16 february 2018
>CDs + Vinyl:
>American Nightmare – American Nightmare CD/LP (Rise)
American Nightmare is a dark hardcore record that pays homage to groups who have always influenced the band ranging from Negative Approach, SSD, and The Cro-Mags to Joy Division and Siouxsie And The Banshees.
>Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet – Landfall CD/2xLP (Nonesuch)
Inspired by Laurie Anderson's experience of Hurricane Sandy, Landfall is the first collaboration between the iconic storyteller/musician and the groundbreaking Kronos Quartet. Landfall juxtaposes lush electronics and strings with Anderson's powerful descriptions of loss, from water-logged pianos to disappearing animal species to Dutch karaoke bars.
>Angra – Omni CD (earMUSIC)
“If there is any band that put South American heavy metal on the world stage, it's Brazil's Angra. Formed better than a quarter century ago by guitarist Rafael Bittencourt, Angra has dropped eight albums and toured the world extensively, sharing the stage with many of their European counterparts. Now, Angra returns with their ninth album, Omni. Their sound and arrangements are expansive and technical, bombastic and soaring. By example, a song such as ‘Insania’ begins with a brash opening only to drop into a bass and drum line that sounds like jazz rock fusion. This juxtaposition of heaviness and fusion continues throughout but allowing for a ripping guitar solo in the center. Somewhat similar is ‘Magic Mirror,’ where the large majestic riffage leads to Fabio Lione's voice lilting over a fusion of drums and light electric guitar. But this then yields to more aggressive power metal, getting heavier and leading to a middle solo. Then at the 4:30 mark the power metal bluster abruptly ends, allowing for a breakdown of piano, symphonic synths, and a smooth bass line. Omni is another exceptional album of melodic progressive power metal from this seminal band. I would expect nothing less. Get it. Easily recommended.” – Dangerdog Music Reviews
>Ataraxy – Where All Hope Fades CD (Dark Decent)
“Ataraxy are a Spanish death metal band and this is their second album. The band combine their death and doom metal influences well across these tracks. Where All Hope Fades comes across as a real old-school treat, so much so that you can easily imagine it being a lost gem from the ‘90s.” – Wonderbox Metal
>Belle and Sebastian – How To Solve Our Human Problems CD/3x12” (Matador)
This CD release combines the tracks from three vinyl EPs. The How To Solve Our Human Problems EP project is the latest installment in a career that has always pursued a singular and delightful vision of what pop represents and what it can achieve, a career that has seen them triumph against the odds to win a Brit award, be one of the first bands to curate their own festival, and play at the London residence of the US ambassador. Belle and Sebastian's new music has the timeless blend of joy and melancholy that has always characterized them. [Stand-alone vinyl pressing of Part 3 is also available this week.]
>Born Ruffians – Uncle Duke & The Chief CD/LP+MP3 (Yep Rock)
Produced by Richard Swift (Foxygen, The Shins), Uncle, Duke & The Chief is a record less concerned with what sounds hip than what feels good. In the Ruffians case that meant shedding some of their artier influences (the Pixies, Talking Heads) and reconnecting with the sounds they first heard on their parent’s turntables as kids: Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, and pre-psychedelic Beatles. It’s about going back to the deepest, most satisfying itch to scratch, says lead singer Luke Lalonde. And in doing so, the album takes you back to a time when the Ruffians sounded less like a band and more like a gang, raising a wild ruckus and speaking in telepathic tongues. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Calibro 35 – Decade CD/LP (Record Kicks)
The sixth studio album form Italian super cult combo. Decade marks 10 years of Calibro 35's first release and it's the very first album recorded by Calibro with an orchestral-inspired enlarged line-up that features horns, strings and various percussion instruments.
>Brandi Carlile – By The Way, I Forgive You CD/LP (Atlantic)
Brandi Carlile's highly anticipated new album was helmed by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and acclaimed musician Shooter Jennings, and was recorded at Nashville's historic RCA Studio A. By The Way, I Forgive You includes 10 new songs written by Carlile and longtime collaborators and bandmates Tim and Phil Hanseroth. Of their close relationship, Brandi comments, “The Twins and I have been in a band for so long now. And not just a band, we are literally a family. When you create art with twins, it becomes unclear when I end and where they begin.” In addition to Carlile (vocals, guitar, piano), Tim Hanseroth (vocals, bass), Phil Hanseroth (vocals, guitar), Cobb (guitar, percussion) and Jennings (piano, organ), the album features Chris Powell (drums), Josh Neumann (cello), John Mark Painter (French horn) as well as string arrangements and conducting by the late Paul Buckmaster (Elton John, The Rolling Stones).
>Car Seat Headrest – Twin Fantasy CD/2xLP+MP3 (Matador)
Will Toledo always knew he would return to 2011’s Twin Fantasy. He never did complete the work. Not really. Never could square his grand ambitions against his mechanical limitations. Listen to his first attempt, recorded at nineteen on a cheap laptop, and you'll hear what Brian Eno fondly calls “the sound of failure” - thrilling, extraordinary, and singularly compelling failure. Will's first love, rendered in the vivid teenage viscera of stolen gin, bruised shins, and weird sex, was an event too momentous for the medium assigned to record it. Now Toledo releases a new version of Twin Fantasy on Matador Records. “It was never a finished work," Will says, "and it wasn't until last year that I figured out how to finish it.”
>The Choir – Artifact: The Unreleased CD (Omnivore)
Unreleased material from Cleveland legends, whose members would eventually form Raspberries. The Choir’s first release was an acclaimed single on Canadian-American Records (eventually picked up by Roulette). It gained them opening spots for The Who and The Yardbirds among others, but the group eventually dissipated and morphed into other bands including the James Gang, and eventually, Raspberries. Artifact: The Unreleased Album showcases 10 tracks, recorded in 1969, making their first appearance anywhere. They resonate with the original Choir vibe, adding in post-British Invasion influences like Procol Harum. Recently unearthed by Suma Recordings operator Ken Hammon’s son, they have been lovingly restored by Tommy Allen and Ducky Carlisle, whose work has been universally lauded after their work on Raspberries’ Pop Art Live.
>Barbara Dane - Hot Jazz, Cool Blues & Hard-Hitting Songs 2xCD (Smithsonian Folkways)
This double-CD retrospective reflects over 60 years of Barbara Dane’s eclectic musical history in folk, blues and jazz. The 38 tracks include 14 never-before-released recordings, featuring collaborations with Lightin’ Hopkins, the Chambers Brothers, Doc Watson, Pete Seeger, Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon, Art Hodes, and more.
>Dark Funeral – Where Shadows Forever Reign CD (Century Media)
Reissue of the sixth album from the Swedish black metal band.
>Lee DeWyze – Paranoia CD (Shanachie)
Singer/songwriter Lee DeWyze broke through as the winner of the 2010 American Idol season but has been one of the few Idols to achieve a successful post-Idol career that has evolved musically into the alternative music realm. As a result, his music has been featured in many television shows including The Walking Dead, Elementary, Suits, Nashville and others, as well as NASCAR commercials and the national campaign song for Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His previous album, Oil & Water, debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Folk chart.
>Ektomorf – Fury CD/LP (AFM)
New album from the Hungarian heavy metal band. [Limited blue colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Emapea – Zoning Out Volume 1 CD/LP (Cold Busted)
Emapea, the renowned beat-maker from Poland, burst upon the scene with multiple compilation appearances on Cold Busted, an inclusion on Mark Farina’s Mushroom Jazz 8, and his stunning debut album Seeds, Roots & Fruits. Fans and headz worldwide have been clamoring for a follow-up, but all Emapea wanted to do was just ‘zone out.’ And that’s what happened, with the release of Emapea’s twenty song album Zoning Out, Volume 1.
>Esbe – Bloomsday CD/2xLP (Cold Busted)
Esbe is an multi-genre music producer from Los Angeles, California. He is known for his atmospheric instrumental production which incorporates sound elements from extensive use of jazz and soul samples. His latest release is a collection of 19 essential instrumentals.
>Extinction A.D. – Decimation Treaty CD (Good Fight Music)
The Long Island metal vets return with another unrelenting and ferocious thrash explosion.
>Eyes Set To Kill – Eyes Set To Kill CD (Century Media)
New release from the Phoenix, Arizona-based post-hardcore band.
>For The Fallen Dreams – Six CD (Rise)
New album from the Lansing, MI melodic metalcore band.
>Geowulf – Great Big Blue CD/LP (PIAS America)
Geowulf's new album elegantly cruises through glittering guitar lines and melodies as soft as sand, calling to mind the poise of Lana Del Rey, and the ethereal beauty of Mazzy Star.
>Solomon Grey – Human Music CD (Mercury)
A collection of intricately crafted songs, delving into themes of choice, love and loss - written by the band at the time singer Joe Wilson's mother was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Human Music was influenced by her passing. Solomon Grey explain, “The album is fundamentally about exploring loss and finding out how integral it is to life. That's where it started for us but as with all of these things it can mean whatever you want it to.” [Vinyl edition due March 9.]
>Tigran Hamasyan – For Gyumri CD/LP (Nonesuch)
For Gyumri, the third Nonesuch recording from pianist/composer Tigran Hamasyan, is a companion to 2017's An Ancient Observer. Hamasyan named the album in tribute to his hometown of Gyumri, Armenia. “These songs are musical observations about the world we live in now,” he says, “and the weight of history we carry with us.”
>Heavatar – Opus II: The Annihilation CD (earMUSIC)
A side venture for those who don’t quite get Van Canto’s a cappella metal (we do), Heavatar features lead VC throat Stefan Schmidt, alongside drummer Jörg Michael (ex-Stratovarius and literally 85 other bands), lead guitarist Sebastian Scharf and bassist Daniel Wicke. The idea, in effect, is to take those multi-layered, dominant choral choices out of Van Canto and place them into a regular metallic context. The band’s 2013 Opus I – All My Kingdoms certainly passed the muster; so does the aptly-named Opus II: The Annihilation. Heavatar has scattered about enough true-form metal riffs and power metal basics that they fit comfortably aside the style’s most explosive and prancing acts. And look at it this way: If Van Canto ever goes belly-up, Schmidt can land quite comfortably in Heavatar and not lose a dash of pomp.
>Imperial State Electric – Anywhere Loud CD/2xLP (Psychout)
Live album from the Swedish rockers recorded between 2014 and 2016.
>I’m With Her – See You Around CD/LP (Rounder)
I'm With Her, the band of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan, offer up their collaborative full-length debut. Co-produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, Paul McCartney) and the band and recorded at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Bath, England - See You Around is a warmly textured, yet stripped down twelve track affair filled with fine-spun narratives, breathtaking harmonies, and layers of lush guitar tones. The album is comprised of 11 originals, penned by the band in Los Angeles and Vermont, plus the never before released Gillian Welch-penned “Hundred Miles.” With each member playing guitar and handling various aspects of the instrumentation – including fiddle and ukulele for Watkins, mandolin and banjo for Jarosz, piano and synth for O'Donovan – the band cut most of the album live, performing just a few feet away from each other in the tracking room. All through See You Around, I'm With Her exhibits a refined musicality that reflects their deep musical roots.
>Jinjer – Cloud Factory [Reissue/2015] CD/LP (Napalm)
Beauty and the Beast - Jinjer unify both worlds, as they flare up the time-honored contrast of good and evil. This is extremely groovy, disharmonic Djent - technically tricky like progressive death metal with a flip side of sensual jazz, tumbling delightfully between nu metal and metalcore. [First-time vinyl edition also available.]
>Barney Kessel – Live At The Jazz Mill 1954, Vol. 2 CD/LP (Modern Harmonic)
More unearthed tape from a jazz icon! This second volume of Jazz Mill recordings shows Barney Kessel firmly at the top of his game. Once again, Kessel and the Jazz Millers (pianist Pete Jolly, drummer Art Kile, and bassist Gene Stoffell) interpret a variety of standards from The Great American Songbook and each arrangement serves to demonstrate the group's superb chops and collective creativity. This is Barney in his salad days when he was topping all the major jazz polls and emerging as one of the most important guitarists of that or any subsequent era. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>LARS – Last American Rock Stars CD (Majik Ninja)
Detroit natives Bizarre of D12 fame and horrorcore legend King Gordy team up for a brand-new rap project. Last American Rock Stars features Majik Ninja labelmates G-Mo Skee and Twiztid as well as Chicago fast rapper Twista.
>Elise LeGrow – Playing Chess CD/LP+MP3 (S-Curve)
Elise LeGrow's debut album is a sublime collection of dramatically reimagined songs from the Chess Records catalog.
>Loma – Loma CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Loma's enigmatic debut feels beautifully adrift in time and space. It's an album that takes you to a place you've never been, with a rare confidence in the strength of its own vision. Though it was recorded off a dirt road in rural Texas, there's no hint of country here: from the first airy notes of “Who Is Speaking?” to the decaying choir of “Black Willow,” Loma create a hypnotic world of their own, where rustling leaves, fuzzed-out bass, panting dogs, prepared pianos, and a wilderness of percussion form a backdrop for Emily Cross' translucent voice. She is a steady, clear-eyed presence throughout, even among the heart-pounding pulses of “Relay Runner,” the skittering drums of “Dark Oscillations” and the galloping release of “Joy”; in sparer songs like “Shadow Relief” and the haunting “I Don't Want Children,” she's a fearless ally, swimming calmly with you against a powerful undertow. There's something here for lovers of Nina Nastasia or Broadcast, but also Linda Thompson, or The Silver Apples – even early Pink Floyd. But most of all, this arresting and mysterious album marks the arrival of a band whose first steps already feel timeless.
>Nicolas Masson/Colin Vallon/Patrice Moret/ Lionel Friedli – Travelers CD (ECM)
After two ECM albums with the cooperative trio Third Reel, Swiss reedman Nicolas Masson presents a quartet for which he is the sole composer. The group has existed for a decade with unchanged personnel, touring as Nicolas Masson’s Parallels, and the leaders writing for it always encourages creative responses from the players. Amid the changing musical landscapes in which these travelers move, you will encounter some of Colin Vallon’s prettiest ballad playing, richly melodic bass from Patrice Moret, and subtle drum commentary from Lionel Friedli. Plus, of course, plenty of Masson’s pure-toned saxophone and elegant clarinet.
>MAST - Thelonious Sphere Monk CD (World Galaxy/Alpha Pup)
MAST’s Thelonious Sphere Monk is a cosmic journey reinterpreting the great Thelonious Monk Song Book in celebration of his 100th birthday. MAST tackles sixteen Monk compositions, including the acclaimed “Round Midnight,” “Blue Monk,” “Straight No Chaser,” “Epistrophy” and “Well You Needn’t.” As well as more obscure titles like “Misterioso,” “Pannonica,” “Friday The 13th” and “Bemsha Swing.” MAST, aka Tim Conley, pays homage to the significant history of Thelonious Monk and his esteemed compositions while bringing them into the future using modern electronic bleeps, bloops, and beats.
>Monophonics – Mirrors CDEP/12” (Transistor Sound)
Monophonics are back with a six-song EP that fuses the complimentary and explosive soul, rock and funk influences, proving themselves to be the rightful inheritors of the Bay Area’s impressive psychedelic soul sound. [Limited coke bottle clear vinyl pressing also available.]
>Neil Morse – Life & Times CD/LP (Metal Blade)
Now in his mid-50s and his children grown up, there is a sense on his new album, Life & Times, that Neal Morse (Spock’s Beard) is looking around and taking stock. “I've come through a lot of difficult times and I'm in a fairly content place now,” he says. “You can feel that on some of the songs.” Much of this ‘acoustic-orientated, singer/songwriter' album was written while he was travelling around the world on The Road Called Home tour in 2017, with some of the songs being inspired by the places he visited, while others are from spending time with his family. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>David Murray feat. Saul Williams – Blues For Memo CD (Motema Music)
Released just in time for Black History Month, Blues For Memo is a new album by saxophonist David Murray and poet Saul Williams. Williams and Murray met in 2014 at the funeral of the revolutionary poet Amiri Baraka, at which Williams performed a poem and Murray (who worked with Baraka in the past) was in attendance. The chance encounter led to a collaboration between the two artists, with Williams sending Murray a collection of poems to set to music.
>Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap CD (Atlantic)
Debut album from the Los Angeles rapper featuring guest appearances from YG, Diddy, Kendrick Lamar, The-Dream and CeeLo Green and Marsha Ambrosius, among others.
>Onra – Nobody Has To Know CD/2xLP (All City)
The new album from the versatile French producer reflects on the various aspects of a secret relationship pulling from R&B, new jack swing and funk to soundtrack the passions of attraction. The album digs into late '80s and early '90s jams for smooth and rich sounds.
>The Orielles – Silver Dollar Moment CD/LP (PIAS America)
The Orielles is a close-knit unit of two sisters and their best mate - Esme on vocals and bass, Sidonie on drums and Henry on guitar. Their debut album, Silver Dollar Moments, announces itself as a proper slice of indie pop goodness right from the jangling, sunshiny chords of the opening track. It takes all kinds of turns, into ESG-ish yips and funk, dreamy-playful harmonies, disco synth-pows, stoner bongos and unsettling submerged vocals. This young British band's sound flows from the fountain of indie pop - fresh, catchy and altogether enjoyable.
>Ought – Room Inside The World CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
On Room Inside The World – Ought's third album – growing up doesn't mean mellowing out so much as it means learning to pay attention, listening carefully and openly, staying somewhere long enough to really understand where you are. Recorded at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn with producer Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Silver Jews), Room Inside The World explores themes that have always concerned the band – identity, connection, survival in a precarious world – but with a bolder, more nuanced sound palette. Vibraphone, justly intonated synthesizers, drum machines, and a 70-piece choir suffuse the precise post-punk breakdowns that spangled Ought's first two albums, giving rise to an emotional complexity that pushes their characteristically taut sound to greater depths. Together, they constructed a (digital) moodboard to set their intentions: Brian Eno and Stereolab synths, the Mekons' 1985 album Fear and Whiskey, and Gerhard Richter and Kenneth Anger's sexy, fluorescent hyperreal all made it into the melting pot.
>Penthouse Penthouse – Cruise Control CD (Alpha Pup)
Right in time for Valentine’s Day, Cruise Control is a smooth and sultry nine-tracker of R&B-tinged pop songs. In the short time since the group’s formation, they have collaborated with the likes of Djemba Djemba, Mr. Carmack, Stwo, Chloe Martini, Marvel Alexander & Promnite and have been billed with acts such as XXYYXX, Sweater Beats, Salva, and the Glitch Mob.
>Perverted Ceremony - Sabbat of Behezaël CD/LP (Nuclear War Now)
Following their self-titled EP, The Brussels band return with their uniquely abominable variety of black metal on their full-length debut.
>Pianos Become The Teeth – Wait For Love CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
The Baltimore indie post-hardcore band release their new album. Produced and engineered by Will Yip, Wait For Love shows the band reconciling their aggressive past with the atmospheric turns of Keep You. The album eschews stylistic traps in order to focus on songwriting and feels like a full-realization of what the band have hinted at in the past.
>The Plot In You – Dispose CD/LP (Fearless)
The fourth full-length effort from The Plot In You finds the Ohio outfit offering up their unique take on modern rock and transcending genres from metalcore to alternative. [Limited clear smoke translucent vinyl LP pressing also available.]
>Pop Evil – Pop Evil CD/2xLP (Entertainment One)
Pop Evil smashes through the odds like a battering ram, weathering the trials and tribulations of paying dues with a steadfast resilience owing much to their blue collar and middle class backgrounds, and building a worldwide audience one fan at a time. As the moniker promises, Pop Evil conjures aggressive riffs and hard charging sing-a-longs with emotional heft and melodic power in equal measure. It's music by the people, for the people.
>Ryan Porter – Spangle-Lang Lane CD/LP (World Galaxy/Alpha Pup)
Running in parallel with the powerful wave of transformation that occurred with the advent of recording technology in the 1800s, children’s music has been a critically important part of the evolving pace of modern culture. Through the entire body of children’s music, few have truly deviated from the normal harmonic and melodic structures of past composers. West Coast Get Down co-founder Ryan Porter presents Spangle-Lang Lane, a collection of music that revamps and puts a facelift on some of the world’s most beloved children’s songs.
>Richard Russell – Everything Is Recorded CD/LP (XL)
Everything Is Recorded is the full-length debut solo album from record producer and XL Recordings co-founder Richard Russell featuring vocal contributions from Sampha, Giggs, Ibeyi, Obongjayar, Infinite and Wiki & Syd plus instrumental contributions from Kamasi Washington, Damon Albarn, Rachel Zeffira, Peter Gabriel and Owen Pallett. The 12-track collection follows up the accomplished Close But Not Quite EP and is ushered in by the raw and emotional lead single “Show Love” with R&B singers Syd and Sampha.
>Jamie Saft - Solo A Genova CD/LP+MP3 (RareNoise)
Solo A Genova is Saft's highly emotive take on jazz standards and other uniquely American compositions. Recorded at the beautiful Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, Italy in an acoustically marvellous space, the album showcases Saft on a 9-foot Steinway Model D piano in the service of a number beguiling piano arrangements of tunes by Curtis Mayfield, Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis, John Coltrane, ZZ Top, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Charles Ives, Miles Davis and Bill Evans.
>Ryuichi Sakamoto - Async Remodels CD (Milan)
As one-third of Yellow Magic Orchestra and an Academy Award-winning composer for his work on the soundtrack for The Last Emperor, synth pop innovator Ryuichi Sakamoto is among the most groundbreaking artists to have emerged since the late ‘70s. A musician’s musician, Ryuichi Sakamoto has created intriguing musical unions with artists such as David Sylvian, Iggy Pop, Tony Williams, Bootsy Collins, Jacques Morelenbaum and many others. Following the massively successful release of the electronic masterpiece async in 2017, Ryuichi Sakamoto’s first studio album in eight years, Milan is proud to announce the remix compilation async remodels. async remodels features a dozen remixes of async’s tracks by a who’s-who of experimental giants - everyone from late Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (Arrival, Sicario) to Oneohtrix Point Never (composer of Good Times) to Arca (producer of Bjork’s numerous releases) have gotten their hands dirty remixing Sakamoto’s work. Even reworks by the Canadian synthpop duo Electric Youth and Austin-based synthwave legends S U R V I V E are included [Vinyl edition due March 2.]
>Senses Fail – If There Is Light It Will Find You CD/LP (Pure Noise)
The seventh full-length album from the New Jersey-based post hardcore band.
>Shannon & The Clams – Onion CD/LP (Nonesuch)
Oakland-based, indie garage punk quartet Shannon & The Clams, known for a diverse sound that incorporates elements of doo-wop, early rock & roll, classic R&B, garage psych, and surf rock as influences, releases their fifth album, Onion, this time working with producer Dan Auerbach and Easy Eye Sound. The song “Backstreets” is guitarist Cody Blanchard response to the Ghost Ship fire, and particularly the issues of artist housing and being forced to make your own way in a society that is not arranged to accommodate artists. Album closer “Don't Close Your Eyes” is Shannon's response, an inspirational ballad urging those suffering through loss to not give up in the midst of tragedy. “It's Gonna Go Away,” is the album's biggest stylistic departure, mixing elements of soul, disco, R&B, psychedelia, the Zombies, chanting and baroque while opener “The Boy” is quintessential Clams, a heavily’ 60s rock inspired track with a mournful hook.
>Andy Sheppard Quartet – Romaria CD (ECM)
Andy Sheppard’s quartet extends the musical explorations begun on the 2015 release Surrounded By Sea, an album praised by Télérama for its poignant serenity. In this new program of compositions by Sheppard (plus the title track by Brazilian singer-songwriter Renato Teixeira), the drones and washes of Eivind Aarsets guitar and electronics aided by the generous acoustics of Luganos Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI help to establish a climate in which improvisation can take place. There’s a highly atmospheric, ambient drift to the music which Sheppard clearly finds liberating, as do Michel Benita and Seb Rochford, free to move in and out of conventional rhythm section roles and to make impassioned statements of their own. [Vinyl edition due March 2.]
>Shinya Fukumori Trio – For 2 Akis CD (ECM)
An ECM debut for a unique Japanese-French-German trio, with a lyrical sound of its own. Drummer-leader Shinya Fukumori, also the principal composer for the band, is an imaginative melodist at several levels, and the attention to timbre and detail and space which distinguishes his drumming is also reflected in the color-fields of his free-floating ballads. The spaciousness of the music leaves room for expression to tenorist Matthieu Bordenave and pianist Walter Lang.
>The Skids – Burning Cities CD/LP (Nobad)
Four decades after they formed – in the white-hot summer of 1977 – The Skids are back. The post-punk pioneers, currently on a hugely successful comeback tour, release their fifth album Burning Cities. The album was produced by Verve and Primal Scream studio legend Youth, re-unites founding members Richard Jobson (vocals) and Bill Simpson (bass) with Mike Baillie (drums). Stepping in for the late Stuart Adamson is his long-time Big Country band mate Bruce Watson.
>Superchunk – What A Time To Be Alive CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
After the shocking, and for many, demoralizing result of the 2016 election, “I didn't buy the silver lining some were promoting that ‘well, at least art and music will be great now!’,” says Superchunk co-founder and frontman Mac McCaughan. “Obviously, any sane person would gladly trade four to eight years of terrible music for not having our country dismantled to satisfy the whims of a vengeful child and his enablers.” What A Time To Be Alive is Superchunk's first album in over four years. It features more guest backing vocalists than any previous Superchunk album, including Sabrina Ellis (A Giant Dog, Sweet Spirit), Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee), Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields), Skylar Gudasz, and David Bazan. It's a record, says Mac, “about a pretty dire and depressing situation but hopefully not a record that is dire and depressing to listen to.” Indeed, like so much of Superchunk's music in the band's nearly three decades together, the songs on What A Time to Be Alive meet rage and anxiety head-on with the catharsis and exhilaration of loud punk fire and vulnerable pop energy. Like 2013's I Hate Music, which focused on death, loss, and the role of music in an aging life, the new record brings spirit to the frontlines of pain – it's as defiant as it is despairing, as much a call to arms as a throwing up of hands.
>Tal National – Tantabara CD/LP (Fat Cat)
Tantabara is the latest installment of Tal National's attempt to make a global audience dance. The album was recorded in their hometown of Niamey, Niger, again with Chicago engineer Jamie Carter at the controls. The band have always carved a huge sound out of limited resources, which means using a remote recording rig in a dusty makeshift studio and working with minimal recording equipment and musical instruments on the verge of disrepair. This all adds to the band's communal spirit, though, and opening their home up as a studio means that everybody gets to be involved in the process. Over the 8 tracks on Tantabara, there are 8 different vocalists - 7 of whom are full time members of the band.
>Robert Earl Thomas – Another Age CD/LP (Captured Tracks)
There are a million songs dressed in white t-shirts and American denim, songs that drift through open spaces in some busted sedan, over lost highways that become tributaries to eventual static, crawling traffic and stifling density. There are a million more songs about being wild and green in the cities and outside them: a song about love for every person on this earth. Another Age, the debut album from Robert Earl Thomas, avoids inhabiting these clichés even as it embraces their personal influence: this is an album about small moments with big emotional footprints, told humbly and honestly. There are stylistic nods to Bruce Springsteen and Dire Straits, Arthur Russell's more folk-leaning output, and the various collaborations of Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.
>Umii (Reva DeVito + B. Bravo) – This Time CD (Fresh Selects)
The debut release from a new duo made up of Portland singer, Reva DeVito, and Cali funk producer/musician, B. Bravo. The project is equal parts summer dance party BBQ vibes and ‘90s R&B slow jam inspired for the after party make-outs.
>U.S. Girls – In A Poem Unlimited CD/LP+MP3 (4AD)
Meg Remy's second release for 4AD, In A Poem Unlimited, was tracked in collaboration with Toronto-based instrumental collective the Cosmic Range, and features arrangements by long-time contributors Maxmilian Turnbull and Louis Percival. The dizzying buffet of live grooves represent an inversion of the dusty, sample-based minimal textures of Half Free, Remy's euphoric 4AD debut.
>Vision Of Atlantis – The Deep & The Dark CD (Napalm)
New album from the Austrian symphonic metal masters. The varied and fascinating voice of Clémentine Delauney provides for hauntingly beautiful duets with Siegfried Samer's classic power metal infusions, embodying the symphonic metal cake: From the grandiose album title track “The Deep & The Dark”, folklore elements in “Ritual Night” to the up-tempo juggernaut “Return To Lemuria”, Visions Of Atlantis bring all their assets in this mystical adventure.
>Jim White – Waffles, Triangles & Jesus CD/2xLP (Joyful Noise)
Released in 2017 as import-only – now available stateside. Jim White gets around. When he's not releasing his own critically acclaimed solo albums he splits his time producing records for other songwriters, exhibiting his visual art in galleries and museums across the US and Europe and publishing award winning fiction. His sixth solo studio album, the bizarrely titled Waffles, Triangles & Jesus, is a mind-bending joy ride of sonic influences featuring a bevy of his hometown Athens' roots musicians, plus west coast indie darlings Dead Rock West, and rock and roll maverick Holly Golightly.
>Wild Beasts – Last Night All My Dreams Came CD/2xLP+MP3 (Domino)
Wild Beasts will play their final ever shows in February of 2018, and Domino bids the band a bittersweet farewell with Last Night All My Dreams Came True – a live studio album/career-spanning collection which features songs from each of Wild Beasts' studio efforts with an emphasis on Boy King. Looking back on Wild Beasts' back catalog and the themes they tackled, there is a sense of prescience – toxic masculinity, gender fluidity, the conflicts surrounding class, politics and art were no bandwagon jumps, often becoming hot topics in the media several years after they'd been eloquently dealt with on record.
>J.D. Wilkes – Fire Dream CD/LP (Big Legal Mess)
A sense of place has long permeated the music of J.D. Wilkes. He's a native of Paducah, KY, a city located at the confluence of various rivers and cultures – an area where musical variety is in the air and in the blood memory of its people. “Of course, there's bluegrass and hillbilly songs, but also blues, jazz, old time fiddle music, jug band music, even swamp rock,” says Wilkes. “It's a great intersection there. I think I epitomize that in the way that I write and perform.” Wilkes' solo debut, Fire Dream, represents the apotheoses of that vision: a hillbilly-gypsy epic, it's an album of art damaged cabaret music, leavened by Latin rhythms and high lonesome hollers. Call it boho bluegrass – maybe what Tom Waits would sound like if he were a Kentucky Colonel (a title that Wilkes happens to hold).
>Marlon Williams – Make Way For Love CD/LP+MP3 (Dead Oceans)
Known for his effortlessly distinctive voice, Make Way For Love marks New Zealand singer/songwriter Marlon Williams' exponential growth as an artist. Throughout 11 originals, he explores new musical terrain and reveals himself in an unprecedented way in the wake of a fractured relationship. While Make Way For Love draws on Marlon's own story, it captures the vagaries of relationships we've all been through: the bliss (opener “Come To Me”); ache (“Love Is a Terrible Thing”); nagging questions (“Can I Call You”); and bitterness (“The Fire Of Love”, whose lyrics Williams says he "agonized over" more than any). [Limited white colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Windhand / Satan’s Satyrs – Satan’s Satyrs / Windhand [Split] CD/LP (Relapse)
Two of Virginia's finest heavy bands team up for an amp-worshipping, acid trip from hell. Includes two brand new songs of smoldering gloom and grief from Windhand paired with three tracks of devilish, fuzz-drenched metal/punk from Satan's Satyrs. [Limited gold colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>George Winston – Winter Into Spring [Reissue/1982] CD (Valley)
Expanded CD reissue of the third solo album by pianist George Winston, originally released in 1982. Winter Into Spring was inspired by the transition of the seasons and was the follow-up to his 1980 album, Autumn. Includes the bonus track “(Love Echoes In The) Pine Hills”.
>Norma Winstone – Descansado – Songs For Films CD (ECM)
A creative journey into the world of cinema with new arrangements - by Klaus Gesing and Glauco Venier - of music by Nino Rota, Michel Legrand, William Walton, Bernard Herrmann, and Ennio Morricone for the movies of Scorsese, Godard, Wenders, Jewison, Zeffirelli, Olivier and more. Several of the arrangements incorporate new words by Norma Winstone who, in addition to being one of the great jazz singers, has long been a sensitive lyricist. For this project, her acclaimed trio with Gesing and Venier is augmented by two special guests: Norwegian improvising percussionist Helge Andreas Norbakken and Italian classical cellist Mario Brunello.
DVDs + Blu-ray:
>Van Morrison – In Concert DVD/Blu-ray (Eagle Vision)
Filmed at the BBC Radio Theatre, Sir Van Morrison performs an intimate In Concert show. The Belfast born Van the Man performs a selection of tracks, old and new, from his iconic back catalogue through to Keep Me Singing. Also included is the 60-minute bonus concert Up on Cyprus Avenue, recorded on his 70th birthday to celebrate this milestone.
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Agrimonia – Awaken CD (Southern Lord)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Agrimonia’s sound has always been dense, immersive, ambitious even, and on Awaken their prog-infused form of expansive metal has evolved into something more energetic, dynamic, and powerful.
>The Apples In Stereo – Velocity Of Sound [Reissue/2002] LP (Yep Roc)
The last of four Apples In Stereo vinyl reissues courtesy of Yep Roc (previous reissues included Tone Soul Evolution (1997), Her Wallpaper Reverie (1999), and The Discovery Of A World Inside The Moone (2000). For their fifth album, Velocity Of Sound, The Apples in Stereo cranked up the guitars and made what Robert Schneider proclaimed is their ode to The Ramones. It is a set of short and sweet tunes, most of which clock in at under three minutes.
>Harry Belafonte - Belafonte At Carnegie Hall: The Complete Concert [Reissue/1959] 5xLP (Analog Productions)
Audiophile 200gm 45rpm set including bonus tracks previously unavailable on vinyl.
>Belle and Sebastian – How To Solve Our Human Problems (Part 3) 12” (Matador)
How To Solve Our Human Problems EP project is the latest installment in a career that has always pursued a singular and delightful vision of what pop represents and what it can achieve, a career that has seen them triumph against the odds to win a Brit award, be one of the first bands to curate their own festival, and play at the London residence of the US ambassador. Belle and Sebastian's new music has the timeless blend of joy and melancholy that has always characterized them. [CD and vinyl box set collecting all three volumes also available this week.]
>Calibro 35 - SuperStudio b/w Gomma 7” (Record Kicks)
“SuperStudio” is the main theme for a movie that doesn’t exist, starring Clint Eastwood and Pam Grier saving earth from the invasion of deadly robots from another planet” and it’s pure dynamite. On the flip you’ll find “Gomma”, an album outtake that is an irresistible funk groovy shaker.
>Cannabis Corpse – Left Hand Pass LP (Season Of Mist)
Limited edition yellow colored vinyl pressing of the parody Richmond, VA death metal band’s latest (2017) album.
>Carach Angren – This Is No Fairytale [Reissue/2015] LP (Season Of Mist)
Limited transparent green & black mix colored vinyl reissue of the Landgraaf, Netherlands black metal band’s fourth album.
>Chocolate Watch Band - The Inner Mystique [Reissue1968] LP (Sundazed)
The Inner Mystique, the hypnotic second album by the Chocolate Watch Band, takes up exactly where its sacred predecessor left you: looking for your perfect match at the local Love-In. When lead singer par excellence Dave Aguilar grabs you by the lapels and tells you “I'm Not Everybody Else,” you have no choice but to believe him. He's not. And when he cools down enough to extol the virtues of “Medication,” who could doubt his sincerity? Especially when he stokes the fires to the boiling-point where medication may not really make much difference. But the real stunner here is their exhilarating cover of Bobby D's “It's All Over Now, Baby Blue.” In typical CWB interpretive bliss, nobody has ever done this hallowed song any better.
>John Coltrane – Chasing Trane 2xLP (UMe)
Now available on 180gm vinyl. 11 tracks from the film, Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (also available on CD, DVD and Blu-ray). Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the time, it brings saxophone great John Coltrane to life, as a man and an artist.
>Barbara Dane and The Chambers Brothers – Barbara Dane And The Chambers Brothers [Reissue/1956] LP (Smithsonian Folkways)
During the Civil Rights Movement, activist singer Barbara Dane collaborated with the then up-and-coming quartet The Chambers Brothers to record a powerful politically charged gospel and rock album that spoke directly to the issues of the day. The vinyl reissue of Barbara Dane and the Chambers Brothers, which includes a liner note booklet and digital download, is part of Folkways Records' 70th anniversary celebration series, revisiting some of the most iconic and influential albums released on the record label. The vinyl album also serves as the companion piece to a new Barbara Dane double-CD retrospective: Hot Jazz, Cool Blues & Hard-Hitting Songs (now available).
>Craig David – The Time Is Now LP (RCA)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Seventh studio album by the British singer. Guests include JP Cooper, Bastille, AJ Tracey, Ella Mai, Kaytranada and GoldLink.
>Dirty Art Club – Basement Seance 2xLP (Dirty Art Club)
Entering the Dirty Art Club is like letting an encyclopedic sample curator soundtrack a vibrant psychedelic cartoon dream. Conceived in North Carolina, fragments of sun-kissed soul and dusty psyche-rock sounds are stitched together and intertwined with live instrumentation recorded in a home studio setup to convey a woozy and soulful experience. It’s a blend that’s been refined on Dirty Art Club’s latest album, Basement Seance, which is themed around sampling rare “old songs and records that barely anybody’s heard” and reanimating them into a new life.
>DJ Woody – Flexin Hard LP (Woodwurk)
World Champion turntablist, DJ Woody’s innovative Flexi-disc scratch record series Flexicuts gets a vinyl release. Flexin Hard consists of all the scratch samples from Flexicuts 1 and 2, but this time on 12” yellow vinyl. Ten unique skip-proof scratch phrases per side plus the phrases combined into a full sentence.
>Pete Drake - The Fabulous Steel Guitar Sound Of Pete Drake LP (Modern Harmonic)
The sound of Nashville nightlife, circa 1962. Steel guitar pioneer Pete Drake slides and glides through a glimpse of what Music City instro sounds were like mid-century – the kinds you might hear at any neon-draped honky tonk – including everything from sexy-swing to country-cool across a dozen original tunes. Mastered from the original analog mono reels and pressed on colored vinyl.
>Dr. Octagon - Octagon Octagon b/w Blue Flowers 12” (Get On Down)
With the celebrated return of Dr. Octagon (Dan the Automator, Kool Keith and DJ QBert) in 2017 – including their first-ever live performances – fans are sure to keep gobbling up the space weirdness that first surfaced more than 20 years ago. Get On Down presents a unique picture disc, featuring the original Octagon album artwork by the legendary artist Pushead. The infamous doctor's head and lower torso reach above and below the actual 45 rpm playing surface, as if trying to escape their two-dimensional status. On the A-side is a brand-new Dr. Octagon song, “Octagon Octagon,” which picks up where the original energy left off. It's a dark and grooving glimpse into Keith's rubberband mind, jumping abstractly from line to line, chock full of equal parts charisma and dementia. On the flip is the song for which the group is most well-known, “Blue Flowers.” The version presented here is the amazing "Prince Paul's So Beautiful" remix, which first appeared on a Mo Wax 12" in the UK in late 1996.
>Bob Dylan – Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits [Reissue/1967] LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Standard vinyl reissue of Dylan’s first best-of compilation.
>Exile – Baker’s Dozen LP (Fat Beats)
8th installment of Fat Beats’ Baker’s Dozen instrumental series. Every volume’s limited vinyl pressing features one artist and twelve tracks, and comes equipped with a 5x7” postcard insert that features a photo of the artist’s workspace along with the equipment used in their music-making process. This volume highlights L.A. hip-hop producer Exile, who has worked for an array of artists including Mobb Deep, Big Sean, Aloe Blacc, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa & Fashawn.
>Dick Garcia – A Message From Garcia [Reissue/1956] LP (Modern Harmonic)
A mid-mod guitar jazz gem pressed on colored vinyl. Jazz guitar autodidact and 1956 Downbeat Critics Poll winner Dick Garcia struts his stuff while the likes of Bill Evans, Gene Quill, and John Drew try to keep up.
>Garoad - VA-11 HALL-A: Official Soundtrack 2xLP (Black Screen)
Soundtrack to Sukeban Games’ cyberpunk bartender game VA-11 HALL-A on limited edition 180g pink/blue double vinyl.
>Grime-n Starfunkle – Sushi Breaks 7” (Illect)
A 7” break record that is the compilation of a decade’s worth of crate digging, sampling and beat making. Sushi Breaks is chock full of original sounds and samples not used on previous break albums, plus original sounds from one of hip hop’s legendary emcees and producers, Fab Five Freddy.
>Holly – 15 Hours To LA 12” (Alpha Pup)
The Goldie Award winning producer/DJ debuts on Alpha Pup with a four track EP on orange & black splatter vinyl. Across 15 Hours To LA, Holly uses otherworldly synth tones, dissonant staccato, heavy low end, and frenzied digital drum-work, providing a synthetic journey where technicality and style meet at a unique crossroads.
>Inquisition – Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith [Reissue/2016] 2xLP (Season Of Mist)
Limited colored vinyl pressing. In 2016, Inquisition unleashed their long-awaited seventh album Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith. Long known for some of the most powerful black metal of the genre, the cult metal firebrands invoked their most magnificent cosmic darkness yet here.
>Josh One – Time Stamp LP (Boomnote Music)
Josh One drops his third multi-genre producer album. Time Stamp features Divine Styler, Uncle Imani (Pharcyde), Blu, Ta’Raach, Tabi Bonney, Shirt & Shana Halligan.
>Mark Kozelek and Sean Yeaton – Yellow Kitchen LP (Caldo Verde)
Yellow Kitchen is the collaborative release from Sean Yeaton of Parquet Courts and Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon and Red House Painters who first met at a Dutch music festival. The six-track collection marks Kozelek's fourth full-length effort of 2017 alone, and was recorded in December 2016 through May 2017 between Pennsylvania and California. It includes guest appearances by Will Oldham (aka Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy), Holly Throsby, Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), and Jim White (The Dirty Three).
>Kuzich – Dawn Chorus 12” (823)
With Kuzich first official release, we get a taste of his unique versatility & multi-instrumentalism in every track. The Perth (AUS) born musician is no stranger to the music industry - having toured extensively as a drummer with acts like Tame Impala, Ta-ku, Drapht, The Growl, Cameron Avery and many more. In between tours he has always been known to float & explore corners of the earth that lead him to meeting colorful personalities and creating soulful eclectic music. He’s always hoarded his own music - which has led to layers and layers of passion, perspectives and percussion.
>Laughing Hyenas – Merry Go Round [Reissue/1987] 2xLP (Third Man)
Laughing Hyenas – You Can’t Pray A Lie [Reissue/1989] LP (Third Man)
Third Man Records worked closely with Touch and Go Records and the surviving members of Laughing Hyenas to craft deluxe vinyl reissues of the band's entire catalog. The seminal Michigan group's releases have been lovingly re-mastered for vinyl. The double-LP edition of Merry Go Round includes all six cuts from the 1987 vinyl debut, as well as the five bonus tracks that were included on the 1995 CD release. Also available is a straight reissue of their 1989 release You Can't Pray A Lie. The Hyenas didn't record throwaways.
>Liv.E – Frank 12” (Dolan/Street Corner Music)
Frank is the latest release from Dolfin Records, a Texas indie label with a prominent underground roster that includes rapper Lord Byron, producer Ben Hixon, R&B singer Jon Bap, and former Stanley Clarke drummer Mike Mitchell. Liv.E is one of the newer artists on the label, having previously collaborated with Hixon through a series of DJ parties in Dallas (“New Math Mondays”). Hixon and Bap have significant marks on this project, providing production, mixing, and background vocals. The beats they lend are often heavy on the drums, with short, hazy riffs that resemble Dilla-style syncopated loops.
>Magic In Threes - Finnish Funk b/w Shot Through The Grease 7” (KingUnderground)
A funk 45 inspired by ‘70s soundtracks. Heavy beats with diabolical melodies are the name of the game for The A-side, “Finnish Funk”. On the flip side “Shot Thru The Grease” has more of a loping feel to it with ample portions of moody thematic elements. Like a score to a lost 1970s Italian action film, these tracks hit like a hardnosed detective closing in on his next collar.
>Majid Jordan – Space Between 2xLP (WB)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New release from the critically acclaimed Toronto duo. Includes the singles “Body Talk” and “My Imagination” (featuring dvsn). The Space Between also includes the buzzing hit “One I Want” (featuring Partynextdoor), and “Phrases.”
>Kendrick Lamar – Damn: Collector’s Edition 2xLP (Aftermath)
Collectors double clear vinyl LP pressing with the track list reversed.
>Marduk – Plague Angel [Reissue/2004] LP (Century Media)
180gm vinyl reissue. 2004's Plague Angel was the first release featuring current vocalist Mortuus (Funeral Mist, Triumphator) who played a pivotal role in Marduk's reinvigoration after the departure of previous singer Legion. He brought a new level of vocal and lyrical intensity plus a frightening stage presence into the game catapulting the group to new heights.
>John Mayall and The Blues Breakers - Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton [Reissue/1966] LP (Sundazed)
1966's seminal Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton marked John Mayall's emergence as a major recording artist, as well as his commercial breakthrough. The 12-song LP, considered by many to be the most influential British blues album of all time, marked the official introduction of Mayall's long-running, ever-evolving combo The Bluesbreakers. Mayall shares the spotlight here with soon-to-be-superstar guitarist Eric Clapton (who quit the Yardbirds in order to pursue his blues muse with Mayall), along with future Fleetwood Mac co-founder John McVie on bass and Hughie Flint on drums. Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.
>Leon McAuliff – Swingin’ Western Strings of Leon McAuliff [Reissue/1962] LP (Modern Harmonic)
Legendary Hall of Famer Leon McAuliff's long-lost platter of delicious rural-route steel guitar and twin fiddle sounds, mixed with a frenetic, rockin' country band on cuts – a southern stew steeped in the Houston native's Texas roots. Recorded in Dallas in 1962, Swingin' Western Strings of Leon McAuliff was a showcase for McAullif's distinctive steel guitar playing and his skill as a bandleader as he directs his band through a dozen new instrumental arrangements of western swing and honky tonk classics. Mastered from the original analog mono reels and pressed on colored vinyl.
>Les McCann – Layers [Reissue/1973] LP (Get On Down)
This incredible 1973 album – long a favorite of forward-thinking hip-hop producers and DJs – washes over listeners from the first chords of the incredible album opener, “Sometimes I Cry”, led by McCann's array of analog synthesizers and backed by an excellent rhythm section (Donald Dean on drums, Ralph McDonald on percussion and Jimmy Rowser on bass). These keyboard-drenched grooves sat alongside record stacks brimming with Stevie Wonder, Funkadelic, Marvin Gaye's ‘70s soul and, of course, Miles Davis' space funk experiments of the era (like Bitches Brew).
>Morbid Angel – Kingdoms Disdained 6x7”+CD (Silver Lining Music)
Limited Super Deluxe edition featuring a 7” leatherette book with six 7” vinyl discs housed in pocket with alternating artwork pages, all housed in a custom-made cube box including a digipak of the demo recordings for the album tracks and more. The forefathers of death metal music return with their ninth studio album, originally released in December 2017.
>Dan P. & The Bricks – When We Were Fearless LP (Asian Man)
Dan P. and the Bricks is a 2 Tone influenced 10-piece ska powerhouse from Santa Cruz, CA, featuring members of MU330 and Slow Gherkin. With a 5-piece horn section, two guitars, organ, bass, and drums, the goal is big sound and big fun! When We Were Fearless is the project's second full length LP ushered in by vibrant lead single “Only Words.” For fans of The Specials and Blue Meanies.
>Prince Paul – Itstrumental 2xLP+MP3 (Female Fun)
For the first time Prince Paul's cult-classic 2005 album Itstrumental is seeing a proper commercial vinyl reissue. The colored double-LP includes an accompanying download card of the phenomenal unreleased Prince Paul project Redux and features revised and updated artwork from original designer/visual artist Ray Johnson.
>Professor Shorthair – NOLA Breaks Vol. 6 7” (Superjock)
Professor Shorthair keeps bringing the boom bap treatment to a couple of funky New Orleans classics. Lee Dorsey’s “Get Out Of My Life, Woman” is the perfect blend of ‘90s hip-hop and NOLA funk with its hard hitting drums and sharp cuts. The Gaturs “Gator Bait” transforms from an instrumental funk jam into a B-Boy banger with added vocal samples and drum breaks. Green colored pressing.
>Asha Puthli - Asha Puthli [Reissue/1973] LP (8th/CBS)
Asha Puthli - She Loves To Hear the Music [Reissue/1974] LP (8th/CBS)
Originally released in 1973, stylistic Indian diva Asha Puthli's eponymous debut album was arranged and produced by Del Newman (Elton John, Cat Stevens, Carly Simon, Rod Stewart) and features singular funky disco psyche covers of George Harrison ("I Dig Love"), J.J. Cale ("Right Down Here," "Lies"), Bill Withers ("Let Me In Your Life") and John Lennon ("Love"). Cover art by Mick Rock. Originally released in 1974, She Loves To Hear the Music is the second solo album from stylistic Indian diva Asha Puthli who made a name for herself working with John Hammond and Ornette Coleman. Featuring production from Teo Macero, Del Newman and Paul Phillips, it follows a similar framework to that of her eponymous 1973 debut with singular funky disco psyche covers of Cole Porter's "Night And Day," Neil Sedaka's "Laughter In The Rain" and Van McCoy's "You've Got To Tell Her."
>Ride – Tomorrow’s Shore 12” (Wichita Recordings)
On the heels of their triumphant return with Weather Diaries, the band's first new record in 21 years, Ride present an EP of brand new material recorded in late 2017 with Erol Alkan and Alan Moulder at the helm once more.
>Roger – The Many Facets Of Roger [Reissue/1981] (8th/WB)
"An artist known to mold genres, the man who went simply as Roger is probably most famous for bringing Peter Frampton's synthesized talk-box into urban music," writes Uproxx. "More notably, he helped pioneer the bouncy and digital-synth sound that's become commonplace amongst not only the rap world, but also pop and techno." The Many Facets Of Roger is the platinum-certified 1981 solo debut from versatile Zapp frontman Roger Troutman.
>Sonny Rollins – Way Out West [Reissue/1957] 2xLP (Craft Recordings)
Way Out West, originally recorded for the Contemporary label in 1957, qualifies as an all-time Sonny Rollins classic. Culled from a 3 A.M. session with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Shelly Manne, the material collected here demonstrates why Rollins was considered the top tenor saxophone in jazz at the time of the recording. This deluxe edition celebrates this landmark album in Rollins’ career with a full second LP of rare and previously unreleased bonus material and deluxe packaging.
>Saucy Lady – Town b/w Honey B 12” (Cultures Of Soul)
Cultures of Soul Records has teamed up with local Boston disco queen Saucy Lady to put together a 12”, released in conjunction with their Tokyo Nights - Female J-Pop Boogie Funk compilation. Saucy Lady is a character with an attitude of confidence and sensuality. She represents in her music what we've all admired about the disco era. Saucy Lady brings back the eclectic, outrageous fashion and cultural diversity that comprised the nightclub scenes in the '70s and '80s.
>Solar Shield – Solar Shield LP (Austin Boogie Crew)
Modern funk mixed with electronic beat music.
>Songs: Ohia – Travels In Constants [Reisue/2001] LP (Temporary Residence)
Scarcely available in its original CD-only edition of 1,000 copies, the Travels In Constants single-track EP has finally been remastered and reissued for the vinyl format. Completing this reissue is “Howler,” another lengthy Songs: Ohia track that, like Travels In Constants, was recorded and released in 2001 in an edition of only 1,000. These tracks are amongst the most abstractly beautiful and alarmingly delicate music that Molina ever committed to tape.
>The Strawberry Alarm Clock - Incense and Peppermints [Reissue/1967] LP (Sundazed)
Mastered from the original stereo UNI reels, Sundazed's vinyl edition also features the album's unique original cover art. Colored vinyl pressing also available.
>Sun Kil Moon - Ghosts Of The Great Highway [Reissue/2003] 2xLP (Rough Trade US)
One time only vinyl re-press of Sun Kil Moon's 2003 cult classic. Virtuously stoic Americana - all shimmery guitars, measured tempos, malevolent moods, and wandering melodies. His voice sounds like Neil Young's, especially in the effortlessness with which he hits the high notes then returns to a lower, earthier texture.
>Testament – Live At The Filmore [Reissue/1995] 2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
Testament – Demonic [Reissue/1997] LP (Nuclear Blast)
Testament – The Gathering [Reissue/1999] LP (Nuclear Blast)
Testament – First Strike Still Deadly [Reissue/2001] LP+MP3 (Nuclear Blast)
Testament – Live At Eindhoven [Reissue 2009] LP (Nuclear Blast)
Limited 140g colored vinyl LP pressings housed in a gatefold sleeves.
>Various Artists – Jazz For Hi-Fi Lovers [Reissue/1956] LP (Modern Harmonic)
Colored vinyl reissue of a smart set of fine beat-era jazz.
>Voodoo Glow Skulls – Band Geek Mafia [Reissue/1998] LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Limited orange colored vinyl LP pressing of a fan favorite from the Riverside, CA ska punk band.
>Walking Papers – WP2 2xLP (Loud & Proud)
Recently released on CD – now available on 180gm vinyl. Walking Papers’ music is instantly familiar, yet profoundly forward-thinking, blending impactful singer/songwriting, ‘90s alternative and classic rock into a transcendent amalgam of breathtaking sounds and melodies. Featuring Jefferson Angell (The Missionary Position), Benjamin Anderson (The Missionary Position), Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver), and Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Mad Season), the band unleashes their moody and carnal second album WP2.
>‘Little’ Roy Wiggins - The Fabulous Steel Guitar Artistry Of 'Little' Roy Wiggins [Reissue/1964] LP (Modern Harmonic)
Pedal steel virtuoso ‘Little’ Roy Wiggins presents a collection of Hawaiian-themed instrumentals, showcasing his tone, touch and approach in the guise of a tour through the islands, circa 1964. Mastered from the original analog mono reels and pressed on colored vinyl.
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>CDs + Vinyl:
>The Atlas Moth – Coma Noir CD/LP (Prosthetic)
While 2014's The Old Believer saw The Atlas Moth gaze off into psychedelic realms throughout the album, new album Coma Noir is packed tightly with riffs and hooks. It's the bands most rocking album by far, though it's far from being a rock album.
>Wade Bowen – Solid Ground CD (Thirty Tigers)
Waco native Wade Bowen began recording Solid Ground intent on making the artistic statement of his career - a high bar considering the twenty years of success he's enjoyed - but as his personal odometer rolled over into his fourth decade, his focus is more on legacy than next Saturday night. Solid Ground is personal but not necessarily autobiographical, peppered with distinct south-of-the-border imagery and good-time revelry.
>BOYO – Me, Again CD/LP (Danger Collective)
BOYO is the pseudonym of 20-year-old singer-songwriter Robert Tilden. Tilden's been kicking around the L.A. DIY scene since he was 16 years old, spending the better part of it fronting the garage band Bobby T. and the Slackers. Me, Again, the follow up to his debut Control, taps into his sense of vulnerability, taking on themes of isolation, addiction, and regret. The album is a jagged collection of garage rock and soft DIY indie and noisey pop music, channeling everyone from Ty Segall to Elliot Smith to Deerhunter.
>Calibro 35 – Decade CD/LP (Record Kicks)
The sixth studio album form Italian super cult combo. Decade marks 10 years of Calibro 35's first release and it's the very first album recorded by Calibro with an orchestral-inspired enlarged line-up that features horns, strings and various percussion instruments.
>Dashboard Confessional – Crooked Shadows CD/LP+MP3 (Fueled By Ramen)
The first album in over eight years from the alt-rock band. Crooked Shadows was produced by band leader Chris Carrabba alongside Jonathan Clark and co-producer Colin Brittain. Includes the single “We Fight.” Carrabba says, “When I wrote ‘We Fight’ I thought it was just about the music scene that I came up in - a place where people who'd never quite fit in anywhere felt they actually belonged. When we began playing the song live on our summer tour, I realized that ‘We Fight’ held a much broader meaning. It's a song for people who, in spite of their differences, can find common ground in their convictions and foster those into something bigger than themselves. That, to me is something worth fighting for.”
>Mark Deutrom – The Silent Treatment [Reissue/2000] CD/2xLP (Season Of Mist)
CD and first-time vinyl (re)issue of the solo debut from the renowned ex-Melvins member Mark Deutrom. The album's wild and quirky rock grooves tread the slow 'n' low ground Deutrom helped break with the eccentric trio, loosing hot and heavy ear worms that feel like old friends.
>Alela Diane – Cusp CD/LP (Alela Diane)
Cusp was written in January 2016 in a small cabin deep within snowy woods where Alela resided during a three-week artist residency at Caldera, Oregan, alone for the first time since becoming a mother. A broken thumbnail resulted in Alela's signature finger-plucking being replaced by songwriting on a grand piano, resulting in the most piano driven album of her career, fueled by that energy that only comes with facing and falling in love with something new. Cusp explores the weight and beauty of creating life, with Alela refusing to stray from her perspective as a mother and woman.
>The Dwarves – Take Back The Night CD/LP/Cassette (Burger)
Teen pop whiz kid Andy Now mans the boards for the Take Back The Night LP as the Dwarves embrace their 'turd in the punchbowl of punk' legacy. Old school vets like Vadge Moore and Saltpeter, studio pros like Nick Oliveri and Josh Freese and flat out demented scallywags like the Fresh Prince of Darkness join Hewhocannotbenamed for a spectacular and genuinely creepy record.
>Erdve – Vaitojimas CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
The Lithuanian quartet mine the veins of the genre-smashing metallic noisecore of the late ‘90s, and filter those influences through an especially hostile attack. Dense slabs of noise-laden riffs churn feelings of unease, while hostile vocals punctuate their score to the dystopian world crashing down. A dark and virulent strain of negative hardcore.
>Brian Fallon – Sleepwalkers CD/LPxLP (Island)
Sophomore solo album from the singer and guitarist of The Gaslight Anthem and The Horrible Crowes.
>Fight The Fight – Fight The Fight CD/LP (Metal Blade)
Fight The Fight's debut record is young, fresh and bursting with energy. Just as you would expect from a debut record of a band that has been buzzing around the Norwegian underground for several years. It is a mature, well-composed rock/metal grenade with immediately memorable hooks, catchphrases and choruses.
>Franz Ferdinand – Always Ascending CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
Franz Ferdinand’s new album shows the Scottish quintet broadening their palate, as exuberant as it is euphoric, creating a sound that singer, Alex Kapranos, refers to as “simultaneously futuristic and naturalistic.” These are the louche tales of the Parisian night, the exhilaration of an Italian car racing down the autobahn; a feeling of euphoria so pure it could only exist on a knife's edge. As such, best to press play expecting nothing more than a good time. “I hope that when you listen to it you feel exhilarated,” Kapranos adds, “Until you fully absorb the lyrics.” [Limited deluxe pink colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Ezra Furman – Transangelic Exodus CD/LP (Bella Union)
Transangelic Exodus is a new landmark for singer-songwriter Ezra Furman. “Not a concept record, but almost a novel, or a cluster of stories on a theme, a combination of fiction and a half-true memoir,” according to its author. “A personal companion for a paranoid road trip. A queer outlaw saga.” The music is as much of an intense, dramatic event, full of brilliant hooks, with an equally evolved approach to recorded sound to match Furman's narrative vision. “The narrative thread,” Furman declares, “is I'm in love with an angel, and a government is after us, and we have to leave home because angels are illegal, as is harboring angels. The term ‘transangelic’ refers to the fact people become angels because they grow wings. The have an operation, and they're transformed. And it causes panic because some people think it's contagious, or it should just be outlawed. The album still works without the back story, though. What's essential is the mood – paranoid, authoritarian, the way certain people are stigmatized. It's a theme in American life right now, and other so-called democracies.”
>Melody Gardot – Live In Europe 2xCD/3xLP (Verve)
After a serious car accident when she was 19, Melody Gardot used the experience as a springboard to musical success she might never have achieved otherwise. Gardot had played the piano before the accident, and a doctor suggested that she use music as a kind of recovery therapy. Since she couldn't sit comfortably at the piano, she picked up a guitar and now after several albums she is celebrating the international tour success of her career so far by brings us her first ever album of live recorded music. Live In Europe presents live versions of her greatest hits recorded at concerts worldwide between 2012 & 2016.
>Good Tiger – We Will All Be Gone CD/LP (Metal Blade)
Sophomore album from the band comprised of ex-Tesseract vocalist Elliot Coleman, ex-The Safety Fire guitarists Derya Nagle and Joaquin Ardiles, ex-The Faceless drummer Alex Rüdinger, and bassist Morgan Sinclair (who previously was the touring guitarist for Architects). Every track has a definitive character of its own, and none stay in a single gear, all of them dynamic and textured as they evoke various tones and moods. "Salt Of The Earth,” for instance, crashes to life with a chunky, timeless rock riff against a widescreen chorus of almost impossibly vast scale, which stylistically different and explores different feelings to those found on “Grip Shoes,” which mixes post-hardcore influence and the dreamiest of pop, or “Such A Kind Stranger,” which is as edgy as it is seductive. [Limited grey marbled colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Jonny Greenwood – Phantom Thread [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack}] CD (Nonesuch)
“Greenwood is a student who revels in homework. Like [Paul Thomas] Anderson during the early conception of a film, there is allowance for open channels of influence from sources of curiosity. For this tale, Anderson studied the lives, if not the styles, of famous fashion designers Cristóbal Balenciaga and Christian Dior and the obscure gothic fairytales of M. R. James and Beatrix Potter's The Tailor of Gloucester. In coordination close and far, Greenwood absorbed the musical trends of the 1950s, gleaning from Nelson Riddle and the full string-section jazz arrangements of Ben Webster, as well as Glenn Gould's Bach recordings. The outcome rolls though accentuation of the haunting, beguiling and exhilarating, the delicate and intensifying, the fanciful and ominous, sewn with the discretion of a tailor to accompany the precise tone of every scene.” – Under The Radar [Vinyl edition due April 20.]
>Harms Way – Posthuman CD/LP (Metal Blade)
Harms Way's metallic hardcore has won them fans on four continents with their reputation for delivering blistering sets. [Limited white colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Chris Hillman – The Asylum Years CD (Omnivore)
Chris Hillman co-founded some of the most classic, seminal, groundbreaking acts of the ’60s and ’70s including The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, and The Souther-Hillman-Furay Band. But, in the mid- 1970s, Hillman decided it was time to try things on his own. 1976 brought Slippin’ Away, the musical journeyman’s first solo release. It was a star-studded affair, featuring members of Booker T. & The M.G.’s, Poco, Buffalo Springfield, The Turtles, and ace studio musicians. Hillman took his place as front-man, and the results were the epitome of the classic ’70s L.A. sound. He returned the following year with Clear Sailin’, which saw him dial back the flashy supporting cast for a more traditional release—much like the iconic music he had created in his early years with The Byrds and Burritos. The Asylum Years presents both of these ’70s albums on one compact disc, featuring a new interview with Hillman.
>Hockey Dad – Blend Inn CD/LP (Kanine)
Australian surf-rock duo Hockey Dad return with their sophomore record. Where their 2016 debut Boronia celebrated the long days of summers past, of mates, the ocean and the sublime naivety of youth, Blend Inn is Billy Fleming and Zach Stephenson coming to us with more perspective following a year of relentless touring which took them far from the streets and waves of their hometown. The fast-paced, punk style of Billy's drums is executed in perfect synchronicity with Zach's jangly guitar, anthemic choruses and ever confident vocals to give life to their unmistakable and infectious brand of rock-pop.
>Holy Motors – Slow Sundown CD/LP (Wharf Cat)
2017's equal parts somnambulant and sultry Sleeprydr 7" was aptly described as “psychedelic rock that hits like a dream despite undoubtedly seeking to soundtrack nightmares” (Stereogum). Thankfully, Slow Sundown, Holy Motors' debut full length release, finds the Estonian dreamcatchers utilizing a similar sonic palette ranging from dark psychedelic pop to shoegaze-inflected western music.
>Hovvdy – Cranberry CD (Double Double Whammy)
Based in Austin, Texas, Hovvdy (pronounced "howdy") is the writing and recording project of Charlie Martin and Will Taylor. The duo, both primarily drummers, first met in the fall of 2014 and quickly bonded over a love for quiet music. Hovvdy has found a unique identity in rhythmic, down-tempo pop songs that are hopeful, yet melancholy; relatable, yet distinguishable.
>Joan As Police Woman – Damned Devotion CD/LP (PIAS America)
Already acknowledged as a thrilling live performer and starkly honest lyricist, Damned Devotion finds Joan Wasser at her rawest. While her 2014 album The Classic was a soulful celebration of life and her 2011 album The Deep Field a lush moody expansion, this new release sees her stripping her compositions back to the core, the bare-all lyricism and timeless melodies harking back to her accolade-winning album To Survive (2008) and her universally acclaimed debut Real Life (2006). “My maxim is: if it feels scary to say it, it's the thing you must say,” Joan says. On Damned Devotion the thoughtful lyricism is married to Joan As Police Woman's most accessible music to date.
>Last Of The Easy Riders – Unto Earth CD (Agitated)
From high in the Rocky Mountains, Last Of The Easy Riders descend with a new psych-infused country-rock long-player. While the Easy Riders' first outing, a self-titled EP from 2016, exhibited the band's kaleidoscope of trippy guitar sounds and production techniques, this debut full length unveils the band's earnest songwriting chops and knack for genuine Bakersfield-Sound country. The band certainly didn't abandon its lysergic-leanings, however: note the mind-warping title track, which also serves as the lead single. [Vinyl edition due February 23.]
>Legend Of The Seagullmen – Legend Of The Seagullmen CD (Dine Alone)
Legend Of The Seagullmen is a genre-destroying supergroup featuring Danny Carey of Tool, Brent Hinds of Mastodon, director Jimmy Hayward (Jonah Hex, Horton Hears A Who) on guitar, and Pete Griffin of Zappa Plays Zappa and Dethklok on bass, and a few other rippers. Joining forces to make cinematic psychedelic rock, The Seagullmen sing of shipwrecks and giant mutant squid, crafting conceptual rock ‘n’ roll hymns of epic proportions on their self-titled full-length debut. Engineered by Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business) and mastered by Gavin Lurssen (Queens Of The Stone Age), Legend Of The Seagullmen sees the band unveil massive sonically pulverizing slabs that decimate expectations since Rolling Stone excitedly leaked two demos back in 2015. [Vinyl edition due March 2.]
>MGMT – Little Dark Age CD/2xLP+MP3 (Sony)
Little Dark Age is the long awaited new album from MGMT. The album is produced by MGMT, Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift, Kelela, Blood Orange), and long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Spoon, Tame Impala). MGMT recorded Little Dark Age at Tarbox Road Studios in Cassadaga, NY. The new album includes the previously released title song “Little Dark Age,” and the tracks “When You Die” and “Hand It Over.”
>The Monochrome Set – 1979-1985: Complete Recordings 6xCD/6xLP+6xCD (Tapete)
The Monochrome Set – Maisieworld CD/LP+CD (Tapete)
Emerging at the end of punk era, The Monochrome Set's estrangement from society came from a artier angle. This boxset is the full account of their frantically productive early period, the perfect document of an under-appreciated chapter of British pop history. Though widely unknown, they are one of the most influential British bands of the last 40 years, with the early Morrissey and Marr, Blur's Graham Coxon, and Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos among their admirers. Though Ganesh Seshadri, aka Bid, never went to college, The Monochrome Set are often seen as an archetypal art school band. In 1979 they released a string of snappy, now highly collectible singles on Rough Trade, followed by early masterpieces Strange Boutique (1980) and Love Zombies (1980). In 1982 they released their third LP Eligible Bachelors on Cherry Red Records. Their major label effort The Lost Weekend (1985) contained their biggest hit “Jacob's Ladder”. Maisieworld is the group’s new album, “distilled from the pungent flowers of artistic mischief and represents the acme of sonic consummation.”
>Mythic Sunship – Upheaval CD/LP (El Paraiso)
On their third album, Mythic Sunship take their deepest dive yet. Their own brand of wobbly boogie doom reaches new dimension of pure Sabbath-like proportions. It's a culmination and refinement of their idea: the ethos of free jazz in a doom setting.
>Old Tower – Stellary Wisdom CD (Profound Lore)
Old Tower is the creation of a mysterious entity from The Netherlands known as The Specter who, through the vessel of this moniker, creates alluring yet meditative otherworldly synth music that transports the listener to a long-forgotten age of memory's past.
>Palm – Rock Island CD/LP+MP3 (Carpark)
On their second LP, Palm produces evidence of a distinct musical language, developed over time, in isolation, and out of necessity. On the island, melodies are struck on what might be shells or spines. Rhythms are scratched out, swept over, scratched again. Individual instruments, and sometimes entire sections, skip and stutter. There is the sense of a music box with wonky tension or a warped transmission in which all the noise is taken for signal. Despite appearing behind the instruments typical of rock music, Palm trades in sounds of their own making. The percussion is sometimes augmented to suggest a multiplication of limbs. The strings are manipulated to choke, crack, and hum like other instruments, or other bodies, might. This is music with dimensionality. Sonic objects are deployed, developed, and dissected in various states of mutation. The listener flits about between the field and the lab. The tone is warm in a way only the sun could make, the pace as forceful and as variable as a gale. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Ben Paterson – That Old Feeling CD (Cellar Live)
Pianist/vocalist Ben Paterson continues the tradition of bouncy, infectious swing established by the drummerless trios of Nat 'King' Cole and Oscar Peterson, drawing upon his musical experiences in both Chicago and New York to deliver a soulful and engaging recording. Joined by longtime Benny Goodman guitarist Chris Flory and powerhouse bassist George Delancey, Ben's trio mixes sophisticated improvisation with heavy doses of the blues, ranging from well-known Jazz standards to more recent popular songs.
>Richard Pinhas – Rhizosphere [Reissue/1977] CD/LP (Bureau B)
Richard Pinhas is one of the most important French electronic space rock musicians. Following five albums with his band Heldon, he released his first solo record in 1977. Backed by Heldon's congenial drummer François Auger but no longer bound by the group dynamic, he explores his freshly purchased Moog modular system in search of new sounds.
>Brigid Mae Power – The Two Worlds CD/LP (Tompkins Square)
Second album by Irish singer-songwriter. Her self-titled debut, released in 2016, received wide praise from Uncut (9/10, “Masterpiece”), Mojo (4 stars), The Guardian (4 stars), Irish Times (4 stars) and was featured on NPR World Cafe, as well as several BBC programs.
>Psychic TV – Kondole/Dead Cat 2xCD+DVD (Cold Spring)
A double CD and DVD collection. The rare film features: Derek Jarman, Andrew Tiernan - The Pianist (2002), 300 (2006), The Bunker (2001), Derek Jarman's Edward II (1991) - and Genesis P-Orridge (Psychic TV, Throbbing Gristle). The CD reissue of 1989’s Kondole features the complete, long version of “Dead Cat”. The second CD contains three tracks.
>Ramones – Live In Australia 80 CD (Rox Vox)
The Ramones, live at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Australia on July 8th, 1980. The Ramones paid their first visit to Australia in mid- 1980, during their tour in support of the Phil Spector-produced End Of The Century album (1979). This typically raucous, high-energy show at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney captures them on peak form as they tear through a selection of classics. Originally broadcast on JJJ-FM radio, the full broadcast is presented here, together with background notes and images.
>Refrigerator – High Desert Lows CD/LP (Shrimper)
Refrigerator’s eleventh full length record was recorded over a week in Omaha, Nebraska. Produced by Simon Joyner (who plays and sings on many of the songs on the record, along with members of his Ghosts band), High Desert Lows calls out to the more pastoral sounds of their Comedy Minus One album, with viola, cello, vibes, slide guitar and Wurlitzer dotting the edges of nearly every song, a stark contrast to the loud squall of preceding record Temple City.
>Max Richter – Hostiles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD (Deutsche Grammophon)
The latest film score by the award-winning composer evokes with beauty and restraint the wild landscapes of a world in which individuals collide with forces beyond their control. Hostiles is set in the American West of the early 1890s, when the Second Industrial Revolution was fast changing society and the native population had finally been defeated after decades of war with the US Army. Echoing the compelling human drama of the film, the score for this period Western, performed by the Air Lyndhurst Orchestra, combines the haunting stillness and elegiac beauty of Richter's Waltz with Bashir score with the noir-like intensity of his recent soundtrack for the BBC TV series Taboo. [Vinyl edition due March 23.]
>Curtis Roush – Cosmic Campfire Music CD/LP (Modern Outsider)
Fusing bedroom soul with the ambient expanses of shoegaze, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Curtis Roush explores love and loss away from the purview of his psych-rock band The Bright Light Social Hour.
>Ruby Boots – Don’t Talk About It CD/LP+MP3 (Bloodshot)
Don't Talk About It charts a drifter's odyssey, tattered passport in hand. Behind her commanding and versatile voice, sharp guitar playing, and adept songwriting, Ruby Boots confidently maneuvers past the whirlwinds life has tossed on her occasionally lost highway. It's an album of hope, breakthrough, and handling the unknown challenges around the next bend. Echoes of first wave UK power pop and jangly punk intersect with the every (wo)man indie and pop-inflected muscle of Best Coast. Classic rock touchstones from T. Rex to the girl-group-wall-of-sound to personal hero Tom Petty meld with a weary poet's eye recalling Hope Sandoval.
>Rumahoy – Triumph Of Piracy CD (Napalm)
New album from the pirate metal band. Bustling pagan metal-riffing mixed with exotic ancient instrumentation.
>Nina Simone - Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles CD/LP+7” (Bethlehem)
A carefully curated collection that gathers remastered editions of twelve of Simone's classic early Bethlehem singles. [Vinyl edition includes a bonus 7" vinyl replica of her 1959 hit “I Loves You, Porgy” b/w “Love Me or Leave Me.”
>Social Club Misfits – Into The Night CD (Social Club)
With 13 tracks, and several special features from artists such as Danny Gokey, Jordin Sparks and Tauren Wells, Into The Night picks up right where the hip-hop duo's last release, The Misadventures Of Fern And Marty, left off. Fans can expect the innovative beats and witty rhymes that the Misfits have become known for.
>The Soft Moon – Criminal CD/LP (Sacred Bones)
The Soft Moon's fourth studio album, is a confessional work. Through the stark lens of shame and guilt that has followed Luis Vasquez since a violent childhood growing up within the humming ambient sprawl of ‘80s Mojave Desert, here he documents the gut-wrenching sound of going to war with himself. Battling with his own sanity, self-hatred, insecurity, self-entitlement and grappling with the risk of these things transforming him into a person he despises, Vasquez has laid his feelings bare on Criminal: his confessional and most self-reflective work to date. Working with producer Maurizio Baggio at La Distilleria in Bassano Del Grappa, Italy, Criminal sees Vasquez putting his lyrics at the forefront and letting his raw emotions flow. The album begins with a confrontation with his true self through the torrid bass lines and searing vocals of “Burn,” a song evoking a loss of control akin to demonic possession, stating: “Eyes, reflecting the person that I am, and it burns.” In this track, Vasquez's guilt bores deeper and deeper into a condemnation that ultimately is: “Fire, hell is where I'll go to live, so I burn.”
>Susanna Sonata – Go Dig My Grave CD/LP (Susanna Sonata)
A unique project between Susanna Sonata, Swiss baroque harp player Giovanna Pessi, accordion player Ida Hidle and fiddle player and folk singer Tuva Syvertsen. The quartet have reworked ten eclectic songs from seemingly disparate worlds and brought them together on this album of sympathetic and beautiful interpretations. They lend their talents to traditional English and American folk songs - numbers by Purcell, Elizabeth Cotten, Joy Division and Lou Reed, as well a new composition by Susanna written to a poem from Charles Baudelaire's once banned Flowers of Evil.
>Soundtrack – 50 Shades Freed [OST] CD (Republic)
Original soundtrack to third and final installment of the Fifty Shades trilogy.
>Soundtrack – Black Panther: The Album CD (Interscope)
Soundtrack for the 18th movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Features tracks by Kendrick Lamar, Kendrick Lamar & SZA, ScHoolboy Q, 2 Chainz & Saudi, Khalid & Swae Lee, Vince Staples & Yugen Blackrock, Jorja Smith, SOB x RBE, Soul, Anderson .Paak & James Blake, Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake, Zacari, Zacari & Babes Wodumo, Mozzy, Sjava & Reason, Kendrick Lamar & Travis Scott, and The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar.
>John Tejada – Dead Start Program CD/2xLP+MP3 (Kompakt)
The Los Angeles based house and techno producer returns to Cologne-based imprint Kompakt with his thirteenth full-length - an eleven-track journey spanning a prismatic array of styles and patterns, from John's signature soulful techno tunes to the further mazy, hypnotic motifs of his trancey electro hybrids.
>Toto – 40 Trips Around The Sun CD/2xLP (Sony Legacy)
This 17-track best-of album from the AOR rock maestros features three previously unreleased recordings – “Spanish Sea”, “Alone”, and "Struck By Lightning" - alongside newly remastered classic tracks worked on by Elliot Scheiner and Gavin Lurssen and his team. The core Toto members - Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Joseph Williams - re-entered the studio earlier this year to work on this release.
>Trés Oui – Poised To Flourish CD/LP (Shrimper)
On their debut record, Trés Oui further defines their brand of stately pop music that wouldn’t be out of place on Postcard or Factory Records—that doesn’t make them a backward-looking nostalgia act. Check out the envelopes of noise that peer out from the corners of “Song 4 U,” the King Tubby-dub underlining “Alex To The Right,” and the horns that accentuate the ennui of “One Track” to hear the band pushing the boundaries of dream pop.
>Steve Tyrell – A Song For You CD (Arts Music)
New release from the acclaimed vocalist. A Song For You knits together classic songwriting of the rock era with classic songwriting of the standards era.
>Various Artists – Tani Disco: Rumba & Flamenco Boogie 1976-1979 CD/LP (Pharaway Sounds)
Various Artists – Rumbita Buena: Rumba Funk & Flamenco Pop CD/LP (Pharaway Sounds)
Tani Disco: Rumba & Flamenco Boogie 1976-1979 features 12 disco-rumba-flamenco-boogie
bombs, a time machine to the Spanish boîtes and discotheques of the late '70s and the perfect soundtrack to an imaginary "Kinki" cinema soundtrack. From the archives of the legendary Belter and Discophon labels, essential to understand the birth of the Catalan rumba and flamenco-pop genre in Spain, Rumba Funk & Flamenco Pop features 14 dance-friendly tracks taken from overlooked LPs and 45s.
>Various Artists – Stax Singles Volume 4: Rarities & The Best Of The Rest 6xCD (Craft)
The newest edition to the Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles collection of box sets, Volume 4 delves deep into the Stax archives, offering rare singles and B-sides, spanning the heyday of the Memphis label, from the early ‘60s through the mid- ‘70s. Includes a cross-section of music from all of Stax's associated imprints, including: Truth, Chalice, Enterprise, Hip and Ardent, offering not just soul tracks, but also gospel, country, rock and blues.
>Various Artists – We Out Here CD/2xLP (Brownswood)
Of a few of the songs on this compilation: Nodding to spiritual jazz influences, Maisha's “Inside The Acorn” is a wandering, explorative rumination, balancing delicate washes of piano and percussion with sharp interplay between flute and bass clarinet. In contrast, Nubya Garcia's “Once” is taut and carefully-poised, her tenor sax guiding a carefully-built energy to an explosive conclusion. And finally, Triforce's “Walls” is a performance in two parts: starting with Mansur Brown's languorous, lyrical guitar, the second half switches up to a low-slung, g-funk-tipped groove.
>Will Varley – Spirit Of Minnie CD/LP (Xtra Mile)
Following 2016's much praised Kingsdown Sundown and a sold-out show at London's Union Chapel, Spirit Of Minnie marks a distinct change of direction for the singer/songwriter, being the first time he has recorded with a full backing band. Counting the likes of Billy Bragg, Valerie June and Frank Turner as his fans, and with tours scheduled across Europe and America, the young songwriter from Deal seems poised for a huge 2018.
>Visigoth – Conqueror’s Oath CD (Metal Blade)
Standing in staunch opposition to any presumptuous notion of ‘reinventing the wheel' or ‘redefining the genre', Visigoth instead dedicate themselves to worshipping at the ageless altars of heavy metal with a singular focus on writing music inspired by their favorite records. Whether whipped into a frenzy ignited by classic USPM or NWOBHM anthems, or pensively meditating on traditional epic heavy metal or weighty doom-inspired moments, these Salt City hessians wear their influences proudly on their sleeves. [Vinyl edition due March 9.]
>Voodoo Circle – Raised On Rock CD/LP (AFM)
If you consider the songs on Voodoo Circle's album Raised On Rock to be an indicator of the current emotional condition their most important protagonists find themselves in, there seems to be no reason to worry about band founder, guitarist and main composer Alex Beyrodt in particular. Thanks to Beyrodt's excellent songwriting - as usual inspired by renowned sources such as Whitesnake, Rainbow, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix - and his outstanding guitar performance which brings to mind icons from Ritchie Blackmore through Jimmy Page to John Sykes, this recording oozes pure, unadulterated fervor. [Limited red colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Doc Watson – Live At Club 47 CD (Yep Roc)
“This performance predates Watson's breakthrough gig at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival and occurred before his debut solo album on Vanguard Records in 1964. Watson talks to the crowd and seems willing to change his set to please individual requests, but one suspects he's a professional doing what he wants and just pretends to be amenable to get the audience's applause. He has a lively conversational style that charms. His between-song patter and introductions to the material reveal he's not above telling tall tales mixed with the truth to keep listeners attentive. [Live At Club 47] is a welcome addition to the musician's legacy.” – PopMatters [Vinyl edition due April 27.]
>Wild Child – Expectations CD/LP (Dualtone)
Wild Child stretched their songwriting abilities on Expectations to both reflect and expand further upon their unique sound, and the album expertly rides the wave of genres that flows between beautifully sentimental acoustic to loud, distorted rock and back again. The band enlisted the help of several heavy-hitting producers including Chris Walla (formerly of Death Cab for Cutie), Matthew Logan Vasquez (Delta Spirit), Chris Boosahda (Shakey Graves), Scott McMicken (Dr. Dog), Adrian Quesada (Grupo Fantasma), and Max Frost.
>Wishbone Ash – Two Barrels Burning [Reissue/1982] CD/LP (Cherry Red)
Wishbone Ash – Raw To The Bone [Reissue/1985] CD/LP (Cherry Red)
Reissues of the 12th and 13th albums by the veteran British rockers. [Limited edition vinyl picture disc pressings also available.]
>The Wombats – Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life CD/LP (The Wombats)
Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life sees The Wombats continuing to assert themselves as currently one of the bigger and best guitar pop bands. Written from three corners of the globe - drummer Dan Haggis in London, bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen nursing his new family in Oslo and frontman Murph in Los Angeles – the album was created over long distance writing sessions, supplemented by intense two-week in-person sessions in Oslo. With the addition of producers Mark Crew (Bastille, Rag'n'Bone Man) and Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice), Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life finds The Wombats pushing the boundaries of alt-pop innovation with a lush, ultramodern indie soundscape wrapped in Blade Runner synths, future grooves, celestial solos and space age melodies. [Limited clear vinyl pressing also available.]
>James Zabiela – Balance 029 CD (Balance)
James Zabiela enters the fold of Balance's compilation selectors. His unfeasibly intricate approach to DJing shines through on this sprawling two-parter, created through a back-and-forth process between his Pioneer DDJ-RZ and Ableton and featuring two exclusive new productions from the man himself.
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>The Acid – The Bomb: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP (Infectious Music)
Hailed by critics, The Bomb is an experimental, music-driven film that looks at the strange and compelling world of nuclear weapons. The film had its UK premiere at the Shangri-La area of 2017's Glastonbury Festival and was shown as an installation on massive 360-degree screens that completely surrounded the audience, while The Acid played the soundtrack live. In the absence of a traditional narrative, the soundtrack plays a central role in the film, helping to provide an emotional response that rises and falls like a great DJ set. Despite the somber subject matter, the music composed by The Acid has moments of haunting beauty.
>Aetherian – The Untamed Wilderness LP (Lifeforce)
Listening to melodic death act Aetherian for the first time makes you think the band would come from Finland or Sweden, but the trio in fact is from the sunny shores of Greece. Even with a Southern heritage and much more Vitamin D in their veins the band from Athens share the same melancholic genes as their "competitors" from the upper North.
>Alessandro Alessandroni – Romance & Drama LP (Transversales Disque)
Vinyl reissue of an essential LP by Italian pioneer and Ennio Morricone cohort, originally released on Munich based experimental, progressive library label Coloursound. Romance & Drama showcases Alessandroni at his best: very refined Italian cinematic sound, tense 12-string guitar themes, synth sequences, beautiful sound of chamber classical music mixed with psych choir.
>The And Band – Outhern LP (Spacecase)
The And Band was the continuation of Wellington, New Zealand’s late ‘70s DIY pioneers The Spies, who received a posthumous release (The Battle of Bosworth Terrace) on Siltbreeze in 2014. Renamed The And Band after moving to Christchurch, the group wound down sometime around 1982, but not before influencing local musicians and releasing an incredibly rare split 7” EP (with the Perfect Strangers) and this LP—originally available on cassette only. Outhern features George D. Henderson, who would later go on to form the Puddle (Flying Nun), and should appeal to fans of early Red Krayola and The Godz.
>Arcade Fire – Creature Comfort 12” (Sony)
Limited 180gm white 12” vinyl pressing of this single taken from the album Everything Now. Includes "Comfort My Sleng Teng" (Geoff Barrow Mix/12" Vinyl Version).
>Chet Baker – Chet Baker Sings [Reissue/1954] LP (Wax Love)
Vinyl reissue of a landmark of west coast cool jazz.
>The Beach Boys – Surfin’ Safari [Reissue/1961] LP (Wax Love)
Vinyl reissue of The Beach Boys’ 1962 debut.
>Jaap Blonk & Terrie Ex – Thirsty Ears LP (Terp)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Jaap Blonk is a Dutch avant-garde composer and sound poet. He is primarily self-taught, both as a sound artist and as a visual/stage performer. One of his early influences was Kurt Schwitters, whose Ursonate he first heard in 1979; he memorized the entire work, and it became one of the cornerstones of his repertory; he has recited portions of the piece hundreds of times in various public places. His performances of sound poetry are unique and world renowned, making use of words and phonetic snippets as well as clicks, hisses, and other vocal manipulations. He hooked up with The Ex guitarist Terrie Ex in 2006 and they did several gigs after that. In 2012 The Ex brought Blonk over to Ethiopia for a special sound poetry project. This combination, Thirsty Ears, is an adventure in improvising sound and poetry; electronics, guitar and vocals.
>Victor Assis Brasil – Esperanto [Reissue/1976] LP (Far Out)
A singular gem in Brazilian music, difficult to categorize, yet compellingly beautiful.
>Bronze Radio Return – Shake! Shake! Shake!  LP (DigSin)
Bronze Radio Return are a 6-piece band from Hartford, CT. Their second album, Shake! Shake! Shake!, is now available for the first time on vinyl.
>Bruce Brubaker – Codex LP (Infine)
On Codex, American pianist Bruce Brubaker sets up a clash (or a discussion) between Terry Rileys Keyboard Study No. 2 (1965) and the Codex Faenza, a 15th century manuscript considered to be one of the very first collections of keyboard music. By putting forth the work of the performer/creator above that of the composer, this back-and forth takes the listener on a journey that is at once timeless and eminently current.
>Jimmy Buffett – Buried Treasure: Volume 1 2xLP (Mailboat)
When legendary Nashville producer Buzz Cason sold his recording studio to John and Martina McBride, they found a sizable collection of ¼-inch tapes that were the demos of songs Jimmy had written and recorded for Buzz when he was writing for his publishing company. It turned out that there were over 125 songs in that pile of tape boxes. Also discovered were the original first recordings Travis Turk had engineered in Mobile, and that is where the whole story of Buried Treasure starts - with - a very special collection of unreleased songs recorded in 1969.
>Johnny Cash – With His Blue Guitar [Reissue/1957] LP (Wax Love)
Vinyl reissue of Johnny Cash’s debut album.
>Ray Charles – Ray Charles [Reissue/1957] LP (Wax Love)
Vinyl reissue of vinyl of Ray Charles’ debut album.
>Eddie Cochran – Early & Rare Eddie LP (Wax Love)
This compilation includes some of his biggest hits as well as numerous B-side rarities, showcasing the breadth and depth of this legendary early rock and roller.
>Dr. John – Professor Bizarre’s Funknology 2xLP (Run Out Groove Vinyl)
Deluxe individually numbered double 180gm vinyl LP pressing housed in a gatefold tip-on Stoughton sleeve. This collection includes an LP of the best Atco tracks and an additional LP of unreleased demos recorded by Dr. John between the years 1968-1974, all previously unavailable on any format.
>Bill Evans Trio – Bill Evans At Town Hall Volume One [Reissue/1966] LP (Audio Fidelity)
180gm vinyl reissue of a beautifully-crafted live trio classic that showcases the jazz pianist at the peak of his powers.
>David Fair – Ballets (Dance Like This) 3xLP (Feeding Tube)
The long-lost solo debut by David Fair (half of the original Half Japanese). Made up of six side-long loops, the record is hypnotic and beautiful.
>Mark Fox – Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth [OST] LP (Pure Destruction)
Limited colored vinyl LP pressing. The album features the original soundtrack from The Shocking Truth documentary and a few selected songs from the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974 motion picture. This is the closest we can get to an OST of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre because there are no masters for the tracks composed and recorded by Tobe Hooper and Wayne Bell.
>Gary War – Gaz Forth LP (Feeding Tube)
High bore post-garage freakery of the largest available gauge.
>John Lee Hooker – The Great John Lee Hooker [Reissue/1963] LP (Wax Love)
This classic LP collects some of his finest singles from 1948-1954, raw and powerful stuff that is as important as any from Hooker's entire career.
>Lightnin’ Hopkins – Lightnin’ Hopkins [Reissue/1959] LP (Wax Love)
Vinyl reissue of a quintessential acoustic blues album.
>In This Moment – Blood [Reissue/2012] LP (Century Media)
Limited colored vinyl LP pressing of the heavy metal band’s fourth studio album.
>Insects vs Robots – Theyllkillyaa LP (ORG Music)
Genre-mashing, convention-defying band Insects vs Robots once again sails over its own high bar with an album that defies convention and demands attention. TheyllKillYaa takes seemingly incompatible elements, from bitter social commentary to neo-slapstick humor to smatterings of ancient Danish folk music, crams it all into the blender built from their collective imagination, hits go and pours out a stiff shot of music.
>Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Mercy 2xLP (Deutsche Grammophon)
Released last week on CD – now available on vinyl. From Academy Award-winning director James Marsh (The Theory of Everything, Man of Wire) comes The Mercy, a tale of yachtsman Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth)'s disastrous attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race that results in his outrageous account of traveling the world alone by sea. The soundtrack for The Mercy features music by veteran Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.
>Konami Kukeiha Club – Kid Dracula [OST] 10” (Ship To Shore)
Second release in the Konami Kukeiha Club Museum Series is the soundtrack to the 1990 Famicom release Kid Dracula. Limited ten inch colored vinyl pressing.
>Lacuna Coil – Karmacode [Reissue/2006] LP (Century Media)
Limited vinyl reissue of the fourth studio album from Italian gothic metal band.
>Eric Neveux – Zombillenium [OST] LP (Silva Screen)
Based on the French graphic novel of the same name, Zombillenium is an animated film by Arthur de Pins and Alexis Ducord released in October 2017 after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival earlier in the year. French composer Eric Neveux has scored over 55 and put out an album under the name Mr. Neveux.
>Plan B (Joe McPhee/James Keepnews/David Berger) – From Outer Space LP+MP3 (Roaratorio)
At age 78, Joe McPhee shows no sign of slowing down. Plan B is the master improviser's new trio, with James Keepnews on guitar and laptop and David Berger on drums. A soundtrack to a science fiction movie existing only in their heads, From Outer Space finds McPhee and company envisioning the first encounter between alien life and a delegation of earthlings (while giving a nod to jazz's original man from another planet, Sun Ra, with a side-long suite dedicated to him). It's quite unlike anything else in McPhee's vast discography.
>Joe Meek – Hits From 304 Holloway Road LP (Wax Love)
A collection of 18 of Meek's finest early '60s pop productions.
>The Offspring – The Offspring [Reissue/1989] LP (Craft Recordings)
Vinyl reissue of the debut studio album by the punk rock band.
>Plus – The Seven Deadly Sins [Reissue/1969] LP (Sagara)
A true lost gem of the '60s, The Seven Deadly Sins could be viewed as a simple cash-in on the success of Jesus Christ Superstar if it weren't for the fact that this LP is deeper and rocks harder. With wild fuzz guitar, string interludes, an entire choir, piano, organ, and a song cycle structured like a Catholic mass, the group Plus made this one overlooked classic (with the assistance of ex-Yardbirds bassist/producer, Simon Napier-Bell) and then disappeared into the night. Essential for any fan of '60s psych/prog and concept albums in general. Die-cut gatefold LP.
>Ramones – Leave Home [Reissue/1976] LP (Rhino)
Ramones – Leave Home [Reissue/1977] LP (Rhino)
Ramones – Rocket To Russia [Reissue/1977] LP (Rhino)
Ramones – Live At The Roxy August 12, 1976 [Reissue/1978] LP (Rhino)
Limited 180gm vinyl reissues of the Ramones first three LPs and a live album recorded in ’76.
>Hama Sankaré - Ballébé - Calling All Africans LP (Clermont Music)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Alpha Ousmane "Hama" Sankaré (aka Pedro) is a legend. He has anchored the bands of many great artists of Mali: Ali Farka Toure, Afel Bocoum, le Troupe Regionale de Niafunké, l'Orchestre de Gao, Songhoy Allstars, and Mamadou Kelly's BanKaiNa, and he can be heard on many of the seminal recordings of Mali's music. He is the master of contemporary calabash percussion and defined it's the playing style.
>Shovels & Rope – Busted Jukebox Volume 2 LP (New West)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The second installment of the collaborative effort between the critically acclaimed duo and some of their favorite musicians and friends. Busted Jukebox: Volume 2 again finds the band covering well-known songs or tracks they have either performed or arranged with other artists in the past. Features collaborations with Brandi Carlile, John Moreland, Hayes Carll, Nicole Atkins, Rhett Miller and more. 180gm colored vinyl pressing.
>Slow – Against The Glass [Reissue/1985] LP (Artoffact)
It is almost impossible to over-estimate the effect of Slow on Canadian music. Formed in the mid-‘80s in Vancouver, and releasing only one album and one 7” on Zulu Records, the band has consistently been called one of the most influential punk rock bands in Canada and forerunners of the Seattle grunge scene. Not bad for a band that recorded only eight songs. Second pressing on red vinyl.
>Social Unrest – Rat In A Maze [Reissue/1982] LP (New Red Archives)
Special limited white vinyl LP pressing of the classic 1982 EP from the Bay Area hardcore/thrash legends.
>Ringo Starr – Ringo [Reissue/1973] 2xLP (Capitol)
Ringo Starr – Goodnight Vienna [Reissue/1974] LP (Capitol)
Vinyl reissue of the third and fourth solo albums by the former Beatles drummer. Ringo has been expanded with three bonus tracks. Goodnight Vienna followed the commercially successful predecessor Ringo, and Starr used many of the same players, including Billy Preston, Klaus Voormann, Robbie Robertson, Harry Nilsson, and producer Richard Perry.
>Suicide Silence – No Time To Bleed [Reissue/2009] LP (Century Media)
Suicide Silence – The Black Crown [Reissue/2011] LP (Century Media)
Red colored vinyl reissues of the deathcore band’s second and third albums.
>Sun Ra – Sun Embassy LP+MP3 (Roaratorio)
Consisting of recordings from Sun Studios (aka Ra's house in Philadelphia) from 1968-1969, Sun Embassy features nine tracks: six compositions which have never been heard before in any form, plus fresh coats of paint on such 1950s classics as “Sunology” and “Ancient Aiethiopia”, and an early rendition of “Why Go To The Moon”.
>Terror Universal – Make Them Bleed LP (Minus Head)
Recently released on CD – now available on limited white with red splatter colored vinyl. Like the musical equivalent of a slasher film, Terror Universal snap from moments of intense sonic bloodletting into menacing melodic mayhem before creeping back into the shadows to do it all over again.
>This Kind Of Punishment – This Kind Of Punishment [Reissue/1983] LP (Superior Viaduct)
This Kind Of Punishment – A Beard Of Bees [Reissue/1984] LP (Superior Viaduct)
In the fertile terrain of New Zealand's 1980s post-punk scene, few figures loom as large as the Jefferies brothers. Graeme Jefferies and Peter Jefferies-the primary forces behind This Kind Of Punishment-wrote some of the best music to come out on Flying Nun, Xpressway or elsewhere. A dizzying mix of pastoral ballads and DIY experimentation, TKP's songwriting was at once classic and acutely raw.
>Twin Peaks – Sweet ’17 Singles 12” (Grand Jury)
Throughout the second half of 2017, Chicago's Twin Peaks released a run of a half dozen limited-edition 7” singles the band affectionately dubbed Sweet '17. Only 300 copies of each 7” were made, and subscriptions sold out almost immediately. Due to popular demand, TwinPeaks have compiled all of the songs from the series onto this new 12”.
>Unwound – New Plastic Ideas [Reissue/1994] LP (Numero)
An album Maximum Rock 'N' Roll deemed not punk enough to review, Unwound's 1994 sophomore effort was a lethal depth charge aimed at major label grunge and independent hardcore alike. From the off-kilter, vertiginous rhythm of “Entirely Different Matters” to the neck-snapping velocity of “What Was Wound” to the relentless pounding at the end of “All Souls Day,” New Plastic Ideas is the Sonic Youth-loving older sister to Fake Train's post-punk-obsessed little brother.
>Various Artists - America's Hardcore Compilation: Volume 4 LP (Triple B)
17 new and exclusive tracks from hardcore/punk/metal’s best bands. Each band also designed and submitted their own pages for a 20 page 12x12” insert booklet included with each record.
>Waterparks – Entertainment LP (Equal Vision)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Sophomore album from Houston, Texas-based pop-rock trio. Lead single "Blonde" features incredibly catchy verses and a chorus that will have you singing along. Limited colored vinyl pressing.
>Wetware – Automatic Drawing LP (Dais)
New York City has had a long history of dance music fused with confrontational performance. Whether it came from within the late ‘70s no wave canon projected through venues like the Mudd Club or the downtown avant-garde galleries such as The Kitchen, the feeling that influences and infects Brooklyn-based duo Wetware’s overall being as a cohesive and confrontational unit is as much enigmatic as it is familiar.
>John Williams – Jaws [Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] [Reissue/1975] 2xLP (Mondo)
Limited edition 180gm double colored vinyl pressing. John Williams' score to Jaws is essential for soundtrack collectors.
>Chelsea Wolfe – Live At Roadburn [Reissue/2012] LP (Outer Battery)
First time available in North America. This is an extremely limited edition repress. Featuring eight tracks from L.A.’s enigmatic folk doom-weaver, Chelsea Wolfe’s appearance at Roadburn was the buzzed about set of the festival. Limited edition pressing on blue vinyl.
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>Bernard Allison – Let It Go CD (Ruf)
Let It Go was recorded at Bessie Blue Studio, Stantonville, Tennessee, with legendary music producer Jim Gaines. Recalls Bernard, "we made the decision to not flood the CD with keyboards or horns, to go back to the true basic rhythm section sound - and to show more mature songwriting."
>Fritz Ambro$e – Doe Quarterz CD/Cassette (All City)
Fitz Ambro$e is a Tokyo based producer originally from Cape Breton Island in remote eastern Canada. With a slew of self-released cult classic albums and mix CDs he steps up with a 14-track mini LP rooted in Fitz's love of '80s soul and funk mixed with '90s hip-hop and R&B. Stripped down intricate hip-hop beats heavily layered with vocals, obscure samples and unpredictable drum progressions, Doe Quarterz sees Fitz come with a uniquely modern sound respectful to its roots - melodic head nodding grooves busting with his original flavor.
>AWOLNATION – Here Come The Runts CD/LP (Red Bull)
AWOLNATION's third undertaking sees Aaron Bruno once again at the helm producing, writing and recording. "With this record I really wanted to make a rock ‘n' roll/pop album." says Bruno. "And I say ‘pop' how I grew up listening to it, in the sense of Dire Straits or Born In The U.S.A. or The Cars or Tom Petty."
>Bardo Pond – Volume 8 CD/LP+MP3 (Fire)
Volume 8 is the brand-new album from the neo-space rock stoner drone outfit. It's a euphoric transcendental journey to a mountain top nirvana, a psychedelic tapestry that slowly unwinds as they travel onwards into the inner mind. A 40-minute opus delivered from a hail of reverb soulfully caressed by a ceremonial flute, that makes way for a shroud of Weld–era Neil Young fog. Bardo Pond is your rather ruffled tour guide to this far off place, this distant sense of wonderment at the crossroads with bewilderment.
>Bat Fangs – Bat Fangs CD/LP+MP3 (Don Giovanni)
Slick and sick visions channeled from the midnight mirror world. Acid-soaked hard-rock to thrill the living and raise dead. Rooted in the pop-metal of time beyond memory, the tunes are dark and spiritually corrupted, but also boldly anthemic. They deliver thunder and feedback, wild energy and melodic uplift. Music meant to lay waste to the airwaves and unfold the collective cranium.
>The BellRays – Punk Funk Rock Soul Vol. 2 CD/LP (U&Media)
Punk. Funk. Rock. Soul. The main ingredients in a potent witch's brew that the Bellrays have been mixing for a long time now.
>Anna Burch – Quit The Curse CD/LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
The deceptively complex pop of Quit The Curse marks the debut of this Detroit singer/songwriter. The nine tracks come on sugary and upbeat, but their darker lyrical themes and serpentine song structures are tucked neatly into what seem at first just like uncommonly catchy tunes. Burch's crystal clear vocal harmonies and gracefully crafted songs feel so warm and friendly that it's easy to miss the lyrics about destructive relationships, daddy issues and substance abuse that cling like spiderwebs to the hooky melodies. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Pearl Charles – Sleepless Dreamer CD/LP (Kanine)
Pearl Charles has been playing music since she was 5 years old. At 18, she formed the country duo The Driftwood Singers with Christian Lee Hutson, singing and playing guitar and autoharp. At 22, she joined garage rock band The Blank Tapes on drums. After two fun-filled years immersed in the rock and roll lifestyle, she decided it was time to pursue her own songwriting, and began developing the songs that formed her eponymous debut 2015 EP. Her music career has been a chronological progression from old time music to ‘60s garage and psychedelia, ‘70s country rock and now ‘80s soft rock. Drawn to poppy hooks and catchy choruses, Charles draws on what she loves about each era while developing her unique style as a solo artist on her first full-length Sleepless Dreamer. The title-track single finds Charles refining the breezy, country-tinged pop which she demonstrated a knack for on her EP.
>Chase Atlantic – Chase Atlantic CD (WB)
Chase Atlantic is an alternative pop trio from Australia. Their music is heavily influenced by rock and R&B.
>Stef Chura – Messes CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Saddle Creek)
Stef Chura’s debut studio album is born of her years of experience playing around the Michigan underground, setting up DIY shows in the area, and moving around the state. Chura calls her music “emotional collage,” eschewing start-to-finish storylines in favor of writing intuitively about feelings, drawing from experiences and references related to a certain sentiment. “Right when it starts to feel like home/It's time to go,” she sings on opening cut, “Slow Motion,” a twisty, dim-lit guitar pop song where she curls and stretches every word.
>Kyle Craft – Full Circle Nightmare CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Ever since his debut album Dolls Of Highland was released in 2016, Kyle Craft has been a critic's dream. Based in Portland, Oregon he serves up all the observational, storytelling talent with none of the attitude that so often comes with male singer-songwriter territory. His second album, Full Circle Nightmare, is entirely autobiographical. Sonically, thematically, lyrically, it's a huge leap forward from his 2016 release. The title Full Circle Nightmare refers to a moment where Craft saw his life for what it is and told himself to be satisfied. He described his debut record as: "like walking down this long hall of bizarre characters and surreal experiences, moving through the spider web of love and loss." This album is when you get to the end of that hallway, turn around and see all the stuff you've been through, then walk through the door, close it and start a new chapter in an even crazier hallway. A straight-up rollicking rock 'n' roll album, it traverses all the different nuances of the genre; from the bluegrass twang of "Exile Rag," to the gothic style of "Gold Calf Moan," it's a timeless piece that could exist in any of the past five decades.
>DePaul – Damage Already Done CD (Twenty Two Music)
Depaul (Whomadethebeat) as 1/3 founding member of successfully acclaimed rap group 337 mafia, of Lake Charles, LA embarks the industry with his debut album.
>Forrest Fang – Scenes From A Ghost Train CD (Projekt)
Fang is an ambient progressive musician who emerged from the DIY-"cassette culture" '80s scene with a highly idiosyncratic style influenced by the traditional musics of non-Western cultures, including Javanese gamelan and the folk music of his Chinese ancestors. The rich electronic textures of his music are often complimented by Western and non-Western stringed instruments, winds and percussion.
>Field Music – Open Here CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Memphis Industries)
The two years since Commontime have been strange and turbulent. If you thought the world made some kind of sense, you may have questioned yourself a few times in the past two years. And that questioning, that erosion of faith - in people, in institutions, in shared experience - runs through every song on the new Field Music album. But there's no gloom here. For Peter and David Brewis, playing together in their small riverside studio has been a joyful exorcism. Open Here is the last in a run of five albums made at the studio, an unprepossessing unit on a light industrial estate in Sunderland. Whilst the brothers weren't quite tracking while the wrecking balls came, the eviction notice received in early 2017 gave the brothers a sense of urgency to complete the recording.
>Genocide Pact – Order Of Torment CD/LP (Relapse)
Hailing from the lawless dominion that is our nation's capital, Genocide Pact unleash their raging sophomore full-length. der of Torment features eight tracks of pulverizing, relentless death metal that harkens to the greats while pushing the genre to chaotic new realms of possibility.
>Grateful Dead – Road Trips No. 3: Denver ’73 3xCD (Real Gone Music)
Denver was always one of the Dead’s favorite stops. This three-CD set offers the complete November 21, 1973 show along with some choice excerpts from the night before.
>Groovie Ghoulies – World Contact Day [Reissue/1996] CD/LP (Green Door Recordings)
1996's World Contact Day, the third full-length from seminal California punk band Groovie Ghoulies, marked the group's first appearance on legendary Berkeley label Lookout Records (Green Day, Operation Ivy). Kind of like the Banana Splits crossed with the Ramones, the Ghoulies blast out anthem after anthem here including "Ghoulies Are Go!" and "Island Of Pogo Pogo." Available for the first time on vinyl in decades, the haunted house of pop-punk has been remastered and repackaged with killer new artwork from Tom Neely.
>Hookworms – Microshift CD/LP (Domino)
Microshift is a record that largely pulls back the dense fog of guitars and Modern Lovers-esque blasts of organ that have become Hookworms' hallmark, replaced instead by a plethora of electronics and synthesizers.
>The James Hunter Six – Whatever It Takes CD/LP+MP3 (Daptone)
There is a common theme on Hunter’s sixth album. Whatever It Takes is not a record about infidelity, shallow seductions, fleeting backdoor trysts, or any of the other common clichés of R&B. These are poetic testaments to truer love. Loyalty, devotion, humility, and the inevitable regret of those who take love for granted.
>Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Mercy CD/2xLP (Deutsche Grammophon)
From Academy Award-winning director James Marsh (The Theory of Everything, Man of Wire) comes The Mercy, a tale of yachtsman Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth)'s disastrous attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race that results in his outrageous account of traveling the world alone by sea. The soundtrack for The Mercy features music by veteran Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.
>Julian Lage – Modern Lore CD/LP (Mack Avenue)
Modern Lore finds Julian Lage playfully flipping the script he followed on his acclaimed 2016 album, Arclight. That album – produced, like Modern Lore, by Lage's friend and collaborator, the singer-songwriter Jesse Harris – was his first trio set on electric guitar and found Lage inspired by the sounds and the attitude of the freewheeling, pre-bebop jazz era, when, as he puts it, "country music and jazz and swing were in this weird wild-west period." This time he incorporates the sensibility, if not the outright sound, of early rock and roll, a similarly hybrid form driven by rhythm, personality and a passion for the electric guitar.
>Robert Logan – Sculptor In Galaxy CD (Projekt)
After six solo electronic/ambient albums and his 2016 collaborations with Steve Roach (Biosonic and Second Nature) Robert Logan's 2018 album blends surprising electronic and acoustic sources, terraforming bright, melodic molten sound with an enraptured experience of the natural world.
>Loyals – Loyals CD (Tooth & Nail)
Synth-driven alternative pop band from Nashville, TN.
>Mast - Thelonious Sphere Monk CD (World Galaxy/Alpha)
A cosmic journey reinterpreting the great Thelonious Monk Song Book in celebration of his 100th birthday.
>McCafferty/Heart Attack Man – McCafferty/Heart Attack Man (Split EP) CDEP/12” (Take This To Heart/Triple Crown)
Ohio bands McCafferty and Heart Attack Man team up for a new split EP.
>Byron Metcalf, Dashmesh Khalsa, Steve Roach – Dream Tracker CD (Projekt)
The essential ingredients of ancient and contemporary shamanic trance states are fully activated in this highly potent release from 2010. Metcalf's living, breathing trance grooves percussion, Khalsa's didgeridoo and Roach's sound worlds are unified in a single purpose: to open the door out of the ordinary world, initiating the listener into an empowered journey of infinite possibilities for spiritual rebirth. The end result is full-blown alchemy, covering a wide range of ecstatic dreamtime flow: rhythm, breath and expansion.
>Mike and The Moonpies – Steak Night At The Prairie Rose CD (Mike and The Moonpies)
New release from the old-soul honky-tonkers.
>Charles Mingus – Live At Montreux 1975 CD (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
This concert, recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 20,1975, primarily features considerably extended versions of tracks from the pair of albums Changes One and Changes Two that were released in 1974 together with workouts on a couple of old standards “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” and “Take The ‘A’ Train.”
>Montgomery Gentry – Here’s To You CD (Average Joe’s Entertainment)
The eighth and final album from the country music duo was completed shortly before the death of Troy Gentry in September of 2017.
>Loren Nerell/Mark Seelig – Tree Of Life [Reissue/2014] CD (Projekt)
CD reissue of this album from gamelan master Loren Nerell and German based shamanic healer Mark Seelig.
>New York Dolls – Butterflyin’ CD/LP (Easy Action)
A remastered and restored rare New York Dolls live recording featuring the lineup that recorded their two seminal early albums plus a further five tracks from a US broadcast a few months later. The line-up at this time comprised vocalist David Johansen, guitarist Johnny Thunders, bassist Arthur Kane, guitarist/pianist Sylvain Sylvain, and drummer Jerry Nolan; the latter two had replaced Rick Rivets and Billy Murcia, respectively, in 1972.
>John Oates – Arkansas CD/LP (PS)
Oates teamed up with an amazing group of accomplished and rising stars in the Americana music world to bring his new album, Arkansas, to life. The project originally began as a tribute to Oates' idol, Mississippi John Hurt. It evolved organically, during a series of Nashville recording sessions, into a unique, retrospective collection drawing from a wide range of Oates' musical influences. Asked about the style and sound of Arkansas, he says, ''it's like Dixieland dipped in bluegrass and salted with Delta blues.''
>Orgone – Undercover Mixtape CD/2xLP (Colemine)
Orgone takes on 13 funk and soul classics. Otis Redding, Funkadelic, The Meters, Aretha Franklin, Betty Wright, and Booker T are just a few of the artists Orgone cover on this mixtape collection with some help from friends as well. [Green colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Steve Reich – Pulse/Quartet CD (Nonesuch)
Pulse (2015) is performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) – an artist collective committed to transforming the way music is created and experienced – and Quartet (2013) is played by the Colin Currie Group, an ensemble led by percussionist Colin Currie that specializes in the music of Steve Reich; these are also the ensembles that gave the world premiere performances of the respective works. [Vinyl edition due March 30th.]
>Rhye – Blood CD/LP (Loma Vista)
Blood is the much-anticipated sophomore album from romantic soul-pop group Rhye following 2013's acclaimed Woman. Themed around the aftermath of love, Blood alluringly pairs the band's sultry, subtle, funky brand of soul music with the warm, powerful, and totally unique vocals and lyrics of frontman Mike Milosh. "We've spent the last few years on the road translating the Woman album from a bedroom project into a full live experience. With Blood, it's been the opposite process; the music and sounds were really born out of the live environment and are built for performance," commented Milosh. "It takes a lot of courage to be vulnerable in front of an audience night after night. I use the same courage on every song on this record."
>Buddy Rich – The Lost Tapes CD/LP (Lightyear)
The Lost Tapes is an historic preservation and restoration project. The producers recovered the masters from a fire in 1990 and went about restoring the original surround sound track of the last concert Buddy Rich recorded before he passed away in 1987. This release follows the Emmy Award-winning Channel One Suite and both concerts were recorded the same night.
>Rivals – Damned Soul CD/LP (Smart Punk)
Rivals is a dark pop-rock band from Los Angeles, CA.
>Roxy Music – Roxy Music [Reissue/1972] 2xCD/3xCD+DVD (Virgin)
Roxy Music release an expanded edition of their ground-breaking debut album to mark its 45th anniversary. The double-CD package features rare and previously unavailable material never-heard-before outside of Roxy’s inner circle, including tracks taken from the band’s John Peel Radio Session (1972) and their BBC “In Concert” performance from Paris Theatre (1972). [The Super Deluxe Edition adds a 1971 demo tape and ‘In-Session’ performances. DVD includes an unreleased Bataclan Paris performance (1972), UK TV performances and a 5.1 album mix. The package also includes a 136-page hard-cover book including unseen photographers and memorabilia. Vinyl edition due March 16.]
>saib. – Sailing CD/LP (Cold Busted)
The Casablanca-based producer has steered his sound into warmer waters. Mixing tempered hip-hop beats with jazzy vibes and a lounge sensibility, saib. touches on a style that’s both chill and opulent
>Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi with Masahiko Satoh – Proton Pump CD/LP (Family Vineyard)
Proton Pump is a milestone achievement in the winding career of alto saxophonist, gibberish shrieker and jazz legend Akira Sakata. It's a lightning-fast, real-time cut-up of melody and bare-knuckle action that swings between the avant garde and hardcore be-bop. Sakata is backed by his famed rhythm crew Chikamorachi - drummer Chris Corsano and acoustic bassist Darin Gray - and joined by composer and pianist Masahiko Satoh.
>Saxon – Thunderbolt CD/LP/Cassette/CD+LP+Cassette (Militia Guard Music)
Since the 1970s Saxon has consistently showcased an ability to take rock ‘n' roll and give it an electrifying edge, cementing their status as pioneers of the British heavy metal wave along the way. Following the critically acclaimed release of Battering Ram in 2015, the heavy metal giants return with their latest studio effort, Thunderbolt. "This is album 22 and it's a storming smashing thundering collection of tracks we've been crafting with producer, Andy Sneap...Stand clear and fasten your seat belts!", says frontman Biff Byford. In other words, you can expect Thunderbolt to be fast and furious, dark and brooding with monumental riffing and screamed vocals galore. The new collection comes adorned with stunning original artwork by long time Saxon collaborator Paul Raymond Gregory (well known for producing epic Tolkien-inspired fantasy artworks for the likes of Dio, Molly Hatchet, Motörhead and Blind Guardian). [Limited 180gm colored vinyl pressing also available. Multi-format box set includes the colored vinyl edition.]
>Screeching Weasel – Wiggle [Reissue/1992] CD/LP (Monona)
The improved sound quality brings this beloved punk classic to where it belongs after 25 years. Screeching Weasel has been a love ‘em or hate ‘em band since their formation in 1986. One of the front runners of the punk movement that found them crafting a world away from the mainstream with Green Day, Operation Ivy, Rancid and Jawbreaker, they have created an impeccable catalog that went on to inspire Blink-182 and Fall Out Boy.
>Simple Minds – Walk Between Worlds CD/LP+MP3 (BMG)
Walk Between Worlds is Simple Minds' first album of new material since 2014's Big Music. With its eight tracks rocketing past in 42 minutes, it's a relatively concise affair. It's also an album of two distinct sides, very much the old-school album format that singer Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill grew up with as music fans. Side One tracks such as "Summer" and "The Signal And The Noise" revisit the glassy guitars and new wave dance grooves of the post-punk era and the second half explores more cinematic sounds, with the title track and "Barrowland Star" both featuring dramatic orchestrations recorded at Abbey Road. The album is bookended by two songs about faith, "Magic" and "Sense Of Discovery." The first is a reflection on the desire and hunger of youth – the faith in their own abilities that Simple Minds possessed during their formative years. "Sense Of Discovery," which features a melodic refrain that alludes to 1985's “Alive And Kicking,” is centered on the voice of an older narrator passing on wisdom and advice to a younger individual. [Deluxe edition features three bonus tracks.]
>Soundtrack – Lady Bird: Soundtrack From The Motion Picture CD (Legacy Recordings)
With her directorial debut Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig revealed herself to be a bold new cinematic voice, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Gerwig disclosed that she'd written personal letters to artists she had in mind for the film – including Dave Matthews and Alanis Morissette – to expressly ask for their blessing to use their songs. "The soundtrack," wrote Billboard's Tatiana Tenreyro, "plays a big role in showing protagonist Lady Bird's turbulent adolescent years. The film is set in 2002, and Gerwig wanted it to feel as authentic as possible with a soundtrack that transports viewers to the era." Starring Saoirse Ronan in the title role and Laurie Metcalf as her mother, Lady Bird won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, while Ronan took home the award for Best Actress. [Vinyl edition due March 16.]
>Story Untold – Waves CD (Hopeless)
Hailing back to the day of bands like Good Charlotte and Yellowcard, Waves boasts polished pop punk and unapologetically catchy choruses.
>Damo Suzuki & Jelly Planet – Damo Suzuki & Jelly Planet CD/2xLP (Purple Pyramid)
The new album from legendary Can vocalist Damo Suzuki finds him performing a fully improvised set with German experimentalists Jelly Planet.
>Justin Timberlake – Man Of The Woods CD/2xLP+MP3 (Sony)
Ten-time Grammy winner Justin Timberlake returns on RCA Records with his highly anticipated fourth studio effort and follow-up to 2013 double album The 20/20 Experience. Man Of The Woods marks Timberlake's most ambitious release to date, both sonically and lyrically. Combining the sounds of traditional American rock with the modern influences of collaborators The Neptunes, Timbaland, Chris Stapleton, and Alicia Keys, this new material explores storytelling inspired by his son, his wife, and his personal journey from Memphis to where he is today. Lead single "Filthy" is a blockbuster futurist R&B cut co-written and co-produced by Timberlake, Timbaland, and Danja with additional writing credits from James Fauntleroy and Larrance Dopson.
>Letitia VanSant – Gut It To The Studs CD (Letitia VanSant)
In a time when embracing the heart and soul of humanity is at a critical moment, Baltimore's Americana songstress Letitia Vansant releases a poignant collection of songs.
>Various Artists – The #1 Sound From The Vaults Vol. 1 CD (Studio One)
This RSD 2017 vinyl release is now available on CD. An 18 track bonanza of rare sides featuring both the label’s top hit makers as well as some of its more obscure artists.
>Various Artists - Finally Together - The Ru-Jac Records Story Volume Three: 1966-1967 CD (Omnivore)
Various Artists – Changes - The Ru-Jac Records Story, Volume Four: 1967-1980 CD (Omnivore)
The Baltimore soul/R&B label Ru-Jac Records was founded in 1963 by local promoter Rufus Mitchell and investor partner Jack Bennett (their names forming the Ru-Jac name). The label primarily released regional soul/R&B singles from 1963 until the mid-1970s, when Mitchell stepped away to focus on another business venture. All four volumes of The Ru-Jac Records Story (the first two were released last month) collects for the very first time the audio history of the label. Each volume is produced by the Grammy-winning producer Cheryl Pawelski and Kevin Coombe, East Coast soul historian. Coombe provides liner notes detailing the rise and eventual closure of the label, and its close ties to the segregated beaches and performance spaces of the region. Rare photos and ephemera will be included in each volume to help illustrate and trace the history of the label. Utilizing original tapes, extremely collectible 45s, and acetates, all four volumes underwent extensive restoration and mastering by Grammy-winning engineer, Michael Graves.
>W.A.S.P. – Re-Idolized (Soundtrack To The Crimson Idol) 2xCD+DVD+Blu-ray/2xLP (Napalm)
In 1992 W.A.S.P. released "The Crimson Idol". It's the story of Jonathan Aaron Steele, an abused child looking for love. The band celebrates the 25th anniversary of this (their fifth album,) with a re-recorded version of the LP along with a 50-minute film of the album's story.
>John Williams – Conductor 20xCD (Sony Masterworks)
A new 20-CD box set that features all of his definitive recordings for Sony Classical including The Star Wars Trilogy, The Spielberg/Williams Collaboration, Yo-Yo Ma Plays The Music Of John Williams, American Journey, Summon The Heroes and more, plus a 40-page perfect-bound book.
>Ron Wood & Ronnie Lane – Mahoney’s Last Stant [OST/Reissue/1976] CD (Real Gone Music)
What do two Faces do when their lead singer (bon vivant Rod Stewart) doesn’t show up for the Ooh La La recording sessions? They work on a soundtrack for an obscure film by actor and friend Alexis Kanner (most famous for his guest roles on the late- ‘60s TV series The Prisoner), and draft the uppermost rank of British rock royalty to play on it.
>The Wood Brothers – One Drop Of Truth CD/LP (Honey Jar)
The Wood Brothers' sixth outing dives headfirst into a deep wellspring of sounds, styles and influences. Whereas their previous outings have often followed a conceptual and sonic through-line, here the long-standing Nashville-based trio treat each song as if it were its own short film. =
>Frank Zappa – Zappa/Mothers: The Roxy Performances 7xCD (Zappa)
This 7-disc box contains all four public shows performed on December 9th and 10th,1973, remixed in 2016 and presented in their entirety for the first time. Also included is the soundcheck from December 8th and bonus content that features rehearsal nuggets and unreleased tracks along with highlights from the recording session at Bolic Studios that took place in conjunction with the filming dates.
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>The Alchemist – Paris L.A. Bruxelles Instrumentals LP (ALC)
"Last year I linked up with Redbull France. They brought me out to Paris for a week, paid for my records, and let me craft beats in their studio (I ended up moving the equipment to my hotel room due to smoking restrictions). The idea was to use strictly French samples, then hook me up with a bunch of dope new young artists from France and Brussels to make songs out of the beats. The final piece to the project was a sold-out show in France where I presented each artist and they performed both the songs we did and their own hit songs. The project came out dope, I linked up with some really talented artists, and ended up making more than enough joints. This is the instrumental version of the project. Enjoy." – Alchemist
>Behemoth – The Apostasy [Reissue/2007] LP (Peaceville)
Vinyl reissue of the eighth album from the Polish extreme metal band.
>Big Head Todd and The Monsters – New World Arisin’ LP (Big)
Released last November on CD – now available on vinyl. The 11th album from Colorado rock band.
>Big K.R.I.T. – 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time 2xLP (BMG Rights Management)
Released last October on CD – now available on vinyl. New album from the Mississippi rapper.
>Birthday Boy & Trish - Magic b/w Chance To Go Far 7” (Bastard Jazz)
Two talents from up North - Toronto’s freewheeling producer/DJ Birthday Boy and Canadian songstress Trish (plus songwriter and backup vocalist Joe Law) - link up for a lesson in positive vibrations and soulful, R&B-infused future grooves. “Magic” toys with a mellow bassline and warm guitar loop from Tom Misch while “Chance To Go Far” is a Kaytra-esque hip-hop number with big drums and hook that will stay with you all day.
>Black Market Brass – War Room b/w Into The Thick 7” (Colemine)
Hailing from Minneapolis, MN, Black Market Brass is a 10-piece group performing their own brand of originally composed afrobeat/afrofunk music, as well as completing authentic renditions of the classic 1970s West African sound. Taking their cues from the godfathers, the band draws on complex polyrhythmic percussion, driving bass lines, dizzying guitar interplay, rolling keyboards, and room-commanding brass.
>Buy My Drugs – Hyperdope b/w Fwma Ft. Yasiin Bey 7” (Elevation Nation)
An Afro-Brazilian percussive mien hybridized with the aggressive, federally-sanctioned genre: loom-bap. The bass-drunk 909s, programmed to stomp mud-holes throughout the full-length's soundscape, drive the manic transitions between maximal bliss and minimal dystopia.
>Calibro 35 – Superstudio b/w Gomma 7” (Record Kicks)
The first single from their upcoming album Decade (which is due February 9). “SuperStudio” is the main theme for a movie that doesn't exist, starring Clint Eastwood and Pam Grier saving Earth from the invasion of deadly robots from another planet. On the flip is the bonus track “Gamma” - an irresistible funk groovy shaker.
>The Church – Man Woman Life Death Infinity LP (Unorthodox)
Limited 180gm white vinyl LP pressing of the 2017 album from the veteran Australian alt-rock band. Man Woman Life Death Infinity is the 26th album by The Church, and their second with
the rejuvenated line-up Steve Kilbey, Peter Koppes, Tim Powles and Ian Haug.
>Computa Games - Rock Creek (Revenge) b/w Apache 3000 7” (Superjock)
Computa Games returns with a pair of B-Boy bangers.
>Country Joe & The Fish - The Wave Of Electrical Sound 4xLP+DVD (Craft Recordings)
Country Joe and The Fish – I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Die [Reissue/1967] LP (Craft Recordings)
The Wave Of Electrical Sound celebrates the band’s prolific year, with an audio/visual cornucopia of music, film and ephemera. This deluxe box set contains both mono and stereo versions of Electric Music For The Mind And Body (1967) and I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die (1967) on 180gm vinyl. Includes a DVD of How We Stopped The War, a 30-minute documentary, filming the band on their way to an anti-Vietnam War rally.
>Damu The Fudgemunk and Y Society – Travel At Your Own Pace Instrumental Versions LP (Redefinition)
Limited edition vinyl picture disc pressing. Long awaited instrumental versions of Travel At Your Own Pace by y Society AKA Insight & Damu. Produced entirely by the Damu The Fudgemunk. Travel at Your Own Pace (TAYOP) the album was first released in October 2007. With this instrumental version, Insight and Damu put the message in the music.
>Del The Funky Homosapien & Tame One – Parallel Uni-Verses [Reissue/2009] LP (Parallel Thought Ltd.)
Purple/white smoke colored vinyl reissue of the 2009 joint effort between Hieroglyphics founder Del The Funky Homosapien and original Artifacts emcee Tame One.
>Dr. John, The Night Tripper – The Sun, Moon & Herbs [Reissue/1971] LP (8th Records)
180gm vinyl reissue of a dark and swampy collection anchored by the hypnotic "Familiar Reality" and featuring colorful guest appearances by Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger and The Memphis Horns.
>DJ Smash/DJ Evo - Your Pants Are Hot b/w Mandingo Boogie 7” (Adventures In Paradise)
The second release from Adventures In Paradise in Vancouver features the legendary DJ Smash. Smash is a true OG, hailing from NY and now residing in San Francisco. He’s been DJing since ‘85, and when he’s not behind the turntables, you can find him working as a studio musician, as well as producing original material and remixing. On the flip DJ Evo makes his production debut. Leapfrogging from his eclectic DJ sets and diving headfirst into production and provides a slice of modern boogie strictly for the dancefloor.
>Drive By Tuckers - What It Means Live At Newport Folk Festival b/w The Perilous Night 7” (ATO)
A new limited edition double-A side single featuring “What It Means” recorded live at the 2017 Newport Folk Festival.
>Dr. Dundiff – Muneybeats LP (Jakarta)
Muneybeats is Dr. Dundiff revisiting his roots in an all instrumental experience. “Put the most attractive beats on top. The ones that make you pull the car over and go, ‘Wow, I need this be a right now.’ Those are the Muneybeats.
>Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan [Reissue/1963] 2xLP (Mobile Fidelity)
Numbered limited edition (3000 copies) 180gm mono 45rpm pressing.
>French Vanilla – French Vanilla LP (Danger Collective)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. French Vanilla is a feminist art-punk band based in Los Angeles. hey regulate the dance floor with socially sensitive lyrics, vocal freneticism, punchy basslines, and catchy sax.
>Logan Gabriel – Spaceplan 2LP (Black Screen)
180gm colored vinyl pressing of Gabriel's electronic/ambient soundtrack to the PC and mobile game.
>Ghost – Snapshot 12” (Spectrum)
Debut EP from this Parisian-bred and Los Angeles-based producer. "Stay Awhile" is '80s power: squared-off suits, huge drums, and funky electro bass with amphitheater diva-soul vocals from Joanna Rose and a dynamic keyboard lead from XL Middleton that could fit any night club scene from Miami Vice. "Number One Fly High" is drum machine-forward promo funk, stuck somewhere in between levels or perhaps part of an uplifting montage that serves only to represent joy and excitement. "Ça Ç'est Paris", an homage to Ghost's native city, is essentially the performance piece of an obscure bit of French Cinema, on the brink of everything current, urban and hip, however still capsulated in 1985.
>Eric Johnson - Ah Via Musicom [Reissue/1990] LP (Friday Music)
Eric Johnson leapt to the forefront of contemporary music over 25 years ago as "an extraordinary guitar player accessible to ordinary music fans" (Memphis Commercial Appeal), with his landmark third album Ah Via Musicom. 180gm audiophile pressing.
>Trevor Jones Randy Edelman – The Last Of The Mohicans [OST/1992] LP (Real Gone Music)
Limited sepia-toned colored vinyl reissue. Expanded with the closing credit song "I Will Find You" by Clannad.
>The Kinks – Misfits [Reissue/1978] LP (Friday Music)
1978's Misfits showcases the band's newly stripped-down rock & roll direction and includes the tender, oddball hit Ray Davies wrote for his brother, "Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy," and the bouncing pop gem "In A Foreign Land." Limited 180gm colored vinyl pressing.
>Latyrx – Latyrx: The Album [Reissue/1997] LP (Real People)
Released as a limited 20th Anniversary vinyl edition for RSD 2017, a standard vinyl reissue is now available. Latyrx: The Album features lyricists Lyrics Born and Lateef The Truthspeaker, with production from DJ Shadow, Chief Xcel.
>L7 – Wireless LP (Easy Action)
A raw nine-track live performance, recorded in Brisbane in October 1992 for Triple J's Live At The Wireless event series.
>Machine Head – Catharsis 2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
Released last week on CD – now available on vinyl. If heavy music stands for anything, it’s freedom. Formed in Oakland, California in 1991, Machine Head have forged a formidable reputation and huge global fan base by never surrendering their artistic liberty or compromising their belief in the power of heaviness.
>Marmozets – Knowing What You Know LP (Roadrunner)
Released last week on CD – now available on vinyl. “Spaces between heartbeats quickly shrink. Adrenaline rushes into the system. Body parts move involuntarily. This is the effect of hearing British post-hardcore young guns Marmozets. The band packed heat with their 2014 debut The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets, filling it with shredding guitars, massive hooks, and frontwoman Becca McIntyre’s distinctive howl. Four years later, no time is wasted getting to the hook, opening with Becca roaring ‘One, two, three, play!’ before the first beat on album opener and first single ‘Play.’ There’s less of the scream that punctuated every line of their first big hit ‘Why Do You Hate Me?’ Instead, her voice has become more powerful and dynamic; her ferocity still intact. She stretches notes to their limits on the gut-punching chorus of ‘Habits,’ and spits each syllable in ‘Major System Error’ with the same force and deadliness of a machine gun, exploding when she shrieks, ‘Can you keep it together?’ Knowing What You Know Now is a massive improvement on Marmozets’ excellent debut, showing massive growth in their wild and wonderful world.” – Hysteria
>Efrim Manuel Menuck – Pissing Stars LP (Constellation)
Efrim Manuel Menuck returns with his second album, the brilliantly intense follow-up to his 2011 solo debut, Plays “High Gospel”, and the first new material with Menuck as central songwriter and vocalist since 2014’s acclaimed F**k Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything from his chamber-punk-rock band Thee Silver Mt. Zion. The legendary Montréal-based musician has much-deserved cult status among fans of political punk, post-rock and avant-noise songcraft alike. Menuck celebrates 25 years of unflinching and uncompromising sonic output with Pissing Stars, wherein he launches acerbic darts, impassioned salvos and fragile flowers into gusts of noise-battered song built around pulsing maximalist electronics and drone, shot through with alternately plaintive, chilling, often processed vocals.
>Mestizo Beat – Featherbed Lane b/w Handcuffed To The Shovel 7” (Colemine)
Mestizo Beat is a Los Angeles-based band blending the styles of Afrobeat, Afro-Cuban, funk, and R&B.
>The Meters – Cabbage Alley [Reissue/1972] LP (8th Records)
The Meters' 1972 release was the incomparable quartet's first for Warner Bros./Reprise, and boasts a somewhat smoother, but no less funky, sound than its predecessors. Indeed, it's one of the band's most highly-regarded releases, capturing the musicians' remarkable rhythmic chemistry on such originals as "Stay Away, "You've Got to Change (You've Got to Reform)" and the aptly titled "Gettin' Funkier All the Time," as well as a seductive reworking of Neil Young's "Birds."
>Mild High Club x King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Rolling Stoned 7” (Stones Throw)
Both bands perform a composition written by Alexander Britton.
>Joni Mitchell – The Second Fret LP (Troubador)
Early versions of classic Joni Mitchell tracks sourced from the mid-‘60s just prior to her signing with Reprise Records. Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.
>Mountain – The Best Of Mountain [Reissue/1973] LP (8th Records)
Mountain is one of those rare bands that can be credited with forging a style and sound that would for ever change the face of rock music. The innovative combination of Leslie West's unique tone and feel, Felix Pappalardi's studio production skills, Corky Laing's powerful double bass drumming and Steve Knight's keyboard textures, produced some of the best and most memorable rock tunes of all time including "Mississippi Queen," "Nantucket Sleighride," "Theme From an Imaginary Western," "For Yasgur's Farm" and "Never In My Life." Drawing from the band's first three landmark studio records with all of the aforementioned classics in tow, The Best Of Mountain is the definitive collection of tracks from the bluesy hard-rock trailblazers.
>Willie Nelson – Greatest Hits (& Some That Will Be) [Reissue/1981] 2xLP (Friday Music)
Limited edition colored vinyl reissue.
>Carlos Niño & Friends – Going Home LP (Leaving)
Revered producer/musician Carlos Niño engages the fifth album in his ongoing & Friends series with Going Home, a definitive six-song odyssey in tribute to "passing from the earthly realm" featuring Deantoni Parks, Dexter Story, Jamael Dean, Josh Johnson, Miguel Atwood- Ferguson, SK Kakraba, and new age legend Iasos. Carlos Gabriel Niño is an internationally-celebrated producer, arranger, composer, musician, radio host, DJ, music consultant, writer, poet, and event organizer, based in his hometown of Woodland Hills, California.
>Orkesta Mendoza - Cumbia Volcadora b/w Caramelos 7” (Boogieburg Recordings)
Focused, fierce and beautifully executed by a superbly drilled set of musicians, “Cumbia Volcadora” and “Caramelos” fully match Orkesta Mendoza’s explosive live performances. Mexican electronic pioneer Camilo Lara (aka Mexican Institute of Sound who has been remixed by Ad Rock of Beastie Boys and Tricky and has collaborated with Gogol Bordello, Sly and Robbie, Toots and The Maytals, N.A.S.A., Kool AD, Stereo MC’s, and MC Lyte), Salvador Duran (who has lent his voice to Calexico and Iron And Wine), Quetzal Guerrero (of Osunlade’s Yoruba Records), and Ceci Bastida join forces with Tucson’s Orkesta Mendoza (lead by Calexico’s Sergio Mendoza) on Boogieburg’s fourth vinyl release housed in a hand-stamped antique green “old style” sleeve.
>Orgone – Big Day b/w Hound Dogs 7” (Colemine)
Orgone is back with another dose of heavy funk from the West Coast.
>Shuggie Otis – Inspiration Information [Reissue/1974] LP (8th Records)
Shuggie was just 21 when his third and final album, Inspiration Information, was issued at the end of 1974. Widely regarded as a masterpiece, songs from the long out-of-print LP have been sampled on the likes of OutKast's "Ms. Jackson," Beyonce's "Gift From Virgo" and Digable Planets' "For Corners." Guardian ranks the album alongside such late-'60s/early-'70s breakthroughs by black artists as Love's Forever Changes, the Jimi Hendrix Experience's Axis Bold As Love, Sly & the Family Stone's There's A Riot Going On, and Stevie Wonder's Innervisions.
>Eddie Palmieri – Sabiduría 2xLP (Ropeadope)
Eddie Palmieri’s influence on the world of modern music is often celebrated, but just as often underestimated. As he completes his 80th year with us, his energy and commitment seem to be increasing, as if to fully emphasize the power of not just the music but also the cross-cultural importance of the process. Sabiduría is the Spanish word for ‘wisdom’, and the message is clear from the outset that wisdom is the exalted value that should guide us all. His intent with Sabiduría, as it has been with all his recordings, is to create art that will be analyzed and understood well beyond his time.
>Iggy Pop – Apollo 10” (Easy Action)
Two classic Lust For Life tunes recorded live at the Manchester Apollo on September 25, 1977.
>Bernard “Pretty” Purdie - Soul Drums [Reissue/1968] 2xLP (Nature Sounds)
Bernard Purdie is one of the most well-known drummers of all time, and probably the most recorded in history. From his early days as a session player, Purdie rose to become Aretha Franklin’s musical director, did overdubs for The Beatles, and recorded with the likes of Steely Dan, Cat Stevens, Joe Cocker, Hall & Oats, Quincy Jones, Roberta Flack, and James Brown, to name a few. In 1967 he entered a studio with several friends to cut his first solo album, “Soul Drums”. The album was critically acclaimed upon its initial release, only to reach mythical proportions once being rediscovered by DJs and hip-hop producers years later, when it became one of the most sought-after drum LPs among vinyl collectors.
>Roxy – Body Heat b/w Midnight Lover 12” (Rollersoul)
Modern boogie funk with a classic sound inspired by the synthesizer funk of 1983 with a dance floor focus.
>Savoy Brown – Witchy Feelin’ LP (Ruf)
Released last August on CD – now available on vinyl. Latest release from the veteran blues outfit.
>Einar Selvik – Snake Pit Poetry 10” (By Norse Music)
A two-track EP containing an acoustic version as well as the complete studio version of his much requested piece "Snake Pit Poetry", written for History Channel´s Vikings and Ragnar Lothbrok's fatal encounter with a Northumbrian Snake pit. The song features the extraordinary talent of Icelandic singer Hilda Örvarsdottir. Etched B-side.
>Judee Sill – Live In London: The BBC Recordings 1972-1973 [Reissue/2007] LP (Troubadour)
A collection of live recordings from the BBC archives.
>Tiny Moving Parts - Swell LP (Triple Crown)
Released last week on CD and cassette – now available on vinyl. Following 2016's acclaimed Celebrate, the delightfully chipper trio from Benson, Minnesota bring you their brand-new record Swell. The collection finds Tiny Moving Parts building on its predecessor and throwing into the melting pot, their impressively complex instrumentation, infectious melodies and killer hooks to create a tight, mathy melodic punk combination that's hard to resist. Guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and a spring to your step.
>Tokimonsta – Creature Dreams [Reissue/2011] 12” (Young Art)
Tokimonsta – Lune Rouge LP (Young Art)
Originally released on Brainfeeder in 2011, Tokimonsta's own Young Art Records is proud to reissue Creature Dreams on blue colored vinyl. As Tokimonsta, California producer Jennifer Lee's charted a fascinating career over the past seven years, and Lune Rouge is her exhilarating next step. Her third proper long-player is both a logical progression of her sound and a surprising left turn from an artist that rarely ceases to surprise. A smoky, patient, and altogether lovely collection, Lune Rouge mixes modern sensibilities with old-school sounds to make for a heady brew of moonlit music.
>T. Rex - Chateau De Herouville LP (Easy Action)
This rare studio session release collects four tracks recorded by the classic T. Rex line-up of Marc Bolan, Steve Currie, Bill Legend and Mickey Finn at the Chateau De Herouville for Broadcast on French Television prior to the completion of The Slider (1972). Limited colored vinyl pressing.
>Various Artists - Palenque Records Afrocolombia Remix Vol. 2 LP (Galletas Caliente)
inviting more talented producers from worldwide “Global Bass” scene to revisit all time Afro-Colombian classic musical pieces. Palenque Records’ original artists, such as Son Palenque, Batata y Su Rumba Palenquera, Colombiafrica The Mystic Orchestra.., living testimonies of how much Africa has influenced traditional music in Colombia, have developed a remarkable culture, collaborating with african musicians such as Diblo Dibala, Bopol Mansiamina,
>Various Artists - Synthesize the Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica From The Cape Verde Islands 1973-1988 2xLP (Ostinato)
Through 18 diverse tracks this compilation reveals how immigration from the Cape Verde Islands to Europe and the United States gave us an alternate history of the electronic music that dominated hearts and minds across the world in the late 1990s.
>Wau y Los Arrrghs – El Mananero 7” (Slovenly)
Two action packed punk blasts from 2017 – repressed on vinyl with new artwork.
>Yung Lean – Stranger LP (Kobalt)
Released last November on CD – now available on vinyl. Swedish rapper Yung Lean shot to fame after a series of YouTube clips recorded with friends went viral, but since then he's pursued his own devoutly independent path. Recently appearing on Frank Ocean's Blonde, the Stockholm songwriter is perfectly poised to reach fresh heights.
released 26 january 2018
>CDs + Vinyl:
>Agrimonia – Awaken CD (Southern Lord)
Agrimonia’s sound has always been dense, immersive, ambitious even, and on Awaken their prog-infused form of expansive metal has evolved into something more energetic, dynamic, and powerful. [Vinyl edition due February 16.]
>Phil Anselmo & The Illegals – Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue CD/LP (Housecore)
Instead of treading the same ground as his previous bands Pantera and Down, Phil Anselmo and his band mates ''The Illegals'' - Jose Manuel ''Blue'' Gonzalez [drums], Stephen Taylor (moved from bass to guitar), and new extreme additions ''Metal'' Mike DeLeon (guitar), and Walter Howard (bass) - open up another doorway altogether with their release. Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue is extreme, abrasive, aggressive, and anthemic.
>Robbie Basho – Live In Forli, Italy 1982 CD (ESP Disk)
Robbie Basho (1940-86), who died young after a stroke, never got his due in the culture at large, but steel-string guitar enthusiasts have known for decades that he was one of the greats of "American Primitivism". Technically adept and compositionally imaginative, fusing the music of many cultures into a mesmerizing solo style, he has been an inspiration for many; his music has generated a surge of interest in recent years. This 1982 concert was part of a four-show Italian tour. [Vinyl edition due February 23.]
>Jaap Blonk & Terrie Ex – Thirsty Ears CD (Terp)
Jaap Blonk is a Dutch avant-garde composer and sound poet. He is primarily self-taught, both as a sound artist and as a visual/stage performer. One of his early influences was Kurt Schwitters, whose Ursonate he first heard in 1979; he memorized the entire work, and it became one of the cornerstones of his repertory; he has recited portions of the piece hundreds of times in various public places. His performances of sound poetry are unique and world renowned, making use of words and phonetic snippets as well as clicks, hisses, and other vocal manipulations. He hooked up with The Ex guitarist Terrie Ex in 2006 and they did several gigs after that. In 2012 The Ex brought Blonk over to Ethiopia for a special sound poetry project. This combination, Thirsty Ears, is an adventure in improvising sound and poetry; electronics, guitar and vocals. [Vinyl edition due February 9.]
>Brainticket – Zurich/Lausanne 2xCD (Purple Pyramid)
Live archive release containing a pair of full-length unreleased live recordings. Features Joel Vandroogenbroeck, the founder of pioneering electronic behemoth Brainticket. Includes compositions not found on any other album
>Dennis Brown – Stick By Me CD (Abraham)
A collection of tracks from Jamaica's favorite singer Dennis Brown, also dubbed the "Crown Prince of Reggae".
>Calexico – The Thread That Keeps Us CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
The ninth studio album from Calexico is a timely snapshot of the Arizona-bred band: a family portrait capturing their stylistic variety and unpredictability while still finding solace in limitless creativity. In bringing The Thread That Keeps Us to life, vocalist/guitarist Joey Burns and drummer John Convertino found a spiritual home in unusual surroundings – not in Arizona, but on the Northern California coast in a home-turned-studio called the Panoramic House. Built from debris and shipyard-salvaged timber – and dubbed "The Phantom Ship" by the band – the grandiose house and its edge-of-the-world-like ambience soon made their way into the songs. With less polish and more grit than ever before, The Thread That Keeps Us both honors enduring traditions and reveals Calexico's confidence in songwriting, ultimately setting a whole new standard for the band.
>Celtic Woman – Homecoming: Live From Ireland CD/CD+DVD (Manhattan)
Recorded in Dublin, Ireland in September 2017. Both an accomplished recording ensemble and a one-of-a-kind live act, Celtic Woman combines the country's finest musical talents with epic stage production to present a uniquely inspiring live experience. [Stand-alone DVD edition also available.]
>Club 8 – Golden Island CD/LP (Labrador)
Tenth album from Swedish act Club 8 and the duo's biggest leap since they formed in the small town of Åhus in 1995. Golden Island is a place somewhere between the real and the imaginary. It dwells on quietness and subtle moves created by odd instruments, field recordings and sampled voices creating embracing atmospheres pending from soothing to haunting.
>Robert Cohen-Solal – Les Shadoks CD/LP (We Release Whatever The F**k We Want)
The complete soundtrack of cult French animated TV series Les Shadoks (1968-1974). Electro-acoustic pioneer and eminent member of the illustrious GRM (Groupe de recherches musicales, the French equivalent of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop), Robert Cohen-Solal has explored music and sound alongside luminaries such as Bernard Parmegiani, Pierre Henry, Luc Ferrari, and Iannis Xenakis, and is responsible for numerous projects in the field of applied music, soundtracks (documentaries, shorts etc.), and experimental recordings. His work on Les Shadoks is simply extraordinary -- a fascinating and bizarre collage of wacky electro pop (à la Jean-Jacques Perrey), drones, musique concrète, classical, and dadaist sound experiments seamlessly mixed into a cohesive and cinematic listening experience.
>Hollie Cook – Vessel Of Love CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Hollie Cook combines her unique vocal talent and charisma to craft a dynamic strand of lovers rock with enduring tropical vibes, weaving a path from her West London roots to an arena of diverse collaborations, critically acclaimed records, and iconic live appearances around the world. Cook's ability to surprise, delight, and progress solidifies her position as one of the most exciting voices in reggae, and this is clear on her third full-length Vessel Of Love. Acclaimed producer Martin "Youth" Glover lends his venerable production expertise to the album. Cook sits in good company on Glover's impressive production list, joining Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, The Verve, Primal Scream, Pink Floyd, and Depeche Mode. Glover describes Cook's songs as "sharp lyrical observations and clever word play combined with an exquisite and informed pop sensibility."
>Cornelius – Mellow Waves CD/LP (Rostrum)
Acclaimed Japanese producer, composer, and recording artist Cornelius first proper studio album in over 11 years. "One second, we're careening through mathy guitar pop reminiscent of fellow Tokyo residents Toe on ‘Somewhere / Someplace,’ the next, we're in the midst of ‘Surfing On Mind Wave Pt. 2’’s six minutes of blissful ambience,” reveals Merry Jane Media. “By the album's end, you'll have heard soaring pop choruses, robot-voiced grooves, samba rhythms, and some of the finest acoustic guitar/synth pairings in recent memory.” [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>The Dangerous Summer – The Dangerous Summer CD/LP (Hopeless)
First album in almost five years from the Ellicott City, Maryland-based alt-rockers. [Limited blue colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Chris Dave And The Drumhedz - Chris Dave And The Drumhedz CD/2xLP (Blue Note)
Chris Dave has drummed for everyone from Adele to Bieber and Dolly to D'Angelo; Questlove once described Chris as his "worst nightmare" and Rolling Stone named him one of the 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time. The Drumhedz' debut LP showcases a family of musicians whose credits coil like ivy around nearly every pillar or modern sound. It's a place without genre, where elements of funk, soul, gospel, hip-hop and jazz mix until they're an indistinguishable surging mass of solid groove. Musicians include Anderson .Paak, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Bilal, SiR, Anna Wise and dozens more.
>Craig David – Time Is Now CD (RCA)
Seventh studio album by the British singer. Guests include JP Cooper, Bastille, AJ Tracey, Ella
Mai, Kaytranada and GoldLink.
>Deadheads – This One Goes To 11 CD/LP (High Roller)
Third album from the Gothenburg, Sweden raw power rock ‘n’ roll band.
>Dirtmusic – Bu Bir Ruya CD/LP+MP3 (Glitterbeat)
Dirtmusic return for their fifth album, a full-scale collaboration with Turkish-psych visionary Murat Ertel from Baba Zula. Recorded in Istanbul, Bu Bir Ruya navigates hypnotic rhythms, cinematic atmospheres and dark political realities.
>Django Django – Marble Skies CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
Django Django – David Maclean (producer/drummer), Vincent Neff (vocalist/guitarist), Jimmy Dixon (bass) and Tommy Grace (synths) - return, exploring new sounds with their third full-length album, Marble Skies. It's a concise and focused album that recalls their dynamic, genre-blurring debut and its handmade, cut-and-paste approach. Following the release of their 2012 Mercury Prize-nominated debut and 2015's Born Under Saturn, the process for Marble Skies began with a back-to-basics approach in line with the DIY ethos of the band's early days. In late 2016, Django Django (minus Maclean) assembled at Urchin Studios in Tottenham, London with Metronomy drummer Anna Prior to experiment with new material. After ten days of recording, there was plenty of raw demos to send to Maclean for him to edit, refine and evolve before the band rejoined for recording proper. Marble Skies was completed in mid-2017 in their small, equipment-crammed studio in north London – a similar environment to the first record, which was recorded in Maclean's bedroom.
>Fats Domino – The King Of New Orleans Live! 3xCD (Sunset Blvd)
A mammoth three-CD, 50-song collection, compiled from a wealth of in-concert performances.
>Dommengang – Love Jail CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Dommengang have adapted to the arid climate of Los Angeles, and imbued their particular brand of rock with a heavy dose of the best of 1970s rock aesthetics, including at least one ballad. Over the course of ten songs, Dommengang draw widely from the American rock music lexicon, primarily influenced by electric blues.
>Wayne Escoffery – Vortex CD (Sunnyside)
On this recording, jazz saxophonist Wayne Escoffery presents this great quartet on a number of original pieces, a standard and an original piece by the ensemble's brilliant drummer, Ralph Peterson, who Escoffery has worked alongside since Escoffery's arrival in New York in 2000. The rest of the band is equally pedigreed. Pianist David Kikoski has been a regular collaborator in the Mingus Big Band and with Eddie Henderson, and bassist Ugonna Okegwo has been driving the rhythm section of Tom Harrell's ensemble for the entirety of Escoffery's tenure. Escoffery's quartet is augmented by the percussion of Jaquelene Acevedo on a number of pieces.
>Etant Donnés with Michael Gira - Offenbarung Und Untergang by Georg Trakl [Reissue/1999] CD/LP (Munster)
A reissue of this 1999 collaboration between Etant Donnés (Eric and Marc Hurtado) and Michael Gira (Swans), featuring Mark Cunningham (Mars) and Saba Komossa (Delkom). The album is based upon the text Offenbarung Und Untergang ("Revelation and Demise"), written by the Austrian expressionist poet Georg Trakl in 1914. The music is filled with drones, noise, rumblings, bits of percussion, Gira's deep and entrancing voice, Komossa's sensual interventions, and Cunningham's martial trumpet.
>Evidence – Weather Or Not CD/2xLP (Rhymesayers)
Weather Or Not represents the fourth and final chapter in Evidence's Weatherman series, and features an all-star lineup of guests and friends, including Slug (Atmosphere), Rakaa (Dilated Peoples), Alchemist, Styles P, Rapsody, Jonwayne, Defari, Krondon, Khrysis, Mach Hommy and Catero. While Evidence holds his own on the boards, he's also tapped a stellar cast of producers to share duties with, including Alchemist, DJ Premier, Nottz, DJ Babu, Twiz The Beat Pro, Sam I Yam and Budgie.
>Sin Fang, Sóley, and Örvar Smárason – Team Dream CD/2xLP+MP3 (Morr Music)
Team Dreams is the collaborative album of Sin Fang, Sóley, and Örvar Smárason of múm and FM Belfast. It combines the individual strengths of the three acclaimed musicians, and blends folk sensibilities with futuristic pop beats. [Vinyl edition features an etched D-side.]
>Forever Pavot - La Pantoufle CD/LP (Born Bad)
Here is Émile Sornin the (new) father, the dubbed artist, the one-man-studio fully aware of his essential influences (French '70s movie soundtracks—Philippe Sarde, François De Roubaix, Francis Lai—ather than Italian giallo soundtracks, synth pioneers such as Wendy Carlos or Mort Garson, library music à la Camille Sauvage,Claude Vasori, and Roger Roger); the captain of a dense, tight live band.
>Nils Frahm – All Melody CD/LP+MP3 (Erased Tapes)
For the past two years, Nils Frahm has been building a brand-new studio in Berlin to make his seventh studio album All Melody. Since the day Nils first encountered the impressive studio of a family friend, he had envisioned to create one of his own at such a large scale. Fast forward to the present day and Nils is now the proud host of Saal 3, part of the historical 1950s East German Funkhaus building beside the River Spree. It is here where he has spent most of his time deconstructing and reconstructing the entire space from the cabling and electricity to the woodwork, before moving on to the finer elements; building a pipe organ and creating a mixing desk all from scratch with the help of his friends. His new album is born out of the freedom that his new environment provided, allowing Nils to explore without any restrictions and to keep it all about the melody. Despite being confined within the majestic four walls of the Funkhaus, buried deep in its reverb chambers, or in an old dry well in Mallorca, All Melody is, in fact, proof that music is limitless, timeless, and reflects that of Nils' own capabilities. From a boy's dream to resetting the parameters of music itself.
>Jeffrey Gaines – Alright CD (Omnivore)
Soulful singer-songwriter-guitarist Jeffrey Gaines returns with his first collection of new songs in 15 years. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer/multi-instrumentalist Chris Price (whose production resume includes acclaimed recent comeback efforts by Emitt Rhodes and Linda Perhacs, as well as his own widely celebrated second solo effort, Stop Talking), Alright features an all-star studio band consisting of guitarist Val McCallum (Jackson Browne, Sheryl Crow, Lucinda Williams), bassist Davey Faragher (Elvis Costello, Cracker, John Hiatt), and drummer Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello, Squeeze, Elliott Smith), who also record on their own as Jackshit.
Alright vibrates with positivity and enthusiasm, lending an unmistakable immediacy to such effervescent new Gaines originals as “Feel Alright,” “Firefly Hollow,” “Seems to Me” and “Frowned Upon.” The new songs showcase Gaines’ sublime melodic gifts, his vivid lyrical insight and ingratiating performing skills, while drawing strength from the unmistakable chemistry of the studio team, which cut all of the album’s backing tracks in a marathon three-day session.
>Mary Gauthier – Rifles & Rosary Beads CD/LP (In The Black/Thirty Tigers)
Co-written with US veterans and their families, the 11 deeply personal songs on Rifles & Rosary Beads reveal the untold stories, and powerful struggles that these veterans and their spouses deal with abroad and after returning home. Each year it's estimated that over 7400 current and former members of the US Armed Services take their own lives. The songs were all co-written as part of SongwritingWith:Soldiers, a non-profit program that facilitates retreats bringing professional songwriters together with wounded veterans and active duty military.
>Half Japanese – Why Not? CD/LP+MP3 (Fire)
“Half Japanese have returned to peel further layers from their onion. They have a new album that’s a square further on in their unpredictable musical snakes and ladders board. Why Not? is a magical thing – it’s Springsteen’s Born To Run recorded in a cupboard, it’s an ode to love, it’s a Wire song with two dueling guitarists being Zappa on helium, it’s Parquet Courts in a tantrum, it’s The Crickets contorted into ? And The Mysterians, it’s everywhere and nowhere, baby, it’s where it’s at.”
>Hamferð - Támsins likam CD/LP (Metal Blade)
Doomster Hamferð from the Faroe Islands return with an album bustling with elements ancient and familiar, violent and strange, earthen and spectral – all the while fiercely seeking to surprise and move the listener. [Limited light-gray/black marbled vinyl pressing also available.]
>Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Black Coffee CD/2xLP (J&R Adventures)
Four years have gone by since the Grammy nominated, No. 1 Billboard Blues album Seesaw was released by singer-songwriter and blues-rock powerhouse Beth Hart and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa. Since then, they've both been on fire, both in the studio and live. So, the time was ideal to reunite for another collection of 10 soul gems that encompass Hart's breathtaking vocals and Joe's masterfully expressive guitar playing. With producer extraordinaire Kevin 'The Caveman' Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Rush) back at the helm, the results dig deep into the soul catalog where they honor and re-imagine songs from Edgar Winter, Etta James, Ike & Tina Turner, Steve Marriot, Ella Fitzgerald, Lil' Green, LaVern Baker, Howlin' Wolf, Lucinda Williams and Waldeck. [Limited red colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Hooded Menace – Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
New album from the Finnish doom metal band. Hooded Menace expertly weave dreary funereal atmospheres with melodically driven songwriting, which only adds to the crushing Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed’s emotional gravitas.
>Howling Sycamore – Howling Sycamore CD/LP (Prosthetic)
Jason McMaster (WatchTower, Dangerous Toys), Davide Tiso (Ephel Duath) and Hannes Grossmann (Necrophagist, Obscura) unite to create an extreme metal project that traverses all aspects of progressive music. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Janis Joplin – Little Girl Blue: Early California Sessions CD/LP (Copacetic/Wax Love)
Recorded in part at the Folk Theatre in San Jose, 1962 where Janis is joined by Steve
Talbot on stage, and the remainder at the Coffee Gallery in San Francisco, 1962.
>Makoto Kawabata/Richard Pinhas/Tatsuya Yoshida – Trax CD/LP (Bam Balam)
Richard Pinhas is one of the more atypical French musicians of the last 40 years. He has been surprising everyone all these years -- Always appearing where you expect him the least. Makoto Kawabata, who has been a big follower of Heldon, has also been a longtime friend and partner of Tatsuya Yoshida. So naturally, these three reunited in 2016 at the Studio Condorcet in Toulouse (France) to record a series of fiery improvisations and experimentations. Free noise, blues, and psychedelia are all intertwined, but there is an uneasiness to it, some anxiety matting the mix.
>Jonathan Kawchuk – North CD/LP (Paper Bag)
North’s evocative soundscapes and delicate melodies were inspired and recorded by a cast of musicians and friends spread across Canada, the UK, Iceland, Norway, Portugal, and Israel. In his final act of creation, Kawchuk broadcast the album through speakers and into the forests of Norway’s Jostedalsbreen National Park, home to the largest glacier in continental Europe. North, as you hear it, is the re-recorded result.
>Khruangbin – Con Todo El Mundo CD/LP/Cassette (Dead Oceans)
Whereas Khruangbin’s 2015 debut album The Universe Smiles Upon You was influenced by ‘60s and ‘70s Thai cassettes and compilations of southeast Asian pop, rock and funk, Con Todo El Mundo hops east over India to take inspiration in similarly under discovered funk and soul sounds of the Middle-East, particularly from Iran.
>Kirlian Camera – Hologram Moon CD/2xCD/2xLP (Dependent)
Hologram Moon is the first Kirlian Camera album after five years. [Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a disc of bonus tracks.]
>Limiñanas – Shadow People CD/LP+CD (Because Music)
“The Limiñanas, a Perpignan, France-based duo consisting of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Lionel and drummer/vocalist Marie have been making music since 2009. In that time, they have released four studio albums to great acclaim in their native France, and elsewhere in Europe. Though they have failed to establish much of a following in the US, American audiences should pay attention, lest they miss a truly distinctive musical experience. The Limiñanas’ sound, best described as eclectic, traces its roots to Serge Gainsbourg’s yè yè movement in French pop from the 1960s, to Ennio Morricone’s film scores, to The Cult’s iconic driving guitar riffs. In between, one can hear shoegaze, psychedelia, and even a bit of Motown. On their fifth studio album, Shadow People, the duo distills these diverse influences into a genuinely unique and surprisingly listenable record that is sure to be a classic.” – Cryptic Rock
>Machine Head – Catharsis CD+DVD (Nuclear Blast)
If heavy music stands for anything, it’s freedom. Formed in Oakland, California in 1991, Machine Head have forged a formidable reputation and huge global fan base by never surrendering their artistic liberty or compromising their belief in the power of heaviness. Includes a 22-track live DVD. [Vinyl edition due February 2.]
>Mammoth Grinder – Cosmic Crypt CD/LP (Relapse)
New album from the underground extreme metal trio consisting of current and former members of Power Trip, Iron Reagan, and Darkest Hour.
>Marc 4 – Original Italian Library Music From The Vaults Of Nelson Records CD/LP (Vampisoul)
Culled from the llibrary of Nelson Records, founded in 1970 by the musicians Maurizio Majorana, Antonello Vannucchi and Roberto Podio after establishing the recording studio Telecinesound, (right where the New Italian Library Sound was created), this is the sound that many collectors, musicians, record producers and film directors still like, look for, rediscover and re-use for their work. The New Italian Library Sound has the signature of I Marc 4, a quartet that recorded 20 albums from 1970 to 1980 but who also collaborated with the great masters of Italian soundtracks of the '60s and '70s, especially with Armando Trovajoli, bringing their own style into this new sound, mixing jazz, pop, rock and psychedelic music.
>Marie/Lepanto – Ten Killer CD/LP (Big Legal Mess)
Songwriting extraordinaires Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster (Water Liars) and Will Johnson (Centro matic) join forces on a collection of quiet (mostly) acoustic songs.
>Marmozets – Knowing What You Know CD (Roadrunner)
“Spaces between heartbeats quickly shrink. Adrenaline rushes into the system. Body parts move involuntarily. This is the effect of hearing British post-hardcore young guns Marmozets. The band packed heat with their 2014 debut The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets, filling it with shredding guitars, massive hooks, and frontwoman Becca McIntyre’s distinctive howl. Four years later, no time is wasted getting to the hook, opening with Becca roaring ‘One, two, three, play!’ before the first beat on album opener and first single ‘Play.’ There’s less of the scream that punctuated every line of their first big hit ‘Why Do You Hate Me?’ Instead, her voice has become more powerful and dynamic; her ferocity still intact. She stretches notes to their limits on the gut-punching chorus of ‘Habits,’ and spits each syllable in ‘Major System Error’ with the same force and deadliness of a machine gun, exploding when she shrieks, ‘Can you keep it together?’ Knowing What You Know Now is a massive improvement on Marmozets’ excellent debut, showing massive growth in their wild and wonderful world.” – Hysteria [Vinyl edition due February 2.]
>H.C. McEntire – Lionheart CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
H.C. McEntire, frontwoman of Mount Moriah, strikes out on her own with her debut solo album Lionheart, a collection of songs inspired by the American South and a desire to reclaim ‘country’ music from the hetero-normative, homogenous shtick of tailgates and six-packs and men chasing women. Stereogum describes her voice as "weary, wise, and bright as morning sunshine all at once," and that sunshine glows throughout the triumphant Lionheart. For the album, McEntire collaborated with many of her favorite musicians, including Kathleen Hanna, Angel Olsen, Amy Ray, Tift Merritt, William Tyler, Mary Lattimore, and Phil Cook, while remaining bravely devoted to her most authentic self throughout the process. Lionheart was recorded during the first few months of 2017 with additional recording and mixing taking place on the run as McEntire toured the world as a member of Angel Olsen's band.
>Ben Miller Band – Choke Cherry Tree CD/LP (New West)
On their new record Choke Cherry Tree, the Ben Miller Band has taken another step forward in both style and content. With lyrics ranging from irreverent to introspective, offering views on American history and the societal issues of today, the band delivers a career-defining album. What sets it apart sonically from previous albums is the addition of two new members, Smilin' Bob and Rachel Ammons. The musical palette has expanded with four-part harmonies and a new batch of instruments from cello to homemade, one-off musical creations, forging a sound that is at once familiar and strange. As always, the songs are grounded by the pulsing washtub bass of Scott Leeper, raw vocals and the rhythmic slide guitar work of Ben Miller. The band's ongoing evolution into an exciting new phase shows what has made this band so special and points to what will make it great in the years to come.
>Jeff Mills - & Then There Was Light [OST] CD (Axis UK)
Poignant, aggressive, but serene sound track created by Jeff Mills for & Then There Was Light, a Japanese film directed by Tatsushi Omori based on the novel Hikari by Shion Miura.
>Mimicking Birds – Layers Of Us CD/LP (Glacial Pace)
Mimicking Birds is a three-piece rock band fronted by singer/songwriter Nate Lacy. Dream-like, immersive, and awash in texture, Layers Of Us explores daunting topics like life, death, and eternity with a gentle touch. Lacy tenderly serenades us though this epic 10-song expedition that presents the full prismatic array of musical color.
>Wes Montgomery – In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording 2xCD (Resonance)
In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording captures jazz guitar legend Wes Montgomery on his only tour of Europe on the night of March 27, 1965 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, France. The first official release of this legendary concert, In Paris has been released in partnership with the Institutnational de l'audiovisuel (INA) with remastered, high-resolution audio transferred directly from the original tape reels. The concert was organized by jazz producer and impresario Alan Bates to the great delight of European audiences who had long wanted to see Wes perform live, but his severe fear of flying had kept him in the states. Featuring an all-star band with pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Arthur Harper and drummer Jimmy Lovelace, with special guest tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, the deluxe double-CD set includes an extensive 32-page booklet with stunning archival photos taken at the concert from famed music photographer Jean-Pierre Leloir; essays from historian and director of operations in jazz studies at Rutgers University, Vincent Pelote, Resonance producer Zev Feldman and associate producer Pascal Rozat from INA; plus interviews with pianist Harold Mabern, renowned guitarist Russell Malone and more.
>Nightmares On Wax – Shape The Future CD/LP+MP3 (Warp)
One of the most influential artists of a generation and a long-standing member of the Warp Records family, Nightmares On Wax releases his new album. Shape The Future is a perfect marriage of soul, hip-hop, dub and timeless club sounds that act as a salvo masterpiece of contemporary and classic genre-blending, brilliantly solidifying Nightmares On Waxs place as an inspirational electronic music figurehead.
>No Age – Snare Like A Haircut CD/LP/Cassette (Drag City)
“Been a while, hasn't it? Fuzz punks No Age have been dwelling in slumber since they released An Object, their last and most thoughtful record in a back catalogue full of discarding and distorting. Here comes the shred: they're back with Snares Like A Haircut and it sounds like they're gonna make one of their famous, churning rackets.”
>Orphaned Land – Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs CD/2xLP (Century Media)
One of the pioneers of oriental metal are back with a new album. Features guests Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian), Steve Hackett (ex-Genesis), and Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates).
>The Persuasions – Acappella [Reissue/1970] CD (Greyscale)
If one is to indulge in a bit of what is these days called 'profiling', one would probably have imagined that The Persuasions were a street band, too poor to buy instruments, who had come together in the mid-1950s, singing on street corners. Wrong! They were one of the leading lights of the Doo Wop revival in the late 1960s and this, their first record, was made under the tutelage of none other than Frank Zappa.
>Portal – Ion CD/LP (Profound Lore)
Fifth full-length album from enigmatic Australian avant-garde death metal surrealists.
>Idan Raichel – Piano - Songs 2xCD (Cumbancha)
After 15 years as leader of The Idan Raichel Project, international music icon Idan Raichel recently began focusing on the basic essence of his songs with the solo piano concert entitled Piano - Songs. Throughout 2016 and 2017, Idan presented his melodies, lyrics and the stories behind them in their pure, stripped down form, as they were originally written at home or in the studio. Most of the recordings on this new live double album were recorded during a 17-concert run at the 1400-seat Shuni Ampitheater in Binyamina, Israel.
>Jamie Saft – Solo A Genova CD/LP (RareNoise)
Solo A Genova is Saft's highly emotive take on jazz standards and other uniquely American compositions. Recorded at the beautiful Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, Italy in an acoustically marvellous space, Solo A Genova showcases Saft on a 9-foot Steinway Model D piano in the service of a number beguiling piano arrangements of tunes by Curtis Mayfield, Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis, John Coltrane, ZZ Top, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Charles Ives, Miles Davis and Bill Evans.
>Hama Sankaré - Ballébé - Calling All Africans CD (Clermont Music)
Alpha Ousmane "Hama" Sankaré (aka Pedro) is a legend. He has anchored the bands of many great artists of Mali: Ali Farka Toure, Afel Bocoum, le Troupe Regionale de Niafunké, l'Orchestre de Gao, Songhoy Allstars, and Mamadou Kelly's BanKaiNa, and he can be heard on many of the seminal recordings of Mali's music. He is the master of contemporary calabash percussion and defined it's the playing style. [Vinyl edition due February 9.]
>Ty Segall – Freedom’s Goblin CD/2xLP/Cassette (Drag City)
A head-spinning compendium of stompers, weepers, ballads, screamers, bangers and funker-uppers, all marking a different impasse, like a flag whirling into a knot, exploding and burning
on contact, in the name of life and loathing and the pursuit of what you love.
>Sly And Robbie meet Dubmatix – Overdubbed CD/LP+CD (Echo Beach)
In reggae, all roads lead to the "Riddim Twins", Sly & Robbie. They've been revered as style-defining icons for years, and together and individually have a massive influence on the genre. Here, Canadian producer and multi-instrumentalist Dubmatix reworks classic Sly & Robbie tracks.
>Soundtrack – American Folk CD/LP (American Folk)
Soundtrack to the award-winning 2018 independent film starring Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth. In addition to both original compositions and classic folk song renditions by Purdy and Rubarth, the soundtrack includes John Prine's “Some Humans Ain't Human” and Jerry Garcia & David Grisman's “Freight Train.”
>Soundtrack – Babylon Berlin 2xCD (BMG)
Babylon Berlin is a German period drama television series which premiered in October 2017 on Sky 1, a German-language entertainment channel broadcast by Sky Deutschland. The first series is made up of eight episodes and is set in the Berlin of the 1920s. It is based on novels by Volker Kutscher, the plots of which span from 1929 to 1934. “Babylon Berlin is one of the most innovative scores I heard this year; Johnny Klimek and Tom Tykwer used very few sounds and instruments but combined them in fascinating ways both as sound and as pace. Both modern and retro, this score kept me interested from start to finish for a very rewarding standalone listening experience.” – Soundtrack Dreams [Vinyl edition due March 9.]
>Spook School – Could It Be Different? CD/LP (Slumberland)
If a debut LP is an artist's introduction to the world and their sophomore release is their now or never moment, their third is their most cathartic: they've made it out, they're here. Glasgow, Scotland's indie-pop optimists The Spook School, despite personal and political obstacle, made it out, and their latest full-length Could It Be Different? is here. It's been a journey of self-discovery and feel-good realism; modern, dance-friendly indie-pop fueling the fun. They made a name for themselves for their exultant and empowering pop, and now, they've shown real growth in nuance.
>Rick Springfield – The Snake King CD (Frontiers)
Springfield’s new album finds him travelling down a dusty dirt road to explore the blues side of his rock ‘n’ roll.
>Steep Canyon Rangers – Out In The Open CD (Ramseur)
“The sessions that produced Out In The Open were brisk and instinctive, expansive yet intimate, visceral and immediate - and they would have had to be, for herein are songs that tell the big story by drawing the small ones. There is, to my ear, as much of Raymond Carver's literate and humane influence on display as the Osborne Brothers, as much Welty in the pointed details - both sublime and confounding - as Clark and Van Zandt. Compassion and determination act as connective tissue when, throughout this song cycle, the bones, muscle, and blood of daily life dance with loose-limbed motion toward the inevitable, guided by an ethos best articulated by Sam Beckett who directed that when we falter, we try again and 'fail better.'” – Joe Henry
>Stick In The Wheel – Follow Them True CD/LP (From Here)
East London five-piece folk band Stick In The Wheel are headed by singer Nicola Kearey, and guitarist/producer Ian Carter. Their debut From Here (2015) was MOJOs Folk Album of the Year, with four BBC Folk Award nominations since their inception in 2013.
>Thor – Electric Eyes CD (Deadline Music)
The unreleased album from metal heroes Thor recorded in 1979 as a follow-up to their blockbuster debut Keep The Dogs Away.
>Tiny Moving Parts - Swell CD/Cassette (Triple Crown)
Following 2016's acclaimed Celebrate, the delightfully chipper trio from Benson, Minnesota bring you their brand-new record Swell. The collection finds Tiny Moving Parts building on its predecessor and throwing into the melting pot, their impressively complex instrumentation, infectious melodies and killer hooks to create a tight, mathy melodic punk combination that's hard to resist. Guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and a spring to your step. [Vinyl edition due February 2.]
>Tribulation – Down Below CD/LP (Century Media)
Fourth album from the Swedish metal band. [Limited silver colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Vardan – Nostalgia – Archive Of Failures Part 4 CD (Moribund)
Vardan – Nostalgia – Archive Of Failures Part 5 CD (Moribund)
Vardan – Nostalgia – Archive Of Failures Part 6 CD (Moribund)
Vardan – Nostalgia – Archive Of Failures Part 4-6 3xCD (Moribund)
Volumes 4-6 in the Nostalgia - Archives Of Failures series, provides all the somber, melancholic, atmospheric and reflective black metal that Vardan fans have come to expect. [Deluxe three-disc set includes a box and patch.]
>Various Artists – Dustin E. Presents: Cornflake Zoo Episode Eleven CD (Particles)
Episode Eleven of Cornflake Zoo assembles a selection of the most delightful, juvenile absurdity to reach the auditory senses in a captivating collection. 20 tracks recorded between 1966 and 1970. Features The Difference, The Shakers, The Pussycats, The League 66, Anders Nelson, G-Bros, The Megas, The Rivets, The Tony Hendrik Five, The Vipers, The Raits, The Bats, Cheers, Exploding Mushroom, Steampacket, The Clarks, The Regines, Roeks Family, and Toxic.
>Various Artists – Obscure Rock & Pop From The British Isles: Mixed UP Minds Part 13 CD (Particles)
Another tantalizing dose of forgotten dreams from the suburban drifts of Britain. Features Cheep Boots, Tangerine Peel, White Plains, Jigsaw, P. C. Kent, Murray Head, Sadies Expression, Honeybus, Red Pepper, The London Boys, Festival, Pete Atkin, Elliot Mansions, Charles Brutus McClay, Barry Ryan, Zakatek, The World, andJo Ann And Number One.
>Various Artists – The Rough Guide To Holy Blues: Reborn and Remastered CD (World Music Network)
From the extraordinary recordings of the true guitar evangelists Blind Willie Johnson and Reverend Gary Davis to classic spiritual renditions by legendary bluesman Charley Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Skip James, this handpicked selection highlights the mutual influence between Gospel and blues.
>Various Artists – Soul Jazz Records Presents: Brasil [Reissue/1994] CD/LP (Soul Jazz)
Soul Jazz Records Brasil album was recorded in Rio de Janeiro in 1994 with a host of legendary Brazilian musicians including Sivuca, Raul de Souza and singer Joyce Moreno and has remained one of the key defining early releases from the record label. Out-of-print for over 20 years, the album has been fully digitally remastered for this new 2018 edition.
>Various Artists – Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James CD (Sylvan Songs)
Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James brings together a group of amazing artists to pay tribute to the legendary Elmore James in this 13-song collection of his classic blues standards. Warren Haynes, Billy Gibbons, and Mickey Raphael feature on a rendition of “Mean Mistreatin'” Mama.” Crooner Tom Jones lends his voice to “Done Somebody Wrong.” Keb Mo' performs “Look On Yonder Wall” and Bettye LaVette sings “Person To Person.” Also featured are Rodney Crowell, Jamey Johnson, Shelby Lynne, Allison Moorer, Chuck E. Weiss, and many others. Proceeds benefit Musicares and Edible Schoolyard NYC. Elmore James was known as King of the Slide Guitar and was noted for his use of loud amplification and his stirring voice. [Vinyl edition due April 27.]
>Sarah Walk – Little Black Book CD/LP (One Little Indian)
Cat Power, Feist, Sharon Van Etten, and Bat For Lashes are just a few of the trailblazing artists Sarah Walk has drawn comparisons to. The rising Minneapolis singer-songwriter-pianist deals in songs that are as confessional as they are gut-wrenching and swathed in emotion. [Limited blue colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Waterparks – Entertainment CD (Equal Vision)
Sophomore album from Houston, Texas-based pop-rock trio. Lead single "Blonde" features incredibly catchy verses and a chorus that will have you singing along. [Vinyl edition due February 9.]
DVDs + Blu-ray:
>Celtic Woman – Homecoming: Live From Ireland DVD (Manhattan)
Recorded in Dublin, Ireland in September 2017. Both an accomplished recording ensemble and a one-of-a-kind live act, Celtic Woman combines the country's finest musical talents with epic stage production to present a uniquely inspiring live experience
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>ABBA – ABBA: The Album [Reissue/1977] 2xLP (UMe)
Half-speed master, 45rpm double-LP vinyl reissue of the fifth studio album by the Swedish pop group.
>Action Bronson – Blue Chips 7000 LP (Atlantic)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Action Bronson, the Flushing, Queens chef-turned-rapper releases the third and final installment in his highly popular Blue Chips series.
>Agitation Free – Last [Reissue/1976] LP (Wah Wah)
Vinyl reissue of the third LP by the krautrock legends.
>As I Lay Dying – Frail Worlds Collapse [Reissue /003] LP (Metal Blade)
Two pressings of As I Lay Dying’s sophomore album: Limited yellow & brown colored and limited yellow and blue colored.
>AtomTM & Lisokot – Walzerzyklus LP (Raster Music)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Walzerzyklus’ seven tracks, created in collaboration with Russian singer Lisokot, are subdivided into three pieces of two-minutes each and four pieces of three-minutes each, intentionally reflecting the 3/4 time of a classic waltz. Throughout the release, Lisokot's delicate vocals are put into different relations to AtomTM's rather cool machine music, either complementing or contrasting each other. In the same line, the three shorter "leitmotifs" provide the main theme that is taken up repeatedly in the course of the release. One-sided; Laser-engraved B-side.
>Badfinger – Wish You Were Here [Reissue/1974] LP (Rhino)
Translucent green colored vinyl pressing. Part of 2018’s Start Your Ear Off Right vinyl reissue campaign.
>Chuck Berry – The Great Twenty-Eight [Reissue/1982] 5xLP (Geffen)
Super deluxe five colored vinyl LP box set. Includes the original two-LP, 28-song compilation with an additional LP, More Great Chuck Berry, containing 14 more hits, rarities and B-sides missing from the original, as well as a rare live album, Oh Yeah! Live in Detroit. The collection also includes a newly created bonus 10” EP Berry Christmas, featuring four holiday-themed classics on "Rudolph-Red" vinyl, with one song on vinyl for the first time as well.
>Big Business – Head For The Shallow [Reissue/2004] LP (Joyful Noise)
Big Business – Here Come The Waterworks [Reissue/2007] LP (Joyful Noise)
Big Business – Mind The Drift [Reissue/2009] LP (Joyful Noise)
Jared Waren (Karp) and Coady Willis (Murder City Devils) formed Big Business in 2003 in Seattle, WA. Their first full-length album, Head For The Shallow, was released in 2005, followed by Here Come The Waterworks in 2007 and Mind The Drift in 2009. The timeline of writing and recording Here Come The Waterworks is intertwined with the band's move to Los Angeles to play with the Melvins.
>Big D & The Kids Table Vs. Moe Pope – Fluent In Moe LP (Asbestos)
A punk/ska/pop/hip-hop fusion from Boston's Big D, Moe Pope, and DJ BC.
>The Body and Thou – Released From Love/You, Whom I Have Always Hated 2xLP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Both collaborative albums from The Body and Thou are available together on vinyl for the first time. Featuring brand new and expanded artwork both are presented in a gatefold jacket with flooded black pockets, black paper inner sleeves and a deluxe 12 -age 11" x 11" booklet .The Body and Thou are bands with Southern roots that have been pushing the boundaries of heavy metal for over a decade. On their two collaborative releases they showcase their unique ability to create music that is emotionally affecting and unrelenting.
>Buio Mondo – Herederos De La Bestia [Colonna Sonora Originale] 10” (One Way Static)
Herederos De La Bestia is a documentary film about Álex de la Iglesia's classic 1995 apocalypse-horror story El Dia de la Bestia (The Day Of The Beast). Buio Mondo is a project that pays tribute to the giallo and the slasher genres and is best known for their previous (and very successful) album Italia Violenta. Mixing wild metal riffs, powerful electronics and dark brooding Carpenter-esque synth atmospheres results in a nightmarish soundscape that will haunt you in your dreams.
>Centuries – The Lights Of This Earth Are Blinding LP (Southern Lord)
Ten new tracks of the band's harrowing, metallic, punk/crust-influenced hardcore, delivered with a calculated, very deliberate approach.
>Chewing On Tinfoil – Marrowbone Lane LP (Asbestos)
US debut for one of Ireland's best punk bands. For Fans of Menzingers/Bouncing Souls/Gaslight Anthem.
>Coil – Astral Disasters Sessions Un/finished Musics LP (Acme)
Previously unissued mixes of Coil tracks that were recorded as part of the legendary Prescription label album sessions in the late 1990s, some of which resulted in the album Astral Disaster.
>John Coltrane – Live At Penn State University LP (Wax Love)
When John Coltrane performed in 1963 at Penn State University, it was with the group that is now considered his most "classic" group: the quartet featuring McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums. Featuring an epic, 25-minute long "Bye Bye Blackbird", among other early '60s originals and covers, this is the sound of an artist coming into his own and truly shining. Coltrane at the top of his modal/post-bop powers.
>Alice Cooper – Easy Action [Reissue/1970] LP (Rhino)
Alice Cooper – Killer [Reissue/1971] LP (Rhino)
Alice Cooper – Welcome To My Nightmare [Reissue/1975] LP (Rhino)
Colored vinyl pressings. Part of 2018’s Start Your Ear Off Right vinyl reissue campaign.
>Miles Davis – Plays For Lovers [Reissue/1965] LP (Wax Love)
Vinyl reissue of reissue of this collection of Miles Davis recordings made between 1953 and 1956 originally released in 1965. Plays For Lovers is a look at the more sensitive and sensual side of the great trumpeter, focusing on his sultry and smoky late night ballads. Mostly featuring his
legendary mid-50s quintet of John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and "Philly" Joe Jones, this collection highlights that groups ability to slow things down to a soulful, brilliant simmer. Classic jazz ballads that swing, perfect for late nights with a lover at your side.
>Day Of Phoenix – Wide Open N-Way [Reissue/1970] LP (Vinilisssimo)
Digitally remastered and expanded vinyl reissue of this 1970 album from the Danish prog rock band.
>Dr. John – Professor Bizarre’s Funknology 2xLP (Run Out Groove)
Deluxe individually numbered double 180gm vinyl LP pressing housed in a gatefold tip-on Stoughton sleeve. New collection that includes an LP of the best Atco tracks and an additional LP of unreleased demos recorded by Dr. John between the years 1968-1974, all previously unavailable on any format.
>Kim Byoung Duk – Experiment No. X LP (Daehan Electronics)
Growing up in the bustling port city of Busan and running his own record shop there from the late '70s, Kim Byoung Duk had a front-row seat to the finest in foreign record imports and a taste for the psychedelic that naturally evolved into spiritual, ambient and avant-garde sounds. His growing interest in Tao philosophy and the meditative music that accompanied it provided a fertile environment for his audio imagination. Unhampered by limited access to musical gear, he made use of a wide assortment of self-sourced pots of various sizes and curvature, cymbals, wooden sculpted flutes and percussion tools-each chosen for its unique harmonic vibration-to create an entirely new and unique body of work.
>Brian Eno – Here Come The Warm Jets [Reissue/1973] LP (Astralwerks)
Brian Eno – Another Green World [Reissue/1975] LP (Astralwerks)
The standard vinyl reissue editions of Eno’s first and third album are now available.
>Fates Warning – Perfect Symmetry [Reissue/1989] LP (Metal Blade)
Limited violet blue marbled color vinyl pressing. [Vinyl reissue of 1991’s Parallels due February 9.]
>Mark Fox – Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth [OST] LP (Pure Destruction)
The original soundtrack from The Shocking Truth documentary and a few selected songs from the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974 motion picture.
>Peter Frampton – Fingerprints  LP (Phenix Phonograph)
First-time vinyl edition - an impressive 14-tune collection of guitar mastery that crosses several musical borders, from funked up R&B to razor-edged rockers to rootsy blues to country-flamed beauties to jazzy Django swing to reflective impressionism.
>Serge Gainsbourg – Du Jazz Dans Le Rain [Reissue/1966] LP (Rumble)
Gainsbourg, the original bad boy of French pop, the man who updated the French chanson and made it hip again infusing it with the youth culture of the late '50s and '60s, ruled by jazz, drugs, and free love. Very different from his celebrated later works, the music captured on this vinyl edition finds Gainsbourg mixing traditional chanson and big-band jazz rather than the avant garde pop that went on to define his career outside of France.
>Augustine Mayuga Gonzales – Undertale On Piano 2xLP (iam8bit)
Latest in the ongoing vinyl collection dubbed Series 88.
>The Green Child – The Green Child LP (Upset The Rhythm)
Broadly retro-futuristic in scope, verdant acres of lushly evocative synthesizers and blippy drum machines underpin most of their upbeat yet decidedly uncanny songs.
>Charles Hayward/Thurston Moore – Improvisations LP (Care In Community)
Earlier in 2017 iconic artists Charles Hayward (This Heat) and Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) spent an afternoon improvising. Charles Hayward on drums and Thurston Moore on guitar. This LP is the result.
>Heldon – Un Rêve Sans Conséquence Spéciale [Reissue/1976] LP (Souffle Continu)
Heldon – Heldon.6. Interface [Reissue/1977] LP (Souffle Continu)
Heldon – Stand By [Reissue/1979] LP (Souffle Continu)
Heldon was a French prog/space rock band formed in 1974 by Richard Pinhas. Colored vinyl reissues now available.
>John Hiatt – Bring The Family [Reissue/1987] LP (A&M)
John Hiatt – Slow Turning [Reissue/1988] LP (A&M)
The rock guitarist, pianist, singer-songwriter’s eighth and ninth albums are back in-print on vinyl.
>High Rise – II [Reissue/1986] LP (Black Editions)
High Rise exploded onto Tokyo's underground music scene with the roar and reckless abandon of a motorcycle accelerating headlong into a dead man's curve. Born from the explosive chemistry of bassist/vocalist Asahito Nanjo and frenetic guitarist Munehiro Narita, the band blazed a wild new stream of psychedelic guitar music.
>Billie Holiday – Billie’s Blues [Reissue/1962] LP (Wax Love)
A vinyl reissue of Billie Holiday's Billie's Blues, originally released as Ladylove in 1962. Includes five bonus tracks.
>Douglas Holmquist – Smash Hit/PinOut 2xLP (iam8bit)
The deliciously synthy sounds of both Smash Hit and PinOut are packed into this translucent double LP.
>John Lee Hooker – Burning Hell [Reissue/1964] LP (Rumble)
Blues legend John Lee Hooker cut countless records beginning with his debut for Modern in 1948 and going some 50+ years until his death in 2001. With such a vast discography it can be easy to lose track of some records and Burning Hell, recorded in Detroit in 1959 with just his guitar and vocals, is one such lost record. But this album deserves so much to be rediscovered, a brilliant set from his "acoustic" period, this is raw southern acoustic blues at its best and a truly brilliant collection of songs.
>Whitney Houston – I Wish You Love: More From The Bodyguard LP (Sony Legacy)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. A variety of live and studio recordings from The Bodyguard (many previously unreleased or unavailable), including an alternate mix of “I Will Always Love You,” which features a spoken word intro of Whitney as Rachel Marron, an a capella version of “Jesus Loves Me,” which has never been heard before and a live recording from The Bodyguard World Tour 1993-1995 of “Run To You,” which Whitney rarely performed. Also included are film and live versions of “I Will Always Love” You,” “I Have Nothing,” “Queen Of The Night” and more. Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.
>Takashi Iizuka and Jun Senoue – Sonic Adventure [OST] 2xLP (Brave Wave)
Takashi Iizuka and Jun Senoue – Sonic Adventure 2 [OST] 2xLP (Brave Wave)
Limited double 180gm colored vinyl LP pressings gatefold jackets. A selection of both games' best tracks remastered especially for vinyl and handpicked by Sonic Adventure series lead composer and sound director Jun Senoue and the team.
>Trevor Jones – The Dark Crystal [OST/Reissue/1982] LP (Enjoy The Ride)
Limited deluxe 35th Anniversary crystal-clear vinyl LP pressing. The Dark Crystal: The Original Soundtrack features Trevor Jones' musical score written and arranged for the film. The album was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra at the legendary Abby road studios in 1982. This is the first vinyl reissue since the film's original release.
>B.B. King – Story From My Heart & Soul: The ‘Modern’ Label Singles 1957-1962 LP (Wax Love)
Mostly recorded in King's home base of Memphis, Tennessee - some even recorded and produced by Sam Phillips of Sun Records fame - these sides are some of the most important and classic blues and R&B tracks of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
>Alexis Korner – R&B From The Marquee [Reissue/1957] LP (Rumble)
Featuring originals penned by Korner, Davies, and Baldry as well as American blues legends Jimmy Witherspoon and Muddy Waters, this is a killer piece of British blues history, finally back in print on vinyl.
>Konami Kukeiha Club – Kid Dracula [OST] 10” (Ship To Shore)
Second release in the Konami Kukeiha Club Museum Series is the soundtrack to the 1990 Famicom release Kid Dracula. Limited ten inch colored vinyl pressing.
>Leah – Of Earth & Angels  LP (Inner Wound)
Leah – Otherworld  LP (Inner Wound)
Leah – Kings & Queens  2xLP (Inner Wound)
First-time vinyl editions of the Canadian symphonic metal band’s first three albums.
>Alvin Lucier – Criss Cross/Hanover LP (Black Truffle)
Black Truffle present the premier recordings of two recent works by legendary American experimental composer Alvin Lucier. Lucier has been crafting elegant explorations of the behavior of sound in physical space since the 1960s and is perhaps best known for his 1970 piece I Am Sitting In A Room. Includes contributions on guitar by Oren Ambarchi and Stephen O’Malley. LP design by Stephen O'Malley.
>Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Wembley Or Bust+MP3 2xLP (Sony Legacy)
Triple 180gm vinyl LP pressing in single three-disc jacket including digital download. A special release commemorating the June 24th, 2017 performance by Jeff Lynne's ELO at the famed Wembley Stadium in London, England.
>Major Parkinson – Blackbox LP (Karisma)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Fourth studio album by the Norwegian cult prog rock outfit.
>Hugh Masekela – Hope [Reissue/1994] 2xLP (Analogue Productions)
Hugh Masekela, the outstanding South African trumpeter, assembled a seven-piece group and recorded this great set live at Washington, D.C.'s Blues Alley. Audiophile 200gm vinyl pressing.
>Suzanne Menzel – Goodbyes and Beginnings [Reissue/1981] LP (Frederiksberg)
Vinyl reissue of a sought-after rarity featuring a blend of ambient, new-age, '60s-inspired folk music.
>Mhysa – Fantasii LP (Halcyon Veil)
Mhysa is in possession of a totally compelling voice and production style, both feeding into a sound that's prone to intuitively explore and reassert the limits of R&B, electronica, or modern soul.
>Mind Spiders – Furies LP (Dirtnap)
Since 2012's Meltdown, Mind Spiders have been perfecting an aggressive, relentless, frenetic and melodic style of punk that is a long, dark shadow of Devo but carries something much more sinister in its jaws. It's a sound for the new dark ages, emboldened by urgency and sped along by some good old-fashioned panic.
>Adrian Moore – Framed [OST] LP (iam8bit)
The sultry, sneaky score to the award-winning game, Framed.
>Willie Nelson – Stardust [Reissue/1978] 2xLP (Analogue Prod.)
Audiophile 200gm vinyl reissue of Nelson’s pop standards album, originally released in 1978.
>The New York Rock & Soul Revue – Live At The Beacon [Reissue/1991] 2xLP (Rhino)
Part of 2018’s Start Your Ear Off Right vinyl reissue campaign.
>The Octopus Project – Hello Avalanche [Reissue/2007] 2xLP (Peek-A-Boo)
It's been 11 years since the release of The Octopus Project's third album and perennial fan-favorite Hello Avalanche. As such, it felt appropriate to re-release the record in a deluxe incarnation-newly remastered, visually redesigned, and pressed on two LPs. That second LP contains 2009's Golden Beds EP (ninth anniversary alert!) and a full side of never-before-heard demos from that era, giving fans a look into an expanded Avalanche universe for the first time.
>Off With Their Heads – Live! From The Rock Room LP (Asbestos)
Live session from the Live From the Rock Room web series.
>Roy Orbison- Crying [Reissue/1962] 2xLP (Analogue Productions)
Limited audiophile 200gm 45rpm vinyl LP reissue of the second Roy Orbison issued by the Monument label.
>Panic! At The Disco – All My Friends We’re Glorious: Death Of A Bachelor Tour 2xLP (Fueled By Ramen)
Live double-album recorded on the band’s 2017 Death Of A Bachelor Tour.
>Tess Parks – Blood Hot [Reissue/2013] LP (Optic Nerve)
Limited colored vinyl LP pressing of Tess Parks' 2013 Mazzy Star-esque debut.
>Julia Reidy – All Is Ablaze LP (Feeding Tube)
Reidy plays both an acoustic 12 string and an electric, both of which sound unusually raw and exciting in her hands. There is an organic depth and weight to the music here, displaying an exceptionally wide breadth of influence, knowledge, chops and imagination.
>RJD2/The Insane Warrior – Glass Bottle b/w A Fugue State 7” (Electrical Connections)
Two unreleased songs. Dual heat for a cold winter.
>John Saint-Pelvyn – Clerical Error In Shasta County Shouldn’t Have 2x10” (Seeland)
For years, the only way to hear the music of John Saint-Pelvyn was to search him out in one of Minneapolis's notorious underground venues, or unearth one of his long out-of-print cassette releases. Finally, this set brings his idiosyncratic and very personal music out into the open air. Primarily a guitarist, the root of his playing is akin to traditional stride, but rich with quivering whammy bar wobble and shimmering feedback. He often plays the tailfin strings of his archtop like one would play harmonics, or retunes seamlessly mid-stream to create a shifting temperament across the length of a piece.
>The Sea And Cake – Everybody [Reissue/2007] LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
The Sea And Cake – Car Alarm [Reissue/2008] LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
The Sea And Cake – Runner [Reissue/2012] LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Colored vinyl reissues. New album due this year!
>Shudder To Think – Ten Spot [Reissue/1990] LP (Dischord)
Originally released in 1990 and long out of print, this was the band's second album and first record on Dischord. Formed in 1986, Shudder was part of a wave of younger punk bands making music that was inspired by, but also independent from, the established Dischord scene. Their music was theatrical, merging punk, progressive rock, and glam.
>Sixx:A.M. – The Heroin Diaries 10th Anniversary Edition LP (Eleven Seven)
Recently reissued on CD – now available on vinyl. Originally released in 2007, The Heroing Diaries was created as a companion piece to Nikki Sixx’s (Mötley Crüe) book of the same title, which chronicles his severe heroin addiction in 1987. Limited double 180gm red and black marbled colored vinyl LP pressing.
>Slow Bloom – Hex Hex Hex LP (No Sleep)
Northern Californian outfit Slow Bloom manages to combine the visceral post-punk of iconic mainstays like Refused and At The Drive In with the alt sensibilities of Nirvana. The four piece captures a wild energy that feels as raging and aggressive as it is fresh.
>Smoking Popes – Live! From The Rock Room LP (Asbestos)
Live session from the Live! From the Rock Room web series.
>Jay Som – Pirouette b/w O.K., Meet Me Underwater 7” (Polyvinyl)
Unreleased material from the Everybody Works sessions.
>Soundtrack – Mother 2 2xLP (Ship To Shore)
Limited colored vinyl LP pressing housed in a jacket with authentic Japanese art design, complete with an Obi strip. First ever vinyl release of the classic Super Nintendo soundtrack. Mother 2, released as EarthBound in the West, is revered as one of the most offbeat and memorable RPGs. Citing influence from artists such as Brian Wilson, Frank Zappa and John Lennon, Suzuki and Tanaka created a diverse soundscape quite unlike anything that came before it.
>Soundtrack – The Lobster [OST] LP (Fire Soundtracks)
Academy award nominated film and winner of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Jury prize (among many others), The Lobster is a dystopian comedy-drama directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogstooth, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer) and co-written by Efthymis Filippou that stars Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman. The soundtrack "brings the film's edgy tension and menace to the fore" (Screen Daily) with orchestral renditions of Beethoven, Stravinsky and Shostakovich alongside Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds with Kylie Minogue on “Where The Wild Roses Grow” and Sophia Loren with Tonis Maroudas on “Ti Ein Afto Pou To Lene Agapi.” Limited colored vinyl LP pressing also available.
>Soundtrack - Steven Universe: The Complete Vol. 1 4x10” (iam8bit)
Limited quadruple translucent colored vinyl ten-inch vinyl set. Steven Universe is a one-of-a-kind animated opus, fusing musical ce7lebration with storytelling in a way that inspires nothing short of spectacular smiling. Its songs are lively, jubilant and often emotional works of aural art, spreading a sensation of total glee to all ears within listening distance.
>Sun Ra – Nothing Is… [Reissue/1966] LP (ESP Disk)
In 1966, ESP-Disk's founder Bernard Stollman put together a multi-artist tour of five New York colleges and sent audio engineer David B. Jones on the road with it. When they returned, 39 minutes of music from a May 18th, 1966 concert at St. Lawrence University in Potsdam, NY was chosen to be released as Nothing Is... Now, fifty years later, it is back on its original vinyl form.
>Sun Ra – Sleeping Beauty [Reissue/1979] LP (Art Yard)
One of the more delicate recordings of Sun Ra's 28-strong Arkestra, Sleeping Beauty drifts in on a cloud of cosmic dust, sounding unlike anything before or after. With drummer Luqman Ali keeping the narcotic funk, but with dreamy solos from other key Arkestra players like John Gilmore, Michael Ray, and Marshall Allen, no Sun Ra collection is complete without this LP. Inspired space-age lullaby music.
>Sweet Slag – Tracking With Close-Ups [Reissue/1971] LP (Lion Productions)
Formed in 1969, this UK outfit went on to record only one ultra-collectable album in 1971 for President Records. Originally the album was going to be titled Guerilla Jazz Rock but came instead to be renamed Tracking With Close-Ups, which is a good thing, as this is certainly not a jazz rock album. The band toured extensively, supporting the likes of Deep Purple, Stray, Nucleus, Graham Bond, Black Cat Bones and Third Ear Band.
>Testament – Live At The Fillmore  LP (Nuclear Blast)
Testament – Demonic [Reissue/1997] LP (Nuclear Blast)
Testament – The Gathering [Reissue/1999] LP (Nuclear Blast)
Testament – First Strike Still Deadly [Reissue/2001] LP+7” (Nuclear Blast)
Testament – Live At Eindhoven ‘87 [Reissue/2009] LP (Nuclear Blast)
Limited 140gm colored vinyl pressings housed in gatefold sleeves.
>Armando Trovajoli – 7 Volte 7: Colonna Sonora [OST] LP (Beatball)
A classic score by legendary Armando Trovajoli for the comedy-action-spy movie directed in year 1968 by Michele Lupo and produced by Marco Vicario. Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.
>Typhoon – White Lighter [Reissue/2013] LP (Roll Call)
Typhoon is a band built out of contradictions. The 11-piece Portland, OR supergroup is both wild and tightly structured, punk and symphonic. Frontman Kyle Morton's lyrics are concerned primarily with death, but Typhoon's songs are resoundingly triumphant.
>Unearth – The Oncoming Storm  LP (Metal Blade)
Charging out of the late ‘90s Massachusetts underground in a storm of thunderous riffs and focused aggression, Unearth proudly stand at the forefront of modern metal. Metal Blade Records is pleased to offer up a vinyl reissue of the band's seminal 2004 label debut The Oncoming Storm which Fuse named one of the "27 Albums Every Metalhead Should Own." [Limited black and gold colored pressing also available.]
>The Vandals – When In Rome Do As The Vandals Do [Reissue/1985] LP (Kung Fu)
Limited yellow vinyl LP pressing of the 1985 full-length debut album from the L.A. punk legends.
>Various Artists – The B-Music Of Jean Rollin 1968-1973 LP (Finders Keepers)
Rising out of the smoky Parisian Mai 68 shrapnel and claiming his stake as the first French vampire movie director, the inimitable father of European horrortica, Jean Rollin (1938-2010) has smudged the painted face of surrealist cinema for over five decades. Dragging his roots from beneath the Letterist/Situationist movements, avant-garde theater, and Belgian fine art groups and entwining them around the minds of sexual revolutionaries, the European comic book cognoscenti and the Parisian free jazz and rock scenes, Rollin stopped at nothing to bring his macabre fantasies of zygotic vampyrism and backwoods blood cults to Gallic cinémathèques and beyond.
>Various Artists – Classic Latin Tunes Become Salsa Hits 2xLP (Grosso Recordings)
Classics tunes from Caribbean music that became great successes of salsa; compiled by Pablo Yglesias, aka DJ Bongohead.
>Various Artists – Cold Waves Of Color Volume 5 LP (Lion Productions)
The fifth volume in Lion’s received compilation series of 1980's electronic tracks from the Color Tapes label. As with the other volumes you can find great examples of cold wave, minimal wave and synth electronics made by obscure British bands such as Berserk In A Hayfield, Disintegrators, Lives of Angels, The Lord plus a rare track by post-Alternative TV avant-garde band The Good Missionaries.
>Various Artists – Kaminari Volume 2: Nineteen More Japanese Garage Monsters LP (Groovie)
19 exciting underground bands from all over Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido, Kobe). If garage rock, trash punk, '60s beat, fuzz or surf is your thing then you'll dig Kaminari like candy.
>Various Artists – Naino! Spanish Gipsy Soul Funk Disco 1974/1984 LP (Adarce)
a compilation dedicated to the fusion of black music and gipsy music created during the last century in Spain.
>Sylvie Vartan – En Ecoutant La Pluie LP (Wax Love)
Sylvie Vartran's family emigrated from Bulgaria to Paris in 1952 when she was just a child. Soon she would fall in love with the cosmopolitan Parisian music scene as well as American jazz and rock and roll, and by 1961, at the young age of 17, she began her recording career, one that would prove to be among the most illustrious in French pop music of 20th century. Known for her tough and sultry vocals, Vartran was an early star of the yé-yé scene and these first singles show why. Featuring many French language re-workings of rock and R&B hits from The Isley Brothers to Mel Torme, Paul Anka to Del Shannon, this collection is essential for any fan of '60s French pop.
>Veil Of Maya – False God LP (Sumerian)
Released last October on CD – now available on vinyl. A maelstrom of polyrhythmic guitars, sweeping vocals, and shuddering beats.
>Veruca Salt – Eight Arms To Hold You [Reissue/1997] LP (Geffen)
Vinyl reissue of Veruca Salt’s second album. This was the last album to feature original band members Nina Gordon, Louise Post, Steve Lack, and Jim Shapiro until the 2015 reunion album.
>Virginia Trance – Virginia Trance LP (Bym)
Virginia Trance is the solo project of Scott Ryan Davis (formerly of Images and Psychic Ills) – a light, groovy piece with expressive drumming, reverb-dipped vocals, and dewy guitar.
>Young Thug – Beautiful Thugger Girls 2xLP (300 Entertainment)
Beautiful Thugger Girls sees the visionary multi-art form superstar singing all 14 tracks on a collection of songs recorded earlier this year. It marks Young Thug's first release since the widely acclaimed mixtape, Jeffery. The album features guest appearances from Future, Gunna, Jacquees, Lil Durk, Millie Go Lightly, Quavo, and Snoop Dogg.
>Zanov – Green Ray [Reissue/1976] 2x10” (Wah Wah)
Zanov – Moebius 256 301 [Reissue/1977] 2x10” (Wah Wah)
Under the alias of Zanov we find the works of French electronic pioneer Pierre Salkazanov, who had started playing guitar in the 1960s in a Shadows styled band, Les Ambassadors.
released 19 january 2018
>CDs + Vinyl:
>Arrows Of Love – Product: Your Soundtrack To The Impending Societal Collapse CD/LP (I’m Not From London)
East London art-rockers Arrows Of Love (the five-piece led by co-writers Nima and Nuha) release their eagerly anticipated second album - an eleven-track amalgamation of blisteringly heavy guitars and earnest, heartfelt lyrics. Here, the collective weave a world which is equal parts aggressively powerful and vulnerable, where poetry meets pure punk attitude.
>Bahamas – Earthtones CD/LP (Republic)
Afie Jurvanen isn't from the Bahamas. He's a Finnish-Canadian from Barrie - a working class town in rural Ontario. But his chosen epithet is fitting. Since 2009 he's been making music under the name Bahamas - writing songs about sunsets, love affairs, and making out with crooked smiles. Through simple arrangements, he charts an escape route from the snow belt to the coral reefs. Afie is self-taught on guitar and has worked with such musicians as The Lumineers, Feist, Howie Beck, Jason Collett, Jack Johnson, The Weather Station, and Zeus. Earthtones is a quirky yet haunting collection of songs that touch on success, parenting, facing depression, and everything else in his life. Most of all, it's an album about friendship and how great it is to have someone in your life that can lift you up when you're feeling down.
>Belle Adair – Tuscumbia CD/LP (Single Lock)
When Muscle Shoals four-piece Belle Adair recorded their new album Tuscumbia they leaned into their hometown's musical legacy to create a sound unlike anything that's come out of The Shoals region before. The result doesn't so much update the Muscle Shoals sound as redefine it with chiming guitars, meditative lyrics and a breezy, blissed-out feel. The eleven new songs on Tuscumbia were all written by frontman Matt Green, and the album marks a massive leap forward for a band that's already been praised by NPR for its "dreamy sound" and by SPIN for songs that "glow with a deep, dusky aura." Both grand and intimate, far-reaching and deeply personal, Tuscumbia is a definitive declaration of identity from a band that bucks tradition in search of their own personal truths.
>Black Label Society – Grimmest Hits CD/LP (E1)
Black Label Society bandleader Zakk Wylde wields his guitar like a Viking weapon, bashing out thick riffage and squeezing out expressive squeals as if the glory of his Berserker brotherhood depends upon every single note, which of course, it does. Charismatic beast and consummate showman, Wylde puts his massive heart and earnest soul on display with unbridled, unchained, animalistic passion in Black Label Society, whether it’s a crushingly heavy blues-rock barnstormer or a piano-driven ode to a fallen brother. Grimmest Hits is the band’s tenth album.
>Cane Hill – Cane Hill CD/LP+MP3 (Rise)
10 aggressive, fast-paced metal anthems. [Limited edition colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>The Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band – Chinese Butterfly 2xCD (Concord Jazz)
Chinese Butterfly is a reunion of two musical titans, a creative partnership that dates back to the early days of Return To Forever with Chick Corea when Steve Gadd was one of the first drummers. [Vinyl edition due February 16.]
>Devin Dawson – Dark Horse CD/LP (WB)
One of country music's rising stars releases his debut album. The up-and-coming singer-songwriter collaborated with top songwriters Luke Laird, Josh Kerr, Barry Dean, Seth Ennis and more on the project. An atypical country artist, Devin Dawson's approach to music is not different on purpose, it's different with purpose. He grew up just outside the gates of Folsom Prison,
drawing inspiration from Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Marvin Gaye and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Pulling from these influences, he began to write in a style that is definitively country.
>Kit Downes – Obsidian CD (ECM)
Kit Downes’s previous ECM appearance was as pianist on the debut recording of Time Is A Blind Guide in 2015 and he’s critically-regarded as one of the UK’s outstanding young jazz talents. This recording however has little to do with “jazz”, although it could only have been made by an improviser of subtle sensibilities.
>Eden – Vertigo CD/2xLP (Astralwerks)
On his 2016 breakthrough EP I Think You Think Too Much Of Me, Dublin-based vocalist-producer and multi-instrumentalist Jonathon Ng aka Eden struck a rare balance of ingenuity and intuition with its guitar-heavy take on electronic pop. With his full-length debut, Vertigo, he takes an even more instinct-driven approach to his music, a process he perceives as a form of exploration. [Limited clear vinyl pressing also available.]
>Tommy Emmanuel – Accomplice One CD/LP (CGP Sounds)
Accomplice One is a testament to Tommy Emmanuel's musical diversity, the range of expression that stretches from authentic country-blues to face-melting rock shredding, by way of tender and devastating pure song playing. The songs are a mix of new takes on indelible classics and brand new originals from Tommy and his collaborators. The artists who stepped forward to join Tommy in the studio are an impressive list of some of today's most respected performers, from across the musical spectrum - a lineup including Jason Isbell, Mark Knopfler, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Douglas, Amanda Shires, Ricky Skaggs, J.D. Simo, David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Suzy Bogguss and many more.
>Fall Out Boy – Mania CD/LP (Island)
Mania is the follow-up album to Fall Out Boy's platinum-certified sixth studio album American Beauty/American Psycho. Telling single "Young And Menace" has an electronica-tinged industrial rock feel and is a departure from the punky rock 'n' roll sound of its predecessor.
>First Aid Kit – Ruins CD/LP+MP3 (Columbia)
Swedish duo First Aid Kit's new album Ruins follows the band's Columbia Records debut Stay Gold, a lush and ambitious 10-song collection that beautifully captured their vivid storytelling, landing the group on countless "Best of 2014" accolades. Produced by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Laura Veirs), the album was recorded in Portland, OR where Klara (vocals/guitar) and Johanna Söderberg collaborated with top rate musicians like REM's Peter Buck, Wilco's Glenn Kotche and Midlake's McKenzie Smith. Rolling Stone calls lead single “It's A Shame,” a “Dylan-meets-Emmylou Harris shot of country-rock sunshine” while the duo note that follow-up, “Postcard” is one of the most traditional sounding songs we've ever written, and we wanted the production to mirror that. It's not a resentful song, but more of a reaching out to a lover to wish them well on their journey in the midst of having to let them go.”
>Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac [Reissue/1975] CD/2xCD/3xCD+DVD-Audio+LP (Rhino)
Originally released in 1975, Fleetwood Mac's self-titled release marks the addition of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks into the band's lineup - the line up as it is today. Available in Regular, Deluxe, and Super Deluxe editions. Deluxe features a disc of single edits, early versions and live recordings. Super Deluxe is packaged in a 12”x12” embossed sleeve and adds a third disc of live tracks, a DVD featuring 5.1 Surround Sound and high-resolution 24/96 Stereo Audio mixes of the original album and an LP version of the original album pressed on 180gm vinyl.
>Ron Gallo – Really Nice Guys CDEP (New West)
Really Nice Guys is a concept EP by Thyme Magazine’s “Man Of The Year,” Ron Gallo. The EP is another thought provoking and inspired installment, extending an already prolific calendar year by Gallo which saw the release of the critically acclaimed full-length album Heavy Meta as well as the 7” singles, “Temporary Slave” and “Sorry Not Everybody Is You.” Really Nice Guys finds Gallo exploring new sonic frontiers and instrumentation in the form of what might be called a conceptual art piece. Whatever you call it is wholly original and Gallo continues to melt faces and free minds.
>Ghost B.C. – Ceremony And Devotion 2xCD/2xLP (Loma Vista)
Ceremony And Devition was recorded during the band’s critically exalted Popestar tour during the summer of 2017 and documents Ghost’s unforgettable live show in pursuit of becoming the world’s next great arena band. Ceremony and Devotion was produced and mixed by Tom Dalgety and features fan favorites spanning the band’s entire catalogue from Opus Eponymous (2010) to Infestissumam (2013) to Meliora (2015) to the Popestar EP (2016). Ghost’s most recent studio album, Meliora, and its accompanying EP Popestar, earned the Swedish rock band a Grammy Award for ‘Best Metal Performance’. Along the way Ghost have racked up both widespread critical acclaim and adoration from a legion of fans across the globe in a genre stagnated by Nü metal for nearly two decades.
>The Go! Team – Semicircle CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Memphis Industries)
Unlike The Go! Team's 2015 effort The Scene Between – which was essentially a solo project that followed the dissolution of the previous line-up – Semicircle finds leader Ian Parton collaborating with current live players Simone Odaranile (drums) and Angela ‘Maki' Won-Yin Mak (vocals), as well as two original members, guitarist Sam Dook and rapper Ninja. Annelotte de Graaf (aka Amber Arcades), previous collaborator Julie Margat (aka Lispector), and a crew of unexpected musicians feature throughout.
>Glen Hansard – Between Two Shores CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Following up 2015's Grammy nominated Didn't He Ramble, and his 2012 solo debut Rhythm and Repose, Glen Hansard's third solo album Between Two Shores was produced by Hansard himself for the first time. The culmination of more than six years of writing and recording, Between Two Shores came together in only a matter of weeks. In March 2017, Hansard booked himself time at Black Box Studios in France with the original idea of taking inventory of his songbook. Working again with former Frames bandmate and producer David Odlum, Hansard was in search of a direction for his next record. As he reviewed his previous sessions, various ideas and home recordings, a sketch of an unplanned record began to take shape. The album's title comes from Hansards ongoing love of sailing and the sea. When one is equal distance between their starting point and their destination they are in essence “between two shores.” A less than ideal time to wonder whether you should turn back or continue on, but a thought that inevitably rears its head. With Between Two Shores Hansard has managed to capture that feeling of the big soulful sound of his large touring band while still retaining the intimate introspective nature of his acoustic shows. To which way the wind will blow on his next record remains to be seen.
>Hot Snakes – Automatic Midnight [Reissue/2000] CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Hot Snakes – Suicide Invoice [Reissue/2002] CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Hot Snakes – Audit In Progress [Reissue/2004] CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
San Diego's influential post-hardcore all-stars Hot Snakes – boasting members of Pitchfork, Rocket From the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, Earthless, Obits, Burning Brides, OFF!, The Delta 72, and more – released three of Sub Pop's favorite rock records of the past 20 years: Automatic Midnight, Suicide Invoice, and Audit in Progress. All three were originally issued on Swami Records, with art by singer/guitarist and visual artist Rick Froberg. As we await the somewhat-later-in-2018 release of their first new album since 2004, the label is pleased to reissue this trio of classics back on vinyl.
>Demun Jones – Jones In Ya Speaker CD (Select O Hits)
Blending low end hip-hop drums with lyrical paintings of a lifestyle that many in rural settings can relate. Jones shows his versatility with upbeat, almost comical tracks.
>Lanco – Hallelujah Nights CD/LP (Arista)
New album from the country music outfit. Lanco's story begins in the small towns where all five bandmates Lancaster, bassist Chandler Baldwin, multi-instrumentalist Jared Hampton, drummer Tripp Howell and lead guitarist Eric Steedly were raised. Spread across Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia, they lived normal lives full of late nights, long weekends, hard lessons and young love. Alongside award-winning producer Jay Joyce, Lanco focused on capturing the spirit of their exuberant live shows, sharing the same goal to make everything sound authentic and human.
>Laraaji – Vision Songs - Vol. 1 [Reissue/1984] CD/LP (Numero)
Vision Songs Vol. 1 is the Laraaji album like no other, located at the intersection of new age and gospel. It is both his outlier and magnum opus, the feel-good DIY tape of the century. Discovered busking in Washington Square Park by Brian Eno in the late ‘70s, engagement with the eternal flow has led Laraaji to, seemingly by magic, emerge as the most beloved avatar of the unstoppable new age music revival of recent years.
>Moon Taxi – Let The Record Play CD/LP+MP3 (RCA)
The highly anticipated fifth studio album from the alt-rock-five-piece band from Nashville.
>Of Mice & Men – Defy CD/LP+MP3 (Rise)
Returning to legendary producer, Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach, P.O.D.), Defy delivers a new era of Of Mice & Men. These songs are fast and heavy. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Joe Perry – Sweetzerland Manifesto CD/2xLP (Roman/Croshal Entertainment)
Sweetzerland Manifesto features 11 hard-rocking original songs from the legendary Aerosmith guitarist. Joining Perry is a Murderers Row of some of the baddest names in rock, including Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), who sings on the single "Aye, Aye, Aye", David Johansen (New York Dolls), and Terry Reid. Even world-famous actor Johnny Depp gets in on the action, playing drums on "Eve Of Destruction". Joe Perry was ranked 84th in Rolling Stone's list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. In 2001, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of Aerosmith, and in 2013, Perry and his songwriting partner Steven Tyler were recipients of the ASCAP Founders Award and were also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
>Phillip Phillips – Collateral CD (Interscope)
Third album from the singer/songwriter best known as the winner of the eleventh season of American Idol.
>Porches – The House CD/LP (Domino)
The third studio album by New York-based musician Aaron Maine's Porches project. The House, a conscious effort in minimalism and honesty, includes contributions from (Sandy) Alex G, Dev Hynes, Solange collaborator Bryndon Cook, Okay Kaya, Maya Laner, Cende’s Cameron Wisch, and Porches’ father Peter Maine.
>Shins – The Worms Heart CD/LP+MP3 (Sony)
The Worms Heart is a complete re-work of The Shins 2017 album Heartworms. The album offers new reworked versions of Heartworms album tracks, and the sequence is flipped as well.
>Shopping – The Official Body CD/LP (FatCat)
Following on the success of their two previous albums for FatCat, which were praised on both sides of the pond as "breakneck, open-eared, positivist post-punk canter" (NME) and "direct, smart, catchy, and extremely punk" (Pitchfork) - Shopping returns to shake some asses with their new album.
>Caitlyn Smith – Starfire CD (Monument/Sony Music Nashville)
Some artists are bred of and for Music Row, forever confined to the narrow lyrical and sonic cutouts which spring from country radio's trend chasing. Others are singers and songwriters who carry the weight of the world on their shoulders and pour out their hearts three minutes at a time--screaming to be heard by anyone and everyone willing to give them a chance. Caitlyn Smith is the latter.
>Starcrawler – Starcrawler CD/LP (Rough Trade)
What do you get when you combine elements of the Cramps, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne and The Runaways? You get Starcrawler, a Los Angeles, CA rock band who formed in 2015. Starcrawler's eponymous debut was recorded by Ryan Adams on analog tape at his PaxAm Studio. Ryan's love for the band and his excitement about the album has been well documented in his many posts from the studio.
>Bobo Stenson Trio – Contra la indecisión CD (ECM)
The great Swedish trio of Bobo Stenson takes a stand against indecision in a decisively beautiful new album. As ever, the trio draws upon a wide range of source materials. A yearning title song by Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez, Bartók’s adaptation of a Slovak folk song, a piece from Mompou’s Cançons i Danses collection, and Erik Satie’s Elégie are integrated into the program, alongside original compositions by Stenson and Anders Jormin and group improvising. So strong is the group’s character and the musical identity of each of its members that the integration of this material always feels organic and logical. Stenson’s lyrical touch, Jormin’s folk-flavored arco bass and Jon Fält’s flickering, textural drumming well-displayed on Contra la indecisión, the trio’s first new recording in six years.
>Thomas Strønen/ Time Is A Blind Guide – Lucas CD (ECM)
Norwegian drummer/composer Thomas Strønen presents a revised edition of his acoustic collective Time Is A Blind Guide, now trimmed to quintet size, and with a new pianist in Wakayama-born Ayumi Tanaka. Tanaka has spoken of seeking associative connections between Japan and Norway in her improvising, a tendency Strønen seems to be encouraging with his space-conscious writing for the ensemble, letting in more light. As on the group’s eponymously-titled and critically-lauded debut album there are excellent contributions from the string players – the quintet effectively contains both a string trio and a piano trio – and Manfred Eicher’s production brings out all the fine detail in the grain of the collective sound and the halo of its overtones.
>Sun Ra – Of Abstract Dreams CD/LP (Strut/Art Yard)
A previously unreleased radio session most likely recorded at the WXPN FM radio studios in Philadelphia, PA in 1974-75.
>John Surman/Nelson Ayres/Rob Waring – Invisible Threads CD (ECM)
Saxophonist and clarinetist John Surman is often characterized as a quintessentially English improviser and composer, and hints of folk music and a pastoral ambience are attributes of his music on well-loved albums like “The Road To Saint Ives” or “Saltash Bells.” Yet he also has a long history of working with musicians from other countries and cultures, players united by such invisible threads as a shared feeling for melody that transcends the idioms. John Surman
met pianist Nelson Ayres – known to aficionados of Brazilian jazz for his work with Airto Moreira, Milton Nascimento and Banda Pau Brasil – while on tour in South America. In Oslo, Surman came to know and appreciate the playing of Rob Waring, expatriate US vibraphonist (recently heard on ECM with Mats Eilertsen). The three musicians come together to play a new program of Surman originals – plus Nelson Ayres’s “Summer Song” – in a session recorded at Oslo’s
Rainbow studio in July 2017, produced by Manfred Eicher.
>Television Personalities – Beautiful Despair CD/LP (Fortuna Pop)
Vinyl and CD edition of Television Personalities' unreleased album. It was originally recorded in 1990 by Jowe Head at his flat in Glading Terrace, Stoke Newington (shortly before it was demolished), over a number sessions on a portable 4-track cassette-tape machine. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>They Might Be Giants – I Like Fun CD (Idlewild)
They Might Be Giants' remarkable new album I Like Fun jumps with surprises, vitality, and the startling point of view of these Brooklyn originals. Over a year in the making, songwriters and band founders John Linnell and John Flansburgh draw on themes of dread, death, and disappointment and set them to their driving, hyper-melodic music. The results will leave even the most heavy-hearted among us with a renewed sense of wonder. Fresh and sonically adventurous, the band's command of the studio and the song is in rare form from beginning to end. On I Like Fun, the spotlight is also on the band's formidable long-standing live lineup; drummer Marty Beller, bassist Danny Weinkauf and lead guitarist Dan Miller. While the group enjoys a reputation for delivering one of the liveliest shows around, the album accomplishes the rare feat of capturing that ecstatic intensity on LP. Co-produced with and mixed by Patrick Dillett (St. Vincent, Donald Fagen, The National, Mary J. Blige), I Like Fun was tracked and mixed at the brand-new Reservoir Studios – site of the legendary Skyline Studios where TMBG recorded their platinum-selling album Flood. [Vinyl edition due February 9.]
>Toto Bona Lokua – Bondeko CD/LP (No Format)
The first album in 13 years from the acclaimed trio. Martinican Gérald Toto, Cameroonian Richard Bona and Congolose Lokua Kanza - three voices that are equal, three singular careers, three quite distinct universes with one thing in common, like a nutritive sun, more or less distant: Africa.
>tUnE-yArDs – I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life CD/LP (4AD)
Thematically, I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life tackle race, politics, intersectional feminism and environmental prophecies head on. But in the billows of intense subject matter, the album arrives as tUnE-yArDs’ (now a duo) most immediate and upbeat music yet - this is music to dance to. [Limited edition colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Various Artists – Classic Delta And Deep South Blues From Smithsonian Folkways CD (Smithsonian Folkways)
As a shared art form, the Mississippi Delta blues tradition also extends across the river into Arkansas—running north from Helena through West Memphis, Marianna, Forest City, Hughes, and Blytheville—into Steele and Caruthersville, Missouri; on to St. Louis; then over the bridge into East St. Louis, Illinois, and eventually Chicago; and on the Tennessee side into Memphis, Brownsville, Ripley, and Jackson. This broadly constitutes the range of the Delta-based blues tradition and the orbit of the musicians who work in that regional style.
>Various Artists - Something Got A Hold On Me: The Ru-Jac Records Story, Volume One 1963-1964 CD (Omnivore)
Various Artists – Get It Right: Get Right: The Ru-Jac Records Story, Volume Two 1964-1966 CD (Omnivore)
The Baltimore soul/R&B label Ru-Jac Records was founded in 1963 by local promoter Rufus Mitchell and investor partner Jack Bennett (their names forming the Ru-Jac name). The label primarily released regional soul/R&B singles from 1963 until the mid-1970s, when Mitchell stepped away to focus on another business venture. All four volumes o The Ru-Jac Records Story (the first two available now, the third and fourth available in February) collects for the very first time the audio history of Ru-Jac Records. Each volume is produced by the Grammy-winning producer Cheryl Pawelski and Kevin Coombe, East Coast soul historian. Coombe provides liner notes detailing the rise and eventual closure of the label, and its close ties to the segregated beaches and performance spaces of the region. Rare photos and ephemera will be included in each volume to help illustrate and trace the history of the label. Utilizing original tapes, extremely collectible 45s, and acetates, all four volumes underwent extensive restoration and mastering by Grammy® Award winning engineer, Michael Graves. Volume One, 1963–1964 contains 28 tracks, 10 of them previously unissued. The other 18 tracks chart the history of the first 45s issued by the label and includes songs by Winfield Parker, Flattop Bobby & The Soul Twisters, and Brenda Jones among others.
>The Vibrators – Past, Present, And Into The Future CD/LP (Cleopatra)
New album from legendary British punk band. Past, Present, And Into The Future features a unique line-up with contributions from former and current members including founders Knox, Eddie, and John Ellis along with V2 era bassist Gary Tibbs (Roxy Music), current bassist/vocalist Pete, guitarist Darrell Bath and production by original bassist Pat Collier. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Walking Papers – WP2 CD (Loud & Proud)
Walking Papers’ music is instantly familiar, yet profoundly forward-thinking, blending impactful singer/songwriting, ‘90s alternative and classic rock into a transcendent amalgam of breathtaking sounds and melodies. Featuring Jefferson Angell (The Missionary Position), Benjamin Anderson (The Missionary Position), Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver), and Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Mad Season), the band unleashes their moody and carnal second album WP2. [Vinyl edition due February 16.]
>Colter Wall – Imaginary Appalachia CD/LP (Young Mary’s)
A native of Swift Current, Saskatchewan Canada, Colter Wall's sound is comprised of resonate and raw baritone vocals, folk and bluegrass style guitar and banjo picking, steady kick-drum stomping, and visually provoking, storytelling lyrics.
>Whitesnake – The Purple Tour CD/CD+DVD/CD+Blu-ray 2xLP (Rhino)
Whitesnake puts their distinctive spin on several songs from Coverdale’s studio albums with Deep Purple.
>Van Williams – Countries CD/LP (Fantasy)
Just a couple years ago, Van William thought he had life figured out. Having toured the world from age 20 - first with his band Port O'Brien, followed by his second group Waters - he had met and cultivated a tight knit community of fellow musicians, embarked on a serious romantic relationship, even found time to spend his summers on Kodiak Island, Alaska working on his father's commercial fishing boat, as he'd done all his life. When, in short order, his musical projects and relationship dissolved, and his father announced his retirement, Van reached an inflection point. "I was freaked out," the songwriter recalls, looking back on the most tumultuous year of his life. "But with that freak-out came a renewed sense of purpose." And a new musical direction, heralded by the arrival of Countries, Van's vivid and open-hearted solo debut full length album. BuzzBands.LA called the album centerpiece "The Country" - "the sound of a man turning the page, classic songwriting ferrying yesterday's melancholy and tomorrow's hopes on vessels of indelible melodies and poignant lyrics." Anchored in Van's love of melodic song craft and infused with melancholy, the eleven new, original songs on Countries don't belong to any specific style. Call them American Heartache, music that stirs up forgotten memories and feels eternal and fresh, pulling the past into the present as a way of navigating loss. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Arcade Fire – Creature Comfort 12” (Sony)
Limited 180gm white 12” vinyl pressing of this single taken from the album Everything Now. Includes "Comfort My Sleng Teng" (Geoff Barrow Mix/12" Vinyl Version).
>Axegrinder – Rise Of The Serpent Men [Reissue/1988] LP (Peaceville)
Rise of the Serpent Men was recorded at Lion Studios in Leeds in 1988 and released the same year. Axegrinder's strong Amebix-like grind sensibility appealed to punks and metal-heads alike, and the band's first and only album featured artwork created by Jeff Walker (of UK metal masters Carcass).
>Baphomet – The Dead Shall Inherit [Reissue/1992] LP (Peaceville)
Baphomet's debut album was originally released by Peaceville Records imprint Deaf Records in 1992. Revered as a cult classic of pulverizing heaviness, Baphomet developed a strong profile alongside fellow New Yorkers Suffocation and Immolation, shaping the brutal end of the vibrant early ‘90s death metal scene.
>Belle and Sebastian – How To Solve Our Human Problems (Part 1) 12”+MP3 (Matador)
The second installment of three new EPs. The How To Solve Our Human Problems EP project is the latest installment in a career that has always pursued a singular and delightful vision of what pop represents and what it can achieve, a career that has seen them triumph against the odds to win a Brit award, be one of the first bands to curate their own festival, and play at the London residence of the US ambassador. Belle and Sebastian's new music has the timeless blend of joy and melancholy that has always characterized them.
>BOYO – Me, Again LP (Danger Collective)
BOYO is the pseudonym of 20-year-old singer-songwriter Robert Tilden. Tilden's been kicking around the L.A. DIY scene since he was 16 years old, spending the better part of it fronting the garage band Bobby T. and the Slackers. Me, Again, the follow up to his debut Control, taps into his sense of vulnerability, taking on themes of isolation, addiction, and regret. The album is a jagged collection of garage rock and soft DIY indie and noisey pop music, channeling everyone from Ty Segall to Elliot Smith to Deerhunter. [CD edition due February 2.]
Atmos mix and high-resolution master, all housed in 12” x 12” box with 60-page book also available.]
>Corrosion Of Conformity – No Cross No Crown 2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
Released last week on CD – now available on vinyl. “It's been a dozen years since C.O.C. recorded new material with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan at the helm. In that time, there have been rumors, whispers and outright allegations that the legendary Southern rock outfit would reunite to blow the doors off the whole damn scene again. In 2014, after nearly a straight decade traversing the globe as a guitarist with New Orleans supergroup Down, Keenan reconnected with the core C.O.C. trio of Woody Weatherman, Mike Dean and Reed Mullin to hit the road hard and write and record the band's highly anticipated tenth album, No Cross No Crown.”
>Damu The Fudgemunk & Raw Poetic – The Reflecting Sea (Welcome To A New Philosophy) LP (Redefinition)
The Reflecting Sea revisits sonic textures of yesteryear combined with Damu The Fudgemunk & Raw Poetic’s distinct ears for music. Speaking of the times, Raw Poetic's lyrical subject matter is nothing short of relevant. Speaking from an observatory perspective in addition to his own personal experiences, the album's content is infinitely relatable. Although known primarily as hip hop acts, both Damu and Raw P stretched out to expand what the genre is known for. The combination of elements from the mix of live instrumentation, improvisation and sampling to the range of styles including jazz, fusion, rock, electronic and soul make The Reflecting Sea unlike anything else. Limited colored pressing also available.
>The Dears – End Of A Hollywood Bedtime Story [Reissue/2000] LP (Paper Bag)
Paper Bag Vintage reissues a remastered edition of The Dears' debut album End Of A Hollywood Bedtime Story. The Dears, a critically acclaimed "orchestral-pop-noir-romantique" rock 'n' roll band from Montréal, is the lifework of Murray A. Lightburn. Son of a jazzman-turned-preacher, Lightburn's attunement to songwriting was shaped equally by '90s rock and a broad tableau of gospel, soul, and pop music.
>DWNTWN - Racing Time LP (Jullian)
Released last July on CD – now available on vinyl. Hailing from Los Angeles, DWNTWN was formed by singer Jamie Leffler and guitarist Robert Cepeda before later being joined by Daniel Vancieri on drums. Following the success of the song “Til Tomorrow” from the DWNTWN EP, the band was likened to such artists as Ellie Goulding by the UK newspaper, The Guardian. Their blend of acoustic and electric guitar work, combined with prevalent drums surrounding Leffler’s vocals place their sound in the esteemed company of The Veronicas, Varuca Salt and Tegan and Sarah. Oscillating between emotionally-charged ballads and dancey indie jams, often within the same song, Leffler displays her impressive talents as both singer and songwriter with such sun-bleached tracks as “Drowning” and “Sticks And Stones” - a song which belongs on the playlist of every memory-making beach party of the summer.
>Diamanda Galás – At Saint Thomas The Apostle Harlem 2xLP (Intravenal Sound Operations)
Released last April on CD – now available on vinyl. At St. Thomas the Apostle Harlem documents Galás' volcanic May 2016 performance at St. Thomas the Apostle church in Harlem, NY, described by the New York Times as "guttural and operatic, baleful and inconsolable, spiritual and earthy, polyglot and wordless, nuanced and unhinged."
>Golden Smog – Weird Tales [Reissue/1998] LP (Rhino)
First time vinyl pressing of Golden Smog’s second album. At the time the band featured members of the Jayhawks, Soul Asylum, Run Westy Run, and Wilco. Green colored pressing.
>Great Lake Swimmers – Great Lake Swimmers [Reissue/2003] LP (Paper Bag)
Great Lake Swimmers have hugely affected the music world with their ambient-independent-folk sound. Paper Bag Vintage are pleased to reissue the Canadian indie darlings' debut self-titled album on colored vinyl. Originally released in 2003, the haunting collection was recorded over several months in an abandoned grain silo in Southern Ontario and exhibits their familiar thematic threads of beauty in the natural world, environmental issues and explorations of close personal ties that hold us together.
>Lalah Hathaway – Honestly LP (8th Floor Production)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Seventh album from the Grammy-winning soul vocalist, the daughter of the legendary Donny Hathaway.
>Thee Headcoatees – Punk Girls [Reissue/1997] LP (Damaged Goods)
This classic 1997 LP was originally released on Sympathy For The Record Industry and has been out-of-print for a good many years. Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.
>Maroon 5 – Red Pill Blues LP (Interscope)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Sixth album from three-time Grammy Award-winning multiplatinum band.
>Masta Killa – Loyalty Is Royalty LP (Nature Sounds)
Released last October on CD – now available on vinyl. With production handled by the likes of 9th Wonder, Illmind, P.F. Cuttin, RZA, True Master, and Dame Grease, Loyalty Is Royalty delivers the kind of classic hip-hop experience fans have come to expect from Wu-Tang Clan’s Masta Killa.
>Mayhem Lauren X DJ Muggs – Gems From The Equinox LP (Soul Assassins)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Meyhem Lauren's Gems From The Equinox is the crown jewel of modern NY rap. A future classic soundtracked by legendary producer DJ Muggs who has redefined dusty hip-hop production into a polished and dark, psychedelic world. The album features include the likes of Action Bronson, B-Real, Roc Marciano, Sean Price, Conway, Mr. Muthaf**kin' eXquire and more.
>Moka Only – Concert For One LP (Urbnet)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Daniel Denton is something of a super hero. An iconic artist in Canadian hip-hop, based out of Vancouver, performing musical feats under any one of his mysterious aliases. Guised as Ron Contour, Torch, or most notably, as Moka Only, his delivery is consistent and unmatched. He is an acclaimed underground champion, and a true storyteller with an unfathomable collection of stories to tell.
>Moon Duo – Jukebox Babe b/w No Fun 7” (Sacred Bones)
Features covers of Alan Vega's "Jukebox Babe" and The Stooges' "No Fun."
>Mudhoney – Lie LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Recorded live during their 2016 European tour at shows in Germany, Croatia, Sweden, Austria, Norway, and Slovenia LiE is the first unlimited-edition, non-bootleg live Mudhoney album to date. New album to be released sometime this year.
>Gary Numan – The Dance [Reissue/1981] LP (Beggars UK)
Limited double purple colored vinyl reissue of the electronic pop pioneer’s fifth album.
>Dan Penn – Do Right Man [Reissue/1994] LP (Rhino)
Upon its release in 1994, Do Right Man was master songwriter Dan Penn’s first album in 20 years.
>Petite Biscuit – Presence LP (Petite Biscuit)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Debut album from classically-trained French artist.
>John Prine – Diamond In The Rough [Reissue/1972] LP (Atlantic)
John Prine – Sweet Revenge [Reissue/1973] LP (Atlantic)
Vinyl reissues of the bluegrass and country singer-songwriter’s second and third albums.
>Rock (Of Heltah Skeltah) - Rockness A.P.: After Price 2xLP (Digital Déjà vu)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. After the death of his partner Sean Price in 2015, Rock, of legendary Brooklyn hip-hop duo Heltah Skeltah, releases his first ever solo album. Features appearances from fellow Boot Camp Clik alums, Buckshot, Tek & Steele (Smif-n-Wessun), Wu-Tang's Raekwon, Method Man and Inspectah Deck, Kuniva (D12), Young Noble (The Outlawz), Ras Kass, Ron Browz and M.O.P.
>Buffy Sainte-Marie – Medicine Songs LP (True North)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The legendary folk singer-songwriter and tireless activist introduces new songs and revisits her classics.
>Samiyam – Pizza Party LP (Stones Throw)
Advancing the unfolding legacy of instrumental hip-hop at Stones Throw is Pizza Party: 24 minutes of off-kilter mobster music mixed with a warm soul sound that is unmistakably L.A. producer and beatmaker Samiyam.
>The Michael Schenker Group – The Michael Schenker Group [Reissue/1980] LP (Chrysalis)
The Michael Schenker Group – MSG [Reissue/1981] LP (Chrysalis)
The Michael Schenker Group – Assault Attack [Reissue/1982] LP (Chrysalis)
The Michael Schenker Group – Built To Destroy [Reissue/1983] LP (Chrysalis)
Two pressings: regular black and limited-edition picture disc. The Michael Schenker Group was fronted by the former UFO and Scorpions guitarist.
>Scour – Red LP (Housecore)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Scour is a supergroup comprised of Pantera's Philip H. Anselmo, Pig Destroyer's John Jarvis, and Cattle Decapitation's Derek Engemann.
>ShitKid – This Is It 12” (Pnkslm)
New EP from the Swedish grunge pop act, the project of 23-year-old musician Åsa Söderqvis.
>Sunny Day Real Estate – The Rising Tide [Reissue/2000] 2xLP (Craft Recordings)
In 1997, Sub Pop approached an inactive Sunny Day Real Estate for help in compiling a rarities album. Because there were so few usable tracks, band founders Jeremy Enigk and Dan Hoerner agreed to get together and write some new material to augment the archival songs, but they wound up crafting an entire new album in a matter of days. Without Nate Mendel, who remains with the Foo Fighters to this day, Sunny Day reunited to record third full-length How It Feels to Be Something On in 1998. Epic 2000 follow-up The Rising Tide, their final LP to date and easily one of their finest, boasts sweeping production from Lou Giordano (Goo Goo Dolls, Live), anthemic songs galore and impassioned performances throughout.
>Therion – Of Darkness… [Reissue/1991] LP (Peaceville)
Swedish act Therion originated in the late-80s. Following a couple of demos in 1989, the band's style evolved out of an effective and raw mix of thrash/death metal.
>Richard & Linda Thompson – Shoot Out The Lights [Reissue/1982] LP (Rhino)
Vinyl reissue of the sixth and final album by the British husband-and-wife rock duo.
>Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra – Paradise Has No Border LP (Nacional)
In the late-80s, a group of musicians rose from the Tokyo street/club scene, and called themselves, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (TSPO). Ever since, the band has been pursuing its unique sound of “Tokyo Ska,” blending and redefining musical genres to the delight of fans in and out of Japan. That authentic musicality is brought to new heights on their new Nacional Records album Paradise Has No Border which features songs sung in Japanese, Spanish and English and collaborations with Los Autenticos Decadentes and Inspector.
>Tourist – Wash 12” (M-Theory)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The follow up to Tourist's 2016 debut album U which earned him critical acclaim and a legion of tastemaker fans around the world. Featuring the single, "We Stayed Up All Night" (featuring Ardyn) from Grammy-winning, writer-producer William Phillips.
>Vangelis – Blade Runner [OST] LP (Atlantic)
Vinyl reissue of Vangelis’ soundtrack to Ridley Scott's 1982 film.
>Xiu Xiu – A Promise [Reissue/2003] LP+7+MP3 (Graveface)
Deluxe colored vinyl LP pressing of the experimental band’s second studio album, including a bonus 7” single and digital download featuring some incredible drunk commentary by Jamie Stewart.
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>CDs + Vinyl:
>Avatar – Avatar Country CD/LP (Entertainment One)
“Contains the expected superior examples of how metal should and must sound today and for all eternity.” [Limited edition picture disc pressing also available.]
>Bad Company – Live At Red Rocks CD (BMG Rights Management)
Recorded May 15, 2016 at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado. [Stand-alone Blu-ray edition also available.]
>Big Star - Live At Lafayette's Music Room-Memphis, TN CD+MP3/2xLP+MP3 (Omnivore)
It is well known that Big Star played a one-off promotional show for the Memphis Rock Writer's Convention at Lafayette's Music Room in Memphis in May of 1973. It cemented them into legendary status due to the writers who witnessed it and carried the message of Big Star out in their writing, even though the band had only released one album, #1 Record, and were unsure of recording a second after the departure of co-founder Chris Bell. What may not be so widely known is that the trio played the same venue four months earlier with the same power and passion opening shows for the Houston R&B band, Archie Bell & The Drells. First issued as part of the Grammy Award-winning Keep An Eye On The Sky boxed set, Live At Lafayette's Music Room sees new light as a stand-alone release. As an added bonus, all formats include a download of a previously unissued 1972 interview with Alex Chilton and Andy Hummel from the summer of 1971 with Jon Scott on FM 100.
>Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Wrong Creatures CD/2xLP (Vagrant)
“For all that Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have been consistent in their garage-road delivery since they broke out at the turn of the century/millennium, they have also not shied from experimenting. Temporarily drummer-less, 2005’s Howl was acoustic; there was also 2008’s instrumental The Effects of 333. Yet those could be considered one-off detours, so distinctly different and singular were they. For Wrong Creatures, BRMC slow things down and lengthen things out.” -- QRO
>Black Veil Brides – Vale CD/LP+CD (Republic)
Fifth album from L.A.-based goth/glam hard rock quintet.
>Bruiser Queen – Heavy High CD/LP (Certified PR)
“Don’t let the fact this band has gotten a little more polished worry you. This album is jam packed with rockers!”—Time Bomb Tom Smith
>Jimmy Chamberlin Complex – The Parable CD/LP (MAKE)
New release from one of the founding member of the Smashing Pumpkins and highly acclaimed drummer. The second full-length release from the Jimmy Chamberlin Complex was recorded in a single session at the historic Sunset Sound studio in Los Angeles. The band includes Chris Speed (clarinet/saxophone), Billy Mohler (bass) and Randy Ingram (piano).
>Petula Clark – Living For Today CD (BMG Rights Management)
In an incredible career spanning over seven decades Petula Clark is a legend and a true international superstar. Living For Today is her new album, and includes a cover of The Beatles “Blackbird.”
>Cleric – Retrocasual CD (Web Of Mimicry)
Retrocausal is Cleric's stunning and long, long-awaited follow-up to their groundbreaking 2010 album Regressions. Now with well-earned respect from both the extreme metal underground and Zorn-associated avant garde jazz scene, Cleric more than makes good on their promise.
>Corrosion Of Conformity – No Cross No Crown CD/2xLP/Cassette (Nuclear Blast)
“It's been a dozen years since C.O.C. recorded new material with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan at the helm. In that time, there have been rumors, whispers and outright allegations that the legendary Southern rock outfit would reunite to blow the doors off the whole damn scene again. In 2014, after nearly a straight decade traversing the globe as a guitarist with New Orleans supergroup Down, Keenan reconnected with the core C.O.C. trio of Woody Weatherman, Mike Dean and Reed Mullin to hit the road hard and write and record the band's highly anticipated tenth album, No Cross No Crown.” [Limited edition colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Denny Doherty – Of All The Things: The Complete ABC/Dunhill Masters CD (Real Gone Music)
Reissue of Denny Doherty’s (The Mama and The Papas) 1971 solo album, Watcha Gonna Do, expanded with six bonus tracks - five of which are previously unreleased.
>The Durutti Column – The Guitar And Other Machines [Reissue/1987] 3xCD/2xLP+MP3 (Factory Benelux)
The origin of The Durutti Column’s sixth studio album, The Guitar And Other Machines, was the Christmas present given by Factory founder Tony Wilson to Durutti mainman Vini Reilly in 1985. "He gave me another kick and bought me a load of electronic instruments," revealed Reilly at the time. "I never dreamt of getting into this electronic thing, and I struggled and fought and stayed up ‘til half seven in the morning and really worked on it. I know that Tony's got this vision and I persevered. [The triple-CD edition includes the remastered album with original bonus tracks plus a CD of rare tracks and a CD of live recordings.]
>Anderson East – Encore CD (Atlantic/WEA)
The new album from acclaimed singer/songwriter Anderson East features 11 songs, including "All On My Mind" (written by Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid, East and Aaron Raitiere), "King For A Day" (written by East, Chris Stapleton and Morgane Stapleton), "Girlfriend" (written by East, Cobb, Raitiere and Tim Bergling) as well as renditions of songs by Ted Hawkins and Willie Nelson. Encore culminates a breakout series of years for East following his widely praised 2015 debut, Delilah, which NPR Music called "an eclectic, fully formed debut..." and The Wall Street Journal said is "...highlighted by Mr. East's raw and raspy vocals and a backing band that channels the urgent rhythms and gospel-flavored sounds of ‘60s R&B and Southern soul music."
>Elbow – The Best Of Elbow CD/2xCD (UMe)
New collection curated by the band spanning 20 years. Features Elbow's cover of The Beatles' “Golden Slumbers,” as featured on the John Lewis Christmas ad, as a bonus track. Available in Regular single-disc and Deluxe double-disc editions.
>Eva O – The Rise Of Eva O CD (Cleopatra)
The vocalist/member of Christian Death and Shadow Project (alongside goth icon Rozz Williams) returns with her first solo album in over 10 years - a haunting set that explores the trauma of love and loss.
>Andrea Gibson – Hey Galaxy CD/2xLP (Tender Loving Empire)
Hey Galaxy was created in the midst of another project as a result of the current political upheaval in the US. Andrea Gibson was working on an album entirely about love, accompanied by an orchestra, but after the 2016 presidential election she felt moved to put forth a more social justice-oriented project. "There's a quote that says, ‘Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.' I wanted to do that. I wanted to make something political and human and gutsy in its revolt. Something beautiful in its sweetness and rage and vulnerability. Something loud and tender at the same time." Hey Galaxy does just that. The 16 poems tell the story of our times. Whether it's "Orlando," which brutally relives the massacre at at LGBTQ nightclub and Andrea's own struggles with coming out, or "A Letter To White Queers" which combats white privilege during the rise of the Black Lives Matter Movement, Gibson's poems awaken us with their urgency, honesty, and their lyrical meld of grit and beauty.
>Ray Goren – Me CD (Palmetto)
Ray Goren is a rock & blues guitarist and bandleader celebrated for his fiery live performances.
>Heidevolk – Vuur Van Verzet CD (Napalm)
New album from the Dutch pagan metal band.
>Seth Lakeman – Ballads Of The Broken Few CD (Cooking Vinyl)
Seth Lakeman – Word Of Mouth [Reissue/2014] CD (Cooking Vinyl)
“Ballads Of The Broken Few is the latest of eight studio albums released by folk singer-songwriter and Mercury Music Prize nominee Seth Lakeman. In keeping with the majesty and intensity of his previous releases, Lakeman’s new album was recorded live in the hall of a Jacobean manor house, the perfect atmosphere to capture the harmonies of the incredibly talented Wildwood Kin family who accompany Lakeman throughout the record. Lakeman’s first track “Willow Tree is an exceptional start to the album. Energetic, strong and powerful, within seconds an intense atmosphere is created which explodes into a beautifully orchestrated melody accompanied with a dramatic marching beat. Wildwood Kin’s vocals are woven brilliantly into Lakeman’s in what is a very promising start to the album” – We Are Unseen. Recorded in a studio set-up in a Cornish church, 2014’s Word Of Mouth is a defining album for Lakeman's storied career and for the landscape of British folk music.
>Leaves Eyes – Sign Of The Dragonhead CD/2xCD/LP (AFM)
One of the most successful bands in the symphonic metal genre returns with their seventh album. [CD is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds bonus tracks and instrumental versions. Two limited edition colored vinyl pressings are also available: one green, the other white.]
>Little Mazarn – Little Mazarn CD/LP (Self Sabotage)
Little Mazarn, the stage name for Lindsey Verrill, gets her name from what she calls “an unromantic river” in Arkansas. Playing banjo on three original songs, a traditional murder ballad (“Rain And Snow”) and an English sea song, Little Mazarn, in her lilting warble, sings “about precious things, boring things, nature and the garbage that is humanity” (her words). A dreamy pop that would have fit in nicely with the slowcore of the late '90s and early '00s, the album also has unmistakable connections to older forms and genres like country, gospel and Appalachian folk.
>Michael McDonald – Live On Soundstage CD+DVD (BMG)
Michael McDonald brings his classic songs and legendary vocals to the Soundstage studios in Chicago. Recorded before a live audience, McDonald performs his classics, plus new material from his just-released project Wide Open. [Stand-alone Blu-ray edition also available.]
>Mighty Diamonds – Leaders Of Black Countries [Reissue/1983] CD/LP (Kingston Sounds)
The Mighty Diamonds are one of the most famous vocal groups to come out of the Jamaican reggae scene. Their perfect harmonies ride over the wholesome and Garveyite influenced lyrics to such great effect that they will always evoke memories of that time and place, but also like all great music, it never seems to date.
>Sean Morales – Call It In CD/LP (Super Secret)
There is an alien familiarity in Call It In that resembles a solo night drive through blabber and smoke to arrive at a familiar room to find that Alex Chilton, Wreckless Eric, and the members of Amon Duul are already in the house, waiting for Junior Kimbrough to play. It’s something that could have conceivably happened at some point, but it’s still a dream.
>Profligate – Somewhere Else CD/LP (Wharf Cat)
Noah Anthony walks the line between dark pop and noise on the new Profligate LP, Somewhere Else. In doing so, he weaves minimal beats, synthesizer, electric bass, hushed vocals and sheets of droning noise into something larger than the sum of its parts.
>Diana Ross – Diamond Diana: The Legacy Collection CD (Motown)
A new greatest hits CD is a collection of tracks personally chosen and sequenced by Ross. Features the No. 1 hits “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Touch Me In The Morning,” “Love Hangover,” “Upside Down,” “Endless Love” (her duet with Lionel Richie), “Take Me Higher,” and more – including the No. 1 classic with the Supremes, “You Can’t Hurry Love.” The collection also includes ‘Diamond Diana’ remix of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” as a bonus track.
>Joe Satriani – What Happens Next CD/2xLP (Sony Legacy)
What Happens Next features a power trio of Satriani on guitar along with Deep Purple/Black Country Communion bassist Glenn Hughes and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, the latter reuniting with Satriani for the first time since their work in the supergroup Chickenfoot with former Van Halen vocalist and bassist Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony. This unparalleled rock rhythm section gives the all-instrumental What Happens Next a depth of groove that sets it apart from Satriani's other work.
>Shame – Songs Of Praise CD/LP (Dead Oceans)
Shame thrives on confrontation. Whether it be the seething intensity crackling throughout debut LP Songs Of Praise or the adrenaline-pumping chaos that unfolds at Shame’s shows, it’s all fueled by feeling. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Dr. Lonnie Smith – All In My Mind CD (Bluenot)
Hammond B-3 organ legend Dr. Lonnie Smith releases a spirited live trio album that the NEA Jazz Master recorded during his 75th birthday celebration at the Jazz Standard in New York City this past summer.
>SYML – The Hurt EPs 2xCDEP (Nettwerk)
Following the huge success of "Where’s My Love" in the Netherlands and Germany, SYML’s first physical release combines the two EPs In My Body and Hurt Me plus the new French duet version of "Where’s My Love."
>Ty Tabor – Alien Beans 2xCD (Rat Pak)
New double-disc album from the King's X featuring 10 all new studio tracks and a "best of" compilation disc featuring 11 newly re-mixed and re-mastered tracks from Ty's previous releases.
>Tankard – Hymns For The Drunk CD/2xLP (AFM)
In 1982 when four longhaired metal-maniacs from Frankfurt am Main, Germany decided to found a band named Tankard, nobody expected them to still be going three decades later. This best-of collection sums up the band’s creative period from 2002 – 2010 while on AFM Records. [Limited red colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Tonight Alive – Underworld CD/LP+MP3 (Hopeless)
New album from the Aussie rockers.
>Trial By Fire = 1982 CD/LP (Alona’s Dream)
When Chicago punk legends Strike Under broke up in 1981, three of the four members went on to form Trial By Fire. They were one of the first Chicago bands to play thrash style hardcore and quickly became scene favorites, especially among the younger all ages set. Far from being a by-the-numbers hardcore group, Trial By Fireʼs sound bore a heavy Stranglers and post-punk influence as well.
>Typhoon – Offerings CD/2xLP (Roll Call)
If a Fellini film, a Bosch painting, and a Rorschach drawing had a collective sound, it would be Typhoon's new release. The 14-track Offerings is a musical and lyrical excursion into surreal imagery, eerie soundscapes, and an emotionally jarring narrative. The 70-minute album, which is the Portland, Oregon indie rock band's fourth studio effort, centers on a fictional man who is losing his memory, and in turn, his sense of self. [Limited edition gold colored vinyl pressing also available.]
>Umphrey’s McGee – It’s Not Us CD/2xLP (Nothing Too Fancy)
Umphrey's McGee entered I.V. Labs Studio in Chicago in November of 2016 to record what would become the band's eleventh full-length studio album. The result was It's Not Us, the most vibrant, mature expression of the band's growing studio prowess to date. "We decided to go in for a week, live, eat, and breathe Umphrey's McGee," recalls Joel Cummins. "We're known as a strong live band, but we take so much pride in our writing. [In this album] the focus is on that writing." The first single "The Silent Type" is powered by a bombastic beat, funkified rhythms, fiery fretwork, and a chantable refrain, introducing It's Not Us with a bright and brilliant bang. "Half Delayed" builds from airy guitar into an iridescent refrain, meanwhile, the bass strut anthemic beat production and percussive wallop of "Looks" could be the love child of Nine Inch Nails and Talking Heads. The metallic shredfest outro of "Remind Me" bleeds effortlessly into the gorgeous acoustic love song "You & You Alone." The album is Umphrey's McGee at its peak prowess, creating music with both precision and emotional content 20 years into a career.
>Usher’s Island – Usher’s Island CD (Compass)
Usher's Island brings together two generations of the finest and most influential Irish traditional musicians, stretching back to the acclaimed 1970's era of Planxty, through Andy Irvine and Dónal Lunny, and the Bothy Band, through fiddler Paddy Glackin. This next chapter brings in renowned players from the 1990's generation, with Mike McGoldrick (Capercaillie, ex-Flook and Lúnasa) on flute, whistle and uileann pipes and John Doyle (ex-Solas) on guitar and vocals.
>Various Artists – 2018 Grammy Nominees CD (RCA)
Music from the nominees in consideration for the 60th Grammy Awards. Includes tracks by Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Bieber, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Childish Gambino, Jay-Z, Imagine Dragons, Portugal. The Man, Antebellum, and more.
>Various Artists – Dr. Demento Covered In Punk 2xCD/3lP (Caf Muzek)
Everyone from the Misfits, Joan Jett and Fred Schneider of the B-52's to Weird Al Yankovic, Adam Batman West (in one of his final performances) and William Shatner join the good Doctor in this two-hour-plus homage to the world-renowned institution who has championed novelty music and its creators since the 1970s.
>Various Artists – Under What Flag: A Tribute To Fad Gadget CD (Cleopatra)
A smattering of underground dark electronic artists pay tribute to the truly groundbreaking British avant-garde artist Fad Gadget (Aaka Frank Tovey). Blending electronics with found-object noise and deadpan vocals, Fad Gadget influenced everyone from Depeche Mode, Liars, NIN and others. Include performances by industrial icons Leæther Strip, L.A.-based composer George Sarah, NOIR feat. Athan Maroulis and others.
>Dionne Warwick – Odds & Ends: Scepter Records Rarities CD (Real Gone Music)
With a total of 40 Pop chart hits, Dionne Warwick’s recordings for the Scepter label rank as arguably the most successful run of any artist—and certainly of any female artist—for an independent label during the 1960s. Odds & Ends: Scepter Records Rarities offers 25 hard-to-find tracks (plus some bonus promo spots) from the Scepter vaults, including rare alternate versions.
>White Wizzard – Infernal Overdrive CD (M-Theory Audio)
Infernal Overdrive captures all of the ingredients of past White Wizzard work but expands upon their template with seasoned maturity, outstanding musicianship and a widening of influenced including '70s hard rock and progressive rock/metal.
DVDs + Blu-ray:
>Bad Company – Live At Red Rocks Blu-ray (BMG Rights Management)
Recorded May 15, 2016 at Red Rocks Amphitheater In Colorado. [Stand-alone Blu-ray edition also available.]
>Michael McDonald – Live On Soundstage Blu-ray (BMG)
Michael McDonald brings his classic songs and legendary vocals to the Soundstage studios in Chicago. Recorded before a live audience, McDonald performs his classics, plus new material from his just-released project Wide Open.
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage [Reissue/2016] 4xLP (Capitol)
Limited quadruple vinyl LP pressing of the band’s seventh studio album.
>Crooks On Tape - In The Realm Of The Ancient Minor LP (Pure Orgone)
John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac, Caribou, Vertical Scratchers), Rick Lee (Enon, Skeleton Key) and Joey Galvan present Crooks On Tape’s first instrumental release. The textures and sampled/looped aesthetic these men have cultivated is still very present but, these tracks offer something more akin at times to a movie soundtrack or a hypnotic meditation.
>Betty Davis – Nasty Gal [Reissue/1975] LP (Light In The Attic)
Vinyl reissue of the third album from the influential funk/soul vocalist. Betty Davis was riding high in the '70s. A new record label (Island), a series of high profile relationships, and intensely sexualized live performances made her a rising star. It seemed like everything was aligned to take the music world by storm. So, Betty and band got back into the studio where she would act as writer, producer, and performer, creating what she thought would be her definitive release. Born Betty Mabry, the singer changed her last name when she married jazz legend Miles Davis.
>Brett Dennen – Brett Dennen  LP (Dualtone Music Group)
Brett Dennen is a modern-day troubadour with one foot tapping to the tradition of Woody Guthrie and the other foot in step with his social and political convictions. This is the first vinyl pressing of Dennen's ground-breaking self-titled debut album, originally released in 2004.
>Dim – Stereo 45 12” (Rotted Tooth)
Chicago four-piece Dim make the kind of shoegaze that’s allergic to the daylight.
>Dio – Holy Diver [Reissue/1983] LP (Rhino)
Dio – Last In Line [Reissue/1984] LP (Rhino)
Remastered colored vinyl reissues of Dio’s first two albums.
>Willie Dixon – Catalyst [Reissue/1973] LP (Tuff City)
Willie Dixon is one of the most prolific songwriters of his time. He is a Grammy Award winner, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Blues Hall of Fame Inductee and Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee. This long out-of-print album, originally released in 1973, is a classic representation of the Chicago Blues sound post Chess Records and features a who’s who of the best sidemen of the genre.
>Drunken Foreigner Band – White Guy Disease LP (Electric Cowbell)
Drunken Foreigner Band's debut album is a sprawling electrified iteration of the Akha and Lam Lao music of Thailand and Laos.
>Aretha Franklin – Lady Soul [Reissue/1968] LP (Atlantic)
Limited 180gm vinyl reissue of the Queen Of Soul’s 1968 LP.
>Heavy Lids – Final Days LP (Blak Skul)
“The garage-punk scene in New Orleans is a breeding ground for weirdos who fuck around with electronics. One of its finest bands is Heavy Lids, whose debut album, We Believe In The Night, was one of the best in its class last year.”—Evan Minsker (Pitchfork)
>Futurians – Distorted Living LP (Feeding Tube)
“The way they compress the psychedelic thrust of their sonics makes one think this whole album may have been recorded in an air lock.” – Byron Coley
>The Human League – Anthology: A Very British Synthesizer Group 3xLP (Virgin)
This anthology features all of the hit singles, including seven previously unreleased edits.
>Hundred Waters – Communicating LP (Owsla)
Released late last October on CD – now available on vinyl. The L.A.-based trio - comprised of vocalist Nicole Miglis, producer Trayer Tryon and drummer Zach Tetreault - return with their long-awaited new full-length. At the core of the album is the relationship between band members Nicole Miglis and Trayer Tryon, whose relationship catalyzed the band in 2012. The album raises questions of romantic and non-romantic love, self-realization, growing apart, and finding understanding.
>Ihsahn – angL [Reissue/2008] LP (Spinefarm)
Limited transparent green colored vinyl reissue of the former Emperor frontman’s second album.
>Jess And The Ancient Ones – The Horse And Other Weird Tales LP (Svart)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Third time around for Jess And The Ancient Ones sees them take a magical mystery trip to the dark side of the ‘60s as seen through the eyes of modern-day occult rock musicians. This time the band went for an organic and human approach and produced a very old-fashioned album. Groovy, heavy, psychedelic beat music? Hard death rock? Occult head-exploding meltdown? All of them and more.
>King Parrot – Ugly Produce LP (Housecore)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Australia's unhinged extreme metal villains return with their third long player.
>The Last Gang – Sing For Your Supper 7” (Fat Wreck Chords)
The Last Gang may seem like a new band, but they’ve been grinding out their mix of tough-as-nails punk and bouncing melodies for a little over a decade now. Sing For Your Supper is more than just a teaser for the 2018 full-length album.
>Lil’ Keke – Don’t Mess Wit Texas  2xLP (SoSouth)
Limited colored vinyl pressing. First-time vinyl edition of the rappers 1997 album which features performances from an amazing guest list of performers that have since passed away, including DJ Screw, Fat Pat, Big Moe and Rap-A-Lot star Mr. 3-2.
>Lil Uzi Vert – Luv Is Rage 2 2xLP+MP3 (Atlantic)
Philadelphia rap pioneer Lil Uzi Vert flaunts a vision and fashion sense just as loud as his "futuristic trap" sound and dynamic voice. Luv Is Rage 2 serves as the rising hip-hop star's official full-length debut following a handful of name making mixtapes and features guest appearances from The Weeknd, Oh Wonder and Pharrell Williams.
>Dave Mason – Alone Together [Reissue/1970] LP (Friday Music)
Limited audiophile 180gm marble colored vinyl pressing of Mason’s debut album.
>The Notorious BIG – Big Poppa [Reissue/1994] 12” (Bad Boy)
The Notorious B.I.G. – Hypnotize [Reissue/1997] 12” (Bad Boy)
Limited colored vinyl reissues.
>Panda Bear – Day With The Homies 12” (Domino)
The Animal Collective co-founder's first solo music since 2015's Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper and Crosswords EP. "I hoped to make something without frills or much embellishment, principally because I've found more fluff tends to equal less power," Lennox says in his introduction to the EP. "Since the juiciest action is entirely focused in the deeper zones of the frequency spectrum (at least from where I've sat), power was key." He adds, "The songs aren't lyrically linear or narrative as such, though I did scatter pieces of longer-chewed themes across the tracks."
>Elvis Presley – Back In Memphis [Reissue/1970] LP (Friday Music)
Limited 180gm translucent gold vinyl reissue of Presley’s 35th studio album.
>Razorbumps – Hellrazors LP (Pop Wig)
Razorbumps' songs are quick, noisy and loud, taking influence from the best parts of garage rock, power pop and straight up rock n' roll. "Razorbumps clearly wear their Devo influence proudly, leaning on the speedy-side of that legendary band's approach to angular post-punk," wrote Brooklyn Vegan.
>Otis Redding – (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay b/w Sweet Lorene 7” (Atlantic)
Limited 7” gold colored vinyl pressing of this classic single from the soul music legend released to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the song's recording and Redding's death a short time later.
>Rolling Stones – Exile On Main Street [Reissue/1972] 2xLP (Interscope)
Limited double 180gm half-speed mastered vinyl LP repress.
>Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi featuring Masahiko Satoh – Proton Pump LP (Family Vineyard)
A milestone achievement in the winding career of alto saxophonist, gibberish shrieker and jazz legend Akira Sakata. A lightning-fast, real-time cut-up of melody and bare-knuckle action that swings between the avant garde and hardcore be-bop.
>Saluki – Saluki [Reissue/1977] LP (Round 2)
The jewel in the crown of Compendium Records' brilliant back catalog is the eponymous album from the progressive jazz-funk band Saluki, released in 1977. Featuring members from the highly-significant proggers Junipher Greene, Saluki is a much-loved rare groove classic and a crate digger favorite. Saluki consists of eight advanced and ambitious tracks showcasing Saluki's blistering fusion of prog rock, jazz, west- coast harmonies and funk, as well as great songwriting abilities.
>Social Unrest – Before The Fall [Reissue/1986] LP (New Red Archives]
Limited edition red vinyl reissue of the 1986 sophomore album from pioneering hardcore band.
>Tears For Fears – Rule The World: The Greatest Hits LP (Mercury)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New 16-track best-of collection featuring two new tracks.
>Various Artists - America's Hardcore Compilation: Volume 4 LP (Triple B.)
17 new and exclusive tracks from hardcore/punk/metal’s best bands. Each band also designed and submitted their own pages for the 20-page 12x12” insert booklet included with each record.
>Various Artists - Hard-Core Ljubljana [Reissue/1986] LP (FV Zalozba)
Originally published in 1986, Hard-Core Ljubjana is, without a doubt, one of the most powerful hardcore punk compilations released in the '80s. Showcasing the furious sounds coming out of Slovenia's capital (then part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia), it would catch the attention of punks worldwide with the sheer rawness of the five bands included: U.B.R., Odpadki Civilizacije, Tozibabe, Epidemija, andIII. Kategorija. 25 tracks of utter punk chaos.
>Various Artists – Sun Records Does Hank Williams LP (ORG Music)
A collection of Hank Williams hits performed by artists from the legendary Sun Record Company catalog. The compilation features superstars Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, alongside a handful of lesser-known Sun Records artists.
>Voodoo Glow Skulls – Firme [Reissue/1995] LP (Epitaph)
Voodoo Glow Skulls – Band Geek Mafia [Reissue/1998] LP (Epitaph)
Limited colored vinyl reissues of the ska band’s second and fourth albums.
>John Williams – Jaws [Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] [Reissue/1975] 2xLP (Mondo)
Limited edition 180gm double colored vinyl pressing. John Williams' score to Jaws is absolutely essential for soundtrack collectors.
>Wooing – Daydream Time Machine 7” (Ba Da Bing!)
Fronted by multi-instrumentalist Rachel Trachtenburg—a performer in the New York music scene since she was nine years old—Wooing offer hauntingly beautiful vocals backed by echoing guitars. The lead single, “In Colour", displays the vintage influences that come into play: the urgency of underground ‘90s rock (i.e. Sonic Youth, Helium, Breeders) meets the psychedelic Syd Barrett sounds of the ‘60s.
>X-Ray Spex – Germfree Adolescents [Reissue/1978] LP (Real Gone Music)
Limited yellow with blue-green splatter edition of the English punk band’s classic debut.
>ZZ Top – Rio Grande Mud [Reissue/1972] LP (Rhino)
ZZ Top – Tres Hombres [Reissue/1973] LP (Rhino)
Limited edition colored vinyl pressings.
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>CDs + Vinyl:
>Arcade Fire – The Suburbs [Reissue/2010] CD (Sony)
Arcade Fire’s third album is back in-print on CD. [Arcade Fire’s first three albums have all been recently reissued on vinyl.]
>Bola – D.E.G. CD/2xLP (Skam)
Released last May and quickly sold-out – repressed on CD and vinyl. Skam Records’ most elusive artist Bola returns with an enticing new album - the first movement from Darrell Fitton's near mythical project since his Kroungrine LP a decade ago.
>Diamond Ortiz – Tiz Zop Diz Zown CD (Needle To The Groove)
West Coast funkster Diamond Ortiz returns with a collection of unreleased songs. Thought to be just a Bandcamp release from the summer of 2017, Ortiz dug into the archives to share some of his laidback hip-hop and g-funk style tracks, but with his signature modern vocoder slap sound.
>Lil Pump – Lil Pump CD (WB)
Debut album from the 16-year-old South Florida sonic fireplug. Features guest appearances by Smokepurpp, Lil Yachty, Gucci Mane, Chief Keef, 2 Chainz, and Rick Ross).
>Shining - X – Varg Utan Flock CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
Shining, led by lightning rod frontman Niklas Kvarforth, enter their third decade with the epic new album X - Varg Utan Flock ("Wolf Without A Pack"). As is their wont, Shining use black metal as a foundation upon which to build epic and radical songs that smash all genre convention.
>Summoning – With Doom We Come CD/LP (Napalm)
“Sagas and myths culled from J.R.R. Tolkien’s vast universe are the black blood that courses through Summoning’s veins, and With Doom We Come the ultimate soundtrack to a fantastic journey.”
>Watain – Trident Wolf Eclipse CD/LP (Century Media)
Sixth studio album from one of Sweden's greatest and most notorious black metal bands - another prime collection of wild, evil, lawless and relentless Satanic black metal. [Limited 180gm red colored vinyl pressing also available.]
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
>Horace Andy – Good Vibes [Reissue/1997] LP (VP)
Recently reissued on CD – now available on vinyl. Ten tough disco mixes – vocal and dub – with Horace at the peak of his late ‘70s form.
>Michael Banabila – Trespassing 2xLP (Séance Center)
Trespassing is a compilation focusing on Dutch electronic artist Michel Banabila's incursions into otherworldly and imagined realms. LP One is a compilation of works spanning over 20 years that acts as a bridge between his earliest work and his contemporary practice. LP Two is a reissue of his early masterpiece Marilli, a highly sought-after album that acts as both an LSD inspired DIY tribute to Byrne and Eno's My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts and a youthful exploration of Banabila's personal background and his experience as a squatter in Amsterdam in the early 80s.
>A Cat Called Fritz – Vertical Iris 2xLP (Hhv.De)
A Cat Called Fritz is back on another journey through space and sound. His sample-based trademark productions, using crispy samples and heavy drums, again lay the foundation for an all-star cast of feature guests on the mic including like-minded cats like Sach of The Nonce, Audessey, Glad2Mecha, Black Josh, Pete Flux, Pseudo Slang and others.
>Marty Baller –Baller Nation LP (Omerta Inc.)
A$AP Mob affiliate Marty Baller, started his career out as A$AP Ferg's hype man, before becoming a serious solo artistic his own right. Baller Nation is Marty's second mixtape, following 2016's 'Marty G Raw.' The concise 10 track tape sees Marty upping the stakes, with confident lyrics, big trap beats and an all start features list including A$AP FERG, Rich The Kid, Rob $tone and Smooky Margeilaa. Limited 180gm white vinyl LP pressing housed in a high-quality matte finish jacket with original artwork.
>David Bowie – Beauty And The Beast b/w Blackout (Live) 7” (Rhino/Parlophone)
Limited edition 7” picture disc vinyl pressing featuring a previously unreleased live version of the Heroes album track “Blackout” recorded on the 16th May, 1978 at the Deutschlandhalle, Berlin. Originally released in the UK in January 1978 (and remastered in 2017), “Beauty And The Beast” was the second single to be taken from Heroes.
>Chapel – Sunday Brunch LP+MP3 (Rise)
A thens, Georgia's Chapel (featuring Carter Hardin of Nightmares and Kortney Grinwis of Favorite Weapon) may be a new name in the indie pop world, but they're quickly creating a stir. The duo has already toured with the likes of Pierce The Veil, Sum 41 and Waterparks and their first three singles were met with universal acclaim. Now they're ready to take the next step with their Rise Records debut EP Sunday Brunch which was recorded with Issues frontman Tyler Carter and features seven catchy and energetic tracks. Limited vinyl picture disc pressing.
>Dissection – The Somberlain [Reissue/1993] LP (Black Lodge)
Vinyl reissue of the debut album by Swedish black metal band.
>DJ Harrison – Rule The World & I’m From Virginia b/w Brown Water 7” (Stones Throw)
The son of a radio DJ who introduced him to the world of record collecting, DJ Harrison finds himself inspired by local musicians in the Richmond scene that's as diverse and nonexclusive as they come. Among rappers, producers, punks and bluegrass bands, he falls within reach of an expansive pool of musicians to collaborate with. He lives and works in Jellowstone, a house turned recording compound occupied by his band mates in Butcher Brown, a "garage punk jazz funk" group.
>Kim Byoung Duk – Experiment No. X LP (Daehan Electronics)
Growing up in the bustling port city of Busan and running his own record shop there from the late '70s, Kim Byoung Duk had a front-row seat to the finest in foreign record imports and a taste for the psychedelic that naturally evolved into spiritual, ambient and avant-garde sounds. His growing interest in Tao philosophy and the meditative music that accompanied it provided a fertile environment for his audio imagination. Unhampered by limited access to musical gear, he made use of a wide assortment of self-sourced pots of various sizes and curvature, cymbals, wooden sculpted flutes and percussion tools-each chosen for its unique harmonic vibration-to create an entirely new and unique body of work. Experiment No. X retraces the oeuvre of Kim Byoung Duk, assembling tracks from Experiment No. 2, Pot Concerto and New Trilogy, illustrating a meditative journey from the freeness of the Tao sound, in the borders of ambient music and the avant-garde, to later groove-oriented jams which introduce rhythmic elements to the palate.
>First Touch x Bybo Funk – Stardust LP (Omega Supreme)
Stardust is a magical collaboration of new music from Germany's tiptop funk duo First Touch that combine forces with native master blaster Bybo Funk. This four-song up-tempo EP brings charismatic chord arrangements along with sophisticated and infectious basslines together for cosmic dance floor boogie.
>Peter Hook / Ministry – Dancing Madly Backwards 12” (Cleopatra)
Peter Hook (Joy Division/New Order) and industrial legends Ministry recreate a stone cold '70s rock classic, Captain Beyond's "Dancing Madly Backwards!" The original Captain Beyond version of the song is available on their self-titled1972 album. Limited colored vinyl pressing.
>Hoops – Tapes #1-3 2xLP (Fat Possum)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Indiana's Hoops was born in frontman Drew Auscherman's teenage bedroom as a solo ambient and beat-driven project à la Oneohtrix Point Never's Replica. Auscherman named the band after the hoop houses at the nursery where he worked. Eventually he corralled a few of his friends to flesh out his songs, and the music inevitably shifted toward something new: more melodic, more guitar-driven, more extroverted. Fast forward to 2014, Hoops became a fully formed quartet. Since then, Hoops have released three cassette tapes, a self-titled EP (2016) and full-length debut Routines (2017).
>Kansas – Leftoverture Live & Beyond 4xLP+2xCD (Inside Out U.S.)
Recently released on CD – now available as a Deluxe vinyl edition. New live album from America's legendary progressive rock band features nineteen songs selected from twelve shows recorded during Kansas's spring 2017 Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour. The set list includes classic hits, deep cuts, new songs from 2016's studio album The Prelude Implicit and culminates with the band's sextuple-platinum breakthrough album, 1976’s Leftoverture, performed in its entirety. Limited edition blue colored vinyl pressing also available.
>Allan Kingdom – Lines LP (Omerta Inc.)
A unique young artist, taking a refreshing stance to the Hip-Hop genre in 2017, Allan's sound is one that draws from early Kanye West and Kid Cudi. Limited 180gm blue colored vinyl pressing housed in a high-quality matte finish jacket.
>Dave Matthews / Tim Reynolds – Live At Luther College [Reissue/1999] 4xLP+MP3 (RCA)
On February 6, 1996, Dave Matthews and guitarist Tim Reynolds played an intimate set at Iowa's Luther College, wowing fans with acoustic arrangements of Dave Matthews Band songs. The two hour-plus set included songs that would appear on that year's Crash, along with fan favorites "Granny" and "Deed Is Done" otherwise unreleased at the time of the 1999 debut of the Live At Luther College CD.
>Suzanne Menzel – Goodbyes & Beginnings [Reissue/1981] LP (Frederiksberg)
This sought-after rarity presents a blend of ambient, new-age, '60s-inspired folk music. The melancholic lyrics of singer/songwriter Suzanne Menzel are transformed by Danish new-age pioneer, Klaus Schønning's, futuristic soundscape. Schønning not only produced Goodbyes and Beginnings, Menzel also credits him as giving her the artistic courage to self-release her first and only album.
>Milo - Who Told You to Think??!!?!?!?! CD (Ruby Yacht)
Released last August on CD – now available on vinyl. Latest release from the iconoclastic East Coast rapper. Found in gardens of intricate tones and soulfully abstract beats, vortexes of unique meaning spiral from Milo's pen. The production elevates the lyricism and is unique from track to track, supplied with the backdrop of varying samples, harp, flute, keys, guitar, electric bass, violin, synth, and many other instrumental elements.
>Osage – Algorhythm 12” (Bastard Jazz)
Osage (pronounced Oh-Sage) is the electronic music making alter ego of DJ/producer Lil' Dave, a veteran DJ on the Philadelphia nightclub scene, a member of the highly respected DJ crew Illvibe Collective and the co-host of the internationally known broadcast Eavesdrop Radio. The Osage sound is an amalgamation of musical influences such as deep house, samba, African rhythms, futuristic R&B, boogie, UK garage, salsa, broken beat, and soul.
>Red Death – Formidable Darkness LP (Triple B.)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “Red Death has been heirs to the proudest of traditions in the heavy-music underground, and with Formidable Darkness they’ve fulfilled their immense promise — just in time for the world’s ignominious end.”
>Yasuaki Shimizu – Kakashi [Reissue/1982] LP (Palto Flats)
Originally released in 1982, Kakashi is another high-water mark in the 1980's Japanese underground. This album, which has gathered cult status in recent years, is the project of musical visionary Yasuaki Shimizu, and considered to be a highlight of his solo career. Shimizu was the bandleader of Mariah, who also saw their album Utakata No Hibi reissued by Palto Flats in 2015. Kakashi offers a similar blend of saxophone experimentations, jazz fusion and ambient dub excursions. Since the '70s Yasuaki has collaborated with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Julee Cruise, and Van Dyke Parks among others.
>Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Live In 1960 LP (ORG Music)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe was the first great recording star of gospel music and among the first gospel musicians to appeal to rhythm & blues and rock & roll audiences, later being referred to as "the original soul sister" and "the godmother of rock & roll". This live recording from 1960 has never been available on vinyl.
>Subterranean Masquerade – Vagabond LP (ViciSolum Productions)
Released last September on CD – now available on vinyl. New release from the progressive metal band.
>Triumph – Allied Forces [Reissue/1981] LP (Round Hill)
Limited gold colored vinyl reissue of the Canadian hard rock power trio’s fifth album.
>Neil Young + Promise Of The Real – The Visitor 2xLP (Reprise)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. When Neil Young entered Shangri La Studio with the band Promise Of The Real a few months ago, there were a lot of images and feelings careening around his soul. The country was heading in a direction Young had never seen, even though up until then he thought he'd seen it all. But something different was happening, and it had gotten inside his music. . By the end of the recording sessions, he knew he'd made his most diverse album going all the way back to Harvest in 1972, when America was also in the throes of becoming unhinged. Neil Young didn't blink then, and he is not blinking now.