quantum Enigma CD (Nuclear Blast)
Epica expertly mixing devilish sharp guitars, angelic choruses, evocative synthesizers, mindboggling drum work, and of course, another soaring vocal performance from Simone Simons. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds bonus tracks.
>Essa – Misadventures Of A Middle Man CD/LP (First World)
With an enviable roster of producers including Waajeed, Eric Lau, Tall Black Guy, Ta-Ku, Budgie and Flako, the British rapper’s music blends elements of neo-soul, Latin, afrobeat, electronica, spoken word and of course hip-hop.
>Liam Finn – The Nihilist CD/2xLP+CD (Yep Roc)
New Zealand rocker Liam Finn releases his third full-length album. Featuring 12 new tracks, The Nihilist finds Liam at his most refined and inventive in the studio, with other-worldly arrangements and blissfully catchy hooks. He has received Artist To Watch accolades from The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Billboard and Stereogum, performed on Letterman and Ferguson and has shared stages with the likes of Eddie Vedder, The Black Keys and Wilco.
>A Firm Handshake – Fix Me Up CD+DVD (Rock The Cause)
For the first time ever, fans can own a complete collection of their favorite music and videos from Zach Sobiech and his band A Firm Handshake. This wonderful collection includes the chart topping, YouTube sensation, '"Clouds'" (Over 10 Million Views) along with alternate versions of the hit.
>Fujiya & Miyagi - Artificial Sweeteners CD (Yep Roc)
Few have offered such a bittersweet taste of pop through their career as Fujiya & Miyagi; underneath the sticky wrappers that have packaged their sugary synth lines and rich hooks since the turn of the Millennium, there’s always been a grittier aftertaste. Reaching back to the influences that got them into dance music in the first place, beach parties, warehouse raves in their native Brighton, early Warp Records and Carl Craig, the group wrote at an unchartered prolificacy, revelling in digging out their old samplers and synths and sizing them up against the digital technology they continue to explore the limits of. Vinyl version due May 13.
>Kina Grannis – Elements CD/LP (One Haven Music)
Sophomore album from the Los Angeles-based indie songstress. Produced and recorded by Matt Hales (aka Aqualung - whose recent credits include with Paloma Faith, Alex Clare, Lianne La Havas), Elements is filled with layered vocals and harmonies and lush, intricate soundscapes, while documenting a period of growth and change in her personal life, complete with an honesty and a vulnerability that she's excited to share with her fans.
>Curtis Harding – Soul Power CD (Burger)
Curtis Harding says that soul music, and his music, speak for themselves. It's self-evident on the Atlanta artist's debut, Soul Power. The driving sound of his electrified Stratocaster, the foot-stomping backbeat and the lyrics swimming in reverb -- with something this flourishing, it's almost reductive to just dig around the roots. Harding's style was born in Michigan and bred on the road, a restless childhood spent singing gospel alongside an evangelizing mother, then cultivated in Atlanta, where he sang backup for CeeLo Green and befriended the Black Lips (he plays with Cole Alexander in Night Sun).
>Ben & Ellen Harper – Childhood Home CD (Prestige)
Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/musician Ben Harper and his mother Ellen have collaborated to create an absorbing, deeply personal collection of original songs. Childhood Home features ten songs, six written by Ben and four written by Ellen, that explore the intricacies of family life with honesty and generous intimacy.
>Mick Harvey – Intoxicated Man/Pink Elephants [Reissue] 2xCD2xLP (Mute)
Intoxicated Man (1995) and Pink Elephants (1997) are Mick Harvey's interpretations of the songs of legendary singer/songwriter/poet Serge Gainsbourg, and are the first major works translating Gainsbourg's influential work from French to English. The double LP collection includes two unreleased tracks, "Dr Jeckyll" and "Run From Happiness."
>The Horrors – Luminous CD/2xLP (XL)
Recorded over 15 months in the band's east London studio-laboratory-bunker with co-producer Craig Silvey (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire, The National), Luminous is the follow-up to the band's 2007 debut Strange House, the Mercury-nominated Primary Colours (2009), and the critically-acclaimed Skying (2011). Tasking themselves with moving onwards, The Horrors determined to make an album that was brighter, more positive, more electronic.
>Hayes Hunter – Storyline CD (Atlantic)
The platinum-selling country star releases his brand new album.
>The Icypoles – My World Was Made For You CD/LP (Highline)
My World Was Made For You is the debut album from The Icypoles, four gals from Melbourne. Having become a familiar fixture on Melbourne’s inner-north stages, and with two previous releases (2009’s Getting Ready cassette and 2011’s Promise To Stay 7" EP), The Icypoles’ musical adventures can be traced back to the early ‘00s, with half the band finding their formative footing playing in Architecture In Helsinki.
>Jeffertitti's Nile - The Electric Hour  CD/LP+MP3 (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond)
Jeffertitti plays bass in Father John Misty, Father Misty plays drums on The Electric Hour, which also features a guest spot from Johnny Bell (Crystal Antlers).
>Josef K – The Only Fun In Town [Reissue/1981] CD/LP (Les Disques Du Crepuscule)
Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1981 album from the Scottish post-punk band fronted by singer/songwriter Paul Haig. The band's edgy guitar rock wasn't as commercial as their contemporaries like Orange Juice or Aztec Camera, although they've become one of the most influential bands to emerge from the '80s post punk era.
>Nikki Lane – All Or Nothin’ CD/LP (New West)
For her sophomore album All Or Nothin’, Nashville songstress Nikki Lane teamed up with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys for a record that turns the vulnerable singer/songwriter stereotype on its ears. With songs that crucify ex-boyfriends, celebrate one-night stands (as long as she can bolt town right after) and proclaim it’s always the right time to do the wrong thing, Lane comes across like a modern-era Wanda Jackson, albeit with more oats to sow.
>Lykke Li – I Never Learn CD/LP+MP3 (Atlantic)
"Lykke Li is a pop star looking to change the pop conversation. The Swedish singer's new third album, I Never Learn, forms the final installment in a conceptual trilogy — and it's extraordinary as both a collection of songs and a tactical re-wiring of her genre's circuit board." – NPR
>Marc Maron – Thinky Pain 2xCD/2xLP (Comedy Central)
Marc Maron returns to his old stomping grounds for an intimate special in which he takes stock of himself. More than ever, Maron is raw and hilariously honest as he dissects his own neuroses and self-loathing while providing outrageous anecdotes from his personal life, in which he starts to realize the hurt isn't real, it's just Thinky Pain.
>Matrimony - Montibello Memories CD (Sony)
Matrimony began their musical life as a duo, performing in clubs and cafes around Charlotte. Brown veered from electric guitar to acoustic, while Hardee Brown adapted her indie influences to fit a folkier frame. 2010’s The Storm And The Eye EP was quickly recorded, earning the couple considerable local acclaim for their melding of rock, country, gospel, and the great Irish and American folk traditions.
>Maximo Park – Too Much Information CD (Daylighting)
Maximo Park return with their fifth album, Too Much Information. Recorded and self-produced by the band in Newcastle and Sunderland with additional production duties from The Invisible’s Dave Okumu and from Field Music’s David and Peter Brewis, the album is the follow up to 2012’s critically acclaimed The National Health, and sees the band reach new heights in their remarkable songwriting and sonic experimentation.
>Sarah McLachlan – Shine On CD (Verve)
After a four-year hiatus Sarah McLachlan returns with her Verve Records debut. Vinyl version due May 19.
>Natalie Merchant – Natalie Merchant CD (Nonesuch)
Combining three decades of experience in song writing and album making, Merchant's production style is nuanced and pure. Her voice is framed by a balanced blend of electric and acoustic sound throughout with musicianship of exceptional quality. String, brass, and woodwind arrangements mingle with Hammond organ and electric guitar improvisations. Players include John Medeski, Shawn Pelton, Clark Gayton, Uri Sharlin, Jesse Murphy, Erik Della Penna, Gabriel Gordon, and guest vocalists Simi Stone, Elizabeth Mitchell and gospel singer Corliss Stafford.
>Tony Molina – Dissed And Dismissed CD/LP (Slumberland)
Molina intensifies the slacker cliches and self-deprecation of ‘90s indie rock into absurdist hyperbole. He expresses vulnerability and melodrama through bizarre truisms while referencing his forebears: Thin Lizzy leads, Radiohead lyrics, and Replacements sneer.
>Morning Parade – Pure Unadulterated Joy CD/LP (So Recordings)
This Essex five-piece combines trance-style synths with anthemic rock guitars in the same vein as Friendly Fires, Delphic, and Fenech-Soler. Vinyl version due June 3.
>The Move – Live At The Filmore 1969 2xCD (Right Recordings)
Double-CD live archive release from the '60s psych/pop band led by Roy Wood. This set contains 100 minutes of previously unreleased Move live magic recorded at San Francisco's Fillmore West (the only complete Move concert in existence).
>Naughty Boy – Hotel Cabana CD (Capitol)
Over the last 12 months, Naughty Boy has become one of the UK’s most sought-after sound creators. Reintroducing the charts to the sound of garage beats, house and trip-hop, his work boasts an epic, dramatic, ethereal quality. He has won the acclaim of his peers with
a distinctive feel to his compositions, while the likes of Sam Smith, Tinie Tempah, Ed Sheeran, Wiz Khalifa, Bastille and Emeli Sandé all appear on his debut album Hotel Cabana. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds bonus tracks.
>Willie Nelson/Bobbie Nelson – Farther Along: A Gospel Collection CD (Pedernales)
Country legend Willie Nelson and his sister and longtime bandmate Bobbie Nelson share their renditions of 18 classic hymns and spiritual songs.
>Nine Black Alps – Candy For The Clowns CD/LP (Hatch)
Nine Black Alps retain their distinctive and energetic sludge, grunge-rock sound albeit with a tighter and more dynamic style. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe includes five extra live tracks.
>Papercuts – Life Among The Savages CD/LP (Caroline)
Papercuts is the moniker of San Francisco singer/songwriter/producer Jason Quever. On Life Among The Savages, Quever's dreamy mixture of baroque pop, storytelling lyrics, and detailed production work is at its most potent.
>Paws – Youth Culture Forever CD (XL)
For Youth Culture Forever, the second album from Paws, the band decamped to a studio in the woods just outside New York to hone and expand on the sound that saw their debut ‘Cokefloat!’ acclaimed by the likes of Pitchfork, SPIN and nominated in their homeland of Scotland for the Scottish Album Of The Year awards. "While J. Mascis and Mac McCaughan taught these ‘90s children how to riff and that a catchy lead run can suffice where a chorus might otherwise, pop-punk acts like Blink-182 taught them how to rant" – Pitchfork. Vinyl version due June 3.
>People Under The Stairs – 12 Step Program CD/LP (Piecelock 70)
The musical sensibility punctuating their unique brand of hip-hop has earned them the title ''The Steely Dan of Rap Music'' as well as consistent critical acclaim and numerous appearances on the Billboard Charts.
>Pet The Preacher – The Cave & The Sunlight CD/LP (Napalm)
Gripping, heavy stoner rock.
>Sonny Rollins – Road Shows Volume 3 CD (Sony Masterworks)
Road Shows Volume 3 could be subtitled 21st Century Sonny as it spans the years between 2001 and 2012, providing a thrilling overview of the music and musicians that have engaged Rollins in the new millennium. The album consists of six tracks recorded in the US, Japan and France and includes the debut recording of a new composition, "Pantanjali."
>Santana – Corazón CD (RCA)
Santana's first Latin music album of his iconic career and features collaborations with ChocQuibTown, Lila Downs, Gloria Estefan, Fabulosos Cadillacs, Juanes, Ziggy Marley, Miguel, Niña Pastori, Diego Torres, Samuel Rosa of Skank, Cindy Blackman Santana, Romeo Santos, Soledad, Wayne Shorter, and more.
>Jenny Scheinman – The Littlest Prisoner CD (Sony Masterworks)
Singer, violin player, composer and arranger Jenny Scheinman presents her eighth solo recording. Mixed by Grammy-nominated producer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Neko Case, My Morning Jacket) The Littlest Prisoner was recorded in just three days and features legendary guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Brian Blade.
>Seahawks – Paradise Freaks CD/LP (Ocean Moon)
Seahawks have been a best-kept secret since 2009. Having got together to create their own particular style of cosmic music back then, the duo of Jon Tye and Pete Fowler have released a seemingly unstoppable wave of music on limited edition vinyl in hand printed sleeves, cassette, picture disc and even mini disc. Seahawks have remixed artists including The Horrors, Badly Drawn Boy, Tim Burgess, Rune Lindbaek and The Advisory Circle. They host a regular boat party in London where guests Ulrich Schnauss, Tom Furse et al are free to play whatever the hell they like.
>Section 25 – From The Hip [Reissue/1984] CD (Factory Benelux)
Factory Benelux presents a special 30th anniversary edition of From The Hip, the pioneering 1984 electro album by cult Factory Records group Section 25, produced by Bernard Sumner of New Order.
>Shining – Through Years Of Oppression CD (Unexploded)
2004 rarities collection from the Swedish black metal band. The band's music contains depressive undertones, which include personal and suicide-themed lyrics. There have been reports over the years about the suicide death of Niklas Kvarforth but they have always proven to be publicity stunts.
>Sigur Rós - Ágætis Byrjun [Reissue/1999] CD (XL)
CD reissue of Sigur Rós’ second album, which has been out-of-print for quite some time.
>Jarekus Singleton – Refuse To Lose CD (Alligator)
Visionary young blues artist from Mississippi makes his national debut with album full of potent original rocking blues packed with great playing, soulful vocals and hip-hop wordplay.
>Michael Sweet – I’m Not Your Suicide CD (Big3)
Michael Sweet, founder and front man of Stryper, one of the more popular hair-metal groups of MTV generation, releases his new solo album.
>Tech N9ne Collabos – Strangeulation CD/LP (Strange Music)
Strangeulation features a who's who of your favorite Strange Music artists: Murs, Krixzz Kaliko, Rittz, Stevie Stone, Mayday, Ces Cru, Kutt Calhoun, Kendall Morgan, Brotha Lynch Hung, Big Scoob, Jay Rock, and Serj Tankian Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe includes a limited edition collectible coin and four additional tracks.
>tUnE-yArDs – Nikki-Nack CD/LP (4AD)
tUnE-yArDs' third album sees her enlist producers to help her achieve new heights. Contributions from Malay (Frank Ocean, Alicia Keys, Big Boi) and John Hill (Rihanna, Shakira, M.I.A.) enhance tUnE-yArDs' signature sound. A record that could only have been made by its creator, at heart it's heavy yet still retains a sense of fun. (Limited quantities also pressed on red vinyl). Free limited edition 7" single with purchase – while supplies last!
>Various Artists - All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs & Voice Of Gregg Allman 2xCD/2xCD+DVD/2xCD+Blu-ray (Rounder)
A once-in-a-lifetime performance features momentous performances by Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Devon Allman, Robert Randolph, Jimmy Hall, Sam Moore, Keb Mo, Brantley Gilbert, Jess Franklin, Dr. John, Pat Monahan, John Hiatt, Jaimoe, Taj Mahal, Gregg Allman, Widespread Panic, Trace Adkins, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Eric Church, Jackson Browne, Zac Brown, and The Allman Brothers Band with musical direction by Don Was. Also available on stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray.
>Various Artists – Sick On You! One Way Spit! After The Love And Before The Revolution Vol. 3: Proto-Punk 1970-77 CD/2xLP+MP3 (Soul Jazz)
A collection of twisted, raw and energized proto-punk from the early 1970s, Punk 45: Proto-Punk 1970-77 draws upon some of the stripped-down hard garage and post-glam sounds of mainly obscure bands that were to prove the template for the forthcoming punk movement: a unique collection of proto-punk tracks from across the USA - Cleveland’s Electric Eels, San Francisco’s Crime, Los Angeles’ Zolar X, Baltimore’s George Brigman and more as well as from the UK with Joe Strummer’s pre-Clash 101ers, the speed-induced R&B of the Count Bishops, and others.
>Willie Watson – Folk Singer Vol. 1 CD (Acony)
Produced by David Rawlings, Willie Watson’s debut album Folk Singer Vol. 1 features ten songs, from folk standards to obscure gems. A true solo album in every sense, hearing Watson's skillful and subtle banjo and guitar accompaniments and soaring vocals unadorned for the first time is a revelation.
>Wooden Wand – Farmer’s Corner CD/LP (Fire)
Following the critically acclaimed Blood Oaths Of The New Blues, James Jackson Toth aka Wooden Wand decided to try something different: instead of spending a week in a studio with the same people, the same engineer, the same equipment and the same state of mind, he would record in fits and starts, whenever - and wherever - he felt like it. Over six sessions in four studios spanning three states, he began amassing tracks.
>Xandria – Sacrificium CD (Napalm)
Bombastic symphonic metal.
DVD + Blu-ray:
>The Rolling Stones – In The ‘70s 2xDVD (Pride)
This double-DVD set explores the fascinating story and extraordinary music of the Stones during the 1970s.
>Various Artists - All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs & Voice Of Gregg Allman Blu-ray (Rounder)
A once-in-a-lifetime performance features momentous performances by Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Devon Allman, Robert Randolph, Jimmy Hall, Sam Moore, Keb Mo, Brantley Gilbert, Jess Franklin, Dr. John, Pat Monahan, John Hiatt, Jaimoe, Taj Mahal, Gregg Allman, Widespread Panic, Trace Adkins, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Eric Church, Jackson Browne, Zac Brown, and The Allman Brothers Band with musical direction by Don Was. 161 minutes.
>Various Artists [Stevie Ray Vaughan] - A Celebration Of Blues And Soul: The 1989 Presidential Inaugural Concert DVD (Shout! Factory)
On January 21, 1989, on the evening following the presidential inauguration, some the biggest names in classic rhythm and blues performed at the Washington Convention Center at the Presidential Inaugural Concert. The black-tie event would be a historical moment: an official inaugural event featuring some of the finest black musicians of the ’50 and ’60s from Stax and Chess Records including Bo Diddley, Percy Sledge and Carla Thomas, along with several hotshot Texas blues guitarists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan with Double Trouble and Jimmie Vaughan at the height of their careers. 120 minutes.
>Young Magic – Breathing Statues CD/LP (Carpark)
Reigning in the melodic chaos of their previous works, the dystopian beats on Young Magic's second release Breathing Statues were conceived in a new series of experiments. Producer Isaac Emmanuel and vocalist Melati Malay pieced together the album over a year while on tour - recording in Morocco, France, Czech Republic, Australia, Iceland and their home studio in New York.
>Cloud Control – Dream Cave LP (Votiv)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Originally hailing from Australia's Blue Mountains and now residing in the UK, Cloud Control is made up of Alister Wright, Heidi Lenffer, Ulrich Lenffer and Jeremy Kelshaw. After the success of the band's debut album, BlissRelease, and subsequent worldwide tours, the band is now back with its most accomplished and expansive album to date.
>A.J. Croce – Twelve Tales LP (Compass)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Twelve Tales is a long, exploratory journey that encompasses a broad range of musical ground. The album finds the singer/songwriter recording his new songs in the home studios of various top-notch producers including Allen Toussaint, Kevin Killen, Jack Clement, Tony Berg, Mitchell Froom, and Greg Cohen.
>Desmond Dekker – The King Of Ska LP (Secret)
HQ-180gm vinyl compilation of recordings from Desmond Dekker's final studio session before his untimely death in 2006. Features four of his UK top 20 hits: "007," "Israelites," "It Mek" and "Pickney Girl." Complete with full color double-sided insert featuring photos and track-by-track breakdowns.
>Guided By Voices – Table At Fool’s Tooth b/w Pillow Man 7" (GBV Inc.)
Guided By Voices – All American Boy b/w Eyesore Wives 7" (GBV Inc.)
Guided By Voices – Authoritarian Zoo b/w Cool Planet Theme 7" (GBV Inc.)
Three new 7" EPs, each limited to 1000 worldwide. All B-Sides are unreleased tracks with contributions from the rest of the band.
>Howlin Rain – Live Rain 2xLP (Agitated)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Recorded in various locations on the 2012 worldwide tour, Live Rain features vintage Howlin Rain originals including "Roll On The Rusted Days," "Dancers At The End Of Time" and "Hung Out In The Rain," plus "Phantom In The Valley" and an eleven-plus-minute version of "Self-Made Man," both off their most recent full-length The Russian Wilds.
>Kiss – Asylum [Reissue/1985] LP (UMe)
Kiss – Love Gun [Reissue/1977] LP (UMe)
Kiss – MTV Unplugged [Reissue/1996] 2xLP (UMe)
Kiss – Psycho Circus [Reissue/1998] LP (UMe)
HQ-180 vinyl reissues, remastered to high definition 192kHz/24-bit audio for maximum fidelity.
>Ray LaMontagne – Supernova LP (RCA)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. LaMontange’s fifth album was produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.
>LE1F – Hey 12" (Terrible/XL)
With an impressive amount of acclaimed mixtapes under his belt (Dark York, Fly Zone, Tree House) garnering attention from the likes Pitchfork, Fader, Spin, Rolling Stone, New York Times, Vogue and more, New York City hip-hop artist releases his debut new five-track EP.
>Mr Little Jeans – Pocketknife LP (Harvest)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Many people's introduction to Monica aka Mr Little Jeans came with her haunting, beat-damaged cover of Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs," essentially doing to that song what James Blake did to Feist's "The Limit To Your Love." She'd similarly flipped Beyonce's "Single Ladies" on 2010's Angel EP, but Mr Little Jeans' has since come into her own.
>O.S.K. – We Will Never Change LP (Give Praise)
Unrelenting and pulverizing grindcore from Canada.
>Johnny Osbourne And The Sensations – Come Back Darling [Reissue/1970] LP (Secret)
HQ-180gm vinyl reissue of the classic 1970 soul reggae album from Johnny Osbourne And The Sensations. This repress comes complete with a full color insert of pictures, biography and track-by-track breakdowns.
>People’s Temple – Utopia 7" (Agitated)
Agitated gets in on the act with a three tracker psych-blast from the Midwest's purveyors of the finest 'Elevators chug and UK invasion jangle you are likely to hear.
>The Residents – Santa Dog [Reissue/1972] 2x7" (Superior Viaduct)
Welcome to the wild, bizarro world of the experimental artists The Residents. Little is known about the group’s origins or its members’ identities, although it is widely believed that they are based out of San Francisco, California. When their debut release, Santa Dog, first appeared in 1972 on the equally enigmatic Ralph Records/Cryptic Corporation, the few hundred copies quickly fell on deaf ears and blind eyes. Rumor has it that then-President Richard Nixon sent his record back.
>The Residents – Residue Of The Residents [Reissue/1983] 2xLP (Superior Viaduct)
Residue of The Residents collects outtakes, rare tracks and other experiments from this legendary San Francisco collective. Originally released on Ralph Records in 1983 and spanning The Residents’ career up to that point, this first-time vinyl reissue has been expanded to a double LP and contains 26 songs from the late ’70s and early ’80s—the group’s most fertile period.
>The Rolling Stones – 12 X 5 [Reissue/1964] LP (ABKCO)
12 X 5 was the Stones' second US full-length release. Originally released in October of 1964, the album combines the Five By Five EP (recorded at Chess Studios in Chicago) with the singles "It's All Over Now" and "Time Is On My Side" and the B-sides of those singles. Also part of the 12 X 5 tune stack are three more tracks that were later included in the Stones' second UK full-length The Rolling Stones No. 2. HQ-180gm clear vinyl.
>The Rolling Stones – Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) [Reissue/1969] LP (ABKCO)
Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) was originally released in September 1969, and is the second compilation album of hits by the Rolling Stones, following Big Hits (High Tide And Green Grass). The album includes numerous Stones' classics including "Jumpin’ Jack Flash," "Let’s Spend The Night Together" and "Honky Tonk Women." HQ-180gm clear vinyl.
>The Rolling Stones – Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! [Reissue/1969] LP (ABKCO)
Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! The Rolling Stones In Concert holds the distinction of being the first live album by any artist to have reached #1 on the UK charts. Recorded Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 27 and 28, 1969, Ya-Ya's is considered the Stones finest live album. HQ-180gm clear vinyl.
>Dag Rosenqvist – Fall Into Fire LP (n5MD)
Fall Into Fire is Rosenqvist's first album since the self-inflicted conclusion to his Jasper TX nom de plume in 2013.
>Savages – F**kers/Dream Baby Dream 12" (Matador)
Recorded at their sold-out show at the Forum in London last June, "F**kers" is an incendiary live recording of Savages' viscious, anthemic non-album track written during the sessions during 2013's Silence Yourself LP and a now perennial live favorite. This extremely limited, embossed import 12" also captures Savages' covering Suicide's classic "Dream Baby Dream" on the flip.
>Silkworm – Libertine [Reissue/1994] 2xLP+CD (Comedy Minus One)
Long overdue deluxe reissue of their out-of-print 1994 LP, the third and final full-length record by the band as a quartet. This double-LP pressing features a supplementary CD with bonus material from the band's time in the studio. Triple-threat songwriting, two cagey guitars circling the drain but never going under, a bassist whose axe looks like an oar amd sounds like the metal cable of a suspension bridge, anchored by a drummer clad in little more than gardening gloves whose kick drum is the oversize kind favored by marching bands. All in all, a combination as heady as it was brainy.
>Sleepyhead – Wild Sometimes LP (Carrot Top)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Sleepyhead’s first new release in 15 years. Their "secret sauce" is in the harmonies. Oh, those harmonies. Each time they appear, they are perfect. Fully formed. As natural as a cloud on a spring day. Gorgeous. The thing that makes you press play again. And again.
>Thou – The Sacrifice 12" (Robotic Empire)
Featuring five songs in 25 minutes, The Sacrifice offers some of the band’s most condensed work to date, eschewing the crawl found on most of their long-players and upping the tempo a bit while retaining their well renowned doom and roar. HQ-180gm color vinyl.